real life

(or something close to it...)

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

A Documentary...

I just finished watching "Paper Clips." I can't even remember where I first learned about this movie. Thankfully, Netflix had it... (but then again... what movie DON'T they have??). It was amazing. It is a very simple story of 8th graders from Whitwell, TN. Whitwell is a rural Tennesee town... almost all white, all protestant, all alike. The teachers and principal of the middle school were trying to think of a project to teach tolerance of others. They came up with studying the Holocaust. When they were discussing how many individuals were killed a student asked "How many really is six million?" The teacher didn't know how to answer because she herself had never seen six million of anything... The students investigated and came up with the idea of collecting paperclips. Six million paperclips. One to represent each Jewish victim of the Holocaust.

This movie showed how young children can understand such a thing as the Holocaust.

I was in tears from beginning to end. Maybe it was the movie, maybe it was PMS, maybe it was both...

But whatever... go. watch. this. movie. You will not be disappointed.
My favorite picture...

I think I was 4 when this picture was taken. I absolutely LOVED this dress... Big Bird... I sorta remember it being my favorite dress when I was little... and I HATED dressing up back then... For my 6th birthday my dad was taking me to see Peter Pan w/ Sandy Duncan. He wanted me to wear a dress... I kicked him in the shins because I didn't want to... Well, his belt on my behind won over my kicks... so, I wore a dress and went to see Peter Pan... but.. I still hated dressing up (I caught the dress up bug in high school...when I HAD to dress up every day).

In other less pressing news:
1. Had a wonderful Memorial Holiday weekend in Chicago. Spent most of the time on the boat on Lake Michigan. It was HOT. HOT. HOT... but fun. I only got mildly sunburn.
2. White Sox won two in a row... they aren't playing that great right now.. definitely it's their pitching.
3. Today is almost over. V. excited about that. The first day back is always the hardest.

Bye for now.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Wednesday Wackiness...

Totally crazy day............... Totally crazy day............

GO TAYLOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (In case you are under a rock... it's the guy I hope will win American Idol. I voted 7x for him!!)

Having a little wardrobe malfunction today... I think my skirt is a little sheer and I'm afraid it's see through... my coworkers say it's fine... I'm kinda troubled by this fact... I love this skirt... it looked great in the dressing room....but not so good right now.

That's all for now.



Thursday, May 18, 2006

My Amusing Morning...

So... I drove into work this morning... I have a meeting in West Philly right after work so it was best to drive today. One of the perks about Jefferson is that we have a remote parking lot at Penn's Landing. It costs me $5 to park there instead of the $16-$20 at the garage across the street..

Well, today was amusing for a few reasons.. 1. I came to work early for a blood test I needed to take. As I was half way to work... I remembered that I forgot the prescription (ie.. referral) for the blood test. So, can't do that this morning... I didn't eat breakfast because I thought I was going to be taking the test... Needless to say, I was hungry and a little mad at myself for forgetting the sole reason I came into work early today... The other amusing reason... I didn't get off at the Penn's Landing exit... I totally wasn't paying attention and missed it... I got a little tour of Northeast Philadelphia as I found my way back to 95S. It was all good ... I arrived at work in time for my $4 Starbucks breakfast.

In other less pressing news:
1. My last day of the work week.
2. Lost is soooo good. It amazes me every week. You all should be watching if you aren't!!!
3. Elliott off American Idol. Elliott we hardly knew you!!! I think I want Taylor to win... He seems more down home than a girl who grew up in Brentwood (or was it Sherman Oaks... I can't remember).

I've got nothing else.

Bye for now.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

A quick post about iTunes.... I can download a Clay Aiken song in the privacy of my own home.. without anyone making snide remarks about my taste in music...

But since I just told you all that I downloaded a Clay Aiken song... let the snide remarks come!!!

Enjoy the rest of your evening.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Ok... it's just too beautiful out this morning...

Instead of getting off at Market East I jumped off the train at Suburban Station and walked the 7 blocks to my office. It is sooo nice out this morning... not too warm... not too chilly... just enough for my sweater to keep me warm.

On the Ipod was playing one of my favorite songs from back in the day... "Another Time and Another Place." I had the ipod on shuffle... so, it *randomly* picked to play this song this morning. It's a great old school (early 90s) contemporary Christian song.

