1.30.2007

Cookies & Sweet Thoughts

I made these cookies today and felt I should re-post the recipe for them (I originally posted the recipe in my other blog that I've stopped posting in). They're incredibly good, and rather easy to make. The recipe is double, and i adjusted it a little for my tastes (I use less chocolate chips than it calls for--I like enough chocolate to get the taste, not to overwhelm).

  • 2 cups melted butter

  • 2 cups brown sugar

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 4 beaten eggs

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 4 cups flour

  • 3 cups chocolate chips (1 and 1/2 pkgs. 12-oz) (dark chocolate is best!)

  • 3 cups rolled oats

  • nuts optional


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in a large microwave safe
bowl or on the stove. Add sugars and let cool a bit. Add eggs and
stir. Add baking powder, baking soda, salt and vanilla. Stir some
more. Add flour and stir. Then add chips and oats and mix everything
really well. (The dough will be quite stiff. Don't worry. It's
supposed to be that way.)



Use a teaspoon and drop by rounded spoonful onto a greased cookie
sheet, 12 to a sheet. (Each spoonful should be about the size of a
walnut with its shell on.)



Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on cookie sheet for 2
minutes. Then remove to rack. (The rack is very important--it make
them crispy on the outside and moist on the inside.)



(These freeze well if you roll them in foil and put them in a freezer
bag, but they probably won't last that long.)



Source:

A Romance novel. I think it was called Cowboys and Kisses, but I'm not sure, it was ages ago.



So I've been thinking, I got a reply, privately from Max about what's going on with me and I agree with him for the most part. I think the min thing is I don't know myself as well as I'd like. I got to know myself a lot better while I was in New Zealand, but I still don't really know myself. I've been really sheltered, and both of my parents are incredibly smart, so I do tend to act like I know it all or as Max put it, that nothing is new to me. I have an ego, but apparently I don't come off as humble as I thought I was. Well, as much as I'd like to change that, I think I'd rather be honest with myself as say it probably won't. I'll try first to change the know-it-all aspect first, then when that changes, maybe it'll magically make me appear more humble, or something. If anyone else has any ideas, I'd appreciate them as well.



Question of the Day: What's your favorite kind of cookie?

1.29.2007

I need a hero, or er, wait...

So I've been thinking about what I wrote in my previous post. Namely just that last bit about relationships etc. Supposedly my standards are just too high. (That was what prompted the Jake Gyllenhaal quip.) But I don't think that's really true. That could be why my relationships don't last once I finally get into one, but that's not why I don't get into relationships in the first place.



According to my friend Tolga, part of why I don't get asked out is because I'm too pretty, and guys are intimidated by that. I got really confused by that. So, the guys who I spend the most time with, the slightly (or more than slightly) dorky, geeky, etc. guys find me intimidating. So, why don't the 'popular' guys ask me out? You know, the ones who are into pretty girls? Because I'm too smart. I can't win. I'm too smart for one crowd and too pretty for another. I want the in-between guy anyway (which is why Jake is so appealing). And I really don't mean to sound conceited when I write all of this, but this is what Tolga told me, I mean he is one of my closest friends, so he could have just been trying to make me feeling better, but he's really not that type.



Well, that supposedly explains why I don't get asked out. And I'm way too old fashioned (read: shy, or better yet: nervous) to do the asking myself. But that doesn't explain why my relationships just don't last. I've never had anything last longer than a month.



The most likely relationship I've had was with Andrew. He was really smart, very cute, and I'm not really sure why we didn't work out. We dated for about a month, and then it just kinda stopped. I feel like I should e-mail him and ask him why he thinks it ended, but I have a few ideas of my own that I don't feel like airing here. The main idea about why we didn't work, was that we were just different. We liked different music, all that stuff. We kinda got together the day of graduation. We were both getting a BS in business, and we had had the capstone class together. The class had teams in it, and we were on rival teams. It was fun because we'd banter during class a little, debating about who would wind up winning and all of that. (His team did on one aspect, ours did on another.)



I think most of my relationships weren't even real relationships. I mean I could technically call some of the guys I dated my boyfriends, but not really. A boyfriend, that kind of relationship, lasts longer than a few weeks. And I never had that.



OK, getting all depressed about my social life now. Who wants to go out & party?



