Happy New Year!

January 1, 2009 at 11:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Wow. It’s 2009. It seems like just yesterday we were in the midst of the millenium/Y2K hype and anxiety. It’s hard to believe how quickly the time has passed.

I had a great day off from work today and went to the movies with two friends. We saw The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons. Afterwards we had an interesting discussion about time, stages of life, etc. I’m not going to say too much more because I don’t want to spoil the movie for people who haven’t seen it (I liked it BTW). However, I will say that one of the things we talked about is that our lives now are very different than what we thought they would be when we were younger. In my case there are several kind of “major” aspects of my life that even as recently as five years ago I would have expected to be very different than they are now. It’s not bad that they aren’t different, life has just unfolded differently than I expected it to.

I’m not going to do a New Year’s Resolution post because I really try not to make resolutions. I will say that Continue Reading Happy New Year!…

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Any Suggestions?

October 28, 2008 at 6:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about purchasing a hand crank flashlight for a while and  saw a few in the LL Bean catalog I received in the mail today (this is the “full size” version).  They also have an interesting camping lamp that can operate off solar, hand crank or 12V electric power.  Anyway, I was just wondering if any of you might have some knowledge and suggestions about hand crank flashlights.  I want something relatively durable that will give off good light, but doesn’t require body-builder strength to crank.  If you have any brands or stores to recommend, please post a comment.

Fall Fun Part 2

October 13, 2008 at 10:30 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’ve written before about how some of my personal beliefs have made my co-workers decide that I fall in a certain spot on the political spectrum. In some ways it amuses me given that when I lived in another state I was “located” in a very different spot of the spectrum based upon other beliefs (Apparently encouraging a lesbian co-worker to register for gifts for her commitment ceremony is considered both odd and flamingly liberal in the deep South).

In both of these specific instances I was quite irritated at the assumptions people made about my beliefs as a whole based on my reaction to one specific situation or issue. I like to think that maybe it’s because I really don’t fit either of the main stereotypes (liberal or conservative), but it might just be that I’m incredibly stubborn and don’t like other people telling me they know what I think about everything based on one piece of information.

It would appear that I now have people somewhat confused and I’ve gone “outside of the box” they put me in. I had an interesting conversation with one of the people I was with on the apple picking adventure and was telling a co-worker about it (yes, the one who called me a “Scary Republican”). Anyway, one of the people in the group and I had an interesting conversation about Community Supported Agriculture. This is something that has interested me for a while and I’ve thought about trying it out. She wants to try out CSA as well and we had a great discussion about the pros and cons. Continue Reading Fall Fun Part 2…

Hmmm

June 16, 2008 at 10:23 pm | Posted in Challenges, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Hello. Sorry my absence has continued for so long. I even made Krista worry that this might be another abandoned blog :) It isn’t- I just got caught up in RL for a while. There are some areas of my life I just don’t blog about and I was wrestling with some things in those areas after returning from my trip. They aren’t all sorted out, but I’m a bit more centered now and will resume regular posting.

I ordered in Chinese tonight- beef with broccoli (yum!) and thought I’d share the fortune:

Good news of a long-awaited event will arrive soon.

I do have some preferences for the event and the good news, hopefully this will actually foretell something that meets my preferences!  If so, it might even be something I can blog about.

Near Death Experience

May 8, 2008 at 8:54 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

The other night I had a near death experience. OK, I might be exaggerating just a little bit…but it was a close call. I posted a Wordless Wednesday a while back showing pictures of some of the deer found around where I work (keep in my mind, I work in the suburbs not the country).

Two nights ago I had to stay late for a meeting and ended up not leaving the complex until after 9:30 p.m. I was minding my own business driving down the hill when a deer appeared out of nowhere right in front of my car. I stepped on the brakes as quickly as I could while my purse, bag, etc. went flying off the passenger seat onto the floorboard. Literally two feet separated the car from the deer as he ran past. Once he was clear, I looked to each side and then started moving again. Wham! Another deer appears. This one seemed even closer than the first one. Probably because of how erratically he was running across the road. I waited a bit after that one crossed before continuing down the road out of the complex.

I didn’t heat either of these deer, but I have run into one before. It was a mess. I was on a country road in Texas, heading from one college town to another, a few days before final exams started, to attend a party a friend was having. It was only an hour or so away (Mom and Dad had no knowledge of these plans). A deer that was much bigger than the ones at work jumped out in front of me and I didn’t have time to stop. There was damage on the driver side quarter panel, to the grill, the hood and the front bumper. There was also a little bit of blood and some deer fur stuck in the grill. I left the deer fur in the grill until after the insurance adjuster looked at the car because I was kind of worried they wouldn’t believe me about what happened.

