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I just got back from a quick trip to Safeway to pick up some tonic water and cranberry juice for Kelly, since she's ache-y tonight and I'm a GOOD sister, dammit. (Some of the time, at least!) I was at the checkout stand paying for the beverages when I heard, "Catie?" I turned around, and lo and behold, it was Tatian. From high school. As in, the guy who had an insane crush on me during our freshman year. That was nine years ago. Hello there, blast from the past! How are you today?

We exchanged the normal pleasantries -- How are you, I'm fine, Just graduated, Oh really I'm working on my degree(s). You know, standard fare. As we walked out of the store together, he offered to carry my purchases (because nearly 6 liters is heavy?) to be ~nice or ~gentlemanly or whatever, but I'm buff and awesome (hah) so I declined. He asked if we could get coffee and catch up sometime, so we traded phone numbers. I don't have a burning desire to go out with him or anything, but it could be interesting to see how much he's changed and matured since our senior year (god was he immature back then). We'll see how it goes!

So I currently have two guys from my past wanting to get coffee with me sometime soon -- Gabe is in town and he'd like to see me again before he goes back to LA!

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Wow, I've been MIA for a long time. Hi! How are you? Remember me?

Quick overview of the last month:

- I started work the week before Christmas. Basically, I watch dogs all day and clean up after them. It's okay, nothing stellar.

- Christmas was MUCH better this year, though I had to work Christmas Eve and Christmas. We spent Christmas with Dan's family, then headed up north and spent the weekend with mine. No/very limited annoying politics talk this year! That alone made the visit more enjoyable.

- I got a boatload of gifts, most of which were completely awesome. Being poor, I wasn't able to gift much, but I think what I was able to get for others was nice, given my budget.

- Dan saw Sherlocke Holmes WITHOUT ME while I was at work on Christmas. He made it up to me by taking me to see in on New Year's Eve. We got lost on the way home from the mall and ended up on some dark, twisty road in the middle of a forest that we had no idea was there. IT WAS CREEPY. Like, a guy on the side of the road with a bloody axe wouldn't have been out of place. Turns out we made one wrong turn trying to get home. Huh.

- Bright points to getting lost: a) it was hilarious, b) we found a neighborhood that went completely all-out on their Christmas decorations. Literally every house on the block had tons of awesome decorations, and they all had signs out front with The Night Before Christmas captions. Just. Wow. Unfortunately, we didn't have the camera, but we're going to try to find it again next year!

- Dan got a new board game from my parents for Christmas. Anyone ever heard of Settlers of Catan? It's essentially a board game version of Age of Empires, minus the armies. It's a ton of fun, but it seems like one person always gets crushed an unreasonable amount. The last game we played, I wasn't able to do anything. It got to the point where I either had to storm out of the room in a huff, or laugh at my misfortune. I laughed so hard that I cried. Didn't change the game, but I felt better.

- Work has been fine. We use "Cesar Millan's" ("The Dog Whisperer's") methods, otherwise called Dominance Training, to keep the dogs from going too wild. The problem is, I've done some research, and this is an antiquated technique based on a flawed premise and is associated with an increase in canine aggression. I'm trying to find another method that can be used as "crowd control," but so far I haven't come across any real potential alternatives. Any ideas?

- Also, I haven't been getting enough hours. I'm getting 25 hours a week on average, which is barely enough to pay my bills. I'm sending in forms to defer payment on my school loans. I'd rather not, but I would also rather not have only two cents to spare every month. It's just too stressful.