Question of the Day: For those of you who know me personally: What do you think the issue is? For those of you who don't: What are your issues?

1.27.2007

Frustrations

I am getting frustrated with several things in my life right now, from very mundane, to less mundane, to slightly more important.



I am starting to get fully frustrated by the companies who make face soap, face wash, whatever you want to call it. When I was younger I used Bioré. It was in the blue & white bottle then, and it worked for me for the most part. Then they changed the formulation! Now the liquid itself is green and smells like watermelon candy! It also makes my nose itch doesn't get my face clean. Then my mom decided to buy me some of the expensive face stuff. She got me one of those 4 step things, and for the longest time I never used it because I was just too lazy to use something with 4 steps. (I mean, really!) But I started using it at the beginning of last year because I was trying to save money and I had it and I still wasn't using all 4 steps, but it really worked on my face. It was a set by Lancome, and when I ran out of the facial cleanser (notice the frilly name for the frillier brand?), I went to the department store to try and buy more. Of course, they've changed their formulation, too! I have this thing where I can't use face wash that doesn't foam. It's why I won't use Cetaphil. My mom loves it, my roommate uses it, but it doesn't foam, so I won't use it. But when Lancome changed the stuff that I was using, it no longer foamed. It was a cleansing 'lotion' or some crap like that! So, I had to hunt for another new face wash. Recently I've been using Aveeno. And right now, I am all Aveeno. I use Aveeno Body Wash, Body Lotion, Face Wash, and Moisturizer. It's kinda crazy because I've never been this brand fanatic, but they're the only ones I've found that aren't over-doing the fragrances. And the face wash works, except for that week before my period. So, I may be settling, but it's a good settling.



Another thing frustrating me is work. Don't get me wrong, I really like working at Starbucks. And I like (most of) the people I work with. But there's a bit of a storm brewing over there. Right now we have 3 managers. I found out yesterday that one of them is leaving because technically she isn't needed. But the problem is, because our store manager is so new, he's still learning the computer system, and how to make some of the drinks. I like Alex, I do. He and I sat down the other day and talked about the fact that I want to get promoted. Basically he said that because Noreen is being promoted right now, they don't have room for me, and may not be able to do it for several months. Unless I transfer stores. This is fine with me. From my point of view, I don't mind. As long as I don't have to drive too far, I don't really care. The problem is, I talked to Derek last night a little bit, and Noreen is a full time student and only has a 3 day a week availability. Derek himself is the only shift leader with open availability. So, if they really need people to be able to cover shifts, then they're going to need more than one more person. (Especially considering I have open availability now.) Not only that, but People keep saying things to the effect that we're going to buy out the store right next to us so we have a larger store (right now the place is beyond tiny), and in order to remodel, they'd have to transfer us all to other stores. In terms of some of the things that happen over there, it might be a good thing, but that store does some kind of insane amount of business. We've been hovering around $5k days, and considering we do it between $1.55 for a small coffee to $4.20 for a large caramel frappuccino, that's one heck of a lot of business.



The last thing that's frustrating me is some of my friendships. Not the long distance ones, so don't freak out, although that is hard enough as it is. I have friends here and I feel like I'm on the outside a lot of times. Take last night for example. I went and hung out with Jess and Scott & Kyle. The first time I went over there, Scott and Jessica were watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Ok, I was at work all day, and I'd like to hang out with friends. I hate horror movies. Anything based around blood and gore, I just don't do. I went in, asked what they were watching and left. I'm sorry if I'm a wimp, but I get nightmares for a week if I watch that kind of stuff. I came back here and did some more bead shopping (I need seed beads to go with all the pearls I bought), and they turned up about 1/2 an hour later. Ok, cool, let's hang out. Oh, wait, you want to go to Best Buy? And Panda Express (which I can't stand, and incidentally Scott can't even eat at because he's allergic to MSG)? Then over to Hollywood Video? And Albertson's? Really? This is hanging out? I'd rather just sit around and talk. Scott got to go to Sundance! Let him talk about it, and all the cool people he saw. And how he saw Abigail Breslin hanging out with Dakota Fanning. But grocery shopping? Really? Then as soon as we got back to the apartment, we all pile into Scott and Kyle's apartment, as usual, and as soon as they finish putting the groceries away, Oh, we didn't finish watching that gory movie that you don't have any desire to see. Let's hit play, and see how fast she can leave! So, I didn't actually get to hang out with my friends. And it was unbelievably frustrating.



