aceofkittens: (crrrrrazy)
Yes, I am in LA, desperately struggling to finish packing up the apartment, while working as a part-time, non-exempt employee at my old job. The wireless at the apartment is being a little bitch, so I have to rely on my precious Sidekick for sweet, life-giving Internet.

I have decided to do an experiment similar to something [livejournal.com profile] takeitez did before. I am going to attempt to subsist for a week on the food and drink that is currently at the apartment (and the snacks at work). I already cheated a little, because I had to buy a pan to boil things in and some popcorn.

I am already sick of this experiment. Anyhow! Things are good. I will do a full summary later on.
aceofkittens: (marzipan)
So, uh...

Does anyone want a kitten? Or two?

I'm going on a kitten-snatching mission on Saturday. The kittens are 6-week old tabbies with white socks. I wish I could keep them, but I can't. :(

HALP! :D

BO-ring

Jan. 18th, 2009 10:31 am
aceofkittens: (drink!!)
Unlike many people on my f-list and elsewhere, I do not have tomorrow off. This is very disappointing for a number of reasons, but chiefly because I find that I am so exhausted by work right now that it takes me the entirety of Saturday to recover. I mostly just lie there going "buh buh buh" and staring off into space. By Saturday evening, I've perked up, but don't want to do anything. That means Sunday ends up being the day I have to do all those nasty life chores I have been avoiding.

Although, lying there going "buh buh buh" is also quite appealing.

I think I'll go do that for a while.
aceofkittens: (not here)
I've been trying really hard lately to practice mindfulness, because I am tired of constantly losing things. I went through and tagged my entire LJ over the holidays, and the fact that "losing my stuff" earned fifteen entries and that I was struggling with this very issue in 2004 really says a lot.

It's not simply the grief at losing a beloved slug hat, or the annoyance at losing a particularly cute set of fleecy striped gloves (as I did over the holidays and still do not understand how that happened), though those things are irritating and painful. It's the underlying knowledge that you're scattered, careless, disorganized, brainless. Except that I have a mind like a steel-jaw trap, which retains facts and trivia for all of eternity... so it makes no sense that my body is like a sieve, constantly leaking small items.

Really, to give myself a little bit of slack, it's that I've got other things on my mind, so these little trivial matters like "Where are the car keys this time?" fall by the wayside. However, after losing the striped fleecy gloves, I really had it with myself. I decided I would pay close attention to all of my small objects, a roll call of items, if you would. This involved saying to myself: "Ok, the car keys always go in the front pocket of my bag. The work keycard always goes in the other front pocket. The sunglasses go in the back pocket. This is where these items live and they have to come home every night to where they live."

It has been working pretty well, and I was giving myself a pat on the back for no longer having to worry about losing my stuff. You can tell there's a "Dun dun DUNNNNN...." moment coming, right? Yeah, well.

Blah )
aceofkittens: (shirt)
Since we went to West Hollywood for brunch today, I took the opportunity afterward to hit up some Russian stores. I've been craving Russian sauerkraut, and as long as I was over there anyway, well, produce at Russian stores is incredibly cheap. In a certain section of West Hollywood, there are like 3-5 Russian stores on every block. It's great!

Anyway, I had noticed a Russian bookstore across the street from the deli I randomly walked into and I decided to go there next. You see, my mom and I are sort of obsessed with reading this series of young adult mystery novels that are essentially Nancy Drew books in Russian. They're rather hard to find, though, and we've had to special-order all the ones we've gotten. At the first bookstore, they didn't have them, but the man thought there might be some at another bookstore on the next block. Just for context, the author of these YA mysteries also writes romances novels.

Conversation at bookstore #2:
Dour man (most likely shop owner): Can I help you find something, young lady?
Me: I'm looking for books by Elizabeth Wilmont...
Dour man: (Sneering) We don't sell those here. In fact, we don't sell "ladies literature" at all.
Me: I was actually looking for the young adult mysteries...
Dour man: I know what you're looking for. Those books are crap! We don't carry that here. Wilmont churns them out to pay the bills. She was such a brilliant translator! And her father was too.
Me: Ok...
Dour man: So, if you actually want to buy a GOOD book, we sell those here. I can help you with that.
Me: ...Well, no. Ok, thanks, bye.

