Friday, September 30, 2011

Aaaand, Friday is shot.

Little satan guy in my brain says, "Oh hai there...can I come out and play?"
NO! Go 'way little satan guy!!!

I'm coming down with a sudden and nasty cluster headache.

It started out really fucking painfully, when I was trying to have a fun conversation with my boss and some other coworkers, and was hit with this pain in the back of the right side of my head out of nowhere.

Then it mellowed a little, after about 5 minutes.

And now it's moved to it's normal spot, behind my right eye, and it's dull and achy, and MUTHERFUCKER!

I have no idea what caused this one. None. I've been way less stressed this week than I was last week. I have been eating well, and exercising frequently. I've been getting sleep. (Although I have been waking up more tired than I usually do, and have to push myself moreso than usual to actually get out of bed. That might've been a sign that I wasn't familiar with.)

Ugh, now my whole lower jaw is aching. FUCK. I'm gonna have to go home early, take pain meds, and sleep. Way to ruin my Friday, brain! THANKS.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Decorating the new house. Hits and misses have occurred...

It's been a while since I showed any of the updates we've been making on the house. Some areas are still being worked on - like the last guest room that just finally got a mattress in it, and we're waiting on the bedframe from to come. And we still need a side table for the space, but we might be able to find that this weekend with some thrift shopping...we'll see.

I think we've finally gotten the great room/living-dining-kitchen area figured out, though, and don't need anything more than some accessories here and there.

The master bath has been updated to include medicine cabinets and a corner shelving unit we had built for the space by the same builder that built our bathroom and kitchen cabinets for our last house. I haven't taken pictures of the final product yet, but here is the bathroom before:
...all nasty with the cluttered shelf we found as a temporary holding spot for all our bathroom needs.

And here is the project when it was almost complete...with the corner cabinet in place, and the medicine cabinets up and waiting for the doors to be put on:

I'll get pics of the space tonight when I get home. It is so nice to have space to put all our toiletries again!

One of the "misses" that we made when we were initially furnishing the new spaces we'd never had furniture for before, was buying a dining table and chairs that totally did not wind up jiving with the style we have gravitated towards after living in the house for a little while. We bought them after we'd only been there for around 2 weeks, and we were still trying to work out a stylish combo between our contemporary and traditional vibe we like to hit when we decorate. Leo tried to dress it up for me, but I couldn't see it as being anything other than a glorified conference room. I really didn't like it.
We wound up falling in deep, deep, deeeep love with this HUGE, super-traditional sideboard at Thomasville. I think we were there to look for a coffee table for the living room space. And there was the sideboard of our dreams.

Since it was such a traditional piece, we felt like we could easily replace the chairs in the dining room with more traditional ones, too, and keep the table as is. For now. So we started searching out new chairs that were reasonably priced, and found some at Home Decorators that struck a cord with us. We like how they have a tufting pattern that matches our couch, but also aren't overly feminine/traditional thanks to the shape of the chair (not totally traditional) and the nailhead detail around the edges (more masculine). Here's the end product:

We also got the rug through Home Decorators. LOVE IT.

Here's the monster sideboard that we wish we could have baby sideboards with:

The saleslady asked us at least 3 times if our space was big enough for the piece to fit in. I told her it was a large room...we would be fine. When the guys came to deliver it, I said that I hoped they didn't have to move one like it too often! One of them said, "This is the 6th one we've delivered in the past 2 weeks. 3 of those 6 didn't fit through the front door when we got there." UGH. I can't even imagine! It's all one can't be disassembled in order to fit it into a space. WHY wouldn't people measure properly to figure that shit out before buying it??? It's not exactly a cheap investment, yo.

Anyway, moving on, the living room has been a fun space to coordinate with the kitchen/dining room, as well as the rest of the house. The couch has the "Mad Men" feel going for it, but it's very comfy. I like the natural feel thrown over the room by the giant rock fireplace wall and the wood cabinets that flank it. So I convinced Leo to allow me to go more of a natural route when it came to the coffee table, and picked up two stone coffee tables from West Elm that I think are actually meant for outdoor spaces, but I don't care. I asked my friends for their advice when I was looking for a table, and they all just loved these ones, and I agreed! They finally arrived this week...
So cute!

