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Sunday, December 30, 2007

New Year's Eve Eve

So, my family finally celebrated Xmas today and tomorrow will be New Years Eve. Traditionally, my family has pizza on Xmas eve (and when we were kids, left a slice out for Santa). I will call today New Year's Eve Eve because we're talking toppings and it seems appropriate to be the eve of something. I still don't have any plans for New Year's Eve. I am not a big fan of crowds, but Blondy doesn't have to work and I think we should celebrate. I've had a year that is worth blowing a noisemaker about. I'm looking forward to more of the same in 2008 and consider it necessary to make the transition with a few cocktails. Here's hoping I'll find my celebration.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

G'Day And Welcome To Day 12

It is almost Xmas for me. Santa's sleigh will be rolling into Tremp City this weekend. It doesn't feel quite like Xmas to me, though. I haven't purchased any gifts and just had the thought today that maybe I should get on that. And that is when it sunk in. Xmas is over for everyone else. I feel like I missed out. Why don't I get any holiday spirits? I mean spirit. Everyone else is already thinking New Years Eve parties and I still have to buy Xmas gifts! I was going to try to buy a new fake tree after Xmas. I think this is how I always miss the after Xmas sales. I'm still thinking it is Xmas time and at the stores, the cupids and hearts are advancing even before the reindeer and tinsel retreat. Why does it seem that the world is always one step ahead of me? I feel like I need to catch up. Maybe it is just my slow motion perspective today from the holiday spirits last night.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Snowed In In Tremp City

So, with an impending blizzard, and the thought of having no plans for the weekend, I got my act together on Saturday and went grocery shopping. After all, if I was going to be snowed in, I should have some food in the house. I picked up three movies at the Walsmart and made a list of all the things I should accomplish with my free time. Then I got the call. A conference had been held and it was decided I should pack up Peanut and head to Tremp City to hunker down for the storm there. I got home from shopping and put away all of my supplies, quickly packed a bag for me and one for Peanut, and hopped in the car. I delivered Peanut to Grandma and Grandpa's house. I enjoyed dinner with the folks and then made my way down towards the river. At the S&S Holiday Inn, we played a few hands of cards, watched a few movies, and had a few drinks. As I was crawling into bed I thought about how lucky I was to have friends like these...until they disrupted my ruminations with a gigglefest from the other room. These kinds of memories aren't made every day. I've been left to fend for myself as they celebrate the holidays with their family. I just got a call from my family and I've turned down the invitation to travel to our celebration in favor of waiting it out for another night at the S&S Holiday Inn. Possibly tomorrow I will be ready to rejoin civilization for a holiday celebration. Hopefully the weather will agree.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Happy Holidays

It is wild and crazy times here at work today. We have a half-day scheduled with a noon release. It is the day before the holiday, though, which usually means mimosa day in our commissary. I'm enjoying my third...or fourth? I love days like today. There is a buzz in the air like party day in elementary school where you had to try to maintain focus when you knew there were games and candy and presents waiting for you come afternoon. I'm looking forward to a laid back weekend. My family isn't celebrating the holidays until next weekend, so I am feeling the pressure to make plans for the weekend. Four and a half days is a little long for me to go all by myself. Maybe I'll begin my Xmas shopping. I've got my traditional steak and shrimp planned for Xmas Eve at my house. I'll probably be doing that all by myself, but it will still be delicious. Then I'll be starting a new tradition of going to the Bodega. I'm hoping it will ease the pain of losing my Rob and me Christmas celebration. I will miss you dearly. If only you ever read this blog. *sigh* Happy holidays.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Bowling Rock Star

I apparently am a bowling rock star! Last night at bowling league, you wouldn't have been able to tell by my first game. It was a low average score for me of 112. The next game was even worse at 90. I'm not sure exactly what happened next. It might have been that I had ingested the right amount of bowling juice, or that I had finally warmed up, or that I had finally woken up, but it was stellar. My first throw of the third game was a gutter ball. I knew I had to do something. The next ball was a spare and the following three balls were strikes (what we like to call a turkey)! It went a little down hill after that, but I pulled it through with a 168--a personal high for me! Even better was the fact that I beat the resident bowling rock star on my team, so he owed me a shot! We reconvened at the Bodega for my celebratory shot and a few more celebratory drinks. We enjoyed a "conversation" evening at the Bodega (sorry you weren't there for this one Sherman) and although all very important, I can't quite remember what world problems may have been solved. Maybe next time.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Trailer Parkin'

I began my evening around 8pm at the trailer park... My goal was to finish the five crappy beers on my card and redeem my trailer park t-shirt. I am an over achiever!And so were the boys...
But a good time was had by all.
Until our next trip around the trailer park...cheers.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Tremp City Tra La La La La

Deck the bars with drunken folly, Tra la la la la, la la la la. Tis a night to get real jolly, Tra la la la la, la la la la. I'm excited to see my friends at the old Vet's Bar in Tremp City again tonight! It seems it has been way too long. I'm looking forward to a few cocktails, some pull tab shenanigans, and a lot of laughter! Drink and laugh we're all together, Tra la la la la, la la la la. Heedless of the wind and weather, Tra la la la la, la la la la.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Tis The Season

