Thursday, April 30, 2009

Long weekend in New England...

Wait...is New Hampshire considered to be part of new England? It is, right? Oh hell...doesn't matter. I'm going to New Hampshire this weekend, and I could not be more excited if I tried. Not possible. I'm having to hold back from jumping up and down all the time, I'm so excited.

About a year ago, I was in the middle of a board war over on The Knot that became so involved and messy, several of us "left" to join a separate board that one girl created for us. We have been spending lots and lots and loooots of time together ever since. There have been fights, and pregnancies, and marriages, and break-ups throughout the year, and we decided it was high time we tried to get together all at once, in one place, that did not involve a keyboard and a monitor. So a bunch of us are flying to New Hampshire (where a surprising number of the girls live in or near) for a GTG/get together this weekend.

And I could just about pee my pants, I am so over the fucking rainbow excited about it.

You won't hear from me tomorrow, because I'll be on a plane, and then I'll be eating and drinking with my friends...in person...and I will be so worn out from all the laughing and smiling by tomorrow night, I expect to sleep soundly until the next day when I get to hang out with all of them all over again.

Fuck. Yeah.

Have a good one.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Quick follow up on the headache thing...

I have an MRI scheduled for tomorrow. I've been taking the medicine that was prescribed to me for almost a week now, and have noticed some level of improvement in the frequency of headaches, so that's good. Although I still have gotten 2 this week already. So it's not super-improved as of yet. I can say that the headache I got yesterday afterlunch responded well to the Tylenol Extra Strength I took. That made me happy.

I still feel like there's a ridiculous amount of pressure in my head that I can't quite place. I'm wondering if this is all due to some sort of inner-ear disturbance, but wouldn't someone have figured that out by now? Can something causing inner-ear crap be seen on MRI's? I guess I'll find out, anyway.

Just wanted to give a quick update...the headache monster has been tamed, for now. I can't tell you how happy that small fact alone makes me.

This swine flu thing?

Ok, I can understand a certain level of caution being used when it comes to trying to keep people healthy in this flu bug-infested week/month/whatever, but I think Egypt might be taking things a little too far...

Killing all the pigs in the country? Really? That's how it's being handled? Oh, ok. That sounds normal. ::rolls eyes::

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

From point A to point C to point man, that happened a long time ago...

Driving home from work yesterday, I found a need to put on my sunglasses at a certain point in the ride. As I did, I wondered how many people who saw me with my sunglasses on, on a day when I was driving home with my lights on due to the dreary weather, would think I was a freak.

Thinking about that made me recall a time back when I was in college in Malibu when I was talking to a guy on campus that I was acquainted with through some class we were in together - not sure which one, but it was probably English or World History, or something. Anyway, he commented on how he'd seen me as I drove to campus over the weekend, down at the corner of PCH and Civic Center Way, as I sang along with whatever music was playing. He thought I looked odd. It was a rainy day, and while I had my lights on my car on, I also was wearing a funky little hat (which was de rigueur for me in college...I like wearing ball caps backwards, or plaid driver's caps, which is what I was wearing on that day) along with sunglasses. Which he didn't understand, since it was raining.

Now, I couldn't tell you for the life of me who the hell this boy was. But I remember feeling flattered that he'd noticed me like that. That he even knew who I was as he passed me in such a quick moment in time. And that he felt comfortable enough with me to tell me that he thought I was strange.

I explained my issue with my light-colored eyes...they cause me to have a significantly higher level of sensitivity to light than most other folks might have. So I wear sunglasses even when its raining outside. (Cloudy days are murder on me...clouds reflect light more than a clear sky does, so it can be tough heading out without some form of protection on my eyes at all.) And the hat? Well, it was Sunday, and I was heading to the library on campus to study or do research or something, so I didn't care how I looked, really. Plus hats in the rain help to cover the hair. Ta-da!!! Makes sense, no?

Thinking about that memory made me remember a time when an even more random acquaintance once told me that he thought I was an unusual person. In a way that he liked. I happened to be checking a book out of the library that time, and he was the one performing the check out. I told him, "...thank you? I guess?" And we chatted about random crap. And then I went home. He didn't ask me out, ever. He just said that to me that one time, and then another time, he told me that he liked it when I wore my hair in a ponytail, because it looked nice with my face.

