Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

What was my team's theme this year at work? Haunted House. It rocked!! We blocked out our aisle with trash bag walls, installed black lights, and decorated in cobwebs, insects, candles and other props. It was by far our best team Halloween since I've worked at my company.

We spent part of the day touring the building and the suite's of other teams, and I took over 100 photos during the day. These are the highlights.

PS I was the Bride of Frankenstein. How fun is that?

Other teams had themes like: TV Commercials, Monopoly, the Smurfs, and Mardi Gras - just to name a few. Here are some photos of those I'm permitted to show...


It's obvious I am capable of stressing over anything. Last night my coworkers and I spent a few hours decorating our work area for Halloween - and the decorations are EXTENSIVE. Last night I dreamed that someone on another team came in early and tore everything down before we arrived today.

I mean, really? I dreamt over and over that I was pissed and was telling the guy off, etc., etc. Now, for my work readers - the person in my dream doesn't even really exist - his name was Vern or Brett (you know how dreams are), but boy was I livid.

Anyway, I'm up early getting ready. Pics to come this weekend. I love celebrating Halloween at my job. Love. It.

Monday, October 27, 2008


Did anyone watch Paranormal State's "I Am Six" episode tonight? OMG. I know that "you never know" with these shows, but there was an exorcism on this episode, and it was freaky. Really freaky. I think I need to fall asleep to Aladdin or something just to offset the scariness.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

My Boy Dog Has More Nipples Than Your Girl Dog

Good title, eh? Well, it's true.

Delilah = 6
Antonio = 9

After a very low and depressing yesterday, I spent this afternoon eating, drinking, eating... and watching the Ravens win. I'd also like to state that I wore my Ravens t-shirt today, and because they won, I have proved that my t-shirt and I are NOT bad luck. So there. My t-shirt is covered with dog hair though... well, dog hair and dog slobber, thanks to Delilah and Baxter. (Oh how I love them.)

There is so much I should have done today and didn't, but I did learn the definition of the football term "safety," and that a safety is worth two points, and I also learned that I am an Ivory 100 in the Mary Kay complexion chart. It's not a lot, but it's something. Today was a good day.

- Clean, clean, clean
- Pick recipe for girl dinner
- Take out trash
- Start scrapping calendar page (remember last year's?)
- Work on Halloween costume

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Good, Bad and Ugly

I got my hair done. My neighbor does my hair and is SO good to me. I think I have a $300 hair cut/color/ highlights, and she charged me a very small percentage of that. I like it though. It is unfortunate that it's crazy windy, and it will soon look horrible.

Grandma is not good. She has been up and down all week but it's really not good now. I am freaking out-crying-like, wanna throw up and all around am a mess. I think she knows that it's coming which makes me even more sick and nauseous. I am not ready. At all. Not at all. I know you never are, but my heart is going to break in a million pieces if she dies. I have faith that she'll be better/fine, blah, blah, blah... but I'm being selfish. I wanted her to see me married, you know? I wanted her to see me grow up (at least more). I want more time, and in life there is never enough. I know I'll be fine, I know she'll be fine. I know all of those things people say are true, but I'm still hurting. I don't want to lose her. I really don't feel strong enough when I think about it.

No clue. It was just a good post title.

Head, Shoulder, Knees and Toes

My body has a problem. Apparently one of my shoulder muscles is being overworked. I'm not exactly sure which muscle it is (supraspinatus?), but it isn't supposed to "work" - only support - and it likes to join in the fun whenever I'm exercising or using my other shoulder or upper arm muscles. This causes tension in my shoulders and neck, which causes tension headaches, too.

I also have this "popping" going on in my left shoulder when I work with my weights. I told my chiropractor and he says my shoulder is "loose," which means that the rotator cuff muscles aren't very strong. He gave me one of those rubber rope thingies, and now I have an exercise to do a few times a week to help strengthen the muscles. Who knew I was such an athlete? :)

So I'm starting to see some changes in my arms. Nicole was over and showed me a number of other exercises to do, so I am excited to watch the muscles and the profile of my arms change. My biceps are becoming more defined, my triceps are starting to show some definition, minimal deltoid definition, and nice progress in what I call the "waitress muscle" (supinator longus?), because it was really defined back in the day when I carried trays. (It's that muscle on the underside of your forearm that flexes when you fold in your wrist and turn your hand away from your body.) I like these changes.

