Thursday, June 30, 2005
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
- I said to someone, "Jesus Christ, I am 30. How much freaking older do you have to be to do this job?"
- I saw a broken wooden spoon.
According to dreammoods.com:
Age: To dream of your age, signifies you anxiety and concern of growing older. It may also represent some regrets or failure in your endeavors.
Job: To dream that you are looking for a job, suggests that you are unfulfilled and feeling frustrated in your current phase of your life.
Spoon: To see a spoon in your dream, indicates that you may need to give/receive nourishment. It may also mean that you feel you or someone is being given special treatment.
Wood: To dream of wood, suggests that you are feeling dead inside and emotionless. You may be behaving automatically and just going along with the flow. Or you may be acting out without fully thinking things through.
1 - Worn out; wearied: “My father's words had left me jaded and depressed” (William Styron).
2 - Dulled by surfeit; sated: “the sickeningly sweet life of the amoral, jaded, bored upper classes” (John Simon).
3 - Cynically or pretentiously callous.
Gay virgin, of the cult of the virgins, and coworker have both called me jaded. Hmmm...I guess with that first definition, sometimes I am.
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
1 - Three hours is TOO LONG for a local parade. I don't even think the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade lasts this long.
2 - Less politicians and the parade won't be 3 hours.
And 3 - Now that I've seen it once, I won't need to see it again.
But here are some pics I took:
This was one of the first things I saw as I walked to the parade. It amused me because my first thought was wow (and not a good wow), way to gouge the gays. I mean, 20 bucks to park?! Even Disneyland doesn't charge that much.
Presentation of the colors.
Pipers. Strangely enough I like bagpipe music. But everytime I see bagpipers I think of that scene in So I Married an Axe Murderer where there's a piper playing and the guy faints and the dad makes the announcement "There's a piper down, a piper down."
I like the Boeing Employees. I thought their little planes were cute.
Condom Statue of Liberty. I don't know why but I found this amusing.
The Seafair Pirates. They aren't necessarily the gays. And according to the guys in the chairs in front of me it was a big deal they were there. Like now the parade has 'made it.'
Synchronized book trucks. The library has a group that does this. I don't know why but it seems like fun. We never had that kind of fun when I worked at UAF's library. (Although we did have book truck races, hey we were 3 floors UNDERGROUND who knew we were down there?)
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. They scare me a tiny bit, but they do good work in the community.
"Help me Obi Wan Penobi, you're my only hope."
Of the like 4 or 5 real floats there, I thought this one was the best. I especially liked the fireworks! :)
Argument: trying to resolve some internal conflict or some unsettled issue in your waking life. Consider the symbolism of whom you are arguing with and what you are arguing about. How does he or she reflect some person or some aspect of yourself in your waking life? (Not at all shocking)
Dirt (thrown): To dream that someone throws dirt at you, denotes that enemies will try to attack your character and harm your reputation. (Funnily enough, if I had this argument with this person in real life, it would not completely shock me if this person were to do something like this)
Bomb: To see a bomb in your dream, signifies that you may be going through a potentially explosive and trying situation in your waking life. The bomb could represent repressed desires and unexpressed emotions that are likely to explode or burst if not dealt with soon. It could be something within yourself, such as the desire to explode with anger over an issue that's affecting you.
Acquaintance: To see an acquaintance in your dream, signifies positive affairs in business and harmony in your home life. It also foretells that you will see or hear from them shortly after this dream. (Except I already saw him on Saturday which is why I think he showed up again. The person I had an argument with does not like this guy.)
