Month: February 2007

Letters

Dear Columbus Drivers (especially those in mini-vans, Cadillacs, and Lexuses),

Is it really too much to ask you that when you’re on a highway where the speed limit is 65MPH, to go at least that much?? Especially if there is no traffic, the weather is clear, and there is no one in front of you? And… can I please ask you not to hit your brakes every few feet? Because see, it’s really annoying. I don’t understand why you need to slow down when you’re already going too slow. I mean, is your cell phone conversation that important that you have to hold up traffic?

Annoyedly,
Ronni

Dear Jerk Ass Columbus-area Drivers of SUVs That are Way Bigger Than You’ll EVER Need In This City,

Stop acting like you can make your own damn rules on the road. When you see someone needing to merge on the freeway, don’t speed up and try to keep them from coming on, thus forcing them onto an exit they didn’t want to take. That’s just mean and being a bully, which is probably the reason you bought the stupid thing in the first place.

Unsincerely,
Ronni

Dear ODOT,

Can you please come down here and do something to the entrance-exit systems on many of the Columbus roads? Because the way they’re set up is really annoying. Someone gets on a ramp, but about 500 feet ahead is an exit back on to the road one just got off of. If aforementioned SUV-drivers are doing their thing, someone can be easily forced BACK on the freeway from which he or she came, thus causing lots of frustration and agitation. Traffic is not lightening up around here. The vehicles are getting bigger and meaner. More and more people are settling in the city. Rush hour is turning into rush HOURS. More efficient entry-exit systems are needed. Desperately.

Common Sensely,
Ronni

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Coveting

I want this.

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I Don’t Like It When…

I don’t like it when something reminds me of something bad that happened to me in the past, and all those bad feelings of helplessness, frustration, anger, sadness, depression, et al. come back rushing back and me, consuming me, devouring me.

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Three Things Survey

THREE THINGS I LOVE:
1) Cuddling.
2) When Aidan puts his hand on my cheek.
3) Creating.

THREE THINGS I HATE:
1) Feeling powerless.
2) Feeling incompetent and embarrassed.
3) Rudeness.

THREE THINGS I DON’T UNDERSTAND:
1) How someone ever decided that onions were good to eat.
2) Why I feel so guilty all the time.
3) Why I am so mixed up. Sometimes I feel incredibly lonely and I want people around, but when they’re around, I want them to go away. I don’t get that.

THREE THINGS ON MY DESK:
1) Four rubber duckies.
2) Cell phone.
3) Bottle of Strawberry Splash water.

THREE THINGS I’M DOING RIGHT NOW:
1) Listening to a mix called “&LoveIt.” 4.4 hours of songs I like a lot.
2) Taking a break from copy editing Handwriting TE endmatter.
3) Feeling weird.

THREE THINGS I WANT TO DO BEFORE I DIE:
1) Live in Chicago.
2) Publish something that will be read and loved by (at least) a million people.
3) Write full time, and live comfortably off of it.

THREE THINGS I CAN DO:
1) Copy edit/proofread like nobody’s business.
2) Daydream.
3) Make Aidan laugh.

THREE WAYS TO DESCRIBE MY PERSONALITY:
1) Loyal.
2) Creative.
3) Goofy.

THREE WAYS TO DESCRIBE MY LOOKS:
1) Interesting.
2) Nice smile.
3) Wears lots of pink.

THREE THINGS I CAN’T DO:
1) Ever have credit cards again.
2) Pursue an onion.
3) Be fake.

THREE THINGS I THINK YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO:
1) Josh Groban. Mmmm.
2) The song “Anywhere Is” by Enya.
3) The laughter of a little kid. It’s so innocent and sweet.

THREE THINGS I DON’T THINK YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO EVER:
1) Anyone who tells you all the bad things about yourself and how you should change.
2) Anyone who tries to use God, the Bible, or Jesus to manipulate you into being who THEY think you should be, not who God wants you to be.
3) Your mind, when it contradicts your gut. Anyone can reason anything, and it often ends up being a “wow, if only I’d followed my gut” situation down the road.

THREE THINGS I SAY THE MOST:
1) “What had happened was…”
2) “Son of a black banana.”
3) “Oh WHUT.”

THREE OF YOUR ABSOLUTE FAVORITE FOODS:
1) Spaghetti.
2) Fries.
3) Steak.

THREE BEVERAGES YOU DRINK REGULARLY:
1) Nestle Pure Life Strawberry Splash water.
2) Water.
3) More water.

THREE THINGS YOU’D LIKE TO LEARN:
1) How to write the novel with the IT factor that will make publishers and readers go nuts and love me forever.
2) How to draw cute cartoony people and animals.
3) To make enough and manage my money to the point where it’s working ME, not me working for IT.

THREE SHOWS YOU WATCHED WHEN YOU WERE A KID:
1) Mr. Rogers
2) Sesame Street
3) Punky Brewster

THREE SHOWS YOU WATCH NOW:
1) I like The Office, when I catch it. Poop is raining from the ceiling. Poop.
2) .
3) .

TOP THREE BEST FRIENDS:
1) adamselzer.
2) crimsonghost_oh.
3) swankivy.
(this question isn’t really fair, because I could go on and on with this list.)

