15 December 2007

Did you know ...

  • I hate spending money
  • when I was a kid I got to dance with a clown at the circus
  • my sister kicked out my 2 front teeth ... the Mickey Mouse Club was a big hit in the Newton household when I was a kid ... at the end of the show (when they sung) my sister and I would always fight over dancing/ jumping/ being spun with our mom ... on that day, my sister won the battle ... I was mad, and to make things worse, my mom spun my sister right into my face.
  • I can knit ... sort of
  • I knit right- handed
  • I love tea, black tea
  • I have an unhealthy obsession with Bacardi Rum
  • I saw Hilary Duff perform for the Today Show 2 years ago with my mom ... I think we were the only mother daughter duo whose combined age was over 40
  • there are 2 separate Christmases that I remember our fully decorated tree falling over ... (1) my cat Bandit ran up it (2) I did a somersault into the tree, watched it wobble, and then braced myself as it fell on me
  • speaking of Christmas ... my sister and brother went through phases where they asked for odd things from Santa ... Stephanie once asked for a Virginia Water Bed ... and Joey (instead of asking for a gift) pointed out to Santa that they were wearing matching boots.

11 December 2007

Winners and Losers

  • Winner: Green Apples
  • Loser: Red Apples
  • Winner: Tomato Juice
  • Loser: all other juices
  • Winner: E. Hemingway
  • Loser: C. Dickens
  • Winner: Summer
  • Loser: Winter
  • Winner: Man v. Wild
  • Loser: Survivorman
  • Winner: iPod
  • Loser: Zune
  • Winner: Eagle
  • Loser: Redskin
  • Winner: Airport people movers
  • Loser: Walking
  • Winner: Tea
  • Loser: Coffee

10 December 2007

Confessions

  • crushed ice beats cubed ice, always
  • I miss how exciting the world seemed when I was a kid
  • I still plan on having an overweight basset hound named MeganFarrell
  • 311 is the worst band of all time
  • I could survive infinitely in a cave if I was granted access to Jeopardy and Peanut M&M's
  • sitting through an entire movie is pure torture
  • during my first year at G. Mason I collected $450.00 worth of parking tickets ... I am still mad about it
  • most of my friendships come with expiration dates
  • Coke Slurpees are the best Slurpees
  • I think "escalators" should be called "esca-nows"

06 December 2007

My Top Rated

While I was listening to my iPod I realized that 'My Top Rated' should be everyones top rated songs ... These are probably the only songs in the world I could listen to non stop and not go insane.  Here's a snippet ... or cheat sheet if you will:
  • Better Than Ezra - King of New Orleans
  • Billy Idol - Catch My Fall
  • Bruce Springsteen - Drive All Night
  • Carbon Leaf - Let Your Troubles Roll By
  • David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
  • David Gray - The Light
  • Dave Mathews - Big Eyed Fish
  • Dave Matthews - The Best of What's Around
  • Hootie & The Blowfish - I Deal
  • Jimmy Eat World - Kill
  • The Lovin Spoonful - Darling Be Home Soon
  • Modest Mouse - Float On
  • Modest Mouse - Night On the Sun
  • OAR - Risen
  • Poison - Something to Believe In
  • Robert Randolph ft. OAR - Fool in the Rain
  • The Strokes - You Only Live Once
  • Third Eye Blind - God of Wine
  • Vanilla Fudge - You Keep Me Hanging On

04 December 2007

Announcement

Today is a first!
  • After working at a library for 2 years and working with legal records for the past 3 months, I received my first job related massive paper cut today.

29 November 2007

Cafeteria Shortcuts

For the past few weeks, I have been hitting up the salad bar for lunch. I can usually construct a magnificent salad and purchase a 32oz. beverage somewhere in the range of $5.50. I realized today however, that I have also developed several ways of discounting my lunch; mainly because the price of the salad is determined by the weight ... whatever the case, I take every opportunity to save a few cents, including:
  • when in doubt, go without: less food = less money = saving money fills the void left by a half empty stomach
  • knock out the heavy weights: this should be obvious - I always skip the pasta, chicken salad, tuna salad, potato salad
  • salad dressing: instead of putting the dressing directly on my salad, I put it in the nifty to-go containers ... thus I don't have to pay for it
  • tomatoes: while I absolutely love love love tomatoes ... all that gooey stuff is excess weight I don't feel like paying for
  • olives: I like olives ... I make it a point to eat about 3 on my way from the salad bar to the beverage area
  • 32oz. drink: (1)the less ice the better. (2) After I fill my cup I usually take 2 huge gulps and then refill
  • lastly, while I am in line I try to get a couple good bites from my salad ... after all, every ounce counts

26 November 2007

The Forgotten

It never fails ... it does not matter how organized or how much time I allot myself to pack up, I always end up forgetting something while returning from trips home. Midway back to Fairfax today, I realized I was without:
  • deodorant
  • molasses cookie dough

A very random array of things to forget ...

21 November 2007

Fire Drill

It is the day before Thanksgiving; the building closes at 3; hardly anyone is here to begin with ... apparently that is the perfect recipe for a fire drill. Seriously?
  • I work in a 14 story building, but the fire drill only applied to floors 7 and below.
  • The fire alarm is not actually an alarm but a sequence of voices saying things like, "there has been a fire reported in the building, please evacuate" and, "do not use the elevator, use the stairs!"
  • Instead of evacuating outside ... fire drill protocol calls for evacuation to the parking garage.
  • Question: Why?
  • Answer: Being that this is a post 9-11 building, the parking garage is sturdy enough to withstand a 14 story building collapsing on it.
  • How can you guarantee that a parking garage filled with cars and people can survive a building falling on it?
  • And what if it doesn't work ... I envision engineers and architects accessing the damage, shrugging their shoulders and saying, "oops."

20 November 2007

Coming to terms with being old

It began the weekend after my birthday ... I drank too much. During my Sunday stupor/ recovery, instead of thinking, "I'm never drinking again" my thoughts were fixated on, "I used to be able to drink this much and be fine the next day." Since then, God has been reminding me that I am now 25, and there is no turning back:
  • I was filling out a survey from a recent trip to the grocery store to win $1,000 and at the end it asked for my age range ... I was stunned with the realization that I am no longer 18-24. I am 25-34. I am 25-34. I am 25-34. Can you believe that?
  • I had to renew my driver's license ... now it is horizontal ... leaving no doubt that I am a full fledged adult.
  • Hearing things like, 'beer fridge!', 'shotgun!', 'beer bong!', 'waterfall!' just aren't as exciting as they used to be.
  • Last weekend, I had to force myself to stay up past 11.

17 November 2007

Keep Clean

Two weeks ago, my mom was in Woodbridge, VA for a conference, so I spent the weekend with her.  In addition to some much needed down time, I was excited about the assumed trip to Target.  ... the trip that did not happen.  I put off the trip on my own because: (1) I am cheap, (2) I don't like spending money, (3) I am not rich, (4) I am cheap.  My mom coming into town was perfect timing because I was running out of pretty much everything that keeps one appearing clean and socially acceptable, including but not limited to:
  • deodorant
  • laundry detergent
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • face wash
  • body wash
This past week I was on the phone with my mom and mentioned that I was trying to find a balance to remain clean, but not go to the store until I go home for Thanksgiving.  She was not pleased ... today I received an unexpected package which included:
  • tampons
  • 2 bars of face soap
  • shower cap
  • 2 bars of soap
  • Halloween napkins
  • 4 mini bottles of shampoo
  • 4 mini bottles of conditioner
  • body lotion
  • 1 stuffed Mucinex Monster
Needless to say, I would be lost without my mom (... and dirty).

