Thursday, July 31, 2008

A can of whoop ^&*

Today I got an email from a co-worker that made me so angry I could have spit fire. I felt like some poured water on me and I turned from a cute little GIZMO working sweetly in my cubicle into a full blown GREMLIN ready to tear someone a new one :)

I'll try to make this easy to understand and not boring...

Basically my team needs a shipment to be delivered locally to a customer tomorrow - from Ashburn to Quantico, Va. My team member instructed our warehouse to ship the product via overnight....I noticed this, so I followed up to the warehouse clarifying that the product only needed to be on site tomorrow, but did not need to ship via overnight...I made a few suggestions and said it didn't matter how it got there as lone as we had a tracking number to provide the customer...I am trying to save money here! Keep in mind while reading this that about 15 people are on this email...


This is my email to the warehouse:

"Warehouse,

If we ship via ground, will the product be delivered tomorrow since this is technically local?

We could use KOL or another courier to do a same day delivery/next day delivery. I don’t think this is a problem assuming they can provide a BOL number that we can keep on file. Would this be cost efficient?

Please advise."


This is the email I received back from the warehouse manager:

"Yes…but that is part of the reason I was hired, right? I have authorization to make the best decision from John. I will make sure you are provided with a traceable bill of lading number."

UM - WT&! ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? I understand this tools job here and I appreciate their expertise - the last thing I need is someone telling me why they were hired!


Who does this person think they are??? CLEARLY, they do NOT know who they are messing with!!!


I pondered for a while about how to handle it. I am proud of myself for the outcome, but what do you think? What would you do if a co-worker sent you something like this?


I'll share my response later...someone who was copied on the email called me (knowing me) and told me that they could read EVERY WORD of sarcasm in my email (HA - VICTORY)...I bet the recipient (not knowing me) did not get it though :)


That is the SECRET to a saucy email...you get your justice, but write it as if you are being nice and genuine ***EVIL LAUGH***!


Wednesday, July 30, 2008

"How wonderful life is"


"And you can tell everybody this is your song..


It may be quite simple, but now that it's done...


I hope you don't mind...


I hope you don't mind that I put down in words...


How wonderful life is while you're in the world"


-Elton John's; Your Song



This day, 5 years ago, brought into life"the sweetest eyes I've ever seen."

July 30th is the day that my Peanut-doodles-girl-baby (haha) was born and needless to say life has not been the same since that moment.


It is hard to grasp that this much time has passed so quickly. The selfish side of me never wants her to grow up. I never want her to lose the little lisp I hear when she speaks. I never want her to stop wanting me to tickle her. I never want her to be too big to carry.


I realize that with all things in life, you have to move on and grow. Otherwise there are those moments, that would be missed. I look forward to being a part of her journey...

Happy 5th Birthday Aliyah...

From your aunt that loves you more than words can ever express :)


PS- I know it may not be totally fitting, but a year ago I was driving and "Your Song" came on the radio. As I listened to the lyrics, Aliyah was the only thing that came to mind. Now every time I hear this song...I think of my little peanut...often with tears in my eyes...when she is a little older, I will share this with her too :)


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I despise grocery shopping!

Well, I usually do anyway...things can change right?

Since I live about 20 minutes from a grocery store, my pattern is to stop off on my way home from work. I HATE adding time onto my work day, so the decision to go in the evenings typically makes me put off going as long as possible. I also hate that I'm already hungry - actually staving by the time 6pm rolls around (which is never a good time to go to the grocery) and that my feet are usually absolutely killing me.

Anyway, I finally went last night, after about 4-5 weeks since my last visit, I figured it was time.


Other signs were:

-Eating cereal for dinner two/three nights last week and for lunch on Saturday
-Having an egg sandwich for dinner...I love breakfast food, BUT not every night for dinner!
-My co-worker bringing me lunch for two days in a row b/c I was draining our wallets going out to lunch
-Digging through my box I packed up from my old job (which I left in MAY) to find snacks to bring to work - what??
-Opening the refrigerator and pantry doors at my house and feeling SAD, DEPRESSED, AND HUNGRY...


