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So... While I'm waiting around and watching tv, here are the answers to seven questions tabular_rasa asked me. If you like, comment and I'll ask you seven questions. Otherwise, yeah, just read what I wrote. Haha.

How do you keep track of things you need to get done? (Like a planner, electronic planner, calendar, in your head, etc). Are you usually good at keeping track?
I make a lot of lists and am forever planning things. Most of this happens in my head first, where it usually stays unless I have a lot to accomplish and can't remember all of it. If it's overly complicated or has too many steps to juggle in my head, I have to have something tactile right in front of me to remind me of what I need to do so I can tick off the things I've completed. What's funny is I haven't really been able to make personal planners work for me, though. I try using a calendar (my real estate agent even sent me one of those handy pocket ones this year), but I forget to check it. I think I have to physically sit down and write plans that aren't too far in advance or I'll either get really obsessive over minor details or forget them altogether. Odd. I think I'm pretty good at it, but my system is far from perfect. There are still days I'll annoy myself if I forget to do things.

Provided they do not encounter an unusual amount of dirt or have something spilled on them, generally how many times do you wear a pair of pants before washing them? What's your record?
Hmm... This depends on whether we're talking my work pants or my casual pants. I don't generally get too dirty at work, so I don't mind wearing them more than once. I'll usually wear them two or three times before I wash them, and that's because I have several pairs I can switch out before I hit the two week mark. I don't like to go more than two weeks between washing those. The longest I went without washing those pants was maybe three weeks when I was waiting for my washer and dryer to be delivered when I first moved in here.

Actually, now that I think about it, it isn't all that different with my casual pants because I don't have many reasons to wear them these days. Those usually only get one or two wearings before I'm doing laundry again. It seems silly to me to not wash something if I'm already doing laundry. I think my record for the longest without washing a pair of jeans is around the same, but that's because I was being lazy.

Have you ever gotten food poisoning? Describe.
Oh, this might be gross. Sorry! My stomach runs the gamut from being made of steel (I've eaten hot dogs weeks past their expiration date and other unmentionable food and not had a problem) to being stupid and weak at the dumbest things (usually something harmless I can't even remember eating). When I've had food poisoning, usually everything just heads south (if you want the less graphic description, haha). I very rarely vomit from food poisoning. That's normally something that happens if I consume too much alcohol. However, I must say I think one of the worst hangovers I've ever had was coupled with food poisoning. Have you ever had half-digested pineapple juice make a hasty exit and burn your throat on the way up? Yeah, I wouldn't recommend it.

What are the best and worst parts about living in Nevada? (Since if I can ever submit the damn application, I might end up living there for a time!).
That application sounds like it sucks! Anyway, hmm...

Best! I like a lot about Nevada, actually. The south is different (in fact, I've still never made it down to Vegas), but the landscape up here in the north is pretty cool. I really like being surrounded by mountains, which are usually very pretty and covered in a thin layer of snow most of the time. While I've visited and liked other places, I almost always end up missing the mountains. Actually, the way the horizon ends in places that are flat really creeps me out for some reason.

I also really like the way the rain smells in the desert. Sagebrush can be a pain in the ass up here (especially during allergy season), but it smells amazing right after it rains, especially since it rains so seldomly around here.

Worst! This state is so damned small. Seriously. I can't go anywhere without running into someone who either knows me or my family or knows someone I know, and it's not always for a good reason. I don't mind it most of the time, but it gets annoying.

What is something you've never done but people generally assume you have?
Correct other people's grammar in conversation. I correct myself a lot (mostly because I'm a weird perfectionist and sometimes I say things differently than I'd like), but I don't like correcting other people. This assumption has been rampant since I started studying English, and it only gets worse if people find out I'm a proofreader. The only time I'll say something is if I need clarification or didn't understand you.

Truthfully, it bothers me when all people care about is correcting other people's language. My dad, who writes dictionaries and is a language nerd in general, does it all the time, and I don't think it's useful. It annoys me even more when people try to dissect my language, mostly because I think if you understood what I was saying, the communication was successful. I believe getting your message across is the point, not how correctly you say it.

Look, I know the rules. I just don't care that much. Don't try to out-language me.

