a lunch haiku

Taco Bell taco
you make me full and sleepy 
love you most of all

Follow up to lunch haiku:

Taco Bell taco
um, not feeling too good now
blaming you; nice work


Kina Grannis and Ingrid Michaelson

New tunes...

(If you're reading this in Facebook, follow the 'view original post' link at the bottom of this note to see this video.)

And, follow this link to hear a song you might recongnize from an Old Navy / Gap commercial by Ingrid Michaelson.  I do enjoy those singer/songwriters.

Thanks, James. :)


Album Cover Project

Below is my randomly assigned (though carefully designed) album cover.

To do this:

1. click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
     The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.
2. click http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
     The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.
3. click http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days
     Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
4 - Use photoshop or similar to put it all together.
5 - Post it to FB with this text in the "caption" and TAG the friends you want to join in.


new obsession

I decided I wanted an iPhone about a month ago, but sat on the idea to make sure it was something I really, really wanted, so I could be good and anxious when we went to the store. 

We met Will and Jess at the Cheesecake Factory for lunch yesterday  (great food, btw) and meandered around some of the shops at Legacy Village afterward.  I had it in my head all morning that we'd go to the iStore, so I let the anticipation carry me through Crate & Barrel and Z Gallerie.  Around 2:30pm, we walked into the store, and I was immediately told that, while they were happy that I'd like to buy an iPhone, AT&T's network was down.  They said the network was scheduled to be up by 4pm, and that they could schedule a personal shopper appointment for me around that time.  So, like any good three year-old would, I pouted for a bit.  Then decided to go in, and see if I could at least get the process started. 
The network was back up, and within ten minutes, I had my phone all activated and shiny. 
Fast forward an hour or so, and I was glued to my computer looking up apps for it. Karen is a very, very patient girl for putting up with Gadget Mode Susan.

I have subscribed to a bunch of podcasts, so I have entertainment in the car.  I also had to pick Karen up from the Toyota shop this morning, so I got to use the iMaps function.  

I'm such a child.


Holy crap, I'm drinking water

Anyone who knows me will be shocked by this. I have been downing a twelve-pack of diet coke since my teens, and ever since I gave up caffeine a week ago, I realize how difficult it is to find decaffeinated diet coke in stores, and worse, how idiotic I look lugging a twelve-pack into work every day.  So yesterday, I decided to try a new beverage.  We bought some new swanky stainless steel water bottles on the interwebs, and the office has UV filtered refrigerated water (whatever that means) so I figured I'd try the adventure.  I realized that water quenches thirst.  Who knew?  Plus, they're just so cute, I want to take them everywhere.  :)


Bat For Lashes

I love this video.  Kind of Lily Allen meets Donnie Darko. 

When I first saw it, I focused on the guy second from the right, and thought he'd fall off the bike while he clapped. 

Then they all did that jump trick; I suppose maybe he can ride no handsies.


10 songs

Once you have been tagged, you are supposed to write down the top 10 songs you cannot live without. The ones you can listen to over and over and never get tired of. They don't have to be in any particular order. These are the songs that make you laugh, cry, think of an old friend, whatever the reason. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If you were tagged, it's because I want to know more about you. To do this, go to "notes" under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 10 songs, tag 25 people, then click publish.

1. Mykonos by The Fleet Foxes
2. Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel
3. Waiting for the End of the World by Elvis Costello
4. Bones of You by Elbow
5. Limp by Fiona Apple
6. Australia by The Shins
7. Hearts and Bones by Paul Simon
8. Astair by Matt Costa
9. Hasn't Been Long Enough by Eric Hutchinson
10. Girl That You Lost to Cocaine by Sia

this is my suitcase

Last night, we met Joe, the bass player for This Is My Suitcase. He told a story about overhearing a kid critiquing their show, who said 'I saw them open for Fallout Boy and they sucked.' Gotta love a guy who can tell a very funny (if self-depricating) story to a bunch of people he just met. Their music is poppy and fun, and defnitely doesn't suck. :)


grace in small things

I have been reading posts that fit the GiST theme for a few weeks, and felt I should contribute.

