September 10, 2003

Birthday wrapup
Saturday night Mom had us over for an informal birthday celebration, since we were at DMB on my real birthday. Pizza and cake — it was great! I did extremely well too. From Mom I got a cake pan that I wanted, the Martha Stewart cookbook from my wish list, and a NEW Christmas Martha Stewart Cookbook. (CookieCam 2003…launching after Thanksgiving!) She also gave me a Mr. Toad pin from Disneyland — I was so touched by that. Toad’s my favorite ride! John gave me a cute lil’ stuffed squirrel and John Mayer’s “Room for Squares” CD. That’s a very good listen, as long as I ignore the fact that John Mayer is only 23 years old. He looks like a baby on the CD cover. Makes me feel all “Mrs. Robinson” all of a sudden.

And Brian and Marilyn surprised us by coming into town on Sunday afternoon. I finally got to meet Marilyn for the first time — Brian has made a wonderful match. She’s delightful, and even tolerated the antics of a high-on-life Max. They’re getting married on an island. :)

YESTERDAY WE WENT BACK TO THE GYM! Yaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy! I did 20 minutes on the stationary cycle, and some pullups. And after months of not going to the gym, that lil’ workout wore me out. Had a very good healthful eating day too. Even cooked dinner. Sprinkled chicken breasts with onion powder, garlic powder, and chili powder. Cooked ’em on the George Foreman. Heated up some small corn tortillas. Combine with some salsa and mexican cheese, and we get what I call “Faux-jitas.” Not as greasy and oozy as the ones you get at restaurants, but satisfying nonetheless.

Mood: Pleasant, despite aches in legs from the gym. Sleepy still. I feel like I need to catch up from when I was sick the last two weeks and didn’t sleep well. Coworker Damon (as opposed to the million other Damons I know) confided yesterday that he reads this so that he knows what kind of Kim he’s coming in to.
Work: Online Mall, weeks worth of recipe updates. Hope to get my database over 800 recipes strong today.
Lunch: Smart Ones Lasagna bake
Afternoon: Take Max for walk. Update LGN.
Evening: Yoga at 7:30. First class in over 3 weeks. Then to bed early. :) Going to be an Asheron’s Call-free day.

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September 9, 2003 – morning

Mood: Happy, sleepy
Work: Sports repairs, did Static, will do hand section and dateline section, plus more..
Lunch: Smart Ones Salisbury Steak
Afternoon:Small snooze…stayed up too late and am feeling it
Evening: Gym at 6pm-ish. Will take Muireann on Gaerlan quest if I can stay up.

More later..

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September 8, 2003

So much to say!
Most importantly, I feel better! Yay! After 2+ weeks of aches, pains, and coughing I finally feel myself again. Yesterday morning I woke up rested and able to breathe deeply w/o coughing. I guess we have to be sick from time to time to appreciate how good it feels to be healthy.

Written last night
Birthday wrapup
David surprised me with a Nintendo Game Cube and the new Zelda game on Friday. That was sweet, since I didn’t ask for anything and didn’t expect anything (given I just had taken a trip to Cali w/o him and all). Online and Marketing gave me a chocolate cake (mmmmm!) and a card. I know they like me because the card was lacking the snide remarks that everyone else gets in their card. So that was good. Thanks to Damon for organizing it. Came home and tried to snooze before the Dave Matthews Band concert.

We got to the Tweeter early so that we could eat and stake out a nice spot on the lawn. We brought a large beach towel. I was wearing shorts and a tee, but as soon as we passed through the gates, a mighty gust of wind reminded me that 1) I was going to be right by the river and 2) it gets colder when the sun sets. Bought a long-sleeved concert t-shirt (DMB puts out the fugliest tour merchandise) and was much better. Grabbed a spot with our backs against the back wall of the Tweeter, so we could have something to lean against. During the opening act, (North Mississippi Allstars) we watched a couple have a nice verbal fight not too far in front of us. Hand gestures and all. Methinks the lady wasn’t happy with sitting on the grass. Just a hunch. DMB hit the stage late, but the show was wonderful. They played 3 of the 4 songs I wanted to hear: Crash, Two Step and What Would You Say. (No Crush…I found out they performed that one on the 6th. S’ok. That song does things to me anyway – best to listen in private). I knew every song, too! Here’s the entire setlist from the show. By “Two Step” I was getting pretty chilled, so we beat it before the encores. Proves how old I am, hm?

The crowd was…um…interesting. You can divide them up into two groups, the college-age kids who are old enough to get beer (or to have friends to get beer for them) but still young enough that the girls scream when they see their girlfriends. “Oh mY GAWWWWWWWWWWD!” They think they are incredibly cool because they smoke weed, man. Then you have the ones in their 30s, who were in college when DMB hit mainstream. We’re happy because we don’t get out much and appreciate concerts when we have a chance to see them.

