Monday, December 22, 2008

T-9 days 17 hours until a historical new year.

It's gonna be a tough year.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

new email:

"someone has messed with our website and as a result, some documents are missing or severely damaged. we are asking everyone to resubmit all submittals."

you mean, I really DIDN'T screw up?!? Yes! I mean, wait, F. I have to do it all over again. Shooooooooot.

Monday, December 08, 2008

heart beating slightly faster.
open the email.
open the attachment.
There's an attachment to the attachment?
I'm supposed to re-submit everything?
heart beats harder and faster
I can hear it in my chest.
thud, thud, thud, thud
What if I missed language that said this is a CTP instead of an EPDM?!
thudthudthudthud
OMG - this is terrible!
I don't deserve to be here if the data was rejected!
heart travels to throat
thud thud thud
OMG OMG OMG - this could be career ending.
thud
swallow
thud
breathe
thud
breathe
Stop it!
Stop this!
Wait until you see what this is about before you freak!
thud
breatttthhhhhhheeeee
thud
sigh
heart returns to chest
heart slows little
mind is calm now
everything is beginning to slow.......

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

are we ever going to come out of this? or is michigan in for another painful market free fall? please stop the bleeding!

Monday, November 17, 2008

I wish the rest of the United States could feel how painful it is in Detroit right now. Maybe all of those people who don't feel like helping the US car companies out would understand how serious things are for the people around here. Most people think negatively about the UAW and how much workers get paid and blah-bitty-blah-blah. What most don't know it that it's more than just workers. It's the roofers, carpenters, painters, masons, ironworkers, and the glazers who depend on work from the auto industry. It's the restaurants, bar owners, and the ma & pop shops that depend on the business from the workers and contractors around the plants. It's the land developers and commercial and residential realtors who depend on the people to buy and sell property around the state. All of those people lose when those plants close. The only time I've ever seen a plant out of production, since I was 18 years old (and that's not SO long ago either), was during the summer 2 week shut down. Plants are shut down nightly now. nightly. it's like seeing retailers close their doors at 4pm on Black Friday. It's a huge shock to the system. It's almost devastating to see rows and rows of permanently empty cubes. It's something that lets us all know that this is serious.

Monday, November 10, 2008

I've got this massive headache that just won't go away. I would really like to officially call the day a day......and I just might get the balls to do it.

I hate days like this. Days when I feel like day dreaming instead of actually working. Although I love fantasizing about decorating my house or taking the beast out for a cruise, it only makes the 'burned out' feeling more real. So it's an enigma of both pleasantness and frustration. How stupendous of my brain to treat me with such back-handed emotional wonder.

Blog, you know what else bothers me? Responsibility. I know, we should all be all growed up by now and thus be able to tolerate, or even - dare I say - welcome more responsibility in our lives....blah blah blah blah. Forgive me but sometimes I get really tired of being important. It feels like I'm a slave to customers. Weekend, nightly, daily calls - no problem! ghey. It can feel like I'm strapped to this desk and made to answer emails, phone calls, or salesman visits with a good attitude. Ultra GHEY. Or worse, I can be swamped with work and still be required to run my crewman efficently, effectively and with a low margin of error. MEGA GHEY.

Derp. Derp-a-lerp.

Friday, October 31, 2008

HOW LOW CAN YOU GO BABY!!!!!

you ever notice that gas was around $1.20-$1.40 per gallon when George W. was elected and now that his administration is leaving office......the price of gas per gallon plummets from $4.00 to $2.07?? Hmmmmm.. Interrrreeesssssssting.

Monday, September 29, 2008

I was seriously motivated this weekend until about 5 yesterday. I got up Saturday morning and I cleaned like 80% of the house (as usual), then decided to take the rest of the afternoon to ride. I left the house about 2 with a couple of stops in mind and then after about 100-130 miles or so, I finally pulled up into the driveway around 5:15. It was super nice. Saturday night we just chilled with a couple beers and tv movies.

