Monday, May 28, 2012

American Girl

I managed to keep pretty busy this weekend.  I initially typed "pretty busty" - but that's every day.  Muahahah.

Anyway, I went to Water Aerobics Saturday morning, first thing, then stopped in at the local Home Depot to give them some money and a little love.  By noon,  I was paining cabinets.  That was an all-day affair, and into the night just a bit.  Then Matt and I watched a movie and crashed.

Sunday morning, I put on some new shoes:

Amazing how actual dance sneakers make dancing easier.


and hit up Zumba at the Y, then came home and finished up the cabinets, and they look amazing.

Shitty photo, but you get the general idea.



So I started cleaning up putting things back, and finally did a run for dinner and Redbox.  We ate, then watched 50/50 with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen.  Love them both, for sure.

This morning, I investigated the garbage disposal, which had come to a grinding halt last night.  Turns out, it will not dispose of a nail.  Given the corrosion and nail damage, and also because the nail was completely stuck in the damn thing, I opted to go ahead and get a new disposal.  An early visit to Home Depot, for more money and love dispensing.  I got home and dressed for Zumba.  I had to make what I hope is my final HD run of the weekend for some electrical supplies and plumbers putty.

Matt was taking a nap when I finally got home, so I decided to take a detour and get my pedi on.

OPI's Thrill in Brazil.  Model's own shoes (from Old Navy).


Now I'm back home, and about half-way through installing the new disposal.  I don't totally trust my wiring skills, so I have some concerns about finishing sans Matt.  But I also don't want to wake him.

But I'd love to have the sink back so I can actually cook dinner tonight.

Decisions, decisions.

ae

Friday, May 25, 2012

Overprogrammed?

I am having a hard time trying to cope with the fact that I have a whole long weekend laying out in front of me and no appointments to keep, no drives to make, no parties to attend...

As of now, I'm planning a few trips to the Y, getting some vegetables at the Farmers Market, and I might do a little painting... of my cabinets in the kitchen.  Kind of excited about that, even though I'm not the greatest painter in the world.

I tend to do better when I have firm plans.  Otherwise I kind of dither and plod and end up killing time without any personal satisfaction.

I should probably schedule some kind of personal care appointment into my long weekend.

This week at work kind of wore me out.  I have no idea why.  I was really out of sorts - and it was obvious to those people who have to deal with me day in and day out.  I lost patience easily.

Today, I had a call that took every shred of patience I had left.  The customer in question, a group of people I really like, told me I talk really fast.  And they're right, and I know that.

So I tried to slow it down today, and I suspect I sounded vague and dumb.

I felt vague and dumb.

And then, I left work and came home.

We had a little Greek for dinner, and now, hockey.

I should come up with a to do list, or it'll be Monday night before I know it.

ae

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Confidential to: You. You know who you are.

So, the other night, the Gallup Poll people called to ask my opinion.  And I think you know me well enough to know, I'm all about giving my opinion.


One of the questions asked if I had someone at my workplace who was invested in my development and well-being.


As a matter of fact, yes, I have lots of someones.


Today, I had a great example of this.


I had a colleague who needed some help on a sales call - usually, the Sales Engineers do the demos for these things, but ours were all booked.  And you know me - I love the spotlight, so sure, I can do a demo.


And I won't lie, I nailed it.  It just all fell into place.


The colleague sent an e mail to my boss complimenting my work.


And my boss sent that e mail, with a note to his boss, his boss' boss, and his boss' boss' boss (aka, our CEO) that read:

I just wanted to pass this feedback along to you all.  After the demo Allison provided today for a customer at the last minute, 4 of our employees that sat in on the call came directly over and thanked her for a such a great job.  She’s a tremendous asset for the LSMS Client Services Team and UL PureSafety we’re lucky to have her.



Now, he didn't have to do any of this.  But he did.  And that's pretty awesome.  But it's not the first time he's done it, either.

As it happens, the same man who wrote that e mail is one of the loyal readers of this blog.  

So with that in mind...

James,

The night we met at the departmental dinner was the start of a beautiful friendship.  I never leave the office feeling anything but supported and appreciated by you.  

People are constantly expressing their envy of me for having such an amazing manager who values me and the work that I do, and frankly, all I can do is agree and marvel at my excellent luck.

In addition to being a bang up manager, you're a good friend - you know where all the bodies are buried and you keep hanging out with us anyway.  You're the social glue that holds us all together, and you always bring your A Game to the party.

I cannot express how much joy you have brought to my life - I appreciate you for who you are and what you do.

So yeah, I was happy to tell the Gallup Poll lady that there's someone at work who has my back.  If she calls you, I hope you can say the same.

Sincerely,

Your Biggest Fan

PS - If there's anyone I need to send this link to, just let me know.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Wild Hair/Hare

For reasons I can't even fully explain, I found myself walking down the haircare aisle, such as it is, at Kroger this afternoon.

I picked up and purchased this:


And tonight, I used it.

I don't know. It's a lot redder than I expected.  But it's non-permanent, so in a month, it won't matter.

And my grays?  Gone.  It's definitely not my natural color, but it's not as weird as the time I dyed my hair...mahogany.  Which, twenty years ago was super cool.

Frankly after all the greasy scarf and headband hair from last summer, it's welcome change.

And in my mind, I look like this girl, right here:

Hey Robin Sparkles, let's go to the mall...today.



Riiiiiight.



I'll let you know once I take it into daylight.

ae

Sunday, May 20, 2012

It's not all beer and roses...

After a month of racing around, it's starting to slow down a little.  And that's probably a good thing - I could use a break.  I need to think about what's going down for Memorial Day.  I kind of want to go see my family, but I wouldn't mind a long weekend in town - maybe getting a haircut, a pedicure. Spend some time at the Y, some time poolside.  Hit up the Farmers Market.  That actually sounds kind of great.  

