Friday, September 29, 2006

Taxation without something or other

I was all full of righteous indignation about getting hit with a 32% tax on some random extra money I received this month. (My office does supplemental pay when you do random extra work which I did a shit load of earlier in the month so it definitely is NOT a bonus which would be taxed at an outrageous rate because that's how bonuses are). Then I double checked and did the math. Unfortunately $125 out of $500 is 25% which IS my tax bracket. Sigh. Ahh well, difficult to come by, easy to go. :) I did use the remaining $340 (don't forget FICA the bitch she is) to buy my plane ticket to see Michelle over Thanksgiving! A break! I am so excited. I'll arrive Tuesday night. She'll 'work from home' on Wed and I'll hang out. We'll eat with her fam on Thanksgiving. We will get up at the butt crack of dawn on black Friday and be done shopping by noon. (or thereabouts) I will get to eat at all the places I love that we don't have here in Seattle like my favorite Chinese place over by my old work. Ooh and Mongolian BBQ. I love that! And I won't even drag her to Disneyland. :)

Tomorrow I'm taking the girls on an adventure. (The ferrety girls not the Scouty girls). Tess has to go for her shot and I signed up for the Flexcar for a longer period of time so I can also go to my GF bakery and to the Pet Store so I can get their treats. They can go in with me at the pet store so I'll take Rigby too (if I can find her).

Thursday, September 28, 2006

My apologies to smokers around the globe.

I just read on yahoo news that New York City is now looking to ban trans fats in restaurants, bakeries, fast food joints etc. They are currently running a voluntary program to reduce trans fats but apparently that's not working, so they are looking to ban altogether. Chicago is apparently currently considering a similar voluntary program. I found several things intereting about the article. (I never link to articles because eventually the article will be gone and it will be a broken link and I hate that!) First of all I found it intersting that it is New York and Chicago doing the banning. I would figure that someplace like LA and even my own home of rock and twig lovers Seattle would be the first two to do something like this.

My next thought was what's next? We've banned smoking. Now we're banning being fat. What's next? Being single? Being an unwed parent? (Oh no, they tried that it didn't change anything). And while smoking IS a health risk to others, my being fat doesn't really hurt anyone else. It does, I suppose, with regards to health care coverage costs since hypothetically we fatties are more likely to need medical care I know in my own life that isn't necessarily true. Although I can tell you that our current health care costs are outrageous at my job and that's because of all the cancer people we've had who 20 years ago would've died a lot sooner than they did and none of those were due to fatness. With the exception of the tendon (also not related to fattness but to short achilles tendons, something else probably genetic), I'm actually rather healthy. (Oh yeah and the celiac thing but that's genetic and totally unrelated to fatness. That's my parents' fault.) And as some of the things I've read suggest being sickly underweight is actually worse for you than being moderately overweight. (Ok I'm NOT moderately overweight, but I'm not necessarily the poster child for the argument either.) I was going somewhere with the rest of this, but I've lost my train of thought. Darn my job. :)

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Happiness is...

Thinking how nice a snack would be and then remembering you actually have a dollar in your backpack so you can get one.

Also, in the potential husband's names I would be unwilling to take catagory, we can add Dickson and Butts to the list.

Nightmares & Dreamscapes

Last night I was having this totally wild nightmare that for some strange reason I wanted to go back to once it woke me up. Luckily this didn't happen.

I was living in this house like a dorm or a frat house on a college campus. (Although I think it was more just a big old house but there was an implication that more people would live in it). I was the only one living there except this ghost that lived on the 2nd floor. She was not a nice ghost, she was kind of evil. She was trying to get me to leave so she put boobie traps up on the 2nd floor. Like if I tugged a door knob a cherry bomb would go off. Or if I touched a lever I think at one point a gun went off. So while this is happening the 2nd floor is just falling apart. I have to escape at once and me and a dog and a guy who had been coming up the stairs race down the stairs with her chasing after us and we run out of the house. And then the house collapses. And then I woke up.

