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Monday, February 28, 2005
Until I get the rest of the pictures from Mammoth Mountain...
Posted at 11:24 PM, 0 Comments

Thursday, February 24, 2005
It's too late to write a proper update, but I will post one tomorrow before I go out of town. I made the mistake of going to the gym today and I am absolutely exhausted. I need to finish packing for my trip and go to bed as soon as possible. Good night.
Posted at 10:12 PM, 0 Comments

Wednesday, February 23, 2005
I went in to work at lunchtime today because I realized that I donít have any more sick leave. Itís a good thing too because I found out that Friday is my last day working in Long Beach. I have a lot of work to do before I leave. Itís too bad Iíve been sick all week. I am looking forward to feeling better.
Posted at 8:50 PM, 0 Comments

Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Itís got to stop raining sometime, right? After six days Iím starting to wonder. I stayed home from work today after I got up to take a shower at 5 AM and realized that I am still pretty sick. Spending a day at home always seems like a good idea at first, but then it turns out to be really boring. The only thing Iíve accomplished so far today is going to the library. Being sick has given me time to catch up on my reading, but walking three blocks to the library is really tiring when youíre sick. At least I have something new to read. I regret missing out on aerobics these past two days. I feel like I need every workout that I can get, but illness has kept my away from the gym this week. Hopefully I will feel well enough to get back to my normal routine tomorrow.
Posted at 8:40 PM, 0 Comments

Monday, February 21, 2005
I think I was lucky to get to work safely this morning. There was really too much water on PCH (Highway 1) for anyone to be driving on it, especially when they are Californians who arenít used to driving in the rain. Usually I complain about how everyone drives at a snailís pace when it rains in Los Angeles, but today I would have appreciated a little more caution. Fortunately I didnít get into trouble until I was in the parking lot at work. As I was driving around the parking structure I lost power steering all of a sudden and wasnít able to pull into a space. This was new. So I pulled over, put on my hazards, and panicked. After a few minutes I turned the car on again and found that the power steering had returned, so I assume driving through all that water had something to with it. It was the last thing I expected to happen, though.

So as soon as I got to work I wanted to leave. I have a cold and I feel rotten. But after the ordeal I went through to get to work I didnít want to leave and risk losing power steering again while it was still raining. If that happened while I was on a busy road I wouldnít be able to changes lanes or make a turn. That prospect scared me. So I waited until the rain had stopped for awhile to go home, take some vitamin C, and go to sleep. I am hoping to feel better soon since I am going snowboarding at Mammoth Mountain this weekend. Please let the vitamin C work!
Posted at 6:31 PM, 0 Comments

Sunday, February 20, 2005
I have so much coconut left over from making the frosting for Danís birthday cake that I am planning to make a coconut cake for Easter. After a little searching I found recipes on the Cooking Light website for a cake and frosting that both call for coconut and look simple and tasty as well. Iíll just need to buy a 13 x 9 in. cake pan before I make it. Speaking of purchases, my new bookshelf was delivered on Friday and I immediately put it together. It looks great and holds much more of my stuff than the old one, but I still donít have enough shelf space! Fortunately I bought a wall shelf a while ago that can help with that problem as soon as I hang it up on the wall. Who knew I had so much stuff?
Posted at 5:03 PM, 0 Comments

Friday, February 18, 2005
On the way home from Snow Summit
Dan and I would like to welcome you to my webpage!
Posted at 8:23 PM, 0 Comments

I didnít do anything but read a book last night before I went to bed. While I was at work I had made a long list of things to do when I got home, but the only one I could check off this morning was "read a book." The reason it was on the list in the first place is because Iíve been slacking off on my reading lately. Two days ago I renewed the three library books I have checked out and I am ashamed to say that it was necessary. I havenít had many free weekends since the first of the year, and my weeknights arenít much better after going to work and the gym. But last night I managed to finish one of the three library books so I feel like I accomplished something. The other twelve items on my to do list will just have to wait until tonight.
Posted at 7:22 AM, 0 Comments

Wednesday, February 16, 2005
I finally bought the Ikea bookshelf and side tables that Iíve been wanting for my apartment. I probably should have gone to the gym this afternoon, but I decided to give my achy legs a rest and go shopping at Ikea instead. The side tables look great, but the bookshelf wonít be delivered until Friday. Since my parents mailed me three boxes of books from Tallahassee I have books all over the place so I am looking forward to having a larger shelf soon. Hopefully I will have space there for some of my DVDs, videos, and trinkets also. My apartment is now almost completely furnished, apart from the flimsy coffee table that I canít afford to replace yet. Maybe in a few months.
Posted at 9:16 PM, 0 Comments

