Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Umm Slightly Scary

I'm slightly terrified by how similar M looks like Justin Timberlake in the Carry Out video - when he's in that baseball cap and white jacket, it's SCARY.

On another note, I laid out by a POOL today. IN MARCH.

On ONE MORE NOTE, Good luck with the pushin' K!!!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Just a Few Letters...

Dear Cappuccino machine,
Please try and steam the milk, not scald my hand.
Love, the cute burnt waitress

Dear new (and mildly incompetent) server,
Please try and pay attention to what I am telling you - I am not talking just to hear myself talk.
Love, your exasperated trainer

Dear bank teller,
It is not my fault that the restaurant paid me in ones for the last two shifts. You have a bill-counting machine. DEAL WITH IT.
Love, the harried-looking waitress in the wrinkled Ralph Lauren shirt

Dear glorious weather,
Please continue as usual.
Love, the girl stuck inside doing test prep

Monday, March 29, 2010

The Kitchen - Before

Ho-kay. I wanted to write about the kitchen when it was COMPLETELY DONE, but I have the feeling that it will never really be done. At least, not until I have a bajillion dollars. BUT, our widdle kitchen has come a very long way since we moved in. And I have the photos to prove it. Tomorrow I'll take some photos of how the kitchen currently looks, but for now let's reminisce about where we started.

What up 1960's - knotty pine cabinets, black barnyard handles, big-ass brown stove, rainbow tile and GREEN counter tops. Awesomeness personified.

Yes, I said
rainbow tile. These people were not messing around in the 70s (trim throughout the house had also been included in the rainbow theme).

And, YES - that is an original 1960s (I think that's the right decade) BIG ASS STOVE. Like, ridiculously large and ugly and big and gross. I realize some people LOVE these things, but I am not one of those people. I am not nearly hipster enough for that stove. It HAD to go. Immediately. Sorry for the fuzzy picture - I was probably shaking with confusion/disgust.

Let's look closer at the cabinets, counters and floor, shall we? Hmmm, maybe not tooooo close - cause they are le ugly. Unfortunately, we still have the counters and floor...but we're hoping to lay tile in the next 6 months. It's the same linoleum my parents have in their BATHROOM, only this linoleum has a slight greenish tint to it - maybe to complement the counters? Anyways...the counters aren't SO bad since we painted the cabinets and walls...they'll do for now.

All of the kitchen drawers and cabinets has this loverly primary color graph-like contact paper inside - M and I spent a whole night de-contacting every freaking surface. There was paper EVERYWHERE. It was a pain to take out too. I realize it's a fast and easy way to cover up grossness (I did it in our bathroom when we moved in - after I cleaned and gagged), but come on - a primary colors graph pattern? Sheesh.

On the other side of the kitchen, next to the dining room, is a built-in wine rack. In knotty pine. And it's somewhat off - they should have just stuck with the 5 lower holes and skipped the top two - they don't really line up. OH WELL. At least it's a nice pantry with a lot of space!

Across from the pantry/wine rack was a giant island. GIANT as in about 4 feet tall and 5 feet long. So long that there was only about 2.5 feet between the island and the fridge. Don't ask me. ANYWAYS, I couldn't find an intact-island-picture. Mostly because as soon as we bought the house we ripped it out. =) But here you can get an idea of the island's largeness.

Soooo lastly, let's look above the kitchen sink. Yes. That is a scalloped wooden border thing (and FREAKING GREEN MINI BLINDS). And OH HOW I HATED IT. I begged M from day ONE to knock it out...because for some reason I just couldn't stand the thing. The day I came home and the scallops were no more was a very awesome day. VERY.

And what, pray tell, is hiding BEHIND the scalloped wooden thingie??? An ugly light. Of course.

Anyways - that is what our kitchen looked like when we moved in. How I ever convinced M to buy this house when the kitchen looked like that is a testament to my persuasive prowess. "During" and "After" pictures to come soon!!


Awesomest news ever – my Adult Health test is now next WEDNESDAY instead of next MONDAY. I’m not quite sure that you can really understand the awesomeness of this schedule change until you know what this week looks like for me…

Monday – class in the morning, work at 5

Tuesday – work at 11

Wednesday – class in the morning

Thursday – OFF (so, studying all freaking day…)

Friday – work all day long

Saturday – work at 5

Sunday – work from 9 to 4ish, then Easter dinner at my aunt’s house

So yesh. I am VERY excited about this widdle schedule change. I need that extra 2 days to study, since this test consistently produces the worst class average. woot woot!

On another note, I had a loverly dream last night that involved going on a date with Robert Pattinson. I’m not quite sure what the date entailed, but it was kinda like he was the same person as one of my college boyfriends, and M was totally OK with the whole thing (since I was asking him for dating advice in the dream…). Anyways. There was no biting-of-the-neck (sadness) and a lot of lusting-general-wanting. I don’t have these types of dreams often, so I wonder what in my subconscious spurred it on. Perhaps it’s the fact that I watched New Moon the other night. Sighhhhh. I love those damn books.

