hestergray: (hallelujah)
During the children's moment at church yesterday, the teacher was talking about Jesus and the ten lepers. She said something like, "Do you know what a leper is?"

One little boy said, "A leprechaun?!"

*****

Scott went back to school and Ellen went to camp. :(

I've decided not to sit at home by myself on my birthday. Emily and I are going to the local Longfellow's Tavern to watch the baseball game and sing karaoke. I'm hoping more people will join us, but I kind of doubt anyone will. It's a Wednesday night, after all.

There were actually some emails to answer at work today! We're pretty much done and it's only 11:38, but still. It's the most productive I've ever felt here.

(I say "pretty much done" because there are still emails in the system that we don't have answers for. We'd like to get them down to zero, but that's not possible at this time.)

Does anyone have experience converting a pendant ceiling light fixture into a swag lamp? There are kits available, and I'm considering giving it a try, but I'm very unsure of my electrical handyperson skills.

I accidently went for a six-mile bike ride yesterday. I only wanted to go three or four miles, but the park I wanted to go to was closed for construction. So I just kept going on the road I was on. I didn't want to turn around, and I figured there would be a road to turn on eventually to take me back into town. Well, yeah, eventually. It felt like it took forever though. I'm a little surprised that I wasn't dying afterward, but this is a good thing. I didn't know I could go that far. The biking portion of the triathlon is about twelve miles, so I went about half that. And maybe the triathlon route won't have any big hills to go up. That would be a plus.
hestergray: (books)
Blessed are the Cheesemakers by Sarah-Kate Lynch
I listened to it again because it's so good. It's about two old men in Ireland who make cheese. They're getting old and they need to find someone to replace them. There's a bunch of other fun characters too who have conflicts to solve.

Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
This is an eerie, but good, book. It's the first in a series. The main character, Dexter, is a serial killer who will always have a sort of nagging feeling to kill. He has learned to keep it under control though, by only killing other serial killers. Kind of ridding the world of horrible people. But he's kind of horrible himself. It's somewhat gory, but it also has a strange humor. Dexter feels no real emotions, and his attempts to pretend like he does are funny.

Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn
This is book one in the Tales of the Otori series. It takes place in Japan a long time ago, but it creates a different history of Japan, and there are fantasy elements as well. The country is divided into tribes that are at war with each other. A young man named Takeo escapes from his village when it is attacked, and he is rescued by Lord Otori Shigeru. Shigeru trains Takeo to fight in the hope that one day, he will be able to sneak across the nightingale floor and kill Iida, the bad guy. Another story going on at the same time is that of Kaede, a girl who has spent most of her life as a hostage/servant at a castle. I really enjoyed this book, and now I'm almost done with the second one in the series.

The Careful Use of Compliments by Alexander McCall Smith
BOOK OF THE MONTH AWARD
This is the fourth Isabel Dalhousie book. Isabel is still pondering philosophical issues, and she has yet another small mystery to solve. I can't really tell anything about the story, because I'd be giving away things that happen in previous books. I'll just keep saying that these are really good.
hestergray: (director's eye)
This guy makes up words to movie theme songs. Then he dresses up like the main character and films himself in front of a green screen, singing his songs. Very Weird Al-ish. :)

http://www.youtube.com/user/Goldentusk

I especially enjoyed "Back to the Future."
hestergray: (sonnet)
Congratulations to [livejournal.com profile] karellieloo on her recent engagement! :D

Ellen is home from school, which is tremendous fun. Tonight I went over to the parents' house and the four of us watched Just My Luck. I think that's a cute movie.

I feel like I have to sleep on my neighbors' schedules and that really annoys me. The downstairs couple usually have their TV on until at least 10:30, sometimes 11:30. I feel tired enough to go to bed now (9:30), but I can't because they're being loud and I don't think my space heater would drown them out. Then the upstairs lady makes all kinds of kitchen racket, sometimes as early as 5:00 AM. Even on a day when I'm allowed to sleep in, I have to move to the couch if I want to get any sleep after 7:00 AM. Why can't people just be quiet like me? :P

I haven't had time to exercise this week except on Tuesday. That's not enough.

