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Thursday, June 30, 2005

I've been tagged again...

Tee was it, but now it's my turn. This is a meme, and only my second one--so bear with me! I'm doing a clever twist on it by calling it a 3me! :) Cute, huh? So here goes!

Three nicknames-- Rue,Izzybeth, and Wuthia (don't ask).

Three things I like about my self-- independence, my stellar driving ability, and my feet ( I think they're cute!).

Three things that scare me-- losing my parents, spiders, and never finding my soulmate.

Three everyday essentials-- hot shower, diet coke, and contact lenses.

Three things I'm wearing right now-- watch, comfortable black work pants, and an underwire bra that is poking the heck out of me.

Three favorite bands growing up-- Tiffany (who didn't want to be her?), NKOTB (just shut up--you SAID growing up!), and Aerosmith (I felt like such a bad ass!)

Two truths and a lie about myself-- I'm alot nicer than I let on to people, I hate that I have to live in Richmond, and I don't need any more shoes. :)

Three things I can't do without-- my pillow, lip gloss, and hand lotion.

Three things I can certainly live without-- the 1000 miles between Richmond and Detroit, stupid drivers, and humidity.

Three places I want to go on vacation-- anywhere that my friends are, anywhere that's free, and Europe. :)

Three things I want to do before I die-- be on the Amazing Race, learn to speak another language fluently, appreciate what I have and not wish for things I don't.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

so maybe it's not work related after all...

So, I thought that my little depression thing was related to the stress and tension at work, but I'm beginning to think that it's not. Yesterday, I ventured out for my first sans-JoDee haircut since I moved to Virginia. It was hard. And afterwards, there wasn't a lunch out at Max and Ermas or Red Lobster, and deffinitely no coffee and people watching at Nordstroms. And I think that's why I'm depressed.

July 4th will be one year since I moved here, and I still don't have people who know me. I don't have people I can call at midnight because something super funny just happened on MadTV, or to discuss the reasons that people keep crashing into buildings, or about which freeways are closed due to construction. Ok, I know, I can still call JoDee and Craig, but I'm trying to make point here.

Why am I having such a hard time making friends and acquaintances here? Why is it so much harder in Richmond than in Michigan? What am I doing wrong? Do I own the wrong clothes? Do I have the wrong accent? Do I not make enough money? Am I truely so much of a Bitch that people hate me on sight? Or are people so superficial here that they judge me solely on how I look and assume that my physical appearance negates any possibility of creating a friendship?

Fine. If that's the way that Richmond wants it, then thats the way it's going to be. I'm going to stop trying, because trying is getting me nowhere. Either way, I still end up doing things by myself, so why waste the effort.

Thursday, June 23, 2005


So, I think I might be suffering from a slight bout of depression due to work related complications. It's never good to fight with your friends, but when your friends are you co-workers, it's even worse. The tension in the office is unbearable, and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight. I don't know....I just know that this sucks pretty bad.

Anyways, I actually got off at 5pm today, so I rushed home to...nothing. When I walked through the door, the plan was to watch two episodes of the Simpsons (5:30 and 6pm on Fox Richmond), and then head out to the gym. I watched the Simpsons, and the second episode was the one where Bart, Milhouse, and Martin pool their money to buy the first Radioactive Man comic--and at one point, Marge brings them milk and microwave s'mores. Then and there I decided that I would not be able to sleep until I had made my own microwave s'mores. So I went to Target in search of Hershey bars and marshmallows. While there, I ended up springing $7.50 for a new OPI polish called Pompei Purple, a new bottle of polish remover (the good name brand kind on sale for 99cents), marshmallows, Hershey bars, and this cool little turtle mug. Damn the Simpsons!

At least tomorrow is Friday, and I have two days off to sorta sleep and not be at work.

