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Day 4 - 3/15/08

I'm slightly tipsy, so this entry will be short. Well, that and we're getting up at 415am to watch the sunrise. Yes, I know, we're crazy. Ask me again, and I'll tell you the same.

So we got up, drove to Hell and back. I would have stopped to take a picture, but there wasn't much there. Odd to think that Hell is actually the backstreets of a small tropical island. We drove along 7 Mile Beach, which is where all the touristy hotels (like the Hyatt and the Ritz) are, admired the oh so white sands. Then stopped at Georgetown to eat at the Hard Rock Cafe. My luck to choose the island that HAS a Hard Rock Cafe. I was thoroughly amused by their guitar selection -- Roger Waters parked next to Slash; it doesn't get much better than that. Then we wandered up and down Georgetown, looking for touristy knicknacks, Tortuga Rum Cakes (which, OMG, so good at the Hard Rock), and a long sleeve button down for Henry, none of which we were particularly able to find. We also went looking for a bookstore, which turned out to have a very limited selection, although they did have several Erikson books, but nothing that particularly struck our fancy. I guess good ole Atlanta will be my hope and salvation. Although I haven't yet started my Asimov book. Maybe it'll last.

By this point, we were fully sick of the tourists, so we decided to go home, back to the East End, where you're more likely to see fish than people. We stopped off on the side of the road and went wading in just because we could. As I was standing knee deep in water, holding my pants up to keep them from getting wet, a Vespa went by and honked at us. I was terribly amused. I think they were also tourists, saluting us for being as touristy as we could possibly be.

Following our beach excursion, we wandered into a Pirate Cave place, which also had a zoo and nature walk. I got to pet a goat and it wagged its tail at me! There are a bunch of pictures of me and Henry crawling around searching for gold doubloons. We didn't find any, of course, but we almost got attacked by a bat and almost got lost deep within the caverns. The proprietor told us a story of an Australian guy who spent 2 and a half hours in the caves just clambering around. He was, I'm sure, smaller and more appropriately dressed than either of us were at the time.

Then back to the hotel and a 2 hour nap before hitting the beach bar where I ordered a mango daiquiri (eh) and a shark bite (yum, but really strong). We determined that tomorrow, I will wear blue and get a blue margarita or sapphire martini and then there will be overly coordinated pictures of me. Anyway, that's why I'm tipsy. (I was thinking that at some point, there should be a drinking game of all the drinks featured in songs, while listening to that song. "Tequila Sunrise", "Margaritaville", "Escape (the Pina Colada Song)". I worry what would happen if I listen to Thorogood's "I Drink Alone". Large quantities of alcohol poisoning, I shouldn't wonder. Maybe this would be an awesome mix CD; I could call it "The Drinking Game". "10 Rounds of Jose Cuervo", "Gin & Juice", etc. Hmmm, there might be something to this...) I've determined that I'm not a huge fan of rum.

And also, here, I'd like to put in a plug for aloe, which is so awesome on sunburns. Well, mine at least. It made Henry's hurt more, but I might actually be able to sleep on my back tonight.

So, then, up in 6 hours to catch a sunrise and begin the last day on the island. Ironic how I said this would be short and it's the longest entry yet.
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Does anyone know of a place in the area that will take gemstones and make them into jewelry? I have recently acquired a pair of pearls, and need to find someone to make them into earrings for me. Of course, I don't want them just to be made into studs, so I actually need a designer...
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Thing I'm happy about: Henry's coming to visit in little over a week! And he's staying for a week! And it'll be awesome to see him and stuff.
Thing I'm less happy about: It's impossible to find a station that does techno remixes of Christmas carols. The closest I've come is somaFM's Christmas lounge, which has a few chillout remixes. Also, I think there should be a station that does hiphop remixes of Shakespeare. Coz that would just be awesome.
Thing I'm working on: Digging myself out of piles of work so that I can go to BCBG's & VS, do my laundry, and pack before going to bed.
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I really hate dress shopping.
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Really, I should start this (and every?) entry like this: "OMG, NO ONE LOVES ME. I'm so alone and unloved and unwanted and as terribly overweight as a bloated beached whale. And, some other angsty stuff."

At least, that would be true, if I listened to dB. But since I'm not listening to him (LALALA, NOT LISTENING (at least on this point)), this entry will be full of light and princesses. Actually, I'm lying. That's all the light and princesses you get.

So I got those pictures developed. They were very odd and consisted of Fleet Week from 2005, Halloween from 2005, my apartment when I first moved in, and a picture of a brachiosaurus in the Chicago airport. Not worth digitizing, but worth developing the film.

