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.

Super.

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

derp.
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.

Hmmm.

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.

Uhhhhhhhh........

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

To the left Posted by Picasa