October 10, 2003 – morning

Wow. I didn’t blog yesterday. Pity I didn’t, since yesterday I:

  • Lost 15 lbs
  • Woke up looking like Catherine Zeta-Jones
  • Wrote a novel
  • …and trained Max to clean the litterboxes!

But, friends, that was yesterday, this is today, and it appears I’m the same person that I was on Wednesday.

Misty-meow’s sick. Her right eye is all goopy and she’s keeping it shut. There’s also an occasional sneeze. David will be taking her to the vet at 9:30am.

The cats hate Max. As I mentioned, baby gate is down all day now, and Max has free run. My gentle meows become these little pneumatic hissing and clawing machines when he approaches. He fears them. Great family dynamic I have going. Max ate the bows off of my beige shoes on Tuesday. My fault…they weren’t where they should have been. And now, I need to buy new beige shoes! DARN it all!! (evil smirk)

I COOKED dinner on Wednesday. As in, took meat and fresh ingredients from fridge, combined them with spices and heat and made a meal that did not come from a bag or box. I even mushed flour tortillas into a small corningware bowl and baked them on low heat for 20 minutes or so to get a cripsy taco salad shell! And made my own (liquidy) salsa. I called the meal: SenoraGypsy’s Chicken Taco Salads!

And last night that Martha Stewart came into my apartment and said, “Get off of your @$$ and clean your bedroom!” Um…yes ma’am! She was MAD!

Wt: 14(mumble)
Mood: Happy
Work Docket: Hot Properties (3 out of 4 ads converted…); mini-meeting about next week’s special section; Looks like we have a Halloween special section today; probably more millionaire updates
Afternoon: Cleaning my bedroom as per Martha Stewart’s demand.
Evening: Probably just hang around the apartment. Vacation is in 8 days, so we’re not going to be spending money.
Saturday: Going to Ocean City w/Mom for the Fall Block Party. Leaving spouse at home with his beloved college football. He may not even realize I’ve gone. 🙂 Hopeslayer quest at midnight on Saturday. I’ll probably take Muireann the Neglected archer along…10million xps!
Sunday: Possible dinner @ Damon’s house (Damon my coworker, not to be confused with the 10s of millions of Damons there are in this country alone)

And now, the Friday Five!

1. Do you watch sports? If so, which ones?
I’ll watch hockey and baseball on TV. I attend Wings indoor lacrosse games during the winter.

2. What/who are your favorite sports teams and/or favorite athletes?
Hockey: New Jersey Devils. Baseball: Philadelphia Phillies. Indoor Lacrosse: Philadelphia Wings

3. Are there any sports you hate?
I do not give a whit about basketball and football. Those sports bore me to the point of tears. I do enjoy, however, when the Philadelphia Eagles lose, since the coverage is always so bitter and juicy!

4. Have you ever been to a sports event?
I’m extremely fortunate enough to live 15 minutes away from Philadelphia. I’ve been attending Phillies games since I was a tot. I’ve been to two Sixers games, a bunch of New Jersey Devil games (yes, two hours away) and almost every Wings lacrosse home game played during the last 3 seasons. I have a Wings jersey, and have been known to wear David’s Devils Jersey.

5. Do/did you play any sports (in school or other)? How long did you play?
I played softball (the non-pressure township recreation kind) in elementary school, and bowled in junior high and high school. Go ahead…laugh at the bowling, but I had a varsity letter jacket — the same fuzzy letter as the football players had. Do you? 🙂

October 8, 2003 – morning

We got engaged at the Liberty Bell pavilion at 10:00ish pm on a balmy September evening back in 1995. I’ll be very sad to see it be moved and the pavilion razed. But such is progress. I wonder if I can swing by this afternoon after work to see it?

Liberty Bell ready for move

I actually made it to the gym yesterday…25 minutes on the elliptical, 10 assisted chinups, 4 dozen ab crunches. Saw John’s friend Dibya there, and we chatted a bit about our Fantasy Football league. My team, Pirates of the Delaware, is currently in 3rd place in a field of 10. That’s a fantastic showing for me!

