Burning The Souffle

"A Woman Happily In Love, She Burns The Souffle"

I Really, Really, Really HATE Spam February 24, 2009

Filed under: crap people buy,nerdiness — Rachel @ 9:29 am

So, I’ve been getting a lot of spam in my email here lately.

What pisses me off?

The spam is coming to my university email, which just hits a little too close to home.

The kicker?

I got one spam today that addressed me BY NAME offering me a “job” filling out online surveys and participating in “focus groups”.

Now obviously, I know this is a hoax (not something I’d be interested in anyway, but googled it and found several references to the spam factor, not the legit factor), but I have gotten several weird emails over the course of the last few weeks in this email account, and it just kind of pisses me off.

Why?

Because this is the email that I use for conducting all my professional(esque) stuff. Contacting professors, ordering online, and more of my personal keeping in touch stuff. I have a few other emails, but this is my main one.

It isn’t the fact that I’m getting the spams so much as the fact that they’re making it to the inbox. 2 of my other emails just automatically send that crap to the trash.

So hey, university people, improve your spam blockers! I know I’m not the only person with this problem, several of my friends have gotten this crap too. What worries me is that someone will get the “job” offer and respond, thinking that it’s legit, and end up paying money to this hack for a “job”.

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Wordle, February Edition February 23, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rachel @ 8:06 pm

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Updated List of Books Read! February 22, 2009

Filed under: good news,life is flippin suh-weet — Rachel @ 11:42 am

Books Read In 2009

1.” Possible Side Effects” by Augusten Burroughs

2. “Sellevision” by Augusten Burroughs

3. “A Wolf At The Table” by Augusten Burroughs

4. * “Ramona The Pest” by Beverly Cleary* ( My mom first read this to me when I was five years old. I love children’s literature.)

5.*”Beezus and Ramona” by Beverly Cleary *

6. *”Ramona and Her Mother” by Beverly Cleary*

7. *”Ramona’s World” by Beverly Cleary*

8. “The Miner’s Daughter” by  Gretchen Moran Laskas

9. “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie

10.  “What Happened to Cass McBride?” by Gail Giles

11.  “A Girl Named Zippy” by Haven Kimmel

12. “Mermaids In the Basement” by Michael Lee West

13. “Schooled” by Anisha Lakhani

14. “Looking For Alaska” by John Green

15. “Sold” by Patricia McCormick

16.* “Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer (yes, AGAIN!)*

17. *”New Moon”* by Stephenie Meyer (ditto!)*

18 *”Eclipse”* by Stephenie Meyer*

19.*”Breaking Dawn”* by Stephenie Meyer*

20. “Waiting for Normal” by Leslie Connor

21. *”Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing” by Judy Blume*

22.* “Fudge-a-Mania” by Judy Blume*

23. “Double Fudge” by Judy Blume

24. “Pretty Little Devils” by Nancy Holder

25. “Skylark” by Patricia MacLachlan

25 down…175 to go….I think I can do it! I have several more lined up to read, and got behind on my new book reading while I took a break to re-read the “Twilight” series. There have also been a few that, honestly, I just wasn’t loving it and read them about half-way through, and then just returned them to the library. Oops. I don’t think that that is so bad though…can’t waste our time reading books we don’t like!

 

Why My Pants Keep Coming Off February 19, 2009

Filed under: good news — Rachel @ 10:25 pm

Now, now, bad children, it’s not what you think.

My pants keep falling off because I keep exercising and…gasp…eating right!

Now I really don’t pay that much attention to what I eat on the weekends, but I have been watching what I eat more, and I have tried to swim at least 3 times a week. I know there are other forms of exercise out there, but anything other than swimming or wii fit sort of makes me want to scream after about 20 minutes or so. Not because it’s hard, but just because it’s so boring after awhile.

I don’t really know what I weigh, I just measure the BMI on wii fit, and I have always been in the normal range on that, so I don’t stress about it too much.

I did attempt to weigh myself after using the sauna today, but I couldn’t get the scale to balance right. I’ll try tomorrow on my wii fit.

But honestly, I think how your clothes fit is the greatest measure of how well you are doing-if my pants are too tight, I need to lose weight. If they’re loose then I must have gotten smaller. And, as a friend of mine said, just because your clothes are getting bigger, doesn’t necessarily equal weight loss, it just means that you are toning up and your shape is changing.

Maybe I should have measured how many inches I was instead of  how much weight. Oh well, the point of everything was for me to become more fit, and I really do think I have done that.

 

Free Thought February 16, 2009

Filed under: life is flippin suh-weet — Rachel @ 7:59 pm

How about some random free thoughts, since I can’t seem to keep up with my posts lately?

