Apr. 10th, 2010 10:18 pm
alexiscartwheel: (lots - kahlan is a bamf)
500) I just noticed that I made my 500th entry yesterday. Predictably, I was babbling about a TV show! Apparently my paid time has run out, and I'm feeling to cheap to pay for it right now... so thank goodness I already uploaded a Kahlan icon. (Bad ass Mother Confessor, baby!) Not that I probably won't cave in about a week anyway.

1) The other day a dug out an old purse and found a flash drive I thought I lost back in Kansas. It's only 1GB, but this is still super news because my newer, shinier 8GB one got a little bent and stopped working.

08) I still enjoy the reactions I get when I tell people here in D.C. that I moved here from Kansas. I person recently actually knew the city and asked what area I lived in, but more often people think I'm kidding. Yes, there is life beyond the Eastern seaboard!

42) Today I met up with a friend and her husband and went to the roller derby! Today was the D.C. Rollergirls league championship bout between the D.C. Demoncats and Scare Force One. I'd never been before, but it's so much fun! The three of us were trying to come up with fun derby names—all the derby girls have fun aliases, like "Condoleeza Slice" and "Sookie Slaughterhouse." We're already planning to go back for the next bout in May.

87) I heard Bulletproof on the local Top 40 station today (twice!) and I got to have a music snob "I bought that almost a year ago n00bs" moment. Yeah.

6) New Doctor Who and Legend of the Seeker today... so you know where I'll be for the rest of the night!

NBC Fails

Aug. 15th, 2008 10:26 pm
alexiscartwheel: (dw - donna)
Who cuts to commercial in the middle of a live race?!?! Okay, yes, the 800m freestyle is a long race... but it's not that long. They couldn't wait for it to end? ("What? There are no Americans in this race?" Cause the Olympics are all about America winning, yeah? Not about watching some really awesome athletes, whatever country they may come from.)

But yay for Rebecca Adlington, even if they keep cutting away from her world record to show commercials and talk about Michael Phelps. :D

I was reading yesterday about modern pentathlon. They shoot, fence, swim, ride, and run all in one day. A complicated points system determines who gets to start running first, and the person who crosses the finish line first wins the gold. This is all sounds kind of crazy and cool, so I hope they'll show it on TV. Which means they won't. Alas.
alexiscartwheel: (josef says "om nom nom")
It's easy to do. Just eat everything. Then have some more.

Seriously. 12,000 calories a day. I can't even imagine. Of course, I don't spend my whole day swimming and working out. Michael Phelps is not normal.

"This man is in a very, very different place to the rest of us. He's 6ft 4in and 192lb of pure joy. From a female perspective, obviously. Though I probably shouldn't say that."


ETA: Also, I moved today. It is more stressful with my mother along trying to organize things. But I am here now and am trying to relax.
alexiscartwheel: (kaylee)
I am such an Olympics junkie. (It's such a bummer that a lot of the live events are on overnight. At some point I have to force myself to stop watching and go to sleep). I could never do any of this, and half of these sports I hardly understand, but it's just so much fun to watch. I especially love when someone unexpected wins an event, because they're just so shocked and happy! What am I going to do on Thursday when I have to spend the day in the car instead of watching swimming? (How do they swim so fast? They make swimming 100 meters in less than a minute look fun and easy. They are secretly FISH PEOPLE.)

Today I met one of my college friends for lunch, which was a lot of fun. We met sophomore year when we had two classes--in two different departments--together. We had lots more classes together after that, so we were long time study buddies. We used to meet for lunch before Italian classes and watch the Oval preacher (which was always good free entertainment), so today was just like old times... except that since then we've both graduated, started grad school, and dropped out of grad school. : )

I'm getting more stuff replaced on my car--spark plugs and some other stuff I can't remember--before I move. Hopefully this is really the end of the car work for awhile. Except I think I still need to get my brakes worked on soon. But those aren't all that important, right? I'll just coast to a stop. Yep. I can haz metro nao?

I don't know what I was thinking, but since I've been in Columbus, I've checked out nine books from the library. In what universe did I think I was going to read nine books in a week and a half? (I think I read ten in the entire month of July, and that was more than usual.) So sadly, they all have to go back tomorrow. I finished a good one last night--The Monsters of Templeton--so I'll try to write up a quick review if I get a chance tomorrow.

One more day and then I'll officially live in Virginia! And I won't have to move again for another two years. Yay!!! And now... GYMNASTICS!
alexiscartwheel: (dw - bamfy rose)
Today was a bad day to be a spider at my house. I'm hardly the cleanest person around, so it kind of says a lot about the state of our front porch that I assigned myself the task of cleaning it this afternoon. It was icky and gross with lots of cobwebs in the corners (and even on the mailbox) and dirt and leaves on the floor. After some fun with a broom and a garden hose, it looks much, much better. After that I was feeling so inspired that I cleared off the deck and swept the sidewalk around the garage too.

Sci-Fi had a Doctor Who marathon today, and despite my best intentions to be productive, I did get sucked in a couple times. I ended up seeing "The Girl in the Fireplace" and "Army of Ghosts" and snatches of a couple others. (My brother came over for awhile while I was still working on the deck. He though the Absorbaloff in "Love and Monsters" was pretty funny.) I think I've probably seen "Army of Ghosts" more than any other episode. Every time there's a marathon, I always seem to catch that one, but then I don't see "Doomsday" because I have to go away and do things... like take the dog for a walk, return library books, or wash the car. (All of which, incidentally, I did this afternoon. Gosh, I feel so accomplished.)

