Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Back to the Grind...

*Sigh* The holidays are over (not including New Years- which is much less of a holiday I look forward to these days, although the day off is nice) and it's back to work for me. Luckily, it should be a slow week here, but I'm still not at home in my new pajama's so it's a step down. Depressing actually... the holidays are over, no more presents to look forward to, leftover food everywhere, if I see another piece of chocolate I'm going to scream- ahhhhhhhh. : )

Friday, December 22, 2006

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Rockefeller Tree Llighting Trip

So Matt and I left from our apt early on Wednesday morning to catch the Acela train from Providence to Penn Station. We actually ended up on the same train as a bunch of Swarovski people and the train was such a great way to get there! It was almost door to door- with no hassle or aggravation (especially since whenever Matt and I get in the car together it's a white knuckle ride for me and he gets all upset when I make the gasping noises) and also it was pretty cool to see some of the sights along the tracks (believe it or not - CT has some pretty nice waterside track real estate). We got to the city, headed to the our hotel, the Helmsley Park Lane which is on Central Park South, right near the Plaza (which definitely reminded me of Home Alone at this time of year) and 5th Ave. After the hotel, we made our way to 30 Rockefeller center (think Rainbow Room & NBC Studios) for the Top of the Rock tour because Swarovski has a partnership with them and you can see a huge chandelier in the shape of the building upside down in the lobby. The views from the Observation Deck would have been amazing but it was still pretty cloudy out at that time. After we left the tour, we went down to the Ice Rink to scope things out for the evening and then ended up heading down to 46th to have lunch at this place called Orso that Matt's aunt reccommended. Mmmm this little Italian place was sooo good, we had this great pizza and an even better bottle of wine. By this point it was 3pm so we had to hoof it back to the hotel to get ready for the Swarovski reception at the hotel at 4:30. After the reception we all went back down to 30 Rock Center to the J.Crew/Vogue party at the J.Crew located right behind the Tree. The party was fun, great drinks, amazing location- we could go outside and basically touch the tree, 10% discount, and plenty of flat screen tvs because we couldn't really see anything that was going on on the other side of the tree. I saw Melissa a few times but she couldn't really hang out because she was working the event. When I went to visit her at the office the next day she told me what a horrible night it actually was because some mother of one of the Starlight Starbright Families was a mega biiiotch. Ohh we got a gift bag when we left, it wasn't tooo exciting- but we got an issue of Vogue, a scarf from J.Crew, and a Swarovski Annual Ornament. After the party we tried to find this cafe that Matt loves and couldn't remember if it was on 83rd East or West... We went to East first and it definitely wasn't there- we never made it to West because it's such a pain in the ass to get across the park and then we ended up in Queens and then the subway started closing... As it turns out, the cafe is literally right down the street from Melissa. Oops. The next day we woke up nice and late with champagne hangovers, walked over to 5th Ave, went in the realllly cool underground Apple store and met up with Matt's aunt for lunch at this Thai place. I had an awesome curry and then we hopped in a cab to the train station. Unfortunately no celebrities were spotted the whole time!!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

'Tis the Season

I'm heading out to NYC tomorrow morning for a full day of Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting festivities. I was sooo excited when I found out that I won the dept. trip to the ceremony (I actually won because the first guy couldn't make it) and now it's finally here. There are a whole bunch of Swarovski employees that are going/working at the event so it should be a good time. Check out the ceremony on TV from 7-9! Or head on over to www.swarovski.com for some interesting info on the tree topper. The star weighs 500lbs!! Annnyway, I'll post some pics when I return on Thursday.

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Wiiiiiiiiiiiii

So what did you do last night? I spent my night prancing in front of the TV, swinging golf clubs and hurling bowling balls down the alley. Did I mention that all of these things were done in my fuzzy bathrobe? Thanks to the Wii I’ll never have to put on rented bowling shoes again! Nintendo’s new console, the Wii, hit stores on Sunday- but only the lucky persistent pre-orderers (like Matt) walked away with one. The whole concept of this gaming system was foreign to me… You mean I have to stand up and swing things? Yes. You basically make the same movements to make it happen on the screen. Playing 9 holes? You have to swing the controller to hit the golf ball. Boxing? Punch the air or cover your face. Tennis? Let’s just say it’s one way to avoid tennis elbow, the virtual tennis ball doesn’t vibrate nearly as hard. Well I think you get the drift. Wii Sports is really the only game I’ve tried so far, I’m really not into those games where you run around, shoot people and duck. We’ll see how well it goes over at Thanksgiving when I get my Mom up there swinging golf balls… I just know she’s going to show me up.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Ireland...Part Deux.











Ok I lied, this is London. But one thing is for sure... the British love their Dairy
Milk!









This pretty much sums up the trip.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Tonga... the not so Friendly Islands

One year ago my best friend assured me that her Peace Corps assignment was the assignment that any Peace Corps volunteer would die to get.... She went on to tell us about the climate, the people, and how Tonga is refered to as the Friendly Islands. However, since she's been there, 1 volunteer was eaten by a shark, there was a major earthquake, the King died, and now there are RIOTS!!! I just sat down after a loooooong day to discover this on BBC.

Six Found Dead After Tonga Riots

Friday, November 10, 2006

Faux Pas

Did you know that in Italy wearing white socks is seen as a sign of weakness or of being a "mamma's boy"? Or that In Canada it is impolite to remove your shoes when entering someone's house?

Or here's one for you J, that in Germany it is a considered gauche to make a fuss or object to someone smoking, and that, in the workplace you are expected to bring cake or buy lunch for your colleagues when it is your birthday or you are leaving the company?

Who knew??

Check out many many more Faux Pas listed by country here.

Don't leave home without them!!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Celebrities get creative with Swarovski

Hayy hayyy everyone... you've got to surf on over to eBay to check out what happens when you give celebrities a hatbox full of Swarovski jewlry and a glue gun to create a star for the Starlight Starbright Foundation. Some of the celebrities include Paris Hilton, Teri Hatcher, Brooke Shields, Tyra Banks and the current money-maker Robin McGraw (Mrs. Dr. Phil). If nothing else, you've got to take a look at Paris' contribution... two words... SO PARIS! Annnyway... a huge shoutout to Melissa who has been dealing with these stars (both of them) for the last 4 months!

http://cgi3.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewUserPage&userid=swarovski-by-kompolt

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The Fed is DUNZO


Ha! Finally! That ridiculous excuse for a husband will have to make his own ridiculous way in the world! Britney Spears has filed for divorce with Kevin Federline.

I first found out about the Spears-Federline divorce from my informant Trey over at Pink is the New Blog and later discovered that I had a CNN Breaking News email in my inbox- and if it's CNN Breaking News it must be true.

I wonder if Jen knows in Germany... maybe I'll call her at 1:23 am. She'll appreciate it.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Some Ireland pics


Hello everyone

I'll leave you with some Ireland pics until I can get to a full account of the trip ; )




Guinness as usual....








Cahir Castle in County Tipperary








Rock of Cashel

Friday, October 27, 2006

One for the Road

Ok, I couldn't resist a story before I leave... I won't be online for a week anyway, so I have to give you something to whet your appetites.

