Tuesday, December 27, 2005

I went to see the movie Wolf Creek last night. I had no idea it was based on the true story of this guy named Ivan Milat and the Australian Outback. Shows how much I know about movies right?! If I had the chance, I don't think I would've paid to see it in the theaters. Like Blair Witch, I think I would've been more into it if I were to watch it in front of my own TV rather than in a crowded movie theater with loud, irritating movie goers upset that they paid for more of a documentary than a Hollywood thriller of a horror film. I was making fun of Scott because he was like "I don't know, I kinda liked it. Maybe that's just me though, I guess I just appreciate art." Hmm "yeuss, ahhrt, yeuss, twas ahrt that attracted me to the film." Tee hee, tee hee.

I had a good Christmas. Amongst everything Paul and I got from my family and his, my favorite is what I got from him. He gave me a stunning diamond tennis bracelet and earrings that no one noticed Christmas Day. That's alright though, eventually someone will notice but for now, they're my little secret. We also got XM radios from my brother. I think that's the thing he got for like half the price on the day after Thanksgiving (he was bragging). I guess I have to sign the both of us up now. We got a wedding album that our camera guy/neighbor to my parents finally put together for us too. It's REALLY nicely done. He and his wife are both amazingly talented people. Oh yea, and I got a ham. Yes, a ham. One of our subs bought glazed hams for everyone in the office last week. Let me tell ya, after working 70 hours last week at both jobs, it was a damn good feeling to come home and know that I have a deliciously healthy piece of ham waiting for me in the fridge. Yum.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

The count? Three of Four managers so far that A) suck at life, B) frighten me, C) are colossal bitches. Did I mention they suck at life? Yea. I bet, when JCP finds a person that fits A-C they promote that person to manager. I can see them now, they're like "Ok guys, we have a manager position open.......who's the biggest asshole on the floor right now? YES! Promote that one!" ...... What if they seriously did do it that way?! In that case I would really hate them.

I really would.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

I had to work last night, as well as tonight and tomorrow night. I reallllly reallllllllllly hope tonight is not going to be like last night.

Last night, some jerkoff decides to come in and try and return a jacket that has schmutz all over the one sleeve. I'm not talkin like "oh I should get a discount" schmutz - it was like someone dropped the thing in mud or oil or something and he wants a FULL refund. I felt so bad for the lady that was helping him. She'd only been working for 4 days and she gets this guy who starts screaming like a 3 year old. He's like "well I waited in line to buy this a couple days ago, I wait for 8 minutes in line now, and you're telling me I can't return this? This is bullshit." So she of course is stunned this guy is ACTUALLY doing this, so she calls our supervisor, OT. OT is this real tough-shit kinda lady who just happens to be black, a woman, and a unique ability to make you feel like youre the size of a mouse. Well of course this white, alpha male dick takes one look at her, after she tells him "yea those jackets are on MY floor and we don't sell those like that, you can't return this in that condition" --- and he freaks out with rage.

BTW the only reason why I mention the color of their skin will be explained in just a second.

Anyhoo, so the jerkoff is yelling and creating a scene so much so that security had to be called. Meanwhile, I am doing my best to ignore the situation but there's only so much I can ignore only being 2 feet away. anyway, as soon as security gets there (2 white gentlemen in flannel) the guy calms down and acts like a rude but collected guy. The security guys tell the original associate to go take a break or something while they deal with him so she's gone and now it's OT, security #1 (standing next to the jerkoff just in case), and security #2 watching OT fiddle with the computer screen. Mr. Jerkoff wasted 20-25 minutes before telling OT that he bought the stupid thing at another store. OT and security then told the guy to leave and return the jacket at the other store. Security escorted him out. It was terrible.

Now to explain the black/white references...... While this was going on, I continued to check people out. Most people, like always, get reallllly pissed when that happens because now they know it's going to be even longer before they're helped. So one dude (who's black) wants to do a simple even exchange with me and I'm just flying through it. After I give this dude his receipt, he calls a security guy over and says the greatest thing ever. He's like "so the guy's a complete asshole to the black lady (OT) but what he's all of a sudden acts like a gentlemen to you guys? Did you see that? That guy is asshole! Prick." I was smiling. .......... BUT of course since we're only two feet away, the jerkoff here's this dude and trys to explain himself. The dude and I look at each other, shake our head, and while muttering something like "prick" under his breath, he walks away. The security guys almost had to restrain the jerkoff from approaching the dude. A few more customers made comments about the jerkoff but nothing as good.

You know, it's funny how some people see things. this white guy leaned in a told me the guy was wasting everyone's time and he should be thrown out for being an asshole. This black guy points out the difference in attitude the guy had for a black lady versus the white security guards. I was irritated the guy was acting all calm when he was talking to the security guys versus the two women helping him. It's funny really, I don't think any of us really wanted to nor actually believed that this guy was racist or sexist or whatever but still -- first impressions are funny like that. Eh whatever.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Monday, December 19, 2005

Shout out to JoeD and Heather! I haven't seen nor talked to you guys in so long, I didn't even know it was you on the phone yesterday! That's it, I'm scheduling a kzoo weekend. maybe Jan 20-22? I'm putting it on my schedule.

