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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!

In The Blink Of An Eye

My 3rd Annual Housewarming party, Retro Happy Hour, has come and gone. I spent last Thursday and Friday off work, at home, preparing for the fabulous fiesta. Although my hallway flooring was not completed, I forged ahead with the party and covered the problem with rugs. It didn't seem to impose on anybody's good times. Thanks so much to Sam and Sherman for being my Party Pit Crew (Sherman must know how much I appreciate alliteration). Although I always think I can do it myself, it would have taken me much, much longer. You guys rock. I've accumulated a few bottles of wine that I would love to share with you over a juicy steak.

I always worry that I don't have enough food and spirits, but it seemed to work out perfectly. The last of the rum was in the mojito punch and before the limes hit the bottom of the bowl, the last guests were departing. There was an incident where a party guest tried to make side cars for Sherman and we had run out of Brandy. There was a discussion as to whether he should just use whiskey. Even though he knew Sherman probably would not know the difference, he refrained...until Sherman came out and told him to just use the whiskey because she wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

I had a clean-up crew of one...and it wasn't me. Thanks for that. I really can't get motivated to clean up after the party is over. It is never as much fun to tear down as it is to decorate. As it was, I went out to eat for lunch, rested on the couch, and went to rehearsal (where I spent most of the time with my eyes closed, lounging in the theatre seats).

I finally got motivated to clean when I found out my flooring guy was coming this morning to finish my hallway flooring. Apparently they have tracked down a box of flooring that will work with what is already installed! And now my kitchen is cleaned and ready for new flooring as well. Anyhow, Retro Happy Hour was marvy. Thanks to all who came and shared in the good times with me. My parties would not be so great if it weren't for all the fantastic guests. We'll see you next year.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

It's The Final Countdown

This is my last day of work before the big shin dig this weekend. Everything is coming together. Either that or so much stuff is going on right now that I don't even have the time or energy to be worried about anything. Either way, it is working for me. I had a setback with the flooring. The flooring guy was running out of flooring, so we purchased two new boxes. Apparently the company has changed the locking mechanism and the new and old flooring will not join. The living room is completed, but only 2/3 of the hallway got done. We are waiting to hear back from the distributor to see if two boxes of the old flooring can be found. Something, I tell you, something has got to go right for me this week. As it is looking, I may have an unfinished floor for my party. And considering that, the flooring guy decided not to start the kitchen and have the same problem. We'll tackle that issue next week. I got a bit of bad news yesterday. We've been advised to plan for a Sunday rehearsal this week for Mame. The director said we would have it at 6am if needed. Since I put Saturday in as a conflict for my party, I'm going to go ahead and claim 6am as Saturday and say I can't make it. Last year we stayed up until 6:30am, so I'm not being unreasonable here. Like I said, I just need something to go right. At least my martinis will make you see double and feel single. I'll catch you on the retro side.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Love To See Me Strut?

I had a little encounter downtown last Friday where some guy commented on my strut as I crossed the street. Apparently it is a funny subject. I got a dedication on Classic Hits last night for "Her Strut" by Bob Seger. Noted boys. Last night I didn't get enough mopping in the basement, so I mopped the kitchen and bathroom too. I strutted through the suds, mopping away, so that the new flooring wouldn't be sealing in months of grime. It seems silly and I told myself I could let it go, but alas, I could not. I was strutting around the basement this morning mopping again. It is still pooling, but I think it is finally getting better. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the worst is over. Now we just need some sun to dry up the soggy ground. My new living room floor is probably done by now and the flooring men have probably started on the kitchen. Hopefully. They weren't there before I left at 7:45am this morning. My dad went to pick up two extra boxes of living room flooring yesterday and I'm hope, hope, hoping there is enough flooring for the kitchen. I was concerned about it before and now I am more so. If we run out of kitchen flooring I will have to order it online and it may take two weeks for delivery. At least that old flooring is clean. I'm thinking that I should strut on over to the city hall to pay an outstanding parking ticket. While I'm there, I may get my strut registered as a lethal weapon. I was advised it may be a good idea.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Mostly Rainy With A 100% Chance Of Mopping

My basement is flooding. Exactly what I need this week, another thing to do...over and over and over again. The rain started Saturday and hasn't really stopped since then, but Saturday night the basement was still dry. I guess eventually all that water wants to level and by Sunday afternoon I had water coming at me from all sides. It is leaking in places it has never leaked before and it just keeps coming. That whole drainage system isn't working so well; the water has been pooling under the stairs about 6 feet away from the drain. I spent a little quality time with the mop this morning waiting for my flooring guy to arrive. That's right! I'm getting new flooring today! I'm so excited! Last night, my friend Michael came over to help me remove the old tiling down the hallway. He really did most of the work, but it only took about an hour and a half. Pretty impressive. Now I'm crossing my fingers that the garbage guys take the three bags of tile I set out for them and Wednesday I'll see how the carpet fairs on the curb. All of my furniture is living in the office and the kitchen right now. Peanut moved to Trempealeau for the duration of the flooring experience. My house feels so empty right now...except for all the liquor bottles and glasses lined up for my party. I shall pretend they are good friends to keep from getting lonely. Maybe we will have a pool party in the basement!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

It's Today!

