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Girls Night last weekend in Appleton was a blast. Only Mandy and Beth made it, but they were the two I wanted to see and catch up with the most, so I was more than happy with the turn out. Found a new polyester swim suit on sale for $55 down from $80, and I'm all "Yay!" about that because the blue one I had been wearing has seen at least a year of hard use and I was just waiting for some seam to rip or something during swim lessons - not a nice thought considering it was the only one I had until I got the new one (well, two - I got an Ugly a week or two before in Stevens Point, but still). Also found a pair of new shoes on sale for $95 down from $120.

We also helped Mandy find a nice interview outfit, I tried on a goofy dress I wouldn't be caught dead in just for the hell of it, and generally just had a fun time wandering around the mall window shopping. Beth did manage to convince me to spend $40 on makeup, but I figure the lip pencil will last me the rest of my life - possibly even longer considering how rarely I wear makeup - so it should be worth it in the end.

Next up was glaming ourselves up and dinner at Olive Garden; I wore a skirt sexy boots *and* makeup - would've attempted to do my hair, too, especially as it was kind of behaving all blah-like anyway, but we ran out of prep time (hey, by the time we left the mall, we only had 45 minutes left to get to the hotel, change, and get back to the other side of the mall area to Olive Garden, so all things considered, I think we did pretty well), so it was just... blah. Managed to leave it down for maybe forty minutes before pulling it back into my more typical messy bun.

Then we spent a half hour or so at a salsa bar and shared a really tasty margarita before hitting Skyline Comedy Club for the 10pm show. I didn't find the two opening acts all that amusing, but the headliner, Nick Vatterott had me chuckling quite a few times. The line about being high as a kite and checking the time, only to see "End" on his microwave clock had all three of us rolling. And being the wild child I am, my two drink minimum consisted of a rootbeer and a decaf coffee. Am I bad, or am I bad? ;)

After the comedy show it was back to my hotel room, where we spent an additional hour or two jabbering before I shooed them both out and home as they still had to drive a bit and by this point it was 2 am on a Saturday night/Sunday morning. I showered and was in bed by three, where I maybe got two hours of sleep and I was up again by 8:00 because I am a glutton for punishment. Still made it home it one piece, though, and it was an awesome night and I'm super glad I set it up. I cringe every time I think about how much money I spent, but every penny was so totally worth it for the chance to catch up with Mandy and Beth again.

Also, spent New Years Eve with Emmies. We ate at El Mez, had a Disney Movie Marathon (Sorcerer's Apprentice and Tangled), and then I stayed up until 3 with her watching the Batman television series from the 60s. Then I drove home the next day on two or three hours of sleep with a snow storm doing it's damndest to blow me off the road. Thankfully it did not succeed and I made it home all in one piece. :)
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Season's Greetings Everyone!

Spent Christmas Day at my aunt Sue's where I ate entirely too much, caught up with the cousins, watched home movies from when we were all wee and small, snuggled the puppy dog, and spent an hour or two playing Wii Sports with my brother Ben and two of the four cousins who were there. Got second place in our bowling match with 120-something, hurray me!

Got home right around dark and proceeded to try very hard not to fall asleep in front of the Packer/Bears game. Managed to make it until 10 pm, at which point I gave in to Morpheus and fell asleep probably within ten minutes of lying down. I figure I wouldn't miss much as it was something like 35-10 Packers and only 5 minutes or so left on the clock when I conked out. Also, at the risk of sounding like a bad Wisconsinite, I really don't much care how well the Packers are doing these days, I mostly just put the game on to kill some time. Shhhhh, don't tell any of my local friends. ;)
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Dinner at El Mezcal on Sunday with Kristin, followed by a walk through the park where I FINALLY got to see the Rotary Club's Winter Wonderland/Festival of Light or whatever even though they've been doing one every year for the last five or six. 1,000,000 lights this year!
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* Saturday, Nov. 19 - Monday, Nov. 21 - let myself be convinced to go spend the weekend up in the wilds of the Northwoods without any running water or - at least on our side of the cabin - central heat with my friend Ethan and some of his family. It was kind of nice in it's own way; super pretty up there with the snow that started falling pretty thickly just after we arrived, and hey, who am I to protest the chance to spend the entire weekend reading guilt-free. It was very cold, however, and the sauna they use to clean up and bucket-shower was swarming with flies, which isn't fun when you're wet and naked. On the bright side, at least I didn't have to go four days without washing my hair like I did when we went up camping on Mt. Ranier.

