real life

(or something close to it...)

Friday, August 26, 2005

"You're mama said that there would be days like this"...

that make you just want to cry... it was that yucky of a day.

that's it. nothing profound tonight.

enjoy your weekend... on deck for me:
1. dinner tonight at Chez Doran's
2. wedding tomorrow evening in Nazareth, PA
3. Hall & Oates concert on Sunday night.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

The world of Sudoku...

Ahh.... I have been hooked. In case you haven't heard.. Sudoku is the new game craze that has taken over Japan and Europe... It has finally arrived here in the States. Sudoku was actually invented by an American...but those lovely British caught on first. Sudoku in Japanese means "single number"... It's basically a crossword puzzle w/ numbers. There is a 3 x 3 grid. And in each box there are 9 spaces. For a total of 81 little boxes. Some of the numbers are completed already for you. The object of the puzzle is to have the numbers 1-9 in each box of 9... and then have 1-9 in each row and in each column without repeating a number. It's a lot easier than it sounds. The puzzles are graded from "very easy" to "very difficult." Currently, I am working on a "hard" puzzle from the Chicago Sun Times. I started this puzzle yesterday after work.. and have erased all my work twice (I think I've spend probably a total of 2.5 hours working on this thing). I am now going to cheat and look at the answer key online to fill in one of the boxes... maybe that will help me. You all should try it. It's fun. It's addicting. It's a work out for your brain.

Bye for now.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Little ones..

My friends just had a baby. It was a boy. As a proud papa should, he posted a few pictures on his blog.... I can't stop staring at one of the pictures. He is so tiny and new. And beautiful. And sweet. And precious. Anyway, it just got me thinking to how much I love babies. They are so full of promise. Anyway, I'm very happy for this family. Babies... exciting stuff.

In other news...
1. The White Sox are back to their losing ways... Lost to Minnesota 1-0. We are doomed. They will win the Central Division..but only by 2 games (that's my prediction anyway).
2. Today was a hard day at work.... only will get worse. The phones, the walk-ins, the questions... All in a days work... but it's still hard sometimes.
3. Discovered a new place for lunch: Saladworks. It's been there for a bit...but I never ventured in.... had a good salad... it should make up for the package of Swedish Fish that I snacked on throughout the day.

I'm going to take a walk... Enjoy your evening.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

More about me... (because I'm still undecided about how my Saturday should play itself out..)

1. What is your occupation?

University Coordinator of Financial Aid

2. What color is your underwear?

Today it is green.

3. What are you listening to right now?

Currently the TV is on in the other room... listening to a movie on TBS

4. What was the last thing you ate?

Orange Juice and a granola bar.

5. Do you wish on stars?


6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?


7. How is the weather right now?


8. Last person you spoke to on the phone?

My mom.

9. Favorite drink?

Iced Tea

10. Favorite sport to watch?


11. Have you ever dyed your hair?

Once.. in 1999.

12. Do you wear contacts or glasses?


13. Pets?

No... but I would love a cat one day.

14. Favorite month?


15. Favorite food?

Dessert at Berghoff's Restaurant in Chicago (White Chocolate Mousse w/ Raspberry sauce)

16. What was the last movie you watched?

Bride and Prejudice

17. Favorite day of the year?

Christmas Day

18. What do you do to vent anger?

Throw things against my wall...and yell.

19. What was your favorite toy as a child?

My doll that ate and went pee. Or my Hollie Hobby doll.

20. Fall or Spring?


21. Hugs or kisses?


22. Cherry or Blueberry?


23. Do you want your friends to email you back?


24. Living arrangements?

Just myself.. in my humble home.

25. When was the last time you cried?

Last night after receiving some sad news.

26. What is on the floor of your closet?


27. Who is the friend you have had the longest?

Amy Rasmussen. We were high school freshman year locker partners.. We ended up going to the same college... We have stayed friends since... So, I guess I met her in 1985.

28. What did you do last night?

Worked on my scrapbook, watched Bride & Prejudice, and went to sleep around 11.30pm.. (I know SUCH an exciting life!!)

29. Favorite smell?

Cut grass, gasoline

30. What inspires you?

Honesty. Being real.

31. What are you afraid of?

Not getting married.

32. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers?

Cheddar cheese

33. Favorite car?

My current one. 1996 Civic. My dream car: Porsche 911.

34. Favorite dog breed?


35. Number of keys on your key ring?


36. How many years at your current job?

1 yr 9 months

37. Favorite day of the week?


38. How many states have you lived in?

Three: Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania

39. How many cities have you lived in?

Nine: South Holland (Illinois), Chicago, Akron, Cuyahoga Falls (Ohio), Willoughby Hills (Ohio), Cleveland, Westerville (Ohio), Columbus, & Media (PA)

Ok... that's about it... Enjoy your Saturday... I'm going to take a chance and watch the White Sox game... they will probably lose.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

I'm in!!!

