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Obi-noxious

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Thanks to a wonderful thing called conditioning, Obi gets a treat every time she comes inside from using the lawn as her giant toilet. But she now thinks she should get a treat every time she performs the action of going out the back door then coming in. Even if it means walking out on to the patio and turning right back around. Then she’ll bark incessantly until she gets a treat. Once she gets a treat, she’s quiet. That is, until she realizes we are no longer paying attention to her. Then she’ll bark. She knows that if she barks enough, we’ll get fed up and give her peanut butter.

Ugh. My friend Melissa’s right. She’s completely in control of this house.

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 31st, 2007

Oh, 2007. It was quite an interesting year. A lot of events and people have changed my life. I fell in love, and felt my first real heartbreak. I made new friends, and lost touch with others. I celebrated my 1,000th day of being cancer-free. I discovered Apples to Apples, Seamless Web, Philadelphia rolls, PaperbackSwap.com and Cover Girl LashExact mascara. I traveled far and (U.S.) wide, and discovered places like San Francisco, Hoboken and Port Henry. I finally got my new bedroom after years of planning, and painted it to match my blog (seriously, I tested out the color scheme here first). I learned that I am a really good bullshitter, yet I still can’t hide my emotions. I finally let my sister cut and color my hair. I watched my favorite band can yet another lead singer and find #6… off of YouTube, no less.

I turned 25 -Â quarter of a century – and no longer have to pay crazy age-based premiums on car rentals. I’ve found it to be an otherwise uneventful age. But, yikes, I’m in my mid-twenties. My friends are getting engaged, married and having babies. When did I get so old?

2008. Will it be even better? I know I have lots of things to work on, but I’m not going to make any resolutions (wait, is saying that I’m not going to make any resolutions a resolution?), just to set myself up for disappointment like I did in 2007, 2006, 2005 … all the way until 1988 (I figure that’s the first year I actually understood what resolutions are). But I really should work on getting healthier, more organized and maintain better relationships with my family and friends. And maybe update this blog more.

Happy New Year!

Thanksgiving and More

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

It’s been quite a busy Thanksgiving Day weekend. On Thursday, the whole famn damily came over for dinner – there were about 20 of us in my small house – and pigged out on the usual Thanksgiving fare: eight-cheese platter with salami and pepperoni, spinach dip in pumpernickel, herring and sour cream on Wasa crispbread, turkey, orange/cranberry compote, green bean casserole, peas/bacon/mushrooms/pearl onions, stuffed mushrooms, mashed turnips, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, stuffed artichokes, celery salad, feta salad, pound cake, berry/apple/chocolate/sweet potato/pumpkin pies, three cheesecakes, sugar cookies, a fruit basket and chocolate. Oh, and shots of DiSorrano. My stomach hurts just writing all of this.

I thought Friday would be spent in recovery mode (more…)

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone – I hope you have a wonderful day and stuff yourself silly!

I am thankful for:

  • My family and friends, who’ve shaped me in to whom I’ve become
  • My pets, who never fail to put a smile on my face
  • My health, and that I’ve been cancer-free for two years
  • My job, which  introduces me to fascinating people and places
  • My home, though crazy, is a haven I can come home to each day
  • My books, which take me to places I might never get to go
  • My music, the background to many important times in my life
  • My imagination, which has gotten me far in life
  • And chocolate, which has always been there to help out in any situation

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot…

Friday, November 16th, 2007

like Christmas. Everywhere you go.

Macy’s on 34th Street has finished bedecking its windows a week before the Thanksgiving Day Parade. I haven’t seen the side windows yet, but red-present themed windows and its usual Miracle on 34th Street windows facing – you guessed it – 34th Street, are complete. With the exception of the movie-based windows, the others were a lot better last year. I’ve figured that in a week or two I’ll do the New York City Christmas Windows Walking Tour.

Penn Station has put up its wreathes and garland, which always makes me happy, since the station is pretty bland otherwise. And as I stepped into K-Mart yesterday, all I could smell was pine, cinnamon and peppermint.

I can’t wait until all the Christmas lights are up in the city and around my neighborhood. Since I actually have a good camera this year – as well as a tripod – I’m going to try get some pictures. And since my house now has a porch and an easily accessible roof, I also plan to outfit it in lights. But it will look nothing like this!

Running Out Of Self-Control

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Well, there’s been quite a lag in my posting here. Honestly, I feel quite broken right now and haven’t had the spirit to write. Instead, I sit here trying to sort out things and glue myself back together.

