Archive - September 2005

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Twelve-hour day, baby! I’m still at work. Amazing.

Thanks, “Big G”, for holding a 3-day meeting during one of the busiest weeks we’ve ever had here.

I also think they turn off the heat in this building after 8pm.

Before I reapply my nose to the grindstone…a laugh for you. Last night I drove back from Virginia. I stumble back into the house, dump my stuff on the sofa, and chill. My toiletry bag was unzipped about 2 inches. I left it all on the sofa for a few hours, then I bring it upstairs to unpack.

I go to brush my teeth before bed, and find my toothbrush has gone missing! Odd. I lumber back downstairs and see it on the ground, mangled by dog fangs. Sheesh. Apparently, Max sniffed around, stuck his pickle nose into the toiletry bag, and rooted out my minty toothbrush.

What’s a girl to do?

I ended up sticking my finger into the smallest of my velcro rollers, putting toothpaste on it, and brushed my teeth with it.

Very MacGyver of me, yes?

Back to the salt mines. Hope to be home by 9:30.

no witty title today

Uneventful yesterday. I arrived in Virginia last night at 7:30ish, just as planned. This Hilton has a self-serve checkin kiosk, which rocked because I had my room key in hand before the checkin line had moved 2 people!

“Make sure you get to the bar Sunday night!” I was told. Lots of schmoozing to be had. Well, the bar was closed for an “Exxon/Mobil private party”** so there was no socializing at all. Bummer. Because you all know how good I am at just thrusting myself into a group of people.

I actually hit the gym to work out (did 17 minutes on some crazy-ass elliptical type running machine…I was too wiped to go the full 30 minutes) because I indulged in some candy and fried chicken on the way down.

And was in showered and in bed by 9:30. Yay.

I tore through more than half of “The Eagles’ Brood” (“The Beauty Myth” is about 2 chapters away from completion) and hit lights-out at midnight.

This morning I wake up to a painfully sore throat and ears that hurt when I swallow. BvP and my brother (and now I) have had this illness that manifests itself as a cold, goes away for a week to ten days, and comes back worse. Well crap! I don’t think I can cajole my doctor into calling an antibiotic prescription into a pharmacy in Virginia. (Plus, most pharmacists can be prickly and difficult. 😉 ) So the game plan is to get some Tylenol (actually Acetaminophen) from the shop downstairs to alleviate the discomfort, and hope that the big ostentatious corporate office has an on-site health center. Failing that, I will call the docs. There’s a CVS pharmacy 1 mile from the hotel.

At least I won’t eat too much. Heh.

(could this be my most navel-gazing post ever?)

**”The stations in MY territory have upped the prices to over $3.00 and we have no plans of cutting back now that the consumers are used to it!”
“Well, top this! I’ve put out a memo to all the franchises NEVER to make eye contact with or greet a customer again. And to give them the stink-eye if they attempt to purchase less than $10. worth.”
“Brilliant, old man, brilliant!”

O Happy (Satur)day!

Went to Curves this morning. That franchise certainly loves Cher. There’s a whole techno-Cher Curves soundtrack in rotation. Thirty minutes of Cher and I’m ready to go shag a bagel boy. Two trips around the Curves circuit leaves me tired, but feeling that I accomplished something.

Tonight we’re going with the Blackwells to see a Camden Riversharks game> Long time readers will know that every time we go to a game with John and Erin, it rains. Tonight should be clear.

Tomorrow I head out to the “Big G” corporate office for the Online Managers meeting. I’ll get to see “Old Boss” again and will probably beat the crap out of him for leaving and recommending me for this big ol’ soulsucking job that I have now.** I’ll have the laptop and possibly the webcam with me, so I’ll be open for chatting at night when I’m bored. (Yahoo IM: ladygypsy) I should be home Wednesday night in time for yoga.

While I’m gone, my esteemed coworkers will be templating up our ‘intersitital’ CPO site redesign for a mandatory Friday launch. Then we get started on a REAL redesign. Wheee!

Monday night’s dinner will be “Luau” themed so we were asked to bring a Hawaiian shirt and/or Bermuda shorts. You may NOT believe this, but I have a tropical-themed sundress. I bought it for an event that’s fast approaching…but I bought it 1 size smaller than my current size. Last night I slipped it on and it fit. Whoa! You mean exercise and cutting back food offers results? You don’t say!

I have 3 weeks to lose 7 or 8 more lbs. So I can put it back on. Then take it off again, plus 20 more, for giggles.

Last year BvP and I hosted a Halloween party here. Unfortuantely, he’s working Halloween weekend. (All the other holidays are taken.) I still want a party though, so I was thinking of a…”Hallo-weeklater” party. That sounds a lot cuter than it looks written out.

Potential costumes so far:

  • Mrs. Incredible. Pros: Recognizable. Forgiving of a womanly curves below the waist. Cons: Expensive.
  • Mary Poppins Pros: Original. Kind of fitting, personality wise. Cons: Not very recognizable, since Mary has more than one outfit throughout the movie. Would have to make/find most of it myself.
  • Mother Nature. Pros: Timely, with hurricanes and all. Cons: Nobody outside of myself would know who I was unless I wore a sash that said, “MOTHER NATURE!!!!111111!!!”

** I don’t hate my job. It just sounds that way at times. I’ve learned more about myself and other people during this almost 2 years than I would have had I stayed at my old position. But somedays I reallly miss the creativity I had before. But with 2 redesigns to do…I think I’m getting my creative fill again.

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