34 entries from srah blah blah tagged with 'nablopomo 2008':


And, in the end, the love you take/ Is equal to the love you make

I have completed NaBloPoMo! Many thanks to srahfam and my friend Jason, whose time with me was sometimes interrupted by my sudden screams of "Oh god, I haven't blogged yet today! Get me to a computer!" Yet-unguessed lyrics (I'll give you until midnight EST tomorrow night to get these, before I announce the winner and the songs you don't guess): But suddenly I feel the shining sun/ Before I knew it this dream was all goneLong ago in days of yore/ It all began with a god named Thor/ There were Vikings and boats/ And some plans for a furniture...

srah - Sunday, 30 November 2008 - 9:20 PM
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You don't know me/ You don't know me at all

My family went to the Sheraton for brunch this morning, but apparently all of our regular waitpeople had enough seniority to take the Thanksgiving weekend off. Our waitress, rather than saying, "Earl Grey tea all around?" like usual, asked us if anyone wanted coffee. What what what?! What is the point of being ludicrous regulars if tales of our orders and our foibles are spread to most - but not all - of the staff? "She must be new," we concluded. "N00b!" I said to Alfie. "Rookie of the Year," she responded. Then more constructively we determined, "We'll break her...

srah - Sunday, 30 November 2008 - 9:15 PM
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Can I get a toot toot? Can I get a beep beep?

In case you wondered what my reunion was like: Cristal poppin' in the stretch Navigator [Champagne is available for $20 a bottle. Who knew Charley's had champagne? I did not partake.] We got food everywhere, as if the party was catered [We lurked around the food table early in the evening and picked out pizza sticks and quesadillas with individual forks because there were no tongs. Did they ever get tongs? It occurs to me I never found out.] We got fellas to my left, honeys on my right [Sure, if you want to call them that. Both genders were...

srah - Saturday, 29 November 2008 - 6:08 AM
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Now I'm a little bit older/ A little bit bolder/ Never so shy

I'm going to my ten-year high school reunion tonight. I'm keeping my expectations nice and low, since a) ten years might not be enough to make attending a reunion worthwhile and b) there's no budget, so the "hey there's a reunion" notifications seem to have been completely word-of-mouth. Therefore, not only are many people I'd like to see not attending, many of them probably don't even know there's a reunion. Anyway, this should be interesting. I'm going with two of my best and oldest friends, who I've kept in close contact with over the years, so if need be, we'll...

srah - Friday, 28 November 2008 - 8:14 AM
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Thank you for the music/ For giving it to me

Good luck finding something to read on the Internet today. We will have to depend on the rest of the world to create content while America is busy stuffing itself and its turkeys and eagles and seals, etc. So American readers, if you are reading this today, get the hell off the Internet and get back to your patriotic duty of gorging yourself. International readers, if you are reading this today, get the hell on the Internet and write me something to read tomorrow when I'm rolling around and moaning and clutching my swollen stomach....

srah - Thursday, 27 November 2008 - 12:41 PM
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How was I supposed to know/ That something wasn't right here?

I anticipated this voyage home with baited breath. At each stop upon my journey north, I thought, "Michigan! O land of plenty! I return again to feast upon your bounty and to experience the rich culture of my native land!" I brought very little from That Place Below with me on my voyage, knowing that I would be provided for in Michigan. And so it passed that I brought neither shampoo nor conditioner with me. And lo! There was shampoo in abundance, but there was no conditioner to be found, for a terrible creature that roams this land had used...

srah - Wednesday, 26 November 2008 - 8:08 PM
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Baby, have you got enough gas?

I bet gas stations are kicking themselves now for investing so much money in extra fours. (Maybe it will go down to $1.44 and justify some of the expense.)...

srah - Tuesday, 25 November 2008 - 11:23 PM
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No chocolate covered candy hearts to give away

Recently my friends discussed the topic of Assortment Twins and Assortment Compatibility. For example, my friend Jen and I both like the cream soda and butterscotch Dum Dum pops best, so we're Assortment Twins, whereas my friend Jason only likes the fruit flavored Dum Dums, so we're almost Assortment Compatible, except we have to find someone to eat the nasty root beer ones. So Jen and I can compliment each other on each other's great taste, but Jason and I can actually share an assortment. If anyone would like to test their Assortment Twinning/Compatibility with me, here are some of...