Oh yeah, and I'm addicted to Nick at Nite now. I'm so lame. They're showing the original Thursday night line up from 1985--the Cosby show, Family Ties, Cheers, and Night Court. I remember when Nick at Nite showed the Monkees and Mr. Ed at 1am, and I would get up to watch when I was 8. I was SO in love with Davey Jones, but then when I got older, I realized that Davey was the pretty boy, and that the guy in the green toboggan cap was the hottie. I think that was like, 5 years ago! :)

Monday, June 20, 2005

i'm much to young to feel this old!

I'm EXHAUSTED! I don't know why I'm so tired--I'm almost beginning to think that I've caught Mono. It could be the heat, the long days at work, and the lack of exercise, but no matter what it is, I can't seem to shake it. Since I haven't been exercising regularly, I went hiking after work. Initially, I went letterboxing, but when I couldn't find box number two, and it began getting close to 8pm, I just started trying to find my way back to my car. Two hours of hiking--it was fun, but I was so dehydrated that I almost passed out at Walmart while standing in line. People in Richmond are so damn active ALL the time! I don't get it--they're always running, hiking, walking, biking, skating, playing tennis, basketball, whatever! People in Michigan aren't like that! Where do these people get the energy? And where can I buy some?

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

The eagle has landed!

We found Sonya! Thank you to the poster who left the clue for Morocco. I googled "Sonya Jacobs Morocco", and found the website of someone who was in Morocco serving in the Peace Corp. I left a message in their guestbook, and he has passed on the information for her to contact us. This is very kewl, and I apreciate your anonymous help! Just curious how you ended up on my blog to begin with, but having knowledge of our long lost friend was way more than coincidental!

It's comforting to know that she is alive and well, and most probably happy, especially since she is doing what she planned to do the last time we talked to her. I just hope that she DOES contact us, and lets us know how she is doing. If not, then I have her email address now, so JoDee and I can email her ourselves! This is an EXCITING DAY!

On another note: it's too damn hot! 98 today, super high humidity, and a heat index of like, 110. This bites.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Crash...into me....

Last night, I went to the movies and saw "Crash". It was a fairly dark, slightly Taratino-ish movie that begins at the end, and then tells the story from the beginning of how numerous individuals lives are transected during the course of two days in LA. It put me in mind of the movie, "GO" which came out a few years ago. Brendan Frasier is in it (bonus!). It made me cry, but it also *gasp* made me think about alot of things. I came out of it with the feeling I had just received some special knowledge that I hadn't been privy to before, and in now possessing, I feel like I can see things about life more clearly. Anyways, the movie was extremely good, and I highly recommend it for your viewing pleasure.

Not much has been happening besides work, and that isn't really something I like to rehash on here. Most of the time, I want work to stay at work, and on the rare occasions that I need to vent, those of you who know me will be on the receiving end of very pissed off phone calls. Until then, be secure in the knowledge that work pisses me off most days and the less said, the better.

Stamp carving is hard, and apparently, I suck at it. I'm a little discouraged on that front, but then again, I don't have artistic talent, and I haven't had alot of time to dedicate towards stamping endeavors. I've also put letterboxing on hold for the moment, as the weather is way too hot to venture out in. I know, I'm a slacker, but I also hate heat. Guess I'm forced to hide in A/C until further notice.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Life, or something like it...

So last night, after working until 7pm, I went and ran some errands. I spent some money on clothes for work, and then went to exhchange an item I bought for my mom at Ben Franklin. While there, I noticed the HUGE BANNER that screamed "25% OFF EVERYTHING IN THE STORE". With that in mind, I decided to invest in the Speedball Linoleum carving tool. This is the one that the LBNA website recommends for custom stamp carving. And, at 25% off, it only cost $8.50 after tax. Of course, I don't know what I expected for my $8.50, but it is a litte scary. Basically, you get a plastic handle, and a box of assorted blades that are interchangeable. I plan on playing around with it this weekend as I decimate my first eraser.

