Sunday, December 24, 2006


Well it's time for the annual Christmas post. I wish you all happy holiday, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah...

Here is a post I wrote a few weeks ago during the blackout in Western Washington. I didn't publish it at first because I didn't have power. Then, once I got power, I decided I didn't like my description of the latest storm. It was poorly worded and too anti-climactic. I was going to fix it, but I never did, but I shall give it to you on this generous holiday:


If you were wondering why I informed you that I wouldn't be posting while optimizing my project when I don't post all the much anyway, it's because I planned to share the recent, unusual weather besetting Seattle (well, it's been plaguing much of Western Washington, but I'm a Seattle snob, so I need not be inclusive in my terminology).

In November the Pineapple Express delivered record breaking rain, causing massive flooding in a region equipped for rain. The deluge was so powerful that it destroyed or disabled areas at Mt. Rainer N.P. It's been a month since the first flood, and the park is still closed (yet another record as no National Park has closed for more than two weeks).

After the intense rain, November decided it hadn’t quite left its mark. So in its last week rather than the usual rain and flooding, it turned down the temperatures a notch, just to give us some snow. “Whoo hoo! Snow in the city, that means much more in the mountains for skiing.” I’ll admit it was nice for a while, but then it tricked us. After the Sunday snow, it cleared up Monday morning. Monday was even sunny for a while. Then, right around the afternoon rush hour it started again, and like the old energizer bunny it kept going and going.

The problem with this level of snow is that Seattle is not a snow friendly city, which is something I learned while driving in it. That is, if you can call taking your foot off the brake every 5 minutes to move up an inch driving, then I was driving in it. I was stuck in Redmond (see picture) with all the Microsofties leaving work and went at a pace of one mile per hour (no exaggeration). The snow had the western half of the state at a standstill, but why?

If you know the topography of the western portion of the state, you’ll understand why. It’s not exactly flat here. In fact, just to get home after exiting a freeway, I must drive down at least 2 steep grades, and up 2. That, mixed with slippery roads makes for a difficult driving. Secondly, I think drivers here are content with water pouring down, but that white precipitation really takes them out of their comfort zone.

Like a lot of people, I gave up. I was at a student’s house in Redmond, so I just stayed the night. Some of those stuck on the freeways slept in their cars or ditched them for who knows what.

Unfortunately, that was not the worst of it. During the night the temperatures dropped even more and Tuesday morning welcomed us with frozen roads. Again, much of city was immobile as an ice covered road offers no traction, flat or steep. I wanted to go home, so I decided to brave the icy roads. I just had $5000 worth of repairs on my car, why not. I just put my gear in 1st, raised my foot over the brake, poised to pump it, and slid on my merry way.

The latest storm, which is occurring as I type this (as of 12/24/2006 not anymore) dumped buckets of rain with strong winds. The problem with this type of storm is that the saturated soil has become soft, leaving nothing for roots to grasp and trees falling in the wind. The problem with that is that they’ve been falling on power lines. As I write over a million are without power, including your humble author (I discovered later I was one of the lucky ones, I had power within a day, some had to wait over a week).

So to all my friends, come on over, the worst is over. Ignore the big volcano and fault lines.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Crappy Post

If you are wondering where I disappeared to, and I know you are, I am currently obsessed with program I am writing for my C++ class. If you didn't know already, Microsoft has gotten the better of me and I want to enter the tech field. I'm starting late in the game, but luckily there such a thing as a Computational Linguist. I'm working on earning the former title, but I first need to learn a thing or two about programming. If you're by chance a techie and are laughing at my choice of language to start from, C++ was all that was offered at the introductory level. Next one, C#. Ha, ha. That is for you anti-Microsoft techies (yeah, I know I sent a TCM on them a while back, but I had a change of heart). Actually, though I'll probably try Java next. I need a language I can actually use. So, the program is due Thursday and I'm confident I'll spend every hour I have available to make it work better.

OCD + Programming = Bye Bye normal Carrie

Friday, November 10, 2006


I read my last blog entry and I can't seem to determine its meaning. I was quite sleep deprived (as opposed to my normal sleep deprived state) when I wrote it. Don't trust any post written after 11:00 pm and before 6:00 am. It may not be "me" writing it. One exception is the "Accident" post. My mind was still clear.

