Saturday, April 29, 2006

Ooooops. I was getting in the backseat of the car and putting down a bunch of bags... (to be cont)

(continuing...) ...so the car door was open for a while as I was putting things away and adjusting things. When I finally finished, I sat back in my seat, reached out and grabbed the door and pulled it toward me. *THUNK!* "OW!" I looked outside of the car and saw Yoshi's dad standing up and rubbing his head. While I wasn't paying attention, he had bent over and was cleaning the back tires with Armor All. And his head was in the door area. OH CRAP! I just shut the door on to Yoshi's dad's head. Really, really hard. OMG OMG OMG. "I'm so sorry! I didn't know you were there! Are you okay?" I kept repeating. He kept insisting he was fine, but he was still holding his head. I felt REALLY REALLY bad. REALLY. BAD. Yoshi's mom asked what was wrong and I said that I had closed the door on Dad's head. And she laughed. Then Yoshi came to the car and I was still sitting in the back seat, freaking out. "What's wrong?" asked Yoshi. Yoshi's mom repeated what happened. And Yoshi laughed. Why was everyone laughing? Was I the only one who felt bad?! Maybe cuz I felt the "thunk" of the head, but geez! I told Yoshi to stop laughing and ask if Dad was ok. He kept saying he was. We went to go pick up Yoshi's auntie and told the story to her. Yes, you already know her reaction. I hope I never get thunked in the head in the company of these crazy people. Sheesh man.

Right after work last night...

...I came home, I packed for the weekend, and I drove us up the 5 to the 152 (Pacheco Pass). Yoshi drove the rest of the way and we got to Yoshi's parents' house in SJ around 2am. To keep me awake during the drive, we had a little 80s sing-along and a mini dance party. Ok so that dance party was really just head-bopping. Today we head up to SF. (Sorry stkyrice & aiyahh... we won't have time to visit this trip!)

Friday, April 28, 2006

Continuing in the vein of blogging only about stuff I put in my mouth...

HOORAY FOR DORITOS! Breakfast of champions! (And later the cause of my tummy ache, I'm sure!)

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Not worth a free lunch.

So I was sitting at my desk, wondering what I was going to do for lunch. I didn't much feel like going home or going out because it was cold and wet outside. I didn't feel like ordering in because I just wasn't that hungry. And I didn't want to wait. So I IMed my co-worker downstairs "Can't decide what to do for lunch." How lucky was I when she IMed me back and invited me and my other co-worker to come down and grab some Chinese food they had just ordered for their team!? WHOO HOO! Free lunch! And it's already here! We headed downstairs and helped ourselves to a spread of fried rice, moo shoo chicken, shrimp & asparagus, beef & broccoli, and more. Mmmmmmm! We came back upstairs and sat down to chat and eat and after I was about 3/4 done with my plate, I put something in my mouth, bit down, and BLECCH! Whatever it was I just ate was YUCK! In front of my co-worker, I spit the once-chewed mouthful of food out into my napkin and went, "GACK! WHAT DID I JUST BITE INTO?" My co-worker's eyes widened as she asked, "Are you ok? What happened?" I was convulsing from the putrid taste lingering in the left side of my mouth. "It tasted like a wet cigarette!" I said. I peeked in my napkin and all I saw was a partially masticated wad of food, and the corner of something slightly gray. "BLEEECCCHHH!" I said loudly again. I started spitting back into the napkin, grabbed some tissues and spit in those, too. I just couldn't get the disgusting aftertaste out of my mouth. Have you ever seen a movie where someone eats something disgusting and lets it fall out of their mouth and starts wiping their tongue with a napkin? That was me with the tissue. I threw a wad of napkins, food + mystery gross thing, tissue and spit into the trash and reached for my Diet Coke. I really hated to introduce another taste into my mouth, but I really had to wash out whatever taste out of my mouth, or at least try. I downed half the can in one giant gulp. And I could still taste the yuck. It was about as good as I was going to get. Right now it's 2 hours later and I still feel nauseated, feel like my mouth is contaminated by the yuck, for some (surely it's gotta be related) reason, everything around me smells like feet. This was SO not worth a free lunch. I'd rather be hungry. Actually there are a whole lot of things I'd rather be than feeling like this. UPDATE @ 7:40p: Just got home from work. Of course the first thing I did was brush my teeth/tongue VERY thoroughly. And gargle. A lot. Still taste the yuck, though.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

You would think I would have something to say...

