Friday, 03 October 2003
Chaos Part Due

Less than 6 hours to go. Eeek! So the chaos continued after the last post. Work was completely insane. I found out some HUGE news before I left. Not sure yet how it will affect me. My friend's gift -- the one zoe puked on -- is doomed. All my attempts to fix it have been thwarted. I broke a leg off my suitcase before it even made it into my car. It's ok, just a little wobbly. And I have cramps. All that's left to do is rob go to the bank and eat something. Otherwise, I am all packed. I'm not scared yet today, mostly because I've been too busy getting my shit together. But I'm sure I will be real soon.

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Thursday, 02 October 2003
Chaos!!!

I feel like my life is in total disarray.

I am the only one in the office because everyone's either out sick or at a press conference.

The cat threw up on my present for my friend who's getting married at 4am last night. I could've redone the gift today, but because I'm a fucking moron I can't do it until I get to queens.

On top of being woken up by a vomiting cat, I got a terrible night's sleep because of nerves and because of nightmares of forgetting to bring my makeup to california.

Suddenly it hits me that with 2 playoff series and a recall election going on, it might be the perfect time for a terrorist act in california.

I'm completely freaking out about flying.

I was on the phone with my friend john last night -- who I just have to say I adore -- he tried to help me overcome my fear of crashing by making me run into a wall repeatedly and other silly stuff -- but while we were on the phone i got a beep but didn't answer, figuring it was my mom or amy. I did *69 and it was DB. But it was only 7:30pm and as far as i know he still works 11pm-9am shifts so I don't know what he was doing calling at that time. Anyway, he didn't call back again so now I guess I'll call him tonight at around the same time he called me. That's the consensus anyway of what i should do.

Ok, gotta get my ass back to work so I can leave soon. The stress!!!

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Wednesday, 01 October 2003
Short-timer

Only two days til Christine and I fly out to California. Woo hoo! Ok, now I feel a little nauseous. Mikey totally bailed on us. Juuuust kidding. Well, he did bail, but I suppose his reasons were worthy.

It looks like I'm actually going to get most everything done at work that I'm supposed to. Well, I dropped the ball on one thing, but what are you going to do. I started packing last night. Do you think seven pairs of shoes is excessive? I don't know how I'm going to lug all this stuff around. I think it's kinda cool that there will be 2 playoff series going on in town. Not the yanks of course, but still, 2 playoffs and a recall election all when I'm in town. I feel so special.

I lost my scorpio symbol stud earring yesterday somewhere in the office. That makes two of those I've lost. It's probably because I play with it constantly. **sigh** I love that earring.

Don't forget to watch the Smallville and Angel premieres tonight. I so don't have time to watch 2 hours of tv, but I guess I will clean and pack on commercial breaks.

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Tuesday, 30 September 2003
Tip of the Week 9.30.03

Do not intake large amounts of caffeine when your computer is running ridiculously slow. Bad things can happen.

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Sunday, 28 September 2003
Another Pleasant Valley Sunday

I'm in a surprisingly good mood today despite the fact that I've already lost this post once and that I'm at work, and have been for 4 hours, on a cold, rainy Sunday in the Northeast. I think it's because I've been so scared that he -- from this point forward to be called DB, my friends will know why ;) -- was married or something and now I know that he's the farthest thing from it and that makes me happy. I may not be with him, but at least no one else is either. So now I go start daydreaming about the next time we run into each other with a happily-ever-after type ending.

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Saturday, 27 September 2003
It Finally Happened

I ran into him last night. THE him. The him who inspired this and this and volumes of other really sappy, emotional junk. It's all so weird, in large part because it is exactly how I imagined it would be, minus the happily-ever-after part. We were at the bar I just knew we would be. The conversation we had was practically verbatim the imaginary one we'd had in my head a thousand times before. Either he's really predictable or I should start my own 900 number. But he looked older and smaller and not quite as unbearably gorgeous as he did two years ago. Not that he's not still beautiful, he is, but different now.

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Wednesday, 24 September 2003
Wednesday Wish 9.24.03

I wish...people wouldn't fling their car doors open right as I'm about to pass them on a narrow, busy road.

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It's Just One of Those Days

You ever have one of those days where you just feel you would've been better off staying in bed? That's me today, only I just shouldn't have come to work. If I wasn't about to take a week off I would've called in because it's so nice out. But today I'm the one driving like those idiots that almost kill people. I don't know what's wrong with me, but I'm seeing turning lanes where there are none and not paying attention when I back out of parking spots. Then I spilled coffee on my pants, but luckily I'm wearing my indestructable black pants today. I'm feeling that people are generally oblivious, inefficient and self-absorbed, so basically I'm pissy. I don't feel tired, but it's certainly possible that this is because I got to bed so late. I just wasn't tired last night and then I got sucked into The Ellen DeGeneres Show. I might've gone over the edge had it not been for my coworker who showed up at the office with her baby, right after I spilled the coffee.

UPDATE: I don't think I could be more of a spaz today. Turns out I did in fact spill coffee on my new shirt -- so new that the chiroprator had to tell me I still had the stupid tag on it. In addition to the coffee, my shirt was also blessed by some feta and hummus. What the hell is my malfunction today?