Of course the fun continues when you get home i.e. carrying in all of the bags and putting stuff away that typically tacks on about 15 minutes to the entire process, which is AWESOME b/c then you get to look at the the yummy stuff that you still can't eat b/c the shopping job is not yet complete. BUT I guess there is always the option to buy something to MUNCH on in the car on the way home...for whatever reason, even though I think about this when I am shopping, I never break a seal on the way home because as I am putting bags in the trunk I convince myself that I can wait...


Despite the fact that I tend to prolong the food shopping experience, I am always so happy when I get home and have so many choices that I am actually overwhelmed. When this occurs, it generally takes me as long to figure out what I want for dinner as it did before I went to the grocery store and had nothing to chose from, but the meal outcome is much more in my favor.



The deal-maker for going last night was the fact that I had a pair of flip flops in the car that I was able to swap my heels for. I think I may be onto something here - who would have thought it couldbe so easy? I realize that it is a novel idea, but I believe if I could actually be semi-comfortable, I'd be much more inclined to visit The Food Gods a little more regularly and not despise it so greatly!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Do you eat bacon?


Ok, so I got the funniest email from my aunt last week - at least I thought it was hilarious.

I hope she doesn't mind, but I thought I would share it here...this is not a forward :)

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"OK....so ya know how some days, you see something and you just have to sit and think...Hmmmmmm...

As most of you know, I live just up the street from the SPCA (animal shelter). Along with a large building to hold all the different animals there is also a corral of sorts and it often has horses, llamas .....and today a PIG!

So, I think to myself, I understand the concept of being tired of your pet, or can't take care of it any longer so you take it to the SPCA to be adopted out to another home.

But IF...and I am saying this is a really BIG IF.....IF you HAD a PIG for a pet (not the little cute pot belly kind but a full grown 400lb pig)....exactly when do you decide you've had enough...when it rolls in mud one too many times....gains a little more weight than you like.....so that in it's self can make one say...Hmmmmm.....but THEN.....what imbecile would think to take the PIG to the SPCA?!?!?!

Am I the ONLY one who has heard about BACON!?!?!?!?

THEN, this got me to thinking. WHAT IF>>> I were to go "rescue the Pig"? I only have to have it spade or whatever it is that one does to a pig and it's only $25....and then I can bring it home. I am thinking that is a LOT OF PORK FOR ONLY $25!!!!

Do I see yet another blessing come my way in disguise!?!?!?

We will be like Bubba on Forrest Gump....we'll have Pork Chops, Pork BarBQ, Pork Loin, Pork roast, Pork Rinds, Pork feet, ....do ya see where I am going with this one!?!?!? (and before anyone suggests, no there'd be no Pork Mountain oysters cause that is what the "spading" is for at the SPCA!!) LOL

Does this qualify me as an opportunist or a good Samaritan?!?!?!

I just realized most people don't ever have this issue come up for them.....I guess it's cause I live in the country! with wayyy too much time on my hands! :)"

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Thanks for the LAUGH!!! AND here is me annoying you again to keep up with that blog because you crack me up!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Um??? Did I do that?


I just got back to my desk from lunch not too long ago and I heard my cell phone going off in my purse.


When I finally dug it out, I saw that the name on the screen was my college roommates and dear friends husband. I found it a little odd. The last time he called me it was for a 30th birthday party. Quickly I thought #1) I hope everything is OKAY #2) maybe there is another PARTY or #3) maybe she is using his phone - STRANGER THINGS HAVE HAPPENED!


I answered...it was the hubby...


A: Hello?

C: Watts - WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

A: Um? I'm at work

C: No, what are you doing cutting me off like that?

A: ERR? Excuse me? (thinking - I let you talk? What do you mean, cut you off?)