16 November 2007

Smartness

For my birthday I got Trivial Pursuit Scratch & Play.  It is kind of like playing Lottery Scratchers, but not winning any money.  Tonight I finished the book/ game this is the scoring breakdown:
  • 1400: Trivia Master
  • 1000 - 1399: Genus Genius
  • 600 - 999:  not bad, you need more practice
  • below 600: console yourself by remembering that the definition of trivia is "unimportant things"


I was pleased with my score of 1162.  Who needs higher education when you can just play Trivial Pursuit?

15 November 2007

Sweet Tooth


Call me crazy, I am not a big fan of candy.  However, I cannot get my fill of Peanut M&M's.  I could live on them if I had to.  Last week was my birthday, and I collected a grand total of 3.5 pounds of Peanut M&M's ... including:  
  • Classic Peanut M&M's
  • Shrek colored 'Ogre-Sized' Peanut M&M's
  • and 1 bag of Holiday Mix Peanut M&M's    

14 November 2007

Musical Fill In the Blank

I can't listen to _________ without thinking of _________.
  • Dave Matthews  ...  Gavin
  • Counting Crows   ...  the night the cops showed up
  • Modest Mouse   ...   Holly
  • Brittney Spears   ...   MegFarrellHo
  • Gavin DeGraw/ John Mayer   ...   Lindsay
  • Weezer   ...   EmilyMiller
  • Sister Hazel   ...   being too drunk on the streets of Norfolk
  • Amy Grant (not that I make any effort whatsoever to hear Amy Grant)   ...   having the flu when I was a kid and throwing up all over my bed 
I had a bad habit of not staying in my bed after my mom put me to sleep.  On such a night, I kept getting up, finally she threatened to kill me or something if I got out of bed again, put on my Amy Grant tape, and left my room.  I kept yelling from my room that I didn't feel well, and no one took me seriously until I got violently ill ... with Amy Grant singing in the background.

12 November 2007

Nick Hogan and I are Dating

Lately, I have not remembered many dreams ... the ones that I can recall have not been very vivid.  This all changed last night:
  • I dreamt that I was dating Nick Hogan
  • Yes, Nick Hogan
  • When I was a kid I had a Hulk Hogan lunch box at some point but that was the extent of my connections to the Hogans until last night
  • Forget the fact that I'm like 8 years older than him
  • And it was one of those dreams that seemed real ...
  • I woke up still thinking that we were dating
  • In my dream I was on some wake boarding vacation with the Hogans
  • Linda hogan was all pissed because Nick ripped a hole in the sleeve of his rash guard (I mean we weren't surfing, I don't know why he had a rash guard)
  • We spent the day out on the water and then went to a hotel
  • Liz ... Hulk, Linda, Brooke, and Nick ... my bf

09 November 2007

Confessions

  • acne scars are attractive
  • sandwiches should always be cut corner to corner
  • I will always be a horrible speller
  • cold weather sucks my will to live
  • so do itchy sweaters
  • I judge people based on the content of their iPod

08 November 2007

25

Today I am 25. I ...
  • grew up going to visit the Real Santa every year in Richmond
  • have been to Europe twice
  • jumped off of a cliff
  • saw Reagan's casket at the Capital
  • survived the family voyage to Disney World when I was in the 4th grade
  • saw 4th of July fireworks at the Lincoln Memorial
  • got stitches for the first time when I was 22
  • have seen the sun set/ rise and storms roll in over the James River
  • had pink hair in high school
  • spit off the top of the Eiffel Tower when I was 17
  • jumped out of a plane when I was 19
  • went on an 18-wheeler trip
  • had a secret on Postsecret
  • swam in the ocean too many times to count
  • was picked up to play college softball, after not playing for 2 years
  • graduated from college
  • have a tattoo
  • I also have a sister and brother
  • got food poisoning at Cheddars when I was 14, and I haven't eaten there since
  • played poker in Vegas
  • ate a hot dog at the Sistine Chapel
  • saw the Pope
  • went to mass at St. Patrick's with my mom and sister
  • sailed from VA to North Carolina
  • visited Manhattan in the summer
  • outlived people I never thought would outlive
  • have friends that mean more to me than they know
  • love to read
  • hate to shop
  • despise uncomfortable shoes
  • adore overweight basset hounds

Today I am 25 ... I have been blessed ... I have lived.

07 November 2007

Conversation

Yesterday was a teacher workday so my brother didn't have school.  He called me while I was at work to say that Mom took him to lunch at Lonestar.  I called her; this is how it went down:

  • Liz: So you took Joey out to lunch on his day off?
  • Ruthann: Yeah
  • Liz: You never took Stephanie and me out of our days off ... he's so spoiled; such a typical youngest child
  • Ruthann: Well we did get the lunch special ... 2 lunches for $6.00
  • Liz: Lonestar has a lunch special?
  • Ruthann: No, I was just trying to make you feel better, but we did just get hamburgers
  • Liz: Really?
  • Ruthann: No, we actually had steak
  • Liz: Mom!
  • Ruthann: Bye

03 November 2007

My 2nd Grade Yearbook

The last time I was home my mom was clearing out some clutter in my room. Amongst the things was a pile of Riverside Elementary School yearbooks. As I was thumbing through my 2nd grade yearbook of black & white photos … one head shot jumped out amongst the others. … the one of Gayle … mainly because of the brightness of the red maker I used to viciously scratch over her face.
Gayle and I shared a unique childhood relationship … she annoyed me.

  • On the first day of kindergarten she and I had to sit at the same table.  She was crying, so I told her she was stupid, and I got in trouble. I remember being confused because I thought that she should have gotten in trouble for crying ... who cries in kindergarten?
  • She was the only kid at school that was Jewish … or more likely, just the most outspoken.
  • All she talked about was being Jewish.
  • The few times she wasn't talking about being Jewish she was talking about having tubes in her ears or the fact that she had asthma, or that she had to wear glasses.
  • Her family passed out raisins for Halloween.
  • By the 1st grade Gayle didn't have many friends.
  • So I was nice to her … no big deal, I thought that was the extent of our relationship …
  • and then there was the day we had show & tell.
  • Gayle lugged in the biggest trash bag I had ever seen … comparable to a sack that you'd envision Santa hauling around on Christmas Eve.
  • Then she proceeded to pull out stuffed animals … she would take one out, hold it up and announce to the rest of the class, "This is my _____ (bear, rabbit, penguin, giraffe, tiger, sloth … it seemed like she had 328 animals to introduce) and her name is Elizabeth, because Elizabeth is my best friend."
  • By the end of the day, I had no friends in my 1st grade class, or the rest of Riverside Elementary School for that matter.
  • Gayle's stunt was probably sparked my social anxiety issues.
  • So I scratched her face out of my yearbook … but I haven't been able to repress the memories.
  • I've heard that Gayle is now a teacher … It's funny to think that she's out in the world somewhere tormenting unsuspecting youth the same way she did when we were in elementary school.

