Saturday, December 31, 2005
I tried to call Aaron in NYC right after the big ball drop, but I kept getting the "all circuits busy" message.
I will update on the highlights of 2005 and what 2006 has in store in a couple of days.
Thursday, December 29, 2005
2. What color is your underwear? black
3. What are you listening to right now? the traffic on 290
4. What was the last thing you ate? a clemintine
5. Do you wish on stars? yes
6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? cornflower blue
7. How is the weather right now? dreary
8. Last person you spoke to on the phone? I don't know
9. Do you like the person who sent this to you? i guess so
10. How old are you today? 24
11. What is your favorite drink? Diet Cherry 7up, but they don't make it anymore
12. Favorite sport to watch? pro baseball, college football, or basketball
13. Have you ever dyed your hair? Yes
14. Do you wear contacts or glasses? both, but not at the same time
15. Pets? no, just a roommate
16. Favorite month? JULY AUG. AND SEPT
17. Favorite food? PASTA
18. What was the last movie you watched? UPTOWN GIRLS
19. Favorite day of the year? my birthday
20. What do you do to vent anger? either talk to someone or internalize it
21. What was you favorite toy as a child? SO MANY
22. Fall or Spring? both
23. Kisses or hugs? Kisses
24. Cherry or blueberry? cherry
25. Do you want your friends to email you back? no.
26. Who is most likely to respond? no one
27. Who is least likely to respond? megan
28. Living arrangements? with Jenne
29. When was the last time you cried? I dont' remember
30. What is on the floor of you closet? crates of shoes and laundry baskets
31. Who is the friend you have had the longest? my brother
32. What did you do last night? worked
33. Favorite smell? fresh cut grass or Christmas tree
34. What inspires you? my family
35. What are you afraid of? being a failure
36. Plain, cheese of spicy hamburgers? spice up my life
37. Favorite car? hmm...maybe the camp truck
38. Favorite type of dog? a small cute one that doesn't yap
39. Number of keys of your key ring? 10too many
40. How many years at your current job? 1.5
41. Favorite day of the week? my day off
42. How many states have you lived in? 2
43. How many cities have you lived in? 5
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
I have been wanting a pair of cowboy boots for a very long time and am very picky about what I want. Then, before Christmas, I found the perfect pair made by Kenneth Cole. They are currently onsale and I found a store nearby that has both the camel and darker brown in stock. I really like them both. Which do you think I should get? INPUT NEEDED!
AHHHHHHHH! Someone, motivate me!
poopy poopy poopy. that's how lazy i feel.
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Monday, December 26, 2005
Once in Early, IA, we hung out with my Grandpa on the farm until after dinner the next day when we again traveled even farther north to Marcus, Ia, where we lived until I was 5. There, we visited family friends for the afternoon before again heading farther north. We finally arrived in Rock Rapids, Ia(can't get much more north than that) around 5pm for my dad's side of the family's Christmas dinner. In retrospect, it was one of the best Lens family Christmas's I've ever been too. My cousing Mitch(a junior in HS) and my cousin Brad(a year older than me) totally had me cracking up most of the night. There were 44 people there for dinner, which was more than we had anticipated, but far less than the family total. After dinner and mingling was over, we headed back down to my other grandparents farm.
The 24th was a full day of running errands and getting ready for the 25th.
On the morning of the 25th, my grandpa(who has alzheimers) was telling us a story and it went like this. "I was sitting in this chair looking out the window and I saw a 35 pound Elk-deer up in the tree. It was a rainy son of a bitchin day, maybe sleeting. So I went and got the gun and headed out to the shop for shells and I couldn't find any, so I called Greg(my uncle). He came down and shot the thing out of the tree and it landed on the ground and bounced about 3 feet in the air after it hit the ground. Then it headed straight for Greg, took about 3 steps, and died." Well, we about dies when he was telling the story. I had previously heard the story and knew that he was talking about a raccoon and NOT an Elk-deer. However, we call cracked up that he called something an Elk-deer...in case you are unaware, there is no such animal as an elk-deer and if there was a thing as an elk-deer, I'm almost positive that it wouldn't be able to climb a tree. During our stay, my Grandpa also called my brother Josh, "Alan" to his face and we all started laughing so hard that I had to get up and leave the room. My Grandpa had no idea what was going on and so instead of telling him that we were laughing because he called my brother Alan, Josh told him that I farted and that is why we were all laughing. I indeed did NOT fart.
At noon on the 25th, my uncle and his family came down to the farm and we all had dinner, played bingo, and opened gifts. We left shortly thereafter to head back to Burlington. Upon returnign to Burlington, my immediate family had our Christmas and exchanged gifts. I think we all got everything we asked for and more. It was great.
The whole family got together at my grandparent's farm to celebrate Christmas. Very back row is my Uncle Gregg and my cousin Chris. In the row in front of them is my Aunt Marilyn, Chris's wife Nicole and my dad. Next row is my Grandma Shirley, my Grandpa Keith and my brother Josh. In the very front is my mom and I. We all had a nice dinner with traditional opening of gift and some ruthless bingo with present stealing. This year we started a new tradition of human sandwiches. You can't say you've had fun until you've been around us for an afternoon.
