Irish Monday Madness

Happy st paddy’s day out there! Being not irish myself, i chose not to drink myself into oblivion today, although i did meet Patrick for a decidedly non-green pint and a happy hour burger at Canyons. I was in the bothell office for the afternoon, right in his neighborhood, and his last final of the semester was today, seemed a fitting time for a little celebration. Speaking of celebration (and beer!) Kim’s last day of work is tomorrow, before she starts her new job at Argosy Cruises. Also being $2 pint tuesday at the Pyramid alehouse seemed too coincidental to pass up, so that’s where we’ll be after work!

Sitting at home now, listening to ‘monday madness’ on C89 and making fun of Clint on the web forums. 😉 Oh, and eating girl scout thin mints. I prefer the coconut-y ones (samoas?) but after helping my houseguests finish off all three of Josh’s boxes last week, i bought him another box sunday and i’m not touching it!

It was sunny and incredible today – Danielle and Miguel missed all the good weather by a week! – and i took advantage of that and a slow day at work to cruise Lake City Wy from the U district up to bothell, along lake washington. Other than a few snobby luxury car drivers, everyone seems in a good mood today out there in the emerald city, likely on account of the weather. Either that, or because the UW girls’ track team was running around campus today… or maybe i was the only one who followed them for 3 blocks? 😉 Only real downer was blowing 22 bucks on a part for my car after venturing halfway to Canada in search of campbell-nelson Nissan. But at least my new ‘Hella’ horns totally rock, and i got to wash the Max on friday nite, and it’s still pretty clean today. That, and i still totally love driving it more every day, even on this, our 3-year anniversary together (Yes, that’s right! Already!). So, no complaints! 😀

Most alarm clock sounds are unpleasant by definition

Ugh. Mondays suck.

So i have my radio set to C89.5, right. For you distant types, they play techno and house pretty much all the time, no commercials, it’s a great station. Perfect to wake up to. Except on monday mornings. Monday morning at 6am they have a 10 minute segment on current news, or some such rubbish. Only monday mornings, only at 6am. Otherwise, no talking, just wake-up-and-get-out-of-bed music. So guess what time my alarm goes off – you guessed it, 6am. Works great every other day, but monday morning, the day of the week i most need a good beat to get me on my feet (hmmm… that rhyme wasn’t intentional) i wake up to news. I don’t know about you, but the last thing i want to hear first thing in the morning is current events. It’s enough to make me want to stay in bed forever…

Speaking of current events, John S and his navy dispatch are underway starting this week until sometime in april. Sucks for him and his new wife (as of saturday) as they didn’t even get a honeymoon yet. Best of luck and safe travels to him, hopefully i’ll have something cool done to my car to show him when he returns. (So far most of the cool stuff is thanx to him). I’m sure he’ll get tired of playing ps2 in the radar room and be ready to get back on dry land by the time their tour is over. 😉

Weekend was good, tho, at least there’s that. Friday afternoon Mrs. Benjamin and i sorted thru my finances a bit, and she thinks she can help me make more sense out of it all. As if i don’t talk fast enough already, talking about my $ situation makes me stressed and i start to talk even faster, so i pretty much blabbed her ear off. Next time maybe i’ll take a sedative before we get into the discussion. Friday nite was Hillary M’s bday shindig. Ceces birthday was only a day away, too, so our gig was actually a double-party event. Being the hostess-with-the-mostess that she is, we all joined Hilly at her apt in Queen Anne for drinks and whatnot, then headed to Kell’s, an irish pub in Post Alley. After rollicking to some traditional and not-so-traditional irish tunes, and a few birthday spankings from the band, we closed the place up and headed back to Queen Anne. As super-hostess one more time, Hilly treated us to late nite grilled cheese (Hilly makes the best ones ever – and Molly says her tuna melts are to die for, as well, although i personally find tuna melts a little creepy. If Hilly’s making it, tho, i might give one a try, as i was most impressed with her grill cheese prowess). I crawled home a bit before 4, and then was up again at 8 so i could jet down to the storage locker in Renton with a few odds and ends, but not without a few advil and some unpleasant thoughts directed at my alarm clock. Then it was back in Ian’s garage for another Maxima session, this time with the correct springs – and not ford focus ones – thanx a bunch shox.com! :p It looks great now, and the ride is much improved. And no more scraping holes in the tranny pan going over manholes. You think i’m kidding? We had that to fix saturday, too… While i was over there, Ian assisted me with swapping out my car’s serpentine belt – it was about due – and i finally fixed the bloody taillights that have been driving me crazy – the turn signals were a different shade of red than the brakes. I know that sounds picky, but on my current budget that’s the kind of stuff i can afford to fix, so i’m gonna do it right! Anyway, got those things done along with a few other stray items. Also helped Patrick put his new Warpspeed Ypipe on, which i think sounds sweet but he thinks is too loud… whatever! It was a long day and i’m sore again, but Ian’s always appreciative of the help, and i learn a ton, so as Martha Stewart would say, “it’s a good thing.” Course that doesn’t have quite the same charm when she’s wearing an orange jumpsuit… 🙂

Sunday i installed a wireless network at the Benjamins’ house (thanx again you guys – you’re the best!) and Colleen, Josh, Kim and i tried out a new Thai place in the neighborhood – which turned out to be great. Josh brought home a takeout menu. 🙂 And then i made Kim and Colleen watch Zoolander, which i think is a really funny movie. Colleen thinks i’m a big dork for thinking so, but she lost a game of paper-rock-scissors and so now is officially the bigger dork. That movie just cracks me up – “i feel like i’m taking crazy pills!”. I’m still laughing today… on the inside.

Mercifully short

It’s cold today! Not sure how cold it really is out there, but enough that i really want to stay inside until at least mid april. Spent the day in puyallup with Jason, Patrick and Forrest – always a wild time. Our official mission was automotive in nature, as usual – some small repairs and things we’d been meaning to finish – and, as usual, we spent more time hanging than working. In the end, it’s all good, we always have some good laughs and leave with some new ideas. Between Jason’s true tales of tacoma, Forrest’s rediscovery of reverse gear, and Patrick’s creative use of his horn, we had a lot to laugh about… Meeting again next saturday to install a tranny cooler in my car (yeees! John rocks!) and do some other random junk. Hopefully it won’t be so hideously cold next weekend! Okay, so i just looked it up, and it’s only 39 degrees out there. Granted, the humidity is 93%, and there’s a fog coating the area that would make Count Dracula feel at home, but still, 39’s a balmy, shorts-wearing spring day in Montana. Obviously i’ve adjusted to Seattle’s climate, as i was wearing 2 shirts, a sweater and a fleece jacket, and wool socks, and not even running around working on my car kept me warm at 4 in the afternoon.

It’s actually december 8th now, the clock just rolled over to midnight. Well, it’s digital, so it doesn’t really do that, but… anyway. I’m not gonna change the date, i’m too lazy. C89.5 is playing a techno remix of the Beatles’ strawberry fields. It’s really interesting. This post is not. At least since i started talking about the date… I’ll stop making you read it now.