27 More Random Things.

Getting back into blogging is harder than I anticipated. But I think it would be good for me to do so. So bear with me while I ease into it with random questions and answers, and attempt to formulate a thought worth writing about.

1. If you could (HAD) push one person off a mountain, who would it be?
Interesting question. Considering that I’m trying to let go of a lot of past resentments, I’m going to say no. No one.

2. Where did you get the shirt you’re wearing?
I think Penney’s?

3. Do you still have clothes that belong to your ex?
Nope.

4. Do you get attached to people easily?

Usually.

5. Have you ever been to California?
No.

6. Do you go to church?
Sometimes. Not as much as I should.

7. Do you like roller coasters?
Very much.

8. Ever cut class?
When I was in school? Yup. All the time.

9. What’s your favorite TV show?
Grey’s Anatomy

10. Have you ever seen the GOONIES?
Of course!

11. How many times have you been in love?
Three.

12. Do you have any pets?
Yup. Lil’ Beastie.

13. Do you curse a lot?
Like the love child of an angry trucker and a drunken sailor.

14. What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Hit snooze. Oh, you mean actually out of bed? Start the coffee and take Lil’ Beastie outside.

15. What’s your favorite season?
Fall.

16. Have you been on a date in the last 2 weeks?
With my Hubby.

17. Are Chuck Norris jokes funny?
Not particularly.

18. What’s your favorite food?
Depends on my mood. Probably lobster, though.

19. What’s the last movie you saw in the theater?
? I honestly don’t know.

20. Can you live without the computer?
Yes, but life would be considerably less convenient.

21. Do you hide your emotions?
Good lord, no. I am the girl you want at your poker game.

22. What is your favorite movie?
Casablanca.

23. Do you like chick flicks?
Yup.

24. When was the last time you got flowers?
I don’t know. I don’t really get excited over getting flowers. I bought some to plant last spring. Does that count?

25. Who was the last person you were in a moving vehicle with?
Hubby.

26. Best kind of pizza?
Extra cheese (that’s all brown and bubbly), thick crust, not too much sauce, bacon, mushrooms, green peppers and olives. Yum!

27. Would you take care of your friends while they’re sick?
Yup.

60 Random Things.

1. What is in the back seat of your car right now?
A towel, the dog’s seat belt, a ream of copy paper.

2. When was the last time you threw up?
Yesterday. My antibiotic and I are not getting along at the moment.

3. What’s your favorite curse word?
I’m partial to the f-bomb.

4. Name 3 people who made you smile today?
My supervisor, my husband, my dog.

5. What were you doing at 8 a.m. this morning?
Probably my makeup, getting ready for work.

6. What were you doing 30 minutes ago?
Driving back to the office.

7. Where were you born?
In a hospital, duh!

8. Have you ever been to a strip club?
Yup.

9. What is the last thing you said aloud?
“I’ll call you later.”

10. What is the best ice cream flavor?
Ben & Jerry’s Chubby Hubby

11. What was the last thing you had to drink?
Coffee.

12. What are you wearing right now?
Grey pants, black sweater, heels.

13. What was the last thing you ate?
Popcorn.

14. Have you bought any new clothing items this week?
Nope.

15. Where were you last night?
At home, watching TV.

16. What’s the last sporting event you watched?
NCAA Basketball – UK vs. Tennessee.

17. Who won?
UK.

18. Who is the last person you sent a comment/message on myspace?
Jessica.

19. Ever go camping?
Ummmm….No. I’m too prissy to camp.

20. Where do you live?
In a house!

21. What song are you listening to?
Nothing at the moment.

22. Do you have a tan?
No. Not even close.

24. Do you drink your soda from a straw?
When a straw is given to me, yes.

25. What did your last text message say?
Miss u hope u r feeling better.

26. Who’s your best friend?
Brian & Jessica.

27. What are you doing tomorrow?
Working.

28. Where is your mom right now?
At work.

29. Look to your right, what do you see?
My office wall.

30. What color is your watch?
Silver.

31. What do you think of when you think of Australia?
Sydney. The opera house, specifically.

32. Ever ridden on a roller coaster?
Of course!

33. What is your birthstone?
Sapphire.

34. Do you go in at a fast food place or just hit the drive through?
I prefer to go in. I don’t like to eat in my car if I can help it.

