I came home today. I decided to go ahead and get back to the apartment and not put it off. Last year I kept putting it off and spent several extra days at home because I was trying to avoid work. Not this year, I like my job more and life seems to be a little more enjoyable. It's late, but it is officially New Year's Eve and it makes me look back at 2008. Let's see...this is what happened over the course of the year...
I went through three coworkers and that was a bit challenging.
I also experienced a time when I thought I would leave my job and look for something else
I seriously thought about moving - particularly around the time I wanted to leave my job
I turned 30
I survived a family vacation
I got a new job
I made some positive changes in my personal life
I made some new friends
All in all, 2008 was good for me. I know it wasn't for everyone, but I am trying to be happy for myself. I wish everyone an awesome 2009!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I came home today. I decided to go ahead and get back to the apartment and not put it off. Last year I kept putting it off and spent several extra days at home because I was trying to avoid work. Not this year, I like my job more and life seems to be a little more enjoyable. It's late, but it is officially New Year's Eve and it makes me look back at 2008. Let's see...this is what happened over the course of the year...
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Thanks for the welcome back! Glad to see some people like to hear what's up with me. SGM - you are right, my enthusiasm was a little lacking. I think it is because I am still on vacay and thinking about being more motivated and focused isn't where I am right now. I do have to say that I have discovered a new addiction to add to my lack of motivation:
Wii. Seriously, I have played more Wii in the past three days than I have in total since they came out. I gave one to my brother and sister-in-law for Christmas and now I am totally envious. I was at Ashley's house earlier and we played a little guitar hero (Ashley, you just need to be more patient and not give up mid song!). I also did a little Wii bowling earlier this evening at my bro's house. The roommie has discussed getting one and I am all over that. So much fun!! I actually broke a sweat boxing the sister-in-law.
Thoughts on Wiis?
Friday, December 26, 2008
Hello all (I am, of course, referring to that one person who is actually reading this out there), as you may have noticed I haven't been very diligent about ye ole blog. I guess I've just been busy. I miss it, though. Life is pretty much the same. I have been adjusting to the new job and feeling a little more grown up. Now I need to get all my other ducks in a row. I am seriously thinking about looking for a more permanent residence (a little tired of apartment living - although I love the roommie). This will require more financial planning, which makes my financial planner a good investment. I also need to get a handle on the whole health thing and try to be more conscious of what goes in my body. Lastly, the same old same old - see what's going on in the relationship with a male department. I'll let you know if I make progress.
I hope everyone had a great Christmas!!
Saturday, November 08, 2008
I really am going to try and be better about blogging. I believe my computer may be healed soon.
I posted it on facebook as well, so if you watched it there it's the same thing...
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Alright, so I said that there were major changes in the works. Let me review:
In the past month or so, I have...
Been to Las Vegas, Boca Raton, Miami, and Nashville
Someone that I know who I am quite fond of has been diagnosed with cancer. He is currently receiving treatment and I hope that you pray for him
I am probably being promoted at my job. Perhaps temporarily or it could be permanent. There will definitely be a probationary period, but it would mean I would be the boss for at least 3 months. Like the boss boss.
Vegas was awesome. The Beatles show was great and if you ever have a chance you should go.
Florida with the family was challenging. Spending that much time with family is always challenging. I did come home with a killer tan.
I am currently in Nashville for a work conference.
Life is exciting. I will probably post more tomorrow. Thanks for sticking with me
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
So 30 is literally right around the corner. I will turn the big 3-0 in five days. It doesn't feel like I have been on this earth for 30 years. That is a really long time. I was born when the Bee-Gees were popular. I am old enough to remember the Challenger exlposion. People tight rolled their jeans when I was in grade school. Just writing this makes me feel quite ancient. Strangely, someone asked me if I was going to turn over a new leaf for my birthday. What? Why? New leaf? I guess. I'm not crazy about the current side of my leaf, but I am certainly not planning on turning a leaf while I'm in Vegas. I imagine that my leaf from Las Vegas is going to look a little worse for wear. It's not a great birthday until you shave off a few future birthdays.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Hey folks. I have an interesting query that I heard today from an aquaintence. So, this person recently had "relations" with a guy and it turns out he was packing...if you get what I mean. So she thinks that she may have bruised her lady parts during their act (specifically the cervix?). I think that's what she thinks it is. So here's the question (actually questions):
A. has this ever happened to you?
B. Will it build up some sort of callous?
C. Could this cause some sort of medical problem?
I will have you know that B. is something she really wanted to know. I have never really had this experience so I thought I would open it up to the world wide web.
Thoughts? Anyone? Anyone?
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Here's the thing. A dear friend was wrongfully fired...via voicemail from this establishment. I am not going to get into particulars, but the whole thing angers me to no end. Here's something you should know about me. I take it very personally when people mess with my friends. I love them and they deserve the best. With this in mind, I am cannot frequent a business that has so clearly lost it's path. Also, just in case you are of a skeptical nature, it truly was a firing that was not warranted. I was a witness to a lot of what led up to it. Some people choose to be cowards in their everyday life. This is one of those times. I do believe in karma and that's what comforts me about the situation. The friend will land on her feet. Oh, and I quit, too.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
It turns out that cats do NOT enjoy wearing a dog collar just below their front paws and put on a leash. Apparently, when you do this they will jump around like a show-monkey. It also turns out that you might laugh so hard you have an aneurysm.
I am leaving for Las Vegas on October 2nd. My companion for this trip is the roommie, Sara. For those of you who have provided me excuses for why you can't go to on the birthday extravaganza...then I provide Exibit A. I have lots of plans for my three nights and four days and I can't wait. I am definitely going to see The Thunder From Down Under and the restaurant Bouchon. Other than that, things are pretty much in the air!!
Thursday, September 04, 2008
That I had a much improved day. I would like to say that. Unfortunately, it turns out that today was not better. On my way to work, my car was making a strange noise but I ignored it and it went away. About ten minutes later, I much louder noise and the car started driving funny and I realized that I had a flat tire. Luckily, I wasn't very far from a large parking lot. I called AAA and they came out and had me back on the road in less than an hour. My day before was such crap, this whole thing didn't really phase me. Of course, my philosophical point of view changed once I realized that after buying two new tires (apparently, another one was pretty worn down) I was going to be out $353. I'll admit that I had a little pity party and cried for a couple of minutes in the car on the way back to work. After getting myself under control - after all - as a particularly compassionate person told me yesterday "crying doesn't fix anything."
Ironically enough, while I was driving to work, before the tire went, I was singing along to the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
the picture has nothing to do with this, but I looked up "angry muppets" and this is something I found and it made me laugh. I need a laugh
Although I consider myself fairly young...I am about to have one of "those kids today" rants.
Surprisingly this "story" could be about someone that is several years older than I am...but here it is...
(the following should be read with a sarcastic tone - just a suggestion)
Let's say (hypothetically) that someone you depend on at work or at home or childcare or something similar up an disappeared. Not the scary kind of disappear, but the "peace out, see ya!" kind of way. Let's say this person didn't give you any personal notice. Perhaps they informed you via a letter, or email, or text message. Definitely something that didn't require any kind of human interaction. Let's say that there was no notice. No two weeks, no day, no hour notice. Okay, keep up with me here...Let's say that said person left because she wanted to join up with a campaign of sorts. Maybe political. Maybe not. And that's it. No sorry, no I hate that this may inconvenience you in a major way. Just I'm leaving, I've decided to do this. I've already left.
