Tuesday, December 26, 2006


I'm back in lawrence now. been busy cleaning up the apartment and putting the christmas tree up for its annual siesta so I thought a nice hot cup of tea sounded good. here's a picture. the tea is sweet fruit garden from teavana. the red stuff is the actual tea diffusing from the tea ball. its fruity and sweet and full of mmmmm-mmmmmm-goodness.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

why couldn't the coal worker go into the bar?

because he was just a miner...

here's a pic of my warriors.
well off to keep on painting.

a pirate's life for me

that's right. they make a pirate version of the life game. andrea and I had some people over last night and we played it. not as fun as the original life game but interesting nonetheless.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

it's like youtube...but for music lovers

like youtube? like music videos? try out singingfool at www.singingfool.com

Wednesday, November 29, 2006


what is happiness? happiness is coming in from the bitter cold to a nice warm apartment, changing into a pair of pajama pants and a hoodie, eating sushi orange rolls, drinking hot apple cider and knowing that your night class that is a forty-five minute's drive away is cancelled.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Who rocks the casbah?

I rock the casbah! "why," you ask? I just got my test back from my first responder class and I got a whoppin' 97% on it. boo-yah! we also practiced scenarios tonight and guess what? yeah, I rocked that too. it's all starting to make sense. well. enough gloating now though. back to my old humble quiet self...until the next time I rock the casbah...:)

Saturday, November 25, 2006

what if you could live forever?

I've been seeing trailers for The Fountain for a couple of weeks now and it looks like it's gonna be really really good and thought-provoking. basically, there are three story lines that weave together involving the same two characters in different time-lines. it's supposed to be about life, love, death, and immortality. I'm probably gonna go see it soon but if you've seen it, let me know what you think. the trailer can be seen here.

my weekend in numbers

Tow truck #1: $90
Fuel filter and labor: $200
Tow truck #2: $140
Hotel for the night: $50
Taxi to auto shop: $10
Fuel pump and labor: $500
Going home for thanksgiving: Priceless

Thursday, November 16, 2006

the weirdest dream

I had the weirdest dream last night. for some reason, I had to climb down this narrow cave-ish shaft carrying two kids. one was a real kid, probably four-ish or so. the other was a mannikin baby which somehow or other had become animated. so I was there carrying the two kids down the shaft and when we got down the shaft, I noticed that the mannikin baby was no longer breathing so I gave it two breaths which didn't go in so, being the good first responder that I am, I started into 5 backslaps and 5 chest thrusts. well, I kept on working on it for what seemed like half an hour and just as I was about to give up, the mannikin baby spewed this liquid and vomit and started breathing again. I had never been so happy as when it started breathing. so, long story short, I think I'm spending way too much time doing stuff for my first responder class. now that I think about it, the mannikin baby did look a lot like the baby mannikins we used for cpr for the class...

a cullinery delight

move over pepperjax. get out of the way subway. I just found a new favorite place to get philly cheese steaks in lawrence. the place just opened up recently and the only reason I noticed it was because it was on the way to jimmy john's yesterday. it's called jersey mike's subs or something like that. the cheese just oozes out of the cheese steak and the peppers and onions are delish. so the next time you're in lawrence and feel like having something good, give them a try.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

coolest liscense plate. ever.

I was on my way to class yesterday and I saw a SUV with the coolest liscense plate. I would've taken a picture but I didn't have my camera on me. it read simply:

