Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Is this thing a MEME? I love questionnaires!

Name: LARYSSA
Nicknames: RIS
Birthplace: PITTSFIELD, MA
Current Location: JUST OUTSIDE BOSTON
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: HAZEL
Height: 5'6" (OR 5'7" WHEN I'M 10 LBS HEAVIER)
Weight: ARE YOU FOR REAL? 9 LBS LESS THAN THANKSGIVING THOUGH
Tattoos?: butterfly on ankle since 1994
Piercings?: EARS. STILL GOT SOME EXTRA HOLES FROM THE 80'S TOO, BUT I DON'T USE 'EM
--Your--
Bedtime: 10:30 WHEN RANDY'S HOME. OTHERWISE, MIDNIGHTISH
Best Physical Feature: SMILE
Most Embarrassing Moment: WHEN MY PANTS SPLIT OPEN ROLLERSKATING AT BROYLES ARENA
Most Missed Memory: I CAN'T REMEMBER, I'M MISSING THAT MEMORY
First Thought When You Wake Up: YAY, RANDY'S GONNA GET ME SOME COFFEE!
Weakness: BARGAIN SHOPPING
Best Friends: KAREN, KIM, AND DAVE. CAROLYN IS A GREAT FRIEND TOO!
Goal For The Year: GET TO MY GOAL WEIGHT, WHICH I USED TO BE TWO YEARS AGO BUT IT HAS SLIPPED AWAY
Greatest Fears: LOSING THE PEOPLE THAT I LOVE
--This Or That--
Pepsi or Coke...DIET COKE
McDonalds or Burger King...MCDONALDS
Hot Tea or Ice Tea... HOT TEA
Chocolate or Vanilla... CHOCOLATE
Water or Milk...WATER (MILK? OUCH! I ONCE LOST A TOOTH OVER MILK!)
Coffee or Hot Chocolate... COFFEE
Hugs or Kisses...BOTH!!
Cats or Dogs... CATS, HAVE TWO CUTIES
Summer or Winter...SUMMER
Scary Movies or Romantic Comedies... ROMANTIC COMEDIES
Love or Money...LOVE
--Favs--
Number: 6 AND 13
Food: PIZZA
Type of Music: ROCK
Candy: CHOCOLATE
Color: RED
Animal: CATS
Drink: VODKA TONIC WITH LEMON, OR GIN & TONIC WITH LIME
Body Part on the Opposite Sex: SMILE
Movie: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE AND GREASE
Pastime: READING
--Have You Ever--
Drank? HAHAHAHAHA, I'M 38 YEARS OLD, WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Bullied Someone? I HOPE NOT
Skinny Dipped? YES, AND IT WAS REALLY COLD TWO OUT OF THE THREE TIMES
Used The Restroom On A Tree? NOPE, NEXT TO THE TREE
Told A Joke And Nobody Thought It was Funny? YES, I AM A HORRIFYING JOKE-TELLER
Been On Stage? YES, I DID A TALENT SHOW WITH MY BEST FRIEND AT 15. WE DID A DANCE TO "I WOULD DIE 4 U" BY PRINCE
Worn Clothes Your Mom Didn't Approve Of? I'M CERTAIN OF IT
Been To A Nude Beach? YES. JIMMIE-JANGLY IS NOT PRETTY
Burnt Yourself? YES, ON THE CURLING IRON AND IT LOOKED LIKE A HICKEY
Been Dumped? SEE "DRANK"
Dumped Someone? SEE "DRANK"
Been In Love? SEE "DRANK"
Been Hit On by Someone Too Old? YES, BUT HE WAS SEXY, SO I DIDN'T MIND
Bought Lottery Tickets? YES. STUPID RED SOX SEASON-PASS-FOR-LIFE LOTTERY TICKETS, THEY TAKE ALL MY MONEY
Made Out In A Car? YES, AND MY CURRENT CAR HAS SEATS THAT FOLD ALL THE WAY DOWN (BUT UM, I'M 38 NOW, AND HAVE BEEN MOSTLY OUT OF THE HOUSE FOR 20 YRS)
Cried During A Movie? YES
Wanted Something You Couldn't Have? YES...GEORGE BUSH OUT OF OFFICE IN 2004
Tried To Strip When Drunk? NO, BUT I HAVE DONE THE "WOOOHOOOO!" DANCE WHILE SHAKING MY BUTT
Bought A Thong Cuz The Cashier Was Hot? WHAT AM I 12? NO I DID IT BECAUSE I AM HOT
Played A Prank On Someone And Scared Them? NO, BUT I GLUED A SCRAMBLED-EGGS-APPEARING PAPER PLATE WITH FULL PLACE SETTINGS TO SOMEONE'S DOOR ONCE. ALSO FLIPPED EVERYTHING FROM SOMEONE'S DORM ROOM EXACTLY TO THE OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE ROOM.
Been Embarrassed By Someone In Your Family? SOMETIMES MY BROTHER BURPS REALLY LOUDLY
Protested? NO, BUT HAVE WRITTEN LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Been To An Island? SEVERAL ISLANDS, MOSTLY VACATIONS
Made Out W/ A Stranger? YES (TEEHEE)
Wished A Part Of You Was Different? YES, SO I WENT FROM BLOND TO BROWN
Been Sunburned So Bad You Blistered? YES, MY FEET, AND THEN SOMEONE STEPPED ON ONE AND THE WHOLE THING TURNED PURPLE AND SWELLED UP. NASTY.
Recieved A Love Letter That Wasnt Signed? NO. HAVEN'T REALLY GOTTEN ANY THAT WERE SIGNED EITHER
Been To A Luau? YES. AND IF YOU GET TO HAWAII YOU MIGHT WANT TO SKIP THE DINNER
Cursed In front Of Your Parents? YES, WHO DO YOU THINK TAUGHT ME?
Been On TV? YES, AND UNFORTUNATELY WITHOUT MAKEUP
Been Outta The Country? 13 OR 14 COUNTRIES AND COUNTING
Been Honked At While Walking Down The Sidewalk? YES AND IT BETTER NOT EVER STOP (ALTHOUGH IT HAS SLOWED DOWN A LOT, ADMITTEDLY)
Went To School/ Work Drunk? I CAME BACK FROM MY LUNCH BREAK DRUNK ONCE, BUT I WORKED AT A PUB AT THE TIME, AND EVERYONE ELSE WAS TOO, SO NO ONE NOTICED
Dieted? NOT REALLY. DOES CALORIE RESTRICTION COUNT AS A DIET?
Had An Eating Disorder? NEVER
Cheated On Your Other? NO, I RESPECT HIM TOO MUCH FOR THAT, EVEN IF I STOPPED LOVING HIM I WOULDN'T DO THAT TO HIM
Been Cheated On? YES WHICH IS WHY I NEVER WANT TO BE A CHEATER
Been Paid To Date Someone? YES I USED TO WORK FOR AN ESCORT AGENCY (NOT)
Tanned Topless? NO, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN I WOULDN'T (EVER BEEN TO ST THOMAS? IF THE OLD JIMMIE-JANGLERS CAN DO IT I DON'T SEE WHY I CAN'T TAKE OFF MY TOP)
Bought Something Way Too Expensive? YES, ON BEAUTIFUL BOOTS
Been arrested? THANKFULLY, NO
--Randoms--
Country You Wanna Visit: ITALY, POLAND, RUSSIA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND TO NAME A FEW
Way You Wanna Die: PEACEFULLY IN MY SLEEP
Wanna Get Married? YES
Want Kids? NO
Can You Unwrap A Starburst W/ Your Tongue? NO BUT I CAN TIE THE STEM OF A CHERRY
Touch Your Nose W/ Your Tongue? YES, JUST THE VERY BOTTOM
What Kind Of Perfume Or Cologne Do You Wear? CK ONE
What's Your Favorite Scent? OCEAN OR FRESH CUT GRASS
Would You Choose To Live Forever If You Could? NO WAY. GOTTA MAKE ROOM FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO LEARN THEIR LIFE'S LESSONS

