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Working Eight to Four

February 28, 2007

Diet Dr. Pepper does not, in fact, taste like regular Dr. Pepper, despite what commercials and coworkers might claim. It does, however, contain caffeine, a sometimes crucial ingredient in Getting Valette Through The Last Two Hours Of Work.

Someone put mouthwash and tiny paper cups into the bathrooms at work. This someone is very awesome and thoughtful, if maybe a tad passive-aggressive. "Dang, everyone stinks after lunch. Maybe if I bring in mouthwash and discreetly put it in the bathrooms, everyone will use it and stop being so smelly!" Surprisingly, no one is owning up to it.

My "Workspace"

Rendezvous, Come On!

February 25, 2007

world championship sled dog race 4

The sled dog races happened to go right my by office, so I had a great view of them on my lunch break Friday. I love watching sled dogs run; they are so bouncy and antsy right before the race, wanting to get on with it already. And the dogs that get left in the trucks, oh the whining and howling.

It got its start as a big fur trade -- trappers from all over the state would gather and sell their goods. There's still fur auctions that take place, and the smell around them is special and heartwarming at the same time.

Sea Wolves

Steve and I went downtown on Saturday to check out the festivities because I had never been in Anchorage for the Rendezvous. We watched part of the dog weight pulls (dogs! pulling 400 pounds on a sled! crazy!) while sipping tepid cocoa.

The snow sculptures were still in progress, and the sculptors were fun to watch. They weren't as impressive as the ice sculptures in Fairbanks (blah blah blah Fairbanks is better / Anchorage is better), but still very cool.

Beautiful afternoon for a carnival ride

I didn't take a lot of pictures: it was really too cold and I wasn't dressed for it like I would have been in Fairbanks. It's not that big of a problem taking photos in -30°F weather if I'm prepared and dressed for it. But taking photos at 0°F when dressed for 15°F (see all the photos)? Results in frozen fingers on top of the ferris wheel.

And that's the real meaning of the Fur Rondy: carcass smells and frostbitten fingers.

Something You, The Internet, Should Be Grateful For

February 23, 2007

After the discovery of Parissa wax strips, hair-removal has never been the same. It's quick, it's easy, no crazy preparation or clean up, and it works.

No more freaky backwoods hick eyebrows for me, now that I'm livin' in the big fancy city.

Perhaps one of the best (but disgusting in an inspecting-ear-wax kind of way) parts of these strips is how I can see each and every hair that had just been attached to my body.

And each and every hair has a perfectly round, dark root attached. And they all kinda stick up from the wax strip.

Staring at the hairs that used to be me, I was disappointed that I don't have a light-box set up.

Life in a Tissue Bbank

February 20, 2007

Exsanguinated. I love that word.
—You know, "bleeding out" is a perfectly acceptable cause of death.

—Huh. That's a weird reason for a medical rule out.
—What's that?
—"Fungal Infection."
—... Um.
—I know!
—I don't even want to think about where the infection was.
—It's like a Stephen King novel.
—Or what it smelled like.
—Could you imagine? Cracking open a chest cavity and finding black oozing fungus?
—I shouldn't have asked.

Man-Killer Brownies

February 19, 2007

2/3c. stick butter
5oz. unsweetened baking chocolate, cut into pieces
1¾c. sugar
2t. vanilla
3 large eggs
1c. flour
1c. chopped walnuts

Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom and sides of a square pan, 9 x 9 x 2, with shortening.

Melt the butter and chocolate in 1-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Cool slightly.

Beat sugar, vanilla, and eggs in medium bowl with electric mixer on high for 5 minutes.

Forget to take any more pictures of the process.

Beat in chocolate mixture on low speed. Beat in flour until just blended. Stir in walnuts and RUIN IT FOREVER TAKE YOUR HAND OFF THE NUTS THESE ARE GIRL BROWNIES.

Bake 40 to 45 minutes or just until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. No, bake 30 minutes, tops, so that the center pieces are still gooey and the corners have just started to burn.

While waiting for the oven to work its magic, lick the spatula, the whisk, and the bowl, using your fingers to get to the gooey happiness at the bottom of the bowl, because using a spatula is cheating.

Cool on wire rack until you don't burn your fingers trying to pry a piece out. Serve with two scoops of melty vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup.

Wherein Valette Is the Exception to Every Rule

February 18, 2007

Every single conversation Steve and I have had since I moved to Anchorage has been some variation of:

Steve: Some person did something awesome yesterday!
Valette: Who?
Steve: Oh you know, it's the person who did that thing with the other person who is even more awesome.
Valette: Right, but I don't know who he is, either.
Steve: He was in that movie with the other guy, remember?
Valette: Never even heard of it.

Steve: Something involving a very strong opinion. But everyone thinks that.
Valette: Not me.

Steve: That is completely the worstest thing evAR. No one even liked it.
Valette: I loved it.

Steve: Who likes this crap, anyway?
Valette: Um. *raises hand*

Steve: Blah blah blah doesn't matter what we're talking about really. But everyone knows that.
Valette: By now you surely must mean "everybody but Valette."

Let Me Count the Ways

February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day, Innernet.
I didn't get you anything.
I'm pretty broke.
And by "broke," I mean "really sooper dooper broke."
But I still love you, baby.


If You Give A Valette A Doughnut

February 13, 2007

If I don't listen to my coworker's announcement of doughnuts in the break room, then I won't think about the possibilities of doughnuts in the break room.

