Sunday, November 29, 2009

Some people are just plain stupid

Warning *** This post is just to make me feel better and vent so if you don't feel like reading a negative post, quit now***

To give you a little background on how I've gotten here, I am following a strict diet and exercise routine that has been absolutely WORKING thanks to Kylee and Craig's recommendation. I have been doing well and have stayed on track since October 1st. That said, these weeks of holiday celebration and gatherings are making me a bit, well, moody and testy to say the least. Not eating sugar, fat, simple carbs, and NO ALCOHOL, is enough to push a girl over the edge from time to time. Especially when drinking really is my big vise. Maybe not to get totally blasted, but I would be happy to but back 5 or 6 beers, glasses or wine, or mixed drinks. Sigh. BUT MY PLAN IS WORKING! I AM SO HAPPY - so that is not a complaint, but it's hard for me. It's really hard to resist all these temptations...

Anyway, as you can imagine, I find myself out late often and being the designated driver - happy to do it. I would drive anyone home if they asked me. I drove home a friend - more like an acquaintance - the other night as he was clearly wasted. So wasted in fact that he was hilarious on the ride home. Not making sense at all, he was quite entertaining. We passed several accidents along the way. Upsetting.

I saw him last night. That stupid bastard had the gall to say to me that he drove home after I dropped him off at his buddy's house.

His words exactly: "You dumbass, I drove home after you dropped me off. You should have taken me to my house."
Me: "I'm the dumbass? I would have driven to you Lansing if you asked. You asked me to drop you off at your buddy's house."
Him: "Well, I guess the joke was on you!"

It took everything I had not to punch that a**hole in the face. Really? I was so incredibly pissed off at this guy for driving home and putting the lives of others at risk. It's not like he had a few beers and was worried about being over the legal limit. He was WASTED. It upset me so much I had to force myself not to let it ruin my night. Jerk.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Lights Before Christmas

Here are some highlights from the Lights:

The big spruce (has more lights than the tree in front of Rockefeller Center)

Giraffes in Africa!

The big purple tree reminds me of Ursula the Sea Witch

This crocodile is hiding in the Savannah area near the Elephants


More colorful trees

The pathway between the African Lodge and the Carnivore Cafe

Merry Christmas! Er, Happy Thanksgiving....

Go see the Light at the Zoo if you haven't in a while! There are so many more than I remembered from years past and it really is fun for all ages. Click here for tickets and information.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Challenge

I attended a great seminar this week called "Leading from the Heart" lead by George Brymer. It was fantastic. I'll tell you more about it later, but one of the exercises he had us do was take a proficiency test of a 5th grader. HA! It was interesting. Here are some sample questions. Please answer them (NO CHEATING! NO GOOGLING!):

1) Name all states that begin with an N and an M and their respective capitals (hint: there are 8 of each).

2) List the planets in order from their proximity of the sun.

There were so many more but the math ones I cannot even recall enough to write down. I just wanted to share these two with you.

GO!

Friday, November 20, 2009

TOM SKELDON ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

Skeldon to step away as dog warden

Lucas Co Dog Warden set to retire Jan 31, 2010

Updated: Thursday, 19 Nov 2009, 6:22 PM EST
Published : Thursday, 19 Nov 2009, 10:00 AM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio - In a letter received by Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken Thursday morning, County Dog Warden Tom Skeldon said he is going to retire from his post effective Jan. 31, 2010, a job he has held for the past 22 years.

Skeldon plans to use his leftover vacation time, which would make his final day at the pound at the end of December. In the letter, Skeldon said he felt privileged to have served the community for 22 years and that he took his position within the county seriously.

Read entire article here. Keep reading for some interesting viewpoints as you get to the comments section.

I want to thank Tom Skeldon for performing a very tough job for many, many years under such scrutiny. He is a great man and a caring person. Being micromanaged by the entire city would drive anyone into early retirement.

Good luck to you Tom. Your supporters are behind you.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Fuming!!

I just went to retun something to this awful store and since is 21 days past the date of purchase, they won't take it back. Cute right? 21. Not even an in store credit or exchange!!! Wtf 21! Angry...

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

Personal Registry

What do you want for Christmas? What are you buying for your sister's boyfriend? Have someone to buy for that notoriously hates your gifts??


All these issues could easily be solved by one simple and amazing solution/idea: The Personal Registry. The PR would be a registry of items that you would like to receive - your wish list. You don't need a specific reason, event, or occasion for this registry, in fact, it is better to not have one. This is not for a wedding or baby, this is just for you and only you. The PR could someday parlay into a wedding or baby registry, but for now, it's yours, all yours and you own it. This is also great if you have attended 30 plus weddings and you are 30 plus! The PR is for men, women, and children (well, 18 and above for legal reasons). The PR is ongoing and you can update it at anytime. Carrie Bradshaw did something similar in Episode 83 of SATC, but her registry was for when she turned 30 and to get one pair of Manolos (clever girl).


