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It's been a pretty good weekend so far - if on the mellow side.

Friday night was spent decompressing from the hectic workweek and futzing around with my ipod. Yesterday included downtime, cooking time, cleaning time, clubbing time, watching tv time, brunch time and social time.

The downstairs bathroom is less of a wreck now and our bedroom is navigable again. Also, [livejournal.com profile] sol3 did some work on the kitchen, and that's in reasonable shape, too.

I threw together a stir fry that didn't come out as well as it could have, but it was edible and I do have leftovers for a couple of meals next week. And I'm still surprised by how well the Trader Joe's brown rice penne works.

[livejournal.com profile] sol3 and I popped into Surya Dub last night, and while his back ache kept us from closing out the night, it was definitely great to check out, and we'll most likely be back at some point. Huge thanks to [livejournal.com profile] bloodstones for pointing us in that direction.

After we got back from the club, we decided we weren't ready for bed and started watching The Tudors. I'm hoping that the first few episodes are just setting the story before settling into a groove, because if the show keeps up as it is, I doubt I'll keep watching it.

And after futzing around with the ipod to set up playlists, I now have hours of music in a format the "integration system" likes - yay to driving with good music!
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Do you get deja vu?

What does it mean to you?
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It seems that JetBlue recently changes their bookings policy - they used to only issue tickets for six months out from the current date. Luckily, I did find this out more then six months before a certain wedding has me on the east coast, but not soon enough to get convenient frequent flyer passes within a week of the 4th of July.

For the trip there, I'm compensating by flying a couple of days early; for the flight back, that really isn't an option. So instead, I am scheduled to fly for free from Boston to San Diego, and then have a $130 Southwest ticket to get me from San Diego to Oakland.
What I'm hoping for, though, is that once I get through security at Logan, the nice people at JetBlue will let me fly directly to Oakland instead, and the nice people at Southwest give me ~$100 credit towards my next flight on them.

In other news, if you have any interest in going to Flipside, you should run to the post office tomorrow for your money order - it's the last day of ticket sales! My probably-not-secret source says that the state of the current website reflects the general (lack of) organization (so far) this year, but I'm willing to put my time/energy/money on it still being a great event - and without any angst-inducing theme stupidity.

meme'ing

Jan. 3rd, 2008 02:58 pm
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Post a New Year's resolution that you think I should make.

Then, if you like, post this in your own LJ, and see what resolutions people think you should make.
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2007 was a mixture of good and bad for me, but it was the sort of bad that's helping me figure out what I want and need from life - growing pains, rather then repeated head-bashing.

In 2007, I had to make a choice between two competing job offers. I'll never know if I made the right one, but just having that choice was important.

In 2007, I made a more concentrated push to get my health in order then ever before. That's to continue into 2008, but with this sort of stuff, every step is important.

In 2007, I graduated from college. It was very different from what I expected, but it was an important step to complete, and I did it.

I don't believe in New Year's resolutions, but I do think that this is an important time for setting intentions for the coming year. In 2008, I want to be more active physically, more proactive about those things in life that just need to get done, more community-active and continue with the health quest.

And I'm continuously honored by [livejournal.com profile] sol3's choice to be here with and for me - I'm thrilled that we'll be celebrating 6 years together in the coming year, and that finalizing those plans is one of the first to-do items on my list in 2008.
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[livejournal.com profile] sol3 and I have survived the last bit of holiday travel for 2007. Getting to Flagstaff was a bit more nerve-wrecking then expected, as US Airways screwed up the checkin process and the security staff were extra curious about [livejournal.com profile] sol3's cameras on the Oakland side, and then our luggage took over a half hour to come out on the Arizona side, but I managed to do the drive to Flagstaff without needing [livejournal.com profile] sol3 to take the wheel.

Time in Arizona was nice and mellow - just our speed. Among other things, I kicked ass at wii bowling and was introduced to Bones. The latter makes me wonder if there is a Law & Order/CSI knockoff that I wouldn't like (besides, y'know, CSI Miami).

We got back home last night, and the trip was much less eventful.

Christmas itself is always weird for me. It's not a holiday that has any meaning for me, and it's sometimes difficult to separate it from the horrible theme music that gets played everywhere. Luckily, typical Christmas stuff was limited to opening presents Tuesday morning.

