Friday, July 29, 2005
Friday Five1. What was your first job?
Working at a plant nursery. 2. How much did you make?
I think like $3.75 an hour off the books.3. Describe your least favorite co-worker of all time.
For all intents and purposes, I'd rather not.4. What is your dream job?
To not have to work. But if I had to do something, it would be to take care of dogs. 5. What do you currently do and do you like it?
I am in IT and I love it.
Running - No Doubt
Running all the time
Running to the future
With you right by my side
I’m the one you chose
Out of all the people
You wanted me the most
I’m so sorry that I’m falling
Help me up, lets keep on running
Don’t let me fall out of love
As fast as we can
I really hope you make it
(do you think we’ll make it? )
Keep holding my hand
It’s so we don’t get separated
Be the one I need
Be the one I trust most
Don’t stop inspiring me
Sometimes it’s hard to keep on running
We work so much to keep it going
Don’t make me want to give up
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Yeah, so the working out hard tonight did not happen. I'll aim for Saturday to be my start day for that.
But I did get to see baby Ronnie:
She's cuter and bigger every time I see her.
Things I'm Thinking
I am sleepy.
I will tone up.
I wish my Mom could be here right now.
My body is completely out of whack and not functioning properly.
My car is a disaster.
My e-mail inbox is a disaster.
My desk is a disaster.
It is a beautiful day!
And there are gorgeous blooming flowers everywhere.
I am allowed to wear flip flops to work.
I have incredible friends.
There's a Del Taco less than 3 minutes from my house.
My brakes are fixed.
I will hopefully be buying a new car here pretty soon.
"Sweep the Leg!"
The word Coxsackie
I am so beyond sleepy right now. And a tappity tap on the hung side. It's one thing to stay up til 2am while you're just farting around your house. But, for some reason, if you're out til 1:30am, it's a completely different kind of tired. I haven't been downtown on Wednesday night in a long time....it was fun. I was actually kind of amazed at how many people were out.
It was one of those perfect warm summer nights where the beer tastes like heaven ((and the Grey Goose tastes like Patron, right Griff??))and you feel like you could just sit out on the patio and have awesome conversation for hours...hey wait, that's what I did! :-)
You are dreamy, peaceful, and young at heart.
Optimistic and caring, you tend to see the best in people.
You tend to be always smiling - and making others smile.
You are shy and intelligent... and a very hard worker.
You're also funny, but many people don't see your funny side.
Your subtle dry humor leaves your close friends in stitches.
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Got this in an e-mail today. It didn't have an author, so I don't know who to credit with it:As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn't supposed to ever let you down probably will. You will have your heart broken probably more than once and it's harder every time. You'll break hearts too, so remember how it felt when yours was broken. You'll fight with your best friend. You'll blame a new love for things an old one did. You'll cry because time is passing too fast, and you'll eventually lose someone you love. So take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you've never been hurt because every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you'll never get back.
Wishing it was last Wednesday and I was heading up to Glendo tomorrow. :-)
I'm feeling extremely icky today. Fat and sleepy. Not a good combo. Nothing a few hardcore weeks of exercise couldn't remedy.
Avoider seeks confuser. Let's go. It's a perfect combination.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Free Drinks for Heathers
Jessica just sent me some interesting info.
Go to www.frontporchdenver.com
and click on Hello, My Name Is
. Check out Saturday the 30th.
Heathers drink free. I think I just might go.
Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." Read the entire address given by Steve Jobs.
Monday, July 25, 2005
You Know You Want to Buy Me This
Check out all the tees over here
. They all crack me up.
Home From FantasyLand
As promised, I took a buttload of photos
. The weather was spectacular! I stood up on the wakeboard - Woo hoo. I dropped my camera in the lake on the last day - Boo. The entire group rocked! It truly is like fantasy land when you're up there.
Just when you think you can't make it through the day, you are picked up by some very special people. It's *only 10AM*
and I already felt like I couldn't do it. I am so lucky that you are all in my life. Thank you for being there when I need you the most. How you know when exactly I need that phone call or that IM or e-mail, has got to be divine intervention. And for that, I am so thankful.
Thursday, July 21, 2005
So, here's what I'll be doing for the next four days:
I have a three hour drive to get there, but then it's so ON
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Five Happy Things
2. Khanh's laugh
3. Double-shot of Green Tea makes me the hyper(fish squeeze!)
4. Making people uncomfortable with my webcam
5. Craporotta (thanks for the laugh, Rob!)
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Running on Del Taco
I had Del Taco 10 minutes before my run today and I didn't even vurp once. Score! Just adding more credence to my theory that Del Taco is from heaven.
