29 April 2008

Summer Jams

One of the best parts about the summer are the concerts --- aside from the price of tickets. These are the shows that are on my radar. Beware, the list includes mediocre talent, has beens, and all round cheesy-ness.

Brace yourself --- these are the priorities of the summer:

28 April 2008

Rain = Lame

It is no coincidence that rain rhymes with lame. Well, they almost rhyme ... close enough. I choose sunny goodness over rain any day of the week. Rainy days are good for nothin' except:
  • reading
  • sleeping
  • buying stuff online
  • sudoku puzzles
  • reading
  • sleeping
  • watching t.v.
  • more car accidents than usual
  • mud wrestling?
  • spring cleaning
  • showering the homeless
  • going to the tanning bed
  • feeding grass, trees, and plants
  • scowling at the ugly weather through the safe haven of your dry environment

25 April 2008

No List Friday

757 Flashback!Pre-bills, pre-work, pre-driving, pre-debit cards, pre-laptops, pre-cell phones, pre-hangovers, pre-Facebook, pre-drama ... back when the world seemed a little brighter, Apple II's were the only computers, and our biggest obstacle was staying up late enough to catch lightening bugs during the summer (and we found time to wear the raddest clothes, ever.)

24 April 2008

Cheers to nice weather

As I'm bored at work this morning, I find myself googling sangria news. This led me to realize that there are certain drinks that just taste better during the warmer months of the year, including:

  • ice cold beer on warm days
  • cold beer at concerts
  • sangria's after work --- which btw have just been legalized
  • Vanilla Coke and Bacardi Lemon
  • lemonade and rum from the drinking jug
  • Crown and ginger
  • vodka tonics
  • wine spritzers

You know, actually this list is rather pointless, everything is better when the weather is nice. So bring on the booze, and cheers to the spring!

22 April 2008

Free Write

I was bored at work so I wrote down the first 10 things that came to mind:
  • This should be called forced write
  • I hate working
  • My handwriting used to be neater
  • I want to skip this song on my iPod
  • It's beautiful outside
  • I love spring weather
  • My roommate is an ugly person in every sense of the word
  • My hand hurts from gripping this pen too tight
  • I never dot or cross (uppercase) i's
  • The sound of the man restocking the vending machine sounds exactly like the noises of the drink cart/ drinks being passed out on airplanes.

21 April 2008

My Playlist Gets Me Through the Day

This morning at work, I was delaying my actual work, so I decided to create a new playlist on my iPod to get me through the day. My ears are currently plugged with:
  • Let My Love Open the Door - Pete Townshend (... only because I just watched Dan In Real Life this weekend, and loved it)
  • M79 - Vampire Weekend
  • Campus - Vampire Weekend
  • Mansard Roof - Vampire Weekend
  • Love Song - Sara Bareilles
  • Bottle It Up - Sara Bareilles
  • Make You Feel Better - Chili Peppers
  • Hard to Concentrate - Chili Peppers
  • I Won't Forget You - Poison
  • Fallen Angel - Poison
  • James - OAR
  • Road Outside Columbus - OAR
  • Can't Get It Right Today - Joe Purdy (as heard in the Kia commercial)
  • Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings --- the entire album - The Counting Crows

20 April 2008

Green Festival Absurdities

Yesterday I went to a Green Festival at G.Mason. It was a beautiful day outside, and I expected there to be quite a few 'festival' attendees and interesting things to do. I was wrong.
  • there were more police/ security guards than festival attendees
  • the stage lights were on during the day, shouldn't they be concerned about conserving energy at a green festival?
  • vendors included: free chicken/ buffalo wings, across the sidewalk from a vegan brownie stand, and something like ... 'you're the devil if you eat meat' stand
  • dumb people playing frisbee
  • the wind was blowing buds off tress, and it was obnoxious
  • creepy guy sitting by himself wearing a, 'don't blame me I voted for Kerry' tee shirt
  • in the flyer's there was the promise of free tee-shirts, tote bags, ice tea, and vitamin water ... I left with a free tote bag
  • Ralph Nader was a speaker
  • his security included a single state trooper
  • he claimed that America is addicted to technology, and should throw away their cell phones