- So, starting on Tuesday, I'm starting the search for another job. I need either a second job that will work with my current job to fill out my schedule more, or one that will give me full-time status (and benefits, pretty please?). It would be really nice if I could find one that paid more than $8 an hour, too. I mean, come on. Hopefully I'll find one where I'm not essentially a janitor. I'm a college graduate with a bachelor's degree, not a high school student. I could have done this job in my sleep as a freshman in high school. I need something more challenging! Or less boring, at the very least.

aaaaaand, we're caught up. So, how's everyone been? Did I miss anything important? Post links here if there's anything you'd particularly like me to read!
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Who here knew men's briefs come in a "bikini style?" Yeah, neither did I. Dan now has several pairs. XD

yaaaaay I figured out how to fix the stupid clock on my computer. It was set to a 24 hour military style clock, which is ANNOYING. It's now set to the good ol' 12 hour AM/PM setup. I am beyond happy. Yes, I really am that easy to please.

I've been reading a bunch of Wikipedia articles to keep me entertained that past few days. It's mostly been about Henry VIII and his six wives moving on to his children next. Does anyone have any suggestions for what to move on to next, either on Wikipedia or some other site? Also, I am entirely open to movie and show suggestions. Bonus points if it's available on Netflix instant view or located elsewhere online for free. I have entirely too much time on my hands and get sad when I have nothing to do.

Actual post to come soon.

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Why does it seem like every year, I hate the clothes I got the year before, even though I loved them at the time? I'm trying to put an outfit together for my birthday tomorrow and it is driving me insane. I can't look like a slut because I'll be with Dan's family. I want to wear some of my new clothes, but most of those are waiting to be washed. As of right now, I have a dark teal top and a black vest... and that's it. I'm considering either wearing khaki capris or blue jeans. I want to wear the necklace that my grandparents gave me for graduation, but there is no way that it goes with this top. I want to look nice, but not like I'm going to a club or on an interview. I don't want to wear my every-day clothes either.

This is most frustrating.
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I'M DONE WITH FINALS!!!!!!!!!! I just finished my LAST FINAL EVAR about an hour ago. Now, I'm going to go have a nice relaxing day and not think about school or anything connected to it for awhile.

Today, Dan and I are going to get Subway sandwiches (yay coupon), see I Love You Man at the dollar theatre (because we're cheap like that) and bring popcorn and soda to the theatre (because we're super cheap like that). Oh, and we're getting my car washed because it's really dirty and has been bugging me for the last three months (boo, water shortage and disappearing hoses). We're also apparently going to the gym at some point today so we can be healthy. I'd rather not, but it's worth it even if I don't want to go. Maybe we'll finally finish Mario Galaxy and/or watch some Buffy/Angel, too! Today should be a good day =)
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I'm ashamed to admit it, but this was actually pretty fun even though I know nothing about Star Trek. That is all.
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Question: How does someone fall asleep fully dressed (in pajamas) and wake up without pants? HOW, I ask you?? I woke up this morning and realized my legs had skin-on-skin contact. Still groggy, I thought, "But I thought I wore pants to bed, not shorts?" So I investigated, and lo and behold, my pants were gone. No shorts either. My jammie pants were on the floor next to the bed.  Dan says it wasn't him -- I would have woken up when hands touched my feet. So, either it was my cat, or I somehow did it while unconscious, or Dan's lying (though I believe him because everything else wakes me up, so someone removing my clothing definitely would have). HOW ON EARTH. I have no idea. 

The only thing that we have come up with so far: musta been da aliens.
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Mmmm I'm spoiled. Boyfriend's been playing with my hair for a half hour now. And my kitty's being a cuddle-bug. School's out for three weeks, and I'm going home in about a week to see my family. I get to see my sister for the first time in about 9 months, and I get to meet her SO. She seems like a really nice person, so I'm really looking forward to that. (I know you read this. I really am that excited to be meeting you. ILU.) Dan made me hot chocolate while we watched Smallville and brought me ice cream later, after he played with my hair for ages. I also got a work out in today and washed my sheets. Oh, and we decorated the Christmas tree. (The cat keeps investigating the tree. First she was curled up under it, then she started thinking about climbing it. So cute.) So, good day.