Sunday, December 25, 2005
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Anyhow, the standard protocol is that the psych resident on call has to come see the patient within 2 hours of the door being locked, aka the patient "going into seclusion". Well, when the psych resident came up to out floor quickly and this patient was still in seclusion. When the psych resident came in and asked her what was wrong, she responded "My life is a living Hell." Then, she dramatically threw her arms in the air and yelled "This is NOT my world! My world is full of sunshine and green grass and laughter. People playing in park and children running." Then when she had finally calmed down and was ready to leave the quiet room, she stumbled around and pretended to be blind, because we had taken her glasses off of her face upon entering the quiet room. She has almost no presciption in her glasses.
HA HA HA.
As frustrating as work can be, sometimes you just have to look back and laugh.
Monday, December 19, 2005
Except, I realized that I have to get everything done before I go to work tomorrow. Why you ask? Good question, I respond. I am working 3-11:30pm tomorrow then working 7am-3:30pm Wednesday. I need to have my car packed up so I can run(maybe literally) home from work, hop in my car and do my best to get out of the city before rush hour traffic clogs the expressway like a fat clogged vessel during a heart attack.
Unfortunately, I need to pack and wanted to give the apartment one last quick cleaning before I left. I am feeling highly unmotivated...yikes...someone call the motivation fairy to come kick me in the butt.
This was taken at my work Christmas party this year. It was held at one of our co-worker Kristen's very nice west loop apartment. Notice everyone in the picture looks good but me. I just came from work and had to take my patient down twice that shift.
L to R: Me, Keno(Kristin's boyfriend), and Kathy W
Friday, December 16, 2005
The best part of Pancheros is that you can eat it really late at night because it's open until 3 or 4am and their super fresh tortillas. Mmmm...they are so fresh and good. I love them. Also, Pancheros has a much more varied menu than Chipotle. Speaking of varied menus, another love of mine that is quite similar to these places is Qdoba. Qdoba has the biggest menu of them all.
Enough about my love of Mexican food.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Today, I was talking to Eddie online and we were reminiscing about some fun college times. He brought up the night we went to Brothers for Mardi Gras...it must have been my senior year. I somehow obtained a feather Mardi Gras mask that just covers your eyes. Well, after a couple of long islands (with my newly obtained mask on), I decided that people wouldn't know who I was since you couldn't see the top half of my face. Sadly, I saw a lot of people I knew that night and they ALL knew who I was. So here was our AIM conversation:
vetter2k: oh and that mask, that was great
Stawojo5481: when I was incognito
vetter2k: that night you were invisible
vetter2k: oh yes
Stawojo5481: thinking people wouldn't know who i was
vetter2k: i got a fever, and the only prescription
vetter2k: is MORE COWBELL
Stawojo5481: and i would go up to people and talk to them thinking they would know who i was, i got so sad when they knew me
Stawojo5481: because i don't have the most obnoxious voice ever and a deaf person would recognize it
vetter2k: LOL, hell helen keller knew who you were
Oh, I miss the good days of IC! We had some gooooood times.
Needless to say, her name is NOT Gorilla.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
I LOVE this hat. I tried it on at American Eagle. If anyone wants to buy it for me, I would love it. I hate normal stocking hats, because they don't cover my ears very well, so I usually opt to wear nothing on my head, but this hat clearly made me happy...and kept my ears toasty warm
So today, Megan and I did super Christmas shopping and we had to stop at Home Depot for me. There, they were playing wierd music overhead, so Megan created the Home Depot dance and got really embarassed when people witnessed it. Then I made her do it and took pictures. It was a very good time. THEN...Megan told me that I was OBSESSED with fun and that I no longer found it acceptable to find the fun(I was formerly catergorized as a Fun Finder), but now I she claims, finding fun isn't good enough for me and that I am obsessed with it and can never have enough fun. What can I say...I LOVE THE FUN!
Saturday, December 10, 2005
After watching the stuff they didn't show during the season and the reunion tonight, I enjoyed the cast a little more. I still think Neiamiah is a douche with anger issues and a bit of a divo(male diva) ...and I don't even care enought to spell his name correctly. Danny does think he is Ben Affleck and I didn't really like him during the season either. I thought that he tried to be somewhat controlling of spineless icky Mel. It seemed from the reunion tonight that he still is controlling according to the accuisations made be Rachel that he wouldn't let her go shopping with the girls. I really hope that Mel and Danny dont' get thier own reality show about thier engagement/wedding/married life. I think I would vomit on the cable box. I could be completely wrong, but Mel seems like one of those girls that conforms to whatever her boyfriend is like. I need a good word to describe those people...I'll take suggestions.