I just realized that my last post was my 100th! Just all started back in March with a computer and a dream. It was my dream to pass the boring days sharing my exciting daily activities, thoughts on life, and numerous fears. However, as Ken once told me, "All you do is drink. It's drink, drink, drink, plant something, drink." So, maybe I've fallen short on my dream of having exciting daily activities to share with you. I'll try to do better in the next 100. Here is a glimpse into where I was when I began this blog: I just painted the living room tan with one red wall. (I still haven't found anything to hang on that fabulous red wall, but I ripped out my carpeting, bought a new sofa, new coffee table, and end tables, broke my old curtains, so they finally will have to be replaced, and replaced light fixtures.) I needed to pick out the flooring. (I finally did and it is still sitting in my guest room waiting to be installed, which will FINALLY happen next Monday! I found black and white kitchen flooring as well, managed to get the kitchen table repainted, and replaced the kitchen faucet. I didn't get the flooring for the bathroom, but purchased a new faucet yet to be installed and painted the black stripes in my pink and black bathroom.) I had gutters installed on the back corner of my house. (Which have been "fixed" twice and still leak. More pleasing is my line of 48 shrubs--most of which are doing well--and my new climbing roses in the backyard.) So much has happened since then. I'll try to remember to celebrate every day even if it is not a drinking day! The song from Mame that shares today's blog title tells us, "This very minute has history in it--we're here."

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Congratulations and Toasty Toasty!

Congratulations are in order for my friend, Sherman. She is finally moving back to the La Crosse area for work. That means more oportunities for more toasty toasties together! Gotta love it. I should crack open that bottle of champagne from KEN to celebrate. Would that be okay to share my golden annivesary champagne with a friend? I certainly hope so!

Achy Hop Hop Kick Kick Hop Achy

I finally did it! After recovering from a dubious hangover on Sunday morning, I ripped out my living room carpet. The padding was stapled to the floor, so I had to pry out staples and then the carpet strips. I'm thinking the carpet removal came just in the nick of time. That carpet padding was disintegrating especially quickly in high-traffic areas. Disgusting. Trust me when I say that ripping out the carpet was the easy part. I've got a guy that is supposedly going to call me today to schedule a start time for the project, but thinks we should at least get the living room done before my party! Yay! So I woke up Monday to an all-over achy pain in my body. My prying hand was especially sore. You know it's bad when your bones ache. Ouchy. So, I made it through the day with a couple doses of ibruprofen and decided to mow the lawn when I got home....quickly before heading off to play practice. I almost got a migraine, but staved it off with more ibruprofen, 40 ounces of water, and a cool shower, and I was off to rehearsal. We did an hour of singing followed by an hour of dance. We worked a little more on the jitterbug section of dance that is swingy. We pretty much hop, hop, kick, kick, hop, repeat. All the dancing and sweating really loosened me up and I forgot I was in pain until I was sitting at the Bodega with an icey beverage and could actually feel my muscles tightening up again. Oh the humanity! P.S. I had a breif bout of pink eye on Friday night/early Saturday morning which turned out to be too much vodka. ;)

Friday, August 10, 2007

Golden Celebration

I co-worker bought me a bottle of champagne last Friday to celebrate my golden anniversary here at the radio station. I marked my fourth year on August 4th. It has been quiet here all afternoon and the boss man just closed the office at 3pm. I was considering how long it would take me to drink a whole bottle of champagne by myself, but I think I'll just take it home and stash it in the fridge with my opening night bottle of champagne. One of these days I should have a party. Hey, speaking of which, I'm having a party. During some mandatory down time, I did some quality list-making for the upcoming Retro Happy Hour. I compiled detailed plans of what decorations go where, what items will go on which tables, I narrowed down the food and beverage choices, and made grocery lists. I even began a craft project. It is going to be fabulous. Just you wait and see! I had a guy come over Wednesday morning to look at my flooring situation and am waiting to get a quote from him for installation. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I will be able to get that flooring in yet. If I do, I'll be celebrating something fierce at my party! I just found out today that I will also be celebrating an almost 13-year reunion of seeing the Steve Miller Band in concert. Turns out I'm getting tickets to the outdoor concert at Fort McCoy. Thirteen years...where has the time gone?

