I got my first tennis racquet yesterday, a few hours before getting ready for the Victory @ 25 celebration. Lyndon mentioned seeing a lot of cheap yellow tennis racquets in Toby’s one afternoon. I’ve been using Lyndon’s Wilson K-Factor Six-One Tour racquet (it’s a Federer signature racquet), and I figured it would be a great opportunity to get my own racquet once and for all.
I spent about thirty minutes choosing racquets, when I finally settled for the Head Nano Titanium Conquest (shown above). It’s lightweight, oversize, and pretty easy to use – very good for a beginner like me. The yellow made me happy of course, since it’s my favorite color.
I went to SM Marikina – again – with 4th this morning to keep him company while he studies for his Civil Service Exam. I headed over to Chris Sports for a while to look at Samsonite luggage and other racquets and saw the Head Nano Titanium Tour racquet.
I had to tell myself, “Lexie, yes it’s pretty. It’s so so so pretty. But you already have a perfectly good racquet at home. You do not need it.”
And because I didn’t get it, I am a winner.
It’s so pretty, though.
I spent the day looking for possible farewell gifts for a friend who is leaving to go back home to Malaysia in a few weeks. Some of the things I thought of getting was a Parker pen with a message engraved on it, a stuffed animal, a scrapbook (which would be a little complicated because of the two weeks), or a journal.
I still have no idea what exactly to get him. But I guess I’ll be able to get something as useful as auto insurance quotes.
Also, my little brother is turning 14 this Sunday. I have absolutely no idea what to get him. I think I’ll just take him to a store and make him pick something, hehe. We’ll be at the mall the whole day on Sunday anyway.
Yesterday, I suddenly found myself with a bunch of new reading material. So I guess re-reading Harry Potter from the first book to the last is something I need to set aside for a while.
A friend, 4th (he likes being called 4th), brought me one of his books yesterday. It’s called A Tale of Two Sons by John MacArthur. I haven’t gotten past the first chapter yet, but it’s very interesting. It’s a different take on the parable of the prodigal son.
I haven’t been sleeping well lately. I usually sleep at 3AM and wake up at 8AM. Bad. It started when I started watching Wimbledon last month. At this rate, I’ll need plenty of eye cream to help me look human, or else people will start thinking that I’m a zombie.
I’m also blogging in Livejournal. So if you have an LJ account, add me up.
I’ve gotten addicted to a few new social networks. Recently, I signed up for Listography and Blippr. Check out my Listography account and Blippr account. If you’re registered with them, feel free to add me up. I’ll be sure to add you back.
Our church is turning 25 years old soon, and I’m pretty excited for it. I’m going with my small group members, and my brother and his girlfriend. I’m pretty sure we’ll have a lot of fun, I just wish I had gotten extra tickets for my mom and for a special friend. The tickets are already sold out, so it’s not possible to go with my mom.
Is insurance online reliable? I dunno, it just popped in my mind. Better do some research on this.
Anyway, I’m going offline now to read and get some rest. It was a somewhat tiring day. Catch me on Livejournal. I blog there more often.
I always work well when there’s music playing in the background. If you’re a last.fm friend, you probably already know that. I keep meaning to change my last.fm username, but I just can’t bear to part with it because of my stats. 2,000+ The Hush Sound listens is going to be hard to redo. I would like to remove some of the artists in my Last.fm library, though. *embarrassed*
While I work, I usually have music downloads running (hey, it’s better than running an employee background check). I am always downloading music. To be honest, there are about 20+ albums here that I haven’t listened to yet. My friend Jem keeps telling me to start listening to them before I download any more music. Yesterday, I went on one of those download sprees, and I feel like sharing a few of the artists I searched for (because they’re awesome).
- Florence and The Machine – Marit Larsen described Florence Welch as sounding like, "Feist’s rebellious, naughty, severely heartbroken sister." Being a Feist fan, I decided to check it out, and I have to agree.
- Laura Marling – When I listen to her, I keep thinking, "she does not sound like a 19 year-old." I mean that as a compliment. Acoustic indie-folk at its best.
- Emmy the Great – Nice voice, great lyrics. I wasn’t able to find any of her EPs, but her first LP, First Love, is lovely. Just lovely.
- Slow Club – Very odd, in a good way. They sort of remind me of the band Tilly and the Wall, they’re just as quirky.
- The Submarines – Cute, happy, indie pop! Honeysuckle Weeks is such a great album – it sort of reminds me of the 1990s – a little. I’ve been able to download Declare A New State! but I haven’t given it a listen yet. ‘"Say what you will; love finds you even when you’ve given it up." Teehee.
- Jeremy Warmsley – I’m not a huge electrofolk fan, but this is pretty good. He plays electronica with a bit of pop, but still manages to sound raw.
Still downloading a few more albums, but I’ll probably blog about them if something sticks. I’ve already deleted 10 of the albums I downloaded.
I love free software. I have a large amount of it installed to my computer, so I’m sharing a few of it with you guys. Here are five applications which I don’t think I’d survive without.
– I’m always on Twitter
. It’s one of my favorite web apps and I’m more active there than on Plurk
(which is evident, by the looks of my Plurk karma – that was 95 about a couple months ago – don’t care anymore). If I didn’t have Tweetdeck, I probably wouldn’t tweet that often, since I’m lazy with regards to logging into my accounts.
– I have about three WordPress blogs, so it’s a bit of a hassle to log into my accounts one by one just to blog. Blogdesk helps me post to all my blogs using just one application. I don’t have to log in, and it comes with a few nifty tools.
Combined Community Codec Pack
– I don’t like the media player bundled with XP, and it’s a pain looking for the codecs that I need one by one, so this codec pack is very convenient. It has all the codecs I need, plus Media Player Classic.
– A few months ago, my Firefox installation started working really slowly because of the amount of addons I use. I was very dependent on FireFTP. So after reformatting my computer, I went on a search for a nice, free FTP client and found this.
– I’m usually rather active on Flickr
(not right now, because I haven’t had time to process my film). So this batch resizer is pretty useful, because uploading high-res images takes so long, especially if you consider my ISP.
I could go on and on about the other applications I regularly use, such as foobar and Foxit, but I only said I’d list five.
Diventare turned a year old two days ago. I should probably consider Orlando vacations to celebrate it. I intended to blog, but it slipped my mind.