Thursday, January 31, 2008

I heart randos with cameras

I just got the following post on my facebook wall from one of my college teammates:

"so i am browsing the american apparel website and there is a section for "no pants subway 2K8" and i am like sweet let me check out these pictures and WHO DO I FIND IN THEIR UNDIES? you... haahah awesome

i guess i dont even have to ask if life is awesome in the big city"

Amazing. I love my crazy life. Even when it winds up on flikr :)

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

When I Grow Up

How I wish I had responded to this question:from xkcd, a great web comic.

Do we think "lighthouse operator" would get me a visa?

Idiotarod 2008

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me!

After 2 weeks of ship-building and organizing, the Dirty Ethel Roberts took to the high seas of Brooklyn! It was mass chaos and ridiculously fun. The organizers switched up the starting points 3 times via text messages so we wound up in Chinatown and began the race by sprinting over the Manhattan Bridge before criss-crossing various neighbourhoods in BK. There were checkpoints with games (dizzy bat, jumping rope, tug o war, etc) and lots of opportunities to bribe the judges. The awards ceremony at the end was really fun, and we actually won an award for "best redirection of a team name". When we arrived, the judges told us that pirates were no longer allowed, so we answered, "well that's ok, cause we're Angry Whores!" And the prize???? A Muppets towel. Pretty sweet, I know, you're all jealous :)

Important takeaway lessons:
1. 7 miles is a long long way when you are pulling a shopping cart. Next year our cart will be lighter!
2. Buy sketchy things (like our blow-up doll figurehead, Judy) on Sunday mornings--the reaction I got was "A nice girl like you, skipping church on Sunday morning to come buy this? Here, you can have it for 50% off!" (note: I did NOT tell him I was skipping church, he just came up with it himself)
3. The manhattan bridge is really long too.
4. Ketchup smells really, really bad after you've been wearing it for several hours. The food throwing was the only real downside to the day.
5. Nothing tops a great support team! Learned it from OA and it was so true in this case--our advance bike scout and crack team of saboteurs/GPS trackers helped us find checkpoints and helped us recover when we were lost in some random part of BK.
6. We're not the only ones who go to all these crazy events--we found my friend Wonder Woman Santa at Idiotarod too!

Rachel has a sweet slideshow and summary of the day in numbers here, as well as links to other coverage. I'll have more pictures when I develop my disposable camera--I didn't trust myself with the digital that day :)

"Life's pretty good, and why wouldn't it be? I'm a pirate, after all."--Johnny Depp

When's the next event??

Monday, January 21, 2008

Long Time No Blog

Haven't been posting much recently. It's not that I haven't had things to post about--absolutely the opposite!--but I've been busy doing stuff and haven't been taking the time to randomly ramble on here. Rachel had a good point yesterday too, when she said it's not as fun to post if you don't think anyone's reading. Shout out to all of you--I have a 2.5 hour commute so I'm reading :)

I think the other thing is that I've always been a creature of phases. Sometimes I get totally excited about things and then after a while, I'm less into them and I get swept up into something else (case in point: the half-finished scarf in my room after a brief fling with knitting last christmas). Who knows, just a weird me thing. But I'm going to put more time into blogging and try not to let it go for so long between posts...

There have been some crazy times in the past few weeks though. Highlights include:
  • NYE--my first in the city, complete with BYOB subway & Fontaine making a new "friend". Also, the NYRC football game, which Brookhattan won for the first time!
  • No Pants Subway Ride 2k8--pretty much just what it sounds like. It was pretty cold!
  • Skiing!! for the first time in 5 years. It took a few runs to get back in the groove but once I did, it felt like flying. I realized how much I missed it and will definitely be getting up to Whistler when I'm home in March!
  • Idiotarod prep--picture the Iditarod, but instead of dogs, sled, and Alaska, it's people, a shopping cart, and Brooklyn. The Angry Whores will sail their pirate ship to victory this Saturday, pillaging and plundering and sabotaging as we go! Yarr!
Plus just a lot of random stuff. I'm doing the Colgan program to get into better shape for rugby and am lifting with a lot of the U19s, so I've been spending a lot of time in the gym. I went back to school this weekend for a few birthdays and had a great night. And I'm trying to fix up my resume and research visa options etc. That's a whole nother can of worms :) It's hard trying to balance everything and I definitely wind up sacrificing sleep and not accomplishing things as soon as I would like, but I'm working on it. First on the agenda: goals for 2008! Yes, it's been 3 weeks and I haven't written out any resolutions. But I'm thinking about them so that counts :)

Also, I just want to note that conversation hearts are now in stores!!! Is it sad that they're the most exciting thing about valentine's day for me? Potentially. But who cares when you have delicious sugary goodness saying "U go girl," "you rule" and "email me"? Mmm...officially addicted. It's a good thing they're not available year-round...

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits.

No time for a long post about recent events. Just have to throw this up there...