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January 2016
Thu, Feb. 13th, 2014 09:41 pm

This is how you truly know you're an Old Woman: A week ago, someone told me that they thought I was 18. I'm still tickled about it. So. Old.




Fri, Jan. 24th, 2014 12:09 am

Well, after a few grating months of uncertainty.. one of the government jobs I applied to may actually go somewhere! Just got an e-mail letting me know that my resume passed the initial computer review stage and was sent on to an actual agency hiring manager! Could this be the start of a new, professional Shelbthing? Unlikely! But it feels better than being adrift on the lonely sea of underemployment. Chirp.

It's crazy cold here, there and everywhere! Time to pack it in and keep it toasty. Time for bed!


Mon, Jan. 20th, 2014 11:01 pm
So, if the definition of crazy is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, why does it feel like day-to-day life forces us to do pretty much just that? Well played, Universe.

Today was a Sad Day. Went to go see Jean in the hospital. She's gonna be okay, but she was pretty out of it. I'm just glad she's resting. Life might be pretty tough for her from here on out.

On the lighter side, I tried a Tropical Cafe Smoothie with George today! The Blimey Limey is pretty amazing.. I really feel like I'm becoming a 'lime person'. Gotta love the lime! Now I know why he loves that place so much. It really is tasty, and reasonably healthy.

Now to sleep away the crazy of everyday life.


Fri, Jan. 17th, 2014 11:37 pm

I don't want to be adored, but I also don't want to be ignored. I want to.. snored?

Today I went to the Y to volunteer. Now, when I said that I wanted to volunteer, I didn't really see myself doing the kind of thing I did today--I "cold-called" people that had bought day passes and asked if they wanted to become members--but it actually turned out to be pretty fun! I really love the people that work at the Y, and a few of the people I called ("victims"?) wanted to have a ten-minute conversation with me.

It's cheaper and faster to ride the commuter train than take Metro, so I decided to ride the MARC home. As I sat down, I couldn't help but giggle as I watched this guy a few seats ahead of me. He was wearing a nice suit and had sort of a baby-ish face. He was holding this large box of fried chicken on his lap. One greasy hand was stuffing his face full of fried chicken while the other non-greasy hand was clumsily holding open a Tom Clancy novel.. This guy was eating and reading at the same time. You're definitely not allowed to eat on the MARC, mind you. So extremely classy!

Do you know Neuhaus Chocolates? It is the best chocolate on the dark side of the moon, or something. Moon chocolate.. oh man <3
Also, we ate at Smoky Bones, which is also officially awesome.

Life iz hard.


Tue, Jan. 14th, 2014 11:36 pm

And with that, social media takes my life for a stroll down a dark alley. She was a nice lady, but.. why?

You know what's really fun? Ingrown toenails! Nothin' better than getting a little sliver of nail cut away from the cuticle. Novocaine is really amazing stuff. I come from a long line of You don't need a doctor if it's not falling off-types, so I'm not super familiar with the workings of medical offices. I didn't realize that the lobby we'd just walked into was also the waiting room, so I just went through the first door I saw. The lady behind the desk had this deer in the headlights look and a piece of bagel hanging out of her mouth. She grinned and said, "We're not open yet, so you can wait outside." After shuffling back outside and filling out paperwork, they were ready for me. She said in this funny voice, "Come on in! You already know the way~" BWAHAHAHA! What an awesome lady. We lamented not making enough money and having no health insurance with her. A lady that works at a doctor's office doesn't have health insurance.. yep. We goofed around in the office while we waited for the doctor. He came in, took my little nail-baby away, gave me a practically pre-recorded spiel about getting my bunions corrected, then bandaged me up and sent me home. What a nice little office.

I got a random call from the YMCA looking for volunteers for tomorrow. Here's to stepping outside comfort zones.


Sun, Jan. 12th, 2014 12:17 pm

We went to see Philomena last night at our new favorite theatre: Bow Tie Theatre! Instead of calling them "bathrooms" they put "washrooms" in big red letters on the wall. Also, they have Dibs and LaVazza coffee. Are they trying to start a fight or something? This is America. When they play their little promo video before the previews start up, they say their motto: "Moviegoing the way it used to be, only better." George said, "Yeah, like before the civil rights movement." Bwahaha.. seriously, what's that supposed to mean, Bow Tie? The Dolby splash ad wasn't much better. It was this silly left-right panned WHOOSH! and then a woman's voice whispering "all... arooound youuu.." Oh, movies.

