Tuesday, April 22, 2008

So Tired

Supposedly (HA), when I got promoted, I was going to get help so that I wouldn't have to answer phones anymore (for the most part, I knew it would still happen, no biggie) nor would I have to do a lot of the 'little' things that took up so much of my time before.

Yeah. Right. WhatTheFrakEver.

There are SO MANY little things that our new receptionist can and SHOULD be taking care of. However, I have been informed that she was ONLY hired to answer the phones and I was to continue doing ALL I was doing before PLUS my new duties. HUH? Why? The poor girl is going to get BORED and QUIT! Not only that, but do I really have the time to be handling some of this dumb stuff? And what's worse is all this, "Show her how to" or "Maybe train her to" and so much of this is common freaking sense! GO TELL HER YOURSELF! If she has a question, she WILL come ask me, she's VERY good about that! She's very young, but she's far from stupid. I just don't get why I need to be the middle man when it's so much easier (and efficient!!) to go straight to her yourself.

I am just so frustrated right now that I can't stand it. And heaven forbid I joke about anything around here. Seems like everyone has lost their damn sense of humor suddenly.

~Your Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired Crazy Lady

Thursday, April 17, 2008

*Gags Audibly*

Okay, so I forego my usual lunchtime walk today since it's windy and I've developed a sore throat (thanks to the wind, most likely). I decide on Quizno's for lunch and a stop at Starbucks for a tea after. I get my sandwich and head next door, eagerly anticipating an iced green tea for my poor aching throat. I talk with the baristas, order my drink and wait for it. Once it's in my hands, I take a big gulp, expecting a cold, crisp swallow of tea. Instead, I find myself fighting to not spit it on the carpet.

THEY SWEETENED MY TEA!

Now, I know that there are a LOT of people out there who DO like sweet tea, but I am not one of them. I haven't used sugar in my tea for close to twenty-five years. I won't go into the reasons behind it, but it wasn't pleasant. The barista sees my face and asks what was wrong. I explain and she gladly fixes it for me. Normally, they ask, but not this time. While I'm waiting, the nice young man who'd originally helped me asked if I'd forgotten something. I said no and explained why I was still there.

Here's the kicker: he told me they are no longer ALLOWED to ask if you want your tea sweetened. And, if you don't ask for it unsweetened, you get sugar. WTF? He also told me that there had been complaints that the baristas were asking too many questions. So, no more "Do you want that hot or iced?" or any other similar questions that may lead to you actually GETTING YOUR DRINK THE WAY YOU WANT IT. Now, I KNOW how to order my drink: iced double venti nonfat mocha/caramel syrup latte (depending on my mood), so that's not a big deal. But I had no idea the tea defaulted to sweet… I feel for the first-timers going into a Starbucks these days.

My biggest concern is the amount of waste this is going to cause. I mean, really. People ordering something new might forget a step in the process. Or for those of us who didn't grow up in the South, who'd expect their tea to be sweet? During my trip to Texas, I didn't order tea to drink for that reason alone. I knew that most likely it'd be sweetened (and that I'd probably get looked at all crazy-like if I asked for unsweet tea lol). And what about those who always drink iced, or live in a hot climate and think it's crazy to drink hot coffee when it's 115º outside? I know that Starbucks automatically defaults to a hot drink if you don't specify. And if they're not allowed to ask any more?

I know, it's not that big of a deal, but come on people! They NEED to ask questions to make sure you are getting what you want. Can you imagine how much money they're going to lose by dumping out drinks? I guess that's why I default to Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. All I have to do is smile at the cute little boy behind the counter and he makes my drink. J

~Your Desert-Living Friend Who DOESN'T LIKE SWEET TEA!

(lol)

..:TCL:..

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Wowzers…

It's been officially a year since Rory came to live with Blake & Ali. Can ya believe it? Do you care? ROFL The thing that surprises me the most is that, come July, I'll have been working on this soap opera for two years. TWO YEARS! And what do I have to show for it? Aside from a lot less storage space? Not much. But that's okay. I've still got Blake, right? <insert evil laughter here>

But anyway, it's cool for me to see that I can still find some sort of storyline after almost two years. I was always amazed at authors who could just continue on with a handful of characters and still make you want to read them. My favorite of these is R. A. Salvatore. I fell in love with Drizzt Do'Urden nearly fifteen years. I started reading the novels in or around 1993, although the first was published back in 1988. What can I say? I was 14 at the time, and my reading material was closely watched by my furk of a stepfather. *sighs* But anyway, each and every novel that man puts out, be it set in Icewind Dale, Dundalis, or wherever.