This green chair is what we call "the anniversary chair" as Leo picked it up for me last year, I think it was, for our anniversary. (Might've been 2 years ago, actually.) We'd seen it at a local consignment store in town called Revival when we were looking for a storage piece for our guest room at the old house. It was only $74, but it seemed like a useless splurge at the time since we didn't know how much we were going to need to spend on the thing we actually needed to buy. Plus, we didn't know where we'd put it!

We left it there, but we kept referring back to it when we talked about furniture we wanted to buy. And then Leo surprised me with it a few months later for our anniversary! I was so glad it was still at the store! We plan on reupholstering it when Leo learns how, but the fabric is really in great shape, and it's not so offensive now that it's next to all the rest of our things.

It needed a side table, though, as it's placed a bit too far from the coffee tables for them to be convenient for it. So I picked up that twisty wood number from a random catalog we got in the mail a couple weeks back called Viva Terra. I love random catalogs that have neat stuff!

The rug is from Flor, and it's called "a la mode" in the "rocky road" color. We love Flor tiles, dammit! The low-pile ones are so easy to clean, and they're very reasonably priced. I highly recommend them.

Anyway, that's what's new at our place so far. I love our house, and am glad we've settled so well into the place. More pictures to come, soon! I want to share the guest rooms, and the finished master bath and bedroom with y'all...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Open letter to Toyota, and the "geniuses" that came up with the latest Prius commercial...

Dear Toyota & Toyota's advertising company,

That Prius commerical you recently released? With all the people that make up one BIG person that's getting out of bed and getting ready for work and then going out to get in its car?

It's CREEPY. I can't even watch the screen when it's being fast-forwarded through, it's so fucking creepy.

Please to be pulling the commercial from all air-times, and release something...less creepy. PLEASE.



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I think this is when it's ok to say "YIKES"

We had a water line breakage at our house about a month and a half ago. We had no idea how long it had been running down the hill, but I'd imagine it was at least 5 hours that it went on for before we found it. And then it took 3 more to shut it off. (We had to call the water company to come turn it off, since it was at a main juncture in our sprinkler system. Shutting the water off in the house did nothing to help.)

I was a little worried about how bad our water bill was going to be, but I've managed to put it out of my mind until now.

I opened the water bill that came yesterday and saw that the previous bill was for 29,000 gallons. (That's for 2 months. We're billed on a bi-monthly basis.)

This bill was for 74,600 gallons.


I just have to keep repeating to myself: I love our new house, I love our new house, I love our new house...

(I really do.)

(But DAMN.)

Here...for those curious about whether my numbers are off or not. A screen shot of the actual bill...
It was a LOT of water pouring down our hill! For many, many hours. ::sigh::

Friday, September 23, 2011

::bows down and kisses Friday's feet::

WHEW. The week is better as of today. Not just because the work week is over, but because it's just better, is all.

Which is good, because I was about to turn into a HELLBEAST, and release on all mankind (in the general south Johnson County area, anyway) with the wrath of my evilness!!!

Or I was on the verge of glutting myself with a turkey burger and fries lunch.

One of those two things were definitely close to happening before today!

But! I feel better now. ::giant, huge, happy sigh:: So no turkey burger and fries were had. And no evil wrath was...wrathed.

Should be a beautiful weekend for those of us here in the middle of the US, so hope y'all are able to enjoy it! I plan on cleaning out my fireplaces, and getting my hair done. And then I'll watch football.

Woot. :D

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

This is just something I need to get off my chest... (UPDATED)







Hate, hate, hate, hate, HATE.

Any of you who are in a corporate environment where you've had to be shuffled for some reason of another due to building redesigns, or changes in organization size/duties, or just moved because it was time to move, or else everyone would turn into a zombie in their old location?

Yeah, the people who have to coordinate those moves are fucking ANGELS. Remember that. Remember that especially when they are working for 3 bosses, have PMS, have to help manage multiple fund raisers for a charity drive (that usually happens in October, but DAMMIT IT'S HAPPENING IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR FOR SOME REASON GAAAAH!), and at the same time are still doing their regular job which is already pretty stressful this time of year.

I know, I know...another work rant. Blah. I expect they should lighten up considerably in about 2 months.


