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Mon, Jun. 29th, 2009, 08:40 am

So my mom is tired of looking at Doris Day and I figure why not actually blog every now and then?

The big news, of course, is that I'm engaged and Peter & I are getting hitched some time next year. Didn't see the proposal coming at all, but happily surprised. We're also in the market for a house, something I was not anticipating but will be pretty cool. It all sounds so grown-up-ish :-)

That's all I got now...I need a cup of coffee, stat.

Thu, Nov. 20th, 2008, 06:42 am
This'll work.

Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz...

You Are a Doris!


You are a Doris -- "I must help others."

Dorises are warm, concerned, nurturing, and sensitive to other people's needs.

How to Get Along with Me

  • * Tell me that you appreciate me. Be specific.

  • * Share fun times with me.

  • * Take an interest in my problems, though I will probably try to focus on yours.

  • * Let me know that I am important and special to you.

  • * Be gentle if you decide to criticize me.

In Intimate Relationships

  • * Reassure me that I am interesting to you.

  • * Reassure me often that you love me.

  • * Tell me I'm attractive and that you're glad to be seen with me.

What I Like About Being a Doris

  • * being able to relate easily to people and to make friends

  • * knowing what people need and being able to make their lives better

  • * being generous, caring, and warm

  • * being sensitive to and perceptive about others' feelings

  • * being enthusiastic and fun-loving, and having a good sense of humor

What's Hard About Being a Doris

  • * not being able to say no

  • * having low self-esteem

  • * feeling drained from overdoing for others

  • * not doing things I really like to do for myself for fear of being selfish

  • * criticizing myself for not feeling as loving as I think I should

  • * being upset that others don't tune in to me as much as I tume in to them

  • * working so hard to be tactful and considerate that I suppress my real feelings

Dorises as Children Often

  • * are very sensitive to disapproval and criticism

  • * try hard to please their parents by being helpful and understanding

  • * are outwardly compliant

  • * are popular or try to be popular with other children

  • * act coy, precocious, or dramatic in order to get attention

  • * are clowns and jokers (the more extroverted Dorises), or quiet and shy (the more introverted Dorises)

Dorises as Parents

  • * are good listeners, love their children unconditionally, and are warm and encouraging (or suffer guilt if they aren't)

  • * are often playful with their children

  • * wonder: "Am I doing it right?" "Am I giving enough?" "Have I caused irreparable damage?"

  • * can become fiercely protective

Take Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz
at HelloQuizzy

Tue, Jul. 22nd, 2008, 06:07 pm
New Sci Fi Show

Just perusing scifi.com to see what the BSG status is and came across the trailer for the new "Caprica" show, apparently set a generation before BSG. My favorite part is that Eric Stoltz is in it, and, better yet, so is Paula Malcomson (Trixie on "Deadwood," the late Colleen Pickett on "Lost").

I'm hoping it's good.

Wed, Jul. 16th, 2008, 12:29 pm
Travel fun!

I'm going to San Francisco in a couple weeks, and while I have a pretty good idea of fun stuff to do and don't want to plan every waking moment, it'd be a shame to miss some good stuff that people have experienced. So.

I'm looking for input on what's not to miss in San Francisco. We're staying in Oakland a few days and SF proper a few days, and want to hike and camp at beaches up the coast. I want to go to Napa, but I feel like I could get ripped off if I'm not wary. We're also going to a Giants game against the Braves, and having a Top Chef restaurant night where we'll restaurant-hop to a few of the places that past contestants are (for those of you who watch, Erik the tattooed corn dog man, Ryan the pretty boy, and Jen the one in the lesbian couple that's a better chef, all from season 4). I'd like to head to SFMOMA, too.

What else?

Mon, Jun. 16th, 2008, 10:00 am
So, what do you think?

Alright, other victims of wisdom tooth extraction:

I got one of my wisdom teeth (lower right) out on Friday around 1:00 pm. I was only given a local anesthetic, not put under at all. It went relatively quickly--they had to break the tooth up into a bunch of pieces. The dentist made a joke that I'm sure he makes to lots of people, "It's a good thing we don't charge you by the piece." Ba-dum-chssh.


