Far away in time

I’m Back January 10, 2009

Filed under: A Purse Full of Boys Wrapped in Napkins,Home — Echo Beach @ 4:11 pm

Hi, I know I’ve been gone for ages, I decided kind of all of a sudden that I wanted to move back to Portland, so now I’m living with my parents and working a crappy minimum wage job, but I’m still pretty sure that I made the right decision. And I’ve decided to start writing things down again (but it’s not a new year’s resolution, because I don’t believe in those, at least not in January).

Also, I joined OKCupid, which is a dating site, and so far pretty cool (it’s free, and they use math to determine who you should date). It’s actually a pretty cool concept, they have a bunch of questions, about all sorts of stuff and you answer them, then tell them what your ideal match would answer, and how important it is to you. Then they compare your answers with other people’s to come up with a percentage of how well you should get along with them. Anyway, the people on it seem pretty cool, I’ve met two people so far, and I have a karaoke date for tonight and a drinks date for Tuesday. I’ll let you know how they go, and also tell you about the other guy I’ve met later.

Right now though I’m trying to figure out what exactly I want from a relationship, so I figured it might help to try and put it on paper. (So to speak.)

I want a cute, smart boy who I can hang out on the weekends with, and sometimes during the week. I want decent conversation and crazy hot sex. I want to feel like he really likes me and I don’t have to chase him all the time. (Analysis of past relationships has shown that only one (or 25%) have been more into me than I was into them. Which explains why I went out with him, even though I didn’t actually like him that much.) I don’t want to have to be in constant contact with him, no daily e-mails or long nightly phone conversations. I don’t want him to be hurt that I’m probably going to lie about him to my mother. I really don’t want clingy, or a doormat. My sister says that when boys really like you they’ll do whatever you tell them to, I want someone with a little more spine than that.  So that’s my wish list, it doesn’t sound like so much, right? Anyway, I need to shower and think of first date appropriate karaoke songs. Wish me luck.


I Find Titles Confining (this is a lie, i just never think of good ones) June 5, 2008

Filed under: Going Places,Home,Me,Misc. — Echo Beach @ 12:52 pm

Hi internet people! I know I have been gone for a long time, and I’m sure you have missed me terribly, but I have been working very hard, and then I went to Boston for my sister’s graduation, and tomorrow I am going to New Orleans for the weekend. That’s right, I am a jetsetter. I am supposed to be cleaning my apartment today, because I am going on a trip and it is a total mess because I’ve been wrapping all the clothes from the movie I just finished in here, and because I didn’t clean it before the movie started or before I went to Boston. I also need to do my laundry today. But I am not doing any of that because there are people in my apartment doing mysterious maintenance things (they are not here right now, they went to lunch), and I feel weird cleaning my house while they are banging around in my kitchen and bathroom. I actually feel weird doing anything but sitting at my computer, I am just not used to random people being in my house, I always feel weird around contractors, like I should get out of their way and not sit around reading while they’re working. But my plan for today is; clean, laundry, finish disk 4 of Buffy season 7 (and put it in the mail), shower, pack, and go to sleep early. The plan includes the possibility of leaving the house and going to the post office, but that probably won’t happen now, since I’m putting actual work off until my apartment is free of people.

Update: So I just went into my bathroom, and the maintenance people put up my towel rack! It’s been
sitting on the floor since I bought it six months ago.  (Of course, now I don’t know how to get it down, but I don’t really care.)  They also fixed my sink so it drains, and made my window that was stuck shut open.  Do I suspect that they did all this because my lease is up in a month?  Yes.  Do I care?  No.  Am I going to go clean now?  Yes, yes I am.


Freaks and Geeks April 14, 2008

Filed under: Family,Home,Me,Movies,Shiny Pretty People,TV — Echo Beach @ 3:00 pm

So I just started getting Freaks and Geeks from Netflix (I’m on the second disk), but it’s great. It’s hilarious, and painful, and it represents what high school is actually like, unlike literally every other movie or television show about high school I’ve ever seen. But the reason I really like it is that John Francis Daley looks disturbingly like my little brother (who is 13 right now), and I just want to give him a hug all the time.

Sam Weir

Sadly, neither my sister or I particularly resemble Linda Cardellini, although someone did tell me this weekend that I looked like Velma from Scooby Doo who was played by Linda Cardellini in the live-action movie, so maybe it’s not that far fetched. Although I just assumed they were just reacting to the glasses / cute bob combo, someone else that day told me I could be batgirl (red hair plus black Doc Martens), so I took it with a grain of salt.

+ Batgirl = Me?

But I’m going to keep Velma in mind for a Halloween costume.

In other news I’m getting a noise headache from the hood (fan/vent combo) over my stove. I got a notice saying the gas in my building was going to be shut down today (due to a “major” but unnamed “emergency”) and this apparently has made my stove smell like gas. It makes no sense to me, but I figured a noise headache was better than a gas-fumes one, so the hood’s staying on. The notice also said “Please take all the necessary steps to be ready for this emergency” [all caps and underlined] and I hope they were talking about the emergency of having the gas shut off, and not the vague yet preplanned emergency that necessitated turning off the gas.

