Friday, June 28, 2002

I'm here, I'm here...wait don't leave!!! Sorry, I know I've been a bit scarce with the posts lately! Things have been busy, as they always are...good news though, the house hunting is going well and with any luck it won't take me more than six months to make a decision! Yeah, so I'm picky! This is my first house - can't rush anything! Tonight and tomorrow are pretty well planned with happy hours, house hunting, and meeting up with college buds for drinks and what-not! I think it's the what-not that usually gets us into trouble, but isn't it the most fun?? Oh, I have to wash my truck, too...poor thing has been neglected long enough! Elaine was talking about taking hers in for maintenance and such and I started feeling a big guilty about my own vehicle not getting enough TLC lately! I'm very good about making sure the maintenance is up to date and usually cleaning it regularly...this time it just went a little longer. :( Next week=EOM Close (accounting term = End Of Month) :( Next week=Holiday, Short week :) Do you have big plans for the 4th??? I've got a few things up in the air, but don't know which one I'll end up doing...there might be an out-town-trip in the mix, but we'll see!!! Later...

Wednesday, June 26, 2002

I think my bamboo needs to be put into another container...I don't like the one it is in anymore. My prayer plant (don't know the real name for it) needs repotting, too...but that is b/c I have taken such good care of it that it has grown to big for the pot it is in now. Well, I have lost a pair of glasses...expensive ones, too - and now I'm in a funk! Went to Wolfies last night...left them on the table (yeah, so it's my fault), waitress found them and put them up at the waitress stand...now they're gone! They have looked all day for them. Well, I hope whoever has them is enjoying them as much as I did. Now I have to find me some more! Funny how the cheap ones never get lost. These were some I bought in Egypt when we were there in May. No, I didn't have them too long, I know! Been a long day...I think I'm gonna go home now...
Ho hum...

Tuesday, June 25, 2002

Yay...it's almost time for Happy Hour!!!!
Well, it looks like BlogSnob is having issues these days...so until they get things straightened out, they're outta here!!! Apparently someone edited their Ad Template and now some of us have a huge ad image showing up...

Monday, June 24, 2002

Allocations are finally done...for March activity!!! One of these days we're going to catch up... The weather looks yucky outside my window today. I think it was raining earlier, but since my head has been buried in these allocations since the wee early hours of my work day, I'm not too sure!! Busy, Busy, Busy...

Sunday, June 23, 2002

Well, it was a good weekend. Friday after work I met with my realtor and we're getting things started. I'm getting very excited...and very nervous! Afterwards, it was pool with friends and dinner at Sweet Tomatos. EJ brought along a friend of his from way back when...and she brought along her husband! They were both very nice people and fit in well with our little group! After dinner we hit Crazy Frogs (unfortunate little dive) and Sherry blessed us with the chance to hear her beautiful voice - it was karaoke night at Crazy Frogs!!! Then it was off to Ashbury's for their infamous Love Potion No. 9!!! And we called it an early night... Saturday was our picnic at Memorial Park, which turned out quite well...well after we were able to start a fire!! The grill wasn't quite cooperating with us in the beginning, but once it decided to we had a great meal!! Lots of food, beer, and great conversation! And it was a wonderful day to be outside as well. Yawn...it's getting close to bed time. 5 o'clock comes pretty early...too early. Although, I have been asleep most of the day...off and on. I went out with a friend from college last night and our small party of three turned into a rather large party of, well honestly I lost count. We had a lot of friends out and then I ran into another friend who happened to know everyone I was with! It really is such a small world. Apparently all these guys used to hang out together "back in the day" and haven't seen one another for a while...I was so glad that Alice and I could bring them all back together!! Hee Hee...so, we had a very late Saturday, or I guess I shoud say early Sunday. I stayed with Alice last night...couldn't bring myself to make the drive back so late. It was a good night, though. Good morning... okay...time to go...I have to get my gym bag packed and clothes ready for tomorrow...it's going to be a busy week. Lots of work to do with EOM drawing ever closer! good night all...

Friday, June 21, 2002

The weekend has arrived...woohoo!!! This week actually went by pretty fast for me. I've been busy, which is always good, but outside of work there has been a lot going on as well. I mentioned before that the cat was gone, well it's a miracle. Almost as soon as the cat left, Chinook was healed! That little faker!!!! I can't believe that a dog would go to that extreme b/c he was jealous.

