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I've found and ordered the perfect dress:

Classic, yet kind of of an eye sore.

Two things, completely different.

LJ terrorists have been eating my posts, so here's two stories that have absolutely nothing to do with one another. 

Chi-town break down:
After the initial rough start, the Triple Museum Conference of Awesomeness lived up to its expectations.  I learned sooo much (info availble on request, don't want to bore the non-museum folks) and met so many people whose work I have read.  We managed to squeeze in  fun things like eating at awesome restaurants, shopping, explore, going to the beach, and going to museums )It had to happen.) too.  My favorite part of Chicago is always how empowered it makes me feel. All your basics are usually within walking distance and you can go ANYWHERE on the el.  I spent a few hourse just exploring on own and uncovered a treasure trove. 

Ever hang out with a group of people and discover your friends have horrible taste in other people?  You'd think people you consider great would hang out with other cool people, but tonight we went out for pizza and found that I couldn't stand half of the table.  It was really as if an invisible line of demarcation split the personalities right down the middle of the table.  One half of the table was super nice and interesting and the other spent the whole time bitching about first world problems. 

Fatass vegan

I've been cooking loads due to the bounty of summer foods and potluck/picnic events.  I've been particularly fond of recipes that don't involve turning on the oven.  Here's some stuff:

Vegan Philly Cheesesteak sammiches - A complete experiment and a hit with everyone!  I'll be making them more often.

Simple Cucumber-Tomato salad - Cukes, tomato, lime juice, salt, pepper, garlic.  We needed a veg to go with the aforementioned sammies and this did just nicely!

Chili - I <3 my chili recipe.  Nice and versatile.  

Curried potato salad- interesting fusion of traditional potato sald and samosas.  It was good, but maybe not good enough to repeat.  It's impossible to ruin potato salad, (in my opinion) but they are other versions I greatly prefer, for example:

Southwestern Potato Salad- loaded with veg and beans for protein in a spicy-creamy sauce. 

Eggplant Sauce- SO GOOD.  I can't get Srdjan to touch eggplant, so it's usually made for lunch when he isn't around.  It's his loss.  It makes a velvety marinara with a rich flavor and tastes great over anything - even mashed potatoes.  


For those who were at MoKaBe's last night:

Glad to see 2009 go ( yes or no )? Meh. I suppose yes. @009 was FAR better than 2009, but it still wasn't my best year.

Age turned in 2009? 25

Did you change your hair in 2009? No.

The best part of 2009? Getting into grad school! and my internship at the Science Center

The worst part of 2009? Rufus dying, my uncle getting sick, that crazy woman who taught my WGS class

Did you make any new friends in 2009? Yes! A buttload of of awesome museum people.

Any new crushes in 2009? Just maintained the current one.

Do they know? After almost 5 years together, I would certainly hope so.

Who will you never forget? Most everybody, but Susan at the Science Center makes herself memorable (see past posts on museum quotes.)

Who did you wish you did not meet? The crazy professor.

Did you have a boy/girlfriend in 2009? Yes.

Did you fall in love in 2009? Just maintained the current one.

Did you catch someone in a lie in 2009? If I did, it wasn't big enough to remember

Did you call them out? Probably not.


Most embarrassing moment of 2009?

The funniest thing you you saw on TV in 2009?

The funniest thing you heard on the radio?

Did you take any vacations in 2009? A brief one to Kansas City in the spring.  This was accomplished by hitching a ride on a bus with my high school's robotics team as I was broke as hell.  But our team won the robotics tournament, so it was fun! I was able to see Richard and Alma, which was why I went in the first place.

Any new hobbies of 2009? Hell no!  Graduate school means LOSING hobbies!

Did you get a new job in 2009? A few. The shop moved to a new location (whole new job, same place) and my SC internship (it pays, so it counts).

Did you lose a job in 2009? I had a hiatus from the shop for three months. 

Did you host a party in 2009? I did!  When I was house-sitting for Sarah and Florian.  We did shots of rum and jumped into a freezing pool at midnight and crowded into the hot tub. 

Did you get in any car accidents in 2009? None.

Did you get a ticket in 2009? I assume this question refers to the kind acquired by having a car? .... No. 

Were you ever arrested in 2009? No.

Where did most of your money go? Food, phone bill, Daisy.  (Daisy's down to the third spot this year, I consider that an accomplishment!)