The two thoughts came to me quickly as I drove. And immediately I started wondering why I think about shit like that, 15 years after they've happened, in such detail.

I don't know why...I wish I did...

Monday, April 27, 2009

The drops as big as your hands and face

I have a problem with the windows in our bedroom. When it rains, the drops sound like tiny pellets of glass hitting the window, rather than just water. WTF is up with that? And how do I fix it???

Because it KEEPS me UP when I should be ASLEEP, dammit!

I'm a light sleeper, so thunderstorms at night, or even just rain at night, do not mix well with me. I can't think of anyway around it, besides building an overhang that keeps the rain from hitting the windows so directly. And that just seems stupid to me, yanno?

I can wear earplugs, yes, but I have this weird habit of losing patience with them after wearing them for only a couple of hours, and I take them out without even knowing it (it's like sleepwalking, but it's really just sleepearplug removing...less dangerous, but still disconcerting - I once lost an earplug back in 1997, and I actually went to the doctor the next day because I had convinced myself I had sleepshoved it in my ear canal), and then I wake up what I guess to be about an hour later confused about being able to hear things and also unable to fall back asleep again very soon. Especially if its still stormy out, or what have you.

I think I need to move into a cave. That would solve the problem...

Friday, April 24, 2009

I once saw Fisher Stevens in a bar in Groton, CT

The title of this post has nothing to do with the post at all, really. I just thought it might inspire me to know what I want to write about...but it didn't.

Apparently I'm in a writing slump today. So instead, I will share videos of the dogs. Yay, puppies!

This one is relatively short...Jake's fucking snaggletooth just cracked me up too much not to share it.


And this one is longer. But it's funny, if you like that sort of thing.


I effing love playing with my dogs. They're so funny...

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Do you ever get this way?

I feel like I'm coming off as a total asshole to some people. I don't know if it's just my perception of myself, or what, but I just feel it's happening.

Anyone else ever get that way about themselves? How do I fix it?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Aw, maaan!

So I went to this luncheon today that I thought was being given by my company in appreciation for all that we admin assistants do for them throughout the year. But it turned out that the rooms and food had been provided by the hotel they held the luncheon at...in hopes that we'll all book more meetings and out of town guests there in the future, I suppose. I have no problem with that, really. But if you're gonna bribe me, do it with something more than a chicken breast on some lettuce, ok? Ok.

Anyway, it was a nice effort. I like it when companies make efforts like this to show appreciation for the admins they have supporting their executives. It wasn't anything fancy, and their random guest speaker they had closing the meeting was not very good at speaking so much as just YELLING, and saying the word "awesome" a lot, but whatev.

I won a prize, though. This was a nice change, as I usually do not win prizes of any sort at these things. The executive giving out the prize had two to hand out, and was worried that he might give the wrong prize to the person who'd rather have the other one. I was sitting there thinking I wasn't going to win anything anyway, so he was being silly in my mind, but then he called my name! Wow! I won...

...4 tickets to see Larry the Cable Guy this Saturday at the Midland theater.

Oh.

So I shook his hand, and thanked him, and then as I sat down he announced that the next prize was 6 tickets to attend the Chiefs Draft party this weekend. I literally exclaimed, in one of my unintentionally loudest voices I own, "WHAT? Aw, man!!!"

I felt kinda bad for a second. But then I saw just how excited (read: not at all excited) the recipient of said tickets was to have won them, and I didn't feel bad anymore. The executive said something about a swap, maybe? Yeah, that bitch didn't look interested in walking up to receive her prize, much less swap with me. So fuck that shit. Plus, wasn't it bad enough that I had dissed all the Larry the Cable Guy fans in the room with my fantastically couth outburst? I didn't really think that following that up with a trip across the room to see if the enthusiastically-challenged admin wanted to trade with me was all that great an idea, honestly.

So basically, I have 4 tickets to Larry the Cable Guy this weekend at the Midland, if anyone wants them. It's at 5 p.m. on Saturday. They're in section 202, row L. Not sure if those are good or not. If you like his humor, I'd be happy to give them to you. Since I received them for free, it only seems fair.