I think I'm babbling, but then, what else is new? When it comes to Drizzt and Elbryan, I can go on forever. And I often do. Hmm… I have an idea… *reaches for her Legend of the Drow graphic novel omnibus*

Later - TCL

Monday, April 14, 2008

Trivial Trivia and Today’s Song

Leave it to me to come up with something like trivial trivia… but seriously, today is Greg Maddux's birthday, lovingly referred to as Pinstripe by my best friend and I. Later, he became the Traitor, but that's something else totally. LOL Ah, childhood love scorned is a marvelous thing…

So, in that light, I thought John Fogerty's "Centerfield" would be a good song of the day for today… Enjoy!

Centerfield

Well, beat the drum and hold the phone - the sun came out today!
We're born again, there's new grass on the field.
A-roundin' third, and headed for home, it's a brown-eyed handsome man;
Anyone can understand the way I feel.

[Chorus:]
Oh, put me in, Coach - I'm ready to play today;
Put me in, Coach - I'm ready to play today;
Look at me, I can be Centerfield.

Well, I spent some time in the Mudville Nine, watchin' it from the bench;
You know I took some lumps when the Mighty Casey struck out.
So Say Hey Willie, tell Ty Cobb and Joe DiMaggio;
Don't say "it ain't so", you know the time is now.

[Chorus]

Yeah! I got it, I got it!

Got a beat-up glove, a homemade bat, and brand-new pair of shoes;
You know I think it's time to give this game a ride.
Just to hit the ball and touch 'em all - a moment in the sun;
(pop) It's gone and you can tell that one goodbye!

[Chorus x2]
Yeah!

It's a beautiful day for a ballgame. Let's play two! ~ Ernie Banks, Mr. Cub, eternally #14

~Your Crazy Cub Fan, Bud Man, TCL ~ HOLY COW! <thanks Harry>

Monday, Monday

Well, at least today has been better than last week. That's an improvement. However, the day is still young…

After having a bad week in general, and a really horrible day Friday, I woke up Saturday feeling halfway decent for a change. Took the girls to the grocery store, and then to my niece's birthday party. Now, that was a lot of fun. J The girls all got makeovers, and did a little dance for the crowd. Once the party was done, we hit Red Robin for dinner and I had a pretty yummy, if spicy, burger.

Mom and my sis took the girls with them for the weekend – WOO and HOO! So, Zan and I went out with his friend, Slappy (don't ask) and his wife. We met up with some of Zan's other friends and hung out, goofing off and um, well, consuming adult beverages. ROFL

Sunday was pretty much a bust. We bought Zan a new pair of shoes for tennis (as opposed to regular tennis shoes, if that makes sense to anyone other than me), grabbed some lunch at a new sub shop near our house and went home. We stayed home, doing nothing, until he got hungry enough for dinner. Grabbed some Pei Wei and Baskin-Robbins. LOL Aside from being a lazy weekend, it was nice. I actually got to sit down and relax, not having to jump and cater to my kids. Now, I do miss them, it's always too quiet at home when they're not there, but it IS nice once in awhile to be just ME and not MAMA.

So, how was your weekend?

~The Rested Yet Still Tired Crazy Lady

Friday, April 11, 2008

Cooking Academy

Yeah. As you can tell, I'm REALLY busy today…

Anyway, every Friday, I get a list of evaluation games available from RealArcade, demo games that aren't out just yet. And, while I'm not a real big game player, I've found some really fun ones this way. Today, there was a game called Cooking Academy and since I like to cook so much, I had to download it. OMG, it's a bit corny, but it's a lot of fun. You start out with appetizers and have to go through the list, chopping garlic, mashing avocado, boiling eggs, you name it until your appetizer is made. And you get graded on everything. It's hysterical. I was halfway through my exam when time ran out on the demo. So, I never got to move on to breakfast. LOL

Keep an eye out for it – it was fun and a game I might just have to buy!

