savage25: (Default)
Good lord it's been a long time since I posted... and I've been sitting on pictures from Mardi Gras for almost two months now.

Mardi Gras (back in the first weekend of February) was a great trip. Ryan and Alison were gracious hosts. Had a great time with Kim and them in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Got my pictures uploaded.. here's a sampling... You can also see them all in the gallery.

Getz me some Sonic! Getz me some Sonic!
Yumm! I've gotz to get me some Sonic whenever I get near one. :)
First Beads First Beads
Alison, Ryan, Paul: Our first beads and Ryan got me and him coozies. "Shuck Me, Suck Me, Eat Me Raw"
Fun Times Fun Times
Alison, Kim
Fun Times Fun Times
Paul, Ryan: with the "S Word" that lasted a few nights before getting broken by beads and then stolen.
Waiting in Line Waiting in Line
Paul: waiting in line for breakfast at Mother's with "feather" beads that I caught the day before
Stopping by Brad & Angelina's Stopping by Brad & Angelina's
Kim, Alison, Paul: We stopped by Brad & Angelina's but things were quiet there.
Say Cheese Say Cheese
Bead Heaven Bead Heaven
Rolling around in the beads -- end of the weekend we had probably around 200lbs of beads -- seriously!
Kim & Paul Kim & Paul
Jazz Brunch at Commander's Palace
Ryan & Alison Ryan & Alison

Since Mardi Gras, it feels like a lifetime has passed -- hard to believe it has only been 7 weeks... I've been SO extremely busy at work. Got somewhat of a promotion -- or at least a new job function -- being the admin for my department for a new software package that the company is adopting. I've been frantically developing linkage from my software into this new software so that our business can still function. The timelines for the implementation of the new software has been crazy tight... April 7th is the "go-live" date... I've been working until 2-3am in the morning a couple nights getting everything in order.

Tomorrow I leave for NYC for a week of training. I'm so excited about being in the big city for the week. I love it when the company puts-you-up and I get to be "corporate traveler". I'm hoping to catch a play and shop in the village and meet-up with a college friend. Oh, yeah, and train and work too...
savage25: (Christmas)
Well, this Christmas really creeped-up quietly and just kind-of happened. It amazes me to think back to Christmas as a kid and how the whole month of December would just drag and Christmas would take forever to happen. And when it did, it was the biggest day of the year. Now, it just seems like any other holiday or "special day" (like "camp opening" or "summer vacation"). I don't mean this in a bad way or anything, just matter-of-fact. Well, lest I get any more melodramatic, let me give a "quick" update.

I'm happy to report that I actually got Holiday Greeting Cards out and they even got out before Christmas! I say "I", but I should really say "We" because Barry had a huge part in getting them out... he successfully bugged me about them and helped me fight off my procrastination. Without him, I probably wouldn't have sent them again this year. This was the first time in three years that I got them out. I managed to keep the letter down to a single page and touched on the major highlights of the past four years... three of which included Barry. It was interesting to reflect on the past four years; when I summed it all up, it was really nice to remember all of the trips and other fun times that were had. Here's the text of the letter that was sent: Read more... )

Barry and I did our shopping Thursday before Xmas weekend. The stores were packed, but it was nice to get everything purchased before the weekend craziness set-in. We spent less money than we wanted, but more money than we should... Our finances have really be in ruins the past couple months... but I'm trying not to think about or dwell on it. Problem is, by not thinking about it, we aren't really doing anything to help correct it. I just keep holding-on to the hope that once Barry gets a job we'll be able to clear our debts and start saving money again.

Friday night was a holiday party for Takeover Lehigh Valley. Barry and I stopped at Brewworks for dinner first... it was crowded, but we enjoyed dinner at the bar and "primed ourselves" with some cocktails. Then we walked across the street to the party. It was a lot of fun -- saw some old friends and drank LOTS of martini's... too many martini's... OMG we were both so sick the next day... SO SO sick. ugh... Honestly, I think I'm still recovering...

Saturday night was a birthday dinner at Gregory's Steakhouse for Barry's "Pops". Sunday was brunch with my sister, brother-in-law, niece, and parents at Cracker Barrel.

Sadly, Barry's niece Ashley was (and still is) in the hospital since Friday. She had her wisdom teeth removed surgically, and an infection set in. Really bad... had surgery again on Monday to release and clean-out the infection. Apparently there's still some infection in her... I feel so bad for her. She's 18 and having to have to go through all this -- Christmas in the hospital. Ugh! :( We visited her several times to try and help cheer her up.

