Tuesday, July 31, 2007
You're told at work that you have to donate a certain amount of money for your company's CFO's retirement party. Is it optional? Not really because your immediate supervisor tells you that if you don't put up your share of the dough that you'll have to go and see the CEO to explain why you're such a cheapskate which could result in A.) A demotion B.)Getting fired C.) Public humiliation or D.)Any combination of the above.
Should this "donation" be considered necessary for company morale and for showing appreciation for the retiring CFO or is this extortion? What would you do in a similar situation? And the amount of the donation is not a factor. You can afford it.
Monday, July 30, 2007
That's the link to view pictures from our trip. I titled all of the pictures but feel free to ask questions about any of them. I also created 3 slide shows, Saturday, Sunday 1, and Sunday 2 which show the pictures in the order that I actually took them.
Friday: We didn't end up getting on the road until 5. C had a meeting at work that ran over and then there was a fire in his shop. No damage and nobody was hurt, it just caused a delay. So, we didn't get to Virginia Beach until 8 and we just stayed at the hotel and visited with C's mom.
Saturday: C, the girls, me, C's mom, her husband, his son and wife, and his daughter all went out for breakfast. Then, we went our separate ways until it was time to go to the reunion. C, the girls and I headed to downtown Norfolk. First stop, we went to the Naval Station Norfolk and checked out all the big ships. They are so awe-inspiring. The base was cool too. It's the largest naval base in the world. And gas on station was only $2.61!! Next, we went to the Nauticus and toured the USS Wisconsin. What's really cool is that a friend of the family actually served on the Wisconsin during Desert Storm. It was neat knowing that we knew someone who had served on the ship we were on too. There's a lot to see at the Nauticus so by the time we were done, it was time to go to the reunion. The reunion was actually for C's step-dad's family and we had never met any of them before. They were nice and a lot less crazy than our own families. After the reunion, we went to Virginia Beach, the actual beach. That's a happening place. We had a lot of fun at the beach even though we didn't swim. It's definitely a party type of beach.
Sunday: C's mom and her group left bright and early for the 9 hour drive back to Ohio. We stayed and drove out to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. That was soooo cool! We had watched on the History Channel or some channel about how it was built so it was neat to actually get to drive on it. It's one of the seven engineering wonders of the modern world ya know. And the Chesapeake Bay is just beautiful. Next, we drove to Fort Story to see the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse. All four of us were set to climb it until S saw the spiral staircase she'd have to climb to get to the top. M and I were the only ones that went up. C sat with S at the bottom, lol. It was HOT yesterday and inside that old lighthouse was awful. By the time M and I got to the top, I was ready to die. Awesome views though. My legs are so sore today I can barely walk, lol. After that, we drove back to the base, grabbed lunch in their humongous NEX (that's the Navy Exchange for you civilians), and filled up the gas tank with cheap gas.
Home: I was really looking forward to getting back home. It had been a long weekend with no downtime and we were all pretty tired. And as I had cleaned the house spotless before we left, I couldn't wait to sit in the peace, quiet, and comfort of my own house. Alas! It was not to be. We walked in to a complete and total mess. The dogs had not behaved themselves while we were gone. You remember that sofa that we had agonized over buying when we first moved here? Well, it now has a hole chewed in it. I had a wicker basket that I kept all of our game controllers in...Chewed to bits and spread all over the living room and kitchen. Pee? Everywhere. Smells?? BAAAAAD!!! It was horrible. Thankfully, we had gated them into just the living room and kitchen, I rolled up the rug and put it down the hallway, we took all the furniture cushions and put them in the dining room, and I put all of our books up onto a high shelf. Lesson? Learned. Next time we go somewhere, they either have to go and stay with someone or someone's going to have to come and stay with them. Having someone come a couple times a day to let them out and feed them isn't enough. I cleaned and mopped everything but there's a pee smell that's lingering and I can't figure out where it's coming from. I HATE smells in my house.
Conclusion: Despite my idiot dogs and a rough start, it was a fabulous weekend. Norfolk and Virginia Beach is a lot of fun. We're already making plans to go back. There's so much history and so many things to see and do there that we only got to see a fraction of it all. Next time we plan on going to Busch Gardens since we get in for free, Colonial Williamsburg, Washington's birthplace and a whole host of other things. It's only a three hour drive and we can stay pretty cheap on one of the many bases in the area.
