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Wednesday, October 31, 2001

Happy Halloween!!!

I'm dressed as Dorothy today, and if one more person asks me where Toto is, I'm screaming. I don't mind EVERY person I see telling me how cute I look or how exactly like Dorothy I naturally look [not sure I ever wanted to be Judy Garland, but, hey!], but the Toto thing is out of hand. I left my basket and very non-Toto looking stuffed dog on my dresser. I forgot Toto. That's probably a felony in Kansas.

Anyway, lots of potlucking, probably gained 10 pounds, and lots of fun at work today. Now if the D-Backs will just win, it will be a very good night indeed.

Tuesday, October 30, 2001

I just noticed that the Guest Map dot I was referring to yesterday that let me find the poster is gone. Apparently, according to their FAQ, the Guest Map people delete "No Comment" posts once or twice a day. Please note this when you sign the guest map.

Well, we're officially going to New Orleans. Can I just tell you there are days when I nearly worship my husband? He's such a wonderful person. He could have easily said no about this trip, or any of the other things going on right now. But he wants to go, and wants us to have fun. He has so many wonderful ideas about short-term and long-term life; he just gets me excited about our life together all over again. Almost a year, I can't believe it. I love you, Joe!

Monday, October 29, 2001's just like any other kind of web publishing. I don't mind when it's not someone stealing my own creative work, like happens to my friend Sine. I "borrowed" the Guest Map idea from Season 'cause I thought it was neat. And this girl borrowed it from me. The more the merrier!

All of you civilized people who switch daylight saving time just confuse me. For the record, I am now only 2 hours off of the East Coast, 1 hour off you midwesterners, same time as Rocky Mountain folks, and 1 big hour ahead of you Californian and Pacific coasters. Didja follow that? Good. Well, don't get used to it. Whenever you switch back again, we'll be 3 hours, 2 hours, 1 hour, and same. Respectively, of course.

Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh- oh- oh yeah... The Arizona Diamondbacks kick some serious boo-tay!!! It was a lovely sporting weekend. We went to the Phoenix Coyotes game on Saturday morning (breaking our curse - they actually WON!), then watched the D-Backs game at a friend's house, then football lazy-day on Sunday, and D-Backs with Joe on my own living room couch Sunday night. YAY! I want to say they'll sweep, but I know better. I still say they'll win the Series, they'll just do it back here. Go D-Backs!

Friday, October 26, 2001

Yippee!! Thanks for signing the map!

So, taking votes for where we should go for our First Anniversary! We were thinking New Orleans, but now the flights are being challenging. Or Lake Tahoe/Reno, but Joe's iffy. He's voting for Los Angeles, but that's been done. Money's limited. Suggestions, anyone? We'd like to keep it around $350/person for approx. 4 nights. I know, I'm a horrible optimist. We can cut it to 3 if we must.

Okay, everyone who wanders through here, do me a favor and click on "Where are you" on the left nav menu. Or the globe. I wanna know where you all are from!

I'm from Phoenix. Duh. Actually, it's a pretty happening place to be this weekend. Besides the fun activities already happening (i.e. State Fair, fall stuff), we have the World Series this weekend, plus a NASCAR race that draws around 250,000 people! Holy! Our tourism board is expecting around 600,000 tourists this weekend. So much for parking for the Coyotes game on Saturday!

Wednesday, October 24, 2001

So, I just got out of a Meeting. One of those meetings that deserves to be capitalized. We were meeting about a colleague, who is, in essence, my (and 3 others') assistant. She's just not "getting it." Man, these meetings suck. You see, I've been on the reverse side of it. Regardless of what excuses I may have for past job performance (lack of everything: challenge, satisfaction, instruction, concern...), I still know what it's like to have others not happy with your work, and feel crappy about it. To know that people are sitting in a room, discussing you and what to do about you. That sucks. I wish I didn't know that and I could happily rant away and bitch to my heart's content. But the remembering side of me, the empathetic, understanding side of me wants to defend her. Deep down, I know it's not going to work, and yet I go to bat saying "Give her a chance, it might just be [insert possible problem here]." Man, this sucks.

