April 2007 archive

(24 entries)

April 30, 2007

You can call us Aaron Burr/ From the way we're dropping Hamiltons

I knew this was going to happen.

I'm always coming across interesting things and places, only to discover that they only exist in New York (or LA or San Francisco or wherever). So I sigh sadly and continue on my slightly-less-merry way. Then when it turns out I'm actually going to NYC, I can't remember what I wanted to see, so when I discover that the NBC Studio Tour is sold out (sad), I end up just wandering around Manhattan aimlessly instead of picking up 2 6 12 BAKER'S DOZEN cupcakes.

I don't even like eating cupcakes, but that's beside the point. The important thing is that I am a crazy person who would have enjoyed recreating Internet phenomena. From now on, I shall save all of the delicious information about sights and foods that I see!

srah | 9:59 PM
Tags: food, lazy sunday, new york city

Nyoo Yuck!

So I went out East this weekend and sadly enough, I did not see Baby-Sitters, Dunder-Mifflinites or celebrities. What I did see was lots of worksy-meetings, The Pirate Queen, the Circle Line boat tour and Times Square.

Photos are here and shaky video of noisy, crowded Times Square (taken from a traffic island) is here:

srah | 6:34 PM
Tags: new york city, stamford, travel, video

It is time to buy/ A t-shirt for little srah/ Refrigerator

My favorite Threadless t-shirt design has been reprinted:

Non sequiturs and haiku, together in one shirt? HURRAH!

Now I just need to scrape together some cash that I can justify spending on a t-shirt. The justification is the tricky point. I am sure that I deserve a present for some reason or another.

P.S. I am totally just posting this in the hopes that you will go to the site, buy a t-shirt and get me referral points so that I won't have to pay for my t-shirt at all. It is a clever scheme. Keep in mind that you like me a whoooooole lot. Now go buy t-shirts galore (like this one or this one or this one or this one or this one or this one or this one) with the little "?from=quesrah" on the end of the URL. Mwah ha ha.

srah | 5:54 PM
Tags: haiku, shopping, t-shirt, threadless

Al-imtihan! (Or some such transliteration)

I had my Arabic exam at 7:30 this morning. Who schedules an exam at 7:30am? I don't even have to be at work until 8am. So I didn't sleep well last night - not because I was worried about the exam itself¹, but because I was worried that I would roll over and go back to sleep when my alarm went off. I ended up getting out of bed a half hour before my alarm went off, because I didn't seem to be able to get back to sleep without worrying about that.

Then I took some Advil Cold & Sinus because I was having allergy trouble (I think that's what it is) and although I have about eight different brands/types of cold/sinus/allergy/flu medications in my apartment², this was the only one that seemed to have an antihistamine in it. Unfortunately it also has everyone's favorite ingredient, pseudoephedrine. But I decided that it was important that I be able to breathe during my exam.

This was, perhaps, not the correct decision. (I have chosen... poorly.) Given a choice between breathing and thinking clearly during an exam, one should probably go with thinking. One should probably pop that wonder-drug after the exam is over. I did not, so I spent the whole exam going "Hey, did I do that thing on the other page? Where was I? Why can't I read anything here? I'm just going to look for a word that ends in ع because that's easier than reading the whole word. There it is. Why was I looking for it? Did I do that thing on the other page? It is really really cold in here. It is so cold. I know how to say cold in Arabic: بارد. I wish that was on the exam. Oh, I'm supposed to be doing an exam. Did I do that thing on the other page? Where was I?" The worst part is that I still can't breathe quite right.

Anyway, it's all over and I'm not too worried about it (though that may be the drugs talking). I am now finished with Beginning Arabic and ready to move on to the Intermediate level next fall (assuming I don't forget everything over the summer). Yay me!

¹ Which I studied a grand total of fifteen minutes for, with the general idea that I wasn't that concerned about my grade and if I hadn't learned it throughout the semester, I wasn't going to learn it at the last minute. It was awesome.

