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1st-Apr-2009 09:10 am - Holy Crap
swirly
Greg got me an intro flying lesson for my birthday. That has got to be one of the coolest gifts I have ever received. I was literaly speechless for a moment when I saw what it was. Now I just have to schedule it, and then I will likely be out lots of money after I sign up for ground school as a result of this little teaser. :)
16th-Mar-2009 09:45 am - I <3 Levi Jeans
swirly
They have finally acknowledged that not all women have the "ruler" body shape, and actually made jeans with that in mind. The "Curvy Jeans" are designed to fit those with curves. The tag advertises that they are designed to fit a "fuller" figure, and won't gap in the back.

Perhaps these are made in response to the ever-increasing waistline of our nation, or maybe, just maybe, they're made with the intent of providing clothes that fit correctly to those of us not shaped like a supermodel. I'd like to think it's the latter, but either way I won't complain. Whatever their definition of "fuller figure" is, these jeans actually fit me. And they live up to the promise of no gapping in the back. This is awesome.

A.N.A. brand also apparently makes jeans that fit me. However, if you want to buy them in not petite, you had better be tall. I tried on a pair of the flared ones from the misses section and was standing on 4 inches of fabric. I bought a pair of their skinny cut jeans, and they are some of the most comfortable jeans I have had straight off the rack. Sadly, they are too long as well (they didn't offer the style I liked in petite), but since the leg is straight at the bottom they will be easy to hem. Now I can finally show off my cool tall boots, instead of hiding them under boot-cut jeans! :)

All in all, it was a very good shopping trip. I managed to replace the 2 pairs of jeans that wore out on me in 1/2 hour at one store. I am still flabergasted that such a thing was possible.


Now, if you managed to read through all that...
Happy St. Patrick's Day! If you happen to be in the Seattle area, you should totally come to the Tractor Tavern at 8pm tomorrow. They are having a ceili! For those of you who don't know, that's an Irish social dance. You don't need to know how to do anything. They explain the steps, then call them out while you dance. You do a short figure, then rotate down the line and do it again. This continues until the song is over. It is much fun!

If you're busy tomorrow, but still think this sounds like it would be cool, there's one on Vashon Island on Saturday! I don't have the info for that one handy right now, but if you google Vashon Island Ceili, it's easy to find.
13th-Feb-2009 08:44 am - Today!
swirly
Is Friday the 13th. The first of 3 we will have this year! Apparently 2009 is not a good year to be superstitious. :)

Also, tomorrow is Valentine's Day. So, Happy Valentine's Day!


:'( Took the time to draw a heart, but LJ kept insisting on distorting it into something unrecognizable, so I gave up.
10th-Feb-2009 09:18 am - Random Fact of the Day
swirly
No idea why this suddenly popped into my head, or why I feel compelled to share it, but here ya go.

The silvery-gray tape that can be used to reapir anything can be properly called duct tape OR duck tape.
-duct tape, from it's original purpose of repairing leaky ducts.
-duck tape, from 2 sources: one brand that makes the tape (Duck Tape), and what it was called in WWII. Because it could be used on things underwater, it was called "duck tape," in the same manner that the transport vehicles that can drive on land and be a boat are called "ducks."

Source: some book about the history of duct tape I ran across in the store a few years ago.
21st-Jan-2009 04:56 pm - What I"m learning to do now.
swirly


and

It's short, but it's kinda hard to find good videos of rope. EDIT: found a better video, so I replaced it.



It will be a long time before I am this good, but maybe someday... :)
2nd-Jan-2009 08:30 am - Hrm
swirly
I know not many people still read this, but maybe the right person will.

I have a bit of a conundrum. I got a text message from an Ann Arbor cell phone asking if I would be willing to be a job reference for the person. I'm pretty sure it's one of my friends, but I lost a lot of cell phone numbers when I got my new phone (and my web-based repository of people's numbers has evaporated), and I don't know who this person is. I feel really bad about that, but it's the truth. If you've sent me a text message asking if I'd be a job reference for you, could you please contact me in some fashion that tells me your identity? If you think you might know who's trying to get ahold of me, I can send you the phone number so you can let me know.

I'm also debating just calling the number to see who it is, but I'm not very good at talking on the phone, especially if I don't know who I'm calling. It would be a very akward call, I'm afraid, and I don't want to make any of my friends upset. And this also brings up the possibility of it somehow being a wrong number...but one would think that was much less likely with a text message, as those are normally sent to people in your address book.

