Wednesday, January 31, 2007

100 Things About Me

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

  1. I was born in Washington, DC. So technically a DC native, not a NoVA native.
  2. I have never lived in DC.
  3. I have lived in 5 states and 1 US territory.
  4. I had a fascination for baby octupi when we lived in American Samoa.
  5. I got 48 stitches in my right arm when I was 4 years old.
  6. 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.
  7. 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)
  8. I have a birthmark that looks like Puerto Rico on my butt.
  9. Very few people have ever seen said birthmark.
  10. I started performing on stage when I was 4.
  11. I have been in more than 100 stage productions. Most of them with the same two performing groups.
  12. In spite of having performed so much I have never been a soloist or very confident singer.
  13. I am afraid of being upside down and/or falling. As a result I have never mastered back bends or handsprings. They freak me out.
  14. I also have an overwhelming fear of putting my head underwater, and therefore, avoid swimming and/or the deep end.
  15. I hate swimming and yet love the beach.
  16. I hate swimming and am also the world's worst swimmer. (My sister Natalie was on the swim team for years and teaches swimming lessons.)
  17. I took piano lessons for at least 5 years. I can still read music, but can barely manipulate the keys.
  18. I was taught in the "solfeg" style of music. I could always read music, but my music teacher preferred teaching us solfeg instead.
  19. I have had my yahoo email account for almost 8 years I think.
  20. I got my first email account (prodigy) while I was still in high school over 13 years ago.
  21. I was rejected from the BYU Communications program. I now work full-time in communications/marketing.
  22. I was rejected from the BYU Writing program. I am now a published author.
  23. I have started writing over 20 books on paper. Very few entertain me more than 10 pages.
  24. I can remember inventing my first real story in my head while sitting on a toilet when I was 8 years old.
  25. The characters in that story were also "seen" (by me only) in the funky wallpaper in that bathroom.
  26. I still remember the characters names.
  27. I had an invisible friend named Farfles for several years longer than my family realizes.
  28. I miss Farfles.
  29. I also had an invisible friend who lived behind the refrigerator named "Gobaboosh."
  30. My dad calls me Lucy.
  31. Anything that was ever "mine" as a child was named "lucybelle."
  32. My first car had "lucybel" license plates.
  33. I have met President Reagan. He patted my head.
  34. I have been in the "Offices of the Former President Bush" in Houston, and had a moon and candlelight dinner on his balcony.
  35. I have yelled "Clinton and Gore, Out in 4" while standing about a foot away from then First Lady Clinton.
  36. I was once forced to give up an elevator to allow First Lady Clinton and her SS agents to take it.
  37. I have interned on Capitol Hill 3 times.
  38. My earliest memory is of riding an elephant at a political rally. The candidate the rally was for is still my Congressman.
  39. I have traveled to 10 countries, and hope to see at least 3 more this year.
  40. More than once I have been detained at airports because my name shows up on the no-fly list. Apparently Sean McBride (IRA bad guy) has a daughter with my name.
  41. I have seen every episode of Friends, the West Wing, and a few other shows.
  42. I have been in 2 episodes of the West Wing as an extra.
  43. I worked full time on a Presidential campaign.
  44. I had never held a gun or seen one in person until I was in my mid-20's. (and now I see hundreds a day)
  45. I have a love for Monster Truck Jams and have been to more than a few shows.
  46. I followed "Gravedigger" and some other truck on the circuit for a while.
  47. My first celebrity crush was on Joey Joe McEntire.
  48. I love to knit, but can't crochet.
  49. I have an amazing ability to block out bad memories. It comes in handy for forgetting embarrassing moments.
  50. My favorite number is 17.
  51. Otherwise, I only like numbers in 4's (4, 8, 12, 16, etc.)
  52. This list is not as easy as it looks.
  53. I have an almost non-existent sense of smell.
  54. I haven't seen my nature hair color in 14 years.
  55. My two front teeth have bonding (similar to veneers) on them.
  56. I have been wearing glasses and/or contacts since I was 18.
  57. I managed a chocolate store for almost a year.
  58. I have an amazingly high tolerance level for chocolate and extremely picky taste for it.
  59. My favorite food is my own homemade chicken quesadilla. But that is subject to change at any given time.
  60. I can type over 100 wpm.
  61. I can type about 50 wpm on my blackberry.
  62. I have an obsession with the name "Piper."
  63. I also have a strong attachment to my blackberry.
  64. I came "this close" to becoming an officer in the Navy.
  65. I can recite all 50 states forwards and backwards in alphabetical order.
  66. I can recite most (but not all) of the signers of the Constitution in alphabetical order.
  67. My favorite movie (today) is "Miss Potter."
  68. I have a paralyzing fear of snakes.
  69. I am not afraid of heights, but I am very afraid of falling.
  70. I have come very close to skydiving. As in I went up in the plane, and came down in the plane.
  71. I have come very close to bungee jumping. I went up in the basket, and came back down in the basket. (It was in Romania where there are baskets involved.)
  72. No small child cries alone in my presence.
  73. I really really hate crying.
  74. I love chocolate, but don't really care for most other sweets.
  75. I have had 2 different aestheticians ask me to be their skin model for facial pictures.
  76. I have never touched a reptile (snake, lizard, etc) and never want to. To force me to would be a death sentence upon a very stupid person.
  77. I just purchased my first sweatshirt from my alma mater. And I am very excited about it.
  78. I could live off of Chicken Tikka Masala.
  79. If I must grow up, I want to be Veronica Mars when I get there.
  80. I really think I would rather elope than plan a party or wedding for myself.
  81. And if and when I do ever elope I would like to do it in Samoa.
  82. It darn near takes an act of God to get me to throw up. But I'll get a head cold just by thinking about rain.
  83. I have read all of the Harry Potter books at least 5 times each.
  84. I have read all of the Jane Austen books.
  85. I can't ice skate to save my life.
  86. I can roller skate like a disco mama.
  87. But I can't roller blade for the life of me.
  88. I have a bizarre habit of switching my consonants.
  89. I like inventing new words. My best creation is "maistly." It's a combination of mostly and mainly, and I think it could permanently replace both words.
  90. In spite of my truly nonchalant and carefree ways, I'm very routine based.
  91. I have had more than one guy start to propose marriage to me and then breakup mid-proposal. I think I am jinxed in this department.
  92. No matter how much sleep I get I find it really really difficult to wake up even 10 mins before 7 am.
  93. My favorite color is navy blue.
  94. I have a life long love of daisies and daffodils. (and roses make me sneeze)
  95. I ALWAYS sneeze 3x in a row.
  96. I get nosebleeds all the freaking time.
  97. I have had my nose cauterized three times, and yet still get nosebleeds.
  98. Until I made this list, I really loved making lists.
  99. I need a nap right now.
  100. As a result of last week's mole removal I look like a vampire bit my neck.

