On Being an Elf, and a Failure

I’m happy – and surprised – to report that I’ve done quite a lot of my Christmas shopping already. There are a few things that I’ve found but not yet purchased, but finding them is half the battle, isn’t it?

I’m also happy that my department decided to do a random-name gift exchange. I was going to do gifts for everyone, and was having trouble figuring out A) when I’d have time and B) what to get. The person whose name I drew will be very easy and fun, and that’s a big load off to not have to worry about eight gifts.

We’re also doing a weekly Secret Santa among some of the folks here in the office, and I’ve got the first one-and-a-half presents for my giftee. I don’t know her very well, so they’ll probably be kind of generic gifts, but I hope she’ll like them.


I’m unhappy – and embarrassed – to report that I quite failed at NaNoWriMo for the
second year in a row. Bottomed out halfway through the month with under 25K. The story is still sitting there, but I hit a wall and can’t seem to find my way around/over it. The wall is a plot wall, but it’s also an energy wall. I have no time during the day, and by the time I get home I’m too mentally exhausted to think about writing. It’s good to have a job that takes all of your energy to do, but it’s not exactly very good for your writingfulness. (They say if you want to have a job and be a writer, that you should get the most brain-numbing job you can so that your mind doesn’t get used up on “unimportant” stuff like work.)

I’m hiding from the forums. I’m an ML, and I’ve failed, and I need to reschedule the TGIO, because my dad is going to Germany the next morning and wants to go out to dinner for my birthday first. I’m very uncomfortable with all this. I’m also hiding from all the Xangas whose writers emerged victorious from this year’s November. I wanted to win so badly. 😦

Also, I’m irritated with NaNo – or perhaps the USPS – because I never received our area’s tattooes.


I want to be a student again so that I can have a month off for Christmas.

I could have a graduate assistantship next semester, except that I don’t have time. My work could pay for my education, except that they’ve decided to crack down on education reimbursement that might draw someone away from the company (like, say, certification to be an English teacher). I love this job and could stay here for a while… but I desperately want to go back to school… but I can’t afford to pay for it out of pocket… but I really don’t want another infernal loan… and I don’t know what to do.


I’m wasting valuable time.

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I’m unhappy – and embarrassed – to report that I quite failed at NaNoWriMo for the
second year in a row. Bottomed out halfway through the month with under 25K. The story is still sitting there, but I hit a wall and can’t seem to find my way around/over it. The wall is a plot wall, but it’s also an energy wall. I have no time during the day, and by the time I get home I’m too mentally exhausted to think about writing. It’s good to have a job that takes all of your energy to do, but it’s not exactly very good for your writingfulness. (They say if you want to have a job and be a writer, that you should get the most brain-numbing job you can so that your mind doesn’t get used up on “unimportant” stuff like work.)

I’m hiding from the forums. I’m an ML, and I’ve failed, and I need to reschedule the TGIO, because my dad is going to Germany the next morning and wants to go out to dinner for my birthday first. I’m very uncomfortable with all this. I’m also hiding from all the Xangas whose writers emerged victorious from this year’s November. I wanted to win so badly. 😦

Also, I’m irritated with NaNo – or perhaps the USPS – because I never received our area’s tattooes.

Very Cool Procrastination Tool

I was just browsing through Xangas, and came across this. You can make a snowflake, and the more snowflakes get made, the more money this company donates to the Salvation Army. It’s all the fun of making paper snowflakes, with none of the mess or accidentally cutting in the wrong place and breaking it into fourteen pieces!

Random Thoughts

I just put up a little Christmas tree in my cubicle! It’s lime green tinsel with lime green lights. I haven’t decorated it yet, but I’ve got all these gaudy pink and turquoise and orange things that I think will look very dishy on there. I actually don’t think I have enough – maybe I’ll stop at ShopKo on the way home. They have good ornaments this year.


Cold as all get-out up here in Boise. Dry, crisp, clear, and cold. They’re saying it’s a high of 22 and a wind chill of -10….


I’m actually taking steps today to actually do something I’ve been planning for several months. Scary, scary.


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I think I’ve found a band to be intrigued by. Would it be hip to like My Chemical Romance? Or are they so last month? I can’t keep up with all you kids’ music these days. πŸ™‚

When I was a young boy,
My father took me into the city
To see a marching band.
He said,
“Son when you grow up,
will you be the saviour of the broken,
The beaten and the damned?”
He said,
“Will you defeat them, your demons,
and all the non-believers,
the plans that they have made?”

from “Welcome to the Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance

Ridiculous, but Awesome Nonetheless

Orange & Blue make solid case for shot at title

Orlando Sentinel

David Whitley
SPORTS COMMENTARY

November 27, 2006

There are only six shopping days left before the BCS bids are announced.

