Archive for August, 2007

Go paint rocks!

August 31, 2007 - 4:56 am No Comments

I know that summer will be over soon, and I should make the most of these sunshiney days, but all I can think is that it is TOO HOT! I drove out to the waterfront in Tacoma today with a book and tried to relax and enjoy the sunshine, but it was just too hot to be comfortable, and there was not a breeze in sight, and not nearly enough shade. I stayed on Ruston for awhile, because I got a phone call from the boy I met at Drew’s show, but I left shortly after said boy and I hung up.

I ended up driving out to Wright Park by Dana’s house, where it was breezier and shadier, and I set myself up under some trees where I read some more. I’ve been reading Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult, and I’m enjoying it plenty. After about an hour Dana called to see if I wanted to come over, so I did that. I had gone to the beach this morning to pick up rocks to boil for our project pictured above, so we did that.

After rocks, we went for a walk, but it was just too too hot to stay outside for very long! I’ve spent the rest of my evening finishing my packing, and hopefully I have everything I will need for my week in San Francisco!

What if there were no hypothetical questions?

August 30, 2007 - 7:22 am No Comments

I got a letter in the mail today. It was from my Aunt Hilary, and when I opened it, there was a homemade card, and pasted on the outside were the words “What if there were no hypothetical questions?” I opened the card, and out fell a twenty dollar bill.

This is meaningful to me, because just a couple of days ago I was talking with my aunt on the phone, and I mentioned how I was tired of being poor, and I wished that my mom could allot me just $20 a paycheck for spending money. So my aunt sent me twenty. I love that. I don’t deserve some of the people I’ve been given, sometimes.

Big sister Dana is having a tough night. I hate that I live on this side of the bridge, because it makes it hard to just go see her when she’s upset. That’s rough on me. Sometimes, though, I think she’s glad of the distance, because I feel like I’m pushing myself on her. Maybe not.

I wish that I didn’t have to work tomorrow, because I have a ton of stuff that I need to get done for my trip! I have friends I would like to see before I leave. (Like I’m not going to be back in one short week!) And I would have loved to have spent more time with my mom before going. My bedroom is a mess, and I’d like to get that sorted out, but I don’t really have enough time to do much more than pack. I’m telling myself right now that calling in sick tomorrow is NOT an option. AT ALL.

So I was kind of a downer about my vacation earlier today, because I am stressed about packing. As a result, I feel a need to spend some time dwelling on the things I am excited about regarding my vacation.

I Heart San Francisco. It really is my favorite city in the world, with Seattle at a close second, of course! I’m excited to just be home, in my city, soaking it all in. There was a time when all I wanted to do was graduate high school so I could move back home. Plans have obviously changed, but I still love to visit when I can. I am excited to have tea at the Japanese Tea Gardens, to buy a parasol for a friend in Chinatown, to get burritos from Gordos, and to buy Dana and myself groovy presents in the Haight. I can’t wait.

My Family! I come from a huge Irish Catholic family on my dad’s side, and I can’t wait to see all the aunts, uncles, and cousins! I haven’t seen them since last summer at my cousin Kristi’s wedding, so it’s been a long time, and I’m due.

The train ride. It’s going to be long, and probably a bit lonely at times, but as scary as the idea of being alone with my own thoughts for 21 hours is, I think it’s going to be a good thing in the end. Some time to be selfish and do a little self care. I need this time for myself, I think.

Pictures aplenty. I love taking pictures, and with the change in scenery, and being surrounded by my family, I should have plenty of amazing photo opportunities. I can’t wait.

On a slightly more dejected note, I’m nervous about school. I went online to check my financial aid stuff at My UW, and it said that my application had been cancelled. I sent out an email, and hopefully we get it all sorted out before classes start, because I’m supposed to graduate this year, and I will sell my body if it means I get the tuition neccessary to pay for my LAST YEAR OF SCHOOL! Well, until grad school, I suppose. But still. Pray for me? Because I have no idea how I will pay for school if I don’t at least get loans. Argh. Bad timing, although I’m glad I caught it relatively early!

I don’t know who all reads this, but I hope it finds you well. I am off to watch the Fellowship of the Ring before sleepytime.