It is party season! Yesterday I attended my first official holiday party at my boss's home. This took the place of our regular 3-5pm sales meeting, so that is always a bonus. The big guy had Traditions cater some hors d'oeuvres, which were delicious. I heard rave reviews about the chocolaty dessert nibbles, but I stuck to the bacon-wrapped scallops, stuffed mushrooms, and such. Downstairs around the crackling fire, the bartender was pouring a stiff vodka tonic that warmed me from the inside. As the sun slid down across the snow on the Mississippi outside the back door, the party goers began to collect their shoes and coats from the overflowing front hall and say their goodbyes. A few of us decided to continue the festivities at a nearby tavern. We enjoyed a dash of conversation with our coworkers, sprinkled with shots, and some brand new experiences for some. After a few more hours, I decided to call it a night and head for the hills. It was a lovely way to start the season.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Another Day Older And Deeper In Debt

Only a few more weeks until Xmas. I still haven't managed to decorate my house (apart from hanging the greenery and lights outside). It was on the agenda for tonight, but I'm still not feeling it. I visited my sister on Saturday and we started a Xmas cookie factory. We played Xmas tunes for awhile until the little one pulled the speaker cords loose. We worked in silence for awhile and by the time I left, I forgot my music. So, sans Xmas music, it seems inappropriate to decorate my house. It is trailer park night at a local tavern. I do have about 13 more beers to drink to fill up my punch card. All I'm waiting for is someone to ask! I'll drop my housework in a second, I swear! Any time now...

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune

I finally read the play Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune that a friend lent me months ago. The dialogue is snappy. I enjoyed it. It is about two lonely, people whose first date ends with them tumbling into bed. Johnny finds his sould mate in Frankie and she finds every reason imagineable why a relationship between the two of them won't work. I think there may be a reason my friend wanted me to read this play. I've got it. The signs lately point to tearing down the walls. As Feist would say, "...could it have, something to do with admitting that you, just can't go through it alone..." If I ever get the chance, I'll work on that.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

A Rainstorm of Fire

I'm being productive at work today. It is probably because my arch nemesis is out sick today. And even though I've been able to accomplish a lot, I can't help but wish a rainstorm of fire down onto some people. I think it is my dark mood. There is nothing in particular shadowing my existence. There is nothing new crushing my soul. As I find, that is usually the way it goes. It is bowling night and it is snowing. This will either be my first test of crossing the bluffs in the snowy darkness or I'm going to be late for bowling. At this point I'm hoping for a fiery crash and no bowling. I have so much joy in my life, it bursts forth in a rainstorm of fire.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

A Magical Storm

I enjoyed an evening out in a blizzard with almost the full Tremplo Gang last night. A few of us enjoyed a delicious pear-flavored bottle of Riesling (named Naked something or other) at the Trempealeau Hotel. I selected the oregano-garlic chicken with a side of the most delicious mashed potatoes I think I've ever tasted. After dinner we bundled up to face the storm outside. The snow had turned to sleet and our feet crunched through the the crusty top layer of snow to trudge up the hill towards Vet's Bar. Beth and I clutched onto each other, laughing as we trudged, and opted to change our course to walk on the street. The laughter continued through the night with stories, stories, and more stories. Of course there is always a touch of reminiscing about stories from the past, there are the stories to catch up on each others' lives, and stories of future plans. The only thing missing was the fifth wheel of our Tremplo Gang, but his brother and parents were there to bridge the gap. Those of us present really enjoyed our magical, stormy night out in Tremp City.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Clutter's Last Stand

My most recent read by Don Aslett, "America's #1 Cleaning Expert," was packed full of motivation to clean out my home. It also motivated me to want to clean out my parents' home. I think they have a clutter problem. It's time for the intervention mom and dad. I thought the following excerpt may motivate you as well. We all want to cherish a good memory or experience forever, but preoccupation with physical reminders can lead us to live in the past. One of the toughest and most necessary things in the world for growth and happiness is to release our hold on things, places, and people we've outgrown. Too many people never grow and gain expanding new experiences because they can't see the wisdom of releasing old ones. Junk crowds out new life. It's more fun being a present or future hero or heroine than a past one. For my parents and anyone else struggling with a junk problem, here are some ways to determine if it is indeed junk: It's broken or obsolete (and fixing it is unrealistic). You've outgrown it, physically or emotionally. You've always hated it. It's the wrong size, wrong color, or wrong style. Using it is more bother than it's worth. It wouldn't really affect you if you never saw it again. It generates bad feelings. You have to clean it, store it, and insure it (but you don't get much use or enjoyment out of it). It will shock, bore, or burden the coming generation. If you can check one or more of the above truthfully, then it's probably junk. Do yourself, your house, and posterity a favor--pitch it! It's robbing you of peace of mind and space. I hope this has been helpful!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Cold Feet

It has been a cold, cold day here in LAX. I decided to stay rooted right here through lunch so as not to have to deal with the cold windiness whipping around outside. However, it isn't much better in our building. My feet have been frozen pretty much all morning and after a brief bought without my coat, it has helped contain my heat this morning as best a coat can. This morning on Z93 I heard the DJ state that it is brisker in our bathrooms at the radio station than it is outside. It may be true, Tuna. I'm praying for some fiery hellness this afternoon. One can only hope. Tonight is bowling night. I'm not really feeling up for it, but am attempting to raise my enthusiasm before it is bowling time. If my scores tonight do not live up to my expectations, I may need to blame the cold feet.

