Wednesday, January 30, 2008


I had to go to the grocery store on my lunch break to pick up a few necessities. Necessities, as in:

1. Beer
2. Cat food
3. Cool Whip

The way I see it, the only way it could have been worse would have been if Item #4 was the latest edition of the National Enquirer.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Ready to Go

My bags are all packed, the "to-do" lists are done, and I'm ready to go!

Unfortunately, my flight doesn't leave until Friday.

On the bright side, the high temps are supposed to be in the sixties in Texas while I'm there. I haven't seen sixty degrees since ....... well ......... forever. Bring it on!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Driving Myself Crazy

I don't leave for Texas (yay!) until Friday, and already I have started with the lists. Honestly, I started with the lists back in November, when I first booked the flights. Lists of stuff to take, things to do before I go, etc., etc., etc. (Don't forget to open the curtains before you leave (in the DARK, thankyouverymuch) on Friday morning!)

I got my duffle bag out of the attic yesterday and started packing, because evidently SIX DAYS is not enough time to pack a bag. Yeeesh!

I've got this constant low anxiety level, and it's driving me nuts. I wish I was the kind of person who started packing the night before the trip. In other words, a normal person. I'm worried that I'll forget something. What I keep forgetting is that I'm pretty sure they have STORES in Texas. Where you can buy the stuff you forgot to pack.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Effin' Friday

Fridays are always busy at the office. In addition to everything else, I have to do payroll, prepare all the bank transfers, and pay all the bills for the office, the boss's house, and the boss's vacation condo. Good times! And the last Friday in January is the worst Friday of the year, because I also have to prepare/send in all the year-end tax crap for the Feds and the State. (Of course, I fill out the forms beforehand, but they still have to be approved by the boss, signed, copied, stuffed into envelopes, etc.) Blecchh.

And all the while I'm having all this fun, the boss is asking me for stuff. For so-and-so's phone number. For a client file. For this weekend's weather report (WTF?! Look it up yourself, buddy!) And his desk is not all that far from my desk, so instead of getting up and coming over to ask for something, he calls my name. "Hey, W.......". "Hey, W.......". Over and overandoverandover.

It's like a broken record. Or like a little kid tugging on your pants, going, "Mommy. Mommy. Mommy. Mommy."*

Grrr. On the bright side, by this time next week, I'll be on my way to Texas!

*No, I personally don't have kids. But I have witnessed this particular phenomenon many times via my friends with kids. And every time I see it, I think, "If I was her, I'd tell that kid to "shut up or I'll GIVE you something to "mommy" about". And that, my friends, is exactly why I never had kids. Know your limitations.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,

aka "The Moment of Truth", Fox's new reality show. I am ashamed to admit that I watched some of this last night. The basic premise is that they hook you up to a lie detector, ask you all kinds of extremely personal questions about your past, how you feel about your spouse, etc., and if you tell the truth (even if the truth is that you cheated on your wife, who is sitting right there in front of you), you win some money. Of course, all kinds of dirty little secrets come popping out along the way. They should have named it "Sell Your Soul".

I don't know which I feel worse about: That people would actually voluntarily go on this show, humiliate themselves, and possibly destroy their relationships, all for a little bit of money; or that I actually sat down and watched some of it.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Truly Cross Words

I think crossword puzzles should have swear words in them, just to liven things up a little.

For example, the clue could be "Nothing", and the space would be eight letters long, and the answer would be "JACKSHIT".

Just a thought.


Click on the title above to see some real brainiacs. Hey, kids, don't go on the ice!! Although to their credit, at least they were outside getting some exercise, as opposed to inside chatting on-line with Jabba the Hutt.

This happened at a local nature preserve where I walk all the time. (Although not on the ice - duh!)

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

You Can Learn Interesting Things Talking To Your Neighbors

I have written before about Jabba the Hutt, that fat fucktard downstairs who has been making my life miserable, off-and-on, for almost a year now. I learned some interesting things about him last night.

1. Even though he looks like he's at least 70, he is in fact only 52. I guess gross obesity (he is so fat he can no longer walk, and has to push himself around his apartment on a wheeled office chair) and chain smoking unfiltered cigarettes ages you in a hurry.

2. I have been supplying the electricity for his oxygen machine. I suspected there was a problem when my electric usage doubled in the months after he moved in, but the landlord said he checked the wiring and everything was fine. Yeah, fine for HIM! (Jabba is the landlord's father). Last night, Jabba's oxygen machine screwed up and he had to reset it, which promptly blew a fuse in MY electrical box. Was I on the phone to the landlord at 8 a.m. this morning? You bet I was.

