February, 2006

February 1st, 2006, 12:05 a.m. - Let the countdown begin

T minus 9 hours until I get yelled at for something that isn't my fault.

February 7th, 2006, 1:53 p.m. - See, someone knows how to do this

Dear Jon Stewart:

Thank you for naming your new baby Maggie Rose Stewart. Not only do I love the name Maggie, but it's an actual name, unlike the monstrosities other children of celebrities have been burdened with. Your kid will totally be able to beat up Tom Cruise's.

February 8th, 2006, 10:42 p.m. - Mama's gettin' herself an iPod

I realized yesterday that I wasn't getting overtime for the hours I often wind up working past my 40 a week. This is because one of our financial people apparently doesn't understand that anything over 80 hours for two weeks is worth time and a half. (Hello, OSHA!) I looked through all of my paychecks today and found 11 with discrepancies. Of those 11, 9 range from $10 to over $100 that I'm owed. All together, it's $529.42. Let me say that again: $529.42. What kind of math is this woman using?

February 14th, 2006, 8:19 p.m. - Insert hearts here

Happy Valentine's Day! My boss appears to be trying to thwart my plans to lose weight. Thanks for the candy anyway, dude.

February 16th, 2006, 6:17 p.m. - Aaron choo-choo-chooses me

Awww, I have a (belated) valentine! Said valentine has a boyfriend, but still, awwww!

February 22nd, 2006, 8:22 p.m. - And now for something completely different

I've started keeping track of the books I've read, so I thought I might as well say some stuff about them here. From now on, anything in blue is about a book. Here goes...

1. Stiff (Mary Roach)
Roach has a very dry style, a little sarcastic and a little cynical. A lot of times this book reads like she's sharing an inside joke. The topic (corpses) was really interesting; I learned a lot more than I ever expected (or, honestly, wanted to know) about dead bodies. She treats the subject with a lot of respect. I got Spook for Christmas and it's sitting in my big stack o'books, waiting to be enjoyed.

2. Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life (Amy Krouse Rosenthal)
This is the perfect book for me - it's short, it's a little frantic, and it doesn't focus on one topic for too long. It's perfect for a reader with a short attention span. Rosenthal is very good at connecting with the reader; it feels like she's sharing a her life with you. Some of the entries and funny but some are touching. It's just a lot about life's little idiosyncrasies and coincidences.

3. Company (Max Barry)
This is one of those books that I think could have been a lot better. There are some dropped storylines and some moments that just don't feel right. Any time the action was outside of the office building, I got bored. The characters aren't very memorable or extremely well-drawn, which I always consider a major flaw. The idea itself is interesting - it's basically a study of an ordinary American company. It just didn't all hold together. Also, it's hard not to crave donuts while looking at the cover.

Up next: The Partly Cloudy Patriot (Sarah Vowell)

February 27th, 2006, 8:17 p.m. - Goodbye, February sweeps...

...Hello, new seasons of The Amazing Race and The Apprentice. Which means I'll soon be busy actually doing stuff again.

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