I am going to leave you with a you-tube video of John Francis Daley on the set of Freaks and Geeks, acting just like my little brother. And if you want to see him all growed up, Bones is finally back tonight at 8. (opposite HIMYM, but that’s a whole nother story.)


Nothing Very Interesting

Filed under: Home,Links — Echo Beach @ 12:43 am

As I am not feeling particularly “inspired” today (it’s hot here, even though it’s after midnight, and I’ve been trying not to use my air conditioner for as long as possible, both at home and in the car, because it make my electrical bill go crazy, and it’s not great for my gas mileage. (Of course I just went and turned it on, because I hate being hot, but I’ll just run it for a few minutes then turn it back to fan.)) Anyway I’m going to refer to my hastily scrawled post-it of blog ideas. It tells me that I was going to link to Contest Blogger, because they are giving away $100 a month to a random person who links to them, and I am a total whore. Plus, who couldn’t use $100? (See, I turned the air conditioner off already.) Apparently you can also get two additional entries by linking to their other sites Romance Tracker, and Advertising Blogger. A note, Romance Tracker does not seem to have anything to do with romance novels but instead offers real-life romance tips.  So yeah, this was rather boring (although according to WordPress linking to things = traffic) so I’m going to start a new paragraph and hope it’s more interesting.

Yeah, not so much, I ran a bunch of errands today, I bought a bunch of food (which was all kinds of fun to carry back to my apartment).  Of course now I’m hungry and I don’t want to eat any of it, because I’m afraid that I’m going to eat it all up too fast.  Yeah, I’m going to go watch Freaks and Geeks now, on my bed, which is by the open window, and hopefully cooler.


Spazzing and Decorating April 11, 2008

Filed under: Home — Echo Beach @ 1:40 am

I totally decided that I was going to write here every day this week, none of that “try to” shit.  So of course I totally forgot until I was just about to brush my teeth (seriously, my toothbrush already has toothpaste on it and everything).  So this is going to be a short post, but I’ve been making my apartment pretty because I decided that I was sick of living like I was about to move, and even if I do move this summer, I can still have a grown up apartment until then.  So in lieu of actual content you get pictures

Also, when I was putting up that flowered curtain thing, I found my remote control!  It had been missing since I left college, and I’d resigned myself to the fact that I must have left it in Wisconsin.  But no!  It was in a carrot-covered plastic bag along with a bunch of de- and re-constructed fake flowers.


Manic Wednesday April 10, 2008

Filed under: Home,Misc. — Echo Beach @ 12:31 am

Man did I have a lot of energy today. First I took out all the trash in my apartment, including the stuff at the back of the fridge, and the dead plant that’s been sitting next to my TV for four months. (Taking out the trash is my least favorite chore, not least because I have to haul it down to the dumpster, and I’m lazy.) Then I drove to: the going out of business furniture store (nothing left), Office Depot (files to get all this crap off my “desk”), and IKEA, where I ended up getting everything except what I went there for (bookcase to get the rest of the stuff of my “desk” so I can stop using air quotes about it, it turned out to be too heavy for me to haul up to my apartment). The people at IKEA must have thought I was on drugs or something because I could not stop smiling and touching things, not to mention darting from one side to the other when something caught my eye. But you really have to be in a manic mood to go to IKEA, because it is so huge and full of stuff (sigh). When I got back I replaced the knobs in my kitchen and started to put up the shelf I got for next to my bed (it’s red and it fits exactly in the space available), but it was late and my neighbor yelled at me for hammering (I had to (well, still have to) put anchors in the wall so the screws wouldn’t come out). I was already feeling really guilty about it, and trying to hammer quietly and infrequently, so I stopped when she yelled (this is also why my apartment is still only half vacuumed). I’m still kind of jittery, and not at all tired, and I kind of understand why Manic-Depressives would stop taking their medication. (is that a bad thing to say? I hope not, I didn’t mean it in a bad way!)


Laundry February 4, 2008

Filed under: Home,Me,TV — Echo Beach @ 3:34 pm

The washers and dryers (or, as I like to call them, laundry machines) at my apartment complex work on a card system. Instead of putting quarters in you put money on a card and use the card in the machine. This sounds like a good idea in theory, but in practice every time I go to do my laundry, I cannot find my card. Now besides having my laundry money in it the cards are five dollars to replace, and I know that it’s in my apartment someplace. So I spend fifteen minutes tearing my apartment apart, looking in less and less likely places while I try to reconstruct any logic I might have used in finding a “safe” place for it. And every time I wonder why I don’t just keep it in my wallet. I finally found it on my sewing table, which was where I thought I was keeping it, but not before looking inside my laundry detergent, on the top shelf in my closet (it’s near my dirty clothes), and through the top layer of my trash. The moral here is that I should probably do my laundry more often. Of course once I found it I dragged my laundry downstairs to find all of the washers full, which was why I waited till Monday to do my laundry, instead of doing it over the weekend. But this time I am definitely putting the card in my wallet when I am done with it.

In other news I recently got trapped by one of those “what tv character are you?” websites, and apparently my defining characteristics are: crazy smart, and intermittently evil, which works for me.

Also my TV boyfriend is:

Aww, of course my ideal TV boyfriend can bring people (and things) back from the dead, but I don’t think he was an option in this quiz.