3. According to another of the downstairs neighbors (I'll call him P), Jabba has been presenting himself on the internet as a buff, twenty-something surfer from California. When P told me this I burst out laughing, until P explained that seeing as how he (P) has a sixteen-year-old daughter who likes to spend time in chat rooms, he didn't find it quite so amusing. Now my skin is crawling.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Not the Sharpest Tool in the Shed

Who needs Mentos, when you can just leave a two-liter bottle of soda outside in single-digit weather and see how long it takes to freeze, then explode?

My neighbor is currently conducting this very experiment on our shared back deck. Sigh.

I Know Who I'm Rooting For .....

...... and it's NOT the team with the player named "Plaxico". WTF? What kind of a crackhead names her kid "Plaxico"? If there is a list of worst kids' names ever, "Plaxico" has got to be in the top ten. It sounds like some kind of manufacturing company. Or a tampon.

Other reasons not to root for the Giants: The whiny preshuzzz quarterback, the field goal kicker who doesn't, and the coach who cold-shoulders afore-mentioned non-field-goal-kicker every time he misses.

Seriously, it breaks my heart that the Packers lost. Although, when you play as badly as they did last night, the outcome is often LOSS.

Go Patriots!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Two Weeks to Texas

I leave for Texas in two weeks. Whoo-hoo!

I'm interviewing a petsitter for Rocky tomorrow. I know, I know, it sounds kind of ridiculous, but so far nobody has volunteered to stop by my house twice a day, dish out smelly cat food, clean up cat puke, and scoop out the litterbox. Hmmm, I wonder why?

Because the petsitter is coming over tomorrow, I've been housecleaning like crazy. I mean, my place isn't really dirty or anything (at least not to me!), but I've been noticing all the little stuff that tends to build up (like cobwebs, and dust, and fingerprints on cabinets. And dustbunnies!). Stuff that I usually don't pay all that much attention to. I hope she doesn't think I'm a complete slob. And I don't know why I'm worried about it. I mean, it's not like I'm living in a landfill or something. Why do we women think we are judged by the cleanliness of our houses? Are we? So much for feminism.

Oh, and should I pack my camera in my checked luggage, or take it on the plane as carry-on? I mean, it's kind of bulky, so it makes sense to check it, but I know people who have had their cameras stolen out of their luggage. Any advice?

And I'm getting my hair cut tomorrow. I'm thinking about getting it cut even shorter. Because I am insane.


I had to stop and get gas last night. So I pulled into the station, and it about broke my heart to pump $3.17!!!!-a-gallon gas into my car. Jeezus. I remember being shocked the first time gas went over $1.00 a gallon. I also used to walk to school uphill both ways in the snow, but that's a story for another day.

Anyway, I went inside, forked over a bunch of money, got my change, and was walking away, folding up the money and putting it in my wallet, when I noticed that the cashier had given me five bucks too much change.

And I stood there and thought about it. Gas is so effin expensive these days. The kid didn't even notice he'd given me too much change. He was already waiting on somebody else. I could walk out to my car, hop in, and drive away, five bucks richer.

Then I turned around and headed back to the register. The kid had this look on his face, like, "uh-oh, she's going to bitch that I shorted her on her change". Then I explained what had happened, handed him the five, and he thanked me about fifteen times.

I am a GOOD PERSON, dammit! Despite what my family says. Although there was that moment of temptation.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Midget House

Last Sunday, I went to an Open House for a home that was in my (tiny little) price range. It wasn't a bad house, although they would have had to drop the price by about 25% to get me to consider it. The place needed some work. One problem was the layout. The house itself was small, and it had been chopped up in to teeny-tiny odd-shaped rooms, making it appear even smaller.

The deal-killer was the staircase. The second floor had sloping ceilings, reducing the available square footage. But the ceiling also sloped at the stair landing between the first and second floors. Which meant that every blessed time you went up or down the stairs, you would have to duck when you got to the landing, or risk conking yourself in the head.

WTF?! Who would design something like that? I mean, yeah, the house was built in 1936 - so what? Was everyone under 4' tall back then? Was there some kind of crippling pandemic back in the twenties that rendered the next two generations midgets? If so, it seems like I would have heard about it before this.

Seriously, I just could not bend my mind (or stoop my body) around that staircase. I mean, it was on an exterior wall - they could have just built a stair tower (not sure if that's the right terminology, but I think it's close) or something to accommodate the dang stairs.

So! That was My First Open House. Exciting! And I'll tell you what, when I got back to my apartment, I walked in the kitchen and went, "Aaaahhhhh!" Because my kitchen is about twice the size of the one in that house. Ditto my living room.

Guess I'll just have to keep looking.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

I Poured The Rest Of It Down The Sink This Morning

.... the bottle of pre-mixed Manhattans, that is. That stuff was not doing me any favors.

Should Be An Interesting Acceptance Speech

And the award for most alarming mother-daughter display of camel toe goes to:

"Temptress" and her mom on last night's American Idol! At least, I think her name was "Temptress". I'm trying to block the whole thing out of my head, actually.

