Today is my parents 46 wedding anniversary. This picture would have been from their 10 year anniversary.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
In 1979 my grandparents rented a four-plex in Florida and the whole family all trekked there for Christmas. My grandmother cut the words to one of her favorite songs out of gold foil paper and taped them to the wall in the hall. These were also always over the fireplace when we had Christmas at her house. I bring this up because this year my sister (top right corner of the picture) has gone to Florida with her kids and husband's family to enjoy the sun and surf for the holidays. This was a great time and we had a lot of memories from this trip. I hope Marti and family create their own memories. (Also in picture, my cousin Danny, top left, cousin Debbie, bottom right, and me, bottom left.)
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Wouldn't you automatically assume that I was asking for the larger of the two sizes? Or am I just annoyed because I had to repeat everything in my order at least four times and it still was screwed up...how does one screw up a breakfast burrito from McDonald's, you ask? By forgetting the friggin' cheese!!!
My morning thus far isn't looking that great...
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Now on to the real story. I'm at te counter and order my meal and then sorta zone out while I wait for my food. In the meantime this guy comes up next to me and I guess he has been there more than once because the server dude turns around and pulls out a coffee cup to get him some coffee. Well, the guy next to yells a the kid to stop and go wash his hands before getting his coffe. He then turns to me and says "he just sneezed right into his hands". So server kid goes and washes his hands and I'm eyeing my soda wondering nasty germs are all over it, but also thinking 'eh, what doesn't kill me only makes me stronger'. Server kid then comes back from washing his hands and makes me a fresh soda, then reaches for the same coffee cup for the other guy...well that totally sets the guy off, which I sorta get... But I'm thinking, really? Are't you more concerned with the fact that he was handeling money right before making the drinks?
Ah well, if I come down with some horrid disease, have the CDC and the doctos from House check out the poor kid getting paid peanuts at the airport McDonalds....
Friday, December 11, 2009
This is me in 1972... I got a cowgirl ensemble that year for Christmas.... I guess I was always meant to be a cowgirl. I need to go back to January of last year when I went to the National Cowgirl Museum and revisit Cowgirl Smarts....
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Today I'm flying down to San Antonio to visit one of dearest friends. I arrived in plenty of time (too early it turns out). I did get a great parking spot in the garage, right next to the door on the level that goes to the concourse. Sadly, the airport is like a friggin' sauna and I just got notice that my flight is delayed.... Come on karma, don't let me down now...
Upside... I get lots and lots of people watching time.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
This is my very first Christmas, which puts me at about 8 months old (yeah, I'm the one in the highchair). This is with one of my Great Grandmothers. I've been lucky enough to have had all of my grandparents in my life for the better part of it and to have had at one point 3 of my Great Grandmothers alive during my lifetime. My sister is the one standing next to me and Grandma is holding my cousin Cathy and my second cousin Jo Janet.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
- Go to Blogger.com and start a blog on procrastination. (Oh wait, I've already done that!)
- Go to eHow.com and find out how to make a great margarita.
- Go to Download.com and get some fun, free software. (Even better to do this on your work computer and take down the whole company's network!)
- Go to Wikipedia.org and find out about your favorite artist's childhood.
- Go to FreeTranslation.com and learn how to say "procrastination" in seven different languages.
- Go to Maps.Google.com, put in your home address and see a satellite photo of where you live.
- Read your favorite magazine or newspaper online.
- Google your own name and an old classmate from high school.
- Go to Flickr.com and share your photographs.
- Go to SecondLife.com and enter a virtual world where you can procrastinate all day long.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
I know that this is a little late for Halloween, but I think it is a very cute picture. This is a shot of my older sister, Marti at 3 years and me at 6 months.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
- Potatoes, mashed, scalloped, soup
- Pudding (not necessarily made by The King, but still tasty and eaten often)
- Pork (as in bacon)
- Pasta (as in yummy spaghetti with turkey bolognaise sauce)
- Peanut-butter cookies
- Pad Thai (though this last batch was a little too spicy for me...and not cooked with love by the King)
- Pomegranate Martini
- Prosseco (and yeah, we're getting a little off mark)
- Chef Salad (made with love by The King along with homemade Parsley Ranch dressing)
- Taco Salad
- Brown rice with thyme
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Me in front of my old duplex
Thursday, November 12, 2009
This morning I donned a spiffy argyle sweater and black pants and headed into the office. I thought I removed all the tags until the end of the day and a co-worker asked if I realized the I had a big ol' XL stuck to lefty?
