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Don’t Try This At Home

Posted by Gin on June 27, 2008

When I left work around 5 yesterday, I had an AWFUL sinus headache.
As I was driving offsite, I blindly dug around in my purse until I found my new pack of sinus headache OTC stuff, and popped a couple.

I ran a few errands, went home and started dinner, and noticed I felt kind of weird. A couple of hours later, I was feeling really, really weird – slack-jawed, impaired motor skills, STU. PID. – and then I remembered taking the sinus meds. They always make me feel loopy, so I was relieved that I hadn’t taken it any earlier, and just went to bed early.

Woke up at 6 this morning, still feeling a little lightheaded. Whew, that’s some potent shit! When I was waiting in the drive-thru at Starbucks this morning, I dug the Aleve box out of my purse, and was greeted by the proud proclamation, “One Tablet = 12 Hours Of Relief!”

One Tablet? Twelve Hours? And I took TWO!?!?

Well, no effing wonder!!!!

Hugs Not Drugs, Kids.


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My My, How Can I Resist You?

Posted by Gin on June 26, 2008

I had a wonderfully long phone conversation with Jamie last night, during which we watched I Love The New Millennium together in different time zones (don’t get me started on how Too Soon it is to be rehashing the first iPods and Super Size Me – I still have underwear I bought in 2003. And yet I watch.) Anyhow, there was a commercial break, and at the start of the first spot, I gasped in delight.

Jamie: “It’s Mamma Mia there, isn’t it?”
Me: “OMG YES!!!”
Jamie: “I knew you’d want to see it.”
Me: (Oblivious, singing and dancing around my bedroom in said underwear from 2003)

For real.
Can’t wait for this.

With the lovely Meryl Streep! And Colin Firth! And Amanda Seyfried! (I have a hetero girl crush on her – she is so amazing in Big Love. I didn’t know that she was in it until I started seeing the commercials, and that only multiplies my excitement.)

And yes, I fully realize how much potential for suck this has.
BUT COME ON. It’s ABBA. You can’t go wrong with ABBA! Because they’re awesome! And a palindrome! Which is pleasing to my OCD nature!

If this doesn’t make you want to dance around in lamé and platform shoes, you are dead inside, my friend.

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Late to the party

Posted by Gin on June 25, 2008

Oh, Google Reader – you naughty, addictive minx. If I could combine you with Sitemeter and Reese’s Pieces, you would be like the worst kind of crack. Voyeuristic, informative, delicious crack.

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Posted by Gin on June 25, 2008

Yesterday was a very busy day; at 3 p.m. I was starving, with no lunch and no prospects besides a Slimfast shake. A poke around my desk turned up only old stale crackers and some questionable granola. So I sucked it up and paid a buck for a pittance of Gardetto’s from the vending machine. On the way home I stopped at the grocery store to stock up on snacks and emergency lunches. $80 later (it’s a mistake to shop starving), I am now prepared with ample snackage, should I find myself stuck at work facing and nuclear war.

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Posted by Gin on June 24, 2008

It’s been a good week at my house – one of my student loans is now down to $16.10 (I can’t pay it off early, or I’m stuck with a $350 penalty, poo; it will just sit for a while now), and I only have $76 left on my Visa bill. Woot!
To celebrate this financial, well not exactly “milestone”, but we’ll say highlight, I was going to reward myself with a long lunch and some shoe shopping (I know, I know – but I really do need a new pair of work shoes), but now the weather has turned sketchy and gray. So instead of new shoes and lunch of my choice, I’m getting a cold, gloomy office and a Slimfast. Oh, well.

I’ve had this song in my head for a couple of weeks, and it sort of matches my mood now. Here.

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I Think I Can, I Think I Can

Posted by Gin on June 23, 2008

A momentous occasion…Sitemeter tells me that since March, I’ve had over a thousand hits! WOOT! That’s small potatoes compared to most, but I can’t help but feel a little proud.

Also, greetings to recent browsers who actually know me in real life, and forgive that I was cheating on them and my Livejournal, and getting a little sumthin-sumthin on the side with Blogger. Don’t hate the playa, hate the game. Word.

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Posted by Gin on June 23, 2008

Ooh, love the glasses.