I was happy to see Wes and Johanna together. I always thought they would get together during the season, but now they are official. Wes seems like he may have grown up a little since the show, but who knows...he was on the real world and his mission was to "hook-up" and party...now that the season is over maybe he isnt' really that crazy in real life. I thought it was interesting that he and Johanna were pretty quiet during the reunion show and they were two of the bigger talkers in the house. It was also very interesting that Wes tried to redirect Neiamiah into treating Danny with more respect and to have his beef with im while the cameras were off...which leads me to wonder...
...how real is the real world?
Friday, December 09, 2005
I will not ever be able to come home and go directly to bed. I will be up until almost 3-4am every night and I will not get up until 10 or 11am. I just feel so lazy when I sleep in that late, but then I realize that I probably got 7 hours of sleep.
Right now it's 3am and I am wide awake. I've even cleaned my apt since I got home from work.
I just want to be sleepy.
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
I ideally wanted a 1GB mp3 player and I do believe that apple only offers the shuffle in the 1GB. The drawback to the shuffle is that it does not have a display screen. The iPOD i really wanted was the mini, but unfortunately apple discontinued the mini when they came out with the nano.
So, I have looked to other reputable brands and have found a 1GB with a display screen, that is less expensive and has less over priced accessories. Can't wait until Christmas...It will be music to my ears, literally.
There was once an Iowa basketball player named Courtney Scott. He was only at Iowa a year or two before he transfered to some small school in Michigan. Well, Megan kinda looks like him when she makes this face. She used to get really mad at me when I told her that, but now she even poses for pictures.
Monday, December 05, 2005
I think it was clear as the seasons progressed that there was less marital bliss than in the first season, but what was to be expected? They were getting busier, a little less time for eachother and the newness was wearing off.
When discussing this issue with my good friend Buggie last night, she said, "I don't know if I can believe in love anymore." While she was being dramamtic, for many, Nick and Jessica were the portrait of a good moral realationship. It wasn't the typical Hollywood romance.
I am hoping for a saved marriage.
Researchers found that among more than 8,200 U.S. adults, those who said they enjoyed a drink every day were 54 percent less likely than non-drinkers to be obese. Similarly, those who drank a little more (two drinks per day) or a little less (a few drinks per week) had a lower risk of obesity than teetotalers did.
Heavy drinking, on the other hand, raised the odds of obesity. People who downed four or more drinks a day were 46 percent more likely to be obese than non-drinkers were. Binge drinkers also showed a greater prevalence of obesity.
The findings are published online in the journal BMC Public Health.
Many studies have linked moderate drinking to better heart health, but only a few have looked at the relationship between drinking and body weight. "It's a fairly new line of research," said study co-author James E. Rohrer, a professor of health services research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
It's possible, he told Reuters Health, that the lower prevalence of obesity among moderate drinkers helps explain the lower risk of heart disease. However, Rohrer stressed that the findings do not imply that overweight people should take up drinking for the sake of their waistlines. Alcohol is high in calories, and it's not yet clear why moderate drinking is related to lesser odds of obesity.
Given that, Rohrer said, drinking should not be viewed as a "weight-loss strategy."
The study findings are based on data from a national health survey of Americans age 18 and older, conducted between 1988 and 1994. The researchers focused their analysis on 8,236 participants who had never smoked.
Overall, half of current drinkers were in the normal weight range, versus only about one-quarter of non-drinkers. Why this is so is unclear, but, Rohrer noted, he and colleague Dr. Ahmed Arif factored in the "usual suspects" in heart disease risk -- such as age, exercise levels, education and income -- and moderate drinking was still related to lower odds of obesity.
Though he cautioned against taking up drinking to trim the waistline, Rohrer also said the findings suggest that completely cutting out alcohol might backfire as a weight-loss plan.
SOURCE: BMC Public Health, online December 5, 2005.
On Friday night, I ran errands and did a little Christmas shopping. After returning home, I worked on the mosaic table for a few hours while watching a movie.
On Saturday, I worked on the table top more, did lots of laundry, visited Megan in Joliet where she was babysitting her cousins. Upon returning home, I stayed up until 3am working on the table more and painting the legs.
Sunday was prounounced Lazy Fest 2005. I worked on some Christmas presents and the table top even more. I made some chicken fajitas for dinner. I finally ventured out of the house at 8:30pm...still in my pajamas...to go to Target to buy another Christmas present. I came home and worked on the table for a while longer and headed to bed.
It was great to do whatever I wanted for a couple of days. Now, back to work-ville.
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Besides the coffee I have also become addicted to Coffee Mate. I currently have FOUR different flavors in my fridge. My staple is the Fat Free vanilla, but I am loving the limited edition and holiday flavors. I feel like I have to buy them now, because they aren't going to be around all year. Currently in my fridge is the FF Vanilla, Creme Brulee, Toffee Nut, and Peppermint Mocha. I had to restrain myself from also buying gingerbread and eggnog yesterday. They are taking over the top shelf of my fridge and they taste sooo good that they encourage me to drink more coffee.
My recommendation to you is to take out stock in tooth whitening products, because you know I will be using them frequently with all this staining beverages going into my mouth. I will never compromise the whiteness of my teeth...that is one thing I am super obsessive about.