Meanwhile, I’ve been listening a lot to Journey’s Raised on Radio. I can’t believe I used to hate this album. It’s probably one of the most beautiful Journey has written. And now I understand it more than ever.

The past few weeks can pretty much be summed up in two categories: travel and work. Sometimes both together. It’s been crazy at the office, and although I’ve been good with deadlines, I’m beginning to feel myself drown in my articles again. Weekends have been spent in Long Island, Boston, Washington, D.C. and upstate. I haven’t been spending as much time at home, and it shows. I am also drowning in my living situation, which would be better if I had some money. But I don’t. I’m drowning in brokeness.

Maybe one day I’ll write about my travels. I just don’t have the mental energy to do so right now. I need to somehow come up for air. I need to be good to myself when nobody else will.

I need chocolate.

Pop-Up Attack

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

I can’t decide what’s more annoying: Adobe, which has been incessently sending dialog boxes to my desktop to remind me to update my Shockwave Player, or Lexcie, the human pop-up, reminding me when I need to do things. See, my day goes like this:

Adobe (6:30 a.m.): You have new updates ready to download.
Me (6:31 a.m.): <clicks “Remind Me Later”>
Adobe (7:13 p.m.): You have new updates ready to download.
Me (7:14 p.m.): <clicks “Remind Me Later”>
Adobe (7:15 p.m.): You have new updates ready to download.
Me (7:16 p.m.): <clicks “Remind Me Later”>
Computer (7:16 p.m.): <freezes>


Lexcie (6:00 a.m.): Wake up! <makes human alarm noises>
Me: (6:00 a.m.): Five more minutes.
Lexcie: (6:04 a.m.): One more minute!
Me: (6:04 a.m.): Let me sleep until 6:05!
Lexcie: (6:05 a.m.): It’s 6:05!
Me: (6:05 a.m.): <no answer>
Lexcie: (6:06 a.m.): You’re one minute late! You said only five minutes!
Me: (6:06 a.m.): <clicks “Remind Me Later”>

At least I learned how to disable Adobe. However, Lexcie came without a user manual.

Garage Sale, Day Two

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

Today was significantly better than yesterday, and sales totaled around $70. Items sold include: a broken Tamogatchi for 25 cents; a sea-horse shaped bottle of bubbles for 10 cents; a Swarovski tiara for $10, because “Mommyyyyyyy, I want to wear it to school on my birthday!”; a creepy bracelet that had eyeball-shaped beads for $1; three dirty lawn chairs for $2; and a $3 travel iron that someone haggled down to $1.

In fact, the bulk of the sales came just as Lexcie and I started packing up. Three different carloads of people decided to take a peek through the boxes, and I wound up selling $8 worth of items in the last few minutes.

You may ask, for a measley $70, if the garage sale was worth it. To me, it was. For one, I wasn’t out spending the money this weekend, and there wasn’t any other way (besides illegal activities, and y’all know I’m a good girl) to pocket that kind of money.

Plus, I did get some reading done, and helped a 75-year-old man with his computer and online connectivity problems (and in return, he gave me a pair of sunglasses. And in return, Lexcie gave him $5). An in an odd way, both the book I was reading – Danny Wallace’s Join Me! – and the man were connected. Short book synopsis – Danny unwittingly starts a cult (or rather, “a collective”) called “Join Me” after placing a newspaper ad asking people to “join” him by sending him a passport photo. People start joining him, not knowing the purpose of joining him. Soon, threats of people leaving his collective force Danny to think of a purpose – and the purpose becomes making people’s days better through random acts of kindness, first starting with old men. (I’ll leave the rest for you to read – and I do highly suggest another favorite Danny Wallace novel, Yes Man).

So, some interesting statistics regarding my garage sale: (more…)

Garage Sale, Day One

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

So, today I held a garage sale. In six hours, I sold two blouses, a roll of raffle tickets, two VHSs, a plaque, three pairs of earrings, a bracelet, Brita water filters and a pin for a grand total of $18.10 and two stuffed animals. I rock.

And today I learned: (more…)

San Francisco, Part II

Saturday, August 11th, 2007

Trying to catch up on post-San Fransicso tasks – both at home and at work – has contributed to my lackadasial approach to this blog. Now that I have some time, thanks to a bad case of bronchitis, I shall finish writing about my trip. One of the biggest lessons Lexcie and I learned is that we both don’t do well with lack of sleep. (more…)