Had the O'Connor Christmas party this weekend. It was fun. Brian, I talked to your folks and they said they were coming to visit you in April - how exciting!!!! They said you were all about traveling to Russia and Prague and Venice.....I'm so jealous. I only wish I could do that. Anyhoo, Aunt Betty and Uncle Bob look good but are getting weaker. That scares and saddens me. I mean, not to get all nostalgic and reminiscent about the good ole days at the Great Grandparents' club house but seriously.....I can't help it. I know it sounds weird but I never once considered my elder relatives to age. It's like I still consider them to be the same people they were 15 years ago but they're not. And what makes me even more weirded out, is that we're vastly moving up to the 'cousins who are parents' bracket. You know what I mean? Like our parents are becoming the grandparents, we're becoming the parents, and our kids are going to be the new 'cousins'. Isn't that crazy?? Ahhhhhh.

Aside from the token melancholy, I had a really good time. When Aunt Min walked in she said hi and then politely leaned in, asked me in a whisper if I'd lost weight, and then smiled and said that I looked really good. I love that. She was so discreet about it, it made me feel really good about myself. It's like someone noticed that I've been working out and eating better....someone noticed my secret. It's kinda like a private joke - it's cool.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Don't these look like postcards????
Today is almost famous!!!

Did you know on December 15th in 1964, the Maple Leaf was formally adopted as the symbol for the Canadian national flag and in 1989 Panama declared war on the United States? I didn't know that.

It's supposed to snow like 12 feet today. I guess that's cool but I kinda wanted to finish a couple of jobs before the end of this year. It doesn't seem that bad at the moment but it's coming - look at the radar
It's all coming up from the south. That's crazy. Hey but maybe it'll take a dramatic turn northeast and hit Ontario. .... Or not.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

I have to work out in the cold today. I am so tired.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

I forgot to post those pictures last night. I'll try again tonight.

Kris picked out her wedding dress and the bridesmaids dresses this week. She recommends we go try them on and get measured and stuff. They're getting married in 10 months so I think I have 8 months (with all the alteration time and crap) to drop 30lbs. no wait, it's Christmas.....I have to diet on Christmas? Crap. I want to look better though. I want to make Kris and Adam look good - no fat slobby sister bridesmaid that looks like she totally let herself go after she got married. I want my clothes to be too big. I want to enjoy a skinnier me before I start having kids and have to lose baby weight and stretchy skin and all that jazz. I'm ready to show off man. I'm tired of making excuses for myself. I'm ready to be skinny! :)

Monday, December 12, 2005

I had a terrible flight yesterday. Just terrible. I thought I felt fine when I went to bed last night but it came back this morning. Yuck.


My folks, Paul, and I went to Colorado last Thursday for a long weekend. We ski/snowboarded both Friday and Saturday, drove back to Denver yesterday afternoon and finally made it home last night at about 1am. (I'll post pictures and stuff tonight) Anyway, so flying really kills me sometimes. I don't understand it because I don't have problems driving or riding rollercoasters or anything....just flying. I think it might have something to do with going from virtually 0 to 30,000 feet in the air in 10 minutes but I don't know.

Anyhoo, before every flight I take dramamine, which will knock me out and suppress any motion sickness symptoms that arise during the flight. Last night, my little nasty orange chewables didn't work and it didn't take long for the symptoms to kick in. After about an hour into the flight, I noticed something was wrong but I tried to pass it off and force myself back to sleep. Yea. Didn't exactly work the way I had hoped. I woke up about a half hour later with full on vertigo and getting progressively nauseous by the minute. When our flight touched down at Metro, an hour later, I was desperate to grab the barf bag and get rid of anything and all of the contents of my stomach. I couldn't reach the bag though, I was frozen in the seat with these 'hangover' type nausea pains in my stomach and a lost ability to concentrate long enough to reach and open as soon as possible. The only thing I could do was stare over the seat in front of me, whispering "come on, move people" to myself over and over again. It was awful. To make matters worse, my mom kept asking me if I was alright and I REALLY didn't want to talk about it. It would've been like talking about food when you have food poisoning. It was terrible.

I hate flying sometimes.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

I can't remember if I'd mentioned something on this website before, but I'm going to write as if I did....so just humor me for a sec and play along.

I worked at JCP (aka "pennies" according to my mom) on Sunday for 8 hours and it was busy as hell. I did not expect that the line would be constantly 8-9 people long the WHOLE day but I've never worked in retail before so what do I know. At least the time went by quickly though, a whole eight hours organizing bedding or towels wouldn't be all that fun. I definitely had my share of screw-ups too but overall I think I did pretty well considering I almost didn't make it there in the first place.

For the first time ever, I actually contemplated walking out ten minutes after my "buddy" left me to my own register. Now I consider myself pretty decent when it comes to finding my way around a computer but she had me watch her ring up only two customers which didn't exactly help a whole lot. So now, she's forced me into a register position with 8-9 people waiting in line, all of whom are getting very annoyed that I'm slow, I feel REALLY uncomfortable, I'm not confident in what I'm doing at all, everyone who working registers around me is busy, I don't know what sales are going on so I can't answer sale-related questions, I don't know where anything is, and to top it off, it's my first day and I'm nervous. I wanted to walk out of there so bad. The only thing that saved me from leaving is seeing this girl, who is likely no more than 18, run the register, answer questions, and handle customers in a way I would consider to be more gentle than the older, "i don't deal with shit" women. I figured if she could put up with all this stuff and still do well, so can I - besides how would it look if I quit after one day?