Saturday, November 04, 2006

maybe you've been poisoined too

shannon, nicole, and nette came down yesterday on their way to st.louis this morning. as per tradition, we went out to eat. we decided that bbq sounded interesting so we stopped by buffalo bob's downtown. the food tasted ok but when I got home, my stomach started hurting and it was still hurting this morning. I've also developed a bit of a fever so there's a chance that food poisoning was involved. well, I'm off to take a nap now.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

turning of the leaves

well, here I am at panera having probably the three best things they make here - french onion soup, lemon artichoke chicken panini, and an iced chai latte with an apple for the side. what've I been up to today? well, I can tell you that today's been a lot more productive than yesterday. I went to the bank this morning, got my laundry done, and got a dvd shelf at target. on my way back, I noticed that the leaves were starting to turn colors so I thought I'd stop by campus and take some pictures. only problem is that it's a saturday and there's a home football game today. so instead of a nice, quiet stroll, I was greeted by a bunch of college football fans. that's all right though. I still managed to get a couple of good pictures in. and that brings me to now with me sitting...here...in panera...where I will be...until my laundry is done drying. on another note, if you like hugh grant movies like 'love actually', I'd suggest picking up 'mickey blue eyes'. I started watching it before I dropped my laundry off. what's on tap for the rest of the day? the finishing of my laundry, the finishing of watching 'mickey blue eyes', the reading of my first responder book, the cleaning of the apartment, and whatever andrea and I decide to do tonight.

good intentions

I meant to read nine chapters for my First Responder class today. instead, I went to Best Buy, bought the original three star wars movies (eps. IV-VI. it was on sale for a little over $30 ), all three riddick chronicle movies (for a whoppin' $15 dollars total), and Ultimate Alliance (a ps2 game with spidey and the x-men) which I then proceeded to spend about 10 hours playing. guess what I get to do tomorrow. it starts with an 'f' and ends with a 'irst responder reading'.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

what've I been up to?

well, the answer to that question is threefold. numero uno: work. numero dos: first responder class. numero tres: sleeping. rinse, lather, repeat, add fooding in there at some point and you have my life the past three days. oh yeah, and battling a cold. the first responder class has been lots of fun. you get to learn medical stuff and you get to work with mannequins. the second day of class (yesterday), we learned about how blood circulates from the heart to the rest of the body (we spent a week on that in biology). that's how quick-paced the class is. I'm about nine chapters behind on my reading now but when your days consist of working 8-5 and then driving from 5-6:30 and then class from 6:30 to 10:00 and then driving from 10:00 to 10:45 to get home and then being in bed by 11:30, that doesn't leave much room for reading or much of anything else especially if you want to have dinner at 10:45-ish. it's been fun though. I'm glad I don't have class again till monday though. it'll give me time to catch up on my reading. what's even better is that I have friday, saturday, and sunday off from work so I might actually get ahead on my reading. so, quick recap of how my week goes: monday through wednesday: work, drive, class, drive, dinner. thursday through saturday: work, read, read, read. sunday: work, read, marriage prep class. so yeah, I've been busy. off I go to bed so I can wake up early enough to hopefully get a spot in the EMT class for next semester. they go fast and the first day of open enrollment is tomorrow at 8:00 AM. over half of the EMT class is already filled up so we'll see...

avs update

like the Avs? like stories of selflessness? this is the story for you Liles Gives No. 26 To Stastny

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Alvin, Simon, Theodore...

so I'm sick again (it's been awhile) and I have this routine I go through everytime I'm sick. first off, I toss kleenexes everywhere and then pick them up the next day (kinda disgusting, I know but it's therapeutic). secondly, I watch a movie from my childhood. usually, it's one of my favorite movies of all time, the Transformers movie (the original). for some reason I decided on a different movie today. I had picked up the Chipmunks Adventure about a week ago in Target so I thought I'd give it a try. anyways, watching the movie got another chipmunks song into my head. I don't know if any of you saw this episode but it's the one where alvin has a dream that the berlin wall falls down ("let the wall fall down/ tumble to the ground"). unfortunately, those are the only lyrics I can remember but it's stuck in my head now. anyways, the third part of my sick regimen involves possibly the best invention...ever, Nyquil, and then to bed so off I go.