Monday we spent the day mainly in the hospital with Ashley. I helped Barry's mom cook a huge lobster-and-clams dinner for the family for Monday night. The meal was so good! Then we all opened presents and then took Ashley's presents to the hospital for her to open. Among several gifts that we got including gift cards, Barry and I got a coffee pot that grinds the beans from his mom and a full cookware set from his brother. Very nice indeed!

Christmas morning we woke up very early to take Barry's brother to the airport. (4:30am) Then we got ready and went over to my sister's for Christmas morning around the tree opening gifts. Got there around 7am or so. As always, my parents made sure that everyone had tons of gifts to open, and our process of taking-turns opening gifts lasted a couple hours. It was a very nice Christmas... Among the gifts: Barry and I got nice gift cards from my parents and a "charging station" from Pottery Barn from my sister. :) Marea and Chris made a nice ham dinner for us too. So much good food this holiday!

Yesterday and today have been "work" for me... things are relatively quiet in the office... but with year-end occurring frantically around me, the tension in the office is high. (I don't really get affected too much by year-end... my busy time is "start-of-year"...)

That's a recap of the Holiday Week. Looking forward to visiting Frank and David in NJ this weekend and then New Year's party here in the valley. Hopefully I'll get a chance to update again soon... but in-case not: Happy New Year everyone!
savage25: (Condolence)
Just wanted to post a quick little entry to recap the vacation weekend.

Barry and I drove to my parent's in West Virginia on Wednesday. Fairly easy drive... had a really good time with my parents and family. And Thanksgiving dinner went very well. There were 26 people -- my mom's side of the family... almost all of them. Barry was a major help in the kitchen, keeping everything cooking and making sure everything was ready on-time.

We made a video for my grandma (mom's mom) where everyone related their favorite "Holiday Memory" and wished her well -- since she lives in Florida and can't travel to be with everyone. It was really nice... now if we (Barry and I) can just get it burnt to a DVD -- darn software is not working quiet the way it should.

Black Friday was spent with family, sitting around and chatting... and a little shopping thrown in.

Barry and I drove back home on Saturday. We then went to Santa Saturday in New Hope... got there just as the main festivities were ending, but honestly, that was OK with me... seemed a bit (a lot) crowded, and I'm not sure I was really in the mood. We got to see Frank and David and have dinner with them... which was really nice. Also got to see one of the local bed and breakfasts (Wishing Well) where a bunch of guys from camp were staying. It was nice. My favorite room was the one behind the bookcase. I drove us home (as Barry was tired of driving since he drove all day, and because he had a bit more to drink than I).

Sunday night I went to my uncle's viewing. We buried Uncle Stanley today. He passed away on Wednesday morning... My father's brother... it was a really sad thanksgiving for that side of the family. I don't have too many memories of Uncle Stanley -- mostly that he was just a nice guy, and always talking about where he had been making his deliveries lately (deliveries for a produce company I believe). I remember him coming to our house in the country when I was very young to fill up milk jugs with our well-water... and me being scared by him... showing up when I least expected it or something. Now I look back and laugh and wonder why I didn't spend more time with him or talking with him. *sigh*

It was good seeing family and all -- just one of those "wish it was under better circumstances" kind of things.

Oh... yeah... and I got a speeding ticket on my way to the funeral. UGH.
savage25: (Default)
Fun night tonight... went out on the town with Carolyn and Dawn and Greg...
OK, OK... so "out on the town" meant Brew Works and Loopers... but had some good dinner (Brew Works) and then some good martini's (Loopers) and it felt like a whole evening-out-on-the-town. And it was... considering I don't get out much anymore.

Especially nice "release" after the whole "car issues" we're going through.

So while we were sitting there tonight... SOMEHOW it came up that we should go to Boston... and I said "YES! Let's do it!" We've been saying that for some time now... and every time we say we should, something comes up. So we just called Barry's friend ("D") and said "We'll be there tomorrow"...

I'm not really sleepy... I should be... but instead I'm catching-up on some long-overdue LJ reading...

We'll be in Boston tomorrow by noon. Spending just the evening there... go out on the town there Saturday night... so if anyone in Boston reads this... text message me! (contact info on my profile) :)

Returning Sunday for dinner at Barry's mom's... so it'll be a really quick trip... but really looking forward to it.
savage25: (Default)
OK... so wow... I haven't posted (or read) LJ since mid December... and that was just to grumble about the fact that Winterfest was no-more. So really, I've been out of the loop for almost three months now...
Work has been so busy for me since November... and being that the only time I really read/update LJ is during work hours: hence why I've been out of touch... Here's a quick recap of the last three months:

Work: very busy times... creating huge updates / redesigns to my web time/project tracking system... no time to breath really...
We moved to a new building in mid-December. The new place is really nice. Commute increased from 1-mile/5-minutes to 7-miles/20-minutes. *sigh* Oh well... It was "rough" at first... but totally used to it now and seriously, it's nothing to grumble about.

