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Goodbye Kentucky!

This will be my last post from the Commonwealth.

Time for a new blog title. Hmm…

The blog has been silent because I have been packing. And cleaning. And in the midst of the stress of moving, my 60 lb pitbull has decided he’s a lap dog.

Saturday night, I took a break to go to a BBQ hosted by one of the first year grad students. We got to talking about the crazy way people pronounce words around here.

Kentucky Pronunciation Guide

Athens = eh-thens

Versailles = ver-sails

Chinoe (my personal favorite) = shin-oh-way

The BBQ was good time, but afterwards they persuaded me to head out to the Fish Tank. There was some sort of hippie-reggae-rock band playing, and they were loud. And awful. The people in the bar were a strange crowd – a mix of 40-something hippies and preppy college kids. All were drunk, and we guestimated (by the dancing) that approximately 80% of the crowd was high, 25% hadn’t showered that day. Oh man.

In honor of my last day, my super-fantastic boss invited the students in the lab and my friends, Josh and Bill out for pizza dinner at Mellow Mushroom. It was delicious, and a nice way to wrap up my year in Kentucky.

September 24, 2007 at 11:32 pm 1 comment

The Green River Lake Bug

Josh and Kim and their friends Jeff and Liz took me with them to Green River Lake (about an hour south of Lexington) on Sunday. Jeff’s mom’s fiance let us borrow his new speed boat for the day, and we had a great time sitting out on the boat. I even tried wake boarding (although, I wasn’t able to get up). It’s harder than it looks. Here are some pics:

Green River Lake 9-16-07

I think the excessive amounts of water up my nose from my wakeboarding attempts may have given me a sinus infection (or maybe the moving-induced stress has weakened my immune system).  I am in a whole world of sinus/ear pain.  Oh man.  And the phenylephrine that they now put in cold medicine doesn’t do much.  I ran to Walgreens today to beg the pharmacist for pseudoephedrine, and I was not only looked over to determine whether I was a methamphetamine user, I was also informed that the phenylephrine is an “isomer” of psedoephedrine (which it is NOT) and I was interviewed for a complete list of my symptoms so that they could determine what to give me (apparently asking for something with pseudoephedrine in it is not specific enough).  Then, I handed over my license and signed my life away.  Bye bye privacy, hello cold medication.  Thank you, meth makers, for completely taking the fun out of buying NyQuil.

September 18, 2007 at 9:51 pm Leave a comment

$110 in 20 minutes

7 cars at $15 a piece.  Not bad. 

 

I love college football.

Barley is not impressed, as evidenced by his uncontrollable firework-induced shaking.

 UK won!  And I am happy to report that unlike Minnesota students after a winning hockey game, these kids don’t riot after their team wins.

September 15, 2007 at 11:08 pm 1 comment

a special goodbye treat

As I was packing up my desk today (our lab is moving from the 2nd to the 4th floor of the building we’re in), I noticed a little surprise under the desk.

It was a mouse!

Don’t worry, it was smooshed in the spring-loaded trap that killed it.  I was informed that I had to pick it up and throw it away (thank goodness there were gloves handy).  Even worse, I was expected to pull the mouse out of the trap, reset the trap, and put it back under my desk.

Does anyone else find that a little ridiculous?

(FYI: I donned lab gloves and threw out the entire trap.  You can’t tell me that the University doesn’t have $0.20 to buy a new trap – especially since I’ve got their rodent extermination costs covered.)

I’m going to file this one under things I hope I don’t have to do at my new job.

September 10, 2007 at 9:42 pm 4 comments

shocking things i learned today

Look what they’ve done to Monopoly:

Monopoly

They’ve changed it so that you don’t even get to use the play money anymore – you use debit cards.   I can’t help but think this is a bad idea in a society that is plagued with credit card debt.

Another bad idea?  Flavor of Love, Season 3.  Starring Flavor Flav and 20 trashy chicks.  You know I’m going to waste hours watching this crap.

September 9, 2007 at 8:37 pm Leave a comment

note to self: you are no longer 21.

I had leftover chicken from last weekend’s cookout, and I stuffed some of it in Barley’s Kong. It took him over 4 hours to get it out.

The Kong: entertainer of the year

I’d like to say that it was a very productive 4 hours, since I’ve got quite a lot on my plate now, but it really wasn’t. I napped. (or tried to nap – every time I’d fall asleep, Barley would get the Kong stuck under the couch or Jason would call, and I’d wake up).

Why the nap? Because I went out Thursday night for 2-for-1 margarita night, and even though I intended to eat some tacos and leave after an hour, I ended up out with the gang until 1:30. AM. And I was so sleepy (and a little dehydrated) Friday morning that work was less fun than usual. Oh man. Oh man. I clearly am not in college any more, because if I were, getting less than 4 hours of sleep (and drinking multiple margs) would NOT have been an issue.

More proof that I’m not 21 anymore:

21-year olds do not bake doggy treats on a Saturday night

Yes, those are home-made dog treats. I was feeling a bit Martha Stewart-ish today, and decided to cook. Dog treats.

mmm… doggy treats…

Barley is pretty impressed with them. And they were really easy to make. In fact, both recipes are inventions of my own, based on other doggy treat recipes and the supplies that I already had in my cupboard. Here are the recipes, in case you want to make your own:

Barley’s Banana Bites

  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 tbsp Honey (heated in the microwave, so its easier to mix)
  • 1/4 cup Crisco
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Banana (when they start to go bad, I freeze them, so I actually used a frozen Banana for this recipe)

Mix ingredients. Form into cookie shapes and bake at 350 degrees for 20 min.

Chicken and Rice Balls

  • 1/2 can Chicken Stock
  • 2-3 cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/4 cup Crisco
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • Rice, leftover from last week’s takeout

Mix ingredients. Form into balls. Bake at 350 for 20-25 min.

September 8, 2007 at 10:32 pm 1 comment

another year wiser?

Maybe. Here are some important lessons I learned when I was 26:

  1. If you think your hot water heater doesn’t work, you might want to check to make sure the pilot light is on before taking a week’s worth of cold showers.
  2. Nothing is ever as easy as it should be when you’re dealing with any of the administrative offices at UK.
  3. Home projects are never as easy as they initially seem.
  4. No matter how much you like the work you do, if the people you work with are miserable, there’s a good chance you’ll become unhappy, too.
  5. The Camry can hold a serious amount of stuff. And if a Lowe’s employee tries to tell you otherwise, its best to just prove him wrong. If Jason tries to tell you otherwise, though, you might want to listen to him or you will be hearing about the time you overloaded the car for a really long time.
  6. Dogs really do chase their tails.
  7. The hardest part of being engaged is quitting my fingernail biting.

September 5, 2007 at 8:36 pm 3 comments

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