Sunday, February 25, 2007

Baffle

That's what the real name of the movie "Babel" should have been.

I watched this movie today with my friend and we both were wondering what the heck it was about. Even at the end of it we were still scratching our heads in wonder. It took a while to get the connection between Mexico, Morroco, the USA and Japan.

I kind of got the plot, but I think it just might be a little too deep for me. I'm still uncertain as to why it's up for an Oscar tonight. Honestly, all the trailers I saw for it mentioned nothing of Mexico, or Japan. The only mention of the USA was that the tourists were American. I actually thought the movie was about a couple in a strange land where something happens to the wife and the husband gets separated from her and finds himself in trouble with the law. Guess I was off.

I told my friend that I thought our viewing of "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" was better than Babel....and that's not saying much!

So, if anyone else has seen this movie and gets it, please explain it to me. Really....anyone get it??

The only thing that they did get right was the name of the film "Babel" b/c according to Wikipedia: 'In Gen. 11:9, the name of Babel is etymologized by association with the Hebrew verb balal, "to confuse or confound"'

Friday, February 23, 2007

HAPPY NATIONAL
BANANA BREAD DAY!


Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Ho Hum

Not much to say today. I'd like to say that's a rarity, but it's not. My sister was given the gift of gab. Me? Not so much. So really you all shouldn't be so surprised by my lack of posts. When there's nothing to say, that would make for a really boring post.

In other news, winter is boring and should be over! Although the temps have risen into the high 30's today making for a nice day....rainy, but nice. I'm hoping that once spring breaks and other things get situated, I'll be able to get into shape cause right now, NO motivation!

Ok. That's all I have to say right now. Stay tuned....there could be more later...or not. Who knows?!

Until then:


GO GET YOUR ASH ON!

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Needing a Change

I'm thinking of getting a new 'do, so I've been searching the web trying to find one that I like. Here's what I found so far:















































And Finally....






So, which one should I go for? I'm thinking about the last one. Whadda think?

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Monday, February 12, 2007

One Little Item Changes Everything

Remember waaaaay back when I said that I had a presentation for a design I did for a credit union? (ok, well I thought I had, but I can't seem to find the post. So, if I didn't tell you before, I'm telling you now!)

Well, I presented and it went well. However, the following week, the client got back to us and said that she didn't like any of the finishes, except for 2. Her reasoning? She was going with brushed nickel hardware so the fabrics I picked wouldn't work b/c they had "gold" in them. Mind you in the beginning, she told us that she wanted a traditional style. Does brushed nickel scream "TRADITIONAL" to anyone here??? Come on, you can be honest!

Anyway, I had a couple weeks to come up with yet another color scheme and make a board for it as well. The day came to present and she LOVED it. Now, I don't know if she truely loved it or just said so b/c the architect was coming down on her hard for not having the finishes picked out yet so they could put the building construction out to bid. I guess I really don't care at this point only b/c it means that I don't have to search and search and search for more fabrics, granite, laminate, and everything else again!

Since you can't really see what I did, I took a pic of my final board so you could see it.

Here it is:

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

The Trip up North


Last Thursday morning, 5 of my fellow employees, our VP of Sales and Marketing and I piled into a minivan and headed North to Michigan. The trip started out ok although I was sitting next to the guy that is extremely annoying. He could be classified as the "brown-noser" of the group. He always has a story about "one of my buddies" which ultimately results in one wanting their ears to do a Van Gogh. However, after our stop on the turnpike, we switched drivers and seats! I now was sitting in the back with all the gals, minus our VP...she was driving.

About 5 hours and 40 minutes later, we arrived in Grand Rapids. The last 10 minutes of our trip we hit snow. We got to the hotel and once we all got checked-in, we headed up to our room. This hotel is like none other that I've been in. This was like a 5 diamond hotel! At the door were several doormen waiting to help you with your luggage and direct the traffic coming and going through there.




Inside they had an actual concierge along with the ladies and gentlemen at the front desk! There were several restaurants, bars, clubs in there as well as a Starbucks. They also have the Gerald Ford and Betty Ford Ballroom, which I didn't get to see any of it except the name plate above the doors.

The guys headed up to the suite while us gals headed to our regular rooms. :( Less than an hour later, we all met in the lobby and took a taxi to the Meyer May House. It's a Frank Lloyd Wright house that Steelcase purchased and restored to the 1910 era. The house itself was built in 1908. I LOVE FLW's prairie style houses. If I ever get the chance, I'll either buy one from that time period, or design and build one to be more like FLW's style. But I digress....







The house was amazing! And since this tour was arranged by Steelcase, we got to actually touch, sit and experience the house. Any other time, it's "look but DON'T touch!" Usually you can't take photos either, but I snuck some! However, since the lighting was low and I didn't use a flash, they're not the best. I was also unable to take any of the outside since it was one) freezing and two) dark.



Upon returning to the hotel, we all headed up to the suite for the evening. We got pizzas from the sports bar in the hotel, which was really good pizza too! We ate, drank and had lots of fun. We played Euchre until midnight even though we had to get up really early the next morning. I guess no one wanted to leave the suite since it was fabulous! There were 3 bedrooms, two kitchens, 2-3 baths, a living room and a dining room. It was amazing!





The next day we went to Steelcase headquarters for the morning. They had a very lovely breakfast for us which was great! Not just cereal or bagels either. We're talking eggs, sausage, hashbrowns, fresh fruit, yogurt, and various breads/pastries. Yum!

After breakfast we watched a presentation about the Nurture healthcare section of Steelcase that was just formed last spring. We then toured the showroom for about an hour. After that we returned to the first room and watched a video Steelcase put together about this line. Of course as we were doing all this, the snow just kept coming down! It was said that Grand Rapids was to get about 16" by the end of Saturday night! Needless to say we were all a little anxious to leave so as to beat the worst of it. At about noon, we all packed up into the van and headed south towards Ohio once again.


***I apologize for the small pictures. I'm not sure why the ones I took came out small. Oh well. As you can tell the photos of the exterior and interior of the house are not my own. Mine aren't that good!

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Alive and Well

Hello everyone!

Just a little post to let you know I am still here and will be posting pictures from my trip to Grand Rapids as soon as I get them transfered from my camera to the computer. I went on my first business trip and it was fun! (which I assume they're not supposed to be fun, but this one definitely was!)

Have a great weekend!!!