Happy Memorial Day, folks! I hope everyone is enjoying their day and maybe even getting the chance to talk to some vets. Most of the people in my family who served are dead now, but it's still a good reminder of everything they did for us.

Yesterday was a freaking fantastic day for me because I got to tune in and watch the livestream of the space shuttle Atlantis return from its mission. They're playing highlights of the mission and the landing on the NASA TV page. It was amazing to first see the computer-model approach the shuttle was taking in real-time over the Pacific Ocean and hear the announcer live call the velocity and altitude. I mean, these were mind-blowing numbers - over 3,000 miles per hour and 300,000 feet at times. The shuttle went from Hawaii to California in minutes. Seriously, you should just let the video play.

Sometimes I think we take the space program for granted, especially since they'd already gone to the moon and all that before a lot of us were even born, so it's something that's always been around. I gained a better appreciation of the shuttle program when I listened to an episode of Astronomy Cast. It was an episode from February, and it literally gave me goosebumps. Goosebumps, I tell you. You can listen to the mp3 here.



I don't trust to nothin'
But I know it come out right


So I've been pretty sick the last two weeks with this damn head/chest cold, but today I woke up, and even though I'm still pretty congested, I could just tell that I'm finally on the mend. It's a fantastic feeling... and, aw, immune system - I knew that you'd come through. Eventually. And slower than I'd like. But still!

And someone needs to come up with a way to use snot as a natural fuel to make electricity. Viruses sure as hell aren't going anywhere, and we need to take advantage of them for a change. I'm just saying. :P

I also spent four solid days where I couldn't taste anything, which was kind of hilarious because I got to amaze my family with eating all sorts of things that I normally can't stand, like horseradish and jalapeno dip. I could sort of detect a tingle of some kind on my tongue, but that was it. But when it came time for my birthday, and I couldn't taste my birthday cake, it was a little depressing. I'm glad things are going back to normal.

Speaking of anniversaries, I missed my five-years-on-lj anniversary at the end of January. Holy crap, that's a long time.

Standing on a tower
World at my command
You just keep it turnin'
While I'm playin' in the band


So! It's the holiday known as the Super Bowl here, and we're gearing up (with food, of course) for the various extended family members who will be celebrating in our house. My parents are both Pittsburgh Steelers fans, so I guess it's a Big Deal. Football's really not my thing (too many commercials for my taste), but my cousin who supplies me with comic books is coming over, so maybe I can steal him for a while to show off my Serenity comics.

But what I'm more excited for is tomorrow. I'll be up early for a long work day, but the payoff is going to be oh-so-good. Of course, Heroes volume four is going to premiere, and that's going to be all kinds of awesome, but there's also Chuck! I love that show to itty bitty bits. It doesn't even matter that it's going to be in 3D, but it's going to be cool to see like that, anyway. My family picked up 12 3D glasses from ShopRite yesterday, so we're going to be set!

I was on imdb the other day, and there were all of these negative reviews for Chuck, and I was like, what? Really? How can you not love a show that's funny, has plenty of action/adventure, adorable characters, and an on-going storyline that isn't so deep in mythology that if you miss an episode, you're not going to be totally lost when you pick it back up again? ::raspberries:: :D

I hope everyone is enjoying their winter holiday(s) of choice! : )

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. )

Eeeeeeee!

Dec. 10th, 2008 08:50 am

Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] seraphtrevs! :D

I hope you have a super awesome day! ^___^

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

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

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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

Every single time I get a fever, it's accompanied by sharp, spikey pains in the joints of my fingers, shoulders, and knees, and I get hypersensitive skin. The shifting of my shirt sleeves hurts. I'm not even that sick; I just came down with a head cold last night (picked up from the cashier at the grocery store the day before that, I have no doubt). So does this happen to anyone else?

