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A Picture Worth A Thousand Words

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Kenny Rogers is NOT a Frisky Sailor, but the nickname might stick

A particular candidate for THE LIST has been concerned for the last week about whether or not he is on THE LIST. He's been wondering if he is the Cowboy or not. I won't confirm or deny, but really, I'm a little insulted that he thinks I would be that unoriginal in nicknaming him. But then again, I thought he didn't read this blog, so maybe I didn't have to be so original?

Either way, we had a funny conversation today. For the sake of this conversation, he will be Kenny Rogers and I will be Dolly Parton.

Kenny Rogers: I had a weird dream about you last night. Don't worry, I'm not going to go all pervy on you here.

Dolly Parton (in her head): Dang it. (outloud) Okay.

Kenny Rogers: I had this dream that I was in your blog. You had created another "guy" list and I was labeled as the "Frisky Sailor." Which was odd because I am neither a sailor, nor have I been frisky.

Dolly searches in her head for a plausible reason for this dream. Ther…

Happy Tara's Big Birthday Weekend

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Happy Tara's 30th Birthday!
In honor of the special occasion, Tara, Corey, Jill and I (and multiple friends in spirit) took a little road trip down to Virginia Beach. And as should be expected with any trip involving Tara and/or Corey, dozens of pictures were taken, and all renditions will be found on the neighboring blogs.

We drove down Friday night and stayed at the Holiday Inn, right on the water. You know how on some road trips there's that unspoken stress of getting a group to agree on everything? One of the most fun parts of this trip was getting to say, "It's your birthday, Tara! You pick!" No need for a group consensus (not that we wouldn't have agreed with her. I'm sure we would have.), we always just had Tara pick. Not surprisingly, she picked laying out on the beach!

My tan needed some end of summer help, so I certainly couldn't complain!


We enjoyed the meager waves, crowds, sun, and sand for most of the day, and then decided to go explor…

Happy Anne Day

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My Blackberry is MIA

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Seriously, I just might die without my blackberry. I'm trying not to jump to conclusions, and I am literally waiting for the dawn to shed some light inside my dark interior car. But I think it was stolen right out of my car while I was moving stuff last night.


Goodbye little blackberry, I'll miss you.

Also, sidenote to the people who email and call me on a regular basis. Don't.

The Return of THE LIST

It has been brought to my attention by my dear reader, Anonymous, that I haven't blogged about my love life in a while. There are multiple reasons for this, starting with, I'm pretty sure most of the objects of my affection are possibly reading this blog. It makes it hard to say much about them, but I'm going to have fun trying anyway.

As usual, there is more than one guy on my list, and I'm not doing a good job of narrowing down the list. But I think that is what everyone enjoys mocking and reading about the most. So without further ado, I bring you-

THE LIST

*all names completely made up and make sense only to me*

Mr. Smith- Mr. Smith has been on my radar for a while, and things have finally started to move in an interesting direction. Every conversation with him I learn something more interesting and intriguing about him. He has a lot of potential, and the best part about him is that he makes it very clear he's interested back. It's been a while since …

Lucky Post #700

I'm in the new house. YEAH!!

Things going well-
I have set up the wireless internet without incident in the new place.

Things not going well-
My cell phone doesn't work within a 2 block radius of this house. I've tried realigning my phone with the service, but alas, nothing. (To the three people who have left me voice mail today, please forgive me for not calling you back.)

I have officially lost the motivation to finish moving. I have no energy and way too much going on this week. There's only a few things left at the old place, and I still have to paint the whole place. But you know, it was only 2 months rent for the deposit. Maybe I don't need that back after all. Which is more important anyway? Sleep and sanity? Or money? I can't decide.

First Day of First Grade

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My nephew is off to his first day of first grade where he's bound to be made fun of for having a wierd name. But his favorite aunt loves him anyway.

Big Boy

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I think the little brothers just might miss the big brother while he's off at school all day. And someone needs to explain to me why Porter needs both a bottle and a binky.

Studio 60 is coming

I really really cannot wait for this show. I love the premise, producer, writer, and nearly every single one of the main cast members. And I love knowing that I am about to finally have a favorite new show again. Seriously, Matthew Perry, Bradley Whitford, Amanda Peet and Steven Webber on an Aaron Sorkin show. It just doesn't get better than this!


Make it lucky #13

Places of residence since 2000-
2000- Falls Church, VA (in that basement studio apartment I loved and still miss)
2001- moved to Fredericksburg mid-year, went to Romania
2002- moved to Purcellville, VA, moved back to Fredericksburg, didn't join the Navy, and went to mooch off Juli in Palm Bay, FL for several months. Eventually moved into an apartment in Orlando.
2003- moved from first apartment to second apartment in Orlando in January. In October moved back to Fredericksburg. By November I was in Prague.
2004- started off the new year by moving to Santa Monica, CA. Was back in Fredericksburg by mid-March. Moved into first Arlington apartment (temp situation) in June. By the end of August moved into my real apartment in Arlington. Have been here ever since.
Tomorrow- move back to Falls Church.