UPDATE: Holy cow. A coworker in another office just emailed me in response to something I sent her earlier, and she said she hopes I'm well and that everything is going fine. Just...outta the blue. She said that in her note. No reason! Just being nice.

It made me get teary-eyed.

There is something WRONG with me, y'all! ::sigh::

Friday, September 16, 2011

Question for the locals/food bloggers/critics...

Last night, Leo said something about how Oklahoma Joe's was supposed to be opening a new location someplace in Leawood sometime this year.

"Shut UP," I replied. "I haven't heard a word about that! It can't be true!" I ran to the computer and looked it up, and wound up finding a KC Business Journal article from May 2011 about how they had submitted plans to take over the old TGI Friday's location on Roe at 119th St.

Thing is, I'm over there all the time to grab salads from the Hen House that semi-shares the parking lot with that building, and the only action I've seen around it is when people park in the empty lot to snarf down the McD's they picked up for lunch.

I've been racking my brain trying to think of a good concept for that empty building for a while now, and I am so. glad. that, if they can come to an agreement, OK Joe's will be going in there. I think it would be a wildly successful spot for them. I know I'd be in there all the damned time, anyway!

So, what say you local people in the food industry know? Why did I have to look this shit up? Why wasn't it reported on Fat City a while ago? Was it reported on Fat City, and I just missed it? That happens from time to time, I guess. And what's the latest word on the opening? Have they come to an agreement on the lease?

I know that not everyone loves Oklahoma Joe's, but I've always enjoyed them in the past when I've had them, even though I've never actually been to one of their restaurants in person! (I've had their food at catered events.) So I'm excited about this, personally. Give me the scoop, if you have it!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Belligerent drunkenness: not as fashionable as it used to be.

A while back, we had an incident here in Kansas City that involved a young dude getting beat up outside of a bar in a popular area in midtown called Westport.

On the surface, the story was pretty tragic. This guy (Brian Euston) was severely inebriated, apparently, and he was the last one of his friends to remain at the bar they’d been hanging out at that night. When he left, he was inexplicably beaten in a street not far from the bar, and he died of his injuries almost immediately.

No one really came forward to claim responsibility, as I recall. But the person who had attacked Brian was eventually discovered and charged with something that seemed appropriate for the level of crime that was committed.

The trial for the situation finally occurred this week. Stanford Griswold was being charged with involuntary manslaughter in the attack and subsequent death of Brian. Yesterday, the jury came back with a “not guilty” verdict.

I whole-heartedly agree with their decision, and am glad that Stanford and his family received the justice they deserved in this case.

Brian had been drinking in Kelly’s (a popular Westport bar, for some reason that I cannot manage to figure out myself. I hate that place…always full of assholes and douchebags) for 2 and a half hours. He and his friends didn’t even get there till midnight, which leads me to believe they might’ve been elsewhere for drinks prior to that.

It came to light during the trial that he wasn’t attacked just for the sake of being attacked. He was belligerent towards Stanford and Stanford’s girlfriend, to the point of approaching him/getting in his face and asking him things like, “What’s wrong with you?” and “Why do you look so mean?”

I’m not sure what Stanford looked like that night, but if some random person was all the sudden up in my face yelling at me, I might look a bit mean, too.

I’d be hard pressed not to react in SOME way toward the person, although in my personal background, the only belligerent drunk I’ve been incited to hit was my older sister. I socked her in the stomach once. In fact, we were at Kelly’s in Westport when it happened. It was many, many years ago when I’d just recently moved to KC. I was sober at the time, and she was pretty trashed, as I recall. She was picking at me for some reason or another, and I’d had about enough. I turned and socked her. I’m not proud of it, but it happened.

But I’ve had a few run ins with random drunk strangers over the last few months, and I have to say I don’t like it, particularly. But I don’t get to the point of wanting to hit them.

The last one that we encountered while hanging out at the Blue Moose, for example, was very odd, and was picking on me for absolutely no reason. Oh wait! I remember why he was picking on me…he was playing music on the jukebox, and he asked if we (me and Leo) minded country music. We said yeah, we did. He said something about him wanting to play it even more now! (Why’d he even ask, then???) Fortunately, he had his wife or girlfriend or whatever with him, and she managed to keep him under a relative amount of control.

