is Jason. Jason's from Wakarusa.
Let me repeat that. Jason's from Wakarusa.
Sometimes you just say "Small World" and other times you're
going "OhmyGod I don't believe it!!" Unless you know northern
amishville Indiana, I won't even bother to explain where he's from
and where I'm from (Middlebury) because it just wouldn't mean much
to you. Let's just say I'd *never* expect to meet someone from Wakarusa
And, oddly, he's in my Multimedia Design class, and ... AND!... he's
an architect. And his eyebrow is pierced.
It's been another stressful week for me. I took today off from Starbucks
so I could do some web work that I've been meaning to do for a LONG
time. I can't believe I've sat at this computer from 11 to, well,
it's 6:30 now.
I've gone outside to check the garden about twice a day - as if something's
going to sprout a leg while I'm gone at work or something. Alas, that
hasn't happened yet (that would be cool!)
04-21-03 Jutta and
Alexandra spent the weekend in the Olympics, so the Six Arms crew gave advice
and drew maps on napkins. Later, Fernanda was doing long division on a napkin
which made Emily exclaim "You do it upside down!" and suddenly
we realized we had ourselves quite the subject of mathematical culture differences
W e had all different forms of division for Brazil, USA, Canada, Germany,
and Saudi Arabia. Okay, USA and Canada were the same, but we had both at
the table so they were included. This is what architects do for fun in a
bar every week.
Earlier last week the Germans invited us over for dinner and we said "What
are we having?" And they said "Sauerkraut" and we said "HAhahahahaHA!"
and then they served us sauerkraut.
In more international fun, a couple weeks ago Sean and Shane took a bunch
of stuff to the dump, including an old cheap nylon American flag that we
found in the garage. They were at the dump with two other trucks and were
suddenly stricken with fear: Can you throw away American flags? Is it against
the law? Will these other people at the dump kick our asses?
So here are two
Canadians with a Canadian license plate and an American flag that needs
to be disposed. They kept waiting for the others to leave. They tried to
hide it. Then, when no one was looking they threw it in really fast and
tried to cover it quickly and zoomed away. Then they came home and asked
"Can we get in trouble for that?" I said "I think you're
Back to last
Thursday, after Six Arms I went to a gig with Alexandra and Jutta because
some guy was playing at Graceland, and they had seen his show in Hamburg.
I thought I'd get some sort of German music culture or something. Nope.
The dude's Canadian. And boring. So I spent the rest of the night flirting
with Graceland employees.
Germans, Jon and Amy, and I may head out to Indiana for a few days in June.
It would be a great graduation gift to myself. This way, the Germans can
see Farmland America, Jon can revisit my family and bring Amy with him,
and I can see my family and be the tour guide. There are great flight deals
out there, so we would probably rent a mini-van from Chicago and hit the
Sean's focus for the summer is seeing his Dad in Toronto.
<-- [half price orange (Easter) wrap]
Saturday we spent the whole day gardening, and the whole night eating and
playing Settlers. There's so much more we want to do for the yard, but we
don't want to overkill ourselves, either.
Everybody go visit the Garden
Page to see what we've started!
& Kolja upset me by eating the Easter Whopper Eggs.
So I bought FIVE half-price bags at K-Mart yesterday. HA!
I WIN !!!
04-16-03 HOLY HOLY! Starbucks
just bought SBC (Seattle's Best Coffee) and Torrefazione Coffee Houses for
$70+ million. This is big news for me, since I work at Starbucks and own some
stock. (Well okay, only about $300 worth.) Unfortunately, I planned on selling
all of my stock just this week to use towards my immigration application to
Time to rearrange the financial plan.
Forecasted weather for this weekend: solid rain. I still plan on starting the
We had a lovely dinner at Kolja & Alexandra's last night, and we met Jutta
visiting from Hamburg. And the German chocolate
04-14-03 I can't believe
I'm saying this, but Sean and I both plan to start the
gardening project next weekend.
That dang pool is just so huge, I never thought it could be possible. But I
got this book from Amazon, apparently I'm one of the *last* people to own it:
Foot Gardening. And now, we are in for trouble. We will make two four-foot
squares and a compost area. The rest will simply be, um, natural.
Amy and I went to Swanson's Nursery yesterday and I got a box full of flowers
for free. I'm not quite sure what they will be, but I'm planting them in the
flowerbed next weekend.
Sean and I did a great job with our files this weekend, by the way. Taxes aren't
done yet but we will get them done. 1040 EZ, baby.
This is all of
the paperwork/files/stuff I had in our second bedroom (my "office").
Once again, Alexandra was the one in charge of forcing me to get rid
of the crap and get organized.
I'm still working on it. By the time dinner was done we had merely
created seven piles and filled half of a garbage bag. This is what
I'm doing for the rest of the weekend. *sigh*
denn diese ganzen Sachen her?
Vor eurem Umzug muß da ja noch ganz schön ausgemistet
04-11-03 Sean Penn's car has been stolen. Okay, first, why is Sean Penn
driving a 1987 Buick? Second, there is a reason why this is interesting
to me. Remember Graham
in Berkeley? (He won my "Stupid Skirt Contest" a couple months
ago. He didn't win a skirt, by the way, he just identified the symbols
on the tag.) His truck was stolen last month, then they found it a
couple weeks later. So when I saw this news article about
Sean Penn's stolen Buick
in Berkeley, I passed the news on to Graham.
His reply: The bastards! That's about 8 blocks from where
I live. Maybe my Han Solo action figure will turn up in Sean Penn's car when
they recover it!
So all y'all in Berkeley - keep your eyes peeled for a stolen 1987 Buick AND
a Han Solo action figure. Thanks.
