alexiscartwheel: (cj)
So I just looked at the little calendar on the side of my journal and had the thought that it looked kind like a graph of a positive correlation. (Seriously, WTF. This is probably something I have not thought about since physics class freshman year.) Apparently it is the positive correlation of time spent in grad school and the likelihood that I will try to find meaningful patterns in my LJ posting habits.

Maybe I should just go watch more Legend of the Seeker now. There are swords.
alexiscartwheel: (tw - action gwen)
Today in things that are making me want to stab something:
  1. Last November I went to the Doctor and had a physical. Today, I received yet another bill in the mail telling me that my former insurance provider (I've had to switch twice since then) still refuses to pay for all of it. Yes, the American health care system, it is fantastic.

  2. Also last fall, I got into a fight with the University over immunizations and them not letting me register for classes. Eventually I got a blood test that proved that, yeah, I had an MMR already. All good... until today when the registrar sends me an e-mail saying that unless I turn in my immunization record I won't be able to register for spring classes. Do they think that three semesters has killed my immunity to measles?

  3. We are paying the cable company a million dollars a month for fast internet, which has been broken most of the week. I hate calling them because I always end up on hold forever and they don't actually fix anything. Last time I called it actually got worse. Go figure.

  4. One of the classes I really wanted to take is finally being offered again... at the distance ed campus that's over an hours commute away. And the library field study isn't being offered at all. Fail!

Word of advice: don't try to rob the dude who was riding my bus last night. Because he will stab you in the mother-frakking face. He seemed a little deranged, and I don't think he meant with a spork. Times like that I am thankful for my iPod. My mom tells me I should write a book about the bus. The bus basically runs my life now. Sad but true.
alexiscartwheel: (bones - pudding)
But good for my health, so I'm trying it out. I went to a friend's birthday party, but resolved not to drink, so I brought myself some diet dark elixir of life. I also resisted the urge to say that, yes, I would go dancing with everyone else at the end of the night and came home instead. As a result, I will probably not spend the weekend being tired and feeling like crap, but I do not get to go dancing with my friends. Boo.

Things are crazy at work still, and fall classes start next week. One of my professors lives in my building, and I ran into her in the mail room today. I feel popular because I get more mail than either of my roommates. It's mostly from the bank and Netflix, but whatever. I do not get wedding invitations, those apparently get eaten up by the mail, which I discover when I'm asked why I haven't sent the reply card back yet. (This has happened to me twice this summer. What gives?)

Last weekend of freedom! Now I just need devious plans.
alexiscartwheel: (rilo kiley)
So my university almost lost half a billion dollars in state funding for letting students watch porn. For real. I find this both amusing and ridiculous. I also can't believe that the porn version of Pirates of the Caribbean actually has a sequel.

I watched episode 6 and 7 of Dollhouse this week, so I'm finally caught up. Spoilery Things )

Did anyone watch the Cupid premier? I didn't--I was pretending to work on a project--but I'm interested to see how it was, cause I was one of the two people who watched the original Jeremy Piven one in the 90s, and I loved Veronica Mars.

[livejournal.com profile] fiery_twilight tagged me for a meme the other day, so here goes... it's a little disjointed cause I answered questions at different times of day.Twenty Questions )
alexiscartwheel: (aj reads the news)
From today's New York Times:

Orders for "Aretha's Hat" Flood Detroit Milliner

How cool is it that there are still milliners? Few people wear cool hats anymore; I certainly don't have any. There were a couple of old lady's at my church who had Easter hats last year.

Sadly, there was another article about the death of newspapers. If there are no newspapers, how will I learn about the latest crazes in millinery?

Also, can we bring back haberdashery, just so I can say the word? Fun fact: before he was president, Harry Truman (yes, there were presidents before Barack Obama) was a Kansas City haberdasher. I learned that at the Truman Library, which is actually really cool. If you're every in Independence, Missouri, you should go. :)

ETA: Another one. It's pretty odd that crazy book news from Ohio ends up in a UK national paper, but I'll take it. For the record, I have both been to Kelley's Island and read To Kill a Mockingbird. It's an amazing book, but I wouldn't want to eat it.

