Thursday, November 30, 2006

Love the girl who holds the world in a paper cup.....

On my way to work this morning, I heard one of my favorite songs from when I was small. It brought me right back to my living room when I was about 5 or 6, to any given Sunday morning when my Dad would play his stack of 45's. I could almost see the orange panel curtains that used to hang in the living room....the forest green sofa with the afghan on top of it, and the entertainment center of sorts my dad built with 2x4s in the corner of our living room, that was kitty cornered from wall to wall, adjacent to the French doors to the den. I could hear my father whistling and making the little sounds he used to make while he was singing along to any of the songs he really enjoyed when they came on. I think I could even smell what our house used to smell like when I was small. Nothing specific that I can put my finger on and describe in a way that anyone else would was just home.

There were many songs that my Dad would play on Sundays. And I liked them all...but this one, I've always loved. It reminds me the most of home and being small. For some reason, this song just stayed with me throughout my whole life. Maybe it's the concept of the song in general that I liked without my even being old enough to realize it....or maybe it's just the tune itself. But the title of my post is a line that has clung in the corner of mind ever since I can remember.

Since I heard it this morning, I was able to rewind it over and over again on my way to work.
And I saved it as a favorite, so now I'll always get an alert when it's on.

It will be nice to go back to that time in my life again, even if just for a few minutes.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

I grow a little each day.....

Not too long ago, I wrote a post about a person in my office who had gotten under my skin. I had alluded to the fact that I thought maybe he was lonely....I had never noticed a wedding band and he's really such an eccentric type - I thought maybe he was more of a loner.

Boy was I wrong. And pleasantly so.....

This morning, I ran into him in the break room - and he was in a rather upbeat mood, which I could tell because when I said hello to him, he sounded happy to say hello back - which isn't always the case. So, I seized the opportunity and asked him if he was enjoying his holiday season thus far. Which he said he was...and he laughed. That was when I noticed the wedding I asked him if he hosted, or was a guest this Thanksgiving. He laughed and said he was very happy to have been a guest this year at his son's house. So I said "Oh how nice...! Is he your only son?" to which he happily and proudly told me he has 8 children and 13 grandchildren. Holy Moly! It was such a nice thing to see how he almost lit up telling me....and it was something that I never would've guessed in a million years. So I asked how they work the holidays with so many it difficult with children vying for their parent's do they split it all up? And he seemed almost eager to share the concept of managing such a large family with me.

This is why I hated even writing that post when I did. Maybe, people aren't always the same type of person in work, as they may be outside of work. It's important to not take people and what they say and do in work too personally, and take life in stride. And while he didn't necessarily do anything to me that was anything mean, maybe I should've taken a step back and not gotten so irritated. In retrospect, maybe work is just so very important to him now that his 8 children are all grown and out of the house.

Everyone has a "story", and we should always be sensitive to that.
Lesson learned for me today.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Scents and Secrets.....

Today is the first day that it's really smelled like snow outside.

It feels like snow...but it also has that snow smell. As I've mentioned previously, there's no real way to describe it to someone who's never smelled it, outside of maybe describing it as how an ice cold and crisp apple tastes when you first bite into it. That's probably the best description I could give for someone who has never lived in a winter weather area.

Funny, today I have nothing in particular to say.

Imagine? Me, without some semblence of a rant?

Well, I'm in a great mood....which I usually am anyway...but, I'm having a great hair day today, and I love what I'm wearing - which always puts a girl in an especially good mood. Sometimes, depending on how your hair comes out, or how comfortable you feel in the outfit you're wearing - that in of itself can set the tone for the whole day. I mean, sure - no one else will know that you're feeling "off"....unless, of course you divulge the information. It's sort of like when you wear a little sexy "something something" underneath your clothes - not for anyone in particular - just for yourself, to feel fun and special. It's like your own little secret. (Which of course, now I get the whole "Victoria's Secret" name. The secret is that no one has to know you're wearing the fun little flirty stuff, other than yourself! Isn't that fun?!?)

So with my cold hands, and my warm heart I'm here to say that this is my story for today....and I'm sticking to it!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

City mouse....Country Mouse....

I spent a few days up in North Country over this holiday. No, not Canada....but close enough!