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Scooter is Rich And Velvety

I savored my glass of Scooter Merlot at The Wine Guyz yesterday. Well worth it. I'm looking forward to the bottle in my makeshift wine cellar. I think it is asking to be paired with a big, juicy steak. I will comply. I'm in a Crabby McCrabberson mood this afternoon. I'm feeling the stress of too many things creeping up on me all at once. I have work busyness including an added project I was volunteered to chair, my party planning, the class reunion planning, Mame rehearsals every night, a sick puppy at home, and an increasing necessity to get my new flooring installed and out of my guest room.

I really need some down time. As it turns out, our Let's Go Girls Hayward Getaway will come at just the right time for me to take a much-needed breather. I just need to remember to keep breathing now. Tonight at rehearsal we are learning new choreography for "Open a New Window." I think this will involve a speakeasy scene for me and a quick tango. It will also involve the paddy wagon scene that is a real thigh-toner. I already am experiencing sore muscles, so I'm looking forward to more of that. I really could go for a cocktail to ease the pain of the day.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Sampling Scooter

It's time! A co-worker convinced our manager to let us out of work at 4pm to wander over to the Wine Guyz to celebrate her birthday. How wonderful is that? She is even buying us our first drink and appetizers. What a gal. I hear that the Scooter is available by the glass, so I'm thinking I should sample the wine of my namesake. Unfortunately, I will have to go to rehearsal tonight and I do have a sick puppy at home, so I will need to cut the afternoon short to care for him and still make it to rehearsal without being too liquored up. I believe we have singing and dancing tonight, so I should be in top form.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Welcome! Welcome!

We welcomed four new sales people today. Crazitimes! They all have to meet with each of us, so all of a sudden I have all kinds of appointments. We also welcomed my boss back after her six-month maternity leave. Yay! Unfortunately I had to deal with client traffic and remote issues today. How fair is that? I put in my time! Me no likey. So far I'm still feeling busy. However, it is partially due to making invitations for the impending class reunion and invitations for my upcoming annual housewarming party. I just realized that I have to actually start making the decisions. Luckily I started planning last spring and had a lot of good ideas on paper. I even made decoration purchases over the last few months. Now it is crunch time. Making the final decisions. Connecting the dots. Writing lists. Making food. Purchasing perishables. Oh my goodness. I need more time!

Friday, August 3, 2007

Happy Weekend!

It is Friday. I had a gruelling week of sleeping off illness and I'm ready for the weekend. Fling out the fun! The office is bubbling with hi jinx and shenanigans today. 3 o'clock will come before I know it and I'll be heading home. I have good friends visiting this weekend and hopefully will spend plenty of quality time in front of a touch screen with a beef jerky in one hand and a beer in the other. I have caught wind of a possible campfire as well. *sigh* That's home to me. I gleaned great insight from my daily horoscope this morning including: "It's not every day that you'll feel this good..." "The sky's the limit today, as you discover that someone somewhere has some very positive feelings for you." "Affection, tenderness, joy of life – you have it all today!" "...everything goes smoothly today." It appears I'm the king of the world! Oh, and it is 2 months, 1 day, 5 hours, and 14 minutes until the girls and I head off to the north woods for vacation. Let's go girls! A happy weekend to all, and to all a good night!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

"The Good Doctor" Recap

I just received my picture disc from The Good Doctor. Here is a sampling from that.

The Sneeze featuring my daddy (top row, left).

The Governess (that is me on the right) getting my stash of money from my Meany McMeanerson employer (on the left).
The Drowned Man, again, featuring my daddy, (the drowned man, on the left).
The Audition (me) I'm thinkinging this is when they told me to "Go home child. Go to bed. You can audition some other time."
The Defenseless Creature (this is a good shot of the Kremlin I painted for a backdrop)
Cast and crew (and rubber chicken) of Holmen Community Theatre's The Good Doctor 2007.

Sicky McSickerson

I have been ill. No fun. On Monday night at rehearsal I was beginning to have sinus pain and my throat began to close up. I figured it was due to the allergens in the air (they have recently replaced the stage and apparently there is a huge percentage of air that is actually just saw dust). I had similar problems when I had gone in for call backs. I figured when I left the theatre I would feel better.

I spent some quality time in a bar after rehearsal and surprisingly enough, my throat did not get better. By Tuesday morning I woke up to razor sharp pains in my throat and the inability to swallow. Ouchy. I could not talk. I stayed home. Wednesday my throat was better, but the sickiness had moved into my head. After two days napping and a serious vitamin c overdose, I'm back at blog...I mean work and feeling tip-top. I could go for a nap, though. I'm so tired!

I found out that I have Friday night off and was really hoping to spend it at a Loggers game. Alas, the baseball gods have smited me and the Loggers do not have a home game. So sad. We do have a station night at the races on Saturday. I'm waiting to hear if my friends will go with me. I haven't been there yet this summer either. So much fun to be had on these last weekends of the summer. I just don't know where to start!


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