Seriously, did anyone besides me catch that?! I can't even believe they showed that on network TV! I may be scarred for life.

And I'm not entirely convinced that "Temptress" is even a woman. She looked suspiciously like a guy in drag. A really, really ugly guy. And I kind of doubt that "Temptress" is her real name. Why on earth would you name your child "Temptress?" And the irony is really acute in this particular situation, since the woman (if she is a woman) is butt-effin'-ugly. Oh, and the horrible wig was not helping matters any.

But still, it's the camel toe I can't get over. (Shudder.)

Monday, January 14, 2008

What's the Hobo Sign for "Drunks Welcome"?

I have heard that during the Depression, when lots of jobless men were out on the road, they would carve secret signs onto people's doorsteps letting other hobos know if the families in those particular houses would give them a handout or not.

Evidently I have a secret hobo sign for "Drunks Welcome" on my doorstep, because man, every drunk in the free world seems to show up at my door.

Case in point: Back in October, I wrote about the Halloween party I went to, and catching up with a guy I had briefly dated back in the day. On Sunday afternoon, I had just finished steam-cleaning the carpets (yes, AGAIN, because it is fun!), and I was just kicking back to watch some football, when there was a knock on the door. It was the guy from the party, drunk off his ass. He slurrily explained that he was visiting friends in the neighborhood, my name had come up (uh-oh), and his friends told him where I lived (THANKS VERY MUCH, GUYS. YOU ARE SO DEAD). So! He staggered over to say hello. I did invite him into the kitchen, and he tripped over the doorframe and almost fell. Good times! I explained that I had just cleaned the carpets, all the furniture was moved from the living room (sorta true), suggested that he stop back another time (oh please God no), and got him right back out the door. Bye-bye!

I have no idea why drunks think it's perfectly fine to just stagger by my place and say hello. BoyToy used to show up at my door at three o'clock in the morning, three sheets to the wind, and not understand why I didn't want to get up and party. Other acquaintances have shown up from time to time in similarly inebriated/incomprehensible/falling-down-drunk states.

I've gotta find that hobo sign and scrub it off the doorstep.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Stupid Question of the Day (Or, Possibly, of the Year)

So I was just sitting here thinking about random stuff, and for whatever reason I got to thinking about chicken farming, and I asked myself ............ wait for it ...............

"Do chickens nurse?"

Hahahahahahahahaha!!!!!! I am an idiot.

Because Some Days You Just Want To Bite Something

I would never last for any length of time on a semi-liquid diet. As tasty as Frosties and soup and yogurt are, I have really missed eating solid food. And it's only been two days! This morning I actually ate part of a bagel without my head exploding, and I haven't had to take any Advil in several hours, so hopefully I am on the mend.

I don't know why I have such a hard time with dental pain. I mean, I broke my wrist a few years ago, and I was able to handle that pain with no problem. I guess, thanks to my jaw disorder, I am afraid that when my mouth starts to hurt, there will be no end. It will just keep hurting forever. Because back when my TMJD kicked in for the very first time, I was in pain for two months straight, until I finally found a dentist who correctly diagnosed me and was able to come up with a solution. (Thank you, Dr. Palumbaro!) One doctor with whom I consulted told me that I might just have to learn to live with the pain. For the rest of my life. And then he actually laughed. Bastard. For the first time, I understood just how debilitating and demoralizing chronic pain can be.

Oh, and the fact that I went in for a routine cleaning and came out in immense pain due to the dentist GOUGING OUT THE BOTTOM OF MY MOUTH may had have something to do with it.
Thanks, everybody, for listening to me bitch these last few days, and for offering helpful suggestions. Hopefully, I'll have something cheerier to write about next week!

Thursday, January 10, 2008


If the maximum recommended dose of Advil is two tablets every four hours, and you're not supposed to exceed six tablets in 24 hours, that means a coverage time of twelve hours. What's a poor girl supposed to do for the other twelve hours?

I tried going without Advil last night while sleeping, with pretty grim results when I got up this morning. I actually turned around and went right back to bed, making me (very) late for work. Anything stronger than Advil messes with my stomach. Any advice?

Yet Another Dental Diet

Since yesterday morning's debacle at the dentist, I have been able to eat anything I want .... as long as it's in liquid or semi-liquid form. I ate Wendy's Frosties yesterday afternoon until I could not eat any more (for the record, that would be one and a half Frosties). Yogurt is fine, and coffee is my new best friend, as the warmth seems to help with the pain. Oh, and cookies soaked in coffee until they are mush are quite good as well.

Last night I made the tactical error of trying to eat solid food for dinner (the audacity!), and let's just say that it was a mistake. Because then my TMJD (jaw disorder) came roaring back with a vengeance, and now every time I swallow, it feels like something is trying to saw its way out of my jaw and through my ear with a knife.

