Friday, May 30, 2003

THE FRIDAY FIVE Y'ALL

1. What do you most want to be remembered for?

I would say my grace and elegance, but those who know me would spit soda out their nose if they heard me say that. So... realistically, I would hope I would be remembered for my laughter. I love to laugh, and love to be goofy...so if I am to be remembered for a single quality, that would be it. That or my spanish rice... I make killer spanish rice. (At least I think so... Matt says it tastes like cement... whatever.)

2. What quotation best fits your outlook on life?

hmmm... "Good things come to those who wait."

3. What single achievement are you most proud of in the past year?

Probably dropping all the weight last year... though I've lost about 80lbs, I still need to lose about 40 more; though I'd be happy losing about 20... and I'm having a hell of a time getting motivated to do so.

4. What about the past ten years?

I don't know... getting my driver's license after umpteen tries was pretty bitchin.

5. If you were asked to give a child a single piece of advice to guide them through life, what would you say?

Stay in school; go to college right away... get it done and over with, otherwise you are 26 before you know it trying to juggle work, school, and a social life and it fucking sucks.


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Wednesday, May 28, 2003

SHE'S GIFTED, THAT ALLISON

Man. I've been bitching about not having enough room to store my pots and pans, when the other night, I had a revelation. I happened to notice that there was a drawer on the bottom of the oven. I called Aaron in, and proclaimed to him that I was a dunce... and excitedly showed him my discovery. He's got himself a real winner... I had no idea there were drawers under ovens... I called my mom to make sure she never had one, so I could blame it on the fact that I live a sheltered life. Luckily, I was right; we never had one of those at home.

Riveting info this is, I know. Get ready for some more...

I have stopped wearing eyeliner... I think permanently. Whoa... did you feel that? I think the earth just stood still... there once was a day where you would have had to pry the liquid eyeliner bottle out of my cold dead hands before I would have stopped using it... but now I like the way my eyelashes look without it... and I look more fresh faced. Aaahhh... FRESH FACE! (for those of you playing the home game, that was a reference to Mary Catherine Gallagher... if you don't know who that is... I can't help you.)

I am in a great mood today; got some good ol' sleep last night, am going to start doing pilates in the morning I think and then run at night... we'll see. I'm desperate to shave off some extra poundage... I'm trying to channel the determination I had last year... I know it's around here somewhere....

the pic on the front page just freakin kills me.


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Monday, May 26, 2003

I LOVE LONG WEEKENDS

Man, four day weekends fucking rock! I highly reccomend them. Incidentally, I am aware that I probably misspelled reccomend... I can never remember if it's two c's one m or one c two m's, or if it's two of both. So screw it. It's Monday morning, the last day of my four day weekend, I sit here in my living room with my sweetheart, in our jammies watching Home Alone, and scouring several photographs I've taken over the past few days, trying to organize and plan out which I want to have printed.

It's been an eventful couple of days, and I gotta say; the next chance I have at a long weekend like this, I'm going to snap it up. Thursday night after I got off work; my sister came over and I made us macaroni and cheese, and we played the PS2 game "Mary Kate and Ashley's Sweet Sixteen"... shut up. It's a fun game. :-) Then when Aaron got home that night, we decided to go to Denny's for some late night breakfast. Except I had cheese fries, and he had breakfast. It was kinda fun; eating at the local Denny's at midnight.

Friday morning I went and got my nails done, and we cleaned up the apartment a bit, played a few rounds of 'The Simpson's Road Rage' on PS2. I LOVE THAT GAME!!!! I love it and I loathe it... I get so freakin worked up sometimes I have to walk away from the game before I start throwing things. But other than that I play it every chance I get. Anyhoo, we left and went to Walmart and Best Buy to pick up some stuff, then went to lunch at Applebees. After that we hit a few furniture stores before finally finding what we were looking for at IKEA. God I love that place. Everything is so damn affordable. We got a chair, and coffee table for under a hundred bucks. Of course we ended up spending a little over two hundred bucks, so you know we found some good stuff. Then we came back home and put stuff together and got our gear together for camping.