* Tuesday - didn't do much as I was rather exhausted after three days without sleep (don't sleep - or eat much, come to think of it - well when I travel), though I did go into work for a Water Aerobics drop-in class in the evening. With the YMCA not running any programs this past week due to Thanksgiving, I figured I could use every bit of extra on my paycheck I could possibly manage.

* Wednesday - bit of cleaning, and then I took Buddy to the Marshfield dog park, and was pleased to discover he seemed to get on well with the other dogs. Kind of shy and came running back to me to "hide" pretty often, and he was drooling so much he looked a bit rabid, but no barking, growling or snapping from him or the other dogs, hurray! Might try and do it again soonish - the poor boy loves to play, but we're never around to play with him.

* Thursday, Nov. 24 - TURKEY DAY! - Rode down to Ripon with my parents and my brother Ben to have Thanksgiving Dinner with a good chunk of Mom's side of the family. Had dinner at a catering place owned by a high school friend of Mom's instead of Gramma M going crazy trying to have it at their place again. Ate entirely too much (but less than I usually do at these sort of things) and caught up a bit with aunts, uncles, and cousins.

* Friday - cleaning like a mad cleaning thing, getting ready to host about a two-thirds of my dad's family for that side's Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday.

* Saturday, Nov. 26 - Dad and I were crazy busy in the morning trying to get everything cooked (I was charged with the green bean casserole, twice-baked potatoes, fruit salad, and getting the munchies set to go since we would be eating so late while Dad mostly focused on the cleaning and the sweet potatoes) and all the last minute cleaning accomplished before his oldest sister and her family arrived at around 12:30. Mom finished up the few work things she had and brought Gramma home with her around 1:30 pm and we were able to sit down to a late dinner by about 2:30. Caught up with cousins, ate too much again, and spent the rest of the evening watching movies (Tron: Legacy is awesome) and playing on my computer before crashing at 8:45ish because I was Just That Tired. Of course then I tossed and turned from 10pm to 1 or 2am because of my sorta nap beforehand, but such is life.

* Sunday, Nov. 27 (Today) - did two loads of laundry, otherwise? A whole lot of nothing. Watched another movie (The Tourist with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, where I totally spoiler ), but it was still fun and I'd watch it again and hey, who am I to turn down two such pretty, pretty people together on one screen?


Back to work tomorrow, alas, but I'm very sure my bank account will thank me. Speaking of bank accounts, note to self - You WILL go on another job-applying spree tomorrow afternoon before work. We really, really DO NOT NEED to go any further into debt than we already are.
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Awesome night with friends at Dustin's Wine and Cheese Night. Tried three different wines, I have no idea how many cheeses, and got to catch up with a significant portion of my Point friends that I haven't seen in months, plus a few new faces. Only got rained on a little bit, too! We were out around the fire until close to 3 am, so I crashed on Dustin's couch rather than drive the hour+ back home in the middle of a very dark and foggy night. Running on about five hours of sleep for the past two nights combined, but it was totally worth it.

Week after next, All Day Star Wars Party at JB's! It's good to be geek. :D
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First, I HAD A MANDA ALL WEEKEND! She was planning on coming on Friday night, but car trouble postponed that until Saturday morning around 11ish. We hung out at the house for a few hours playing on computer and the like and then headed to Point for Riverfront Rendezvous. Met my friend Angela at Emmy J's for coffee and ice cream around 3, jabbered for about an hour and a half and then we hit the park to check out the festivities. It was still awhile before the concert was going to start, so we just perused up and down the walking/biking trail to see if there was anything going on before heading back to the main stage area. By this time it was about 6ish, so we decided to hit Emmy J's again - this time their very good cafe supplied with lots of organic and local foods, so hurray for supporting out state! - for some actual good for you food before we headed back to the park to stake out our square of grass for the concert. Tracy showed up a few minutes after we spread out our blanket, so it was nice to catch up with her, too.

First up was The Presidents, a sort of local band from Milwaukee who were tons of fun and extremely good. Almost went to see if they were selling CDs, but Manda and I both decided we were too cheap and went the "We'll "Like" them on Facebook instead and listen to their songs online." Second was another localish country group with female vocalists who... were not so good. I don't listen to much country - I don't hate it, I just don't tend to go looking for it, either - but Manda does, and she was pretty much "Why must they ruin all of my favorite songs?!" for the hour they had the stage. Even as a not country type I felt for her... These ladies really were not that good and as a choir snob, it was kind of painful to listen to them. So we ignored them as best we could and ate fried cheese curds and other munchies that I had brought along to try and console ourselves while we made fun of the band.

