Monday, August 30, 2004


This makes me sick.

Saturday, August 28, 2004

Seems I'm not the only lazy one around here. Posted by Hello

Just another lazy Saturday

Since Tuesday, I've started going for a jog after work. It's just a short loop around the block, 3/4 of a mile, but it's a start. Figured I had to start engaging in some sort of physical activity since all I do every day now is go to work, sit/stand around, then come home and eat. I don't even have a daily bike ride to campus standing in the way of me developing an ever-expanding rear end. So yes, there's my motivation; the running itself certainly isn't a big motivator. But whatever. I'm taking the weekend off. ;)

Not a lot going on so far today. Slept in a bit; that was nice. No big plans for the rest of the day.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

A cat after my own heart...Leo intently watched stadium jumping with me this morning. Posted by Hello

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Leo and a rousing game of hide-the-foil-ball-in-the-shoe-and-dig-it-back-out-again Posted by Hello

Weekend Fun

So it's a little before 9am on Sunday. I'm awake for 2 reasons: the first is that Bravo was supposed to be showing Olympic show jumping from 7-10. (They's "Things I Hate About You") The other is that I was hoping it'd make it easier for me to fall asleep tonight in preparation for going back on "work schedule" tomorrow. I'm unconvinced, but we'll see.

At any rate, figured this was as good a time as any to update the blog and post a few of the pictures I took yesterday at Zuma Beach. I thought it might be nice to spend a few hours just relaxing at the beach on Saturday, and Tom agreed, so we packed some provisions and headed to Malibu. We picked Zuma because neither of us had been there before (or, if I have, I was too young to remember). The day started out really overcast (yes, we loaded up on sunblock), so we didn't anticipate it being very warm. However, the skies did clear for a little while, the sun making an appearance and sending us to dip our feet in the water. There was a funny moment of seagull insanity; the people picnicking next to us got up to go swimming and left a bag of chips sitting out. Big mistake. One gull ripped into the bag, and that attracted the swarm. It was a frenzy, and even after some guy covered the chip bag with a towel, the gulls still kept coming back. Persistent little buggers.

After eating our lunch and reading for a while (I can't believe I forgot my book...thank goodness Tom brought two), we stowed our stuff in the car and hiked down the beach to Point Dume. It's a big rocky outcropping about 3/4 of a mile from where we'd picnicked. It was pretty cool-looking, and while I'd originally wanted to hike the trail to the top, I was content to just look at it once we got there.

So, that was our fine day yesterday. We were both pretty beat when we got home, and nobody felt like cooking, so Max suggested we order in. We got some tasty Indian food (oh, how I love living in a place where anything you want can be delivered!) and watched more Olympic coverage. As for today, there's not a whole lot on the agenda. Hope everyone's had a fine weekend; enjoy what's left of it. :)

So this is the celebrity band we saw at Malibu...Flock of Seagulls! Ok, bad joke... Posted by Hello

Indignant gull, mad that someone put his bag of chips under a towel. Posted by Hello

Pretty Zuma Beach Posted by Hello

Point Dume Posted by Hello

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Rock on

Excellent show last night, I must say. It was very loud, and my feet were completely dead by the end of it, but the show was great. Opened up with Charlotte Martin, who has a nice voice but was frequently (to use Tom's word of choice) overwrought. She probably could have done without the microphone, I think. Next was Katy Rose & band. Really liked the sound, couldn't understand a damn word of lyrics. May have to look into getting some of her music, studio-style thank you. This crazy old man in a suit started dancing during her set, and I'm not sure he stopped dancing for the rest of the night, even during set changes. He was amusing, but a little scary.

The Cardigans were up after that. They had a pretty long set, but it was really really good. Tom & I both got a kick out of the bassist, who kept dancing around, kind of strutting, generally looking like he was thoroughly enjoying himself. They played mostly stuff from their new album, with the exception of "Erase and Rewind" somewhere in the middle of the set, and they finished off with "My Favorite Game," so I knew 2 songs at least. Some talented Swedes, they are.

Then for Liz. We spent the first 3 sets at the back of the floor area, but there was an influx of tall people near the end of The Cardigans' set, so we moved closer to the stage during the set change. It's a pretty small venue, so it's not as though we couldn't see well enough from the back of the crowd, except for the minor detail of all those tall people. Anyway, Liz was awesome, and she played a great, nearly-hour-long set. It was a nice mix of old and new material, and I had a fine time singing along.

All in all, a tiring but excellent night. Getting up for work this morning was not pleasant...were I still in school, I would definitely have skipped my morning classes. ;) Tired, tired girl right now, but managing to avoid a nap so (ideally) I'll be able to fall asleep at a reasonable hour tonight.

