Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Triumphant Day!

On October 27, 2006 I made a bet with a colleague. Today is 1/31/07 and marks the end of the bet.

It was a busy and hectic Friday afternoon following a busy and hectic morning. I was emailing back and forth with a colleague about a frustrating situation with another colleague. I had assessed the situation and drawn my own conclusion and was solid in my conclusion yet she continued to encourage me to reevaluate the situation and hope for "lemonade." I have not always been the best judge of character but I come from a family of people that are very good at it. I tend to be a bit wishy-washy when making judgement calls on another persons character because I always want to see *the best* in others. I don't know why I was so convicted about this situation but I wasn't the least bit wishy-washy. I was incredibly convinced that I was right so when she presented the following challenge, I was in!

"So this is what happens in my life: I assess people slowly, giving benefit of the doubt for a long time. Other people assess those same people very quickly (you and my daughter), and while I think there's a rush to judgment, lo and behold, the great majority of the time, you/they are right. With that said, loser pays for the drinks. Let's see who is right on 1/30/07, and if I'm wrong, I buy yours and vice versa."

So today is judgement day, 1/30/07, and I was right. I have won the bet and in just 2 1/2 short hours I will be enjoying drinks and appetizers while I gloat a bit. :-)

The unfortunate thing about the situation is that I would be much happier at work had I lost this bet.

End of the month catch up

I have been lousy about writing lately. It's not from lack of news or interesting things to share. I often think to myself that "I need to blog about that" but then the thought of getting my computer and writing is just too much and the desire fades.

It was also complicated by a great sense of being overwhelmed this month. January has been insane and it hasn't been until this week that I finally feel that I have everything under control. I don't know if it was getting back into a "normal" routine after the holiday season, increased responsibility at work, school or what but I have been feeling disorganized and discombobulated, like I am treading water and barely keeping myself above water. But this week has been better, I am finally feeling in control again.

So without further ado, some happenings and thoughts from my world.

I have decided that I dislike the work Puyallup.


As I usually do on Tuesday evenings, I watched Gilmore Girls last night. It's been a rough season for *my girls* with a change in network and writing teams leaving many of the episodes at the beginning of the season flat and very un-Gilmore. I almost wrote about this after watching last weeks episode but didn't want to jinx the remainder of the season but the last 2 episodes have been a drastic improvement. The zany quick wit of the characters is back especially with Lorelei's "monkey, monkey, underpants" speech last week. And then last nights episode made me cry, something that hasn't happened it quite some time. :-)


I had a *bad stomach day* yesterday. I have not had one in a REALLY long time and forgot how miserable they were. Bad days are usually the result of eating something that I shouldn't have. When I was having them on a regular basis I was really careful about everything that I ate, but since my system has returned to a "normal" I had to really think about what it may have been. The only thing that I consumed that was "out of the ordinary" was cranberry juice. I didn't think that it could be the culprit but after a little investigation on the Internet I think it may be.

I am not a huge fan of fruit juice in general because it usually leads to a painful acidic stomach pain but decided that something mild like Cranberry juice would be fine. I won't be doing that again for quite some time.


I went to Costco after work last night and my refrigerator is packed! I have enough burritos, chicken pot pie, chicken breasts, and veggies to last me quite some time. I am glad that I left the frozen food section when I did because I don't think that I could fit another thing in my freezer.


I continue to search unsuccessfully for a pair of headphones that don't hurt my ears/head. I really hate the ear buds that fit inside your ears. I don't know if I have small ear opening or what but they never fit properly and they hurt. I really like the kind that go around the back of the head but the recent pair that I purchased squeezes too tightly and gives me a headache. If you have any suggestions, let me know.


That's all for now. Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Well this is right on!

Today's horoscope from my desk calendar. It reads, "In this climate it's easier to become irked about a situation than it is to leave it alone. However, becoming irked will do nothing but tunr it into a honking federal case."

Possible Curmudgeon Harrassement

A couple of weeks ago I signed up for a subscription to Seattle Mayor Nickels' email newsletter. I wanted to keep abreast of happenings in Seattle and read his take of issues pertaining to the city. I have received one newsletter so far but then this morning I was unnerved to find an email in my in-box from the Mayor's Public Disclosure office.