We went to Santa's Village and then to the Rock's Estate Christmas Tree farm in Bethlehem, NH. The kids absolutely loved it! I'd never been to Santa's Village either, and I was pretty impressed. But, the farm was my very favorite part. The craft fair with all sorts of homemade foods, the burning fire pit for roasting marshmellows.....the hay ride and the sweet, sweet smell of Christmas trees filling the air. That is my kind of day.

What I loved most though....was where we were. And the ride to get there. While some might argue that there isn't much to look at, for me - that was what I liked about it. Driving on a one lane road between two mountains, with not a house or building in clear sight - just the shadows of one way off in the hills. While I've been to NH, Maine and VT many times - I haven't been someplace quite this rural. It was so quiet....and peaceful. It's hard to believe that we all share the same sky sometimes, because it is just so clear and bright the further away from the city that you go. I don't think I've seen the night quite so black and so crisp against the twinkling of the stars in all of my life. Or maybe it's just that I appreciate it more now.....

I know there are advantages to growing up in the city, but I've always felt I should've been a country girl. To me, everything just is cleaner and fresh; the food tastes better... a night's sleep is deeper. To have wildlife and nature surround you and enjoy life's quiet and simple things. You can always go to the city; but to come home to the country, just seems special to me. Sure, maybe it all wears off or is just not noticeable when you grow up or live amongst it at all, just as you become jaded living in the city.

And while the only downside was the fact that the closest Dunkin Donuts was 10 miles away or so....(imagine the horror?!?) it still made me wistful to be able to live someplace else.

I guess it's true that the grass always greener on the other side.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Ha! No surprise here.......

You Are 26% Open

You are open at times, but generally you don't let many people into your inner world.
It's possible that you have a friend or two that knows you well.
But to most people, you are a total mystery.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

It's all about giving thanks....

To some, Thanksgiving is a day of football and food....
To me, it's a day to reflect upon the past year.....and watch football and eat food!

I have much to be thankful for, and thought I'd share some of my most important reasons.

I'm thankful for my recent recognition and understanding of my own spirtuality. As I've mentioned many times, I'm not a religious person per se - I'm more of a spiritual type. And it's only been over the past year that I've come to fully understand and clarify what I do and don't believe, and how I choose to honor God. I've had some situations over the past year that have tested my beliefs - and I dealt with them as best as I could; I feel comfortable with my acceptance of their circumstances. For this I am thankful.

I'm thankful for my health. This year I've had people close to me struggle with their own health - some winning their battles.....others losing. It teaches you to take life's day to day troubles into stride, and makes you realize how important it is to take care of yourself. While we can't always control conditions that might afflict us, we certainly can take care of ourselves before finding out that there is something wrong. This actually ties into one of my New Year's resolutions for this coming year I think. Making it a point to go to the doctor on a far more regular basis is something I need to do.

I am thankful for my new found wisdom. There's a difference between being smart, and being wise. I think I've finally learned to recognize the line between the two. It's funny....I'm always questioning life, my own thoughts and everyone else's - that's just part of who I am. But I've learned over the past year it seems, to just sort of take my own advice (which isn't always half bad) and choose my battles more carefully. Stop trying to change the world, stop trying to save everyone - I don't have to think for everyone all the time. Just let it go......
It's a wise choice and you know what, I'm thankful I've made it. Now, if only I can stick to it.....

And lastly, I'm so very thankful for the collage of memories made daily, that I'm blessed to call "my life".
I'm merely the is my family, and my friends who are the colors that paint the portrait of who I am.

Have a lovely Thanksgiving......

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

What a girl wants.....

Okay, so here's a list of life's "must have's" for pampering and spoiling yourself. Or at least a list of my particular needs....

While I'm not "high maintenance", I do have a few items that I just can't live without.
Well, I could.....but, why would I want to?

Bliss Vanilla Bergamot Body Buff - I love this stuff. Not only does it exfoliate your skin amazingly - it smells great - and it leaves your skin with an amazingly soft feeling. You put it on before you get into the shower, and use your bar soap to rub it in.... It blends into your soap as well, so you don't have to use it that often - you can just use your regular soap on one side to exfoliate - leaving the other side smooth for when you don't want to. A little goes a long way, and you will feel soooooo good afterwards. Trust me.