Unfortunately I'm spending most of tomorrow locked away in the lab so I can get some work done on stupid Amira. It's easy enough, it's just taking far too long. Hopefully I'll get this scan done in a few days and then I'll be done. I have to tell them that I won't be returning next quarter since I already have way too much to do. (15 units, tutoring for LARC, volunteering at the zoo, working at a vet clinic, and prepping for the DAT) And I have to convince my PI (principal investigator, the professor in charge of the lab) that I am NOT a slacker and that I did the best I could with no help from people who knew the program better than I did. I finally got all the kinks worked out, no thanks to anyone there, but it took something ridiculous like 6 or 7 weeks at 6 hours per week. Seriously though, I am NOT a computer person. And, assigning me more work? Not conducive to me finishing what I really need to do. Install the program yourself, OR have the person using that program do it!!
GAH they drive me crazy.
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I'm feeling better! My body decided late last night and this morning that it would be FUN TIMES if I was nauseous and I had a relatively high-grade fever. My fever broke sometime last night with a high of around 100.1 F (101.1 for someone with a "normal" of 98.6 (my normal is 97.6)). I still had a slight fever this morning, so I skipped Physiology for the first time this year and ate some vegetarian minestrone, which made me feel well enough to finish the day.

While walking home from class, I got to thinking:  what would I like to forget? In my 21 years of life, I've only come up with three things. 1) Christmas present from my parents this year. I HATE knowing what I'm getting. 2) The entirety of my sophomore year here, as pertaining to roommates. I got absolutely nothing positive out of the experience, not even learning how to better deal with stupid, irrational people. 3) A really stupid misunderstanding and miscommunication while lifeguarding that nearly got me fired, all because I was doing my job. That was 3 1/2 years ago, and it still bothers me to no end. Right now, I honestly can't think of anything else that I'd really like to forget. 

Is there anything that you would like to forget, flist? Anything that you would just like to never have happened? Remember, this would negate all consequences or benefits resulting from that event.
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I have a bad habit. I let every little thing get to me, and it's really stressing me out. Seriously, everything is annoying. I get annoyed when my roommate takes a shower right after I go to bed at 2 am, or when a car pulls out right in front of me because they didn't want to wait, or when people take up the entire sidewalk and refuse to move even when they see someone else coming. I'm annoyed that my roommates use my really expensive knives then don't wash them and dry them right away to prevent rusting. I whine, complain and yell.  In short, I'm feeling like frustration and annoyance are taking over my life, and I'm tired of it.

I really need to start focusing on the good aspects of life a lot more. I think if I could do this, I would feel a lot less stressed and be a happier, more peaceful person overall instead being worked up all the time.  I really feel like this is affecting me, at least through stress levels. That, and I feel like I'm not a very pleasant person to be around because I let so many things affect me that really shouldn't. 
Does anybody have any suggestiong as to how I can break this bad habit?
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For those of you that care, I saw Kobe Bryant at the school gym. He's tall.

Just got back from Shadetree Nursery where I spent 3 1/2 hours shoveling dirt, planting trees, and dragging 25 gallon pots all over the place. It was fun, but I am SO TIRED. I think I'm going to be sore tomorrow.  We transplanted over 100 California oaks today and helped fix the irrigation system (replace old parts, etc).
I met some new people and got invited to a potluck on Tuesday evening, so that should be fun. Now, I think it's time for a shower then a nap. Or Buffy. Buffy is good too. (my cat decided to make this post more difficult by curling up on my lap and pushing my laptop all the way down to me knees. I love her *hugs*) 
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Does anyone know where I can get a good bra or two? I'm a size 32DD (approximately... I get a different reading everytime I get sized), so it's nearly impossible to find the right size because I'm so tiny but so huge. I basically only have three bras that fit, one of which is much too loose around the chest and like tojust kind of hang there and not support me at all. I usually go to Frederick's for my bra's, and sometimes Macy's, but last time I tried, I came home empty handed after shopping for two hours. I hate my boobs.
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In other news, I love Alan Alda.

Carry on. 


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