Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 01, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
This weekend though, was about what I am thankful for. Here's a Top 5 list.
1) My family, my excellent friends, and my Sweet One.
2) My meowers, who are sweet and fun and give me something to keep alive and happy.
3) My job, with a fun company that is successful, so hopefully I don't have to worry about it. Its youth, passion for the product, and energy helps keep me young too.
4) Getting to travel as much as I did this year. Peru/Ecuador, great times with my friends in Plum Island MA, and London to celebrate 20 years of friendship with one of the special friends in my life.
5) My online presence, which keeps me in touch and in the know with people near and far-it's easy, and amazing who you find and who finds you after years, and new friends I've made through this blog.
Oh, I forgot my health! Which reminds me, I GOTTA get that treadmill set up again so I can start treating my body better again.
Hope you had a safe and happy holiday weekend. And, if it wasn't a holiday for you, hope you had one anyway!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
As we started running, lightning struck the ground three feet away from me, and knocked me on my back. I thought, "Well, that didn't hurt as much as I thought it would!" Then, I woke up.
Friday, November 28, 2008
My niece C called the house after she arrived home with her sister and mom to report that people were already in line at Best Buy at 9pm last night, waiting for the doorbuster tickets they would be handing out at 3am. Sure enough, we drove by and there were 10 people in line, some with tents. Wow, now I'm a good bargain hunter, but holy moly that is commitment.
Did any of YOU actually get any good deals between 4am-7am this morning?
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
It took about 20 minutes to put together. The cats stared at it. Emmie sniffed it. Mimi stood outside of it and stuck one paw inside to determine if it did indeed contain kitty litter. Immediately withdrew the paw and dragged litter outside the box. Some minutes later, it turned on and raked the litter. Both cats watched, bellies close to the ground, fascinated.
Neither one has taken the plunge. They are either holding tight, or went upstairs to use the normal litter box up there. We're waiting, but hopeful. Scooping sucks.
Gratuitous kitty pictures. Black one is Mimi and stripey one is Emmie. They're the poopers and we're the scoopers.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Enter the Vince Guaraldi Linus and Lucy theme, which happens to be my ringtone.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Here's what I got from one of them today.
Can you guess how many pets have a lot of teeth you need at lest 8 when I come back from school tomorrow I will check my e mail and respond so you know. I have a question when are you coming on Thursday or Wednesday? I'm going to ask you questions and you are going to answer when I come home from school tomorrow I will check my email so then I can make the mistakes right. When I see you I'm going to give you a big huge kiss then I'm gong to tell you what I told you on the email so then I know if you have learned. I also have a question what dose East Africa live on a day sendme back
What have I gotten myself into?? :-)
(I love it)
Sunday, November 23, 2008
"Sir, excuse me, but you're bleeding on the bar." He'd cut himself shaving.
He managed to meet Dan Marino and the rest of the Dolphins, as well as the cheerleaders, in a pub in Kensington called the Rose and Crown or something like that. Despite my imitation-British attitude, he asked if I'd like to go to the game with him at Wembley (the old Wembley, not the remodel). He was cool to talk to so I said yes. It was a lot of fun.
It's been 20 years and 4 months since then. He'd been out to visit me in Amherst (when he bought a charcoal grill so we could grill outside), and Albany and Boston, I'd been to his wedding in 1993 with my English friend Dave, then saw him on a visit to see my friend Kim in 2005, and he came to visit last year.
It's nice to have a friend who knew you when, and still knows you now. Happy birthday Howard!
Pics from the last visit.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Tonight we went to a really nice dinner at a restaurant called Casablanca in Harvard Square. I think we were the only natural-born US citizens in the place. Very Euro. Great food though. Randy had duck and I had Arctic Char. Yum. After that we went to see the new James Bond flick, Quantum of Solace. Cool. Also got free passes to another movie because the sound kept going out.
Came home and got a sweet email message from my niece C. It was so cool to hear from her on email. Hopefully, both her and K send me more messages. I'd like that (just as much as getting K's Flat Stanley letter in the mail!), 'cause I love to hear from their own mouths or notes what they're up to, and I can write back and keep in better touch!
That's it for tonight. More pearls of wisdom tomorrow, I'm sure.
Friday, November 21, 2008
We just came off a great summer Olympics in China, where the athletes were great, records were broken, and we got to experience the last warm fuzzy thing we got to see-feel-view before the markets collapsed and the economy went south and the US election happened, etc., etc.
Now, we look to the next summer Olympics in 2012. London won the bid in 2005, (the very next day, they went through the horrific 7/7 terrorists bombings on the subway and bus that killed over 50 people-let's not forget about those people, and it was one of the worst days I had, worrying about one of my best friends.)
Moving on, they had to come up with plans for the games, not to mention a really cool logo to splash all over anything that's possible to sell before, during and after the games.
Enter the worst logo for any product, service, or event I've ever seen. What was going through their minds, to select this atrocity?