1. I can’t seem to quit peeing….all the time. I’m thinking maybe bladder infection coming on, so I’m trying to drink extra in the hopes that I can “flush” it out….which leads to more peeing.

2. School is going great, but honestly, I’m just ready to be done. 3 years of this is fairly repetative, and I’m just ready to just be able to go to work everyday. I know what I was cut out to do, and I’m ready to get to it!

3. I played with a friend’s cricut today.  I MUST have one. Nope, I don’t like scrapbooking, but I do like making cards and such. Plus it’s just cool.

4. If I had that snazzy thing, I might be arsed to start a scrapbook.

5. Lime Perrier is delicious.

6. V8 Broccoli Soup is delicous.

7. Not sure how much weight I’ve lost so far, but I’ve been doing good. My size 12’s are getting pretty loose.

8.  I can’t figure out how to work the twisty air freshener thing, and I must go find my best friend so she can help.

9. D and I had a WONDERFUL Valentine’s Date. Love that man!

10. He made me the  best Valentine’s Present ever!

11. I cut off quite a bit of my hair on Friday afternoon.

12. I love it…so bouncy and shiny.

13. Actually, it wasn’t all that much, but it is a little above my shoulders now. I was sort of scared to cut it off, but I love the way it looks.

14. I want to exercise so bad, but I am way tired and I also have to go help my best friend A with something…and so she can also fix my air freshener.

15. I feel  like a total pudding-for-brains because I can’t figure out that damned air freshener.

So that’s what’s new in my life/what is going through my head at the moment.

What’s new with all of you?

 

Damn It February 12, 2009

I try not to feel guilty about many things,  and honestly, I don’t.

There is no point in it, and I always know that even if I didn’t make the best decision at a certain point in time, that it is ok, because I can learn from it.

However, there are a few things that, while I don’t feel guilty about them, I wish that I had the guts to be more upfront about them, and then I end up feeling guilty because I wasn’t upfront with them in the first place.

For example: I had a friend that I met a few years ago, and we were good friends for awhile.  I mean, this wasn’t like “talk everyday, hang out all the time” friend, but a friend that was good for hanging out with sometimes. I don’t know, I guess at the peak of our friendship we might have hung out once or twice a week, but I really could not say.

Anyway, this certain friend started giving me grief a few months ago, and I chose to end the friendship. Only I did not say “I can’t be friends with you anymore, I’m sorry.”  because I thought it sounded childish.

So, I just quit talking, calling, texting, etc.  Which, I realize now, was childish.

I don’t know, I hate causing “drama” so that is why I did not come out and say anything.  I guess there is no nice way to break off a friendship, and I am not sure why this is considered so societally unacceptable.

Think about it, really, it is.  Saying “We are not friends anymore” is considered childish, a middle school girl’s threat. But honestly, who among us hasn’t had a friendship that just wasn’t working out anymore?

I am sure that the majority of  us do the same thing that I did- just stop communicating.

Somehow, we think that is more polite.  But think about it- is it really?

I don’t think so. Sure, it might cause less hurt feelings initially, but really, it’s not a clean break.  And the party at fault (ok, maybe not at fault, but the person that is being essentially dropped) still doesn’t know why you feel that way.

I’m not sure what the best solution for any of this would be, because really, you are between a rock and a hard place either way.

What do you think? Just stop talking or let them know exactly why you are choosing to end that friendship?

 

The Sound Of My Life… February 11, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rachel @ 6:17 pm

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about poetry (probably because I am taking an A-MAZING class about reading and writing) and I’ve been noticing what great poetry is found in a lot of my favorite song lyrics.

So today, I have for you a few examples:

First, “The Rock Show” by Blink-182. Why? It reminds me of my high school days (“seventeen without a purpose or direction, we don’t owe anyone a fucking explanation”

Hanging out behind the club, on the weekend.
Acting stupid, getting drunk with my best friends.
I couldn’t wait for the summer and the Warped Tour.
I remember it’s the first time that I saw her- there.

She’s getting kicked out of school cause she’s failing.
I’m kinda nervous, cause I think all her friends hate me.
She’s the one, she’ll always be there.
She took my hand, and I made it I swear.

Because I fell in love with the girl at the rock show.
She said “What?” and I told her that I didn’t know.
She’s so cool, gonna sneak in through her window.
Everything’s better when she’s around-
I can’t wait till her parents go out of town-
I fell in love with the girl at the rock show.

When we said we were gonna move to Vegas-
I remember the look her mother gave us.
17, without a purpose or direction.
We don’t owe anyone a fucking explanation.

