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18 August 2004 @ 07:59 am
Updately Goodness  
Make that two people at work who have told me I resemble the Lara Croft pic I have up in my cubicle. ^_^

Got my car!! An '04 Saturn ION 2 quad coupe. Silver, and as base of a model as you can get, except for automatic transmission and a spoiler (and I still have to get the spoiler installed). Yeah, so I'd wanted the Celica, and then I'd wanted a blue ION, but the ION and its color are really starting to grow on me. It's so tempting to floor it somewhere and see what it can do (not much, admittedly, with a V4 2.2L engine and 140 HP), but it's still in its wear-in period, so I'm trying to keep it below 50 MPH/3000 RPMs for the next few hundred miles. 'Course, that's tough to do in Pittsburgh, the land where hills are really steep and speed limits are speed minimums.

I visited Mihoko in Squirrel Hill on Saturday after picking up the car, and we went to the arts festival in Shadyside. They had all of Walnut Street closed off, and had booth after booth lined up with sculpture, paintings, and photographs by various local artists. Lots of neat (and expensive) eye candy. The stores on Walnut Street were still open, too, so we also made a stop at Kawaii Gifts. It took every ounce of my willpower not to buy the Hello Kitty coffee maker I ran into.

Afterward, we hit the Tokyo food store. They were having a little sidewalk barbecue for the festival, so we got some yakitori (grilled marinated chicken on skewers) and something I simply must find again somewhere: Ramune soda. I broke my eight-month soda fast for Ramune, and it was so worth it. Just opening the bottle is an experience in itself: basically, you slam the marble that seals the opening down into the bottle, and hang on for dear life as the soda tries to ooze out around your palm. Great stuff.

Back at Miho's apartment, we made unagi (eel) with rice and yakisoba (fried beef and vegetables tossed with noodles). So. Good. She let me take the leftovers home. I polished off the unagi Monday, but there's still plenty of yakisoba. Is it sad that I spend my day excited to get home so I can eat?

Estrogen Fest (wedding shower) this weekend. I dunno, I don't want to sound ungrateful, but I wish my mom hadn't insisted upon having one for me. I don't even know who the hell she invited aside from the two female friends I happen to have. I don't like making small talk with strangers, I feel guilty accepting presents from strangers, and if I get asked one more time about honeymoon plans or when we're having kids, I just might scream (for the record, we have no real honeymoon plans 'cause money's tight, and we've decided not to have kids). Must remember to have vodka and Kahlua on hand if I'm gonna be mellow enough to survive this...
Current Mood: stressedstressed
Current Music: Ayumi Hamasaki - "I Am..." album
mqstout on August 18th, 2004 07:28 am (UTC)
unagi++ !!!
estrogenfest-- :(
Miusherimiusheri on August 19th, 2004 04:14 am (UTC)
while (TRUE)
if (Minna.stressLevel >= 10)
Mudslide = mix(vodka, kahlua, milk, hershey_syrup, ice);
//no ice cream 'cause we never have any around the house
thedemonprist on August 18th, 2004 11:48 pm (UTC)
*SQUEE* You got an ION!!

*envies* XD

BTW you'd make a way cooler Lara Croft than Angelina "Boobs" Jolie, heh heh. ;) (I read that they actually *padded* her costume to give her extra boost....like she needs any more! sheesh!)
Miusheri: Laramiusheri on August 19th, 2004 04:16 am (UTC)
I'll let you take it out for a spin sometime! Hopefully after the wear-in period so you can tear it up! ;D

And thank you! Yeah, I heard the same thing. I was thoroughly underwhelmed by her performance, maybe 'cause as a nut for the games, my standards were set high...
thedemonprist on August 21st, 2004 02:11 am (UTC)
And don't forget the supremely awesome NEW CAR SMELL!! *swoons* they need to bottle that...
Miusherimiusheri on August 21st, 2004 07:32 am (UTC)
I think they do bottle it! Try checking in an automotive store (or, if all other options are exhausted, Mal*Wart).

I too love new-car smell. I also love the smell of gasoline. Taking the car for a fill-up is like double the neuron-killing pleasure now!
thedemonprist on August 28th, 2004 12:18 am (UTC)
But...but...it's not THE REAL THING!

Heh. Gasoline (and diesel, for that matter) smell just makes me sick. Diesel's especially bad, because that shit *clings* to you and follows you wherever you go if you get some on you. X_x