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
A Giant Sequoia
A view of the valley
The only flowing falls this time of year
Mountains reflected in a stream in Yosemite
Looking down into Lake Tenaya (yes the water really was that clear)
Extraterrestrial Highway - The Beginning
Extraterrestrial Highway - The Middle
Extraterrestrial Highway - The End
Hoover Dam - Notice how low the water is
The Hoover Dam Bridge - This will be interesting to drive across when it is finished.
These are only a very few of the hundreds that I took on this trip. I will definitely go back to Yosemite and spend more time just enjoying nature....maybe a winter trip, except there won't be access to Lake Tenaya....
Monday, November 9, 2009
Saturday I got up and around and went and visited my friend Angie and her family. She and I went to a "Craft Fair" at one of the local high schools and then wandered around Garden Ridge and DSW. I really, really wanted to buy a couple of different pairs of shoes that I tried on, but told myself that I had to wait until the right time (and shutting up the voice in my head that was screaming "WHEN ISN'T IT THE RIGHT TIME TO BUY SHOES!!!").
Saturday evening I went to Bass Performance Hall with my sister and saw the Von Trapp Children sing with the Fort Worth Symphony. It was really a great show, even though Marti and I started out in the wrong seats. One of the things that cracked me up was the audience...they were quite the geriatric set. A couple of times when the singers would announce what they were going to perform next, especially when it was one of the songs from the movie, the audience would make quiet exclamation sounds and murmur approval. I would look at Marti and we would giggle because we had the joint thought of "Hello, people, it is all written in the program that was handed out as you walked to your seat...." Ah, well... All in all, it was a beautiful program and the kids were great performers.
Sunday morning I woke up at my sisters and she made fresh cinnamon rolls (you know the kind from the can with the frosting...yum) and scrambled eggs and then I hit the road heading back to the palace. As I was settling in for a relaxing afternoon of reading, I get a BBM from The Queen stating that Tarzan and Jane are coming over for Sunday night football and dinner...yippee!! The Queen and I did some minor straightening, although I think she did more because she was getting distracted by cleaning out her closet, ran to the store for beer, and prepared the puppies for company. Unfortunately, I managed to drop a full jar of terryaki bar-b-que sauce on the kitchen floor, which shattered and splattered orangish-red goo all of The Queen's jeans and got glass all over the kitchen. Not a fun thing to clean up, but we got it done.
Tarzan and Jane showed up. Tarzan gravitated to the television for football, where The King joined him as soon as he got home, and the three HCBCs present popped the cork on a couple of bottles of wine and visited. Next thing you know, it is going on 11:00 and we all need to get to bed seeing as how it is a school night and we all have to work in the morning. Tarzan and Jane headed out and the castle settled into sleep mode.
All in all, it was a really great weekend....
Sunday, November 1, 2009
- Guess how many items are in your refrigerator, then count them.
- Count the hairs on your right eyebrow.
- Play a game of tic-tac-toe against yourself and see who wins.
- Turn your shirt inside out and see how long it takes for someone to notice.
- Write down the words to your two favorite Beatles songs.
- Recite the alphabet backwards.
- Spin a quarter on your desk ten times and guess which side it will land on more often.
- List your five favorite rock bands from high school. Then go to Amazon.com and see which has the best sales ranking.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Long beautiful hair
Streaming, flaxen, waxen
Give me down to there hair
Shoulder length or longer....
The above is lyrics from the musical "Hair".
I'm trying to grow my hair out. I've been doing this for awhile now. Initially it was growing out solely so that It would be less messy when I worked out and took a cap off. Now, however, I've decided to let it grow out and then donate it to "Locks of Love". The thing with donating my hair is that it has to be 10 inches from the point that it is cut off to the end....that will take a while.
