Monday, January 14, 2008

Random Monday.

I had a pretty lazy weekend, which really gives me no excuse for how exhausted I feel today. I had hoped to have some completed knitting by today, but I seem to have lost my knitting mojo. I can knit a few rounds, and then I tire of whatever I'm doing. This is going to be a random sampling of topics to start the week...

  1. Thanks so much for your comments on the Weekday Lunch topic. It's good to hear that I'm not the only one who struggles with this. As Debbie suggested, I looked locally at the New Pioneer Co-op at their lunchbox offering. They carry the Lunchopolis (and they had it in 3 colors at the downtown store). I thought long and hard about making the purchase as it is a bit cheaper than the Laptop Lunch Box and has the advantage of each section having a lid. However, ultimately, I decided to go with my initial choice and purchase the Laptop Lunch Box. It didn't hurt that I had Paypal credit to use. I'll let you know when it arrives and how it works. I also made a list of lunch ideas - of things that I could easily make and that I would eat. It's mostly very simple things, but it is a start. In the meantime, while looking at all of the cute Bento boxes online, I went on a bit of a Bento binge. Cute things from Japan (some with inaccurate, but incredibly funny, English translations) should be arriving at some point. More to come on this, and there may be a blog contest/ giveaway related to this. It should be noted, that Rykert will not get this and will be wondering what I am going to do with these boxes. Let's just say that the shipping was killer so I used shopping "logic" and bought extras to make up for it.

  2. I cannot stand America's Next Top Model. But this did not keep me from watching lots of episodes as MTV ran some kind of marathon this weekend. These reality shows are really getting to me (I will not speak of the episode of Miss America Reality Check that my sister and I watched). But this has to be one of the worst. How seriously can you take yourself? And Tyra Banks drives me insane. She seems really fake and I can't help but think that when the cameras are off she is a totally different person. And she really thinks she is important and that modeling can save the world. And the girls seem to be bordering on too thin, but I won't get into that.

  3. I still hate the gym. I went 5 days last week. I'm doing battle with the water aerobics ladies in the morning as I would like to swim and they are monopolizing the entire pool including the lane that is supposed to be reserved for lap swimming. That being said, I doubt that I will have the same kind of success at getting to the gym this week. This morning a raging headache kept me from crawling out of bed and driving to the gym. And a mid-week 24-hour business trip cross country will probably be a speed bump as well. Despite going a few times last week, I still don't like the place. It smells. It's full of weird people (all gyms have a significant contingent of weird people, though our current gym seems to have fewer than our last.) I'm trying to have a better attitude about it, and am attempting to find things that I will enjoy.

  4. I got my hair cut this weekend. It's now a few inches shorter and it feels much better. Not to mention it is easier to do in the morning. I did not get hair and makeup genes. But I'm going to try a little harder, and have even committed to a new year routine of taking care of my skin by doing more to my face than just a quick wash with Ivory every morning. I'm taking suggestions of favorite skin products. I don't generally wear makeup save a little Chapstick, but I'm trying to have an open mind about the concept.
  5. Rykert and I are finally going to look at cars tonight. We are in the unfortunate position of needing to replace both of our cars at pretty much the same time. We replaced Rykert's last month because he knew exactly what he needed (despite the fact that I still contend that we do not need an SUV), and are now looking for something for me. It needs to be fuel efficient but have a little extra space. Otherwise, I really just don't care. I'm not a car person, and could really care less about the brand, etc. I do not enjoy the car buying process. We (read: I) have been putting this off for weeks, and I've always found an excuse to put it off, but I really shouldn't push it to0 much longer. My car has served me well over the past 6 years (when it was bought pretty used), and doesn't owe me much more. I went to the local Toyota dealership looking at a slightly used car where I did everything but say, "Talk me into buying a hybrid," but they didn't bite and instead basically lied to me related to interest rates, etc. So, now if I want to look at Toyotas it will have to be in a different town.

I told you this was going to be random. It doesn't look like it will get much better this week. It will be a very busy week. I fly out first thing on Wednesday and then fly back late Thursday, and then back to work on Friday. I'll be ready for my 3 day weekend.

3 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Knittripps said...

Check out the website

I think you will really like all the cute bento inspiration!

I love my Honda Civic. It is not a hybrid but it is small and fuel efficient and I have never had any problems with it.

Heather said...

I am with you on #5.....we had to replace both cars at the same time and while in the end it worked out, dh and I did a lot of research (mostly dh with me kicking and screaming the whole way) and we got exactly what we wanted (nice used cars) for less that what we wanted to pay. So if you want to spend a couple of hours looking online (we used to find cars in your area, then we spent $30 on this place online where you can type in the VIN and get the history, Like carfax but better, you will be very informed. Email if you need any more details.

Gee...upon reading this I should say I am not affliated with either company, just one satisifed customer.

Anonymous said...

You know, I have been using the Philosophy line of products for about 2 years now and I really, really like them. The "Makeup Optional" kit is where I started, and what I pretty much stick to that, plus the occasional treatment. Their stuff is great for sensitive skin and whereas I used to never leave the house without makeup, now I can because my skin looks really fresh. Tip: you can buy it at and earn 5% back on your purchase, which is nice. No, I am not paid to endorse the companies. Hope all is well - wishing we could come up to see you all soon - perhaps we will just jump in the car and go... Love, Abby

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