Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
The QVC host just went into an explanation for why you should buy this special gold jewelry.
Paraphrased, her reasoning basically went like this, "You can tell a lot about someone by the gift they give you. Gold jewelry is a special gift. If someone gets you gold jewelry, you know they think you're someone special. It's not like if someone gets you a blender for Christmas. If they get you a blender (not that anything's wrong with a blender), they see you as a practical person. It's not like if they buy you this gold jewelry."
I get that there is a difference between a blender and jewelry (and yes, the blender was the example she used). But if a blender means you're a practical person, then jewelry means... what? I don't get it. How do you complete the comparison? If you get jewelry, you're not a practical person? Do people not want to be practical? Confused...
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
I'm renaming the "Randomly Chosen Screensaver Picture" label to "Snapshots."
It may still be randomly chosen by the screensaver, but I like the name Snapshots better.
So, for this snapshot from my life...
July 2008. At sea somewhere in the northern Pacific Ocean. This was my lunch entree. I think it was a salmon cake tower on top of pad thai. I remember it being very good. All the food on this Holland America cruise was really good. I want to go on a cruise again. And I love looking at old pictures.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I'm completely exhausted from walking all day (and it's almost 2 am), but I'm trying to post more consistently, so here's another random photo of the day.
It's from Hyde Park in Chicago near the University of Chicago. I used to see this overpass every day that I drove back from school, but I don't even remember taking these pictures. (According to the data, it's from May 2004.) Looking through the set of pictures, I also don't remember the area by the law school being so green! The last couple of times I've been in Chicago, it's been cloudy and gray.
I try to take photos of the "everyday" life we're living, but sometimes there are little details that you never have pictures of because you never think about taking something so ordinary. Yet, years later, looking at the pictures, it brings back the everyday, the ordinary, the routine. Looking at something familiar is kind of nice sometimes, even if it's just an overpass from a familiar drive.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
It was really, really good. We had the pomegranate flavor at tangysweet in DC over the summer, and were wondering how long it would take before it landed at Red Mango and Pinkberry. It's not an overwhelming flavor, but I liked that it wasn't. Yum.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Maybe it was a reflection of the weather, but everything was annoying today! To illustrate, today I was annoyed:
- when I woke up and read the emails waiting for me on my blackberry
- that it was dark, cold, damp and/or rainy all day long
- that I have felt sick and/or weak and/or weary day after day, causing me not to go to the gym for over a week
- by all the work I have to do and all the work that just doesn't seem to get done
- that I had to go to Europa for lunch to avoid the rain (but luckily it's in our building) instead of someplace more exciting
- that when I went to Europa for lunch, some girl slapped her umbrella around getting my entire suit jacket wet, since I deliberately went to Europa so that I wouldn't get wet
etc, etc, etc. There's more where that came from.
The bright spots were no line at the bank when I went to deposit a check in the morning and the serenity at an odd moment of the day when I sat alone in a conference room waiting for a meeting that ended up not happening but where it was quiet and peaceful and I got a lot of work done (despite an active movie shoot on that floor).
Hopefully tomorrow is a better day. I'm feeling a little less annoyed now after watching Eli Stone...
Last summer, we went on a cruise to Alaska. The last port before disembarkation was Victoria. I hadn't been to many places in Canada prior to the Victoria stop -- none of the major cities, only a few cities on the eastern coast of Canada (on other cruises).
I really liked Victoria. Unfortunately this was an evening stop and (a) many places were already closed, like the museums and aquariums, (b) it was our last night on the cruise and there was major packing to be done and (c) we had to get back to the photo center on the ship to pick up the photos we ordered before they closed. Therefore, I didn't get to do much in Victoria other than some walking around, photography (golden hour, amazing light), and general soaking in of the city. I think some of my relatives went to a pub and had beers, but I guess they didn't have anything to do back on the ship. All this means is I'll have to go back!
I would love to go on a cruise right now. They are so incredibly relaxing. People do everything for you and are always willing to help. The food (at least on ours) was fantastic (and all included!). You can catch up on sleep (I napped a LOT). There's just something nice about being at sea and resting. I could really use this now (as I'm working...).
Mmm... maybe I'll daydream about cruises to the Mexican Riviera. Sigh.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I think it was a commercial for a cell phone company (AT&T?) that says that if you don't thaw out a turkey enough and then fry it, it can explode. I just checked online and it sounds like that's true. I never knew.