The new kits seem to be settling in a little bit. Tess likes to take any treats she gets and hides them. She spent about 20 min on her first day with me climbing up on the sofa to get a treat, running and hiding it and then returning. Tess does NOT like the outdoors. I tried to get them to go for a walk yesterday and Tess wasn't having it. Which is funny because she paces at the screen on the bedroom window like a damn tiger in the zoo. She just THINKS she wants to be outside. Tess also likes to dig in dirt. I had a bag of potting soil, that I hadn't realized Rigby had knocked on the floor. I looked yesterday evening and realized the bag was moving. Tess was inside doing her damnedest to get the dirt out. I have an old container with a hole cut in the top to be a dig box. Mink & Bax never liked it much but I think I'll fill it with potting soil for Tess to dig in. Rigby is the queen of the cheweasels. I put one out for each of them, but Rig quickly took them both. She also has apprently scoured the apartment for any Baxter left unclaimed because suddenly she had 5 of them. She sleeps near them apparently to not let them out of her sight. She also has taken to biting my feet. So we keep going through rounds of a bite, then scruff, then "NO BITE" very stern in her face then a 3 minute time out in the carrier. If I have to take drastic measures, chili oil will be smeared on my feet, but when I did something similar to Baxter who used to bite like a bitch it backfired.* Rig does not, however, bite my hands or really any other body part. Just the feet. So that's definitely an improvement. They both tend to sleep in the carrier. I think it is a security thing for them. I caged them yesterday while I was at work, but didn't today. That could be a mistake. This morning I got Tess all riled up and when I couldn't handle her wrestling with my hand anymore (She bites when we wrestle so now I have several puncture holes in my hand, but that's playing not vindictive/meanness), I tossed Rigby on the bed with her. They wrassled for awhile and it was very cute. As they reached the edge of the bed I thought they'd realize and move away, not so much. Death grip on each other's throats, they fell on the floor. And I laughed. I might be mean, I know it. :)
*I had smeared tobasco on my hands (because Bax bit and held on) and Bax bit into one and then was enraged so she bit down on my thumb, through the nail and wouldn't let go. I had to pry her jaws off and then without thinking, I rubbed my eyes which had teared up in pain. I wanted to DIE! There's nothing quite like the pain of rubbing tobasco in both eyes.
Sunday, June 26, 2005
Also, damn My Girl! Seriously, tears run down my cheeks from the bees all the way to almost the end.
Saturday, June 25, 2005
Here's the girls:
Rigby (Pink Nose)
Tess (Brown nose)
Friday, June 24, 2005
I was walking to work this morning and I saw the cutest little ball of feathers on the ground. As I looked closer I realized it was a young crow. Not a baby anymore, because some of its longer feathers were growing in, but still fairly downy. Apparently mama or dada crow did not like me looking at baby because it started sqwaking at me and left its perch on the tree to fly closer to where I was standing. I kept walking to about the next tree and stopped again to look at it. Adult crow followed sqwaking at me and landing on a building above me and continuing to berate me. This continued on until I actually turned the corner to go up the next street. Apparently they're fairly protective. :)
I have to do a self evaluation for my job. I hate these. At Homestore I was there for 3 years and never NEVER had an evaluation. When I taught school, I had them many many times over the 1 year I taught. They were almost all bad because I was awful at keeping the little hellions under control. (Actually I was good with the projects and knew what I was talking about so that part was good, but always balanced badly by the big fat "sucks ass" rating when it came to keeping them under control which dragged the whole score way down. Seriously, a 24 year old should never try to teach 13 year olds.) At the casino I had 1 review that was mildly good, except for showing initiative. Apparently my failure to attend an OPTIONAL FIRE EXTINGUISHER TRAINING showed I lacked initiative. Did I mention I worked in the BENEFITS OFFICE? So now I have to do a self-evaluation for my job. I'm a little freaked out.
I mentioned before how I worked doing transcription for Inlaws & Outlaws and how I was disappointed that I wouldn't get to see it at SIFF because I was volunteering during 1 show and then I was in Hawai'i for the 2nd show. Well, the director found my blog and sent me an email about how sorry he was I missed it at SIFF but did I know it was going to play at Cinerama on July 7th. If I was interested he'd hook me up with tickets. And would I be interested in volunteering? First - I was mildly embarrassed that he found this. I don't know why, especially since I've only said nice things about volunteering and encouraged people to go see the movie, but I was still embarrassed. Second Yay! Now I'm going to go and despite it being a violation of The Summer of Joanne, I'm going to volunteer for the other showing.