This evening I watched the Olympic opening ceremony (on 12 hour tape delay for prime time) in it's entirety. I don't usually watch sports, but I do enjoy the Olympics. I remember back when I was eight years old I taped a lot of the events at the Lillehammer games because the prime time coverage didn't even start until my bedtime. (Looking back, I'm kind of amazed that I knew how to program the VCR when I was eight years old. Go me!) I really enjoyed the first part of the opening ceremony, which had some very cool performances. During the second half, the American commentators got pretty annoying. (I kind of wanted to go smack them every time they mentioned the "intersection of sports and politics" or they told us that the small African/Pacific Island nation had never won an Olympic medal. You mean countries with lots of moneys and 500 member teams win more medals than poor countries with 5 athletes? YOU DON'T SAY! Oh, wait. Yes you do. Repeatedly.) There were some fun and some crazy outfits though, and I did get a good laugh out of a bored looking George W. Bush tapping a mini US flag against his leg. How very dignified.

It's getting very late, but it's not as if I have a real schedule for tomorrow. For now, I can relish being a night owl, if only for a few days.
alexiscartwheel: (dw - doctor and donna)
Weeeell... not quite. But I think my car's going to blow up any time something goes wrong. Thankfully, my mom's boyfriend is very good with cars, so he was able to talk me through it on the phone. Apparently my radiator was completely out of coolant, so [livejournal.com profile] d4ni and I went and bought some and filled it back up. Which sounds super simple, but I'm pretty stupid when it comes to car stuff. Just getting the hood up was a challenge, and then I had to find the right parts based on crappy diagrams in the manual.

So I really hope there's not something seriously wrong. I don't particularly want to spend lots of money fixing my car again, but I'm just about to move across the country again, so I'd have to. Cars really are too much trouble. Public transit please!

WTF... The Mole is on again? No wonder I don't watch TV these days. I can't wait for the Olympics to start so I can watch cool stuff like synchronized swimming, white water kayak, trampoline, or skeet shooting. (I'll be at home enjoying my mom's fancy cable.) Anyone else thinks the IOC should resurrect Olympic croquet? Anyone for some tug of war?
alexiscartwheel: (dw - romana ii)
Someone whistled at me from a car when I was walking to the park this evening. I pretended I didn't hear (iPod = plausible deniability) cause stuff like that makes me uncomfortable. I feel like I'm being laughed at, even if I'm likely not. *is paranoid*

I've come up with a new exercise plan for myself now that my free gym pass is expired. I'll just walk to the library and return my books... one at a time. Today I walked in the park for an hour, but it's a small park and I get kind of bored without a destination. Walking to the library once a day will be about the same distance as I walked to class every day in Montreal, and I lost weight despite frequent trips to Timmy's and my newfound appreciation of poutine.

At the park today: two birthday parties, lots of people fishing, dog walkers, joggers, a basketball game, volleyball players, LARPers, and three tennis games, one without an actual court. Every time I see people playing tennis I kind of wish I had stuck it out longer with tennis lessons. (A long time ago my mom signed me up for tennis lessons because she thought I should sometimes do activities with people instead of sitting around the house reading. She says after my first set of classes ended I asked, "Can I be done with this now?") I wasn't bound for tennis stardom by any means, but I was reasonably competent. I wouldn't win any Grand Slams, but I could at least play in the park!

And now it's already after nine o'clock! Seriously, where does the time go? I really have to stop sleeping in the afternoon. It eats all my time!


May. 16th, 2008 11:37 am
alexiscartwheel: (dw - romana ii)
It feels like this has been an extrememly long week for some reason. Maybe because I haven't been sleeping enough, but you'll have that. The weekend is finally (almost) here, though (not quite, cause I'm at work for another hour), and I've got plenty of reasons to be excited (other than being easily excitable).

Tonight is the season finale of Moonlight, and there's a new episode of Battlestar Galactica for my Kara and Laura fix. Afterwards, I'm going to see Prince Caspian with friends. The Narnia books are some of my all time favorites, and the movie looks awesome.

Tomorrow is the Turkey Creek Festival. [livejournal.com profile] d4ni and I have no idea what it is, but it's at the park a couple blocks from our apartment. We know there is a parade involved. Basically, it promises to be amusing (either amusingly lame or legitimately fun, though probably the former). And Saturday night there's new Doctor Who!

Today is the end of finals week, so there have hardly been any people in the libary all morning. It's eerily quiet. I did some shelving (which was actually okay, cause it was the lit section, so the books aren't ten pounds each and actually look interesting), then spent a quality hour cleaning all the keyboards. YUCK! I now never want to use public computers ever again and have thouroughly rid my hands of all forms of bacteria. Sweet. At least I got paid today, so it (kind of) makes up for it.

In this morning's news, the International Association of Athletics Federations has ruled that double amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius is eligible to run in the Olympic Games. I'm impressed by anyone who can run that fast, let alone a man with two prosthetic legs, so I'm glad they're letting him compete. (Also, I think discrimination against the disabled justified by science is still discrimination.) I honestly don't think runners are going to start amputating limbs to get prosthetic ones, and I think critics who cite that as a potential problem are vastly underestimating the stigma attached to disability that would prevent people from doing so.

Elsewhere in the world of sports, Speedo is involved in a monopoly suit. Supposedly their new full body suit could monopolize the competitive swimwear market. Now, I don't care if full body swim suits can shave off a few seconds of time, I'm still against them. Why? Swimmers have some of the fittest bodies ever and it's significantly less fun to watch men's swimming if they're completely covered up.
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