But oh yeah, the important part was Philomena, right? I really like it when comedians make sad movies. I love Steve Coogan. Judi Dench seriously looked like my mother.. And I think her daughter was the lady from Downton Abbey? For some reason, it makes me happy knowing that they made some of the movie pretty much right down the street from us. The story just kinda rolls along and you go with it. I liked it, but I was having a hard time connecting to it for some reason. I want to watch it again and see how it makes me feel the second time.

I had the best mojito ever at the Cheesecake Factory last night. Mojitooo! <3 


Fri, Jan. 10th, 2014 07:32 am

Learning the "applying to the government" game has been extremely interesting and also pretty stressful. This is the second night I've rolled around in bed wishing that sleep would come and knock me out. Flarfineugens!

I know I want to be successful. I just wish I didn't feel eager and apprehensive all at the same time.


Thu, Jan. 9th, 2014 10:03 pm

Just had the weirdest phone "conversation" with a representative of an organization I'd like to volunteer with. We were supposed to talk at 6:30, but they said they'd forgotten their earpiece and were driving home, so they'd call around 8. They call at 9 from a different number and launch into a detailed description of what the organization is doing--which is honestly amazing and extremely impressive, not trying to take anything away from them. They were talking to me like I was already a volunteer.. It was just really strange. I was so thrown off that I must have sounded like a blabbering idiot.. I dunno. It sounded like they were just looking to feel people out and organize the party, but weren't really ready to start any big projects yet? I feel like I'm getting worse at interacting with new people. Too much time spent behind a computer.. Slap a little shell on me, I'm a hermit now!

Today we tried the new Caramel Flan Frappuccino.. Well played, SBUX. The caramel flavoring is perfecto!

Maybe tonight's a good night for an early bedtime. Goodnight, weird world.


Wed, Jan. 8th, 2014 09:38 pm

My sis likes to keep her condo at a brisk 66 degrees. It's not the worst, but it's not the relatively cozy 72 that we keep the townhouse at. I was really looking forward to coming home until a little raincloud texted me to say that he hoped I didn't like heat, because we didn't have any. -__- The ol' klaw and button were frozen down to nibs!

Two service calls and one pepperoni pizza later, we have heat! It's glorious~

Tonight I'll be filling out yet another job application and doing some work. This guy on MSNBC was talking about an individual's ability to focus being the key to predicting how successful they'll be in the future. In my head, all I could think was, "Well, I'm the worst." I HAVE TO TRY HARDER. Go brain.. do stuff!

I seriously just considered cutting the previous paragraph and pasting it at the end of this entry so it'd look like I'd actually made an effort to go and do something productive right after writing it. Wow.

A friend (le Red!) got me "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay" for me birfday. I've been working my way (very slowly) through it. It's really, really detailed, and full of words I don't know, but I really like it for some reason. To be honest, I don't really know why I like it. Thank you for the gift, Red!

I joined the DC YMCA right before the New Year. I really love the people there! I'm going to try to go as much as possible. Gotta get back in fighting shape! I want to start dancing again somehow, too.

Aaannnd we're off! FOCUS.. hhhaaaAAAAAAAA! POW!


Tue, Jan. 7th, 2014 11:07 am

I almost deleted you today, LJ. I was seriously gonna do it. I was all ready to click 'Status: Deleted', and then.. I thought about all the memories I'd be deleting forever. What if I wanted to compare the dork then with the dork now, in whatever shape she may come? I went into my history and read the first two entries I'd made in the summer of 2001, right before my first Otakon. The very first entry had a spelling error. The second talked about how awesome Rush Hour 2 was. I actually said that Jackie Chan was "my man."

Thank you, Time, for at least making me a tiny bit more self-aware.

I'm living back in Maryland now. I'm working online. Still looking for a better jeorb. I'm staying at my sister's for the next few days so I can lavish attention and love on my Lammy-nephew, the cutest pup on the East Coast. My sister just scolded me for leaving the light on; meanwhile, she runs the hairdryer in the bathroom so it keeps her warm while she's in there.

Today's supposed to be one of the coldest days in the last fifty/twenty/post-1996 years. Right now it's 8oF in Columbia. My parents back in Ohio are buried under snow and experiencing huge gusts of wind and -6oF temps. By the end of the week it's supposed to be.. 75oF. Yeah.. not great.

Time to love Lammy and forage for food.