This morning? I need to find more ab exercises because my fav on Exercise TV expired. The chiropractor also gave me tips to help "disconnect" my shoulder muscles from working together (see first paragraph). If I can't manage to separate them, he has a whole therapy process to help them work independently... he just says it's work. Either way, I'm anxious to make this happen. I need to work at strengthening my muscles to provide more back and shoulder support to help avoid my headaches and spine issues. Plus, I'm 31 for goodness' sake. And I have friends that work out. All roads point to fitness. Fun.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Another Good Article

I wanted to post this article few days back but couldn't find it. Today? Walla! - it popped up as a feature on I'm really trying to be quantitative in my optimism here, and leave all of the emotion out. I've been disappointed so many times before, and maybe if I just stick to the math... we might actually be able to win.

Cook: Metrics add up for Obama
Several key factors don't look too good for McCain

By Charlie Cook
National Journal
updated 12:15 p.m. ET, Tues., Oct. 21, 2008

WASHINGTON - One of the most unsettling aspects of this campaign is that for an election cycle so turbulent, with so many surprising twists and turns, over the last few days it suddenly has had the feel of concrete setting. Just seven or eight weeks ago, Sen. Barack Obama had a lead over Sen. John McCain, but it hardly seemed sure; we wondered, is this lead real, is it durable?

But today it seems very unlikely that the focal point of this election is going to shift away from the economy. And as long as the economy is the focal point, it's difficult to see how this gets any better for Republicans up or down the ballot. It's sobering to think of the magnitude an event would have to have to pull voters' minds off the economy, the credit markets that have seized up, the stock market that has been pummeled, the values of their 401(k) and other retirement plans that have plummeted. How can an election that was so volatile now suddenly seem to be so inevitable?

At this point it would be difficult to see Republican losses in the Senate and House to be fewer than seven and 20 respectively. A very challenging situation going into September turned into a meltdown last month, the most dire predictions for the GOP early on became the most likely outcome.

The metrics of this election argue strongly that this campaign is over, it's only the memory of many an election that seemed over but wasn't that is keeping us from closing the book mentally on this one. First, no candidate behind this far in the national polls, this late in the campaign has come back to win. Sure, we have seen come-from-behind victories, but they didn't come back this far this late.

Second, early voting has made comebacks harder and would tend to diminish the impact of the kind of late-breaking development that might save McCain's candidacy. With as many as one-third of voters likely to cast their ballot before Election Day, every day more are cast and the campaign is effectively over for them. The longer Obama has this kind of lead and the more votes are cast early, the more voters are out of the pool for McCain.

Third, considering that 89 percent of all voters who identified themselves as Democrats voted for John Kerry four years ago and 93 percent of Republicans cast their ballots for George W. Bush, the switch from parity between the parties to a 10-point Democratic advantage would seem to almost seal this outcome irrespective of the candidates fielded on each side. The unprecedented surges seen in Democratic party registrations in those states that require party affiliations confirm that.

Fourth, just look at the money and spending. With Obama now outspending McCain routinely by margins of 3- and 4-to-1 in advertising in so many states, it's hard to see how the Arizonan's campaign can drive a message. For a time, Obama was matching McCain one for one in negative advertising, then spending double or triple on top of that in positive advertising. Now Obama seems primarily doing positive ads, probably the right move given his lead going into this final stretch. Organizationally, it's hard to find any state where McCain is organized as well as President Bush was four years ago or Obama is today, a product of both money and enthusiasm.

Fifth, while many are talking about the so-called "Bradley effect," voters telling pollsters that they will vote for an African-American candidate when they won't, putting aside the question of whether it ever existed, it hasn't been seen in at least 15 years and the likely surge in turnout among African-American and young people seems sufficient to offset it anyway.

Finally there are the states. Obama is now leading in every state that Al Gore and John Kerry both won, including Michigan, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and he is ahead in Iowa, New Hampshire and New Mexico, the three states that went once but not twice for Democrats in 2000 and 2004. He is also ahead in Florida, Colorado and Virginia. If that weren't enough (and it is), he's running basically even in Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina and Ohio, and even threatening in Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia.

As things are going now, this election would appear to be on a track to match Bill Clinton's 1992 5.6 percent margin over President George H.W. Bush, the question is whether it gets to Bush's 1988 7.7 percent win over Michael Dukakis or Clinton's 8.5 percent win over Robert Dole in 1996.

