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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Mmmmm...

While browsing the organic section at the grocery store across town, I came across Purely Decadent Turtle Trails non-dairy frozen dessert. I think I'm in love.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Weekend

I can't wait to go home and be alone all weekend. I think I'm sick of being around people. I just have to get through work today and our first rehearsal without being able to call "line." Do you think I can do it? I'm not so sure. I look forward to finding something to do in the community with my new Saturn. I also need to get my house spiffed up for a gaggle of company next weekend. I will have four (4!) house guests. I hope the basement doesn't flood before then. I will need all the sleeping room I have. Can't wait to see y'all!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

40 Days and 40 Nights

It has been raining here for like 40 days and 40 nights. Not only is my backyard flooded, so is my basement. Yay for mopping! Please make it stop.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

It's Mine!

Just barely into my 32nd year (for those of you confused, I just turned 31, so have begun my 32nd year), and I just bought my second vehicle! It is a brilliant blue 2004 Saturn Vue that I'm told my nephew will appreciate. My psychic told me I was going to get a not new, but nice red car. I guess she just knew how much I wanted a red car. Maybe next time. For the time being, I'm really happy to have a reliable vehicle with low miles and plenty of hauling space. All the papers were signed over my lunch hour and temporary plates put on. I'll get my official Illinois license plates at some time in the mail. For my birthday I renewed my drivers license in the Land of Lincoln and it is beginning to feel like I really live here! I got my vehicle insurance set up this morning and added on renter's insurance as well. I feel so safe. My only disappointment today was realizing that my new vehicle does not have keyless entry. I thought there was a remote I used the first time I drove it, but was mistaken. Luckily the folks at the dealership are awesome and are going to do some research to see if they can find one. I really hope that works out. Otherwise, mark down another stellar day in the Illinois Adventure that is my life.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Saturn Vue!

I've decided on the Saturn Vue. I'm signing papers tomorrow. My payments are lower, so I'm really pleased. Can't wait to celebrate!

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Great Debate

The 2004 Saturn Vue... 49,000 miles. $192/month. $85/month insurance. 18-25 mpg. vs the 2005 Mitsubishi Galant...
90,000 miles. $148/month. $93/month insurance. 17-20 mpg.
Vote now on the right-hand column!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Busy Weekend

Blondy is home safe and sound after a busy weekend of test driving. I have it narrowed down to a Saturn Vue or a Mitsubishi Galant. Monday I may have a new car.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Bella Milano

Blondy and I had a great dinner out at Bella Milano last night. We managed to hit a few bars and car lots and only set off my security alarm once! Yikes!

Friday, October 23, 2009

It's My Birthday

My Boss Lady made me chocolate buggy cupcakes. I'm wearing my glow in the dark bat ring now. Okay, it isn't glow in the dark, but it is still pretty cool. I'm loaded up on drink chips for the Docker's Bar and my friend, Blondy is driving down in the pouring rain right now. I'm sure we'll both be ready for cocktails by 5pm. I'm planning to dine at Bella Milano tonight (the closest to the Freighthouse quality I've tried in Springfield). I'm really looking forward to that. I'll be taking back the Chevy Equinox over lunch today. I'm thinking it is a big fat no. The thing I like the most about it is that it is red. I don't like the leather interior, moon roof, gigantor size, or the smoke covered with perfume smell that irritates my allergies. I also couldn't get the cruise control to work. I don't know why this Sales Man wants me in this vehicle so badly, but I'll have to break it to him that I'm just not interested. Blondy helped me find a place to live and tomorrow I hope she can help me find a new car. I could use that magic wishing dust now.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Test Driving Again

A Chevy Equinox this time. It is red (kind of), but I still think I hate it. It has some sort of slippery seat interior. Man I hate, hate, hate that. It also feels like I'm driving a 40 ton vehicle. And pay no attention to that parking job. I just think it is too big.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Birthday Week

This has got to be one of the tamest birthday weeks for me in a long while. Last year I had a trip, dinner outings, and a big karaoke birthday bash. I don't even have anything planned for Friday yet except a dinner night out. I should get on that. This year I'm busy working my tail off at work (no really....I'm on lunch now) and rehearsing for "The Laramie Project." I'm not sure I've ever done a show over my birthday and I feel like I should bake treats, but during what free time? I also don't have rehearsal on my birthday, so that means I'd have to make treats tonight after rehearsal to share tomorrow. We'll see how motivated I am by that time. I'm really looking forward to a visit from Blondy for my birthday. I realized that she hasn't been here since my first weekend in Springfield, the first weekend of May. At that time I was still living in the hotel. She went with me to look at my future home, so she saw it empty, but not since I moved in. I'm looking forward to putting her to work to find me a new car since she did so well helping me find a place to live. I was pretty apprehensive about that as well. My Boss Man actually had a remote broadcast at the car dealership today and inquired about a car for me. Soon after I had a Sales Man calling me to get a few more details and he is researching options this very as we speakday. I'm feeling a little bit more positively about this. I still ask that you keep your fingers crossed. I'm going to need some special birthday mojo, Blondy power, and maybe a dash of Halloween black magic to get me behind the wheel of my very own vehicle.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Get Your Tickets Now

The cast of "The Laramie Project" at The Springfield Theatre Center is amazing. They make me feel like I should work harder. Get your tickets by calling 217-523-2787. Performances at the Hoogland Center Theatre III are November 6-8 and 13-15. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Testing

I took my very first test drive today. I took a 2008 Dodge Caliber out for a spin. It was the prettiest red you've ever seen. I can't afford to buy it yet.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Is It The Weather?

