Saturday, December 22, 2007

Bucking the system

I'm here to wish you all :




MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!




Now bring on the ACLU.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Decking the Halls

Out of all the Christmas cards I've received so far this year, only THREE are actual cards. The rest came in the form of picture cards. Quaint Christmas settings with the children of my friends adorning the scene.

I guess this means that I've officially gone over the hill. No longer will I receive cards with sentimental or witty words for me to ignore until after I read who the card is from.

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE seeing how my friends' children have grown and changed over the year, but I guess it just makes me a little envious. I mean, I don't send Christmas photos of me to my friends. And I'll tell ya, I'm just as cute, if not cuter!, than their kids!!

Perhaps that's how I'll make my millions! I'll start a business where single adults can have their portrait taken and put on Christmas cards to send to all their friends and family! Brilliant!!!

Excuse me now....I have to go write my business plan.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Friday, December 07, 2007

Test time

Your Element Is Water

A bit of a contradiction, you can seem both lighthearted and serious.
That's because you're good at going with the flow - but you also are deep.

Highly intuitive, you tune in to people's emotions and moods easily.
You are able to tap into deep emotional connections and connect with others.

You prefer a smooth, harmonious life - but you can navigate your way around waves.
You have a knack for getting people to get along and making life a little more peaceful.




You Should Be a Cherry Redhead

Sexy, dramatic, but still sweetly feminine. Perfect for getting out of the hair color doldrums!



There's a Chance You Could Be Violent

Overall, you're a pretty chill person - and you have a good handle on your emotions.
Sometimes your anger gets the best of you, and end up regretting how you act.
Try to curb your temper more often. It only has to get out of control once to do some damage.



You Don't Have a Boyfriend Because You are Too Shy

When a guy gets to know you, he finds a great catch
Problem is... you're too shy for most guys to get to know.
From meeting someone to dating, you usually have your guard up.
And while you're just holding back, it makes you seem like you've got something to hide.



You Should Get an Abstract Tattoo

Artistic and unique
You're the most likely type to personally design your tattoo



You Are 54% Scary

You're a pretty normal, nice girl... but you definitely have your scary moments.
As long as you acknowledge them and apologize, you'll probably keep your guy around.



What Your Peanut Butter And Jelly Sandwich Means

Your eating style is gluttonous. If you like something, you're going back for seconds... no matter how full you are!

You don't really have a sweet tooth. If you go for dessert, you tend to go for something light.

Your taste in food tends to be quite eclectic and wide. You are an adventurous eater, and you like many types of cuisines.

You belong to a class that's all your own. You resist rules and traditions of any sort.

You are a tough person who isn't afraid to live life fully. There isn't a lot that scares you.

You are laid back and extremely easygoing. You never make a fuss, and you try to enjoy every moment.



You Belong in LA

Forget living in a dirty, cold city - you'll take the beach instead.
Celebrity sightings, trendy restaurants, and clubbing all night are more your thing.
And who knows? You might become the next beautiful person the paparazzi stalks!






Your 80s Theme Song Is:



Shake Your Love by Debbie Gibson


Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Health is SO overrated

As most of you know, I've had my trials and tribulations over the past year and a half with my health. Mainly, my gallbladder.

So, as I sit here writing this post instead of being at work because I am sick...yet again, I contemplate health.

Really, is it all what it's cracked up to be? Seriously. I mean, who really likes knowing that they'll be relatively normal most every day of the year and that they might get sick with the usual cold, sinus infection, or stomach flu over that year?

Show of hands?

For me, I honestly LOVE not knowing if I'll be healthy for a full MONTH at a time. Always wondering if what I'm eating will make me sick the next day or if whatever bug I catch from others will put me out of commission for a much longer period of time just because I don't have my gallbladder anymore. Spending much of my weekends in bed because of being sick and wishing daylight wouldn't come back until I felt better.

If only I could live in a cave with no lights, no heat and the Golden Girls 24-7 on the TV. Oh and I guess my cats b/c they wouldn't leave me for any longer than it took to eat their dinner. Guess they thought it would be rude to bring their food downstairs and eat in front of me since I couldn't eat and if I did eat, I wouldn't keep it down. (I know...TMI)

Today is the first day that I feel somewhat human again. I mean, I'm actually on my computer. Haven't really done that in a while except for the few things I HAD to do for work b/c it was due yesterday and I didn't get it done b/c I was sick so I had to finish it the best I could and then e-mail it piece-by-piece to my co-worker since our new server doesn't seem to like files larger than 3kb only to find out today that she didn't get the file I sent originally, so I had to break it down again to send it in smaller bits. Whew!