C: On Loudoun County Parkway!

A: Oh! I did?

C: Yeah, me and the whole line of cars behind me!

A: Uh - I'm so sorry - I had no idea that I cut anyone off at all!!!


I mean, do I need to go back and re-take behind the wheel or something? I hit my brothers girlfriends car and now I am cutting off friends and strangers and don't even know it. I think I dip off into my own little world a bit to much when I'm driving lately!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Into The Wild


Regardless of the HEAT, last night I decided to go for a run outside - the treadmill can get so old. I had already picked up Bailee (this dog is so spoiled that he RARELY gets left at my house alone) and at times I will take him along on the run with me; however, it was still pretty hot out so I decided to leave him behind. As I closed the front door and headed off through the yard, I could hear the little guy letting me know that he was NOT ok with my decision. I feel guilty either way - if he goes his tongue is dragging the ground and he goes into a coma when we get home & if he doesn't go his little feelings get hurt. It's a lose/lose situation.


As my run was winding down, I spotted mom out on a walk. This is a VERY EXCITING time for mom and dad, as after 20+ years, they are getting ready to build a new house. Yesterday marked the beginning of the clearing of their lot AND mom was walking to take look at things. Despite the fact that I felt like my stomach was being RIPPED out due to hunger, I decided to tag along with her...


As we walked back we saw three deer run across the road right in front of us. This is pretty normal. I usually run with my iPod so that I don't hear all of the noises in the woods and get freaked out. This can at times almost cause me to have an accident *in my pants* as I am running along and a big buck leaps out in front of me! Mom and I eventually parted ways...as I got closer to my house and reached the tree line of my front yard - all of a sudden - I heard a noise...I looked to the right and a FOX - A HUGE FOX darted across the road about 10 yards ahead...and it came FROM MY YARD! G-R-E-A-T!!!!


I paused...and casually started going back in the opposite direction & about that time a car was passing by...I'm sure the driver was wondering WHY this girl was running towards his car and looking back over her shoulder...he slowed down and I could see him looking at me...I waved him on, but seriously I was SCARED TO DEATH.


I mean, this was not some little "cute" fox. The thing was a freaking giant. I would have thought it to be a medium sized dog, if it weren't for the GINORMOUS duster coming our of it's a$$! All I could be thankful for at that point in time was that Bailee was not with me...he would have gone APE$HIT at the sight of the animal and who knows what could have transpired.


The fox was headed towards my parents house...so upon getting inside safely I immediately called mom to tell her...she informed me that I am not allowed to let Bailee go outside on his own...and I informed her that I'm pretty sure my running just got reduced to the treadmill in the basement for a LONG WHILE!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The long way home


Last night I left the office around 6:10pm - I knew I needed to go to the grocery store, which I absolutely despise; therefore, I battled with myself for about ten minutes as to whether or not I felt like going on the way home.


I was in the mood for cereal and was without milk at home, so I talked myself into taking the plunge. As I was getting out of the car I noticed something bright and shiny in the passenger floorboard...I was about to ignore it, but figured I should look closer. Upon investigating I found that my co-worker had left their car keys in my car at lunch.


Being that it was already 6:25pm by this point in time, I freaked out and called the office as quickly as possible. As I am telling them the story and letting them know that I am on my way back, I start my car up and *accidentally* hit the panic button! I scared myself and the people putting groceries in the car in front of me to death!


Lucky for me, I have set the panic button off a couple times...so I knew the drill...get out of the car...put the key in the door...hit the unlock button...I mean, as if you aren't already drawing enough attention to yourself, but whatever!


Then it was back to work again...so as I was now running 30 minutes behind and it was about 7pm before I left the office for the second time - I skipped the grocery on my way back out and I skipped working out when I got home.

I'm just thankful that I decided to stop in the first place; otherwise, I would have been A LOT further on my way before pne of us realized I had an extra set of keys in my car!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

So, I told a little white lie! One more post today...




