Thursday, August 31, 2006
Yesterday morning, I went to the Minnesota State Fair with friends. I got to eat a lefse, deep fried cheese curds, and deep fried Snickers on a stick. I also got to see cute little ducklings! They were all yellow and tiny. Oh, and also some lambs and a calf and little piglets that went, "Wee wee wee!" We also went into a not-so-scary but very dark Haunted House. I kept thinking I was going to walk into a wall or a person or fall down a flight of stairs. I didn't go on any rides because I need Rob to hold my hand. Nor did I try my hand at any of the games because, again, Rob is supposed to win giant stuffed animals for me. He doesn't know this yet.
Now I will take
>> 9:51 AM
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
"Public transportation is for jerks and lesbians." -- Homer Simpson
>> 6:14 PM
This book was in my mailbox at work.
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>> 4:17 PM
It's frustrating being in a classroom technology orientation with old people.
>> 2:27 PM
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Lucy Lawless! What happened to you?
>> 8:34 PM
omg celebrity duets on fox. what.
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>> 5:23 PM
Happiness is stepping outside and realizing it's cold enough for a jacket.
>> 7:55 AM
Monday, August 28, 2006
Giles curls up at my feet under the desk when I'm sitting at it. :) Christina's new album is most excellent. :) :) Mood: v. content
>> 8:45 PM
Giles curled up in bed.
Giles sleeping half out of bed.
I would totally buy this shirt if they had it in my size.
I almost bought these black cat boot slippers for Giles.
I made a Target run just awhile ago (where the SpongeBob and cat things lived). I picked up [Christina Aguilera's] new cd Back to Basics. I can't wait to go home and listen to it. I'm currently ripping the music to my computer and drinking coffee (much needed) at Cahoots.
I also got Giles licensed in the city. And I bought some food stuffs at a Chinese supermarket. I also made aborted attempts at getting a replacement bulb for the burnt out headlight on my car and turning my car title in to the car license place (too many people in line).
>> 4:03 PM
Ooo! There's a haberdashery in downtown St. Paul!
>> 2:29 PM
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Giles keeps stealing my spot on the couch when I get up for something. :P
>> 9:18 PM
What kind of special torture is reserved for spazzy dogs?
We walked to the Mississippi River.
And stopped at my office after getting mauled by mosquitoes.
>> 6:39 PM
It's been sunny and a bit on the warm side here today. I think after I get my coffee fix here at Cahoots, I'll go back and take Giles for a walk along the Mississippi River. I think Cahoots is totally going to be my hangout place. Great coffee. Free wi-fi. Countercultural-ish sensibilities but without the pretension of the Dunn Brothers on Grand Ave. Also quieter than the Dunn Bros. I tried to stop by there this morning but there was literally a line out the door.
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Saturday, August 26, 2006
>> 7:17 PM
This morning I made masala chai at home in my new yellow teapot.
In the garden patio of the coffee shop, there are bricks with names carved in them.
Giles asks, "Can I have some of that artichoke-garlic pizza?"
>> 6:10 PM
Friday, August 25, 2006[Delocator]. It helps you find local coffee houses, bookstores, and movie theatres in town. I think some of the discourse around the spread of major chain coffee houses are a bit too doom-and-gloom, but of course it is a bit scary when everything gets standardized around the country/world (coffee is quickly equally Starbucks, for example). I mean, I don't think Starbucks is a bad company or inherently evil because of its expansionist project, but it is disconcerting when their stores open up across the street from local coffee houses. My experience with Starbucks stores is that they do have some individual characteristics, and local people make particular stores their own space. It's not one whole homogenous thing. This is not a new argument amongst globalization theorists, something dealt with in the global/local debates, "glocal" discussions, and attempts to think in scalar terms (not just global and local, but at individual, neighborhood, regional, and other ranges of social collectivities). I also feel that Starbucks has been instrumental to making coffee house culture more widespread, bringing these kinds of spaces to cities and suburbs that would never have seen such places before.
