Archive for September, 2005

you contaminate

Wednesday September 14, 2005

Today in a public restroom I turned the faucet off for the woman next to me.

I did it because she was drying her hands and I thought maybe she forgot. I also did it because I couldn’t stop thinking that she was wasting water. Every time I see someone wasting good water I can’t help but think, Well, there goes my great grandchildren’s water just running down the drain.


The woman turns to me and says, “You shouldn’t have done that.”

Yikes, what did I do? I thought. “Why?” I say.

“Because after you wash and dry your hands you contaminate them by touching the faucet,” she says.

She actually said contaminate. Contaminate. Is this woman crazy? Who says contaminate? Just the sound of the word made the small portion of my fingers that had just touched the faucet start to tingle a little.

“Oh. Yeah, well I also have to open this door with the handle that is probably contaminated too. It’s everywhere. But I know what you mean,” I say.

This woman doesn’t know that I have been putting toilet paper down on public restroom toilet seats my entire life. I have also been opening doors with my feet for years. I know what this woman means.

Today I just didn’t care.

trisha and travis

Tuesday September 13, 2005

I was a sophomore in college and Trisha had been my roommate for two years. She had a crush on Travis. But Travis was dating some other girl (but I think secretly wanted to date Trisha). So when Travis and I met for the very first time I asked him right away why he wasn’t dating Trisha! He was shocked and so was Trisha. I am a little forward with my thoughts sometimes…but it turns out I was right. Today is there two year wedding anniversary and this is their little boy Brody. Look at those lips!

Congratulations Trisha and Travis!!! I wish you all the best!

fulltime me

Monday September 12, 2005

I have been without Internet for too long…but today I finally got it hooked up in my apartment and it feels great to be connected again!

Since the last time I posted I have been settling into my new apartment and surroundings. I now live with vaulted ceilings, a dishwasher, counter space, 500 square feet, free Internet, free cable television, and air conditioning. I also have a pool and a parking space. Oh, and brand new carpet. Needless to say I really like my new apartment.

Lately I sorta wake up and go to bed with no routine in mind, I eat meals but crave ice cream and chips most of the time, I sit by the pool and read, or watch Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List all afternoon, and after I have cleaned my apartment and set it up perfectly more than once a day…I know that it is time. Time to get out. Time to explore. And time to ace my second interview tomorrow and get hired for a real job!

Just so you know being fulltime “me” is not difficult. But I have been “me” fulltime now for about two months and let’s face it, my money is running out.

Even though this past week was completely free of any structured activity this past weekend was a little more active. On Saturday Jake and I tailgated with some friends at the Iowa State vs. University of Iowa football game. The day was a blur of 80,000 crazed fans, barbecuing brats and melting special-k bars, drunken students and alumni, packed between huge RV’s with smoking grills in a very hot parking lot. This football game is a BIG DEAL and a huge rivalry. Jake and I were so hot we escaped to a park to steal some wonderful shade from a tree. Heat is extremely exhausting.

Yesterday our friend Matt from high school was driving through Iowa and stopped for lunch. Matt is a drummer for the band Friends Like These and had a show in Missouri. It was so great to see a familiar face and our lunch with him was fantastic!

poor bird

Tuesday September 6, 2005

My wake up call at 7:45 brought me scones and cappuccinos. Jake hasn’t gotten up that early in years! ha! Isn’t he sweet?! This is great living in the same city!

While sipping our cappuccinos we decided that my windows were really pathetic and needed a good cleaning. This was not an easy task. There were six sliding glass windows that needed to be removed and both sides were caked in a fine layer of dirt. I tired everything but nothing satisfied me. They were still dirty.

Conventional window cleaners having nothing compared to a home remedy of white vinegar, water and newspaper…my windows now sparkle streak free. A bird actually just smashed into my window. Poor bird.