28 January, 2010

Life is Like a Bowl of Jello...Green Jello...

Sorry in advance for my ranty-ness of late, but here at work, I have a lot to rant about and this blog is a way of venting because honestly - my husband just doesn't listen...now or ever... (yep, more ranting)...

From the moment I arrived at work this morning, chaos ensued. It is interesting to me how one person can manage to throw others into complete panic mode for no particular reason. It’s just like Jello – when one portion starts to jiggle, the whole bowl will soon follow and pretty soon there’s a mess to clean up.

I promise next week will be better...

26 January, 2010

Some Bridges Need to Be Burned...

It’s been a crazy day so far.

I’m actually busy with work today, but let’s not get too excited - it’s with crappy stuff that the HR Department is too inept to do themselves.

Yes, I KNOW that I don’t work in the HR Department; but let me remind you, the HR Department is dumber than a bag of hammers and hasn’t bothered to consult the corporate organization chart on that one. SOOOO, here I am…surrounded by a haze of moronic bliss…

Don’t despair though because VERY SOON, I will be thanking Baby Jesus for answering my prayers. In a mere 2 days, 2 hours and 50 minutes (give or take), the head tool will be exiting the building for the very last time. Let’s hope, my foot doesn’t actually hit her in the ass on the way out.

Having said that, I need to keep in mind that one must NEVER burn bridges - although I suspect HELL may actually freeze over before I would work in the same company as her again.

Harsh? Perhaps.

Realistic? Absolutely.

25 January, 2010

Mute Monday...

(Last Photo Courtesy of Rodney @ Blankney Journal)


22 January, 2010

Support for Haiti, a T-Shirt For You…

Threadless T-Shirts is offering you this funky and fun t-shirt for a mere $10 and the best part is that 100% of the proceeds are being donated to the American Red Cross Haitian Relief and Development Fund. Can you say Win, Win?

“Men anpil chay pa lou”
(Translation: Many Hands Make the Load Lighter”)

In my opinion, you can never have enough t-thirts and what better way to support this worthwhile cause? I’ve purchased one for each member of my family. Why not do the same for yours?

My son is a t-shirt junkie and I've purchased many, many t-shirts from Threadless and can attest to their quality and durability. Go here, to get yours now...

21 January, 2010

I Need Answers...

I know it’s not “Random Thoughts Tuesday”, but I have some questions that require your immediate attention.

  • What the hell is the point of celery? Am I missing something? I just don't get it.
  • When is it acceptable to tell a co-worker to go *bleep* themselves and then kick them in the shins?
  • Why do people insist on dressing up their pets? I don’t mean a simple coat or jacket to keep them warm during the winter months. I mean, what could possibly possess a normal person to do this to their pets?
  • Why are weekends only two days long? On that note, why do I spend more money in those two days than I do in the five remaining days of the week?
  • Do you think that wanting to sell all of my belongings and move to the Caribbean could be considered a mid-life crisis?
  • In order to spare me (and you) from daily boredom blog posts, why won’t my boss let me only work four days a week? Obviously, I would have to take a pay cut, but at this point in time, it's a risk I'm willing to take. I just don't understand how trying to save the company money (and my sanity) could be considered "trend setting".
  • To add some excitement to my workplace, I would welcome an alien abduction right about now. Is there something wrong with me (other than the usual things of course)?
I appreciate any guidance you, my bloggy friends can provide.

20 January, 2010

Surf's Up...

It’s that time again…What now? You may ask...

I’ve planned yet another holiday. For those of you that have been following for sometime; you know that I LOVE to travel. For those that are new, let me tell you – I LOVE to travel. It's not something I take lightly. I need holidays. They are what I live for and most definitely the reason why I work at a sucky job.

Now before you start thinking “boy, does she ever have a lot of vacation time”, let me explain - I don’t. I get 3 weeks vacation per year and I usually reserve 2 of these weeks for actual vacations – one in the Fall, one in the Spring. The remaining week is used up on things like annual visits to the doctor, dentist, optometrist or just because “I feel like being a slacker day”. Ummm, on second thought, I tend to call in sick on those days I feel like slacking it because let’s be honest, I don’t tend to plan ahead…

Another misconception that I would like to clear up is that “boy, she must be super rich to be able to jet set like she does”. Ummm, not even close. The key for me is “lack of wealth management” - I save as much as I can, do some odd freelance work for some extra cash and maybe even sell the odd unwanted item on eBay. I also travel on a mid-range budget; meaning I won’t sleep in a roach motel, but I certainly don’t stay at the Marriott and when I can, I travel off the beaten path, as far away as the tourist traps as possible.

So, with that being said, I present my next vacation destination (in a mere two months)…

The Surfing Capital of the Caribbean - Rincon, Puerto Rico

And yes, I plan on testing out my balance and I’m going to give surfing a try. I can almost guarantee that I won't look anything like the guy in the photo, but a girl can dream...(about the guy in the photo at least)...