...about Italy or being back home or work or whatever... ...but I don't. :)

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Ooh!

So people have been emailing/IMing me letting me know that they received their postcards already! Yay! Keep me posted!

Monday, April 24, 2006

Phooey on blogger

I doubt this will post... (several of my posts from last night got eaten by blogger.)

What the hell is wrong with blogger?

My post from last night doesn't seem to work...

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Home Sweet Home

As long as I can't be on vacation anymore, there's really no better place than home. HOORAY FOR CLEAN SHEETS AND COMFY BED! HOORAY FOR A NICE SHOWER! HOORAY FOR LAUNDRY! Heh.

Just landed at lax. I can't believe vacation is over and i have to work tomorrow.

On our way home now. I hate pumpkin time. Back at heathrow. Whoa there's a lot of shopping available in terminal 3.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Spent the last couple of days at our friends' GORGEOUS home on Lake Como. This is what i call vacation. We go home tomorrow. I

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Sitting in piazza della repubblica. Gee it's hot in the sun. At least i'm sitting tho.

In line to see the statue of david. Oh yeah... Took til today for me to fall down in the streets of italy.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Dude. Even blogger is in Italian...

...and why the heck are the keys on the keyboard in different places? Whatever. We are in Italy, BAY-BEE! So I had to do my postcard list at the last minute so not all the usual suspects got on the list. Sorry if I left you off... I literally printed out the list right before we walked out the door. Today we went to the Vatican & the post office there was where they got deposited. I had to lick the pope to send those cards. (Well, pope stamps anyway). Ok. So Rome is amazing. Tomorrow we leave for Florence. Maybe I will drop another note in later. Maybe not. And sorry about that London post & how it got cut off. Stupid text messages get shortened. I will fix it eventually. Anyway, I have got to get back to my vacation so no more blogging for me for the time being!

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Omg. I'm in london. I've never been in europe before. Heathrow is the most confusing airport i've ever been in. We barely sle

Friday, April 14, 2006

Guess where i am?

Dunno if this works...

...and away we go!

We're walking out the door now!

It's called VA-CAY-SHUN...

...and it means you are NOT supposed to get calls from work! Bossguy started calling me this morning at 9:10am. (That's right, I said STARTED.) I was still in bed, because... get this... I'M ON VACATION! That means I am allowed to sleep in! I ignored the first call, even though it woke me up, but when the second call came 2 minutes later, I figured I should at least go check the voicemail. Because at this point, I couldn't go back to sleep again. So I called into voicemail and it was my boss telling me that the temp who is filling in for me can't turn the computer on. This does not bode well for me being gone an entire week. Then I called into the office to talk to the temp, who to be fair is not at all dumb or computer illiterate, and see if I could tell what was wrong with it. Since she did all the tricks I would have done, I figured it was just my computer going on strike and wanting a vacation, too. I ended up telling her to call tech support (I had forgotten to tell her what that number was before I left yesterday) and since I didn't hear back after that, I figured everything was fine. A few minutes later, Bossguy called me again to ask if everything was fixed (he was not in the office, just found out by calling the office that the temp was having a hard time turning on the computer). I told him I didn't know, but I advised her to call tech support since I couldn't actually SEE what was wrong with the computer. So then he wished me a happy trip and safe travels. A half hour later, Bossguy called me back in a panic. "I got this email..." (I guess the computer is running and the temp is going through his emails for him...) "...and it says that my expense report has been approved, do I need to do anything with it?" (there are instructions that come with the auto-notification) The answer is NO! If there was anything that needed to be done, I would have left you instructions to do it! I told you yesterday that it was done and we were just waiting for approval! But ok, I can see why he would not know that since he usually never sees that particular email notificaton since I just usually tell him that it got approved. BUT I'M ON VACATION! That means NO CALLS! Two minutes later, he called back again. I answered the phone like this: "In a little while, I'm going to stop answering the phone..." I think the irritation in my voice rang through because he apologized and said, "Ok, sorry, but this time I was just calling to mess with you. But really, have a great trip." And then he tagged it off with, "I'll try not to call anymore." Don't try.... just DON'T! If I had been smarter, I'd have deleted my number from his cell phone.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