Monday, October 02, 2006

notice to pirate islands

dear peaceful nations of the pirate islands,

this notice is to inform you that the nation previously known as futontopia has been taken over and will henceforth be known as ninja isle of death. along with the managerial change comes other changes. we will no longer be using ice blue as our dominant color in the flag. it will be replaced with dark angel green. here is a picture of futontopia's national hero whom we easily captured since he was wearing ice blue and was trying to hide in a dark green forest.
he will summarily be brainwashed and, after re-education, will be released back into the general population. we will also be changing our motto from "love and peace for all" to "death to all". thank you for your cooperation during this difficult transition. we know that change can be difficult and will be more than happy to assist in any way possible during this transitional period.


overlord of ninja isle of death

Sunday, October 01, 2006

ahhh...that hit the spot

I went for another jog today. this time, for 20 mins (a record for me). afterwards, I felt thirsty, and rightfully so. therefore, I headed off to my favorite drink spot. what sounded good? an orange cool breeze. I had never had one before but let me tell you, if you enjoy refreshing, citrus-y goodness, then this is the drink for you. I give it four out of five ninja throwing stars of death. one word of caution though. at the bottom of the drink, there are chunks of pineapple. I didn't expect that when I ordered it and almost spit it back out. that's also the reason why I only gave it four ninja throwing stars of death instead of five. when I order a drink, I shouldn't have to chew it. so there you have it. go out and get yourself an orange cool breeze today.

Friday, September 29, 2006

I can run faster than time

as many of you know, I've been jogging for about a month now. every time I jog, I bring my watch along to keep track of how long I've been running. apparently, I ran so fast I stopped time because just this morning, the watch battery finally decided to die on me. very sad. looks like I'll have to get a new battery before I can jog again...or use my oven timer...

Monday, September 25, 2006

hi ho hi ho

well, I'm sure you've been saying to yourselves that it's been awhile since I've posted any warhammer pics on this site so, as a public service to all of you, I have decided, on my day off, to fulfill that requested. below are two pics. the first one is of all the dwarves I have painted so far. the second pic is of two of my favorite dwarves that I have painted.

Saturday, September 23, 2006


I was watching the travel channel today and I saw an commercial for Brazil and Puerto Rico and I thought to myself, I wonder if the US advertises abroad on foreign televison channels. is there someone in Brazil or Puerto Rico right now watching some New Yorker give the thumbs up sign or a cowboy riding his horse? perhaps a montage of the statue of liberty, the golden gate bridge, and the great arch being shown with "it's a small world" playing in the background. but then I think of all the money the government spends on beefing up security at the borders which probably discourages international travelers a little bit. then again, there are commercials on tv for individual states so you never know... let me know if they show USA commercials if you live abroad or just let me know what you think if you don't live outside the US.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

of goblins and gnoblars

I got an email reminder today from black gobbo (the e-zine from games workshop) and this issue was about the orcs and goblins army release and I thought to myself, wouldn't it be fun to make a goblin and gnoblar army? can you just imagine it? all the little greenskins runnin' around and causin' all sorts of trouble? now imagine a whole army dedicated to gnoblars, snotlins, squigs, and fanatics. there'd be stuff randomly exploding all over the place. oh the fun...

Saturday, September 16, 2006

< 30

today I filled up my gas tank and it cost me less than $30. way to go petrol dudes. I applaud you. keep it up and I'll give you a cookie.

Monday, September 11, 2006

on the steak train...and not the gravy boat

I had this weekend off so off I went galavanting to the land o' hattan-man. we started a game of battlejacks but it was pretty late so we only played two turns and then headed to bed. sunday was spent watching mucho football and finishing the game of warhammer. lots of fun was had. we even went to patch and crows and picked up some dwarves stuff. I picked up a box-o-slayers. we decided to paint our dwarves accordin' to our pirate island colors so mine are hawk turquoise and ice blue. below are some pics of my first dwarf slayer. if you'll look carefully, you'll see that I've even painted eyes on 'im. not the greatest but still my first attempt.