Hmm

Feb. 7th, 2009 04:38 am
alexiscartwheel: (Default)
I was so tired that I went to bed at 9:30 last night. That just doesn't happen. Ever.

But so now it's 4:30, and I'm awake again. *facepalm* Perhaps Battlestar Galactica is up on Hulu now...

ETA: There are potentially BSG spoilers in the comments now. Consider yourself warned.
alexiscartwheel: (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] arabian tagged me for a meme. I've done this one before, but it had different questions then.

The rules are:

A. People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blog and replace any question that they dislike with a new, original question. Who ever does that? Well, I do, for one.

B. Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you. Or else what? You'll tell on me to the meme police?

questions and answers under the cut )

I tag whoever wants to do it!
alexiscartwheel: (aj reads the news)
Walk on the left, stand on the right. It's really not that hard, and some of us have a train to catch! I'm not looking forward to January when the city will be swarming with tourists.

On the other hand, all the hotels are booked up and tons of people are advertising Inauguration rentals on craigslist for some pretty exorbitant prices. (Some people are obviously trying to mislead the tourists, like the person advertising a house in Manassas as 20 minutes from the Vienna Metro station, which I guess is probably true... but being that far from the end of the line isn't much to brag about.) We're thinking of listing some rooms for rent, cause we've got room and actually do live near the Metro, and why not make some extra money?

I think people here are conditioned to be wimpy about cold weather. I heard several people at work/school today make comments along the lines of "OH NOES DON'T SEND ME OUT IT THE COOOLD!" (Maybe some dramatic emphasis there.) I'm pretty sure it was over 40 degrees today, which is chilly, but really not that bad. The building where I had class tonight, however, was approximately the temperature of a sauna. Even after I took off a layer, I was way too hot. (As in, I felt almost feverish. Not good.) The English building at OSU was like that in winter, so I always sat near I window so I could crack it open if I got too hot, but, alas, this class is in an interior, windowless room.

The American History Museum reopens this weekend, and I kinda want to go, but I'm betting it will be busy, and I really have other more important things I should do. It's not like the Smithsonian's going anywhere--though I read this morning they may start charging. (Blasphemy!) I also read that Gogol Bordello is playing in the District in January... but I'm pretty sure I don't know anyone else who'd be interested in going to see them.
alexiscartwheel: (dw - martha jones)
I'm reading this article for class, and whoever scanned it left these giant black spaces around the edges. Back when I worked in a university library, we had to measure the journal pages and program the size into the copier. If we screwed up and left an 1/8th inch of black space the document delivery people sent the request back with angry admonishments written on it. I could totally do this better!

I have another job interview. :) It's for a job... wait for it... SCANNING THINGS! I can honestly say I never thought that particular job experience would ever come in handy again. Sometimes, it is good to be wrong.

The Torchwood radio play "Lost Souls" was on this afternoon, and it had lulz and weird skience. ) You can download it here for the next 7 days.

Shameless self-promotion: I entered some icons at [livejournal.com profile] dw_icontest this week, and although I can't say which are mine, I encourage you DW fans to vote! :)

I want a purple iPod nano. I'm not actually going to buy one; there's absolutely nothing wrong with my silver one. (Besides not being purple.) And speaking of Apple-y things, I downloaded the newest version of Firefox today, and I swear graphics are slightly duller colored than they are in Safari.

Anyway, about that article I'm reading...
alexiscartwheel: (sailor moon)
Last night around 2 am I engaged in epic battle with a bug. The problem was it kept buzzing really loud. Then it landed right near me and turned out to be pretty big. And I could just see it there. Watching me. Being creepy. Waiting for the opportune moment to strike.

Intellectually, I'm okay with the idea that there are insects all around. Out of sight, out of mind and all that. But then large beetle thing appears and I'm really freaked out by it. I think it's partly the fault of those Scary Stories books that we read in elementary school, particularly one where the spider lays eggs in someone's face. I don't want bugs near me right before I go to sleep, cause what if that actually happened? I'm sure it also didn't help that it was late and I was tired or that I was the only one at home.

