Thursday, December 29, 2011

I Dare You

Call this number:


Pretty funny.

Don't worry (it's safe - not porn, no charges either).

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Weight Loss Wednesday

Well, it was no surprise to me that I gained 1.6 this week after my Christmas eating and drinking extravaganza.  It's amazing how two days of throwing caution to the wind can cause  you so much agony at the scale.  You can do a lot of damage in just one day (or maybe a day and a half!).  One tiny cookie?  No big deal.  But when one tiny cookie turns into many cookies, and bottles of wine and cheesy potatoes, I'm screwed.

I just hate that I feel like I have to be perfect or else it's all downhill.  The new year will be good for me and I need to really focus on myself and my goal.  I need to put all my obligations and other stuff aside if I am really going to get there in 2012.  The only thing stopping me now is mind.  I need to get it together and really make the commitment.  Every weekend there is a party, every day there will be a late meeting, every night someone will need me on the phone. 

I need to make time for myself.  There's no reason not to.

Here's to 2012.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

People are Crazy - Holiday Edition

It's true, people are crazy, and holidays make it even more intense.
Walgreens, Christmas Eve.

Standing in line for photo pickup.  It's pretty crazy in there, everyone is impatient, bustling around.  The lady in front of me is distressed.  It's not clear if she has been waited on and I don't really feel like waiting even longer, so I ask, politely...
Me:  "Have you been helped already?"
Her: "Well, sort of, "panicked, "They gave my photos to someone.  Someone has my prints....of my teenage daughter."
Me:  "Oh.  Well, that's terrible.  Are they re-printing them for you?"
Her:  "Well, yes, but that doesn't help the fact that some person is walking around with pictures of my baby.  He could, you know, post them to Facebook or myspace or something."
Me:  thinking, no one uses myspace lady...."Well, hopefully someone like my Mom would find them, realize what happened, and return them.  Plus, creepy people don't get pics developed anymore, it's all digital."  I don't think that helped.  But it's true.
The pics come out.  No one is helping me yet.  Sigh.
Her:  "Oh good.  SEE...isn't she gorgeous?"  SHOWS me the pictures.  They are posed pics of her teenage daughter who, does have quite a rack, and then more posed pics of the two of them.  Shows me about 20 pics.  Awkward.
Me:  "Well those are nice, uh, have a Merry Christmas..."
Her:  "Ok, well I just hope she doesn't end up on an online dating profile or something...." and rushes away.

The best part (well for me) was the teenage clerk rolling her eyes behind the counter.

She's not was just crazy that she got so engaged with me and showed me all the pics.  It was probably my fault...for being nice.  I can see how a mother would be worried,  but this girl was not showing any skin plus kids are lazy and unless it's for persona gain or about themselves, they just don't care.  It would be fine.  I hope she listened when I told her that creeps don't get pics developed.  It really is all about the web.  The manager should have come up and apologized and given her some coupons or something.    Gotta love that customer service.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Great way to wrap a soft gift. Leave room to fold over, hole punch, tie w ribbon! Tag touch.

Great way to wrap a soft gift. Leave room to fold over, hole punch, tie w ribbon! Tag touch.

The Hobbit - An Unexpected Jorney

This is beyond an old friend's return. THE HOBBIT comes to theaters in December 2012! Peter Jackson has thrilled us by making it a two-parter (I would have been happy with another trilogy). No, I will not be sleeping outside, but I may make t-shirts again. YES!

Here is the official blog for the movie, if you are so inclined.  I was, of course.

Then I searched IMDB to see what old friends will be returning.  I was crushed not to see Viggo Mortensen, John-Ryhs Davies, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd or Dominic Monahan (no Aragorn, Gimli, Merry or Pip?).  However, this cannot be the EXACT same film so I am happy to report the return of the amazing Kate Blanchett, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Ian McKellan (Sir), and, thank God, Orlando Bloom.  Intersting adds of Martin Freeman, Evangeline Lily, Richard Armitage (aka Captain America), and gang of international well accredited actors who are also signed on for The Hobbit: There and Back Again (2013).  PUMPED!