YEAH! I'm done!!!

Monday, January 29, 2007

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!
5.5 Ben's Chili Bowl tomorrow!

6. I got 14 pages written in my novel yesterday. Only about another 100 or so left to go...

7. 16 more days till I go to Utah!

8. I slept 10 full hours last night. (thank you "Simply Sleep" by Tylenol)

9. Juli comes home from Florida today and all will be right with the Universe again.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

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 little
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.

Friday, January 26, 2007

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 and what I can do to help them attend activities, if they actually ever wanted to attend activities.
2. The Dating Embargo and what I learned from it. I'm trying not to think about other people that I think would greatly benefit from an Embargo and not thinking about themselves so much and learn to just accept other people as is.
3. My checkbook. I think about it a lot. It's faux leather and red. And pure evil.
4. What surprises I should take to my nephews when I go to visit in a few weeks. They have requested cars. We'll see about that.
5. Whether or not I should sell my car. It turns out that my car SUCKS on wintry mix roads.
6. I got a mole removed today purely for vanity purposes. (surprisingly NOT painful and a very fast procedure) I think I want to get more "work" done.
7. Veronica Mars rocks.
8. Do I like my new novel the way it is? Or should I change the format? It's currently written in a blog format, but I'm wondering if that will be a strike against it when I send it to publishers. And in a book that is all about harsh reality, is it okay for someone to have a happy ending? Or does that kill the harsh reality?
9. Knitting.
10. How many hours can one nap in a weekend before it's considered lazy and slothful? And do I care?

Monday, January 22, 2007

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!!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

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.

Friday, January 19, 2007

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. Brothers Karamazov byFyodor Dostoevsky
12. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov and John Ray
13. Things Fall Apart
14. Lord of the Flies
15.-22. All of the James Herriott books (all creatures great and small, all things bright and beautiful, etc.)
23. Catch 22 (started many times but never finished)
24. The Last Juror- John Grisham
25. The Broker- John Grisham
26. The Innocent Man- John Grisham
27. The Polysyllabic Spree- Nick Hornby
28. Housekeeping vs. Dirt- Nick Hornby
29. Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid- Bill Bryson
30. A Short History of Nearly Everything- Bill Bryson

In order to make my goal, I have to have read all of the above books by the end of April. (If you are doing the math in your head, don't bother. I have taken into account plane trips and beach time for my reading schedule.) Any one have any opinions on any of the first 30 books? Most came right off the recommended high school reading list.

