Tuesday, September 30, 2003
The Buttbanger Bag...
Instead of the usual backpack I use at school every day:
I'm using this one that I got for my birthday last year:
(sorry both of those are horrible pictures)
I'm honestly doing this just to see how cumbersome the bag is going to be today. It'll probably strangle me a few times, or someone will trip over it a couple of times, etc... People with those kinds of bags always seem to be struggling with them in some way or another. Trying to get it through narrow desk rows, trying to cram stuff in it. Shifting it to shoulder to shoulder.
posted by Connie Vandelay at 8:43 AM
Saturday, September 27, 2003
I'm Showing My Age Here
(originally posted in my other weblog on Feb 22, 2003)
but it looks so werid to see a talk show host holding a record.
That's REM's "Murmur" in case you're wondering
posted by Connie Vandelay at 6:29 PM
If It Didn't Happen in 1974...
Written at around 1 a.m. earlier today
I was reading Tavie's blog and she brought up the last Roseanne episode, and so I went on google groups, and I started to read about other last episodes of shows (or season finales) and I started to remember the Dinosaurs series finale. Wasn't it about an hour long, and the show dealt with this war about Pistachios? And how the war about Pistachios caused the whole planet to freeze over and everyone died? I think I was 9 or 10 when that aired, and I bawled my eyes out when it was over. I wish I could see that episode again. I wish I could see the show again. I think Disney Channel used to show it for a few years, but they don't anymore.
I admit that when I saw the season finale for the first season of Ally McBeal on FX a couple of years ago, I cried. It was the part where John told Ally something along the lines of about whether or not they year was a success if you go back and remember the special standout moments. (I got that quote from google groups, sorry), I used to have the quote written in a journal but I forgot it now.)
In my opinion the worst but yet unique series finale was the Sienfield one. That finale didn't impress me, but I think that was the way Jerry and Co. wanted it to be. I thought the Mad About You finale was pretty good too. With Jeanane Garfolio playing the grown up Mabel and she made a documentary about her life, and there was a bunch of reenactments by Paul and Jamie. I liked that. I wish I had that on tape.
I'm now reading a thread about surreal moments on TV, and this one really struck me:
People have told me that I am imagining this one (which took place
around 1975), or that it's an urban legend a la "Cram it, Bozo." But
I can remember seeing a "censored" version of the story on TV, and
reading the account in newspapers and magazines, with accompanying
At the end of her news report, a female anchor on a Florida television
station (I remember it was a UHFer) said calmly, "And now, a
television first...a live suicide," or something like that. Then she
pulled out a gun and shot herself in the head.
> I've never seen this event myself (I didn't even visit Florida until
> 1979), but it was a local event. The anchor in question was Chris
> Chubbock, who was the morning anchor for Sarasota ABC affiliate WXLT
> (now WWSB) Channel 40. In 1974, she said something like "And now, to
> keep up with the station's policy of showing you blood & guts in living
> color, a live suicide." She then pulled a gun out of a shopping bag,
> then shot herself. As for the cause, she was probably mentally
Ok, now that's going to give me nightmares tonight.
posted by Connie Vandelay at 11:13 AM
Friday, September 26, 2003
We Get Excited Over Things.
My mom and I got way too excited about putting stuff in our new/old fridge today. Funny how the one we got used for $350 is 10 times better than the one we bought brand new for like $1,400 six years ago.
Lewis Black brought up Miffy during Back In Black last night. I got way too excited over that too. I can't help it. I love Miffy.
posted by Connie Vandelay at 2:54 PM
Thursday, September 25, 2003
Hello, 80's House, Anita Answering
We got a new/old fridge today to replace the one that died last week during the hurricane. I love it. It's something from the 80's. It's better than the new fridge we bought six years ago that died. This one has personality!
posted by Connie Vandelay at 8:11 PM
Wednesday, September 24, 2003
They're All From The Same Barn.
So, another stupid reality dating show starts tonight. Why does every single woman on that show look the same? And every single guy on those shows look the same too.
I want to get out of the house so badly. As of today, I've been home for a week. But a lot of places still aren't open, or they still don't have power. Some places are getting looted (according to Bob Matthews [a.k.a "Rocca Helms"] on News Channel 3 this evening) which makes me scared to leave the house "by its self". I want someone here at this house at all hours.
posted by Connie Vandelay at 8:26 PM
Why Must I Always Associate Airports With Sex?
posted by Connie Vandelay at 12:50 PM
We Have To Use The Rake...
