My Life Saga Continues…

December 6, 2007 at 4:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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mandysmusings: so did I tell you james is thinking we might stay here afterall? instead of moving to chicago?
M.Toast: I vote for that one.
mandysmusings: it all hinges on me–he said he’d be willing to stay if I would let him apply for more cities overseas. which means beijing. So I’m trying to decide if it’s worth the risk. we could end up here for the next couple of years, but then I’d have to risk living in China for a couple of years.
M.Toast: Esh.
mandysmusings: but when I weigh china against moscow, they both sound equally dreadful
M.Toast: Moscow might be slightly less bad.
mandysmusings: but definitely more cold. which I hate. I told him I’ll look over some books he got on Beijing and Seoul. see if they seem livable to me.
M.Toast: Seoul would be easier. It’s more Westernized. I’d be paranoid about China.
mandysmusings: most people he knows apply for these jobs for years, so I’m banking on that statistic
M.Toast: I bet you’d have both governments watching you in China. *shudder8
mandysmusings: lol
M.Toast: Read up on the Great Firewall. Of China. No joke.
mandysmusings: eek. does that put the kibosh on me working from there? comfortably, i mean?
M.Toast: I don’t know. Rules might be different for you. But I doubt it. Have you read about the Beijing evictions for the Olympics? Scary.
mandysmusings: eek. that sucks. yeah, I’m not a big fan of Beijing. but james thinks there’d be more fun things to do in that city.
M.Toast: Oh sure. If you’re allowed to do them. And you might look into air quality issues. Cuz I don’t think there is any air quality in Beijing…
mandysmusings: ick.
M.Toast: Pollution is a big problem. But on the bright side, maybe you’ll have a baby with two heads. Save you time and a second pregnancy!
mandysmusings: har har. you’re scaring me.
M.Toast: Or a flipper baby.
mandysmusings: chicago is looking better and better….
M.Toast: “They call him Flipper! Flipper!…”
mandysmusings: oh lord. james just called. “I looked online, and there’s a Walmart in Beijing” He said he’s gonna get the email of this lady he knows who lives there, and she’s got 4 kids. I wanna hear from the horse’s mouth what it’s like.
M.Toast: Have you ever seen the vids of Wal-Mart training employees in China? Hew boy. But I suppose they’re used to brainwashing…
mandysmusings: i just keep imagining the place like one giant Chinatown. NY chinatown, not DC. ewwwww….
M.Toast: But without EPA oversight.
mandysmusings: I’m gonna see if I can find any blogs from people who live in these cities, too
M.Toast: Excellent plan. You need some info from people on the ground. Which I hear is full of lead…
mandysmusings: Not. Helping.
M.Toast: Sorry. I’ll stop. : ^ x

So I guess Bejing is back on the table, but only as a compromise for getting to ultimately settle in Kansas City. I’m still weighing my options, and as I understand it, I’ve got until the spring to make my final decision–either move to Chicago next year, where James will continue to apply for overseas positions limited only to Europe, or stay in Kansas City, where James will apply for positions in Europe and one or two additional locations that I approve of. Begrudgingly. And after two years overseas, we can move back to the city we started in. It seems silly to move to Chicago if he ultimately wants to live overseas, but then this whole process could take years. Or months. Aaaagggggg!
Deeeeep breath. Just had a very calming conversation with my boss, who’s actually lived overseas, and she put things in perspective for me. Despite my reservations, life is about living, and it’s hard to say what could happen if we move overseas, wherever that may be. So now I’m going to read some books about Asia James picked up for me, do a little digging online, and try not to freak out. Much.


Weekend, Big Love, Sony is awesome

June 25, 2007 at 9:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Don’t you hate it when weekends just fly by? At least we had a good time. We spent most of Saturday at Josh and Ann’s house in Olathe, and James finally got to meet their absolutely adorable little girl Sydney. We spent the afternoon playing games and catching up. We promised to have them over in another few weeks so we can properly test out our new grill.

Speaking of which, tonight i grilled myself a fat portabello mushroom burger, and it was deee-vine. Thanks to Jill for the recipe–just marinate in balsamic vinegar, sprinkle with garlic salt, and grill for 10 minutes or so. This might be my new Monday James-is-out-for-the-night dinner.

Anyway, back to the weekend. Sunday James actually got out of bed in time for yoga class. And believe it or not, his friend Travis wanted to come, too. Another convert, methinks. I better stop talking up these classes or they’re going to start getting really full, heh. Jill came over that afternoon for a little prenatal yoga (I’m wondering if I should look into teaching…but I don’t know if I could say, “Breathe through your toes” with a straight face.) She did very well, and I look forward to having her back again, assuming I didn’t scare her away. Sunday night we had another game night with friends Travis and Erica–last week it was comic book trivial pursuit, which might as well have been in French for all I could answer. This week’s Star Wars trivial pursuit gave me a fighting chance to actually win, but the rest of the players got bored and wanted to move on to Harry Potter Scene-It. James, who was tied with me in the lead before we quit, promised to play the Star Wars game with me later. God, I’m such a dork.