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Tuesday, 23 September 2003
Success!

A huge thank you to everyone who made a contribution to the Aids Walk. My final total was $220, $85 of that (I think) from my fellow bloggers. You guys rock! I have pics, but I haven't had a chance to get them off my camera yet. And yesterday I was the number one search result for 'albany aids walk' on google, but today I'm #2. I actually felt bad since I really shouldn't be the first site that comes up, but it is kinda funny.

The weekend with my parents was really good. On Saturday, my mom and I went and did some serious shopping. I am a happy camper -- I finally got some jeans. But I also got some other clothes and some jewels, I know what I'm getting my friend for her wedding, and I got a handbag for the wedding. It's an initial bag, but they didn't have any of my initials in the color I needed so I just bought an 'S' bag. If anyone asks, it stands for sexy ;) I suppose it could also be slutty, or stupid, or sleazy, or slimey, or ssssammy the sssssnake, but I'm going with sexy dammit.

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Friday, 19 September 2003
A Retraction or Two

Hurricanes are most definitely NOT good for curly hair. I don't know what I was thinking. Sure, the humidity is faboo. But the wind? No way. It's crazy I tell you. Crazy.

And the refreshed feeling I felt this morning is now long gone and has been replaced by sheer exhaustion. I could fall asleep right now if you gave me a pillow. It's the kind of tired that makes you feel dizzy and slightly ill. I don't know how I'll last even two hours tonight, especially if I have alcohol. Oi vey. Would it be wrong to leave work early to take a nap so that I will have the strength to party later?

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Friday Five 9.19.03

My kind of friday five...

1. Who is your favorite singer/musician? Why? David Grohl. I love his voice and his songwriting. You can just feel that there is real passion behind his music. But he's also a total goofball and I love that too.
2. What one singer/musician can you not stand? Why? Oh, but there are so many. Current ones I loathe are Creed, System of a Down, Avril Lavigne and last, but certainly not least, Evanescence.
3. If your favorite singer wasn't in the music business, do you think you would still like him/her as a person? Yes. See goofball above.
4. Have you been to any concerts? If yes, who put on the best show? Many -- here's the list. The best show I think was Bruce Springsteen.
5. What are your thoughts on downloading free music online vs. purchasing albums? Do you feel the RIAA is right in its pursuit to stop people from dowloading free music? Download away. I'm sorry, but downloading music is just a high tech version of recording songs from the radio and copying your friend's tape or record and no one seemed to care about that. It has in no way made me buy fewer cds and from what I can tell, no one else has stopped buying them either. The price being so high is what makes people buy so few cds, and when I do, it's usually at a used cd store. If I like an artist I will buy the real thing because I have to have the cd jacket and I would just rather have the actual cd. So the music industry should just follow the lead of Universal Music Group and lower their prices. The CEOs will survive just as well on $20 mil salaries as they would on $30 mil salaries.

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'Hurricanes Are Great for Curly Hair' and Other Profound Statements

Yes, it's a great hair day thanks to Isabel. Maybe I shouldn't joke about it since 10 people have died. Ok, sorry. It's seriously raining here right now, and last night when we were leaving the city, the wind was crazy and the waves were so choppy. And I was mesmerized by the clouds -- the sky was just covered with them and they were moving so quickly. It looked really cool going by the Empire State Building. I took some pictures this morning of the clouds rolling in but who knows when I'll get them off my camera. It's just amazing to think that something that's hundreds and hundreds of miles away is causing this. Bizarre.

Anyway, the board meeting and my presentation went just fine. Thanks for everyone's good luck messages. I feel much relieved. That might have something to do with the road beer, or it could be the good night's sleep. I still feel like I've got a cold coming on but I hope I can fight it. Mom and Dad are coming tomorrow and tonight I have to go out to support a coworker -- she won some promotion thing so she needs as many people as possible to go out to this bar. We get in free and get $2 drinks from 8-10pm. Then whoever (whomever?) has the most people wins a $50 beer tab. Count me in.

Last but not least, it's not too late to make a pledge for the Albany Aids Walk that I'll be participating in on Sunday. A huge thanks to everyone who's already pledged -- I'm up to $155! That's the most I've ever been able to raise and I haven't even hit my parents up yet. So thanks again! But if you haven't and want to, you have all day today and tomorrow ;)

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Thursday, 18 September 2003
Quickie

Just a quick entry before I am shuffled to NYC. I'm waiting for the printer to get here. We were here until almost 10pm last night and I got here just after 8am only to find out that they wanted to make one more change. Fun fun fun. I'm soooo tired and I feel like I'm fighting a cold. The good thing about working late yesterday was that I got to see keanu on the sharon osbourne show with his band becky, and getting up so early today I saw a spectacular sunrise.

In other news, apparently my not calling for 2 weeks is not enough of a hint for young hot boy who has now been elevated to young hot stalker boy. He's making it difficult to let go of his hotness.

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Wednesday, 17 September 2003
Wednesday Wish 9.17.03

I wish...that people understood the meaning of the word "deadline." Or at least realized that death is somehow involved if it isn't met or if you insist on asking me to help you with things completely unrelated to the task at hand.

