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Monday, May 3rd, 2010
1:28 am - I'm feeling nostalgic tonight.
Unfinished gloves are one of my favorite things in the world for no particular reason. (I prefer them over brown paper packages tied up with string.) I'm halfway through hand #1 on next winter's pair.

I'm listening to Dido - All You Want and it's reminding me of a time it was playing in my car while I drove down Crosstimbers, past The Hungry Farmer and that CD store that used to be next to it. The Dido CD and Satellite Rides were on constant repeat around that time.

When Satellite Rides came out, the Old 97s did a free in-store performance at Cactus Music and I showed up REALLY really early and got a spot standing right in front of Rhett's microphone. Then a girl in a wheelchair showed up at the very last minute and tried to get in front of me, but I wouldn't let her. Not only am I their #1 fan, but I had been there for HOURS!! I wasn't about to let anyone, regardless of handicap, plow her way to a better spot in the crowd than me.

Haha, what a funny memory to hold dear. "Listen to this time I was a total bitch to a helpless handicapped person!" No, but seriously. What a bitch.

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Sunday, December 6th, 2009
7:07 pm - Ha!
Google just informed me that those bastards that owned the wine place where I worked in Dallas went out of business a year ago. Wahoo! I hope they're living in a gutter somewhere. A cold, dank, sewage-smelling gutter.

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Friday, June 12th, 2009
12:09 pm - Best reason for a sale ever
Houstonians, did your power go out during Hurricane Ike, and if so, did you pass the time having unprotected sex? If so, you get 15% off your purchase at IKEA!

Check out this awesome sale flyer: (look underneath "restaurant special")

"What did you do in the dark?
Hurricane Ike left us in the dark with nothing to do... or so we thought? Did hurricane Ike leave you with a bundle of joy?
Show us your baby's birth certificate dated June 1st 2009 - July 4th 2009 and get a coupon for 15% off your entire purchase."

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Friday, May 15th, 2009
10:59 pm - Their dungarees make me hung-ah-ree
If you're a Flight of the Conchords fan, here's a link to all the pictures I took in Houston & Austin:

I got some really good shots from row G, but my lack of super-duper zoomability prompted us to buy a new 55-250mm telephoto lens this evening. It's on the cheapo-end of the quality scale, but it has image stabilazation, which makes up for it (I think).

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Thursday, March 26th, 2009
9:48 am
My back is killing me (Oh, that's bad!)

I found some not-expired hydrocodone pills in the medicine cabinet (Oh, that's good!)

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Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
10:25 pm - That'll teach me not to listen to anyone else ever again.
I hate it when you ask for advice, and you get it, but not about what you were asking.

I asked for advice on how to dog-proof my fence so that Bindi can't dig out, and instead I got lectures about how my dog shouldn't be in the yard unattended. You stupid fucks. "How should I baby-proof my house?" "You shouldn't have to! You're a bad mother if you leave your child unsupervised!" Natually, everyone giving me advice claimed to be either a veteranarian, a vet tech, a behavior expert, or some other such dog guru.

I was also told by one lady that my dog shouldn't play with tennis balls because I have "no idea" how "many dogs" she's seen with "tennis balls down their throat" and "tongues stuck inside tennis balls" and "tennis balls that became sentient and plotted world domination".

I wish Bindi was an attack dog, and also that I had those peoples' addresses.


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Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
12:59 pm - ich habe einen neuen Welpenhund

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
1:54 pm - Hizzle yizzle we can

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Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
6:43 pm
I've been sort of cheating on Livejournal with Myspace for a while, and it seems that now almost everyone on my LJ list is also on my Myspace list, so I may as well just give it up and blog over there. I'll probably still put things here occasionally.


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Friday, August 22nd, 2008
4:13 pm - I take my scrap to C&D, how 'bout y'all?

Apparently the cops screeched up to C&D scrap metal this morning, guns drawn, and randomly arrested a guy who hadn't done anything. They say it was because they had a tip from AT&T that someone had been stealing their wires and was currently at the scrap yard, but the police officer on the scene didn't bother to check before arresting the first person he saw. At gunpoint.

This story wouldn't really be noteworthy to me, except I think the first user comment is funny:
"If there is any kind of financial settlement it should be paid in 2$ bills"

Oh! Speaking of news, one more thing: I saw my old gym teacher on the news the other night. She's keeping a list of cars in her neighborhood that people don't drive, how long they've been there, and how long the city has taken to (not) tow them away. She says it's a 'real problem'.

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Friday, August 15th, 2008
12:06 pm
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been pushed back to JULY 2009!!!!!

Someone kill me.

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Sunday, July 20th, 2008
3:28 pm
The new Batman movie is awesome. Heath Ledger's Joker is the BEST MOVIE VILLAIN EVER!! (Ever.)

That's all I wanted to post, but I'm sure if I do, Adam will say I should write some more stuff. Hmmm... the roses I planted all had a second round of blooms on them, so I didn't manage to kill them in the first month. This could be a good sign that I am no longer a ruthless plant killer. The rubber plant my grandma gave me is shriveling, but my mom says that's only because it's getting too much sun and it will be fine if I bring it inside. This February I'm going to make a raised bed and plant tons more bare-root roses in rainbow order.

