Friday, November 30, 2007

A Couple of Beers

I had back-to-back meetings up the road yesterday & today. Hung out yesterday evening with a colleague who's a great gal & we've gotten to be good friends over the past two years.

We went to a really cool place and settled at the bar. She was expecting someone else to meet us, a guy she'd dated a few times after she'd divorced,but is now just good friends with. He showed up after we'd had a chance to talk for a few minutes.

He was a nice guy, just came across as decent and down-to-earth. And I found myself not talking about my late husband as a defense mechanism, as I have in the past when around 'an eligible man'. Movement towards my 'Chapter 2' I reckon.

I can hear some of you saying 'good for you, girl, keep taking those steps'. And I know it's a good thing. But I've still had a damn good cry about it this evening anyway.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

All Is Right With The World

Kathy Griffin has a new stand-up special tonight.

Man how I wish she'd bring a stand up show to my neck of the woods. That's a ticket I'd buy in a heartbeat.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Made Me Laugh Out Loud

12PM Relax -- That's Just Canadian for "Good Morning"

Overworked CSR: Sir, at any point in our conversation today did I provide you with my name?
Customer: No.
Overworked CSR: Good -- fuck you [hangs up].

Toronto, Ontario
Canadia


via Overheard in the Office, Nov 28, 2007

My Friend

the Poopster has tagged me with a meme and so here goes:

Things I am not:

Patient: Been known to snap my fingers at the microwave to encourage it to hurry up.

Vegetarian: I'll take the New York Strip, medium with a fried pork chop on the side.

Damn, this is kind of hard. I'll have to give this some more thought and come back to it.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Instead of

dealing with the crowds the day after the Thanksgiving bacchanalia of turkey overdosing, I took a ride to Mepkin Abbey, the Trappist monastery near Charleston for their fifth annual Creche Festival:



I was drawn to the faces on this Bolivian Creche.
The figures are barely two inches high.








This was just so pretty.
There were 42 Creches on display. The experience was truly spiritual-it was almost awe-inspiring in which each artist took the same idea and brought forth an individual representation.





College Football Overdose

First there was the Arkansas-LSU game, which left me feeling like I'd been run over by a truck (3 OT's!). Then there was the Tennessee-Kentucky game, which made Arkansas-LSU look like amatuer hour (4 OT's!).

Which brings us to Carolina-Clemson: Clemson-24, Carolina-21. Aaargh!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Haven't Seen

Elf, but I'm planning on watching it at some point this weekend. If only to see the scene in context where the guy announces Santa is coming and Will Ferrell screams Santa! in such complete joyful abandonment.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

I Wish

things were different.

Blessings to all my friends.

And thank you Jennifer for the sweet comment. I needed that.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Because I'm Trump's Whore

and because there is no resisting a damn good celeb reality train wreck, I'm so there for this:

`Celebrity Apprentice' Stars Announced
By FRAZIER MOORE – 7 hours ago
NEW YORK (AP) — At a locked-down news conference in Manhattan last month, the cast for "Celebrity Apprentice" was introduced to members of the press. Everyone was sworn to secrecy.
Now the secret can be told, says NBC, which made public Monday the names of the cast members.
Not that they needed any introduction. Not all of them, anyway.
Not Omarosa, remembered for making everybody mad as a contestant on the first "Apprentice" season in 2004.
Why did Omarosa agree to come back?
"I did it for redemption," she told reporters.
Vincent Pastore (aka "Big Pussy" from "The Sopranos") was also instantly recognizable.
So was Stephen Baldwin, who explained his participation by noting he already had "done a bunch of reality ... I thought it would be fun to play the game."
Likewise Gene Simmons of Kiss, star of his own reality series and unabashed self-marketer.
"I'm in the Gene Simmons business," he said, so doing "The Apprentice" can only help promote his many other ventures. "Everything helps everything."
But others on hand did need a bit of introduction.
Like Nely Galan, former entertainment president of the Telemundo network and executive producer (and "life coach") of "The Swan," an extreme makeover program that aired on Fox a few years back.
Or the vaguely familiar-looking woman introduced as Marilu Henner, best-known from the sitcom "Taxi" a quarter-century ago.
The 14 celebrities won't be vying for a job with Donald Trump, as in the previous six "Apprentice" seasons, but instead will compete in business-oriented tasks around New York City to raise money for their favorite charities. The official "Celebrity Apprentice" will win a $250,000 bonus to donate.
Tasks will be judged in the boardroom by executive producer-host Trump and his advisers, including, once again, his children/colleagues Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr.
As they met with the press in mid-October, the gathered rivals were set to face their first challenge the next day, when taping began. The show debuts Jan. 3.
Cast members for this rejiggered "Apprentice" — which in the past relied on scrappy, ambitious star-wannabes — were selected from a field of some 125 celebrity applicants, Trump told reporters.
"They were all begging to be on the show," he said. "The hardest thing was breaking it down to these 14."
One deciding factor: Each of the chosen has had experience in business, Trump said. "These people have all done something very dramatic with money."
Can they do it again, with cameras watching every move?
Actress-model Carol Alt acknowledged some initial nervousness.
"They're going to follow us in real time and that's scary, of course," she said. "I think with most all of us, we want control of our image — it's part of the work that we do."
Galan echoed Alt's trepidation.
"I've produced reality shows," Galan said. "To be on the other side is a little creepy. It's my karmic boomerang."
Other cast members include country music star Trace Adkins, Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Nadia Comaneci, Playboy Playmate of the Year Tiffany Fallon, Olympic softball gold medalist Jennie Finch, heavyweight boxing champ Lennox Lewis, "America's Got Talent" judge Piers Morgan and Ultimate Fighting Champion Tito Ortiz.
NBC is owned by General Electric Co.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

I Think I'm Coming Around

to the belief that it may not be PMS, but that this is my actual personality.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Warning!

This stuff will cause you to spend hours trying to figure out how to unhinge your jaws to allow for maximum stuffing of what can only be described as 'Nectar of the Gods' into your system.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Eight Random Things

Because I'm kinda scared of Jennifer & she double-yada yada yada dared me (and, well, everyone else, but let's not quibble):

  1. It's candy corn time! I love candy corn. But really, who doesn't?
  2. My Aunt has been emailing old photos that she's having a blast scanning into the computer and saving (see recent post where I am totally 'rocking' my Brownie uniform). It's created no small amount of cognitive dissonance with me, because I remember myself as a chubby kid. And that is one bony little thing in those photos. What's up with that?
  3. Is it just me, or are the clothes in the stores this fall just about the fugliest crap you've ever seen?
  4. Well, except for Talbots. And I've just discovered there is a Talbots Outlet about two hours away from me. Methinks this calls for a road trip up Charlotte way over Thanksgiving weekend.
  5. Do you ever want to just toss everything in your house out in the front yard, set it on fire and start over? Yeah, me too.
  6. I have quite the little girl crush on Heidi Klum.
  7. A website I must check every day: passiveaggressivenotes.com.
  8. And another dirty little weekly obsession.

Project Runway

returns Wednesday!

And Bravo is treating me with a marathon of last season's episodes. I still lurves me some Laura Bennett. Still have found no redeeming qualities in Jeffrey's personality. And Vincent? Vincent still totally squicks me out.

Maybe I take my reality tv just a tad too seriously.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Dear Mr. Nigerian Dating Scammer:

Just a few tips based upon my review of the following message you sent me on my 'Myspace' page:


Hello Gorgeous,How are you doing?


I hope you get this mail and it finds you well in Goodshape,Sorry for writing this late as I have been very busy lately with my flight arrangements and appointments.I was glancing through profiles when your gorgeous picture got me attracted while your lovely words had me write you..lol.I really was marvelled reading your profile and i enjoyed doing so.The first thing that came to my mind when i saw your picture was..'WOW..you're drop dead GORGEOUS.lol.so i thought i'ld take out time to introduce myself. I'm Dennis Hughes 46yrs 5'9inches tall" 175lbs blonde hairs,blue eyes.Originally from cedar grove,New Jersey but presently embarked on a business trip to the United Kingdom to purchase some Furniture Wooden Antiques .