What songs will always remind you of 2009? Paper Planes by M.I.A.

What do you wish you'd done more of? Practice driving.

What do you wish you'd done less of? Playing on the damn internet!

Thing you were really good at in 2009? Research & Evaluation

Thing you wish you were better at in 2009? That damn WGS class! Also, driving. 

In 2009, did you lie to miss a day of work / school? No.  I never missed class and I have no need to lie to my bosses.

Did you move in 2009? no.

Did you wish on a shooting star in 2009? Probably would have if I lived in a place that doesn't suffer from light pollution.

Did your dream come true? Yes! Grad school!!! 

Did you have a sleep over in 2009? We called it "crashing on my couch," but yeah, I had guests stay over a few times.  (not including Srdjan, he's over far too often to consider it out-of-the-ordinary.)

Did you make-out in public in 2009? Hahahaha!  That happens almost every time Srdjan and I go out in public!

What's the ringer on your cellphone? Move it, Move it from Madascar

Did you drink too much in 2009? Not really, lacked the time and money for it. 

Your favorite commercial of 2009? Yuck.

Did you go to any concerts? The Itals at Fubar.  GREAT SHOW!

Something you couldn't leave home without in 2009? Wallet, SLSC ID, phone

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009. Life feels better when you have a purpose.
I went to bed at 2am, woke up 6:30and couldn't sleep. Lay in bed attempting to sleep for an hour and couldn't do it. Here's a quiz.

You know how sometimes people on your friends-list post about stuff going on in their life, and all of a sudden you think "Wait a minute? Since when were they working THERE? Since when were they dating HIM/HER? Since when???" And then you wonder how you could have missed all that seemingly pretty standard information, but somehow you feel too ashamed to ask for clarification because it seems like info you should already know? It happens to all of us sometimes.

Please copy the topics below, erase my answers and put yours in their place, and then post it in your journal! Please elaborate on the questions that would benefit from elaboration. One-Word-Answers seldom help anyone out.

1. First Name: Semilla, yep, that is my real birth name!

2. Age: 25

3. Location: My bedroom, my house.

4. Occupation: Student/graduate research assistant/chocolate minion (encompasses waiting table, cashier, barista and bartender as needed)

5. Partner: Srdjan. Yep, that's his real birth name too! Currently, he's ten feet away and passed out.

6. Kids: Only the furry kind, as of yet.

7. Brothers/Sisters: Virgil, who is supposedly home for Thanksgiving. Sky, who is probably not. Both are my younger brothers.

8. Pets:
Daisy! Best doggie EVER! She nearly dies every year and always survives. My bank account doesn't.

Ernie: Son of the late Rufus. Born two months to the day his dad died. Freakish biological and behavioral clone of Rufus. Adorable.

Button: Anti-social aristocratic bunny rabbit. Has one floppy ear. FUZZY.

9. List 3-5 biggest things going on in your life right now: School drama, family drama, and still managing to work 30 hour weeks and maintain my sanity.

10. Parents: Live upstairs. We mostly get along.

11. Closest Friends: Tend to be some sort of crazy. And brilliant. But mostly just crazy.

Giddy Geekiness.

Confession Time! ... sort of. For those of you who don't know, I'm a little bit obsessed with Sherman Alexie. Seriously folks, that man's work is genius. I've been a fan since middle school.

I discovered his work in seventh grade and lapped it up! My freshmen year of high school came around and he became the topic or several essays, so much so that my literature teacher called me early one Saturday morning to tell me Mr. Alexie would be coming to St. Louis! Oddly enough, that was also how we discovered she was dating my history teacher - his name popped up on the caller I.D.! Hehe, now they're married with two kids. Anyway, I went to Sherman Alexie's reading in 2000 at Left Bank Books on Euclid, my mom and and two brothers in tow. Quite possibly, it was one of the defining moments of my teenage years. (I was/am/always will be a complete nerd!) I scrambled to get seats in the front row with the then 10 year-old Sky sitting at my feet. In the middle of the reading, Mr. Alexie looks around and spots Sky front and center. Eyeballing him, he greets my brother with an inspecting "Hey." Never being one to back down from a challenge, Sky answers back "Hey ... What are you looking at?!" I doubt that's the response he was expecting, but he explained that he was trying to figure out whether or not a certain reading would be appropriate. Herein lies instance #1 of making myself look like an ass in front of said author: I told him to go ahead and he proceeded to read the raunchiest thing my brother had ever heard at that point in his existence. Hot damn, did my mom give me hell for that one! He signed my books and graciously agreed to take a picture with me for MAD magazine so we could try and get a free subscription. (I never did get the free subscription.)

