Wednesday, December 31, 2008

I am Offended


Lake Superior State University is on my list.  I'm not even sure where this institute for higher learning is located or anything about them, but they are on my list, man. They have recently published their annual List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness and guess what appears on the list?  Monkey!!

They say Monkey should be banned - particularly on the Internet because, and I quote, "many people seem to think they can make a boring name sound more attractive just by adding the word 'monkey' to it."  Oh no, you didn't just dis my blog name?!  Bring it on, you maverick!

I honestly didn't pick the name monkey because I thought it would make my blog more attractive.  I picked the name because I have a thing for all things monkey-related.  The Barenaked ladies song "Another Postcard" is a personal favorite.  And yes, I have gotten postcards from a chimpanzee, all of them sent anonymously.  My personal favorite, Starsky and Hutch chimps driving in a car!  I have a rather extensive monkey collection that graces my office at work.  It is a challenge to find a monkey related souvenir when you travel.  And, last but not least, I have this thing for Naughty Monkey shoes.  Not only are they cute, they are different.  Plus it is fun to watch a bunch of stuffy guys in my line of work, crack up when you tell them you are wearing Naughty Monkeys!

So maybe I should change the name of my blog - to something like "Maverick Monkey Going Green to Change the Carbon Footprint".  How do you think they would like that one?

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

100 and counting....

Even though I recently celebrated a birthday (and despite what the nice people at AARP think), I am no where close to 100 years old.  Some days I may feel like I'm ancient, but that is a completely different story!

This is my 100th post!  I never fancied myself much of a writer, but we gather inspiration from those close to us (thanks MEF!) and sometimes you just have to take a leap to see what happens.  I hope that the 3 people that read this find this blog mildly entertaining at times and that you aren't using this blog as a cure for insomnia!

One hundred posts seems like such a milestone, I didn't want this to be just any old post.  I waited and waited for divine inspiration.  It didn't come easily.  I guess since I decided to take some time off work, my brain decided it could check out too (or all my brain sharing friends are really alert this week)!  Yesterday, I got the inspiration that I needed from Sugar.  Not the kind of sugar that you get from too many holiday treats (although I've had my share of those), but from "the" Sugar.

MonkeyMamma (aka SewWhat?) just recently scolded me for never being in front of the camera.  There is a really good reason for that - I hate having my picture taken.  I can find all kinds of flaws in myself - crooked smile, too many freckles, wrinkles, and I could go on and on.  I keep telling myself that I will get in the picture when.... You know, the infamous "when" that is never today but some vague spot in the future. 

Coupled with the mild scolding from my mother, a blogging friend who is willing to put herself "out there" and my nifty Christmas gifts from Mr. M, I decided that I am going to attempt to do a self portrait a month for the next year.  I may not love the way I look but I'm not a hideous monster either. Maybe this will be the push that I need to keep up with the workouts.  Maybe this will be the thing that teaches me to love myself for who I am.  Maybe, just maybe, this will be the inspiration for me to get back on the diet and lose the weight that I gained back recently. 

Whatever happens, I know this, I will definitely learn something in the next year. Good, bad or indifferent, I will at least have something to scrapbook about next year at Crop Camp!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Hmmm....

It is 10:30 here in the great Midwest and I just heard that Santa has already consumed 63,000 cookies tonight.  The first thought that popped into my head - "I wonder how many calories are in 63,000 cookies?"  

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and may Santa bring you what your heart truly desires!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Ta-Done!

By know you all know me well enough to know that I am the world's biggest procrastinator.  I never start anything until the last minute and I usually finish up exactly when I am supposed to arrive somewhere.  So you will all be extremely surprised to hear this news.....drum roll please.........I am FINISHED with my Christmas shopping.

Yep, you heard me right, Ms. "I still have time" or "I don't start shopping until Winter" is officially finished with her shopping.  Ok, I have 2 small things to buy to fill in some missing pieces, but other than that I am DONE.  I even have the gifts bought for people I know I'm not going to see until after the holidays!  And you know what else, I even have everything wrapped!  I never start wrapping until about 10 pm on Christmas Eve and I end up staying up half of the night trying to finish up.  But this time, I am done.  I even have a "color coded/design system" so I can tell at a glance who the package is for.  Well at least I can tell between the children and the adults!!  Oh, do you want to hear something else disgusting?  I was inspired by a gift tag set I saw at the store last night and decided that I could make my own, so I custom made all of the gift tags (me loves me Cricut!).

Now that you have picked yourselves off the floor, do you want to hear more? Yesterday I decided to hand make by Christmas cards.  You heard me right, on the 19th of December, I decided to tackle a monstrous project with an impending deadline.  I not only hand stamped the design, but also water colored, paper pieced (without the Cricut :-o) and glittered up part of the design.  Sounds simple right?  Yeah, ask my friends and they will let you that this is typical behavior for me!  Considering that I started after 10 am on Saturday and the design requires 10 unique stamps where do you think I am at with this one?  Sounds like a project that I would still be working on by next Christmas, huh?  I am happy to report that I not only finished up the design but they are all signed, addressed, stamped AND mailed!  Even with dinner out and a shopping excursion yesterday afternoon (spent 50 minutes in the store - 5 minutes to get what I wanted and 45 minutes to check out), dinner out last night followed by another shopping excursion and a quick run to the store again today, I still had them finished before dinner.

So for a girl who started thinking about shopping about 96 hours ago, I think I did pretty good to be at this point.  In fact, the guys in my house keep asking me what's wrong because I have everything done and it isn't Christmas Eve yet!  I guess my recent encounters with Santa really put me in the mood.

Of course, the tree is still naked and the dust bunnies are threatening to take over still, but one step at a time!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Guess who I saw?!?!?


Picture this.  I'm sitting in traffic this afternoon.  Patiently waiting for the light to turn green, when all of the sudden, the woman in front of me rolls down her window and starts frantically waving at someone on the opposite corner.  It was avery friendly "hey look over here" kind of wave.  I was compelled to see who on earth she was waving at.  

And what to my wondering eyes should appear?  SANTA CLAUS!  He was in his sleigh and waving to the anyone who was looking.  Of course his eight tiny reindeer were replaced with a V-8 but it doesn't really matter.  After standing in line for 45 minutes to purchase the items that it took me 2 minutes to select, it put me in a much better mood.

Now, I'm officially in the holiday mood.  Still haven't finished shopping, haven't finished up the holiday cards or baking and the dust bunnies are getting demanding, but bring it on, I'm ready for the holidays!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Ready....but not for the holidays

The tree is undecorated.  Presents still need to be bought.  Nothing has been baked. Christmas cards?  A vague idea is formulating in my brain but no action has been taken yet.  Dust bunnies seriously outnumber the people in the house.  But all the same, I am ready!

I have paid for my January Escape.  After a convoluted process, I finally got reservations so I can shower and take a nap that weekend.  Now all I have to do is prepare my stuff and make sure I have clean laundry.  No problem, I can do that all on the morning of the event.  That is my normal M.O.!

