alexiscartwheel: (kaylee)
I have new LJ friends, and am thus feeling inspired to actually post something!

For the first time ever, I didn't go back to Ohio for Thanksgiving. As much as I love my family, I think it made for a more relaxing weekend, especially since I didn't have to waste the better part of two days messing around in traffic. I had Thanksgiving dinner at the home of some friends of friends, where in addition to eating delicious food, we played lots of board games, some Wii games, and watched some Community. (OMG Community! I recently watched all of seasons 1 and 2 in a single week. I love it.)

[ profile] bookwench31 is trying to pull me into Avengers fandom. She will probably be successful. Yesterday I hung out with her and [ profile] flyingcarpet and we watched both Iron Mans and Captain America, ate lots of snacks, and tried to figure out how old Howard Stark is. (Answer, we're not 100% sure, but Dominic Cooper is pretty and John Slattery seems more like Walt Disney than a guy that builds deadly weapons.) Now I just have to see Thor, which is next on my Netflix queue.

On the job front, the list of places I do not have a job grows ever longer. But I do have an interview coming up in two weeks. That had better go well cause I've only got four weeks of work left and unemployment would totally cramp my style.

And I think I'll go watch some more Firefly. I've been feeling a bit down, so I decided a Firefly rewatch was just the thing to pick me up a little. Just like early West Wing, it never gets old.
alexiscartwheel: (dw - martha jones)
So did you all notice that we're already more than a month into 2011? I'm not entirely sure how that happened. Valentine's Day is coming up soon, and a friend and I have decided to celebrate by inviting some other single friends over to eat pizza and watch action movies. Because nothing says Valentine's Day like exploding cars! :)

I've been watching A LOT of Buffy and Angel lately. I'm midway through seasons 5 and 2. I've really started to like Spike. In season 2, I didn't really get it why he was so popular, but I get it now. Mostly he's amazingly snarky, which is a great contrast from the frequent broodiness of the Buffyverse. Spike being forced to live with Giles and Xander last season was awesome, as are this season's Spike flashbacks. (Floppy hair! Hee.) Anya and Cordelia have also both become surprisingly fun, though I don't really get the point of Tara. She's... boring.

Unrelated, but how weird is it that it keeps snowing in the south? Actually, I feel like it just keeps snowing everywhere that isn't here. We did have one small storm, but that's it. Of course, that was enough to knock out the power at my house for two days—and we were some of the lucky ones that didn't have to wait four days. We did have heat, thanks to the next door neighbor's generator, and a nice outdoor refrigerator. Still, it was annoying.

I'm reading another terrible YA novel. If I manage to actually finish it (I think it is more horrible than The Eternal Ones) you can expect a review of Tiger's Curse to follow.
alexiscartwheel: (30 Rock - Liz on the beach)
I do. It's pretty annoying.

  • Fourth of July weekend was a much needed respite from my daily schedule, complete with barbecuing, board games, and fireworks. This year I watched the fireworks standing in a crosswalk in Adams Morgan. The view was surprising good!

  • Today I've been trying, with limited success, to de-clutter my room. Since I'm moving again at the end of the month, I thought it was time to finally unpack the last two boxes from when I moved a year ago. It's all the stuff I didn't want to deal with then, but dealing with it now isn't any more appealing. It's also laundry day... another chore that I hate.

  • Later this week I'll be housesitting for some friends. They have three cats, so I'm kind of psyched about it! :) I miss having pets, especially since my mom's been emailing me photos of her new puppy.

  • Still no job. Still trying not to freak out about it. I've mostly been successful, except for an embarrassing period this afternoon when I went in to full on panic mode. It's hard not to get a bit discouraged after five months of failed job hunting.

