30 August 2010 @ 06:16 pm
This year, since I was done working for the summer, I decided to go with my mom and step dad to the summer picnic for my work. Basically another intern (whom I met last year and got to know better this year) was going and I wanted to catch up with her and say goodbye before she went back to Idaho for school. Other than hanging out and walking with my friend, the rest of the picnic was basically me scoping out and swooping in on grilled corn on the cob (I didn't want to wait in line when everyone else figured out it was ready), buying coffee at the beach snack hut (Seriously. A pepsi is not coffee, mom. Gosh) and being obsessed with barbeque sauce. Business as usual. 

Then we headed back to my mom's house and I thought I was going to peace out and head home, but my step dad was going to the driving range to hit some golf balls and invited me to tag along. So I did and it was fun even though I haven't been golfing in 6 or 7 years (you could tell. hurr durr). Then we got Japanese food at Full Moon (I got vegetable tempura and vegetable udon. And they were excellent as per usual) and hung around the house until I was seriously starting to fall asleep at the table watching my mom play farmville. 

I almost forgot to mention what they got me for my birthday. I really didn't even expect anything because they have been taking me to hockey games and concerts and I never really think of presents so I was surprised. They ended up getting me a Zombie combat manual and a home canning kit. I find it oddly heart warming that when my parents think of me they think of zombies and cookware because that's pretty much a core part of me. Actually, before I left for Russia my step dad and I had a huge talk about Jalepeno jelly and how he's going to have me come over the next time he makes it so I can make some for myself and how my mom is going to get a strawberry jam recipe from my other grandmother for me. So this makes sense. 





My grandma, of course, thought the idea of me canning was hilarious (Even though I help her can pickles, beets and relish all the time. Thank you very much) until I mentioned the jalepeno jelly. Then she was all over the idea. Of course it's a good idea that I can her a bunch of jalapeno jelly! Hello. How dare I try to jar anything else for any other reason.

After I had that conversation and made some sun tea, which led to more heckling from my grandmother (because she's from New England and doesn't get things like sun tea and sweet tea and molasses in pecan pie. I am not even kidding at all about this. There are arguments about whether or not I am making these things up ALL THE TIME) I headed out to my friend's house for brunch. My friend had done the same river cruise in Russia that I did so we exchanged stories and talked about the different places we ended up at and Russia in general. I ended up staying for 10 hours and talking with her and her boyfriend about sports, life, Russia, whatever before people came over for Fantasy Football drafting or something and my friend and I worked on maps for the history classes she teaches. Historians are seriously odd ducks because we got waaaaaay too into the maps and yelling over Africa etc etc. 

I spent all of today running errands for my grandmother (who is pretty sure she tore a tendon in her other leg) cleaning, getting rid of stuff, re-organizing things, looking at knitting patterns etc etc. Well. That and looking at new food/recipe blogs I found. HELLO. What else would I be doing on the internet? Really?

Other random things from today:
  • Manny Ramirez got bounced from the Dodgers to the White Sox because he's failing them and the White Sox were the failiest out of the teams vying for him. Oh baseball. Your face
  • The Giants won their game 9-7 after some failboaty losses to the Reds and the Dbags. 
  • Biznasty announced he is bringing back his ridiculously offensive twitter. I cannot wait. 
  • Kovalchuk's other contract proposal got denied. This is the most entertaining signing that has happened this offseason. It's so ridiculous when you see Nicky Lars easily getting his approved and signed months ago and Kovalchuk keeps failboating it up right down to the wire.  
  • I found (or refound) Fidel Castro's online blog. AMAZING. It's the crackiest political shit ever. You are right with his arguments and points until he goes off on some nutbag tangent about the US or something. It's such a slap in the face every time and you just get startled by it. 
This week was a nice mix of going to bed at 10pm and waking up at 6am and then going to bed at 8pm and then waking up at 4am. Then to shake it up a bit more I went to bed at 10pm and woke up at 4am today. This is going to get shitty when I start classes that end at 9:30. I cannot be crashing out in the middle of class. 

Speaking of class I have to go deal with the syllabus my professor FINALLY posted three days before we have class. Thanks. 
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