Thing I am happy about: 3 day week! Lots of stuff to get done, but it's better to be busy than bored.
Thing I am less happy about: Again, it seems like a win-win day. Something will probably happen to change my mind on my way home, but until then...
Thing I am working on: Finishing up that work that I was looking at. Also, figuring out what I'm going to wear to the holiday party. Suggestions?
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I got to see Daniel last night! And sing karaoke really really badly off-key! And drink turquoise drinks! It was a lot more fun than I thought it would be.

I'm wearing a ridiculously awesome outfit right now -- popart graphic top with grey, black and red circles on a field of white, dress pants, an awesome white half-trench, and my new shoes (patent leather mary janes). it's kind of an odd outfit for me, but it looks good if you had no idea that this wasn't the kind of thing that i often (ever) wear.

Thing I'm happy about: my three hour meeting at 9am this morning during which i was helpful and productive!
Thing I'm less happy about: it's been a good day. Shockingly, I have little to be less happy about. Maybe that I oversteamed my milk in that last latte. Or that my feet hurt a little from these shoes.
Thing I'm working on: getting through the next hour of work.
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Halloween was less Halloweeny than ever this year. I think I'm getting too old.

I have new shoes. They're flat. I may need to start buying shorter jeans, since even the regular length jeans seem to be ridiculously long.

Tomorrow is the first day of November, and then several people have birthdays. Whoo birthdays. They're all older than me, so I'm happy about it. :)

It's been a sucky week, and it's only Wednesday. I can only imagine what Thursday and Friday have left to throw onto my plate.

Onwards to a new month, a new outlook, and several weeks of busy-ness.
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i have my bag. luckily, my halloween socks arrived undamaged.

i had a fantastic dinner last night where my food was artistically arranged and the combination of flavors in a specific fish dish could be considered orgasmic, even if you aren't really a food person. no, seriously, i was rendered speechless by how good it tasted. and i'm picky.

i'm beginning to feel overwhelmed by work, but think that maybe i can handle it if i just click my heels together and wish it to be done.

the good fairies did not come and clean my apartment last night while i was sleeping. i guess i didn't leave them enough cookies.
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For Christmas this year, I want a pleasant surprise.

Sadly, this cannot be a new computer, for I now have a working Admin-access computer with accompanying monitor (nice), keyboard (average but at least the right color) and mouse (OMG, DIE). Need speakers, or at least some way of hooking the ones I have here up to the computer in the kitchen. I don't really want to move the speakers, but I don't have any way of plugging in the computer into the outlets in my living room. Because the outlets in my living room are from the sixties, when they didn't have 3 prong appliances. Neolithic twerps.

In other news, I found a recipe for bread. And I will attempt to make said bread sometime this weekend, maybe. Assuming that I don't reread the recipe and go "HOW LONG?!!!" and run down to the local McDonalds to acquire some of their McWonderBread instead. Not that that's the same kind of bread AT ALL, but beggars (or at least lazy ones) can't be choosers.

In additional other news, I called my parents something on the order of 5 times today. Once to say "Hi", once to let my mom know that I thought my shirt was ruined because I spilled coffee on it, once to ask my dad about checks with old addresses, once to tell my mom that my shirt was fine, and then finally to let them know that I had spent large quantities of money on their card for food since I'd just spent excessively large quantities of money on my card for electronics and was running close to my credit limit. They were highly amused. Highly amused.

I ate toast today. No, really. I really did eat toast, so this is now officially an "I ate toast" blog.

Actually, right now, I feel more like [ profile] troglodyteking since I have a bunch of stuff that I want to talk about in a high-minded philosophical manner, but I can't formulate it well enough at the moment to be able to write it down. It involves something to do with relationships, so I'm not sure it would be all that interesting to many of the people on here, especially those concerned with logic and problem solving.

See, that's the biggest tolerance that I think most relationships have to develop. Most (not all, there are always exceptions) guys are very much like "you have a problem? Great, here's how to solve it and let me be logical in the meanwhile" and girls (again, not all) tend to want to explore the problem to the fullest extent and meander about before trying to come up with a solution that they're happy with. Guys just sort of optimize the problem and discover the correct solution, regardless of how easy (or nice) it is to implement. That, and I like complaining. Gives me something to talk about.

It was raining today, yet another thing that reminds me of [ profile] troglodyteking. He does often like the rain. Bunches of my guy friends (who coincidentally ALL like to hike) were overjoyed by the rain and the coolness of the weather. Meanwhile, I went out for a small walk, got completely drenched and ended up shivering for a good half an hour. I'm not ready for fall, much less winter. Though, I did check and it said that this winter was supposed to be mild. I wonder whether it predicted the drought that we had last year, since I'm getting the sense that it's going to be a long protracted rainy winter. We'll see - maybe I'm just pessimistic and the weather gods will surprise me with their benevolence.