We went to see Matt's family this weekend - a wedding, of sorts.  Cousin Jim and his new wife Anna re-enacted their vows - having gone off and married on the downlow back in December.

We got to see everyone, and I enjoyed it greatly.

And that's really all that's going on.

I'm open to suggestions on my new hairstyle.

ae

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Real Tomato Catsup

Basically, I've been MIA for a while.  Technically, I was BNA, then MDW, then MSY.

This time last week, I was eating dinner with my new BFFs from Underwriters Laboratories.  

The trip to UL went better than I could have hoped.  Honestly - I was en fuego.  It was amazing.  I knew my product, I looked and sounded professional.  I can't help but wonder if maybe I really am finally a grownup.

Although, to be fair, we did do some kid stuff in our off hours.

Exhibit A:

Great hot dogs, great atmosphere and people watching par excellence!


This was Tuesday night dinner.  It was amazing.  I also ate deep dish pizza for the first time.  It was insane.


Wednesday, we got to tour the Fire Protection Lab, where they kindly set this wooden cube on fire for us.

Exhibit B:


Heh...hehh, heh.  Fire!  Fire!



Thursday night, we went to this amazing electronic store called Abt, where we spent some time in their chair department.   Massage chairs - electronic store and all... 

Exhibit C:

You want me to move?  Just five more minutes.


Friday, we hit the road and I went to New Orleans for my friend Jim's birthday (or as our friend Mark pointed out to EVERYONE, Jim's FORTIETH birthday).  I have promised not to publish photos of people without their permission.  We agreed that what happened in NOLA, stayed there.  Hint - we ate, we drank and we antiqued.  But it sounds so much crazier if we take a blood oath.

Here's me:

They encouraged me to buy it, but where the hell would I wear it?

Here are a few gratuitous food pictures:

Charcuterie from Domenica, courtesy of James
Double order of Beignets, which I shared equally with Jim.  Honestly.

We got home late Monday, and from there, I hit the ground running.  We're headed to see Matt's family this weekend.  Looking forward to that.  The following weekend, I suppose I'll be headed to the Mountains for Memorial Day, though maybe not.

Once we hit June, I can take a breather.

Not really, but that helps me sleep easier at night.

Now, there are a few photos out there from both trips that other people took.  I know for sure there are some great photos of me in a hard hat.  As soon as I get those from other people (James, I'm looking at you), I'll post a few.

For now though, I might just go to bed early.

Be young, be foolish, but be happy.

ae

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

I'm here, I'm fine...

It's been hella busy recently, so I haven't had much blog time.

I'll catch up soon.

But in the interim...



Feel free to speculate on the implications of Walgreens' blantant toiletry racism.

Also feel free to speculate as to why Hispanics need foot fixers and I don't.

ae

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Packed my bags last night, pre-flight...

So, in about seven hours, I'll be leaving for the airport.  Headed to Chicago, then to the suburbs thereof.

I have already packed my New Orleans bag and left it with Jim.  So, now all that remains is to finish packing the Chicago bag.

At this point, it's mostly shoes, underwear, toiletries and pajamas that need to go in.

And I need to go grocery shopping for my sweet husband.  Get a little Bachelor Chow in the house:



I also need to get my backpack outfitted.  Would it be snazzier to carry a shoulder bag with my computer?  Maybe, but I've decided to be my best authentic self and keep the backpack.

To quote my parents, "Fuck 'em if they can't take a joke!"

Well, I could sit here and type out all the things I need to do before James arrives to go to BNA, or I could go and... I don't know... do them.

Wish me luck.  A lot of luck.

ae

Thursday, May 3, 2012

I'm in pieces, bits and pieces...

Lots of little things to tell you.

My packing for New Orleans is coming along well.  I have clothes in the wash, I have lots of options...it's exciting.

I have to get through tomorrow at the office, then Sunday, I leave for Chicago, or, I guess the suburbs of Chicago.  I'm stoked and nervous.

And once I get through that, it's time for some fun.

But enough of that.

A few things of interest.

One, an observation.  Two people that I went to high school with, and who married, divorced recently.  I wasn't close to either of them, but I'm friends with both of 'em on Facebook.  And here's the observation...
The guy has a new girlfriend.  He either didn't waste any time, or he had her waiting in the wings.  And that's not even the observation.  The observation is that she looks insanely like her predecessor.  And I've seen that happen before, but it never ceases to surprise me.

Two - I'm leaving with my garden in good shape.  I'm grateful for amazing germination.  Every year I plant morning glories, and every year I'm amazed that they grow.  Like so:




Three:  After three days of panic, I bit the bullet and bought some grownup people shoes.  I had a pair of heels in black, but I needed some in brown.  Which, I found.  I had to pay grownup money for them (I mean, they were under $50 (barely), but for someone who likes to spend about $20 on shoes, it stung a little.    They are however, pretty cute.


Peep those toes, sister!


Four... I managed to take care of Mother's Day early this year.  Go, me!  Mom received it today, and it was a hit.  I got her a nice Eileen West nightgown - they're the ne plus ultra of fancy gowns and Mom loves them.  I told her to go ahead and open it and enjoy it.

Five; The same day I mailed Mom's present, I mailed my nephew Henry's present.  I got him clothes, and of course, a water gun.

And I guess that's most of it.  Matt and I are hitting up a Preds Game tomorrow night.  Currently, the Coyotes lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.  But I have a good feeling about our game.

Saturday, I get to go to an arts/crafts fair, then a party...

Sunday, I travel.

More, I cannot tell you.

ae