>> 10:39 PM
I think I might be allergic to humidity.
>> 5:42 PM
Giles says, "Coffee? Meh."
>> 10:40 AM
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Eek. Scary thunderstorm with tornados. Giles and I are curled up on the couch.
>> 6:53 PM
It's stormy here today. The local news weather people kept interrupting the morning shows to give updates on the impending doom of the storm. I swear they did it at least every fifteen minutes. They did show a ginormous piece of hail, though (baseball-sized).
I'm all official-like now, too. I just got my campus ID card printed. And I got the PIN setup for me to access class information on-line. I think I'm all ready to go now! Well, except for the writing the syllabus part.
>> 11:24 AM
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Stop here on red =).
>> 10:40 PM
Giles says, "I don't want to unpack!"
A couple of very unfortunate cuts on my fingers.
>> 9:49 PM
Ugh. I totes have way too much stuff. Four hours later, the movers have finally lugged it all upstairs.
>> 6:40 PM
Fuck. I have way too much stuff.
>> 5:41 PM
Movers are here. Woo. Giles is whining on the balcony.
>> 2:41 PM
On my shit list:
- The movers. On Monday, the central office told me I was scheduled for delivery Wednesday between 8:30 and 10. I wait in my apartment all morning, having planned to do all my errands in the afternoon instead. At 10:01, the driver calls from some other town in Minnesota and says he'll try to make my delivery in the afternoon. He says he called yesterday but didn't have my new number so couldn't reach me. He wouldn't really give me a specific time for this afternoon, either. I told them to be at my place at noon.
- The university ID card office. I just tried to get my card, and of course their computer system is currently down. And it won't be up until this afternoon when 127 transfer students will be queuing up for their cards.
- Update: Sucky movers, part two. They just called at 11:45 and told me they can't make it at noon but will try to be there by 2 pm.
On the happier side:
- I was on a masala chai kick yesterday and had to try THREE different places' versions of it. The first one, from [TeaSource], was my favorite because they used freshly brewed tea and spiced, sweetened condensed milk. I also got some chai lattes from Coffee Bene and Dunn Brothers. Both of those places used a syrup blend and steamed milk, a la "latte."
- I saw [Quinceañera] Monday night with friends. It was an awesome movie, but very sad. And Jesse Garcia is soooo cute. I love the scenes where the camera follows him as he walks around, kinda like in a video game.
- I LOVE ST PAUL!!!!
>> 11:08 AM
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
There are a million and a half squirrels taunting us here. :(
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Giles in bed at our old apartment.
>> 9:59 AM
Giles says, "I hate coffee."
>> 9:41 AM
Monday, August 21, 2006
Have I mentioned that I've had bubble tea every night here? All my money is going to that one store.
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It's so weird that everyone working at my bank branch is young (20s), white, and male. I wonder what that's about.
>> 4:24 PM
Mmmm... Cup o' Mud with a cup of coffee.
Guess where I am? :) So I went to campus to get my photograph taken for the opening convocation and news service purposes. Apparently, at the convocation, they project photos of new faculty on a big screen. Whatev. I couldn't find the piece of paper on which I'd scrawled the location of the university photographers' office. And no one was picking up at their phone number. But I tried the alternate number and someone finally answered. I got my photo taken by the Unabomber. It was loads of fun.
Now I have to do some unpleasant errands like figure out my car insurance. I thought I'd fuel up with some cupcake delight.
>> 1:19 PM
lol. My landlord just gave me a brochure for the Long Yang Club that she picked up at Pride.
>> 9:51 AM
This morning Giles ran to the balcony door. I let him out. He stuck his head through the slats a few times. And then he wanted to come back inside within a minute.
