Thursday, September 28, 2006

Local News

So lately the local news has frequently reported on what is considered a major issue in my hometown. Aggressive Squirrels, yes you heard it here folks, we have………aggressive squirrels. Apparently this one park is over run by these squirrels that will do anything to get at the food you may have, including knocking down and wrestling a four year old for his muffin. I know I should feel very bad about the traumatized four year old but this story is so freaking hilarious that I can’t help but laugh every time I think about it. Here is the story on our Aggressive Sqirrels.

On the way home last night from the donation center, I called BFTiff to complain about the brutality I had witnessed to my arms and while driving back I saw the local archorman Len Ramirez walking across the street to finish up the piece on our Aggressive Squirrels ( yep still giggling). We joked that we should test this out and were they really aggressive. All I could picture was a squirrel smackdown to get to the sandwich someone was holding. It sounds all so ridiculous and hysterical.

The city plans on a massive squirrel genocide to control future attacks. I realize that we can't have these squirrel bullies running around wrestling children for their food, otherwise we will end up with a generation squirrelaphobes. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Blooding Part 2

Tonight I had an appointment with the locate blood letting facility , if you remember my experiences with the locate blood donation center, its never a pretty sight and tonight was no exception. My first compliant starts with the guy the calls me to guilt me in to giving blood in the first place. Kevin, from the blood center, calls me , he always calls me every 16 weeks. In asking for my donation he always gives me a reason why he needs my donation, this time they had a “bleeder”, before Kevin could go in to any more detail about the “bleeder”, I cut him off and said that I would volunteer to donate with no explanation. I don’t want to hear about the “bleeder”, suffering child, or any other afflicted soul that desperately needs my blood. So at 6 pm I rolled in to my appointment prepared for it to be yet another fiasco. I was not let down......
Picture this if you will, I am sitting here typing this post for your reading pleasure with a bandage on each arm, yes you read that right, a bandage on each arm. We (the nurses let me pick which arm ) decided to tap in to the left arm, the nurse inserts the giant needle into my arm and the familiar pinching/stabbing sensation make me wince. Blood starts to travel down the tube and stops, yes stops dead in its tracks. The nurse looks up at me in a confused manner, like I had control over my blood flow. Can you imagine it, I get distracted and forget to make my heart beat??? Sucks for me doesn’t it. So she “adjusts” the needle, read moves it around while it is still in my arm, and the calls for the head honcho nurse to take a look.. Before even coming over to see what is wrong, she grabs the splash guard, I can not tell you how many times I have been addressed by a nurse that is in a splash guard. She tries to help but they claim that the needle has reached a hematoma in my arm, an existing bruise, and decided that they should try the other arm. Oh and a little side note that see added, I am going to have a bruised arm, sorry dear. On to the next victim, oh I mean arm. I was able to donate the blood they needed without any further stories about the bleeder. But I got the bruise.

Miss me?

I can hear you all thinking to yourselves, “She went on two trips, how can she not have blogged about either?!?!?” Well here is me blogging :).

I was in Vegas last week fro Wednesday afternoon to Friday night. It was a reword trip from my boss for the work I had done this year. Yes, I am spoiled I know. We stayed at the Bellagio with a Lake View room and you can turn on the TV to channel 31 to listen to the music that is being played in tune with the fountain. I think I must have watched it a billion times. It’s REALLY cool. I spent those two and a half days letting the Bellagio take my money, dining at 5 star restaurants, and going to the spa. Yes, yes again I am spoiled. I found my favorite slot machine, the Monopoly game one, though I think I might like it because I one $50.00 after sitting down at it for 5 minutes. That is the most I won the entire time and I fed it back in to the casino thru slots and blackjack. Wednesday night we ate at Shintaro at the Bellagio, it’s a Teppan restaurant like Benihana’s, but much much much better. Well except that the chef accidentally threw a piece of zucchini at me. After that incident I got fed first out of the entire table, so I didn’t complain. Thursday after working a little, it was a working trip, I didn’t get off scott free, we went to the buffet breakfast. I have never seen so much prepared food in one place. Whatever your little tummy desired, it was there. Sadly I am a “need coffee before I hurt you” type of person, so I drank coffee mostly with an Eggs Benedict, thrown in for good measure. Then after a little gambling, it was off to the spa. My boss and I had signed up for Island Body Polishes and Pedicures. The body polish consisted of being rubbed down with coconut milk and scrubbed within an inch of your life in sugar crystals. It felt WONDERFUL, I was all smooth and silky. It’s amazing that I didn’t slip of out my little slippers. Though when the girl went to scrub the life out of the bottom of my feet, I couldn’t help but laugh uncontrollably. I am sure she thought I was a nut, who cares, I was smmmmmoooootttthhhhhh. After the pedicure, I took my smooth polished pedicured self back to the room to work for a little while longer and to get ready for dinner at Michael Mina’s. I don’t know that I can go on enough about Michael Mina’s. It is a delectable, scrumptious, mind altering food experience. My boss and I had the traditional tasting menu with the wine pairings. Oh and a cocktail to get the ball rolling, I was filled to the gills and sauced to boot. It was awesome and what better way to lose more money than when you are full, drunk and don’t care. The night ended relatively early in Vegas terms but it was amazing. Friday was more gambling and eating, then off to the airport to take me home so that I could continue on trip two.