Which is how I end up chasing a beetle around the room at 2 am. Just when I thought it was going to leave me alone it had the nerve to come and land on me. Shortly after that, it met defeat. I was not eaten by insects in my sleep.
alexiscartwheel: (dw - rose)
Last night I had a dream that my family was having this big party and our entire extended family was coming, so we had to make lots of food. Guatemalan food. Because we were Guatemalan in the dream. We also wore Guatemalan clothes. (My family is actually from Italy and Holland, among other places, none of which are Guatemala.) I have no idea what people actually eat or wear in Guatemala.

Today my aunt and I went dresser shopping, and we were much more successful than last weekend. The first place we went was a consignment furniture store--one of the same places we went last week--and I quickly found a dresser a really liked. It was a little bit more than I wanted to pay, but it was exactly the color I wanted, was practically new, and had a matching night stand. We're going back to pick them up tomorrow, cause furniture doesn't really fit well in a Toyota Celica, and there were dead battery truck problems. So now I am a big girl with actual furniture! :)

I made dinner for myself and my housemates tonight, which seems to have been a success. (Even though I did set the smoke alarm off while I was cooking.) I keep meaning to post about my new city/house/housemates/etc... I'll get around to it sometime.

And so... Biden, eh? I'm living in a very politically aware town these days, so I've gotta keep up with the new developments. Not sure what I think of him yet, though.
alexiscartwheel: (kaylee)
My internet connection at home is very sketchy this week, which causes me much frustration. I am a whiny baby without internet access, especially on days when my short attention span gets the better of me. (There's only so many times I can stand to reread a paragraph about Coronado before I start going crazy!) Hopefully it will come back, or I will have muchas problemas watching Doctor Who on Saturday. And now, five completely unconnected thoughts:

I'm rambling today. )
alexiscartwheel: (ginny weasley)
Today was day one of my walk to the library fitness plan. (I returned Brideshead Revisited, which is fabulous and you should all read.) On my way home, someone leaving IHOP offered me a ride. No, my car did not break down. I am doing this voluntarily. Really. Apparently here in the KCK literally no one walks as a mode of transportation. To cement my eccentric image, I walked part of the way barefoot, cause my sandals gave me a blister.

Did you know that salmon costs about $15 per pound? Craziness! I think it's even more expensive for wild salmon. I read that the salmon fishing seasons in California and Oregon were cancelled this year, so there's a shortage. Anyway, I did buy myself a little piece of smoked salmon for dinner today. I need to eat more fish. That is, more fish than the no fish I've been eating for the past 23 years. It was actually really good. Whould've thunk it?

Google

Jun. 6th, 2008 04:21 pm
alexiscartwheel: (sc smart is sexy!)
Anyone else notice that the Google logo looks like a Velázquez painting today. I learned about him and this painting "Las Meninas" in my high school Spanish class, so I just thought it was interesting.

Yeah, I'm a dork.
alexiscartwheel: (kaylee)
I did lots of errands this morning: gas, library, pet store, post office, Target... I've been stocking them up so I can make one big loop instead of a bunch of separate trips. It saves gas! I'm quite proud of myself for have lasted on the same tank of gas since May 2. I've started setting my cruise control about 10 mph slower than I'd normal drive on my way home from work, and it seems to have made a difference. :D

And we had Indian food for lunch. I am now completely stuffed on yummy veggie samosas and chicken tikka masala and naan. I also had some aloo zucchini, which was pretty damn tasty, though I'm not sure whether zucchini actually grow in India.

Later, I'm going to upload my pictures from my trip to Columbus, including pictures of my super adorable puppy! Okay, Murray is almost three and over 70 pounds--basically so not a puppy anymore--but I call him that anyway.

And now, a meme courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] tsukara:

1. Leave me a comment saying anything random, like your favorite lyric to your current favorite song. Or your favorite kind of sandwich. Something random. Whatever you like.
2. I respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.
3. You WILL update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be asked, you will ask them five questions.


tsukara's questions and my answers below the cut )

It's hot and humid, and I've got time to kill before I can watch Doctor Who... the pool is calling!
alexiscartwheel: (carmen ohio)
Ugh... five hours of sleep followed by eleven hours in the car do not agree with me. I felt pretty crappy this morning, but luckily that wore off. It would be a drag to spend my entire mini vacation feeling ill.