~TCL

Birthday Calculator, Attempt #2

Okay, so that last attempt didn't work out quite right… Click on the link in the previous post to get all your fun information…

11 July 1974

Your date of conception was on or about 18 October 1973 which was a Thursday.

You were born on a Thursday
under the astrological sign Cancer.
Your Life path number is 3.

Your fortune cookie reads:
A secret admirer will soon send you a sign of affection.

Life Path Compatibility:
You are most compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 3, 6 & 9.
You should get along well with those with the Life Path numbers 1, 2, 5 & 11.
You are least compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 4, 7, 8 & 22.

The Julian calendar date of your birth is 2442239.5.
The golden number for 1974 is 18.
The epact number for 1974 is 6.
The year 1974 was not a leap year.

Your birthday falls into the Chinese year beginning 1/23/1974 and ending 2/10/1975.
You were born in the Chinese year of the Tiger.

Your Native American Zodiac sign is Woodpecker; your plant is Wild Rose.

You were born in the Egyptian month of Paopy, the second month of the season of Poret (Emergence - Fertile soil).

Your date of birth on the Hebrew calendar is 21 Tammuz 5734.
Or if you were born after sundown then the date is 22 Tammuz 5734.

The Mayan Calendar long count date of your birthday is 12.18.0.17.15 which is
12 baktun 18 katun 0 tun 17 uinal 15 kin

The Hijra (Islamic Calendar) date of your birth is Thursday, 20 Jumadiyu'th-Thani 1394 (1394-6-20).

The date of Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 14 April 1974.
The date of Orthodox Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 14 April 1974.
The date of Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) on your birth year was Wednesday 27 February 1974.
The date of Whitsun (Pentecost Sunday) in the year of your birth was Sunday 2 June 1974.
The date of Whisuntide in the year of your birth was Sunday 9 June 1974.
The date of Rosh Hashanah in the year of your birth was Tuesday, 17 September 1974.
The date of Passover in the year of your birth was Sunday, 7 April 1974.
The date of Mardi Gras on your birth year was Tuesday 26 February 1974.
 
As of 4/11/2008 12:18:44 PM EDT
You are 33 years old.
You are 405 months old.
You are 1,761 weeks old.
You are 12,328 days old.
You are 295,884 hours old.
You are 17,753,058 minutes old.
You are 1,065,183,524 seconds old.

Celebrities who share your birthday:

Marie Serneholt (1983)

Lisa Rinna (1965)

Suzanne Vega (1959)

Mark Lester (1958)

Leon Spinks (1953)

Giorgio Armani (1934)

Tab Hunter (1931)

Yul Brynner (1920)

E.B. White (1899)

John Quincy Adams (1767)

  


Top songs of 1974


Your age is the equivalent of a dog that is 4.82504892367906 years old. (You're still chasing cats!)

Your lucky day is Monday.
Your lucky number is 2 & 7.
Your ruling planet(s) is Moon.
Your lucky dates are 1st, 10th, 19th, 28th.
Your opposition sign is Capricorn.
Your opposition number(s) is 8.

Today is one of your lucky days!

There are 91 days till your next birthday
on which your cake will have 34 candles.

Those 34 candles produce 34 BTUs,
or 8,568 calories of heat (that's only 8.5680 food Calories!) .
You can boil 3.89 US ounces of water with that many candles.  

In 1974 there were approximately 3.7 million births in the US.
In 1974 the US population was approximately 203,302,031 people, 57.4 persons per square mile.
In 1974 in the US there were approximately 2,158,802 marriages (10.6%) and 708,000 divorces (3.5%)
In 1974 in the US there were approximately 1,921,000 deaths (9.5 per 1000)
In the US a new person is born approximately every 8 seconds.
In the US one person dies approximately every 12 seconds.

In 1974 the population of Australia was approximately 13,831,978.
In 1974 there were approximately 245,177 births in Australia.
In 1974 in Australia there were approximately 110,673 marriages and 17,688 divorces.
In 1974 in Australia there were approximately 115,833 deaths.


