offbalance: (buffy)
Dude. Dude. I did not have high expectations for today. I got almost no sleep last night, due to the Cough That Won't Die. Then, when I dragged my underslept carcass out of bed this morning, I discovered I was out of my prescription nosepray. So, after spending $30 on my asthma inhaler yesterday (more on that in a minute), I would have to drop another $30 in order to inhale. Awesome.

My family has always been a big proponent of independent pharmacies. It helped that we had an excellent one a few blocks away all through my growing up (all hail the mighty Dermer!), but they do tend to shop local whenever possible, and before it was cool. So, this instilled in me, I've always found good indie pharmacies to get almost all of my many prescriptions filled at. Everyone is nicer, and as the song goes, sometimes you want to go where everyone knows your name. I loved Ansonia Chemist in Park Slope for just that reason. I have a decent one near home, but I have a backup in Rockefeller Center, Value Drugs, for those prescriptions that Just Can't Wait. And they do understand urgency - yesterday the marvelous pharmacist managed to get a new inhaler into my hands in about 5 minutes, and trust me, every minute counted. Figures, on the day when I need it most, my inhaler goes kaput, and I have to scramble. Luckily, I had a prescription on hand. I knew I had several refills on the nosespray, so I called it in and prepared to pick it up on my way to work.

When I arrived, much to my surprise, the pharmacist told me he had good news for me. Apparently, there's an online coupon available for my nosepray, which he used, reducing the amount due to a meager $5. I even did a happy dance, which seemed to make his day. Value Drugs has earned me as a customer for life. Pardon the pun, but $25 is nothing to sneeze at. Also, the fact that the dude went online and found me a coupon is the kind of thing that just does not happen at the big chains. So, in short, support your independents! They will look out for you!

And then, to make things even better, I found out that work is going to pay for me to become a Notary Public! I'm excited, I've been asking for this for years, and FINALLY it's actually happening.

All of this AND I get to see the incomprable Jens Lekman in concert TONIGHT! And, I get to do it with [livejournal.com profile] whtegrlwthehair and Stacy! And the internet-hating boss is out today! Not a bad way to end a rather trying week, imho.
offbalance: (buffy)
Dude. Dude. I did not have high expectations for today. I got almost no sleep last night, due to the Cough That Won't Die. Then, when I dragged my underslept carcass out of bed this morning, I discovered I was out of my prescription nosepray. So, after spending $30 on my asthma inhaler yesterday (more on that in a minute), I would have to drop another $30 in order to inhale. Awesome.

My family has always been a big proponent of independent pharmacies. It helped that we had an excellent one a few blocks away all through my growing up (all hail the mighty Dermer!), but they do tend to shop local whenever possible, and before it was cool. So, this instilled in me, I've always found good indie pharmacies to get almost all of my many prescriptions filled at. Everyone is nicer, and as the song goes, sometimes you want to go where everyone knows your name. I loved Ansonia Chemist in Park Slope for just that reason. I have a decent one near home, but I have a backup in Rockefeller Center, Value Drugs, for those prescriptions that Just Can't Wait. And they do understand urgency - yesterday the marvelous pharmacist managed to get a new inhaler into my hands in about 5 minutes, and trust me, every minute counted. Figures, on the day when I need it most, my inhaler goes kaput, and I have to scramble. Luckily, I had a prescription on hand. I knew I had several refills on the nosespray, so I called it in and prepared to pick it up on my way to work.

When I arrived, much to my surprise, the pharmacist told me he had good news for me. Apparently, there's an online coupon available for my nosepray, which he used, reducing the amount due to a meager $5. I even did a happy dance, which seemed to make his day. Value Drugs has earned me as a customer for life. Pardon the pun, but $25 is nothing to sneeze at. Also, the fact that the dude went online and found me a coupon is the kind of thing that just does not happen at the big chains. So, in short, support your independents! They will look out for you!

And then, to make things even better, I found out that work is going to pay for me to become a Notary Public! I'm excited, I've been asking for this for years, and FINALLY it's actually happening.

All of this AND I get to see the incomprable Jens Lekman in concert TONIGHT! And, I get to do it with [livejournal.com profile] whtegrlwthehair and Stacy! And the internet-hating boss is out today! Not a bad way to end a rather trying week, imho.
offbalance: (Charlotte and Harry smiles)
Y HALLO THAR INTERNET.

I have some news. It's ready to be official, announceable news now.


J AND I ARE ENGAGED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's right, sports fans: he liked it so much he wanted to marry it.



Then, he put a ring on it:



In case you are interested, here's the tl;dr details )

Anyway, now that I've completed the prepared statement, we will now open the floor to questions. :)
offbalance: (Charlotte and Harry smiles)
Y HALLO THAR INTERNET.

I have some news. It's ready to be official, announceable news now.


J AND I ARE ENGAGED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's right, sports fans: he liked it so much he wanted to marry it.



Then, he put a ring on it:



In case you are interested, here's the tl;dr details )

Anyway, now that I've completed the prepared statement, we will now open the floor to questions. :)
offbalance: (christmas nyc)
Happy Chanukkah, everybody!!! Time to celebrate with latkes or jelly donuts or both, whichever you prefer. Light a menorah if you swing that way, too! ;)

Speaking of the holidays, [livejournal.com profile] alyxbradford, one of [livejournal.com profile] redstapler's many brilliant friends, wrote this positively brilliant essay on the history of Christmas , which I encourage you all to read.