PS – WE GOT OUR KITCHEN CART. The only problem is that I really don’t have time to clean and prime the thing. Maybe I’ll do it on my day off when the weather is supposed to be nice. I can sand and prime and have a loverly time. And THEN I promise to post pictures of my kitchen. Maybe I’ll post the before pictures later tomorrow…

‘Till then, talk to you latah dahlings.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wishful Thinking

Here are a couple things that I would LOVE to blog about, if I didn't have paperwork for TWO patients staring me down from the living room.

- How I read Traveling With Pomegranates and how it made me want to take a trip with my mom (and how jealous I was that they got to travel internationally SEVERAL times in a few years).

- How I'm now reading Then We Came to the End and can pull MULTIPLE quotes that refer back to the time just before my layoff. Like, "Both were good stories and together they killed a good hour. Some of us loved killing a good hour of the company's time and others felt guilty for it afterward. But whatever your personal feelings on the matter, you still had to account for the hour, so you billed it to a client." So freaking true. So far, the book is scarily accurate.

- I really, really, REALLY want to post another before and after about the house - this time about the KITCHEN which isn't completely finished, but it's PAINTED THANK GOD.

- OOOH and then there is the fact that I got to do a make-up run-through with my friend that's getting married this weekend. I think in another life I was a makeup artist.

However, I will stop blogging and get to work. Only 4 clinical days left this semester!!! Then on to babies and mothers and kids!!! YAAAAAAAY!!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

One Down, Six to Go

So my big Spring Beak reading fest is not going as well as I had hoped. I seem to have picked up WAY too many shifts for work - and then I decided that THIS WOULD BE THE WEEK that I finally painted the kitchen...not to mention that I had planned to meet with friends on both Tuesday and Thursday nights (the only days I wasn't working a double).

What the CRAP was I thinking??? I am NOT superman. Apparently I need to repeat this to myself because I am officially stage 4 delusional, thinking I can get everything done that I wanted to by the time my friend A arrives today at about 4. HA.

Sigh. However, I did just finish Three Cups of Tea. It was very good, and I really wish I could do more to help the world's impoverished areas - he is doing an amazing, Nobel Prize-winning thing over there, and he needs all the help he can get. Unfortunately, I have no money - thus all the shifts at work. BUT ANYWAY, the book was good but found myself frustrated at the pace of my reading - not the pace of the book, but of my reading. I'm usually a very fast reader, a skill that helped me get through my English Literature major and History minor at college. I breeze through fiction so quickly that M's head spins (and he gets a wee bit annoyed), but non-fiction trips me up. I don't know what it is...I think that I've just conditioned myself to read fiction faster...maybe? I don't know. All I do know is that it frustrates me when I can't fly through a book. I get bogged down and want to quit, which is WAY LAME.

On a side note, I'm currently enjoying a bowl of fruit loops - my first in years - and THEY ARE DELICIOUS.

Ok - I need to iron for work. =\

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


The 10-second Eclipse teaser is out and about on the internet! woot woot!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Robert Pattinson is BOTHERED

Watch the first two minutes... and enjoy. =)

And if you don't know what I am talking about, go to I heart Robert Pattinson and Jimmy Fallon...sigh. =)


9 is my Favorite Number

I am rapidly approaching SPRING BREAK and that means LOTS of waiting tables and LOTS MORE reading!!! Right now I have nine books on my "Read" list for 2010, and I have FIVE books waiting for me at the library!!! Let me say again how much I LOVE THE LIBARARY and how library funding is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT! You HEAR ME BEV PURDUE??? Sorry...SO back to the reading list. So far I have read...
1. People of the Book, Geraldine Brooks
2. and 3. Maus I and II, Art Spiegelman
4. Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert
5. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
6. A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin
7. 1000 NIghts of Snowfall, Bill Willingham
8. The Host, Stephanie Meyer
9. The Shack, William P. Young

I'm currently reading Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson (last month's book club selection), and need to start on The Road, since that is this month's selection. Now I have an excuse to read that book! Both M and my dad told me NOT to read The Road, since I am very sensitive and have a propensity for keeping images in my head a long time. However, I talked to S, and she thinks that since I read Blindness by Jose Saramago, I should be ok. (Blindness has an extremely graphic scene in it that still haunts both of us...) And I have the following waiting for me at the library:
1. The Abstinenece Teacher, Tom Perrotta
2. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
3. Then We Came to the End, Joshua Ferris
4. Traveling with Pomegranates, Sue Monk Kidd
5. The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Michael Chabon

With three more requested but not available yet. =) I know it's a sickness - but at least I'm addicted to reading, and not crack!
Hopefully I can plow through some of these during Spring Break - and can recommend one of them to my mom for her (very) fledgling book club!