Maybe some cataclysmic event occurs in the next two weeks that changes the trajectory of this election, but to override these factors, it would have to be very, very big.

Copyright 2008 by National Journal Group Inc.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Wow. Long week. The last two days have been great - lots of good business discussions and lots of potential opportunities - but I'm whipped. I've come home late both days, and even though I've only had two drinks at dinner (which started at 5 PM), I am so so so sleepy. Poor Antonio and Elliott have received zero momma time. I'm a horrible pet mom.

Anyone locally see this? A friend of mine knows the driver... it's awful. No drinking, no drugs, just an inexperienced driver who lost control of the car. It's always awful when these things happen, but my heart broke as I watched my friend react and take in what was happening. It's been a long week, my friends.

Monday, October 20, 2008

The National Zoo

So I figured out what was wrong... four of my USB ports (two in front/two in back) weren't working. No idea why. I rebooted and now all is well. Strange.

Anyway, as promised, here are some of my favorite photos from the zoo. I used the "color accent" feature on my camera again and got some neat pics. Hope you like them!!

Me and the ant-eater!

Pretty kitty cat.

This is the kitty cat with the "color accent" feature selected (orange).

The bald eagles were cool. This is using "color accent" (green).

One sloth bear...

Two sloth bears...

My favorite - the red panda. How cute is he!?

Quite a view from Snay's roof!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Weekend's End

So there's an update on my grandma. She's back in hospital. It was a rough day for me yesterday. Her blood pressure is super low, she's intubated, but they don't think this round is the end, so I'm optimistic. She can't speak with the tube in, but she is very "aware," so it's not like she's in a coma or anything... they just need to stabilize her. More to come, I suppose. Say some prayers, please.

Anyway... Snay and I hit up the National Zoo yesterday, so I wanted to share some photos. Unfortunately, I'm having an issue with my camera and memory card. It's an 8 GB card, so there are issues with most readers and cards that size; but my PC has read it in the past, and now won't recognize the card at all. Irritating. I used some of my camera's cool settings, too... so I'm anxious to share them. Oh well. You'll have to wait. But the zoo is so beautiful, and even though I walked more yesterday than I've done in months (and I discovered new muscles in my legs as a result), I'd totally be willing to go again to see some of the animals we missed.

In lieu of photos... I need to buckle down ASAP and get this place clean before I go to bed tonight. (CA, this list is for you.)

Launder sheets - done
Clean cat box - done
Make bed - done
Start more laundry - one load done
Empty dishwasher - done
Load dishwasher - done
Clean bathroom - done
Dry/wet Swiffer floors - not gonna happen today
Vacuum - done
Contemplate working tomorrow
Take out trash - done
Sleep well

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Dear Lord

Every time I do that stupid ab workout, something else hurts. My abs hurt for a day or two, but today it was my sides. Am I doing them wrong or slowly strengthening muscles and exposing the weaker ones? What a pain. I'm gonna have some mean abs eventually, though. :)

OH! One of our buyers at work gave me the NKOTB 'The Block' CD today (which, of course, I've already downloaded), but this was a PRE-CD, CD. It actually says on it, "This CD is property of the record company and is licensed to the intended recipient for personal use only... " blah, blah, blah. COOL! I guess he used to work for a CD company or something - not sure exactly, but I feel lucky. There's a huge FBI seal on the back with anti-piracy warnings and everything. Hee hee. (Do I sound 13 yet?)

Okay... I am off to practice a presentation. Yep. That's what cool girls do in bed at 10 PM. They rehearse presentations and work on slide transitions. Oooh baby. Ugh.

Monday, October 13, 2008


I'm not sure if this looks yummy to other people or not, but it was dee-licious. Marinated chicken, corn, and black beans sauteed with Mexican seasonings and served over brown rice with cheese on top and fresh tomatoes on the side.

My dog ate my homework.

Not really. But my ice maker did eat my bread... freaking weird, right?

* And yes, it's Home Pride...

Sunday, October 12, 2008

I Miss My Girls

Saturday, October 11, 2008

A Great Palin Article

My dad sent me this a few weeks back, and I just reread it going through a pile of regifted Newsweeks from a friend. This is my position nearly 100%, minus the bit about the extremity of Palin's religious beliefs (i.e. I think it's doubtful that they are speaking in tongues)... but overall, you get the idea. I also am happy to see that the author (Sam Harris) agrees with me on the Bristol Palin issue. I'm not blaming Bristol's pregnancy on Gov Palin, only arguing that it's hypocritical to her position on sex education.