Kevin said I could use some vacation days before I left. I have six coming to me, so I'm using two on Monday and Tuesday, and then I'll cash out the other four. Ellen can hang out with me on Monday, and Tuesday we can go see Emily at work because it's her birthday. We'll bring her lunch.
hestergray: (sally reading)
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
BOOK OF THE MONTH AWARD
This book is amazingly good. As the back of the book says, when they met, Henry was 36 and Clare was six. They got married when Henry was 31 and Clare was 23. Henry suffers from Chrono-Displacement Disorder, which means that sometimes, especially when he's stressed or scared, his body resets itself to another place and time. Not like ancient Rome or anything, just times from his own life. He has no control over it. He can't take anything with him, not even clothes. He usually stays for a few hours, maybe a day, and then he spontaneously returns to the present. The story is about the two of them trying to have a normal life together, but it's very difficult. Great book.

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
This is a cute, young adult book about an all-girls school that appears to be an elitist school for rich girls. Actually though, it's a school that teaches very smart girls how to be spies. They all have a vast knowledge of weapons and martial arts, and they can speak fourteen languages. The main character, Cammie, is out on a mission/school assignment where she meets a boy from the local town. She has to figure out how to date this guy without him finding out she's a spy. The audio book reader would not have been my first choice for this character, but I still enjoyed it.

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
I really liked this book. It's about Mma Precious Romotswe and how she starts her own business, a detective agency, in Botswana. She gets some interesting cases to solve, and she solves them with her own cleverness.

The Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs
Very funny book. It's kind of a memoir of "one man's humble quest to become the smartest person in the world." By reading the entire Encyclopedia Brittanica from A to Z in a year. He joins Mensa, tries to get on "Jeopardy!", and does get on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?". All the while, he shares interesting facts that he learns from the encyclopedia.

Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
I've read this one before, but the audio book is good too. It's about a teenager who starts a swim team of misfits at his school. Chris Crutcher's books are always fantastic.

How I Paid For College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship, and Musical Theater by Marc Acito
This is about Edward Zanni, a high school senior in 1984 who wants to study acting at Juilliard. However, his rich father refuses to pay for his college unless he studies business. So Edward and his friends try to figure out how to pay for his college education. It leads to things like embezzlement and fraud and getting in trouble. Also, Edward struggles with his own sexuality, as he has a girlfriend, but finds himself attracted to boys as well. Despite his tendency toward crime and his strange (and unnecessarily graphic) sexual exploits, this book was really well-written and funny. I enjoyed it.

The Right Attitude to Rain by Alexander McCall Smith
The third book in the Isabel Dalhousie series. I still love this series, and this book took it in a very different direction. I'm excited to read the fourth book.
hestergray: (kid at heart)
I have a second interview scheduled for Monday! They must really like me! Hoobah!
hestergray: (bunny ears)
Well, maybe not exactly, but he was the man IN my dream. And I mean the Mr. Darcy from the newest Pride and Prejudice. Sometimes Keira Knightly as Elizabeth was there too. It was not a typical dream for me because usually I wake up and I'm glad it was only a dream. This dream was much more pleasant.

Act II 100-calorie popcorn doesn't taste very good.

I might use the song "Heart" from Damn Yankees in my baseball medley talent show act.

I emailed my resume to a company for a front desk/customer service job. I got a call from them today, and I need to call them back to set up an interview. It kind of sounded like they had a lot of applicants though, so I probably shouldn't get my hopes up.

The spring retreat at camp is this weekend! I'm leaving tomorrow evening, and I'll be back on Saturday evening.

I'm so glad Ali won on "The Biggest Loser"! I was rooting for her.

The Indians have had a terrible start to the season, but happily, they are about to win tonight.

Polly

Apr. 13th, 2008 08:27 pm
hestergray: (joyness)
Also, my Polly soundtrack arrived yesterday! It's everything I hoped it would be. I've been jamming.

Another thing, YouTube has stopped working for me! I can't watch videos on the website because I don't have the latest version of Flash. I keep trying to download and install it, but even when it says it worked, it doesn't work. I don't know what to do. At least I can watch embedded videos, but this is annoying.
hestergray: (grady hat)
The church talent show is coming up, and I'm trying to come up with a brand new, one-of-a-kind act. I'm thinking of a medley of baseball songs. Not Indians songs, just baseball in general. I will do the singing and accompany myself on the piano. I might also include an organ accompaniment, since the organ has a recording feature and I could record it ahead of time. I would just have to push play, then go over to the piano and play along with it. I think that would be pretty sweet.