So, there ya go. I'm going to post pictures later. I have a LOT and I'm trying to figure out the best way of sharing them.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Hugs and kisses.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
I'm not an eBay person by any means. I've never purchased anything from eBay (not that there's anything wrong with it) and have only sold one item there about 6 years ago. It was a car stereo in case you were wondering. Anyway, I currently have one certain item for sale right now on eBay that I listed yesterday. From the responses that I have gotten in the less than 24 hours it has been listed, I can tell things have changed. I've gotten four "ask a question" e-mails and as far as I can tell, they're all frauds. The first time I used eBay, I remember that I didn't get one fraudulent request the entire time we had the stereo up for sale. I'm seriously regretting using eBay at all and this will be the last time. Lesson learned. Sheesh.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Far more interesting though, we also saw our neighborhood firefighters out conducting some training. My, my, my. Talk about some good looking eye candy. It was clear to see why entire calendars are devoted to our nation's firefighters.
With all that to see on a routine drive a mere 5 minutes from my house, I betcha wished you lived in my town.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
"That’s well and good, however, I think you’re gifted at completing
assignments like these quickly without a sufficient look into updated and useful
sources with specific data and findings."
For now, I'm off to look up some info on minimum wage. Did you know that five states in the U.S. don't have a minimum wage law? Can you guess which five they are without Googling it?
Monday, July 23, 2007
Last week, I had to write a short story for my creative writing class. I agonized over it the entire week. I just could not come up with a topic. Last night, with four hours before my due date, I finally was able to write my story. It was about a boy who spends a week with his grandma. At the end, I reveal that the boy is actually a dog. Cutesy, I know, but I was completely stumped. C thought it was good though, lol.
This week, I have to get all of my work done and the house cleaned spotless by Friday because we're going to Virginia Beach!! I'm so excited, I've never been there before. It's for a family reunion and our hotel room is being paid for by the family. Can't beat that with a stick. We're also excited to be taking the new car on a road trip. Woot woot! I'm glad that I started re-reading my Harry Potters because I'll have something to read on the way up.
So, I'm off to get something productive done. It's after 11 already and I'm still in my pj's, lmao. I'm lazy, I know.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
I have been debating on what I want to say about the book. Do I want to give a full review? Do I want to give away the ending? I already said that I'd be disappointed if Harry dies in the end so if I say I liked the book, people will figure he lived and if I say I hated it, people will figure that he died. SO! This post will contain spoilers. You've been warned. Read at your own risk.
Alright. Here we go.
The last book lived up to most of my expectations. Most of them. I was a bit disappointed that so little of the book took place at Hogwarts. I thought that it was sad that this would be our last chance to see Harry and the gang at school and only a few chapters took place there and it was all battle scenes.
Disappointment #2: I thought having Ron go off in an angry huff was a bit repetitive. Ron's mad at Harry, Ron loves Harry, Ron's mad at Harry, Ron loves Harry, etc. Been there, done that.
That was pretty much all that I didn't like about the book. I LOVED!!! the rest. Lots of action, some snogging, loyal friends, heart-wrenching partings, it was great. We all know Rowling isn't afraid to kill of characters, however, it was still incredibly sad that Fred, Lupin, Tonks, and Mad Eye had to die. Especially the newlyweds when they had just had a baby.
I also thought that it was great of Rowling to include an epilogue. It may be predictable, but I like a happy ending and I like for loose ends to be neatly tied off. I can't believe the series is finished. I feel like I said goodbye to some good friends. It was one hell of a ride.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
In my opinion, when you are looking at houses, you should see the potential of what you can and want do with it. Unless you're having a house built, you're going to have a really hard time finding a house that is 100% what you're looking for. The house we're in now is just a rental but I still look around it and think of the changes I would make if I were to ever buy it. I wouldn't because it needs too much work, but you get my point. Have VISION!! people.
Friday, July 20, 2007
- Men bond and women gossip. Over the years, C has been with quite a few different units but one thing remains the same: Men gossip just as much as women do, if not more so. They just call it bonding. I call it what it is: gossiping. Why must men get away with labeling it with a more positive word and women get to be called names? Let's all be honest.
- If a man finds out that his buddy's wife is cheating on him, he will feel obligated to tell his buddy that he's with a cheating whore. If the same man finds out that his buddy is cheating on his wife, they'll keep it to themselves not wanting to "get involved" in someone else's private matters or they'll be thinking, "You dog!!" Personally as a woman, I have never been able to figure out what is the right thing to do in this situation.