The drive yesterday was fairly uneventful. I only drove for about two minutes, in a parking lot somewhere outside St. Louis. Mom thought she was too tired to drive, but when I stalled at a stop sign, she decided me driving would scare her too much. I really must have some one teach me to drive stick properly. (I can make the car go, but I always stall when I try to stop. And I have issues with third gear.) So I was the navigator, which I'm actually good at. Not that it's hard, when the entire trip is on I-70.

Sadly, we could not stop at the Blue Springs Cafe for "mile high pie" again, because we drove through Pierron an hour before opening. Boo. We tried again in Vandalia after seeing signs about a historic statehouse and Abraham Lincoln, but the only restaurant we can find in town was completely burned out. (Bummer, that.) I did get some pictures of Lincoln's face painted on a wall and a "Madonna of the trail," but I haven't uploaded them yet.

My dad's cable no longer has BBC America. It makes me saaaad. :( Not that I'm actually here to watch the cable, but it's a fun novelty.

This afternoon I went for a short bike ride. I did a meandering loop around the old neighborhood, which I guestimated was about five miles. Last summer I went on fifteen mile rides about three times a week, but I'm too out of shape for that yet. Biking is one of the very few exercise activities I actually enjoy, so it's too bad I don't have my bike in Kansas.

The Doctor Who TV movie is hands down the worst Who story I have ever seen. I could go on for a really long time about how many things were terrible about it, but I'm sure many others have done so before, so I won't. I really do want to know why the Master had glowy green eyes and kept sliming people, though. WTF! Too make up for that, I'm watching "The Sea Devils" which has Three and Jo and the Master (sans glowy green eyes, avec rubbish beard) and is infinitely more fun.

And a note for the DW fans on my f-list: Apparently there are spoilers/rumors going around about the Moffat two-parter, but I'd rather not know, kay? I'm happy with my trailer-squee, and I'd like to stay that way and be surprised by what's to come. So please don't tell me anything. :)
alexiscartwheel: (dw - smiley martha)
I realized I've hardly updated at all this week! Oh no! There'll likely be more later, but for now, here's what's been going on this week:

I'm still trying to finish Bleak House. Characters keep popping up in unexpected places, but now I mostly know who they are, which is good. Someone was murdered several chapters ago, and someone (probably) innocent has been arrested for the crime. I have my theory of the killers identity, so we'll see if it's correct. I'm aiming to finish by tomorrow (I'm finally down to under 200 pages) because I've got several books that I want to get to before I have to take them back to the library.

The other night I had a weird dream that I was going to school again, this time in Alberta. I didn't like it there and wanted to go home, but then I (for some reason) had all this trouble getting my stuff packed up, so I had to leave late. For some reason I was dead set on making it all the way to Minneapolis, so I was just going to drive overnight.

I'm mad at the bank for randomly decided not to authorize my online payment on my credit card bill even though I definitely had the money in my checking account. It's completely bogus and they totally owe me $38 for the returned check fee the credit card company is charging me now! Grrrr.

I've been making lots of icons this week (points to shiny new Martha Jones icon) because I enjoy playing with Photoshop. When I figure out how, I'll post some of them. :D
alexiscartwheel: (nine & rose)
This afternoon I finally decided to upgrade my LJ account. I've been considering it for months, but told myself I had to wait until after I got a job. (I'm so responsible or whatever.) So now I can have more icons (yay!). Also, in celebration I've changed my layout (cause I was bored with it), and you should all be glad I spared you the scary one with a smiling piece of toast. (I saw it and started laughing uncontrollably. Insane smiling toast? WTF!)

Yesterday I bought a new cell phone, since I've been eligible to upgrade since January, but again didn't want to spend money when I wasn't making any. I got one of the snazzy ones that flips open with a full keyboard on the inside. For the first time ever I bought myself a ringtone (Duffy's "Mercy") instead of finding the most ridiculous of the pre-loaded ones as I usually do. It's like I'm having my own little Christmas in April this week!

