offbalance: (newsteam by uptown girl gfx)
I keep meaning to/trying to post updates on here, but it never seems to work out. Let's have a quick recap for now:

The Good
This weekend was pretty excellent, all told. Epic amounts of running around that resulted in desperately-needed new sandals and a haircut. There were fireworks out in the wilds of Red Bank, NJ, at the (really nice) home of [livejournal.com profile] j_bkl's sister. She had a perfect view of the Red Bank fireworks, which I am told are famous in NJ (is that like being big in Japan?). We got home late, but it was a really fun day. And I received lots of kudos for the all-American mix I made for the party.

Yesterday I didn't get to see fireworks at the Liberty Belle spectacular, since the Empire Hotel was so far uptown. Still, it was an awesome night spent with [livejournal.com profile] airspaniel, [livejournal.com profile] rockradar, [livejournal.com profile] j_bkl and our friend Maryiln. It had a bit of a rocky start (you know that friends episode when Ross is trying to get everyone out of the house in 25 minutes? Kind of like that), but all was fine once we arrived, overpaid for a few drinks (oy), and found a beautiful spot to camp out. Lots of good times were had, but sadly, not much dancing. Next one, hopefully. ([livejournal.com profile] redstapler, you were actively missed.)

On the ankle - the cortisone shot kicked in the Saturday morning following the Monday I got the shots and the two days I was stuck home. Everything feels basically back to normal now, except I can tell you exactly when it's going to rain. The doctor, after hearing my litany of complaints about being incapcitated, only said "That happens sometimes." Really. What also happens sometimes is that if anything like this happens again, I'm finding another orthopedist. Jackass. But on the up side, the ankle is working and I think I can use it for cardiovascular activities. It's passed every subway test with flying colors, so we'll see about the gym later this week.

The Bad

Currently, it's raining plaster and water from our bathroom ceiling. (I don't really want to contemplate the source of the water). I am really annoyed. It's not even the first time this has happened. I'm hoping this can be dealt with before it gets much worse.

As fun as the barbecue was, I'm currently covered in mosquito bites from the knees down. Apparetently, my legs are delicious. Who knew? I wonder if there's some kind of Mosquito Michellin guide. Maybe a biting insect Zagat's. If there is, I'm in it.

The Ugly, Yet Hilarious:

I was treated to the experience of taking a NY-bound NJ Transit train on a holiday weekend this past Sunday (after the Red Bank fireworks). Lots of examples of public intoxication, and general asshattery, but mostly kept down to a dull roar. A few things of note:

- A group of rowdies that looked like next season's Jersey Shore cast. (J noted that one of the guys was wearing True Religion jeans and a bandana around his forehead, with his sunglasses seated atop the bandanna.) Aside from loudly screaming across the aisle to one another, they thought they were being hilarious by shrieking/screaming the lyrics to Tenacious D's "Fuck Her Gently" at the top of their lungs. D'aww. See, kiddums, I was singing that one before you were allowed to cross the street by yourself. it's as old hat as that fedora you're trying to make happen (and it's sonot happening). Thank God they got off after only two stops.

- One girl, seated by herself across the aisle and one row back from us, having a sobbing, screaming (fight? conversation? who knows?) phone call with her boyfriend, Pat. I first noted Sobby as she wailed "NOOOOO! OH NOOOOO!" into her cell phone. It caught my attention. I thought someone had died, God forbid. Or she was hurt or something. Nope. Best I could glean from the convo, Sobby got separated from her friends and the aforementioned Pat by a Red Bank police officer, who put her on the train. I'm guessing she was already drunk and separated from her friends at this point. That was about all I could glean from the series of calls, which went something like this:
"Paaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaht! WHERE ARE YOU, PAAAAAHT! WHY DO YOU HAAAAAAAAAAAAAATE MEEEEE! JUST TELL ME WHERE YOU ARE! LOOK AT THE MAPQUEST ON YOUR GARMIN AND TELL MEEEEEE WHERE YOU AAAAAARE PAAAAT! ::wails:: PAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOO!!! TELL ME WHERE YOU AAAAARE! I'M ON THE TRAIN! I WILL SEND A TAXI FOR YOU PAAAT!" And on, and on, before she finally got off in Matawan. (seriously).

- After Sobby exited the train (after several well-meaning folks stopped to ask her if she needed help and received downright nasty responses from her), we were approached by two girls a few rows up from us who were also extremely amused by the whole Pat opera. They were sweet, obviously a bit young, and were a bit exasperated when they found out that the train we were on did not, in fact, go to Long Branch. (We were almost at South Amboy at this point). Granted, they went looking for a conductor and managed to wrangle their other friend, a tall, blonde girl whod' been quietly sobbing for several stations, but had been drowned out by Sobby's antics. According to one of the girls, she said her friend was fine, and it was all "boyfriend shit" and they'd "take care of her." And they did, although they couldn't stop her from getting up too fast and bashing her head into the luggage holder. D'oh.

***********
Trivia tonight! Hopefully more updates tomorrow.
offbalance: (newsteam by uptown girl gfx)
I keep meaning to/trying to post updates on here, but it never seems to work out. Let's have a quick recap for now:

The Good
This weekend was pretty excellent, all told. Epic amounts of running around that resulted in desperately-needed new sandals and a haircut. There were fireworks out in the wilds of Red Bank, NJ, at the (really nice) home of [livejournal.com profile] j_bkl's sister. She had a perfect view of the Red Bank fireworks, which I am told are famous in NJ (is that like being big in Japan?). We got home late, but it was a really fun day. And I received lots of kudos for the all-American mix I made for the party.

Yesterday I didn't get to see fireworks at the Liberty Belle spectacular, since the Empire Hotel was so far uptown. Still, it was an awesome night spent with [livejournal.com profile] airspaniel, [livejournal.com profile] rockradar, [livejournal.com profile] j_bkl and our friend Maryiln. It had a bit of a rocky start (you know that friends episode when Ross is trying to get everyone out of the house in 25 minutes? Kind of like that), but all was fine once we arrived, overpaid for a few drinks (oy), and found a beautiful spot to camp out. Lots of good times were had, but sadly, not much dancing. Next one, hopefully. ([livejournal.com profile] redstapler, you were actively missed.)

On the ankle - the cortisone shot kicked in the Saturday morning following the Monday I got the shots and the two days I was stuck home. Everything feels basically back to normal now, except I can tell you exactly when it's going to rain. The doctor, after hearing my litany of complaints about being incapcitated, only said "That happens sometimes." Really. What also happens sometimes is that if anything like this happens again, I'm finding another orthopedist. Jackass. But on the up side, the ankle is working and I think I can use it for cardiovascular activities. It's passed every subway test with flying colors, so we'll see about the gym later this week.

The Bad

Currently, it's raining plaster and water from our bathroom ceiling. (I don't really want to contemplate the source of the water). I am really annoyed. It's not even the first time this has happened. I'm hoping this can be dealt with before it gets much worse.