Saturday, September 02, 2006


it's taken awhile but I'm almost done with all of my orcs. all I have left is the command group. I may or may not get pictures of those up later. until then, here are some pics of my orc war chariot

Sunday, August 27, 2006

health kick

I've been on this health kick the past couple of weeks ever since I've been back from chicago. I've been lifting weights, eating healthier, drinking more milk and just today, I took up jogging. if you're looking to start joggin' too, this is a pretty good site to start with. it's the one I used. on my first jog, I found this little guy spray painted on the path I was jogging on.

it looks like the force is with me in my choice to start jogging.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

crazy chicago

I made it back safely from chicago at about midnight yesterday. some things I learned about chicago:
1. if you rent a car, your car may or may not have seatbelts but if you ask for a rollaway bed, that will come with a seat belt
2. hotels have telephones in the bathroom but no free wireless interent (you have to pay for it. I'm thinking take away the phone in the bathroom and you might've been able to afford free wifi)
overall though, it was a pretty good time. I woke up sore every morning and still am sore but I'm glad I went. well, off to have lunch and then clean out the fridge. apparently, the ice cream I had in the freezer before I left exploded or something because it's running down the side of the fridge.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

I gonna be gone

I'm leaving for Chicago tonight for more instructor training so until I get back, I leave you with a pic of Teclis.

Friday, August 04, 2006


finished Eltharion tonight. I like the color scheme but unfortunately the painting isn't exactly the best. the paints were either too watery or too dry so it clumped up a lot or ran too much. it looks ok though.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

it's wet

well, it's raing pretty good right now. so as is the case when it rains (and when it doesn't), I've been working on painting. I finished the pirate zombies and luckily primed some stuff before it started pouring down today. I managed to prime Teclis and Eltharion. I haven't started on Teclis yet but here's the start of Eltharion. I think it looks pretty good so far. I may wind up leaving most of it white. the sword and hands aren't attached but the model looks pretty cool unpainted. well, off to work on it some more.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

ahoy me matey

well, this is pretty much what I've been working on most of the day. I think it turned out pretty well. I only have four more to go before I'm done and can start on a box of regular zombies.

Monday, July 31, 2006

I think window blinds hates yahoo

here's the story. I downloaded window blinds a couple of days ago. since then, everytime I pull up yahoo and click on the status button and then run the mouse over the yahoo icon in the icon tray, yahoo closes. here's the kicker. if I use the pull down window instead and change my status that way, yahoo works just fine. if anyone has any ideas on how to remedy this, let me know. oh yeah, I'm using the ATT Yahoo Messenger with voice thing if that makes any difference. on another note, tomorrow's my first day off in about seven days. what'm I plannin' on doing (doesn't "what'm" look strange...? but I digress...)? well, I'm plannin' on spending the night painting some pirate zombies and if I finish them off, I may start my box of normal zombies. sounds fun, ne? if I feel really ambitious, I may make tea. yeah...I like days off... on another note, Pickle's and my brother's birthdays were on the 25th so if you guys are reading this, happy belated birthday!

Saturday, July 29, 2006

it's like christmas...but at 103 degrees...and I have to pay for my presents...

well, I went to check my mail today and I got THREE packages. that's the most packages I've ever received at once in my entire life. I think it's my box of pirates card, my other pirate ship, and my copy of band of brothers...I hope it is...well, off to find out.

Friday, July 28, 2006

catch up

well, it's been a while since I've updated the ol' blogbert so here I go. what've I been up to you ask? well, mostly work but I did manage to sneak in a little bit of fun. Andrea, her mom, sister, and I went down to Branson for a couple of days and played at Silver Dollar City and we stopped by a couple of outlet malls including a Disney outlet mall where we found a Davy Jones hat thingy. for the record, I didn't get much sleep the previous night and andrea put the hat on me which is why I look pretty drunk in the picture.

we also stopped by a fruit stand in Osceola on the way back. here's a picture of the watermelon we got. well, it's technically only half of the watermelon we got. the guy we got it from said it was 40+ pounds. for reference, to the right of the watermelon is a blueberry (also purchased from the Osceola fruit stand). it was HUUUUUUGE!!!!

after that trip there was a lot of work and then this weekend, shannon and nicole came up and we played pirates. here's a picture of my armada so far.