Now I'll tell you, I've been to Ireland before, twice actually. The first time was an absolutely amazing experience, and the second time was, well work hell on that International Business chaos level. But anyway, my first trip to Ireland coincided with my 21st birthday and St. Patrick's Day (I was lucky enough to be born on the Ides of March (15th) and not that pesky St. Patrick's Day). I was living in France at the time of the trip and first met my bestest Jen in London (she was living there at the time) and then my mom and sister the next day. Besides a 4 hour convoluted bus route through every suburb of Heathrow where I was sure we'd see the gals from Bend It Like Beckham kicking around a 'football' any second, we made it to Ireland without a hitch. Background aside, the story begins here: We were staying in Galway and decided to make the 4 hour or so drive to Dublin for the day. On the way out there we passed McDonald's after McDonald's all with signs tempting me with a Green Shamrock Shake. Ohhh I wanted one sooo bad all day. We finally stopped at a McDonald's on the way home and stopped in the restroom before ordering. Lo and behold, on the way to the restroom was passed something unsightly.... a 4 year old had just thrown up his Green Shamrock Shake all over the floor. Saying nothing I passed the scene of the incident and made my way to the line where my sister and Jen were waiting. "Did you uhhh see that" says my sister. I replied with, "I don't want to talk about it." "Are you still getting a shake??" Jen says. "Absolutely."

And I ordered my Green Shamrock Shake... it wasn't quite as good as I thought it would be though.

Luck o' the Irish


Matt and I will be leaving for Ireland in just a few hours! We're heading over there specifically for the Dublin Marathon which is sure to be a great time. I'm not running (*gasp), but Matt and his parents will be. I've heard good things about the "Friendly Marathon" and the events that surround it.

After the marathon on Monday, we'll be travelling to Waterford- where I can check out the crystal competition ; ) - and then to Kilkenny for some Medieval flavor. I'll be sure to share some pics when I return!

Wish the Carrier fam luck in their marathon!

A bientot!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

International Flair

I can proudly add some international flair to So you want to be an International Business major today with two links to some great blogs:

First be sure to check out Germany is for Lovers - where my dear friend Jen describes her days in Germany after following her study abroad love there after they both spend a year in the MBA program at URI.

Then check out Fleur de Vie for the latest in French news and culture from my former French major madamoiselle out in California now.

Rep Stories

I always like to hear tales from the reps that my sister interacts with... it usually involves bribes with food but today it is really something special.....

"Ahahahah this rep came in and in the middle of giving his spiel all of a
sudden we hear the song "lets get it on" start playing. Everyone just
starts looking at each other like WTF?? Then the rep pulls his phone out of
his pocket and says "oh that's my girlfriend, i gave her a special
ring....let's get it on....she likes that" Mind you this rep has to be in
his mid to late 50s, completely gray and balding. TOO MUCH INFORMATION.
And really did you have to explain yourself? Does that make it any better?
No, it makes it worse. Wow that was a disturbing picture he painted."

Thursday, October 05, 2006

I live for LOST

**Caution- Spoiler Alert: If you don’t want to know what happened in last night’s episode stop right here (and go watch it!)**

Last May I didn’t know how I was going to survive until October without new episodes of Lost. The drought ended last night with the Season 3 Premiere, A Tale of Two Cities. Finally! The Losties have returned…. Only this time, it’s all about the Others.

They have muffins?!?! Shortly into the episode we realize that the pretty, yet melancholy woman who puts on Petula Clark’s Downtown on her CD player while baking muffins for a book club does not reside in Suburbia, but on the Island! It’s in this opening scene that we see 1) that the Others saw the plane come down from their commune across the island 2) they mobilized to send Ethan to the fuselage and Goodwin to the Tail section to pretend they were survivors and get lists of names within 3 days and 3) how HUGE the island is!

The rest of the episode covered: Jack’s painful flashbacks involving his ex-wife, Sarah and father (although not involved, as we found out), Jack’s encounter with Juliet (the melancholy woman with the muffins) while he was in a holding room, Kate’s shower scene (haha not as steamy as sounds), and Sawyer’s genius breakthrough in the monkey cage.

More importantly, the episode answered some questions, and of course left us with about 20 more in its place.

Questions answered:
-Ahhh that explains the polar bears
-Shark with Dharma logo on its tale from the raft at sea scene… from the Dharma Aquarium of course
-Walt’s “They’re not who they say they are” Damn straight. They’ve got a nice little set up on the middle of that island. Electricity, grilled cheese and everything! And let me add this… How do you give up a grilled cheese sandwich Jack?!
-How Ethan and Goodwin ended up in the mix
-How they got the names of the people they wanted and discovered Sawyer’s real name (background checks)

Ok now for some more unanswered questions:
-How are the Others getting access to all of this modern technology/electricity/background information?
-What in the world are they doing there??
-How do they get around the island so fast considering how huge it is?
-Did Benry say something else to Kate at breakfast that made her have that look in her eye when she saw Sawyer?
-etc. etc. etc.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Training??

I’ve been tasked to come up with the Team Building Activity for the upcoming All Hands Department meeting on Friday. Personally, I can’t see why engaging in the most useful team building activity of all time (drinking at the bar) is unacceptable, but this is the HR Department and things like that are often lost on them. My last Training Department was within the Sales Organization far from the clutches of HR, and a lot more fun. So, forced to come up with an HR friendly training activity, I’ve been perusing the “Team Games” and “101 More Training Games” books all day. Frankly, I’ve never seen so much ridiculousness in my life. One of these books is from Australia and apparently, it’s acceptable to have all team member pee in a tube to get some contraption to work. Envision a sort of Mousetrap set up where you and your co-workers must come together and pee in a tube to get the job done. I don’t know what they’re doing down there in Corporate Australia, but the exercise after that features the FART method for dealing with paperwork. Next time you’ve got a bunch of paperwork remember this: F: File A:Act on It R: Refer/Delegate T: Throw it Away!

Ohhh boy it’s going to be a long week. Please let me know if you have any useful Training Games that you’ve used.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Time for Thai

I had to do some research on Thai culture for a colleague at work because we have a large production facility in Thailand and thought I would share some of my most interesting findings. For the first time in a looong time I’ll actually be able to share some information that relates to the title of my blog!

Thailand is an Asian country that has been in the news lately. Between the current coup d’etat between the now former Prime Minster and the nation’s military, to the confession of John Mark Karr in August, and more tragically, the devastating tsunami that struck the country on December 26, 2004, the country has seen its share of publicity.

And now for the culture. The most interesting site that I came across wasn’t the Do’s and Don’ts list, or even the Guide to Thailand, but the site called Thailand Life. Here you’ll find everything you ever wanted to know about how a real person in Thailand lives. Gor has been writing this blog for 7 years now and started when he was 12 years old. I find this information far more valuable than the other material because you gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the Thai culture.

One of the images that always strikes me when I think about Thailand isn’t the bustling neon city of Bangkok, but that scene in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason when she’s on shrooms wading through the water on a beach in Phuket blubbering on about how beautiful everything is. Hahahah it’s sooo funny. I love it. But seriously, it looks amazingly beautiful and I’d love to visit!

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Random website of the day

Ok granted the website isn't that pretty... but the content will make you laugh.

25 Signs That, Sadly, You've Grown Up

My personal favorites that ring all too true:
  1. 6:00 AM is when you get up, not when you go to bed. [One of the worst parts about growing up for sure!!]
  2. You go from 130 days of vacation time to 14. [ughhh I'm moving to France where they have 5 weeks]
  3. 90% of the time you spend in front of a computer is for real work. [Especially true now :( ]
Well that's enough for now, but check it out.

One more thing to throw out there... Have you ever ended up with more clothes than you went with to the laundromat? I sent Matt to the laundromat last week and this morning I ended up putting on some black pants that I've never seen before in my life. Luckily they fit, so really I ended up making out in the deal.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Fresh Start

Yaaaaayy! A blog post from me! I know you're all thrilled. So let's get down to it. First of all, an update:
I'm approaching the 90 day mark at my new job and the most noticeable difference in my life is that my blogging/random website searching/social networking has suffered considerably. Who knew that not all businesses were cool with you doing that on company time? Then again, the company that I left just layed-off 360 people last Friday... hmm go figure. I will just toss out a word of advice to all of you young bucks just starting out there in the real world. I'll admit, I left my former job for greener pastures... what I came to find out was that starting a new job sucks. Sure sure it's all fun and shiny and new for the first 2 weeks... but that gets old reaaaal fast. I can't say that I regret leaving that former company-360 people were layed off and all-but I did trade in some really great people to work with, for, let's just say, co-workers that drove me right to Barnes and Noble to pick up my very own copy of Successfully Dealing with Difficult People. And that, my friends is no word of a lie. : ) Still, I love the product, and this week we actually got 90% on the products in the beloved "Back Room"!! Damn that discount... it's poison.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Exciting News!