It seems that a man by the name of Keith Gormezano has requested the list of subscribers to the Mayor's newsletter. The list is available to anyone who asks for it but it seems as if Mr. Gormezano has requested it in the past and then has used the list to send unsolicited email. Nancy Craver of the Mayor's office stated, in the email, "Mr. Keith Gormezano requested this list in August of 2006 and subsequently used this list to send a personal email to all 2,300 subscribers. Although we are required to provide this list upon request, I wanted to inform you of the request as well as remind you of some options that you have to protect your personal information." Ms. Craver goes on to suggest blocking the known addresses used by Mr. Gormezano.

I naturally assumed that Mr. Gormezano would use the address to send out some type of politically minded solicitation. But after completing a google search on Mr. Gormezano I am not so sure. The initial hit was a link to his personal website. I spend a long time looking at the contents of the pages but my initial impression is that he quite the curmudgeon. Things I learned about him include:

  • He is a self proclaimed Freelance Administrative Assistant.
  • He was once a member of Mensa.
  • He only donates money to causes where he gets something like a plaque or brick.
  • He has a bizarre "cents" of humor.
  • He spent a great deal of time in 1986 creating a fake company in order to be listed on numerous lists.
  • He's used up 75% of his allotted 20,480 KB of space of his yahoo group site to post legal documents about a former employers financial disclosures.

It seems that Mr. Gormezano spends the bulk of his time bothering and harassing others so the thought of him sending me unsolicited email make me angry. However part of me (the part who can help but laugh at it all) can't wait to see what he has to say. I will keep you posted.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Roses for me

I received my year end bonus yesterday so I bought myself some roses to celebrate.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Random Friday Thoughts

It's been an interesting and long week. Some happenings from my world.


The Seattle Boat Show is this weekend. They have a show twice a year in Seattle and when they do they set up temporary docks on the south end of Lake Union and surround them with boats. The boats began arriving early in the week and by Wednesday they had mostly arrived. Wednesday was also the night they turned *the lights* on. They have 3 annoyingly bright spotlights to light up the boats (I am sure for security reasons) but they are really bright and really annoying.


I finally got the Christmas tree taken down. I would think it super-tacky that it was still up on the 20-something day of January except the lady across the street still has her tree proudly displayed in her window with absolutely no indication that she plans to take it down.


It turns out that Pit Bulls are much more annoying than Terriers.


I get very upset when people take advantage of the fact that I am nice and accommodating.


WOO HOO! Just got a PO for 2 pieces of equipment!


I have seen news stories about the different lottery scams that have been circulating for quite some time via email but I had yet to receive one until early this week. My email address must have popped up on all of the lottery schemers lists this week because I have received nearly a dozen offers.

Also, they are addressed with some kind of notation about friendship in the greeting like "Hello old friend" "My dear friend"

I don't think that wanting to rip me off qualifies you as my friend.


The lymphatic system is fascinating to me.


Well that's all for now. Happy Friday!

What else?

I received an invitation from Don to join Twitter last night. I always join the sites he invites me to join and often times end up loving them. I spent a while "getting my Twitter on" last night and think it's going to be another fun one. If I recall correctly I think the first one he invited me to join was which I joined because he had posted an event that we were both attending. I thought it was fun but didn't think that I would get that into it. Yet now, I love it. And when I am wondering what is going on around town it's one of the first places that I look.

After logging off I began to give some thought to these sites and realized that a whole lot of my life is tracked online and not just by blogging but by random websites including:

  • The list of places that I want to visit is tracked at 43 Places.
  • Articles that I find interesting on my Bloglines Feed are tracked on my Bloglines Blog.
  • People that I dream of meeting are tracked at 43 People.
  • Pictures that I take are stored at Flickr.
  • Songs that I listen to are tracked on LastFM.
  • Things that want to accomplish are tracked at 43 Things.
  • Items that I want to own are tracked on my Amazon Wish List.
  • My mood is tracked on imood.
  • Things I have consumed are tracked on All Consuming. (yet I have not done a good job keeping this one up to date)
  • The "lists" that I am working on are tracked on Lists of Bests.
  • Places that I visit are tacked at Dodgeball.
  • And now random and fleeting thoughts about my daily activities are tracked at Twitter.

So this begs that question, what next? What else can possibly be tracked by a fun and interactive website? I am not sure, but I am pretty sure I will join!