On the other hand, winter = Christmas = family = good, so maybe by that transitive process, we can say that winter = good. But maybe not.

So, in conclusion: I ate toast. I went shopping. It rained. I was cold. The end.
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And our intern just gave my coworker and I necklaces of rubber duckies from Vegas!! Now, we can REALLY get our ducks in a row!
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So, my shopping rant. I promised one, so here it is. In my trying on of over 40 pairs of jeans (no exaggeration), I found one that fit properly. One. Most of my shopping was done at the gap, so there are 6 different styles (Classic, Essential, Flare, Bootcut, Long and Lean, and Curvy), in which I need to try on at least two sizes, and all the rinses (average of about 3 per style) are a different cut within the same style. So 6x2x3 = 36 PLUS whatever additional sales jeans I found, jeans at J.Crew, and jeans at Macy's. Not to mention the trying on the pairs which fit several times to make sure that they fit better than the others. By the time I got to Express, I looked at the jeans and ran screaming.

Also, shoes this season are really ugly. I can't deal with peep toed flats or ankle high lace up bootie things. And everything's really shiny - like, actually shiny and plastic, instead of Firefly shiny, which would be good. Though, I did covet a pair of red shiny opentoed pumps and also some Puma shoes, but decided that these were cooler.

In other news, I'm likely buying a digital piano keyboard. It's admittedly not that impressive as a keyboard, but [ profile] onetruedavid, the resident keyboard snob, tried the same model at Guitar Center yesterday and it didn't burn him. One of my coworkers is offering it for a small discount, so I'd probably buy it from him, since it has the benefit of 1) being cheaper; 2) coming with a stand; and 3) coming with a little bench.

Oh, and the big, news-related thing... And I'm totally drinking champagne right now.
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I am in such a good mood today. I know my posts are usually doom and gloom, but today? Seriously, nothing can bring me down.

I woke up this morning and decided that I was going to sleep in a little because I was vaguely exhausted. Got up and found a pair of jeans in my closet that I haven't worn in a while (like, years) and decided to try them on. Lo and behold, they FIT! And looked GOOD!!! So now I'm prancing around in black jeans and awesome boots and feeling very sexy.

And then I bestowed chocolate upon the tech team, and got assigned new responsibilities, which include coding! (In Javascript, admittedly, but that's still pretty good anyway...) And now I'm so swamped with things to do!

So, quickly, on with the listening to Gwen Stefani and Beyonce and Kelis. Today is totally a day for girly hip-hop. But first, sauntering to a meeting, sashaying with the best of them.
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Today, I was glad to discover a couple of things:

1) No matter how much time you spend talking to people or trying to understand them, inevitably you will be surprised by them. In some cases, more than once.

2) There are still people in the world who believe very strongly in the success and brilliance of love, and who are not necessarily jaded by whatever situations they might have been in before you knew them or after you lost them.

Both of these things makes me quite happy, even though I'm not sure that I fall into either category. It's just good to know that things like Truth, Love & Beauty still exist as ideals and that people are very different on an individual basis.

In completely unrelated news, I had an awesome dinner at Kaygetsu, which consisted of 6 courses of unidentifiable foods and fantastic tastes and much green tea. I had spent a good few hours stressing about what I was going to wear, how/whether to do my hair, how/whether to put on makeup, and other things, before watching a couple episodes of season four of Buffy (yes, I have seen all of it more than once but I'm rewatching it) and forgetting to be stressed until about 10 minutes before I had to leave. Thank goodness for skillz which allow me to get ready and look good within 10-15 minutes.

I also realized, after some conversation, that I'm vaguely addicted to my Livejournal and that I tend to write in it more than is good for me. Of course, this isn't actually reflected in my entries, given that I spend a lot of time thinking about what I'm going to write, deciding how much information I want to divulge, and then writing whatever part of it I feel like I can write, sometimes expounding further in a friends-locked post. (Though, as you may have noticed, I don't like friends-locked posts much.) Usually, I get the urge to post something 2 or 3 times a day, but generally restrain myself to posting once every 2 or 3 days.

Henry is safe in Texas -- I know this because I called him and he picked up. I thought, for whatever reason, that he was two hours behind (so calling him at midnight my time wouldn't be so late for him), but, as it turns out, he's two hours ahead. And now much less well-rested. Sorry, Henry.

I have also added large amounts of things to my Amazon wishlist. And I kind of wonder when I think I'll be able to afford the complete Star Trek seasons of the original series, the Next Generation, and Deep Space Nine, as well as the whole set of movies. In the meanwhile, I kind of also need to get Buffy 5-7 and Angel 3-5. It's a pity that my birthday is so close to Christmas. Although I don't get any fewer presents, I only get them once a year...