Thursday, June 20, 2002

Here is another picture of little Parker that I thought showed him off better. My sister took these and he was actually awake!! When I went he slept the whole time!!!! Well, losing the cat was a surprising disappointment. I didn't think it would bother me b/c I have really only had dogs. Any cats we ever had was only for a short time...guess this cat was no exception. Oh well, it was fun to have him for a little while and if Chinook was acting so down b/c of the cat maybe he will be his old self once again now that the kitten is gone. It sure was a cute kitten, though...wasn't it? :( ...sigh...
Well, so much for naming the cat...I just called and found out that it has been given away... I'm kind of sad about that...
Hmm...well, I have gone about a week or more without wearing my glasses at work (that's the only time I really wear them anymore) and it has been pretty good. But yesterday I was in a meeting all day long and didn't have any coffee and then had class last night - well, you can imagine the pain that I felt in my head! So, this morning the headache is still there and pounding...cup after cup of coffee and I am going to have to break down and reach for my glasses. My eyes can just go so long I guess and then I have to give in to the reality that maybe the eye doctor isn't totally crazy and that these things will really help me... **sigh**

Wednesday, June 19, 2002

Okay...I'm finally out of the conference room!!! We have been in a meeting all day...they didn't even let us leave for lunch, but had it catered. Not complaining, though, it was good...and free!! We have been working with this same group since January and today we finally got 90% of our issues resolved. We have gone back and forth and they ended up taking our initial suggestions that were stated five months ago. You think this could have been resolved A LONG TIME AGO!?!?! I do!! Otherwise, I have Spanish class again tonight and tomorrow I think I am going to meet with my realtor...Oh, did I forget to mention that I MIGHT be looking into purchasing a new place of residence?!?!?! Guess I let that slip! So, wish me luck and all that as I step into a new venture! It was time for a new investment! Then Friday we all go out again...and I am going to put a rumor out that sushi is the preferred dining experience for this weekend...um, hey...guys, sushi??? Then Saturday is our picnic at Memorial Park...and no, I still don't know what I'm bringing. Biggest vice: I pro-cras-ti-nate!!! A lot!!! Oh...I also have a task that I am going to put before my readers!!! I have several pics of the new kitten (isn't this cute??) (who, btw, is making Chinook extremely jealous) that I am going to post - and I want some help in naming this precious kitty! It's a her and she is feisty and mischievous!!! Like Loki, but female!!! So, be looking for the pics and help me give this new nameless member of our family her own identity!!!


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(credit to Elaine)

Tuesday, June 18, 2002

Update: I think we are going to keep the kitten after all. I think Scarlet has accepted it. Animals are so strange sometimes. I guess the dog just finally gave up.

Monday, June 17, 2002

Very interesting story I heard on NPR this morning...
"You can get everything you want in life, if you just help enough other people get what they want. " - Zig Ziglar, Author and Speaker
Everyone, please say hello to Parker Brayden Williamson, born June 12th, 2002!!!

Sunday, June 16, 2002

The weekend is over...I'm back home. Tomorrow is another day at work. I was so excited on Friday about this weekend and now it is over. They are always over so fast. This weekend was full of little children!!! Which was wonderful for me, for anyone who knows me, you know that I love to be around children. So I have lots of pictures that I will post tomorrow (I'm too tired tonight). We have company staying with us tonight...family members. My sister and her husband just left. We also have a new addition to our family - a cat, although it may be only a foster child b/c I don't know that one of the dogs is going to let it stay here. My dog has no problem with the kitten...as a matter of fact it is the other way around. Chinook is so curious and wants to play with the cat and the cat just gets agitated, but sometimes they play a little bit. It's the Daschound(??) that is going to have the problem. Scarlet chases down birds and squirrels so I don't think a kitten would be a welcome addition to her. We put them together with a leash around Scarlet, but it wasn't a good interaction...I would hate for the kitten to be hurt or worse by the dog, so if they can't live with one another we will just have to find the kitten another home or give it back to the original owners. I really don't know much about cats...I've never really owned one. I remember one little white kitten we had when I was very young, but it had one accident on mother's love seat and we gave it away!! But dogs have always been a common member of the family...I don't ever remember a time when we didn't have dogs!! Speaking of Chinook just pranced in and jumped up on my lap...he loves to curl up in my lap while I am on the computer!! Well, it's been a full weekend and I'm tired...so I am going to get my gym bag and my clothes for work tomorrow ready and go to bed...goodnight to all...