30 October 2007

Cold Cold Cold

The past 2 days have been cold. I am not happy about it ... I have greatly enjoyed being spoiled with unseasonably warm weather. However, I do acknowledge places where it is acceptable to be below 70 degrees (... VA is not one of them):
  • Antarctica ... Alaska, whatever
  • refrigerators
  • freezers
  • ice cream factories
  • Hitler's heart
  • penguin exhibits

26 October 2007

California's Burin'

California is on fire. Some may view this as a natural disaster. The reality of the situation is:
  • God is displeased with Nancy Pelosi and is taking it out on all of California

25 October 2007

Thumbs Up

And now ... a tribute to my left thumb:
  • I was a chronic left thumb sucker from the time I was born until .... 4th grade-ish.
  • I wasn't like the other dopes in the world who relied on pacifiers, blankets, or a special stuffed animal to ease my fears and make me feel secure, I had my left thumb.
  • My mom tells stories about how when I was a baby I mastered being able to move my thumb to the side of my mouth so I could eat and suck my thumb at the same time.
  • Unlike the blanket and stuffed animal kids, I could take my thumb with me everywhere ... the car, the mall, school ... where ever I went, my left thumb was right there with me.
  • My parents tried everything from bribing me with toys and money, to putting nail polish on my thumb to break my habit ... nothing worked.
  • My thumb and I were committed to each other.
  • My thumb was always there, whether I was going to sleep, having a tantrum, or bored at school.
  • And, my left thumb is still there ... although I am now a recovering sucker ... I still tote my thumb around with me where ever I go ... with my thumb by my side the possibilities are endless.

24 October 2007

Saturdays at Gramma P's

For as long as I can remember I spent every Saturday at my Gramma P's house. Now that I am older, (wiser), and away from home ... my Saturday morning routine is one of my most cherished and missed occurrences. My Saturdays of the past consisted of:
  • Eating creamed chip beef and homemade biscuits ... every week ... I am practically 25 and the menu has never changed.
  • watching birds feed in the back yard
  • watching my mom, gramma, and aunt play Scrabble after breakfast
  • now that I am older, I get to partake in Scrabble, although I am absolutely horrible at it ... I still get excited when my words exceed 5 letters.
  • coloring Easter eggs
  • putting up Christmas decorations
  • Jumping off the steps over and over and hearing, "if you crash into the China cabinet, you're gonna be in trouble!" over and over.

When I go home to visit spending time at my Gramma's is something I look forward to the most. Although she has moved; the company, food, and entertainment remain the same ... and that's what I love.

23 October 2007

Squeaky clean

I absolutely despise gross public bathrooms. I blame my mom for instilling these feelings in me. When we were kids, she convinced my brother, sister, and me that public bathrooms didn't exist ... thus, she now fondly recalls that during our annual family excursion to Busch Gardens one summer I discovered the public bathrooms and thought they were a new ride.

Anyway, now I notice overwhelmingly clean facilities:
  • The Red Cross: whether it be at headquarters or out in Lorton, the RC has sparkling bathrooms
  • Subway in Lorton Station
  • Madison Square Garden
  • Capital One Headquarters
  • The ground level bathroom in Potomac Heights
  • Kramerbooks

19 October 2007

Question, Response

  • Hardcover or paperback, and why?
  • Paperback, they're cheaper and lighter to carry around
  • If I were to own a book shop I would call it ...
  • Cover to Cover
  • My favorite quote from a book is ...
  • When I saw my wife standing by the tracks as the train came by the piled logs at the station, I wished I had died before I loved anyone but her. -Hemingway, A Movable Feast

  • The author (alive or diseased) I would love to have lunch with would be ...
  • Psh, I can't eat when I'm nervous ... but I'd love to get drunk with Hemingway

  • If I was going to a deserted island and could only bring one book, except from the SAS survival guide, it would be
  • a phone book ... the pages would come in handy when starting fires

  • I would love someone to invent a bookish gadget that ...
  • made me a profit

  • The smell of an old book reminds me of ...
  • used bookstores
  • If I could be the lead character in a book (mention the title), it would be ...
  • Esther Greenwood ... from The Bell Jar

  • The most overestimated book of all times is ...
  • The Grapes of Wrath and Great Expectations, equally

  • I hate it when a book ...
  • sucks.

16 October 2007

Confessions

  • I have purchased books, read them, and then returned them
  • I have a girl crush on Addison Montgomery
  • I didn't need to watch the Eagles game, I knew they would beat the Jets
  • October nights are good for sleeping with the window open
  • I am excited about returning to the 757 for Thanksgiving
  • I watch Kid Nation
  • I plan on winning tickets to see Bruce Springsteen at the Verizon Center

11 October 2007

Overload

I don't do well in crowds ... actually I try to avoid them as much as I can ... thus, I don't find the following situations very welcoming:
  • movie theaters: actually, I don't really like movies to begin with, but being forced to spend money to sit in a bacteria infested seat for 2+ hours surrounded by strangers just makes it all the more horrible
  • sporting events: crowds + obnoxious drunk people = no fun
  • the metro: whether it's rush hour, tourists, stupid families, terrorists, or homeless people ... I hate them all
  • traffic
  • church: yes, God is no exception for my dislike of crowds
  • planes: I am a horrible flier to begin with ... mix that with spending money and being herded like cattle and it's just plain (or 'plane' get it?) miserable
  • elevators: being in an elevator with strangers drives me nuts ... during the 20 second stint that we're together I visualize how horrible it would be to be stuck with them for an indefinite period of time
  • concerts: ref. to sporting events

10 October 2007

Office Meeting

Even though I am a Temp, and I am leaving on Friday, I was forced to attend the weekly staff meeting yesterday ... here are some of the notes I jotted down:
  • dumb things about the meeting:
  • forced introductions
  • irrelevant information presented
  • other people taking irrelevant notes
  • the phrase, 'bio training will begin directly after this meeting' announced 5 times within a ten minute time frame
  • assignment of micro-managing kitchen cleaning duty
  • people asking dumb questions

09 October 2007

Quiz


What Kind of Blogger Are You?


I took a blog quiz online ... these are my results:
  • You're not in this for the money, for you blogging is all about the passion! Sure you might make a little pocket change now and again, but you know that it's the content, the audience and the people that are what makes blogging great!
  • Experience: Moderate
  • Sociability: Hermit

08 October 2007

Chewy

 One of my biggest pet peeves is people who chew with their mouths open.  I think they're lazy and dumb ... seriously, it makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.  How difficult is it to chew with your mouth closed?  

That being said, I present things that have an excuse for chewing loudly:
  • cows
  • babies
  • old people without teeth
  • T-Rex's
  • people who have been rescued from a deserted island and are eating for the first time in months
  • cavemen

07 October 2007

Then and Now

When I was a kid I wanted:
  • braces
  • glasses
  • cavities ... because other kids would come to school bragging about their fillings and flashing their silver fillings
  • to break an arm or leg
I am now 24:
  • I had braces on the top teeth for a mere 6 months
  • still no glasses
  • 00 cavities
  • ... and I've never needed a cast

06 October 2007

Omelette Perfection

The perfect omelette contains the following
  • ham
  • cheese
  • onions
  • tomatoes
  • and a side of sour cream 

04 October 2007

Most Recent ...