Monday, January 22, 2007

I love this...

I have seen this before but stumbled across it today and it made me smile! :-D

Free White Jugs

I received this following email this morning and it made me chuckle, it's so random.


Sent: Monday, January 22, 2007 11:00 AM
To: Entine Company
Subject: Free White Jugs


These jugs must go by end of today. There are about 50 jugs with caps, white, and 1 gallon in size. They are in the warehouse in front of the R&D doors. Help yourself to as many as you like.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Tired Dog

My friends Kipp & Kate invited me over to spend some time with them this evening. Earlier in the day their dog Kayla went on a really long walk. She loves to sleep like this and I snapped a picture of her while we were having dinner.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

What state am I?

Okay, I didn't rig this, I promise! I really didn't think it would turn out to be Washington and burst out laughing when the results popped up. So what state are you?


You're Washington!

Though you were named after some ancient and revered relative, you've taken off on your own course and are making a new name for yourself. Water dominates your life, surrounding you on many sides and usually from above. Though you say you love rain, it's really that you've forgotten that there are other types of weather to hold an opinion on. You have an amazingly electic interest in walls, spokes, yaks, seats, and even the Olympics. It'll all come out in the wash.

Take the State Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Friday, January 19, 2007

What's ailing me?

It's Friday! I haven't been so glad to see a Friday come along in quite some time. I had a feeling this was going to be a long and difficult week and it has been. I got home around 6:30 p.m. last night. Earlier in the week I made plans to attend KMTT's 520 Funny CD Release Party, but at the end of the work day yesterday, I just could not imagine mingling and being personable, so I cancelled.

I went home to complete several items on my task list that I didn't complete at the office and enjoy Thursday night TV. I love Thursday night TV and wait all week for it. My multi-tasking brain worked out a perfect schedule for the evening. After changing my clothes and settling in, I would work for an hour while warming up dinner in the oven and then at 8:00 p.m. I would eat dinner and watch TV and after Grey's Anatomy I would finish up any remaining work that had to be done and review my school work.

It was a good plan, a solid plan! And yet it totally backfired. I ended up talking on the phone and only leaving myself about 40 minutes of quality work time. It's amazing what you can cram into a short period of time when you need to. I ate dinner while watching the beginning of Ugly Betty but was sound asleep on the couch by 8:35 p.m. My cell phone woke me up at 9:11 p.m. with a text message from my friend Heather who is a total Grey's Anatomy fan like me asking what I though about something from the episode (I am being vague on purpose as to not spoil it for anyone who has not seen it). I watched the remainder of GA but was in a drowsy state and remained mad at myself for falling asleep! After TV I finished what HAD to be done and went to bed.

I have spent a whole lot of my time this week in meetings and trying to block out the world at the office and be productive at my desk. This has resulted in me picking up a habit that I thought that I had gotten rid of - clenching my teeth. I have arrived home every day this week with a sore and achy lower jaw and a headache. One of my colleagues diagnosed it yesterday as an acute case of Bossitis. I was not totally familiar with this disease so I checked it out and this is what I discovered:

bossitis \ baws, bos - It-is \ noun
1. An acute swelling of the nerves caused by the irritating behavior of one's supervisor.
2. Marked by headaches, irritability, nausea, dread of the workplace
3. Most dangerous when swelling causes a rise in blood pressure and heart rate.
4. Treatment includes time away from the office, relaxation, peace and quiet.
5. Only cure is termination.

It may just be bossitis. :-) But relief is soon because the a peaceful weekend is right around the corner.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

My Preppy Name

Your Preppy Name Is...

Pemberton Price Hollister the Fourth
But most people know you as Bitsy

Monday, January 15, 2007

Frozen Brain

When the alarm screamed into the cold silence this morning I was sound asleep in my warm bed. It was pure torture to even think about getting up and stepping out into the cold, but I did. I got dressed and got to work, and on time! But apparently my brain was frozen along with the city this morning because I arrived at work without my palm pilot or my i-pod. Oh it's gonna be a really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really long day.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Fabulous Weekend

It's freezing cold in Seattle but I had a warm, wonderful weekend!

