Thursday, July 24, 2008

You got any spare metal?

My old roomie Travis called tonight after I got home from work. "You got any scrap metal? I'm going to the scrapyard tomorrow and want to fill my truck."
I immediately thought he must be out of work and looking to raise some bucks in a very creative fashion. Most people pawn shit or don't eat out for a while but this is drastic. No, no. His boss wanted him to haul some stuff so if he's going to take a few hours doing it, he may as well double his money. Right? RIGHT!
"I don;t know why I would have scrap metal laying around but I'll check"
"Okay, I'm across the street at Mike's so just let me know."
I wandered down into the basement and looked around but really there's nothing, and then I walked out back and nah, not much going on except a garden chock full of tomatoes. WAIT! I used to have a wrought iron deck and stairs on the tiny house and when we built a deck we tossed the trash into the jungle with all of the other trash in the neighborhood. I checked and yep, it was still there 6 years later!!!! YAY! I ran and told Travis and then he came over to load it up. That sucker was HEAVY!
As we flipped it end over end toward the truck I saw a black widow! I screamed "BLACK WIDOW!!!!!" and proceeded to smash the shit out of everything within a foot of it. Luckily black widows are real weak and you can tap them and they are pulverized. SMASH! So we go to load it onto the truck and its real heavy and we're pushing and heaving and hauling and ho-ing and then we lose traction and its crashing down and we're trying to control its million pound fall and all I can think is "oh god, I'm wearing flip flops" over and over until its finally on the ground and my flip-flopped toes are safe. Yeah, I was doing all of this in a skirt and flip flops by the way. James came out and saved us which was nice (more on James at another time).
After we loaded that giant piece I had an epiphany. They come often so don;t get too excited, but I remembered a giant 10 foot section of cast iron pipe. Yep, throw it in the truck. Oooh, another piece! Oh, one more over here. See, when the big poop explosion happened in the basement the trashmen wouldn't take those heavy ass pipes so we hid them in the yard. Now I am rid of them forever! Then I found two shovel heads and a huge super heavy piece of metal- with another black widow. That BW also died a crushing death. I squash them like they are nothing.Whats funny is that Travis didn;t really expect anything except maybe an old pipe or a broken burglar bar. Instead he got a truck FULL! Just as he was ready to quit I opened the garage doors. "You want a water heater?" And just like that, all of the junk in my house was gone, for free, with minimal effort. There's still one live black widow in the truck and i hope Travis is safe, but I'm glad to be rid of it and the metal.
To celebrate I went to Mary Macs for a veggie plate! YAY ME!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Moon Bounce

Next time you have a spare 265 bucks, you should consider renting a moon bounce obstacle course! Tori and her roommate had the right idea! Not only was it tons of fun, but it was a great workout too. The best idea was to move the trampoline over and make it a combo pack. I'm really surprised no one was seriously injured. We should have had a dislocated shoulder at the very least. But no, no injuries, no blood. But there was a super dance party at the end of the festivities. The next day was supposed to continue with the festivities over brunch but a giant rainstorm wiped out the use of the moon bounce. I love you moon bounce. Don't ever change.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Food Fest!

This week has been the week of delicious food! I don't think I ate at home once. For lunch I ate at Chin Chin, Eats, Chipotle, and then had a free catered lunch at work. But the best was the dinners. Actually Scott cooked a fantastic steak dinner with mashed potatoes for me one night. Well, for us, not just for me. Then on Wednesday night we went all out. It was Baby Mariah's birthday celebration so where should we go but Trader Vic's. You may think this is some sort of discount Trader Joe's but in reality it is the best Tiki bar in Atlanta! It has real dead pufferfish hanging from its thatch roof ceiling. The walls are lined with wicker type stuff and every glass in the place is festive and adorned with polynesian scenes, easter island heads, or palm trees. We started with appetizers and a kava bowl for the drinkers. In case you wonder, its a big bowl of booze with 4 big long straws. I got a fruit punch that was almost as delicious as the one I had in Malaysia. After that arrived, our 2 egg rolls and crab rangoon showed up. Mmmm, they know how to make an egg roll! I love them. So dinner arrived and it was time for the tipsy gang to get another kava bowl. While part of them wanted a diffeent fancy bowl of booze, they stuck with the sensible thing and got the same kind of liquor so they wouldn't be hungover too bad. The dinner was a bit overpriced as I can get a similar meal at chin chin for half the price, but the prawns were plentiful and delicious. Dennis was getting louder as the kava bowl diminished. Olivia and Mariah were getting silly. Once we finished dinner it was dessert time- bananas foster, creme brulee, and 3 Mai Tais please. I have never had bananas foster and it was pretty good but I was already too full from all of my food. I ate it anyway and man was I stuffed! What a fantastic meal and thanks Olivia for 1) not drinking and driving and letting me be dd, 2) for being awesome and remembering to invite me.

