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Hair update

Posted by thoughtful1 on January 5, 2009

I tried a new hairdresser a while ago, but at a non-Asian salon.  I got a better haircut.  So, at least for me, I don’t need to go to an Asian hairdresser.  Maybe because my hair is wavy and similar enough to Caucasian hair that I don’t need a specialist 😛


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up all night

Posted by thoughtful1 on January 3, 2009

Well, not tonight.  I will go to bed tonight.  Soon…  Well, by 3.  That’s not all night – that’s still before dawn! 😉

Earlier I had thought about making myself a cocktail with some left over champagne and listening to some jazz.  Instead I am web surfing and listening to punk music I found on the internet.

Perhaps this means I’m flexible?  Ecletic?

Or maybe it means I really, really don’t want to take the trash out into the cold.

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One more piece to getting my shit together

Posted by thoughtful1 on December 4, 2008

Because Target was open until 11 tonight, I was able to buy a file cabinet.  It’s not heavy duty, but it is metal, and decent looking.  I just finished attaching the drawer handles.  Next up is attaching the casters.  Maybe tomorrow I can decide where to put and begin filling it.

And, maybe, just maybe, this will help me be better about paying bills on time and keeping the clutter to a minimum instead of piling up on the floor.

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New allergies

Posted by thoughtful1 on December 1, 2008

I think I am allergic to dogs.

I went to a neighbors tonight to ask a question.  Her dog very excitedly jumped all over me and licked my chin.  I don’t like it when dogs do this.  I prefer mellow dogs.  But, at least the dog didn’t smell my privates 😛

Anyway, after a few minutes I noticed I was getting itchy bumps on my chin.  I took this as a sign that I am now mildly allergic to dogs.  I’d never had a problem with them before, but now I seem to.  I find this annoying.  I’m not a big dog fan, but any allergy is inconvenient.  I just hope it doesn’t get worse as I get older.

Even more problematic is that for the past few years I began to think I may have developed a mild allergy to cats.  When I am around my mother’s cats I notice that for the first day or two I have itchy eyes.  It goes away, and it’s a very mild symptom, but it’s a symptom nonetheless.  Given that my mom loves cats, this would be a real pain in the neck if I become seriously allergic to cats.  That, and I have a few friends who own cats.


At least the new pet allergies aren’t as problematic as my fruit allergy.  As an adult I became allergic to raw apples, pears, plums, peaches, and cherries, to name a few.  When I eat them I get itchy bumps on my lips and a burning sensation in my throat.  It turns out that if you’re allergic to pollen you’re prone to developing allergies to fruit from pollen bearing trees.  This means my fruit intake is restricted to watermelon, bananas, oranges, and berries.  And I suppose the occasional kiwi or pineapple.

However, I was happy to discover a few months ago that I can eat Asian pears from Whole Foods without any problem.  I had tried the Asian pears from Super 88 last year, and I had an allergic reaction.  So when I was over somebody’s place and he offered me an Asian pear, I was worried I’d have a reaction, but I didn’t.  He had bought them at Whole Foods.  I don’t know if it’s because they’re organic.  I’ve tried organic apples before and had an allergic reaction.  I don’t know what would make Whole Foods Asian pears nonallergenic, but they seem to be.  At least for me.

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It’s Sunday already… *sigh*

Posted by thoughtful1 on November 16, 2008

More accurately, it’s 10:54 PM on Sunday.  *sigh*

I’d be much happier if it were 10:54 PM on Saturday.  I am not in a work week mood right now.  No particular reason – I just don’t want to get up and go to work tomorrow.  Nor do I want to go upstairs and get ready for bed.  Ugh.

Of course, it’s not helping me any to be listening to music right now.  I’ve got iTunes open and currently the PC is playing “Destroy Everything You Touch” by Ladytron.  Trust me – it is not going to bed music.  But, it matches the mood I’m in right now.

Part of why I am off is that I had a 2 hour conference call tonight.  Yes – a fucking two hour conference call.  It wasn’t for work, but a non-profit group I’m part of (and soon to be resigning from, but until then…).  So I really didn’t get an evening to myself.  Nor did I quite get the day to myself.  A friend came over to help me wash windows.  It was fun, really, but I didn’t get much downtime.  And yesterday I had something going on in the afternoon into the evening, so once again no downtime.

I’m an introvert.  I need my downtime, and I failed to get much this weekend.  No wonder I’m in a mood.

