Interstellar Adventures

January 31, 2006

Interstellar Travel Guide

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 1:36 pm

To boldly go! Well, not quite James T. Kirk, but I do have that wanderlust in my soul. If I had the means and the ability, I would go just about anywhere. I remember in the movie Mask Rocky had a map filled with push-pins of all the places he wanted to go. I would love to fill up a globe with pins or flags or something of places I’ve been. While my US Map is fairly full, my World Map is sadly lacking. Where would I go? Where wouldn’t I go is the more appropriate answer. Top of my list:

1) Nepal: A mysterious country. The temples and the country and the people seem so interesting. You won’t find me on the top of Mt. Everest though. No thanks. I’ll look at it from the bottom.

2) Iceland: Gysers, hot springs and ice caps. About as close as I care to get to the Arctic circle while sitting in a natural hotspring. Does anything really sound much better?

3) Morocco: Casablanca, Fez, Marrakesh. Need I say more?

4) Peru: Ancient Incan temples, the Andes and the Nazca Lines. Oh! And llamas!

5) New Zealand: Albatross, fjords and mountains. And I have to see where The Lord of the Rings movies were made!

Who wants to come with?

January 30, 2006

Doldrums

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 11:02 am

DOLDRUMS [doldrums] or equatorial belt of calms, area around the earth centered slightly north of the equator between the two belts of trade winds. The large amount of solar radiation that arrives at the earth in this area causes intense heating of the land and ocean. This heating results in the rising of warm, moist air; low air pressure; cloudiness; high humidity; light, variable winds; and various forms of severe weather, such as thunderstorms and squalls. Hurricanes originate in this region. The doldrums are also noted for calms, periods when the winds disappear, trapping sailing vessels for days or weeks.

When the most exciting part of the weekend is getting a new slightly used refrigerator, making a kick-ass Shepherd’s Pie and finishing Sunday’s Sudoku puzzle and the Sunday Crossword and beating Nick at a late-night game of Mexican Train Dominoes…well, what else is there? Domestic bliss…ahhhh…refreshing.

January 27, 2006

She’s too young for a crush

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 9:45 am

Elle threatened to run away again last night. She set herself off when she asked if they could stay for the PTA meeting and some program thing that was going on. I didn’t know about the PTA meeting and program, and I was starving and had a headache from work, so I said no. She then proceeds to jump up and down and have a fit. Back in the car, it was whine, whine, whine. My headache wasn’t getting any better.

At home, she and I sat down at the kitchen table. She had her head buried in her arms, and cried. What’s wrong baby. Tell mommy so I can help you make it better. She just kept crying. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. she said. After awhile of not getting through to her I decided it was time to go eat. Then it came out.

There’s a boy at school that won’t leave me alone. He teases me about having a boyfriend, and I don’t. Ahhh. He won’t shut up and he makes me mad and I can’t get him to stop and so I yell at him and then I get in trouble. Ahhh.

Do you have a boyfriend? I ask, praying that the answer is no. No! she yells. OK then, how come you just can’t ignore him? He says stuff really loud and won’t stop even when I tell him to stop and he’s always teasing me. she wailed.

Great. Now I have to call the school and find out if she’s really being teased by this twerp. I’m sure this little butt-head has a crush on my totally cute daughter. But hands off little buck-a-roo! She’s too good for you. Why don’t you go practice your alphabet or something there Alfie? Leave my baby girl alone!

The other thing that bothers me is she’s in first grade!!! She’s not supposed to know what a boyfriend is! She’s not supposed to know that people like people and it makes you feel all funny inside when you do! She’s supposed to be young and innocent, worrying about dolls and bike riding and reading homework and painting her nails! What is it with kids these days where they think they have to grow up so fast! Worrying about popularity in first grade?

You know what? I blame crap like this. These aren’t even cute. These are pre-teens dressed like street walkers! And now they have toddler versions of their trampy selves! I mean, how is a kid supposed to be a kid without thinking they already have to have collagen-ized lips and plucked eyebrows and wear make up and be sexy and show off parts of their body not meant for public consumption!

