Monday, March 31, 2008

Lists that never came to be...

  • Blog topics that would bother my coworkers...
    • Anything to do with shark week
    • Any details whatsoever about eating cookies
    • Anything to do with my sex life, in specific details
    • Likely anything to do with my woman parts. Or NSFW waxes.
    • How much I love them and why
  • Reasons that I hate you...
    • This list was going to contain one reason that I hate each person that I love. It would be an anonymous, random list. Basically it would be an ingenious, diabolical mind fuck of a list. And I would never tell anyone which item belonged to them.
  • Reasons that I love you...
    • The nice version of the previous list. To be created exactly the day after the hate list.
  • Words that my coworkers have made up...
    • This list exists in my cubicle if you ever wish to see it. It also was my fall back list, in case things should go so awry that I couldn't think of anything...

Sunday, March 30, 2008

If I hadn't quit my job a few years ago...

While watching Sliding Doors I found myself wondering...if there were an alternate reality Katie out there...what would she be doing? So...if i hadn't quit my job 2.5 years ago...
  • I'd likely still be here, this apartment
  • It is likely I'd be dating someone...hopefully someone I actually liked...but for some reason I feel like it'd be someone that I moderately tolerated (possibly one of my coworkers or his friends...he was really, really new when I left)
  • I predict I'd be quite a bit heavier than I am at this moment
  • The above prediction is due to the fact that I think I'd still be miserably unhappy at my job
  • But I'd be unaware of this unhappiness
  • I imagine the friendships would be strained
  • There is no chance in hell I'd be making the money I'm making now
That all seems so negative. I imagine it's possible I'd be happily coupled. Or that I'd have found a better job in the insurance industry thus increasing my job satisfaction.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Things I have tried this year...

  • Santong Chicken (delicious)
  • Barbecue flavored chips (I don't hate them like I thought I did)
  • Eating "cookies" every day (impossible...)
  • Upper lip wax (not nearly as painful as some would have led me to believe)
  • NSFW wax (even less painful than that upper lip, but with a bit more lasting pain)
  • To find a retro bathing suit (curses!)
  • Baking banana bread in the toaster oven (failure)
  • Thai fusion (found it tasty)
  • Rock band (!!!)
  • New dentist (closing the list with delicious as well)

Friday, March 28, 2008

My morning routine...

I doubt this will be interesting to anyone...but maybe if you're curious as to how I get completely ready in 30-40 minutes, you can follow these steps (average time is exactly 33 minutes):
  1. Alarm
  2. Toilet
  3. Shower
  4. Towel dry
  5. Towel on head
  6. Brush teeth
  7. Contacts
  8. Bottom underwear
  9. Full body lotion (best 2-4 minutes I ever added to my routine)
  10. Bra
  11. Deodorant
  12. Towel off head
  13. Brush hair
  14. Foundation
  15. Under-eye concealer
  16. Curl eyelashes
  17. Mascara
  18. Blow dry hair
  19. Put on clothes
  20. Powder
  21. Blush
  22. Hair goop (pomade/wax)
  23. Jewelry

Thursday, March 27, 2008

List suggestion the second...

Movies that make me cry...
  • Stepmom
  • Life as a House
  • Pretty much any movie about Sept 11 (recent cry fests include World Trade Center and United 93)
  • I have a vivid memory of sobbing at Free Willy, in the theater, back in the day (I was 12)
  • Ditto Lion King (I was 13)
  • Keeping with Disney, the Fox and the Hound (how is that a children's movie?)
  • Meet Joe Black
  • American History X
  • My Dog Skip
  • Old Yeller (I'm not sure why, but I think we used to watch this movie a lot)
  • Lord of the Rings movies
  • Harry Potter flicks 4 & 5(more with Cedric than Sirius...which is not true to book). I predict crying in 6, 7 & 7.5
  • Return to Me (something about the dog + David Duchovny...gets me)
This list was harder to craft than I expected. I know I cry a lot at movies...but coming up with specific movies...well, that requires memory. Something which I lack.

And, in honor of the horrific, thick, wet snow today, true story:

Me: mouth open wide, eating the snow
Passerby: (laughing) you might as well get some nutrition

As if snow has any nutritious value.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

List suggestion uno...