You could register anywhere! Your PR would be linked to your Facebook or Blog and gift givers could shop online for you.

Occasions that one would need to consult the PR:
  • Birthdays
  • Holidays
  • Promotions
  • Good Days
  • Bad Days
  • Thank you
  • Housewarming
  • Do you need more reasons?
You can always buy a gift not on someone's registry, but the PR gives you good ideas, a starting point. Friends, I strongly suggest we make this happen. I mean, how many times have you had these conversations...
"I got Bill in the office gift exchange and I don't even know him?"
"My girlfriend and I just started dating - what the hell should I buy her???"
"My mother-in-law is always so hard to shop for? What should I do this year?"

The answer: The Personal Registry.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Etsy!













Yesterday I welcomed myself into the Etsy world and made my first purchase! While I cannot tell you what the purchase is (and I really, really want to!!) because it is a Christmas gift for someone, I can tell you it is so exciting!

If you have not been to Etsy, go there immediately! Most of my inner circle of blogger friends have Etsy on their tickers and worship that stuff so I decided to give it a whirl. It's cool. I was impressed by the uniqueness and value of the items for sale on this site. I also feel good about supporting local artists of sorts. I sifted through the categories of what I wanted, and the deciding factor for me was to purchase from the seller in Ohio (as opposed to Toronto).

Etsy = excellent! Great ideas for Christmas gifts!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Child Photography

Yesterday at my place of work (I am not allowed to disclose my place of work as per strict instructions from our big boss, sorry) a couple and their "minister" came up to the front window and asked if they could get married here. The receptionist replied that of course they can and and if they would like to see a salesperson.

"NO, we mean right now. We want to have our ceremony right here, right now."

So, there were a few minutes of mayhem, but the impromptu wedding actually happened right outside our office building at 4:30pm. The minister (who looked liked she meant business so I kept calling her the sinister) brought what we all assumed were her children. The little boy was less than 10 but he was the photographer and seemed like he knew what he was doing, getting all the angles, even lowering himself to a knee - really professional looking. The little girl just stood there and one of my buddies said she looked like a child from children of the corn (me: hysterically laughing).

So, we did what any professional office building would do: stood at the windows and gawked in between the blinds. It was crazy! We did get wind that he was being deployed and if that is in fact the case, good for them, we wish them the best, and I mean no disrespect. But if not - seriously? Married in jeans in a public place, by a sinister and her grade school photographer? Where's the reception? Long John Silver's (nevermind, that place is awesome..)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

It's like Christmas on crack, orchestra meets Metallica, a wild laser show that burns your retinas...and it ROCKS. Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Winter Tour promoting their NightCastle album stopped in Toledo again this year and was exponentially better than the years past - no offense to my former place of work, but SeaGate was smaller and the new arena is on par with the other venues that TSO plays in so needless to say, we all got our faces melted.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra, if you have never seen them, consists of a full orchestra, insane guitar riffing, banging keyboards, mind blowing vocals, a blinding laser show, a high voltage violinist, pyrotechnics, smoke, lighting, fist pumping, power stances, and head banging - oh yeah!. The violinist is this really hot chick from the UK that runs all over the stage while playing rock n' roll violin (I know, I know...). At one point, she was shredding the violin, ran over the the lead guitarist, did this amazing power-slide on her knees and wound up on her back under him as he was solo-ing. What? Awesome.

The stage lights up, but you can't even believe how it constantly moves and how the lights become digital screens - it's craaazy. There are parts of the stage that lift up into a scissor jack as the musicians stand upon them and play while smoke is billowing out of the base of the tower. The digital and REAL flames during the Carmina Burana were simply thrilling. Here are some pictures that don't really do it justice unless you have been there and they serve as a reminder.

If you ever have the chance to see TSO in concert - DO IT. Now for the photos:


This is the opening song with "stars" in the background. Look at how the truss is in a V form

Our first glimpse of green lasers! Notice the truss is now in a straight line

These are flags of the nations of the world - so cool!


Licks of flame! Guitar riff!


Big flames now! You could seriously feel it on your face

During the Carmina Burana, the ring around the arena was "engulfed in flames." Amazing!!!

This surprise blast of fire was in the middle of the arena

The lead guitarists (and creator) and violinist


POWER STANCE!


Lead guitarist Chris up on the scissor jack (see the lightning in the background?)