Hey Peter!  It's not too can still cast me as a hobbit!!  Seriously...Peter...

Here's the trailer, enjoy my prrrreciousssssssssssssssss.  Super freaks, look for the shot of Narsil.  So exciting!!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Weight Loss Wednesday

I stayed the same.  0.0.  That's good considering that I had tons of parties and events and running around to do. 

I'll take it!

Let's see if I can actually lose this week.

Verizon gets an A+ today

Yes, it's true.  Verizon gets an A+ today.  Yes, Verizon Wireless the phone company.

My phone has been misbehaving lately and it's marring my reputation.  Basically, it does not ring and texts are delayed, both incoming and outgoing.

"Did you get my text?"  Friend asks.
Me, "No, when did you send it?"
"Uh, I have been trying to get a hold of you.  I sent you a text and then called you."
Me (aloof), "Well, I never got it."

But, seriously, I never did!  I am sure if I was not me, I would be talking serious shit about me. 

Annoyed friend, "Have you talked to Een? She's so annoying.  She acts like she doesn't get texts and NEVER answers when I call.  I mean, learn how to work your phone already."

Last night was the kicker. DT called me 6 times in a row and my phone didn't ring once.  It never even registered the call.  So, I got a speech ready, consulted 5/3 bank to make sure I had enough money to purchase the iPhone if necessary, then wore a responsible outfit but not too perfume and marched myself into Verizon prepared for wireless war.

Guess what happened?

I met Steve.  Steve was awesome.  Steve did not ask me if my ringer was on (dumb!).  Steve did not ask me if I had paid my bill (duoy!).  Steve listened to my issues (genius) and checked out my phone.  Then Super Steve issued me a new phone with NO CHARGE that should arrive on my doorstep tomorrow. 

Thank you Steve at Verizon on Reyonlds Road.  You are definitely spreading Christmas cheer.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Weight Loss Wednesday

Back to Weight Watchers!!
2011 was definitely the best year of my life...all the most amazing things happened. 

In sequence:
Got engaged (technically 2010)
Fiancee (at the time) bought a Mexican Restaurant
Got Married (I really kicked ass and was at my lowest weight on the Tuesday before the wedding!)
Went on excellent Honeymoon to the Dominican Republic - 7 days of freedom
Had surgery - off feet and resting 6 weeks - off work too
Thanksgiving (feeding frenzy....)

Ok - now back to reality....

I went to weigh in at Weight Watchers.  I even went to a meeting that I don't normally go to since I couldn't face my leader.  I didn't want her to be disappointed in me.  8 weeks after the wedding...I had gained a whopping 15 lbs.

15 pounds.

Oh.  my.....GOD.  How did it take me 10 months to lose 40 pounds but only 2 months to gain 15?  This is a joke.  For real. No joke.  Just a ton of comfort food and sitting on my ass (doctor recommended though).

So I got serious and went back, but MAN facing the mental music was hard to take.  It felt like I had committed a sin and needed to confess.  I felt terrible.  Just terrible.  Like all my hard work was for nothing and I was back to square one.  Jiggly and blobby and terrible.

Then I got a hold of myself.

Seriously?  Get a grip!  You didn't gain it ALL back - you need to check yourself.  This is exactly where I have failed in the past.  I couldn't face the music and just let myself keep eating, keep drinking and go crazy.  Because??  I don't know.  Because it's easy.  Because food is awesome.  Because it's fun to be social. 

But it's not fun to not fit into clothes.  It's not fun to shop when you hate your size.  And it's really not fun to look in the mirror and not like what you see.

So.  Back on track.  I lost 1.6 yesterday and feel better.  Feel empowered and feel like I am getting ahead of the game for 2012.  Here's to a healthy year!

Half Baked: The Cake Blog

I stumbled upon this blog while reading BRIDES magazine (hey, it was work research!) and more specifically THIS dessert table.  HOW cute is that?  For the holidays?  LOVE.