Cubical life was really getting to me today–chat-a-holic Spring was in rare form–so tonight I sprung (ha ha, pun) for some high-quality earbuds for the ol’ ipod. And I must say, these Sonys are worth every penny. Mmmm…bass. My bike ride tomorrow will be Awesome. But not too awesome–I keep the volume down low enough to hear traffic, for those of you concerned:)

Y’know what else is awesome? Big Love on HBO. Just as I suspected, er, all along, Margene would never stoop to fooling around with her husband’s oldest son. I like how this epi played out–that her relationship with him as third mom helped him confide in her. And as much as Albee creeps me out, I couldn’t help but root for him standing up to his dad. Roman, baaaad! Creepy old guy marrying little girls. I’m so glad Rhonda stowed away in Bill’s car–such a sweet moment her ringing their door bell and running into Barb’s arms. Though, I still wonder if she’s playing some sort of angle. She’s an odd one. I also watched a couple of 30-minute specials about polygamy that I found on HBO OnDemand. Shows how the tv-show relates to some real-life people on both sides of the argument. Very informative.

Gearing up for the new car (which I’ve decided to christen “The Boo-Berry”)–gotta put in for a car loan and get my insurance worked out. I’m crossing my fingers little Boo comes in next week. But that’s probably wishful thinking. I likely won’t meet her until I get back from Ohio. She’s got an iPod jack, and if Toast’s Jellybean is any indication, a pretty kickass sound system.

ISS in action

June 21, 2007 at 11:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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M.Toast sent me this cool link to the NASA website detailing the times the International Space Station will be passing overhead this week. Tonight was the perfect night for it–not a cloud in the sky. Very cool to see the little white dot haul ass across the sky. It was only visible for a minute or two.

Before and After my call to James…

January 30, 2007 at 10:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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mandy: wish james would answer his phone. i haven’t talked to him since saturday
mtoast: He’s probly out doing the lord’s work.
mtoast: (Lord Bush)
mandy: lol
mandy: like lord vader?
mtoast: But with more strategery.
mandy: think bush can choke people with his mind?
mtoast: No way. Scooter Libby would be dead.
mandy: lol
mandy: james cracks me up. “I don’t think I’m cut out for this job. I don’t really like these people I’m interviewing. they’re dirty. and they smell”
mtoast: Awwwww.
mtoast: Remind him that he’s doing the Lord’s work.
mtoast: And if they’re good, the Lord will bring them soap, running water, and Taco Bell drive-throughs. Heh.

And the wait continues some more…

September 8, 2006 at 11:56 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Mandy: I’m gonna have more trouble laying of the beer while on this trip.
Mandy: but i guess if I combine alcohol and ambien, it means I’ll sleep REALLY soundly, right?
M.Toast: Danger, Amanda Robinson.
Mandy: lol
Mandy: no worries. i find if i have a couple drinks, I don’t really need the ambien. alcohol has been making me sleepy as of late.
M.Toast: The Two Guinness formula has been working for me. Plus the cool weather.
M.Toast: Sleep like a baby.
Mandy: yeah, it’s almost noon! T-minus 2 hours and 15 minutes.
M.Toast: *fidget sweat fidget*


I wish flying to Europe didn’t take so long. An hour drive to the airport, two hours waiting, seven hours to Frankfurt, two hours waiting, one hour to Vienna, and then probably an hour going through customs, collecting luggage, and taking a cab to the Radisson. And then I’ll be there. Why can’t we just teleport, like on Star Trek? Which is incidentally celebrating it’s 40th anniversary of the airing of the first episode today. And, no, I’m not a trekky–i happened to catch that on CNN this morning. Really.

Toast quirkiness

July 14, 2006 at 4:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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No wonder I miss KC so much. With friends like this, i could never want for interesting conversation:

M.toast: I don’t know if people like my MPB updates or not. They don’t get any comments.
M.toast: I think they’re funny though…
mandysmusings: I find them amusing. esp. when you include photos
M.toast: Yeah. That day with the forceps was kinda funny.
M.toast: I should take a pic of the uterus device. It’s freaky looking.
M.toast: Velcro Caesarian section opening on the top.
mandysmusings: “it’s pink….and round”
M.toast: Bwahaha.
M.toast: And flesh toned on the outside…
mandysmusings: hope none of this stuff comes up missing. you’d be a Prime Suspect
M.toast: What would I do with it?
M.toast: I have quite enough weird crap at home already.
mandysmusings: I dunno…weird baby and uterus party?
M.toast: I’d need more than two.
M.toast: In any case, I’d ask them to come and do a demo at the party.
M.toast: Watching them ram the baby into the uterus is quality entertainment.
mandysmusings: not sure you’d get any takers.
M.toast: they’d do it. If they thought it was for Education.
M.toast: the keg might tip them off though. Heh.
mandysmusings: lol

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