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I have to add one more Blogathon thank you to a sponsorship that I found when I arrived at work this morning. I've been out of work for a week and a half due to my sprained ankle and then moving to my new apartment. So I found this check too late for him to be included on the sponsor list for the Blogathon but I'm still going to send the check in and Planned Parenthood will still reap the benefits. So I just want to say thank you to John Paul for his sponsorship. Thanks so much.
posted by Alyssa Wodtke 1:54 PM

I just wanted to post a little something, even though the Blogathon is over and I should be sickened by looking at my site for one more second. But I just wanted to say, now that I'm reasonably rejuvenated by sleep and my brain seems to be working more or less, that the Blogathon was a really good time for a really good cause. I hope everyone will consider doing this again next year. My friend Kelly says he will do it himself next year, which means I have a position open for a friend willing to spend hours at a time listening to me type while he builds shelves. Planned Parenthood will receive around $200 from my sponsors, which I think is really wonderful.
I went to bed finally around 1:30 after Kelly left, I scarfed down a salad, and I spent a little time winding down, reading my fellow bloggers' blogs. Lots of odes to their beds there at the end. I took a picture of myself right before heading to bed, heavily lidded eyes and all, that I will post when I get my camera installed. I got up around 8 p.m. when the sunset's golden light (bit poetic, sorry) came through the little tiny window in my closet/office room and filled my bedroom. I wanted to take a look at the ocean in the sunset.
Now I find myself fading again. I need to go through a box or two and find my music for my singing class tomorrow then I'm running back to bed. My blogs will go back to a somewhat normal pace after today, but as I have a computer of my own at home now they may come a bit more often. But probably not every 30 minutes again until next year. Thanks all for your support and I hope you had nearly as good a time as I did.

posted by Alyssa Wodtke 10:25 PM

Well, this is probably my last blog so I feel like I should be profound. I'm not sure I can manage it, though. Kelly just told me that the kitchen cabinet is up! Yay! I'm so glad it got up in time for the end of the thon. There's a certain symetry there. I just looked, it's fabulous and feels really solid. Yayayayayayay! Alyssa is happy now. Kelly rocks. The kitchen rocks. My apartment rocks. The Blogathon rocks. I'm really impressed with everyone who made it through to the end. You all are wonderful. And I'm pretty proud of myself for getting here, too, but as I told my dad, we have a stubborn streak in this family. If we say we're going to do something, we do it.

So in the last 24 hours I've gone through 2 packets of sushi, some soy chorizo and potato taquitos, some grapes, a banana, 5 Diet Pepsis, a little lychee ice cream, a shower, 5 boxes, 7 movies, 3 CDs, two short naps, two visits, 5 phone calls, 2 visits out into the world, and a slurpay. And now it's over. Boy that was fun! Thanks Cat for putting it all together and thanks to everyone who participated and helped those who participated to keep going. We love you all! Goodnight!

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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 12:03 PM

I want to take a minute to thank all my lovely sponsors. They're all people I work with or family so I have thanked them personally already, but I want to post their names and just say what a good thing you all have done. There's Mom and Dad--thanks for supporting your kid. There's my Grandfather who surprised me greatly when he sent me a check written out to Planned Parenthood. There's Lillie, Teresa, Peter, and Julie from work. Lillie and Julie both sponsored me for the AIDS Walk as well so an extra special thank you to both of them. Then there's Shirley, who I used to work with and who signed herself up without ever mentioning it to me. That was an extra special treat when I looked at my sponsor list and saw her name there. Thank you all so much. I couldn't have done this without you--literally. I love you all.

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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 11:55 AM

My celebrity match is Dylan McDermott. Not bad, I say. Who's yours? Emode Now if I can just get him to leave his wife...
Kelly's here now and working on the kitchen cabinet again. One I find my digicam software and all that, I will take a picture so everyone will know what I've been talking about all this time. Kelly's very perky and sipping another watermelon slurpay from 7-11. We love Kelly. Let's just take another moment and think about how great Kelly is. Sigh. Anyway, I seem to be having the tiredness equivalent of moodswings. One moment I'm wired and thinking I'll never sleep again then the next I'm bleary-eyed and thinking about sinking down in my chair. I think I need to listen to the Weeeeeee! squirrel song again. I think Kelly needs to listen to it too.

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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 11:45 AM

Shoe of the Hour



Stuart Weitzman


For my last Shoe of the Hour I present another of my favorite clear shoes. This one is especially fabulous because it thinks it's just like any other gorgeous sandal with an ankle strap but it's see-through. How great is that? Clear lucite sole and heel, which looks like a prism, are just a little bit nicer, cooler, sleeker than plastic. And I like the silver touches on the sole and the buckle. Beautiful, beautiful. Wear with a silver dress if you can find one and look like Cinderella from Venus...it's a good thing, trust me.

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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 11:33 AM

Cousins--
"You've only got one life to live. You can either make it chicken shit or chicken salad."--Mr. Kazinski

posted by Alyssa Wodtke 11:07 AM

Yay! We have weeeeeeeee! The speakers work, tho they're not very loud. But better than nothing, which is what I had before.
My celebrity look is Sultry Look--like Jennifer Lopez, Charlize Theron, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Not a bad thing, but I look nothing like any of them. Still, not a bad thing. What's your celebrity look? Emode

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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 11:02 AM

I'm feeling pretty good, believe it or not. I will soon find out if my cheapo speakers work on my computer as the squirrel is loading. Kelly's on his way over to hang the cabinet. I'm dressed like a normal person again (not in my nightgown) and my hair is somewhat dry. Dad's at brunch with the rest of the fam so I don't have him to chat with anymore. And there's just over an hour left to go on the thon. It'll be a little while longer before I can pass out, but it will come soon enough. I'm pretty happy with the way things have gone and I've tried to put at least a little style and a little substance into each of my blogs. I hope you think so too. Anyway, it ain't over yet so don't go away.

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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 10:56 AM

One final gimmick for the last 1 1/2 hours (yay) of the thon. I will try to post as many times as possible, within reason. Probably just an extra couple. It will depend on whether I have anything to say. I'm contemplating whether these little speakers that came with my cheapo walkman will work as speakers for my computer. Any votes? I have no idea where my computer speakers are and I'm dying to see the weeeeeeeeeeeeeee squirrel again. Did anyone go look at him? Doesn't everyone just love him? You should. I'll let you know about the speakers.
I'm watching Cousins again, now that there are no good cartoons on again. They're running off together on his motorcycle right now. Very romantic.

