31 March 2008

Sunday Movies

Luckily, I did not have anything life or death going on yesterday. I ended up being planted in front of the t.v. for most of the day, knitting sporadically and eating Peanut M&M's throughout some of my favorite movies, which happened to be on TV. It was a glorious day, filled with:

  • The Wedding Singer
  • 16 Candles
  • 50 First Dates
  • Never Been Kissed
  • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
  • A League of Their Own ... twice!
Hinson dropped the ball! Hinson dropped the ball!

30 March 2008

Names

I have always gone by middle name. Aside from the mortification that resulted from the class role being called on the first day of school for the majority of my life, I have enjoyed going by my middle name ... and being that my middle name is that of, Elizabeth ... I have been called many things, including but not limited to:
  • Elizabeth
  • E-liz-a-beth!: when I was in trouble
  • Liz
  • Lizzie
  • Libby
  • Eliza
  • Liz-um: this comes from the fact that when I was little and learning to speak, I was not capable of pronouncing my entire name ... apparently, I could get the first part, and then lose track of what I was doing
  • Lizard Breath
  • Lizard: everyone who has ever called me Lizard has been a pot head ... strange?
  • Lizbian: haha

29 March 2008

Notes To Self

I just concluded my first full week at my new job. I have felt on several occasions that I am in the twilight zone, because:
  • when I got to work by 9:00, I was one of the first people there
  • when I left around 5:15, I was one of the last people there
  • I hate Thai food, and was forced to sit in a restaurant, and push food around my plate
  • instead of your typical cube, I work in this monster U-shaped cube area called, 'the bullpen'
  • on my first few days I was introduced as, "this is Liz, she'll be working in the bullpen"
  • on Friday, 2 people brought their dogs to work with them
  • one of my co-worker's dog's name was Buster
    • we had a conversation:
    • Co-worker: Liz, this is my dog, Buster
    • Liz: Oh, that's nice, I had a roommate who had a dog named, 'Busta'
    • Co-worker: ::makes puzzled face, and walks away::

26 March 2008

Thai Don't Think So

I am a nervous person. I do not do well in social situations. It also takes me a while to get adjusted to new situations. Thus, with me starting a new job ... things have been going hyper speed. Additionally, I am a hybrid of sorts, so I have been having to meet with various departments of my new institution. It is nice because I have been getting free meals ... it has been horrible because I get myself so worked up and anxious that I can barely eat. Today was no exception.
  • I don't like trying new things
  • This applies to food
  • I am a simple salad and ice tea girl
  • Today I had to go to a Thai restaurant
  • There were not any even options ... the guys I had to go with said, "ok, we're gonna go to the Thai restaurant"
  • I hope it was the last time I'll be forced to go to a Thai restaurant
  • I decided to order the drunken chicken
  • The decision was based on the fact that it included tomatoes
  • Tomatoes make anything better, right?
  • Not when it comes to Thai
  • My lips are still burning
  • My eyes are still a little tingly
  • My nose is still running
  • ... and I am hungry since I only picked at my lunch
  • what a waste of a free meal

25 March 2008

Sincerely Insincere

On Easter I received a generic mass text message saying, 'happy Easter'. I am torn between the 'something is better than nothing' notion verses 'mass/generic e-mails and text messages are dumb and I want no part of them' notion. You can guess which theory I'm leaning towards.

Being that I am the last person in the world without a text message plan, I would have rather received the 20¢ it cost me to view the text message, as opposed to actually receiving the meaningless message. On the bright side, below are some examples of communication that I do have respect for: (... and the presents and gift cards are added bonuses)

  • drawings
  • phone calls
  • letters
  • postcards
  • flowers
  • notes
  • post-it messages
  • presents
  • gift cards
  • non-generic e-mails
  • coloring books
  • voicemails
  • messenger pigeons
  • smoke signals
  • lunch notes ... when I was in school, my mom would write love notes on my napkins and put then in my lunch bag ... it's one of the 1.5 million reasons why my mom is amazing.

