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22 July 2008

Tuesday three-point status report: [More:]1. looking forward to seeing friends and seeing WALL-E this evening

2. haircut appointment this afternoon - two hours to decide whether to go for the chop or not. Hair currently below shoulder length, may opt for cute layered bob. Will probably do what I usually do, and wimp out and ask for a trim.

3. procrastinating sorting out my office and getting my taxes in order. go alto go!
1. Grocery shopping.
2. Yoga.
3. Job hunting.

posted by Specklet 22 July | 07:12
1. Spent first week of vacation caring for sick guinea pig.
2. Guinea pig finally eating, so I can finally get out of town.
3. Packing for a short trip.
posted by typewriter 22 July | 07:46
1) Back from vacay and a night of camping with my kid brother before he heads back to France.
2) Drank too much, had too much fun.
3) Hurting.
posted by richat 22 July | 08:09
4. Getting a couch today. I don't know what it looks like, but it's free, and I'm told that it's nice by a buddy with two beautiful antique couches. It'll be tough to move, but nice to finally have a couch.

5. I had an idea. It's so good I'm gonna keep it to myself. But I haven't had an idea in a long time, so it's a good sign.

6. I bought new shampoo yesterday and now my hair is curly and highlit with blond and red bits. Shampoo chemistry is truly mystifying.
posted by Hugh Janus 22 July | 08:14
1. Picked blueberries yesterday. Yum!
2. quiet evening at home tonight. Daughter will be off with a friend, hubs off at a Republican meeting.
3. Looking forward to seeing the Grandbun sometime in the next several weeks since his daddy is back from sea!
posted by bunnyfire 22 July | 08:17
1. Working out with trainer in about 20 minutes
2. My house is a hole and it needs to be cleaned.
3. I think I'll go to the beach instead of cleaning.
posted by LoriFLA 22 July | 08:44
1. Hangover. Argh.

2. NEW KITTEN!!! Pictures to come. She (might be a he) is 9 weeks old, part Siamese and a Mighty Hunter who stalked, caught and ate a japanese beetle last night on my bed.

3. Have to take Django to the vet; he is limping; I don't know why; was hoping to get in early since I'm sitting at home waiting for the chimney sweep anyway; they can't see me until 2:30; am trying to decide whether to go to work for a couple of hours or just skip it altogether.
posted by mygothlaundry 22 July | 08:51
I: Apparently I'm finally caught up on sleep. After pulling three consecutive 65-75 hour work weeks, I got 4 straight nights of 9+ hours of sleep, which is extremely rare for me, as a night owl/borderline insomniac. This morning, I got up at 5:30 and banged my shin on the corner of the bed. No more sleep for me, but I feel great. Rested. Relaxed.

II: Looking forward to the local alt-weekly's music award ceremony tonight. I'll have VIP access and (probably) free beer. Should be a fun night.

III: Taking the SO and my dog up to see my folks this weekend. They have a swimming pool and another dog that Coya loves to run around silly. I'm looking forward to it.
posted by ufez 22 July | 08:54
1. Somebody in the office had a birthday. CAKE!
2. Working with a belly full of cake.
3. Listening to Slayer really loud in my nerding chamber. It reminds me of being 12 again with my mullet and jean jacket.
posted by chillmost 22 July | 08:56
Chillmost, I want a nerding chamber.

1. Marveling at the specificities built into Ecuadorian telecommunications law. Who knew?
2. Debating between eating a yogurt & cereal combo or a big ol sloppy egg English muffin with taco sauce and loaded with cheese. I think the muffin is going to win. Yogurt & cereal will be a snack later on.
3. Excited to be seeing the Dark Knight at the local IMAX tonight. It will probably be the only time I leave the house today, as we are under a heat advisory. We might as well be banked in by six feet of snow.
posted by msali 22 July | 09:11
Chillmost, I want a nerding chamber.