Not only that, Jess & I went to hang out on Friday, and she tells me that she and the guys are "rooting for me." In terms of finding a significant other, I'm the one who has been alone the longest. They guys have both had girlfriends before they moved here, and Jess had a boyfriend when she moved, even if it didn't last very long after she got here. But now I'm under pressure to "Find Someone." I told her I was holding out for Jake Gyllenhaal. She said that didn't seem likely, but I said you never know, we could run into each other at a random Starbucks...



Question of the Day: What are your frustrations?

1.23.2007

Oscar the not-so-Grouchy

Today is a pretty exciting day. Oscar noms are out. Most of them are no big surprise to me after all the hype surrounding most of them. The category that kinda puzzles me though is the Best Supporting Actress category. Only one of the actresses is well known. I mean, I suppose that's why they were in supporting roles, but I still find it unusual that there is only one big name in that mix. Don't get me wrong I love that Hollywood is discovering new talent, that is actually talented for a change. But there are so many names out there that are well known, I'm surprised that these were chosen. One thing is for sure, these women won't have to worry about looking for work for a few years. Also, I heard fabulous thing about Penelope Cruz in Volver. But it's a Spanish-language film. I didn't expect her to get a nomination for it. It's not in English, so I honestly didn't expect enough people to have seen it to nominate her. I guess my opinions of people are lower than I thought they were.



All in all I guess there were no major surprises. My roommate said it's not going to be a very exciting night. We'll watch it anyway. She will probably end up at her sister's place because she has an amazing TV, and I might just go next door. Who knows?



So I found this website, and I swear, it's got to have some kind of subliminal message or something because it's such bright colors, and it doesn't actually do anything, but you sit there and stare at it, and the page just kind of mesmerizes you. I don't know how else to describe it...



So today is my one year anniversary of moving to LA! YAY! And I'm actually seriously contemplating moving. I want to stay and give my business a chance, but with that argument: It's an online business that I can do from anywhere. That argument is a little irrelevant. My dear friend Michelle, who lives in Alaska with her husband and now 2 sons (including my godson), is trying to convince me to move up there. A lot of her argument, besides being near her and the boys, is that Alaska is teeming with single men who will throw themselves at my feet. Or so she says. I'm a little more skeptical about all this, but I'm willing to do a little window shopping before I dismiss out-of-hand. So I'm going up there for the Christening of their second son, even though for family political reasons, I am not his godmother. I am going the check out the place, see if I could actually live there, and then... Who knows? I'm not saying no. I'm not agreeing, but I'm not saying no either.




Question of the Day: Do you think I'm crazy?

1.22.2007

I Can Google Myself!

So I Googled the website this evening. It seemed like a good idea. And while I don't show up if you'e searching for Jewelry, I'm the first result if you Google Random Oasis. I think that is very cool, because it wasn't always true. I was getting all sorts of weird other sites. You always got me if you Googled RandomOasis (no space). But those are a lot of other sites that I'm on, and the website RandomOasis.com doesn't even show up until halfway down the page. I find it odd how Google works. I mean, if you are the internet's best resource for something, but have no one linked to you, Google either can't find you, or doesn't care if you exist. It will put you nearer the bottom of their listings because no one has linked to your site. So I have had to resort to myspace spam to try to get people to post my links (which makes me feel dirty), and I'm actually thinking about advertising. Google AdWords are about bidding or something, and you only have to pay if someone actually click on your ad, not if someone just sees it. So I don't know. It's a hard thing yet.



I feel like a schlub right now. I haven't left the house all day. I got a shipment of beads that I ordered last week, and I was going to start working on those, but got distracted. I posted 5 more reviews in the Movie Review blog. I watched 2 movies. I wanted to watch a different one, but I think the DVD player is on the fritz. I actually ate today so I'm rather proud of myself (I have a tendency to forget to eat when I'm really busy). But I didn't get over to Costco to get gas. I didn't do laundry like I wanted to. I didn't get to Stabucks to pick up my tips. I can put all that off until tomorrow, but I'm running out of toothpaste!



Question of the Day: When was the last day that you sat around the house, truly doing nothing?