Thanksgiving was nice... my sister hosted and Barry and I helped with cooking and all.

Holiday Party with [ profile] labelsdc at the start of December was fun.

Got our new living room furniture... HUGE set, but really nice.

Got a real Xmas tree on Dec 9th... Was so nice to go "tree hunting" at the farm and actually saw the tree down myself. Marea and Chris joined me and housemates Ken & Don for the hunt. Marea and Chris also got their tree. It was nice... only thing that would have made it better would have been some snow on the ground and Barry to be there with us.
(Pictures of tree and living room to follow shortly.)

That night, had a good time at Bill & Jerry's annual wine-tasting party. Got snookered. :)

Annual tree-trimming party at Brian's was fun... drink a beer and hang it on the tree. What a great concept... my only concern is: after a few weeks, does the tree start to smell of rotten beer?

Got to visit campground on the 16th... weren't going to do any parties that night, but then decided at last minute to stay at hotel with Ken & Don and go to Pat's Holiday Party. Was fun... drank a lot... The next morning, our drive home wasn't so "fun"... but we made it and recovered over the next two days. :)

Christmas gift shopping went rather well... Barry and I got out several nights and managed to get everything we wanted to get. Spent one evening at Tara's getting some pearls for several of the girls on our lists (family/friends). (I helped her with her website... check it out: Perennial Designs Jewelry.)

Fantasy Football: I lost... darn... so close though... I was doing well, then really bad... then I started to do better... but it was too late... *sigh* Oh well... at least the dinner and cooking part was all done on one night and was rather fun... Todd's new house was really nice and got to play "Wii" as well, which was interesting/fun.

Christmas was very nice... I went to my traditional dinner at Grandmother N's house. That was nice to do... Barry didn't go, as we still aren't technically "out" with that side of the family yet... but I have a feeling that won't be the case for much longer... Barry's been included on my parent's xmas-card-letter for the last two years. And was in the picture they sent to all the family too this year. :) Christmas morning was at my sister's house... she being pregnant (due in March), she didn't want to travel, so all of the family (including my brother) came to her. It was such a nice day: three hours of present opening -- we take turns and really cherish each gift. Took a breakfast intermission to eat "Cheese Strata" that Barry and I made (YUM, new tradition?)... I spent the most of the day putting together my nephew's "Kenex Roller Coaster" -- It was like a big puzzle or like playing with an erector set or legos... FUN!
(Speaking of Christmas Card Letters: Once again I did not send any cards this year... I'm such a slacker... this is the second year in a row without sending any letters... *grrr* I'm so mad at myself... and yet, have I done anything to correct the situation? no... *sigh*)

New Years: Barry and I went to spend the weekend with Frank & David (our neighbors at The Woods). It was such a fun weekend. They hosted us in their beautiful house in NJ. They drove us into New York on Saturday evening... we drove around in their convertible (through China Town and Little Italy, top-down, freezing weather, bundled-up in blankets and earmuffs, playing loud music, people looking at us like we were a bunch of fags out on the town... which we totally were... it was so much fun!)... then we walked around the village and had some drinks... the two of them are very familiar with the gay bars and places to go/see in the city, so I felt very comfortable and it was SO NICE to be in the city again. (Oh how I've missed the city...) We went to see "Drowsy Chaperone" on Broadway and had front-row mezz seats... it was AWESOME! Then went back to the village to hang out and drink until wee-hours of the morning... and flirt with a bunch of cuties...
Sunday (New Years Eve), we slept in and then helped them prepare for their dinner party that night... they hosted a "murder mystery" party. I was "Mary Kay Eternity" -- in drag, I was the wife of Barry (who played "Jim Bob Eternity") -- we were a TV-evangelist-couple from the south (think Tammy Fae Baker)... very fun... wonderful dinner and lots of champagne...
The following day we recovered from our hangovers and just lounged around.
(Pictures of this also to follow soon...)

January was pretty uneventful... just lots of work, rolling out my system changes to the department, including training all 140 associates in the enhancements.

