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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Personally Boundaries

There's an article on Yahoo about when to hug, and when not to hug co-workers. Personally I'm a very 'touchy feely' type person, but I have to say I draw the line at hugging co-workers. I may pat someone on the back, or something for a job well done, but I just don't see the need for hugging anyone that isn't in my 'personal space' as a rule. If you're hugging someone that you aren't intimate with personally I think you have over-stepped your bounds no matter where you are, work or otherwise.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

She's Back

It's been very 'blah' around here. At least for me. I don't know if any of you are affected by the change of seasons like that but I almost always am. The only seasonal change that does not have that affect on me is from Winter to Spring. That is a GREAT feeling, and I never get the blahs. Summer to Fall, Fall to Winter, and even Spring to Summer to a lesser extent always brings on the dooldrums. It passes. I feel much better today than I have all month. You can probably tell by my sporadic blogging that I haven't been up to speed just lately. I'm back. :)

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Almost Twenty Five Years And Still Going Strong

I lost my wedding ring a long time ago. In recent years I've been wearing my husband's. It doesn't fit him anymore, and unfortunately (size wise that is) it does fit me. However, now that I'm losing weight it's getting loose. Soon I won't be able to wear it without risking losing it along with the weight. Next year will mark our 25th anniversary! (And hopefully the end of my dieting journey, so I'll be a normal, for me, ring size again.) We have decided to check out wedding bands and get ourselves a new pair to commemorate the occasion. I mean, hey, 25 years is a big deal. Who knows if we'll be around in 25 more? Either way, I know we'll be together if we are. :) A new ring will really show off that commitment.

Where The Sun is Hot, and So Are The Horses

Some of the most beautiful scenery is in Arizona, at least if you're a sun-lover like me. Scottsdale real estate is amazing. I love Scottsdale because it's the site of one of my favorite shows every year, the Arabian World Championships. I don't own any Arabians, but my best friend does, so guess who gets to be her groom each time? Hey, it's one way to get a free trip to a state I love to be in, and see some of the world's most beautiful horses.

Discovering the Intranet

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Friday, September 21, 2007

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go for New Office Furniture

Bush furniture has some AMAZING office furniture. I'm trying to find a new desk set for my office to replace the anicient piece and mismatched arm, and cabinets I have now. I'm looking for something modernish yet with plenty of storage space and good setup for my computer system and all its components. There are a lot on the market but buying something you use as much as I use my desk means finding just the right match for personality and use, and equipment--I have A LOT of computer equipment and add-on components. Right now it takes up my entire desktop which makes for a really cramped working area. That's one of the main reasons for wanting a new set up. I'm kind of leaning toward the BUSH OFF 02 desk set. The 'Citizen' set is really clean and I like the lines, but it's not 'complicated' enough for me. I need something more along the lines of the 'Bush Off', or the 'Mission Pointe', although I do really like the Citizen's hutch....Hold the presses I just saw the Fairview Office Collection in Antique Black and Hansen Cherry Finish, ladies and gentlement I think we have a winner!

Techno Labeling

I was messing around taking pictures the other day and dropped my camera so I'm once again researching digital cameras. I loved my camera but that brand doesn't make the exact same camera anymore. Big surprise, right? It seems that technology is out-dated the moment you pass the cash at the register anymore. Mine was a few years old anyway, and that made it completely obsolete. It was a great camera though, and did the job proudly. Probably would have continued to for a long time had I not dropped it on the pavement outside. Deciding on something even as simple as a camera is painstaking for me. I am not a geek so I don't know everything there is to know about what makes a good camera, I only know if it takes good pictures after I've gotten in and had a chance to play with it, and it MUST be simple to use, because--again--I am not a geek. That's what I liked about my last camera. Simple, you had lots of settings to chose from but they were easy to understand: night, action, normal, and a few others I never used. In spite of that it was simple to use--point and click--that's my style, and managed to take great pictures in spite of the techno-moron that was using it. Technology should come with labels--moron safe. That would work for me!

Get Into The Thrill

I used to be very athletic, and involved in a great many sports from eventing on horseback, to barrel racing, to softball and basketball in school. I got away from that but am really trying to get back in the groove. You could say I'm single handedly reviving the workout DVD industry, and beginning to get back into various sports as well. When I get into a sport that means getting the gear necessary and it means shopping in places that carry specific items for that sport. If it's golf, which I've recently found a new affinity for I go to Callaway golf, for my horsie endeavors which I've never gotten out of, I go to more equine related sites. It only makes sense. Shopping at generic stores, or even 'all-around' sports places may get you some items of varying degrees of quality, but you won't necessarily get the items that will really fullfill your enjoyment of the game of your choice. Sometimes it's just a little thing, sometimes it's something really involved and complex, but in most cases those things aren't easily found at stores that aren't geared to a specific area. In my opinion it's one of the reason people try certain sports or exercises and give up, they never really experience the full thrill of that passtime.

