Wednesday, November 30, 2005
I think the fact that the sun doesn't shine in through my bedroom window in the morning (I face west) is getting to me.
When I think about what I want to eat before a meal, nothing sounds appetizing and I don't feel like eating. In sharp contrast to previous weeks where I wanted lunch at noon, I now don't feel like eating until close to 2.
Although I don't have much appetite for what I want to eat, once I get the food, I eat a lot of it. (see: tonight's Chinese food delivery and the fact that there is no more chow fun left)
Of course, it's 12:15 am and being awake now isn't helping.
That's why I ate chocolate.
Maybe I need one of those sun lamps. Not like a tanning bed, but one of those lamps that tries to naturally wake you up with sunlight. SAD therapy lights, probably. I'll try anything, because for the past couple of weeks, until this week, I had been setting 6 alarms in the morning and still sleeping through all but my Blackberry. Now I can snooze my Blackberry in my sleep, although it does have the most annoying vibrations of all the alarms.
I want lychee flavored hard candy.
And a nap.
At least Music Choice is playing. One of my problems is that I'll be listening to 90s radio on the couch late at night, when they play all the good songs I haven't heard in awhile, and then I'll just keep wanting to hear the next song, and the next song, and the next song, and before you know it, it's 2 am and I'm still sitting on the couch.
My eyes hurt.
Does anyone know anything about those solar lamp alarm things? Like which are good, which are recommended, what to buy? I am seriously considering the investment.
As I listen to Color Me Badd. I adore mi amor....
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Thursday, November 24, 2005
This makes me very annoyed.
The critics like it. Many think it's the best of the new sci-fi shows this season. The people who like it are loyal. But clearly, we're not important enough, and stuck on a stupid network that has enough shows doing well that they're not willing to take a chance on a good one that happens to just not be reaching high enough levels for them. If Threshold were on NBC, it probably would have been given a full season order already. Dammit CBS!
I wish I could boycott CBS for killing my favorite new show of the season but I can't. I like Without a Trace. And Survivor. And I couldn't go without Amazing Race. And Numb3rs is fun. I can't give those up out of spite. It wouldn't hurt CBS. It would hurt me.
Stupid ratings system.
All I can say is that I'll be cautious the next time I get really into a show on CBS if it isn't an instant CSI-type numbers blockbuster. Why get my hopes up if it's not going to be good enough for them? Stupid CBS. Wealth of procedural riches and no diversity. Even Law & Order hit its saturation point (see: Trial by Jury). You just wait until all this CSI crap comes back to haunt you. (For the record, I don't watch CSI. It bores me.)
Yes, I'm feeling bitter.
I've had shows that I liked fall apart in the past and get cancelled early. (It was usually Fox, and they're doing it again with Kitchen Confidential.) But, although they were shows I liked and felt weren't given a chance, they weren't shows that I was immensely attached to, like Threshold. Now I really know how all those Firefly fans felt. Friday time slot of death, eh? I guess the curse has moved from Fox to CBS. Sad.
Fine, CBS. Make me upset on Thanksgiving. You're evil. And Survivor and Without a Trace are still on tonight, and I'm going to have to suffer through staring at your stupid eye logo everywhere. And yes, I use the word stupid a lot when I'm frustrated and there's nothing I can do.
This was one of the best ensemble casts for new shows on TV this season. And the characters were written to be smart. Arrrrrrrrrrgh.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
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Monday, November 07, 2005
The trees have taken on colorful hues. They shine amber in the bright sunlight or blaze red in the middle of a sea of green. But the tones are a little subdued, which makes me sad. There is far less of the deep and vibrant color that usually characterizes peak season for fall foliage because of the endless October days of rain. But in the perfect moment, you can still catch a beautiful autumnal glow.
At one time in my life, I used to pick up leaves that I thought made beautiful imprints on the ground. The ones that fell even though they hadn't turned brown and crispy, the ones that still retained their reds and oranges and golds. They never really lasted for long, because I didn't really have anything to do with them, but they were fun to look at. Part of the celebration of the season.