17 April 2008

List Safari

Lists make the world go round. Wherever you turn, you are bound to bump into a list of some sort, whether you like it or not. Lists can be functional, punctual, and appealing. List searching? Try looking here:
  • arrivals/ departures at airports and train stations
  • daily specials
  • My Name is Earl
  • McSweeny's
  • grocery lists
  • shit lists
  • to-do lists
  • Happy Hour Specials
  • David Letterman's Top 10
  • movie theater schedules and times
  • iTunes/ iPod organization
  • Time's Top 100 Novels List
  • 43 Things
  • concert set lists
  • DC Blogs Live
  • class schedules
  • Dollar Menu items
  • nutritional/ ingredient contents on food labels

16 April 2008

The American Way

With the onset of spring, and a switch in location due to a new job, I have found myself enjoying lunch near a pond recently. And by pond, I mean fancy man-made sewage ditch. Yesterday, as I was admiring a family of geese (and feeding them in front of a, "do not feed the geese" sign) composed of 2 adults and 6 babies, I suddenly realized:
  • this is such a nice little area ... a pond with grass and trees surrounding it
  • wait a second - this is not a pond, it's just here to collect rain water
  • it would be nice if you could block out the sound of traffic
  • why are these stupid geese hissing at me?
  • oh, the traffic noise is coming from the highway that is just beyond the pond/ sewage ditch
  • I bet the sky in the distance is nice ... too bad it is blocked by the Costco/ Target mega shopping center on the other side of the highway

15 April 2008

Who? Me?

Not to sound pompous, but I’ve never really written my blog with anyone else in mind. I guess a better way to word it would be to say that, I don’t try to cater to people, or necessarily attract them. Thus I have had no expectations as far as people reading my blog. Heck, my own mom doesn't even read my blog because she refuses to accept that, 'blog' is a legitimate word. Thus I was surprised to see that my lil' ol' LifeAsList has been mentioned on 2 other blogs this past week:

What a surprise! All I can say is, Thank You. I am very humbled. If I was better at articulating my thoughts, I would configure something more profound ... but that's the best I can do, Thank You!

14 April 2008

A Non-Runner's Take on Running

After 2+ years of absolutely no exercise, I had the brilliant idea to start running. Reasons included: 1) I used to be in shape, and 2) my metabolism came to an abrupt stop when I turned 25. However, about 5 steps into my new running routine, I had an epiphany:
  • I hate running
  • What am I doing here?
  • this sucks
  • I'm bored
  • no one is forcing me to be here
  • I'm tired
  • ugh, not another hill
  • that's an odd looking squirrel
  • I can't breathe
  • is this over yet?
  • great I'm sweating
  • just keep going
  • well that sure is an ugly couple
  • people from Northern VA are lame
  • geez, I really hate running
I was happy to complete a mile without feeling like I was about to drop dead. Although my negative thoughts far outweighed the bleak positive ones --- I did try to focus on positive things like:
  • my skin is getting some much needed sun
  • my hair is getting blonder
  • I'm toning
  • I'm adding years to my life? (who really believes that? I mean, I could have been run over by a car ... and then running would be the means to my end.)

13 April 2008

Yesterday

A simple hodgepodge of things I did yesterday:
  • made salsa from scratch
  • went running ... sort of; I jogged 1 mile, and walked 1 mile ... and did not die
  • took a shower
  • called my mom
  • read for a hot minute
  • saw Smart People
    • My roommate (that I have a functional roommate relationship with) txted (?) me from work asking if I wanted to go see Smart People.
    • I responded, 'sure'
    • She responded, 'wow, I thought you were going to say no b/c it costs money.'
    • Clearly she knows me and my frugal ways too well.
  • had a late night snack at Fridays
  • was woken up at 3am by the most annoying roommate I have ever lived with in my life
    • Who rolls in a 3am making all sorts of noise? Duh, this girl.