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Tuesday, 16 September 2003
Hell Week

No, I'm not pledging, although it feels like it sometimes. It's 6:48pm 7:23pm and I'm still at work. I'm tired. I'm eating carrots and hummus. We have to get a major publication to the printer by COB tomorrow and there are still unfinished pages. I am totally willing to stay as late as I have to tonight so as to save myself a nervous breakdown tomorrow, but no one else seems to be. Then I'm supposed to give a presentation at a board meeting on Thursday only I have no idea what I'm supposed to be talking about.

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Slip Me Some Skin

Hello Brandon! Wowzer. After much blood, sweat and pain, and even though she didn't have to, Julie has not only worked her magic and given us the wonderful view we have here today, but thanks to her I have finally joined the ranks of the skinned. Yay! So go thank her and while you're at it, go get yourself some moxie.

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Monday, 15 September 2003
New York, New York

I'm still distracted by thoughts of hunks. Christine wrote some more about our night of debauchery here. Probably the funniest line of the night was when Montana boy asked me, in all seriousness, "Have you ever been out until 4am?" And I just looked at him and said, well yeah, and tonight will be another one. Apparently the bars close at 2:30am in Montana. I can certainly sympathize because in Albany, most places close at 2 or 3am. But it was just so cute. They were so amazed by New York.

My drive home got a little 'dicey' toward the end when extreme exhaustion set in. I started to get reeeeaaaally sleepy which led to some panicky type feelings. And then, like an act of God to save me from crashing, I get over this hill and there in front of me coming out of a mountain are two rainbows. They were so spectacular. I found a place to pull over and take some pictures, but I don't think any will really capture how amazing it was in person, especially that first view. Then I pulled over at an overlook to take some pics of the mountain views and there were two deer hangin out, munchin on some grass. And then further down there were another two rainbows. So in all, I saw four rainbows, 4 deer and some turkeys. It was quite the outdoors experience.

But talk about two extremes: NYC in all it's glory with dancing on bars, girls making out, bras for beads, strippers and partying until 4am, and upstate with mountains, wildlife and scenic views.

I really love New York.

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Sunday, 14 September 2003
I'll Never Look at a $1 Bill the Same Way Again

Wow. I think there should be a bachelorette party every weekend so I can keep going back to see these guys. I'm so in love with Rob and Anthony. I really didn't think I would like going to a male review show, but I have been reformed. Someone needs to take me for my birthday, christmas, my half birthday, the winter solstice, groundhog day, whatever, just take me. Please. And give me lots of $1 bills.

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Saturday, 13 September 2003
Whaddup Dawgs

I'm in da hood so for some reason I start tawking like dis. In just a couple of hours I'll be headed to the city for something, but I can't say what on the remote chance that the star of the evening reads this. She won't, but I better just be safe. She does know the night will most definitely involve drinking, dancing and dressing like hoochies. Ok, I'm not gonna dress too hoochie, but it's as hoochie as I get these days.

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Friday, 12 September 2003
Friday Five 9.12.03

So I lied, but what's one more post? And I just have to mention that I'm having a god-awful hair day.

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Random Stuff

I cannot believe John Ritter died. I saw that Johnny Cash died and thought well, he went out with a bang with the Hurt remake, but John Ritter? He's not old. He's Jack Tripper. He was on Buffy.

In the trivial-matters-of-life-department, the boy isn't quitting. He called at 1:30am. If this continues, I will have to answer the phone, if he calls when I'm awake, and ream him a new one.

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Tip of the Week

Do not let the pile of clothing you keep on the chair next to your bed become so overwhelming that when you finally clear it off you find a pair of pants you completely forgot you even owned and, as a result, have not worn since you went to Last Call With Carson Daly.

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Age is Just a Number..Right?

At first this made me feel nice and young, but then it just made me feel oh so old.

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Thursday, 11 September 2003
Downloaders Be Warned

So we all know by now that the music industry is starting to sue random people for downloading music off the internet. But according to this article:

In the most recent wave of investigations, the RIAA has used automated tools that look for a relatively short list of files. When it finds a person sharing one or more of those files, it downloads all or many of them for verification purposes. A complete list of these target files is not available, but a sampling of files cited in the early lawsuits includes the following artists and songs:

• Bobby McFerrin, "Don't Worry, Be Happy"
• Thompson Twins, "Hold Me Now"
• Eagles, "Hotel California"
• George Michael, "Kissing A Fool"
• Paula Abdul, "Knocked Out"
• Green Day, "Minority"
• UB40, "Red Red Wine"
• Ludacris "Area Codes"
• Marvin Gaye, "Sexual Healing"
• Avril Lavigne, "Complicated"

Ok, who the hell is downloading Don't Worry, Be Happy or the Thompson Twins? And who's even heard of that Paula Abdul song? Don't even get me started on Avril Lavigne. Anyone downloading these songs should be sued...

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Say Hello to an Old Friend

Depression.

Am I being dramatic? Perhaps. But I got kind of a jolt this morning, and I don't mean the good kind.

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