Please read. And comment. Sarah Palin is the worst choice for vice president in my lifetime, and in Sam Harris' words, "I believe that with the nomination of Sarah Palin for the vice presidency, the silliness of our politics has finally put our nation at risk."

Reprinted without permission (but with lots of credit given - GO NEWSWEEK!).

When Atheists Attack
A noted provocateur rips Sarah Palin—and defends elitism.

By Sam Harris | NEWSWEEK
Published Sep 20, 2008
From the magazine issue dated Sep 29, 2008

Let me confess that I was genuinely unnerved by Sarah Palin's performance at the Republican convention. Given her audience and the needs of the moment, I believe Governor Palin's speech was the most effective political communication I have ever witnessed. Here, finally, was a performer who—being maternal, wounded, righteous and sexy—could stride past the frontal cortex of every American and plant a three-inch heel directly on that limbic circuit that ceaselessly intones "God and country." If anyone could make Christian theocracy smell like apple pie, Sarah Palin could.

Then came Palin's first television interview with Charles Gibson. I was relieved to discover, as many were, that Palin's luster can be much diminished by the absence of a teleprompter. Still, the problem she poses to our political process is now much bigger than she is. Her fans seem inclined to forgive her any indiscretion short of cannibalism. However badly she may stumble during the remaining weeks of this campaign, her supporters will focus their outrage upon the journalist who caused her to break stride, upon the camera operator who happened to capture her fall, upon the television network that broadcast the good lady's misfortune—and, above all, upon the "liberal elites" with their highfalutin assumption that, in the 21st century, only a reasonably well-educated person should be given command of our nuclear arsenal.

The point to be lamented is not that Sarah Palin comes from outside Washington, or that she has glimpsed so little of the earth's surface (she didn't have a passport until last year), or that she's never met a foreign head of state. The point is that she comes to us, seeking the second most important job in the world, without any intellectual training relevant to the challenges and responsibilities that await her. There is nothing to suggest that she even sees a role for careful analysis or a deep understanding of world events when it comes to deciding the fate of a nation. In her interview with Gibson, Palin managed to turn a joke about seeing Russia from her window into a straight-faced claim that Alaska's geographical proximity to Russia gave her some essential foreign-policy experience. Palin may be a perfectly wonderful person, a loving mother and a great American success story—but she is a beauty queen/sports reporter who stumbled into small-town politics, and who is now on the verge of stumbling into, or upon, world history.

The problem, as far as our political process is concerned, is that half the electorate revels in Palin's lack of intellectual qualifications. When it comes to politics, there is a mad love of mediocrity in this country. "They think they're better than you!" is the refrain that (highly competent and cynical) Republican strategists have set loose among the crowd, and the crowd has grown drunk on it once again. "Sarah Palin is an ordinary person!" Yes, all too ordinary.

We have all now witnessed apparently sentient human beings, once provoked by a reporter's microphone, saying things like, "I'm voting for Sarah because she's a mom. She knows what it's like to be a mom." Such sentiments suggest an uncanny (and, one fears, especially American) detachment from the real problems of today. The next administration must immediately confront issues like nuclear proliferation, ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (and covert wars elsewhere), global climate change, a convulsing economy, Russian belligerence, the rise of China, emerging epidemics, Islamism on a hundred fronts, a defunct United Nations, the deterioration of American schools, failures of energy, infrastructure and Internet security … the list is long, and Sarah Palin does not seem competent even to rank these items in order of importance, much less address any one of them.

Palin's most conspicuous gaffe in her interview with Gibson has been widely discussed. The truth is, I didn't much care that she did not know the meaning of the phrase "Bush doctrine." And I am quite sure that her supporters didn't care, either. Most people view such an ambush as a journalistic gimmick. What I do care about are all the other things Palin is guaranteed not to know—or will be glossing only under the frenzied tutelage of John McCain's advisers. What doesn't she know about financial markets, Islam, the history of the Middle East, the cold war, modern weapons systems, medical research, environmental science or emerging technology? Her relative ignorance is guaranteed on these fronts and most others, not because she was put on the spot, or got nervous, or just happened to miss the newspaper on any given morning. Sarah Palin's ignorance is guaranteed because of how she has spent the past 44 years on earth.