So I'm nearing the end of the third day of recovery. They gave me Ibuprofen 600 and Vicodin, and while the Vicodin is stronger, after the first day, I discovered that the Ibuprofen was able to minimize the pain for the most part. I stuck to a soft diet--warm (not hot) soup, yogurt, cream of wheat, DQ malts, warm coffee. No straws, very minimal spitting, occasional salt water rinses after the first 8 hours or so. I haven't felt too drained--I took a four-mile hike on Saturday and a short bike ride yesterday. Yesterday I ate some soft leftovers and some macaroni and cheese, taking care to only chew on my left side. Today I have a softball game, and I'll admit, I'm a little scared of taking one to the jaw.

But I ramble. Should it still hurt? I'm running low on pain meds and I'm worried I underestimated the length of this. Every night I'm woken by the pain, last night it was earlier than usual. Is it normal for me to still be in pain after three days? How do you know if you have dry sockets?

Let's hear your stories, people. I want to know what you've all endured.


Sun, Mar. 30th, 2008, 11:16 pm
Worlds Collide!

I just learned that one of my current favorite musicians right now, Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley, is none other than the girl from Troop Beverly Hills and The Wizard. The girl who made me want red hair, the girl I wanted to be. I realize this fact is not a big secret, but I am amused nonetheless.

Tue, Mar. 18th, 2008, 08:22 pm

Dieter pointed out that I haven't done a Top Albums post. With grad school, work school, and Six Feet Under DVDs, I haven't had the time. So instead, I offer my favorites of the year and invite you to give me feedback and offer your favorites too! The following is actually from my replay to Dieter's post telling me that I failed. Which I did, yes...

I can tell you that I personally liked:
MIA's "Kala,"
The Shin's "Wincing the Night Away,"
Spoon's "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga,"
Radiohead's "In Rainbows,"
Arcade Fire's "Neon Bible,"
Tegan & Sara's "The Con,"
Wilco's "Sky Blue Sky,"
Brother Ali's "Undisputed Truth,"
LCD Soundsystem's "Sounds of Silver," and
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss' "Raising Sand."

Oh, and some of The New Pornographer's "Challengers," although it was no "Twin Cinema." I will say, though, seeing them in concert helped me like the album more, even though I did have food poisoning and sat on the First Avenue floor for much of it.

And what did YOU all like?

Thu, Nov. 15th, 2007, 07:07 am
how cool is this?

I got a call from Memorial Blood Centers yesterday. I think my 56 days or whatever the time span is between donations is up because this is the third call in a month. They need my blood type (O+) so I'll go in next week.

The funny part is that as this guy and I are talking about when a good time would be for me to come in ("no, I'm working late both Thursday and Friday...no, I have conferences on Saturday..."), I say that next week would probably be better. He says, "Well, I don't know if this interests you, but for anyone who donates on Thanksgiving, they get a free pie."

I have an appointment at noon :-)

They need more donors so if you're interested, meet me at the blood place!

Wed, Oct. 31st, 2007, 10:31 pm

Robert Goulet died. Funny, I'm pretty sure I last saw him making mischief and crawling on the ceiling in an office on TV. How quickly things can change.

That was my favorite commercial. It was reminiscent of the old Robert Loggia orange juice commercial

Wed, Sep. 5th, 2007, 06:54 am
Back to school, back to school...

It's definitely that time of year again. I got to teach the kiddies yesterday (well, sort of--it was more of a "hey, this is my class, cool huh, well see ya later, let's go to the park!!" Team-building, etc. Today is placement day and autobiography-writing day, which makes me a moderate masochist for assigning work the first week. Assigning work means I have assigned myself grading, but oh well. The assessment is necessary and the autobiography is interesting.

I start class today at the U again after a year hiatus. I'm pretty nervous--less so than before, though. I haven't taken a math course in 10 years, but I'm really excited to take this one. I got the text last week and it turns out that all the stuff I was trying to recall is basically bonus--the instructor isn't assuming a knowledge of the really cool stuff (which is kind of a bummer, but hey). To not be so vague for those who care, it's a Cryptology course which is an application of linear and abstract algebras. I rocked abstract algebra in undergrad so this was totally up my alley. Apparently, though, my abstract algebra knowledge isn't a pre-req, necessarily, just an asset. Not so bad.

I hear parking at the U is horrendous, though, so I've worked out a plan to drive to a bus stop on University & Prior from work and take the bus in and out again after class. With the U Pass it saves me about $60 not including gas and the additional time just to navigate the East Bank after the bridge thing, and that assumes a parking rate of $5, which, at peak time, is a low estimate. I also have unlimited rides for the semester, so that rocks too.

That's all I got. Hope everyone's well!

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