i just spent the last 5 minutes repeatedly pressing the delete button on my computer to get the "error" ding over and over again, so it would match the beat of the song i was listening to. it's the little things i find entertainment in.
i may not play a formal instrument, but i do play the "backspace" button better than most.
i was grinning ear-to-ear from the beginning until the end of the evening. laughing uncontrollably. stepping on people's toes. awkwardly trying to figure out hand placement. and i have never spun so much in my entire life. seriously. who knew there was so much spinning in square dancing?
this occurs at various times and manifests itself in numerous ways for different people. i had one such instance this afternoon.
have any of you ever been reading a book, and something in the book makes you say "wow!" aloud? this happened to me today.
i was reading and walking back to work from the tire shop. the author basically had just blown my mind in regards to the subject he was discussing, and in response i exclaimed an audible, "WOW!"
shortly, thereafter, almost immediately, i hear a guy's voice, "on your right." it takes me by complete surprise. i jump, he looks and laughs and continues to walk. i then turn red of embarrassment. not because he scared me, but that he probably heard my aforementioned "wow," which probably would have been more self-restrained had i realized that someone else outside of seattle actually used the sidewalks along the highways, and who was within hearing distance over the loud autumn winds. talk about a double-whammy surprise.
this occurrence also caused me to wonder if he was laughing, not because of my "wow," but whether or not i was walking in a straight line. i guess we will never know...
it doesn't happen often. especially when it comes to halloween costumes. to be quite honest, i wasn't sure how i was going to top last year's costume that i so serendipitously created:
especially since last year, the coat found me. how does one top a muppet? i knew for sure i did not want to wear something quite as warm as the cookie monster coat. i also came up with costume just weeks before halloween. this is even better than previous years, as i normally come up with it the day of.
anyways, while typing away at work today, it hit me. i knew what i was going to be this year:
yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's the keyboard kitty. yes, it's the same cat that i have been inundating your inbox's with yet another occurrence that he is playing someone off. kanye cannot even interrupt this kitty. it is just that awesome. so look out for the keyboard cat on halloween. you just might get played off.
i grew up going to fairs. i might as well have been raised at one. how could one pass up seeing Big Tex greet all the visitors as they entered the state fair? or going to the fort worth stockyards? the funnel cakes? the lemonade? in my youth, i even had a stunt of volunteering at the rodeo checking in all the show animals. yes, ladies and gentlemen, i was really that cool.
since leaving my roots i have only been to two fairs. i know, i am just as astonished as you. the southeastern idaho state fair and the utah state fair, only just to see styx and reo speedwagon (true story. i was there.).
last night i had the pleasure of attending the puyallup fair. it was great. i found lemonade. i saw the animals. i enjoyed the lights. and i went with some great friends, who happen to love photo booths as well. so perfect. can it be next year's fair already?
eating three spoonfuls of peanut butter and half of a not-so-fresh nectarine and only eating an apple for breakfast before leaving on an all afternoon bike ride? not the best idea. i dont think i had ever felt so nauseous. oh well. the bike ride was beautiful and worth it.
burning your tongue on the roof of your mouth the day before you go to the dentist? also not a good idea. so tender. but i did get a gold star!
i love this program. so much, in fact, that i actually had an episode finally repeat for me on their podcast. i didn't think that was really possible. don't worry. it still made me laugh and cry all the same.
anways, the last couple of weeks have been a bit of a disappointment. i'm sorry, but i just haven't loved listening to "frenemies" or "kindness of strangers" or even, "the cruelty of children." however, i did love, "rest stop," and it makes me want to stop at them more often.
i am pretty sure that this one is my favorite though.
if you attended last night's pre-fireside dinner, you may have seen some untouched lemon cupcakes on the dessert table. they more than likely looked like they had been in some sort of accident, with the icing all scraped away except for the bottom left hand corner of the tray. probably one of the ugliest desserts you have ever seen...and i am not exaggerating.
it wasn't an accident that happened. it was my incapability of packing my backpack before leaving for the event. for some reason, i thought it would be an ingenius idea to pack them in the back pocket of my bag with my bike lock pressing on the top of the box, which led to the demise of the frosting during the bike ride, which ultimately ended up coating the inside of my bag.
the only brave soul that indulged, did so only after i witnessed her prodding the baked goods, probably checking to see if they were still alive, and i then pressured the stranger to take a bite. she politely stated that the flavor was still delicious, i think to make me feel better about my baking capabilities, but her face was not as amused when i explained they were store bought. oops.
needless to say, i shot any facade of my homemaking capbilities last night. or should i say smooshed?
Lately my mind has been inundated with memories of this fateful year. I really, really loved that year...maybe it is because this is the year I graduated from college and so I lived it to it's full potential. So many shenanigans took place, and at times people kindly remind me of some of the trouble I caused, and I get a bit embarrassed. But I am glad I have them, because it keeps me in touch with my inner free spirit.
Anyways, I have been listening to Wolf Parade lately, and it takes me back to 2007 and fall 2006. It reminds me of when I lived here:
And sometimes him (just on the weekends and some school nights...don't tell BYU):
And we frequented the hot pots and sometimes frolicked around our house looking like this:
And AmberLee and I painted our room purple while listening to Wolf Parade.
Thank you 2007 for making my last year of college great. And thanks Wolf Parade for making a great soundtrack for it.
that's right. summer can continue. i delayed my LSAT examination from september 26 to february 6. now we can all breath again and frolick in our swimsuits, at least until october...then it's study nation.
why the delay? per my discussions with recent law school grads (who are finding it difficult to get a job and pay off their loans), those who are in law school (who cannot find internships to save their lives) and those who are seeking enrollment (who tested in the top percentile and still cannot get in) , i've decided that it's best to just wait it out another year.
so seattle, you have me at least until fall 2011...and hopefully for longer depending on school.
i wish you tasted better. everytime i grab a new flavor from our candy drawer at work, i am always disappointed. can we just start importing canadian kit kats please?
in other news...
i just made my first dentist appointment in over a year and a half. i know, i know. please stop rolling your eyes. it's just that when i imagine the dentist, i still envision steven martin's role in "little shop of horrors."
last week, hans, catherine and imri helped me with a project i was working on. we were using old polaroid 690 film, and halfway through imri began using the negative of the film to transfer the image on to notecards found in my car. i really love how they turned out:
i love how goopy the ink is.
in other news...
imri and i went thrifting today in search of the perfect chest of drawers for my room. while exploring, i came upon an old camera bag holding this:
it's in prime condition, and even still has its instruction manual and a box full of bulbs...AND for such a steal of a deal price! i think it was fate that this camera and i have found each other. so much fun will be had with this camera!!!
my plight in my battle against office appliances continues. it's true, i have inadvertantly broken nearly every kind of office machinery possible over the years, and today the printer evoked its wrath upon me. as i tried to carefully replace the toner, it spewed its black powdered ink all over my arms and hands. luckily, i clean up nicely.
why is it that you notice everything that needs to be worked on your car immediately all at one time?
i already knew that i needed my oil change (duh.) i already knew i needed to get my tires rotated (hopefully for free again...thank you les schwab...and hopefully i am not in need of new tires yet). but i just realized yesterday evening that i have a headlight that is out and today on my drive to work i am pretty sure i broke my window. long story. awesome. and i am almost positive i will be kindly reminded of how my struts are in dire need of their $900 repair.