Anna to the Max

the epitome of quirkiness

Homeless for a day December 19, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anna @ 4:46 pm

You know you’re a serious blogger when an unfortunate circumstance arises and your first thought is “Sweet! This’ll make a great post.”

The past two days Bloggy Mommy and I have been working our keisters off to get 120 gifts wrapped and ready for some kids in a neighboring state. To get some extra motivation we decided to broadcast ourselves live via webcam from the ministry office. Between cutting, taping, and yelling “Yes! Only 23 more!” we had several almost-meltdowns when we ran out of blue spotted wrapping paper and scotch tape. But there’s nothing like belting out “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to a group of complete strangers watching from around the world to lift your spirits. I also tried to sell the viewers some of our leftover t-shirts the printer goofed up. Oh yes. If you’re hankering for a hideous army green and hot pink t-shirt I can hook you up.

We finally finished the gifts and loaded them in the car shortly after 11 pm, then went our separate ways. It was then that I realized my house key was locked inside the house and that Rachael Roomie and Roomie #2 (who for some reason has remained nameless) were both out of town.

Luckily Bloggy Mommy had not gone to bed yet and was more than willing to offer me her spare room. I awoke this morning relishing the thought of getting a key from my landlord so I could go home and brush my teeth.

My landlord is on vacation is in Florida and my teeth are still fuzzy. (I refuse to buy myself another toothbrush because I have 11 of them, also safely locked inside the house. It’s a long story). My hair is clean, though, because I came back to the office this morning and washed it in the sink with handsoap. I contemplated driving to Target and blowdrying it under the hand dryers, but decided to just blot it with some paper towels.

Fortunately, being temporarily homeless gave me several empty hours to actually begin my Christmas shopping, and wandering around the mall all afternoon has made me start counting down the minutes until I get to leave for work. Yippy skippy.

 

Vacay in the peach state December 17, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anna @ 2:24 pm

After a week or two of waiting until the 11th hour to study and finish projects with the help of several hundred ounces of good ole Folgers being an especially responsible, diligent, studious pupil who carefully paced herself during finals, I was more than ready to spend a relaxing weekend with a friend in Georgia. We found a cute little cabin online and were delighted to find that they were having a Christmas special.

Fast forward to last Sunday. We got turned around a time or two (or seventeen) en route to our rustic mountain getaway, but thanks to our pal Tom-Tom we finally got back on track. Then we ran over a squirrel. There was much screaming, laughing, and weeping, and I looked in the rearview mirror to see the poor rodent flopping around like a fish. We felt guilty for running over the pathetic creature, but decided the most compassionate thing to do would be to crush him under our tires a second time and send him to the happy hunting grounds.  In a matter of seconds we turned around and were flying down the mountain to finish off Nutsy. The little booger must have smelled us coming because he peeled himself off the asphalt and scampered off into the forrest. But our tender hearts couldn’t bear the thought of letting him live with an injured paw, so we decided to go it on foot with our slingshots.

I kid. No, we decided it would be more fun to get lost again and find ourselves stuck in a muddy ditch. I was in my white church clothes laughing and taking pictures of the spinning tires when our hero swooped in driving a white Jeep. A little rope, the revving of an engine, a puff of exhaust fumes and all was right once again.

So we made it to the cabin. It was beautiful. Although we were confused by which window looked out over the “breathtaking view.” Tree branches? A gravel road? A barbeque pit? They all take my breath away.

I kid, I kid. It was a perfectly lovely trip. We didn’t encounter a single six-legged creature the entire time. That’s my cup of tea.

 

My so-called “job” December 13, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anna @ 12:16 am

I had to tear myself away from my “work” to update all of you. (Basically, I’ve earned $14 the past two hours for eating a breakfast burrito. What can I say. I have some mad skills.) I’m a student worker at every graduation here at school, which pretty much amounts to three days of dressing up and eating free food. ‘Tis a great sacrifice, but you know me. I make it willingly.

Anyway, on an unrelated topic, I have a confession. I have not yet started my Christmas shopping. I have been living in total denial that the holiday even exists. I’ve even wished once or twice that I was Jewish so I could happily be spinning my little dreidl and not have to venture into the insanity downtown. But don’t worry. Procrastinating and then whipping something up at the last minute is my forte.

How else do you think I survive finals week every semester?

 

A victory of epic proportions December 11, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anna @ 12:36 am

If I could have your attention for a moment: I crocheted something…and actually finished it. It’s a hat. I’m thinking of calling her Myrtle. She’s a vision of purple with the cutest little pom-pom on top. *Sniff* I have never been so proud. BUT that’s not all. Because last night I learned how to knit (!) Can you believe it? Snaps for Anna.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE. No, I have not taken up basket weaving or soapmaking. I passed Earth and Space Science! Yes, I’m just that good. Not only can I skillfully manipulate yarn with nothing more than a stick and turn it into a masterpiece, I can also tell you all you ever wanted to know about igneous and metamorphic rocks, tectonic plate movement, and refractor telescopes. But not for long because the facts are quickly evaporating from my brain and tomorrow I toss out my notes. Actually, what I’d like to do is to douse them in kerosene, take a torch to them, and dance around like a banshee yelling “Die, die, die!” But alas, we are fresh out of kersosene.

 

Just another manic saturday (not for those with weak stomachs) December 7, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anna @ 1:16 pm

Some words to describe last night at work…

little. kid. threw. up. all. over. in. front. of. the. service. desk. it. took. forever. to. clean. up. and. was. a. group. effort.  I. almost. gagged. myself*. a. horde. of. teenagers. kept. messing. around. with. the. wheelchairs. and. were. talking. about. shoplifting. silly. hooligans. a. lady. tried. to. return. a. guitarhero. with. half. the. parts. missing. five. people. called. in. sick. didn’t. leave. till. 12:30. a.m.

BUT that’s okay, because tonight is our 80’s party. And Tuesday night is gangster knitting. There’s little that some blue eyeshadow and yarn won’t fix.

*At least it wasn’t like the last time I cleaned up vomit, when I could actually tell what the person had eaten. It appeared that the little girl had breakfasted on fruity pebbles and bacon. Did you need to know that? Probably not.