Bath & Body Work Sun Ripened Raspberry Body Lotion: I've been using this for years...and I'm out of it at the moment now that I think about it. Actually, I've been out of it for some time..... I've been using other scents in the meantime but nothing comes close to this one. It smells delicious and goes so nicely with my perfume. It's funny, once you really like something - nothing can replace it.

Lip Fusion: How many times have I raved about this? But you can't use the colors....they're too - bright. Listen, I'm a simple girl. The plain clear is perfect. It gives such a nice matte yet shiny finish. Must have. Can't live without. Good thing is - despite the fact I use it constantly, it seems to last quite a long time. Which is good because it's not cheap.

4. Yankee Candle's
Pumpkin Pie & Cranberry Chutney: I am completely addicted to candles. And when it comes to the smells, I'm all about the home scents and comfort....which of course, with me - is about food. Now clearly, we can't have Pot Roast scented candles, or Grilled Steak candles (though I'm thinking, might not be such a bad idea!?!?) so a girl has to find baking type food scents to make her feel warm and fuzzy. These two hit the spot for me. And while I have plenty that I like.....these two, I love.

Orbit Gum - Not that I can't chew just any mint gum, because I can. But Orbit has got some really great tasting mint gum! And it's just the right consistency....not too soft, not too stiff....not too sugary. I know chewing gum is not very lady like. But listen - I must have some flaws, don't I?

Monday, November 20, 2006

Have a Holly, Jolly.....Thanksgiving?!?

Call me crazy, but isn't it a bit too early for the radio to be playing Christmas carols?

I always have the classical music station playing in my kid's rooms, but on Saturday nights I switch it to another channel because they play religious music in the morning and it sounds kind of scary to a small kid sometimes. So, I happened to change it to Oldies 103. (Which, for the record should not be playing songs from the 70s and 80s - those are not oldies! But I digress...)

As I was making my son's bed yesterday, the voice of Brenda Lee singing "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree" rang out from the radio and it stopped me in my tracks. Christmas music? Before Thanksgiving?!?!? That's unheard of outside of retail stores! And I then I heard that they've been playing this music since the day after Halloween. Halloween!?!?!?

I thought there was some "unwritten rule" that the Christmas music playing on the radio started on Thanksgiving Day? Isn't that when all the radio stations kick into holiday gear and we hear "Jingle Bells" in every variety known to man until New Year's Day? Don't get me wrong....I love Christmas music. Love, love, love it. But in Autumn.....?

The thing is - there's no buildup for Christmas anymore. Thanksgiving used to be the official send in for the holiday season. At the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Santa ushers in the beginning of the Christmas season. If it's going to be pushed back to Halloween - well, we'll all be bored of Christmas before it even gets here! And what fun will that be? It's that magic and surprise of childhood - the innocence of it all - that is being taken away by making the season be something other than what it's always been, which is the end of the year and the introduction of winter.

Take Old Jack Frost, Santa Claus, and the first elusive snowfall of the season....add in Christmas carols with a cup of hot cocoa and a roaring fire - and that my a holiday season.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Why I love Saturdays.....

Saturdays are "Mommy & Me" days. I always try to do something fun and interesting with the kids. Today was definitely fun. I took them to the Model Train & Toy show. My son has loved trains since he was a baby - and of course, my daughter being the second - would rather play with her brother's trains than most of her own toys. So I knew this was going to be a good call. It's amazing all of the different things that are available for the avid collector. And all so life like!

This particular event drew a rather interesting crowd, to say the least. Some very....eccentric type people there. Let's just say that although I always make the kids hold my hands - I made sure that they didn't even think about straying from my side.

And what's really nice about this particular location where it was at - was that the food was great! They featured home made foods as well as the average pizza, chicken fingers and hot dogs. Some of my chickie's favorites were there -- home made clam chowder, chili, Shepherds Pie, Chop Suey, Baked Macaroni and Cheese. So I didn't mind so much them eating out because it wasn't just junk.

Admission was free for them - and they loved it. It doesn't have to cost a million dollars to keep the kids happy, which is always a great thing for me!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Vanity Plates

I've always thought it was pretty cool to have license plates that were personalized. I never got one myself, but I love seeing some of the really unique ones that are out there.