I'm still waiting on my box of South China Seas cards (ebay is a good thing). then this thursday, shannon, nicole, nette, chris, and aaron came up here to watch a concert and we (andrea and I) met up with them at Perkin's. more info at Shannon's blog.

disclaimer: the rest of this post is about work so feel free to skip it.

on thursday I got called into the office during work after I got back from lunch. let me preface this story a little bit. since april, corporate has been trying to increase production and collect 3.3 million liters of plasma so they've been doing a LOT of promotions and trying to get new donors in which has been keeping us very busy especially since we've been understaffed. well, back to thursday. I walked into the office and the manager tells me that the company made the 3.3 million liter mark and as a thank you gesture from corporate, all the employees involved get a cooler/picnic basket thingy complete with plastic plates, knives, forks which is pretty cool but in addition to that, everyone that has been working for the company since april gets a $100 american express gift check. so thursday was a pretty good day for me.

in other works news, I've been trying to get all my training done for the Compliance Specialist Alternate position but that's been kind put on the backburner since the reception supervisor has been gone for the month and I've been taking over for him in addition to signing off on the books, and training four people in reception, and screening, and taking care of new donors.

final work related news. we got paid today and I was looking at my check and it looks like I got a raise somewhere in between last paycheck and this paycheck. no complaints from me. I'm just not sure whether the raise was our annual raise or the raise was from me moving to a different position in the company. if the raise was from our annual raise, I may be getting another one in a couple of weeks when I start/get fully trained as a compliance specialist alternate.

well, that's probably more than you wanted to know so I'm off to bed now. got to get up early tomorrow so I can go in early tomorrow to train some people on opening duties.

Monday, July 03, 2006

rain rain go away

well, it looked like it was going to rain today so I decided to go out and take pictures of clouds (like the one posted above). to my disappointment, it never did. it may tomorrow, however, which isn't exactly what I was hoping for but we'll have to see. in other news, today was my day off. what'd I do? got car oil changed, did laundry, cleaned up a little bit. that was about it. now I'm off to bed so I can wake up at 7:30 so I can get ready for work.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

silly freezer, humans don't get freezer burns or I love cherries

well, I managed to do it again. I was working in processing today and I was stupd and decided to try to open the freezer door without using the handle. what happens, you ask? well, the cold went THROUGH my gloves and to my hands. I took a good two minutes under warm water to thaw my hands back out. well, after work, I thought I'd cook dinner for andrea and I tonight and for that I need food or at least food-ish items so I stopped by dillons on the way home. while in the produce isle, I saw a mountain of bags of cherries and I said to myself, self eat it, eat it all. well, I managed to restrain myself and bought a bag (which I intend to eat and eat it all). cherries have always represented summer to me ever since my parents used to bring them with us to watch fireworks at the fourth of july so summer isn't officially summer without a honkin' (that's right, honkin') big bag of cherries.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

the weekend thus far

currently down in mahattan right now. what have we been doin' you may ask? well, here's the weekend in pictures:

on friday night/saturday morning, we played battlefront LAN style. yesterday, we stopped by the salvation army to get pirate clothes. here's chris sporting his new duds:

later that day, we played some disc golf. inevitable, when disc golf and construction meet, climbing generally ensues:

then we spent the rest of the night playing Dawn of War, LAN style but before we did, we needed something to drink, something good and about 100 ounces of it:

and then we got to the game itself

Friday, June 23, 2006

'I am that merry wanderer of the night'

