Archive for October, 2008

This and That

 Been a weird week.  No one feels very good and I think all of us are just out of patience.

I feel like there is a change on the horizon in my life.  I hope it’s a good change, but I don’t know.  It just feels like somethings coming.  But then again, it is fall.  Fall always makes me feel odd.

Let’s talk frankly for a moment, okay?  There are good looking people in the world, and there are not so good looking people in the world. It occurred to me recently that all of the people who have Xangas that I read, that I’ve seen pictures of, all fall into the former category.  Does that make me superficial if I only read people who aren’t scary ugly, if I didn’t know that before I read them?
I had in my mind somehow the wrong picture of someone from online.  I must have seen a picture a long time ago and just associated it with someone else, and the other day I saw a picture of them and realized that it was the first time I had seen a picture.   Now I feel kind of funny, like somehow they’re a different person.  Weird, isn’t it?

I have my mp3 player on at work, and it just went from Johnny Cash Hurt to Katy Perry – I kissed a girl.  I love both songs, but oh that’s a switch up in attitude.  The problem with both of them is that they stick in my head.  Last time I was singing Katy Perry my daughter caught me and said no, I wasn’t allowed.

Everything from here up, was actually typed on Thursday, but I did not post it.

Last night I went to my nieces Marching Band concert.  This is the one that is inside a small gymnasium.  OH So Loud!  Hopefully you can see some videos below. I took these on my camera, I can’t wait to see how loud they turned out. (I’m typing this as they’re downloading) 

When I was at my sisters house she went out to walk the dog, because the dog of course peed when she saw me, and then she came back in and grabbed me to see the deer in her backyard.  Sadly it’s like a Where’s Waldo picture.  The two deer blend in perfectly, and it was dusk which is the worst time to try and take a picture.


Do you know what today is?



30 Minutes, Once a year.

Smoke & Mirrors

  Random IM I received just now;

[13:09] S****1: Did you hear about the gay midget?
[13:09] tracyhelpme: no…
[13:10] S*****1: evidently he just came out of the cupboard!

BeadBrat is running a contest.  I must say it’s very smart of her to do this.

Of course I found out by clicking on the recommendation of another Xanga’n, and then ended up wandering around the etsy shops looking at the beautiful jewelry.  hmmm, I love jewelry.  Especially when you know it’s unique.  I took a beading class once and I am NO Good At IT!  So big old pats on the back to anyone who has the 1.) patience 2.) creativity 3.) good eyes to do it.

Go look if you like to browse jewelry. 🙂


Oh to be napping right now.

I tried, I really did.  Twice so far today I have feigned interest just to make someone feel listened to.  Hmm, well, I guess it’s not really feigning if you pay attention, and I did.

At work we have been paid to test a piece of equipment, we received the piece of equipment on Friday however no documentation was sent.  Received the documentation yesterday and discovered we are missing one key element.  We have to have an HD capable monitor/tv.  And we don’t.  I just had to put in a requisition to purchase one. What a shame. 🙂

I have a dentist appointment this afternoon.  The cap I had recemented a couple of months ago still isn’t quite right.  I don’t enjoy them prying it the rest of the way off!

Just ate a Sonya apple.  I had never heard of them before so I bought two to try.  Good flavor but tough outside. (just like me!).

BRB – Need a cuppa coffee.  I bought one of the Pod Coffee makers for work a couple of months ago.  Frightfully expensive, and the coffee is expensive, BUT we no longer ever throw away thermos fulls of coffee.  Coffee is always fresh and on demand.

My daughter just called me and gave me some sage advice.  If they ever ask you if you want a shot in your butt or in your arm, say your butt! 

I have my boss coming into town in mid-november.  She is also bringing her boss.  We will also try to bring in two engineers from Texas for training.  I was on a call yesterday and was informed that one more boss is planning on scheduling a drop in during that time as well.  He is one of the two big bosses.  I’ve never met him. This means at least 7 full days of pretending to be a high powered business woman again. It’s very good for me.  I get entirely to complacent when it’s just me and the techs here. 

Forgive me, I’m taking medicine.

I have turned into typical been blogging for too long person.  My blogs are snippets obviously meant for other people to read.  I’m not sure how that happened. 

I’ve been trying to change a personality trait of mine lately.  I’m a little stubborn, and I dislike being told to do things.  I also have this other issue, I’m not very good at giving people what they want.  I’m not sure I can explain this.  If someone just wants someone to say "oh, you poor thing, are you sick?" I just can’t do it!  Now if someone needs me to say "Oh, you poor thing, are you sick?" that’s different.  Does that make sense?  So anyway, I’ve been trying to add in that ability to give people what they want sometimes, just because they want it.  And really doesn’t everyone deserve to get what they want sometimes? 