Why did so many kids have lice in elementary school? I'm sure everybody's school had to have to biyearly lice test in which the whole class lined up outside of the nurses office, and a kid would go into the office one by one, and she'd run her hands though our hair, and peek in our scalps. I remember at least five kids in our class every year had lice. Is it because most kids in elem. school only bathe every other day? Is it because elementary school kids share too many things? I remember during recess some of the girls would brush each others hair with the same brush, or use the same scrunchy (sp?). Or maybe it was because the neighborhood our school was in was a little "bumpkin", I don't know.
And since I'm on the subject, I recently found a copy of our school's rights and responsibilities handbook in my room (don't ask why...) and this is what they have "banned" for hair:
Rakes? I think I always meant to ask what exactly was a hair rake, but I never did.
posted by Connie Vandelay at 11:34 AM
Does He Shop At The One Across The Street From The Other One?
It's a proven fact: Ed Helms shops at the gap.
I could buy that shirt if I wanted to. I have my dad's creidt card (I had to update my tripod membership info the other day) on my desk right nooowww....I woln't though. I look horrible in t-shirts.
posted by Connie Vandelay at 12:00 AM
Tuesday, September 23, 2003
Advance To New Advil!
My mom bought me three York Peppermint Patties today at the seven eleven, and they were $.75 each. Isn't that a bit too much for a York Peppermint Pattie? Aren't they usually like $.50 each?
I've been looking at Dan Cronin's site for months,and here I didn't know he did one of my favorite Premium Blend performances. I forgot he was the guy with the eyebrows.
Update on old man in my history class. Wait, I never brought him up here. Here's the original entry on him:
There's this old man in my history class who wasn't in class the first day, so during the first hour of class he kept on asking these really off topic questions, or questions that were answered in the class before (when he should of been in there) and everyone wanted to say something to him. I heard some groans from the younger folk in the back, and I wanted to groan and breathe out loudly through my nose right along with them, but the man was sitting next to me. I know the professor wanted to just tell him that he needed to get back on course, but since the student was older than the professor, he didn't want to start some ruckus. The other older gentleman in our history class talks too loud. Whenever he says something I can hear and see out of the corner of my eye the people around him shuffling away from him. I haven't had a problem with the older peers in my other classes though. They've been really nice, and they've talked to me the most, but what happened today really ticked me off.
He wants all the teachers attention when we have our breaks. THe second 90% of the class leaves to get a drink, smoke a cigarette, etc, he talks talking about either:
A) History (not related to the history we're learning in class)
B) What he did when he was in the military
C) Something about how great it must be to be a teacher.
There's some other things too, but I don't remember them. He's always bringing up this book called "The Gift Of Teaching" and about how much he wants to find it. He brought gifts to class last Tuesday. He brought the teacher a book about Westpoint, and he brought 3 cd (of what I don't know) to this woman that was sitting next to him the last two class periods. She looked at him a little awkward.
Something I told a Live Journal Friend:
I saw Glory in 8th grade, and at the end all the girls in the class cried. All the glitter on our eyelids were smeared up after that...
posted by Connie Vandelay at 9:42 PM
Monday, September 22, 2003Our fridge died as a result of dad hooking it up to the generator for like two hours Thursday night, so we're still eating room temperature stuff, and using a cooler as our "fridge". I think we're going out tomorrow to look for one of those dorm room fridges for now since we really can't afford a regular sized refrigerator right now. Since I have never lived in a dorm, I probably won't know how to use it. that's a little joke there I can't wait because I'm a little tired of drinking watered down drinks. I'm having to drink Sunny Delight (oh, excuse me Sunny D) with ice. For some reason dad picked it up yesterday when he went to the grocery store. Why did Sunny Delight have to officially change its name to "Sunny D". I guess they're trying to be exTREEM (as my live journal friends call it). I remember when Teddy Grahams went exTREEM a few years ago (instead of its usual shape, the crackers were wearing "clothes" composed of baggy shorts and t-shirts, and I think all the cookies were shaped to be playing basketball and skateboard. Well, back to the Sunny Delight. Does anyone remember the green Sunny Delight? It was around when I was in fourth or fifth grade, I think. It was awful. I don't think I can drink "green" stuff anymore. Mountain Dew, that crappy DnL soda, etc...
posted by Connie Vandelay at 7:40 PM
Due to the hurricane, our power was out for about four days. I've typed it all up here:
I've also written some things in my paper journal that will be new blog entires in a few days.
posted by Connie Vandelay at 7:26 PM
Tuesday, September 16, 2003
This Show Called The Daily Show
My dad bought enough bread to last us a month and a half. Enough water too. I had already bought a huge pack at Target two weeks ago, and we still have half of that, and dad brought home two 12 packs of Aquafina too. And a huge economy sized jar of grape jam.
