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In the office after the layoffs...

The consulting firm that our company worked with during the layoffs recommended that the layoffs not be done on a Friday. Apparently, people have more of a feeling of hopelessness if they are laid off on a Friday b/c they have to wait through the weekend before they can do anything about it. I guess that makes sense, but people are probably going to need a couple days to adjust anyway, right? Personally, I did not want to come back into the office today b/c I was afraid the mood was going to be like it was yesterday. Very mournful, but in fact it seems to be business as usual. We are finding out today more of the people that we knew who were let go...and they are even falsehoods in that due to rumors that were started! Today I found out that one of the auditor was gone and I was very down about this b/c he was a great person to work with from that group. You know, when I was studying accounting I wanted to be an auditor. I love to do research - but I have found that most people don…

Friday Five

1. What time do you wake up on weekday mornings? Around six usually...

2. Do you sleep in on the weekends? How late? As late as I can...which is usually only about eight b/c we ALWAYS have something going on - this weekend it is a baby shower!

3. Aside from waking up, what is the first thing you do in the morning? Potty and brush my teeth!!

4. How long does it take to get ready for your day? Thirty minutes - but I usually spend up to an hour if I am going out!

5. When possible, what is your favorite place to go for breakfast? McDonald's has great hash browns, but a short stack at IHOP is still the best!!!

And then there were 3,400...

Well, it has started...or hopefully ended. My company can no longer distinguish itself from all the other big companies by saying it has never had a layoff, b/c today about 400 of our employees lost their jobs. Several right here in my department. It's sad b/c I know that the wife of one of my co-workers that lost his job is at freshman orientation this very moment with their daughter getting her ready for the fall semester. It's a relief, b/c now I don't have to wonder what is going to happen anymore - it has happened and I know that our division didn't get hit. If I ever had to get laid off, though, now would be the time...before I have a mortgage and kids that are depending on me financially (as well as emotionally). I should whisper that in case they are still looking for a few more to let go.

In about twenty minutes we're supposed to meet with the "higher ups" to be informed more formally about what all is going on. We met within our divisions earli…

Hump Day

Okay...I think IT must have been doing something yesterday...I came in yesterday and my personal folders in outlook had been renamed and moved!!!! ACK!!! I was worried at first, but after I figured out what all happened, I just figured they had moved them, but at least they were still there. Well, I changed the name back to what I originally had it and went on with my business. Today, they are back in their rightful spot with the correct name!!! parents came over last night to have dinner with me and Michael. I cooked chicken fried steaks w/ gravy and rice and brocoli with cheese. Mother brought over some homemade rolls that someone at church had given her...they were delicious!!! Yeah, I had a carb-packed dinner!!! It sure was good, though!!! I balance it out...if I over-do it one day, then I am sure to be good for several days to follow! This keeps me from burning out. I haven't really lost any more weight, but I haven't gained any of it back either! I am ready to…


I have such a wonderful boyfriend! I was cooking dinner at his house last night and he called to say that he wasn't going to be there when I arrived...that he had to run to the store with his brother. So, when I arrive I find the first of several notes taped on the door that sent me on a scavenger hunt around the complex, ultimately leading me back to his apartment to find candles and roses and scrapbooking paraphenalia (I have recently started scrapbooking) laid out for me!!! I was so thrilled and it was really a lot of fun!! He was hiding in the apartment the entire time!! And all just to tell me how much he loved me...

So, today I have my roses sitting out on my desk to show-off and am telling anyone who asks what a wonderful boyfriend I have!!!

I love you Michael!

P.S. Afterwards I cooked a wonderful dinner btw...beef tips and rice that just melted in your mouth! He deserved a good dinner after all that planning!!!

Another weekend passed...

I am sure you've seen it all over today, but I am going to post it anyway. Bob Hope is dead at 100. I always loved to watch him...growing up he was one of dad's favorites and having only one television he ended up being one of my favorites, too!

