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100 Things About Me

Apparently it is my turn to do the "100 Things About Me" post that is circulating the blogosphere.

I was born in Washington, DC. So technically a DC native, not a NoVA native.I have never lived in DC.I have lived in 5 states and 1 US territory.I had a fascination for baby octupi when we lived in American Samoa.I got 48 stitches in my right arm when I was 4 years old.When I was 16 a plastic surgeon opened up the 5 inch scar on my right arm and stitched it tighter so my scar would be less noticeable.Because of the scar on my right arm I was very shy about wearing short sleeves most of my childhood. (but Virginia heat and humidity usually convinced me to wear short sleeves)I have a birthmark that looks like Puerto Rico on my butt.Very few people have ever seen said birthmark.I started performing on stage when I was 4.I have been in more than 100 stage productions. Most of them with the same two performing groups.In spite of having performed so much I have never been a soloist or…

Happy Thoughts to Start Off a Monday

1. I've been going to a physical therapist for about 6 weeks now to help me with my back/shoulder/neck pain problems. She's worked wonders. The pain I have been dealing with for nearly 6 years (and then got really bad about 2 months ago) is practically gone. And the fun side effect of all the isometric exercises and new movements? Yesterday on a whim I stood on the scale. I've lost between 10-12 lbs! So now I have a little motivation to try and diet to lose another 10.

2. It is my week to drive to early-morning seminary again. Some people think this would be a burden. Not me. I really enjoy getting to talk to the students (i'm refraining from calling them kids) in the morning. It gets me to work earlier and moving and productive earlier. I really can't complain.

3. This time next week I'll be in New Orleans!

4. I have some interesting professional challenges to face this week. I'm looking forward to tackling them.

5. Kickball tomorrow!
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You Are Big Black Boots!
You can be best described as: attitude
You've got lots of it - and you love to give it
A guy has to be pretty gusty to hit on you
But if he's your type, you'll warm up... a littleWhat Kind of Shoe Are You? I love this quiz!! It's just soo.... me!

Dinner, Movie -- and a Background Check -- for Online Daters -

Dinner, Movie -- and a Background Check -- for Online Daters -

Personally, I have hung up my online dating hat. But I still found this article very interesting and amusing. And so I thought I would pass it along to all of my girlfriends that I know are trying to meet men this way as well.

I have never done a criminal check on a guy. But I have googled him, checked the sex offenders datbase, and (in a very few cases) subtlely found a way to get his resume so I can see if his story checks out.

I've met some livewires in my time, but thankfully, nothing that conjures up images of rape or murder.

Top Ten Things to Think About This Weekend

I've been back from the big business trip for over a week now and I'm still trying to get back into "home mode." Life hasn't settled back into routine yet, but at least it has slowed down a bit. It doesn't look I'll be fully adjusting back into home mode though, since I'm up and running off to New Orleans in another week. And then I'm going to Utah a few days after that. And then possibly NYC. So yeah... no home mode. But I did buy food just in case I do feel at home enough to eat there. But it's all frozen food just in case I never get around to feeling at home. As usual, when things get a bit busy and frantic, I start making lists so I can remember what it was I was walking through the house holding scissors in one hand and a cup in the other for.

Today I shall share with you the list in my head. What kind of list? The list that reminds me what I am thinking about.

1. Singles. Don't groan (I'm doing it for you). Singles …

I Used to be the Taller Sister

Back when I was the taller sister...

I Miss the 80's!

Get him a body bag, Johnny!!

Thank You Good Fairy

Although I suspect the Good Fairy will be offended I am referring to him/her as a fairy, I must say thank you to the Good Fairy that came and shoveled our walk and driveway last night. I don't know who it is, or whether they are male or female, but THANK YOU! Your kindness and willingness to freeze in the snow and ice was greatly appreciated by the 3 ladies of our house this morning!!