I imagine that the person this happened to would be really irritated. Maybe even mad. I don't know. I would certainly hate to be that person.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
We are certainly watching the news about the hurricane down here. All my family, with the exception of my dad and brother, live in Louisiana. They rebuilt after Katrina, but they left before the storm. I just read this article on cnn.com and it frustrates me. First off, the title is inaccurate. They can leave, they just choose not to. There are plenty of free ways to get out of the city. The guy who is a busboy? Um, I might be naive, but this is not exactly a New Orleans only job. The woman who doesn't want to sit in her car with her dogs is just ridiculous. How is she going to feel if her home is flooded and she can't keep them safe? My family is out and north and I hope these people make the wise decision to get out as well.
I bought tomatoes this morning from the farmer's market and they are the most beautiful, delicious, economical tomatoes that I have ever had. To accompany the fresh produce, I baked some bacon. Yes, baked. If you haven't done this then I suggest you do so. You lay it out on a cookie sheet and bake it for 15-20 min. at 400 degrees. It is just as crispy as traditionally cooked bacon without all the mess and risk of injury (from burning yourself from splatters). A little Dukes mayo, tomatoes and bacon and you have yourself THE perfect sandwich. Oh, and add a little salt and pepper. MMMMMMMMMMMMMM-mmmmmmmmm.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
How Depressing. It seems like the more I make the more I spend. Actually, it doesn't "seem" that way, it is that way. I just need to take my head out of the sand and do the things I need to do to make sure that I'm not living in a Kenmore box when I retire.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Today, I was watching Sunset Tan - a craptacular "reality" show - and made several observations. Let me set the scene for you: Apparently the Tan Convention '08 was held in Nashville and the gang from Sunset Tan took off in their private plane from L.A. to the boondocks of Nashville. I describe it as the boondocks because of all the bitching and moaning people were doing. They partied at one of the nicest hotels in Nashville and then headed to a ranch (we actually call them farms out this way, but whatever) outside of town. One girl hated it so much because of the bugs and woods and I guess lack of tanning equipment that she had to leave. Based on their assessment I have decided to include details about several things I must have done while I was in Nashville last week (based on the country living that is to be had there).
Once arriving at the homestead I greeted Ma and Pa with a hearty hug and a dinner of collards and homemade biscuits. After settin' a spell, I got to a'workin' on my chores and then got straight to bed at 5:30. I got myself out of bed at 4:30 and ....ok. Enough.
The more I listened to these spoiled people bitching and the banjo music playing in the background, the more irritated I got. I have to admit that I don't spend my time just a pickin and a grinnin at home. The funny thing is that I have always considered myself a city girl. I guess I was just raised in the country and didn't know it.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I was pretty tired when I got back from Nashville so it has taken me a couple of days to recover.
Let's see, what did I do over the five days?
Well, I got to see Sarah M. who I mentioned in the earlier post about Nashville. It had been about 5 or 6 years since I saw Sarah and it was great to hang out! The thing about Sarah and about several of my friends is that they are REALLY different from me. Sarah is quieter than me and nicer and more talented (she quilts, people!) and she's good at grammar. I like to think I bring a little humor to the relationship, but overall it is nice to be around people who think about things differently than you do. I think that is what makes us well-rounded people. All right, enough about Sarah :)
I went to a used book store with my friend Ashley's husband. I've known Daniel for about ten years, but this was the first time we have hung out by ourselves. It was different. He can be pretty funny, actually.
I had dinner with Sarah M. and another friend from college Sarah L. (I know many Sarahs) It was fun seeing people you haven't been around in years. It brings up old memories and you get to find out about how other people are doing.
Hmmm, I had lunch with Ashley and her two kids, Colin and Isabella (it is Colin and not Collin, right?). Isabella has me pegged and she is one of the cutest kids I know. She thinks I'm awesome and that means I will buy her stuff just because of this :)
I got my hair chopped off and I am quite pleased with the result.
Several friends and I went to a couple of bars Saturday night and it was fun because it was a group of ladies that I don't get a chance to party with very often. Erin (she is a close family friend who I consider like a sister), Sarah M., and Ashley all got to come out and let loose - well, a little loose. That is where the mechanical bull riding took place. Erin and I were the only ones that literally seized the bull and it was something I would do again. I think I got more loose than the others, but that's not really a surprise to anyone, is it?
Sunday I had dinner at a fantastic new place in Nashville called Miro District with my friend Jenny R. She and her husband used to live in Bham and moved about 6 months ago.
Later, I went to Ashley's and played with Colin and Isabella again. I love it when Isabella shows me her room and all her new toys. She is just too fun. It almost makes me want to have a kid, but then I would have to give it to Ashley to raise.
Got home and watched a little Olympics with Dad and went to bed.
Whoo. I'm tired just typing it!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Fabby, the kitty, will sometimes come into my room and try to hide from Teddy so she can pounce on him. Do you know what she uses to hide behind? My bra. It is an undergarment that has some shaping to it so the cups stand up - if tossed on the floor in the right way. The sad part is that it does a pretty good job of hiding her. I guess I should look and see if they have camo versions available in some sort of grey color.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I'm on a mini vacation for the next few days. I haven't been "home" since February so I am getting a lot of visiting in. I am going to be visiting Sarah M. formerly of Belle of Madison and now of The Nashville Diaries. I want to show her around some of my old stomping grounds and just to hang out. I am also going to try and hang out with a friend from Birmingham who moved up here named Jenny. I'm also going to see Ashley and her babies (one of which is not a baby anymore, but I don't care - she will always be a baby to me). I think we are all going out Saturday night which should be fun since I haven't been out in Nashville in quite a while.
Oooh, and I am also getting my hair cut. I think I might get Sarah to take a before picture because I am so bad at pictures and then I can get an after and show you the (hopefully) awesome and dramatic change!!!!!!!!! BTW, I think I will be donating my hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths because I heard some not so positive things about other options from my friend Susie.
Can you tell I got a little link happy??? I just want to give credit where credit is due!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
If one more person sends me emails containing false information about Barack Obama I am going to block each and every sender. Do I look like an idiot? Why would people blindly believe this propaganda any more than they believe that Bill Gates is going to give them 1000s of dollars? If you want to learn more about a candidate then try doing a little research on your own and quit relying on emails that have orginated from NO ONE YOU KNOW. And if you are one of the people that is spreading this information...then shame on you.
Saturday, August 09, 2008
I'm having a quiet evening at home. I'm baking cupcakes...which I never do and I am watching my tivo'd Olympics! I love it! I can watch all the fun stuff and fast forward through the commercials. I am such a fan of the Olympics. Everytime the national anthem plays I get chill bumps and, dare I say, I'm proud to be an American! I also like the hotties that compete in the games. Hot bodies and national pride, it just doesn't get better than that! I will stop use exclamation marks now!
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Here is a picture of me with the new glasses. All I need is the bun and I will complete the library look...check out the long hair. One more week and it will be gone!!
Oh, and this picture is just funny. It's from Jenny's engagement party. That's the roommie on the left...you're welcome Sara....
The more you make the more you spend. I shelled out $350 for stuff I needed, but really can't afford. New contacts, glasses and windshield wipers (the wipers cost $63 b/c of a mistake on my part...). The contacts and glasses were needed because I needed to update my prescription and looking at everything in a fuzzy glow isn't a good idea. Blah. I'm not going to discuss money anymore, though.