I also kind of want to go and buy an entire new wardrobe, with shoes and everything. I've recently had an increasing urge to become more girly. I don't think this will actually happen, although I should probably go buy another pair of flat shoes (maybe puma SpeedCats or more ballet flats) and maybe a pair of peeptoe pumps.

I have at least two snails in my tank. One of them is named Sparky. I think the other is Trouble, both in name and in actuality. Apparently, snails are hermaphroditic, so can produce without a mate. And apparently, they do this often enough to take over the tank. I have experience with this, actually, since I found one snail in the morning, and twelve hours later, there were two of them. Coincidence? I think not. I have to figure out what to do about them, although the internet tells me that most snails are generally beneficial to the tank.

Finally, I realized that it was the last week in July, which means that Summer is nearly 2/3 over. This is both sad (end of summer) and good (beginning of pumpkin pie and a return of Christmas music). Also, at the end of September, my parents will have been married for exactly 40 years. My dad wants to go watch a large quantity of P-51 Mustangs take to the air in Ohio, but I'm not sure we'll be able to all make it out there for that. And it's no fun without all of us.

As part of summer going away, Formula 1 season is also drawing to a close, with Louis Hamilton, the rookie, in the lead for the Championship. Will Kimi, Alonso, or Massa be able to steal his early lead? Only time (and the remaining races) will tell.

If this were the normal size of my LJ braindumps, would you really want to read two or three of them every day? Yeah, I wouldn't, either.
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i can has dinner with someone i haven't seen in 13 years who i used to have a crush on but he liked my best friend and anyway he was too cool for school and i was a total book nerd but then it turns out that he might actually be a closet gamer but not really because he doesn't have the patience but he does drive an awesome ducati and has a nose piercing and lives in san francisco even though the last time i saw him we were like 12 and living in Saudi Arabia?

ya rly. sheesh, the more things change the more they remain the same. mad propz to facebook for allowing me to hang out with him again...
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This weekend was just awesome. I mean, whoa, awesome.Cut for length )

Then work this morning, where I have gotten no work done. Ah, well.

ETA: fucking quotation marks.
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if someone can tell me whether i can order the following to be shipped to the US, and how much it would cost me, i'd really appreciate. google translate and altavista babelfish just aren't doing it for me.;35;183&AID=2761&AC=addArt&SARTID=43211
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For all you Gilbert and Sullivan fans, courtesy of [ profile] joie_de_livre: It is very much stuck in my head this way now...I can even see the lighting scheme that I'd use in Dink to make it possible.

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Her Noble Excellency Prisma the Unlikely of Londinium-le-Thames
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title

And in other news, instead of going hiking (because it was raining), I bought The Most Ludicrous Shoes Ever. And then I went out and bought a denim miniskirt and red tanktop to wear with them. I went *outfit* shopping. I'm so amused, but I love them so much. I was trying to buy a pair of jeans and some sensible shoes (which I also picked up, but still, I think I'm only barely breaking even). Also, I am apparently pear-shaped - baby got back and then some.

Also, there was DnD, and someone said that it was a good session! So, I'm not a terrible DM! I'm causing terrible roleplaying conflicts and directing pompous NPCs, and planning more than I need to, so that's good. And then there was talking, and trouble wasn't caused and I played well with others, and received some interesting email.

All in all, a pretty damn successful weekend.
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today, i am happy about: fortune cookies at p.f. chang's. Admittedly, the food there isn't as good as at Windy's (except for their lettuce cups, which I didn't have), but the cookies inevitably have some pithy comment which is actually relevant to my life. Sometimes, when I need guidance, I go to p.f. chang's for food specifically to read the fortune cookies. as a side note, having conversations about the cosmic relevancy of fortunes from fortune cookies, as well as the demographics likely targeted at various chinese restaurants, is also pretty nifty. Cut for long story about fortune cookies )

today, i am less happy about: the fact that it is THIRTY-SIX degrees here, and it's nearly fifty in MA. WTF, world?

today, I wish that: it were warmer, it were Christmas, that i were home, and that it were breakfast time right now. because i am hungry.
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today, i am happy about: i can't think of anything happy right now. i'm overworked, stressed, worried, and generally sad. i want jer to call, but it's not logical for him to. i want to be in MA, but i don't think it'll make a whit of difference. i want to not be doing work right now, but that's kind of my job. i guess that today i am happy about borrone's pumpkin pie, coz it's yummy.

today, i am less happy about: my hair. it isn't as short as i want it, even after the haircut that I got today. also, see above.

today, i wish that: i had a pair of mistletoe boxers, like they have at j.crew. there are too many good puns to be made with a pair of mistletoe boxers.


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