Summer of Joanne
I think the basic premise of the Summer of Joanne is that I'm not going to volunteer for any causes this summer. Except for ones that I've already committed to. Like the movie and the Seattle Paint Out. Of course if I never hear from the Paint Out people, I can't really be the First Hill lead, now can I? If I were a good volunteer, I'd email them. Obviously I'm not a good volunteer since I haven't. The other tenet of the Summer of Joanne is to get out and do stuff. Like going to Portland. But since Sunday adventures have to be curtailed to non-walking adventures I'm not sure what other adventures I'm going to plan, but there'll be other stuff. Definitely other stuff.
Tonight I'm going with coworker and a couple of other people to see Margaret Cho. I think she's here as a part of Pride events. I am not attending any other Pride events. I may even avoid the grocery store all weekend to avoid the gays. It isn't that I don't love them, because I do. But I don't really like crowds to begin with so the fact that an estimated 130,000 people are going to be here on the hill at some point this weekend pretty much ensures I will be hiding out in my apartment. That is when I'm not field tripping to Bothell to potentially adopt 2 more ferrets. And no, KTP, a 3rd is like 15 times harder than just the 2. Or maybe it isn't but to me, for some reason, a 3rd seems to cross an invisible line I don't want to cross.
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Sunday, June 19, 2005
One of the notable things about the Fremont Parade are the naked bicycle riders. Some just ride naked, others do elaborate bodypaint. I got a few pics of different body paints I liked or I thought were well done.
Wonderwoman was especially well done. If you saw her from a distance you wouldn't realize she was naked.
The red villian was part of a whole group of The Incredibles. I tried to get others of that group but some of them ride pretty fast. :) I'm sure I would! There were a lot of different body shapes and types so it was kind cool to see all sorts of bodies out there being cool with themselves. The WORST part of the naked bicycle riders, this older guy was riding back and forth and he was fine, whatever, until one of his final rides by... erect. That was a little weird.
Great body paint I thought. Although could you imagine how hard it would be to wash that crap off?
She really went all out for hers. Rode by like queen of the parade.
One of the groups in the parade was this troupe of belly dancers. They were really good and again, all sorts of different bodies just out there on display. I know I wouldn't have the gumption to do that.
This little kid went up to shake the 'clown's' hand but didn't look too sure he wanted to do it. It just made me laugh.
Cute kids on top of a wedding cake. All the floats are man powered, there are no motorized vehicles in the parade at all.
Here I thought, wow a concession to 'normal' parades, a marching band. Yes, a marching band made of homosexual performers. Rock on.
A float about monsters destroying the city. I thought both the float and the monster costumes were really well done.
Oh Mr. Sun, sun, Mr. Golden Sun won't you please shine down on meee. This was actually the first float in the parade. Notice how it is towed by gladiators. I noticed when it went the other way, there were cheese puffs under the sun. Hee.
The end of the parade. Everyone singing This Land is Your Land.
The art cars were all over the place. Some were very cool and very well done, and others looked like they were just thrown together. I really liked this Mini that had been redone as a ladybug. I thought it was so cute and little!
The fish car was hmm... interesting. The whole thing is choreographed to music and the lobsters would sometimes rise up in song. It was kind of funny.
Friday, June 17, 2005
2 - Since it is summer and most of the faculty are gone and things are usually fairly quiet, we have a rotating schedule on Fridays. 2 of us admins get to leave at 2:00 PM and one stays and minds the desk. So every 3rd Friday I'm here until 4:30 but all the others I'm outta here early! Yay for going home early!
1 bad thing about summertime at my job...
Food services on campus are severely limited so either I bring my lunch or I pay real money (as opposed to the soft money I put on my campus card to buy lunch 'out' once a week which really means I eat on campus but didn't have to cook it myself).
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Maybe with alcohol involved in the evening, but not required.
Visit a place I haven't been to before
Hopefully doesn't cost too much money
Perhaps check out solstice activities in Fremont
Maybe go fly a kite (I don't own one though)
Take a long walk
Check out a museum
Go to the movies
Dishes (dishes are always #1 on the list because I abhor them!)