I'm ready to launch my side project to the public. Head on over to Snicker for my new collaboration project with The Snicker Team.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Sorry!

I sincerely apologize to all of my faithful readers out there! I have totally been MIA over the past few weeks! Eeeeek... This has been due to a couple of factors, including: 1. I quit my job and handed over my work laptop that was free to roam the internet as it pleased 2. My personal laptop had a stroke and is in the process of getting fixed 3. My love came home from New Zealand after being away for a whole month, resulting in 4. vacation in Ontario! (Niagara/Toronto), which brings us to 5. started the new job and their IT system is tighter than Fort Knox. Which means that not only can I check my personal email, but I can't keep up with my daily blog either. Don't worry people, I'll find a work- around. In other news, I'm working on a side project with the Intern mentioned above (way above there). Look for that coming soon.

Here are some pictures from the beautiful Niagara Falls

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Hot Hot Hot!

Alas, I have discovered a benefit of working from 8am to 5:30pm… avoiding the midday sun and spending the day in air conditioning. All while getting paid no less. I think it’s hot everywhere in the US today. Personally, I haven’t been outside since 8am so I’ll have to believe weather.com. We’re just not used to the 100 degree weather here in RI. I don’t even have air conditioning in my house “because we live in the woods, it’s shaded.” That doesn’t fly when temperatures are in the upper 90’s….. My car is going to be hot as HELL when I get into it.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Last Day at Work!!

Today is my last day here at APC, which means no more battery BackUPS or CRAC units for me! I'll be starting my new job at Swarovski on July 10th and working amongst the sparkly things in life. It will definitely be a change in pace from the APC frat house to the jewelery crowd, but it's still a great move for me. I'll miss you guys at APC!!!

Thursday, June 29, 2006

I know a hypocrit when I see one.

Britney, Britney, Britney. One minute you're pleading on Dateline to Matt Lauer about being left alone, and the next minute you're posing preggo on the cover of Harper's Bazaar. Somebody get this girl a better publicist!! Wanted: Publicist for Britney Spears. Must be level-headed, rational decision maker. Homewreckers encouraged to apply.

Don't get me started on K-Fed. My blood pressure is already high enough this morning.

I know a hypocrit when I see one.

Britney, Britney, Britney. One minute you're pleading on Dateline to Matt Lauer about being left alone, and the next minute you're posing preggo on the cover of Harper's Bazaar. Somebody get this girl a better publicist!! Wanted: Publicist for Britney Spears. Must be level-headed, rational decision maker. Homewreckers encouraged to apply.

Don't get me started on K-Fed. My blood pressure is already high enough this morning.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Are you destined to be an Entrepreneur?

I came across this article on Lifehack.org today entitled: The Top 10 Signs You Were Made to Become and Entrepreneur

While I can't agree with all items on the list, there are definitely a few traits that I see in myself. Check out this excerpt, or the full article

Fred's Top 10 Signs You're Made to be an Entrepreneur

10. You are unemployable. You can’t hold a job. You don’t want to hold a job. And you react to getting a job the same way a cat reacts when you try to give it a bath.

9. You are anti-authoritarian. You can’t fathom the thought of being anything less than Boss, President, Chairman, Don, and/or Emperor.

8. You have the uncanny ability to get other people to do all the work.

7. You are always looking for and/or seeing economic opportunity everywhere and in everything. While at a concert, you occupy yourself by estimating the evening’s take and its gross margins instead of listening to the music.

6. You spend more time and energy looking for easier, faster, cheaper, more effective ways of accomplishing something than if you just did the task outright.

5. You would enthusiastically trade a life-time pass to Disneyland for one ride in the Vomit Comet. In other words, you would give up a secure, even-keeled, bland existence for a life that whipsaws uncontrollably between exhilaration and terror.

4. You don’t see lack of money, lack of knowledge, and lack of experience as barriers to entry. You are also not deterred by the existence of formidable competition.

3. You favor multiplication over addition and you lull yourself to sleep by calculating price-earnings ratios.

2. You would happily invest your home’s equity and your life savings (and your mother’s life savings) in your start-up.

And the Number One sign you are made to be an entrepreneur . . .

1. When you project future earnings, your spread sheet shows that by Year 5, you can buy Argentina and sell it to Brazil.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

More videos

I just found one of my favorite music videos of all time... because what's better than the Muppets and Weezer?

Friday, June 23, 2006

Hahaha ohhh GFY


Unfortunately, I can't take the credit for this one... But I thought it was pretty funny. Go on over to Go Fug Yourself for the whole article.

Monday, June 19, 2006

New Obsession

Ohhh my long lost music videos are found! Peekvid will help you find all of those videos you remember from back in the day (as well as some recent ones). My favorites are all of those British music videos that I watched endlessly while living in France. Can you say Craig David, Atomic Kitten, and Jamiroquai?? Ohhhh I'm getting excited just thinking about it!

As if we need more evidence of Robbie Williams being a whackjob... here it is:
My advice... just keep watching until the end... seriously....

I think I've died and gone to heaven... Forget NKOTB or Backstreet Boys. No no, the loves of my life back in the 90's were those Take That boys from across the pond. That lead singer.. oyyy he's goooorgeous. In the RAIN no less! Well.. he was gorgeous, circa 1996 or so. Hahah and Robbie Williams is in a fur coat dancing around like an idiot. Priceless.
Oh my God. I think I've just stumbled upon the most embarassing thing on the face of this earth. Oh yes, it is Robbie Williams and the Take That boys.... circa 1992 maybe? I'm just... speechless. Check it out. And PS. I can no longer have a crush on the lead singer after that debacle. Ruined. ruined...

Early to bed...early to rise

I have never been a morning person. I have never even had hopes of becoming one... until I came across this article, How to Become an Early Riser. And then I realized that the guy was just full of it. His advice was this: Go to bed when you're sleepy and set your alarm clock to a set time each morning (say 5am). "Just exert more control over your sleep patterns", he says. Ohh ok so just tell that alcoholic to "just exert more control" over his drinking habits. Bottom line, early rising just isn't my thing. So I petition that the work day starts at say...1pm and goes until 8pm. How does that sound?

Monday, June 12, 2006

World Cup fever

The World Cup is something that the majority of Americans just can't fathom. Soccer (football, le foot, footie, etc etc) in the US is something that one grows up playing but there's never really that national sports fever about it, like there is for baseball or football (American style, that is). I didn't really "get it" until I lived in France, right down the street from the Stade Velodrome, a stadium in Marseille, France that is home to the Olympique de Marseille (Allez L'OM!!) It's amazing to me how wound up these people get about soccer. It's craaaazy. But soo much fun. We would buy our tickets to the game minutes before it started by the gypsies out in front, trying to negotiate the best we could in our lacking French. One time we even ended up in the VIP section because the game had already started and we had no idea what seats we were negotiating for. I really do miss it! I hung out with Jen and her German this weekend (who lives with a house full of Germans) and they even had painted bananas to resemble the German flag. World Cup Feeeevaaaaaaa

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Bird Lady

SSlice19: I just want bird lady to quit though
SSlice19: she's always cluttering my desk
jem4415: which one is bird lady?
SSlice19: and if she leaves we get a new temp without skills who I can make file my stuff
SSlice19: the one who brought a bird in her shirt a temp
jem4415: a real bird??
SSlice19: yes
SSlice19: and it lived in her boobs
jem4415: what?!?!
SSlice19: I told you this story
jem4415: you're making this up
jem4415: no I vaguely remember you started to tell me this
SSlice19: and I recently found out that it pooped on her and this is how Donna found out that it was there
jem4415: ohhh this crazy world we live in.