If I don't think about the possibilies of doughnuts in the break room, then I won't go into the breakroom to "see what was brought in."

If I don't go into the break room to "see what was brought in," then I won't see three chocolate doughnuts with pink and red and white sprinkles, just specially for Valentine's Day.

If I don't see three chocolate doughnuts with pink and red and white sprinkles, just specially for Valentine's Day, then I won't eat any doughnuts.

If I don't eat any doughnuts, then...
someone else will eat them.

And I can't have that.

Steve and I Went To the Museum Today

February 11, 2007

"Hey Steve, I think you should come stand next to me."

Steve and I went to the museum today

Steve and I went to the museum today

At the Anchorage Museum.

Classic Bert & Ernie

February 9, 2007

Imagine That
I Don't Want To Live On The Moon
Dance Myself To Sleep
Put Down the Duckie
Doin' the Pigeon

And not related to Bert & Ernie at all:
Jellyman Kelly

The Best Comment Spam I've Ever Received

February 8, 2007

And it's about dogs.

Eating poo.

Indie House Rock

February 6, 2007

On an actual telephone conversation (because, despite popular belief, my family does periodically talk to and see each other outside of the interwebs):

Kiana: So you move to Anchorage and stop blogging? Not that I ever update mine... but you were always blogging when you were in Fairbanks! What's the dealio, yo?*

The differences I see are threefold. But I hate when people blog about why they aren't blogging, so I will spare you the details.

Instead, I was going to give you filler with all of its fluffy meme-ness.

I checked on what the meme-y side of the internet has been up to since I last checked... um... months ago.

And turns out? Absolutely nothing.

I could post about a boring Heinlein quote; tell you that my favorite cereal is Raisin Bran Crunch and I prefer to eat it for dinner; admit to the small amount of money I made last year; or talk about the weather like my father does every time he calls.

I quickly remembered why I stopped doing memes.

But it has been postulated that I have some "strange shit" on my iPod. And since I've never done that "first ten random songs on your iPod" meme, let's see if the world really asplodes from all of the strangeness.

1// Potassium by The Man So Cool
I just downloaded this song last week from Metafilter Music, which has some awesome stuff and some... crap. But mostly awesomeness. Josh Milliard, the guy from The Aural Times (with such gems as Woman Attack Dog Breeder With Body Of Dead Chihuahua) is involved with The Man So Cool, so I'm already enamored.

2// Peace by Third Day
I was a member of one of those CD clubs back in high school, but for Christian groups. Third Day was one of the albums I randomly selected and ordered, knowing nothing of the group or their sound. And it is the only album selected in that manner that I loved. Other than that, I don't have anything special to say about the song.

3// Good Morning Beautiful by Steve Holy
A week or so before my sister died, she sent me a mix CD request, and this was one of the songs on it. I downloaded all of the songs and burned her a CD that I put in her casket.

4// Sylvia by John P. Strohm
Finally, some Indie-Pop makes it to the list. And I have nothing to say about it.

5// Psycho Killer (Talking Heads Cover) by The Faint
I don't know if I've ever heard the original. Oh wait! I do have it in my collection (see, I have no idea what I even have)! The cover is crap! Why do I even keep this in my collection!?

6// Remarkably Dirty Animals by The Mae Shi
I have this terrible habit of trolling through Myspace and mp3 blogs downloading everything in sight and plopping it on my iPod no matter how good (or "good") it is. And I never get around to deleting them because I'd have to wade through all of the ones I've downloaded and listen to them all again to determine if it's good enough to keep when I could just leave it alone and always skip it? Like this one, for instance.

7// Click Click Click Click by Bishop Allen
They released a new EP every month of last year; this one is from July, and it makes me giggle. You should love Bishop Allen.

8// No Love In Your Heart by The Earlies
Psychedelic Pop always makes me wonder if I'm missing something awesome by staying sober. Maybe some nice illegal substances would make this stuff awesome? iTunes tells me I've listened to this one precisely five times. Which isn't surprising.

9// Brand New You're Retro by Tricky
I have the entire Maxinquaye album. Why? Why did I get the urge to procure trip-hop? I have no answers.

10// l'Amour by Carla Bruni
I love this entire album and want to snuggle with it all night long. It's in French and, as such, sounds 300% more sophisticated than most everything else I own.

11// Knock 'Em Out by Lily Allen
And an extra that isn't actually next in the list, but it's close. And it's a fun one, and I love Lily Allen so much that you should watch the music video for Smile.

All right, now I want to see what's in your music collection. Put it on random and post the first ten.

* May or may not have been exact phrasing, but since there is no chat log and this is my website we play by my rules, mmkay?


February 2, 2007

New office building remodel completed: $hundreds of thousands in grant money

Appetizers and wine: $hundreds

New outfit which gained quite a bit of attention: $hawtness - $skank + $professionalism

Staying an hour and a half later than clock-out-time out of the goodness of my heart (read: No Overtime Approved): $suckage

Sore toes from pretty pretty shoes;
unnecessarily freaking out at a guest serving alcohol and appearing as a douchebag as I did so; and "acquiring" (aka "making off with") (okay, yes, Mom, I stole it) a bouquet larger than my dog:

Hugeass Bouquet


What The Crap, Internet?

February 2, 2007

Why can I no longer view embedded videos on sites?

I'm using YouTube's embedding code for When Harry Met Sally (recut), but I can't see it in Firefox or IE7: it's just a blank space.

Is it just my computer, or has the whole internet gone insane?

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