Monday, November 26, 2007

A Heck of a Holiday

DHM was fabulous on Wednesday. We drank way too much, danced just enough, and had the toastiest hotel room in Mankato. On top of that, I only have one injury, so that has got to be good! Good times all around. Friday proved to be a marathon drinking day with Z93 Turkey Bowling starting at 2pm. The beers just really tasted good. We continued the turkey fest at Neuie's North Star for a boot of beer (k, not me), Sams Bar for some shuffleboard, and George Street Pub to sing a few songs. I retired to my homestead around midnight to prepare for my big turkey day on Saturday. Saturday started abruptly at 7:30am. When the turkey was supposed to be hopping in the oven, I was hopping out of bed. I tried to read the turkey packaging for the prepping directions, but my eyes were still half closed. After two phone calls to Shirley and Sam, my bird was in the oven. I have to say that is the most disgusting thing I've ever done. Ever. Next, I needed to go pick up stuffing ingredients right away so I could get them in the slow cooker. The Hansen's IGA lady was much too talkative for me at 9:00am. After stuffing preparation, things went more smoothly and we had a lovely holiday feast with my family. Peanut had a long day and was tuckered out. Sunday proved restful. I finished "Clutter's Last Stand" (stay tuned to a blog coming to your city for my comments on this), took down my party lights from the garage, and hung my greenery and lights on the front of my house. Happy holidays.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

DHM

Another busy week! I've been working on redesigning comedy this week due to a change in venue. This is a complete overhaul of all the design work we do for the club as well as meetings to iron out all the details. I'm hoping to get a good chunk of this stuff done today and leave the rest for next week. I've decided to go to Mankato tonight for a Dazy Head Mazy show. Promises to be riotous good times. I just have to stay focused today to get that aforementioned work done. At least today we are getting off work early. We have a champagne toast at 3pm to celebrate reaching our 2007 goals and then we're on the road! Focus. Tomorrow I'm heading to the folks' house for lasagna. I love Thanksgiving! After that I better get on that whole Thanksgiving day feast planning for my house on Saturday. Wish me luck.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Roasty Roasterson

During my traditional Thursday lunch with a former co-worker, she mentioned that she had just purchased a new roaster because of a special over at the Shopko (not more than a hop, skip, and a jump from where we were dining). We ended lunch early and I headed over to the Shopko to check it out. If you bought the roaster (with divided tray insert), you got a crock pot and electric knife for free. Score! I had debated whether I wanted to get a roaster this year for Thanksgiving. I thought I would borrow my friend's again, like I did last year, but found out they will be using it this year. Now I have my very own, shiny, new roaster. I can't wait to think up things to use it for at my annual housewarming party! It was a cold and dreary day in Wisconsin when the purchase of a new roaster was able to brighten my day and warm my soul.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

November Is Boring

Ever notice how October is so exciting and then BAM you're kicked right in the teeth with November? The weather is blah, it is dark all the time, and apart from Sherman's birthday, nothing is going on! I did notice that I am behind on my Thanksgiving dinner preparations. I don't know where the time went, but I've got to get my act together and get this dinner planned. The past few years I've been purchasing a pre-cooked dinner from the grocery store that I have to heat up. That was enough stress really, but apparently I need more because I've decided to cook my own food this year. Hopefully it won't be the last time. I've also committed to the Turkey Bowl this year with my regular bowling league team. It is a long weekend, and I'd probably be bored anyhow, right? Besides, what is more fun than bowling with my brand new old bowling ball? I've decided it will be fabulous. I guess I do have a few things to look forward to. I'll try to focus on those.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Bodega Beer Bonanza

After sharing a few beers with my friend, Sherman, for her birthday, I thought I needed to stay out for the Goose Island beer tasting at the Bodega.
It was well worth my time. I enjoyed a few beers and did shooters of the ones that were less than appealing to me. A good time was had by all. I would go back in a heartbeat next time.
I was going to scan in my tasting notes and upload them, but they are much too small to read. The Nut Brown Ale was one of my favorites. The brewery notes say it is "deeply malted with just the right touch of hops to create a rich, complex beer with notes of caramel, chocolate, and honey." My note says "delicious beyond all reason."
Another of my favorites was the Oatmeal Stout. The brewery notes say "Luxurious, rich, and creamy, brimming with oats, chocolate, and roasted malt, it's a dark, decadent treat." I say "f*cking heaven." Good stuff. Good times. Beer.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Let's Bowl! Let's Bowl! Let's Rock And Roll!

At the bowling alley last night I had my new bowling ball weighed. It is just over 14 pounds. Then after league, the guy measured my hands to redrill the holes. He thought the ball would be done today! So, my team is looking into bowling shirts. I'm excited about that. Nothing says I'm going bowling like a retro bowling shirt. Now I just need to look into those shoes and a bowling ball bag. I'll be all pimped out to strut down the alleys. Shirley has agreed to meet me at the Bodega for a birthday happy hour. I'm excited beyond all reason. Oh happy times.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Bowling For Birthdays

I have decided to celebrate birthday week for my friend, Sherman, this week. She has no interest in celebrating her own birthday, so somebody has got to! I went out for happy hour with some co-workers (mine, not hers) for her last night. Tonight I plan to have a little happy hour action before bowling. I'm so excited to finally have my own ball! While helping my aunt move last Saturday, I noticed a bowling ball sitting out for the trash. I inquired within and was granted permission to rescue the ball from the trash pile. It has teeny tiny little finger holes, but I think that can be fixed. I'm am going to need a new bag since the old one is practically falling apart. What next? A bowling shirt and my own shoes? You never know! Tomorrow is actually Sherman's birthday, so it may be she'll be celebrating with me! Details to follow.

