Tuesday, August 24, 2004

What a fun, frivolous day!

Lesson learned...do not kill yourself the week before you go on vacation, because you will DIE of boredom when you return. I have nothing to do. And I mean that in the truest sense. I wrapped up the loose ends that I had to wrap up yesterday, returned all my phone calls, and now I'm just kind of hanging out, waiting for someone to burn their house down! I talked to Queenie this morning and she said that if I don't get a fire this afternoon, she'll give me some storm claims tomorrow, so at least I'll get something. I know I shouldn't be complaining about not having anything to do, but I'm still technically on call...it's not like I can just go run out somewhere and go shopping.

Oh, wait a minute...yes, I can! Today I slept in, took my time walking the dogs, and then had a nice lunch with my husband (grilled chicken salad), stopped by Bath and Body Works to get some girly stuff (coconut lime verbena and cotton blossom bath gels and body sprays, gel-lined booties for my feet when I'm wearing lotion and a sand scrub to start taking some of the dead skin off my heels) then by Blockbuster to get some movies. Now I'm just kind of chilling out for the rest of the day until it's time to go to the gym. P and I decided to give in and get one of those unlimited passes from Blockbuster. It's pretty neat...you pay one set fee per month and you get unlimited rentals, no due dates, and no late fees. Perfect for us. So, I have started making a list of all the movies that I've never seen and always wanted to. I just turned in Godsend and Beyond Borders, and today I checked out Taking Lives and The Godfather. (Thanks, D and S, for the idea!) Beyond Borders was just kind of eh. The footage on the famines was very interesting and very sad, but the plot just kind of seemed to have no direction, and I could not for the LIFE of me understand a word that Clive Owen was saying. No offense to my English friends, but I sure do have a difficult time understanding British accents. I'm looking forward to seeing The Godfather. I know it's hard to believe that I've never seen it, but I haven't! Anyway, if anyone has any suggestions for "must see" movies, let me know and I'll add it to my list. P and I are determined to get our money's worth out of this unlimited pass thing. Blockbuster will probably lose money just on the no late fee thing from us!

Tomorrow I have a team meeting at my office, a send-off lunch for E who is leaving, and then a reinspection at one of my old fires. Tonight, gym again...shoulders and abs. Last night I was kind of insulted by this guy that was in line in front of me on the dip machine. He pointed to my notebook (I record my weights) and asked if I was new to working out. Of course, paranoid me thought he asked that because I look like I don't work out. Doh! P said he probably asked that because he was mad that I used the same weight to dip that he did! Ha ha. The gym was fine though...I took it easy on the weights so I wouldn't hurt myself, and today my tris are a little sore, and my weight way down, so apparently I accomplished something.

And...I was a bad girl last night and started a new project. I felt that strange little tickle and urge to start something new...so I pulled out School of Dolphins and gave it a whirl. It went fine...ONCE I actually got started. First, I noticed that there was a ballpoint pen mark on the fabric right smack in the middle, so I had to wash it with Orvus and iron it dry. That took up 20 stitching minutes. Then, I had to find the actual leaflet and piece together the chart pages so I knew what I was doing since the pages weren't numbered. That took up another 20 minutes. Finally, I was able to stitch...and the one thing I've realized is that stitching on 32 ct evenweave is akin to stitching on 36 ct linen or 18 ct aida. Why is that? I never have any problems stitching on 32 ct linen, but when I stitch on 32 ct Lugana or Jobelan, it is so reminiscent of my days of torture on 18 ct aida. Oh, well. It looks good so far, but I'm having to constantly remind myself of the time when I saw this half completed at a stitching retreat. It is GORGEOUS in person. I just hope the grays and muted blues don't drive me to drink first!

Memes, memes, memes! Chick Chat is posted early for a change...yay!