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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 10:44 AM

Shoe of the Hour



Gucci


I started to drool when I saw these babies. These are shoes I just want to stare at but never to wear. With that gorgeous stiletto and super-pointy toes wearing them would be exquisite pain. Lovely cut outs, very sexy. These need to be worn with leather pants and a skin tight high-necked tank top. Oh yeah.

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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 10:32 AM

Ok, so, I don't like to be negative, but I was just perusing some of my fellow thonnies' sites and saw that quite a few have dropped out before 24 hours. The most common reason I've seen is lack of inspiration due to lack of sleep. Well, what did you expect? The less you sleep, the goofier you get, and the less your brain works. So it does get hard to think of things to say. But just because you're not having fun anymore, just because it's becoming work, is that really a good enough reason to give up on a responsibility you willingly accepted? I think there's something very wrong with that. I guess it goes along with the declining work ethic in this country. Sorry, off my soapbox now.

My dad just told me a story. We were talking about the staying awake for 24 hours thing. He said it didn't seem that strange to him because of Le Mans. He's a big car guy so he knows this stuff. "in 1954, a frenchman driving a french car, a talbot lago, drove single-handed at Le Mans for something like 23 or 23 1/2 hours. they kept tryign to get him to hand over to his co-driver, but he wouldn't. he was in the lead and didn't want to give up the hope of doing it alone. he was finally convinced to hand over to his codriver at 23 hours. the codriver broke the car. so it didn't finish. the next year the Mercedes team, which had benfitted from Levaugh's car breaking down, gave him a factory drive in recognition of his heroism in driving so many hours. that was 1955." A very inspiring story, I think, for us thonnies entering our 22nd hour. (Just don't ask me for the rest of the story. I'll leave it inspiring unless you ask.)

My shower was lovely, very refreshing, and I feel all clean and shiny now. My hair is quite long so takes a long time to dry. While it's wet, it somehow continues to feel refreshing. Don't know why.

I'm going to ask my Literary Book of Answers some questions of my own, since I haven't gotten anybody else asking.
Q: Will Kelly get over here to hang my kitchen cabinet before I pass out?
A: "Give up the spear!"--Herman Melville: Moby-Dick
Q: Will I be able to find the music for the song I have to sing in singing class on Monday in time to learn it?
A: "You must travel it for yourself."--Walt Whitman: Song of Myself

Cartoons are on now. I'm watching Sabrina, which is acceptable. I prefer Batman Beyond but that was yesterday. Still, hope springs eternal. I never can keep track of TV schedules.

I'm a Golden Retriever. What breed of dog are you? Emode

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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 10:05 AM

Shoe of the Hour



Gucci


Wow, the color on these is gorgeous, what a rich red. The style is pretty basic, except for the ankle straps. Normally they would be a lot thinner. These are like dog collars around your ankles. I love them. I would wear these wtih black capris and a red off the shoulder blouse for a Rita Moreno circa West Side Story look or with a flirty little black dress with a flared skirt and ruffled sleeves. Red lipstick, naturally, a must.

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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 9:31 AM

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Out of the shower now. I feel a lot better. Shoe is coming.

posted by Alyssa Wodtke 9:25 AM

I think I've reached the point where I'm so tired I don't want to sleep anymore, if that makes any sense. I feel like I could stay up for days. Of course, I would be no good to anyone, but I could. Maybe.
I'm in desperate need of a shower, I think. I feel like I need something to refresh me. I'll be popping in there right after this post.
Cousins is at a very cute part. They're at the lake together and discussing whether they should kiss. Very sweet.
I'm starting to have trouble finding shoes to write about and once I find them I discover my mind isn't working well enough to talk about them properly. But I'm persevering. Not much longer. 3 more hours. Dad's back on IM. He and Mom are getting ready to go have brunch with Christina and Philippe. I feel a bit left out, but Philippe still has jet lag and can't stay up for a proper dinner. Anyway, posting now then shower...

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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 9:03 AM

Shoe of the Hour



Manolo Blahnik


Very classy. Very cute little hourglass heel. I would wear them with a black cocktail dress. Martini and diamonds as accessories.

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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 8:35 AM

Getting grayer outside; I can barely see the ocean now. That's the San Francisco fog you hear tales about. 8a.m. and I'm fading a bit. Had some Trader Joe's sushi to give me some energy but I don't think it worked. Sushi for breakfast may sound odd, but that's what got me through Bay to Breakers (a 7.something mile walk from one end of SF to the other) and through the AIDS Walk (10K). Maybe it just hasn't kicked in yet.
Well, LA Story is over and there are still no cartoons on. Quite annoying. I put in Cousins, starring Isabella Rossellini and Ted Danson (in his one good movie role), which I haven't watched in a really long time. It's a very sweet film.
The neighbors are awake upstairs, I hear them creaking around. I've been trying to be quiet; I hope I didn't disturb them. My landlord will be annoyed at my use of energy for 24 hours with the lights, computer, TV, VCR, and space heater on continuously. Oh well. All utilities paid means I can do as I please. Probably best not to get on his bad side this early in the game tho.
Contacts are starting to get pretty foggy. I'm trying to keep them in, tho, as I have no idea where my glasses are and it's bad for my back to be two inches from the monitor while I blog.
Nothing exciting unpacked lately. Found a big plastic container full of change, mostly pennies, that weighs about 20 pounds.

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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 8:05 AM

Extra Post


LA Story--
"SanDeE, your...your breasts feel weird."--SM
"Oh, that's 'cause they're real."--SJP

posted by Alyssa Wodtke 7:37 AM

Shoe of the Hour



Bebe


Now these are some serious biker chick boots. Well, biker meets disco anyway. They have a great shape, painful-looking but attractive pointed toes, and nail-thin heels. But of course the winning point is the studs. These would be great with just about any outfit but either jeans and a halter or a just above the knees skirt and long-sleeved silver top would be fabulous.

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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 7:32 AM

I'm watching "LA Story" now. Sarah Jessica Parker and Steve Martin are out on a date.
"I don't put any pressure on you, do I?"--SJP
"Not at all. I don't pressure you, do I?"--SM
"No, no, I just don't think there should be any pressure."--SJP
"No, tell me if I pressure you."--SM
"Ok, you too, but, you know, don't feel like you have to."--SJP
I love this movie.
It's completely light out now, but very gray out here. I can see the ocean, though, so it must not be too foggy. Angie just called me, the poor thing is sick. She was going to come by but can't. But I appreciate the spirit of her support even though she's not actually here. She couldn't believe I sounded so awake.

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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 7:05 AM

Shoe of the Hour



Sergio Rossi


Certainly a novelty shoe, but very cute. I love the leaves, it's very Garden of Eden. Fig leaf optional.