Maybe I'll go, maybe I won't, but one thing is for sure. I'd rather buy a a few stainless steel Tube maps or a case of my absolute 20-year long obsession Walker's Cheese and Onion crisps than purchase anything with this oddball schizophrenic logo.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Does that count as a post?!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I was at our sales meeting all day yesterday - so great - all our shoes and apparel look awesome for Fall 2009. Yes, fall 2009! Hard to believe all the footwear and apparel manufacturers have already decided what we're going to be offered in stores to put on our bodies a full year from now.
After the meeting, we did a "Dine-Around." We were broken up into smaller groups of 8 people each and assigned a restaurant. Ours was Bouchee on Newbury Street, around the corner from the hotel in Boston's Back Bay. Cool tres Francais ambiance, nice wines, so-so food, but great company.
Transitioning from Fall 09 to Fall 08 now...a couple years ago, I signed up for emails from Julie Foley, who's a local stylist here in the Boston area. She sends out seasonal emails about style, color, merchandising your closet. I really should hire her because I have a big problem with leaving my clothes all over the Princess Room (yes, I have my very own dressing room here), a tough time putting outfits together (sometimes they're weird, but sometimes they work), and an addiction to all things outerwear.
Randy's always asking me, "How many coats do you HAVE?!" The question also applies to purses, tee-shirts, shoes, my company's running shoes, sandals, boots, and flip-flops. So, I thought it was funny when I got this message in my email box today:
|A Wardrobe of Coats|| Creating Confidence,with Style! |
November 18, 2008
So now, I feel completely justified in keeping an eye out for upgrades for the perfect knee-length three-season trench, a long ugly down-filled coat (hello, it's New England), and perhaps another leather jacket in a tan color if I can find the perfect one. Bear in mind, it took me 14 years to find the perfect brown-almost-black leather jacket. And, I'm terribly picky, so it could take years to complete the list. However, everything happens to be 40-50% off already...and I have my Macy's coupons, and I have TJ Maxx 1.5 miles from the office, and I have Julie Foley's message for complete justification.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Yesterday morning, Randy was checking around for things to do and saw that they're currently on tour in New England. So, he got some tix and last night we got to see them in concert at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel in Providence. Awesome show, great tunes, really cool place to see them. It's a rock club in an old building right downtown, with a couple of bars and a huge open floor in front of the stage, but they have a balcony with seats too, so you can have an awesome view and a nice cushy seat. Not like we sat, the music kept us movin' and groovin' most of the night!
Before the show we went to dinner at this cool place around the corner called the Cuban Revolution. The doorman at Lupo's said he'd pay for our meal if we didn't like it. So yummy. Needless to say, he got to keep his cash.
We timed it perfectly - the band went on at 7:45 back at Lupo's; we walked through the door right as they started, and the show ended at 10:00PM, so we were home by 11:30. Why can't they have someplace like that in Boston? By the time the bands start, we're ready for the beddy! Yep, I'm getting old. ;-)
Saturday, November 15, 2008
After our recent election, she posted about a couple things she stumbled across. I can't direct-link to the post unfortunately, but here are the pics.
We're not the only ones watching this election closely!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Here are all of my secret names. The codes to get them can be found below. Enjoy and feel free to play along on your own blog.
1. ROCK STAR NAME: JJ Scion
2. GANGSTA NAME: Chocolate Saucony
3. NATIVE AMERICAN NAME: Red Cat
4. SUPERHERO NAME: Blue Newcastle
5. NASCAR NAME: Sigurd Ray
6. STRIPPER NAME: CK One Milky Way (Imagine the outfit. Jeepers.)
7. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: oh no, I don't remember who that was!
8. SPY NAME: Summer Geranium
9. CARTOON NAME: Banana Boyshorts
10. HIPPIE NAME: Oatmeal Ceiba
If you want to play, here's how:
1. first pet, current car
2. fave ice cream flavor, favorite type of shoe
3. favorite color, favorite animal
4. 2nd favorite color, favorite drink
5. the first names of your grandfathers
6. the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/scent, favorite candy
7. 5th grade teacher's last name, name of city that starts with the same letter
8. your favorite season/holiday, flower
9. favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now
10. what you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Hm, our sales meeting is next week. Fun, but nothing great to write about. I guess the only entertaining thing about that, is that all the guys start talking about what they're gonna wear, because no one can fit in the size medium lifestyle apparel samples. It's funny to hear a bunch of 50-something guys talking about clothes.
The economy appears to be pretty much flushable, but the entire world is writing about that. I did manage to find a pair of nice jeans at 30% off, and they're a brand that never goes on sale. Got 'em because I am exploding out of the identical pair in my normal size. I blame that on 7 weeks of kitchen-remodel take-out, not my complete lack of physical endeavor.
My beau is at the Patriots/Jets game with his company tonight. Well, THAT'S kinda funny, 'cause he's a Dolphins fan, and everyone else he went with is pulling for the Jets. How come we both get tix to sporting events now, but never during baseball season?!
I am currently surrounded by much kittiness, which is cool. One is upside-down, paws-up and snoozing, and the other one just farted, curled up into a ball, and fell asleep. I will be imitating them soon, minus the stinkiness!
Oh, and I found an old Footlocker friend on LinkedIn today. That was cool.