Thursday, November 24, 2005
I'm a little sad that I am not going to be with my family on Thanksgiving, but they called me today when they were all driving together to my grandparents house. It was fun to talk to all of them and have the phone passed around. I miss them and love them lots. Thankfully, I got to see them last weekend.
It's the holiday season and a lot of engagements will be happening. There are jewelry ads everywhere telling men to get thier significant others that big rock of commitment this holiday season. And...I'm sure a lot of women are dropping some pretty heavy hints that they would like a big rock for the holidays, and I'm not referring to a lump of coal.
All of this drew me back to a conversation I had over a "philosopical beer(or 3)" with Erika in college. Erika and I liked to go to the bars as a pair and have long talks about life, men, and make up stories about people we would see in the bar. Besides the ever frequent conversation of the Theory of Two and the Theory of the Untied Shoelaces, we frequently discussed why girls were so desperate to get engaged and guys were so laid back about it.
The conclusion we came to was this: Traditionally the male askes the female to get married. This puts all of the control in the male's court. So, if a guy decides that he wants to get married, he can go out and find any woman desperate to get married and his wish is fulfilled. However, most girls go on long searches for the "perfect" guy that flys in on a white horse with a rainbow of colors flying behind. Once she finds this guy, she has to convince him that she is the perfect girl for him...so he will eventually propose and they can live happily ever after. But what if he decides that after 3 years of dating, she isn't the one he wants to marry or he isn't ready to settle down yet and they break up? She has to start her search all over again. Pretty depressing, huh?
Well, so to combat this, Erika and I decided that we WILL get married someday. No looking. It will happen...IF we want it to.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Well, I know that won't happen this weekend. I am going to be in Iowa City...staying downtown...with great friends. I am going to get to tailgate with family and friends and watch an Iowa football game. Hopefully, they will beat Minn and bring Floyd of Rosedale home.
Things I am excited about:
--FAC at Brothers
I LOVE IOWA CITY!
Monday, November 14, 2005
Upon arriving in Madison, Mel picked me up via foot and headed to the mansion where she lives to drop off my bags. We had a good two hour chapt about our lives, drank wine and she even read my love life on tarot cards...it isn' t looking so hot...like I didn't know that. After that we headed to Dotty's Dowry for a burger, but with a long wait we just hoped next door for Ian's Pizza by the Slice, which was suprisingly delicious. We then headed over to one of her friends apts to pick them up on the party train and head on over to The Plaza(a bar). At the plaza we had a few cocktails and then some Iowa Alumnae occupied the booth next to us. In no time, we had made friends with them. Two more bars after the plaza and we decided to call it quits for the night.
On Saturday, Mel and I had the first annual taquito fest. We lounged on Mel's futon(affectionately name the taquito) and watched Garden State and ate crossaints...which Mel got of bed, walked to the bakery, went back to bed, then woke up hours later to eat. What a great friend. We decdided to get up about 1:30, shower and headed back to Dotty's for lunch. This time we were able to get a seat, watch the game and eat a good burger. We finished eatting at halftime, I convinced Mel to go to Pop Deluxe, a store I greatly enjoy, then we stopped at a coffee house to get a warm beverage. While sitting in the coffee house, Aaron called me telling me that Iowa was in the game and the score was 17-10. Mel and I quickly finished out coffee and chai and headed to State Street Brats where we watched the game. While there, I ran into former fellow RA Hans...picture to follow in next post. We stayed there and cheered the Hawks on to victory. After the big W, Mel led a small group of Iowa fans in singing In Heavan There is No Beer. After the game we did more downtown shopping, ate dinner at a fun little restaurant then went to the play "You Name It". Mel's friend Trisha's sister was in the play. The play was great. Afterwards, Mel and I decided we were hungry again(it was now about midnight) and went and ate Russian dumplings. I got half plain and half spicy....and oh my, were they delish!!! There we met a man that is a professor at the University of Iowa who was in town for the game and he also went to Iowa and used to wrestle for Dan Gable. After the dumplings, Mel and I headed back to her place to watch a little Will and Grace and call it a night.
It was a succsesful trip to Madison....that means I had a lot of FUN!
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Monday, November 07, 2005
The Lens family gather in Chicago this past weekend to attend the Iowa vs Northwestern game. It was a disappointing loss for the Hawkeyes after they gave up two touchdowns in the last 4 minutes of the game for a final score of 28-27. We had some good family fun though...Josh sandwiches anyone???
Here are the pics from the weekend.
Friday, November 04, 2005
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Aaron called and told me that my digital camera had been found...in the back seat of a guys car in Cinncinati. Either way, I don't care. I am getting my camera back. I was honestly ready to go out and buy another one tomorrow morning so I would have one for when my family is in town this weekend.
Diggy is comin' home to mama!:-D
Monday, October 31, 2005
Sunday, October 30, 2005
--"I am NOT drunk"
--Q:"Are you coming to the party?" A:"Oh God, there's a party!?!"
