Sensory memories

25 04 2007

I bought one of the big containers of Orbit White Bubblemint flavor. It’s sitting on my desk. I don’t like chewing gum because it gets stuck in between my teeth and I don’t think I have the time to floss that much during work. I bought it so I could avoid over-nibbling on candy and snacks while I work.

Orbit Bubblemint

I figured out why I’m absolutely obsessed with the flavor, despite the flossing woes I have when I get home. And the part where I’m so chewing-gum-inept that I swallow large amounts of air, resulting in a very bad stomach ache. Does Amoxil ring a bell? It’s an antibiotic. In liquid form, it has a very pleasant, almost candy-like taste. And it’s pink. I’ve only taken it twice in my life.

Amoxil liquid

Yes. I admit it. I bought gum because it reminded me of an antibiotic.


15 minutes

24 04 2007

I just stood outside absorbing sunlight for 15 minutes before work. I miss being in high school/college and just stepping outside every hour (mostly between classes) or whenever I felt like it.

Death by cute

20 04 2007

Beaker sent this to me this morning.

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I am completely and utterly bowled over by the cute. It’s so cute, it feels wrong. Of course, this now must be my desktop pic at work.

How Google Manages Your Internet Life

20 04 2007

Google – Web History. Enough said.

A Friday Five

20 04 2007

From Jenna @ A Box of Nothing… actually, I received the questions yesterday, but figured Friday would be a good day to answer them. 😉

1) If you found the fountain of youth, would you drink from it and live forever, or would you walk away?

I’d walk away. I know I’m a chronic procrastinator. It’s easy to live life to the fullest when you know you only have a finite time to be alive. If I lived forever, sure there would be a never ending amount of things for me to occupy my never-ending amount of time… but since I know I’d have all the time to do them — why do them now? Walking away would give me the option to be spontan-you-us (sorry, just watched Happy Feet…). Spontaneity keeps life imteresting.

2) When (or if) you send text messages, do u abbr evre thng or do you spell things out properly?

Having a Treo with the QWERTY keypad certainly makes it easier for me to spell everything out. I can say most things properly in 160 characters or less. But I have been known to say mite, rite, wen, n betw quite freq.

3) What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Wrinkled pages on a book or magazine or any print publication. It’s not my BIGGEST one, but it’s something that can send me into a huge tizzy. Another huge one is someone who can’t say what needs to be said to your face (or at least over the phone). Like if you’re going to break up with me, don’t do it with my voicemail or my IM away message. Stand up, be a man, and break my heart to my face. I’ll respect you more for it. I won’t like you very much in the heat of the moment, but at least I’ll remember you possessing some balls.

4) Sky diving: terrifying or terribly exciting? Have you done it and why or why not?

Absolutely both. If I did it, I’m not sure if I’d be peeing myself from terror or happy I could conquer my fear. I want to do it this summer, some time around my 25th birthday. I’m shit scared of heights. I hate falling (my nickname is gimpie). But it’s more of a sense of ‘I want to prove to myself that I can do this’. And bragging rights. Who doesn’t love bragging rights?

5) If you could live any place besides where you are, where would you go?

Australia. Sydney or Melbourne. Seriously, that was like a no-brainer.

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Virginia Tech shooting

17 04 2007

A bit of seriousness here. Only being a bit less than two years out of school, I can’t lie and say that the recent VA Tech shooting spree (to use the term ‘massacre’ seems too morbid, too depressing, too much for the aftermath) hasn’t affected me in some small way.

I was a college student once. I went to a state school at one point. When Bush got re-elected, there were riot-like occurrences happening in the Union and other buildings. I was afraid.

But nothing to this extent. First in a dorm, then later in a classroom. I thought about my school’s lecture hall — no windows. It’s basically a concrete bunker. If that had happened in one of my classes — there wouldn’t be any windows to jump out of.

Then I thought about the gunman. The first thing that stood out at me was the Asian description. What’s this going to do to the national perspective of Asians? Nearly every time I’ve seen an Asian in the news — it’s been attached to something bad. The Asian sniper in the Midwest. Andrew cunanan (aka the guy that shot G. Versace). Now this one. Asian-American male stereotype beware. Hell, look at William Hung. No wait, don’t.

Now it’s the healing process. I have a cousin, I think, at VA Tech. My family and I were worried. We’re pretty sure he’s okay. I listened to the radio this morning. One of the shows I usually listen to on my way to work was devoid of the entertaining silliness — replaced with serious and somber tones, in light of yesterday’s events.

I’m not going to speculate. I’m not going to blame. I’m just going to send out my thoughts of condolences, hugs, and healing vibes to all those affected. It can’t be easy. It’s not going to be smooth. But people will remember, and time will move on.

Side note: I had a close family member, gunned down. You can’t tell me that I don’t know how those people feel. I do.

Inspiration 12

13 04 2007

‘If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.’ ~Juan Ramon Jimenez