real life

(or something close to it...)

Friday, July 14, 2006

I MOVED MY BLOG!!!!!!!!!!

PLEASE FIND ME AT THE FOLLOWING site: http://lar2001.wordpress.com/

I think you'll like what you see.

Blogger has been good for the last 3 years...but it's time to move on.

Ta-ta.
Birthday Wishes...

To me! Sunday is my birthday... I love my birthday... always have... always will. Anyway, I received quite a surprise when I came home last night from work. A box of flowers. Two dozen roses. Not the "deep-red-i-love-you" type of roses... The roses were the very tiny small buds in different colors: red, yellow, white, pale pink, multi, etc... Anyway, I was afraid that they would be quite dead by the time I opened the box (I didn't get home until 9pm last night)... surprisely, they were not. This morning they looked even better.

Today at work my coworkers celebrated my birthday with muffins and juice (plus a Borders gift card and a great picture frame).

Tomorrow I'm going to see "The Lion King." It was my birthday gift to myself.

Tomorrow evening I'm having dinner cooked by the fabulous J Doran. His lovely wife Suzy will be baking my cake of choice.

Sunday evening I'm hopefully eating Indian with another friend.

All in all ... it will be a great birthday weekend.

In other news: I finally figured out what the water bottles filled with the yellow liquid littering around the train station finally are.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Almost normal...

So, it's been almost a week since my last post. I'm happy to say that I've almost bounced out of my mini-depression. In the past 5 months I have learned a lot about myself and about being in a relationship. So... I move on.. and I push forward.

Thanks to all who were supportive during my "time of need"... Yes, it wasn't a death of a loved one... but it was a death of a relationship. And it hurt. And it's great to have amazing friends to lend support when it is needed.

In other news... tonight is the All Star game in Pittsburgh... Can't wait to watch it... Will love to see what Ozzie Guillen has up his sleeve.. and especially interested in hearing what comes out of his mouth.

Have to run to Elizabethtown, PA tomorrow... very excited about that... it's a day not in the office.

Go have a water ice... it's hot out there.

Enjoy the rest of your day.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

It's all relative...

Today is the day after my worst 4th of July holiday on record. My friend John told me that he didn't want to see me anymore. The reasons I will not go into here... Needless to say, I felt like I was broadsided by a car. We were supposed to walk in Valley Forge park yesterday and then get some dinner. Well, it didn't work out that way.

20 minutes after I got to his place, I was back in my car driving home. I tried seeing if a few of my friends were at home. Well, they weren't. It's a national holiday... I can't blame them that they weren't home to comfort me. It's been a long, long time since I felt so lonely. I didn't come back to my house right away... I drove for another 60 miles with no place in particular to go. I thought about going to the movies... but knew that wouldn't really cheer me up. I finally came home and sat and cried for the rest of the evening.

I did call him last night and we talked for about an hour. He said he would call me again on Friday. We weren't even dating. He never said "Les, you're my girlfriend." I never assumed that he was my boyfriend. How much more this would have hurt were we an "official" couple! I just never want to hurt like this again.

I titled this post "it's all relative"... I did this because as I type this I think of my friend Katy. Her dad died on Saturday. Her holiday has been anything but fun and light and cheerful. In the scheme of things what happened to me was not a big deal compared to what is happening in Katy's world.

God is still God... I don't understand why some things happen. He knows. He knows the outcome of all of this in my life. There is a line in one of my favorite Matt Redman songs... "He gives and takes away. He gives and takes away." I don't know why this had to be this way... but I will continue to trust in the Lord... because he truly does know what is best for me.

Monday, July 03, 2006

A weekend of movies...

I watched three new movies this weekend... Here is a quick rundown..