We had a good weekend. Friday night we didn't leave Houston until late...I went home and got everything packed and expected Michael and his brother to be there no later than 6 or even 6:30 - waiting on them I nearly fell asleep! Around 7:30 I finally called and found they were at Randall's still getting things for the trip. I couldn't believe...I didn't believe it. I went outside to make sure they weren't sitting there laughing at me for falling for their joke!!! Not only were they serious, but b/c they hadn't got everything ready, they asked me to run to Wal-Mart to pick up some worms for fishing...this also took a bit of convincing to believe!!!!! But I left and bought the worms and made it back to my house be…

Unconscious Mutterings

Partner:: Pal
Goddess:: Heavens
Village:: Hut
Relationships:: Marriage
Irrational:: Insane
Volcano: Erupt
Fabulous:: Grand
Unencumbered:: Free
Coyotes:: Dogs
Fulfilled:: Satisfied

One Hour to Go

I put a couple of new pictures up at Deviant Art this morning. I haven't updated my pages there in a while...really b/c I haven't taken anything that I thought was good enough to be put in there. Last week, though, I took several macros around the office and decided that I would put two of them in DA after all. I was originally just playing around with the camera. All of the pictures from the office are in here, but I've posted the two for DA below.

I really like the one of the perfume bottles. They are some that I brought back with me from Egypt last time that I keep on the window in my office. The rain that day made a pretty good background. The other is a paperweight made of murano glass. I had wanted to start a good collection of it, but murano glass (or milefiori) is pretty expensive!! I only have a couple pieces, including some great earrings (that I got complimented on last week as a matter of fact ) that were a gift from Elaine!!!

Well, it's four o'clock...n…

Friday Five

Usually on Fridays I try to participate in the Friday Five Meme - but this week I am going to skip it! For one, I don't feel like thinking too hard about My Life: The Movie...and for two, I didn't get as much work done yesterday as I should have before the weekend so I am shutting down the internet and getting it ALL done before I leave at five o'clock!!!!!

The weekend is here...

Well, this is how I have felt for about the past week - but yet another trip out of town this weekend and I won't be able to rest and get well!!! We're going up to East Texas for my niece's first baby shower. I am helping with two. This one and another one next weekend here in Houston. Yeah...I think this great-aunt had better get plenty of face time with our new little baby!!!!!

On another note...yestereday when I came home Michael got there shortly after me and when we opened the back door, this was the view!!!! I think that is the coolest thing to see when you step outside of your home!! I have seen ever more together at one time out there! Shortly afterwards more came around b/c we started feeding them. There are more pictures in my album.

While I was out there I thought I would take a view pictures of the plants that I have - they are actually doing very well!!! I am so pleased! I have never been one to have a green thumb, though my mother's house looks like the bot…

A real promised!!!

I learned something new this morning about my dog. Lately I have been trying to take him out to potty without using the leash and he has been doing really well. He listens and doesn't go too far and comes back when I call him - unless there is another dog around. Well, this morning, there was a little female out and when I went to get Chinook they were sniffing all over one another. I apologized to the dog's owner and we started talking. I got Chinook b/c my best friend's mother breeds Bichons and Pomeranians and Chinook was a result of an accident between the two. This lady's dog was a bichon and I told her that Chinook was part bichon - I have always known that Chinook thought he was a little badass...he is always acting like he is the size of a german shepherd or something!!! Normally he is only that way with other male dogs. After telling her how he acts around other male dogs, she told me that all bichons were that way. That females didn't get along with othe…

Quiz time...

I know haven't really posted much lately...things are just getting pretty busy around here and I haven't had too much time! I promise this week (fingers crossed) that I'll get a real post out...but just so that you know I'm out here, I'll post this quickly!!!

Oh...btw, NY was a surprise to me!!!!!!!

You belong in New York!

Do you love New York?
Well you should! You're a
city type who likes art and music.

Unfortunately, the big choice isn't

whether or not to mover there...
it's which
team is better.
Okay, the Yankees or the

Where Do You Belong?
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found at Nina's

New Faeries

I found these three new fairies to add to my collection here and thought they were so good. There are many, many more at the site, but I didn't have much time to leisurely click through each one!!! I think I might use them as icons on another page I am working on!

