Archive for the 'Whatnot' Category

“Can I help you find anything?”

Wednesday, September 29th, 2004

Dan and I went to Eddie Bauer last week, and we started out in Eddie Bauer Home, looking at quilts. One of the clerks — an older, heavyset woman with frizzy hair and glasses, wearing a denim shirt — helped us open one up and watched us deliberate over several others. She then watched us […]


Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004

La Fondue, we hardly knew ye I got taken to The Melting Pot last night for my birthday dinner, and we weren’t quite sure what to expect. I had no doubt that it would not be medieval-themed. I also knew upfront that they don’t offer an option to grill your meat, so dipping in hot […]

Can you feel the love?

Wednesday, September 15th, 2004

How important is it that you like the environment you work in? Six months in, I’m beginning to think about this. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m enjoying my job. It’s more challenging and more rewarding than the last one. I’m now juggling several large projects and progessively getting to manage more and more. On […]

Dive! Dive! Dive!

Thursday, August 26th, 2004

I shall write about the women’s 3m springboard diving now, because that is what I’m doing with my evening. I’ve been watching a lot of the Olympics, which I didn’t expect to. It’s so much better with Tivo, though, since I can just go right past all the boring events, like anything involving running or […]


Wednesday, August 18th, 2004

“Wow, you used to look terrible!” For the record, I’ve lost about 25 pounds in the last year. I cut calories, started exercising, and I lost weight, very gradually. I’m certainly proud of this effort — I now weigh about what I did when I left college five years ago. What I don’t understand, though, […]


Thursday, July 8th, 2004

I’m not generally a fan of discussing bathroom behavior. And I’m certainly not a fan of brandishing reading material and announcing to the world that the bathroom is where you’re headed. Imagine, then, my dismay to learn that this is apparently quite acceptable at my office. We have “public” restrooms for our students during courses, […]

So pretty, it hurts

Wednesday, July 7th, 2004

John Kerry has chosen John Edwards as his running mate, as you probably know by now, and all the media keeps commenting on how “youthful” and “good-looking” he is. First of all, I’d like to point out that these are not the substantive qualities on which, surely, Kerry’s decision was based. Second, I’m annoyed by […]

14 years

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2004

This is how long it’s been since the Pistons were in the NBA playoffs. I know this because I watched them beat the Pacers in a rather stunning comeback this evening (the first quarter was remarkably bad), and the announcers commented on the time gone by. The Pistons taught me to love basketball, back when […]

Armand’s Rules of the Road

Monday, May 24th, 2004

Please be kind enough not to blow cold air in my face. I will yowl should you not comply. Please ensure that I am not too hot. I will yowl if I get too warm. Music I will not listen to, under any circumstances: “jazz brunch,” pop, hip hop, anything with horns or high hat, […]

Lemonade and Lord of the Rings

Thursday, April 29th, 2004

It is at this time of year that I inevitably hate working. It has nothing to do with my job, it’s just about how nice it is outside. To be sure, it’s made a bit worse this year by the fact that I don’t have a window in my office, though. I have so many […]