The finale! The second stage lifted up and basically flew - it blew my mind.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Suave Professionals: VibrantShine

Getting new Shampoo and Conditioner is one of life's simple pleasures. When my sister worked at a salon, she could get me great discounts on stuff like Bumble & Bumble or TIGI/Bed Head which was super fabulous because my hair is just like a sponge - it retains the smell of everything. This can be a great thing when I go to the salon or have lovely smelling shampoo (seeing as how I wash my hair every three days) or a terrible thing (smoky bars, bonfires, smelly kitchens, working in the seafood department at Food Town in high school....).

Suave makes a great line called Professionals - I love the imitation BioLage one! It's amazing. Last night I purchased a different type called VibrantSHINE which claims to restore luster and shine as well as Sebastian Laminates (insert trademark symbol here). See website here for more products.

WWHELL! My hair does look terrific (if I do say so myself), however it smells like a PERM! Yeah, a home permanent from Olgilvie. Ick! I might take it back and see if I can exchange it (does Walgreens do that?).

So, if you need Christmas ideas for me, buy me those giant bottles of Shampoo and Conditioner of moisturizing Biolage for dry hair - the real stuff - and be sure to take a whiff before you purchase it. If it smells like your mother's bathroom circa 1985, please don't buy it.

Craigslist of the Week/Month

I have been slacking on these and I am sorry, but I think this one redeems the lack of posts. I had to read this advertisment a few times to figure out what the "seller" or poster was seeking and I still am not entirely sure that I am clear on it. What I do know is that this person should invest in a spell checker or dictionary rather than a forklift. Click here to see the entire post and the picture entitled "Garbage Man Dan." Instant Cragislist classic.

"My neighbor and I have been trying to get an old Forklift running all summer and finally gaveup on it to make room for winter projects, anyhow the forklift was not at the curb for 3 minutes before the Famous "GarbageManDan" Of sylvania droveby and stopped.... he actually parked for 30minutes gaurding it untill atleast half a dozen of his buddies showed up in a mini van and they all got out... at this point me and my nieghbor didnt know what to expect next, quickly they went for the forklift and lifted the dam thing on the back of garbageman dans dodge dakota.... nice work dan!!! i check on here every hour to see how high hes going to price it ( IF he can get it running) ahhh maybe he already took it to the scrap yard... - keep up the good work garbageman dan "

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Seafood

The Seafood, located on Alexis, has been in business since the 60s and is a nice little Toledo gem. The Seafood keeps it real - no website, certainly no facebook, not much advertising. It must be word of mouth and a loyal customer base that has been frequenting for eons as we were definitely the youngest people in there....by about 30 years. The menu was huge and featured a vast variety of, well, seafood, but also your more traditional dishes like liver & onions and things for the non-fishy eaters like burgers and steaks.

This is the kind of place that you have been going to with your Grandparents for years. You may have hated it when you were a kid - scrounging the menu for anything to eat and maybe settling for a plain hamburger and fries or fried shrimp (unless you are me and you loved every food and any age). However, by now you have grown into your taste buds and can appreciate the seared ahi tuna and the crab cakes on the menu.

A giant warm roll of marbled rye and pumpernickel bread was served to us first along with our shrimp cocktail. I had halibut broiled with Cajun seasoning with steamed veggies - a mixed a wax beans and carrots. The veggies were not fabulous (can I get some broccoli?), but the fish was excellent. DT had Lake Erie Perch that was fresh and delicious. Our waitress was efficient and polite, the hostess checked on us numerous times and you know I love customer service.

There were lots of paintings and decorations on the walls: really authentic and interesting stuff like gigantic stuffed marlin, fish nets, and the like. The paintings were stuff like this:














Overall, it was a really nice change of pace and I would recommend The Seafood for a nice quiet dinner, good service and great seafood.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

It's not plural (or possesive)

It really bugs me when people make titles or proper nouns plural or possessive by adding an "S" to the end.

Example #1:
"There are frozen dinners on sale at Meijers."
This sentence is often heard at Weight Watchers and immediately after you will hear the sound of my blood pressure increasing. Yes, it is in fact audible. I will save this tirade for another day, but WW is maddening and the sale at Krogers is not making this meeting any more tolerable.

Example #2:
"I graduated from St. Ursula's."
Well, you must have juuust made the cut, because anyone with a semi-respectable grade point average knows it is just one Ursula, and her first name is Saint - Saint Ursula. Ugh.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Christmas Shopping

What kind of salesperson would I be if I didn't start talking to you about Christmas the day after Halloween? Actually, what kind of friend would I be if I didn't offer you the opportunity to shop from your couch for Christmas?

For those of you that don't know, I proudly sell (and model daily) Premier Designs Jewelry. I always have catalogs and would be happy to bring or mail you one if you like. I also would be thrilled for you if you wanted to earn free jewelry by hosting a party. Parties aren't for you? Cool. Need great gifts for the holidays? Excellent. Want to buy something fabulous for yourself? Even better. Call, email, or post me. Love, your Jewelry Lady.