Pet Peeves, Part 1

August 24, 2010 at 5:15 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

1.  When people expect me to eat dinner in the living room but refuse to provide an adequate end table for my beverage. And while we’re at it, cut the damn tv off once in a while we are eating too.
2.  Rough OR lint depositing toilet paper.
3.  When I misspell words. Never fear, this is a mistake forgiven easily in others, though I maintain the highest of standards for myself.
4.  Powdered creamer and/or sugar substitutes in the mysterious blue packets. 
5.  Making hypocritical lifestyle choices based on socioeconomic status.  For example, I adore antiques, but about 95% of my furniture is made of particle board.  I really was raised better.

Thanks for listening.  I really needed to get that off my chest.

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East Coast Night Owl

August 18, 2010 at 6:22 am (Uncategorized)

If you aren’t already tired of hearing about my epic move from the Pacific Northwest to rural Virginia, let me bend your ear a bit longer.  I am now a night owl.  This would not be terribly exciting news if it were not for the fact that I used to proudly call myself a Morning Person.

Morning Person was a title I bestowed upon myself approximately three years ago when I could no longer sleep past 9am on Sundays.  And more to the point, I enjoyed getting up early.  I reveled in the feel of  morning with its coffee and solitude.

But here I am at 2am, wide awake.  I would like to tell you it’s insomnia but in truth my body simply refuses to switch over to EST, despite the tricks I have tried to play on it.  Every cell in my body thinks it’s 11pm.  And tomorrow instead of getting up at 7am and walking the dog with the cool morning breeze upon my face, I will barely drag myself out of bed before noon.  This being a night owl thing is a shameful business.

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Oh, how I miss thee!

August 13, 2010 at 5:42 pm (Uncategorized)

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Culture Shock: A Rant in Three Quick Points

August 13, 2010 at 5:35 pm (Uncategorized)

Moving back east from Washington state was a traumatic event.  And because you all know I love a good list, let’s make one.

Culture Shock

1.  The lack of coffee:  I knew I was spoiled living in the northwest.  I knew I truly lived in one of those  indulgent places where five minutes was a long drive to the nearest coffee stand, but moving back to southwest Virginia has literally been coffee hell.  My loved ones have endured daily rampages on the inadequacy of caffeinated beverages in this state, and while I pity them, I cannot stop bitching.

2.  The heat:  Once again, I knew I was spoiled. I  knew the average temp in Seattle (54 degrees to be exact) was a luxury,  but honestly folks, I had completely forgotten what 95 degrees felt like!  I forgot what it was like to NEED to air conditioning and I confess, this is my penance for wondering why in the world everyone on twitter was complaining about the heat. I was so annoyed but I had no clue.  At night, I dream of rain and gray skies. 

3.  Nag Champ Incense:  I did not know incense was a west coast anomaly.  As a firm believer in aromatherapy, I enjoy incense on a daily basis and with its cleansing and calming properties, Nag Champa is my favorite.  Why, oh why, can I not find this savory yet perfumed bliss on a stick anywere in Virginia?  Even the beautiful blue-eyed sales clerk of the local smoke shop looked at me mystified like, “What is this Nag Champa you speak of?” I grumble and I growl on my way out.  Irrational anger overtakes me.

And there you have it, my friends: the top three reasons why I am crabby about being back in Virginia.

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