Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Guess what I did on Sunday!

I went to six flags and youou didn't. I mean, unless you are Michael, then you went to six flags Sunday too.

Before you start, no I didn't take any pictures, yes I had my camera with me but I didn't take it out once. In my defense I would like to say the following things: (1) Michael will do something funny right up until the moment I aim a camera at him, then I get nothing. (2) Mostly I forgot I had it.

We had a lot of fun. It is weird being at another six flags, they have a lot of the same rides as Magic Mountain in California but they have different names. Goliath here is Batman there - it is the same ride, I kid you not. Same manufacturer, height, length, and number of drops, twists, and loops. I looked it up. I think our communal favorite was Roadrunner Express (no Magic Mountain equivalent but reminded me of a more thrilling version of Thunder Mountain Railroad), especially when, after the first drop, the grown woman behind us starts squealing to her 8 year old son about how he told her this was a kiddie ride and he basically laughed at her. Classic. Later on in the day I saw them again and heard her tell him that he could go sit in the car for all she cares, maybe he tricked her again.

They also have the rapids ride where you and like 8 other people sit in a big tube and hope yours isn't the side the goes under the waterfall. Ours was the side. The white tank top I wore seemed like a good idea right up until that moment.

We went on all the biggies except Tony Hawk (which broke down as we were sitting in it waiting for our turn to go) and the Rattler which is tall. Like really really really tall and I was too scared. My least favorite part of roller coasters is the up part, I don't find the fun and anticipation builds during that time, mostly the dread and nausea builds during that time and the up part of the Rattler was really really long. This is also why I don't do Ferris Wheels. I don't care that the Ferris Wheel is rated "Mild" it is basically all "up" only half the time you are going down but not in any sort of fun or exciting way, more of a slow and excruciating way. Mostly I'd like to thank Michael for not giving me a hard time about not going on the Rattler even though I could tell he really wanted to. Maybe next time - I mean probably not and you really shouldn't get your hopes up because it really isn't going to happen, but maybe! I enjoyed Poltergeist which has no up part :o)

It is amazing how quickly you can ride all the rides when there is no line, like two hours in, we had done almost all of them, weird. Although it was nice to be able to ride some things again without worrying that you were losing your chance to go on something new. The longest lines we encountered were at the Tube/Waterfall ride and the Scooby Doo Haunted Mansion, which yes, is a kiddie ride.

We also got season passes, so sometime in the next 15 months we are definitely going again :o)

Monday, September 29, 2008

Friday, September 26, 2008

Ahh, The Great Depression

Being a quasi Washington Mutual customer I was intrigued (but not surprised) to hear about last night's government takeover and subsequent sale to JP Morgan Chase. I realize that the current banking crisis is a bad thing but for some reason I find the following hilarious.

From a list of helpful hints to Washington Mutual customers: "If you had an account with Washington Mutual Bank yesterday, you now have an account with JPMorgan Chase Bank."

k, thanks.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Stupid mosquito bit me six times this morning before I finally killed it. It is very difficult to sleep in when something is trying to eat you alive. It is especially disconcerting when you really feel as though you've sealed yourself in under the blanket and then he manages to get the back of your neck, of course, that was his downfall. Stupid mosquitos.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

You Too & Saturday Night

Once again my life resembles a Brian Regan bit. The video isn't at all important, just the audio portion.

Last night Michael and I were at the store and the clerk says, "thank you" and I say, "have a good night" and Michael follows up with, "you too." I laughed at him. Then this afternoon I'm on the phone booking a flight and at the end the woman says, "Thank you, have a good flight." I immediately followed with, "Thanks, you too." dammit! I just hung up, she has all my personal information so if she chose to laugh at me she could find me and do so.

Also on saturday night we drove by some hookers. Michael wouldn't turn around so that I could get a picture of Texas hookers for you. Then I realized that I'm probably the only girlfriend who asks her boyfriend to drive slowly by the strip club and hookers so she can get a picture. such is my life.

AND, I saw a used car lot called Honest Engine Pre-Loved Cars. I don't know why I love that so much. Possibly because it sounds a lot like "honest injun" and I don't think he can in any way guarantee that all those cars were loved. If they loved them so much why did they get rid of them? huh? yeah, thats what I though.

Friday, September 19, 2008

South Austin

We currently live in South Austin, like SOUTH Austin, like we shouldn't really be considered to be living in Austin but we are. To demonstrate, we are moving 4 miles north and we will still be living in South Austin, not even the northern part of South Austin, kinda the middle of South Austin.

This morning there was a family of deer eating seeds and grass in our parking lot (which is just an unpaved open lot), I tried to get my camera out to illustrate this blog post with but then they were scared off by the guy down the street driving his riding mower to the corner store for his mid-morning coffee and newspaper, which he does every day.

So yeah, we don't really live in the city.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means"

You really don't realize just how many definitions of the words "nice" there are until you start looking for a couch on craigslist.

Described as "Great Contemporary Couch"

Where did these couches come from? Are people still buying these new or have they all been hanging around since the 70's???