And, at the same time, I am now associated in some way with a "problem." No, it's not my problem... No, I'm not the one loudly complaining (even if justifiable)... No, I'm not speaking too imsistently about anything at all... But in my supervisor's mind, and in the minds of my colleagues, now there's been a "problem" on my team. That doesn't look good. I'm still trying to be teacher's pet, if you will. Until I feel secure enough in my job performance and team position, I don't really want to make waves. Ugh. No-win situation. Just like listening to some of my colleagues - friends, even! - bitch and whine about hating their jobs. Well, you know what? I like my job, I like working here, and I don't have any desire to go anywhere or do anything else.

I just hope whatever happens happens. We're giving her another shot, with some suggestions of ways to make all of our lives easier. If it doesn't work, I hope she makes the necessary decision. Of course, then we don't have an assistant, but that can be addressed if it needs to be. It's just hard when the well-oiled machine... well... isn't.

I'm just embarrassed by that post now. Too much sugar does bad things to your head. I think I'll hide from the candy corn for a while.

Candy Corn is good.
Candy Corn is sweet.
Candy Corn cures colds.
And I think that's neat.

[hanging my head in shame now... must be the sugar high... damn Halloween candy...]

Tuesday, October 23, 2001

I know, I'm post-happy today. This is riotous. (Found while lurking in Stefani's blog)

Also found there a fun link, and my new name: Governess Junior Grade of The Right Side of Web Surfing On Company Time, Mother Kerry Lynn. How painfully appropriate. Now I need to remember to add Stef to my list over <-- there.

Hoopy Frood! Long live Hitchhiker's Guide references! I found a little midday amusement at Wil Wheaton's (you know, Star Trek, Next Generation?) site. Check it out for yourself!

Oh, what was I thinking?! A-hem.......

Go D-Backs, Go D-Backs! It's your Series, have a party! - The Diamondbacks are in the World Series!!! Kick A--!!!

Ugh - Still sick. Getting better, but still sick. It's in my lungs now.

Thanks to Sine for utilizing the Comment field. Hint, hint! I lurk in many blogs too, and should probably link to more! I'll work on that soon.

Monday, October 22, 2001

Just want to say thanks to everyone who welcomed us with such incredible hospitality this past weekend at all of the pre- and post-wedding bashes for Tom and Talmar. The wedding was incredible, so beautiful and fun. Joe gave a very nice speech, and nobody did anything foolish. Talmar looked either like a Princess or Snow White, your pick. She was stunning either way! :-) Sad to see it all over, but so happy for them. They're off to gay Paree and Spain for 10 days. Keep them in your thoughts that they may have a romantic and safe journey. Thanks!

Ugh - Officially sick now. Sick and at work. How wrong is that? And we're busy too. Figures.

Thursday, October 18, 2001

I finally added a comment line. Use it. Love it. Be one with your opinions.

I hate feeling sick. :-( I think I am getting a cold. A relaxed evening and a Friday hooky day seem in order for me.

Wednesday, October 17, 2001

Funny parody of use of the word terrorist in the news. While we're at it, if you want to know the truth/fiction of something you've seen, heard or read, you have to check out It's a good source for myth-debunking...

Diamondbacks won, Joe's out of the doghouse, today is Chelsie's birthday, and my world is relatively calm today. Thank goodness. This weekend will be crazy, with Tom and Talmar's wedding, but it'll still be fun!

Not much news in my life. Arizona has had almost 200 anthrax scares/hoaxes, so Prudential's little fun was not unique. It's still weird to see all the mail guys wearing gloves, though. Mildly unsettling. Of course, the suspicious letter in question was one Prudential sent out which was returned, unopened. Um, how did this have anthrax in it? Ugh. Can you say the boy who cried wolf?

