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21 November 2009 @ 04:18 pm
Not that I think anyone's really still reading this, which I can hardly blame you for, since I basically never post in it. But in case you're interested, I've moved operations over to:


Life as a Foreign Service Officer, y'all. I might still post here occasionally, but most of the activity will definitely be over on posterous.
01 January 2009 @ 11:22 am
So usually Globetrekker goes to mildly unusual, but still fairly safe places. However, two of the episodes I've found on my DVR in the last 12 hours were Iran (well, I guess if you're not American...) and Pakistan. Pakistan seemed dodgy but okay until he was like, "Now I'm gonna go to Peshawar!" Ummm.... awesome?
Current Mood: surprisedsurprised
31 December 2008 @ 08:25 pm
I've never been into going out on NYE. Of course, this makes it sound like I receive and turn down invitations, which is almost never true. I'm not sure what any of my friends (except the ones with kids) are doing tonight. But that's okay. My big seasonal party has always been Christmas Eve-- I love that party, I love those people, and for slightly anti-social me it's a little much to turn around a week later and go out in a huge crowd of people to celebrate... what? The clock hitting midnight? I've been out on NYE precisely twice in my entire life-- at the Rs' when I was 16, which was my first taste of champagne (SR and I decided it sucked, poured it down the kitchen sink, and helped ourselves to Pepsi... ah, the innocence of youth) and The Millenium, which was enough drunken debauchery to last me a friggin' lifetime (JP, now the mother of my goddaughter, and I helped ourselves to most of Richmond's vodka supply at a bar with very sketchy guys from East London, rock it).

So tonight I'm perfectly happy to help myself to the contents of a bottle of my favourite white and a piece of red velvet cake and chill out on the couch with the remnants of a Say Yes to the Dress marathon and the two movies I have sitting around from Netflix. And tomorrow I will be perfectly happy to chill out by myself, make some pancakes, maybe go for a run, and (hopefully) clean my apartment, because L is coming in two weeks and it's totally a mess in here.

Here's to an awesome, happier, and more productive 2009 (at least on my part), and I hope everyone's having a good time doing whatever floats your boat tonight.
Current Mood: goodgood
25 December 2008 @ 11:57 pm
Trust me, even if you don't know tennis, it'll still be funny.

21 December 2008 @ 01:43 am
Because it's that time.

1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?

Went to Miami. Completely contemplated becoming The Other Woman. Declined the actual offer to be The Other Woman. Quit skating! Ran for exercise and didn't totally hate it. Heard the neighbourhood I grew up in described on NPR as "the ghetto".

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Didn't make any, la la la! And probably won't make any this year, either.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes, one of my two best friends in life had twins in June and my roommate from my senior year in college had a baby in May.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

I wouldn't say we were close, but my great aunt's husband died in October.

5. What countries did you visit?

Ireland. God, is that it? What a lame year.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in most of 2008?

A permanent job (with the attendant benefits and steady income); an apartment or condo with a bedroom.

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

November 4 - WOOOOOOOOOT!
August 28 - Julie Coin d. Ana Ivanovic, "Okay, Ana lost but that's not the important part; I just found $4000 on the street, what should I do?"
June 4 - Welcome to the world, PTwins!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Uh... I kind of feel like I didn't achieve anything this year. I'm thinking... yeah, drawing a blank. Oh, oh, wait, if it counts, I figured out some things I definitely don't want to do with my life, which if not exactly as useful as figuring out what I do want to do with my life at least helps narrow things down a bit.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Being too sporadic about my job search.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Eh. I got really sick with the flu just a few days before I went to Ireland, but that was about it.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Plane tickets (Miami, Dublin), an LCD TV (welcome to the 21st century, me), my amazing new leopard patent leather Via Spiga shoes, a red t-shirt (you laugh, but it took me 20+ years to figure out that I actually can wear red).