And I got this little $5 FM scan radio that mostly sucks, because when I get into a good song it cuts out. It's kinda funny though, the station that comes in best is the country station...so sometimes rock girl gets stuck listening to some crusty southerner complaining about going to the dentist.
But I did hear Eight Days a Week
and the beat of the song totally went with my stride. I love when that happens.
"HOLD ME, LOVE ME
HOLD ME, LOVE ME
I AIN´T GOT NOTHIN´BUT LOVE BABE
EIGHT DAYS A WEEK
Sometimes, the chorus/drama girl in me forgets I'm outside and I start singing. I'm probably a weird old lady to the neighborhood kids.
P.S. Call off the intervention - there was no drinking today.
What's wrong with pickles in your liver?
- I need a haircut.
- That dude who delivers the food at work keeps putting the bananas in the refigerator. Haven't you ever heard Ms. Chiquita Banana's preaching??? "But, bananas like the climate of the very, very tropical equator - So you should never put bananas in the refrigerator."
- All around me is so much drama. I'm glad I'm not any part of any of it.
- I bought the new Harry Potter book yesterday and I'm psyched to start it. Probably tonight. Maybe. Depends.
- I'm psyched that I sorta/kinda figured out that SQL problem with the GL table. Woo hoo. Kinda. Still felt relieving.
- I heard that Wedding Crashers is hilarious. I might have to go see it tonight. In which case, I wouldn't be starting the Harry Potty book.
- My stomach has that pit thing going on again. Bleah. I hope that means my metabolism will speed up or something. Just feels like I have acid from hell in there. Eating feels good for like 5 minutes and then it hurts again.
- Why 26 year olds?
- Note to self: When agreeing to have one drink with someone...stop lying to yourself. You know it's not gonna stop at one. Especially when said buddy is a pusher.
- I spent over $100 at Lukas yesterday in preparation for this weekend.
- Get ready for another barrage of photographs - I'll be up in Glendo again for the weekend.
- Lately I just want to photograph everything. I see something and think about how to properly capture it.
- I LOVE flip flops.
- Stretchy skirts are one of the best inventions ever.
- HAPPY BIRTHDAY KARIE and CONGRATS ON YOUR NEW BABY GIRL to you and Kirsten!!!
Monday, July 18, 2005
Sunday, July 17, 2005
Words of Wisdom
Don't let yesterday use up too much of today.
~Cherokee Indian Proverb
Saturday, July 16, 2005
Friday Five [The Questions were posted late...]1. Who was your first best friend?
Probably Jessica - the whole sharing the womb thing. But officially it was Erin Mallon. We had the BE-FRI/ST-END split heart necklace and the baseball shirts with velvet letters back in the 80s. 2. Who have been some of the most influential people in your life?
I'm assuming we're talking friends (not family) here: --in the order I met them--
Erin Mallon, Kristin Cartwright (Zangenberg), Matthew E. Andersen, Jeff McLean, Jennifer Meehan, Karen Codell, Nikki Comstock (Krohn), Pam Hasse, Anthony Brock, Jon-Paul Houser, David Sandford, Jennifer Milford, Kirsten Fering, Brett Folkerth, Griffin Caruolo, Alex Rivas, Jeff Cutting, Deann Franklin, Amy Fenstermacher, Mike Bush, Will Knoll, Jason Franklin, Jimmy Lehnerz, Deanne Bush, Ric Larsen, Connie Marrs...the list grows all the time.
But each of these people have affected/influenced my life in some way, shape, or form. 3. Do you usually have one best friend or a lot of close friends?
I usually have a few close friends. But I usually do have a best friend at any given point in time.4. Do you believe people of the opposite sex can be best friends and not lovers?
Yes. I believe that there are some people who really are meant to be friends regardless of gender...with no romantic attachment.5. Have you ever fallen in love with a friend?
Oh yes. Too many times.
So, I went back again
for a little bit last night. It was like monsoon pouring when I walked from my car. Needless to say, it totally looked like I just took a swim. It was *that* bad. There was even a tornado warning. It was an odd storm. Once I got there though, drink girlies were givin' out free ones...so that was kinda nice. And the bonus of the night - getting carded.
It's funny what you can find when you click the "Next Blog" link. My pig
(You can scroll down on that page to see what my pig says about me.)