The big star of the night was Josh Thompson, a pretty well known country singer apparently. He didn't come on until close to 10:00 and we decided to leave early as we were both getting tired of the concert thing. Besides, we didn't want to risk getting stuck in the moving parking lot that would result when the concerts finally ended for the night, so we headed to down town Point to see if there was anywhere to dance. Steel was closed, alas, and the only other place with a dance floor was deader than dead, so we texted Dustin and JB to see if they had anything going on. JB was doing the movie thing, but by this time it was close to 11 pm and wed just decided to call it a night because we were both tired and we still had an hour drive to get back home. Wild partiers we are not.

Sunday we met my friend Kristin for lunch at El Mezcal, and then on a whim I decided to go visit Jurustic Park - a privately owned sculpture park that was put together and run by a local artist. He works with metal and makes all sorts of weird creatures out of scrap metal. The place has been around for years, but I never got around to visiting it even though I've lived in Marshfield pretty much my whole life and the park (and the artist) outdate me by quite a bit. Anyway, the place is right down near McMillian Marsh (the feature that puts the "Marsh" in "Marshfield") and it is *awesome*. I can't believe I waited so long to visit. The artist himself is sarcastic and almost as shameless as I am, so all the little blurbs he puts on his work to try and "explain" them are a hoot to read. He was sitting out front cracking jokes about how his in-laws were visiting and they weren't the sharpest tools in the shed before drawing our attention to about a half dozen actual stuffed dummies that were sitting around his shop (the aforementioned "in-laws"). His wife was also there, and she does some pretty amazing glass work. Manda picked up a pair of very nice glass earrings and she explained to us how she made some of her pieces. Very cool stuff.

Got back to the house around 4 pm, and then we spent the rest of Sunday hanging out on the couch and alternating between playing on our computers and reading. Exciting, right? :)

Monday Manda left around 11, alas, but we had a fun weekend. Later in the afternoon we also had a cook out and invited Gramma and some family friends from the library to join us, so that's where I spent the rest of the evening. Only downside was that I got chomped by mosquitoes three times - once on my ankle which as been driving me nuts for the last two days, once on my knee which just started today, and once on my other knee but so far that one hasn't been itching, so hurray for that!

Anyway, that was my weekend! Had lots of fun and took a bunch of pictures. I might even get around to posting them eventually. :)
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It raaaaained most of the day today, that kinda slow steady rain that isn't all that hard, really, but which can sneakily soak through *everything* given enough opportunity. Guess where I was this morning? Yeah, out in it. Myself and three of my coworkers were up at Windust Park (right below Lower Monumental Dam, which is the next one up river from Ice Harbor) marking out the location of a new fence they'll be adding to the park within the next few weeks.

And, on top of the rain that did, in fact, manage to soak most of the way through my winter jacket (one of these days, I really need to hit that thing with some waterproofing spray), the GPS unit I was using was being all finicky, so I was out there even longer then would've otherwise been necessary fighting with the software. Also, it took me about a third of the way through the data collection to realize that "hey, you know, this is going to be a line of fence, all neat and tidy. Why the heck am I standing here collecting point features for *every single flag* they are using to mark it when it would take a quarter of the time just to walk the damn length!" (point-feature collection requires standing in place for at least 30 seconds per point to give the GPS enough time to get down to SERIOUS BUSINESS in the accuracy-factor; line-features I just walk along and boom, done) Some days, I really am not the brightest bulb in the lamp fixture.

ANYWAY, after standing in the rain for 45 minutes or so, the four of us went up to one of the itty bitty towns that are kinda sorta nearby because a) we wanted to kill a bit of time, and 2) it has a coffee shop. So, Joyce (co-worker) treated me to a nice tasty chai latte as a going away present.

We got back to the office around 11:00ish, where myself and another fellow employee who is also leaving got an equally tasty (and extra long) BBQ lunch/party thrown in our honor. There was burgers and cake and pretty much everyone in our office (as well as a family member or two, and few leeches from the dam and our maintenance department) attended. Food was very very good and I ate more than I really needed to, but hey, that is what parties are all about after all. ;)

Last two hours involved me working on some last-minute corrections and projects (called it!) and sending out a few emails.

