Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The Four Agreements

Kimmy posed the question of what is a Four Agreements Deck.
Simply put, this is a book, by Don Miquel Ruiz, and is based on Toltec Wisdom.
It is a book that
  • Changed my life a few years back
  • Has guiding principles I try to live my life by
  • Spoke to me on a deeply personal level

The Four Agreements are

1. Be Impeccable With Your Word

Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

2. Don't Take Anything Personally

Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering.

3. Don't Make Assumptions

Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

4. Always Do Your Best

Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.

Pretty simple words of wisdom huh? To some it may be hokey but for me it is TRUTH.

Ever since I came across the book and started living my life this way, drama, hurt, the "oh no she didn't" anger, the need to be right, the defensive attitude, etc. diminished down to next to nothing.

The 48 card deck is a deck of coaster size cards with 12 cards corresponding to the each of the four agreements. Instead of reading the book from cover to cover again (which I do every couple of years), I pull the card box out from my home office desk, remove the entire deck, and randomly select one or two cards.

I do this to be reminded. I do this for a message to hear. I do this for a lesson to be learned.

Tonight's card? Ask for What You Want is on the front of the card and is part of the Don't Make Assumptions agreement. The back states, "Find the courage to ask for what you want. Others have the right to tell you yes or no, but you always have the right to ask. Likewise, everybody has the right to ask you for what they want, and you have the right to say yes or no."

Amen to that.

If you haven't read the book, obviously it is one I recommend.

Oh and Kimmy, A copy will be on the way to you this weekend.

Peace and Love Peeps.

Monday, July 30, 2007


When you see this, what do you think of?

A glass half empty? Or a glass half full?

What I see, as much as I would like to believe I see the positive side in all things, is a glass half empty.

I try to end my day with some quiet time in reflection.

Tonight, as I was mulling over the details of the day, I became mesmerized by my glass of tea. I got lost in the image and found myself stuck in the thought of it being half empty versus half full.

I started to wonder if seeing it this way has something to do with anything or if this is something people tend to over analyze. After all, it is only a glass of liquid. Or is it?

Is it more? Or is it less?

I don't want or need more tea in the glass. I just see it as empty versus being full.

It began to weigh heavily so I walked away from my chair and grabbed a random card from my Four Agreements Deck and the message card I randomly selected three times in a row states, "Even the opinions you have about yourself are not necessarily true. Therefore, you don't need to take whatever you hear in your own mind personally."

Here's to releasing self-judgement and allowing myself to see it for what it is, in this moment of time.

Monday Morning Rant

Bear with me peeps as I need a moment to vent.

Remember these?

My favorite black pumps. My stand bys. My go-to shoes. My most comfortable pair of heels.

Let me just state for the record they have been worn thin over the last year. They need to be re-heeled and the front needs a little re-sole action too.

For the last two weeks I have stopped by numerous times to the local shoe repair shop only to find the store closed. The posted hours indicate the shop should be open but do you think there is anyone there?

Um that would be no. A big, in your face, dark window, no one is home, NO. Oh, but if I want to chance it, I can drop the shoes off in a slot with a filled out tag indicating all of my personal information and what I would like done.

I don't think so.

Finally, I found another repair shop locally. I'm on my way there after work to drop off my lovelies. Thank you baby Jesus!

They will be getting my money from here on out providing they don't mess up the repairs. I'm hard on my shoes and the person who owns the other shop, you are missing out on business. Not only would I have been a repeat customer but I would have spread the word if you were good.

I just want to say, if you have a business, with posted hours of operation, it would be nice for you to be there. If you don't want to be at your shop all day, have a sign and an outgoing voicemail message indicating you are by appointment only.

Otherwise you are just executing bad business in my opinion.

Poo on you.

Also, to those people who find it necessary to point out I am short, double poo on you. I never tried to hide the fact I am 5'4. You just thought I was taller. You know what they say about making assumptions...

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Goodbye My Friend

38 Years

When he started with the company, there were only 6 other salesmen in the area. Building the business to what it is today.

Teaching countless others along the way.

Leading by example.

Embracing everyone like a family member.

Making an impact on so many. In ways he will most likely never know.

Goodbye my friend. Hello to your new life.

Know that it was hotter than hell in the room we were in. I had the porn star glow going on. I glistened. I've told y'all I sweat but last night, I was dripping. I wasn't the only one but I think I was the worst one.

In case you were wondering if the commercials for Bare Minerals told the truth, you have now seen the results first hand. See the hyper pigmentation on my forehead in the above picture? Remember the picture from the other day? Where you didn't see it? Believe the hype.

We snarfed on seafood. I had the stuffed prawns with green beans and wild rice. The award winning chowder was uber yummy.

T, we're going back when you get here. Kim and Tina, Look away. It's yet another seafood picture. Hey, I live in the PacNW. What do you expect? :)

I played photographer for the event and managed to get pictures of everyone in attendance. All 70+.

I also worked the room and made sure to talk with all of the retirees in attendance. I have nothing but mad love and respect for the trails they blazed, for the people they are. So much wisdom and history to glean from them.

I love that our company continues to invite them to all of the holiday celebrations. It is fun for them and honestly I get more from them than they get from me. I even have a new workout partner this year from last year's winter celebration. Steve and I meet at least once a month when I am in town and either work out at 24 Hour Fitness or we walk the pier and boardwalk at Redondo Beach.

Anywho, the party was good. Laughter, good food, memories shared...Good Times.

I'm off like a dirty shirt to do all the stuff I need to do around here. The domestic stuff. Laundry, grocery shopping, house cleaning. Blah, Blah, Blah.

And feel like a piss poor mama because the love kitty is having trouble pooing. I didn't give her the fiber pill a couple of times this week. I meant to stop by the vet's office this week to get a new bottle but time got away from me. And knowing I only had a few left, I spaced them out. Obviously I spaced them out a little too much because she is having issues today.