Your birthstone is Ruby

The Mystical properties of Ruby

Ruby is said to open one's heart to love.

Some lists consider these stones to be your birthstone. (Birthstone lists come from Jewelers, Tibet, Ayurvedic Indian medicine, and other sources)

Carnelian


Your birth tree is

Fir Tree, the Mysterious

Extraordinary taste, dignity, cultivated airs, loves anything beautiful, moody, stubborn, tends to egoism but cares for those close to it,rather modest, very ambitious, talented, industrious uncontent lover, many friends, many foes, very reliable.


There are 258 days till Christmas 2008!
There are 271 days till Orthodox Christmas!

The moon's phase on the day you were
born was waning gibbous.


 

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Finally Friday?

Eh, can't say that this week drug, because it really didn't. Aside from all the pain I've been in this week, things have gone pretty smoothly. Read two books, PLUM LOVIN' and PLUM LUCKY and have started a third, DIRTY. So, at least I've accomplished something this week… LOL

Anyway, tomorrow is grocery shopping and laundry. Then, later Saturday afternoon, my niece is having her birthday party and my girls are GOING HOME WITH HER! LOL My sister is letting my niece have a few girls stay the night after the party, and my little ones were invited, how nice! *g* And then, since Monday is a teacher in-service day, and the girls will be off and going to Mom's anyway, she thought they could just stay over Sunday as well so we didn't have to worry about getting them to her on Monday. SCORE!

So, the big question is what the hell are Zan and I going to do without our girls? Maybe paint that half-orange wall we have…

Wherever you are, whatever your plans, have a good weekend and see you soon.

As always,

~Your Crazy Lady with a backache…

Today’s Song of the Day

Today, we have Tracy Lawrence's "Used to the Pain". It was either this or Dierks Bentley's "Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)", but I think this fits better. J

Used to the Pain

6 a.m. alarm goes off
I reach for you no longer lie but don't feel quite as lost
Everyday, I drive my truck a little farther into work before your memory catches up.
The radio on, I'm not afraid
I can listen to most any song the DJ wants to play
Slow but sure, I'm coming around

No I'm not looking back I'm moving on now
but I won't go so far as to say that I'm fine too much of what I felt for you remains.
I'd like to believe in the healing hands of time but the truth is I really can't say if
I'm getting better or just used to the pain.

End of the day head back home have a bite to eat then sit down in the living room alone.
Easy chair, watch tv.
Half way through the news I'm soundly sleeping but

I won't go so far to say that I'm fine too much of what I felt for you remains.
I'd like to believe in the healing hands of time but the truth is
I really can't say if I'm getting better or just used to the pain.
No I won't go so far as to say that I'm fine too much of what I felt for you remains.
I'd like to believe in the healing hands of time but the truth is
I really can't say if I'm getting better or just used to the pain.
If I'm getting better or just used to the pain.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

I’m Sorry

…about that last post. I just needed to get it out and truly have no other outlet. Not trying to feel sorry for myself, actually trying to laugh at myself and failing. J Just tired, frustrated, angry and don't know what else to do.

Forgive me?

~TCL

Life Sucks

And depression is so much worse. I hate feeling like I have to be on the defensive all the time. I hate the lethargy, the worthlessness, the anger that comes with it all. I'm tired of always worrying if people are angry with me, being condescending, or just don't care. I'm. Just. Tired. Period.

And more than anything, I hate the fact that I feel like I'm not worth the effort to get myself help.

I know that's not true, and I know that I deserve to be happy. But every time I think about help, something else comes up. Right now, my doctor is an idiot, and before I go searching for a new one, I need to wait on my company to decide if they're going to change insurance companies or not. Our policy renews May 1st, so it'd be stupid to go find a doctor now, and wind up having to change.

That could be just another excuse, but I'm not sure yet. LOL

Anyway, I'll make it through, I always do. After all, I don't have any choice, do I? I've got kids, a husband, cats and hamsters that are all depending on me. And the hammies just can't go hungry. J

~Your Sad and Pathetic Crazy Lady

Oh Geez…

So, Zan just informed me that he's having a birthday party this year. Um, okay… we haven't had an actual birthday party for him since high school, but whatever.