Sunday Paul achieved a HUMONGO step in his hot rod progress. After several slick attempts, he got the hot rod engine STARTED & RUNNING. I'm so proud. Sooner or later he'll be done and he'll take me for a ride. Then I can pretend I'm cool too! :-)

I cleaned the inside of my truck. It's been like 2 months and it was a feat no less. I did get all the fuzzies out though which proved to be absolutely wonderful this morning. I was so inspired after actually making my truck smell delightfully clean -- I stuck Ruby in her pool and gave her a wash too. She wasn't very excited but at least she's happy now that she's snuggable. .... Speaking of which - have you seen Snuggies?! Paul gave me that "uhh what..?" look when I told him I wanted one. HA! Anyhoo - so for the rest of Sunday we went shopping and then Meijer. I love Meijer...especially the one nearest my house. You get to see the weirdest but yet most interesting people there. Strange or not, seeing a boney lookin, greasy pony tail and otherwise tattered middle aged man, with a slightly overweight girlfriend wearing a very tight animal print crop top unbuttoned from the top and bottom, revealing all but the slightest portion of her bleach white bra behind what looks to be like a single button about to explode under the pressure, and a skirt that very easily be considered to be tween apparel (you know like ages 11-13) ........ makes it a very amusing trip to the grocery store. I mean, greasy guys I get.... but for a grown woman to walk out of the house looking like a stuffed sausage dressed by DEB and bathed in peroxide is beyond me. I just hoped it was a dare.....cause that would not necessarily make it OK but it would be funny. wow.

Friday, August 29, 2008

so I've got this problem.

about a year ago, my brother and I suggested hiring this guy we know for additional support in our estimating department. he's normally a level headed guy but he's got a hot temper and some very noticable insecurities. I usually ignore he's rants and raves about how good he is at something and how he told other people to do this or that and so on and so forth. so one day he finds out about an accident myself and two other riders had on the freeway two weeks ago and decides he's going to throw in his 2 cents.

the accident: I was riding down the freeway at 90+ mph with two peeps riding behind me. It's 10 at night and we're in the left lane, slowing slightly as we come up on the cars in front of us. at about 85 mph the car in front of me throws a shredded semi tire from the underneath his rear passenger side wheel. let me remind you blog, tires are black and it's dark at 10 at night. I assume the two cars in front both hit the thing so it's flipping - tread over tread over tread - and it's coming straight at me. Being that I'm about a car length and a half away from the car in front of me and traveling at 85 mph, I had three choices: 1. swerve towards the gravel shoulder and concrete divider, 2. swerve the other way into the next lane's traffic, or 3. run over it and hope that I hit it right. Well since 1 & 2 would've likely caused me to fall, I picked #3. The two riders behind me had no time to react either, so one hit the side of the tread with his foot and the other hit it head on and broke three pieces of plastic. Everyone was safe, everyone got over it, everything was alright.

the problem: this dude that I work with, decided it was a good idea to tell me that I'm responsible for the damage to my buddies bike cause I was riding in front. He then told me that if it were him, he would've been able to avoid it because he's a better rider than I am. He then proceeds to tell the other two that they don't know how to ride and putting a girl in front was a mistake. He tells me that he knows the other two are mad and they don't want to tell me....but he knows.

At this point, I'm angry. I didn't tell him about the situation (he found out from one of the other two) and I didn't ask for his opinion. the other two are not mad, haven't ever felt that it was my responsibility, and haven't ever had a problem telling me when they're pissed about something. I reacted by basically telling him that it was an accident, it wasn't intentional, and he had no business butting into an incident that didn't even remotely involve him. the guy was so disrespectful, it was disgusting. if he could fit it on his license plate, I bet you it would say 'god's gift to sportbiking'. I'm like "dude, look at you?! you're the one who brags about riding 95mph doing a wheelie down the freeway between two other riders and doing 140mph racing some dude and ... not to mention .... bragging about running from the cops. now you have some opinion about how I ride?!? and how I'm somehow a dangerous leader?! Are you kidding me right now?!?!?"