Trip Two- Pismo Beach CA, Michele’s Bachelorette Weekend- Christine and I didn’t get in until late due to my flight being delayed coming in to San Jose. But we found bright faces as we finally got in about 1 am, more bright that my bleary cross eyed expression. The condo we stayed in was spacious and full of light, really really nice. Mary did a wonderful job scoping out and finding it for us. Read here for more details and pictures. The only difference was that I didn’t go to the spa but opted for a long (very long) walk on the beach and in the waves. It started out as a meandering walk but turned in to a hunt for whole sand dollars, because you are dying to know, I found four, two dead and two alive. I threw the alive ones back in the water. I wanted Christine to have one since she didn’t and one for Michele to remember her weekend way. Well actually I went on two walks. Michele and I wanted to catch the sunset so we raced down to the water for a few last minute pictures. Oh and Michele, the little clam shells still attached sound like castanets not canasta. It drove me nuts trying to remember the word. It was a great weekend spent with wonderful friends and great food, most of it dairy based, wine, ohh and an itty bitty kitten!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

I"ll Be Back

Hi guys- I am off to Vegas in an hour. I promise to bring pictures and stories back with me. And also this weekend is Michele's bachelorette party. I am sure there will be tons of pictures from that.

See you next week!

Monday, September 18, 2006

100 Things

Here is a quickie for you! I stole it from Tiff.

001. What is the best way to get over someone? Get away for a few days, grieve, and then come home and stay busy.

002. What makeup do you wear on a daily basis? Foundation, powder,eye shadow,eyeliner,mascara. You shouldn't have asked.

003. Is your AIM away message on? I am not on AIM

004. If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Hummus

005. What curse word do you use the most? Fuck

006. Do you own an ipod? Yes

007. Who on your Myspace ” top 8 ” do you talk to the most? Tiff, Michele, Angie

008. What time is your alarm clock set for? 6:35 am and then 6:45 am
009. Have you ever bid for something on ebay? Yep

010. Do you wear flip-flops even when its cold outside? Yep

011. Where do you buy your groceries from? Safeway, Trader Joe’s

012. Would you rather take the picture or be in the picture? Be in the picture

013. What was the last movie you watched? The Last Kiss

014. Do any of your friends have children? Yes. Liz with the twins, Faith has Miya

015. If you won the lottery, whats the first thing you would buy? Buy a bigger house and pay off debt

016. Has anyone ever called you lazy? LOL, of course and I call myself it all the time.
017. Do you ever take medication to help you fall asleep faster? Yes, but I paid the price. It makes me groggy in the morning.

018. What CD is currently in your CD player? Nothing

019. Do you prefer regular or chocolate milk? Chocolate I guess

020. Has anyone told you a secret this week? If they did I wasn't aware.

021. When was the last time someone hit on you? A few weeks ago

022. What did you have for dinner? A salad and Curried Carrot soup

023. What is your biggest fear? Being all alone

024. What color is your car? White

025. Can you whistle? Yes the regular and the super high pitched annoying kind too

026. What is your favorite Christmas/winter movie? How the Grinch Stole Xmas

027. Do you make your own jewelry? YES!!!!

028. Have you ever participated in a protest? If I prostest alone, is it really considered a protest?

029. Who was the last person to call you? A client

030. What is your favorite ride at an amusement park? The loopy roller coaster

031. What is something you must do everyday? Flat Iron my hair

032. Have you ever dated one of your best friends? No I like guys. Sorry girls ;)
033. What area code are you in right now? 650

