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the boot saga comes to a close …. maybe

3 December 2008

So this weekend while roaming around Funcie with my brother, I find the boots.

hi3_01Tucked away in a corner display at a sports footware store that I had ignored the day before… There were the boots.  They met my criteria: near-knee high, warm, at least a little fake fur (if I wasn’t going for the popcorn boots by rocket dog), and had some traction.  And well, I wanted them to be under $100… preferably around $50… On sale for $80.  I could deal with that, I liked them.

But there was fail.  They only had one pair left, and it was a 6.5 … I need a 7.5 … with winter socks and all, there was no way of squeezing my foot into those boots.  So, rather than looking at the other colors, I decided to check out other locations of this store… a quick trip online would help.

Online I was faced with major fail… as in the only way to purchase these boots in the Lakes area I had available to me would be to order them online and wait for them to arrive… and pay shipping.  These boots were just sold out.  Apparently I’m not the only one who enjoys decent style.  I was okay with my lack of originality in my choice — so what if half of the other girls were wearing them… okay, half of the other girls are still wearing Uggs… only like, an eighth would be wearing these… I still wanted them.   Gray and Pink, with fuzzies.  What could be better?

So, in one last effort… while waiting with my mom to meet my dad for the grand trip back north (aka home), we decided to check out the local mall, since we had time.  With luck, they had the right store…. but fail.  No gray and pink.  So, I ate my pride and my dismay and went with my second choice:
hi3_02White, gray and silver.  With Fuzzies.  I can live with this.  The only big fear is that here in the city, well, snow around the roads and sidewalks turn brown… occasionally black… so I’ve come to terms that these will as well by the end of the season.

The Nike Hi 3 boots are decent.  Definitely warm.  But well, not amazingly comfortable.  I’ve already lost some skin thanks to their design in back.  The sneaker style back piece is firm… and well, it just rubs off the skin on my ankle.  It was actually really painful the first day — and there is a nice little red stain inside one of the boots now.  But I’ve wrapped my ankles, and I’m still trying them.   If my feet get worse, if I loose more skin, well, then that will be the sad end to my boots.  I’m not looking forward to that.  (Too bad my little sister has out grown me in shoes, otherwise I could just pass them down… )

Anyway.  This is the first time I’ve had Nike’s since about 8th grade… maybe even 5th grade… But they were the first boots I found that actually stopped me and grabbed my attention.  We’ll see how they hold up.

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iPossibilities

1 December 2008

So… as I just mentioned (see: post-thanks) I’m selling my iPod to my sister for Christmas.

Basically, the thought behind this is:  I’d spend about $25-30 on my sister for her gift.  I thought about getting her an iPod or other mp3 player for a while. I want a pink iPod (I have blue).  I can offer my sister my blue iPod minus what I’d spend on her for Christmas, rather than giving her a gift card and letting her pick one out herself.  I offer my sister my iPod for $20.

That was it.  I mean, mine works fine and I’ve got the box and everything… as long as she likes blue why not go for it?  So, she took me up on it.  I mean, our 7 year old sister already has one (in green).  She won it at church.  So of course the 13 year old will want one.

Now here’s the big debate for me… which iPod do I buy?
Just replace mine like I originally planned: 1GB pink shuffle. ($50)
Or do I upgrade? 2GB pink shuffle… 8GB pink nano… or 16GB pink nano… ($70, $150, and $200 respectively)
…. I actually really liked the 3rd gen nanos… but those lasted about a year…. you can find them for $100 now though…

+
shuffle

I can clip it

holds the amount of songs I need

cheap (if it gets stolen, I’m not as upset)

no screen
nano 4

video

I can see what is playing

genius feature

it’s newer, so I kinda want it based on that

no clip

more expensive

fewer accessories right now

not sure if it will fit in my radio/charger

not sure if I like the shake to shuffle feature

nano 3

video

it’s small

I like this design

price has gone down

decent accessories (aka clips)

no clip

can’t get the pink one through apple (no guarantee on condition)

Then, after all of that… how many gigs do I get?
It seems the only thing I know is that I want a pink one.

Your thoughts and opinions are greatly appreciated here.

damn it feels good to be a gangster

26 November 2008

or: Things I Am Thankful For 2008

adorable.

