Monthly Archives: October 2008

My weekend

Friday: Dinner with tbf and his family

Saturday: Watched Tech beat A&M!  Went to Central Park and took pictures of fall coming!

Then I went to Hill Country to watch Texas maintain their #1 spot in the BCS.  FUN. TIMES.

Sunday: Mass at St. Patrick’s at 10:15 am.  It was PACKED and all the tourists hung around after to take pics of the Cardinal who performs that mass.  I’d never gone to it before, I wonder if it’s always that way.  Saw a pidgeon in the subway on the platform on the way home.  I felt really bad for it because there’s no food down there for it and it’s likely to get hit by a train.  *frown*  At home I cleaned and baked, then hung out with some girl friends and finished mom’s scarf I’ve been working on.  I thought I might like it better finished, but I don’t.  I like the pattern, but I just totally hate the yarn.

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What else I did this last weekend:

My roommate’s birthday is today.  Well, now it’s today because it’s after midnight.  I recently helped her learn to knit and she made herself a scarf.  She mentioned wanting to make a hat to match it, but I don’t foresee her doing it anytime soon, so while in LA I made her this:

First it was a centipede

Now it’s termites.

For the last few weeks I’ve been finding these little beetles all over my room, but they’re not all over in the apartment.  On my walls, on my bed, on my night stand, near the window, near the closet – oh, one was in the closet.  I’ve been squishing them as I see them thinking they were like little june bugs or something and that they were a phase that came with the seasons that would pass.

Tonight I opened up the drawer on my night stand to get a marker and I noticed that on top of my passport was this fine brown dust.  Then I noticed almost everything in the drawer was covered in a dusty looking film that was sort of crunchy.  Then I started noticing these beetles.  Then I noticed larvae pouches on/in everything paper or fabric.  So I did what I had to do and started cleaning out the drawer and throwing things away – all the while feeling dirty and so grossed out.  So I found larvae, I found these beetle looking things and I found these bugs that look like little black ants with wings on their butts.  Funny thing is, that’s what termites look like.

So I started wondering where they were coming from and I remembered that I’ve been noticing a growing amount of paint chips on the floor near my window.  I have been sleeping with the window open lately, however, so I thought it was from the plastic things on the end of the rope you pull to raise the blinds hitting the wall when the wind blows it.  I got down on my hands and knees and looked closer and they “paint chips” are actually from a small hole in the wall near the baseboard.

I cleaned out my drawer and put all the dead bugs and larvae in a bag that I put down the trash shoot.  Then I went to the front desk and put in a maintenance request to have them spray and fill the hole.  They will probably do it tomorrow, but I still plan to get a bug bomb of my own since I have a feeling they won’t be as thorough as I’d like.  I will then get a couple more and do them once a week for the next few weeks just to be safe and make sure I kill anything that might hatch.  So gross.

Los Angeles

So I spent the last 4 days in LA visiting a friend from school.  I took the red eye back last night and I am exhausted.  I had enough time between landing to go home, drop my stuff, shower and come to work.  I haven’t uploaded any of my pics yet, but I took some really cool ones.  I got in Thursday night about 9.  Didn’t really do anything that first night – just got dinner and passed out.  The next day I went to a shoot in the valley and froze.  It was windy and chilly.  That afternoon I got an ultimate cheese burger from Jack in The Box.  It was awesome!  We spent the evening at the beach taking pictures of us holding the sun until it set.  We watched the waves and hung out.  I’ve never spent a significant amount of time on the beach, so I’m like a little kid watching the waves. 

On Saturday we got up at 7 and went to Mr. Pocket’s – where the Texas Exes go to watch games – where we watched an incredible game between Texas and OU.  It was so entertaining and loud and exciting.  Texas won and is now ranked #1!!!  From there we went to Busby’s in Hollywood to watch the Texas Tech v. Nebraska game.  Tech almost lost and the game went into overtime, but they ended up pulling it out and staying at #7 in the polls.  That night we went back to the beach and had a bonfire.  We watched the waves for a long time and it was so nice out there!  Oh, and we saw a crab.  Crabs on the beach totally amuse me and I really wanted to see one, so there you go. 