I honestly can't use them, anyway. We have friends coming in from out of town this weekend, and there are going to be 6 of us hanging out together, for the most part...not sure if we're getting together on Friday or Saturday, but still. (I really don't enjoy the Larry the Cable Guy type of humor anyway. I'm more of an executive transvestite kinda girl.) Let me know if you want them, or know anyone who might.

Monday, April 20, 2009

I've gotten a big head, I s'pose...

I dealt with headaches all weekend long. In between headache issues, I did a horrible job with the base coat for the primer in the garage, but I tried! I really did. Surprisingly enough, painting did not make my head hurt more. I found that interesting.

I got another horrible headache last night, after being an idiot and drinking some wine. (The sulfites can make a migraine worse...) I am really, really hoping I'm not allergic in some way to wine. Given that most of my headaches start during the day at work, usually in the afternoon, I'm thinking that's not the problem. But we'll see.

They called and moved my appointment with the neurologist to today, so hopefully I'll know more after this afternoon. Or at least have some tests lined up, or something. Because its getting ridiculous. I have a headache right now, but it's really low-level compared to what I was dealing with over the weekend. I took some Tylenol Extra Strength as I felt it coming on, to try to head it off at the pass, as it were. It seems to have helped.

Cross your fingers that it isn't a tumor! (Srsly.)

Friday, April 17, 2009

migraine

Headache from yesterday never went away. It got worse. It's now a full-blown migraine, near as I can figure.

The doctor prescribed tylenol w/ codeine, and told me to go home, take some, and go to bed.

Now I'm in the hell that is a brightly lit Walgreens waiting for my Rx to be filled so I can go home.

I also have an appointment with a neurologist for the headaches and the facial twitch I have that happens on a regular basis. (Sometimes, when I blink, the left side of my mouth responds by pulling downward. Last night as I tried to go to sleep, I closed my eyes, and my mouth was twitching like mad! Then it went numb, which can happen with migraines, I read today online.)

I'm exhausted. Hope everyone else is having a good Friday...

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Ok, turns out that laughing makes it worse...

I've been sharing links to different things I've come across today with my group of friends over on my message board I'm a part of, and happened across The Sneeze by way of Hot Blog on a Stick. I shared the link to the "none pizza with beef on the left" post with my girlfriends, because I found it pretty entertaining. My one friend, Nicole, in turn found this post for me about...well, it's called "The Mystery of the Face on the Buttocks" if that helps you at all.

I kinda hate Nicole now for making me silent-laugh so hard that my head hurts twice as bad as it did earlier, but it's hard to hate when you're laughing this hard for this long! GAH!

Chit chat with me...

I'm having severe girly issues today. Talk about funny things with me, and make me smile, please???

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Cross posting...not as fun as cross dressing, I'd bet.

I'm being boring today. Boring and lazy.

I wrote a new post over at the other blog, so you can read that, if you'd like. It's just an update on the garage remodel...

Not much else is going on. Per the Twin, Dad is in for his PET scan today. I think they're checking to make sure the skin cancer didn't spread anywhere while it was developing on his shoulder. So we're hoping that results come back negative to anything. This is one of those cases where a negative would be a positive thing, basically. :)

Other than that, I'm just looking forward to payday, the possible completion of the refinance on my home loan, and hopefully seeing some good friends in the next couple of weeks.

It's quiet. And I like it.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Woo! Free lunch! Sort of...

I get a free lunch today! Woohoo!

All I have to do is go and pick it up for everyone from the restaurant it was ordered from. Thas'ok, though. I don't mind being a slave when a free pizza is involved.

Wait, does that make me some form of administrative whore?... Huh. Well.

I don't care! Free pizza! WOO!

UPDATE: I can't pick up the food since I'm not the one paying for it. So now I get a pizza for just sitting here, not helping them at all! Ha!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Aren't you supposed to wake up earlier as you get older?

I slept until 10 a.m. yesterday. I felt like I could sleep even more, but I forced myself out of bed...there was t.v. that needed watching, and I was the one to do it, dammit!