Happy Birthday Aunt Angie!



I love you and miss you tons!

Kings Dominion



So yesterday mom, Josh, Brittany, Aliyah and I set out for Kings Dominion. As usual it was a little bit of a late start that was not helped out by the fact that I plowed into Britt's car when pulling out of my garage! I'm not used to any cars being in the driveway and although my car has a reverse camera in the dash - I chose to ignore the screen and just back out. A few seconds later we heard the nice sound of paint hitting paint. NICE! Nothing like started out the day with a kink in your tummy before you even get to a roller coaster!!!




We had the best time together at KD. Aliyah is a little taller this year, so her choice of rides expanded a bit. The park wasn't too crowded...the longest we waited in lines was about 30 minutes or so...the middle of the week is a perfect time to go. Aliyah rode the Rebel Yell for the first time and I rode the Volcano with Josh and Britt for the first time. I LOVE THAT RIDE! It was an exhausting, but super day. Playing is hard work - especially in the heat! I was ready to pack it up and head home around 6pm (is this what happens the closer you get to 30?).




Aliyah's new thing to say is "I'm serious." Last Sunday when we picked her up she got in the car and said "I went to the dentist and I pwuk-did (sp?) - I'm serious! I did...I'm serious!"



Yesterday on the car ride home Brittany was telling Peanut that she was going to eat her. Aliyah responded by saying things like "No, no, no - you CAN'T - I'm serious!" or "I taste yucky...I'm serious." or "I taste like lion pookie - I'm serious!" (whatever lion-pookie is...I'm not sure?!?).




We ended up getting home by 830pm, which was FANTASTIC and I was in bed and asleep by 10pm...just in time to be back at the office today. It is so strange to have a day off in the middle of the week! HOWEVER, I am here today and gone tomorrow again - YAY!!! I have a meeting with a customer downtown in the morning and then I'm off to have beach fun this weekend!




As I am sure this will be my last post of the week - have an awesome weekend!!!!



You can click here to see all of our pics from the day trip (not too many) :)



PS - Mr. Cute called today...we may be going to lunch one day next week.


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Dating Game


Ok, so this post it taking the BLOG to a place it has NEVER been before, but it's all about sharing so here goes...


Over the course of the last six months I have dabbled in dating. Sure it would be nice to have someone around. For obvious reasons I was used to that, BUT it has been nice to spend time just taking care of me! Some of the "dating" was more serious (as serious as you can be in three weeks) than others. Sometimes I didn't realize that I was going out on dates - that was until I was informed by a girlfriend that a guy never asks a girl to dinner because he wants to be friends. SILLY ME!


On occasion I'll go to happy hour with co-workers on Thursday nights. I never go into happy hour with the thought pattern that I may meet someone. I'm there to hang with my people and that's that. I usually avoid making eye contact simply because I don't feel like talking to strangers (especially at a bar).


This past Thursday I was sitting out on the patio of a local restaurant chatting with the girls and I noticed this fella through the window. He was cute and seemed to be looking my way every now and then. Time passed...


A little later a friend of mine and I walked in to use the bathroom and were immediately bombarded by a completely OBNOXIOUS male who continued to tell me #1) how he had been watching me all night and observing how good I was with people (OK -WEIRD!!), #2) that he was not interested b/c he is married (I think he spotted the concern on my face) #3) that he was a recruiter and if I ever wanted a job in sales to call him (UM, NEVER!!!).


About this time a friend of the cute window guy from earlier decides to come to our rescue by taking us over and introducing us to his friends....somehow I managed to talk to the guy that did the rescuing and not the cute guy for quite some time...the rescuer is married, has three girls, two are twins, and his wife has breast cancer...it was a very interesting conversation to say the least...