Peace and Love Peeps.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Today (w an Update)

This is how I wish I could spend the day.

Relaxing. Shutting the world out. Doing nothing but living in my world. Introspection. Being me with only me.

But I know this would not be good. It would not be conducive to a healthy day. I would most likely put myself back in a funk.

I need to clean my space. Yes, it is actually dirty. I have more cat hair on my black, white, and gray rug than is acceptable. I have dishes in the sink. Beer bottles on the counter. Mounds of laundry to be done.

I need to go grocery shopping. I need to pick up my mail. I have library books I need to return. I have a retirement party to attend this evening on the waterfront. A career assessment plan to complete.

I have life that needs to be lived but I'd rather curl up and just be.

EDITED @ 3:35 PM: I have done the dishes, threw the beer bottles in a bag to be recycled, talked myself into going to the retirement party, and busted out a card in five minutes to honor a man who is close to my heart, will be missed, and has worked for the company longer than I have been on this earth.

Have y'all noticed how difficult it can be to make "manly" cards? I hope he likes my attempt at honoring him. It doesn't begin to do him justice. He's one of the good ones.

The inside reads:


I wish you the best in this next chapter of your life.

I hope retirement is all you imagine it to be, that your dreams come true, the journeys you embark upon bring you joy, and that you believe in the possibilities while cherishing each day.

I will miss your smile, candid comments, and twinkle in your eyes.

Warmest Regards, Me

See how I tried to tie the outside words in with the message? I thought it was pretty good for making a card on the fly.

And lookie at the crafty mess I made.

Peace and Love Peeps. I'm going to jump in the tanning bed and get ready for the party. In case you are wondering what I will be wearing, I have decided on the red and white halter dress with the white canvas peep toe wedges.

Laters taters.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Closed for the Season

Sad news.

Saw a sign on the cabana door earlier this week and finally had a chance to talk with management, the pool is closed for the season due to liability.

My summer afternoons spent decompressing with a book in one hand and a jug of water in the other, are no longer as close as my "backyard".

Please forgive me while I pout for a quick minute.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

What 20+ Looks Like


Fresh from the shower.

Make up on.

Hair in rollers.

Getting ready to take on the day.

See, someone who will remain nameless, wanted to know what all the products I use look like when I am done with my morning routine. To humor them, and to stop the incessant texts pleading for a picture, I give you this from this morning:

And um yes peeps, I was nekkid when I took this picture. I'm saucy like that.

Me gots to goooo. It is time for Thursday night happy hour at our Cheers. And JoJo's second to last night with me. He's heading to Ohio for some parenting, home cooked food, quality family time as well as to dry out with the beautiful KimmyK.

Both he and I are rearing to go after snacking on the yummy competitor's snack (stocked in our break room vending machine by the way) and sucking down the Tall Boy Amp. Steve threw the Red Vines in for good measure cuz those of you who know me IRL know I detest licorice.

Peace and Love Peeps. Hope things are great where you are. (((HUGS)))

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Mine. All Mine.

Leaving for work way early this morning and what did I see?
Like mother, like daughter.

Someone else in this home has a shoe fetish.

She staked her claim on those. It's a good thing I was wearing the black faux croc peep toes today.

Yesterday I found her in the closet sitting on the front of them with a paw in each shoe. So very cute but know that I am now starting to wonder, could she be playing dress up when I am out of town or at the office?

And before someone goes off on me about my shoes being where they are (I know who you are but I still don't know who DPHD is...go figure), this is one area I tend to be less than anal about.

The first thing I do when I get home is kick off my shoes. My shoes happen to be by the craft/dining table instead of in the bedroom or closet because this is where I put my purse and briefcase most every day upon arriving home.

Whammo. Walk in the door. Turn on light. Hang keys up. Meow at love kitty. Kick off the shoes, let them air out overnight or for a day or two, and then put them in the closet. Back in their corresponding shoe box. Stacked in order of height and width.

See. You knew the OCD was in there somewhere didn't you?

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Did You Know?

Did you know the average woman uses 12 personal care products daily,
exposing herself to a total of 168 chemicals according to a report called Skin Deep by the Environmental Working Group?

Me either. I came across that little tidbit in the Anchorage paper last week. I thought I would check out their recommended websites to see what risk I was putting myself in.

Before we go further, let's establish

  1. I am not average
  2. I use way more than 12 personal products a day
  3. I try to use natural products, vegan, organic, etc. where I can

For your viewing pleasure and own research, www.ewg.org/reports/skindeep .

Most all of my products put me in a category 3. Good to know.

For grins and giggles, I carried around a piece of paper capturing the items for blogging posterity knowing I was going to blog about this.

The things I do for y'all sheesh. Just kidding! I think there will be either an art journal or scrapbook page down the line capturing this.

Yea, just another way my high maintenance self can be preserved in time. I can't believe I am sharing this with you. Exposing my stuff.