Reasons I like my genes...
  • My height. I actually genuinely like being short. And short jokes? Not that insulting and totally true. I mean...a short joke is better than most jokes about your looks...
  • Intelligence. We're a pretty smart bunch.
  • Is it fair to say my chest? Some days I hate it (trying on super cute bathing suits that otherwise look pretty kick ass). Some days they're hard to hate...
  • My ass. I really like my ass. I need to put on some work-out pants again and admire it.
  • Possible longevity? My family members (on both sides) are still kicking it. One, well into her nineties. We have five generations around right now. My great-grandma, my grandma, my parents, my cousins and then my cousins children.
  • Insanity? Although we may be crazy, we're lovably crazy (most of us).
  • I guess my metabolism should be commended here. I really should be heavier than I am with the way I eat. Today for instance, I not only ate a donut, but also a piece of cake (and pizza. And a bagel).
  • Musical ability. I didn't think I had any (probably because I never tried?). But it turns out I do have rhythm.
It occurs to me that it is hard to separate genes from upbringing. I mean, maybe my genes lend themselves to my being intelligent. Or maybe the way I was raised did that?

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Reasons I hate my genes...

  • My teeth. Soft. Deep. Prone to cavities.
  • My chest. That comes from my Dad's side of the family. All the women are short with a large rack. I even have an Aunt that had a breast reduction. At least I don't have the crazy Italian hair like they do...I'll hold on to that...
  • Large, flappy earlobes.
  • Small feet. I mean...I understand that large feet would look a little off on a very short person. But at the same time, it would be nice to have adult sized feet. Apparently my only hope is to have a baby, since that is when my Mom's feet got just a bit bigger. But hers were never quite as small as mine.
  • High cholesterol.
  • Cancer.
  • Heart disease.
  • Utter insanity. I think this does run in our family.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Things I should have done today...

  • Work more
  • Shower
  • Brush my teeth
  • Not watch the last episode of Six Feet Under. I feel shitty and quite tired and I practically sobbed.
  • Change couch location every few hours
  • Drink more liquids

Also, I thought of a sex on a stick that I missed...Michael Buble. Went to that concert as a present for the Mom and ended up enjoying it quite a bit...

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Sex on a stick...

Not sure where that term came from, but I use it mainly to describe performers (of the music variety). And, this list only contains people that I personally thought were sex on a stick live/in person/in the real world:
  • John Mayer - I dislike his music and I don't much care for him in general. But I happened to be at a concert or two (or three...) and he's delicious on stage...
  • Caleb Followill (Kings of Leon) - caveat: has to have short hair. And again, this is a stage thing. Although I find him more attractive than John Mayer.
  • Justin Timberlake - no caveats. He is sex. With or without the stick.
  • Brandon Boyd (Incubus) - caveat: shirt off. Ok, not really.
  • Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) - Mostly on stage, but if he has short hair, always.
  • Tori Amos - I know, doesn't really fit. And I wouldn't say I'm attracted to her. But...on stage...with her piano...yeah....if that's not sex on a stick, I don't know what is...
Honorable mentions:
  • Brandon Flowers (The Killers) - audio sex. I find him completely unattractive on and off stage.
  • Michael Stipe (REM) - I'm not attracted to him per se...but he's enigmatic and intriguing. And he mesmerized.
  • Big baby head, aka Tom Chaplin (Keane) - um...there's not much about him that is attractive in a conventional sense. But...his hot tight red pants really made an impact. And his goofy English stage-presence.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Crossword clues that I stupidly missed in the last few days...

  • Big Time
  • Deduction
  • Ibex
  • Gulps
    Clues (do not correspond with answers):
  • Elbows
  • Messenger _____ (ending in an A)
  • White, black and orange creature
  • Mississippi and Nile

Friday, March 21, 2008

I have nothing to say...

  • Why is it always so hot in this apartment? It occurs to me that the temp in here doesn't really fluctuate. The radiators make it hot in the winter and the lack of a/c makes it hot in the summer.
  • I tried on some "retro" bathing suits today and decided it theoretically could work. I just had some slight problems with the top of the bathing suits. One was strapless and tied in the back (ha! no support there), the other had cute straps but a V so low in the front that...uh..yeah. Anyway. I will keep trying for that suit. And as a side note to suit shoppers - Bloomingdales swim department? Far better than Macy's.
  • Macy's sucks. Seriously. We went to the Water Tower store. That store is basically vertical and we encountered 2 failed escalators. They were completely blocked off. Not even usable as stairs. Way to push your customers out of the store, Macy's.
  • No more snow.
  • I forget that I have a lot more time to entertain myself sans school.
  • Banana bread + nuts = gross.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Two lists...