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

People who voted for Obama! People who voted against Prop 8! People who threw shoes! Zeljko Krajan! The amazing blogger known as 40 Deuce (even though she loves Ana Ivanovic)! People who saw this year's campaign as a chance to educate themselves about the world around them! Tina Fey!

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Sarah Palin! People who voted for McCain! Bush and Cronies (8 years in a row)! People who voted for Prop 8! USA Gymnastics! Marta Karolyi (same diff)! People who think that their money or religion or defense policy is more important than other people's civil rights! People who watch and/or are on lame reality shows (except ANTM)! Mindy Kaling (for never updating her blog)!

14. Where did most of your money go?

Rent and loans, my friends. Rent and loans. Second verse, same as the first...

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

The election! The Olympics! Also, name a tennis tournament, I got excited about it.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?

"Believe", LOL. Also, "Untouched".

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

i. happier or sadder?

Hmmm, a teeeeensy bit sadder, but nothing serious, just some end-of-year pile-ons.

ii. richer or poorer?

Definitely poorer. Ugh.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?

I wish I'd played more tennis. I wish I'd made myself buckle down and apply to things. I wish I'd had more time to spend with the Ps. I wish I'd spent more time considering the increasingly frequent suggestion that I sit down and write something.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?

Lazing around while unemployed.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

At home with my family and oldest friends. :)

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?


22. How many one-night stands?

None, and only one even close call. :-P

23. What was your favorite TV program?

Oh God, I don't know. Probably Daily Show.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

Hmmm. Actually, no!

25. What was the best book you read?

I actually read kind of a lot this year, but right now I can't remember anything specific. God, I feel like a moron.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?

That running to pop music (helloooooooo, Kate Ryan and Beyonce) is a lot of fun. The way I rock out to "Ella, Elle L'a" and "Single Ladies" on the treadmill is absolutely embarrassing. But I still do it.

27. What did you want and got?

More open frendships, a lot greater ease with relating to other people, more comfortable with expressing myself. Oh, and a Prince O3 White tennis racquet. That thing is the shiz.

28. What did you want and not get?

A real job and some professional respect.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?

I can't even remember anything I saw this year besides Quantum of Solace. Which was okay and all, but almost certainly not my favourite thing I saw all year, even if I can't remember what else I saw.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I was 30 (gah) and I slept off the Goldschlager hangover I acquired while being propositioned by a sleazebag I used to work with. Then my parents came up and we went out to Rosa Mexicano where I pretended not to be hungover while drinking pomegranate martinis. Then I probably passed out fo realz.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

I'm not sure. The easy answer is a job I don't hate myself for doing, but I have to admit that the job I hate myself for doing gives me a lot of flexibility to do things I love doing, like running off to Miami with L and K; jaunting off to NYC to hang out with L and C; or taking a few weeks at a time to hang out at the Ps' house. I guess not having school debt would make any year of mine immeasurably more satisfying, though.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?

Banana Republic-ified. Also, a lot of skirts and dresses. I got kinda girly!

33. What kept you sane?

Working out and playing tennis. Never underestimate the therapeutic value of whacking the shit out of a little yellow ball. When you get good enough to learn to whack the shit out of it directly at someone else, it's even better. Also, talking to my friends incessantly. This was the year I learned that people are really, really great and you don't have to do it alone.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

I'm not sure I fancied any public figures this year. I'm obsessed with the Safin/Safina clan, but it's less "fancying" and more "I want to watch your reality show". Oh, okay, fine, I wouldn't throw Marat Safin out of bed for eating crackers, but that's just logic.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?

Actually, this was the year I found my inner feminist; first in watching how Hillary Clinton got treated during the primaries, then in being outraged that Republicans thought that picking Sarah Palin for VP made it all better that their official platform says I have no control over my body and no legal right to equal pay for equal work. Suck it, misogyinst assholes.

36. Who did you miss?

Max. I still miss Max. He should come back. Soon.

37. Who was the best new person you met?

S at work, even though she ditched me on my birthday drinking binge to go pack for a trip or something lame. :-D

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.