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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 6:31 AM

Some light is appearing in the sky now--it's a gray blue out my window. I'm looking forward to going out and walking along the beach once I've gotten some sleep.
I had an unpleasant moment unpacking a box a few minutes ago. I came across a little stuffed beanie cow with a t-shirt that said "Someone in Wisconsin loves me." My ex gave it to me when he came back from a trip to Wisconsin. We've been broken up for about 10 months now and I've never for a moment regretted it, but every now and then something triggers a fond memory and it's a little difficult. I stood for a moment with this little cow in my hand remembering how we always brought each other something back from trips we took separately. He always brought me stuffed toys. I usually brought him baseball caps. I wonder if he has these same moments with the caps. I can't imagine he still wears the Iowa cap I gave him, which was one of his favorites. But maybe it's different for him. But now the question presents itself--what does one do with all the little mementos from a broken relationship? It doesn't feel right to just throw the cow away. But I certainly don't want it anymore. So what am I suppposed to do? Put it away in a box along with all the other things I don't need but can't bring myself to toss?
The Wedding Singer just ended and I put the news on. I'll have to search out another box of video tapes to find something that appeals to me. It seems like there used to be cartoons on at this hour on a Sunday, at least when I was a kid. Now it seems to be all infomercials. I'm not someone who can watch an infomercial.
I'm getting a little loopy now, I can tell. I stare at the TV for longer than is normal then suddenly realize and snap out of it. Otherwise I'm doing pretty well. A little bleary-eyed but feeling pretty good. I think I may make it.

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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 6:07 AM

Shoe of the Hour



Figueroa


Great color, burnt orange. Nice little heel. But the main attraction is the top. Very unusual cut-out leather with cool little light-colored swirls. I would wear these with tan capris and a turquoise top.

Check out this site: http://www.davezilla.com/ a fellow thonnie.

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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 5:35 AM

I'm still eating grapes, drinking my Pepsi, doing some minor unpacking. Not finding much fun in the boxes, or at least nothing that had a place to go. I found my family tree software that I've never installed. I need to do that. I also found my photo of my mom and her brother when they were little. My Aunt Dixie sent it to me one year for my birthday. I really love that picture; it's one of very few pictures of my mom when she was little. And it will come as a surprise to no one when I say I have way too many shoes. I may even give in and get rid of some of them. Oh the horror...
I finished Sabrina and I've moved on to The Wedding Singer. I know, polar opposites. But they were the movies that appealed to me out of the latest box of videos I unpacked. For some reason nearly every movie I've watched recently has had Drew Barrymore in it. Charlie's Angels, Ever After, The Wedding Singer...there was another one the other day but I can't remember what...hm. I think I own most of her body of work. Except Never Been Kissed. I find that movie incredibly disturbing. I have deep emotional issues related to my high school days. Some day when I'm forced into therapy by repressed memories of bullies and gym class I may finally be able to watch Never Been Kissed without cringing. But not now.

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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 5:07 AM

Shoe of the Hour



Dolce and Gabbana


Think Jayne Mansfield, dripping in jewels, white furs, curve-hugging white dress, rhinestone cats-eye sunglasses...and these shoes. Gold and rhinestones, what more does a bombshell need? If you can't carry off the above outfit, I would suggest a pencil skirt in white or gold and a little fuzzy sweater. But please be dripping in jewels, even if they're costume.
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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 4:25 AM

My little space heater seems to be doing the trick now and I've peeled off all my extra layers. I can't risk turning it down, though, as the apartment seems to only have the two temperatures--very cold and nice and toasty. I'm eating red grapes now and sipping my second Pepsi. Feeling pretty awake, actually. It's nearly 4 a.m. which means I've been doing this for 16 hours now. That's 2/3 of the way done. Part of me wishes there was more time, but that may change in a couple of hours.
I've been doing some unpacking finally, a burst of energy getting me going. I found my Literary Book of Answers by Carol Bolt which is basically a book of quotes that is supposed to give you fortune telling type answers to your questions. Got any questions you want to ask? Send me a feedback form and I will ask and let you know the answer. I'll try a few examples. These are real answers to my questions; I'll write them down even if they don't make sense.

Q: Will I be able to stay up until noon without another nap?
A: "Direct the clasping ivy where to climb."--John Milton: Paradise Lost

Q: Will I get all my boxes unpacked by next weekend?"
A: "Absolutely."--Anton Chekhov: Uncle Vanya

Q: Will I ever date again?
A: "Yes."--Hans Christian Andersen: In a Thousand Years

Anyway, you get the idea. Send me your questions kids...
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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 4:06 AM

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I just opened up a box that smelled absolutely wonderful. Inside I found a treasure trove. Things from my 29th birthday (a year and a half ago)--beautiful plates and bows that were made by my potter friend Susan and wonderful smelling candles and soaps and bubble bath from another Susan. Thank you again Susans...it's like my birthday all over again. I was saving them for the right time; I guess even then I knew I wasn't long for that old apartment and relationship...

posted by Alyssa Wodtke 3:47 AM

Shoe of the Hour



Kate Spade


If one must wear thongs, one should wear Kate Spade thongs. These are very nice, with very simple but clever leather straps. The thing that makes them interesting, though, is the solid color of the whole sandal--no black sole or heel, just all color. I would wear these with a long flowy skirt and a shirt tied up in the middle.
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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 3:29 AM

I don't understand how someone as nondescript as Rep. Gary Condit could get so many women. Maybe it's the power thing. I don't really get that, either, but whatever.
I'm all bundled up now and feeling toasty warm. I'm watching Sabrina now, the original Audrey Hepburn not the vastly inferior Julia Ormond one. I think Audrey Hepburn is just stunningly amazing. She's so beautiful and perfect it hurts. And yet she's never annoying. You can't help but love her. And she plays a young girl to adult sophisticate flawlessly. And don't even get me started on her clothes. The woman could wear a paper sack and look good, but does she? Ohhhh no. If I had that wardrobe...I still wouldn't look anything like her but oh my god would I be stunningly fashionable. And then there's William Holden--what a beautiful man. Much as I love Greg Kinnear, he had some big shoes to fill. We're coming up to one of my favorite scenes now, when Sabrina comes home and David (William Holden) sees her at the train station and doesn't recognize her, she's so gorgeous and sophisticated, and he gives her a ride home. I just noticed that Audrey had some pretty serious eyebrows, dark and full though very shaped. I have some serious brows myself, though they lean more towards Frida Kahlo than Audrey Hepburn. But it's always gratifying to see some real brows on an actress.
Well, I think I need more Pepsi and a walk around the room to stretch.
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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 2:55 AM

