28 June, 2010

Monday Morning Mush...

My mind is mush today…
I was off on Friday to prepare for the Rum Punch Party Version 2.0.
The weekend, including the aforementioned party was fantastic – great fun, great food and great friends.  Although being the hostess, I didn’t really get to socialize much since I was too busy making sure everyone else was having a good time, had drinks and had plenty to eat.  What can I say, I’m a nurturer…
If you are a long time follower, you may recall about a year ago, I received a call from an old acquaintance who inquired about me joining his legal team.  If you are a new follower, you can read about it here.
Anyhow, I met with him a couple of times and then things fell by the wayside.  The opportunity was put on hold, which I wasn’t concerned because I wasn’t actively seeking anything out, so I didn’t follow up with him. 
Fast forward to a year later (almost to the day)…. I get in to work this morning and check my voicemails and what do I have?  As message from him telling me that “they’ve finally resolved their outstanding issues and he wanted to know if I was still interested in the position”.    Hmmmm…
I should still be interested, but I don’t know if I am.  The pros are still the same; the cons are still the same.  I am still bored out of my mind here, but in the same respect – the idea of change is scaring me this time around.  My brain has been dormant for so long, that I am afraid that I will fail miserably with new responsibilities. 
Am I still smart?  I would like to think so, but on a Monday morning, I’m not so sure…

24 June, 2010

Repost..."I Do" - Revisited

Today is the day I have been married to my husband for 21 years and the best part is –most days, we are still in love. It only seems like yesterday that we were two crazy kids…

A Few Facts from That Day back in 1989:
  • My maid of honor forgot to pick me up from the hair salon and I had to walk to her house with my headpiece and veil in place - in the rain;
  • My bridesmaid knocked herself unconscious moments before we were set to walk down the aisle. She was wasn’t watching where she was going, cut a corner and ran smack into a coat rack;
  • We had three “first dance” song(s) since we couldn’t decide on just one. They were: “Love Lift Us Up Where We Belong” by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes, “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” by Elvis Presley and “Thank You for Being a Friend” (the theme song from Golden Girls);
  • We also danced and sang along to “Paradise by the Dashboard Lights” by Meatloaf. It certainly was a crowd pleaser, even if it left my grandparents in shock;
  • It was the first time I had observed by grandparents dancing. That moment was something I will always remember.
There is no disputing the fact that we have both changed significantly. Some of the changes have been for the better, others - not so much.

The better - we have matured together and are secure in our relationship, we have a 17 yr old son, we both have semi-successful careers, a home, we have traveled the world together. I suspect we are more in love today than we were all those years ago or perhaps more realistically; we are just more tolerant of each other’s faults.

The not so great – we are both at least 40 lbs heavier (it’s amazing what being in a comfortable relationship can do), my husband has a lot less hair and I have a lot more wrinkles. If 20 years together has done this to us, I’d hate to imagine what we will look like in another 20 years, but at this point, we’re willing to find out...

23 June, 2010

Lying Low, Keeping Quiet, Hearing Lots...

Have you ever noticed how some days everyone in your vicinity is either moody or outright bitchy?  
Well, so far this entire week has been like that for me.   I’m fortunate that my job does not require a lot of interaction with others around me because frankly I can’t stand drama and at the moment, I’m living in a freaking soap opera.
I can’t stand pettiness, gossip or backstabbing, but I’m noticing it’s occurring more frequently than it has in the past – a lot more.   
I think my cubicle is equipped with a cloaking device because people are oblivious to my presence.  They stand right outside my cubicle entrance and proceed to spill their guts, badmouth their bosses or bitch non-stop about their co-workers, company policies, etc., etc. 
It’s like I don’t even exist, which in itself can be quite entertaining, but what makes my blood boil are the ones that purposely scheme and take pleasure in making other’s lives hellish and unbearable.   I suspect these are the same people that were school-yard bullies – pulling on hair, pushing kids down, stealing lunch money, etc.   These same people now are managers and directors within our organization.  Shame on them.  Shame on management for being baffled by bullshit…and blinded by crap.
I admit that I get cranky and at times - spiteful.  I, however don’t go out of my way to make others miserable, unless they provoke me and then…well let’s just say, you’ve been warned.    I prefer to pick my battles and don’t fuss over the little things, but the little things are slowly growing and I’m finding myself not being able to look the other way.   There’s a storm a brewing.  Now, I just need to warn others to take shelter…

