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Friday, December 21, 2001

In my ever-intensifying internal battle with moral, spiritual, political issues, I find this article interesting. Not right, per se, but not wrong either. Thoughts?

God Bless my husband! He knows how busy and stressed I've been, in anticipation of the onslaught of family and friends on Christmas Day, and he has taken it upon himself to spend today cleaning - and cleaning - and cleaning!!! That takes such a load off. Of course, the doggies are in the backyard basically until Christmas now, since Crighton has induced a "Let's see how many times I can piss on every corner of the living room and hall" contest. Crighton and Monty are fine with it. Princess is, well, pissed. She keeps crying at the back door and staring at Joe with this pained, confused expression. He hooked them up with a tent, blankets, food, water, gazillion puppy toys, etc., and she is still pissy. Well, we'll let her in to sleep with us tonight so maybe she'll get over it. Anyway, Joe's cleaning and damn, I love him!

Deep thoughts from Mason's birthday card last night, which has become my current motto:

Be happy. Pee.

Thursday, December 20, 2001

You know you're growing up when your Christmas list contains things like, oh, a food processor, a Christmas quilt, gloves and underwear. Of course, I want a pogo stick and the Peanuts nativity set too, but I don't want to grow up too fast.

Congrats to Sara for the great grades!!!

I'm so impatient today. Ten days and I was sick of the holiday design. It was really cute, don't get me wrong. I'm just too restless for my own good. So, bye-bye Mr. Snowman. I'll try to whip up something a little nicer than this red block design over the weekend, but it will have to take a back seat to my endless must-do-before-Christmas list.

The Eighties Pop Act Test deems me:

75% Eighties Pop Act

You are Madonna: You have managed to pull yourself out of the eighties, and found new levels of career respect, but you will always be a material girl, and your hair is naturally big.

A little Thursday silliness swiped from zannie

Just what we need... another puppy to join in the fun. Monty and Princess have a brother to harrass now. A few dominance battles last night, and I think Monty is satisfied that Crighton knows who's the boss. They lived together in S.F. until September, and Crighton's only 9 months old (Monty's 2 years old, Princess is not quite 3 months). I'll post pictures once my brother finally gets the darned boys trimmed and I'm not embarassed to photograph them!

Wednesday, December 19, 2001

What a fun morning! We had a White Elephant gift exchange at work today. I ended up this lovely Mikasa crystal candy dish, striped like a candy cane. Very pretty. It started off calmly, with most people just opening their presents and keeping them. But by the end, I thought we'd get lectured by building security! Lots of hollering, gift-taking, and laughing. A good time was had by all!

I learned today that Wil Wheaton auditioned for the role of Ralphie in A Christmas Story. My, but that movie would have been very very different. Remember Stand By Me?

Tuesday, December 18, 2001

This just makes me sick. You know, people always say you feel the pain for children more acutely when you're a parent. I can understand that now, as a first-time owner of a dog - specifically a baby puppy. Just makes me want to cry.

Swiped from Holly:

Take the Corporate Mascot Test at Willaston's Lounge!

A BOY!!! I'm so excited for my wonderful friends. Congratulations!

Happy Birthday to Joe, Happy Birthday to Joe, Happy Birthday my wonderful husband! Happy Birthday to Joe!

Monday, December 17, 2001

Ah, Monday morning, after an incredibly busy weekend. Work parties, family gatherings, birthday and Christmas celebrations, obligatory shopping (Joe's PS2 is now in my possession!), and not enough sleep. We had a wonderful time, though, and learned much. For instance, I learned from my boss while sharing a Christmas potluck feast involving fair amounts of wine, that the Director of Operations who interviewed me announced to the other D.O.'s that I was the "best interview he'd ever had." Now, before anyone thinks I'm making this up or starts having casting-couch visions, I'll explain. This interview was done by telephone - he in Shelton, me in Phoenix - while the movers were packing up his family's belongings in the background. He asked me all the trick questions and gave very little feedback. When all was said and done, I had serious doubts they'd hire me, let alone brag to others about my interview prowess.

But I suppose I'll take the compliment. This same individual also announced to the transferring PS's (my position) that I was the best PS to come out of training, and would have a very successful career with the company. They'd best stop raising this bar in front of me or I'm likely to walk blindly right under it! My boss certainly was sincere, and mentioned that this particular D.O. is very influential in all of the right ways with all of the right people. Good to know.

By the way, it is the season of peace, and peace has been made, privately. Just so you know. The world is not sunshine and roses, but it does continue to turn and our little tiff was just a blink of the eye. All of you who wrote to me, thank you!