Luckily, I have pretty decent hair. It has some curl to it for when I want to go curly. It styles nicely. My stylists have always told me that it is thick, or rather there is a lot of it. However, it is really fine, so it gets fly-a-way pretty easily.
Unluckily, I'm lazy when it comes to my hair. I've always told my stylists that I don't really care how they cut it as long as it is cute, in fashion, doesn't make me look too masculine (being a slightly bigger girl, this is something I think about), and is easy to care for. I'm a little ADD when it comes to styling my hair. I don't own a curling iron. I don't own a flat iron. I want to be able to dry and style my hair in the length of time for a song to play on the radio, which means less than 5 minutes from turning on the drier to putting the final spritz of hairspray. Longer hair takes slightly longer to style than short hair, and this is something I'm trying to deal with. This morning I realized that I was spending a lot of time round-brushing my hair every morning and then turning around and pulling it up into a pony-tail. Why do I do this? Going forward, there is going to be a lot less round-brushing going on.
I figure at the rate that my hair grows I'll be able to cut it all off this time next year, if not earlier.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
- I found myself the other morning face down on my bed with the top of my head slammed against the wall and my face pushed down in the mattress with my pillows on top of my head. Either there is a ghost in the house that is trying to kill me or I was having a very weird dream about needing to hide from something. No wonder I woke up with a headache.
- Mashed potatoes make me dance. Last night as The King was making them, he gave me a little taste and I started doing my happy dance right there on the spot. A few brief moments ago I caught myself (as did some stranger) dancing again in the kitchenette at the office as my leftovers were heating up in the microwave just thinking about mashed potatoes.
- I have relocated one of my favorite quilt shops here in Texas. I stopped there on Saturday after spending some quality time in my storage unit and ended up purchasing fabric for 2 new quilt tops. One of which I promptly went home and started working on with hopes that it should be completed by this coming weekend....maybe. I also found out that they have long-arm machines that I can rent time on!!
- Dreaming about exercising isn't nearly as hard as actually doing the exercising, although I still think it should count.
- I still really need to get my pictures from my drive up here (or at lease a select few) to share.
- AND, I really need to get my pictures that I took of my nephew's swim meet and niece's marching band performance off my camera and shared with the world. I'm SO proud of both of them.
- I'm very happy that I'm finally getting settled in to a home life...now if I could just get the job situation all sorted out....
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
A couple of weeks ago, after watching Desperate Housewives, the one where Susan got married... I ended up dreaming about getting married.
Then, again as part of Desperate Housewives, what's her name, was dealing with being pregnant again... I dreamt of being pregnant (of course this could also be because there are a couple of folks in my life who are preggers).
Last night after watching "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dancing with the Stars" I dreamt about dancing.... And I WAS GREAT!! Who knew I was such a great dancer!!
I wonder if I'm gonna dream about swimming and/or marching bands tonight...
Friday, October 16, 2009
Things are actually going fairly well. I'm waiting on some news so that I can officially announce some news and make a change that I feel will be both good and bad for me....Cryptic enough for you? I'm sure most of you can probably figure it out, but I don't want to jinx it yet, so....
The puppies at the Castle have accepted me as part of the pack. I think the fact that I've fed them a couple of times, given them water, released them from their cage, and accept lots and lots of cuddles and kisses from them has probably helped quite a bit in this acceptance.
My worldly belongings are supposed to be arriving on Sunday, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they will actually show up as planned. Saturday (tomorrow) I'm getting up early for a weekend and going to see my nephew in his swim meet then go with my sister to pick up my niece and take her to a band contest. I'm so happy to be back in Texas so I can participate in all of this stuff again.
My mom asked me last Sunday when I was chatting with her if I missed living in San Francisco and if I was sorry that I left and not within walking distance of restaurants and cultural activities. I told her "Mom, in all honesty, I'm doing the exact same thing that I'd be doing there...curled up in a chair reading....except here its quiet, no motorcycles roaring past, no ice cream carts being unloaded to bombard the neighborhood, no sirens from police or fire department...." I enjoyed my time in San Francisco and will be back there to visit, but I'm really, really happy to be back in Texas!!
