Friday, June 30, 2006

3rd time isn't really the charm / bellydancer snake charmer

3rd time isn’t really the charm

Man, that lost post lost a lot in all the retypes. You know how when you type up a post that’s actually pretty well written and witty, and it gets eaten, the 2nd one is never as good? And then I had to answer the phone eight zillion times while I was re-re-typing it, and it’s just not the same!

I must figure out what to do! My dearest Kellylou is finally giving in to all of my nagging, and looking for a place to take bellydance classes (YAY!). She showed me the link of one of the places she found, and while I was poking around on the site (oooh, they have a tribal fusion class! Sweet!), I found out that it is the studio that hosts Ya Hala Y’all, which is a pretty well known event. Then I look closer, and find out that Rachel Brice is going to be there again this year, teaching a workshop! SQUEE! Rachel is my freaking hero, I would kill to take a workshop from her AND see her perform! But the event is in August, which doesn’t give me a lot of time to save up.

So here’s the question. I’ll be getting a check soon for selling my horse- do I use a good chunk of that money to go to Texas for the weekend and take Rachel’s class? I feel really weird about spending the horse money on anything, so I’m not sure if I feel right about spending the majority of it on just one weekend. On the other hand, it is Rachel Freaking Brice! Plus I would get to see Kelly- we’ve been trying to find a chance to spend some time together since March, but things keep coming up.

I could do the roadtrip thing, since it is about 10 hours to drive, but with gas prices, I don’t think I’d end up saving that much over flying.

What would you do? Spend hundreds of dollars to go see your hero and your friend, or wait till Rachel is teaching somewhere close again, when it would be much, much cheaper? If I’m going to spend a ton of money for one of her workshops, I’d much rather do one of her weeklongs or a three day intensive, not just a couple of hours! What to do, what to do?

I give up!

OH MY GOSH.

The title of this post is way more appropriate than I intended.

I typed up the whole entry, went to copy it in case Blogger ate it while it was posting, and it DELETED. I Ctrl-Z’d to undo and get it back, but it would not come! I kicked myself for not tying it in Word, since I know Blogger likes to eat posts, and typed it all up again. I finally finish, go to copy it, and IT DISAPPEARS AGAIN!

I am typing in Word this time.

“I Give Up: Take 3!”

I have been late to work every day this week.

I leave early, hit crazy traffic, and get there 10 minutes late.

I leave extra early, hit extra crazy traffic, and get there 10 minutes late.

Today I left super duper early, because I’ve been craving cheese fries from Steak & Shake, and haven’t had time to get them, and if I don’t get them soon, I will die!

So I get about half a mile from my house, and it traffic that’s totally backed up. It takes me 20 minutes to get to Branson West, which is only 6 miles away!

I finally make it to Steak & Shake right at 3pm, which is when I am supposed to be at work, but that’s okay, since it is only 3 minutes from work, all I have to do is grab some cheese fries and go!

You know that point when you’ve been sitting in the drive-thru for about 10 minutes, and you can’t decide if you should just drive off and leave, or wait it out, since you’ve already invested so much time? I was 10 minutes late for work at this point, but I was getting my cheese fries no matter what!

FINALLY, at about 3:15, I make it to the window, and the woman tells me that it will be $6.75.

“But I only ordered cheese fries!”

There’s a pause as she looks at a receipt, and then actually says “No, you ordered a peach shake and a mocha shake.”

A few seconds go by while I try to form words, and then say, “Noooo…. I ordered cheese fries!”

A few minutes of shuffling through receipts and pushing buttons later, I have my $2.85 (not $6.75!) cheese fries, and I finally make it to work, 20 minutes late.

I just can’t get over the “No, you ordered a peach shake and a mocha shake!” I know I’ve been waiting in line for quite a while by now, but I really think I remember what I asked for!

The only problem?

Now I really want a peach shake.

Another One

I finally managed to get my page design fixed so that the sidebar is actually at the *side* again- yay! (I say “finally” as if it has been this long struggle- it took a day.)

I just realized today that I am missing a LOT of work in July! For instance, I scheduled my Mexico trip to avoid Wednesday so I wouldn’t miss dance class, so I leave on a Thursday and get home on a Tuesday- perfect for not missing dance, right? Right! But since dance is on Wednesday, I’ll miss work on the 5th (Weds) for dance, then the 6-11th for Mexico, and then again on the 12th (Weds) for dance! So that’s 8 days off! In a row! And THEN I have to take off the weekend of the 22nd for a dance workshop, and THEN I have to take off the 29th/30th for the Blogathon! That’s a total of 12 days off in the month- crazy! I am going to be SO FREAKING POOR! Especially when you add in a) the money I’ll probably spend on stuff in Mexico, b) the money I’ll end up spending buying stuff at the workshop. And of course I’m realizing this way too late to work overtime beforehand, so I’m pretty much just screwed. Fun!