Good times, yo. Even with the rain.
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I tried to nap this afternoon. It didn't happen, because right in the middle of the attempt, I got hit with a crazy strong craving for chicken fajitas. As I wasn't actually hungry at the time, I still tried to get my nap in, but the damned craving would not go away. At 3, I gave up and went on a mad search all over town for somewhere that sells the pre-cut chicken/peppers/onions mix I could throw in a frying pan and be done with in 15 minutes.

It took *three freaking stores* to find the stuff. On the bright side, I managed to walk in and out of the first place without picking up anything. On the not so bright side, I ended up buying a bunch of junk food to console myself on my failed attempt at the second place, because I had kinda given up at that point as I was pretty sure the only other grocery store on that side of town wouldn't have what I wanted. So I got fudge-covered vanilla wafers, some sort of deep fried frozen tostido thingymabobs that I grabbed with the impression that if I wasn't going to get my fajitas, darnit, I was going to at *least* get something Mexican-ish, beef jerky, and a 12 pack of mini Cadbury Cream Eggs instead.

Then, because I knew it would bother me if I didn't at least *check* - especially as the mad fajitas craving had yet to dissipate - I did actually go and take a look at that last grocery store. What do you know, they had the chicken fajitas I had been looking for, hurray! So I had one for dinner. I've also had at least a half-dozen of those fudge-covered vanilla wafers (at least they are small), several pieces of jerky, and three mini Cadbury eggs.

With the whole being sick thing the last few weeks (flu first, then the Evil Head Cold of Misery a week and a half later), the inclination to get outside and wander a bit more now that springtime is making an appearance, and the significantly smaller appetite that I've had since I moved out here, my weight is back down within five or so pounds of where it was before I stopped swimming and gained all that weight a few years back (167.5 last I tried the scale; I was around 162-164 when I stopped swimming). I had hoped to keep it down. I don't think my latest impulse buys will help me much with that endeavor.
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Considering I crashed at 9 pm last night, and despite the wind that woke me up at 1:30, I really should not be this tired. Though I suppose that even though I did get back to sleep eventually, I guess it wasn't the most restful sleep because I kept waking up again every half-hour or so. So maybe I do have good reason to be exhausted.

ANYWAY, Superbowl 45 was indeed awesome. I was, of course, rooting for my homeboys from Wisconsin, Superbowl Spoiler ) On a non-spoilery note, I gotta admit, Green Bay definitely did seem the most relaxed of the two teams - kinda like this was just another game to them, not The Superbowl. Well done, boys.

We also hosted a Superbowl party at the house. Few of our coworkers came, and Beth encouraged me to invite Um Friend as well, so I did and he accepted, so hurray for more people because holy cow did we make way too much food. Still have way too much food, in fact, because we cooked for at least ten and only seven of us were actually there. I made Wisconsin Beer Cheese soup, Beth made BBQ chicken tenders and taco dip, among other munchie-type stuff, almost all of which we brought to work with us today to try and get rid of some more of it. Hopefully the rest of our coworkers are hungry.

Anyway, the party itself was lots of fun, even with our diminished numbers and excess of food. I was the only one who really had any "personal" investment in the game what with my home team playing, but since I haven't really followed football since the *last* time the Packers made it to the Superbowl, I really wasn't all that invested. Thus, we all mostly just sat around making fun of the bad commercials, saluting the good ones, and throwing squishy rubber balls at each other the entire four hours the game was on. Good times.
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Spent the last two hours making chili. NOM NOM! Except we don't have any chili powder, so hopefully the pre-seasoned beans will make up the difference.

In other news, it is snowing outside! Big fluffy flakes, which is pretty but will make for some slippery roads this weekend. Not fun. Hence the grocery run and the stocking up on chili to tide me over for the weekend. And probably well into next week, too... there is an awful lot of chili on the stove.
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Thanksgiving was quite lovely. We went down to Green Lake to have Thanksgiving dinner at my aunt and uncle's log cabin this year instead of my grandparents, but there was still quite the gathering. I ate way too much and got to catch up with my aunts and uncles and cousins whom I hadn't seen for more than a year, so that was great. Showed pictures from many of my Washington travels, gushed over the Mt. Saint Helen's visit I was able to do this past summer, and generally had a grand old time. Yay Thanksgiving!