Anyone know a good cure for the hiccups?

I've had the hiccups ALL DAY today! They just keep coming back! They started when I missed a call from Matt (my boyfriend who is in the woods of New Zealand without access to modern necessities, by the way) who somehow managed to make it to a phone. I missed the call by 10 minutes because I was downstairs and my phone was upstairs. This wouldn't have been such a big deal if 1. it hadn't been his birthday and 2. the next time I'd hear from him would be in a week and a half. **Sigh** So now everytime I think about it I get all upset and the hiccups come on.

I don't know if any of you have ever had recurring hiccups... but they're pretty freakin' obnoxious!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Happy Birthday!!!!

I want to extend a Happppy Birthday to the man in my life!
Happy Birthday you little devil! ; )
....technically Matt celebrated his birthday yesterday in New Zealand and as far as I know the world didn't end apocolyptically so I think were all going to make it.

Wish Matt a Happy Birthday! And I'll be sure to send it along to him : )

Procrastination: Pull vs. Push

When I was in school, procrastination used to be a huge issue for me. I was a believer in the "procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday" way of life. For some reason, I always thrived on the thrill of "last minute". While that system worked out pretty well for assignments... it didn't work out so well for housework and those other life errands that didn't have a grade/deadline.

I came across this article about the Pull vs Push way of looking at procrastination. Or basically, a list with tips on Overcoming Procrastination Through a Pull Method.

My favorite is #6... How to Talk to Yourself
6. How to talk to yourself:
-- Replace "I have to" -- which promotes victimhood and resentment -- with "I choose to."
-- Replace "I must finish" with "When can I start again?"
-- Replace "This is so big/difficult/complex" with "I can take one small step: one rough, rough draft, one imperfect sketch."
-- Replace "I must do this right (i.e., perfectly)" with "I can be human." Accept "mistakes" as feedback, and part of the natural learning process. In fact, try to be imperfect. Intentionally do the first part of your project sloppily: rough draft in crayon, or on a coffee-stained old envelope. Worked for Abe.*
-- Replace "I've got to get this done; I don't have time for play" with "I must make time for play." Reward yourself with fun, friendship, exercise, whatever, after you've made your start. This makes making the next start much easier.

Monday, June 05, 2006

You're getting sleeeepy

I came across one of my favorite topics on Lifehack today, sleeping. It was an article about the myth that everyone needs 8 hours of sleep a night and proposed an experiment to find out how many hours will work for you.

Personally, I find that the less sleep I get, the more awake I feel in the morning. And by less sleep, I mean approximately 6 hours, not like 2 hours. The problem, is that I just can't get out of bed and I love sleep. Hmmmm. I guess I could experiment with it though.

Click here to read the article: Lifehack.org

Before the advent of the electric lightbulb, it wasn'’t much of an issue, people hit the hay after a couple of hours by candlelight, and stirred at daybreak. But the invention of artificial lighting, and the subsequent introduction of shift working, has progressively '“detached us from the 24-hour cycle of light and dark,'” says Russell Foster, professor of molecular neuroscience at Imperial College, London.

Today, our culture of long hours at work and the 24-hour availability of almost everything from convenience stores to television and e-mail have demoted sleep in our priorities. To manage fatigue, says Dr Foster, '“we'’ve fallen into a stimulant-sedation loop, where stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine are used for wakefulness during the day and sedatives such as hypnotics and alcohol are used at night to induce sleep.'”



The eight-hours mantra has no more scientific basis than the tooth fairy.

That has compressed the sleep cycle. A report published last year, entitled “Insomniac Britain”, by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy found that adults in the United Kingdom sleep an average of six hours 53 minutes each night. Is that enough? Not according to the ancient formula of eight hours of rest, eight hours of work and eight hours of play, which many physicians and therapists still swear by. And it'’s not enough for the survey respondents, many of whom considered themselves '“sleep-deprived'”.

[Article at The Economist]

Friday, June 02, 2006

Thursday, June 01, 2006

J moves out... the lizard moves in

It's been a busy past couple of days! Unfortunately there will be no more "Through the Wall" conversations to be had, as my roommate on the other side of that wall has moved out. : ( You will be missed J!! I also said goodbye to my beloved this morning and shipped him off to New Zealand for a month. In exchange, I got one bearded dragon lizard, one MacBook Pro, and the keys to his apartment. My to do list now includes: buy more crickets... I don't know how I feel about that yet.
Wish me luck!

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Slacker!

I've definitely been slacking on these posts lately. It's been busy with graduation parties and getting Matt ready to ship off to New Zealand on June 1st. The grad parties are over now so it's time to pack, clean, ship Geekos off, etc.... Anyway...

I already miss Lost...*sigh* Who knew I would get so addicted to a tv show?! I'm actually about to start the book "Bad Twin" so we'll see how that ties in.

In other news, summer has finally graced us here in Rhode Island. This weekend was gorgeous, but very hot and humid. Saturday was interesting because it went from sunny skies to torrential downpour in the time span of one shopping round at the Gap (and I didn't even try anything on...). The rain was kind of a nice break from the humidity, although somehow the rain descended upon Garden City in Cranston and missed Providence all together so it was still hot as hell in the apartment when we got back there. Sunday was Matt's graduation party/lobster bake and the weather was perfect! Definitely better than last Sunday's sunny/pouring rain episode.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Weekend Update

These posts have been slacking off for the past week due to the graduation season. And boyyy was it a long weekend of graduation festivities. First up was my sister, who graduated from Endicott College in Beverly, Mass on Saturday with a BS in Interior Desgin and then Matt who graduated from Univ. of Rhode Island with a BS in Computer Science on Sunday. I think my most prominent souvenir from this weekend of graduations is the blazing sunburn on my face and neck from a severe lack of sunscreen. Ohh my owwww.

Anyway... take aways from this weekend:
  • GO see Over the Hedge. I'll tell you, I'm not a huge animated features fan, but this movie was SO funny. Hilarious. I mean Wanda Sykes and Steve Carrell were in it, come on.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Through the wall

SSlice19: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/09/business/09barbie.html?ex=1297141200&en=953156d2ca91e7cf&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss
jem4415: hahah Ken is so gay
SSlice19: I read an article in the waiting room today that pointed out he carries a large MAN PURSE embazzelened with a phallic looking symbol
SSlice19: it's true Ken is gay
jem4415: it's an open relationship that he has with Barbie
SSlice19: or a front
SSlice19: aparently she had a "suitor" during their break up for the past 2 years
SSlice19: I never even knew they broke up
SSlice19: it was her idea...I can see why
SSlice19: but to dump Ken for a doll named Blaine..is that a step in the right direction?
[side convo]
jem4415: and back to Barbie
SSlice19: oh yes on the Barbie note: Barbie has lately been portrayed as highly successful professional and actually left Ken for Blain.
SSlice19: I just don't know
SSlice19: I keep telling myself not to judge
SSlice19: haah
SSlice19: I really must go to bed now though
SSlice19: good night M
jem4415: goodnight J

Season finale season

***Grey's Anatomy Spoiler Alert*** if you haven't caught up on TiVo yet, stop right here!


Grey's fans out there were treated to a 2 hour season finale last night. The first hour was action packed, but really we all knew that Burke and Denny couldn't die. And they didn't. The 2nd hour wasn't so kind to Denny though... I'll admit, I cried.

