Thursday, February 28, 2002
Well, I had quite a productive lunch!!! I made it out to Hancock's Fabrics and picked up mother's birthday present!! I think we are going to give it to her on Saturday! She is going to love it! Her birthday is the same day as Texas' Independence Day... Elaine and I had a good evening yestarday! We went to dinner at Niko Niko's (my favorite place for dolmas) and then went to Dolce Freddo for dessert...yummy! I had coconut!!! Then we stopped at Target to pick up some things and stalked Elaine's prospective new home!! It is really nice and in a great neighborhood!!! It is small enough to be personable and is gated and so nice!!! It is its own little community within the city!!!! I really liked it! Then we went back to the house to watch Rushmore, after which I immediately crashed!!! All in all we had a really great evening together!!!! Just a girls' night...thanks Elaine!!
Well, another week is almost over! Tonight I will get to see my shows again, though...now that the Olympics are over. The only night that I ever really watch television is on Thursday for Friends and Will and Grace! Otherwise during the week I just flip between the movie channels, TLC, and The Discovery Channel. Saturday is my mother’s birthday. My siblings and I are all going in together to buy her present... Okay, I was just interrupted by two of the guys from auditing...and they really IRRITATED me...one of them comes to me often for help in searching for location numbers and such for our platforms and wells offshore...and he is really pretty nice! The other came to me for help, I gave him my information and then he proceded to argue every fact I was giving him!! Why the hell do you come to me for help if you think you already no the answer...and then get smug with me if the facts I give you contradict what I believe to be true??? People can just be plain rude sometimes and that irritates me more than anything else...especially when they are rude to the people that they rely on for help. Why in the world would you want to piss someone off who is key to you being able to get your work done...do you think that next time that will make them jump to your aide!?!?!?!? Ignorance!!! Just like the consultants I work with...they know that I am solely responsible for their paychecks making it to their pockets...so are they rude to me??? Hell no...they are very nice! And smartly so...if they were rude to me I wouldn’t make such an effort to get their money to them in such a timely manner!!! Same theory lies with people you have to work with on a daily basis...don’t go out of your way to be rude!!! If they aren’t someone you would invite to happy hour that’s fine...but during the hours spent in the office together do what you can to make the relationship pleasant!!! Sheesh!!
Wednesday, February 27, 2002
Well, I have really slacked on updating...but things have just been so busy around here I haven’t sat down in front of my computer long enough to do much! Work has been pretty hectic and near the end of the month things always get even more crazy around here. Last week in Lafayette was fun and adventurous and then yesterday two of the girls from that office were here b/c we had meetings in The Woodlands all day for meetings...so now I am starting to miss them b/c I have been with them for over a week!!! I am leaving early today b/c I have another appointment with the doctor...getting test results, finally! I think the agony of waiting for test results are worse than any symptoms of your illness! Oh...I forgot to bitch about my camera!!!! The screen on my digital camera went out on me...don’t know why...nothing happened to it...I just picked it up to use it the other day and the screen was blank...just white light!!!! I had bought the warranty on it so I took it back and they gave me a brand new one!!!!!! Didn’t even try to figure out what happened, which was fine with me b/c then they probably would have wanted to keep it for weeks or something! So after about five minutes to reset all my preferences (and the wonderful shutter sound that Elaine loves dearly) I was back in business!!! I have decided to document my desk now for when we move to our new offices, too...so I am going to bring it to work later and snaps some pictures around here...give everyone a personal feel so when they read my ranting they will know where I am coming from!!!! ...as it that is possible!!! TTFN
Monday, February 25, 2002
So sorry...I have been out of town for a while and it has been hard to find the time to update! Well, I made it back to Houston Friday night and met up with everyone for pool and dinner...Saturday and Sunday were spent doing things for my niece's wedding. She had her first shower on Sunday, which went very well!!! Now I also need to catch up on other blog reading as well as update my own!! So be patient with me!! Lafayette was quite a productive trip! We got a lot of work done and also managed to have a lot of fun in the process! Those Cajuns never let work interfere with their play time! For example...while at the restaurant, one of my co-workers asked for a to-go cup for her drink!!!!!! This blew my mind!!! I couldn't believe they could do this! Not only that, but they have drive-thru for drinks as well!!!! Whew...to live in Louisiana! Don't think I could do it...I would be dead in a week!!