35. What is your favorite number?
3.

36. Do you have a dog?
Yes.

37. Last person you talked to on the phone?
My mom.

38. Have you met anyone famous?
Yes.

39. Any plans today?
Cook dinner, entertain company, crash.

40. How many states have you lived in?
1.

41. Ever go to college?
Yes.

42. Where are you right now?
In my office.

43. Biggest annoyance in your life right now?
I don’t feel well, and my back is really sore from the driving range.

44. Last song listened to?
2+2=5 – Radiohead.

46. Are you allergic to anything?
It’s seasonal. And it’s bad.

47. Favorite pair of shoes?
The black heels I’m wearing right now.

48. Are you jealous of anyone?
Not really.

49. Is anyone jealous of you?
I’m sure someone could be, but I don’t think so.

52. Do any of your friends have children?
Yes.

53.Do you eat healthy?
healthier than some do, I’m sure.

54. What do you usually do during the day?
Work – e-mails, phone calls, speaking engagements, and mess around on the internet.

55. Do you hate anyone right now?
No. I’ve got some grudges that run pretty deep, but hate’s a strong word.

56. Do you use the word ‘hello’ daily?
Yes.

58. How old will you be turning on your next birthday?
No more birthdays. They’re all anniversaries of my 29th birthday now. This year will be the 5th.

59. Have you ever been to Six Flags?
Yes.

60. How did you get one of your scars?
Puppy teeth.

Blammo!

Just like that. Blammo! Everything that was inching along is now happening at lightning speed. The potential SL component that was up for discussion – done deal. All of the faculty are on board and fired up, ready to hype this option. This means that I could be potentially placing close to 1,000 students this semester, and then 1,000 NEXT semester. One of the instructors I met with is also the baseball coach and has told me he will be contacting me about getting the baseball team involved in 3-4 projects this year. This could be my “in” with athletics. I had been previously shot down, but will apparently emerge victorious. 

Oh, and the student leadership summit I was scheduled to speak at tomorrow is on. I learned that as of yesterday, I will be speaking to 230 students who are PRE-REGISTERED. Umm…that means there could be more. Yeah. I HAD to go and get myself involved in this, didn’t I? I was expecting about 75, maybe 100 to show up. Damn. Now, public speaking is not a forte of mine. It used to be, but I’m rusty. In high school I was involved in competitive speech and drama. I was quite good at it, too – graduating with the degree of distinction – one of the highest awards one can receive from the National Forensic League. But I’ve not done much (read: anything) since then. So this will be interesting. It’s only 5 minutes. Let’s just hope I don’t screw it up.

So, MTV and Bad Boy records are complete marketing geniuses. After admitting my unhealthy obsession with buying the new Danity Kane CD, I actually went to go buy it on Tuesday. To Circuit City, Best Buy and FYE. No one had it. Sold out. Can this be? Are there that many people out there who shared my love of Making The Band? I find that hard to believe. While I love their pop music and have embraced them as a 1 cd wonder, I still can’t believe that there’s THIS big of a demand for it.

So I started chatting with the guy at FYE, and asked how many copies of the CD he actually received. The answer? FIVE. Yes, FIVE. Go MTV. Go, Diddy, Go. Truth in marketing: Danity Kane sold their CD out EVERYWHERE on the day it was released. We’ll just leave the short-shipping part out. But since it sold out, they automatically created a demand for the CD, so MTV’s new group now has people ASKING for the sold-out CD.

On the one hand, I have to tip my hat to whoever made this decision. Nothing like using that sense of demand to keep the hype rolling, and being able to say you sold out EVERYWHERE is a pretty powerful statement. However, I can’t help but feel like they sold these girls short. FIVE CD’s being sent to a store? For a release? That’s kind of like saying “We don’t think you’re good enough sell 200 CD’s. Not even 20. We think you could sell 5 though.” Way to set the bar for your artist. Even the guy at FYE said that he NEVER EVER receives so few CD’s for a new release. Isn’t that weird? It’s kind of a left-handed compliment.

