Thursday, March 22, 2007

Good lord, is it the weekend yet?

I had to get out of my office this afternoon, and I always get so distracted when I try to work from home (tivo!), so I'm sitting in the Barnes and Noble Cafe being one of those pretentious, I'm-so-important-that-I need-to-type-on-my-laptop-while-others-watch people today. I even have my hair twisted up with a pencil, I'm so haughty and intellectual.

I'm also trying to sip my coffee with an air of disdain.

This place is really packed today. Maybe it's the rainy weather outside right now. Personally, I love rainy days. Especially those early-spring days where it feels like mother nature is trying to wash away what's left of the winter. Go on and get, I say! Winter and I are no longer on speaking terms since last week when it went from 65-degrees, grilling chicken outside, wearing shorts and a t-shirt weather to snow blanketing everything in less than 24 hours. That is what I like to call bullshit. And I am sick of this bullshit snow. I am so ready for Spring. I need sun and warm breezes through open windows. Enough with winter already.

Why does it smell like popcorn in here?

What work am I getting done, you might ask? Well, none, now that you mention it. Perhaps I should try and be a little productive already.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

6 weird things about me

(stolen from Dana)

1. I hate feet. They freak me out totally. I can't even imagine them touching my skin or I get the heebie-jeebies. It's something about the nails I think. They are SO much worse than fingernails.

2. I'm oddly claustrophobic. It's not all the time, but in certain situations I get all weird. Like in a movie theater, I totally have to sit on the end. Or in bed, I always have to sleep in the side that is closest to the door and isn't against a wall or anything. It's like I need an easy escape route or something.

3. I CAN'T STAND that sound a cell-phone makes when the battery is dying. You know those people, who leave their phone on even though the battery is low, just in case "someone needs to get in touch with" them, so it just keeps making that low-battery noise over and over again for hours? I want to punch them. That sound is like my cryptonite. It drives me freaking insane.

4. I am fiercely competitive. I mean about everything. Like today I was sitting at a stop light and a girl in the little Toyota sitting next to me started inching up and I was all, "Oh, it's on, bitch." I can't even let someone beat me off a green traffic light.

5. I love eating SunChips by dipping them in cottage cheese. Yum.

6. I'm a bit of a grammar Nazi. I freak out when people don't know the proper usage of your and you're, or used words like irregardless and supposably, or spell the word through as "thru". And when people misuse the word ironic, it sends me over the edge. It's proper english people; use it.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Sunshine goodness

Today is one of those beginning-of-Spring days that reminds you of why life is oh so very good. This morning I woke up, made some pancakes for myself and the boy, and now I'm sitting here, still in my pajamas, enjoying the delicious smell coming in through the open window to my left.

I have to run 10 miles today, trying to get in shape for a marathon I'm running in the end of May. Considering that I've been training in 10 and 20-degree weather, this 50-something day couldn't be a better way to do my first long run.

I'm just loving life so much today.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Spring fever

It's really quiet in my office right now as most everyone is out for a Friday lunch on this almost-spring, semi-warm March afternoon. I'm lingering behind mostly because I brought my lunch and would rather save my money for beer drinking tonight during the MSU basketball game, but also because I enjoy these little moments of quiet during the work-day. It's so rare when this actually happens and I wanted to take advantage.

I've been thinking more and more about leaving Michigan. The economy is slow and depressing. The weather (especially this time of year) is dreary and cold. I don't really feel like there is anything holding me here anymore. I love my family and friends and would definitely miss them, but I'm feeling more and more lately that I need a fresh start. Something about the coming of Spring this year is making me feel antsy - itching for adventure and new beginnings.

My top choices right now are Denver and Portland, Oregon. I want to live somewhere that still has 4 seasons, and also somewhere that has a good, strong economy but where you wake up every morning to mountains in the distance. Someplace where nature and city meet in perfect dichotomy. The Metro-Detroit area is just so downtrodden right now. I think the West and Pacific-North coast are both regions that are doing well, and also still hold that laid-back, 'take it as it comes' attitude that I crave in my life.

So I'm sort of starting to make plans in my head. Plans that are actually starting to take more of a solid shape. It's both exciting and a little scary to be thinking this way. So many possibilities!