034. Did you watch cartoons as a child? Yes, I loved them. Smurfs, Snorkels....

035. How big is your local mall? Its a good size.

036. What is your job title? Mortgage Sales Associate

037. What do you miss most? Childlishly I miss less responsibility.

038. Would you ever sky dive? Unless you push me out, I will never go sky diving.

039. What are you allergic to? Cats (yes I know I have one), pine trees, and mold.

040. What is your biggest regret? Not breaking out of my comfort zone.

041. Have you ever had Jamba Juice? Duh, there is one on every corner around here.

042. When was the last time you laughed so hard your sides hurt? When Tiff talked about Man Boobs and Man Pecs

043. What movies do you know every line to? Labryinth, Finding Nemo,Top Gun

044. Do you own any band t-shirts? 3

045. What is your favorite candle scent? Warm Vanilla Sugar

046. How many aunts and uncles do you have? 3 Aunts and 3 Uncles (Thank god you didn't ask about cousins)
047. When was your last plane ride? July 9th- Home from Hawaii, but I am about to jump on a plane in two days

048. Do you crack your knuckles? Yes, I do it unconciously too

049. How many chairs are at your dining room table? 4

050. What is your favorite salad dressing? Blue Cheese and Balsamic Vinegar

051. Do you read for fun? I love it

052. Can you speak any languages other than English? Not fluent in any. A little Spanish and enough swear words in a few languages to offend people.

053. Where is your cell phone? Its in my purse

054. Do you do your own dishes? Yes and its my least favorite chore.

055. What color is your bedroom painted? A warm mocha color

056. Are your parents divorced? Yes – as of this past Friday 9/15

057. Have you ever cried in public? Embarrassingly yes, at a restaurant in Vegas. And not the subtle weeping either.

059. Which do you make Love or War? Neither right now.

060. Are you always trying to learn new things? Within reason, trying gross foods is out. Oh and sky diving.
061. What messenger programs do you have? Google talk

062. Do you shower on a daily basis? Yes, Its the only way to tame my hair.

063. Are you currently wanting any piercings or tattoos? Yes, I want 2 new tattoo.

064. Do you believe that the guy should pay on the first date? Whomever extends the invitation.
065. Can you skip rocks? I can!

067. Have you ever been to Jamaica? no

068. What do you snack on in the movies? popcorn

069. Who was your favorite teacher? Mr. Yulo-Speech Teacher in college (Tiff I am shocked this wasn't your answer)

070. Have you ever dated someone out of your race? Yes

071. What is the weather like? Sunny and warm

072. Would you ever date someone covered in tattoos? Yes, Unless he was tattooed like that cheetah man, then no.

073. Do you have an online journal? Not gracing this with an answer

074. Did you ever play Capture the Flag in school? Yes

075. What was your favorite class in high school? History

076. Do you sleep on your side, tummy, or back? Side mostly

077. What personality trait is a must have in the preferred sex? Sense of humor ( I second this)

078. Have you ever been attracted to someone physically unattractive? Yes, their personality won me over.
079. When was the last time you slept on the floor? Xmas party last year.

080. What is your favorite alcoholic drink? Stoli Lemon Drop no sugar on the rim.

081. If you were born the opposite sex, what would your name have been? I think it was suppose to be Andrew. My parents were expecting a boy and then I arrived and it was a scramble for a name. Nice planning people!
082. Do you like your living arrangement? Its my own, I am proud that I own it, and have taken time to decorate it as I wanted it.

083. Has anyone ever called you spoiled? Pretty much everyone who finds out I am an only child.

084. What is your mother and father’s hometowns? My mother was born in Kent England, and my father was born in Palo Alto CA

085. Did you ever go to the same school as your parents? Yes, the same as my dad and I even had the same teacher in 8th grade.

086. How many hours of sleep do you need to function? I think I sleep to much so I think I can get by on 6.

087. How much is gas where you live right now? I saw 2.75 the other day.

088. What was the last thing to scare you? I almost walked in to a GIANT wolf spider this morning, dangling from my porch.

089. Do you own a PlayStation? Nope.

090. How many times have you brushed your teeth today? Once

092. What album did you buy last? I can't remember, how sad is that.

093. How many pairs of shoes do you own? To many to count and yes more than one pair is black and strappy.

094. Are your days full and fast-paced? Not recently, but they typically are.

095. Did you ever get in trouble for talking in class? HA- I think tiff and I were separated at one point for talking or being to hung over.