Would it surprise you to know that it is in the company's basement? Where else?
posted by chillmost 22 July | 09:23
1. Not looking forward to going through all the roommate replies from craigslist waiting in my mailbox.
2. Also putting off checking the message on my work voicemail that keeps flashing at me
3. I hate the granola I bought (I know, I should have made my own). It smells like oranges and I hate oranges. I can't wait til I finish this and am allowed to have some new granola. It makes my mornings crappy.
posted by rmless2 22 July | 09:42
Get some fresh berries, particularly raspberries, if you can; mix 'em in there with your granola and it might taste less orangey.
posted by Hugh Janus 22 July | 10:02
1. Went grocery shopping last night. I love having "new" food in the house.
2. Woke up this morning with the dog inside the duvet cover- when it comes to the war of covers, that dog is ruthless.
3. Volunteer orientation tonight with an NYC volunteering organization.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 22 July | 10:10
1. Allegedly we were supposed to be getting nasty thunderstorms here at work (which would've likely meant that we would lose power) but according to the weather maps, they went south of us. :(

2. I have been very thirsty for the past few days and this OJ is really hitting the spot. Unfortunately at home, I can't drink it my favorite way (straight from the carton) and it tastes less awesome.

3. Work has been decently paced today. Of course, now that I've said that, it's going to either get completely batshit or die altogether.
posted by sperose 22 July | 10:14
1. My cat Lars stayed overnight at the vet last night. He's going to have surgery on his ear and I'm concerned that the aftercare will cause me to cancel my upcoming vacation because I can't afford to pay for both the surgery and for boarding him for 10 days.

2. I'm also not happy with the new staff at the vet because they are not as good at communicating as the old staff was.

3. On a good note, my boyfriend is incredibly nurturing and supportive and is totally willing to postpone our vacation so I can care for Lars.
posted by matildaben 22 July | 10:21
1. Put an offer on a house that was accepted last weekend, so packing like a madwoman. Still haven't told landlady, who is psycho.

2. Helping an elderly neighbor use the internet this afternoon. She's got it down, but saves up questions to ask me each week when we meet up. It's fun, and the questions are really smart.

3. Jobhunting. Now that we bought a house, I should probably come up with some way to pay for it. Ulp.
posted by Sil 22 July | 10:42
1. About to spend the afternoon in front of the microscope. Anticipating fighting off sleep.

2. It's not the heat: it's the humidity.

3. I despair for my cuticles.
posted by gaspode 22 July | 10:50
Further to the above:

2a. OMG new hair! I wasn't a coward!

4. Getting warmer and humid here, though nowhere near as bad as NYC I suspect.

5. Continually surprised by my cat's ability to snore.
posted by altolinguistic 22 July | 11:08
a. the digestive issues have finally stopped after TWELVE HOURS. don't ask.
b. really digging laying on the couch with the not-so-little kitten.
c. I don't know.
posted by desjardins 22 July | 11:08
1. Going to see Mark Knopfler tonight, at a really cool outdoor venue where we can bring our own food and wine and sit out under the stars.

2. Leaving work early to pack for afore-mentioned venue.

3. Hell, do I need anything else?
posted by mrmoonpie 22 July | 11:14
1. After despairing for my cuticles for years (and getting self-conscious when the cute guy upstairs said something about them), I'm finally going to a dermatologist next week to see if something can be done about them.

2. I probably shouldn't be spreading news/gossip about my old company (a VP there got canned the other day), but I can't help it, it's the highlight of my week.

3. I feel very fragmented. My greatest friends are in California, Washington DC, NYC, upstate NY, and two are here (and they don't know each other). What ever happened to the days when people would meet all their friends on the village green and call across to each other with the house next door?
posted by Melismata 22 July | 11:17
1. Oh, gosh --- it's Tuesday?

2. Yay, altolinguistic, for braving the new haircut! I'm still tidying up the cut I got on Friday, and thinking next time I'll have it all cut off at the earlobe.