² What's especially insane about this is that I really hate taking medicine and avoid it at all costs. I have amassed this pile of medication because I only seem to get sick while I'm traveling and I never think to bring anything with me. Then when I get sick at home, I never have anything that exactly matches my particular symptoms. ARGH!

srah | 12:40 PM
Tags: allergies, arabic, exam, in arabic

April 28, 2007

Dream

I had a dream last night where I was in an episode of Ugly Betty where the sky turned dark all of a sudden and wild animals went wild and were tearing through the parking lot of the strip mall where Betty, her boyfriend and I had been shopping. Betty's wonderful boyfriend (not Henry, but clearly he was supposed to be as lovable as Henry) broke up with her because she couldn't adequately express her feelings, so she threw a handful of cigarettes at him. Then we had to walk-run to the car because everyone except the three of us (and the boyfriend was questionable) had turned into zombies and wanted to eat us.

srah | 6:51 AM
Tags: dream, ugly betty, zombies

April 25, 2007

Time to get out the ol' Famous Cities skirt!

Frightening realization:

My new haircut

Haircut Day 2

makes me look less like Rachael Leigh Cook in She's All That

and more like Rachael Leigh Cook as Mary Anne Spier in The Baby-Sitters Club.

I am totally going to fit in in Stamford this weekend! Maybe I will pick up some baby-sitting gigs or solve a mystery while I am there. Or maybe I need to find a new hairstyle inspiration that is closer to my own age.

(Speaking of the BSC, this is unspeakably awesome. So I will speak of it no more for the next five minutes, at least.)

srah | 5:51 PM
Tags: blogs, haircut, stamford, the baby-sitters' club, travel

Thank you, library

I finally have my grubby little paws on Battlestar Galactica Season 2.0!

And now I am going out of town for the weekend!

There is no justice in the world.

srah | 5:34 PM
Tags: battlestar galactica

April 22, 2007

Finding Jesus

When my out-of-town guests and I were planning out this weekend, I had a few ideas of things to do, but the only thing they were firm on was seeing Big Butter Jesus:

I have lived here for a year and a half and while I've read about the giant 60-foot Big Butter Jesus/Drowning Jesus/Touchdown Jesus in Monroe that scares drivers along I-75, I hadn't actually had a reason to drive through that area and see it for myself. So we all discovered it for the first time together this morning. There's no time like Sunday morning for finding Jesus!

One thing that surprised me about the Giant Jesus is how roughly-made it looks from close up. It's sort of like clay was just daubed on there willy-nilly, or that he's made out of papier-maché. He also looks like he's wearing a crepe-paper bathrobe.

Closeup of the fine workmanship

And just in case there was any doubt that I am going to Hell, here is your Kids in the Hall moment, you flatheads!

Crrrrrrrrushing Giant Jesus' head

[video via Very Big Blog]

srah | 9:35 PM
Tags: butter jesus, jesus, ohio, religion, the kids in the hall, travel

Is this a kissing book movie?

Hooray! Lots of action and tension... and I don't just mean the awful, awkward Harry/Cho kissing situation.

And while we're at it...

[new international trailer via dollsome]

srah | 8:22 PM
Tags: books, harry potter, harry potter and the deathly hallows, harry potter and the order of the phoenix, movies

Aren't you relieved to know that you're not a golem?

I just watched Stranger than Fiction. It made me cry and cry. Seeing Will Ferrell cry when he's not just drunkenly sobbing about being in a glass case of emotion really gets to me. This was the first time I've seen him in a straight role, and I was surprised to find that it actually worked for him.

As for the movie... I was expecting something totally different. I don't know if it was the marketing campaign or just the presence of Emma Thompson, but I was expecting something along the lines of a romantic comedy, and it wasn't anything like that. I thought it was okay. The end didn't really work with the rest of the story, which is kind of strange because it's about a book where the end doesn't really work with the rest of the story. I didn't want it to end the way it did, but that was the only way it could end. So it was okay but not great. And it's possible that's what they were going for.

srah | 7:27 PM
Tags: movies, stranger than fiction

April 18, 2007

Everybody's a critic! Even dogs!

I spent the evening pet-sitting one of my downstairs dog-neighbors, a pit bull named Sandy who apparently believed herself the arbiter of good musical taste for the neighborhood. I tried to convince her that she should take a nap instead of running around the apartment like an idiot, and hummed some Brahms in an attempt to lull her to sleep. She gave me the most communicative look of the whole evening in return, but unfortunately what she was communicating was "Seriously? You call that singing? I am a dog and I thought that was bad. Who did my owner leave me with? I have no respect for you, ridiculous bad-singing human."