Put away stuff from Hawai'i vacation (yes you read that right I still have everything from Hawai'i in bags around my bedroom)
Put away stuff from camping
Clean up all of Baxter's toys/mess/treats scattered on the floor and put away her cage
(I don't know if I can do that one yet - I can do the mess part but I don't know I can put away her cage and her toys all away yet)
Deal with recycling stuff
Walk down memory lane
Co-worker reminded me that this weekend is solstice and she would be doing the Fremont Solstice stuff. It made me think that when I lived in Alaska, Michelle & I would do the Midnight Sun Run. Not that we were all you know athletic or anything, we'd walk it. I'm sure at home I have about 3 t-shirts from my years of doing it. I also have some pretty cool pics of us at the finish line at midnight wearing sunglasses. :) So I was explaining this to coworker and I mentioned it started at the college and ended at Alaskaland. Ahh Alaskaland. It is now renamed Pioneer Park. That's just wrong by the way. The funniest thing about Alaskaland? There's a bar in the park. The Palace. It is known for its fun touristy revue... at least during the early evening. Late at night, it's the local gay bar. I've been there once with V. Coworker thought it hysterical that the tourist hotspot is also the gays' hotspot. Only in Alaska, she said, would a bar do double duty like that. :)
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
I am thinking of going to Portland in July for just a weekend. Take the train down. See the sights. Check out that restaurant that was recommended to me by Chicken. Stay in a hostel. That sort of thing. Since MP claims this summer for him will be the summer of Matthew, I'm thinking that for me, it should be the summer of Joanne! :) I need a summer that's all about me after the year so far. (of course, I really don't know how to do this but I'll figure it out)
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Monday, June 13, 2005
Sunday, June 12, 2005
Camping - A rehash:
The kids arrived at varying times after 7 PM on Friday night. We didn't do much, had a snack of cookies and helped the other kids lug their crap across the field. We were as far from the parking lot as humanly possible. I have no idea how long it took me to trek back and forth across the field with stuff like food and our supplies. I had picked up my little Girl Scout about mid way through the afternoon and she helped, but we gave up towards the end because I was too tired. The nice thing about camping with just my kids and not as part of a big encampment is that we were on our own schedule. The kids didn't get up until 8:00 am on Sat morning. They cooked eggs and sausages for breakfast. It turned out very well. We cleaned up and went on a hike. We walked very slowly and looked at a lot of different things. I like that I know stuff... :) and can tell the girls. I imparted a variety of wilderness knowledge to them like about moss on the North side of trees (except in WA where it is too wet so moss just grows on the outside of trees.). We studied slugs and snails and trees and tree rings. We took about a half of the long trail and turned back to the cabins at the same place I stopped walking on the trail when I went on my own. That thing I thought was a waterfall, it isn't. It's a climbing wall with varying levels. One of the moms pointed it out and I felt dumb for not realizing it sooner. The girls cooked lunch too. We had tacos. The moms were impressed that we made that. :) After lunch it rained a little bit but we made our wish boats for our bridging ceremony. We played board games by the cabin. We also went out into the field and played kick ball. My feet got wet. The poor things didn't get to be dry until I went to bed after 11:00 PM. It was awful. They were itchy and pruny. Dinner was a whole other story. We were going to barbecue chicken and hamburgers and hotdogs and make potato salad. The potatos took forever to cook. We ran out of propane. The chicken took forever to cook. We started cooking at 4:00 PM... We didn't eat until after 6:40. We did manage to do our ceremony at about 7:20. Which was just in time so one of my moms who had to leave to go get her husband could go. The dads showed up at 5. We had 2 show up. They did not help. In the end they did not camp either. And one took his daughter with him when he left for the night and didn't bother to tell me. I was pissed. The ceremony went well. The girls did their poem and crossed their bridge and got their candle lit and put their wish boats into the pond by the bridge. It was all very nice. (as far as Girl Scout Ceremonies go...) We went back to where we cooked dinner and there was still fire going (not in a fire circle, in a rock bbq). We cleaned up the mess from dinner. (Did I mention it RAINED all while we were trying to cook dinner?) We had no propane to do dishes so we only used paper. I know I know but we did wash all our other dishes for each of the other meals. The kids had a bunch of marshmallows and 1 s'more each. Our whole day progressed much more like family camping than like Girl Scout camping... no real agenda we just played and did what we wanted to do. I think they liked that a lot.