3. Painted my toenails last night for the first time in --- oh, 18 months? Until recently, a back injury kept me from curling up into pedicure position. Now I can! Yay, me! Every time my electric-blue shimmery toenails peep into my field of vision, I'm startled for an instant.
posted by Elsa 22 July | 11:21
1. I'm home from the Y. This morning. I felt like hell. I feel better now.
2. I'm in the dudgeon of my office watching my kids play video games.
3. We gotta get out of this place if it's the last thing we ever do.
posted by LoriFLA 22 July | 11:21
1. Still unemployed.
2. Basking in the glow of being madly in love.
3. Not smoking (Grrrrrrr!)
posted by pieisexactlythree 22 July | 11:37
1. My sweetheart was off work today - unfortunately, the hottest day of the week, according to the forecast;
2. nevertheless, he soldiered on to pay bills before we got our water cut off - and then
3. we spent the afternoon outside at the coolest, breeziest cafe nearest to us... plus ordered food to go from there, ate it, and now we are all asleep. Except me, and just give me five minutes.
posted by taz 22 July | 11:38
1. We gotta get out of this place if it's the last thing we ever do.

Aye, I hear ya. I've been forced to take 10 days of holidays from next week and I want some ocean, so trying to book a hotel by the seaside and it's frickin impossible. I don't want to fly anywhere, but at the moment the only non-city vacancies I can find are in Cornwall, which is an 8 hour drive. The Dorset Riviera (hehe) is, hardly surprisingly for the last week in July, booked solid. So I'm thinking about Greece or Croatia (if you gotta fly, make it worth it...). Taz, what are you up to next week (if your sweetie's better, of course!)? ;)

2. My boss's job has finally been advertised, and I'm tossing up whether to apply. Career-wise I'd be an idiot not to, and I'm well-qualified and have the appropriate experence (and have been doing parts of the job for 7 months now) and it'd be the smoothest transition for the services, but it's more responsibility, less autonomy, more of a head-fuck (higher middle management in local government, aka piggy-in-the-middle). I'll probably apply.

3. Having a huge party on Saturday! One of the services I manage is having it's 15th anniversary, and we're going all out - I just decided today I'm going to buy everyone a plant ('from little things, big things grow!') instead of chocolates or something equally transient and meaningless. It's going to be grand!
posted by goo 22 July | 12:02
oh! i just woke up
reheated leftover fare
then will read all day
posted by eatdonuts 22 July | 12:33
1. I have a mini-pizza in the oven for lunch. Yum.

2. It's been a good week for sports. Got tickets for both the Brooklyn Cyclones and the U.S. Open in August.

3. I need a shower. I'm greezy.
posted by Pips 22 July | 12:58
1. finally out of a two-and-a-half hearing, which needn't have happened to begin with.

2. farmer's market goodies for lunch.

3. games later, thank heavens.
posted by crush-onastick 22 July | 13:00
1. Been driving around listening to Dan Savage podcasts for the first time. I am sure it'll get old but, for now, it's VERY entertaining. "Fuck you. You just screwed the fucking pooch. There is no absolution here. Just accept that and let them move on." Good stuff.

2. Life continues to be centered around installing Daughter in college in SF. So as not to abuse our Oakland friends' hospitality (which is vast and awesome and unconditional), we have made a reservation here for two nights in August. Seems like a nice place, albeit a bit pricier than we are used to.

3. Cold and drizzly this morning. Jacket weather.
posted by danf 22 July | 14:02
1) short week (taking Friday off) so have been insanely productive today in anticipation.

2) the office I've inherited is an ungodly icebox and the thermostat is nonfunctional.

2a) nice scientist dude from the last quality project tends to use my freezing cold office as an excuse to slack and gossip because the lab is apparently a sauna. scientist dude, I like you just fine but please GO AWAY, I have a shit tonne of stuff to do today, plus you're setting off my flirt detector.