Tin Cup

I do enjoy this movie. It's a sports movie, which I suppose is a little incongruent for me, but it's got a lot of romance in it too. It's so trailer-y because Kevin Costner is this balls-to-the-wall golf-pro who runs a driving range, used to date a stripper, lives in a trailer on a hill above the range, wears dirty wife-beaters. Renee Russo is in it as this woman who is originally with his arch competitor, but winds up with him. it's all very trashy. They talk trash, they're slightly trailer trash, and the movie didn't do very well, but I really enjoyed it...

A sports movie that is less about sports and more about the people who are compulsed to play.

The Princess Bride

I love this movie. It's completely romantic and good, but it's still got adventures and fighting and giants and all that stuff still. It's so good. Cary Elwes is great because he's so sarcastic and always cute. Robin Wright is amazing and luminous, though she does get annoying after the 3rd or 4th viewing. Mandy Patinkin is always amazing. Chris Sarandon is the Prince and he's awful (in a good way). (I just found out that he also does the voice for Jack Skellington in Nightmare before Christmas.) Then there's Andre the Giant. He's so good, and friendly and he rhymes! One thing I should mention is that even if you've seen this movie, you should definitely read the book. The movie, as all movies do, leaves out some really funny bits, and some stuff in the movie is funnier now that I've read it...

Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

Love's Labor's Lost

This is an awful movie. It really is. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had expected the singing and dancing when I went in, but I went in expecting a normal, traditional Kenneth Brannagh true to form Shakespeare movie. Instead, it tries to be a throwback to all the musicals with Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire and all the singing and Dancing. It's awful. He took out something like 2/3s of the original Shakespeare. I have to give some credit though because the acting isn't horrible and the singing in and of itself isn't bad. It's just that it really doesn't belong. Maybe if the singing had had the words of Shakespeare, but it's just old songs being thrown in.

It just had so much potential that it threw away.

The Italian Job

I do enjoy this movie. It's a lot of fun. I've seen it several times now, and I've actually broken down and bought it because I saw it on sale for super-cheap at Costco. It's all about a heist and then revenge and then another heist. But it's got a handful of really fun actors in it. Mark Wahlburg is always very cute, but he's also a better actor that I fell some people give him credit for. This movie doesn't really require Shakespeare, but he's great. Charlize Theron, pre-Oscar (or at least this came out the same year as Monster), and she's still got that innocent kind of I haven't been nominated yet, so I'm still actually able to do this stuff without it being a step backwards. Unlike Aeon Flux, which I haven't seen, although I haven't heard anything good about it. Edward Norton. I think he's one of my favorite bad guys. He's so smarmy in so many things. But then again he plays a good guy in Fight Club. But in this he's almost slimy and he's mean, but he's predictable, but that's the character. The other characters are fantastic too: Handsome Rob (Jason Statham), Lyle/The Napster (Seth Green), Left Ear (Mos Def), and John Bridger (Donald Sutherland). They're all so funny, and well matched. The story is great too, but considering it's a remake, that's not surprising.

A plain, good, fun movie.

The Queen

I have no doubts about this movie being an Oscar Contender. It was really really well done. Helen Mirren is amazing in it. She gets lost inside the character, you're not comparing her to the real queen, you aren't thinking about what she's done previously. She simply becomes the real queen. She is regal, and staid, and strong, and everything that she should be, but she still has emotions, because she is still a woman with a family. As for the movie itself, I love the way they inter-spliced archival footage of Diana, and the funeral and newscasts during that week with the actors. It was truly well done. It doesn't really show Prince Charles in the best light, but the movie is about the Queen and Tony Blair and the way that everything was done during the week between Diana's death and her funeral. It's a truly wonderfully well done film, and Helen Mirren is amazing. She deserves all the awards and acclaim she's been getting recently.

A look at a complex woman few can get close to.

1.21.2007

Lots of Excitement

There has been lots of excitement today. Well, really only a little, but it was so exciting, it's lasted the whole day.