I guess if I look at the positive side, this has been a GREAT way to lose those extra pounds I picked up over Thanksgiving. Although I thought I had a pretty good handle on it with working out at the YMCA (Village People not included), but I guess my body knew better.

The only thing I can think of as to why I got sick this time is the turkey sandwich I had at the cafeteria of a business my co-worker and I visit weekly. This is only the second or third time I've eaten here, but the first for a cold cut sandwich. So, I'm thinking that I'll probably stay away from them here on out.

My doctor feels that it probably is some sort of virus, but took some blood yesterday anyway to check my liver. Perhaps I'm still "throwing things" (not sure what he meant by that) and that my stomach doctor will have to open a duct or something. I'm not sure how I feel about that though. If that's the case and opening a duct will stop this insanity, then I'm all for it! However, it could just lead to something else and then something else and then something else...

Which leads me to the rationale: Health is SO overrated!


Addendum: I did forget to mention, after reading Cher's comment, that mental spooning can work WONDERS for a sick person. I think it should be bottled and sold in stores!



UPDATE: I've just eaten solid food!!!! Ok, so it's just Chicken Noodle Soup, but hey, gotta start somewhere, eh?


Thursday, November 22, 2007

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Just for Phats...

I got summoned today!!!!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Rambling along

I know it's been almost 2 weeks since I've posted. Can't say why I haven't. I have had some good ideas for posts, but the thought of actually writing it quickly turned me against posting ever again. What can I say? I'm moody like that.



cancer


cancer

Cancer is symbolized by the Crab. You're deeply emotional and intuitive, and your top concern is family. Something of a homebody, you prefer to stay in rather than go out on the town. You can be moody, drawing into your protective shell if things get too intense around you.

See? I told you so! ;)

Which also, I guess, is why I haven't posted. So, I can, in fact, tell you why. Please disregard the second sentence.



Anyway.....


My friend from work and I have been going to workout after work these past couple weeks and one night we were heading back to the Ladies' lockerroom when 3 young boys were standing in the hall probably waiting for their mothers. Anyway, the one was saying"Hold your horses! That's an old saying! They said that back in the old days. Hold your horses!" S and I just laughed at the little boys. They were probably no older than 7, but probably younger than that. It was just funny hearing them say things like "They said that way back when" I used to say that! Crazy!


I'm going to see if my one professor was being real when he said that I could teach a studio class. I was thinking of getting a part-time job and this would be far better than any other job I could get. I mean, I really don't want to do anything retail again. Been there. Done that. So, keep your fingers crossed. I think it would be great to do. It would probably be for a tech drawing class where we learned how to hand draft and I think it would be great to renew those skills myself. Plus, I could pass on some wisdom to the kids in the class who think this is just like "Trading Spaces" or some HGTV show. I know I thought that when I started school, but I quickly grew out of that mindset.



I paid my credit card bill online last night and realized my APR was 15%! Are they crazy?!?! I've NEVER had one higher than 9.9% and now they've felt the need to raise it to 15%?! I think I should get a much lower one just for dealing with all the crap they send me in the mail CONSTANTLY!!! I mean, they would call me night after night about joining their credit protection program and even though I'd keep telling them "NO!" they'd still call the next night. So, I finally told them that I do not want it now nor ever so please take me off their list. They said they would. So, what happened the following week? You got it! They called me yet again to join this program. I got a little agitated with the person calling me and told them what had transpired the week prior and how I had been called incessantly by them for this program. I haven't gotten a call since!


I'm looking to get a new car. I really would like to get one before winter really arrives. It's been snowing off and on here the past couple weeks, but nothing that has really stuck to the ground. They've called for snow all week this week and we haven't seen much. I think they just call for it b/c they have no idea if it's really going to happen or not. Oh and they've called for sun too a couple times, but I haven't seen it in about a week. This is when fall/winter begins to suck royally around here. Having gray(grey) skies constantly is enough to make any sane person want to gouge their eyes out so they wouldn't have to see it any more. Can you tell I'm not a fan of winter in Ohio?


I'm mad at Skii right now. She told me not to come down this weekend! I was just going down there to help them move, but I guess I'm not wanted. Oh, sure, she'll tell you that they're not moving this weekend, but probably next weekend, but still. I can't believe she would tell me not to come down there! I mean, it's not like gas is an arm and a leg and I'm made of money. Geez! Seriously, wouldn't you be ticked?! Chad gets it! He figured it out since I didn't answer Skii's calls or reply to her texts last night, which had nothing to do with the fact that my phone was upstairs, in my purse, on silent, but all to do with the fact that Skii told me not to come down there this weekend. Yep. That's it! This 28 year friendship is OVER!!! Got it, Skii?!