As fun as the barbecue was, I'm currently covered in mosquito bites from the knees down. Apparetently, my legs are delicious. Who knew? I wonder if there's some kind of Mosquito Michellin guide. Maybe a biting insect Zagat's. If there is, I'm in it.

The Ugly, Yet Hilarious:

I was treated to the experience of taking a NY-bound NJ Transit train on a holiday weekend this past Sunday (after the Red Bank fireworks). Lots of examples of public intoxication, and general asshattery, but mostly kept down to a dull roar. A few things of note:

- A group of rowdies that looked like next season's Jersey Shore cast. (J noted that one of the guys was wearing True Religion jeans and a bandana around his forehead, with his sunglasses seated atop the bandanna.) Aside from loudly screaming across the aisle to one another, they thought they were being hilarious by shrieking/screaming the lyrics to Tenacious D's "Fuck Her Gently" at the top of their lungs. D'aww. See, kiddums, I was singing that one before you were allowed to cross the street by yourself. it's as old hat as that fedora you're trying to make happen (and it's sonot happening). Thank God they got off after only two stops.

- One girl, seated by herself across the aisle and one row back from us, having a sobbing, screaming (fight? conversation? who knows?) phone call with her boyfriend, Pat. I first noted Sobby as she wailed "NOOOOO! OH NOOOOO!" into her cell phone. It caught my attention. I thought someone had died, God forbid. Or she was hurt or something. Nope. Best I could glean from the convo, Sobby got separated from her friends and the aforementioned Pat by a Red Bank police officer, who put her on the train. I'm guessing she was already drunk and separated from her friends at this point. That was about all I could glean from the series of calls, which went something like this:
"Paaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaht! WHERE ARE YOU, PAAAAAHT! WHY DO YOU HAAAAAAAAAAAAAATE MEEEEE! JUST TELL ME WHERE YOU ARE! LOOK AT THE MAPQUEST ON YOUR GARMIN AND TELL MEEEEEE WHERE YOU AAAAAARE PAAAAT! ::wails:: PAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOO!!! TELL ME WHERE YOU AAAAARE! I'M ON THE TRAIN! I WILL SEND A TAXI FOR YOU PAAAT!" And on, and on, before she finally got off in Matawan. (seriously).

- After Sobby exited the train (after several well-meaning folks stopped to ask her if she needed help and received downright nasty responses from her), we were approached by two girls a few rows up from us who were also extremely amused by the whole Pat opera. They were sweet, obviously a bit young, and were a bit exasperated when they found out that the train we were on did not, in fact, go to Long Branch. (We were almost at South Amboy at this point). Granted, they went looking for a conductor and managed to wrangle their other friend, a tall, blonde girl whod' been quietly sobbing for several stations, but had been drowned out by Sobby's antics. According to one of the girls, she said her friend was fine, and it was all "boyfriend shit" and they'd "take care of her." And they did, although they couldn't stop her from getting up too fast and bashing her head into the luggage holder. D'oh.

***********
Trivia tonight! Hopefully more updates tomorrow.
offbalance: (Obama - hope)
-I voted today! (And got the foursquare badge to prove it!) I know the badge thing is silly, but never in my history as a voter did I ever get an “I Voted Today!” sticker, and I always wanted one, so this is kind of a trade off for me.

- The pollsters in my district exhibited new frontiers in incompetence today. I could understand being confused at how the new ballots work (which actually didn’t happen), but I had to tell them my name FOUR FREAKING TIMES before they could get it right so I could sign in. I mean, I don’t think I have a terribly complicated last name, and I was doing my best to annunciate and be patient, but even the other person working the table in my district lost it at the woman who was trying to take my name down. And then, she couldn’t remember where in the alphabet D came. It was a little exasperating for 7:40am.

-It was extra exasperating because I think I woke up feeling like I’d gotten into some kind of fight while unconscious. My body has been rather ill-behaved for the last two-weeks, and the bad behavior continues. I even tried to punish it at the gym last night, which actually went well. I was even rewarded for my trouble by the most random sighting – I saw Sarah Palin of all people in the elevator on my way out of the building. It was bizarre. (her fact looked all weird and puffy and frozen. So either she was sick or got a nice big shot of Vitamin Botox before going on air. ) And no, you wiseasses – I didn’t do anything stupid or get arrested. I just tried not to look directly at her, lest I be turned to stone.

-Also, How I Met Your Mother was astoundingly awful last night. Mind-bendingly so. I haven’t seen a show decline this rapidly since the X-Files. Pull the damn plug already!!

-I have started watching Community, though. And Community is as good as HIMYM has been awful. It’s hilarious. I saw “Spanish 101” last night, and I’m going to be catching up on episodes as much as possible. I’m trying to use it as incentive to get to the gym. There are new elliptical machines that you can plug an ipod into and watch whatever shows you like on the screen instead of just whatever is on tv at that moment. Plus, the average episode of Community is about 22 minutes, which is about what I’d like to be doing for cardio. I am hoping to get there soon, then in a few months push up to the 42 minutes it takes to get through an episode of Friday Night Lights, which I also have on my ipod. But first things first.

-I was also recently vindicated by the news that Verizon will be getting the iPhone in early 2011. I’m due for a new phone next year, but I’m unsure if I want to go that route. For one, I’ve heard the 4s are delicate, and I can be a spectacular klutz. Also, I at least want to wait a few months to see how the new technology works in the phones. The ATT iPhones work on a GSM system, but Verizon’s network is CDMA, which is new. So I’m curious to see how these things play together. Still, I’m happy as hell I never switched!! But the debate of Android vs. iPhone is one I can’t ignore. The only Apple product I own is an ipod. I’m also a huge google user, and I’ve heard that the google interface with the iPhone isn’t as good as it is with the Android. That, and my sister just got a shiny new LG Ally that’s pretty neat. I’ve also had my eye on the Droid Incredible for some time now.

- On the one hand, riding a horse to school is kind of funny. On the other, in this completely litigious society of ours, I'm not sure the school overreacted.

- And finally, via [livejournal.com profile] redstapler, The 100 Best Signs at the Rally to Restore Sanity, according to Buzzfeed.
offbalance: (Obama - hope)
-I voted today! (And got the foursquare badge to prove it!) I know the badge thing is silly, but never in my history as a voter did I ever get an “I Voted Today!” sticker, and I always wanted one, so this is kind of a trade off for me.

- The pollsters in my district exhibited new frontiers in incompetence today. I could understand being confused at how the new ballots work (which actually didn’t happen), but I had to tell them my name FOUR FREAKING TIMES before they could get it right so I could sign in. I mean, I don’t think I have a terribly complicated last name, and I was doing my best to annunciate and be patient, but even the other person working the table in my district lost it at the woman who was trying to take my name down. And then, she couldn’t remember where in the alphabet D came. It was a little exasperating for 7:40am.