I don't want to leave one of my friends hanging, so I probably will end up calling the number tomorrow, but if you can help me before then, I would appreciate it.

Thanks!

Edit: Mystery solved! Thanks!
22nd-Dec-2008 12:30 pm - Freakin' Snow
swirly
We got SNOW in Seattle! Not snow, but SNOW. Around 8" so far, and more on the way. That doesn't happen. As such, they don't have the equipment to clear the roads. The freeways basically take care of themselves, with all the cars driving on them, but for sidestreets and driveways, you're on your own.

I couldn't get my car out of it's parking spot this morning. After excavating it from under all the snow, it just couldn't get over the pile of snow around it that was taller than the bottom of my doors. Not really sure why I thought it would be able to, since it was wet snow, but I tried anyway. Took 4 people pushing to get it back into the spot, since there was no way it was backing up any further. Maybe I need to get a small shovel so I can free my car. I had to take Tev's jeep to get to work this morning. Good thing his boss let him work from home today.

And my Mom can't get up her driveway. Her apartment is on the top of a big hill. So, you go up a really steep hill to get there, and then down a slightly less steep one to get to her parking area. She was stuck down there on Thursday and Friday. Yesterday, she and my little bro came to stay at our place because they couldn't get up the driveway to go home. And the worst part is the apartment complex she lives at refuses to do anything about it. That's retarded. Oh...and they haven't cleared the outdoor stairs you have to go down to get to my mom's apartment either.

So, now I'm at work. The cafeteria is closed cuz of the weather, and the snack bar is packed up for the holidays, so I can't get soup like I was planning to for lunch. Guess I'll have to go out somewhere if I want food (the vending machines don't have real food, and I can't eat 90% of the items for sale in them anyway), but I don't really want to do that either, because I got in so late this morning I will have to be here until 6:30 if I take a lunch break. Wonder if Jimmy John's is still willing to deliver food?

I love snow, but only when it's in a place where the roads are taken care of! GRRRRRR!

Maybe I'll grab my laptop and work from home for part of the day...
16th-Dec-2008 11:32 am - WTF Google?
swirly
Google search for "elf." In the search suggestions at the bottom of the page was: "zooey deschanel"

WTF does that have to do w/"elf"?

Seriously google, WTF?
16th-Dec-2008 08:56 am - Musings
swirly
Prepare to be hit by random, stream-of-though writings. Is stuff I've been wanting to say for a bit but can't be bothered to put into a coherent narrative right now. Sorry.

It's cold here. Has been for the last couple of days. There's actually snow on the ground (the grass is still showing through, but there is snow), and I've had to scrape frost off my windshield before I could drive to work the last couple of days. We're supposed to get more snow tonight and tomorrow. A couple of inches is what's forcast. We'll see what happens. However icky the roads get, though, my office won't close unless the power goes out. Oh well. I can drive on the icky roads, and I almost feel safe doing it when no one else is trying it. :)

Lack of swordfighting and stuntwork in general is starting to bug me more and more. I have this awesome handmade whip that is absolutely beautiful that I haven't had a chance to try out because it's been too wet outside and there just isn't space in my apartment.
I don't really know how to find practice space. Might go hijack the raquetball court in the clubhouse and hope we don't get kicked out. Used to do that in college and it wasn't a problem. Apartment might have different rules, though. :/
Been thinking more and more seriously about starting a club out here. And I think I found a way to get started: The Experimental College https://depts.washington.edu/asuwxpcl/lb-index.php. (I cannot figure out how to make pretty links in LJ. Can anyone help me out?) Will definately need to look into that more.

Holidays are almost here, and we're not going anywhere. While I will miss having the chance to see my friends and family who live on the other side of the country, it will be very nice to have a holiday to just relax and not have to worry about anyone else's schedule, or what other people want to do. Sorry, it's selfish, but we really need the break. Also, we can't afford plane tickets.

I will try to call people before/around the holidays, but I really suck at keeping in touch with people. I try to be better about it, but I just can't quite seem to get the hang of it. Thought maybe writing here would help, but no one seems to be on LJ anymore. Where have you all gone? ...yes, I realize the futility of asking people who have moved to other forms of communication which one they're using ON the abandoned medium. But maybe the one or two who are still around will know.

Anyway, if I don't talk to you soonish, have a Great Christmas, and Happy New Year, and a Wonderful Whatever-Other-Holiday you celebrate! :)
9th-Dec-2008 04:03 pm - Can't think of a good title...
swirly
...but this is one of the most amazing things I've seen in awhile.

Enjoy!

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