Thursday, January 30, 2014

Gimli Has Two Things

One of Gimli's things is a new favorite movie. He couldn't tear his eyes away from the screen while we were watching Up:

He also has a drinking problem.

Sorry... two more snow days means two more cat videos. It's like a law of the internet or something.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

What Are Snow?

Like any 20-something Virginia Beach native, I have no earthly idea what a foot of snow looks and feels like.

I went to Snowshoe Mountain one time, so I've seen a foot of snow... on a mountain... while I was strapped to a snowboard. And that's a time when you hope there's at least a foot of snow, because you don't want to fall as many times as I did without a lot of powder to catch you.

But I don't know what a foot of snow looks like next to my car, for example, or on my balcony, or compared to my cat. I can hardly fathom taking out the trash in a foot of snow, or how long it takes a foot of snow to melt (even in our back-and-forth weather here where it will be back in the 50s F by the weekend... which seems like a long time for us).

I don't think we'll get a foot of snow. I think we might get half a foot of snow. But two inches is all it takes to shut down Hampton Roads, so six will be quite a thing to see. (I think that's what we got during Snowpocalypse in 2009... Yeah, I'm from an area where half a foot of snow registers as "snowpocalypse.")

Side note: Europeans say that one of the easiest ways to spot an American is to listen for us to use grandiose adjectives to describe ordinary things. ("This beer is amazing!" and "How incredible is it that the metro is on time?") I think that calling a fairly basic - albeit heavy - winter storm "snowpocalypse" and "snowmageddon" kind of confirms that stereotype, don't you? While I hesitate to use the Weather Channel's names for winter storms, if it's going to be a big one, we might as well go for it. So this is not snowzilla... it's Leon. (The Professional. Sweet.)

Another side note: Dogeweather is amazing and I love it and I don't know how long it'll be around, but for now it's the most fun way to check the current local weather.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

2014 Photos: Days 20-23

January 20: Made a big breakfast since we both had the day off.

January 21: Snuggly kitty knows when it's cold outside.

January 22: SNOW DAY! With Georgie the Little Visitor.
(Check it out... NO footprints in this photo. I'm good.)

January 23: One of the Norfolk mermaids, inside MacMall.

The Only REAL Way to Know If You're a '90s Kid!!!!!

If I have to explain what this is referring to, just skip this post and move on to see a video of my cat or something. If you know what I'm talking about, you will fall into one of two more categories: the people who love those lists of nostalgia-inducing images, and those who think they're getting a bit out of hand (welcome to my group, here is your My Name Is sticker and a Sharpie).

So here's my list, the really super bestest list ever for determining how much of a '90s kid you are/were/will forever be.

1. Your birth certificate has a year on it that starts with the digits 198.
2. As of the time of this writing, you're in your mid-20s to mid-30s.

Yup. That'll do it. Best list ever.

Best in the sense that it's the most accurate.

It's not very funny though.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Snow Day!

I have Doritos, Oreos, gin and juice, Netflix (and the vital internet connection to make it useful), and cross-stitching supplies. I'll be fine.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Another Video of Gimli

It's just not the internet if I'm not showing you videos of my cat being cute/funny, right? Here's Gimli after the DVD ended and I left the player idle for too long:

It's not the best demonstration of how funny this was, but I missed all the times he put his paws up to get closer, and when he climbed up on the piano I had to shoo him down because he's not allowed up there. It's still kinda funny, though.

He also watches us play Hearthstone on the computer, and sometimes - when he's really bored - moving the cursor across the desktop can hold his interest. He's actually watching me type right now. But this time, I'm not sure if he's looking because that's where I'm looking, or if he's looking because he sees the letters appearing. Maybe it's about 50/50.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

2014 Photos: Days 15-19

Time for some more of my daily photos...

January 15: Leaving work at 5pm can be awesome.

January 16: Hashtag workperks; got my tablet. Also pictured: Maggie.

January 18: Feeling very official with my new business cards!

January 19: Progress on a cross-stitch project.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

2014 Photos: Days 8-13

January 8: Sophisticated kitty identification technology, or SKIT

January 10: Georgie, my Little Visitor, posing with the cupcakes
from the wedding tasting.

January 13: Sauteed green beans with garlic and shallot-pepper... success!
So... I may have skipped a couple days. I might have some scattered on desktops and flash drives but I know I missed at least a day or two. Oops. It's a new habit; I'll get there.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Gimli's Game

We discovered that Gimli has made up a game that he plays with us. If you're holding him (or sometimes if he's laying down) and you try to hold his paw, he puts it on top of your hand. This could go on for an hour if you let it. Observe:

Fun, right? Too cute.

Bonus photo:

Friday, January 10, 2014

Christmas... 2014

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to have two Christmas presents ready by January 10 of the year you're going to give them?

Well, now you can just ask me. Because I don't have to wonder; I know.

It feels pretty good.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

2014 Photos: Days 6-7

One of my friends took photos every day of 2013 and he had this awesome compilation at the end of the year. I decided I would really like to do that this year... and already my photos are scattered on two different computers and a flash drive. So I'm starting here with days 6 and 7 (January... 6 and 7). At the end of the year, I can just look at the tag "2014 Photos" and see all of them!

January 6: Birk drew on my clementine. Like a sir.

January 7: Staying home sick is always better in my Kazakh slippers.

Friday, January 3, 2014


File this under "epiphanies my parents knew I would eventually have one day."

It's amazing how having a clean and reorganized kitchen and lots of new kitchen "toys" will make you want to cook/bake ALL THE THINGS.

We got a bunch of great new stuff (mostly from our wedding registry, which is so awesome... it's like three-month-early wedding gifts!) for the kitchen for Christmas. So, to give our new gifts the home they deserved, I spent a large portion of last night cleaning and reorganizing the cabinets in the kitchen. (I'm really excited to throw away my horrible old cookie sheets. You don't even know.)

And I was just planning dinner for tonight and the groceries I want for this weekend, and I realized... I want to use everything we got for the kitchen for Christmas this weekend. I don't mean I have to use each of the three cookie sheets, or every single new spice... but I want to use a cookie sheet and an airbake sheet and the cooling racks and a few new spices (at least one, anyway) and the garlic press and the cheese grater. And I'm going to make healthy things with them! At least, healthy relative to what we normally eat.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Christmas: 0, Alex: 1

Christmas 2013 got the best of me. I procrastinated, I changed plans about a dozen times, and I wound up giving what I thought were mediocre gifts thrown together at the last minute. (Seriously, I ordered things from Amazon five days before Christmas Day.)

But Christmas 2014 won't even know what hit it. I already have a Christmas present done. I started on December 26, 2013. Granted, I still have one more step left in the process of finishing it... but it's January 2.

And I have a plan for all the other Christmas gifts. I'm going to make next Christmas my bitch. I can go back to my usual practice of walking around in stores all smug because I craft my presents, so I don't have to run around like a chicken with its head cut off on December 23 because oh-em-gee I don't have gifts for half the family.

Never again.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


Happy New Year, everyone!

I don't really do the whole resolutions thing. Several times, I've tried making those 100 Goals in 1000 Days things, but I haven't finished one yet. (I don't think I've even finished making one of those lists, much less accomplishing one.)

But this is what I look forward to in 2014:


- Cassy's wedding, too, because she's my wedding buddy.

- Reading another 52 books on Shameless Plug (I mean, Review Me Twice).

- Finding a new place to live before our lease is up two days before the year is out.

- Did I mention the wedding?

- All sorts of things that I couldn't possibly foresee but will enjoy experiencing anyway.

So let's do this! 2014, yes! Bring it on, year!