i still love the show. but the technology mumbo-jumbo on 24 just gets terribler and terribler.
will someone watch my allocation tables for me while i go get a beer?
yeah, so, sorry it's been a while. i was in canada, and the hotel didn't have free internet... normally i would just charge it in but it was for a non-profit so i felt bad, considering i didn't REALLY need it to do the work. then i was at a conference, and didn't even check my email for a week.
in toronto, i was walking through a mall to get from the subway to the hotel and saw some caution tape around an area of railing (i was on the third floor). of course i looked over the edge to see what was going on and saw a big puddle of blood and something else that looked like it used to be a fairly important component of someone's innards. someone had jumped. i wish i hadn't looked.
the conference was ridiculous fun, but i'm glad to be home so i can dry out. i feel pickled. plus, the whole thing was just exhausting. commuting on the monorail at disney is just weird. i'm on my morning commute, and everyone else is going to disneyworld!!!!! it kind of sucks. but now i'm back home, and i had today off since I had to fly out saturday night and work (it WAS work, i swear) sunday. that's a good thing, since I needed to sign the lease for the house rebecca and i finally got. i was a little nervous there... i thought we might be homeless at the end of the month... but we got it all worked out. outside the beltway, but still pretty good. it's got a yard, and it's a single family home, and it's all ours. hooray!
after we signed the lease we headed out to Ski Liberty, but since we lack both skillz and fundz we just went snow tubing. there were LOTS of kids there. the tubing was fun, but i think i have frostbite on my ass. and i brought home a beccsicle. poor little beccsicle.
tomorrow we're expecting 6 to 10 inches of snow. i can't wait. neither can the beccsicle. you can take the floridian out of florida, but you can't take the florida out of the floridian. it's my second winter and i'm still kicking piles of snow just to see what it's like. i like it best when the bushes have their little snowcaps on. it's so picturesque! winter is quaint. and really cold.
it is way past my bedtime, but i wanted to say also that i got a manicure (gasp! so girly!) during lunch on tuesday and i haven't picked the polish off OR chewed the nails off yet. i'm so impressed with myself! some of my obsessive-compulsive behaviors *can* be controlled.
i did this because my mother, jess, and i all went and got manicures/pedicures together over christmas, and i liked the way the french manicure makes my short, stubby nails appear to be actual grown-up-lady fingernails. but it chipped and then i started picking. this may even become a regular thing, because anything that makes me look more grown up is important for my career (no one really likes to take - much less pay for - systems design advice from someone who looks like a 16-year-old girl.) and the fact that it requires no extra effort in the morning when i wake up is a definite plus.
shirl called me tonight to ask what was the opus number of the dvorak piano quintet i played in college. she was at a store trying to use up a gift certificate and didn't want to get the wrong one. i thought it was sweet that she remembered, and cared, about my quintet and wanted to hear it.
it's probably weird of me, but it's one of the sadder things to me about the loss of my piano career that i don't have that recording of us playing that. it was the pinnacle of my piano experience, especially because my professor did not want me to do it. he had something else in mind entirely when he told me to sign up for a chamber ensemble... a nice mozart trio, perhaps. but i got put in this quintet with a junior, two seniors, and a grad student (i was a freshman) and they had already chosen the dvorak. it was a big piece, 4 movements, half an hour, hard stuff. my prof told me to drop, but i refused - i mean, what do i look like, a pansy? i practiced my ass off for that piece, and that concert was the only time i ever took a beta blocker to help with the nervousness (sports aren't the only place where 'performance-enhancing' drugs can be found, hehe... of course, they're much more innocent and less dangerous - not even addictive. they don't get rid of nervousness, but the physical symptoms of it go away, including the shaking and shortness of breath, which significantly helped me technically. they don't make you a better player, they just allow you to do what you could anyway, without the interference of the flight response.) i think i even wore red vinyl pants - chamber ensembles being one place we could be creative with dress during a performance. except for my flub at the beginning of the second movement, i thought it was a great performance. the duet with the cello in the beginning of the first movement... we just locked eyes and played and it was so intimate it was almost embarrasing to do it in front of a crowd. i know gil wartell recorded it on his minidisk thing and i bugged him for years to get me a copy of it, and he never did. it's been 5 years now and i should just let it go, but i think about it a lot.
- To start the service, select Start.
- To stop the service, select Stop.
- To interrupt the service, select Pause.
thank you, captain Blinding Lee Obvious. i like the way they mixed it up, though, by not saying 'to pause the service, select pause.' clever.
i got to spend a lot of time with savannah over my vacation. she's so funny... apparently she made up a song and was singing it in the car to chris about how she gets in trouble for not listening but it's hard to listen when you have tiny ears. hahahaha! so funny. i think she has a highly developed sense of humor for a three-year-old.
my dad commented that my headphones were designed for pilots when we were discussing them when i opened the package christmas morning. i heard him say "pirates" though and he said he wished he had a picture of my face as i looked at him like he was crazy and said "pirates??"
i was actually sick for the entire vacation. it sucked. i got to jacksonville and immediately fell into the grip of this terrible cold that knocked me on my ass. then it turned into a sinus infection and the ensuing sinus headache was so bad that i had to be helped around... poor rebecca. now i'm just finally getting better and it's time to go back to work. blech. no fair.
chris and jess are expecting their second child! i'm so happy. savannah is very excited about her baby sister. she refuses to consider the possibility that it could be a baby *brother*. the due date is my birthday :-)
i'm apparently going to toronto next week. should be interesting. it's less likely that this one will fall through like my last canada job, but we'll see.
i finished the wrap and it was very well received. it blocked out well (thanks jess, for helping me pin it) and my aunt liked it and everything. a picture may be forthcoming if my father remembers to send it to me (my camera is really broken, unfortunately.)
oh wow. i am a happy music geek. i got the bose quietcomfort noise-cancelling headphones for christmas and now i listen to music using headphones even when i am home alone and there is NO ACTUAL NEED for headphones. at first when you turn the noise-cancelling thing on it feels like all the air has been sucked out of the headphones and your ears are in a vaccuum. but then you realize that you can hear the high frequency noises. all the low thrumming that is always there, though - road noise, or the dishwasher, or what have you - all that is just GONE. it's weird. but good, especially once you get used to the vaccuum feeling. and then i turn on the music and i am hearing lyrics that i've never heard before because they are just that good. it will be excellent for airplanes - the noise-cancelling thingy will take care of the engine noise and the mendelssohn will take care of the screaming baby. i am surrounded with violin concerto. there is nothing but the music. amazing. a total luxury... i am so spoiled.