Now to update my eager car can be fixed! When is the big question. Whoever guesses right wins a prize. An added bonus if you can guess the repair cost. I'll play the game too, because I don't know the answers either.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


Well, I have much to say, but no time to write, and by the time I have the time, the elections will be old news. I was hoping at least one of the state of Washington candidates would promise to fix all my problems, but they didn't. I still have my underpaid, overworked position. I got back at those candidates that refused to listen, I didn't vote for them!!! I wrote myself in instead.

Here a few thoughts:

I'm most pleased with Lieberman winning. Indy's mat have a chance at being a real third party.

I'm indifferent to congressional shift of power. I remember being ecstatic about the shift 12 years ago. Change is good, I suppose. I haven't been too happy with the Republican's lately, so let's see what the Democrats have to offer. I've become so cynical that I don't see the difference much anymore, but at least these "guys" have some concern for the environment.

Friday, October 27, 2006

That time of year again

Standard Daylight Time

The Sun has escaped,
leaving the gray clouds to linger.
SAD sets in.
Off to the chocolate shop!

(Note: This is a work in progress. Constructive
Criticism encouraged.)

Thursday, October 19, 2006

My First Accident

I got into a car accident today. I don’t know if you can call it a car accident, no one else was involved except for me and a guardrail. It was raining and I was getting off at an exit I don’t normally take. I was going about 30 (I really don’t how fast I was going, that’s part of my general driving problem) and had to turn around a sharp curve. I couldn’t make it at 30 so I tried to slow down, but instead of slowing I hydroplaned into the guardrail, totaling the front left side of my car. I was shaken, but I thought the damage was only cosmetic, so I pulled over to the side the best I could and called my boyfriend.

As I was recounting the accident I began smelling an odd fume. I thought it might be a leak so I wasn’t concerned. I hung up with by boyfriend and began calling AAA for a tow. That was when I noticed the smoke rising from the hood. I rushed out of my car and then saw the accompanying flames. My car was on fire!!! I don’t know cars very well, so I don’t even know what part of what under the hood is prone to fires. Whatever it is I successfully ignited it. I called 911, but before any emergency service arrived a trucker spotted the fire, and quickly extinguished it.

Had the story ended there I could have escaped with a questionably totaled car. But, my call brought the troops out. The fire department was very helpful in disabling the stuff (I told you I don’t know cars) that needed to be disabled to prevent further damage, and the police were nice for a little while. They asked me to detail the incident; they then told me not to feel so bad because it has happened a lot there (hmmm). Well, after I took their advice and decided not to “feel so bad” they tried to console me even further with a traffic ticket. What!!? I didn’t cause any damage to the guardrail (at least I don’t think I did). They wrote me up for going “too fast for the conditions.” So now I may be out of the car I bought only 4 months ago, and my insurance is going to be outrageous for the next 3 years.

I don’t want to end on such a negative note. So here is a lollipop smiley for you:

Tuesday, October 10, 2006


It's October and I haven't posted anything yet. So here I am posting. It's not that I don't have anything to say, it's that I don't have time to write it. There is a reason for that, but I can't go into it right now. However, if you know me (and I figure anyone who reads this does, if not, I'm very sorry if you happened upon my blog with a pickfork and torch in hand) you know a certain company sucks, and I am not at liberty to reveal that yet. After that there's gunna be a mob, and maybe a hangin'. Ooh, that sounds a little KKKish. I take back the hanging, just a good old fashioned mob.

