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Tonight I went to this fundraiser/barbecue/party thing some folks from the 4P's threw because they are running in the Army Ten-miler or some such charity runny-thing. I like the hosts, Scott and Amy (who runs the quiz) . Of the other folks there, I knew and like maybe about ten of them. There were a few others i recognized but know only well enough to dislike. I sat with a few of the folks I actually know and like, but didn't talk much. Which is par for the course at most parties. I'm just not a great conversationalist, unless you can get me talking about stuff I know lots about, or you can get me going on soemthing I think is really funny. For example, earlier this week at work, MJ and I had a conversation about long-running comic strips, and I went on a long speculative fiction about Mary Worth staying forever 60 through the use of the blood of young virgins. Yeah, there was none of that at this party. Too bad.
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So last night, I was on the platform at Farragut West with Joseph waiting for the Orange Line train in the direction of Vienna. Joseph was parked at Clarendon and graciously offered me a ride home to save me the trouble of waiting for the bus or getting a cab.

All of a sudden this cute girl comes up to me and tells me that she loves my bag. For those who haven't seen my bag, it's one of those ballistic nylon satchel things, but it is red and has a picture of Henrietta emptying a Fabrique Nationale P90 submachine gun into a room full of criminals. It's this picture, but on a bag:
Henrietta is a bad-ass!

My bag also has a bunch of pins and buttons on it, including Roy Mustang and Riza Hawkeye from Fullmetal Alchemist, Misa from Deathnote and Osaka from Azumanga Daioh, as well as a few other silly anime things. I talk to this girl, who is actually reading a nonfiction book about anime, for a little bit. Then she gets on the Blue Line train, which is going the way I ultimately need to go. And I don't get on that train. I didn't even try to get her contact info.

This is why I am alone.
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I didn't enjoy happy hour (emphatically NOT the decider's fault).

I'm not feeling so awesome out work right now.

I'm not feeling so awesome in general right now.

I don't want to go to work tomorrow. I don't want tot go to a wedding this weekend. I don't want to do anything so much as sleep.

And why the FUCK does my elbow hurt???


Aug. 1st, 2009 10:57 am
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I have too much stuff. When I actually stop to consider it, I think perhaps I should get rid of a bunch of these clothes that no longer fit me, but another part of me says that if I do that, I throw away one of my incentives to lose weight.


I should look into getting a suit for Pranas' wedding in October.

This blueberry pie is damned good. Rodney makes a damn good pie.


Mar. 8th, 2009 04:48 pm
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Work is going to be hella busy for the next few months. Stressful, too -- mostly (though not totally) due to things being so damned busy.

Making sandwiches for lunch and cooking somewhat more often seems to have at least stabilized my weight. Now I need to start losing. It's hard to get motivated to walk unless I'm actually trying to get someplace to do something. Unsure how to fix this. Walked quite a bit in Williamsburg yesterday, though. Idly considering a membership at a local county rec center.

Friday night I wanted to scream and throw things. Feeling better now, though.
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Well, not really.

Deposited Christmas money. Ate lunch at Whitlow's. Walked from Clarendon to Rosslyn and back, and was nearly hit by a pigeon en route. Ran into college classmate on street corner. Went to Apple store and spent some Christmas money.



Dec. 8th, 2008 04:43 pm
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I went to the mall today. Not for Christmas shopping -- I've already done all that -- but to buy myself some pants. It's clear now that my waist is no longer the 38 inches it once was. Now it's 39 or 40. But damned if all the khaki pants with 40 inch waists didn't have legs that were too short. I need  a 34 inch inseam. I used to wear 32's, but then the pants have no break and it just looks weird to me. I saw NO 40 x 34 trousers in any of the stores I want to. So I guess I will have to order online.

I need to lose wait. I've gained 50+ pounds since leaving college. And I've gained a bit more in the last month or so. I really need to start exercising. And I should eat better, too. What I would consider ideal would be if I could replicate my college life, when I ate no better (probably a bit worse) than I do now. but walked EVERYWHERE, because I didn't have a car. But I don't think that's a viable option. I already walk to the grocery store most of the time because I never buy more than a week's worth of stuff at once, and I'll walk if I'm going out to someplace in the neighborhood, but there's not that many laces to go. I have Mexican food, good Thai, good sushi, a pretty good dive bar. But there's no bookstore in easy walking distance. No Indian, either. If I lived a little further north, in Clarendon or Courthouse or even Ballston, I could easily walk to just about everything I could ever want to get too. Last weekend I parked my car at the DHS building and walked down to Ray's Hell-burger to have lunch (not intentionally, that's just the first place I came to that I felt like eating at) and it was a piece of cake. No hills, you see. I can walk up to that neck of the woods now but it's far enough that I don't really like to do it except during the day on weekends...and then very rarely. I guess if I want that kind of urban, walk-everywhere lifestyle I should really move. But I don't think I can afford it right now. Still, maybe I will start looking. 


Oct. 21st, 2008 07:14 pm
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Vacation was good. At some point I will sift through my photographs and post the worthwhile ones to flickr.

