Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Surreal

Watching everything that's going on in New Orleans...I think I might feel somewhat like the people in NYC after 9-11...I just can't even begin to comprehend the state of that city, and what it will be like in the aftermath.

My family there is thinking about making a permanent move...and yet there's nothing they can even really do until they can get back into what's left of their houses, and who the hell knows when that will be.

They have prisoners resting on bridges, looters who should be in prison running around the streets, people with nowhere to go...it's just so so so depressing.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

It's the End of the World as We Know It...

Yikes. Things are not looking good for New Orleans right now...think good thoughts.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Can't Fake the Funk

Happy Monday everybody. I woke up this morning, realizing that this is my last full week of freedom before school recommences. Gah. Even though I've been climbing the walls with all my "free time" this summer, I still don't know if I'm ready to take that plunge back into the real world. Sigh.

In any case, this turned out to be a very entertaining weekend. The fun(k) started Friday night, when a few of us from crewU gathered to watch our fellow member DJ at Red's Scoot Inn on Austin's east side.

While we all agreed that what happened at Red's Scoot Inn would stay at Red's Scoot Inn, I can spare a few details.

First, when we arrived, the dance floor was vide. Vide, until crewU got out there to shake things up. Trendsetters, we are. The music was funk, which I have never really danced to before (other than "Brick House" and "Play That Funky Music" at SMC SYRs) but enjoyed immensely. Richard was even kind enough to demonstrate his chicken moves, and can I just say that no one clucks quite like him.

Further adding to the fun was the old black guy in the wheelchair who sat underneath the DJ stand with his microphone, adding his own funky groove.

Hoola hoops, a waterless fountain, a gigantic fan, shower curtains in the bathroom stalls...good times were had by all.

Saturday I had planned to spend recovering from the night before, but the forces of nature did not agree. I spent most of the day running around, and finally crashed out to watch "Supersize Me". OMG. Can I just say I wanted to vomit right along with him? And can I also just mention how horrified I am about the french fries that had not decomposed after 10 weeks?

Heebie. Jeebies.

Sunday I went sculling, and I'm proud to say I docked all by myself for the very first time! Whohoo! I then came home and rewarded myself with a nice long nap. The rest of the day was spent puttering until I decided to go across the street to see my cousin. I had only planned on staying a little while, but we ended up watching movies, then decided to catch up on life. So I didn't get home until almost 1 a.m. Oy. Sleep takes the back seat once again.

Today I am pumped, because I'm going to San Antonio to see Mark Lundholm, my favorite comedian ever.

And the plan for the rest of the week? Enjoy the carefree easy living of summer as much as possible, cause it's almost over.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Haha!


Oh I feel so sorry for this lady...but hee hee!

(photo courtesy of the AP)

Red. Red! Red red red red red red...

Gah! I've had the stupid CVS commercial jingle in my head for two days now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

I wish I had gone to college with Tommy Lee...

So while I'm loathe to admit it, I totally made an effort to watch the latest reality wonder tonight. I mean, I grew up with Tommy Lee. Not literally of course. More just like idolizing my brother, who idolized Tommy Lee. How could I ever forget the Verret Family Road Trip to Seattle in 1990?? The tan '89 Volvo 240 DL, Yves with a brand new driver's license racing through downtown Los Angeles, and Dr. Feelgood alternating play time on the tape deck with Simon and Garfunkle's Live in Central Park...

Good times.

In any case, I don't think Tommy's going to make the marching band cut. Dommage.

I wish I had more interesting things to blog about, but alas que no. Not much has happened post illness, other than being able to leave the house for extended periods of time. I've been shopping a lot recently, trying to find some shirts to match stuff I already have, but not having much luck. I have to say I really love all the new styles that are out, the browns and the turquoises and the greens and the retro feel, but unfortunately...none of it looks good on me.

Which is probably a good thing anyway, because it's not like I need to be spending the money.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Ahhh, Pad Thai...

...how do I love thee, and how do I love the fact that I am not allergic to peanuts!

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Hmmmm...

So I'm watching the US Gymnastics Nationals, and it appears they've quit giving (or suppressing?) these girls' hormones, so they finally look their age.

Still no boobs though.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Solid Waste...

...Finally!!!!!

Too much information?

Probably.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Mmmm...minty *and* creamy!

Who knew Immodium could be so tasty?

Now: start your magical stopper action, my little green chews...

ARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGHHHH!!!!!!!

I am sick of Pedialyte, stomach cramps, chicken soup, applesauce, toast and saltines.

I want my coffee, dairy products, solid foods, energy, and to get out of the house!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, August 08, 2005

Waaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh.......

I'm sick........=(

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Son of a B*tch.

My car got broken into while I was gone.

In the grand scheme of things, I should be very grateful. To begin with, he found some other way to get in besides breaking the window. So that will save me a nice $300.