Hope everyone is well, and if you're in the US that you had a nice holiday weekend! :)
alexiscartwheel: (barack obama)
Today President Obama pardoned a turkey, a presidential tradition that made for a great Thanksgiving plot on The West Wing, with the help of daughters Sasha and Malia. I think my favorite moment is when he says "There are days when I'm reminded why I ran for this office ... and then there are days like this, when you pardon a turkey and send it Disneyland." :)

alexiscartwheel: (marie antoinette)

Yay graphic recycled from last year! (Efficiency FTW!) I'm headed to a barbecue at a friend's house this afternoon and to D.C. for the fireworks this evening. Before then, random update! )
alexiscartwheel: (dw - david and freema)
I hope everyone's enjoyed their first day of 2009. :)

Mine's been pretty slow. Last night I went to a party, so I slept in the morning. Then I spent the rest of the day doing important things like reading Georgette Heyer and switching out most of my LJ icons. My dad made stuffed shells for dinner, which were much yummier than sauerkraut.

CD101, my favorite Columbus radio station, has started their annual countdown of the most requested songs in the station's history. If you like alternative rock, I highly recommend it for the unique mix of songs. I always hear something amazing and unexpected. If you don't live in Columbus, never fear! You can listen live online.

Tomorrow it my last day of vacation, and there's so much to do. Clothes to pack, errands to run, "The Mind of Evil" to finish. And right now I think I need more Christmas cookies.

ETA: Guys, I have an important question. In addition to the books I've read list that's been chilling on my desktop all year, I've got a to-read list. Should I start that over for 2009 as well? I'm torn. On one hand, I want to read all the books ever, so I'll never actually finish the list if I don't purge it once in awhile. On the other hand, I made the list so I can remember titles, and if I purge the list I'll... forget. I can't decide!

ETA 2: Kit asked to see the list. Here it is. )
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I just haven't been online much. (Life outside the internet? Yes, it's a strange concept.)

Christmas was good. On Christmas Eve we all went out for Japanese, and I went to midnight Mass at a cute little church near my Mom's house. My siblings I split Christmas Day between my parents' houses, which isn't ideal, but I'm pretty much adjusted to now. It does mean we get two Christmas trees and open gifts twice, so that's fun! [ profile] d4ni came over on Boxing Day, and we watched "The Next Doctor." We had dinner at my uncle's house, and I played Rock Band with my 11 and 12 year old cousins. And we rounded out the Christmas season with another party with my dad's extended family. More food, more Christmas cookies, and I got an 8GB flash drive in the family gift exchange. :D

I'm really enjoying my break. It feels very good to have no responsibilities to worry about, even if I know it's only temporary. I can sleep in as long as I want or watch pointless movies on cable without any guilt. I had library books waiting for me when I got here, so there's plenty to read. It's fantastic. I think I'm driving home on Saturday, then it's back to work on Monday. I don't really have New Year plans yet. I'm invited to a party, but I think I might rather hang at home.

And just for fun, I've changed my layout. My awesome new Bones header was a Christmas present from [ profile] abarero. You should all go check out her graphics at [ profile] ushitora_icons.

I hope everyone had a happy Christmas, Hannukah, Solstice, Yule, Kwanzaa or whatever holiday you celebrate! :D


Nov. 27th, 2008 10:58 am
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The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade just Rickrolled the nation. That is all.


Sep. 19th, 2008 10:48 am
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Even Terry Wogan tries t' talk like a pirate. Arrrr!
alexiscartwheel: (dw - nine & rose)
I hope everyone's enjoying the day off! (Well, the Americans and Canadians at least. Sorry, rest of the world.) Of course, the semester hasn't started and I'm unemployed, so technically my day off is just like every other day. :)

It's sunny and gorgeous, so I went for a bike ride. Eleven miles, and I don't feel like passing out! Woo, I'm getting better!! The trail was super busy because, of course, it's gorgeous outside and no one is at work.
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I knew there was a reason I came to work today! I may have to be here until 5pm, but here I have an internet connection, unlike at home. I brought my laptop with me, which means I'll actually get to watch Who tonight! Yay! (I've been worried about this since Monday, day one of "the internets hate me" week.) Theoretically, work will give me something to do all day... except not. There's literally no one else here. So much for distraction, eh?