Anyway, so I was completely bummed out that I couldn’t get my CD. My hubby was in another best buy yesterday, and was standing in the checkout line and happened to see one out of the corner of his eye, stuck behind some DVD’s. So he snatched it up and bought it for me. How sweet was he? Yes, I love it very much. It’s fantastically fun pop music. I do recommend it for something fun in your CD collection. One caveat: it’s catchy as hell.

My new camera will be at my house TOMORROW! WOO HOO HOO! I’m so excited. My memory card came yesterday. Just need some batteries and I’m money.

Oy. I just realized what time it was. Have a staff meeting in a couple minutes I have to get ready for. Happy Thursday, all!

Ain’t No Other…

Ain’t, ain’t no other lover…I am so addicted to Christina’s new song it’s sick. Say what you want about her image – that chick has got a set of PIPES!! I have always been in awe of her voice, and I love that she’s doing the blues thing! I plan on buying her new CD tomorrow. When I buy buy Danity Kane’s *blushes profusely.* What? THREE SEASONS it took for Diddy to make that band. I’m obsessed, and strangely enough, I feel proud of those girls. I realize they’re most likely a 1 cd wonder, yet, I can’t help but root for ‘em.  

And Justin Timberlake’s new song?  Easily the BEST song he’s ever recorded. I can’t even explain how much I love it. Brilliant. Simply effing brilliant. 

I ordered my new camera on Saturday! Woo Hoo! I am the proud owner of a Canon Powershot S2 IS. I absolutely cannot wait for it to get here. I need to go pick up a Sam’s Club size of AA batteries, so I can play, play play! Poor lil’ beastie. My favorite photography subject will be subject to lots and lots of pictures. I am constantly chasing him around with the camera. Or my cameraphone.  Speaking of lil’ beastie, I think he might be finally starting to get it. At 9 months old. Seriously, when we tell him “no bite” now, or gasp in exaggerated horror because he’s nipped at us, he stops what he’s doing and looks at us like “Oh! I’m not supposed to bite! I get it now! Sorry!” and moves on to something else. I have come to the conclusion that he is just an immature dog. He’s extremely bright and very friendly (once he gets over his shyness!), but he’s got the mentality of about a 5-month old puppy. *sighs* Lots more patience on my part. He is, if at all possible, even CUTER now than he was when we brought him home in January.  

Also, if anyone’s interested, I picked up a 2GB San
Disk SD card on Amazon for $36.50. Yes, thirty-six dollars. Yes 2 GB. How awesome is THAT?!
 I am desperately seeking a new shampoo/conditioner. I have ridiculously difficult hair. It’s very, very fine and thin – HOWEVER, it also tends to be dry and will damage easily if I’m not careful, so “volume-adding” shampoos are too harsh for me. Oh, and it’s colored, so anything too clarifying tends to hurt my color. I just threw away almost an entire bottle of Pantene Brunette expressions. It smelled great, but it left a nasty residue in my hair. I’ve tried almost everything – I’m on to garnier fructis right at the moment – smells like candy, but we’ll see how it works.It was suggested to me to use a shampoo for color treated hair (as so not to dry it out or strip away the color), and condition with something for fine hair. Anyone have a product they’re in love with?  

I need a bigger day timer. I’m running out of places to write things down. I was always annoyed by those people who carried around their day timers like they were just so important that they couldn’t do ANYTHING without writing down the appointment prior. But now that I actually am one of those people, I’ve learned the error of my ways. They’re REALLY useful! And yes, I am THAT busy right now. I have a feeling that September is going to be a wicked busy month for me. Not that that’s a bad thing. I like busy! You know what I could go for right now? An iced cappuccino and a giant jar of cashews. Doesn’t that sound good? Yes, it’s a massive PMS craving, but damn! Sounds delish. Maybe I’ll stop and get a moo-latte for lunch.  

Happy Monday!

Thrusday Stuff

1. Pepsi Jazz is horrific. Completely and utterly horrific. In general, I’ve found that Pepsi does flavored colas better than coke does. Coke’s flavored colas are just simply overkill on the flavor (case in point: diet vanilla coke. It makes me want to vomit. Diet vanilla Pepsi, however, is incredibly refreshing). I admit that I was intrigued by the black cherry/French vanilla flavor. It sounded good. So I tried one. It took all of my willpower not to spit it out. It was that bad.

