Sunday, September 30, 2007

Random Sunday Bloggings

1) Smoke alarms are made in Canada, and are radioactive. Who knew?

2) OrionSky019: you should come down
OrionSky019: and we'll go to Barnes and Noble
OrionSky019: and i'll feed my Graphic novels fetish

Sunday Cat Blogging

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Friends are Fun, Fire is Bad!

Thursday night was fish and chips night. I have a good recipe that I made once a few years ago at Cornell and it turned out great. So now, whenever I want to have a nice evening with friends and a not-too-laborous meal, I try to make the same recipe. Trouble is, it never turns out right, and each time seems to be worse than the time before. Last time, I had really really REALLY soggy chips. This time, I may or may not have accidentally set the oil on fire.

So, one very freaked out cat, lots of black oily smoke, a few cups of baking soda, and some very bemused friends later, I had a complete mess and no dinner to show for it. So instead, we (Justin, Danielle, Janeth and me) went out for Italian at GrapeVine down the road, which turned out to be just what we needed. Good times and lots of laughs, but still really bummed that I didn't have dinner ready for everybody. I'm not sure I want to try again, there's no telling what could happen next time.

Friday night I went down to the Fan to hang out with Todd and Kelly, which was a big accomplishment for me. I'm one of those people who needs to know exactly where I'm going when I'm driving; so I hate driving places I don't know, and I especially have driving and parking in the city. The Fan is even worse, because not only have I never been there, but there's no off-street parking, and on-street parking is hideous since so many people live there.

But, do it I did! Found a good spot about a block away from Kelly's apartment, hung out there for a little while, then went out for drinks at the bars. Met two of Kelly's friends there, Nikhil and Catherine. Nikhil and Catherine are, as it turns out, engaged to be married. Over the course of the night Catherine and I talked, and had a few beers. The beers got the better of Catherine, who then proceeded to go to sleep on my shoulder ... while her fiance sat right on her other side wondering why she wasn't sleeping on his shoulder. Umm, AWKWARD.

Anyway, great night, glad I finally did it.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


I seem to have developed a nervous twitch in my eye.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Great Relaxing Weekend

Just finished a very relaxing weekend; first one in a long time.

A really good friend from DC came down for the day on Saturday to visit. We went downtown and did the whole "Richmond thing".

Everytime I go there, I'm struck at just how empty the city is on weekends. It went through a revitalization effort during the 80's and 90's, which meant a whole bunch of skyscrapers for businesses and not much else. So it's busy during the day, packed during rush hour, and completely dead any other time. At one point we were walking through a pretty major intersection; we stopped in the middle, and Mike observed that we couldn't see a single other person walking. This was at 2PM. Geez.

Anyway, we did the Capitol, the Canal Walk, Monument Ave, the Confederacy Museum, and Shockoe Slip (had some great beers at Richbrau). If you know anything about downtown Richmond, you know that's pretty much all there is to do.

Went back to the apartment, chilled for a while, then had dinner at Ipanema Grill. It was Mike's first time at a Brazillian steakhouse, I think he liked it :)

Sunday I just sat around the apartment, played some games, read a book, cleaned a bit, and just generally had a very relaxing and stress-free time. Even the fact that my neighbors spilled soda on my car from their balcony didn't bother me this morning.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


I just spilled 7 cups of confectioners sugar on the kitchen floor.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Famous Cheese Caves

I made a white wine cream sauce tonight to have with spaghetti as next week's lunch. On the gorgonzola package is this charming little product description:

Hand made using all-natural ingredients, then carefully aged in the historic cheese caves of Faribault, MN.

Did anyone else know that there are historic cheese caves in Minnesota?

Sunday Cat Blogging

I know it's traditional to do cat blogging on Friday, but taking pictures of Lucy is difficult when you're stuck at work. Therefore, I'm cat blogging on Sunday, to take advantage of the entire weekend.

Since this is the first week, I'm posting not one, but TWO(!) pictures of Lucy.

Here's Lucy with her pink feather thingy. It used to have 6 big pink fluffy feathers on it. She's whittled that down to 3 rather scruffy looking feathers.

For some reason, the pink feather thingy keeps zipping under the dresser to hide. Why's it do that? What's it doing under there?

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Worst Idea Ever

I took a 3 mile walk 24 hours after I did calf raises at the gym for the first time in a while. Trying to walk now results in the following sound:


Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Mushrooms, Round 3!

Round 1: Emergency call to 24/7 maintenance on Thursday night. Service guy comes out at 10PM, says washing machine hose is leaking. Fixes hose. Says personally can't do anything else, but recommends talking to complex manager.

Round 2: Talk to complex manager. Says senior complex repairman is on vacation until after Labor Day, but that service request is noted.

Round 3: Senior complex repairman visits apartment during normal business hours. Enters said apartment without notifying apartment's resident (causing much consternation) and leaves note saying personally can't do anything, and that outside contractor has been called.

So, that's the update. We're now up to the point where an outside contractor has to come in and look at the floor. Should be an intereting couple of days. And now, I'm off to do some cleaning so that when the contractor comes the apartment isn't a wreck.

Monday, September 03, 2007

3 Driving Habits that Annoy Me

On the way home from Charlottesville last night, I encountered three driving habits that really annoy me. They are, in no particular order:

1) People who don't drive at a constant speed. I'm not talking about drivers who stay in a plus or minus 5mph range, or adapt to weather or road conditions, which we all do. I'm talking about people who go back and forth between 65 and 85 based on how much they're yakking on their cell phone. Or the people who cut you off in the passing lane in order to pass a truck, but who then decide that they don't want to pass the truck, slow down to the truck's speed and make life miserable for the other 87 cars who are also trying to pass the truck.

2) People who can't figure out how to use their highbeams. I was in front of a driver last night who kept changing his mind on whether I was far enough in front of him to use his brights. Every couple of minutes or so, it was on, off, on, off, on, off, on, off.

3) People who drive way too fast for what they're driving. Example: the Budget rental truck that was being driven by some preppy, bubble-gum blowing, girl in her late teens. She was doing at least 90mph, showed no signs of slowing down, was weaving (badly) in and out of traffic, and nearly caused quite a few accidents in the minute or so that she was in my vicinity. Look, if you're driving a corvette or something and doing 90 and you fly past me, I might curse at you and call you a jerk; but at least you probably have control of your vehicle and aren't causing near accidents left and right. This girl had absolultely no idea what she was doing or how big her truck was, evidenced by the fact that she nearly took out quite a few vehicles, including several trucks who, as it turns out, can react and brake much more quickly than I'd thought. I was seriously amazed that I didn't see her truck flipped over on the side of the road somewhere.