This or That

1) DVD or VHS? DVD, though I still have a VCR for my older movies.
2) Best Literary/Movie Villan: Voldemort (Harry Potter) or Sauron (LoTR)? Voldermort, b/c I'm a big Potter fan!!
3) Meat: rare or well-done? Rare
4) High Speed Internet-Cable or DSL? High speed cable
5) Women: 1-piece bathing suit or Bikini? 2 piece, but not a bikini, instead a Tankini!
6) To be fair--Men: Boxers or briefs? Boxers
7) Beer or Liquor/Wine? Liquor
8) Coke or Mountain Dew? Coke
9) In honor of my 10/18/03 nuptials: Morning or Afternoon/Night Wedding? Afternoon - that leaves plenty of time for a big reception!!
10) Carpet or Hardwood Floors Hardwood
11) American cars or foreign? Either
12) Cutest TV Twin: Mary-Kate or Ashley Olsen? Umm...they are twins!
13) Coffee: Caffeinated or Decaf? Caffeinated
14) Thought-Provoking Question of the Week: Computers: Do they make life better or worse? Why? Better - I have lived without while waiting to get mine and found I have developed a dependency!!! Hee Hee!!!

Unconscious Mutterings

Wizard of Oz:: Emerald
Ford:: Truck
Wrinkles:: Old
Extravagant:: Gaudi
Conventional:: Wisdom
Stewart:: Little
Offensive:: Line
Heartbeat:: Baby
Chaos:: Mayhem
Jiffy:: Lube

Ready for the weekend...and the next...and the next???

It's Friday...what do we have planned for this weekend? Well, the same thing we're going to do next weekend - going to East Texas. This weekend we're going up to a friend's camp - they ride ATVs and dirt bikes through about 50 miles of trails out there. I haven't been since July 4th, 2002 - so I am really looking forward to going back! It's a lot of fun and I'll be sure to get plenty of pictures! The next weekend we're going back up to East Texas, but we won't be playing in the woods! My niece's first baby shower is going to be up there, and though I had said I was only helping out with the one here, I am going up there to help out with that one, too. I think Michael is going to see if his brother's are interested in going up there, too - they can fish while I'm showering!!! The weekend after that? Well, that is my niece's other shower, the one I had originally planned on helping out with! And the weekened after? Yep, there are plans…

Friday Five

1. When was the last time you cheated? Cheated? Like on a test, or someone - I have never cheated on anyone before, but I think I gave in to tempation in high school chemistry!!!

2. When was the last time you stole? I have never stolen anything...

3. When was the last time you lied? Hmmm, I try never to do this either, but I guess the last thing I lied about was last was a white lie, though. I didn't want to take leftovers home for lunch today from Michael's mother b/c I didn't want tacos again - so I told her I had soup that I had made to bring, which actually turned about to be true, b/c I packed a bowl of it this morning and brought it into the office!!!!

4. When was the last time you broke or vandalized another's property? I have never done that...unless you count toilet-papering someone's house and that would also be a high school event (I promise I really wasn't a bad teenager!!!)...

5. When was the last time you hurt a loved one? Last week...I to…

Tech Help

OKay...I have a question for all you pros out there! I find cool animated gifs all the time that I like to the one on the previous post (well, it USED to be animated). It had a white background and didn't look good so I thought I would transfer it to a transparent one instead. At home I use photoshop for things like this, but here at work I don't have access to those kinds of programs so I simply use the photo editor for quick little fixes....trouble is that when I do this and save it and FTP the image it loses its animation - WHY!?!?!

Hump Day

Doesn't this look like somewhere you would want to go??? I always said that if I could have any job in the world, I would want to be a professional first choice would be for National Geographic and if not then I would want to be a professional sports photographer. OKay...enough daydreaming, back to reality...

...which is the nasty weather outside my window. We didn't get hit with any realy damage from Claudette, but other area of Texas did. It rained enough to cancel yesterday's softball instead of playing ball, we watched it! It was a pretty good game...and definitely good for MVP Garrett Anderson, who also won the Home Run Derby...lots of bonuses this season for Mr. Anderson. It was long, though, b/c it was after 11:00 before it was over.

Even though we didn't get a lot of damage yesterday from Claudette, it still looks pretty nasty out there today - very, very overcast and yucky looking! I hope it clears up before Friday, though, b/c we&…

This or That

1. Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck? Bugs
2. Tom or Jerry? Jerry
3. Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck? Donald
4. Rocky & Bullwinkle or Boris & Natasha? Rocky and Bullwinkle
5. Road Runner or Wile E. Coyote? Road Runner
6. Sylvester or Tweety? Tweety
7. Popeye or Bluto? Popeye
8. South Park or The Simpsons? The Simpsons
9. Jetsons or Flintstones? Flintstones
10. And finally, the eternal question asked by all good Scooby-Doo fans: Velma or Daphne? Ugh, VelmaDaphne - this one is too hard! Scooby is my favorite cartoon and I like all the characters...but since I have to choose, I guess I'll go with Daphne...and I don't have a clue why!! Maybe b/c she has good hair! But Velma is the smart one!!!