Barry and I got an SUV (replacing his car) on Jan 24... We got a Toyota FJ Cruiser. It's SO awesome... We totally love it. 4WD and high-clearance... it's going to be so cool to have for the summer going up to camp... and for the winter snow... and just in general it's so cool... :)

Last week (Jan 27 - Feb 3), Barry and I went to Breckenridge, Colorado with a big skiing group. Being that I've always wanted to go skiing out-West... when Matt and Tara suggested that we go with this group that they have gone with a couple times in the past, I jumped at the chance. Barry was looking forward to just getting-away for the week even though he doesn't ski, he figured he could sit in the condo by the fire and relax. It was a great week away from things and I got some good skiing in. At first I was disappointed at the conditions, but then we got about a foot of snow on Wednesday and we went to Vail that day... it was the most amazing riding I've ever done (I'm a snowboarder)... That's what I went out-west expecting. It was great. Barry hurt his knee on the first day, which made it difficult for him to enjoy his time, but we managed to go out around the town one day and go out to eat a couple times. He also cooked a big spaghetti dinner for a group of 10 of us the one night. All-in-all it was a fun time. I'm not sure if I would go out-West for skiing again and may just stick to Vermont for my "big snow"... but who knows... perhaps another ski trip is in my future.

Back to work today... and it's actually been a rather slow day... I caught up on my emails, and thankfully nothing pressing or urgent came-up while I was away. Nothing was planned for today so that I could use the day to catch-up... so I actually had some time to post this. YEAH!

One final note: Barry left his job this afternoon... they really dicked him over -- for the last time! I'm so glad he walked... They gave him a bad annual review... and he works SO DAMN hard for them... they had no right to do that. He stood his ground and told them it was unacceptable to get that kind of rating. They really dicked him over about a raise and promotion several months ago... and things have been going so bad for him there since then... and I've told him several times that the stress of that place isn't worth it... But he kept giving them his best and giving them more chances... today was the final straw, and I'm glad he stood his ground... it's the principle of the whole thing... he handed them an immediate resignation and walked out. On one hand, yes, I'm nervous... with only one salary we're going to have to tighten our belts a little and live a bit less extravagantly... but on the other hand, I'm really happy because perhaps it's a blessing in disguise... A chance for him to start new and fresh somewhere and not have this horrible stress that place was giving him. And also... haven't you always wanted to say "take this job and shove it"? Imagine: he actually got to do that today. *cool*

So that's a wrap-up of the last three months... ending on a pretty big note...
Over the next couple days I'll catch-up on some of my LJ friend's journals... so don't be surprised if you get a response to a post from months ago. :)
*hugs everyone*
savage25: (Default)
*phew*... *yawn*... *stretch*... What a weekend! Holy crap... I feel worn-out.

This weekend, a whole crew from Scranton area came... old Scouting friends and family... Sean, Jen, Morgan; Chris; Bob; Brenda, John, two friends; Marty, JoAnn; Helen, Les; Shawn, Delena, two friends; Dale, Ellie, Tiffany. And there were others too: David and his partner Gary came up from Florida. And then, I also hosted Robyn, Sean, Kim, and Carolyn at the house. And then there were tons of other misc friends and family out-and-about all weekend randomly meeting-up at the festival. It was quite a big weekend for me social and energizing and fun... But also I'm out of shape... and can't keep-up with the activity like I used to.

Friday night started with 18 of us (from the "Scranton Crew") eating at Bucca de Beppo... in the "Pope Room" :) So much fun. Helen brought a large bottle of Goldschlager and dixie-cups... LOL! Yes... we did our own shots around the table... jeez... so "sneaky" LOL! But so much fun...
After that I went out with friends at the Brew Works and closed the place... and hot-tubbed with Kim in a friend's backyard... and 20-piece McNuggets... at 3am... and up the next morning at 9 to party all day long... Well... I lasted about half the day before I needed a nap... and then continued the festing. Most everyone pooped-out early... including myself... so we got our nuggets early (1am) and just went to bed.

This morning I woke up early (9am) to join the "Scranton Crew" for breakfast at their hotel and then joined the remaining of them for lunch at the festival. Kim and I are now sitting here in the condo... enjoying the air conditioning, watching videos on TV and uTube... and just chatting. Reminiscing about "the good ol days" when Musikfest was a 10-day orgy of beer drinking and partying. Why is it that we can't last like we used to? Is it that we're getting old, we're out-of-practice, or is it the festival -- has it gotten commercialized and the bands aren't as fun? Or is it just a combination of a lot of things? I guess it's one of those things that time just changes... There's no going back... reminiscing is nice... but there's a point to which we've got to let them go to make room for new memories and fun.

So being a bit nostolgic right now... and sitting here relaxing... recovering from the weekend... taking a bit longer for me to recover anymore...
I can't wait for Celtic Classic...

But for right now... I also can't wait to take a nap. ;)
savage25: (Contemplative)
Barry and I drove to Philly after work to meet my brother (Peter Alan) and his wife and two kids for dinner. They are visiting Philly (from Ohio) for four days... and I didn't want their visit to go by (being so close) without getting to see them. It was nice to join them for dinner... and the dinner was very good (BTW)... "White Dog Cafe" -- good food, and all organic and stuff. I'm not a big "organic" person, shall we say, but when presented with such great choices... I'm all-for-it... and it didn't disappoint.

