Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Muumuu or Sundress?
Need y'all to weigh in on this. We have a debate going on tonight.
Let me hear it.
In your mind's eye, is this a muumuu or a sundress?
JP, T and Maricel, I know you won't post so I request a text message or an email please.
And dang if that is not one of the most unflattering pictures eva' but you gots to do what you gots to do for the sake of a debate right?
Peace and Love Peeps.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
If you believe in astrology this is right on for my day.
My horoscope today via MSN says "Today's planetary energies bring opportunities to meet new and interesting people, dear Virgo. When it comes to relationships, you have developed a whole new strategy recently, and this will come into play today. One person in particular could open new doors for you and help you expand your social network. This, in turn, will lead to many changes in your life. It could all happen in the blink of an eye!"
Plans put in motion late last week are directly related to this tidbit.
I'm meeting a fellow blogger Paolo tonight. Although he is not new to my Internet world, he will be new to my real life world. From what I can tell, he is interesting. His artistic creations and endeavors inspire me. His philosophical side speaks to me. I am really looking forward to meeting him. Sharing, laughing, getting to know one another in person.
Here is to planetary energies bringing new opportunities my way. Hopefully a new friend too.
************************************************************************************* Anyone else see the lunar eclipse this morning?
(photo courtesy of the AP; captured near Provo, UT)
I felt small.
Yet I felt connected to the universe at the same time.
Reminded me we live in space.
It is easy to forget.
Our world is but a piece of the whole.
And speaking of being a part of the whole, it was today in 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke the words of his "I Have a Dream" speech in front of more than 250,000.
Other noteworthy events happening this day include
- in 1884 the first known photograph of a tornado was captured
- in 1898 Caleb Bradham renamed his carbonated soft drink Pepsi-Cola
- in 1907 James E. Casey founded UPS in Seattle, Washington
- in 1996 Prince Charles and Princess Di divorce
Want to know more about what happened on this day throughout history, who was born or died on today's date? Go here. I think you can look up any day desired for that matter. If so, I see a birthday card insert idea...
Peace and Love Peeps.
Monday, August 27, 2007
There we are. Driving from Bellevue to Renton and I announce, "I feel like I have to fart."
T immediately rolls down the window.
Ace proceeds to smirk and let out a small laugh.
For the record, I did pass some gas in the car, just not at that exact moment.
I was good. I announced it. I'm polite like that.
I'm not sure if it was the chocolate cake from the night before, the cupcake at the mall, or the nitrates and other crap from Ikea but mid shopping I had one of those moments.
You know what I am talking about right?
One of those moments where you have an overwhelming need to go.
So there we are. Strolling through the mammoth store. Ace mentions he needs to use the bathroom. I say I can hold it. Lets just make it to accessories. He decides against it and leaves us. Less than a minute later I realize I can't hold it.
I need to go now.
He just needed to pee. I needed to do more.
Frantically T and I look around for a sign indicating where the closest bathroom is. She spots a "you are here sign" and the map indicates the bathroom nearest to our location is past the check out.
This location is not so close but it was the best we could find at the time. I take off in a power walk. Using the basket to force my way through. Not caring if the other shoppers think I am insane and rude. I'm weaving in and out. I'm getting up on their butts. I have a destination to get to. All the while I am looking over my shoulder and telling T to keep up.
Y'all I was in a mad dash to get to the restroom before I dropped a deuce in my pants. The kids needed to be dropped off at the pool, not in my jeans.
We arrive at the bathroom in the nick of time. Crisis averted.
Allow me to say from now on I think I will stick to the healthy eating. I feel better when I do so and feeling the need to clench your butt cheeks together so your ass doesn't explode at the most inopportune time is a situation I would like to avoid going forward.
Post doing my business and feeling that much lighter, we caught back up with Ace. Turns out there was a bathroom right around the corner after all.
Didn't I just say a few weeks ago I would be going when I needed to instead of holding it in?
Sunday, August 26, 2007
You expected that though didn't you? Me too.
T and I started off the morning with breakfast on the patio.