Shoe of the Hour



Kate Spade


These are all gorgeous, but the one I love is the one with the big ring of sparkles. How fancy is that? I would wear these with a simple black dress with a knee-length full skirt and a boatneck and a vintage rhinestone choker.
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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 2:27 AM

Well, I tried taking a nap, we'll see if it helps or hurts. I'm still waking up but I think it's going to help. I'll try it again in a couple of hours probably. My dad is still awake, amazingly, on IM. It's very cold in my apartment right now. I just have a little space heater and it's turned all the way up but it's definitely chilly. I need to layer up my clothing and buckle down for the long haul. It will only get colder before it gets warmer.
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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 2:05 AM

Shoe of the Hour



Kenneth Cole


I just bought some sandals very similar to these which just goes to show I'm buying Kenneth Coles even when I'm not buying Kenneth Coles. I love the old fashioned look of the criss-cross straps over the toes against the modern chunky heel with the curve in the back. I especially love the pink ones. I would wear them with white capris and a little fuzzy pink sweater and pearls. How cute would that be?
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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 1:04 AM

Apparently my inner rock star is Bjork. I'm not sure what I think of that. "You've charmed the world with your beautiful, zany, personal style. To say you're a member of the alternative set would be a gross understatement. You and Bjork define alternative in its purest form." Go here to see who your inner rock star is: Emode
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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 12:57 AM

Shoe of the Hour



Sesto Meucci


There's something about these--lounge lizards watch out. It's a cross between masculine and feminine, both in style and color. It looks like a men's loafer that someone cut the back off of. Cute chunky heel. Great deep green color. And you think it's a snakeskin print but it's woven leather. Beautifully done. I would wear these with hiphuggers and a longsleaved shirt. But maybe that's because I'm watching J. Lo on Saturday Night Live right now.
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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 12:34 AM

Extra Post


You have to go here: Weeee!

posted by Alyssa Wodtke 12:20 AM

Kelly left just after 11 so I'm alone again. Dad's still on IM so I still have company. I'm eating some lychee ice cream from an ice cream place just a couple of blocks away called Polly Ann's Ice Cream. They had it at 7-11 and I thought I'd try it. It's pretty perfumey, which I don't normally like, but it's not bad. I can tell it's good ice cream; I think it's the lychee that I'm uncertain about. I've started my first Diet Pepsi as I'm starting to fade. I really wish I'd gotten more sleep last night. Oh well. i'm watching Mad TV now, which is not really doing much for me. I'm thinking about trying to open some more boxes of video tapes. Once I post...
Mark Antony (sp?) is performing on Mad TV. I don't know what I think of him. He seems sort of like a low rent Ricky Martin. Not as cute or sexy. But I suspect he might be a better singer. I like the latin beat and I love that latin music has made its way into mainstream. Ooh, nice drumming...
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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 12:01 AM

Shoe of the Hour



Via Spiga


Very nice, professional but still feminine. The toe is so long and pointy, but without ever coming to a painful point. The strap across the front, parallel to the straight top of the shoe itself, is a very nice touch. I would wear the red ones with a black suit with a short jacket to a job interview.
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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 11:35 PM

Well, the kitchen cabinet didn't go up. The wall is not strong enough for the screws we were using. So Kelly's going to come back tomorrow late morning, before I pass out around, oh, noon. Told you he was a great friend. He's going to bring some kind of screws that will work better and hold the thing up. Problem is it's really heavy already and once I put dishes in it will get even heavier. So we need to make sure it's secure. Kind of a drag, but we'll get there eventually. Thank goodness for Kelly or I'd be lost. I build stuff with no problem but I'm not good at hanging stuff up. Though I did ok with the bathroom mirror/shelf thingie. If I ever find my digital camera software I'll put pictures up.
We're listening to Natalie Merchant now, which is probably not a great choice as it's pretty slow, but it was one of the few CDs that are unpacked. I'm starting to get pretty tired now, which is sad considering it's not even 11. But I'll make it. I might take a couple of little 15 minute naps here and there to help. And of course, there's the Diet Pepsi. I've certainly got lots to do. Once Kelly leaves and I don't have him to entertain me I might start trying to do some unpacking. I expect moving around my help me stay awake.
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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 11:10 PM

Shoe of the Hour



Vaneli


I just love clear shoes. These are vinyl with a plastic heel. Referencing back to a previous post, I love anything Cinderella and this reminds me of her glass slippers. These are the next best thing to being barefoot. I would wear these with shorts and a halter top or with a strapless dress with a princess flowy skirt. Twirling will ensue.
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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 10:32 PM

Well, back from 7-11 with Slurpees or, as my cousin Katie and I would say, Slurp-ays (in deference to the French Philippe). I got cherry and Kelly got watermelon. The watermelon is so sour it's amazing. The cherry is just cherry. Maybe the sugar rush will be good for me. Food is in the oven, soy chorizo and potato taquitos from Trader Joe's. Try them with creme fraiche...mmmmm... Kelly and I are hanging the kitchen cabinet which he finished, well, I'm helping but he's doing most of the work. It's dark and foggy out now, surprise surprise--it's always foggy in the Sunset, especially at night. I don't mind, though, I've always liked the fog. It feels particularly San Francisco. We're listening to The Mighty Lemondrops. I haven't listened to them in awhile; I loved them during my boy band phase (and I mean that in a non-Backstreet Boy/Nsync way, but rather in a Buffalo Tom/BoDeans kind of a way). I have a lot of TMLdrops stuff. It's funny how you go through periods when you absolutely love a band or a group of bands and then out of nowhere you don't listent to them anymore. At least it works that way for me. I mostly listen to women singers these days, though I really love American HiFi, who is guys. I guess when you have something like 500 CDs it's hard to listen to them all.
I have a lamp set up that I got from Ikea. It's just a lamp base and I bought a great cylindrical pink shade for it with little dots poked out of it so little pinpoints of light come through the shade. It's just the cutest thing and sheds really nice soft light. I have it on the top of the hutch of my desk so it's shining down on me. I never want to hear another negative word about Ikea, they rock and rock hard. They just had the cutest things. Kelly's totally enamored of my kitchen cabinet with it's plastic doors. He used to work at Ikea in So Cal years ago.
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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 9:59 PM

Shoe of the Hour



Hype


The Salem witches only wish they had shoes this cute. Not sensible shoes at all, though on first glance you might think so. No, these have a lovely small curved modern heel, not chunky at all. And the toe comes to a great square point. The buckle just makes me laugh it's so perfect, not to big, not to small, reminds us of the witch within. Wear these with a long black dress and a tight bun, red lipstick and big hoops to keep them guessing.
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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 9:30 PM