I did manage to have some fun at the party and the car was, luckily, still driveable. I still had to figure out how to tell mom and dad about the circumstances. They paid for the car insurance and dad owned the car I drove at the time. Telling them went better than I ever thought it would.

Even though that deer incident worked out well in the end, I have no desire to hit any deer with cars now or in the future. I can do without a repeat.

Saturday Adventures

April 27, 2008 at 12:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Well, not really adventures…but it was a fun day. A really good friend from work and I spent most of the day together. We work in different areas/departments at the same company but were on the same level when we started (she has since moved one rung up the ladder and I hope to soon as well). Anyway, we eat lunch with each other most days, vent about “issues” in our respective departments and are actually working on starting up a project together. She’s become a pretty good friend too, but until recently most of the time we spent with each other was either during work hours or right after (e.g. going to Costco on the way home and then splitting up).

Work friendships don’t always translate into the real world and, although this is one I wanted to see transition to more of a “real” friendship, it looked like we were destined to be work friends and not more. However, we’ve become closer over the past few months and have been spending more time with each other. Today we were out and about for the equivalent of a work day and had a great time.

I have a new hair cut from a stylist who is only one state away. She’s on Long Island, so not too far away from where I am. I think I’m even willing to go back to her which is a small miracle (although this depends on how I feel about the hair in a few days). We did a little shopping and both came home with some new clothes. It was really nice to spend a good chunk of time with her outside of work and to be able to just chat about whatever came to mind. We’re generally either much more work-focused or have limited time for discussion of non-work issues at work (that and spies are everywhere trying to listen in!).

Because our adventures took place on Long Island and we both live in NJ, there was a little bit of travel involved. The easiest route back to where I live involved crossing midtown Manhattan. Not too bad on a Saturday, but there was still some traffic both coming and going. We’re just lucky we didn’t hit the Shea Stadium traffic! Anyway, on the way back tonight we passed by Times Square. I just happened to have my camera with me and I snapped this picture to share with all of you. The lights, action and crazy people watching in and around Times Square really can be fun.

Spring!!!

April 18, 2008 at 10:04 am | Posted in Flowers, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Shhh….Don’t tell anyone. I think Spring may finally have arrived in my little corner of the frozen tundra. Winters up here always seem like they are going to go on forever. We had a high temperature in the 70’s yesterday and are supposed to hit the upper 70’s again today and tomorrow. The highs are going down to the upper 60’s after that, but it’s definitely progress. For two days in a row now I haven’t needed to wear a coat to work!

The trees and bushes are all in bloom and even the sides of the interstate seem almost pretty. There is flowering forsythia all over the place beside the roadways in this state. Believe it or not, this picture was taken out of my car window as I was exiting into downtown Newark last Friday afternoon. You can’t even see the graffiti behind the flowers.

(not quite what you pictured for Newark, is it?)

Ughhh

April 1, 2008 at 1:15 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I really am trying to not drop off the face of the planet again, but work isn’t cooperating.  I went in on Saturday (12:30 until 11:00) and hit construction traffic on the way home, getting back a little after midnight.  Sunday I cleaned and worked from home, working until almost 2 in the morning.  Yesterday into today (Monday-Tuesday) I was physically at work from 9:30 a.m. Monday until 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.  I got home about 5 minutes ago.  Thank God the downstairs neighbors were able to take the dog out twice while I was at work!  They even kept him downstairs for a play session each time (with their dog).  I have to get some sleep now.  I just don’t function well on this level of sleep.  We still have to finish some things tomorrow….it’s going to be another long day.

Isn’t it Saturday?

March 29, 2008 at 11:12 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Yes it is.  Normally a day away from work for me, but not this week.  There is a big deadline coming up that we are pushing to meet and I am about to go in for the day.  I’ll have a real post sometime this weekend (probably tomorrow), but this is all I have time for now.  I’m just trying to not drop off the face of the planet again!

I’m back . . .

March 26, 2008 at 9:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sorry I haven’t posted in forever- I know a few of you have still been checking in from time to time.  There has been a lot going on lately (most of which I’m not comfortable blogging about).  I promise I haven’t orphaned the blog and I’m going to try to get back into the swing of things.  Thanks for not giving up on me!

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