OJ with no pulp, an english muffin with a couple spritzes of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, a slice of cheese split in half, a canadian bacon round slice, and a scrambled egg.
I firmly believe if you have a patio/deck, the weather is cooperating, and the means to dine al fresco you should.
Also, use your fun/party glasses every chance you can. You are deserving! Break out the good dishes, your china too for that matter. Make the ordinary moments of life a celebration. In my book, they are.
We had a late start due to traffic issues. Thank god there was no fatality as a result of the seven car pile up in Fife but the traffic jams were enough to drive peeps up a wall and then some.
Before we go further, I would like to send a quick shout out to Ace and T.
Thanks to you both for hanging with me, keeping me from spending oodles of dough at the Container Store, and I am so very happy I could be the butt of many a joke. I love you guys with my heart and soul!
Back to the day...Yes, it is true I like to organize and odd things make me happy but this, unless someone gives it to me, will not be an addition to my home.
The two of them spotted this bad boy and agreed it screamed Mo. It is nifty and I could see myself using it.
Now, those collapsing measuring cups and the digital date counter I think I should have picked up while we were in the store. My sharpie and masking tape system pale in comparison.
The box I still want. Me thinks it would make a nice birthday present. An indulgence I can justify.
What did I end up getting? Three black magazine files for my crafty area. My library of books is starting to overflow. My preference would have been leather but at the price and look, these were too good to pass up.
From there we headed over to the Bellevue Square Mall. Let me just say, plannel is back. That is my new word for the plaid, flannel type shirts I spoke of earlier. It is large and in charge.
Y'all, it looks like tie dye and 60s inspired fashion is too. Some of that I will dig but for the most part, no thank you. Oh, and the skinny jeans were out in full force too.
T picked up a pair of jeans at Lucky. I struck out in picking up some new scented oils and found no shoes I had to have. Ace found nothing that struck his fancy either.
T spotted so we indulged.
Cupcakes always bring a smile don't they? She got the ticker tape parade cupcake. Ace and I split a pure joy and the vanilla bean dream. I really could have used some soy milk to go along with the sweetness but nope, only regular, 2%, and skim were on hand.
As much poking I got from the request I just want to say, this is Washington state. You know the land of the natural, organic, the alternative, the tree hugging, green way of life we are made fun of. Soy milk is not that out of the ordinary so y'all hush it. I should have made you walk back up to Tully's after all.
We scarfed our cupcakes and headed on over to Ikea. First up?
It is part of our shopping tradition. Normally we end the trip this way but this day we started with the dogs, chips, and soda. The bag of chips have gotten smaller since our last visit. I forgot Ace really likes mustard on his dog and I learned T will put ketchup down one side of the bun and mustard down the other. I layer mine on top of the dog. And eat it with a fork and knife.
We watched a mom go off on her little boy when he picked up the dog he dropped on the floor. His mummy got all up on him and the poor thing started crying. He was perfectly fine until she went off on him. I thought I was going to have to get in her business if she didn't spend the fifty cents to get him a new dog. In the end she did but only after she got her coffee fix.
I do not wish to judge her. There is no telling what kind of day she was having and this may have been the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back but it was a hot dog for christ's sake. A fifty cent dog. No need to bust your baby's balls.
I found a couple of options to reorganize and store my crafty stuff but took it as a sign this was not the day to make the purchase when they were out of stock on the handles I would have gotten to match my current entertainment system.
A sneak peek of what we ended up with .
Now you might be asking yourself what that black armed thing with the white female symbol is. It is my new sleeping companion. A pillow to put between my divets as Ace said. I call it my business. Either way you look at it, it is to put between my knees to help align me at night.
Found "her" in the as is section. Nothing is wrong with her from what I can tell so I am thinking she was reduced for quick sale. I feel a little strange with it being a she so I might be looking for a new kiddie shirt to dress it in.
I also ended up with 400 tea lights, another multiple wall outlet plug in, a red glass vase, and a decorative bowl.
