Monday, February 28, 2005

June 10th...

Boston vs Chicago...I have tickets...

This is what happens when you let a city girl out of the city for to long... Posted by Hello

Buttnugget? Did you know a Buttnugget?

So Heidi and I were on this high school alumni website on Sunday and we were scanning other graduate names from good old Lake Central High School and talking about people as we looked over the list of names, when all the sudden Heidi seems stumped....she stops an thinks outloud...Buttnugget...Buttnugget?..she asks me...did you know a Buttnugget? I look to see if she's serious and can tell by the look on her face that she is dead serious....

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Sacredest Day of the Year...

Cubs tickets went on sale yesterday and for the first year in eight years we had a big dilemma on our hands...we all have real jobs. No one is at home to sit by the phone for hours and hours, dialing and dialing and dialing...staring at the computer screen. We had dreams of two days...June 10th against Boston and August 28th when Ryno's jersey's is to be retired. As 10 am rolled around, svt was busy working on some network problems and I was hurrying off to some meetings and we saw our hopes of great days at the ball park drifting away. Svt managed to get in the virtual waiting room and after a while had the opportunities to purchase Boston tickets until he found out that his browser was not 'supported'. Although no blood, after some sweat, and I think SVT even shed some tears over the Boston tickets we never got, we did manage to get 3 seats in left field for August 28th. I'm hoping to still secure tickets for June 10th, I haven't given up...but we'll have to see how my luck pans out. I'm also banking on a few more sets of free tickets from the company my uncle works for so hopefully that will work out. I'm already excited about a few trips to Cinci that I'm thinking about. The smell of baseball is in the air.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Noreen and Me...and yes svt...i'm wearing a shaw and i like it, in fact, i think i can 'pull it off' Posted by Hello

Amy and Amanda at the Chicago Wolves Hockey game a couple of weeks ago. I'm a bit behind at posting pics. Posted by Hello

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Post and You Shall Receive

So I'm adding another state to the list....and it happens to be the Texas, the state that I just posted I wanted to visit this year. I'm headed to Dallas the last week of March for some training and will remain over the weekend in Houston to visit some friends. Yeeehaw!

It sucks being restricted....

Sometimes I feel suffocated by the fact that I can't log into any person accounts. Due to the recent security issues I ran across this week I've restrained myself from logging into any accounts that have any meaning to me. Mainly blogger and online banking. I didn't realize how much of a struggle this would be. As I'm sitting here this afternoon I almost just did both back to back without a thought. I found a receipt in my purse and wanted to check my online balance of my checking account when I realized if I did that I may be exposing my net worth to the entire client population. Being frustrated by that, I decided to release my anxieties by blogging...go to blogger to log in and realize that this little blog means more to me then I give it credit for. The thought of twinkie guy or anyone else locking me out or deleting my countless thoughts is enough to lead me a lonely note pad. So here it sits, unable to publish to the rest of the world because the client with more Policies and SOP's (standard operating procedures) on security has one of the worst issues I've seen and doesn't seem all that to concerned about it.

Ride of the Week

2005 Chevy Trail Blazer with 81 miles on it...woohooo....

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Personality Test

So I was taking various personality test this evening...I guess just bored tonight. Anyway I took this relationship personality test that asked questions about past relationships and how I communicate and then told me who I attract and what my past habits were. I think some of you may get a good laugh, as I did, and even see how accurate it seemed to be some of the time.

Who I'm Attractive To:
You appreciate unshakeable loyalty. One who'll stand beside you no matter what happens.
One who is forgiving and accepting of others, and wish you could be more like him
One who will make your happiness his top priority
One with genuine warmth and compassion.

What I Don't Appear to Like:
You're not interested in men who are against religion or lack any firm religious beliefs.
You're not attracted to men who are stubborn or difficult to deal with.
You're turned off by neurotic men.

"To tell the truth, yours is not the easiest personality type to get along with. You tend to speak your mind. So, if someone irritates you too much or for too long, you're going to say something. This isn't a bad quality. The type of men you should seek out would like that you're honest and straightforward. He wouldn't want to waste his time trying to figure out if you're upset with him or not. I know it's hard to believe, but sometimes you can be irritating, too."

Conclusions it came up with about my ex:
"He was probably a very independent man who needed a lot of "space." However, based on what you described, it sounds like he intentionally excluded you from his life at times and put up emotional barriers, too. You probably came to feel very lonely, even when the two of you were together."
The Most Important Thing You Had Going:
Friendship, You gave each other support and appreciation, and did lots of little things to make life easier and more enjoyable for each other.

Handling Conflict:
You avoid conflicts as much as possible, but then draw on a mixture of assertive and compromising skills when you need to.
At your best, you try to deal with conflicts as quickly as possible and move on. You balance efforts to be assertive with looking for a compromise and short-term solution

Then I heard about the most depressing statistic I have ever heard. If I dated 100 people, only 32% of the guys would be interested...but even worse...I would only be attractive to 5% of them and there would only be mutual interest 4% of the time.