Go Arnold! Don’t worry, Californians…with the Dems in control of the legislature, he won’t be able to do much.

Wt: 141.6 Oho! Progress!
Mood: Pleasant — looking forward to upcoming WDW vacation
Work docket: Online mall (working on that now), hopefully a recipe update. We have a special section coming up next Thursday, and I want to design a great look/feel for it. I’m also hoping I don’t have any more ‘millionaire’ updates today.
Afternoon: I’m seriously considering hopping on the speedline in Westmont after work and zipping to Philly to see the Liberty Bell Pavillion one last time. I have my digital camera with me for the Freezer Burn entry. It’s a cheap and very doable jaunt.
Evening: Continue laundry. Continue teaching Max “Down” (which is going well, btw) and go to yoga at 7:30.
Max: We’re now going sans baby gate all day, and putting it back up in the evening to preserve our sanity. Charlie still hides under the bed when Max arrives. He’ll growl and hiss. That scares Max. Unfortunately, Charlie doesn’t realize he has the upper hand in this relationship. As soon as he does, he’ll come out of hiding.

October 7, 2003 – afternoon

Afternoon update:

I expressed my concerns about the ill-worded email to my boss. I don’t want to file a formal complaint. I don’t want to start trouble. But if I didn’t say what I thought.–nay, what I believed — then I’m a coward. Now if someone asks my boss, he’ll have to say he knows somebody who was offended. FWIW, others were equally appalled at the email.

I added two more entries to Freezer Burn. That makes 17 meals! I downloaded MySQL so that I can start databasing this stuff, thereby making it searchable. But the software has very little documentation and looks so frightening! I think I need to buy a book.

Now I’m going to dig up a sports bra and go to the gym. If I wasn’t eating so many minature candy bars, I’d skip.

Oh, and yes, the hair was flat by 8:30. (sigh)

October 7, 2003 – morning

A momentous morning…I threw out my very-worn Minnie Mouse makeup case and replaced it with a chic black one with a pink lowercase “k” on it. What a very grown-up thing to do!

Another grown-up thing: I’m considering registering a political party affiliation…but I’m concerned that as soon as I do so, I will be inundated with requests for money.

Set my hair in hot rollers today, since I woke up at 3:00ish. By the time the world troops in, my hair will be straight again.

Speaking of…3:00 am seems to be a good time to get out of bed. I can shower up, take time getting ready, and even get an hour of Asheron’s Call in before having to go to work!

Yesterday, an email was sent to everyone in the building regarding a project. Without risking getting myself into trouble, if the text of the email had the word “black” in it where the word “white” was, the lawsuits would be flying. I saw the mail over 90 minutes ago and am still in shock. I’m afraid to complain about it, though. Isn’t that horrid?

Just like I’m afraid to take any more sick days this year. I get 10. I’ve used 5 (4 for my illnesses, 1 for the non-blogable worries of last month). If you use almost all of your sick days in one year, it is held against you in the form of a lower raise. This is open policy. So despite our paper’s health reporter writing: Flu and other cold viruses are easily transmittable, but that common-sense knowledge is often ignored by people who believe they must show up for work when sick, we don’t practice what we preach.

Mood: Was pleasant until I got to work today — now I’m irritable
Work docket: Did hand section, checked static. Going to continue work on the millionaire section, since I was informed I don’t have all of the logos for the sponsors. I knew that — I requested the logos on 9/22 — but wasn’t given them until yesterday. Because I wasn’t given the logos, I had to hunt them out online. I think I’m doing the weekly numbers today as well. Joy.
Lunch: Smart Ones Turkey Breast with some sort of side
Afternoon: Walk the Hopeslayer, head to YMCA
Evening: Coffee ‘n’ Coping with Mom’n’John at Starbucks.

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