It was just like being at home with my family!

srah | 8:35 PM
Tags: dogs, music, neighbors, singing

April 17, 2007

Today I had a cheese sandwich.

April is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month. So that totally justifies buying a grilled cheese sandwich from the school cafeteria for lunch today and yesterday.

I like mine with worcestershire sauce. You?

srah | 12:29 PM
Tags: food, grilled cheese, sandwich

Virginia Tech, etc.

I hate that I can't seem to think about anything this week except what happened at Virginia Tech. I also hate that the media is feeding this unhealthy obsession by offering me tiny little update tidbits every few minutes or so. Back in the old days, I would have had to wait for a daily wrap-up on the TV news (or even wait until the next day's newspaper), but thanks to the Internet I can go back to MSNBC, CNN or Yahoo! News all day to see what new details have been released/discovered. I keep telling myself not to look, but I end up there again.

I don't know what to say. I don't have much of a personal connection to Virginia Tech (I know one of their study abroad advisors, but that's it). This doesn't really make me feel any more or less safe on my own campus, because there's no way to predict things like this and we just have to go on living our lives with the assumption that we're still going to be living them tomorrow.

It seems ridiculous that a gunman was loose on VT's campus for two hours and no one notified the students, but on the other hand I understand how universities operate and I realize that there's no way anyone in the administration could have known that this was what the shooter had in mind after the first attack. There's no way of knowing how it would have been different - or maybe even worse - if the university had been locked-down after the first shooting. Everyone's going to be looking for someone to blame and someone to sue, but as prepared as they try to be (and frequently are), university officials aren't psychic.

Okay, that's the end of my ramblings. Maybe now that I've spewed that all out I can actually think about something else for a change.

srah | 12:24 PM
Tags: media, shooting, universities, virginia tech

April 12, 2007

Wednesday Night: Must Not See TV

Herein lie spoilers for American Idol and Lost. Advance at your own risk!

srah | 12:56 PM
Tags: american idol, american idol 6, lost, tv

April 10, 2007

Cup cup cup cup of of of of...

Dear The Tea Industry,

I really don't like drinking my tea with the tea bag still in it. I thought it was just that I don't like my teabag and milk to touch, but now that I have been forced (by Science!) to branch out and find a tea that I can enjoy without milk or sugar, it turns out that my craziness extends to drinking the tea while the tea bag is still in it.

Restaurants and cafés never provide them, so what you should do, The Tea Industry, is to market a line of tea bags that come with their own little saucers or bag-rests, so that I can be all cheap and reuse my tea bag over the course of multiple cups, but also have somewhere to put my tea bag in between them. If you invented that, I would totally... probably not buy it. It sounds expensive.

It is very difficult to be cheap and neurotic at the same time, but somebody's got to do it!

srah | 12:47 PM
Tags: cheapness, food, neuroses, tea

Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?

If you were George McFly, wouldn't you be the least bit suspicious when your third child ended up looking exactly like that guy your wife went out with in high school? Lorraine, you ho'!

srah | 12:38 PM
Tags: back to the future, movies, time travel

April 9, 2007

La aref!

I haven't written anything in Arabic for a while. I am sort of unmotivated. My tutor/student worker suggested that if I'm not feeling challenged, I could ask the teacher for some extra work. Ha ha! No. I am too lazy for that. Instead I will challenge myself by leaving my homework until the very last moment (frequently the morning before I go to work, sometimes later) and end up trying to do the exercise a couple of answers ahead as we go along in class to see if I can get away with it. Often I do.

Anyway, I'm still plugging away. I can talk to you about my family, some school subjects, a few feelings and, most recently, the weather. And this could have not come at a better time, because right now

أشعر بطيبة لان الجو في مدينتي برد جدا!

