Friday Round Up

April 9, 2010 at 2:51 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

Once again it’s the end of the week, and as usual my mind is all over the place.  Away we go!

Last night I attended my monthly book club meeting, which is always a lot of fun.  We got dinner at a place in Chinatown, which I’d actually never been to before.

This here is the Wall of Nine Dragons, which greets people as they step off the Red Line.  I’m slightly ashamed that I haven’t traveled to Chinatown before last night but that’s something I plan on changing now that the weather is beginning to warm up.  Our group met up at Lao Beijing, a Chinese restaurant in the heart of Chinatown.  The menu for this place was roughly 75 pages long and there were literally hundreds of items to choose from.  Unfortunately for me, I’m still feeling a tad under the weather and decided to stick with what I’ve been eating for about a week straight now – soup.  I tried real people food yesterday at lunch and it didn’t go over well, so it looks like soup and I will be having an intimate relationship for a while longer.  Anyway, I ordered some house vegetable soup and it was delicious, as was the tea they served pretty much constantly.  Good luck ordering anything to drink other than that; water would’ve been nice but it was difficult flagging down our server.  Nonetheless, the food was good and the company was better.

The book we read for this month was Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office, by Dr. Lois Frankel.  We’re trying to branch out into different genres and this one was suggested (we’re all female and most of us work in an office) so it seemed applicable.  This was the first self-help-ish type book I’ve ever read and while I did find some of it didactic and parts of it downright silly, there were aspects that made sense.  However, I actually have my own corner office already and if I followed certain bits of advice in the book I would probably lose my job.  Obviously everything couldn’t apply to everyone and I can see how this book would be useful if I was trying to climb my way up the corporate ladder…but I’m not, at least not yet.

I’m pretty excited about our next read.  In keeping with the whole new genre theme, we’re branching out into erotica.  I’ve read just a smidge of erotica in my day and when I think of that term really cheesy book covers with Fabio looking guys spring to mind.  However, we agreed on a book about wild hotel stories, so if nothing else it should be entertaining.  We’re also doing a potluck at someone’s apartment, as some girls began blushing just talking about potential books and we figured a bit of privacy might help with the discussion.  Now, I know a book club full of women drinking wine and talking about erotica is the plot for many a bad porno, but I assure you it won’t be anything like that.  At least, I don’t think it will…

Moving right along.  I know that in every job, people often do things that just aren’t in their job description.  My job is no exception and today I found myself playing Guess Who with a couple of cute little kids.  Their parents were in for a meeting with my boss and sometimes my job involves keeping small children occupied.  I actually really enjoy this and it’s a welcome diversion to sitting at my desk all day.  After playing games for a bit, the kids wandered into my office and began asking questions.  I swear, I never feel so cool as I do when I’m surrounded by children who think it’s completely awesome that I get to use a paper shredder, fax machine and copier all day long.  To them, I am The Office Queen.  I can dig that.

After a while, our conversation turned to video games and they proudly showed off their Nintendo DS’s.  I did a quick image search of the original Game Boy that I grew up playing and you should’ve seen how wide their eyes got.  They couldn’t believe the screen wasn’t in color and that there were so few buttons.  They asked if I still had my Game Boy and I had to admit that’s it’s probably hidden away somewhere at my mom’s house.  They all agreed that my mom most likely still played it and while I’m not sure if that’s entirely accurate, I nodded in agreement.

In other (actual) news, a potential new hominid species (Australopithecus sediba) has been found near Johannesburg, South Africa.  Two skeletons have been unearthed in the Cradle of Humankind (I’ve actually been there!) and they’re creating some controversy.  Some scientists think they’re simply new found versions of an already known species while others think this could help link early Australopithecines to us modern humans.  Either way you look at it, it’s an exciting find.  Just in case you’re interested in learning a bit more, here’s a pertinent link:

And that’s about all I have time for today.  Sad, I know.  Oh and in case you were wondering about the current state of my health…well, I’m feeling better but this damn cough still won’t go away.  I plan on having some quality couch time this evening and catching up on some Netflix, and if I’m feeling especially wild I might bust out my old friend, vino.  It’s been a while since we’ve hung out and I’ve missed that companionship immensely.  Red wine is good for you, right?

Happy weekend!


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