Today, I had two experiences with two different vanity plates this morning. One pissed me off....the other - made me smile.

I was driving in the far right lane to get onto route 128 this morning, and this guy in his SUV almost crashes into me, practically sideswiping me. Where did he think I was going to go? I would've crashed into the guardrail. So, of course I lean on my horn and call him a few choice words with my mouth that's like a trucker. What does he do? He's not even going onto 128 (which at least I could've cut him slack on, and just thought he was a jerk trying to get ahead of me), he's going straight towards the rotary. So he leaned all the way over into my lane and stayed there for no good reason. What was his license plate: LYRIX.

I was on base, driving towards my office and stop at a red light. I see a car with a family in it - and the license plate said "HEREWEGO"..... Cute, huh?

Some of my favorites are:

What more do you need to say? On a 1991 Red Convertible Corvette with IL Plates
Bee keeper
On a VW Rabbit
On a Podiatrist's new Caddy
God is Good, on a pastor's car in Virginia. Virginia frowned upon putting religious messages on vanity license plates, but it ruled this one ok
I see inside you, a radiologist's plate
Live Before You Die
Paid to aruge, an attorney's ego tag in New York
Risky Business, on a '94 Red Porsche 968
Smoked you!
On an Obstetrician's Mercedes
On an Ophthalmologist's car - it's the 20/20 line on the eye chart.
Same to you buddy! (seen in heavy traffic in Virginia)

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Hey baby....what's your sign?

I don't usually pay much attention to the "horror-scopes" posted on my Google customized home page, but for some reason, today's caught my eye.

Today's Horoscope for Virgo (August 23 - September 22)

"The urge to procrastinate is nearly irresistible, but fight it! Hesitation only leads to more doubts. Take action, even if it's only small or symbolic. That'll put your heart's desires on the fast track to success."

Clearly, whomever writes horoscopes for Virgo - doesn't know me very well. Procrastination....Me?!?

Virgo's Snack Choices

"You won't find health-conscious Virgo tearing through a huge plate of nachos. This sign prefers a snack that is both wholesome and filling. Soy nuts are just the ticket for a hungry Virgoan. Choose the kind with no artificial flavoring and preservatives, please. This sign treats their body like a temple, even when it comes to snacks!"

Okay, first of all - load up the nachos, please with extra guacamole, chili and sour cream! Soy nut?!?! Are you crazy?!?! Peanuts is more like it! While I do enjoy working out..... and enjoy eating properly - please, I prefer to indulge and be decadent!

This is why I never understand why people live and die by their horoscopes in the daily paper. I know people who can't function without checking their horoscope daily. While sometimes, the generalization about the personality type that goes with the sign can be spot on....this day to day generalization of what is or isnt' happening in one's life is just that. A generalized prediction based upon a generic generalization about a potential personality type. It's not real life, and it's funny how some people are just riveted to reading what their horoscope says and then melding their life into having it fit.

It must be some obsession we have about knowing more about who we are. Don't get me wrong, I love it at times too. I love reading about the Virgo personality and seeing how I do or don't match up....who's my "best" most compatible love sign.....who is the "worst".

I guess for me, it boils down to the aspect of not wanting to know what lies ahead of me that day. I'd rather embrace the day wide eyed, ready for surprises and not thinking about how I should be thinking or feeling. I don't have to have it all micromanaged and planned in advance.

Which, might I add.....clearly isn't very Virgo of me!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Seeing with the mind's eye...

My parents taught me to read at an exceptionally early age. Escaping into books of poetry or novels were such an integral part of my life for so many years....

I used to read at every opportunity - in bed, in the bath, in the bathroom - on the name it, I was reading. I've always found it so magical to read a book and have such a vivid image of who the characters are. I can hear their voices, their dialects rolling off of their tongues; I can smell the scents in the air and hear the background noises surrounding them. To become involved in the stories of characters you've never met and yet feel so initmately connected with -- is such a gratifying experience for me.

I stopped reading on a regular basis about 10 years ago now. Mostly due to a lack of time; and what's so funny is that ten years ago, I had far more time than I do today. I've noticed the toll that the lack of reading has taken on me. Outside of the mere enjoyment of getting lost in another life, I've noticed that my vocabulary has decreased markedly. I'm also not quite as able to capture what I want to say quite as quickly....You just don't realize how sharp reading keeps your mind, especially when you're doing it for the relaxation or entertainment value.