And now I am even sadder because not only is the weather cold, but converting Arabic to Unicode is a pain!

srah | 7:49 PM
Tags: arabic, in arabic, weather

Bedroom problems

My smoke detector decided to start dying around 4am this morning. I lay there, hoping that it would give up the ghost altogether or that the sharp little staccato "BEEP"s would space themselves out long enough for me to fall back asleep and sleep through the night. Unfortunately neither of these scenarios occurred so I eventually dragged myself out of bed and replaced the battery. I could have been lazy and just taken the old battery out, but then I wouldn't have been able to fall back asleep for fear that a fire would spontaneously break out while I was asleep.

I went back to bed, fell asleep, and had a terrible dream where I lived in this enormous apartment which was decorated like Rock Hudson's apartment in Pillow Talk and which had smoke detectors on every wall of every room, one of which (and I couldn't tell which one) was beeping.

srah | 12:19 PM
Tags: dream, pillow talk, smoke detector

April 7, 2007

Don't even get me started about Dearth Voider

The "Emporer"You all need to go vote for the new USPS Star Wars stamp. The reasons are severalfold:

First, when the stamps come out, my love for Star Wars will force me to buy sheets and sheets of them. Emperor Palpatine is winning right now, and I don't really want to stick his wrinkly face on all of my correspondence.

Second, and more offensive, they have identified him on the voting website as "The Emporer" (see screenshot above). Everyone, please go vote for Han and Chewie just to get this egregious spelling aberration off the Intarnest.

ETA: I have just looked closely at the screenshot I took and it looks like the "Emporer" is just featured today - he's not necessarily winning. They are only revealing the number of votes cast to us, rather than the current winner. You should vote for Han and Chewie anyway.

[via misanthropic tendencies]

srah | 11:56 AM
Tags: spelling, star wars, u.s. postal service

April 5, 2007

Oooooh, Genghis!

Hey everyone, Katie's back and blogging again, after a grad-school-fueled hiatus. Go thundering over there in thundering-type hordes and fill her comments boxes with sweet nothings! That is, of course, what thundering hordes do.

srah | 6:26 PM
Tags: bloggers, katie

SABOTEUR!

It's Thursday and The Office is back after a looooong hiatus! O happy day! Let us rejoice!

This evening we shall finally discover how Roy follows up on his vow to kill Jim Halpert. First, let's enjoy Jim as we once knew him...

That last part makes me laugh out loud every time I see it, and sometimes when I just think about it, too.

And now let's watch Dwight's courageous investigation of Jim's theoretical murder:

srah | 12:48 PM
Tags: the office, tv

Polar bears and blah blah blah

Dear ABC,

You need to move Lost back to the 9:00 hour, because I fall asleep during the show almost every week. Kthxbye.

I have no idea what happened after Kate tried to beat up Juliet, which - as I remember - happened quite early in last night's show. As the episode started, it occurred to me that I don't really like Kate. This is a problem I've been having with Lost lately. I'll find out it's a Locke-centric episode and say "Oh no. Not Locke. I don't like Locke." "Not Charlie. Ugh. I don't like him." "Jack? Jack is so stupid." I think I only like Sayid, Hurley, Sun and Jin and I'm not totally interested in catching up on their pre-island lives with flashbacks. I'm all set with the flashbacks, thanks. Now please have something new happen on the island.

I hate this show so much, but I can't bring myself to stop watching because as soon as I skip a week, things will start to actually happen!

srah | 7:02 AM
Tags: lost, tv

April 4, 2007

Did Steve tell you that? What's he got to do with it?

It's Wednesday. And you know what that means? It means it's time for business. It's Business Time.

And now some more from New Zealand's fourth most popular folk parody duo, Flight of the Conchords:

srah | 6:23 AM
Tags: comedy, flight of the conchords, music, video

April 3, 2007

Curses! Foiled again!

Current pet peeve:

foliage

SYLLABICATION: fo·li·age
NOUN: 1a. Plant leaves, especially tree leaves, considered as a group. b. A cluster of leaves. 2. An ornamental representation of leaves, stems, and flowers, especially in architecture.
ETYMOLOGY: Alteration (influenced by Latin folium, leaf) of Middle English foilage, from Old French foillage, from foille, leaf.

Unless you can prove to me that you are Geoffrey Chaucer, please stop pronouncing this as FOIL·uj.

Fortunately this is not a word I have to hear every day! If I worked in a nursery, I would probably have to kill someone.

srah | 5:54 PM
Tags: language, pet peeves, words

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