update #1. i did it. i used the word transmogrify in a sentence in the staff lunchroom. here's how it went down...several women were sitting around bemoaning the fact that friends is no longer on, well, new episodes anyway. we started talking about who our favorites were on the show, etc. i said, "i would love to transmogrify into jennifer aniston." i then paused and waited for reactions. i didn't have to wait long. the girl to my left exclaimed in a duh, you're so stupid tone, "cara, you wouldn't have to change; you're both girls already!"
i didn't bother trying to explain what transmogrify actually meant. i let her think that i was, indeed, the stupid one in the conversation. my nice deed of the day.
update #2. my brother and seattle university played simon fraser university last night at swangard stadium in burnaby. (i really just wanted to see how many links i could fit in one sentence. five is pretty good, i think.) my parents came up for the game and spent the afternoon and evening with me. i think that's probably the first time i have had them all to myself since i was 3 years old. henri and i had a delicious dinner with them at thai house. i made my meat and potatoes dad branch out...he had left-over east indian food for lunch and thai for dinner.
the game started at 7 and i feared we would freeze our asses off, but the weather was delightfully pleasant. my sister-in-law, heidi, her sister, amy, and her boyfriend, ryan, also came up for the game. so we had quite the little cheering section going on. henri is always up for yelling, "you suck, ref!" even if he does not know what is going on in the game or, in fact, has not even been watching the game at all. we also enjoyed mocking a fan in front of us who kept cheering for the seahawks, as in seattle's professional football team, instead of the seattle university redhawks. we almost played another game..."see if you can throw a smartie down the bimbo's pants as she leans over and shows us all her g-string." but oh yes, the game. it was a nail-biter. seattle university ended up winning 1-0, with my brother's shutout record increasing. his team is #1 in the united states in ncaa division ii. pretty darn good.
after the game we piled into earls for dessert. we were entertained by a rousing rendition of a polish birthday song sund, complete with snaps, by amy and ryan. even a random busboy and our waitress came over to listen. it was a nice, stomach-warming (have you ever had a polar bear? they're sooo good) time of family, laughter and chocolate.
i wish my family lived closer.
update #3. i was driving home last week after school around 4:30, so there was plenty of traffic to annoy me. i had some coldplay blasting, well rattling, out of my little bitty speakers. i wasn't really paying attention to the cars around me; just the ones in front of me. suddenly something to my right caught my eye. i looked over and immediately wished i had just kept singing to clocks. it was her, my old "friend." gah! i pulled out a fake smile, reserved especially for freakish moments like this. she motioned for me to pull over. eek! thank goodness for the watch henri gave me for my birthday. i quickly pointed to it, as if i had somewhere to be and no time to stop and chat. she then held up her cell phone to me, motioning me to call her. yeah. right. ok. i'll get on that one. just as soon as... ah hell. never. i was saved by making a sharp left turn on a yellow light. whew. i did keep checking me mirror to make sure i wasn't being followed. with that wacko, you never know.