You know what is not fun? Company picnics in 98 degree weather. This was not "feels like 98" this was actually 98 in a humid/always feels hotter than that area. It was like torture.
Due to the beauty of volunteer roaming photographers we can now remember this wonderful time through 4 super flattering pictures.
Hi there, back of Kim. How is it possible that I never think I look this fat, ever? Also, when I asked Bill before we left "does this outfit look okay" I clearly should not have listened to his yes. Last, when will I remember that when wearing racerback shirts one must wear a racerback bra or your bra strap will constantly show which is incredibly classy.
Most of the time I don't really think of Bill as a big guy... then I see pictures like this. You can see me on the right corner to do a comparison. Keep in mind that I am not a particularly short/small girl. Notice the VT hat on a guy from Georgia. The brainwashing is complete! *evil laugh*
This pic isn't so bad I guess other than the fact that I look hot, my shirts are constantly slightly off center and oh yeah, the omni present bra strap.
Bill's thinking "dude I'm too hot for this sh*t", I'm just thankful that this isn't the worst picture ever taken of the two of us. Soon after this picture was taken he changed into the blue shirt he's wearing in the above picture. If that doesn't illustrate how hot it was- requiring two separate shirts to make it through 3 hours of picnic time, nothing will.
Oh except maybe this.... we left 20 minutes before the free BBQ dinner because we couldn't take it anymore. Plus we were so hot we had zero desire to eat. BBQ. Free. Ribs and Chicken. *SIGH*
We have one more company picnic to get through this summer, here's hoping it's not quite so hot!
1. What was/is your favorite live action (meaning not animated) kids movie?
It's a toss up between The Neverending Story and The Labyrinth. Both= Awesome.
2. What is a bad habit you have? Are you working on breaking it?
I have a couple. I'm late a lot because I always underestimate how much time it will take me to get from A to B. I bite my nails which is gross. I'm very addicted to caffeine. All three I'm constantly working on.
3. Describe your father in 3 words.
Jerk, Weak... look at that I only needed 2.
4. Which character in the Breakfast Club were you most like in the ’80s?
Claire probably. I wished I were like Allison because she was interesting weird but really, I wasn't interesting weird. I was a goody two shoes who sometimes tried to be weird.
5. Name 5 songs you know ALL the lyrics to.
Ice Ice Baby- Vanilla Ice
One Week- Bare Naked Ladies
Wanted Dead or Alive- Bon Jovi
Under the Bridge- Red Hot Chili Peppers
Sweet Child O' Mine- Guns and Roses
I also know all the lyrics to a lot of Christian rock and pop songs because I sing in the band in my church and after you sing a song so many times it's kinda hammered in your brain.
6. Do you make pancakes from scratch or a box mix?
Truthfully- I rarely make pancakes. 1) I don't really like them 2) Bill usually makes breakfast in our house. If left to my own devices I never eat breakfast foods unless we go out to brunch or something.
When they are made though? From a box. A box that I think expired a year ago because it takes us that long to go through one small box of Bisquick.
7. What was your worst job ever? Why?
The 3 days I worked at Subway. Two words sum up why it was so horrible- the smell. Just think of how Subway smells when you walk in. Now imagine you work there... and when they are first training you, your job is essentially just cutting up all the veggies. So my hands perma smelled of onions and the rest of me smelled like that disgusting mixture of cleaning solution and sandwich meat. There weren't enough showers in the world to wash that off.
I never even went back for the paycheck. Luckily for me I got hired at the Dairy Queen two weeks later which was hands down the best job I've ever had.
8. What was your favorite class in high school?
AP Biology. Our teacher was really good, he even won a Presidential Award for Teaching and had like a 90% track record of his students getting a 4 or 5 on the exam. I got a 5. Just FYI ;-)
9. Favorite summer guilty pleasure?
I honestly can't think of one. Most of my guilty pleasures last all year round. Ice Cream I'll eat in a blizzard, chick lit I'll read anytime and lying around and being lazy is synonymous with weekend in my house.
10. Please share your best money saving tip!
Meal planning. The amount of money eaten up (ha! puns are fun!) by eating out, take out, fast food, and buying lunches adds up very very quickly. When I'm good at the follow through with meal planning we save a ton of money, sometimes I get lazy though and the Chipotle app is just so easy.
I'm intrigued by the cash envelope method of budgeting. I may try it in the very near future. It's just too easy to swipe without thinking about it.
I didn't do this week's ToT but there was a question in it about whether or not I've met anyone famous. I've, in fact, met several famous people, and several sort-of-at-the-time famous people. Because it's me, these stories are more amusing then awesome. I decided to use these stories for my 7 Quick Takes this week:
1) Michael Landon (actor; Little House on the Prairie, Highway to Heaven)- When I was a small child my parents and I were in Hawaii for a little bit and there's a couple pictures of me sitting on his lap. Apparently we were living somewhere near where he was and my parents got to know him.
