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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

3:16PM

Oh No! My mom is on facebook now!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

8:53PM

I can't wait until after the wedding when I can chop my hair off.  Long hair gets really annoying.  Stupid having to have enough hair to do a fancy hairdo for the wedding.  In other wedding news, I'm really looking forward to food tasting for the wedding next week in Philly.

Friday, July 10, 2009

6:02PM - United Breaks Guitars. Song and music video about incompetent baggage handlers.



Thursday, July 9, 2009

2:43PM - ugh... so tired, but fun weekend/week so far

I hate it when I wake up so tired that I just feel sick.  Thats what happened this morning.  I only got about 3 hours.  We stayed until almost midnight at Felix's last night when usually we leave by 10:30.  Normally going to bed after midnight and waking up early for work the next day doesn't effect me too much so long as it doesn't become a pattern, but for some reason I just couldn't fall asleep last night.  On a normal night, I get tired around 10-10:30, read for a little while then go to sleep.  Sometimes if I stay up through the tired period, I end up getting a second wind and can't get to sleep.  Last night I was awake until around 2:30am and then woke up at 4:30 then again at 5:30, whats up with that?  I can't just crash after work since I am going out to dinner tonight with some co-workers.

So yesterday was supposed to be the follow-up shoot for this gaming show Dave and I volunteered for, however it got cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.  I know it was probably annoying for Jason, but to be honest, I was glad not to have to do it yesterday.  I got sunburned over the weekend and my face was all peely (eeeewwwwwww!!!!!) not the way you want to look on TV/Internet.

Now weekend.

This past weekend we went to visit Nicole in Queens for the 4th(long weekend).  On Saturday morning we went to Coney Island to see the Nathans International Hot Dog Eating Contest.  I was kind of surprised how many people packed in to see it, I mean some people actually travelled considerable distance to go to this event.  We were pretty far back since we only got there an hour before the event, I wasn't about to get up really early and wait hours to see people chug hot dogs, but we stood back against the metal police barrier thing they put up so people weren't spilling back into the stores.  I was able to get an okay view by sitting on the railing.  We got to see a new world record set as Joey Chesnut at 68 hotdogs in 10 minutes, thats more then one every ten seconds, I don't know how those people do that, or how they prepare for it without weighing 400 pounds.  I guess they drink lots of water or eat lots of low calorie food to stretch their stomachs.  This 105 pound woman ate 41 dogs which set a new record for women.

A slightly entertaining element of the day, that was really more annoying at the time was the store owner of the store behind where we were standing/sitting on the temporary fence.  His store was the classic definition of 'junk store', complete with cheap inflatable toys depicting TV shows that were popular over a decade ago.  Anyway, the owner of the store, who had no real authority whatsoever, kept yelling at people and trying to tell people what to do and where to stand.  He kept telling people not to sit or lean against the barrier since he was afraid it would fall over and damage his beachballs, which were actually not even close enough for anything to actually fall on.  I think he just wanted to feel important because he also kept telling people not to walk on a PUBLIC sidewalk.  Before the contest, somebody was using one of those T-Shirt launchers to launch T-Shirts into the crowd and one went into the store and I was actually sad that it didn't break anything, not that there was actually anything breakable in there to begin with.  From the look of the place, they probably make most of their money selling weed and fake IDs/passports.

At night we went to the Macy's fireworks on the Hudson River.  We got there about three hours early and brought chairs to sit on while we waited.  We brought dinner and drinks so we could picnic while waiting.  The show itself was really good, even if the view was partially obscured by trees.  Apparently you needed special tickets to get into the park for the better seats.  They basically had six shows going off at once from three barges in the river so you had fireworks exploding all around you.  I wish my camara didn't die right as the show was starting, I need to hit up Nicole for her pictures. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

9:18AM - designated no plans weekend part 2

So last weekend we purposefully made no plans other then the Harry and the Potters concert Friday night with Monica.  The purpose was so that we could get everything done around the house and otherwise that we have been putting off for way too long due to being away, or having too many plans most weekends.  Unfortunately it wasn't really that successful.  We ended up playing Secret of Mana all afternoon on Saturday (fail). We got some laundry done plus some general cleaning up around the house but nothing beyond what is supposed to be normal maintenance. 

