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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Happy 2006!!

To everyone:

I wish you all a healthy, happy and prosperous 2006. May this be only just the beginning...


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Looking Back...

I had the most horrid dream about my ex fiancee' last night, to where I won't even begin to open up that can of worms, but it made me think of New Years Eves past and brought to mind one particular one in 95 where I wound up going to a friend's house for a party with my ex and he made SUCH an azz of himself, passed out at the friend's house, and I got fed up and LEFT (yes, I left) to go to our favorite club down the street. That night was hilarious, and my ex didn't even remember ripping down the shower curtain rod, drinking the host's champagne, nothing!

So tonight, in talking with Reese, his name came up in conversation and rather than putting it out there, we changed the subject. Not more than 10 minutes later, I get a call from an old friend and we're talking about plans for the evening, and what does he bring up - THAT PARTICULAR NIGHT! Turns out,he remembered a few things that I forgot. I do remember breaking up with the ex that night only to take him back a couple days later. I seemed to do that alot. I should have broken up with the ex and stayed away rather than go through 6 1/2 years of hell. Well, lesson learned.

They say who you spend time with on New Years Eve plots out your course for the new year. I say, PHOOEY! I say that a person plots out their course of action themselves. I'm looking forward to 2006. Lots of plans in store.

Thinking back to '95, it's times like that, where I do miss Western Mass and my friends up there. I even, occasionally, could tolerate the snow. Good times, people. Good times.

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Friday, December 30, 2005

Things I Am Loving...

Sarah over at The Pink Shoe Diaries directed a "Things I AM Loving" Friday Photo Essay ... so this is my first attempt... ;) so... today, this gal has her eyes on...
Juicy's Baby Fluff Bag...(Reese - SEE WHAT YOU STARTED?!?!?!?)

These Nine West Boots...

One of the top reads by the author of A Devil Wears Prada...

These wine glasses....

and, of course, what runs through my veins...


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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

This Week's S&TC Quote to Ponder...

In the spirit of looking forward, here is this week's Sex & The City quote :

Maybe the past is like an anchor holding us back. Maybe you have to let go of who you were, to become who you will be. ~ Carrie Bradshaw


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Looking Forward...

Pastor Joel Osteen talked about the importance of moving on with one's life. What a kick in the butt, right? It started me thinking and I'm happy to say that the wheels are in motion propelling me to get my life in order. So much so, I've actually begun to put together my budget for next year, started to organize that monstrosity that I call my closet, attempted to figure out the items out of my wardrobe that are going to either charity or to eBay (my *travel* charity) and, as of this month, this gal has officially been with my firm for 2 years.

Also, in the looking forward category - I received my invitation to the Grammys this year and am now in the planning stages for my LA trip in February. On the agenda, in addition to the numeorous meetings and lack of sleep, I have plans to visit this spa, do some shopping, dinner at one of my favorite restaurants (they make one of the best Egyptian martinis and, contrary to this write-up, are not terribly expensive) and, after many years of working together via phone, 'net and fax, I am finally going to meet up with one of my favorite publicists. Also, there will be the yearly trip to the WB to visit Reese and, as an added bonus maybe Mr. Swooney (Clooney) would be on the lot that day. Reese also told me that PC and I will have to find time to visit this place. In June, a trip is in the works to Sin City for Meowmix's birthday. All of this and still so much more to look forward to.

In reflecting, compared to where I was a couple years ago, I'm much better off now. I don't have clients that won't pay. I don't have to worry about offending someone at every turn. I don't have to face pressure to "think" about converting my religion. I don't have to deal with a crazy non-boyfriend's mother's psychotic episodes. I don't have to worry about how to pay the rent, creditors, and invent new ways to cook ramen noodles. I don't have to worry about cooking dinner for an army for Sunday dinner. (How the hell did I get stuck with that anyways?) I don't have to worry about working temp jobs between tour dates because the management can't afford to pay my fees but need me on the road anyways. I don't have to worry about going to places like Blue Ash, Ohio or Allison, Iowa and trying to find a Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts for that town's safety (and my sanity). I don't have to listen to 70s and 80s bubblegum pop every ****** second. I *rarely* have to deal with crazy fans anymore. And most of all, I don't have to worry about having to deal with the non-paying client's manager ANY MORE! (That's a HUGE relief into itself - you have NO idea.)