I care even more about the many things Palin thinks she knows but doesn't: like her conviction that the Biblical God consciously directs world events. Needless to say, she shares this belief with mil-lions of Americans—but we shouldn't be eager to give these people our nuclear codes, either. There is no question that if President McCain chokes on a spare rib and Palin becomes the first woman president, she and her supporters will believe that God, in all his majesty and wisdom, has brought it to pass. Why would God give Sarah Palin a job she isn't ready for? He wouldn't. Everything happens for a reason. Palin seems perfectly willing to stake the welfare of our country—even the welfare of our species—as collateral in her own personal journey of faith. Of course, McCain has made the same unconscionable wager on his personal journey to the White House.

In speaking before her church about her son going to war in Iraq, Palin urged the congregation to pray "that our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God; that's what we have to make sure we are praying for, that there is a plan, and that plan is God's plan." When asked about these remarks in her interview with Gibson, Palin successfully dodged the issue of her religious beliefs by claiming that she had been merely echoing the words of Abraham Lincoln. The New York Times later dubbed her response "absurd." It was worse than absurd; it was a lie calculated to conceal the true character of her religious infatuations. Every detail that has emerged about Palin's life in Alaska suggests that she is as devout and literal-minded in her Christian dogmatism as any man or woman in the land. Given her long affiliation with the Assemblies of God church, Palin very likely believes that Biblical prophecy is an infallible guide to future events and that we are living in the "end times." Which is to say she very likely thinks that human history will soon unravel in a foreordained cataclysm of war and bad weather. Undoubtedly Palin believes that this will be a good thing—as all true Christians will be lifted bodily into the sky to make merry with Jesus, while all nonbelievers, Jews, Methodists and other rabble will be punished for eternity in a lake of fire. Like many Pentecostals, Palin may even imagine that she and her fellow parishioners enjoy the power of prophecy themselves. Otherwise, what could she have meant when declaring to her congregation that "God's going to tell you what is going on, and what is going to go on, and you guys are going to have that within you"?

You can learn something about a person by the company she keeps. In the churches where Palin has worshiped for decades, parishioners enjoy "baptism in the Holy Spirit," "miraculous healings" and "the gift of tongues." Invariably, they offer astonishingly irrational accounts of this behavior and of its significance for the entire cosmos. Palin's spiritual colleagues describe themselves as part of "the final generation," engaged in "spiritual warfare" to purge the earth of "demonic strongholds." Palin has spent her entire adult life immersed in this apocalyptic hysteria. Ask yourself: Is it a good idea to place the most powerful military on earth at her disposal? Do we actually want our leaders thinking about the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy when it comes time to say to the Iranians, or to the North Koreans, or to the Pakistanis, or to the Russians or to the Chinese: "All options remain on the table"?

It is easy to see what many people, women especially, admire about Sarah Palin. Here is a mother of five who can see the bright side of having a child with Down syndrome and still find the time and energy to govern the state of Alaska. But we cannot ignore the fact that Palin's impressive family further testifies to her dogmatic religious beliefs. Many writers have noted the many shades of conservative hypocrisy on view here: when Jamie Lynn Spears gets pregnant, it is considered a symptom of liberal decadence and the breakdown of family values; in the case of one of Palin's daughters, however, teen pregnancy gets reinterpreted as a sign of immaculate, small-town fecundity. And just imagine if, instead of the Palins, the Obama family had a pregnant, underage daughter on display at their convention, flanked by her black boyfriend who "intends" to marry her. Who among conservatives would have resisted the temptation to speak of "the dysfunction in the black community"?

Teen pregnancy is a misfortune, plain and simple. At best, it represents bad luck (both for the mother and for the child); at worst, as in the Palins' case, it is a symptom of religious dogmatism. Governor Palin opposes sex education in schools on religious grounds. She has also fought vigorously for a "parental consent law" in the state of Alaska, seeking full parental dominion over the reproductive decisions of minors. We know, therefore, that Palin believes that she should be the one to decide whether her daughter carries her baby to term. Based on her stated position, we know that she would deny her daughter an abortion even if she had been raped. One can be forgiven for doubting whether Bristol Palin had all the advantages of 21st-century family planning—or, indeed, of the 21st century.