This weekend we are going to try again.  The only fun thing we plan to do is see the new transformers movie.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

12:37PM - Diplomacy on TV

I just signed up to be a part of this guys Diplomacy game for a local TV show he produces about gaming.  I'm not sure if that was a good idea or bad...

I've never actually played the game before, but neither has the friend who got us involved, so apparently prior experience isn't necessary. 

I just don't want to make a fool out of myself on TV, even if it is local public access.

Current mood: geeky

Sunday, April 19, 2009

9:46PM - curtains!

We have curtains!!!

Well, almost

Monday, March 23, 2009

9:19PM - Productive and Fun Weekend

So I really did not feel like going to Long Island this weekend since it feels like we are traveling almost every weekend and there is still much to be done in order to get the house ready for the impending parental unit visit next weekend, but in the end I was glad I went.  I feel like we got a lot done and I also got to go drinking with friends.  First of all, we got to Dave's parents house on Friday night and had brunch with Dave's grandparents Saturday morning.  I'm glad the future in-laws know that I don't like eggs and thought to get me bagel with lox and cream cheese since they were making french toast and scrambled eggs for brunch.  Then we went into New York and visited the jeweler who made the rings so we could get my ring fixed(one of the prongs broke off), as well as design our wedding bands, which needed to be done.  Then we met up with JJ and Sara who happened to be in town for the weekend  Unfortunately, most of our NYC friends were not available that weekend since we kind of came on short notice, but it was great to see JJ and Sara and later Tommy.  We ended up making our way to this place Sara recommended for lunch and walked all this way only to find out that it was open for dinner only.  We ended up going to Pink Berry for a frozen yougurt snack.  after that, we went to a micro-brewery the name of which I forget.  The beer was good.  JJ's friends Steven and Lorene met up with us as well as our friend Tommy.   We drank some more.  

After we got the whole group together, JJ went off to her Birthright reunion and the rest of us went off to Cooper 35, which was now open for dinner.  Sara's recommendation turned out to be excellent since the price was cheap and the quality of food was good.  It was this Asian fusiony type place.  It came out to only about $20 per person including appetiers, meal, and about two drinks a piece.  The only negative was that we were seated right by the door so we were cold when ever somebody walked in.  I don't hold this against the restaurant, however, since our seating arrangement was simply due to bad timing (only table open).  

After dinner, we met back up with JJ and Tommy left us.  We then met up with Dave's siblings, Mike and Laura, and some of their friends at some other bar which I can't remember the name of.  We hung out there for a while and then Steven and Lorene went back to Brooklyn, JJ and Sara went to Grand Central Station, and me, David, Laura, and Mike took a cab back to Penn Station.  Mike made random conversation with random people on the train ride back.  I really wish I had that ability. 

On Sunday, Dave's mom went with us to William Senoma and Crate and Barrel to work on filling out the wedding registry.  We had dinner at this really good Persian restaurant in LI.  I brought leftovers back to eat at work today.  The drive back sucked because there was an accident on the highway and it took us two hours longer then usual (5.5 vs. 3.5) to get back.  We didn't get back until 2:30am.

It was great to see JJ, Sara, and Dave's family

Current mood: accomplished

Thursday, March 12, 2009

4:40PM

 We finally got cards for our Settlers game which came without.

We also now have a semi-weekly game night to go to every other Wednesday night.  Thanks dictator555 for hooking us up!  We went for the first time last night and I finally got to play Dominion.  I had been wanting to try that game for a while.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

9:34PM - Nothings official until its on facebook

I just had the most cheesy idea today.  I wonder if anybody has ever incorporated the changing of a facebook relationship status from 'engaged' to 'married'  into their wedding ceremony?  Yay for horrible wedding ideas =)

Don't worry, I have no intention of actually doing this... maybe at the after party though... 

