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10 November 2011 @ 12:24 am
Today, my kitchen caught on fire. I wasn't there for the action; my roommate called me around seven-thirty, completely hysterical. At least we know the smoke detector works.

My roommate (hereafter known as M) insists it has to be my fault, because she was asleep. I take issue with this, as a) I have not used the stove in days, and b) I had not been in the apartment, let alone the kitchen, since about 8:30 this morning. Yesterday morning, I suppose, it's after midnight.

So, following pattern in that M never cleans anything, after I get home around 10:30 she goes somewhere. Nothing whatsoever has been cleaned, so there's ash everywhere- and it does not respond well to being wiped up; it smears. It takes a lot of soap and water and ruined rags (I used up the paper towels up fast) to get up a small amount of ash. I did all the dishes, but it's not like any of those were clean anyway, because M, again as usual, had filled up the sink and counter with dirties since I last did dishes two days ago. I've also cleaned (most of) the things. There's some more ash on the top of the fridge I'm having trouble reaching, and I haven't attempted the ceiling or the wall.

What actually caught on fire was the water filter tub that M left on the stove for unknown reasons. After I'd gotten most of the melted/burned plastic up (fortunately it cracked off easily) I realized some of it had fallen through the stovetop, so I pulled that up to clean underneath.

Surprise, surprise - I'm pretty certain M has never cleaned under the stovetop in the several years she's been living here. Know how I know? All the disgusting caked, dried food and some sort of white condensate that had crusted where the flames would be, if the stove were on. Know what else I saw? A flame. Not on the actual burners, but between them - a place that would be covered up if the stove top was down. I checked and made sure all the burners were off - they were - but the in-between flame didn't go off.

It was only on one side of the stove - incidentally, the side that caught on fire. This explains why the stovetop is always hot, even when I check to make sure all the burners are off. It also confirms my suspicion that M never, ever cleans anything. Because she should have noticed that - I noticed the odd stovetop heat the day I moved in, but she told me it was just because the oven tends to give off heat. I'm so glad she checks her facts before reeling off glib explanations.

So yeah, M. Fuck you for trying to blame this on me, and fuck you for never cleaning anything, ever. I am so glad I'll be moving out next semester.

To top the evening off? The two and a half hours I just spent cleaning the kitchen really really needed to go towards my structure cross section. Thanks, M, for being so helpful. I guess I'm pulling an all nighter.
Current Mood: angryangry
24 October 2011 @ 09:49 am
Just had a guest lecture from Dr. Helper about field camp. On the one hand, exciting! Really, this is what makes you a geologist and not just an analyst*. It's going to be amazing. It's also going to be incredibly hard work, and I will be incredibly dirty a lot of the time, and! I will be out of touch with the internet for at least six weeks. I think I may go into withdrawal. Also, it may be what convinces me of the merits of alcohol - an awful lot of drinking goes on at geology field trips, and I think most of us at least will be over 21. I think (hope) it will finish up before my birthday, too, so yay!

I really do love geology. I'm so glad that I already have a job for the summer - it would be incredibly hard to get an internship that worked around field camp, I think, if they didn't already know and love me. I'm thinking about taking another couple of courses in summer session - probably physics ii and/or the second government class. Agh, I'm running out of time so quickly!

But yes. Life is good.

*Not that there's anything wrong with being an analyst! That's just not what I want and intend to do.

Current Mood: anxiousanxious
23 August 2011 @ 08:14 pm
I have emerged victorious from my battle with the fridge monster! And gone grocery shopping, plus a full day of work. Of course, I still need to buy books and school supplies, and engage the kitchen cabinets, bathroom, and freezer. *is tired*

Tomorrow's the first day of the semester! Structure at 9 in the morning, then a gap 'til marine geo at two (if I go) or gender, sexuality and migration (must come up with a nickname) at 3:30. I'm going to drop marine geo - in fact, I'll just go do that now, since add/drops are open. So, five and a half hour gap! Argh. Must. resist. urge. to. procrastinate.

Now? Food.
Current Mood: hungryhungry
11 February 2011 @ 12:04 pm
I should be doing something productive, but I do not feel like it. I have been attempting to write an essay for my study abroad application - the usual stuff about why they should choose me over all the other candidates. I hate this kind of thing - it's freaking hard to find a balance between sounding full of yourself and being too self-effacing.

