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Apr. 13th, 2009 04:53 pm

Harry Kalas died today. :(

He was the announcer for the Phillies during their games - I grew up listening to him call the games on tv and the radio. Heck, my mom grew up listening to him, too.

I'm a million times happier that the Phillies won the world series last year and that he got to be there for it. I'm still going to miss listening to him, though.


AHAHAHAHAHA!

My brother just drunk called me from Las Vegas. :D

What's even funnier is that it's only 8 o'clock out there... bwhahahahahaha

A few weeks ago I installed Google Earth on my computer, knowing that this new machine could handle all of the new features and layers (and it's so, so much fun). So far I've played with the nifty nature/sea life layers and the USGS earthquake reports, as well as explored Mars. SO COOL.

Then last night I decided to bring things back a little closer to home and looked for the apartment complex I lived in as a kid, and awww, the memories! THERE was the parking lot where we used to ride our bikes, and THERE was the pond with the water fountain where we'd fish for sunnies and try to catch bullfrogs, and THERE were the buildings where our friends from Poland, Mexico, India, Puerto Rico, Guyana, Ukraine, and Pakistan lived, and THERE was the field where we played baseball until the day my brother broke a window with a ball and we decided that heh, wiffle ball wasn't such a bad thing after all.

Seriously, nothing has changed (and the images were from June 2007, so recent enough). Also, growing up in an apartment complex has to be one of the best things ever for a kid - we had a playground, tennis court, the above-mentioned pond, tons of diverse friends, and space to roam around. Of course, it was the late 80s, mostly (we moved from there in '92), so we were given free reign to play in and explore a large area with very little to worry about.

Aww, so nostalgic... ::goes outside to play::

Okay, back in January I could've sworn I heard that iTunes was going to be changing the prices of its songs. New songs were going to cost around $1.29 and old songs were going to be maybe 69 cents or so.

Now, I've been known to literally dream about things like that at night and think that they actually happened, and that could be the case here. I guess I figured that if it were something that was going to happen this year...it would have started already? Or at least I would've heard an update of some kind.

I'm becoming a total space cadet in my older age... :P

ETA: ::crickets::

Anyway, Wikinews has an article up from January 9th with the headline Apple to lower UK iTunes prices. So, well then. Good for you guys across the pond, I guess.



Things

Dec. 19th, 2008 01:24 pm

It's Friday, I'm not working today (goodbye, old job! >:D), and it's pouring. I should be writing out my Christmas cards, but I like to keep up my tradition of having my cards always being the last to arrive. (...what?)


Things

Annoyances. )



Happy things. )

::shivers::

Dec. 8th, 2008 01:58 pm

Yay, it's Monday! >:D

Once again, it's tv night for me. To while away the time (I didn't have to work today, so yay?), I'm all set to do some household things, which is absolutely fine by me. I will, however, be doing so all bundled up in sweaters since it's only 26oF (-3oC) out, and our furnace is shut off. D:

See, every time the oil company delivers oil to our house, the new oil stirs up sediments in the tank that come up and clog the furnace. EVERY TIME. We've requested that they company call ahead to tell us when they're making their delivery so we can shut off the furnace and let the sediment settle, but they refuse to do it. I don't know why - I hate them so much. So that usually means that we have to wait 6-12 hours for an available service man to come out and clean the grit out of the furnace so that it can actually heat things up enough so the water pipes don't freeze, and of course it happens on the coldest nights of the year. It's just the way things work, apparently.

Luckily, I glanced out the window and saw the delivery man put the receipt for the oil drop in our mailbox, and I rushed to turn off the furnace. I don't know if I was in time, and I have to wait a few hours for the sediment to settle down before I can turn it back on to see if it worked. In the meantime - brrr?

OIL COMPANY!! ::shakes fist:: Isn't it enough that an oil delivery is over $500.00? You have to have poor customer service, too?

::thinks warm thoughts::


ETA: It worked! We've got heat, so it's nice and toasty in time for an evening of relaxation. :D


Look up!

Dec. 1st, 2008 05:25 pm

So here are some random thoughts which just wanted to spill from my head this evening.

1.) I have a hang up about eggnog. I once swallowed a mouthful of the most vile, rancid eggnog that was in the back of the fridge for a couple of weeks when I was a kid, and I can't stand the stuff now. Just looking at the cartons even gives me chills, thus making grocery shopping an adventure during the holidays. :P

2.) If you look outside tonight just as the sun sets, you'll see both Jupiter and Venus hanging out next to the moon. It's pretty cool looking as I type this. : )

3.) I'm pysched that it's Monday because it means it's my TV indulgence night (though I did watch Meet the Press Sunday morning... c'mon, I need to check out once in a while, too :P). So I'm ready for Chuck and Heroes. I'm staying far away from boards and comms about Heroes, too - I'm so tired of all the hysterical flailing. They're TV shows. The success of the world doesn't hinge on whether or not fiction works out the way you hoped it would, folks. (And stop raining on my parade, goddammit!)