Without further delay, today I used, in the closest order of usage:
1 and 2. Pureology Antifade Complex Hydrate Shampoo and Hydrate Condition Conditioner
3. Skintimate Moisturizing Shave Gel in Glistening Pear with Olive Butter
4. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser to wash my face
5. Plumeria Shower Gel by Bath and Body Works
6. Totally Nutty Walnut Shell Foot Scrub
7. Pureology ColourMax
8. Frizzease Hair Serum
9. Secret Clinical Strength Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant
10. Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer
11. md Formulations Moisture Defense Daily Hydration Face Lotion
12. G.M. Collin Gel (corrective gel-creme for eyes and lips)used in AM and PM)
13. Bare Minerals Summer Bisque SPF20 (covers blemishes, hyper pigmentation, under eye circles)
14. Bare Minerals Medium Beige SPF15 Sunscreen foundation
15. Bare Minerals Warmth Face Color
16. Bare Minerals Bare Radiance Face Color (use this as my blush)
17. Palladio Brown Eye Liner
18. Loreal Black-Brown Mascara (the one in the gold tube with blue ring)
19. Bare Escentuals Nude Lip Liner
20. Victoria Secret's Beauty Rush I Want Candy Lip Gloss
21. Bare Escentuals Tinted Mineral Veil
22. Pureology InchargePlus Firm Finishing Spray
23. Burt's Bees Hand Salve
24. Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme
25. Burt's Bees Milk and Honey Lotion (on my feet)
26. Ralph by Ralph Lauren Perfume

I have not done my nightly routine yet so add two to three more items to the list; a nighttime moisturizer, every other day oil capsule to seriously rehydrate my face, and the Burt's Bees foot stuff. Sorry. I am too lazy to get up and check the exact names right now. The moisturizer and oil capsule are purchased from my aesthetician...she who knows what my skin needs the most.

So, I guess it is safe to say I use about 30 personal products a day.

How about you? More? Less? Same amount?

What are some of the things you can't live without? Weigh in peeps. I am interested.

Sleep, post the nightly getting ready when I have not been out drinking or working a 15 hour for bed routine, is next up. Of course most all of you will be reading this Tuesday day but to me, even though it is well after midnight, it is still Monday.

Don't judge me. It's my world. :)

Peace and Love Peeps.

Monday, July 23, 2007

JoJo's Weekend In Pictures

JoJo had drinks and dinner with Kyla at the Outback Friday night. He probably heard more than he wanted to and was glad when I quit my bitchin'.

JoJo was present during the break up discussion Saturday afternoon. He spent some time around a Blue Moon, tried the new Chill, which by the way gets my vote, because it's that good. And got crazy with the old standby, Bud Light.

Here JoJo is chillin' with love kitty Sunday afternoon on the patio.

Peace and Love Peeps. I need to get to bed. It is going to be a long one today and y'all know how I feel about Mondays.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Break Up Update

Alrighty. Let's catch y'all up shall we?

In the interest of time and maintaining some privacy, not all will be shared here but if you have questions or want additional details, I believe you know how to reach me.

Let's back it up about a month and a half. Pete had been withdrawing within himself and I was trying to be respectful. I know the personal things he has and continues to deal with so space was in order. On the flip side, I was dealing with some personal stuff too so we were continuing to see each other and taking it as it comes.

While all this was going on, I was starting to question the future of us. Self examination. Analysis. Living in my head. All the while, wanting to continue to give it a go.

We didn't really talk about things with one another and I could tell he, from some of his actions, really wasn't feeling it like he had been in the past either.

Upon his return from vacation, we were seeing each other but it was starting to feel like it was taking more of an effort to make it happen than in the past where we would just make plans effortlessly.

Knowing he was about to take on extra responsibility that would decrease the amount of spare time he would have available and knowing my life was about to get really busy again decreasing the amount of spare time I would have available, we talked it through and decided we would continue to give it a go.

The next few times we did get together, we were having off moments, off days. Times when I questioned why I was even there.

Let's just say that pretty much is a huge red flag up in your face letting you know this isn't right. That the relationship has run the course. At least it was for me.

So fast forward to my arrival back from Anchorage. The way he answered one question about plans for Friday night let me know he was feeling the same way. So I pushed the envelope so to speak and we broke up while I stood on the curb waiting for the off site airport parking shuttle bus to pick me up.

Neither one of us wanted to to do this on the phone but the opportunity presented itself.

We did meet up Saturday afternoon over here to talk and square away some pending matters. He arrived early and stayed late. We chilled on the patio and talked over beers. We laughed. We toasted to a "good ride while it lasted". And he kept on saying this is the "best breakup ever".

It is possible for two people to break up and maintain friendly. Neither one of us intended for it to end. Neither one of us did the other one wrong. It just happened.

Since we will continue to see each other from time to time, it is important to us both for it not to be too weird. We value each other's friendship. And most importantly, in my mind, respect each other enough for us to not to be petty, mean, insensitive, etc. post break up.

I trust his judgement as a father to break the news to the girls but wish I could talk with them myself. It may happen in a week or two but it wasn't going to happen today/this weekend.

I wish him nothing but the best and know he has the same wish for me.

Here is to toasting the "good ride while it lasted."


Friday, July 20, 2007

Y'all Ready for the Ride?

Sit down, strap yourself in, and come along for the ride.

Mo is kissing Pete good-bye.
Pretty much a mutual decision.
I wanted to keep my word and let you know like I said I would if this were to happen.
It happened.
More to come later.
The grid/list will be resurrected soon.
Peace and Love Peeps.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Sleep Would Be Good

It is a dang good thing I am an insomniac and can function on little sleep.

This trip is as busy as I thought it would be and we are working at least 15 hours a day.

I'm not complaining. I am just saying.

Tina, JoJo may be visiting a glacier later but he's bored as all get out. He's been hanging with me but like I said we haven't been doing much of anything but work, eat, work, more work, more work, oh and did I mention work? (Edited at midnight: No glacier but he went to a seafood restaurant for dinner where he enjoyed king crab and halibut straight from the Alaskan waters.)

The good news is all the peeps I work with have totally gotten into JoJo and are like "We should take a picture of JoJo doing this." I love that the people in my life totally dig on me taking pictures of random things and have learned to pose things before I whip the camera out and start snapping away.

JoJo has become part of the family as we like to say. I'll miss him when he goes onward to his next destination and feel bad he hasn't had that much fun yet.

And the best part of the trip? The tunes rocking on the iPod while we work away in the conference room. We are jamming. We are rocking out. We are dancing in our chairs. We are reminiscing. We are sharing memories.