Friday, November 2, 2007

The Sun Spills From The Sky

It is unusual how a person can become accustomed to seeing something from a certain perspective. Usually I come into work one way and journey home on a back road away from traffic and with the added beauty of nature and curvy roads. Today I went home for lunch since I was supposed to go out for dinner directly after work and thought my puppy would appreciate the added outing. I came back to work on the winding back road that I usually take home. I was surprised to find that it appeared completely different. There are houses hidden behind trees that you don't even see coming the other way. Each curve in the road is completely foreign and I am surprised to see what is waiting on the other side of the hills. And the bluffs that are usually at my back are prominently displayed against the sky. With the fall colors, it appears to me that the sun has spilled right out of the sky and onto the trees. I'm not sure if it is so beautiful because I appreciate the colors of fall so much or if it is so beautiful because I am viewing it as I've never seen it before. It was a good Friday lesson learned in viewing life from a new perspective.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Groggy

Halloween has come and gone. I'm still recovering and discovering injuries. Here are a few pictures.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

You Coax The Blues Right Out Of The Horn

Mame photos are in! See if you can pick me out in the photos below. I had a different look in each scene.
Opening scene. First look of the show.
It's Today!
Open A New Window. Tango scene. Welcome to my Salon Pour Monseiurs. That's How Young I Feel.
Jitterbuggin'
Curtain Call.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

à gogo, meaning "in abundance, galore"

I love Halloween. I wasn't sure if I wanted to make a costume and go out this year. Usually I have a costume under the needle by now. Last night, with reservations, I walked into the Party America store looking for the go-go boots I had seen there about a month before. After fighting through the hoards of other last-minuters, I found that luckily they still had them in my size. It was on. My mother had offered up an old dress that I could cut off to make it more go-go style. Since I couldn't get in touch with my parents last night sitting in my car in the parking lot of Party America, I decided to head straight for Tremp City and apprehend the dress myself. I haven't worn the dress since 70's day in high school, so I was glad to find out it still fits. And amazingly enough, the dress has faded less in 30+ years than a picture of it has in 10+. I'm also glad to see that the dress had been hand-made originally. As I was measuring off 21" to be removed from the length, I was thinking about my costumes of Halloweens past. Last year I threw together a long skirt to go with the short ghosty costume I had made for the year before. The two years before that had been Marilyn Monroe, one year around here and one year in the cities (Beth remembers that one). And the year before that was the flapper dress that started my foray into building my own Halloween costumes. I remember as a child wishing that I could have a store-bought costume because my mother always made ours. Now I want nothing more than a costume made by my own hands. I was wondering why I was not excited about Halloween this year and realized it must be because I hadn't sewn a costume yet. I am finally ready for my à gogo night out!

Monday, October 29, 2007

I Survived Birthday Week!

Barely.

Sunday was dinner at Buzzard Billy's with a friend and drinks at Top Shots to visit Blondy.

Monday was supposed to be a quiet night, but turned into The Freighthouse night with the girls and out for drinks at John's Bar. That turned into celebrating my birthday with a couple of willing boys at the bar. 

Tuesday was ACTUALLY my birthday and I celebrated by trying sushi with Ken for lunch. Definitely intriguing! More celebration followed at the bowling alley (I did poorly). I kicked off the bar tour with mellow drinks at the Bodega, a few birthday shots, and a little ramping up before heading home to Blondy's to order pizza, play Guitar Hero, and crash on her couch.

Wednesday began bright and early with lunch (which was supposed to be breakfast) at Fayze's with bloody marys and a special shot from the bar. Blondy knows everyone! I followed up my afternoon nap with a night out at Loons on La Crosse for comedy. This was the planned birthday celebration with all my friends. Drinks and more shots downtown tailed close behind comedy.

Thursday I was supposed to take it easy (it was after all the Sunday of my birthday weekend). I had lunch at my sister's and visited with my niece while she flopped around on her gigantic birthday pillow. A text prodded me to position myself on a bar stool at The Starlite Lounge for "a couple." That afternoon soon pressed on to an evening on the north side with a big old boot of beer in my hand. I managed to escape early in the evening.

Friday morning I woke with my first neck pain headache since I began visiting a chiropractor. I forgot how painful and debilitating those can be. By afternoon I was icing my neck and popping pain pills and finally my neck eased back into place. A restful day, if not for the pain.

Saturday I had plans to celebrate my birthday with my parents and my sister's family at the Pizza Corral in Holmen. Dinner was delicious and thanks to a detour to my sister's house, I even got a birthday cupcake with a candle in it. I had to blow it out and they relit it 29 times. After that, I was tired. I conned the Tremplo folks to have a birthday campfire as the finale to my birthday week and it was there I was dubbed Marshmallow Wench. I don't think it was birthday week appropriate.

Luckily my birthday week bender is over. What a hell of a way to close out my twenties. I don't think that will ever happen again. *whew*

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Ode To Lisa's Birthday by Jen Mac

It's your birthday, isn't it great?
There will be lots of parties; you can even show up late.

You're the queen, the princess, the belle of the ball.
You can get drunk and silly (I hope you don't fall).

There will be food and drinks, shooters and mixers,
beer from a bottle, maybe even wine spritzers.

You'll get gifts, cards, maybe even flowers.
You'll try not to sneeze using special birthday powers.