Of course, I don't know what it says for the advertising that I remember the lesson about the fryer more than who the ad was for...
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Maybe it's not bad for everyone, but we have been trying to finalize the venue, date and pricing for over 7 weeks. We finally made some progress tonight (compared to the past 7 weeks), but it would have been nice to be at this place weeks ago. Part of it was internal issues at the venue which we had no control over (at least 4 weeks of the delay), but still frustrating that we couldn't get some of this stuff done earlier. But not going to stress about it anymore because there's no point. Time's gone and complaining about it will just waste more.
Hoping tomorrow brings more progress!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Apparently most of the search traffic came from people looking for those ridiculous CNN holograms. Which weren't really holograms?
1. I'm sick. It started Thursday night and I have felt like crap all day. I don't really know what it is and am not very good at identifying the symptoms, other than "sick." At least not right now.
2. Since I am sick, I basically slept and watched TV all day. That's probably good for the DVR since it was almost full of shows we hadn't watched yet. Sleep is just good for everyone.
3. I can't believe Norm Coleman is trying to force them not to do a recount. The vote separation is so close that a manual recount really could change the outcome. Of course, that's exactly why he's acting like this, even though you can be sure that if it were the other way around, he would be yelling for one.
4. I wish the apartment could just clean up itself.
5. The soups at the Ollie's by our apartment are gigantic bowls. I got won ton mein (spelling?) when we went yesterday to try to help with my sickness and the bowl was gigantic. That dish reminds me of Hong Kong because when I went as a teenager, we had it for breakfast daily. I like that, a big bowl of noodle soup for breakfast. It's a nice start to the day. Nowadays, I just eat half a bagel.
Friday, November 07, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Have they been calling them "apparent winners" all night and I just haven't noticed?
I was hoping to take Montana. I wonder how close it is.
So that leaves North Carolina and Missouri...
Manhattan: Obama 85-14
Bronx: Obama 88-12
Queens: Obama 75-25
Brooklyn: Obama 79-20
Staten Island: McCain 52-47
We have some work to do in my home borough. :) But we did get a Democrat into Vito Fossella's old seat by a pretty decent margin. That's good news.
(Alaska was called too, after the race was over, but while it wasn't a runaway, I didn't think we'd get Alaska.)
So that leaves Montana, North Carolina and Missouri. Who would have thought this 2 years ago.
"Out of many, we are one."
"Yes we can."
This has been such an incredible night. One of those moments in history that I don't think you ever forget.
And since this probably got lost below:
Millions of people making a difference, voting and hoping for change.
Obama - Yay!
Elwyn - Not called yet. I think Michele "Democrats are anti-American" Bachmann is still ahead.
South Dakota abortion ban - MSNBC said it failed; CNN hasn't called it yet.
Dan Seals - CNN says he lost. Boo.
Al Franken - Still tied.
Bob Lord - CNN says he lost. Darn.
Eric Massa - CNN says he won. Yay!
Darcy Burner - This one's not going to be over for a while.
Gary Trauner - CNN says he lost. Boo.
Mark Begich - Polls just closed but I hope we're saying goodbye to Ted Stevens.
Jim Martin - Not called yet but it looks like we're losing...
No on 8 - Not called yet. I don't like the way the percentages look right now, but it doesn't look like SF has reported yet...
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
- It is the only thing that has made me stop crying so far.
- McCain sounds more sincere than he has sounded in weeks. And he's blinking a lot less than in any of the big public speeches or debates recently.
- At least he tried to stop them from booing such a historic moment.
- I find it interesting that his concession speech comes in his home state... which hasn't been called yet. [Interesting note: MSNBC calls Arizona for McCain during the speech.]
- We got another "my friends"!
- Part of me wonders if McCain is glad to be himself again. And if he will go back to 2000 McCain.
- It was actually a really good speech. Thanks John.
MSNBC calls for Obama:
And for McCain:
North Dakota (they said it's the first toss-up... and they're calling it this early?)
Arizona is too close to call? I would LOVE to take Arizona away from McCain...
Still so nervous.
New Jersey (expected)
And for McCain:
Looking at the map, I guess I missed South Carolina being called (but it's expected).
Makes it 103-34 according to MSNBC.