Ace picked up some tupperware type containers and sheets.On the way out, Ace and T had the other part of the Ikea shopping tradition. Cinnamon buns.
I chose not to get one because of something that happened mid shopping. I've given ya' lots to read for now. I'll tell you all about it tomorrow or Tuesday. It might be TMI for some but I promised I would call myself out. As such, it is deserving of its very own post.
Peace and Love Peeps.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Have you heard it? Stronger by Kanye West.
I gots to go. As T put it the other day it takes me a long time to get fluffy. She means getting ready. Y'all know what? She's right and if I don't get going now, I'm gonna' end making her and Ace wait.
Peace and Love Peeps. Make it a good day.
Instead T came over early and we went walking with Maricel, Channy, Mina, and RJ. Afterward we cooked dinner here.
On the menu? Salad. Steamed squash and zucchini. Turkeyloaf (meatloaf but instead of hamburger meat I use lean ground turkey meat). Mashed taters. All cooked from scratch. With love.
We have not busted into the dessert yet but trust that we will. Right now T and I are sitting side by side on the couch, letting the food digest, with laptops on our laps, CourtTV on in the background...just chillin'.
Thanks for the thoughts Kim and Wendy. I am happy with my decision to not go tonight.
I am sad to have not had the chance to hang with Kyla since last Thursday but I wasn't feeling like a night out on the town. I wanted to stay in with some of my girls and take it easy.
This is the stage of life I am in right now. Trying to do better for myself.
Like I said a few days ago...stop the self abuse and start the self love. Listen to the whispers so they do not turn into screams.
We only have one body. I'm not getting any younger. I gotta' do what is right for me. Does that make me selfish? I'd like to think not. If I am the best I can be, I have more to offer others. Get what I am saying here? I hope so.
For now, there is some chocolate cake calling my name. T is nodding her head in agreement.
Catch up to y'all laters.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
The rules are each player lists 8 facts/habits about themselves. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning before those facts/habits are listed. At the end of the post, the player then tags 8 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.
So lets get cracking shall we? I am going to try to share stuff you might not already know.
1. I am a first generation American, a native Texan, and a Washingtonian by choice. My mom was French and my dad French-Canadian. They met in Vancouver BC and after living in Cali, South Dakota, and Colorado put down roots in Dallas, Texas. I grew up in North Dallas and my ex husband "brought" me to Washington via the US Navy. Otherwise I don't think I ever would have left the great state of Texas. Now I am in no hurry to leave the PacNW.2. I have worked for the same company since three days after high school graduation. I started as a summer intern, worked part time while I was in college, and when it was time to enter the adult world and get a full time job, I stayed on. What can I say? I believe in the company, love what I do, and when I commit...I commit.
3. My favorite food is Tex Mex. I could eat it everyday. Also, once I find a food/meal I love, I can eat it for days on end. I don't get bored easily and if it isn't broken, no need to fix it.
4. I love exploring. I totally dig getting in the car, rocking out to the tunes, and driving with no formal destination in mind. Just enjoying the journey and seeing what might be put in my path to discover is blissful. However, I used to really like doing this and did it more often than I do now. Business travel has kinda' taken the thrill out of it.
5. I am the baby of six. I have four brothers and one sister. No matter how old I am, what I accomplish, I feel like the little sister/a child in their company. I am also the peace keeper of the bunch. Since my mom's passing, not all of them get along but I am the one who talks to all of them, except for the brother who doesn't talk to any of us.
6. I started rubber stamping, making cards, art journaling, scrapping, etc. because I woke up one day and realized I had no real hobby other than reading to speak of. I thank T for introducing me back to my creative outlet, for encouraging a broke down bank account, and for understanding sometimes collecting stuff versus using it is half the fun. I can get lost for hours in the process, reading magazines, looking at websites.
7. I have had two knee surgeries on my left knee and am screwed for life. Literally. I have a screw holding my patella in place. I have also had foot surgery on my right foot to remove a bunion, cut open to remove gall bladder when I didn't even know I had gall stones, had a tonsillectomy in my mid twenties, and had to have oral surgery to remove my wisdom teeth. All that happened between the ages of 16 and 24 (sports be damned). Since then, I have been (knock on wood) relatively healthy.
