Friday, December 30, 2005

I will follow...

1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?
Mrrrrr. (I don't think I thought anything, except well, I'm off to the store)

2. How much cash do you have on you?
$124. Are you going to mug me now?

3. What's a word that rhymes with "TEST"?

4. Favorite planet?
Pluto. It's mini and icy.

5. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell?
Janet. We were trying to plan New Years.

6. What is your favorite ring on your phone?
I use one called "Cool"

7. What kind of shirt are you wearing?
Honestly? It says Mrs. Timberlake. I'm all ready to clean the shit out of my apartment.

8. Do you "label" yourself?
Sure sometimes.

9. Name the brand of your shoes you're currently wearing?
I'm wearing socks with little kittens on them.

10. Bright or dark room?
My apartment tends towards dark.

11. What do you think about the person who took this survey before you?
She's my sister, she's fun.

13. what happened to number 12?
Who cares?

14. What were you doing at midnight last night?
Sleeping, or trying to.

15. What did your last text message you received on your cell say?
I hate my cellphone and don't really do the whole text message thing.

16. Where is your nearest 7-11?
No idea. But Big Apple Finer foods is a block or two away.

17. What's a saying that you say a lot?

18.Who told you they loved you last?
Some family member or other...and my cats.

19. Last furry thing you touched?

20. How Many Drugs Have You Done In The Past three Days?
I took an advil yesterday. That's it.

21. How many rolls of film do you need to get developed?
I use a digital camera and I only really take pictures of buttons anymore.

22. Favorite age you have been so far?
3. What the hell kind of question is this anyway?

23. Your worst enemy?
Cookies, donuts and fat.

24. What is your current desktop picture?
It's a still shot from Empire Records. It's a shot of some says: Dishonesty and Marc Sucks.

25. What was the last thing you said to someone?

26. If you had to choose between a million bucks or to be able to change a major regret?
I honestly don't regret much, so I choose one million dollars.

27. Do you like or love somebody right now?
Of course. It would be super sad if there was a NO right here.

12. Is the practice of leaving questions out of memes stupid?
Um, yes. But I think it's even stupider to tack number 12 on to the bottom of a meme to make a point.

Where the memes go...

1. What did you do in 2005 that you'd never done before?
I wrote a two-week notice letter.

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I made 4 last year: I did get some cats. I also know Chicago a bit better. The other two: I did get a promotion, but I also figured out how much I hated the job and quit. I did not take an art class.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Sort of.

5. What countries did you visit?
Um....the U.S.

6. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005?
A date or two. More things on my walls.

7. What dates from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Last day of work, Lollapalooza, Hawaii, Disney...etc.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Quitting my job and getting into grad school.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I think maybe sticking with the job for as long as I did.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Had a cancer scare but mostly because I like my sister am a hypochondriac.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Two lovely little (alright, one is fat) cats.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
I hear Heath Ledger was excellent in Brokeback Mountain....?

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
El President Busho.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Right down the crapper (really into the extravagantly expensive abode I call home)

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Vacations. Quitting. Christmas.

16. What song will always remind you of 2005?
Brothers on a Hotel Bed. Probably anything from the Killers.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
b) thinner or fatter?
fatter...boooo. Come 1/1 this will hopefully change to equal.
c) richer or poorer?
um...technically I think I'm richer.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Exploring. Going places after work, just doing things...

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

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I spent it with my family.

21. Did you fall in love in 2005?
If my cats count, yes. If you only want real people, no.

22. How many one-night stands?
Even if I had had any (let's call 2005 a dry, dry year), who would confess?

23. What was your favorite TV program?
Probably Degrassi. But I heart loads of programs.

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

25. What was the best book you read?
Harry Potter.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I don't really discover anything...

27. What did you want and get?
I got to not be an adult...

28. What did you want and not get?
$1 Million dollars?

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
I really liked Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. But, I didn't see a lot of movies this year that came out that I expect to love.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was in Disney World! I am now 24.

