Thursday, July 24, 2008

Chuck the Cat




Meet Chuck aka Kitty aka Cat. He's an indoor cat, but loves to go outside. This is him just "sinking" into the grass refusing to come in the house. We've had Chuck since 1996. He was a year and 1/2 when we got him. Do the math. He seems to be forever 12 to me. I think I've been saying that for 2 years now. He's probably sensitive about that. He's pretty friendly, growls like a dog at strange noises but has a little bit of a temper. I know this because he talks to me in his "cat talk" and swats at me trying to get me to understand. It's like a "Lassie" episode. "What's wrong Lassie - is Timmy stuck in the well? Is there a fire in the barn? Who is in harm's way?" I'm dating myself here, but surely everyone knows who Lassie is. Anyway, Chuck is cool as long as he has food, water, kitty kat treats, a clean litter box, a cool place to sprawl out and a daily prance in the back yard- I just wish I could translate "cat" talk. I need a "cat whisperer". Is there such a thing? Stay tuned.. I'm sure this isn't the last you'll hear of my "Kit Kat".

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Class of 1983

That's me! I'm having a 25 year reunion in September. Wow! It's amazing that it's been 25 years since I graduated high school, and in the same year, my son is 22 years old, and graduating from college this year. High school brings up so many memories. The movie "Flashdance" is a big one. I loved Lionel Ritchie, Alabama, Pat Benatar, Journey, Foreigner, Fleetwood Mac, the Doomsday Defense (yes, I had a poster on my wall of Randy White and team). Wishing I had the same obsession with weight today that I did then. I was so skinny.

Can you believe that I still have my prom dress? I got it at Neiman's. It's white (well, now it's dingy white), size 7, tea length with spaghetti straps. There was another girl with the same dress. Every girls worse fear. I had two choices for dates, and I chose the wrong one, but that's a story for a different time.

I have to lose about 25 lbs before 9/13. I'm working out with a trainer once a week, and trying to watch what I'm eating, but I've been doing this since January, and it's getting super old. I need motivation, big time.

Blogging for Dummies

Well, it's been about a week since I started my first blog. Please bare with me as I play around with my "favorites" and my "lists". I am not exactly sure what all I want to share, but it's sure fun playing around with it. I keep thinking I need to go buy a book on "How to Blog", but it's been easy so far. So, please bare with me as I find my way.

Fish Pedicure

Could you do it? Have little fishes nibble the dead skin off your feet? Check out the captivate-indulge blog under "My Favorite Blogs/Websites". Let me know what you think. I'm thinking, "No Way". This article is now archived, so you will need to do a search.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Arlington - Day 2

Arrived at 8am on Friday - after dropping by the office first. The guys were in the parking lot when I drove up. First comment was on my flip flops. To clarify - not flip flops - they have a wedge heel with a leopard print thong - very trendy and functional.

I was in Arlington to see an small office move that I have been coordinating for about 3 months now. Total user count = 4. This is extremely small - most moves range from 50 - 250 users, but they happen in other parts of the country, so I don't get to see all the technological activities that happen over a move weekend. This was a very small view into what takes place. As I "blogged" yesterday, I got to see the network equipment come up, and the low voltage cabling taking place. Today, I got to see the equipment in the half rack mounted on the wall, lockable, of course, the server equipment plugged in and tested. Unfortunately, the rack for the server equipment will not arrive until Monday, so I won't see the final look of the server room, but there are always pictures. The phone turnup started at 10am. It was successful. I unpacked the phones (all 10 of them -wow) - and the headsets, again all 10 of them. I got to "dress" a desk. This is called "desktop cable mgmt" - which means I got to place a power supply underneath the desk, then drill a plastic tie and velco wrap next to it to hold all the computer cords. This is to keep them from bunching up on the floor. (No, this is not a service I will provide to anyones' home setup). Did you catch the word, "drill" - Sandi with a power tool is a very scary thing.

Lunch time was at Steak and Shake. I have only eaten there once, and that was going through the drive thru. I did not know that their dining room required you to be seated by a waitress. A lot classier than I thought. I also didn't realize that all their burgers are 2 patties.. man, there goes my diet. Everyone got milkshakes... which looked delicious, but thankfully for me, I could resist.

So, I missed Michael Irvin being dropped off before lunch. He was already in the elevator when I heard he was in the building. The office I was in - was on the first floor - with windows so you can see the front door - but the cube I was sitting it was very high - and I couldn't scope out the people walking by. I apparently missed when he left, and I also missed Nate Newton. Dang it!!! One of the guys was actually in the bathroom with Irvin at the same time. Weird, I know, but it's the truth.

So, the movers arrived at 6pm. Left about 7:30pm. I headed home about 9pm. Got home at 10. Never got to see a radio star.. Not sure what I would have done if I had.. would I say "hi", would I ask for an autograph, or would I just "gawk".. or stalk from a far... like I did during the 2 times I saw Troy Aikman. We'll never know.

Blackened Shrimp

    Blackened Shrimp At Central Market yesterday, I was given a sample plate with steak, shrimp, and a salad. The shrimp ...