Here is what I have learned this month:

1 - 30 really is all that bad.
2 - "Age defying" or anything similar means absolutely nothing.
3 - Contrary to what I used to think, apolitical people aren't stupid.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Getting Old

I went shopping in sweats yesterday. Not grocery shopping, it's normal to take a less than casual approach to gathering your basic needs. I shopped for some clothes (unsuccessfully by the way, a post on that later, I promise) and books at an upscale plaza. It didn't bother me too much, except that it didn't bother me. Where has my vanity gone? I'm still 29 (and yes I am counting down the hours; I was born the 20th of September in 1976 at 8:15 AM Pacific Time, so I have 22 hours left), I should still care!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006


I'm backpacking somewhere in those mountains in the background (the Olympics). Be back Friday with my usual weekly report.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Retro Hippie

I've decided to become a new age retro hippie.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

World Cup - Final Post

The Italians have played better, and as much as I don't like the French team they played a better a game. But, Zidane's an asshole and I had to suffer an Italian loss in shootouts to Brazil in '94, so I am excited to announce that the Italians are the new World Champions.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

World Cup - Post 3

I'm not as big of an Italian fan as I thought. Germany lost and I'm upset. I'm still rooting for the Italian team, but my enthusiasm for the Cup has waned. Luckily I missed the painful loss in the final minutes of overtime, I was making a cake. I would have loved to see the Germans crush the French. They still can if France loses to Portugal. Go Portugal! Now, don't be thinking I dislike the French and that I am a freedom fry loser. I just don't like the team. Well, I'm much to upset to write more. See you the tomorrow if the French choke.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

World Cup - Post 2

HA, Post 1. I thought I would have at least 5 by this point. Oh well, things are better in small doses anyway, and you certainly get that with The Torch Carrying Mob. I am very pleased with semi-final lineup. While my two favorites will have to battle it out, at least one of them will make it to the final. I couldn't ask for more. But even better is that Brazil is out of there. Zero, nothing, nada for the little Selecaos this time around. Yes, they are a good team, and yes, they are the true soccer artists (see Post 1 where I attribute it to the Italians); but they've won 2 of last 4 and they've come to expect at least making it to the semi. It's fun watching them suffer, especially Ronaldinho.

Yep, you lost

As far the Italy v. Germany game, I'm all for the Germans. The World Cup is the only event where my ancestral loyalties surface. I don't know why really. I still find the Italians sexier, if that is anything.

See you after Tuesday.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

World Cup - Post 1

World Cup 2006

I'm a huge fan of the Italian team. Their finesse brings art to the sport of soccer; Being so damn sexy makes them nice to watch as well. BUT, I was happy to hear the US tied them. The US Men's soccer sucks so I usually don't waste my time watching them bumble with the ball, but the way they played on Saturday has given me some hope that we may one day have a team that makes it to the finals.

Carrie's Favorites: Italy, Germany

Friday, May 26, 2006

Smart Kids

They overtook my computer

And got to this web site all by themselves

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Okay, so really I'm just lazy

I really do plan on writing in this on a consistent basis. I just haven't scheduled it into my life yet. You see, I'm a bit anal so I have a set schedule for certain things. For example, I only work out in the mornings. I can't stand going to the gym at any other time, even if I have the time. It's not because there are more people around, I just don't like going at any other time. I have a similar routine with food. It can't be too late or early, and I have to eat about every 3 hours. I don't like meals that fill me up because it kills my routine. However I'll eat ice cream at any time. I do have some spontaneity.
Well, the point is stay tuned. I'm not giving up on my blog just yet, not until it becomes too uncool; then at that time I'll jump on another bandwagon.
Here is another picture. This is Alaura, niece 4 of 7, 4 of 5, 1 of 2. If you can figure that out, good for you.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Been Busy

...but I will write something of substance, relatively speaking, soon. Here is a cute picture of my nephew Luke (Yeah, he has twin Leia. My brother's kind of a dork).

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Let's Improve the World

Well, I'm finally going to post something of substance by sharing my thoughts on how we, as humans, can work together to make this world a better place to live in. Starting with...April Fool's! Ha, I'm all about unessential information, you should know that by now. I hope you can recover from my joke and go on with your day.

Thursday, March 30, 2006


Here are some ducks that paid us a visit.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

A Different Type of Mob

A crowd of protestors hold signs gather in front of City Hall in Los Angeles.
(Ann Johansson / AP) Mar. 25, 2006

To read the article that somewhat accompanies this photo, click here.