After the first hour or two, things just seemed to click. I got a few rude ones and some really nice ones and some who just wanted to check out with a gift receipt. One person wanted a gift card and when I went to grab one, splat! All the cards, envelopes, postcards....everything went all over the floor. One person wanted a mail-in postcard for a free piece of underwear (when she bought two in the store - one's free by mail) and after 15 minutes of holding up a now very long line, she told me to "put all the stuff away, I'm wasting your time, you should have this stuff behind the counter, forget it" as everyone behind her proceeded to chuckle in that 'it's funny but I'm already annoyed and she just wasted my time' kinda way. One person turned very red when I forgot to print him out a gift receipt. He looked at me and as sternly but calmly as he could, he commented "you know, this has happened to me twice here" then left. I blamed the computer. :)

I wouldn't recommend retail to anyone though. The discount card is nice and the responsibility is low which is cool if you want extra money (as is my case) but the work is somewhat mindnumbing, there are long hours, and the pay is low. I mean, I went shopping with my mom there last night and I saved more on the discount card buying all of our stuff than I actually earned in one day. How crazy is that? Oh well.

Sunday, I labeled me an "Sales Associate". :)

Friday, December 02, 2005

You know what would be a tremendously valuable skill to have in life? Carpentry. Particularly Finish Carpentry. I was watching an episode of "This Old House" and the host guy was going through a kitchen remodel, pointing out the most beautiful features of this new kitchen. The most interesting thing he pointed out was that the owners did a wonderful job in keeping with the original 'country-like' intention of the house but spared no expense in making it as elegant as possible. One of the features he included in this statement was the gorgeous mahogany countertops, cut, shaved, and stained by a carpenter to look antiquey. The counters looked absolutely magnificent - I only wish I could turn a piece of wood into a masterpiece. That would be rad.

I'm a dork.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Thanksgiving was simply delightful. We had a feast fit for the whole 14 of us, it was great. I love spending time with family, it makes me feel so good. (sigh)

Black Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I did nearly nothing. Normally this would be a feat to be proud of but not in this particular case. I was beyond bored with a sinus infection that made me jealous of anyone with the ability to breathe through both nostrils. It was terrible until about Saturday afternoon when it started to clear up and then I realized I really had nothing, and I mean nothing, to do. By Sunday, I had cleaned the kitchen three times, put up christmas decorations in the living room, cleaned up the dining room, and did a few loads of laundry all while wearing the same clothes for about three days. THIS INCLUDES wasting an embarrassing amount of time in front of the television watching programs that would normally, on any other typical day, drive me to go rake the lawn. The worst part was that in my boredom, I couldn't stop thinking about this job I'm almost finished with. It's the same problem I wrote about last post.

There was nothing I could do that would take my mind off of it for a couple of hours. I would tell myself, "I'll worry about it on Monday. I'll worry about it on Monday." That didn't work. It's tremendously annoying but funny because it really has nothing to do with whether the job is going to be finished or not. I'm obsessing about the fact that whether or not I'm correct, this guy is gonna make me do the work anyway just because he very well can. He'll stand behind this vague statement and claim that the whole job is put on hold because of me and there isn't a damn thing I can do about it. Readers, if you think that this sounds bogus, welcome to the wonderful world of construction.

Ugh. This whole stupid situation gives me nausea I swear. For me, it's like having a dentist appointment or a huge exam - the anticipation makes me so uncomfortable that I obsess about it for days until it's over with. Oh please hurry and be over with.
Thanksgiving was simply delightful. We had a feast fit for the whole 14 of us, it was great. I love spending time with family, it makes me feel so good. (sigh)

Black Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I did nearly nothing. Normally this would be a feat to be proud of but not in this particular case. I was beyond bored with a sinus infection that made me jealous of anyone with the ability to breathe through both nostrils. It was terrible until about Saturday afternoon when it started to clear up and then I realized I really had nothing, and I mean nothing, to do. By Sunday, I had cleaned the kitchen three times, put up christmas decorations in the living room, cleaned up the dining room, and did a few loads of laundry all while wearing the same clothes for about three days. THIS INCLUDES wasting an embarrassing amount of time in front of the television watching programs that would normally, on any other typical day, drive me to go rake the lawn. The worst part was that in my boredom, I couldn't stop thinking about this job I'm almost finished with. It's the same problem I wrote about last post.

There was nothing I could do that would take my mind off of it for a couple of hours. I would tell myself, "I'll worry about it on Monday. I'll worry about it on Monday." That didn't work. It's tremendously annoying but funny because it really has nothing to do with whether the job is going to be finished or not. I'm obsessing about the fact that whether or not I'm correct, this guy is gonna make me do the work anyway just because he very well can. He'll stand behind this vague statement and claim that the whole job is put on hold because of me and there isn't a damn thing I can do about it. Readers, if you think that this sounds bogus, welcome to the wonderful world of construction.