We didn't get up until 9:00 this morning. (I had been up at about 7ish and was sitting outside reading my book). The dads (who left and were supposed to camp) arrived. We ate breakfast of doughnuts and fruit. We packed our lunches and we cleaned everything out. That took us until noon. And the kids left. I was so glad to see them go. I like them! Don't get me wrong... but I was so tired.
Baxter - I came back and she is much more frail than she usually is. I think this month (and maybe this week) may be her last week. I've decided I'm not going to rush her to the vet. I don't think there's anything the vet can do. She is skinnier than she was even 2 weeks ago when I took her to the vet for her monthly shot (and then she was thinner than she was when I took her last year for her condition). Bax is 7 and she's from the ferret breeder known as Marshall Farms. Their ferrets are not hardy. Age seven is usually their limit. Minka died last year at around what would've been her 7th birthday. I've known this is coming for awhile know. Unless she seems to be really suffering (which she doesn't right now), I'm going to let time do its thing. Although typing this is making me tear up, and it is entirely possible that I'm just being a drama queen. But my instincts were right on Minka and I suspect they'll be right on Bax too.
Friday, June 10, 2005
Tomorrow I pick up a rental car for the weekend camping with the kids. Who knew that if I charge the car with my AMEX card I am covered for loss and damage to the rental car. That's the most expensive add on insurance I got last time. Now I will only have to get liability add on. Very nice... and much cheaper. Tomorrow is going to be psychotically busy. I have to go to the Girl Scout office and get some supplies and exchange the damn vests for sashes. Apparently we want sashes now. Sigh. I also have to grocery shop for our trip, and gather up some more arts & crap supplies. I have to do laundry and pack up my own gear. I have to swing by the U to pick up our glue and other art supplies that I usually leave there. I have to pick up my usual brownie and feed us both some dinner since I'm not having the other kids eat at camping. And instead of working on that this evening... I'm watching Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban. :) Such a slacker I am. I can't wait though. We'll have a nice ceremony for the bridging girls. One more meeting I think and we're done for the summer!
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Quickie: Love is all around you. Learn to expand your definition, and you'll find that your life is filled with it.
Overview: Don't be surprised if your concentration is a little lacking -- you've got matters of the heart on the brain. Think creatively about jump-starting your romance, or, if you're single, starting something brand new.
Monday, June 06, 2005
This was at the Polynesian Cultural Center. The woman in yellow taught us to make our cute little fishes.
Dark skinned Mormons. MP wanted pics because the only Mormon's he's ever seen were white. These are not necessarily the hot Mormon College boys. This was during the Canoe Parade.
The island out there in the distance is called Chinaman's Hat, for probably obvious reasons. I believe this is another of the zooming along in the car shots.
Regulars know my love for interesting trees. I liked these trees. I think they are Banyan (although it is entirely possible I'm wrong.) But they grow all these tendrils from the branches that reach into the ground and create more trunk. They look so cool.
A cute little crab in the sand at Lanikai Beach. I had thought it was dead so I flung a tiny bit of sand at it. It sucked one of its eyes in so then I felt a little bad about disturbing it.
Probably the fanciest looking dessert I've ever eaten. At the Tiki Bar & Grill. It was cheesecake with fruit salsa and that drizzle is of a yummy fruit that I can't remember the name of. Very good!
This is back to shore and the community of Haleiwa. It was a tiny community that I kind of liked. The type of place in my imagination I have always wanted to live in. The type of community that is better in dreams than probably in reality.
If you look closely, you can see me in the cage! :) Mostly you can see the snorkle. Also these 2 guys were the captain and first mate... hot and hot.