So far, I have three songs I want to do, in this order:
"Take Me Out to the Ballgame"
"Center Field" by John Fogerty (probably the first verse and a chorus)
"Right Field" by Peter, Paul, and Mary (the last verse and chorus)

I just need one more song for a slam-bang finish. Any ideas?

By the way, the "Right Field" song was suggested by Emily, because we remembered this commercial from 1990. Do you remember it?





Then I looked it up, and I found out that it's an entire song by Peter, Paul, and Mary! I had no idea! So I'm pretty excited about that one.

Now, I just need one more...
hestergray: (ariel)
I sort of feel like talking about books, even though it's not nearly time for a monthly book list.

I'm currently reading a book by my new favorite Alexander McCall Smith. It's The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, which I tried to listen to once, but gave up. I think I just didn't like that particular reader, because actually reading it is much more enjoyable.

I recently finished listening to a book called The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. It was awesome. I recommend it now, and I'll recommend it again when it wins the Book of the Month Award.

Now I'm listening to a book called The Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs. It's really funny. He's trying to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica from A to Z. At the beginning, he talks about other big schemes he's tried, like his "plan to write a screenplay about a president with Tourette's Syndrome (working title: Hail to the Freakin' Chief)..." Maybe it was just the way the reader said it, but I was laughing SO hard! It struck me funny.

Okay, that's it for books at the moment.

I was supposed to go to the Indians game tomorrow with Elizabeth and her boyfriend, but we're going to reschedule. Elizabeth tends to get sick a lot, so I was hesitant to buy the tickets too early. Good move, since now both of them are sick. :P

You know how the daily crossword puzzles in the newspaper get more difficult as the week goes on? Well, they do. We're usually pretty good at Monday and Tuesday. Passable at Wednesday. Thursday is challenging, and Friday is pretty much impossible. So we made up a new game for Fridays, and sometimes Thursdays. After we're done pretending that we're going to solve it, we just start filling in our names wherever they fit. We put in other co-workers as well. Then, we see what clues correspond to everyone's names. Today, I was "pool owner's nuisance," which was a pretty good one. Marissa was "tendency toward chaos." Kevin's (my boss) was so accurate! His clue was "man."

I either need to find a new job or new medical insurance. They recently switched to a different coverage plan at work, and now I'm paying $160 a month for coverage that doesn't pay for anything until I get past the $3000 deductible. That's insane! Especially for me, who hasn't been to a doctor in years, not counting vision exams, which aren't covered, and dentist visits, which are on a completely different insurance plan. A lot of people have opted out of the plan and found their own. I'm going to do the same. Unless a new job pops up within the next two and a half weeks, I'm going with Medical Mutual.

I've been going to the fitness classes at the Steiner Center, since they're free to members and I like fitness classes. They're a LOT like the ones I used to go to at YSU. Especially Monday, when we did some kickboxing moves. So far, the three I've been to have all been taught by the same woman. She's probably in her 50s, but she's so fit! I like her teaching style too. I'm having a hard time fitting in some swimming training. They don't have Lap Swim available at convenient times for me. I can still swim around as best I can during Open Swim, but even that isn't offered at good times.

Okay, I'm done. Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a great weekend!

P.S. Why hasn't my Polly soundtrack arrived yet?!
hestergray: (hallelujah)
I have FINALLY bought a Polly soundtrack!!!

After a couple previous mishaps on eBay, this one looked like it was going to be another mishap. But I contacted the seller and got it! It was only $19 too, which includes shipping. (Others on eBay have sold for over $30.)

I'm so happy!

Here is an excerpt on YouTube, one of my favorite songs from the movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2Q4gVUZxn4

It's shipping from Pennsylvania, so hopefully it won't take too long! *happy dancing*

Today has been really nice. The weather has gotten warmer, low 60s today. Emily came over and we went to the Steiner Center to work out and swim. Our first visit was free, and afterward I paid for a membership. It's much cheaper than Curves, and I can swim there, which is important for my triathlon training. Emily and I did a few laps and boy, it's not easy. This triathlon may be the death of me. Or else it's going to take me several hours to finish, and I'll die of embarrassment.

Anyway, then we watched the Indians game and they won. They lost the last three games, so it was about time they did something good. It hasn't been the best start for them, but seeing as how the Tigers haven't won ANY games and are currently in danger of losing their sixth game, I have a little consolation.