Sustainability...and reams of paper

The big story at Outdoor Retailer? Sustainability. Wikipedia says of sustainability, "It is intended to be a means of configuring civilization and human activity so that society, its members and its economies are able to meet their needs and express their greatest potential in the present, while preserving biodiversity and natural ecosystems, and planning and acting for the ability to maintain these ideals in a very long term."

Excellent idea, and most outdoor-related companies have gotten on board with using everything from recycled polyesters (as in fleece), organic cottons, Merino wools, recycled rubber, bamboo, even coconut, to build their products (My company will have several items made incorporating bamboo and wool.) A couple companies showed up with brand new booths made with everything from wood to cardboard. Very cool! And our company purchased Carbon Neutral Energy credits for our team. It's a pretty cool concept. It would be really cool if airlines and gas stations offered them for sale. Better yet, if the companies selling air travel and autos did it themselves (yeah right!) Here's a place you can do it yourself if you're so inclined: www.b-e-f.org

Well, anyway, as we were talking about sustainability in our own booth I can't tell you how many people were dropping off comp copies of magazines, flyers, catalogs, etc. I just thought it was ironic that with sustainability being such a big issue that there was so much paper flying around. Granted, it can be recycled, and may or may not have been printed on recycled paper in the first place, and all these companies have 3 days to make an impression on the buyers (we are there to make money and keep our jobs after all). I just thought it was funny, and wondered how much energy is used to recycle and reuse?