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

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?
I don't have a fashion concept. I wear things I like and generally look like a slob most of the time.

33. What kept you sane?
To be honest, my family and friends. And sadly, having someone (something?) to come home to.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Hmm, I fancied Jake with no hair.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
I try to avoid it, because it is all stirring.

36. Who did you miss?
Most of my friends are scattered far and wide, and I'm pretty sure I've missed all of them at some point.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
I don't really know yet.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005:
Having a solid, secure job and making money won't necessarily make you happy.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Blanker than blank. I can never think of anything good for quotes/song lyrics.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005


I've been vocal about my dislike of myspace. I tend to believe it is a large popularity contest. But my brother is involved and that was lately I've been doing some myspace research. And let's just say that I am totally, totally creeped out by the whole thing.

My brother doesn't do much online, so the fact that he has a page...well, that's just weird. I looked at it...I looked at his friends, and it occurred to me: would some of my former high school classmates be on? And by golly, they are. Some of my friends old friends, some of my old friends, some people I barely knew (one of which has her wedding picture up which made me feel quite voyeuristic)....

You know, it's really quite shocking to me to look at some people I barely knew and were probably in my version of the nerd category in high school...but seem pretty damn cool now. If only I would have known myself better back then, some of these people could have been my friends. Stupid high school with it's cliques......

And some people that were sort of friends I look at and got along?

I'm starting to feel the pull of myspace. Someone talk me out of it! And if you're not going to, then join me, because I can't join and have no friends.

Toot, toooot, toot toot...

That is the sound of me tooting my own horn. I am also tooting my Mom's, because without her my horn would be silent. I now have 6 beautiful shelves hung on my wall. It took hours and hours, but they look amazing. I love them.

I think I'm going to tell you all my resolutions for next year as I think of them. I have one so far. I've decided that I am going to go on at least 3 dates next year (at least!). And unless I find the man of my dreams on the first date (unlikely!) I would like it to be 3 different boys.

Oh, I just thought of another one. I would like to fiddle with my blog a bunch next year. Maybe get rid of the template altogether and have a unique Katie blog. However, I do not have plans to take an HTML course we'll see how the schedule is...

Tuesday, December 27, 2005


Updated my sidebar to accurately reflect all of the blogs I regularly enjoy reading. I thought it was a bit unfair to the random blogs I read not to list them.

Easy Peasy Christmas Meme...

Stolen and stolen again.

1. What is the best gift you received this year? (Tangible gifts only, please!)
I really got everything I asked for. Right now I'm leaning towards the tinsel tree because I'm staring at it lovingly. But I think in the future my answers will be the nice, new, hardcore computer on my desk upstairs, the microwave and the rice cooker. But honestly, I really loved everything I got. I'll answer for my cats too (they did not get any presents from me, bad owner huh?) but they did get some from my Mom. She gave me an ornament that they can knock off the tree (which they did when it was still standing) and some toys. But their favorite present is my new rug upstairs. Apparently flokati wool is a drug to cats.

2. What is the best gift you gave this year?
Probably the stocking I made for my Mom. Lovingly crafted over the past year and far from perfect, it was fun to add to her stockings. I also think all the buttons were fun to give out and plan. I truly enjoyed that. I think my Aunt loved her button more than most which is why I posted it today.

3. When did you do most of your shopping/creating?
I think I probably started at the beginning of December. I was done on the 22nd. So not too bad. But my sister got her present in June and I started the stocking in it was a whole year thing.

4. Did you go shopping the day after Thanksgiving (U.S.)?
Ick. No way.
Day after Christmas?
Ick. No way. To be perfectly honest, I hate shopping.

5. What stands out already about Christmas 2005?
I've been sitting here trying to figure out what to write here for 5 minutes. It was Christmas. Christmas is always nice and memorable. Why does something have to stand out?

Monday, December 26, 2005

Nerdery ensues...