I have two:
1) Do not make major life decisions based entirely on fear of what other people might think.
2) Your friends are there for you, too. It's not a one-way street.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year?

Current Mood: giddygiddy
17 December 2008 @ 11:53 pm
... I just realised that I consistently get Mickey Rourke and Mickey Rooney confused.
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
16 December 2008 @ 12:44 am

  • Am contracting again at the same firm I've been at since spring. I know I say this everytime, but I really can't stand this much longer. It's so demeaning. This one is in a basement and has no internet and I just get so amazingly bored and down on myself.

  • Also, the people can be a little crazy. There's the Inappropriate Nigerian, who thinks that holding my hands and tackling me when I walk into the kitchen is totally okay. And then there's the Next Door Neighbour who last week whined (no joke) that I touched my food-- by reaching into a container of almonds-- before she got to ask for any. Um.

  • Had an interview for a Real Job last week! I'm not entirely sure that it's the kind of thing I really want to do, and I'm also not sure that if I got the offer I'm in any position to turn it down.

  • I can't go into details, but any good thoughts for little G would be thoroughly appreciated. Maybe more later. Her mom called me at work today with some medical updates and I've been thoroughly shaken ever since.

  • Ohmigod, why am I so incapable of cleaning my apartment?

  • I got new running shoes yesterday! Now that I actually run at the gym, I thought it might be time. Anyway, they are the best things I have ever put on my feet. I am in love with these shoes. I actually went to a running store to get fitted, and they are like wearing marshmallows.

  • Yesterday I was at Macy's shopping for tights, and there weren't very many colours, and someone behind me said, "I think the tights selection was really negatively affected by the writer's strike!." No, really. Yes, she was serious.


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Current Mood: bemused
Current Music: Heather Nova - Truth and Bone
12 December 2008 @ 01:23 am
I say "Part I" because I'm sure this will become variations on a theme. D.C. is already in full crazed Inauguration Day-planning mode, parts of the city are already blocked/closed for construction and security scoping and the like. L is coming down for the weekend, and I am about 25% already irritated by what is sure to be the single craziest day I have ever personally experienced in Washington and 75% really, really excited.

Anyway, I just read on the Washington Post blog that they're not going to let people camp out for spots on the Mall the night before. Okay, I get that getting down there is going to be a complete fucking nightmare, but really? People wanted to camp out? Okay, let's just acknowledge that it will, in fact, be January. When it is typically freezing fucking cold, oh yes, even this far south. I mean, no, it's not Canada, but it gets realllllllly cold here in January. And you people want to sleep outside? Oooooooooookay.
10 December 2008 @ 11:24 pm
I think few things in life give me the sheer glee that I get from listening to the Savage Love podcast at work. The project I'm on now is a weeeeeee bit anal: we don't have internet at our workstations, they don't like us to talk, or read magazines, or do Sudoku, or eat, or do anything but work. The associates are constantly on the prowl, making sure that we are not bilking the client out of precious pennies by taking two minutes to rest our eyes, or clear our brains, or anything nutty of the sort. However, we are allowed our iPods (thank God). And there really isn't anything like giving a benign smile or vaguely blank look to the over-anxious, power-hungry associate who happens to be giving you the evil eye at that very moment and perhaps imagines that you are calmly, obediently listening to your iPod-- maybe to some Bach or Mozart to help you concentrate and be even more productive. Only in fact what you're listening to is a confused woman calling, sounding horrified, to ask Dan to describe "pee-hole fucking" and whether or not people actually do it, and if they do, do they LIKE it??

Shit, it is like the highlight of my day. :)
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03 December 2008 @ 08:51 pm
You may think you can complicate my life by refusing to disclose any of your branch office addresses on your official website, or by making only emails of your employees searchable instead of full contact information. But you cannot, oh no, you cannot, because I am smarter than you, and victory is mine. Victory is mine, great day in the morning, people, victory is mine. I drink from the keg of glory.

(West Wing quotes, you are still handy after all these years!)