Anyway, I guess we just all gotta keep doing our part. I hate to rinse out cans but even I will swish water around in them now, and recycle the boxes and papers even though it's a pain in the ass to cut and tie and fold all that stuff.

(Click the name of the post if you're interested in more about this subject)

Monday, January 29, 2007

Happy Birthday, Dad

I miss you, and I love you.

Love, Ris

Friday, January 26, 2007

Two big bags and a delayed flight

So, now it's 9:17am and I should be in the air but my flight got cancelled. Spent an hour in line getting re-booked, but yay, now it's a nonstop to SLC on Delta which is the flight I wanted anyway, but it's not until 4:45 now so I lugged the big bags to the curb and took a cab back home. Got six hours to wait to get a cab back. It's nice to live a couple miles from the airport. Sure would have stunk to get up at 4am and drive for 2 hours to have this happen! Instead, I get to eat breakfast at home, and pet the kitties, and watch The Price is Right.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Off to Salt Lake City

Going to Salt Lake City tomorrow for the Outdoor Retailer trade show (click title of this post for the link). Always a good time the first two days-they have most of the biggest to littlest suppliers of outdoor gear, footwear and apparel. There's even one company that puts up a huge blow-up pool and holds kayak and canoe demos.
It's really cool to see what's going to be out in the marketplace two seasons for now. We're all showing our Fall 07 lines to retailers from all across the country. It's make-or-break time for the Product and Design teams. Must be a lot of pressure to see if your concepts and designs are what the people (we consumers) really want to buy a year from now.
So, there are always these great parties thrown by the biggest names in the industry - last year I missed the Black-Eyed Peas in a bar, and OR sponsored a concert by one of my 80's faves A Flock of Seagulls. It seems I only get to see the local bands. The best I've done so far is to meet the castoffs of Survivor from several seasons back. Oh well, it's always a fun and exciting time. Plus there are great restaurants there, yum!
Did I mention that this month is my 10th Anniversary with my company? Can't believe it's been that long since our parent company acquired them. And now we've both been acquired by another company in MA. Anyway, I love getting to see all the people I've worked with through the years.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Investments

So, I'm a believer in diversifying your investments. I'm not so great with money myself; I balance the 401k and the Roth whenever I take an update class at work. Mostly I invest in my appearance in the workplace.
Randy has as part of his portfolio now a few very beautiful collectible guitars.
Last weekend I tuned a guitar as old as he is! And, from my guitar lessons in the 6th grade, I can play three chords and Mary Had a Little Lamb on them. (Thanks Mom!)
I love the music room. Lots of people have home theater systems or pool tables, but we have a red room with all things music. How cool is that?

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

THREE posts in one day? Well American Idol is on

These people from Seattle SUCK! And they're freaky! I thought people from Seattle were supposed to be hip and cool and musically inclined! What the hell was up with "Hotness" and the chick with the bleached blond hair who brought her mom into the audition?
It's almost as scary as that God woman coming back on Trading Spouses.
Or camping in The Apprentice tent.
Or watching Paula Abdul give interviews.

8 El Bees and counting

8 lbs lost since Thanksgiving. Yay! 4 more to go before I hit my goal for the trip to Hawaii in mid-February and hmm, maybe 8 or ten more to hit my true goal and fit into my skinny pants.
Can't wait for Hawaii! Me and Randy, and his sister Renee and her husband Bill (who I gotta hook up with my brother-they both love classic cars)...and Karen, and Kim & Jim, and barbeque, and Yahtzee, and sun, and a patio on the marina with the volcano view! Now that it's finally 14 degrees, I think it will feel like a winter break and not a fall vacation!

It's Weeenter!


See this flower box? It finally froze last night.









Haven't checked on this one, but I think the flowers are dead and the vines aren't far behind. BUT, it's mid-January...and I live in Massachusetts. How can I complain??

Monday, January 15, 2007

We don't have pets anymore


After several days of kitty beatings (namely, Emmie beating on Mimi), the kitties are little kitty buddies, and don't have much use for the peoples in the house.

Hard to say who has the upper hand. Emmie is bigger and stronger and much more of an attacker. Mimi is FAST. However...

(to the tune of Mary had a Little Lamb)
Emmie has a little cat,
Li-ttle cat!
Li-ttle cat!
And ev-rey-where-that Mimi is, Emm-ie is sure to go!

(And it's usually upstairs, where we can't see 'em.)

Can you tell I don't really have a lot going on right now?

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

New kitty is home!













Our new kitty is here!
Mimi????? I think that's her nickname. Baptized as Midnight. Too many black kitties named Midnight; besides, I like people names for pets, or something original.


