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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)

Y’all.
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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