October 13, 2003 – morning

Ugh. Another Monday. the closer I get to vacation (five days!), the more I need them. These 5 days will be interminable. Let’s give you my weekend at a glance.

BBQ Pizza: Very tasty initially, but disgusting once you think of what you just ate.
Misty: Eye swelling down considerably.
Max: Has learned the “down” command, and now can jump the baby gate. Joy.
Charlie: Hiding from Max again.
Ocean City: Rainy and chilly. The craft show wasn’t as good as Haddonfield’s, but we had a great time at the shore house just lazing about and eating.
Hopeslayer quest: slept through it. D’oh!
Dinner at Damon’s: Much fun! Dinner featured great Chicken Caesar Salad (w/apples!) and steamed artichokes with garlic butter dipping sauce. Chocolate Chip cookies for dessert. They have a loft master bedroom….drool. I can’t wait until we get a house now so that I can invite people over!

Which brings us to today:

Mood: Middling
Work docket: Did Ingle column. Maybe I’ll have the day to work on my Letters to the Editor script. Imagine!
Lunch: Saladworks.
Afternoon: Walk Max. Run to Target for new rawhide bones, treats, leash and harness for Max. (Max ate through his old harness…and he doesn’t like the collar.)
Evening: Blissfully, nothing. I plan on sitting at home in my comfy duds.

October 10, 2003 – afternoon

Misty update:

Misty doesn’t have a cold…she is suffering from a scratch to the eye. Well, not the eye, but the conjunctiva, which I have learned is the tissue surrounding your eye. Mine is pink. Misty’s is slimy grayish, I recall.

Prime suspect: Six year old Charles Archibald Turberville, of the same residence. Motive unknown.

The vet gave her a steroid shot to reduce swelling (kaching!) and a prescription for some antibiotic cream (kaching!) that we’ll have to apply to her eye THREE TIMES A DAY!!

So when you see the gashes all over my hands for the next week, you’ll know that I’m not trying to kill myself.


I have a super-strong suspicion that my boss is interviewing for a position at a much larger paper a great distance away. This will leave our department leader-less.

Why you looking at me?

Ohhhhhh….you think I’m next in line? Welp, don’t count on it. I’m not qualified to be a Gannett Online Director. I think I’d have to do time at an even smaller paper, which I’m not willing to do. What I think will happen it that we won’t get another Director. We’ll instead be folded into another department (we were originally Marketing) and be given a manager instead.

Why you looking at me?


David’s Lunch:
He has thrown his heart and cholesterol level on the line to sample Papa John’s newest pizza — BBQ Chicken and Bacon pizza. He has deemed it satisfactory and had to force himself to eat half of it. I’ll let you know my impressions when I return home for lunch.

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.

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