Monday, February 14, 2005

svt recommended I purchase this shirt...pick yours up today Posted by Hello


Why is it that even on the calmest airplane ride, as soon as you lock yourself in one of those port-a-potty size toilets you inevitably hit turbulence?

Houston We Have A Problem....

So I logged into blogger right before lunch to post a quick Happy Valentines Day note, closed Internet Explorer, probably didn't log out but what else is new. I came back after about 30 minutes, logged back on to blogger b/c I was going to post something about my trip here this morning when I'm faced with the blogging 'Dashboard' of a man dressed as a twinkie. I'm confused...baffled. I can change his profile, password, posts...create new posts, delete his entire blog. A wave of panic rushes over me. If it happened to Sweetie Guy Hutchinson, it could happen to me. I immediately back out thinking that I can't do this, poor Guy...poor me...poor anyone. II think back to an issue we were having here on the client site last week with this same issue happening when we were logging into the clients internal learning page. So I look up Guy on the clients directory. Sure enough, Guy works here at the clients site. I see now we have a much bigger issue on hand. I start to think about things I've logged into last week. Hotmail, Yahoo, BMG...or worse my bank account. I'm distressed.

To Those In Love...Happy Valentines Day!

To those not...Happy Singleness Awareness Day.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

The Card Isle

So I was browsing the card isle today at the grocery store looking for a card for a friend when a nervous looking guy came up next to me...snatched a card under the 'love' section, read it quickly and walked away...that's it? that's all there card...was it the perfect card or do all guys do it like that? It wasn't even in the valentines day section. I think there was a beer commercial with this very scenario and laughing...but as I see it in real time I'm some what disappointed in him and he's not even mine. Can we have a litte more effort please? Isn't she worth at least a glance at a second card to make sure we've got the perfect one here???

Thursday, February 10, 2005

50 Nifty United States

So for some reason it excites me to think about the states that I have been in, 29 as of now. Here's the run down.

State's I've been too:
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Rohde Island

States I've been through (airport or car):
South Carolina
West Virginia

States still to be seen:
New Hampshire
New Mexico
North Dakota
South Dakota

Looks like I need to head west. Really the next state I want to hit is Texas I think. I have friends there that I never see and Texas just sounds like fun!

Monday, February 07, 2005

Today I got the bird

Here I am...driving north on 1, getting ready to exit on ramp #67 A-B. It's one of those ramps where you exit to the right, cars are entering while you go under an overpass and try to get in the exit lane. There is a special synchronization that takes place in these lanes, unless you are Tennessee, in which case, those entering the highway from the ramp make a complete stop instead of merging like a normal person. Perhaps the synchronization wasn't as clear to the man driving the HUGE tow truck trying to enter the express way, as it was to me. I merged to the right in front of him, figuring he would merge to the left almost simultaneously. No harm done...everyone on their merry way. Apparently something went horrifically wrong...for once he got in his lane he honked and viciously gave me the finger. It was one of those TiVo life moments...when you wish you could rewind..slow mo...pause perhaps, the events that just took place. I will graciously expect the bird where the bird is due...but in this case I feel like it was completely unwarranted, maybe it was just a "Welcome back to New Jersey" salute.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

1 Week to live...

A friend posed the question to me tonight, what would I do if I had one week to live. I answered quickly, I didn't want to spend time thinking about it. I figured whatever I came up would probably be the things that were the most important to me deep down anyway. Here is the list in order, unedited:

1. i'd fly to cinci to go see wendy and steve and the boys
2. and then i'd get really drunk with ronnie and we'd make out
3. then i'd fly to milligan and see it for the last time...along with kimbo, kelli, and em
4. Alina would have to fly to chicago and Jen from Vermont...i would take them shopping, and buy them whatever they wanted, and we would eat at the best restaurant and have dessert twice.
5. Once i've said my goodbyes to you 2 (alina and jen) and my friends here in chicago i would fly my family somewhere remote and tropical for any remaining time

Alina then responded, "good plan. geesh, have you thought about this before?" I hadn't. Hopefully I won't have to use it, but it does seem like a pretty good plan...she also said..."i'm not sure who's making out best from you dying.. me or ronnie" which I thought was funny.

What would you do if you had one week to live? No thinking...just type.

You Gotta Check This Out...

Baby Got Book, Hilarious!

I guess I act my age...

You Are 25 Years Old


Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

New Jersey Drivers

I've had it...I try to be nice and respectful when in someone elses state. I try not to make quick judgments or hastefully assume things about people...however I have been here for 8 days and one thing is driving me nuts about my New Jersey friends...THEY DRIVE SLOW. They don't even drive the speed limit which is just so annoying to me. If it says 55 lets at least go 55...let's pick up the pace people.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

My New Toy! I got this on Friday and so far I like it but am still learning more about it. Heidi was having some problems with the auto focus so I think I need to read a little more about that. I was baseing 99% of my decision on the size of the camera. I wanted the smallest one I could find because I know if its not small I won't use it. So this is the one I came up with. I do love the size and the features seem pretty sweet also. So far so good.

What I have noticed...

All the Brazilian's brush their teeth after lunch...