1. Do you see the doctor right away when you feel icky? Usually, no. It usually takes me about a week to get in there, and I usually don't make an appointment with the doctor unless I feel like it's an infection, due to my afore-mentioned position on antibiotics. I don't take antibiotics for viri, and 99.9% of the time, that's what I've got! But if I start to run a fever, or the pain gets too bad to bear, etcetera, into the doctor's office I go for meds.
2. Does the world revolve around you until you feel better? The world meaning my house of pets and husband? Yes, pretty much. It's SO unfair that my husband never gets as sick as I do, but he doesn't. When he gets sick, he just sleeps for about a day or two and he's good as new. There's none of this doctor's office, Nyquil/Dayquil, Vicodin, antibiotic debate nonsense.
3. Favorite "Feel Better" Food? Hot tea with milk and honey, chicken noodle soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. Of course, whenever I get sick, I never have soup or sandwich stuff in the house and I feel too icky to go get it, so I'm always stuck with tea.
4. Did your mom do something special when you were sick as a child? When I was eleven years old, I had to have my wisdom teeth and others surgically removed to make room in my mouth for other teeth coming in so I could get braces. I remember I had trouble eating for a week or two while I recovered from the oral surgery. Basically, the only things I could eat were Chunky Soup, yogurt, applesauce, ice cream, you get the idea. My mom was really into eating healthy, and at the time, they didn't have sugar-free Jello, so Jello was unheard of around our house, but as a special treat to cheer me up, she made me strawberry Jello and yogurt parfaits with Cool Whip on top that week to eat. It wasn't a big deal, but it sure did cheer me up!
5. Are you a whiner? Oh, totally! A BIG one!

Yay, TV Tuesday is back in action! And just like all the other memes have done, this one deals with school!

1. What's your favorite show that deals with school in some way? Beverly Hills 90210. I loved that show! It didn't hurt that I was the same age as them...well, the same age as them in 90210-land.
2. Which TV school would you have attended if given a choice? The school in Facts of Life. I always thought it would have been so neat to go to an all-girls boarding school in high school!
3. What's your favorite back to school commercial? There really haven't been any that have popped out at me this summer (or maybe I just haven't been paying attention) but Gap and Target always put out good ones.
~Bonus~ Reality check! What's your most memorable back to school moment? When I started high school...that was particularly exciting for me! I felt so grown-up!

And...the Daily Dirt...all to myself!

1. If you could have anything in the world completely to yourself for one day-any object or place-what would you choose? I would love to have Epcot Center all to myself for one day. I think that would be SO cool to be able to ride the rides as much as I wanted, have the peace and quiet, be able to ride my bike or roller blade around the park and visit the countries, etcetera...that would be awesome.
2. If you could have just one person to share it with, who would it be? Duh...my husband, P!
3. If you could wake up every morning and look out your bedroom window at the perfect view, what would that view be? The coastline...not sure which one, but either the ocean off the coast of Virginia Beach, Destin, Venice Beach, Cancun, or Oregon. I'm not picky...I love the ocean, no matter which ocean it is!
4. If you could be any age again for one week, what age would you be? Seventeen. Seventeen was a VERY good year for me!
5. If you could be anything you want for a week, what would you want to be? A cutie movie star or singer like Britney Spears or Jessica Simpson! But only for a week.

That's all I've got for today...I have no other loftier plans for the rest of the day other than to eat two more times, hit the gym, stitch, and polish my nails...as this emerald amethyst on my fingernails right now makes my hands look like those of a witch! Can't go into a meeting tomorrow with witchy fingernails...

14 Comments:

Blogger Mindy said...

Oooooooh, Bath and Body Works -- that place has gotten way too much of my money in the past and will definitely be getting more in the near future :-) My favorite WAS Citrus Basil, but now they no longer carry it my spring/summer favorite is Mango Mandarin (or something like that).

The Blockbuster deal sounds good. I use Netflix because after working at Blockbuster I can't bring myself to go to the one near me to rent movies. Just not a fan of the way the ones around here treat their employees. Netflix is easier for me because the stuff comes in the mail and I can mail it when I go to work. Either way, if you rent a lot of movies the flat fee per month is definitely the way to go.

4:53 PM  
Blogger Mia said...