Flash forward to the year 2005! I am nearing completion of of my sophomore year of college when lo, Sherman Alexie makes his second triumphant return to St. Louis! At this point in time, I had a livejournal and will kindly ask you to read this old post fireworkschild.livejournal.com/10827.html rather than recap it. Feel free to also read entries tagged 'Sherman Alexie' as they demonstrate my geeky glee. Good? Moving on to the events of yesterday ...

Alexie visit #3! I book it out of my Effective Actions in Museology class (If I hadn't had a presentation in that class, I would have skipped to get good seats.) and Srdjan and I head down to Left Bank Books ... where the reading isn't. Crapfuck! Upon discovering the reading is actually being held at the Mad Art Gallery, we rush to Soulard. Despite Srdjan taking the opportunity to taunt me during the entire ride, I must admit that he was wonderful for coming with me and driving me all over town. <3

We arrive just in time, but miss out on good seats. Srdjan enjoyed the reading (more than I suspect he'll admit) except the chairs they had us in were super uncomfortable. Both of our asses hurt and we weren't even in prison! I waited in line with my massive stack 'o books and Srdjan helped clean up. Here comes the moment of hyperventilation anticipation! He signed a ruined copy of Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian for Alma. When I explained it was scarred because it went through a vicious car wreck, he drew casts and a car in the book for her :)

Of course, I cannot go a night without embarrassing myself. Remember the illegible inscription from visit #2? I brought it along and finally had the riddle solved! Turns out it says "Peace & Poetry," not "Bread Party" or "Read Part 2." He legibly writes "Peace and Poetry" in the book again, but takes the book aside and slyly says "...or maybe it says 'You are hot!'" And yes, he really did write "You are hot!" in my book! I still am not sure whether I am more flustered or flattered. I mumbled something incoherent about having to meet my boyfriend and went off with Srdjan, who found the whole interaction amusing. Apparently, I was scarlet the rest of the night...

I wonder if Sherman Alexie has Google Alerts and will read this.


Jeff Smith resigned!!!!!!

What I've been doing:

Not freaking much. 

Daisy is being treated for heartworm so she must stay inside/calm/inactive until September.  As a result, I am inside/calm/inactive as well, though my parents watch her while I am at work.  Neither on of us are particularly pleased about this. 

Last Friday, I witnessed the biggest farce known to mankind: my parents' wedding.  It was an absolute circus.  The people behind us in line were SO obnoxious I was ready to smack them.  Seriously.  They smelled like baloney and cigarettes and did not get the concept of personal space.  They were very ill-mannered - cursing and complaining about everything!  The bride and groom were still in high school and expecting a baby.  One of their biggest complaints was that there were too many people, which was quite amusing as they were by far the largest group there.  Waiting in front of them for two hours was my own personal hell.  After it was all said and done and we were driving home, my dad quipped up "Well, it may be legal, but I still feel like an outlaw!" My mom responded: "Of course you're an outlaw! You're driving like a maniac!", thus epitomizing an old married couple.  That license isn't kidding anybody.

My mom has developed the bad habit of volunteering my time - without my prior consent!  In the past few weeks she has volunteered me for: spinning for my cousin, teaching one cousin to bead, make a sushi dinner for 12 people (after work no less!!!), hanging out with her friend's son and trying to make him socialize.  Also, my aunt Alma is going to be staying in my apartment for the next two weeks.  I don't mind because Alma is awesome, but would it have killed her to ask me first?!  I tried approaching her about it and she was ---more later!

Simple marinade for fajitas

I've only used this on veggies so far, but it would go well on tofu/fake meat too. In my opinion, fajitas *MUST* have onions and bell peppers.  Last night's fajitas also included zucchini and carrots, but anything goes.  Potatoes would be amazing in this. 

Juice of 1 lime
1 TBS olive oil
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
few dashes hot sauce (to taste)

Soak for at least 30 minutes (soaking for longer is good, I just had limited time last night).  Sautee until soft.  I made my dad's portion into a wrap with beans and salsa and ate mine on top of vegan nachos (beans, soy cheese, tomatos).  I have no idea how my mom ate hers, but they were a big a hit.