I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas. Mine was delightful. There was only a tiny bit of drama, and that all centers around my Grandma's senility/insanity. It was to be expected. I received everything (and more) I could have hoped for for Christmas. And I think all of the presents given went over well. Now I'm just excited to give out the few presents I have left. I heart giving presents.

Unexpectedly my brother loved the buttons. 97.5% of the time my brother dislikes most things about me. It's more about my being an uncool older sister, not about me personally. Buttons are hip I guess...

As for that "uncoolness", it's going strong since I recently received my schoolbooks. I read one of my syllabi and realize I could really help myself if I got a head start at reading. Yes, I am reading about systems design over the holidays. Greaaat.

Every year my sister, Mom and I exchange ugly ornaments. I received a beaut this year, a lovely computer with a wizards hat on. On the screen it says: Computer Wizard. I hope so...

P.S. - I just heard this sentence on TV: "Are there other actresses who are secretly bald?, and it looked like it was trying to be a hard-hitting interview.

Friday, December 23, 2005


I might as well follow the herd. Just call me cattle....

1. Library Shelver (I did NOTHING except shelve books)
2. Backroom silk flower assistant
3. Retail cashier
4. Underwriting Assistant

1. Empire Records
2. Garden State
3. Harry Potter & Prisoner of Azkaban (probably Goblet as well)
4. Sadly, most Mandy Moore flicks

1. Geneva, IL
2. London, England
3. Champaign, IL
4. Chicago, IL

1. Degrassi: The New Generation
2. Project Runway
3. Grey's Anatomy
4. Everwood

1. Maui & Kauai
2. Disney World
3. Barcelona & Madrid, Espana
4. Rome, Italy

1. my sisters
2. the news
3. S's website
4. I follow the weather religiously

1. Muggle (oh ho ho, I was clever!)
2. hot 70's chick
3. gray cat
4. witch

1. soon to attend Depaul CTI
2. University of Illinois down in good old Champaign-Urbana
3. Geneva High School, Geneva Middle School, Coultrap Middle School
4. Bartlett Elementary, Centennial Elementary, Western Avenue elementary and Eastview Elementary. I went to 4 different elementary schools, two middle schools and only moved once.

1. S'More granola bars
2. Paneer Butter Masala
3. Tacos
4. French toast vs. Belgian waffles....that's a tough one.

Eerily similiar to my sisters, huh?

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Christmas is coming...

I'm done! All my shopping is done and I only have one more little box to wrap. That is pretty impressive I think. Usually I'm shopping well into tomorrow (or not shopping at all, since last year I gave my friends dinner. Ooooh, bad girl). Not really enough to fill a whole post, but I wanted to share my Christmas cheer with you. The tree is now clogged with presents (which Mona and Boku are slowly ruining the bows on...and I found a foam reindeer smore all chewed and in the kitchen).

While on my last Christmas errand I saw a proposal. No, I did not see some schmuck on bended knee. I just happened to read the marquee on the Chicago theater. I'm not sure that I like this sort of public proposal. I also don't know how I feel about the "family at Christmas" proposal. If I ever get proposed to, I hope it's a quiet and personal proposal.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Why not?

I have nothing better to do.

