Well, we did it. After all that back and forth, maybe we should, maybe we shouldn't, Sweet Dave and I signed a contract to build a house on Saturday. The whole event wasn't near as stressful as I thought it might be - it was actually quite exciting.

We had discussed visiting the office this weekend to get some more information and possibly decide on something in the next month or so. Well, when we called to make the appointment, the agent told us the prices for all houses in the subdivision we were looking at were going up $4000 on April 1. That ended up being the extra motivation we needed to go ahead and make the plunge.

So now we have to wait eight long months to become the actual owners. *sigh*


Friday Five - This Week

1. What was your most memorable moment from the last week? Other than the war coverage, it would probably be when my half-brother came to visit. I hadn't seen him in several years, and it was really nice to get together. We took him to one of our favorite hangouts on the water, had a few beers, and talked a lot. I'm glad he found me.

2. What one person touched your life this week? To be appreciated is one of the best things. I was raised to think and do so much for other people, that often I just do things for them and forget how nice it is to hear a "thank you". So if I had to pick one thank-you from this week, of course it would be from Sweet Dave.

3. How have you helped someone this week? I've been learning a lot about how I handle situations lately by watching someone else at work and giving advice to her. She's been put in some difficult situations at work and has come to me twice or more a day for help. It's always easy to give advice to people about how they handle or should handle situations and not follow it yourself. I've been surprised to learn that I actually handle the situations in the same way I suggest. A little refreshing I guess.

4. What one thing do you need to get done by this time next week? I've got two web pages that desperately need updating and Sweet Dave and I must plan for our trip to DC in a few weeks. Other than that, tennis, golf, a baby shower, a birthday dinner, possibly signing a contract on a house, and the rest of life.

5. What one thing will you do over the next seven days to make your world a better place? I will take my time reacting to stressful situations at work. Often work consumes me and I end up having an extremely bad day (or week, like this one). I'm also going to try my first mission. "In a time, where pictures are more and more used to manipulate, it is time to present the pictures that reveal how we are really feeling." I'm definitely up for something refreshing like that.



For those of you who can tear yourselves away from the television - watching all the war coverage - introducing, The Gulf War Drinking Game.

Drunk fun for everyone!



So do you think it's a bad thing when I feel like work is sucking the life out of me?

It's stealing my joy.



I know I don't usually post on weekends, but this one's special. Today my Sweet Dave turns 30. We've only been married about 6 months, but we were instantly connected within the first few weeks of meeting. I'm a very luck girl.


You are everything I've ever needed and everything I didn't know I needed until now. You are everything I've ever dreamed of. You create new dreams in me, and then make them come true. You are everything I've ever wanted. You are everything to me. My one wish is for us to be 1% as happy as we are now for the next 70 years.

I love you.

Happy Birthday, baby.


New Host

An all new low for game shows.
Friday Five - Ifs

1. If you had the chance to meet someone you've never met, from the past or present, who would it be? Probably my grandparents - my dad's parents. They had passed away before I was born, so I never got to meet them. My dad and his brother are so interesting and different, I would like to meet who created them.

2. If you had to live in a different century, past or future, which would it be? I do like living now, mostly because of the technology and I imagine if I went back knowing what I know now, I'd really miss it. So I guess I'd like to live in the next century - I think I'd be in awe of all the advances and changes.

3. If you had to move anywhere else on Earth, where would it be? Definitely Europe - Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden - I'm not sure where really. I don't know if I really could though, because I'd really miss my family.

4. If you had to be a fictional character, who would it be? Absolutely Charlie from Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory...so much candy...so little time.

5. If you had to live with having someone else's face as your own for the rest of your life, whose would it be? Let me just say first that I'm very happy with the face I have, but if I had to change, it would probably be Natalie Portman or Kirstin Dunst - I think they're both beautiful, but I would have to have their facial expressions and voice too.



So it's started apparently. Dave and I sat in front of the television last night waiting and watching for the breaking news. We've actually become quite glued to the television, waiting for that next exciting story. The news came last night of a "Target of Opportunity" and I was just hoping that it meant they'd gotten Hussein and it'd all be over in a matter of hours.