Last night I spent some quality time at home, but it was monopolized by laundry. I washed three loads because I had so many dirty clothes that they were in the hamper, on the floor, and still in my bag from the trip to Big Bear all at the same time. Now I have clean towels, clothes for work, and t-shirts, but also a lack of sleep that I was trying to avoid. Tonight I need to spend some quality time with my computer to organize my finances, work on my taxes, and pay my bills. Letís just hope it takes less than time than the laundry. Speaking of my computer, I edited the pictures from this weekend (including eliminating redeye thanks to Kodak Easy Share software) and posted them in my photo album just a few minutes ago. They are in the "Snow Summit 02/12/05" and "Valentineís Day 2005" albums for anyone whoís interested.
Posted at 11:59 AM, 0 Comments

Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Today's positive focus: I love my boyfriend very much!
Posted at 12:13 PM, 0 Comments

Monday, February 14, 2005
The biggest problem I had snowboarding on Saturday was getting off the ski lift. Getting on wasnít the problem, or even going down the mountain, just getting off at the top of the runs. I just canít manage to get my balance on the snowboard before the ski lift tips me out to fend for myself. Once I even managed to kick myself in the shin with my own snowboard while falling into the snow at the top of the mountain. I didnít even know that was possible, but somehow I pulled it off. So now I have a knot on my shin thatís turning a darker purple everyday. Itís not the only bruise I have from Saturday, but itís the most spectacular. In other news, I decided not to wear that red dress Iíve been talking about out for Valentineís Day. Itís just not appropriate for the restaurant Dan and I are going to. I have a pink dress that fits better that Iíll wear instead. Itís unfortunate that I got such a beautiful bruise on my shin just in time to wear a short dress. Happy Valentineís Day!
Posted at 12:48 PM, 0 Comments

Sunday, February 13, 2005
Both cake and card turned out great and both were well received. I donít think it could have gone much better so I am pleased. I intended to get the pictures from this weekend from Dan while I was at his house tonight but I forgot. There are some good ones of his brother Bryon and me snowboarding yesterday. And there are some that are just plain funny. Youíll see what I mean when I post them. Until then, have a happy Valentineís Day.
Posted at 10:35 PM, 0 Comments

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAN! Iíll be seeing you for dinner tonight, but before then I have to finish making your birthday cake. And Iíve finally decided what I want to write in your birthday card. I had a good time snowboarding yesterday even though I was in a rotten mood at the beginning of the day. Iím sorry about that. I consider the trip a success as long as you had a good time. My ultimate goal is to make you happy, and since today is your birthday that is the most important goal. Have a wonderful day and Iíll see you tonight. I love you!
Posted at 10:01 AM, 0 Comments

Thursday, February 10, 2005
I finished Danís Valentine, but I have yet to start on his birthday card. And since his birthday is before Valentineís Day I guess I had better get cracking. Unfortunately I still have to pack for our trip to Big Bear, put away my freshly-washed laundry, and clean up my apartment tonight. If I hadnít found a ďNotice to Enter DwellingĒ taped to my door when I got home I could have left the mess alone until this weekend, but no such luck. That good nightís sleep Iíve been hoping for is definitely not in the cards tonight.
Posted at 9:58 PM, 0 Comments

Today's positive focus: Itís payday!

I was up late last night working on Danís Valentine and I forgot to turn on my alarm before I went to sleep. So when I woke up at 6:30 AM I realized that I should already be at work. I guess Iím lucky I woke up that early without an alarm, but it was still frustrating. Rushing around to get ready this morning made me acutely aware of the mess in my apartment that I have been too lazy to clean up. It might have been less cluttered if I could have done laundry last night, but my neighbors left their clothes just sitting in the washer and dryer for hours again. But I digress. I need to get one good nightís sleep before going to Snow Summit on Saturday, but I have so much to do when I get home from the gym that it probably wonít be tonight. Iíll just make sure to set my alarm this time.
Posted at 9:56 AM, 0 Comments

Wednesday, February 09, 2005
New Yearís Resolution #3: Take better care of myself

Today is the first day of Lent, a period of religious reflection and sacrifice for Catholics. I'm not Catholic, but I want to make a commitment to give up something for Lent this year. After some consideration I decided to give up fast food in the hopes that it will encourage me to completely eliminate it from my diet. I knew I had to give up something that I enjoy, but also something that would be beneficial by its absence. My first thoughts were of my usual vices, candy and soda, but those seemed too superficial. While removing either from my diet would be advantageous I was looking for something more meaningful. Then I thought of fast food. I go to McDonald's for lunch quite often and even though I usually order healthy items (salads and yogurt parfaits) the food becomes expensive when I buy it everyday. And while Tacos Bell tacos are cheap, tasty, and convenient, they are not healthy. So by giving up fast food, and committing to making my lunch at home instead, I am reducing the amount of money I spend on food and improving my eating habits at the same time. This is exactly the kind of result I was looking for. And it helps that it fits my New Year's resolutions too.
Posted at 12:27 PM, 0 Comments