Things that I can't get enough of lately...
  • Donuts. How about the free donuts at work stop? Yeah, that'd be great.
  • The Kooks. Especially this. Specifically 1:53-1:56.
  • Six Feet Under
  • String cheese
  • My bed
  • Rock Band nights

Things that I have had too much of...
  • Donuts.
  • Work in general (the day off tomorrow is...amazing)
  • Winter
  • Politics. I am invested in this election, more than I had wanted or hoped to be. And it's just getting old. And long. And we're not even close to the real election yet.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Lists that I discussed today...

  • Things that I was called at work today. This one caused most of the following to be hurled my way:
    • "Doesn't Katie look beautiful today"
    • My memory fails, but I know I was called dynamic
    • "You don't look as fat today as you did yesterday"
    • "Your boy cut looks much less boyish than yesterday"
    • "I like you better with makeup" (this one is the definite winner)
    • "I'd hit that"
  • Things that would horrify my coworkers:
    • a "nip slip"
    • anything involving "shark week"

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Things I was called in the past week at work...

  • prudish
  • a "high school special"
  • bitchy
  • a cunt
  • a slacker
  • vacant
  • frazzled
  • terrific
One of these things is not like the other...and is also a lie...can you guess which? And note: I called myself one of the above but I thought I'd include it...can you guess which?

When you read this list, it really seems like I'm being abused at work...

Monday, March 17, 2008

Here's my first random list...

  • I hate St. Patrick's Day for a variety of reasons (useless?). But this afternoon, when walking home, I stepped in a pile of vomit. And thus my hatred has reached its peak.
  • I had a moment of panic while taking my final tonight where I didn't know what to do for a 20 point question (out of 100 points total). And occurred to me that it was my own fault since I didn't even watch the last two lectures (out of 11). But I did find an example in my notes (the panic happened when I "remembered" that I hadn't printed any StAX code, only SAX. But I didn't remember correctly). So I wrote down a page worth of bullshit.
  • Do you think it's true that no one has normal, healthy relationships?
  • Do you think you're happy?
  • I have a few more list ideas, some of which are probably bad ideas. So if you have any list suggestions or lists you'd like to see, do share.
  • Watching Six Feet Under for days/weeks has made me quite morbid. Who will come to my funeral? How will I die?
  • This list is terrible. I'll try harder tomorrow.
  • To end this list, I'm going to talk about bathing suits. I wear my bathing suit about once a year...and yet bathing suits are somehow a weakness of mine. I tend to want to purchase new ones. And this year I'm intrigued with the retro look. The best one I've found (ie, I could probably pull that off nicely) is:

    But, it's so freaking expensive. And really kind of low up top. And I hate that you can't try it on before you buy it. And really, do I need a new bathing suit?

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Things that make me feel misty-eyed...

This list includes things that make me flat out cry as well. This list is also very superficial and is strictly multimedia related (Books, TV, movie)...
  • Harry Potter Books 4, 5, 6 and 7
  • "he would do it for you" (please note, that I did not type He. I have not seen the light. This is just a quote from Six Feet Under)
  • Keeping with the theme, that last episode of Six Feet Under
  • Stepmom
  • Love Actually
  • Life as a House
  • That one insurance commercial where everyone is nice to everyone else and that song by Hem is playing (Half Acre).
  • Extreme Makeover Home Edition
  • When Denny died on Grays Anatomy
  • When Boromir dies in LoTR
That's all I could come up with off the top of my head...

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Smells that I cannot stomach...

  • Truffles (the mushroom). Just thinking about the smell of food cooked with truffle oil or containing truffles makes me feel vaguely ill. My least favorite smell in the world.
  • Bad breath
  • B.O.
  • Smelly feet
  • Rotting old shoes. You know that musty, rotty, smelly foot smell. Yuck.
  • The smell of ethanol being produced aka the smell of South Bend, IN.
  • The smell that emanates from dumpsters next to bars the morning after. Stale beer, smells very much like the smell of South Bend, IN.
  • Dirty hair. I can almost not stomach my own hair. And honestly, now that it's shorter, it smells more quickly (weird). But it particularly bothers me when the smell of others is strong enough to waft across a room.
  • The smell of puke
  • Fish smell (if it's mild I tend not to mind as much as some of the others)

Friday, March 14, 2008

Things I am looking forward to...