I don’t want my daughter to end up as a Paris Hilton wannabe. I don’t want her to worry about fashion and shopping and boys. I want her to get excited about learning and soccer and being the best girl she can be. How are those distorted dolls supposed to be considered role models for little girls??? Even Barbie is sketchy to me. Sure there’s Doctor Barbie and Lawyer Barbie and they’ve got videos that teach about being good friends and what not. But why do they all have to be beautiful? Sparkling hair and eyes and perfect teeth and an unachievable figure. That ain’t me everyday, I can assure you of that. A month ago I saw a girl that couldn’t have been more than 10 or 12 dressed in a mini-skirt, a halter top, and high-heels. She was showing off more skin than I have ever dared to expose in something other than a swim suit! WTF??

And what if girls do look up to a female soccer star or female basketball player? People look at them and then say ‘Eh, she’s probably a lesbo or something.’. So because a girl is good at sports, she’s gay? Yeah, there’s “hot” sports people like Anna Kournikova, but IMO, she was a mediocre tennis player that only got all the attention she did because of her body. She hasn’t played tennis in three years, and hasn’t won a title since 1996.

Let my baby girl be a girl. Let her enjoy her kid-ness while she still can. I don’t want my kids to think I’m ‘uncool’, but dammit, it’s not my job to be cool. There’s going to come a point when they can experiment and try new things and decide how they want to live their life, but that time isn’t now. Gawd, when did I turn into my mother??? I’m going to stop ranting now and go look for a real role model for my daughter. Oh wait, that’s me isn’t it?

January 25, 2006

I’m going to run away!

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 12:02 pm

No, not me. Elle. She’s decided that she’s going to run away. She was upset about something last night when I picked her up from school.

Her: I’m not going anywhere for dinner.
Me: That’s good. I’m not either.
Her: I’m not eating dinner.
Me: That’s too bad. Nick is making Turkey Tacos tonight.
Her: I’m going to run away.
Me: OK. Where are you going to run away to?
Her: Carolina. No Georgia. (Her grandma on her dad’s side just moved to Georgia.)
Me: How are you going to get there?
Her: I’m going to walk.
Me: All night?
Her: Yes.
Me: That’s kind of far.

We get home at this point.
Her: I’m not coming inside. I’m going to run away now.
Me: Well, don’t you think you’d better come in and pack a bag first?
Her: No, I’m just going now.

Needless to say, she didn’t end up running away. There were some tears, an apology from her, and then she ate the Turkey Tacos. I still don’t know what she was upset over in the first place. I don’t think she does either.

January 23, 2006

There will be a test later…

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 11:09 am

Ten Top Trivia Tips about InterstellarLass!

  • The air around InterstellarLass is superheated to about five times the temperature of the sun!
  • That’s right. I’ll make you melt like butter.

  • Early thermometers were filled with InterstellarLass instead of mercury.
  • Feel your temperature rising?

  • InterstellarLass is the smallest of Jupiter’s many moons.
  • Hey, at least I’m the smallest of something.

  • The risk of being struck by InterstellarLass is one occurence every 9,300 years.
  • If you’re lucky.

  • The opposite sides of InterstellarLass always add up to seven.
  • Depending on which day of the week you catch us me.

  • The most dangerous form of InterstellarLass is the bicycle.
  • Seems to be where I get most of my bumps and scrapes.

  • InterstellarLass was originally green, and actually contained cocaine.
  • Sky rockets in flight, afternoon delight, aaaa-aa-afternoon deliiiiight…

  • A lump of InterstellarLass the size of a matchbox can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court.
  • Stretchable…

  • Scientists have discovered that InterstellarLass can smell the presence of autism in children.
  • Finally, a scientific benefit to InterstellarLass.

