Thursday, November 30, 2006

A Lesson in IM'ing

The other day my boss left for lunch and of course immediately I had a question I had to have answered. I kept waiting and waiting for Boss to return, but nothing. The secretary and I kept IM'ing back and forth about how long Boss had been gone, etc etc. Finally after about 4 hours I IM'ed the secreatary and said, "He's not back? YET????" When secretary didn't respond after a minute or so I wondered what was up and realized to my horror, I had sent Boss my IM!!! Luckily quick thinking me jumped into action and send Secretary outside to keep watch while I let myself into Boss's office and broke into the computer and erased the IM.
Close call. And the lesson is: if you are going to IM about your Boss, make sure you check the address before you press send.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Thanksgiving Detox

If you are like me you have just eaten more food than any human should consume the past few days. I swear dressing gets better and better each year. If I could eat just a huge plate of dressing everyday I would...........however I noticed this morning my pants are much tighter and I think I now have to go on food detox. I'm not sure what that means, but I see a lot of Lean Pockets and Lean Cuisines in my future, even though I can only think of Taco Bell right now....
Adding to this, my scale played a cruel trick on me. I got on the scare yesterday to see how bad the damage was and to my amazement I weighed 15 pounds less than I did a week ago. Now not only is that fairly impossible even if I was dieting, I knew it was a complete impossibility considering how much dressing and casseroles I had just had! Sometimes my scale can be weird depending on where it is, so I moved it across the bathroom- and again, 15 pounds lighter. Moved it again, still 15 pounds lighter. I did this at least five times all with the same result. And just as I was about to accept the miracle, I moved it again, and no longer did I weigh 15 pounds lighter, I actually weighed 3 pounds heavier than I had a week ago. Next time, I take what it says the first time.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

my mailbox

This is why I hate my mailbox- Yesterday is POURED rain where I live for literally over 12 hours. As I am running onto my porch I open my mailbox and I was filled with complete happiness and then immediate horror. Waiting for me was my December issue of Martha Stewart Living. I have been anxiously waiting this particular issue because I love decorating for Christmas, and I just love looking at all the pictures. However, come to find out, my mailbox isn't weather-proofed and my long awaited present was soaked to the core. I dried it out as best I could and put it next to the oven and under lights and it is still usable, but it definitely won't fit in with my stack of other Livings........
Oh well. On to figure out weather-proofing tactics.

A Child's View

If there is one thing I love in life it is stories about my niece and nephew. I have a 9 year old niece and a five year old nephew and my sister usually has a good story for me when I call. The story from yesterday was pretty good, so I thought I'd share it:
Both my sister and brother-in-law are ministers who work at different churches so their time together is limited, but when they are together they are oftentimes discussing their church or something related to religion. Apparently my niece is getting tired of it. My sister said a few months ago my niece finally screamed, "Can we please find something else to talk about besides God? I am so tired of hearing about God!" Thus, for awhile whenever my sister and brother-in-law were discussing God they instead said the word pickle to give the 9 year old a break, and because it was completely ridiculous. Apparently she began to find this frustrating as well because yesterday she said, "Oh geez. Lets just call God what God is- the big holy It in the sky."
So now in our family God is referred to as The Big Holy It in the Sky.
I also love that a 9 year old didn't refer to God as Him or even her- It. Apparenlty my 9 year old niece is smarter than me.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Holiday Cards

Ok, I'm just going to put it out there. I realize I am in the minority in this line of thinking, but I'm going to say it anyway, and maybe someone can help me see the error of my ways in the comments section. BUT, honestly I really don't like holiday cards with family pictures on them. Now, I totally get sending those to relatives or friends who don't live near you, etc, but otherwise I just don't get it. And here is why: To me, you send Christmas cards or Holiday cards to tell people you are thinking of them. Its nice to get a card from someone and realize they took the time to think of you and send you a card. But when you put the picture on there I think it turns into "look at our family" and it looses the meaning of thinking of you, it no longer becomes about the receiver, it becomes about the sender.
SO, if you like these cards and can give me a new way to think of them, please let me know. (And remember, I said it was ok for people who don't see you often, etc).

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

I second that emotion....