I've finally joined the club. I won't get snide remarks from check out line any more.....You might be thinking... what club???? Well, the Acme Supercard Club!!!

In other.. more depressing news. The Chicago White Sox have dropped 5 straight. We are doomed.... I tell you... DOOMED!

Enjoy your Thursday.

Monday, August 15, 2005

God Save the Queen!!!

London here I come. Can't believe I'm going. I was talking to my Aunt this weekend and she spends a considerable amount of time in Britain. I told her that I was interested in going sometime soon. She said that I might as well do it now because it isn't going to get any cheaper (currently the exchange rate sucks.... $1.00 = 1/2 of a British Pound.. OUCH). So, I thought about it. I'm going. I leave September 16th on a British Airways flight from Philadelphia to London's Heathrow Airport.

In other news...
1. The White Sox couldn't catch a break against the Boston Red Sox this weekend... lost the first 2 games... and then they were winning the third... but it got called due to rain. Bummer.
2. Saw "March of the Penquins" yesterday afternoon. Wow. Very interesing story. Be VERY GLAD that you're not a penquin.
3. Had a wonderful dinner on Saturday evening... thank you Carl & Mary Beth... also experienced Cold Stone Creamery for the first time. Wonderful stuff that ice cream.

Ta-ta for now... Try to enjoy your Monday.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

On the Road Again...

Recently, in the last few weeks I've been doing some traveling for my job. Mostly in state...but to parts of Pennsylvania that I have never been to. Today that place is Danville, PA. On a map, Danville seems to be a straight shot north of Harrisburg. It's approx 150 miles from Philadelphia. Up the Northeast Extension and then onto I80 west. Definitely, small town americana. I've heard people from Danville say that it is "God's Country" here.. and that is totally true. It's beautiful here. Mountains, trees, lots of green open spaces.... so, what have I encountered so far in my small town...

1. a Panera Bread for my dinner!!! Jamie... it's clean and they serve a pizza like object that looked good...
2. Columbia Mall... if there could be a mall worse than Granite Run mall... I have found it! I would hate to be a teenager here... you really can't stroll a mall that's only 50 yards long.
3. Dairy Queen server w/ the mohawk. He showed me that you can indeed make a 2 foot tall vanilla soft serve w/o it falling over. Who would have thought?

One final note... you know how you get older you start saying things that your parents say.... my personal favorite is something my dad ALWAYS said to me when I was little.... "well, it's better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick!" So, I have started to say this more than normal... I have picked up another phrase.... I have NO idea where I got it from.... Can you all help? Here's the phrase: "Let me know how that works out for you...ok?" I said to 2 co-workers yesterday.... I know it's not my phrase... can't figure out who it belongs to. (yes... I had a lot to think about on my way to Danville today).

Ooooohhhh... I got what I asked for...

I had to delete my post about female body parts. Unfortunately, someone had to comment on the many other uses (actually a lot more than I actually thought existed).

I've learned my lesson....

No more being way too goofy in a public (but, yet, somewhat anonymous) forum.

Enjoy your Wednesday.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

This is my first attempt at a picture on my blog!!!!! Yippy. This was from Oakland, California last year at an Oakland A's baseball game (they were playing the Chicago White Sox... of course... the good guys won!!).

Bye for now.

Monday, August 08, 2005


Crap... it's thundering out right now... which means rain is on the way. This would be a bad situation...except I brought an umbrella to work today.

In other news: Please read the August 7th post at Thankfully, little Joseph doesn't have a crush on me. Or... maybe I should be flattered that a 3yr old thinks I'm hot? I think not.

White Sox against Yankees tonight. May the best team win.

Peter Jennings dying. I cried today when I found out. He was basically an icon that I grew up with. My family always watched ABC News. He was usually who I had my dinner with. He will be missed.

That's about it from here.

Friday, August 05, 2005

This is your first & final warning...

Play fair. Keep your hands to yourselves. No hitting. No bad-mouthing. Keep comments light & preferably to a minimum in length.

Got it. Good.

And besides... it's my damn blog.

Oh.. and by the way... have a grand Friday.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

One way to ruin a perfectly good lunch...

So.... I bought my Maryland crab soup for lunch at the cafeteria... I pay my $1.50 for the soup... as I proceed to find a table... the first person I see out of the corner of my eye is a person upchucking into his styrofoam cup. Granted he was a patient... so that's what patients do sometimes...

Needless to say, I didn't finish my soup.