In lieu of the non-existent work I have to do today, why RTD's characters remind me of a Dr. Seuss story. Spoilers through 4X12 and that one cast photo for 4X13. )

I couldn't be arsed to actually drive somewhere last night, but I did get to watch some fireworks from my patio. It's not the same as sitting so close that some of the ash falls on your head, but oh well. They still look nice from far away, and I don't think I would really have enjoyed sitting by myself in the middle of a big crowd. (Being alone I'm fine with, but alone in a crowd is lonely.) I also finished watching "The Ambassadors of Death," which was very good. I'm almost to the end of Season 7 (Jon Pertwee's first season) now. The era of being Earthbound with UNIT is very different from a lot of other Doctor Who, but I like it.
alexiscartwheel: (carmen ohio)

I've got the day off from work and no big plans. Everyone I know is out of town, so I'm just hanging out by myself. It's nice and sunny, so I might go to the pool, and I've got a burger, corn on the cob, and watermelon for dinner. Yum!
alexiscartwheel: (kaylee)
Anyone else listen to Vampire Weekend? (They're one of my favorite bands of the moment.) Well, if you do, go listen to Colin Murray's show from last night (April 2). It'll be available for the next week on the Radio 1 website. The live session tracks are fabulous! :D

Also, Happy Earth Day! In honor of the day, here's an interesting article by Michael Pollan about why individuals should make the an effort to do something about climate change. It's called "Why Bother?", and it appeared in a special "Green Issue" of the New York Times Magazine. One thing I learned today: eating less beef is good for the environment. Something to think about.

ETA: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin is a really cool band name. Incidentally, it's also a real one. (I'm not just sitting here making up band names.)
alexiscartwheel: (kaylee)
For those of you where unaware, yesterday was my most favorite math-related holiday: Pi Day. (Are there other math related holidays?) March 14... 3/14... 3.14... get it?! I was introduced to the glories of Pi Day by my high school math department. None of my teachers ever gave special Pi Day assignments, but some did. My brother once had to write a poem about pi. Although I don't in general approve of having your older sister do you homework for you, I decided to help him out since it was a truly stupid assignment. (The poem is also truly stupid :D )

Poem under the cut )

Yesterday is also to date of another amazing imaginary holiday: The Eve of the Ides of March. *cue spooky music* The Eve of the Ides of March is very simple. The Ides of March is March 15 (Today! Happy Ides of March!), so March 14 is your (or Caesar's) last chance to seriously beware. Gotta take those warnings seriously.

But the best holiday of all? March 14 is also my birthday! Unfortunately I had to get up early and go to work, as usual, but to make up for it I took a nice afternoon nap. (I'm old and frail now; I can take naps when I want to!) I got birthday cards from my Dad and my Grandma in Columbus and a package from my Mom in Phoenix. She wrote "Happy Birthday!" all over the priority mail box, just in case I couldn't tell what the package was. I opened it an found a darned pair of socks (mine), a book she already read (I Capture the Castle), and a CD she already burned for herself (Sara Bareilles). The "real" present, two cute new spring shirts, she hid under the other random goodies. Danielle bought me a toy sonic screwdriver, which is kind of awesome and hilarious. :D

A group of us went to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City in the afternoon. It's not a huge museum, but there were some good things to see. I found a painting of St. Jerome--I apparently have a good eye for him, because I always pick him out immediately in every art museum. The impressionists are my personal favorite painters, and they had a few good paintings. Unfortunately the only Renoir wasn't hanging. :( We had homemade pizza for dinner and Cold Stone ice cream for dessert--calorie ridden, but oh so delicious. In the evening I was really tired, so we came back home and watched Marie Antoinette, which I really enjoy. So all in all, it was a good day.
alexiscartwheel: (kaylee)
Today is St. Nicholas day! Sadly, there was no spice cake (because I decided not to bake it just for myself), but I do have my little wooden shoe full of candy, and I have a marzipan piggy! The pig is for good luck--he even has a four-leaf clover in his mouth--and I could always use a little of that, but marzipan is also really delicious. Mmm...
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I originally didn't think that coming home for Thanksgiving would fit into my plans for the semester, mostly because flights from Montreal to Columbus are pretty expensive, and partly because I'd have to miss several days of class. But at the last minute, I decided to do it anyway!

