Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Excuse the Mess..
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Tuesday, August 26, 2008
The Andrea is Mightier than the Sword
(you'll have to copy/paste, I can't figure out how to attach a link on stupid blogger)
This was not written in the 1950's. It was written this year. It frightens me.
Don't ask how I found this. Let's just say I've been doing some research for a writing project I might be persuing.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Think Once, Think Twice, Think Andrea
Highlights of my Monday:
My computer at work finally got fixed. So I can now work again...that's nice.
I got my swimsuit, goggles and swim cap in. I proceeded to put the swim cap and goggles on and make Alan laugh.
I made it through the day without an iced coffee and managed not to have withdrawls.
A situation at work was diverted and now I can breathe.
**Okay, so below is one of those silly little things that I normally don't do but I have nothing better to write about so this is all you get from me today.
IF I WERE AN ANIMAL - I'd be a bird because I'd love to fly and birds are unusual and quirky creatures.
IF I WERE A MOVIE - I'd be Clueless. Because it's the only movie I actually quote lines from and as cheesy as it is, I love that movie so much!
IF I WERE A FOOD - I'd be an orange. Juice me!
IF I WERE A TV CHARACTER - I'd be Joan Holloway from Mad Men.
IF I WERE A PIECE OF CLOTHING - I'd be a scarf. Multi purpose and so very feminine.
IF I WERE A DAY OF THE WEEK - I'd be Saturday morning when the world is yours.
IF I WERE A HOLIDAY - I'd be Halloween.
IF I WERE A PIECE OF FURNITURE - I'd be a secretary. No, seriously, I've always wanted an old fashioned secretary.
IF I WERE A COLOR - I'd be a sparkle!
IF I WERE A U.S. CITY - I'd be Tulsa. It's home. Always.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Best Birthday Ever!
At work on Friday we went to lunch at my favorite NC Mexican Restaurant, El Rodeo. Pretty much everyone in the office went, plus Suzanne and Reuben, who I used to work with. At lunch they presented me with a gift card to go to Jolie, a salon at Cameron Village in Raleigh. I get a facial, manicure and pedicure. I'll probably book it for next weekend. I've never gotten a facial before so I'm super excited. Then, after lunch, they surprised me with a margarita cake from Blue Moon Bakery. This cake was amazing - it tasted just like a margarita but not in a weird way, if that makes sense.
Friday night we went to Garner Ale House and had drinks. I enjoyed many, many vodka tonics and a red headed slut. Beautiful.
Saturday Jessica M. and I went to the Smithfield Outlet Mall and shopped all day. I got two pairs of Nine West shoes and a purse.
In the meantime, Alan, John Z, and Julie had been cooking up semi surprise party plans all day. When Jessica M. and I got back into town they took me over to The Z's and they had decorated the place all pretty and girly and there was a butterfly cupcake cake and Holy Smokes bbq. It was so sweet and nice! We had an awesome party. We played Circle of Death and Quarters with Potent Potable (hawaiian punch, vodka and grape koolaid). Oh, and there were jello shots! So all of my favorite things.
All that was missing was my Mom, Tammy, Jamie and Michelle G, who all of course live in Tulsa and were regrettably unable to attend on such short notice. :)
It was a great birthday and I can't believe everyone made such a big deal out of it. It really meant a lot and I feel totally spoiled.
Oh, and I got the first season of Mad Men for my birthday, so we're watching it tonight.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tori, Billy, Alanis and Falling in Love
I got my birthday present from my Mom today. It was exactly what I wanted! What did I want, you ask? I wanted perfume. I'm such a girly girl!
It smells really soft and pretty. I also like it because no one else wears it. (Insert inside joke "You can't smell like me!")
I am so sick of my music selection. I want to subscribe to BMG or Columbia and get like 12 new CD's. Do they even do that anymore? I remember doing that as a little kid and having Mom and Dad get irritated because they got stuck with the bill, tee-hee.