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

10:00AM

My car hit 100,000 miles as I rolled into work today

Thursday, January 29, 2009

12:46PM - Caution: Zombies up ahead

Okay, this is an awesome prank.  Kudos to whoever did this.

http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/Road_signs_warn_of_zombies

Current mood: amused

Thursday, January 15, 2009

11:59AM - Updates

We moved into the new house right before the holidays.  Unpacking has been going slow due to us being out of town for the holidays and then comming back and going back to work.  Nothing will get done this weekend since we are going to Albany both to visit Ed and Theresa and attend IBanquet and associated party.  I have started unpacking the clothes, once that is done I think I'll do the books since we have so many of them and those boxes take up lots of space.  We still have no curtains in the living room and dining room and the ones in the other rooms are the butt ugly ones that came with the house.  Luckily Dave's mom has offered to make us curtains if we buy the fabric so hopefully she will be visiting us soon so we can go shopping.  Its really awkward not having curtains on a few of the huge windows.  Another really annoying thing is that the garage door openers open the garage door but don't close it.  After backing the car out of the garage, somebody has to run back in and push the button.  I really hope to get things suitable soon so we can start having people over.

On the social front, things have been developing slowly.  We have started meeting people through various avenues.  A few of our friends have introduced us to people they know in the area that seem cool.  At the apo national convention I asked Joni(one of the local alums) to put our names on the list for the monthly EZ alumni dinner.  There is a large contingent of Boston area RPI APOers however they were, for the most part, graduated before I got involved with apo.  I have met some of them on occasion and they seem cool.  I know a few other people in the area whom I have somewhat lost contact with that I wish to reconnect with.  In the near future I hope to sign up for some sort of Martial Arts class, I have always wanted to get into that.  I also want to find a good gaming store that has open games nights where you can just show up and play. I miss having Robs weekly games night to attend back in Albany.  

Friday, January 2, 2009

11:18AM - New Years, etc.

Every two years the service fraternity that crypticwanderer and I were in in college has its national convention.  Even though we are out of college, many alumni go back for it since it is an excuse to all hang out together.  This year, it was in Boston so many of our old friends were in town for that week and some stayed through new years.  We didn't actually pay for or attend any of the conference other then the banquets since we really have no more use for workshops on planning your chapters service program so we hung out with our friends most of the week. 

A bunch of us had planned to go into Boston for the First Night stuff for New Years but some of us decided against it because of the crappy weather.  I'm really glad I did since I am not a huge fan of the big crowds that are usually associated with such events, and they almost never turn out to be as fun as they sound.  Instead we ended up at the condo Laura's parents rent in Boston(her parents were not there so we could use it for an impromptu party).  I got to spend New years with crypticwanderer jjanetc doggiebert jjanetc doggiebert Wally, Mikey, Sara, Aaron, and Laura.  We made spaghetti with turkey sauce for dinner and had cheese and crackers and other snacks.  We mostly played games Dave and I had brought.  I played Robo Ralley with jjanetc jjanetc , Wally, Laura, Sara and Aaron. I breezed through the first game easily and reached the end before anybody else touched the first flag.  The second game ended early due to the fact that we had been playing for almost and hour and nobody had yet touched a single flag and midnight was fast approaching.  Wally even died completely that time and none of us had seen that before in the flag mode of Robo Rally. While we played Robo Rally, Dave, Charlie and Mikey attempted to play Settlers of Catan but found when they opened the brand new game that all of the cards were missing.  I'm pretty pissed about that.  They ended up playing Ticket to Ride instead.

At midnight we watched the annual Dick Clark ball drop thing and had champagne.  It seems like every New Years at midnight I attempt to have champagne only to remember that I don't really like it very much.  It also seems like the higher the quality of the champagne, the more I hate the taste. 

On New Years day we had brunch at IHOP with edrick jazzhot doggiebert jjanetc Laura, Sara, and Wally.  Last night we hung out with one of jjanetc and doggiebert's friends from Syracuse who was in town visiting his girlfriend who lives in this area.  I had met him once before at JJ's conversion ceramony and he and his girlfriend both seem cool.  Apparently he is moving to this area to go to school next fall. 

Right now everyone but JJ,Charlie and Sara have gone back home.  The three of them will stay at our house tonight before heading back to Syracuse and Greenwich tomorow. 

Thursday, December 18, 2008

3:45PM - Optical Illusions and Visual Phenomena


This is really cool.

http://www.michaelbach.de/ot/

The best part about it is that the site includes detailed descriptions of what you are seeing and what causes each illusion.

