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The Porch

By virginia beach, weather One Comment

It’s such a beautiful night. It’s a little cooler than it has been over the past few weeks and it’s nice to be able to sit out here on the porch and write like I used to in the spring. I definitely spent most of the month of May sitting out here writing and reading and doing crossword puzzles. I can’t believe the summer has gone by so fast. It’s 8:40 and already dark out.

I should have gone for a run this evening, but I didn’t. Oh well. I could go now, but I think I’ll just sit out here and space out for a little longer. I should invite someone over for dinner sometime — we can eat dinner and drink a bottle of wine and just sit out here on the porch in silence for an hour or so. I think that would be a perfect little date.

I can’t believe I’ve been living in Virginia Beach for almost a whole year.


By weather 14 Comments

It is pouring rain. There is thunder and lightning and flooding. It is 70 degrees out. It is humid. It is December. I am confused.

A rainbow on Rainbow

By las vegas, weather 5 Comments

Here’s what happens when it rains in the desert: Streets flood, traffic gets backed up, everyone freaks out about the “downpour”, and people crash their cars on every corner. Downpour? I’m assuming these people have never seen a tropical storm or a nor’easter. On the East Coast we have the following classifications of rain: drizzling, scattered showers, showers, raining, raining hard, pouring, gushing buckets, thunderstorms, and sever thunderstorms. In Las Vegas, there is only slight drizzling (referred to as “raining”) and regular rain (referred to as a “downpour”). I think they forcast thunderstorms here, but, from what I can see, it’s just a threat.

On the other hand, it is very likely that when it rains in Las Vegas, you will experience sunshowers. I love sunshowers. I had the priviledge of driving home in a sunshower this afternoon. When I noticed it was a sunshower, I thought to myself, Ooh, maybe I’ll see a rainbow! Then I thought, How funny would it be to see a rainbow on Rainbow? (Rainbow is a road.) But, I didn’t have to drive on Rainbow to get home, so it was really just a passing thought.

As I drove along, dodging car accidents at every intersection, I decided I wanted to stop at the Gap to exchange my new size 4 pants for size 2 pants – I bought them for work and I figured tighter pants might result in better tips. The other Gap didn’t have them in a size 2, so I was worried that the one on Charleston wouldn’t have them either, but I opted to go anyway.

I was going to turn right at Jones, but I couldn’t because of a puddle that had caused a three-car pile-up, so I ended up turning onto Rainbow instead. That’s when I saw the rainbow – it was one of those the-planets-have-aligned-and-the-universe-is-perfect-and-this-was-meant-to-be kind of moments. I knew right then that the Gap would have the pants in my size. It was a whole rainbow, too – not one of those half-ass seven-foot strips of rainbow sticking up over the top of a Home Depot. It was definitely an awesome rainbow.

I’m wondering if all this rain means I can take a 10-minute shower tomorrow? The five-minute shower rule is killing me. I mean, I spend more time on my post-shower moisturizing ritual than I actually spend in the shower! It has also crossed my mind that perhaps I can bank my shower time – like, if I don’t take showers all week, and save up 35 minutes, does that mean I can take a bath on Sunday? Hmm…

A book, a bath, and a boring journal entry…

By books, ruling at life, weather 5 Comments

I spent the better part of this afternoon relaxing in the jacuzzi bathtub reading Island of the Sequined Love Nun (which was almost as hilarious as Catch-22) wondering why, in return for calmly accepting five shots of Novocaine at the dentist’s office without tears this morning, I am now suffering from an excruciatingly sore tooth and jaw.  As a result, I’ve been quite lazy and not productive in any way, shape or form.

Of course, my lack of sleep in the past few weeks has added to this problem, as has the weather.  Snow does not motivate me to do much — especially eat fruits and vegetables or pack to move.  I haven’t changed my IM away message for almost 48 hours and I’m sort of enjoying the break I’m getting from dealing with e-mails due to a virus messing with the Virginia Tech server.

I wish I had something more creative or exciting to relay in this entry, but in my extremely relaxed and positively withdrawn state, I just don’t.

Take away this snow and bring me a passionfruit iced tea.

By california, employment, new jersey, not ruling at life, weather 3 Comments

I’m not feeling very creative at the moment, but I feel like writing. I’m sure that won’t make for a very interesting journal entry, but oh well. I wish we had passionfruit iced tea in New Jersey.

I’m typing this on my brand new laptop.  You may be wondering how a jobless underachiever such as myself can afford a new laptop, but you already know the answer to that question – I can’t.  I am now $2,000 more in debt than I was this time last week.

However, I was rather thrifty and refrained from spending all my money shopping in California (which was insanely difficult considering the excellent shopping conditions – warm weather, lots of sales, tons of surf shops – in Orange County).

Returning to New Jersey from southern California was not an exciting experience for me.  When I boarded the plane yesterday afternoon, it was sunny and 75 degrees.   When I got off in New York, it was dark, windy, and 17 degrees with a wind chill well below zero.  My visit to San Diego definitely made up my mind about whether to ever live somewhere cold again.

Thank you to everyone who gave me advice after my somewhat-psychotic entry about my lack of decision-making capabilities.  My post-California plans for relocating are not finalized, but I will be driving to Las Vegas in February and playing it by ear from there.

I cannot wait to have an income of some sort again.  There are only 19 more days until I leave for Las Vegas, and since I’m staying there for at least a month, I will definitely find a job there – hopefully in a big hotel.

Until then, I’m still stuck here in Jersey with absolutely no hope of drinking any passionfruit iced tea…but, at least I can keep myself busy with packing and reading and playing on my new laptop.