22 June, 2010

Random Tuesday Thoughts...Movies, Ducks and Alcohol

Sorry for my absence from the blogging world as of late.  I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I just haven’t been “feeling” it.  I can barely focus and certainly haven’t been able to string any form of intelligent thought together, which could possibly pass as a post - random thoughts don't count.  Rest assured, I’m still stalking you daily and reading what you have to say.  Hopefully things will get turned around soon…

On Friday night, The Boy and I took J out for an early Father’s Day dinner and movie.  Somehow going to a movie on Friday night is a lot more fun than going to a movie on a Sunday.  I don’t know why, but it is…

The movie?  Karate Kid.  I remember the 1984 version well and I have to say that the latest release is WAY better than the original – thank God.  I was worried when J picked it and was trying to come up with excuses as to why it should really be a male bonding experience and I would be better off at home.  The Boy didn’t want to see it either, but it was J’s Father’s Day choice, so away we went – one big happy family.  Thank goodness it turned out well – even The Boy enjoyed it.  If you go see it, keep in mind, it’s not Oscar worthy, but with that said Jaden Smith did an excellent job and is bright star to watch for in the future.

On Saturday night, J and I and a couple of friends went to a “Delta Water Fowl Dinner” or as I like to call it – a fundraiser for the ducks.  The dinner was fantastic, the auction sale was entertaining.  I’m always amazed at how much money is raised when everyone has had a few hours to drink prior to the bidding commencing.  Alcohol is a catalyst to many stupid things and overspending is just another one of them.  Not by me of course - no amount of alcohol can convince me that camouflage lingerie is sexy…or worth $350.

Now, it’s time for you to go visit The Un Mom and see what she was to say…

18 June, 2010

Making a Fashion Statement...

I would be the talk of my scuba club with a pair of these...

16 June, 2010

Wordless Wednesday...

Yellow Calla Lily

15 June, 2010

I O U...

I was listening to a Sunday morning “oldies” radio show a few weeks ago (yes, I love the oldies and no, I’m not THAT old).   I listened closely to the lyrics, as it was a song I’d never heard before and by the end I was in all choked up and close to tears.  Sappy I know.  

Turns out the song was by Jimmy Dean.  The same Jimmy Dean that became a sausage entrepreneur (www.jimmydean.com) and who died on Sunday at the age of 81.  Too bad his most famous song was “Big Bad John”. 

Anyhow, read the lyrics closely and you’ll understand what I mean.   I would hope that I’ve left my son with thoughts just like these…

I OU, Mom
                                  ~ by Jimmy Dean ~
"You know most people look through their wallets or their pocket books and way down at the bottom, past their credit cards and the baby pictures and green stamps, you can usually find a little ole dog-eared piece of poetry of some kind ...”

"I was cleanin' out my wallet the other day and I ran across a whole bunch of IOU's some of 'em 30 years overdue.  And the funny thing is that all these IOU's are owed to one person, and I just kinda thought that maybe now might be a pretty good time for an accounting ...”

                                  "Mom?  You listenin'?"

"Mom, I owe you for so many things, a lot of different services, like Night Watchman for instance, for lyin' awake nights listenin' for coughs, cries and creakin' floorboards, and me comin' in too late.  Oh, you had the eye of an eagle, the roar of a lion, but ya always had a heart as big as a house.”

"I owe you for services as a short order cook, chef, baker, for makin' sirloin outta hamburger, turkey outta tuna fish and big old strappin' boys outta leftovers ...”

