Monthly Archives: April 2007

Life is good

I am so unfocused today – I am having trouble getting anything useful accomplished.

Friday afternoon, on my bus ride home, I went by a yoga studio, and am very excited to check it out on Wednesday – I’ve been looking for a convenient yoga studio to take up the yoga-ing again.

Friday evening, the architect and I had drinks and dinner on our front porch – it was a beautiful evening and was so nice to sit outside…I’d really missed the balcony we had in LA.

Saturday we finished painting my office and painted the bedroom – they both turned out nicely. We also went back to the old apartment to do a final walk-through – which was good, because I’d left all my mixing bowls there.

Then, we went to Hawthorne and did some antiquing. We came home with a dining room table & five chairs that are decent. They need to be refinished & reupholstered, but are certainly passable for now.

We made some baked nachos and watched “From Hell” and had a mellow evening.

Sunday, the architect went for a 2.5 hour mountain bike ride, and I went for a run. I ran 5.23 miles (Map My Run is a very cool thing) in 62 minutes. I think that gives me a 11.85 mile – so I’m definitely improving. I was pretty wiped at the end of the run, but could’ve gone another mile if there’d been a finish line, I think. I feel really good about my 10K on Sunday.

Sunday evening, I went bowling with the architect and a bunch of work people. I sucked…I bowled 56 the first game & 68 the 2nd…we didn’t get to finish our 3rd, and my story is that was the one that was going to be great! It was fun, though – not sure why I couldn’t throw a bowling ball…maybe my legs were tired.

Last night we slept on our new bed in our master bedroom for the first time – it’s really starting to feel like home. We also found some wood floors that are beautiful for only $2.49/sq ft, and are thinking of making the purchase. It would be so nice to replace the main floor carpet.

Today, the traffic was rather heinous (I drove today due to my naturopathy appointment tonight)…although probably not as bad as it is the Bay Area.

I’m just having trouble being all data-basey today. Too easily distracted or something.

(I just did a spell-check, and everywhere I used “ing” it’s highlighted…that’s weird, right?)

Life is good.

Friday tidbits

Just a bunch of randomosity grouped together and called a blog post.

Last night as I was walking home, I encountered a young man. He was maybe fourteen, tops. He rode his bike by me, turned around & stared, then yelled, “Nice Rack” and made an obscene gesture involving his tongue. I didn’t know whether to laugh or be outraged. I kinda wanted to say, “Hey! Go sexually harass someone your own age – I could be your mother!” And then, I promptly kicked the darn kids off my lawn, had a stroke & broke my hip – I aged that quickly.

I love taking new buses – it’s so much fun to see different parts of town (and a little discouraging to realize that there’s still so much I haven’t seen….). This morning, as I was taking #44, I saw Mt. Hood being backlit by the rising sun. It was all pink, and looked like a watercolor painting. It was so pretty. Made me think of happy mountains and happy clouds and happy trees. Also, the bus driver this morning was in an exceptionally good mood, and there’s something about being greeted with a genuine smile that can brighten a whole day.

Last night after dinner, I went upstairs (I have an upstairs! squee!) to change into comfy clothes and grab my laptop to do a little writing. I sat down on the bed. Next thing I know, it’s 6 AM. I guess I was tired. I feel pretty good today, though.

Wednesday, a committee that I was chairing at work presented our results to our Director. She was impressed, praised the committee, and praised my leadership. Today, our Finance Manager walked all the way down the hall to congratulate me on doing something he’d been trying to get my predecessors to do for years. Of course, I did make more work for myself. I have to stop pointing out things that I think are wrong – I have to be in charge of fixing them – although getting praised kinda makes it all worthwhile, I guess. (Oh, who am I kidding – I feel awesome about the positive feedback – it’s been a long time since I’ve felt any kind of support network in my career life.)

I really want a martini – but don’t have any olives. Because without olives, I’m just drinking gin in a glass. I need to head to the Saturday market this weekend and visit the Olive stand – they have olives stuffed with EVERYTHING. (Kris – if you want me to get you some for your gin-in-a-glass drinks, let me know. I’ll bring some next time I come up.)

I really want to go running, but had forgotten that I’d committed myself to eating homemade pasta for lunch today, and didn’t have time for the run as well. Maybe tonight when I get home. Definitely on Sunday. Because next Sunday, I’m doing a 10K. I may not be able to run the whole thing, but I do not doubt my ability to finish it.

It is so hot in our building today – I wish it would stop.

I’ve got mad report-writing skillz. I know you’re all hella jealous now!

The architect wants to put in a driveway – because we don’t have one. And it is annoying – I’d love to have a driveway and a garage. However, just the curb cut permits are $500 – and there are other things I’d like to have more. Like wood floors.

I am so happy it’s Friday. Have a good weekend!

No porn today

I am sorry – I have been too busy/overwhelmed/tired to look for shoes – and I don’t want to just willy nilly post the first pair of shoes that I could find. (Although the shoes that Paula Abdul recently wore in public, perhaps on American Idol, I can’t be sure, were really hot.)

So – we have other things. House reports.

We are all moved in. We cleaned the apartment yesterday, so it’s completely official. We are homeowners.