- A woman being a stay at home mom is more socially acceptable than a man being a stay at home dad. If a man stays at home with his kids while his wife works, he is looked at as being a wimp, possibly a homosexual, OR he's just a deadbeat who'd rather sit on his ass than work.
I know there's more out there, but this is my list for now.
What's my point? No matter how "evolved" we think we are, we still have ideals of what the role of a man and a woman should be. I'm definitely not exempt from this. I get irritated that I'm the typical housewife and mother that is expected to cook, clean, and take care of the kids and that's it. At the same time, I expect my husband to mow the lawn and take out the trash. It's a double standard. I admit it. I have no solution.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Okay, love him or loathe him, you’d have to live under a rock not to know that J.K. Rowling’s final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, comes out on Saturday… Are you going to read it?
Definitely. I've had my copy pre-ordered from the first day that it was available to do so. It should arrive bright and early Saturday morning right to my hot little hand.
If so, right away? Or just, you know, eventually, when you get around to it? Are you attending any of the midnight parties?
Yeah, I'll be cracking it open right away. I have absolutely no patience. I'm not attending any midnight parties. Maybe if I was 12 or 13 or had kids that age that wanted to go.
If you’re not going to read it, why not?
Like I said, I plan on reading it Saturday.
And, for the record… what do you think? Will Harry survive the series? What are you most looking forward to?
I think Harry is going to survive the last adventure. Yeah, Rowling isn't afraid of killing off characters, even important ones, but I don't see her killing off Harry. I'll be incredibly disappointed with the entire series if she does. Endings mean everything to me. What I'm most looking forward to is seeing all the reactions to the ending of the 6th book. (I don't want to give anything away in case there are people reading this who haven't read the books.)
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
As for Army Wives (I had to check it out just to see if it was as bad as I thought it would be), that show is so way off base that I barely made it through one episode. A Colonel's wife and a Private's wife being friends...yeah right. And if that really ever did happen in real life, I can just about guarantee that the husband's were uncomfortable with it. It's sad, it's un-pc, and it's out of the stone ages, but it just doesn't happen. In VT, I showed up at a family function with C's NCOIC's wife (his boss) who is the same rank as C and we caught flack for that. Not that it stopped us from being friends, lol. But, whatever.
Next, I'm going to try out another Lifetime show called State of Mind because I like Lili Taylor. I liked her in The Haunting, even though I didn't like the movie, Mad About You, and especially in Ransom. As a result, I'm giving this show a shot just because of her. I have it DVR'd for tonight, so I'll keep you posted.
Monday, July 16, 2007
I do have some bad news though. It seems that Vermont has had a lasting and negative effect on me. Due to my high blood pressure woes for the three years that we lived there, the blood vessels in my eyes have narrowed which could lead to bleeding and blindness. Nifty, eh? So, I have to figure out who in the hell is my primary doc so that I can have my blood pressure monitored and possibly go on meds. Yes, I hate meds, I resist them, they scare me, but I'd rather take them than be blind.
On the agenda for the rest of the day...I have to pick M up from her summer day camp deal at noon. Then, I have to drive back to the car dealer to take care of a thing. NOT looking forward to that. I'm not in the mood to go clear to Jacksonville today.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
This might seem sort of sudden, right? I never mentioned that we were planning on getting a new car. Well, we had actually been talking about it for months but trading in the 4Runner was really hard to do. Deciding to go shopping yesterday was spur of the moment though. See. We have a plan. It's a three year plan that we have put into place with the idea that C is not going to reenlist in 10/09 but will be extending his contract instead until the summer of 2010 and then getting out altogether. Why would he not reenlist after putting in 12 years and only being 8 away from retiring? That is a very long and convoluted story that nobody would understand unless you were in our situation and I'm not trying to justify why we have come to this decision. And besides, things could change in 3 years.
Back to the plan. We are going on the assumption that C is getting out of the Marine Corps in 2010, he will have his paralegal certificate by January, 2010, and I will have my bachelor's by the end of the summer semester of '09, and we will be selling our house in Vermont by no later than November of '08. With all this in mind, we have written out what I am calling the "__Family Manifesto". This plan, or manifesto if you will, is a written document detailing how we will be completely debt free (minus my student loans) by the end of the next three years and will be able to survive on our own without the Marine Corps breathing down our necks.