I've actually been playing around with a design for my own custom letterboxing stamp to use, as well as the stamp for the box I intend to plant for others to find. Of course, my inability to locate any white vynle (for some reason that looks like it's not spelled right, but vynel doesn't look correct either--is it vinyle? meh, that looks closer, but still not right! arrrgghhhh!) erasers larger than 1" by 3" severly limits my artistic endeavours. I shall, however, persevere. I have the design for my individual stamp already. Get this--it's a turtle with QueenDork76 arched over the top of the shell. I'll let you know if it works.

The weather in Richmond is miserably hot and humid, though word from Brian is that a tornado touched down somewhere in SE lower Michigan, knocking out cable for nearly 24 hours on Sunday. I know that the weather there is just as miserable as here, but that still doesn't make me miss it anyless.

JoDee finished her thesis, passed, and will soon be awarded a very significant piece of paper with her name, and the designation of a Masters Degree in Physics (or would it be Masters degree in Science, with a concentration in Physics?). I'm not sure how the it works, but either way, big CONGRATULATIONS! :)

So, that's the extent of my life at the moment. Happiness for others, some new clothes so I don't look TOO frumpy at work, attempting to be artistic, and still missing my friends.

How's things going in YOUR lives?

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Girls in the Hall...

Back in college, me and JoDee and a few other girls that lived on 5 HIll House had a tradition of walking accross the street to TGI Fridays every single Thursday night for food and friendship. Of course, we also had fun doing alot of other stuff, but this was the basis of the tradition that we established and maintained for two full semesters.

On Thursday, when I called Jode for our weekly chat, we starting talking about one friend that we miss, and kind of wonder what has happened to her. I'm hoping that by posting her name here, she might one day Google herself (c'mon, who here hasn't googled themselves at least once?), and get in contact with one of us.

Sonya Jacobs, if you read this, please let us know how you are. If you don't know if you're the right Sonya Jacobs, I'm going to post a few pertinant facts about you.

You graduated from Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan.
You grew up in Charlevoix, Michigan, and we met you in January, 1999.
You worked at Red Lobster.
The last time we saw you at Red Lobster in Rochester (I think this was in 2002, maybe 2003), you were planning to join the Peace Corp and go to Thailand, while finding time to party in Australia.

If you aren't Sonya, but you know her, pass on this message from Ruth and JoDee.

Friday, June 03, 2005

I want YOU to want ME!

Wednesday, I lived on the edge and partook of some Richmond nightlife by going to see Cheap Trick in concert at Innsbrook after hours. For some reason, I expected a Meadowbrook/Pine Knob experience, but it was more like a graveled parking lot with a beer truck, and a small, temporary stage. Of course, the tickets at the gate were only 10bucks, so I can't complain. The crowd was small, parking was free, and the weather was extremely nice. They totally rocked--though I only knew a few songs they played--and they played some songs I didn't know they did.

Anyways, Tee tagged me with a MeMe on music, so here goes!

Total volume of music files on my computer--um, 12 songs? I don't download songs--I just copy and burn mix cd's of my already owned music, and then delete them off because I don't have an iPod either!

Last CD I bought--Um, I honestly can't remember. I know I got Cheap Trick live in Concert sometime in the past two years...And a CoverGirl Vibe CD that donated money to charity sometime last, this bites! I honestly don't know.

Song playing right now: It was Jimmy Eat World "Pain", but switched to Korn "Got the Life", I think. It's a radio station--but the CD in the player is the soundtrack to Legally Blonde.

Five songs that mean alot to me:
Dixie Chicks "Wide Open Spaces"
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Around the World"
Kid Rock "Cowboy"
Superchic[K]"One Girl Revolution"
Beatles "In my life"

Yeah, and I'm a little ashamed to admit this: but I am still an active listener of cd's from the Monkees, Air Supply, and Harry Connick Jr.

I guess I could pass this on, but I know JoDee won't do it (and all of her answers would be Yoyo Ma), Craig would probably answer it, but he would name bands that noone has ever heard of, and Brian doesn't have a page to post to...and I don't know anyone else. :)