An excerpt:

But, by the early 19th century, Christmas was almost dead. A few centuries of tension between Catholics and Protestants in England and on the Continent had taken a lot of the joy out of it, and America in the wake of the Revolution disdained it as an English tradition. Y'know who brought it back? Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol is credited with saving Christmas as a holiday. If you've ever read the original, there's not a lot of God-talk in it -- no more than the offhand statements about Divine Providence that permeate pretty much everything written in that era. Certainly the spirits aren't trying to tell Scrooge he needs to go to church on Christmas Day, or think about baby Jesus. What does Dickens emphasize? The same things the medieval folk did: family gatherings, food and drink, dancing, games, and a festive generosity of spirit. A pretty secular holiday, really -- and that was the instigation for popularizing the phrase "Merry Christmas".


Sounds like a good suggestion. And I have plans to make a bit of merry myself this evening, badly needed, too, after the week I've had. I'm running on fumes at this point, and trying to make myself productive anyway. I'm starting to feel like the van in Little Miss Sunshine.

Thanks to the wonders of the internets I have a large chunk of my Christmas shopping done, no small relief. I'm hoping to maybe decorate a tiny bit this weekend, but I don't want to force J into anything. When one works in retail, the last thing one wants to see is more reminders of the blasted season when you get home. Still, I wouldn't mind a few garlands or such - we don't have much room for a tree.

So far I've been enjoying Christmas music and viewings of Love Actually. I should also bust out The Family Stone pretty soon, too, as that's become a new favorite of mine.

And now, back to work.
offbalance: (christmas nyc)
Happy Chanukkah, everybody!!! Time to celebrate with latkes or jelly donuts or both, whichever you prefer. Light a menorah if you swing that way, too! ;)

Speaking of the holidays, [livejournal.com profile] alyxbradford, one of [livejournal.com profile] redstapler's many brilliant friends, wrote this positively brilliant essay on the history of Christmas , which I encourage you all to read.

An excerpt:

But, by the early 19th century, Christmas was almost dead. A few centuries of tension between Catholics and Protestants in England and on the Continent had taken a lot of the joy out of it, and America in the wake of the Revolution disdained it as an English tradition. Y'know who brought it back? Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol is credited with saving Christmas as a holiday. If you've ever read the original, there's not a lot of God-talk in it -- no more than the offhand statements about Divine Providence that permeate pretty much everything written in that era. Certainly the spirits aren't trying to tell Scrooge he needs to go to church on Christmas Day, or think about baby Jesus. What does Dickens emphasize? The same things the medieval folk did: family gatherings, food and drink, dancing, games, and a festive generosity of spirit. A pretty secular holiday, really -- and that was the instigation for popularizing the phrase "Merry Christmas".


Sounds like a good suggestion. And I have plans to make a bit of merry myself this evening, badly needed, too, after the week I've had. I'm running on fumes at this point, and trying to make myself productive anyway. I'm starting to feel like the van in Little Miss Sunshine.

Thanks to the wonders of the internets I have a large chunk of my Christmas shopping done, no small relief. I'm hoping to maybe decorate a tiny bit this weekend, but I don't want to force J into anything. When one works in retail, the last thing one wants to see is more reminders of the blasted season when you get home. Still, I wouldn't mind a few garlands or such - we don't have much room for a tree.

So far I've been enjoying Christmas music and viewings of Love Actually. I should also bust out The Family Stone pretty soon, too, as that's become a new favorite of mine.

And now, back to work.
offbalance: (abba)


Courtesy of Youtube, [livejournal.com profile] fragbert, and The Black Ingvars, I give you: Heavy. Metal. ABBA. \m/

Seriously? One of the greatest things I've seen lately. A million billion thanks to [livejournal.com profile] fragbert for not only posting, but calling me out specifically to watch

(and omg. There's more!!)
offbalance: (abba)


Courtesy of Youtube, [livejournal.com profile] fragbert, and The Black Ingvars, I give you: Heavy. Metal. ABBA. \m/

Seriously? One of the greatest things I've seen lately. A million billion thanks to [livejournal.com profile] fragbert for not only posting, but calling me out specifically to watch

(and omg. There's more!!)
offbalance: (ST ORLY)


Saving for posterity. And spreading it throughout the land.

(although I'm glad that [livejournal.com profile] blergeatkitty considered it to be the second best Rickroll of the week, after the one I personally delivered via voicemail at Karaoke Tuesday night. <3)

Also - did anyone catch the Briefcase Drill Team? While not even comparing to the awesomeness of the Rickroll, they did give me a bit of a giggle.
offbalance: (ST ORLY)


Saving for posterity. And spreading it throughout the land.

(although I'm glad that [livejournal.com profile] blergeatkitty considered it to be the second best Rickroll of the week, after the one I personally delivered via voicemail at Karaoke Tuesday night. <3)

Also - did anyone catch the Briefcase Drill Team? While not even comparing to the awesomeness of the Rickroll, they did give me a bit of a giggle.

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