About 20 minutes into it - I was like - UH - what are you doing AMY? Why aren't you talking to Mr. Cute?? I am not usually forward and I wouldn't call stopping a conversation with the RESCUER so I could talk to MR. CUTE forward for anyone normal, but it was for me! After engaging in my new strategy, I ended up talking to Mr, Cute - for quite some time - and he seems to be an interesting guy...


Anyway, Mr. Cute asked if he could walk me to my car, asked for my number, open and closed the car door for me, and then called about an hour later to make sure that I made it home ok...I told him I accidentally left my debit card at the restaurant (probably too caught up in the fact that this nice guy wanted to walk me to my car) and he said "I wish I had known, it would have give me a reason to see you again." I laughed and then he told me that he already had a reason to see me again and then said "I'll call you next week." ME: "OK, talk to you next week."


The point of this post is that this is all so NEW to me. Very new. I have never really dated, and especially not at an age that I would consider adult or even close to where I am now in my life. It is exciting and it is super scary. I have questions!! What if he calls? What is he doesn't call? What if he isn't nice? What if he actually is nice and genuine? It's all so foreign and extremely bizarre.

I have to admit that I'll probably be slightly disappointed if I don't hear from Mr. Cute again, but at the same time - I can always chalk it up to practice, right?
AND - If anyone knows of where I can get a crystal ball - please contact me immediately!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Afraid of the dark?


As many of you know I live in a home, in the woods, in the middle of nowhere...I must admit that over the last however many months I have done a fantastic job of staying there at night all alone. In fact I usually do not even give it a second thought.

This might not seem like a big deal to most, but I have a history of basically having panic attacks if I am anywhere alone after dark. There have been times that I have called people in the middle of the night and I was certain that there was someone in my home. There have been quite a few times when I found out that I was going to be home alone unexpectedly and I would immediately make arrangements to stay somewhere else. There was even a time that I was afraid to go from my parents house to my house to pack a bag when it was after dark.

My survival under the current circumstances are dependant upon the fact that I have developed a method to keep the madness at bay. This includes always having a nightlight or leaving a light on in the staircase and falling asleep with the TV on...I have found that distractions work and over time I have become more relaxed.

WELL...last night I was hanging out with my parents - after a run, dinner, and a trip to feed the fish - dad drove me home and right as we are pulling up in the driveway he asks "don't you ever get afraid of staying in that big house all alone?" I told him that surprisingly enough - I don't anymore.

Then as the big diesel approaches the garage he mentions something to me about how I really should have some sort of protection while staying there alone...

As I told him goodnight and got out of the truck, I proudly made a statement from the sidewalk to further ensue that I can handle it with just Bailee and me.

I turn and start walking up the sidewalk towards the front door and dad yells from the truck "Don't let Freddy get you!!!"

Of course immediately after that I felt my chest tighten up a little and was sort of freaked out when walking in the front door, but once I got inside and turned on a couple lights - I was fine. I can't say that I am no loner afraid of the dark - I definitely have my moments - I hate walking to and from my car to any building at night, and I have to be careful about what I am watching before I go to sleep (Ex: Psychic Kids on A&E is a WAY-WAY BAD CALL!!!), but for the most part I have found ways to keep the paralyzing fear away.

My question to you is - is this normal? I would assume so, but I fee like it is one of those things you are embarrassed to admit, but once you do - you find that you are not alone :)

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

HOLLA-DAY Weekend


Friday Vineyard Visit

Friday I had the best time visiting with two girlfriends and going to local vineyards. We went to the Hillsboro and Purcellville area off of Rt. 9. Made me feel like I really take for granted where I live sometimes.


We Visited:

Hillsboro Vineyard; I rec the Serefina and the Moonstone

Doukenie; I am now a member (long story), but I rec the Mandolin and the Raspberry Dessert Wine

Loudoun Valley Vineyards; their Riesling and Classic White were sooo good!



Saturday Aliyah Stories

Saturday I joined up with my family at the campgrounds. I spent a ton of time pushing Aliyah on the swings and being terrified as she went down the slide.