Because I am so sick of my music selection and I'm trying to NOT listen to talk radio at the moment I've pulled out a lot of old CD's. Today was Tori Amos. Man, I used to really zone out to Tori. In 11th grade (1998) my friend Summer let me borrow her Tori Amos - Under the Pink album. I had never even heard of her. But when I got home from school I promptly went into my room, shut the door, and cranked up Tori. What I heard was unlike anything I'd ever heard before and I wore that album OUT! I would sit and listen to it over and over again and make up stories to the lyrics and write poetry. I think I kept the CD for a month before buying my own.
Wellllll....Tori doesn't quite tickle me anymore. Have you had that moment yet? Where you are like seriously questioning your taste in music when you re-listen to an artist or album? I was making all sorts of faces and thinking "Oh my God, how did I listen to this over and over again?!?" It's a wonder I didn't slice my wrists.
Smashing Pumpkins was another band I listened to over and over again, holed up in my bedroom, while writing poetry. I still like them though and I don't care what anyone says. Oh, and Alanis!
I wonder why I don't write poetry anymore? I guess I'm just not as full of angst. Plus I have to be really really sad and in great emotional turmoil to write good poetry. Right now things are pretty even flow. I think I used to write a lot of poetry in hopes of figuring myself out or even in an attempt to put pieces together to see where I was broke inside. 10 years later and a lot of growing up my pieces are pretty much back together and while I don't think I'll ever really know who I am, I have a pretty good idea.
Monday, August 18, 2008
I can't think of a clever title
So, I have a friend who doesn't wear socks except for sometimes in the winter. Her shoes get really smelly. They almost smell like fritos when she takes off her shoes. What should I tell me friend to do to extend the life of her shoes and keep her feet smelling nice and clean? Besides wearing socks which she absolutely will not do.
I'm thinking of making myself go on a self imposed political news ban for a week. I am obsessed with the political race even though I dislike both candidates and have no real interest in electing either one of them. Don't worry, I will vote...yea, yea, yea it's so important to vote, your voice counts, blah-blah-blah, and I always have, but I am becoming bitter. Not listening or reading or watching the news for a week would be a huge challenge for me because I'm so tuned in. I wake up to news, I read news throughout the day, I listen to the news and commentaries on the radio when driving home, etc.
Haha, I ordered the nerdiest un-chic swim suit EV-AH yesterday. I'm joining the Rex Hospital Wellness Zone so I can swim. So of course I had to order my gear. It's going to be so weird swimming again! I was going to join a competitive swim team but when I called about it they said it was best to be in competition shape, and since I am so obviously not, I thought it best to shape up before even going down that road.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
I had the best time!
Speaking of 50...my Mom is turning 50 in a month. I'm really excited for her. You know, being half of 100 is a big, big deal. Right, Mom? (I'm so going to get in trouble).
Oh and I turn 27 next week. Wowee! I promised myself I would never call myself old, and I'm sticking to it.
Mom always said if you're going to lie about your age lie and say you are older. So if you asked me how old I was and I said 40, you would be like damn, you look good! Unless it backfires on you and they're like, yea, you look about that age. Then said person dies.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I heard something on the radio today: I think they were talking about Edwards and they said something to the effect of the American people just weren't expecting some one to do something like that, that it was shocking and they really thought he was someone else. I thought "there's the problem". Expect the worst in people, especially politicians. It is totally acceptable to fuck up. It is not acceptable to not face the consequences.
I got accused of doing something today that I didn't do. It upset me just because it was unfair. It has since been cleared up but then this evening I did the exact same thing to someone else before checking my facts. I was so heated and upset I drilled full force into this person. Ironic?
For the first weekend in way too many weekends I have nothing planned.
After thinking that I have a problem making friends with girls I realized it's not me. It's the girls I am meeting. Some of them are still stuck in high school mentality and I'm not. We don't click, I'm moving on. Simple.
I had a fun day at work today and even got a lot of work done even though Julie and I had a popcorn party in my office and sang "This is How We Do It" by Montel Jordan. Proving once again good friends can work together.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Oh and I have the wierdest crush on Christopher Meloni! I always have wierd movie star/artist crushes. Let's see: Pauly Shore, Chevy Chase, David Lee Roth, etc. I mean I'm not really into any of them now, but in the past those have been odd crushes.