  • Book read: Into the Wild
  • Book started: The Road
  • Album added to my iPod: Bruce Springsteen, Magic
  • Beverage spilled: a full glass of iced tea all over the kitchen
  • Time wasted: working for the Man
  • Nauseating moment: the smell of the homeless man next to me on the metro
  • Famous crush: Mike Rowe
  • Confession: even when my iPod is dead, I'll wear my headphones to deter people from talking to me

01 October 2007

1 October

October 1st's of the past:
  • Ford put the Model T on the Market, 1908
  • Jimmy Carter was born 
  • The George Washington Bridge opened
  • Walt Disney World opened in 1971
  • Ownership of the Panama Canal went back to Panama
  • Sony released their first CD player 
And lastly,
  • October 1st is World Vegetarian Day

30 September 2007

Testing

I have never been a school person ... thus I was ecstatic to be finished with school this past spring. However, recently I have been whoring myself out as a Temp, and I have a 4 week stint as a legislative corespondent ... in order to qualify for the position I had to pass the following tests:
  • proof reading
  • editing paragraphs
  • comma usage
  • identifying the correct homophone
  • spelling
  • active voice v. passive voice
And lastly,
  • I had to draft a letter to a Congressmen from scratch about a lady in rural America who was displeased with her local phone service.
Are you kidding me?

29 September 2007

Watch

I am not much of a TV person ... however, these are the premieres I watched last week:
  • House
  • Private Practice
  • Grey's Anatomy
Maybe I was a doctor in a previous life.

18 September 2007

Crystal Ball

I took a career quiz online ... I was amazed by the results:

  • Corporate / Commercial Lawyer
  • Archivist
  • Lawyer
  • Civil Litigator
  • Criminal Lawyer
  • Judge
  • Politician
  • Historian
  • Paralegal
  • Court Clerk
  • Legal Secretary
  • Anthropologist
  • Lobbyist
  • Economic Development Officer

16 September 2007

The guy next to me

I was supposed to be job hunting, but I was daydreaming at a coffee shop when an innocent looking guy sat down beside me. Then he proceeded to:
  • Do a Mary Poppins and pull not only a laptop from his bag but also a full sized keyboard, mouse pad, mouse, joystick, power cord, and wrist guards.
  • Then he turned his computer on ... I figured he had some legitimate work to do ... but I was wrong.
  • He started playing multiple games of online poker, and picking his nose.
  • I'm not even kidding about the nose picking part, it was gross.
  • About 5 minutes into the gaming, the strain of life must have started weighing on him because he strapped on his wrist guards.
  • Maybe he's a fan of virtual rollerblading.
  • Not only did he strap in his joystick/ mouse hand, but he also strapped in his head support/ nose picking hand.
  • It was an interesting afternoon.

15 September 2007

Cup of Joe

I take every opportunity to drink coffee/ tea from any place that does not start with 'Star' and end in 'bucks'.  It is a more difficult task than it sounds.  As far as Big Brother type institutions go, Starbucks ranks as one of the top 3 G's, as in:
  • God
  • Government
  • Good ol' Starbucks
In my quest to avoid the empire of Starbucks I find myself seeking:

13 September 2007

Confessions

  • I want a Polaroid Camera
  • I enjoy watching Dawson's Creek reruns on TBS in the mornings

12 September 2007

A day in the life

A sneak peak of the exciting life I am leading while jobless:
  • I gauge my time mainly by television shows
  • My morning alarm goes off, but I make it a point to be awake and alert by the time the Price is Right roles around
  • Post PiR I eat ... this is usually a highlight of the day
  • Second to eating, reruns of Jeopardy come on at noon, does life get any better?
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm I watch a double dose of Maury
  • 3:00pm is when my day goes into overdrive - Dr. Phil, followed by Oprah
  • My late afternoons/ evening have been filled with awesome stuff like grocery shopping/ the bank/ visits to the post office
  • To wind down I end my days with chocolate ice cream and double episodes of the Wonder Years

11 September 2007

6 years ago

  • I was supposed to be in English class
  • But instead I was home with my mom 
  • I was watching the Today Show
  • I saw the second plane hit
  • America was sucker punched
  • 6 years later that morning is still so eerily clear

10 September 2007

September!

  • Pumpkin Beer!
  • Skirt and long sleeves weather!
  • Lower AC bill!
  • Season premieres!
  • Less Sweating!

08 September 2007

Daytime television

Since I have no job, I have plenty of time to watch TV during the day --- these are just a few that I have encountered:
  • The Price Is Right
  • The View
  • The People's Court
  • Judge Maria Lopez
  • Judge Alex
  • Rachael Ray
  • Dr. Phil
  • Oprah

06 September 2007

Concept v. Reality

So I had a 'real' summer job ... now I have no job, little money, and lots of time.
  • Concept: Not having a job means abundant amounts of free time to do whatever I want.
  • Reality: I have never been so bored and unproductive in my life.
  • Concept: I'll have plenty of time to hang out with my friends.
  • Reality: I don't have a lot of friends to begin with ... of those friends they are either 1)working full time, 2)in school, or 3) nowhere in the vicinity of Fairfax.
  • Concept: Without a job, at least I can go to the pool.
  • Reality: The pool closed permanently on Labor Day.
  • Concept: I have enough money to cover my bills and expenses for September.
  • Reality: Not having a steady income is the most nerve racking thing ever.


24 August 2007

Summer Break ... for 1 week

So the List has been on hiatus for a while. I was home all last week for my summer vacation, pathetic I know ... a single week to enjoy the summer. These were the highlights of the trip:
  • Riding bikes with Joey
  • Hanging out at Alan and Lindsay's new house
  • Dave Matthews concert
  • Surviving Griffon
  • The 5+ hour drive it took to get from Fairfax to Newport News ... sike

14 August 2007

You're so dumb

The single flaw of the Red Cross is that fact that I am forced to work with one of the most annoying people I have ever met. I have no idea how he got the job, and it amazes me that some one thought that hiring him would be a good idea/ benefit to the program. These are just some of the reasons why he annoys me:

  • he chews food like a cow without teeth --- worst and loudest noises imaginable
  • he has an obsession with the paper shredder
    • he jams the paper shredder --- constantly, and I mean multiple times a day ... who does that?
    • he goes out of his way to shred every single piece of paper that crosses his path ... on more than one occasion I have thrown something in the trash and he has retrieved it in order to send it through the paper shredder ... who does that?
    • he sends staples and paperclips through the shredder constantly.
    • he jammed the shredder last week and thought it would be a good idea to unjam it with his work badge ... hahaha --- he shredded his badge.
  • calls me dumb directly or indirectly at least 6 times a day
  • the paper cutter: he makes the simplest of things as annoying as possible ... when he uses the paper cutter he slams down the blade like he is operating a guillotine. I cringe because I don't want to be there when he chops off he hand, and I'll have to deal with it.
  • is the poster child for brown nosing
  • picks his nose constantly
I swear I'm not making this stuff up
  • he whistles ALL the time
  • in addition to the constant whistling, he now attempts to hum ... but he can't, his 'humming' is more like uncomfortable moaning ... it's weird
  • his personality is the definition of "blah"
  • when he is on the computer, he taps the mouse (or attempts to unsuccessfully) to the beat of the music.
  • he slam doors ... we go through doors constantly at work and he slams them every single time he walks through a doorway ... you'd think a person would catch on after a couple times, but evidently he hasn't ... I cringe every time he leaves the room.
  • Remember when Buckwild was called out for her fake ghetto accent on Flava of Love? Toolshed suffers from the same disorder --- he can go from NOVA white kid to uneducated gangster in 0.5 seconds, wtf?
People like him are the reason why road rage exists and why normal people go postal.