Now, while I'm wandering through a bookstore - which is still one of my favorite things to do - I feel overwhelmed. There are so many books that I'd like to many authors I've never heard of and not sure about taking a chance on.....and so many genres to choose from. I did buy a book though...only one, surprisingly. I had a few in my hand, and they ranged in topics from lighthearted comedies to autobiographies; dark stories of the human soul.... to heart warming stories of the human spirit. I chose the latter of the group.
"The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd.

Over this past year, I've kept to most of my New Year's Resolutions.
I'm thinking that I'm going to add to my list this year "making the time to read 1 book a month".

Tuesday, November 14, 2006


It's been some time since I've had a cold. I mean a real, good ol' fashioned-stuffed-up-nose-needing-chicken-soup cold. And it came this weekend.

I had bronchitis last November....and pneumonia this past April - but those aren't colds. They have no impact on your sinus tract.

I almost forgot what it felt like to have my head so stuffed up that it hurts to think.....
I almost forgot what it's like to feel like you're suffocating when you eat because you can't breathe out of your nose.
Aaaah. The joy that only Vicks Vapor Rub can bring....those are the little things you miss when you are healthy.

As a matter of fact, I'm still so congested today, I'm almost excited that I can't smell the disgusting mildew smell that my office space seems to hold within the ventilation system. Because normally, I have a very sensitive nose that picks up on that stench long before anyone else chimes in with "yeah, I do smell something weird..."

That in of itself almost makes the fact that I have to apply pressure to my front teeth in an upwards motion to alleviate the tension in my sinuses, bearable - possibly even enjoyable.

If I only had the Demi Moore voice to go along with it too....

Eh, well - you can't have everything!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Who let the dogs out....?

So my morning got off to an interesting start.
I have a dog. A Jack Russell Terrier named Brandy. She's very protective of our house, but will get along with other dogs - so long as she can have access to them.

One of my girlfriends who's also a neighbor - has a gorgeous German Shepherd named Jack. Who's not good with other dogs. So Brandy and Jack, well - never the two shall meet. Until this morning....

I don't usually have Brandy on a leash. I live on a cul de sac, and I'm normally only letting her out after Jack has been walked. I usually can tell when he's been by because I've either seen him - or heard Brandy going ballistic as he walks by the house.

Occasionally, Brandy and Jack have skirted one another mostly because either I have her out with me in my arms as I talk to my girlfriend while she walks Jack; or Brandy may be out with my without my realizing Jack is coming out of his driveway. And what does Brandy do? She always runs right towards him. Which isn't a good thing because then everyone gets nervous not sure what's going to happen.

Today, they met face to face. It's wasn't very pretty....but it wasn't very ugly either. Jack is really a good dog, and truly I don't know that he would've hurt her anyway. He seemed a little perplexed when Brandy started to make all sorts of noises. But I didn't know Jack was at the end of the street when I let Brandy come out with me while I took out the trash. I had seen Jack walk by earlier, but didn't look to my right as I was walking across the yard. All of a sudden....I hear "No...!" and see Brandy running towards me, with Jack - looking very much like a lion running after her. She goes to hide behind me, but doesn't get there quick enough and Jack goes to put his mouth on her to hold her down - when I grabbed between the two of them - put my hand between them, grabbed Jack's scruff and told him to "drop it". Which, he promptly did. And he was perfectly content to just stand there as I picked Brandy up.

She was fine...he barely touched her. And he was great - really such a good dog. It's not Jack's fault if he has a high prey drive; and it's not Brandy's fault that she's curious to check him out. It is however my fault, to have had her off leash.

Dogs have their own psychology and their own society. It's our responsibility to understand them and know their limitations, both with people - and with other dogs.

I think Brandy's a little broken hearted though. I think she's got a little puppy love crush on ol' Jack.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Breaking up is hard to do.....

Relationships are difficult enough to begin with....but to have one publicized on television, surely has got to be just the means to the end of one, wouldn't you think?