"I owe you for cleanin' services, for the daily scrubbin' of face and ears, all work done by hand, and for the frequent dustin' of a small boy's pants to try to make sure that he led a spotless life, and for washin' and ironin' that no laundry could ever do, for dryin' the tears of childhood, and for ironin' out the problems of growin' up ...”

"I owe you for services as a bodyguard, for protectin' me from the terrors of thunderstorms and nightmares, and too many green apples ...”

"And Lord knows I owe you for medical attention, for nursin' me through measles, mumps, bruises, bumps, splinters and spring fever.  And let's not forget medical advice either.  Oh no, important things like "if you don't quit scratchin' that it ain't never gonna' get well," and "if ya cross your eyes like that they're gonna stick like that" and probably the most important was, "boy, you be sure you've got on clean underwear in case you're in an accident."

"And I owe you for veterinarian services, for feedin' every lost dog that I dragged home at the end of a rope, for healin' the pains of puppy love ...”

"And I owe you for entertainment, entertainment that kept the household goin' through some pretty tough times, for wonderful productions at Christmas, 4th of July, birthdays, and for somehow makin' ''make believe" come true on a very limited budget ...”

"I own you for construction work, for buildin' kites, and confidence, and hopes and dreams and somehow ya made 'em all touch the sky, and for cementin' together a family, so that it could stand the worst kinds of shocks and blows, and for layin' down that good strong foundation to build a life on ....”

"I owe you for carryin' charges, for carryin' me on your books for the necessities of life things that a growin' boy just gotta' have.  Things like a pair of high top boots with a little pocket on the side for a jack knife ...”

"And one thing, Mom, I will never ever forget when there were only two pieces of apple pie and three hungry people, I noticed that you were always the one that suddenly decided that you really weren't hungry any how ...”

"These are just a few of the things for which payment is long overdue. The person I owe 'em to worked very, very cheap.  She managed simply by doin' without a whole lotta things that she needed herself ...”

"My IOU's add up to much more than I could ever ever hope to repay.  But you know the nicest thing about it all is that I know that she'll mark the whole bill "paid in full" for just one kiss, and four little words ...

                                    "Ma, I love you."

14 June, 2010

Under The Weather...

I’m feeling kind of sickly today.  I can’t pinpoint exactly what’s wrong with me, but I know I’d feel better if I was at home in bed.  My head hurts, my stomach hurts and every joint in my body aches.  If I were to actually believe WebMD, I have all of the symptoms of Lyme disease, but seeing how I haven’t been traipsing about in the bushes, I doubt I’ve come in contact with deer ticks.
My ill feelings could have been caused by having to get up a couple of hours early and come into work at the crack of stupid.  Can you believe that I didn’t have any work all last week, but then my boss decides on Friday afternoon that I need to show up bright and early on Monday to get an agreement done before 10:00 a.m.?  It’s a good thing he had a large Starbucks sitting on my desk when I got here.  
I was wired this morning, but now - I need a nap…and some Tylenol…

11 June, 2010

Underwater Happy Place...

As I slog away reviewing another wretched contract, my mind begins to wander to a better place. First, I start to think about lunch and how it can’t come soon enough and then I’ve moved on to weekend events and then I think “ooh, I should probably see what my horoscope has to say” and then once I’m on the entertainment page, I’m obligated to check the daily comics and then current events – it’s quite a vicious cycle. Needless to say, I’m easily distracted when I’m bored, which has happened a lot lately.

Not that the legal department is an overly entertaining place on the best of days, but today I seriously feel like a poke in the eye with a stick would be more entertainment than what I’m currently experiencing.

My happy place is one of magic and mystery and just the thought of it brings me peace and a certain sense of calm. No, it’s not Dairy Queen. Let me rephrase that – at least it’s not DQ today. I haven’t had an opportunity to visit this place for a few months now and I’m starting to get anxious about what it will be like when I return.