The one before that was just an asshole from the beginning. He made snide remarks about me being an unhappy person, based on listening to me and Leo have a conversation about some feedback we’d received on our house that we were selling at the time, and over the course of the evening, he kept buying Leo shots he didn’t want, and getting drunker and drunker until the bartender told him he wasn’t serving him anything other than water for an hour. We left before he did, but apparently, he tried to run out on his $150 tab that night. The police found him and they were able to manage the situation from there, but still. ASS. HOLE.

Anyway, back to the case at hand…I feel bad for Brian’s family. But I feel like Stanford didn’t really do much of anything wrong, aside from giving in to his desire to put the smack down on the belligerent drunk that was harassing him for no apparent reason. I’m sure he wishes he could go back in time and NOT hit the dude, but what’s done is done. And I, for one, cannot blame him one bit for what happened to Brian that night.

I’m glad the whole “mystery” of it is solved, finally. And I hope our city can move on from the incident by learning a thing or two in the process.

(Yeah right!)


I was behind a truck this morning on my way to work that had a bumper sticker on it that said:

"KANSAS: As bigoted as you think we are."

What? The? FUCK?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Twin takes on the challenge of the "popcorn" chicken...

By the way, the Twin took it upon herself to go to KFC yesterday and get some popcorn chicken to see if there was any truth behind their advertising.

Unfortunately, she didn't look inside the pieces of popcorn chicken to see whether they were made of whole breast meat, as claimed in the commercial. She just was interested in the fact that they called it "popcorn" chicken when half the container wasn't exactly what we consider "popcorn" size. But I wanted to post the video anyway. Because she's awesome for going and doing that. :D

Triple the pain, triple the need for a vacation!

I work for 3 people now. I started out working for 1. I worked for him for 4 years, and then they added another dude to my plate. Not a problem...we've adjusted well, and have learned to manage our schedules around all the fun.

Then they added another dude to my list about 2 months ago.

The thing is, at my company, it's not unusual to run across many admins that work for more than 1, 2, or 3 people. I've met people who manage 5 before, and while that thought makes my stomach turn, they seemed to be ok with it.

In the past, I've managed a whole team of executives under the COO of a company. Meaning, I did their expenses, I helped with HR issues for their hiring/firing, and I took notes in their meetings, all while I assisted the COO with his calendar, expenses, travel arranging, and other meeting needs.

And I made him eat lunch every day, too. (He was my brother in law. So I had a personal interest in him getting the calories he needed in order to get through the day without biting my head off.)

My job at a mortgage company was sort of like that one for the COO, except I was in a regional VP's office, and I ran the processes and procedures for the region's branch locations. So I worked with anywhere from 9 - 15 managers when it came to their reporting, HR onboarding/offboarding, expenses (although I didn't do them for them, I still had to help them a lot), supply ordering, commission processing, and general office running needs. At the same time, I answered the phones in the regional office, managed the VP's calendar and email, handled all the HR files for our region (we were required to have a file for every employee in the region, past and present), ordering supplies for our office, shipping packages (that's a daily occurrence in mortgage offices), and somehow managed to find time to create this here blog in my "down time" that I had there many years ago.

Anyway, it was a "fun" 10 years.

And I was very happy to finally get a job working for just one person when I was hired by my current company.

And I was even ok with them adding another guy after 4 years. They're both great to work for. I like their teams. Sometimes, they might as well be speaking Greek when it comes to their topics of discussion in staff meetings, but I muddle through as best I can for those 1 hour periods each week.

The 3rd guy isn't terrible, by any means. But I think he's still trying to figure out what an admin can and cannot do for him, and it's relatively painful to say "no" to someone I'm supporting. Makes me feel bad/worthless.

BUT. Since he's not even able to fire me, I try to let it roll off my back.

Today, I'm feeling that whole "too many cooks in the kitchen" feeling. My original boss? He's fine. Couldn't be better. We're still functioning well together and getting shit done.

But the other boss is used to being a bit more...god, I don't know how to put it. But if it helps, when I was thinking about it, I did a scattered-type jazz hands motion at my monitor as I tried to come up with a specific term.