I'm always a little behind when it comes to TV and movies. I'll watch a movie that's been out for ten years. Like I watched American Beauty last year then went around proclaiming it's greatness and asking others "Have you seen it yet?!?". I'm greeted with groans and rolling of eyes and people saying "Geez, Andrea, ya been living under a rock?".
That's just how I do it. How I roll. Whatever.
So today it's rained pretty much all day. Big deal, right? Well it's big news around here. In fact I had pretty much ruled out the chance of any rain today after the weather women and men on wral talked about it for two days before hand. Every time they do that the weather is almost always going to do the opposite of what the predict. But this time they were right.
Today was the LONGEST. DAY. EVER.
One really good thing about not smoking that I've noticed is that I smell good! I can smell my perfume and my hair. Oh and another thing is that I haven't used a salt shaker in weeks! I don't have to add salt to my food to taste it anymore. Also, I had a real Coke today and it was so yummy.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I'm reading it...
Turns out that we don't have a Dodge. Hmm? Come again?
2005 Ford F150? Check. 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit? Check. 2008 Dodge, negative.
Let me check the driveway - yep, nothing there.
Now I am thinking surely they are not showing us as owner of a 2008 Dodge Caliber, could they be? Because we only "owned" that car for 3 days. We took it back to the dealership. I'm sure this is going to be a hassle to take care of. Ech.
So yesterday was our first anniversary!! We went out to eat at what I like to call "The Brazilian Meat Factory" which is actually a Brazilian Steakhouse. Man it was so yummy! I swear I could just go and eat the salad bar: Heart of palm, smoked salmon, shrimp, stuffed peppers, marinated mushrooms...Nom nom nom. So we really enjoyed dinner. Then we came home and enjoyed each others company. :)
Good day. Brazilian meat sticks.
Friday, August 8, 2008
Smoke Free 1 Week!
But today was the worst. I'm having a party tomorrow night and my house was in such disarray I started panicking. Then I started cleaning and I got even more hyper-irritable. It just felt like once I got started on cleaning the more work there was to do and I started hypervenhilating almost! Isn't that silly? Anway, the only thing I could think of to calm me down was of course, a smoke. I was so close to running to the store to grab a pack but I stopped. I thought "It's not worth it, I worked so hard all week on not smoking, I can't throw it away". So I had a Fresca instead. And I'll be honest. I wish the Fresca were a Marlboro Light. But ya know, it served it's purpose. I made it through.
I think tomorrow night will be really hard. When I drink I of course smoke and I can't do that anymore. I can't be a "social" smoker. I'm either on or off one way or the other one hundred percent. I don't want to make this a big deal, but I really am an addict. It's the worst!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Scared isn’t the right word
This is an article my friend Lynnette posted on her blog and I wanted to repost it. As you all know or may not know it is of my own very strong opinion that women have the right to choose and it's a right that I base my votes on.
It is also my opinion that abstinance only sex education is one of the most feeble minded, gullible ideas ever. Teenagers are going to have sex. They have been having sex since the beginning of time. Don't tell them they cannot or should not have sex because "it's the wrong thing to do". Tell them that the choice is up to them, then give them information and educational materials on how to prevent pregnancy and STD's! It's so simple! America is so primative and prude about something that simply human nature!!
Okay, I'll get off my soap box. Read the article, tell me what you think, even if you don't agree. And remember, opinions are like assholes...
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Why McCain should worry women
By Robyn E. Blumner, Times Columnist
Sen. John McCain wants people to know that he is a true conservative. The right flank of his party, particularly blowhards like Rush Limbaugh, want to paint McCain as a closet pinko because he only has an 82 percent rating with the American Conservative Union. But McCain insists that his conservative credentials speak for themselves.
Believe him. They do.
What scares me most about McCain, beyond our 100-year presence in Iraq, his itchy trigger finger relative to other foes, and his enthusiasm for tax cuts for the rich, is his fiercely conservative record on women's reproductive freedom. Here, there is no moderate McCain or reach-across-the-aisle McCain. On issues related to abortion and even birth control and sex education, McCain is as ideological as any Operation Rescue activist crawling around in front of an abortion clinic.
