I sucked down the Basil Chicken in record time

I sucked down the Basil Chicken in record time. I’m still hungry so I thought I’d blog until the hunger goes away. :)

The FCC voted to relax media ownership rules today. Basically, this means that a handful of companies can now own the majority of the news outlets (radio, TV, newspapers) if they want to. Newspaper rules were changed too. A company (let’s say, Gannett) was previously not allowed to own a newspaper and a broadcaster (TV or Radio station) in the same city.

People are afraid now that news will go unchecked and be skewed by the opinions of these few companies that own the outlets. Unfortunately, I feel that’s been happening already — even before these rule changes. However, as an employee of a company that stands to benefit from this (Gannett, an owner of many, many newspapers) and who has some cash tied up in both Gannett stock and Disney (owner of ABC/ESPN) stock, I hope to reap some profit from this whole endeavor.

From a news aspect, I’d LOVE if Gannett bought one of our local tv news stations. I get giddy thinking of all of the great video footage we’d have access to. And have I mentioned before that my degree is in Radio/TV? :D

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I’m giving mascara another shot today.

Sheesh…not one blog entry from yesterday? Well, to summarize Sunday:

My weight was the lowest EVER (since the inception of O.C., that is), 136.4. To celebrate we went to Donato’s for their fab-u chicken mariachi pizza and I baked a chocolate cake. We went to Loews in Cherry Hill to catch a movie. We were GOING to see Finding Nemo, but on a rainy Sunday, the theater looked like a freaking day-care center gone wild! We saw Bruce Almighty instead, which was pretty good, for being a Jim Carrey movie. Morgan Freeman’s performance of God is very close to how I envision God. Humorous, but poignant and caring. If I see Finding Nemo in the theater, it’s going to have to be a weeknight evening showing.

It rained most of the day and got chilly later. That brings us to today:

Wt: 137.4 (snicker) I am my own worst enemy. My own biggest saboteur. ;) Let’s see if I can whittle that extra pound off this week.
Mood: Alright, I guess. Even the deepest wounds start to heal eventually. Then again, we’ve not received Mickey’s remains yet, so I’m sure that’ll open another floodgate. I’m giving mascara another shot today.
Work docket: Hot Jobs (waiting for ads now), Ingle update, Faith update, etc.
Lunch plans: Brought Smart Ones Basil Chicken
Afternoon: YMCA
Evening: unknown

Since it’s supposed to be 77 and sunny today (fitting, after a rainy weekend), I tried on some stuff from last year, and even though I had lost a chunk of weight by the end of last summer, my warm-weather clothes are still big. (sigh) So my wardrobe’s still pretty limited.

And the air conditioning is cranked today. Glad I put a sweater on over my sleeveless denim dress. :)

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A bit crabby.

Wt: 138.2
Mood: A bit crabby. I don’t know if I’m getting a cold or not.

We had breakfast at Old Country Buffet this morning, and then set about building our balcony garden. This year, we did it the smart way. We drew a diagram of the balcony on graph paper, and diagrammed where we wanted the plants and chairs to be. Then, we did some research on what kind of plants thrive in full sun. I learned that when you have full-sun gardens, it’s best to get plants that are brightly colored. Pastels will look washed out. Did you know that? I sure didn’t.

With our color palette already limited for us, we limited it further to reds, yellows, and purples. Thought that would look nice. Now, what KIND of red, yellow, and purple flowers? We decided on petunias, zinnias, snapdragons, and sunflowers. Off to Lowes, since we used their info on balcony gardens and container gardens to help us plan. We couldn’t find zinnias, but we did find some Celosia (in yellow/orange) to go into the side pots. We also bought some purple verbenia to trail out (hopefully) over the hanging boxes. We bought purple and red petunias, snapdragons, sunflower seeds (since they’ll grow all summer and bloom at summer’s end) and oregano, cilantro, and basil seeds. And two new chairs, so that we can enjoy our paradise.

The only thing we misjudged was the sheer amount of soil we’d need to get the jobs done. We went through two 1 cubic foot bags and two smaller bags of soil. We had to go to Target halfway through the gardening. It rained off and on, but we’re unfortunately used to that now. I took a few snapshots, and will post them on a new garden page shortly.

Planning really DOES pay off! Wish I had learned that before I turned 30.

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blogging LIVE from Cooper River Park, Cherry Hill, NJ

**blogging LIVE from Cooper River Park, Cherry Hill, NJ***

I very much enjoy working the IRA regatta. I see it as an online field day. I’m here in a little trailer by the finish line with a laptop and a dialup connection. (Ewwwww!) Races happen every twelve minutes. So every 12 minutes or so I update IRARegatta.com with a race result. That takes me approximately a minute. Then I get 11 minutes of downtime. Since I finished the voter guide and Spot news June update from here this morning, this afternoon I’ll sit in my beach chair and bask in the sun with Cosmo. Today is the sunniest day I think we’ve had in weeks. It does my soul good. I actually changed into shorts during the lunch break, which was between 10:15 and 11:15 this morn.

Rowing, as a sport, doesn’t really move me. I fully understand and am in awe of the amount of conditioning it takes to complete a race. Let alone win one. A lot of the successful schools are the ‘richer’ schools, naturally. Sure, you have teams from Rutgers and Stockton and Temple, but when the smoke clears, it’s the Harvards and Dartmouths and Browns that end up on top.

The whole event is also geared more toward the spectators than the college athletes. Frank Sinatra and Billie Holliday music dominate intermissions. Middle aged guys with binoculars and freakishly-white legs wander around with clipboards and alumni polo shirts. Needless to say, this is the whitest crowd I’ve ever seen. With my Italian-Irish background, I think I’m the most ethnically diverse person here.

But rowing is catching on locally. I’ve seen the crowd grow in the mere 3 years I’ve been here. And that’s a good thing, because it’ll stimulate the local economy. And because I know that every May, I’ll have a day in the sunshine.

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