Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Ya never know who's reading!

How funny is this...I got this email the other day. Freaked me out a little at first but then again I read strangers' blogs all the time.

"I was looking at your blog and laughing at your "most embarassing moment" part of the questionaire that you filled out in January. Oh, you probably want to know why I was looking at it. Unfortunately, I am not a stalker. I just happen to be a mad googler. When I am sitting at my desk at work I google anything that comes to mind. The other day I was thinking about my grandmother's old rollerskating rink, "Broyles Arena." So, I googled it and the only link that I came up with was from your blog. So, that is how I saw your website...If you did grow up there you probably went to my grandfather's old restaurant, "The Rainbow" I know it has since changed names and become "Over the Rainbow" but I have some fond memories of that place. And, of course...who can forget Teo's! I still stop by there whenever I get to Pittsfield. (not often) So, in any case, it was good to see that somebody had a funny memory from the old skating rink."

Now I can't even google my name with any meaningful or accurate results, and a name game someone sent me once even said there was NO ONE in the United States of America with my name, so after I got over the initial shock I cracked up and thought it was just another one of those funny random things that happens from time to time that makes you think about the fun and funny things you used to do when you were younger.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Rat poison?


Rat poison. In our sweet kitties' treats. I feed them dry food but gave them Iams wet food (turkey slices in gravy) as a treat every week or two. They love it enough to share a bowl! I'm so upset. We are so lucky nothing bad happened; they're just babies at 1 year and at 10 months. I would have been heartbroken to have something happen to them and then read this article. And it wasn't just a couple of brands, it was like 75 different brands, almost impossible to avoid. Even worse is that the manufacturer kept shipping it out for OVER THREE MONTHS without a peep that people's animals were sick and dying of kidney failure even though they were getting the calls. No testing?! Those poor people losing their little buddies or having them get sick and then finding out they unwittingly fed them this stuff. Just awful.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

How to save $400 (well more, but I shop on sale)

...lose 11 pounds and bring the "skinny" box up from the basement! I forgot it was there when I did the big purge a couple weeks ago. Brought it up and guess what? 6 pairs of really nice pants, a pair of jeans (LOVE jeans!) and a bunch of other stuff that featured buttons up the front that couldn't be buttoned last year.

Off to DC this weekend, for Randy's friend's wedding celebration. Should be a good time. Leave Saturday, come home late Sunday.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

I didn't shovel your car out, I'm sorry!

I had every intention of shoveling your car out, honest I did! Karen was here Friday afternoon and helped me keep the sidewalks and driveway clean-we shoveled twice on Friday night but then Saturday came and it was all wet and heavy, and the plows came around the wrong way and buried her car in with 18" of wet heavy snow. And I couldn't get the snowblower out of the basement so we had to use shovels and IT WAS HARD! So, after we were done with the driveway and the sidewalks and my car and her car, we decided to take a little break and then were getting sore and then had our showers and then we went to Hampton Beach to Browns, and then that La Bec Rouge bar, and forgot all about digging out your ride until we drove by this afternoon with our hangovers.
Then, I thought, well, he's coming back with a tan after 4 days of sun and gambling in Las Vegas. Hm.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

What a beautiful day!

Wow, it's almost 70 degrees and absolutely gorgeous outside! It's been this way all week, and I'm actually leaving work in daylight again! (Thank you, Marty Meehan, for making it happen...sorry we might lose you to UMass!)
Not much to say about it, other than that the house smells great from the fresh air drifting in through the windows, my normal March Mood has lifted, and I wish the new grill would be delivered already so we could break it in.
I'm really not looking forward to winter's return this weekend. But I AM thinking the groundhog was right, and soon I'll be back in open-toed shoes and reading on the deck.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Tom

I just got the sad news that someone I've worked with for several years has passed away. Tom was our sales rep in Texas. A great guy to know, always worked hard for my company's brands. He died of cancer, and while he was living with it he had a great attitude towards talking about it, living with it, and trying to keep his life together while undergoing his treatments.
The last time I saw him was last summer in Maine at our sales meeting. He was with his wife who was helping maintain his accounts while he was trying to recover. He was tired and sick and thin and had been fighting for over a year already, but still had the spark in his eyes while he reviewed the new products and figured out how best to present them, and I could see he really loved being a part of the group and wanted to keep doing what he was doing.
Hearing about the death of someone you know is always strange. For me, it brings back thoughts of how frightened I was to find out my mom had breast cancer, and then seeing her get through the surgery and recovery to regain a full life. It also brings back thoughts of my father's death, which, although he was having health troubles for a few months, happened over the course of a couple of weeks of unbelievable and unexpected downturns during treatment for something that would have affected his life but would have still allowed him to live it.
Life is too short-your own but also those of the people around you-to not do what you really want to do, and work at sucky jobs that you don't like, and show your respect and admiration for those that you work with, and be with someone who isn't right for you, or not be with someone who IS right for you, and sell yourself short on your talents, and express love for your family and friends. They all want to know you're happy doing what you're doing.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Out with the Old...