I had planned on being home and solo on Friday evening but instead found myself at one of my favorite neighborhood places to drink Cosmopolitan's and celebrate my friend Heather's promotion to Executive Vice President of Dumb Ass Management (I would explain that here but it's I couldn't do it justice).

Saturday was busy with class and a few errands and the usual Saturday stuff. Don and I had dinner at the Icon Grill which we had both wanted to try for quite some time and once there we were there wondered why we hadn't. It's as if they made a restaurant with many of our favorite things including yummy American comfort food and a great wine list. The atmosphere is cozy (despite the overabundance of Chihuly glass which Don is not so fond of) and the service was great (despite an unfortunate incident that I won't mention in detail because it could happen anywhere and was handled by the staff with the utmost professionalism). I have a feeling that we will be dining there again soon.

Following dinner we bundled up in our winter finest at walked to Benaroya Hall for the Seattle Symphony performance of the Brandenberg Concerti. Although I spent a great deal of time this week listening to the music and had been looking forward to seeing a live performance of Concerto No. 3 for as long as I can remember when the musicians took the stage and began performing I was totally overcome with emotion. It was an amazing show with the Bach and Vivaldi pieces.

This morning Don and I had planned to meet friends for breakfast at one of our favorite neighborhood spots to watch the playoff game. Unfortunately when we arrived 15 minutes prior to the start of the game the place was packed and the host laughed at me when I inquired about a table. So we ended up having breakfast at another neighborhood spot and then went back to my place to catch the end of the game. Seattle put up a tough fight but lost in OT to the Bears. The remainder of the morning and early afternoon we were contented with coffee and laptops
and *geekin out.* I am now a huge fan of the Doogle search. And no, I didn't spell Google wrong. A Doogle search is when I lay on the couch snuggled under a blanket and shoot questions at Don who then uses google or wikipedia to find answer to all my questions. :-)

The day wasn't all play as I did get Don to assist me in placing my *new* oriental rug in the dining room. It's not new because it was actually inherited from my mother but it's *new* to my apartment and does a wonderful job covering the stain in the dining room that has been driving me nuts since I moved in.

I just ordered a pizza from Pagliacci Pizza and am going to relax with my favorite Sunday night TV shows and get to bed early so that I am ready to face the week ahead which promises to be a long and hopefully not too stressful one.

I hope you all had a good weekend and you are staying warm wherever you are.

I passed High School!

You Passed High School with an A

You have the brains of a high school graduate... at least!

Friday, January 12, 2007

The Perfect Way to end a long week

Friday night Cosmo's with my girlfriend Heather.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

I am Yin

You Are More Yin


More Winter Wonderland

Another picture of the beautiful Kent Valley.

Winter Wonderland

The Kent Valley really is beautiful when covered with snow.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Snowy Seattle Evening

I thought it was supposed to snow last night and yet it's snowing tonight. They never seem to get it right.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

The State of My Week

The governor of Washington delivered her State of the State address today. This inspired me to name tonight's entry, The State of My Week.

The song of the week, "Everybody Run The Homecoming Queen's Got A Gun." If you don't remember this 80's hit you can click on the link above to view the video. It's a bit off color considering the number of shootings that happen in our schools nowadays, but it's also a bit funny. I can't take credit for this funny song coming back into my life, it was Don.

Cooking Tip of the Week - When the directions call for milk, don't add Egg Nog. It makes really funky tasting Mac & Cheese.

Miracles do happen. One of my clients with an antique piece of equipment that they are replacing in September was saved from a very expensive repair because *it just started working again.* Crazy! But I'll take it.

I have a friend in Winnipeg Canada on business. It's -18 degree below zero (Celsius). BRRR!

We are expecting another winter storm in the Seattle area tonight. Many of my colleagues packed work and took it home in case they "can't make it in" tomorrow. The most shocking was someone who grew up in Pennsylvania. I pretty sure they get real snow in Pennsylvania and this storm is really nothing. I don't get it. I am so tired of the wimpy attitudes of my fellow Washingtonians. Everyone is freaking out and my buddy Steve &*%#ing Pool is predicting a trace to 3 inches of snow.