2) Donald Trump- My dad lived(s) in Atlantic City so when I'd go see him it generally involved time spent in and around Trump Plaza. One day I was goofing off as I am apt to do, not paying attention, and ran straight into Donald Trump. Almost knocked him over. He was nice about it though, later I figured out that his kids were right around my age so he was probably used to stupidity.
3) Barry Privett (lead singer of Carbon Leaf)- My college boyfriend turned best guy friend used to give out "bootlegs" of live shows for up and coming bands. The secret is that they weren't really bootlegs, the bands let him hook straight up into the soundboards to record because they realized that he did a great job promoting them while costing them nothing. So we'd go to random concerts in our college area and get in really early for him to hook everything up, at one Carbon Leaf concert Barry Privett sat down and started talking to me since I was just sitting around. I was slightly obsessed with said college boyfriend/friend and I didn't notice how cute Barry actually is so later on I was kinda kicking myself for not paying more attention to him.
4) Bob Dylan- In college I was on the student activities board co-running the broadway musicals and plays we'd bring to campus. I also assisted with the other committees including concerts. For Bob Dylan's concert he brought an entire outdoor kitchen and staff with him (actually rather awesome) and my job was going back and forth to the grocery store all day to get the stuff they all needed. At one point I was sent to get beer and got the wrong bottles. Thus, I will always equate Bob Dylan to the sentence "Long necks, I wanted long necks. These are not long necks."
5) Blues Traveler band members- Also through the previously mentioned student activities board. Alaina's story is better than mine because John Popper talked to her about the dog she was walking (the dog was our head tech's). All I did was take ice to their bus and have them invite me to stay. I turned them down. I think Alaina was there too- were you? I can't remember if it was you or Mandy... not an insult it was just forever ago :-P
During this time I also drove Chrystal Method back to their hotel (I know nothing about the band so I'm not sure how many of them I took or who, but I did not appreciate the sexual shenanigans going on in the backseat with skankwads) and there was some other band that Alaina and I drove back and forth from their hotel in a large van maybe a week after I got my driver's license. Driving that big van was terrifying, the band was really nice. I can't remember who they were now though. Like I said, long time ago.
As for the semi-famous-at-the-time people-
6) Sanjaya! You know, the guy from American Idol who was a terrible singer and stayed on for forever? I used to participate in Vote for the Worst and we loved Sanjaya hands down for the sheer entertainment value. I met him and got him to sign a hairspray bottle. True fact: Sanjaya is the only person I ever met that made me nervous, I think I even stammered. I'm sure he was thinking dear lord this old lady is creepy! What's wrong with her?
7) I know three other people who were on a season of American Idol. My friend Linds knew the first, then I met the others through the first and we all got along really well. I am not listing the names because I learned a long time ago that their fans are no less than insanely crazy. I am not exaggerating when I say that if I wrote down the names, it would come up in some Google Alert and all of them would think I was dating/involved/secretly married to one of them and I'd get hate mail. This post would also end up reposted on all their fan forums (I know this because a picture of my backside once ended up in a fan forum just because I was standing next to one of them and the comments were something like "who is that skank?!?! is he dating HER??!!! why would he, she's ugly!!!" I wish I were kidding.)
True fact 2: I went to a concert with Linds that was unrelated to these people (and like a year after their season) except that one of them happened to attend it. When said friend and I got to the hotel the same crazy fans that followed him around at his concerts (with the American Idols Live Tour) were also staying there and were flat out mean to us. Like barely a level above spitting on us mean. Because they remembered us. Which is also creepy because we just look like ordinary people with no distinguishing characteristics. We didn't know at the time but the concert we went to had overlapping fans with said American Idol boy.
So there you go, my brush with fame. Obviously, living in DC I have also met a few senators/representatives but they are not really famous. Also, my mom worked for the previous prophet of the Mormon Church so I knew him. I didn't even know until I was like 14 that most people don't ever get to meet him until I casually mentioned it at Young Womens and everyone was uber impressed. But since I doubt anyone reading this is Mormon no one cares about that.
I'm full of gripes today, it's just one of those days.
Our weather has been terrible lately. Muggy hot, drizzly, overcast. Ugh.
Work annoys me.
The people annoy me.
Other people annoy me.
I haven't had anytime to work out.
I'm hungry all the freaking time. (curses to trying to lose weight!)
I'm having motivation issues.
I'm getting a headache.
I can't ever seem to wake up on time.
I'm trying to focus on the positive.... I have a four day weekend this week!
....Yeah, that's all I got. I'm clinging to that one thing like a champ though.