And I left. :)

Ummm...

Nov. 9th, 2008 07:07 pm
aceofkittens: (woohoo!)
I'm drinking red wine. Some of you know why this is a BAD IDEA.

Daryl is here cooking us dinner!!!

We're watching the GNR videos. Axl used to be so young and hot. What happened?

P.S. I may be really drunk. And I would drunk dial all of you, BUT my phone is dead. It's in two pieces... again.

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] toastmantom, this is for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsJDK9MCCYs
aceofkittens: (woohoo!)
Russell Fucking Crowe, on stage with Great Big Sea at the House of Blues tonight. Singing "Folsom Prison Blues." (ETA: Youtube link, until they take it down

Even better, [livejournal.com profile] invisiblebf and [livejournal.com profile] setmosis six beers gone.

Ass shaker! ASS SHAKER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Did I mention: RUSSELL FUCKING CROWE? GLADIATOR (No, but she was!) "My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next."

[livejournal.com profile] sassycat8 and I are now drunk. Bring on the flying elves.

P.S. PINK DOT is the best source for random sandwiches and pretzels.

Sigh

Aug. 3rd, 2008 09:03 pm
aceofkittens: (do not want!)
We came back this evening from Vegas to discover the house overrun with ... Ants! Ants! Ants! It's particularly gross this time — they are all over Chip's water dish, as well as other unlikely locations.

Chip himself is still at the clinic where we boarded him and the place feels weird and lonely without him.

Also, I'm going to Baltimore Tue-Thu. It's going to be a long week.

I'm tired.
aceofkittens: (crrrrrazy)
Sure, we're all fine, everybody's fine here. But I'm not going to pretend it was nothing. That earthquake this morning scared the crap out of me. It lasted a long time. It just kept going. Most quakes, by the time you think, "Hey, should I maybe get into the doorway or under the desk..." it's already over. This one, not only did I have time to think it, I discussed it with my coworker, and then we climbed awkwardly under our respective desks.

I was there for both the Loma Prieta and Northridge quakes, so yeah, ok, this one wasn't as bad, bla bla, whatever. My office is on the 5th floor of a 10 story building, which is on rollers, so even after the actual quake stopped, the building slowly kept swaying, back and forth. It took quite a while for my heart to stop pounding like a jackhammer, and my legs to stop quivering. I'm not ashamed of being frightened.
aceofkittens: (hmm)
Back from the whirlwind tour of Missouri. It was fun, but I'm tired. At least it's a short week... sort of. It feels endless. I am still blah and not following LJ very closely. I went to the dentist this morning and it sounds like the reason I've had such painful sensitivity to cold/hot is because a number of my fillings are cracked and broken and need to be replaced. That's going to be a lot of fun.

Conversation in bed this morning:
[livejournal.com profile] aceofkittens: "Aww, did you see how Chip was lying so on top of me?"
[livejournal.com profile] invisiblebf: (fuzzily) "He's just prospecting for oil."
[livejournal.com profile] aceofkittens: "...WHAT?!!"
[livejournal.com profile] invisiblebf: (pause) "Um... inexplicable crossover with dream."
He's very cute when he's asleep.

For Bay Area people, my friend Daryl Shawn has an all-instrumental guitar show this weekend and you should go:
Saturday, July 5, 7 p.m. sharp!
Meridian Gallery
535 Powell Street (at Bush), San Francisco, CA
$5-10 sliding scale donation (no one refused for lack of funds
http://www.swanwelder.com/bio.htm
aceofkittens: (not here)
[livejournal.com profile] invisiblebf and I are in Arizona this weekend for a wedding. It should be a lot of fun and I'm sure I'll have lots to post about later.