  • InterstellarLassomancy is the art of telling the future with InterstellarLass.
  • Only Nick is lucky enough to have been the beneficiary of this vision. 😉

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People Never Amaze Me

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 9:34 am

Actually, they never cease to disappoint me. I should be made Empress of the Universe for just like 10 minutes so I can get rid of all the stupid people out there.

First there’s my internal project sponsor. I waited two extra days for comments from this yahoo. He can’t even bother to show up for scheduled meetings, much less provide approvals on time. So, I finally get his comments today…and guess what? Yep, the section that relates to the application that his team will use? No comments. The comments that he did provide? Utterly useless. Things he would have known had he bothered to show up in the meetings.

Then, as soon as I got that email, I had to go get coffee. I mean, it’s sit there and slowly implode, or walk off the frustration on a trek down to the coffee bar. There are two things that bug me here. First of all, my employer provides Starbucks coffee for the coffee bar. Nice huh? Yeah. Except there’s some idiot in my area that comes in early in the morning and brews Maxwell House. Um, you choose Maxwell House over Starbucks??? Puh-leeze! Secondly, some jackass takes the last of the coffee out of the urn and doesn’t start a new brew! How hard is it to dump the grounds, put in a new filter, and open a new bag of pre-measured coffee!?!? Wait. This morning it would have been extra-difficult. I dumped the grounds, put in a new filter, opened the coffee drawer and *da da da* there are no more coffee bags. Well, this is certainly a good excuse not to have brewed more coffee. So, I took one step to the right, opened the cabinet, and pulled out *gasp* a new box off coffee bags. So, not only did I brew a fresh pot, I made it possible for the next person that drains the urn to brew a fresh pot. No, wait, sorry, I’m the only one around here that knows how to do that!

Stupid, lazy people really, really bother me.

*I will not hurt the stupid, lazy people. I will not hurt the stupid, lazy people. I will not hurt the stupid, lazy people…*

January 20, 2006

Enough Already!

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 9:29 am

UGH! Here at work they’re opening up some new office space. We’ve got construction crews running around, and one of the workspaces is right across the hall from my office. And.I.Am.Irritated!!!

For the last month, this has been going on. Saws…drills…banging…yelling…metal clanging…laughing…tales of the previous night’s exploits…guys barking like dogs…cussing…

This morning was the last straw. My office mate and I have complained to facilities. We’ve complained to our boss. We were assured that the construction would be over soon. Well, it’s not. This morning was it for me. The noise has not subsided. In fact, it’s gotten worse. Today’s special? Moaning.

I sat here for a moment and wondered if I was hearing it correctly. Then I wondered if it would stop. No it did not. A month’s worth of frustration boiled up in me, and I got up and opened my office door. My neighbor next door heard it too. He was sticking his head out of his office. We stared at each other. What the hell!?!? he mouthed. So, I walked across the hall, stuck my head in the space between the plywood covering the gaping hole in the wall and said:

“Can we cut out the moaning please?!? We can hear it in our offices!”

It’s been mostly quiet since. Average construction noise. But no moaning or other extraneous noises. Mission accomplished.

January 19, 2006

Thursday Thirteen, XIV

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 10:53 am
Thirteen Things Interstellar Lass would do if she won the lottery.

1) Pay off all debts. It’s not a lot, but I have a school loan and a couple of credit cards.

2) Put money in college funds for my kids. Texas has a thing called the Texas Tomorrow Fund where you can pre-pay for college at today’s prices.

3) Buy a house. I don’t want a McMansion or anything, but something that’s comfortable. Something with a ‘smoking room’ for Nick. I don’t let him smoke his cigars inside the house. Right now he’s jerry-rigged a mini-TV in the garage, and his extra couch is out there. Poor thing. And something with a Me Room. I’d be the only one allowed in there. I’d read, knit, nap, you know, whatever. And I want a pool. And a nice garden.

4) Buy a house for my mom and my grandparents. I guess that’s two houses really. My mom needs something in a better neighborhood. Ours has gone down since we moved there when I was 6. And my grandparents have a condo. They collect books, so it’s really a condo for their books, and they just squeeze in. Why they need so many books, I don’t know. Why they didn’t collect something smaller, I don’t know either.

