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I'm sure that our decorating our house and wearing crazy orange clothes helped the Dutch soccer team to their 1-0 victory over Serbia-Montenegro today (the decorations actually first went up for last week's Holland-Mexico friendly match, but it's always good to get ready for the World Cup). But maybe getting up at 6 AM PST to watch the game was the key obsessive fan contribution (yes, I am looking forward to sleeping on the train ride home). In any case, we've had a lovely weekend in Seattle; it's been great seeing lots of friends and watching lots of soccer and GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!

Update: Maybe this link works now?

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So my parents visited this week, from late Saturday night until about an hour ago, and that meant doing lots of projects around the house which in turn meant many trips to the hardware store. At one of these, I had a hilarious experience which I feel I must relate to you, my LiveJournal readers.

As you probably know, I'm not much of a girly girl, but I'm also not butch enough to really know my way around the hardware store1, and I will probably never be able to make myself at home there like my dad does without even thinking about it. But the girliest I've felt in a long time was when my dad turned to a guy in the screws and bolts aisle and asked "Do you work here?" and my first thought on looking at the guy was "Not in those shoes, he doesn't."

I mean, really. Flip-flops?

It was all I could do to avoid thinking my ridiculously girly thought out loud, and I think they might have thrown me out of the store at that point to keep me from being a bad influence on the three-year-old further down the aisle, whose dad was doing a great job of introducing him to the important male bonding experience of the difference between stainless and brass nuts and bolts. What does it say about me that I thought they were really cute, but in an embarrased yet envious kind of way?

  1. Just to defend my machismo a bit, I'd like to point out that we're talking a hometown True Value here, not one of those well-labeled Home Depot or big-box hardware stores, oh no.
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Um, so I don't have work today (or tomorrow) after all and so we're heading up to Portland for the housewarming party now. Whee!

I'd be dwelling on that work thing a bit more but sleeping in was good and having more time to spend with friendly freaks in PDXtown is most excellent as well. Whee!

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...but one written from home, because we have internet here! At last! Also, today I got a fabulous new haircut, and tomorrow we're going to [livejournal.com profile] chocolatesmudge and [livejournal.com profile] nedthealpaca's housewarming party, even though we're going to be late since I have work from 7 till maybe 3, and also I have work the next day because life's like that. I figure since it's only one day I can do it super sleep-depped. Everything will be fine. Also, today Iggy tried to adopt a new kitty friend, and we couldn't find his people for awhile, but then it all worked out okay in the end. Similarly, I lost my ATM card for a bit, but it was saved for me the nice people at the Kiva (grocery, book store, and wine merchant's a few blocks from our house, which makes it amazing we shop anywhere else, and now more than ever because they are so awesome). Maybe there's more, but for now I'm going to bed.

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Probably not beyond, though. I think the plan is to go to Powells first and then stop by [livejournal.com profile] chocolatesmudge and [livejournal.com profile] nedthealpaca's house. If I knew more than that I'd post it, but of course I have no clue about anything.

Happy Mothers Day, all, and don't forget to call if that's your thing.

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Ok, so yesterday around 1 PM my post-interview nervousness wore off for real and I was overwhelmed by the urge to be horizontal. So I went to bed. I started filling out some student loan forms, but then I didn't want to get up for more information for that, so instead I called a few possible houses to rent. The first place I called turned out to be a fax number, the second had already been rented, the third gave me the "your call did not go through" message twice, and the last one was an answering machine. Blech, I thought, no more phone calls for now. And, taking a cue from the cat curled up at the foot of the bed, I took a nap.

At 4 PM I was awakened by the phone. It was [livejournal.com profile] cabanasloth, but I was too sleepy and stupid to make coherent plans. ([livejournal.com profile] cabanasloth still owes me about a dozen rude awakenings for the time I wandered into his room and flashed the overhead fluorescent light on and off to wake him up to go to the Motley, even if he doesn't remember this particular traumatic incident.) Anyway, eventually I woke up, more or less refreshed, and called Peter and [livejournal.com profile] cabanasloth and [livejournal.com profile] lusciousbrrd and got everybody to come meet at our apartment. While I slept, it had turned into a freakin' beautiful day out, good for walking around Eugene in. So we went to beer and food at McMenamin's on High Street, and then wandered around U. of Oregon campus a bit, taking the scenic route through Pioneer Cemetery back to our apartment to hang out till midnight-ish.

When we got back to our apartment, we were greeted by a famous first --- cat yak on the rug. Iggy Pop gets big points for barfing on a removable surface and not the carpet, but still... eeeew! Anyway, now that I'm relatively awake and thinking maybe I should actually do something today, laundry's high up on the list of things to do, if only to save that rug from its nasty self. Also I found some more cat yak on my orange fuzzy, which is also unacceptable. Clearly, it's laundry time.

Um, nothing much else to report. We'll probably be going up to Portland some time this weekend to visit [livejournal.com profile] chocolatesmudge and [livejournal.com profile] nedthealpaca with [livejournal.com profile] lusciousbrrd and [livejournal.com profile] cabanasloth, and take our guests on the obligatory pilgrimage to Powells. Oh darn!

Oh, and in case I don't manage to get ahold of him today, let the record show that I'm wishing a very Happy Birthday to my cousin Mike!

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Peter and I have resolved to take the train down to your fine neck of the woods for [livejournal.com profile] alpinebutterfly's 4th annual housewarming extravaganza of June 21 this year. We have until April 30 to book train tickets if we want to use a special companion-fares deal, so I have two days to make travel plans (and, for that matter, why the companion fares deal doesn't seem to add up when I try to price tickets on Amtrak's web site). Since Peter's term doesn't end until June 17, we probably won't leave Eugene until June 20, which means we'll get into the Bay Area on the day of the party. When we leave kind of depends on how long we're welcome, but it would be cool if we could stay for at least a week (provided we can find someone to take care of the cat for that long), which should be relatively easy to coordinate, especially since we've got this much time in advance to plan (and there are so many wonderful, hospitable people in the Bay Area... hint, hint!)

So. Now is your chance to spend some time with me and Peter, provided you influence our travel plans so we'll have time to spend with you. I'm tentatively setting our departure date for June 27 (again, provided we can find someone to cat-sit) but that's negotiable, starting now.


Apr. 14th, 2003 01:21 pm
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Okay, so Peter ([livejournal.com profile] pmb)'s dad got an iBook last fall, after his epic cross-country bicycle ride, to write about the experience in a highly portable way. Then he started a job that wasn't even remotely iBook-compatible, and the laptop started frustrating him more and more. He mentioned this last month when he was in town for the Crater Lake ski trip, and we mentioned that we'd been wanting to get me a laptop for some time. A deal was struck wherein he'd give us the iBook if we procured for him a laptop that he could use at work, and long story short, I have a new computer. It's very exciting.

I've already had my first "cat walks on laptop" attack, and I'm thinking I should suck it up and reinstall OS X and start from scratch before I get too much more comfortable playing around with all the already-existant settings and suchforth. Anybody who wants to give me Os X advice should post comments now. Whee! I've got a big stack of disks for v.10.1.4 and the v.10.2 upgrade. It's party time.


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