Saturday, January 31, 2009

Summary Saturday 2009: Project 365, Week 5

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Embarrassing Moments

So yesterday was a Thursday. Thursdays are good -- they are only one day from Friday, which means that it's the weekend. Granted, the weekend is much more exciting when you don't spend the whole thing at work, but whatever. Right now we're talking about Thursday.

So, where were we?

Ah, Thursday. Blog, Workout, Lunch, Biochem, Errands, Pediatric Bioethics. Clicking right along. And as I head to my car after the peds class, it doesn't turn on. So I assume I left my lights on -- dumb girl, left the lights on, security jumps my car. And away we go (I was following my friend/classmate to school for our other class) - only things looked...weird. There was a lot of light flickering -- and I don't know much about cars, but I was pretty sure this was what you consider NOT GOOD.

And shortly after that little revelation that DANGER! DANGER! SOMETHING IS WRONG! the car just stops. While I was attempting to drive it. Not an ideal situation you say? Why no, no it isn't I am happy to confirm for you.

So my friend and I are trying to decide what we need to do next, who to call, etc -- all without me having to miss out on our weekly tradition of drinks after class that night. Nice to see I have my priorities straight, isn't it? Also I should point out that I realized while at the hospital that someone had borrowed my jumper cables without returning them. Do I have any idea who? Of course not - I did however know that whoever had them was not at my present location. It should also be pointed out that my current location was the ghetto -- as in, don't walk around by yourself, even in the daylight, ghetto.

Being the bright girls that we are, we called school to ask if someone would just bring us some jumper cables. Resourceful, no? And several people were willing. And then my TEACHER ran past everyone in the room to come to the rescue. Oh yes, I'm not even joking.

So now we have my teacher, a very nice police man, and me standing on the corner in the ghetto while my friend ran to get a battery -- we decided that it was easier to just get a new one because blah blah car stuff blah blah the menfolk said to do that. The menfolk (who, keep in mind are my teacher and a police officer) have decided that they will just put in the battery on their own. And then they whip out this magic tool fancy wrench.

And then, upon arrival of a shiny! new! battery! and five minutes, we were good to go.

Lessons learned:
1. If you loan out your jumper cables, you should get them back. Or at least remember who you loaned them to so that you can call and make them feel guilty.

2. It pays to have nice and helpful friends who will make sure you don't die on a ghetto street corner assist you in your time of need.

3. Scary people who live under bridges can jump out and grab you if you are standing on the sidewalk. The kind police officer was sure to demonstrate to me just how this might occur (as I was standing at the end of an overpass). So, you know, alright then.

4. It is someone embarrassing to be rescued from said ghetto street corner by your teacher. Although it is clear that my teacher is a very nice man. A very nice man who carries tools, no less.

5. My big contribution to the whole thing? The police officer let me hold the flashlight for about 30 seconds while they put the battery in. Other than that I stood there and looked very out of place. The lesson in that? When it comes to cars, I make a nice decoration...which occasionally doubles as a flashlight holder.

And that was the story of my Thursday afternoon. Which I am happy to report did end with a very delicious dirty martini at happy hour after class.

The end.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Theme Thursday: Projects

I will long admit that I am the queen of projects. When I was younger, I was the queen of STARTING projects...but not quite so much with the finishing of said projects.

As I have gotten a little older, I have gotten better with finishing what I start. Although that doesn't mean that I don't still have a million projects going at once!

But here are some of the things that keep me busy (photography obviously excluded!):




See some of the other things that keep people busy at Stacy's!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

More Randomness

Everyone is doing the 16 Random Things meme...and I know I have done it before, but since my brain is currently feeling suspiciously like mush, I'm doing it again.

Because if there is one thing that doesn't require thinking, it's coming up with random things about me.