Speaking of the Indians, I made a new mood theme. :)
hestergray: (sally reading)
Portuguese Irregular Verbs by Alexander McCall Smith
I listened to this one again because I liked it so much the first time. It's very funny! It tells about the various antics of Professor Dr. Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, an expert in the field of Portuguese irregular verbs.

Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen
This was pretty funny. His style is kind of like Dave Barry's. The story is about a woman who is a little nuts and she gets really upset about a telemarketer who was rude to her on the phone one day. She plans a big scheme to get back at him and teach him some manners. She lures him to Florida where she takes him and his mistress on a kayaking tour of some swamp lands. Her ex-husband and her son are following her. A private eye is following the telemarketer. It's all pretty absurd, but in a good way.

Shakespeare by Bill Bryson
This isn't a travel book, like Bill Bryson's other books, but it's still his witty style. He explains how we don't actually know very much about William Shakespeare. Most of what we think about his life is speculation. Bryson gives the biography of Shakespeare telling what we can be sure of, and what probably happened, and what probably did not happen. It's a good little history, as he also talks about the times and places in which Shakespeare lived.

Friends, Lovers, Chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith
I finally remembered that I wanted to continue reading The Sunday Philosophy Club series, so I found the second book. I really like it! Isabel Dalhousie is a middle-aged woman who lives in Edinburgh. She thinks about philosophic issues a lot. In this story, she meets a man who has received a heart transplant, and now he has a memory that he believes belonged to the donor. It's sort of like a little mystery that Isabel has to solve. I'm becoming a big fan of this author.

Sex God by Rob Bell
BOOK OF THE MONTH AWARD
Rob Bell's second book. In this one, he talks about sexuality and spirituality, and how they relate to each other. I liked his explanations of all the wedding symbolism in the Bible - things that I didn't even realize had anything to do with weddings. Like when Jesus talked about going to prepare a place for us, in the Jewish tradition, that's what a man would say to a woman when they became engaged. And then the man would go build an addition onto his father's house, so he and his bride would have somewhere to live after they got married. I've heard analogies of the Church being God's bride before, but this book made it more specific, and more personal, as he also talked about how this relates to our lives on a smaller scale. It was really interesting.

Thale's Folly by Dorothy Gilman
This book is simply delightful. Thale's Folly is a big house that was once owned by Harriet Thale. When she died, the house went to her nephew. Andrew is the 26-year-old son of the nephew, and his father sends him to the house to gather information about the house and lands so they can sell it. When Andrew arrives at the house though, he finds four occupants still living there and they don't want to leave. He spends some time with them and finds that he really likes it there and doesn't want to leave either. It's a very pleasant story.

Opening Day

Apr. 1st, 2008 09:06 pm
hestergray: (indians stars)
Yesterday was awesome! The game was so much fun! The Indians won 10-8! It was a little nerve-wracking though, as the White Sox tied it 7-7 in the 7th inning. But Casey Blake came through in the bottom of the 8th with a three-run double, and Joe Borowski only gave up one home run in the top of the ninth. I was so excited. I got some video footage of the day, but I haven't done anything with it yet.

Oh, and it was supposed to rain, but it didn't! At least, not until later in the evening after the game. It was actually pretty nice, weather-wise.

The contestants on "The Biggest Loser" just had to do a triathlon, of sorts. Hee!

Yeah, speaking of triathlons, one month of training is over already. There's only five more months. Yikes! How did that happen? I'm doing okay with the jogging. Biking isn't as easy as I remember from when I was about thirteen. I just have to keep doing it, and I'll get better at it. Then I need to start swimming.

Here's a little story from the baseball game yesterday. It was supposed to rain a whole bunch, and I kind of wanted to wear rain boots. I didn't though, because I don't have any. But then, I ended up sitting next to a girl who was wearing rain boots! They were black with white polka-dots and lined in pink. I said, "Hey, I like your rain boots. They're really cute!" And she got really excited. She said, "THANK you!" and the guy she was with started laughing. She said, "He has been making fun of me ALL day!" They were teasing each other about how now he was going to have to hear about this the whole way home. I said, "Oh, no, look what I've done." But she said I totally made her night. It was pretty funny. And I really did like her boots.

It's baseball season again!
hestergray: (indians stars)
Tomorrow is Opening Day!!!

I'm so excited! I went to the team shop yesterday and got some new gear, so I'm all set for tomorrow. My plan is to be at work at 6 AM (early much?) and work until 11 AM, that way I'll only have to make up three hours. Then I'm going to the Indians game!