While this is one of my favorite events of the year, there is something else coming up that is even better.  We have our plane tickets purchased, hotel room reserved and our portion of the house rental paid in full for our tropical vacation coming up in a couple of months!  I can't wait to kiss this lousy winter weather goodbye for a week!  After a week of constant ice, snow, sleet, and freezing rain, I am ready for a break.  Not to mention taking an entire week off work will do wonders for my soul!

Maybe the holiday stuff will get done, maybe not.  But it doesn't matter because I have a lot to look forward to in the new year!

Monday, December 15, 2008

On the First day of Christmas....

I was ready to post this last week, but MEF Nicole beat me to the punch! I guess that is brain sharing at it's best! 


I had this crazy idea for our office holiday decorating contest and some crazy girl (love ya!) offered to help me out.  I wanted to use the 12 Days of Christmas as our theme and we printed out the words.  We also discovered that there is more than one variation on the wording which really confused us!  So without further ado, here is our rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas!  Sorry if they aren't clear, this is the best I could do with my camera phone!






Friday, December 12, 2008

Finally, some vodka

Ever since our no more vodka incident, I have been obsessing over our lack of vodka.  I know the simple solution is to go to the store and buy more but that isn't so easy.  You see, I'm kind of picky.  Mr. Monkeygirl and I went to the local grocer and stood in front of the vodka display and couldn't decide on what we wanted.  We ended up leaving without a bottle.

After having a bad a bad day earlier this week and complaining about it via text, my BFF replied, "I hope your not out of vodka."  D*mn, now she hit a nerve because we are still out of vodka.  "Cr@p!  Yet another reason to sit in the corner and cry!" was the only response I could come up with!

Tonight, we attended Mr. M's Holiday party and I sent him up to the bar for a drink.  I asked for Vodka and Cranberry and I told him "If they are out of vodka, we are leaving immediately!"  Fortunately for me they had a good supply of vodka tonight but I ran into a new problem, they ran out of cranberry juice.  I love Bloody Mary's but I had a difficult time switching from sweet to spicy.  Good thing it was time to go home!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Monkey Monday -12.08.08


I need a vacation.  I am officially brain dead. It has taken me 15 minutes to get this far on this post.  Coal is snoring on the couch and I want to seriously join him but I got stuff to do.  So what does this have to do with Monkeys?  Absolutely nothing except for the fact my mind racing 20,000 different directions and the name of this dude is on path 20,001.

In the interest of time, I'm going to make something up.  I think a good name for this guy would be Penny.  Because that is about all I ever leave Vegas with is a few pennies.  Yeah, I know Penny is a girl's name but like I mentioned earlier, I'm tired and they are my monkeys so I can call them whatever I want.

Yeah! It's Shipped!!

I wish I could say that my package of my delight was some perfect Christmas present that I found online.  Nope, not that organized!  I am psyched because my DVD of Season 4 of LOST has been shipped.  I should get the package next Monday so I better get moving on the buying, decorating, baking, oh yeah, and work before then so I can camp out on the couch for 5 days to get my LOST fix!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Coal Updates

Coal had his first Vet visit on Friday and we found out a few new things.

  1. He is 18 weeks old.  That is good news because the Vet says we only have about one more month of the "bad" teething!  And he is about 2/3's of his adult weight now.  This means he will "only" end up about 60-65 pounds.
  2. Coal is definitely a mix - part Lab, part Pointer (ha! I was right!!) and part Hound Dog.  The Vet kept saying he thought he had hound in him and Coal finally decided to be vocal and the Hound Dog was confirmed!
  3. The poor puppy also has some sort of vicious looking worms.  The pictures looked disgusting and it sounded even worse but the Vet didn't seem to concerned.  A worm pill now and another treatment in 2 weeks and he should be good to go.
  4. Apparently we are bad dog parents and got a lesson in controlling our dog. The tips from the Vet are helping but I have to think that every puppy acts like a crazy dog when they get to smell a new human.  Whatever, Coal is getting better but he is a back talker.  If you tell him to stop doing something, he gets smart and lets us know that he is not happy with being corrected.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

New Challenge

I never realized that blogging was going to become a challenge.  I can come up with things to blog about.  I can find pictures to post.  I can respond to comments left behind.  I can find time in ever increasingly busy days to post.  No, those thing no longer are my biggest blogging concern.

What is my problem?  I will give you a hint.  It has a cold nose, 4 paws and is currently chewing on my hand.  Coal is proving to be a pain tonight.  Every time I move the cursor, he is attacking the screen.  When I'm typing, he is hitting some key on the keyboard that makes all of my open windows disappear.  It is kind of cool so I need to watch him closer to see what he is doing.

When he isn't making things disappear, he is chewing on my foot or the back of my knee.  I think I will be really glad when this puppy stage is over.  My my best guesstimate, I only have about 12-18 more months of this type of behavior.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Monkey Monday - 12.01.08



Hi!  Hi!  Hi! Hi!  It's Coal again - I watched my Mommy playing with her computer earlier and it looks like fun.  My Mommy gets to show off her monkeys so I asked her to take a picture of my favorite monkey.  

I love this monkey.  I haven't had him for very long but you can see that he is really well loved. I don't know why he is missing his legs (I think Daddy threw them away).  I love giving the monkey head kisses and a few love nips.  Mommy and Daddy just love it when my monk-monk and I talk to each other!  Monk-monk kind of has a high squeaky voice but I love listening to him talk to me.  We can talk for hours!!

I want to thank SoccerMonkey and Mommy's WorkTwin for my presents.  I think there is more stuff in the bag but Mommy and Daddy hid it from me and I can't reach the top of the fridge to find out what is in there.  

Oh yeah, the boney's are soooo delicious!  I love them so much that Daddy went and bought me some more tonight.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Black and White

Hi!  Hi!  Hi!  Hi!  My name is Coal and I am 3 months old.  Mommy took me outside this morning and there was this fuzzy stuff all over the yard.  Did someone unstuff my monkey out here?  I have to go check this out....hey, this stuff is cold on my wittle paws.  What is this?  Hmm, it doesn't smell like a boney or my food but I wonder what it tastes like?  Hey, it is sticking to my nose!  Wait a minute, if I push it, it is a ball! Oops, I popped that ball, better make a new one...darn, that one popped too!  I'll make a bigger one, oops, that one popped too.  These white fluffy balls must be defective.  Mommy, you need to talk to somebody about these new balls, they really don't last.  

I need to sit down and relax a minute...oh, hey, what is that on my behind?  Ichywowwow, this stuff is cold!!  Maybe it was just in that one spot.  Nope, that spot is cold too!  What about here?  Nope cold too!  I think I want to go inside now and sleep on Mommy's chair when she isn't looking!

Friday, November 28, 2008

No Way, No How

MEF Nicole is a trooper.  On 3 hours of sleep, she went out shopping.  On Black Friday.  With the mother.  Did I ever tell you that I think she is insane?  I love her to death, but the girl is crazy!