1. Lil G
Most adorable niece ever.  Seriously.  She never ceases to amaze me, and is a pretty smart little girl.  I just want to spoil her, more so than she already is.  Plus, she gets bonus points for knowing all of the words to Rhianna’s “Umbrella” — as tired of the songs as you might be, it’s so worth hearing over and over again with this amazing 3 year old singing.

img_48282. My Momma
If you’ve ever wondered where my dorkiness comes from, yeah here’s it is.  All from mom.  She’s perfectly okay with it too.. which is awesome.  She feels the need to let me know whenever she sees a monkey, and is constantly sending me Get Fuzzy comics or lolcats.  And while some moms steal their children’s instruments because of the noise… my mom stole my electric guitar and my electric bass (which I stole from my brother) so she could play them.  Every Sunday she rocks out in her church’s praise band.. and yes, she does jump and play barefoot.  Pretty awesome for a grandma.

timmy3. Timmy!
Despite the typical older brother things (see: punching, headlocks, wrestling, cracked noses), my brother is really important to me.  I mean, yeah.  (see: the wench)  I still look up to him a lot.  And if I’m going to go shopping with anyone, Timmy is among my first choices.  I like his style, and he tends to find good things for me.  I don’t always agree with things he’s doing, or some of his choices… but I love my bubby.  And hopefully within a year’s time we’ll have similar tattoos (cherry blossoms).

family4. Dad, Cynthia & the girls
Actually.. I want to say, I am amazingly thankful for Cynthia.  She is a blessing to our family.  Other than Karen, my late stepmom, I can’t think of another woman to join our family and help raise my sisters.  Her humor works really well with dad’s — so that’s been great for him.  She’s well traveled, and sees the importance of a good education and higher education (meaning my sisters might be convinced to go to college even more so). She’s taken on a lot — never been married and now she’s got 4 girls at home, two adult children and a grandchild.  She’s pretty amazing in my eyes.  And as always, I’m thankful for the love and care that my dad gives me.  And I’m growing to appreciate my younger sisters more and more.

5. Family in general
My whole family is awesome — and I’m thankful for all of them… all of the grandparents (5 grandmas and 4 grandpas)… the aunts and uncles… all the cousins… I’ve got a pretty awesome and very supporting family and that’s been amazing.

6. My job
While I could do without the data entry and some of the tediousness.. I am indeed thankful for a full time job with benefits where not only am I paid well, but I’m appreciated.  I’ve got a boss who’s really understanding and actually is concerned about me and my goals outside of the facility.  Not many people are this lucky right out of school.  Plus, having a nice income with few bills.. well… my wardrobe, entertainment, and video game budget has definitely increased.  (I get to play with lasers and liquid nitrogen. bonus.)

7. The amazing group of people I call my friends
Seriously.  I feel pretty lucky.  I don’t even think I could name them all.  There have been a select few who have really been there for me and have seen me at my best and worse, and yet they still love me.  Two in particular I practically see as sisters now: Chrizzle and Mennogirl.  They’re pretty amazing.  And I’ve got my uber spectacular group of GC Kids whom I love and miss.  There’s my work friends (George whom I enjoy our evening walks to the train; and Dani and Meaghan who can only be described as wonderfully zany).  Topping everything off with some really amazing people who I’ve met recently — most of whom I’ve met thanks to Dan and Adam… The potluck group… The awesome folk of the reading band and the Mucca Pazza memebers I’ve been lucky enough to get to know… I’ve really got an amazing group of people in my life right now.  (Who else would put up with velociraptor attacks and nonstop dorky nerdom?)

8. The Kits.
Crazy as they may be… I love Tuija and Kaija.  They are just awesome little wonderpets.  Psycho little wonderpets sometimes… but awesome.  Two kittens are a bit much, but it wouldn’t feel right only having one of them.  Definitely a package deal.  And I’m appreciating how they’re morphing into cats and are enjoying a good cuddle.

9. Buffalo/Hot wings.
you taste so good.  there needs to be more of you in my life.

I’m a snow beast!

24 November 2008

The first real snow is finally here.

Though the great boot search is still under way (see: start walking (notes on cold weather fashion))… I managed to pick up a new coat and hat just in time this year.

hat01I hadn’t actually been searching for a hat this year…  I had knit hats already — various ones my gram had made me… and my new 91.1FM beanie… But I stumbled across a nice trapper hat at target and well, found it amusing.  It’s also warm.  So between the humor and the warm factors, it wins.
Just last week I wore this hat to work, like I have been lately, and well, saw a young student wearing the same hat coming in.  She wasn’t all that thrilled, and had to tell her friend, and then they had to whisper comments and gawk.  Apparently I had ruined her whole “I’m so original” look… But hun, when you shop at target, there will be at least 25-50 other people with the same item.  Just gotta learn to deal with it.  And as you can remember from my guitar hero-ing, I rock out that hat.

true rockstar

true rockstar

Anyway.  When it came to buying a coat, I had specific things I had in mind.

