Friday, August 31, 2007

I'm nothing if not a follower

Over the past few months, I've been thinking about what to do with my blog. I'm tired of Blogger, and I'm ready for a change. I seriously considered typepad, but I just don't think I'm serious enough to pay for a blogging service. Rachel and Sherry have both recently checked out wordpress. Rachel stayed, but Sherry returned to the loving folds of blogger. Based on Rachel's experience, I decided to check out wordpress myself. I've imported all my posts, and I'm liking it.

There is one thing different. The name. My blog address has already changed once, I started this fine adventure nearly two and a half years ago as aurorabaker. Tiring of that identity, i decided to be myself for awhile and I'm now dawnmarievan. Well, I'm getting married and my name is going to change, so it was time to think of a new identity. With some input from Carly, i decided to make a play off my soon-to-be last name, and so I present to you, the Life and Times of a Duchess. (No it is not spelled wrong, I looked it up) I decided to change it now, since I'm moving anyway, rather than move now and change again later.

Come visit, stick around, change your links. See you there.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Up up and away!

Rachel answered my plea for help and asked me a question too. This one didn't require as much thought for me, but it was still fun to answer.

If you could have any one super power, what would it be and why?

In the past when I've answered this question, I've always said the ability to fly. I just like the idea of the freedom that would give me. Being asked and having to write about it though, I sat down and gave it some more thought.

Being invisible? No, being invisible would still leave me solid, and I'm too clumsy to not get discovered when I invisibly bang into walls and knock over things.

Being able to read minds? No way. I have enough nonsense running around in my head without putting other people's nonsense in there too. Besides, I can only think of the Buffy episode where Buffy can read minds, and she almost goes insane.

Telekinesis. Now here's a power that my lazy arse could get behind. Not having to get up off the couch to grab a soda, or the remote, I could open the door for the pizza guy and Theresa and I wouldn't have to rock, paper, scissors to see who has to get up. But, when you get right down to it, I don't get much exercise, so getting my bum off the couch is probably good for me.

I gave some strong thought to mimicry, to be able to absorb the superpowers of others, but seeing as no one I know has any powers I know about, there wouldn't be much use to that power.

My mind moved on here to the powers of the X-men. Accelerated healing, controlling the weather, those would be some handy tricks. I'd have the best sunset ever for my wedding... But I just don't think I could live up to the high standards set by Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry.

I briefly reconsidered flying, but then, out of nowhere, it hit me. My superpower would be teleportation. Talk about useful. To work and home in the blink of an eye. Forgot your lunch? Not a problem. Traffic sucks? Who cares, blink. Late for a cake-tasting appointment? Blink. Need to visit the captain in Sioux Falls? Blink. Blink. Blink. Blink. Blink.

Teleportation. That's what I want to do when I grow up.

And now I'm out of questions, feel free to ask me more, I loved answering these, seriously. I don't promise to answer any question, but send me an email, I love it.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Let them eat cake

That was mostly for Carly. Since I'm answering the rest of her question, I thought it appropriate. Plus, Nick and I are doing a cake tasting tonight so it fits well.

The second question she asked me was What are three things that are on your list of things to do in the future?

I thought a really long time about this. I've always had things I thought would be great to do, but things that I actually am going to do? (which is how I read the question) That's harder.

1. This one is kind of a cheat. But go to Italy. Ever since I was about 13, I wanted to go to Italy. I never said much about it to anyone except my mom, but I've always wanted to go. And on October 19th, I leave. I'm heading over to visit Toni, whom I miss terribly, and I can't wait. I daily check her photobucket account for new photos, and just today I sent an email to my professors for fall semester telling them I'd be gone.

2. Buy a house. I want a yard, I want to be able to paint whenever and whatever I want, I want to be able to buy a puppy, or some other pet without getting permission. I want to not have 16-year old rap fan living above me, I want to walk in my front door and now have to open 3 more doors before I get into my house.