THREE OF THE BEST SONGS (Other than what I stated above?):
1) Anywhere Is—Enya.
2) Honest Lullaby—Joan Baez (I’m obsessed with her as of late).
3) Defying Gravity, from Wicked.

THREE OF THE BEST MOVIES:
1) The Boondock Saints. Fuckin-A right.
2) Saved.
3) Girls Just Want to Have Fun.

THREE THINGS YOU WISH THEY KNEW ABOUT YOU:
1) I’m confused and complicated and if I push you away, it’s because I don’t feel worthy to be close to you. So please keep trying.
2) I want to be a good person and do what’s right, so please stop punishing me.
3) There is much more to me than meets the eye.

THREE THINGS THAT MAKE YOU CRY:
1) Feeling like bad things are raining on me.
2) Feeling trapped.
3) Money problems.

THREE THINGS THAT MAKE YOU SMILE:
1) My friends.
2) Good music.
3) AIDAN!

THREE THINGS THAT MAKE YOU LAUGH:
1) Aidan. He’s hilarious (or as he says: hiwawius)
2) Dane Cook.
3) Creative usage of cuss words.

THREE WISHES YOU WOULD MAKE:
1) That I won’t have to worry about money ever again.
2) That Aidan will never hate me for breaking up his family.
3) [Private]

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Sunday Afternoon Randomness

My friend crimsonghost_oh visited me for the weekend. It was fun. I made him watch The Boondock Saints, and now he wants to go buy it. YESSSS, another convert! :)

My laptop is home from the doctor. The Geek Squad said they’d need $130 to do an “XP Reimage” because it had spyware and viruses on it. As if I have $130 lying around to give them for something I can do myself?

I just finished The Geography of Girlhood by Kirsten Smith. There are blurbs all over the back of the book, and one of them is from Julia Stiles. My first thought: How in the FRESH HELL did a first-time novelist get a blurb from JULIA STILES? Well, turned out that this author co-wrote some very famous screenplays—one of them being Ten Things I Hate About You, which if I am not mistaken, Julia Stiles played in, so yeah. Ha. Can you imagine, getting blurbed by an A-list actress? Well, she’s A-list in my eyes, anyway.

Speaking of writing, I entered that contest over at Gather.com, and I haven’t been back in two days to check my score or any comments. I kind of just want to forget about it now—if I obsess over it, I’ll be miserable and stressed. I’m proud I had the balls to enter, but now I just want to block it from my mind.

In the meantime, adamselzer‘s book is kicking butt in reviews. I saw it at the library the other day, and when I looked it up, the Columbus Libraries had 14 copies, 9 of which were checked out. Now, the library owns 16 copies. Go Adam! (If you can’t guess, I’m doing my favorite thing again—reserving books at the library! It’s like shopping, only FREE!)

Last week, I finally got through Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. I had a HARD time with it, only because it was very stressful to read. It felt like a continuous assault to me. Description, action, bang bang bang. I like fast-paced novels with strong voices, but this one was too much for me.

And now I am reading My Brother’s Keeper by Patricia McCormick, and Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares. After that, I will read Monster by Walter Dean Myers, and maybe I’ll try Envy by Robin Wasserman again. Actually, I might do Monster before the Sisterhood book because I’ve had that one longer.

Firefox updated itself on my computer and now none of my fun extensions and themes work. Let me tell you how annoying that is! As far as FF is concerned, my computer has no freakin’ clue. I can’t even import the bookmarks in another browser because the computer doesn’t know they’re there, although THEY ARE VERY CLEARLY IN FIREFOX. I don’t know what to do, I’ve uninstalled and reinstalled a million times, deleted directories and all that good stuff. It’s just a hot mess. Which is a shame because I love Firefox normally. Flock is okay, but the backward and forward arrows are just that. There are no drop-downs to get you to the other pages you visited. But all of my Firefox extensions are working in Flock so maybe I’ll just switch to that one, once I get all the bookmarks moved over somehow.

Tomorrow, I see Aidan for the first time in about 20 days. So weird, not seeing him for so long, although I did talk to him on the phone.

Here is a question I have: Why in the world would someone pay $249 for an 8 gig iPod nano, when one can get a 30 gig regular iPod for the same price? I mean, the logic should be obvious here, right? And yes, I am dreaming of a new iPod. Mine stays charged for about 20 minutes these days, IF I am lucky, and it’s not color nor does it play videos. I want a NEW one. I also want a MacBook Pro. Just because. I can’t afford any of these things, but I sure do want them. All because I love technology. Blah.

I have a coupon for a free panty from Victoria’s Secret. I’ll go on Tuesday to get that, yee-haw. I also have one for a free aromatherapy thing from Bath & Body Works, but of course, THEIRS is with purchase. Poopheads. But here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to buy a $2.50 bar of soap or something and then get my $13 value aromatherapy thing. I love their Cherry Blossom scent, so I’ll probably get a bar of the soap. Mmm. Soap.

I’m hungry, but I can’t decide if I want spaghetti, or a turkey sammich. I guess my stomach will decide for me before long.

Til next time!

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