Britney Spears is now divorcing Kevin Federline. Shocking.After that "Chaotic" television series about their relationship, how could they not have seen that one coming. I mean, did she sit at home and watch it and think "We are soooo cool!"? Clearly, neither one of them have a brain between them; and we knew this - obviously they haven't figured that out yet. But to see it in liquid crystal was just.....disturbing.

Jessica and Nick. One of the first "reality" couples. And what's so sad about Jessica is that this show not only made her the identity that she is today (she's not even a person any more it seems, just an image) - it also showed how poorly she treated her husband. And how not so bright she was. And how poorly she treated her husband. (Can I stress that enough?) What I wouldn't have given to have Nick Lachey dote on me the way he doted on her!!! And I would've appreciated it!!!! He loved her....and she was so.....pampered spoiled Siamese Cat-ish. Clearly, he needs a real woman who can show him what it's like to be loved.....but I digress.

Dave Navarro & Carmen Electra. First of all, while I'm quite addicted to reading his blog and find him really smart and articulate - he has some bizarre habits, clearly. And Carmen, well.....What was she thinking? Not the marriage - but the televised aspect of it all?!?! I sort of felt bad that they couldn't work it out. She hasn't had much luck in love it seems. But then again.... Dennis Rodman?!?! There's something to be said about maybe not making the best choices.

Danny & Gretchen Bonaduce: While I love this show, I'm so disturbed by it. What ever made them think that by televising their already destructive and broken marriage - it might fix it?? It's over.... and there's no amount of publicity or residuals that are going to fix that. He's tormented....he torments her....she's tormented....the kids are being tormented. Just end it and move on. Let's just see Danny being destructive, and let his poor wife off the hook.

Reality shows aren't real.... I guess that's the point of it all. And clearly, celebrities haven't quite gotten that point yet either.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Feeling hot, hot,!

Who knew I was this good?!?!??!

A little fun for a rainy and otherwise blah Wednesday!

Your Seduction Style:
The Charmer

You're a master at intimate conversation and verbal enticement.

You seduce with words, by getting people to open up to you.

By establishing this deep connection quickly, people feel under your power.

And then you've got them exactly where you want them!

What Is Your Seduction Style?

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

"Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution."

Last night I re-watched one of my favorite movies. It's funny, I can watch this movie over and over again - and yet it never comes to mind when I'm answering the random question of "favorite movies".

"Shallow Hal" is probably one of the funniest movies...and touching at the same time. Not a huge Jack Black fan, I've gotta admit. But the sensitivity this movie shows about beauty being "in the eyes of the beholder" is wonderful. And with Jack Black as the lead character in this, it's rather ironic because he's not exactly the type of guy that one would think to cast in a role to be so judgemental. Same with his buddy there, played hysterically by "George Costanza" Jason Alexander. These guys are not quite in the same "beautiful" category themselves - on a purely superficial scale, of course.

I can find something beautiful about everyone....I know that sounds corny, but I mean it. Everyone is someone's child, and everyone has a parent who (hopefully) loves them and wishes the world for them. To not even give someone a chance to be your friend based solely on their outward appearance is just so wrong. Kids often don't know better, or buckle to pressure and sometimes aren't always nice to everyone. But as an adult, I think there is no excuse for it.

There's more to being a beautiful person than how we appear on the outside.

I know alot of really "beautiful" people who are just ugly and mean on the inside. And I really believe that those who can't be nice to other people and factor in a person's appearance as being an excuse to be mean to them, clearly have issues within themselves that go pretty deep.

People sometimes think it's a sign of strength to "prey" upon those whom they either perceive as being "less" than they are, or those they feel intimidated by. If they only realized that there's strength in kindness, they'd probably go alot further in life.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Just another Manic Monday....