well, I currently am, and have been since about 10:30 this morning, working on my laptop. in fact, I'm posting this from my laptop right now. it's working pretty swell (that's right, I said/typed 'swell'). it took awhile to get the wireless internet thing to work on it but after half an hour I figured that out. now all I have to do is figure out how to set up my network. the lappy is finding it fine, it's just not connecting to it for some reason so I may just be typing in the wrong password. so I'm off to install programs onto my lappy. I'm working on photoshop right now. speaking of lappy, guess what I named it. I was trying to think of a name that combined my love of literature with something else I love and then the name 'puck' came up. who would've thunk it, right (that's right, I typed 'thunk')? does this mean that shakespeare was a hockey fan or that the nhl is a shakespeare fan? I'll leave you to ponder that.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006


I got my 200 GB hard drive from ebay today. spent about an hour figuring how to install it onto my computer but I finally figured it out. now I'm gonna have to spend another four hours transfering my music files to the new drive. I'll probably be spending that much time transfering my photos to the drive tomorrow as well. that's all right. it'll give me something to do while I wait for my laptop to show up. here lappy, lappy...

Sunday, June 18, 2006

I believe

I believe that as we get older, we appreciate our parents more and the sacrifices they've made for us whether it is as simple as denying themselves the last cherry so that we may have just one more or something as big as not purchasing that new set of golf clubs they've been saving for so that we can get braces. things they think we don't even notice or appreciate (which we probably didn't back then) but when the years come back and we look back on our memories, we do and treasure them all the more because they made those sacrifices back then, not to get a 'thank you' or to be honored on a day. rather, they did it because they did, and still do, love us.

I also believe that as we get older, our parents become more human. we no longer see them as the supermen or superwomen they once were. instead, we see them as two people, flawed as they may be, trying their best, to give us what they could. and even though they didn't always have the answers (or at least the right ones), they'd make something up that sounded semi-plausible just to make sure they still had your awe and respect, at least for that short while that we called childhood.

and that is why, for all of these reasons and for all the secret sacrifices that you parents make, I, on behalf of all children, on this father's day, want to tell you thank you and we love you.

the lakehouse

just got back from watching "The Lakehouse". same old story about boy meets girl, etc, right? well, not quite. the twist is that they communicate through a mailbox at the house that they both lived at at different times. I have to admit that I was kinda weary about going to see it 'cause it has keanu reeves in it and his movies have a habit of being either uber awesome or hyper terrible. in any case, without giving anything away, I'd highly suggest seeing this movie if you enjoy sappy movies and/or movies that deal with the time continnum. if you do see this movie, keep in mind that it is a movie and don't think about the time continuum thing too much.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

hello chaos warrior

a pic of my latest choas warrior.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

one in a million

I just got an email from my health insurance company thanking me for being 'one in a million' and then I got to thinking about it. is it really a compliment to be one in a million? 'cause that can be taken in two different ways meaning completely opposite things. one the one hand, it could mean that you're the only one like that, special, unique. on the other hand, it could also mean that you are one of a million or the same as all the others. just another way the wonderful english language screws with your head I guess so the next time you say something idiomatic, make sure what you intended to say only has one meaning.

Monday, June 12, 2006


well it looks like I didn’t get the supervisor position. we were pretty slow today so someone had to be sent home. everyone else needed the hours so I volunteered to go home. I had to tell the managers that I was leaving. before I could leave, they told me that they wanted to talk to me. apparently, they had made a decision on the supervisor position. they decided that they were going to give the position to someone else because apparently, they had me in mind for another position before the old supervisor had even announced that he was leaving. it's a Compliance Specialist Assistant position. it's more of a managerial position and my pay would no longer be determined by hours worked which is good and I think I would get paid more than I would have as a supervisor. well, I'm off to look at laptops and spend my raise which I haven't officially received yet. in case you're interested in the title of this post, keyword: snowbuffs, shift:0.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