Friday, July 15, 2005
"And so it goes, and so it goes | My silence is my self defense" - Mr. Billy Joel
Okay, so here goes....I must get this off my chest, as I've veiled it enough and it's time to come clean. I'm not one to air my private life very often, but I have been dealing with a lot lately. And I feel the need to express it, admit it or whatever you want to call it.
Jon-Paul and I have broken up.
It was one of the hardest decisions we've ever had to make. To you -- my family, in-real-life friends, and my Internet friends-- this may seem kind of sudden. But, if you know me at all, you know I don't make rash decisions. (well, only when I play pool/darts/bowling...but that's a whole other thing.)
For a couple of years now we've been considering a split. And, in fact, actually did split up a while back, but continued to live in the same house. Breakups don't tend to stick when you're still around that person all the time. And so it has come to this.
There is no anger or issues, the relationship has just kind of stagnated. We still get along and we still really like each other. I've always heard about amicable splits but couldn't think of a case when I'd *want* to stay in touch with an ex-boyfriend. Anyway, Jon-Paul is closing on a house in a couple of weeks. And I'm going to keep the one we currently live in. Hopefully I can afford it on my own.
Reality has hit. A twelve year chapter of my life is coming to a close. It makes me sad, but it also makes me excited. Nervous. Sickened. Hopeful. Strong. I could sit here and list off thousands of adjectives to describe the emotional rollercoaster I've been riding, but I think you get the idea.
I don't know what is going to happen from here. In these two years I have done a lot of soul-searching. Particularly since the beginning of this year. It's a difficult thing to get to know yourself and realize what it is that you really want. It's hard to realize that you've been lying to yourself. Holding yourself back. And worst of all, hurting someone that you deeply care about.
You can't help what the heart wants. Or doesn't want. There's no controlling it - believe me, I've tried. And it's hard to take a look in the mirror and see how much you've changed. Grown.
As difficult as this is, I know I am doing the right thing. I hope you will all understand as I go through some crazy shit in the next few weeks. I am apologizing now in advance for any flakiness, lack of responsiveness or complete ditsyness that may occur between now and the end of July. If you want to talk to me about it or ask any questions, shoot me an e-mail. I'll pretty much answer anything, I'm all about openness and honesty these days.
It may not trickle over into anything or it might - I don't know, I've never done this before.
Mostly it just makes you feel like you're crazy. And we all know I was already 7/8ths of the way there already.
I really love the way this pic came out.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
For those about to rock...
I salute you. Yesterday's Annual Company Meeting Pics
I took today as a sick day, to try and de-stress a bit, but honestly, I just feel guilty that I'm not at work. I'm crazy.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Easy to Please, Like Easy Cheeze
Buying undah-pahnts should not make someone this happy. Oh, but it so does.
Five Happy Things
1. "I'm not a piece of meat, Heather."
2. Being referred to as Professor Kaplan.
3. Rimming Sugar
4. My demi-guardian angel
5. Feeling wanted
So Tired My Eyeballs Hurt
Someone like me really needs to learn how to use Visine. I've never used it, but with the insomnia, I'm thinking it would be a good thing. I am very tired today, so much so that my eyeballs sting. Stayed up til 1:45 am to try and ride the "I can't fall asleep" wave out. I finally get to bed and wake up from two successive nightmares. Icky ka ka. The worst feeling is that paranoia feeling and that fear of falling back asleep. Then I had to get up at like 5:45am to get here [work] for a 7 am meeting. BUT
I clicked on the shower radio and the first song I heard was Bawitdaba
. I loves me some Kid Rock.
Monday, July 11, 2005
Some Laughs for an Old Friend
Nikki - I made you a present....check it out
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Tonight I did something that I haven't done in - hmmmm - about 8 months. I had cocktails with Deann. Jason called and said they wanted to go to Pappadeux's. I just thought we'd be going for dinner, but when we got there, she actually ordered a Bacardi and Coke. I was overcome with glee. She is such a trooper - it hasn't even been a week. I love this girl. I tell you what - if I could be guaranteed a baby as cute/good as hers and a body that would spring back as fast as hers, I could have kids. But if it were as easy as she makes it look I'd be paying off a lot of $10K bets.
Saturday, July 09, 2005
So far my high score is 307.
I hate the way I look when I'm dancing.
I was seriously only going out for one beer, then I was gonna go home and work out. So didn't happen. Heather-0, Coors Light/peer pressure-1
Friday, July 08, 2005
Things that Made me Laugh Today
- Watching the golf balls go over the net and almost hit people
- Receiving the text message: "I b like tom jones i b here all day"
- Talking about how Ronnie always farts when I hold her. :-)
- Reading the sentence: "Voyager 2 encountered Uranus on January 24, 1986, returning detailed photos ...of magnetic field and dark rings." Hee hee..even laughed typing that.