Oh, yeah.  That’s probably why my blogging has turned so superficial, as I start typing I get distracted and wander away.  Then I come back and don’t remember where I was going with that particular paragraph.

Oh, so I’m working on being nicer is really what it comes down to.  I’m trying to show more interest in things that people want me to show an interest in, and trying to give them things that they want me to give them.  I think it’s like learning how to be polite.  How to ask nice questions, and give polite responses.  Because I did not have this trait, I also did not teach it to my children.

I’m sure to some people that smacks of insincerity, but I don’t think it really is.  I mean, who am I to decide what someone really needs?  Really, if someone asked me for $1.00 I wouldn’t ask they what they wanted it for, I would just give it to them.  So if I can tell someone really wants me to say, oh hey, you look like you had a rough night, what’s going on?  Why shouldn’t I just do it?  If it makes them feel better to have me show an interest then I should.  I’m still working this through in my head.  I’m sure I sound like a loon.

This weekend I bought our plane tickets for Vegas in January.  The fares raised $20.00 a piece so I went ahead and booked before they got any higher.  I have it printed out and on my wall so that I can look at it during the stressful times. 

I also bought the new Wii game.  It’s called outdoor adventure or some such thing.  It comes with a giant mat that you jump around on.  My husband and I played on Saturday.  There is one game that’s a waterfall.  One of you is at the bottom of the waterfall, the other is at the top.  The person at the bottom has to jump and climb up the rocks, while the person at the top helps by pulling and swinging a rope. It takes teamwork.  From this I learned a couple of things. 

1.  Climbing up waterfalls is HARD!  2.  Jumping up and down is Excellent exercise!  3.  My husband and I do NOT work well as a team. 

I really already knew most of these from ballroom dance class.  If we were on Amazing Race we would be that couple that you yell at the tv and say OMG!  Shut up already!

I think I have babbled enough for one day.

Good Day!

Questions Stolen from MB, who stole them from someone else.

1. Were you named after anyone?  Not that I know of.

2. When was the last time you cried?  Really cried?  Years.

3. Do you like your handwriting?  Only when I’m pretending to be a doctor.

4. What is your favorite lunch meat?  P & P Loaf!

5. Do you have kids?  Yup!  Two.  Boy & Girl, 23 and 20.

6. If you were another person would you be friends with you?  Nope, I am not a good friend at all.

7. Do you use sarcasm a lot?  Yup!  Way more than I should, it gets me into trouble on a regular basis.

8. Do you still have your tonsils? No, thankfully.  Tonsil stones are disgusting.

9. Would you bungee jump?  Yes I would!

10. What is your favorite cereal?  Don’t Really have one.

11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?  No.

12. Do you think you are strong?  Absolutely. 

13. What is your favorite ice cream?  Homemade Brand – Cherry Cordial

14. What is the first thing you notice about people? Their Aura

15. Red or pink?  Red.

16. What is the least favorite thing about yourself?  My self involvement.

17. Who do you miss the most?  My Mom.

18. Do you want everyone to send this back to you?  Yes.

19. What color pants and shoes are you wearing? Beige & Brown.

20. What was the last thing you ate? For dinner last night around 8, I had a snack size bag of Doritos with 2% Milk Shredded Cheese melted on it, and some Salsa. 

21. What are you listening to right now?  Only the sound of my typing, which I love.

22. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?  Purple!

23. Favorite smells?  Bacon frying, Nag Champa Incense, fresh lemon.

24. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?  My Katy of course!

25. Do you like the person who sent this to you stole this from? I adore her!

26. Favorite sports to watch?  Boxing

27. Hair color?  As of this weekend I went back to blond!

28. Eye color?  Hazel. (Everyone else in my family has/had  beautiful blue or gray eyes)

29. Do you wear contacts?  I WISH!

30. Favorite food?  Meatloaf & Mashed taters.

31. Scary movies or happy endings?  Scary Movies. 

32. Last movie you watched? Good Night & Good Luck

33. What color shirt are you wearing?  Beige

34. Summer or winter?  Summer please.

35. Hugs or kisses?  Hugs, but only from a select few.

36. Favorite dessert?  Anything fancy with a lot of flavors.

37. Hot or cold beverages? Hot. (cha cha)

38. Favorite room in your house?  Bed.

39. What book are you reading now?  Eragon

40. What is on your mousepad?  Believe it or not, I can’t tell you.  It’s a secret from someone who occasionally reads my Xanga.

