Archive for March, 2009

Sleepwear dilemma: Solved!

Posted in clothes on March 31, 2009 by poojaland

So nighttime is a bit of a weird time for me.. I’m usually tired by that time of the day (about 11 p.m.-ish on weeknights), so I’m eager to get some shuteye, but I have somewhat chronic insomina, so I also kind of dread bedtime because I probably won’t actually fall asleep for several more hours (and getting up will be a drag). Another issue I’ve had to deal with? What to wear. Yes, an odd topic to blog about, but it was on my mind recently, during one of said chronic-insomniac moments (and also because it’s an issue I’ve finally recently resolved!).

Anyway, after getting a new duvet cover a couple years back, I had a solution to my bed-covers issue. I now sleep under just a flat sheet and the duvet. In the summer, I usually turn on a fan, and I sometimes kick off the duvet (but not always, because 1) I quickly miss the feeling of that heavy cover, even if I’m warm, and 2) Buster, my cat, will often attack me — no clue why), but otherwise, I’m good with that set up year-round. Clothing-wise, in the colder months, I generally wear a thin pair of baggy flannel pants and a thin T-shirt (that switches to a tank and shorts as it gets warmer). However, because I toss and turn so much before I fall asleep, I’ve recently been getting very annoyed with having to readjust after each toss/turn — I have to restraighten the pants so the seam is centered, and/or pull up the waistband, and or pull down my T-shirt, etc. I solved part of this problem by tucking the T into the pants’ waistband. But it still wasn’t a quite perfect outfit.

Then.. last weekend, I was leafing through the Sunday Target ad, and saw that they had leggings on sale for $5 each. A light went off in my head. I picked some up earlier this week, and I’m happy to say I now have my nearly perfect cool-weather sleeping gear: a thin T-shirt tucked into the leggings. The snugness of the leggings keep anything inside (underwear + tucked-in T) from moving, so I don’t have to do any readjusting as I toss and turn my way to oblivion. Of course, there’s no way I’d want anyone to see me in the oh-so-attractive getup, but it’s so nice to be that comfortable at night!

OK, so I know no one out there really cared about my latest life “drama,” but there you go!

P.S.: My true latest life drama has been the death of my laptop (which is the one bought for me by my work, but also doubles as my home computer). Yes, I lead an exciting life, people! The silver lining is that I’ve got a new, cherry red Sony VAIO laptop en route to me as a replacement. Can’t wait.

The first ever Sounders FC game!

Posted in sports on March 24, 2009 by poojaland

Last week, some friends and I went to the first ever Seattle Sounders FC game (Seattle’s new MLS soccer team). I admit I’ve tried watching soccer on TV now and again, but I can never pay attention for more than a few minutes due to the lack of exciting action (in my opinion, anyway). But I figured this game was a once-in-a-lifetime event, and we sports fans are REALLY in need of a team to rally around, so it sounded like a fun idea to get tickets to the game. I was going to go in a group including my sister, but we both ended up having so many friends who wanted to go that we had to split into two groups of six (you can buy up to eight tickets per person), and we were unfortunately seated at opposite ends of the stadium.

Anyway, in anticipation of the game, I went downtown to the Seattle Team Store the day before the game and picked up a Sounders FC scarf. The next day, I met Chrissy at her office in Bellevue, and then off we were. We of course got stuck in nasty traffic once we got to downtown Seattle, so we didn’t walk into the stadium (Qwest Field, where the Seahawks play) until about 15 minutes after the opening ceremonies started. We still got to see quite a bit, though. There were speeches by Joe Roth (the majority owner, and a movie producer), Drew Carey (one of the owners) and the league’s commissioner.

Drew Carey addresses the crowd:

Then our governor was announced to a smattering of boos (classy, Seattle) and eventually the players walked in, each holding the hand of a kid (some sort of soccer tradition?).

Players walk out with the kids:

After a little more hoopla, those of us with scarves waved them around, a ton of confetti was shot into the air (as was done after each goal; the field was very sparkly by the end of the night) and the game was on!

So I must admit I really enjoyed myself, due in no small part, I’m sure, to the excitement of the crowd over being at the first game. The game action was a lot more exciting in person vs. on the TV, and it was apparently a more exciting game than most in that three goals were scored. After the first goal by the Sounders, the announcer said something to the effect of “At 11:– into the game, the Sounders have scored their first goal ever!” Such celebration (confetti, cheers, scarf waving, fireworks) after each goal — wow!

L-R: Nicole, me, Chrissy, Ben:

Anyway, that’s the quick summary of my big soccer night. The Sounders won 3-0, and there was much cheering and chanting to be had outside the stadium as fans walked out. I just may have to check out another game this year, especially after the weather warms up a bit!

Trailer for upcoming Apatow comedy — I can’t wait!

Posted in Movies on March 10, 2009 by poojaland

I’m a huge fan of Judd Apatow — and nearly anything and everything he’s even remotely associated with. So I was very excited to get a first look at his upcoming comedy, “Funny People” (which, surprisingly, is only Apatow’s third directorial outing, after “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up”).

You know it’s gonna be hilarious! Just check out the cast list: Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann (Apatow’s real-life wife; I think his two daughters also appear in the film, as they did in “Knocked Up”), Eric Bana, Jonah Hill, Jason Schwartzman, Aziz Ansari.. plus cameos by Sarah Silverman, Andy Dick, Norm MacDonald … Here’s counting down to July 31!

Random thought: Parental/child kissing

Posted in Uncategorized on March 3, 2009 by poojaland

So I watched “The Bachelor” last night (followed by the Most Dramatic After the Final Rose show EVER), and kept getting weirded out by how Jason (the bachelor) kisses his son on the lips. I know I’m a bit uptight about PDA, but I don’t feel I’m being too prudish when I say I don’t get the whole kissing-on-the-lips thing between blood relatives. Maybe it’s something passed down among folks of European ancestry?? Certainly it’s not something I’ve ever seen Indian people do. We hardly hug, much less kiss each other — anywhere!

That’s all for now. I know it’s been over a month since my last post, but I just haven’t had the mental energy to blog the past few weeks! I’m sure I’ll be in a more blogging-friendly mood once daylight-savings time begins..