Friday, March 19, 2010

Sunshine Everywhere!

I anticipate having messier hair this spring and summer.  I LOVE HAVING A SUNROOF!!!  Holy cow, it's awesome!  I've always sort of loved having windows open but hated having the wind mess up my hair and also how it made it hard to hear people.  A sunroof solves all of those problems!  It's fantastic.

There are two things I recently discovered about a sunroof though.  The first is that when you are driving in stop and go traffic, a bird can easily poop on you.  Now this has not happened to me and I hope that I never report that it has, but while driving to work the other day I was at a stoplight and looked up at the lovely birds that were rejoicing in this weather.  And I thought, "OMG-they could poop on me."  I was glad when the light turned green and I could move forward, away from the potential pooping.

The other thing requires a tiny bit of background about me and windshield wiper fluid.  I secretly LOVE to wash my windows on the highway and then watch the chain of people behind me put their wipers on.  It's one of the simplest ways to show that one person can make a difference.  I turn mine on, the guy behind me does the same and so on.  So every time that happens, it makes me smile a little bit...

So the other day I was driving on the highway with my sunroof open and I washed my windows.  And while the guy behind me still put his wipers on, I also got a little wet.  Inside the car.  I chuckled at how ironic this was and how much of a sunroof rookie I am.  Hopefully I'll remember to close it the next time I need to wash my windows.

This weekend a friend and I are taking a little day trip specifically because Saturday is going to be beautiful and I have a sunroof.  I have no idea where we'll go or where we'll end up, but he assures me that this is OK and that it's all about the adventure.  I have to say, I agree.

Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Did U Ever Notice?

Have you ever noticed that baby macaws kind of, sort of resemble...a human ball sac?

No,'s true. Yesterday I was searching for pictures of blue macaws for my nieces birthday cake and several of the websites showed baby parrots...and yeah. Balls. It's sort of unfortunate but at least they don't know it. And at least they grow up to be beautiful. Unlike balls. Which always look like, well...balls.

So this cake, if it works out, is going to be pretty kick ass. I think I'm going to make the tail out of fondant so that it hangs down off of a platform, where the bird will be "sitting". I figure that I'll need to bake about 6 or 7 layers for the bird. I'll stack them up and carve them, then decorate with butter cream. The other cake is probably going to be a luau cake with a bon fire and maybe a pig roast. But that really depends on how much time I have. I'm pretty excited to make it and am sort of sad I don't have to do it for another month. But one thing I've learned over the last 7 years of making Rye Bread's cakes is that waiting until the last minute to plan is NOT a good idea.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Blogging Saved My Day

Today I updated one of my status's to say this:

"A stranger touched me today. And I don't mean that in a creepy "stranger-danger" kind of way. I mean it in a "Remember life is good" kind of way."

And the amazing thing is, this statement can no longer be directed to just that one person because all day several of you commented, emailed or replied to my update reminding me that I am not alone, that I am important to you and that I can inspire you. Knowing that you're all out there really, really means a lot and today would have been 1000 times worse had you not taken those few minutes out of your day to let me know you care.

Thank you. From the bottom of my confused, crazy heart...thank you.

Oh Yeah!

Guess what I just did?

And it was HOT. :)

It's amazing how life looks so much better when you're clean....


I feel very alone. I've typed several sentences after that statement to explain, but nothing seems right. If you pray, please say a prayer for me.

I still have no hot water. My landlord finally called me at 9:45pm telling me his guys said it was fixed and he's surprised...which I don't understand b/c I emailed him in the middle of the day telling him it was still cold. He said he wasn't going to send someone over at night. Well buddy, guess who's calling the state on you today?

My boss asked me yesterday how things at home were. I told him that if I could afford it, I'd move. His response touched me. He said he would lend me all of the money I needed to move. He might be a dick most of the time, but I know he meant it, and it meant a lot.

Last night was my first night with The Family after my resignation. They were very kind and in fact, didn't mention anything. The only thing The Mom said was, "Mags is going to miss that question!" She's right...I'll miss them dearly.

I am PSYCHED that next week is Richard's story.

I am also excited that Flash Forward is starting again. If you didn't watch it last season, you should start.

I cheated on my diet. I feel bad about it.

I could really use a couple of hundred dollars to buy frivolous things, like fancy perfume, new makeup and shoes. I need to be pampered.

My only single girl friend is probably going to be cast on the show that helps people lose weight. Which means she'll be gone for the summer and also that she'll be super hot when she gets back and will find a boyfriend immediately.

There are certain places that a person's face should not be printed.

I sometimes worry that the only way someone would know I was gone would be because of this blog.

My friend Josh told me that he read that being laid off for more than 5 months in a row has the same emotional impact as the death of a loved one. I guess I sometimes forget what a hard year I had last year and that perhaps I should be a little easier on myself when I have bad days.

I just feel very unappreciative when I have days like this. Maybe I just need a hot shower.

My town is still very flooded. Very flooded.