I haven't spoken a single word to him in three days. Am I wrong? I don't feel wrong. Especially after I found out it was true that the guy's been dogging me about the way I ride ever since Paul brought the bike home. He's even told the other two "she don't know how to ride, if you really want to ride, ride with me." I can't deal with someone who walks around like that. I'm amazed that he hasn't even attempted to say something. I guess he really doesn't give two shits about our friendship eh? I mean, I guess if I were in his situation, I would probably step up and say something like "umm, ok so I shouldn't have gotten involved in your business - that was wrong of me....and I shouldn't have talked about you like that, that was wrong of me too." BUT it's not me so I guess I'll just have to wait and see eh?

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Babies can wait.....I'm selfish right now.......





Tuesday, July 08, 2008

WHY does this always happen to me?!!!????!?!?!?!?!? I should always do the opposite of what I think we should do. ALWAYS.

This morning, I didn't really have a feeling either way. I thought, "wow, the radar looks bad for the west side of the state but hell, it looks like it's all breaking up in jackson. well, shit though, if that big thing stays together, I'm in trouble and I can't afford to tear out brand new roofing.......what's the hourly look like..........fuck it, I'm calling it." Everybody's on board to call it quits for the day.

An hour later, I pull up the radar... No rain. Green north, green west, no green over the job. No green. No freakin green anywhere close or anywhere traveling close. where the hell is the stupid freakin rain?!

Normally, I wouldn't make a big deal out of something like this but I know exactly what's going to happen tomorrow. I'm going to walk into D's office and he's gonna be like "so it didn't rain yesterday, it was sunny all day, nah nah nuh boo boo." And then I'm going to have to deal with his incessant remarks about how wrong I was for the rest of the damn day.

I hate this job some days.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

I hate that while walking, sometimes I think that I'm stepping on good, solid ground .... but in reality, I've actually pressed a 3" rusty nail completely through the bottom of my shoe, through my sock, piercing, quite painfully, through the thin flesh that covers the bottom of my right foot.

I love that not only does my 'across the street' neighbor have a daughter that mows the lawn but that she looks genuinely happy to do it. Although maybe someone should let her know that flip flops are NOT appropriate footwear for cutting the grass. Safety 101. Learn it, know it, live it.

Check plus my friends. Check plus.

Monday, June 16, 2008

My new rule: whenever I feel like I need to say that I 'hate' something, I will compliment it with something that I love.

1. I hate emotional fights.
1A. I love oranges.

2. I hate feeling like people expect me to work late because I always end up working late.
2A. I love that cutting coupons, returning bottles, and getting "in-store" savings can add up to more than $20+ in overall savings on your grocery bill.

3. Sometimes I hate working for family because it stresses me more than anyone really should be stressed.
3A. I love that I'm excited to buy a new HE washer and dryer sometime this week (or next).

4. I hate feeling like my dog is bored.....all the time.
4A. I love my big straw hat with the bow on it. I bought it in Jamaica and it's made by real Jamaicans.

5. I hate that some people still use racial slurs.
5A. I love that sometimes people give you special privledges because they trust you.....a complete stranger.

....that's it for now.....but I'm already feeling more balanced. Thanks blog-
J

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

It's raining! you know what that means blogg? rain=day off from blue team. Yea, I call them blue team now because it's easier than saying that I got a day off from running a very complicated reroof at an automotive suppliers' plant. Easier? I thought so.

I opened up the office at 5:30 this morning and then discovered that we have no coffee. NO COFFEE?!? I immediately walked my behind back to the truck and drove to the all night Walgreens down the street. I wish I had the same convenience at home but I happen to be one of the 200,000+ people without power................my 'across the street' neighbors have power....not too sure how that happened but those sons of bitches had A/C last night and milk in the fridge. sons of bitches.