Soon, my butt will be perched on the side of a rolling boat and I’ll be mentally preparing myself for the completelooking forward to itgoing to tolerate it exhilaration of back-rolling into open water, followed the rush of ice-cold water into my wetsuit and since it is Canada, the ever present numbing sensation of the ice cream headache to follow once the cold water has smacked me in the forehead. Yep, dive season in Canada is almost upon us and I can’t believe I’m looking forward to it.  Don’t get me wrong – cold water diving has a lot to offer - just not a lot that’s worth accepting – at least not in my opinion (joking…sort of).

If given the choice, I would choose a warm-water, crystal clear Caribbean dive over freezing cold, murky green, Great Lake dive any day. It’s just hard to get excited about stuffing myself like a breakfast sausage into a neoprene shell, strapping 20+ lbs of weight on my hips and rolling into the murky cold with a feeling that at any moment something is going to reach out of the murk and grab me by the ass.

At least with the Caribbean, I’m able to see further than 10 feet and might actually stand a chance of seeing what’s coming my way well before it’s dragging me down to a watery grave. Am I being dramatic? Perhaps. Call me silly, but once you’ve experienced heaven – it’s hard to go back to hell.

All that being said, when you love to dive, you just do it – regardless of how much fun it will or won’t be. The first few moments underwater are surreal. As you slowly descend into the depths of the abyss, you begin to take in your surroundings and soon you become aware that you have entered a completely different world and before you know it, you have left your cares behind. Ahhh…


09 June, 2010

Cabernet...A Public Service Announcement...

Do you have feelings of inadequacy? 

Do you suffer from shyness?

Do you sometimes wish you were more assertive?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist about Cabernet Sauvignon.
Cabernet Sauvignon is the safe, natural way to feel better and more confident about yourself and your actions. It can help ease you out of your shyness and let you tell the world that you're ready and willing to do just about anything.
You will notice the benefits of Cabernet Sauvignon almost immediately and, with a regimen of regular doses, you can overcome any obstacles that prevent you from living the life you want to live.  Shyness and awkwardness will be a thing of the past and you will discover many talents you never knew you had.  Stop hiding and start living.

Cabernet Sauvignon may not be right for everyone. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use it. However, women who wouldn't mind nursing or becoming pregnant are encouraged to try it.

Side effects may include:   dizziness, nausea, vomiting,  incarceration, loss of motor control, loss of clothing,     loss of money, loss of virginity, delusions of grandeur, table dancing, headache, dehydration, dry mouth, and a desire to sing Karaoke and play all-night rounds of Strip Poker, Truth Or Dare, and Naked Twister.
  • The consumption of Cabernet Sauvignon may make you think you are whispering when you are not.
  • The consumption of Cabernet Sauvignon may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them.
  • The consumption of Cabernet Sauvignon may cause you to think you can sing.
  • The consumption of Cabernet Sauvignon may make you think you can converse enthusiastically with members of the opposite sex without spitting.
  • The consumption of Cabernet Sauvignon may create the illusion that you are tougher, smarter, faster and better looking than most people.
Please feel free to share this important information with as many women as you feel may benefit!  Now just imagine what you could achieve with a good Shiraz..............