There will be drinks and shenanigans all through the night.
Your day will come to an end hopefully filled with delight.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Celebratory Cuisine And Cocktails

We have entered birthday week! Yesterday kicked off birthday week with dinner at Buzzard Billy's. Fantabulously delicious, especially since it has been ages since I've enjoyed their fare. We even savored the flavor of an appetizer of buzzard eggs. Afterwards, we visited Blondy at the bar for a few cocktails. I even won three free for shake of the day. It was a pleasant evening, thanks! Tonight must be the eye of the storm. I have no plans. I hope to bake some birthday cookies and close out my Tastefully Simple party. I'm also hoping for a movie waiting for me at home. I guess I'll begin my thirtieth year with hope. Not too shabby. Tomorrow I'll be sampling sushi for the first time for lunch and then tomorrow night (barring any unforeseen bowling) I'll be dining at the Freighthouse with Blondy and Sherman. I'm sure cocktails will follow close behind, but Super J can stay away from me with his evil potions. So much to look forward to this week. Looking ahead, I've decided to make this year one to learn tolerance (I said I was starting out the year with hope).

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Hopped Up And Hummused

I've been working on my caffeine consumption today. The cappuchino from Kwik Trip following my chiropractic visit really was the ramping up to the hopped up I was able to achieve after indulging in then the chocolate covered espresso beans from Tyler. I fear even though I drank a Diet Pepsi Max with my hummusy lunch and deposited two espresso beans in a safe place for later, they may not deliver me to the end of the day without a detour through delirium. And now I find out I need to drive Angie to her car after work. That is what I get for driving her home in the wee hours of the morning! We did have a lovely time lounging at the Starlite sippin' on my favorite Apple Crisp Martinis (three...Yikes!). Then we jaunted over to John's for a schooling in Silver Strike Bowling from Super J. And a text about Angie's smiling behavior nudged us off our bar stools and up to the Nutbush for Kahuna Karaoke. Before the night was over, we required a little refueling from Perkins and no, Angie, we did not leave Super J at the Nutbush. Was it worth it? Hell yeah. I'm just looking forward to a hiatus at home tonight with a movie and a snuggle.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Sunny Days, Sweeping The Clouds Away

It turned into a beautiful day today. I dare to say that it might be a lawn mowing night for me. Last night was my Tastefully Simple party. My lone guest was my sister. It was pretty mellow. I was extraordinarily tired and packed it in early. Unfortunately, probably due to the coffee my sister brought me, I didn't sleep well. I woke up one or two times every hour. That makes for a sleepy, sleepy girl. I'm hoping for a movie waiting for me at home and some snuggle time with Peanut tonight. I have had an activity-packed week and could use some down time.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Dark and Dreary

It is raining again today after raining all day yesterday. It matches my mood, so it is working out for me. I'm tired. I'm feeling behind...at work and at home. One of these days I'm going to wake up (on time) and just jump head first into the day. One of these days. In the meantime, I'm dealing. I realized that because I was lazy all day yesterday, I need to do grocery shopping and some cleaning for my Tastefully Simple party coming up on Tuesday. I've got to stop committing to social obligations. They are really cutting into my seasonal depression. And tonight was supposed to be the inaugural retro girlie night (where the girls get together for a night out of drinking and pool). Maybe I can still squeeze it in. The good news is that my coworker just gave me a Diet Pepsi Max. Things may be perking up for me this afternoon.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Brief

I have the afternoon off for our quarterly pace setters outing. Good times. Lunch at Piggy's. My sister surprised me by showing up at the John's Bar last night! I think that made my week. It has been a long time since we've caught up over a beer at John's. Thanks sis! I'm all hopped up and now I'm off!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

And I'm Done

Work is so all-consuming lately. It plagues me with guilty feels of "I should be working." Why does it have to be like that? I was fairly productive this morning despite an hour-long excursion to the chiropractor. I planned to be productive this afternoon as well. I need to get caught up on all this crap sitting on my desk. I'm just not feeling it. My house is in disarray as well. Why is it that everything swings out of control all at once? A few months ago I seemed fine and now everything is wrong. I'm unsettled. I'm just waiting for the turning point. There has got to be a catalyst. I'm just not sure if I'll recognize it.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Wine Makes Everyone Hopeful

I'm trying to make it through. We've been abandoned by our boss at work. Everyone but me is hopped up on Diet Pepsi Max (remember how invigorating it is?). By the time I went for one, the soda machine was saying "Sorry, please try again" and I ended up with a Diet Mountain Dew.

I've had constant bombs hurtling towards me of random office items (things that have been stolen from my desk, mind you, just to be thrown at me at a later date). We have been released from our Wednesday meeting and although this gift of time could be well spent working, it feels as though that isn't in the cards for me today.

Tonight is Ken's celebrity bar tending gig at The Wine Guyz where he will be donating a portion of the sales and his tips to The Hunger Task Force. I feel it is my duty to go and imbibe. I'm looking forward to some cheese, bread and dipping sauce, and of course a dark red wine. Delicious.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Adoration, Titillation, I'm The Victim Now

I'm continuing my Stroke 9 Washin' + Wonderin' lyrics as the title of my blog. I do love that song so and I finally got to listen to it on the drive up to Durand last Thursday night.

Due to a most surprisingly interesting Wednesday, I missed work on Thursday and slept most of the day. It was late in the day before I was motivated to get ready and pack my bags for the girlie weekend. I transported Peanut to the folks' house where he promptly got sick for them. After rubbing his back, I was back on track to stop at Shirley's house. She finally let me go with an "I hope Jenny appreciates you tonight. Don't talk yourself out; I want the whole story tomorrow." I really hoped Jenny appreciated me too, because I did not arrive until 10:47pm. The cheddar snacks would have to wait until Friday morning.