I don't know how other people do it, but there's a class of phone calls I really don't like making from the office - and they're frequently the type of calls that can only be made during business hours. So today, basking in an unexpected day off, I have called Geico to straighten out an account issue, two separate dial-up ISPs to cancel accounts created for my grandfather (who now has a cable modem!), CapitalOne to cancel a card of theirs I haven't used in almost a year, a doctor's, dentist's and vet's office to schedule appointments and took my new (to me) coat to the tailor (even if that last one isn't a phone call).

Next up on the list is de-grunging the apartment and possibly even setting up the aerogarden [livejournal.com profile] sol3's mom got me.

And, um, I blame certain people on my flist for the daily cookie cravings I've been getting lately.

home!

Dec. 17th, 2007 10:41 am
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(well, at work, to be honest)

[livejournal.com profile] sol3 and I finally got home around midnight last night, after our first two flights out of Boston were canceled. And I consider this to be lucky, because the nice lady on the phone gave us the last two seats on the 6pm flight out, as the desk was trying to put us on a flight today that was already 20 people overbooked.

I'm incredibly bummed that we ended up missing Kooza and missing time with [livejournal.com profile] threadwalker, [livejournal.com profile] soulrefraction, [livejournal.com profile] kryscat and R., but at the same time, I am very grateful for the time I got with the Boston peeps - especially seeing [livejournal.com profile] contessagrrl in the vicinity of her birthday and doing wedding stuffs with [livejournal.com profile] goat.

My brain was obviously off when I was on the plane, as I thought I was coming home to a relatively unscheduled week, when that's really not the case. On the upside, it's not overscheduled - though the shopping I need to do is likely to be a bit maddening.
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Not only is my flight delayed by two hours, but they're playing christmas music in the airport. Security announcements have never sounded so good before.

tidbits

Dec. 3rd, 2007 10:19 pm
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For the first time in a long time (too long!), I got inspired while walking through the grocery store: today's dinner was asparagus, broccoli and crimini mushrooms in a cream sauce, over brown rice penne. And it worked well! And, I was pleasantly surprised by the brown rice penne - the consistency was definitely different from regular pasta, but not so much that it was jarring.

The Hawaii trip is finally starting to come together.
Last year, one of the reasons we picked Costa Rica is because I thought Hawaii would be too intimidating to plan - and after 2-3 weeks of making and second guessing island choices, reading way too many hotel/b&b/resort reviews and a bit of stress, I'm happy with our 90% settled on itinerary.
The only catch is that one place I'm totally fixating on costs an obscene amount of money. It's pretty much my mental image of paradise, and I'm trying to bend the will of the universe to stay there for four nights. This insanity is only mitigated by the fact that I already know where we'll say if the universe really refuses to bend.
Either way, though, having the basic itinerary planned out is a big weight off - now I can just be thrilled that we'll be going to Hawaii, that we'll be celebrating six years together, and that, universe and Pele permitting, we'll get to see flowing lava as part of that.
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I haven't had a paid account in a year or two now because the idea of sending money to SixApart just didn't sit well with me. Now, I might have a paid account again soon!
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Ever since I started using my current phone, my BART cards have been getting demagnetized. I've tried making sure to keep them in a different pocket from my phone, and have failed at a surprising rate.
I tried googling for answers to this problem, and the internet totally let me down - I'm kinda shocked that there isn't a comprehensive list of phones that are likely to demagnetize cards, and what sorts of things can be done to said phones to correct the problem.
Instead, though, I found that the EZ Rider cards are now available to the general public - and won't demagnetize at the rate the little paper cards do. And, if they do, there's a process to order a new card online, which is tons more useful to me then the filling out a form to mail to BART process that I'm incapable of following.

Meanwhile, I still have a "silicon skin" for the phone making it's way to me via the post. I can accept that I'm not going to replace this phone (which was supposed to have been temporary), but I'm not ready to embrace having a pink phone.
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This morning, I woke up snuggled up to [livejournal.com profile] sol3, with my kitty curled up on the pillow above my head and purring.

Of course I already wish people I saw during the travels - and people I couldn't get to see - could be closer all the time.