There is no way I'm going shopping today.  I hate crowds.  I hate rude people.  I have very little patience for the hustle and bustle.  I want to go buy a bed for Coal and I don't want to even bother with the traffic surrounding the local pet store.  I know that some people get a charge out of the hunt, it is the thing that puts them in the mood.  Not me.

I am the ultimate procrastinator.  I wait until the last stinkin' minute to do my shopping.  Generally every year I get a call from my credit card company questioning my rampant purchases one after another.  No scam, no fraud, just the great procrastinator doing her thing.  This is the way that I get in the mood.  I think about it all for awhile, process a plan in my mind, then run out at the last minute and buy it all in a couple of hours.  I guess I work better under pressure.

But this year I am going to try to be better.  I'm not shopping for anything today but I will definitely try to start before Christmas eve!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thankful

If you watch the news or read the papers, you would think that no one has anything to be thankful for.  I beg your pardon, but I think I have a lot to be thankful for.

  • I'm thankful that Mr. Monkeygirl just told me about a discount I can get on online shoes. 
  • I'm thankful that Skaterboy just tried to skate to his cousin's with Coal, and the dog stole his skateboard.
  • I'm thankful that Friday I get to sleep late while Mr. M has to get up at the crack of dawn.
  • I'm thankful that we - ok, Mr. M - has to make mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes for dinner tonight.
  • I'm thankful that we have to decide who gets what car today for all of the places we need to be.
These may seem like silly things to be thankful for but they have a much deeper meaning.  We have a home to live in.  We still have a career in these difficult times.  We can afford to own a car or two and even afford to put gas in them.  We have a child who is safe and happy at home instead of being out god knows where.  We have family to share a meal with and to love no matter what.  We can afford to feed a teenager and a growing puppy, as well as ourselves.  We have lots of friends who we want to share time with, laugh with, and comfort in times of need.

Today is the day to count your blessings.  Everything may not be perfect in your world, but you all still have a lot to be thankful for.  So to all of my family and friends, thank you for being a part of my life and for making it much richer and fuller than I could have ever imagined!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tail Tale

Tonight I asked the M&M's if they were ready for a surprise. I got an enthusiastic response from the back seat on the way home tonight. Aunt "Bonkeygirl" asked "What do you think the surprise is?" I got all kinds of answers from hotwheels to princess dolls but nothing close to the real surprise.

So I switched tactics..."Your surprise has a tail. What has a tail?" I asked.

Boy M: "Dinosaurs has a tails"  True.  But Aunt Bonkeygirl has no idea where to get a real dino.
Girl M: "Bunny wabbits has tails" Yep, you are right but it is not a bunny either.
Boy M: "Is it a snake?" Uhm, can you classify a snake as having a tail?  I mean it is kind of just one big tail with eyes and teeth, right?  

After trying to explain why I don't like snakes and how snakes move and what happens if you step on one and would it hurt the snake to be squished and why do snakes bite and why it was okay for the kids to be walking in the street when they can't (they were crossing at the crosswalk and they were also at least 13 years old) we tried to focus on the original question again.

Boy M: "A lizard?" Yes, lizards have a tail.  I guess I need to provide another hint or we are never going to get anywhere.

Aunt B: "What has a tail and is furry?"
Girl M: "A kitty-kat!"
Boy M: "A raccoon!" 
Girl M: "A doggie!" Finally, I never thought we would get here!

Yes, Aunt Bonkeygirl got her own puppy and I wanted to prepare them for the chaos of a 3 month old puppy.  I spent the rest of the drive home trying to explain why I had a dog and that it wasn't their dog and why it was ok that they had two dogs and that I wanted my own...oh never mind, it is too hard too explain to a 3 & 4 year old.  It was really cute though to hear Boy M describe their new dog....

"We already had a girl dog so we got a boy dog this time, so I wouldn't be the only boy in the house.  His name was Jason but we gave him a new life so we gave him a new name.  He gets to start over with his new name and I got to pick out his name....."

All in all, it was uneventful.  Coal was hyper but so were the M&M's but they really got along well and Coal only tried a couple of times to chew on their toys or eat their dinner.  The M&M's only tried to play with dog toys a couple of times.  Coal must have had fun because he is now crashed out in the middle of the floor snoring his head off!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Monkey Monday - with a twist

Today we have a twist.  We do have a new monkey in our house but this time, the monkey doesn't belong to me. The new monkey belongs to Coal.  Who is the heck is Coal, you ask?  Coal is our new puppy!


We have been talking about getting a dog for months.  I was reluctant at first.  But Mr. Monkeygirl was relentless.  He pleaded his case repeatedly - he had hundreds of dogs in the past, it would give him something to do when I traveled, wouldn't it be nice to have a dog curled up at your feet?

Mr. Monkeygirl kept finding the cutest dogs through a local animal rescue group and would show me the pictures.  I finally caved in and gave him my blessing to fill out the adoption papers.  For some reason, he didn't fill out the papers and the puppies kept getting adopted.  He would show people the picture of the dog "he almost had".  

Last week, my sister found a stray dog roaming her neighborhood.  They took the dog to the local animal shelter but let us know that we should go check him out. Mr. Monkeygirl went up after I left town and found out that the owners had already come to claim him.  So much for that one, but Mr. M. did find a little black lab puppy.  We tried to go up to adopt him on Friday but they told us that the owners were coming up to get him.  Undeterred, Mr. M decided to visit the shelter every day after work until the owners picked him up or they let us adopt him.

So we have a new puppy in the house.  I guess I need to stop leaving my shoes on the floor and I need to get him a new collar with bells on it since he likes to sneak up in between your legs when you aren't paying attention.  Skaterboy and Coal are playing tug-o-war right now and I'm not really sure who is winning!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Just Following Doctor's Orders

I went to the doctor today and I had to break the bad news to Mr. Monkeygirl.  I am no longer allowed to kiss him.  Honestly, I'm just following doctor's orders.  Dr. B's exact words were "Do not kiss anyone!  Well, unless you really hate them, then kiss away."

Apparently I do not have strep.  I was convinced that is what I had but then again my background isn't in medicine so what do I know!  I have a virus.  And generally, nothing is given for viruses.  However, Dr. B decided that he liked me and didn't want to kill me so he gave me a prescription.  It seems that most people he has seen with this virus who were told to let it run its course, have ended up in the hospital with a serious case of pneumonia.  Wouldn't that be a pleasant way to spend the holidays? Not!

So I left with a script for antibiotics and allergy medication.  Apparently my efforts to self-prescribe a cure were not too far off.  The allergy medication is supposed to reduce the inflammation in my ears and throat and the antibiotics will kill the bad stuff.  I hope it works soon, I really would like to be able to kiss again!


Thursday, November 20, 2008

There is no place like home

Whew!  This has been a week.  Traveling always wipes me out.  Being "on" day and night is mentally exhausting and then keeping up with the stuff at the office in your down time can make one woozy.  But on this trip, I had a little added drama to make me glad to be home.