08 August 2007

Half empties

I have ADD when it comes to shampoos and conditioners ... I get bored with them before they are empty, so I prematurely replace them. My current shower situation:
  • Empty Sunsilk Conditioner
  • 1/4 bottle of Sunsilk Shampoo
  • 1/4 bottle of Herbal Essence Shampoo
  • 1/2 bottle of Aussie Shampoo
  • 1/2 bottle of Aussie Conditioner
  • 1/3 bottle of Sheer Blond Rinse Out Treatment ... I don't even know exactly what it is/ does ... it just smell good ... and was on sale (of course)

04 August 2007

Laws of Health

I had to go through Junior Red Cross Journals at work this past week ... one of the things that was all the rage in the late 1920s and early 1930s was the "Laws of Health." While I'm sure it was serious subject matter back in the day, I found most of them trivial and entertaining:
  • Wash hands always before meals
  • Brush teeth and hair night and morning
  • Breathe through your nose
  • Windows open night and day
  • Play in the open air as much as you may
  • Early to bed - 10 hours sleep - & early to rise
  • Wash all over with soap and warm water as often as you can

02 August 2007

Sharp objects ... zing

  • knives
  • freshly sharpened pencil tips
  • bee stingers
  • swords
  • sharks' teeth
  • tacks
  • any respectable syringe
  • broken beer bottles
  • tiger claws
  • jelly fish
  • pointer fingers

31 July 2007

Childhood staples

I think I had a normal childhood growing up. There were a few things that could send my mom off the deep end, though:
  • playing with chewing gum ... like chewing it and then stretching it and wrapping it around your finger and stuff
  • playing with sticks ... there was no sword yielding for the Newton children, my mom was convinced that one of us would lose an eye buy the time we were 12
  • dog poop ... the Newton kids' shoes seemed to be magnets for stepping in dog poop ... my mom did not adjust to that well, or at all for that matter

29 July 2007

Catholic and single

My roommate is Jewish ... she is on JDate constantly. I find it odd ... based on curiosity, I investigated the following via Google. JDate is basically the only online dating thingy for Jews ... however, for Catholics, it's a whole other story:
Why are there so many Catholic dating sites? Good question ... maybe it has to do with the whole pre-marital sex thing.

28 July 2007

Night Moves?

My roommates and I are moving, thus, things not to say when talking to people you're trying to rent from:
  • I hope to be employed sometime this year.
  • Indoor pluming? That's amazing!
  • All this closet space will be great for my gun collection.
  • It's easy to get here, that will be great for all of my casual relationships.
  • How late does the rent have to be for you to shut off the electricity?
  • Are the walls sound proof?

27 July 2007

The good, the bad ... the drunk

I used to drink with the best of them. Summers were a haze, with booze galore ... I would spend nights drunk, days nursing a hangover, and then recover just in time to repeat the routine the next night.

That was then ... now I work 40 hours a week, and look forward to watching The Wonder Years before I go to bed. Sleeping in until 9:00 on the weekends is also a perk.

I went out last night with some people from work. I had 3 drinks and was home and in bed by 11:00. But then I got the thinkin' maybe my new drinking trends aren't that bad:
  • less drinking = less money thrown out the window on alcohol
  • I have lost that layer of rum/ drunken munchies pudge
  • fewer nights spent throwing up and wishing death upon myself
  • fewer morning afters spent wishing death upon myself ... and rolling around like a dying cow
  • no alcohol sweat
  • not feeling like a bloated elephant after a night of beer drinking

24 July 2007

Bang Boom Zap

So, a meteor hits the earth ... I hope it lands on:
  • Paris Hilton
  • Jack Black ... twice
  • Jesse Jackson
  • Al Gore 3
  • Hilary Clinton and Obama, duh
  • Harry Potter
  • Michael Vick
  • 90% of the people I witnessed in Atlantic City
  • smelly people
  • fat people
  • everyone who supported the new VA driver fees
  • Croc wearers of the world
  • Digital Max

21 July 2007

A night out with Eva

I met Pete and Eva for drinks after work, it turned into quite the adventure:
  • There was news that Fenwick is as miserable as ever --- predictible.
  • Eva got drunk.
  • She then announced that I was paying for her drink (after we had ordered and there had been no mention of this arrangement)
  • After the waitress put the drink on Eva's tab she bitched about paying $2.50 for her own drink for the rest of the night (about 90 times)
  • On the way to the metro Eva stumbled into the guy's bathroom.
  • On the way home, there was a Tool on the Metro that was letting his kid crawl around the train ... his kid most likely has AIDS now.
  • Hey, at least I got an invite to the cocktail party

18 July 2007

Cheeseburger in paradise

The components of a perfect burger:
  • a fresh bun
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • red onion
  • pickle ... no burger is complete without the pickle slices ... people who promptly remove pickles from burgers are beyond lame
  • lots o' cheese
  • a healthy appetite

17 July 2007

People to see

Just some of the people I saw during my jaunt through Atlantic City and New York this past weekend:
  • an overweight, sunburned lady with a poor attempt of Tweedy Bird tattoo on her shoulder
  • Dispatch
  • the Naked Cowboy
  • 2 people puking through the Dispatch concert
  • dumb kids smoking pot in the row in front of us
  • lame teenagers dressed in homemade tie dyed uniforms
  • a hooker
  • 2 kids attempting to hook up two rows behind us
  • people drinking at 6 in the morning
  • the scum of the Earth that venture to Atlantic City
  • more wife beaters than I ever want to see again
  • bunches and bunches of kids wearing their newly purchased concert tees to the concert ... who does that?

12 July 2007

Let's face it ...

  • men over 30 who drive convertibles = midlife crisis
  • there are far too many choices for chewing gum
  • electric fence = less illegals
  • winning the lottery would be awesome
  • hot tubs are comparable to being in a witch's stew
  • NASCAR isn't redneck ... it's a party
  • elephants are cool
  • terrorism is lame
  • most Asians are bad drivers
  • seriously, WWJD?
  • Michael Vick and Allen Iverson should be in jail
  • I can't stand cold weather ... I'm down with global warming
  • when I was a kid I wanted glasses and braces ... my sister got them

03 July 2007

Cartoons I would date

and just for kicks ...

4th of July

One of my favorite portrayals of the 4th of July is in the movie, Sandlot. I absolutely love how the boys go out and play ball via the light from the fireworks. Some of my most memorable 4th of July's include:
  • setting off fireworks at Riverside Elementary
  • watching the fireworks across the river at the Lion's Bridge
  • going to Nags Head with JoAnn and her family
  • going to visit Gavin at Wake Forest
and ... July 4, 2006 was spent
  • at the Dave Matthews concert in VA Beach

02 July 2007

Church Creek, MD

My Grandma is from Church Creek, Maryland. My Mom, aunt, brother, and Grandma are there for the 4th of July ... I went up to visit on Saturday. If you have never been to the Eastern Shore, it is like going back in time --- things just seem simpler there. There are also some odd names:
  • Lowest Price Gas
  • Choptank River
  • Pig Neck Rd.
  • Emily's Farm Market ... with a male farmer on the sign

29 June 2007

Horoscopes

Not that I believe any of the babble associated with horoscopes, I do sometimes find them interesting:

  • June 24: You're feeling the need for more organization in your life. Clean out the junk and get things sorted before you get frustrated and can't find anything.
  • June 25: Google is about to take over your life - play responsibly. See how clever you can be today by attempting to count your lose change inside your pocket WITHOUT taking your hand or the money out. If you don't care what the weatherman says when the weatherman says it's raining - that's great!
  • June 27: And this was what was written in a sandwich in Mexico. Strangeness, huh? Raisins are a lovely dried up fruit. However, the old man who runs the hairdressers down the road, is not. The words you use to describe yourself may have to be revised today, after suffering what can only be described as "hell".
  • June 28: The stars indicate that walking under ladders is a bad idea for you this month. People say you make your own luck, but carrying around a sign that says "I'm needy and helpless" is probably not what they had in mind.
  • Jun 29: If you lose money today you can be assured that the nature of human kindness will mean you never see it again. This is because today the nature of human kindness is to be as mean as an old woman the day before pension day. Time is on your side, feel free to mix-it-up a little. Watch out for overweight dogs when it's raining.