Wednesday, February 20, 2002
I made it to Lafayette safe and sound...although there were definite attempts to the contrary!! First there were mechanical issues on the plane...then the crew had disappeared somewhere b/c they thought it would take longer to repair these mechanical problems...then we finally are able to board the plane, albeit an hour late...we then proceed to taxi the run-way for another 45 minutes...so at 7:05 PM the 5:20 PM flight is finally airborn!!! Now that we are up in the air the weather decides it is its turn to try to stop us...I felt like I was being thrown around on a one-hundred year old wooden roller coaster...ugh!!! Around 8:00 PM we touched down in Lafayette and I found my rental car as well as my luggage with great ease...I only hope my work here resembles the aftermath of my flight and not the flight itself!!!
Monday, February 18, 2002
Another Monday... My weekend was good! Friday my cousin and I drove up to East Texas and I got to see all my babies (nieces and nephews...and great nieces and nephews!!) We just spent the one night...and drove back to Houston on Saturday evening. We didn't get back until around ten and I was so tired...my mother and I watched the Olympics a little bit...curling...have you ever watched this sport??? Can you call it a sport??? I think Hailey and I could take on these people...it is SHUFFLEBOARD people...just on a really, really, REALLY, big scale!! I don't understand why this is an Olympics sport...that and trampoline...okay, well, I am too tired to get into it... Sunday I went to church with mother...they had a concert that I thoroughly enjoyed! I am not as much of a country fan as I used to be, but I liked these guys! Afterwards, we came home and started lunch. My sister and niece arrived shortly to start working on favors for the wedding, this was followed by the arrival of my aunt and uncle who are staying with us again this week. He has to go back to the doctor today...they are going to decide whether to continue his medication or if surgery is a positive course of action. So, if you pray, please keep him in your prayers...this is a pretty critical time for him. I have class tonight, but afterwards have to start packing...I am going back to Lafayette on Tuesday and will be there until Friday...I don't know how much posting I will get accomplished while there, but I'll try to keep things up-to-date!! Have a good Monday!
I'm cute, cute, as a button!
Which Sesame Street Character Are You?
Friday, February 15, 2002
heeheeheehahahahohoho...this had me holding my side... ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ What a day...we've been cleaning today, getting ready for our move to the new office...only 36 days to go!!! Tonight my cousin is coming in and we are going to Broaddus to do some wedding planning and preparing with my niece whose wedding is in April...and going to spend some time with my grandmother and my great-niece who is going to come down with my other niece...so, in a nutshell, I am doing the family thang this weekend!!! It will be good to spend time with them...and my cousin is going to bring her youngest along as well...he is so adorable...we'll have a lot of fun!! I will miss everyone tonight...but I am sure there will be plenty more Friday nights playing pool with the group!!