Glad to say at least no one got hurt along my street. Here's a few photos --- look closely, the one dude's lawn is completely covered with huge branches. I even got one myself.

Maybe the power will be on tonight. I know they're saying wednesday but hopefully it'll be on sooner. A shower just isn't the same by candle light. :)

Friday, May 23, 2008

It's Friday. This is great. Today is my day to completely screw around and get nearly nothing done. If anyone has anything to say about it, they can go kiss a turkey!

The job from H-E-double hockey sticks is going to begin on Tuesday. For me, the nice summer work days will begin at 5:30am and end around 3pm (sometimes 4 depending on who calls). It's partially my fault because I stressed to my boss that he needs to keep me in this position for one last year. This year is going to be the hardest of all three years I've worked there, and albeit I don't think that I'm the stellar choice for this spot, I think I've gotten pretty darn good at it over the years. It'll be nice calling it my last contract year too. I really wanted to put in "my time" with the company, you know? Plus, it would be nice to settle down a little after this year. Maybe focus on getting big sales numbers instead of digging my heels in the dirt. It's definitely time to grow up a little.

Friday, May 16, 2008

A) you know what really 'grinds my gears'? when somebody asks me a question and the person doesn't really care about the question, they only care about proving you wrong. 4 eggsample, when someone's like:
"hey didn't you say that plasma tvs were expensive?"
I nod.
"well there not - look at these prices."

I ask him, "are you talking Sony or Hitachi, 720p or 1080p, 19" or 60"?"
"I don't know."

Ok well the conversation wasn't about tvs (cause I really don't know much beyond what I listed) but blog, you get the point.


B) I have a weird feeling right now. I'm scared but I'm not. Yesterday I found out a customer thought my budget pricing was actual pricing. I'm not sure how that happened because it clearly states on the letter that it was for budget use only but somehow....some way....it happened. THANK GOD I have a foreman that was in the right place at the right time, otherwise I would've missed my chance.

I have to go in and talk to the guy this morning. I have to explain that the budget pricing was developed 7 months ago and that predicting a final price 7 months in advance is about as easy as predicting what the exact price of gas will be next quarter. So I need to re-issue 'right now' pricing.

I'm scerr'd that I'm not gonna be low enough in price. I'm nervous that I'm these guys are not going to work with me as well as I'd hoped. This is a big job I gotta put out and it's almost intimidating.

............come on jack, get it together, focus. you can do this. be nice. be vocal. be proper. be strong. you can do this. you got it. just stand up and go.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

OMG this guy comes in yesterday and says to me, "I don't think I should work today, it's going to rain." I clicked over to Intellicast and as I look over the radar, I see nothing but two small green blobs flying across the state. 30% chance it says. 30%. So I tell him, "I don't see why you couldn't try it - but that's just my opinion." I could tell right away he didn't like that answer. You can normally tell with most of these guys in less than a second, mainly because they walk quickly (run) into my dad's office and smother him with reasons why they shouldn't work that day. That man had one foot in the hallway before I even finished my sentence.

My dad comes running in like he's about to rescue KC from a burning building. "I didn't know he was supposed to do that today!" pops tells me. I look over at a copy of the schedule that's been sitting in my office for weeks. I've been to countless progress meetings talking about this with the GC. I'm remembering the conversation I had with KC about Wed being the start date 4 days ago. Hell, my dad, KC, and I even talked about it on the way down to the site about a week and a half ago! "No dad, he was supposed to start today" I calmly said.

So KC doesn't seem to like how that conversation went either. He sprints up the stairs, gets the work order, and calls the site super to tell him that he wouldn't be there. He comes in and tells me what he did. "Yeah, alright, whatever" I tell him as I shake my hands in the air.