She found a little inch worm and had to show Gram

Aliyah is a follower. She saw two older kids that would start out on the slide tummy down/ backwards and roll over to their bumms mid way down. I studied her absorbing the sliding style of the other children, but knowing how cautious and reserved she is - I thought there was no way she would be so brave.


The next thing I know I saw her at the top of the slide on her tummy about to go down backwards. I thought -OMG- she is really going to go down backwards & I better be at the bottom to help just in case...well about that time she headed down and started to roll over to her backside (it was an extremely cautious attempt on her part to roll over & you could tell by her movement that she herself was not sure about what she was getting ready to do), but all I saw were her legs coming over the edge of the slide. SO, I straight up panicked!



She was soon there after standing safely at the bottom and I found myself rushing over to her to tell her that she goes down the slide on one side or the other, BUT NO TURNING!!!

This makes me wonder what type of parent I will be. I don't want to be the one that hovers at all times to try to ensure that their child does not get hurt, but at the same time the kids might need a little direction on safety!

My very best memory of Saturday with the family at the campgrounds was watching the fireworks. Peanut crawled up in daddy's lap and I was sitting next to them listening to the few comments that were made...

Aliyah: Daddy, when it goes boom, boom it sounds like a monster
Josh: silence
Aliyah: Daddy, when it goes boom, boom it sounds like a monster
Aliyah: DADDY!!
Amy, Mom, Josh: YES, YES it does sound like a monster :)


She was referring to when the fireworks would shoot up in the air - the sound of them taking off makes a distinct noise...


I loved sitting in my chair and taking it all in...the silence that en captured the once very loud campground, the way everyone was looking up smiling...it made me realize that I never want to miss the fireworks around the 4th of July ever...it is such a special time...a few moments when everyone is happy.

Monday, July 7, 2008

*Memory Tag*


Salvator Dali,

"The Persistance of Memory,"

1931







1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn’t matter if you knew me a little or a lot, if we’ve actually met in person or not, anything you remember!



2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. If you don’t want to play on your blog, or if you don’t have a blog, I’ll leave my memory of you in my comments.



Great post idea from Amanda "My Version of the Story"

Thursday, July 3, 2008

The “Friends” Movie Gets the Green Light

This is super duper exciting!!!

From: Bricks and Stones

The highly anticipated film production of TV series Friends has finally been given the go-ahead. Cast members Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow and David Schwimmer will reprise their roles for a big-screen adaptation ‘within the next 18 months’, according to insiders. The actors have been inspired by the recent success of Sex And The City, which recently hit cinemas worldwide.


I just saw SITC last weekend and I absolutely LOVED it...can't wait to catch this one at the movies too!!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

"I eat, therefore I run"



With old and new friends from work at the party

The post title is my spin on the popular Latin philosophical statement by by René Descartes "I think, therefore I am."

This past Friday afternoon, my company shut down at 2:30pm for our 20th anniversary celebration that took place at Lowe's Island. It was a super nice event that reminded me very much of a wedding reception - it seemed as though no expense was spared.


The very best part of the party were these Mrs. Fields oatmeal cookies with icing that had our corporate logo printed on them; however, at the time, I did not realize that this particular item would have been the highlight of the event in my eyes.

With my dear friend Apryle that I started working with in 2000 and have the pleasure to work with again!

The cookies were displayed in baskets around the room, so I grabbed up a couple and put them in my purse - one for me and one for a co-worker who was not able to attend.

As luck would have it, when I was leaving the party to grab a bite to eat with a couple work friends, two of the guys tagging along grabbed up about 6 extra cookies and stuffed them in my purse...

In between the club and the restaurant, I decided to try a cookie (probably b/c my purse was overflowing with them) and OMG, it was LOVE at first bite; it reminded me exactly of a favorite childhood treat - Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies! I was in heaven.