[A is for age:] 24
[B is for booze of choice:] If I have to drink, I prefer vodka
[C is for career:] prof. student
[D is for your dog's name:] Oh, you mean cats? Mona and Boku
[E is for essential items you use everyday] My couch
[F is for favorite song at the moment:] N/A. I haven't been listening to music much lately.
[G is for favorite game:] No brainer, Harvest Moon: Another Wonderful Life
[H is for hometown:] Bartlett or Geneva
[I is for instruments you play] Belly drums?
[J is for jam or jelly you like:] Only jelly (no seeds allowed), strawberry
[K is for kids?] No.
[L is for last kiss] It was so long ago that it is inconsequential
[M is for mom's job:] She's my mom!
[N is for name of your crush:] um...I'm asexual right now?
[O is for overnight hospital stays] Nope.
[P is for phobias:] Right now I'm prone to say cancer. But, most days I'd say falling.
[Q is for quotes you like:] Drawing a blank.
[R is your relationship that lasted the longest]: Well, if you're thinking romantic- 2 months? Friendships...oh geez, I still have friends I met in 4th grade!
[S is for sexual preference:] the male
[T is for time you wake up:] Whenever I feel like it! HA! If I have to wake up I only wake up on odd numbers (and that doesn't include 5's) 8:21, 8:23, 8:27, 8:29. Get it? Yes, it is crazy.
[U is for underwear:] Lovely cotton numbers. I do not own white. I do not believe in white socks or white underwear.
[V is for vegetables you love] Spinach, corn and canned green beans
[W is for worst habit:] My hatred for the cell phone pisses some people off. But I always answer my home phone! I also habitually sit on my couch, which can enrage friends who would like me to leave it.
[X is for x-rays you've had] Only dental up to this point
[Y is for yummy food you make] The only thing I cook is tacos. But I have started trying new recipes (which will resume after the holidays) far, it's been a bust.
[Z is for zodiac sign:] I sting.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Don't you see, don't you see...

Today was arctic. I wandered far north to find this store that I've never been to, but always wanted to go. I made it there.....but it didn't open until noon. I was there far earlier than that. Waste of my time, huh?

So as you know, I'm online dating. I'm e-mailing with a few people, only one of which I think might actually be interesting. However, he's old. Disaster.

Yesterday I was told that I wouldn't be a good match for some guy (he emailed me) because I seemed like someone who couldn't date someone different than myself. When I questioned him on this he said this: The question of accepting difference remains a question though! It is not exactly difference, that's too vague. It is specific forms of difference that only a person exposed to really diverse, plural and cosmopolitan environments would be able to tolerate. At least that's what i have seen, and i'd like to think it's not because of individual idiosyncrasies. In any case, i'm not saying that you are this or that. I'm saying that's my experience, and i believe there are reasons for it. Wow. Who says that? A pompous asshole. I guess he emailed me to be friends...but why would I want to be friends with a guy that is obviously going to expostulate constantly??

I also got an email from a guy that has this in his profile: I enjoy going to church because it works for me but I dont push what I believe onto anyone. That sounds good for me...but then it says this: someone that also believes that God is soundtracking our lives. Now, why would he email me, a clearly stated atheist?? Maybe he doesn't know what it means. I am truly boggled by these men.

Christmas is what...5 days away? I still haven't finished shopping, and yet I'm not too worried about it...

Sunday, December 18, 2005

I dig my toes into the sand...

I just unpacked my last box! You may be wondering if I moved...but no, that was the remains of my original move to Chicago. A year ago. Yes, I still had a box. It was that one box full of crap that everyone has...honestly, I'm pretty sure I packed it in Champaign. That's over a year and a half ago. There was a lot of useless stuff (crayons, clips, ink for a printer I haven't had for...well, a year and a half), but I also found school supplies. Which I will need in less than a month. So not a total bust. And now I can see a patch of floor I've never seen!

It's maybe a little disturbing that I never unpacked that box. Maybe. Felt really nice just now though.

By the way...I went with the red bag. The dirt thing was a really brilliant point.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Update: thievery...

So, Amazon has generously (and really politely and simply) agreed to replace the gift, no questions asked. They would 2nd day mail it (so that it would be here in time for the holidays - nice people, huh?) but the item is on backorder. So Dad, you'll be celebrating part of your Christmas in January! Lucky for you!

In other news: this is fun. This is alarming. I have lots of love for him...but he is looking a little old and pasty.

People suck.

I should say how nice cookie making was...but my day just jumped right into a vat of horribleness.

I got home and a package had been delivered to me (one of my Dad's Christmas presents). The box was open in the hall...present gone.

What the fuck am I going to do now???

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Your opinion please...

Two posts in one's a Christmas miracle...

Honestly, I'm not so good at deciding between two things that I like a lot. And this is the SAME bag, in two different patterns (for my laptop)...and I really like both. So I was hoping you all could give me your opinion. Everyone, let's hear it.