Ugh. This whole stupid situation gives me nausea I swear. For me, it's like having a dentist appointment or a huge exam - the anticipation makes me so uncomfortable that I obsess about it for days until it's over with. Oh please hurry and be over with.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

I went out to my jobsite late morning, after eating a whole package of Halls Honey Lemon drops, and proceeded to get thoroughly berated by the onsite super....by phone. I hate it when people do that. I really do. I don't get it, what part of the bitchfest is going to make me work any harder for him?

Same thing with my dad. I went to tell him about the ambush and I didn't even squeeze one word out before he snaps at me in front of the whole office. He's like "what's the matter now?! Is it blah? because you've had more problems with the tinyass job at blah than the big one over at blah blah." I got up and walked back to my office without saying a word. He walks out of his office screaming at me down the hallway "so I guess, what, you didn't have a problem???!!" I walked up the steps and went to lunch. I'm not talking to him when he's like that.

Blog, I have to tell you after this morning, I officially wanted to move to anywhere else in the US besides here. I'm so sick of being yelled at!

Monday, November 21, 2005

Chicago was fun this weekend. I'm really glad we decided to take Friday off and drive over there instead of leaving Friday night or Saturday morning or something. It was nice. I didn't feel all that rushed which is cool. Although I am REALLY tired this morning and I REALLY didn't feel like coming into work. Maybe I should've taken today off for recovery. Oh well.

In the past, I've never spent that much time in the city of Chicago so I never got to really experience what it's like to be ...well....living in Chicago. I had a few tournaments in Naperville when I was younger and we drove over from Kzoo just for the day a couple times - so I have a little knowledge of the city but not that much. Anyhoo, so there are a couple of things I wanted to mention about my little full weekend experience.

Positives: I love the fact that you can ride the bus/take a taxi/walk everywhere downtown - it reminds me of a little town in CO called Steamboat where you can ride the bus/take a taxi to every part of the town in addition to the mountain. I love the wide range of things to do and the overall noiseyness of the city. I like that there's a lot of construction, it gives me a feeling like not only is the place willing and able to improve financially but they understand that they're going to have to accommodate for a growing population. That's good - it means that property values will continue to go up which really only means anything if you own as opposed to rent. I like the history written or photographed in the restaurants, stores, and appearance of the old apartment/loft buildings. I really like Scott and Lindsay's loft, especially the wood floors and the fireplace and huge windows. I like their view of downtown. I like that there is plenty of parking around their place. I like use of the space in their loft and the cozy feeling you get when you hang out in the living room. it's all nice.

Negatives: My biggest issue was that the people in Chi Town were definitely not as nice as the people in Detroit. People seem a little more pushy and a little more willing to be rude. It's like everyone has to be tough. I don't like that at all. I don't like that rent is more than my mortgage and you get less than half the space. I don't like paying that much and NOT getting a return on my investment. I definitely don't like the fact that you can hear every little thing that happens in the loft. It was a little creepy hearing a whisper from the other side of the loft. It's like a full on production when you pee. Ewe. I don't like depending on someone else to get me to work in the morning. If I was running late one morning, I can jump in my car and go - sneaking through side roads to avoid traffic or passing slow people - I don't have to stop and pick anyone else up. .. That's pretty much it I guess.

I don't know. I think I liked it more than anything though. I mean, yea, there's gonna be higher rent and apartments with no real sound deadening qualities but you have to take the good with the bad, eh? The Burdick house in Kzoo was awesome in that you had so much more freedom than in the dorms but the heating costs SUCKED. ... The whole thing is an experience though - I wish I could say I had the opportunity to explore like that. It just seems really freaking cool.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Going to Chicago tomorrow.
Wanted to take the train.
Couldn't take the train.
Now the husband's driving
the whole way through.
And we are so listening to
Christmas music the entire ride.

Happy Turkey.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Quick! Look busy! My boss is coming and he's gonna try and make me go to a meeting and I don't wannnnna. Nooooooooo. Don't make me go! Work on something! Go, now!

Tee hee ... ttteee hee

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

I talked to an inspector from a roofing products manufacturer this morning and he told me that when roof inspections slow down here, this particular company sends these inspector dudes all over the country to assist other cities. How cool is that? Pay is better, less work-related stress, travel bennies, no additional training.....seems cool to me.

Tough the downside has got to be the driving during the Michigan inspections. The guy told me this morning that he had three inspections for the day; one in Detroit, one in Jackson, and then one in Brighton. His gas bills must be astronomical! Not to mention the terrible boredom he probably gets driving all that way too. Can you imagine dealing with traffic....all day? Yuck.

I don't know. I mean, I guess you'd have to choose between stress in trying to make a job run smoothly and make money or stress out about whether you'll make an inspection on time. Well, it doesn't really matter when you get to the inspection because really...you're the one who's passing out the warranty so the contractor can wait for you.

I'd like the freedom of making my own schedule like they do too. And and and I'd love to be able to be the powerful third party. No more of the politics bullshit, I could finally be like "hi, I don't care who you are - you want a warranty? get this done." I wouldn't be that evil and ego-driven but knowing I could be would make all the difference.

