Is this on my bucket list?

I took a Jazzercise class today in Oceanside, CA with Judi Sheppard Missett, the founder of Jazzercise. It was super fun and I'm glad I took the time to go, and that A was content to wander Barnes and Noble for an hour. Then we toured the corporate offices, just to check them out. Hopefully, I'll have a chance to go back and take more classes this coming weekend - my grandma (who I will be visiting) only lives 15-20 minutes away. Go away, work meeting!
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The good, the bad.

The good: A and I got the title, registration, tags, and residential permit for...MY NEW (used) CAR!

The bad: Having to climb the Wheaton metro escalator because it was dead (note for non-DC peeps: "The Wheaton station houses the longest escalator in the Western Hemisphere, according to a Metro spokeswoman, a whopping 508 feet of moving staircase." Except, not moving. I'd much rather walk down than up, so I don't know why it wasn't switched.

Then, after that, walking out into a huge, windy downpour. Not just Florida in summer-type rain, but Biblical rain. Well, I guess I was already sweaty.

The good: Upcoming vacation to Seattle, work trip to CA, visit with my grandma.

Balance definitely on the good. :)
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So You Think You Can Dance

I think this is the only reality TV show worth watching. The people are actually talented, unlike American Idol. They also appear to not be completely self-absorbed, unlike every other ridiculous show actually narcissistic 20-somethings. I wish I could dance as well as they do - so much fun to watch.

ETA: Jeez. Now we're sucked into America's Got Talent. Must turn off the TV. Seriously.
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Spa World!

OMG! OMG! Ignoring the fact that I haven't posted for months, I have to tell you of my find. There's a Korean spa here, and it's co-ed! Avi and I went to SpaWorld today and we had a wonderful time - 9 hours of soaking, scrubbing, and sweating. Plus awesome food and relaxation. If any of you come to visit, we are so going. Unless you have a nudity phobia, of course.

Also, I'll be in Seattle in November. Anyone want to meet up?
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This is what the latest winter storm in the east is being called, and I can dig it. Tomorrow will be Day 3.5 of snow leave - sadly, I'm a little bored. I think I want social interaction more than work, actually. But work would be an ok substitute. Plus, the Caribou Coffee near our hotel sucks ass.

I hear it's balmy in bastards.
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I miss LJ.

Let's see...happy holidays, hope your your new year will be great, hope all is well, yada yada yada. I need to bitch about my life, and realized that I miss LJ. Not just for the bitchability, but the thought that all my far away friends can commiserate with me. Well, those of you who still read LJ.

You may or may not have heard of the Great Sewage Overflow of 2009, Parts I and II, which happened in the apt A and I have here in DC. In a nutshell, someone in one of the apts above us put bad things in the toilet on Wed Dec 9th, causing a blockage in the pipe below our apt and leading to a fairly nasty raw sewage overflow. Every time one of them flushed, their poopie came out of our shower and toilet...then across the bedroom floor, then into the bedroom.

The first time we caught it fairly quickly and thought that some professional cleaning and new carpet would be it. Oh. did I mention this happened the morning before we were leaving on a cross-country trip? When A came back three days later, we had clean hardwoods and a messy bedroom. When it happened again the next Monday (Dec 14), it went all the way through the master bedroom, into the 2nd bedroom where A had been sleeping, and all the way into our hallway.

This time, the professional cleaners decided the hardwoods under the carpet also needed to be ripped up, which led to a continuation of the insurance fight that began with the first overflow. As you can imagine, the condo building's insurance and the owner's insurance each want the other to take care of it. Eventually that got squared and the floors got pulled up, leaving a blacky sticky tarlike substance that offgasses like the devil. That was a day or two after the sewage. So now here it is, two weeks later, and we thought (up til today) that the new floors would be going in any day.

Except! Except! We just spoke to the building manager and he informed us that the black gunk needs to be tested for asbestos, and if there is asbestos it would need to be cleaned out or remediated before the floors could come in, and its the holidays so things are moving really slowly and we should assume we will be out of our apt for another month to 6 weeks. Uh, yeah. Sucks to be us.

We've both been on the move for the last few weeks (A went to his mom's house locally last week, I was out of town, and now we're borrowing my friend's place until her return on Sunday), and had been looking forward to getting back to our own place. Tomorrow we find out whether our renter's insurance or the owner's insurance will pay for us to find other housing for a month. Tomorrow we may also need to seriously consider whether we want to give it up and look for another place, but then we'd have to move all our stuff - covered in black tar and dust and dirt.

So that's the story til now, LJ friends. Happy freakin' holidays...
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Realizing it's Saturday night and no one will ever read this...

But I have to announce it anyway...

I am now an official Jazzercise instructor!
On Thursday, I passed an audition and then spent two additional days learning how to run a business and motivate my (potential) students. Many of you know I have been an avid Jazzerciser for years (because it's superfun), and for a while I've wondered if I'd be a good instructor. Well, that's yet to be determined, but I'm willing to try. Now to amp up my game and blow the socks off my new students! Hopefully, I'll be teaching a regular evening class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Yay!

Happy Jazzercisers...
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