Friday Jenny woke me with coffee and a cinnamon roll. What a great way to start girlie weekend! I made my famous cheddar snacks while Jenny got everything else ready to go. Shirley and Beth finally arrived in our travel vehicle: a Toyota 4Runner. Worked out well except for the far back seats, which were apparently designed for midgets.

Friday at the cabin proved rainy and we spent most of our time lounging around relaxing. We ventured out for a late dinner at TJ's Margaritaville where good service was not on the menu. The food was pretty damn good, though.
The sun came out for us on Saturday and even got us to turn on the central air in the cabin. We had lunch at Angler's downtown Hayward and then visited a few shops and the Wine Cave. Fabulously relaxing. We spent the late afternoon playing cards on the deck and as the sun went down, we went down to the dock to soak up the last warmth of the day. There was a small incident of drunken boaters after dark, but I won't post pictures of it so nobody has to know. ;)
We welcomed Sunday morning down on the dock as well. I got my best pictures of the lake and cabin in those early sunlit moments. After shutting down the cabin for 2007, we headed into town for lunch and then did our fudge shopping. The sky clouded over as we drove out of Hayward and as the trip depression began to slowly wash over us, Shirley left a trail so we could find our way back again next year.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

This Just In...Where To Begin? Grin And Bear It, It's Bare and Grim.

So, I've been spending a lot of time at the Walgreens over the last two days. Yesterday I dropped off some film to be developed in ONE HOUR. It was not, due to some computer glitch (excuse). So, the full-of-excuses employee said she would put my film in right away and it should be done within ten minutes. "Ten minutes is not so bad, I'll wait," I thought.
Ten minutes of perusing holiday magazines, and I wandered back over to the film counter. Some customer lady was occupying the full-of-excuses employee's time, so I waited. When the customer lady FINALLY left, the full-of-excuses employee told me she had not started my film yet. She said it would be ten minutes. "I'm leaving," I said. That only took an hour and a half.
So, my dad calls me last night on his way home from work. "Did you forget to pick up your film at Walgreens?" I told him the story and he told me that he had accidentally picked up my film. You would think they wouldn't let just anybody pick up your film, but whatever. I picked up my film from my dad today and after staring at the house on the first photo for a few minutes and not recognizing it, I flipped through the photos to discover they were not mine.
The apologetic-employee assured me the photo CD would be correct since it had the right numbers on it. It does have my photos along with some kid's birthday party photos. *sigh* Point being, I got a few extra photos from my Retro Happy Hour as well as some flooring pics for your viewing enjoyment. Let 'er roll...

It Is 10:23

I just looked at the clock and noticed it was 10:23am. Oooh... overdue for a break. Better go get a bottle of water and have a snack. Oh, and I always look at the clock at 10:23. It is one of those freaky things about me that makes other people not want to know me. To that I say, *shrug*. At this early dawn of October I will take this as a foreshadowing of all the good things to come this year for my birthday, October 23rd. That is all for today.

Monday, October 1, 2007

3, 3, 3

I finally got some pictures from our Annual Sales Conference two weekends ago. I would like to show you a little glimpse of this ultra-professional conference I attend every year in the Dells.Early in the evening...only slightly unprofessional. Late...late...later. I swear his tongue isn't actually in my ear!

This last weekend I participated in a little Oktoberfesting on Friday. Okay, I commenced festivities at about 10:30am after a trip to the chiropractor. Thanks to my beer nazi friend (is that appropriate to say in conjunction with a German heritage festival?) I was well on my way to buzzed up by early afternoon. I took a break (and a nap) and by the time I rejoined the festers, I wasn't quite feelin' it. I had an okay time and went home early.

Saturday I slept in. It was raining and I skipped the parade. Later I decided to skip the whole second day of the fest and headed to Trempealeau to have a campfire at Sherman's. Much more satisfying than the alternative. I was disappointed to have missed the highly-acclaimed Jim Busta Band, though. *Sigh* Maybe next year.

In the meantime, I have 3 days, 3 hours, and 3 minutes until my Northwoods Adventure begins. I can hardly wait!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Swiller In Three...Two...One...

We've got one and a half days before the start of Oktoberfest. I took the day off so I could thoroughly enjoy the opening day parade at 10am Friday as well as the tapping of the golden keg and all the joyous activities to follow. The only problem is that I have a week's worth of work to do in the next day to get caught up. And here I am...blogging. My chiropractor implemented some ancient act of torture on my jaw joint yesterday. Good gracious it was so painful that it gave me a headache just having him work on it. Now it feels as if I had been beaten up. Then I headed over for my first official night of league bowling. I did pretty poorly. I will blame my lack of strength and focus on my chiropractor. My highest score was in the last game with 121. Hopefully I will eventually improve. Until then, I'll focus on my health. I have a new patient wellness thingy to go to at the chiropractor's tonight. I wonder if I can go out for some pre-fest swilling after that.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Stressed

Even though I went home after the show last night and got sleep, I still over slept this morning (probably due to a progressing cold). I got to work late, had last minute, has-to-be-done-now work to do, and then headed out to the chiropractor. My chiropractor double booked my appointment time, so I had to wait 25 minutes to get in. I was just about to leave when he called me in. He whizzed me on through and sent me on my way (in a shorter time than usual, I might add). My neck and back are really sore today, though. Hopefully I'll be okay for the show tonight. The good news is that I think the tingling in my face is going away! I don't think it is back to 100%, but I think progress is being made. I have a crapload of things to do (at work and home) in preparation for the annual sales conference this weekend. I think I'll be ready for a cocktail this evening if my health holds up for me.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

And The Curtain, Too, Shall Fall

Okay, it doesn't fall, it closes...really...really slowly. Tonight begins the third and final run for Mame. I'm looking forward to a break, however, after the show on Sunday afternoon, I need to get in my car and hightail it to Wisconsin Dells for our Annual Sales Conference for work. I'm in the the thick of Annual Sales Conference preparatory work right now. They gave us Friday afternoon off since we will be working on Sunday, but I'm thinking as of now I have too much to do. Busy days and busy nights makes me not so bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. But as with all things, this too shall pass.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

I'm Sailing!