Maybe someone can help me find a book I read in high school I want to re-read. It was set in France, possibly early 1900's, or late 1800's, I can't recall. It involved Catholicism, a woman who was locked up, and a young girl. It was a bit of a murder mystery, something involving a well I think. And I think I wrote a paper on how there were 3 overlapping stories going on in the book, possibly over different generations. But I can't remember for sure! And I think the author's name was French as well. And the title may have even been in French?? I don't know. But I remember I got an A on the paper and that I wrote in my junior year. (Which probably means most other people would have read it either their senior year if you are older than me, or your freshman year if you are younger than me, and went to high school in Virginia. They changed the literature program around and I was in a pilot program, so my English classes did everything differently.) I do remember there were passages where the young girl (the narrative voice I believe) complained about praying before a cross in her room and that she had to kneel on a painfully hard wooden step to do so (there's probably a french or catholic word for this i can't recall), and I would think, "why doesn't she just get a pillow to put under her knees?" Can anyone help???

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!!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

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!

Monday, January 15, 2007

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't know. but i'm going!) And then off again on a few more business trips. (more news on the fun stuff involved there soon. i'd speculate now, but history has proven there's a lurker who reads this and then snitches at work.) Until then, there's a pillow in the other room with my name on it... literally.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

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 participation, such as "New York, New York." This is one of my favorite songs to sing at JellyRolls, so I put it in and made sure my favorite pianist saw it was from me. As a result, he sang my song, and invited all the single girls up on stage to do the infamous Rockettes kickline. This is me leaving the stage making a slightly crazy expression.

Jason and Carlton soon came to discover the true joy that JellyRolls and a little alcohol brings. It turns out that Carlton is a quiet drunk. Jason, on the other hand, is a feet on the bar, dancing solo, happy drunk. I am a completely sober, hyped up on caffeine, but appears to be drunk, drunk.

A completely sober drunk with an oddly large tongue.

No matter how much fun, alcohol, or singing you particpate in at JellyRolls it is hard not to get sucked into the gigantic couch in the Boardwalk Hotel on your way out. Especially if you stayed for last call and sang your heart out to every single song...

So my Orlando trip finally comes to a much desired end. 9 days... Ugh. I can't believe I have survived. It's almost hard to fathom that tomorrow when I wake up I am actually leaving. It's hard to fathom that I don't have to wake up at 6 to go to the show tomorrow. I GET TO GO HOME! YEAH!!!!! I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!

Saturday, January 13, 2007

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 those numbers. I'm just the innocent bystanding people watcher, taking notes. It helps that I am also always the sober one. ;-)

A few pics from my hotel room for my sister, who informs me it is 2 degrees in her home of Murray, Utah today. And that after they got their car washed ice froze to the side of the car. Which makes me realize how much I really do love Florida.

(sidenote, while typing this blog from the joy and comfort of my screened in porch I have just had a conversation with a coworker standing down below. I am wearing my favorite pajamas and no bra. But I don't think he could tell that through the screen. I hope not. Either way, like I said, it's interesting being in a hotel with so many coworkers for so long.)

The view from my porch.
The view from the suite living room.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

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.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

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, I shall have a tub this big in it. Decision made.

And I must give a shout-out to my girl Twanna. I've been with my employer for 3 years now. Rumor has it I came on board just as they stopped doing big company parties. But tonight Twanna was in charge of our annual big awards dinner, and I have to give her credit for doing a great job. We had a "water" theme (which takes way too long to explain how a sales meeting about firearms has a water theme), and it was really beautifully done. It was the first time in 3 years of working there I have actually been impressed with an event. And trust me, that's saying something.

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 only then if I have had the appropriate number of Diet Dr. Peppers. On the flipside of that, it is also interesting to see certain people that believe themselves to be great leaders, and dedicated team members, really be the most detracting member of a meeting.
Strike that last. I'll get in trouble for saying it.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

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 good job. They are great women who do a good job. But there really is a difference in a meeting planned by meeting planners and a meeting planned by admins. We had "dress rehearsal" today, and it took all of my willpower to keep my mouth shut and not correct little things I could see. (At this point in the game my "help" would not be welcomed or accepted, but considered massively annoying, so I will keep my mouth shut.) I will never understand why my company won't designate just one person to be our company meeting planner, rather than farm the duties out amongst a dozen people. It drives me crazy.

End rant.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

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!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

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?

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

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, customers, and endless meetings.)
I'm leaving on a jet plane people! And I ain't looking back again!

Things that make you go "hmmm..."

As seen in my statcounter today--

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

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.

Monday, January 01, 2007

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.

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