Speaking of fuzzy
I was watching a tivo'd episode of 20/20 and noticed something quite amusing. When Elizabeth Vargas (anchor of the show) introduced a piece by Barbara Walters the picture on the t.v. was crystal clear. When they panned to Barbara there was a fuzzy glow all around her. I know that it is probably part of her contract that she is seen in the fuzzy glow, but it was a little ridiculous. Everyone knows that Barbara is 113 years old and no amount of fuzzy glow is going to hide that.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
As any regular reader knows, I have trouble sleeping. Sometimes it is just a problem getting to sleep, sometimes staying asleep, or just being disturbed by things while trying to sleep. Teddy and Fabby do their part in keeping me up, but Fabby has a particular ability to annoy the sh*t out of me in the wee hours of the morn.
Usually it is around 6:30 or 7:30 am and I am sleeping and I become aware of a crinkling noise. It usually takes me a minute or two to figure out that it is Fabby sitting on top of or batting about a piece of plastic. Maybe it is the wrapper off of my water bottle or a bag from Books-A-Million. Regardless of its origin, Fabby thinks it's fabulous. My reaction is varied. Sometimes I just say "quit, Fabby!" which if you have a cat you know has absolutely no effect. If she is within sight, I throw something near her. She usually runs off and returns within moments. Other times I shoo her out of the room and close the door. This does not make her happy and she usually yowls at the door - I am thinking "yowl" is the best word for what sounds come from her mouth. Either way, my sleep is disturbed and I probably lose a good 30 minutes to an hour to this spectacle each time.
My question is where is the plastic comeing from? Sometimes I think she has a stash of plastic hidden and just pulls it out piece by piece just to f*ck with me. You know what the ironic thing is? It's working. She is playing me like a fiddle. I am just a puppet in her plastic filled world.
Sunday, August 03, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
That after seeing this clip, that it would be on YouTube so that I could share it with other people. Please watch before you read the commentary. I really think it adds to the clip, but only after you've seen it.
So at the part when she slowly walks in the house, I believe that she is thinking something along the lines of "what the hell has he done now? I will never win the Valentine's Day competition at the Feldman house."
Next, I think when you see her staring up at him while he sings his AWESOME song, she has to be thinking "of all the 80s stars I could have married, I had to pick the one that thinks he can sing."
Lastly, when she starts crying, I know that she is thinking "this is what I have to listen to for the rest of my life? Sweet Jesus, make it stop."
Monday, July 28, 2008
I was up pretty late last night because I didn't have to work today. I was flipping through the channels and came up this fine show "Manswers" on Spike Tv. First, I realize that Spike is not catering to women and that their shows are definitely geared toward men, but this show is quite special. I happened to catch the episode of how to tell if a girl is a hooker or a cop. Some of the awesome suggestions were asking the potential hooker/cop if she is interested in nude modeling. This was based on the theory that the hooker would be interested and the cop would not because nude modeling is not a crime. Also, avoid showing the hooker/cop money as this is something you can get arrested for. Of course, I had to consult the website to find out what other manly topics this show is covering. The site states that the premise of the show is to "...answer all of the burning questions men have been dying to ask, but never found socially acceptable." Other awesome Manswers?
1. Best Human Organ to Eat
2. How to Break out of Handcuffs
3. How Tough are Boob implants (seriously, it said "boob")
4. Can You Beat a Breathalyzer (nice.)
5. Make a Stripper Your Lady (personal fave)
Saturday, July 26, 2008
So, Summer Reading ended tonight. It has been about two months of hell. I've been planning since before the new year and now it has come to an end. I feel like it was a success, regardless of the few complaints I got - which isn't bad considering we had over 1000 participants. I have the next two days off and I plan on doing nothing. I am going to lay around and be lazy. I think I might see a movie. Beer is definitely on the menu (actually it is on the menu right now as I write this). Oh, I've also got a cold, but I told someone tonight I'd rather have a cold than have any more Summer Reading.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
This month has been very long. Work has been extremely trying and I've been working like a dog. Summer Reading just takes it out of me. I think it is the unrelenting nature of the days. There is just something going on all the time and it seems endless. It is certainly something that can make you burn out.
Today I was struck by two conflicting opinions about my Summer Reading program (and it was mine - I planned EVERY activity -all 52 separate events). I had people thank me for everything my staff and I had done over the past couple of months and then I had someone who was quite displeased with my policies. I held firm, and backed up one of the people in my department, but it was still irritating. Here's the thing - we offer everything free of charge and we basically work our asses off to reward children for reading. Don't get me wrong. I want to instill a love of reading in kids. I want them to love it like I do. But I also want parents to take responsibility for their own actions and if they don't pay attention to deadlines, then it's their problem not mine.
Ahh. Now I feel better. Just needed to get it off my chest.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
A coalescence of factors kept me from blogging...namely my computer had no internet and I've been insanely busy at work. I will be blogging with regularity again. I don't really have a topic in mind, but I shall prep you for the next post...
Here's a little homework: click here to find out about a phenomenon sweeping the country
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
My dear friend Roach has started an internet project. It is entitled "List 5." The byline is: "A daily subject for you to List 5 of. Add a comment and you could be in the book."
In the about section it states: "List 5 is where I will list a new topic every day for one full year, and compile the answers into a book. It’s an open project so anyone who wants to comment can. The key to is to list just 5 things and only the best ones will make it into the book. Don’t be fooled, coming up with five answers for some questions is harder than it seems.
This is a totally interactive site so you are allowed to answer however you want, including simply listing 5 items; however, what will truly differentiate your answer from others is the personal stories behind them. Why do you feel that way? What made you choose that certain thing? Obviously, my entries will be a little longer than most, and not everyone will feel the need to open up quite as much. It doesn’t matter. Make your list however you are compelled to, since it is yours not mine."
I think it's a pretty awesome idea, so you should check it out and contribute. I have.
It occurs to me that I haven't really posted in over a week and it was not the most positive message, so I wanted to let everyone know that I am doing fine. Things are smoothing out. Work is still stressful, but that isn't going to change. The things with the boy are confusing, but I don't really care anymore so it doesn't matter. I'm sure I will post something interesting soon.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
That when a child of approximately four years old hops up and down around her mom saying "I gotta pee," "I gotta pee," "I gotta pee" that it is probably a smart idea to listen to the child and rush them to the bathroom. Or, if you want to you can ignore the child and go on doing something else and then you can turn around to see that child peeing on the floor. Have no worries, though. You're friendly children's librarian will clean up the mess while you take care of your child that is now repeating over and over "I'm just so sorry."
It took all I had in me not to tell that mom just what I thought about her. I felt so bad for the little girl. She tried to tell her, but her mom was just so involved in something else she ignored her. How embarrassing for the little girl.
I am shocked and amazed everyday by the lack of consideration by some parents out there. It makes liking my job very difficult at times.
Thursday, June 05, 2008
I ran around all day today and was quite busy at work. All this running around made me a bit sweaty and I was looking forward to coming home and enjoying some quality couch time in my comfortable apartment.
Cruel, cruel fate.
I walk in the apartment and it is hot. I get that sinking feeling you get when it dawns on you that your day just got more complicated. The air is out. It is hot. So, so hot. Poor Teddy is wondering around the apartment panting and looking miserable. Basically, he is a dog version of me. Hopefully this will be fixed tomorrow. If not, I will not be spending another night at the un-air conditioned G-Unit Mansion.
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
My new goal for the next few months is to see as many summer blockbusters as possible (at least the ones that interest me). So I've decided to share my opinions, but no spoilers, with you.
