Tuesday, May 27, 2008

I'm tired. And not tan.

So I worked 10 hours today, and that's after 4 nights of less than 6 hrs of sleep per night, and 3 days of walking all over DC with Kate, who bused in from the north, and Megan, who flew in from the west.

And I mean all over.


I think we decided it was about 900 million miles. And our calves, and knees, and backs hurt. And don't get me wrong - it was FUN! And I'll be posting more about it soon, with more pictures, but for now I'll leave you with this shot of me at the National Cathedral. Not sure why I tilted my head. Probably because I was just too tired to hold it up anymore. Oh yeah - see? - I'm leaning it against one of the flying buttresses.

P.S. Danielle - We all used Blue Lizard. See how sunburned I'm not??

Friday, May 23, 2008

My mom's on the internet!

Dad got her a computer for Mother's Day (I KNOW!! isn't he FABULOUS?!?!), and she's having a GREAT time getting all set up and used to things. :) :)

I just taught her to copy and paste using ctrl-C, ctrl-V. Hee hee!

Now we just need to get her IMing, and reading my blog! :)

Hi Mom! I love you!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Déjà vu

I just had a déjà vu - one of those moments when what you are doing/saying/hearing/seeing feels very familiar, like you've "already seen" that moment. I was typing an email for work, about coordinating between two timekeeping systems, listening to "In the Highways," from the "O Brother, where art thou?" soundtrack, and suddenly it all felt familiar.

I like that feeling; it makes me feel like I have intersected a moment of eternity - like I am in the right place, at the right time, doing the right things.

That probably sounds really superstitious, but it was such a nice peacefully familiar feeling that I thought I'd share.

Weight-loss tips from Allie

So at the end of the six-week Biggest Loser competition, she wrote:
I think our scale is broken...because it only works right if I hold onto the desk, stand on one foot and lean hard to the right. Which is really weird, because when the competition started, it only worked right if I stood really still holding a watermelon. So weird.
So how does that translate into being able to fit back into those, ahem, "out-grown" clothes??

Really, Allie.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

I met the President! TWO of them!

So remember how I mentioned my first ever professional baseball game? Well, the Nats lost. :(


I met George! And Abe!

Apparently, George was taller than the photographer thought...

And I don't know these people, but I had to get a photo of Abe. Amy, this one's for you.

Friday, May 16, 2008

My car has rich friends.

Yes, those are 2 Porsches, and the third one, the humble little Mercury? That's mine.

Apparently some people in my building make a lot more money than I do.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

But officer, I was trying REALLY HARD to be legal!

Car registration fee: $89

Postage to overnight the "I live out of your state but still want my car registered there because I am only a temporary resident of the state where I now live" paperwork to state of previous residence, including a prepaid overnight envelope so they could overnight the sticker back to me, since I didn't mail this until 2 days after my registration expired: $32.50

Postage to AGAIN overnight the aforementioned paperwork, including ANOTHER prepaid overnight envelope, after the whole stack was returned to me, in my prepaid overnight envelope, with a little note that said, "We don't accept counter checks - your name and address must be printed on the check," even though they had my phone number TWICE in the paperwork and could have CALLED to tell me that: ANOTHER $32.50

Peace of mind that I can FINALLY drive past a cop , or stay in the lane where the cop is right behind me, without worrying that I'm going to get pulled over and have to tell this whole dumb story and rely on the mercy of a total stranger: Priceless

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Friday, May 09, 2008

Am I missing something here??

So my Alma Mater is interviewing new faculty, and since I'm still on the grad student email list, I'm getting all the emails about the interviewing schedule. And there is a line that says this:

09:00 a.m. –
Room 166 – Presentation and Q&A to faculty/students
(45 min. – Q; 45 min. – A)

So help me out here - 45 minutes of questions, and then 45 minutes of answers?? How EXACTLY is THAT supposed to work??

Thursday, May 08, 2008

I am totally petty enough...

...to move the Pop Tarts that I like to the back of the cupboard in the office kitchen, hopefully hidden well enough that no one else will find them and eat them. Yes, yes I am.

In other news, I'm going to my first ever professional baseball game this weekend! Wahoo!

And hi, internets. I'm back. :)