Okay, I think that's all the latest. Over and out, for now.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Chicks With Attitude

Tonight Tom and I are going to see Liz Phair in concert (he bought the tickets for my birthday). Very exciting! She's playing at the House of Blues on Sunset, which looks to be a pretty darn cool venue. It's the "Chicks with Attitude" tour, and the 3 openers are The Cardigans, Katy Rose & Charlotte Martin (haven't heard of the last 2, but I'm sure my sis has ;) ). Should be a fun show. More on that tomorrow, no doubt. For now, back to work, as ever.

Sunday, August 15, 2004


Geez, that was a redundant post. By way of update though, I'll say that dinner was very tasty. Hamburgers (Boca burgers for me, obviously). Mmmm, so delicious.

Saturday, August 14, 2004

Day o' Sloth

Oh, such a lazy day. I didn't change out of my pjs until almost 5:30pm, and that was just so we could go shopping for dinner food. Returned to the living room to find Max perusing online grocery-purchasing (and subsequent delivery) options. Such laziness. We spent a good chunk of the day watching sporting events - lots of Olympics, most of an MLS game. I snoozed off and on, lazy bum that I am. And now it's time to go get those dinner fixings.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

If I ran the world...

What is the deal with the DMV and auto club closing at 5:00? Don't they know that most people don't get off work until then? I'm usually done at 4:30, and even I had to take a short lunch today so I could leave early and make it to AAA before they closed. Never mind that when I got there, and waited, the guy couldn't even help me. Now I'm stuck doing the same thing tomorrow, unless by some miracle there's an AAA branch near where I work; I could feasibly go during lunch or work until my normal time and not have to rush back to Pasadena. But really, I think things would just be better all around if places of business that are more useful to people outside traditional business hours would just hire a second shift of part-time workers to operate the place, say, from 2-7. Or on Saturday. That would be good in a couple of ways, at least. They'd be able to serve more customers and they'd be creating jobs, to boot. If I ran the world, that's how it would be.

Early to Bed, Early to Rise....makes me grumpy

I've decided that while I rather enjoy working and having a steady income (duh), I don't really care for the whole getting-up-at-6:20 thing, and I care even less for the whole going-to-bed-before-11 thing. I am heartened, however, to find that I haven't lost my ability to stay up late and sleep in (sort of) on the weekends. The fact that I sleep in until only 8:30 or 9:00 is probably a good thing anyway, I guess. Anyway, I'm just posting because it's 6:47 and I still have to make my lunch and I'm a little disgruntled. Hrmph, and grumble-grumble.

Sunday, August 08, 2004

Lazy Saturday

Ahh, blessed Saturday. Sat around, watched some TV, got a haircut, watched some more TV, cleaned a little, watched X-Files on DVD, ate, read. Anticipating more of the same tomorrow, with the possible addition of a load of laundry. Man, life is good.

Friday, August 06, 2004

Long Friday

Just got home from work...feel like I left the house a week ago. It was just a really long day (she said, somewhat redundantly). There was some minimal excitement when some samples failed spectacularly after a stint in the pressure cooker (next week will involve lots of re-testing, no doubt), and I did some very preliminary training on how to check F-16 canopies for defects. They're really pretty, the military jet canopies.

Tired. Gonna go read and veg out for a while. Happy Friday, all.

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Queen of the Band Saw

Well, I finally learned how to use a band saw today. Not that it's all that tricky or anything, but it's just one of those tools I've never used, as far as I recall. So I cut a whole bunch of polycarbonate with it this morning, and then a heap of stretched acrylic this afternoon. At one point I had collected quite a few little filings in my hair...looked like I had a wicked case of dandruff. Aaaaanyway, that's the excitement of my day. Time to go home now.

Sunday, August 01, 2004

The Bourne Witch Project

So we finally managed to go see The Bourne Supremacy tonight. Before anyone gets freaked out, I have no intention to discuss any plot details. Anyway, after trying to go last night and being denied (show sold out while we were standing in line), we were successful in our venture tonight. As movies go, it was the most entertaining movie I've seen that was consequently also nearly unwatchable. By that I mean that the director seems to have never heard of tripods, cranes, steady-cam devices, or any other such contraption that allows the audience to spectate without requiring Dramamine. The bulk of the film looked to be hand-shot by someone in the throes of an epileptic seizure...or the geniuses responsible for the cinematography of NYPD Blue. At any rate, the movie-going experience wasn't a total loss, so I guess that's saying something.

Not a lot else to report. Just been working. Got around to testing the silicone on Thursday...that stuff got everywhere. Messy, messy. Beyond that, just enjoying the weekend. Hope y'all are doing the same.