I feel sedated. No matter how much sleep I get I'm always still tired. I suppose it doesn't help that my head is swimming in a sea of allergens. I sneeze about every five minutes. I guess it is difficult to keep a clear head when I'm clouding up every five minutes. It may be cloudy and rainy and cold here, but at least it isn't snow yet. My friends and family in Wisconsin were treated to a whole day of snow last Monday. Suckers. Now that I'm this far south, I feel as though I should just keep going until I get to the promised land of no winter.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Full-Fledged Fall

I explored my community last weekend by heading to the Apple Barn in Chatham. Along the way I drove a little of the historic Route 66. However, I think that was only because I missed my turn.
Once finding my way to the barn, I was lucky to find a parking spot. The gravel lot was full and there were people and kids everywhere. Old crates overflowed with little pumpkins and gourds. As I made my way around the crowds and carts full of purchases, I had no idea what sight was waiting for me. As I stepped through the greenhouse I stumbled upon the biggest pumpkins I have ever seen. And there were rows and rows of them! The Apple Barn put last year's pumpkin patch field trip to shame. If only my niece could have seen it.
After perusing the goods, I settled on five little funky colored pumpkins, a bunch of Indian corn, and an apple pie bar for the way home. It was a pleasant fall outing.
I've been completely immersed in fall since then. I made pumpkin soup, stuffed acorn squash, spaghetti squash, and an apple cider brined pork chop...which reminds me it is almost time for the sauerkraut supper. I bet they don't have those here. I also found indoor homes for my tropical palms to winter.
I can't wait for the rest of what fall has in store for me in Springfield; I just hope it is not snow. H.O.P.E. Hope.

Friday, October 9, 2009

New Feature

I feel the need to share with my blogging friends what currently is my favorite song played on ALICE, so I've added a new feature on the right column called "New Favorite ALICE Song." I feel better now that it is out in the open. I'm still looking for a community event this week. If you have a great idea, let me know!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

I've had a really rough year. With my birthday always comes great reflection. I hope I make it through stronger. Oh... and with a new car.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Hearty Chili Anyone?

Due to a lack of ground turkey in my freezer over the weekend, I've developed a new recipe. My steak chili is hearty and spicy without being too hot. Check out the recipe on the side bar. Enjoy.

Not So Much Nothing

I managed to get all my cleaning done for the week since this will be my first week spent at rehearsals every night. I feel as though I will not be spending very much time here, but I'm really excited to get this theatre ball rolling in Springfield.

I also managed to put away summer and drag out fall. I switched my clothes in the closet, swapped bedding and drapes, moved my porch plants indoors, decorated, and cleaned out my shed. I even turned the heat on finally.

Sunday saw me attempt to meet my goal by heading towards Spoon River for the drive. Think I misunderstood this thing. I thought there would be community events going on. All I saw were yard sales. And when I tried to find the "attractions" (I.e. Historic sites), I was unable to locate any. The map from their website was fairly useless in locating anything. I was also really hoping for some antiquing and was surprised when I couldn't find even one store. I was disappointed, but it was a nice day for a long drive in the country.

I'll have to get on the ball and figure out what to do next weekend!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

I enjoyed chili today made with peppers and tomatoes from my sister's garden. I wish she lived closer to share it with me! Sending warm chili thoughts your way.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Cold Weather Friends

My zinnias are thriving in the colder weather we've been experiencing lately. Peanut and I have also been good cold weather friends. Earlier this week Peanut hopped up on the couch out on the porch when I went out to water the plants, so I decided we would watch our movie out there. I haven't done that since before the robbery for sure and the temperatures were much warmer. But with the addition of a fuzzy blanket and a bowl full of warm popcorn, Peanut and I had a snuggly time. (Side note: if you haven't seen Hotel Rwanda, go out and get it tonight. Everybody should see it.) However, I think I'm going to need to find a warmer location for my palms to summer. I've secured floor space in the lobby at the radio station and even have approval, however I need to purchase some sort of drip trays before bringing them in and ruining the floors here. I can't wait to have some plants in here. It is the one thing missing in my work space. Maybe that is a task I will be able to accomplish this weekend. Other than that, I plan to do absolutely nothing. I can hardly wait!

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