And finally, huge achievement for me: I've started running regularly AND it's not making me break out in hives! (OMG! It's like I'm a normal person or something!) [livejournal.com profile] d4ni got a free guest pass for 90 days from her gym, so I've been going with her three times a week. I started out just walking, but now I'm trying to run a little bit each time, and twice I've made it through a whole mile. :D Maybe if I keep it up the freaky allergy-fest of yore will just go away? I hope so.
alexiscartwheel: (kaylee)
BSG tonight! To celebrate, a silly limerick! :D

Season 3 Spoilers Re: The Final Five )

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Miley Cyrus seriously needs to get the heck out of my head. That song will not leave me alone! (Forget "All Along the Watchtower"; you want people to go crazy, play some Miley Cyrus.

* * *

This morning at work the printer jammed five times and had two more imaginary paper jams, all in an hour. I think that the printer, like the Cylons, has evolved. And it HATES me. Also, I saw a guy in a Gogol Bordello t-shirt, which was cool. I recently started listening to some of their music. It's fun stuff!

* * *

I finished two books yesterday: Promises to Keep by Charles de Lint and The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry. Both were short--less than 200 pages each, and the latter is a children's book--but that's still a lot more reading than I get done on the average day. They're both good, by the way.

* * *

Another story of daft moves by American publishers: One of my friends in Montreal recommended the book Starter for Ten by David Nicholls, which she said is her favorite book ever. (Definitely sounds worth a chance, eh?) Unfortunately, when I looked for it in the library here, they only had the movie version. Several weeks later I finally discovered that the book was initially published in the US by a different title, A Question of Attraction. For the paperback edition (after the movie release) they switched back to the original title, which I think was a better title in the first place.

Armed with this knowledge, I've finally located a copy, and I started reading this morning (in between printer jams). We'll see if it lives up to Sarah's hype.

* * *

And welcome to my new friends from from [livejournal.com profile] goin_my_way! Only one more day 'til the Doctor and Donna hit the screens! :D
alexiscartwheel: (Default)
1) On Saturday we went on a big trip to Missouri to go to the antique mall. I made one very important silly but amusing purchase: a 1953 Girl Scout Handbook. It includes many useful bits of information, including an organizational diagram, tips on the proper positioning of a reading lamp, and the procedures for ice rescue ("If the victim is helpless, go to him... When close to the hole, lie down and crawl.")

2) There was an oboist playing in church this week! I was invited to go to the 20s and 30s brunch afterwards, and I decided to be social for once and go. There was plenty of good food and conversation, so I was glad I went. Who knew I could actually have a fun time with three strangers and a priest? :D But the people at St. Michael's all seem really nice (people keep noticing I'm new and introducing themselves), so I guess it shouldn't be a huge surprise.

3) Yesterday my boss presented me with a stack of overdue notices and a stack of envelopes and asked me "Can you...?" and then did some jazz hands in their general direction. Um, what? In better work news, I got my first paycheck!

4) I finally filed my income taxes. I filled out all the forms way back at the beginning of February in a last minute rush before I moved, but then never bothered to mail them. But hey, two weeks before the deadline isn't bad! Maybe this year the IRS will finally figure out that my name isn't Alexander. (A girl can dream.)

5) [livejournal.com profile] d4ni are re-watching some of our favorite Battlestar Galactica episodes from seasons 1-3. Re-watching season 1 is interesting, and not just because all the characters look like babies! Everything was a lot more mysterious back then. Sure, "anyone" could be the final cylon, but it's easy to reasonably rule some people out. In season 1, we didn't even know how many cylons there were, so they really could be anyone. Also, Billy wasn't dead yet (Billy > Tory), Lee actually smiles every so often, and Roslin (and everyone else) didn't hate Baltar's guts yet.

6) Seasons 4!!! Battlestar Galactica on Friday and Doctor Who on Saturday! Best TV week ever? Quite possibly. (And is "Seasons 4" not the most awkward plural ever?)
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