Well, Kelly's progressing nicely with the kitchen cabinet. I'm sure my landlord didn't realize when he let me in that I would transform this place into my own personal vision. I'm working on it. I've got a whole primary color thing going on, all my accessories are primary colors to offset the black and white of the apartment. The floors are all black and white checkerboard and the walls are white with light wood. You can go back to a post from last week and see some pics.
I'm starting to feel a little tired, which is not a good thing. I'm going to run out to 7-11 and get some Diet Pepsi, my caffeine source of choice, and then make some dinner for us. Hopefully that will wake me up a bit.
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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 8:53 PM

Shoe of the Hour



Hype


These are the cutest things since sliced bread! (there I go mixing my metaphors again) Very unusually shaped wood heel that's just adorable. An almost too precious side bow. Then the flowery satiny shoe itself...could this be more lying around the apartment in a feathered pinoir on a chaise lounge reading Variety in Hollywood circa 1930? And that's exactly the outfit I suggest... But if you must go out, a little cream colored minidress would be faboo.
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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 8:33 PM

Damn, I just lost a whole post while logging back onto the internet after MSN logged me off. SO annoying. I may kill someone. But not Kelly, who is here now to hang out with me and build my kitchen cabinet. Everyone should be so lucky to have a friend like him. He's singing, "Bloggers, people who love bloggers, are the luckiest people...." Very funny. He has lots of energy. I need that right now. Dad's gone, he's been on IM almost the whole time I've been blogging so he's been keeping me company. Thanks Dad.
Anyway, I'm listening to music now that Kelly's here and I have someone to speak to. Ooh, Dad just logged back on. Hi Dad. The sun is going down. It was just blaring in through my ocean facing window and now it seems to have gone down behind a house. Getting to be that time of day. Looking forward to seeing the sunset.
Well, I'm late getting this posted now due to MSN, damn them. Can't wait for my DSL to arrive.
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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 8:07 PM

Shoe of the Hour



Studio Delman Paula


These are the cutest things since a Disney dalmation puppy. Every girl should own something with polka dots and I recommend these shoes. Love the rectangular heel, love the deep curve of the top. And most of all I love the tiny little black strap. I would wear these with a flowy white dress with a black belt for a cute, innocent look. I would wear them with a black pencil skirt and tight 50's sweater, Marilyn Monroe hair, and bright red lipstick for a sweet young vamp look. Either way, no man would be safe.

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posted by Alyssa Wodtke 7:33 PM

My sister and her husband just stopped by. They were at the beach and decided to pop in and say hello and see the new place. I wish it wasn't such a mess, but as my dad says, this is the one time I have a good excuse for it being a mess. They liked the place, my sister kept saying how big it was. It's not huge, but it's a lot of space for what I paid, at least in this city.
In other news, Father of the Bride ended and happily Silverado is on the tape after it. It's a great western from the 80's with Kevins Kline and Costner, Scott Glenn, and Danny Glover. Directed by Lawrence Kasdan. I haven't watched it in a long time, but I remember loving it. I remember seeing it in the theater with the whole family. My parents were always cool about movies. I remember my dad taking me to see The Big Chill when I was a kid, too young for the R rating, feeling secretly like I was doing a bad thing going to see it even though Dad took me. Especially when Glenn Close was nude. I think that may have been the first movie I ever saw with nudity.

posted by Alyssa Wodtke 7:03 PM

Shoe of the Hour



Carlos by Carlos Santana Secrets


An awkwardly named shoe line, but very nice. Great color. Very sexy spiked high heel. But best of all are the cut-outs. Very salsa-looking shoes, assuming one could dance in them. I would wear them with a floaty black skirt and red off-the-shoulder blouse. And bright red lipstick.

posted by Alyssa Wodtke 6:27 PM

Extra Post


I just got up and went to the kitchen to get a banana. I looked out the window to see the sun shining brightly on the ocean. What a happy place my new apartment is. Just wanted to share.

posted by Alyssa Wodtke 6:09 PM

Well, I'm finding it remarkably hard to get anything done that's not on the computer. I had hoped to do some unpacking, but I'm so busy looking at other people's blogathon sites and writing my own that I don't seem to have time. I have my palm pilot set up to sound the alarm every 30 minutes to remind me to blog. Seems like it goes off sooner and sooner. My friend Kelly is on instant messenger now, and my dad has been on since I began. I appreciate the moral support. I'm drinking cranberry juice in a possibly mistaken belief that the natural sugars might give me energy. I suppose it might. I'm wracking my brain trying to think of where my C clamp is so I can fix the leg of Aunt Peg's chair. I dread opening boxes at random. I think that may be the way I'm going tho. I really just want to organize my apartment. But Planned Parenthood is more important. Do I need to mention again that that is who I'm blogging for? All the money I raise in these 24 hours is going to them. They do a lot of good work. Check them out. Time to post...
posted by Alyssa Wodtke 6:03 PM

Shoe of the Hour



Mezlan


Kick-around sandals with style. Great color, a cool turquoise. Trendy beading. Turquoise accessories are in yet again and these shoes are perfect for that look. Wear them with brightly colored striped tank top and capris, turqoise jewelry at neck and wrist. Perfect for Shakespeare in the Park.

posted by Alyssa Wodtke 5:28 PM

Well, I ran to the hardware store in between posts. I decided I needed to see the outside world for a little while and I also needed some wood glue to fix the leg of my Aunt Peg's chair (well, it's mine now but it used to be hers years ago) which has been glued a couple of times before. The movers managed to pop it off again, despite my warnings. I also needed some lightbulbs.
My new neighborhood is funny, in a good way. There's not a lot out here, and a lot of what is out here is old stores, stores that give you the impression that they've been here for 40 years. There are actually 2 hardware stores within a few blocks of me. Each one referred me to the other for different things. I had to get the lightbulbs at one store and the woodglue at the other. I like that there aren't a lot of chain stores out here. There's a 7-11 and there's a Safeway. Otherwise, it's neighborhood-ish stores.
Then there's the safety thing. I live in San Francisco, a big city. And yet out here my upstairs neighbors don't lock their door. They don't seem to worry about security at all to speak of. And when I parked in front of the hardware store today, the station wagon in front of me had it's door half open, obviously having just run into the store and didn't want to bother with the process of closing and opening his/her door again. Pretty funny. And very different from the places I've lived in recently, elsewhere in SF. You leave your car door open in the Mission and everything in your car will be stolen if not the car itself.
In other news, The Little Mermaid has ended and I started rifling around to find another box of video tapes, not really wanting to do another Disney. I found a box of tapes I've recorded things on and I hate to admit I'm now watching Father of the Bride and not the old Spencer Tracy one, either, but the Steve Martin. Not the best movie ever, but I adore Steve Martin so I'll watch anything he's in. He's a telephone book actor for me, an actor I would watch standing in an empty room reading the telephone book. Love him. Gotta post...