1. How tall are you barefoot? 5'1
2. Have you ever flown first-class? Yes, I used to pretty often actually. I used to work for Delta, part time. I worked on base FT, and doing reservations on nights/weekends. As an employee they prefer you travel First as opposed to Coach whenever possible. It was lovely....especially travelling internationally or to LA.
3. One of your favorite books when you were a child? Charlotte’s Web.
4. A good restaurant in your city: Venetian Moon. AMAZING martinis.
5. What is your favorite small appliance? My Braun hand mixer.
6. One person that never fails to make you laugh? My girlfriend Kim.
7. What’s your favorite Christmas song? Little Drummer Boy
8. What was the first music that you ever bought? I think it was the Gloria Gaynor 45, "I will survive". How sad is that....
9. What was one of your favorite games as a child? Loved playing Clue.
10. What is the one thing that you cook that always receives compliments? Chicken cordon bleu seems to make all happy.
11. When you were twelve years old, what did you want to be when you grew up? A veterinarian. Until I realized I'd have to put animals "to sleep".
12. Your favorite Soup of the Day? Chili
13. What in your life are you most grateful for? My children
14. Have you ever met someone famous? Yes. Various authors, actors, musicians and athletes. Growing up in and around Boston, it's not difficult to do! And I met a bunch in LA too.
15. Date Of Birth? September 17th
16. Top 3 thoughts at this exact moment:
I love the cd I'm listening to at the moment.
My left foot fell asleep.... ouch!!!
Why haven't I received any responses to some email I sent?!?

17. Three people you’re thinking about right now:
Hmmm. I'm not really thinking about anyone in that a bad thing?
18. Name three drinks you regularly drink:
Water; Coffee; Wine
19. From what news source do you receive the bulk of your news? The newspaper and talk radio
20. Current hair? Long, blondish....straightish. Jennifer Aniston-ish. At least that's my goal.
21. Current worry? Don't want to discuss it.
22. Current hate? I can't stand people who don't have anything good to say about anyone for no reason. Really. I'm so sick of it....
23. Do you consider yourself well organized? I am about some things....most things. I'd say I'm well organized, but not exceptionally well organized. How's that?
24. Do you believe in an afterlife? Yes. Absolutely.
25. Where do you think you will be in 10 years? Good question. I don't know.... One never knows what the future holds, right?
26. Do you burn or tan? I burn...then tan.
27. Who was the last blogger you hung out with? Hmm. One of my coworkers blogs, so I'd have to say Lloyd. Otherwise it would be Karla!!
28. Are you more optimistic or pessimistic about the future? Optomistic. I can overcome anything.
29. Last time you had an alcoholic drink? Saturday night! Champagne. Love, love, love champagne....
30. What songs do you sing in the shower? I stopped singing in the shower years ago. I do alot of my thinking in there now.....
31. What did you fear was going to get you at night as a kid? Fire
32. What’s in your pockets right now? I'm wearing a straight pockets for me!
33. Last thing that made you laugh? Have I laughed yet today??? Hmmm. Probably watching my nephew play with my kids yesterday!
34. Best bed sheets you had as a child? I loved my Star Wars sheets
35. Worst injury you’ve ever had? Hmmm. Broken ankle when I was 24. Almost a compound fracture, in a cast to my thigh - in a cast from Nov through March, overall.
36. Favorite song? Oooh. Way too many to name just one!!!
37. How many TVs do you own? Five.
38. Last person that made you blush? A friend of mine
39. Best compliment received? Hmmm. Good question. I don't retain compliments well it seems. I guess being told that I was thought of as kind and well grounded.
40. What song is in your head? "London Bridge" by Fergie. Can't shake it this morning for some reason. "Drinks start pouring and my speech starts slurring....and everyone starts looking real good..."
41. What is your favorite book? I don't think I have one at the moment....
42. Last meal you cooked? Homemade pizza
43. What were you doing at 12 midnight last night? Complaining about the football game and really hating the Colts.
44. What would you like to accomplish with the remaining years of your life? So much....never stop growing, learning or experiencing life. Learn not to be so hard on myself.... I'm sometimes so busy worrying about the perception of what I think people want from me, that I don't often say what I really am feeling. Which is surprising because I normally am just straightforward, but depending on the topic - I'll hold back and stifle my true feelings.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

The aftermath.....

So, after getting only about 3 hours sleep last night, I'm a little banged up today. But not bad considering. We actually didn't stay out too late - but I drove two girls home and so by the time I got to bed it was 3....and I was up at 6:30. Why is it on work days, I could stay in bed all morning....but on a weekend after a night of a little drinking - I'm bright eyed and bushy tailed so early?

We had a good was a small group of us and we actually didn't even stay in Boston that long. We ended up going back to our old local hangout. Seems you can take the girls out of the town - but you can't take the town out of the girls!!! So back to our old stomping grounds we went.