Who was the worst teacher you ever had, and what made them so terrible?
While I might have had some terrible teachers in college, I think my fourth grade teacher still stands head and shoulders above the rest. Ms. Weaver was a chain-smoking broad in maybe her seventies. Well, I don't know how old she was, but she seemed ancient to me. Haha. I think she remembered teaching the parents of some of the kids in my class, which wasn't unusual given our rural community actually. What made her so bad was she had no control over our class (even though there were maybe 15-16 kids in there), and she sent some of my classmates to the principal's office every day. I don't remember learning anything, just how stressful the whole year was and the time a classmate climbed onto the roof of the school to avoid going to the office for the day. Ugh.

Type out or provide a link to a favorite recipe!
Cheesy baked pasta with spinach and artichokes!

I totally got this out of a magazine a few years ago. It's really easy to put together and always delicious!


Jun. 29th, 2011 07:29 pm
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Conversation I had with myself about dinner last night-- "Swiss cheese, colby-jack cheese, hot dogs, and cheese. Perfect." I may or may not have been living alone for too long already. Haha.

Setting Marriage Straight: An article about how gay marriage approval benefits straight women too. Makes a lot of sense when you think about it.

I'm very close to finishing the capelette I started knitting forever ago. It will be the biggest project I've ever completed, and I'm pretty excited about it, even if I did make some pretty amateur mistakes on it. No one's going to know!

Mm. Falafel. Let's see how long this temporary stretch of vegetarianism lasts. I think my record still stands at three days. Eh, maybe I'll make a ham sandwich for lunch tomorrow. Omnivore to the end! I like meat too damn much! Oh well.

Oh, lastly, I had a specific reason for writing this entry (it's not public, sorry. Basic gist: Life is hard but worth it sometimes), other than working 40-hour weeks like a normal person, getting to spend more time at home, and not being quite so tired. That day, the boss of our unit came into my office and asked me to stay on at my job full-time. I didn't even need to think about it. I said yes. I signed the paperwork today. :)
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Okay, so things don't ever really end, but they do evolve.

I had a pretty good day today despite being busy from pretty much the moment I walked in at 7:30 to when I left at 5:30. The big boss gave each of us a flowering cactus! I hope I don't kill it. And yeah, I spent most of my time in a coworker's office listening to her read me numbers, which is super boring, but we also talked in between about a variety of topics. My other coworkers are awesome too. I don't know if I mention that often, but it's true. I laughed a lot. So we're working really crazy hours and there are aspects I don't like, but days like this just solidify my hope that I'll be able to keep working there once my temporary position is up in November. Who knows, though? I'm not holding my breath. Unfortunately, I'm very aware of the fact there's still no money. :/

There are always depositions. Well, not really. I just remembered I need to email my aunt about that, though. My freelance work is so back and forth. That's the nature of this field-- feast or famine. You're either in the middle of a big push to prepare for trial, or you're doing a lot of busy work. It's like anything else, I guess. Even my current job involves a LOT of waiting and then working as fast as we can to get the work out so we can go back to MORE waiting. I'm happy to have it, though. Right about here I could start complaining about the economy, but you've heard it all before. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

I brought in pinwheels* for the potluck our unit had (even though we only had half an hour for lunch because of the project we're doing), and I ate way too much good food-- meatball sandwich, Mexican lasagna, lime-garlic chicken wings, shrimp cocktail, vegetables, spinach salad, cucumber soup, lots of dips, banana pudding, strawberries, ambrosia, Oreo cake and I don't know what else. I really don't want to think about the calories, but I had to try a little of everything. So good! (Besides, I worked out today then only ate cereal for dinner. Shut it, brain. You too, scale.)

Aw, I still have two days of work left this week because they're holding a floor session Saturday, but I get Mother's Day off? That's a plus for sure.

Did I just write an entire entry about work? Wow, how can I bore you more? I think I'll stop.

Something not about work? Uh, yesterday, someone I haven't talked to in ages asked me if I was married yet. Interesting question.

*Bonus! Pinwheel Recipe
2 8 oz. packages of cream cheese
1 package ranch dressing mix
4 oz. diced pimentos, rinsed and drained
4 oz. diced olives, rinsed and drained
4 oz. diced green chilies, rinsed and drained
(You can also add green onions or diced shallots; but I realized I only have butter knives here; so I didn't in this application.)
4 12" tortillas (give or take)

Mix together cream cheese, ranch dressing mix, and your diced "veggies". Spread the mix on the tortillas and roll them up. Slice the tortillas into rounds. Voila, pinwheels!