posted by Alyssa Wodtke 5:03 PM

Shoe of the Day



Esprit


Aren't these great? Very disco but with a modern more rounded toe. I would wear these with a gold corset and floaty white skirt while dancing on a lit up floor with John Travolta...oh wait, that was an old fantasy, circa 1979. Silly me.

posted by Alyssa Wodtke 4:06 PM

So I decided to put a movie on while I blog, but of course that presented the problem of finding my movies. Hmm. I found a box of videotapes that wasn't too difficult to get to and opened it up. Turned out to be my Disney films. So I'm watching The Little Mermaid now. It's probably my favorite, or at least a tie for favorite, Disney movie. I don't know why I love it so much, maybe because Ariel is a redhead. But I do. It has the best music of them all, I think, and the best villain. Ursula the Seawitch is wonderfully evil. My other favorite is Cinderella, a very classic old film. But I love all Cinderella stories, which is kind of funny considering I'm a strong believer in rescuing yourself, not in others rescuing you. In the Disney version, Cinderella is definitely rescued from her miserable life without a whole lot of effort on her part. But I still love it. As for The Little Mermaid, I'm at the Kiss The Girl song, my favorite in the movie. I love the Carribbean influence. Excuse me, I have to watch this...
posted by Alyssa Wodtke 3:59 PM

Shoe of the Hour



Kenneth Cole


These are cute and casual, a perfect mix of stylish and relaxed. They've got a very high heel which makes them sexy and a loafter front which makes them sensible. The two combine to give a kind of rock-n-roll, ready for business and pleasure feel to them. These are not night at the opera shoes. These are kicking back, going to a rock concert, going to open mike night, going to dinner at the neighborhood joint mules. I would wear them with black cropped pants and a tight shimmery top, hair flowing, and big hoop earrings. What date wouldn't swoon to be seen with these shoes?

posted by Alyssa Wodtke 3:31 PM

Well, I figured out the shoe problem. They're showing up now so I don't have to abandon them. I'm very happy about that. I love shoes. You might have noticed that. Anyway, I just talked to my friend Angie who got back from New York earlier this week after being there for nearly 2 weeks. I haven't seen her in so long, it seems like. She's coming over later so I'll have her help me think of things to say. Well, I've been working on the shoe problem and haven't had time to write so this is my only posting for 3 p.m. Sorry, more later. This is getting fun!
posted by Alyssa Wodtke 3:03 PM

Shoe of the Hour



I know, the pics still aren't working. If I can't figure it out soon, I'll abandon the Shoe of the Hour. Bummer. I'll keep trying, though. I'm looking for the link to this shoe, I'll upload it when I find it. Sorry.

DKNY


These are some sleek, fabulous shoes. At first, seemingly basic with their ankle strap (basic or not, very sexy) and simple shape. But look closer. Nice contrast between the pointy toe and straight line over the top of the foot. Very clever "V" accent over the top in a blue that matches the brilliant blue of the inner sole. But the best part of all is the color. The deepest of reds, so dark it almost seems black. But very rich and gorgeous. I would wear these with a stunning deep red knee-length dress, if I could find on that color. Or a black cocktail dress and deep red handbag would do the trick. Be sure to take these shoes out to a romantic dinner or a night at the opera. They demand nothing less.

posted by Alyssa Wodtke 2:33 PM

Well, my first technical glitch. I don't know why my pic of the Shoe of the Hour won't post but I'll keep trying to figure it out. Hopefully the next one will work. Funny the things you realize you have to do when you get a new computer, things you take for granted. I had to download ws_ftp so I could have access to/post my pics, it's a shareware program. I had to install MSN IM. I have to refind all my favorite bookmarks. I'm used to just having all that stuff at my fingertips. I'm hoping I can salvage a bunch of information off my old harddrive, which will help some. But I have to wait for my friend Doug to do that, he's the hardware expert.
I put away all my groceries, soft ice cream, fairly thawed frozen veggies, room temperature sushi. Trader Joe's has the best California rolls. My sister likes the plain, I love the spicy. You really must try them if you can. I buy frozen vegetables because I can't seem to remember to cook fresh ones when I have them, or make salads when I have good lettuce and such. I go to farmer's markets all the time, have good intentions, buy lots of lovely produce. But once I get home, it goes in the vegetable keeper and I forget about it. I've tried putting it elsewhere, more visibly, in the refrigerator but it doesn't seem to help. I just have a missing brain link when it comes to vegetables. So I buy the frozen because they don't go bad and sometimes I remember to eat them. My sister sniffs at them, having become quite the epicure. But I know her dirty little secrets. It starts with spinach dip and ends with frozen chicken taquitos and runs around quite a bit in between. I expect she'll be eating better now that Philippe is here. He cooks and cooks well. Now if I could just find me one of those...

posted by Alyssa Wodtke 2:03 PM

Shoe of the Hour



I'm not sure why this pic won't show and I don't have a lot of time to figure it out, so here's the link to the pic... City Limits Look under dress shoes, it's the second page...

Kenneth Cole


These are almost too practical, too professional to catch my eye. Almost. The great heel that goes from rounded to square in a modern shape but classic wood is the first clue that these aren't just sensible shoes. The next clue is the criss-cross thin straps that stylishly cross the top. The final clue is the open sides, coming up again in the back, to reveal a sexy peek of instep. These shoes lull you into complacency then give you a little kick. I would wear them with a fitted 40's style camel suit to spice up a business look. Or wear the black with a little black dress and jacket. Don't forget the pearls.