We have endured eight years of an administration that seemed touched by religious ideology. Bush's claim to Bob Woodward that he consulted a "higher Father" before going to war in Iraq got many of us sitting upright, before our attention wandered again to less ethereal signs of his incompetence. For all my concern about Bush's religious beliefs, and about his merely average grasp of terrestrial reality, I have never once thought that he was an over-the-brink, Rapture-ready extremist. Palin seems as though she might be the real McCoy. With the McCain team leading her around like a pet pony between now and Election Day, she can be expected to conceal her religious extremism until it is too late to do anything about it. Her supporters know that while she cannot afford to "talk the talk" between now and Nov. 4, if elected, she can be trusted to "walk the walk" until the Day of Judgment.

What is so unnerving about the candidacy of Sarah Palin is the degree to which she represents—and her supporters celebrate—the joyful marriage of confidence and ignorance. Watching her deny to Gibson that she had ever harbored the slightest doubt about her readiness to take command of the world's only superpower, one got the feeling that Palin would gladly assume any responsibility on earth:

"Governor Palin, are you ready at this moment to perform surgery on this child's brain?"

"Of course, Charlie. I have several boys of my own, and I'm an avid hunter."

"But governor, this is neurosurgery, and you have no training as a surgeon of any kind."

"That's just the point, Charlie. The American people want change in how we make medical decisions in this country. And when faced with a challenge, you cannot blink."

The prospects of a Palin administration are far more frightening, in fact, than those of a Palin Institute for Pediatric Neurosurgery. Ask yourself: how has "elitism" become a bad word in American politics? There is simply no other walk of life in which extraordinary talent and rigorous training are denigrated. We want elite pilots to fly our planes, elite troops to undertake our most critical missions, elite athletes to represent us in competition and elite scientists to devote the most productive years of their lives to curing our diseases. And yet, when it comes time to vest people with even greater responsibilities, we consider it a virtue to shun any and all standards of excellence. When it comes to choosing the people whose thoughts and actions will decide the fates of millions, then we suddenly want someone just like us, someone fit to have a beer with, someone down-to-earth—in fact, almost anyone, provided that he or she doesn't seem too intelligent or well educated.

I believe that with the nomination of Sarah Palin for the vice presidency, the silliness of our politics has finally put our nation at risk. The world is growing more complex—and dangerous—with each passing hour, and our position within it growing more precarious. Should she become president, Palin seems capable of enacting policies so detached from the common interests of humanity, and from empirical reality, as to unite the entire world against us. When asked why she is qualified to shoulder more responsibility than any person has held in human history, Palin cites her refusal to hesitate. "You can't blink," she told Gibson repeatedly, as though this were a primordial truth of wise governance. Let us hope that a President Palin would blink, again and again, while more thoughtful people decide the fate of civilization.

Harris is a founder of The Reason Project and author of The New York Times best sellers “The End of Faith” and “Letter to a Christian Nation.” His Web site is

Baltimore Marathon

GO LISA! A coworker of mine is running the Baltimore marathon right now - and Antonio and I, Angie and Maddy all spent an hour or more on Linwood Ave to cheer her on. Marathons are crazy, crazy events - the one I did was plenty - but I continue to be impressed with these people who are sweating, grimacing, and exhausted... and how they keep chugging along for some 26 miles.

We saw Lisa around 11:30 or so - looking good and in good spirits. She was about 16 miles in. I also made her a sign, because when I did my marathon I can still remember how awesome it was to see my family cheering me on and holding signs. I certainly hope it gave her an added push.


Wednesday, October 08, 2008


I'm pretty proud of myself. Even though I'm a bit sore from the stretching I did yesterday and I saw my chiropractor today, I couldn't help myself but do some kind of workout tonight. I did a few quick rounds of these "sexy shoulder" exercises and then I did the "shape your abs" workout, and OMG this ab workout is good. It's SUPER short, but you can really feel it immediately. I love it.

Oh... I washed my car. Yeah... it was gross. I'm going to vacuum it this weekend and wipe it down. It's pretty bad. Of course, it's Wednesday, so tonight I also watched Ghost Hunters on Sci Fi. I sorta maybe saw something on the ceiling of my bedroom while I was watching the show, but I'm trying hard to dismiss it - just like I dismissed the woman that I saw standing in my living room at 4 AM a week or so back. Freaking weird. If it was real then the animals would react, right? Right - I'm going to go with that...

