Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Roller Rant

Ok, I have a problem with Belgium.

once upon a time there was a guy who was Belgian and decided to invent the rollerskate. Great invention Belgian dude! May many years go by and somehow rollerskating is a very teeeeeny tiny sport in Belgium.
Ok fine. I can sort of live with that even though I would totally be joining a roller derby team right now if I lived in the states still. So I cant be a derby girl, I can at least go to a roller rink and skate around, recapturing my youth, right? WRONG! I've done search upon search with the yellow pages, white pages, regular google web pages and NOTHING. There is one inline skating club but who cares about inline skates! Those are stupid, ugly and ghetto and where do they practice? Where does one go if they are Belgian and interested in roller skating????? How does this country function?!

I'm irritated.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Auntie Em!

(north of france, yesterday)
For the past week or so we've had high winds. Yesterday was at its worst with hurricane-like winds blowing tiles off of roofs, trees down, and though I didn't see any fallen powerlines, they were sure blowing like crazy like they were about to snap at any second. Lots of fire trucks driving around everywhere.

I heard this area for Belgium was the worst. The north of France got hit the most, and being only a couple towns away from the north of France, we too got hit pretty bad.
but the worst is over now. Yesterday; dark, grey, cold, and unwelcoming tornado weather has passed to a beautiful sunny day. The sky is blue, the rain is drying and there's not a whistle of wind to be heard.

all is right in the world again.

Friday, January 12, 2007


i just feel like doing a retarded survey thing because i'm bored. it happens.

When was the last time you shaved?
2 days ago.
What were you doing this morning at 8 a.m.?
trying to wake up. got up at 8.30
.What were you doing 15 minutes ago?
trolling the internet thinking "i really should be doing something else but i'm not so whatever"
Are you any good at math?
i'm shit at it. its amazing i'm even here.
Your prom night?
i went to 3. they were all pretty good. i think my senior prom was the best.
Do you have any famous ancestors?
not that i know of
Have you ever taken out a loan to pay for school?
have i EVER?!
Last thing received in the mail?
some survey from the VDAB asking how i feel their service is to me and how i thought the recent class i was enrolled in went. i "joked" that i was going to write 'VDAB SUCKS' across the page and send it back
How many different beverages have you drunk today?
a mixed berry juice with alovera puree and fiber in it, for my over all health, well-being, and keeping my healthy intestinal flora, well, healthy. and also a tropical juice from minute maide
Do you ever leave messages on people's answering machine
Do you draw your name in the sand when you go to the beach?
What's the most painful dental procedure you've had?
umm...i once had a cavity as a kid and had it filled with no novicane. it hurt alot. but um, that tooth fell out and i currently have no caveties so i'm doing pretty good in the dental hygene department.
What is out your back door?
patio, table, a fallen over christmas tree waiting to be carried off with all the other trees on the 24th to a horrible death. better than blowing around the back patio i guess. theres also a shed, some shrubs, a clothes line and a trash bag full of rotted pumpkin that gregory refuses to take away.
Any plans for Friday night?today is friday. no offical plans. we were gonna go bowling but our friends are busy, i think. maybe do something with dimitri.
.Do you like what the ocean does to your hair?most of the time, sometimes it just gets too snarled and nasty, but mostly i love the wind blown, salt roughned kind of free feeling it gives me.
Have you ever received one of those big tins of 3 different kinds of popcorn for Christmas?
you bet! i only like the salt and the cheese, caramel can go to hell.
Have you ever been to a planetarium?
sadly, no.
Do you re-use towels after you shower?
of course.
Some things you are excited about?
starting a new work out routine with my friend janne
What is your favorite flavor of JELLO?
strawberry and orange.
Are any of your great-grandparents still alive?
Where do you keep your change?
pocket, bottom of my bag, little jar on kitchen table, 2 change purses that i have.
When was the last time you spoke in front of a large group of people?
in college, i think. i hate speaking in front of people i dont know very well. hence why waitresses can never hear my order!
What kind of winter coat do you have?
i have 6 winter coats! i only rotate 3 right now though. 1 is a beautiful coat my parent's bought for my birthday. its long, and has polka dot looking design on it, and a fur collar- it looks alot like an old ladie's coat. another is a camel colored pea coat with a peter-pan collar and another is a red coat that my parents bought for me last christmas. its kinda parka-ish.
What was the weather like on your graduation day?
i think it rained because we had to graduate in the gym.
Do you sleep with the door to your room open or closed?
8 lasts --
8.] last kiss: this afternoon, saying goodbye to gregory.
7.] last beverage: juice
6.] last movie watched: 40 year old virgin
.5.] last phone call: dimitri asking if we're doing something tonight
4.] last cd played: ummmmm i dont remember
3.] last "i love you": this afternoon
2.] last time you cried: 2 nights ago because i was home alone alllllllll day and was very lonely and i cried. but then i got better
1.] last alcoholic drink: mojito last night

.6 have you evers --
6.] have you ever dated someone twice: yeah
5.] have you ever been cheated on: yeah..
.4.] have you ever kissed someone: uhhh yeah!.
3.] have you ever kissed someone you regret: no
.2.] have you ever been depressed: definitely.
1.] have you ever been drunk and thrown up: yep but not in a while, thankfully

6 things you've done today
1.] woke up
2.] picked up house
3.] began knitting gregory's hat
4.] signed up for a gym membership with janne
5.] this
6.] bought new workout pants that make my butt look big but whatever they were only 7 euros

3 favorite colors --
1.] red
2.] emerald green
3.] midnight blue

2 things you want to do before you die --
1.] learn to yodel
2.] learn to swing dance

Do you usually remember your dreams?
most often i do and boy do i have weird dreams! just ask gregory. i tell him everyday the sagas of my unconsious mind and every day he leaves for work more frightened than the last day.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Home schooling

The trouble with teaching yourself stuff is that there's no one around, who knows what they're doing, to tell you that you're doing it wrong.