>> 8:22 AM
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Today started off kinda meh. It was fine this morning with our walk and coffee and stuff. And the weather is gorgeous. But then later when I went off to do errands, things kept happening not quite right. First, I bought a doggy gate that was too big for the space I needed it for. Of course, I didn't figure this out until I'd started assembling it. And then I had the joy of stuffing all the parts back in the box. I was able to return it without any problems but on the way back to the store, as I was backing out of the driveway, I scraped the concrete wall on the left side with my car. :( Sooo frustrating. I knew it would happen sooner or later.
I got a new name tag for Giles, this time with Rob's phone number as the emergency contact because last time when I put my number on it, he was all sad.
Then I went to Target again to pick up more supplies. Things started looking up in my day when a handsome man in the clothing section asked me to check the size of his t-shirt for him.
I was able to find most of the things on my list. I bought some license plate frames -- one with doggy paw prints. I also bought a couple things not on my list as retail therapy:
A toy. I don't even know what cartoon he's from. But he's flamey and cool.
I also bought a black canvas bag. It's really awesome except all the velcro fasteners.
I also got a quick haircut at a cookie cutter hair outlet. I'll need to find a cool hairstylist here. I was never able to find anyone in North Carolina who could cut my hair right.
I'm having my second cup of coffee right now with Giles in the back garden patio of the Dunn Brothers. I'd been sitting out front on the busy road until someone told me yesterday that there's a back area that's shaded and protected a bit from the loud cars and motorcycles.
>> 4:06 PM
THE WEATHER IS SO BEAUTIFUL HERE TODAY.
>> 9:17 AM
And you know how when you start blogging, you have that weird experience of walking around, writing blog posts in your head about everything interesting you see, and even stuff that's not that interesting? That habit dies quickly. I didn't walk around blogging in my head, and it felt like I'd stopped thinking.Yes, I know exactly what that's like. I don't know if it's a good thing (can some addictions be good?), but it's true.
>> 8:47 AM
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Earlier today, a friend took me to this really cool place -- [Quatrefoil Library]. It's only a few blocks from my place, too. It rocks. I immediately signed up to be a member and a volunteer.
Earlier today, Giles was bored with me and fell asleep under the chair.
We're off to get some groceries now so I won't be eating out every meal. I'll have to buy food that I can eat right out of the package or with minimal preparation since I have absolutely no cooking things yet.
>> 7:11 PM
I might possibly live in the world's best neighborhood. Giles just flushed a rabbit from the grass.
>> 1:03 PM
Cahoots, the coffee place around the corner from me, has a garden patio in the back. I'm here with Giles and wireless access having a blueberry scone with coffee.
>> 11:02 AM
Look! An albino squirrel!!!
>> 7:34 AM
Friday, August 18, 2006
When Giles sits on the floor, his haunches slowly slide outward.
>> 11:39 PM
Giles's barking just gave someone a heart attack. The man darted out around a building and startled Giles. The man kept running.
>> 7:07 PM
Waiting to get my driver's license photo taken. I passed the knowledge test! Woo! I won't get the license for 3-6 weeks, though.
>> 11:55 AM
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Giles, the Watcher.
>> 7:09 PM
Giles whines whenever I leave the apartment. He hasn't done that for a long time. I guess he's really stressed out and stuff about being in a new place. He's probably also confused about why Rob isn't here with us. :( I just hope Giles doesn't make too much noise whining and barking. He did seem settled when I returned yesterday afternoon after leaving him alone for an hour.
>> 12:22 PM
People smile at Giles when they walk by.
This is the busy intersection by the corner Starbucks.
>> 8:17 AM
Um. It's like, cold here this morning? I didn't really bring many long- sleeved shirts.... Cold is good, thouh, with my non-a/c apt.
>> 7:35 AM
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
The ride was a battle of wills.
The mailman stopped by while we were unloading the car.
>> 3:06 PM
We're here! I'm walking Giles around our new block. I am so happy!!
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>> 12:01 PM
Now some early Paula Cole. Will keep me from road ragin' but might make me want to run off the road and kill myself. lol
>> 11:32 AM
Mellow Jack Johnson on the stereo, navigator Giles napping in the passenger seat, and Eau Claire exit on the right.