In order of viewing:
Iron Man - *****
I really liked this movie. It had a perfect mix of humor, action, and awesome special effects. Robert Downey, Jr. was really good and kinda hot. I think this is the type of movie that appeals to all people. Very recommended.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - **3/4
Hmmm. Well, this one was a bit of a disappointment. I think the storyline was good to a point and then they lost me. I'm sure most of you have heard what the movie is about, but out of respect for those who aren't in the know, I will just say that I thought they could have done something better. Plus, there was a fight scene in the jungle that was a tad bit ridiculous. I think most people will see it to appease their curiosity and if you've already seen the first three you might as well see the last one.
Sex and the City - ****1/2
Yes!! I loved it! I've heard mixed reviews, but I thought it was well done. It was a lot like the t.v. show and I thought that was a positive thing. The story was good and it was great to see the girls again. It made me a little nostalgic for some girl time...and some man time. I recommend to all the ladies out there.
Saturday, May 31, 2008
I know that I post stuff from YouTube periodically, but I actually saw this orginally on Larry King and was quite happy to see that someone else must have found it as funny as I did. To catch you up, this is video taken from Larry King Live last night about aliens. I have watched it several times (I tivo'd it) and I laugh and laugh. The roommie is also a fan. The good stuff starts around the 53rd second. I hope you think it is as hilarious as I did...
Monday, May 26, 2008
I decided that since I got tagged twice - once Lydia and once by Angela, I would go ahead and list 12 sorta short quirks/little know facts. I hope they're not too boring...
1. To make a sandwich the bread must match up. I want all sides to match and the mayo needs to be spread evenly all over the bread. Think of it like wall-to-wall carpeting, it must go up to all edges.
2. I'm scared of pool drains. I don't even like to swim over them. They literally give me the willies.
3. Although most people who know me casually would not believe it, I can cry all the time. I think the ASPCA commercials for homeless dogs is just about the most heart wrenching out there.
4. I can tell you how old most celebrities are. I'm not sure why, but is just an odd talent.
5. I can wiggle my ears
6. I read an average of 4 books a week. I would say I easily read 200 books a year.
7. I love true crime shows. I am fascinated, yet repelled by evil in the world.
8. If you have spent the night at my house, I have probably checked to see if you are breathing.
9. I get my feelings hurt a lot. I rarely say anything and just try to get over it.
10. I am more nostalgic, hopeful, loving, and traditional than even my closest friends probably realize - I just don't show it because I am afraid of being rejected or laughed at.
11. I was very unpopular until the age of 13. Up to that point I only had two friends. To this day I am grateful for all of the friendships I have.
12. I love biographies. I love reading about people's lives and the times they lived in. (I am currently watching a PBS bio on Harry and Bess Truman)
Peyton (you should post a blog, it's been a while)
Roach (I guess you could list them in the comments...)
List 6 quirks about yourself
Tag some people to do it too
There are some other rules, but I forgot what they were...
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Although the people who read this blog (all three of you) most likely don't do this, I feel it is my duty to society to advise against this...
When one is thinking one should keep one's mouth shut. When it is hanging wide open it just doesn't make one look that smart. It makes ya look like a dumbass.
I hope someone has stumbled upon this blog today and will keep their mouth shut in the future.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Several friends and I headed down to Gulf Shores this weekend. We left around midnight Friday night and got back Monday night. It was a quick trip, but a little something to calm me before the craziness of Summer Reading. I called work today to check in and see how things were going and I just shouldn't have done it. Seriously, why did I call in? It's not going to make me feel any better. I'm not going to be able to fix anything and all it does is make me feel guilty about not being at work. Literally, I took 2 vacation days and I feel guilty. It's ridiculous. I hate the summer. That is one thing about being a children's librarian in a public library - you lose your summer. You learn to dread it and I all think about is summers of days gone by. Why didn't I appreciate summers off? I'm going to have to wait until I'm 65 to have another summer off.
If you can't tell, I seem to be suffering from vacation blues.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I was asked to make out a list of the 10 books that I would want to have with me if I was stranded on a desert island. I decided to share them with you. You're welcome...haha
A little note about my picks: if you are looking for a list of books that expand the mind and make you think, then this isn’t the list for you. If I’m stuck on a desert island, then I want to have some great books to take my mind off of my plight.
Sarah’s Child by Linda Howard (she is from Gadsden, AL)
Not exactly upping the ante intellectually, but it is a great story packed with a little bit of tragedy, alpha masculinity and just a great romantic story. I have probably re-read this book at least 100 times.
Beach Music by Pat Conroy
Pat Conroy is a great southern author who is capable of highlighting the beauty and flaws of the region.
Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward
The love story is hot and the plot is quick - great book to read when whiling away your time on an island.
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
His brother, Rooster, is an outrageous riot and whose outlook on life is nothing if not unique. Don’t miss “Rooster at the Hitchin’ Post.”
Dairy Queen by Catherine Murdock
This is a Young Adult novel, but it is one of the most heartwarming books you will read.
Shades of Twilight by Linda Howard
I read this book about 12 years ago and it was my first Howard novel and I continue to re-read it periodically.
Harry Potter and the…(fill in the blank here); books 1-7
Considering you must read all the books to find out what happens, I have decided to only count it as one.
Corbin’s Fancy by Linda Lael Miller
This is a light-hearted book that features the classic clash of a hard-headed woman and hard-headed man.
Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
This Young Adult apocalyptic thriller will surely take your mind off of your desolate desert island.
Once in Paris by Diana Palmer
I own all of her books (well over 100 and counting) and this is probably favorite. It’s on my re-reading shelf.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
The roommie won another prize!! This time it is something way cooler than a gift card. She won an Amp/Mountain Dew mini-fridge! That's not all...Amp is a primary sponsor of Dale Jr's car and the fridge is decorated with all Dale Jr. and #88 stuff (that's his number). We are going to put it in the living room. No need to get up for a beer anymore. Tears are literally in my eyes as I type this. I love sweepstakes!!
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Friday, May 09, 2008
I would say the first, but let's face it when you reach this level, it's clearly the bottom of the barrel.
It's Friday night/Saturday morning and I am enjoying a Tivo marathon. That's not bad enough, people...do you wonder what has brought on this tivo watching? Well, I've upgraded from the old tivo and I need to clear it out before I hook up the new one.
I'm going from a regular tivo that records only one program at once to a dual tuner. I can now record two programs at once! I am amazed by technology. I have no idea how it works, but I love it! This really fits into my First Waver Theory. No Cable, No air conditioning, no beer = Katie a shell of her former self.
Thursday, May 08, 2008
I just watched the Oprah show with Tina Turner and Cher. Whether or not you are a fan of either of these ladies, they sure have turned the notion of getting older on its head. Tina Turner is 68 years old and still has a killer pair of legs. I swear that woman has sold her soul to the devil and it was worth it. Cher ain't half bad herself and she looked quite good in her red mini-dress (although the red boots she was weraring weren't my favorites...) So, as I was saying they are a testament to how good women can look as they age. It is so unfair how men seem to get better looking and women start looking like dried up prunes. I've decided to include a YouTube video of a classic Tina performance...
Sunday, May 04, 2008
The draught is over!! The roommie won something! Her boyfriend called while she was at work today and said that several people he knows (his mom for one) had gotten gift cards in the mail from a phone in contest and he wanted me to check the mailbox. I checked and there was an envelope and I could feel a gift card inside (I didn't open it). Yay! This is just the beginning. Trips, cash, cars!!