4.) I could, however, gripe about some of the mind-numbing cliches I see in fanfic all the time, but I'm in a good mood at the moment. Maybe later.

5.) Saturday I'm taking my Dad to see BB King over in Trenton (the blues singer/guitarist for those who aren't familiar) for his Christmas present. Looks like it's going to be a fun night out. :D

6.) Also... wow, December. Yeah, I don't have a whole lot to say about that except, wow. Here already. (!) I absolutely love the holiday season, and my mom promised to remain cheerful and positive in the weeks leading up to Christmas this year, which, if she can do it, will make things ten million times better. I'm going to do everything I can to help her achieve that, too.

So things are going fairly decent at the moment. Yesterday was super awesome with a large gathering of about a fifth of my mother's family present (there were only 18 of us) and a nice dinner had by all. And I got to geek out over comics with my cousins before and after dinner. Success!

Today I slept in and then did nothing but some dishes and download television episodes.

I'm not brave enough to go shopping this weekend, though I'm eyeing some things online that I can order for people. I think instead I'm going to spend my time actually relaxing and not worrying about life, the universe, and everything. It's something of a mental vacation, if you will.

It's going to be fantastic.

I hope everybody else can find some time to relax and enjoy the holidays, too! :D

So, not a whole lot going on. A brief summary of my life:

* I've got a job interview on Thursday for a part time job that's at least in my field. I'm not going to get my hopes up, but in preparation, I did buy a nice blazer for the interview, as I have not had one up until this point.

* I rented a public storage unit so I can put all of the teaching materials I used to use at work in it, as well as all the stuff belonging to my brother that he refuses to take back to Boston with him but that he won't let me throw away. I was getting tired of nearly killing myself each night on the way to bed what with all the boxes and whatnot taking up floor space.

* And finally, today I bought a new laptop that will (hopefully) not kick me offline like my old one tends to do. It'll be several days before I get it set up with all my old links and programs, but I'm pretty happy that I finally gave in. My old computer has been a workhorse, and no doubt I just worked it to death, so it's time to put it out to pasture.

Yep, that's my life. Someday I hope to say things like, "I finally got the job I wanted" and "I finally have a salary that allows me to move out of my parents' house!". But today is not that day. Nor will tomorrow be that day (though it will be a day for getting up at 5:30 am so that I can get to work in the morning). Ah well. Seize the day, no matter which one it is? Yeah, I can work with that.

Brrrr.

Oct. 20th, 2008 12:10 pm

So, autumn just sort of snuck up on me. Last night it got down to 32oF (0oC), and if there's one thing I can't stand, it's being cold. But, unfortunately, we're not going to turn the heat on until November or so (my family is stressing out about how we're going to afford it this year, just like so many other people). Instead, we've got to put on the extra jackets and think warm thoughts. My previous journal layout, while bright and sunny, was also very, very blue, so warm colors it is now. Hey, every little bit helps, right?

ps - I hate being cold so much, so expect a lot of complaints in this journal for the next six months. :(

It is, however, my parents' 29th anniversary. :D

___

I have an ever-growing list of smells that cause headaches and/or nausea.

Normal things, like milldew and bleach, I just try to avoid as much as possible. Autopsy bays are a separate hell that I hope to never have to visit again. Anyway, I can now add wallpaper paste to the list. Oh, nose.

___

Aaaand, t-minus three hours until Heroes comes on tonight. I've got some books to read, pumpkin raisin scones to eat, and decaf tea to drink in the meantime. :D



This used to be the dining room. One day, it will be the dining room once more.



Ah, the sweet, sweet sound of sanders in the morning )



And a nice picture of the still-decent outside:


So we've battened down the hatches here at my house, not because of any threat of a hurricane (though we desperately need rain here - a rain shower has become something of a hazy memory around these parts), but because they're spraying for mosquitoes tonight.

Yeah, we're in the middle of a drought, and they're spraying for mosquitoes.

The reason is because our neck of the woods has been inundated with cases of West Nile Virus, which, while possibly deadly for the very young and the very elderly, is not something we generally need to be worrying over. Most people who become infected don't show any symptoms, and for those who do, it's somewhat flu-like.