The next morning we got up bright and early and headed out to Port Townsend to attend the wedding of an old friend of mine. I would love to post photos here, but I am going to restrain myself, because though it was a beautiful wedding, it was not MY wedding, and I don't think they would want a ton of their photos on my site. Privacy yo, I'm going to respect it. (for once.) :-) Aaron and I got into town a few hours early, and spent a bit of time exploring it. We had lunch at the 'Burrito Depot' and then wandered around a farmer's market set up nearby. We met up with Jessica and Mike once they made it into town; and went back to their motel and got ready for the wedding. The weather had been all nice and beautiful that morning, then had turned pretty windy and gusty as we walked around. By the time we left the motel for the wedding it was outright raining. I wondered what was going through the bride's mind... they had the park all set up for an outdoor wedding, I would have been freaking out. When we got to the park, there were dudes in tuxes, alerting everyone that the wedding had been transferred to a chapel near the site of the reception. So all ended well.. it was a beautiful ceremony, done in such a way, that you saw exactly what kind of people the bride and groom are. They are so in love, and such nice wonderful people... I am so happy they found each other, and am thrilled that everything went smoothly for them.

After the ceremony we made our way to the reception, had some awesome food, and spirits and spent a couple of hours just having a blast. Jessica and I saw some people we hadn't seen since high school, and spent a lot of time reminiscing. The red velvet cake that the groom's mom made was ABSOLUTELY awesome; probably my new favorite kind of cake. I even got to be swirled around the dance floor by Aaron before we had to leave. It was a great day. :-) It was our first wedding together, and our first dance together.

When we left we were about to embark on our first camping trip together as well. We drove down to Belfair to meet my cousins who were already camping there. By the time we made it down there; it was about 930ish... we drove around till about midnight looking for them, before we said "FUCK IT" and went home. We were freakin exhausted and I was nauseous as all get out. I think I had been in the car for too long. So we stopped at a safeway and used the facilities there before heading back... we grabbed bottles of water and a couple salmon salad sandwiches... which by the way totally hit the spot. We made it home by 2am and promptly fell asleep.

Sunday we lazed around for most of the day; watching movies, and I messed with my laptop... we took a nap and then got up to go grocery shopping and get chinese food before we went to the drive in. We saw Bruce Almighty and Just Married. We made a big comfy bed in the back of my little hatchback, and I fell asleep and missed about 90 percent of both movies... oh well. I was just so damn comfortable and warm... I was out. Even Aaron fell asleep during Just Married... but we had seen it once already, so it wasn't too big of a deal.

Today the plans are to PUT THE SCREENS IN THE WINDOWS before I got nutso.... I need fresh air!!! Other than that it's a lazy lovely day, and a great way to begin the week. Sorry this entry is so long... and BOOOOORRRRRING. I gotta go clean the catbox now.

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

ARG

I have a headache, I am bitchy, I am frustrated as ALL FUCKING HELL. I have an assignment due in Psychology tommorrow; and one due in writing today; neither have been done... as I must first read the chapters they pertain to. I don't want to go to work at Safeco tonight... I am all sorts of bent out of shape ... not to mention we don't have a concrete plan for this weekend, and for my sanity's sake I need to draw up some sort of preliminary list of what needs to be done before I fall completely apart. Neurotic much?


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Friday, May 16, 2003

FRIDAY FIVE ETC

Ever since we got our new phone number we are getting wrong number after wrong number. WTF?! This morning some lady called at 5:00 in the FUCKING MORNING, and asked for Danny. I told her she had "the wrong fucking number" and hung up. She called back around 7:30 and I said "dude, quit fucking calling here." and she apologized and hung up. Damn straight. Burien REPRESENT!



1. What drinking water do you prefer -- tap, bottle, purifier, etc.?

I am a bottled water snob. I just like it better; but probably wouldn't know the difference if it was tap water in there or aquafina... the power of suggestion baby.

2. What are your favorite flavor of chips?

I try not to eat chips; but Doritos cool ranch and the chili cheese fritos are good.

3. Of all the things you can cook, what dish do you like the most?

Probably my spanish rice, or lately I've been on a fish kick. Slap a little butter and dill in a pan and bake, and mmmm perfection.

4. How do you have your eggs?

Cooked in other things; I rarely eat eggs by themselves... but I love deviled eggs, and egg salad... go figure.