Okay, not really, but I may just say it tonight as we cruise down the Mississippi on the Island Girl. After two summers of missing the boat on The Wine Guyz wine tasting cruise, I'm finally cruisin'! I'm excited. I am a little concerned about heading over there after work and not getting that much to eat before sampling a lot of wine...on a boat. I may need a little snack beforehand.

I sailed through my first chiropractic adjustment yesterday morning. I'm sore, but not as much as I was the first time through the ringer. I'm looking forward to a pain-free existence, however there is no immediate change to the tingling in my cheek or swollen gland at this time. I am experiencing an increased range of motion in my neck and enjoying that thoroughly. I think I'll really be scanning the horizon tonight!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Early Parole For Good Behavior

Surprisingly enough we were let out of work early today. I guess it is Friday after all. I spent a restful 5 hours rolling over onto my stomach in my sleep last night and then waking up and repositioning to my side. I headed straight to the chiropractor this morning where he attempted to convince me that I was going to LOVE sleeping on my back. hrumph. I told him, "We'll see." Due to my excessive soreness, I did not have an adjustment today, but instead got electric therapy. It was quite an interesting feeling, but my muscles are feeling much more mobile. I'm looking forward to a great weekend of shows without pain and some down time. As for now, I plan to get a nap in before rehearsals. I'm coming home, Peanut. Prepare to snuggle.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Week Two, Take One

Tonight begins the second week run of Mame. The audience will consist of our sponsor's employees. They have purchased the whole house. Luckily my mom works there, so she, my dad, my sister, and my brother-in-law will all be in attendance as well as a co-worker of mine and her husband. We have been told that it better be good. Here's hoping guys! Last night at rehearsal there were some dances that I had difficulty with because of my sore back and neck. Moving the stairs also proved challenging. Today I do feel a little better and hope that by tonight if I do some good warming up, I'll be in tip-top shape. I called today to cancel my Friday appointment. I told the doctor I just could not handle feeling like this all weekend for four shows. He talked me out of it by convincing me to come in for this treatment to relax my muscles so they may actually feel better for the weekend. I made him promise it would work and then agreed to keep the appointment. I feel as though it may be a long weekend.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Chiro-Snap-Crackle-Pop

My chiropractic appointment today was painful. :( I feel sick to my stomach and I have an ice pack so I can ice three times today. Oh, and no lifting anything over 5 pounds over my head. Damn. Peanut and I will have to hold off on practicing our ice dancing routine. My spine has a reverse curve in my neck, so my head is farther forward than it is supposed to be and my shoulders and neck are compensating for the weight of my gigantic head. The chiropractor also showed me where all the nerves from my neck go: my heart, my neck glands, and the skin in my face. So there is a pretty good chance that I have pinched nerves in my neck right now considering my heart skipping, swollen glands, and tingly face. Nothing has improved so much today, but after the test adjustment, he had hope that my neck will move. I was able to check my blind spot after I left without turning my whole body. How strange is that? I am scheduled to go back Friday and then I have to attend a new patient wellness night next Wednesday. Anybody want to puppy sit for me? I have a headache.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Status: Unchanged

My health status remains unchanged. This morning on my way in to work, I was asked to pick up coasters for a training session here at our radio station today. This "picking up" task turned into a wild goose chase. Apparently nobody has these around here. After a couple hours of running from store to store, I gave up and purchased cocktail napkins. I believe they worked just fine. I am not experiencing any sort of creativity today. I think it is partially due to my head and neck pain. Hopefully after my chiropractic appointment tomorrow morning, I will be feeling a little better. Hopefully. Turns out tonight is the first meeting for the bowling league I signed up for. I'm thinking that sounds like a good excuse to have a couple beers.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Man, It's Freezing Down Here

Today I woke up, got ready for work, stopped at the Kwik Trip for a coffee, and headed to the DOCTOR. I know. Crazy, right? For about a week I've had a swollen gland just below my left ear. I figured there had to be infection somewhere in my body if the gland was swollen, but still this did not persuade me to head out into the cold, raining morning to go to the doctor. On Friday my jaw began tingling. You know the feeling when you've had novocaine? That is what it feels like...puffy sort of...and it tingles every now and then. Well, on Saturday it had spread to my whole left cheek. My director sternly advised me to visit the doctor Sunday, but I objected to the emergency room bills and promised I would go on Monday. After parking a mile away from the clinic this morning and traipsing through the rain to get inside, I was fully prepared for a crappy doctor's visit. It has been so long since I've been to the doctor, I had to redo my insurance info and change my address. Then when asked about drug allergies, I couldn't remember so they looked it up. The last time I was at the doctor was 2003. (By the by...that was the time where I had chest x-rays, pink eye, more chest x-rays, and drug allergies all in a week and then ended up without insurance covering all of it and had a $700 doctor bill) I knew it had been awhile, but geez. Anyhoo, long story--short, the doctor's expert opinion was to "wait and see" if the swollen gland goes away and if the tingling will subside at that time. BRILLIANT! So, I bit the bullet. I called the chiropractor and made an appointment for 10:30am this morning. At noon I walked out of his office no better than before, but with an appointment to come back on Wednesday morning. Apparently my chronic pain requires a little research and he wanted to look into the possible connections to my neurological problems as well. So I sit here, still in pain. My neck and back are pretty crapped up today which gives me a headache. My face is numb. But for once, I'm hopeful.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Another Reward Day, Another Show