srah - Monday, 24 November 2008 - 10:45 PM
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Long ago in days of yore/ It all began with a god named Thor/ There were Vikings and boats/ And some plans for a furniture store

I went to IKEA today to look for a particular object (I'd tell you what, but it's a Christmas present). It's the first time that I've ever done this, as I usually go to IKEA and end up browsing through the whole store, but this time we arrived an hour before closing and weren't sure whether to look in the "kitchen and dining" area or the "cooking and eating" area of the stores, which are on two different floors. I went to the cooking/eating area first, but couldn't find the object anywhere. So I asked two IKEA employees where to...

srah - Sunday, 23 November 2008 - 9:51 PM
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I stumble into town just like a sacred cow

There is a Taco Bell commercial running on TV now that makes me less desirous of eating Taco Bell with every consecutive viewing. Basically the message that I get from this commercial is "Eating Taco Bell makes you stupid." I wish I could find the commercial on YouTube to embed it - if anyone can find it, let me know! It involves three friends at some sort of ranch. One of the friends has climbed into a pen with a raging bull, and is calling for the other two to rescue him. Since neither of them wants to, they decide...

srah - Saturday, 22 November 2008 - 9:54 PM
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Somewhere in space/ I hang suspended/ Until I know/ There's a chance that you care

Still waiting on that call from NASA, although we managed to lose last week when I was in Indiana and win against Minnesota while I was in my apartment building, so my theory about only winning when I'm outside Ohio is now kaput. Perhaps NASA has been following this and that's why they haven't called to offer to shoot me into space for tomorrow's game against Ohio State. Or maybe they're just too busy hunting for lost tools. Alas! I seem to have no control over tomorrow's outcome, so I will just have to hope as hard as my little...

srah - Friday, 21 November 2008 - 11:08 PM
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I'm afraid those things'll harm me/ 'Cause they sure don't act like Barney/ And they think that I'm their dinner, not their friend

This is a story that I made up last night to prove to a friend that he was a terrible storyteller and that I could make up a story on the spot. I am sharing it with you so that I don't have to think of anything else to blog today. I only have so much creative energy, folks! Once upon a time, there was a happy little Tyrannosaurus Rex. T-Rex would traipse gleefully through the forest, stomping on everything in his path¹. One day, just as he was about to trample some protomammal and destroy the potential for all...

srah - Thursday, 20 November 2008 - 5:29 PM
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Her Hitler hairdo is/ Making me feel ill

A couple of days ago, Jamelah posted about her haircare routine and said that one way she keeps her gorgeous communist hair in gorgeous communist shape is to only wash it 2-3 times a week. This is a haircare tip I've heard around a lot, but had never put into action. So I tried not washing my hair on Monday, and I just looked like someone who had rolled out of bed before coming to work. I realize that it takes a while for your scalp to catch on that it doesn't have to produce so much oil, but I...

srah - Wednesday, 19 November 2008 - 6:07 PM
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I must remain in close concealment/ Until I can appear in decent clothing!

Note: If you are reading this in England (or anywhere else where "pants" means "underpants" as opposed to "trousers") you should either substitute "trousers" for "pants" when reading this OR read "pants" as "pants" and laugh uproariously. A few months ago, my sedentary lifestyle and love for ice cream and french fries caused me to have to go pants-shopping, as all of the pants I had were straining at the waist. I bought several new pairs of pants and retired many others. Now, although I am no less fond of ice cream and french fries (and no less sedentary either)...

srah - Tuesday, 18 November 2008 - 6:23 AM
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Can't think of anything I need/ No cigarettes, no sleep, no light, no sound/ Nothing to eat, no books to read

I received an email from my dad this morning: Subject: This is what you are getting for ChristmasMessage body: We saw an ad for this on TV and thought it was much more useful than a GPS When I clicked on the link, this is what I saw:...

srah - Monday, 17 November 2008 - 7:05 PM
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Oh, they say she died one winter/ When there came a killing frost

I always thought that Fraulein Maria was on crack, but snowflakes that stay on my eyelashes are pretty cool. The first snow of the season has arrived in Srahtown, and it's a very calm, floaty type of snow that blows softly on a gentle breeze, but falls mostly downwards. It's more like movie-snow than the sideways biting snows we'll probably have later this season. My usual snow-behavior consists of shuffling around, facing the ground, with all of my body wrapped up in coats and scarves and only my eyes sticking out. Today, though, I turned my bare face up to...

