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Oscar Night in ten items or less…

1. I went to JoeW and Meredith’s place to watch the Oscars. I can’t remember the last time I’ve watched the Oscars. I also can’t remember a time when I’d seen so many of the nominated movies. I’d seen TWO!

2. I actually saw the winning movie! That is the first one since 2003. (I have only seen fifteen of the winners total.)

3. I love Joe and Meredith’s bathroom because it looks like a hotel.

4. I totally am in love with the main guy from Slumdog Millionaire. He’s so cute!

5. I absolutely HATED what they did with the dead people montage. They kept cutting away to show the singer and the names were tiny on a pretty big TV, I can’t imagine how small everything was on a normal TV!

6. I am still, for some reason, enamored with Anne Hathaway’s hair.

7. I don’t mind asymmetry so long as a random boxy strap isn’t just added for no reason at all.

8. Joe and Meredith made chicken salad and meatball sandwiches. I didn’t eat the meatballs on a sandwich for fear of dropping it all over me. Joe didn’t take that advice…


The rest of my life in 10 items or less…

1. I need to pack for the weekend. Gonna try to stuff everything into a carry on so I don’t have to pay to check a bag (damned airlines!) But last time I went for 2 nights to a wedding I packed more than I took to Amsterdam for a week. This also means I need to do laundry.

2. Jeff thought I had done up my makeup for that last picture of me. No, I just was practicing Photoshopping (and not doing such a great job of it) 🙂

3. Phrase typed with my fingers in the correct spots, not looking at the keyboard:
I need to lwaen to tupe correcrky so I son:t look lolw an isopt.
Same phrase typed with 2 fingers, not looking at the keyboard, in a fourth of the time:
I need to learn to type correctly so I don’t look like an idiot.

4. It’s been going around that bacon is over. I disagree.

5. So apparently there is a drug that will grow eyelashes. I am partially intrigued because I have no eyelashes on half of one of my eyes. Seriously. But part of me feels like I wouldn’t be me if I had eyelashes. And I don’t really want hair growing on the rest of my lid (I am messy). And I don’t even take aspirin when I have a headache so why would I want some drug doing weird things to my body. And I don’t want my eye to fall out.

6. I hate sitting here watching all of my money disappear. My mutual funds are down over $5,200. I know everyone says it’s “long term” but its not. I don’t want to save away all my money for retirement. I want to live life now and that possibility is dwindling fast. I told my financial planner when I started that in three years I wanted to either put a down payment on a condo or backpack for a year. He said this would be good. I KNOW these things are volatile and that there is no assurance, but that is almost three months salary for me and I feel like the more I lose the harder it is going to be to get it back. I don’t even look at my 401k because I am sure all my money that is going into that is gone. I just wish he had said to put it in a CD or something. But he probably wouldn’t have gotten commission from that.

7. Fish Sandwich!

8. Tie on a kitty!

9. Tonight was 24 night. I can’t watch House. They spend entirely too much time in a hospital on that show. 24 was awesome. It reached the point I knew was coming though (minor spoiler): the episode where for a second everything is shiny and nice and then you find out that the last eight hours had absolutely nothing to do with what the season is actually about.

10. Grease 2 is one of the finest movies ever made. It was seriously one of my favorite movies as a kid. I basically thought it was Grease and didn’t know about the original until years later in life.

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Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

  • val
    February 24, 2009at8:41 am

    oh joy, i am now down almost $5,500.

  • Sid
    February 24, 2009at10:52 am

    the worst thing you can do is panic and sell. It’ll get back to where it was when you bought it, and then go up some more eventually. The only way to actually lose money is to sell it now.
    Also, who the fuck said bacon is over? Lies.

  • Chris
    February 24, 2009at11:08 am

    Bacon is over? Over what? Eggs? Grits? A burger?
    C’mon, let’s not leave us hanging, bacon is serious business!

  • val
    February 24, 2009at11:10 am

    I know. I have no intention of selling now.
    And I know that technically it’s not “money” i am losing. Like you buy shares and it is just the perceived value of those shares at this moment, blahblahblah. But it still sucks. I’m going to ride it out though.
    I couldn’t remember where I saw the article so I couldn’t link to it. But some article somewhere had said bacon was over. I disagree.

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