Monthly Archives: January 2010

The Year Without – Update #2

I did it!

I worked out every day in January. There were four days where I wussed out and only did 3 sets of push ups, but the other days I worked out for at least an hour.

All the letters on the calendar stand for something – “e” is elliptical, “h” is hula hoop, etc. I ran so hard that I, like, dislocated my neck. It still hurts and I still worked out.

It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be to make time for myself every day. In fact, I worked out more than I thought I would. I’m sure I will keep this resolution for the rest of the year.

Up next: a February without cheese. No fancy cheese, no Mac ‘N Cheese, no cottage cheese, no cream cheese, no pizza with cheese, no parmesan cheese, no Cheez-Its, not even shitty soy cheese.

Needless to say, tonight I am feasting on Mac ‘N Cheese with a side of wine and cheese and cheese for dessert. Tomorrow’s withdrawal will be some tragic Intervention-style shit. Pray for me.

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30 Squared

Last night, I turned 29 on the 29th, so I invited a bunch of friends to Friendly’s to watch me drink 29 beers (kidding about that last part). About 20 friends could come – not bad for a snowy Saturday!

I always get a little nervous when I mix groups of friends, but my main gang (Jen, Ron, Niki, Dustin, Nick, Jessica, Katie, Joe, Fritz, Jenny, Graham and Erin), a few Squids (Justin, Olivia, Erik, D. Mike and Courtney), Vee from work and even my old prom date Ty all seemed to get along. I was really touched that so many people braved the weather to come out. It made this birthday one of my most memorable.

A lot of my friends are teachers, so I’m not going to post a bunch of (admittedly tame) bar pictures here, but last night Erin wanted to recreate the following Friendly’s picture, which our friend Mike described as, “a Mount Rushmore of women who don’t piss me off”:

Does this mean I’m Teddy Roosevelt? Love it. Also I just noticed that it says “Hoegaarden” in the background.

I don’t think Erin’s ever seen me tipsy before so she’ll tell you I was trashed, but I’m pretty proud of how drunk I didn’t get after sitting in a bar for 5 hours. I didn’t even have a hangover this morning!

Like last year, I got lots of cool presents including the world’s cutest dancing flower from Jen, cool trinkets from Katie, zines from the fab Jenny Longshot, and more. Justin gave me something I’ve been wanting for a long time:

YES! I love this thing! And man, I love giant meetups in South City! Thanks for the great birthday everyone!


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Just Call Me Mr. Butterfingers

Introduced Justin to UHF last night.* My brother and I were obsessed with this movie growing up. Weird Al was my first concert and they played a lot of UHF clips between songs.

We did (and still do) the best impersonation of this guy. I firmly believe that :33 is still the funniest moment in cinematic history:

*Other movies I have introduced him to:

Sixteen Candles
Mean Girls

and coming someday…



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I Should Really Remember to Write These Before I Take My Sleeping Pill

Neck is slightly better. Worked out again; 3 days to go. Tomorrow I am 29. Me want food.

Today I remembered the Mimosa pudica plant, a super cool species that I was introduced to in Belize. I mentioned them here.

I found a kit and I am going to grow some this spring, omg!

Anyway, here’s a video:

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I Remember. The Poop.

This weekend Justin introduced me to Me and You and Everyone We Know and this part (which is probably NSFW and falls into my disturbingly undisturbed category) made me laugh so hard that I couldn’t even make noise:

That kid is pretty hilarious, no matter what he’s saying. I think he won a Best Supporting Actor award for this somewhere:

Returning to Erin’s 6-Degrees obsession for a minute: the dad in that film, John Hawkes, starred in an awesome movie Buttleman, written and directed by my friend/Sludgie boss Francis Stokes. So I am three degrees from that kid. Yay!

We watched the movie through the window of a tent in the middle of his living room, which was pretty sweet even though the floor hurt our backs. I haven’t laughed til my sides hurt in a really long time. I’ve also been running for the last 3 days after a 2 month break, so my legs are killing me.

It was nice to be in incredibly bad pain for incredibly wonderful reasons.


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When Life Gives You Lemons

Few things in this world delight me like Andrew WK’s Party Tips on Twitter.

That said, I am dying of curiosity about this this one:

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Today, You’re The Best Around

Sorry for a list, but Justin is on his way over and we have champagne to drink! Here’s why today is the best:

1. I JUST PAID OFF AN $18,000 CAR LOAN 1 YEAR EARLY. That’s like a whole extra paycheck for me!

2. I got a new computer at work today – a computer made in this century that can actually support the Internet, as opposed to my old computer than ran on Firefox ver. 1/2.

3. I ran today! I am out of shape and totally sucked at it, but I hobbled around for an hour and have a total runner’s high.

4. Erin posted our conversation yesterday on her blog, which is something I do all the time but have never had done to me.*

5. They are playing The Room at The Tivoli in March! I’d like to think this is all because of me.

6. Pretty much best hair day ever.

7. I finally braved the Whole Foods in Brentwood to buy soy sausage, and made the most bombass breakfast for dinner ever (at least, the best under 300 calories).

Oh Today I Love You XOXOXO

*That’s what she said.

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