--"Please tell me Ariel didn't puke in my bathtub"
--Aaron jumping onto the deflating matress
--"Don't tell me you still have your cherry"(Mel dies of laughter)
--"Do you want a cherry?" "Is it soaked in alcohol?" "No" "Then why would I want one?"
--"Get my coat. It's Burberry"
--"I am NOT getting out at Taco Bell"
--"There's a rumble in the jungle"
--"You know how the Iowa sign used to say "You make me smile" Well, Stawojo, you make me smile"
--"Her ass is way too big to play twister"
--"That is how I tell who my real friends are...if they would tell me if I had a turd sticking out of my pants"
--I saved you in my phone as Hot Sumo Girl"
More photos on Chris's page...my camera is still MIA. :-(
Here are some quotes and thoughts from the weekend:
--"You have 15 seconds to finish your burrito and get out of here." "It's a chalupa, gosh."
--"Ariel is in the bathtub"
--"I just don't feel right."
--Tom Raper RVs
--"Welcome to Indiana, the Hell hole of America"
--"I think I just came across another red hair"
--"It's going to come out of the gap between the toilet and the toilet seat"
--"It knocks me on my ass, but I don't know what it will do to you"
--"Meow"homeless man to Jenne
--What would Jesus bomb?-a bumper sticker
--"Jesus wants you to drink more and to encourage hook ups"
--"Let's have a slumber party"
--"It was like WWF Smackdown"
--"Aaron, Nick just puked"
--"How did you fall?" "My thong got caught on the doorknob on the way in"
--"If you don't give me water now I'm gonna stick my head under the fountain and drink"
--"There were at least 5 straight guys there at some point"
--"Can you give me $4 to go to the Y?"
--"I just don't feel comfortable being at a porn store with Jesus"
--"She's got pussy control"
--"Hey little red riding hood, where's toto?"
--"My feet are cold and they hurt"
--"We shoudl wait for them, they might get raped"
--Come on Sloopy, come on
--Jesus tried to instigate a storm surge
--"Cat 5, Cat 5"
--After accidently spraying 2 guys in the face with a carona, I yell "It's a hurricane!"
--"Delilah, that bitch won't give me her phone number"
--"Nice nut buffet"
--"I left my burrito in the car"
--"We hate you Aaron, we hate you"
more fabulous quotes to come later...
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Up to this point, I was the only Stacey Lens on the planet.
Sick sick sick.
Monday, October 24, 2005
Taken from www.CBSsportsline.com
LOS ANGELES -- The Clippers signed six free agents Saturday, including four with NBA experience: Jan Jagla, Amal McCaskill, Boniface NDong, Jared Reiner, Fred Vinson and Frank Williams.
Jagla averaged 6.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in Germany last season after three years at Penn State.
McCaskill has averaged 1.8 points and 1.9 rebounds in four seasons with Orlando, San Antonio, Atlanta and Philadelphia. He played in Lebanon last season.
NDong averaged 14.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 blocks in France last season. The 7-footer played for the Denver Nuggets' summer league team.
Reiner averaged 1.1 points and 2.0 rebounds in 19 games with the Chicago Bulls last season after signing as a free agent out of Iowa.
Vinson averaged 19.8 points, 1.0 rebounds and 2.4 steals in Venezuela last season. He has played in 13 NBA games over two seasons with Atlanta and Seattle.
Williams has averaged 2.9 points and 1.9 assists in his first three NBA seasons after being selected by Denver with the 25th selection in the 2002 draft. He also had stints with New York and Chicago, where he played last season.
--If you couldn't figure it out, I'm moving there with Jared. ;-)
When I moved to Chicago, I decided that I would become a White Sox fan. While I have never been a big fan of the American League due to their employment of the DH, I knew I could NEVER be a Cubs fan. However, when the world series started this year, I thought I would be cheering for the Sox. Now that the series is in full swing, I am having difficulty cheering for the Sox. Yes, I am happy for them, but my heart belongs to the NL. So...am I a Sox fan or am I cheering for the Astros...I'm still not sure.
Sunday, October 23, 2005
One of the funnier points of the night was when we got off the Raging Bull after dark and were looking at the pictures they try to make you buy, my co-worker said "All you can see in the picture is your big white teeth because your mouth is open." HA HA HA I have glow int eh dark teeth, like the Friend's episode with Ross!
If you've never done fright fest you totally need to. The rides are way better after dark when you can't see anything in front of you. I can't wait until next year.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Must get back to my fall love.
One of the funnier things that happened was when my grandpa and I went to visit my grandma in the nursing home. Here's the conversation that transpired:
Grandpa: "Shirley, what did you have for dinner?"
Grandma: "Salsbury steak"
Grandpa: "Raspberry cake?"
Grandma: "I said salsbury steak, Keith"
Grandpa:"Oh, Raspberry cake! That sounds good."
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
June 8, 2005!
and encourage Jenne to get back on the blogging wagon!