"CNN's Jessica Yellin via Hologram from Chicago"
"I'm in a tent in Chicago..."
Well... you look like you're in a newsroom...
And I thought the floating map on MSNBC was weird. This is just bizarre. Standing on a little red button in the air? This is bizarre.
Edited to add: Wolf said "You make a terrific hologram." This is strange.
Kentucky for McCain (8)
Vermont for Obama (3)
I don't think either of those 2 are shocking.
Why bother calling states "too early to call"? The polls just closed in those states! Of course they're TOO EARLY TO CALL. I don't know why we call states early anyway.
I was so happy to vote for Obama that I just wanted to look at my vote for a bit to let it sink in. It took me so long to vote that the lady outside checked on me to make sure I was ok. But really, part of that time was reading the proposal that I didn't know about beforehand.
And then I got free ice cream from Ben & Jerry's. (It was next door to the polling place!)
And then I phonebanked and called a list of Iowa voters. Only one person that I got through to hadn't voted yet, everyone else had, and 2 people enthusiastically volunteered that they voted for Obama. Woohoo!
Off to do more phonebanking and watching the returns (polls are closing in 2 minutes in a bunch of states)!
I really hope things work out right tonight. I'm so nervous.
How depressing. How can we go through this again for a third time? It was painful reading these entries.
This wait is agonizing (and I haven't even voted yet, so I'm not sure why I'm complaining about "waiting"). It's going to be a really long day.
Monday, November 03, 2008
What's going on here? I've now seen ads for "fair and balanced" Fox News and "hate we can believe in"... during shows like Countdown and Rachel Maddow. It's not like I'm watching Morning Joe. I don't get it.
It's an interesting experience making phone calls for hours. A few observations:
1. I think people were screening their calls. The weather was not so nice in Pennsylvania that all of those people weren't home. I can't say I blame them. Some of the people I actually got to talk to had been contacted 4 times that day, and sometimes from call centers in different cities. I screen my calls based on caller ID, so I wouldn't be surprised if they were doing the same considering the call volume they must be getting. Which brings me to...
2. I started thinking at one point in the phonebanking that I shouldn't screen calls on my phone because I was learning what it felt like to dial 10 numbers in a row and get 10 voicemails/answering machines. Then I thought about it a little more and remembered why I do it at all.
3. Some of the people I called were so enthusiastic and it was so great to talk to them. Reminds you of why you're doing it. I only got 2 calls that turned out not to be supporters, but unfortunately they were the last 2 I made today.
4. I wonder when the day will come that we can have portable real-time technology that updates based on each phone call or home visit, so people in all different cities can track progress on all different levels all at once in the palm of their hand. I think that's more fantasy than reality at this point.
5. Phonebanking reminded me of just how big the world is, and it kind of makes you feel like a really small part of it all. You can hear a population number, or even see crowds of people, but when you're holding sheets of paper with names on them and the lists just go on and on, it really is a different way of seeing just how many people there are.
6. I didn't mind getting sent to voicemail that much. You could hear the message and sometimes I was wondering what the person was like and what they were up to. All from the sound of their voice and their outgoing message. Some people (like mine) had the generic message up so there wasn't much wondering going on there.
7. I liked knowing where I was calling, geographically. I think I had a sheet or 2 of Pittsburgh, another of Philly and a sheet of Johnstown. I think it's my map thing, why I wanted to know where I was calling. It also helps when you feel like you have a "stake" (for lack of a better word) in the outcome. Like when CNN zooms in on a county and you know you've called there. That's kind of cool. Like the way I'll be tracking certain downticket races because I contributed some $.
8. You know that every day you are living through "history." But there are just certain moments when you really feel like you're living through something people will read about in the history books years from now. Hopefully this time it's for something amazing, as opposed to the last 3 things I can think of that are in the history books (9/11, Katrina, the Bush downward spiral). It would be amazing to think of the type of uplifting history that could be made this week, and that we might live through it. One can only hope.
It's going to be a stressful and anxiety-filled 48 (or less) hours...
Sunday, November 02, 2008
I logged on this morning to do work after suddenly getting 3 blue
screen errors yesterday. And I couldn't get it to stay on through
start up without a blue screen error and restarting itself.
Luckily it is working enough (for now) to let me save stuff in safe
mode. Sigh. But I did lose some pictures. Sigh.