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Another Tuesday

Today I did Pilates Weight Loss on Exercise TV. It was sorta hard because I am far less flexible than I used to be, but the stretching was a nice contrast to the Jackie Warner workout yesterday. I will continue visiting my chiropractor, so I hope that I can strengthen my body enough to both tone the aging parts and also maintain good back/neck health.

That said, I just got done watching the debate... and I think it's obvious (as polls have also shown) that McCain is trailing. I refuse to get too optimistic because I've been let down so often in presidential elections, but I am hopeful. Polls tonight are showing that Obama was the clear winner, but there is still a month left and anything can happen. What I can tell you is that Antonio was truly disappointed with the debate as a whole. I mean, really... just look at him...

(Note: Antonio was not harmed in any way when taking this photo. He managed to burrow his way into the sleeve of my CHICAGO sweatshirt completely on his own. Frankly, he's lucky I was here. He was pretty stuck.)

Monday, October 06, 2008


I... am old. I picked up a new prescription last week, and the pharmacist handed me my medication in a LARGE BROWN PAPER BAG. I said, "What's this?" He said, "It's your prescription." I said, "In a bag??" Yep. It's a powder to help my digestive system deal with not having a gallbladder - even though it's been about 12 years since it was removed - but it's still supposed to help, so I figured I'd try it. So I had no choice but to pickup my prescription and walk out of the pharmacy with my meds IN A LARGE BROWN BAG. It's freakish...

On a positive note, after work today I did Jackie Warner's lower body workout on Exercise TV. It was only twenty minutes, but my thighs hurt. (Sorry, Annie - I needed something hard today... no Pilate's.) I think I can probably do that a few times a week... and hopefully tone the legs and backside in the process. My Halloween costume is a TIGHT fit, so anything I can do to tone up in four weeks will be helpful.

I suppose the three Swenson's double cheeseburgers I've had in the last two days haven't helped my cause, huh? Damn.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

New Kids Concert: Cleveland

OMG. I have so much to do today, so this is a quick post, but last night was one of the best, most fun nights of my life. My sides hurt from screaming, my voice is a wee bit hoarse, and my ears will likely be ringing for days.

I'm having problems uploading the 395 photos I have to Kodak Gallery, so in the meantime, here are a few to tickle your fancy.

Girls - I had SO MUCH FUN. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for sharing that experience with me. It's definitely one of the highlights of my year.

Cheryl - do you have floor seats? You are going to DIE. It was insanely fun, and we were so close to them that Jonathan touched my hand.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

NKOTB: Here I Come

I am so behind in reading all of my fellow blogger posts... so sorry. I'll try to get caught up this weekend. In the meantime, I started packing last night and this morning for my trip home (Ohio) this afternoon. My goal is to be on the road by 3 at the latest, so that I am guaranteed to get to my parents' house before the VP debate. I still have a lot to accomplish before I leave...

To Pack:
Clothes - done
Concert clothes - still deciding
Toiletries - done
Makeup - done
Dog stuff - done
Chargers - done
Meds - done
Shoes - done
Melanie stuff - done
Snacks - not gonna happen
Laptop - done

To Do:
Laundry - done
Clean cat box - done
Take out trash - done
Run dishwasher - done
Clean bathroom - not gonna happen
Get new prescriptions - getting in Ohio

Wednesday, October 01, 2008


Fasting - done
Working through the morning - done
Endoscopy - done
Eating - done
Sleeping - done
Yoga - done

I had my endoscopy today - no complications. The diagnosis is gastritis - inflammation of the stomach lining - likely caused by stress, too many pain relievers and caffeine (in the Excedrin, mostly), as I assumed. I asked the doctor if I should restrict my diet in any way and all she said was, "no more Excedrin." Got it. They took two biopsies of the inflammation to test and, I've been put on Zantac to treat the gastritis so it can heal.

So CJ picked me up, took me through the McDonald's drive-thru (I was so hungry), and I was asleep by 3:30 PM. I think I slept until about 6 PM, and woke feeling a bit nauseous, more groggy than I had been earlier, and my arm aches at the IV site a bit.

Annie and I have committed to doing Pilates at least twice a week (separately, but the encouragement helps), so I hope it's okay that I did a 20 minute yoga routine today instead. It hurt my arm with some of the stretches, but I need to do something and that's all the energy I could muster. I hope that counts. :)

Back to the couch...