Thursday, February 14, 2002
I am sure most of you have seen this before, but a friend and co-worker sent it to me this afternoon and I thought it was worthy of posting. I have noticed my posts have been quite touchy-feely lately...Elaine, I think we need to do something about this!! Facts on Figures: There are 3 billion women who don’t look like supermodels and only eight who do. Marilyn Monroe wore a size 14. If Barbie was a real woman, she’d have to walk on all fours due to her proportions. The average woman weighs 144 lb. and wears between a 12-14. One out of every four college aged women has an eating! disorder. The models in the magazines are airbrushed—not perfect! A psychological study in 1995 found that three minutes spent looking at a fashion magazine caused 70% of women to feel depressed, guilty, and shameful. Models twenty years ago weighed 8% less than the average woman. Today they weigh 23% less. ~Beauty of a Woman~ The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, The figure she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from her eyes, Because that is the doorway to her heart, The place where love resides. The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, But true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, The passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman With passing years—only grows. An English professor wrote the words, “Woman without her man is nothing,” on the blackboard and directed the students to punctuate it correctly. The men wrote: “Woman, without her man, is nothing.” The women wrote: “Woman! Without her, man is nothing.” The Images of Mother 4 YEARS OF AGE ~ My Mommy can do anything! 8 YEARS OF AGE ~ My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot! 12 YEARS OF AGE ~ My Mother doesn’t really know quite everything. 14 YEARS OF AGE ~ Naturally, Mother doesn’t know that, either. 16 YEARS OF AGE ~ Mother? She’s hopelessly old-fashioned. 18 YEARS OF AGE ~ That old woman? She’s way out of date! 25 YEARS OF AGE ~ Well, she might know a little bit about it. 35 YEARS OF AGE ~ Before we decide, let’s get Mom’s opinion. 45 YEARS OF AGE ~ Wonder what Mom would have thought about it? 65 YEARS OF AGE ~ Wish I could talk it over with Mom. I hope everyone enjoyed this... So...smoochies to all and have a wonderful holiday, whatever you end up doing!!!!!!!
If you ever start to wonder what best friends are for, this is it!! Elaine sent me this link today and it really made me smile!!! These holidays (all including valentine's) aren't about buying gifts, flowers, chocolates, jewelry (oolala) or any other material thing...and that is what we tend to forget from time to time. The people we surround ourselves with is what makes holidays special. People who accept you as you are...with all your faults that you cannot change and with all your mistakes that you cannot take back. They lift you up when you're down and know that you'll do the same thing for them in return...thanks to all my friends who I cherish for everything you mean to me!! I want to wish you all a wonderful Valentine's Day!!!
Wednesday, February 13, 2002
Tuesday, February 12, 2002
Well, I have managed to get very little work done today. I came in and worked out this morning...ran over a little bit actually so I didn't get to my desk until a little bit after eight. From there my day progressed as follows: 8:15 - 10:34: I worked on my blog template and the comments for ...doing NO work actually... 10:34: I left work for a doctor's appointment...where I only had a ten to fifteen minute wait...woohoo...and all in all was only gone a couple of hours... 12:35: Returned to work...and ate lunch...did a little work... 2:23 - 3:30: I headed downstairs to the third floor for a management review meeting to get an AFE signed...and then they didn't even sign the AFE...so I sat there for an hour when they decided to redo some numbers... So, I finally return to my desk and get a little work done...but I don't plan on working late tonight so I guess the rest will have to wait until tomorrow...darn!! Bad work ethic??? No, just too much running around today to really concentrate on the projects that are sitting on my desk...
Oh, what fun there is to be had with this one... As VD (Valentine's Day) is drawing ever so near...it is good that we have little games to amuse ourselves with!! This link will let you make your own Conversation Hearts for the season of Luuuvvvv!!! Let's see what kind of original hearts we can come up with!!!!
link courtesy of No/w/here...
link courtesy of No/w/here...
Monday, February 11, 2002
Well, some might say that I caved to the constant badgering by Elaine to change my template, but what really happened is...well, I really don't know, but I lost my template...and while I had it saved, since I was going to have to partially rebuild anyway, I just decided to start with a new one. There are still some things that don't fit quite right, but I'm working to get that corrected... So, in the meantime, tell me what you think...improvement? or you didn't really give a shit either way?