2. My SL component meeting went very, very well. I’m fired up. It was a pretty easy sell. The professor already wanted to add the component into her curriculum. It’s just that it’s an intro-level class, which means that there will be about 1,000 students a semester working in groups of about 5, and it would be extremely difficult for her to manage. Enter me. Whose job it is to find community service opportunities for groups, present the needs that exist in our community and connect groups to the opportunities. Huzzah! Might be my first “big” success. My goal now: to just try to NOT screw it up.  

3. I somehow managed to sneak my way into the student leadership summit at the University as well. I will be speaking to the new presidents of 175+ student special interest groups and promoting community service projects. The semester hasn’t even started yet. And I’m making a bit of a buzz. I’ve got an open house scheduled for next month for the campus to stop and learn more about our agency. 

 4. On top of that, I managed to land myself at a youth group meeting that could potentially bring me between 200 to 300 new recruits from 10 church youth groups! In addition, I’m hosting an open house tonight, with 9 potential new member churches. My existing youth group coalition (which I’m revamping) currently has 10 active member churches. I could have potentially tripled the size of this group in 5 months.  How did I do this? I have no clue. But I’m excited. 

 5. Mr. Clean magic erasers are one of the greatest inventions ever. I was able to get ground in dirt out of my kitchen floor with just water and minimal elbow grease. When I went back over the floor and washed them – they looked beautiful. They also did a number in getting the hairspray residue off the ceramic tile on my bathroom floor, again, with just water and minimal scrubbing.

 6. Today’s soundtrack includes the following songs: “Heaven Is a Place on Earth” (Belinda Carlisle – random, I know) “You Make Me Sick” (Pink), “This Corrosion” (Sister of Mercy), “London Bridge” (Fergie-Ferg, baby!) and “Drug Soup” (No clue who sings this. It’s on the “sliding doors” soundtrack.) I live my life like a damn iPod shuffle (vs. a hip-hop loop. That would be funny to you if you knew the drug soup song.) I swear to God. The most random things get stuck in my head for no reason. 

 7. I got my new Sephora catalog yesterday (joy!). While leafing through, there was a smashbox liplgoss that caught my eye. I want it in the worst way. But I will not buy it. Why? No, it’s not because it’s a $28 lipgloss. Since I’m a self-professed addict, I will not flinch at the price tag. I’ve spent more in the past. No. I will not buy this lipgloss because it’s limited edition. I am staging a personal boycott against limited edition cosmetics. Because I will inevitably buy them, then love them, and then *poof!* they’re gone. Never to be seen again, leaving me depressed (do you hear that, Clinique? Thanks for the Almost Lipstick in Snow Cherries – the most beautiful red color ever. I’m still bitter, and that was what, Christmas 2000? Yeah. I ain’t forgot!)  8. Happy Thursday. Talk to you all later!

Hi.

Just popping in.

Things are finally starting to come together for me at work at lightning speed. Haven’t had time to post much, err, at all.

I’ll be around catching up on reading – and I’ll update as soon as I can catch my breath!

Some Stuff.

1. Lil’ Beastie casualty count: 1 remote control. 1 nesting table. 2 curtain panels. He is so lucky he is as cute as he is. I could have killed him. And when I say he ripped the curtain, I mean he put a horizontal tear in the panel from seam to seam, thus rendering it impossible to fix (despite my beloved husband’s suggestion to “pin it.”). I don’t think I need to tell any of you that he’s lost his run of house privileges when I am not home. 

2. I have come to the conclusion that one empty pack of Marlboro Lights will multiply at an exponential rate when left unattended in the center console of my car. Granted, I don’t know when I last cleaned it out, but seriously? If they were airline miles instead of Marlboro Miles, I could have gone to
Australia.
 

3. Went to get my nails done Saturday. Had an unfortunate accident with an emery board. Let me tell you, you CAN get cut with an emery board. And yes, it REALLY HURTS. 

 4. Linguini with white clam sauce = yum!

 5. Is it totally wrong that I actually CARE that Danity Kane’s CD will be in stores on August 22? Is it wrong that I will probably buy it, too? Is it wrong that I even know who Danity Kane even is? 