That dog (from the previous entry) is still hanging around our yard! My dad noticed that his collar was really tight, so he took it off, and mom fed him some scraps, and she told him that he could stay under the house if it starts raining and getting windy.
School's closed anyway tomorrow, so I wouldn't be missing anything. That's good. Now everyone will be behind, not just me.
Brandon and Renee (I hope I spelled that right) caught me back my car into a median in the parking lot. They pointed and laughed. This other girl, Ashley and I started to talk about dance lessons a few minutes before orientation class (yes, the professor said she was disappointed with our worksheets last week) and all Brandon could do was laugh. I told him how I had to dress in this orange Indian outfit once, and I had to dress like a bear once, and Ashley said that she had to dress like a cow once. I have to remind myself not to use the phrase "show and dance" in front of him b/c he will go into a song and dance. Like before class he sang and danced a little to a song he made up about Orientation class.
I loved Colin Quinn's "tribute" to John Ritter. Just falling over the couch. That was great.
posted by Connie Vandelay at 7:35 PM
Monday, September 15, 2003
Your Manager Told You To 'Shut Up"!
Vera said that?
There's this dog that has been hanging out around our yard since I pulled up this evening. My dad had to shoo away the dog so I could get out of my car safely. Cut to an hour later. The dog comes up to our porch, and sticks his head against the screen window, and barks (for another 10 minutes). I told the dog to go home, but all he does is cry when I tell him that. I hope he quiets down once we turn off all the lights and go to bed in about an hour.
I'm not going to be able to go to school Wednesday because the ferry that I take to school is going to be closed. Crap, and Wednesday is my favorite day too.(well, except for the two closed minded jerks in my english class)
posted by Connie Vandelay at 9:27 PM
Is He Man Or Mouse?
I timer recorded the Conan Special last night, but I did watch it with the sound off on my win tv, and can I say something?
Little Jay Leno cracks me up.
I was trying my best to conceal my laughther (since my mom and dad were asleep across the hall) when he showed up driving the tiny red car..
posted by Connie Vandelay at 10:25 AM
Sunday, September 14, 2003
Sour Cream + that onion flavored Mrs. Dash + the yucky ruffles chips =yummy.
I'm worried about orientation class Tuesday. We had some book work we needed to do in there, and I wasn't done by the time the class ended so I had to finish the work really half-assidely, and slap it on her desk in her office. I'm sure everyone else did it too, so she's probably going to go into this song and dance about how much she hates us Tuesday. Well, the class ends October 14th, so its not my most important class. I don't like the professor for the class. She's too stuffy, and she treats everyone like they're still in high school --- even the adults. You don't treat an adult student like they're still in high school. I'm sorry. This class is supposed to get us excited about going to the college, but with her teaching it it makes it feel like you're watching one of those "So You're About To Work At Starbucks" kind of tapes.
I have to watch three Trio documentaries tonight for my research project on why certain televsiion shows cancel. I'm not dreading this, since I love most of the documentaries (well, they call them "specials") on Trio.
*=Anyone remember those resolve carpet cleaner commercials that ended with the mom saying "That's Okay!" at the end?
posted by Connie Vandelay at 3:32 PM
Saturday, September 13, 2003
"Does It Have Cocky On It?"
I was at Subway down the street from the school Wednesday, and the line was out the door. There was this man behind me who was probably some sort of big shot office worker that drove an Infiniti SUV to Subway. He was talking "business" with these two other men, and when it came his time to order, he was like:
The guy had like eight minutes to decide what he wanted! When he did order what he wanted, the subway sandwich artist started to make his sandwich, and when they asked him what he wanted, he said this (trying to be cute I guess)
In this game show host fashion. The subway sandwich artists don't have time to respond, smile, or even care about your stupid, cute jokes. Just tell them what you want on your sub.
posted by Connie Vandelay at 3:08 PM
Friday, September 12, 2003
Cutest. Baby. Ever.
With all the sad things that happend today, its nice to see an article like this:
David Letterman to become a father for the first time at 56
Friday, September 12, 2003
(09-12) 10:08 PDT NEW YORK (AP) --
David Letterman had better start thinking up a top 10 list of baby names -- he's about to become a father.
While taping the "Late Show" episode that's scheduled to air Friday night, Letterman told the audience Thursday that his girlfriend, Regina Lasko, is about six months' pregnant.
