Sunday, February 29, 2004

polyphonic spree

Saturday, February 21, 2004

good times.

there is nothing like a little vacation to get your mind off depressing things!

this time last week i was in west hollywood eating insane amounts of sushi and celebrating donna's birthday. i flew in friday, partied saturday, went to disneyland on sunday, was exhausted on monday, flew home on tuesday, got my phone, stayed at my parent's due to awful weather, and got back to my own bed on wednesday night. it was defiently good times all around.

we got donna a great group gift - a photo album full of photos from the past year or so that we've taken on our digital cameras, with empty spaces so we could add photos as we went along. i brought my great little HP photosmart 245, which was perfect... small enough to fit in my backpack, takes all kinds of memory cards and no computer required! i printed a TON of photos on one cartridge (probably 70+ but i didn't keep track). if you're looking for a photo printer, i'd highly reccomend it... it's only 200 bucks!

i was very excited to go to disneyland with all my buddies, although i'd say that 8 poeple at disneyland is difficult to say the least... mostly becasue no one can make up their minds. plus it was HELLA CROWDED. whatever, it was a holiday weekend and we got in for free!! minor bickering aside, we had a great time and everyone got to do what they wanted (for the most part).

i also got a great print by one of my favorite artists, SHAG. it's a commemorative print for the 40th anniversary of the tiki room. ( i wish i could find a scan of it online... my scanner's not big enough!) there was a shirt and a purse too, but i managed to control myself. this guy is fantastic, go check his stuff out.

so the vacation was great, except now i'm seriously, SERIOUSLY poor. all my christmas money is gone, which really sucks. oh well, at least i have tivo and a bunch of knitting to keep me busy!

Monday, February 9, 2004

ain't no sunshine when she's gone

last night, my mom called me to let me know that our family's cat Skinny died.

one very happy cat basking in the sun

if you want to get technical, Skinny was my sister's cat. she was born in my front yard when i was in kindergarten, and me and my sister each chose a cat from the litter to keep. to be more specific, i chose a cat, but skinny chose my sister. when she was born she was the runt of the litter (hence her name, Skinny), and when we took the kittens in for show and tell, her eyes were still closed. in both our classes, the kittens were in the center of at least twenty 4 and 5 year olds, and both times, even with her eyes still closed, skinny headed straight to my sister. (skinny and her mommy)

she wasn't the runt for long! (big fat skinny) skinny loved people food, mcdonalds french fries in particular. when we went out to pick up dinner, she somehow knew that french fries were on the way home and she'd be waiting at the front door. she knew tricks, too... when we asked her if she wanted a treat, she'd stand up on her hind legs to reach for it! when we asked her for a kiss, she'd look up and actually kiss us, she would go to bed when we told her to, and she came when we called her (most of the time, anyway).

she was such a mellow cat, too... we called her noodle because when you picked her up she'd just be limp like a noodle. i know it was becasue she totally trusted us... and we could lay her down and she'd lie there however we set her down. (the noodle in action) every once in a while we'd get her do do really weird things... for example, look at this picture! no matter how silly we got, skinny never bit us or scratched us or anything. she was a great sport.

and of course she liked to sleep... and sleep... and sleep some more.

and when i got my digital camera last year, she became my favorite model (camera hog, model feline, contemplating the wall, orange and green).
even back in high school she was great at posing for the camera... we even got her photos taken at a pet store once... (what a gorgeous feline!) and the photographer said she was a natural!

basically, skinny has been a part of the family for as long as i can remember (me and skinny circa 1985). the first thing i do when i get to my parent's house is go look for her... when i got there today she wasn't there and it was seriously the saddest i've ever felt in my whole life... it was like there was a big hole in the house that will never be filled. i don't think there will ever be a day i won't think about her. she really was the best cat there ever was.

the last photo i took of skinny
october 17, 2003

Friday, February 6, 2004

cancellation sucks

i watched the last episode of ED tonight. this was a bit depressing because ED is one of my favorite shows ever. The final episode was really well done, i think. I'm just annoyed - with 'reality TV' crap getting all the press and attention and ratings, good shows are getting cancelled and ACTORS are losing their jobs. you know, people who train for years to learn their craft and consistenly have to struggle to find work. so, basically, instead of watching real artists, america likes to watch people make asses of themselves under the guise of 'reality'.


i've been living a very solitary life this week... i've spent the past three days at home watching a lot of Star Trek TNG and history channel. to keep my brain from turning to complete mush, i did a dry run of my taxes (getting back $550, which is less than i anticipated, ugh) and balanced my checkbook (i have about $12 to my name right now! fun!). I also started a cross stitch... the first one i've done in a long, LONG time. It's an angel dressed in purple with big wings. i don't even know how long i've had it sitting in my closet... a long time, i think. i work on it while i watch tv (actually, i listen more than i watch) and i've finished a big chunk of it.

i have to go back to work tomorrow which will be a bit of a shock to my system, but i'm cool with that since i get to pick up my paycheck (which i'm worried will also be less than i am anticipating). at the very least, my rent is paid for the month, i went to the grocery store, and all my vacation money is set aside already.

and in one week, i will be in Hollywood with my best friends in the whole world.

Life is good. ;-)