Well, Houston Weather has taken a turn...I wish you could see the view outside of my window. I have stated before that it was pretty cool to be up this high to watch the weather from Houston, but today all I see are clouds in all shades of gray and black whirling over head. Driving in this morning I went through sporatic rain. Now it looks very calm down below, but seeing the clouds moving in I know that's just the calm before the storm!!! I can't see downtown today, but I can see lights in that direction. I am sitting with my lights off in order to see out the window b/c it is getting darker out there! I saw patches of blue this morning, but in just fifteen minutes there is no trace of blue sky out there! I love to watch this weather...trouble is, I'd rather sit and watch it change than be working.

So, I had better turn the lights back on and get to work already!

Unconscious Mutterings

Natalie:: Wood
Concrete:: Steal
AIDS:: Victim
Rubber hose:: water
Paper clip:: work
Route 66:: drink
Summer camp:: conoe
Coin purse:: change
Orion:: stars
Instigate:: provoke


I have a half day today!!! Michael and I are going to Astroworld and to the Boat Show. I usually do this every year with my parents, but they went yesterday with my sister and her husband.

Saturday Michael has a softball tournament, but I think I am going to hang out at home. I have a lot of things I need to do and my parents are supposed to bring my dog to me at some point during the day. I have been wanting him to stay with me again and they are going out of town for a week, so this is the perfect time. I always hated thinking of him in the apartment all day while I am at parents are home all day so he wasn't alone, but I don't think it will be bad. All he really does is sleep during the day anyway!! I can't wait for him to stay with me, though!!!!

Friday Five

1. Do you remember your first best friend? Who was it? Yeah, it was the first day of Kindergarten...her name was Crystal!

2. Are you still in touch with this person? Not really...I see her every once in a while. We still have one another's contact information, though.

3. Do you have a current close friend? Yeah...two.

4. How did you become friends with this person? One I grew up with and one I worked with.

5. Is there a friend from your past that you wish you were still in contact with? Why? Yeah, there are a couple...b/c I remember having good times with them and wish our lives hadn't taken us apart from one another.

ammendment: I originally answered thinkging outside my current "relationship" - but I have to say that my current bestest friend is could we be anything else if we weren't the best of friends!!! Outside of that, Dennon and Elaine are my bestest friends!!! I know they will always be there for me and I hope they know that I am always here whe…


I have added some new photos to the new art site that I joined. I didn't know at first how I was going to enjoy this site, but since I have spent time in there and learned more about it I really like it. I hope to become a lot more active in it in the near future...and hopefully get back into my photography and digital manipulation like I used to be.

Let me know what you think!?!?

This is my second attempt at coming to work today...

It was supposed to go like to the fitness center, work out, get dressed, get breakfast, come into my office and tell you how disappointed I was that I didn't have my backup battery for my camera last night at the ball game b/c I left it at my sister's and that I would have had wonderful shots b/c we were on the lowest level right behind first base!!!! How sad I was when I realized the battery in my camera was run down...

But here's what really happened...starting at about 4:00 AM this morning - I had a bad nightmare that woke me up only to fall asleep and continue with another nightmare then I was awakened yet another time b/c I had a charlie horse in my calf. So I finally manage to go back to sleep after all this, wake up, brush my teeth, put on my gym clothes grab my bag and off to the gym I go! WooHoo...the day is getting off! WRONG! Today I planned to do arms in the gym so I needed my gloves from my locker...I walk into the locker room, put down my bag, tur…

Another Star's Sex Life in the News

[Lisa Marie] says she’s cutting men out of her life at least for now because they would interfere with her music career.

First...I think the interference here isn't the's her voice!!! I have only heard her once during a half time show, but I couldn't understand a word she said...though I did notice she has been working on her dadd'y pelvic moves!!! And second, well yeah you're going to have failed marriages when you hook up with actors who idolize your daddy and well, Michael Jackson!?!?! I love your music Michael...but what's wrong with YOU!?!?! C'mon Lisa...swearing off men??? Drama Queens!!!!!!

Some of this and some of that...

Well, the Rockets now have a new logo for next season!!! You can vote on it on their site. It's not will just take some getting used to, though. What do you think!?!?!