I like working with family though. I mean, it's so far away from being easy that if the idea of easy was earth, my job would be 500 million miles beyond Pluto ... but I enjoy the fact that I can scream and yell at someone in the office all day long and be able to laugh with them the next morning. It helps to be able to be honest with people and not feel like you're gonna get fired. Don't get me wrong, I'm not immune to getting fired because I'm family - oh no - my father actually fired my little brother because my bro felt he could play the "I'm the boss' son" bull. So no, my boss will fire me if he feels the need but in the meantime, as long as I do my job and do it honestly, I can bitch till my face turns blue and I'll be fine.....I think. :-)

Monday, November 14, 2005

You know what positively irrates me to no flippin end? When I do something that is required of me promptly, successfully and sometimes above and beyond, and then I get overlooked. I'm talking strictly business here.....when I complete the required training to do my job, I don't expect like a 'congratulations' but I do expect the simple things like being able check and view my schedule before I'm supposed to work. Then when I do come into work, I expect that my computer will work or that I'll get paid on time. I expect that if I do my part, you will at the least, do yours. It's only the least a company can do right? Yea.

I'm trying my best not to get that angry this morning but as my log-in continues to fail for some odd reason, I'm again left with no clue of when I'm supposed to work, and I can't seem to understand why I haven't received a phone call related to any of this -- I can't help but get a little upset.

I did my part people....please, please, please the least you could do is tell me what the hell is going on.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Cause in my head there’s a greyhound station
Where I send my thoughts to far off destinations
So they may have a chance of finding a place
where they’re far more suited than here


I do believe it’s true
That there are roads left in both of our shoes
If the silence takes you
Then I hope it takes me too
So brown eyes I hold you near
Cause you’re the only song I want to hear
A melody softly soaring through my atmosphere

Where soul meets body

Ah Good Times.
Note to self: 5 hours of sleep is not enough sleep.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

I got this job a while back and it finally started on Monday. It's a nice small job but it comes with big challenges. Personally, I love jobs like these because most companies don't want to deal with the headache and time required to get the job done right. As a company, we specialize in the most complicated of work anyway so we normally have the personnel to handle such tasks and frankly we don't mind taking on a challenge. I've grown to love tough jobs too though, I usually get the opportunity to learn my strengths and weaknesses when it comes to scheduling, estimating, and handling a crisis. It's cool.

This one I'm working on this week has a particularly painful learning curve. I'm actually getting the opportunity to physically pay for all of my scheduling errors. yea. On this job, machines bigger than the size of a regular door frame cannot be used so material that hasn't been craned in, is carried in by hand. Do you know how heavy 5 gallon pails of adhesive are? Maybe 50lbs or so each - lifted 15 feet in the air - 8 times - by rope. And that's not even the half of it. It was tough but I spent two hours lifting all the misc. materials up to the roof. My guys kept working though which made it all worth it. ..(sigh)... The things I do for money sometimes. I was so tired by the end of the day that while I was walking on another part of the job, I tripped on a piece of plywood and smacked my knee on new concrete. It's not that bad but it's all scraped up so it stings in the shower. Eh. Whatever I guess.

I love construction.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

I am beyond tired this morning. I went to go try on dresses with Kris, Mich, and Jill last night and it wore me out. I started to get a little depressed too. I have lost weight in the last month and a half or so but I don't feel like I lost enough. I feel like I'm disproportionate and really not at a good, happy weight. I don't know, maybe I just have to get serious about my workout plan....and stop complaining. I can't just be the size I want and not work for it right? I can't show off at my brother's wedding by doing nothing. Ugh.

Today, I label me a whiner.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

There weren't as many kids this year than last year I think. That's ok though, I didn't mind. I dressed up in my skeleton costume, you know the one I wore to the Burdick party like 10 years ago? Yea, I was passing out candy as a skeleton. I bought 900 tootsie rolls and like 50 m&m snack packs for the night which I knew wouldn't last more than an hour but it would be enough to keep me afloat before Paul picked me up to go to Romeo. I mean, hey at least I bought candy right? Both of my neighbors don't even turn on their lights. I understand though. One kid had the nerve to say "ugh, tootsie rolls?" - like I'm some rich white lady that buys tootsie rolls not because she can't afford more but because she's cheap. I looked back at that boy with that Rock eyebrow - you know the 'smell what he's cookin' type eyebrow - and said "boy, did you buy this candy?" Huh....Pre Teens. Pain in my ass.

Anyhoo, so passed out as much candy as I could then I ran inside, turned off all the lights, and then waited the ten minutes it took for Paul to get home. He and I snuck out of the hood soon after that and headed off to my inlaws in Romeo. We got there a little later in the night, right before curfew at 8pm in fact. Yea, curfew at 8 for all trick or treaters. They are crazy into halloween over there and as a result of all the blood, sweat, tears, and more importantly cashish put into their decorations - they get trick or treaters from the whole county. It's crazy fun. My mother-inlaw gets all upset though cause she has to spend like 200 bucks on candy for all the freakin people. price you pay for a fantastic halloween display though. I was gonna bring her some but i ran out feeding the pontiac toddlers, pre-teens, infants, and the nearly adults.

Now it's on to Thanksgiving.

Monday, October 31, 2005

I love Halloween.

That's me on the right if you didn't already guess. I'm a lumberjack :)

I don't wanna sound queer or nothin, but Paul's costume was kick ass. :)

Friday, October 28, 2005

I went to 7-11 this morning to get a pumpkin spice latte....mmmmm pumpkin spice latte.....and i almost couldn't find a parking space. Yeap, that's right, I almost couldn't find a space at 7-11. Weird eh? Yeap. I walked in and there's a dozen or so people in line trying to buy coffee. I couldn't believe it! 7am in 7-11. Who knew?