3. I'm going to say host a fabulous dinner party. Now, I host parties all the time (although it's been awhile, right guys?) but a real, grown-up dinner party with centerpieces, place cards, table settings, a group of my closest friends seated at a table where we have a fantastic dinner, perhaps prepared by Toni [:)]. An evening where the conversation flows freely and there is no need for entertainment because the company of each other is all we need.

Monday, August 27, 2007

So long, farewell, auf...

more miscellaney...

Carly's hanging up her keyboard. One of the finest writers I've had the pleasure of "meeting", I'm quite sad to see her go, but I'm glad she'll have more time for whatever she wants more time for. Adieu Queenie.
Another exciting week looms here at work for me. I'm working 5 8-hour days, which is not something I've been able to do for quite awhile. I've spent time at the doctor, home in bed ill, and driving up to the cabin. I'm kind of looking forward to a simple week of normalcy. Except that I'm very very caught up with my work, and I don't have a whole heck of a lot to do.
This weekend brings Sarah to town. Friday and Saturday, Nick and I will be up northwest attending a wedding, but I look forward to some serious hanging out Sunday night. It is, after all the second birthday of team chipotle. I feel like there should be pancake cake and ghetto cub balloons.
Before all the weekend partying, there's work to be done. Tonight, the possiblity of dinner with a friend looms promisingly, and I'll probably be popping over to Kath's house to swap season one of Dr. Who for season two. Tuesday and Thursday, Nick and I are doing cake tastings at two different bakeries, in case we decide we want a cake at our wedding in addition to the dessert bar. Wednesday, I'm not doing much, but meeting up with a girl who is using my vases for her wedding next month.
This brings me to a dilemma I'm experiencing. Last night, Theresa and I were discussing how much we miss choir, and singing. My church choir starts up their practices again this coming Wednesday, at 7:00. I'm not gonna lie, I'm tempted to join up, just to get my vocal chords some use after sitting and rusting for a couple years.
That's about all I have, Hope everyone's weekend went well and the week ahead speeds by.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Friday ramblings

When a week that starts out with two days in bed, it goes pretty fast. I can't believe it's already Friday. This afternoon, I'm leaving work a tish early (I was supposed to be off all day, but came in due to missing two days) and then Nick and I are headed up north-east to my step-families cabin where we'll chill for the weekend with my parents and the dog. I foresee a lot of lake time in our future.
I am now the proud owner of 35 6-inch rectangular vases. That's right. 35. And 100 tealight holders and 100 tealights.
On the very same day that Toni boarded her plane for Italy, my passport arrived in the mail. A co-worker of mine who renewed her passport had to wait three months for hers, so I was thrilled my renewal only took two months. Now I get to renew it again in April after my name changes. And now I can go to Italy in a little under two months and have no problems!
I have zero zero zero desire to accomplish anything at work today, so we'll see how much I get done before I leave.
I hope everyone has fabulous weekends.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Working in a gold mine going down down down

And now I'm sure I'll get at least one rock lobster related comment.

I'm feeling almost 100% today. Things really turned around about 9:30 last night and things are looking bright today. Thanks to everyone for your well wishes, it was really an awful few days.

I did come back to a lot of work drama. They're talking about moving our unit about 8 blocks away, to an area where parking is twice as expensive and life in general would stink because we'd be farther away from the court building where we do most of our business. But, they've also opened up the telecommuting list, so there's a lot of rumbling about a portion of us going to work from home.

I'm not sure if I'd love it. Thoughts?

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

It's getting a little ridiculous

I cannot in the span of my lifetime ever remember being this sick. Ever.

I'm doing better today, I haven't thrown up since yesterday, but the 2 hours I spent at work this morning made it clear to me that I needed to return home to the confines of my bed. So I'm back there. In bed. At least it's rainy, rainy days seem to go with being sick.

And Zeke has always called me Kitty.