24 March 2008

Born to Lead

Being from Virginia, I embrace the fact that we (as a state) have produced the most U.S. Presidents. With 8 former Presidents being born in VA, VA is on the far end of the bell curve. I also believe the state slogan should be, "Virginia: We Birth Presidents". Anyway, the 8 fellas below were born in Virginia and went on to become Presidents ... take a look, it may come in handy if you're ever on Jeopardy.
  • George Washington
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • James Madison
  • James Monroe
  • William Henry Harrison
  • John Tyler
  • Zachary Taylor
  • Woodrow Wilson

21 March 2008

No List Friday

I have a theory that the U.S. will annex Cuba as soon as they take the batteries out of Castro. In the mean time, Hemingway is my favorite writer. He lived in Cuba before moving to Idaho. Hemingway and Castro were chums.

19 March 2008

My Idols

I have always been very anti-American Idol. It just always appeared to be glorified karaoke singing to me. But for some reason, I have kept up with this season from the beginning. While last night was pretty lame compared to last week, I am pretty much addicted to it. Below I ranked the remaining Idols --- from my favs (top) to the disposable (bottom).
  • Jason Castro
  • Brooke White
  • Carly Smithson
  • David Archuleta
  • Michael Johns
  • Ramiele Malubay
  • Syesha Mercado
  • David Cook
  • Amanda Overmyer
  • Chikezie
  • Kristy Lee Cook

If you feel so inclined, you can check out what CollegeGrad had to say about last night's performances here.

17 March 2008

Best of the Worst

Things I absolutely despise:
  • watermelon
  • cucumbers
  • mushrooms
  • Bands:
    • 311
    • Cake
    • Beck
    • OneRepublic
  • people that like 311, Cake, Beck, OneRepublic
  • cold weather
  • cold showers
  • cold rain
  • cold snow
  • spicy food
  • flying
  • scary movies
  • bad books
  • Peter Singer
  • expensive drafts ... i.e. a few weeks ago, I was out and drank a draft that cost $6.00 ... no single beer is worth that much
  • waking up tired
  • being stuck in traffic
  • green tea
  • the price of gas
  • big business
  • moochers

15 March 2008

Friend Power

Lately I have been doing some spring cleaning with regard to friends. I have been asking myself, "do the positive aspects of maintaining the friendship outweigh the negatives?" After a mental tally of good v. bad I was surprised with how clean cut the outcomes were. The majority of people I consider friends fell in the positive realm, no doubt about it. For the others ... like I said, I need to trim the fat.

Yesterday, surprisingly enough, ZenHabits focused on friends as well. An abbreviated list about friendship insight included:
  • Choose friends wisely. Focus your energy on people who make you feel good.
  • Treat others how you want to be treated.
  • Make time. Prioritize Relationships.
  • Have fun. Share rituals. Laugh often.
  • Accept people the way they are.
  • Respect boundaries.
  • Accept that friendships change and sometimes end.

12 March 2008

Meat Meat Meat

To follow up with my confession of carb stalking ... I figured I would mention how much I have been obsessing about meat [insert joke]. I gave up eating meat for Lent, thus I have been meat free since February 6th, and will be through Easter. Post Easter, I plan on a T-Rex-like carnage ensued meat fest, including:
  • Steak & Eggs brunch special from PJ Skidoos
  • BLT from Ellie's Deli
  • BLT from Silver Diner
  • Chipotle steak burrito bowl
  • Subway pastrami sub
  • foot long hot dog from Hot Dog King (757!)
  • barbeque from Hot Dog King
  • What-A-Burger cheeseburger all the way
  • 1/2 Price bacon cheeseburger from Brion's Grille
  • Five Guy's Little Cheeseburger
  • my mom's London broil
  • bacon on salad
  • ham on salad
  • ham on omelet
  • Pasta Fresca with Chicken from Noodles & Co.
  • pepperoni on pizza