6. Am going to Columbus on Thursday. Am coming back on Thursday. That, my friends, is going to suck. We’re attending a conference. A one day conference. It’s going to be at least a 14 hour day for me. At least.

7. I have another university appointment this week – if I can nail this opportunity down, I will get to speak to approximately 1,000 students (!!!!!) each semester (mercifully, not all at once!) as the professor is looking to add a service learning component to her course. Go me!!

8. I know I’ve whined about it before, but I am mosquito fodder. It makes me nuts. I swear, if I even entertain the thought of going outside at dusk, I get bit. I’m sure you can imagine what happens when I actually set foot outside. It’s not pretty. And no, I’m not applying Deep Woods Off! in order to take the dog outside…I’m not outside long enough, and given that he has an obsession with licking off any type of lotion I apply, I don’t want him ingesting the DEET. 

9. Today’s random soundtrack (the songs stuck in my head) include: Cat Stevens’ “Wild World,” “I Want You To Want Me” (Cheap Trick), “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” (Queen) and “Gin and Juice” (S N Double O P D O Double G!)  Dammit. Now I’m hearing “Drop It Like It’s Hot.” That’s what I get for trying to be cute. I have issues, huh?

10. Happy Monday! Did y’all realize that today is 8/7/6? I think it’s neat.

Friday

1. Well the much promised “front” moved through here yesterday – it was very undramatic. It is much cooler today. Only in the 80’s, with nominal humidity. Actually, it’s gorgeous today. We get one more day like this, then the temp and humidity are supposed to start eeking their way back up on Sunday.  

2. Yes, despite the complete lack of organization and undue stress created by the venue, the concert on Wednesday night completely rocked my world. But DAMN, was it H.O.T. That’s not even the right word. Neither is sweltering. Or oppressive. Seriously? I think I lost nine pounds. It was THAT HOT. 

3. We got our office windows replaced yesterday. They’re very nice, but all I smell is caulking. Which isn’t bad, if you want to get high from accidentally huffing. Oy. Makes my eyes water.  

4. Given my obsession with all things reality TV, has anyone else checked out “The Messengers” on TLC? I was intrigued by the promos, which explained basically nothing about the premise of the show, but piqued my curiosity enough to TiVo it and see what happened. Turns out, it’s a highly original concept for a show. I absolutely loved it. I’m not sure who I’m pulling for to win – I’ve got a couple favorites now, so I think it’s going to come down to who is consistently spot-on every week. The show itself doesn’t seem to be generating a huge amount of buzz, so I’m just wondering if anyone else out there is watching. 

5. You know what I could use right now? A nap.  

6. It is extremely quiet in the office today. We have a lot of people off today. 

7. Have y’all heard this story? I think it’s freakin’ hilarious! 

8. Happy Weekend!

An Open Letter To Blossom Music Center and the Dave Matthews Band.

Dear Blossom Music Center: 

You suck.  

Oh, don’t get me wrong. Your pavilion is gorgeous, and the sound in there? Second to none. It’s incredible. But aside from that? You suck.  

I’d like to start out with a comment on your facilities, or, rather, lack thereof. I realize that your primary function is to serve as the home to the Philharmonic Orchestra, which probably does not attract the crowd of, say, the Dave Matthews Band. However, I would like to point that if you are going to insist on bringing in major national recording artists, people are going to come. And eventually, they’re going to have to use the bathroom. And waiting over 25 minutes to use a filthy restroom is not something that an individual who paid $53 for a ticket is going to be exceptionally pleased with. And that 25-minute wait in line? Was for the men’s room. The ladies’ line was even longer. If you don’t feel that rock concert goers (who, I am assuming a primary source of bread & butter to you) are worthy of more than the three restrooms you’ve got built, the very least you can do is bring in a substantial number of port-a-johns for the evening. I was more than a little disappointed at what I missed of the concert because I was waiting in line for the restroom.  