OK, I'm gonna go back to posting some pics from this year tomorrow! :-)
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
My boss took us to the Celtics game tonight. Great game, very exciting from the 2nd quarter on. Within one or two points at the end of each quarter from the 2nd on. Wow the way the crowd exploded when they won...pretty wild!
Celtics rally, send Hawks to first loss of season
By JIMMY GOLEN,
BOSTON (AP) Paul Pierce hit a fallaway jumper with 0.5 seconds left, scoring 34 points in all on Wednesday night as the Boston Celtics overcame a 16-point, second-quarter deficit to beat Atlanta 103-102 and send the Hawks to their first loss of the season.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
At the Prime Meridian in Greenwich, England, in October
Monday, November 10, 2008
Today, the housekeepers came for the first time in 8 weeks, primarily to clean up the mess left by the contractors. We've done a bunch ourselves, but it's so nice to have it deep cleaned-even the wires to the electronics are clean. It's so nice!
They moved all the furniture in the living room.
So, while we're waiting for the guys to finish up all the little leftover projects, we're going to sit on our nice clean couch, in our nice clean house, and decide if we want to keep it this way.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
I took care of the deck today, cleaning up the planters, closing down the grill, putting away the chairs. Threw out my back lifting a bag of dirt, hit my head in the cellar, and got sprayed full-on in the face when the hose attachment decided to reject the on/off switch thing.
Yesterday's choppings remain where I left them. Work for another day.
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Today Randy rented a carpet cleaner from Rug Doctor and cleaned all the carpets in the house - wow, they look unbelievable - and I chopped, chopped, chopped the hydrangea bushes, some tree limbs, and all the plants in the garden, before attacking the bamboo forest we have growing for 35 feet along the north side of the house.
What I couldn't believe is that today's what? November 8th, and I worked outside all day until it got dark wearing a tee-shirt and jeans! Probably about 64-65 degrees. Wow.
Still gotta clean up the deck - look at the state of it! This was our summer slice of heaven, but now it's just a gigantic mess, thanks to the construction in the kitchen and the death of 80% of my plants.
Now we have a space outside that measures about 20'x 7' that's filled to the top of the fence, for the entire length and width, of crap that we have to chop up and put into bags. Wonder if I can hire someone from Craig's List for that one?
Friday, November 07, 2008
I am so happy it's Friday that I just can't stand it. Happy weekend!
Thursday, November 06, 2008
We went out the night before these shots were taken, and were really hung over, but because it was such a gorgeous day, my last day there...and because I had to bring back pictures of a Flat Stanley paper doll my niece had sent me, who really hadn't been photographed in anyplace famous yet, we dragged out butts out of the house and hit the train in the middle of the afternoon and made the trip into town. We hit Pizza Hut outside Charing Cross station, scarfed down a gigantic pizza with gigantic diet cokes (and honestly, we had the nicest waitress in London there, a rarity-we tipped well in the city that never tips!) and hit the pavement.
Here's Dave, catching up on some sleep on the train.
Here's Flat Stanley at Trafalgar Square. The National Gallery is in the background, along with lots of tourists feeding the few pigeons that are left.
Shot taken near 10 Downing Street, which you used to be able to walk right up to get your picture taken in front of the Prime Minister's house, but now it's blocked off with serious gates and men with machine guns.
Dave at the London Eye. Back in 1999, I was there the week they raised it from the river. Very cool to see. It was only supposed to be up for five years to celebrate the millenium, but it's a huge moneymaker and one of the biggest attractions in London now. It's about $25 to take a ride, but very much worth it to do at least once on a clear day or evening.
Near St James' Park. The ball is a memorial to the victims of the nightclub bombing in Bali a few years ago.
Different view of the Queen Victoria statue, with the moon and the Big Ben clocktower in the background.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
So, today, I am very tired, and very happy. Instead of writing anything else about our president-elect, and how much better I feel about our country's future and position in world politics, here's a photo montage that put a big smile on my face last night. My mom put together a photoshow of my beautiful nieces. Enjoy! :-)
PS-The Onion's website is definitely worth a visit today, especially the expanded election coverage.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Bizarre call in the wee hours here in Somerville this morning. I like our reverse-911 and reverse 311 service; it's very cool, but this freaked me out a little, when I listened to the message this morning after I got up and voted, completely uncaffeinated, I might add.
So, the phone rang while I was having sweet dreams. I got up and saw that the caller id was reading "city" so I ignored the call and went to bed. I thought, "Why are they gonna tell me about Somerville Ave construction in the middle of the night?!" Because that's the only reason they call. Except for one time to warn me about an assault near my neighborhood where they hadn't caught the guy yet. Anyway, I read the caller ID and went back to bed. Here's part of the article:
Connect CTY System Fire Call Error
Please note that the Connect CTY fire alarm call that went out this morning at approximately 3:45 a.m. was designed to provide a standard notification to the City's emergency responders ONLY. Through human error, the call was mistakenly sent to the entire city.
I didn't listen and I didn't respond. All I did was get up early and fulfill the other civic duty that was required of me. :-)