5. Who was the last person who cooked you a meal? How did it turn out?

hmmm... my mom probably, she made dinner a lot around the house, and it was always good.


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Thursday, May 15, 2003

MORPHEUS MARTIN

So, I surprised Aaron last night by saying that I wanted to go see the Matrix Reloaded, and suggested we see it at the 11pm showing. I had originally taken the stance that he would have to go it alone; or just with one of his friends, because the first Matrix movie left me in a deep slumber. But after I thought about it, I came to the conclusion that I can be a bit narrowminded when it comes to the movies I like to watch. So I stepped out of the box and volunteered to watch Keanu Reeves in a dress for two hours. We bought our tix online, and stood outside for about a half hour, waiting to be seated. There were quite a few people there, but it wasn't completely full; mainly because I think people didn't really know it opened last night. I am not into sci-fi shit, but I will say that I didn't hate this movie. It was WAY over my head in terms of techno speak... and I had to resist the overpowering urge to lean over and ask question after question. It was killing me, but I know that it's a pet peeve of most people, and since Aaron really wanted to see this movie, I didn't want him to have to explain everything to me... but the more I paid attention the more I wondered "What is Zion?" "Are they humans?" "What are those black holes on their bodies?" "What's with the tribal themes?" "Why is Keanu reeves wearing a dress?" "What do they mean when they call him the one?" "If this is taking place on earth, why are they traveling in cyborg looking spaceships?" "When does this take place in time?" "How can that guy morph into all those other guys?" And so on... you get the picture. I did ask a few short questions, but nothing Aaron said could really explain much. So I decided to be content to just sit back and and soak it all in, and attempt to follow the plot. Dude, before I forget... Carrie Ann Moss.. woof. I swear she is part spaniel... good Lord. And you think for all the millions they spent on this film they would have spent 6 bucks on some Max Factor foundation to plug up the pock marks on Laurence Fishburne's face. That's who played Morpheus right? I think it was him. Anyhoo, The dress that Keanu wore was apparently supposed to be a coat, but it looked really cool when it flared out like a cheerleader's skirt when he swung around and did his fancy little kicks and stuff. The fight scenes were a little long, but were exhausting to watch as well... all that blocking... looked like an elaborate patty cake game. I remember I made Aaron laugh near the end when Trinity has blood on her face and NOTICEABLY in her MOUTH, and Keanu full on kisses her, and I made a gagging sound and said "um, ew. She has blood in her mouth." Aaron kinda laughed and I said "fucking grody." As the credits rolled I began to ask some of the questions that I had, and as he tried to explain that when they plug that funnel looking thing into the back of their heads, they are actually inside the computer. I was like "what? inside a computer? How big is that thing anyway?" Obviously I was missing some vital point here. He likened it to the internet..."you know kinda like the world wide web?" I shook my head "Yeah I don't really get that either." He just laughed and kissed my forehead. I don't know, I don't get the movie, but it wasn't bad. Lori said the last one had some major homoerotic themes, and as far as I could tell the major themes of this one was the whole tribal thing... during one scene involving dancing and drums, I swear to God I could almost hear the theme of Survivor getting ready to be played. Oh yeah, I told Aaron we should name our first son "Morpheus Martin"... it's got a ring to it.

Incidentally, I read thisarticle yesterday and just about died at the phrase "pigment challenged"... just fucking say albino... gah!

Have I mentioned how much I hate the republican idiot I work with this week? NO? Yes? Well you all know... ass breath got up in my grill this morning and I had to turn into superbitch. he's such a freakin nag I seriously can't stand it sometimes. Not only will he leave notes on my desk He'll tell me the exact information AFTER HE'S ALERTED ME OF THE ALL IMPORTANT NOTE ON MY DESK two or three times! Then come back to make sure I've done it! This morning it was about referencing the work order number ... which he insists on calling a 'service work order' ...( same difference fock) on the repair tag. Um, can you say unnecessary and redundant? They are already linked by the description and serial number. He asked that I please start doing this for future reference.. yeah, right. He just has to have his hand in everything... I HATE HIM!!! Then he's all "and if you could get right on that" I interrupted him to say "YEAH. I SAID I'D TAKE CARE OF IT DIDN'T I?" he thanked me and walked away. NAG NAG NAG. I fucking hate him. I don't hate him in the sense where I want bad things to happen to him... like whenever anyone here at work dreams of the possibility that he may ever be fired (yeah right) I always get a pang of guilt... I don't want bad things to happen to him, I just don't ever want to see or talk to him again. That's all. When he went through his little shpeel on referencing the work order number on the tags I outright rolled my eyes and said "whatever dude." I ooze professionalism I swear. I just can't help it. The fucker is in my business all the time and is the most demanding little fock I've ever worked with. I want to kick him square in the nuts if he has any. ARG! Anything to have the last word... he is always making these friggin suggestions. "perhaps we should print everything out of the laser printer, as it looks more professional. (work orders and blank forms) um... no. That's WHY WE HAVE A COPY MACHINE ass. Arg. I need to go find a happy place.