- Calling myself a devil woman.
Friday Five - Money!1. How much money is in your wallet right now?
$79 ($50 is a "safety" fifty)2. How much money would you need in the bank to feel secure? Rich?
Secure - about $1 million. Rich - upward of $10 million.3. If someone gave you $100, no strings attached, what would you do with it?
First, I'd buy that person a drink. And then I'd probably stay out and drink. :-)
But...if I were in a non-bar area, I'd probably go buy some lingerie, candles and tank tops. Hee hee.4. If someone gave you $1 Million, no strings attached, what would you do with it?
I'd for sure invest some. I'd pay off the house and tile the floors. I'd buy a truck with cash!! Then I'd take all my friends and family on some kick ass vacations. 5. How much does something have to cost before it starts counting as "real" money, as a purchase to be considered and evaluated, but below which you'll buy without really thinking about it?
Probably somewhere around like $150.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
Every so often I'm a little psychic, or it could be that I'm just able to will things to happen. Self-fulfilling prophecy or what have you. It's mostly with people and not events so much. I do experience deja vu too...but that's a whole other thing.
- I randomly thought about Nikki as I was walking out of work today and when I started my car "You Gotta Be" was on the radio. That song is one of the songs I associate with her. (see yesterday's post) Nikki easily has a box set of songs, but she had this song choreographed; so when I hear this song, I actually see her in my head. Hi Nik!
- I thought to myself this morning - wow, I haven't had a bug bite lately - bam - after lunch I had one on my arm. (This also works with zits.)
- Realized tonight that I hadn't talked to Griff in quite a while, hadn't seen him on IM and that his blog has been defunct for a few weeks (months?) now. Logged on this evening and not three seconds later, he logged on too. He said he hasn't been in Denver for over a month - he's totally beach bummin' it on the Jersey Shore. Except for the recent unemployment part of it - I'm soooooo jealous.
- I wrote about song associations yesterday. It's really not that often [maybe one every couple of months]that I atually make one. Let alone two. Today I made two. (one each for two different people)
- I always know when something's up with Jess. I get butterflies or I feel sick.
All Vegetarian Grill
Originally uploaded by .Ariel.
Ha ha ha. As cool as I think this is, I'll always make room for my friends' meat. ha ha that sounds dirty.
Visiting the One-Legged Goose
I went to Cherry Creek for lunch. I mean, it's literally a 4 minute drive from the office and there's nothing else I would have rather done. The sun was shining, it was crazy hot, the water was pretty calm and except for our group and another one the place was pretty empty. I spent the bulk of my lunch hour *cough*and a half*cough* on a boat. It's a first for me and you know what, it was freakin' fantastic. So much better than sitting in a crowded restaurant, waiting on a fast food line, or running errands. And like the last time, I didn't know anyone when I got there, but I knew them all when I left. Nice people rule.
Apparently, this is going to become a common occurence for the rest of the summer. It sucks to come back to work, but it's worth it when you're there. It's kinda hard to watch everyone else drinking though, but I can deal. ;-)
I even saw my one-legged goose
friend. Someone gave him a donut. He was in goose heaven.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
One of my new faves
"I look like
I might stink, yo."
Every few months my Grandpa (Kaplan) appears in my dreams. And when I see him I know I'm dreaming and I run up to him and hug him and I never want to let go. He's always super happy. I was IMing with Jess and told her about the dream and she sent me this analysis from her dream stuff:
To see your own family in high spirits in your dream, symbolizes harmony and happiness. To see them gloomy, foretells of disappointment and sadness.
To see your grandparents in your dream, symbolizes love, security, wisdom and protection.
To dream that you are hugging someone, symbolizes your loving and caring nature. You are holding someone or something close to your heart. Alternatively, it may indicate your need to be more affectionate.
I miss him.
Window Stank Cam
I'm *trying* to work while building maintenance is attempting to replace a window. This is the window that was leaking like crazy a few weeks back when we were having those torrential downpours.
Fig. 1 --- There was no problem getting the window out.
Fig. 2 --- They're trying to get it back in and it stiiiiinks! (Who knew a window could stank like that???)
Fig. 3 --- They attempt several times (over the course of almost 2 hours) to squeeze that bad boy back in. And I'm getting scared of a huge shatter. Not to mention that they drop the F-bomb more than Jason!!