However, I have to cry about the loss of one of my special LA secrets. You see, for years, when I've gone away on trips, I've stashed my car in this secret FREE parking area by the airport. Today, I discovered that the jig was up, and that whole area has been converted to 2-hour parking. *Wail!* So unfair!
aceofkittens: (bad mood)
It was probably all the alcohol we had last night, but I had some spectacularly awful nightmares. And it really shouldn't have been like that, because we watched Ratatouille and various scenes from the LOTR movies, but no, instead of processing it into cute dreams about rats and LOTR porn, my brain decided to delight me with some viscerally painful stuff. Let's just say that the LEAST painful of these dreams involved me driving a motorcycle that was manual transmission (I know... what?!) and then crashing it somewhere in downtown LA and skidding on my face along the pavement. I'd say this dream was because Chip was biting my face to get me to feed him, but I was already awake for that.

Shockingly, we didn't feel so great this morning, but because white people like farmers' markets, [livejournal.com profile] invisiblebf and I forced ourselves out of the house and walked over to the farmers' market down the street. Amongst other things, I bought a yam. Help me out here, [livejournal.com profile] pokiedot & [livejournal.com profile] fairyarmadillo, how long does it take to cook one of those? ;)

On the walk over and back, we rehashed what happened last night. [livejournal.com profile] invisiblebf encapsulated it perfectly: "It's hard to recreate the evening without the trail of text messages."

Noooooo kidding.

Ho hum

Mar. 11th, 2008 10:55 am
aceofkittens: (shyeah right)
My mom spontaneously came to visit over the weekend, which was awesome, but made the weekend very busy, since I already had some other plans, including a wedding shower. The funniest moment during her visit was when I came out into the living room and found her dusting. I said: "What are you doing?" She said, "I'm looking at your knick-knacks." I said, "MOM! We look with our EYES, not with our HANDS!" :) After denying she was dusting, she finally cracked and said, "Well, if you're going to have knick-knacks, you should take better care of them!" :) Hi-larious!

Unfortunately, I seem to fail at snail. I had my first work-snail fatality, followed by the realization that the bowl was exuding a foul stench. It proved to be that the water plant is rotting. I don't know if it's because it needs running water or some other reason, but I guess I'm probably going to have to get a real tank if I'm going to keep these snails. What this also means is that my home-snails are probably going to be doing even worse, since their bowl is smaller and the plant is probably dead there too (though I haven't noticed a stench). I cleaned the bowl and replaced the water in the meantime, and they are all exploring their newly-clean world happily and climbing up the rigging in the pirate ship.

Tonight is a work happy hour... all I can say is:

aceofkittens: (gummi bears)
The other week, we discovered a red-brown worm in our bathtub. It was a total mystery as to how it got in there, but it had been raining a lot and I figured maybe the worm came out of the bath drain or something. The worm was alive and I took it over to my neighbor's flowerpot. It proceeded to dig its way in. I was happy that a worm-friend had somehow come into our home. [livejournal.com profile] invisiblebf, on the other hand, was very concerned that the worm might have come out of Chip. He spent a long time reading about worms online and looking up pictures that should not have been looked at. In the end, he cautiously agreed that it was probably not a Chip-worm.

I decided to prank [livejournal.com profile] invisiblebf and bought a big pack of Gummi Worms in secret. It was supposed to rain really hard today, and it did! I got up first and set out two of the Gummi Worms in the bathtub on top of a piece of clingfilm. Then, when he asked if I wanted to have the first shower, I said, "No, no, you go ahead." The shout of "WHAT?!" and the WTF expression on his face were perfect. Success!!! :)

Yesterday, I did three things in L.A. that I had never done before. First, I took SecondCousinOfKittensOnceRemoved to the Velaslavasay Panorama, which is something I never even heard of until she told me about it. Then, we went to dinner at a restaurant called Pure Luck, which was a Vegan place that makes dishes out of jackfruit... it's bizarre, but delicious. I tried some really yummy spinach salad with "blackened jackfruit" and we also had some fried pickles. Then, we went across the street to this ice cream/gelato place called Scoops, where potential flavors included "Vanilla & Rum," "Strawberry & Black Pepper," and "Chocolate & Jaegermeister." All in all, it has been a weekend full of win.
aceofkittens: (woohoo!)
I found out yesterday that another of my cousins just moved to LA literally days ago to live and work at the Museum of Jurassic Technology!!! That is so weird and so surreal. And so awesome! I can't wait to see SecondCousinOfKittens ASAP!!!