  • Spring!
  • Getting another tattoo
  • Never having a kid who says in a snotty, entitled voice to her three eleven year old friends "Don't you guys care that I'm getting a Mac book Air??"
  • End of school
  • Hawaii
  • Disney World
  • Fall (for some reason the transition from Winter to Spring always makes me want fall. I prefer Fall above all others)
  • Working out again
  • Robot zipper pouch and a robot tote (that picture is just showing the print that will be on my bag)
  • A day off (hell yeah Good Friday as a holiday)

Update to Tax Rebate purchases:
  • Aforementioned robot items
  • Car service/fix
  • A dentist appointment
  • This dress:

  • A shirt and skirt that are not on the Old Navy website

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Things I want right now...

  • A cupcake
  • A back massage
  • A new pair of black sandals of some kind
  • 8 hours of solid sleep
  • A vacation
  • A facial
  • A pedicure (oop, turns out I want a spa day)
  • To get drunk in a comfortable situation and laugh and be jolly
  • School to be over
  • I can't come up with a suitable phrase, so how about some lovin'
  • My brain to work...

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Reasons why rock band is a girl game...

  • Avatars - you earn money with your band/solo tour and can buy yourself clothes, haircuts, makeup, jewelry, tattoos...
  • The singing.
  • The social aspect. I wonder how many packs of boys do a "band tour" together.
  • Jimmy says so.
  • I think, and this is a terrible, broad generalization, that a lot of girls in my generation grew up wanting to be a rock star. Jem anyone? A lot of the shows at that point involved annoying tweeny teens singing (Kids Incorporated? Mickey Mouse Club?).
That's all I've got for tonight. Let's all keep our fingers crossed that they release some good songs next week.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Today in numbers...

  • Number of "Not In Service" trains I saw at rush hour: 2
  • Number of trains I took to get to and from the courthouse: 4
  • Number of buses I was supposed to take: 2
  • Number of buses I took: 0
  • Number of buses I saw go by in the direction I needed: 0
  • Number of miles I walked today: 2.8
  • Number of people who had jury duty: hundreds
  • Number of policemen I saw running full tilt after a criminal on my lunch break: 3 -5. It was an amazing commotion. Noted: if you are running from police and there is a choice between a revolving door and a handicapped door - go handicapped. That revolving door slows down momentum ten-fold.
  • Number of "panels" called for actual jury duty: 3 (panel is just a random group of people. We all chose a number out of a bucket upon arrival)
  • Number of panels: at least 12
  • Number of times my panel was called: 0
  • Difference between my number and the three called, in order called: 10, 3, 1 (I was convinced that if a fourth was called it would be my number)
  • Money I made: $17.20
  • Which works out to a whopping $3.13 an hour (I was there for about 5 hours total).

Monday, March 10, 2008

Things that will suddenly become a problem if I get put on a trial that lasts forever...

  • Car appointment on Wednesday morning. I will have to cancel. Therefore I will be stuck carless for an unknown quantity of time.
  • It's a three meeting day for me on Wednesday...all unattended.
  • My very, very tight project deadline will suddenly look all the more ridiculous and suddenly everyone else's timelines are shot as well.
  • Final exam on Monday night
  • Eye doctor appointment on Tuesday
  • That whole not having a car thing? After day 4 of traveling to that courthouse via public transit I'll be crazy. Ready to do battle.

I got called for jury duty. It's criminal court. Apparently at or very near a jail.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Things that are circular...

  • My bowl of soup
  • My frustration about my car (felt better, then I remembered possible jury duty on tuesday...which brought me back around. The public transportation to get there is impossible).
  • Cleaning
  • Most conversations
  • My nostrils
  • My hair styles
  • Buttons
  • The pimple on my chin

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Reasons why I cried at a gas station tonight...