The dentist's office called last night to make sure I was still alive, and upon hearing that I was still in pain, they asked if I wanted to come in right then. Um, not so much. So then they asked if I would like to come in first thing this morning, and I said that I would like to take a "wait and see" approach. Because frankly, the LAST place I want to be right now is at the dentist's. Gee, I wonder why?

So anyway, when I got off the phone, at first I was all like, "oh, it's so nice that they're all concerned", and my second thought was, "they're all concerned because they're afraid I am going to SUE THEIR PANTS OFF". Of course, as long as they're willing to make things right, I'm not going to sue. But they don't know that. Heh heh. So then I was thinking, "maybe I could get, like, free dental treatment for life!" But that would involve going back to the dentist who just gouged the shit out of my mouth, so I guess I've got to give the whole thing more thought.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008


I had to go to the dentist this morning. For a simple cleaning. The dentist decided she wanted to shave a little bit off my crown, the drill slipped, and I currently have a giant gouge in the bottom of my mouth and a jaw full of novocaine.

At least I got the cleaning for free.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

According to an internet quiz....

.... these are the candidates with whom I agree most closely on the issues. I have no idea who Mike Gravel is.

78% Barack Obama
76% Mike Gravel
76% Bill Richardson
74% John Edwards
74% Dennis Kucinich
73% Chris Dodd
73% Hillary Clinton
71% Joe Biden
38% Rudy Giuliani
37% Ron Paul
37% Mitt Romney
30% John McCain
30% Tom Tancredo
22% Mike Huckabee
22% Fred Thompson

Click below to take the quiz! It only takes a couple of minutes. Have some fun!
2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz

Disclaimer: I have no idea if the creators of this particular quiz were pushing a certain agenda, or if they were slanted or biased in any way. But what the heck, it's just an internet quiz. Try not to take it too seriously, ok?

Monday, January 07, 2008

Yep, It's Monday

It just took my boss over two hours to dictate a two-page memo.

I must say, while I do not particularly enjoy working on the weekend, it is much easier to get stuff done without nine million interruptions. (Mr. N., PLEASE STOP CALLING. We are working diligently on your project. Your constant phone calls and "just stopping by" to see how your project is going is not helping anything, and is starting to piss us off. Just sayin'.)

You can also tell it's Monday because I'm grousing about this petty stuff.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Speed Racer

I had to come into work this morning. Taking dictation on Saturday morning can cause extreme drowsiness, so I just drank two cups of coffee, snarfed down a doughnut, and am now working on a can of Mountain Dew.

I am my own little lab experiment this morning - the effects of extreme amounts of caffeine and sugar on the human body. This could get interesting.

UPDATED TO ADD: It's now almost 4 p.m., I'm still at work, and we can add a large Pepsi (the boss ordered takeout for lunch) to the mix.

Oh, and I was originally only supposed to work "for a couple of hours" today. But we all know how that goes.

Friday, January 04, 2008

This Says More About Me Than I Care To Admit

I am inordinately excited about McDonald's bringing back the McRib. Whooo-hoooo!

God, I love McRibs. I read something on line about McD's bringing them back, and then last night, I drove past a McD's and the reader board said something about McRibs, and I almost pulled in and picked up a couple. Because they are good!

Now, I can make myself a pork sandwich at home, with the slivered onions and the pickle slices, even, and it just doesn't taste like a McRib. (I'm sure that's because McD's probably uses all kinds of nefarious additives. TASTY nefarious additives.) And while I very rarely eat fast food (honest! I even brown-bag my lunch to work!), I am going to be eating McRibs until they yank them off the menu again. And I don't care what anybody says. LALALALAnotlisteningLALALAMcRibsaregoodLALALA!!

And for all you food snobs out there who are making gaggy-faces and going, "Oh my God! McRibs are horrible!" Screw you. I like 'em and I'm not ashamed. Much.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Tour T-Shirts

A while back, my sister TIB said some really nasty (and untrue) things about me. My sister Texas and I were laughing about it on the phone (because what else can you do?), and agreed that we should have t-shirts made up chronicling her comments (because we are twelve). And, since I'm heading down to Texas for a visit next month, what better time than the present?

I just can't decide whether I want the design to go on the front or the back of the shirts. What do you think?

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

It's Like a Heat Wave

I wasn't planning on going for a walk yesterday, but when I got up it was 37 degrees outside. Woo-hoo! So I headed for State Park.

Here's one of the creeks:

And deer:

I just loved this snowman scene in the charcoal grill. I don't know if it started out this grisly, or if the warming temperatures turned an ordinary snowman scenario into snowmanicide:
There were lots of kids on Sled Hill, and tons of cross-country skiers. Which made me think about possibly getting some skis myself, but seeing as how I can break bones just walking (State Park, slipped on ice, wrist, 2002), that's maybe not a great idea.