Miss Potter

Miss Potter, starring Renee Zellweger, Ewen McGregor, and Emily Watson
2 thumbs up, 4 stars, and all my love

A movie about a 32 year old single female author whose mother doesn't understand her or her views on men and dating? Yeah, there was a little bit in there I could identify with. Have you ever cried in a movie because you just got it? It just struck a chord in you? You felt like it was your life up on the screen (just 100 years ago and in Britain- which of course is where you would rather be anyway)?
It's Jane Austen meets Bridget Jones in a real life story, starring an actress you actually find believable. I just loved it, that's all I can say! I loved it! It's beautifully filmed. It has great one-liners that just hit home with me. And as a fun little perk, Mr. Collins from the BBC Pride and Prejudice shows up in a small role.
I know it won't be for everyone. But for me, this movie is officially for now and for always, my new favorite movie.

Reading List

I have a new goal to read 100 books this year. Some may be old books I am dusting off and re-reading, but for the most part, it will be new books, or books I have forgotten the plot of since the last time I read them. However, I don't have a full list of books to read yet, and could use a few suggestions. Anyone got some for me?

The List
1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
3. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (shocking I know, but I haven't read this one yet)
4. When Character Was King by Peggy Noonan (Ronald Reagan biography)
5. Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Sean Covey (another surprise- but I've never read it)
6. The Bell Jar- Sylvia Plath (borrowed from Sherpa ages ago and never finished)
7. Turnaround by Mitt Romney
8. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
9. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (managed to escape high school without ever reading it)
10. Moby Dick by Hermann Melville (another high school feat!)
11. Brot…

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

Pollo Rico
Arlington, VA- 15 mins away
specialty- peruvian chicken, fries, and their amazing yellow sauce stuff
seriously lacking in ambiance
Inka Cola available
4 stars

Crisp and Juicy
Falls Church, VA- 2 mins away
specialty- peruvian chicken, fries, and so-so orange sauce
decorations include tv showing nonstop telemundo
Inka and Diet Inka Cola available
3 stars

Taste Budds II
Ft Washington, MD-- halfway between office and home
specialty- jamaican curry chicken, greens, rice and beans and fried plantains
Jamaican woman runs the joint and calls me "sweetheart" and likes that a white girl orders the spicy stuff
Cane Cola available
4 stars

easy to get to
specialty- chicken in a crockpot
Comfortable couch and TV
Diet Dr Pepper in the fridge
$2.00 plus labor
2 stars

Some choices are hard to make!!

Really, I'm Almost Too Easy to Please

I'm telling you people, this is all it takes to make me happy. Chocolate, daisies, and shoes. Seriously, I need nothing more in life.

(it was 6 am- that's as realistic as my smile can look that early in the morning)

And how cool is my cake? A chocolate "treasure chest" cake with more chocolate inside? Is there anything happier?

My birthday gifts? Getting my family to go with me to an Indian restaurant (and they admitted later they all liked it), free shoes from my favorite vendor, and a very beautiful new comforter set for my bed. Thanks Mom and Dad! And from myself- a 5 day trip to Utah in February. Thank you me!

Made it!

I'm finally home and blogging from the comfort of the sunroom. I'm very happy to be home, even if it is just a brief respite. My day certainly didn't go as planned, but I'm happy with the turnout. I got on to my plane in Orlando, looked around and realized that there were no more seats, just as the great voice in the sky announced that they were looking for volunteers to get bumped. I'm not sure if I was voluntarily bumped or forced off, but either way, I've got a $200 flight voucher burning a hole in my pocket. Do I visit my sister? Do I save it for my trip to Romania this summer? Or do I use it for an upgrade on my flight to Italy? Decisions, decisions.
But either way, I'm home now. I have no clean clothes, no food in the house, and I'm exhuasted, but hey! I still get to go back to work tomorrow. I'm in town for a few weeks, and then off to New Orleans for a few days. Home, and then gone again for Presidents Day weekend. (where? I don'…

JellyRolls Baby!

It's not a trip to Orlando without a trip to JellyRolls, my favorite dueling piano singalong bar. I recruited Carlton and Jason to go with me, and we had a little bit of fun.

My coworkers had a hard time appreciating that I have ever been a regular at any bar. But JellyRolls isn't just any bar. At one point in time I was a full fledged groupie for the pianist in the black shirt.

For those of you unclear on how the dueling piano singalong bar works, it's like this. There are 2 pianos on a stage, as seen above. These pianists are incredible. They can sing and play ANYTHING.