Saturday, February 09, 2002
Last night was our traditional gathering at Barney's to play pool followed by dinner at Kirin's and then it was off to Ashbury's to test another sampling of their Love Potion No. 9. I had mine non-alcoholic this time...I have decided to eliminate alcohol one hundred percent from my diet (which Kenny was kind enough to rib me for)!!! I have decided that is a major factor in the massive headaches that I continue to have. Even though I really only drink maybe one night a week (Friday nights when we go out to play pool) if I even have one drink the next day I am suffering from a terrible sick headache that lasts all day with me...hence the decision not to drink anymore...it really isn't much to give up since I hardly drink anyway...which is contrary to any knowledge of me from people who knew me in high school or college... We had a really good time, though. One of my friends and coworkers, Kim, joined us at Barney's for a brief time, but wasn't able to stay very long...maybe next time she'll be able to. Kirin was pretty good, but I think I like the idea of sitting at a bar and watching my sushi being prepared for me a bit better...thanks for the suggestion, though EJ...it was delightful!!! I was hoping that Mike (of CoffeeCorner) would have been able to join us for dinner, but prior engagements didn't allow this...maybe next time he's in town we'll make plans ahead of time! It is such a difference to finally put a face or even a real person for that matter to the online profile that we read. After you meet the person behind the keyboard it makes what you are reading that much more reality based! Prior to our first meeting of the H-Town Bloggers I would casually read over the blogs about twice a week...maybe three times, but didn't really keep up with them the way I should...that will change now for sure! Ah...it is so beautiful outside today...my aunt and uncle just left. They are staying with us for about a week since my uncle is going to have to return to the hospital soon for more tests...but today they are going to spend the day with their kids and grandkids. I think I am going to spend some time with mother and daddy today. Not too long, though, b/c I have a lot of work to get done on my paper. I think we are going to drop off their car to get the oil changed and then spend some time at the mall...I think there were some shoe sells going on that need to be visited...actually I hate to shop, but need to get some new shoes...so we're off...
Friday, February 08, 2002
"Most people are piñatas of stupidity...if you beat them enough bad ideas fall out..." words of enlightenment attributable to File13 So the first meeting of the H-Town Bloggers was an adventure...although everyone wasn't able to be there it was a good group. The above link (pics) is a link to the album from our gathering...please puruse and leave comments if you so desire!!! Thanks to everyone who was able to show up...I really enjoyed getting to know you all and look forward to future happy hours!!
Thursday, February 07, 2002
*sigh* what a morning... I barely had time to sign onto my computer this morning when we had to head out for a meeting that lasted until 12:45... It was a productive meeting and we did get lunch out of it so I shouldn’t really complain too much, but staring at overhead projections for five hours tends to make your eyes start to cross!! Well, tonight is the first happy hour of the H-Town Bloggers...not everyone is going to be able to make it unfortunately, but one of our members who doesn’t actually live in Houston, but in London (he calls Houston home, though) is in town right now...so we thought we should go ahead with tonight’s plan. Tomorrow I will post pics and stories, as I am sure everyone else is planning on doing!! I am looking forward to meeting everyone...ironically the wife of one of the members is an employee here at APC with me...we’ve never met, though...only emailed one another! I am sure one of these days we will have the opportunity! It is so beautiful outside today...I really hope it looks this way this weekend. The trail-riders are assembled across the street from our building...preparing for the trail-ride that opens the rodeo is this weekend. There are trailers and trucks of all sizes...and wagons and horses all resting up and getting ready...we’ve been watching them from our floor. Tomorrow is a GoTexan celebration at the hotel next door that our company usually participates in...I don’t know if I’ll be joining the festivities tomorrow or not, though...this week is getting pretty busy...speaking of I need to get back to work now as well...