I felt horrible all week.  It started over the weekend with a scratchy throat.  I didn't think much of it since it was 30 degrees and snowy.  I figured I would try to get in to the doctor on Monday morning if I didn't feel better.  Monday morning came and I felt much better so I decide that I didn't need to try to squeeze in a doctor's appointment between work, packing and making a mid afternoon flight. Apparently that was a big mistake.  

All week I alternated between an earache, a headache, or a sore throat.  At 2:20 this morning I woke up to all 3 and realized that my glands in my neck are also visibly swollen.  While I knew my doctor wouldn't make a house call in Arizona, I decided I would try to get a jump on all of the other sick people in the midwest.  I placed a call to the office early this morning and was told that I could NOT make an appointment and that the doctor was only seeing "emergency" patients on Friday.  What exactly is defined as an emergency I asked?  "Oh, you know if you are sick or have a cut or something" was the chirpy response.  

So I guess I qualify as an emergency but I have to get up at the crack of dawn tomorrow for one of the lottery slots for the emergency sick people.  Wish me luck!

Out of Vodka- again!

Wouldn't you know it, after a long couple of days I just wanted to relax with a drink. A refreshing cocktail in the clear, crisp desert air might just be the thing to end the day on a high note. At the very least, after a couple of cocktails, we might not care what note the day ends on! Oh wait, this gets better - there is a free happy hour on the deck at the resort! Sweet!

New Boss and I skipped out on the evening's planned activities and decided to grab a drink and some dinner. Apparently, we were not alone and saw a lot of other familiar faces enjoying the beautiful November weather. The bartender was pouring drinks while dancing to the music playing and everyone seemed to be having a good time. Until this litting phrase was sung out..... uh, oh, I t'ink we out of Vodka!

Seriously? Again? What were we going to do? Being the efficient, fast thinking problem solving team that we are, we quickly surveyed the scene and saved the day. While, yes, we were technically out of the plain vodka, there was plenty of mandarin orange vodka to go around. Crisis averted and everyone was happy!

The funniest part of this is that just the day before we were chatting and the whole subject of running out of vodka came up along with blogging. I shared my blog with a few new people so when the waiter sang out his little tune - New Boss (I got to come up with a better name!) and I just looked at each other and started laughing!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Photoshop is an amazing tool

I wish this was a blog about how I fixed some flaw in a photo and saved some priceless moment from being ruined by an errant blip, thumb or trashcan. But no, it isn't that special.

You may or may not know that I am out of town this week on business. So far, it has been an interesting trip. It started with the gate agent boarding the entire plane in one fell swoop yesterday. Not a big deal if you are flying a tiny puddle jumper, but this wasn't that small of a plane and considering that is was in the 30's yesterday, the wait on the Jetway was brutal!

The next hurdle came when I attempted to find the hotel from the airport. It seemed really easy according to my GPS directions on my phone. One problem, they weren't exactly accurate and I kept driving in circles around the Phoenix Airport. I got new directions and headed off on what I thought was the right path and then my phone froze up. Completely locked up. Now I am driving a car I'm not used to, in a city where I've never been, in the dark, in rush hour. Oh yeah, and I'm completely lost. Phoenix "looks" easy to navigate from the air, it all seems to be laid out in a grid. But from the ground, I was confused. Of course, I have two fatal flaws working against me, I have a horrible sense of direction and I'm stubborn. After 180 minutes of driving around in circles, I finally found the hotel. I honestly think I was within blocks of the place 5 or 6 times and gave up and turned around.

The hotel's website made this place look chichi. I was kind of excited about seeing it person. Turns out, not so exciting in person. I opened my door and my attention was immediately drawn to a squiggle on the wall. I thought to myself "Oops, looks like the maintenance guy left a little caulk on the wall". Reality, the squiggles of caulk are architectural "accents" to make the place look more "authentic". Thankfully, there won't be much time to watch TV because the reception is horrible and using the remote is a game of chance. Sometimes you move one channel at a time and other times it is 2 or 3.

Tonight we all ventured out for dinner on the town and made a stop at a local Walgreen's. Why the drug store trip? The dry air is wreaking havoc on our skin, hair and sinuses. On the way back, we all started talking about the hotel and it seems like I got the best room of the bunch. Doors don't close, showers don't drain, toilets won't flush, closets and built into weird angled corners making it impossible to hang up your clothes....the list goes on and on. So for all of you who are "jealous" because I'm at some fancy resort in the desert, just remember, you can make anything look good with a little time, creativity,talent and Photoshop!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Monkey Monday - 11.17.08


Yes, I know it isn't Monday yet.  But since I have to fly out of town tomorrow for a business trip, I didn't want to disappoint SoccerMonkey by not posting a monkey.

This crazy safari monkey is named Dan-o.  Please forgive the blurred out slogan on his shirt, but we have to protect the innocent!  Dan-o was actually a give away at one of our conferences.  I didn't attend but I understand that if you attended, you got to dress the part with the safari hat and vest.  I'm so sorry I missed that one! Dan-o came home with one of my coworkers but I had to do some fancy talkin' to get him to give him up.  (Okay, I didn't have to beg much, he parted with it of his own free will).

So wish me luck on my upcoming trip.  I feel horrible and flying with an earache should be so much fun!  Hopefully, the drugs Mr.Monkeygirl got for me will start kicking in soon.  See ya'll later this week - I'm off to the warm desert instead of the freezing cold midwest!


New Math?


I do not have nature math talents like some people do but even I realized immediately that there is something wrong with this sign I saw at a gas station last night.

Mr. Monkeygirl gave me that "uh oh, now what?" look when he came out of the station and I was standing in front of my car pointing my phone at the propane display.  But a quick explanation let him know that I'm not crazy (well, not completely crazy)!  I hope this is just a "sticker" mistake and not a sign of the state of our education system.  

So have you seen any signs that make you scratch your head in wonder?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Procrastination Pays

I am the ultimate procrastinator.  If I can put something off until the last minute, then I will do it in a heartbeat.  But in certain areas, I try to behave myself and do things before the last minute.  One of those is when I travel for work.  I really try hard to book my airfare and hotel rooms as soon as I know I have to travel.  But I have been slipping lately.

I knew months ago that I was attending a conference next week.  My new boss had booked her room and airfare months ago.  I have had friends that had to book overflow hotels and it wasn't pretty.  All in all, I know better than to wait.  Yet, I kept putting off making my reservations.  I finally got around to making the reservations around Halloween.  I got a good deal on airfare but when I went to book the convention hotel, they were completely sold out.  Normally, this wouldn't phase me because 99.9% of the time, there is a hotel across the street.  Not this time.

This time, the closest hotel I could find was about 3 miles away.  Every other hotel I could find was within walking distance of each other, but the convention hotel was completely isolated.  I finally picked a hotel a few miles away (and within a straight shot down one road) from the convention location.  I sent out a frantic message hoping that someone else was a procrastinator and needed an alternate hotel (at least I wouldn't be alone).  But no such luck, everyone else got in and I was on my own.  Until the other day.  Luckily for me and unfortunately for one of my coworkers, they had a change in plans and won't be able to attend.  Being the nice guy that he is, he offered me his room at the convention hotel.  Sweet!  I don't have to trek back and forth every morning and night!  I am not a morning person so the thought of having to get up early enough to not only get dressed and ready but drive down the street to make the first session was stressing me out.

