Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Telephone Line, Give Me Some Time, I'm Living in Twilight

Here's me from a group photo we took at work last week. I cut the rest of my co-workers out since I don't have to see them for FIVE WHOLE DAYS, so fuck 'em. Don't I look really tense? That's because I haven't had three days off in a row since August. Who knows? Maybe I'll do an "after the vacation" shot of me passed-out with an empty bottle of Jack in my hand, looking ever so relaxed on Sunday.

So, the big news today is that I bought a toy. And like every red blooded American woman, I like my toys. While this toy isn't quite as much fun as some I could have purchased, I'm still excited about it. Yup, I got me a cell phone.

When Coadster and I went into the store, the sales woman asked me if I was looking for a phone to do more organizational and business related tasks and I immediately said, "Ew. No, gross." Then she asked if I wanted something that would be more media friendly, so I could use it as an MP3 player and stuff. "Okay, now you're talking." So, I got me a KRZR, and I got it in red. It is really, really pretty. I also bought the music essentials kit and the chip thing so I can download about a thousand songs. I feel so hip and cool and modern now that I finally took that flying leap into the nineties.

I'm super excited about having an Mp3 player so I can listen to music when I run. I used to always carry a Walkman in the eighties, but I had to wean myself from it when I lived in San Francisco and worked two jobs from six am at Bakers of Paris, until around ten pm when my shift as a bartender at Macy's Department store ended. It wasn't all that safe running in the city at night and I had to be able to hear if Mr. Stranger Danger was approaching. Now, though? Now, I usually run after work, when it's light and I live in Iowa, so I can go back to listening to funky, funky fresh grooves on my headphones. Plus, I'll be carrying my phone and I can just dial 911 when Mr. Stranger Danger approaches. Once again, it's pure, unadulterated awesomeness.

Okay, now leave me the hell alone while I go play with my pretty new toy.

p.s. Thanks to all you guys who left me suggestions for comic books and graphic novels in the comments of my last post. I can't tell you how happy I am to have such great geek advice.


Killer said...

So does that mean you are going to post your cell phone number? I don't want to stalk you or anything, but I would love to offer you a once in life time chance of joining my Amway group.

notfainthearted said...

sheesh, for a second there I thought you were going to be talking about another class of "toys"

I don't know what would have been bad about that except the realization that... oh, never mind.

must get coffee

Tara said...

That is such a great photo of you! There is a look of intensity about you. :) Congratulations on the new toy! I'm jealous, I should've bought a red phone. Silver's nice though, but it's not an MP3 player,just a camera phone.

Poptart said...

Wow - you are a) super hot in the picture and b) a total gadget girl now!

(Are you killing your land line?)

Did you have to buy a big giant plan?

Have a good 5 days off!

Brando said...

You know, the way you started this post, I was expecting a different sort of toy...

Kidding, sounds like an awesome phone, and having tunes while you exercise is terrific. Although I miss the days of making workout mix tapes.

And I agree that's a great picture!

Woman with kids said...

I love the picture, you look like you're about to start growling. Definitely time for a vacation...

Have fun with your new toy..

Babybull40 said...

I too thought you were going to mention a ."different kind of toy ..".. But alas a cellphone toy.. that's okay.. you said:

"I feel so hip and cool and modern now that I finally took that flying leap into the nineties"

But you do know it's 2007... I hope your new toy gives all the love and music...
BTW: What made you move from San Francisco to Iowa? Curious is all...

Babybull40 said...

I forgot to mention that picture of you is really nice.. Have a great vacation..

fringes said...

I was hoping you'd bought a vibrator. You misled me on purpose.

Why not the iPhone?

David in DC said...

Great Toy.

Great Pic.

People: Get your minds out of the gutter.

alli said...

I still haven't made that leap. I am excited about the music for you. I love music while I run.

l.b. said...

Welcome to the wacky world of cellphones. Yours sounds great! I should probably update mine, because I'd love to have the music stuff too, but I get so attached to my old things :-)

booda baby said...

Wow. What a beauty you are!!

I'm about one inch from throwing my cell phone away. You could have had it, although, I admit, it's not pretty at all. It's - what do they call it? Techno chic.

They're the most annoying things I ever let into my life. Except for a few men.

michelle said...

That's a great photo! Congrats on the phone. I've had one for years but hardly ever use it. It's old in terms of cell (or mobile as they're known here in OZ) phones and everyone tells me to upgrade. But why should I when I don't use it now. The only thing it's good for is being harassed by my daughter who rings me ten times a day to ask me if she can have something.

evil-e said...

Great photo....running does a body good.

I have found that I like traveling light when I run...I end up in the park where it is quiet for the most part. I like the peace once in a while.

Anonymous said...

I think you look great in that photo. All toned and whatnot.

P.S. How's living in Iowa working out for you? Do you recommend it to others? Like me? I want to move inland. I hate it here in Seattle, what with its edge of the earth feeling and complete lack of nights in the summer and all.

Dagromm said...

I'm glad you had the common sense to let them know that you had no intention of using it for work. In fact I wouldn't even let the people at work know that you bought it. Offices have a dumb way of thinking that you're cool with them calling you when you're not there.

Churlita said...


Amway? I love weird, cult buying clubs. Sign me up.


Hee hee.


Thanks. I just think it makes me look really tense. I wonder if I look like that at work all the time.


Thanks. I'm killing my land line and we already had a plan, we just had to modify it a little.


Maybe you could write a "Toy Story" spoof just for women. If anyone could make it funny, you could.

Woman With Kids,

I know, right?


Yeah, that was my lame joke. I'm way behind the times.

I moved back to Iowa to finish my degree where there weren't so many distractions.


I wish it had been a vibrator too. That would definitely help with the tension.

I'm too poor to get the newest fun toy. I have to wait until they go down $100 or so.

David in DC,

It's way more fun when people keep their minds in the gutter.


Doesn't you hubby have a cell phone?


I just hope I can the music feature to work.

Booda Baby,

Ha ha. I have mine mostly for my girls. It makes it so much easier to get out and about if I'm not at home waiting for my girls to call me to come get them.


I'm sure I'll get plenty of that from my girls too.


Thank you. Sometimes I'm happy not to have music. I think it will be good to motivate me on those days where I'm not all that into running.


Thanks. I left a comment on your blog about my thoughts on living in Iowa.


I work for the state and we have a really strong union. We don't have those kinds of problems so much. I go to work and I come home. I don't have to take anything with me.

Les Quinn said...

you look nice...41? You should of gone on that tv show with the tennis player

Churlita said...

Les Quinn,

Thanks. I don't think I know that show.