Thursday, June 30, 2005

Alive ... sort of....

Yeah, I've not been able to blog for a bit. This will be short since it's late, I've been teaching all day and I still need to get up at 5 AM to work - :-P
I'm in PA teaching incredibly bright kids biology - and loving it :) Except we haven't had a day off in 8 days really - it's a little tiring, especially after the 8 hour drive last Tuesday, and then 12 hours the next - ugh.
However, I am in the heart of Amish country - so we are headed to the farmer's market on Saturday morning. I will have to blog about all the fun people (old friends and new ones) when I have more time.
Things that I need to blog about later and I will - I promise - just so I can keep the memories fresh:
-Mork the chem TA womanizer
-2 Washington apple martinis at Damon's
- Milk & cookies to be - too tired this week to partake :(
-The razing I am getting for not going out and partying every night
-Strawberry wheat
-Adirondack chairs on the green
-Stripping (glucose)
-Amy, my TA - who ROCKS!
-The spider living in my A/C unit
-The trip to Wal - mart - where the h*** is the DQ again?? singing...
-C thinks he has found "the one"
-OMG I need a pedicure and a massage
- No hot water - but hot food
-Why is my door open and why is there a man in my bed?? - doh!

More to come.....

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Hitch"ed" - or not....

So, I just bought the movie "Hitch" tonight - and rather than do my ever-mounting pile of work - I took a procrastination break and watched it - again. I saw it in the theater - it's even better than I remembered ;)

So here's my random question of the evening - where are those men? Seriously - I've pretty much given up on guys, for any number of different reasons - but mainly because when I think I've found the right one (which has only happened twice), I get screwed: they lie, they cheat, and my heart takes the beating of a lifetime. So, is it just me?? I'm starting to think (dragon - you are of course the exception!) that men are just a pain in the a** and not worth it. Yes, this is cynical me coming out to play tonight. Which is probably why I'm still single and why I have a dog, a cat, a house, grad school, a job and friends that I never have time to see. Is it just me? Am I that horrible as a person? I'm not drop-dead gorgeous that would cause a guy to walk across the room just to talk to me - but is that all guys really look at anyways? I'm starting to think so. If you don't take the time to get to know me, and you (meaning men) are just interested in looks, then it's pretty much a done deal. Talked to my one guy friend - C - tonight. Told him I was feeling it (movie didn't help) and complained that men don't talk to women like the movie does (yes, I know it's a movie and it's a script - blah, blah, blah - it is rather a chicklet movie tho...) but I've never met a man yet who was sincere - which C argued - and then I clued him in. He hasn't called back yet ;) but he will :) I know him well - better sometimes than he knows himself. He hasn't seen the movie yet - but oh, he will!

So, what is it with guys? Just a random thought for the evening. Which coincides with the bizzaro dreams I've been having lately. I really need to leave - only 6 more days until I can and maybe Lancaster will clear out my head a little bit - okay, maybe a lot bit would be better ....sigh.....

Monday, June 13, 2005


I am overwhelmed to the point that I'm not even sure I have time to write this. I have way too much to do and not enough time to do it. To top it off - my dog has been sick, and I got food poisoning last night that kept me up until about 3 AM, and I still haven't been able to eat today - ugh.
Why am I stressing?? are the reasons:
1) Grad school - I have two classes now and I will pick up one more in about 2 weeks. I still haven't started on my research report (which I'm sure my professor is wondering why he hasn't gotten an email from me updating him on my progress - oh, b/c there ISN'T ANY PROGRESS).
2) I leave for Lancaster in one week and one day. I haven't done any prep for it - including lesson plans that I need to revise. I have to take Jedi to my brother's this weekend, but I still have house stuff that needs to be done before I take him.
3) My yard is a wreck - all this d*** rain. The weeds are loving it, my grass feels like it's knee-high and my poor plants need fertilizer.
4) My house is a wreck - and I can't even blame it on the rain. I hate to come home to a messy house in 4 weeks, but I don't think I will have a choice.
5) Did a I mention grad school?? That's the major stress right now. It's killing me. What the H*** was I thinking??????

On the flip side, once I get to Lancaster, I know I will be able to relax and enjoy, even though I will technically be working. I will have a friend with me this year, and PA is beautiful in the summer. That's why I'm stressing about grad school - I know I will have limited time to work while I am there, so I am busting my a** trying to work ahead (all my courses are online this summer) so if I can't work while I am there, then I won't be behind in the course and can lay off for a few weeks until I get back in July. Right now, I'm about 1 week off from where I need to be. Ugh.

BTW - food poisoning sucks. I didn't throw up, altho God knows my stomach wanted to. In retrospect, I probably should have. I think it would have helped and I wouldn't have been up so long with the other end going every 10-15 minutes (NOT exaggerating here in the least). BAD, BAD, BAD crab!!! Yes, I had steamed crab last night. On the flip side, at least mine cleared PDQ - my friend that feasted with me last night has been feeling it all day today (and she ate more than I did) and is pretty much miserable. Well, misery loves company, but I wouldn't wish food poisoning on my worst enemy - but maybe on my ex- and his new wife.....