We played phone tag all week long trying to work this out.  Today he finally sent me a message letting me know that he called the hotel and switched the room to my name but kept the reservation on his card.  So I finally had a room for Tuesday and Wednesday night.  Great....only one problem, I'm flying in on Monday.  I know Arizona is going to be much warmer than it is here, but after Ann's description of what roams around in her back yard, I don't think I want to sleep outside in the desert.  Luckily, I was able to book a single night at the same hotel for Monday night.  I might have to change rooms, but at least I don't have to schlep back and forth or sleep with the fire ants outside!

Now the only thing that would make this trip even more perfect is if Ann will deliver something decedent to my hotel room for me!  Anything with chocolate works for me!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Monkey Monday - 11.10.08


What a bargain!  Today you get two monkeys for the price of one!!  Meet Madison and Lexington.  They had a long, tough journey back to the Midwest but we finally made it home! (Sorry Ann, but I guess these monkeys are naked too!  But Maddie has a really cool tattoo!)

I met Maddie and Lexie on my first trip to the Big Apple.  We hit it off and while I wanted to bring them home, their - ahem - "adoption" papers were completed yet. (Okay, I saw them in the first 4 shops in Times Square so I thought everyone had them.  Wrong-o!  By the time I got back to the original stores, we were freezing to death and ready to head back to the hotel so we skipped out on Monkey shopping.)

I knew that the first thing I wanted to do when I headed back to NYC was to go to Times Square and finalize the "adoption".  Day 1 - mission accomplished.  I managed to trek from my hotel at Central Park to Times Square and back without getting completely lost.  For the record, I have a horrible sense of direction - even in New York, I get turned around easily.  I even picked up the most excellent souvenir for Skaterboy, an exclusive NYC skateboard - complete!

Now comes the fun part.  After being on the road for a week (Newark, Trenton, Manhattan, Brooklyn), I was ready to head home.  I like to travel but a week alone is a little much and I was trying to win/plan a wedding from my hotel room, so I was ready to go.  After my final day in the office, I headed for the airport. Not that I should be surprised, but our flight leaving LaGuardia was delayed.  Not as much as some other flights, but we were still delayed.  Maddie and Lexie are great travel companions so they didn't complain.  When we landed in DC, we were held away from the gate for awhile thus making sure we had absolutely no time to make our connecting flight home.  The 3 of us stood patiently in line waiting for the airline to get us on the next flight out.  

After standing in line for 3 hours, we found out that we would have to wait until morning to go home.  Good thing I decided to take advantage of the corporate travel agency to book myself a hotel room rather than be at the mercy of the airline and their vouchers.  While it might be a coincidence, I think that the nicer you are to the ticket agent, the better your alternate travel plans will be.  The woman next to me who screamed and yelled at the agent?  She had to catch a 5 am flight with 3 different connections only to arrive at the same destination as me - 4 hours after I got home!  My flight?  Leave at 10:30. One connection.

On the shuttle to the main terminal, I found out that we were held on the ground because a plane at the gate was struck by lighting 3 times. Okay, now Maddie, Lexie and I are stuck in DC for the night but we didn't get electrocuted, so all was good.  By the time I caught the hotel shuttle, it was getting close to Midnight and the monkeys and I hadn't eaten for about 12 hours.  I wasn't complaining but it had been a long day (and a really long week) so when the shuttle driver asked me about my day, he got the whole story.  Being a complete sweetheart, he took me to my hotel, waited for me to check in and then drove me to a restaurant near the hotel so I could get something to eat.  The monkeys and I were extremely grateful and he refused to take any tip money from us even though wwe begged and pleaded with him.  His comment "You deserve to have something good happen to you today!"  

After a bite to eat and a huge margarita, I headed back to what was the world's most comfortable bed.  Maybe I was just exhausted, but I loved this bed. I even wanted to redecorate my bedroom at home to match this hotel room - it was gorgeous!  Refreshed from a good meal and a good night's sleep, we headed back to the airport for what was hopefully our final legs of the trip.  I ran into a bunch of ladies from our long wait in line the night before and learned that they ended up having to share a room and the hotel was horrible.  They didn't have shuttle service so they had to take a cab and the room was disgusting and they didn't get their wake-up call.  Plus, even with the airline voucher, they paid about 50% more for their room than I did.  Man was I glad that I decided to book my own room!  I felt a little guilty describing my night but in some ways it was nice to see the look on the evil ladies faces!  Besides, I'm not sure how they would have felt about sharing a room with two monkeys!

We finally made it home only to discover that our luggage was nowhere to be found.  I made the trip to the airline's baggage service counter only to be told that they knew my bag was here and to go check one more time.  Dutifully, I went back and no luggage.  Of course, by the time I got back to the luggage service desk, their was a huge long line of people. Maddie and Lexie were ready to mutiny so I was ready to head home and come back later when I spied my suitcase sitting in the corner.  No way was I waiting patiently for 30 people to fill out claim forms so I snuck up to the door and grabbed my suitcase and headed home!

I got a lot of comments and weird looks on this trip home but it wasn't because of the monkeys.  It was because I was hauling Skaterboy's souvenir skateboard with me the entire day.  I do not recommend hauling one around for fun, but if you ever wanted to have an excellent ice breaker, then this is the ticket!  I guess if I was 18 it wouldn't have been so unusual to see but a 30+ woman in a business suit with a skateboard and a pair of monkeys must have been a sight to behold!

TTT & LLL

This past weekend seemed to be a collection of themes (or I think about blog titles too much!).  I was able to get a ton accomplished this weekend - not MEF Nicole worthy but I never claimed to be Superwoman!

On Saturday, my theme was T.  Or more specifically - tires, tile, and trivia.  I only have 20K miles on my car but my tires were shot.  And it made the unmistakable "out of alignment" noise when I drove on the highway.  I figured I had a couple of options - stop driving on the highway, turn up the radio really, really loud, or bite the bullet and buy new tires.  Since they were predicting "icy" weather this week, I decided to quit putting of the inevitable.  After a couple of hours and a huge dent in my wallet, I have a perfectly aligned car that no longer sports racing slicks.  Honestly, tires should cost 3 times your car payment!  Someone is making some money in this economy.  

Now we are on to the tile.  I wish the tile was for some project  at our house, but alas, it's not.  My work twin recently had an encounter with a leaky pipe that left not one but 5-6 holes in her kitchen floor.  On a mission of mercy, I volunteered to pick up the full size samples for her since the flooring store is on my way home. Ceramic tile is heavy!  I picked out my favorites and almost placed them in my kitchen to see which one I liked best!