1. What is your full name? Stacey Leigh Lens
2. What color pants are you wearing?multi-colored stripped pajamas
3. What are you listening to right now? traffic on I-290
4. What was the last thing you ate? tacos
5. Do you wish on stars? Yes
6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? cornflower blue
7. How is the weather right now? dark and cool
8. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Mel
9. Do you like the person who sent this to you? Yes
10. Favorite drink? gin and tonic (alcoholic) diet pepsi (nonalcoholic)
11. Favorite sport? Hawkeye football and Cardinal baseball
12. Hair color? dark brown
13. Siblings? Josh
14. Favorite month? May
15. Favorite food? Subway
16. What was the last movie you saw? Old School
17. Favorite day of the year? my birthday (May 4)
18. What do you do to vent anger? rage
19. What was your favorite toy as a child? this doll that had a pullcord comign out of her back and when you pulled it, she talked
20. Summer or winter? summer
21. Hugs or kisses? Kisses
22. Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla
23. Do you want your friends to e-mail you back? yes
24. Who is most likely to respond? no one
25. Who is least likely to respond? ?
26. When was the last time you cried? can't remember
27. What is under your bed? nothing
28. Who is the friend that you have had the longest? Bub
29. What did you do last night? worked
30. What are you afraid of?failure
31. Plain, butter or salted popcorn? butter and salt
32. Favorite car? jetta or my taurarri, but the tempo and shaggin' wagon were great too
33. Favorite flower? tulips and calla lillies
34. Number of keys on your key ring? lots
45. How many years at your current job? 1
36. Favorite day of the week? Friday
37. What did you do on your last birthday? had a dinner party for myself
38. How many states have you lived in? 2
39. How many cities have you lived in? 5
Sunday, October 09, 2005
I've also been making plans on how to spend this newly aquired money. Some will be set aside for the fun weekend I have planned in late Nov when I head back to Iowa City for the Iowa vs Minn game. There is going out to the bars, tailgating, the football ticket and of course, we wouldn't stay anywhere less than the Sheraton.
I also looked into my next scedule and planned a trip to go visit my good friend in Madison, WI in mid Nov...right before her birthday. I owe her big time. I think she has made about 6 trips to Chicago and I have made a measly 1 to the mad-town.
I am also looking into visiting my dear friend Aaron in Columbus. I am way behind on visits to him as well.
Anyhow, must get back to my 12 hour shift.
Sunday, October 02, 2005
Yesterday was a GREAT day. I had the day off and did only what I wanted. It was great. I went over to the North/Clybourne area and did some shopping and also applied for jobs at Crate and Barrel, Crate and Barrel Outlet, and Cost Plus World Market. I got a very fun and funky necklace at World Market. After taking the L home, I hopped in the Taurarri and headed to the ghetto K Mart, Target, and then back to the K Mart.
And as always when I have downtime, I always tend to want to do something with my hair. Sometimes I cut it myself. Sometimes I dye it. Well, last night I dyed it to a more fall color. It is just a deeper shade of brown and so far I like it. I hope it lightens up a tad bit, but not too much. I do need a haircut, but I think I'll leave that one to the professionals this time.
When Mel was visiting me last Oct/Nov, we went to Bar Louie and this guy was hitting on me named Roman. He tried to convince me that he was from the radio program of Styles and Roman. I however, did NOT fall for this and was very annoyed by him. Fortunately, Mel and I were able to escape him and his gross friend. A few weeks ago, I worked a day shift at work and we were watching the news and up popped Roman's picture! I was shocked and continues to watch to see what was going on. It turns out he was a witness in a hit and run where a woman got killed. It was pretty funny to know some one on the news though.
Last night Jenne and some of her friends/classmates went to Hawkeyes for a late afternoon cocktail. Before I arrived a fight broke out(I have never seen a fight at Hawkeyes before). The guy in the fight ran out of the restaurant and dove into the moonroof of a car and took off down the street. Later(after I had arrived), the moonroof diver came back to the restaurant to get his jacket that the had left. Jenne and I had recognized him as a regular there, but do not associate with him. Later that night, the owner asked us if we had seen Vito(the moonroof diver) earlier, because he had apparently left the bar and "fired off a round" and shot someone on Taylor St. Pretty sketchy if you ask me.
Jenne and I made a late night run to Wendy's tonight, because we were both hungry. I got a side salad and a small bowl of chili. After we got back I informed Jenne how sad I was that I don't currently have a crush on anyone. Aren't crushes great? You get to think up silly scenarios about the guy. It just sucks that I don't even have anyone to have a crush on. We tried to brainstorm people i knew that I would want to have a crush on, but alas, there was no one. So watch out, Chicago, I am on the prowl to have a crush.
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
*Mel and Aaron came in town just for it
*everyone I wanted to be there was there(minus my family)
*our shower rod somehow became bent(if anyone has any information on this, please let us know. We are not at all upset, we would just liket o be entertained by the story behind it)
*the front railing fell off the front of our building
*we did a round of shots out of a bottle of tequila from Mexico
*dancing, lots and lots of dancing
*dancing on coffee and dining room tables
*Mel made her first trip to Boys Town
*Mel ate a sandwich
*Shake it off
*The number 5
*Rod, Mitch, Tito, and Jerome
*pouring of beer into Aaron's mouth
*my co-workers came
*the exercise ball
*Yo MTV Raps
*the recreation of the formal picture
*the wooden man
*the story of the man and his mane
*T Bellt he next day for lunch and the case of the missing doobie
Unfortunately the snake eatting it's prey was unable to attend the party. It was a great time over all. Thanks for everyone who helped to make memories.