So here are some announcements

I'm officially on vacation! AND I'm on SPRING BREAK! AND AND we get on a plane to Italy sometime Friday! AND AND AND I got a haircut! (Ok, I know that last one wasn't that big of an annoucement, but it was a big deal to me.)

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Behind on multiple deadlines.

Yeah, that fuse drama from last night put me behind several hours. On the blog front a new hosting server has been secured and the wonderful Michael is going to be working on getting jozjozjoz.com set up again from being FUBAR'd for a month. So ch-ch-changes are coming soon. Plus, stay tuned for another announcement in the adventures of jozjozjoz.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

So one hour later, this is what I have learned...

-No amount of whining and crying will get Yoshi to go down in the cold creepy dark basement when I am the one who blew the fuse. -There is nothing but water heaters, furnaces, and spiderwebs in the cold creepy dark basement. -When you live in an old building, there is no such thing as "circuit breakers." -The fuse box is actually inside the apartment. There was no need for anyone to go into said cold creepy dark basement. -The fuse box is located about six feet off the ground. Behind the dryer. -There are six fuse thingies in the box. The "on/off" switch on the outside of the fuse box apparently does nothing. -None of the six fuse thingies are labeled. If you unscrew things, other things will turn off in other rooms. Like lights, computers, and other electronical stuff. -The only way you can tell what controls what is to turn everything on, stand on a ladder to reach the fuse box and start unscrewing fuses and have someone else stand in other parts of the house to tell you what you just turned off. -Labelmakers rule. Identifying and labelling the fuses for the future is a good thing. -Messing with the fuses in the house may have accidentally f-ed up the garage door opener. The last time we checked, the door wouldn't close via the electronic door opener and we had to close it manually. And Yoshi had to gank it shut by jamming something into the door so our garage wouldn't be open all night. Oh and the light won't turn off in there, either. -There is one mystery fuse in our fuse box. We don't know what the hell it controls. My theory is that it opens/closes Pandora's Box. I'm not sure about that, though. -Waiting for Yoshi to get home and not asking for the neighbors for help before it gets too late to ring their doorbell and ask for help was not a good choice of action. -No matter how dumb the jozjozjoz is for trying to use the microwave and the toaster oven at the same time (even though at some level the jozjozjoz knew not to do this), the Yoshi will not call jozjozjoz retarded. Although the Yoshi did call the SITUATION retarded. -Tee and JeniJeniJeni do take our household distress calls late at night. Thanks! (Don't worry, we didn't electrocute ourselves!) -jozjozjoz is responsible for calling the landlord and asking for help tomorrow.

Doh. I think I blew a fuse.

I started the microwave and the toaster oven at the same time and left the room. (I think I knew that I wasn't supposed to do that.) Now half the house has no power (kitchen, the den, half the living room). So that means the fridge isn't working either. Or the TV/TiVo in the den. Ooops. And it's dark and I would have to go down in the cold creepy dark basement to go flip the switch. OR I can wait for Yoshi to get home and whine and cry so I don't have to do it. Guess which route I'm gonna take? Oh well. At least my bowl of matzo ball soup got heated up before the power went kaput. UPDATE @ 10:21p: Ok, so Yoshi is home and is not happy about the situation.

I really wish I could push some sort of "pause" button on the rest of the world & get some time to sleep & relax & catch up on random stuff...

Yeah. That would be nice.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Joz posts a link about jaws

Cool pics inside: http://www.whitesharktrust.org/pages/mediaarticle/media25.html

So incredibly tired...