I could have slept until 10 again today. I woke up at 2, and had a hard time sleeping again until about 4:30, which was only 20 minutes before I needed to get up and go to the gym anyway. Yeah, that didn't happen. Gym is being pushed out to tomorrow, and I'll just muddle through today as best I can on 4.5 hours of sleep. ::Zzzzzzz.....::

I noticed something this morning that caused me to have a conversation with myself while in the shower...which I generally welcome, as I get bored easily in the shower, and even conversations with myself help alleviate that boredom to a certain degree. Anyway, I saw a commercial for a local car dealership asking the question, "Wanna Chevy?" And this makes no sense, because "wanna" is a colloquial conjunction for the words "want to," not "want a." It bugged me for a good 5 minutes. Kind of like the recent Nebraska Furniture Mart commercial with that woman who wears clothing that looks gawdawful on her. Their latest campaign seems to revolve around "cheap" being "cool." Which, whatever...it's not cool, but more power to ya if you wanna (heh!) believe that kind of crap. I can certainly understand when cheap is necessary, or even prefered by some. But "cool?" Nuh-uh.

Anyway, at the end of their recent commercial, this chick says something about how if you find a lower price someplace else, "they'll" beat it, guaranteed! Which made no sense to me at all. It hurt my brain. Because I think we were supposed to just assume that the "they" who was referred to was NFM, but the way it was worded, it sounded as though the other places with lower prices would beat...their own prices.

I just wish that these commercials would get slightly better editing than they are, is all. Hell, gimme $20 and I'll do it for you! It just isn't that hard. For fuck's sake...

Friday, April 10, 2009

Pondering...

I'm trying to figure out whether I should talk to my boss about a possible upper level executive administrative position that might be available at our company soon...I don't know if I will, yet. I looked up the position, and it's not posted in our intranet, so I'd need to talk to him about it if I want to get the scoop. I'm really torn.

Part of the issue being that I love working for him, and for the team he manages. It's fun, and kind of an easy way to make a living, to be perfectly honest.

But as a career admin, really the only thing we look for (besides assisting our boss and team we work for, of course) is to move up in our level of executive we assist. At least, that's what I've done as a career admin. Maybe some are different from me. The thing is, I've been at the same level of pay for the past, oh, 8 years, or so. The only way I'm going to make significantly more is to move to a higher level of executive. And making more money has always been an ongoing goal for me, along with the liking my job/having fun with my job thing.

So I'm torn...torn, torn, torn. I know that my boss would be ok if I moved on. In fact, he might even be better than ok, since I would be in a position that could bring him even more favor than he already earns just being himself and working the way he does. The position would be with a Senior VP that is above my boss's VP. (Sorry if that doesn't make any sense...but basically, it's the superior to my boss's superior. So that's a good thing, I think.) And I think we could also find a way to get him an awesome admin that he'd really like working with, if they allow him to backfill my job.

But I don't know if I should talk to him or not. What do I doooooo? Gah.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

I'm a be petty here for a moment...I know how much you all loooove that.

I saw this car on my way home from the office yesterday...

Made me wonder if they also had ones "FORSHOP" or "4CHURCH" or "4GOOUT" or whatever. I mean, WTF? What does that mean? And are you condescending much? Fuck.

Another slightly disturbing vehicle display in front of me soon after "FORWORK" Mercedes CLS500 had turned onto another road and out of my scope of interest was this one...
For the record, that is a little sticker on the tail light that says:

In Loving Memory
Sarah Beth [Something]
6-25-80 to 12-25-08
"Sarah Smiles"

Ok, first of all, they got a sticker to put on their WINDTSTAR in order to commemorate the death of a very young child that was lost. Of course, my heart initially goes out to them, because that's sad, however you wanna try to cut it.

But then...I realize that the commemoration is (a) on the back of a car that looks like it will last maybe another 10 years, if taken care of well, and (b) it has a GLARING mistake in it. One that, sure, everyone can likely make sense out of. I'm sure the child didn't die at the tender age of negative 72, of course. But you're gonna stick this on your car. Dontcha wanna make sure it's nice? And makes sense? And doesn't have any mistakes on it? Maybe? I dunno...maybe I'm just too picky. (Yeah, yeah...I know.)

Anyway, I hate stickers on cars, and I am one of those people that grieves privately, so I don't understand the sticker-on-the-back-window-of-the-car phenomena that appears to be occurring here and there lately. Am I alone in my confusion on that one?

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

No! Don't touch me!

The garage still isn't done. That is stressing me out.

This week is a SHITTY one for my boss's calendar. THAT is (for some unknown, and IMO, stupid reason) stressing me out.