Friday, June 14, 2002

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Well, Friday is finally here...and I'm really looking forward to the weekend. Tonight everyone is going to head out to Spencer's house so that he can play host for a while!!!! I was unable to attend the last gathering he had, I think I was out of town and was told that I was not to miss this one!!!! So, I'll see you all there!! Otherwise, I think Saturday we are going to go visit Ashley and her new baby! So after that I will have pictures of little Parker available...I can't wait to see him. Next week is going to be busy, as well...I start another Spanish class on Monday and then have a couple of meetings lined up...I think for the most part they will be phone conference, which is good and bad. Good b/c I can roll my eyes when deserved and bad b/c they can, too!!! ;) No, I don't have to roll my eyes too much these days, but I just get irritated when people try to talk about something they really don't know that much about!! I mean, the issues we are going to be dealing with this week have been ongoing since late January, early February!! And there are just some people who, no matter how simple terms you use to tell them how things have to be, they want to find a way to confuse the issue!! Okay...enough venting about work!! A lot of people talk about work as if they hate to do it, but truth of the matter...I am very proud of where I am now!! I mean, I have a great job with great benefits and can see a wonderful future here (and the money ain't bad either, especially after my recent raise!!!) And once our move is completed, the commute won't even be an issue anymore!! So, career-life is pretty good!!!!! Yesterday was Bring Your Kids to Work Day...and there were children everywhere!!! A big group of us went to lunch with about six kids (none belonging to me)...it turned into a long lunch!! We had a blast with the children, though!! Well, speaking of work, it's time to get back to it!!! I have some things to get done before my lunch date!! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!

Thursday, June 13, 2002

Robert's creation below was based on this picture!!
This is me and Elaine through Robert's eyes!!!
Okay, not so much that it led them to my site, but more the fact that someone actually wanted to see this and did a search for it, really scares me...
Well, in the past two days I have been able to post a couple of entries, but then somehow the publishing failed b/c of blogger!! Damnit...I really hope this begins to work again...soon!! You know I sit down at home with my written journal (yeah, I keep one...) and the words seem to flow endlessly...I mean page after page after page. Then I come to my computer and get a serious attack of web-fright. Now some days, I guess when I am more relaxed, the words are able to flow here as well, but more often they do not. I assume it is because I know that no one will ever get a peek inside my journals... and here everything is up for public scrutiny and disapproval. And while I am not afraid of the disapproval or the scrutiny (it can be a positive catalyst sometimes) I am still hesitant to write about so many things. For instance, and now I am going to expose a bit, I am reading a book right now by Judith Sills, Ph.D. In one of the first chapters of her book she discusses the public stigma placed on people who express their desire to marry. She says that the man who announces his desire to wed is looked upon as having reached a level of maturity and stability while at the same time a woman who has the same aspirations is viewed as being needy and desperate. Is this true?? Is this the reason that so many women are content to play the role of the mighty independent woman??? Or, have women just come to a point where they realize that they don't need a male figure in their lives (other than their daddy) to be there for them emotionally or financially??? Without taking one side or another, I just want to play devil's advocate for a moment (which has been a source of my own torment from friends and family lately...hee hee) and find out what you think on the matter. Sills also goes on to say that "even a male will raise a few eyebrows when he says he is seeking a permanent partner, as if he is admitting a loss of interest in an active sex life...he seems weak. " What is the driving force that leads a man to finally decide that he is finished playing little boy...oops, does that mean that the stigma is warranted...does a man wishing to remain a bachelor secretly desire to stay in a child-like state? Is it possible that maturity has nothing to do with his desire to wed? Personally I know a lot of married men who are just as immature...and I know single men who have a great level of maturity about them...so then is the public stigma ill-warranted??? I don't have an answer to any of this, I just had a thought-provoking ride into work and after reading the statements of Sills and listening to a group on NPR advocating an Alternative Lifestyle to Marriage (living in cohabitation w/out the piece of paper to say you're married) I thought I would see if anyone else had an opinion on the matter!!
Well, I think a good time was had by all last night!!! I really enjoyed meeting those new to the group. I think we are up to 40(+-) members now! Good Job Elaine!!! Afterwards Elaine, Robert, and I went to Dolce Fredo for some sorbet, albeit I couldn't finish mine, we had a good time...and some very enlightening conversation. Sorry to you both if I was ever unreceptive - I do know and trust where you are coming from, though! Thanks for being such great friends!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2002

Well, my friend, Ashley, is in the hospital labor and delivery right at this moment...in just a few hours she is going to be a mommy!!! I'll keep you posted...I'm so excited for her!!!!