posted by Alyssa Wodtke 1:35 PM

Boy, this is going to be tougher than I thought. I'm apparently too longwinded. Anyway, Friday I brought everything over here with the help of my good friend Kelly. But that took all day, driving back and forth, and I helped to get my sister's apartment clean so it would be nice for her husband. She did most of that work, but I did some vacuuming and made sure all my stuff was out. My parents came over and brought gorgeous flowers and champagne and put up a big welcome home banner for Philippe (husband) while Christina was picking him up from the airport which I thought was really sweet. My parents just love Philippe. It's really cute. Anyway, so Kell and I did all the running around, got everything over here, he helped me set up my bed and put together my mirror/shelf thing for the bathroom, then we ran over to his friend Venis's house to troubleshoot a problem he's having with his computer. We were unable to fix it, I'm starting to suspect it's a virus, then Kell and I ran to Target to get a few more things, like toilet paper (very necessary). By the time I got home it was 11:30 and I still had to set up my desk and computer. Ugh. So I was up until 3 a.m. setting things up, installing my new computer, getting signed up to an ISP so I could blog, hanging my new mirror/shelf thing, doing some unpacking (I couldn't help myself), and generally running around trying to do everything at once. I learned that anyone moving around upstairs, including the little cockapoo, causes my ceiling to creak. There are some very strange noises that I can't pinpoint but I suspect are coming through the metal conduits that hang along my ceilings. It's all very odd. But when I did finally go to bed, it was sooooo nice. At my sister's house I was sleeping on a futon mattress on the floor. When I moved, my sister gave me her bed, as Philippe is bringing his own nice European bed with him. So now I have a nice metal bed frame and mattress and boxspring. It's very tall. It was so nice to crawl in and drift off in my cute little room. It's nice to just know that everything here is mine. That when I get out of bed, I can wander across the apartment naked if I want. I can be grumpily sleepy and not have to grunt at an overly cheerful morning person. So even though my apartment is full of boxes whose contents I'm not sure of and whose placement I can't quite figure out, it's still MY apartment and it's very exciting.
So this morning I was able to get myself up at 9:30 after less than 6 1/2 hours of sleep. Took a nice shower (good water pressure! yay!) and hurried out to Trader Joe's for food. I got back here less than 10 minutes before I had to post my first blog. Scary! But I did it and I'm here and my ice cream is melting as I haven't gotten stuff put away yet. But I really think this is going to be a lot of fun! It's off to a rocky start for me and I'm hoping I can stay awake without a full night's sleep last night, but I know I'll make it. Maybe a couple of 15 minute naps may be in the cards for me. But I'll make it.
Now that you know the background story, I can get a start on what I really want to do. I'll be posting a "Shoe of the Hour" every hour on the half-hour. And I will be trying to do some unpacking here and there as well. So I'll keep you up to date on what's in all those anonymous boxes staring at me. Hee. Thanks for reading and click on the webring icon below to check out other blogs! We're doing a good thing here. And if you haven't signed up to sponsor me but you would like to, you still can! Just click on the sponsor button to the left. Thanks!

posted by Alyssa Wodtke 1:01 PM

Ok, sorry for the abrupt first posting. As I mentioned, I moved into my new apartment on Thursday and spent my first night here last night. Thursday the movers came around 10:30 and dragged all the stuff out of my storage space under my sister's apartment and brought it all over here to my lovely new one-bedroom. The place is packed with boxes; it's kind of ridiculous really. So after the movers left, I drove back over to my sister's place to pick up the rest of my stuff and she suggested we go to Ikea. We were hoping to beat traffic as it was 3 p.m. We didn't. Once we got there, it took at least an hour, we spent SO much time running around the place, finding all kinds of new fun things for our apartments. I had all kinds of needs for this place. There was no mirror in the bathroom (a must for me as I need to stare at myself in the mirror in the morning while I'm brushing my teeth and decide if my eyes are going to open today and if I have any stray eyebrow hairs going every which way--a common occurance). There is also no real cupboard space in the kitchen and no counter space. So I have a lot of needs. After Ikea, I convinced Christina (my sister) to go to Circuit City as I needed a new computer. Yes, a new computer. My old one (and it was old) had just recently died. I could hardly do the Blogathon without a computer. And my sister's husband arrived from France Friday so I couldn't exactly hang out at her place. Well, I could but let's just say it wouldn't be pretty. So I got a new computer, a pretty good deal I think, and we headed back to the city. By the time we got home to her place, I was exhausted, she was exhausted, my sprained ankle was killing me, and I just decided to stay over there. More in a minute...
posted by Alyssa Wodtke 12:30 PM

Welcome to the beginning of my 24 Hour Blogathon adventure!


I've had quite the morning, running around, and am lucky to have arrived in time to publish this. I needed to stock up on nourishment from Trader Joe's and get some lightbulbs from Office Depot. As I mentioned in a previous post, I got a new apartment and I just moved all my stuff in on Thursday. So I spent my first full night here last night in my new bed and bedroom. It was so nice. More in a minute, gotta get this posted. Thanks for watching!

posted by Alyssa Wodtke 12:00 PM

I'm just writing to say I'm in the process of moving so I won't be blogging for a couple more days. I'm doing pretty well, I've got all my stuff in storage organized for the movers, all my boxes taped up, now all I have to do is box up all the stuff upstairs. When I moved out of my old apartment, I didn't think I would be living here that long. I moved in with my sister while she was waiting for her husband to come over from France. But the two months turned into 10 and here I am finally moving out. So this whole time I've had most of my stuff in the storage room downstairs. I tried to unpack as little as possible so that when I moved it would be easy. Unfortunately, 10 months tends to require a few more things than two. I moved all my CD's upstairs, all my videotapes. I've added a lot of clothes to the ones I brought upstairs with me and some books and, naturally, shoes. So instead of sitting here blogging, I need to finish packing. But if you feel like you're missing my lovely voice....
The BLOGATHON starts this weekend, on Saturday at noon. I will be "talking" incessantly for 24 hours. You'll get quite tired of me, I'm sure, and I will be tired myself. I hope you all will tune in and please sponsor me if you're able by clicking on the button to the left that says "24 Hour Sponsor Me" and fill out the form. Or you can email me and let me know you're sponsoring me and tell me how much and I'll let the Blogathon gods know. Thanks so much! And feel free to send me feedback forms while I'm blogging and tell me what you'd like to hear me blog about or ask me questions you'd like me to answer. I'm looking for any input as my inspiration may start to fade around 7 a.m. Sunday. Thanks again!

posted by Alyssa Wodtke 10:56 AM

They say that bad things come in threes so I'd been just waiting for #3.

#1 was our office being broken into. We've had police and security people roaming through the office for weeks trying to figure out how they got in. Some money was stolen but not much else. They were in and out in about 5 minutes. The main problem is it has created a lot of extra work for me.

#2 was my bag full of electronics and personal stuff being stolen. You can read the previous musings for that story.

#3 came yesterday morning. I was walking down the hill to the bus on my way to work and I fell. I scraped my leg pretty badly but that wasn't the main problem. Unfortunately, I sprained my ankle. I limped back into the house and spent the rest of the day with my foot up, icing and wrapping it. And I kept thinking, ok, I'm done now. No more bad stuff for awhile, ok?