Barry took-off Thursday... so that we could spend it with Peter and his family in Hershey... but when we brought up the suggestion with them, I immediately realized that my suspicions that they really wanted a "family" vacation (with just themselves) was correct... they really wanted to spend the day with just their kids in Hershey... which I completely understand. I remember trips with my family and there weren't aunts and uncles involved in those trips... so I can understand wanting to have some "family time"... I admit that it would have been fun to go to Hershey... and I think Barry was sad to not go... but I think we'll make good use of the day... and perhaps make a four day weekend out of it... :)

Barry was driving like a manic there and back. I have no idea what the heck "speed bug" got into his shorts this evening... all I know is that I got so nervous and pissed at him that I just closed my eyes and leaned-back in the seat and tried hard not to think about cars flipping hood-over-trunk. (And trust me, having seen a car do that in-front of me two years ago, it's a hard image not to have in my head.) Yes... I actually was singing "these are a few of my favorite things" ("snowflakes that stay on your nose and eye lashes, brown paper packages tied up with strings") in my head to try and stay calm.

Once home, we watched some TV... and Barry went to bed... Kim called and was out at the Brew Works... I needed a beer, and being that it may possibly be the last Tuesday Night* that she'd be here in Bethlehem... so, I went out to join her for a few beers. It was really nice, kicking-back and drinking some beers, and shooting-the-bull. :) Very nice. (*We used to have this tradition of going out on Tuesday nights... and closing the bar... it started several years ago on a St Patrick's night... and ever since then, "Tuesday Night" has been special to us.)

Now I'm here... at 3:30am... and watching my music-videos on TV... and updating Live Journal... thinking about how I SHOULD be tired... but I'm not. *sigh*

PS: Two responses to my "coming out" emails earlier... both very positive. *yay!*
savage25: (Drunk Girl)
*phew* ... What a weekend...

Barry & I took off Friday and Monday which made for a really long weekend -- basically 6 days at camp... I feel so strange being back at work... it was quite a weekend...

Cut because it's a bit long and rambling... )

So that's about it... theater, drama, fun, drinking, eating, sweating, swimming, insecurity, depression... that about sums it up.

God that sounded worse than I really think it is... feels good to let it out I guess...
savage25: (Default)
That little red-headed chick -- Wendy -- serves up a mean hamburger, fries, soda, and frosty...

So, I'm not sure if it's just because I haven't had Wendy's in ages or what... but I just had an almost orgasmic experience with a frosty and some fries. *Yummmmmmy*

There's something about Wendy's that brings up all kinds of memories of High School... we had one next-door to our high school and used to hang-out there after school. That's where I first dipped a fry into my frosty and found out how good salt, potatoes, and chocolate icy go together. (Hey, don't squint your nose up at me if you haven't tried it.) It's also where I learned to play the "strute" (a straw-flute). I laughed so hard soda came out my nose. I imitated a teacher I hated and fell backwards in my chair, legs-in-the-air... friends laughing so hard that soda came out their noses. Got my favorite music teacher more than one "Biggie Ice Tea"... she was almost never seen without one.

Ahhh... good times... good times...

As I was on my way to lunch, saw a "Safety Checkpoint"... nearly broke my neck checking out the cops... Holy crap Bethlehem has some HOT officers.

On my way to work, I just had to go out of my way to go through the checkpoint. When the cop told me to stop, and handed me the card, and smiled and said, "We're just checking to make sure everyone is wearing their seat-belts today sir. Thanks." I nearly melted... Good lord... I wanted to go around the block just to go through again.
savage25: (Builder Bob)
Friday night Barry made pancakes for dinner, which were awesome! It's funny how breakfasts can sometimes make the best dinners. After pancakes, the four of us played pinochle and drank and hung-out... Then we all decided to go to Diamonz to continue the fun evening. It was a good-time out at the bar... Wore my kilt, wheee! Hung out with some people and drank and danced a little... ended up staying until last-call... Leaving was an "interesting" event when Don caused a little drunken-scene because he didn't want to leave... and he ended up being punched by someone. (Drama... *rolls eyes*)

Saturday was rainy and cold -- in-fact it even snowed!! *Blech!* So we did not go up to camp... we rested and watched TV most of the day. Went out to eat dinner (at the Colonial House) then went shoe-shopping to get Barry and new pair of sneakers. (New sneakers for Florida... yay!)