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

What's is going on with me today? I went to my first meeting this morning at 8am. Forty five minutes later, I'm pulling out of the parking lot and on my way to my next meeting across town. So I'm driving...and driving....and driving...then all of a sudden, I look around and I'm just around the corner from one of my jobsites. OOOps - I'm supposed to be at my gc's job office not the site. So I head in a different direction, expecting to hit the highway and head north towards the job office. Which way to I go when I hit the highway? South. South for about a half a mile before I realized I was going the wrong way. I finally turn around and get myself on the right path and I did make it to the meeting but geez....I almost got totally lost in a city I've known for almost my entire life. I label me a moron today.

Monday, October 24, 2005

I forgot Halloween was on Monday. I was really hoping that this coming weekend would be trick or treat time because Paul and I would be gone....but no.

Halloween is my favorite holiday ever and it totally bums me out that the kids in my 'hood are more into getting candy than showing off the costumes. When I was younger, you weren't even allowed to go out on halloween if you weren't dressed up. My dad would make sure we were all set before we left and then bundle up for the walk around the neighborhood. My mom would even dress up for the kids who came to the door. If you put on a half-ass costume, you were SO uncool when I was a kid.

In my 'hood last year, I went through five bags of candy in 20 minutes - handing a piece out to every kid that said "trick or treat". Most of the time I didn't want to give it away because the kids had on a sweatshirt, jeans, and maybe a mask as a costume. I was so disappointed. Then the parents would follow their kids in their mini vans as the kids trick or treated. Yea. I have never seen a traffic jam in a neighborhood til Halloween night in my 'hood. It sucks. Most of the kids don't even care about the whole 'spirit of halloween' too. Some of them don't even say trick or treat, they're like "can I have candy please?" I feel like looking those kids right in the eyes and saying "go home and get a costume on, act like you like halloween, say the right words, and then I'll give you some candy." Buuuuuttttttt, then I feel bad cause what if they can't afford a costume? What if they're out getting candy because all they want is a little chocolate joy in their little lives? What if all they want for Christmas is a little candy on Halloween? See, now I feel bad. great.

Maybe I'll dress up this year. I have a skeleton costume I'm not using. Maybe it'll be cool. Maybe I could get all the neighbors to dress up on Halloween too. hmm.....ideas, ideas, ideas.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Hey buddy. I will leave this place if you keep trying to tear me down. I aint backing down. Go ahead, challenge me. I'll give you a good fight. I may be young but I aint givin up. I don't have a big house, a couple of old cars, and a couple of very expensive toys to support. I can go anywhere, do anything. Gimme somethin old man - start it up cause I'm not swallowing your shit anymore.

i need some slipknot.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

i love internet radio. it's so great. i can listen to everything and anything i want, whenever i feel like it. right now, i'm swingin and shakin my head from side to side - rockin out to some Van Halen "Aint talkin bout love". wait...wait...wait....YEA Diana Ross "Upside Down". Ahhhhh! Do the snake! snap! do the snake! snap! i love it. if there was a camera in here and security guards monitoring my every move, I'd be so embarassed. hold on...holy shnikes! this is an 80s channel but the DJs are German. But the songs are in english...how does that make sense?

oh i meant to write about this yesterday but i forgot : everyone knows the Die Hard movies right? Well, i was reading some random facts last night and one of them said that when the whole Die Hard storyline became an international hit, it was played all over Europe even in Germany. However when Germany viewed the movie, they changed the evil Germans to evil people from an unknown country in Europe. Weird huh? i thought it was weird. people probably do it all the time but i thought it was weird.

PS-i've had internet radio for the last year or so, i don't know why i'm so excited about it now. i gotta stop drinking so much coffee in the morning.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Oh i have such a good costume for Halloween. It's gonna be awesome.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Congratulations and best wishes to Sarah & Pat!

May you have a long and prosperous marriage!

Friday, October 14, 2005

Boneyard Show on the History channel.
The grappler, the gynormus shear, the magnet, and the guillotine machines.
They destroyed navy ships, retired aircrafts, and other military arsenal.
They recycled the steel from the twin towers and formed it into the nose of the USS New York.
It was cool.
It was wicked cool.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Just put Brian's blog link up. Back story: He and I are the only young cousins who actually sit down and have real conversations about stuff at the family Christmas parties. Earlier this year, he decided to move to Japan and teach and he's been writing the family about his travels ever since. He's part of my Irish Catholic side so one can imagine how many emails he's got to send out every time he writes. Anyway so he's started a blog in lieu of the many emails. If you're interested - click the link.

In other news, my cousin had her baby! Yey! A wee little girl they named Olivia I think. YEY!

side note: I loved that name. It coulda been so 50s glam man - Olivia Walters - oh well. I'm happy for her anyway. that little girl is gonna be so cute and sweet!

Monday, October 10, 2005

cranes are cool. :)

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My new favorite construction equipment. Posted by Picasa

Monday, October 03, 2005

it's october already. i can't believe it.

I really need to take a day off. I should take today but I'm already here and there's no sense in leaving now - not after my dad's already noticed I'm in my office.