Sunday we went to Malibu so I could see it and we walked along the beach.  When we got there we started walking south, but then I saw a fin out a bit past the surfers.  I asked my friend – is that a dolphin or a shark?  She said if it were a shark, you’d see a little more of a reaction from the surfers.  It ended up being a whole family/school/whatever the correct term is, of dolphins, so we turned around and walked north to follow them.  I’d told my friend from the minute I stepped off the plane that I wanted to see dolphins and she said it wasn’t going to happen.  Well, guess what – it did!  There was a little baby one that jumped out of the water a couple of times.  So cute!  “Hey guys, look at me!”  The dolphins had to be following a school of fish which the pelicans and other birds were also following.  The pelicans kept dive bombing into the water.  It was totally entertaining – you would see this big splash and then next thing you know the pelican was just sitting there chillin out on the water.  We walked until we couldn’t see the dolphins anymore, decided to go to the end of the beach and then headed back.  We then got Taco Bell.  I love eating all the crap I don’t eat here when I go somewhere to visit!  Sunday night I got a migraine and fell asleep early.

Yesterday we went to The Counter for lunch.  It’s a sort of build your own burger place.  It was really good.  Then we went up to the Hollywood sign and the observatory.  Very pretty from there, but the city is so gross.  I literally couldn’t see the city through the smoke/smog.  LA was definitely not what I expected.  It’s much older and dirtier.  Definitely not jumping to plan my next trip out there.  I took the red eye back last night/this morning, couldn’t sleep and now I’m just trying to stay awake through the day.  Maybe I’ll post pics soon.  Definitely of the 2 hats I made while I was there!

Keeping it to myself…and whoever reads this

So I recently heard from a friend (Al) something I already knew, but I knew because the friend (Betty) it directly involves told me straight.  Al heard from the other person this thing directly involves (Betty’s husband, Joe).  Now, I’m sort of torn because I feel like Betty should know I heard this and that people know about it, but it’s absolutely none of my business, nor is it my place to tell her that other people know.  The thing that’s making it so hard not to tell Betty is that down the line this could directly affect her marriage whether it be cheating or divorce and I care very much for her – which is why it’s hard not to say anything.  HOWEVER, I know from other people’s experience and through experience of my own that it is NEVER good to get involved in another person’s relationship whether it be trying to help or not. 

I also wish I could tell Betty that her husband is telling people “intimate details” (aka. he’s not getting any) of their relationship that although she shared with me, her significant other is sharing this as more of a complaint and something that is wrong with the marriage (from what I gather of the gossip).  I don’t see why he can’t/won’t talk to her about it or bring it up at least…I mean, they’re married.  If there’s a problem you talk about it, right?  Isn’t it better for Betty to know that this is a problem rather than just something that is accepted in their marriage??  I would think so.  However, again, this is NOT my place to tell her I heard this from Al…I just hope her hubby eventually talks to her about it rather than telling more of their friends, thus creating rumors, and maybe somewhere down the line cheating on or divorcing Betty. 

I wish I could just tell my friend.

You know how I know it’s fall?

Leggings are starting to make appearances!

While fact checking the debate I was reminded of…

McCain made what he claimed was a new proposal to rescue over-mortgaged homeowners:

McCain: As president of the United States. … I would order the secretary of the treasury to immediately buy up the bad home loan mortgages in America and renegotiate at the new value of those homes – at the diminished value of those homes and let people be able to make those – be able to make those payments and stay in their homes.

McCain added: “It’s my proposal, it’s not Sen. Obama’s proposal, it’s not President Bush’s proposal. But I know how to get America working again…”

But in fact, the recently passed $700 billion rescue package already grants the treasury secretary authority to undertake just such a program. It requires the secretary to buy up troubled mortgages while taking into consideration “the need to help families keep their homes and to stabilize communities.” It also says “the Secretary shall consent, where appropriate (to) loss mitigation measures, including term extensions, rate reductions (or) principal write downs.”

This pisses me off…why is it necessary for taxpayers to end up paying for the bad decisions of lenders, banks, and people who chose to buy homes that were beyond their means?  Yes, it is a sad thing that people will lose their homes, but they should never have been allowed or encouraged to buy those homes in the first place.  If they can’t afford them they should sell them and move to a place they can’t afford.  If the value of the home has decreased, again – it’s sad that they’re losing all that money, but that is a consequence of the bad decision they made in purchasing something that was completely outside of their means.  Yes, they may have been encouraged to do so, but I expect people to think for themselves and make informed decisions/purchases. 

It pisses me off that the government is going to take on the debt of people who’ve made mistakes and now I’m going to end up having to contribute to paying off that debt.  That’s not right.