Sorry Dear, You've Expired

I just read a headline that some German official thinks marriages should 'expire'. I can just see some husband rolling his wife over in bed and checking her forehead for an expiration date. How convienient if you've decided you don't want to hassle with the troubles of marriage, hey, sorry baby, you've expired! Marriages aren't a carton of sour cream, it's a dedicated effort to meet the demands of changing personalities, life stresses, and tragedies as well as joy together with someone you love. There really shouldn't be an expiration date on love.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

A Ringer

You know you're loosing weight when the wedding rings you had to have re-sized to fit when you gained the weight suddenly need to be tapped, wrapped, or whatever (in this case tape was all I had available) to keep from falling off. Nice, and yet at the same time, I feel like a sixteen-year-old wearing somebody else's high school ring that's two sizes too big. Remember those days? The big bulky yarn wrapped around the back of a school ring from your boyfriend? LOL I'll tell you though, these poor rings (engagement, and wedding) are sure getting a work-out through the years with the up-sizing, and down-sizing. Hopefully this will be the last of it.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Defending Britney

I'm not used to being put in a position to defend the likes of Britney Spears. All the junk this last week however, that's being spewed about her appearance on the MTV awards show is just crazy. Granted she's no role model, or even model citizen, but fat? Goodness gracious how should that make women like ME feel? I'm working my butt off to lose weight and get fit but if THAT'S America's view of FAT then I may as well just toss in the towel. As for her lack-luster dancing, okay, hey, it happens. Apparently her 'planned' routine was nixed at the last minute and she had to throw something together she was obviously uncomfortable with. I've read some remarks that her 'handlers' shouldn't have let her go on... oh sure, that wouldn't have made headlines everywhere with words like 'diva', 'undependable', etc, etc... She was damned if she did, and damned if she didn't, but overall it was a fiasco that didn't really happen. How dare anyone call that woman fat, or even talk about her bad performance, I dare anyone that says that to get up on stage in front of a television audience of millions and do anything at all.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Judging Your Routes

I have often used online map sources to plan out my trips and get to where I'm going with no hassle, but this is even better. With traffic report you get in the moment information when you need it most to decide on which routes to take, and how to get where you're going with the least amount of effort and distress. I sure could have used that on the occassions when I've taken a planned route only to find out a bridge was closed as happened on our Iowa trip. What a pain that was and then we had no way to be sure of our 'alternate route' either. With traffic report you can get information on your PC, or even your iphone.

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Home Shopping

Finding discount furniture stores online is easier than you might think, I prefer buying everything online and having it shipped to me. It saves all the hassle of driving to the store and hoping they have something that I'll like in stock. Everything's 'in stock' online. I've found the selections so much better too at places like and others. I'm not limited to the space a physical store has in regards to what it carries, or even local 'tastes'. You can usually find much better deals too, and having it delivered right to you is about the simplest way of shopping I can think of.

Blinded By The Light

I received my new blinds on Thursday and oh man are they beautiful! I love the way they look. The wood blinds and Faux wood blinds, which is what I ordered, from Blinds Chalet look magnificient! I love the molding that they come with too that goes across the top of the blinds to hide the mechanism that most blinds just leave out there for everyone to see. It creates an elegant image and the perfect finishing touch. They were so easy to install too! I love the look of the faux wood blinds too. They're 'warmer' than the standard aluminum, or pvc type blinds, and a much thicker and wider slat that gives them plenty of substance. I've waited a long time, and searched a lot of places for the perfect set of blinds to put in my living room window, and I'm so glad I didn't settle for anything less than the fantastic selection and quality of Blinds Chalet window blinds. They had so many styles and options to choose from it was incredibly difficult to settle on just one type. I'm already thinking about which of their styles would look best in my family room to replace the standard aluminum blinds in there. Best of all, with our new living room blinds, we're no longer blinded by the southern exposure that would come through that window if the shades weren't completely drawn. Now we can chose what level of light comes in without it being all or nothing. Now I'm just blinded by their beauty!

Friday, September 07, 2007

Get In The Game

It only makes sense that if you are going to actually 'get in the game' and play the sports you love to watch, you look the part. Looking the part is important because the gear worn wether it's football, tennis, golf, or swimming developed the way it did for a purpose. So getting the top of the line golf apparel ladies wear if you're a female playing golf, or the best shoulder pads if you're going to play football is as important as how you prepare to get in the game, or how you tone up your body to meet the physical challenges of your favorite sport.

Into The Game

Sports aren't something I get into in a big way, but my husband, and many of my friends, even women, really do love watching the games on TV whether it's Tennessee football, Chicago basketball, horse racing, or even tennis, there are few exceptions to the devotion... maybe golf, but that's just in my circle, obviously even that has a great following who will watch every stroke on the tube. They'll watch the replays, the commentaries, and endless shows disecting every moment of each game for hours. Somehow it makes them feel like they have an interest in the athletes themselves, or even a place in that life. I guess I can understand that.

One of Those Days

There are days that just end up being an emotional wasteland. Days like today are ones you know you would have been better off never getting out of bed because nothing is going right. You can't force it to go right, you can't do anything and it makes you feel so powerless... and it's only 10:39 in the morning. Okay, one good thing just happened, I saw a payment come in through my email notification for a job invoice. That doesn't quite negate all the 'wrong' things this morning already, but maybe it is an indication that the day isn't going to be a total wash.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

I Need To Go To Vegas

I have always wanted to travel to Las Vegas. My husband was there once. It was a medical conference, and the kids were still at home, and therefore, so was I. When he came back he was full of tales of the magnificient Las Vegas Hotels and casinos. The fabulous nightlife, and the glitter and lights not to mention the great shows.

Everytime we talk about taking a vacation I mention Las Vegas. I want to stay in one of the beautiful, luxurious Las Vegas Hotels, and eat at the terrific restaurants, see the shows, especially one of the impersonator shows, they always look so cool on TV. I want to gamble--just a little mind you, but I want to do it just to say I have. I don't expect to win, I know I won't. I just want to play.

That's what's so great about Las Vegas I think. It's a big people playground. You can't possibly run out of things to do, and you can do it twenty-four hours a day. When you're tired you crash in the Las Vegas Hotels, and then get up and start all over again. I need a vacation, and I need to go to Vegas!