I'm reeeaaalllly tired from this weekend. I think I ate something terribly wrong on Friday because I had some awful heartburn, digestion problems, and overall nausea. I tried to take it easy on the trails but I wasn't doing very well in the first place so I was just frustrating myself and making it more difficult to concentrate on riding and on keeping my illness on hold. It was terrible.

I seriously made an effort not to make a big fuss about how I felt about my riding this weekend because I didn't want to bum anyone out but a little bit slipped out. I couldn't help it. I was so frustrated that I was actually angry with myself. So angry that I wouldn't doubt that it was a major contributor to my feeling sick. I just wasn't making the turns at the right time, I dropped my bike three or four times (three or four more than usual), twice I couldn't get up a hill without my brother's help, my bike stalled six times, I had to walk my bike a one point, and I just couldn't seem to do anything right. That wasn't me, I don't normally do any of that. ......... grrrrrrrrrr.

ok, relax. it's over. move on.

I gotta get back to work. Maybe this afternoon will be better. Hopefully this afternoon will be better. man I am such a bum today.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

all of my work immediate work is going to be done today. estimates due next week will be done tomorrow. i'm leaving early for late season biking tomorrow afternoon. and when i get back, i'm scheduling a day off.

i looooove pumpkins. i need one in my office. i'm gonna take a day off and go pumpkin picking in Romeo. then i'm gonna take pictures of things that are orange cause i like the color orange.

i label me "good mood sally" today.


Wednesday, September 28, 2005

went wedding dress shopping with Kris last night. the girl oozes beauty I swear. she'd try on a dress, regardless of whether or not she liked it, and still looked stunning. it was fun.

brings me to another point. there were mirrors everywhere in the bridal shop and i happen to catch a glimpse of myself. hmmmm. i could probably stand to lose another 20-30lbs. don't get me wrong, i'm not trying to be down on myself - i'm really not - i just realize i need to work at it a little harder. i'm still on the south beach but i've been on a plateau for the last few weeks. as it seems, i'm not gaining or losing anything - despite the food i eat. i guess this is normal according to the few other people i know who've tried this diet. they tell me i should get back on a workout schedule and i should be fine. that makes me feel a little better.

my mom freaked me out this morning. ok first, i don't like diseases, particularly the kind that take surgery to fix/cure whatever. i mean, i'm not a germ freak or anything, i just don't like knowing that you can get a disease simply by having a variation in your gene(s) or chromosome(s). it freaks me out. for example, breast cancer. i read somewhere that it's a multifactoral inheritance thing -- any woman could just have it and not know it yet. that makes me shutter.

anyway, so my mom tells me that my dad has this throat thing similar to what my grandma had a couple of years ago. she had to have surgery to get rid of this thing. i wish i could remember the name of it. damn. anyhoo yea.......but i asked her if it's hereditary and she's like "yep". lame! it sucked having my grandma in the hospital and it would suck having my dad in the hospital and it would suck if any of my siblings had to go to the hospital --- uncool man, uncool.

Monday, September 26, 2005

damn it. I lost another post. crap.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Perfect for the long Friday drive back home.......I suddenly feel like having a full glass of red wine. :-) Posted by Picasa

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Lame. Totally lame.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

One of the many snaps I got last Saturday. She is so gorgeous! Posted by Picasa

Monday, September 19, 2005

something happened to me recently that reminded me of a cop drama TV show. No specific show comes to mind but it made me think of all those awkward situations when the cops are interrogating someone and the interrogatee mentions some little detail that only the killer would know. Then it suddenly occurs to the cops that they've captured the right person.

Friday, September 16, 2005

My favorite....

quote: "experience is something that you get only after you really need it."

movie(s): Nothing But Trouble, Judge Dredd, Bram Stoker's Dracula, ConAir, Calender Girls, Sleepless in Seattle (of course), and On The Town

food: almost any cold left-over (i.e cold pizza, cold chicken salad etc.)

color: it's a toss up between green and purple

music: I love old blues/jazz like Billie Holiday or Charlie Parker, some good 80s/90s, a little Janis, or even some poppy celtic

animal: little bears

memory: I was sitting next to my new husband during dinner at my wedding reception and my maid of honor, karin, leaned over and said "...savor the moment." I stopped eating, looked up, and I saw a little less than 200 people talking, drinking, eating, and just generally having a good time. At that moment I felt like the luckiest person in the world.

first: when I was a senior in high school, I played the kicker, the punter, wing back, and tight end in our annual senior football game. Right around 5000+ people showed up to the game, including the members of the senior class that chose not to play. At one point during the first half, I made this field goal from the 40 and all I heard was cheering - then a screaming chant, "we've got Ja-ckie!, we've got Ja-ckie!" That was the first and only time that has ever happened to me. I wanted to cry. It was such an amazing feeling.

sport to watch: women's college soccer

part-time job: Clerk at Woodside Athletic Club

sport to play: skiing I think

card game: euchre

beer: Guiness if it's bottled, a stout if it's brewed (darker the better)

weekend activity: biking or going out with the buddies

place: home.

person to admire: my grandmother

date: my first date with Paul

holiday: Halloween. love it.

metal: (I added this one) white gold & bronze. polished bronze is so pretty

Thursday, September 15, 2005

I have to go into the city today to pick up a building permit app. Everyone was busy here so I called my dad and asked when he'd be back in the office and if he could drive me down there. He makes this comment like "ok, I'll sacrifice my lunch and my car again, whatever" ....... Utterly confused but too tired to care, I sucked in a big breath, hung my head, exhaled, and said "great what did I do now?" He scrambles and with a quick response says "nevermind".

