Posts from October 2005 to June 2006, in order from newest to oldest. For blogs from June 2006 to the present, click on the link above to read my most recent post, and then refer to the left hand navigation bar for posts from that time period. Enjoy!
Which Doug photo is YOUR favorite? (5/16/06)
Doug made the rather unwise decision of enlisting my help (via Randy) in getting some pictures for him to post of himself at Match.com since the most recent photos he posesses of himself are his driver's license photo and his Portsmouth Naval Shipyard I.D. Badge. Ah, Doug, you should've known better! :D
Mecca: Part III, or The Third Trip to IKEA (5/10/06)
On Saturday, the sun was shining, the birds were singing, the violets were gently swaying in the wind, and we knew... it was time to go to IKEA. :) FUCK YEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!
Easter and Jenna's Birthday (4/27/06)
My parents were in Florida this year for Easter, so I offered to host dinner at my house. This was my very first time cooking a ham, let alone an entire Easter dinner, but I did a pretty good job, I think. :) (Really it was just an excuse to get some family members over to see my many new apartment furnishings from IKEA. :D)
IKEA: The Return (4/16/06)
Last Sunday, Brandie and I picked up Barbara and the three of us went to the land of pink bunnies and happy butterflies... that being IKEA of course. There were many exclamations of "OH MY GOD," "THAT IS SO CHEAP!!!" and "I feel it is my duty to buy that."
Two Crafts Made from Sign Holders (4/8/06)
Hi, kids! Today we're going to learn how to make various things out of sign holders! If you're like me, you work at a publishing company, and they throw useful things away fairly regularly, and you just scored six plexiglass sign holders! Woohoo! :D I managed to make two useful things out of these sign holders, which I'm pretty psyched about, and all for FREE! :)
I Have a New Haircut and War is Stupid (3/28/06)
Totally spur of the moment today, I got a new haircut. Well, not ENTIRELY spur of the moment, I had been thinking about cutting my hair for quite some time (my bangs had ceased to be bangs and people started assuming I was growing them out, which I was not), and I was at work, bored, couldn't concentrate, and needed to get out.
Pancakes, Meat, and Other Tales (3/21/06)
Last Sunday (the 12th), Randy and I met my parents at the Sugar Shack, in Lee, NH, for our annual pancake breakfast. If you've never been to the Sugar Shack, you really must go, it's certainly an experience.
As of 5:00pm this past Friday, I had no plans for the weekend at all. I intended to spend it relaxing, watching guilty-pleasure TV, and perhaps doing a bit of light reading. As of 6pm, after speaking to Janicanne it was decided that I would instead accompany her on a mecca to IKEA, land of cheap furniture goodness, the following day. :)
Fun Links and Richard Dawkins (3/5/06)
I had read some of Richard Dawkins' work from The Selfish Gene in college and was very intrigued, but his stuff on religion is right on the money for me. Now, if you are at all religious, I'm just being honest here, but you will probably, most likely, be offended by some of this. But if you keep an open mind, I think you'll find it all very interesting! Richard Dawkins is a very outspoken athiest, and very British man. :) (contains video)
Attempts at Relaxation (2/27/06)
Ohio took a lot out of me. Call me a wuss, but it was hard to work two straight weeks with no days off, and a bunch of manual labor thrown in the middle. So after all of that I was a bit stressed, and spent the next two weeks doing various things to alleviate some of said stress.
My Trip to Ohio (2/16/06)
On February 3, I left for my very first trip to Ohio EVER, to work at a Reading Recovery conference in Columbus. It was on very short notice (only about a week) because one of the girls who was supposed to go hurt her back and couldn't travel.
The Cat Show (2/12/06)
It took a LONG time before my parents finally convinced me to attend a cat show with them, and I didn't break down until two years ago. It was one of those days where I just didn't have anything better to do, so I went. But let's just say that if you like cats and you enjoyed Best In Show (a fantastic film), you'd like going to a cat show. The breeders look just like their cats, and you really don't realize just how many breeds of cats there are until you go to one!
The Game of Life (1/28/06)
Lately I've been thinking a lot about this whole "life is a game" notion. I think it's a bunch of crap. Well, kind of. If you want to think of life as a game in order to make the events of your existence more light-hearted and take things less seriously, fine. If you see life as a puzzle sort of game that you have to figure out, fine. But if you see life as a kill or be killed thing, or something you need to "win"—a game where you have to compete with everyone else over everything... THAT is what I take issue with today.
Survey and meal at Victory (1/21/06)
Eliza "tagged" me. Now I have to fill out a bunch of questions and then tag four more bloggers to fill them out as well. So here goes!
Pictures of Babies (1/17/06)
Gregory Michael Dupont; August, 1990; Age 9; Disney World. Thinking he was cool, and being horribly, horribly wrong about that.