Two hours later, I get this phone call as I'm driving around downtown detroit. I see it's KC and I pick up.
"So I bet your glad I saved your ass huh?" says KC with that arrogant attitude he is so widely known for.
"What are talking about?" I shot back
"Well it's raining out here at blah street and blah street. It's a window wiper rain too. It's crazy."
I take a quick look around, "it ain't raining downtown sweetheart. I'm no more than two blocks away from the site and it ain't even dark."
"Well it's coming" he says.
"Sure it is KC. Listen, I don't care whether you want to work today, tomorrow, or next week. I'll tell you what though, there's a [enter large sum of money here] liquidated damage clause in our contract. If you'd like to pay it, I'll deliver the check to them myself, on my own time." At this point, I was incredibly irritated by the tone of the phone call.
"oh, well, you could print off something that says it rained today right??" KC quietly responds.
"just get down there tomorrow" I said.

I loathe people who do that. My mom asked me why I've been in such a bad mood for the last few days and this is the conversation I like to tell her about. This is it dude. I'm tired of being nice. I don't want to do it but from now on, nice Jackie is out of the building..........only at work though because I like being nice at home.

Monday, April 14, 2008

As I drove through downtown Ann Arbor last week, looking at potential projects, I found myself in the middle of what appeared to be a student neighborhood. At first, I looked around and got that "yea, I could blend in if I lived here" vibe -- but then I realized, I can't really blend in because these people are 4 or more years younger than I am.

4 or more! can you believe it! that's crazy talk!!!!!!! ...but it's true..........awe. I'm older than I thought. :-)

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

When AXL workers went on strike, we didn't think it would last longer than a week. Now some 8 weeks later, they're still walking up and down Holbrook. I pit stopped in the Ham last week for diesel while on my way to another jobsite and at 6:45 in the morning, people were yelling and screaming at each other about how AXL is trying to cut everybody down. This particular gas station has 10 pumps and is normally busy as hell so the noise basically drowned out the freeway commuter traffic......which is freakin crazy btw. People were like "F those stupid white big shots! They get bonuses and we get a cut in pay! F 'em!" I looked up for a second and then continued to fill my diesel cans.

I understand the feeling behind the pay cuts but honestly, this whole thing is just a dumb game. It's just a dumb stupid game. GM gets to clear their lots while the UAW sits at home, earning zilch. The UAW needs to step their game up man. They're taking everybody else down with them! Work it out people. Work it out.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

I got the flu last Friday night. It's been two years from the last time it made a pass through my house and I really don't remember it being this bad. I woke up at about 2:30 in the morning and .......well let's just say I had an absolutely miserable night. I probably managed to get maybe an hour of sleep from about 3am on. Saturday I tried to relax and take a few naps but that didn't work out as well as I'd hoped. I could not sit still for longer than 20 minutes. My mouth, throat, stomach, intestines, liver, kidneys, and everything else related to the digestive system felt like they were on fire. I choked down 4 pieces of toast by 8 that night and that was about my limit.

Now five days later, it's working itself into my lungs, nose, and ear. My stomach is still sensitive enough that I'm still having trouble eating and as a result, I'm getting MEGA acid reflux. the flu must die. Someone in this world must kill it. GO GET THE FLU SHOT - you do not want this.

You know what's ironic? When you commit to your New Years resolution and try to live a healthier life with more exercise, better food choices, and one less bad habit.....and then you get sick, twice, in three months.....both times worse than you've ever had it.......

makes you seriously think about going back to eating pizza, tacos, and burgers.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

I will probably have four, maybe five cups of coffee before the morning is up. I couldn't fall asleep last night - I think I got a total of 5 1/2 hours before dragging myself out of bed. Based on the normal 8+ hours I usually get per night, over the last three days I figure I've lost a cumulative total of about 6 and a half hours of sleep. That's terrible!

You know what else is terrible?! Nothing! Isn't that fabulous?! I'm happy about it. I haven't had any bad luck in a couple of days and it feels great. Life owed me one after the last couple weeks.