Friday evening, we waited on tenterhooks at our apartment for our realtor to bring over the keys. She’d stopped by the house before coming over to make sure the old owner was gone – he was, but he’d left quite a mess. Aparently he wasn’t too excited about leaving. So, she cleaned up and then came over.

We had a lot of stuff packed up already, and as soon as she left, we grabbed the kitties and headed over for our slumber party. I picked up a pizza on the way, and our realtor had left a 4-bottle (full) wine rack for us.

We had some pizza and drank some wine and let the kitties explore their new home.

Saturday we got up pretty early to pick up the UHaul & head over to the apt. We each had a co-worker show up, and we loaded & finished packing for much of the morning. After much work, we headed to St. John’s, showed off the house (the guys met many, many neighbors) and finally, we went to the local McMenamin’s for lunch (and tots).

I took my friend downtown & headed back (in the rain) to continue the helping.

We finished unloading the truck – and there was only one casualty….a glass lamp broke, and when the box was handed to me, the lamp expressed its displeasure by sticking a 1/2″ glass shard through the cardboard and into my hand.

Once the first aid was administered, we all sat back and had a beer.

Saturday evening was spent looking in dismay and disbelief at all the boxes (pictures to come someday, when I find the rest of my camera components).

Sunday morning, the architect & I once again got up early to return the truck. We took three more pick-up loads of stuff back to the house, and then finally (finally) tried out the new showers.

We took a trip to Home Depot (apparently destined to be our new best friend) and bought some paint, new deadbolts & locks (to ward against the crazy ex-owner) and some other random goodies. That evening, while I made dinner (or cooked rice – whatever) the architect changed the locks.

Monday, I had training from 7 am to 1 pm. Since I was the facilitator, I needed to be at work by 6:30. However, at that time, it only takes about 10 minutes to drive to work, and not 30. So – I was at work by 6:10 or so. I left at about 4, took the super long way to Costco (we got really, really lost), and then, after a delicious Mexican dinner, went to my monthly AAUW meeting.

I got home at about 10 PM that night – exactly 16 hours after leaving.

Yesterday, I felt like crap in the morning – icky tummy issues & complete exhaustion, so I played hooky. The architect decided to stay home, too. He & I picked up his motorcycle, painted my office, cleaned the old apartment, got a couple of groceries, bought a lawn mower, purchased our new queen sized mattress, mowed half of the lawn, taped up the master bedroom in preparation for painting, made dinner, and had a super relaxing day.

So – now for show & tell:

The lawnmower:

It is so awesome – not only are we not polluting, it’s an excellent quad workout. I love our new reel mower. (and that is the explanation, Claire….you were just checking out my flickr too quickly!)

And the colors – which look kinda shitty in this pic. Once they’re all up, I’ll post some pics of the rooms all painted.

The green is called “Garden Room” – and is the color of my office.

The blue is “Ocean Dream” and will be the master bedroom.

The red is “Chili Pepper” and is the living & dining rooms.

We have plans to do the upstairs bathroom, the kitchen & the guest room, but haven’t yet decided on colors.

So – haven’t been busy much. I promise to have house pics very very soon. Also, if you feel you should have my new mailing address, let me know….and I’ll email it to you.

Monday Morning

6:25 AM

I am at work.

Someone please kill me now.

House Update (and train overheards)

(Although no shoes today, so that may or may not be good.)

We went for our final walk through last night (I don’t really have any pictures – but there will be more pictures than you can handle next week, I promise). The house had been cleaned earlier that day. Full of lemony-freshness, it was. I wish it hadn’t been. I felt all yucky after.

Interesting story, though…the sellers, who are in the process of splitting up, and have (I think) an infant and an eight-year old. Also, he’s been in and out of the hospital with some unknown gastro-intestinal issues (yes, I snoop….if you leave your medical records out for me to read, I will read them). So, the man is the only one still in the house. And yesterday, they were to sign their papers. Apparently he had a breakdown while signing. He cried and refused to sign and move out of the house.

Fortunately, he eventually pulled it together…and signed. Now, we’re just waiting to hear from the title company that the docs have been filed, and everything’s official. We get the keys b/w 5:30 & 6:00 tonight…and we’re headed over with the kitties for a slumber party at the new place! We will move the majority of our stuff tomorrow.

And now for something completely different: interesting public transportation news. Last night on MAX, there were two guys, probably about 19 or so. And also, two girls, probably about 15 or 16. One of the girls really wanted a love connection with one of the guys, and every time she talked, I cringed with embarrassment for her.

She told a story about how this guy friend of hers “made out with her ear” while watching tv. Then, when cute train guy said she had tiny ears, that was all the encouragement she needed. She started giggling, and then just started talking. About making out. And I’m glad that her life is still more “making out” than “getting it on” but the giggling….it was incessant. And the “I would make out with another girl if you wanted to watch,” and the giggling. His responses kept getting shorter and shorter, and her logorrhea kept getting more and more out of control.

Her friend kept trying to shut her up, and by the time the girls exited the train, the guys weren’t even responding anymore. I hope that she doesn’t feel all humiliated when she realizes that she asked a strange guy if a) he’d ever “frenched a girl’s nose” and then b) if he wanted to lick the inside of her ears.

Poor little teenage girls. I am so happy I am long past that stage.