Sunday we got the OK to go up to camp and start work on preparing our site for the new trailer. We started by emptying-out the old trailer of all our personal belongings... and then started dismantling the porch. The dismantling went really quick and smoothly... until the roof... we didn't really know how to "topple" the thing... so Barry just started cutting out supports with the chainsaw. I was a little scared about what might happen... but all-in-all it went well... and we were fairly safe (watching where things would fall and making sure it wasn't "on our head")... Knocked out the last support (and can I just say, a 2x4 can hold a lot more weight than I thought it could)... and the roof came crashing down... Got some help from Ken & Don & Tim and in-no-time the roof and floor were dismantled, and then they pulled the trailer out. It was done... I still can't really believe we totally cleaned the site out in one day... there's nothing left except a pile of wood in the back, and a pile of shingles in the front.

It was a long day of rough work (sore today)... but all worth it... and now I have no worries about us being ready for the new trailer in-time. My only concern now is, "Will the trailer fit?". It looks like it's gonna be tight... tighter than we thought...
savage25: (Heidi Ho)
Working from home today... Barry came home at lunch and made the chili that we're serving tonight... Ken and I are gathering a bunch of people together to discuss the July 4th show at The Woods. There are 17 people coming! Good lord, that's a lot of people... I'm very excited about the show though, because with so many people involved already and such a great theme laid-out already... it should be a great show! Guess we should start planning for Labor Day now, too... LOL! (*sigh*, I guess it's not really funny... we really should).

I've been stirring the chili all afternoon... and trying to work a little too... and still need to prepare myself for what we're going to discuss tonight... I hope that it goes well and everyone enjoys themselves... not really looking for it to be too "formal" -- hell, if nothing else, it will be dinner with a bunch of friends and a lot of brainstorming about the show -- I just hope we can keep it all organized enough that we don't miss any good ideas. More and more people want to get involved each year... it's so cool... can't wait until they build us a "real" stage at camp! :)

Show theme: "Ho White and the Seven Dudes"

There will be 5 scenes involved with the theme -- along with Heidi Ho and Kandy Treat doing all kinds of stuff with it during the breaks between acts. Plenty of room for people to have their own acts and such... and we're trying to find more ways that "walk-ins" can get involved with the Ho White theme... so far the "cast" is up to 14... wheeee!
savage25: (Calvin)
Why is it that they cut chicken into strips when they put it on Chicken Caesar Salad -- why don't they cut it into cubes? It would make my job of eating the salad a lot easier!

*said as I use a knife to cut up the chicken and it proceeds to get all over my desk*
savage25: (Default)
A friend, John (& Kimberly, since they go together like white on rice), won a "free lunch" at a local restaurant by putting his card in a bucket. It's given by a financial planning company -- and at first I was thinking it would be a serious sales-pitch... but it really wasn't... the guy came, asked for our name and contact info (for follow-up I'm sure) and chatted a little about what his company could do for us (like 5-minutes), and then he left... leaving us with free food! :) It was a really nice lunch -- and so much fun. I only knew John and Kimberly... had met a few of their friends in passing before, but first time I sat and chatted... it was so nice being out with friends like that -- sitting around, chatting, laughing, etc. It was all girls except for John and I, and since I'm basically "one of the girls" I fit right in. It was a nice reminder to myself that I'm a fun person... funny how I seem to have forgotten that... not that I often sit around and think to myself "Oh god I'm no longer a funny person"... I like hanging with girls and chittering and chatting and giggling and laughing... I like it when strangers become instant friends and make plans to go drinking and hang out with you for the rest of their lives even though they just met you (and may never see you again). I love people... I enjoy people who love people... Bottom line: I love being social.

This afternoon, driving in my car, windows open on this BEAUTIFUL warm day, listening to music, ignoring the assholes cutting me off, feeling lifted -- feeling lifted because I was social, because I laughed, because I made someone else laugh, because I wasn't laughed-at, but laughed-with...

It's funny how being social can lift my spirits... I know it's not everything that can sustain me in my life -- yet it is an important part of me.

It's funny how being open to a little self reflection now and then can really lead to some amazing realizations. (Simple, yes... but amazing none-the-less.)


Mar. 7th, 2006 12:56 pm
savage25: (Default)
Did you hear? Watched a CNN story on McDonald's new coffee... they did a taste test between Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, and McDonald's new coffee. Their unscientific results came out even between the three...

Starbucks dissent was that it was tart or harsh.
McDonald's bad part was that it was weak.
They didn't say anything bad about Dunkin Donuts.

In the end what did we learn? Different strokes for different folks. I'm not a big coffee drinker... I love Starbucks Cafe Mocha -- but let's face it, I'm not a coffee connoisseur... but then, honestly, who is?
savage25: (Christmas)
Christmas Eve was spent wrapping gifts all day... Barry worked on putting the Bowflex together. (or "Blowfex" as we call it now because of how hard it was to put together. I could hear cursing and banging coming from the room... so I stayed far out of Barry's way while he worked on it.) I ran and did a tiny bit of last-minute shopping too... but not much.

