Saturday, April 30, 2005

Something to look forward to

So tomorrow is the start of a new month. I love the beginnings of things. I love mornings, New Years, the start of a new relationship... I love the promise of change and the hope that something new brings. So here are a few things I have to look forward to (or dread) in the coming month:
1. 36 days until my birthday!! (and there are some people that would expect me to dread it since I'm turning 27, but I love birthday parties and I will celebrate until I die. Getting older has never bothered me, nor do I expect it to. Truly, with age comes experience and with that, wisdom.)
2. 18 promotions for the month of May. (that's kind of half and half--it's work, but can be fun.)
3. Getting paid and actually being able to SAVE some of my paycheck.
4. All the weekends I get to spend with my beautiful boyfriend.
5. The Mothers Day party I will attend with my niece.
6. Spending almost a full week with my sister.

That's what I think of when I think of May beginning. I'm sure there's more to look forward to as the month wears on.... Am I such a Pollyanna? Sometimes I feel like that. For example: Last night I covered a promotion for a friend/coworker and I hadn't been to this bar before. The bar is actually a club and there are marked differences in what one would wear to a bar and to a club. I dressed the way I would to work here in town and was sorely out of place. I wore a lightweight black sweater, a white skirt and black sandals. I looked good, kind of preppy but it was an outfit that I could have worn to church. Everyone else in this club was dressed as if they were going to... a club, of course. The attention that I drew to myself wasn't bad since that's what I was there to do, but I felt like a goody goody. Oh well. Not really important in the long run. I did meet a whole lot of interesting people and wasn't surprised to discover yet again that the people that look the scariest often carry on the best conversations.

Friday, April 29, 2005

um, WTF??

Evolution takes a leap forward:
There's been a lot of talk about avoiding wrinkles and skin cancer lately. I love sunless tanning products, especially Neutrogena. They make the best stuff that gives the best results--I'm natually so white I reflect the sun. I'm even a bit translucent, which I think is pretty cool but makes me appear sickly in the summer.

So I've learned to fake it. Now, not only do I fake that I lay out in the sun, I avoid the sun entirely. I'm terrified of getting skin cancer and not getting wrinkles is only a bonus. I think Clinique makes the best sun care products as far as makeup goes and I've tried more than a few... if I could only wear makeup and perfume and not have to worry about clothes, my money would be much more well spent and my life a little more stress-free. (Yeah, um, I don't let things like clothes stress me out really, but when you have to look nice every freakin day on very little income, it involves some creativity and can become stressful.)

I have been very good about not buying myself frivolous things lately, but I did get this perfume that I wanted all last year but every place had sold out of. It smells so so good and is very light.

I recommend it to everyone--I think it might be a unisex fragrance, like the original ck One, but it is a bit fruitier. It smells very clean and fresh, like you just took a shower.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Man, today was long. I left my house at 1:30 this afternoon and am just getting home; it's 11:01pm. There was a meeting at work to kick off a new liquor (AGAIN--does there really need to be 3 kickoffs? Kinda defeats the purpose...) and although we weren't required to attend, my friend/coworker, M, and I decided to go. We thought we'd sit through the boring meeting then have fun and hobnob with the big guys at the bar afterward. Well, we get to the meeting early, pick up our checks and posters and decide to ditch. We ran out of the building and went to eat and then to shop.

We shopped FOREVER. Now, I like shopping, but if you've read the previous posts, you know that I get tired of it really, really fast. On top of it all, I was breaking in new shoes and my feet are friggin killing me. I was good though, I only bought jeans for my boyfriend. I'm so proud of myself. Usually I'd say "Screw the bills!! I need new shoes!" and decide I'll worry about it tomorrow. Fortunately, that part of my brain seems to have been replaced and I'm slowly becoming a responsible member of society.

Has anyone ever noticed that making a new friend can be a bit like dating at first? You go out a few times, try not to call them too much so you don't seem like you have nothing else to do, you try to impress them a bit so they'll want to be your friend too, and you end up sharing your life story in one night and then slowly retell it as you get to know each other better. Maybe it's the other way--the potential boyfriend (or girlfriend) has to pass the friend test before they cross that line... I wouldn't really know. I've never dated anyone that was my friend first, well, not a close one.

Maybe this is all just crazy talk. I'm seriously in need of sleep, so that's possible. I'm out now. My boyfriend just called and here I come a'runnin!

Surprise Party = Work?