Work is work. I'm pretty sure one of my branch mates doesn't plan on being here past the new year, though he hasn't said anything to us proles. I have some evidence to support my belief, and when I asked my senior about it, she said she couldn't say anything because she was sworn to secrecy, but she thought my hunch was on the right track. So more work for the rest of us next year. But that's OK. If he's unhappy he should GTFO. I don't want anyone to be unhappy. It would be nice to have some warning though. I'm working Thanksgiving and Christmas next year, which is pretty much back to business as usual (I've done it something like three of the past five years. This year I promised myself that for once I would have these big family holidays off and let someone else do it. I was one of the last to sign up for shifts next year and no one had taken those, so I put my name on. Because clearly no one else was going to jump on that. I guess this is kind of unfair, but when one thinks about it, I'm the obvious choice. I'm single, my family is local, and I really have nothing better to do with my life. So I don't want to do it all the time but I will. I never accept 'because I don't want to" as a valid reason for not doing something from other people, So I can hardly accept it from myself.

Watching lots of anime, reading some books.

Life is OK.
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This weekend started off well enough. Friday night I went to Korean Barbecue with the gang (mmmm kimchi). By some bizarre coincidence, my college friend Meredith, whom I haven't seen in years, was at the next table with here husband. Apparently she's going on a business trip to Korea soon, and wanted to know what Korean cuisine was like. Just to give you a clue of how unlikely this crossing of paths was, there are approximately 100 MILLION Korean restaurants in Annandale, and they happened to pick the one we did. Neither of them had ever eaten Korean before and had no clue how things worked, so we invited them over to our table, since we're experts (or the closest thing to experts that they know). And then we ate kimchi and grilled animal bits and drank, and all had a grand time.

I had a slightly less grand time when I woke up the Saturday with my knee hurting and unable to be extended fully. I should've laid off the red meat and soju the night before,as my knee started bugging me Friday afternoon and I bloody well knew it was gout. But I didn't. I opted to eat drink and be merry. The price was two days where I couldn't walk quite right, so I missed the picnic and museum outing I was supposed to attend on Sunday. I stayed home, reinstalled Windows, got my PC configured nice like it was before, and played computer games.

Did three loads of laundry today. Got three more to do sometime this week. It occurred to me this afternoon that my trip to San Francisco is nine days away. Which puts it at next Wednesday. Which means my two weeks off starts Monday. CHRIST. I thought it was farther away than that. Need to avoid last week's (admittedly important and work-related) distractions so that I can accomplish the things I actually want to do this week.

I stepped out this evening to get some dinner and found the weather to be wonderful. I hope it stays this way. I think fall is my favorite season. I may elaborate on that at some point later. I actually have some more thoughtful things to write here for once, though when do commit them to the net they'll probably be intermixed with more miscellaneous crap. But I'm not going to write those things now. Now I think I;m going to play the Sims 2 for a while. Until 10 o'clock. I will go to bed at 10 o'clock.


Aug. 29th, 2008 10:43 pm
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I thought I'd lost my pen at Otakon, but it was in my car, Yay!

College Chris showed me this. It's pretty funny. It's a parody of a Kanye West song that samples Daft Punk


Jul. 19th, 2008 01:40 pm
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Out $1.50 because stupid washer stopped 4 minutes into the wash cycle. Had to retrieve and wring submerged clothes. My hands got all shriveled and pruney!

Went to Bank. deposited stimulus check. Got more quarters.

Insurance claim was paid. Good thing, because that $600 new tire bill did a number on my next credit card statement.

No clue what I'm doing tonight.

New Coldplay is quite good.


Jul. 13th, 2008 02:54 am
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Christ, I want to smoke. But I don't have nay cigarettes. So I won't.


Jul. 9th, 2008 08:30 am
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I have a cold. Or my lungs are renovating. Whatever it is my nose is getting clogged, my lungs are filling up with junk and I feel generally awful. So I am staying home. I'll probably have to venture out briefly at some point to get a few grocery items, but aside from that it looks like I will be taking it easy today.

Not the break from work I was hoping for.
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Apparently I walked somewhere between three-and-a-half and four miles between 11 o'clock and 1 o'clock. Including a stop for lunch and some window shopping. I guess that's pretty good.

OK Day

May. 26th, 2008 02:37 am
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I woke up at a quarter-to-six for no good reason today. Damn day star. I took my pill, went back to bed, and slept until 10-ish. Got up again and stayed in pretty much all day. Did some much-needed laundry. Discovered one pair of shorts and one shirt died. Fabric wore out The shorts were a pair I've had since mid-college, making them 10-11 years old, so that's a pretty good run. Shirt's newer than that. Can't remember when I bought it. But the loss gives me an excuse to buy a new shirt. This time, I think, something not from L.L. Bean, as I've been saying I want to stop dressing like people 15 years older than I.