Good times in the midst of it all. (Yes peeps. It is midnight when I updated this and we are still working. Our day started at 7:30 AM. Can you dig it?)

For now, it is back to work I go. Hope things are good where you are.

Peace and Love Y'all.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Counting Blessings

God was with one of our managers today. On his way to work this morning he avoided hitting a

and rolled his Honda Element five times.

He's doing well. He is a little stiff and was shaken this morning, which under the circumstances is to be expected. The Element is totalled but given the alternative, all is good.

Man versus moose. They tell me it happens a lot up here and the moose will most always win.

Giving a great big shout out to the man upstairs for keeping Mike safe and sound today.

Go hug one of your loved ones because you just never know. You know what I am saying?

Here's my (((HUG))) to you. Pass it on please.

Peace and Love Peeps.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Arrived Safe and Sound


Pretty huh?

Arrived safe and sound with no delays other than a ten minute boarding hiccup.

Totally felt like I was having my own Groundhog Day movie moment as the gate I flew out of Wednesday was D9. Today it was D11. Pretty much right next door to one another and I could have sworn I saw some of the same people from Wednesday there today.

The attendant at MasterPark remembered me from Friday night and welcomed me back with the biggest smile I have seen in a very long time. What a nice way to start the morning off.

We asked, over lunch, how many hours of daylight there is and they said define daylight. Apparently we will have a solid 18 hours with 5.5 hours of twilight. Wicked.

As I type this from the conference room and look out the window, it appears as if it is high noon.

Hope things are good in your world. It's back to auditing paperwork for me.

Peace and Love Peeps.

EDITED at 11:30 PM PST/10:30 PM Alaska Time: Holy heck. Calling this the land of the midnight sun is no joke peeps. We are still wearing our sunglasses at 10:15 PM!

I'd totally forgotten when you walk into a hotel up here you will be hit smack in the face with taxidermy here. Taxidermy there. Taxidermy everywhere.

That is Tina's little friend. Isn't he cute? His name is JoJo and this is how he rolls according to my road dog/co-worker Terry. He is chillin' with da' bears.

And before I sign off for the night I am sending a rant out to the mean little lady who thought it would be nice to laugh at me at the front desk when we were checking in.

She thought it was funny they couldn't find my room reservation and I was about to be SOL with no rooms in the midtown or downtown area of the city.

Ha! Poo on you. Not only did I have a reservation but I am a diamond member with the free upgrade to the suite.

The reservation dude felt horrible about making me dig my itinerary from my briefcase. They decided, according to him, to start checking in gold and diamond members prior to their arrival in an effort to reduce the amount of time it takes to check in. In doing so, the net result is supposed to provide excellent customer service.

Um oopsie. It backfired on the frazzled man this evening. I told him no worries but he was super embarrassed when he found my room card already waiting for me, especially since I had to wait an extra ten minutes for him to check in another guest.

So to you. Yes you. You mean crap ass woman in the lime green outfit who thought you were getting a laugh over on me, the laugh is really on you. Ha! You ended up getting booted out when my co-worker got checked in.

Karma can be a bitch can't it?

Sunday, July 15, 2007

It's in the Details Baby

Am I ever glad I pulled up my reservation tonight to check in for my flight.

I must have not been paying close attention when I booked my flight. I had myself arriving Anchorage at 12:49 PM and flying right back out at 2:35 PM on the same day instead of my true return date later in the week.

Good stuff I tell you. That's what I get for making the reservation when I was down on my game.

Someone wanted to know what I would be packing for this trip so to humor her,

Monday: H69 Home/Anchorage: Paperwork Audit
Shirt Black and Beige Inc w Polka Dot Satin Collar
Slacks Black EJ Slacks
Other Black Spanx, Beige Wrap
Shoes Black Ballet Flats
Accessories Gold Coin or Black Chandelier
Underwear Black Bra Set w Retro T Back

Tuesday: H69 Anchorage: Certification, Interviews
Shirt White French Cuff Button Down w Argyle Vest
Slacks Black Petite
Other Black Spanx, Black Socks
Shoes Black Franco Sarto Flats
Accessories Silver Drop Earrings
Underwear Yellow Set w Thong

Wednesday: H63 Anchorage: Interviews, HHCs, Training, and Dinner w Marit
Shirt White Stretch or White Tank Top w Black Bow Cardigan
Slacks Black and White Eyelet Skirt
Other Black Spanx
Shoes Black Joan and David Sling Backs
Accessories Silver Hoops
Underwear Beige Set w T Back

Thursday: H65 Anchorage/Travel Home: Report Out
Shirt Red Puff Sleeve Button Down w Black Grosgrain Bow
Slacks Black Gaucho
Other Black Spanx
Shoes Black Ballet Flats
Accessories Silver Hoops
Underwear Red Set w Thong

shampoo, conditioner, hair stuff inc curl and hot rollers
camera and accessories
make up
lint roller
PJ's and socks
beige pashmina
sleepy underwear x3
brown and blue summer dress for after hours in
travel charger for phone
travel charger and sync for palm
books: Coben paperback and Voice of Knowledge

Y'all see the trend here?

When I am on the road I tend to wear flats and dress for comfort more than not. I get really girly when I am home based or when I don't have to fly. It's easier to pack that way and honestly I am one of those people whose feet like to swell when I am in the air. No matter what I do, it happens to a certain degree. I am still not unswollen from Vegas so...the most giving of shoes are hitting those streets even if they are not what I normally wear with the outfit.

I will try to post from there.

There where the sun shines for hours on end and from there where I will spend most all of my time indoors being a good little auditor.

It's going to be a series of super long days. Two of us are going to be doing the work of our normally traveling three with extra training to execute thrown into the mix.

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy...

