Wednesday, August 27, 2008

City living tip

I don't know what it is about me, but I am a very approachable person. Rob talks about how I make "friends" everywhere I go. And when he says "friends," he means random strangers that suddenly want to share their life stories with me. Most people stand quietly at the bus stop, but not when I'm around. They start conversations with me about the Olympics or their renovation projects. Rob still laughs about a local teenager in Canterbury that walked up to me (completely ignoring him) and started telling me really old-school "your mom" jokes. The teen was very upset I'd already heard the one about sitting on a rainbow and skittles popping out. Even in professional situations, the cantankerous lawyers that bring fear into the hearts of the lower-level associates will come up to the table where I'm eating lunch and start talking to me about they time they destroyed their microwave by trying to use it to cook an egg. In case you were wondering, the shell shatters and gets shot out at a very high velocity.

Normally I find this amusing, but there are times when it is inconvenient. There are a whole lot of non-profit organizations in the DC area. This means that there are frequently interns standing on street corners near my office trying to talk to you about world hunger/saving the polar bears/insert cause here. This is where being so darn approachable gets really inconvenient. I mean, I like polar bears and all, but I just paid my tuition and have no money to donate! Bad target. I normally respond to them with a "oh, I love Greenpeace/CARE/OxFam, keep up the good work," and keep walking, but there are some days I just don't want to talk to them. So I've learned the best way to get people to ignore you: start coughing when you get near. Works like a charm. They may love Polar Bears, but not enough to risk catching my case of tuberculosis, apparently. I wonder if this would work on buses...

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Sky Mall Awards!

We recently got back from a cross-country trip. More on that later. First I'm blogging about the important stuff: you know, my Sky Mall Awards!

One of my favorite forms of entertainment on long flights is the Sky Mall magazine. I love thumbing through the pages of quirky, odd, and dramatically over-priced items. I love thinking about the kind of people who look at this magazine and say, "wow, now I know just what my younger sister needs for her birthday: a voice-activated R2-D2 model! I'm picking up the phone as soon as I get off this flight!" I know they have to work because they've been in business for as long as I can remember, but it has always seemed odd to me.

Well, without further ado, the winners are:

Tackiest: Basho the Sumo Wrestler Table
The table top is even glass for "views from any angle." I don't think I'd want to see any angles of this.

Yard decoration you'd least like to see in your neighbor's yard: Big Foot Garden Sculpture
It definitely is a conversation piece, no doubt about that.

Funniest: Edge Baking Pan
I guess this would be useful if you come from a family where everybody likes the edges, but really, have you ever known a group of people where no one is a middle-of-the-pan person? Still, it made me laugh.

Most disgusting: Indoor Dog Restroom
Yeah, nothing to add here. Maybe less disgusting than the alternative?

Creepiest: Tracking Key
Advertised this way: "Is my teenager speeding? Where is my spouse going? Where are my employees driving?" Maybe I'll change my mind when I have teenagers, but this just screams "lawsuit" to me (maybe because I work at a law firm?).

Anyways, what are some of your favorite tacky products you've come across?

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Olympics Addiction

I'm obsessed. It is really ridiculous. I do blame some of it on being sick and staying home from work today, but I've sat and watched the following Olympic Sports:

  • Swimming
  • Synchronized Diving
  • Gymnastics
  • Water Polo
  • Volleyball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Fencing
  • Rowing
  • Weightlifting
  • Handball
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Archery
  • Whitewater canoe
  • Equestrian (that one was really boring. I kept waiting for it to get interesting, and it never did)
  • Biking
I should be packing. But there's just something magical about vegging out in front of the TV when you're not feeling well...

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Randomness

First of all, I'm so happy my class is over. It was interesting, but I'm ready for a break. So I'm hoping I'll start blogging more often (or at all, when it comes to my other blog), so to start off easy, I'm going to do one of those tags I've seen floating around some of my friends' blogs: six quirky yet boring, unspectacular details about myself.

1 - I am irrationally grossed out by animals without legs (worms, leeches, fish I have to touch). Especially worms. Yuck. But not snakes. Snakes are really cool. I know it makes no sense.
2 - I don't really get into sports on TV, but I love the Summer Olympics. All of it, even the "boring stuff." I even get completely sucked into those really long races that last 25 minutes.
3 - I don't wear a watch. I tell people it is because I used to play water polo and hated taking it on and off all the time, but the truth is it is because I get irrationally upset when things run late (work, church, etc), and I've discovered I'm happier just not knowing what time it is.
4 - I hate reality TV, but I keep finding myself watching "So you think you can dance." Oh look, and it is on right now. How did I end up on that channel?
5 - The thing at my current job that I am worst at is the most menial, mindless aspect of my job: putting spine labels on new books. I can't put them on straight for the life of me.
6 - I've never been to Canada, but I'm kind of obsessed with it. I really want to go visit it.