Fig. 4 --- One of 5 billion failed attempts:
Fig 5 --- After 2 hours I'm trying to scare them away:
These Dudes are piiiiisssssed off!
How to Look Crazy When You're in Your Car By Yourself
Since I'm an incredibly music-oriented individual, I have a lot of associations with songs. A lot bring me back to a time and/or a place, but mostly they remind me of certain people. All my friends have at least one song associated with them in my head. Sometimes an entire CD will remind me of one of my friends. Some friends have theme songs, some have whole soundtracks.
But this morning, I heard this song
and it just cracks me up to no end that it reminds me of one of the prettiest, whitest, redneck friends I have. (Amy) We were in her brother's truck the other day and she heard like 3 notes of the song and rapped "Damn baby all I need is a lil bit... A lil bit of this, a lil bit of that" waaaaaay before 50 Cent did. Mikie and I looked at each other and just busted up laughing.
Then, Mikie popped in a song and it totally cracked me up. Click the verse below to see the full lyrics.Why does everybody want
To kick my ass
I'm just trying to have a little fun
For all the ones who can't
And just because I kiss the prettiest girls
And I drive my truck too fast
Why does everybody want
To kick my ass
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Happy Birthday Deron!
I can't believe my one and only cousin is 21!!!
Time to be Nice - A reminder for myself (and very boring for anyone else)ED NOTE: Barely 6 hours into this pact with myself and I've already broken it on several fronts. Tee hee.
Lately, I have been harsh on my body. I haven't been working out, I haven't been sleeping, I haven't been eating very well, I've been consuming a lot of adult beverages and I have been experiencing a ton of stress.
For the working out: today marks the day when I'm gonna start being better about my workouts. I would like to lose at least five pounds over the next few weeks. I want to get slim, toned and maybe get some semblance of the ever-elusive six pack.
For the sleeping: I'm going to try and figure out this whole insomnia thing.
I'll try to be better at getting to bed around the same time every night if it at all possible. Didn't happen.
Maybe I'll actually go to a doctor. Ha ha ha ha (You never know, it could happen.)
For the eating: Time to suck it up and start eating a little better. I'm never one to deprive myself of anything, but
I will attempt to be smarter with my choices.Yeah, had Cracker Jacks and Pepsi for dinner last night!
(More of the time - not all of the time.) :-)
For the beverage consumption: Try to stick to the
typical party days
: Thursday, Friday, Saturday. I guess I should just say any day but Sunday??? Or how about any day I just don't want to??? :-)
I really don't drink that much, I just have some *on* weeks.
For the stress: Try to reduce it as much as is in my control to do so. Try to let the stupid shit roll off my back. (I believe that is Dad's advice.) Try not to worry so much. Try not to care so much. Embrace the "go with the flow" side of my personality. Live. A lot.
Jason and Deann had their baby girl yesterday. A 4th of July baby! :-)
Monday, July 04, 2005
Happy Fourth of July!
Have a good one!
Sunday, July 03, 2005
Random Thought (Question)
How did Gene Kelly act, sing and dance
like that and still not seem remotely gay? (Just caught some of "Singing in the Rain" on AMC Channel.)
Friday, July 01, 2005
Things to do in Denver when you can't decide what the hell you want to do
Yeah, pretty much I've decided to stay in town. Many factors contributed to Ms. Indecisive (me) making this choice. #1 Baby Watch - Deann could pop that puppy out at any minute and I want to be around. #2 Ric can't go and the thought of another 6 hour round trip solo kinda bites my butt. #3 Amy asked me on Tuesday to go out dancing tonight with her and Jenny and my gut told me that I really want to go if I stayed in town, since I have not had enough QT with the Aymster. Our party nights are limited these days. (And Jenny and I sooooo need to dance to some Justin.)#4 I gotta get on the whole buying a truck thing. #5 I could still go up tomorrow morning if I *really* needed to go. :-)#6 Lazyness.
I saw the best video ever today. Rock on! :-)
Friday Five1. Photo albums or picture frames?
Both2. Digital camera, disposable, or point-and-click?
Digital all-the-way! I am in love with digital photography.3. What facial expression (of yours) is usually captured in pictures?
This one4. What's your favorite picture and why?
I have so many favorite pics. But on a quick glance at my website, this pic
is up there in my top 10 favorites. I look at it and re-live that moment where my stomach hurt so bad from laughing and knowing that that girl (Deann) would be a friend for life.5. Do you take the picture after you say "1, 2, 3", or after you say "2" and right when you say "3", or do you use another method or not count?
I say, "Okay, Ready?" *click* ....and of course there's that digicam delay.