Fortunately, it seems good things also come in threes.

#1 was the AIDS Walk on the 15th. I did it with my co-worker Teresa and we had a great time. We met up with another co-worker, Lillie, who was volunteering for the walk, passing out shirts and pastries. We took this picture pre-walk:
It was a 10k walk, or about 6.2 miles. Not as long as Bay to Breakers which I did without too much trouble so I figured the AIDS Walk would be fine. Teresa and I pushed each other all the way, passing other walkers, speeding along. We did really well. And they treated us well afterwards, with Ben and Jerry's ice cream, chips, frappuccinos, Ghiradelli's chocolates, Odwalla juice, etc., etc. After burning off all those calories in a very healthy way, we put them all back on with junk food. We found out later that there were 25,000 participants and that we made a record amount of money, nearly $4,000,000. It was a good time, for a good cause, and I would definitely do it again. And thanks to everyone who sponsored me!


#2 was my sister's husband finally getting his greencard. She's been waiting for nearly a year and a half now for him to finally get approved by the INS to come to America. They were married in February of 2000. After a lot of struggling, a lot of expensive visitation plane fares, and a lot of painful separation they were finally given the OK to live together. So he is coming to America on July 27th. My sister is ecstatic. Ironically, his coming was a good thing for her but a bad thing for me. It meant I had to find an apartment and move out of hers. The last thing the newlyweds need is me hanging around. Which brings us to...
#3 was me getting an apartment. After about a month and a half of looking, I finally found a place that was reasonably large while still being reasonably cheap--a feat that's getting easier to accomplish these days with the number of open apartments increasing but still is not exactly easy. But I went to see a place Monday night, a one-bedroom in-law in the Sunset, and I got it. I was starting to get worried so I'm pretty happy. It's just a few blocks from the ocean which is kind of a dream for me, I've always wanted to live walking distance from the ocean. And it's got three small rooms so I have space for my stuff, of which there is too much. Some pics:

The bedroom needs work and I don't know what I'm going to do with the post in the middle of the living room, but I'm looking forward to the decorating challenge. And the owners of the house don't use the back yard so I'm thinking about embracing the gardener within. It's two blocks from the N Judah so it will be easy to get to work. I think I did pretty well. Especially considering the other places I saw. One place was so tiny that I would have had to get rid of 2/3 of my stuff. Another place was in a particularly nasty area of the Tenderloin. And I can't tell you how many studio apartments I called on only to find out they were going for $1300 or didn't have a kitchen or both. I feel like I lucked out. Thank goodness for #3. (Moving, however, will be made much more difficult now that bad thing #3 happened. I'm seeing a big bill for movers going on my credit card soon.)

I'm hoping good thing #4 will happen on the 28th/29th when I do the 24 hour Blogathon. As I've mentioned before, I'm blogging for Planned Parenthood. If you want to sponsor me, please click on the Blogathon button to the left, under my picture. It's a good cause, and I think my blogs should be pretty fun to read. I promise to be as entertaining as possible no matter how tired I get.

Pregnancy Watch 2001


Lynn's about 7 months here, she's getting big. Soon she'll be leaving us for maternity leave. It will be very sad for us and lonely, but I expect she'll have a great time with her new baby girl. Lucrecia is my name choice. Anyone else want to vote?

posted by Alyssa Wodtke 2:27 PM

I was robbed on Friday night. My sister, my friend Angie, and I went out dancing to a club on 6th and Market. I had my bag in the trunk of Angie's car and the car was broken into. She lost her purse and I lost my bag and my jacket. They didn't take my sister's leather jacket which was also in the trunk nor did they take a camera in a camera case or anything else of value that was in the trunk. Just our two bags and my stupid little cotton Eddie Bauer $25 jacket. Thieves are weird.

However, these were right on the money when they took my bag. It was stuffed to bursting after my day at work. I had a big messenger bag filled with everything I carry with me, my wallet, my checkbook, my cell phone, my palm pilot, my digital camera, my books, my lipsticks, some new CDs I hadn't listened to yet, my walking shoes... There were plenty of other things, lots of little things like a brand new bus pass and a prescription I'd just gotten refilled, things that aren't as strikingly expensive to replace but still make my life more difficult and drain my bank account. I feel like I'm being robbed again every time I pay to re-buy something I lost.

Angie and my sister kept saying "At least no one was hurt" and such and I knew in my head that they were right, we still had ourselves. We could have been murdered or raped, we could have had the bags stolen off of us, mugged and badly hurt. There were lots of possibilities. The fact is that none of that came close to happening that night. Hearing that I was alive didn't seem like that big of a deal, since my life hadn't been in danger. What seemed like a big deal was losing all of those possessions that I drape myself with.

I feel like I've been stripped--I feel bare. I went out this weekend and found myself reaching for a purse. Then I realized that there was nothing to put in it. All I had was my driver's license and a twenty dollar bill which I'd had in my bra when I went into the club. So I shoved these in my pocket and walked out the door. I heard this sort of thing is supposed to be freeing, suddenly having all the stuff we carry with us to tie us down taken away is supposed to allow us to feel free and easy, less encumbered. I just feel lost. I don't have my "toys" as everyone calls them, the electronics I use every single day. I don't have the bag I carried with me every day to work and back. I don't have the cute pink pen I bought in Japantown. I don't have the lipsticks that I wear every single day, that have become a part of who I am when I look in the mirror. I had to pay for the bus today, scrounging for coins at home, because I didn't have my ever-present bus pass.

So even when I look around my room at home and see clothes and jewelry everywhere, magazines and books and everything; I still feel like I have parts missing. Because while all of those things are part of who I am too (god forbid anyone ever steals my wardrobe) the things I had in that bag were the essentials, the parts of me that are closest to me, that have a role in every one of my days and some that own a part of me. My Palm had my short stories in it (they were backed up thankfully). My camera had some pictures I hadn't downloaded yet. My phone had all the phone numbers of my favorite people in it (hopefully all backed up as well, so far so good). It's funny that possessions can become so much a part of your life and so many people try to say that they shouldn't, but the fact is that they do and they are. I don't know anyone who doesn't get bummed when they lose their favorite pair of sunglasses or the book they were reading or their favorite jacket. Of course they become a part of you--not in as significant a way as a friend or a lover or a family member, but they do. And it's sad when they're gone. But unlike friends or lovers or mothers, things are replaceable--painful though it may be to the bank account. And I remind myself that I didn't lose anything irreplaceable except my sense of safety and a little faith in the world. If I'm lucky, I suppose I might even get those back someday.

posted by Alyssa Wodtke 5:14 PM

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