So I went to this surprise party last night for my boss. I'm not sure what I was expecting but it was actually really fun. The restaurant was gorgeous, it had this very comfortable, beach-house themed seating (NICE beach house where there is no sand, dirt or water) and outside there were these cabanas with couches and flat screen tvs complete with your choice of 5 different satellite channels. It was way too windy to sit outside (it's on the roof) so we lounged around the bar inside. The usual big-wigs were there (in their suits--do they ever take them off??) but most people just relaxed and had a great time. I think some of the sales guys even turned their phones off for a few hours (gasp!)

Except for one girl. I don't think she even paused for more than a second. It seemed to be her mission to speak to every important person in the room--and there weren't a lot of people, but most of them were important, you know? Now, I am all for networking, but there's a time and place for that. Maybe I was the one missing out, maybe she'll get the raise before me because of all her flitting about, but I had fun crashed on the couch flirting with the boss's nephew (so cute, so young) and getting to know her kids.

I have another party tonight and this one will involve lots of networking. Thankfully it won't be a long night so there won't be too much danger of getting plastered while trying to relax (which has happened to me on occasion and it wasn't too much fun--it's way too easy to drink when you don't know that many people and there's an open bar.)

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Hello My Name is Aunt

My sister just got accepted to Physician's Assistant school at a prestigious university and I'm so proud of her! It's going to take up much of her life for the next 2 years, including next Thursday when her daughter has a Mother's Day tea at her school. Guess who was asked to fill in? Me! I'm actually excited about this. I've never been to a Mother's Day celebration (maybe because I'm not a mother?) and am really looking forward to seeing what this is all about. Of course I'll have a nametag that will identify me as Aunt but spending quality time with my beautiful, brilliant niece will be so fun!
Things I found out at my meeting yesterday:

1. Sweetwater is coming out with a summer beer called Summer Hummer. Seriously. On the label is says "Everyone loves a hummer." (Yes, the jokes will get old but they will be really funny at first!)
2.The Terrapin guys are not liars. They claim that their company is based in Athens, GA but their brewery is not. They are trying to raise the money to bring their brewery home... I hated them when I thought they were liars but now I'm rooting for them. GO TERRAPIN! Anyone that reads this should go buy their beer to help with their sales--it's really good!!
3. The new girl at work is really cool and I think I have a party partner! We have lots of parties to attend-- some required, some not--and now I have a friend to go with!
4. I should not pick up free bottles of liquor anymore because I'm starting to think that drinking before noon is fine. And getting drunk is okay too as long as I sleep it off before I have to go anywhere. Not fine. NOT okay.

And Today:
1. Procrastination is way too easy to rationalize... I should be working out but instead I'm updating my blog. Why? Well, it's almost like work, right? It's not like I'm watching TV or anything... um, kind of weak.
2. Rationalizing is really bad when you don't realize that you are lying to yourself. I think it's more important to know that you're doing something wrong and do it anyway than to tell yourself it's not really wrong and do it. BE HONEST.

That's all I got. I'm going to feed my energy drink addiction and get my butt moving. Literally. I only have a month!

Saturday, April 23, 2005

How embarrassing. How many people do not know the national anthem?

Probably a few in this country.

How many would forget the words when singing it in front of a large audience at a hockey game?

Probably a lot more.

But then, who, after unsuccessfully trying to sing it twice would give it a go one more time only to bust her ass on the ice? So far, only one unfortunate girl. That really sucks. And it looks like it hurt. Yikes.

But it's also really funny. When you forget the words, you forge ahead! Make some shit up! It might have gotten her beaten up, but not if she slipped out of there quick enough. Let's hope that she believes in the adage that "Any publicity is good publicity." She'll be a celebrity before she can scrape herself off the ice.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Usually I love to shop, but that's only when I don't have any money and I can fantasize about how good I'd look in the clothes I'm drooling over. When it actually comes time for me to buy new clothes (like now, since it's finally summer) I'm in agony. I don't like anything I see and I get so discouraged with my terrible fashion sense. I'd love to just wear my jeans/tshirt/flip flops combo everywhere I go until my diet and exercise have had time to take effect, but unfortunately, flip flops are not professional and it's actually part of my job to look good. Damn. I'm screwed.

I'm sure I'll think of something... I haven't washed clothes in a while so I'm about to do that. I'm hoping I'll come across something I haven't seen lately and feel silly for trying to buy something new in the first place! And then I'm either going to take a nap or work out. Maybe just a short work out and then a nap. Hey, some exercise is better than nothing, right? I'll let you know how it turns out.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Good Lord. that took forever but I finally got my damn picture on here. Now i'm thoroughly exhausted and almost drunk... the stress of posting drove me to drink!! Hahaha. RIiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. Like anything has to make me...
attempt #098301573098157098 at posting my damn picture on my blog profile.