Tuesday, June 11, 2002

Hmmm...for two days now all my text has been blue without notice...just goes to show how much damage the absence of one little "/" can cause!!! Today has been very strange...and very enlightening at the same time. I have been rather down in the dumps and today I received three cheer up cards from my two best friends (Dennon and Elaine aka Cybertoad) and my niece Hailey. You know, it is nice to know that they know me so well. Friends are such a blessing...even when other fail you you know that true friends will always be there for you to lean on...or to just give you a push in the right direction!! Thanks guys...I love you more than you know!

Monday, June 10, 2002

"You gotta bat your eyes...like this!!"
Major Venting So, do you remember...no, no, no...let me rephrase that, do you fondly remember your teenage years??? I remember them, but not fondly at all. A co-worker has been filling me in on events involving her 14 year old son and all that comes to my mind is "Thank God that I am not a teenager anymore..." I hated being there. The only thing I can honestly say that I enjoyed during HS is that I got to play basketball and that I got my first car before I was 16!!!! I don't know why I really decided to vent on this today except that is the kind of mood I have been in since Saturday night. I had a good friend seriously jeopardize our relationship Saturday night and have been so pissed off ever since. And then I was slightly dissed by some family members Sunday, even though my other sister took their place and we still had a great time...I was in the mood of, "Well, friends and guys have done it, it was only a question of time until family did, too..." I know something else came up but, b/c of the mood I was in from Saturday night it just seemed to fuel my anger. But anger can be healthy and when I say anger I don't mean I get violent or anything like that...b/c you know, I don't think I have ever felt this kind of anger before in my life. I remember when I was younger and my feelings got hurt my mother would tell me to just get angry. She said that if you were angry you wouldn't hurt so and many times that anger can fuel you to doing things...I think she wanted it to fuel my butt to mow the lawn for her or something, though!!! In any case, though, I was never able to get angry. Instead I would just hurt and keep this knot in the pit of my stomach. Most of my friends were guys and they weren't much on showing emotions like that so I learned to try to keep mine at bay much of the time. I remember chasing after the friendship of a family member who was my same age and now when I look back I think...why did I do that??? I shouldn't have had to chase anyone to be a friend...I should have just considered it their loss, but now b/c I was so concerned about being friends I feel like much of my teenage years were ruined. Not so much b/c we weren't friends, but b/c I let myself be consumed with worry. I don't let that happen to me anymore. You have to be able to say "To hell with it" when something like that happens. You have to, otherwise worry will consume you...and I don't want to let it take over any more of my life than it has in my past... You just have to draw on the memory or anger that was felt to keep you from allowing someone to potentially hurt you.
Death of a Mob Boss...

Friday, June 07, 2002

Hmmm...well, the weekend has finally arrived, although I have been acting like it started this morning. Late getting to the gym this morning, later getting into work, a little lengthy lunch... So, now it is time to really get started...head to the pool hall to meet everyone, then dinner (Thai in the village tonight) and on to the bar. I think we have decided to hit Kelvin Arms tonight. A nice beverage and great friends is going to be the perfect ending to this week...hope you enjoy yours, too...take care!!!!
Damn, I thought this only worked for speeding tickets...
The following is a rhyme from my youth...ya know one of those that you will never forget even if you don't say it for years and years. Hailey, do you remember this one???
Ladies and Gentlemen, Hoboes and Saints, Cross-eyed Mosquitoes, And bow-legged Aints (country for ants). I come before you to stand behind you To tell you something I know nothing about... Next Thursday, which is Wednesday, There will be a Mother's Day meeting for Father's only. Admission is free, pay at the door. Pull up a chair and sit on the floor. One day in the middle of the night, Two dead boys got up to fight. Back to back they faced each other. Drew their swords and shot each other. If you believe this story is untrue, Ask that blind man, he saw it, too...
Well, the weekend has arrived...and it couldn't have arrived any sooner for me. This has been a stressful week, but the weekend is going to be better!!! Tonight is pool, dinner, and an evening out with friends...tomorrow Elaine and I have a wedding shower to attend, but Sunday is girls' night...Hailey, Teresa, mother, and myself are going to see Beauty and the Beast at Jones Hall this Sunday!! I'm anxious to go...I know it is going to be so good! I love live performances...of just about anything, whether it is music, theater, sports, anything...I guess most people do, though. I don't get the opportunity that often, wait, let me rephrase that...I don't TAKE the opportunity that often. There are always different things going on, it is just a matter of having the time to do them!! Had to be honest! Well, in the meantime I have work to do...