Sometimes I really kick butt at work. Today was one of those days. I walked into a situation hoping that it would turn out one way but sure that it would actually turn out the opposite way. I was so pleasantly surprised when it was resolved the way I wanted and quicker than I ever dreamed possible. Damn I'm good. ;-)

I am listening to Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 right now. This has been one of my favorite pieces of music for as long as I can remember. I have never seen it performed live. I have seen many other favorites performed live but ironically very little Bach and he is one of my favorites. We are going to the symphony on Saturday night to see the Seattle Symphony perform the Brandenburg Concerti. I can't wait! I get a huge smile on my face just thinking about it.

Is tomorrow only Wednesday?

When I arrived a work this morning there was a power cable laid out the entire length of the parking lot. I didn't think much of it. There is an empty lot adjacent to our building and they have been getting ready to develop it. I just assumed that was the case. One of my colleagues stopped by my desk around noon and commented on it and said that he thought it had been ripped out of the ground by thieves. I saw a story on the news about this last week but still thought it unlikely. Then later in the day I saw a utility worker gathering it up and putting it around a spool, once again I didn't think much of it. Then I saw another crew outside getting the spool of cable and putting it in their truck, and once again I didn't think much of it. Then I was getting ready to leave the office just after 5:00 p.m. and a utility worker knocked on the window. We let him in and he explained that it had been ripped out of the ground by thieves the night before. The second crew that I had seen picking up the cable was not a crew but the thieves. I am being interviewed by the police tomorrow. There goes my wish that 2007 would be "police interview" free.

I hate when people drop the ball and then give half-assed apologies. But even more than that, I hate when people patronize me.

The clock in my kitchen is one of those atomic clocks in which you don't have to set the time because it magically communicates with a satellite. On Sunday afternoon the clock started spinning around at an alarming quick pace, much like it does when it's setting itself. I thought maybe the battery was dying and figured that it would stop soon enough. But alas, it's still spinning. Crazy! I had left it alone because I wanted to see what would happen and I am shocked that it hasn't died yet. Now it's just driving me nuts, I think I will put a new battery in it before I go to bed.

Speaking of bed, it's that time. It’s cold out tonight and I can’t wait to crawl into my warm bed. Hope you are warm wherever you are.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Great Weekend

This weekend was filled with all of the elements that make a weekend truly good. On Friday night, Don and I totally geeked out at my place and set up my new wireless router and external hard drive. I am so loving having a wireless network again. Now I can surf anywhere in my apartment. And having a new external hard drive has given me the freedom to expand my music collection. I spend a ton of time this weekend adding songs to my collection that I have been collecting for months because I didn't have the space to do so.

Saturday morning I saw the return of school. I attended class on Saturday morning and became the leader of my lab group. I didn't want to be the leader last term but then found myself being VERY competitive with the group leader. I really wanted to be in a totally different group this term but as it turned out several of my classmates from last semester really enjoyed working with me so I we reunited and created a group complete with the leader from last semester. It should be interesting. Then it was off to coffee with a girlfriend and an afternoon of errands and palm tree hunting.

This morning Don and I had brunch (that's what you call it when you eat eggs late on Sunday right?) at one of my favorite neighborhood places. Then I had a lazy afternoon at home. It watched a movie and relaxed. Tonight I enjoyed the return of some of my favorite TV shows (Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters).

I had planned on taking down the Christmas tree this weekend but realized today that I am not quite ready. I am ready to say goodbye to the Christmas knick-knacks and other decorations but the tree is something that I not quite ready to part with. So I gathered together all of the decorations and prepared them for packing and didn't do anything with the tree. I realize that Saturday was Epiphany marking the official end of the holiday season but I figure I can do it in my own timing which means that I will spend portions of this evening this week making Christmas disappear from my home.

I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend and are ready for the week ahead. :-)

Friday, January 05, 2007

What Dessert Are You Most Like?

You Are a Brownie

Decadent and intense, you aren't for the weakhearted.
Those who can deal with your strong flavor find out how sweet you really are.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Yummy Dinner

Nancy was right! Parmesan cheese is comfort food!

My tummy is full and my eyelashes are very, very, very heavy.

I am SO not in my 20's anymore...