You want to know what's coming with a McCain presidency? How about the overturning of Roe vs. Wade. I'm not kidding. The latest case to reach the U.S. Supreme Court ..ion made it clear that the two newest justices, John Roberts and Samuel Alito, will vote for substantial incursions into abortion rights, if not their outright elimination. It turns out that Roe isn't a "super-duper" precedent after all. It's now hanging by the thread of 87-year-old Justice John Paul Stevens' continued vitality.
The next president will be the decider on whether women's emancipation from the slavery of the womb will continue in this country. We are on the cusp of losing the right to control our bodies and determine our family size. McCain promises as much.
Due to McCain's reputation as a maverick, many voters seem to attach more moderate abortion views to him. In Florida's primary, for example, 45 percent of those Republicans who said abortion should be legal voted for McCain. Whereas the prochoice Rudy Giuliani won over only 19 percent of the prochoice Republican vote.
But McCain's voting record is solidly antichoice. He said directly in South Carolina that Roe "should be overturned" and strongly reiterates that position on his campaign Web site. He told the American Conservative Union that one of the three most important goals that he wants to achieve as president is to promote "a nation of traditional values that protects the rights of the unborn."
In accordance with these views, McCain promises to "nominate strict constructionist judges," which is code for "will overturn Roe if given half a chance."
McCain also supports the global gag rule - probably the most backward foreign policy initiative since the importation of slaves. This is the policy that bars foreign family planning organizations from receiving U.S. funds if the group in any way advises clients ..ion as an option or advocates for legal abortion - even when using their own funds. We know that population control and family planning is the only way for Third World nations to advance, yet the United States and its antiabortion zealots have put a foot on the neck of the most effective groups.
An intelligent person might think that someone as rabidly antiabortion as McCain would be backing approaches to prevent unwanted pregnancies, thereby, ipso facto, fewer abortions. Well, think again.
McCain is an antagonist of sensible family planning and effective sex education. In 2005, he voted "no" on a $100-million allocation for preventive health care services targeted at reducing unintended pregnancies, particularly teen pregnancies. In 2006, he voted against funding for comprehensive, medically accurate sex education for teens.
McCain is much more comfortable with President Bush's wasteful and utterly ineffective abstinence-only approach.
The New York Times Web site reported the following exchange with a reporter in Iowa in March 2007:
Q: "What about grants for sex education in the United States? Should they include instructions about using contraceptives? Or should it be Bush's policy, which is just abstinence?"
McCain: (Long pause) "Ahhh. I think I support the president's policy."
Q: "So no contraception, no counseling on contraception. Just abstinence. Do you think contraceptives help stop the spread of HIV?"
McCain: (Long pause) "You've stumped me."
Do you really have to say such idiotic things to win the Republican nomination? It is an incontrovertible fact that the use of a condom will help interfere with HIV transmission. But I guess McCain sees it as a fact too liberal to acknowledge. Jeesh.
Now that the senator from Arizona has locked up the Republican nomination, he may be spending less time asserting his conservative bona fides and more time focusing on his occasional bipartisanship. This appeal will help to blur his record. Yet any voter who worries about government dictating to women what they can do with their bodies needs to understand the danger that McCain poses. Roe can't survive another president like Bush, and McCain is promising to be just like him.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
It's just so hard for me to focus my attention on one thing at a time. Sitting through that class was really difficult for me. But I did well and I am proud of myself. First of all I had never really been to Durham other than driving through it on I-40, neverless DOWNTOWN Durham. I used to be so scared to drive places I didn't know. I used to get lost all the time (okay, I still do) but I am getting better at this and not letting my fears get the best of me.
Oh, and I passed the test with a 90%. My next step is to get sworn in downtown once I get my appointment.
Nothing really funny happened today so I can't be funny in this blog. It just was generally a very, very boring, long day.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
M-Ville for Real, Ya'll
The batman came yesterday and put the netting up to get rid of the bats in my attic. Yay!
Our wedding anniversary is on the 11th. Any ideas on what to get Alan? I think your first year you're supposed to get something paper like. I don't know, I don't really understand all of that.
Anyway, hope everyone has a great weekend!
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