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Random Sunday AM thoughts....again....

It's 10 AM and here's what I've accomplished so far today:
I walked my dog for about 35 minutes or so. We drove up to the "nice" trail to avoid some nasty little biteing bugs that seem to inhabit the trail near my house. Unfortunately, these same little nasty red bugs live on the nice trail too - that sucked - but we made it without being bitten.
I did my yard (mowed, edged, trimmed it after fixing the trimmer, and used the blower on the garage and mess in the driveway) - the rain is coming soon, so I literally almost ran behind the mower to get it all done.
I lubricated the hinges and springs on my garage door - 'twas time for it.
I cleaned up the cat puke on the floor - I hate it when she does that.
I took a shower, ate breakfast, and left the final note on the car parked in front of my house - again. My neighbors suck by the way. I've asked them repeatedly to not park in front of my house - it's actually my property and is illegal. I've had the sheriff's office out to talk with them as well. I probably wouldn't be so upset - but they have PLENTY of room in THEIR driveway and in front of their house. I'm over it. The police and code enforcement are telling me that I can have the car towed if it continues to be a problem. This will be the last note that I leave, then I will just start calling in the tow trucks. I hate being that way. If someone (your neighbor) asked you repeatedly and nicely to not do something, why would you continue to do it? Oh - that's right, they are in college and have no respect for other people. I had briefly forgotten about that. Well, what goes around comes around as the saying goes. One day, they will experience what I am and perhaps understand that it pays to be respectful of other people than it does to be disrespectful. We'll see.
My cable modem was out, so I had to fix that (again!). I think I need a new one. It's obviously working now :)

Here's what I need to get done today (oh boy....):

  • Organize my office - this could be a two week long process in itself.
  • Clean out my refrigerator - yuck!
  • Read 2.5 more chapters in my educational psychology text - .....zzzzzz.....
  • Work through another online module in my other class for IT.
  • Take a quiz in my ed. psych class - :-P
  • Clean up my kitchen
  • Wash the floor in the kitchen
  • Finish laundry - dreaded! Why can't someone invent self-cleaning clothes?
  • Unpack the boxes from my car and sort them - some need to go in the attic this week.

Will it all get done? Probably not. I'd like to go to the gym at some point today as well. Maybe later this afternoon when I will need a break from cleaning. Ugh. I'd like to just curl up on the couch with a book all day (and NOT my ed. psych. book either). But, I know that's quasi-irresponsible in light of everything that I need to do today.

Only 3 more weeks to PA!!!!!

Thursday, June 02, 2005

An interesting night

I had an interesting night that has left me with a few things to think about this AM. I went out with a guy I dated about a year ago - C - who was trying to set me up with his friend (which didn't work out btw). We went to see Star Wars. C is the only guy I've ever dated that I've actually remained friends with after we stopped seeing each other. He's really great, but we are just not right for each other. The really great thing is that we can be brutally honest with each other about things. He's got a good heart and mind and he knows me really well - I'm not sure if that's a good or a bad thing.
So, we were wandering the mall before the movie and he was complaining about being sore from working out, and I said 'you need a massage'. His reply: 'is that an offer'. Me: 'sure'. So, he came back to my place after the movie. Then he spent the night. The great thing - nothing happened. I gave him a massage, he massaged my neck/shoulders, we kissed a little, and then we feel asleep holding each other. I've forgotten how much I've missed doing that. Not necessarily with him, but with someone I care about. I do care about C and what happens to him, but I don't feel romantic or a "relationship" with him. For example: I'm massaging his back and he's talking about this woman that he wants to date but hasn't asked out yet. Hmm....if I cared for him beyond the friendship, I would have felt jealous or hurt in some way - but I didn't. It doesn't bother me, and I was in fact encouraging him to ask this woman out - he needs to find someone and settle down. We talked until about 2 AM (I am TIRED this morning). Unfortunately for him, he had to get up at 5 this AM to go home to get ready for work - I went back to bed and slept until 8 :), but I'm still a little tired. That's what I'm going to miss over the next 18 months or so - the intimacy of someone. Not the sex, but the feeling of being close to someone, waking up with them, watching them sleep (which I did last night for about 30 minutes or so because I couldn't sleep for some reason) and just feeling safe with someone and totally comfortable. I've always felt comfortable around C, that's never been an issue. I almost wish he hadn't stayed, b/c now I know what I'm missing and am going to be missing for a while. But, I don't regret that he stayed - it was nice. I know he's right - someone will be out there that will break down the wall that I surround myself with and get to my core (much like he does), but I'm not going to hold my breath or go looking for it.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

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First Official Day of Hurricane Season