41. What did you watch on TV last night? Survivor, and something else that I can’t remember.

42. Favorite sound? My son laughing a true laugh.

43. Rolling Stones or Beatles?  Beatles

44. What is the farthest you have been from home?  Prince Edward Island!

45. Do you have a special talent?  No.  I have a little bit of talent in a bunch of things, but nothing big in any one thing.  One of the great disappointments in my life.

46. Where were you born?  Toledo Hospital, Toledo, Ohio.

47. Least favorite household chore? Dishes

48. Most precious object on your computer desk?  Right now, nothing really.

49. A special possession?  Anything in my little china cabinet, or jewelry box.

50. How many e-mail addies do you have? 2 for work, three for home.

W00t Off Day!

I am LOOPY today!  I am taking entirely too much medicine this week!  Between the stuff I take for thyroid, and the stuff for blood pressure, stuff for allergies and stuff for ulcer, and vitamins and the minerals and the herbals for menopause stuff, and now the stuff for the lungs & sinuses.  Holy HECK!  Oh, and let’s not forget the flu shot that stuck in a lump in my arm and is now slowly dissolving. (I hope).  Everything I eat or drink tastes like sugar.  I dunno which meds it is, but I don’t like it. 

Had freaky dreams all night too.  The last two nights (coincidentally when I started taking the three extra meds) I’ve been waking up every 30 or 40 minutes. ick. 

My poor little niece has two ear infections.  Not nice at all.  Even my bosses in Sweden have colds.

I started to type “enough about sickenesses” but now I realize I don’t have anything else to talk about. Don’t let the entry fool you though, I actually feel pretty good!  Just out of energy. 

Going to get my oil changed today, that’s exciting, right?


The times they are a changing

Let’s all show pictures of things we see outside of our office window and see who has the most surprising.





Sick of me yet?

Had a cold a couple of weeks ago.  Never lost the cough.  Husband and deskmates complaining a lot.  After a week of haranguing called the doctor yesterday, went in this morning.  They said, what’s wrong?  I said Nothing.  I had a cold and it’s taking forever to go away.  My chest is still tight and over the counter stuff isn’t cutting it.  Can you perscribe a good expectorant?    Sure, but first blow in this here little tube for us and lets’s see how your lungs are.  OOPS!

Bronchittus and a Sinus infection.   I didn’t know!  I didn’t feel that bad.  Just tired and a headache. Apparently bronchittus as a non-smoker is quite a bit different sounding than bronchittus as a smoker!  So, Z-pak, inhaler, AllegraD and a poke in the arm (my first flu shot – it hurts!) and I’m back at work.  Feeling a little dizzy.  Advair or the flu shot?  I dunno.

I do know that I swear I’m averaging a new sickness or body defect a month the last year.  Pure crazy.  I’m glad I went though.  I’ve been really really tired the last few weeks, maybe this will help get my butt out of bed in the morning!


Weekend bits & Pieces.

I was sitting in my living room this weekend and though my front door window I was looking at my metal sculpture catch the sun and prism.  You know, it’s one of those metal hearts that is a thin metal heart with another one inside and so on and so one, and they’re tilted just slightly so that the wind catches them and makes them spin.  Usually they’re painted red or blue or something.  Mine was actually plastic and I painted it silver.  As I watched all these fantastic colors catch on it, suddenly it occurred to me that it doesn’t hang in that spot!

It was actually this spiderweb which for some reason was really prisming.  I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a web prism before.  I tried to capture it, but just couldn’t quite get the colors.  Little bit on the second one.

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On Saturday night we went out to dinner at a nice Italian restaurant with a nice view.


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On Sunday my two engineers spent time working at the McCain rally in Toledo.  We happen to be the WiFi provider for the convention center here in Toledo.  Normally this does not require any hands on management but there were some special requirements here so both techs were given press passes so that they would have access.  One of my techs is a very verbal Republican.  He was very happy! The other one was more of a take it or a leave it kind of attitude.  Everyone had to be cleared by the Secret Service to get access behind the scenes as it were.


I have some political type things to say, however because it has to do with work, I won’t. 😦

On Sunday evening my husband and I went to my daughters new home, and her ~ahem~ roommate cooked dinner for us.  It was very nice, and very comfortable. 

Oh! And I got Lego Batman!


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