I can't wait for Lost to wrap up, although a long summer of repeats makes me cringe.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

More Rhode Island'isms

I got this from a Myspace bulletin from my dear friend Aubrey, a former RI'er now living in San Diego. But I will tell you all right now- I've never had a boyfriend named Vinnie (and I don't ever plan on it)

You Know You're From Rhode Island When... You had a "wickit" good time at the beach. When you hear an amazing fact your immidiate reply is "no suh!" You can't drive two miles with out seeing a Dunkin Donuts. You consider a car journey of longer than one hour a day trip. You can you curse in Italian. You own garden tools from Job Lot. You have tried to drive the measured mile in less then 45 seconds. You have used the expression "Not For Nuthin" or "bubbla". You serve bread with every meal. You load up on milk and bread before a snowstorm. You feel compelled to hear at least one weather report a day. You have pulled out of a sidestreet and used your car to block oncoming traffic so you could make a left-hand turn (aka Cranston Jam). You own at least one coffee table book with a picture of a lighthouse on it. You've boasted about the money you saved at the Christmas Tree Shop. Your first live concert was at The Civic Center or Rocky Point. You have close relatives who work for the state. You have used a demolished landmark when giving directions. You have slammed on your breaks to discourage a tailgater. You know what a burger "The Newport Creamery Way" is. You have dated a girl named Brenda or a guy named Vinnie. You have used the breakdown lane on 95 to pass someone. You have driven more than 5 miles out of your way to save less than two bucks. You been on a RIPTA bus less than 12 times in the past 6 years. You know what a "governor-preferred" plate is. You know someone who works for the Registry. You've asked your mechanic for an inspection sticker even though your car failed to pass. You have a degree from RIC, CCRI or URI. You think vodka and Del's is a great combination. You've borrowed dealer plates from a friend. You know how to pronounce Pawtucket, Cowesett, Usqepaug, and Narragansett. You can recognize a Cranston accent. You think high hair, gold chains, and gum go together. You drop the "w" in Greenwich, Kingstown, and Warwick. You celebrate St. Joseph's Day and know what a "zeppolla" is. You know what "ProJo" stands for. You always start giving directions by saying, "Well, you get on 95" You know where "NiRoPe" comes from. You know what "John from Alpert's" sounds like. You can recite the license plates of all your family members and friends. You know what a "package store" is. You think lots of gold jewelery looks great on the beach. Your favorite expressions are, "Are you serious?", "Wicked", and "You know what I'm saying?" You know there's a West End but not a West Providence. You think banana, vanilla, and idea all end in "r". You put vinegar on your french fries. You've gone to Cumbie's for milk or gas. You know that there is never any school in Fosta-Glosta when it snows. The girl you ended up marrying lived no more than 6 blocks from where you grew up. You've converted the basement of your house into an apartment. You call spaghetti sauce, "gravy." You tell friends that something is "on special", instead of on sale. You order an iced coffee in December. You read the wedding announcements in the Sunday Pro-Jo and recognize at least 3 couples. You know someone who knew the Farrelly brothers when they lived around here. You know exactly which parts of Dumb and Dumber, There's Something About Mary, Meet Joe Black and Amistad were filmed in RI, and you can tell someone exactly where that is. You know what the Coffee Cup Salute is, and who does it every morning. You grew up with everyone you see at Stop and Shop. You know where South County is, even though it doesn't exist. You and everyone you know are either Italian or Irish, or both. You've never been farther south than Jersey, and not farther West than there, either, but are planning to move to Florida as soon as you turn 60. You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from Rhode Island.

What do you have to prove David Blaine?

NEW YORK (AP) -- Magician David Blaine was unconscious and having convulsions when he was rescued from his 8-foot aquarium during a breath-holding stunt, his trainer said Tuesday. [article]

Where was his mother! Or more importantly, who in their right mind would think, even for a second, that being underwater for a week was a good idea. I can only imagine how wrinkled his hands and feet must have been. Gross!

Monday, May 08, 2006

Isn't it ironic...

Irony is when you get a great parking spot up front at work.... but then walk all the way to the back of the parking lot because you forgot where you parked. Dohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Friday, May 05, 2006

Kennedy's Gone Wild

I saw today in the news that Patrick Kennedy (I didn't vote for him! Thank God I'm in the only other district in Rhode Island) got himself into a little fender bender the other night, claiming that he was under the influence of Ambien and some other medication for tummy troubles. You know I have heard stories of people doing some pretty whacky things on Ambien, like sleepwalk-binge eating whole bags of cookies, so I'm not going to totally discredit his story.

...But this whole news piece reminded me of when I met Ted Kennedy & his two large dogs in the elevator of the Biltmore Hotel in Providence. I was with my two best friends on Election Night in Rhode Island and it was a big night for the Democrats, who were all partying at that hotel. I think the only major seat they lost that night was for governor.. but who cares about that ; )

We had such a great time hopping from suite to suite and serving ourselves drinks from the bathtub (beer, not bathtub gin), and even found ourselves in a dance party in Matt Brown's room with the Young Democrats from Roger Williams. I can't believe that was almost 4 years ago now!!!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

More quakes rattle Tonga


As some of you know, my bessst best friend Valerie is stationed in Tonga for her Peace Corps Service. I was absolutely beside myself yesterday when I first got word that an 8.0 earthquake struck Tonga. And NOW there have been two more earthquakes, a 6.0 and 5.4.

I've been trying to get through to her cell phone, but can't get connected. I've read numerous articles about the situation and it doesn't appear that Tonga suffered too much damage, but I'd love to hear that from her nonetheless.

Here are some of the articles I came across:
New quake measuring 6.0 hits Tonga
Tonga fails to receive Tsunami alert
Tonga escapes quake damage

Matt's new baby

I didn't want to play mini-golf this past Saturday so Matt and I ended up going to PetSmart instead... and left with a baby bearded dragon. I never thought I'd say this... but he's cute, isn't he?

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

RI WiFi?


Rhode Island is a peculiar little state. For those of us who have spent most of our lives here, it's much harder to see all of the little oddities that those outside of Rhode Island can't fathom. Take 'bubbler' for instance... yeah.. you drink out of it, so what. Then those outsiders go and try to claim that it's called a 'water fountain'. A water fountain?? Are you crazy, ducks swim in water fountains. There are other things, like our affection for Del's lemonade, Dunkin Donuts, and cabinets (like a milkshake but wayyy better!).

So where was I going with all of this? Ahhh yes. Rhode Island is the smallest state in the union. To those of you from Texas, hell even Connecticut, we are unfathomably small. It takes less than an hour to go from the top to the bottom. Being such a small state allows us to share in those interesting little idosynchrocies like pooling together to make fun of Cranston (or Craaaaaanston, rather). The fact that we are so small also brings up another thing. Wireless Internet for the WHOOOLE state. Yup. I came across this article yesterday on CNN.

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (Reuters) -- America's smallest state is seeking to become its first to offer a wireless broadband network from border to border.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Fun in the Sun... on Randalls Island

I came across an article on CNN that New York City was going to be home to a waterpark... A waterpark huh? Where in the world would one put a waterpark in NYC? Randalls Island of course! My beloved and I spent a long and dusty day on Randalls last summer when we went to a Dave Matthews Band concert on the island. It's an event that we affectionately remember as the Dust Bowl 2005 because by the time we left to make the trek back to Hoboken we were absolutely covered in dust from head to toe. Covered. It was up my nose, in my eyes, my hair. Everywhere.

Anyway, the moral of this story is..... ohhh the waterpark. The proposed 26 acre park is due before next summer (2007). Yaaaayy! I'm excited to see what big and bold waterpark NYC will turn out!