Christmas Eve evening we went to Barry's mom's house for a gathering there. Ken and Don went with us... met some more of Barry's family (aunts/uncles) that I had never met before and everyone ate, drank, and was merry. It was very nice... she had a big buffet spread of all kinds of foods and we drank and played liar's dice late into the evening. I even got a gift from his mom... I didn't expect anything... it was very sweet of her. It was a very different "Christmas Eve" dinner than I'm used too... I grew up with a traditional Polish / Catholic dinner at Grandmom's (no meat: fish, potatoes, & pierogies) followed by midnight mass. Quite different, eh? LOL!

After we all had plenty of Christmas "cheer" (aka Barry was in no shape to drive), Ken, Don, Barry, and I went to Diamonz on our way home to toast to Christmas. We got there at 11:55 and they closed at Midnight... luckily Barry knew the bartender and sweet-talked him into letting us get one round. (I tipped him well... :) Then we came home and all exchanged gifts. It was fun... unwrapped each other too -- a little teasing / flirting going on -- nothing "happened", just fun. Finally all passed out into bed around 2 or so. (New icon is from a picture we took that night... "me as drunk santa" I think I'll call it.)

Christmas morning I awoke at 7:30ish eager to get to my sister's to open presents. Barry wasn't moving though and was grumpy... I tried to be very gentle (figuring he had a hangover) but he wouldn't budge. I was afraid Christmas was going to be cancelled... but he finally started moving when my sister called at 8:45 to see where we were. We finally made it over at about 10:30... my poor sister and mom -- I'm sure it was just eating them up that they had to wait so long to open gifts. *giggle* *sigh*

Gift exchange with my family was great -- lots and lots of presents all around. We have a tradition of going around one gift at a time, youngest to oldest. It takes a lot of time, but lets everyone enjoy the gifts. I don't remember all the gifts... the first few that come to mind: a power-hand-sander, omaha steaks, phaltzgraff dishes, and madonna's new CD. I think Barry was a little shocked at how many gifts he had... I had warned him that my mom and dad make sure that everyone has an equal amount of gifts (so no one gets jealous). :)

After the gift exchange, we sat around and played with our new toys... including setting up my mom's portable printer that we got her. Then we watched a movie and almost fell asleep on the couch when Chris' parents arrived and there was another round of gifts, then my Aunt Maureen arrived and there was another round of gifts. Then we all ate huge dinner of lasagna, ham, mac-and-cheese, potatoes, etc. Yum! Followed by desert. Barry and I barely were able to roll out the door after all that... but managed to make our way home to collapse.

Quite a holiday it was! And although the major holiday stuff is over, there still seems to be a lot to do -- mainly getting the house ready now that we will be able to concentrate on it. Monday, Barry spent the entire day with the Blowfex and almost got it all together. I went shopping with Ken to find a "pantry" for our kitchen so that Barry and I can get food... we also got some shelves for the closet and other things for the house... I think that within the next two weeks we are really going to be able to concentrate on getting this house "unpacked"... Which we really need to do, since the 14th is the big party. A quick glance at the calendar shows nothing for the next two weeks -- so that's a good thing... Barry and I need to calm down a bit and really spend some time on "us".

This morning, Chubby arrived and started work on the basement bathroom. He's down there now banging and sawing away. I can't wait for that to be done... Don't know what we're going to do with all the stuff in the house... but things are getting there slowly. It'll be great once the bathroom is finished so we have one less thing to worry about... at least we don't have to actually do any "work" to build the bathroom.
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I'm first in my friends' Fantasy Football League drafting line-up. Wow! Imagine the chances of that... I signed up just for the fun of it... not really thinking I would get excited or "into" it... but being first on the draft line-up put pressure on me to do some research and not pick stupidly... so I put on my nerd cap and Googled away until I found a program to pick my draft... I printed out all the players sorted into order of best picks (according to this software)... I'm feeling all nerdy and excited about it. One of the best quotes I read this morning was something like: "Fantasy football isn't won in the draft, but it can be lost."

Barry and I went out to eat and then went food shopping last night. It's a little shocking how much our lives revolve around food. (And I don't just me Barry and my life... I mean "our" in the sense of everyone.)

I've been feeling like we've been wasting quite a bit of food lately... I'm going to try and make a concerted effort to eat more left-overs rather than throw them away. I'm not used to this eating at home thing... it takes a little work/effort to change your habits.

