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Lots of backdated updates. [Oct. 3rd, 2005|06:36 pm]
[Current Mood |sleepysleepy]

I know I haven't been updating this journal very often. I split off another journal to make it into my writing journal, and I've pretty much been throwing everything over there. Makes it easier to keep track of my friends. But I finally did move some of my Argentinean exploits over to this journal. Sarah wanted to see 'em, so I'll have to send her a link.

That's about it for now. I think I'm gonna hit the hay early tonight.
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I'm Home! [Sep. 17th, 2005|11:29 pm]
[Current Mood |satisfiedsatisfied]
[Current Music |Enya - Paint the Sky with Stars]

I have returned! *Trumpets blare in fanfare or maybe that was a kazoo* I finally had a good day in Argentina my last day there. I had so much fun just walking around the city on my own. I didn't take nearly as many pictures as I would have liked. But I have all the pictures in my head. The best thing I saw while I was there were the Tango dancers. A completely different type of street performer than I usually see. It was really inspiring.

The flight back was absolutely horrible. Delays, being surrounded by ten-year-olds for 11 hours, not sleeping, missing my connecting flight by 5 minutes after running through Dallas Airport. I was going to post this long bitchy diatribe, but I don't need to anymore. I made it back home, slept for 8 hours & I feel very relaxed now. I am just so happy to be home, and have the terrifying flying behind me. Well, at least until the next time I have to get on a plane.

Captain has been so happy to see me. He has been following me everywhere. Everytime I sit down I get a furry lap of cat. And while I was napping, he slept ON me, which he never does. He is such a cute kitten. I mean, how can I resist him?

It was strange coming back home. For the first time since I moved up from Florida, my apartment felt like home. My messy apartment. Illinois feels like home to me. This makes me so happy. Well, aside from the mess. Now, I'll have to spend tomorrow cleaning. or maybe just goofing off

So, I'm off to bed...again. I seem to be spending a lot of time in bed today and not even in the good way...get your mind out of the gutter

When there's a journey, you follow a star.
When there's an ocean, you sail from afar.
And for the broken heart, there is the sky.
And for tomorrow are those who can fly.
Only If - By Enya
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I am WAAAAAY to giddy. [Sep. 16th, 2005|08:05 pm]
[Current Mood |distresseddistressed]
[Current Music |Brian Eno - Music for Airports (hahahaha)]

I made it to the airport. I'm 45 minutes from getting on a plane back to the US. YIPPIE! I loved Argentina (well, this last day I loved it), but it will be very good to get back home. I never sleep very well in hotel beds.

I am able to get online because somehow I guessed (on my first try) a username and password for this airport wireless network. As a programmer, I know the usual username/pw we use, I just didn't think that this wireless network would use that too, so YAY for me. Didn't have to pay for wireless. And I get to read my f-list 'til I have to get on a plane for an 11 hour flight. Ugh. Oh well. Hopefully I can sleep thru this one, too.

So, yee haw yippie! Next time I'm back in communication with anyone I'll be in Dallas. Then on to Chicago! Sweet Home Chicago!
Ciao Argentina. Helloooooo USA.

EDIT: Oh FUCK! A group of about 20 ten-year-olds are going to be on my flight to Dallas. And now take-off has been delayed for at least an hour. There are entirely TOO MANY CHILDREN on this flight. Headphones on....music turned up...trying my best to ignore them. What did I do in a past life that was this horrible?
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Final Day in Argentina [Sep. 16th, 2005|04:36 pm]
[Current Mood |happyhappy? Is that what this is?]
[Current Music |The Cure - Fascination Street]

I went walking in Buenos Aires this morning. Didn't have a lot more to do with the programmers I was down here training, so I took the morning off and went walking. I woke up at like 5am this morning. Around 7, I decided to go for a walk. I just walked around downtown Buenos Aires watching people, window shopping & taking in the sights. I liked that SO much better than a planned tour. Victor was going on a city tour this morning, and invited me to go along. I opted to go off on my own.
Don't cry for me, Argentina.Collapse )
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Argentina: Day 3 [Sep. 15th, 2005|11:51 am]
[Current Mood |frustratedfrustrated]

So, worked again until 8pm last night. Keep working so late 'cause I'm trying to keep up with everything in Chicago as well as the training I'm doing here. Although, I don't know if my training is doing any good.
Show me the way to go home.Collapse )

Show me the way to go home
I'm tired and I wanna go to bed
I had a little drink about an hour ago
And it's gone right to my head
Wherever I may roam
On land or sea or foam
You can always hear me singing this song
Show me the way to go HOME.
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Argentina Saga: Day 2 [Sep. 13th, 2005|10:45 pm]
[Current Mood |confusedconfused]
[Current Music |Bassic - The Night Owl Chronicles]

Backdated since I still have NO STINKING INTERNET IN MY HOTEL.