This week I've started going out and walking around the neighborhood when I get home from work and before the King serves dinner. Wednesday evening I stopped in the park and "played" on the swings for a little while until a little girl showed up and I decided that I'd leave...not that the little kid scared me out of the park....
So, we are settling into a routine at the abode and at the office. I finally got my other computer on the network at home and will hopefully post some of my pictures from my Yosemite trip and drive down the Extraterrestrial Highway.
Friday, October 9, 2009
This morning I slowly get myself around and head off to the office. About halfway to the office, I start wondering if I closed the garage door. So, I decide, rather than call the King and disturb him that I would just drive back to the castle and check...fully prepared to see the garage wide open and God knows what sort of hoodlum inside the house wrecking havoc on the poor puppies, the King can pretty much fend for himself. Mind you the location of the Castle is nowhere near where hoodlums may be lurking around waiting to sneak into an open garage, but it was early and my mind was running wild. As I pull into the driveway, I see that the garage is shut tight as a drum and I really had nothing to worry about.
I finally make it to the office and get in the building and realize that I don't have my phone with me. It is still out in the car. I stop and turn around and consider going out to the car to get my phone, but since it is raining I decide against it....if it is that important then people can leave a message....maybe I'll go get my phone at lunch.
I get to my desk and get all of my stuff up and running and ready to go and have to call the Service Desk to get help setting up my computer to print....I won't even go into that conversation because that would lead me down the "I'm frustrated" path.... Needless to say, it really throws them for a loop when I try to explain that I'm on an account asset working on the company network trying to print to a company printer.....it makes my head hurt just thinking on it.
Now, I've vented and feel better. I had a pretty interesting horoscope this morning, so with any luck the day is really going to go better than the way my morning started....
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
My second big frustration is work. I've been talking to one person about a new position that is being created, but the company moves slowly to get anything approved and in the right direction. However, in the meantime, my current boss wants to meet with me to find out 'how the job search is going' and I learn in our team meeting that somebody else on the team has already been assigned my duties...nothing like finding I've pretty much been replaced in a public setting. I know that she has been given the directive to off shore two of her positions and that we had talked about the fact that mine be a likely candidate when/if I found another position...but I haven't found that yet.
Along those lines I'm frustrated that there just aren't a whole lot of jobs out there and those that are I'm completely unqualified for.
Sorry for the pity party, just needed to vent. Hopefully, I'll find sleep soon and the frustration will ease up.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Grilled Chicken with brown rice and grilled vegetables and a salad with Granny Smith apples, craisins, and a champagne vinaigrette dressing
Steak with potatoes and grilled vegetables and a salad (with more champagne vinaigrette dressing)
Roasted Chicken with rice and vegetables (lots of broccoli and asparagus)
Chicken stir-fry with all sorts of scrumptious veggies that I didn't think I would eat but because I didn't want to hurt the King's feelings I tried and turned out I actually like them.
Sauteed chicken and veggies in a wine reduction sauce with garlic and thyme in the rice
All the yummy foods are sorta running together as there is always enough for leftovers the next day. The times that the King hasn't cooked for me, the Queen has actually shown some talent in the kitchen and makes a really tasty Grilled Cheese Sandwich.
Every night as we wander off to bed the King sets out my cereal bowl and glass for the next morning, so I'm having breakfast each morning before I leave the house. I also take an apple with me for my mid afternoon snack.
On top of this, I started using the Castle's on site work out facilities and have to climb up stairs to get to my room. PLUS, I've been doing a lot of wandering around the campus for work.
We're keeping our fingers crossed that with the good food and the exercise that I'll be able to get my body on track towards a healthy second half.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
- Just don't do it!
- If I stop procrastinating, my dog won't like me.
- Someone's gotta do nothing.
- Playing 9 to 5.
- I'd rather be a day tripper than a day planner.
- My Mondays are Fun Days!
- God laughs at your best made plans. So don't make any!
- On my way to work and searching for detours.