What time is it?

I have 3 main clocks in my life:
  • the clock in my room
  • the clock in my car
  • my cell phone
None of them have the same time ... my cell phone is accurate, my room clock is 11 minutes fast, and my car clock is 16 minutes fast.

27 June 2007

Mis-speller

Just some of the words I always misspell without the help of spellcheck ... and God:
  • calander
  • apprechiate
  • ackward
  • recieve
  • Chinease
  • mayonase
  • personell
  • extemely
  • refridgearator

26 June 2007

Problems with being a nudist

I have no desire of being a nudist --- these are some of the reasons why:
  • uncomfortable bike rides
  • leather seats in the summer
  • no place for pocket change
  • people can tell when you're cold
  • no buffers when you fall
  • stepping on:
    • glass
    • gum
    • dog crap
    • spit
    • gravel
    • bees
  • mandatory grooming, i.e. shaving
  • maintaining eye contact
  • nothing to absorb sweat
  • awkward family reunions

Technological advances

Inventions that absolutely boggle my mind:
  • elevators
  • escalators
  • umbrellas
  • telephones and cell phones
  • cameras
  • television
  • calculators
  • wrist watches
  • sun glasses
  • deodorant

24 June 2007

Polish Festival

Adam invited me to go to a "Polish Festival" in DC last night --- it wasn't quite Polish or a festival. It was a group of Polish impersonators doing Polish dances. Other things that disqualified it from being a festival include:
  • no vendor tents
  • no beer
  • no kielbasa
  • no Polish flags or paraphernalia
  • no one speaking Polish
  • no Poland Spring water

22 June 2007

Shout Out

People who have requested shout outs:
  • Emily Miller

And just to be fair, I'll send one out to God and Bob Barker

17 June 2007

Fenwick v. Red Cross

I recently started working in the archives department at the Red Cross. It took me all of .00887532 seconds to realize that the Red Cross work environment is a million times better than Fenwick. Differences between working at Fenwick Library and the Red Cross:
  • no drama/ gossip --- granted, I just started working, and I'm the runt in the department, but there are not people running around getting off on the latest gossip
  • no Megan McDonnell and Josh Wall ... probably my two least favorite people on this plant ... they're completely worthless, and I am now convinced that they will be lifers at Fenwick
  • $$ I get paid more $$
  • people acknowledge your existence ... i.e. say 'hi' and 'bye' you know, basic human interaction that is non existent at Fenwick
  • I'm not surrounded by computer books and nerdy mutants all day

16 June 2007

Snail Mail

I hate the term 'snail mail' ... e-mail comes along and all of a sudden mail gets demoted to snail mail. I think it is sad and not fair ... with progressive technology, mail is becoming a notion of the past. I love mail, all aspects of it; sending, receiving, opening packages, picking out new stamps, getting postcards. Anyway, yesterday I mailed a bunch of stuff:
  • Father's Day card
  • a Father's Day card from the cat
  • a card to my brother with a Dale Jr. decal in it
  • thank you cards for my graduation gifts

12 June 2007

Incompletes

No matter how much I try, I can never seem to finish the following:
  • lotion
  • gum --- I usually lose it before I finish the pack
  • dental floss
  • bad books --- if a book loses my attention, it usually becomes a wounded soldier to me
  • chap stick
  • eye shadow
  • any drink/ shot that contains Yager

11 June 2007

Graduation gifts

I graduated from college. People gave me stuff!
  • flowers from my parents
  • pearls
  • a bracelet
  • my crazy Grandma got me an iron and renewed my AAA membership
  • lots of free drinks from my friends which led to me demise the first night that I was home
  • America: The Last Best Hope
  • Son of a Witch: A Novel
  • Caribou Coffee gift card
  • money, money, money
  • and some really nice cards
On a side note, George Mason still hasn't sent me my diploma.

07 June 2007

The daily grind

So I am new to the job world ... thus, I'm new to daily challenge of conquering traffic twice a day. I really don't like it ... these are some of the reasons why:

  • horrible drivers everywhere
  • my car eats through gas
  • breaks that have recently started squeaking
  • being completely stopped next to a "Speed Limit 50 MPH" sign
  • apparently I have a slow leak in one of my tires ... I'm sure it will explode at the most inopportune time
  • morning radio is lame
  • stop and go traffic makes me nauseous

19 May 2007

Books in progress

I am going home for 2 weeks before I start my job --- I have a bad habit of starting to read multiple books at the same time ... this is one of those situations, these are the books I am planning on finishing while I am at home:

17 May 2007

Thought process

I had my final final on Monday morning. My professor announced, "I will be posting the results tonight for those of you anxious about your grades." By Wednesday morning there was still nothing ... by that point, I was checking about every 3 minutes ... then I decided to take a shower. That is when I really started to think:
  • she said she would post the grades Monday
  • it is now Wednesday and there are no grades
  • there must be a problem
  • more precisely, there must have been a problem with my exam
  • I am sure everyone else is accessing their grade right now
  • I must have forgotten to write my name on my exam
  • this explains why I do not have a grade yet
  • because my exam has no name, I will not receive any credit for it
  • oh my gosh, I am going to fail the class
  • holy moley, since I am failing this class, I won't be able to graduate
  • conclusion: my life is ruined

Shortly after I reached this conclusion, I checked online again ... no need to worry, my grade was posted ... I passed.

16 May 2007

Lost and found

Throughout my tenure at the library, I have always scoped out the lost and found just to see what people are losing these days. These are just some of the current things in the lost and found:
  • passport
  • Mason id's
  • a driver's license
  • sweater
  • silk scarf
  • flash drive
  • a heart with a creepy face and appendages
  • a copy of the Torah
  • books ... on lame subjects
  • a card to Lovey from Stephie Bear
  • notebooks
  • And lastly, a dollar ... yes, a $1 bill

14 May 2007

On being left handed

I am a minority ... I am left handed. I am rarely acknowledged for being able to function in a world created for the right handed majority ... I receive no scholarship money, special parking pass, tax deduction ... heck, there isn't even a "which hand do you write with" category on job applications. Am I bitter? Not at all. I have learned to adapt in the following ways.

  • operate the usual suspects ... can openers and scissors
  • write in spiral notebooks
  • identify whether or not a pen is going to smudge before using it
  • minimize smudging in general
  • tie my shoes
  • use a mouse
  • fasten zippers, snaps and buttons
  • conquer pretty much everything having to do with driving
  • shift gears on a bike
  • resist the urge to extend my left hand when shaking hands

I may be a minority, but I am also in an elite category. One that includes the majority of librarians and serial killers ... along with Oprah, Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, and Ned Flanders.