Now for my brief rant...This same crap happened in 1994, when the Prop. 187 , a proposition intended to deny medical and educational privileges to illegal immigrants, was on the ballot. It's not the protests that bother me, nor the side they support, it's protesting with Mexican (also some Guatemalan and El Salvadoran) flags when one is demanding the United States to extend its privileges to illegal immigrants. If you have so much damn pride for those countries, why are you demanding the United States open the doors to the millions that want to escape from them? At least have the decency and respect to admit your home country is impoverished and corrupt and that its citizens need the jobs available in the US. To me, the Mexican flags in this protests say, "Mexico es Jesus Cristo, Los Estados Unidos es el diablo." Yet, they would rather do business with the devil. Muy Loco.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Thanks Bush

GOP unease spreads to security issues

[sarcasm] Thanks for screwing up Iraq and everything associated with it. Now we have President Hillary Clinton to look forward to.[/sarcasm]

Friday, February 03, 2006

Super Bowl 40

GO STEELERS! Roast them Seachickens.

(By rooting for the Steelers, I'm hoping the Seahawks will win)

Let me know how it ends. Since much of Washington will be watching the game, I'm headed for the slopes.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

I have SAD

I think I have SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) but only a couple of the symptoms. I want to oversleep and I crave sugary foods. The former is a symptom I can deal with, giving into it ensures me a nice rest. I would prefer a world where we could sleep 16 hours, work 4 and leave the other 4 for leisure, but the lazy house cat took that one. The latter symptom worries me. I can't go a day without some type of sweet. Being the chocolate lover that I am, I usually crave it in that fattening form. Recently, to control my cravings, I bought a bag of bite sized candy bars. A whole candy bar is much too fattening, but 1 bite sized version is okay. Unfortunately, I realized that I do not have the self control to eat 1 piece. I don't even have the self control to eat 5 pieces (1 saturated fat filled serving). If I buy a whole bar, I'll eat the whole bar; If I buy a whole bag, I'll eat the whole bag. I have become an absolute pig when it comes to sweets, and they aren't even all that good. I'd much rather gorge myself on gelato or premium European chocolates, than that crap Hershey's and M&M/Mars markets. Yet, I eat is anyway. What is worse is I tried the "bag therapy" three times! This last time (which was today), I gave my bag to a homeless guy. Of course, that was after I devoured every Milky Way Dark and 3 Musketeers (it was the variety pack).

Monday, January 23, 2006

I'm Not Dead

I've got this neat job that lets me work all the time. Yep, all the hours I want. I think I average about $5/hour. I know it's not much, but they allow me to work as much as I want. I have taken advantage of their generosity by devoting all my free time to it. It's really great!

Speaking of jobs, I still have my ESL job too. In fact, my English vocabulary is a little off sometimes as I am influenced by the repetitive mistakes of my students. For example, sometimes I say 'let' when I mean 'force'.
It's a little embarrassing.

Saturday, January 21, 2006


I like cheese!

Thursday, January 12, 2006


by anonymous

Time, why have you left me and will you ever return?
What did I do to deserve such desertion?
I wasted you at times
but that is what you wanted
Too precious to be used,
Now you are gone

You promised your friend Money to comfort me
but Money never arrived
I think Money died
But you are who I really want
My one and only love
Come home, come home

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Stuff I Was Going to Post Before the Year Ended

Year in Review:
- I received my MA in linguistics in May. Now everyone wants to hire me.
- I got pharyngo-conjunctival fever, a nasty case of conjunctivitis, in August. I got it from my optometrist brother's kids. It surfaced while backpacking in the mountains. I was so weak and ill I thought I was going to die there.
- I moved to Seattle from Fresno in late August. I have assimilated to the coffehouse syndrome.
- I got a job in September.
- I got another job in September.
- I got another job in late October.
- I got another job in November.
- I lost a job in December.

- I regret not regretting my past regrets.
- I regret that I have been so out of touch with people the past two years. I hope everyone still remembers me.

- I usually make resolutions about one a week, which I then subsequently break, so a year-long one doesn't really have a chance with me. But, I'll try. My resolution is to make a new friend. Yeah, it sounds pretty cheesy, but I really haven't made a good one since I arrived in Seattle. You can count some of my students, but then if you do that I might get fired.