Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Last Post!

This will be my last post from my old apartment. We'll have internet up and running in our new place tomorrow (along with cable!). It just seems weird to leave behind this apartment that has been the basis for so many interesting memories...

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Vivarium Ahoy!

I finished my vivarium!

And by finished, I mean that the ground work is done, there are some plants in there, and there's a functioning waterfall.

And because I'm a sucker for pictures, here's what I turned a 10 gallon aquarium into:

Friday, September 15, 2006


It's Friday night and I've been fighting to stay awake. It's Friday! I'm only 25! I should be out partying the night away!

Or not. It's really hitting me lately that I'm a good portion of the way to 30, and 30 is more than halfway to 50.. I'm simply too old to be going out to clubs and being a hooligan. Life is going way too fast.

And I haven't really done much with it.

But no fixating on the negative for Julie tonight! I'm tired and cranky, and I have no idea what I'm doing writing such a pointless post.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

He's so good to me.

Don't you love those days when you realize that you've really hit the jackpot? Everything else has been nothing more than a roll of pennies.

Saturday, September 9, 2006

A new obsession...

As some of you already known, I'm prone to obsession. I find one thing to focus on and ignore everything else until my curiousity for said topic has been sated. On one hand it's almost always a positive experience to learn more about something new. On the other, ALL I talk about is my new obsession, whether it's a purse or gems or stocks or travel or various other silly things. I know this behavior has cost me many a good friendship and causes much grief to my fantastic boyfriend.

Well, today I have come to you with yet another obsession to add to my list:

Poison dart frogs!

Recently I've been gathering information and supplies to build the vivarium of all vivariums. I've already ordered polyurethane foam, moss, exotic driftwoods, and I've stockpiled a decent amount of plexiglass, silicon, and various gravel/rocks to build a habitat as natural as possible. Now I'm in the works of finding an appropriate pump to build a waterfall (yes, a mini waterfall!) in the aquarium to provide humidity and a little scenery. So far, this little project has sucked away a good deal of my play money.

The sad thing is that it's going to be at least a month or two before I can get this set up properly enough to enjoy it. The plus side is that it'll allow me some time to find a decent supplier of dart frogs.

Friday, September 8, 2006

Friday Frustrations!

I realize that I'm not to talk all that much about my place of employment.... I know there are eyes and ears all over the place. However, some things HAVE to be said. In all walks of life, and in all occupations, every worker looks at another at some point in their life and asks....

Why are so many people so stupid?!

And alas, there are no answers.

How we manage to survive the pangs and arrows of evolution, I know not! And yet I'm crawling out of bed at 6:45 in the morning to subject myself to another 4 hours of delicious, social torture.

Someone please sleep in for me.

And in other news, Val and I now have our first joint checking account. This is where everyone goes "awwww" over the romance of having both your names on a checkbook. I'm such a romantic. <3!

Wednesday, September 6, 2006


I'm currently running my old (make that VERY old) mac iBook. It's been so long since I've actually used the poor thing. Normally she sits abandoned on the entertainment center below a stack of books.... all seven gigs of glory forgotten.

But today she's humming her little tune, hot enough to fry an egg on, yet completely functional. I only had to repair her once- that was when the battery died in china. She was fixed for a couple of hundred yuan and now she won't work unless she's plugged in. She's on the list of Things Julie Needs to Repair, along with some of my old friendships, my grandmother's accordion, and my temper.

As you all must have heard, the Crocodile Hunter died. I was surprised by how heartbroken I was to hear it. He was a crazy man, but a good one. The world could have used more of that type... yet it seems like those are always the ones to die first. It seems so random that he would have died by a stingray- there are very few documented deaths of that kind. My heart goes out to his loved ones and I can only hope that some shred of good comes from his passing.... Maybe more people will decide to dedicate themselves to wildlife conservation or at least live their lives with minimal negative impact on their natural surroundings.