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Archive: March 2007

germ-free water.

The best invention I’ve seen in a long time is the new Poland Spring sports bottle. Recall, if you will, the old Poland Spring sports bottle. You pulled off the clear plastic cover to expose the white pop-up sipper top (my own terminology). And you had before you 2 options to opening the top. Option 1- Put your grimy, germ-infested hands all over the white pop-up sipper top that you will soon be putting your lips to. And Option 2- Grip the white pop-up sipper top with your teeth and pull the top up, risking the breakage of teeth and looking like a complete barbarian in the process. Neither are very pleasant options, are they?

Well, the new Poland Spring sports bottle has a clear plastic cover that is connected to the rest of the bottle. And there is no longer a white pop-up sipper top. Instead there is just a sipper opening that is fuller covered when the clear plastic cover is over it, and automatically opened when you remove the clear plastic cover.

Hooray for germ-free sports bottles! My prayers have been answered.

let’s argue.

I met up with my old co-worker at Fire+Ice for lunch today. I’m still undecided on how I feel about that place. On the one hand, it’s kind of a fun idea, lots of variety, etc. On the other hand, I still don’t like putting raw meat and fish on top of my veggies, I want chefs cooking my food and waiters serving it, and the restaurant is kind of dirty. I do have to say that my stir-fry was quite good today. I think my main problem is that when Fire+Ice opened years ago, it was wayy over-hyped and it greatly annoyed me. So, at that time, I decided I did not like Fire+Ice.

More and more lately, I’ve been noticing that I will immediately decide to not like things that are over-hyped. Sometimes I actually convince myself that I don’t like something, even if I maybe do. And I find myself wanting to argue just for the sake of arguing; so much so, that I’ll automatically choose to be on the side opposite of everyone else just so I can argue it. And I end up honestly believing what I’m saying. It’s kind of scary actually. So, do I like Fire+Ice? Who knows…I guess I could. If they’d clean their dirty booths. Yuck.

Anyway, it was great to see my ex co-worker. She’s really happy at her new job where they actually know what the word “professional” means. I’m happy working for myself (though I sometimes forget how to be professional). And we’re both happy we no longer work for the drama-filled, horrible-paying, lazy state government. I love Massachusetts with a passion, but I never want to be on the “inside” of that mess again. Unless they paid me a lot more money than they were. A LOT more.

“I argue very well. Ask any of my remaining friends. I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent. People know this, and steer clear of me at parties. Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don’t even invite me.” -Dave Barry (my hero <3)

I love learning.

I just found an amazing, I’m a complete geek and I love it website that I’ve been wasting time on. Now I’m going to be wicked mean and tell you that you can’t use it. Hahahaha. Sorry. One thing I love about being a student is that I have access to really great online databases. I usually forget how great these are until I have to look something up, and then I spend hours lost in them. Since I go to an artsy school, we have some pretty cool ones.

My new favorite is called Fiction Connection, and you can type in any book you want and it will tell you what other books you would enjoy. So I looked up Love, Etc. one of my fave Julian Barnes books (he’s a master of words…read him) and it gave me 48,000 books I might be interested in. Yay, I’m going to be busy! It will be interesting for me to check this out as I’m a bit concerned by the fact that I wasn’t entirely in love with the topics in Love, Etc. but I love Barnes’s writing in it. So I wonder how this database is judging what I’ll like. Anyway, you can also search by genre, topic, setting, location, timeframe, characters, character traits, reading level, media mention, awards, and bestseller lists. If you like books and can get access to this site (www.fictionconnection.com), do it.

There’s also a wicked cool site called Grove Art Online, where you can look up any work of art, get criticism on it, and send postcards. Fun.

OK, that was my I’m a huge dork and am trying to appreciate the resources given to me as a student post. Will not be a student for too much longer, and as much as I’m hating the stress and work right now, I will miss it. PhD?? Mmm not right now, thanks.

my weekend of excitement.

The weekend is nearing its end and I did not go out to dinner either Friday or Saturday night. Wow, this is seriously a first. The boy and I just felt like cooking dinner both nights, which is strange, because usually we’re far too lazy and just want to relax and have someone serve us at least one of the nights. Or my friends and I will go out one night and get nachos or other weekend junk food that makes us happy. I, however, haven’t had much fun this weekend, as I’ve been stuck doing homework and freelance work non-stop. So I guess cooking makes me feel like I’m at least doing something interesting.

Cooking in Beacon Hill also means a trip to Whole Foods at least once a day. I love Whole Foods, ridiculously expensive prices and all. There’s just something about being there among the snobby, high-class people and 350 varieties of cheese that makes me feel good inside. Reason #438 I know I’m growing up: I thoroughly enjoy trips to the grocery store. Sad? Maybe.
Another reason for loving the Beacon Hill Whole Foods, as if we needed one. There’s always a chance you’ll see Channel 7’s Randy Price doing his after-work shopping. I’ve seen him 3 times now and love the fact that he always politely chats with anyone who happens to recognize him.

things that annoy me. and something I like.

Does it annoy anyone else when they buy a bottle of water from CVS and it takes approximately 60 seconds for the 20-foot long receipt to print out? Then the cashier must fold the receipt 55 times so that you can walk out of the store without it dragging on the ground behind you? I’m sorry but CVS and their coupons printed on receipts are getting ridiculous. I could deal with it if the coupons were valuable, but $1 off any $8 purchase of CVS brand cold medicine is not of any use to me. Then, if there is a deal I can use, I have to save the 20-foot long receipt in my purse for my next trip to CVS. Right, like I’ll remember that. Why can’t my CVS extra value card just give me the deals I’ve earned? What is the use of that anyway? I don’t get it.

On another note, paper towel machines that are motion activated. Do you ever notice how they give you about 2 inches of paper towel at a time? Not enough to dry your hands. And then, they make you wait about 20 seconds before they will detect your motion again and give you more. Obnoxious. Even more annoyingly, the one in school’s bathroom last night spit out paper towel at me every time I walked by it. Thanks, but no thanks.

Something I like- I got a cup of coffee at Starbuck’s today with a fabulous “The Way I See It.”

“People don’t read enough. And what reading we do is cursory, without absorbing the subtleties and nuances that lie deep within–Wow, you’ve stopped paying attention, haven’t you? People can’t even read a coffee cup without drifting off” -David Shore

How true is that? I love it, maybe I should check out House, the show he produces that a lot of people seem to love. Doesn’t look like my type of show, but I think it comes on after American Idol so maybe I could check it out…

Sorry this blog was so random. I’m in a random mood I guess.