Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I'd like to take this time to post an update of the Man Eater. It has begun to bloom. If you notice, the top of the stalk is way up at the very top of the picture, and it has those little nodes growing off of it. Yay for giant Man-Eating cacti.
Meanwhile, sorry about the quality of the pic. It's SOOC, and as my computer at work doesn't have photoshop I haven't yet adjusted the levels on it.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Today I fully intended to post updated pictures of the man-eater (it's finally stopped soley growing the stalk and is now actually blooming), but I've run into some technical difficulties...
So... a while back our dog (at the time), Sophie, ate the USB connection cable for my camera. I was sad, but I accepted it, moved on, and stole the one that belonged to Josh's camera. Then, about a month ago, our puppies chewed through that one too. I was sad, but I accepted it, moved on, and just started using our memory card reader. Now, this is all fine and good, except that our memory card reader is one that I purchased while I was in Rome, and while it's great at getting pictures from the memory card, it's not best ever at deleting images off of the memory card once they're on my computer. This is kinda annoying, if only because it means that I have to manually delete all the pictures from my camera, one at a time. The other reason that this doesn't work super awesomely is because on occasion, I will grab my camera and start taking pictures (of the man-eater) before realizing that I never put the memory card back in after the last time that I uploaded photos. This wouldn't be a big deal except that for some reason, Josh's camera (which I have since claimed as my own since it fits in my purse way better than mine) seems to have some sort of inability to transfer pictures from the camera's memory onto a memory card. It's fine going the other way, but not so much onto the card. This poses a problem (as I'm sure you can see). So this morning, I decided to suck it up and just buy another cable on my way to work. It was 7 AM, so the only thing open was WalMart, which was fine, because I was so sure that they would have the cable that I need. Here's the kicker, though, apparently our cameras need a special kind of cable that most other cameras don't use. So the only options for me were 1) buy a $50 multi-connection cable or 2) buy a new camera. Now, I am currently saving up to purchase a digital SLR. I do not yet have that chunk of change available to me, so that is not a good option, and whether it's out of bitterness, regular ol' common sense, I knew intrinsically that I could not bring myself to pay $50 for something that I knew in my heart of hearts should really only cost me $15. SO, I said to myself, "ok, here's what we're going to do, we're going to go to work (so that we're not ridiculously late), and order the cable from Amazon for a normal price.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
I was in Dallas this weekend with Jenn. It was perfect. She's leaving soon, and so I really needed to see her before she set off on the next phase of her adventure. I always love visiting her, and it's always a welcome change when I leave this place. I've been trying so hard to accept this city, and just be ok with being here for the next six months. Most of the time, I'm ok, but then I go somewhere else... We went to Whole Foods this weekend. I miss Whole Foods. We had Jamba Juice. We ate at Pei Wei. It was like everywhere I turned, we were going somewhere else that is non-existent here.
So now, I'm back, and needless to say, I'm having to work really hard to not be miserable. Josh brought me breakfast at work this morning. I just wanted a multi-grain bagel with cream cheese. Well, first, they don't have coffee shops around here that carry bagels, let alone bagel-centered cafes, so he had to go to the grocery store and just buy a bag of them, which was fine. Except that he got there, and the grocery store doesn't carry multi-grain bagels. It's not a big deal, but it's just one of many examples of the lack of options in this city as far as health-foods go. I guess I'm just so totally ready to be out in a different part of the country. I'm aching for a different culture (I know it sounds dumb, but the South really does have its own culture).
Oh well, I'm sure I can last until we move. I mean, I've lasted over a year already.
At least my job is pretty great.
Ok... Time to get over it, and remember happy things...
Ok, I'm better :)
Sunday, May 11, 2008
It was laundry day today. I love laundry day. The smell of clean clothes, the feeling of everything being clean, neat, and in its place, knowing that I can open up my dresser tomorrow and select anything that I want to wear, because all of my clothes are clean... Somehow having all of the laundry done has the same effect on me as something like all of the floors being clean, and the dishes done. I just love how clean I feel (ok, that was redundant). All I know is, since college when I would set aside an entire Saturday morning every couple of weeks, go to the laundromat, do 10 loads of laundry all at once (I wish I was exaggerating), and then go back to my dorm and watch Dave the Barbarian while folding and putting away all of my clean laundry, I've LOVED laundry day.
So today was laundry day, and to make it extra special, it was a beautiful, warm, sunny day (yesterday was gross an wet), which means... CLOTHES LINE!!! As much as I love laundry day, I must admit, the fact that I finally have a real clothes line makes it so much better. I just feel fresh and light, and green when I use my clothes line.
So that's my story of today, my laundry, and my clothes line; with pictures.
Friday, May 9, 2008
This is the stalk of the Man-Eater as it stood a week ago (it's probably grown another two feet or so), three weeks since we first noticed it. It's huge. You can't see it as much in this picture, but it's easily higher than the peak of our roof. So, until further notice, our house is the one with the giant phallus in the front yard. Oh well :/
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Anyway, these are the puppies :D
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Pictures to come.
What I actually do is not quite so big. I sit at my desk, blog-surf, sometimes fill out a form or two, go to meetings where they give me free food, my boss tells me that I'm awesome, play on the internet, and call it a day. I also schedule all of my own hours. I come in when I want, and leave when I'm ready. To top it off, my co-workers are all pretty great. All in all, it's a pretty awesome gig.
Friday, May 2, 2008
I leave for the pool (still Wednesday), get there at 3:30ish, ask for a kickboard, change into my swimsuit, and go to the pool. Well, the two lap lanes are taken (it's not a very big pool, so there are only two lap lanes), but there's only one lady in the free swim area, and she's staying in one place doing water aerobics. So I make my way towards the part of the free swim section that is closest to the lanes so that I can pretend like I'm a real swimmer in a lane. I get my kickboard out, and I start kicking. Long story short, I'm glad that I'm not an overly prideful person and I don't tend to care what other people think, because I'm pretty sure I looked like the biggest nerd ever hugging my kickboard, kicking from one end of the pool to another.
Today is a new day, though, another swim day. So I will go, and I will kick. Look out world, here comes my flutter kick!