Thursday, May 01, 2008
So, there's been a bit of a trend happening at the G-Unit Mansion. The roommie has become a "sweeper." Do you know what this is? It is someone that enters sweepstakes and other contests for fabulous trips and other prizes. Part of this was inspired by her bf's mom. So, I guess you want to know what she's won, right?
When this first started she was entering some big ticket contests, but after the draught I believe she is down to t-shirts, cups, and butter. Seriously, it was just a mail in rebate for Land O' Lakes finest, but I think she'll take anything at this point. I am quite supportive of the new hobby 'cause I hope that if she wins some awesome trip for a group of her friends I will be included. How messed up would that be if she won an awesome trip (not for two - obviously, she would take the bf...) and then had me stay behind to take care of Bad Kitty? So wrong.
Fingers crossed, people. There are some sweet NASCAR prize packages...
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
There seems to be some sort of Oprah backlash these days. I guess it is just one more thing for conservatives (sorry to generalize) to pick on and use as an example of how the evil liberals are taking over the world. What.Ever. I really don't have too much beef with someone who donates millions to charity every year, gets people to read books, and general attempts to put a positive message out there. I guess some people think she has too much influence. Well, I consider myself a person that thinks for myself and I am not going to do something just because Oprah told me to. Anyhoo, this post has diverted from my original intent...
I was watching the show today and she followed up about a show she did about puppy mills. I swear nothing is more sad than poor little dogs who have been mistreated. It makes me so mad when people abuse animals. They are so trusting and have no idea what is going on and I can only imagine the confusion and betrayal (even if people don't think they can feel betrayal). I guess the point of this post is just that half the time I watch the show I end up crying. I'm such a sap.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Ah, Talladega weekend in Alabama. Love it, love it, love it. For all you skeptics out there...you just don't get it and, perhaps, never will. That's okay because it is something that provides me with true pleasure. I love sitting on my couch being able to watch the race, read the Sunday paper, clip coupons, talk on the phone, and blog. That's how I watch a race. It's a long haul to the end so you gotta be prepared with food and alternative entertainment (i.e. beer and a nap) for the inevitable caution flags.
P.S. I know it's sad, but if you remember this post then you can appreciate how this made me feel. I got hit on last night. Twice. It was just a nice affirmation that I am not the lease appealing person in the world, there might actually be two or three less appealing people...I kid, I kid. No really, it was just nice.
Friday, April 25, 2008
As I am a superstitious person (when it comes to acknowledging good things) I am a bit hesitant to admit that I had a great week. As you know, I had my "snow day" on Monday, went to work on Tuesday, went to a conference on Wednesday and Thursday and then went to work Friday. All in all, it was an easy week and I know that next week will be harder, but it was nice to just a have a week to coast.
Currently, I am reading The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs for my book club. I'm a little over halfway through the book and I think it's my favorite so far. I would recommend it to the ladies out there.
I've been giving more thought to the writing idea and I think I might pursue the idea of writing about working in a library. I think I will use some of my own experiences and expand on it from there. No worries, I don't plan on "dooce-ing" myself.
So that's it in a nutshell.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I have been feeling the urge to write. I haven't really said anything about it on here because I'm not sure what I want to write. Perhaps short stories, ala David Sedaris? Something scholarly to get published in a journal (in this case it would be something I wrote when I was finishing up my Masters in History and get it polished for formal pub)? I don't even know where to start. I write periodically on here, but nothing very disciplined. I've thought about setting up a work area in my apartment, but I'm not sure I would want to stay secluded somewhere away from a t.v., which is what I would have to do. I went to an author's luncheon for work today and was really inspired by a couple of the speakers. I feel like I am being sent a message from my environment. I know that sounds a little "Oprah-y" but it's really how it seems.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Not really, but there was a water main break so my boss closed the library. Yay!!
It was shaping up to be quite the productive day as I went to the gym this morning and did a good 45 min on the arc trainer and precor and then I took a shower and had a salad. Now with the work news I am thinking about seeing a movie. Hmmm what to see? I just saw Forgetting Sarah Marshall last night (run don't walk, btw) so I'm not sure what I would go see. I'm kind of feeling the idea of a nap though. Hmmmm, must think, think, think.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist...
Here's a link to the www.amazon.com page.
Next up on my teen reading extravaganza...Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
P.S. Nick and Norah is being released as a movie on Oct. 3rd (my bday - a coincidence? I think not)
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Today's question is once again inspired by my boring endless workday...
"When I am bored at work and want to goof off, I..."
It pretty much starts when I get to work and I check www.cnn.com before I check my email. I review the stories that seem interesting. I return to good ole' CNN at least 3 or 4 times a day and work my way through the stories that go from very interesting to just something to read. I am also constantly on www.amazon.com - my favorite thing to do is read the reviews that people have written about books I have already read. I like to see what other people think, particularly the 5 star and 1 star reviews. I'm weird, so what?
Thanks for participating in theme week. I believe I'll try it again in the somewhat near future.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
"The last book (or magazine in certain people's cases) I read was___________ by _____________. I thought the book was __________. It was about _____________"
So, the last book I read was one that I finished last night. It was Now You See Her by Jacquelyn Mitchard. It was annoying, but okay. It was about a teenage girl who fakes her own disappearance. The book seems to try and explain why she would do something so extreme and then you find out that things are not what they seem. Ooooh, a twist!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
This is something I thought about today as I gazed longingly out the window of a back office at work. Not that college was great all the time, but there were definitely some awesome perks...
"what is something that you took for granted while you were in college?"
I took for granted the ability to have maybe two classes a day and spending the rest of my time doing what I wanted. Being able to hang out on the quad during the middle of the day and enjoying a beautiful day outside. Oh the life!
P.S. if you didn't go to college then you could just answer it from the point of view of something you took for granted when you were younger.
Monday, April 14, 2008
If you've read ye ole' blog since or around its inception, I used to be much more interprising and creative. I used to have theme weeks. So I've decided for sh*ts and giggles to try it out again. Usually, I give a little notice, but oh well here goes...if you have anything to contribute feel free...
"Today at work I did something you didn't do"
I cleaned out a hamster cage while listening to my ipod which is loaded with 80s, hardcore rap, and electronica.
what about you...?
Friday, April 11, 2008
I am currently watching Georgia Rule (starring Lindsay Lohan, Felicity Huffman, and Jane Fonda). Although Lindsay's career has been in the crapper for quite some time, this movie is not exactly what I was expecting. There's quite a bit more of sex and innuendo than I expected. So my basic assessment is that it might just be worth watching...
Posted by - who else? katie g. at 9:58 PM
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Why are they always on the radio? Why are their songs always someone's ringtone? WHY?? Why, sweet Jesus, Why?
Okay, for those of you who don't already know...they suck hardcore. Seriously, almost all of their songs sound the same and it just drives me crazy. I want you to let them go. If you are an "out and proud" or "closeted" Nickelback fan - relinquish them. Find a real band. Please.
And for all that is holy, make it stop playing on the radio all the f*cking time.
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Tonight I watched August Rush and Waitress. Both of these movies star Keri Russell. Both of these movies involve Keri Russell's character getting pregnant unexpectedly. In terms of movie reviews, I would give August Rush 3.5 stars. Waitress gets 4 stars. There are several caveats:
August Rush is a strange movie. There's a lot of "feeling the music" and "hoping they will come." In the Field of Dreams kind of way. The ending alone bumps the movie up at least a star.
Waitress should not be judged by the terrible Southern accents. If you try to ignore them then you will be able to enjoy the story.