Oh Tina, your little friend did arrive safe and sound. I fear he won't get to see much of Alaska but he'll get the miles in. That counts for something right?

Business and Pleasure

The view from my room at the Monte Carlo. You are looking at the New York New York hotel and the coaster, Manhattan Express, we rode the first night in town.

This is me and my So Oregon manager after a few drinks. I'm bright eyed and he's lazy eyes. You do to the math to determine who either 1: holds their liquor better or 2: at this point of the night who was 3 sheets to the wind.

It is good to be HOME.

Not tired anymore but this is only because I turned off my phones and slept ALL day today and now when I should be sleeping, I am wide awake.

The meeting went well. The trip was the right mix of business and pleasure. The only downside was coming back yesterday. There was a mechanical failure on our plane so we spent about two and a half hours on the tarmac in Vegas. At least the AC was going otherwise it would have been really unpleasant.

I am so very glad I picked up James Patterson's latest book to read on the way home...before I knew we would be delayed. I read the whole book on the way home. It made sitting on the tarmac and in the middle seat ok. Well, bearable I should say.

I usually don't sit in the middle seat but I wasn't assigned a seat until the last minute because I booked this flight late in the game. I was sandwiched, and I mean sandwiched, between a man on the right and a woman on the left. Both of them thought I didn't need any room so they squished me in something good. Oh, and they both proceeded to drink (her a few gins and him a few crown royals). Wanna guess what happened next? Yea, they fell asleep. He snored. She tried to lay her head on my shoulder.

All I am saying is thank goodness for iPods and the foresight to read a book instead of trying to get some work done on the way home.

So, I know you want to know what we did and how my presentation went over don't you?

We, my HR co-worker and I, arrived on time. Upon arrival to the hotel we ran to grab a sandwich at Subway in the hotel (Monte Carlo) before we headed up to the meeting.

Arrived at the meeting and found out my presentation was last on the agenda for the day. That's good stuff huh? Lay the smack on them right before dinner. Can you say buzz kill?

It generated a lot of candid conversation and some good BOY (balance of year) actions so I consider it a success. Both boss mans did too.

Post meeting, we had dinner at the steakhouse in the hotel. We chowed and the wine was free flowing. More business conducted at dinner, laughs shared, and since we had to make it a tame night the girls and I decided we would head over to the New York New York to ride the coaster and grab a drink or two at Coyote Ugly.

I know. Making it a tame night in Vegas goes against what you know I'd normally do but hey, the next day was full of business. We might be in Vegas but it is still a business meeting.

Post coaster and Coyote Ugly (No, I didn't dance on the bar), we headed back to the hotel to catch up with most all of the boys at the brew pub. There was a Prince imposter thing going on which was very entertaining and the place was popping. In between sets they were playing booty shaking music so all was good.

Headed to bed sometime after 2:30 AM and making sure everyone was accounted for. That is the only downside to meeting in Vegas. We tend to disperse and I go into Mother Goose mode. Someone has to be responsible for those who choose not to be responsible for themselves on these outings.

Woke up around 7:30 AM and headed down to the buffet for breakfast with two of my managers. From there we headed to the meeting and proceeded to freeze our arses off. Ever notice how cold hotel meeting rooms are? I totally forgot to pack my wrap or a cardigan so I moved around a lot to stay warm and honestly, to stay awake too.

Post meeting, we went to dinner at the same buffet I ate breakfast at and went to see Lance Burton, master magician.

We got a special shout out from him. Apparently his mom worked for our company as a packer for 25 years and retired. He was 5 years old when he saw his first magician at one of our company Christmas parties and the rest is history as they say.

I didn't think I would enjoy the show but it was entertaining. There were a few cheesy moments but would you expect anything less from a Vegas magic show?

After the show we wandered around for a bit and ended up at the Houdini Lounge. A laid back, red velvet chair, lounge in which the lounge singers were playing Barry White, Al Green, Frank Sinatra, etc. We were a bit rowdy and became part of the act. I was nicknamed the paparazzi by one of the singers and got him to laugh mid song by echoing him. My apologies to the other patrons.

From there, because the service sucked, we went back to the brew pub from the night before. It was a totally different scene. The place was empty and they were doing a 90s throwback. We jammed to the music videos, talked, laughed, did some shots, and made comments on the others trying to shake their groove thing.

We were here. One of our tables at the brew pub. I made them move so I could take a picture of the aftermath.

Snapshot of one of the many shots consumed. I don't think you can see it but this was Sambucca; hope that is spelled right.

Around 3:00 AM it was decided Scooby Snacks were in order. We headed to the Cafe and the rowdiness continued. To the point of almost being kicked out of the restaurant. Is it possible to get kicked out of a restaurant in Vegas? If so, we were well on our way.

My Scooby Snack. Eggs, chicken fried steak, hash browns. Someone else ate my toast before I got a chance to take a picture. Them boys were starving!

After we scarfed, we said our good-byes. Some of us went to bed and others decided to try their hands at lady luck.

I decided to head to bed. I am not a gambler. I work too hard for my money. If I am gambling with someone else's money that is an entirely different story. I don't even do the $1.00 slots. I am such a cheapskate.

Got up the next morning with just enough time to pack, check out, and head for the airport.

Sorry to disappoint you. If this had been a purely pleasure trip, there would be lots more to tell you. The outcome would be totally different. But like I said, even though it was a celebration, it was still a business trip.

If you want a relatively good room rate, the Monte Carlo fits the bill. Just prepare yourself for the mass quantities of hookers working the casino floor. Ladies of the night were at every freaking corner. And peeps, that is no understatement.

I'm going to try to get some sleep. I'm heading to Pete's for a bit in the afternoon and then it is back home to pack for Alaska. Leaving on another jet plane first thing Monday morning.