1. Puffiness
Puffy coats are pretty warm.  I’ve been a fan of ski jackets (I own at least 3), and just enjoy the extra padding.  Falling down is almost inevitable, so if I can make my landing a bit nicer, all the better.  There’s also something about a big puffy coat to remind you of your apparent smallness.

2. Nylon/waterproof
Not a huge issue seeing as most puffy coats are made out of this material.  Though it would be amazing to see a wool puffy coat.  crazy.

coat023. Below the waist
My previous winter coat, which belonged to my late stepmom, went down to my ankles.  I’m just that much shorter than her that a below the knees coat turns floor length.  I was a giant black puff ball in that coat, but I was warm.  So I stopped caring.  But until the snow gets out of hand or it gets in the negatives, I don’t need anything that long… All my other coats are either too lightweight or waist length… meaning I end up having a very cold booty.  Not fun.  So butt coverage was a must.

4. Definable waist
Just because I want it to go past my waist doesn’t mean I want it to cover it.  I want to still look all feminine in my coat.  Who says you can’t be warm and look good?

5. Fur.
I find it hilarious.  Maybe it helps with the warmth, but mostly I think it just looks amazing.  So I needed a coat with fur around the hood, preferably — none of that furry lapel stuff.  It sort of ties into the snow beast things…

So this is what I ended up with, after a lot of searching — The Buckle didn’t have the coat I wanted, so I meandered through an entire mall filled with mindless shoppers and eventually found my coat in Macy’s.

coat01

meets all criteria. win.

I will say, mine is not black.  Mine is actually a gunmetal gray color… which well, I have a fondness for gray.  (And yes, grey too.)  … I just couldn’t find an image of my coat’s color… It is indeed warm too.  And the fur is ridiculous.

One goal this winter is to get a lot of really cheap faux fur stuff, including fluff mommas (see post mentioned above)… then run around the city… “I’M A SNOW BEAST!!”  Fun times shall be had by all.

The Mennojerk knows the value of a good hat.

The Mennojerk knows the value of a good hat.

rocking the bariphonium

11 November 2008

PLEASE NOTE: Wench has officially moved!  thiswench.com

I am a band nerd.

I have been since… well… I think I was born into this (thanks mom).  I mean, seriously, when your mom’s a music ed. major (though didn’t pursue it professionally), and your dad sells and installs audio-visual equipment… it’s just a recipe for aurally inclined nerdom.  I don’t think band was an option, it was just an understood that both my brother and I would join — which really wasn’t a problem for us.  It was popular when we started.

Regardless, at the ripe age of 11 I joined our school’s band.  My choices were alto sax or trumpet (since we owned both of those instruments), and well, the sax section was filled.   So as mentioned in my biography, I followed my brother’s example and started on the trumpet — his old trumpet to be exact (the sax was my dad’s).  I played that (terribly) until 8th grade when I told my director that either he’d let me switch to baritone or I was quitting.  A week later I was playing baritone.

Back then, I had no idea what a euphonium was or the differences between it and a baritone.  In fact, I didn’t learn most of the differences until recently… Anyway, in high school I was introduced to the euphonium through a new shiny Yamaha four-valved horn.  I loved it.  I was also introduce to the bulk of a marching baritone (which seriously resembles a bloated trumpet-mellophone combination).  I actually developed decent upper body strength because of marching with that beast.

I enjoyed a happy life with my euphonium in high school (well, as happy as high school can be).  I stopped following my brother’s footsteps because I was definitely not skilled or designed to play a tuba.  My school lacked tubas for short peoples — and well, I lacked uber lungs.  However, since I did not own my own euphonium or baritone, my days of playing pretty much ended in high school.  I played for one semester in college — even took private lessons.  But when my director said he only wanted trombones for the opera, I quit.

Until this last summer I never really though much about picking up the horn again.  I had no reason really.  And then Weiss introduced me to the amazingness that is Mucca Pazza.  I was instantly in love.