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME In other sports news, our boys are back in first place!!! I think we're going to make a trip out out to the ballpark tonight and see if they can keep it up!!! WooHoo!! Go Stros! Michael's team won both their games last night, too...though Michael is in a bit of a slump right now. At their last tournament he messed his hand up pretty bad (either broke or severly jammed a finger) and his has his batting off. He'll get out of it, though, I'm sure.

Oh, I also bought book number five last week and finally got started on it yesterday!!! I think if I had more time I would have it finished in a couple of days!! Just like the others, I pick it up and don't want to put it down!!! I am only on chapter four right now, though. I thought I had three of the others in hard bac…

Sad news

I heard this on the radio today and became sick to my stomach. I couldn't believe what this woman told officers..."She indicated she thought someone else was going to get the children out of the car, possibly her husband," Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Al Grotefend said. "There was some miscommunication." How do you walk away from a car and not realize that your children are still inside??? And this woman runs a day care center...that means that she should have received formal training about taking care of children...and she was a foster parent, which means that a court deemed her competent to care for children!!!!!! I cannot believe how people can do things like this and then simply dismiss it so as "miscommunication" outrageous is that!?!?

This or That

Summer Potpourri

1. Strawberries or blueberries? Strawberries, but I like them both.
2. "Legally Blonde 2" or "Terminator 3"? Hmmm, I want to see both, but I think I'll like T3 better.
3. Hamburgers or hot dogs? Hamburgers
4. Boating or hiking? Boating
5. Suntan lotion or sunblock? Suntan Lotion
6. "Big Brother" or "The Amazing Race"? Niether
7. Beach Boys or Jimmy Buffett? Jimmy Buffett
8. Grow your own produce or buy from supermarket/greengrocer/farm stand? Get it from my mother's garden...
9. Drive with car windows/top down, or with air-conditioning on? Windows down...until the sun comes up in Houston, then the AC is a must!
10. Go away for vacation, or stay at home? Go away...

Weekend Update

We left Thursday night for Broaddus...we drove late so there really wasn't that much traffic. Not like I thought there would be anyway! I talked the entire way b/c I hate falling asleep on Michael while he is we had a lot of good conversation to make the drive go faster! We arrived at my Grannie's around 12:30 and went straight to bed, but we were still up at 6:30 to head out to my sister's to go fishing. (I have pictures, but they aren't posted yet) We fished most of the morning and then fixed breakfast pizzas for everyone. At one time or another all my siblings were there with their we had a house full all weekend!!! We spent all Friday there. The fireworks were scheduled for 8 o'clock that night at the high school, but we were told it was cancelled b/c of the rain - so the guys decided to shoot off their own show for us over the pond! It was a good show, but over the tree tops we saw fireworks coming from town. Turns out the show at th…

Unconscious Mutterings

Fashion show:: Gowns
Boundaries:: Football
Roadkill:: Armadillos
Narcissistic:: Mind
Authority:: Police
Martini:: Dry
Personality:: Light
Comfortable:: Couch
Symptom:: Ill

Since I'm leaving today for the weekend...

I hope you have a wonderful...

This would be a good...Tell it Over a Miller Light

Being female, once a month I have a special little bag that I stick in my purse! (Female readers probably know what I am talking about and the males that don't - ask your girlfriend/wife/mother/sister, whatever!) So this week I am carrying my little zippy pouch from Harrods with me that I bought during a layover in London on our way to Spain (2002 Vacation w/ Elaine, Kenny, and CJ)!! Now, since I do at least keep them in a pouch I don't make a big deal about hiding the pouch...and since I don't make a big deal about hiding it, I had it laying on top of my desk when my unsuspecting coworker came in to chit chat!!!

So, dear Bob comes into my office, sees my pretty pouch, and picks it up. I notice, but didn't say anything at first...then, like a child trying to guess their Christmas present before ripping off the wrapping paper, he starts squeezing and feeling trying to decide what I had secured in my little zippy pouch from Harrods!!! I could have let him…

My Tree Type

I was born in here is what they have to say about me!

Accepts what life dishes out in a composed way
hates fighting
stress and labor
tends to laziness and idleness
soft and relenting
makes sacrifices for friends
many talents but not tenacious enough to make them blossom
often wailing and complaining
very jealous

What's Your's??

I think some matches...some doesn't!!!

(found at Elaine's)