Work Twin and her sib's invite us to fill out their table at a Trivia night for a local daycare center.  We attended one a few months ago and did pretty good.  This one was impossibly hard - the winning team scored 66 points and that was with 10 mulligans!  We had fun, even though we all left feeling a little dense.  One category was "texting" which we all do so we thought we would rock!  Wrong, we got one right!  Okay, so do you all know what "PIR" means?  What about "MTFBWY"? (that one we knew) Or my favorite "ROTFLUTS"? 

On Sunday I moved on to the L's.  Leaves, laundry and legos.  Mr. M and I tackled the huge leaf pile outside using the tag team approach.  First, the Mr. blew all of the leaves off the roof and out of the gutters and flower beds, then I raked them all into a pile.  Mr. M came back along with the vacuum and sucked them up and I made a final pass with the mower.  It seems like a little overkill but we have learned that leaves kill grass and we have been desperately trying to remove the dirt piles from our yard.  Although, my neighbor D seemed to like the dirt piles.  He only appeared from his house when I was running the mower over the dirt piles and he always teased me about being "PigPen"!

I only managed to do 5 loads of laundry as opposed to MEF's 12, but I guess laundry isn't really a competition sport!  I even managed to "lift" the dust and dirt (ok, cut me some slack, I'm trying to keep with the whole letter theme!) between loads.  When I finally got enough done that I was satisfied with my progress, I went back to my recent favorite pastime - Lego Batman.  You really need to try this as a stress reliever sometime - it really works!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

I May Never Leave Home Again


Monkey Mamma has been on a roll lately.  A week or so ago, she delivered a screaming flying monkey to me through the M&M's.  We had fun flinging the monkey around the house much to Mr. Monkeygirl's dismay!

On Tuesday, Monkey Mamma got to take advantage of time off for voting and we were able to finally get together for a nice leisurely lunch.  It was a beautiful fall day and we had a lovely lunch at a little local cafe amongst all of the fall leaves.  As a bonus surprise, Mamma bought me these slippers as a present.  I love presents.  I love presents for no particular reason even more!  And when they are this cute and comfy - triple bonus score!

Thanks Monkey Mamma!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Civics Lesson

Voting has always been something we try to do in our house but this year has placed a real importance on everyone getting out to cast the vote.

Earlier this year, my brother-in-law decided to throw his hat in the ring and run for city council.  He didn't have any political experience but he truly believed that our area in a good place to buy a home and raise a family.  The area we live in was the area we all grew up in (yes, we don't stray to far from home) and we want to make sure that this remains a nice, safe area for ourselves and our families.  I never knew how dirty the political game could be.  We supported his campaign and offered our support at formal and informal "meet the candidate" sessions.  It was amazing to see the "plants" that would be sent to these meetings to plant seeds of doubt and do recon on the opposition.  My BIL always took the higher ground during these sessions and on the very public attacks on his character and his family on the Internet.

We all gathered for the watch party the day of the election to see what the results would bring.  Voter turnout was low (always is for this type of election) but we felt confident that we had made a difference and that people were ready for a change. I was the first one to find the results out online and I had to break the news - he lost the election.  It wasn't a blow out either - he lost the election by 8 votes.  4+4=8.  You could count the difference on your own hands.  In some ways I think that was worse than losing by a mile.  You start thinking about who else you could have talked to, who else we could have called, what else could you have done to sway someone to vote for you or to just get out and vote?

So when the current election started to pick up speed, I knew that I had to make sure that we got out and voted.  I know that one or two votes one way or another CAN make a difference.  I started working on Skaterboy to persuade him to register to vote before the elections.  He didn't want to vote.  He refused to register.  I reminded him of his uncle's campaign and said "If you were old enough, you could have voted and made a difference for him".  I don't know what made him change his mind, but he finally registered to vote.  Thank god for Motor Voter registration!

So today was the big day.  We had a sample ballot hanging on the fridge.  I think it freaked him out because it was so long.  Before we left the house today, we went over the candidates and his choices.  I explained how the voting process works.  We filled out the sample ballot so he had a "cheat sheet" to go from.  Our ballot was 10 pages long.  I went with him at lunch to guide him through the process. 

We got lucky.  There was no one in line when we arrived and we managed to make it through the entire process in 15 minutes.  That was from door to door too! He even admitted that the whole thing wasn't bad and was pretty easy.  In reality, it really helped me out to walk him through the process.  We reviewed the candidates and their platforms.  We looked at the amendments, charters and issues and made decisions on what we thought was the best choice.  Bottom line, we went to the polls informed and ready to cast our ballots.  I don't think I have ever been that informed about the ballot and what I wanted to say before.  Thanks Skaterboy for educating me on the process, too!

I bet if you ask Skaterboy what he learned most from today he would tell you the least likely thing you would expect.  He would tell you that the free coffee at Starbucks and the free doughnut from Krispy Kreme was worth the effort.  So much so, that he visited several local Starbuck's today for his free coffee!!  Oh well, I guess I can't hold out too much hope for all of the Civics lessons to sink in on one day!


VOTE


Today is a monumental day is our country.  It is a day where we get to exercise our right to choose.  We can choose who will lead our country, state or local government.  We can support education, clean air, public transportation or we can choose not to support these causes.  We have the ability to determine who the judges are that will hear our civil and criminal cases.  The most important thing way have - is the right to choose.

So whatever your political leanings, social conscience or moral compass tells you to do, follow it.  Don't be afraid of long lines - use that time to get to know your neighbors, catch up on your reading or just listen to some tunes.  Whatever you do today, just make sure that you get out and vote.  Who knows, you might qualify for free donuts, coffee, or who knows what else!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Pumpkin Withdrawal


In years past, I would have already had a couple of jack-o-lanterns ready to go for the big holiday this weekend.  But not this year.  I've looked at pumpkins but haven't taken the plunge yet.  I'm not sure what I'm waiting for, it's not like they are going to go "bad" in the next couple of days.  

Maybe I'm procrastinating because I know that when I do buy a gourd, I will have to fight Skaterboy's repeated attempts to plead his way into using a chainsaw on the pumpkin.  No, he doesn't have Freddie Krueger tendencies.  One of my good friends, B started hosting a party years ago mixing power tools, pumpkins and alcohol.  It was always good fun and no one ever lost a limb or suffered any mortal wounds.  B couldn't host the party this year and I don't think anyone else is brave enough to take on the mess that results from hoards of people using drills, saws and other assorted power tools to create the best jack-o-lanterns ever.

Maybe I will relent and let Skaterboy use a power tool - in the back yard!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Dumb things I learned at lunch...

Did you know that there is a song to do CPR to?  According to doctors, The BeeGee's "Staying Alive" is almost the perfect song to perform CPR to because it has 100 beats per minute.  

This prompted me to starting singing "ah, ah, ah, stayin' alive....." while practicing chest compression at the table in a crowded restaurant.  I wonder why my friends decided to leave me at that point in time.....