096. Is there carpet, wood or tile in the room you’re currently in? Carpet

097. Were you a “planned” child? Yes, very much so.

098. What is your mom’s name? Peta

099. What is your dad’s name? Marc

100. How old will you be turning on your next birthday? 28

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Funny Pics From the Zoo

My Family Tree

Michele in a Lobster Hat

What do you think? I think I need one.

In case your tootsies are are sore you are get a relaxing foot vibration massage.

The Money Shot-Of a Monkey

Friday, September 15, 2006

Ewww Water

This was just funny, I feared that the ocean would be cold. But I got caught by one way and my poor little toes got very cold.

I said Good Bye

If you didn't already know, Michele and I are in Santa Barbara for the weekend.

See us at the beach, true story.

But one thing we didn't count on was a very persistent homeless man. While walking along the shore this man asked us if we would like to buy a shirt. We politely declined and walked away. But instead of him leaving to solicit another beach dwellers, he decided to follow us. I kid you not. We zigged, he zigged only a few steps behind us, we zagged he zagged. He mumbled incoherently and continued to follow us. It got to a point where we headed towards groups of people hoping he would leave us. No such luck, the other people didn't dissuade him. Becoming desperate, I was trying to think of what to do. Michele and I had both left our phones behind in the hotel room, NEVER AGAIN! With no way to even threaten calling the cops, we continued to say good bye every time he made a comment. On the verge of turning around and firmly telling the homeless to leave us alone, we headed to the street and walked by a guy the had earlier joked around with us. Whether it was the smell of fresh meat to solicit or the homeless man was afraid to leave the sand, our plan managed to work. But now shaken Michele and I took the long way back to the hotel. Being from the bay area, we are use to our homeless population asking us for money and then once denied, searching for the same money with the next pedestrian. Never had either of us run in to such a persistent homeless person. I will never leave my cell phone at home again.

Look What I Found

They finally made my t-shirt. Its about damn time.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Looking Back

Every morning I have the same routine. I get in to work, check voicemail read e-mails, and check my personal e-mail. Then comes the blog reading. This morning in reading my favorite blogs, I came across Laurie’s. This mornings installment really resonated with me and reminded me of a time when I didn’t recognize myself.

A few years back I had a series of not so nice boyfriends. And while they weren’t so nice, I blame myself completely. I handed myself over to them completely even though I know they didn’t deserve it. I allowed them to shake the very core of all my thoughts and beliefs. To the point that I had become unrecognizable, a shell that looked like a punching bag. .

I had always been a confident child, outgoing to fault. I was sure of myself and would prove that to anyone. But somewhere along the way as I go older I wasn’t so sure anymore. I started caring about what others thought of me. Giving them the power to control my self image and self esteem. As I started dating, it only got worse, more self doubt was created. And I managed to find those guys that can only build up their self esteem by destroying yours.

About 5 years ago I was in the height of the worst relationship I ever had. I might as well have had EverLast, tattooed on my forehead. My self image was shattered, self esteem was practically non-existent, I had lost my friends and closeted myself away from my family. I was so ashamed of what I had become, that I had cut everyone out. I would like to proclaim here that I had come to my senses and left him. But I can’t because it didn’t happen like that. Pathetically I waited around like a wounded puppy waiting for attention from him and when it stopped, I confronted him. Being the type of guy he is, it was all of a sudden my fault. He didn’t want a girlfriend, like I twisted his arm in to this. He had his fun and he was done, he had completed his job. I sobbed like my heart had been shattered in to a million pieces for like an hour. And like a sun beam thru the clouds, I could feel my old self return. The tears dried and with that the weight that had been piled on my shoulders slowly lifted. It wasn’t the tragedy that I had originally thought. It was the light at the end of the tunnel, a chance to build myself up again.

