real life

(or something close to it...)

Friday, September 30, 2005

And another one for good measure...

It's nice reading the Chicago papers today and reading about 88 yr old men crying because of the White Sox win. If Red Sox can do it... why not the White?

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Go White Sox. Win. Or Die Trying. 2005 American League Central Champs!!!!

that would be the White Sox.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Back to work

I just ended my first day back to work since my vacation. Thankfully, it wasn't as bad as I originally thought it would be. Actually, I was quite dreading coming back to the office.

In other news:
1. Ahhh... my wonderful White Sox. I wish they would just hurry up and win this thing... It's getting a little too stressful... I guess that's what makes October so wonderful.
2. I hardly EVER comment on Sunday sermons here... but yesterday's was pretty good. I knew everything he was saying in theory... but putting it into practice... that's another thing. So... I started yesterday w/ someone I haven't talked to in quite a long time. It was scary.. yet nice.

Time to go board a train.

Good night.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Pet Peeve #459...

trying to get the crazy wrapper off a new CD. there must be an easier way that i don't know about.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Because I can...

This picture is from The British Museum. It was taken by some Russian tourists. This is a great room... I loved how the sunlight bounced off the building walls.. The glass dome is amazing. I actually found the museum itself a bit boring (so... sue me). I'm just not that interested in mummies and pieces of rock... no matter how old they are...

On to other news...
1. There is nothing else to say about the White Sox. They are losing more than they are winning. Will they win their division...yea... but by a game.. and then lose in the first round of the play offs.
2. Hurricane Rita. So.... Fox News was interviewing a woman from Galvaston, TX. She said she wasn't going to leave despite the evacuation order... Her reason... "well, I just don't think it will hit us that hard." Yea, that's what they said in New Orleans.

Gotta run... meeting a friend in the city.


Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Back from London!!!

So... I have returned from my whirlwind trip abroad. I definitely don't recommend this for the faint of heart. It was awesome in a rushed type of way. When I landed at Heathrow I hit the ground running and didn't really stop until yesterday when I boarded my plane for Chicago. London is amazing. Just amazing. I can't wait to go again.

So... brief synopsis.

1. Museums visited: The British Museum, The National Gallery, The Tate Modern, The Victoria & Albert
2. Museums I actually liked: The Tate Modern, Victoria & Albert
3. Number of British Chocolate Bars consumed: too many to count
4. Money spent on British Chocolate Bars: about $100 US
5. Indian Dinners consumed: two
6. Purchases at Harrods: 3
7. Postcards sent: 20 (please don't feel offended if you didn't get one... I cut my list from 40).
8. Number of pick ups: 2 (1st one: some drifty US guy living in London... asked me out for a drink. 2nd one: riding the train back from Greenwich... this guy, as dapper as he was, was a little on the elderly side... around 69ish... he kissed me on the forehead as he left the train).
9. Number of times walking in circles: 4

Ok... there were some minor things I didn't like about Britain:
1. TV... BBC is not where it's at. Yea, it is mostly intelligent TV... but no "Lost" or "ER"... V. sad
2. Room temperature soda... no ice. UGH.
3. Street signage... yes, I'm all for keeping the charms of London... but come on... give us a little direction.

All in all a lovely time. Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Is it Friday yet???????

Tomorrow can't come soon enough. It's been such a hectic week... Tonight it gets worse... I'm bringing work home... plus I have to pack and watch a Netflix movie (yea... I know that's not a bad thing... but it's a good two hours) so I can mail it back tomorrow.

Nothing too exciting to report....except what the whole baseball community already knows... the White Sox are going to blow it next week. The Indians are going to come into town...sweep the White Sox and win the American League Central. Well, that's the White Sox... best record for most of the darn season... just to lose it all in the very end.

Tomorrow evening... off to London!


Saturday, September 10, 2005

Happy Saturday...(and I'm working)

...only redeeming value of this... I can listen to U2 in my office v. v. loud!

have a good day.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Not your typical bank...

Here's a shout out to Citizen's Bank. As I arrived at Market East station today, Citizen's Bank employees were volunteering by asking for donations for the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. If you donated $1 you got green Mardi Gras beads. I left with my beads & feeling happy that doing good does wonders for all parties involved.

Citizen's Bank just might get a new customer out of this.

Enjoy your Friday.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Hershey Park...