13 May 2007

Jesus freak



Last week, there was some crazy babbling guy on campus yapping about everyone who is going to hell ... he had a list:


12 May 2007

Observations at the library

Today I ditched a task at work in order to barricade myself in a study room and read ... these were some of the markings that decorated the walls:
  • a rather large wad of blue gum with a paper clip sticking out of the center of it
  • a drawing of a monkey with a power cord coming out of it's head
  • WO with a heart around it
  • R+S
  • "I can't take being alone anymore!"
  • lastly, written in orange highlighter, "I have 2 STDs!!"

Hangups

  • Books: I always judge books by their cover ... additionally when browsing for books, I have a habit of reading the first and last page before I buy it.
  • People who drag their feet: I scowl at people who drag their feet when they walk --- the noise is like nails on a chalkboard to me.
  • Excessive participators: kids in class who feel the need to comment on virtually everything that the teacher says --- newsflash nobody cares about your opinion ... and you're ugly.
  • People who walk on the left side of the sidewalk: Hello, this is America ... move to the right.
  • Terrorists: they're just dumb

09 May 2007

Childhood ambitions

Growing up, I had big dreams of appearing on the following TV shows:
  • Wild & Crazy Kids
  • Guts
  • Supermarket Sweep
  • American Gladiators
  • Reading Rainbow

08 May 2007

Stressers

Lately I have been passing my time obsessing and worrying about the following:
  • studying for Biology final
  • studying for International Law final
  • passing Biology
  • passing International Law
  • finding a place to live
  • being able to afford a place to live
  • hating working with Josh and Megan

Summer jams

Bands whose music just sounds better during the spring and summer:
  • Third Eye Blind
  • OAR
  • Dave Matthews
  • Sister Hazel
  • Better Than Erza
  • Carbon Leaf
  • Hootie & The Blowfish

05 May 2007

03 May 2007

Trendy

I have always thought of myself as my own person. I like to think I do my own thing ... but let's face it, I am just as trendy as the next guy ... or girl.
  • I am all about tights with skirts
  • I love hot pink and black together
  • I drink MichUltra
  • I have a pair of boat shoes
  • Starbucks
  • Hilary Duff
  • iPod ... now all that is missing a Mac Book
  • sudoku puzzles
  • Verizon Chocolate
  • tote bag(s)

I think I need to be sent to detox ... as long as there is People Magazine and Real World/Road Rules Challenge I will be set ... doh!

02 May 2007

Fact

  • Every time I see a Kimberly-Clark brand soap dispenser in a public bathroom I have flashbacks to Reading Rainbow

26 April 2007

Lush

lush2 (lŭsh) Slang.
n.
A drunkard. intr.v., lushed, lush·ing, lush·es.
To drink liquor to excess.

How my favorite alcoholic beverages became my favorite:

  • SoCo and Lime
    • it is pretty much the only shot I can do without shivering/ convulsing/ wondering if I am going to survive ... I have introduced it to the majority of my friends, who after a few rounds, concede that it is awesome
  • Amaretto Sours
    • introduced by Megan Farrell
  • Vanilla Coke and Rum
    • only the greatest concoction ever ... stumbled upon it by grabbing Vanilla Coke instead of classic Coke to drink with my beloved Bacardi Lemon ... the rest is history ... oh yeah, until Vanilla Coke was discontinued

25 April 2007

Mail

I checked my mailbox today ... this is what was in it:

  • 2 lame-o summer jobs flyers
  • a pickup slip for A Drinking Companion
  • Alan and Lindsay's wedding invite
  • Post- It sample pack that I sent away for months ago ... yes!

22 April 2007

Money, money, money

While I am big fan of all things money, I am not a big fan of work ... therefore I must find ways to compensate. These are a few of the places I am always on the lookout for forgotten/ lost/ unclaimed change:

  • the soda and vending machines on my hall
  • washing machines and dryers in the laundry room
  • although the laundry facilities are free, I always press the "change return" button just in case some schmuck attempted to pay
  • the soda and vending machines at work
  • copiers at the library
  • the ground ... all the time ... I stop for pennies with no shame
  • lastly, I am always on the lookout for quarters/dimes/and nickels in the handy "have a penny/take a penny" change dishes

17 April 2007

Food

This past weekend I went home ... These are the places I ate at:
  • Applebee's
  • Sonic
  • Hot Dog King
  • Lonestar

13 April 2007

My Easter basket

Last week was Easter Sunday --- as usual the Easter Bunny stopped by my parent's house ... he left me some cool stuff:
  • money
  • headbands
  • 2 boxes of chocolate covered raisins
  • lots of Nestle Crunch Eggs
  • straws
  • camo Nalgene water bottle
  • anti - Che Guerra tee shirt

Worst case scenario

I currently work at Fenwick Library ... if all goes according to plan, I will graduate in May and I have a job lined up with the Red Cross starting at the beginning of June. Things never work out the way I plan ... this is the worst case scenario:
  • fail International Politics or Biology ... or both ... fail to graduate
  • attempt to juggle summer school and work
  • get lost on the way to orientation for the Red Cross
  • lose job with the Red Cross as a result of being late for orientation
  • flunk out of summer school from being bummed about loosing job with the Red Cross
  • become homeless due to lack of income
  • flee from collection agencies that are after my student loans, but I have no money to pay them ... heck, I did not even graduate
  • seek re-employment at Fenwick Library
  • loathe my job for the rest of my life

02 April 2007

The great outdoors

Today is a beautiful spring day ... the perfect type of day for sitting outside and reading or getting some work done. I envy the people who are able to do these things ... I am not one of them; I get distracted by almost anything imaginable.
  • typical outside things like trees, grass, bushes, and flowers
  • sneezing caused by typical outside things like trees, grass, bushes, and flowers
  • squirrels and birds
  • ugly people
  • clouds
  • the sun
  • people on bikes
  • the music on my ipod
  • pages 1-300 of whatever book I am attempting to read
  • ugly couples
  • cracks in the sidewalk
  • unathletic people attempting to play catch
  • the wind
  • people walking dogs
  • basset hounds
  • my cell phone
  • clicking my pen
  • the sound of people walking in flip-flops
  • being uncomfortable because I have started to sweat
  • obsessing about being thirsty and/or hungry
  • obsessing about all the work I should be doing

01 April 2007

April Fools

I braced myself as I went to bed last night. Growing up, it seemed as if my mom waited all year for April 1st. I cannot adequately express the joy she got from relentlessly tricking my sister, brother, and I. We never knew what to expect. These are just a few of the many lies we heard on April Fool's Day.
  • it snowed last night
  • school is cancelled
  • your socks are untied
  • your shoes are untied
  • your shirt is on inside out/ backwards
  • she always convinced us is was a different day of the week than what it actually was
  • every Newton family pet had babies on April 1st
  • when we got back from school she would claim that our teachers had called and we were in trouble
At round 9 this morning my brother called ... he just wanted to let me know that my car had a flat tire.

31 March 2007

Upcoming Events

Today is the last day of March ... there are several upcoming events to be excited about.
  • The circus is in town ... yesterday I ate lunch with the elephants next to the Patriot Center.
  • 3 April - 5 April: Ruthann and Susan are coming to visit
  • 6 April - 9 April: Home for Easter
  • 13 April - 16 April: 757 for Lindsay's bachelorette party extravaganza
  • 19 April - 22 April: Gavin's coming to DC
  • 20 May: GRADUATING ... leaving G.Mason for good and not looking back
  • --- starting work somewhere in here ---
  • 2 June: Alan and Lindsay's wedding!

