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Sunday, July 31, 2005
I love acesulfame (i.e., the sweetener in Coke Zero)! Thanks to Dave Shear whose persistence helped us figure out the chemical difference between Diet Coke and Coke Zero. Iíll have to try Diet Coke again (itís been awhile) and see if thereís any difference in taste. Maybe diet drinks arenít so bad after all.
Posted at 8:15 PM, 0 Comments

I just had the worst nightmare. I forced myself to wake up just to make sure it wasnít real.

P.S. The Coke Zero debate that has blossomed from my last post amuses me.
P.P.S. I got a new Ikea catalog in my LA Times this morning. If only I could afford/had space for more furniture.
Posted at 9:38 AM, 0 Comments

Friday, July 29, 2005
I love Coke Zero!
Posted at 8:34 PM, 8 Comments

Just in case you needed claification...
"Dumble_Dore = Dumbledore
Dumble_Door = stupid portal"
Excerpt from an email I received from Dan this morning
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Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Check out the sign.  Behind the tree it says ĎYear.í The Cookie of Death! Quite possibly the worst picture ever taken

I was taking pictures at Danís softball game today when I realized that I have some really old pictures that I havenít posted yet. These three are from a trip to Disneyland right after New Yearís. It was cold and raining that day so the pictures didnít turn out very well. The last shot is quite possibly the worst picture ever taken. I look like Iíve doubled my weight and you can see right up Danís nose, but I had to post it anyway. Itís just too fun not to.
Posted at 6:58 PM, 1 Comments

Tuesday, July 26, 2005
I remember why I loved having really long hair.
I also remember how awful it looked.
I need a haircut.
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"Godspeed, Discovery."
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Sunday, July 24, 2005
Dan and I went to the beach again today. I didnít feel quite as confident in my bikini as I did last week, but at least I wore it again. I started eating normal foods again last week and I think Iíve gained back all the weight I lost after my wisdom tooth surgery. Iím not too pleased about that, but the burger I had for lunch on Friday was delicious. Getting back to my original topic, I brought a new book to read at the beach since I finished Half-Blood Prince on Monday. It wasnít nearly as entertaining as Harry Potter. I also had some new sunscreen to try, but even though I applied Coppertone Sport twice in four hours I still got sunburned. What a disaster. My search for the perfect sunscreen continues...
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Wednesday, July 20, 2005
ďThe other great lesson I took away from this was that it is in fact impossible to get out of going to a wedding you have been invited to, even if you do not want to attend because you have to save the world instead.Ē
Cassie Claire on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
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I'm not alone.
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Monday, July 18, 2005
I just finished Half-Blood Prince. I feel betrayed.

I cried through the last 50 pages and I still canít believe how it ended. No matter how shocked everyone is/will be with this book, there is no denying that JK Rowling is an absolute genius. Most of my personal theories were completely disproved, but I can claim one bit of clever guesswork. My pick for the Half-Blood Prince was correct. As if that made any difference at all. Now that I have finished the sixth book I am left to ponder the information it presented and come up with new, probably even more inaccurate theories. I guess thatís half the fun, but Iíll have to wait for the betrayal to wear off first.

P.S. It took me just a few seconds to figure out who R.A.B is.
Posted at 11:20 PM, 8 Comments

I skipped aerobics this afternoon due to the fact that I stayed up until 3 AM reading Harry Potter last night. When I finally put the book down last night I had read about 200 pages in three hours. I had planned to go to sleep around midnight, but things started happening in the story and I couldnít put it down. I only slept for three hours last night so by the end of the work day I was really tired. I know it was lazy to miss aerobics, but I am planning to get plenty of sleep tonight (after finishing the last 100 pages of Half-Blood Prince) so I will be able to go workout tomorrow.

I was discharged from the dentist today. After enduring four days with medicated gauze stuffed into the socket where my wisdom tooth used to be I was given a clean bill of health this afternoon. Apparently after the surgery the hole in my mouth didnít heal properly and I developed dry socket. It happens when a clot doesnít form by a few days after surgery and the bone is exposed, but only 5% of patients are lucky enough to experience it. I can tell you firsthand that it is very painful. I left work early last Wednesday because I was in so much pain and my incredibly strong medication wasnít helping at all. Fortunately, after four days of treatment, I am feeling much better and the pain is almost gone. The huge hole in the back of my mouth is weird, though.
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Sunday, July 17, 2005
ďFrom here on in, Harry, I may be as woefully wrong as Humphrey Belcher, who believed the time was ripe for a cheese cauldron.Ē
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, page 197


Dan and I spent four hours at Huntington Beach today; he surfed and I read about 100 pages of Half-Blood Prince (I am currently on page 351). I fulfilled one of my New Yearís Resolutions today by wearing one of the bikinis that I bought earlier this year. I was fairly pleased with how I looked in it, but that might have something to do with my restricted diet since my wisdom tooth surgery. But who cares? Iíll take it. Anyway, back to Harry Potter.
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Saturday, July 16, 2005
So far Iíve read up to chapter 9 (page 171) in Half-Blood Prince. I took a break to go shopping for a beach chair at Kmart. Dan and I are going to the beach tomorrow and I need someplace to sit in while he surfs. Unfortunately Kmart was fresh out of beach chairs. Iíll have to check somewhere else tomorrow morning. Until then Iím going to devote myself to reading more of my new book. I have news about my wisdom tooth (or lack thereof), but Iíll leave that for later. Itís not nearly as much fun to talk about as Harry Potter.
Posted at 9:21 PM, 0 Comments

My copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has arrived!