After the show, I had to meet some of them.  Bask in the nerdiness.  It was after that show that I decided I needed my own horn.  So I met Ronnie (accordion), who also played Happy Birthday for me (since it was my birthday weekend)… and Tom (trombone), who mentioned the cd release show happening a few days later.  And well, since I thought Tom was quite the hotty (only later did I find out he was married with a kid), I knew I had to go to that second show.

Mark Messing @ Tour de Fat

Mark Messing @ Tour de Fat

So I did.  And that’s where I met Tony (percussion).  And then I found out about MP playing a few days later at Tour de Fat.  Of course I went.  (This is where I found out about, and met Tom’s family.)  It was after this concert that Tony introduced me to Elanor (trombone) and I found out more about the community reading band that MP had started.  So after a few ebay attempts and various emails, I found myself with a horn and joined up.

So now I own my very own bariphonium (technically a euphonium).  It’s a silver holton bell-front.  I use a 6.5AL pink mouthpiece.  And I’m damn proud and comfortable being a nerd.  I feel that any girl who can wield a low brass instrument is pretty awesome — and as we all know, I’m pretty damn awesome.

However, I will admit, since I haven’t played in a while… and because I was taught to be a little repetitious monkey rather than gaining skills in improv or jamming, well.. I’ll admit to not being all that amazing on my horn.  I can play, and I’m not absolutely terrible… but tell me to do a bit of a solo, just improv for a few bars, and well, it’s painful.

lucyfur and the bariphonium

lucyfur and the bariphonium

Anyway… Tonight, now that MP is back from their southwest tour, we’re starting up reading band again.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone and hoping that my suckage is minimal.  It’s been great getting to know various members of MP.  I highly recommend seeing one of their shows if you get a chance.

As they say, Ibbidy IP!

further proof that nerd are sexy (part 1)

10 November 2008

This weekend, I took a break from my Wii (just purchased on Friday), and joined Sara, Adam, Dan, and Dan’s sister Susan for a night of nerdcore.

My previous experience with nerdcore has been through the wonderful and simply rad Mucca Pazza.  They might possibly be one of my favorite bands.  I’ve also gotten to know a handful of their members, and I actually play with a few of them once a month in the community reading band I’m in.

Anyway… nerdcore hip-hop is something pretty new to me.  And, well, as a young, attractive female with nerdy inclinations… why would I miss out on this?  I typically find in any nerd-related events that the numbers are in my favor as far as the gender ratios.

So I got to see Dual Core, Former Fat Boys, Whoremoans, YT Cracker, MC Lars and MC Frontalot.  It was a packed night that probably didn’t start until sometime between 11-11:30p.  I don’t think MC Frontalot started until after 2a…

FFB

FFB & Dino

I think Former Fat Boys was the act that sort of stuck out the most, as far as sort of not quite fitting in with the rest of the night…  Not sure.  It could have been style, it could have been what he rapped about, it could have just been him… Maybe he just didn’t seem nerdy enough for me.  He did how ever take off his pants, and even had a dude in a dinosaur suit come out for two songs… The dino however just walked around and occasionally threw his hands up.  I was expecting more.

Whoremoans had one song that well, I thoroughly enjoyed.  F- the Princess.  The beat was good, and song was catchy… and well… Sara and I just sort of laughed a lot during it.  Granted, we did that throughout the show.  Especially when one of Adam’s grad school friends licked Whoremoan’s man boob.  Seriously.

Anyway… Sara, Susan and I were basically just hanging out in the back (up in the seats), waiting for MC Frontalot.  Not that any of us were familiar with him…   Definitely worth waiting for.  And well… MC Frontalot is kinda hot.  Even hotter when he’s preforming.

MC Frontalot @ Penny Arcade Expo '04

MC Frontalot @ Penny Arcade Expo

The night was good.  The only downside was this small group of obnoxiously drunk people.  I mean, seriously, who tells the performer that you have a better tattoo than they do (though a zombie unicorn is decent)… But yeah, these drunk kids just sort of distracted from everything… The easiest way to be a giant douche at a concert is to get amazingly drunk, sing a long louder than the artist, and then assume this concert is all about you and just for you…. Personally I like to think that MC Frontalot wasn’t all that happy with at least one of them… If only I had a nerf bat with me (nerf just to avoid unnecessary lawsuits on assault and all that)…

We (including some more new friends) all went to the Pick Me Up for some post-concert food.  Being that it was about 3a or maybe later, I opted for a chai… Adam got ice cream, which I thought was silly since it is cold out.  And that’s all I’ve got for that.  … I arrived home at 5a… I could have stayed up and continued with Guitar Hero… but I was one sleepy dinosaur.  (and no, not the type of dinosaur FFB had…)

Videos in part 2.

you should buy me a wii (part 2)

7 November 2008

Video Double Feature.