I got 3 1/2 hours of sleep last night and have realized that I am not as able to cope as usual when I pretend like I am 10 years younger than I really am. With that said, I had an amazing day yesterday and today and it was TOTALLY worth it! :-)

One of my oldest friends arrived in Seattle yesterday. I met Jennifer when we were in the same Girl Scout troop as sophomores in high school. After graduation (from rival high schools) we kept in touch through college and then lost touch with one another. Last January I was thinking of her so I "Googled" her (what do we do before Google) and found her. I sent one of those "are you, if so contact me" emails and we reconnected during a 2+ hour conversation on the phone the following weekend. She is in South Dakota now and I so wished that we could see one another and catch up properly. Well my wish came true in an email message just before Christmas announcing that she was coming to Seattle. I was THRILLED!

I worked from home for the afternoon so that I would be there when she arrived. She got to my place about 3:30 p.m. and for the next 24 hours we had the most amazing reunion ever. It had been 14 years since we had seen one another and I was hoping that it we could pick up right where we left off. I was thinking about her visit prior to her arrival and was worried that even though we were the "bestest of friends" as "children" would we have anything in common as adults?

My worries were completely unfounded because we did in fact pick up right where we left off and some quality time with her is exactly what I needed. It was surprising though many miles apart from one another and on totally different career paths how similar our lives have been. As children we had many similar interests and the same is true about us as adults. We both love good wine, good cigars, seafood, boys, chocolate, entertaining, adventure, travel, community service, our country, our faith and one another.

My time with Jennifer has reaffirmed for me that I am in the absolutely right place for me and that the things that are important to me, although some may deem shallow, are important! As adults we have many of the same dreams, aspirations and goals. We are the same gregarious, fun-loving, wildly-spirted and BOLD women that we were becoming back then but maybe a bit more refined now (LOL.... some may disagree). The sacrifice of sleep was worth the 10 solid hours that we spent talking and catching up last night and my only regret as my time with Jennifer drew to a close was that we couldn't do it all over again.

My wise mother once told me at the ripe old age of 13 that if you could count your true friends on the fingers of one hand you were a truly blessed person. It has taken me years to realize the true depth of that wise advise but as a woman in her 30's I feel truly blessed to have three of those people in my life (Jennifer, of course, being one of them).

As she pulled out of the parking lot at my office today, I sat at my desk for a moment and reflected on the profoundness of the past 24 hours. It is not a time I will soon forget and I sure hope that we get to do it again soon.

And to Jennifer (who will read this because I am sending her a link), thanks for an amazing memory and doing my dishes (although it's your least favorite household chore). Catching up with you, laughing with you, reminiscing with you and bonding with was a true pleasure. You are a truly amazing woman and friend and I am oh so blessed to call you my friend.

And since I acting like a 20-something last night, I think I will act like a 10-year-old tonight and go to bed super early. :-D

Smiley logo is so fitting

My packages have both arrived from Amazon. :-)

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Draggin this morning

Maybe this will help jump start me.

Package Update

For those of you that have been worried about my package from Amazon, here is an update. I don't understand the logic in sending package for a 3-night stay in Louisville, I am just glad that it's finally moving and hopefully it will arrive today as planned!

Date Time Location Event Details
January 3, 2007 06:00:00 AM SEATTLE WA US Departure Scan
January 3, 2007 05:20:00 AM SEATTLE WA US Arrival Scan
January 3, 2007 03:38:00 AM LOUISVILLE KY US Departure Scan
December 31, 2006 09:56:00 AM LOUISVILLE KY US Arrival Scan
December 31, 2006 05:40:00 AM COMMERCE CITY CO US Departure Scan
December 31, 2006 04:41:00 AM COMMERCE CITY CO US Arrival Scan
December 31, 2006 01:33:00 AM OAKLAND CA US Departure Scan
December 30, 2006 09:59:00 PM OAKLAND CA US Shipment picked up from seller's facility
December 30, 2006 03:23:11 PM US Carrier notified to pick up package

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Loving my laundry bags

I went to IKEA on Saturday to get some new laundry bags. My old bags were very warn and falling apart. I saw the Bulla bag online prior to arriving at the store and really liked it when I saw it so I purchased two, one for whites and one for colors.

Tonight I took them for their first real test. They are lighter and much easier to haul than my old bags. The shoulder strap is a life-saver when carrying them up 3 flights of stairs upon arriving home.

These bags have certainly taken some of the chore out of laundry day.

Tuesday Morning Randomness

I started this post earlier but then my system crashed and I lost it, so I am now starting over. It's just been one of those days thus far.