And for those of you wondering, we did not have dinner Friday night. He was not feeling well and had to work early the next morning. I was none too happy about that but what can I do?

We talked for about 3o minutes when I was sitting on the plane and again for about 1 hour after he woke up from sleeping. We just about decided to call it quits but after talking it through have decided to hang in there and continue to try to make this work while recognizing the next few months are going to be tough to make it work.

Both of our schedules are going to be crazy but we care enough to give it a go. I'll be sure to keep y'all updated. But for the time being know that if I don't post about him, it is because we are not physically seeing one another. I promise to update you if we break up.

Ok, love kitty is pawing and yelling at me so this means it is time to go to bed. Or at least try to get some sleep.

Peace and Love Peeps.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Viva Las Vegas

It's that time of the year again.

The time of the year when we hop a flight to the desert to celebrate winning the prestigious national award and then beat the heck out of them in a day and half meeting to make sure they get it together for balance of the year so we can win again and come back to Vegas the following summer.

Yup, that's how we do. Such passive aggressive behavior I know but it seems to work.

I'm going to have to work really hard to not call them bitches when I am presenting.

That'd go over really well with the HR director wouldn't it?

Mo addresses her team: "Look here bitches. When did it become acceptable to look the other way when someone can't account for hundreds of dollars? Y'all nothing but bitches. I've had enough."

That is what I really want to say but I know I can't. So I won't. Even though boss man said I can be as aggressive as I want to be when I am presenting.

The time for babysitting is over. The time for inflicting pain via processes is now. They are so going to love me. It's a damn good thing they know how I feel about them personally because work wise, me no likey them right now and I am sure they will no likey me after tomorrow.

Hope y'all stay cool. It's supposed to be in the 90s again tomorrow and in Vegas, at least 106. At least the hotel has AC but getting from the airport to the cab to the hotel to the conference room will result in some crotch sweating at the very least I am sure. And peeps, it is that time of the month too.

Was that TMI? If so, I am sorry. I just thought you should know what I am up against.

Apparently the hotel we are staying at wants to charge for internet access so the chances of me checking in while I am in gone are slim to none. Plus you know there is partying to do. It is Vegas after all.

And I need some time away. Really I do. Lately I have been living in my head too much. I thought the funk was behind me, and for the most part it is, but the last couple of days have been like an emotional roller coaster that went off the tracks. I'm an amusement park accident waiting to happen.

To my girls: Thanks for being there for me. For understanding. For listening. For letting me have my space. For checking in. For being present. I love you and am so very grateful and blessed y'all are in my life.

And in case anyone is wondering, Pete and I are ok as far as I know. We had a really off day Sunday and it continued into today. We're supposed to get together Friday for dinner when I get back so we'll see where things truly are then.

For now, I am off like a dirty shirt. I need to pack and get to bed. Early morning flights are the best.

Peace and Love Peeps.

Edited at 12:50 AM: Ok, so I am my own worst enemy. Finally got my packing list updated and made the suitcase all nice and cozy. Some crazy girl, who wants to remain incognito, wanted to see what I am wearing for a business meeting where casual is the dress code with exception to no tank tops and no flip flops.

So, here's my packing list and a peek into my OCD at it's best. I always pack by an excel spreadsheet like this.

You also might be thinking I am going a little dressy for a casual meeting but I either have work casual, dressy, or really casual so I'm going to err on the side of caution and possibly be overdressed. Better safe than sorry when both of your bosses are in attendance I say.

Wednesday: Home/Meeting
Shirt White and Black Polka Dot Belted Shirt w White Tank
Slacks Black Gaucho
Other Black Spanx ?
Shoes Black Ballet Flats
Accessories Silver Drop Earrings
Underwear Crème Set w Thong

Wednesday Night: Dinner & Free Time
Other Black Wrap Dress
Shoes Black Strappy Sandals
Accessories Silver Hoops, Black Clutch
Underwear Full Spanx w Black Bra

Thursday: Meeting

Other Black Shirt Dress
Shoes Gold Heel Sandals
Accessories Gold Drop Earrings
Underwear Black Bra Set w Thong

Thursday Night: Dinner & Show
Other Red and White Halter Dress
Shoes White Canvas Peeps
Accessories Black Clutch, Silver Hoops
Underwear Natural Spanx w Beige T Back

Friday: Free & Travel Home
Shirt Beige w Black & Gold Design
Slacks Black Capri Gauchos
Other Black Spanx
Shoes Black Ballet Flats
Accessories Shiny Gold Drop Earrings
Underwear Black Bra Set w Red and White T Back

Tampons and Liners
Shampoo, Conditioner, hair stuff inc curl activator
Make Up
Lint Roller
Sleepy Underwear x2
Travel Charger for Phone
Travel charger and Sync for Palm

Need Lettuce

To quote the Duchess via Ludacris, "Gotta keep enough lettuce to support your shoe fetish"

Yup, went shopping awhile back and forgot to update y'all. These are some of the purchases making their way into the summer wardrobe.

A girly girl can never how too many pretty, simple dresses. Nor can she have enough shoes.

The black flats (Jessica Simpson) are perfect for the plane, the airport, the days when I just don't feel like sporting a pair of heels.

I'm wearing them with khakis, jeans, gauchos, capris, and every once in awhile with a dress or skirt too.

Love the simplicity of a black belted shirt dress. Dress it up, dress it down. It's a classic.

Red and white halter dress with the bows. So happy to find a halter dress that finally covers the girls.

And how about those white canvas peep wedges (Steve Madden)? So comfortable and a great find. I'm wearing these with just about everything.

So tell me peeps. Have you added anything to your wardrobe lately?

On another note, I hope you and yours are staying cool. We're smack dab in the middle of a freaking heat wave. We are supposed to be in the 90s. Do you see that? The 90s!