Went to the 4 P's tonight to see the Sean Fleming Band with the gang. They were great!  They did traditional Irish, rock, country, almost everything. Come On Eileen was a bit of a surprise  They played 2 sets, for a total of around 2 hours I guess. They played one song where the last line of every verse, as well as the chorus, was the title of a Saw Doctors song. That was a treat. The also covered I Useta Love Her, but it wasn't nearly as good as the when Saw Doctors do it. Still, overall the music was excellent and well worth the $10 cover charge. All in all today has been a good day.

And now, it's time for bed. But, before I go... MUPPETS!!!

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I cooked myself a steak tonight!

I'm 3/4 through a bottle of Médoc!  Feeling pretty good, for being alone.


May. 18th, 2008 04:47 pm
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I got up too late today. I woke up at 7, took my pill, then went back to bed. I should stayed up. As It was, I got up again at 10-ish, then screwed around on internet forums for several hours. I went to the mall. Went to the Apple store to look at iPods. My 20GB iRiver mp3 player is full and doesn't have all the music I want on it. I think I'm gonna get the 80GB iPod Classic. The 160GB model is tempting, but I don't think I'll have that much music before the thing dies. So that's one thing to spend my birthday money on.

Spoke to the MINI dealer yesterday. The ship was supposed to arrived in New York yesterday, and they said my car would be here for me to pick up in 2-5 days (business days, I assume). So I should have the new car sometime this week. Pics as soon as I get it. 


May. 5th, 2008 07:19 pm
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IJ is back, w00t!

I angered the gout God last night by eating Italian sausage with my spaghetti, and relapsed. My knee didn't hurt like it did on Friday, but felt worse than it did yesterday. I managed to do laundry today, though, which is good. I also called my credit union and got my auto loan today Got the lowest APR they offer for the loan term I applied for, so I am pleased. Everything car-related is coming together quite nicely.

I was planning on taking my birthday (Friday) off. But having missed last Friday on account of my knee, I'm not sure anymore. I guess I will see how the next few days go and then decide. Birthday will be low key this yea, as usual. Dinner with just a few friends. I hope everyone I invited is able to make it. Sorry I didn't invite all my friends, but I wanted small.
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Today I left my apartment for the first time since Thursday because my leg actually works again.

Thursday morning, my knee was hurting me. It got worse all, day, so I knocked off early an came home. I thought I must've slept wrong or tweaked or pulled something. I was wrong. I found out I was wrong when the knee hurt significantly worse after dinner. I didn't want to go out, and I didn't feel like cooking. I decided to order a pizza, because then I could stay home. Also, I couldn't remember the last time I had pizza. So I ate my pizza and watched some anime, and then a few hour later, my knee hurt even worse. I took some ibuprofen and went to bed.

When I woke up Friday morning, I was in agony. I couldn't flex or extend my knee from the position it had been in while sleeping. If I moved it at all, I wanted to scream and cry. This could mean only one thing...GOUT.  I couldn't walk. All I could do was hobble around and grimace. So I called in sick and stayed home and drank water I read four volumes of Fullmetal Alchemist two volumes of Sakura Taisen and the first Fill Metal Panic! novel. I finished watching Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.

Yesterday my knee was a bit better, but I still couldn't walk properly. I watched movies and TV all day. I watched The Getaway (original) Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, an Get Carter (again, the original). I watched the original Ghost in the Shell movie. I watched some shows I'd recorded: Deadliest Catch, Mythbusters, and an episode of Letterman from last week. I ordered in Chinese, then I watched Slap Shot.

So, at least I was able to keep myself entertained. Still, this is really bad, I've never had it in my knee before.  I think I'll have to go to he doctor and see about getting a prescription for one of the drugs used to prevent attacks. In retrospect, I probably shouldn't have had two tuna melts for dinner on Thursday night (two was probably excessive). Or washed them down with beer.

Today I feel much better. I still can't get my leg straightened quite all the way. But I can walk. So I wen tout nd did some grocery shopping. I'm doing dishes throughout the day, and in a couple hours I think I will make some marinara sauce so I can have pasta for dinner.

On a good note, I called up "Ask MINI," and the automated system told me my car was in the paint shop, with an estimated completion date of 3 May (yesterday). I'm excited I can't wait to have my new car.
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No going out for me tonight. I guess I will maybe watch some anime, then go to bed.

The rest of the conference went well. The last day's meetings only went half the day, so a group of us went out to lunch once it had finished. We went to Belga Café. It was very good. If you haven't been, I highly recommend it. I had a nice steak with some very good frites, and a green salad, washed down with a Delirium Tremens. After that, I decided there was no way in hell I was returning to the office, so I tog the rest of the day off, came home, and had a nice nap. That night I went out to dinner with John and Molly, and damian792 and becca5. We ate Thai down the street at Bangkok 54, then went to the Dairy Godmother for dessert. It was good.

I finished watching Fullmetal Alchemist this week so I started reading the manga. I finished the first four volumes the other night, so today I went out and bought the next four, which I promptly read in a matter of hours after returning home. Guess I have to buy more tomorrow. Less than two weeks until my birthday.

Tow friends from college got married today. But I wasn't there.


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