Thursday, April 03, 2008
I haven't sung the praises of my current favorite programs...here's a rundown of what we be watchin' at the G-Unit Mansion:
Rock of Love II
Big Bang Theory
How I Met Your Mother
Life of Ryan
Rob & Big
The Real Housewives of New York City
Various Mtv Programming
Top Chef Chicago
I watch Eli Stone
and that new Vh1 show with Danny Bonaduce with potential child stars
I love me some 20/20
48 Hours Mystery
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
A little something to brighten your weekend. I was just watching the tail end of Just Friends. If you haven't seen this movie then you should. It is one of those movies that was probably in the theaters for five minutes, but it's really funny. It stars Ryan Reynolds (part of the reason for the picture above - right), Amy Smart, and Chris Klein. I would give it a 4 out of 5 stars.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Although I am not a parent, I am able to spot the behavior that parents display that will get their children's asses kicked at school. (I truly saw this earlier this week - the child was 7)
-cutting up said child's chicken NUGGETS into the tiniest pieces possible and unpacking his lunch for him and placing everything just so and explaining what everything is even though it is only chicken and doritos.
-holding a cup to the child's mouth so that he can drink despite the fact that there were no discernible reasons why the child's own arms would not support the slight weight of a paper cup. You might as well regress back to a sippy cup and a bib.
-cutting HIS hair in a pageboy style home haircut (like the picture above, but with shorter bangs - I sh*t you not)
This child is in for a lifetime of wedgies and swirlies and any other torture that kids can come up with these days. It won't be pretty.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Why should I delete it? Partly because some of what I am going to allude to involves people who read this blog periodically. Oh well. I have felt this one brewing for a while, but I didn't really know how to express it or even if I wanted to.
I'm lonely. I am lacking in human contact. I have friends and I see them pretty frequently, but I don't have a person to share things with. This has come more to a head because it seems like Noah's Ark around here (two by two if you get the analogy) and I'm left out. Sometimes I withdraw myself from these friends because I don't want to be the third wheel. I don't want them to think that I am so sad and pathetic that I will have nothing else to do. I think I might be overly sensitive and they probably don't feel that way, but I would hate for them to ever feel this way. It was just be unbearable humiliating. I guess it just makes me sad that I am missing out on an important part of life. Unfortunately, I really don't know how to remedy this. There is a part of me (a pretty big part) that figures that there is just something inherently wrong with me and that is the reason I am destined to be alone. I know this sounds melodramatic, but it really is how I feel.
Sad, but true: someone told me I was gorgeous this weekend and I had to ask who he was talking to even though the only other person around was Roach. Boy, if that doesn't put my state of mind in perspective nothing will.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Everyday is the same. I go to work, figure up what I will do, finish my project and wait for an acceptable time to go home. Blah, Blah, Blah.
As I type this, there is a contact lens commercial on. Let me set the scene: Guys playing football. Guy with glasses fumbles. Hot guy friend asks him to ditch the contact lenses. Next scene...former guy with glasses sitting quite cozily on couch with his glasses hating friend. All is right with the world. No more glasses. Awesome football player.
What if life was like that commercial? There I am having a bad day and one of my friends comes up and tells me that I need to wear different sunglasses and life will be alright. Pan to me looking gloriously happy with new shades.
I guess I want to live in a commercial.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Mine was spent alternating between my bedroom and bathroom. Starting at 9 am Saturday morning, I had a ferocious stomach bug and felt AWFUL. I'm feeling better now, just sore and tired. So, this weekend was a bust. I didn't do anything fun. I'm really hungry right now and I can't decide what to eat. I'm past the nausea and I want meat. Weird, huh? I guess my body is demanding protein.
Friday, March 14, 2008
With gas being so expensive and under the theory that extra money is always good, I have started hostessing at the restaraunt that the roommie works at. Now don't worry, we really won't work together once - maybe once a week. Basically, it will fill my tank and I get a discount on food. Not bad, eh?
So after my post yesterday, I had a little drama. Apparently, I left my lights on when I parked my car at work. We all know what that means...dead battery. A car was parked next to me and I had to ask everyone at the library if they were driving a certain car so that I could either have them move it or get them to give me a jump. The very person that owned the car initially shook his head "no" when I came around to him. Some people drive me insane. Anyway, he did come out to his car (once I made a terse announcement over the P.A. system) and jumped the car. Why did he deny he was the owner in the first place? I have no idea. Oh well, another mystery of life.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
...produces a lack of blogs. I'm not complaining. I haven't had much to say. I've got my nose to the grindstone and I am working on Summer Reading.
I'm so boring. I promise to put something interesting up. soon. Usually after I post something like this then something crazy happens.
I just thought of something to add...I have a confession: I like Miley Cyrus. I like her song "See You Again." You know what's even more bizarre? Several of my friends like the song, too. I'm not ashamed. I like Miley/Hannah and I'm proud.
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
I had a first today...
I was shelving books and I was about to put away a book about Michelangelo for children. I noticed the book didn't seem to be lying flat, which sometimes indicates water damage, so I opened it up and noticed that there were numerous paper clips all over the book. Ugh. I hate when I find paper clips in books because they rip the pages and if left in long enough can discolor or eat through the pages (so...note to readers - don't put them in any books you have!). I digress. The paper clips were at the top, side and bottom of groups of pages and then there were a couple of sheets of copy paper paper clipped inside the book. Well, after removing the paper clips and paper I realized that the person who had had the book was trying to cover up the nudity in the paintings and sculptures. Of Michelangelo. The Sistine Chapel Michelangelo, people, not Hustler. I rolled my eyes and just couldn't help but laugh. If that is what you are going to do to a book about art, then don't check it out. Their kid will probably end up being a porn star.
Monday, March 03, 2008
Sunday, March 02, 2008
Let me begin by saying that last month's book club pick, the very trendy Atonement, was not to my taste. I need to say just one thing: there is no atonement in Atonement. Blah. I donated my book immediately after the book club meeting because I knew I would never crack that book open again.
This month we read The Tenth Circle (as mentioned below) and it was pretty good. It was sad and there were no easy answers, but all in all it was a good read. It was also a fast read and that's nice because I like to read a lot of books and I like to move through them pretty quickly. I would say out of 5 stars it would be a 3.5.