Check out the article: CNN.com

Friday, April 28, 2006

Oh Tom. You're so subtle. I'm not sure if you've heard or not, but Tom here has a movie coming out... MI: III.

Alright, enough of the charade. Tom Cruise is a maniac. How did this happen?? I swear he was perfectly normal when MI: II came out! Ahh, I know what it is... Nicole must have kept him in line. You've got a lot of work ahead of you Katie Holmes. Get crackin'.

Babel Fish... hmm

So Babel Fish, a translating tool that was an essential part of my French degree is now owned by Yahoo... but can still be found at its original location on Altavista... interesting.

*And a word of caution to all you foreign language students out there- DO NOT rely on Babel Fish to write your papers -unless you know the language well enough to be able to tell when the translation comes back with something completely asinine. (Which it definitely will and your professor will know) Another tool that was very useful when I was writing my 20 page French term papers was the Spelling and Grammar checker in Microsoft Word. This was great for making sure accents were correct and that genders were matching... all of that fun stuff that comes naturally to the French.

Well I know that the semester is coming to an end now and those French papers and projects are approaching deadlines... if you need any help with them give me a shout! Honestly I miss writing them!! Sick- I know!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

In the news today....

Some of the day's news highlights...

First of all, Tony Snow. So I'm logging into my mail at AOL today and I see the headline, "He's called Bush 'An embarrassment'... who hasn't. If you're going to go on that basis... well then I'm sure that even his own mother is out of the running.

Then there's Chernobyl. Today marks the 20th anniversary of the nuclear accident that resulted in radiation contamination that affected most of Europe. I didn't realize that this occurred in 1986, at that point I was too young to remember it happening(since I was only 4), but I was always under the impression that it happened in the 70's for some reason. Check out the wiki article if you'd like some more info.

In celebrity gossip today, US Weekly is claiming that Britney Spears is "100 percent pregnant again with her second child". Nooo say it ain't so!! Not another K-Fed spawn! You know, I was really hoping that we would see Britney get back on her feet, clean up, and start doing something productive again. Granted, I was never a huge Brit-Brit fan, but it's just sad to see her like this!

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Gas is HOW much now?!?

Always the frugal shopper, I'll often go to the most chaotic, craziest looking gas stations just to save a few cents. Check out Gas Buddy, it's a really cool site that has an interactive map of gas prices by county. FYI, you can find the cheapest prices in Wyoming- it's just too bad that you probably have to drive 22 miles to get to the nearest gas station.

CNN Article: Gas up 25 cents in 2 weeks

Thursday, April 20, 2006

The Web's Weirdest

So I made the mistake of taking a nap after work and now I'll be up all night. What's better for late night boredom than poking around Delicious? ...hmmm probably a lot of things, but here are some really weird websites I came across tonight:

I Hate Cilantro
The Waiter Rule - for all you future CEO's
Overheard in New York - this one is pretty funny, here's a quick excerpt

Guy on cell: Uh huh, and that's why you have herpes, dude.

--Outside Gonzalez y Gonzalez

Teacher lady: Kids, kids...Quiet! Remember, no one else on this train likes children!

--F train


Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Polls Closed

I'm closing the polls on the Easter candy question. After a record response, Peanut Butter Eggs came out on top this year!

Thanks to everyone who voted : )

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

RIP Jamestown Bridge


Rhode Island will say goodbye to the old Jamestown Bridge today. Demolition of the old bridge is scheduled to occur between 10am and 2pm today and if you can't make it down to North Kingstown or Jamestown, you can check it out at Channel 10's website Turnto10.com

I'm on there as we speak (damn the resrictions of a 9 to 5 job!) and Governor Carceiri is having a press conference. Remarks about how scary it was to drive over the old bridge by politicians...etc, etc, what a feat it was to get funding to demolish this bridge etc. etc.
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Whoaaa that was pretty cool. The whole center span dropped into the ocean. The old Jamestown Bridge has always been a part of my Rhode Island and now Narragansett Bay looks naked!

Monday, April 17, 2006

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Easter Candy

As Easter is slowly coming to a close this year, let's take a moment to reflect... reflect on Easter candy. Take a moment to vote for your favorite Easter candy in the sidebar to the right --->

Thanks!!

Friday, April 14, 2006

Real World...Denver?

Yes yes it's true. The next location for MTV's Real World has been found in Denver, Colorado. The house will be located at 1920 Market Street, the former location of B-52 Billards. No word yet on what their job will be... but there will be a basketball court. Yeah, not too much info out there yet but i'll be sure to keep you all updated.

In the meantime check out Reality Blurred

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Power Yoga


I had my first Power Yoga sessions last night...whewww. For those of you unsure of what Power Yoga is, it's held in a 90F (hot hot) room and involves a 90 minute althletic full body yoga session. Needless to say I am a teeeensy bit sore today : )


I really like it though! I was definitely nervous to try it at first. My boyfriend and his parents started going and raved about it. They're all athletic runners though so I wasn't sure if I could keep up. The great thing about yoga is that you can take it at your own pace and no one is going to judge because they're all too busy sweating and twisting to take any notice at all in what you're doing : ) So try it!

Monday, April 10, 2006

In light of my recent travels...

In light of my recent travels down to Texas, I thought I'd share this funny (haha if you're a Democrat anyway) swf with y'all. Thanks Ali for reminding me why I don't want to move down to the Austin office.... even if they do have free diet coke.

Become a Republican

Friday, April 07, 2006

Business as usual in Austin

My trip to Austin was great. While I did spend nearly two whole days traveling and one day actually in Austin, it was still worthwhile. In my whirlwind tour, I got to see downtown, ate at Starlite in the Warehouse District, saw the Capital building, bought a cowboy hat for my boyfriend, along with lots of hot sauce, and saw my share of pickup trucks. On the work side, I got to check out our new office down there, meet up with some ISRs that were at New Hire training a few months ago, went out to lunch at a Tex-Mex place down the street from the office, etc etc.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Yeehaaww

In Austin on business for a few days... I promise a post as soon as I return. This is my first time going to Texas after all... I'm sure good stories are sure to follow : )

Thursday, March 30, 2006

My 2nd two favorite men

Ben and Jerry of course! I was just having a Ben and Jerry's Favorite Flavor discussion at work so I thought I'd share with the rest of the group. This discussion was sparked by my announcement that my mom just bought me a pint of Vermonty Python (something I've yet to try) and Dublin Mudslide (mmmmm).

According to the Ben and Jerry's site, the top 10 flavors are:
  1. Cherry Garcia Ice Cream
  2. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
  3. Chunky Monkey Ice Cream
  4. Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream
  5. Half Baked Ice Cream
  6. New York Super Fudge Chunk Ice Cream
  7. Phish Food Ice Cream
  8. Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream
  9. Cherry Garcia Frozen Yogurt
  10. Coffee Heath Bar Crunch Ice Cream
My favorite has got to be Half-Baked, #4 on the list. What's your favorite?


RIP Bovinity Divinity... you will be missed

Monday, March 27, 2006

M&M's for a good cause

It's ok... eat them, they're for a good cause.
For each of the 8 oz. bags sold, M&M's will donate $0.50 to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

So the next time you're craving chocolate, you can fight breast cancer as well. Pick up a bag! : )

Sunday Night TV

Deperate Housewives (finally!) returned last night and up'ed the goofy factor a few noches too high this week. The show itself is starting to get desperate, if you will. But I suppose that is the nature of housewives... isn't it? Hahah they're novel at first but then they start to get old and act out to be attended to... needy. I miss all the interwoven plot lines... and hell if they exist this season I wouldn't be able to remember what happened 3 weeks ago, when I saw the last episode. To make matters worse, Grey's Anatomy was a REPEAT! -tear-

Friday, March 24, 2006

The "return" of Sex and the City??