srah - Monday, 17 November 2008 - 5:39 PM
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Every time I thought I'd got it made/ It seemed the taste was not so sweet

I've just upgraded from Movable Type 3.3 to 4.21. It wasn't so bad, except that there was an Apache handling thingy¹ that's been set wrong on my server for months and which I've sort of just worked around, but I finally had to figure out today. And then there's the fact that my MT installation only seems to work properly when the www is included in the URL². If you notice anything that doesn't work, please let me know. I may be implementing some fun new stuff here soon! Update 11/17/08 7:04AM: Comments should be working now! And my stylesheet...

srah - Sunday, 16 November 2008 - 7:40 PM
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I like the girls with the boom/ I once got busy in a Burger King bathroom

I went to a football game today, and had to wait in line to use the bathroom at halftime. Unfortunately, the bathrooms were in Port-a-Potty form, but fortunately there were many of them so the lines weren't too long and moved pretty quickly. There was a couple in front of me in line who I didn't pay much attention to until they went into the Port-a-Potty together. I thought, "Geez, that's weird. I mean, I've been in the situation before where a friend and I might go into a single-user bathroom together, so that we can move things along faster...

srah - Saturday, 15 November 2008 - 9:17 PM
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You can see I'm in no shape for driving/ Anyway I've got no place to go

It's a good thing I went to China in September, or I would have nothing to blog about in November. Once upon a time, I came back to Shanghai from the excursion to Nanjing I'd attended with one of the programs I visited. I arrived back in Shanghai around 4pm, then had to catch a taxi to get back to my hotel during rush hour (I probably should have just taken the subway, but - to my great shame - I never learned the subway system in the whole time I was there) . I stood there with my suitcases,...

srah - Friday, 14 November 2008 - 6:37 PM
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When I want to run away/ I drive off in my car

You may remember, from last year's NaBloPoMo, my training for and participation in a 5k walk on Thanksgiving. My parents, sister and I all participated in Ann Arbor's Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5k Walk/Run on Thanksgiving morning, and it was a nice way to spend some time together and do an activity that we all enjoy, as well as the first time that any of us had walked in a 5k race before. We started out at a leisurely pace, chatting with each other and with the bicyclist who marked the end of the race group, then continued at a...

srah - Thursday, 13 November 2008 - 10:39 PM
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But suddenly I feel the shining sun/ Before I knew it this dream was all gone

I dreamt that high heels Were banned on the campus of Uni I Work At. I had forgotten Till I got dressed this morning; thought, "I must wear flats."...

srah - Wednesday, 12 November 2008 - 10:19 PM
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Just gimme gimme gimme gimme/ Fried chicken

I just got back from a conference in Lexington, Kentucky. If my culinary experience in Lexington is any indication¹, Kentucky is not known for fried chicken or bourbon or anything like that, but Indian food (which I ate twice in the 48 hours or so I was there) and pretzels (which I ate three times). Next year's conference is in Cincinnati, and I have volunteered my advice/help to our local arrangements committee, including the suggestion that our mid-afternoon snack break should involve a make-your-own Cincinnati chili bar and/or Graeter's ice cream. YOU'RE WELCOME, fellow conference attendees. (I am also going...

srah - Tuesday, 11 November 2008 - 6:15 PM
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So I try a little Freddie/ I've gone identity mad!

For almost a year now, I've been planning to dress up as the girl from the Cake song Short Skirt/Long Jacket for Halloween, but when Halloween finally came around, everyone I know was out of town, so there were no Halloween parties to go to. I'm a bit disappointed, but at least I knew that far enough in advance that the only aspect of the costume I'd bought was nail polish for my "fingernails that shine like justice." Next year for Halloween, I want to be either Freddie Mercury or Luna Lovegood. My sister has suggested that I combine the...

srah - Monday, 10 November 2008 - 1:49 PM
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The way you talk, and try to kiss me, and laugh/ In four or five paragraphs

I am going to a conference for the next three days or so. I have no idea what effect this will have on NaBloPoMo, because I'm not sure if I'll have Internet access at the hotel. In any case, I will WRITE something, whether or not I can PUBLISH it!...

srah - Sunday, 9 November 2008 - 2:11 PM
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Picture post!