Then people like me (or you) write down a song on a napkin, and put the napkin and a tip ($2) on the piano. Here's Jason demonstrating how to get up on the stage. The guys play and sing your song, and, if you choose a great crowd pleasing song, everyone sings along. It's not like karaoke, and please don't insult JellyRolls by thinking that it is.

Some songs require a little bit of audience par…

Still in Florida

I have to admit this is starting to feel like the trip that just won't end. We seem to be recovering well from our bad juju, but... ugh. 9 days is one long business trip. The trade show is going well- business is booming, progress progresses, and the worker bees work. I am having a good time, but am thoroughly exhausted. I did get half a day off today (much needed!) and slept for 3 straight hours. I could use another 18 or so I think!

It gets peculiar spending this much time with co-workers. Remember that old saying, "what goes on the road, stays on the road?" I'm starting to notice more and more little behaviors pop up that wouldn't happen at home. Friendships and partnerships forged in the most unlikely pairs. Unexpected physical attractions (um, ok, hookups), and people who were previously friends just get sick and flat out tired of each other. Boredom and tempers are at an all-time high, and so is the need to have an itch scratched.

I'm not included in tho…

Bad Juju

In our trade show booth we have a very special football. This ball has traveled to every trade show with us. It is a very very important football. It stays in our booth. It lives in the pistol stand. We sign it at every show. It has been to LA, Miami, Boston, and Vegas twice. It's a very worldly ball. We toss it around. When we get to our booth it is the first thing we look for at every show. We love this ball.
But today when we got to the booth, no ball. And then things* started happening that never ever happen around here. Crazy bad things.
There's only one explanation.
Bad juju.

*Unfortunately, I can't tell you what those things were. I'm not at liberty to say.

Happiness in a Hotel Room

This week we are staying in a suites hotel. Full kitchens, living rooms, screened-in porches, and of course bed and bathrooms. And I must say, this lifestyle is growing on me!

Tonight I blog to you from the comfort of this bed and all 7 of the pillows that came on it. (And there were 3 more in the closet.) Of all the hotels I have slept in, this bed by far outranks the others. LOVE IT! I have my sliding door open to the screened-in porch and I'm enjoying the FL night breeze while listening to some co-workers continue to party on. I miss late night FL breezes!!

I will not be blogging from this 2-person tub with earthquake inducing jacuzzi vents. But I have discovered that it works miracles on my injured shoulder.

It takes almost 15 minutes to fill this sucker up. It's huge! And I LOVE it! I may not blog from it, but I have read a bit and watched a movie from within its depths. I've seen hot tubs smaller than this bath tub. When I get around to building my house,…

4 days down, 5 left to go

I'm almost done with day 4 in Orlando. Our sales meeting ends in a few more hours (I'm enjoying a 2 hour break right now by blog reading, email reading, napping and watching "Wayne's World," and then back for more work). And then tomorrow morning we get to "sleep in" till a whole exciting 8 am and start switching into trade show mode. This has been a hard rough week, and we're not even half way there yet! The bright side is that if all goes according to plan tomorrow, I get to have about half of the day off. But only if it all goes according to plan. Wish me luck.
It is always interesting (until it gets annoying) to be around co-workers this long. Personalities that are fine M-F 8-5, start to get pretty annoying when its 24/7. I'm not speaking of any specific person right now (in case a co-worker reads this), but I would just like to say that 7 am is WAY too early for salesmen personalities. Perkiness is not acceptable prior to 9 am, and…

Life in the Sunshine State

I've been in Florida about 36 hours now, and I really can't remember why it is I ever left this state. I love Florida. It was 84F and sunny today. Granted, my hair is a bit frizzed, but who cares? I got to sit out by the pool and read a book and take a nap in the sun today. And yesterday I went by Universal's CityWalk for dinner and a movie. (3 things on my list done already!) I really do miss and love this place.

But the fun and games end at 6:40 tomorrow morning. Actually, 6 am if you make it from the time I have to wake up. But yes, our work day begins at 6:40 am Monday. Followed by endless hours of meetings and meetings and meetings. I think the worst words in the English language are "Power Point Presentation" and the meetings haven't even started yet!