According to Reality Blurred, HBO is developing a reality version of my beloved Sex and the City. Basically it sounds like a grown-up Laguna Beach in NYC... I guess I can't really complain about that! I need a new guilty pleasure anyway.
HBO “is finalizing a deal for an unscripted comedy pilot described as "‘an attempt to capture the vivacity, sexuality and friendship of women in a big city under the banner of a reality show,"” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Read the article

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

iPod parody

Since my boyfriend has recently become an Apple whore (you can't even deny it ; ) darling), I thought I'd leave you with this Microsoft iPod parody.... it's hilarious.

iPod

enjoy! : )

Monday, March 13, 2006

Sunday Night Tv

A much anticipated Desperate Housewives last night (seriously, when was the last time it was on??) had me longing for the excitement of Season One. More specifically.... John the Gardener. This Season One nostalgia was probably brought on by no other than... well, John the Gardener's Mom. They brought her back to deter Gabrielle and Carlos from adopting a baby, and thus forcing them to go through an underground adoption agency. The bottom line is this: we don't care about John's Mom. Season Two has been seriously lacking. For starters, it's not even on every Sunday anymore. It's more like, oh when the girls feel like making an episode and even then the writers are struggling to come up with something entertaining.

I have the perfect fix. Bring back our dear friend, John the Gardener and have him mow some lawns with no shirt on. It's easy. ; )

Monday, March 06, 2006

The Oscars- Hold on Tight!

Sadly, the most action I saw all night was Jennifer Garner almost tripping on stage. I was on the edge of my seat.

Oscars Recap

Tomorrow I'll give the full Oscar's Report... on things like:
  1. Did Jennifer Garner really just trip like that on stage- poor thing
  2. Jon Stewart's "Host Rating"
  3. Fashion Moments
  4. What was all that babbling going on with Lilly and Meryl??
  5. etc. etc.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Real World Key West debuts

Real World: Key West

After much anticipation (on my part and Matt's at least), the 17th season of the Real World started on MTV last night.
Now, I've always been a fan of the Real World, but this one is more dear to my heart since 1. my dad lives down in the Florida Keys and 2. Matt and I actually ran into a few of the cast members when we were in Key West in November. My darling Matt even had an engaging conversation with one of the cast members on the merits of hot dogs on Duval St. When we were down there in Fat Tuesdays we noticed some suspicious looking cameramen and they ended up being the Real World camera crew. We then followed them to The Lazy Gecko where we learned that the two castmembers we saw were Janelle and Zach. Good times... maybe you'll see our blurry faces on MTV in the future : )

Meet the Cast

Monday, February 27, 2006

Grey's Anatomy Monday morning recap


Did anyone catch Grey's last night? Cupcakes are so "in". (see post 2/20) Personally, I would probably pick the man who surprised me with a cupcake over the man on his deathbed who looks like the brother from Everybody Love Raymond... but that's why I'm not a doctor now isn't it. All I can do about last night's episode is shake my head... tsk tsk. First of all, Meredith...whyyy ohh whyy would you sleep with George. Ok, the writers made you do it, that really is the only thing that can explain that. Then there's the whole "I'm in love with a heart transplant patient" scheme so we're all lead to believe that Alex will pull the plug on the man in a fit of jealousy. We'll see about that won't we? Oyyy this is too much emotional garbage to leave me with Grey's... Usually all of that stuff is neatly wrapped up at the end of the episode and then trucked away. And don't even get me started on Desperate Housewives flaking out on me again.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

It's Official!

I've just launched my newest blog: Fashion Roundup

Check it out! Because sometimes...boyfriends just don't understand.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Time enjoyed being wasted was not time wasted...

Unless you're at work...

I just came across this survey that's a "Wasted Time at Work" list by state. I was astonished to find that Rhode Island was the second to last state... where does your state come in?
Wasted Time at Work

Google Nighttime

So for a while I was addicted to Google Earth...now check out Google Nighttime.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Cupcakes..


Ohhh I have a new found love for Starbucks cupcakes. I can't stop thinking about them...

Friday, February 17, 2006

Weather rant


The weather in the Northeast has gone too FAR. One minute it's a blizzard, then the 10 inches of snow that we got melts 2 days later due to 60 degree temperatures, and now, when I want to go skiing for the weekend it's raining and ridiculously windy, all of which will turn to ice tonight followed by temperatures in the teens and wind chills of -20 F. What!? Here's what it looks like for the weekend... looks like another ski weekend will have to be postponed. There better be good skiing into April this year. Argggggh
Eastern U.S.
A strong arctic cold front will move through the northeast on Friday afternoon and evening. It will be a very fast moving front featuring high winds, a flash freeze, and rain showers changing to snow showers from NW to SE as the afternoon progresses. Travel to the Adirondack, Green and White Mountain resorts on Friday evening looks tricky as roadways freeze up and wind gusts of 50-60mph push high profile SUVs around.

Temperatures will fall from the 40Â’s to the teens during a 6 hour period Friday afternoon, then to the single digits above zero by Saturday morning as winds continue to howl out of the NNW. Wind chills will be well below zero and the National Weather Service will likely issue wind chill advisories and warnings for Saturday. All skiers and riders should bring all the layers this weekend. Saturday daytime temperatures will be between 0 and 10 at ski resort bases in upstate NY, VT, NH, and ME while the summit daytime temperatures run 0 to -10F.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Thoughts on MySpace

First of all, did anyone see the MySpace clip on the Daily Show last night? Hilarious! Demetri Martin did his Trendspotting report on the marvels of MySpace... Here's the link
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4698898666405139932 Thank you Dr. Smallbeard for sending that along.

Seriously. Check it out.

I couldn't believe that MySpace has 2.5 more clicks than Google! Haha.. then again I consider all the times I click on it all day at work. I guess it does make sense. Anyway, check me out on MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/jem4415 no sexual predators though please, I won't fall for it.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!


(I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have snagged my man)

Up and coming

Apparently there's a new site (in beta form right now) that's designed to dramatically increase traffic to your blog.

BlogMad is almost ready to be released, but you can sign up now,
by invite only. Click here to sign up early! Just enter your email and a password et voila!

Monday, February 13, 2006

Ad Sense (less) & Mesothelioma


So I've been participating in Google's Adsense program since September and I've made a whopping $9.13...that's almost $1.90 a month. Not exactly something I can retire off of yet! It's kind of cool to write a random blog entry and see what kind of ads I get out of it. For some reason though, I don't seem to be generating the famous high pay out keywords like anything to do with the word credit... or randomly enough, mesothelioma and asbestos (especially cancer and lawyers). How many people write sites dedicated to the cause? Now, don't get me wrong, I understand that mesothelioma is a serious topic. My step-father even died from this 2 years ago and it was a slow and painful disease. And if you're interested... feel free to click on the ad at the top (cross my fingers that I get it!) because the alleged pay out for that keyword is something like $80 a click!

Friday, February 10, 2006

Finally Friday!

Thank GOD it's finally Friday. This week has been dragging on since Monday, probably because it's been such a drastic change since last week. This weekend Matt and I are going skiing at Stowe, in Vermont.

Stowe is famous for its steeps and I'm a little bit nervous to go there with my daredevil boyfriend.
...On the other hand, I'm so excited to get up to the mountains again! I haven't been in 3 weeks and I feel like the season is slipping away.