- I'm not procrastinating... I'm pacing myself.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Second, I haven't this much healthy food on consecutive nights since I graduated from college and my Mom stopped cooking regularly for me. The King has cooked dinner ever night, minus one, and I've had the pleasure of taking the leftovers for lunch or the following night. I was even blessed to have the Queen make grilled cheese for lunch today!! My body doesn't know what to do with all the lean meat, brown rice, and veggies; except enjoy and crave more healthy!!
I really feel like I'm settling in nicely, here. AND the puppies are accepting me!!
Monday, September 28, 2009
When we last left, my Dad and I had arrived in Albuquerque and heading off on the last leg to home. We got up and around on Saturday and headed out. Dad started out driving and drove through to Abilene. I then took over the wheel through Mineral Wells then he took us on home. I was really happy that my Dad offered and I took him up on the offer to drive back with me. I considered it for about 24 hours...actually about 30 minutes....and then took him up and I was so glad to have him with me to share the burden of the drive.
Yesterday, my sister, BIL, niece and nephew came over t my folks place and we caught up, had lunch, and looked at probably a fourth of my folk's Alaska pictures. I'll have to look at them again, as I tended to doze during some of them. I then headed over to the Queen and King's house.
I arrived and we (mostly th King) unloaded my car, we relaxed, and I had my first of many, I'm sure, of yummy meals. We watched a little TV then headed off to bed.
This morning I got up, unpacked all my clothes, started some laundry, got a lesson on alarms and remotes and is now going to head off to my storage unit and to pick up my wine and visit with my Fairie Friend!!
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Okay on to the tour.... I got myself around decided to just grab some fruit and a muffin out of the snack shop and shovel those in while waiting for the bus to arrive. I somehow ended up being the last person to get on the bus (I decided to make a pit stop before leaving and didn't hear them calling "all aboard"). I got there and ended up having the front seat right behind the driver, which was perfectly fine for me. I was the only person traveling alone; everybody else were all coupled up which got me a little sad to start with because it was just one more thing that I was doing by myself without somebody there to share in the memories with....but I got over that as I was also able to do my own thing. In fact at one of the stops I was chatting with the tour guide and she asked if I was married and I said "no" and she said "I'm always impressed with women who have the courage and are brave enough to travel by themselves." I have to say to myself, "I'm pretty proud of me too."
Anyway, on to the tour. We saw lots and lots of trees and rocks and mountains. We went to the top of Glacier Point and had our lunches...the food was nothing more than a turkey sandwich and chips, but the view was SPECTACULAR!!! We went to the valley floor and visited The Ahwahnee, nice hotel but I was expecting something along the lines of the Overlook Hotel from The Shining...not so much. It was nice, though. The waterfalls, except for Bridalveil Fall, were all dried up due to the late season and global warming. We saw three different teams of climbers climbing the face of El Capitan (talk about crazy). I took probably 150 pictures, which someday I'll get some of them posted so y'all can see.
Oh, and I have determined that the toilets in our national parks leave a lot to be desired.
I wish that I had come to visit Yosemite earlier and been able to spend more time here, doing some hiking and exploring (well, except I'm not really a hiking kind of person), but this is just one more place that I'll have to come back to.
Tomorrow morning I'm getting up at the crack of dawn and heading back out through the park up and over Tioga Pass and into Nevada and along the Extraterrestrial Highway into Vegas to meet my Dad....
Hopefully, I won't get abducted....
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
After the movers finished with me, I headed back to the apartment and "cleaned" until I was just too worn out and decided to just throw everything that was left away and be done with it. I drove down to my boss's house, where I was spending the night, we had dinner and then headed off to bed.
This morning, I slept in, as much as I can. Once I got up and got around, I rearranged my car, then headed out. I love my Tom-Tom that I purchased solely for this trip as it is wonderful in directing me where I need to go and I don't have to drive off the road trying to read my Google Map directions.
I arrived at Tenaya Lodge and thus far am very happy with my stay. I would love to come back to this place in the winter and actually take part in some of the winter activities that they offer like ice skating and snow shoeing. The people here are very nice and helpful. When I first pulled up the bellhop was exceedingly helpful and friendly without, I think/hope, expecting anything from me. I got up to my room and had to take care of some work stuff, but then went for a walk around the hotel and sat outside reading... In fact, I finished my book, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies... Very cute book and since I've never read the original Pride and Prejudice I wasn't offended by having zombies and martial arts thrown into the story line.