So, what's his big plan? Freaking PAINT BALL! But, I shouldn't really be surprised, and truthfully, I'm not. He's wanted to play for years, but couldn't ever get anyone to go along with him. Back in the day, all our friends were broke and while we were okay, we couldn't afford to pay for EVERYONE so that they could all play. So, he checked out prices and has decided on doing a party since it'll be cheaper. For who, is my question. ROFL

Oh well, I just want him to be happy, and this will do it for sure. And there's even a special place for the kids to go play. Me? I get camera/camcorder duty. LOL YouTube, watch out, here we come!

~The Non-Paintball Playing Crazy Lady

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Quote from DIRTY by Megan Hart

"I wasn't smiling today. I was distracted, disgruntled, discombobulated… I'd have been disenchanted if I'd ever been enchanted to begin with.

Dirty, page 15

Faith and Begorrah

Okay, so I'm a dork, sue me. J I can't help it if I just finished reading a book that took place around St. Patrick's Day and had a character who thought he was a leprechaun.

Anyway, I'd pulled out my Pam Tillis' Greatest Hits CD the other day, for lack of anything better to listen to. It's a great CD and has lots and lots of wonderful songs on it, a bunch I'd forgotten about until I started listening to it. "The River and the Highway" was one such song. Out of nowhere, it inspired me. And I just had to put it all down on paper.

What came out of it was a look into Ali's past. At first, I thought it was going to be all about her and Thé, but alas, Mika surprised me and it wound up being about Paulo. Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinteressssssssssssssssting… LOL Two important things happen here, aside from establishing Allyson's long-standing relationship with 'the enemy' – one, you see where Paulo's nickname for her comes from. Second, you get an idea of where her codename may have come from. But, this is all just speculation since I have no actual idea.

LOL

~TCL

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Goofin' Off

Added some stuff to the side bars if you care. Listed my fluff blogs, places where my fictional characters get to have their own say. Also, linked to my pal's blog, as well as links to the websites of three very good authors, and friends. :) Check 'em out, give 'em some love, but be warned they write a variety of erotic fiction. LOL

~Your Readin' Crazy Lady

ARGH!

Okay, so I have something to mail out to my BF Shana so I stop at a certain grocery store on my way to work. Now, I don't generally shop at this store but, if I need something on my way to work, I will, because it's on the way.

So, I stop in and grab a padded envelope and a bottle of this new water I found – Twist Organics West Indies Lime – and head for the checkout. Since it wasn't quite 7 AM, I knew that there would be only one checker. I head for the self check and the first says, "Remove item from bag and scan before rebagging." HUH? Okay, these things screw up all the time, no biggie. There's like six, so I move on to the next. Same thing. Four of the six were up and online and all FOUR gave me the same message. Ugh. Whatever, I go and get in line behind the one other customer at the checkstand.

The checker looks up at me and says in this snotty-ass voice, "I'm sorry, ma'am, but I'm going to be here awhile. You should go use the self check."

Um, don't you think I WOULD if I COULD ya dumb cow? So, I start to explain to her the problem and she interrupts me, saying, "I know, and I'm working on it."

WTF? Why did she tell me to go USE them then? I apologize and try to tell her that I had tried and she snaps at me saying, "Well, I can only do so much with trying to run five lanes at one time."

I was *this c lose* to telling her the fuck off when the manager steps up and takes me over to the self checks. He fiddles with it, and it works, finally. Hallelujah! He starts scanning my stuff and I tell him I can handle it, politely of course, and then explain to him why I hadn't used it before. He apologized to me even for the checker's attitude. So, it's all good but geez lady! Not MY freaking fault you're stuck on the shitty shift!! And this lady has a terminal attitude. I was there one other morning and heard another lady give this particular checker what-for for being a bitch.

Hey, so maybe it isn't ME after all! LOL

Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah…

~An irritated Crazy Lady with a bottle of lime water…

Oh Yeah…

I can so get into this…

Daily Overview for April 02, 2008

Quickie:

Some of your recent daydreams have been giving you good ideas -- explore one today.

'Scuse me… I've got a plane to catch…

LOL

TCL