I haven’t had a serious relationship in 5 years. A large part due to the fear that I would lose myself again, become a shell of the strong person I know I am. But there is a light at the this tunnel as well.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

I Got Nothing

Extremely random weirdness unique questions by a new orleanian this is a very long survey be warned
Did/Have you ever....
Jump off of a moving vehicle?:Does accidentally count?
Climb to the top of a mountain?:umm, no
Get bitten by a wild animal?:My hamster bit me - not sure that qualifies as wild animal
Dye your hair dark red, black, or blue?:Red yes, dark red no
Chew a pill you were supposed to swallow?:Eww no
Lie to a substitute teacher about your name…lol:I don't think so
Spied on someone?:Nah, to much effort
Been spied on?:How do I know if they are spying
Kissed an insect? What kind(s)?:How about being bitten by a wasp on the tongue
Kissed an animal? What kind?(s):This feels like a trick question
Fed an animal directly from your hands? What kind(s)?:Yes, horses, dogs, cats
Cry at the end of a book/story…:Yes , shut up
Think you were about to get shot/murdered?:Never
Fall off of a tall building?:Nope, they make railings for that
Jump off a roof?:Do I look like Superwoman
Been chased by a dog?:Yes a small crazy little pug ( Hi Daisy)
Believed in the tooth fairy/Santa Claus?:When I was very young
Been on T.V.? How many times?:I have never been on TV, unless you count home videos and those are just plain embarrasing
Been in the newspaper? A magazine? Book? Movie?:No, No, No , and No
Changed your religion? From what to what?:From Catholic to cartoons
Thought you were an anime/cartoon character?:nope, pretty well set in the fact that I am human
Been in love with an anime/cartoon character LOL:Good lord, what kind of questions are these
What things have you choked on so far?:LOL, I gumball once
Have you ever purposely eaten a bug?:Not voluntarily
Had rocks thrown at your bedroom window?:Nope, my dad was a light sleeper and I wanted to see the age of 21
What is your average typing speed in words per minute(if you know)?:No clue
Do you believe Elizabeth Taylor really has violet eyes?:Well they make colored contacts, so yes
What color plate do you like eating off of best?:I don't think I care
How many “best” friends have you had through out your life?:3
What are your favorite hair/eye color combo’s on a girl? On a boy?:dark hair, light eyes
What are your favorite fruits and vegetables?:Strawberries, Mangoes, Artichokes, tomatoes
Did you ever try to fly?:Nope had no delusions there
How many languages do you know at least one word in?:4
Do you have any unhealthy addictions?:I don't think drinking is unhealthly, it does wonders for my mental state
Would you ever sing a solo in public?:Never ever ever ever ever ever ever, I don't think I made myself clear, NO
What are some things you take with you every time you step out of your hous:my purse
Moon or sun?:Moon
Rain or shine?:Rain
Snow or fog?:Fog
hazel eyes or blue eyes?:Hazel
Brown eyes or green eyes?:Green
Japan or China?:Japan
New York or California?:CA
Forest or Jungle?:Jungle
Mountains or Caves?:Mountains
Beach or pool?:Beach ( specifically Maui's beach)
Valley or Plains?:Valley
Pink or Purple?:Pink
Silver or Gold?:Gold
South or North?(of USA only):South
West or East?(of USA only):West
Pig or cow?:Cow
Sapphires or Rubies?:Rubies
Emeralds or Diamonds?:Emeralds
Pearls or Garnet?:Garnets
Bracelets or necklaces?:Bracelets
Rings or earrings?:Rings
Shoes or barefoot?:Shoes
Would you rather be one of the world’s greatest singers or dancers?:Singers
Normal or weird?:Weird
Nerd or prep?:Nerd
Goth or Ghetto?:No thank you
Pocahontas or Jasmine?:Pocahontas
Ariel or Belle?:Ariel
Mulan or Aurora?:Aurora
Cinderella or Snow-White?:Cinderella
Eye shadow or eye liner?:Eye Shadow
What color eyeliner/eye-shadow?:Brown
Lip stick or chap-stick?:Lip gloss
Coke or Sprite?:Sprite
Dr. Pepper or Root Beer?:Root Beer
Fire or Water?:Water
Wind or Earth?:Earth
Light or Darkness?:Light
Favorite dairy product?:Cheese- Brie
What are the coolest animals you have petted?:A hedgehog
How about the rarest you’ve found?:I live in a city the closest animals there are that are even remotely rare are at the zoo. And I really didn't "find" those
Do you like to burn things?:no
How many illegal things have you done in your life that you can think of?:2
Did you ever get caught?:yes by my mother
When you read books do you become one of the characters?: No
Do you have multiple personalities?:Hold on let me ask
Do you own holy books of a faith other your own?:Yes I have one
Do you do very stupid things for attention?:only after a hard night of drinking
Redhead or black hair?(everyones always like *blonde or brunette?!*):Redhead
How many US states have you been to?:11