It was all oddly similar to Desert Storm to me. I sat glued to the television in my apartment with several of my friends. I was in college and didn't really understand the full impact of war. I trusted that it had to be done and we were doing the right thing.

What it meant to me then is completely different from what it means now. Possibly because I see more of an effect on the people around me, losing their loved ones and friends. I still trust that it has to be done and we are doing the right thing, I guess I'm just older and more realistic. And hopeful. And sad. And scared.



So it's that time of year again. Time to open your hearts and celebrate the bird. Yes, folks, it's National Poultry Day today.

Go send that loved one of yours an e-card.



Oh, and I almost forgot. Don't forget to go vote.

I think I said here that my mom and dad divorced when I was around 3. I don't remember them together at all. I did visit on the major holidays and sometimes for a week during the summer. I realize now how difficult that must have been for my dad to take off work and plan things for us when we visited.

This past weekend we visited because he was being inducted into a hall of fame for tennis. He's a phenomenal tennis player and it was neat to be there. The weird thing was the introduction. It really hit me hard how much I don't know my father.

In one 15-minute introduction, the guy said more about my father that I didn't know than I did.

It's hard being so far away and being an adult with my own pretty hectic life, but I feel like I should make more of an effort. I don't know, I guess one of us should start.


Friday Five - Phones

1. Do you like talking on the phone? Why or why not? Not really - I'd rather be talking to the person face to face. I enjoy the interaction plus it's usually the facial expressions and hand gestures that make a story.

2. Who is the last person you talked to on the phone? My brother - making plans for going out of town this weekend.

3. About how many telephones do you have at home? Just my cell phone - I don't have any regular phones. And I love it that way.

4. Have you encountered anyone who has really bad phone manners? What happened? Absolutely. Breathing too close to the phone, eating (loudly) while on the phone, and my personal peeve - talking to a live person and me on the phone at the same time - errrrrgh.

5. Would you rather pick up the phone and call someone or write them an e-mail or a letter? Why or why not? I perfer email over everything. It's fast. It's reliable. I have access to it all day. And who doesn't like to get email??



Do you ever feel sometimes like you're in a movie? Like the things that are happening to you can't possible be real - they're just too cooincidental and annoying they become funny?

Well it happened to me this morning, but it definitely wasn't funny. I'll preface this with the fact that I've had a pretty bad week.

It's 4:30am. I've been lying there awake for more than an hour. Not on purpose, I was trying to sleep.

First it was the dogs. So Dave lets them outside.

Then the birds started. The sun wasn't even up yet and they were happily chirping and whistling away.

So the pillow goes on my head.

Then police sirens go off.

So my arm goes on top of the pillow on my head to create some sort of feather suction thing. Whatever, it works.

Then the garbage truck starts making the rounds. Drive ten feet. Stop. Grab the garabage can. Lift it up to the top of the truck. Dump it, put it back down. Repeat.

At this point I'm laughing. Not a happy laugh. A crazy, scary laugh that not many people would appreciate.

So I get up and get to work before the sun is up. Your day just can't be good when it starts off like that.



Oh, and I almost forgot, it's Brain Awareness Week. Don't forget to be aware of your brain.

This months:

You will encounter a rabid miniature poodle this month while strolling in the park. The foamy little piece of fuzz will viciously attack you, transmitting its terminal neurological disease into your very own bloodstream! Thing is, you're too chicken to get the painful shots to cure it, so you'll have to learn to live with the humiliation of being an adult with rabies. So go buy a bib. Nobody wants to look at your drool-spattered Wal-Mart blouse.

That's it. No parks for me this month.


Friday Five - Lasts

1. What was the last song you heard? "You've Got a Crush" by The Donnas - currently in rotation with 300 other songs in Winamp so I can jam while I work.

2. What were the last two movies you saw? At the movies - "Jungle Book II" with my little sister and "About Schmidt" with Sweet Dave, my brother, and his wife. On DVD - "The Good Girl" (surprisingly dark and good) and "Full Frontal" (eh).