So much to do. I cleaned much of Saturday. My desk is two giant piles of paper, but organized. I have lots to go through. My time is running out, but my energy is running out faster. Better get some zzzz's so I can make it through work tomorrow.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Things that kind of suck.

I mean if these are the worst things going on in my life, I have a pretty good life, but they still kind of suck: -Rooben (our Roomba) seems to be on the fritz again... but it's no longer under warranty.* -My boss asked me if I would give up my work laptop to a new VP who is starting in two weeks. I really don't NEED the laptop, seeing as I have my personal laptop and also a desktop at work. Plus I'm the only person who has a private black & white and color laser printer... but I've been using the laptop for over a year now and it sucks to have to give it up because no one wants to pay for a new one for the new VP. -My desk is still a disaster area. And I've been trying to keep it under control, too. Yeesh. *The good news is that I called iRobot about Rooben and customer service walked me through a manual reset, which seems to have fixed it for the time being... we'll see...

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Sumo, baby!

Did you know there is such a thing as the California Sumo Association? Did you also know that there is a US SUMO OPEN and it is happening in our fair City of Angels this weekend? I got an email from Teebubble asking if I wanted to go (wish I could, but I can't). But I was so fascinated by the site, I had to share.

2006 US SUMO OPEN
SUNDAY, APRIL 9, 2006, 12:30 PM (doors open 11:30 AM)
Los Angeles Convention Center, Petree Hall (First Floor) go to LACC The 6th Annual US Sumo Open competition features national and world champions from countries all over the world, including a team from Japan. Watch beautiful Japanese dance, listen to high-energy taiko drumming, and check out fashionable Japanese artwork and souvenirs in the event hall. Enjoy sushi, sake, and Japanese beer while you watch the action! Special Guest: Yokuzuna "Grand Champion" MUSASHIMARU
Looks like the $45 VIP and $25 Advantage tickets are sold out, but they still have the $15 General tix available! Photo by: Chuck Green

I need a nap.

Zzzzzzzzzz.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

I feel like I've forgotten how to blog.

What's a blog again? Who am I? Where am I? Eeeeeeeeee!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

The cats are conspiring against me.

I have to do a stupid audio powerpoint recording and everytime I start to try to record, the cats outside the window start wailing. I know they're just trying to make kittens and all, but I really doubt that anyone wants to hear cats having sex in the background of my PowerPoint presentation. (Thanks to Yoshi who went outside to chase them away. Yoshi has now been designated by the grumpy jozjozjoz as the Official Cat Cock Blocker´┐Ż*.) *Hmmm... funny, Yoshi doesn't appreciate that moniker... can anyone think of something better?

Monday, April 03, 2006

I can't watch anymore.

This sucks. Bruins meeting their match in Indianapolis 3 Fla 59 8:23 2 UCLA 43 2nd

A misfiring UCLA squad is struggling to get back in the game vs. Florida at the national championship/
Arrrgh. Final: Florida 73, UCLA 57

I got this as a member of the UCLA Alumni Association...

As a member of the UCLA family, you are invited to join us at Pauley Pavilion this evening with a few thousand of your closest Bruin friends to watch the Bruins bash the Gators on the famous arena's scoreboard video screen. Pizza, hot dogs, and soft drinks are for sale. Admission is free. Please be sure to bring your Alumni Association membership card, which you should show at the gate. Doors open at 5 p.m., tip-off shortly after 6 p.m. Limited to available seating, first come, first serve. To reduce traffic congestion, we ask that you enter the campus off Sunset Boulevard. Parking will be available in structures 4 and 7. Please enter Pauley Pavilion at Gate 1. Go Bruins!
If I was anywhere near the westside, I would SO be there! (I'm just gonna watch the game from home.) U! C! L! A! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!

I'm allowed to be pissy.