At any rate, it's three hours til Christmas! I would have quite happily spent the night with my telescope trained on Mars and the moon, but, alas, it is cloudy. Instead, I'll just wrap up in my electric blanket, read, and wait for the decongestant to kick in. Onward to Christmas! Enjoy!

My brother went to Montreal last weekend and had a good time (I can't remember if I've been there or not, but that's neither here nor there). I just had to ask about the exchange rate. Phwaah. Has the Canadian dollar ever been worth more than the US dollar during any other time than maybe the 1970s? This is really getting ridiculous. Hello, recession. Thanks a lot, Bush administration. Fourteen more months to go... and a life-time worth of economic clean up and our taxes to fix this.

But, hey, I'm still thankful for things - my family, my brother who made it home for the holiday, and the fact that I'll be employed until April.

Hope everyone out there in netland has a nice holiday, too. :)

Pay day is here! Yay!

Also, Thanksgiving is a week early (or does it just seem that way?). This is somewhat strange. It feels like I just finished up doing Halloween activities with my students and - pow! - get your turkey crafts ready!

Trust me - I'm not complaining. I've already got my winter decorations set up in my work room, including a basket filled with those cinnamon pinecones. I wander back to that room between classes, wondering what I went back there for, and realize it was probably just to get a lungful of cinnamon. Yum. :D

Well, I'm the only one in my family who ever gets excited for the holidays anymore, but I'm not going to let that bring me down! Full steam ahead to good food, time off, and festivities.

ps - Yesterday I got (unofficial) word that my contract will be extended to the beginning of April - yay, employment!

___

[livejournal.com profile] fridayfiver:

1. What's the last thing you threw away?
A Hershey bar with almonds wrapper (yay, leftover Halloween candy!)

2. Have you ever been to Paris?
Yes. :)

3. What do you stare at?
I stare out the window when I should be working.

4. What do you hurry for?
I hurry to get things prepped for some of my classes - sometimes I only have five minutes between different grades which have completely different lessons.

5. Friday fill-in:
I could have been___.

I could have been a contend-ah! No, no, sorry, that wasn't me. I could've been at work all day today, but we had a half day. Yay!

Yay, Halloween! It's a gorgeous night here, too. :D

Also, has anyone else seen Comet 17p Holmes? I've seen it the last two nights, especially now that the moon is well into waning and is rising later. It's pretty nifty. :D

Hooray! It's Earth Day! ::plays in the garden::

bunny bunny happy happy spring spring fun fun chocolate chocolate flower flower pastel pastel chick chick yay!

Also, I must disagree with my friends list: I really like the lj heart festiveness. It's once a year, guys. Yay for holiday decorating! And Happy Valentine's Day! ♥

Bandit!

Dec. 25th, 2006 11:06 pm

So, once again I made out like a bandit for Christmas, plus the Iggles won their gridball game thus enabling Life to be Good in our house (::whew::). It'd've been a sad day, indeed, if Philly had lost to Dallas.

::bounces:: I got a Revolution scarf!

I will also have to share the details about my last day of work before the break as it was so much fun! I wish I could work in the elementary school for longer than I am (::sigh::). But for now, it's sleepy-time. :D

!

Dec. 25th, 2006 07:35 am

Merry Christmas! :D :D :D

::wiggles in excitement::

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I have a great immune system, it would seem. The cold that I had last Thursday and Friday was completely gone by Saturday afternoon. I must have slept for a total of ten hours Friday night, and that's probably what did the nasty bug in for me. Meanwhile, people at work seem to be dropping left and right from severe colds to (yeuck) stomach viruses. A district in New Jersey, not forty miles from where I live, had half of its high school population decimated for a day from a particularly virulent stomach bug last week. Here's hoping that it stays the heck away from PA, thanks.

_____

We're having fish for dinner tonight, what with it being Ash Wednesday and tradition and all, and, as always, I wonder...