Thursday, June 06, 2002

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Off topic of graduations, the Thursday Threesome for June 6th... Onesome. Parsley - does anyone really cook with this stuff?!? what is the weirdest/funniest thing you ever did with the garnish on your plate at a restaurant. Hee...I guess I'm going to be the weird one here, b/c I never really pay attention to it. It usually just gets put onto my saucer and hidden out of the way. Yeah, I know...boring answer!! Twosome. Sage - to whom do you turn for advice? This isn't limited to just one person but could be several different people for different situations. Well, depending on the situation...I go either to my mother (honestly) or to one of my two best friends: Dennon or Elaine. I am very close to my mother so I can freely go to her with just about everything, but you know, and you know you know, that there are some things that are better discussed outside the presence of parents!!! Threesome. Rosemary and Thyme - what does the name "Rosemary" mean to you and to what time frame does the memory belong? The first thing that pops into my head when I hear that word (and what a strange question) is Rosemary's Baby. I love horror movies and this is one that I have yet to see...I don't know why I haven't, but alass!!! Anyway, then after one or two moments of thought, my mind always clears and goes back to the scene from Boomerang where Eddie Murphy is trying to impress his lady friend by telling her that the secret to his fish is that he uses fresh Rosemary in his sauce!! What can I say...I'm a movie buff!!! AND, many thanks to the Back Porch's MMC for todays theme and the questions!

Tuesday, June 04, 2002

"The minute you choose to do what you really want to do it's a different kind of life." - Buckminster Fuller, Inventor and Philosopher Based on my experiences the past 96 hours...I can definitely testify to the truth behind this statement!!!!

Monday, June 03, 2002

Pictures as promised from Saturday night!! The last six pictures in my friends album are from Saturday night. We had a lot of fun!!! Enjoy!
Another hoax email... What I really don't understand is that there are people out there who actually believe that Bill Gates is going to share his money with all these strangers!!! Now, one of our employees in Carthage, that I don't even know, has sent this email out to the entire company!! I know someone is going to get his hand slapped for that, but now everyone he has sent it to is starting to send it around as well!!! There are places on the net where you can check out things like this if you really think it could be true...my favorite is Urban Legends and Folklore...ugh, now I just got another one!!
Agh...is it only Monday?!?!?
Well, I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Friday night was pool at Barney's, followed by a great dinner prepared for us by Robert, then we went out to Drink Bar. This was a first visit for me, but it was rather likeable!! We sat outside, b/c it was so nice out, and drank cosmopolitans, shots, manhattans, and other delightful concoctions!! Saturday I had planned to see a good friend that I haven't seen in a long time. We have been friends since I was about 15 years old...he came over with another friend Saturday afternoon and we hung out at the house for a while catching up on what we had been doing all this time, then went out to dinner at Pappasitos, where regrettably we found a little friend hiding among our tortilla chips...no it was not the horrible little insect you're thinking of, but a June Bug!!!! I guess he thought the chip bin would be a more favorable hang out than in the Houston heat!! Thank goodness we hadn't eaten any of the chips when our friend was found!!! The floor manager comped our meal for the inconvenience, but we still tipped our waiter...after all it wasn't his fault... Afterwards we went back to get dressed to go out. We went to Griff's and after one drink decided we wanted to go somewhere to dance...so we went to City Streets. Yeah, yeah, yeah, it's part of the Richmond Strip Scene that I don't normally like to frequent, but since we really didn't know where we wanted to go and it has several clubs in it, we thought we would find some music that we would like to dance to!! (I have pictures that I will post tonight from this...) It was a good weekend, though...and it was nice to see old friends. I think I will see more of Charles in the near future as well!!