The song is in the picture, not in the title this time!...

srah - Sunday, 9 November 2008 - 10:23 AM
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Before the cream sits out too long/ You must whip it

Every once in a while, a topic comes up that I am surprised I've never blogged about, because I have some long-held and violently strong emotion one way or another. Micah and I were having a conversation that went like this: @srah: I just remembered that when Thanksgiving happens, I get pumpkin pie! Are we there yet are we there yet are we there yet are we there yet? @jmblya: What's stopping you from buying a pie from the store now? Or making your own? You should never deny yourself pumpkin-based foods. @srah: No, pumpkin pie is more about anticipation...

srah - Saturday, 8 November 2008 - 11:14 PM
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So you think justice has a voice/ And we all have a choice

Oh thank you, Collective, for giving me something to blog about. (Their answers: Heather! Anne!, Abigail!, Kat!, Jennie!)You can press a button that will make any one person explode. Who would you blow up?Hmmm. I'm much more relaxed about her now that we're out of that danger, but if I have to blow someone up, Sarah Palin. You can flip a switch that will wipe any band or musical artist out of existence. Who will it be?Kids today... the music all sounds like noise. Back in my day... hold on, let me adjust this ear trumpet...Where were we? Um, the...

srah - Friday, 7 November 2008 - 12:19 AM
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We huddle close, and hang on to a dream

I dreamt last night that I was going somewhere with President-Elect Obama¹ and a big entourage of people in an old jalopy. Something happened (it isn't clear now and I don't remember if it was in the dream) that resulted in Obama hitting his head and being knocked unconscious. He was lying on the floor of the back seat of the jalopy and everyone was trying to wake him up with smelling salts, shaking him, slapping his face, and nothing was working. I said, "Well, this works in the movies," and leaned in to kiss him and when I got...

srah - Thursday, 6 November 2008 - 12:02 PM
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And if I dig a hole to China/ I'll catch the first junk to Soho

It occurs to me that a) I have nothing to write for NaBloPoMo today and b) I have not yet finished writing up all the little notes that I took in China of things to blog about. Now keep in mind that I got back from China over a month ago, so I may be a little fuzzy on what my notes meant... shoes - Um, apparently I wanted to tell you something about shoes, but I have forgotten what. Chinese people wear 'em, if you're curious!"what watch?" - After several days of communicating in broken English, I got the...

srah - Wednesday, 5 November 2008 - 11:43 PM
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I will comfort you/ I'll take your part

If I had thought of this earlier (and if I were sure there wasn't anything potentially illegal about it), I would have liked to volunteer (or organize an army of volunteers) to be a line-proxy for the elderly and infirm (or heck, maybe just anyone!) in high-population areas, so that they could take breaks to go to the bathroom, or eat or sit down. It's been sad to read about people for whom even the early-voting lines were too long, especially since turnout was unexpectedly high (at least compared to past years) and so people weren't prepared enough to vote...

srah - Tuesday, 4 November 2008 - 5:00 PM
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I say vote yes! Vote yes! Vote for independency!

(This counts as a post, right? Especially now that i just wrote some text? How about if I throw in some free stuff you can get for voting?)...

srah - Tuesday, 4 November 2008 - 6:04 AM
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In my shoes/ Walking sleep/ In my youth I pray to keep

I haven't subscribed to any magazines in several years, and I still feel like I've read more "fix your problem area" or "how to flatter your flawed figure" articles than I ever need to read. But you know what I would like to read more about? Why the heck do my shoes always wear out at the back of the heel before they wear out anywhere else? Is it because I'm wearing shoes that are too big, or too small, or shoes that don't flatter my foot-shape? Are my feet too wide or too narrow, or too wide in the...

srah - Sunday, 2 November 2008 - 9:12 PM
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Sing a lonely song/ Of a deep blue dream/ Seven horses seem/ To be on the mark

Starting out NaNoWriMo with a meme! This bodes well for the rest of the month. *rolls eyes* Oh well, it's about time I got around to doing a meme I was tagged for several weeks ago! Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog - some random, some weird. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blog. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog. If you don’t have 7 blog...

srah - Saturday, 1 November 2008 - 10:45 PM
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Qi!

On this, the momentous seventh anniversary of this blog (such as it is) I would like to announce my candidacy for National Blog Posting Month. Our campaign slogan will be: "She doesn't seem to blog all the rest of the year, so maybe she'll have plenty of material saved up for November." The outcome is questionable. During last year's NaBloPoMo, there was a reference to a song from a musical in each post. This year, I'm expanding it to songs in general, which may be from musicals or may be from this thing I've just heard of, called the radio....

srah - Saturday, 25 October 2008 - 10:45 AM
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