Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Entertaining text message of the morning

Me: What do you think of Benjamin Netanyahu? and prospects look sunny for releasing some of my sexual tension come New Years!!!

DS: With Dzia? And it's too early in the morning to discuss Israeli politics.

That amused me greatly and is probably a good reason why getting Twitter will happen sooner rather than later. Makes more sense to use one of their micro-posts rather than take up a whole blog post about a morning laugh. Also helps I have control over my own phone bills now.

Anyway, hopefully only a few hours more left at work, last revisions on the report, print 10 copies, and my extended New Years celebrations can start today!!!! Here I come Philadelphia!!!!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Enjoyably Entertaining

I read this from the ever-eloquent and entertaining Hope and it just sounded too interesting to pass up!!!

The rules:

You leave a comment on this post, and I’ll assign you a letter. You write about ten things you love that begin with your assigned letter, and post it at your place. When people comment on your list, you give them a letter, and the chain continues on and on.


Edward James Almos
Or rather, Admiral William Adama of the Colonial Fleet. Few other television series' have captured my attention like the remade Battlestar Galactica. I'm a full on science fiction nut to begin with but this is the second series that has absolutely 'consumed' me mentally, emotionally, and every other '-ally' that I can think of. It brings me to the edge of my seat, or puts me into stunned silence; asks me questions I had never contemplated or leaves me in tears blurring the credits as they flash on the screen.

Whether it's making breakfast at home, or ordering an omelet at a diner after a long night out, I love eggs. Scrambled, fried, sunny side up, Benedict, or poached; I haven't met a style yet I don't like.

In addition to my rampant science fiction addiction, I'm also a fan of new technology. I'm an early adopter of the Amazon Kindle and have read scores of e-books and various other writings on it and am absolutely in love. I don't see it replacing physical books, for the simple fact I could only fit so many authors' signatures on it, but for mass market paperbacks of books I'm only nominally interested in, the cheaper price and lack of clutter once I've completed the book are significant pluses in my book.

My major in college and my best subject throughout all the education I've had thus far. In fact, it's gone so far as to help me get through other classes seemingly unrelated. I had a statistics class once (math being my absolute worst subject) when I was at community college. I couldn't grasp the concepts the further we went into class, my brain refusing to process abstract math, but it was English that saved me. 75% of our grade in that class was on 3 huge group projects. There were 3 of us in the group, and to this day, it's the only group that we all evenly contributed to. There was an older Israeli man whose house we'd meet at and he'd provide the computer, quiet space to work and 'brain food' as well as a better grasp of the classwork than I , a Polish girl who loved math and understood everything exactly, and myself, an American with English as his first language. He provided the focused work space, she did the work, and I made everything sound sweet and clear. It was the best academic arrangement I was ever a part of.

Staring into a lover, or sizing up an opponent eyes say so very much about a person, not to mention how cool they look under macro photography. At the same time though, I also find it amazing how much we actually can still do without them. From public services to adapted skills I could do everything I do now except for driving without them. One of my biggest fears in life used to be going blind, but with the work I've done with The Agency and so many blind friends and co-workers, it's a fear I can say I have no longer.

I mean, c'mon... who doesn't get into a cave or a big room and shout "Echo!" just to hear it reverberate around the walls. It's just cool.

Specifically the bald eagle I suppose. It's just such a majestic looking bird. Strong, powerful, sleek, a lot bigger than you'd expect it to be. I mean seriously, what was Benjamin Franklin thinking... a turkey?? Sheesh...

Sushi, sashimi, I don't care as long as the Japanese call it Unagi. I swear I could eat eel for the rest of my life and never get tired of it...

Regardless of their wide reaching success there's few things as hauntingly beautiful as hearing Amy Lee's voice in person. The rich, full sound echoing (there's that echo again) throughout the concert hall perfectly in tune with the piano she's playing. Simply beautiful. I also count myself fortunate that in addition to her two major label albums, I also have approximately 50 or so unique tracks from her very early years, back as far as 1997 I believe. Some of my favorite tracks are those not on major label release.

Last, but certainly not least, and more than likely tying into my science fiction obsession, I love aliens. Whether portrayed on television or the 'real accounts' I think it's one of the most fascinating topics out there. If they are out there, I'd be one of the first to volunteer and join up with them, no questions asked. Seriously, if a saucer appeared in my backyard and gave me 60 seconds to walk over and bean on up or they're gone, I'd be there before half my time was up.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Pre-Meeting Procrastination

We've got a huge meeting in about half an hour with all of the people from my particular unit spread out across the state. They're all driving here to the main office, where I work, and going through a day long meeting that will inevitably be filled with more hours of useless information and tactics to evade responsibility than productive dialog. Don't get me wrong, I do like my job quite a lot, but the typical demeanor of what seems to be most of the people I meet who are also state employees, well... it sucks. It seems like many of them never got off of the entitlement bandwagon and spend half the time complaining about what the State hasn't given them or has taken away from them and the rest of the time trying to get out of what they're supposed to be doing. The fact that my supervisor said the other day, "Well, I asked Person X to do this task, but we'll have to see if she actually does it." My jaw still hits the floor after almost two years of hearing language like that. "To see if she does it"?? Are you freaking kidding me!!! You were told to do it, so you do it damn it!!! There are so many people like that I've come across I can't imagine how my job isn't one of the most secure in the whole freaking Agency.

Ok, I'm done now. On to happier news, I was more productive yesterday than I've been in probably the last month combined. I wrote all 19 back case-notes from client visits, actually made a healthy dinner and my Teavanna tea, finished editing the wedding video, organized all 8,691 songs on my computer, and cleaned my e-mail inbox from 679 to 4. I don't know what came over me, but I like it.