-It was extra exasperating because I think I woke up feeling like I’d gotten into some kind of fight while unconscious. My body has been rather ill-behaved for the last two-weeks, and the bad behavior continues. I even tried to punish it at the gym last night, which actually went well. I was even rewarded for my trouble by the most random sighting – I saw Sarah Palin of all people in the elevator on my way out of the building. It was bizarre. (her fact looked all weird and puffy and frozen. So either she was sick or got a nice big shot of Vitamin Botox before going on air. ) And no, you wiseasses – I didn’t do anything stupid or get arrested. I just tried not to look directly at her, lest I be turned to stone.

-Also, How I Met Your Mother was astoundingly awful last night. Mind-bendingly so. I haven’t seen a show decline this rapidly since the X-Files. Pull the damn plug already!!

-I have started watching Community, though. And Community is as good as HIMYM has been awful. It’s hilarious. I saw “Spanish 101” last night, and I’m going to be catching up on episodes as much as possible. I’m trying to use it as incentive to get to the gym. There are new elliptical machines that you can plug an ipod into and watch whatever shows you like on the screen instead of just whatever is on tv at that moment. Plus, the average episode of Community is about 22 minutes, which is about what I’d like to be doing for cardio. I am hoping to get there soon, then in a few months push up to the 42 minutes it takes to get through an episode of Friday Night Lights, which I also have on my ipod. But first things first.

-I was also recently vindicated by the news that Verizon will be getting the iPhone in early 2011. I’m due for a new phone next year, but I’m unsure if I want to go that route. For one, I’ve heard the 4s are delicate, and I can be a spectacular klutz. Also, I at least want to wait a few months to see how the new technology works in the phones. The ATT iPhones work on a GSM system, but Verizon’s network is CDMA, which is new. So I’m curious to see how these things play together. Still, I’m happy as hell I never switched!! But the debate of Android vs. iPhone is one I can’t ignore. The only Apple product I own is an ipod. I’m also a huge google user, and I’ve heard that the google interface with the iPhone isn’t as good as it is with the Android. That, and my sister just got a shiny new LG Ally that’s pretty neat. I’ve also had my eye on the Droid Incredible for some time now.

- On the one hand, riding a horse to school is kind of funny. On the other, in this completely litigious society of ours, I'm not sure the school overreacted.

- And finally, via [livejournal.com profile] redstapler, The 100 Best Signs at the Rally to Restore Sanity, according to Buzzfeed.
offbalance: (Nemomento (kevinpease))
* It would appear that I have laryngitis. Some fun facts about laryngitis, from Doctor Internet:
- It's an inflammation of the voice box, or larynx.
- It can be caused by a cold or by allergies.
- It can last up to TWO WEEKS without being considered serious.
- The only real treatment for it is to not speak and to drink plenty of fluids.

The second part is not a problem. Anyone who has ever even met me for 5 minutes knows that the first one is NOT EASY. Now, for the past week, I have not felt well. I've been coughing and sneezing and been heavily congested, but I couldn't rightly tell if it was a cold or allergies. (Sometimes it's not obvious.) Friday was particularly bad - work turned on the heat for the first time and the air was thick with dust, a substance I happen to be heavily allergic to. I had a massive allergy-bordering-on-asthma attack, driving me out to Duane Reade for Robitussin and Claritin to help curtail the symptoms. (and they worked, for a bit). But I felt pretty raw, and so did my throat, although I figured that was from what happened and I thought nothing of it. Saturday I woke up with half of a strained voice and a very sore throat. But I went about my already-planned Saturday anyway, thanks to the help of tylenol, Halls, and hot tea. By Saturday evening, I was silenced. Yesterday was even worse. And today. Since a big part of my job involves the phone, I stayed home. But since I'm not dead-in-bed sick, I feel a tiny bit silly. I don't know if I'm contagious or not. But I don't have a fever or any strep symptoms, so yay for that. Don't know what I am going to do (or should do) about tomorrow. I feel run down, and basically fine until I try to speak. Then my throat turns into a pit of ash, rocks and fire, and my voice box says, "No, fuck you.." ::hands::

* Saturday was Day Two of the Dress Hunt. This time, I was joined by [livejournal.com profile] quasisonic and [livejournal.com profile] blergeatkitty. We went to the showroom of a fancy designer who was having a sample sale. I tried on a handful of dresses there in my "size", and was sorely tempted by one. I think I was actually tempted, but I couldn't really tell - the whole experience was rife with the kind of invisible pressure that I'd feared and conquered in my first two dress visits. The fact that the designers were right there and pinning me and telling me that it would take "just a few tweaks" to get the dress right, and how good it looked on me, and what a good sale they were having for only that weekend. Gah. Then I discovered that to make the sale dress wearable I'd have to pay for some outrageously priced alterations, and my most excellent wedding party got me out of there with the deftness of some kind of bridal black ops team. As we brunched at the nearby Malibu Diner, next to one of the worst-behaved toddlers I have ever been subjected to, someone brought up the fact that we'd walked by a David's Bridal on the way and maybe we should check them out. [livejournal.com profile] quasisonic pointed out that they couldn't be worse than the mini-episode of Say Yes to the Dress that we'd just lived through and Blerg joked that she'd heard that I'd "LOVE David's Bridal." HA! So off we went. And it was a great idea.

When we got to David's, the woman at the front desk said they were booked up, but I was welcome to put my name on a waiting list and walk around. Which we did, and had a lot of fun doing. After about 15-20 minutes maximum, my name got called. I got paired with a consultant named Caitlin that I liked immediately. She introduced herself, and I showed her some of the dresses I liked. She asked my street size, explained that their bridal sizing "runs small," but told me to not worry about the tag, that it's about fit and proportion and finding the dress that makes me look the best. I appreciated the pep talk, honestly. Even if she was trained to say it, it came off as really genuine. I tried on a few dresses that [livejournal.com profile] blergeatkitty and [livejournal.com profile] quasisonic were pretty crazy about, as well as one that they seem to think might be 'the one.' (I'm not as sure, but it's definitely shot up to the top 5). Most importantly, we had an absolute blast. AND they let us take pictures, but those are not getting posted for a few reasons. It was still nice to be able to look at them the next day and review.

I plan to make another trip back to RK to try on more stuff, but the field is certainly narrowing. And we made some headway on the bridesmaids, too, which was exciting.

* I also finished my Halloween costume, and I'm pretty psyched about it and how it's going to look. :)

*Jill Sobule's song to trampy Halloween costumes Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] reppep for the link!

* Still no voice. And still stir crazy. Blah.
offbalance: (Nemomento (kevinpease))
* It would appear that I have laryngitis. Some fun facts about laryngitis, from Doctor Internet:
- It's an inflammation of the voice box, or larynx.
- It can be caused by a cold or by allergies.
- It can last up to TWO WEEKS without being considered serious.
- The only real treatment for it is to not speak and to drink plenty of fluids.