pirate-y awesomeness

for our negative one year anniversary, andrea got me this book of pirate automata that you put together. you crank the shaft and this one "duels". actually, it looks more like it's doing a jig than dueling but it's still cool. I'll post more pics of the others when I finish them. these things take longer than painting models 'cause you have to wait for the glue to dry afore you can work on the next step. I think I spent about 6 1/2 hours on this one (including glue drying time). in case you can't tell, there's a cutlass in his right hand and a pistol in his left.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

battle jacked

well, yesterday was a half-day at work and that in conjunction with it being memorial day led to the conclusion that a bbq must be had and that it must be had in manhattan so that's where I drove to yesterday. we did the traditional bbq thing and then played battle jacks. chris (lizardmen) and I (high elves) were against shannon (tomb kings), nette (goblins), and nicole (chaos). generally, the results of the game can be summed up in three pics:

here is my mage fleeing from some rather nasty goblins:

here is one of chris's lizardmen being defeated:

here is a high elf head on a pike (you get the idea):

Saturday, May 27, 2006

does lawrence have a sperm bank?

believe it or not, someone actually asked me that at work yesterday. I'm not sure if it was because it looked like I was knowledgable about such places or if it was because I worked at a place where you donate stuff and so I should know of other places where you could donate stuff. yup, that's the kind of people I associate with at work. keep in mind that this is a rare occurence. most (about 98%) of the donors are really cool and I wouldn't mind spending time with them outside of the center but there are those in the 2% which really make you wonder if they could possible pass a bill that requires permits to have offspring fast enough. at my lunch break yesterday, one of my male co-workers and I were talking about the strangest question we've been asked at work and that was my answer. at about that time another co-worker, a female one, came in and said that she had just been asked the same thing but she thought that it was a pick up line so I'm not sure if I should be relieved or scared that I was asked the same thing... well, in any case, the answer, if you were wondering, is no, lawrence does not have a sperm bank. it was such an intriguing question that I had to pull out the phone book in the center and look it up. on to other news, I got my car back yesterday so no more walking three or so miles in the heat for me. I may still bike to work though. it's usually pretty nice in the morning when I head out to work and it's actually faster since I can cut through parking lots on the bike. also, I officially turned in my application for the supervisor position at work this morning so I should be hearing about that sometime in the next two to three weeks. on a totally unrelated story, I headed off this morning to walmart to get ink for the printer (I was messing with photoshop and had a pic I wanted to print). anyways, while there, I saw that they had Rampage for the PS2 (a childhool favorite of mine) so I had to pick that up and the Perfect Storm (which I hadn't seen but everyone else seemed to love so I had to pick that up to). well, in any case, I didn't get any ink because I couldn't remember what flavoer of hp printer I had and wound up with two things not on the list. so, I'm off to watch the perfect storm.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

changes at work

a couple of days ago, there was an announcement that the reception supervisor position was open because the supervisor was leaving in two weeks to stay home with his newborn baby. today he came up to me and asked me if I was interested in taking over for him and he convinced me to try for the position because I had practically filled in for him for the two weeks he was gone while his wife first had the child. anyways, I went to into the manager's office and asked for more information on the position. now I'm not sure if I have the position yet and I haven't turned in my resume for it yet but three hours after telling the manager I was interested in the position, the supervisor was showing me how to take care of supervisor-y duties. I think that's a good sign. now all I have to do is actually fill out the paperwork for that... we'll see how it goes though.

Friday, May 19, 2006

well, it's about time for my semi-monthly walk around lawrence again (yes, my car's back in the shop. for details refer to previous post titled 'why do things keep throwing themselves in front of my car'). today's little romp included a jaunt to the bank and then downtown to get new tire treads for my bike (which I will be riding for the next week or so thanks to a furry little animal which shall remain unnamed). on the way back from the bike shop, I saw THE coolest moped. EVER. below is a picture.

if you look close enough at the handle bar you'll see that it's "for official use only".