Why is it that fish isn't considered meat? If you're not going to eat meat - the flesh of animals, to be crude about it - why doesn't fish count? I have nothing against eating fish, but it certainly isn't a vegetable, for pete's sake. My mother just looks bewildered whenever I ask her about it (my go-to woman for all things Catholic-related, though in retrospect, she rarely has satisfying answers...hmmm...).

::sniffs:: Okay, there is something about eating fish that I'm against, and that's when it's cooked in too much butter. Good thing I ate a lot at lunch and during the soccer match this afternoon (I felt some guilt over the snacking, but eating chedder Chex mix while a game's on is tradition, too). Curses! If only my suggestion of cheese pizza or scrambled eggs (which also don't qualify as meat, I suppose) was used instead. Oh well, there's always Friday, and the one after that and so on and so on.

Oh, except on St. Patrick's Day, when the Pope will most likely give us dispensation to have corned beef and whatnot.

_____

I love St. Patrick's Day. It has always been the first, unofficial day of spring for me ever since I was a little kid. I have vivid memories of seeing the first green sprouts appear in fields and in the forests along the roadways on St. Patrick's Day, as if the world was turning green again for the occasion. It's fantastic, and to have it on a Friday this year is wonderful, too.

In order to gear up for it some more, I popped my Celtic music mix cd into my car this afternoon. Now I can sing (badly) along to the songs as I drive (as I usually do given whatever I have playing, but this time I won't have any idea what I'm saying, and Irish Gaelic is really hard for me to pronounce, so I'm sure it sounds really ridiculous).

_____

If I can, I'm going to go to the Philadelphia Flower Show a week from this Friday (I'm sensing a theme here...) with my mother. Mom has some cut daffodils in the dining room now, and her amaryllis has bloomed a spectacular pink and white.

Spring gets me every time; it truly is my most favorite season.

_____

I took the day off today, ostensibly to get some rest from the heavy work I had for the past two weeks. It was great; I slept in til 7:30, read some fic, ran out to the mall to get some more greeting cards, and made it back in time to watch the USA get a 1-0 win over Poland in Kaiserslautern today. The second half of the match featured the goal and a terrific amount of falling snow - so much that they had to bring out the bright yellow ball. It was still hard to see, and our guys looked like snowmen running in blue shorts.

Tomorrow we're expecting a possible significant accumulation of ice. It may be that I'll have two days off instead of one, but I'm not going to count on anything (that's my unsubtle attempt to try to not jinx things). Not that I really want hazardous conditions, especially with my parents going to work and everything, too, but it's still a bit ingrained in me to hope for a snow day. What can I say? There's still a kid in this 25 year-old heart.

Half a cup of coffee and my heart's already racing. Stupid caffeine... but this pumpkin spice coffee is just too good to say no!

I'd better never try hardcore drugs; I have no will-power to speak of.

I ended up taping Nova last night. I just couldn't force myself to stay awake any longer. Thank goodness for technology, I suppose.

I have the whole day left ahead of me, and I'm not sure what to do. Should I go shopping? The Strawbridges near us is closing... I'm just not much of a shopper, though, and I generally dislike going to the mall. It's probably crawling with high schoolers who had a half-day, anyway. There are things I'd like to buy, but nothing that I actually need to get today.

It's not warm enough to go hiking, but if I don't go out soon, I'm looking at an enforced indoors stay this weekend as we're expecting a hefty snow storm tomorrow night - something like ten inches of snow.

Ah, decisions, decisions. At least I'm going out to dinner. And there will be birthday cake to be had. I do love having my birthday in the middle of winter - it's something to look forward to, and it breaks up the dreariness of the season (not that this winter has been terrible, mind you). Besides, there's Valentine's Day left in February, St. Patrick's Day in March, and Easter this year is in April. Any excuse for a celebration, I say. :-D

And the US vs Japan match is tonight! And the Winter Olympic games are starting! Happiness!

I really ought to stop rambling and go do something. :-D

But first, the Friday Five and a quiz )

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