The second part is not a problem. Anyone who has ever even met me for 5 minutes knows that the first one is NOT EASY. Now, for the past week, I have not felt well. I've been coughing and sneezing and been heavily congested, but I couldn't rightly tell if it was a cold or allergies. (Sometimes it's not obvious.) Friday was particularly bad - work turned on the heat for the first time and the air was thick with dust, a substance I happen to be heavily allergic to. I had a massive allergy-bordering-on-asthma attack, driving me out to Duane Reade for Robitussin and Claritin to help curtail the symptoms. (and they worked, for a bit). But I felt pretty raw, and so did my throat, although I figured that was from what happened and I thought nothing of it. Saturday I woke up with half of a strained voice and a very sore throat. But I went about my already-planned Saturday anyway, thanks to the help of tylenol, Halls, and hot tea. By Saturday evening, I was silenced. Yesterday was even worse. And today. Since a big part of my job involves the phone, I stayed home. But since I'm not dead-in-bed sick, I feel a tiny bit silly. I don't know if I'm contagious or not. But I don't have a fever or any strep symptoms, so yay for that. Don't know what I am going to do (or should do) about tomorrow. I feel run down, and basically fine until I try to speak. Then my throat turns into a pit of ash, rocks and fire, and my voice box says, "No, fuck you.." ::hands::

* Saturday was Day Two of the Dress Hunt. This time, I was joined by [livejournal.com profile] quasisonic and [livejournal.com profile] blergeatkitty. We went to the showroom of a fancy designer who was having a sample sale. I tried on a handful of dresses there in my "size", and was sorely tempted by one. I think I was actually tempted, but I couldn't really tell - the whole experience was rife with the kind of invisible pressure that I'd feared and conquered in my first two dress visits. The fact that the designers were right there and pinning me and telling me that it would take "just a few tweaks" to get the dress right, and how good it looked on me, and what a good sale they were having for only that weekend. Gah. Then I discovered that to make the sale dress wearable I'd have to pay for some outrageously priced alterations, and my most excellent wedding party got me out of there with the deftness of some kind of bridal black ops team. As we brunched at the nearby Malibu Diner, next to one of the worst-behaved toddlers I have ever been subjected to, someone brought up the fact that we'd walked by a David's Bridal on the way and maybe we should check them out. [livejournal.com profile] quasisonic pointed out that they couldn't be worse than the mini-episode of Say Yes to the Dress that we'd just lived through and Blerg joked that she'd heard that I'd "LOVE David's Bridal." HA! So off we went. And it was a great idea.

When we got to David's, the woman at the front desk said they were booked up, but I was welcome to put my name on a waiting list and walk around. Which we did, and had a lot of fun doing. After about 15-20 minutes maximum, my name got called. I got paired with a consultant named Caitlin that I liked immediately. She introduced herself, and I showed her some of the dresses I liked. She asked my street size, explained that their bridal sizing "runs small," but told me to not worry about the tag, that it's about fit and proportion and finding the dress that makes me look the best. I appreciated the pep talk, honestly. Even if she was trained to say it, it came off as really genuine. I tried on a few dresses that [livejournal.com profile] blergeatkitty and [livejournal.com profile] quasisonic were pretty crazy about, as well as one that they seem to think might be 'the one.' (I'm not as sure, but it's definitely shot up to the top 5). Most importantly, we had an absolute blast. AND they let us take pictures, but those are not getting posted for a few reasons. It was still nice to be able to look at them the next day and review.

I plan to make another trip back to RK to try on more stuff, but the field is certainly narrowing. And we made some headway on the bridesmaids, too, which was exciting.

* I also finished my Halloween costume, and I'm pretty psyched about it and how it's going to look. :)

*Jill Sobule's song to trampy Halloween costumes Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] reppep for the link!

* Still no voice. And still stir crazy. Blah.

Tuesdries

Oct. 19th, 2010 01:41 pm
offbalance: (newsteam by uptown girl gfx)
- All of those who want to hear about my adventures in wedding planning should follow the bouncing link.

- I am seeing It's Kind of a Funny Story tonight, and I'm really excited about it. I hope it's a decent adaptation. This is the first time someone I actually know socially has had a book adapted into a movie. Hopefully, it won't be the last. ;)

- Yet another way the GOP skewers survey results in their favor.

- Brooklyn Stylist Khane Kutzwell is attempting to open a safe space for LGBTQ folk to get the kind of haircuts they want. Really cool piece, and I wish them success!

- My throat is sore-ish. I do not like this. But I don't know if it's allergies/post nasal drip or something more sinister. Only time will tell.

Tuesdries

Oct. 19th, 2010 01:41 pm
offbalance: (newsteam by uptown girl gfx)
- All of those who want to hear about my adventures in wedding planning should follow the bouncing link.

- I am seeing It's Kind of a Funny Story tonight, and I'm really excited about it. I hope it's a decent adaptation. This is the first time someone I actually know socially has had a book adapted into a movie. Hopefully, it won't be the last. ;)

- Yet another way the GOP skewers survey results in their favor.

- Brooklyn Stylist Khane Kutzwell is attempting to open a safe space for LGBTQ folk to get the kind of haircuts they want. Really cool piece, and I wish them success!

- My throat is sore-ish. I do not like this. But I don't know if it's allergies/post nasal drip or something more sinister. Only time will tell.

Mondries

Oct. 18th, 2010 11:43 pm
offbalance: (Kiernan)
- Ugh, WTF, Yankees. *sigh*

- This is something I've often wondered about.

- Via Roger Ebert: A Meditation on Books.

- I've been feeling hella run down the past few days. No idea what it is. It's likely allergies, which have been kicking my ass hard recently. And the annoying thing is that while a cold comes, hangs on a few days and then finaly buggers off, allergies are for life. And they can act exactly like a cold when they want to. BLAH. So I feel like crap. BUT I MADE MYSELF GO TO THE GYM ANYWAY. SO THERE.

- Due to the part of Brooklyn I live in, the only cable provider I have available to me is Cablevision. Or in my case, Optimum Online. So, as you may have heard, I don't have Fox right now. Since I'm down to about 2 shows on Fox (Glee and The Good Guys) at the moment, it's not an insurmountable problem. However, I was royally pissed today when it looked like Fox was going to block out Hulu to its Cablevision customers. Thankfully, it was short-lived, but still frustrating. Now, I'm not taking sides, and my lack of love for the Dolans is well-documented (hey, I'm a NY Ranger fan, it comes with the territory), but in the past year, they've had problems with The Food Network and ABC as well as Fox. Once is a fluke, twice is a coincidence, three times is a pattern. The Dolans are cheap bastards, as their channel lineup will show. I don't have half of the channels I had when I had Time Warner, and the only reason I have some of the same ones now is because I had to pay extra. TWC included them in the price. Now, TWC isn't perfect, but at least it delivered. (And didn't make me pay extra for the on-demand channels for the premium channels I already subscribed to. I'm looking at you, Cablevision - stunts like that and I'm supposed to believe FOX is the greedy one? Riiiight.) My neighborhood is not yet wired for Fios, but when it is, I am SO switching. It's so much better. I will miss NY1, but not that much. I'm sick of this BS. So far the only perk of being an Optimum customer is the free movies I get on Tuesday nights. (more on that in a minute).