5) Send my kids to private school. They go to a good school now. I mean, it’s decent. But the whole “teaching to the test” crap pisses me off. My son blew off a test back in December that was one of those ‘pre-assessment tests’. Despite the fact that his teacher knows him and knows that he’s the smartest kid in her class, he didn’t meet the minimum requirements because he blew off the test. So, he ‘qualifies’ for extra tutoring. I’m making him go just because he blew off the test. But, the teacher didn’t use her brain, and when I suggested that he just didn’t put forth effort, she couldn’t wrap her mind around it. I know he reads all the time, but he also has to understand the concepts. Well duh. He does. I know he does. He just blew off the test. Gah!

6) Go on a vacation. I think maybe four to six weeks traveling Europe and Asia with Nick. I don’t want to go on any guided tours or stick to a time table. Just go somewhere, then decide while we’re there where we want to go next.

7) Invest of course. I mean, I want to be able to go on more vacations whenever I want, right? And pay the taxes on my house and the tuition on my kids’ school.

8) Volunteer. I can’t just sit at home and eat bon-bons all the time. I’d give back of my time. Probably to something like Habitat for Humanity. I like doing work with my hands. Good honest work where you sweat and get dirty and you’ve got something to show for it by the end of the day.

9) Exercise a lot. One of my excuses is that I don’t have enough time to exercise. Hopefully if I win the lottery, I’ll have enough where I don’t have to work at all, or very much.

10) Buy a new car for me and a new truck for Nick. I’d probably do a small SUV or a wagon. I have a Jetta now, and I think the Passat wagon would be really nice. But I need good gas mileage too. And reliability. It needs to fit my ‘play gear’ and my dogs and my kids and me & Nick. Nick just likes having a truck. You know, it’s manly.

11) Go back to school. I’d love to get my Master’s degree, or a couple more Bachelor’s degrees. Perhaps in philosophy, English, and history.

12) Write a book. In my Me Room. Another thing for which there doesn’t seem to be time.

13) Throw a fantastic party for my friends. They would all get a really nice present. But it would be something useful or that they needed. And yes! You’re all invited too!

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January 17, 2006

Fore For Four

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 2:42 pm

Four jobs you have had:
Concessionist/box office cashier at a movie theater
A waitress
A business analyst
A mom

Four movies you could watch over and over:
Love, Actually
Gone With The Wind
Terms of Endearment
The Princess Bride

Four places you’ve lived:
Houston, Texas
Irving, Texas
Denton, Texas
Plano, Texas

Four TV shows you love to watch:
ER
Nip/Tuck
Friends (reruns)
Seinfeld (reruns)

Four places you’ve been on vacation:
England
Florida
New Orleans
California

Four of your favorite foods:
Tater Tots
Chipotle
Seafood
Spinach

Four places you’d rather be right now:
Home, in bed
On vacation in Europe
Having a massage & pedicure
Far away from stress!

Four sites I visit daily:
CNN.com
AdventureTeam.com
Hotmail.com
As many bloggers as I can.

Four people who get tagged by me:
No tags, but play along if you wish. 🙂

They Found Me

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 10:15 am

It was time. Time to find out where my starting point would be. First in line, I slipped off my shoes, climbed on the scale, and watched the 0’s track across the display. It seemed like it took ages to calculate. When the scale finally decided it’s verdict, I gasped. The number was uglier than I imagined.

I stepped down and moved back. My heart sank. Months of hard work and achievement, gone out the window in what seemed like a few short weeks. How the hell does all that weight come back to find me so quickly!? Damn genetics. Damn my Rubenesque build. NO! Instead, damn Twiggy.

I want to be healthy. I want to look good in my clothes. I want to feel comfortable in my own skin.

Today is Day 1. I’m not looking back. That Ugly Number is going to shrink!

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