  • Gas tank wouldn't open
  • So the mom, brother and friend came to save the day
  • but failed.
  • Which caused frustration and led me to remember the following other frustrating things about my car right now:
  • the trunk doesn't close properly
  • scratch all down one side of the car where a parking garage "barrier" closed too early on my car
  • emissions testing
  • title changing
  • tire pressure gauge that malfunctions all winter long
Reasons why a frustrated cry makes no one feel better:
  • It made the mom feel bad because I was upset
  • It made me feel worse because I realized how stupid it was, tried to cut it off and promptly got a headache
  • It also left my eyes all heavy and hot...which is not the best way to drive home in the dark
Good day with one bad moment. The view of the city made me feel a bit better. Randomly though, right now, for the first years and years, I wish I wasn't coming home to an empty house.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Things I accidentally do...

  • Get all my hair cut off. Here's how you do it: tell your hairdresser you're bored with your hair, and voila! You suddenly have the Sliding Doors haircut you've always wanted.
  • Eat a whole box of cookies in one day
  • Insult people
  • Watch terrible television (example: that Beckham's coming to america special)
  • Pick my nose
  • Eat texture
  • Stress to the point of making myself ill about stuff that I'm convinced I'm not stressed about.
  • Talk to my cats like they're human (uh-oh, crazy cat lady...)

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Things I purchased with my tax refund...

  • Stacking rings:

  • Tentacular shirt:

  • Sprig of grass earrings:

  • Four pairs of these in various colors:

  • Four pairs of these in various colors:

  • This tee:

  • Book club book:

  • Yarn galore. I was tempted by a liquidation sale...

Plan to purchase:
  • Some of these:
Honorable mention (purchased with other money but I'm happy to own them):
  • Rain boots (if you click that picture, yes, you do go to toddler/youth boots. The sad part is that my size, 3M was still classified as little kid):

  • Six Feet Under (I'm already well into season 2):

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Reasons that I want to squeeze Christian...

  1. He's my height.
  2. He has a huge octopus tattoo on his arm.
  3. He's fierce.
  4. His hair is amazing. I'd like to touch it.
  5. He got all insecure about his line the day before the show.
  6. Then he cried when he won
  7. But immediately went back to complete fiercitudal egotism.
  8. He's fierce.
  9. He made me giggle in nearly every episode. So glad he won.

This is katieromo, signing out.

Yes. I said fiercitudal.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Songs that I loved today...

This is a list of the songs I listened to between 10:30am and 11:30am:
  • Knocked Up - Kings of Leon
  • The Sound of Settling - Death Cab for Cutie
  • Hyperballad - Bjork
  • Crooked Teeth - Death Cab for Cutie
  • Daughter - Pearl Jam
  • Ooops, got distracted and listened to 4 Minutes (to save the world) - Madge & JT
  • Ooh Ooh Baby - Britney Spears
  • Getting Better - Beatles
  • Better - Regina Spektor
  • This is Such a Pity - Weezer
  • Bedshaped - Keane
  • lamb on the lam (in the city) - Band of horses
  • Sofa Song - The Kooks
  • What You Waiting For? - Gwen Stefani
  • Sleeping Lessons - Shins
I find that when I code, the pop/dance music goes over well. It's brainless but keeps me moving.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Songs I hate today...

Here is a list of every song I skipped between 1:00 and 2:00:
  • Proudest Monkey - DMB
  • Everyday is like Sunday - Morrissey
  • Everything I Said - Cranberries
  • Wash in the Rain - A Band of Bees
  • June - Pete Yorn
  • Let Them Knock - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
  • Overture - Bjork
  • Sweet Surrender - Sarah McLachlan
  • Heartland Truckstop - Beth Orton
  • Hang On - Guster
  • Everything's Not Lost - Coldplay
  • Groove Is In The Heart - Deee-Lite
  • Be Easy - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
  • Ramona - Guster (this is the WORST RANDOM EVVVEEEERRRR)
  • Crater Lake - Liz Phair
  • Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me - U2 (why do i even own this? anyone?)
  • And Your Bird Can Sing - Beatles
I hate all of my music again.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Things that I really need to learn how to do...

  • Hem pants
  • Change a tire
  • Cook a real meal
  • Trust people
  • Sew, paint, draw, play the piano, or play the guitar (one or many)
  • Work out (seriously...)
  • Or maybe I just need to learn how to motivate myself
  • Paint a wall correctly

Saturday, March 01, 2008


It's March. This month I'll be posting lists everyday.

Lists that you will see when I run out of things to say:
  • Things in my living room
  • Items I own that are red
  • Cookies that I like
  • Future cat names
  • Reasons why my back hurts
  • And the ever present, reasons why today ____ed