(Now I’m listening to “Comfortably Numb” performed by the Scissor Sisters.  It’s one of my favorite covers.)

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Rolling Pennies for iTunes

Posted by thoughtful1 on November 12, 2008

The Coinstar machines now allow you to convert your loose change to gift cards.  Doing so enables you to avoid paying the 8.9% fee Coinstar charges when you convert your change to dollar bills.  I’m excited about this since the gift card choices include Borders, Amazon, and iTunes – things I would actually use!  Now my spare change, which usually sits for months years on my desk, can be used to buy fun stuff.  It’s like found money!  And my regular pay can be saved up or used for real purchases, like a really expensive stick vac.  Okay, obviously I am still prone to purchasing things I could probably do without, but at least I can treat myself to some music or a book without feeling guilty.  After all, the spare change was just collecting dust.

So tonight I went to the local Shaw’s and turned my loose change into an iTunes e-certificate.  I’ve now got $50 to spend on tunes.  Happiness!

My first purchase?
“Elevator Operator” by Lolly Pop:

Because everyone could use some fun dance music these days

My second purchase?
“Happy Birthday To Me” by Bulldog Mansion:

Because they’re a cooler cut of K-Pop.

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Stick it

Posted by thoughtful1 on November 10, 2008

After vacuuming the condo with a cannister vac several times the past few weeks (yes, I am trying to keep house better), I’ve decided that I need to get a stick vac.  Lugging the cannister around, up and down the stairs, has gotten old.  Very old.  And I remembered why my mom hates cannisters – they crash into the furniture.  So it appears that I should just leave the freaking thing in the basement where I have carpeting and purchase a lighter vac for the other floors where it’s hardwood.

I started researching which one to buy today.  First hit was a Dirt Devil Jaguar Power Stick that looked promising – HEPA filter and only $40.  But, the reviews on Epinions were mixed, which gives me pause.  Second was the Bissell FeatherWeight.  That has the advantage of converting to a hand vac for the furniture, as well as confirmation that I could tilt all the way down to the floor for vacuuming under the bed.  But, no HEPA filter.  Next stick vac I looked at was the Hoover Flair.  But, once again, no HEPA.  And it has a filter that you need to clean.  I used to have a Hoover hand vac with a similar filter.  After a while it just gets gross.

So I took a look at the high end.  Dyson doesn’t make a stick vac, but Miele does, for $240-400.  And I’d have to truck out to a specialty store to look at one.  However, it has some nice features in addition to the HEPA filter.  It has onboard storage for the different attachments, something that was missing from one of the stick vacs mentioned above.

Of course, one may question why spend so much money on a stick vac.  After all, the stick vac would be used for regular cleaning while I break out the larger, adult vac for the heavy duty stuff.  True, in theory things would work that way, but they won’t.  For starters, two thirds of my home are hardwood, thus I’d be cleaning two thirds of my home with the stick vac.  I’d like it to suck up as much dirt as possible.  Further, while I don’t own cats, I do cat sit.  For long haired cats.  Who shed.  And like to go everywhere. So in the long run, it would probably be worth it to invest in a serious vacuum.

Plus, a friend has serious cat allergies and after a few hours in my place he has trouble breathing, even though the cats have been gone for weeks.  (And, yes, I vacuumed.)  This prompted me to research cat dander.  It turns out it gets everywhere – the floors, the furniture, the clothes, the walls….  And it sticks around for months.


But back to the Miele.  Taking a closer look, I see that it not only has cleaning power, but kick ass design.  In addition to the HEPA and onboard accessory storage, the Miele has a 26′ power cord, adjustable height for the user’s comfort, and can convert to a hand vac (this last item is from a third party website, not Miele’s own site, which is odd).  All of these are pretty smart features.

Thus, do I pay for function only, or for design?

I’m leaning towards paying for design.  But maybe after I brown bag my lunch for a bit.

And I should probably stop researching vacuums and actually go vacuum…..

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Re-thinking a few things

Posted by thoughtful1 on November 10, 2008

Sorry, been busy the past few months……..  My bad.

Anyway, for reasons I won’t get into, I’ve been re-thinking some things the past few weeks.  It started with TV.  This fall season I haven’t been watching as much TV as I usually do.  Further, I simply haven’t missed any of the shows I usually watch.  The only program I was excited about seeing, and that I made an effort to see was “Mad Men,” whose season has ended.  After watching the “Heroes” premiere and realizing it was stupid, I gave up on that show.  As well as a few others, including “Smallville,” which has gotten dumber than “Heroes”.  I cleaned up the DVR.  The only shows I have set to record are “House” and “Dirty Sexy Money,” and I may cancel those, too.