But I did work on my IgMetPet lab some - it's annoying, I have one book, so of course I need the other for this lab. Also, I have to spend crazy amounts of time outside my scheduled lab to finish these things - and the worst part is that a lot of the time the lab is full, so even if I'm free I can't use it. In pretty much every time slot they have someone on every single microscope.

I have a field trip tomorrow - I really hope it warms up, it was below freezing when I left my apartment around 9:30. I have to be there at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow, so I suspect it's going to be miserably cold. Here's hoping it warms up! We're going to be looking at various outcrops and trying to correlate them and their depositional settings.

Last but not least, if I forget to say it Monday - have a lovely Valentine's Day! Are you doing anything with N, gold_sneakers?
08 February 2011 @ 12:28 am
I just have to wonder, what is with David Weber the last few years? For a long time he was my absolute favorite author. I picked up On Basilisk Station and thereafter bought the rest of the series three at a time. The ninth one was out of print and I scoured the Internet for it. I breathlessly awaited each new book. I wasn't too impressed with the Starfire books, but other than that I adored everything he'd ever written. But. I haven't even bothered reading the last few books.

I picked up Hell's Gate at the library and barely got through a couple of chapters. It was co-written with Linda Evans, though, so I figured that was probably it - maybe she'd done the actual writing and her style didn't mesh for me, or something. I actually tried two or three different times and couldn't get anywhere with it. Obviously, I didn't even bother with the sequel to that one.

Off Armageddon Reef wasn't quite as disappointing - I got through it, at least. But once again, I was glad I'd picked it up at the library, and I haven't read any of the three sequels. It takes a lot to put me off an author I liked that much, for that long, but really.

I think I tried to read Bolo! and once again, totally not working for me. I don't even remember anything except that there was some sort of AI/tank thing partnered with a man. I think.

Just now I was looking at reviews for Weber's latest travesty - at this point, my trust is gone. It used to be that I'd buy his books without even reading the back cover, because I knew they would be fantastic. Not so much, lately. So I'm looking at reviews for Out of the Dark on Amazon - and you know what's really sad? Almost half of the 208 reviews gave him one star. Just one. 85 freakin' reviews. For three, four, and five star reviews combined there are 86. That's just pathetic. One star reviews are more common by a factor of more than two than any of the others - almost four in the case of five-stars. Safe to say, this is yet another Weber book I will not be picking up.

My first love in Weber's writing was the Honor Harrington novels. The new one, Mission of Honor, has been out for eight months, and I haven't even checked to see if the library has it.  There are two new novels in the same universe and storyline, but not directly following Honor, and I'm pretty sure someone gave me Storm from the Shadows, but I haven't read it. I haven't got Torch of Freedom at all.

This makes me really sad. It's like he got to be such a big name that he decided he didn't need to put effort or editing into his books anymore. I just... it sucks to have a still-producing author you'd loved disappoint you so much. Sayonara, Weber. It was good, once.
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Current Mood: sadlet down
06 February 2011 @ 05:23 pm
So I will do it here instead. It makes me sad that gold_sneakers doesn't like the Vorkosigan books by Lois McMaster Bujold, because they are totally awesome. I got Cryoburn for Christmas and am finally getting to read it - despite the several-year gap since the last Miles book, I am still totally loving it. Maybe a little more non-Miles viewpoint in this one- I will have to go back and read the others to be sure. I'm not sure if there was any non-Miles viewpoint - except that can't be right, because there was definitely by necessity some Mark-viewpoint in the one that takes place on Jackson's Whole, I do not remember which one that was. Really, in that particular book there had to have been others. Well, and obviously Falling Free and Ethan of Athos, neither of which Miles is present for. Sadly, they are in my attic in Houston and I am about 300 miles away. Maybe if I get a chance at Spring Break.

So, favorite quote so far: "Mystery mitosis. It seemed a retrograde sort of progress."

Not sure if there's a pun in there - there totally should be - but my brain is currently moving rather slowly. Perhaps I should eat something.