I worked today, of course. I opened the store with Eli & Patty. Patty took my shift, so she went home at 9:15, and I stayed until 12:15. Of Course none of this is out of the ordinary or any big deal. I was working on bar (running the espresso machine) & really doing well. I'm getting very proud of myself, I can make drinks in tandem and get a bunch out all at once. But just before 11am I hear this really loud bang. Everyone on the store jumps a foot, or ducks, myself included. I swear I thought someone had been shot. But I looked in the direction it came from and Gina (the Assistant Manager) was already running over to the window, because she had heard that sound once before. A car ran into the side of our building. The last time it happened, sometime last year, the car made it all the way into the bathroom. This time though, the car only dented the wall a little: the window didn't even break. But apparently one of the things that happened was that where the wall dented out, there was a guy who had been sitting at the window. He's one of our regulars, and he apparently got flung out of his chair when the car hit the wall. I mean that's a lot of force to absorb to keep your seat...




Apparently, the way the whole thing happen was that the girl who hit us was making a left hand turn into our parking lot. Coming the opposite direction, some guy ran the red light and hit her, causing her to hit our building, because we're right on the corner. You can see from my really awful photoshopped rendition of our location of what happened. There were a few other cars involved apparently from either direction, who didn't swerve in time to miss, or didn't see it happen.



After it did happen I had to finish making the drinks that were already paid for, and we couldn't sell anymore drinks. One guy got pissed off and claimed that he had been waiting for 10 minutes for a coffee, and there's no way he had been in there for that long. We had to kick everyone out and someone, I don't even know who called the cops and the ambulance & the firemen showed up. Gina started calling the other managers and our District Manager. It was kinda crazy...




Question of the Day: What was the last really crazy thing that happened to you or around you?

1.19.2007

Idiocracy

This is an incredibly funny movie that completely satirizes the people that will find it the funniest. The whole movie is about this really perfectly average guy from today (100 IQ, average blood pressure, etc.), who gets drafted into this military project where he's supposed to get frozen for a year. Instead, the project gets forgotten about, and he and a hooker, who is also completely average, wind up getting frozen for 500 years. Now because smart people today either don't have kids, or only have one or two kids, and stupid people today have lots because they spend all their time having sex without condoms or forgetting their birth control or whatever, in 500 years, everyone is incredibly stupid. So when this guy shows up, he's now the smartest person on the planet. There are really funny bits about how corporations have evolved (Welcome to Costco, I love you.) and what they have turned into (Starbucks is now a brothel - gives a whole new meaning to an "Extra Foamy Latte"). But the whole movie is full of fantastic quotes, and really funny bits. I understand that a lot of it got edited out by the studio. This movie rips on a lot of big time corporations, so there's no wonder it didn't get much marketing budget.

Great films, with plots! Where you cared about whose ass it was, and why it was farting!

iPhone, uPhone, we all phone

Analysts estimate 50% margins for Apple iPhone So I think I'm going to wait a few months before I buy one. Don't get me wrong, I totally want one, but if they come right out and tell us that it costs under $300 for them to make the 8GB one, and they're selling it for more than they sell the Mac Mini, I'm going to wait until they drop the price by a few hundred. I think I buy it when Cingular has bonuses for signing up. Maybe like $200 of something like that. I have AllTel right now, so I'll stay with them, but I won't sign a new contract. Then when the iPhone goes all cool, and on sale, then I'll get one. That sounds like a plan.



So much has been going on lately. I think I'm mostly over the guy I had a crush on at work. He's still a very cool guy, but I'm just not into him, if you know what I mean. There's another guy at work that I've become fairly good friends with. He's bi, and I'm a quasi-fag-hag now. It's kinda funny because we decided to watch the sexy scenes in Boondock Saints (it's a deleted scene) and Blade 3 (the scene where Ryan Reynolds gets 'tortured'). Then we watched Idiocracy, which is a great film. (I'm going to go review it in a minute in the other blog.)



So a couple missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ & Latter-Day Saints just showed up. I always feel kinda bad for them, so rather than tell them I've removed myself from all things religious, I told them I'm a Catholic. Which is still technically true. Mostly. Then when they asked if I knew anyone who need to receive the love of Jesus into their hearts, I told them I didn't know any of my neighbors. I told them I was waaaay too busy with work and trying to start my own business, and showed then some of my jewelry. Since it was 2 chicks, they thought it was the coolest thing ever, and then they left. I was amused. I got to thinking after they left that I was sad my roommate wasn't home--she's Jewish, and I don't know how that would've played out. Either they would've tried to 'save' her, or she would've have told them she was too lazy or something crazy like that. It could have been highly amusing all things considered.