Vacation Stress

August 29, 2007 - 7:21 pm No Comments

I’ve begun packing for my trip to California. It’s a stressful thing, because I work the next two evenings, but my train leaves at 10something in the morning on Friday, so I’m kind of pressed for time with the whole packing thing. I hate packing. I hate trying to plan enough cute outfits that won’t make me look too fat to go visit my family.

I’m going to California to be in my little sister’s wedding. This is an exciting thing, an exciting thing that makes me so anxious that I want to throw up. Love that. I’m nervous because I’m taking the train down, so I won’t have my car, which means I have to rely on other people to get me where I need to be, but even I am not sure where I need to be, because my sister has been so busy with the wedding stuff that she is impossible to get ahold of.

I hate vacations. They make me anxious in my tum….

Okay. I’m done complaining. In all actuality, it should be a productive train ride down, as I have plenty to keep my occupied, and I do look forward to seeing my family, and San Francisco is my favorite city in the world, so I should have a great time.

I just hate weddings.

Summer is back.

August 29, 2007 - 3:32 am No Comments

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Today was such a good day. It’s been strange weather lately, but today it was so sunny out, and I was pleased. After my appointment at the center I met Dana at her house so that we could meet with the artist whose going to do her tattoo. He was really sweet, I thought, and he seemed to be feeling her ideas and what she wanted, so that was good.

Before the tattoo shop, we stopped at 7-11 for Big Gulp Diet Cokes (yum) and sat on Dana’s tailgate in the sun. I checked my messages, and I had a call from this guy I met at Drew’s show last Friday. I decided to call him later, because my phone broke last week, and I was only able to hear people if the phone was on speaker phone.

After meeting with Miko, the tattoo artist, we went to Michael’s to see about signing up for an art class. There was nobody to talk to at all, so we made a quick stop at the bank before heading home. While Dana checked her balance, I called the guy from Friday back. He asked what I was doing this weekend, but I have to be in California, as my younger sister is getting married on Sunday. He told me to call him when I get back. I’ll probably call early next week to see what he’s doing the weekend after next.

We got back to Dana’s, and then Dana, Drew and I walked all over the Stadium District in Tacoma. We walked up to Wright Park, visited the arboretum, and then down to Stadium High School. We walked through some neighborhoods with some seriously cool houses, and we stopped at a park to play on some swings. It was such a good day, but I was bummed that I left my camera at Dana’s!

I did snap this one picture of Dana and I at Michael’s, trying on crappy visors. This is what we will look like when we are old ladies. Right down to my huge sunglasses. I love it.

Way to overreact.

August 29, 2007 - 1:45 am No Comments

Dude called.

I had a super busy great day, but right now, I think I need some teriyaki. All I’ve really had to eat today was a yogurt, a smoothie, and massive quantities of Diet Coke.

Yum.

Something I don't like.

August 28, 2007 - 4:37 am 2 Comments

I don’t want to dwell on the negative, so I won’t. I would just like to say one thing, and then I’m done.

I hate when a guy asks for your phone number, swears he’s gonna call, and then doesn’t call. Nothing makes me feel more useless than that. I don’t get it. It’s simple. If you know you aren’t going to call, then don’t ask for my number. It’s that easy. I just hate the ups and downs that come with waiting for a guy to call. And I’m impatient, but I wait out the stupid three day rule because some guys are lame like that, but once three days is up, I’ll tell you what boy, don’t even bother calling, because if I were worth your while, if you were really interested, you would have called already.

I hate being single.

I love it at the same time.

But I think I hate it more.

Okay. I’m done hating. Dana and I went down to Ruston Way tonight and walked along the waterfront. We also bought crayons for our art project tomorrow. We decided that we are going to do less things together that involve eating, and more things that involve excercise. So that is the new plan.

On the remodel front, my bathroom is almost completely done. We need to grout and seal the tile on the floor, and then it’s mostly touch up painting and hanging towel bars and the like. I am so excited to have it clean, finished, and all set up. It’s coming together so well.

Art classes, and the like….

August 28, 2007 - 1:45 am 1 Comment

I feel artistically stunted lately. Due to the remodel/Chris cleaning his room by moving the mess into every other room of the house, the sewing machine has sadly been put away for the time being. Which isn’t too terrible, since I’m still pondering over what style of tote bag I want my new library bag to be. I can’t tell if I want to attempt the more challenging pleated tote, or just do a much larger variation of the bag I made Adina. I kind of prefer the basic tote, but I feel like the other one would be a more appropriate challenge. I don’t know.