The King as part of the Canoe Parade. More dark-skinned Mormons. :)
I had never been to Hawai'i. I'd also never ridden in a limo. We called for a taxi to take us to the airport and a limo is what appeared. It's just a regular taxi so we didn't pay extra for the fancyness. It was kind of cheesy inside but whatever! :)
This too is on the road to either Lanikai or PCC. It also serves as an inadvertent self-portrait. :)
Sea Dragon at the aquarium. I think they're so freaking cool! They also have them here in Seattle.
I KNOW this was on the road to Lanikai. There is actually a mountain back there, but it is completely shrouded in fog.
Michelle took this shot while bobbing around in the ocean. The waves were rippling all over us. I think you can kind of see a boat in it.
I took this at the aquarium.
We saw this cute little lizard on the little path to Lanikai Beach.
There was a lookout point and this was a valley you could see from the look out. I'm not sure what the community is though.
Sunday, June 05, 2005
This one was taken on the road to Lanikai Beach where we spent one afternoon. There was a scenic pull off. I have no idea what beach this is. In any event, it is the quintissential Hawai'i shot.
This is Diamond Head. The houses in the area are very expensive! But so beautiful.
Hibiscus flowers were prevalent. I really liked the yellow ones.
This is some little cove on the way to either PCC or Lanikai Beach. Actually, I took this one from the speeding Chrysler Seabring Convertible. I believe Michelle mentioned, but I'll reiterate... the Seabring Convertibles were EVERYWHERE! Apparently they were the official rental car of Hawai'i. :)
This is some island off Lanikai Beach. The water was so warm and blue but very choppy. The wind was very active. Michelle read later that Kailua beach which is right nearby is known for its windsurfing because of the tradewinds.
On the way to Lanikai I saw this paraglider off the mountain.
I believe this is Rabbit Island (although I could be wrong) :) Beautiful, just beautiful.
A secret little pathway into Lanikai Beach. There were houses all along the entire stretch of the beach so that in order to get in you had to park and go down the public access walkways. We had heard about Lanikai Beach from Citysearch. Unfortunately, what they don't tell you is that much of the actual beach has washed away so there is only a small strip of sand. It was so beautiful and secluded though. And the sand was so soft and totally unlike Waikiki Beach which was very rocky and caused cut feet.
Hee. Speaking of feet... I took this shot just to give a little perspective. That's my purple toenailed big toe and some other guy's foot looking down from the shark cage.
Shark viewed from the shark cage. These were all relatively harmless Galapagos Sharks. They still have teeth yo, but aren't likely to attack anytime soon. :) Apparently Captain Mike was patting one one day he wasn't paying attention and the teeth grazed his arm and it required 36 stitches. Michelle told me this but I missed the story because I was under water.
That's the boat we took out. There were 13 of us on board besides the 2 crew. The "hot water shower" the brochure boasted about... was a hose with a spray nozzle. I rinsed off at one of those external showers on the beach and changed in the grossest bathroom I've been in in years.
One morning I got up at about 5 and got dressed and slipped out before Michelle was up. I wanted to get a vague picture of the sunrise, not realizing that it really couldn't be seen from Waikiki. These are some sunrise surfers I caught at about 6:00 AM.
Conversely, here's sunset at Waikiki Beach.
Gorgeous view from our Lanai. Really there was enough space on the balcony for 2 chairs and that's about it, but who wants to sit in chairs all day? Although in the early morning when I was awake before Michelle, I'd sit out in them and read.
View from the Tiki Bar & Grill where we ate a fancy pants dinner one night and had drinks on our last day trying to kill time before heading to the airport.
Lanikai Beach again. See how the waves are right up to the rocky parts of the houses? That's how it is... there is almost no beach left. I think the section we put our towels on was maybe 8 feet to the ocean.
Hey that's me! :) I tried the 1 handed pic from inside the shark cage. Kinda cool no?
Finally, I don't know where this is but it was on our way to either the Polynesian Cultural Center or Lanikai Beach (same road to get to both). Another pic taken while zooming along in the car. :)