Next up: ridding myself of the cold NYC gave me.
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+ [livejournal.com profile] sol3 will be here in under 2 hours!!!
- the house is still a wreck
+ it's the weekend!
- had to leave work early because of a power issue, and have work to do over the weekend... somehow
+ have I mentioned that it's the weekend?!
+ I got a proto-wave from Pip yesterday!
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+ lunch outside
- not making it to the gym in time for the pilates class
+ swimming at the gym
+ stopping by walgreens
+ eating a healthy dinner
- getting sucked into the laptop at home, and not getting much else done

Looks like I came out ahead, huh?

Other recent pluses include going to the Arcade Fire show, making it to the clothing swap, getting a few layers of playa dust off my car (yeah, having it say "burner freak" helped ; ) ), a free massage and a very good amount of seeing people I like.

Also, yesterday was an amazingly gorgeous day. It started Tuesday night, when it was very comfortably warm in the city in the evening, and just kept getting better. The temperature was just perfect, the water in the bay looked amazingly blue, it was very pleasantly warm after dark last night, and driving into the moonrise with a sunset-gradient sky on my left was amazing.
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Today was totally underproductive - I got some random things squared away, but the pile of dusty stuff in the middle of the place hasn't been touched today. Hopefully tomorrow?

One of the random things done today was updating car insurance. Not that mine was about to expire, but [livejournal.com profile] sol3's was, and when he got a quote that was about half what I'm paying, I called Geico back to see what they'd charge for a policy for the both of us. The answer? Less then half of what we were both paying. My best guess is that the change to insurance rates being dependent on place of residence went into place, so if you're in CA and haven't shopped around for a policy in a while, I highly recommend it.

In other news, my next trip to the east coast appears to be settled - I'll be in the greater NYC area from October 19th to the 25th, and am pretty excited about the trip.

back?

Sep. 10th, 2007 10:31 pm
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So I'm sorta back from my travels.

After Cape Cod, and then Boston and then Black Rock City, I'm back to sleeping in my own bed - and sometime, the kitty even snuggles me, which was super surreal when I first got back.

On the other hand, I'm barely unpacked from my travels, and having a house guest means I'm doing less to unpack then I normally would. And the current houseguest stays until Thursday & the next houseguest arrives on Sunday. Which isn't to say that I don't love me houseguests and would somehow forego having them near.

At this rate, I'll be swinging back to bay-area life close to October then anticipated, but what's an extra month, right? And right at this moment, I'm pleasantly buzzed from some margaritas and enjoying how the present seems as floaty as the future appears to be.
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I'm not posting much these days - I just can't seem to get into a groove.

Today's groove, though, is picking out a tent with [livejournal.com profile] sol3 - and I just ordered a tent that should have a cushy amount of space for all of our stuff, and is tricked out with wiring that makes [livejournal.com profile] sol3 bouncy.

Next up is going through everything that's stashed away in the burning man bins, and making a shopping list out of everything that's missing. Having to be ready for Burning Man one week from today is definitely one way to put a fire under my ass.
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Go here to tell the birthday boy just what should be done to him on this special day!
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Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] sol3!
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Today, for the first time in the year+ since we've been talking again, I've honestly been happy to have had a conversation with my father.
Over the past year, I have been taken aback a few times by the health/nutritional advice he sometimes has for me, because it's so down to earth and scientifically based and stuff, which is the total opposite of my mom's fad obsessions.
But today, without any pause in the conversation, he told me why I've been feeling dizzy for the past two days - which is something that had been driving me batty not only because it makes functioning awkward, but because it was so persistent, un-explainable and un-fixable.
The answer is that I'm low on iron. And I'm almost shocked I didn't think of it myself, but also very grateful that he clued me in.

Today I also bought my kitty organic food - and she seems to like it!
She's been showing signs of distaste for her current food, as the bag of it got wet at some point, and probably made the food weird. I'd been trying to scoop from the side that didn't get wet, but apparently that wasn't good enough.
And I've been less then thrilled with how much filler her food had, and with the fact that the brand (even if it was the wet food variety) showed up on the pet food recall.
So now, if she continues to like it, ms. thing will be eating organix food.

Now I should figure out how to get more iron into my body without straying from the bland foods diet just yet.
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