Monday, December 15, 2008

12:56PM - Cue Final Fantasy Victory Music

Everything went smoothly with the closing today.

crypticwanderer and I are now homeowners.

Current mood: excited

Sunday, December 14, 2008

10:15PM - Dress shopping and fun in NYC

So yesterday I went shopping for bridesmaids dresses in NYC with ramuneqtlibrepajarojjanetc, and sachisaru3.  Yes, I know I know we live in Boston, but NYC is more central to most of my bridesmaids and allowed for the possibility of meeting up with many of our college friends who live around there afterward.  

I must say that having ramuneqt in the wedding is extremely helpful because she is girly enough to know all the style terms that the salon people use to describe dresses, but geeky enough to translate for the rest of us into a language that the rest of us can understand.  We went to the first store at 10am and we found some dresses we liked but we didn't like the color selection.  I really wanted green dresses since that is my favorite color but the greens available at the first place were all ugly.  We were at least able to decide on what style we wanted.  Next we met up with crypticwandererdoggiebert, and Dave Tu at the Hello Kitty store and went to Applebees for lunch.  They were all hanging out together while we dress shopped since guys tend to find dress shopping extremely boring.  We were successful in picking out a dress and were able to get it in a green we liked. I hope the bridesmaids that couldn't make it(my cousins and David's sister) are happy with our selection. 

After dress shopping, we met up with the aforementioned people plus the_jedi, Darcy, Kevin, and baby Serina (or toddler since she's two) at the Nintendo store.  We somehow manage to end up there a lot while visiting the city.  I wanted to buy a stuffed Yoshi for my cube at work but the line was way too long and the store crowded.  Next we pushed and shoved our way through Rockefeller Center to get to the subway.  That's one of the things I don't like about NYC, there are too many people, especially around the holidays.  We finally made it to the Chinese restaurant to have dinner and we met up with k_a_new_hope_ly there.  Dinner was good, yet hectic since our group was now 13.  After dinner, we wandered around and eventually ended up at Dallas BBQ where some of us had huge margaritas. 

Current mood: content

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

10:55PM - Go read about crypticwanderer's interesting day at work.

I made crypticwanderer</lj> post.  You should go and read my lazy fiance's lj and encourage him to post more frequently.


EDIT:  That bastard impostor!!!  How dare he utilize my journal for his own self-promotion!

Monday, December 8, 2008

2:21PM - I miss blogging

I have decided that I would like to start posting regularily again. The last two years I think I have averaged less then one post a month. My reading of other's journals has also been sporadic.

Around 2003/2004 LJ became really big amoungst my groups of friends and it seemed like everybone was starting them. It was sort of like a pre-facebook facebook type thing. When facebook got big, I think a lot of people stopped using LJ regularily. Personally, for me, social networking sites(facebook) and online journals(livejournal) serve primarily different purposes, though technically you can network on LJ and blog on facebook. I'm not really sure why I stopped posting regularily, maybe life got less interesting once I was done with grad school and had moved away. I think I have only added two new people to my friend list within the last two years.

Anyway, now I wish more of my friends still blogged regularily since I don't get to see most of them very often in post-school life. Only a very very small fraction of the people on my friends list still post regularily. Facebook is cool and all, but it doesn't really give you a window into what is going on in people's lives and you don't get the random philosophical posts which I enjoy most of all. I'm not saying that I would let LJ be a substitute for online chat or the good old-fashioned phone call, but the reality is, there just isn't time to talk to people as regularily as I would like.

My LJ entries get imported into my facebook profile so all(who use facebook) can read my posts even if they don't use LJ. I want to post more so that people can know what is going on in the world of Diana. Maybe I can encourage other people who have neglected their livejournals to do the same, and then again maybe not. The point is, I miss the days when everybody blogged. Facebook status updates just don't quite cut it for me.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

12:58PM - LJ thought I still lived in Troy

Due to my failure to update my live journal profile during the last two years, it thought I still lived in Troy, New York even though I haven't lived there since the beginning of 2007. I guess LJ will never know that I lived in Rhode Island from May 2007 until May 2008 either. LJ is now aware of my correct location.

For anybody reading this from facebook who is confused as to why it is posted there, I have Facebook set up to automatically import all of my LJ entries as 'notes'.

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