Fun in the sun.... I'm getting pretty good with this picture thing!!
Another reason Curt Schilling is a hero...
(and it has NOTHING to do with baseball)

Schilling and his wife have opened their home to a family of 9 that were displaced because of Hurricane Katrina.

That's so cool.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Random Thoughts on Monday morning...

1. I'm getting Spam in my comments. I feel honored that Spammers see me as a potential target of their products.

2. In full disclosure, my Mexican fiesta from Friday night consisted of wonderful food and about 3 Diet Cokes. No alcohol beverages were consumed. You all should know me better than that... Am very happy to say that I'm 34 years old and have never been drunk...tipsy, yes. Drunk, never.

3. Saturday was the 4th Annual trek to Hershey Park. Had a wonderful time. We stayed a little longer than we should have this year and didn't get back home until 1.30 Sunday morning... Was v. tired by the end...

4. White Sox won 4 straight...happy... but then again... it was against the Detroit Tigers.

5. Eleven days until I leave for London. Wow. Can't believe it's coming so soon.

That's it from here... Going to see a movie this afternoon.


Friday, September 02, 2005

The Weekend..... (FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

I'm actually going out on a Friday night. This hasn't happened in a long time. I'm going to eat Mexican food and have fun Mexican drinks. This week has been hard on so many levels. Work. Hurricane Aftermath. Work. Hurricane Aftermath. Work. Hurricane Aftermath.

I'm enrolled on a listserv for financial aid professionals... and today probably at least 30 emails have come through from different universities all across the country... these schools are offering students displaced by Katrina free tuition and room & board for the whole Fall semester. Totally amazing.

Gotta run... fun Mexican drinks are calling my name!
Just finished watching "Nightline" a few minutes ago. An elderly man was being interviewed... like many others..he lost EVERYTHING. And you know what he said! He said, "I'm satisfied. No matter what, I'm satisfied." I really wonder if I will be that way if something as horrible as this happens to me one day. Will I be able to say "I am satisfied." Jesus is sustaining this man during this time. Only Jesus sustains & satisfies.

I feel conflicted about the response of the US Government to this storm. My feelings started on Tuesday when President Bush still hadn't made a statement and/or an appearance to comment on the Hurricane. I think they could have done a better job. For me to criticize this Administration... that's not an easy thing...

How can you watch coverage of what's happening in New Orleans and not just weep?

In other news... you can file this in the "Another-reason-why-people-hate-Christians" folder: I found this little article in today's Philadelphia Inquirer. The article is as follows:

"Repent America, the Christian ministry in Lansdowne known for its street demonstrations against homosexuality, said yesterday that Katrina was 'an act of God' that 'destroyed a wicked city' because it hit on the eve of a large gay festival in New Orleans. Michael Marcavage, Repent America's leader, cited Southern Decadence, an often-raucous celebration that was to open today for the 34th year. 'Let us pray for those ravaged by this disaster,' he said. 'However, we must not forget that the citizens of New Orleans tolerated and welcomed the wickedness in their city for so long.' Doug Fulenwider, superintendent of the Louisiana district council of the Assemblies of God, said Marcavage was 'flinging barbs' at the wrong time. 'Many of our pastors have lost their churches,' Fulenwider said, 'and they certainly didn't do anything against God."

Stuff like this just befuddles me. Jesus came for the lost, the hungry, the sick, the outcast. He came for you and I. He came for the prostitutes, the looters,

Guys, please pray for New Orleans & their people.

Thursday, September 01, 2005


It's so hard to watch footage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It's amazing what this storm did. How can one not believe in God after watching the brute force of this storm? It was amazing and I am in awe of the power and the destruction that it caused.

I had an opportunity to go to New Orleans a few years ago for a conference. It's a beautiful city. Cafe DuMonde was one of my favorite spots to go. My workmate and I went there almost every morning and evening for beignets & coffee. It's a great place to people watch. It's right off of Jackson Square. Lots of street performers... After that trip, I have always wanted to go back to spend more time there.. Unfortunately, it will be a long time before anyone will be able to go..and even then... will it be the same? Will Cafe DuMonde even be there? (FYI... a good movie to watch to see New Orleans is "The Runaway Jury" w/ John Cusack).

In other news:
1. The White Sox are sinking fast. I hardly care anymore.
2. Baby Bruce has entered the world. He even has his own blog. I'll post it later to my links.
3. Fifteen days until I leave for London. Still can't believe that I'm going.

That's about it from here.