8. I am a collector of inspirational quotes. I try to find a new one each day that speaks to me. I have a book I write them down in. I love the wisdom of those who have come before us and the power words hold.
Ok, so now I am to tag 8 people. I select Ace, Crayons, Dawn, Katherine, Paolo, Summer, Sunny, Tammy, and Wendy.
Kim, I would have chosen you but I know how busy ya' are.
Peace and Love Peeps.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Maybe it is just a West coast thing but it looks like it is here for now. Even Justin Bobby on The Hills was wearing one on an episode.
What am I referring to you might be asking?
Plaid shirts. Grunge style. Not faux western fashion. Not preppy plaid.
I can dig a plaid shirt. Don't get me wrong. But the skinny jeans? Not so much.
I just gotta' put this out there, can their junk breathe if they are wearing something like this? I will say I'll take a pair of fitted jeans over the four sizes too big hanging off your waist style though.
So for those of you out fall back to school shopping, are you seeing the plaid trend too?
Y'all please tell me I won't be looking across the table this fall or winter on a date with a man wearing a "I wanna' be cool with my skinny jeans and lumberjack shirt" self.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Of course, a 40 minute hard walk on a 3.5 incline resulting in mucho sweating and an elevated heart rate does wonders too.
Visiting your co-worker in the hospital changes lots of things too. Like knowing in the grand scheme of things, what has me hurt and pissed, although it is worthy of those feelings, is small in comparison to someone's life/their health.
I appreciate y'all reaching out to me and having my back. I hope you understand I do not wish to publicly speak of it via this method. It is deeply personal and I don't wish to slam someone I care about for the sake of venting.
I am off like a dirty, sweaty shirt. Literally. Jumping into the shower and off to bed I go.
Peace and Love Peeps.
Oh, and Liz, I haven't forgotten about your tag. I plan on doing this tomorrow. Hang in there with me girl.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
I refuse to shed tears.
Time will heal. That is what they say right?
But for the time being, I am pissed off and hurt.
Rightfully so I believe. Others may disagree but my reality says it is ok and warranted to feel this way.
Sorry to ruin your day with my buzz kill.
Hopefully I will wake up with some newfound perspective.
All cravings satisfied.
Mariners won 7-5.
41,000+ in attendance.
We were a little worried about the weather. When we left for the game it was pouring. I don't mean rain peeps. I mean sheets and sheets of rain where visibility was limited.
I knew we would be ok because the roof would be closed and in the end, we had nothing to worry about as Seattle was clear. A little cool but clear.
I have some work stuff to attend to later this evening but for now I am off to a BBQ at Pete's and to watch the game. Here is to hoping we take the home stand sweep and rock the White Sox again.
Hope y'all have a good Sunday too.
Peace and Love Peeps.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
First, for those of you who believe in the power of prayer...I have a request. A co-worker is in ICU. All I know right now is he had an infection under his skin. They are not sure of the damage but when he was taken to the hospital yesterday, the doctors have stated if he didn't come in when he did, his leg would have to have been amputated. They are running a battery of tests on all of his internal organs, doing a cat scan, etc. to see what else may have been affected.
Craig is a father of six. A man of character and integrity. Someone I care about. I pray he heals and nothing more is wrong than what they know of currently. If you would offer him up, I would greatly appreciate it.
And this serves as yet another reminder how we need to pay attention to our health. Listen to the quiet whispers. Do things daily. Make it a priority. Stop self abuse and start self love.
It can be a struggle and I am trying to do better.
Now onward to catching you up. First up is Friday. Work. Tired. No duh Mo. You stayed out until early morning and had to get up at the butt crack of dawn. After work T and her man came over. T and I did the boardwalk walk while my snookums (her husband) held down the fort. He watched a movie and refereed the kitties.
Yes Kim, the kitty finally did come out. She was in my bedroom closet the entire time. It took her awhile but when she heard her mommy and daddy, she braved the outside world. Thank goodness cuz' I was starting to feel very unsettled.