- So last Tuesday J & I finally saw The Social Network, and it totally blew me away. It's been a long time since a movie lived up to its hype for me, but this one did. The writing, directing and acting were all top notch. But don't listen to me talk about it - GO SEE IT!! Tomorrow we're seeing It's Kind of a Funny Story. As much as I love the movies, prices are such right now that I have no issue with going on Tuesdays to a particular cinema chain and getting our tickets for free.

- I also finally, finally, finally saw Toy Story 1& 2 on Sunday at my friend Marilyn's house. (along with good company and good food). I can not believe I deprived myself of the pleasure of these films for so long. They're really amazing. Toy Story 3 is now at the top of the Netflix queue.

- Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries continue to rock my face off. But WTF, Mad Men? WTF?

- Recently, J discovered that if you plug a flash drive into his PS3, you can watch video on it through the tv as easily as putting a tape in a vcr. This has come in very handy so far and will continue to do so, especially since J invested in a very nice new drive for us. :)

- I had my first round of bridal gown shopping on Friday. It was interesting, to say the least. Forget the bell curve, I got to see both the best and the worst of what the industry has to offer. And it was amazing. I'll probably post a bigger recap of wedding crap to [livejournal.com profile] weddingplans, but if anyone wants me to cross-post here, speak now or forever hold your peace.

And happy birthday to the approximately 7 million people I know with October birthdays. You're all uniquely special, but holy crap your numbers are legion. The only other months that come close are July and December.

Mondries

Oct. 18th, 2010 11:43 pm
offbalance: (Kiernan)
- Ugh, WTF, Yankees. *sigh*

- This is something I've often wondered about.

- Via Roger Ebert: A Meditation on Books.

- I've been feeling hella run down the past few days. No idea what it is. It's likely allergies, which have been kicking my ass hard recently. And the annoying thing is that while a cold comes, hangs on a few days and then finaly buggers off, allergies are for life. And they can act exactly like a cold when they want to. BLAH. So I feel like crap. BUT I MADE MYSELF GO TO THE GYM ANYWAY. SO THERE.

- Due to the part of Brooklyn I live in, the only cable provider I have available to me is Cablevision. Or in my case, Optimum Online. So, as you may have heard, I don't have Fox right now. Since I'm down to about 2 shows on Fox (Glee and The Good Guys) at the moment, it's not an insurmountable problem. However, I was royally pissed today when it looked like Fox was going to block out Hulu to its Cablevision customers. Thankfully, it was short-lived, but still frustrating. Now, I'm not taking sides, and my lack of love for the Dolans is well-documented (hey, I'm a NY Ranger fan, it comes with the territory), but in the past year, they've had problems with The Food Network and ABC as well as Fox. Once is a fluke, twice is a coincidence, three times is a pattern. The Dolans are cheap bastards, as their channel lineup will show. I don't have half of the channels I had when I had Time Warner, and the only reason I have some of the same ones now is because I had to pay extra. TWC included them in the price. Now, TWC isn't perfect, but at least it delivered. (And didn't make me pay extra for the on-demand channels for the premium channels I already subscribed to. I'm looking at you, Cablevision - stunts like that and I'm supposed to believe FOX is the greedy one? Riiiight.) My neighborhood is not yet wired for Fios, but when it is, I am SO switching. It's so much better. I will miss NY1, but not that much. I'm sick of this BS. So far the only perk of being an Optimum customer is the free movies I get on Tuesday nights. (more on that in a minute).

- So last Tuesday J & I finally saw The Social Network, and it totally blew me away. It's been a long time since a movie lived up to its hype for me, but this one did. The writing, directing and acting were all top notch. But don't listen to me talk about it - GO SEE IT!! Tomorrow we're seeing It's Kind of a Funny Story. As much as I love the movies, prices are such right now that I have no issue with going on Tuesdays to a particular cinema chain and getting our tickets for free.

- I also finally, finally, finally saw Toy Story 1& 2 on Sunday at my friend Marilyn's house. (along with good company and good food). I can not believe I deprived myself of the pleasure of these films for so long. They're really amazing. Toy Story 3 is now at the top of the Netflix queue.

- Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries continue to rock my face off. But WTF, Mad Men? WTF?

- Recently, J discovered that if you plug a flash drive into his PS3, you can watch video on it through the tv as easily as putting a tape in a vcr. This has come in very handy so far and will continue to do so, especially since J invested in a very nice new drive for us. :)

- I had my first round of bridal gown shopping on Friday. It was interesting, to say the least. Forget the bell curve, I got to see both the best and the worst of what the industry has to offer. And it was amazing. I'll probably post a bigger recap of wedding crap to [livejournal.com profile] weddingplans, but if anyone wants me to cross-post here, speak now or forever hold your peace.

And happy birthday to the approximately 7 million people I know with October birthdays. You're all uniquely special, but holy crap your numbers are legion. The only other months that come close are July and December.

Mondries

Oct. 11th, 2010 01:20 pm
offbalance: (record)
- I made butternut squash soup on Sunday. It was delicious, but to my chagrin, it tasted nearly exactly like my favorite brand, Pacific Organics. It was both frustrating and empowering - empowering because it was delicious and made from scratch. Frustrating because I could have gone out and bought soup and saved myself some hassle, even though it was even easier than I was expecting (minus creating a mountain of dishes to wash). Now I have soup to go wtih my salad today, which is nice.

- [livejournal.com profile] blergeatkitty and I are going to see Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson on Broadway tonight. I'm very excited. There need to be more rock musicals about presidents. (Perhaps a jukebox musical about JFK featuring The Dead Kennedys? Maybe that would work?)

- Speaking of Things That Rock, I caught the absolutely incredible Springsteen documentary over the weekend. The Promise is about the making of my very very favorite Bruce Springsteen album (Darkness on the Edge of Town) as well as going deeply into Bruce's songcraft process and his life at the time as well as providing perspective from his bandmates regarding all of these things. That part was fascinating. What I had apparently forgotten in the interim years since The Great Springsteen Obsession of 1992-1993 was how absolutely blisteringly hot he was when he was younger. The documentary has a lot video, as they apparently documented every recording or rehersal session they could on video at the time. (Bonus lulz include the MASSIVE fro Bruce had at some point. Seriously, dude looked like Epstein from Welcome Back Kotter.) It also re-ignited my love of Darkness, which I've been listening to on and off all weekend. It's still wrenching, sexy, devastating, beautiful and brilliant. "Factory" remains a terrible song, despite this. After hearing parts of the song "The Promise" in the documentary, I think that should have been included, and "Factory" in the B-side pile, but due to not being born yet, no one consulted me. *shakes head* I want the new special-edition boxed set. I want it a lot.