19 January, 2010

Random Tuesday Thoughts

  • Tonight was supposed to be my first night of my Jewelry Making/Silversmithing Course, but I received a phone call advising that it had been canceled. *boo, hiss* Now that my Tuesday nights are free, I have no other choice but to spend them with my family and let’s not forget, this quality time will also include the ever present nagging my son to do his homework and at my husband to turn the television volume down. *sigh*
  • I’m heartbroken and feel totally helpless every time I hear a news report about Haiti. People are dying in the streets, while there is an apparent “bottle neck” in relief supplies getting released from the airport. What’s the hold up here? Are we talking about the need for food, water and medical supplies to clear customs first?
  • Am I the only person that doesn’t care about American Idol and the fact that Simon Cowell is leaving after this season? Other shows I don’t care about - The Bachelor, The Biggest Loser or Dancing With The Stars. Especially, Dancing With the Stars with rumors of Kate Gosselin and Carrot Top joining the cast. WTH makes you a “star” by Hollywood standards if that freak Carrot Top is chosen to compete?
  • I believe I have the January blahs. It’s January and I feel like BLAH, so one can only assume that’s my problem. I have also self-diagnosed myself with SAD, ADD, BAD, TAD and HAD. I may have made the last two up, so we might want to add habitual liar to my list of things that could possibly be wrong with me.
As always, please visit The Un Mom for more Tuesday Randomness – you won’t be disappointed!

18 January, 2010

The Stars Align...

Today’s Horoscope:

Aries - Today is filled with unexpected surprises. The only thing you know for sure is that you need rest to avoid creating stress. Give yourself permission.

My Response:

WHOOO WHOO! "Unexpected surprises" can be a double-edged sword, but my boss is out of town for a couple of days, so my chances of getting fired are slim.

Guess what I’m doing for the next couple of hours? *ding, ding, ding* You guessed it - making sure I rest to ensure that I avoid creating stress. I LOVE it when my astrological stars align.

16 January, 2010

Photos by Me....Yes, Me!

As you may know, I'm not typically the photographer in our family. I usually leave the photo taking to J; however on our trip to Bonaire in November, I decided to pick up his spare camera and give it a try, which at first he wasn't willing to share. I was able to persuade him to change his mind - eventually. It might of had something to do with my non-stop whining, but whatever...

Here are a couple of my shots...

Kite Surfer

Coral Beach

I'm pretty happy with how these turned out, so you never know - I might just make it a hobby. Although I still need to rely on J to get them from the camera to the computer. Yeah, I'm challenged that way, but honestly I prefer to call it disinterested...

15 January, 2010

Ignorance is Bliss...

I’ve traveled a bunch and each and every trip is an adventure to me. I love everything about traveling -from the sights, the sounds, the cultural differences and even the language barrier.

There is something so refreshing about not being able to fully understand everything that is going on around me. Not that I’m an eavesdropper, but sometimes you just can’t help but overhear conversations happening around you. The worst case scenario for me is being surrounded by annoying high pitched whiners or those that love to complain about EVERYTHING. You know the ones…

I find this to be very distracting and sooner or later, it starts to grate on my nerves and then I become consumed with trying to silence these individuals with my “laser beam death gaze”, but since I haven’t perfected it, I’m forced to listen to mindless banter for hours on end.

However; when visiting locations where English is not the first spoken language, whining in my vicinity is totally acceptable because regardless of what is being said, it still sounds exotic and besides, if I can’t actually understand what is being said, I lose interest quickly. Ignorance is bliss.

Now, if I could just teach my co-workers Italian, all would be right with the World.

14 January, 2010

Another Man's Junk....

I love jewelry, but I don’t own a ton of it. I have a few simple pieces and am quite content with what I own.

While I’m not one to parade around wearing gobs of bling; I will admit that I have a fascination with shiny or brightly colored objects – one could say “different pieces”. I prefer pieces that contain an element of the unusual, BUT nothing gawdy. No Grandma Betty jewelry for me.

Many of the pieces I’ve collected during my travels. For example, I have a rock pendant, wrapped in copper wire that was made by a band of roving hippies from the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I have a “stone money” pendant made from the husk of a coconut by the betel-nut chewing crack addicts of Yap. I also have a turtle-shaped pendant that has been carved from elk horn, which was most likely made in China, but I like to tell everyone I carved it myself while on safari in Montana.

As I said, unusual stuff catches my eye and before you think I’m totally off my rocker, I should point out that I don’t actually wear any of this stuff. I just purchase it. Shiny objects are my downfall. Enough said about my eccentricities…

While traveling I also love to beachcomb. I can spend hours strolling the beach looking for “diamonds in the rough” (aka junk). You name it, I’ve brought it home found it – rocks, shells, coins, drift wood, ceramic tiles, marbles. The list is endless. I even pack extra Ziploc bags for the return trip, so that my “treasure” has a place of its own (and to keep the sand out of my underwear).

My favorite beach collectible is sea glass – pieces of discarded garbage that over time has turned into un-precious gems. Apparently I’m not the only one with the sea glass obsession and I’ve recently learned that you can actually make a living out of collecting and making jewelry out of it. Who knew?

You could turn this....

Into this...

(Photo Courtesy of Gayle Bird Designs)

What’s the point of this post? Well, I’m pretty excited. I’ve just enrolled in a jewelry making and silversmithing course, which starts next week. With this course, I’m hoping to learn a skill which will enable me to make my own line of collectible jewelry and maybe one day, my own boutique “Creations From the Deep by TDG”.