11 March 2008

Carb Binge

Here's the deal: Apparently when you turn 25 your metabolism stops ... at least that is what happened to me. Additionally, I had the brilliant idea to give up eating meat for Lent, and I kept expanding. After doing a mental inventory of what I eat ... I realized that I seem to be surviving on carbs and starches, including:

  • potatoes
  • bread
  • rice
  • pasta
  • donuts
  • bagels
  • peanut butter

08 March 2008

Saturday Shopping

I need an array of stuff and I hate shopping ... more so I just hate spending money. Anyway, here's what I need to pick up today:
  • toothbrush
  • mouth wash
  • laundry detergent
  • small frying pan
  • tomatoes
  • onions
  • spinach
  • brews

07 March 2008

Best Ever

I stumbled upon Time Magazine's Top 100 books ever ... or whatever they called it from a few years ago. The dates the books were written range from 1923-2005. (1923 was when Time was born). Anyway, it reminded me of a high school summer reading list on steroids. I am tempted to knock out the books that I have not read ... we'll see. You can check the list in ABC order below or here. PLUS this was included in the write up, "Lists like this one have two purposes. One is to instruct. The other of course is to enrage."

Here's what I think: I am never going to read The Lord of the Rings; Their Eyes Were Watching God is horrible and should not be on any 'best of' list ... unless it is a 'best of the worst' list; Time was dumb to leave out The Bell Jar.
  • The Adventures of Augie March- Saul Bellow
  • All the King's Men- Robert Penn Warren
  • American Pastoral- Philip Roth
  • An American Tragedy- Theodore Dreiser
  • Animal Farm- George Orwell
  • Appointment in Samarra- John O'Hara
  • Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret- Judy Blume
  • The Assistant- Bernard Malamud
  • At Swim-Two-Birds- Flann O'Brien
  • Atonement- Ian McEwan
  • Beloved- Toni Morrison
  • The Berlin Stories- Christopher Isherwood
  • The Big Sleep- Raymond Chandler
  • The Blind Assassin- Margaret Atwood
  • Blood Meridian- Cormac McCarthy
  • Brideshead Revisited- Evelyn Waugh
  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey- Thornton Wilder
  • Call It Sleep- Henry Roth
  • Catch-22- Joseph Heller
  • The Catcher in the Rye- J.D. Salinger
  • A Clockwork Orange- Anthony Burgess
  • The Confessions of Nat Turner- William Styron
  • The Corrections- Jonathan Franzen
  • The Crying of Lot 49- Thomas Pynchon
  • A Dance to the Music of Time- Anthony Powell
  • The Day of the Locust- Nathanael West
  • Death Comes for the Archbishop- Willa Cather
  • A Death in the Family- James Agee
  • The Death of the Heart- Elizabeth Bowen
  • Deliverance- James Dickey
  • Dog Soldiers- Robert Stone
  • Falconer- John Cheever
  • The French Lieutenant's Woman- John Fowles
  • The Golden Notebook- Doris Lessing
  • Go Tell it on the Mountain- James Baldwin
  • Gone With the Wind- Margaret Mitchell
  • The Grapes of Wrath- John Steinbeck
  • Gravity's Rainbow- Thomas Pynchon
  • The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • A Handful of Dust- Evelyn Waugh
  • The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter- Carson McCullers
  • The Heart of the Matter- Graham Greene
  • Herzog- Saul Bellow
  • Housekeeping- Marilynne Robinson
  • A House for Mr. Biswas- V.S. Naipaul
  • I, Claudius- Robert Graves
  • Infinite Jest- David Foster Wallace
  • Invisible Man- Ralph Ellison
  • Light in August- William Faulkner
  • The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe- C.S. Lewis
  • Lolita- Vladimir Nabokov
  • Lord of the Flies- William Golding
  • The Lord of the Rings- J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Loving- Henry Green
  • Lucky Jim- Kingsley Amis
  • The Man Who Loved Children- Christina Stead
  • Midnight's Children- Salman Rushdie
  • Money- Martin Amis
  • The Moviegoer- Walker Percy
  • Mrs. Dalloway- Virginia Woolf
  • Naked Lunch- William Burroughs
  • Native Son- Richard Wright
  • Neuromancer- William Gibson
  • Never Let Me Go- Kazuo Ishiguro
  • 1984- George Orwell
  • On the Road- Jack Kerouac
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest- Ken Kesey
  • The Painted Bird- Jerzy Kosinski
  • Pale Fire- Vladimir Nabokov
  • A Passage to India- E.M. Forster
  • Play It As It Lays- Joan Didion
  • Portnoy's Complaint- Philip Roth
  • Possession- A.S. Byatt
  • The Power and the Glory- Graham Greene
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie- Muriel Spark
  • Rabbit, Run- John Updike
  • Ragtime- E.L. Doctorow
  • The Recognitions- William Gaddis
  • Red Harvest- Dashiell Hammett
  • Revolutionary Road- Richard Yates
  • The Sheltering Sky- Paul Bowles
  • Slaughterhouse-Five- Kurt Vonnegut
  • Snow Crash- Neal Stephenson
  • The Sot-Weed Factor- John Barth
  • The Sound and the Fury- William Faulkner
  • The Sportswriter- Richard Ford
  • The Spy Who Came in From the Cold- John le Carre
  • The Sun Also Rises- Ernest Hemingway
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God- Zora Neale Hurston
  • Things Fall Apart- Chinua Achebe
  • To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee
  • To the Lighthouse- Virginia Woolf
  • Tropic of Cancer- Henry Miller
  • Ubik- Philip K. Dick
  • Under the Net- Iris Murdoch
  • Under the Volcano- Malcolm Lowry
  • Watchmen- Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
  • White Noise- Don DeLillo
  • White Teeth- Zadie Smith
  • Wide Sargasso Sea- Jean Rhys