Monday, July 09, 2007


I introduce you to Cornhole.
Pretty much like the old school game Bean Bag Toss.
Pete played to his heart's content while on vacation and decided we just had to start playing here too.
Good choice.
His Mom made and hand painted the duck canvas bags and he brought them back as precious cargo.
Yesterday in the late afternoon while I worked on my Vegas presentation, the boys were men, played with power tools, and built the boards.
Now all that is left is to paint the boards and for me to get more practice in. As the final bits of light were visible last night, I finally started to get the hang of it and score mucho points.
I won't even begin to tell you what types of things were said about cornholes, bags, sacks, sticking it in the hole, etc. I am sure your mind can wander as to what three grown men would banter back and forth with.
Peace and Love Peeps.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Believe the Hype

Live Life. Don't Sweat It.

That is what the website says about the new Secret Clinical Strength.

I'm here to tell you IT WORKS!

Believe what you hear, read, and see.


I am one of those women who sweats. There is no glistening or glowing about it. I sweat people. Really I do. No joke. Get what I am saying here?

Well, let's just say for the last week or so, since the late night/early morning shopping spree, I have been using this and the sweating is gone. Finito. History. No mas. Outta' here.

For instance, it has been hella warm here of late. Beads of sweat on my upper lip, on my hairline, down my back, between my legs is the norm. It's pretty much everywhere but under my arms with the use of this "magic" in a bottle for almost $8.00.

Even after a few dips in the pool and driving around in a SUV w/o AC in the mid day heat I still didn't have pools of sweat under my arms.

And hey it smells good too and comes with a simple pretty packaging design. I'm currently using the light and fresh scent.

I recommend you check it out. I don't think you will be disappointed.

NOTE: Sorry for the extra spaces. I did this entry from a direct connection versus through MSN and those effers showed back up again and won't delete.

At least now I know what not to do.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Lazy Crazy Days of Summer

Farrah says Hey.

You say Ho.

Y'all remember that too or did I just date myself?

Anywho, yesterday was one of those summer days. You know what I am talking about right?

The lazy and crazy days of summer.

The ones where you chill by the water.

The ones where you go out to dinner because it takes too much effort and is way too hot to cook.

The ones where you have a night in with friends because you are exhausted from the heat.

We may not be in the 100s on this side of the mountain but we are definitely HOT, especially considering most all of us do not have AC in our homes.

So, how was the day spent?

I worked for most of the day and then took off to have an extended working lunch by the pool. Other peeps had the same idea and headed to a friend's house on the lake.

PSA for the lady on the lawn chair a few feet away: Thank you for letting me know, in your opinion, what a better choice of words would have been but did I ask you? You are more than entitled to your opinion but really? If you wanted to strike up a conversation a "Hello, sure is hot today isn't it?" or something to that effect would have sufficed. Butt out of my work conversations. That is all.

End result of being by the water?


That there is Kyla. She who doesn't use sunscreen and will be tan by the end of the day.

This here is my imitation of a beached whale. I put the sunscreen on my back to the best of my ability but as you can see I missed some spots. How ya' like the bow tan line? Special huh?

My burn is almost completely gone. I will not be chancing it by the water today. There is always tomorrow in which I should either be on the lake in a boat or in Pete's backyard.

So after I finished up a few more hours of work, Kyla and I met up. We went to dinner at Qdoba...Yum-O. And um yes, in keeping with the Friday dinner tradition, we were both wearing white summer tops and khaki bottoms with gold sandals.

Post dinner it was time for a house party at Kyla's.

You know what goes with those right?

Seems like the rest of the city had the same idea. We hit up the local liquor store for da' goose about ten minutes before closing and poor Terry, the only clerk in the store, had a line of at least 20.

I kid you not. This town was thirsty.

We did determine that even though we dig the organic lemonade, Mr. Newman's drink does not mix so well with the goose for us.

Feeling yucky today. Headache. It is either back to the Minute Maid or trying out of the Simply Lemonade.

Rounded out the night by chilling at her place, watching Comedy Central (Mr. Cook DOES NOT have an unusual sized noggin...), and talking to Pete.

On the agenda today? Work, laundry, and trying to stay cool.

How about you? What do you have going on?

Friday, July 06, 2007

Night In

Boycotted everybody and everything last night except for the kitties, a jug of water, the fan, and this book.

Read that sucker last night. Good, quick read in which I was able to forget about all the stuff weighing on my mind and was kept guessing until the last few pages.

I love summer reading. I love being able to curl up with a good book on my patio, on my couch, in my bed and lose myself in the pages. A simple pleasure I indulge in.

I am up for recommendations so let me know what you think is a good read. I'll log on to my library's website and start placing holds.

Peace and Love Peeps.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Spanaway Wimbledon

This is how we ended up spending the 4th.
Friends BBQ Laughter iPod Rocking Fun in the Sun Fireworks Low Key Day GOOD TIMES
No paddles up a tree this day but the competitive edge was large and in charge nonetheless.

Adam currently is the victor of the Spanaway Wimbledon. He was victorious a few weeks back too so I am sure round three will follow at some point in the coming weeks. I was knocked out in the second round. :(
We grilled some chicken and bratwurst with cheese. Scarfed on some beans, tater salad, macaroni salad, and as you have come to know and love, sucked down goose, lemonade, and Bud Light.
We didn't go out to see any fireworks. The neighborhood was alive with plenty of those. Until well after midnight.
I've fortunately never been in a war zone but looking at the streets this morning, seeing the night sky lit up, smelling that firecracker smell, and hearing the money going up in smoke, I'd have to say it probably came pretty close.
So dear internet peeps, tell me how you spent the holiday.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Pete Said to Share

So I am humoring the man. He wants all of you to know what I look like when I don't get my way and put on my pouty face.

Why am I pouting?