Happy Super Bowl Sunday, everyone! I have been assured it's an American holiday, if not of any particular interest to some of us.

Edit: attempting to fix the HTML fail, no idea why it does not work.
Edit 2: duh. I have to be in HTML, not rich text. Too much commenting, not enough posting, I guess.
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Current Mood: hyperhyper
05 February 2011 @ 08:54 pm
I have done a ridiculous amount of cooking and baking the past few days. I have made:

Lemon scones
Snickerdoodle cookies
Chicken and vegetable fried rice
Cookie cake
Pesto pasta
Breakfast tacos with chorizo

I further intend to make:
Almond rice pudding
Strawberry cupcakes
Egg rolls
no doubt other things as they occur to me.

It's a good thing I've been giving most of it away, or I would be so fat...
Current Location: home
Current Mood: fullfull
02 February 2011 @ 05:17 pm
Baking today. I have made lemon scones and snickerdoodle cookies are in progress, slightly hampered by the lack of either cream of tartar or a mixer. Also, N bought self-rising flour accidentally and so I am attempting to compensate for that. It seems that baking powder can be a substitute for cream of tartar and baking soda together; but I am told that self-rising flour already has baking powder and salt in it, so on reflection I've left out the cream of tartar and the baking powder. Also the salt, because I only ever have salted butter, plus there's the salt in the darned flour. I am thinking about just going ahead and buying some flour I have a better idea of what to do with - even though it seems wasteful. I didn't realize the no-baking-powder thing when I made the scones, so they are a bit salty- not too bad, though, I might not have noticed if I wasn't half-expecting it.

I really want to have a permanent domicile. It's such a pain, moving things every few months, and stuff that you can keep and use for a long time - like shortening, or cream of tartar, or cleaning supplies, or cookware - is just more stuff to move and find a place to store, assuming I'm going home. I think once I find a place after graduation, it will take a lot of irritation to make me move.

Also, it is about 19 degrees out - Fahrenheit - and Austin's doing rolling blackouts, because the power company foolishly failed to anticipate the demands all the heaters being turned on would cause. So yeah, it's freaking freezing in lots of people's houses, and I know it'll hit here soon, because a couple of other complexes owned by my rental company have already lost power. I just really hope it doesn't happen tonight. I can just hang out at school or someone else's house during the day, but I do need somewhere to sleep.
Current Mood: coldcold
29 January 2011 @ 07:37 pm
Mmm, chocolate buttercream frosting. I should probably bake something to put it on, but it is delicious all by itself. My mama loves me :)
Current Mood: bouncychocolategasm
Current Music: Tomorrow from Annie
29 January 2011 @ 01:55 pm
Aww, cute. It's a physics proof for Santa's existence! Go here to see it.
28 January 2011 @ 11:46 pm
Amazing paper art. I thought of you, gold_sneakers.
27 January 2011 @ 01:09 am

M: You made me laugh so much I think I have abs now.

Me: *giggle*

Current Mood: amusedamused
26 January 2011 @ 08:28 pm
Recently (like, since Christmas break) I've been noticing a lot of lag in response to my keyboard - typing or using the direction keys especially. The last week or so it's also happening with my mouse (touchpad), in that when I hover over a link or click on something, it takes a while to respond. I don't mean that the internet is slow - it's like the command is delayed or something. I've run malware and antivirus scans (question: what's the difference?) but they're not coming up with anything. I defragged less than two weeks ago.

Looking on the internet for 'mouse and keyboard lag' some people have posted saying they have a similar problem and that it seems to be connected to Windows 7 - which is what I have. Other suggestions are that it might have something to do with Firefox, which is my browser, but I've noticed the lag in MS Word as well, so I don't think that's it. Do you have any suggestions for me about what to try? It's still got the warranty under Best Buy, thank God, but it'd be really nice if I didn't have to make a trip all the way out there and potentially lose my computer for a few weeks.

Thanks for any advice you've got.
Current Mood: depresseddiscouraged
25 January 2011 @ 11:51 pm
Have you ever tried almond milk? Is it tasty? I was eyeing it in the grocery store today. I am very curious, though I am unsure about its utility in place of regular milk in baking, cereal, etc.