Question of the Day: What would you do if a couple of semi-cute missionaries showed up at your door?

1.14.2007

Laundry Day

I haven't done laundry in what feel like an ice age. It really hasn't been that long, but because the last time I did laundry,I never actually folded it, all my dirty laundry has been piling up around my room. So I was wading trough piles of clothing to get from one place to another. I really had to do laundry either yesterday or today though because I was out of shirts I could wear to work. I think it's kinda silly that we have to wear black or white collared shirts. I mean, I suppose it makes sense from a corporate point of view, but I think from my point of view, I'd much rather wear purple.



Question of the Day: What would you rather wear?

1.13.2007

Phones & TVs

If you're into digital stuff at all, you've heard about Apple's new iPhone. It's amazing. It's an iPod and a phone and an internet thingie all in one. Cingular will be carrying the phone come August or April or sometime later in the year, when the FCC gives their stamp of approval. But what people aren't talking about, and I just stumbled onto while browsing Apple's site is AppleTV. It's really cool. It's like hard drive that wirelessly syncs to your computer so all your iTunes stuff can play through your TV & entertainment system. In other words: No more huddling around the TV. It's a really cool idea. It holds 40 GB, which in terms of downloading movies (legally from the iTunes store now), is a lot if you only watch a movie once, but not, if you save them to watch again & again (about 50 hours).



Question of the Day: What's your favorite techy thing?

1.12.2007

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

I think the main focus here is that this is an Australian musical road comedy about drag queens. They periodically break into song & dance routines that unlike normal "musicals" this is purely lip-syncing along with people like Abba and Diana Ross. In other words, it completely fits and it's realistic. The whole movie is about two drag queens and a trans-gendered person. The crazy thing about it is because this movie is more than 10 years old, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce are in it as Drag Queens. Which is really disorienting because I've seen them in other things. Hugo Weaving (aka Elrond or Agent Smith) in Drag is kinda odd. He's fantastic, and I know he had to start somewhere, it's just kinda odd. Guy Pearce should really do more mainstream work. He's done a few big pictures that didn't do so well (The Count of Monte Cristo, and The Time Machine), but Memento was fantastic and has a great following. The movie itself is completely fun and bitchy and real. These 3 "women" have to deal with other people who look down on them and criticize them, and they still are always themselves.

For all the costumes and singing, it's all about being yourself, no matter who that is, and what you look like on the inside.

1.07.2007

Fabulous Day!

Today has been incredible. Not in the way of, Oh, my God I won the Lottery! But more in the way of Everything is going my way today.



First, I started work at 7, and I was only supposed to work for 4 hours, but Patricia wasn't feeling well, so I finished her shift & managed to get a full 8 hour day. I loved it. Plus I had so much sugar (almond latte, doppio con panna with caramel, passion tea with raspberry syrup) that I was bouncing off the walls for most of my shift. It was all decaf of course, but that's still a hell of a lot of sugar. Plus the guy I like was working today, so I was happy because if I hadn't stayed late, I wouldn't have seen him.



Once I got home, I had to run out to a hardware store to get the nails I needed to start a project I got the rest of the stuff for last night. I went to Home Depot last night and got a bunch of stuff to make a shelf/desk thing for under my window so I don't have to work at the coffee table anymore. I want private space, dammit! So I started the project, but I can't finish it today. I need to be able to sand it, etc. And that has to happen during daylight hours, outside. And it gets dark so early, that I couldn't get it done today.



So I did sit down to work on pictures for the website. I got pieces of tile & granite/ silestone samples from Home Depot, so I don't necessarily need a model. I'll still need someone for certain pieces and for clothing when I get there. But I have pictures on the website now!!! Yay!!



So everything on the site functions. I have pictures, PayPal dealing with the shopping cart thing, and all my links work. It's soooo cool!!



Question of the Day: What is your opinion of my site?