Tuesday, October 16, 2001

Oh, and on Sunday, they had the memorial service for my cousins' cousin. He worked for Sandler O'Neill on the 104th floor of 2 World Trade Center. May he rest in peace, and may God watch over and protect his family always.

D-Backs could go all the way!!! We'll have the TV on here at work today, with the game on at 1 p.m. I'm so stoked. If only the Redskins could have won - I could have won $60 on that game! Geez!

Sorry! Been a while. I had quite the weekend. Talmar's bachelorette party was fabulous (despite me being 75 minutes late, because I got the time wrong!). The bridal shower was eventful, and the shining part of a horrible day. My mother broke her foot, my car got hit in the parking lot of the hospital while my brother was checking my mom in, and Talmar's neice had to be rushed to the children's hospital when one of our surround sound speakers fell on her head. Fortunately, she's fine (no concussion, stitches, etc.), my mom's ankle will heal, and the lady's insurance is supposed to take care of my car. I was happy to go to bed Sunday night.

Of course, then Monday comes, and my friend Kendra calls to tell me she's about to get on a flight to Florida (for good?), and we have a giant anthrax scare at work. They locked down the other building (I was locked in for a while at lunch), and eventually had 5 fire trucks, countless cops, and a full Haz Mat crew, in space suits and all. They took away some bags of suspicious-looking stuff and scurried off. We haven't heard an update yet.

I guess it's no wonder I have this feeling of anticipation, waiting for what today will bring. No such thing as dull days anymore!

Friday, October 12, 2001

Phew! Thought I lost it there for a minute. Still mastering the template...

Groovyness. I updated my links and stuff. Lookie over on the left-hand side to visit my favorite people and places! (Mucho thanks to Season for the cool mapping thing.)

Prudential is in the Top Ten best companies for working mothers. Neat. They get this honor frequently, I think. They have fabulous benefits, but this one distinction will be better understood by me sometime in the next few years, I hope!

I generally try not to get crazy about the terrorist rumors (i.e. anthrax). Yet I would be lying if I said that having a small bottle at home and a gigantic bottle in my car of the antibiotic Cipro didn't make me feel a little more at ease. My mother is the odd one, giving me the big-o bottle before hopping on her plane to Britain. I'm kind of glad I have it.

Thursday, October 11, 2001

Ooooooh, Survivor tonight! Why did I not know this? Thanks Season for mentioning it in your blog so I could remember!

Of course, we have to watch Dubbya dodge the media first. There ought to be some primo Bushisms from this one...

Damn D-Backs lost yesterday. Some classic baseball hooky, and all for naught. Randy Johnson looked to be in a fog, and Miguel Batista took the top of my "Wouldn't Want to Be Him" list for the week. Sad sad sad.

Mom called yesterday too. She's "not having fun" and "ready to come home." Amen to that.

This weekend will be frantic, so will the next. I look forward to the relative calm of the b-days/holidays/anniversary time in Nov/Dec. How sad is that? On the upside, Joe and I BOTH have the whole week from our anniversary until/through Thanksgiving off of work. Now we just need to figure out what to do and with what money to do it. No problem.

Tuesday, October 09, 2001

I keep thinking about Scottie dogs today. Did you know that George Dubbya has a year-old one too? Poor dog. But we got to see the babies. Three have passed on, so there are only six left. But they're soooooo cute - no seeing or hearing yet, just tiny little velvety cuteness. I can't wait until they have personalities and we get to choose one!

Duh - Triple-posted when Blogger locked on me...

Duh - Triple-posted when Blogger locked on me...

Monday, October 08, 2001

How incorrigible will he be when he can't hear his own inane ramblings?

My husband is home safely! Yippee! Bachelor party fun is over, but the bachelorette party fun is still to come on Saturday! Mom called too, and she said Britain is very interesting now. For the first time, she's not afraid to speak and have her accent heard. Usually, Brits look at you funny when they hear you're American, but now everyone wants to talk to her, know how she's feeling, know what America is feeling. They express their sympathy, concern and anger. It's pretty cool.