My resurrected love affair...

I told the co-worker riding with me (who was also one of the guys who put a couple cookies in my purse) that the treat tasted awful and that he would hate it AND I told him that we had to tell the other guy who would be looking for his cookies that they were DISGUSTING...of course this was done all in an effort to keep them all to myself...


I had one on Friday night, one Saturday morning with breakfast, one on Sunday afternoon with a glass of milk, skipped Monday, and had another on Tuesday morning at my desk with coffee...I did bring one in to a co-worker and now I am left with one remaining at home and I don't know if I can bring myself to part with it.

The silver lining is that as I was walking by a director's office yesterday (who was NOT at her desk), I spotted a TRAY - an entire TRAY of Little Debbie snacks...you might be wondering if my precious Oatmeal Cream Pies were on that tray and to me DELIGHT they were & they were all the super sized ones!!!



With my NEW friend Sarah at the party

At first I walked past (telling my self "NO") and then something came over me and I stopped in my tracks and returned to the office door...looked both ways as if to try to not get caught, ducked in and grabbed THREE cakes!!! WHAT???

In all honesty, I can not remember the last time I allowed myself to indulge in a Little Debbie snack - so I'm just going to go with it...

In part these weaknesses that I posses are why I work-out ergo the title of this post...I have a very strong feeling that I'll be spending a little extra time on the treadmill this week for sure!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Must Watch

First off, I promise I do more in the evenings than watch tv! Thanks to the DVR and TIVO I can do things at my own pace and still catch my favorite shows; eat dinner when I want, do laundry when I want, and go for a run when I want - you know it's all about me! Hahaha! JKJK :)


Last night I was fortunate enough to have dinner with my parents. This used to be an exception to the norm, especially during the week, but as of late it has become a normal thing.

I walked in last night to my parents already having dinner, which of course is FINE; however, dad saw me coming up the sidewalk and he popped up out of his seat immediately. As I walked in he said he was going to put me a burger on the grill (BOCA - ha!). Despite my telling both parents to sit and eat -mom grabbed the burger, and dad grabbed the flame and he was outside before I even made it into the kitchen.

I told dad last night that I hated feeling like a mooch, and he said he couldn't think of anyone else he would rather have mooching (AWHHH)...about that time all three of the dogs came into the kitchen and he pointed out that they already had three mooches, so how much damage could the fourth do... G-R-E-A-T!


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THE BACHELORETTE!!! FINALE NEXT MONDAY - TUNE IN!


Anyway, to continue I got home right at 8pm as "The Bachelorette" was starting - YAY!!! Again, I can't really believe how into the show I am this season, but it is just so good. It's like I believe the feelings are genuine; ABC has me hook, line, and sinker!


I can't believe that DeAnna let Jeremy go, but I have to say that I am relieved. I was a tad bit worried b/c 1) he has been a favorite of hers since day one and 2) she kept saying how "perfect" her life would be with him. Despite all of his apparent wonderfulness (is that a word?) - I just didn't buy it!

Next week is the finale...I can't wait to see who she picks and in all honesty - I don't have a favorite when it comes to the last two...will it be Jesse or will it be Jason?


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INTERVENTION



Every Monday night I DVR "Intervention." This show comes on A&E and I am 100% fascinated by it.

For those of you that don't know, the show is based on doing a documentary about the addiction of 1-2 people who agree to be followed for a few days & let the cameras tape everything.

What they don't know is that their families arranged for this the "documentary" to happen, but the real reason for everything is so that a professional interventionist can come and assist the family with stepping in before it is too late for their loved ones...
If all goes well, the addict heads off for at least a 90 day treatment at the end of the show...
The raw human element that is exposed is just so incredible and their stories are gripping - this show is certainly not for everyone, but I think you should all give it a chance...I think it opens your heart, teaches compassion, and provides a better understanding of addiction.
PS - Only two more work days to go people!!!