Funny how so much time goes by - and yet somethings never change.

Friday, November 03, 2006


Girl's Night Out is finally here....tomorrow night!
It's been far too long....and is far overdue.

Myself and a few girlfriends are headed into Boston to paint the town red....
Lots of laughs, lots of fun...lots of stories to come out of it, I'm sure!

So if you're in Boston on Saturday night, and head out to some of the nicer places to be seen.... and you see a group of girls sipping champagne and being the divas they deserve to be -

Chances's us!

PS: A little pic from Halloween.....

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Beautiful Disaster...lyrical thoughts for today

...Why is a woman's sexuality always under so much scrutiny? Why can't she do exactly as she please, without being called a million things...

She's waiting to fall apart....blind to how bad things are....and I know now...she won't last...she's got everything....but she won't last

Oh, and on I burn...Turning my direction.....Quench my thirst with gasoline....So gimme fuel...Gimme fire...Gimme that which I desire

If I want to be provacative, well that ain't a sin; maybe you're not comfortable in your own skin...

I need your grace.... to remind me to find my own

But, my God, it's so beautiful when the boy smiles, wanna hold him.
Maybe I'll just sing about it.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Don't believe the hype....

I get so irritated everytime I see a "Vote YES on Question 1" ad.
It's such propaganda. And what's so interesting is that I'm seeing so many "Vote Yes" ads, and have seen no "Vote No" ads on television. I received one mailer about voting "no".
Why are they working so hard, if it's such an obvious answer to the question? I'll tell you why.

Because they're lying. They're not being honest with the public and the people behind this bill think the public are fools.

Question 1 does not "simply allow supermarkets to sell wine". That's a very misleading statement.

Question 1 would grant ANY retailer who sells any type of perishable product - which by Massachusetts law requires them to carry a grocer's license - the ability to sell all alcohol that is covered under a retail wine license. This would include White Hens, 7-11s, Christys, you get the picture. This would even include some gas stations that are "Mini-Marts". Do you know that there are some malted liquors that are considered "wine" by retail licenses? This is what they are not saying on their commercial ads.

Don't be fooled. Supermarkets in MA have been able to sell wine and beer for a while now - it was regulated on a "x" amount of licenses per chain. BJs, Costco, Sam's Club - they've all been selling these products for years with little or no impact to most retailers. Will supermarkets have an impact on some stores....sure. Or if a store is located directly next door to a major supermarket - yes, it will be detrimental to them. Most major competitors of liquor retailers are other retailers and this is a competition we've had to deal with for years. For some reason, liquor stores seem to be bundled in areas. It's rare to be the owner of a liquor store and be the "only gig" in town. We are our own worst competition. And as the advent of Amazon and other online "malls" didn't destroy the retail walk in business - this allowing of supermarkets to carry alcohol is no way connected to preventing a monopoly amongst retail stores. That is just one of the most foolish things I've heard.

Here's why you should vote "no" on Question 1. It doesn't matter whether we "catch up" with the rest of the country with regards to our laws on selling alcohol. Truly, does "keeping up with the Jones'" mean anything with regards to our children's lives? We can't prevent our children from underage drinking, or doing drugs. But we don't have to make it so readily accessible to them either. As it is, Massachusetts has been pushing for the driving age to be raised as a result of the high rate of teenage driving deaths we've seen over the past few years. Do we truly need to add alcohol to the mix? Do we want our kids to pull into the gas station that has wine available and have them "fill up" on all levels? Are the teenage kids that work at the supermarkets responsible enough to card their peers? We have enough peer pressure in schools today regarding the use of controlled substances, let alone adding the pressure for distribution of them. And the ABCC is understaffed as it is. They're having a hard enough time monitoring package stores, how are they going to be able to monitor the sales from all of these additional stores.

There is a liquor store on virtually every corner in Massachusetts. And most stores are open 7 days a week. Tell me, what is the true advantage to having the White Hen or 7-11 selling wine?

Call me crazy. Call me old fashioned. Call me responsible.
Leave the sales of alcohol -- which is still a controlled substance, might I add - to the retailers who have been proven responsible enough to control the sales and distribution of such product.