5:30 came around and I headed off to one of the 3 restaurants that they have on site. I sat out on the patio and had a scrumptious grilled chicken picata with garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus, and squash. I topped the meal off with a Tiramisu.... yummy, yummy, yummy. I was joined at one point by a little bird that just sat on the table directly across from me and watched me eat... it was a little strange as I munched away on chicken....
Now, I am back up in my room reflecting on the past couple of days and watching Dancing with the Stars....
Monday, September 21, 2009
The movers showed up 30 minutes early and are almost finished going through and loading all my boxes...one thing to stop worrying about.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Today was pretty much like yesterday...breakfast, load up the boat, go to the cove, kill a couple bottles of bubbly (it is amazing how fast they go), go back quickly to camp, pick up more bubbly and some more passengers, go float/drink, etc.
Jill did get up on the wake skate a couple of times and did great. David, one of our crazy Irishmen, tried his hand at wake boarding and driving the boat. We then stopped for a late lunch and picked up, yep you guessed it...more bubbly. The inner tube came out and we did some dragging people on that...I've agreed to do the tube next year...baby steps for me.
Eventually we headed back to the cove. The exciting part of the afternoon was when Jill tried to push me off the side of the boat but instead I man-handled her over the bow and into the drink...I then jumped in right after, but of my own accord.
Dinner was again yummy and it is amazing how hungry and tired you can get after a full day on the water.
I will definitely be back. It is really great to have this sort of down time to just relax and enjoy being with friends...I'm gonna miss these guys when I move back to Texas...
Friday, September 11, 2009
We spent the better part of the day on the boat. I actually swam out to the boat and helped to unanchor it...okay, let me rephrase, I dog paddled out. We loaded up the boat and made a couple of laps around the lake and then anchored off in a cove and killed a couple of bottles champagne and floated and relaxed. I actually spent the better part of the time in a floaty out in the middle of the lake just tied to the boat... I am really becoming a water/boat person.
We eventually pulled up anchor and some folks tried their hand at water boarding...not me. We then headed to a restaurant on the water and had a bite to eat then returned to the cove for some relaxing (and more champagne).
Now we have finally gotten off the water, showered, and working our way up to cooking some skirt steak, corn, and salad for dinner...let me rephrase, they are prepping for cooking; I'm prepping for eating.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
After we moved everything, to the correct site, we went down to the lake and waded in. Very cool thing, there is fool's gold floating all through the lake so it was like swimming' in gold!!
Eventually 2 more of the party showed up and we launched the boat. First thing we did was go and try to register w/ the sheriff. As we pulled up to the dock, I grew wings and managed to jump from the boat to the dock and helped guide the boat in...quite the change from last year.
We then spent the next couple of hours on the lake stopping to relax and drink a little bubbly.
As the sun set we anchored the boat, went and took quick showers and now we are grilling up some tritip, corn, and salad and again listening to the crickets....
Aside from the dirt and the bugs, this is the life!!
In the evening we sat around the fire and watched the stars and listened to the crickets and I think bats. It got very cold, so we all headed off to our little beds and went to sleep.
Sometime in the wee hours of the morning, the raccoons invaded, although they couldn't get to much...they did try, though.
This morning, got up and started breakfast of fresh ground/brewed coffee, hash browns, eggs, and sausage.
The next adventure will be launching the boat.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
- Starbucks Frappucinos (nor really a requirement for camping, but while everybody else is having fresh brewed coffee Bailey's; I'll be drinking my Fraps)
- 2 Repel Citronella Candles (one of which I will carry around with me at all times)
- Repel Sun & Bug Insect Repellent with Sunscreen
- Twin pack of Coppertone Sport SPF 30 sunscreen (will be applied liberally in hopes of not getting any horrific burns this year)
- Aveeno SPF 30 Facial sunscreen (also to be slathered well on the ears and the hair part... learned lessons in the past)
- Energizer Weather Ready 3 in 1 flashlight
- Energizer LED Headlight
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
- Leonardo da Vinci, one of the Italian Renaissance's greatest geniuses, labored over the Mona Lisa for over a decade.
