3:31 pm - Where have all the snowflakes gone? It just figures that as soon as we finally got all the Christmas decorations up, all the snow started to melt. Hmph. I'm not happy about that. Hopefully it will be back soon. Instead of braving the out-of-doors and dealing with the crazy holiday shoppers, I'm opting to stay put here at home and work on my research paper. I don't know why I was dreading this so much: I'd completely forgotten how incredibly easy these kind of papers are to write. I guess that since it's been a year and a half since I've had to write anything like this, I thought I'd forgotten how, but I was wrong. I'm almost halfway done, and I'd like to finish as much as possible by this evening. Last night I had two nightmares: one about John's mother (AAAHHH!) and one about the Christmas tree falling down (luckily, though, that was just a dream). I wish that it weren't Saturday already. That means back to work in two days...and what could be more of a downer then that?! (comment on this) Friday, November 29th, 2002 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 11:22 pm - Decorations, dreadful results, and random information The tree and decorations are all up, hooray!!! My dad came over tonight to hang out, and even he was impressed with all the holiday decor, which says a lot. He was also impressed when John showed him his newest PS2 games, Nightfire and GTA Vice City. Video games have come a long way since the days of Pong and Pacman, haven't they. So far, these results are pretty pathetic. Come on, people, you disappoint me!!! And this is something I stole from onceupon: ( Read more... ) (comment on this) Thursday, November 28th, 2002 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 10:53 pm - All Mip wants for Christmas... * magic mirror * velvet and satin bathrobe * a new job that I like and that pays really well * raspberry pims cookies * a black trench coat * perfume (L'Oreal Pleasures Intense and Victoria's Secret Halo) * an exotic vacation * Bella * BMW Z3 convertible (in red) * a digital camera * framed prints of my favorite James Bond movie posters (like this one) * a beautiful big house * Castle Grayskull * all of this * tickets to The Lion King * gift certificates to Victoria's Secret, Marshall Fields, Nordstrom, Hobby Lobby, and Amazon.com * a Tiffany lamp * this duck * a Smurf (a real one, no exceptions!) * more Christmas ornaments! * all 5 seasons of Ally McBeal on DVD * season tickets to the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and Ravinia Festival * a diamond tiara * red leather Coach purse * this dress * art (and lots of it!) * a leopard (again, a real one!) * the many Frank Sinatra CDs I still don't have * a new briefcase * a trip to Vegas for New Year's Eve * the original copy of Edward Hopper's Nighthawks * a flower garden * red cowboy boots * a few precious moments with my grandfather * this shirt * make up * a stocked wine cellar * a huge flatscreen TV * a grand piano * yogurt-covered raisins * more pictures from my childhood * red bathtub with gold claw feet (comment on this) 8:39 pm - A Tale of Two Turkeys A splendid Thanksgiving overall. I was miraculously cured of my sinus illness: I think seeing the kids is what did it. They always make me feel good, no matter what. We all went out to my aunt's place in South Barrington for the first Thanksgiving at their new mansion, which was a blast. My family always tries to upstage holidays, so every Thanksgiving turkey always has to be bigger then the one we had the year before. Last year's turkey was pretty big, and I didn't think that it would be possible to top it, but I was wrong. We had two turkeys. And not two tiny turkeys, mind you. The big one was about thirty pounds, and the smaller one was about twenty-three pounds. And for a gathering that consisted of only ten people, that's a hell of a lot of turkey! It was lots of fun. I ate a lot and drank a lot, too. My uncle brought over this German wine that had a picture of a black cat on it, so of course I insisted on drinking "the kitty wine," and I didn't object every time someone went to refill my glass. There was so much food, I can't even begin to describe it all to you. The two turkeys took up a small table all by themselves. It's a good thing we were in such a big house! The best moment of the evening was probably when we were passing around slices of turkey, and my five-year-old cousin Bryan looked longingly at the plate and then remarked loudly, "The turkey's really dead, you guys." Priceless! Now John and I are back home, very full and very happy. Tonight we'll just be sitting around trying to digest, and then tomorrow... CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS!!! I'm so excited!!! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! (comment on this) Wednesday, November 27th, 2002 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 10:26 pm So far there are four people tied for first place. I'm interested to see how this pans out... I'm still sick. This is just great. I'd better make a miraculous recovery by tomorrow morning, or I'm going to be incredibly pissed off. Tonight I slept, finished Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (so good!), and addressed a sizable amount of my Christmas cards. I'll be off to bed again in a few minutes. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. (2 comments | comment on this) 11:58 am - Test your knowledge on everyone's favorite subject... ...me!!! Out of sheer boredom, I have made another Mip quiz that is slightly more challenging then the last one was. I'm eager to see how you all do! (The person with the highest score will get a SPECIAL PRIZE!) current music: "Please Come Home For Christmas" - Southside Johnny Lyon (comment on this) 11:22 am - Waiting to get the hell out of here Wow, this sucks. I can barely hold my head up straight, that's how sick I am. You know when I'm really sick because I don't even have the effort to put my contacts in, and so I wore my glasses to work today for the first time ever, which has shocked the hell out of everyone. I'm waiting for L. to give me some things to include with these packets I have to send out to freelancers today, and then I can go. I just want to go to sleep. Hopefully I'll be somewhat better tomorrow. Well, I guess it's better to be sick for Thanksgiving then for Christmas. I need to rest up this afternoon and this evening, and then I should be okay. current music: "Ocean's