Dana gave me a call today. She was at Michael’s earlier and noticed that they give art classes for about $20, so the two of us are going to sign up for one. I need to channel all of this energy. And it’s something to fill my days with until school starts.

Tomorrow Dana and I are going to go to the tattoo shop again to meet with Miko, the artist who did my second tattoo, and go over the design for her Virgin Mary. We are also going to do this art project as well. I’m looking for more creative ways to channel my energies, and she is looking for cheap and creative ways to decorate her apartment, so here we are.

I just feel a need to do something.

August 26, 2007 - 5:06 am No Comments

I’m so lonely right now! I’m sitting here all by my lonesome on my bed, with my puppy at my feet, missing my Adina and wishing two things. First, I wish I weren’t so GD broke. Yes, I know it’s my fault if I don’t pick up more shifts, but I’m still whomp over it. And second, I wish I had something to do right now, and someone to do it with.

I have had a fantastic couple of days with my bestest best. It’s lonely, now that she’s gone.

My carpal tunnel is acting up, or I hurt my hand. One of the two. More later.

Small Joys Friday

August 25, 2007 - 12:09 am No Comments

The last two days I have been visiting with my best friend, so my small joys are going to consist of all the great things we’ve done together!

Ice cream and grilled cheese on rye from Kelly’s. We took our lunch down to the dock at Skansie Brothers Park, where we ate and talked. Adina loves her some licorice ice cream!
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Conversation with random strangerrs. While at the dock, we struck up a conversation with this fantastic older man, dubbed “Sunscreen Man” by us, who talked to us about everything from traveling to former jobs to sunscreen. He wanted to show us this super sunscreen he uses, and he took a giant glob and just left it on his nose. Never rubbed it in. So weird. He took a picture with us before we left.
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Living where we live. We drove out to the Purdy Spit and walked along the beach taking pictures. Love.
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Virgin Mary tramp stamps. We went tattoo shopping with Dana in Tacoma for her newest tattoo of the Virgin Mary, to go on her lower back. While looking through one of the artist’s books, we actually found a picture of my most recent tattoo!

Dave. We met our friend Dave and his new girlfriend, Carol, at Shari’s in Tacoma. They were sooo cute.
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Finding my lost dog this morning! Klondike got away from us at Adina’s dad’s house, and we spent two hours looking for him! Once we found him, he was grounded….
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Gig Harbor City Park, or whatever it’s called now. We went and got some food and took it to the park to relax in the sunshine.
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Going to see The Kind play in Lakewood tonight. Dana’s boyfriend, Drew is in the band, and I’m very excited to hear them play!

It’s been a busy couple of days, but so much fun.

I've gotta have you…

August 23, 2007 - 8:15 am 1 Comment

I had a wonderful lunch with my dad before work today. I miss him. I don’t realize how much I just miss him being here, all the time. I hate that he lives hours and hours away. I miss having him in the other room. I almost forget what that was like.

We met at the mall to eat lunch cheap, and had good lunch and even better conversation. I’ve been kind of spacy lately because of one of the medications I am on, and we were talking about how I feel. It’s like the world is happening in fast speed around me, and I am outside of myself, yet inside as well…. Hard to explain, but he got it right away. He says that’s how he feels when he meditates. He also bought me coffee, in an attempt to snap me out of my trance before work. I miss him.

I am very excited, though, because I have the next two days off, and my bestest best friend Adina is coming home to visit from Bellingham. I can not wait to see her. She’s been my best friend since almost the minute we met, my connection to her is so strong.
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This is my bestest best and I only days after we became friends. We’d maybe been friends a week.
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Here we are last summer, celebrating her birthday of birthdayness. We went to the zoo.
Finally, here is our most recent. Angela took it of us last week when we were in Pt. Townsend.
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Anyway, I am so excited to see my favorite person. Pretty much can’t wait.

I’ve been reading this blog and recently read about this new band (new to me, anyway) called The Weepies. World Spins Madly On is my new favorite song. It’s kind of a small joy for the middle of the week!