I was quite proud of myself for successfully navigating the public transit system to make it out to the airport (one metro train and two buses), which saved me the 40 dollar cab fare. I could've done without, er, lugging my luggage up and down the stairs at the metro, but I lived through it.  My flights were on time and unextraordinary, which is just the way I like it. Rachel came to pick me up from the airport, and she brought Murray! He was a little bit more interested in sticking his head out the window than in me, but oh well. He's a dog, he can't resist an open car window.

Yesterday Rachel and I made pecan pies, and I tried to make pie crust. I say tried because my crust was a dismal failure. I've only made pie crust once, one year ago, and I was supervised. I think I also used  a different recipe, because last year I used a food processor, but this time I used a mixer. At any rate, the crust was all crumbly. I finally was able to roll it out, but then it just fell apart again when I tried to put it in the pie plate. Oh well. One of these days I'll get better at baking. At least the pie filling turned out right! Pecan pie is great. Almost all the ingredients are some kind of sugar. Mmmm...

I can never talk about pecan pie without thinking of the movie When Harry Met Sally. "Waiter, there is too much pepper in my paprikash, but I would be proud to partake of you pecan pie!" It cracks me up and drive Rachel nuts. So basically, a win-win situation. For me.

Thanksgiving dinner was delicious, of course. Grandma, predictably, kept trying to get us to eat more food. Haven't had potatoes? You should have some potatoes! Do you need another roll? Have you had any vegetables yet? Fortunately, eating lots of food isn't a problem when all the food tastes great.

After dinner we visited with family, then I went with Rachel to her boyfriend's house. We all played Goldeneye on N64 on Phil's gigantic TV (it's seriously the biggest TV I've ever seen--Phil said it's 63 inches). I'm awful at video games. I think I lost almost every single round, but I did manage to kill Bond (Phil) once by slapping him. Who needs weapons?

It's so good to be back here. Dad asked me on Wednesday night whether it was weird being here, and I was a little bit surprised to find that it's not. It feels... normal. Which is strange, since I haven't actually lived here at any point in the last four years. Which is nothing against where I'm living now, because I really like it there too. I'm here until Monday, so I've got the rest of the weekend to relax a bit and maybe even do some shopping. School? What's that?
alexiscartwheel: (kaylee)
Today is Canadian Thanksgiving, six weeks before its American counterpart. We got the day off from classes today, which would be much more exciting if I had a class that meets on Mondays. All of my Canadian housemates took advantage of the long weekend to take a trip home, so it was just me and the other international students at home this weekend.

Yesterday, I got together with some of my LIS friends for a Thanksgiving potluck. We didn't have turkey because none of us really know how to cook one, but we had both chicken and ham instead. We also had cheese and crackers, corn muffins, macaroni salad, potato salad, rice, corn pudding, cranberry sauce, scalloped potatoes, pumpkin pie, apple pie, chocolate cake, and, of course, plenty of wine. The food and the company were both very good! I have leftover apple pie and ham, so I'm sure I'll be eating plenty of those this week. I think for dinner, I'll use some of the ham in an omelette. I love Thanksgiving leftovers!

I was less than delighted, however, to discover that Provigo (which is a Quebec supermarket chain) doesn't carry stuffing or yamrs (either the canned or fresh variety). I could have plenty of those for Thanksgiving at home, but unfortunately I have class on American Thanksgiving and can't afford to fly home anyway.

Today I've been "celebrating" by getting work done for my group projects, or at least I'm trying to. (The database project, incidentally, has made me more aware of the "controlled vocabulary" of my LJ tags. Is the Montreal tag useful if everything I do takes place somewhere in the city? Classes are corrupting my internet timewasting!) I'm having huge concentration issues today, so I've decided that as a reward for reading my really boring cataloguing book, I get to watch The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I loved (and still love) the book; it's one of my all time favorites. When I was young, PBS used to air the BBC film version every December. As adaptations go, it's not that great, but at the time I really enjoyed seeing the on-screen version of a favorite book. The 2005 version blows that one away. It's true to the original story and visually stunning. In my opinion it's one of the best, if not the best, film adaptation of a novel that I've seen.
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