Archive for August, 2008

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This view is available EVERYWHERE in town.

This view is available EVERYWHERE in town.


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Wild Wild West

I love this town.

First, there’s the free WiFi provided by the town -which is available pretty much everywhere and kicks serious ass.

Second, there’s not a single stitch of ground that isn’t breathtakingly awesome. I mean awesome in the original sense of “awe inspiring”. The mountains are amazing. The forest is amazing. The downtown area is perfectly quaint. The campus is fantastic.

This is going to be an excellent move.

Spouse and I met at Northern Michigan University, so we’re used to long hard winters, bitter cold, and brief summers. We love snowshoeing, canoeing, and camping. Since we moved to the city we’ve been unable to do that – due in no small part to the sheer amount of pollution that Dow has dumped into the water and ground. It’s going to be so great to get back to the stuff we love best.

I’m adjusting to the high altitude – which is absolutely an adjustment – and getting ready to watch Barack Obama. And then passing out because we’ve been up for 18 hours, which included 12 hours of traveling.

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I teach a class tonight before the holiday weekend and then not again until NEXT Wednesday. The gym is having an issue with sorting out their fall schedule which means I get a longer than usual accidental vacation.

My 1990 mix has been pretty popular in class but, unless there are a couple of specific students there who haven’t heard it, we’re going to be doing Hip Hop Yoga tonight.

Microbiology is pretty much exactly what I expected it would be – not fun. I’m also taking The American Presidency, which should be pretty interesting.

With regards to the move, we are having lots and lots and LOTS of conversations about what in hell we’re going to do with our house. I’m having a really hard time wrapping my head around how a $100,000 house in Michigan costs $200,000 in Colorado. It’s mildly horrifying to me. Okay, it’s more than mildly horrifying. We’re giving serious consideration to buying land and building but there are ALSO no apartments to rent (to speak of). So we’ve got that going for us, which is nice.

Packing has not yet commenced. There are a lot of decisions hinging on this weekend’s trip and I don’t want to get so far ahead of ourselves that we end up backpedaling.

Currently I’m on hold with the U’s financial aid department. I think University financial aid offices, when they aren’t run properly, are like the third circle of hell. No one really knows how to answer your question, but they THINK they do and then you end up getting transferred three times, disconnected, and then finally some old lady in the back room just tells you to come to the office and she’ll get you straightened out. It’s kind of shocking to me that this shit isn’t all online yet.

For example, I came in on Monday and filled out necessary paperwork. They can’t locate the paperwork now. But if it was online, I guaran-fucking-tee that the shit would be processed already. Unfortunately, everyone at THIS university likes to NOT apply logic to their processes. They’d rather do it backwards and then be able to whine and complain about OMG we had to see EIGHT BAJILLION students and handle OMGSOMANY problems, but we did it, even though we were understaffed and undereducated and just generally SWAMPED.

I’m like, DUDE. The students are PAYING YOUR CHECK. You should be making this stuff as easy on EVERYONE as possible. WTF? It’s as though they all lack basic reasoning skills.

It’s just one more thing in an INCREDIBLY LONG list that makes me glad to leave this godsforsaken place.

And thanks to that annoying bit of runaround, I have to do EXACTLY what I THOUGHT I’d have to do on Monday (which no one could tell me) so I’m going to get myself French Toast Sticks as a reward. Because I deserve it.

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Brass Ass

Lack of internet access is killing me – slowly but surely. With any luck, AT & T will get on the stick and have this fixed by the end of Labor Day weekend.

Speaking of which, we’ll be in Colorado over Labor Day. I’m looking forward to trying out Leadville’s famed “all wi-fi, all over”. I suspect looking for housing will be less enjoyable. On the plus side, there’s a restaurant in town called The Golden Burro and it serves pretty much all my favorite things. Even better? The bar inside the restaurant is called The Brass Ass.

BRASS ASS. Everyone I know is getting a shot glass souvenir.

In unrelated news, on the list of Things Not To Do Before Yoga “Eat Potato Skins” has got to be at least number 9.

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Sarah needs

Stolen shamelessly from Middle Aged Woman, I googled those words. Results were mixed, but these were what made me smile. I’ll leave you to your own commentary.