10 April 2008

Kindergarten Theme Songs

I have a new/old friend who is teaching kindergarten this year, and mentioned last week that her class needed an end of the year theme song --- or something like that. Anyway, I have composed the best set of songs that represent the little devils' advancement to the 1st grade:

  • Graduate - Third Eye Blind
  • You Only Live Once - The Strokes
  • Cradle of Love - Billy Idol
  • 40oz to Freedom - Sublime
  • We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel

... and my favorites:

  • Break Free - Queen
  • It's the End of the World as We Know It - REM

09 April 2008

Confessions

  • I wish I was a morning person
  • I think 'archiver' sounds more natural than 'archivist'
  • I'd rather bump into the Pope on the streets of DC instead of Angelina Jolie
  • I call '...' 'dot dot dot' instead of the dumb technical term
  • I never drink coffee, but I love the smell of it
  • I plan on going to the NKOTB reunion concert ... if they ever release their tour dates
  • the new Counting Crows album is amazing
  • I hold grudges
  • I need a haircut, like whoa

08 April 2008

BigLiz v. BigMac

I consumed my first ever BigMac last Thursday. It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be either --- that in itself is a scary thought. BUT I just didn't get a single BigMac, I opted for the entire McDonalds experience, including:
  • 1 BigMac
  • 1 Large order of French Fries
  • 1 Large Sweet Tea
  • 1200 Calories ... according to the McDonald's website
... and I polished off all that goodness in about 7 minutes

07 April 2008

Age Check

As I was rocking out to, "See You Again" today at work, it dawned on me that certain aspects of my life reflect that of a 13 year old. Add identity crisis to my list of issues I have acquired since turning 25:

  • Hilary Duff is my girl
  • as mentioned, I listen to Miley Cyrus on my iPod
  • I still get Delia's catalogues in the mail --- but I haven't bought anything from there in years, I swear
  • I just finished reading a Judy Blume book
  • I have a crush on Ryan Sheckler

04 April 2008

No List Friday

We thought it was gonna be a lot bigger ... and surrounded by water.

03 April 2008

A Year of Improvements

It's been a long time coming --- being that I turned 25 back in November. I started working on this November 20th ... and figured if I don't publish it, 1) I'll be 26 and 2) I'll be less motivated to complete some of my goals/ tasks. Thus, because you're only 25 for 365 days ...
  • keep a detailed log of books read throughout the year
  • sell/ donate books that have no lasting impression on me
  • donate clothes to Goodwill
  • join the gym
  • floss at least 3 times a week
  • tour a brewery
  • take a yoga class
  • knit more
  • pray more
  • sell stuff on Etsy
  • open a savings account
  • kick the t.v. out of the bedroom
  • send letters/ cards to my Grammas ... just to say hi
  • send letter to Alex Trebek
  • learn to drink Crown on the rocks
  • eat a BigMac
  • splurge every now and then
  • get the Sometimes Y tee shirt
  • get a MacBook ... maybe (this would fulfill the splurge goal)
  • purchase and learn to use a sewing machine
  • attend a book signing
  • get baked in a tanning bed
  • visit the Farmers Market on Saturdays this spring/ summer
  • party down at Medieval Times
  • do not let your life be dictated by your job
  • worry less
  • invest more time in friendships
  • and lastly, a phrase that was coined last week over pizza and beer, "live outside the box" more

02 April 2008

Spring Reading

I have recently stumbled upon LifeInPink ... and from there I learned about the Spring Reading Thing. Thus, the following are what I hope to read or finish (or re-read in the case of The Bell Jar) before June 19th. Bring on the books:
  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
  • An Inconvenient Book by Glenn Beck
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  • Herzog by Saul Bellow
  • Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

01 April 2008

April 1st

A flashback to last year.

For some reason I get really excited about beginning new months. May this be a wonderful April!