Thursday, February 09, 2006


I kinda miss the view from my balcony... Rhode Island needs palm trees.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

A little cartoon... a whole lotta trouble

So the whole cartoon controversy, which is just a bad situation, got me thinking that wow, for what seems like the first time in the recent history of controversies, the US wasn't involved! And then that got me to thinking about my college career and how I distinctly remember that feeling at least once. It was a strange feeling at the time because I usually was involved with, created, or got dragged into every dramatic situation that was around me. This time, I was in Montreal with my best friend and seven other guys over Spring Break (my freshman year maybe??)... anyway, there was some controversy involving this guy that we were with passing out and a bunch of people doing unmentionable things to him (... I can't even remember actually, I just know it was bad). He got pissed and then there was this whole scuffle over it. Literally everyone but me was involved in it and they were arguing and finger pointing and the whole time I just sat back thinking, wow, I actually didn't have anything to do with it. It was a great feeling, although I'm not sure if I managed to work on that more as college went on... The point is- US just STAY OUT OF IT sometimes... what a great feeling.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Back in the saddle again...

Never fear- I have returned from Orlando.

After I've gone through my inbox of all the emails that weren't important enough to address while I was in Florida, I'm sitting at my desk kind of bored. After 10 days of sensory overload down in Wacky World, I think I'm now suffering from sensory deprival. Oh my god! I don't know what to do... I haven't seen Mickey Mouse's head in over 12 hours! Actually that's fine with me, in fact, I definitely preferred Sea World over the Disney establishments because there wasn't a Disney character in sight for at least 3 miles. Hahah I must admit though, my favorite part of Sea World is when people get splashed (especially when they're not expecting it) muahahaha

I already miss those damn ducks though... : ( tear.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The Orlando Update

This hotel that we're staying at is absolutely obsessed with ducks. (Peabody Orlando) The thing that's most disturbing is that everyone else seemed to know their reputation before getting here... The much anticipated "Duck Show" happens everyday at 11 am and 5 pm...then the Duck Keeper leads them up a red carpet to their room upstairs. I haven't seen the Duck Show yet but I hear that it's 5 minutes of anticipation and 30 seconds of duck tricks. Just what business people need.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Welcome to Wacky World

My 10 day trip to Orlando has been nothing short of interesting, that's for sure. I spent 2 magical days at the wondeful world of Disney with children bouncing of every wall you could imagine and then checked into my room at The Peabody on International Drive yesterday afternoon. I arrived early so I had at least one day of the room to myself before my roommate shows up. Dun dun dun dun dun....

Last night I got a call from Averitt that a few people from my team were meeting in the lobby in 10 minutes. I hurried to get ready and then discovered that the outing was to buy some thumb drives for presentations this week. We all piled into my boss's rental car and then sat in traffic forever while we creeped down I-Drive to Office Depot. After that we decided to find a place to eat. My boss gave us two options- "We can either drive down to Wacky World (I-Drive) or head downtown to Church St. Station." Now, if you've ever been to Orlando and have had the pleasure of driving the Strip (aka I-Drive) you'll notice that it goes from nicely landscaped convention center hotels to bizzaro strip malls and countless Bargain Worlds, oh and don't forget to throw in a couple of upside down buildings too.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

K-Fed

Things have been crazy busy at work! I've just spent 2 days at the "Mini-KickOff" and tomorrow I fly down to Orlando for the big one. In spite of all my business (busy-ness?) one thing is clear. K-Fed is a ridiculous human being. There I said it. Ridic... even CNN thinks so. Hahah

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

So..how was your weekend?

Ouch. Mother Nature definitely contributed to the downward spiral that was my weekend. After a disappointing rainy start to the holiday weekend, we decided to make the trek to Jay Peak in northern Vermont from the house in New Hampshire. The rain and 50 degree temperatures turned to snow, wind, and temperatures in the teens at some point overnight so were a little shocked when we woke up. The drive to Jay was a mess, and began with an extremely precarious ride through Crawford Notch near Mt. Washington. Once we got through the notch, where the wind was whipping the snow off the road, to Bretton Woods, the roads became much trickier and we almost slid into a rather large SUV because the driver decided that it would be a good idea to take a right before deciding upon taking a left. From Bretton Woods, the roads got a lot snowier, to the point where we totally missed the exit to 93N because the road was indistinguishable from the rest of the snow covered ground. Matt did a great job of getting us after Jay Peak and it was decided that I make a terrible navigator and need to be sedated the next time we drive in the snow. When we got to Jay we were warned about buying tickets because, "Dude, it's not even worth it. At all." Not something you want to hear after a 3 hour drive in the snow. We decided to take some "evaluation runs" (read: did not buy tickets) and I discovered that my poles were stolen when we got outside. By this point I was fuming and slammed some doors around, stomped into the Ski Shop and bought some new ones. Then we managed to take 4 runs (free) before we just couldn't take it anymore. The guy inside was definitely right. What a waste of my ski wax (thank god those weren't stolen too) We ended up cutting our losses, driving another 2 hours to Burlington and ended up at the Magic Hat Brewery. Then we got back into the car and drove 3 hours back to North Conway. Things didn't get any better when we arrived at Sunday River the next morning. We knew things were wrong when we got an amazing parking spot at White Cap and then found out that only one lift was open and we couldn't get to the rest of the mountain from there. Unless we wanted to ski Greencheese all day we'd have to get on a shuttle that makes every stop you can imagine all around Sunday River's accommodations. I think the kicker of my weekend, after skiing in bitter cold temperatures on the only 3 trails that were open because all of the lifts were closed down due to high winds, was when I got to the top of the stairs at the Barker Pub where they makes the best damn Bloody Mary you've ever had and it was CLOSED. I almost had a breakdown right there. I'm sorry Foggy Goggle, but tomato juice and vodka with a lemon and lime slice does not constitute as a beverage.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Musings on LOST

Getting lost with LOST

Matt and I got into
Lost pretty late in the game. At the moment, we're about halfway through Season 1 but it's SOOO tempting to start watching Season 2 on Wednesday nights. We've gotten ourselves into a tricky situation here due to the nature of the show..... Basically you miss one episode and you're totally, well, lost! Matt fell asleep during an episode the other night and now he feels on his own deserted island. (Almost like that)

So while the temptation to skip ahead is rearing it's ugly head, we know what we've got to do... keep plugging away with Season 1. And for the love of God don't ruin it for us!!!

"New Jersey: Come See For Yourself."

It seems that Jersey's new slogan is causing an uproar. How about this for a slogan.."New Jersey, we couldn't afford to live in New York"

Actually as I recall, Jen and I came up with a rather fitting slogan for New Jersey while driving through on a roadtrip to visit Val in DC.

"New Jersey, what is that smell?!?"


CNN.COM

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

In Other News...

Perusing the headlines last night on CNN, I came across the bank robber-hostage story

Suspected bank robber dead after standoff

near Disney World.

Haaa! I bet Disney's publicist was painting her toenails Minnie Mouse red last night while watching CNN and upon coming across this story screamed "But we're the happiest place on earth god damn it! We don't have bank robberies!" At which point parents around the world deemed WDW an unfit destination for children and the Disney stock instantly plummeted.

All because of the word "near".... near set the whole Disney Empire into a tizzy. And in 2 weeks when I head to Orlando for a Sales Kick-Off I'm going to be paranoid of bank robbers the whole time I'm down there. Damnnnit!

jk

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Escapism...

While I'm here at work, and doubtless a few of you are too... I'll leave you with some great pictures that my sister has taken. Maybe it's because the air conditioner is blasting my desk right now and it's 32degrees outside, or maybe it's because it's only Tuesday and I'm already planning my weekend... (one of my favorites...framed in my bf's room)
(black and white taken at Attitash)


(...that's gonna leave a mark- oooof)

And finally, I'll leave you with another one of my favorites of the Hall Chairlift at Attitash with Mt. Washington (in New Hampshire's White Mountains) in the background. This lift was actually painted black this year so the pic is now dated. It still doesn't make up for the fact that the chair is dirt-old and breaks down! What??? Hahah still, I like it better than the Summit Triple that runs so slow I've aged 5 years by the time I get to the top.

(Chairlift at Attitash, Mt. Washington in background)

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