A Buinicky is Born! (1/13/06)
On Thursday at about 1pm, I got a call on my cell phone. I looked to see who it was, and saw that it was Jason. I figured it had something to do with HeroClix Night, which we have at our house every Thursday, so I let it go to voicemail since I was at work. Then I checked the message: Jason–"Hi, it's Jason! Um... we were planning on coming over tonight for gaming, but, uh... something happened and we had a baby!"
My Holiday Festivities (1/11/06)
At the beginning of December, I unleashed my Xmas decorations upon the apartment. I was very proud of this particular decorative statement, since last year these lights were strewn all over the apartment in an arbitrary fashion, causing Randy to writhe in pain every time I inserted a new tack into the wall. This year I thought it would be really clever to use the lights to shape a Xmas tree around the Dungeons and Dragons map hanging on our wall (yes we're nerds, we've been over this).
20 Best Photos of 2005 (1/1/06)
I now present to you the top 20 photographs of 2005 (either taken with my camera or at an event I hosted). If I was very skilled at web design I would put this in some sort of Flash slideshow, but alas, I'm not that talented at code, so please excuse my crude slideshow attempt. :D Also, please post comments and let me know your favorite photo on the page featuring the last picture.
The Travesty of the Xmas Tree Industry (12/24/05)
It is an oft-ignored part of the holiday season that many a lovely Xmas tree is left bound and gagged with netting and twine, often piled one on top of the other, and left to their own devices in the freezing cold of the Xmas tree lot. Later, these unsold, homeless trees are discarded and left to starve or be stripped of their branches so horrible, heartless individuals can make ugly wreaths out of their beautiful plumage. Some even meet their untimely deaths at the hands of a wood chipper or axe. It's disgusting!
Star Wars Exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science (12/13/05)
So, way back on December 3, Randy, Mike, my parents and I all took a jaunt down to the Boston Museum of Science to check out the Star Wars exhibit. I took a bazillion pictures that George Lucas would be very angry about, so of course I'm posting them. Woohoo!
Thanksgiving and Hip-Hop (12/1/05)
Hey, how was your Thanksgiving? Mine was pretty good. Randy and I went to his folks' house for dinner, which was very tasty. Then we watched coverage of the dog show that was on TV, and then "Christmas Vacation" which was not on TV. The funniest part about it was when Randy's dad would mute the dirty parts of the movie, and Randy's 7 year old nephew would read the closed-captioning as fast as it was being displayed. Who said the kid couldn't read??? :D
Turkey dinner! (11/21/05)
On Sunday, Randy and I had an impromptu TURKEY DINNER. Mmmm. It really had nothing to do with Thanksgiving, I had been thinking about having one for a while, and Sunday presented itself as a good opportunity. So Randy and I purchased some supplies and voila– turkey dinner! Unfortunately, I neglected to take any pictures. Luckily, as you may or may not know, I am slightly adept at Paint and am able to present you with artist's renditions of the day's events! Wooha!
The Superiority of Geeks/Nerds/Dorks (11/10/05)
There's a girl at work who just broke up with her boyfriend. He was an ass. I've never met him, but I'm sure this is true. Why? Because he was a "normal" guy. The thing that kills me is that if she was dating a geek/nerd/dork, none of this might have happened. And now I will pigeonhole and stereotype for your amusement.
Halloween Party 2005 (10/30/05)
Since Randy and I moved in together, every year we've had a Halloween party. This was our third Halloween party and was easily the best one we've had yet! I spent about two hours with some ugly pink fabric and a shitload of safety pins that Randy has acquired from various track races (to pin the numbers to his shirt) fashioning my Halloween costume. I've made quite a few Halloween costumes using only staples or safety pins! One of these days I'll get a sewing machine... :)
Lately I've been having quite a few discussions about spirituality and religion. For me, religion and spirituality became an ever-evolving thing once I was old enough to be aware of it.
Feeling Angry: Thoughts on Baptism and Hurricane Katrina Relief (10/17/05)
I've gotten two cards lately inviting me to baptisms. Now, I know most of you know that I'm a recovering Catholic and I converted to Unitarian-Universalism when I was 15, and later became an athiest, but apparently my extended family is not aware of this (maybe they are now though, oops! :D). That could be because my parents are either in denial or have just chosen to not tell them, or because they think that for some reason I still want to celebrate this sort of thing with them. (contains video)
Lewis Black and Mike's Birthday (10/13/05)
A while back, Jenna and Jason came up with the fabulous idea of getting Mike tickets to see Lewis Black perform at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom. So on Friday, we all went out to dinner, where Doug told us about extorting his boss (no I am not kidding), and then went to see Lewis Black.
Weekend of Weddings (10/9/05)
Last weekend, on October 1st, Randy and I attended his best friend Mike's parents' renewal of vows for their 30th anniversary. Here are Jenna and Jason at the American Legion Hall in Rochester, NH. It was a lovely hall, decorated in the highest quality 1970s style (which was awesome, since that was the theme of the ceremony).