On another related note, I have to say that I am really enjoying the club. It's nice to meet with a group of women and just have a good time and discuss books. If you have a chance to join or form such a group then do so :)
Friday, February 29, 2008
Not much to really update, but I felt like writing. I took my car to get the emissions checked (required in the great state of Tennessee) and while waiting in the long line - it was two days before the end of the month so I should have expected it - I cleaned my sh*t hole of a vehicle. I haven't cleaned it in months...perhaps a year and it needed it. Dropped the car off at the Honda place and got a tune up and had them fix a few things on it. It rained all day today so I didn't do much, although dad and I went to this diner located inside of a Harley-Davidson store and it was awesome. Strange, but awesome. We had shrimp etoufee tonight and it was also delicious. My brother, sister-in-law, and I played Life (I guess it's a new trend?) and I lost. Coni won, but I have my suspicions that she was cheating. I have no proof, but I lost so it seems probable in my mind. Tomorrow I plan on hanging out with an old friend and her kids - my godchildren :)
BTW, The Tenth Circle was great. I started it late Wednesday night/Thursday morning and finished the last of it today. I would recommend it. Now, I have to find something else to read because I didn't bring anything else so that I would be forced to read my book. Hmmmm. I'll probably just read something I have stashed away in the house.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
I'm leaving tomorrow to chill at home for a few days. I am trying to use up my vacation time that I have accrued. I plan on laying in bed and reading Jodi Pioult's The Tenth Circle - the next book club pick. I hear it's a hard book to read (emotionally), but worth it. I'll let you know.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Fabbi is fascinated with Teddy's food, which is not a very popular development with The Prince. She doesn't want to eat it, just lick it and bat it around a little. I tried to get them closer, but this might give you a better perspective of Fabbi's size.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Presenting Fabbi (sounds like shabby) Louise G. (roommies kitten). I have decided to call her Bad Kitty or BK for short. She is a handful to say the least. I included the picture of Teddy because he's cute and I don't want him to feel left out. I would say he is tolerating her presence for the most part. Sometimes he even plays with her, but when she tries to eat his food he becomes a little less congenial. We have had her for about a week and a half and she has just settled right in. The roommie and I both have scratches from her very sharp nails and we have to close our doors at night so that the "cat that never sleeps" can roam and leave us in peace. Oh, and in case you are wondering, we have cleaned most of the house of Christmas stuff, aside from a few trees :). Fabbi will fit right in because she loves the holiday season like we do. Right now she is batting around several of the ornaments. Well, enjoy the pics, I am going to go apply some neosporin to my wounds.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
As with most people, I am a study in contradictions. Although it is an unattractive quality, I rarely like someone on the first meeting. I guess first impressions are important for most people, but I tend to need a couple of meetings to figure out if I like someone or not. I have recently come across someone that I am going to be spending a fair amount of time with and I don't like them. I just don't. I really wish I did, but I just don't. This is really hard for me because I wanted us to be friends. It is disappointing and irritating. This person and I just don't "gel." We think differently about most everything, I guess. I say this because trying to find out any personal information or anything below the surface has been more than difficult. Maybe I feel a little rejected, but I also feel a little superior (that is not a very nice thing to say, but I'm trying be real here). I guess I think they're boring and I'm not...so there!
As you might have picked up, I am being vague on purpose. Several of you know who this is referring to.
Friday, February 15, 2008
I started getting sick on Monday, very sore throat on Tuesday, doctor and shots on Wednesday, laying around the house on Thursday, back to work on Friday. You know what? I felt worse today than I did any of the other days. I'm stopped up, my chest is congested, my throat still hurts (and I've got a great porn star voice to go with it), I've got a headache. Can I complain more? sorry.
I am going to be well by Sunday. I need to be in peak physical condition for the running of the 50th Daytona 500. I have bar food and beer to eat and drink.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
No bitter post here, folks. Just a note that that single people (myself included) must feel like a Jewish person at Christmas. The holiday just doesn't apply to everyone. Trust me, it doesn't count when your dad wishes you a "happy" Valentine's day. eh.
I'm thinking of converting for next year. I've decided that I am just going to have to buckle down in the relationship department. Maybe I should treat it like an assignment for school. I was always good at finishing things on time. So I guess that's it. I will check this post next year and update. Hmmm? Maybe there should be bets :)
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
It started with a tickle in my throat on Monday. Yesterday my voice was really hoarse and I thought I might end up taking a sick day today. I didn't really feel that bad, but I knew no one wanted to work around a Typhoid Mary. I decided to go to the doctor today because my throat really hurt and I figured I had a bad cold. It turns out that the little rug monkeys from work gave me Strep. What? I don't get illnesses like this. I get colds. I am known for them. It's kind of my thing. Oh well, I am going to stay home tomorrow so that the anti-biotics can kick in. I don't really feel that bad, so it's kind of like a day off. I am a little troubled by the large itchy patch of skin I have from where they gave me a couple of shots in the backside. I told her that I was allergic to penicillin and she said that most people think they are, but really aren't. I'm hoping she didn't try to experiment on me...
Sunday, February 10, 2008
So...I try not to talk about NASCAR too often on the blog because I know most of you aren't fans...but I can't let last night's events go without recognition...
It was the Budweiser Shoot Out (a precursor race to Daytona next Sunday) and Dale Jr. won the race!! This bodes very well for the 500. So excited!
My future hubby's makin' us some money :)
P.S. the image above is Dale's new look. I'll admit having a win makes Hendrick Motorsports easier to accept
Saturday, February 09, 2008
That's what I have identified as a problem in my life. As a dear (and smart-ass) friend of mine told me today: "You're a 45 year old woman stuck in a 37 year old's body." Nice.
I'm not sure how to remedy this problem. I like being lazy so I don't want to over schedule myself and never get couch time. I joined a book club...isn't that enough? Although on the excitement factor it's close to a negative 8. I usually go out once during the weekend. Several of my friends meet a local bar on Wednesdays (we call it church) and that's fun...but what else am I searching for. I have an idea, but I'm not going to express it. I've talked about it before and I don't feel like rehashing anything.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
For Lent, that is. I have decided on two things this year. Two, I tell you!!
First, I am going to cease adding salt to my food. For those of you that know me (even in passing) must realize that this is a big deal! I love salt. To me, it is a a food group. It makes good better and okay food passable. So, the basic guidelines are that I can add salt when cooking (or it will be completely bland), but nothing afterwards. And no adding salt to any food that I get at a restaurant. I guess I am going to have to become friends with that b*tch Mrs. Dash.
Second, I am giving up carbonated beverages - basically, sodas. Since giving up caffeine, I have been drinking a lot of Fanta (and it has been orangy-delicious!). Unfortunately, that has probably equaled close to - or more - 300 calories everyday. Empty calories everyday. I figure both of these things won't be easy, but they will be good for me.
So, what are you giving up?
Saturday, February 02, 2008
I've heard reviews from both sides of the aisle (so to speak), but this movie really didn't do much for me. Jenny and her BF fell asleep (I did wake her when she began to snore) and I was just mildy entertained. I realized about half way through that I don't really like romantic comedies. The endings just aren't that compelling and the premises are mostly ridiculous. I should have seen The Bucket List. I guess that's more my speed.
Posted by - who else? katie g. at 10:43 PM
Friday, February 01, 2008
I like fondue, do you? Jenny, the bf, and I are (three cheers for the third wheel!) going to the Melting Pot for dinner and I'm a bit excited. I like cheese. I like meat. I like chocolate. I like cooking. It's all that I love in one place. Are you a fan?
Thursday, January 31, 2008
There's not much I have in mind tonight, but I thought I should post a little something. I can't believe I didn't mention that it snowed down here a few weeks ago. That is only the SECOND time that it has snowed since I have lived in Birmingham - in ten years! It was pretty exciting. Yes, it melted really quickly, but we just don't get any sort of wintery precipitation. I know you Wisconsinites are rolling your eyes, but you know how it is. Someone new is starting at work tomorrow so it should keep the day pretty busy. I have a new neighbor upstairs and he seems fine. We'll see. The jury remains out until he lives here a little longer. I have a notoriously bad time with loud neighbors ~ apartment living is truly for the birds. Boring, boring, boring. That's all, folks.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Tonight, I had the privilege of meeting a childhood friend of my mom. She called about a week and a half ago and mentioned that she and a couple of friends were going to be in town and she would like to meet me (surprisingly, we had never met before tonight). It was SO much fun to be able to listen to her stories about my mom. I think it is rare to hear about your parents as "real" people. Do you know what I mean? She knew my mom as a friend and someone that she got into some mild to moderate (I hope not crazy) shenanigans with. It may sound corny, but it really warmed my heart because this is someone who really knew her. She was really funny and even had stories about my grandfather, grandmother, and aunt. How neat is that? Plus, she knew how to knock back a scotch on the rocks. I want to be her when I'm 65!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
I've been watching the news about his death and it's really just so sad. I keep thinking about his daughter and family and think how sad it is for them. It just seems so sad that he was alive at least an hour and a half before he was found dead. I know I always wonder about my mom and when it happened and if there was anything I could have done...(for those of you not in the know...I was the one that found her and it was probably the most terrifying experiences of my life). I do have to admit I am surprised by how much press this has generated. I guess it is a combination of his age, how it happened, and the fact that he is going to be in one of the biggest movies of the year. Oh well, it's just sad.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
As I sit here, the roommie and her bf are playing Guitar Hero. I played earlier and at first I did not like the game much at all. It has since grown on me. I believe I am going to have Guitar Hero arm tomorrow because I am already a little sore. The roommie is currently alternating between "oooh Lord," "F*ckers," and "oh my hands." Too funny. I have to admit it probably isn't a good sign that I broke a sweat sitting down playing a video game.