Ok, I just have to say it- Snake Nation was right- The three cheese chicken quesadilla Lean Pocket is SO GOOD!!! I was hesitant at first because usually frozen chicken on entrees such as these do not appeal to me- but dear lordy- yummers. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes cheese- and its only 6 WW good. I might dream about it tonight.
If you are always on the hunt for low-cal frozen options for lunchtime at work- here are some other favorites-
I also love the Spinach mushroom pizza by Lean cuisine- again only 6 points- and instead of marinara it has an "alfredo" sauce. (usually I am not an alfredo fan, but this is really good- and you feel like you've eaten something bad)
As far as WW frozen entrees- my friend recommended the Three Cheese Ziti and again- GOOD!
As you can tell, I like cheese. I don't usually like frozen low cal meals because I wish I were eating the real thing- but these three products I highly recommend and actually look forward to eating!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Britney, red states, and friends

So, if you are a democrat and live in a red state, Election day can be quite depressing. You go through all of the emotions- waking up thinking this time will be different and feeling hopeful, to seeing results come in and wondering if you need to move, to down right in the dumps depression. But, alas, this election day, the sun broke through the red state of mine's clouds and TADA the best news ever- Britney filed for divorce from Kfed. Now I know a lot of people may be tired of hearing about this, but I'm not. I really should write Brit brit a thank you note for making an otherwise bad day into the best day ever. You see, I had pretty much given up on Brit brit. I had filed her away into the Whitney Houston file of biggest talent wastes ever (although luckily that file name might have to be replaced soon..yeah). I'm not saying Britney is the most talented person out there, but I'm not going to lie, the music can be fun. Who doesn't like Hit me Baby One more time? No one. The golden years of her and Justin were just downright fun......and then Kfed happened. Our little golden Britney turned into trash slut mom Brit right before our very eyes. It was sad. It was depressing. Perez Hilton was aghast. I wasn't sure if we would ever get her back, but Tuesday she made the first step back towards stardom and it couldn't have come on a better day for this democrat living in a red state.
And to make things even better, I was reminded about what great friends I have who were just as excited as I about the news. Unfortunately my boyfriend didn't seem to care, but thats what friends are for, I guess. To share in any excitement, even if it is as petty as Britney filing for divorce.