It's only 7:30 AM and I already have a list of twelve things I need to do today.
Posted at 7:30 AM, 0 Comments

Tuesday, February 08, 2005
There are a lot of things I want to say. But I'm too tired to write about most of them now, and the rest I'll keep to myself.
Posted at 8:54 PM, 0 Comments

Monday, February 07, 2005
Goals for the week (with my red dress in mind):
1) Workout as much as possible
2) Avoid sodas and sweets
3) Do arms and abs videos everyday
4) Try the Special K challenge
Posted at 6:41 PM, 0 Comments

New Year's Resolution #2: Save as much money as possible while paying off loans

There are a couple of things I am saving for, including a new car that I would like to purchase in a year or two. Krypton, my beloved Neon, will be ten years old next month and I don't expect him to run smoothly forever. I am putting as much money into my savings account as I can right now, but hopefully that amount will increase in the future. I drew up a budget last week to figure out how much spending money I have each month, but the room reservation in Big bear for this Friday night will put a dent in it that amount for February. But snowboarding at Snow Summit will still be fun.
Posted at 11:44 AM, 0 Comments

Sunday, February 06, 2005
Itís been about five years since I went bathing suit shopping, but yesterday I actually bought two bikinis without too much trouble. I got them on sale at Target so both of them put together cost less than the one from J. Crew I had my eye on. They are both green, which is strange because I was hoping to find a simple black bikini, but Iím not going to argue with inexpensive, flattering bathing suits. Now if only it was warm enough in California to wear a bathing suit. Ever.
Posted at 9:50 PM, 0 Comments

Saturday, February 05, 2005
"I am very hungry. I am also slightly nauseous when I now think of carrots. Last night during game night I ate half of a full bag of baby carrots. I figure I must have eated about 1.5 lbs worth. I woke up this morning with the taste of carrots in my mouth and a general revulsion towards the thought of carrots. On a different note, I can now see individual air molucules screaming by my face."
Email from Dan, 07.23.04
Posted at 7:11 PM, 0 Comments

Thatís my baby... ...shootiní his gun
Posted at 1:37 PM, 0 Comments

Friday, February 04, 2005
Due to recent events I am in the process of compiling resolutions that I believe will improve my personal outlook. I only call them ďNew Yearís ResolutionsĒ because that is what they most closely resemble, but my ďyearĒ will be from February 2005 to February 2006. I will post these resolutions periodically, but at the moment I have a goal in mind for the very near future. Last year I bought a red dress that I have yet to wear and it would be perfect to wear out to dinner with Dan on Valentineís Day. I have ten days to gather the confidence to do so.
Posted at 11:34 PM, 0 Comments

Today's positive focus: It's almost the weekend! I can sleep in tomorrow! Hooray!
Posted at 4:42 PM, 0 Comments

Thursday, February 03, 2005
It took awhile, but I finally posted all of the pictures from the most recent snowboarding trip and from Boston last weekend. They can be found in the ďSnow Summit 01/15/05Ē and ďBoston 2005Ē sections of my photo album. They donít have names or descriptions yet, but I think at this point just uploading all of them is an accomplishment. I have high resolution versions of the pictures available if anyone would like a copy. Just send me an email or leave a comment and Iíll send them out. No one should be without a picture of Dan playing hockey.
Posted at 9:40 PM, 0 Comments

Negative side of today's positive focus: Apparently a deposit is required on my new cell phone account because I have student loans. Bummer. I checked my credit report online and, besides the loans, I have excellent credit. That's good to know, but I'm still not crazy about the deposit. My funds are limited as it is.
Posted at 6:26 PM, 0 Comments

New Year's Resolution #1: Focus on something positive everyday

Today's positive focus: I just opened a new cell phone account with a new number, a new phone and a new plan. The best part is that it's almost identical to the plan I had before, only $20/month cheaper!
Posted at 12:37 PM, 0 Comments

Wednesday, February 02, 2005
I have a lot of thinking to do and some very difficult decisions to make. I'm not sure I will be happy no matter what I decide, but something needs to change or I'll never be happy. One way or another my life will never be the same.
Posted at 12:52 PM, 0 Comments

Tuesday, February 01, 2005
I posted something here last night, but deleted it after a few hours. I hope no one saw it. It was far too honest for everyone to read. To sum it up without the details, I wish I could write about how I truly feel.
Posted at 8:10 AM, 0 Comments

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