For instance, we're trying to pull together a large move that our team will be doing at the end of October. I'm the point of contact (or "POC") for my original boss's team, and for my new boss's team. The other guy that I just got assigned to 2 months ago already had someone working on it for his team, so I'm spared the pain of that.

Old boss's team has a new area assigned to it. So I sent out a map, and told the managers that we need to pick spaces for their employees to sit in, and we need to have a meeting next week to go over it quickly and painlessly. Done.

The NEW boss's team...they had another guy working on their space, for some reason. I don't know how or why he got involved since I'M THE POC FOR THAT TEAM, but it's now junked everything up, and is making an already difficult process even MORE of a pain in my ass.

And to top it all off, some dude out in our east coast office is trying to figure out how to get a lock for his docking station. I clarified, "Do you mean for your laptop?" No, they mean for their docking station. I said, "If people are having a problem with docking stations getting stolen out there, we need to report it to security. And also, what a weird thing to steal!" The response was that security used to do rounds on the building and leave notes/warnings when they found docking stations unlocked.

Um, no. They never have done that. They did that for LAPTOPS, seeing as they cost a significant amount of money, and have security-sensitive info on them, but not for docking stations. I didn't even know you could lock a docking station to the desk, for fuck's sake.

I started to respond to the email about how people had gotten warnings about leaving docking stations unlocked at one point in time, but then I just thought, "You know what? I don't fucking care." I really don't. I had a docking station sitting on my desk for 4 years without issue, and had it ever been stolen, I'd let security know and then I'd order a new one. I don't even have one for my current computer because I can just plug all the shit directly into it without the help of the docking station. Takes me an extra 30 seconds every morning and afternoon when I plug it in and when I unplug it. If I ever get tired of doing that, I'll ask my boss if I can spend the $72 and get a fucking docking station. Whatevs.

Anyway, I'm annoyed by work today. Not sure if that was obvious or not. Just thought I would share. And now I need to go figure out that move situation with another admin. So, hopefully this ending isn't too disjointed. GAH.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Um, you got your angle wrong, KFC.

Watched a lot of football this weekend. Yesterday, after the disaster that was the Chiefs game was over, we were watching the San Diego game, and then of course that awesome, awesome Jets game last night.

What a fucking fabulous weekend!

That said, I watched a few too many KFC commercials over and over, and got a little bothered by this new angle they've decided to attack other fast food places on.

What part of the chicken is a "nugget," they want to know?

And then they start talking about their "popcorn chicken" (which I had once back in 2000, and it sucked, btw) (I remember when it was because I was dating this one particular guy at the time, and we were only together during the year 2000, so that's how I can recall it) (not that anyone was obsessing over that part of this post, or anything...just wanted to clear it up, that that was pretty much the last time I can remember eating at a KFC), and how it's so much more superior to any nuggets that exist at other fast food places.

Um, so...what part of the chicken is "popcorn"?

Yeah, it's a dumb fucking commercial, is my point. People shouldn't eat that shit anyway, except on rare occassion, and if they do? I'm willing to bet that they don't give a flying shit whether they're eating a nugget made of meat pushed together and breaded, or a little popcorny bite of chicken that is basically a ruined crunchy horrible bit of chicken breast that has been fried to the point where it's only edible thanks to the help of a likely very fattening sauce that you dip it into to soften it up a little.

Just my 2 cents, anyway.

Friday, September 09, 2011

Nice try, Ho!

Yesterday, the Twin sent me a link to a video that she had found via our older sister's FB page, or wall, or whatever the hell it is that you call it.

Or maybe older sis posted it on Twin's wall? I really have no idea.

Anyway, she sent it to me via email, because she knows I'm not on FB, and wouldn't see it otherwise. And then she told me that everyone (her and older sis, at least) thinks I should create a fake name (like...Faith Smith, I guess?) and join FB with it, and just remain anonymous, if I wanna. So that I don't miss out on shit like this.

But here's the thing...I totally just saw this video posted over at Barefoot Foodie, and yeah, so I might not've watched it (again) had I not already seen it and planned on watching it (again) (because it is so. fucking. FUNNY.), but still.