Whew! Glad I got all that off my chest. Thanks for listening and I sure hope I didn't bore you all to tears. I know how it is reading these posts that just ramble and ramble on with no point or end in sight! We all read Phats' blogs, so you know what I'm saying! :D (just kidding, buddy! I'm sure your posts have a point, I just don't get them!)

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Skii & DG through the years

Skii and DG as Brownies.
Come on Skii, pull up your sock!





Skii and DG (with another friend) before our first high school dance.
Man the late 80's, early 90's were scary!!!




Skii and DG as Bride and Made of Honor.
Don't we make the cutest couple?!





Skii and DG taking one of many self-portraits.



Saturday, October 27, 2007

Immortalized

Yesterday, I went back to good old Kent State for a dedication ceremony.

If you recall, I did a design for the College of Education, which was merging with a couple other "colleges" and needed to renovate their space to accommodate everyone and everything. Last week my professor I worked with on it called me at work and asked if I would be interested in attending the dedication ceremony.

Let me think about this for a second.....uh, heck yeah!

So, I went there and the space looked magnificent! Of course, the whole layout wasn't exactly like I designed, but pretty darn close. Someone's interior designer daughter did the finishes and furniture and it's not exactly what I would have selected, but overall it looked good.

Once I introduced myself as the design student who did the layout, all the workers in this office just gushed at how much they LOVED the space! I got my picture taken, which I assume is for the Kent Stater and I was also told that a reporter from TV2 (Kent's TV station) would be contacting me for an interview. If that doesn't say "SUPERSTAR!" I don't know what does!

Best of all, the dean said that if I needed a reference, I could call on her! Not too shabby, eh?!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

You can be jealous of me, it's ok.

Friday night Zen and I went to see a play at the local theatre. It was called "Final Assault" as written by none other than David Selby! Now, if you're not quite sure who that is, take a look at a couple pics I found online.



David from his Dark Shadows days.



A more recent picture of David


After being entertained by David's play, we mingled with the cast and the playwright himself! He took pictures with his fans...





...hung out with the crowd...





...and partook of the wonderful refreshments





Then, sat them right in front of where I was standing!





That was my exciting brush with fame.
And I know, you're extremely jealous. It's ok.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Grab your grilled cheese!

Did ya hear the one about the fire that looked like Pope John Paul II?



Seriously?!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Phone pics

Here are a few pics that I transferred from my phone to my computer...finally!

These are from my trip to PA for a conference there.

I know you can't read the street sign, but it's "Big Beaver Boulevard."
And what just happens to be ON Big Beaver Boulevard???



HA!!! I love irony like that!




This is one I took b/c it was just great! The license plate is RST N PCE.
Guess what they're livelihood is?



Finally, here's a pic of a guy trying to look as manly as he can while driving a pink hot rod.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Update

My wrist seems to be getting better, however, it's been quite challenging to type and hit the correct keys! If I don't correct it, it tends to look something like this: thisis me treying to tupe with myt nrace pm wothout edoting. Wow!

It's comin gupon one week since I got this thing to wear 24-7 and I've discovered a few things.
  1. It is difficult to shake hands properly with it.
  2. I can make 3/4 of the Sign of the Cross (If you're not Catholic, that's when we do that hand thing from the forehead, to the chest and from shoulder to shoulder)
  3. People tend to talk to me more even if it's always asking, "What happened to your arm?" Most think it's a bowling injury. I tell them I'm not that good enough to get an injury from playing the sport. Plus, if I did get injured, it would be my feet that were injured b/c I dropped the ball on them.
  4. I'm glad it's fall. Can you imagine the tan line I'd have?!
  5. It's a great way to get out of mowing the lawn.
  6. Somehow from when I go to sleep until I wake up, my brace decides it's had enough of protecting my wrist and feels my pillow needs some support.

In other news,





Thursday, October 04, 2007

Robo-blogger

In my last post, I said how I had to take a break from the net b/c of my wrist being painful after working on the computer all day. Well, I finally had enough and went to the urgent care center in town. (Wonder if those would still exist if we had national healthcare?)

The doctor asked the usual questions of what was going on and what my symptoms were. So, I told him what was up and he came to the conclusion that I had a strained ligament. His "cure?" A pretty cool wrist brace and 800mg of Motrin three times a day. Woo hoo!

Here are a couple pics of my new arm candy:



For some reason, no webbing came out when I did this. Mine must be broken.