Widowed ,was born by a british woman from London,UK with a white man from cedar grove,New Jersey .I relocated to staying in cedar grove,New Jersey after i lost my dad...died an Asthmatic Patient,but grew up with mum in London,UK.Studied in (oxford university London) had degree in Arts And Sculpture.I'm a proud contractor,deal in making arts piece and also into sales and marketing of furniture wooden antiques.I receive the most compliments on my eyes (Blue), legs (shapely/muscular) and my thoughtfulness (very). I consider myself very versatile and I have to be because I have friends and business associates of all races, ages and socio-economic backgrounds. I'm very laid-back and down-to-earth. I'm also very old-fashioned when it comes to my respect and treatment of women...As for my hobbies...Hhhh Like camping,fishing,golf,watching movies,not much into sports but also do the side thing..lol.



I like spending time with loved ones,i don't smoke and i don't drink .I really don't have much time for the common 'traditional divorced scene' but thought i'ld give it a try,besides, i have a few friends who have had good experiences.I'm an honest and straight forward man not into playing games. Seeking a woman with the entire provabial package,beauty and morals.With self respect,understanding caring heart and not into games.Looking for a serious woman to settle with spend the rest of my life with,would take things easy but if sparks fly,then so be it.



Sorry for the lengthy note,however my aim is to give you a full picture of who i am.But I would be very glad if you respond with the hope of corresponding,and also hope we get to know each other better as i look forward to reading from you soon.Till i hear from you,have a blissful time and stay with God's blessings. i got im on yahoo instant messenger u can aslo reach me on there on dnnslucas@yahoo.com... if u have yahoo u could aslo let me know so we can chat there ok. Many Thanks Dennis Hughes

Tip #1: Maybe get someone who learned to read and write English as their first language to compose these missives for you--the fucked-up syntax, inappropriate capitalizations and overall lack of understanding of proper punctuation are kind of a dead giveaway.

Tip #2: Keep your stories straight-at first you say you are widowed, then you talk about not liking 'the traditional divorce scene'. I'd stick with widowed, just for the sympathy vote.

Tip #3 and this is a biggie: I have never heard an American male of any persuasion describe his legs as 'shapely'.

And just out of curiosity, what the Hell is 'the side thing'?


Good luck in your search, and be sure to let me know if I win the lottery.



Monday, November 5, 2007

Sunday, November 4, 2007

The Kittie

woke me up at six-ish; we were up and about, morning routine. I went to get the paper and...no paper. I hate it when the Sunday paper is late.

Except it really wasn't, because it was about then that I realized it was actually five-ish, since I learned a long time ago to wait until the next morning to put the clocks back in the fall.

At this point though, it feels as if I've been up for just about freakin' forever.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

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Soup's Bubbling

From a recipe in Woman's Day, that called for a package of Knorr Leek Soup mix, swiss chard, canelloni beans and kielbasa sausage.

My grocery store didn't have the Leek Soup mix, so I substituted a package of Knorr Vegetable Soup mix, they didn't have any swiss chard, so I picked up some baby spinach. They did have Kielbasa and canelloni beans, so I'm good there. It's starting to put off a nice aroma as we speak.

I've made the rounds to all the local holiday market/open house deals this morning; the Vandy-Florida game is on and the Gamecocks are on tap with the Arkansas Razorbacks later this evening.

A pretty good fall Saturday, all in all. Hope y'all are getting to enjoy some nice, crisp weather.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Friday Night

And I'm watching 'Pirates of the Caribbean'. Because I lurves me some Johnny Depp channeling Keith Richards.

____________________

I'm the incoming president for our state association next year, which means I'm in charge of our big fall conference. We traditionally work with one of our major vendors to put on a 'dinner dance' and the president picks the conference and dinner dance theme.

So the vendor and I discussed this briefly last week at the Myrtle and I mentioned a western theme. I'm a redneck girl, through & through, and my vision, as it were, was along the lines of country line dancing and a karaoke machine--true to my honky-tonk roots.

The vendor emailed me today with her 'vision'-a hoedown, to include...square dancing lessons.

Yeah, not so much.