I am back to two kitties. Christie and Chloe have gone to be with their family. Single cat lady with four is a thing of the past.
After the walk, T and I went to pick up a few essentials and dinner. We had plans to cook dinner but time ran out so we negated the exercise by chowing on pizza. They watched Zodiac (third time the movie has played in Mo's cinema this week) and I talked with Pete. And T witnessed first hand how meeting someone in the grocery store can happen.
Onward to today. I slept in. Oh yes I did. Felt soooo good. Spent some time on the phone with my gal Karen. It is her birthday today and we all know the older we get, the harder they get to face.
So, I would like to take a moment to publicly wish her a great day. I love you and hope you are still awake tonight for me to share in your special day.
The rest of the day will be spent taking care of personal stuff we all have to deal with and then I am off to
Pete and I are taking in an evening game tonight.
My first one of the season. Nothing much beats seeing a game live at the ballpark.
The energy, the smells, the action you don't see on tv, the food. We can't forget about the food can we?
Garlic fries. Hot dog. Cold beer. Bring it on. Diet be damned.
I hope you and yours are having a fantastic day. I need to get going. It's after 12:00 and I have not started on the stuff I need to do. We are leaving for the game early as there is a ton of stuff going on downtown today (Pike Place's 100th celebration, Hempfest, Brasilfest, etc.) and the construction on I-5 is wreaking havoc on the commute to Safeco.
Peace and Love Peeps.
Friday, August 17, 2007
After a day of conference calls, being present, and kicking up my heels, I had a cocktail/meeting with a co-worker before we met up with others for a working session.
I am thinking I most likely don't need to tell you the pre-meeting was on my patio, the cocktail was goose and tonic with limes, tunes were rocking, and the party pussy attended too.
Isn't she adorable? My love kitty Jasmine. See how she poses so nicely for the camera too? Like a celebrity on the red carpet, she has one paw positioned in front of the other.
Post the working session, I met up with my other peeps for Thursday night happy hour at our Cheers. I arrived late, obviously, but was able to see everyone before they headed out. Tyler hung around for a while and Kyla and Stephanie came later on too.
This is Stephanie and Tyler goofing. In case you are wondering, that is a piece of pizza on Tyler's head. Ya' just never know what will happen around this crew. Including creepy drunk dudes inviting themselves to our tables and freaking us out a bit.
Or getting called out by your best friend and hairstylist for having multiple bobby pins in your hair for a style that calls for a ponytail and two pins usually. Hey, I got ready at 5:20 AM. I did the best I could with relatively clean hair and the faux hawk. I do realize 10 was overkill but my hair didn't move. Lova ya' for keeping it real.
Got home after 1:30 AM and promptly fell dead to the world asleep. I still have not seen Chloe (the black and white kitty) but her sister did come out for a bit last night. I vaguely recall hearing some hissing going on.
T and her husband are coming over tonight to walk with Tyler and me as well as to coax their babies from their hiding places. I need some piece of mind. I am certain Chloe is in here but the question is where.
Anywho, hope y'all are having a good Friday. It's cool and a little overcast around these parts. Here is to hoping the rain will stay away so we can enjoy the walk this evening and possibly bbq tonight.
Ok, we live in the Northwest so even if it does rain, we'll walk and cook outside too. That is how we roll. But it would be nice to have some summer weather to end the work week and begin the weekend.
I already anticipate wearing a hoodie and jeans or a sweater at minimum to the Mariners game tomorrow night.
Peace and Love Peeps. Lunch break is over. Hugs and love to all of y'all.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
On another note, I just noticed a quarter in my desk is 42 years old. 42! That is pretty darn cool in my book.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I figured out why everyone thought I looked so refreshed. It is all about the eyes peeps.
Today, not so much. It has been a long few days. Good days but long days.
I am still relaxed. Thumbs up for Mo!!! My tone of voice indicates the refreshed vibe. My emails too. But in my eye area, you can see a change. Amazing how quickly that will change on you as you age.