Our new kitty does have a funny face!














She's sweet though. She seems to know it's Emmie's house.
Emmie is the aggressive one. She crouches aggressively and growls and hisses. Wasn't too keen on the initial introduction.

Little one puts her head to the ground sideways and stares back, and hisses and growls a little. Both kitties are letting me pick them up and pet them though so I think they're just checking each other out and making their pecking order. (Guess who wins?)








New kitty likes the featherball toy and the crinkle-tunnel and the cat scratch tower. She also likes the white couch. Good thing she came with her nails clipped, 'cause she's gonna hafta get used to it. Clip clip!


I smell like kitties!

For the Youtube link to kitty introdution, click on the title of this post. It's funny!





And one more pic of our sweet kitty Emmie, sleeping a couple days ago, never knowing the sweet peace would be disturbed.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Kitty comes home tomorrow!

Our new kitty is coming home tomorrow! Had to buy more litter, more food, a couple toys that don't smell like Emmie-breath, and make her "safe haven" on the chance that she and Emmie freak out at the sight of each other.

Speaking of kitties, if you want to waste some time on line and see some funny videos (well we think they're funny, but we're the artistes), go to www.youtube.com and enter Emmie Chronicles in the search box. There are three episodes that should pop up as the first three videos. Part four will come soon I think, and will feature New Kitty!

Monday, January 08, 2007

Deval Patrick's Inaugural Party

Randy and I went to Deval Patrick's Inaugural Gala at the new Expo Center in South Boston Thursday night. I got the tickets free from work. I thought it would be really cool to be part of this historical event. Plus if I could squeeze into my favorite dress I'd be really happy (and I did!). I thought we might get to at least take a picture of the man and maybe even shake his hand, or see a local celeb like Ben Affleck or Matt Damon or Natalie from Channel 5. However, we attended with 10,998 other guests and over 30 bands. The 20 minute wait to drop off my coat was a sign of what was yet to come....LONG lines for food and drink and people everywhere. We had crackers and cheese for dinner. I washed mine down with a $5.75 vodka tonic shot.

We missed getting into the main ballroom which only held 4000 guests by about 5 minutes. I knew it was time to go when Randy yelled "FREE BIRD!" at an R&B band that decided to play Jimmy Buffett cover tunes. Went home, took off the nice clothes and made eggs for the rest of our dinner.

My "payback" was to have a poker night at our house the next night. THAT was fun. Six of Randy's friends came over and played for each other's money. A good time was had by all, and it lasted for more than 1 hour, and I didn't have to wear pantyhose.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Happy New Year!

One of my New Year's resolutions is to actually post to this thing!

Christmas was great this year. First, Randy and I had our little Christmas the night before he left to spend a week with his parents in South Carolina. He gave me a beautiful jewelry armoire with extra drawers in it, a cute nightshirt, scented oils for the house, and a cool Skagen watch (green with sparkles around the face.) I got him binoculars to replace the ones he left in Madrid, a gorgeous raincoat, movies, and the number one thing he wanted, a toolbox! teehee

Emmie got some new toys and some chicken, her favorite.

Went home to Pittsfield to spend Christmas with my family. Our annual Christmas party was Christmas eve at my mom's house. We had a great time! My family is so cool and fun, and the new additions over the last few years remind me of the Christmas magic when we were little. We're so lucky to be able to continue the tradition with all the cousins spread far and wide.

Christmas Day we had our family gift exchange. I got some really nice gifts this year and they even came from my list! I'm loving my ipod speaker dock at work, my new steamer for my clothes, my favorite perfume, external hard drive to back up all the pics I love to take, and all the other nice gifts from everyone. Both nieces received their #1 Christmas wish - Butterscotch the Pony for K and a kitten for C. It was so much fun to see how much they loved these gifts.

New Year's Eve, Randy was back home. We decided to stay in and play games all night which was fun. Once again, we never popped open the champagne.

Now in the new year, we've got a lot to look forward to already. Our families are in good health and happy, we're going to Hawaii for a week in February with some of his family and some of our friends, our jobs are going well, and we're getting a kitty for our kitty! Emmie loves to play and we wanted to get her a fun little playmate, so we went to the animal shelter today and found a very playful little 7-month-old girl, a pretty black cat named Midnight (but, well, we're shortening that to Mimi I think!). She moves in with us on Wednesday.

And the weather! It was 68 and sunny today (Jan 6!) and we had a nice walk around Boston's South End before we went to the animal shelter. It's not this nice in April!

More soon, and regularly, I hope!

CLICK THE TITLE OF THIS POST "HAPPY NEW YEAR" TO SEE PICS FROM CHRISTMAS!