Next, let’s talk about your parking lot. The first thing I’d like to suggest to you is that when hiring parking attendants, you may want to make sure they’re actually old enough to DRIVE A CAR, and therefore understand how frustrating concert traffic can be, and are capable of directing traffic. Also, while I recognize that you tried to be helpful by changing the traffic flow to one way traffic, you really could use some better organization in actually getting the cars parked. Because bottlenecking 4 lanes of traffic down to one? Not such a good idea. And when this is being watched (yes, WATCHED. Not handled) by a 15 year-old who’s leaning against a tree, this does not make your paying concertgoers very happy. And I would have bought that he needed a break because it was ridiculously hot, except that I sat at a dead stop for close to 10 minutes – he was leaning there when we stopped, and was leaning there when we inched away. And truthfully? 40 minutes to park my car is excessive. You really need to work on that. Literally, from the time I pulled into your driveway til I got out of my car, was over 40 minutes. This is what you do. Is this the most organized you can be? 

And I guess this is just concert pricing but $4.00 for a 20 oz bottle of water? $9.00 for a beer? Are you kidding me? 

Just some thoughts in case you’d, well, I don’t know, actually WANT concertgoers to come back.  

xoxo, 

Syl 

+++ 

Dear Dave Matthews Band: 

Thank you. As always you were brilliant. I love you for the intensity and energy that you brought in ridiculous heat and humidity. And yet, despite the fact that it was still 90+ degrees at 8:00 pm (and I’m sure 45 degrees hotter under the lights), with humidity over 80%, you still managed to just completely rock out.  

Thank you for playing JTR. I thought that maybe you forgot you ever recorded that song. It’s fabulous. You made my night by playing it. 

And thank you for giving Smooth Rider everything you had – it was the best version of that song I’ve ever heard. It was the highlight of the night.  

Can’t wait for your ‘07 tour! 

xoxo,

Syl 

p.s.: Next summer, at Star Lake, can you please please please please play Joyride for me? Thanks!

Hot Thoughts on Wednesday.

1. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any more oppressive – there’s today. High? 93. Dewpoint? 75. Humidity? 99%. Heat index? Calling for anywhere from 103-108. At 6:30 this morning, I too lil’ beastie outside. It was already 78 degrees. Ick. Hair up? Check. Deodorant working? Check. Pantyhose with my skirt? Not a damn shot. 

2. I have the air on in my office. I set the thermostat to 68 (which I NEVER EVER DO), and it’s still ridiculously humid.  

3. And naturally, on the hottest day of the year, I am going to a concert. Outside. In the heat. Where I will sweat. Okay. Enough complaining. It’s DMB! Woot! 

4. Lil’ beastie is not real happy with us. He wants to play outside in the absolute worst way. We won’t let him. Aren’t we just the awfulest puppy parents ever? I mean, we make our heat stroke-susceptible dog stay in the air conditioning when it’s 90+ degrees outside, and keep his water dish full of fresh cold water. And we give him ice cubes. Can you imagine the sheer awful-ness of it all? 

5. Something I never thought I’d say: I actually like planting and maintaining flowers! I planted basically all annuals this year, figuring a) I didn’t know what we had, b) I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, and c) if I killed them, they were only going to live for a summer anyway. I have to say, I planted impatiens around my house, and fed them Miracle Gro. They are KNEE HIGH. Literally. Impatiens! They’re MUTANTS! But they look really pretty. I’m actually pretty proud of myself. My cosmos and my zinnias just keep blooming, and blooming and blooming. They’re huge. The downside to the Miracle Gro, however, is that if you don’t weed regularly, you end up with some big-ass weeds, too.  

6. I also learned the deadheading flowers works. I go out almost every evening and cut away the wilty bits. The secret is to cut as far down the stem as you can. Oddly enough, I find it relaxing.   7. My happiest surprise of the flowers that came up this year: I have a Stargazer Lily! It’s absolutely gorgeous.  

8. I have my perennials picked out for next year. I’m staggering the blooms, so something is always in bloom in my flowerbeds.  I’ve lost my mind, for sure. 

9. I love, love, LOVE that Panic! At The Disco song. I think it’s called – I Write Sins, Not Tragedies? I crank the radio whenever it comes on. Just absolutely love it.  I also like the song Ridin’ Dirty. Even if I don’t have the first clue what it means to “ride dirty.” 

10. Happy Wednesday!

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