Which states do you think are the most unpopular?(least well known):New Mexico
What are your favorite holidays?:A day that gets me a day off of work
Do you eat children’s Tylenol and cough drops for fun?:( shaking head )
Do you drink gravy out of a cup on Thanksgiving?:eew, no
Are you part Native American?:nope
Have you played an Indian in a school play?:not that I can remember, I was an Indian for Halloween once
Do(did) you like reading out loud in class?:No I do not
Have you ever attempted to steal a chicken from someone’s yard?:( Raising Eye Brow)
What’s the highest height you’ve jumped from?(appx. Just estimate):8 feet
Did you ever sing/dance in the rain with your friends?:Yes, mabe me the weird one in high school
How many states can you name with out looking?:alot
How many countries can you name with out looking?(educated guess)(there are:10
How many times have you passed out?:4 or 5
Are you double jointed?:yes, my thumb
How close can you get your tongue to your elbow?(in inches):I have never tried
Is there a sport almost no one can beat you at?:nope
What is the closest red thing to you right now?(can’t be anything you’re we:a red folder
How about blue thing?:blue border to computer screen
Green thing?:Jade Ring
yellow?:note pad
brown?:bird on calendar
grey?:again bird on Calendar
In your opinion is pink for girls?:yes
What colors do you hate the most?:Puce
Would you ever dye your hair an unnatural color?:nope
What are your favorite color shirts to wear?:Dont have a favorite
How about jeans?:the regular color
Underwear?:nope no favorite
What color underwear are you wearing?:stripey ones
what color are the clothes your wearing?:green top multi colored skirt
How many different colors of underwear do you own?:to many to count
Which color do you have most of?:Beige
Which colors are sad?:black
Which ones are happy?:yellow, orange
Lime green vs. hot pink?:hot pink
Hi-liter yellow or aqua?:aqua
Lavender or Scarlet?:Scarlet
Which colors have the deepest meaning?:I don't care as long as the match
Who are you on better terms with, Father Time or Mother Nature?:Mother Nature, Father time isn't playing fair
Are there any little kid shows you still like to watch?:X-men
What color are your bedroom walls? Did you choose the color?:Mocha
Are there any eye-color/hair-color combo’s that annoy you?:nope
What are your favorite flowers?:Gerbera Daisys
Have you ever mutilated dolls and created toy-story-like creatures out of t:I use to cut my barbies hair off
How many adults do you know that you can really talk to/feel comfortable wi:quite a few
Ever possessed illegal documents?:nope
How many physical fights have you been in with someone other than an immedi:none
What are your favorite letters of the alphabet to write?(in script and regu:w, e, i
Have you ever accidentally caused a rather large fire?:no that I am aware of
Have you spoken to police as a witness to a crime something like that?:nope
Have you eaten a whole box of cookies or bag of candy in one go?:nope weirdly enough
How about drank a whole 2-liter soft drink in one day?:yes
Did you ever invent things you thought might make a million dollars?:got to the thought but never followed thru
Do you wear silver chains?:are we talking dog chains
Do you ever punish yourself?:No - why is this starting to sound like a pysch evaluation
Did you ever paint freckles on your face because you wanted them?:lol no
If you were trapped in a sealed metal crate that was thrown to the bottom o:I can't answer if you don't finish the question
What are the worst ways to die other than torture?:when you are slowly deteriorated by disease
How often do you think of death?:no
Do you have any famous relatives that are related to you by blood?:yes
How about not by blood?:no
Ever won a contest? What for?:I won at bingo once
Which school year was the most fun? (which grade(s)?:College by far
Do you like spicy foods?:mmmm spicy
Sour candies?:yes
Have you ever been mistaken for the opposite gender? How old were you?:never
For girls> Are you girly or a tomboy or in between?:GIRLY!!!
Did you ever think you or a member of your family was going to die?:from other than old age, no
Which magic power(s) would you want most? Don’t say more than three, and do:stop time, be invisible
Can you run fast?:Sorry I can't stop laughing to answer this question
Have you seen people get discriminated against because of their skin color?:no
Do you purposely make stupid, random typos when you’re mad?:no
Ever had a party just because it was Friday?:Oh yeah baby
Do you have a strange obsession with Wal-mart?:No
Were you ever supposed to go to court? Did you go?:yes as a jury member, and no I didn't
What is your favorite bird?:Flamingo
Have you ever cheated on a test?:no
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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Celebrity Look-A-Likes