Saturday, May 13, 2006

why do things keep throwing themselves in front of my car?

well, you know things are going to be bad when you show up to work and find a dead bird in front of the door. what kind of carnage ensues after that you may ask? well, my friend, I'll tell you. I was supposed to meet my parents in wichita today for my cousin's graduation. on the way there, I hit a deer. immediately after I hit the deer, this light showed up
(the service vehicle soon light, not the change oil light.) so that basically cancelled my trip to wichita for the day. and that's not even the best part yet. so, I turned the car around and headed back to lawrence. on the way back, I noticed two deer carcasses on the northbound lane of I-335 as well pretty close to where I hit my deer. and here's the kicker, on my way back to lawrence, I hit two birds, one big bug, and countless smaller ones. I think I'll stay in my apartment for the rest of the night so I don't kill anything else. what kind of damage does a deer do to a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am? this kind:

Thursday, May 11, 2006

'Canes win the cup!

just based on the playoffs that the hurricanes are having, it looks like I'm going to have to go with the 'canes to win the stanley cup this year. they've got a great team and they seem to be working together flawlessly. who's gonna make it to the big dance? I'm going to go with ducks vs. 'canes and as we all know, ducks don't fly too well in hurricanes...

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

not the mama

oh yeah couple of things I left off of the last post. I didn't add this picture on that last post because for some reason blogger only lets me upload eight pics per post. anyways, here's a fun pic I took on my walk.

yes, that is a blue tree. no I did not photoshop it. it actually is a tree painted blue by the inhabitants of this house:

on another fun note, I also got season 1&2 of Dinosaur on dvd. I don't know if any of you ever used to watch it but it had these muppet-like dinosaur family and the baby always said "not the mama" and banged the dad on the head with a pot and hence the title of this post.


well today was my day off from work so I thought I'd take the car in to get the annoying ticking noise taken care of which left me with a lot of time to walk around so I brought my digital camera with:

here's a picture of a historical landmark sign here in lawrence:

here's the actual building itself:

pretty flower pics I took along the way:

some cool artwork I saw on my walk:

so long story short, here's a list of things I did today:
cleaned car
got a hair cut
got car fixed
got new fish
cleaned aquarium
changed filter on aquarium
went to tae kwon do class
went to target
had lunch at Indo (formerly Pochi)
went to Borders
took pictures

things I did not do today:
invade canada
declar war on poland
terrorize an orphanage
kick a poodle
lick a hamster

Sunday, April 30, 2006

another music review

well, since I've been doing music reviews lateley, I thought I'd post another one up here. I was listening to Trailmix on KPR and they had this song called "The Stained Glass" by Danny Schmidt on it. it's gotta be one of the most poetic songs I've heard. here are some of the lyrics and if you want, you can see a video of his performance here this stanza describes the congregation as the glass maker reveals the stained glass window that he made to replace the one that was made by his son.

The chapel fell to silence, it was more than just surprise
As the monstrosity of color slid its tongue across their eyes
And they shivered from exposure like babies born again
Cause in every pane of glass was all the joy and pain of man . . .

Friday, April 28, 2006

can't get enough ninja?

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Thursday, April 27, 2006

fragments of memories

have you ever had one of those moments where it's like you're having a flashback of the magnus opus of your previous life? I had something kinda like that today while I was driving. I was waiting at the traffic light and listening to goo when this popped into my head:

if our two destinies were parallel lines, I'd twist reality so that our paths would intersect even if it were just for that brief instant in time.
and, with that brief meeting, a single point in time, my life would be complete and I could carry on in my parallel life.

obviously there are some tweaks to it but it seems to resonate within me for some reason. sort of like the way certain phrases can trigger a memory.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

random cute pictures from easter

here are some random cute pics of my future nieces-in-law. I was only gonna post one but I couldn't decide which one was my favorite so I decided to post my top four.

during my MCAT lunch

here's what I did during my one hour lunch break during the MCAT on saturday. I went for a little walk and saw this bunny.

then I took pictures of the statue of the guy doing tai chi. I just really liked the statue for some reason.