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Posted by Gin on June 23, 2008

What I’m reading…

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

I’m doing this backwards, in that I saw the movie first (which was okay; B-) and now I’m reading the book. I’m a week in and halfway through its 672 pages (whew!), and I’m diggin’ it. Dude: The Hills ain’t got nothin’ on this stuff. Joo. See.

The Bitch In The House

It’s a collection of essays written by women, reflecting on sex, marriage, motherhood, and feminisim. I’ve had this lying around for a couple of months – the essay format makes it good for a quick pre-sleep read. I’ve enjoyed reading what other women have to say about their personal struggles with their feminist ideals vs. also wanting some of the more traditional aspects of wife- and womanhood (or not).

What I’m watching…

The Farmer’s Wife

This PBS documentary follows a rural Nebraskan husband and wife over the course of three years in the early 1990’s as they struggle to keep their farm and their marriage intact. I’m kind of a sucker for documentaries – they make up nearly half my Netflix queue – and J wonders how I can watch them when they are typically bleak and depressing (mostly true). I like having the window into someone else’s existence from the comfort of my couch. These people struggled to just put food on the table – one month, after paying for farm supplies, rent, and bills, they had $20 left for groceries. For the month. TWENTY BUCKS. I spend that on fancy cheese in one trip to the store. It puts into perspective how fortunate I am: my irritation over potential penalties for paying off my student loans too early is a blessing compared to this woman having to go beg one of her creditors, face to face, to extend the terms of her loan two more years. The debt? $800.

Also watching the Discovery Channel’s NASA series When We Left Earth. Awesome.

What I’m listening to…

I’d forgotten that I’d ordered some music from Amazon until I saw the package at my back door next week. Yay, Christmas! Now what the hell is this?

· Catching Tales by Jamie Cullum
I bought the album Twentysomething a couple of years ago and liked it, though it took me a couple of times to warm up to it. I’ll admit to being kind of a pushover for a guy behind a piano, and I love the slight gravel of his voice. I’m still only on my second spin of the album, but I’m digging it. Nice and jazzy, without the pretense.
Good for: Having a glass of wine while you’re cooking dinner

· Betcha Bottom Dollar by The Puppini Sisters
I read about this album in Bitch, and was intrigued. Eh, it’s okay. The traditional WWII-era arrangements are nice, but the novelty of an Andrews Sisters-esque trio doing Kate Bush, Blondie, and Beyonce covers (yes, you read that right) only carries it so far. If you’re not already a fan of tight girl-harmonies of the 40’s, I don’t know that you’ll care for it. I do like their version of Java Jive, though.
Good for: Girlying up for a night of dinner and dancing

· Hey Eugene! By Pink Martini
Another one I read about in Bitch, but I’d heard of Pink Martini other places too (though I can’t remember where now). Not at all what I expected, but I kind of like it. Some nice horn and guitar arrangements, and beautiful vocals on the foreign language tracks. Title track is unexpectedly catchy, in a modern Broadway kind of way. Mellow and lounge-y.
Good for: A swanky dinner reception (should you ever find yourself giving one)

P.S. While getting links for this post, I stumbled upon this – I can vouch that Mexican Coca-Cola is The Shit.

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Twenty twenty twenty-four hours to go…

Posted by Gin on June 19, 2008

Oh my Lord, it’s finally Friday Eve.

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Posted by Gin on June 19, 2008

It’s been a rough week. I think I’ll leave early and go buy some shoes.

I’m carpooling again, but now only Mon-Wed, so I relished the chance to sleep in a bit this morning. That also means I got REAL STARBUCKS this morning, instead of having to settle for the subpar junk at the cafeteria cart. Oh luscious mocha, I delight in your lovely chocolaty goodness; I would bathe in you if it didn’t give me second-degree burns.

I had a giggle driving in this morning:
I ended up behind some little four-door sedan, something a teenager would have as a first car. As I approached, I saw that there were glass-chalked letters across the rear window:

Aw, poor dude – his car got tagged! I used to do that stuff to my friends all the time in high school, but I at least refrained from profanity (kids these days…).

Then, as I got closer and the glare disappeared, I saw that the lettering actually read:

And it was some perky soccer mom driving, with her other windows decorated to advertise ASSIST, some kind of community philanthropy project.
And I laughed. Oh, that poor lady. Hee!

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