We went to Chicago last weekend and it was super fun. We got to stay with S&L at their spectacular townhouse apartment. I love the character & charm of the exposed brick & open ceilings - especially on the older, pre-war buildings. I'm not a fan of the lack of storage space but I would make myself into a minimalist reallllllly quickly if I ever took the plunge into that market. I wish downtown Detroit was like that. That would be AWESOME.

Monday, March 10, 2008

I never truly realized that a person with both heart and confidence, can be extremely intimidating.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Why is everybody being so mean? :-(

Kristie said that now I should be thinking that I'm in my "late" 20s.
I told her she's just jealous because she can't stop the big 3-0 from knocking down her door.

Rob came in the other day and told me he liked the way my hair was styled. Then he told me that it ages me. He laughed. I did not.

My little brother (23) told me I should think about joining AARP. He laughed. Again, I did not.

My inspector asked me if I had a good weekend. I told him it was my birthday weekend so I had fun. He asked me how many years young I was and I told him. He looked at me like "um, what?" and then he said something like "oh, super" and then walked away. What the???

Hmm. I don't know if I like this.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

La Tour Effiel (Mini) at the Paris
The Strip (south) from the top of the Effiel

Paul at the Stratosphere Observation Deck, 900 some feet in the air

Me, admiring the magnificent view from the inside of the Stratosphere Tower

Paul being Paul in front of Ceasar's

Me at the Forum Shop Fountains near Ceasars

Paul and I at the Excaliber Hotel






Aren't we dorks?!? HA!

Ok, maybe it's just me......
Ok maybe we're all dorks.......this is my dad in front of the Golden Nugget......that my brother really wanted to see......it was awesome.
We are big BIG nerds.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Goin to Vegas tonight. SOO excited - have I said that already?

I've become an annoying packer. I packed like 7-8 days worth of clothing for a 4 day trip! I can't unpack it either - I might need some of the stuff. What if I get there and I'm not really feelin the black shirt? I need the option to wear the red! What if most people there are wearing gray pants and I only brought my tan ones? What if it's too cold to wear shorts....what if it's too warm to wear pants?

Shnikes, my luggage is so getting lost.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Ruby & Shelby

"the little goofy goobers"

Monday, February 18, 2008

OMG Vegas - two days and counting. I checked the weather and intellicast says it's supposed to be in the 60s next week. It's not a perfect 80 but hell, it's not 20 either. To be frank, I really wouldn't care if we were going to Des Moines, as long as the six of us were still going somewhere. AH I'm so excited to get out of here for a few days!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

I will be here in three short days. Viva Las Vegas! HA!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

I feel like I just got hit by a bus. A charter bus. Filled with hooligan underground body builders. In the middle of a riod rage. Even the driver.

I realllllly, reallllly hope that this is the end of my cold. I hate feeling this weak. It's like I can't walk up a flight of stairs without feeling like I'm gonna pass out. I hate that! Stupid cold. Stupid stupid cold. I hate you.

Today is Valentine's day which only means that I'm two weeks away from the best birthday dinner ever.......my mother's corned beef and cabbage cooked slowly in a pot of guiness for hours and hours and hours until it becomes so succulent, it melts in your mouth. AND IT'S ALL FOR ME. hoooooooo yea - I'm excited. yum yum yum. I can taste it right now and it's 8 in the morning. yum.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Today already sucks. I've been fighting to get rid of this nasty cough/sneeze/headache/sinusy thing for about a day and a half and it's not working. I may go home early today but we'll see. I just have to remember to 1) stay in my office 2) do not touch any door knobs 3) keep my tissues in my trash can.

You know what - I really dislike people who think that they can succeed in business without doing any of the work. It's even worse when they think they can brag about how they're way of getting there is smarter than the average business person. I wish more people could be humble sometimes. Life would be less annoying.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

It's official! I'm one of twelve on the Board of Directors of CAM. How exciting!!