04 March 2008

Enlightenment

Call me crazy ... I thought I was the only one having a quarter life meltdown. Apparently, it is not that uncommon. According to good ol' Wikipedia ... these are the symptoms ... I believe I have all of them:
  • feeling "not good enough" because one can't find a job that is at one's academic/intellectual level
  • frustration with relationships, the working world, and finding a suitable job or career
  • confusion of identity
  • insecurity regarding the near future
  • insecurity concerning long-term plans, life goals
  • insecurity regarding present accomplishments
  • re-evaluation of close interpersonal relationships
  • disappointment with one's job
  • tendency to hold stronger opinions
  • boredom with social interactions
  • loss of closeness to high school and college friends
  • financially-rooted stress (overwhelming college loans, unanticipated high cost of living etc.)
  • loneliness
  • desire to have children
  • a sense that everyone is, somehow, doing better than you

01 March 2008

Free Donut Thursdays

Thursdays keep me sane. They are filled with free bagels, muffins, and donuts at work. However, the past few weeks God (or some other power outside of myself) has been toying with me ... as usual.
  • There is always a variety of donuts to choose from
  • There is always one (1) glazed donut covered with chocolate and sprinkles
  • The sprinkle colors have varied depending on the time of year and corresponding holidays --- i.e. orange and black for Halloween, green and red for Christmas … rainbow sprinkles for your basic sprinkled donut.
  • I usually --- check that, always go for the sprinkled donut.
  • This past week is the 3rd week that I have missed out on my donut.
  • Starting on Valentine’s day, someone has been getting to my donut before me --- and cutting (and taking) approx. ¼ of the donut.
  • I am too good to take a tampered with donut.
  • Seriously ... who does that?
  • If you’re gonna man up and eat the sprinkled donut --- eat the whole damn thing --- otherwise back off you wuss!
  • If you’re that concerned about consuming the entire thing --- maybe you should opt for a bran muffin --- or water.
  • All I’m saying is that next Thursday, I am coming into work early --- I am getting my donut --- the entire thing.