And then I'll probably do the opposite.

Pollution and me....

I think everyone should do this because it is extremely interesting. Yes, you do have to be a Chicago Tribune online subscriber...but it's free. So really, there is no reason not to. News is good.

My neighborhood in the city is 46.1 times more risky (health risk for industrial pollution) than the average in this nation. It is in the worst 10% of this state and in the worst 5% nationally.

Yummy, yummy air.

Also, in case you are interested, my neighborhood is 87% white, which seems really, really high for the city.

I'd be curious to know what you are...share your numbers!

Monday, December 12, 2005

Year in review...

A meme taken from my friend J's blog....

Instructions: take the first sentence (or 2) from the first post of each month of 2005, stir and enjoy!

Its been a rough day, but I do want to welcome the new year in a hopeful way. I hope all of you out there have big plans for 2005.

February: I was going to talk about the joy of cable splitting or all the crazy things I saw today, but I can't get over my bitterness, so I'm going to talk about that. Lately at work, a lot of people have been asking me to help them with things. (downward spiral towards work hate begins now)

March: I have very little to say. Just a few quick little rant-lets.

April: I'm not sure how well I'm going to sleep tonight due to the fact that I am going to be constantly concocting plans to get Boku into her carrier. While I was eating dinner tonight, she touched me for the first time. (oh the cat love)

May: I offer the following as proof that my second cat (not often seen by visitors) is not evil. My mom and her friends say she has evil coloring. (cat obsession maybe?)

June: Memes cannot be owned. Therefore I see no need to give permission to let someone else use it.

July: Bush is going to appoint an asshole. (this is a one line post)

August: I am currently in the process of filing a food spoilage claim for my great blackout of 2005. Who wants to wager on the outcome? (I was denied)

September: Three things have led me to a mood of disgust and outrage: I just want to say to my color book participants: I'm a little bit doubtful this is going to be happen. (big, ugly fight erupts)

October: Went to the Foo Fighters/Weezer concert tonight. Here are my thoughts: Dear Grohl, No one wants to hear you go, "Yaaaaaaaaaaaggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh."

I have 100,000 things to say, but I thought I'd start it with a little song that I made up on my Disney trip and it goes like this... Epcot, Ooopcot, Ippy-cotty Epcot. Now that you are certain of my certifiable craziness, I'll continue with this marathon post.

December: This post is not intended for non-readers of Harry Potter or people who don't like cats. If you are either of those things, no point in reading on.

Hope that didn't bore you too much...

Sunday, December 11, 2005

This and that...

Naked cats are hideous.

I used some of S's pretty pictures of me for my dating website and I think I need to put a not so flattering one in with the mix. Because while these pictures are me, I do not look like that on an everyday basis. Even though I technically do, I don't...

I agree 102% with my sister that for some reason the holidays sap my ability to do anything other than think about the holidays. Along that vein, cookie making with my mom and sister on Wednesday. Can't wait!

Since I'm done with HP series, I'm back in the mix with the Time 100. I'm about halfway through Catch-22, and I'm finding it's a quicker read than I expected. I can't say that I'm loving it much. It seems like a lot of these books so far are war related. And I don't dig that much...

Friday, December 09, 2005

You say take this...

Ok, so I have already drawn two conclusions today and it's only 10:46am.

First, people are cheeseballs. Yes, it is true. For about a month I got caught up in quitting my job/Christmas preparation that I completely ignored my commitment to try online dating. So I went back and tried to answer a months worth of emails. I think I would have a better time of it if cheesy romance movies didn't exist. Why? Because I think the boys on this particular website think girls want to hear cheeserific lines like "my favorite thing is spending time with you ;)" or anything involving the term "someone special." I'm too cynical for these people. Sometimes its good for a laugh though....but that isn't getting me any dates any time soon...