Ghost: In general, ghosts symbolizes aspects of yourself that you fear. This may involve a painful memory, guilt, or some repressed thoughts. You may be afraid of death and dying. Alternatively, ghosts are representative of something that is no longer obtainable or within reach. It indicates a feeling of disconnection from life and society. This dream may be a calling for you to move on and abandon your outdated modes of thinking and behavior.

House: To see an old, run-down house in your dream, represents your old beliefs, attitudes and how you used to think or feel. A situation in your current life may be bringing about those same old attitudes and feelings. Alternatively, the old house may symbolize your need to update you mode of thinking.

Haunted House: To dream of a haunted house, signifies unfinished emotional business, related to your childhood family, dead relatives, or repressed memories and feelings.

Gun: To see a gun in your dream , symbolizes aggression, anger, and potential danger. You may be dealing with issues of passiveness/aggressiveness and authority/dependence. Alternatively, a gun can represent the penis and male sexual drive. Thus the gun may mean power and impotence.

Destruction: To dream about mass destruction, suggests that there is some chaos occurring in your life. Things may not be going the way you want it to. Perhaps the choices your are making are self-destructive.

Dog: To see a dog in your dream, indicate a skill that you have ignored or forgotten, but needs to be activated. Alternatively, dogs may symbolize intuition, loyalty, generosity, protection, and fidelity. Your own values and intentions will enable you to go forward in the world and succeed.

Man: To see a man in your dream, denotes the masculine aspect of yourself - the side that is assertive, rational, aggressive, and/or competitive. If the man is known to you, then the dream may reflect you feelings and concerns you have about him.

Apparently I'm more screwed up than I know. :) But the man and dog represent getting out if it I guess? I don't know.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Square pegs... square pegs...

I was thinking of that theme song because there's a line in the song about having to wear glasses. Don't ask, it worked in my head. :)

I went to the eye doctor on Thursday before Carlos Mencia. I always have such a hard time with the eye doctor. I worry about giving the 'right' answer. I also had my eyes dilated for the first time. My eye guy said that we didn't do it last time because I had some sort of infection, which was true. But all other times with other doctors, they've never done it. I now kind of get why those people have a hard time when their eyes are dilated. It wasn't so much all the light that was being let in, although that was part of it. But it genuinely made my eyes feel weird and not right and periodically I felt like I had to adjust to see through them. I also ordered new glasses which is fun and exciting. I picked them out in less than 20 minutes. There was another woman there who had been picking since before I went in for the exam and still hadn't decided after I made my decision. She asked me my opinion and I said it depended on what she was looking for. The one pair made her look younger and fun and the other a bit more librarian and if she's going for being young and hip she should go with the others. Freakishly enough she took my advice. :) Hopefully I won't run into her when I'm picking up my glasses and she has had a chance to hate them or anything. :)

Also I hate my hair. Completely and fully. I was looking at it in the mirror at the eyeglass place and the color seems to mostly have left it. Although there must be still some color since the roots are a distinctly different color. But the part around my face seems to still be a different color. I'm sure it is the chlorine from the pool, but in any case it does not look good in my opinion. I also hate its current length. So currently it gets worn in a pony tail every day because I hate it so much. Really. I hate it. I'm considering shaving my head but I know that's no solution.

Finally how much do I love I had a brief flirtation with a boycott of them after I spent 5 hours interviewing for a job I didn't get. (bastards) Although hindsight being what it is, I would've hated that job and wanted to quit 10 minutes later I'm sure. Anyway, I found the book I need for the class I'm taking for $50 less than I would pay directly to the group that does my class. How awesome is that?

Also in answer to Mishka's question about where I find my volunteering gigs. I go to a multitude of sources. My number 1 place is volunteermatch. However, for several places I am now on their books so to speak so I get reminders or requests when it is time for other things. The Paramount actually sends out volunteer emails monthly to say these are the shows we have this month and if you're interested in volunteering let them know. Others I remember from year to year and seek them out myself, AIDS Walk and Firefighter Stairclimb (that one I actually have a calendar reminder to myself to register for because we love doing it so much). (Also thanks to the Paramount I'll be seeing the Killers on the 12th of October. I love The Paramount! :) )

Sunday, September 24, 2006


This weekend has been another volunteerfest for me.

