Wednesday, February 25, 2009

murphey's law

So everything that could go wrong has gone wrong, health wise for me. I got a giant canker sore two weeks ago. I'm talking larger than the head of an eraser, hurts to eat/drink/brush teeth/move mouth. It was bad. So I called the dentist and he called in a prescription for an antibiotic for me. I went to Costco to get my antibiotic, and the pharmacist informed me the particular antibiotic was in the same family as penicillin, which I am allergic to, so we decided not to go through with it. The dentist then decided he needed to see this giant canker sore, so I had to go in. He prescribed tetracycline, and sent me on my way. Like the good girl I am, I faithfully took my prescribed four tetracyclines a day, without any calcium or dairy, which was difficult since almost every meal involves milk or cheese or icecream, and since we have a box of delicious bagels with sun dried tomato and basil cream cheese shmear. A week of this medication, and all of a sudden I notice my back is a little itchy. Then my neck has red bumps all over, and so does my belly. This puzzled me, so I googled the drug, and found out that a rash is a side effect. Ugh! Luckily,my giant canker was gone, so I just stopped taking the pills. Meanwhile I still have itchy bumps. And, tonight, I was baking a delicious pizza, and stupidly decided to move the pan with my bare hand. I now have no fingerprints on four of my five fingers on my left hand. Nausea is also a side effect. Blech. I guess I'm done whining now.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

don't forget

My birthday is next Saturday. Last year it was a little forgotten because my mom actually had a birthday, which only happens every four years, so it was kind of a big deal, plus she rolled over into the 60's, which was also a big deal. Well, this year is a big deal for me. Usually I try to leave the personal details out of this blog, but I'll make an exception just this once. I'll be the big two-oh, finally out of the teens. That's a big deal. I think last year some people forgot my birthday too, that was a bummer. So, that's why I'm doing this reminder blog. You may want to mark your calendars. It's a weird birthday for me, I almost feel like my age is catching up with me. People always assume I'm at least 23, and I think I often feel older than I am. I guess that is why getting older doesn't feel so bad. If I can have some good cake on my birthday, I'll be completely happy.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Incremental Change

Sometimes after going to class I feel really discouraged. There are so many problems in the world, so many things wrong with cities and the way we design them, I often wonder what, if anything, I can do. It so often seems that our fate is in the hands of politicians who have their hands in the pockets of companies and industries that don't have our best interests in mind. That is frustrating to me.
An example that has been bothering me lately is the issue of water in Utah. Water rights are so inclusive here that someone owns rainwater even before it touches the ground. Collecting rainwater in this state is against the law. That means you are not supposed to direct any rainwater to a cistern, your lawn, a garden, even a birdbath. It is ridiculous that we pour drinking water onto our lawns and flowers, not to mention those who water their driveways. In most parts of the state there is no secondary water system, and yet it is still illegal to collect rainwater.
So what options are there? Well, plant native plants that don't require as much water, many only needing any water in the first year. This could be buffalo grass as an alternative to Kentucky bluegrass. If you have a garden, which I highly recommend, use a drip system instead of flooding, and nestle straw around your plants so the soil can retain more moisture. When you really think about it, how many people have a big green lawn in their front yard? Of those people, how many actually use that lawn? Is it necessary? Maybe your neighborhood is extremely safe and your kids play on the front lawn, and you don't want to take it out. Do you need grass in your park strip? How much water is wasted on the sidewalk and road trying to water that narrow strip of green? Change is incremental, and it is up to early-adopters to start the cycle. So this summer, make a change, do something different. Others will see your actions and maybe jump on the bandwagon.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Verge of Job Hunting

Now, my internship won't be up until May, unless the budget for my position gets cut, but I'm already feeling the stress about having to find new employment. It's just my luck that my time happens to be up right in the middle of this economic crisis with unemployment figures going through the roof. I could potentially look for another internship to gain some more field experience, and best-case scenario, at a place that would want to hire me on when I graduate, and a place I would want to work for an extended period of time. Or I could get a job somewhere really fun, like a retail place that sells stuff I would want to buy and where I'd get a killer discount. Or I could just not work till I'm done with school, which is secretly what I want to do until I'm reminded that if I want to make it to Italy next year I have to sacrifice some elbow grease.

So, if anyone knows of anyone hiring part time with flexible hours that is fairly close to me (preferably along the Trax route) let me know! I haven't officially started looking, but a head start wouldn't hurt.

Suddenly Seymour


I think I've said before, that we get movies at the library almost exclusively. Because of this, sometimes we end up watching somewhat obscure, off the radar films instead of the latest release you'd find at redbox. For example, recently I found in my browsing the 1960 version of "Little Shop of Horrors." Now, I knew there was a musical of the show, and had heard good things about it. Plus, the cover featured Jack Nicholson, so I thought I'd give it a try. Well, it was black and white, the main character, Seymour, was a little over-acted, and overall weird, not to mention that it wasn't a musical. On another trip to the library, A jokingly pulled out another DVD titled "Little Shop of Horrors," but this one the 1986 musical version with a star-studded cast. I decided we should get it and compare the two. The 1986 version was fantastic, with hilarious performances from Rick Moranis, Steve Martin, Jim Belushi, John Candy, Christopher Guest, and Bill Murray. The costumes were great, especially on Audrey (the woman) and the skid row trio. I would highly recommend the 1986 musical version, and maybe even the 1960 just for the entertainment of comparison.
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