On the subject of food, madlori posted a strawberry cake recipe that looks delicious and that I may have to make - but then I will have to find someone to help me eat it. It is very sad when delicious baking goes to waste. Hmm, maybe I could make it in cupcake form - those are much easier to unload. Although figuring out cook time might be interesting. This requires further thought.

Side thought - is that how you spell eyeing? Firefox is trying to insist on eying, but that just doesn't look right. Also, when the heck did browsers start imposing spellcheck? I am very tempted to turn off all grammar/spelling functions in MS Word, it is so often and annoyingly wrong.

Current Mood: hungryhungry
25 January 2011 @ 04:15 pm
I just realized, gold_sneakers, that I forgot to post this. You should definitely check it out, you have until March 1st. It's not too bad an application, either. So, the application for a summer internship at NASA: https://solar.nasa.gov/web/public/main/

You should totally apply, darling. Please.
Current Location: home
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Current Music: water dripping
24 January 2011 @ 05:04 pm
Wow, I am a spammer today. But does this seem like something you would like? I know you like tea-type things, and herbal things, even in severely strange places like your ice cream. Would you like it if I made you something like this?

Also, this bit of art seemed like something you would like. N too, I shall try to remember to show her. Ooh, and this too.

You might find this interesting - it made me think of you immediately. This too, in a completely different way.

Okay, I will stop now, and go do my homework like a good little college student. Blah.
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Current Location: still home
Current Mood: creativecreative
Current Music: Stop and Stare - One Republic
24 January 2011 @ 04:54 pm
So, I need advice - it is hard to tell on the internet, sometimes. Is this weird and kind of inappropriate (MK's dad, sixties-ish) or am I just being oversensitive? I am close with Mrs. K, but not so much with Mr. K. And he makes this kind of comment on a semi-regular basis. But as far as I can tell he is a nice guy, and his wife and son are great (I don't know Mr. K all that well).

Me (FB status): It's below freezing and I don't actually have any long-sleeved shirts at school.

Him (comment): You look better in something sleeveless. Brrrrr!
Current Location: home
Current Mood: uncomfortableuncertain
Current Music: 21 Guns - Green Day
24 January 2011 @ 04:46 pm
I just... it this a common thing for anime, a truly odd translation, or an example of Rule 34? I have not enough experience with anime to guide me, but. If this is normal, Japanese people are very strange.
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Current Location: home
Current Mood: contemplativeboggled
Current Music: the thumping of the washing machine
24 January 2011 @ 11:16 am
So I have a three-hour class break and I really want to go home, get some lunch, fold my laundry, take a nap. Sounds very appealing, no? Especially since I had so much trouble falling asleep last night.
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Current Location: the JGB
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: the humming of air conditioners
22 January 2011 @ 06:25 pm
So I have written seven letters today and yesterday. Five today. Yes, one of them is to you, gold_sneakers. I am awesome. Unfortunately, I have been less productive with the actual schoolwork this weekend. But I spent about three hours in the library doing reading for Volcanology yesterday. Friday counts as the weekend, right? Plus I worked for an extra half hour (after three hours stuck out in the freezing cold! And I couldn't wear my gloves!) on my lab for Field Methods after the class was over, so I deserve some points.

I got myself a daily planner, darling - I blame you. You got me hooked. I just love getting to check off the little boxes for having completed something, don't you? Yes, I am ridiculous.

In random wonderings, why do you think movie candy is always in such crinkly bags? It seems like a ready-made way to annoy the other movie patrons. N and I are going to see The Green Hornet this evening, hopefully it shall be good. I like superhero movies, anyway. I never did see the new (ish, it came out a few years ago) Superman movie, that is a shame. Did you see Megamind? I thought it was cute, and it was a very definite parody of the Superman legend. Mythos? I'm not sure what to call it.

I'd also like to see True Grit - it's got very good reviews, and I really like the original, although it's been so long I don't really remember what it was about. And for some reason that reminds me of Maverick - probably just the Western element. Have you ever seen either? We shall have to fix that, if not. And I'd still like to finish watching Ratatooie. I probably spelled that wrong, but I'm too lazy to go look it up.  Ta!
Current Location: my apartment
Current Mood: busybusy
Current Music: Stop and Stare - One Republic