1. What does your car say about you? If you don’t have a car, what kind of car would be your daily driver?
My car says "efficient with no frills" which translates to when I originally bought it I had a complete lack of savings nor any extra cash per month so I bought something with the minimum amount of automatic features because I heard that they break more often. I think this is actually true because I've only had two repairs in about 5 years; one was due to someone hitting (and running) into the back of my car in my office parking lot due to ice- they bent the frame, exhaust area which was $1000 fix *ouch!* and the second was due most likely to my hitting a pot hole at too high of a speed and pulling off something on the fuel line. In my defense, we had so many potholes after the winter of doom it was impossible to miss all of them and some were deep enough to swim in.
2. To this point, what has been your purpose on this planet?
Sometimes it feels like my sole purpose is to work. I've been working since I was 15, and from 15- 27 I almost always had two jobs. Not going to lie- I'm kind of tired... already... and I still have at least 35 more years until I can retire.
3. If you could trade places with any person for any amount of time, who would it be?
Every summer I wish that I could work remotely all the time so I could take walks by the river during lunch or just even move to the beach for 3 months and work from there. I'd like to trade places with anyone who gets to do that.
4. What is your favorite kind of cake? If you don’t like cake, what is it about it that you don’t like?
I'm one of those who isn't a huge fan of cake. It's just too sugary and I hate most icing. Also, all too often the cake is dry. However, I did like our wedding cake more than I normally like cake and that's because we had buttercream frosting and it was a light, fruit filled cake which was a great deal less sweet then normal.
5. Would you have wanted to live in your parents’, grandparents’ or great-grandparents’ generation or only your own?
There are benefits to each one I think and also negatives. The only thing I don't like about our current generation is how plugged in we all are all the time. I think we've lost the art of quiet time since we are all constantly multitasking and people expect to be able to get a hold of us 24/7.
6. Do you have any home remedies for illnesses, cleaning or otherwise?
To get stubborn mold out of grout, use a bleach pen. Not too original but it's all I have. Also, if you are getting a cold take a lot of vitamin C, but most people do that.
7. What is your ideal weather situation?
80, Sunny with a slight breeze. What can I say? I like it hot.
8. What is your best attribute (physical or personal)?
Physical- My eyes.
Personal- I'm dependable. If I say I'm going to do something, I do it unless I have a darn good reason not to and then I'll still fret about it.
Like last Sunday, Alaina and I go walk 3 miles by the river before church and accidentally locked my keys in the car. We had to send her bf to church to do the stuff she normally does and to tell the band I wouldn't be there, but I really worried about it and felt horrible for not being able to make it because I specifically told them I would be there that week. Obviously I had a good reason why not (we had to wait for a locksmith to find us in a random parking lot on the side of the road) to get my car open but still, felt like I let them down. I guarantee the band probably didn't give it more than 5 seconds of thought.
9. Do you text or surf while driving?
Rarely. I talk a lot on the phone while driving since I have the attention span of a gnat (thus can't do only one thing at a time) but I draw a line at texting or checking email or surfing or anything of that sort. It's just way, way too distracting.
10. How long have you known your best friend?
Known her for 17 years, been friends with her for 13. We went to the same middle school but didn't really run in the same circles so we knew of each other but never really befriended until we were in band together in high school.
So I have this ex who I dated right before I met my husband... an ex I sort of dated for like 4 years, broke up with, a few months later was dating Bill... and then I was engaged in less than a year. Now there is a lot of back story on this "relationship" like the fact that he in fact, only admitted that we were actually in one as of about... oh, when I told him I was engaged- but that's another story for another day (maybe). We also broke up a few times and got back together, but since I started dating him when I was 23/24, I essentially was with him all of my adult life until I wasn't. And then I was married. The End.
This all creates a weird juxtapositional vibe to our entire friendship since we still hang out once in awhile. He is still the same guy that is always going out drinking, going to concerts, living with roommates he barely speaks to, going to Vegas and coming back with weird stories and then he says so what have you been up to? Oh lets see, my brother in law was here last weekend and he and my husband played a lot of video games while I made cookies, then I had a really great coupon for such and such and that excited me, maybe we'll go to a movie next weekend... are your eyes glazing over? Are you even still listening to me?* Now, don't get me wrong I love my life and wouldn't trade it for that one in a zillion years, honestly it just sounds tiring, but we are most definitely in vastly different vicinities whereas 3 years ago we were in the same place and that's just jolting to realize. In the everyday it's just not something I think about.