I've asked people at work if they'd like to play "Ernest Angley" with me, but so far, everyone's declined. :(


I now have about 2 weeks of wearing this thing and hopefully it will take care of it. Then I can get back to full-time blogging and have it start all over again!!!

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Bad blogger

I haven't been good about posting or commenting. I know. I'm a bad blogger. However, in all fairness, I must tell you that the reason why I haven't blogged a lot lately is b/c I've been avoiding my computer at night since I'm on it all day at work.

And since I'm on it all day at work, I think I'm either developing Carpal Tunnel or some other fun, wonderful ailment in my wrist. After using the computer (mainly the mouse) all day long, my wrist hurts when I bend it. And for more fun, my one finger has decided to act up even more then my wrist. It hurts all the time. It has the feeling like it has to "pop" to feel better, yet it won't. No matter how much I try to crack the knuckle, it won't. Then I just realize how painful it is and stop pushing on it which leads it back to feeling like it needs to "pop."

I guess I shouldn't have gone into a profession that is so "mouse intensive." Perhaps I'll take Skii's idea and set my mouse up to be used by my left hand instead of my right. It will be weird to do in the beginning, but if it saves my right wrist, it's worth it.

So anyway, that's the reason behind my lack of posting and commenting. I do hope it is nothing serious and will go away soon. I'm probably heading down the same road as my dad and will have the rest of my life filled with joint pain. Speaking of joint, anyone know if that helps joint pain at all?!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Need I say more?


BTW - go check out Skii's contest!
Maybe she'll extend the deadline, but if not, check it out anyway!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Kids being kids...Oh wait! That's illegal now.

If you haven't heard, playgrounds are now safer in Colorado. Apparently, some kids have complained that when they played tag, they got......





.....get ready cause this is really horrible!....





.....CHASED!!!!


Can you imagine?! Being chased during a game of tag?!?!?! Why, in my day, we never did such crazy things as chase others while playing tag. That's just ludicrous!

What has this world come to that kids are taking the game of tag too far by chasing the other kids on the playground?! What's next? The banning of Red Rover b/c kids got hurt from bouncing off the linked arms of the other team? Oh....wait...that already happened.

So this school feels that banning tag will help the kids' self-esteems b/c now they won't be chased. Whew! Tragedy avoided! Now, if only they could work on their false sense of entitlement that parents have instilled in them. Oh, but we can't let them know the big bad secret that life isn't fair and that you don't always get what you want, when you want it.

Why don't they just go back to their video games and preservative packed snacks and forget all about that running, chasing, getting healthy stuff. Just keep stuffing your face, sitting on your rump, and increasing our childhood obesity and diabetes rate by staggering amounts!

Friday, September 14, 2007

back from the dead!

Yes, folks, I have FINALLY kicked this nasty sick bug! Now, I can get back to what's most important in life.....blogging!

Oh and worshiping Cher.

But NOTHING like this guy(?) with Britney. Sorry, Cher.






Monday, September 10, 2007

Blech

Being sick sucks!



Oh, and you have the FUNKIEST dreams when you're sick too!












This should be enough Lysol to disinfect my blog!
"Some" are afraid they'll catch my cold from reading/visiting my blog.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

friends who care and share

As you know, I was hanging with Skii and the gang last weekend and I really enjoy my time there. For those of you who don't know, Skii and I have known each other since we were four years old. Over those years we've shared many things like secrets, clothes, gum (new and abc I'm sure), as well as the common cold. This past weekend, Skii and Izzy were a bit under the weather and tried their best to not infect the rest of us. However, those nasty, pesky, common cold bugs found their way into my system. Now, my throat is on fire and nothing will put it out! So, the big question here is:



Who the HECK is going to bring me a nice, big, pot of hot chicken noodle soup?!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

who says wal-Mart is bad for america?

I stopped at the local Wal-Mart for a couple things last night before arriving at Skii's joint. I wandered through the store gathering the few necessary items, then arrived at one of the open check-outs. As I walked up, the cashier, James, was saying "They spelled "checks" wrong on here! They spelled it C-H-E-Q-U-E-S!" To which I replied, "That the European way of spelling it." He completely ignored what I said and started pronouncing it as "che-quays." I just felt pity for this young man who will probably remain a loyal Wal-Mart employee forever and never realize that there's a bigger world out there where they spell checks, cheques.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

My new favorite cartoon


Since I refuse to grow old, I still watch cartoons and I've found a great one on Cartoon Network. It's called Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. My favorite character is Eduardo. He's a big, purply, "scary" guy who wouldn't hurt a fly. And he speaks with a Spanish accent. Who wouldn't love that?! :)

I LOVE (good) CARTOONS!!!