Monday, March 31, 2008

Laundry issues

Very grey in downstate Illinois today. Spring has sprung, but it keeps bouncing back into Winter mode, unfortunately. One thing about nicer weather that makes me happy is that I can hang my laundry out on the clothesline, instead of having to use my coin-operated dryer all the time. It's too expensive and rarely dries things completely, plus I absolutely hate the fact that random people from Coinmach have access to my house. Yep, complete strangers (who often don't bother to knock, by the way) invade my house on a regular basis, to collect my money. I nearly had a heart attack the last time they came by while I was still in bed. Still need to complain to the company about that particular incident.

Anyway, the dryer works better after cleaning the lint out of the vent and throwing tennis balls in with the clothes. And there was a pertinent comment on a Lifehacker post today about drying your clothes:

I agree that "the outside" is available. However my "the outside" has a manufacturing defect. It has this thing called "the rain" and I've asked the manufacturer to fix the problem, but so far I haven't heard anything back. So I'm back to using the dryer. And from what I hear, "the outside" isnt available everywhere just yet. For some reason theres a shortage in larger cities, especially for those who live in apartments.

I'm not looking forward to possibly not having my own "the outside" when I move away from here.


via jennyjenny

One Word Only

You’re Feeling: anxious
To Your Left: air
On Your Mind: school
Last Meal Included: eclair
You Sometimes Find it Hard To: finish
The Weather: icky
Something You Have a Collection of: boxes
A Smell that Cheers You Up: laundry
A Smell that Can Ruin Your Mood: cigarettes
How Long Since You Last Shaved: decades
The Current State of Your Hair: messy
The Largest Item On Your Desk/Workspace Right Now (besides computer): Buddha
Your Skill with Chopsticks: expert
Which Section You Head to First In the Bookstore: new
…and After That?: scifi
Something You’re Craving: saltycrunchy
Your General Thoughts On the Presidential Race: impatient
How Many Times You’ve Been Hospitalized this Year: none
A Favorite Place to Go for Quiet Time: bedroom
You’ve Always Secretly Thought You’d Be a Good: chef
Something that Freaks You Out a Little: centipedes
Something You’ve Eaten Too Much of Lately: pastries
You Have Never: sailed
You Never Want To: fish

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Notes to self

Remember to make sure that you have a contact lens case at your boyfriend's before spending the night. Otherwise, you will be forced to use a shot glass for one lens and a double-shot glass for the other. And you will also end up standing in front of the sink for at least 5 minutes, looking puzzled and trying to remember which eyeball gets which glass.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

A job for me?

I'm starting to keep an eye out for job possibilities, since I may actually be graduating this May. Well, as long as I get my incomplete classes out of the way, that is. Right now I'm torn between moving elsewhere and starting my "professional" life and staying in Champaign-Urbana and working on a "Certificate of Advanced Study," which is sort of a PhD-lite degree. It would be 40 more credits, but no qualifying exams, and a thesis instead of a dissertation. Sounds fun to me!

But then I run across job titles like this one, and think "maybe I should go the job-route, with such interesting positions!"

Coordinator of College Liaisons
Colorado State University, Fort Collins

Aren't librarians supposed to stop students from having sex in the stacks? Librarian-pimp was not one of the positions (har!) I thought I was qualified for....

Monday, March 24, 2008

What OS are you?

Well, I didn't expect this result. I've never even used a Linux OS. Yet.

You are Slackware Linux. You are the brightest among your peers, but are often mistaken as insane.  Your elegant solutions to problems often take a little longer, but require much less effort to complete.
Which OS are You?

Found via Dave