Saturday was my college's Day of Caring where the new students participate in volunteering all across the city. This year, unlike previous years, we only did environmental activities. I signed up for neighborhood beautification. I was kind of under the impression that there would be a variety of activities for neighborhood clean-up. That is totally and completely not what happened. The guy from the agency didn't show up until we called him. He had no supplies. Luckily the student leader I was working with grabbed some before we left. Apparently we were picking up trash. Picking up trash from 4 blocks right next to campus. It was obnoxious and ridiculous and we were not thrilled. The guy from the agency left and so it really was just the 8 of us. In past years, people from the groups were there and participated and there were a lot of different activities. We were supposed to be working until 3:00, but honestly by 1:15 the students and I were tired of bending over and the futility of picking up cigarette butts in front of 3 local bars wore on us. We gave up. I told the coordinator from the college and she understood and totally didn't blame us for bailing very early. The students that participated, though, still like volunteering and we had a good time because we had good attitudes, but man it was disenheartening.

Today I volunteered to be an usher for Wicked. It was so good. I really enjoyed it a lot. I missed the opening song and had to come down just before the first act ended, but it was still a great show! I highly recommend it if it comes to your town.

And tonight... Pizza and I want to make a coffee cake! :) What a perfect and good weekend!

Friday, September 22, 2006

It's like I'm hungover

Without the fun the night before. My head aches. My stomach was a bit twitchy this morning, although now that I've eaten it has settled down. And I'm tired. Bone tired. I'm supposed to go to this bbq tonight and I'm seriously considering backing out.

Actually I did have fun last night. I volunteered for the Carlos Mencia show at the Moore Theater. I have to say he is funny as hell. I laughed so hard the whole show. The people who were touring with him are also great. The little person who has been on his TV show before was there. He did some jokes. There were 2 or 3 other warm-up comedians. The whole show was just laugh bring tears to your eyes funny. If you get a chance to see him, I would highly recommend him. Well, I should clarify, if you aren't easily offended you should see him. The two older women who volunteered with me left somewhere during Carlos's show. I believe they had had enough. Although one stuck it out a lot longer than the other and I think I could hear her laughing. So maybe he does have mass appeal. :)

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Am I a wuss?

I'm having angst. The swimming class I take in the evenings is in a less than desirable neighborhood. On my way to catch the bus after class, I walk past at least 2 completely boarded up buildings and then some other questionable homes. (I say quesitonable because at least 1 has had an eviction notice attached to the door for the entire time I've been taking swimming class and and several others have windows broken out indicating they may or may not be housing people.) During the summer this didn't bother me in the least because it is still light outside at 7:15. Not so much anymore. Now it is darker (and progressively getting worse as we get into fall). Am I a wuss for not wanting to go past these homes at night? I walk in my own neighborhood late at night all the time with no issues. (Although in my neighborhood's defense no boarded up houses, but then again at least 2 halfway houses so...) There is a closer bus I could grab which would not force me to walk past the worst of it, although it comes later in the evening so I would be standing waiting longer. Or am I just being a wuss and looking for an excuse not to exercise? :)

I hate it when that happens

I am a bad citizen. I forgot to vote today. Dammit.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

10 Things

I got this from Jujubee.


1. You are a big part of the reason she is dead. And I have no qualms about all the bad karma I've incurred since then hoping, wishing and praying for your death.

2. Don't listen to your father. Your life will be a whole lot easier if you learn to get along with all types of people and not judge those who have different lifestyles than you. (This may be cheating because I may find myself saying that to her some day.)

3. When someone is doing you a favor, it is your job to make that favor as easy as possible for them to do. Also, don't assume that just because someone knows you have a limit they are prepared to accommodate it for you.