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Monday, May 12, 2003

HOME SWEET HOME

Well, we did it. We are moved... the months of anxiety and anticipation were finally put to rest Friday night. Thank you LORD! It's kinda wierd, and I don't think it really sunk in that I don't live at home anymore... I was sweatin' the move big time thursday and Friday. Especially when I couldn't find two screws that were an intricate part of putting the couch together... I searched high and low for those fuckers on Thursday night... until finally Aaron was able to talk me down off the proverbial ledge, and make me watch the rest of ER... which I didn't even get anyway, because I was all wrapped up in finding those fucking screws, and missed the beginning. INCIDENTALLY, I gotta hand it to Aaron's friend Willie... he came through for us in a big way; with a flat bed trailer that we piled all of our worldly possessions on, between Aaron, Willie, Dwayne and my cousin Cassie they had the apartment loaded within an hour or so. They got down to business and fast. Thanks to my cousin Lisa (also Dwayn'es wife) who helped me sift through all of the boxes for my kitchen stuff, and to Lori and Troy who took the helm and put our bedroom together. Everyone who helped is so appreciated. I don't know what we would have done without them.

Cassie's twin sister Cori was supposed to come help too; but she was feeling pretty sick, so I think we'll have them over for a sleep over pretty soon. They turn 13 in June, and my God I can't believe they are that old already! I was their age when they were born! They just got accepted to be in the All City Band, which is a BIG HONOR, considering they'll probably be among the youngest there. It is a marching band, comprised of mostly high school students picked from different schools in the different districts all over seattle. They march in a lot of parades and events throughout the summer, and it's a big deal to be in it. I AM SO PROUD OF THEM!!!

We spent all day Saturday putting shit together, and making our space look like a home. That night I went to see Rick Springfield in concert at the Emerald Queen Casino, with my parents and sister. A mother's day gift. I am not a huge Springfield fan, but he puts on a good show and he played a few songs that I really like. I brought the cats home on Saturday night after the concert and as of this morning it looks as if they are finally coming out of hiding. They were banned from our bedroom because they were so freaked they wouldn't come out from under the bed, and I didn't trust the little bastards (mainly BEN) not to piss under there. Once we flushed them out from under there, they took cover behind the big screen tv and entertainment units. Occasionally coming out to cry and look at us in bewilderment.

We spent Mother's day morning putting up more pictures and unpacking a little here, and a little there. Then we attended a barbecue at my Aunt and Uncle's place, the pic on the front page is Aaron and I having a good ol' time in the backyard. It was a fun time in all seriousness, I enjoyed seeing everyone and talking and basically just chilling out. The salad I made was a hit; it consisted of a bazillion cut up chunks of apple, about 8 snickerbars all cut up and some fat free cool whip to even it all out.

Then last night we went grocery shopping and came home, plugged in the movie 'Fried Green Tomatoes" and promptly passed out. Aaron woke me up and we went to bed; I looked at the clock and laughed. "It's only 9:45 and we're going to bed... how OLD are we?" He laughed too; especially when, in my daze I turned the light off in the bathroom while he was still brushing his teeth, and I didn't even notice. Aaahhh, the side effects of exhaustion.

this morning I was woken up to the lovely high pitched wails of Asa, as well as his fucking knobby little paw jammed under the door, and wiggling the door for all it was worth. That and the occasional body slam against the door. I guess he wanted in. Upon entering the living room I noticed that ben had drug the new chenille afghan off the back of the couch and mated with it; that was a lovely sight to behold. I guess this means they are coming out of their funk eh?

keep your eyes on this site for a few days; I'll be posting pics of the new home, and some random shots at the mother's day barbecue.