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One Day When I Grow Up......

Have you always known something at the back of your mind, but it remained there and never really made it to a completely conscious thought? Some part of me has always known that I would never make my current job, my life long career. Though when I interviewed for the position and the few years after a partnership was the plan, but plans evolve and people change their mind. A partnership is no longer possible and in the last few weeks my boss and I have acknowledged that this isn’t a life long path for me. I have already been with my boss for 8 years, we are family, her children are my nephews and she will always be in my life, this I know. But what I don’t know is what I truly want to do.

Other than this job and my friends, I have never kept anything around for long. I am easily excitable about a new hobby and throw myself in to it, only to lost interest after I have made the investment. Not one of my better qualities. I haven’t even been pursuing my newest hobby all that much, because I can’t get my ass in gear and market the product, out of sheer laziness. So with that background, I am concerned about trying to research and find a career I would like to do long term. That is a terrifying thought to me. Will I continue to do jobs that, while I am good at, aren’t right for me? Just for the sake of paying the bills. I worry that I will regret not taking chances and exploring and possibly finding something I might love.

Also in that pursuit of finding a career that is right for me, I still need to give my current job the attention and devotion it requires. It pays the mortgage and all other fun little bills that come with being an adult. It’s such a tug of war between wanderlust and responsibility. My first thought is to go back to school and take classes in a subject that interests me, testing the water. But I have to be realistic in that, will there be a market for me after I have spent the time, effort and money? Am I strong enough to go out on that limb? Flurries of doubts swirl around my head with the force of tornado winds. And of course, am I jumping the gun in the worry department. Should I put those initial feelers out in to what interests me and then after firmer footing, start dealing with the bigger issues? And I think a portion of what bothers me is that now my boss and I both acknowledge it. She even mentioned that “one day when you don’t work for me”, that was scary to hear. ARGGGHHHH! Round and around its goes…..

Labor Day Weekend

I hope everyone had a great three day weekend. I decided due to financial reasons to stay on the home front and it turned out to be an awesome weekend. Here is the recap:

On Friday night after a hellish week I decided to keep it low key and have dinner with Angie and Erik (the newlyweds). Angie made an awesome Mexican Lasagna. Erik and I ate until we couldn’t fit another bite in. I am such a sucker for good food.

Saturday morning I headed to the Cantor Museum at Stanford University with my mom. I don’t go to museums much and I don’t know why. I always really enjoy myself when I do. There was an exhibit of lithographs by Robert Raushenberg, I really appreciated his Bellini series of lithographs. The lithographs in this collection are vibrant in color and combine Italian and Roman works and figures. The colors pop while the images are romantic in nature. Another artist had done a very life like dummy of a cement pourer workman. I felt as if I was being followed around the room. It was driving me crazy because every turn I made I would catch him out of the corner of my eye.

In the evening I headed over to Christine’s for a BBQ. We laid around and watch TV and chatted, generally did nothing. And it was great. I didn’t feel restless like I was supposed to be doing something. It was much needed. I also got an education on the difference between Hair Bands and real heavy metal. I can’t help it I love the Power Ballads, I am such a geek.

On Sunday Angie, Erik and I headed to Pleasanton to the Scottish Highland Festival. WOOOHHOOO men in kilts. This was going to be very entertaining. Unfortunately we missed the shot put throwing contest and the contest where they throw the telephone poles. We did learn though that those telephone poles weight 120 lbs, yikes! Also that this festival was the 144th ( if I recall correctly) Scottish Highlands Games. Our first encounter in the games was a gentleman sitting in a camp chair with his legs open for the world to see what men really wear under kilts. Now the saying goes, its nothing at all. To my relief, this gentleman didn’t follow the rules and the only sight I saw was very hairy legs and a banana hammock. Thank You Erik for that quaint descriptive word to say bikini underwear for men. Now I wasn’t the only one privy to this sight, Angie and Erik saw the same thing. We all look in horror at each other and thanked the underwear gods for granting us this minor miracle.

The second notable encounter makes me think that the little pouch Scottish men wear in the front isn’t such a good idea. While continuing to wind through the booths of the different clans, Angie and I spotted a slighter gentleman vigorously rooting around in what I originally thought was the front of his kilt. God man, there are small children here. What are you thinking….. Oh wait that’s a pouch you have there. Well I guess its ok then, still maybe you want to tone down the vigor in which you are looking in your sporran.