Then there's the baggage that I realize I shouldn't still have since I clearly have moved on to a better place but it was never really dealt with. I felt petty ever trying to bring it up since it's so clearly past the expiration date. Like the reason we broke up for the final time. Let's just say it was a girl, and not one he cheated on me with or dated or is dating however he commonly says she's his ideal and has had a massive crush on her since high school. Let's also say that he chose to take her as his date to a friend's wedding instead of the girl he had been dating for 4 years. Oh, did I mention she is also married? Giant purple elephant in the room of our past relationship. At all times. Like when he starts talking at a recent dinner about how hot she is and how hot his friends thought she was and how they were surprised he had such a hot girl who hung out with him. Not that that happened or anything..... now while I know that logically that should not bother me in the least; it still stings, feels insulting, and makes me want to go run about 300 miles and go anorexic to lose all 30 of my extra lbs. What is it about the past that can still bite us in the butt? I think it's really just a version of that urge we all have to look like a supermodel with the happiest life ever whenever we run into an ex, especially one that at some point broke our heart into a zillion pieces and didn't even notice. Not that that ever happened either.
*For purposes of illustration I am only mentioning the mundane and not the BBQ we had last weekend during which Bill puked in our utility sink then got mad at the guy who refused to keep playing beer pong with him, the drinking game of staying sober death (seriously, NEVER EVER play anything with the name Waterfall in it if you have anything to do before noon the following day) and the fact that I passed out somewhere between the boys playing heavy metal on Rock Band while Lindsey sort of sang the lyrics of words she didn't know. Those events don't make the juxtaposition as obvious, and are also rare.
I don't really talk about myself much, I am going to start to change that because I think this blog is boring which is an insult to myself. For now, if any new people are curious feel free to learn 27 random things about me.
because that would involve original thought and writing, I give you links.
I am usually not a fan of home design websites and homes they showcase because never, in a million years could I or would I live in anything that is all white, has uncomfortable furniture, looks like a child got let loose in Willy Wonka's factory to decorate... or ate too much and then threw up all over the walls, has no actual ceilings to rooms but the top of the "airy" space is covered in pipes, nor will I ever pay $5000 for an armchair. However, this place I like, especially the red hallway featuring a polka dot runner with the black and white checkered floor and the green office that my dreams were made of! Yay for not being cookie cutter! I do have to systematically ignore the picture of the rusty chair next to their bed because rust is not cute. Rust looks like dirt. I dislike dirt.
Have you ever seen someone catch a heavy duty, battery back up surge protector on fire? Now you have! I have no idea how I did it either, according to IT they've never seen anything like it before.
This is an interesting read, but what I fail to understand is when and why it became so taboo to just utter the thing we are all thinking- why not just counsel the girls NOT to get into sexual relationships at such a young age? It's all well and good to teach them about healthy relationships and what to do in case of abuse but I fail to see how a teenager in middle or high school being in a time consuming, committed relationship with one person ever leads to anything good. Not only will they have sex before they are ready but it also takes focus off of what should be important at that age. Learning, friends, extra curriculars and figuring out who YOU are as a person, an individual without defining yourself based on someone else. There's just better stuff to do, places to go, people to see. This statement is why my kids will hate me at least one time during their adolescence.
An in-depth look at the spate of murders in SE DC last summer (Part II will be out tomorrow). For those of you who don't live in the area, certain areas of DC are akin to war zones- one in particular called Trinidad where you aren't even allowed to drive in anymore without proof that you live there. Police have no clue what to do about it and as this in-depth story reveals there is a reason for that. There is no logic, no thought process behind what's going on. In this case it was a cheap, simple bracelet that set off a string of murders, retribution, more murders, etc in a neighborhood where no one "snitches" in fear of retribution and no one seems to bat an eye at someone storing an AK-47 in their house. There has to be something we can do about this all too common form of urban violence; I can't believe our current methods are the best possible ways to go about it but I'm not sure what the answer is.
So we don't end on a depressing note- a picture. It's hard to tell which face is funnier... or if the pointy terrified cat ears popping up beat both.
1) Organize our office and basement
2) Go to bed earlier/get up for work on time
3) Create and follow a regular cleaning schedule
4) Sew one item of clothing from scratch
5) Settle into a workout schedule where I work out consistantly (at least) three days a week
6) Run two one 10Ks
7) Purge and create a workable wardrobe 8) Make the kitchen window curtains
9) Stop drinking soda
10) Finish the quilt I've been working on for years
11) Start a monthly dinner potluck club with the girls 12) Get my clothes altered so they fit correctly 13) Find a job in a smaller city
14) Take more photos
15) Eradicate 25% of my debt this year (including student loans)
16) Build up a savings account
17) To keep up with my email inbox so I don't blink and end up with 900 plus email messages 18) To concentrate on work at work, concentrate on home at home
19) Eat better portion sizes, better balanced meals
20) Start eating breakfast
21) Be better organized and on top of things at work
22) Take the time to read a book a month