Guitar Hero v Air Guitar Hero

2 Girls 1 Guitar


Sorry this one’s so short… my memory card ran out of space.

you should buy me a wii (part 1)

7 November 2008

I’ve been craving a Wii for a while now, but for financial reasons didn’t really think too much about it. I had friends with Wiis, so I played every once in a while, plus for a while I just didn’t have time for video games (I know, blasphemy).

But now… This is the time.  I need a Wii.  In fact, the original plan was for me to buy one tomorrow.  … However, due to some unfortunate events I missed 3 days of work unpaid… so I’m not sure if a Wii is in the budget this time.  And well, I’m freaking impatient — so waiting two more weeks for the next paycheck is going to be torture.  Plus, I also feel odd buying myself some of these really awesome, and pricey, things just before the holidays — when my family can purchase these things for me.  Again, impatient.

Buying my DS Lite has really reminded me how much I miss and enjoy video games.  If I could, I would own all the major platforms — though I’m really just excited about the Wii and an Xbox 360.  (No offense to Sony — the PS3 is awesome, I just haven’t had a push for that over the Xbox.)  If I could, I think I would spend all of my time at Zach’s (Libby’s boyfriend)… He and his roommate Morgan have more than enough video games to keep me occupied until I can buy my own.  And well, it’s from gaming at his place that as pushed me over the edge in my desires to own a Wii….

true rockstar

true rockstar

Why?
Guitar Hero III.

As silly as I think the game is, it’s incredibly addicting and I’m simply hooked.  There was only two ways I could go with this game: either I was going to love it and be mildly decent at it or I was going to have an epic fail.  But following my true awesome nature, I indeed rocked (as the game told me many times).

My biggest issue is that I tend to skip over songs that I either don’t quite care for aurally, or just simply don’t know.  Obviously I realize they can’t tailor the game to my musical fixations… but from what I’ve seen of World Tour… I don’t think I’ll be terribly disappointed.  I even noticed one of my ringtones on there (Modest Mouse – Float On; Psapp and John Lennon also grace my phone — and, only when the MennoJerk calls, the Super Mario Bros Theme).

.. Anyway.  Since I’m familiar with Guitar Hero, I’m starting off with that.  It means I can easily join up with others — aka Zach and Morgan — and not have to worry about buying a lot of extras.  I will, at some point, purchase Rock Band.  I’ve looked over their playlist and am please.  Plus, a bonus, they’ll be adding Beatles songs (or so my mother has informed me).

Well… At this point, I’m just going to conclude with some visuals for you…. there will be video in part 2.

showing how it's done.

showing how it's done

a blurry ball of awesomeness

a blurry ball of awesomeness

VOTE. (seriously, or a velociraptor will hunt you down.)

4 November 2008

I voted today.  But you should already know that.

rock its face off.

rock its face off.

This isn’t the first time I’ve voted… I voted in the Crossroads a few years ago, just something local.  If you can do the math, you’ll see that I’m old enough that this is actually the second presidential election I could have voted… But this is the first time I’ve done that.

What was I doing in 2004?
Well… honestly, I had a choice.  Drive two and a half hours down to my hometown and vote… (I’m not one for absentee… not because I don’t trust it, I just don’t trust my own motivation.)  .. or I could drive (aka ride in a car) two and a half hours (or so) to the Second City and be in the audience of Jerry Springer.

Yep.  That was my choice.  … and well, yeah… You can see me on tv a few times… I’m way up in the corner thinking “man, I could easily see a good portion of my high school class fitting in here….”  It was an interesting time, and well, my friend Dbo actually had some air time… (they chanted “Democrat” and “Go to Oprah” to at him… Jerry just said “my kind of guy”…)  Anyway… in 2004 I was living in a clearly and historically red state.  One that I just recently transfered my registration from, even though it’s now a gray state and I’m in a blue state.  (hooray for colors, right?)

So there you have it.  The lame reason why I didn’t vote last time.

VOTE!

4 November 2008
win.

win.

dude.  I voted.  I was no. 17 in my precinct.  word.