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Feb. 14…why does that date ring a bell?!

Posted in random on February 15, 2010 by poojaland

Another year, another Valentine’s Day … I must admit that one of these years, I’d like to actually do something with a boy on the occasion, cheesy as said occasion is!! Alas, none of my various short-lived “relationships” have occurred during that time of year. So instead, the day is an annual excuse to round up some single gals and hit the town. This year, the lucky two ladies were Kristen and her friend ML, whom I’d never met. We decided to check out one of Tom Douglas’ (most well-known local chef/restaurateur) restaurants, Palace Kitchen. While we were waiting in the lobby, Douglas himself came out to greet some folks he knew at a table right next to us. That’s a pretty big celeb sighting in Seattle!

Our dinner, while a bit pricey, was definitely worth the splurge. And we of course followed it with a slice of coconut-cream pie, which is AMAZING, and I believe served at all of T.D.’s restaurants (I think he has five here in town). We’d been intending to head to a bar for some socializing after dinner, but we all three got along so well (yes, we mostly talked about boys!) that when we finally took a second to do a time check, we were shocked to discover it was 11:15 p.m. — we’d met at the restaurant at 7:30! On top of that, ML had been up since 5:30 for work, it was pouring rain, and the main drag of downtown Seattle with the good bars was enough blocks away that we’d have had to cab there and back or deal with finding parking over there (always tough on a Saturday night). So we all parted ways with the promise to schedule another girls’ night out and be sure to make it to a bar or two.

So it was a really, really great V’s Day. Sure, I didn’t spend it with a special someone — but hey, I spent it with TWO special someones!

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Posted in random on January 28, 2010 by poojaland

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Deep thoughts on … life outlooks (or something)

Posted in random on January 28, 2010 by poojaland

So, I have this problem. When anything starts going my way, I get really scared and weary and pessimistic. I’m basically waiting for the other shoe to drop, as it too often seems to do. I even freak myself out if I start feeling optimistic about a situation — I have to remind myself, “Look, it probably won’t pan out. Actually, just assume it won’t.” I’ve always tried to expect the worst and just leave it at that, but sometimes, in a weak moment, I break down and cautiously hope for the best. It’s not so bad if the situation is totally or mostly in my control … but when I only have a little bit of influence or say, it really drives me crazy. I’ve been dealing with one of those situations recently, and I periodically catch myself spontaneously exclaiming, “What the F—, dude!” Very ladylike.. but I’m just ready to come out on the other side, you know?

Anyway, not to be all mysterious and vague; I had bad insomnia last night and started self-analyzing and decided to share.

Swing high, sweet ivory thrones

Posted in random on July 21, 2009 by poojaland

My new office building has some construction going on nearby (this can be said about a lot of office buildings in Western Washington; apparently, out here we have the most construction cranes west of the Mississippi), and I can see some of the action through the window of the guy across the hall from me (I’m in an interior office). The other day, I did a double take when I saw a crane lifting up a pallet of Honey Buckets! Yes, portable outhouses! There were probably six or seven of them, and they were being pulled up so fast that I didn’t even have time to whip out my cameraphone. I was able to get the attention of a guy kitty-corner to me with a window, and he also had a good laugh at the sight before the cargo was up, up and away and out of sight. It was one of the most hilarious things I’ve ever seen! My guess is that they were going atop one of the taller under-construction buildings, so the workers don’t have to go all the way down to street level. I’m not able to see onto the roofs of any of those nearby buildings to check, though.

The problem with sunshine in Seattle

Posted in random, Weather on May 11, 2009 by poojaland

Being the native Seattleite that I am, I, along with my fellow Seattleites, really treasure seeing the sun out and about here in the city. Though we are wrongly accused of being the rainiest city — Mobile, Alabama, gets this honor, and no Pacific Northwest city shows up until Olympia at No. 24; click here for proof — it definitely is gray and gloomy for a lot of the year. This means that whenever the sun pops out on a non-summer day, the entire mood of the city lifts, and there’s a collective “Ahhhh!” However, the downside is that one then feels a huge amount of pressure to take advantage of the weather, by getting out of the city for a hike, going on a walk, playing tennis, what have you. Sometimes, though, I just want to sit on my living room couch and catch up on “The Wire” or something!

Anyway, this feeling is thankfully alleviated once summer comes around and we have stretches of days of nice weather, but from Sept. to June, after any nice weekend, one can expect questions like “What did you do during the nice weather this weekend” on Mondays..

By the way, on a random aside, I’m watching “The Amazing Race” finale as I type this, and for at least the third time this season, the contestants are in swim suits or something similar (they’ve also been in leotards and their skivvies). Do they have a waxer on hand for the ladies to use or something?? Certainly, if they ever had a female Indian contestant in the Race, a waxer/threader would get a lot of work..

The journey to Poojaland

Posted in random on January 19, 2009 by poojaland

Every couple months, I pop onto SiteMeter to look over the details of who all is visiting Poojaland, and how they arrived here. I’d say the bulk of PL visitors are friends of mine in real life, but there are a decent amount of folks who come by via Internet searches (almost all through Google). BTW, a lot of folks searched on REI-related phrases (“REI backpack,” “REI sale”) — and I saw by looking at IP addresses that some folks *at* REI were also looking at my blog (thanks!); I didn’t realize I mentioned the place so much :o) Obviously, I’m a huge fan.

Anyway, here, in no particular order, are the best — and most head-scratching — phrases people searched on that led them to Poojaland. A lot of people were just in and out of PL, once they realized they didn’t find exactly what they were looking for. But as I know so well from working in the world of online publishing: A click’s a click!

1. “Buyer’s guilt”

2. “That’s what she said in Wikipedia”

3. “Addicted to bandaid”

4. “Longest that’s what she said”

5. “I want forgo sex”

6. “Squat in the woods”

7. “Is Mary Roach a believer of god”

8. “Enjoy sex bus” (my second favorite)

9. “Chicken necks fresh Seattle (my favorite — hilarious!!)”

Strange sightings

Posted in random on September 5, 2008 by poojaland

This sign has recently popped onto most Metro buses; it shows a scary, stretched-skin hand and long, red fingernails. I’m not sure why the folks who made the poster couldn’t have just used a picture of a REAL hand?? I almost feel like it should actually say “Hold on! The being with this hand has been snatching humans off Metro buses just like this one. Don’t be her next victim!”

While I was waiting for a bus earlier this week, this guy got off another bus and then sat on a nearby bench. On first glance, I thought “Hmm, not bad,” but then … I looked down. Wearing Crocs is one thing, but wearing hot-pink ones? When you’re a guy?? (I snapped the pic while pretending to make a phone call.)

There’s a family of raccoons hanging around my complex. One night, I was getting out of my car; I turned around as I was hefting a bag and saw a raccoon by the front door of my building. I stood there staring at him for a minute, and then he started ambling toward me. I got nervous and jumped back into my car (when he was about 12 feet from me) until he wandered off.

Last weekend, I saw four raccoons in my complex’s back yard; they were actually really cute — rolling around, grooming, playing..