Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Smart Car!

Elizabeth sent me a NY Times article (sorry -- login required) detailing DaimlerChrysler's plans to introduce the Smart Car in the United States in 2008. I've wanted to own one of these microcars since I first saw them in Europe in 2001, and this development could change my plan to get a Prius. I could own a Smart Car for a few years and then get a Prius -- the Smart Car actually gets better highway mileage (69 mpg) than the current Prius, and they're supposed to start at $15,000.

It's hard to say which of my cars would be cuter.

Ian asks just one thing of us

The other day Steph sent me a link to a blog she reads. Ian is asking his readers to do one thing to help the environment. We plan to add more compact fluorescent light bulbs as the ones we have burn out, and we're considering buying green power from IPL when we don't have so many darn mortgages to pay. Eventually I plan to add solar panels and sell excess energy back during sunny days.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Skate Indy 2006

This afternoon I competed at Skate Indy. I skated pretty well, and my coach said my jumps were high. I placed second. Also, I bought this fun T-shirt.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Online borrowing and lending

I just read about an online person-to-person borrowing and lending site called Prosper.com. It looks really interesting. I'm not sure I'm ready to lend money there yet, but I like that you can lend part of someone's total loan and lower your risk by spreading around the amount you're willing to lend. It's an interesting site and an intriguing idea.

Blogging from the porch

I'm blogging from the porch in a thunderstorm with lightning bugs. (I think I'm fairly safe considering that I'm running on battery and connected wirelessly.)

Steph says that if I'm blogging from the porch, she's going to, too. :-)

The moving is coming along. Last night we moved my bookshelves, and I have quite a few books on them already. I missed my books. All of my clothes are here now, too, with the exception of a few in one closet and the load of laundry in the dryer, and my kitchen stuff is almost all packed and moved. This weekend my dad is coming down; he's going to help pack and move the basement stuff and work on the yard with me. I'm looking forward to it.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

BPAL: The Rat King

Today I wore The Rat King. A decanted imp of it was in a lot of imps I bought from someone on eBay. It's a limited edition Yule scent.

The description from the Lab: The Nine-Headed nemesis of the Nutcracker Prince. Dust, wood and feral musk with a fang-sharp undertone.

At first, I think I could smell more of the musk, but as it dried, I got more of the wood and dust notes. It smells more masculine than scents I usually wear. It's pleasant, though it's not one of my favorites. I might trade or sell this one.

Monday, June 12, 2006

And moving some more

Most of the moving from Steph's house is done, and I've started on my house. As I said, last week Steph helped me bring over the rug from Ikea, and we also brought the table my stereo sits on. My friends Barb, Nancy, Lori, and Judy helped me pack and bring over a load of stuff on Saturday, and I brought another load on Sunday. Today I went to my old house at lunch and packed some more.

Lucy is adapting. After spending a couple of days inside the bathroom cabinet, she's now comfortable with exploring the upstairs. She still hisses at Spike, who just wants to play with her, and she's taken to hiding under the covers of the bed. I'm certain that she knows about the other three cats even though she hasn't met them yet. She's using the litter box normally again, which is a relief, although she completely refuses to come downstairs.

Last night someone broke off part of the antenna on my Honda (it no longer retracts) and bent the rest of it in two places. I'm still thinking about making the Honda into an art car of some sort. I'm more interested in gluing objects all over it than in making a sculpture out of it, especially because I'd like for it to still fit in the garage. Driving a giant sculpture around would be a lot of fun, though.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Moving, moving, moving...

We painted, and now we're moving. Lots of packing has happened, mostly at Steph's house, and we unloaded the entire pod yesterday with help from Steph's cow-orkers Jen and Mike. Dan and Doug helped us carry up about nine layers of carpet from the basement that was left over from the last residents, who had a band and tried to soundproof the space by covering it in carpet and foam. Melissa is coming over to help us pack at Steph's this afternoon, and the movers are coming Wednesday. We move in tomorrow night with Lucy and Spike (the fish are moving today).

As for my house, I've barely started packing. We moved the dining room rug last night, as well as the table the stereo sat on. The packing in earnest begins on Thursday. I'm tired just thinking about it.