Friday night: went to see "The Break Up" with a friend from work. Jennifer Aniston & Vince Vaughn were playing the perfect examples of how NOT to communicate in a relationship. Parts of this movie were painful to watch..(ie.. they were very "real" and I could see them happening)... other parts were v. funny. The movie was set and filmed in Chicago.. there were some "Chicago-isms" in the movie.. if you weren't from Chicago... you would have missed them... Grade: C+

Saturday afternoon: saw "Superman Returns" w/ my friend John. I must have an affinity for superhero movies.. This was everything I thought it would be. Funny, sad, lots of action, some drama, etc... I would love to see this again in the IMAX theatre with the funny 3D glasses. "Superman Returns" had many religious undertones that you might not catch if you aren't looking for them. I think these themes make it a better movie. Grade: A

Sunday evening: Watched "Junebug" at home alone. I've had this DVD sitting around my house for the past 10 days from Netflix and finally got around to watching it. "Junebug" was a little independent film from 2005. The main theme is family... how dysfunctional it can be... and how downright funny it can be. A woman from Chicago marries a man after a week of knowing him. Six months later they are taking a road trip to his hometown in NC for two purposes... one is her business and the other is to meet his family. His family is quirky. His family is rude. His family is like everyone else's family... Definitely recommend this movie! Grade: A

In other news...
1. At work today. Hope it goes by fast. Doesn't even feel like tomorrow is a holiday. I think the weather might have something to do with it.
2. White Sox lost to the Cubs yesterday. UGH.. We can't ever seem to make up any ground against the Tigers.
3. Today my parents have been married 41 years. Kinda cool.

That's about it.
Enjoy your day.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Good Day to you also...

So... it's always sooo lovely when the first thing you hear when you exit the train is "You're a mother-fu......" screamed into my ear.

Soo, very lovely.

I love Philadelphia in the Summer time. Don't you?

In other news...
1. The White Sox are having fun in the western part of the state... maybe next year they will be back in Philly? That would be nice.
2. Seeing Superman on Saturday evening with my friend J. Can't wait. It looks like it will fun. Don't really care if it will be actually good or not.
3. I'm thinking today will fly by... I have six appoinments...back to back to back to back to back to back... I even gave up my lunch hour to meet with a student. I'm *such* a martyr.

That's it.

Monday, June 26, 2006

568 miles... 3 rest stops... two tanks of gas... and I'm finally home!


Tomorrow is back to work. My whirlwind trip to Cincinnati is over... It was a nice break. I like driving and driving over 1,000 miles in 2 days (with two days off in between) might be a little much...but for the most part the drive was relaxing... I was a little over tired this morning (as Suzy will attest).

Roadtrips are great... you can do a lot of thinking...listen to a lot of music... or just stare straight ahead and drive. I did a little of all.

A friend let me borrow a book on CD to listen to. I highly recommend this to any single people out there who might still be reading this... "How to get a date worth keeping" by Dr. Henry Cloud. Dating isn't rocket science...but I think sometimes we make it out to be an all or nothing proposition. Cloud asserts that by meeting people and dating for "fun" (ie... with no expectations) we will begin to see what we really want when it comes to "that person" we end of marrying. As I've gotten older my list of "qualities" has changed some...not much..but some.

Listening currently to: "In the Deep" by Bird York..from the "Crash" soundtrack. Amazing song.
Current mood: v.v. tired. I still feel like I'm moving.

Ta-ta for now.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

My last night...

I'm at the hospital tonight... last duty night until at least September/October. It's 9.32 and so far only one page... For a Code Blue. So far tonight I've done the following:
1. called to see how my favorite 4yr old's first movie experience was... he didn't want to talk.
2. checked the score of the White Sox/Reds game... only about a million times.. last time I checked the ChiSox were down... I think they are totally uncapable of winning more than two games in a row.
3. called my friend J & left a message... He's out having fun rollerblading at this city wide event.
4. ordered, picked up, and ate a bunch of Singapore Noodles from the Chinese place across the street.. They were good but not nearly as spicy as I like them.
5. Skimmed the book "Chicken Soup for the Soul...for Nurses"... I think I've had enough touchy feeling stories for one night..
6. Checked my gmail account about a thousand and one times.
7. Drank a Diet Snapple and a Diet Dr. Pepper
8. Read every other blog that I can think of to read.

OK... you get the gist of my evening. It's been slow... but this is not a bad thing. Slow is a good thing in my line of work (albeit it.. volunteer).

In other news:

I saw "Cars" this afternoon. These guys at Pixar are amazing.. they are so creative. It was good.. definitely not my favorite Pixar (that honor still belongs to Toy Story) but it was entertaining and I laughed out loud more than once.

Ok.. that's about it for now. I'm tired of staring at the computer... I think I'll read my magazine now (Chicago magazine.. if anyone cares)