Tuesday, February 26, 2008


I was leaving my office last night when I heard a window open two or three stories up on the apartment building next to me. I glanced up momentarily but kept walking forward--and thank goodness I did! A moment later I heard a splat behind me and turned around to see beautiful cut tulips and baby's breath that had narrowly missed hitting me!


Monday, February 25, 2008

Note #2 to my boyfriend

Ways to endear yourself to your girlfriend...

insist that at next year's Oscars you'll get a sponsorship from McDonald's and feed all the starving actresses on the red carpet.

See note 1.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Warm gesture

Y and I were joining our friend BLB and her family for dinner two nights before her wedding, along with the newly arrived groom and his family. Her groom came through the door of her childhood home first, followed closely by his brother and parents. He made the necessary introductions first, then hurried over to where BLB was standing with us. He reached out and handed her a box of heating pads.

"I know how these help when you're stressed out, when your shoulders get tight, so I brought them for you."

She thanked him and leaned in for a kiss. Seeing his thoughtfulness, I had even more confidence that their marriage would work.

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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

1. Today it sounds like there is someone in heels pacing around in the office above mine.
2. This would be strange because it is a male electrical engineer who has that office.
3. I keep two fleece jackets and a cardigan in my office because it is always cold.
4. I've taken to using one of the jackets as a lap blanket under my desk.
5. I decide which jacket to use that way by deciding which looks more like the pants I'm wearing.
6. I would love a space heater, but we aren't allowed to have them. One of the women I worked with at my first job had a space heater--walking into her workspace was like visiting the tropics.
7. I'm having lunch today with one of my high school classmates—the one who planned this summer's reunion--so I made sure to dress extra cute.
8. When I was at the reunion, one of our classmates commented to me that she thought I should plan the next one.
9. She seemed drunk, so I just laughed and agreed.
10. The purpose of today's lunch is to get the files and basically be transitioned so I can organize the next one.
11. I think I'm a little crazy to agree to take this on, but I think I could do just as good a job, if not better.
12. I do have one friend who has already agreed to help and we have plans in place to get more help.
13. My friend and I also have a secret weapon—her dad has been part of his reunion committee for years for his class from our high school!

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Quote of the night

I get goosebumps:

"I want to thank all my friends and family, particularly my mother, who was born before women could vote, and is watching her daughter on this stage tonight."

-- Presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton, Super Tuesday night

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Quote for the day

Today AfricanKelli posted about a book that touched her, and I was immediately drawn in by the quotes she posted, including the one below:

"You could be all the traditional feminine things — a mother, a lover, a listener, a nurturer — and you could also be critically astute and radical and have a minority opinion that was profoundly moral. You could escape the fate of your mother, become who you were born to be, and succeed in the world without having to participate in traditionally male terms — without hardness, coldness, one-upmanship, without having to compete and come out the winner." -- From Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott

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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Watching the Super Bowl

Of course the topic of watching the Super Bowl was very big at breakfast last Friday. One of my coworkers said, "Yeah, I might just record it on my DVR and then watch it on fast forward. That way I can stop to watch any good plays."

"What about the commercials?" I asked.

"They haven't been very good in the last few years, although my finger always stops the fast forwarding whenever I see an attractive woman. I just can't help it!"

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