OMG, Erica. I just saw the comment you wrote on my blog and clicked on your name and you are right, your blog looks familiar too. LOL And here I went and picked basic black cause I like to type in color. LOL I look forward to reading your blog. I love all those little blinky boxes you have. Pretty cool.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Erica - you have to remember to use Closed Captioning when watching indecipherable British accents. My facorite mini-series out there is very, very British, as for about the first hour I have to turn on the CC just to know what's going on. Eventually the accent kicks in and I can turn it back off, but it's quite the lifesaver!

I used to work for BBW's parent company back in the day. Now taht's a company restroom you don't mind using!

11:08 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Erica - you have to remember to use Closed Captioning when watching indecipherable British accents. My facorite mini-series out there is very, very British, as for about the first hour I have to turn on the CC just to know what's going on. Eventually the accent kicks in and I can turn it back off, but it's quite the lifesaver!

I used to work for BBW's parent company back in the day. Now taht's a company restroom you don't mind using!

11:09 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Erica - you have to remember to use Closed Captioning when watching indecipherable British accents. My facorite mini-series out there is very, very British, as for about the first hour I have to turn on the CC just to know what's going on. Eventually the accent kicks in and I can turn it back off, but it's quite the lifesaver!

I used to work for BBW's parent company back in the day. Now taht's a company restroom you don't mind using!

11:09 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Erica - you have to remember to use Closed Captioning when watching indecipherable British accents. My facorite mini-series out there is very, very British, as for about the first hour I have to turn on the CC just to know what's going on. Eventually the accent kicks in and I can turn it back off, but it's quite the lifesaver!

I used to work for BBW's parent company back in the day. Now that's a company restroom you don't mind using!

11:09 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Erica - you have to remember to use Closed Captioning when watching indecipherable British accents. My facorite mini-series out there is very, very British, as for about the first hour I have to turn on the CC just to know what's going on. Eventually the accent kicks in and I can turn it back off, but it's quite the lifesaver!

I used to work for BBW's parent company back in the day. Now that's a company restroom you don't mind using!

11:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Erica - you have to remember to use Closed Captioning when watching indecipherable British accents. My facorite mini-series out there is very, very British, as for about the first hour I have to turn on the CC just to know what's going on. Eventually the accent kicks in and I can turn it back off, but it's quite the lifesaver!

I used to work for BBW's parent company back in the day. Now that's a company restroom you don't mind using!

Rachel (for some reason I couldn't comment while logged in!)

11:10 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Erica - you have to remember to use Closed Captioning when watching indecipherable British accents. My facorite mini-series out there is very, very British, as for about the first hour I have to turn on the CC just to know what's going on. Eventually the accent kicks in and I can turn it back off, but it's quite the lifesaver!

I used to work for BBW's parent company back in the day. Now that's a company restroom you don't mind using!

11:10 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Erica - you have to remember to use Closed Captioning when watching indecipherable British accents. My facorite mini-series out there is very, very British, as for about the first hour I have to turn on the CC just to know what's going on. Eventually the accent kicks in and I can turn it back off, but it's quite the lifesaver!

I used to work for BBW's parent company back in the day. Now that's a company restroom you don't mind using!

11:14 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

I acutally didn't mind Beyond Borders, and quite liked Clive Owen! I agree, the movie needed a bit more of "something" to it, but the basic storyline was good. I recently saw King Arthur and thought Clive Owen played the part of Arthur perfectly!

As for "must-see" movies, I have to recommend Life as a House starring Kevin Kline and Hayden Christensen. I know, I know, Hayden's acting in Star Wars leaves a lot to be desired, but he's absolutely fantastic in this movie.

8:16 AM  
Blogger Annette said...

I hadn't seen The Godfather until I married my husband 7 years ago and now it's one of my favorites. The Godfather II is also very much worth a rental. Another excellent-but-not-well-known flick: The Red Violin (the music is amazing!)

School of Dolphins is very *you* in my mind! Good luck with it!

9:21 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Please let me know how the Godfather is! I've never seen it either, but am determined to watch more "classics." My recomendation is Moulin Rouge, but be careful: it's one you either love or hate! I absolutely love it!

9:47 AM  
Blogger Not me said...

Wow - I've just returned from vacation too, and I'm bogged down in work; I'd be happy to share, if you like!

10:12 AM  

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