I am unable to complete my normal duties because the software we use is being updated to reflect the new year. This has been going on for close to 2 hours now. In that time I have filled the time by:
  • Cleaning out my in-box
  • Reading EVERYTHING on my bloglines feed
  • Chatting with some co-workers
  • Changing the order of my NetFlix queue
On Friday we had a problem with the server and were down for a few hours, I can just feel the work building up. There is nothing more frustrating than have tons of work to do and not being able to do it.


I have an order from Amazon that is supposed to arrive at my office tomorrow. I just checked the tracking info on the package and saw the following.

Date Time Location Event Details
December 31, 2006 09:56:00 AM LOUISVILLE KY US Arrival Scan
December 31, 2006 05:40:00 AM COMMERCE CITY CO US Departure Scan
December 31, 2006 04:41:00 AM COMMERCE CITY CO US Arrival Scan
December 31, 2006 01:33:00 AM OAKLAND CA US Departure Scan
December 30, 2006 09:59:00 PM OAKLAND CA US Shipment picked up from seller's facility
December 30, 2006 03:23:11 PM US Carrier notified to pick up package

My question - If a package must go from Oakland, CA to Seattle, WA, why would one ship it to Louisville, Kentucky. That damn *Lew Eve Falcon Duck He* is haunting me!


Why is it that only the women around here make the coffee? I finally got a chance to get to the kitchen shortly after 8:00 this morning and no one had made the coffee yet. While walking into the kitchen I noted that 2 of my colleagues were leaving the kitchen after checking to see if there was coffee and frowning when they realized there was none. I did something similar but then I made the coffee. Why didn't it occur to them to follow their frowns by making the coffee.

I have given both of them a bad time about it. :-)


Well off for an early lunch with my favorite co-worker at one of our favorite spots.

Hope the first working day of the year is going better for you than it is for me.

Me from A to Z

A - Age: 33
B - Band listening to right now: Vienna Teng
C - Career: National Accounts Manager for Bio-Tech company
D - Drink?: Yes, mostly wine and beer
E - Easiest person/s to talk to: Don
F - Favorite song/s at the moment: Love Loss Hope Repeat by Carbon Leaf
G - Gummy Bears or Gummy Worms: Bears
J - Junk foods you like: chips & dip, chocolate, pizza
L - Longest car ride ever: Cross country with my family when I was 15 years old
M - My favorite Sport/s: Football
N - Number of relationships you've had: 3 or 4 serious romantic relationships
O - One wish you have: That I didn't snore
P - Phobias: Snakes and Heights
Q - Favorite Quote: “You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.” --Albert Camus
R - Reason to smile: 4 years!
S - Song: My all time favorite song is "Walkin on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves
T- Time you woke up: 5:50 a.m.
U - Unknown fact about you: I am afraid of Pillsbury dough containers.
V - Vegetable/fruit you hate: I am not crazy about mushrooms, but I don't really hate any fruit or vegetables.
W - Worst habit: biting my nails
X - X-rays you’ve had: Wrist, ankle, chest and numerous total body scans
Y- Yummy food/s: pasta, mac & cheese, salmon, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, bread
Z- Zodiac sign: Leo

Monday, January 01, 2007

A new year, a great day

I was a quiet New Year's Day for me. I slept in this morning after bringing in 2007 with good friends at my apartment last night. The other leisurely activities of the day included.
  • Cleaning up the kitchen
  • Drinking coffee
  • Taking a walk around the neighborhood before the rain began.
  • Catching up with a friend on the phone
  • Movie
  • Laundry
  • Finally completing my Christmas and New Year's posts
  • Getting ready for the week ahead
Hope you all had a good new year's holiday. Happy 2007!

Steps 7 - 10

I wrote this post weeks ago (12/11/06) and I don't know why it didn't get posted then but I was clearing out my drafts folder this evening I found it and decided to post it.


It's been quite a while since I have reported on my progress in the Doormat Recovery Program. Actually I have been progressing just fine, I just haven't documented it here.

Step 7 - Successfully use the word "no."

Step 8 - Put the puzzle away. I am ready to admit that no one is ever going to finish it and it's mere presence bugs me.

Step 9 - Add up the losses and formulate a plan.

Step 10 - Finally admit to myself that I didn't do anything wrong and really believe it.