Basically, I no longer found TV all that entertaining.  And I figured my time would be better spent elsewhere.

The other things I’ve been re-thinking are a little less specific.  More like, “What should I be doing with myself?” types of questions.  I started re-examining relationships I’ve made in the past year and whether they were worth maintaining.  Some are, some are not.  Last year I became a social butterfly, which is very, very odd for me.  This year I feel like retreating back into the cocoon, but with a better sense of who will be a real friend, and on whom I can rely.

Oddly, along with this, I’ve been putting more thought into my home.  A friend helped me clear out the living room in a big way.  Boxes that had been sitting there for years were relocated to the basement, and the basement hodgepodge was organized.  So now I have a big open space in the living room.  And it’s given me space to think: What to do with this?  I found myself staring at the 13 year-old TV and wondering if I should put it up on Freecycle.  I think I may do this, but only after I find a replacement TV for the kitchen.  I live alone, so the ability to watch the news while eating dinner is a must.  Sad, but true.  However, my current setup in the living room allows me to lounge and eat while watching TV, something I find very relaxing, and something of an emotional comfort.  So I’m not sure……  But, it would be nice to have one room in the place that does not have a TV.  And probably better for me, too.

Thinking about the home is really forcing me to think about my life, such as what I do, what I want to do, what my style is, etc.  These are tough questions.  Especially since I think I am beginning some sort of transition.  To what, I don’t know.  For example, the obvious answer to the living room would be to buy sitting furniture and set it up for reading and conversation.  But, as I was staring at the nearly bare wall where the now very lonely TV is, I thought it might be interesting to place a project table there where I could do artwork.

But, I am not an artist.

However, I’ve been considering taking an art course.  I’ve always enjoyed doing art, but I only took classes when I was in school, and even then it was only what was required for my diploma.  Since high school doesn’t count art as academic (but you can get a degree in it! hrmph), I took two course, and one course in college.  That was it.  I would like to go back to it, and see if having an artistic outlet would make me feel more balanced.  Or something.  Odds are I would get frustrated at the lack of technical skill – I wouldn’t be able to draw something the way I wanted it to look – but it would be worth a shot.

And, if I had a large table somewhere where I could work on stuff, then maybe instead of wasting time watching TV I could find pleasure in creating something.  But, there’s always the fear that the large project table would become a gathering place for more clutter.  So, I should think about that some more.

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late night on the T

Posted by thoughtful1 on April 20, 2008

I’m sitting on the last T car for my line. And, since we are at a major station we’re sitting here waiting for another line to come in so people can make the transfer.

One of the passengers is a talkative gay man. And he’s chatting with the straight folks. Thank goodness there are some extraverts, otherwise we’d just be sitting here in total silences. Especially since, according to the gay guy who knows the intricacies of the MBTA, we could sit here for another 20 minutes.

It’s interesting to see the late night crowd. A few 30 something men are wearing suits – must have been on a fancy date or at an upscale club… Not that I’m an expert on late night crowds. The chatty guy got off from work, and everyone else must have been doing more mundane things… Or not as fancy.  Oh, and there are a handful of Sox fans.  Must have hung out in a bar after the game.

Looks like the other line has come in. We should be moving soon.

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Where’d the time go?

Posted by thoughtful1 on April 17, 2008

Oops… I knew I had been lazy with the blog, but I didn’t realize this much time had passed. Doh!

I think I went inter hibernation for the winter. I just felt tired, and a bit depressed. I think I am going through some stuff right – working through some issues from my adoption and my parents’ divorce. Good times! 😛

But, spring is finally here. I wore a skirt today since it was warmer. I paid for it at the end of the day when it got colder… But I don’t care. The sun was out! It was above 50! Happiness!

The ironic thing is that I’ve been having “deep thoughts” these past few months. I’ve come up with things I could write about here. I just never got around to it…. I’m ashamed to admit that part of the problem is I’ve been messing around on Facebook too much. But I think it’s more a symptom of me working through some things… Or avoiding working through things 😉 I will, however, try to be a better blogger.

Oh, and I am a new owner of a Blackberry Pearl 8120. It is my new, shiny toy. I like it very much 😀

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