>> 11:09 AM
Two more hours. Ugh. Road rage setting in. Must relax.
>> 10:40 AM
*waves at blueblanket and secretkings* Passing by the Madison exit on I-90.
>> 8:52 AM
Wisconsin welcomes me!
>> 8:15 AM
These toll roads are sucky. Just west of Chi-town now. Giles was not a fan of the motel. Weird smells and noises. slept on leash.
>> 7:57 AM
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Chicago traffic, ugh. Bumper sticker-covered minivan ahead. My favorite: TERRORISM IS A SYMPTOM NOT THE DISEASE.
>> 10:24 PM
Lafayette. Not really sleepy. Will drive on...
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>> 7:53 PM
Dinner break east of Bloomington. Walking around Menards parking lot.
>> 6:11 PM
Louisville traffic. Meh.
>> 4:39 PM
Somewhere in Kentucky. Ho hum.
>> 2:29 PM
The toll collector just said she likes my co-pilot. :)
>> 1:00 PM
Passing through Greensboro, NC. Giles wants to know, "Are we there yet?"
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Monday, August 14, 2006
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But what are we to do with all this empty space?
>> 12:44 PM
Giles and I are hanging out now in the refuge of the cleared bedroom. All the stuff I'm taking with me is stashed in the closet here. I hope it fits in the car!
I'm also hungry. And I want lunch. But I don't really have food (or cooking utensils) here.
>> 11:36 AM
All I have to say is I'm so glad I don't have to lift this stuff. Giles did his evil growl and bark at the movers in the bedroom. :(
>> 9:11 AM
Leaving. Town. Soon!
>> 8:35 AM
Sunday, August 13, 2006
Giles declares us officially pooped.
>> 2:47 PM
I scrawled this on the bar's bathroom wall.
A pleasant evening out front of Joe and Jo's, a local pub in downtown Durham, before going to see Creatures from the Pink Lagoon at the [North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival]. The movie wasn't great but it was somewhat entertaining. It would've been better with a bigger audience, I think. There were only about ten people there for the 10:45 showing. The movie was a spoof of 1960s low-budget horror movies (specifically zombie movies). It was also sort of a play on Boys in the Band. Gay zombies! I so expected more, though.
>> 12:08 AM
Saturday, August 12, 2006
We've been making a dent in the packing today. I don't think I'm the speediest packer (and a packrat to boot). This time around, though, I'm finding it possible to get rid of old things whereas just a couple years ago during the last move, I clung to every piece of clothing, scrap of paper, and other assorted objects I had ever come to possess. This time, I hold up a holey t-shirt, tell a brief story about it to Rob and Giles, and throw it in the discard pile. For example, I picked up a Daffy Duck t-shirt and explained to Rob that on the day I moved in at college, I was going up the stairs to my room carrying a box and wearing that shirt. And this woman stopped me and asked if I was Paul. She, the mother of the roommate I would live with for the next four years, recognized me from the t-shirt because I had noted in a message to all my future roommates earlier that summer that I was a fan of ducks and Daffy. (This roommate just moved to Minneapolis this summer, too.)
I've also been sorting out clothes I never wear but are still wearable to a donate pile. And I realized this time around, very sadly, that I can no longer fit into many of the pants I have. :( I swear I could still fit in them a couple years ago. Aging and expanding waistlines -- those will be the death of us all!
>> 4:31 PM
Brunch at grandma's.
The squirrels outside her house are enormous.
She loves birds and other wildlife. She has multiple feeders filled with seeds, simple syrup, and other goodies in the yard out back.
>> 11:00 AM
Friday, August 11, 2006
I'm sitting in my darkened living room with a ginger-scented candle and James Blunt playing loudly over the speaker. I haven't listened to music by itself much recently -- it's always the background for some other task like driving, showering, or walking. And while it's wonderful to have music create a soundscape that butts up against a landscape through which I'm passing or indoor space in which I'm standing, it's something entirely magical to sit with eyes closed listening to music create stories, feelings, perspectives, and ideas in my head.