- I tried to make a Springsteen station on Pandora. I thought it might be fun to mix in some Gaslight Anthem and U2. So far I've gotten one Springsteen song, 3 U2 songs, 2 Gaslight songs, and a bunch of stuff that is perplexing. Then I switched to my ipod, which is better.

-Watch the phenomenal new BBC Series Sherlock Holmes online! I have seen 2 of the 3 episodes, and this show is just amazing. It beats the recent movies by leaps and bounds. It's smart, it's funny, and it's possibly one of the very best examples of how you can adapt something well - keep the spirit alive, but bring it into a new century. <3 (big ups to [livejournal.com profile] airspaniel for turning me on to it!)

- The Bumblebee dies anyway. At least now that they know what's happening, they can work on fixing what's happening.

- Paladino is now denying he made horribly homophobic remarks. Despite the video (and I'm pretty sure there was a video, right?). He's using the time-honored "I have a ____ friend/relative" excuse. (Could this guy be more odious? I'm waiting to find out.)

- I called it, volume #438943: There IS a fifth Steig Larsson book from the Girl With... series, nearly complete, but the family won't allow it released. ("Yet." Cynical Publishing Girl says.) It may be complete rubbish, and Larsson may have been the kind of person who needed many rewrites to get something good, but I highly doubt that they won't cave to releasing this at some point. Too lucrative.

Mondries

Oct. 11th, 2010 01:20 pm
offbalance: (record)
- I made butternut squash soup on Sunday. It was delicious, but to my chagrin, it tasted nearly exactly like my favorite brand, Pacific Organics. It was both frustrating and empowering - empowering because it was delicious and made from scratch. Frustrating because I could have gone out and bought soup and saved myself some hassle, even though it was even easier than I was expecting (minus creating a mountain of dishes to wash). Now I have soup to go wtih my salad today, which is nice.

- [livejournal.com profile] blergeatkitty and I are going to see Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson on Broadway tonight. I'm very excited. There need to be more rock musicals about presidents. (Perhaps a jukebox musical about JFK featuring The Dead Kennedys? Maybe that would work?)

- Speaking of Things That Rock, I caught the absolutely incredible Springsteen documentary over the weekend. The Promise is about the making of my very very favorite Bruce Springsteen album (Darkness on the Edge of Town) as well as going deeply into Bruce's songcraft process and his life at the time as well as providing perspective from his bandmates regarding all of these things. That part was fascinating. What I had apparently forgotten in the interim years since The Great Springsteen Obsession of 1992-1993 was how absolutely blisteringly hot he was when he was younger. The documentary has a lot video, as they apparently documented every recording or rehersal session they could on video at the time. (Bonus lulz include the MASSIVE fro Bruce had at some point. Seriously, dude looked like Epstein from Welcome Back Kotter.) It also re-ignited my love of Darkness, which I've been listening to on and off all weekend. It's still wrenching, sexy, devastating, beautiful and brilliant. "Factory" remains a terrible song, despite this. After hearing parts of the song "The Promise" in the documentary, I think that should have been included, and "Factory" in the B-side pile, but due to not being born yet, no one consulted me. *shakes head* I want the new special-edition boxed set. I want it a lot.

- I tried to make a Springsteen station on Pandora. I thought it might be fun to mix in some Gaslight Anthem and U2. So far I've gotten one Springsteen song, 3 U2 songs, 2 Gaslight songs, and a bunch of stuff that is perplexing. Then I switched to my ipod, which is better.

-Watch the phenomenal new BBC Series Sherlock Holmes online! I have seen 2 of the 3 episodes, and this show is just amazing. It beats the recent movies by leaps and bounds. It's smart, it's funny, and it's possibly one of the very best examples of how you can adapt something well - keep the spirit alive, but bring it into a new century. <3 (big ups to [livejournal.com profile] airspaniel for turning me on to it!)

- The Bumblebee dies anyway. At least now that they know what's happening, they can work on fixing what's happening.

- Paladino is now denying he made horribly homophobic remarks. Despite the video (and I'm pretty sure there was a video, right?). He's using the time-honored "I have a ____ friend/relative" excuse. (Could this guy be more odious? I'm waiting to find out.)

- I called it, volume #438943: There IS a fifth Steig Larsson book from the Girl With... series, nearly complete, but the family won't allow it released. ("Yet." Cynical Publishing Girl says.) It may be complete rubbish, and Larsson may have been the kind of person who needed many rewrites to get something good, but I highly doubt that they won't cave to releasing this at some point. Too lucrative.

Sundries

Sep. 28th, 2010 11:07 pm
offbalance: (supervixen - lauralatham)
+/-I am now pissed. I had a fantastic idea for a Halloween costume. Like, best ever. But it requires [livejournal.com profile] airspaniel and [livejournal.com profile] redstapler, and one of them is in Texas. Hmph.

It's based on this incredible video:


(I figure [livejournal.com profile] redstapler would be Black Canary, and I would ask [livejournal.com profile] airspaniel nicely if I could be Huntress and she could be Catwoman. I think she'd be amenable. ETA: on second thought, she'd probably make a better Huntress, as she would rock the hell out of that outfit more than I ever could.)

+It's Craft Beer Week!

- My gym schedule has been put off temporarily, seeing as I strained some muscles in my ankle that make walking difficult. Yes, I know that I can do other stuff, but hmph. Added bonus? I may be getting a cold. Awesome.

+ OMG! The Social Network premieres this weekend! David Fincher is directing and Aaron Sorkin wrote the screenplay. These two as a team could get me interested in just about anything.

- For some reason, the people in charge of my building insist on keeping the temperature in here between boiling and roasting. Do not like. Ugh.

- We have no Q service again this weekend. AGAIN. Last weekend, after celebrating [livejournal.com profile] selftoken's birthday, what's usually a 30-40 minute trip took almost double that. Mostly due to promised shuttlebuses not being available. UGH. FU, MTA.

+/- A message from the Easier Said Than Done Department: I have decided that I need a project aside from wedding planning. I refuse to become The Boring Bitch Who Talks of Nothing Else. Refuse. I have writing projects I'd like to work on, both fannish and non-fannish. So I ask my writerly friends in LJ-land: how do you make time for this? In between work, and the gym, and making dinner and making sure your loved ones are attended to, when in hell do you make time for this (especially when it feels like no time exists?)

Sundries

Sep. 28th, 2010 11:07 pm
offbalance: (supervixen - lauralatham)
+/-I am now pissed. I had a fantastic idea for a Halloween costume. Like, best ever. But it requires [livejournal.com profile] airspaniel and [livejournal.com profile] redstapler, and one of them is in Texas. Hmph.

It's based on this incredible video:


(I figure [livejournal.com profile] redstapler would be Black Canary, and I would ask [livejournal.com profile] airspaniel nicely if I could be Huntress and she could be Catwoman. I think she'd be amenable. ETA: on second thought, she'd probably make a better Huntress, as she would rock the hell out of that outfit more than I ever could.)