As soon as DMB hits the stage, everyone who has weed lights up. A few songs in, a guy comes to the wall about 10 or so feet away from us and relieves himself on the wall. Gross. No more than 5 minutes later, (during One Sweet World) a couple plops down IN THE SAME SPOT and begins to have sex. We are repulsed, but fascinated. “Doesn’t he feel the wet spot?” David muses. Onlookers give the guy the thumbs up, and he flashes one back, along with a “Yeah, I’m gettin some!” smile. DMB becomes mere background music now as we watch the freak show around us. The couple finishes with a flourish, and an onlooker cheers. Onlooker turns to walk away, and he’s Event Security! Which bodes the question, what do you have to do to get kicked out of the Tweeter Center? All night, Number 7 (the number on the wall) attracted those who had to pee, and couples who had to … “Crash” into each other. I guess if you want it bad enough, you don’t mind sitting in urine.

Staff gave out condoms to us as we left. David: “You should have given these out on the way in!” All in all, a great show.

Afterwards, I logged into the game to find about 2 dozen people ready to help me on the Aerlinthe quest. With great organization by our monarch, Icedancer, we completed the quest, and I got the kill. I was so happy I cried. For reasons I will detail in another post.

Back to this morning!
More bday and weekend news later.

Mood: Happy
Diet?: Restarting today, thankyouvery much. Am armed with good foods and strong will.
Work docket: Ingle, Faith, fix up living section and sports cutline.
Lunch: Smart Ones Peppercorn Beef
Afternoon: Work on continuing socialization of Max, laundry.
Evening: May hit the sack early tonight.

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September 5, 2003

Happy Birthday to me!
Today I turn 31 years old. Officially in my 30s, if you’re one of those “there was no year zero” people. And although I awoke today with the same bug that I’ve had the last 2 weeks, I was happy to see 30 come to a close. Overall, it was a year of sadness and turmoil and growth. Not happy growth, but growth that comes from being pushed and pulled in directions you didn’t want to even explore. Welcome, 31.

Today there is a cheery “Happy Birthday” Banner taped across my cube walls. When you come into the office, it looks like finish line tape blocking off my cube. I was tempted to run through it victoriously. But I ducked beneath it, and muttered that I left my digital camera home.

Today there are no fantasticly attractive outfits. I sound like I’m about to hack up a lung. My head and muscles ache. But I’m smiling. Because it’s my birthday! :)

Mood: Remarkably happy. Still very sick. I could have very easily called out every day this week. But I sit at a desk all day. Who am I to complain?
Work docket: Hot Properties. I dunno what else. Not very focused on work.
Lunch: May indulge in a personal sized chicken mariachi pizza from Donato’s. I’m positive the Online and Marketing Departments will have cake for me. Hope it’s chocolate!
Afternoon: Have my Asheron’s Call cook, Bobbi Flay, whip up some apple pies for ingame birthday celebration. Then take a nap.
Evening: Dave Matthews Band show at 7:00 pm at the Tweeter Center in Camden. We have lawn seats, and I’m happy that it’s going to be warm-ish and not rain.

There are 4 songs I really want to hear tonight:

  • “Crash” — it’s a very sexy little number. “Touch your lips just so I know/In your eyes, love, it glows so/I’m bare-boned and crazy for you….”
  • “Crush” — this song makes me weak at the knees. I’m serious. “Lovely lady /I will treat you sweetly /Adore you I mean you crush me /It’s times like these /When my faith I feel /And I know how I love you” Read the rest here. I can’t or else I won’t be right for work. (splashes cold water on face)
  • “Two Step” — I’ve really grown sweet on this song this summer. “Celebrate we will/Because life is short but sweet for certain/We’re climbing two by two/To be sure these days continue”
  • “What Would You Say” — JUST for the “Mom it’s my Birthday” line.

    Also I have the Aerlinthe quest at 1:00 am. Dierdre the Pain (now level 90) is scheduled to get the kill against the Dark Lady, get the global broadcast ingame, realize a 2 year ingame goal and be famous for a moment or three.

    Weekend: All I have scheduled is dinner with David, Mom, and John tomorrow night. I hope to feel better so I can start picking up some slack around the house. David’s been doing everything while I slump on the sofa like a barely-stuffed Beanie Baby and cough.

    Speaking of housework, here’s the Friday Five! (gotta love that segue)

    1. What housekeeping chore(s) do you hate doing the most?
    Laundry, laundry, laundry.I detest every thing about it. Sorting. Washing. Ironing. Folding. Putting it away. Even taking it to the cleaners.If I could take my clothes off at night and have them mysteriously reappear in my room clean and folded, I’d be a happy girl indeed. That’s what David’s been doing for me lately though, so I don’t complain.

    2. Are there any that you like or don’t mind doing?
    I don’t mind cleaning the kitchen and the bathroom. Maybe because they’re smaller, but I derive more satifaction from scrubbing a pot clean than by getting rid of almost invisible dust in the living/bedrooms. I think in the kitchen/bathroom you SEE your progress.

    3. Do you have a routine throughout the week or just clean as it’s needed?
    Start with an inkling of a routine, but usually end up cleaning as needed.

    4. Do you have any odd cleaning/housekeeping quirks or rules?

    5. What was the last thing you cleaned?
    I dunno. I’ve done not a stitch of housework since I went on vacation. Now that I’m home, I’ve been so out of it (sick) that I go home and sleep.

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