Today marks the day that the forecasters on the Weather Channel begin their dire predictions about the season, gear up the historical information so if there isn't a storm they can still talk about all the other storms from 200+ years ago, and Jim Cantore gets his head shaved so even when it's pouring and the winds are gusting 100+ mph he still looks good in his rain gear. Jim - you're an idiot. Who on Earth goes to WHERE the storm is?? We all know what a hurricane looks like - I hope you have a good life insurance policy. Oh, here in Florida, we actually do watch Jim C. - whereever he ends up - that's where the eye hits. I don't know how in the hell that man manages to do that almost 100% of the time - but he does.
So, sifting through all my old emails and cleaning, I found one that describes how we Floridians prepare for storms. My favorite section is briefly described as the "Evacuation Route" which, of course, we all have down here and you can view on the Weather Channel during a storm to see traffic backed up and at a stand still for hours on end. And if you are new to Florida, or considering moving here, I'm sure this will at least provide you with some entertainment.
So, here is how we prepare:

Hurricane Preparedness
You all should be aware of hurricane preparations, but in case you need a refresher course: We're about to enter the peak of the hurricane season. Any minute now, you're going to turn on the TV and see a weather person pointing to some radar blob out in the Atlantic Ocean and making two basic meteorological points.
(1) There is no need to panic.
(2) We could all be killed.

Yes, hurricane season is an exciting time to be in Florida. If you're new to the area, you're probably wondering what you need to do to prepare for the possibility that we'll get hit by "the big one." Based on our insurance industry experiences, we recommend that you follow this simple three-step hurricane preparedness plan:
STEP 1: Buy enough food and bottled water to last your family for at least three days.
STEP 2: Put these supplies into your car.
STEP 3: Drive to Nebraska and remain there until Halloween.
Unfortunately, statistics show that most people will not follow this sensible plan. Most people will foolishly stay here in Florida. We'll start with one of the most important hurricane preparedness items:

HOMEOWNERS' INSURANCE: If you own a home, you must have hurricane insurance. Fortunately, this insurance is cheap and easy to get, as long as your home meets two basic requirements:
(1) It is reasonably well-built, and
(2) It is located in Wisconsin
Unfortunately, if your home is located in Florida, or any other area that might actually be hit by a hurricane, most insurance companies would prefer not to sell you hurricane insurance, because then they might be required to pay YOU money, and that is certainly not why they got into the insurance business in the first place. So you'll have to scrounge around for an insurance company, which will charge you an annual premium roughly equal to the replacement value of your house. At any moment, this company can drop you like used dental floss.

SHUTTERS: Your house should have hurricane shutters on all the windows, all the doors. There are several types of shutters, with advantages and disadvantages:
Plywood shutters: The advantage is that, because you make them yourself, they're cheap. Sheet-metal shutters: The advantage is that these work well, once you get them all up. The disadvantage is that once you get them all up, your hands will be useless bleeding stumps, and it will be December.
Roll-down shutters: The advantages are that they're very easy to use, and will definitely protect your house. The disadvantage is that you will have to sell your house to pay for them.
Hurricane-proof windows: These are the newest wrinkle in hurricane protection: They look like ordinary windows, but they can withstand hurricane winds! You can be sure of this, because the salesman says so. He lives in Nebraska.

HURRICANE PROOFING YOUR PROPERTY: As the hurricane approaches, check your yard for movable objects like barbecue grills, planters, patio furniture, visiting relatives, etc... you should, as a precaution, throw these items into your swimming pool (if you don't have a swimming pool, you should have one built immediately). Otherwise, the hurricane winds will turn these objects into deadly missiles.

EVACUATION ROUTE: If you live in a low-lying area, you should have an evacuation route planned out. (To determine whether you live in a low-lying area, look at your driver's license; if it says "Florida," you live in a low-lying area.) The purpose of having an evacuation route is to avoid being trapped in your home when a major storm hits. Instead, you will be trapped in a gigantic traffic jam several miles from your home, along with two hundred thousand other evacuees. So, as a bonus, you will not be lonely.

HURRICANE SUPPLIES: If you don't evacuate, you will need a mess of supplies. Do not buy them now! Florida tradition requires that you wait until the last possible minute, then go to the supermarket and get into vicious fights with strangers over who gets the last can of cat food. In addition to food and water, you will need the following supplies:
23 flashlights.
At least $167 worth of batteries that turn out, when the power goes off, to be the wrong size for the flashlights.
Bleach. (No, I don't know what the bleach is for. NOBODY knows what the bleach is for, but it's traditional, so GET some!)
A big knife that you can strap to your leg. (This will be useless in a hurricane, but it looks cool.)
A large quantity of raw chicken, to placate the alligators. (Ask anybody who went through Andrew; after the hurricane, there WILL be irate alligators.)
$35,000 in cash or diamonds so that, after the hurricane passes, you can buy a generator from a man with no discernible teeth.

Of course these are just basic precautions. As the hurricane draws near, it is vitally important that you keep abreast of the situation by turning on your television if you have a generator that's working to keep the TV going and watching TV reporters in rain slickers stand right next to the ocean and tell you over and over how vitally important it is for everybody to stay away from the ocean.

Good luck and remember: It's great living in Paradise.