30 March 2007

Books available at Fenwick Library

While the following books serve as a means of entertainment at work ... I can't help but be baffled as to why anyone would write these waste of paper products ... and even worse, what publisher would think it is a good idea to publish them.

  • Mormons in Mexico
  • Divorce in Poland
  • Females and Harry Potter
  • Feminism and Islam
  • Sexuality and German Fascism
  • Male Witches in Early Modern Europe
  • Sexual Teens Sexual Media
  • On Being Poor In Utah
  • Unuseless Japanese Inventions

27 March 2007

Dave Matthews

This past weekend I got to see Dave Matthews perform in Las Vegas. This is what he played:
  • Pantala Naga Pampa
  • Rapunzel
  • Satellite
  • When The World Ends
  • Time Of The Season
  • Hunger For The Great Light
  • Dream Girl
  • Say Goodbye
  • The Idea Of You
  • Louisiana Bayou
  • I’ll Back You Up
  • Down By The River
  • Crush
  • The Maker
  • Jimi Thing
  • Stay
  • Sister
  • Everyday
  • What You Are

16 March 2007

Bling today, gone ... today?

Things I spent money on today:
  • ATM fees, totaling $3.95
  • all day metro pass $6.50
  • money added to SmartPass for parking $3.75
  • Purple Haze at RFD Washington $3.85
  • black iced tea at Teaism $1.94
  • 3 legged wooden pig figurine from Chile for Ruthann $4.50
  • Chipotle burrito bowl, guacamole, and iced tea for dinner $9.36

15 March 2007

Itinerary

Tomorrow I'm taking a trip into the city.
  • 9.45am: Depart apartment
  • 10.00am: Pick up Eva
  • 10.15am: Catch the metro
  • 10.40am: Arrive at American Apparel
    • I have already warned Eva that I absolutely hate shopping ... I think she underestimates how much I loathe shopping.
  • 12.00pm: Tea time at Teaism
  • 1.00pm: Depart for home

13 March 2007

Fake Headlines

I just started reading The Best American Nonrequired Reading. It started out with a list of the Best American Fake Headlines from The Onion. I was very entertained by the list, and at times I had to remind myself that the headlines were fictitious. While the list is compiled of 46 headlines ... these are some of my favorites:
  • Hilary Duff's Number One Fan Tasered
  • Neverland Ranch Investigators Discover Corpse of Real Michael Jackson
  • CIA Realizes It's Been Using Black Highlighters All These Years
  • Bush Braces as Cindy Sheehan's Other Son Drowns in New Orleans
  • Rest of U2 Perfectly Fine With Africans Starving

12 March 2007

Feed me

The contents of am ideal sandwich include the following:
  • honey wheat bread
  • mustard
  • mayonnaise
  • mild cheddar cheese
  • tomatoes
  • lettuce/ spinach leaves
  • red onion
  • pickles
  • black olives
  • salt and pepa

I usually live on theses during the summer.

11 March 2007

Quote me

I was looking for quotes about lists and the following are my top 3 finds:
  • Hungry Joe collected lists of fatal diseases and arranged them in alphabetical order so that he could put his finger without delay on any one he wanted to worry about.
    Joseph Heller
  • With descriptions that are simply lists of brand-name consumer products.
    David Foster Wallace
  • Why can't somebody give us a list of things that everybody thinks and nobody says, and another list of things that everybody says and nobody thinks. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Keys, please

My key chain consists of the following:
  • key to Hank the Mustang
  • Exxon Speedpass
  • Snoopy watch that no longer ticks
  • Jerry Bear bottle opener
  • clothes pin with "1" imprinted on it from my days on the Mason softball team
  • a cool woven key chain thing with a vintage vibe to it

10 March 2007

Ode to Women's History Month

For the most part I find women dumb and useless ... but there are a select few that are worth looking up to, including:
  • Clara Barton
  • Sally Ride
  • Mae Jemison
  • Georgia O'Keeffe
  • Mother Theresa
  • Joan of Arc
  • Columnists Michelle Malkin, Kathleen Parker, and Star Parker
  • Writers Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary
A list of worthwhile females would not be complete without:
  • Hilary Duff
  • Ruthann Newton

09 March 2007

Battle of the Books

In the 5th grade, Battle of the Books was my formal initiation to the world of nerdy-ness. Each elementary school in the district had a BOB team. The members had to read 10 books, and then compete against other schools answering trivia questions about the books. This is what ignited my love for reading. The books I read when I was younger are still some of my favorites.

  • Ghost Cadet, Elaine Alphin
  • The Indian in the Cupboard, Lynne Reid Banks
  • Encyclopedia Brown, Donald Sobol
  • Superfudge, Judy Blume
  • Ramona the Pest, Beverly Cleary
  • Shiloh, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • The Boxcar Children, Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • How to Eat Fried Worms, Thomas Rockwell
  • Aldo Applesauce, Johanna Hurwitz
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Judy Blume
  • Class Clown, Judy Blume

The year I competed in BOB ... the Riverside Bears of Riverside Elementary School came in 1st Place.

07 March 2007

04 March 2007

March Happenings

  • Women's History Month
  • 6 March: International Law midterm ... need to get Blue Book
  • 6 March: Lindsay Pardun's Birthday
  • 11 March - 18 March: Spring Break
  • 16 March - 19 March: 757! Home
  • 17 March: St. Patrick's Day
  • 20 March: Emily Miller's 21st Birthday
  • 23 March - 25 March: Las Vegas to see Dave Matthews

Charles Dickens said, “It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”

While February was full of doom and gloom, sorrow and loss ... March brings the promise of better days and renewal of spirit and hope.

03 March 2007

What's in your bag?

The majority of the time I can be found carrying either my vintage stripped bag I got on clearance at Forever 21 3 summers ago during summer camp ... or my good ol' clunky suede bag from J.Crew that I waited months and months to get because I refused to pay full price for it.

Anyway ... at any given time you can usually pull the following from any bag that I have with me:
  • tissues ... the kind in the nifty travel pack
  • a rosary
  • St. Christopher and Mary medals
  • hand sanitiser
  • my American Eagle wallet that I got for Christmas in the 10th grade ... I am emotionally attached to it, and I have no idea what I will do if anything ever happens to it
  • LG Chocolate
  • dental floss
  • SmartTip metro pass
  • tampons
  • a snoopy compact mirror

The most random discovery:

And the newest addition:

  • aspirin ... if anyone around me falls victim to a heart attack I am ready for counter measures

02 March 2007

Overload

Things I just can't have enough of:
  • Highlighters ... yellow only
  • Post-Its
  • Tomatoes ... yum
  • Money

Bookworm

Books recently read, currently reading, or planning to read:
  • The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien
  • The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards
  • 20 Something Essays By 20 Something Writers
  • The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006
  • Delaying the Real World - Colleen Kinder

    28 February 2007

    Smell Me

    Perfumes in my possession:
    • Calvin Klein Eternity Moment
    • Burberry Tender Touch
    • Victoria's Secret Sampler
    • Hilary Duff With Love

    22 February 2007

    Lent Happens

    With the onset of Lent note the following provisions:
    • I am reading the Purpose Driven Life.
    • No soda intake.
    • I work at a library, I use the elevator multiple times everyday ... I have decided to only use the stairs for the next 40 days.