6’s: Limited edition– 66.6% less crap!

6 arbitrary items I simply didn’t feel like posting in the Annex:

  1. It is solidly overcast this morning and all I can think is: San Francisco. I’m heartsick for the Bay Area right now.
  2. Ever since I was a kid, I thought that "Down by the banks…" hand-clapping song ended with "Hey Mister Lily Pad–". It wasn’t until yesterday that it dawned on me: the words are "He missed the lily pad–". Random.
  3. Fricking FREEZING right now. Is it really this cold, or is my body just fucked up again?
  4. I like the phrases "booking it" and "hoofing it." I like muttering to myself as I’m waiting at a red light on my way to the parking garage, "Goddamn, I’m going to have to book/hoof it across campus to get to class on time."
  5. I love blues dancing, and I make no apologies for that.
  6. Probably the best compliment on Friday was when that woman assumed S. and I were a couple, or at least had been dancing together for several years (we’d actually only met less than a week before and had only danced together a few times prior to that night).

Can’t wait until mid-March, when evenings and weekends will more or less be all mine again. Boom-shaka-laka-BOOM! (Or something.)


6’s: Some clarifications

Aside from the "hmm, ew" Web searches that show up in my Stats/Referrals page, every once in a while something noteworthy comes along.

I had a really great (read: not great) post lined up about shoes, but, screw it. I’m running late for a gym session.

So. In response to TS’ comments about my bloggy-doo-logs:

6 things I tend to make up:

  1. The amount of sleep I actually get (or don’t get)
  2. My readership. I said I only have four readers? I actually have seven. But two of them are imaginary and another only reads this because I’m paying by the hit count for it, and that’s why I say four.
  3. My ability to follow-through
  4. My ability to count

6 things I indeed have not made up:

  1. That motherloving huge-ass spider
  2. My overachiever of a fridge
  3. How fan-smacking-tastic my hair smells
  4. I really do still have Vox invites. They keep "replenishing my stock." (They like me! Ooh.)
  5. My obsessive and overanalytical list-making tendencies
  6. My really crappy judgment when it comes to falling for guys, and my still-kind-of crappy ability to get over them, already
  7. The expedited rate at which I lose pens and bobby pins

6 names "TS" could potentially stand for:

  1. Tobias Smith
  2. T.S. Eliot
  3. TrendSetter
  4. Tako-Squid
  5. Trustworthy Source
  6. Tate Shakespeare (Will’s half-brother’s great-great-great-etc. grandson)

Well, whomever you happen to be, TS, thanks for the referral. Hopefully it’ll bump me up to a whopping five readers! I’m hoping to push 10 by the end of this year. Let’s hit some goals!! Core values rock.

BONUS! Since it was mentioned in that entry:

  • The more I blog, the more I find myself keeping an eye out on a daily basis for blog material, and just from simple observation do I discover a wealth of items to post to my blog.

"Blog," used three times in one (albeit complex) sentence, as a verb, adjective and noun. Though I guess something more concise could go like:

  • Sometimes I blog about blog tools, but never on Xanga because that is my emo blog.

6’s: apartment, team member-ness, SD

6 things my apartment could use or is presently lacking:

  1. Air conditioning
  2. A resident ghost (it’s a historic building! Come on!)
  3. Tables of various utility
  4. A kitchen bigger than the current one that I don’t actually ever use
  5. A trampoline, right underneath the vaulted (~20 ft. high) skylight
  6. Goddamn underground parking

6 activities I do not "do well with others":

  1. Travel
  2. Work out, especially at the gym
  3. Share my kitchen while cooking
  4. Go grocery or clothes shopping
  5. Rob banks
  6. Play solitaire

6 lowlights of the San Diego urban living experience:

  1. Drunk people throwing up outside your building on weekend nights
  2. (Usually) drunk people pissing *on* your building, pretty much every night
  3. The charming aroma of sewage drifting up through the sidewalk grates
  4. No street parking. Anywhere! Ever!
  5. Everything is overpriced because this is really just one big tourist trap
  6. The dance clubs close between 1-1:30. On the weekends. For serious, wtf??

6’s: Books, links, more books

6 books everyone (except me) seems to be reading these days:

  1. The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
  2. The Virgin Suicides (Jeffrey Eugenides)
  3. Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell)
  4. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
  5. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
  6. Everything from Oprah’s Book Club

6 highly popular links at the moment:

  1. Panda kindergarten
  2. Seemingly phallic sports cover page photo (and the defending argument)
  3. "A Meditation on the Speed Limit" (the approaching shot from the freeway bridge is incredible)
  4. The Marimba Ponies (kids aged 4-12 performing without a conductor, it’s mind-blowing)
  5. The Definitive Shake soundboard (the Drizzle Rant is particularly coo)
  6. Personal air vehicle! (a.k.a., flying car)

6 (grown-up) books I am currently reading or just finished reading:

  1. Bee Season (Myla Goldberg)
  2. The Penelopiad (Margaret Atwood) – finished
  3. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (Joanne Greenberg)
  4. The Blind Assassin (Margaret Atwood)
  5. The Five People You Meet in Heaven (Mitch Albom) – finished
  6. I lied. I don’t have a sixth book. Books I finished a good while ago: Oryx & Crake (Margaret Atwood), The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Mark Haddon), Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (Susannah Clarke), every single book David Sedaris has penned

Idle minds are the devil’s playground

And 666 is the mark of the beast:

6 Kitchen Tools I Can’t Live Without (silverware excluded):

  1. Silicon spatula
  2. Wooden spoon
  3. Can opener
  4. Vegetable peeler
  5. Flat spatula
  6. A quality chef’s knife/santoku

6 Things I Will Not Be Doing This Weekend:

  1. Washing my car
  2. Complaining that it’s way too hot, turn up the damn A/C already
  3. Buying pantyhose
  4. Getting blitzed
  5. Rooting for the Steelers (when I’m particular to neither team in a game, I usually cheer for the underdogs, but after this whole Joey Porter incident, screw you, Steelers; I love the city of Seattle, anyway)
  6. Mud wrestling at Gilly’s. Though it’s tempting.

6 Oddish Nicknames I’ve Had (in some cases, still have) And Liked:

  1. Lorelei
  2. Lora-bear
  3. Lora-tori
  4. Lay
  5. Squinky
  6. Duchess