Because the boys don't want to take the boat out today. I understand all the other people who have the same idea will be crowding the water but come on!

Because the pool was closed for the 4th. Um, you could have just unlocked the gate. We don't need to get in the cabana.

Because I feel fat in my bathing suit.

Because he took my drink away and wouldn't give it back. No peeps, it wasn't the goose. It was a Tropicana fruit squeeze.

Because love kitty woke my ass up at 4:30 AM with her incessant meowing and I couldn't go back to sleep.

I think that is more than enough reason to be a little pouty don't you?

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Happy 4th

Happy 4th to you and yours and especially to those with loved ones serving in the military.

Our freedoms are not to be taken lightly. What some consider our given right are directly related to the sacrifices you and yours make. I thank you.

I'd like to say I have big plans for the holiday but as of this moment, I am not sure exactly what I am doing. Having the holiday fall in the middle of the week, without taking any vacation, to extend the holiday makes it a little hard to celebrate like normal.

What's normal? Camping. Day of fun in the sun on the lake. BBQ. And um, well you know, drinks with the peeps.

We've tossed around a lot of ideas but no one really knows what is going on. I'm thinking at minimum I will be hanging by the pool for a few hours and then head over to Pete's in the afternoon.

What about you? How are you spending the day? I hope with family and friends doing something you love.

And before I forget and at the risk of sounding uber cheesy, I remembered it was one year ago I met you.

You my shopping companion. You my music loving, sing-a-long, buddy. You my crackalacking voice mail leaving friend. You my drunk texting fool. You my soul searching, keeping it real, Dr. Phil and Oprah loving comrade. You my straight fashion diva man. You my dark piece of chocolate.

Yes, you is Ace and I am glad our paths have crossed. I've enjoyed the ride so far and hope there are more times to come.

Peace and Love Peeps.

Monday, July 02, 2007


Here is the latest PSA I have for you.

Do not attempt to carry multiple bags up cobble/brick stairs while wearing flip flops and not expect that at some point you won't lose one flip flop, fall up the stairs, and not lose skin on some of your toes...on both feet.

Yea bitches. That's hot shit a'int it?

I would love to tell you that I witnessed it but Hell to the N-O. It happened to me tonight.

Go ahead if you aren't already.


It hurt like a son of gun but now that a few hours have passed, I can kind of snicker. I can't be full on, laughing out loud like T, Kyla, and Ace will be but I do see some of the humor in the situation. And in case y'all are wondering, I did manage to hold onto the bags.

Peace and Love Peeps. I gotta' go ice my tootsies down and get to bed. 4:45 AM is right around the effing corner.

Oh and cosmic karma is coming back to bite me. It got warm today, which really is a good thing. But when you live on the 3rd floor and heat rises, it's not always such a good thing. So, once the sun goes down and the cool breezes start flowing, I open my bedroom window to cool things down before I hit the bed.

No worries JP or T, I don't sleep with the window open unless Pete is here and then not always. You know because of all the books and shows we watch and the thought of someone putting a ladder up or climbing the tree and coming on in. And yes, I do check the closet if I leave the bedroom like a good girl.

Ok, anyway, one of my neighbors is outside talking on her phone. Very loudly. In Spanish so I can't even get a good listen in, except when she says the f word. Then I understand clearly.

I did call upon my high school Spanish to translate that the conversation has something to do with her daughter and that she is very sorry about her actions. But that's all.

Such a let down especially considering she's getting really fired up now and I don't understand a word of it.

At least when we after party here and make all sorts of racket you can listen in and know exactly what we are saying.

Congratulations Grad!

Graduation time.

Celebrating a new chapter in a man's life.

Family, Friends, Tunes, Food, Spirits, Laughs, Cool Breezes...A fabulous way to spend a Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

Sending a great big shout out to Bobby. Congratulations...You're On the Way Baby!

Grilled Oysters. Do you see the size of that sucker? Kyla and I cut it in half and shared it. Yum!

Our favorite were the ones with white wine and shredded fresh parmesan cheese but the ones with Tiger sauce weren't so bad either.

Sorry T. You'll be here soon enough and I think I know what will be first up after Taco Time.

And another sorry to Kimmy. I hope the sight of that didn't make your tummy turn.

I think grilled oysters are a Pacific Northwest thing. We never did that in Texas but for the record, I like it and I want more of it.

Mo and Kyla all glammed up and sporting the Chanel and Fendi glasses. Katherine would be so proud.

Tunes rocking on the iPod after partaking in the free flowing booze results in a sing-a-long with friends.

And speaking of partaking in the booze, let's play beer pong shall we? Neither Kyla or I had played before but the graduate wanted to so we threw caution to the wind and went for it.

Line those cups up on opposite sides of the table, get in teams of two, fill cups with some beer, and attempt to get the ping pong ball in a cup. If your opponents make a shot, you drink the beer. Easy enough right?

It was college binge drinking at its finest.

The only bad part was the college beer. Natural Light and MGD. Um, Bud Light please at a minimum. At least we had pink lemonade and vodka chasers to cut the after taste down.

Oh and speaking of beer, vodka, and pink lemonade, I was introduced to a new drink that may become a staple of bbq, lake, pool, patio chillin', good times excursions/events. It's called a pink panty dropper.

The recipe, as it was told to me by the host, is
  1. A half rack of beer (6 pack)
  2. 3 pink lemonade concentrate cans mixed with water
  3. A fifth of vodka
  4. A 2 liter of Sprite

Mix it all together in a cooler, add ice, and pour. Try it. You just might like it.

We rounded out the night by kidnapping the college grad and showing him how we do post college. We hit up one of our local hot spots, which wasn't so hot this particular night, and then headed to the local casino to watch some peeps break it down and get freaky on the dance floor.

I know it is not nice to look and laugh but it is pure entertainment I tell ya'.