Well, my mom ended up driving me down there. It took a total of maybe 10 minutes to run in and run out with the app. He's such a weirdo sometimes.

Today, I label him a whiner.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Note to self: love handles, old low rise jeans, and running up stairs to make a bid time are three things that should never happen at the same time again.

note to self #2: get rid of the love handles. ;-)
Went to an awards banquet for Discount Tire Saturday night. I thought my expensive black cocktail dress with a pearl necklace and diamond earrings would be considered "evening wear" but I was quite mistaken. I thought most women would be extremely conservative at this party considering it's hosted by a company that does not even allow employees to have facial hair but nooooooooooo. Apparently it's more or less a Homecoming-ish type formal event with a slight 'did you check out my wife cause she's wicked hot' twist......only not everyone, in real life, was 'wicked hot'.

Yea. There were a few that were desperately trying to look like the "sex kitten" wife but flab was exploding out every curve man. There were some that looked great but oh lord, there were a few that should've been shy that night. What is with that?

The whole show opened with a couple of songs by this great, great choir. I swear if I wasn't a Catholic, I'd be a southern Baptist. I could listen to those people sing all day. They could be singing about tax law and I could listen for hours. The one lady broke out in a solo and I wanted to stand up and dance and be like "oh savior jesus!" but I would've been the only one.

The managers around Detroit are all men. That makes me want to work for Discount more than ever. Paul laughed when I told him that. Then he's like "well there was this one girl who was an assistant manager. The sad thing is, she'll likely never get promotion to manager." Isn't that sad?

Thursday, September 08, 2005

I went on Amazon yesterday morning to check on something and I ended up donating to the Relief fund. I looked it up again today and so far, there have been 97,104 payments totalling $10,577,589.40.


The Census Bureau (2000) says that there is about 485,000 residents of the New Orleans and just over 1.3 million in the metro area. That's only like $22.00 a person for just the city people or $7.95 per person for people in the total metro area.


That doesn't seem like quite enough support.

I don't have any money but I'm gonna go through all of my pants, couch cushions, piggy bank, whatever - I'll find something.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

I flipped on the radio in my truck yesterday afternoon as I normally do after work and I listened to these guys talk about New Orleans. Now, I'm a BIG fm talk fan because nearly all of the broadcasts from the station are live so I'm not sitting like a drone, listening to heavily rotated "shake your boooty" music from the pop channels..... I don't know, sometimes the rotated stuff is good but I can't handle listening to the same songs over and over. Winamp should make car radios and replace the pop channels. I would buy it -- I like the channel selection so much better than XM. On the station I'm listening to right now, The Verve "Bittersweet" was preceded by the Meat Puppets and followed by Lit "My own Worst Enemy". It's 90s - present alternative radio with new, less-popular alternative bands stuck in there every now and then. It's great.......but I digress.

Anyhoo, so my live local radio personalities were discussing Kanye West and his comments about the tragedy in New Orleans. I guess Kanye was having a major problem with the way reports consistantly linked the word "looting" with footage of black folks stealing from stores. He compared it to reporters doing a voiceover to other footage of white people and saying that they're "desperately looking for food". At first, I was thought 'oh come on, they're just showing people - they're not doing it on purpose' but then it kinda hit me. What if people are so used to images like this that they don't even notice what they're looking at.

For example, say I was making a documentary about Detroit and the burbs. We'll say it's about the architecture of residential homes in Southeastern Michigan. For footage, I decide to drive around the residential areas within Detroit and I videotape all the broken, burnt, and collapsed historic housing and the people who live there. Then, I go up to the burbs and videotape all the new houses and the people who live there. I'm not evening talking about economic, social, political blah related to race and wealth but I show images of black people in poor housing and white people in wealthy suburbs. I'm just videotaping the people who live in the houses I'm videotaping.

Is this really how we are? Honestly? Yea, we've made a lot of progress towards acceptance and equality but I can't help but thinking those images.....they're like looking through a telescope and seeing society 30, 60, maybe 100 years ago. A symbol of economic, social, and political oppression that so deep, we don't even realize we're doing it. No, it's not likely on purpose but that's my point. We don't even see it anymore.

It's like when they blur out the name Pepsi on cans on the show Real World. You don't even notice that it's a Pepsi until they call attention to it by blurring it out. you know?

Friday, September 02, 2005

See told ya I would post pictures..........................eventually.

Old Basement Posted by Picasa

New Basement Posted by Picasa

old storage Posted by Picasa

old bathroom/laundry Posted by Picasa

old bathroom/laundry Posted by Picasa

looking into the storage room and main room from the old bathroom/laundry Posted by Picasa

new bathroom Posted by Picasa

new laundry 2 Posted by Picasa

New laundry Posted by Picasa

to the right - Jan 2005 Posted by Picasa

to the left - Jan 2005 Posted by Picasa

old stairs Posted by Picasa

new stairs Posted by Picasa

right down the middle Posted by Picasa

to the right Posted by Picasa