I'm almost done with the Twilight series, but I have about 100 pages of the last book to go, and I can't finish them because work is too busy, and so that is stressing me out...

Leo is sad, and that is stressing me out.

::sigh::

We went to the Drop last week for dinner on Friday. It had been a while since we'd gone out someplace in midtown, and we really love hitting the Drop when we can, so it was a nice time. Dinner (just some hummus for an appetizer, and some bruschetta for the main course...) was delicious, as always. And the peoplewatching was at just the right level, with a bunch of hippie-types in the center of the one dining room that were interesting because they all were so skinny but were managing to put away gargantuan quantities of food and drink, and then some random older people scattered all over the place that made us go "Hm," along with the normal happy-hour hipster crowd...and the videos were awesome, too. I got to see a Radiohead video that I hadn't seen since college, and that held me captive for a good enough amount of time that Leo even went to the bathroom while I gawked at it, he was so bored. ::shrugs:: Not my fault. Check out the video for yourself and tell me if you blame me! It's fucking awesome, kay?

Anyway, I'm trying to cheer myself up today, trying to keep productive, and what not. Hope you're doing the same.

Monday, April 06, 2009

::shaking head::

I'm stressed today. I've been feeling all out of sorts because of meeting issues for my boss, and since that's what I do...you know, arrange meetings, and stuff...it stresses me out when my planning doesn't go smoothly.

Isn't that STUPID? I feel so fucking stupid for feeling stressed out about someone else's damned schedule!!!

But it's the way it is. So whatever.

Twin has food poisoning. Which is kinda ruining her trip to NY with her daughters, I think. Just a little bit.

BAH! This week SUCKS.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

You should enjoy the weather.

So, we won't be buying those items from Ikea after all. I remembered to look at the email from them regarding shipping and taxes last night when I was resting after a long day of reading a goddammed book (srsly...I read over 400 pages yesterday. I was exhausted.), and found this information from them about my purchase:


We have listed below your Order Totals:

Subtotal: $314.00
Shipping & Handling: $307.68
Tax: $0.00
Order Total: $621.68


Call us at 1-800-434-IKEA (4532) with your credit card information or if you would like to use an IKEA Gift Card. Our hours are: Monday - Saturday, 8am - midnight EST or Sunday, 9am - midnight EST.

Ok, first of all, Ikea? CATCH THE FUCK UP. The rest of the modern damned world of commerce allows purchases in an online format, which I find a bit safer than me just calling up and talking to Sven, and giving him my goddammed credit card number over the phone. I mean, C'MON!

Second of all, um, those shipping charges? Bwahahahahaahahahahahaha!!! Dude, you have a store in CHICAGO. If they can't ship to me for a standard $35 - $50 fee for all of that crap? Then you can SUCK IT.

I know they couldn't care less if they get my business or not, but seriously? THAT is what they wanted to charge me for shipping? After I have to make the additional effort of checking my email a day after I request the purchase online in order to see how much the shipping is in the first place, and then they want ME to call THEM in order to get fucked in the ass for $300 worth of stuff?

Um, no thanks. No thank you at all, Ikea. Fuck. You.

I'm on to the third book in the Twilight series already. Unfortunately, the last two are only available in hard cover right now, so toting them to the gym with me is not a possibility, dammit. Also, they appear to be longer with each book, so they're enormous. And while I did read through over 400 pages of the 2nd book yesterday, finishing it just before my day was done here at work (mind you, I did do my job as well. I didn't completely ignore my responsibilities in order to get sucked into a damned vampire - and werewolf, as it turns out! - novel. That would be bordering on the ridiculous...), I have to say that I think a good 150 - 200 pages could have been cut out of that book had it been in smaller print. But then I might've lost my eyesight all together, so who knows.

Next week, I should be done with the fuckers, and back to doing important things like reading other blogs, and paying attention to the rest of the world as it exists in reality, and not in print. We'll see...

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Well, I tried to resist...

Sorry if I'm a bit less wordy than usual round these parts this week. I started reading that fucking "Twilight" series in earnest on Sunday, finished the first book yesterday, and am currently smack dab in the middle of the 2nd one as of today. My boss is out at an off-site meeting. I should be close to done by the time I head home, at which point I plan on stopping to grab the last two books in the series.

::sigh:: Fucking weird-ass books...