  • I am supposed to be studying right now. And I *really* don't want to.
  • Instead of studying (see above) I am watching The Bachelor. I seriously can't get enough of the crazies. Misaligned priorities, you say? Then clearly you haven't see the show.
  • Diet Coke used to be my favorite beverage. My new favorite? Dirty Martinis.
  • I took down my Christmas decorations two weeks ago. But they are still in the middle of the floor in the living room, all packed up and ready to go into storage. But the storage closet is outside, and it's been too cold for me to be motivated to get them out there.
  • I am crossing my fingers for a snow day tomorrow.
  • I am well aware that I will not have a snow day tomorrow.
  • I just made myself a cup of sleepy time tea. This assures that seconds after I finally relax and fall asleep, I will get called into work.
  • I have guilt issues. Example: I have a ton of TV shows on my DVR that I really don't watch anymore. But I still won't delete the season pass, because I feel bad that I don't watch/like/have time for the show anymore. I know, I know - how messed up is THAT?!
  • Next week I get to go to Cosmo and Manicure Night with some friends after I get done with class. I am HIGHLY excited about this.
  • I have decided that I don't really care for taking pictures in the winter...there just isn't much to shoot that is different. Which I find highly annoying.
  • One of my current favorite foods is potato skins from TGI Fridays. The frozen kind...I lack the ability to actually go out to a restaurant for a meal like a normal person...thank you, night shift.
  • I want to do one month of "favorite things" for my Project 365. This requires some significant planning...which probably explains why I haven't done it yet. But it sounds like a good idea, yes?
  • I love to cook. But I can't remember the last time that I made a meal in the kitchen. I think that it was sometime in the beginning of December.
  • I try not to complain about feeling busy, because everyone is busy. I know this. But some days it's still really hard not to complain.
  • I keep dreaming of a vacation. Italy sounds lovely. Anywhere sounds lovely. But I would settle for just being able to stay home and get a few things done around the house.
  • I can function quite well when able to sleep in 90 minute increments...ideally at least 2 90 minute periods in any given day.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Summary Saturday 2009: Project 365, Week 4

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Best Shot Monday - Taking A Closer Look

For the last several months, I have been in total awe of everyone's amazing macro shots. (I would go back and link to them, but it is currently 4 AM and I am just too tired) So for Christmas this year, I asked for a macro lens of my very own. And since I was a good girl last year, Santa left one under my Christmas tree.

I am still figuring out how to make it do the things I want, but I have to say...I am loving the ability to take a closer look at things...


For a closer look at some amazing shots, see what everyone else has to share at Tracey's!

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Summary Saturday 2009: Project 365, Weeks 1,2,3

Kimberly was only too kind to agree to keep track of everyone's links for those of use doing Project 365. And since I totally was a slackerdidn't get it together to post the first two weeks until now, here are my first three weeks.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

4 AM

Natalie wanted to know what I looked like RIGHT NOW. And because she knows that I always follow directions that I love a good meme, she promptly tagged me. Thus exposing all of your poor, poor eyes to what I look like at 4:00 in the morning. Because apparently that is the time that I got up this morning.

Why get up at that god-forsaken early hour? I haven't the SLIGHTEST idea. But in any case, here I am. In all of my bleary-eyed, early morning glory.

4 AM

Oy. It's a good thing I have no shame, or I perhaps would have thought a bit harder about putting that out there for the world to see...

Now I do believe that I am supposed to do some tagging. So if your eyes aren't bleeding from the slight of me without make-up or a shower, then consider yourself tagged. And drop what you're doing to snap your own photo. Unless you are freshly showered or looking nice. Then feel free to wait to snap that photo until later.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Putting the FUN in DysFUNctional

You asked, so just keep that in mind...

What the *(&@#! is up with the bag on Christmas. Well, allow me to explain.

My family is too poor to afford anything but a paper sack My family puts the fun in dysfunctional.

A few years ago, we were all sitting around at Christmas, and one of my cousins was talking about this game that she had played with friends of hers (my cousin was probably in her late 20s at the time): you take a paper sack, and everyone has to bend over and pick it up, using only their mouth -- nothing but feet on the floor (no hands, no knees, etc). After everyone does the round, you cut a strip off the top of the bag, making it shorter and the game a bit harder. Eventually (or in a fairly short amount of time, depending on who is playing) people start to fall over...

Irwin Christmas 2008 (19 of 38)

I think that this was originally started as a drinking game, but you need not fear. We had jello shots. For Christmas morning. Hey, they were red and green -- that's just festive. So we played. And, being some crazy yogi flexible, my cousin won.

She wasn't at Christmas, but we decided to try again. Because once again we had jello shots. On Christmas morning. Shut up - I told you we put the fun in dysfunctional.

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One of the highlights was watching my aunt (who is over 60) try to get down that low.

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My youngest sister was the winner. Although I am pleased to report that I made it farther in the rounds than I did the last time we played. Apparently getting older and fatter isn't a hindrance my flexibility is improving. And in second place was my cousin's husband...who is built not at all like a yoga master at least 6 feet tall.

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Seriously, that is impressive.

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For some more normal holiday memories that most likely don't involve jello shots see what everyone else has to share at Stacy's!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009