Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Last Nine Days

...have passed quickly.

A lot of dates. A lot of music. A lot of roommate bonding. Some birthday parties. Did I mention some dates? And some music? Also, Roommate and I are trying to keep the place clean and bonding over it? I can't even TELL most of those stories.

Also I go to Kuwait in a week and a half, and I finally got our boot rack organized, thanks to City Hardware. Yeah, we have a lot of boots.

Half of the Blonde Squad is moving to Chicago. Molly is already gone, and C --the girl I went to Thailand with--is leaving in a week. That's right, she's leaving me, and the Lazy B, and her boyfriend, and moving to CHICAGO WITH MOLLY.

This post is random. My LIFE is random. I meet a lot of really great people and I spend time with them. People are fascinating, my job is great, and I'm late for another date.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Nightmare, or Stephen King's Next Book

I was staying in a beautiful resort in the middle of the woods, and then vampirism arrived to completely kill the mood. We thought we would be safe, but we weren't. I remember the first vampires staggering out of the closets, lurching and screaming for blood, and then I saw my fellow vacationers become blood-sucking monsters. I ran and hid for days, trying to avoid the spread of the disease and the monsters themselves, seeing people I knew and respected being turned and preying on each other. Every corner became a temporary hook up spot for public seduction and feeding, in all gender combinations, and then I wished I had just given in and been turned instead, because now I was being drafted as food and it was too late to be turned.

Was it a race thing? I looked around and realized, as I was pulled into the dark conference room and trapped on the big dark wood meeting table, that every vampire around me was black, men and women. Was I letting black women down by dating outside my race? Was I not allowed to live because I was white and weak? Was it because I was less beautiful?

And then I realized that, no, I'd been here before, this same conference room, in the middle of the day that time, and the previous vampires were white. That was different, though--that time I was the chosen sacrificial victim so that my friends could go free, and this time I was just unlucky and unwanted, the last kid picked for the softball team and I had made the wrong choices and I wasn't going to survive this. At any minute I might feel the fangs on my neck and I was terrified and I woke myself up.

From "Dream Moods":

"To dream about a vampire alludes to unbridled passions which are taking over you or another person. Ask yourself, if someone or something is depleting your energy and strength. Or maybe you are the vampire? In this case, change your cold-hearted behaviour and stop letting your instincts and primitive urges to take control over you."

"Dreams of being chased are among the most common dreams. They often are triggered by persistent problems. In the same way one might describe a nagging issue as 'dogging my heels,' the subconscious mind might present a literal image of being 'chased' by the problem."

After that I found myself safe as a worker on a big cruise ship with my two dogs, which barely helped because we were docked in Seattle and appeared to be going hiking in the woods a lot...

"To dream that you are in a ship cabin, indicates that are seeking some refuge from your emotions."

More on dreaming about vampires:

"Something is sucking the blood (passion, anger, energy) from you. Could be a particular person, event or emotion. A creature of the unconscious (dark) that is frightening, some repressed emotion."

"To see a vampire in your dream, symbolizes seduction and sensuality, as well as fear and death. The vampire represents contrasting images of civilized nobility and aggression/ferocity. It may depict someone in your waking life whose charm may ultimately prove harmful. Deep down inside you know that this person is bad for you, yet you are still drawn to it. Alternatively, to see a vampire suggests that you are feeling physically or emotionally drained. The vampire may also be symbolic for someone who is addicted to drugs or someone in an obsessive relationship."

OR it's very possible that maybe I shouldn't eat a weird concoction of whole wheat pasta, salmon, salsa verde, and Parmesan cheese right before bed.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Snow Day 2.0

This snow day was way less intense than the last one.
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Normal Conversation

I have just finished a successful work phone call at 10 pm. In which I cajoled, begged, verbally genuflected, and eventually got my way. I hang up. I pause.


Roommate, who had been trying to sleep, rolls over. "Hmmm."

"You're a little scared of my cutthroat business tactics, aren't you?"

"Honestly, I'm always a little scared of that."

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Monday, January 10, 2011

QotD: Responsible Engineers

"He didn't say 'That's weird.' He wouldn't have said 'That's weird' if a flock of sheep had cycled past playing violins. It wasn't the sort of thing a responsible engineer said."--Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Good Omens.

It's been stuck in my head all day, so sue me.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Last Day of Vacation

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We have had a week of this stunning weather, from the 30th on. The urge to go condo shopping is almost irresistible.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Post Shopping Snack.

The juiciness of this pluot cannot be accurately described. It's an explosion in your mouth. Thanks, Fremont Farmers Market. Paired with some Port Salut from TJ's.
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