This is just a sidenote, and probably a premature one. But I'm saying it now while I still have the energy to do so. I am sure the admin assistants who planned the bulk of this meeting did a g…

Highway to Hell

Today as I was driving across the Charles Nice Bridge (connecting southern maryland to the eastern shores of virginia) there was some massive fog. The bridge itself is fairly steep to begin with and I hate driving over it. But today as I passed over the top and looked down below, I couldn't see where the bridge ended. It appeared to just disappear into the fog. It took some serious faith to just keep driving onward- down into the deep abyss! It's not the greatest photo, after all I was taking it while driving stick, talking on my cell phone, and going over a steep and narrow bridge in dense fog, all at the same time. But hopefully you can get the idea! What you can't tell in this photo very well is that I am pointed very directly downward in the car. It's about a 65 degree slope, which is scary for a bridge!

Happy Feet

When I'm fully exhausted and going crazy trying to carry the world on my shoulders, there is one thing I can't wait to get home and do-
put on my happy feet socks. Because how can you not be happy when wearing fleece "stocking" socks?

3 more wakeups till Orlando

At work we have a little thing we like to call SHOT Show. SHOT= Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor, Trade Show. It is the biggest event of the year. (Personally, I call it "O-Shot.") I'm guessing we send about 50% of our staff to this show. In other words, BIG DEAL. But who cares? I have been doing events for a while now, and this is the third time I've done this show. So let's talk about the good stuff.
I'm going to Orlando, baby! Wahoo! 9 days in Florida! 80 degree temps! Sunshine! Working my butt off!
But really, I'm excited. I miss Florida. I miss JellyRolls. I miss CityWalk. I miss Islands of Adventure. I miss Farris and Fosters. I miss NASA. I miss ocean. I miss sunshine. I miss palm trees. I miss resort hotels. I miss amazing dining. And with some strategic time management, and my upcoming 60 hour work week, and 9 days on the road, I think I just might fit all of it in. (note how i didn't say that i miss convention centers, cust…

Things that make you go "hmmm..."

As seen in my statcounter today--

IP Address
Country United States
Region Wisconsin
City Spooner
ISP New York Public Library

Why should I apologize?

It has been brought to my attention that I offended some friends with my post about how my conference weekend went. Apparently saying that I was hurt that my friends didn't attend the conference, gave a few friends guilty stomachs.
To be honest, yes, I considered pulling the post off the morning after I said it. But then I realized that there is no reason for me to not speak my mind. So why should I not share what I was thinking and feeling? If there is one thing to be said for my friends, it is that they are all good at speaking their minds as well. So friends, deal with it. I have every reason and right in the world to express myself. As do you. And you have.
You have a problem with me, you know how to reach me direct. No need to whine to others pretending you don't know it will get right back to me.

Not so bad so far

All the signs of a good day-
My little brother, Scott the Mancub, explains to me the goodness of Sonic. And models his new fashion sense- blue wool blazer over a Banana Republic henley. Interesting choice.

Fredneck, while not the cure for boredom most days, is now the home of Virginia's newest Sonic!
So obviously we partook of the greasy goodness of chili cheese tots. (And burgers and chicken strips.)
And then Scott helped me move furniture and we went to the movies. He wasn't so amused.
We saw "We Are Marshall." Freaking stupid tearjerker movie that made me cry. I hate crying.

All in all, not a bad day.

Reflections, and no, not on the passing year

I've been debating about retracting and deleting my post on the conference. I was very tired and still in the post-event depression funk. But I've decided to leave it as is. My feelings haven't changed any, but I could have worded things a bit better though. Live and learn I guess.

After all major events I have planned there is always a bit of post-event depression. And every event planner I have ever met goes through something similar as well. You pour your heart into something, and then suddenly, it's just done.

This week, however, I don't get to have much time to recover, re-group, and get over the post-event depression. I'm leaving on Saturday for 9 days in Orlando for a massive company business trip. There's no time for me to lose confidence and feel like a failure. If anything I need to pick up and be on top of my game more than anything else.

Ring Out Wild Bells

One of the gloomiest hymns ever written has to be "Ring Out Wild Bells." You would think a hymn compilation of Mozart and Tennyson would be more beautiful and touching. But instead, it is just truly awful!