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Sorry there hasn't been a post since Sunday, but I've had no inspiration. I am slowly feeling better...I have waves of nausea and sweating and then I'll feel fine for hours. It's kinda bizarre.
Work has been going well. We've been steadily busy since school started again.
I have continued on my part-time job quest. I've decided it's more of an effort to expand my social circle than anything else...even though, one can never have enough money. ;-) I have applied for over 60 jobs and have only had 2 responses. One was a babysitting job, which I declined because they had a cat and the other I am hoping to hear back from today. It is a gourmet popcorn shop in Oak Park, called Madly Popn. It would only be a seasonal thing, but at least that would be a start.
I am very excited about the house warming party this weekend. Two very special out of town guests will be here for it...as well as a lot of great people from the area. I am doing my best to feel 100% by then.
Now I'm just rambling. Peace out.
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Since I got home from work at about 330pm yesterday the burrito has had a tumor. Yes, I have been laying on the burrito almost non-stop. I got off it yesterday to make a trip to the White Hen which completely wore me out. I again moved off it to go to bed last night. When I got up this morning, I showered and moved back to the burrito. Unfortunately, I have been quite sick this weekend. It started out Thursday night when I noticed my tonsils enlarged and I had a sore throat. It started out upper respiratory and now I am achy all over and have a fever. It's awful. I hate being sick.
This blog was made from the burrito.
Friday, September 16, 2005
"Zellweger filed the papers Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, citing "fraud" as the reason for the split. The actress's petition also asks the court not to award spousal support to Chesney.
No further details about the couple's split were available, and there was no immediate comment from Zellweger's camp on why she cited "fraud" as the reason. According to top Hollywood divorce attorney Sorrell Trope: "If fraud is checked that means a promise was made before the marriage, but the person who made it had no intention of keeping it. The promise has to pertain to the heart of the marriage." "
I know several people that will be glad to hear that Kenny is back on the market.
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Fortunately, most of the Mulvey's were able to attend Megan's suprise party.
L to R: Lydia(Pat's girlfriend from Liverpool England), Patrick, Megan, Kristi, Tom
I hope they all had a great time. Pat's girlfriend was awesome and hilarious and am very glad I got to meet her after hearing so much about her. There was a great turn out for the party.
Sunday, September 11, 2005
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Also, Cereality is giving away tickets to the premire of Reese Witherspoon's new movie tomorrow...so Megan and I are getting on the L at 4:45am to go pay $4 for a bowl of cereal to get free movie tickets.
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Katie Keck(it's not Keck anymore though) was a resident on the first floor I was ever an RA for and was also in my sorority. She and her husband Shane recently had a baby boy, Ben. She is working as an engineer in Des Moines where they also reside. Congrats Shane and Katie.
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Read about it for yourself:
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Well, now I can say..."I am a fan of the best team in baseball."
Hopefully they will beat the Marlins tonight with Matty Mo on the mound.
Monday, August 29, 2005
Good golly this is a blast from the past.
L to R: May, Me, Vanis, Carly, Megan, Eddie, Gabe, and V Train
Over the years of RAing it had become tradition to take the new RAs under our wings during training week and all go out and have a good time. Forgetting about things like programming paper work, WOW events, bulletin boards, door decs and the dreaded RARs. During this particular night out we went to the Summit to enjoy a few cocktails and got a little crazy(as evidenced by our empty Sexy Alligator glasses on the table). We made a pit stop in Daum to hang out in Eddie room and use his restroom. After we got back to Dirty Burge that night, things stayed right on the out of control path. Two girls had the great idea to take apart a fan while it was running...Fortunately no one got hurt. However, we were all hurting a little the next day as we sat in hours of training sessions, listening to our managers drone on and on. At one point, I looked down at my flip flops(the same ones I had worn out the night before) and saw they had crusted vomit on them. Some girl had puked in the bathroom and it splattered onto my shoe(fortunately it wasn't anyone that was out with us). The highlight of the day was fire panel training at 3pm...And Vanis knows why...ha ha. I just wanted to throw up(no pun intended) a picture of a good time of days gone by. This was one great night with one great staff...miss you guys.
Sunday, August 28, 2005
After Flavor Fest we took a bus to Bucktown and went to the Bucktown Arts Festival. There I played this tambourine that was mosaiced.We had a good time looking at all the pretties then listened to a great band called Clyde Federal...who were playing at the fest. It was a long day outside but it was good to get out and do "Chicagoy" things.
Jenne and I went to Flavor Fest today which was a organic foods festival sponsered by While Foods Market.We payed a $5 donation to get in then got TONS of free organic food and this snazzy bag. I think I can speak for both of us when I say we had a g-r-e-a-t time.