My father and some family friends (Lee's parents) came down to visit me this weekend and they brought me a new mattress for my bed. Dear Lord. My previous mattress was terrible. I have told people it was like sleeping on a bed of sticks and crickets...because it sounded like crickets and felt like sticks. Very uncomfortable and terribly loud. I tried out the new bed for a nap today and I think it is going to be AWESOME. As you know, I have trouble sleeping and this is sure to help. It really brings home how bad the last mattress was.
On a side note, the roommie's bf came to visit and he is a chef and he made the most delicious brunch this morning...vegetable frittata; grits made with chicken stock, milk and cheese; homemade biscuits and sausage gravy. mmmm-mmmmm. He is also about to make an apple pie. He should just move here. He doesn't even have to pay rent. Thanks, Matt!
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Thursday, January 17, 2008
Someone told me that I'm not even trying. To date, that is. It's true. I'm not. It's much easier to pretend that guys don't exist than to be rejected. I don't write this post to elicit sympathy or online denials...because the plain truth is that I am not fit to date. Seriously, I am just too...I'm going to say it...right now...okay, in a minute...fat. Why would anyone want to date me? You know what happens when you're overweight (but not grossly so)? You become invisible. People just don't see you. Of course my friends see me, but other people don't. It's amazing to be so easily dismissed. I'm pretty used to it. If you haven't ever experienced this, then it is hard to explain. It's like people look right through you because they are trying to find something else to see. Wow. No more of this kind of posting. I want to delete this, but I am just going to stick with being honest.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Okay, so I mentioned that I went roller skating over the weekend. Let me be very clear. I'm not good at roller skating. We paid $8 to get in and doing the math, I skated a dollar a lap. I remember skating as a child and either my memory is faulty or I'm old. I have a feeling it's because I'm old. Really old. There was this one guy (perhaps mid-40s?)gliding around the rink...backwards. Show-off. I really didn't want to suffer a traumatic injury or pull a muscle, so I sat on the sidelines and stayed safe. I do have a few observations from this experience though:
It is amazing what people will let their children do...or what they will do themselves. Over the course of two hours I saw...
- people whipping around the rink pushing strollers. Strollers - with actual babies in them. Does this seem safe to you?
- little children (2+) wandering onto the rink being narrowly avoided by unsteady older children wobbling on four little wheels.
- a basic failure in listening by parents and children. Example? They conducted the ever so charming skate and foot races and the children couldn't seem to follow any directions and it took forever to complete these competitions...although I must point out that a competition seems to imply that a person may be recognized as a winner and receive a prize. Nothing like this happened. As far as I am concerned if there is no prize then there is no contest.
All in all, I had a good time and encourage you to visit your local roller skating establishment and witness the demise of America and generally embarrass yourself.
Posted by - who else? katie g. at 6:44 PM
Sunday, January 13, 2008
So, from my last post you may have put your thinking caps on and realized that I was slightly down. I didn't have the best week. Things at work are kind of in flux and I am dealing with a lot of extra responsibility. I was in such a bad mood that this bled into my personal life and I was feeling quite cranky and I let everyone know it. Ha. Lucky them. So, I had a bit of a breakdown on Friday and Jenny listened to me boo-hoo and crying made me feel better, but I was still down. I had said I was going to go out dancing that night, but I bailed and proceeded to spend my evening on my couch wallowing. Roach showed up and he wallowed with me. Then it happened. 20/20 came on and the topic of the show was...wait for it...Happiness. No sh*t. I watched about half of it and I started to feel a little perkier. And then I was off. I got off the couch, took a shower, put on some clothes and makeup, prodded Roach into going out and we ended up at a local club dancing until 3am. Surprisingly, I felt pretty good yesterday and several of my friends ended up roller skating (I know!). Had dinner last night with some people that I haven't formally met, but I knew of them. On our way home, got a call from Jenny and ended up playing pool with her and her new BF and Roach. Today we went to the Birmingham Museum of Art and had lunch and saw the Pompeii exhibit. Wow! Big weekend, but I feel good! I guess I just needed to get out and stop thinking about work. I going to try and keep this feeling going into next weekend.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
I have been blessed (or cursed depending on how you look at it) with scanning technology at the last two jobs I have had spanning 2000-present. You know, a laser scanner that you might see someone using in the grocery store or Wal-mart. Why is it that people of all walks of life just can't master this apparently baffling piece of technology? I have spent the past seven years observing people not using the common sense that I hope God gave them. Both jobs allowed members/patrons to scan their own card (you know - the old key chain cards) and either check-in (at the gym) or check out books. Here are the ways people fail to use this easy device:
1. the laser line is horizontal and they hold their card vertically - imagine a + sign. It's just not going to work, people.
2. in their panic to get the scanner to beep they furiously wave the card back in forth at warp speed and usually throw their card down and proclaim the "damn thing" "broken"
3. a surprising number of people fail to even attempt to match the laser line to the barcode at all. It takes all the restraint I have in me not to wack them up side the head and say "seriously? You have NEVER seen how this works? On which planet do you reside?"
4. Or my personal favorite: the person who looks at the self check or the scanner and they throw their hands up and proclaim that it looks too hard and couldn't you just do it for them? That I believe is more telling of the state of our country than anything else.
Sunday, January 06, 2008
I joined a book club! I'm such a nerd! I work in a library, yet I can't get enough of books. Most of the people in the group are fellow librarians ~ does that make this a professional book club? Anyhoo, our first selection is Atonement by Ian McEwan (you know the movie just came out...and it was 40% off at Barnes & Noble). After that we will be reading The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult and Capote in Kansas by Kim Powers. They all sound like good choices so you should read along if you get a chance.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
So I have seen several people recap 2007, so I have decided to do this...except when I tried to do this, there really wasn't that much to recap. I spent a large portion of early 2007 (January-May) freaking out about Summer Reading and whether or not I would have a job after it was all over. I spent June and July working Summer Reading and praying for it to end and for it to be successful. August was a recharging month and the beginning of some very stressful events. September continued the trend and what could go wrong with my friends' lives did. October and November were more of the same, but I went to the doctor and laid off the caffeine (almost 3 months and counting without the stuff) and things started looking up. Unfortunately, several people passed away towards the end of the year and that was, and continues, to be hard to understand and to get through. December was good as it is my favorite time of the year. And that's it. Kind of sad when you look at it. Maybe 2008 will be more eventful and in the good way.