Monday, November 06, 2006

100 things? Ok

It seems you are supposed to do this so here goes:
1. I was born in Columbus, GA but moved to the ATL before I was 2 months old.
2. I have an older sister and a younger half-sister.
3. I love the beach more than anything.
4. I would live at the beach if I had any money.
5. I got mono and missed the last month of my first semester of grad school- somehow I passed all my classes anyway.
6. I have a Master's Degree and when my student loans are more under control I want to back to school.
7. TiVo might be my favorite possession.
8. I love red wine, and hate white wine.
9. I went to Italy and fell in love (with the country, not an Italian- although that would have been nice).
10. I was in Florence, Italy when the Pope died.
11. I would be really skinny if they took mexican food and pasta out of my life.
12. I am somewhat obsessed with PopIce.
13. My favorite flowers are hydrangeas and if I ever get married that will be my bouquet.
14. If I'm not married by 35 I am going to carry around a bouquet of hydrangeas for a year- maybe.
15. I'm a democrat.
16. I'm somewhat of a hypochondriac, anytime I'm sick I'm pretty sure its cancer or a tumor.
17. I didn't like pink in high school but now it is my favorite color.
18. I majored in Art History.
19. I love dogs.
20. I love BudLight.
21. I love SEC football, especially the Tennessee Vols.
22. My grandmother is my hero.
23. I never knew either of my grandfathers.
24. I go to a chiropractor.
25. I've had the same two best friends my entire life.
26. I love daylight savings time.
27. I love to read- The Poisonwood Bible is my current favorite book.
28. For two years I collected the most money from alumni for my college. I won a savings bond, but have no idea what happened to it.
29. I really like playing Bridge, although I don't know anyone else who does.
30. I love Vegas.
31. One of my favorite childhood memories is Mom playing kickball with me in the front yard.
32. I cried more than my sister at her wedding.
33. I cry a lot- especially at commercials or The Biggest Loser ( I know, I know).
34. I visit literally over 54 times a day.
35. In 2nd grade I discussed who the Salem Strangler was on Days of Our Lives with my teacher (my mom and sister watched it).
36. My checkbook was always balanced to the penny until I got mono and it hasn't been balanced since.
37. I really love hot tea.
38. I have had pneumonia twice in my life- in 1st and 3rd grade and I sent myself a get well card.
39. As a junior in high school I broke my ankle skiing but the EMT guy said it was sprained so I had to walk on it for over 2 weeks.
40. I have a tattoo that I got with four other people. It hurt more than my broken ankle
41. I don't leave the house without lipstick on.
42. I sleep with the TV on.
43. I was once broken up with over e-mail.
44. If I won the lottery I would pay off my student loans and then hire someone to do my hair everyday.
45. I pretty much have to have a potato product at each meal (add that to my I'd be skinny if list)
46. I can talk to crowds of over 400 people with no problem, but want to cry if I am asked to walk into a room without a close friend and talk to people.
47. My parents divorced when I was 7.
48. My dad remarried when I was 8.
49. My mother should be nominated for sainthood.
50. I have a goddaughter.
51. I love America's Next Top Model (come one Snake Nation! :) )
52. I have a niece and a nephew who I probably talk about too much.
53. I am deathly afraid of lightning and tornadoes.
54. I am fairly messy although it drives me crazy.
55. I am obsessed with purses and shoes because they don't make me feel fat, and I truly believe they can make or break an outfit.
56. I don't wear much jewelry because I either forget to put it on, or I lose it all.
57. I really love the show Entourage and think Johnny Drama is the funniest part of the show.
58. I have a really small family but have always wanted a big one.
59. I have a really bad memory and sometimes have to call my best friend to ask her things.
60. I am always able to take a nap.
61. I made the plans for a Kindergarten system in Honduras.
62. I was never carsick until I went to Honduras and now I can hardly dial my cellphone in the car without getting sick.
63. I took my 85 year old blind grandmother to a Clay Aiken concert, at her request.
64. I have really big feet for my height.
65. I have a bunion on my right foot I call Paul.
66. I really like to paint, but get so frustrated with not being as good as I want that I don't do it a lot.
67. I really love babies.
68. I don't understand people who don't watch TV and are proud of it.
69. I was a math major in college for a week.
70. One of my proudest moments in college was getting an A in calculus.
71. I think I would make an excellent meteorologist.
72. I love going to Braves games.
73. I am a good typer.
74. Sometimes I have to turn the View off because of Elizabeth Hasselbeck.
75. I have had 3 wrecks and they were all my fault.
76. I love fried okra and squash (not fried).
77. I am highly allergic to real Christmas trees.
78. I watch the Today Show every morning.
79. I love pens from hotels, and I only used Holiday Inn Express pens in Grad school.
80. I prefer veggie burgers (gardenburgers, not black bean) to real hamburgers.
81. I don't like cartoons.
82. I love the movie What about Bob?
83. I also love Shawshank Redemption.
84. I also love anything with Will Ferrell in it.
85. I love getting pedicures.
86. I am named after my great-grandmother.
87. I don't get embarrassed. Well, it takes a lot.
88. I really love blueberry donuts from Dunkin Donuts and allow myself like 3 a year.
89. I love roller coasters.
90. I recently realized I am scared of heights.
91. A 6th grader dressed up as me for Halloween last year and I didn't know it but when I arrived at our Halloween Carnival, we were dressed exactly the same. Apparently I wear black shirts and jeans a lot.
92. I hate ham.
93. I really like fish (eating, not aquariums).
94. I wish my sister who lives in Indiana lived here so we could see each other all the time.
95. I have been told I look like everything from Lauren Graham from Gilmore Girls (good) to Falcor from the Neverending Story (bad), and others in between.
96. The news that Britney filed for divorce is the best news I've heard all week.
97. One of my pet peeves is people sneezing. For some reason it drives me crazy.
98. Another pet peeve is when people say they are staying in the marriage for the children. If you loved your children you would realize children are smart and know when things aren't good.
99. I wore braces for 3 and a half years.
100. I have freckles and I hate them.


Martha Stewart, here we come

Can you call yourself crafty if it takes you about 8 hours to make a bulletin board? I think so. My best friend, the bossy barwife, and I decided to make bulletin boards this weekend and lets just say it took two and a half football games to complete the project instead of the half of one we had planned. Luckily for me, bossy's husband bought enough food to include me in their dinner plans because I was there through mid-afternoon snack, appetizers, and dinner. Go to Bossy's blog to read the full story- she does a great job of telling it, but let me just reiterate a few things:
1) we really were covered in some very itchy building material and yes, I did break out into hives because of it.
2) apparently everyone in Home Depot Saturday knew what they were doing and didn't want to be bothered with two funny cool girls, because they were not impressed with us, especially when I dropped the contents of my purse the second time.
3) We are now bulletin board experts so tune in to see when you can order yours!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Open Letter to Parents on Halloween

Dear Parents- I love Halloween (well, I love candy) and I love watching children trick or treat on Halloween. However, Halloween is not an open invitation to walk your kids down the middle of the street and not move until you get to your destination, even when cars are coming. This is not only dangerous, as their are crazy drivers out there, but also not a good lesson to teach your children.
Thank you.