31 July 2008

No work for you

I have unexpectedly had the past 2 days off of work due to a delay on the project I'm assigned to. While I would like to say that I have taken advantage of my time off ... I have spent the past 2 days:
  • sleeping
  • watching The Price is Right
  • knitting
  • drinking 40oz.'s
  • ate at a Chinese buffet
  • watching Jeopardy
  • reading
  • checking the mail
  • mourning the conclusion of July 2008
  • registering money on Where's George
  • not doing laundry, cleaning, or going to the grocery store
  • I was honked at by a guy on a Vespa in a, 'damnnnn you're hot girl' sort of honk

29 July 2008

Confessions

  • I have been in panic mode being that July is practically done ... this has led to writers/ listers block/ overwhelmed with life and unable to write block.
  • I won one of these on ebay today
  • I watch Army Wives
  • I used to like my handwriting ... now I don't
  • I never dot i's ... it's inefficient
  • Jeopardy is having their tournament of champions this week and next week ... which is awesome
  • concurring Sudoku puzzles makes me feel smart
  • I can't remember the last time I saw lightening bugs or ate honeysuckle ... or the last time I saw honeysuckle or ate lightening bugs

25 July 2008

No List Friday

In case you missed it ... I (well, my blog,) was in the Express on Wednesday!  I feel so validated.

24 July 2008

The Fab 13

Last night the final Jeopardy clue dealt with the original 13 colonies.  I thought the answer was obvious ... but 2 of the 3 contestants answered incorrectly.  Aside from that, I have said before that I love being from VA ... and the east coast is an extension of that ... could you name the original 13 colonies?

  • Virginia
  • Georgia
  • South Carolina
  • North Carolina
  • Maryland
  • Delaware
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • New Hampshire
  • Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts 

23 July 2008

Devil in Disguise

This was in an e-mail I received from my mom yesterday:

"I have to go pick up someone's intestines that are lying on my sidewalk
before Stephanie [my sister] gets grossed out. Cleaning up dead things -
maybe that is why I feel like I do at 50."

She was referring to the carnage ensued by the family cat. My parents treat him like he is their 4th child ... but he is actually the devil in disguise. He kills things, constantly ... and then he drags them home. His victims include:

  • snakes
  • moles, additionally, he has released a live mole in the house ... that then had to be coaxed out
  • flies
  • baby rabbits
  • grown up rabbits
  • butterflies
  • birds, including cardinals ... you'd think birds could escape his wrath by flying
  • field mice
  • squirrels
  • he has also brought home a live, seemingly unharmed baby bunny
  • and his oddest kill? - a frog ... or toad, either way it's bizarre

22 July 2008

Just Say NO

What do you do when the last/ largest American brewing company sucker punches the American people and merges with InBev? Send them an e-mail expressing your disappointment and discontent, and quit buying:
  • Budweiser
  • Bud Light
  • Bud Ice
  • Bud Ice Light
  • Bud Light Lime
  • Budweiser Select 
  • Budweiser & Clamato
  • Michelob
  • Michelob Light
  • Michelob Ultra
  • Michelob Ultra Amber
  • Michelob Honey Lager
  • Michelob AmberBock
  • Busch
  • Busch Light
  • Natural Light
  • Natural Ice
  • Bare Knuckle Stout
  • Rolling Rock
  • Landshark
  • Shock Top
  • Skipjack
  • Beach Bum Blond Ale
  • Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale
  • Winter's Bourbon Cask Ale
  • O'Doul's
  • Hurricane
  • ... and Budweiser American Ale (scheduled to be out this fall)