A day late, but Happy Thanksgiving everyone in the United States, and I hope everyone else in the world and a great day as well! I totally fell short on "twenty two days of posting things I am thankful for!", but I'm adding one more because I had meant to post this on Thanksgiving pretty much right from the start.

I am incredibly thankful for my amazing friends and my wonderful family! Seriously, you all helped carry me through some very rough times, and I'm so glad to have you in my life. {{{{hugs}}}} Thank you!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
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Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] icepixie because Resenting the Hero by Moira J. Moore was indeed awesome and I loved it! Went off to buy the next few before I even finished the first one. :D Of course, now I have to wait two or three whole days before I have something to read again... Bother. ::sigh::

In other news, it may only be 49 degrees outside and overcast right now, but that is not stopping me from enjoying a strawberry smoothie. Mmm, fruity.
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Thanksgiving comes first

Day 8 - I am thankful for lovely friends and the chance to share lots of finger foods, drink wine (if you're into that, which I am not, but I am still thankful that my friends were able to let loose) and eat entirely too much.


Went to one of my co-worker's house last night for a Girls Night. There was lots of cheese and Mystery Wine tasting (I did actually do the tasting) and discussions varying from Health Issues As A Direct Result of Being a Girl, lots of wine talk, hair styling, some college football team that several of them were very big fans of, how Joyce really hates her new fridge, and a tour of their very recently remodeled house. I was PMSing and rather tired, so I didn't say much myself, but I still had a very good time munching and listening to the other girl's stories. We got home at 11:30, and as Beth and I had been awake since 4ish, promptly crashed, and then I slept in until 8 this morning. It was very nice.

Also, five more days (including today, as it is still "morning", so I counted it) until I get to go home for Thanksgiving!
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Added another chapter to TwitterCaked. Because I am a geek and I always get ideas in the shower.


In other news, went to see RED and it was awesome. You just cannot go wrong with an all star cast, big freaking guns, and a plot that consists of "Who the fuck is trying to kill us!?" and not much else.

Then we went for dinner at Red Lobster and I ate too much and spent too much money, but now I have cheesecake for dinner.

And, lastly, I am currently watching Bandits on some random movie channel. All in all, I'd say it was a pretty good day.
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The area out here is overrun with wineries - throw a rock in any direction, and chances are it'll land on property owned or rented by some winery or another.

Tegaris Winery on Tulip Lane has been advertising their summer concert series on the radio station Beth and I listen to on the way too and from work pretty much since May. They have "live music ever Friday and Saturday night on the patio, great food, and some of the best wine in the Tri Cities area". We'd kept saying we should go check it out pretty much every Friday after work for the last few months - we even planned it and were dead-set on going a few weeks back - but as soon as we get to the house and get out of our work clothes, we're all "Eh, don't wanna anymore".

This past Friday I was thinking food and realized I had very little in the house. I also had no desire to go grocery shopping, so I asked if she had any interest in going out somewhere for dinner instead. She suggested Tegaris, and lo, we finally went.

The food was quite good, albeit rather pricey:
One skewer of three or four chunks of pork? $6.00
Plate of fresh tomato something or another on flatbread? I can't rightly remember, but I think it was around the $9.00 range
Cheese sampler that had the equivalent of maybe a serving and a half of actual cheese? $8.00

And these were all appetizers - the actual meals ran between $17.00 and $28.00, give or take, and there weren't that many to choose from. Even the cheapest glass of wine - a house Rosae (sp?) that I did actually buy and drink and stuff because it's a *winery* and I figured it was only proper - was about $6.50 a pop.

So, yes, the food was pricey but tasty and I suppose worth the cost if you have some extra money to toss around. We only got appetizers, though, and they were pretty small serving sizes considering they were supposed to feed a table (about 4 people), so not the most filling meal in the world, but it was nice to get out for a bit. They really have a great setup out on the patio, too - a firepit (with complimentary blankets!), a fountain, and even a garden of sorts, as well as a "stage" for the live music. It was rather windy, though, and we arrived about two and a half hours before the actual music was supposed to start, so we ended up not sticking around for the concert. On the bright side, the radio announcer we had been hearing plug the winery for the last four months was there giving out free $10 gift cards, so my bill was only $1.91 or there abouts. So basically I got an expensive-yet-tasty appetizers and a glass of not-cheap wine for less than $2. I see no bad in this.


