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Thursday, November 07, 2002

Fancy Schmancy ** Apparently, this Fox Sports Grill is having some Grand Opening VIP thingie tonight. It is literally spitting distance, directly across the street from my office. I hope it does better than Mondo's, which used to be in there and closed down broke. I drove through the parking lot it's in to pickup lunch today and noticed all these media vans and white block-off tape and VIP security people and wondered what was going on. On that website above, there's a link to the VIP Party info. They're going to have Curt Schilling, Luis Gonzalez, Wayne Gretzky, etc. Maybe I'll hang around and watch for them. Wonder if I can get close enough for autographs?

Snacking ** I discovered the Whole Foods Market whose opening I have desperately been awaiting for months, finally opened yesterday. I joined the throngs (literally - it was unreal) and plowed my way through my favorite food store. There's only one in Arizona, and it's far, far away from me, in Tempe. So I don't get there very often. This one is apparently having problems getting in the ONE thing I wanted - Kinnickkinnick gluten free foods, but I did discover my new all-time favorite snack anyway: Masuya Soy Rice Sembei. Trust me. I'm in heaven.

Wednesday, November 06, 2002

Muggles ** Am I the only one fidgeting and whining over the wait for the new Harry Potter movie? Joe called me a 6-year-old Monday night because I was whining about wanting to see it right now. I can't help it. I picked up the first Harry Potter book and read it on the plane to and from my honeymoon, and I've been hooked ever since. Without a 5th book to read yet, and no second movie yet, all I can do is wait. I've been waiting since last November. I'm sick of waiting!!! Call me a 6-year-old if you want, but I love Harry Potter!

Hmmmm ** I don't know how I like this, but I was sick of orange. It'll probably go back to white soon.

And furthermore...! ** I'm actually in a good mood today, I'm just sick of stupid people and easily irritated by others. Can you be that way and still be in a good mood? Well, I am.

This other stupid person at work who refused to help me solve a problem (just pointed me to someone else, who had the authority to make a decision that yet someone else didn't like), has now been contacted by the unhappy person and she's suddenly sending my associate a note that I need to be reminded to ask the person she pointed me to for authorization, not the person who's dissatisfied. Um, I did. The dissatisfied person is pissed off and called you. That's not my problem. I did what I was supposed to do, now you do what you're supposed to do and handle it! AAAAARGH!

Mortgages ** I haven't talked about it at all, but the last 2 months have been filled with endless frustration and stress surrounding the refinancing of our mortgage. I LOVE our mortgage (also our insurance) company, and I feel unbelievably fortunate to be eligible to use them (it's USAA, and you have to be military or dependents to be eligible). But this refinancing has been a complete and utter nightmare. One thing after another they have screwed up, and while I grudgingly admit that they have fixed the important things and been willing to admit when they've screwed up, it's still infuriating. We finally signed our papers on Monday, and it's still not resolved. Grrrrr. This has been recurring stress for me, especially since I long ago took over when it frankly got way beyond what Joe could handle. I wish it would just go away. I just sent another lengthy email to our mortgage person to answer a laundry list of questions that came up at the closing table. I know everyone's busy with these interest rates, but I just wish someone would give me the whole answer when I ask for it instead of just the part they think I want to know. Argh! I have to ask the same questions over and over and over again to get the whole thing - and even then, the answers change. I hate things like this, but I'm so glad when it matters, I can be very organized. It's saved our butts several times in this process already.

Tuesday, November 05, 2002

'Atta boy! ** My favorite baseball player did it again. Of course. :-) Johnson wins 4th Cy Young in a row.

Aquamarine ** So. I'm looking for a size 6.5 (I think) white gold, aquamarine anniversary band. Nothing too fancy shmancy. Heck, I'll settle for silver. But I can't find one anywhere. Anyone have a suggestion? I've searched all over online and in a few stores...

Elections ** You'd better all be voting today. And Michelle, I don't want to hear any excuses.

The school district in which we live has 2 openings for school board: Creighton Elementary School District - There are two openings but only one candidate, incumbent Suzanne Schweiger-Nitchals, 49, an architect. Oh, did I mention my ever-so-amusing husband has started a write-in campaign? Yes. My mother voted for Joe this morning for Creighton School District school board. Joe already voted for himself by mail-in ballot, and I'll be submitting my write-in vote this afternoon. Go, Joe! ;-)

Monday, November 04, 2002

Too big ** I pass this resort, the state's largest resort, apparently, on my way to work every morning. I can see it right now, in fact. It's separated from where I work by an apartment complex and part of a golf course. We've been watching them build it since last summer. Looks nice, but I didn't realize it was that big. Anyone wanna come visit me?!

Shake, rattle and roll ** Has anybody else noticed in the last week there have been a TON of earthquakes, all over the world? I wonder why...

Happiness is... ** Coming in to work on a Monday morning and seeing that the message light on your phone is not lit up, then coming back from lunch and finding it's still not lit! Amen!