Thursday, February 28, 2008

They clean up good

My Red Sox at the White House. Doesn't matter how you feel about the prez...this is cool. Don't they clean up good???

Look at the very dapper David Ortiz, with the 2007 World Series Trophy!

Jerry Remy, just inducted as President of Red Sox Nation.

I heard baseball on my way home from work today. Yay! And daylight savings time is 10 days away. Spring is coming!!!

(Photos courtesy of and the Surviving Grady blog.)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Today I saw

Today on my drive to work I saw a man walking a ferret.
On a leash.
Safety first.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

A little better...snow...sleep...some shopping

Well, yesterday it snowed. I got in my car to go to work and wound up driving to my own driveway. I drove to the main street, took my turn, didn't like what I saw, and drove around the block and back to the house. Worked from home and got more done than everyone else who drove there and left early. Made a light dinner, sneezed, coughed, had a great conversation with my sister-in-law Tracy who I absolutely adore and love like she's my own blood. Crawled into bed and slept for 9 uninterrupted hours and looking forward to 9 more tonight.
Got some exercise in there today too. Shoveling 9" of snow and cleaning off two cars will do that. Now there are snots on the shovel and my sleeves and probably the snow now. Am breathing a little easier, though. I DO wish my ears would stop being all blocked up and ringing. I never did shower today. Will do so just before I hop in between the sheets though.
What else happened? Back to the really good talk with my sister-in-law last night. I was gonna go to Pittsfield to see my family (3 hours west) but really just wanted to stay home and snuggle in. Randy's gone to see his folks in SC (haha, he has to wear a tux tonight at an event his mother is hosting!) and I have the house to myself for the first time in a long time on the weekend. And I'm all worn out from this stupid not-wellness thing. Anyway I probably had a better visit with Tracy on the phone than we've had in a long long time in person, it was really nice. And once Darryl and the kids came home I got to talk to them too. They'd just come back from snowtubing which sounded like a blast. But it gave me an uninterrupted hour with Tracy on the phone, which was great!
Let's see, what else? I watched What Not to Wear last night. One of my favorite shows. They had a 39 yr old woman on (same age as me) who dressed like me and her friends all said she looked "butch, not very feminine, and not very professional." Oh my, that show can inspire me to move the economy along. So, after I shoveled, I was tired of winter and wanted to get out for an hour or two, so I went to TJ Maxx to return some mistakes and get some hopefully not-mistakes.
In my place of work, at least in our little section of the building, all the women including me all dress in sporty GarAnimals or sweatshirts with our company logo on them that oftentimes match the running shoes we design and sell. Plus, we can wear jeans which we all do far too often.
Well, spring is coming, it's in the stores already. I got a couple nice outfits for work that are hopefully a little more colorful and feminine than the v-neck tees and bulky boring sweaters I have, that I try to dress up with nice blazers but mostly fail. I'm sure my new threads will look really nice in the closet after I wear them a few times, LOL! But seriously, I found pants that aren't jeans but aren't too dressy, that fit really nice, and a really cute blazer in a white, black, yellow, and blue print, which looks absolutely fabulous with a bright yellow tee or a muted blue shiny blouse underneath. All for very small dollars; I can't beat the entertainment value and longevity of purchase for small time and effort vs dollars spent.
All worthwhile, and I was feeling good-in attitude at least; my promotion at work finally came through last week. I got a really nice raise, kicked a bunch more dollars into my 401K in my efforts to not have to work as a greeter at Walmart when I'm 73 (unless I want to), and even though there are, shall we say, challenges at work, at least I have a good starting point for if I do decide to finally find alternative employment.
After TJ's, I came home mid-afternoon, researched our South America trip a little more for pricing options (fun! and it all costs close to the same whether you package it up or run on your own, by the way), ran some laundry, and fed and pet the kitties. One of which licked ketchup off my plate and had a nasty encounter with the litter box shortly after. Poor thing.
That's my exciting weekend. Hope you're having a good one!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Me haid ain't so good

Been fighting it for weeks. Everyone I know has been hacking and coughing, and now I am too. Scratchy throat and can't laugh without punctuation. Who should I blame? My beau? My best friend? The brand president at my place of employment, or our production planning manager? Or a random stranger who made change for me at the convenience store?
Snots run rampant in my nose and lungs. I hate snots. I flipped over from sleeping on my right side to try to sleep on my left last night and did the gorgle-snort. I hate gorgle-snorts too. Then I couldn't go back to sleep. And gorgle-snorted a few more times. This, on the one night this week when our dieting cats didn't even attempt to moosh me for food.
Will it really last a month like it has for everyone else?
Darned orange juice and handwashing. Didn't work. >sniff<

Friday, February 15, 2008

Carolyn is home!

My friend Carolyn is home from her time in Iraq. Heard from her husband earlier this week that she was back at Ft Benning, GA, safe and sound. We all went to dinner tonight in Boston; she was fresh off the plane. It was great to see her, and interesting to hear the stories.
She's medical staff, so the tours of duty are relatively short (90 days). But I'm happy to have her home safe and sound, and I'm proud of her for her experiences and her service. I can't imagine what it's like for the ones that serve for a year at a time and keep going back, and for their families and friends.
I've always been against the war in Iraq, especially how it came about and it's management since, but there is no doubt in my mind that the people that serve deserve appreciation for their bravery and sacrifice.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Worst thing I ever did as a child...or adolescent...