And on an entirely different note, Starbucks has started their Pumpkin Spice Lattes again! On the one hand, it's too early! On the other hand, I can get Pumpkin Spice lattes for the next three or four months. :D
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I made a salad for my lunch, complete with real bacon bits and black olives and three types of lettuce. I was looking forward to it and stuff, too, because I am quite the fan of a good salad, and I have sorely missed the lack of salad bars in the grocery stores around here.

So, I have a tasty salad for lunch. Or at least I would if I hadn't forgotten the dressing at the house. ::pouts::

There are a few bottles of salad dressing in the fridge here at work, but most of them are rather old and have a "Best if used by" date somewhere in 2009.
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Yesterday - BBQ/Housewarming party was a huge success. Almost everyone made it and a few stayed until almost 10 pm (party started at noon). I ate way too much and lost spectacularly at croquette, but it was still lots of fun.

Today - House mates, Manda, and I all went wine tasting with some of our co-workers from Ice Harbor. It was fun, but I have determined that I will never be a wine drinker - fermentation does not get along too well with my tummy. Also, for the last few weeks I've been getting heartburn for some reason that is beyond my comprehension because I really haven't changed my diet much from when I was living back home. Anyway, the whole "heart burn" thing also didn't get along so well with the fermentation process, so yeah, no wine for me. It was fun while it lasted, though.

We had a bit of a scare with one of my house mates - he had a really really bad light headed spell/hot flash and was incredibly disoriented and shaky, enough that the ambulance was called. Freaked the hell out of all of us, but he is fine and all of the health stats and all that were normal. We (myself and Manda, with all of our leet lifeguarding/first aid experience) think it was likely due to dehydration because he got a *lot* better after he drank a bottle of water.

Tomorrow - Not sure yet. Either Paluse Falls or hiking at Big Flat most likely.
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This afternoon I discovered that the Fred Meyer grocery store on the south side of town has bread pudding in their deli. This does not bode well for my strength of will.

In other news, I have been attempting to watch last night's Castle on Hulu using my stolen wireless. So far it has taken me two hours to get through 35 minutes, and now i can't get the last 8 minutes to load at all... :( And it's the season finale, too.
Further incentive to get my butt in gear and get a damned wireless router sooner rather than later.

SPEAKING of wireless routers, this is just a reminder that the first Girls Night In planned for June will be two weeks from tomorrow. Grab your Serenity DVD and your computer and feel free to join us!
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I got to see Emmies, Daddy A, Beth, Jeanie, Dan, and Luke before I leave tomorrow! Yay! We went to El Mezcal, ate too much, talked about random things - geeky and otherwise - and mostly just had a darned good time. My friends are awesome.

Car is mostly packed up aside from my computer and case, my overnight bag, and my pillows and stuff I'll still be using tonight. I actually managed to do quite well - only used up the actual cargo space in the back of my tracker, and the foot well of one of the back seats, so there is still plenty of space for the three of us *and* whatever luggage and stuff mom and dad have. Phear me and my leet packing skillzz!

Leaving tomorrow morning at some yet-to-be-determined time, but I think I am good to go. I might even be getting a tinsy bit excited, even. Also a bit more anxious because wow, I'm leaving TOMORROW MORNING, but mostly I'm still just really looking forward to the entire trip.

So,in case I don't post again tomorrow before I leave, THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE! You all have been fantastic with your support and the whole "Dude, woman, put on your big-girl panties and just DEAL, alright? You can totally do this!" attitude when I went all Freakazoid about the whole moving/new job thing. ::MWAH:: Love you all lots!
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Manda is gone. Sadness. :,(

BUT! The last few days have been a blast, and today was a lot of fun, too. Manda's train wasn't scheduled to leave until 7:30 pm tonight, and both of us have been in search of a new bag/satchel for quite some time, so we figured we would leave late morning for La Crosse and get some shopping in before we went to the train station. Left around 10:30 this morning with my dad's Garmin Roadmate (or something like that) GPS (so named Maggie by my father as it is short for Magellan) suctioned to the windshield of my car, too the "shortest distance" route, which turned out to to be a route I have never driven before. It involved taking a lot of different roads (one of which was really pot-holey, but the rest were fine) that got us to the Onalaska/La Crosse Mall by 1:00 in the afternoon. Dad was doing an artifact show there, so we checked in with him and then we wandered the crowded and noisy walkways for about an hour, myself in search of a new bag I actually kind of liked, and Manda in search of whatever caught her eye. Finally found something at a Native American artsy kind of store that I didn't hate - it is an over the shoulder canvas satchel with a whole bunch of peace signs on the cover flap (my words when I saw it? "It's a bit hippie for my tastes"), but I really like the colors, and it actually isn't as retro as it could be. Wouldn't mind a few more pockets, either, but at least it has a cell phone pocket, which is what sold me over the other two I had been considering.