I know I am a usual mass of contradictions in my life. So, here comes another one. I think that not all men are scum. And I think this because my dinner companion was nothing but the utmost gentleman all night. None of the usual stupid things that guys do. And it could be that he was not attracted to me. Probably was, but here is the kicker. He was a complete gentleman the whole time. I'm used to if a guy isn't interested, he acts like a total arse to get me not to like him. And Victor spent all night ignoring my blatant flirting (I am a horrible flirt). And he was still absolutely wonderful dinner conversation. He listened to what I had to say. He made interesting points. He opened doors for me. He walked down the street looking out for me, walking between me and anything that was potentially harmful (like the crazy bum going thru trash and talking to himself, or even just the broken part of the sidewalk).

So maybe not all men are absolutely horrible. Maybe it's just the American men that are idiots (Victor is Peruvian). Or maybe it's just the American men I've been hanging out with. Gives me some hope that all men aren't destined to break my heart.

But ANYWAY...I had a wonderful dinner with Victor. We walked around a few blocks until we saw a restaurant that both of us thought looked good. They had a lot of different (and by different, I mean things that did not have beef in them) things to choose from. I had a MOST exquisite pumpkin ravioli with squash, eggplant & red peppers. It was all kinds of yummy. And I got the waiter to recommend a white wine to go with dinner. I'm in Argentina - I have to try some of the local wines. It was crisp without being too fruity or sweet, but not too dry. Damn, I wish I could remember what it was called. Oh well, I had a nice Argentinian wine with dinner. EDIT: Remembered the name of the restaurant after I went and looked at my online banking - Scuzi. Oh yeah, and I found out that dinner for two, including a bottle of wine, only cost me $17.66. Color me flabbergasted. I can't do currency conversions in my head (especially after half a bottle of wine). So that was a very nice surprise. END EDIT

Tomorrow, I am definitely going shopping. Just have to get out of the office before 8pm. Everything was closed by the time we got out of the office today. So, just have to take some time while I'm here and go earlier. Victor is going on a city tour on Friday morning, and said I should come along, but I think I'd rather go shopping and find some deals. Can get leather and silver cheap down here. I am such a shopping whore. I can't pass up the opportunity to shop (or even just browse).

Since I have no internet access at night, I'm able to concentrate on other things. I may just have the chance to *gasp* READ. I brought 3 new books with me on the trip, so maybe I can read one of those. Ahhhh. That's the one good thing about this time change...it may be hell in the morning, but to be 2 hours ahead is good at night. It may say 10:45 on the clock, but my body is still thinking 8:45! Hell, it doesn't matter, my sleep schedule has been so out of whack for the last month and a half, sometimes I fall asleep @ 8pm and wake up for good at 3am. And sometimes I'm up til 5am, and have to drag myself out of bed at 8am.

So, I'm off to start reading Wicked! Really want to read the book 'cause I want to go see the play while it's still in Chicago. Should be a lot of fun.

So, Adios, Buenas Noches y Hasta Manana!
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In which I fly to Argentina and get really cranky... [Sep. 12th, 2005|05:28 pm]
[Current Mood |exhaustedhalf-dead]
[Current Music |I heard The Cure on Argentina Radio today!]

I wrote this really long pissy journal entry while I was sitting and waiting at the Miami Airport. I was going to post it when I got internet access again, but when I read it over again this morning, it was just me being WAAAAAY to cranky, so I deleted it.
And now...the continuing Stoooory of a girl who's flown off to parts unknown.Collapse )
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All My Bags Are Packed... [Sep. 11th, 2005|12:57 pm]
[Current Mood |relaxedrelaxed - surprisingly]
[Current Music |Bowie - Rebel, Rebel]

2.5 hrs until the cab comes to pick me up to take me to the airport. Not freaking out that much, surprisingly. I think I'm still pretty exhausted from helping Laura pack & move yesterday. 12 hours, but we got it done! More traveling insanityCollapse )
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(no subject) [Aug. 30th, 2005|09:23 pm]
[Current Mood |confusedconfused]
[Current Music |Don Henley - Little Tin God]

i am SOOOO distracted. i just took a shower, and as i was getting out and putting wrapping my hair in a towel, i realized that i hadn't washed my hair. i had remembered to wash off and shave, but forgot the hair. ok, so i got back in the shower and washed my hair, then i was halfway through washing off again before i realized i was repeating myself. i will be very happy once this project i've been working on launches. just so i won't do something stupid again. laura keeps saving my ass. i can't concentrate anymore. maybe i'm just feeling poorly 'cause i'm getting over this cold. whatever the reason, i need to focus again. guess i should start meditating before i go to work again. have been sluffing off doing it in the morning 'cause i've been sleeping too late. but have to do it tomorrow...gotta regain some focus.
and i didn't do any laundry, so i'll have to wear something i have clean...or do laundry tomorrow before i go into the city for the event.
life isn't dull, but it isn't peaceful either!

-M (is for Messy)
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you spent three days lying on a beach drinking rum? [Aug. 27th, 2005|10:15 pm]
[Current Mood |drunksoon to be drunk]
[Current Music |harry nilsson - you're breaking my heart]

oh yum yum yum. i have invented a new drink. well, really i don't know if i have invented it, i just know i've never had it before. newman's own natural lemonade, captain morgan's spiced rum & grenadine. had something sorta like this when i lived w/ tree for the summer in tampa. except it was pink lemonade and coconut rum. but this tastes so fantastic. and now my glass is empty, so i will have to go make myself another one.

-M (is for Marvelous Drink)
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