Work is going OK... can't complain... but still have this nagging feeling in my head that I'm bored with life and work -- wondering if there is more out there for me to experience. Wondering if I'm afraid of commitment... wondering if I'm getting bored of the ease of my job... wondering if I should really put weight on these thoughts of possibly moving... wondering if my parent's can do it, why shouldn't I... wondering a lot of stuff, and yet not really feeling the need to commit to anything... and that only makes me wonder more if I'm not stretching myself because I'm afraid to try new things or if it's because I'm truly better-off just being complacent with what I have.
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Went to the local Greek Food Festival for lunch today. Had chicken with spinach and feta cheese, beans, and rice, salad, meat-on-a-stick, and baklava! Yum, Yum! Friends had the gyros and they said they were awesome.

They also normally sells these things commonly called Honey Balls... doughy puffs with sweet honey glaze on them. (Sorry, don't remember the Greek name.) Oh my god they are awesome... however... the little-ol-ladies that make them weren't there this afternoon! Oh how sad... oh well... will just have to wait until next year to get them since I'll be out of town the rest of the weekend.

Oh yeah, almost forgot... also got a "Free Frosty" at Wendy's for desert. Everyone know that it's Free Frosty Weekend at Wendy's?? Go out and support the great alternative to BK & McD's... and show them you don't care if people falsely claim there fingers in their chili. And get your free frosty while you're at it. :)

In other news... decided (upon the request of Barry) to not go to Connecticut tonight and rather we will drive up tomorrow morning. Called Kara to let her know and she was actually relieved because it will give her "more time to clean". I think she may have been "just being nice", but even if she was, it worked, and she is nice. :) And it will give Barry time to rest tonight from his stressful job and perhaps I will actually catch-up on some of my unpacking. Wouldn't that be nice!

TGIF... Have a great weekend!
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Update on the candy poll... Surprisingly, the "100 Grand" bars sold out first from the box. This surprises me, because I don't really hear much advertising for the 100 Grand bar anymore and kind of forgot about it, didn't think others would really go for it. Perhaps that's why it went, a lot of people wanted it because it's "different". God bless those things that are "different"... like gay people... hmmm...

Feeling hungover today... guess that's what Tuesday-night-beer-drinking will do to me. I'm not as young as I used to be? (Or, my liver just isn't in the shape that it used to be.)

I just had a training course at work called "Developing Personal Resilience" -- it's supposed to help us deal with the outsourcing that's going on in our company. Make us better people and be resilient so we can deal with staying here while all our coworkers' jobs are shipped overseas. Rather than focusing on making the work environment better, they choose to train us to deal with the bad environment.

So what did I focus my attention on during this training? My meme answers... hehehe... I thought I would jump on the latest meme craze that all my hip LJ friends are doing:

10 Things I've Done That You Probably Haven't

1. I wrote my first real computer program at age 8. It was a math game where a smurf would come out on the screen and ask a simple math question. It had levels of difficulty and kept score (and the smurf would smile or frown).

2. I was once chained to a St Andrew's Cross and had a lesbian whip me.

3. I studied theatre lighting design in college and designed and executed the lighting for a full college production.

4. Senior year, I played Rudolph in my high-school's musical production of Hello Dolly.

5. I was a co-founder of a local young professional society (NET).

6. When I worked at Lockheed Martin, I worked on code that is used for Tomahawk cruise-missile guidance.

7. I wrote a web-based time and project tracking system that is currently used by my department (140 people).

8. I fulfilled a life-long ambition by visiting and touching the water of Loch Ness. (Didn't see Nessy though.)

9. I visited a monastery in Texas (between Austin and San Antonio) and was blessed with the tears of a weeping icon of Mary.

10. I was a program director of a Scout summer camp. (Camp Kunatah, Ten Mile River Scout Camps, NY)


Feb. 22nd, 2005 03:12 pm
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[Poll #442328]
It's a hard choice... I'm debating on which to get... I'm leaning toward my favorite: Baby Ruth... but I shouldn't have any of them... so I figured I'd let you all be tortured by the temptation and decision.


Feb. 1st, 2005 10:37 am
savage25: (Calvin)
mfphfmfp... Sorry, don't mean to type with my mouth full. Currently eating one of the donuts I bought... just got back to my desk from the little shop here... I bought:
Hostess Mini Donuts (powdered) (4 of 6 left)
Tastykake Chocolate Cupcakes (1 of the 3 is in my hand and half eaten) (should have gotten the cream-filled kind)
AND a Lance Creme Filled Oatmeal Cookie (one bite has been taken out)

Darn [ profile] bassbehr for making me think of cookies in addition to the donut need...

I'm eating all these with a glass of water (just finished my Diet Coke)...

I'm in need of comfort food... my life is... well... crazy...

I feel like: My life = Calm before the storm

Impending doom...

But at the same time... I feel very happy...

Nervous about this weekend...

mfpmfpmfh... DONUTS GOOD!


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