Monkey Monday - 10.27.08


You can have a given name, a nickname, a surname, even a viking name if you want.  But living without a name can be problematic - even for a monkey.  After awhile, everyone will eventually get tired of hearing "hey you" when you are trying to get their attention.

Thankfully, SoccerMonkey came to the rescue again!  What is the perfect name for a cute girl monkey with a beautiful flower in her hair?  Duh, Goldie.  Why didn't I think of that one!  SoccerMonkey is very good at giving critters names that totally fit and once again, she came to the rescue.

So say Hi to Goldie - who is thrilled to death with her new name.  So happy, that she wears her name tag at all times!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

MINE!


Gimme, it's mine!  I was playing with it first! I'm telling!

Mr. Monkeygirl stole my video game and won't give it back.  I am allowed to watch him play, but I am not allowed to say anything unless he specifically asks for help. That is soooo unfair!  I was playing it first!

It's Skaterboy's fault that I bought Lego Batman for the Mr.'s game system.  He told me that the Wii version was really hard to play.  I had to pay attention to his advice, after all, he is the kid in the house, right?!

It's Mr. Monkeygirl's fault that I have to use his office.  I don't have a TV (or a video game system) in my office yet so I can't play in there.  I can't monopolize the TV in the family room for hours on end.  Mr. M would never let me play video games when the race is on. So I have no choice but to take over his man space.

It's my brother's fault for getting me hooked on Lego games in the first place.  He made me play Lego StarWars with his kid.  I had no idea what I was doing and I had to star somewhere in the middle of the game.  But it was still fun!

I'm gonna go pout now in the corner since I can't get my way.  No fair!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Monkey Monday- Manny - 10.20.08


Now that the Red Sox are officially out of the playoffs, I guess I can post this week's monkey without any fear of being accused of cursing the playoff dreams.

I have to admit that I am not a huge baseball fan, but the playoffs can be exciting, especially when you are surrounded by fans of the game.  Cardinals fans are also not real fond of the Red Sox for some reason, but last year I found myself in the midst of the World Series frenzy in a way I never anticipated.  

I was at an annual conference that happened to be located just outside of Boston - during the series.  Now I also have to admit that I have a knack for "cursing" certain teams.  It seems that if I decide to root for a team by purchasing team gear, they immediately fall apart and start inventing new ways to suck at their given sport.  For example, our local hockey team started to get really hot.  They showed promise and looked like they could actually make it past the first round of the playoffs for a change.  They had depth and talent.  So what did I do to show my support, buy a sweater?  No that would have been too easy!  I got personalized hockey plates for my car boasting their upcoming Stanley Cup victory. Guess what, they completely fell apart.  I finally gave up on the plates after getting harassed everywhere I went for supporting a loser.

But I digress.  I wanted the Rockies to win the Series last year.  I wanted it so bad that I purchased a Boston Red Sox hat - and Manny.  Manny was just too cute with his punk rock hair style not to add to the monkey mix.  Besides, how often so you see souvenir baseball monkeys? So I made my purchases and hoped for the best. I guess the curse of the Bambino is finally over because in this case, it didn't work at all.  

And for the record, Manny is not named for the 2004 World Series MVP of the Boston Red Sox but rather the location that he came to become a part of my monkey family (Manchester, NH).

P.S. I also have to admit that I wear the baseball cap all of the time.  I love the way it fits and it is kind of funny to see people squirm uncomfortably at the store when they see a Red Sox hat!

Follow Up Report

The owner of This D*mn House was returned safely and soundly to her home shortly after 10:30 Saturday evening.  When interviewed just prior to returning, NV reported that she was well cared for by her captors, reporting that they made sure she kept hydrated and was well fed during her brief absence.

No charges have been pressed against her captors at this time and according to our inside sources, it is unlikely that charges will be filed.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

This just in....

The reports of no progress being made by NV at This D*mn House are true. SOurces have indicated that the owner/crazy girl who works all hours of the day and night on said house has been kidnapped again.  No word on any ransom demands being made at this point in time, but we are all expecting a safe return withi the next 24 hours.

Stay tuned for more updates as they become available. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Life Lessons From the Backseat

So far this week, I've learned a lot from the back seat occupants of my car.  The past two days I've picked up my niece and nephew and watched them for a couple of hours each night for my sister.  The M & M's are a cute pair - when they are on their best behavior - and they have been good this week.

Lesson One - When you are under 5 years old, a simple thing like the noise that the turn signals make is fascinating!  Every time I use the blinker, a silly song erupts from the back seat about turning soon.  Today they even decided to play a game - let's see who can keep their eyes closed until Aunt "bonkeygirl" makes another turn.

Lesson Two - No matter how hard you try, you cannot hide snacks from a hungry 4 year old.  Nor from his equally hungry 3 year old sister.  They spot snacks in my pantry or freezer that even I didn't know I had.  Powder donuts, Indiana Jones Pop-tarts, Lunchables and Jello pudding snacks were all spied and requested.  I had no idea we even had such delicious snacks in the house!

Lesson Three - "Moo Cows" are not appropriate for dinner.  For the uninitiated, Moo Cows are the chosen name for Skinny Cow Ice cream bars.  The little imps don't know how to read, but they spotted the cow on the box and have forever given them a new name.  As an aunt, it is my job to spoil them rotten, but I refuse to feed them ice cream for dinner.

Lesson Four - I missed the early years of Skaterboy's life (I got partial possession of the child when he was around 11) so the attention span of a toddler amazes me.  How can they remember that I have a book with a picture of a nest that looks similar to one they have on a set of flash cards at home but they can't remember that they just left the bathroom?  How can they demand pudding for dinner but as soon as I show up at the table with corn, they completely forget that we even have pudding in the house? (For the record, they had already eaten at Gramma's house so I was ok with feeding them pudding while I ate my dinner).

Lesson Five - The changing of the seasons are totally lost on M & M.  They only thing they know is that Aunt Bonkeygirl has a pool and they should be able to swim in it every time they come over.  Never mind that it is October and that it is way past swimming season in this part of the world.  All they know is that they want to swim and they can't understand why I put a blankie on the pool.  I didn't get a screaming hissy fit, but you could see the puzzled look on their faces as I tried to explain the concept of seasons and what fall means.

Lesson Six - No matter how completely chaotic and cr@ppy your day at work was, the look of sheer excitement and joy on M & M's faces when I show up to pick them up makes it all worth while.  Especially when you get a knee jarring hug from a flying 4 year old and a big smoochy hug from a 3 year old princess.

Friday, October 10, 2008

No Way, Not Yet

I have had some issues getting up this week. Each day got worse and worse.  One day I woke up at 8 am and was walking in my office at 8:45 showered, dressed and stressed out.  The next day, I woke up at 9 am.  And I scheduled a 9 am conference call.  Ooops!

I racked my brain trying to figure out why now.  Was it the stress of the past week? Maybe.  Was it the fact that is is darker in the mornings now?  I don't think so. Going to bed too late?  Always a possibility but I haven't been going to bed much later than usual.  Seasonal allergies? That usually has the opposite effect since breathing is difficult.  