Before opening the package... ...and after opening it.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2005
I spent the past two hours trying to figure out what was wrong with my computer. It turns out that the little button that made the laptop think its screen was closed was just stuck down. What a relief. I figured my monitor was broken.

My pain medication failed me today. My jaw was aching so badly this morning so I took some Tylenol, but that didnít do any good. I tried to see the dentist today, but they arenít open on Wednesdays. I already have an appointment scheduled for tomorrow morning at 8 AM so hopefully I will find out whatís wrong then. Unfortunately I am in pain now. After lunch I took some Vicodin, prescribed by the dentist after my surgery, which should have made me feel better. Wrong. I had to leave work early because I was in so much pain. I went home and slept for four hours. I donít feel much better now, but I went to the grocery store and cleaned my bathroom in an attempt to ignore the pain. The good news is that I got some delicious pasta salad and my bathroom is squeaky clean. The bad news is that I am running out of tasks to distract me from the pain.
Posted at 9:51 PM, 0 Comments

Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Last year I bought a pair of khaki corduroy pants at Old Navy that I love. And after eating a liquid diet (involuntarily) for the past 6 days I can finally fit into them. Theyíre not comfortable, but they fit. However, I was so annoyed after wearing them today at work that I vowed to never wear them again. Unfortunately I think thatís what I said the last time I wore them too. Anyway, when I was in Old Navy on Sunday I noticed that they have corduroy pants again this year and I couldnít be happier. But this time Iíll buy one size larger (size 4 instead of 2) so I can actually wear them when Iím at my normal weight. No pants are worth eating soup everyday for a week. That chocolate peanut butter ice cream I bought last night at the grocery store was a mistake, but at least it tasted good. Unlike all the soup.
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Monday, July 11, 2005
ďIím sitting in bed at 10:30 PM, Iím hungry because I only ate liquids today, AND Iím watching fast food commercials before falling asleep. This is sick. Iíve never wanted a burger so much in my life.Ē
Written on my LA Times crossword last night
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Sunday, July 10, 2005
1) The only good thing about this semi-liquid diet that Iíve been on since my wisdom tooth surgery is that all of my jeans fit again. I canít wait to get the stitches out and eat solid food again, though.
2) My family in Tallahassee (mom, dad, and brother) is feeling the effects of Hurricane Dennis today. Theyíve had sporadic power losses and lots of rain, but thatís the only damage done so far. However, my family in Pensacola (aunt, uncle, and cousins) is closer to the point where the hurricane made landfall. Hopefully theyíll be all right.
3) I made the mistake of going to Old Navy today. I am a sucker for blazers. My budget is going to suffer this month.
4) Less than one week until the new Harry Potter!
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Friday, July 08, 2005
Iíve never been a horse person, but this old girl was so sweet
Posted at 8:58 PM, 3 Comments

Thursday, July 07, 2005
I am now wisdom toothless. (The operative word here is ďwisdomĒ because otherwise Iíd just be toothless.) I think the actual procedure was fairly simple considering I only had one wisdom tooth for the dentist to remove, but the anesthesia was awful. It was worse I had anticipated, but Iím glad I didnít know how bad it would be beforehand. That just would have made me more nervous than I already was. It only took about ten seconds for me to fall asleep after the IV was inserted into my arm and when I woke up I was in another room, oblivious as to how I got there. Very disorienting. After Dan took me home I slept for about nine hours, waking up only long enough to take the medication the dentist prescribed and talk to my mom and Dan on the phone. I feel much better now, but Iím sure the pain medication has something to do with it. I had general anesthesia once before and my parents told me that I woke up from it crying. Then again, I was only two years old. At that point I didnít have to worry about going to work the next day. As things are now, Iíll make that decision in the morning.

P.S. The rest of my pictures from Catalina are now available in the ďCatalina Island 2005Ē section of my online photo album.
P.P.S. My heart goes out to everyone in London who was affected by todayís terrorist attacks.
Posted at 9:57 PM, 0 Comments

Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Until I get the rest of my pictures uploaded...
Posted at 8:32 PM, 0 Comments

Sunday, July 03, 2005
Dan and I went to the Hollywood Bowl for their Fourth of July Fireworks spectacular tonight. It was great. Catalina yesterday was good too. Pictures will be posted soon.
Posted at 11:55 PM, 1 Comments

Friday, July 01, 2005
I got eight hours of sleep last night, even though I didnít mean to. I woke up at 4 AM thinking I had overslept so I was relieved to find out that I hadnít. Then I woke up at 7:30 AM and I really had overslept. I guess I turned off my alarm at 4 AM out of habit even though it hadnít gone off. So I was a little late getting to work. Since it was the Friday before a holiday weekend very few people were at work anyway. I felt great after getting plenty of sleep, though. Maybe that feeling will motivate me to go to get enough sleep every night. Doubtful, but itís still a nice thought.

P.S. Going to Catalina Island tomorrow. Taking Scabbers. Woohoo!
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