It is another reward day at the old radio stations. Being on the LOSING team, I received much more money than I thought I would. Now I feel the need to spend it on something completely frivolous. I'll have to give that some serious consideration this afternoon. I'm planning on spending the first frivolous five on lunch at Piggy's. My mouth is watering just thinking about their soup and bread sticks. The real prize is the gift of time. I'm really looking forward to that. I found out that we have a Pizza Doctors pizza buffet after the show tonight for cast, crew, and patrons of the theatre. It is going to be a good day of eating for me.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

GOOD MORNING!

Okay, it isn't morning, but I feel like I just woke up. So there. I had a Kwik Trip cappuccino on the way to work this morning. Nothing. Some water. Still not feelin' energized. Then for lunch I had a pow-bam combo of cottage cheese, yogurt, and a frappuccino. I'm feelin' it now. I practiced a dance step or two around the office. I think my co-workers are not feelin' it. Tonight we have a preview audience at the big Mame show. The senior citizens are being charged to watch our dress rehearsal. For some reason that seems fundamentally wrong to me to charge people, regardless of age, to watch a dress rehearsal. Anyhoo...some of these folk may have actually lived during the time period we will be presenting. I'm hoping we get a great reaction from them to boost the confidence of the cast for opening night tomorrow. Good news! I found out that although I was not on the winning team for the latest sales contest, that I will still be allowed to join the winners at the John's Bar for celebratory cocktails at 2pm tomorrow. Since I won't be able to get all liquored up before the show, I'm hoping that means I'll be able to head out early, possibly dye my hair, and get my doggy out before I have to head back to LAX for our 6pm call. The stars are aligned for a stellar week. It is going to be a good show!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

A Long Weekend, No New Windows Opened

What a pleasant, long weekend. Friday night our choreographer warned us that our legs and feet were very important to her and not to open any new windows over the weekend. There is a song in the show called Open A New Window that is about living life to the fullest and taking advantage of every possible opportunity. So, the show has taught us wonderful life lessons, but we can not implement them for another three weeks! On Saturday I attended the roaring races. I'm told it was a good day to go to the races because there were no novelty events and there were two 50-lap races that had previously been delayed due to rain. I like the novelty events. In search of more excitement, I considered hijacking a school bus and racing it out on the track. I decided this might fall under the heading of "opening a new window," so I refrained. Sunday I experienced the most gruelling first technical rehearsal I've ever been involved in. It was about 5 1/2 hours long. There were several scene changes that didn't go well and we would have to reset the previous scene and do the whole thing over again. By the time we got to act two, they decided there wasn't enough time to run through, so we just hopped from cue to cue. It was the only saving grace of the day. The show has been growing leaps and bounds every night. With the addition of costumes, hair, and makeup, this show is really becoming three-dimensional. I have full confidence that we will have a stellar show by Friday, thank goodness, because there are a lot of people counting on it! I'm going to soak up all of these last precious moments of rehearsal...the fizz doesn't fizz too long and this is the good stuff.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

"A Kiss May Not Be The Truth, But It Is What We Wish Were True"

I've titled my blog with a quote from LA Story. My sister was inspired by the full moon to share the quote with me and now of course it is stuck in my head. So there it is. Although I am excited to have my kitchen flooring finished up today, my poor little puppers is not handling it very well. His feet slipped out from underneath him on the way out the back door yesterday and then he wouldn't come back in. He was a scardy dog. After coercing him to go back in the front door, he did not want to leave the house again. He would come to the end of the runner in the hallway and then run back into the bedroom to hide out. I guess rugs are my next purchase. Good news on the work front: due to a sales contest, I will have Friday off! I think that is super considering that tech week starts Sunday. I can't believe we're that close to opening the show. When am I going to learn that music? Oh the pressure!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Check Mate

I received a phone call early this afternoon from The Builder man. It appears that there is some damage to the sub flooring underneath where the refrigerator sits. I gave The Builder permission to replace the sub flooring in that area. Since the flooring is supposed to last 30+ years, I think it should be installed under the best conditions. The good news? The rest of the kitchen is done and it appears there is plenty of flooring to finish the back entryway. Maybe this is it. This is what is going right! It is a full moon today and I feel in sync with the universe. Maybe that means I'll nail the Moon Song tonight at rehearsal. That may be a greater leap than the universe is willing to allow me today. I don't want to press my luck. I can't wait to go home and see that beautiful black and white checkered floor I've waited for since I had my very own kitchen floor to want it. I'm sure Peanut will learn to love it too. In the meantime, it's your move.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Retro Happy Hour Photos

Chuck and Rachel enjoying the preparty bubbles.
The backyard bar.
The skyline.
The indoor bar.
The food table.
The gang at the backyard bar.
The gang through the bubbles.

Skyline prom shots. Who is that guy in every picture? UFFDA.

Filling up on the mojitos.

Hangin' at the Rob's Roost booth.

Work gang.
They finally made it to one of my parties!
Last hoorah before Boston.
Do I detect a twinkle?
Mixing up the sidecars. So...where you from?
Yeah...they're drunk.

Thanks for the memories kids!

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