Wednesday, February 20, 2008

On snow

It's snowing. I face the window in my new office, so I've been observing the progression all day. When I went out at lunch, it was spitting the occasional flake, but we've moved on to full-on snow, though it's not sticking much.

As I've expressed my delight in the fluffy white stuff throughout the day, I've been rewarded with vague smiles of amused indulgence from B, not unlike those that a toddler might receive from a tolerating parent. B does not care for snow (because B is from Wisconsin).

My love of snow is rooted in my childhood. We didn't get much of it in east Tennessee, and the forecast of even an inch of snow inspired panic, so school was called off quite easily. A snowy evening held the promise of no school the next day, or at least a delay. There was nothing better than when Dad would wake me to inform me that school was cancelled (!) and I could go back to sleep. In college, Jules and I would vault out of bed at the crack of dawn, call the info line to see if classes were cancelled, and, if they were, would stay in bed in the dark and watch Saved by the Bell reruns or watch the list of closings during the Today Show.

I have also had Great Snow Adventures, like sophomore year of college when several feet of snow closed for three days--while Ash's parents were visiting--and we made the (probably ill-advised) trek to their hotel in Rosslyn where they cooked us dinner. The shuttle wasn't running and taxis were nowhere to be found, so we had to walk the mile from campus to the Metro, navigating the snow drifts, but it was great fun.

So anyway, that's why I like snow. Because somewhere, deep down, I'm hoping for a snow day. Some things don't change.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

You're welcome

Obama wins in DC! (And Maryland and Virginia).

I voted! It was the first time I've ever gotten to vote for real, in person, rather than absentee. Very exciting! Lots of pressure, though. I think I spent five minutes making sure I'd filled it out properly for my intended candidate, but they gave me a sticker to wear after, so it was all worth it. (Virginia voters, however, got way bigger stickers than DC voters. Yet another example of the disenfranchisement of District residents! Or something.)

Anyway, it reminded me of the "Election Night" episode from season 4 of The West Wing, of which my favorite quote is as follows:

Toby: I've got a speech if he wins. I've got a speech if he doesn't.
You wrote a concession?
Toby: Of course I wrote a concession. You want to tempt the wrath of whatever from high atop the thing?

Sunday, February 10, 2008

If you watched "Brothers & Sisters" tonight...

...I think you'll understand this little exchange with my sister.

me: "i brought softshell crabs!"
holy crap
G: lol
"I'm really glad we had that talk"

Sunday, February 3, 2008


The title for this post is twofold: 1) my reaction to the Giants' win (Go Little Manning!); 2) the theme of my favorite commercial. Please note the little green bug thingy.

A recap of...well, nothing, really

I have...not really anything interesting to say. Unfortunately, I often get these urges to post things when I'm up past midnight. Today, however, I have nothing creative to offer.

I will say, though, that it was a pretty good week, aside from the cold (and the Vicks tissues! which I thankfully just ran out of). I made it out of work no later than 6:30 every night, which is not only exciting for the obvious reason of, duh, not being at work late, but it also means I don't have to park a zillion blocks from my building. (In fact, last night I got total Princess Parking spot right outside, therefore I'm not moving my car until Monday.)

Also, I seem to have become BFFs with the crochety old manager of [a certain famous person/sorta my boss], which is quite a coup. He's normally very grouchy and rather terrifying, but we had two very cordial, dare I say pleasant, conversations, and he complimented me on successfully capturing the tone and cadence of the [certain famous person/sorta my boss] for whom I often ghost-write. It was rather gratifying.

I've also decided that the office move has upped my productivity, since the new "roomies" can see everything I'm doing. So I spend less time browsing or doing Sudoku or whatever. (Not that I did that before....)

The new boss starts on Monday, so that should be good, fingers crossed. It's been nice not having anyone to answer to, but I'm ready for a little more structure.

...Like I said, not much of interest.