3) how the hell do i rate an office? it makes me nervous.
posted by lonefrontranger 22 July | 14:10
1. Unpacking.
2. Unpacking.
(2a. Unpacking.)
3. Unpacking.
posted by occhiblu 22 July | 14:37
Update Update:
2. Meet the Kitteh - so far, we are considering either Pebble or Issa as a name for him/her.
≡ Click to see image ≡

3. Django has a broken toe! He is still at the vets being mildly sedated and maybe x-rayed and his toe fixed while I wait at home anxiously.
posted by mygothlaundry 22 July | 14:38
3a. Congratulations, movers! "Garage items" and "Baking implements" were two categories of items I never would have thought to pack into the same box! I salute your innovative and bold vision. Sigh.
posted by occhiblu 22 July | 15:01
You got your tire iron in my flour sifter!

You got your flour sifter in my tire iron!

Two great tastes that taste great together...
posted by Hugh Janus 22 July | 15:24
Awww... cute kitty! I want a kitty. : (
posted by Pips 22 July | 15:25
OMG HAIRCUT! (I did the same thing last week - ain't it great?)

Moslty I want my back to stop hurting. 4 hour drive, posting from the hotel. But, YAY, ROADTRIP!

ok, I'll stop yelling now, sorry. Gonna go call my kids.
posted by lysdexic 22 July | 18:12
1. kitty!
The Bees at over a year is not technically a kitten but she still is just like she was, just bigger. We've been having a bit of a love renaissance except that she keeps waking me up at two to four in the am by jumping on my chest. It's as close to daylight hours as i've been for a while and it's kind of disgusticating in the light and heat, but i just watched her bat an ice cube to death and when it disappeared under her mitten hand, she lifted the gallon water feeder by the edge to try and shake it out of hiding, and make bubbles in the tank.
The lack of science in the cat world is adorable.
All phenomena must be witnessed, called the "you gotta see this" method.

2. The bug guy came while was in the bath. Missing the bug guy is bad because Bees has been trying to be the bug guy, but it isn't her job. Having to rush to get dressed and wait to see if i really had just missed the bug guy has me all out of sorts and now i don't feel it's safe to be less dressed yet, even though it has to be as i missed the bug guy. i think i fell asleep in there.

3. Feel tired and unclean and out of sorts but still can be fascinated at the properties of copper on the history channel.
posted by ethylene 22 July | 18:38
1. Got a call to go over to my best friend's cousins' house (who is becoming a fast friend as well). Swimming!!

2. Irritated and itchy from a bad case of poison ivy. Seriously considering a visit to the doctor as it's getting very big and blistery looking.

3. Really hoping for rain. My garden is dry, no matter what I do.
posted by redvixen 22 July | 18:44
1. I am in Ohio, at the farmhouse outside Logan. It's beautiful here.

2. Smokey the 22-year-old kitty has, we think, gone off into the woods to die. She disappeared the day Diane came out to New York, which is nearly a week ago. Diane was hoping she'd hang on until I got here but she's her own cat and knew when her time had come. I'm really sad that I won't get the chance to see her but I'm not surprised that she's finally gone. She was pretty frail when I last saw her at Christmas 2006.

3. I went to a cool store in Columbus today that sells novelties so I have all kinds of silly things to bring to the picnic in Central Park on Saturday.
posted by essexjan 22 July | 21:25
OMG KITTY! Sooo cute MyGothLaundry! I'm exceedingly jealous!

1. I started my own website this week, which I'm slightly excited by.
2. I spoke to the guy I had a crush on last night, and the weirdness about the whole situation has finally gone. Helped in part by my accidental and dopey attempted ordering of pizza from him last week. (His name is next to the pizza place in my phone).
3. My room was all sorted and organised and unpacked, which is quite odd for me - but people keep throwing stuff in it, so it's all disorganised again. DOH!
posted by jonathanstrange 22 July | 22:18
1. The weather is so glorious I've been walking down to the beach at lunchtime. Happiness.

2. I finished one editing project yesterday and have another one (larger and more complicated) to get done by next week. The money goes straight onto my Visa, which is a big stress relief-- paying down debt makes me happy too. I also have a music review due right now and a book review due in August. It's time to hide the modem again.

3. Going to see Spamalot tomorrow.
posted by jokeefe 23 July | 00:34
I'm up to 10 minutes || The lights are on but no one's home.