Abort, Retry, Delete?

November 29th, 2005 § 0 comments § permalink

You know it’s bad when you start using compu-talk in conversations…

R: I’m on the verge of a career crisis!
C: ruh oh!
R: hit restart!
C: force quit!
R: my boss already did that to me 2 months ago!
C: hahaha… unexpectedly quit
R: hahaha
R: process contains fatal errors
C: abort, retry, delete?
R: i want to reformat my hard drive
C: your internal or external?
R: if only it were that easy
R: hahaha
R: internal, save the external in case I change my mind
C: you can still boot from the external
C: perhaps you should make a backup
R: I’m hanging
R: too many processes at once
C: multi-task processing
R: maybe it will work itself out after some sleep mode
C: I recommend defragmenting
C: and some anti-virus protection
R: I’m so fragmented
R: I’d tell you about my bits but that’s nsfw
C: hahahah
C: that really burns my disc.
C: (this is getting bad)
R: hahaha, “getting”
C: dammit
C: Okay, blogging this
C: haha
R: oh boy…

House is Warmed

November 21st, 2005 § 0 comments § permalink

Our house is properly warmed, thank you to everyone who came by this Saturday to partake in our glittering view of the city on a lovely night.

We were concerned about the high number of RSVPs, but it turned out well, with attendance spread out over many hours. I think the most crowded that it got was perhaps close to 30 people in the room at once?

Lots of fun was had, with gaming of both the digital and analog sorts. Tons of good food, thank you to everyone that brought a munchable! My homemade tiramisu was a hit and disappeared very quickly. Many bottles of red wine were opened and finished (did everyone forget that all the bottles of white were in the fridge?)… we are SO set for wineCamp, I tell ya. All of the beer was consumed with great gusto.

We were having fun from mid-afternoon, into the wee hours of the morning… so with full stomachs and a good buzz going, we happily passed out in bed, saving the housecleaning for the next day. Ahh, good times.

Fling93 has posted an awesome set of photos, to make up for my slack… I only took two pictures that night, shame on me!

For anyone blogging or flickring the evening, the tag is “geekAerieHousewarming”.

Keeping it down

November 17th, 2005 § 0 comments § permalink

I am seriously tired of being sick.

A few days ago, I started feeling like my lingering cough that began in early October was worsening, and the nasal/sinus symptoms were returning. I chalked it up to perhaps allergies, with the weird heat wave that seemed to be hitting the bay area. But my cough was really starting to freak me out, sounding worse and becoming more productive.

I took Tuesday off of work, for I was feeling pretty crappy, and spent a lot of the day horizontally. The rest was most certainly needed. I tried pretty much all day to get in contact with a doctor to try and get this thing checked out that day, but response was incredibly flaky. I left multiple messages for my PCP, only to find out hours later that she was out of town, and I “could schedule an appointment next week”. Um, no. I am subsequently advised to call the Advice Nurse to try and make a same day appointment at the clinic. All I get is a voice mail, multiple times, and no callback. Grr. By the time she *does* call me back, it’s already the afternoon and they don’t have an appointment available until early the next afternoon. Double grr.

Took Wednesday off too, figuring it wasn’t worth it to go in to work only to leave 3 hours later. The doctor’s visit was pretty unproductive, she thought that I probably had another virus and sent me home with a prescription for some cough syrup with codeine. Whooo.

I was seriously getting fed up with this crap. I get an illness like this at least once a year, and no doctor has been able to tell me what the heck is going on. Allergists tell me their tests are “inconclusive”, doctors have given me rounds of different heartburn medications thinking that digestive issues may be causing my cough, others have given me antibiotics. At this point, I am frustrated and will try anything that might possibly help.

So I went and visited a friendly neighborhood herbalist.

Chinese HerbalistNo, not the ones that hang out in the park, duh… a Chinese Herbalist. My boss had been talking about taking me to one, for she totally swears by the treatments that she has received from them. So I figured, heck, it’s worth a shot… I don’t really have a lot to lose.

I was sent home with a big bag full of seemingly random twigs and branches, to consume the liquid made from boiling them in water over the course of the next few days. MAN is this stuff potent. Boiling this stuff in a big pot on the stove just fills the house with the strong scent of these herbs. The dark brown liquid that results after boiling it for an hour is nice(?) and stinky, and is really tough going down. It just tastes like dirt to me… reminiscent of taking a spill on a soccer field.

So I am only on day two of quaffing this stuff, and I’m already sick of it. Maybe it’s the thought of drinking it again that scares our bodies into getting better, heh.

We’ll see how it goes… I have to be swilling this brown stinky liquid till Sunday. Wish me luck.


November 11th, 2005 § 7 comments § permalink

Beer seems to be the word on a lotta blogs lately, and I guess I’m no exception.

Maybe because it’s good.

Beer BrunchFunny that I developed my taste for wine before I developed my taste for beer, because it seemed like the brews were the drink of choice of most of my friends in my younger years. Maybe it was a foodie snob thing, I don’t know for sure. Don’t get me wrong, I still heart my wine, but I’ve come to appreciate a good beer in the past few years… I guess it’s kinda like my developed appreciation for a good coffee (thanks to Mark and crew). I guess it also helps that beer is generally cheaper than wine, too. ;)

I do think that wine snobbery helped a bit with this, for I learned a bit about my sense of taste and “Taste Wheels“. BTW, there are taste wheels for coffee and beer, too, which I prolly wouldn’t have ever looked for without my knowledge (albeit a novice knowledge) of wine taste wheels.

I wasn’t really thinking about blogging about beer today, but it’s just funny that as I was thinking about my consumption of malt beverages in the past week or two (and, ahem, its residual effects), I get notified that my department is going out for an early lunch-slash-brunch over at the new BJ’s nearby. Whoo… beer for brunch. I haven’t even finished my cuppa Kona yet, and my cow-orkers are talking about havin’ some beers! Meh… I think I’ll be partaking in the tasty root beer that they have on tap instead. :)

The last time I had beer for brunch, it was over at O’Reilly’s with the Reservoir Dog brothers, a.k.a. Andy and Mike… and it was pretty damned good with the Irish comfort food that they serve there.

But it’s prolly not the best idea at 11:30 in the morning during a work day. Heh.

Ink and Paper

November 9th, 2005 § 0 comments § permalink

One of the things that really appealed to me about my current job is the print-centric nature of it. I have been doing too much work in the past few years that was web-centric, and my roots are most certainly in print.

Earlier this week, I had to attend a press check at a print house for some work-related materials. Call me weird, but I really enjoyed the experience.

Mind you, it’s been many years since I’ve been in a print house, surrounded by these massive presses churning out materials at high speed. I used to work at a magazine publisher back in HI, which was conveniently located upstairs from our print house, so I would do press checks all the time. But that was many many moons ago.

There’s something about the smell of the papers & inks, and the droning sounds of the machines made me feel like I was in my element again. The whole experience engaged my senses and  I guess it brought back a lot of memories of my work in the printing industry.

A seemingly mundane work task ended up being a walk down memory lane and made me feel like I was really in the right job for me.

Or perhaps the ink fumes were making me high. *koff*

Ahh. I am home. :)