Sarah needs a cold shower.
Sarah needs her panties.
Sarah needs to hand him one of those weapons that went off without warning
Sarah Needs Your Vote to Win a Guest-Blogging Contest.
Sarah needs to set up her experiment by finding subjects and gathering the materials that she wrote down before.
Sarah needs findings in order to see what else Google comes up with.
Sarah needs advice.
Sarah needs her own set.
Sarah needs batteries.

The last one might be my favorite because it makes me sound like a robot. A weapon handling yoga robot.

And because it was relevant this week, I thought I’d post the list of Sarah Smile Songs that I sent to a friend. These are songs that ALWAYS make me grin and take me out of a bad mood.

I Just Want to Celebrate – Rare Earth
Istanbul (not Constantinople) – They Might Be Giants
If I Ever Leave This World Alive – Flogging Molly
Mama Told Me Not To Come – Three Dog Night
Life is a Highway – Tom Cochrane
I Love Rock n’ Roll – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Meet Virginia – Train
Rockafella Skank – Fatboy Slim
Mysterious Ways – U2
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
Summertime – DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
Just a Friend – Biz Markie
Home – Marc Broussard
Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
Spinning Wheel – Blood, Sweat and Tears
Cisco Kid – War
My Sharona – The Knack
Just a Little Bit – Gina G.
Hey Ya! – Outkast
Celebration – Kool and the Gang
Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runner
Kiss Me Deadly – Lita Ford
We’re Not Gonna Take It – Twisted Sister
The Final Countdown – Europe
It’s Tricky – Run DMC
I’m Free – The Soupdragons
Are You Gonna Be My Girl – JET
Are You Gonna Go My Way – Lenny Kravitz
I’ll Take You There – The Staple Singers
December, 1963 – Four Seasons
The Humpty Dance – Digital Underground
Jump Around – House of Pain
Bust a Move – Young MC
Unbelievable – EMF
The Power – Snap
Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
Spill the Wine – War
Toxic – Britney Spears
Hung Up – Madonna
Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson
Just What I Needed – The Cars
Here Comes My Girl – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Groove is in the Heart – Deee-lite
Clumsy – Fergie
Pump It – Black Eyed Peas
Volcano – Jimmy Buffett
Abracadabra – Steve Miller Band

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Using their Wi Fi. After my Charter debacle – which took, by the way, 2.5 days and 1.5 hours of me being on the phone/transferred/disconnected – I canceled my service with them. I will never ever recommend that anyone use their services EVER as it is possibly the WORST customer service I have EVER received (and that is saying something, let me tell you).

I’m waiting for AT&T to connect us with high speed (for less money, even) and BN will have to serve me in the meantime. Our local Starbucks doesn’t have WiFi but their connection (free for 2 hours each day if you 1) register a Starbucks card and 2) use it once a month) works at the BN probably because of the cafe. I don’t care as long as I get a taste of my delicious, delicious internets.

Alas, 2 hours isn’t NEARLY enough to serve my fix so I guess I’ll have to go home, eat pizza, and drink beer.

We’re taking a trip to our new hometown over Labor Day weekend and I am pretty darn excited. Alas, this comes at a time when my yoga classes are taking off LIKE WHOA. Isn’t that always the way?

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Charter Communication gave me complete and utter FAIL as an internet provider. I haven’t had internet service for more than 36 hours. I’ve had to do crazy things like READ BOOKS, talk to FRIENDS, and go to sleep WITHOUT CHECKING EMAIL. I can’t believe I haven’t gnawed my arm off yet.

So I’m at Barnes and Noble, partaking of their not-so-free wireless and catching up on the 120 emails that accumulated yesterday.

For my birthday, Carly engineered a surprise attack on my yoga class by coercing/bribing my friends to all show up. Spouse was supposed to join them but he was BUSY ACCEPTING A NEW JOB. That’s right. My bestest birthday ever was capped by an out-of-state job offer. He gave his 30 days notice TODAY.

Now I just have to sell the house. Gulp. This will be further complicated by the fact that Spouse gave me Guitar Hero for my birthday. My need to move will be competing with my need to crush the video game. We’ll see who wins.

Now I have to catch up on blogs! Thankfully the twitching in my right eye has already subsided…

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