The game is supposed to start at 3 PM, but I don't know how the rain is going to factor in. It's supposed to be about 53 degrees, which is warmer than recent days, but rainy. At least it's not snow, like last year, but still. They don't play when it's raining either.

I tried making some of those marble magnets and they are taking a really long time to dry. How long are they supposed to take? It's been about 25 hours.

It's almost bedtime. I have to get up at 4:30! Wheeeee!
hestergray: (bill and ted)
[livejournal.com profile] karellieloo is 25 today! Happy birthday, Karen!
hestergray: (red hat)
Almost Winter
Winter
Still Winter
Construction

We're currently experiencing Still Winter, which is too bad because I would have loved to wear an Easter dress on Sunday. Instead, I'll be looking for an Easter snowsuit.

Do you want to hear about my mouse problem? Maybe you don't. But maybe you do, so I'll go on. I noticed evidence of a mouse in my pantry on Sunday night. Lame. I had to throw out a bunch of food and wash all of the rarely used kitchen gear. (I guess this is one way to clean out a pantry. :P) Giant Eagle didn't have normal mouse traps, so I bought the poison pellets. I've been leaving some out every night this week, and they're always all gone in the morning. This leads me to believe that there is probably more than one mouse, because what kind of mutant mouse could eat all that poison and still be alive? The situation is just very annoying, because I had to throw out two boxes of cereal, brown sugar, powdered sugar, mixed nuts, whole nutmeg, pasta... I can't remember what else. And it ate the rest of my Scottish toffee! That's when I knew it had to die.

It's only ten days until baseball season starts! I've been listening to the spring training games on the radio whenever they're aired, and I've joined another fantasy league. I'm so excited for another season! Now if only we could get some warm weather and sunshine.
hestergray: (bunny ears)
I knew tonight's Final Jeopardy question because of something I heard TODAY in the audio book I'm listening to! I feel like the coolest of the cool.

The audio book is Shakespeare by Bill Bryson. Final Jeopardy was about King James I and Guy Fawkes.
hestergray: (imagination)
And I want everyone else to love her too!

Including Ellen, who gave on the book because she thought Anne was annoying, and Emily, who is currently having a hard time getting into the book because she thinks Anne is annoying. And I thought they were kindred spirits. :P

My neighbor was making all kinds of pots and pans noises in her kitchen at 8:30. That's earlier than I wanted to wake up this morning. :(

50 degrees was nice on Thursday, but we're back to the 30s again. :(

My gallon of milk expired on Monday, but I've had some on my cereal every day this week, including today. And I'm still alive!

I need to go for a jog.

I'm the only kid who will be around to attend the Easter lunch at my parents' house. How did that happen?
hestergray: (hallelujah)
It's 50 degrees outside! And I get to go for a jog! (As part of my triathlon training.)

There was birthday cake at work today, but I didn't eat any. When counting Weight Watcher points, you really can eat whatever you want, as long as you stay within your limit. But since I started training, I'm afraid to allow myself any kind of treat like that. If I start, I won't be able to stop. So I'm sticking with lots of fruit and protein. And Wheaties every morning!

I drafted my fantasy baseball team on Monday night. The league is made up of a bunch of people from the Indians message board, so even though I've never met them, I still kind of "know" them. At least I didn't have to join some random internet league. There are twenty people playing though, which is a LOT. I've never played with more than twelve before. And I'm the only girl. Ooh, I want to beat them all.

I love it when I can see the sun.
hestergray: (beatles)
I'm in the midst of a terrible snowstorm! It started snowing before noon and it's not supposed to stop until Sunday morning. The roads are awful and most of the cities around here have run out of salt, so there's not much they can do about it. I had to drive in it for three hours today, as Meri and I took a camera to a photographer who had broken his. I'm finally home and I probably won't leave until Sunday morning to go to church.

And that's unfortunate because Abbey has flown in from North Carolina and she wants Emily and I to go visit her at the parents' house. I told her firmly that I am NOT driving out in this weather tonight. She can come over here if she wants to.

We were also supposed to go to a hockey game tomorrow night to see the Lake Erie Monsters, but if it's still bad out, we will have to reschedule for a different game. And I think that's what's going to happen.

Crazy Ohio. It wasn't that bad of a winter until we got to March.
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