I have hesitated blogging about our plan because once the cat is out of the bag, you sorta have to live up to it and I don't want to end up eating my words. But in the end, I figure that the more people that know, the more it will motivate us to stick to our plan, accept the sacrifices that we will have to make for three years (bye bye, 4Runner :( ), and eventually come out on top.
So, we welcome the newest member of our family, the Rav 4. It's a purty car, it's good on gas, and it has more storage than the 4Runner did. It also has a better stereo system than the 4Runner did, go figure. The bad thing? And the ironic thing? The first full day that we had it (today), C got a speeding ticket on base. Stinking Cpl. Whoever. May your bad juju get you.
We also welcome the next three years filled of small sacrifices. No eating out, no unnecessary spending which means no new gadgets :( , no extravagant trips or outings. But it's all for the greater good.
Check back later.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Today's Meme courtesy of Booking Through Thursday:
1. In your opinion, what is the best translation of a book to a movie?
Lord of the Rings or Silence of the Lambs.
2. The worst?
3. Had you read the book before seeing the movie, and did that make a difference?
I had read Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter before I saw the movie but not Silence of the Lambs. I definitely think it makes a difference in my opinion. If I've read the book first, I invariably hate the movie. Where Harry Potter is concerned, the books are too long and there is not enough time allotted in the movies to do the books justice. Too much that I consider important to the plot is cut out. With Lord of the Rings, I hated that they developed Liv Tyler's character when she was only mentioned on few pages out of all three books in the entire trilogy. That being said, the action, special effects, and acting in the movie was superb enough to make up for what had to be left out.
The wet weather and high humidity brought the mosquitoes out in full force. I was bitten on the bottom of my foot today, of all places, and it hurt like a SOB let me tell ya. I've never been bitten on the sole of my foot before and I hope it never happens again. It felt almost like a bee sting.
Our weather is mild compared to what some of our friends are getting ready to go through. There's a typhoon (hurricane for us Americans) headed straight for Japan. Right now it has winds of 145 mph. I'm sending good thoughts their way but I'm worried for them.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
I'm coming to realize that I rely on non-traditional means of communication too much. How did I come to this realization? Yesterday was my sister's birthday. I wished her a happy birthday by leaving a MySpace comment, lmfao!!! How retarded is that? Especially since she hasn't even logged on to her page since 7/8. The very worst thing is that I don't feel all that bad about it. A pretty, glittery graphic of a half-dressed man is better than an obligatory phone call in my opinion. Think about it. I had to 1.)Perform a search. 2.)Find a website with graphics. 3.)Pick out the perfect graphic to convey my message. 4.)Copy and paste the code to her comment page. A phone call consists of pressing speed dial 5. Big deal. A phone call doesn't glitter and flash, now does it? Nope. And the graphic was to the point without going off on another tangent as would a phone conversation. I would have inevitably ended up talking about myself and what I was up to at some point after we finished talking about what she did for her birthday and what gifts she received.
So in conclusion...Yes, I use non-traditional means of communication, BUT, it's from the heart and I put more effort into it than I would a phone call so it should count for more. That's my opinion and I'm always right.
Monday, July 09, 2007
On another subject...
Remember the post about my creative nonfiction piece that I had to write and have peer reviewed? Well, I got my reviews back this morning. It took me ten minutes just to work up the nerve to read them. And it turns out that I had four peer reviews instead of two. Not sure what happened there. We're only supposed to have to review two papers but whatever. My reviewers were very kind. The only suggestions that they made were to describe a couple scenes differently but not about the content. I still feel horribly exposed. I hate that strangers have read something that was so personal to me. I had just better get an A on my finished paper, lol. Suffice it to say, it will NOT be posted here. Sorry.
Sunday, July 08, 2007
1 hour and 10 minutes left of the day. Nothing bad can happen in that little bit of time right??
Today sucked royal monkey butt. Nuff said. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that tomorrow will be better even though I'm already dreading it.
Saturday, July 07, 2007
M's birthday went really well. She and her friend had a good time last night and she liked all of her presents. Today at the beach was kinda blah. There have been storms in the area so there was a yellow flag up today and it was definitely warranted. The surf was very rough. We only stayed about 2 1/2 hours.
On another note, C and are taking tentative steps to selling the house in VT. It's a long, boring, and complicated story that promises to have many plot twists but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the process won't be too painful. The ball, for the moment, is in our renter's court so all we can do now is sit and wait to see what she says.
