Monday, April 30, 2007

one more reason to be happy

Besides the fact that Brother received an offer on his house. Great for him, but not nearly as exciting as the fact that

I am going to COSTA RICA this summer!!!

Saturday, April 28, 2007

reasons to be happy

  • I receive my first paycheck for my new job on July 15
  • Even though I receive my first paycheck for my new job on July 15, I do not have to start work until August 20
  • I receive my last paycheck for my current job on July 30
  • Even though I get paid June 30 and July 30 for my current job, I do not have to work after May 26.
  • Which means I receive two paychecks for the month of July without even working during the month of July.
  • 14 days of school left.
  • 9 days of real class before we start reviewing
  • 7 days of real class before we start evaluating the physics of Superman in my Freshman class.
  • Craigslist
  • I am almost finshed packing my apartment.
  • 1 month left until I move!

Monday, April 16, 2007

the good, the bad, and the ugly

I gave my physics students a project a while ago to design something useful using their newfound understanding of heat transfer. Some of the projects were excellent. Some were not so excellent. Here are a few of the highlights:

Turkey defroster that contains a pressure sensor and temperature sensor to automatically de-frost a turkey. This can double as a cookie cooling rack, and the temperature sensor will activate a fan instead of heater. Pretty awsome.

An alarm clock that cooks your breakfast for you after you hit the SNOOZE button. She built the thing and got it to ACTUALLY WORK!! Incredible.

A sensor that reads the temperature outside and rotates the clothes in your closet accordingly. On hot days, you will be greeted with a fine selection of summer tees and shorts. On a blustery winter day, you will awake to an array of turtlenecks and wool pants. They were definitely appealing to my tastes here.

The Bad:
The solar oven whose design was copied straight from the first website that pops up when you google "solar oven". No, I was not born yesterday. And I am a champion googler, thank you very much.

The Ugly:
A microwave utilizing a bi-metallic strip. Apparently she's never used a microwave before. Metal + Microwaves = bad news.

A device that automatically turns your computer on for you. Unfortunately, to get it to work, you have to spit on it. You know, I'm not sure it's that difficult to just hit the ON button.

Thursday, April 12, 2007


Is not something that Catholics are allowed to say during Lent.

And since I work at a Catholic school, I am made aware of these things, and I pass that knowledge on to my students so that they all know that I am Catholic-friendly.

But sometimes I wish I hadn't shared this with them, because it turns out I say Halleluiah a lot. Like when teenagers do dumb things. And then they stop doing dumb things, and it just makes me so happy I have no choice but to shout Halleluiah!

And that may or may not make me a sinner.

so in the Denver airport

As I was traveling home from my Seattle job interview, I saw my old friend Steve. The Steve that I haven't seen for almost two years and is now married to a girl who would not allow him to send me a wedding announcement, because I might send them a Bed, Bath and Beyond gift card or something else equally inappropriate. (And yes, a Bed, Bath, and Beyond gift card is highly inappropriate, what with the words Bed and Bath in the name.)

And as he walked by, he was preoccupied with finding his flight and whatnot, so he didn't see me. So I made sure I wasn't going to miss my flight, and followed him through the airport because the chances that you would run into an old friend in the Denver Airport of all places are so slim that I couldn't just let this opportunity pass me by. Plus, he is married to a girl who would not allow him to send me a wedding announcement, so I'm pretty sure this is the only chance I would ever have to speak to him.

So I followed him to his gate and stood in front of him waiting for him to look up and recognize me and start a conversation, so that I could not be accused by his wife of starting a conversation with a married man. And then he looked up, and started talking. And it wasn't Steve. Although I'm almost convinced that he was disguising his voice so that he wouldn't have to talk to me, because other than the voice, he was an exact replica of Steve.

I wonder if he knows he has a twin.

Monday, April 09, 2007

and the winner is.....


It's for real. I'm moving, and so excited I think I might throw up. (Okay, maybe not. But I'm thrilled.)

Saturday, April 07, 2007

a few things about me

Mainly because my blogging as of late has been BORING

Latest obsessions:

  • Sushi. In particular, spicy tuna rolls
  • Guacamole for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Finding fabulous deals on beautiful spring clothes
Current Entertainment:
  • Reading, and lots of it
  • Watching a (not so intelligent) bird fly (and crashland) repeatedly into my window. For hours on end. This has been going on for weeks now. I'm pretty sure he's brain damaged at this point.
  • Flying around the country and being offered fabulous jobs.
  • Cheesy country love songs. As usual.
  • Learning juicy gossip about old friends and trying my best to keep it quiet.
Recent pet peeves:
  • The cost of living in Washington DC
  • Winter weather thinking that it has any right to show up in April, when Winter is clearly and officialy over.
  • Changing the oil in my car. How is that ever fun or convenient?
  • Stupid movies.
  • The ending of Spring Break
The stuff that keeps me going:
  • Knowing that I get to hang out with my nieces all summer long
  • Moving!
  • 28 days of school left
  • My upcoming road trip
  • The end.

Friday, April 06, 2007

bargain hunter

I realized today that sometimes, I like finding good deals on clothes better than the clothes themselves.

Like the shirt I bought from the GAP for 97 cents.
Or the sweater I bought from the GAP for $5.
Or the $100 skirt that I paid $20 for.

These are all prizes for myself for being offered such an awesome job in DC. I'm pretty sure I deserve it.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

job search update

In the lead: DC. By far

Up at bat: Seattle. I'll be there Sunday through Tuesday, so they're still in the game.

Tampa lost miserably. I should have known better than to think Florida was a good idea.