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Tuesday, May 06, 2003

BRAIN SQUEEZE

I am plagued with a horrific headache this afternoon. I am seriously considering taking a long lunch so I can go home and lay on a heating pad, and wait for the angels to come and rescue me...

But seriously, I don't want to leave because the Republican Idiot I work with is out of the office for a bit, and I want to enjoy every damn second he's gone. He managed to fry his computer this morning... "Hey, anyone ever tell you that clicking the mouse a million times while the hourglass is on your screen will not do a fucking thing to hurry things along?" I didn't say that or anything... to his face... but I seriously think they should just give him a fisher price cash register and put a dell sticker on it, and call it good. We'd be halfway into July before he figured anything out.

In other news we move in 3 days. 3.days. I can't believe I'm actually going to be living somewhere other than the apartment building I've lived in since I was 7 years old. (for those of you playing the home game, that's roughly 19 years.) Good God. It's going to be wonderfully bizarre.


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Friday, May 02, 2003

JUST A BUNCH OF BLATHER...

7 short days till we move! I am in a veritable state of distress... if living out of boxes, in a room that is barely big enough to turn around in, let alone hold almost the entire contents of our new home weren't enough, next weekend... MOVING weekend is also a very fucking busy weekend. Aaron has two mariner's games to work (saturday and sunday) I have a concert to go to saturday night; with my family, aaron also has a union meeting that saturday morning to vote on a contract... we need to go get groceries on sunday, my family is holding a gigantic barbecue on sunday afternoon that I really hate the idea of missing, and in between we are supposed to be moving and getting settled. Never mind that I have the week after we move in to sand down the fucking splatter marks on my bedroom walls before my mom moves the contents of her storage unit in there. Never mind that I hate... no... I HATE the idea of not being settled right away... and we have some semi busy weekends coming up after that. I know that I am stressing about events here that I really don't need to stress about... I know that. But I can't help it... it's my nature... I just want to get it all done, and spend sunday evening relaxing in my new apartment with my boyfriend and my cats...

that said, I am actually in a glorious mood today; the perfect mood to go shopping for capri pants in! woo hoo! I don't wear shorts; haven't in a long time, and don't plan to for an even longer time. When I have thighs and calves that resemble a normal human being's then we'll talk. Until then I'll just do you all a favor and cover up.

Now then ... without further ado...

THE FRIDAY FIVE

1. Name one song you hate to admit you like.

I was just lamenting about this (incidentally am I using that word right?) the other day... that new R. Kelly song Ignition...the remix... I fucking love that song, but I hate that he does it. So I downloaded it; so at least he won't be getting one red cent from me.

2. Name two songs that always make you cry.

I'm not sure if any song really makes me cry... I guess Amazing Grace on the bagpipes is a good one, especially though if there is specific sentiment behind it.. like when Lori and I went to this rally at the Seattle Center after 9/11 and they had some gentlemen there playing the bagpipes, once they started on that, it was all she wrote. Along those lines I would also have to say that Taps is another one that tugs at my heart... for a long time I couldn't listen to the song Linger by the Cranberries, because it was played at the funeral of a girl who passed away when I was a Junior... that song is now a favorite and doesn't make me cry anymore.

3. Name three songs that turn you on.

Tom Dooley by the Kingston Trio, Fancy by Reba Mcentyre and One Toke Over the Line by whoever... hell I don't know. Obviously for those of you playing the home game I'M BEING SARCASTIC.

4. Name four songs that always make you feel good.

*Celebration by Kool and the Gang
*Scar Tissue by Red Hot Chilli Peppers
*Nothin but a G Thang by Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg and...
*America by Simon and Garfunkel.

5. Name five songs you couldn't ever do without.

*Making Love Out Of Nothing At All by Air Supply (YOU KNOW YOU LIKE THIS SONG!)
*Sweet Caroline (Da Da DAAAAA) by Neil Diamond
*Imagine by John Lennon
*Cleanin' Out My Closet by Eminem
*Hot Stuff by Donna Summer

... I think that pretty much sums it up...


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