Thanks to the Yoshi for taking my car into the dealership to see WTF is up with the dumbass check engine light which is on (again). But I'm pissed off that it's going to cost me $1600 to fix whatever the hell is wrong with my car. So I'm going to have an attitude problem about it. I hate taking the car to the dealer. I always feel like I'm getting ripped off. Then again, if I take it other places, I don't feel assured that my car is actually getting fixed. I always feel like I am getting lied to and I hate that, too. I don't know about you, but I don't have an extra $1600 lying around to spend on my dumbass car. I can't even afford the vacation I'm going to take two weeks from now, but I really need that. Besides, it's already paid for. It's a good thing I didn't take my car in any sooner because I would've said "no" to the trip if I had known how much this was going to cost me. Every time I save up money so I can spend it on something nice, some stupid shit always comes up and I end up going into more debt. Do I need my car to live in L.A.? Yes. Do I really have the money to afford this bullshit? No fucking way. I hate not having enough money.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

It's to the Finals for the Bruins, baybeeeeeeeee!

UCLA's Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scores during the first half against LSU in their Final Four semifinal basketball game in Indianapolis, Saturday, April 1, 2006. (AP Photos/Michael Conroy)So courtesy of TiVo, I just finished watching the UCLA/LSU game. I still remember the last time the Bruins went this far in the NCAA tournament in the days of the O'Bannon brothers, Tyus Edney, and Toby Bailey. I was living in Westwood at the time and I still remember the excitement on Landfair, Gayley, Kelton and Veteran as everyone followed March Madness. I don't think I'll ever forget the feeling of the entire street shaking in the excitement of that 1995 championship game. (Though I thought about going down there, I wasn't down in the Village during those riots after the game...) I can't believe how much time has passed since those days but watching the excitement of today's game, I was instantly transported back to that exciting NCAA tournament and how proud I was then (and still am) to be a Bruin. This Bruin team really earned my respect today with how hard they played. And I still can't get over how talented Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (umbah-a-moo-teh) is. How is it possible that this guy is a freshman who has only been playing 5 years of organized basketball? Amazing. I'll be cheering him and the rest of the UCLA team on Monday night. *does the 8 clap*

Bruins Batter Tigers 59-45, Claim Spot In Championship Game
April 1, 2006

UCLA Ryan Hollins dunks the ball despite the tight defense of LSU forward Tyrus Thomas during the second half of their Final Four semifinal game in Indianapolis. (AP Photos/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The UCLA defense had blocked his final shot and he had committed his final foul. Wearily, Glen Davis plopped down on the bench and shook his head. Oh, Baby, can the Bruins play defense. Throw some offense in there on the same night and not even LSU and its 6-foot-9, 310-pound star, the guy known as "Big Baby," had a chance. The Bruins shut Davis down Saturday en route to a 59-45 victory over the Tigers that put them one win away from their 12th national title. "They came out and punched us and we didn't recover from it," Davis said. The last step in the quest to hang another banner at Pauley Pavilion comes Monday in the final against Florida, a 73-58 winner over George Mason in the first semifinal. [full story]

Photos courtesy: AP Photos-Michael Conroy, Darron Cummings

Saturday, April 01, 2006

If sunrise is at 5:42 AM...

... that means I just have to stay up for less than half an hour longer to watch the sunrise. Yes, I stayed up all night. No, I did not go out or do anything fun. Yes, I was working (not work-work, but work nonetheless) No, I'm not as tired as I probably should be. UPDATE @ 6:40am - OOOPS! That was my alarm going off loudly in the other room. It's off now. UPDATE @ 7:05am - Ok, so I was awake during sunrise, but I missed it. Since I overslept on Friday (oops!), if I stay up for 2 hours and 10 more minutes, I will have officially been up for 24 hours straight. UPDATE @ 7:31am - I give up. I'm going to sleep now. I have a feeling I'm going to get yelled at later for not sleeping. UPDATE @ 8:01am - So I lied. I didn't really go to sleep because I'm still up. UPDATE @ 11:49am - So I got about 3 hours of sleep and guess what? I'm totally messed up! I can't write, complete a thought, or focus on anything! Woot! This will be a fun day!