Completely Average FRT and a Bunch of Scattershot Thoughts

February 17, 2006

1. “80 Windows” – Nada Surf
2. “I Wish I Was A Girl” – Counting Crows
3. “New Slang” – The Shins
4. “Window” – Fiona Apple
5. “Every Breath You Take” – The Police
6. “High And Dry” – Radiohead
7. “Expo ’86” – Death Cab For Cutie
8. “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” – The Hollies
9. “A Rush Of Blood To The Head” – Coldplay
10. “Change” – The Lightning Seeds

I’m a cheater; I started iTunes this morning on “80 Windows” because I heard Nada Surf do it live last week and right now it’s one of my favorite songs.

I feel far away from you
So what else is new?
The moon is closer to the sun
Than I am to anyone

And then I’m like “wah, I’m so lonely too” and I mope around all gloomy and emo for a few minutes and a Counting Crows song comes on and I add it to the list, knowing full well that one of you too-cool-for-school kids is going to make fun of me about it. BRING IT.

My bum tendons are acting up today, which most likely means that the weather forecast for snow tonight is spot-on. I don’t know when I turned into an 85-year-old man whittling on the front porch and using my joints to predict the weather, but there it is. Fourteen years of twirling flags has left me with impingement in both shoulders, and tendinitis in both shoulders and in my left wrist. It annoys me sometimes, that I’m in my mid-twenties and I have this measurable deterioration. When it was first diagnosed, the doctor told me that this is the kind of thing they usually see in housepainters and Olympic swimmers. So I’m in odd company.

Hey, speaking of the Nada Surf show last week, it was really good even though I was surrounded by drunk/annoying UVA freshmen. Here’s what not to wear to a rock show: your GRANDMOTHER’S PEARLS. I mean, seriously, Annoying Girl With Tall Boyfriend.

Last night I went out with some friends to get gallons of awesome Thai food for my birthday (which is tomorrow). Oh, and for the record, I quit the South Beach Diet after eight days, and I’d been contemplating whether or not to write about my reasons for making that decision and ultimately decided not to. I’m mainly telling you so that when I tell you I had four pounds of chicken pad Thai last night and intend to have six pounds of hibachi shrimp and FRIED RICE tomorrow, no one will be all “but what will that do to your diet?” There is no diet. I’m sure the South Beach Diet works beautifully for some people. Being a Southern Baptist also works beautifully for some people. I’ve tried them both, and I’ve determined that neither lifestyle choice is right for me.

My friends are wonderful – check out what they gave me for my birthday:

  • The Joy of Cooking
  • America (The Book), which is something I’ve wanted forever and somehow never remember to purchase
  • a Target gift card, which is seriously like giving me a date with my boyfriend.

Tomorrow I will be 26, which in my head seems impossibly grown-up. It’s kind of weird and I had a thought to write some kind of reflective entry about it, but meh. Maybe later this weekend I will.

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19 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. will  |  February 17, 2006 at 1:32 pm

    At least you tried it. Just out of curiosity, how much did you lose in those eight days?

  • 2. lorie  |  February 17, 2006 at 1:54 pm

    6 pounds, which came back almost immediately so I believe they were mostly water weight. The research I did bears that out.

  • 3. wondermart  |  February 17, 2006 at 1:56 pm

    happy birthday! or day before your birthday. I wish I was 26, you lucky dog you.

  • 4. ImFromCollege  |  February 17, 2006 at 2:25 pm

    Happy early birthday!

    And good luck with that tendonitis. I’ve got it in my shoulder too. Pilates has actually helped a lot.

  • 5. Kristen  |  February 17, 2006 at 2:29 pm

    Happy birthday!

  • 6. jen  |  February 17, 2006 at 3:15 pm

    Happy Birthday to you! Enjoy your weekend.

  • 7. jim  |  February 17, 2006 at 4:34 pm

    YAY! i always forget that you and i have birthdays two days in a row (yes, mine is TODAY).

    also, i am a snot about music, but i also take a lot of crap for the fact that i still defend the first two counting crows albums. i have more than one friend that counters all of my musical opinions with, “yeah but you like counting crows so your view is suspect.”

    i’m glad you got to see nada surf . what do you think of rogue wave? my roomie loves them.

  • 8. jim  |  February 17, 2006 at 4:36 pm

    also, i sometimes read you on my phone, and the mini opera browser made it read like “The Joy of Cooking America (The Book),” and i was all, “what the hell is THAT?”

  • 9. mike  |  February 17, 2006 at 4:43 pm

    Shouldn’t it be “I Wish I Were A Girl”? IJS

  • 10. jim  |  February 17, 2006 at 4:54 pm

    for a grammar wonk, maybe.

  • 11. Amy Bo Bamy  |  February 17, 2006 at 5:01 pm

    Happy Birthday!!! =) Hope your birthday weekend will be a fun one!

  • 12. Ginny  |  February 17, 2006 at 7:34 pm

    Nada Surf was on One Tree Hill… weeks ago, but since I’m doing the catch up on the Home TiVO marathon.. i just found that out…

  • 13. Cara  |  February 17, 2006 at 10:43 pm

    Happy early birthday!!!

  • 14. Sandy  |  February 18, 2006 at 12:16 am

    Happy birthday! You will shit your pants laughing at America the Book, but beware: When they say naked photos of the Supreme Court justices, they mean it.

  • 15. Rebecca  |  February 18, 2006 at 1:33 pm

    Happy birthday Lorie! =)

  • 16. will  |  February 19, 2006 at 9:33 pm

    Could you share the links to that research with us?

  • 17. lorie  |  February 19, 2006 at 10:03 pm

    I read just about every word I could find on SB, especially after the first day or two when I was feeling very dizzy and weak. So I don’t remember every single source I got information from, but I just did a quick search and here are three links:
    http://www.healthyweightforum.org/eng/diets/south_beach_diet/
    http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=47147
    http://calorielab.com/news/2005/12/18/what-is-water-weight/

  • 18. Kristen B  |  February 20, 2006 at 12:02 am

    Happy Birthday Lorie!

  • 19. will  |  February 21, 2006 at 8:06 am

    I’d heard that about other similar diets, but let me provide you with the other side of that discussion;

    http://www.prevention.com/article/0,5778,s1-4-86-92-3675-1,00.html

    In my own case, after the first two weeks, my butt shrank dramatically, along with my love handles. That’s what made me believe I had lost (mostly) fat.

    However, since you have given it your best shot, I’ll put to rest any further encouragement for you to try SB.

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