That would be 12 moves (i don't count prague as a move) in 6 years. How can someone who has moved 12 times in that short period of time have as much junk as I do?? I am so tired of p…

The Picture That Launched a Thousand Astronauts

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Villagers on a hillside in Greece look at the moon.


How can you look at this picture and not want to be an astronaut? In just a few more days I will get to sit on a beach and just stare up at the moon for hours on end. Is there anything more beautiful, relaxing, and awe inspiring than a full moon you want to just reach out and touch?

Hooters, Tats, Iron Bladder and me

Tonight Steph
aka Iron Bladder and I found ourselves rather involved with the discussion boards on LDS Linkup. It all started with a post on Smash's blog about a rip off on her blog being passed around Linkup. (For those unfamiliar with LDS Linkup it is essentially just a really big online community/bulletin board for LDS.) To help even the score for Smash, I stole the below poop story and put it on my old blog.

But back to me and Steph, and Jules actually. I noticed Juli had made some comments about tattoos on a discussion board. I read it and found myself commenting. And then I shared with Steph (aka on Linkup as Blue Jean Girl). And she commented. And then somehow we ended up on the Hooters discussion board, and well, we'll just be lucky if Sherpa (a moderator on linkup) doesn't kick us off soon.

Basically Steph and I (and Juli a wee bit) were defending tats. Steph has one. I used to have one. I love them on men, and a little on women. If there are any non-morm…

How to Poop at Work

Do you ever find yourself laughing hysterically in the middle of the night? It is 2:20 a.m. Eastern, and I am WIDE AWAKE. There is no hope for me tonight. I blame it all on an Inka Cola consumed 8 hours ago at dinner with Sherpa. I'm still wired.

I found this little joke tonight and laughed till it hurt. It might not be as funny in the morning, but let's find out, shall we?

HOW TO POOP AT WORK

We've all been there but don't like to admit it. We've all kicked back
In our cubicles and suddenly felt something brewing down below. As
Much as we try to convince ourselves otherwise, the WORK POOP is Inevitable.

For those who hate pooping at work, following is the Survival Guide
For taking a dump at work.

CROP DUSTING
When farting, you walk really fast around the office so the smell is not in your area and everyone else gets a whiff but doesn't know where it came from. Be careful when you do this. Do not stop until the full fart has been expelled. Walk an extra 30 feet to …

the rather auspicious start to the week

I should have known something was wrong with the cosmos when I woke up two hours early this morning for no good reason. And with no good reason I went to work early. And then before 8 am even came around I found out that my boss has resigned and a favored co-worker is "no longer employed" at Beretta. It's really hard to have a really great day after that kind of news. I have never felt any sort of loyalty to my company. But have felt a great deal of loyalty to my boss. His departure is earth-shaking for those of us directly affected. He's really been the best boss anyone could ever ask for. His management style reminds of me of the cliche, "where much is given, much is required." (Or is that just mormon doctrine? I never can tell.) He lets us get away with murder, and in return, we perform like hell for him. He's a best friend, father figure, and paycheck provider, all rolled in to one lump sum. It is very hard to imagine going on working th…

Interpersonal Communication 101

Private circumstances have recently lead me to really think about communication, interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships, and all the quiet nuances of communication. As many of you know I studied Communication in my undergrad years at Mason . It has always been one of my favorite topics to think about, debate, discuss, etc. This weekend provided me with several opportunities to focus on this love of mine yet again.

Back in the university days one of the first mantras we learned to repeat over and over again was, "you cannot not communicate." Every movement made, breath taken, glance, and word spoken sends a message. Every time a phone is or isn't answered a communication is made. The world of instant communication and messaging has only lead to a world full of misunderstood communications.

I have several internet-only friends. People who have only read my words and never heard my voice. I think many of these friends do know me quite well, but they certainly d…

if i died tonight is that the last thing i want the world to read about me?

I have this overwhelming urge to blog about blogging tonight. It's late, I'm wired on too much late night Dr Pepper, and sleep is anything but imminent. I'm going through my blogroll, catching up on blogs I don't read often, and surfing to find a few new ones, and I can't help but ask myself what is the purpose of blogging? Most blogs in my personal blogosphere (as read on the right hand side of the page) are just reflections and antidotes about life. Some people are clearly better writers than others, some fancy themselves good writers, and some are just plain boring. So I asked myself what is my point? Why am I blogging? I get anywhere from 40-60 readers a day, of which I can probably guess 15-20 of them. So that means I don't know who the other 50% are, and why they read. Of the 15-20 I can identify, half of them are in constant contact with me, and are so involved in my life that they appear in half my stories, and I am in theirs. And why do the o…

There's Hope For Us All

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There's hope for us all when this guy can grow up to become the Sexiest Man Alive.