Anyway, by the time I was successful in the baggage department it was close to 3:00 pm, so we hit the Red Lobster down the road for a late lunch... A lunch that turned out to be a lot more interesting than we thought it would be. Click for story )

After dinner, we headed down the road to ShopKo so Manda could get another charger for her iPod (she left hers in Saint Cloud, and a 6 hour train ride without music can get kinda long), and then we went back to the mall to see how Dad was holding up. He was feeling a bit under the weather, and since Manda and I already finished up with all of our shopping, we decided to pack it up early and head to the train station. Dad had his own vehicle, and he was the only person who knew the area, so we followed him to the station, where he left his car all locked up and stuff in the long-term parking lot - he and Mom are taking the train back from Washington next weekend, and with Gus going to Tennessee for some Ethanol/Alternate Fuel Sources conference next week, they wanted to have a car available to them at the station to drive back home - and Manda and I discovered the station wouldn't open for another hour (it was around 5:00 by this time), so we all hopped into Coyote and dad drove us to Riverside Park to kill a bit of time. Manda and I went wandering along the river for a half hour or so taking pictures and getting some exercise in before we were both stuck sitting in a moving vehicle for a few hours. On the way back to the train station, dad drove us by the World's Largest Six Pack so Manda could get a picture of that as well. Only in Wisconsin, you know? I love my state!

Got to the train station just after 6 pm and sat waiting with Manda for a bit before Dad and I said our last goodbyes and started for home. The drive seemed quite dark and there was one deer standing in the road that certainly gave us a nice adrenaline boost, but the ride was otherwise uneventful.

So, that was our day. YAY for free food and Manda-time! Boo for crowded shopping malls and having to send Manda back to Saint Cloud.
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One of these days, I will actually remember how much I really dislike nylon and spandex sports bras when I'm at the store and will therefore *not buy them*! ::squirms out of the new sports bra she's been wearing all day::

In other news, Emo snuck up on me again and convinced me that I really needed to get out of the house for a few hours today despite how I really didn't need anything in town. So, I went to Arby's for lunch and then hit Target for some window shopping. Bought two new shirts - a long sleeved hooded kinda-sorta thermal that was on sale for 12 dollars and a Star Wars t-shirt because I am just that geeky and because despite my Geek Pride, I still didn't actually own a Star Wars t-shirt (I do, however, have a Transformers, a Doctor Who, and a Marvel Comics t-shirt, so it's not like I've never gotten my geek on or anything). I also bought two boxes of cereal.

Leaving Target, I was still kind of Emo, so I put on some Emo music on my radio and decided to take the long route home (through the zoo, even, which is on the completely other side of town from Target). Felt significantly less Emo by the time I got there, so koodoes for shopping therapy! Well, fast-food-and-shopping therapy, I suppose, with a dash of Just Driving Somewhere in there, too. Also, I have a Star Wars t-shirt now!
rensong: (lesser species)
::snort::

Going through and tagging my old entries again (March 2005! I'm on a roll!), and I ran across this song lyric meme in which you put your entire music list on random and add "in my pants" to the end of the song title and, if you so choose, do a bit of commentary on the final result.

15. Bon Jovi - Always in my pants
Bet your wrist gets tired


I'm tempted to do this again, and add "between the sheets" to the end this time.


In other news, spent the morning lazing around the house, and then we went into town to drop off Gramma and catch Avatar at the theatre. Good movie, incredible special effects. Not sure if I liked it enough to buy the DVD when it comes out, but it was well worth the $6.50 matinée price.

After the movie, Dad got a hankering for Chinese, so we hit the China Buffet down town next to Festival Foods so we could eat and then go get groceries. Mmm, greasy goodness. With that and how Mom has been feeding us eggs and potatoes/ham/bacon for breakfast the last four days, I'm pretty sure I've gained back the few pounds I had lost the month or so I've been trying to cut back on the food I have at the Point house so I have less to move when I come back home. Ah, well, such is life.
rensong: (sleepy kitty)
* I may have passed my Chem exam, depending on how much he curves it. The teacher told me and the two people I was sitting next to that "You're all hanging in there", so that's a good sign, too.

