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Saturday, robots, movies, sewing

I'm having a terribly content Saturday. I was mad this morning because it was raining and the rain woke me up at 6:15, making this the second week in a row I've woken up early on Saturday. Why is it that during the work week I can barely drag myself out of bed after the alarm goes off at 6:30, but on Saturdays I snap right awake and can't go back to sleep to save myself? It's wrong.

But I had stuff to do so it wasn't so bad, I went to the mall to see how my high school robot team was doing. I've been mentoring them, and today was the preliminary pseudo-practice competition in the real world. I couldn't believe it, the darn thing was running. None of the kids could drive for crap, but the overall function isn't bad. We've got more work to do for the real competition next week. It's been interesting working with them, basically they're given a bunch of stuff... plywood, PVC pipe, motors, wires, all that, and told to build a robot that fits in like a 26" cube or something. Then the robot gets 3 minutes to run around on a course and try to do stuff, pick up rings and put them on pipes sticking up, grab tennis balls out of a bin, lift pool noodles out of pipes, knock over a bar that lights up a light, all that. The students didn't work fabulously as a group. There were basically two guys and two girls at my high school, and the girls thought but never did anything, and the boys did things but never thought. So I'm amazed that anything happened, it was all really accidental.

I also did some shopping, went to the GAP and bought a turtleneck sweater in brown. I have almost no brown in my wardrobe, I never trusted it, but I'm getting tired of wearing the same colors. I basically alternate between blue or red tops with black or gray bottoms. I feel the same. Yes, there are lots of blue/red shades I wear, but what's the real difference between pink and maroon? Not huge. So I'm going out on a limb here.

Came home. Tried to put in a movie, "Gods and Monsters", I rented it from Dillon's. But the sound was messed up so I didn't watch it. bleh. I cleaned the birdcage instead. I know my VCR is okay because last night I watched "Where the Heart Is" and it was just fine. I mean, the movie was awful, but the VCR showed it okay. I rented it out of curiousity and it was one of those awful "women's lives suck a lot" movies like they show on Lifetime. It was funny to watch natalie portman try to play trailer trash with perfect hair and makeup, but that was about all I found amusing. Why are there so many "chick flicks" that feature women being abused, screwed over, and stuck in no-win situations? I don't understand why, as a woman, I'm supposed to like to see that happening to other members of my sex.

So don't rent "Where The Heart Is", it sucks.

Rent "Dude, Where's My Car?" if you're in the mood for something that makes no sense, that movie was an interesting surprise. I won't say it was good, but it was interesting. I got it last weekend on the recommendation of several friends, and I thought it was just going to be a mindless stoner high school comedy but instead it was a sci-fi. What's up? I have no idea. It had funny moments, but it was mostly just, well, really freaking weird.

I hope no one was expecting this post to be associated with a train of thought.

I'm eating salad for dinner, listening to NPR. And I'm sewing. I'm trying a jacket, not a suit jacket, sort of a, shirt jacket? type thing. I hope it doesn't suck as much as my skirts seem to. I should maybe take a sewing class, I'm not sure what would happen to me if put in a room full of women, it might be too shocking to my system, but I'd be able to get advice on some chronic issues I have with my projects.

Comments

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kwins
Oct. 19th, 2002 05:31 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what would happen to me if put in a room full of women, it might be too shocking to my system

I couldn't imagine taking a class that's mostly (or all) female. I even think there's too many girls in my physics class. Haha. I'm used to my classes being about 10% female, no more.
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glutealdivide
Oct. 19th, 2002 09:20 pm (UTC)
I rented this video from Dillon's called The Wrong Guy which stars David Spade, and it got jammed in my vcr: I pulled the tape out, and it broke! Also, I rented Brain Candy, which is a relly good (funny) movie, and now I cannot watch it because my vcr is broken. So, I feel your pain on the whole
"wanting to watch a movie but can't" situation.


Peace!

P.S. Pick up your cell phone and answer sometime. :-)
kwins
Oct. 20th, 2002 07:57 am (UTC)
Uhhhhh... woah. Easy there, buddy.
spacefem
Oct. 20th, 2002 08:52 am (UTC)
This isn't funny. I know you were probably joking, but I'm deleting this comment anyway because of just how not funny it is. And please don't call me four times today to discuss it, just don't do it again.
glutealdivide
Oct. 20th, 2002 10:25 am (UTC)
woah. Easy there, buddy!

I personally thought it was funny in the context of "why be so anal?" Anyways, it won't happen again.

later
kreie
Oct. 20th, 2002 08:56 am (UTC)
went to the GAP and bought a turtleneck sweater in brown

Did it look like this? I just got it at the Gap. I lurrrve it. Very cozy.
spacefem
Oct. 20th, 2002 09:23 am (UTC)
that's a good picture, but no, mine's different. It's just a simple cotton ribbed turtleneck, thinner than that one. I need some chunkier ones when it gets really cold, sigh... more shopping!
kreie
Oct. 20th, 2002 10:20 am (UTC)
Re:
You can probably still get the sweater I've got at the Gap -- I just bought it two weeks ago. It's so thick and warm. I love it. $19.99.
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