The Highland games are actually kind of big. There was a Birds of Prey exhibit in which I saw the cutest owl ever, he was pocket size. So Cute!! We also saw two young guys in there early twenties decked out in kilts that matched suspiciously well with their shirts AND matching tattoos on their calves. Oh how cute, I wanted to get a picture to proved their matchingness, but I missed my opportunity. Seriously when did that sounds like a normal straight heterosexually good idea? I honestly did a double take, I didn’t think men got matching tattoos, really I didn’t.

Also I know this shouldn’t be a shock but there was haggis there, you know the Scottish dish. With sheep body parts and what was equally more shocking is that people were ordering it and EATING it!!! EWWWWW, no I haven’t tried haggis nor do I have any intention of ever eating it. Nope, no way no how.

After inadvertently being flashed and the other joys of the Highland Games, I headed over to my boss’ parents house for a BBQ with my darling, oh so cute, nephews. I know I brag about them constantly but seriously in case you didn’t get it the first nine million times, they are the cutest things EVER. I was greeted by William, him running at me with open arms and launched himself at me. This is the first time I had this greeting and it made me feel like a MILLION bucks. I made a pasta salad to contribute to the dinner which the boys loved. Good to know  We read books and rocked in rocking chairs. They are very verbal now that they have grasped words. Now that doesn’t mean I understand what they are saying but they do talk. It must drive them crazy that I look at them blankly trying to decipher what they are saying. Since I was the shiny new truck of the evening that meant they wanted to be with me all evening, even when I wanted to go the bathroom. Now I love my nephews but I am not ready for them to join me in the bathroom. They need to start doing that with their parents, not Auntie Liz. So I had to distract the boys and the run away to get to the bathroom. Well I am not as quick as I think I am. Jack was right on my heels and I slammed the door, celebrating sweet victory all the while his feelings got hurt that I had slammed the door. Talk about gut wrenching. I felt so bad that I hurt his feelings. There was hugging involved and all was righted in the world. I was exhausted by the end of the evening, I have no idea where they get their energy.

All in all it was a great weekend home, did way more than I thought I would. I was sure my friends were going to come home and find me completely STIR CRAZY. Down side, I didn’t get the list of chores I had, done. Oh well I am sure I will get bored in the winter months.

I will add pictures when I am at home. Sadly none of the matching tattoos.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Yesterday's Notable Mentions

Two yesterday I saw or happened that I thought are blog worthy (and I need more time to work on a larger weekend post).

First, on the way home from work yesterday I saw a woman walking down the road intently reading a flyer. She was reading it so intently that she walked in to the back of a minivan. And I don't mean clipped the corner with her shoulder, I mean walked square in to the back of a minivan. Lets add that to the list of things you shouldn't be doing while in motion. Along with chewing gum, gesturing wildly with your hands, and and my new favorite, reading.

Secondly, last night a few of us girls headed to Santana Row an ubdertrendy shopping community for Manicures and Martinis. Seriously what could be bad about this, booze and pampering, I am all over this. While patiently waiting (the martini helped with the patient part) for my turn to be pampered, I ran in to a old coworker who was there for his (yes, you read that right) mani and martini. We chatted idly catching up on a few bits of office gossip. When the conversation came to a close he exclaimed that I looked fabulous and that the hair was perfect. I smiled sweetly at him, all the while knowing that it isn't remotely even true but that it was nice to hear. Yesterday was a I look bad all around day. My skin hates me, if someone asked me if I was pregnant I would start to wonder if maybe I was due to my belly (oh but wait you need to be actually having sex for that to even happen, yes TMI I know)and then burst in to tears, my make fell very short from stellar. It was a paper bag day, when I wanted to put one over my head and count the minutes until I could try again tomorrow. Knowing that I looked Fab was a lie, it was still cute that he tried. :)

Oh and this day isn't starting so well either. I accidentally punched my rear view mirror causing it to leap off my windshield and because of that it made me aware that the glue holding the mirror was eating away at the glass windshield. We aren't talking a Muhammed Ali punch, we are more talking in the lines of an arm twitch. Oh and to top it all off ( men stop reading here) my period started. Thus the paper bag rant above.

Happy Hump Day!