21 July 2008

Speaking Too Soon

Did I mention I was looking forward to tubing on Saturday? Oops. Saturday turned out to be one of those days where nothing went right ...
  • I left my apartment on Saturday morning
  • I-81 was shut down because of some stupid brush fire, so I was stuck for 45 minutes
  • meanwhile I got a call from the tubers saying they were ready to go and didn't feel like waiting for me, AND said they would be back around 3:00pm.
  • TIMEOUT: in hindsight, this is when I should have just turned around and went back to Fairfax ... they couldn't be bother to wait for me, while I was on my way there ... therefore conveying that they were indifferent to the fact that I was even going.
  • so I made it to the campsite at 11:45am.
  • I immediately observed that the white trash of America flocks to this place
  • I also noticed that generic Crocs and Miley Cyrus clothes/ beach towels are must-haves in the white trash scene.
  • I kept myself entertained for the afternoon
  • I went to the lake
  • I walked around
  • I went to the pool
  • I read my book
  • I was scowled at when I drove the wrong way on a gravel path
  • then 3:00pm came and went
  • and then 4:00pm did the same thing
  • and then I decided I waited long enough
  • so I left
  • at 5:30pm I got a call from the tubers asking where I was, and telling me how much fun they had on the river.
  • on my way back to Fairfax I had to stop for gas
  • I was happy because I found a cheap gas station
  • but then the gas pump got stuck on ... and by 'on' I mean spraying gas everywhere ... and by 'everywhere' I mean all over me, my car, and the ground
  • this thoroughly entertained the group of 15+ bikers who were at the gas station; who hooted and hollered during my battle with the gas pump.
  • Conclusion: 12 hours after I left for a day on the water, I got back home ... having spent no time on the water, and smelling like gasoline.

19 July 2008

Future Plans

I am a creature of habit.  I thrive in routines.  Thus, typical Liz should be beginning to freak out.  The only definite's for me right now are that I plan on quitting my lame-o conform to the system job at the end of August; my lease is up at the end of August; and I have no plans beyond that.  BUT, I'm not freaking out ... in fact it's quite the opposite.  I am also excited about upcoming events:
  • tubing at Jellystone this weekend
  • Dave Matthews concert in VA Beach on August 7th
  • Bruce Springsteen concert in Richmond on August 18th
  • escaping the wrath of my uber dud roommates end of August

18 July 2008

No List Friday

 
I stole this pic from Gav. This is why I love being from the 757.

15 July 2008

Confessions

  • I have been in a list slump since Thursday
  • I hate my cell phone
  • working is lame
  • not working is lamer ... or is it?
  • I want to name one of my children Loehmann to show my appreciation for discount shopping
  • I've been eating cottage cheese lately
  • I need to shave my legs
  • I got a card in the mail from Gav yesterday ... it made my day
  • A while back, my brother sent Cat Osterman a letter ... on Saturday he received a 2 page hand written letter and 3 autographed pictures from her.

11 July 2008

No List Friday


If you know me at all, you probably are well aware of the fact that I hate spending money. It doesn't matter the amount, or the purchase, it just never sits well with me. Heck, I have been known to snatch change from the 'need a penny, give a penny' things as well as take money out of the tip jars are coffee shops to contribute to my purchase.

This brings me to my picture of the day. It is my little brother's birthday, and I stumbled upon a card that I really liked, however, since it plays music, it is far too expensive for a darn birthday card ... but I reluctantly bought it and have been scowling at it ever since, and considered returning it. So, remedy to this situation? --- Post-its! I'll give the card to him, and then be able to re-use it by simply peeling my birthday message off! Assuming I give it to someone else, it'll be a 2 for the price of 1 deal ... and nothing makes me more happy than saving money!


10 July 2008

I am as smart as a mouse

The pest control people came through the archives warehouse the other day and switched out the mouse catching mechanisms. They put in these new things that are basically sheets of superglue, so when a little mouse walks on it, he gets stuck and then panics and rolls around and gets more stuck, and then sits there miserable until he dies an unfortunate death. So, as I walk past these things, I kept thinking, "how sticky could they be?" Well:


  • yesterday afternoon, when the coast was clear, I stepped on the corner of one of them
  • ... and I got stuck
  • so I panicked
  • as a result I put my other foot on the sticky thing in order to pick up stuck foot #1
  • as a result foot 1 and foot 2 were trapped like mice
  • finally I was able to free myself
  • I left 2 human shoe prints on the mouse catching pad
  • and to make things worse, the bottom of my shoes were sticky for the rest of the day, and made relatively loud noises as I walked across floors
  • I guess I should feel relieved that I made it out alive

09 July 2008

There's no crying in baseball

Last night I went and watched the Nationals lose to the Diamondbacks 2-0. My mom and brother came up for the game, mainly because my brother is a Diamondbacks fan. I had not been to the much talked about new Nationals stadium yet, and I didn't have high hopes for the place, either. Boy was I surprised at how much I was impressed by the stadium.
  • the stadium itself is beautiful, very open ... and it was cool to walk in and be right behind center field
  • easy to maneuver
  • accessible
  • I agree with all the hype about the food options within the stadium ... a large selection, as well as an impressive array of eateries throughout DC and NOVA
  • I am a converted believer ... I think the stadium and businesses that will sprout up around the area could do wonders for that cesspool area of DC
  • cheerful employees ... everyone I encountered who worked there was overly nice and friendly
  • ... and not that I ever have anything nice to say about the inefficient train-wreck (get it?) know as the metro, but I was impressed with the crowd control and the way they were able to heard 1,000s of people through a single metro station rather painlessly

08 July 2008

Briefly Noted?

What the heck is up with news reporting? It is a bizarre world that we are livin' in. As I was perusing DCist, I was caught up in, and caught off guard with the following headlines:

07 July 2008

Work is no holiday

I am having difficulty adjusting to being back at my, "9 to 5; conform to the system; work for the man" stupid job after a long weekend in the middle of the summer. Things that have hindered my transition include:
  • being that I decided to stay in N.N. last night, I had to be on the road at 5.00 a.m. this morning
  • having to go to work in general
  • my boss being at the office
  • the conversation that ended:
    Boss: ... you should have let me know that last week
    Liz wanted to say: First of all you were on vacation last week, and secondly this is the third time I have mentioned this to you
  • checking my credit card statement online and noticing that they have not credited my last payment
  • speaking of which, I have bills to pay
  • I am tired
  • it is only Monday
  • traffic was crappy this morning
  • I am hungry
  • I don't feel like working
  • I don't feel like spending money on lunch
  • I wish I was more tan
  • I left my iPod at my parent's house
  • I would like a nice cocktail
  • I am out of rum

... maybe after lunch I'll be in a better mood.

03 July 2008

Finnigan Quotes

Back when I spent my days slaving away working at the library, I worked with a girl I called Finnigan. While we were never friends, I found myself jotting down various things that she said because I thought they were either really funny or just bizarre. Recently I discovered the quotes. Finnigan herself was fairly bizarre, she kept to herself most of the time ... and when she did speak, she was very dry; I never knew if she was joking or being serious, and I still don't. Anyway, she said things like:
  • My Dad doesn't show emotion ... just like me.
  • Me: Gee, how did they keep track of book before computers?
  • Finnigan: I suppose they used to keep track of due dates in notebooks ... and before that they chiseled the due dates in stone.
  • I'm going to start greeting the patrons with, "our name is Liz, how may I help you."
  • I like confusing people, it is fun.

02 July 2008

Coffee Salesmen

So today at work, there were 2 goobers at the office to show and let us sample new coffee and some snazzy new coffee machine. Since I sit around the corner from the kitchen, I was able to hear their pitch over and over again. One guy was absolutely obnoxious, and kept saying things like:

  • I should work here ... you're office is filled with pretty women. (he said that at 2 separate times throughout the morning)
  • Co-worker: "This is really good"
    Coffee Guy: "You can tell me that all day"
  • ... how about when your job gets shipped to Bangladesh?
  • Hilary's [Clinton] mouth pours diarrhea every time she speaks ... and I don't blame Bill for cheating on her, I'd cheat on her, too.
  • I used to work doing intelligence stuff ... but I really can't talk about that.