Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Who needs dinner theatre?

Well, I think the last day of work at my old job was memorable, don't you?

I discovered a tiny bloodblister on my neck a few days ago and thought little of it, but then yesterday it decided to bleed... and bleed... for more than three hours. So after work (at which they gave me some candles, balloons and an ice cream cake, which made me feel very special!) I was encouraged to call my doctor, and he suggested I go to the emergency room, considering it was after-hours and the bleeding was still ongoing. So, Matt took me and off we went. I must say it was interesting to have "call-ahead reservations" to the hospital, considering I know people who work there!! ;) It was a rather uneventful visit - the bleeding finally stopped by the time I got to see a doctor, so they just patched me up and gave me a referral to a plastic surgeon - if it starts to bleed again, they need to cauterize it. Dinner reservations got delayed at that point, but we weren't too late to enjoy a delicious meal - especially the CHOCOLATE!!! ;) mmmmm..... I'm sure that I became a more interesting customer, considering I had a big patch on my neck! Matt also decided to mark the occasion with a gift - a beautiful watch. (I am overwhelmed!) All in all, a day I won't forget! ;)

Wednesday, August 23, 2006



Ok. Within the span of 24 hours (tuesday pm to wednesday pm) the following things will have occurred:

evening(!) call about a job interview.
job interview.
job offer.
more work.
dinner with a friend from childhood.*
write resignation letters.

tomorrow: resign.

There is more to this story, which I can tell you if you wish. Needless to say, it has made a poor think-about-it-and-be-sure-to-take-time-to-decide-soul-which-has-a-tough-time-with-change go absolutely batty. AHHHH! more to come...

*I know it doesn't fit the mold, but I thought I'd put it in because it was cool and in the middle of the craziest scenario.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Cerebral stuff on a Friday morning

As I was waiting to go into work this morning, I was listening to a jazz cd and along came an interesting thought....

(some) jazz is like impressionist music, in that they both may not look like they make sense on a superficial level, but when you sit back and listen and let it surround you, it certainly does.

That would make an interesting paper.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Blast from the past...

A "Magnetic Poetry" poem I wrote in May of 1999.*

go to my deliciously sensous lair
frolic in the rippled bliss with him
imagine the soft humble winter
drink love's wild wisdom
laugh and wish on the precious cleaving star
moan the translucent sensual song for the goddess
adore tranquil false shimering pinacles
transcend in the celestial explosion
whisper and fly
shine, sparkle, sing, shudder
touch, collapse, trust
life is a mesmerizing eternity

*I found it in a journal while trying to clean out my room of tons of unnecessary stuff, which is quite a tedious task!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Have you ever...

... not realized that you didn't take a shower until after you're already dressed for work?

Yeah. Did that.


Thursday, August 10, 2006

Movie Night

On Tuesday night, I went to an outdoor movie. I love summertime outdoor events - sitting out on the grass on a cool night, enjoying a movie or concert or something of the sort, picnicing, etc. In that vein, there is the Netflix Rolling Roadshow, which is bringing movies back to the places where they were filmed so that the audience can see it in the place it was created. So, we trekked down to Red Bank, NJ to see Clerks. Kevin Smith was there for a Q&A session and there were (other) cast members there as well. Tons of people showed up - we saw cars from Michigan - and it was a beautiful night for an outdoor event. It was a crazy spur-of-the-moment trip down, and made for a late night, but was a lot of fun. A movie like this reminds you that although some things in life are universal, living in New Jersey is something that you just can't completely understand unless you've experienced it!! ;)

Wish I could have gone to see the previous movie as well - Jaws, on Martha's Vineyard! That would have been great!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Whirlwhind weekend

This past weekend was my Aunt's wedding. We were invited down to be a part of it, so airline arrangements were made and plans were put in place. Murphy decided to laugh at us, however, making mush out of our careful plans. A few changes were good, but most were just craziness. Here we go! Original Plans are in green, Actual plans are in blue.

Thursday night:
Fly out of Newark, connect in Washington, arrive in Florida, pick up car to drive 2 hours to destination.
Get to Newark, flight delayed to weather for 2 hours. Connection missed. Stuck in Washington overnight. Waited on line for an hour, spoke with four different customer service reps, finally at 1am, ended up with a place to sleep (for 3 hours) taxi transfers and food vouchers. :)

Get up, help with final preparations, get ready for the wedding, help with music and photography, wedding at 2pm, celebrate, hang out with family in evening, sleep.
Get up at 5am, fly out of Washington, fly into Jacksonville, pick up car, drive like crazy, arrive at destination at 1:30, change, run over to site, get ready, help with photography and music, celebrate, take a 2 hour nap, hang out with family, sleep.

Get up, hang out with grandparents, drive to the Jacksonville area, visit a Jacksonville museum, have dinner, sleep.
Get up, hang out with grandparents, start to drive to Jacksonville, see a sign for the Stephen Foster Folk Center decide to go and see if it is anything not. Get there and find a jewel in the middle of Podunk, Florida - an amazing museum with dioramas and priceless antique pianos, a carillon tower that plays Foster's music every two hours, beautiful grounds, an amazing place. Drive to the Jacksonville area, have dinner at a place Matt had never visited, go swimming, sleep.

Get up, eat breakfast, return rental car, fly to Washington, fly to Newark, get car, drive home in late afternoon/early evening.
Get up, eat breakfast, return rental car, get ready to fly to Washingon, find out that a seat on the plane is broken, volunteer to be bumped to another flight (for some FREE VOUCHERS!), wait around airport (play video games, eat lunch, etc) fly to Cincinatti, hang out, rent a DVD, fly to Newark, transfer to the terminal where our luggage landed hours before (thankfully!) drive home, arriving around 11. Yawn!

Cool things about this trip: Finding an amazing museum. Actually having a bed and hot shower in Washington instead of the floor of the airport. Our rental car. Making it to the wedding on time... barely. Some great chocolate fudge at the "market day" at the Village. Getting to see family. The Jacksonville hotel - clean, new rooms, a nice pool in which we found $2(!), complimentary breakfast with waffles, amazing value. Visiting a new place - er, airport. And, oh yeah - FREE AIRLINE VOUCHERS! Woo Hoo! Anywhere in the continental US, good for a year.

Hopefully pictures are to come! :)

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Adventures in Traveling

Hello there and greetings from Florida! Yesterday, my Aunt Elaine got married, so Matt and I flew down to join the family and be a part of it - namely as the photography and musical forces, which technology makes so much easier! The adventure down here was quite interesting, though.... I will not go into detail at this moment, but this will be a good indication of the trip down here -

Flight from home to Washington, DC... delayed for two or three hours.
Connection to Jaxonville... missed due to the delay.
New connection flight... not until the next morning.
Customer service line for complaints at DC airport... one hour wait.
Discussion with four customer service reps led to... a place to sleep for three hours, taxi transfers and food vouchers.

Arrived at the wedding site 30 minutes before start, instead of the night before.

More to come.......