Make them! They're awesome. Really, I'm done now. Thanks for stopping by.
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Still reeling from having a whole weekend to myself. I got a lot accomplished yesterday, but there's still more to do. I feel like if I don't do a bazillion things in my time off, I'm just wasting my time. I'm not sure when this attitude cropped up, and man, I don't know if I could go back to doing nothing all the time. It's probably just out of necessity considering I don't have much of a life outside of work and am still figuring out where to put everything in my house/accumulating essentials as I go along. (I got more baking items and casserole dishes at Target yesterday. Kind of excited about that!) Given the chance, I'd be lazy probably (and not that I don't have my bad moments, especially concerning the internet). I just have too much I want to do. Whatever. I'm cool with it.

Woke up with my left eye in pain, though I can't figure out why. It looks slightly swollen? Other than that, I don't know. It hurts to blink. Awesome!

Oh right, it's May now. In thirty days, I posted twenty-four poems. (And I haven't worked the kinks out of one yet.) Stats? Nineteen new, three old, and two from other poets. Not too bad. I think that's about my average, come to think of it. Shrug.

I tried jogging again last night, and it went okay until I got home and realized that my ankle was really sore. It's better this morning, but not by much. What's messed up is this isn't the ankle I fell on years ago. You're supposed to be the good ankle, damn it! Maybe I'm just not meant to jog.

All right, if I don't get stuck on the internet, here's the bare minimum list of things I want to do today:
-Laundry *
-Vacuum (since I still haven't pulled it out of the box) *
-Sew (Baby blanket for a friend who had her baby like a month and a half ago, oops) *
-Bake cookies to take to work (Everyday cookies! They have butterscotch chips, coconut, and Rice Crispies in them. They're going to rule.) *

Alternately, if I find energy:
-Clean bathrooms *
-Make these *
-Play sims?

(*=Done! Final score? Everything but playing sims. Pretty damn good, I must say.)

Yep, I'm awesome like that. Ready? Go!

EDIT: And yep, I got stuck on the internet. Got to fix that shortly. BUT here's a debate on ebooks v. print I'm finding really interesting.
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Sometimes I accidentally stumble into vegetarianism. I'll still eat eggs and dairy (because I really can't seem to get by without cheese), but after a few days, I'll realize I haven't eaten any meat. Last time I ate meat was a ham sandwich on Tuesday, and before then, I think I had some frozen falafel. That might have been over the weekend, though. (I've had to eat some soup/cup of noodles for dinner at work, though at one point I had clam chowder? It's kind of hard to remember because all the days are running together at the moment.) I think this is mostly because I've been on a Mediterranean food kick, hence the falafel. I also found some awesome tabouli mix at World Market as well as tzatziki sauce at Trader Joe's. I put olives and cheddar cheese mix into the tabouli I had, but I'd love to get some more and add feta cheese and halved cherry tomatoes to it to take for lunch. I never thought I'd say that in my life (because I hate tomatoes in things, but it seems like it would be good in this).

I don't know. It's just kind of strange. The only reason I broke my accidental vegetarian streak is I wanted pizza and only had a pepperoni one in my freezer. I doctored it with banana peppers, marinated artichoke hearts, and more cheese then topped it with tzatziki when it was done and had a salad on the side. It was pretty amazing. Yeah... I still don't think I can swing vegetarianism full time, but it's not a bad deal. I really like a lot of vegetarian dishes, and I eat a lot more vegetables than I used to. I just happen to like meat, too. Omnivore to the core, I guess.

Uh, anyway. I find I'm semi-obsessed with what I can make with what I have left in my fridge whenever I'm home, so I thought I'd share. Maybe one of these days I'll have time to make something from scratch rather than just doctoring frozen food. I'm at 12 days in a row, and it looks like I have eight more days until I get a full day off (maybe a half on Saturday if I'm lucky? We'll see). How bizarre. Back to watching TV and knitting in the little time I have before bed. Later, all.
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What's going on then? How about the short version. If you want to hear details about anything, leave a comment and I'll respond. Otherwise, I'm pretty sure I'll forget to give you more.

Read more... )

That brings us up to today, which was uneventful unless you count my productive cleaning earlier. Why can I only be productive when I'm avoiding doing other things? I'll be kicking myself for not researching at all this weekend later. Oh well, nothing I can do about it now.
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-Had a delightful time with Aurora on Friday even if it was a little short and I ate way too much at Chevy's

-Keep forgetting to mention movies I've seen. Quick review time! Tropic Thunder was entertaining but not the best movie I've ever seen. Pretty funny but kind of long for what it was. Ghost Town was a cute little piece of fluff with added awkward moments. Coming from Ricky Gervais, I would expect nothing less!