I am pretty sure most of y'all know what I am talking about. It's like as soon as you hit your thirties it starts to show. And the metabolism starts to drop. You can't hang like you used to.
On another note, I am doing a happy dance. Some of my most favorite people showed up in the state yesterday. They are home. T and her men. Oh yea, and the kitties too. Welcome back!
Meet Christie and Chloe.
Aren't they cute?
So cute I am willing to make it official for a little bit of time that is. I am the single cat lady.
As of tonight, no real fighting to speak of. There has been some posturing. Some hissing. Some growling. A couple of swats that didn't land on their mark.
I figure at some point in the next few days a real cat fight is going to break out. One of them has to be queen bee. The alpha female needs to be decided. I'll try to keep the kitty stories to a minimum.
But before I do, I leave you with
Someone want to tell me why of all the shoes she could lay on she decides my tennis/work out ones are her favorites? She rubs all up on the laces and sometimes I find her suckling them too. I have given up on trying to keep them clean. She will hunt them down.
Tyler said to her it is the smell of mom being home. Please let it be more than that.
Peace and Love. I gots to get back to the grind. Hope you and yours are doing GREAT!
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
What am I talking about you might be asking yourself right about now.
I am referring to my galley style kitchen.
Imagine you, me, and two of your friends trying to squeeze in there to dish up dinner.
Allow me to digress for a moment.
First time you come over, I'll wait on you.
Second time you come over, I'll wait on you and show/tell you where everything is.
Third time you're over, help yourself. We're family now.
After we walked Monday night, Maricel, Tyler, and Channy came over to chow down on some turkey enchiladas, salad, beans and to watch Zodiac.
I probably should have served them their dinner but I wanted them to take how much of what they wanted.
Hey y'all, next time I will make them spicy like I usually do. These were a little bland but I wanted to err on the side of caution.
So if you want to chance it, come on over. The tiny kitchen is open. You won't even have to do the dishes.
Look at that. I cook and I clean. What a catch I am. Ha!
Monday, August 13, 2007
Several different people said it today.
Dictionary.com defines refreshed as
- To revive with or as if with rest, food, or drink; give new vigor or spirit to.
- To give new freshness or brightness to; restore.
- To make cool, clean, or moist; freshen up.
- To renew by stimulation: refresh one's memory.
- To fill up again; replenish: refresh a drink.
Yep, I'd say that about sums it up nicely. Just right. All of the above.
Mo post vacation = REFRESHED
Once a year we are fortunate enough to witness one heck of a meteor shower.
The Perseid Meteor shower.
It peaked, according to reports, early this morning.
Did you and yours get out and enjoy nature's splendor?
Me and mine did Friday night.
We were not fortunate enough to have clear skies Saturday or this morning.
The shower is to continue all the way through August 24.
Maybe I will get another chance. Let's hope so because I totally dig on the stars.
And in case you are wondering what exactly a meteor is: Meteors are small bits of solid debris, mostly grains of dust, perhaps a few pebble-sized pieces, that burn up as they rapidly descend into Earth's dense atmosphere. The debris (technically called meteoroids) is left behind by a comet, a "dirty snow ball", left over from the ancient formation of the Solar System."
I would love to quote that source for you but I can't remember exactly where I found that a few years back. If I had to guess I would say it was from the University of Oregon's website.
Hope everyone is having a good Monday morning. I haven't made it out to the office yet. Hey, don't hate.
I wanted to check my email before I got hit with the "shitstorm" as someone very close to me who works for the company too said to me over the weekend. Lord only knows what will be waiting for me when I step foot back into the business as usual Monday morning, on the busiest week of the month for me, and returning from vacation, post a huge issue right before I left.
It's all good peeps. Really it is.
Thank goodness I have plans to walk tonight and to watch a movie with Maricel , Tyler, and Channy (ooopsie, I have been spelling her name incorrectly all this time) later.
Peace and Love.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
The rib eyes Pete grilled. We also had corn and baked taters.
Love to you all...