What's more worrying is the fact that we've had to cover our vegetables and our tiny fish pond because the chemical they're spraying is very toxic. Granted, the dosage is a very small quantity, but it's extraordinarily deadly for bees (and our whole nation is in danger of losing our native bees) and, apparently, it's toxic to fish. Poor little guys. :(

Whatever happened to not letting your infants and grandparents sit out among the mosquitoes? Is it really necessary to be spraying toxic chemicals over us via airplanes? Really?

Since I've mainly done highway driving on this last tank of gas, I figured, what the heck, what's my gas mileage?

33.7 mpg, baby! :D

Not bad for a little car that's going on seven years old. It also helps that I usually try to bum rides to local places with my mom in her hybrid as much as possible, too. ;^)

Oh, man, is it good to be home. The trip to Maine wasn't bad, exactly, but it was kind of boring in parts, as well as foggy/raining much of the time. I also underestimated the sheer insanity-inducing stress of being isolated with my parents for a week with no one else to talk to. No internet access coupled with shoddy cell phone reception made for interesting times.

I got some decent pictures, so all was not lost; I'll upload them in a couple of days. In the meantime, I've got a second interview scheduled tomorrow morning for the place I interviewed with last week, which is a heckuva lot further than I've gotten in a long while. But first! I've got a back log of entries to read through and a week's worth of podcasts to download. It's time to get back in touch with reality.

Mmahahahaha! I got up this morning at 4:40 am to get ready for my trip down to almost-Delaware for a job interview, but! Genius that I am, I had set my computer to run Pandemic II overnight and by the time I checked it (first thing, of course) all countries were infected and the message said, "The Human Population is Overcome." Basically, I won. :D

Actually, that would have been so much cooler had I been awake to watch it happen. Oh well - victory was still mine!

Oh, and the interview went well (though I was the first candidate screened, so we'll see. Historically, it's the second or third person who comes in who already has their master's degree...), and I'm finally home after having been on the road since 6:30 this morning.

And finally, I got a chance to play a Wii for the first time while babysitting my cousins. My arms are so sore now! Man, I skip the gym for one day, and my seven-year-old cousin can walk all over me with a video game. :D


::flops over::

It seems that I might be the only one who actually likes the new delicious layout/interface? Eh, I find it handy, anyway.

Also, might I add that it's great having the internet back up again? ::knocks on wood:: I was really going crazy there for a while. The ISP called last night to say that service had been restored, only for us to lose it again for much of today. Such is life, I suppose.

The real reason why I was miffed was because I couldn't play Pandemic II which [livejournal.com profile] seraphtrevs so kindly addicted me to while I was in California. Darn you, Madagascar! (It's true: I have yet to win a single game.)

The rest of this week will be hellishly stressful and busy as I attempt to find employment for next year (highly unlikely), drive all over creation (wherein creation = nearly to Delaware), and babysit my cousins beginning at a godawful hour tomorrow. But! No matter what happens the next three days, I'll be officially on the family vacation to Maine beginning Saturday morning! Of course, that means no internet for a week, but I'm hoping that it'll be a decent trade-off for some peace and quiet. We shall see.

So that wail of despair that you heard last night was me trying to connect to the internet. I'm not sure what was going on, but when I couldn't connect this morning, either, I had these horrible visions of having to go buy a new computer (which I've known is on the horizon, but still! I don't want to give up Windows XP for Vista!). Luckily, the router just needed a break. Or something. ::whew!::

Back!

Jul. 29th, 2008 05:44 pm

Wow, I really lucked out on this trip; apparently Sunday was filled with violently windy storms here at home that would have made landing at the airport a nightmare, and today southern California had an earthquake! I am a living rabbit's foot. ::nods::

Comic Con was amazing. It was so massively huge as to be unbelievable. I saw everything that I wanted to see with some extras thrown on top, so no complaints here. Plus, I got to visit my bestest friend ever, [livejournal.com profile] seraphtrevs, and her family.

There was also amazing food to be had, as [livejournal.com profile] seraphtrevs' mother and husband are fantastic cooks, along with the restaurants we visited.

Yep, I gained two pounds. But they were very well worth it. ;^)

Pictures from the trip behind the cut )



Oh, and the Heroes season three premiere was very interesting and just added fuel to the speculation fire. So many things are happening from the get-go that I am exceedingly impatient for season three to air. There are a little less than two months to go! :D

T-minus ten hours until take off...

asdfjklasdfjkl!!!!1!!!

I actually ran into an old friend today and ended up telling him that I was going to Comic Con... because I'm a Heroes fan and uber geek ... and his face! Apparently, the only two shows he loves to watch are Heroes and Lost. I so have to pick something up for him while I'm there.

So. See ya, East Coast. Sorry that I can't say I'm going to miss this stinking humid 95 degree weather. It's nothing personal. :P

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