Dubbskii’s Rants

March 17, 2010

I’m Late.

Filed under: Just Life — Tags: , , , — Dubbskii @ 2:13 pm

So, I finally had the chance to meet Sunny, Liz, and J of Sunny and Liz fame.  Well, I already knew Sunny but that’s neither here nor there.

We had a wonderful dinner at Buku in downtown Raleigh.  Can we say complimentary valet parking? That always makes me feel special.

Anywho – it was a great night.  I clearly ate too many lentils that came with the Lamb kafta because I was miserable on the dance floor.  Happy belated Sunny!

Current obsession: Rock & Republic Shoes from shopbop.com

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January 21, 2010

Dine Out for Haiti

Filed under: Food — Tags: , , , , — Dubbskii @ 12:25 am

I copied and pasted this from a facebook event invite. This effort is for the Triangle area which includes Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Durham North Carolina.

Triangle Area Foodies — indulge in your favorite food with good conscience! This Sunday (or Monday), several area restaurants are donating 10% of their proceeds to the relief efforts in Haiti, either through the remarkable organization Partners in Health (http://photos.pih.org/home2.html) or the inspirational, locally-run Family Health Ministries (http://www.familyhm.org/). Eat out, enjoy, and contribute to a worthy cause!

Confirmed restaurants include:

Sunday, January 24: Watts Grocery, Bogarts American Grill, Crook’s Corner, HI5, Michael Dean’s Seafood Grill, Red Room Tapas Lounge, Twisted Fork, The Mash House, Saxapahaw General Store, Zely and Ritz

Monday, January 25: Lantern, Fosters, Globe Restaurant,Six Plates Wine Bar, Pop’s, Rue Cler, Toast , Rockwood Filling Station, Ruckus Pizza Pasta and Spirits, Tyler’s

More restaurants and details are coming — watch this space!

To help:
1) Eat out this Sunday and Monday!
2) Tell your friends to do the same! You can invite them to this event.
3) If you can’t dine out with us, then consider contributing to either of the organizations listed above.

*Many, many thanks to the restaurants for their generosity!*

“Men anpil chay pa lou”
(Translation: “Many Hands Make the Load Lighter” ~ Haitian Proverb)

For details/questions – contact any of the administrators, or triangleforhaiti@gmail.com

December 11, 2009

Win Some, Lose Some.

Filed under: Food,In The Lab,Just Life — Tags: , , — Dubbskii @ 1:12 am

Well I’ve been marginally productive today.

I was awake from 1am-7am thanks to drug*-induced sleep.  I was simply trying to clear the congestion and the next thing I knew, I’d been sleep for almost 5 hours.  This left me wide awake, and instead of doing the right thing (reading papers, working on my document), I surfed the internet and looked at people’s outfits on weardrobe.com.  So sad, but hey – you win some and you lose some.  I definitely lost that one.

At 8, I decided to make coffee cake muffins.  It was basically a coffee cake in a muffin liner.  I didn’t have the strength or energy to make anything else for lab meeting.  I ended up falling asleep from more drugs*. This led to too much spending at Wal-mart so my labmates could have a variety of food.  Not doing that again.  Can’t please everyone.  I lost and won because there was a lesson learned.

I stayed in lab until ~9pm and got a lot of stuff done for tomorrow.  It’s been so long since I’ve worked at the bench that I’ve felt somewhat awkward.  It was great to get my science mojo back.  I definitely WON that one.

Tomorrow I have a meeting with the Dean of the Graduate School and a departmental holiday party.  I’m making Spiced Pecans as an appetizer – I wanted to make pecan pie, but they had enough desserts.  I may make one anyway, and bring it in to Sunny.  Then, maybe I could convince her to take some pictures for me next week to document my winter wardrobe.  Sounds like a good trade to me…

I’m crashing a bar crawl on Saturday in downtown Raleigh.  I went last year, paid a bunch of money, and had a good time.  This year I plan to go, save that money, and still have a good time.  We’ll see how that works.

*Said drugs are simply Nyquil, Chloraseptic, and Maxifed. I will not be on A&E Intervention.

November 21, 2009


Filed under: Just Life — Tags: , , , — Dubbskii @ 3:31 pm

So Thursday night, I managed to get myself out the bed and into some decent clothes.  I went to Tigallo’s Two Step – or what I thought was supposed to be TTS.  It was dead.  Coffin.  At one point it was me, a girlfriend, the bartender, and the DJ in there.  That is all.

We wondered down the street to Bogart’s.  There was an interesting cast of characters at that spot.  One guy practically knocked over me and my friend to get to the bar/bartender.  Is it really that serious?  He eventually starts chatting us up.

He asks me if my mole is real. Seriously? Do I look like I’m drawing this shit on with eyeliner?
He doesn’t like a lot of make up. Do I have on lip liner? Now, here I throw a flag on the play.  Are you gay? And FYI, I love the gays.
He likes the way my eyebrows are nicely arched.  He’s really doing too much at this point.

He eventually lends the conversation to what he’s looking for in a woman.  Which is strange because he says that he just wants to be friends.  At this point, dude, I don’t even want to be THAT.  It was just a ridiculous evening.  I was more than happy to take it home and cuddle ALONE in my bed!

I didn’t plan Friday too well, and I ended up in the lab at 8pm.  But it was ok – I went out with some fellow science grad schoolers to Cosmic Cantina.  I love that place and their burritos.  And I was able to get a pitcher of margarita.  They took forever to get my burrito ready and everyone had their food but me.  Due to poor communication on their end, I ended up with two burritos at one point.  The girl working the register got all pissy.  I gave her the Bonquiqui look and she settled down.

Today is shaping up to be productive.  I had brunch with one of my lab favorites – Sunny – at the Flying Biscuit.  I love that place.  Too bad our experience there was only meh.  I wanted it to be stellar since I had bragged about it so much.

Since I’m in the library, I guess I should get to work.  Happy Saturday!

November 18, 2009

Every Time

Filed under: Just Life,Procrastinating — Tags: , , , — Dubbskii @ 1:20 am

Every time  I say I’m gonna do better…

I don’t.

It’s pretty pathetic, but it’s me.  What else can you ask for?  I’m so grateful for the *few* good friends that I have to keep me on track.  The past couple of weeks have been really tough, and I’ve had trouble staying focused.  I must have given myself the existential scientist talk at least 3 times a week.  Even as I type this I’m wondering why I want to be a scientist.  Do I really?

So strange.

Anywho, not much going on in the land of me.  Just a bunch of piles of dirty clothes, boxes from too much online shopping, and a massive credit card bill to prove it.

Winter is my favorite time of year, and I love dressing in layers and wearing lots of turtlenecks and whatnot.  However, mother nature missed the memo and it was 75 degrees here yesterday.  So of course I looked crazy with my suede boots on.  As soon as I hit the door, I had to run back inside and change.  I need to check the weather more often.

Last week, a classmate passed the prelim.  I was so happy for her, then the conversation turned to me and everyone wanted to talk science.  That would’ve been fine, but we were at the bar!?  Seriously? Give me a break!

Thursday night was a blast aside from that little portion.  I went with a buddy to the Red Bull Soundclash that same night.  It was Battle of the Bands: The Foreign Exchange v. Love Language.  FE won and I was supergeeked.
I think this Thursday, I’ll head out to Tigallo’s Two Step, which is hosted by Phonté of Foreign Exchange (and Little Brother).  I’d heard of it but never made my way down there.

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