Apparently after I dropped everyone off Olivia and Dennis decided to continue listening to the Smiths and had a mini-dance party. Beers after 2 kava bowls and a mai tai are a bad bad idea. Somewhere in the mix Olivia lost a toenail so if you see a toenail painted black with some frilly designs on it, its hers. She just got her nails did for a wedding she will be attending and she needs the nail back.

Next: Taste of East Atlanta

This was a fun event obviously in East Atlanta. We arrived and bought dollar tickets from Ace Hardware's farmers market (held every Thursday afternoon). Then we began eat-a-rama. We went to Gravity and had a delicious tiny sloppy joe and Ted had wings. Next we were headed to Kasan Red but grabbed a soda from Grant Central (who was doing a fantastic job considering the crowds). Kasan Red had lost their minds by now so we skipped them and headed over to the Holy Taco. DELICIOUS! We both got 2 tacos and I was full. But I had 5 more tickets and I was going to use them! Australian Bakery had an awesome sausage roll (heh heh) but their cookie sucked. 3 more tickets so we stopped for an egg roll at the Thai restairant and smoothies from Slush. Slush also did a wonderful job even though they were very overwhelmed and making smoothies to order instead of just pouring cups of taste samples. To top off the evening we headed over to the Midway. I got a bruscetta type thingy. They forgot to take my ticket so I gave it to Helen to grab a half beer with it. This event was soooo fun and I can't wait to do it again! Hopefully next year will be more organized. My roommate works at Grant Central and he said people are greedy bastards and everyone was stealing tastes and pushing and shoving and acting like vultures so next year you all better behave!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Its Baby Blanket Season!

The babies are plentiful this year. Jimmarie at work had her baby and this is the blanket for her! Its got little owls all over the blue square centers. The back is blown courderoy with green dots and pink dots. I love it! Next I am making a couple for old coworkers and craft friends and 2 for a coworker who is having twins. Slow down everyone, I can;t keep up! So now I have 6 baby blankets all due in the next couple of months, 2 full size quilts for Christmas gifts and a ton of things to make for my craft fair in September! YEESH!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Those crazy dreams

I'm reading this awesome book called The Sex Lives of Cannibals. It is based in the equatorial Pacific on a tiny island in Tarawa. Last night before bed I read the chapter on dogs. This chapter screwed up all of my dreams and I ended up dreaming about big zombie birds. They were trying to kill all of us (us being people but I'm not sure who I was with). So we would go outside and then these huge birds that looked a lot like birds of paradise (see photo above) but with longer beaks and scary teeth would swoop down and attack. If you got bitten by one you were as good as dead. One bit me but we had just discovered that they died if they ate kittens so I put a kitten on the bite and it was okay. This dream seemingly lasted all night but it was probably a full 30 seconds from start to finish. anyway, I'm telling you all of this so that you will read the book and also so you will keep kittens on hand in case of emergency.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

I don't know how you do it

I went to dinner and then went out until 2am!!!!! It was fun, everyone was out. But even though I don't drink, I feel like crap today and my voice is gross and raspy. Blech.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Best documentary in a long time

I saw this movie tonight called War Dance. Holy crap is it an emotional rollercoaster. This is about as far on the other side as you can get from last nights entertainment of I Love Money. Its about children of war in Uganda and really you MUST see it. It makes you laugh and cry at the same time and no I'm not being hormonal. Scott laughed and cried too. He'll kill me for telling you all but he did.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

I love Money

My new favorite show had its premiere tonight. Never before has MTV or VH1 mastered the casting call and the show ideas like they have this time. This show is like I love New York, Flava of Love, Rock of Love, and Tila Tequila meets road rules but with a lot of fighting and back stabbing and sexy sexy times. Its like a tornado of bad ideas meshed into a beautiful nightmare. I'm so excited for next Sunday! Oh, and thank god Marble mouth midget Mac got the boot. Yes, Hoops was right and all 3 of the last ones were equally bad but he was a jerk and I hated him from the get-go.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Give a little

One of my friends is going to do the Breast Cancer 3 day walk here in Atlanta. She's going to have to walk 60 miles and she needs to raise at least 2200. It would be super rad if you donate to her efforts. Even 5 bucks would add up if everyone did it. And its tax deductible.

I want to donate!

Feel free to email the link around too:

Do it for the boobies!