Point being: I don't have to be on FB in order to get in on the basement level of the super-funny shit that deserves to go viral, dammit. I got in on this video when it had only been watched around 132,000 times. Now it's up to 252,000 views, and maybe it'll be up to 1 million by the end of next week. Who knows?

Eeevvviiil lunch time.

I just ran to pick up a little salad and my weekly Diet Coke from the grocery store near my work for lunch.

Total came to $6.66.

My immediate response was to say, "Well, that's creepy!" to the checkout girl. She didn't say anything at first, but after a second, she kind of chuckled.

I still don't know if she understood, but whatever. It's good customer service to agree with whatever crazy the customer may be spewing, right?

Anyway, I'm totally going to eat my evil salad and Diet Coke right now. Just wanted to warn you all about it. Mwahahahahahaha...

Thursday, September 08, 2011

It's a rear-ending. There really isn't any need to investigate it further. Chick ran into the dude. DONE.

I encounter a small amount of traffic every morning on my way to work at my intersection onto 119th street by my house. It's expected, and it's not a big deal.

This morning, though, I ran into THIS...
Not a HUGE deal, since a bunch of the impatient people in front of me kept turning out of line and heading back a different direction, but I decided to wait it out.

We were all stuck that way because the left lane was blocked by an accident. Not a horrifying, terrible accident, of course. Just your run of the mill rear-ending that can occur when you get too many people trying to get into the same lane to get onto a highway. I'm honestly surprised this is the 1st one I've run across in the 3 months we've lived in our new house!
Seriously, that white car had basically bumped into the gray mini-SUV in front of it. For me, it would have been an "Oops! Let's pull over and exchange info, and get on our way again..." kind of accident.

But for the people involved this morning, it was a call the police, have them block off a whole fucking lane of traffic during rush hour, and make several people late for work kind of accident.

Fucking assholes.

It only put me behind by about 7 minutes, but still, I found it all very odd. And I was bored, so I took pictures of it while I waited. You're welcome. :D

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

It feels like a run away kind of day.

After about 30 minutes of work today, I wanted to run away.

I totally want to be at a park, maybe eating some frozen yogurt while sitting in my car listening to music that makes me feel happy.

But not so much in the mood to be here at my desk. Or to go home.

Ever just have one of those days? ::sigh::

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Morrissey 2011 North American Tour dates/locations announced!

Can someone please explain to me why Morrissey apparently has some sort of love affair with Texas, but Kansas City totally gets shunned? We're very similar to Texas, really. Except for the drought, the heat, and all those people walkin' around with guns they have there.

Boo, Morrissey! BOOOOO.

Morrissey -- 2011 Tour Dates
Thursday November 10 CHICAGO IL Congress Theater
Monday November 14 SAN ANTONIO TX Majestic Theater
Tuesday November 15 AUSTIN TX Bass Hall
Thursday November 17 DALLAS TX McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
Saturday November 19 SANTA FE NM Santa Fe Center
Sunday November 20 PHOENIX AZ Orpheum Theater
Tuesday November 22 ESCONDIDO CA Center for the Arts
Friday November 25 LAS VEGAS NV The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Saturday November 26 LOS ANGELES CA Shrine Auditorium
Monday November 28 POMONA CA Fox Theater
Thursday December 1 OAKLAND CA Fox Theater
December 5 MONTERREY arena (7,200)
December 7 MEXICO CITY plaza condesa (1,800)
December 8 MEXICO CITY plaza condesa (1,800)
December 10 PUEBLA siglo XX1 (4,700)
December 12 GUADALAJARA diana (2,200)
December 13 GUADALAJARA diana (2,200)

I told Leo that I would look into this as soon as the info was available, since I haven't been to a Morrissey concert since the 90's, and he hasn't ever seen him live. I think it's just important that everyone see him live at least once, dammit.

If I could afford the time off, we'd go to Chicago to see him! But I've almost exhausted my allowed time at work this year, and I'm afraid to ask for unpaid hours from my boss(es). Also, I have a feeling that will be a messy concert to go to, anyway. Since he's not doing any performances on the east coast (weird?), I'm betting the Chicago and the Las Vegas ones will be the performances people travel from other states to see the most.

::sigh:: MAJOR SAD FACE.