I fell in love with the girl at the rock show.
She said “What?” and I told her that I didn’t know.
She’s so cool, gonna sneak in through her window.
Everything’s better when she’s around.
I can’t wait till her parents go out of town.
I fell in love with the girl at the rock show.

Black and white picture of her on my wall.
I waited for her call, she always kept me waiting.
And if I ever got another chance, I’d still ask her to dance.
Because she kept me waiting.

I fell in love with the girl at the rock show.
She said “What?” and I told her that I didn’t know.
She’s so cool, gonna sneak in through her window.
Everything’s better when she’s around-
I can’t wait till her parents go out of town-
I fell in love with the girl at the rock show.

With the girl at the rock show.
With the girl at the rock show.
(I’ll never forget tonight)
With the girl at the rock show…

Second: “Title and Registration” by Death Cab for Cutie. Why? It reminds me of times in my life when I wasn’t feeling like everything was holding together perfectly(failed relationships, friendships, etc), but somehow still had hope that everything would be ok, and I wasn’t the only one to blame.

The glove compartment isn’t accurately named
And everybody knows it.
So i’m proposing a swift orderly change.

Cause behind its door there’s nothing to keep my fingers warm
And all i find are souvenirs from better times
Before the gleam of your taillights fading east
To find yourself a better life.

I was searching for some legal document
As the rain beat down on the hood
When i stumbled upon pictures i tried to forget
And that’s how this idea was drilled into my head

Cause it’s too important
To stay the way it’s been

There’s no blame for how our love did slowly fade
And now that it’s gone it’s like it wasn’t there at all
And here i rest where disappointment and regret collide
Lying awake at night

There’s no blame for how our love did slowly fade
And now that it’s gone it’s like it wasn’t there at all
And here i rest where disappointment and regret collide
Lying awake at night (up all night)
When i’m lying awake at night.

Third: “Fat Bottomed Girls” by Queen. Why? I love this song. I can listen to it and automatically make myself feel better. I mean, who couldn’t love it?

Are you gonna take me home tonight
Ah down beside that red firelight
Are you gonna let it all hang out
Fat bottomed girls
You make the rockin world go round

Hey I was just a skinny lad
Never knew no good from bad
But I knew life before I left my nursery
Left alone with big fat fanny
She was such a naughty nanny
Heap big woman you made a bad boy out of me
Hey hey!

Ive been singing with my band
Across the wire across the land
I seen evry blue eyed floozy on the way
But their beauty and their style
Went kind of smooth after a while
Take me to them dirty ladies every time

Oh wont you take me home tonight?
Oh down beside your red firelight
Oh and you give it all you got
Fat bottomed girls you make the rockin world go round
Fat bottomed girls you make the rockin world go round

Hey listen here
Now your mortgages and homes
I got stiffness in the bones
Aint no beauty queens in this locality (I tell you)
Oh but I still get my pleasure
Still got my greatest treasure
Heap big woman you gonna make a big man out of me
Now get this

Oh you gonna take me home tonight (please)
Oh down beside your red firelight
Oh you gonna let it all hang out
Fat bottomed girls you make the rockin world go round
Fat bottomed girls you make the rockin world go round
Get on your bikes and ride

Oooh yeah them fat bottomed girls
Fat bottomed girls
Yeah yeah yeah
Fat bottomed girls
Yes yes

Fourth? “Anyone Else But You” by the Moldy Peaches. It describes me and D perfectly, and I’m not even sure why.

You're a part time lover and a full time friend
The monkey on your back is the latest trend
I don't see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

I kiss you on the brain in the shadow of a train
I kiss you all starry eyed, my body's swinging from side to side
I don't see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

Here is the church and here is the steeple
We sure are cute for two ugly people
I don't see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

The pebbles forgive me, the trees forgive me
So why can't, you forgive me?
I don't see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

I will find my nitch in your car
With my MP3, DVD, rumple-packed guitar
I don't see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

Du du du du du du dudu
Du du du du du du dudu
Du du du du du du dudu du

Up up down down left right left right B A start
Just because we use cheats doesn't mean we're not smart
I don't see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

You are always trying to keep it real
I'm in love with how you feel
I don't see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

We both have shiny happy fits of rage
You want more fans, I want more stage
I don't see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

Don Quijote was a steel driving man
My name is Adam I'm your biggest fan
I don't see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

Squinched up your face and did a dance
You shook a little turd out of the bottom of your pants
I don't see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

Du du du du du du dudu
Du du du du du du dudu
Du du du du du du dudu du
But you