- J.R.R. Tolkien, the English writer, took 14 years to complete Lord of the Rings.
- Al Jarreau, the popular singer, didn't have a hit record until he was 41.
- Saint Augustine, one of the foremost philosopher-theologians of early Christianity, didn't pursue his faith seriously until he was almost 40.
- Rodney Dangerfield, the actor and comedian, didn't get rolling until he was 42 years old.
- Colonel Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), began his franchise in his sixties.
- Raymond Chandler, the author of crime stories, published his first short story at 45, and his first novel at 50.
Friday, August 7, 2009
The Theme Song to Fat Albert
Why? I feel my brain is all mushy today...I have mush-brain.... One of the characters on Fat Albert was named "Mush-Mouth".... Ergo, The Fat Albert Theme Song
Just one more glimpse into how this mad, mad, mad, mad world called ABBA's brain works....
Thursday, August 6, 2009
I Love My Job!
I love my job. I love the pay!
I love it more and more each day.
I love my boss, he is the best!
I love his boss and all the rest.
I love my office and its location, I hate to have to go on vacation.
I love my furniture, drab and grey, and piles of paper that grow each day!
I think my job is really swell, there's nothing else I love so well.
I love to work among my peers, I love their leers, and jeers, and sneers.
I love my computer and its software;
I hug it often though it won't care. I love each program and every file.
I'd love them more if they worked a while.
I'm happy to be here. I am. I am.
I'm the happiest slave of the Firm. I am.
I love this work, I love these chores.
I love the meetings with deadly bores.
I love my job - I'll say it again - I even love those friendly men.
Those friendly men who've come today,
In clean white coats to take me away!!
So, the song to add to the soundtrack today.... Dr. Demento's Delights They're Coming to Take Me Away.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I went to Pilates today and met with my trainer, and friend, Abby for the last time. As she pulls out the workout sheet that she created for me so that I could continue my Pilates work after I've returned to Texas. I immediately started crying... it started very suddenly and unexpectedly. I realized that this is really happening and I have SOOO much that I need to do and SOOO many people and things that I really am going to miss. Not only do I have all of the spots that I have yet to see, although I think it is going to have be moved to another list of things that I want to do when I come back and visit.
This week my list of things that I need to accomplish:
- Finish quilts and get them mailed off (not really part of Project A.C.E., but needs to get done)
- Pack up my sewing equipment (after I finish #1)
- Go to storage unit and get wine boxes and then get additional boxes from BevMo
- Sort through clothes and determine what is going to Goodwill
- Shred and pitch paperwork
- Have a nervous breakdown (one of many, I'm sure)
- Get a couple of good walks in
And as a side note... One of the lines in the song is "...September's coming soon...." Freaky, huh?
Monday, August 3, 2009
- Name the 1969 song by Edwin Starr, which is a blatant anti-Vietnam War protest....
- Name the band that sings Low Rider....
- What 3 letter word is akin to the Old High German word werran meaning to confuse...
Saturday, August 1, 2009
I woke up this morning to gray, gloomy skies and I didn't think I was going to go out. However, as the morning progressed the sun started to come out and I pinged Samantha to see if she was still interested in going across the bridge with me. She had never walked across the bridge, even though she is native San Franciscan. I picked her up and headed out to Crissy Field. Once we got there, the day turned out to be beautiful. It was windy but the fog moved out for just the time frame that we were there, so I really think the gods were on my side. We walked out along Crissy Field and stopped at the Warming Hut. We purchased some water and coffee and then headed out. Here are some pictures of our walk over:
One of the signs posted on the bridge.
- Plan your procrastination. If you let a task sneak up on you and then blow it off, you'll feel guilty.
- Indulge all of your guilty pleasures until all of your guilt is gone.
- Carry a list of your accomplishments dating back to childhood to ward off thoughts that you're lazy.
- Think of all the people who don't even have a task list or goals.
- Remember a great time you had while avoiding something you loathed.