Wednesday, February 06, 2002
Okay...my organizational skills, or lack thereof I should say, has me in a bind again...I CAN’T FIND MY GLASSES!!! For once it isn’t that they are laying on the bar and I just walked right passed them without picking them up...they are finally lost for real. If I am not forgetting my glasses then I am forgetting my ID tag for work...sheesh!! The ID tag I can get around without...I just borrow someone’s when I need to journey to another floor of the building...but my glasses are another story. The headache will start slight...a dull pain behind my eyeballs...then they begin to feel as if they are crossing...then the pain slowly begins to heighten...then the nausea sets in...then I might as well detach my head from my body b/c there is nothing that can be done at that point... Maybe I should get one of those chains that old ladies wear around their necks to keep track of their glasses...how do you think that would look??? But back to last night...after work yesterday I had an appointment to get a massage...and it was about time, too. I hadn’t had one in a while...and it was so wonderful!! The therapist used hot oil and lotion...and after she finished she made wet towels hot and wrapped my feet in them and put another one over my back and rubbed another over my arms!! I was in heaven!! I was so sore from Monday’s workout routine and had such aching muscles...she really helped to relieve a lot of the tension... If you have never had the experience I greatly encourage you to find a therapist near you and schedule a session as quickly as possible...you won’t regret it and you can thank me afterwards!!!
Tuesday, February 05, 2002
Since this story was in the news today I thought this would be a good opportunity to remember some of our peers...although I didn’t attend Texas A&M University, I still feel a connection being that the tragedy in 1999 occurred so close to home and at an event that I had the privilege to attend on several occasions with friends and family that did attend the university. Also b/c some of my readers are in fact alumni of TAMU...I hope this is well received by all.
Yucky weather outside today... You know, the best memory I have of a day like today is from college...although, the torrents of rain falling on that day surpassed what is going on here in Houston by far... I don’t recall the day of the week, but I didn’t have class, nor did I have to go to work...but I do know that the rain was coming down so hard and it was so dark outside...so I made out the sofa bed, popped up a big bowl of popcorn, made a pitcher of sweet tea, put on my softest t-shirt and boxers, crawled under the sheets and proceeded to watch five hours of Gulliver’s Travels, the 1996 version with Ted Danson. It was such a wonderful afternoon...so comfortable and peaceful...behind the drawn curtains I could hear the rain beating on the windows...I felt like I was inside some safe cocoon and that I would never have to face the outside again... Did you ever have such a wonderfully peaceful day like that??? Every time the rain and nasty weather comes now I think of that day. What a great memory!!!!!! I am so thankful that these nasty days can conjure such a thought!!! Okay, enough sappiness!!! hee hee On a more serious note, I would like everyone to keep my uncle in your thoughts and in your prayers, if you pray. My grandfather passed away due to heart disease some years ago and my uncle has inherited this from him. He has already had one heart attack and by-pass surgery. He is back in the hospital again b/c he was having some pain...the doctor found that he had 90% blockage where three arteries come together. The doctor said he could not have another by-pass surgery, but they could possibly insert a stint into the artery. For now he is going to stay with us for about a week...and then make another trip to the hospital. In the interim I think they are going to start with medication and see what kind of progress it makes. My uncle and aunt are building a new house right now and he has been doing most of the work himself...otherwise he is in good shape. He isn’t overweight...he doesn’t drink or smoke or eat foods high in fat or cholesterol...but his condition is an inherited one. So, please just keep him and my aunt in your thoughts for a quick recovery...he spent last night in the hospital, but will come to our house tonight. I think the next few weeks are going to consist of a series of tests...and from there I don’t know...
Monday, February 04, 2002
Ikea to browse around for a while...then had Chinese for lunch!! Afterwards Kenny returned home and Elaine, Robert, and I took off to Galveston for Mardi Gras. We had a wonderful time... Sunday I went back to Elaine's and again with Robert and Kenny we went out for another outing! This time our destination was Cirque du Soleil Dralion!!! We really had a wonderful time and then headed to Houston's Restaurant for dinner!!! What a great weekend...thanks guys!!!!!
A coworker sent this to me and I thought it was worthy of posting!!! Lemme' know what you think... Okay this REALLY, this freaked me out, but its cool. "Take a look at this photo. It was taken in 1983 where one suspected serial killer lived. Supposingly, this was also the room where the suspect raped, tortured, and murdered 4 young college students. Look closely and focus your attention for about 1 or 2 minutes (REQUIRED) at the top left door. There's something very strange about it. Believe me....you won't see it at first, but just keep looking!!!!"