In other noneventful news...
1. I didn't watch ER last night... I purposefully missed it because I was doing something much better than watching TV
2. Another comment about ER ... I remember back when it was really, really, really good... how I wouldn't miss it like I don't miss "Lost" now. It's just in the last few seasons the story lines are getting a little too recycled. I mean.. how many DIFFERENT ways can you show a heart attack, a sick kid who gets better, a sick kid who doesn't get better, a pregnant nurse, etc..
3. My weekend plans.. tonight: maybe an ice cream cone @ Cold Stone and a Netflix movie. Tomorrow: I. Skinner's Bar Mitzvah. Sunday: Church and then a movie in the afternoon... not sure yet what I will see..
4. White Sox rained out last night. Probably a good thing.
5. Oh.. something I learned about cooking: don't use rye bread to make grill cheese sandwiches. Does. Not. Work.

Ta-ta.

Aren't you enjoying my boring little life?

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, May 11, 2006

American Idol...

Can't believe Chris is gone.

So. so. so. sad.

McPhee was given a reprieve.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Market East...

Market East is where I take the train to and from every day on my commute to & from my job. Usually in the early morning as I'm walking to leave Market East and/or the Galleria... there is a bench. On that bench usually sits homeless men or women.. I guess they come right in when the Galleria opens in the morning.

Today was not different from any other day... there was a homeless man sitting there. The thing that was different was my reaction to him. I usually don't have a reaction because I see them everyday. Today was different. This man looked like he could have been in a play. He had make up all over his face... his hair was in dreadlocks and it was put up all over his head in colorful bands. He was sitting there with a huge pack by his feet. I felt compassion for this man. For this weird man sitting there on the bench. I also was scared of him. He looked so different than the normal everyday homeless guy.

I can't even imagine what it would be like to be homeless. I never want to experience it. I try not to see it...yet, it's all around me... in one of the wealthiest cities in the nation... Yes, Philadelphia...we are wealthy. We are not NYC, or San Fran, or London... but we are wealthy.

Makes me think....

In other less thoughful news..
1. White Sox pulled another one away from the lowly Kansas City Royals... how such a bad team hit TWO homers in one inning against the best team in baseball (and I CAN say that they are the best team in baseball) is beyond me. Maybe it's just a White Sox thing.
2. Went for a movie and Baja Fresh w/ my friend John on Saturday evening. Movie was weirdly enjoyable.. We saw Brick. Baja Fresh fish tacos... wonderful as always.
3. Watched the original Ghostbusters after not seeing it since 1984. Totally goofy and fun movie. Thank you Netflix.
4. Worked at the hospital yesterday. It was a good day. Got to meet some way cool patients.

That's it. Enjoy your Monday.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Ok... I feel old..

Remember "Family Ties"? It was a great show... well, the person who played the little sister... Tina Yothers... well, she turned 33 today. WOW.
I think I still smell like onions...

So... it's Cinco De Mayo today. What it celebrates I still do not know. So..Happy Cinco De Mayo day!! Go drink happy drinks and wear Mexican hats. I will be eating a my grand Mexican lasgna dish that I got up at 4.30 this morning to prepare for tonight's feast at Chez Doran. One unfortunate outcome of preparing the meal is that my home smells like onions and therefore I smell like onions... I thought the whole shower and soap thing this morning after making the meal would have taken care of that....but I'm not so sure.

In other news...
1. White Sox rock!! Who knew my baseball team would be this amazing??
2. Bought a ticket to The Lion King @ the Academy of Music for July 15. Looking forward to it... but, how does the Kimmel Center justify charging $11.50 in service fees for a ticket purchased over the Internet??? Crazy.
3. TODAY IS FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's been one heck of a work week. and. it. is. finally. over. in. about. 7.5 hours.
4. Only 6 more days until my alarm clock is in stock at LL Bean. I've been waiting for the Blue Lavender Moonbeam clock to get in stock since February. Yes. I am making a big deal about a crazy clock. I've wanted this clock since before Christmas... and my favorite color has been sold out since then. I must really want this crazy thing if I've been checking the LL Bean website every week since Christmas.
5. Going to see Mission Impossible III tomorrow. Sorta weirdly looking forward to it.

That's about it from here.

Happy Friday.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Me & TV...

In case you haven't noticed... there are some excellent television shows on network TV right now.

One case in particular... "House, M.D." on Fox. Tonight will be the conclusion of a two part episode. Gregory House is probably one of the most complex characters on TV right now. He's nasty, he speaks his mind, he hates patients...but loves figuring out what's wrong with them. He has no friends (except for Wilson), but I think deep down does care for people. The story lines of "House" are usually contained to a single episode... so you can miss an episode and not be totally lost for the rest of the season. The supporting characters are amazing... how they don't know whether to hate House, love House, emulate House, etc...

Anyway, you should be watching.