29 January 2010

"But... fish-people! Man-eating fish-people! Damn you, SyFy!"

Stuff as of late:
  • Work is over. I am sad. I can't get used to having no schedule.
  • Gotta get back into the dinner routine. Doing okay but I need to structure myself more, and also brave the freakin' cold to get the proper ingredients. Made steaks, sweet potato fries and brussels sprouts the other night; tacos tonight.
  • Read Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse, a fictional free-verse diary-like account of a 13/14-year old girl's experience in the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression. Really interesting, and I'm following it up with The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived The Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan, a non-fiction book on the same subject.
  • Trying to get up the motivation to get the apartment back in shape now that we've taken down the tree and all the other Christmas decorations.
  • Between finding it used and trading in two games (that got me $13.70 in trade-in value), I managed to get Wii Fit Plus for $2.79!
  • Battling a slight migraine that has been bothering me on and off for the past few days. I suspect it's related to the weather. At the moment I'm fine.
The two funniest things I've seen in the last few days:

1. The BBC just redid Emma again, and it was playing on Masterpiece Theatre the other night. We only caught 5 minutes of it, but it was enough to keep me laughing for 20 minutes. There was a giant picnic/outdoor event going on, and someone had made a very elaborate tower-shaped cake involving fresh flowers.... and what was clearly the same cathedral cake pan I have sitting in my cupboard. (See a couple posts previous if you want to know what it looks like.) We laughed and laughed and laughed. You're about 200 years off, set dresser... did you think no one would notice?

2. Stealth Cat. Gets hilarious halfway through. The Japanese title says the cat's name is Daruma-chan.

19 January 2010

One goal down

Finally made my hair appointment. 10 inches of hair got chopped off today around 12:30. Woohooo!!!

While I have no regrets about cutting it off, I almost think it's not short enough, and it will take a few days of messing with it to see how it's really going to look on a daily basis. Right now it sorta looks like Yuna from FFX, a haircut I have always enjoyed, but I'm not sure if I'm enjoying it on me. We'll see.

Work tonight. Three more shifts, then possibly one on Sunday, and then we're done. It will be weird, and I will miss my co-workers. Meh.

18 January 2010

Meditations for women who do too little

Well, crap. Why is there no calendar each year to help women like me get off their butts? But no, just Meditations for Women Who Do Too Much.

The Mike visit went pretty well - I think we covered all the major bases of what he wanted to do (tattoo, shopping, some home-cooked meals, a few movies) and threw in some extra stuff to boot. I hope he has a safe trip back to Iraq, and of course that he is safe while he is there.

In the meantime, I have one week left of my job and I'm no closer to knowing what I'll be doing next than I was before. The husband isn't much closer either. I am panicking, and just keep berating myself in my head for us ending up in this situation at 30 years of age. Weren't we supposed to be smarter than this by now? It could be so much worse, though. We aren't in any debt and both cars are paid off, so those are two positives. I also finally got my military ID this week, so that was some progress (too bad two of our friends had to wait the 3 hours with us since we made a big mall trip out of it...). Will keep plugging away.

The apartment's back to medium-level mess again, but will be better once the Christmas tree box is out of the living room... probably a job for tomorrow since it's a federal holiday and all the places we wanted to go to accomplish things tomorrow will be closed. Le sigh. Still no progress on the vacuum cleaner part - going to have to get on Sears's back, I guess.

In less urgent news, I finished reading Dracula, and it was terrifying and marvelous. I hope it will be something I will re-read many times. I know I read a lot and focus a lot on books, but I know exactly why I'm doing it and I'm just letting it happen for now. With all the other crap that's going on at the moment, reading (and buying cheap books) is something that makes me feel good and I'm milking it for all it's worth.

I do have a constant stream going on in my head, thinking about how to save money and what we could give up if we had to. I think we are pretty flexible on a lot of things, and will do whatever has to be done.

Let's just hope we start DOING it instead of just thinking and talking about it.

06 January 2010

Suspicious daschunds! Biblioteca!

This article over on Abebooks cracked me right up: Remaining Unread: The Top Ten Reasons We Don't Get To Certain Books. I certainly fall prey to the bargain bin on a regular basis (even if there are no suspicious daschunds) - especially if I find a book in it that I always kinda wanted to read anyway, such as The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, or Nobody's Princess. One of my non-resolutions is to not buy so many books on impulse. I'm not going to stop myself from buying books I've been waiting for specifically, such as Changeless by Gail Carriger, or the third Hunger Games installment. But all that impulse buying? Bad. Very bad. I am pretty sure it will be a lot less of a problem being that my job is going away at the end of the month, and I won't have new books paraded past me at every opportunity. Sigh.

Managed to actually cook dinner tonight - homemade mac & cheese. This was the first time I've made it, and I followed the recipe pretty closely and will adjust from there. This time I used half American cheese and half mild cheddar; next time I'll use sharp cheddar, and omit the onions too. Still, not bad for a first shot.

Oh, lord. Sometimes the internet just writes itself. Two minutes ago:
Stine: Hm, that's what we should do, start a dance club.

The Husband: Yeah, we can get a big club space, and during the day it can have rolling shelves with books on it... it can be a used bookstore during the day and a dance club at night.

Stine: Oh my God. What would we call it?

The Husband: ...the Biblioteca.

HAHAHAHAH. (We are desperate. Don't count it out yet.)

03 January 2010

Goals for 2010

I'm fully aware that I am very bad at keeping resolutions or even finishing the many lists of tasks I make for myself, but I'm doing it anyway. These are some of the goals I have for the upcoming year:
  • Establish some kind of workout routine, whether it's Wii Fit, running, pilates... SOMETHING. And STICK TO IT!
  • Figure out this whole job thing... for me and for my husband. This is probably the most important goal I/we have for the new year.
  • Deep-clean the entire apartment.
  • Fix the things that need to be fixed (or get landlord to fix them). I'm sick of having a sliding glass door that we can't leave open because the screen door falls off if anyone breathes on it.
  • Read more books from my own library than from the public library this year. Once I've read them, I'm sure I'd be fine with ditching many of them, which will free up shelf space.
  • Cook much, much more often. Bake more too - but especially cook more.
  • Cook healthier meals - more greens, fruits and veggies.
  • Wear makeup more often. It doesn't have to be every day, but I need to make more time for it in the morning.
  • GET MY HAIR CUT. Can't wait for this. I'm donating my hair to Locks of Love (again).
  • Spiff up the ol' wardrobe, maybe. This depends on money.
  • Give the alternative remedies (for anxiety and migraines) suggested by my doctor a solid try. (This requires that I find the sheet where he wrote down all the dosages... darnit.)
  • Complete some of the knitting/crochet projects that are languishing on the needles, including the sweater I knit in two days but never sewed together. Oops.
  • Actually DELIVER some of the items I've made for people and/or babies, preferably before the babies are 5 years old.
I'm sure I'll come up with other goals along the way, but these are some of the biggies.