OK OK I lost my bet. I was gonna lose anyway even if the Pats won 'cause I gave away 7 points and they were only gonna win by 3 if they could get their heads outta their butts. So, the bet was a meme.

I think of meme as a questionnaire, that gets passed around to other people, so that's the format.

What is the worst thing you ever did as a child?
Not appreciate the things my parents did for us when we were little. I didn't NOT appreciate them. I always liked everything they did or got for us or allowed us to do, but never saw the sacrifice that went into them. Now as an adult, and even without kids, I REALLY appreciate them now that I'm older. Things like our annual family vacations, being able to see most of our country, being together, my mom making clothes for me and cool stuff like a full ski suit or a dress from curtains for Easter, my parents signing us up for baseball and skiing lessons, bringing us to games at Fenway Park and once at Yankee Stadium. Making Christmas from a store my mom owned and ran for a few years. But most of all, letting us know we could do and could be whatever we want, and even if agreement wasn't always there, loving us anyway.

What is the worst thing you ever did to a sibling?
I did two. When I was little and my brother and I shared a room in our not-yet-expanded house, I did two....oh wait THREE bad things.
1) Pushed his crib against the wall and smashed a glass photo frame over his head. Fortunately he wasn't hurt, and he was laughing when they came in. I was really little then.
2) Dropped him out the front window, about 1.5 stories from the ground. The neighbor called... imagine my mother's surprise when the neighbor across the street called asking her if I had just dropped a large doll out the window.
3) Lead the charge in an escape from our shared room. Again, imagine the surprise when the next-door neighbor knocked on the door with one of us under each arm at about 7am.

What is the worst thing you ever did to a classmate?
I made fun of a girl for having bad skin. I did it once, and it was very out of character for me, because I've always liked to think I'm sensitive to other people. I don't know what I was thinking. I was promptly rewarded with acne for 10 years.

What is the worst thing you did as an adolescent?
I lied to my best friend's mom, who used to take us camping a few towns away every weekend. I promised I would stay away from this other weekend camper guy a few years older than us, but I didn't. To trick them I wrote a note saying "Teddy said he'd meet us at 11!" and accidentally left it on the table. We met him, nothing ever happened, but boy was she MAD the next morning and showed me the note. She punished me, but never told my parents, and I learned my lesson. I loved her, and always remembered she was my second mom in my teens, and especially now that she's no longer with us, I miss her.

What are the other bad things you did when you were under 18?
-Doing make-overs in English class. Like the teacher couldn't see me putting eyeshadow and blush on my friend at the back of the class. But we always has A's in that class, so maybe he didn't mind. My friend actually wrote "Mr. ****** is an asshole" in the middle of her paper once, and she got a B. I think he graded on what he thought our brains could do, not on our actual output.
I was pretty clean-cut, but the other things I did with my best friend:
-At 15, snuck outta the house frequently to pick our neighbors flowers. We got caught by a drunk chick coming home from the bars once. Not pretty, for us, her, or the flowers.
-Snuck out of the camp that we went to on the weekends late at night, to meet up with our friends and try to kiss boys. From age 14-17. Sometimes we even got smooches but most of the time we just walked around and had a great time hanging out with each other and thinking we got away with stuff, even though the parents always really did know.
-Sneaking into clubs at 17 'cause we knew the DJ and got on the guest list. Mind you, it was the mid-80's and these clubs were very New Wave. Thereby starting the list of very weird things that can happen in a club, at a very young age in life.
-Was of age in VT at 18 (but not MA) so we went to the clubs up there, or would drive up, buy a 2-liter bottle of wine coolers and sip them out of McDonalds cups by the lake when we said we were at the movies
-Traded out boyfriends frequently-some of whom really liked me- just because I could (karma gets me though: my 20's and most of my 30's did not treat me well for dating and I have never been married. Though my penance has paid off now, my beau is the best!)
-Didn't wear my seat belt while driving when I got pissed off at the world. My version of tempting fate to fuck with me.

So, that's it. I hope I've paid off my loss on the bet, and redeemed the loss for the much cockier Pats fans in the Greater Boston Area.

Um. Keeping with the theme of a meme (oh wow, that rhymes!) I am gonna tag my cousin and most excellent writer Kim. And my friend Chris from UMass, 'cause I didn't know him then.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

It's looking like...

...our South American vacation will take us to Peru and Ecuador. I can't wait! This is Randy's pick-he's been wanting to go to South America for years. Now that I'm looking into it, it looks amazing.
We're planning to Macchu Picchu and the Sacred Valley in Peru, spend a few nights at a jungle lodge in the Amazon rainforest, then we'll head to Quito, Equador, tour the old town and the museums, get our pics taken at the Equator, check out volcanos, take a train called the Devil's Nose where you can ride on the roof if you want to, and see a bunch of Spanish colonial stuff, and a lot more!
Did you know that Panama Hats are made in Ecuador? I didn't.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Pats lost

New England Patriots lost the Superbowl. Good game. I'm over it. All I lost was 10 bucks and a bloggie bet. Randy was happy 'cause he hates the Patriots.

Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training next week. Now THAT'S news! ;-)