1.06.2007

turkey annnoyances

So, Costco gave me a turkey for Christmas, and I thought we could do a big dinner-y thing, with Jessica & Scott & Kyle & I. But now that I've made the damn turkey, everyone else is too lazy to cook anything, and too poor to just go out and buy anything. So now I'm all different flavors of annoyed. I think I'm just going to eat this thing by myself. I don't have any of the side dished to go with it, and I didn't stuff it (well I shoved it full of oranges & garlic) because Jessica made noises about making Mac & cheese. Plus I'm getting more annoyed because it's taking longer to cook than I thought it would. It's a bigger bird than I though. Because I got it for free, it wasn't weighed, meaning I had no idea how long to cook it. I grabbed the smallest one I could find, and I figured it was about 14-15 pounds, but it's been in the oven around 3 and a half hours and it's still not done. Though I did take it out a little bit ago because I thought it was done, though when I cut into it, the juices still weren't clear, so I put it back into the oven.



If this thing is like 18 pounds, which I think is likely, I am going to have soo much food leftover. I'm glad I'm not making all the sides. I could but I'm glad I'm not. I have to pick all the bones later, so I can make broth.



I think the guy I have a thing for at work likes me. I'm not sure still, but I get the feeling that he wants to ask me out. The problem is that we work together. When I asked Gina about being a shift supervisor, she said that I'd probably have to get transferred to another store. So then he and I wouldn't work together. Which would be very good. But then I probably wouldn't see him as much, unless we did start dating. Which is probably just wishful thinking on my part. Oh well.



Question of the Day: What do you eat with your turkey?

1.04.2007

When Harry Met Sally

Any woman who doesn't love this movie either hasn't seen it or is lying to herself. There are parts that are cheesy, parts that are silly or corny, but it's all perfect. I still can't watch the diner scene without cringing, but I love it.

Because men and women can't be friends because the sex part always gets in the way.

The Minus Man

I have to admit I did not pick this one out. My roommate picked it out because she wanted to see Owen Wilson play a serial killer. I can't say I blame her, because it turned out to be a rather interesting movie. In a lot of ways it seemed similar to Ghost World. They're both very odd movies, about odd people and their relationship with the outside world. They've got pretty cool, not quite A-list casts. They're both completely character driven. They're both fairly quiet, completely effects free, and good movies. This movie though is all about how Owen Wilson's character, Vann, kills people, but interacts with people and how he has rules and the relationships he forms and then leaves behind. It's very odd. At the end of the movie, I was very much in a mind that it was one of the oddest movies I'd ever seen.

It is very good, but very, very odd.

1.02.2007

Holy Sh*t it's 2007!!

I'm officially in shock. It's 2007 and I've been in LA for almost 1 year.



So for New Year's Eve, I went out and partied like there was no tomorrow. I got completely trashed, and spent about 45 minutes throwing up. It was great. Maybe, not really. I wound up going out with Kyle, one of the guys next door, and we went to a wine bar that was really local. We were planning on going to this other bar, but we walked past Bottle Rock, and decided to get a glass of wine on the way, and it was a $60 cover to get in, with an open bar. I thought that was perfect for New Years, and Kyle didn't argue, so we stayed there. We were kinda bored for the first few minutes until we randomly walked up to a group of people and started chatting and generally having fun. It's strange because I actually remember the names of the people we met that night. We met Irma, Laura, Chelsea, & Dan initially, then on a girls' field trip to the bathroom, I met Jean, who is friends with the owner & his wife. Through her I met Shanna, the owner's wife, and while talking to them I met Gary who was there with Vered, who was incredibly cool (she makes jewelry too). Then there was Manny, who worked there, I think he was a chef-type person. (At least I think I'm remembering his name right.)



The next day I was rather hung over, and I think a lot of my puking the night before had to do with the fact that I drank a sparkling water on the way home rather than just a plain water. But it was free and better sparkling than none right?



In other news, I no longer work at Costco. I am officially only at Starbucks and trying to do the self-employed thing. I'm very proud of myself because I have a tiny bit of money saved up to do this with, so I think I might actually be successful if I can survive long enough to actually build my business.



Bill & Michelle are wanting me to move to Alaska again. This time I'm seriously contemplating it. I think before it wasn't the right time to even ask. Now, I'm at a point where I want to be on the move. I want to go places & see things. I don't necessarily want to stay in one place. I may not want to go to Alaska, but what originally brought me to LA is no longer a valid point.



In Business news, I officially opened the website for business. It is still missing pictures, but people can buy stuff now and it is fully functional. I think...




Question of the Day: What is your favorite kind of sweater?