Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Thomas Jefferson

I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.

In Other News

Shawn has decided to switch jobs. He will be working for RGM Advisors beginning on October 19. The company utilizes linux, and thus he will be doing some programming thingamaboops in said operating system (seeing as how we no longer even run Windows at home, I would have to say that it's his preferred OS).

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Ronald Reagan

Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.

Friday, September 25, 2009


While walking back from lunch today with Bond and David, David states something about how "we need to have a happy hour for just us ladies."

The man is straight.

The man makes up words.

The man really said "Late-ies"

Thursday, September 24, 2009


I don't know why I thought of it today...

Back in the day (about a month after I.V. adopted us as her peoples), Bob and Elsie (aka the inlaws) came to stay with us. They had decided that rather than stay in Austin all week, they were going to stay with us for a few days, head down to San Antonio for a few, and then come back to stay with us at the end of the week.

Not 15 minutes after they walked out of the house to go down to San Antonio, I.V. very purposefully walked into the guest room (aka drum room). She then very purposefully walked over the bed to the center. And then she very purposefully popped a squat and peed on the bed.

And for whatever reason, I found it hysterical.

Then I spent the rest of the day washing the bedspread and sheets.

Monday, September 21, 2009


We saw a commercial for "Big Bang Theory" yesterday (we have not yet watched the season opener).

Scene: Shawn and me in the living room watching Raj, Wolowitz, Sheldon, and Leonard enter the apartment after 3 months in the Arctic. All of them, except Sheldon, have massive ZZ Top beards.

Shawn: Man, every time I see their beards I think they look cooler and cooler. Don't you?


Shawn: What you don't like that look? The rugged mountain man look?

Me: Uh, the homeless look.

Shawn: ::crestfallen:: oh.

Premier Week

Blogging will be very light over the next week. It is premier week after all.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


So, I'm breaking my self imposed rule about not blogging about stuff at work (other than funny conversations with coworkers)

But, it is only because too good to not share. Let me entertain you:

Scene: My office, I've just walked in. My boss is talking to the other person he supervises in the office across from mine. He thinks I am listening to what they're talking about even though they are clearly not talking to me. He walks into my office:

"Katina. I've got some bad news. Management has been asked to make some more cuts to our division. So, can you please give me a justification as to why you should keep it for your job?"

"What?! I have to give a justification to keep my job?!"

"Oh good God no! I'm talking about that teleworking program you use. ::ha ha ha::: You thought I was talking about your job? :::ha ha ha::: Oh that's funny, Katina.:::ha ha ha:::"

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

My New Favorite Show

Hie thee to Hulu and watcheth the "Glee"

Sunday, September 13, 2009


While watching an old video of Julia Child making bouillabaisse on PBS this afternoon:

"You can add lobster to this dish if you want. The way you would do this would be to chop up a live lobster and put it in the stock pot the same time you add the halibut."

"No one really knows how this dish got its name. 'Bouilla' means 'to boil', and 'baisse' means 'low'. But that doesn't make very much sense. When I was in Marseilles, there was a gentleman who used to say that he thought it was supposed to be 'Bouilla la abaisse'. Which roughly means 'to boil a female priestess'."

Oh those French.

Saturday, September 12, 2009


A conversation with one of my coworkers who was born and raised in Texas. He went to UT. He is very....Texan.

"Is there like some crazy rule that states that in order to play as quarterback at A&M or UT you have to have a weird name?"

"Like what?"

"Well, like Chance, or Colt."

"or like Vince?"

"No, Vince is normal. And then A&M had a quarterback named Major."

"Major Applewhite played for UT."

"oh. Well whatever, I amend my previous statement to 'if you want your son to grow up and play quarterback for UT, you have to give them an odd name.'"


"You're still mad about the fact I said Major Applewhite played for A&M, aren't you?"

"Yes, yes I am."

Thursday, September 10, 2009


"Oh yuck! I'm getting sprayed with the car wash water. No, wait, that's rain!"

"yeah, it really has been a long time since you've seen rain, hasn't it?"

Restaurant Week

Austin does a yearly thing called "Restaurant Week" where, for 7 days (though they aren't necessarily all sequential), a selection of the fancy-schmancy restaurants do a prix fixe meal for $25-$35. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Sustainable Food Center and AIDS Services of Austin.

Of the restaurants on the list this year, I routinely eat at Zax (it is, afterall, right by my office), and have gone to McCormick and Schmick's for Happy Hour (hey, they have a $3 burger during happy hour).

Is it wrong for me to want to eat at Zax just so I can get the blueberry crumble dessert?

You can find out about Restaurant Week here: Austin Restaurant Week

Friday, September 04, 2009

Things that make me happy

Engine Block

On talking with my coworker today about the grad schools he was thinking of going to, one of which, was in Missoula, Montana:

"So I was talking to the admissions director and he told me that they had enough on-campus apartments for all the grad students. Actual apartments, not just dorms. And he mentioned that they had engine block warmers in all of the garages. And that's when I asked 'What's an engine block warmer?' and there was silence on the other end of the line.

"Then I asked 'Is that like when you have to run the heat in the car because the engine is overheating during the summer?'

"and the Admissions guy said 'Really? It gets hot enough down there that your car overheats in the summer?'

"'well, yeah. Yours doesn't?'

"'hmm...You should really come up here in the winter before agreeing to go to grad school here.'

Thursday, September 03, 2009


While driving by the large American flag flying in the wind on the way home (at Mopac and Steck):

"man, I love that flag, it makes me feel so patriotic."

"Aren't you Canadian?"

"Your point being..?"

Wednesday, September 02, 2009


My friend, Matt, IMed me this afternoon to tell me the following:

"I decided to Google 'Ninja school' today. I clicked on one of the results and got the 'The website you have requested cannot be found' messages. Well played Ninja School, well played."