08 June, 2010

Random Tuesday Thoughts - Rum, Delivery Guys, Oceans, OCD

As it is Tuesday, The Un Mom is hosting her random party.  Go see her and you’ll understand where random originated.
The plans for my Rum Punch Party (Version 2.0) are going very well.  So far, I’ve managed to talk my friend into making me a cake (scuba themed) and my mother-in-law into preparing the roast beef (for BBQ beef on a bun).   A couple of friends are bringing salads.  My BF that can’t cook is bringing deviled eggs, which should be interesting – about 3 years ago she called me and asked me how to boil eggs (true story).   So far, I have 18 confirmed guests.   If you’re looking for something to do on the 26th, I’m looking for someone to bring some appetizers…
We had a new refrigerator delivered on Saturday.  Our “old” one in the basement stopped working and since we cannot possibly live throughout the summer with sub-par warm beer, we were left with no other choice.  We paid extra for the delivery and removal of the old one.  The delivery men were obviously not informed of this because when I told him it needed to go to the basement, they were miserable and copped some serious attitude with me.  First time (in a long time) I’ve had to give two grown men attitude adjustments.   Sears Canada has not heard the end of this either…
Our home computer died on Sunday.  Fortunately, J was able to restore everything including the installed programs.  I guess his OCD tendencies have paid off.  He is living proof that having 2 separate back-ups and a disaster recovery plan for your home computer can in fact come in handy.  Who knew?
I guess maybe I should listen to him now that he’s telling me we should have a 72 hour emergency kit at home.  Apparently, two candles and a book of matches does not constitute a “kit”.
I’m still absolutely miserable in my day job.  I NEED to be kept busy.  If not, I find fault in everyone around me and soon their actions become like fingernails on a chalkboard.    

Today is World Oceans Day and in honor, CrazyCris is hosting a World Oceans Day Blog-a-thon, so be sure to stop on over and pay her a visit…she’s wise in the way of oceans, fish and sea critters.  Unfortunately, I’m not an active participant this year, but in doing my part, I’ll share a photo from some of my adventures “under the sea”.

 Gumby in Bonaire
Jelly Fish Lake, Palau
 Wild Water, Caribbean Sea

07 June, 2010

Introducing...The Boy...

Finally!  J has finally released "The Prom" photos and now I can share them with you.   My baby boy turns 18 next month and then in a mere 2 months he's off to college.  *sigh*

The Boy and his Girlfriend

03 June, 2010

Iron Baby...

02 June, 2010

Winning Wednesday...

Okay folks – today is the big day!  I’m pleased to announce the winner of my first giveaway, which has been brought to you by Flamingo Tongue Designs.
The winner gets to choose from one of the following items:

  Blueberry Hill Necklace

Genuine Sea Glass Earrings

Figure 8 Necklace

Cook Book - "Food to Dive For"

So without further adieu, the winner is….


By the way, there's still time left if anyone is interested in purchasing an item from Flamingo Tongue Designs, valued at $25.00 or more, you can use the following promo code at checkout and you will receive an extra 25% off your purchase:
Promo Code:    LCQ76B7L8F7

01 June, 2010

Random Tuesday Thoughts...A Giveaway, Random Drug Testing, Retired People

I had to attend the “lab” again this morning to provide yet another urine sample.  Either the Dr.’s office keeps ordering the wrong tests or my urine is in high demand on the black market.  Either way…eewww.
As I’ve mentioned before - the lab opens at 8:00, but by 7:45 there is a huge crowd gathering around the door waiting for them to open up.  When the doors open, you are to take a number.  The way it is supposed to work is the person that arrived first, gets the first number; second person gets the second number, and so on and so on.  However, the senior citizens have an obvious sense of entitlement and tend to jump the line – there is even pushing by them.   I respect my elders, but this really bugs me because the only place they NEED to be in the morning after the lab is the local coffee shop or hair salon.  Urghhh…
My cube dwelling neighbor is on speaker phone again.  I feel an overwhelming urge to walk over and yank her phone line from the wall.  Why can’t she understand that there are people around her?
I’ve noticed that members of our finance team travel in packs of two or more.  You will never find one of them travelling by themselves.  They are kind of like teenage girls that way.  I can only assume they are sharing a common brain…
I found this item on Etsy a couple of weeks ago.  Am I the only person that finds it more than slightly disturbing?

FINAL REMINDER – Today is your last day to enter my giveaway if you haven’t already done so.  The winner will be announced tomorrow - Wednesday, June 2nd.

Special thanks to The Un Mom for hosting my randomness every week.  If you are looking for more, stop by and visit her - now...