The thing that bothers me about roses is that there are so many breeds with silly names. I want to have a plant in each color, but I don't know if I want a white rose bad enough to buy one called "Pope John Paul II". I briefly considered one called "Rosie O'Donnell" but I draw the line at ordering a "Laura Bush".

Edit: I am such a nerd that I photoshopped a "map" of my rainbow rose garden:
rose rainbow

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Thursday, July 3rd, 2008
1:07 pm
I recently found out that there is a player on the Boston Redsox whose name is COCO CRISP. How did I not know about this? All this time, I had been laboring under the delusion that Albert Poo-Holes had the silliest name in baseball and the closest runners-up were Pig Latin names such as BJason and Lyle Bover (Jason Bay and Lyle Overbay)

I am SO BORED! I'm couch-and-bed ridden this week due to the revenge of my lower back pinched nerve. I kind of wanted to go to some fireworks tomorrow night, but I doubt I'll be up for walking around any of the parks where they're being held. Perhaps I'll make Adam sit in the parking lot of Sam Houston Race Park with me. Or maybe, since I think we're out of city limits, we can buy some of our own at the stand down the street. (How do people work in those stores? How do you know a smoker wont come along and blow you up with their sparks?)

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Sunday, June 29th, 2008
9:37 pm - Everyone should go see Wall-E, it's really good.
Yesterday was a get-together at my mom's house where they tried to force the family to play charades. Today was better, we saw the Astros beat the Red Sox, then went to the movies when we got home. Wall-E and his little cockroach friend made me smile.

Edit: Adam says I need to write more. So here is slightly more.

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Thursday, June 26th, 2008
1:27 pm - Knock, knock! Who's there?
Here's Steve-o this morning, wishing he knew how to open doors:
Knock knock! Who's there?

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Monday, June 23rd, 2008
10:26 am
Somehow it came up in conversation the other day that I have never seen Robocop 2. I'm not sure how it happened, as everyone else on earth seems to have seen it. I mentioned that I knew a kid in the movie because they filmed it in Houston, so we set Tivo to record it. I looked him up on IMDB to see what his character's name was, but he's only listed in the credits as "brat". We fast forwarded through most of it and finally found him.

It turns out, he was the kid who yells, "Go fuck a refrigerator, pecker-neck!"


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Friday, June 13th, 2008
4:19 pm - Livejournal sing-along
I went to see the Astros yesterday for the first time this season.
(Oh, that's good!)

I got there late, paid $20 to park, and we lost miserably.
(Oh, that's bad!)

I won $100 at Bingo afterward ($95, sans taxes)
(Oh, that's good!)

I ran over a nail on the way home and had to spend $102 on a new tire this morning.
(Oh, that's bad!)

When I woke up this morning, ants had infested every square inch of our house, including the carpets, the stairs, and our pile of dirty clothes.
(Oh, that's bad!)


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Monday, June 9th, 2008
3:51 pm - GraphJam
Here are some funnies from a new favorite site http://graphjam.com

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3:27 pm - The big "I'm back" update
So, we're back in Houston. I imagined myself immediately calling up everyone I've ever known and partying to celebrate my return, but that's not exactly the way it happened. Closing on the house went smoothly; we had heard horror stories about how much paperwork and hassle it was, but it wasn't so bad.

Unfortunately my grandpa "Hombre" had gotten sick and passed away the morning we were driving to Houston. So the first thing I had to do when we got here was attend a funeral, which was no fun at all. I really miss him. My family has been dealing with it pretty well; I guess this is one time to be happy that they're all Catholic. Not that I ever dealt with death particularly well, but it's an extra little knife in the stomach to lose someone since I admitted to myself that I am truly an atheist.

My grandma is struggling with Alzheimer's, so I'm on tip toes around her because I don't know what she's aware of at any given time. From what I hear, she took the news of his death hard, but then forgot and was asking everyone for a ride to the hospital to visit him. My dad and his siblings are taking shifts being with her 24 hours a day. Adam and I visited on Friday and she was doing pretty good, probably because she has someone there making her take all the right medicines at the right times. She spoke of Hombre in past tense so I thought maybe she was back to normal-ish, but later she asked me the same question quite a few times.

I finally feel back to normal after some intense moping, and I went to see the Sex & The City movie with Leslie and Missy. It made me really glad to be back, and the movie was pretty good. If you liked the show, you'll probably like the movie too.

Other than that, we've been doing lots of tedious homeownery things like buying drapes and putting down sod. I decided I want to plant roses, so I dug a hole in the backyard today. I found enough debris to build us an entire second house. I swear, they got more tile in the dirt than they did on the bathroom floor. I also found broken bricks, a Starbucks coffee lid, and a piece of a shoe sole.

I guess that's about it. I'm excited to show the house off, but everything is still in boxes so it may be a while before the invitations go out. If gas stays at $4 a gallon, I'm betting no one wants to come right now anyway.

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Tuesday, May 20th, 2008
9:12 pm - Have you guys ever heard of LifeGem?

"The LifeGem ® is a certified, high-quality diamond created from the carbon of your loved one as a memorial to their unique life."

The ashes deceased humans (and pets!) can be pressed into a diamond. Or if you choose to be buried, they can also obtain the carbon from locks of hair. Starting at $2,699 for a .29 carat yellow diamond, up to $24,999 for a red or green diamond 1.5 carats and up.

I am both grossed out and totally intrigued...

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