+It's Craft Beer Week!

- My gym schedule has been put off temporarily, seeing as I strained some muscles in my ankle that make walking difficult. Yes, I know that I can do other stuff, but hmph. Added bonus? I may be getting a cold. Awesome.

+ OMG! The Social Network premieres this weekend! David Fincher is directing and Aaron Sorkin wrote the screenplay. These two as a team could get me interested in just about anything.

- For some reason, the people in charge of my building insist on keeping the temperature in here between boiling and roasting. Do not like. Ugh.

- We have no Q service again this weekend. AGAIN. Last weekend, after celebrating [livejournal.com profile] selftoken's birthday, what's usually a 30-40 minute trip took almost double that. Mostly due to promised shuttlebuses not being available. UGH. FU, MTA.

+/- A message from the Easier Said Than Done Department: I have decided that I need a project aside from wedding planning. I refuse to become The Boring Bitch Who Talks of Nothing Else. Refuse. I have writing projects I'd like to work on, both fannish and non-fannish. So I ask my writerly friends in LJ-land: how do you make time for this? In between work, and the gym, and making dinner and making sure your loved ones are attended to, when in hell do you make time for this (especially when it feels like no time exists?)

Tuesday

Sep. 21st, 2010 01:38 pm
offbalance: (Swarley)
I can't stop laughing. Seriously, you guys. This is the most amazing thing I've ever seen. Eater FTW.

Most other sundries I have to report on are all wedding-crap related, so I'll spare you all. Well, except one thing: I am faced with a somewhat amusing dilemma - I was informed of a "warehouse sale" for a usually-expensive bridal retailer that will be going on all weekend. Didn't look like I could go Friday due to preexisting plans, but when Saturday was recommended, I also noticed I got an invitation to watch what should be a pretty damn neat baseball game. So I don't even know, you guys. *sigh* I may try to take a slightly long lunch Friday and check the sale out anyway, but I was amused to be pulled in different directions.

Shows came back last night. Castle was fantastic, How I Met Your Mother is trying to get back to what it once was, but it's not there yet. Did all their original writers quit? WTF happened? More with spoilers )

Tonight marks the return of NCIS and Glee. This pleases me.

[livejournal.com profile] j_bkl gets to go to the Yankee game on Wednesday and I don't. ::sulk::

That's about all, notihng really too exciting. Wake me up when Friday gets here. I mostly dropped by to share the link of Tony Bourdain photoshopped into Dancing With the Stars.

Tuesday

Sep. 21st, 2010 01:38 pm
offbalance: (Swarley)
I can't stop laughing. Seriously, you guys. This is the most amazing thing I've ever seen. Eater FTW.

Most other sundries I have to report on are all wedding-crap related, so I'll spare you all. Well, except one thing: I am faced with a somewhat amusing dilemma - I was informed of a "warehouse sale" for a usually-expensive bridal retailer that will be going on all weekend. Didn't look like I could go Friday due to preexisting plans, but when Saturday was recommended, I also noticed I got an invitation to watch what should be a pretty damn neat baseball game. So I don't even know, you guys. *sigh* I may try to take a slightly long lunch Friday and check the sale out anyway, but I was amused to be pulled in different directions.

Shows came back last night. Castle was fantastic, How I Met Your Mother is trying to get back to what it once was, but it's not there yet. Did all their original writers quit? WTF happened? More with spoilers )

Tonight marks the return of NCIS and Glee. This pleases me.

[livejournal.com profile] j_bkl gets to go to the Yankee game on Wednesday and I don't. ::sulk::

That's about all, notihng really too exciting. Wake me up when Friday gets here. I mostly dropped by to share the link of Tony Bourdain photoshopped into Dancing With the Stars.

Mondries

Sep. 20th, 2010 01:32 pm
offbalance: (Kiernan)
+ Weekend was fun, but about 10 minutes long. :P But there was good food and good friends, even time spent with my folks, which was great. :)

+ My pear cobbler, which I got from this recipe was a success! And it was pretty easy, too. The hardest part was peeling the damn pears. The only thing I did differently was toss the pears with half brown/half white sugar, plus cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. A++ would cobbler again. :D

- New Orleans Girl is starting to royally piss me off. Yes, I know she lives on the same train line as the Yankees and that can be annoying, but her constantly declaring that she "curses" them and wanting them to lose is NOT funny, given that we have a ton of injuries and lost to the fucking Orioles last night. A team with the second-worst record in baseball. Ugh. The playoffs are coming up, damnit, and we're holding on to first by half a game. And besides that, it's just mean. I mean, I'm not wishing for a band she likes to cancel shows or her new favorite bar to be closed by the board of health! And the worst part? She doesn't give a crap about sports! She's not even from NY! Grrr.

+ OMG THREE MORE SLEEPS UNTIL NEW SUPERNATURAL. I'm excited, can you tell? Also, new Glee tomorrow night, which fills me with...er, glee.

- J and I watched the first episode of The Pillars of the Earth on Saturday. He loved it, I...well...I'm sure the book is better. spoilers be here )But the book must be good. [livejournal.com profile] blergeatkitty really loved the book. I will read the book. It will most likely be better. And hey, what's the point of having a Kindle if you can't read enormous books on it?

-If you take Metro-North, your commute is going to suuuuuuuck. 3/4 of my office takes Metro-North. This should be interesting.

ETA: Oh, and signal boost! Bid on a bear signed by a hotass to fight breast cancer!!

Mondries

Sep. 20th, 2010 01:32 pm
offbalance: (Kiernan)
+ Weekend was fun, but about 10 minutes long. :P But there was good food and good friends, even time spent with my folks, which was great. :)

+ My pear cobbler, which I got from this recipe was a success! And it was pretty easy, too. The hardest part was peeling the damn pears. The only thing I did differently was toss the pears with half brown/half white sugar, plus cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. A++ would cobbler again. :D

- New Orleans Girl is starting to royally piss me off. Yes, I know she lives on the same train line as the Yankees and that can be annoying, but her constantly declaring that she "curses" them and wanting them to lose is NOT funny, given that we have a ton of injuries and lost to the fucking Orioles last night. A team with the second-worst record in baseball. Ugh. The playoffs are coming up, damnit, and we're holding on to first by half a game. And besides that, it's just mean. I mean, I'm not wishing for a band she likes to cancel shows or her new favorite bar to be closed by the board of health! And the worst part? She doesn't give a crap about sports! She's not even from NY! Grrr.

+ OMG THREE MORE SLEEPS UNTIL NEW SUPERNATURAL. I'm excited, can you tell? Also, new Glee tomorrow night, which fills me with...er, glee.

- J and I watched the first episode of The Pillars of the Earth on Saturday. He loved it, I...well...I'm sure the book is better. spoilers be here )But the book must be good. [livejournal.com profile] blergeatkitty really loved the book. I will read the book. It will most likely be better. And hey, what's the point of having a Kindle if you can't read enormous books on it?