4. I will no longer tolerate your irrational anger.

5. Just kiss me already! ;)

6. I hate that I still miss you being my friend.

7. You haven't learned a damn thing and that's alarming. And ultimately I don't trust you anymore.

8. You will never get married because you refuse to relax any of your ridiculously high standards and open your mind to the possibilities that are out there.

9. I don't want to do this anymore.

10. Please stop asking me stupid questions.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Geeky excitement

I have mentioned before that I like the show the Amazing Race. I think it is very cool. I only semi-recently got into the show last summer when the Game Show Network ran a marathon of every episode all summer long. You can imagine my geeky excitement over the discovery that tonight's race left out of Seattle. I just like it when I see places I recognize on TV. I know that's silly of me. :) (They started out of Gasworks Park.) Also, they are starting out going to China. I've always wanted to go there. If I had any physical abilities and could stomach the possibility of eating gross food, I think I would do something like this. Oh wait, I don't think I'd want to be on TV either so never mind. :) (Of course if I had physical abilities I'd be skinnier than I am and that may affect my decision to be on TV.) (Also fun is seeing the racers get confused trying to get to I5 from Gasworks which can be a bit confusing.)

Bad for the environment

I know it is bad for the environment, but honestly there are days when I could spend forever standing in the shower. This morning's shower was one of those. It was just lovely. (I think because the shower was so hot and my apartment is arctic right now so my feet and hands were so cold that when I got in my hands and feet burned) (Ok now I feel like I should explain why my apartment was arctic this morning. We're currently experiencing the weird Seattle weather where it is cold but then warms to really hot. So my windows are all still open and I have fans going so it doesn't get all hot during the afternoon.)

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Have another drinky poo.

I first must warn you that this post may contain both swearing and one potentially offensive and completely embarrassing story. (I may not do the story as I am sobering up and hence feel less compelled to share.)

I went to a party tonight with Big R over at V's house. V and I have been hanging out more (ok 2 times in a week I suppose that is MORE than before). I think it is important for Big R to hang with the gays. He doesn't know too many of them. So we went and I met a bunch of new gays I hadn't met before. They were fun and we laughed. Big Gay Queen is back in town and we talked and I talked to some other folks I know. I met V's roommate who I think I might have a big ol' crush on. He's 32. He volunteers! He asked me about other volunteering stuff. It was a great conversation! V did embarrass me though and make me tell a story I'd rather not but I told it and it was funny and everyone laughed. (I'm not sharing it. I'm too sober now) :) Maybe some other day. Big R had a good time at the party and that makes me glad.

I'm going to the fair tomorrow! I'm rather excited. I can't wait! I've never been.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Two posts two subjects

So here's one of those things I think about when I'm thinking too much about everything... Now that Eva Longoria has made this big stink about how she's never doing another TV show (ok not big stink so much as public statement) I hope her movie career tanks. I think it is important for actors to remember where they came from and where their fans are from and it is kind of insulting to both TV actors and TV fans to imply that somehow TV is a 2nd class actor's job. (Even if I know that's the perception and you can't make 50 mil for a TV show the way you can make 50 mil for a film, although if you were to talk to the Friends cast they may point out their 1 mil per episode which I think ran for 2 years at least... plus residuals.) I don't think there's anything wrong with working on a regular basis doing what you really love. (Hm. Before I started writing this I didn't think I had that big an opinion on this. :) )

I receive Family Fun magazine in the mail. (I used to subscribe to Disney magazine and when the magazine folded, my subscription was transferred to Family Fun. I know...) This month has homemade Halloween costumes. Every Halloween I volunteer at the Pacific Science Center because they do Halloween candy give away and if you are there you dress up. The past 2 years I've worn a poodle skirt and gone all 50's girl because that's easy and I made the skirt 2 years ago with my own hands thankyouverymuch. On the cover of this month's Family Fun is a picture of (drum roll please) an easy to make penguin costume. For years and years I collected penguins. My family would give me penguin things all the time. I still do but not quite on the grand scale it was. So I think this year I am going to have to be a penguin at the Pacific Science Center because seriously, how fun will that be? Ooh and I have at least 1 stuffed penguin here so I can be a mama and baby. :) (Also incredibly coolio, the Dead Sea Scrolls are currently there. How freaking cool is that?!)