I have discovered lately that I say “You’re Welcome” a lot when I shouldn’t. Someone will call and ask for a wakeup call, and it will go like this:

“We need a wakeup call for 6am.”
“Okay, room 123, 6am!”
“Yeah, 6am.”
“You’re welcome.”
“Err, thanks.”

I guess that I’m just anticipating them saying thank you, so my brain jumps right to you’re welcome, but they don’t say thank you, so I sound stupid. I blame people being totally impolite! This happens ALL the time to me, though! Then I worry that people are thinking I’m being all sarcastic (Me? Sarcastic? Never! But I’m really NOT in this instance!) to point out that they didn’t say thank you. So start saying Thanks, people! It will make me feel less stupid!

Speaking of work, it took me freaking 40 minutes to get there today. It normally takes 20-30 minutes. 40 sucks! That is WAY too close to an hour for me.

I am very worried that my cats will be ok while we’re in Mexico. We have someone coming over every day to feed them, but what about all of the petting and belly rubbing and snuggling??? Can cats survive without these things? Can I?

Also problematic about Mexico (other than that it has been raining a LOT in Cancun) is that I'm not sure what to do about my laptop case. I have the cutest laptop case ever! Observe:



The only problem? The strap broke the first time I used it. I just read the reviews on Target's website, and apparently this happened to everyone else, too! So I don't want to buy another one like it, and I've had it too long to return it, and I really can't afford a new one, so I have no idea what to do with my laptop! Stick it in the broken case and carry it awkwardly? Spend money I don't have for a new one? What?

I’ve just discovered Mission Hill on Adult Swim. Have you guys been watching this forever and just not told me about it? My favorite is the random pervert guy that wanders the streets, and takes any opportunity to go up and whisper in someone’s ear- “penis penis penis penis penis!” He cracks me up!

I am totally addicted to 3 Fast, 3 Furious. Go listen if you haven’t yet! It makes me want a podcast of my very own! I had actually neer heard of Shannon K before the podcast, so I guess I'll have to go read her now!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Hey look, a new journal format! Snazzy!

My sleep schedule is, to put it in polite terms, totally fucked up. I normally sleep crazy hours like 5am-1pm, which are not normal to you weirdos who work 9-5, but at least it is fairly normal for me. What really screws me up is days like today. I got home from work last night, feeling like crap from a whole day of Allergies of Doom, and pretty much went straight to bed- asleep by midnight. Now, the plan was to sleep till about noon, and be all refreshed today.

Hah.

I woke up at 4:30 am. 7:30am? Typing up a journal post, still awake. FUN!

Plus, I just read Girl Interrupted, and reversed sleep schedule is something that they listed in peoples’ “Diagnosis-o-crazy.” (Then again, so was promiscuity. If they committed everyone I know who either doesn’t sleep normal hours or is not monoagamous, there would not be a lot of people left on the streets!) My “backwards” sleed schedule freaked out my doctor in high school, too. (Although I think he may have had some kind of shady deal with prozac. “Oh, you get sick a lot? You need anti-depressants. You have a sore throat again? Let’s prescribe some antidepressants. Oh no, a papercut? Here, have some antidepressants.” The whole ordeal got to be pretty depressing. HAH! See what I did there? With the pun? And the whole… oh, forget it.)

I spent my Extra Bonus Morning Hours (not to be confused with Disney’s Extra Magic Hours) checking my library’s website with the list of books I want to read on vacation, to see which ones are available at which branch. Then I caught up on blog reading. I’ve recently discovered a few new ones I really like, which means I have to go all the way back in their archives to the beginning and read it all, because I’m cool like that. Then I watched some videos online of Disneyland’s updated Pirates ride (now with Jack Sparrow!), because any good Disney nerd has to keep up with their news, and if that involves watching videos of Johnny Depp, then that’s just something I’ll have to do. (If Disney ever goes out of the ride business, they could probably sell that audioanimatronic Jack for about eight zillion dollars. I’d prefer a Will Turner one, myself, but this is coming from a girl with a life-sized Legolas in her living room.)

Then I typed up this post- in word, since I haven’t even designed the new blog yet. I have a vague idea of how it will look, but I’ve had too much of a headache for css so far.

The only thing I think I’ll miss about my old one page per post format is the sidebar. I like being able to do the what I’m reading/watching/kitten mischief update. I can do that here, but it will just update, not stick with each post. Oh well, all the more reason to restart my reading list page! I’ve actually been reading a lot lately, and I love it. When I was a kid, back before Al Gore invented the internets, this was what I did. I’d get home from school, grab a book, and read. I went through phases of reading in interesting locations- I’d take a blanket into the closet or the bathtub, and curl up and read. I even remember my mom bringing me dinner in the closet pretty frequently. I still read constantly, but these days it is more blogs and message boards than turning pages, so it’s been nice to go old school again!


Random message board quote of the day- “Last thing I read, Kevin Bacon was an Indonesian princess on It's a Small World -- I'm not sure that that is true, but it makes sense”