Last night I checked and rechecked the alarm.  It was set for the right day, right time, right time zone.  The volume was set to a sufficiently jarring level.  Sound was coming out.  As a back up, I set my cell phone to an annoying volume and sound.  I was bound and determined not to oversleep this morning.

Fast forward to this morning at exactly 6:47 am.  The alarm goes off as it should. I lay there for half a second thinking that I'm losing my mind.  The lyrics start to sink into my brain...
Christmas, Christmas time is near
Time for toys and time for cheer
We've been good, but we can't last
Hurry Christmas, hurry fast
Want a plane that loops the loop
Me, I want a hula hoop....

You have got to be kidding me!  It must be a joke, they are not really playing Alvin and the Chipmunks.  And it's not really a Christmas song, it's way too early for that. I hit the snooze button and hoped for a return to reality in ten minutes. Much to my utter dismay, they are still playing Christmas music when the alarm goes off again.  Then I hear the new catch phrase "Your Holiday Station".  Are they crazy? It's 80 degrees outside.  My pool is still open.  It still sees a little too early to put out the Halloween decorations.  Why on earth are they playing Christmas music?

The station's website boasts that they play an "upbeat mix" and "42 minutes of uninterrupted music per hour".  Nothing on the station's website offers an explanation or even an inkling that they are playing all Christmas music.  Except the little "Now Playing" blurb at the top of the web page that currently says "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer by John Denver".  Okay, it isn't even good Christmas music.  

I have to admit that I don't listen to this station anywhere or anytime other than on my alarm clock.  We apparently have signal issues in our bedroom and it is one of the few stations that I could actually get in clearly.  My brain apparently was processing the Christmas music earlier in the week and was telling me it wasn't time yet, so I kept hitting the snooze button.  Now I understand why I couldn't get up.  Well, I gotta go now... Johnny Matthis is asking "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and I have to go claw my ears out!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Sucker for the bags!

This is a shameless plug for a chance to win free stuff!  Handbag Planet is going to launch a new site in the next 6 days or so and they are offering a chance to win a free handbag by just registering for their site!  If I post their link, I get 25 extra entries into the contest.  Who couldn't use a free purse?  Check them out, I love their pitch - high fashion handbags without the high price!  If you want your own chance to win, click here!

Indian Giver

I hate to do this, but I'm desperate!  

To all of my friends that I have been so willing sharing my brain with over the past few years, I have a desperate plea...I need full and complete use over my brain again.  I promise that you can use as much as you want of my Cerebral cortex between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am Central Standard time, but I insist on exclusive rights to my brain functions for the remaining 16 hours of the day.

I really need to be careful what I wish for.  At the risk of sounding like Rodney Dangerfield "I don't get no respect!" was my battle cry for years.  But things changed earlier this year.  One of my biggest beefs for the past few years was that I wanted to be taken seriously.  I am an educated woman and I have the background to back up what I say.  Seriously, I have only spent all of my adult life working in the same industry (same company)- I think I know what I'm talking about.  I've worked on almost every side of the process - I've done it, managed it, trained others on it, even written the applications used to do it.  Yet, despite all of this experience, because I didn't have a "the title", I was often dismissed and over ridden.  Talk about pissin' a girl off!

But this has all changed in the past few months.  I have a new boss.  I didn't want to like her, she was so unlike my old boss, but I can't help myself.  She is cool - a tad bit hyper - but she can seriously affect change.  I don't have "the title" but I have gotten a lot more respect since she came on board.  People actually listen to what I have to say.  Some people even come to me seeking my advice that used to be the biggest poo-poo'ers of my ideas and opinions (NV - Especially my rude cow!).  

So, I finally am getting the respect that I thought I deserved all these years. Cool, right?  Eh, not so much!  I have discovered that with all of the new found respect also comes a huge amount of headache. I've already had over 16 hours of meetings this week alone and it's only Wednesday.  I have resorted to logging into my e-mail at stop lights on my way to work to try to figure out where I need to be first thing in the morning (no, I do not text and drive - I'm not that coordinated). I have to fight with people that I normally got along with really well (note to my former boss - mom and dad are fighting again and this time it's not so creepy).  I have to be a complete b*tch sometimes (okay, that really hasn't changed from before).  Some things I have to do, I don't even understand (there is a reason I changed my major from Accounting my freshman year).  

If I'm going to survive this new found glory, I need to regain complete autonomous control of the entire brain again.  Sorry, but a girl's gotta do what she's gotta do!


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A Good Citizen

I guess I should be a good citizen and go watch the debate instead of playing on the internet.  Let's see who says what this time!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008

We are out of Vodka


Mr. M: "Can I get you anything?"
Me:     "No, I think I'm good.  Why do you ask?"
Mr. M: "I'm thinking about a Bloody Mar....."
Me:    "Oh, me too!  I'd hate for you to drink alone." (jumping in before he can even finish the sentence)
  
A few minutes later, Mr. M reappears at my side with a glass of red deliciousness in his hand.
 Mr. M:  "It's a little thick but it's ok.  We are out of vodka"
 Me:      "What do ya' mean we're out of vodka?  There isn't alcohol in here?"

Suffice it to say, after this week, I need a drink.  It has been one of those weeks bad day/good day weeks.  For example:
  • Bad Side - I spilled soda inside my brand new designer purse.  I never have owned a designer handbag but I decided a month or so ago that I deserved one.  Good Side - I know know that I can use my purse an emergency canteen in a pinch.  It held every ounce of liquid.
  • Bad Side - Mr M fell down the final four basement steps the other night.  Unfortunately, he often heaves the laundry basket down the steps so I didn't think anything of the crash until I heard weird breathing noises from the kitchen.  Good Side - He is fine.  Just a little sore for a couple of days but no permanent injuries. 
  • Bad Side - A vital piece of data was never finalized for a project that is going live in 4 days.  I was livid when I found this out and I had to scramble to uncover as much info as I could in a couple of hours.  Good Side - I guess people do listen to me because they are actually going to do some more investigation tomorrow to make sure they don't totally F things up.
  • Bad Side - My work twin and I must completely sharing the brain this week.  For two days in a row, we have shown up to work in matching outfits.  Yesterday, we had on the exact same thing.  People already confuse us when we are on the phone together.  Now we would really confuse them if they saw us!  Good Side - It gave the gang in the office something to laugh about and it proves that we both have excellent tastes!
  • Bad Side - My Brain Sharing experiences have left me completely stupid. I had to go to the bank today to retrieve some important documents from the safe deposit box.  I found the keys and put them with my stuff.  I drove all the way to the bank and got all the way through the line before I realized, that I left the key to the box on the counter at home - doh!  So I had to make a trip home for the key and head back to the bank.  Good Side - Skaterboy has a new license and I got to work hours before I thought I would (thanks to his skater friend who happened to be going to the same place today, I didn't need to give up the car!!)
All of this means that it is practically Friday - YEAH!  Now I need to go so I can get a spoon to eat - er, I mean drink the rest of the night!