3. What were the last three things you purchased? Hmmm. We bought a ton of stuff from Michaels and Target this weekend. Just house stuff and stuff to help us get a little more organized. Oh, and a baby shower gift for my brother.

4. What four things do you need to do this weekend? Ha! Sweet Dave and I actually have a pretty long list of stuff to do this weekend. We're hosting several things at the house in the next six weeks and it's probably just time for a deep cleaning anyway. Other than that, I'm going to a carnival with my little sister and hopefully having some time to relax on Sunday since I didn't get much of that last weekend.

5. Who are the last five people you talked to? All from work - a person on our install team, my office mate, my two bosses, and Sweet Dave.



Haven't posted a Bushism in a while - figured it was about time.

"Now, we talked to Joan Hanover. She and her husband, George, were visiting with us. They are near retirement—retiring—in the process of retiring, meaning they're very smart, active, capable people who are retirement age and are retiring."—George W. Bush, Alexandria, Va., Feb. 12, 2003.

So I guess they're retiring?

It's that time again. Time for the Anti-Bloggies. Voting starts March 15.

Oh, and I'm a sponsor for the "Most Pet References" category.



One other distrubing thing that happened while traveling - I was grabbed. I'm not from a very large town, so I guess you could say I haven't been exposed to very many creepy people. I think I've traveled enough to be able to deal with difficult and dangerous situations, just haven't experienced the gammut of things yet I guess.

So it's about 5:30am and I'm surviving on about 4 hours sleep. I'm at the gas station getting gas, candy, and coke - the latter two just to keep me awake. I walk up to the line to pay for everything and this guy nicely (I thought) motions for me to go ahead of him since we entered the line at relatively the same time. Another cashier motions me over to the other register and I proceed to pay for my stuff. After grabbing everything I turn to walk out the door and head home. As I'm walking by the guy, he reaches over and grabs my ass. Not an "ooops, I just bumped into his hand grab", a full on thumb and fingers grab of my ass.

I was so creeped out at first I almost stopped and said some choice words. Then I decided to try to leave before he was done paying. Creep.



Remind me not to room with undergraduates next time I go to one of those conferences, please? Even though I think I'm young, I definitely cannot handle that. There. I said it.

Anyway, I had two very close calls this weekend while driving up to Atlanta. The second and less serious was only caused by the stupidity and supersize ego of some guy in a F150. I had rented a Neon for the weekend and had forgotten until this moment how safe I feel being in my SUV. I have this problem with people passing me on the right when they know damn well I'm right behind someone and we're both trying to pass someone else. We're going about 85, mind you, and this jerk (way nicer than what I called him at the time), decides to pass me on the right. Well he doesn't pass me, he just starts tailgating the guy we're trying to pass. Then, he proceeds to just move over into my lane, assuming I'm going to slam on my brakes and let him in. Not this cookie. Me and my little Neon stood tall and kept on chugging. He then sqeezed in behind me and must have been only 2 inches from my bumper. At one point I actually thought he was going to pass me in the median to the left. I finally got over into the right lane and let him race by. The best part, about 3 miles later, I saw him pulled over by the Highway Patrol. Ass.

The first and more scary of the two happened about 3 hours before that. I was only about 45 minutes out of town and had just been passed by a brand new Mustang followed closely by a Cavalier. They were probably going about 5 miles per hour or so faster than me. A few miles after they'd passed me I decided to catch up with them and go about the same speed. I don't use a radar detector, so usually I just stay with someone who's going close to the same speed as I am - I guess I've always heard you're more of a target if you're by yourself and speeding. Anyway, I'm speeding up and I can see the two cars in probably 100 yards in front of me attempting to pass a car on the right. There's a car in front of them, so they're just trying to sqeeze through. The first car gets through fine, then the second car starts losing control. They overcorrected twice and did a 360 in the middle of the road. Seeing that directly in front of you at 80 mph is a little sobering. They did end up in the ditch to the right of the road, upright and safe. I ended up driving by myself for the remainder of the trip.