I've been knitting lately. With the sales that are going on ( Belgium only has sales twice a year, far different from sale!sale!sale! America) I bought some new yarn, a couple new needles so I can branch out from knitting things only in 4mm and a knitting magazine (even though I didn't buy enough yarn to complete anything in the magazine, I'm just trying to stock up on supplies) Gregory checked out one of the colors of yarn I picked and exclaimed he wanted a hat. suuuure, no problem! Seeing as how the only thing I ever completed was a ribbed scarf.
last year when I had just taught myself how to cast on stitches and do the boring ole garter stitch I decided I was going to try to knit Gregory a hat. Pretty bold of me, I know. Things seemed to be going pretty good with it but after a enough rows where I could kinda try it on, I noticed it was HUGE as it didn't even go on my head at all but rather fell straight to my neck. Needless to say I gave up on the ginormous hat. So today I began trying again. I have some round needles already from my first failed attempt and I bought a smaller size today just to have around.

so I'm knitting and I casted on all 132 stitches and I knitted myself up the first row till the end and then I couldn't remember. Do I turn the needles around or just keep on going! So I checked out my stitch n bitch reference guide to see if it said anything about knitting in the round. It did. It says you cant use needles with a diameter larger than circumference of the garment you're knitting. OHHHHHHH.....So that means last year (before I owned the book) when I was trying to knit a 60 cm hat onto 80cm needled that's the reason why it was ginormous?????!! Ok, thanks.
but of course I didn't read that before I had bought more round needles and though they are smaller I'm still unsure if it'll work. The garment will be 60cm and the needles are also 60cm does that mean the hat will still be too huge? Do I throw in the towel now or try it to find out?

where's grandma when you need her??????????

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Blood, sweat and tears

While living in America I was a fairly regular blood donor. I like giving blood. I don't mind needles. I think its fun to watch myself fill up a bag. I feel good knowing that I've helped someone, I feel good knowing that my blood can help anyone, being a universal donor and all. I liked the stickers they gave you "Be Nice to Me, I Gave Blood Today!" and I enjoyed the cookies and juice at the end of it all.

lately, I've been missing the feeling of goodness and after a couple of times of seeing a sign come and go for a blood donation day I felt it time to make a point of going. And last night I went and donated blood. I figured I might try to take over the world, one blood donation at a time throughout the entire world mwahaha. No seriously, I just like to help.
Gregory drove me and I told him to stay near just in case I needed help with all that blood, aids, "have you been to the jungles of Africa and contracted some crazy disease in the last 6 months" jargon-type questions. So when it was time for me to fill out my questionnaire he in fact was helping me and we got scolded for it. I was suppose to fill it out by myself in secret. But back in Massachusetts ( perhaps every red cross volunteer center has their own way of doing things) we just filled out the questionnaire while in the waiting seat, shoulder to shoulder with the rest of the potential donors, so I figured that part didn't need to be in secret, just the secret baled with the question "yes or no--do YOU think your blood is safe to use? Be honest now, it doesn't really matter what you say because we're gonna test you blood anyway but why don't you just safe us the trouble and let us know if you're skanky straight up" anyway, I got a special English card to finish off my questions.
now here's where things get a little different, in MA they give you a finger prick and test your blood to see if you have enough iron to donate. One of the hoops I was anticipating so I was sure to eat my spinach last night. They never tested me. I instead, they gave me iron pills to take after donating! How weird. I think I prefer knowing that my iron level are good instead of taking pills that could potentially block me up, as the doctor stated. And since I have a pretty sensitive system I don't really want to take anything that I know beforehand will block me up. I took one right afterwards but I have no intentions of taking anymore. My iron level have always been great even when I was vegan.

the volunteer redcross phlebotomist was excellent with her needle! It didn't hurt even the slightest! However, she was a bit stupid because my blood "just stopped" and she couldn't figure out why, and the other volunteer who manned the bags of blood was all "umm, yeah that's because you have the dial on locked and when she opened it WHOOSH blood came rushing out of the broken dam. It all went well. Filled up my bag AND instead of cookies and juice they give you a ticket to get a free drink at the bar and also some little bar code sticker that gets you a free small gift. I got shower gel. It went really well and I think I'll do it again in the near future.
on a different note, last night in the mail we got this:
here's my super translated version:
it's a promotional ad for a new ironing service. They come to your house to iron for you. (sound familiar mom?) mom had once suggested I make up flyers and send them to neighbors saying "yo! I'll do your ironing and shit like that for you because your country doesn't want to give me money or give me a job-whatd'ya say????" and I told her yeah I iron but I don't think I'm particularly good at it that I would iron other peoples clothes for money. Well some bitch stole my mother's brilliant idea! Only took it a step further and turned it into a professional business. If that bitch is reading now: I hope you drop an iron on your foot!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

it's time

i've been growing my hair out and i dont think its doing me any justice anymore. i think my best look has always been when my hair was chin length but i love love love cutting my hair short for some reason. here are two looks i'm thinking of:

i really love the first one. and the second, i like the shape but would probably have it a bit shorter. which do you think i should go for?