* Two more days of rock climbing - Wednesday and next Monday, final exam next Wednesday and then I'm finished with that class for the semester. I might need to look into finding other exercise type stuff to do so I don't gain any more weight than I already have. Darn.

* Started on my Midcontinent Rift/Keweenaw Peninsula paper today. The good news is I found a bunch more material to use as references; the bad news is I only managed to actually write two pages, and half of that is pictures. Paper is due on Wednesday. Me thinks I'll be spending a lot of time in the computer lab at school tomorrow. It's hella interesting, though, and I won't be getting any other homework assignments until Thursday morning, so for now I'm pretty okay with doing the research thing.

* When to GEO-Club's holiday party at school today. Ate lots of tasty appetizers and was unable to resist taking home one of the old text books the professors were handing out to the students for free as holiday presents. I think it's called Essentials in Geology and/or Geography, and it's mostly stuff I already know, but I figure it will be a good reference in the future when I've forgotten most of the education I paid $40,000 dollars for and need to look up something Geo-ish. Also, it had pretty pictures.


All in all, I may be sleep deprived (Abby was being extremely obnoxious last night/this morning; with roommate and myself, I doubt if we even managed to get 6 hours of sleep between us) and brain fried, but today definitely qualifies as a good day.
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It's a bit late, but Happy Thanksgiving to all the U.S. folks!

I'm currently at 'rents place for the holiday, and we went to my aunts in Menominee for Thanksgiving Dinner today. Aunt and uncle are both doing the Weight Watchers thing, so everything they had was pretty low-calorie, so hey, bonus for not feeling as guilty about eating so much! Something tells me that the baklava one of the non-Weight Watchers relatives brought wasn't the least bit low calorie, and what I saved in the meal itself was probably totally blown away by the four pieces I ate for dessert. Everything was still really good, though, and I probably ate quite a bit more than I needed too. Since that's kind of the point of Thanksgiving, though, I don't feel too guilty. Mmm, mashed potatoes!

Anyway, if I stick around parents place until Saturday, I might get another Thanksgiving dinner out of the deal. As I am a poor college student (at least for another month, provided I pass Chem and all that), I might just do that, *especially* since it would likely get me some leftovers to take with me back to Point, and I'm kinda hankering for some homemade Turkey Noodle Soup.
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Went to Marshfield today to try and get together with my gramma. That didn't pan out so well - Gramma's memory is shot enough that she forgets things pretty fast; I called her just as I was leaving Point and told her I would be at her place in an hour, and she seemed pretty happy about that. When I got to her apartment, though, her car was gone and her doors were locked. Thankfully it was because my aunt had come to take her to lunch and Gramma didn't try driving herself, but she still forgot I was coming in less than an hour. It is not at all fun to watch.

I was, however, able to meet up with Mom instead, and we went out for lunch at the World Buffet (which mostly serves Chinese - go figure, but at least it's pretty good Chinese), did a lot of talking and catching up, and then we decided to do some window shopping since we were at the mall anyway. It was really nice - the Marshfield mall is already all decorated for the holidays, and as I was in the mood for Christmas lights, it was a nice coincidence. Mom and I got some serious Mother-Daughter bonding time, too - she's been stressed out with work and trying to make enough to pay bills and my Dad's continuing "woe is me, I can't get a job" depression, and I've been kind of stressed out with school and projects and my looming graduation, so it was a very good thing to just kinda kick back and not worry about stuff for a few hours. We fail at window shopping, though, and both ended up buying a few things. Vanity was having a sale on sweaters, which were all 50% off, so we each got one of those. She also got sweatshirt-jacket type thing, which wasn't on sale but she needed a light jacket anyway, and the full price was only 35 dollars or there abouts, so it wasn't bad. I also found a spiffy new hat for 2 bucks; yay for sale prices. :)

We hit Claire's as well (teeny-bopper store directed mostly toward girls in their pre-teens or very early teens) because she needed some more hair ties, and for all that the place is very very... pink, they do have pretty nice hair accessories for reasonable prices that work for girls of all ages. I got two new hair claws for myself, and she got a few, too, along with the hair ties she went in there for since they were also having a Buy-One-Get-One-Half-Off sale. Again, yay for sales!

It was good to get out and not stress over stuff for a few hours, and even better to catch up with my mom. And! Thanks to the new hair clips, I can put my hair into a bun again! This makes me far more excited than it really should.

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