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

THIS is why I'm going to die alone

So the artist formerly known as WC came into my office at the end of the day today. And we were chatting about the deep cleaning that's occurring in our building the next couple of weeks. So he said that his new office needed deep cleaning and I joked that the cleaners weren't allowed in his super secret space. And he said something about heads back in his super secret space and I replied that I've been back there and there are no heads. And he says that he is talking about his super super secret back room where he keeps his super hero costumes and gadgets and cars and stuff. And I joke back with 'what does a girl have to do to get into the super super secret room?' (Here's where I reveal myself to be the big giant dork I really am.) So he says I have to have a super power and I say that I have one. And he asks me what it is. And I say I can read minds. He replies that if I can read minds I should know how to get into the super secret room. I said that I've tried but he has some sort of mind shield that won't let me in. And then we both stopped and kind of looked at each other and it got weird. We laughed nervously. And he stepped out of my office for a minute and stepped back in. And to highlight the weird, I commented that it just got weird. And then we talked about other stuff. But there was like 4 hours (or 30 seconds) of total awkwardness. :)

I told Isa the tale and she thinks we should end up together just to save the rest of the world from either of us.

I think too much

I was a quiet, introspective child and now I'm a quiet, introspective adult. Sometimes that's really tiring. I thought I had more to say on this subject, but I don't now.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

I know stuff

I'm watching Jeopardy and I'm vaguely fascinated by the random things I actually know. There was a picture of a painting and the question was about what battleship was sunk in the picture and I totally knew it. I rule. :)

The artist formerly known as WC actually asked me how my weekend was yesterday. He's never done that before. I, being ever the gracious person I am, did not point out that he has never done that before. Although the first time he swore in front of me I totally pointed it out because it cracked me up.

I'm going out to skaryoke tonight. (Really it is just Karaoke but with the gays. Have you seen some of them perform? Honestly... Scaryoke is a much better term.) :) Big R and I are going to a party at V's on Friday night and V suggested I invite Big R to Skaryoke. Big R NEEDS to hang out with more gays. Although part of his problem is that he has a whole lot of diva and not a whole lot of princess points to back it up.

I have an ass load of work to do this week and tomorrow is convocation. That means a whole 1/2 day wasted.

I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm actually considering voting for a moderate Republican. Before I fully confess to this I need to say that a - I won't do it. Even if I consider it, I still won't be able to bring myself to actually do it. and b - I like what he is saying. And c - I was talking with our former workstudy today and she loves political science and as we chatted it started to make sense. She's as liberal as I am, but we're both seriously concerned about how polarized the nation is. His message is mostly about the fact that the nation is too polarized and this is why we can't get things done. And as a senator for a ridiculously liberal state as Seattle is (I know that Seattle isn't a state, but the entire rest of the state is a 'red' state and yet Seattle and Tacoma can cause the entire state to end up a 'blue' state) he'd have to be much more liberal than your average Republican. I have to make up my mind by the 19th which is when our election is. I have a bunch of things to read too so I know what I'm voting for. I am not, however, voting for Mike the Mover or Somebody or other "The Science Guy." They are just too weird. :)

Sunday, September 10, 2006


I volunteered to be a course monitor fo the AIDS Walk today. It was fun. I always enjoy it. It looks like the walk did well this year raising $775,000. I'm glad to hear that because it really seemed like there were a lot less people walking this year than there were 2 years ago, the last time I volunteered. It may have been, though, that I was towards the end of the course and the crowd had spread out a lot. This time I was at the beginning of the course and most of the walkers were clustered together. It was also sunny the last time I volunteered as opposed to raining today. :) I saw Stephen there. He was looking fabulous in a great green scarf I may have a little envy of. :) Now that I've read Kyra's blog entries, apparently she was there too! That's kind of funny. It was fun. I cheered and shouted and raised a ruckus. While we were waiting for the walk to start, there were several of us standing outside a house talking and this guy shouts out the window that we needed to shut up. I'm sure he was less than thrilled when about 30 minutes later the street was filled with people. Heh. :)

Friday, September 08, 2006

Ack! It's Sideshow Bob!