This blog is just incredible!  What's the expression?  Oh yeah, food porn.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

What Not to Wear, er, Say

Having just returned to work from a long absence (got married, honeymoon, surgery, and then 6 weeks of recovery - I will blog more about that later), I am finding myself back to the same place, with the same people, and the same stuff.

This is a blog about what people SAY to you.  Not having any idea what you have been doing, or not doing, while you have been off.  Yes, yes.  I have heard that I am a bit, oversensitive, or care too much what other people think or say.  Again, I say, this is my blog and this is precisely why I started it.  So I can tell you what I think.  Or maybe more so I can just journal it.

Here's what NOT to say to someone that has been mysteriously absent for a while (note, you have no idea how long or why):  All things written are actual things said

"Hey, been on vacation?"  Uh, no.  No, no.  But it's nice to be away from idiots like you.

"Have you been off this whole time since you don't have enough work to do?"  RRRRRRRRRR, youfuckingserious?

"Must be nice to come and go as you please!"  OMG, need restraints.  Must restrain self.  Smiling so big it looks like I'm constipated.

"Every time I walk by your desk I forget you are here!  I'm having a hard time getting used to you again."  Oh, I'm sorry that I'm interrupting your work day by being here.  Because I've worked here longer than you.  Sigh.

Here's a list of suggested things to say to someone:
  • "Nice to see you!" 
  • "Welcome back!"
  • Seasonally appropriate, "Merry Christmas!"
  • "We missed you!"  Can be true or not.
  • "Want to have lunch and catch up?"  Even if you don't go, if it's well intentioned....

Monday, December 12, 2011

Chipolte: Brown Rice?

Chipotle has amazing food - that is the truth.

The rumor?

Chipolte has BROWN RICE!

My chef-hubby told me about the rice rumor yesterday so, naturally, I consulted their website, which made me feel really old.  It was crazy!  So interactive and hip, with word clouds and funny sayings.  However, I can neither confirm nor deny this rumor based on my research from the web.

Not satisfied with this treasure-less quest, I called the Chipolte on Central Ave.  They confirmed!  Brown Rice for ALL!

Here's to you Chipolte - for making the Burrito Bol even healthier.   Kudos!

Thrush's Bakery! Amazing!

Friday, December 9, 2011

It's really happening

Guns N' Roses are OFFICALLY being inducted to the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame on April 14th, 2012 in Cleveland.  EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEGAD!

My cousin is getting married that night IN CLEVELAND DOWNTOWN and after the wedding I may seriously have to go on an Axl-witch hunt.  This is not just "my cousin's getting married" either.  This is a favorite cousin that I hang out with and he is marrying a friend of mine!  So, I'm excited about this wedding too!

I might explode on this weekend.  I just might.  To think, Axl, Slash, Izzy, Duff, and Steven all in one room.  It makes me crazy. 

Shananananananana- KNEES!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Danny on the news!!

Danny did so well on the news promoting Sundown Cantina!  Look for them on Facebook too if you are not already a fan. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Best candle ever!

Bizzare Foods comes to Toledo

Check this out!

Andrew Zimmern, host of Bizarre Foods, is speaking at Owens Community College on 4/30/12 - tickets on sale now.  HOW FUN!  Do you watch this show?  Andrew travels all over the world to remote sections of our planet and eats the CRAZIEST stuff, calling the cuisine "delicacy" or "gem" while eating stuff like pig intestines or rats on a stick.  He often uses words like "pungent" or "bity" and "greasy."  It's so insane, but wildly interesting. 

Sometimes he finds stuff that I would eat.  Street food and what not.

Other times it's hard to watch.  Like the fish that sits out in the buckets.  Pungent.  Uggggggg.

One of the most terrifying episodes was in Indonesia when he went on a cow-slaughtering trip with the locals.  He shared in the eating of the raw flesh and dipping it in the leg joint juice.  Barf.  Oh Barf.

Sometimes I have to look away.  Way better programming than the Kardashians, that's fo sho.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Cleaning....look what I found!

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