-Had half a garden burger and Caesar salad with Austin at Newman's for lunch. The burger was delicious, maybe even better than regular meat burgers! (I am biased, though. I don't really like hamburgers.) I have to admit I have completely fallen off the vegetarian wagon, though. Oops. Guess I'll just be an omnivore for now.

-Played Sims for way too long yesterday to make up for doing homework on a Saturday. Oy, my eyes.

-It's good I looked at my syllabus concerning said homework, though. I thought I had another week after this to do the other half of my research (another ten pages of questions on top of the nine I attempted this weekend), but really they're due a week from today. Good thing I thought ahead somewhat.

-It's trying to rain outside, and I can't decide whether I should change for class or not. You want to be cold or what?

-Lastly (because I really should head out soon), I woke up with some killer allergies or something this morning. My eyes stung and were watery while my nose dripped and made a general nuisance of itself with copious sneezing. What the heck? This isn't new, but I always forget. And I thought I liked fall.

OK, need to go now.
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I'm not really a foodie, but a few of my family members are. Considering my recent foray into attempting vegetarianism (and trying to expand my eating habits in general), I thought this list looked interesting. From the site: Below is a list of 100 things that I think every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food - but a good omnivore should really try it all. Don’t worry if you haven’t, mind you; neither have I, though I’ll be sure to work on it. Don’t worry if you don’t recognise everything in the hundred, either; Wikipedia has the answers.

Taken from this site via here:

Are you a good omnivore? )

Yay, food.
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I made it three days eating closely vegetarian. (I had some bacon ranch Pringles, but I don't think those count.) It wasn't too bad, but since Austin cheated yesterday (his brother randomly brought him a chili dog), I had some pepperoni pizza for lunch. Eh... The goal isn't to go completely vegetarian, I guess, but I do want to start being more aware of what I'm eating as well as eating healthier. I've been really bad about that lately. (I'm sure the chocolate chip cookies I baked this afternoon don't help, but they are vegetarian. Haha.) Mostly vegetarian, I suppose. I ate salad and toast for dinner!

I've been watching the Olympics a lot, probably because it's on. I've never been really all that interested in it before, but I find myself rooting for random countries. It must be the power of the announcers' suggestions, but I watch these athletes from Ethiopia and Australia and Kenya and even China and really want them to win. There are a whole slew of events I never really knew or cared about, like marathon running, beach volleyball, water polo and cycling to name just a few. It's amazing. Austin was talking about how we haven't been really hearing about many of the events other than swimming in our media, like all the other events have dropped out of the Olympics just because the U.S. happens to have Michael Phelps and Dara Torres this year. Oh, nationalism. You're so strange.

Siobhan came home yesterday but has gone to Smith for a few days to visit. I'm trying to shift things around and make the house for three again, but I haven't been all that successful. It's been a while. Austin called and asked if I wanted to go hang out with his friends, but I find myself drained. I don't really know why. What could I do that's draining? I guess I did go shopping and to a craft fair with my mom and decided that I should start trying to make my own clothes again. School's starting again in a week, and I don't have my books yet. I haven't seen Aurora in a while. None of that's bad, though. Just signs of life.

I'm kind of ridiculous. I've got to get myself together. I'm still waiting on a few things, though. And I should stop watching crappy television maybe. Nah, who wants to do that, especially when it looks like Margaret Cho has a new show coming on VH1? That's right!

Anyway, that's probably quite enough of that.


Aug. 15th, 2008 10:39 pm
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-Went to the Atlantis for sushi with Austin this afternoon. Tasty!
-Have been semi-vegetarian the past few days to support Austin's new diet. Don't know how long I'll last.
-My mom's in town because...
-Siobhan returns tomorrow afternoon.
-School starts on the 25th.
-I have no idea where my first class is and need to figure that out.
-Haven't felt like writing much, so sorry (or you're welcome, depending).
-I'm tired but waiting for it to get a little later or else I'll wake up in the middle of the night.

So, yeah.

EDIT: OH! And 8-minute abs/buns is 80s-tastic but really hard, just in case you wanted to know. Good night.


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