Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Thank you Dr. Grey

I am starting to be concerned that I may be displaying symptoms of obsessive/compulsive disorder. I learned on Grey's Anatomy that around the age of 30 is when many people notice the onset of symptoms. It is a good thing we can diagnose ourselves thanks to television these days. Anyway, the symptoms that I have been manifesting is this - I have been trying to practice my French lately, and I will keep repeating the same French phrase over and over and over again, until I say it right. But then, it isn't just okay to say it right once, because it could have been a fluke, so I will keep saying it over and over again. The second behavior is this - when I play tennis, I have to bounce the ball an even number of times before I serve it, otherwise I cannot function, because I am sure I am going to get a double fault. No matter what I have to do that. I am hoping that these behaviors are not signs of OCD but rather are signs of being a perfectionist and superstitious.

By the way, Wide Angle on PBS last night was fascinating. It was on "Turkey's Tigers", about fundamentalist Turkish Capitalists. This one capitalist has built quite a business in selling modest Turkish clothing for women, and talked alot about the need for respect of women, and as they were showing women walking through the bazaar in Istanbul, I kept thinking to myself how interesting this was because when I was walking through that bazaar, Turkish men kept grabbing my ass, and I am sure they were Muslim. I guess I can't be positive that they were Turkish or Muslim, but I know it wasn't Blaine, who I was with in Turkey (although at the time, I probably wouldn't have minded so much if it was), so I go with the odds of who it could have been in a crowded Turkish market.

Here is my last unconnected thought for the day - it is August, and in Seattle the high temperature today was only supposed to be in the 60s. That is just wrong. I am sitting here in my office freezing, because the AC is still on, and I know outside it is going to be just as cold, if not colder. Climate change fails me when I need it most.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Let's Look On the Brightside!

This week has not had alot of happy news. I could sit and write today about I may be paying $4 for gas in WA soon, or about how annoying it may be to fly to Utah tomorrow, but since there is so much sadness in the world these days (Lebanon, Iraq, Darfur, etc.), I am going to try to to write about something positive for a change in my own life. Here are some good things:

1. The DC United/Real Madrid Game: It was so much fun. We sat three rows off the field, close to where the players entered and exited the field. My favorite MLS team, led by my favorite MLS players, Ben Olsen and Freddy Adu, tied Real Madrid in a game of some exciting soccer. Not only did the game provide me with a rare opportunity to showcase my DC United scarf, but it also gave me an opportunity to scream very loudly and appear on the Jumbotron. Life was complete.

2. My Sudanese friend Thichiot received a generous settlement offer from American Seafoods to settle his claim against them for the frostbite incident that led to his amputations. I was so happy for him. Now, Thichiot will have the money to go to Ethiopia and see his sick wife and have money to pay for his medical care. It is proof to me that every so often, one can find justice here in these United States.

3. David and I got to have dinner with Brigham and Jennie! Unfortunately, Brigham and Jennie are relocating to DC next month, which I won't focus on since this post is supposed to be happy and positive. We at dinner at Kingfish, which is a delicious soul food restaurant on Capitol Hill. The restaurant had some of the most delicious collard greens and I also got to eat red velvet cake! That alone would have made for an outstanding evening, but talking to Jennie and Brigham only made the evening even better. I am going to miss them alot when they leave the Pacific Northwest. I don't have many friends here, let alone friends like them who have so many interesting things to say.
BONUS: The bonus from dinner with David, Brigham, and Jennie is that in the middle of this restaurant in Seattle, Washington, Mike Johnson, one of my sister Sarah's friends from middle school and high school in Pensacola, walked in. It was a pretty odd coincidence. Sarah and Mike did a history fair project together in high school about Jimi Hendrix, and now, here we were blocks away from the famous Jimi Hendrix statue on Broadway. Mike Johnson introduced Sarah to alot of music, who in turn introduced a lot of great music to me and Melissa. It was crazy seeing Mike Johnson. I mean, my mom taught him in middle school.

4. This has now reminded me of one other item of good news - Sarah is coming to visit for Labor Day weekend. I am looking forward to that.

Aren't I just the picture of positivity today?

Thursday, August 10, 2006

That is exactly what I said Freddy!

'The crowd cheered a little too much for the other team,' joked Adu after the game. 'I thought this was America.'

More on how much I loved the DC United/Real Madrid game last night when I have the chance to write more later! It was beautiful.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

On my media...

Goodness my blog looks boring now that I do not have internet access to my home computer (and my wireless card in my laptop is broken). I need to stop being so cheap, but it is difficult these days, considering I am trying to save money for library science school and gas prices in Washington State may be going up to near $4 a gallon. I guess that means no more weekend trips to beautiful places around the Pacific Northwest. After this weekend's trip to North Cascades, the idea of not being able to take weekend road trips makes me incredibly sad. Saturday was another day filled with beautiful glacier fed rivers and lakes, and a perfect blueberry shake.

So, I guess my life will more consist of the media that I can consume close to home. So here is my post on the media that has consumed me as of late:

Movie: Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby - The main impact that this movie had on me was the following: It made me want to go visit Grammy in North Carolina, where the movie was filmed, and it made me want to eat at Applebees. That is a pretty powerful piece of advertising. However, the overly crude children in the beginning of the film really bothered me. Luckily, they reformed, thanks to their Southern grandma. Everyone needs one.

DvD/Television: Gilmore Girls - I am all about the Gilmore Girls these days. My weekend splurge included purchasing the Season Five dvd, which I have been watching nonstop since then. I missed Season 6 all year long, so I am catching up on reruns of that as well. I can't explain why the smart talking female duo just entertains me so much, but they do. Maybe it is because of all of the literary references.

Music: I just got the French chanteuse Camille's latest album. It is fairly entertaining. Ever since Paris, I have felt the overwhelming need to immerse myself in the French language, to the greatest extent possible. Therefore, now when I am not tuned into NPR in my car, I listen to French music. If only they had French NPR in America - then I would be set!

Books: Well, I am still working on Emma, Middlemarch, and also Alexandra Fuller's Scribbling the Cat. I also have to note, I recently became a free subscriber to the Seattle Times. It is no New York Times, but it is a fairly good morning read. And, I really enjoy those Sodoku Puzzles.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Late Summer Reading

I decided to read Emma and Middlemarch this week. I actually have not read Emma before, and seeing as how my days are spent full of stories of people who fail to live happily ever after, lately I have been finding some peace in Jane Austen's wonderfully lighthearted Highbury. Middlemarch may not be quite so optimistic, but it is a book that I have been meaning to read for quite some time. All I think about during my days at work is how much I want to get home so I can read in the afternoon. It certainly does not bode well for my social life, but that was pretty much nonexistent anyway.