-If you take Metro-North, your commute is going to suuuuuuuck. 3/4 of my office takes Metro-North. This should be interesting.

ETA: Oh, and signal boost! Bid on a bear signed by a hotass to fight breast cancer!!

Sundries

Sep. 16th, 2010 01:44 pm
offbalance: (newsteam by uptown girl gfx)
- I'm hoping I'm on the mend. I don't feel exhausted, I just feel kind of...weird. Spaced out and a tiny bit lightheaded. Do not like. Not sure what's up.

+ Is anyone out there a fan of the show/podcast "A Complete Guide to Everything"? Caught some of it the other day and it was pretty damn funny.

+ I figured out how to use the gmail app on my blackberry to check ALL of my gmail accounts without comingling them. I'm more than aware of the fact that this may not be news to anyone but me, but I'm quite excited by it. It's made parts of my life much easier.

+ Thanks to my CSA, I have many pears. I think a Pear Cobbler is in my immediate future. I would make the Pushing Daisies pear gruyere pie, but I don't have the means or equipment to make my own crust (I don't have even a hand mixer. Nor do I have the energy right now. But someday...)

- Dear Yankees, kindly yank your head out of your asses. WTF? And Derek? I. Can't. Even. What the hell, man?

+ So yesterday I met up briefly with [livejournal.com profile] airspaniel so that I could pass on S4 of Supernatural on to her for [livejournal.com profile] rockradar's perusal. (He's trying to catch up by the premiere. I am in favor of this.) We met near the library, because I had books to return and books to retrieve.

- One of my reserves wasn't on the shelf, so when I brought my other reserve and another book I wanted that they happened to have on the shelf, I asked the librarian about it, nicely, because I figured that perhaps they hadn't had a chance to put it on the shelf, or maybe they were holding it behind the counter (it's the first volume of Scott Pilgrim, which is popular). She starts screaming at me that "if it ain't on the shelf it ain't my damn problem" and muttering that "if somebody take the book, it ain't my damn fault. Why is this my problem?" It was radically different than the service I usually get at the branch of that library - usually everyone is professional and nice. This same woman also yelled at me for the cookbook that was sitting on the shelf of the library, because the computer was having issues checking it out.
Her: "They got this for you from the desk, right?"
Me: No, it was on the shelf.
Her: That can't be. The computer says it wasn't on the shelf.
Me: But it was on the shelf.
Her: No it wasn't.
[livejournal.com profile] airspaniel: Uh, I was with her the entire time, and I can assure you that no one helped us, and she just got that book from the shelf.
Her: For real? Hm. Let me see your card. ::swipes card, Checks out book:: Huh.

I just. Really? Where in hell did they find this woman?

- Just what the world needed: Bridalplasty, a show that makes Bridezillas look like Frontline. The only comfort I can take from this is that The Soup will probably have an excellent time with this train wreck. Ugh.

+ TV has been love, lately. Vampire Diaries has been awesome, as has Covert Affairs. Life Unexpected came back swinging, and Gossip Girl has sharpened some of its writing. And remembered that it's best when it's intentionally funny. Boardwalk Empire is Sunday! All good things. :)

- If you are from New York and voted for Carl Palladino in the primary, we're probably going to have words. I can't believe this racist, sexist, mind-blowingly evil bastard actually managed to carry a nomination. I am voting for Cuomo in November only because he's not this guy. ::shudder::

+ Tomorrow is FRIDAY. And despite having a lovely weekend in the country last week, I really have less than nothing planned this weekend. And you know what? That's awesome. I probably need some recovery time.

Sundries

Sep. 16th, 2010 01:44 pm
offbalance: (newsteam by uptown girl gfx)
- I'm hoping I'm on the mend. I don't feel exhausted, I just feel kind of...weird. Spaced out and a tiny bit lightheaded. Do not like. Not sure what's up.

+ Is anyone out there a fan of the show/podcast "A Complete Guide to Everything"? Caught some of it the other day and it was pretty damn funny.

+ I figured out how to use the gmail app on my blackberry to check ALL of my gmail accounts without comingling them. I'm more than aware of the fact that this may not be news to anyone but me, but I'm quite excited by it. It's made parts of my life much easier.

+ Thanks to my CSA, I have many pears. I think a Pear Cobbler is in my immediate future. I would make the Pushing Daisies pear gruyere pie, but I don't have the means or equipment to make my own crust (I don't have even a hand mixer. Nor do I have the energy right now. But someday...)

- Dear Yankees, kindly yank your head out of your asses. WTF? And Derek? I. Can't. Even. What the hell, man?

+ So yesterday I met up briefly with [livejournal.com profile] airspaniel so that I could pass on S4 of Supernatural on to her for [livejournal.com profile] rockradar's perusal. (He's trying to catch up by the premiere. I am in favor of this.) We met near the library, because I had books to return and books to retrieve.

- One of my reserves wasn't on the shelf, so when I brought my other reserve and another book I wanted that they happened to have on the shelf, I asked the librarian about it, nicely, because I figured that perhaps they hadn't had a chance to put it on the shelf, or maybe they were holding it behind the counter (it's the first volume of Scott Pilgrim, which is popular). She starts screaming at me that "if it ain't on the shelf it ain't my damn problem" and muttering that "if somebody take the book, it ain't my damn fault. Why is this my problem?" It was radically different than the service I usually get at the branch of that library - usually everyone is professional and nice. This same woman also yelled at me for the cookbook that was sitting on the shelf of the library, because the computer was having issues checking it out.
Her: "They got this for you from the desk, right?"
Me: No, it was on the shelf.
Her: That can't be. The computer says it wasn't on the shelf.
Me: But it was on the shelf.
Her: No it wasn't.
[livejournal.com profile] airspaniel: Uh, I was with her the entire time, and I can assure you that no one helped us, and she just got that book from the shelf.
Her: For real? Hm. Let me see your card. ::swipes card, Checks out book:: Huh.

I just. Really? Where in hell did they find this woman?

- Just what the world needed: Bridalplasty, a show that makes Bridezillas look like Frontline. The only comfort I can take from this is that The Soup will probably have an excellent time with this train wreck. Ugh.

+ TV has been love, lately. Vampire Diaries has been awesome, as has Covert Affairs. Life Unexpected came back swinging, and Gossip Girl has sharpened some of its writing. And remembered that it's best when it's intentionally funny. Boardwalk Empire is Sunday! All good things. :)

- If you are from New York and voted for Carl Palladino in the primary, we're probably going to have words. I can't believe this racist, sexist, mind-blowingly evil bastard actually managed to carry a nomination. I am voting for Cuomo in November only because he's not this guy. ::shudder::

+ Tomorrow is FRIDAY. And despite having a lovely weekend in the country last week, I really have less than nothing planned this weekend. And you know what? That's awesome. I probably need some recovery time.

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