Also, tonight I saw a raccoon on the street. He was the cutest.

And, I made another soup that is too hot for anyone else to eat. That's just how I roll.
aceofkittens: (battle!)
Re: the California wild fires — DONUT WORRY, I am nowhere near them. The closest one is in Malibu (30 miles) and the other closest one is in Santa Clarita (also about 30 miles).



(click for larger image) Everyone I know in LA and San Diego is also fine. Back to your regularly scheduled programming! :)

Ok go

Oct. 18th, 2007 07:26 pm
aceofkittens: (me and chip)
I realized that it's been a week since I posted, but I feel like I don't really have much to say right now. I'm just chugging along and it's fine. It's a brief lull before the madness begins. I realized today that I am already solidly booked every weekend from next weekend until December. This coming weekend should be a time to batten down the hatches and prepare for the whirlwind. I still have Burning Man crap lying around everywhere, for crying out loud. I need to sort through all the clothes I don't wear. I need to do a lot of things.

I will probably do none of them.

Last weekend was awesome, though. [livejournal.com profile] takeitez and [livejournal.com profile] toastmantom came down and we had some fun. Where to begin? It was like cramming a SF weekend into LA. First, [livejournal.com profile] invisiblebf and [livejournal.com profile] takeitez went to LACMA and the La Brea Tar Pits on Friday while I was at work. Later that night, we went to a friend's poetry reading at a youth hostel in Santa Monica (to hear such gems as "Cockblocking C***" from others performing — though my actual friend is a good poet) and to add to the misery, I had to pee the whole time. It began to rain and we escaped to drown our sorrows at my favorite British pub a few blocks away. The next day, Toasty arrived and over the next two days, we went to The Getty, LA Decompression, Champagne Madness, and another friend's acoustic guitar performance, not necessarily in that order. Good job! I made dinner and we ate a lot of cheese. We drank — a lot. We ate more cheese. We played the Story Game (the television vomited fire!) Many in-jokes were created. Good times!

Last, but not least, tomorrow, my mom is leaving on a trip to China for two weeks and she's completely freaked out about it. So that about sums it all up!
aceofkittens: (yay)
I just rolled back into LA after a stealth weekend in SF to bring my boys home. It is hot hot hot here. :( BUT there was an amazing gift waiting for me from [livejournal.com profile] _stillsong_ — an incredible green cape that I will wear at Burning Man.

For which I should probably put in my vacation request.

THANK YOU, [livejournal.com profile] _stillsong_ ♥ ♥

Anyway, the weekend was great, if all too short, I didn't see everyone I wanted to, and I was rip-roaring drunk a lot. Now, the reality of going back to work tomorrow rears its ugly head.
aceofkittens: (woohoo!)
I'm going to copy [livejournal.com profile] futureboy's style and do a little "Weekend in review" thing with highlights & lowlights.

My weekend in review )
That is all! :)

Kwik E Mart

Jul. 4th, 2007 11:48 pm
aceofkittens: (consumer whore)
So, for those of you who are Simpsons fans & eagerly awaiting the new Simpsons movie, you probably know that there's a promotion going on where twelve 7-Eleven stores around the country have been turned into "Kwik E Marts."

The U.S. locations where a 7-Eleven store was transformed into a Kwik-E-Mart are New York City; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Burbank, Calif.; Los Angeles; Henderson, Nev.; Orlando, Fla.; Mountain View, Calif.; Seattle; and Bladensburg, Md.

The Los Angeles location? It's two blocks from my house!!! :) On Tuesday night, there were like 500 people in line to get in!!! Photos TK! :)

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