1.  I have tomorrow off work, so today acts as a bonus Friday.
2.  I get to have lunch with Kay and Ruthanne tomorrow.
3.  I get to hang out with friends tomorrow night, and see their daughter in a school musical.
4.  I have been in an astonishingly good mood for over a week.
5.  Karen surprised me with lunch from Chipotle.  Yey!
6.  The sun came out for a few minutes.


My advice

Ruthanne always says that nothing is forever -- no change will impact you every day, and nothing is the end of the world. She also says that the masses are asses. She is a wise, wise woman.


One Word

1. Where is your cell phone? table
2. Your significant other? kind
3. Your hair? growing
4. Your mother? clever
5. Your father? funny
6. Your favorite thing? sunrise
7. Your dream last night? confusing
8. Your favorite drink? DietCoke
9. Your dream/goal? Writer
10. What room you are in? living
11. Your hobby? photography
12. Your fear? wetWillies
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? beach
14. Where were you last night? kitchen
15. Missing Item on Jaylene's list?  Fifteen
16. Muffins? cranberry
17. Wish list item? iPhone
18. Where you grew up? Chesterland
19. Last thing you did? reading
20. What are you wearing? jeans
21. Your TV? off
22. Your pets? lounging
23. Friends? hilarious
24. Your life? happy
26. Missing someone? nope
27. Car? silver
28. Something you're not wearing? tutu
29. Your favorite store? grocery
30. Your favorite color? skyblue
33. When is the last time you laughed? now
34. Last time you cried? wednesday
35. Who will resend this? some
36. One place that I go to over and over? Atwood
37. One person who emails me regularly? Ruthanne
38. My favorite place to eat? home

Why I love the interwebs

My blog, summed up in one picture.
courtesy of Wordle


Real Age


Longer drive, but better pics

This morning is gorgeous, even though it took me an hour to get to work.  Here's some of what I saw on the way in today:
And, for some reason, my Flickr set is acting up.  To see more of my trip this morning, go here .
Oh, and the obligatory shots out my desk window:


Another Snow Storm

Ah, winter in Cleveland.  Gotta love it.

If you haven't listened to Fleet Foxes yet, listen now.  I saw them a few weeks ago on SNL, and Mykonos has been in my head ever since.  Kind of a cross between CSNY and the Shins.  Listen now, it's on the playlist to the right, two-thirds of the way down.

I've also been reading more these days, which is a nice switch from the constant stream of TV I usually allow to flow over me.  (Though, I have to admit we watched 'True Beauty' last night after Karen got home from school.  If you're not familiar with this particular brand of crap TV, they take a roomful of 'attractive people' and give them pseudo-challenges where they're secretly watching to see how kind and considerate they are.  The nastiest is tossed off, and they reveal that, in true reality TV fashion, they've been duped.  Crap TV incarnate, but we watch it.)  Back to books - I found a site called Good Reads  that lets me rate books, and find recommendations from people who like the same books I do.  That, and I get a cute little widget for my sidebar.  (Ooh...  Look at that!)

Biggest Loser started this week at the office, and I've been eating nothing but home cooked meals, which is a HUGE switch.  A typical week used to consist of eating out every day for breakfast and lunch, and three or four times a week for dinner.  This is big stuff, people!  We've also started working out, which is an interesting challenge for someone who hasn't really broken a sweat since summer.  I got my hands on a copy of the 30-day Shred, with Jillian Michaels from TV's Biggest Loser.  The menu setup could be a little more efficient, but all in all, I love this workout.  Between jumping jacks and push ups, sit ups and weight work, I'm pretty much exhausted when it's done.  That, and the fact that it's only twenty minutes (albeit a TOUGH twenty minutes) keeps me coming back.

I'll leave you with a shot out my desk window here at work.  Have a nice Wednesday!