Have you bought your earplugs yet?

I don’t want to say arguing over Who’s No. 2 is a waste of time.

But if futile debate were a football team, this would have a BCS score of 1.000. And if you know how impressive that is, you’ve already devoted too much of your life trying to convince your neighbor that Florida is better than Michigan.

I usually stick my head in the nearest toilet the minute someone starts arguing Team A vs. Team B vs. Strength of Schedule vs. A Playoff System That Would Solve All of Mankind’s Problems. The sound of flushing water beats hearing that song-and-dance for the billionth time.

But this year I’ve decided on a new approach. If you can’t beat ’em, might as well yell with ’em. I’ll give some hints which institute of higher football should face Ohio State in the BCS championship game.

The school colors are orange and blue. It had a puny non-conference schedule. Its entire running game doesn’t consist of quarterback draws.

That eliminates one semi-local club. We are left with America’s most under-respected team. Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for the Boise State Broncos.

Go ahead. Laugh, roll your eyes, make potato jokes. But big things can come out of Idaho.

Philo Farnsworth came out of Rigby, Idaho, and he invented television. Without him we wouldn’t even be having this debate because TV gives the BCS a zillion dollars not to have a playoff.

Notre Dame’s badminton team gets on TV more than the Broncos, yet Boise State has built a dynasty. It’s 39-1 since joining the Western Athletic Conference. More important, it has a couple of numbers none of the other contenders can match: 12-0.
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As in undefeated. As in untied. As in try to undermine that, you snotty big-conference boys.

"Let them play six in a row against the SEC and see if they\’re still undefeated," Clemson Coach Tommy Bowden said. Yo, coach, get back to us when your team stops blowing 28-14 leads to South Carolina.

The Broncos haven\’t done that. They thumped their archrival, the dreaded Nevada Wolf Pack.

They have the best running back in America, sophomore Ian Johnson. Jared Zabransky will go down as the finest quarterback in NCAA history whose last name begins with a "Z." And no school has as distinctive a field as the famed blue turf at Bronco Stadium.

These points are highly subjective, but so is everything else in the BCS verbal brawl. Was Michigan\’s win over Notre Dame more impressive than USC\’s? Gators scoff at a Michigan-Ohio State rematch, but they all were for a sequel when Florida beat FSU for the 1996 national championship.

USC fans think Boise is on Neptune, but the Trojans\’ lone loss was to Oregon State. And guess who demolished those Beavers 42-14?

"They were very good," Oregon State Coach Mike Riley said. "I think anybody on any given day would have a hard time with Boise."

How sweet would it be if that day came Jan.8 against Ohio State. I realize it\’s not going to happen unless USC and Florida lose on Saturday, LSU goes on probation and Michigan secedes from the Union.

But since we have to have the argument, the Broncos deserve to be in the conversation. Just listen to their fight song:

Go Orange

Go big Blue

Fight! Fight!

B-S-U

If those aren\’t the perfect initials for this entire debate, my name is Philo Farnsworth.

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As in undefeated. As in untied. As in try to undermine that, you snotty big-conference boys.

“Let them play six in a row against the SEC and see if they’re still undefeated,” Clemson Coach Tommy Bowden said. Yo, coach, get back to us when your team stops blowing 28-14 leads to South Carolina.

The Broncos haven’t done that. They thumped their archrival, the dreaded Nevada Wolf Pack.

They have the best running back in America, sophomore Ian Johnson. Jared Zabransky will go down as the finest quarterback in NCAA history whose last name begins with a “Z.” And no school has as distinctive a field as the famed blue turf at Bronco Stadium.

These points are highly subjective, but so is everything else in the BCS verbal brawl. Was Michigan’s win over Notre Dame more impressive than USC’s? Gators scoff at a Michigan-Ohio State rematch, but they all were for a sequel when Florida beat FSU for the 1996 national championship.

USC fans think Boise is on Neptune, but the Trojans’ lone loss was to Oregon State. And guess who demolished those Beavers 42-14?

“They were very good,” Oregon State Coach Mike Riley said. “I think anybody on any given day would have a hard time with Boise.”

How sweet would it be if that day came Jan.8 against Ohio State. I realize it’s not going to happen unless USC and Florida lose on Saturday, LSU goes on probation and Michigan secedes from the Union.

But since we have to have the argument, the Broncos deserve to be in the conversation. Just listen to their fight song:

Go Orange

Go big Blue

Fight! Fight!

B-S-U

If those aren’t the perfect initials for this entire debate, my name is Philo Farnsworth.