Last night was lovely. I hacked my bangs before leaving the house in a mad
hair rage (Grab handful of hair. Cut. Repeat.) So that's me and Fernanda above
left (she found a wedding dress yesterday, she buys it today!), Noah and the
Germans in the back of my car above right.
Chop Suey was crowded as expected, since it was a free show. We only caught
two songs by Hint Hint, but I also got to see the Divorce, who have a song
called "Disappointed" that I like oh-so-much. The DJ set between
bands was great, too.
Tonight is a lovely dinner with the Germans and playing Settlers (board game).
Alexandra is coming over early to help me go through all of my files - old
tax stuff, old bills and receipts, etc. She whips me into shape.
04-10-03 School is still beating me down, added to the stress of my immigration
application for Canada AND paying our taxes (yes, we owe). Yesterday I left
work early and Sean and I got to spend some time together, which was nice.
It's been a stressful week for the both of us. And I'm tired of West Wing always
being a re-run.
Tonight Jason's band, Hint Hint, plays at Chop Suey, so we'll head over there
after Six Arms.
Shane is in town, making tables for Graceland in our garage. He leaves tomorrow.
Sean put a new battery in my car last night so hopefully my car woes are behind
Oh, and I got that bouquet of flowers (thanks, baby).
I'm glad this week is almost over.
04-07-03 It rains and rains here in Seattle, but it's not rain like others
would think of it. It's drizzle. Lots of it. No thunder, lightning, dark spooky
clouds. Just harmless, pacifist rain.
Now, in Indiana, the rain doesn't mess around. It can be a hot summer day and
WHOOSH you're in the middle of the most exciting captivating thunderstorm possible.
And as soon as it stops you're rushing to find your camera so you can just
*try* to capture the amazing rainbows.
I think what I miss the most, though, is the smell that Indiana has after a
hot summer day. Especially in my car. It's the greatest car freshener in the
world. There's just no beating the smell of the inside of your car after the
sun has set, the humidity is now hovering the fields, and your car windows
have been down while sitting in the summer sun all day. It's like all of the
life that was in the air has settled low enough for us mortals to absorb it.
And you just *have* to drive with the windows down and the music playing loud.
Long hilly fielded roads on a cool night after a hot humid day.... I think
of it fondly.
Okay - here are the Housewarming
& Alexandra's beautiful new apartment
beautiful new Fernanda (?) [and Kolja]
Em & Josh
Nanda, Me, Alexandra
& Alexandra moved just down the street in Capitol Hill, using a shopping
cart from QFC for the unweildly loads.
This apartment is much bigger and has hardwood floors with a nice,
open living room and big old windows with really deep window sills.
The Six Thumbs softball team is at it again - gluttons for punishment,
maybe? We even considered putting on the back of the t-shirts: "The
Race to the Bottom."
This time they are practicing, organizing, and other things that softball
teams usually should do. So today they had their first practice but
I didn't go, so that's all I know.
I actually had a pretty crappy weekend (if you can't tell) so I hope
this week looks up. [Send flowers.]
Earlier today I posted.....
Okay so you can't really tell much of a difference, but it's done. The utility
sink by our washer was very rusty and we pretty much abused the space beneath
it. After scrubbing off as much rust as I could from the metal legs, I used
the same metallic silver paint as we used in the shower to cover the rust.
Yes, it looks like paint-covered rust. But only if you really look at it.
The sink was also coated with brown paint from the work on the roof
last month. Most of it came off. I still need to replace the faucet
(it's so old the handles actually crumbled off).
Later on I'll put up pictures of the Housewarming Party from last
But for now, I'm going door-to-door to find a tiller in my neighborhood.
Update! Cyndi sent us pictures of her orange living room!
I've had it with my hormones. I did some online research on birth
control, although that's not what I really want. I just want my hormones
to take a rest. My cycle has spiraled down to every three weeks -
and that INCLUDES the five day period. I'm burning through eggs. I
have cramps that take me out for half a day, and PMS that's so bad
I'm hearing evil voices in my head for two days before every period.
Busy this weekend - Alexandra offered a few hours of her time Sunday
for whatever I chose - and if weather permits, we will tear up the
pool to make it plantable.
Market is having a big wedding expo deal, so I stopped by last night to
say Hi. Jim and his business partner (I forgot her name!?! But she is moving
to Vegas next fall to attend UNLV) were running the karaoke party, which
they are doing again tonight. This shopper sang a Trisha Yearwood song like
Her and Jim
It was a beautiful song,
which kinda threw me off (I don't like country) but I inquired about the
song, and it was written by Linda Ronstadt. So there ya go.
I don't get it
I STILL don't get it
tried to help me with my Flash assignments. Over three hours later,
I was making up rhymes about how much I don't like Flash ("I
do not like Flash Sam I am") All that time and I got half of
one assignment done.
(Yes, I have a pink computer. No, it's not a Mac)
being trained on how to drive this big rig, so he brought it to Starbucks,
which made all of us run outside like a bunch of second-graders, having
our pictures taken, trying to honk the horn, asking him to turn the flashing
lights on. It's a pretty cool rig! It has a couple computers and a fax machine
and a bathroom, the back third is the paddywagon part.
I want to send out props to Meredith,
who sent me a great CD (it's in my car!) for no reason other than her greatness.
My car battery is still screwy, looks like I need to replace the battery
cable now. Maybe. If that's the problem.
Kids: when you jump start your car, make SURE the cables are connected
Pictures of the shower:
is my fault - I painted that when we first moved here. It made the shower
pretty dark. It's a big double stand-up with enough space for lawn furniture.
But now it's silver and bright and cheery and I love it!
Only now I really need to clean the shower...
(For the paint inquiries)
Rust-Oleum "Professional" High Performance Enamel (Oil based)