Friday, February 01, 2008

So how bout this weather eh? We get a super snow blast today and then in two days, we'll get slusheroonie. OH peanuts! Speaking of weird weather though, Paul and I finally watched THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH by Mr. Former Vice President Al Gore (aka Mr. Fantastic). Although Al Gore's charisma has not really gotten any better with age, he was wonderfully well spoken and almost...yes I think I will call him....a pleasant breath of fresh air. He really comes off as being the type of guy that should seriously be running this country ...... seriously, we are at total loss because of some idiot counters in Florida......thank you Jeb Bush...... Anyway, he's actually inspired me to go green. I mean, not that I wasn't 'green' before but now I actually feel like I can do something about it. Over the years it seems like people tell you and tell you and tell you that things are bad. They're BAD jack - THEY ARE BAD! But no one's really said "dude, did you know that you don't have to be a crazy energy freak - in fact, you really don't have to do much at all, just save this or this." Yeah ok, so I may have missed the green train a few times when it pulled into the station but to me, it's like someone telling you that you can feel so much better about life if you just eat better. I didn't really care about it at first but then when Paul and I switched our diet to fresh veggies, grilled or baked meat, and new and exciting fruit ---- I can really notice a difference in my attitude and overall happiness.

It's craZY!!!!!!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Last night I stopped by my mom's house to see my little furry friend, Mag pie. She's nearly 16 years old and I guess she's getting sicker as every day now. My mom thinks it's her time so I wanted to stop by and play with her a little and tell her I love her. I knew I was going to get sick but I didn't really care.....

While driving home later on, I could feel my face start to burn. As soon as I got home, I threw my jacket in the wash and rushed upstairs to wash my hands and face. When I looked in the mirror, I was only about half-surprised. People, this never happened when I lived with Maggie. This started happening to me while I was living with the three cats in college but for some reason, it was never to this extent.

My face swelled up to the point where I could barely open my right eye last night. Look at this photo dude - -------- DUDE this is more than 12 hours later, after tylenol and allergy medicine and it still looks like I got punched in the face. WHat is HappenING to ME?!?!




Sunday, January 27, 2008

I'm totally obsessed with craigslist. I love that I can find treasures that could be right around the corner from my house. Yea for knick knacks!

I miss the days that I could just pick up and go to Kzoo and Chi Town. I hate that I have to plan it. I would really see Kzoo people. I haven't seen them in extra forever.

Ok I know how dumb this is but I'm hooked on Bad Company "If you need somebody". It's my new favorite rock ballad.

My dog is strange. She never barks.....ever...unless she's standing at a window and she sees another dog walk by. She growls and almost coughs a bark out. If it's a small puff dog, she's all out. Then, right after she does it, she runs back over to me like "oh, sorry mom but I had to, he was walking on my sidewalk!"

I love beer. Beer, beer, beer.
:-)

Friday, January 25, 2008

I changed my blog......it was time.
I hope you like my photo! I took this one at 6:15am one day before a meeting. It's one of my personal favorites..

Snarf. :-)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Paul took my b girl to camp bow wow yesterday and I got to watch her play on the camper cam. It was positively the most adorable thing in the world! I know it sounds cheesy but we're going to Vegas in a month and we wanted to try out a nice place. She came home happy and tired --- I was pleased. I didn't get to see the building first hand but Paul tells me that it looks very well kept and the people seem really nice. After a few hours, Paul picked her up and they handed him a Certificate of Achievement with her photo on the front - it was cute! She looks like a skinny mini too - which is fantastic because we've been trying to get her to shed some weight.

Speaking of weight, yeah. I've jumped back on that treadmill three days a week. The last time I took Ruby to the vet, the guy was like "well, she'd be happier and probably less likely to hit any hip problems if she was about 10-12lbs lighter. Course, we could all use a little less weight huh?" The guy pat his stomach like a happy Santa (although this guy isn't nearly Santa size). It kinda hit me right between the eyes though. I've lost quite a bit of weight since my wedding but I'm totally on a kick now to lose more. I gotta do it dude. I gotta at least be a bikini body once before I have kids!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

So after pulling into my driveway, parking, and re-securing the material in the back of my truck, I skipped up the steps and stood at the back door of my house. I peered into the window and my dog was no where to be seen! Normally she does a full body wiggle as she waits to hear the key open the lock but not yesterday!