"I have an announcement to make and I'll be honest with you, I'm a little bit nervous. I have some trepidations about this. I feel a little silly because it's one of those things where I thought never in my life this would happen," the talk show host said.
"And here I am, 56, and by all rights it shouldn't be happening. But, there's nothing we can do about it now. And I'm terribly excited about this. I'm scared silly about this. I'm going to be a father."
After the cheers and applause from the studio audience subsided, Letterman joked about the upside of becoming a father for the first time at his age: "By the time the child has trouble in life, you know, I'll be dead. I'll be long gone. By the time the kid's out stealing cars, you know, Dad will be dead a few years."
Letterman said he and Lasko are still discussing whether to get married.
"I realize we kind of got the cart before the horse here. But, I'm just seeing how much I can get away with," he said. "But, I can't do this forever, and it'd be nice to have the kid take over the family business."
"'Tonight, David Letterman Jr. and his guests,"' bandleader Paul Shaffer joked.
"Oh my God, does that sound peculiar," Letterman responded.
The "Late Show With David Letterman" airs at 11:30 EDT on CBS.
posted by Connie Vandelay at 10:14 PM
Everybody loves to hate the show Full House. I read the Full House Page on Jump The Shark, and I've complied my list of the worst Full House moments ever:
premiere, and the whole season should of revolved around the dining room being fixed, and Stephanie
apologizing about it in every episode
Popsicle stick house she made in Honeybees on the kitchen floor and runs up to her room
posted by Connie Vandelay at 12:27 PM
I wonder how many little celery stalks get thrown away every day after eaing buffalo wings...
My internet connection is so slow that sometimes when waiting for a page to load, I wander over to my bed and lay there for a few minutes. I almost fall asleep sometimes.
I think the "joke" on crank yankers got old pretty fast.
Ruffle chips are the chips tha are shown as the "greasy" chips in old pringles commercials. And they're right. I can only have like one handfull of Ruffles at a time, they're so greasy, and salty, and they irrate the top of my mouth.
posted by Connie Vandelay at 12:26 PM
Wednesday, September 10, 2003
God Bless Hello Kitty, Teaching Us All These New Things...
I bought some Hello Kitty Jelly Candy at the commossary a few days ago, and I'm finally eating it, and I try to unwrap it, and I notice that the candy is wrapped in two wrappers, and after getting the third peice of candy stiuck in my nails after unwrapping the first wrapper, I see this on the box:
To which I said "ohhh....." That's inventive.
posted by Connie Vandelay at 9:47 PM
They did? Who did?
My mom got an offer in the mail for a free pair of silkies pantyhose the other day. Since I wear pantyhose 3 times a week, I've decided to take the offer.
Why am I telling you guys this? I don't know....
Does anybody remember the show D.C. Follies? For some reason I started to think about it. Everytime I see Al Franken on TV I always think about that show for some reason, and he wasn't even on that show. I watched that show in syndication (I think it was syndication...) on Sunday afternoons when I was a little kid. Those puppets scared me a little, but that was the only reason why I really watched the show was for the puppets. And I remember they hung out at a bar....
posted by Connie Vandelay at 9:58 AM
Tuesday, September 09, 2003
What You Didn't See Was That The Pulp From The Orange Got In Her Eye, and She Yelled And Screamed Some More...
Does anyone remember that cartoon shown on Sesame Street involving this drawing of this stick figure girl whose hair was all matted up, and she couldn't get a comb through it, and she started to yell and scream and cry about it, and then her friend gave her an orange slice, and she felt better?
That was me this morning, minus the yelling, screaming, and orange slice. I had dyed my hair Sunday using some cheap hair dye (Revlon Colorsilk) and it didn't leave my hair as soft and manageable as all the other hair dyes I have used in the past. So I have/had these huge knots in my hair right now. What usually takes me only 2 minutes took me nearly 15.
posted by Connie Vandelay at 9:38 AM
Monday, September 08, 2003
Please Hammer, don't hurt them...you hurt them enough with that movie about your life...
(Originally Posted September of 2002 in my other weblog)
I saw this on VH1 today:
(just a few seconds, that was all I needed to see before flipping though the channel)
Yes, that is an MC Hammer movie. A movie about MC Hammer's life, and it just looks like Hammer won the National Pear Farmers Award.
I've never seen this movie on VH1 ever again. Sorry for the "encore presentation" entry today, but I didn't get the chance to bang out a new entry today.
posted by Connie Vandelay at 10:49 PM
Sunday, September 07, 2003
I got new sheets today on clearance at Target for around $10.00.