I was sitting in my office yesterday after my new faculty orientation and Sideshow Bob came up my stairs and into my office.

Ok it wasn't really Sideshow Bob, but it was this annoying new faculty member who has big Sideshow Bob hair and apparently creates his own job title. He was pleasant enough though and got his form, but it took every ounce of my job professionalism not to call him Sideshow Bob!

I have spent the past several months working on a new faculty orientation. I invited all the profs. I set up the speakers and the rooms and the food and on and on. I've spent the past 2 mornings at the new faculty orientation. Now that it is all done, I know what I need to do next year to make things better, but we did get pretty good reviews on the evaluations I had the new fac do. (Completely unrelated but I'm ever so excited that the 'skinny' pant is back. Goodness knows my wardrobe has been missing those.) I'm really glad it is done, though, since I was at work late on Wednesday night and even later Thursday night. BUT and this is the most important part, I got all but 1 of my new faculty their benefits information. This means more to me than a couple late hours. It means that I don't have to do 25 special appointments that last approximately 45 minutes each. I did run out of time, though, and as time wound down I found myself talking faster and faster and I ended up 25 minutes over my time. I was the last one, though so it wasn't too big a deal except they had to be someplace by noon. Next year apparently I give myself an hour and a half. :)

I'm still addicted to Pirates the computer game I've been playing. That's why I haven't posted much. :)

I got the movie Lonesome Jim from Netflix. I don't know what the hell I was thinking when I put it on the list. I generally don't like indy films. I got about 20 - 30 minutes into the movie where Casey Affleck and some other guy were talking about who was more depressed and I thought now I want to kill myself. That was enough. It may have gotten better but I'll never know. Today I got Mean Girls in the mail. I'm excited for this one. :)

Oh! I took the boot off yesterday. It has been 6 weeks. (Maybe 7 actually). I was doing good yesterday but I skipped it today and perhaps that was too much. I'll wear it tomorrow for my volunteering at the AIDS walk. I think part of the problem was I was standing A LOT today and yesterday. Also I threw out my back on Tuesday morning. It was totally stress related because now it is barely hurting. Stupid body.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Most Perfect Friday Ever!

Friday was probably the most perfect Friday ever. (OK maybe not ever since that's quite a while but it was the most perfect Friday in a long time. Beware of multiple product placements in my story)

First I got to leave work at 2:00. It was the last Friday of our leave early Fridays. I'm going to miss those.

I got home and took a nap. Naps are awesome.

I've clearly been spoiled by the Flexcar. I got up from my nap and took a Honda Element to the Ballard Fred Meyer. I think that IF I were in the market for a new car and IF they made a hybrid I would get a hybrid Element. I like the car. Also the Ballard Fred Meyer is totally like the Fred Meyer I loved in Fairbanks. All big and airy and light and full of very cool things. I LOVE Fred Meyer.

At Fred Meyer I bought a new computer game that I've been wanting for awhile. I bought Sid Meier's Pirates. It is really fun and I may never leave the house. :)

After leaving Fred Meyer, I went to Baja Fresh. There's one in Fremont (which is near Ballard for those of you not from Seattle). I LOVE Baja Fresh! I got the tres tacos to go. I LOVE tres tacos.

Then, just when you think it couldn't be any better, it was. I went to Cold Stone Creamery. I LOVE Cold Stone. I get sweet cream (which is so yummy) mixed with chocolate chips and dark cherries. So so yummy. Plus I had a newbie who didn't know the proper amount of ice cream to take out of the tub so that the mix was a whole bowlful more than a regular pint and so I ended up getting it all for the pint price.

I came home and ate tacos and ice cream and loaded up the game and after a small amount of trouble with it, I managed to make it work and played much of the evening. Honestly, I may need to die now because I will not have another perfect afternoon like that again. (Slightly sad that it was all by myself, but what am I going to do?)