Of course, the recent rounds of bombing makes me nervous for her. I hope the weather clears up so she can keep taking pictures in the countryside instead of heading back to London for shopping. I don't want her near there. Nervous daughter, aren't I?

Friday, October 05, 2001

Forces are moving, at last. Of course, I keep hoping they'll wait until the 16th - I want my mom to come home first. :-( I guess I just need to have faith, and be patient. Joe left for the bachelor party this morning, so that has me even more on edge. A girl here at work was innocently mentioning that she cancelled her participation in a trip to Vegas this weekend because of gut instinct - she was/is afraid something is going to happen in Vegas or to the Hoover Dam (the latter of which keeps southern Arizona - including Phoenix - from being a large desert lake).

Great. Just the support I needed today.

We're going out for happy hour. I need a drink.

Thursday, October 04, 2001

Yippee!!! I just found out that a good friend of mine is having a beautiful baby girl! Congratulations April! I know she'll be beautiful.

Now, if we can just figure out what Season's having.........

All these babies are making the baby-waiting hard. At least we'll have the baby puppy soon. That will be fun.

It's such a civilized period in history. I dropped my mother off this morning for her flight to Britain (and managed to not have a heart attack in the process), and I can track her flight status. Fortunately, her flight to Charlotte was pretty much on time, and she just left, early, for London Gatwick. I'll rest easier when she's landed, but not fully until she's back.

Wednesday, October 03, 2001

Ahhhhh... Yoga is gooooood...

I'm feeling more "in tune" with myself today, and I'm also literally feeling more muscles than I knew I had. Last night was *wonderful* and I'm definitely going to be doing this from now on. I feel so much better, and I know I will only continue to feel better, healthier, more relaxed. It'll be fabulous one day, when I'm pregnant too. I can tell that much.

Chris comes home tonight! Yay. I actually missed him - but don't tell him that!

Tuesday, October 02, 2001

You know, I feel like I need to say thanks today. I was re-reading some older posts, initial reactions to the 9/11 events, when it dawned on me that - for me - the healing has already begun. I don't get that same sharp pain in my gut anymore. I don't wake up in a cold sweat, imagining leaping from the 100th floor of the WTC. The daily things still persist; I still worry about the world's future, about possible terrorist attacks, I still smile when I see someone with a flag on their car. But the raw, scared, angry pain is dulled. A little part of me is kind of sorry, because I feel like that is a pain we will never - and should never - fully forget. But most of me is thankful that my normal life is coming back to me. I really thought I was going to have to see a shrink for a while there. No joke.

I'm very excited. I keep figuring out more gifts to give my loved ones for the holidays. Chris and Joe are going to be happy. Don't worry, they don't read my blog so they'll never know. :-)

But I'm so behind on so many other things. I have probably 2 dozen ornaments to make still (I've only made one) for family and online friends, plus getting ready for the bridal shower at my house in less than 2 weeks, and birthdays and weddings and anniversaries and and and... Holidays always get overwhelming for me. I guess that's life!

On the upside, my dad/stepmother's dog just had her puppies! She's got 6 girls and 2 boys, and I have let Joe talk me into a girl. So in a couple of months, a little baby girl Scottie dog will be calling our house home. Yay!

Yoga tonight. Good. I need some centering.

Monday, October 01, 2001

So, how can I not be nervous with my mom going to Britain on Thursday for 10 days, and my husband in Vegas for a bachelor party all weekend? Thank God my brother will be back on Wednesday, and I will rely on him to keep me sane while they're gone. On Saturday, my work is having a volunteer day (I'm helping with some landscaping, etc. for an underprivileged family) and then my girlfriend and I are going in for manicures and pedicures. That should help some!

But my mom being on foreign soil is source of major concern for me. She's not really worried, but I can't say I feel the same. I'll probably take up smoking again. Hopefully not, but it's still going to be a very difficult 10 days.