Additionally, the whole car-getting-broken-into experience last year taught me many lessons, including:

1. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS take the radio face plate out of car. ALWAYS.
2. Lock up the trunk so a key is required to get in.
3. Don't leave anything valuable in car to begin with.
4. Place a big large Bible in a very prominent place, to instill as much guilt as possible in robber (hey, I gotta get use out of that book somehow...).

So very lucky for me, the mf-er who broke in had nothing to steal, although he did manage to make a nice big mess and scatter everything around. He also left my CDs alone, which, just like last year, kind of offends me...is my taste in music that bad???

Home Sweet Friggin' Home

Back in Austin. To Stay. For real this time. I mean it. That's it. NO MORE TRAVELING. For a loooooong time.

Can I tell you how nice it was to fall asleep in my own bed last night?

Friday, August 05, 2005

Why God, Why?!

So one of my "goals" over these last two weeks was to go through all the crap I left in storage at my friends' houses last year, due to the fact I couldn't fit it all in my car.

It's 5:30 p.m., I leave for Austin early tomorrow morning, and I am just now starting.

Dammitt! Snagged once again by the procrastination bug!

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Heebie. Jeebies.

So this little announcement from the Rowing Club director makes me really excited about getting back out there...

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Subject: Just watch what goes bump against your oar

Two people disappear in Town Lake
'We can only assume the worst,' fire official says.

By Tony Plohetski

AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Austin fire officials this afternoon are searching Town Lake for at least
two people who went under water near the First Street bridge and have not
been seen since.

Officials say they received several reports around 11:15 a.m. that two
people were waving their arms and appeared to be struggling in the water
behind the Hyatt Regency Austin.

Dispatchers at 911 got calls from several passengers on a Capital Metro bus
as well as a worker in a downtown office building who could see the two
people struggling.

Fire officials said they have stopped the rescue portion of their mission
and are now focused on recovering the bodies.

"We can only assume the worst," fire department spokesman Tom Pomroy said.

It was not immediately clear how the people got into the water.

Self-Control

So I don't know what it is about Notre Dame, but despite my love/hate relationship, it manages to suck me in every time.

Today Brig and I went to "Tiffany's", otherwise known as the Notre Dame bookstore, to do a little looking around. While at first I scoffed at the ridiculously inflated prices...by the end I had to make myself put things back and get the hell out of there. Oy.

After our posh excursion, we went to see "March of the Penguins". Cute film, and I like Morgan Freeman, but I have to agree with my friend Robyn when she criticizes "them" for trying to humanize animals, e.g., "...the penguins do it all (taking care of their eggs, etc) for love." No. They do it all because they are animals and it is programmed into their natural instincts.

Anyway. It was cute despite that little annoyance. I learned a lot about penguins.

Afterwards we went to the new Hacienda on the South Side...wow. There's another big South Bend change.

The excitement of the evening, however, was seeing (by chance) my ex-boyfriend walking down the street downtown, presumably on his dinner break...heebie jeebies. I've managed to avoid him for three years now...he looks exactly the same. At least he didn't see me.

One more day in South Bend, then I'm off for another exciting stint in the airports...then I'm back in Austin...FOR GOOD..............!

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

What's I've been up to...

Alright, so once again a lengthy pause...quite honestly there hasn't been a lot to report from South Bend (shocker).

For the most part I've just been visiting people...on Monday, Nance and I went to Michigan City to visit our peeps...great to see everybody.

On Tuesday, I puttered around and visited my dear old lady friend.

On Wednesday, more puttering around, then Nance and I drove up to Michigan to visit our friend Jane, who's working as a director at this remote little camp on some random lake. I like Michigan in the summer.

On Thursday...puttering and sitting out on the deck overlooking the river at my old lady friend's.

On Friday, a long lunch with Emile Rippee and Lori G at Martins, followed by puttering. Met up with Brigid and one of her friends to see "Must Love Dogs" (don't waste your time...unless you actually like romantic comedies), then joined by Carol to go over to Hacienda for margaritas, where we met a very chatty waitress.

On Saturday, met up with more friends and our usual Martins lunch afterwards...later met up with Brig and Carol to hear Barbara Ehrenreich speak about her book, Nickel and Dimed. After deciding we were all going to move to Canada, we went swing dancing, then finished up the evening at Nick's Patio.

On Sunday, puttering around town with Nanci, then met up with Trish, the new love of her life, and Jackson at Lula's for coffee. Then went for a walk around the East Race. Good times.

On Monday, me, Nance, her friend Heidi, and her baby Lydia headed out to Michigan City for outlet mall shopping. Ahhhhh. This was followed by dinner with old friends and a reunion.

On Tuesday, me, Nance, and two fellow cult members went to Chicago to shop at this random huge Salvation Army store (I came away empty-handed, but did have a big freak out moment in viewing all the clutter), then on to a cult meeting and back.

So that's that. Nothing else really planned this week, other than more puttering and visiting people. Maybe a trip to the Notre Dame book store. *cringe*

Oh, and I've also been watching hours of The Golden Girls and Unsolved Mysteries.

Cable is evil.