Eleven" - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (comment on this) 8:08 am - Satan's mouse Ugh. I am sick. I went to sleep at 5:30 last night, got up at 8:30, read Harry Potter for half an hour, then went back to sleep and slept like shit. I would have called in sick today but I have so much to do. Hopefully I can get out of here early this afternoon and go home and rest up for tomorrow. Before I went home and collapsed yesterday, we went to Circuit City and bought a new computer mouse. It's one of those "optical" ones that doesn't have rollers: instead it has this red light on the bottom of it that acts as some kind of sensor. The mouse works fine, but the light is so goddamn bright. I call it Satan's mouse. I am so, so tired and oogy. I want to go home now!!! current music: Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor - "Come What May" (comment on this) Tuesday, November 26th, 2002 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2:39 pm - Harpy happenings I learned some interesting things this afternoon. For instance, I learned that you can buy little action figures of John's mother and sister online. How creepy is that?! So I started surfing the net, looking for information on harpies. This site states that harpies are "are dirty, filthy, smelly creatures, whose stink perfectly reflects their usual mood." Very funny, and also very accurate! It also says that the harpies are "soul snatchers," and that they "have a fierce, dominating nature. They are foul-tempered beasties, and incredibly self-centered. Basically, so long as the Harpy is comfortable, and satisfied, nothing else matters." Hmm...it is so, so true. My favorite line on the whole page: "Mother harpies only feed their young when they feel like it, at other times they simply ignore their young, or shove them out of the way to make room for themselves." Ha ha! I read this to John over the phone, and he couldn't speak, he was laughing so hard. I'm glad he took it so well: it's not easy to realize that you have dreaded mythological beasts for a mom and sister. I wonder...if I set up some kind of trap to catch the two harpies, will there be some kind of reward in store for me? There should be: I'd be doing the world a major service! current music: Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite" (6 comments | comment on this) 1:57 pm - The tallest building, x3 I found out about this today. Gee, what a surprise, huh? I was also very disturbed when I read about the unveiling of new plans for the World Trade Center site. Take a look at this site and check out this design in particular. Now, aside from the fact that this building is the most fucked up thing I've ever seen, do you really think it's a good idea to put another massive skyscraper on this site? I've seen plenty of other proposals, all of which call for at least part of the space to be made into a memorial for all those who died in the attacks, and they also suggest building several smaller buildings on the land as well. The World Trade Center was bombed once. Then they were destroyed on September 11, 2001. Why in the name of god would anyone be crazy enough to put not one, not two, but three gigantic skyscrapers up in its place?! I mean, would you want to go and work in that building if it were constructed?! I sure as hell wouldn't. What are these people thinking?! current music: Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite" (7 comments | comment on this) 12:13 pm - That's it! I've made my decision! I have an insane amount of vacation days left, and I just decided to take two weeks off of work at Christmastime, beginning on December 23 and lasting until January 6. I'll even have enough time left to take another week off in January if I want to. I'd like for us to go to Vegas before my classes start up again...prices are so ridiculously cheap right after the holidays! Yay!!! Hooray!!! Now I have something that I am very much looking forward to! My spirits have lifted again, despite the tingle in my throat, which is no better or worse than when I first reported it a couple of hours ago. Oh, and it's snowing out! I mean really snowing! If it snows enough and if I don't get sick, maybe Baxter the Snowcat will make an appearance before Thanksgiving! I'll be keeping my fingers crossed... current music: Vince Guaraldi Trio - Charlie Brown's Holiday Hits (2 comments | comment on this) 10:48 am - Two more days... This really, really sucks. I am getting sick. I can feel it. And I have nothing to do at work. right now the entire company is being forced to listen to a town hall meeting that's going on downstairs and is being broadcast over the loudspeakers throughout the entire building. Then we have a department meeting coming up in ten minutes which is sure to last longer than the allotted hour of time and will also surely be very, very dull. I'm sick of just sitting here day after day, feeling like I'm wasting precious moments of my life that could be spent learning and doing things that will actually be of use to me later in life, but instead I'm just sitting here on my ass, feeling oogy, praying that I'm not getting sick, praying that I won't die of boredom, and counting the seconds until it's finally time for me to go home. I cannot, I will not be sick this weekend! I was sick over the weekend of my birthday two months ago, and I'll be damned if I'm going to be cheated out of my Thanksgiving weekend, too! John has been looking so forward to Thursday, mainly because my uncle has promised that this year's turkey will be even bigger than last years, which of course brings tears of joy to John's eyes every time he thinks about it. He also really likes my family a lot and enjoys our big Thanksgiving dinners. (According to him, his family would hardly ever have a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. His mom and sister would usually get a ham, and John hates ham, and he loves food more than anyone I've ever met before, so this is a very big deal to him. It's a big deal to me, too, though. I love Thanksgiving with my family. We went to Vegas over the Thanksgiving holiday a couple of years ago, and although we had a lot of fun, I was very sad that I missed out on Thanksgiving at home with my family. ---- Why am I still here?! I feel like shit. I do not want to be here. I do not want to go to meetings. I want to be at home with my cat, reading Harry Potter. Is that so awful?! current music: Madonna - "I Deserve It"