And yes, I hate that beige flower wallpaper too. I wanted to tear it off when we moved in, but mom wouldn't let me.
I love the "advanced search" feature on google. Whenever I search for Ed I can omit that one weblog that said how much she hated Ed now when I search!
*=you're probably wondering about the title of this entry. Everyone is talking about Hurricane Henri out here, and finally after all these years I know how to pronounce "Henri" now. But of course, if the hurricane came into my neck of the woods (which it won't) everyone in town would still call it "Henry".
posted by Connie Vandelay at 10:41 PM
Not For Silver, Not For Plate?
You know something that is so 1996? [Adults] wearing character ties. I haven't seen an adult wearing a character tie since my middle school days since 1996-1997. I don't even think I've seen one in a story in a few years either. Maybe in a cubicle somewhere in Atlanta there is an accountant wearing a funny tie with Taz on it.
posted by Connie Vandelay at 9:49 PM
Saturday, September 06, 2003
Don't ever get the coffee from the Norfok International Airport.
I made that mistake last night while waiting for my mom's flight to come in. Needless to say, to make a long story short, I had to run to the bathroom when I got home last night. Never again. 'Wasted $4.00 on that coffee too.
Was that too much information?
The Krispy Creme in Hampton is being torn down and rebuilt soon, which sucks because I'm going to miss the retro look of the place. Sure, I haven't been in there since I was 5 years old, but I drive by the place at least once a week, its going to be sad not seeing it there anymore. I took that picture on a rainy day though the passenger door window back in November of 2002, I believe. (I dyed it green for a layout I was going to do this one time).
"Let's take a look at the wares, one by one, picture by picture, paragraph by paragraph, Dave by Thomas"
posted by Connie Vandelay at 5:12 PM
Thursday, September 04, 2003
This Cliche' And Even More If The Price Is Right!
I went up to the attic for the first time since we moved here three years ago. I found a whole bunch of stuff from middle and high school that I just nonchalantly threw up there when we moved in. I took a look at some of that stuff and I think it should stay in the past, up in the attic. One of the things I found was an old backpack I had found in a trashcan during a locker clean up in 7th grade with like a hundred peices of paper in it and assorted binders with all my scribblings in it. Didn't I hear of a journal back then?
But look what else I did! I totally forgot I drew Mr. Noisy when I was in either 8th or 9th grade:
posted by Connie Vandelay at 4:29 PM
Wednesday, September 03, 2003
Boat Show, Gotta Go
I'm sitting in my room laughing at my dog Bitsy. I saw out of the corner of my eye a few minutes ago something black that moved, and I got scared and I looked over and saw that Bitsy had snunk in my room. We both startled ourselves. I feel sorry for Bitsy sometimes. She has these really bad skin allergies, and the fur on her paws are gone and on the side of her face due to all her itching and biting. We've tried everything for her (pills, sprays, baths) but she still scratches. I'm starting to think its just a habit now.
Yesterday was Vance's birthday. I sent him an birthday e-mail as usual, and as usual like every year since 2000, he writes me back thanking me.
Brandon (a guy in my English class) talked to me in the lounge before English class. We talked about:
We stat next to each other in English class, and he told me that my thesis statement was too long for our research paper. I had to agree with him on that.
I have to go out tomorrow and find an AOL 8.0 cd, (my 8.0 is screwing up, so I'm just going to install over it) how sad it that? I used to get those things in the mail all the time, and I threw them away and now I need one.
posted by Connie Vandelay at 9:07 PM
Tuesday, September 02, 2003
I've Owned Softer...
Sarah sent me a cd and a postcard from Ed Helms' improv show "Charlene" today in the mail. Wait, its her birthday, and she's sending me stuff...that's not right. Here's the CD cover!
And yes, I did own a pair of "the worlds softest socks" (look at the top image very carefully) I bought them at some sock outlet at the prime outlets in Williamsburg back in 1998. They were pretty soft, but the fuzz wore off on them quickly.
Now Playing : MST3K : Canada Song
posted by Connie Vandelay at 10:31 PM
Monday, September 01, 2003
>Not Putting It Past...
I borrowed my mom's bathroom (since she has a fan in hers) and I went to wash my hands, and I didn't see the hand soap, and I looked under the cabinet and there wasn't any air freshener either. Did she pack her hand soap and air freshener? I wouldn't put it past her. Now that I think about it, the years I went with her to see her family in Alaska, she did bring her air freshener with her. Hand soap? I don't know. I don't think we were using hand soap, I think we were still just using regular bar soap to wash our hands with.
posted by Connie Vandelay at 3:28 PM