Giles just crawled up on the sofa and sprawled out next to me. :)
And yes, I'm avoiding packing. It's so hard!
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Thursday, August 10, 2006
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The reaction of groups and individuals, often through the Internet, also provides a striking illustration of the emergence of true public opinion in China, unmediated by the official press or censors.This statement is odd with its simple connection of Internet with "true public opinion." I'm sure media studies people would have a field day with such a claim.
>> 7:58 AM
Wednesday, August 09, 2006[Oh noes! Don't eat the barf, doggy!]
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Tuesday, August 08, 2006
I printed out a copy of every chapter of the dissertation this morning. Despite all the pages I still need to write, this thing is starting to look like a manuscript in length. I'm pleasantly surprised by how long it is!
I haven't done much packing since I boxed up all my non-dissertation, non-teaching-this-fall books. I guess I should get going on that stuff. Moving time makes me hate being a packrat.
I'm compiling a spreadsheet of student organizations at work. It's amazing the range of groups on campus. In addition to the expected cultural groups, pre-professional organizations, fraternities and sororities, hobby clubs, and sports organizations, there are some officially-recognized groups that are surprising -- like a BBQ group and a pot law reform group!
>> 10:46 AM
Monday, August 07, 2006
Today's accomplishment: New mobile phone numbers (and "family share plan") for Rob and me.
[Dog park plans gain council OK.]
I really am itching to get out of here.
>> 7:18 PM
Sunday, August 06, 2006[I started punching the otter in the face.] Oh noes!
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>> 9:09 AM
Saturday, August 05, 2006
[Zoo meerkats test negative for rabies]:
The girl had to work to get her hand inside the enclosure. Zoo officials said she must have crawled over a driftwood barrier, climbed up more than 3 feet of artificial rock and reached over 4 feet of Plexiglas to get her arm into the exhibit.This news item update about the meerkat euthanization really points out how stupid the whole thing was. I don't know why parents think their kids should get away with everything. Not only should this girl have undergone the rabies shots but she should've been punished for messing with the meerkats in the first place! And the parents should be punished for letting their child run around to do stupid things. Grrr.
>> 8:35 PM
Mmmm... Three chocolate mousse....
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I never thought I'd say this, but I'm kind of excited to be working on my dissertation at the moment -- perhaps in contrast to the drudgery of my part-time receptionist job work. I think it's also because I've abandoned the difficulties of finishing up drafts of the body chapters and am now drafting the introduction in which I'm feeling less tied to the specific bodies of criticism (such as on a genre, cultural object, or within the field of Asian American studies) that each chapter addresses and am more broadly discussing criticism that attends to sound.
Giles thinks we should have stayed outside in the heat and run around like mad men. He's pouting on the bed next to sleeping Rob.
From the dog files: [Dog parks have fur flying in some communities].
>> 11:34 AM
Friday, August 04, 2006[Meerkats didn't have rabies.] This story makes me mad because some stupid kid tried to pet a zoo meerkat and got bitten, the zoo officials killed all the meerkats to test them for rabies. Grrrr.
On the brief bus trip to the park-and-ride after work today, there was this little Chinese boy who was so cute hanging out with his father. The bus was packed so he was standing in the aisle next to his father. And he had his head buried in a book from the library about dragons. At a particularly bumpy part of the ride, the boy fell over a man's legs stretched out behind him.
>> 7:44 PM
This morning I had to settle for a blueberry scone, which is smooshier than the delicious and perfectly-textured lemon ginger scone.
>> 8:22 AM
Thursday, August 03, 2006
After work, a cupcake and coffee at [Amelia Cafe] with friends.
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Tuesday, August 01, 2006
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[Dog Whisperer to Critics: My Technique Is "Instinctual."]
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