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.