More Vindication!

My devoted readers may remember that back in July I had a very negative experience with US Airways/American West on a trip to Utah. In addition to blogging about it, I write the airline a letter and told them about my experience. Today I received an apology letter from them and a $200 voucher good for one year on their airline. I accept their apology!

Between a raise, royalty check, selling off some of my older furniture, and now the plane voucher, it hasn't been too shabby a week for me!

A New Low in Blogging

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Tonight was the first new roommate bonding experience. I know Rae and I know Val, but Val and Rae don't know each other as well. So to get our future living situation off on the right foot, we went out to a Nats game (courtesy of my employer's free tickets) together.

Sadly, just as we got there, I had a little accident on my white tee shirt.


But Valerie just happened to have a stain stick on her, so we put it to good use. We also put the camera to good use.


Here I have documented Valerie flirting with drunk guys. Please notice how she has the attention of four guys at once. Not too shabby, Val!


We let drunk guys take our picture. Drunk guys like doing nice things for us.


What? That can't actually be a picture of Rae almost smiling and not being silly!!


Well, the non-silliness couldn't last forever!


Oh, and guess what? The stain stick worked! (I told you this was a new low in blogging!)


In other random events this evening, I got a little bit turned around in Southeast D…

Hey look, I got tagged

Thanks to Steph's Anthesis of Boring I have been tagged. (What goes around comes around I guess.

The instructions for this tag--

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your LJ/blog along with these instructions.
5. Don’t you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.
6. Tag five people.

(Steph didn't do this on her blog, but I think the point of this tag is to "write" a book, so you keep the previous tag's entry. So the first section is from Steph, the second from me.)

"Finally the girl said, in that same strange tone, "I see deer--a great herd of deer, and a man among them with his body painted--they put the antlers on him--oh, he is down, they will kill him--" Her voice trembled and again Viviane passed her hand above the surface of the water, a…

it's been 4 days and i haven't blogged yet

Sorry for the lack of blogging. I guess I was out having a life for a few days. For instance, on Friday night I went with friends to go see Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. I had no or low expectations for this movie, but actually really enjoyed it. Saturday was the first Saturday I have had at home without responsibilities to other people for possibly 2 months. I honestly can't remember the last time I had a Saturday at home. So I slept in and took a really long nap. I know, this is great blogging material, right? But for me, a nap was ground breaking. I even cleaned my room. And while maybe this isn't exactly newsworthy to you, it was heavenly for me. But that brings us to Saturday night (are you on the edge of your seat yet?), where I had an unexpectedly great evening. I was the recipient of some free box seats at Wolf Trap for Saturday night to see the National Symphony Orchestra perform the Wizard of Oz. I invited along Steph, Boo (Amber), and Rae…

Vindication, Villified, and Victory is MINE!!!!

This morning started off very early with a trip to BWI to take Miss Ruby G to her flight to Mexico. Which is how and why I got to work at 6 am. And why I left work around 2:30 and got home around 3. You've heard me whine plenty about the temperature in my apartment in the late evening, so please take a second and imagine how hot it is in the middle of the day in that sweatbox. I opened the door to my apartment and was hit full force by the heat inside. You know that blast of heat that hits your face when you open the oven? That is what it felt like in our apartment. And that is after my roommate got inventive last night and hung a bedsheet curtain thing over the door to the kitchen, cooling it off a good 10 degrees.
So I get in the apartment, and go straight for my magnet pissing boy thermometer. 100 degrees. Final straw!!! I call the landlord and have the following conversation.

Me: I know that in the past you have said our a/c works just fine. And I do realize that t…

Blog Tag

What is your salad dressing of choice?
Newman’s Own Raspberry Vinaigrette

What is your favorite fast food restaurant?
Five Guys!

What is your favorite sit down restaurant?
Gibsons in Chicago

On average, what size tip do you leave at a restaurant?
15% unless they earned more

What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of?
Indian food

Name three foods you detest above all others.
bananas, “stomach soup,” and lentils

What is your favorite dish to order in a Chinese restaurant?
Orange Chicken

What are your pizza toppings of choice?
Mushrooms, olives, pineapple

What do you like to put on your toast?
lots of butter when the toast is still hot so it melts

What is your favorite type of gum?
I’ve never liked gum and probably never will. When it’s required though Dentyne Cinnamon.

Number of contacts in your cell phone?
163 – most of which are business related

Number of contacts in your e-mail address book?
200- I have no good reason for this

What is your wallpaper on your computer?
Dall…

More Dallin Fun

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I love this kid for many reasons, this set of pictures is just one of them. Just some every day typical Dallin love!


(Sorry, I don't know why this picture is determined to stay horizontal!)