And second, this last Harry Potter book (Half-Blood Prince) is better than I remembered it. Yes, the ending is particularly horrifyingly awful, but the all around book is a splendid read. Much better than book 5. I would classify my overall interest in the book up there with book 4, which I can read over and over and still get so involved that I forget to sleep. Anyway, the conclusion I've drawn is that Dumbledore is indeed, deceased. If you haven't read the book and that ruined it for you, I have no sympathy because it has been months. When I first read the book I ran through all of these conspiracy theories where Dumbly-dorr was somehow alive. I do not think so. And furthermore, for some reason I am still not convinced that Snape is entirely bad. Why? I don't know. Lastly, Ginny and Malfoy are both going to end up saving the shit out of Harry's life somehow in the next book.

And finally, loving HP may just make me part cheeseball. But at least I didn't put in my dating service profile that I was looking for "that special someone to grow old with." Puke.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

I heart the holidays...

Except New Years. I really have no love for New Years. But I'm going to try this year. That was a tangent. Moving on...

I would like to share my beautiful, perfect Christmas tree. Not the decorations mind, the decorations are probably sloppy compared to the Mom's. But the tree itself is perfectly shaped and beautiful. I love it. Here it is:

The cats have not been so bad. They love the tree a lot (Mona licks it a lot) and there is a lot of rattling of the lower ornaments (all non-breakable), but they love it. See? You'll notice the utter lack of ornaments towards the very bottom. Mona was pulling them off and chewing on them so they had to be moved. But the tree is still standing and that is a victory.

It is quite lovely outside right now, snowing up a storm. I am really enjoying the couch and the snow. Not that I haven't loved the couch a lot these past few weeks...

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Things I learned this weekend...

  1. Even if someday I have all the money I could hope for/dream of, I will have my parties catered with normal people food: mozzarella sticks, taco dip, deviled eggs etc. I'm simple, I'm picky...give me mac and cheese any day over duck crostinis.
  2. I am gaudy. I love a tinseled, blinky, big shiny tree. Ugly ornaments? Yes please. Whatever shall I do without tinsel?
  3. Apparently, it is not wise to save leftover rice (of any kind) and eat it the next day or later. My aunt advised that rice grows some kind of bacteria that can make you sick in a food poisoning type way.
  4. My family is pretty cool. And pretty screwed up. But mostly cool.
  5. People in general just do not understand a woman who doesn't want children. I learned this weekend that I would change my mind when I met a nice guy, I was just flat out lying (in case you're curious...that was the grandma) and that my life would not be complete without children. I disagree with every single one of these proclamations. I am happy being me. And "me" does not require a boy/child to complete it.
  6. My christmas tree is perfect! And still standing...

Friday, December 02, 2005

You-Know-Who and Mona...

This post is not intended for non-readers of Harry Potter or people who don't like cats. If you are either of those things, no point in reading on.

Ok, so I just wanted to complain about the cats really quickly. While they both have been doing really well having me around all the time (Boku really seems to like me now, even though I can still only pet her while she is standing) Mona has become needy. I love my cats, but having Mona on my lap all day is really hindering. Plus, Mona has taken to sleeping with me...she'll come join me in the middle of the night (2ish) and wake me up by crawling all over me and then settling on my legs or in between so that I cannot move. And while I may be comfortable, the minute you can't move you really want to move. Ah well, I always said I'd like it if they slept with me. Be careful what you wish for eh?

Now the serious question: I've been re-reading the whole HP series to see if I can glean any clues from it. It's taken a bunch of my time, but been really enjoyable. I just finished the fourth book and there is one sentence that ALWAYS bothers me (since this is probably my 6th time reading it) and I thought maybe you HP readers out there could give me your take on it. Back story is that Harry is telling Dumbledore what happened at the graveyard. He just finishes telling him that since Voldemort has his blood, the whole "mother's love" protection is gone and now He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named can touch him. And, "For a fleeting instant, Harry thought he saw a gleam of something like triumph in Dumbledore's eyes." Ok, we all know by now that Rowling doesn't put anything extraneous or needless in these books. So what the hell is that supposed to mean??? Is Dumbledore secretly bad?