Saturday, January 29, 2005


Last night I watched that new show numb3rs. It was okay but it gave me nightmares all night, so I probably won't watch it again. Then I woke up grumpy because of the nightmares, but brendan made french toast with blueberry pudding for breakfast and now I'm happy again.

I'm almost done reading Middlesex for book club, which isn't even until next week. It's a good book; I reccomend it. I'm looking forward to the discussion... (ps, if you're interested book club, let me know & I'll get you details)

Thursday, January 27, 2005

I'm not normally a pedant, BUT...

Three things that really bug me:

-Overuse of the word "literally" to mean "I really, really mean it." The band wasn't literally on fire unless they were acutally combusting.

-Saying "I'm like, ..." or "I was going to say, ..." all the time, as if the speaker is merely a narrator in his or her own life.

-Using "media," "data," or "nuclei" as if they are singular.

(okay, maybe I am a little bit of a pedant.)

Stuff to check out...

A couple of my friends have been doing interesting things this week. And putting them on the internet!

Cyrus posted a radio piece about a protest he went to in Bern last weekend.

And in the background of that piece, you can hear Jesse's band WadiRum. We went to their gig at Penny Lane on Saturday, and they had the place totally packed. If you're local, you should check them out sometime. They also have a CD coming out soon. In case you're not local :)

I'm constantly amazed and grateful that I know so many interesting people who do so many different and cool things.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005


Last night I had two school nightmares. In one, I was proctoring the state standardized test, and the students kept opening the booklets and working on the problems before we were ready to start. And I started *screaming* at them. Then I had to invalidate the tests, but of course that was good for them, because then they didn't have to take them. And I was afraid that everyone was going to start doing it.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

I must have been really good in a past life...

When I got home last night, Brendan had made banana cream pie. With chocolate crust. The recipe for which he made up himself. Sooooo yummy... :)

Monday, January 24, 2005


When I went for a walk this morning, a crow and a magpie were having a yelling match.

It went like this:
...and so on...

It lasted my whole way down the block.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

It's a miracle!

I just went to a consensus-based church meeting that got stuff done and ended on time. Not only that, but when we'd moved on to the "closing" part and someone tried to keep talking about business, he was redirected to the appropriate person to speak with, instead of being allowed to make me late for dinner. I love this church group! I'm going to become an official member.

Friday, January 14, 2005

2 thoughts

First, the weather is interesting today. At the top of the hill on 36, the car said it was 50 degrees out (and I thought, great, it's warm enough to go to the car wash) and I was looking down on a big icky brown cloud over Boulder. Then, when I got down into town, it was only 36 degrees out. It's like this cloud of cold, dirty air is trapped in the "Boulder valley".

Second, today we had off of work, but I had a couple of hours' worth to do, so I went in this morning. Then, when I was done, I went to Mile Hi Comics because it's really near my work and I've never been in there. First, I noticed that they have tables for gaming in the front, which is something we've discussed, so it's noteworthy. I wandered around, it was a cool store. It got me thinking about "wench" and all the other nicknames/alternate personas people had in high school. (Wench was the nickname/persona of my friend whose family owns the store; I think I got to thinking about it because I could see a lot of where she probably collected it from).. It was entertaining to me to try to remember all the nicknames we had for people.. why did some stick and others not? It seems that most have long since been abandoned. Were they some kind of survival tactic to get through high school? Almost nobody I know has a nickname like that now.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Schnappi, das kleine Krokodil

Apparently this song is at the top of the German music charts right now.

A 4-year-old made it up.

Listen and read the lyrics here. I think the orginal version is best.

This made my morning :)

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Another good weekend...

Last week was a little weird. Tuesday school was canceled because of the snowy roads, and then Wednesday we hardly had any students, so we did an art project. So it was kind of a slow start after break. Maybe this week will be a little more normal.

This weekend was nice.. Saturday a bunch of people came over and we all made dinner. Jeff brought his new pasta maker and made pasta for the first time. I think it was a successful experiment. Then today we role-played... we finished the campaign that's been going for about a year. A couple of people are moving away starting now, but we're going to re-group and play again, probably something a little different. (So if you're in town and interested, let me know. Especially if you're female; we've had an even number of men and women and would like to keep it that way)

Brendan and I seem unable to grocery shop lately. For the past 4.5 years, we've done a really good job of grocery shopping once a week and not having to run out in the middle of the week for whatever. The last couple weeks, though, we've gotten home without something we really need, like toilet paper or pasta sauce. And then we have to run back out..

Tuesday, January 04, 2005


I went to church on Sunday. There are 3 UU groups in town: the UU Church, The UU Fellowship, and this other one started by most of the people my family was friends with at the Church. It's a tiny little lay-led group. I went to the tiny little group and I really enjoyed it. The sermon was given by a family friend who's about 5 or 6 years older than me, so of course I idolized her growing up, and now she's about to become a minister. (but elsewhere) I'll probably be going to more of their meetings.

We had a snow day tonight! W00t!

It turns out we will be going to three weddings on three consecutive saturdays in May and June. We went to one last week too. It's like an epidemic or something.. :)

Monday, January 03, 2005

New year resolutions

Yeah, I'm a couple of days late..

  • Eat sweets less and drink water more
  • Sit on the couch less and exercise more
  • Whine less and chill out more