The Brawny commercial with Mr. Brawny singing "Lean on Me' is creepy.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Toosdae ?'s

OK, so what gives? Where was everyone yesterday? I literally had 75 less hits than normal. Did daylight savings time kick your butts that much!?! I really hope you all come back today! Especially because it's Toosdae!!

Today's the first day I'll be seeing the family since resigning. I'm not sure how I feel about this and though I'm not nervous now, I probably will be once I get there. I know they won't make me feel badly on purpose, but somehow, I know I'll leave feeling sad. I still think it's best though, so I'll just have to keep reminding myself of that over the next couple of weeks. (Though, I really am going to miss that extra money!) are this week's questions. Enjoy!

1. What is your favorite midnight snack?

2. Do you scream when you ride a roller coaster?

3. What is on your nightstand?

1. It's actually cold pizza or cold ravioli. But I rarely have those things in the house so it's usually cheese or olives.

2. I haven't ridden a roller coaster in a long time, but when I did, yes, I screamed. Sometimes I don't though, I just close my eyes and feel the wind on my face.

3. A lamp, night cream, medicine for my face, a book and 2 empty glasses. There are probably also a pile of goopy's* too.

*That's what my family calls hair elastics.

Monday, March 15, 2010

No H or HW

Let this be a warning to all of you REAL mice...

Don't come inside!

That's Bella's favorite toy. The other day she was flinging it around and it landed in her water bowl. I was on my way out, so I flipped it into the kitchen sink and forgot about it until I was doing dishes. In order to dry it out, I hung it as you see above. It's been a couple of days now and it's just about dry, but every time I go into the kitchen it makes me chuckle. Poor little toy!

I was home from work all day today. I woke up to that huge leak in the ceiling and had to deal with changing buckets. Then I had no heat because the water in the basement knocked the burner off. And now, I have no hot water. If I had the money, I would move tomorrow. The landlord, though very nice, is not really proactive and responsive.

I text messaged him and emailed him to ask for a tarp. He said he'd take care of it when he could because the basement was flooded. When I told him I had no heat he said that his "guys" were by and tried to start the boiler but couldn't so I should call the oil company. I know he was lying because hours before that I called them already and they came to fix it...and I had heat when he claims they tried to fix it. That really pissed me off so I told him that I wasn't sure who's boiler they tried to fix, but it wasn't mine, because it had been working for hours. He had no response.

Now, I have no hot water. I told him at around 4pm. At 6pm he wrote and said he was working on it and at 8:30 I still hadn't heard from him and no one was by. He emailed me and told me that his guys were trying but it's a tough situation and I might not have water in the morning. About a half hour later, he said they started the hot water heater and to try it in the morning. I'm not holding my breath. In fact, I just boiled lots of water and washed my hair just in case.

As much as I loved Little House, there's not way I would have been able to hack it!

But even with all my bitching today, I know things could be a lot worse. Just down the street people were evacuated today because the water was so high and powerful. Roads are closed everywhere and my town has been included in the batch of "worse floods" in the area. I have heat, I have clean hair and the ceiling is no longer dripping...yes, things could be a lot worse indeed.

Floods and Stuff

It's been raining here pretty steadily for the past 3 days now and there is substantial flooding around the area. Yesterday I was diverted twice on the way to the gym because roads were flooded. One of them looked as though there was never a road to begin with! On the way home from the gym I passed a fire engine that was towing a small inflatable motor boat. Craziness!

This morning I woke to find a substantial leak in my living room ceiling. It's spread to about 1/4 of the ceiling and is (thankfully only) dripping in one area right now. My landlord said he'll get to it when he can today. Apparently the basement is very flooded too. That really sucks for two reasons: 1. My pretty ceiling that was smooth and freshly painted is now ugly and bubbled and dripping into my apartment. 2. My heat is off either because the boiler is out of water or submerged in it. I don't want to go check.

I've taken at least the morning off from work to wait for him. I hate when people come into my place when I'm not here and my boss is traveling today anyway, so I'd be slow. If the landlord doesn't come in the next hour, I might just take the whole day off as a personal day and take the time for laundry and another trip to the gym before weigh in tonight.

Yesterday I attempted to do 1 hour of cardio all at once. I read somewhere that in order to lose weight you should be doing at least 1 hour, 6 days a week! Right now with my schedule I'm doing about 2 hours TOTAL a week. So yesterday I tried to push the limit. I did fairly well for someone in my shape and with my asthma. I didn't make it to 1 hour but I did manage to do 40 minutes, which is an improvement. AND the first 1/2 hour was actually pretty easy, which means I'm getting there. Of course when I got off of the elliptical my legs felt like rubber, but that's beside the point!

I bought some hand weights so that I can work on my arms while watching TV at night. I also did some sit ups and reverse sit ups too but my tailbone digs into the floor because my stomach muscles aren't strong enough yet so it hurt. That'll improve with time too, I am sure.

This morning I was only 2 pounds away from a milestone weight and I know that by the next weigh in I'll be there. I've started to notice small changes in my body like my collarbone is more defined and my hip bone is more prevalent. There's still a lot of padding that needs to be shed, and not many people would notice the difference but because I know my body I can tell. It's very exciting.