Out with the Old: gosh it feels good when you throw out everything you own that you've had for seven years and you've kept for the simple reason that you knew eventually something would match or that it would miraculously fit or you just didn't have the heart to get rid of it. It's so totally cheap and superficial but what a psychological freeing-of-the-being when you get rid of all that stuff you can't stand coming across any more and then do some good by giving all those nice things to the Salvation Army or the Catholic Charities for someone else to make good use of.

In with the New: and I finally found "The One," the perfect leather jacket after 15 years of searching and yearning. (Who says I can't commit?!) Also some good springy thingies...who knew one could find good sweaters in Hawaii? And that Macy's house brand would have cool stuff for spring at 40% off already?

I wonder what Stacy and Clinton would say??

Thursday, March 01, 2007

And the kitties are well!


Didn't even miss us much while we were gone...but happy to have us home!
I love them :-)
Look how sweet when they're not beating the crap out of each other.

Hawaii!!


Finally, almost two weeks since we got back I finally have time to write about this!
Sheesh, it's been nuts at work, got a new sales manager and had to work like a beast of burden to get him set up and up to speed, but am very excited!
Anyway, Hawaii! If you want to see all the pics, click on the title of this post.

The crew is above: Karen, me, Renee, Bill, Randy, Kim and Jim.
Finally got there Sunday after 2 weeks of temps in the teens and low 20s, NICE to feel the warm sun on our shoulders in our rented convertible.














What did we do? Hung around most mornings in the sun at the house on the marina overlooking Koko Crater, got up every morning at sunrise ('cause jeez it was already 11am at home, and the time change was wacky, bobbed around in the 85 degree pool, went for great coastal drives,





Also wound up on the gayest part of Waikiki Beach (are these guys GAY or GERMAN? Well, you tell me, upon further research I discovered it was called QUEEN'S BEACH)













Also drove to the North Shore on the day of the World Tow-Surf Championships (supposedly the best waves but the surfers still weren't happy),









also saw a humpback whale there frolicking in the water up there too but only got a picture of the sky which I won't post (couldn't see the viewfinder on the camera, too sunny!), went to the Shack a few times for cocktails, grilled, missed the ice storm (well Randy and I did; Karen's area in Albany got 17" of snow!), drove to funky Kailua and had lunch there, scored shopping at the local Ross and ran into Renee there, ate food from the farmer's market, paid $4 for half-and-half for the coffee, hiked Diamond Head crater, had some other good shopping scores (Kim, what the HELL is a CRACK-SEED anyway?)
But mostly was good hanging around and catching some rays and thawing out.
The Aquent House was awesome - Randy's and my room was the best, it was a huge room with built in shower and 1/2 bath, also a gourmet kitchen which was used mostly for making cereal and coffee, but I think everyone was pretty comfortable even though the other rooms were smallish and we had to wait 10 minutes for hot water whenever anyone wanted a shower. Hm what else. Ducks on the dock, crabs on the rocks, fish in the water, friends on the shaded lanai. A fab Valentine's Day dinner in Waikiki Beach instead of snowy, icy Boston.













Bill and Renee (Randy's sister) went out every day doing fun stuff, Kim and Jim had a full day out in Honolulu sightseeing (plus Kim used to live on Oahu growing up so had lots of stories to tell!) I also got REALLY MAD at Randy 'cause I thought he had the convertible keys in his pocket when he left with his sister on the day we were all going on a 5-hour round trip drive to the North Shore to see the surf scene, but he didn't, and we didn't have to take the station wagon after all. I felt really bad about those messages on his cell phone. Karen finally found the keys under a towel in the kitchen, thank goodness!!! And a last-night dinner at Roy's which is legendary in Oahu, excellent sushi, nice entrees, and crashing afterwards from exhaustion. Gosh we're getting old.
The best part was hanging out around the house with my sweet one and my two best friends and Kim's husband, and getting to know Randy's sister and brother-in-law better. Really great group, I love having the friends in my life that I have!!!
Oddest thing was, I finally adjusted to the time change the day we were supposed to leave (why is Europe, same time-distance away in the other direction, so much easier to adjust to?!) then coming home to scrape 3" of 4-day-old ice off the stairs and sidewalks and cars after 13 hours of red-eye travel.
Well, thank you Randy for getting us to Hawaii through Aquent! Another great benefit the company he works for offers, and I think we were all happy to get that start on our tans for 2007!
Seriously though, the two women who are my closest friends in the whole world and I finally get together in one place (Me-MA, Karen-NY, Kim-CA)....and this is the best pic any of us got??? Well, at least we're tan and happy!