Tomorrow is going to be full of the homework that I put off during the week. I suck.
Friday, July 06, 2007
Last night, M had the dubious honor of helping me get a frog out of the house, lol. I have no idea how frogs and lizards keep getting into the house. We keep all the doors and windows shut because of the a/c. I think it's just one of those mysteries of living in the south. Or a hazard of living in a 30 year old house.
Now I'm off to do some house work followed by school work. Fun day for me.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
On the way back home, they had cleaned up the scene by then and you could see how the car had completely mangled a chain link fence and the tree is badly scarred. With uncanny timing, we had tuned in to 105.5 on the radio and the dj was talking about the accident. He had actually seen the whole thing happen in front of him. According to this guy, the red car passed him and then proceeded to drive erratically for a bit before losing control and hitting the tree. He said that he called 911 and then continued on his way. WTHOLYF is that?!?! You are a witness to a very bad accident, you don't stop to see if there's anything you can do for the victims, and you don't stop to give a report to the police??? Where is your humanity? Was he in such a hurry so that he could be the first person to report it over the radio?? GEEZ!! Is it any wonder that I hate people? People suck!
Leaving was an adventure. When we got there, it was really early and there weren't a lot of people there yet. When we left, there were droves of people trying to get out of the park all at once. It was crazy. A lot of the downtown streets were turned into one way street parking lots which is where we parked. It took us an hour to get home for what is normally a 10 minute drive, lol. It was all good though. We got to see this idiot minivan about get turned into a pancake by a huge truck about twice its size by cutting him off. Fun times.
Anyway, we're off to Greenville. Gotta do some birthday shopping for M and get dog food.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Blah, blah, blah, the rest of the day happened.
Then it came time to make dinner. A lot of time, effort, money, and chopping went into last night's dinner. And it made A LOT. Everything was done and I had just taken the lid off of the rice to make sure it was ready when BAM! The lid exploded in my hand. Glass flew everywhere. In the food, all over the counters, the floor, and all over me. I was left standing there in complete shock and with my ears ringing holding the handle (the only part left in one piece) to the pot lid. I couldn't freaking believe it. What a mess and we had to dump a freak-ton of food in the garbage. C and I sorta were just looking at each other like, "Now what?" We ended up getting some Chinese take out which was mediocre at best. I was going to take a picture of the carnage to post here but I decided I didn't need to preserve the moment with a picture. It sucked bad enough.
Dinner was such a disappointment that we laid low for the rest of the night which is why I didn't blog yesterday.
Oh. And Happy Fourth of July. I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday. We're hitting Union Point Park in New Bern for fireworks. It's the first time we've gone to see a display since we lived in Cali. Long time.
Monday, July 02, 2007
Instructions: Remove the blog in the top spot from the following list and bump everyone up one place. Then add your blog to the bottom.
1. The Urban Recluse
2. No Smoking in the Skullcave
3. Electronic Cerebrectomy
4. A Result of Destiny
5. Kingdom of Blogginshire
What were you doing ten years ago?
Let's see. July 1997. M just turned a year old and we were getting ready for C to go off to boot camp.
What were you doing one year ago?
Suffering in Vermont.
Five snacks you enjoy.
1. Chips of any kind.
2. Fruit of any kind.
3. Caramel Corn Rice Snacks
Five songs to which you know all the lyrics.
(I tried to pick a wide variety, lol.)
1. Walk This Way by Aerosmith
2. Karma by Alicia Keys
3. I Alone by Live
4. Santa Monica by Everclear
5. London Bridge by Fergie
Five things you would do if you were a millionaire.
1. Pay off all our debt.
2. Donate to a charity or two.
3. Buy my dad a house.
4. Start up a business.
5. Invest whatever is leftover.
Five things you like doing.
3. Hang with friends.
4. Go hiking.
5. Lay out at the beach.
Five things you would never wear again.
1. Stirrup pants.
2. Velcro shoes.
3. Those leggings with the lacy cuffs.
5. Anything with teal green in it.
Now I'm supposed to tag five people but I have no idea who I would tag. So, Jennifer S. and Dana, you're it. Oh, andI know funner isn't a word. Sheesh.
I'm not sure if I'm going to follow up on this once I get my reviews back. I suppose it'll all depend on how I feel about my reviews. Ugh.