- List all the nonprocrastinators you know who lead balanced lives. Short list, huh?
- Make a list of the productive plans you'll make in the near future.
- Procrastinate with a friend. That way you can always say, "Well, they did it too."
- Learn a neat skill like juggling that you'll have for the rest f your life.
- Master Task Value Assessment (TVA) - the art of evaluating the task versus the alternatives.
Monday, July 27, 2009
- The fog coming over the mountains
- Walking to the Farmer's Market at the Ferry Building
- Easy access to the wine country
- The weather since it is pretty consistent and runs on the cooler side
- The fog wrapping the city in a cool cotton blanket
- My friends and their families
- LaBelle's Spa for massages and their comfy, comfy robes
- Tahoe, Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay and the drives there
- KFog - radio station
- Friends and family coming to visit, but this way I'll have friends come East to visit me now
- My Primary Care Physician.... she is really great and I feel very comfortable with her
- My quilt store... I learned how to do long arm quilting there and they are really nice ladies
- Monterey Bay Aquarium, even though I only went there once
- All the great parks around and the great views
- Camping with friends
- Horseback riding in the Santa Cruz mountain area
- Taking the Ferry to Sausalito
- All the great restaurants
- Sitting in Sam's backyard by the fire drinking sparkling wine
- Medjool's, even though I haven't been there in quite some time
- Watching the fireworks and the Blue Angels from the roof of my apartment
- Calistoga and just resting there
Monday, July 20, 2009
So, we wander around and end up in the toy section. We ended up pushing every "Try Me" button and just cracking ourselves up. It was really a great way to get rid of some of my stress and tension.
Therefore, ABBA's way to relax is very cheap and easily obtained....play with toys and laugh like an 8 year old... I highly recommend it.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
My latest mind rumblings have been around my post-Texas move post-life with the Queen living situation. I started thinking about living in a loft because I want to think of myself as a cool artsy person and living in a loft would epitomize that. But then I have to say to myself, "Self, you are not an Urban person. You have realized this over the past year while living in your current digs. So stop trying to dream your way into a cool lofty atmosphere."
I was also giving thoughts to getting into a condo in a high-rise building. Kinda like the pad the Jeffersons lived in...."movin' on up....to the East side....to a deluxe apartment in the sky-hi-hi...". But again, "Self, that would be too urban, even in the Turtle Creek area with all the trees around."
So, where to do I see myself? I'm not a yard person, so if I get a house it'll have to be a zero lot-line place. I could stay living in apartments around the DFW area, but I'm tired of apartment living. It'd be nice to get an older place that has established trees around it and a small town feel. I could start trolling for a man who already has a place and just push my way into his life.
I guess I can't really make that decision just yet, but it is something that I have to think about....
In the meantime, it might be easier for me to figure out a way to have these blogs spring fully formed Athena-style from my head....
Monday, July 6, 2009
As I patiently sit and wait for my car, I came across some yummy, and easy, sounding recipes. I figure that I may be brought into the cooking rotation while living with the Queen and King and need to be ready to produce.
And yes, I am having to deal with tire issues, again. Admittedly, it has been awhile since I've had tire issues (you may recall a wonderful Queen Blog where she documented my changing said tire), but it is still annoying. Nothing like walking out to my car after a looong day at the office and having a flat.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I'm raffling off this quilt and for every $5 that you donate I'll put your name in the raffle.
The drawing will be November 14, 2009. The quilt is currently at the quilters and as soon as I get it back, I'll take a better picture and post it.
For those of you who have so kindly gone out and donated already, never fear as I am adding your names to the drawing as well!!
If you want to donate, you can click on the link on the left side of this page.
Thank you in advance for your support!!
- Guess where people are going, what they're thinking, and what they do for a living.
- Guess how many people you'll see with red hair.
- Guess how long a couple has been married, then strike up a conversation and find out.
- Guess if more people than not will be listening to iPods.
- Count how many people have more than one shopping bag.
- Count how many people try to inconspicuously pick their nose.
- Count how many out-of-state license plates you see.
- Count how many people look truly happy.
- Count how many women you see with small dogs in big purses.
- Count how many kids you see begging their parents for something.