"Nice Southwestern Style Couch!!" (that is an oxymoron if you ask me)

So the reason that we are looking for a new couch is that we found a new apartment that we will be moving into next month. Our new apartment is very pretty (hardwood floors, crown molding, granite counter tops, cherry cabinets, etc.), our couch is a southwestern style couch found by the side of the road (don't judge, we're poor) and are now just covering with a blanket because it hurts the eyes to look at. I think you can see the discrepancy here.

If you know anyone who is getting rid of a couch in the Austin area I call dibs! I mean, unless it is ugly. We already have one of those.

Just as an aside, can we take a moment to discuss the difference between "sell" and "sale"??? You put something up for SALE because you want to SELL it. I know this is the south (ish) and a lot of words sound the same because of accents but those are actually two different words. Thanks.
I don't remember whose idea it was to take both calculus and organic chemistry at the same time (mine) but that person needs a stern talking to.

Just the quantity of things that are supposed to be in my brain that I can see I will need is quite daunting. The first tests in both classes are coming up and they are both at least 75% review so I should already have that in my brain (riiiiiiiight). But going forward... eek!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Ike Evacuations

As I'm sure many of your have probably read or heard Hurricane Ike hit Texas yesterday. Original estimates had it heading towards Austin and because of it people, you know, prepared by buying up all the gas, canned goods and water. In the end it went east of Austin and our "hurricane" was a little bit of wind and about 10 drops of rain. I've definitely had much worse weather since living here.

One thing we do have is a lot of evacuees from Houston and Galveston since they were hit very hard. Luckily the strip club is here to help.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

HA HA You're Old

So at work I am frequently made fun of because I am about 15 years younger than the next youngest and 35 years younger than the oldest. To get back at them I sometimes like to make them feel old.

(for the record, of COURSE I know who Paul Newman is and, though I have never seen it, I know that line is from that movie)

Boss: Haven't you seen Cool Hand Luke?
Me: I don't think so.
Boss: There is this line, "What we have here, is a failure to communicate."
Me: Oh, that's why you always say it weird.
Boss: The movie takes place in the south.
Me: Ah
Boss: Stars Paul Newman. You know who Paul Newman is right?
Thoughtful Pause
Me: The salad dressing guy?
Stares at me like I'm way too young to understand, then leaves the room.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Bear with Me

Mommy, do you remember that one time we ate at Red Robin and everything with our waiter was "not a problem"??

us: can I get some ketchup?
him: not a problem
us: thanks
him: not a problem
*brings ketchup
us: thank you
him: not a problem

Yeah I'm totally on the phone with another one of those right now. Trying to upgrade all the cell phones for work and any time she needs to type something in or bring something up, I have to "bear with [her]."

I give her our account number
Her: bear with me for one minute.

her: okay bear with me for one minute while i look that up.
her: bear with me it will just take a second
her: bear with me
*hold music
her: bear with me
*hold music
her: okay your order is processed, just bear with me while I get your confirmation number.
her: bear with me

I really wish I had kept a tally, If only I had known when we started talking.

Oh yeah, and the conversation ended like this:
Me: Since we can't upgrade that one line, what is the cheapest phone we can buy?
Her: Bear with me a moment. The i265.
Me: And that costs?
Her: Bear with me a moment. $149.99.
Me: Ok, I'll take one of those too.
Her: It has been discontinued, we can no longer order it. [notice there was no "bear with me a moment" that is because she said it matter-of-factly and instantly, no apology, no "my mistake," just they don't make it any more.]
Me: Helpful. What is the cheapest phone I can get that ISN'T discontinued.
Her: Bear with me a moment.
Me: Yeah

To Clarify a Tad....

It is a school/career decision.

I am not pregnant, getting married, moving significantly, or getting a sex change operation.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

What Just Happened?

I think I made the decision guys. So over the last two years I've made a lot of changes and a lot of decisions; quit my job, moved to Texas, went back to school, etc. All of those decisions, when made, seemed like a step in the right direction, like I was making my way towards the big decision but that I hadn't quite figured out what the big decision was. Well now I think I found it and I think I made it. I'm at about 95% sure so I'm not quite ready to share with the world (though some of you have heard). Anyway, I feel a lot calmer now and I feel like I can see the road ahead which is a big change from even two weeks ago.

Basically when I made the decision to go back to school I had some ideas about where I wanted that to take me but mostly I was hoping something would pop out at me. About six weeks ago I got a a flash of something that became an inkling which turned into an idea which was then rejected immediately. Like most ideas, it didn't go away even though I told it to and that idea turned into a possibility that was then researched before becoming a holy shit moment of "by jove I think she's got it!"

So I am finally starting to feel like I'm on my way. I'll share more in the coming months when I become more comfortable with the decision (I'm still not quite sure what to think because it came a bit out of left field). For now lets all just be happy that I think I've found my way.


Ok, it has been a little while. I have a couple blogs poking around in my head but I have to go to class in 15 minutes so what you are going to get is a glance at the randomness of my life.

This appeared in my house, you might think this odd but it isn't nearly as odd as when Cinderella showed up demanding money and complaining that she had been waiting in a hotel room for hours. And no, I am not making that up.

Also, when you have a community laundry sometimes you get extra stuff in your laundry. Sometimes it is a t-shirt that says "An akward morning beats a boring night anytime" (now Kailey's) and sometimes you get panties that say "Jason" on them. Why would girl's panties say Jason on them???