I don't remember if I've ever addressed the favorite season question on this blog. I waver back and forth because there's so much I love about each of them that it's hard to choose. Sometimes people wonder how you can like autumn, a season where leaves die and fall from the trees, it turns cold, it gets dark early. But it's also a season of color, brisk refreshing breezes, new beginnings and warm and fuzzy feelings inside. The first times it's cool enough for hot apple cider, the days when humidity has left the air leaving for a pleasant cool night, the coziness of curling up in comfy pajama pants with hot chocolate. Fleece blankets, deep and dark colored clothing, comfort food like stuffing and mashed potatoes.
There's a lot of things I love about autumn. And it's best to leave this on a happy note while I've still got that warm and fuzzy feeling inside. What's your favorite part of autumn?
Saturday, November 05, 2005
Whether you were a drama freak or an emo poet, you definitely were expressive and unique.
You're probably a little less weird these days - but even more talented!
But I never thought of myself that way.
Oh well. It was the most interesting of the new quizzes, so I just thought I'd post it.
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
I look forward to the day after Halloween. The same way I look forward to the day after Christmas and Easter. All the holiday themed candy goes 50% off and I can stock up on all the individually sized candy bags so that I can put my sugar addiction under portion control. (In the interests of full disclosure, the post-Easter candy sale is myfavorite of the 3.)
On my lunch break, after being thwarted by a 20 person teller line at the bank, I went to the Duane Reade near the office, and started picking up large bags of candy. Crunch bars, Pumpkin Patch M&Ms, Skittles, put back the Crunch and picked up the Kit Kat, and then a last minute impulse buy of Twix. I noticed that the 50% off Halloween candy signs hadn't extended all the way down the aisle, but since all the candy was stored in large cardboard Halloween designed boxes, I figured they just ran out of tags. After all, they had used so many inthe first half of the aisle.
I was wrong. The candy was not 50% where the signs were missing. But why?! The candy was clearly shipped to the store for Halloween. Granted, there were not huge Halloween designs on them, but there weren't on the Skittles either and those were 50%. Needless to say, I ended up not getting the Kit Kat or Twix because I wouldn't pay full price (yes, it's the day after Halloween and I feel entitled to a discount!), but I picked up the M&Ms and Skittles. Maybe I'll try another Duane Reade to get some bargain chocolate. I was so lookingforward to an afternoon pick-me-up of a Twix bar.
But all the disappointment of not buying chocolate went away when I got my lunch. I've been intending to go to one of the street food vendors right by the office ever since I started (actually, I've been intending to try a few of them, but this one I pass on the way to work all the time). But between interview lunches and either busy times or bad weather sending me to the easy and lazy choice of Europa, I hadn'tgone yet.
The cart I went to today has newspaper clippings up of all the times the cart was featured in the news as one of the best street food carts in NYC. And it's really good. I used to go to the street food carts downtown all the time during my 1L summer. I had a $5 lunch budget and the carts made it really easy. (It was 2 years ago, but they're also a little cheaper downtown I think.) So, I'm a pretty good evaluator of chicken pita sandwiches. This one was definitely good. Made all the pain of no-Twix go away really quickly. In fact, I didn't even thinkof it until I started this entry. I was filled with chicken pita love.
Back to work I go. I'm so glad that cart is just across the street. It's really no wonder that there's always a really long line.Definitely worth the (short) wait.
I use my Gmail plenty, but I guess they didn't have the ad function built into the Italian language mode.
But the ads are back! I don't really mind that they're there, since they always used to amuse me when I was back in English mode. (Let's see what ads we can make come up next!) But I kind of wish the ads would show up in Italian instead of English. That would be so much better. Then I'd welcome the ads for a chance to learn more words in Italian!
Yes, my Gmail is in Italian. I happen to think "posta in arrivo" is nicer sounding than "inbox." And "aggiorna" is better than "refresh." And it's more fun for me. My cell phone is in Spanish. If I had another device, I would like to put it in either French or Portuguese. Just for fun.
If you're wondering, I don't speak very much Italian at all. Very basic words, introducing myself and asking "how are you." And thanks to Gmail, email commands too.
Darn, 23 minutes past bedtime goal. Hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween! I can't believe it's already November. I've been employed for one full month and it's seriously flown by. Why does time move so much faster as the years go by?!?