Monday, August 22, 2005
Back row(L to R): Grandpa, Josh, Stace, Chris Front row: Grandma
On Saturday, my cousin Chris got married to his now wife, Nicole. The wedding was very nice and I enjoyed being able to see my family. We even got Grandpa and Grandma to the wedding. Congrats Chris.
Funny thing: We are the only 3 grandchildren in the family and I am the shortest one. HA HA
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Friday, August 12, 2005
After a while, we got to discussing what our "ideal" would look like. My conclusion was:
--ideally between 6'2" and 6'6"
--medium to dark brown hair
--not pale skin
--medium to think build(but toned)
We both also came to the conclusion that we just want an average guy. We aren't looking for models by any means.
Which led us to wonder...where are the average men of the world?
I dont' know if this post made any sense. It's late. I'm tired.
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Monday, August 08, 2005
The following story was written by Tom Dienhart of The Sporting News
Go ahead. Call Iowa fans bumblebees. They'll shrug their shoulders, scream louder and hug their Hawkeyes tighter.
That's what it's all about in Iowa City. Hootin'. Hollerin'. And -- most of all -- living and dying Hawkeyes football, all while decked out in black and gold. (Yee-haw to the crazies proud enough to strut in those bib overalls with the vertical black-and-gold stripes!)
But that passion and reverence is only part of why the crown of best college football city is nestled along the Iowa River. The action between the white lines the past three years -- 31-7 record and three consecutive January bowls -- has been unprecedented in these parts, elevating the program to college football's luxury suite. All of this tall corn has offered legendary Hawkeyes radio play-by-play voice Jim Zabel ample opportunity to chortle his favorite refrain: "I love it! I love it! I love it!"
A quaint blip-of-a-burg located a short Drew Tate toss off I-80 in eastern Iowa, this is where you will find King Kirk. (That's coach Kirk Ferentz to you nonbumblebees.) And red-brick Kinnick Stadium -- named for 1939 Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick -- is the X-marks-the-spot of Saturday insanity.
Downtown, bumblebees pour in and out of establishments such as Joe's Place, an Iowa classic. Many fans never make it off their bar stools to the game. A short walk away is Kinnick, where the players trot onto the field hands locked, with the captains in front -- a grand entrance, inspired by Hayden Fry, called the "Swarm." Fitting. About that time, P.A. announcer Mark Abbott trumpets: "Here come the Hawkeyes!"
That's enough to set off the fans lucky enough to be in the stands, where they hope later to sing "In Heaven There Is No Beer" when the game is in hand -- which almost always is the case these days for their Hawkeyes.
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Aaron sent me a link for flip flop socks...if you're wearing flip slops, you shouldn't be wearing no socks!
This place needs to be put out of business.
Check it out, it is the ultimate camel toe.
Monday, August 01, 2005
It has almost become a Sunday night tradtion: grilling on the front stoop. You might ask, "Why in the heck is Mel(from Madison, WI) in the picture?" Well, I had to work 7am-330pm today and had 2 messages from Mel. She had been in Cary, IL visitng one of our sorority sisters and had missed her bus back to the land-o-cheese. Megan picked her up while I was at work. We convinced Mel to take an even later bus and stay and grill out with us for dinner. She did and I think she had a good time. It was the best suprise all week to see Mel.
Sunday, July 31, 2005
Saturday, July 30, 2005
Tonight, we had Megan and Laura over for girls night pizza and after telling them about these cars constantly parked outside our window, my roommate Jenne says "Stace, I think I just saw a guy out there, go look." So I look out our living room window and a guy pulls his car over, walks around the side of it and just starts urinating in the street!!! Baffled, I call the girls over to the window and we all just stare for a half a second. Who does that?
Why do weird and random things always happen around me?
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Some man named Mert wants to build a really tall building in Chicago. I can't remember the name he wants to name it, but it had the word ham in it(I am on a diet, the only word I remember had to do with food). It looks like a giant birthday candle. It will be 400 feet taller than the world's tallest building in Japan and reach almost a 1/2 mile high.
My message to Mert...your building is ugly. I hope the city doesn't let you build it here. Thanks, Stacey
Monday, July 25, 2005
Just a little information to think about.
However, I am sure the guys will agree with this and the women will continue making excuses to justify thier actions...that's what they do best when they do irrational things in relationships.
Sunday, July 24, 2005
Sunday, July 17, 2005
This is a shout out to one of my favorite bands, The Walker Brothers. The lead singer is my neighbor from home, David Kroll. They played a kick ass show at Big Muddy's on Friday and I danced my heart out to them playing at Reagan and Nick's wedding reception on Saturday. They've opened for Trick Pony and Montgomery Gentry. Check them out if you get a chance.
This lamp shade came with our apartment. Needless to say, Jenne and I took it down and replaced it with something much more fun. And we thought it would work better for me as a hat. If anyone wants to borrow it the next time they are headed out into the sun, let me know.