I walked around the house calling her name and I didn't hear a sound. I ran upstairs and she wasn't there either. WHAT THE HELL. I walked back to the door, checked the coat rack, and noticed that her leash was still hanging there. Paul would've taken her leash if he took her somewhere. WHERE THE HELL IS SHE??

I dialed Discount, hoping to find out info from Paul. WAIT the basement! I walked downstairs, on the celly, and over to the closed bathroom door. I open it and here comes this 85lbs. black hairball darting out of the room like a bat out of hell. AH HA!

what a dummy.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Did I tell you that Linds is getting married??!! I am so stupid happy for her it's not even funny. She's going to be such a gorgeous bride, let me tell ya! She's having a fall wedding, which will be absolutely stunning. I'm thrilled! I love weddings. Weddings are fun-riffic.

You know what else is great? When people make up words and pretend like they're real. THAT is fun-tastic. For example, if someone said to you "you're geniusity is out of control!", would you laugh? I wouldn't laugh out loud because if the person was serious, I wouldn't want to insult them........but I would certainly grin about it later. It's funny when people make up words. People are just funny in general. Ha!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

I'm turning into a hermit. I like the word "hermit"......"hermy"....."hermoo"....."hermayo"..... "hermitity". Anyway, I'm not really turning into one. I'm not even sure why I thought of that. Although I would prefer "hermitness" if some people don't stop bothering me with questions. Generally people bother me with all sort of things but this is one of those situations where if I could pretend that I wasn't here, I would.

Say you're back in college and you're taking Hermito 101. For the most part, something about the subject matter doesn't quite click in your brain but you still want to get an A. You decide that you're going to make yourself understand the information no matter how long it takes, so you spend uber amounts of time in the LiBary until you're a Hermito genius. FINALLY the final exam comes and you ace it and you're proud of your 50 hours worth of studying. horray!

Imagine some guy who takes the same class after you. His name could be like Bob or Tom or Joe....... anyhoo, so 'Dougie' knows that you've taken the class and he's having trouble understanding it too. SO he's discovering what a fantastic resource you are and how much easier it is to understand the class when he can pester you every now and then for help. At first, you're thinking "ok, I didn't get this right away, I'll just help him get on the right track." Then, after the 78th question, smoke is starting to billow out of your ears. You explode at this guy like "dude, I can't keep helping you man, at some point you have to read the book!"

The guy stares at you in shock. Here you are, with 90 hours of the most grueling and arduous of all studying under your belt and this guy looks at you like you're some kind of snob for refusing to continue to help him. He even has the nerve to argue with you over whether or not the book is even important! Then, as you drill and drill and drill on the point that reading the book is going to help him more than merely skating by on someone elses understanding ----- he finally confesses that he doesn't like to read books because he doesn't have the self-discipline to read it from start to finish.

"Fry Scuzz!" you scream at him. "I didn't get this! I had to read mindnumbing crap for hours on end just so I could pass that class! Did I like it? No but I did what I had to do!"

He looks at you and while understanding your point, he groans realizing he's either going to have to crack open a book .. or find a new, Hermito knowing friend.

Would that make you want to pretend you're not here too?

Monday, January 07, 2008

my new years res:

1. the old cliche -- lose a few pounds
2. either take a new class or join a new organization
3. donate 5 big things (e.g money, clothes, furniture, etc)
4. read at least 3 fictional books (I read too many work-related books)
5. eat better, excercise more, drink less, just improve overall health

I really want 2008 to be a healthy, productive, and an enjoyable year for not only me but for everyone! That would be super nice!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

happy 2008!