In a weird way, much like a cat, with a few scrapes and nicks, I can gladly say that I have landed on my feet. The journey was "interesting" to say the least, however I think I'm looking forward more to the journey ahead and anticipated success rather than looking to the past.

2006 - Bring it on! I think I can handle it.

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Sunday, December 25, 2005

Holidays Seem to Bring Out the Best in People...

It's true - the holidays seem to bring out the best in people. Sometimes, like with shopping, people turn into raving loons, however, today, I'm strangely peaceful.

H.'s family shocked the living daylights out of me today when I got messages from his brothers and sisters. I heard from MB who also worked with the nightmare of H.'s family and he told me that on Christmas Eve, he got a call from H.'s father who APOLOGIZED for all that he has ever said or done. He said that he looked around at H.'s wedding and saw that there were people missing from there. That made him reflect on his actions in the past and he came to the realization that fame and money is just not all that's important. Its the kids, family, grandkids and friends that are vital. Even typing this now, I know that H.'s dad really felt the spirit of the holiday season and something touched his heart. If you know him, H.'s dad is BEYOND prideful, so for him to admit that he's wrong and apologize, just about brought the family to tears as well as MB and myself. H.'s mom is another story, and we won't go into that.

I'm so thankful for my friends and family and, while I wasn't able to fly north this year for the holidays, y'all are more than welcome to come down south next year because *drum roll please* this girl is seriously considering staying in the south. Can't explain it, but I'm finally getting used to Orlando, Rat and all.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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Saturday, December 24, 2005

Happy Holidays!

As roomie is wandering around the house sneezin' like crazy, I'm happy to say that the Christmas Tree is up and decorated, finally. I know I know - I'm running massively behind schedule this year but, due to a crazy schedule, I've been unable to really focus on much. I was pretty impressed with how the tree came out and it will be coming down after January 6th. Next year, I definitely plan on getting a real tree.

I took yesterday off for a little R&R and did some shopping. I had to make a stop at Barnes & Noble & Petco, where while shopping in the cat aisle, I hear a scream and some guy is pointing going "A MOUSE!" Glad to know I'm a tad more ummm.. "with it". That mouse was brave to hang out in the cat aisle though. Shaddy made out like a bandit with a new scratchy pad, treats and lots of toys with her favorite catnip (I know I know - how can a cat distinguish? Remember, I have a cat that is snobbier than me. She only likes "Zoom Around the Room" catnip and BigMomma toys - makes it difficult because she has almost all of their toys already - maybe I can regift older toys??)

Shopping today was hilarious and a study in people. People were mad cranky and I even got yelled at by a Dunkin' Donuts worker because he wanted to close early and I came one minute before he could close. I then took that as a sign and went to the new Super Target and remembered that they now have StarBucks. Ahhh heaven - one pumpkin spice nonfat iced latte and I'm wandering through the store observing last minute shoppers in their frenzied "buy anything" shopping. As for me, I tossed a few things here and there, but since the bulk of my shopping was complete, it was somewhat relaxing. I did most of my shopping online and it took the pressure off, plus with the sales, I also earned MyPoints. Next Year I'll shop through my links over at and get some cash back. I'm all about the savings, y'all.

I've started to make my goals for 2006/2007 and, thanks to some of my favorite finance blogs, i.e. Boston Gal's Open Wallet & Savvy Saver, I've gotten myself a subscription to Budget Living. I got my first issue today and was refreshing to see that my goals are starting ahead of schedule. I even opened up a new savings account that I can't touch at ING Direct which is highly recommended. I'm less tempted to dip into it when I discover a cute pair of shoes ;)

Well, I wish you all a joyous holiday season and a prosperous new year. Tomorrow, I have a hot date with some eggnog and Captain Morgan ;)


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Sunday, December 18, 2005


The holidays never cease to amaze me - well, the time up until the holidays anywayz...

Today, after putting in a couple hours at work, I went to gather all the toys we received for the Baby DJ Fund as we're going to drop them off at the radio station tomorrow morning. Our office opened their hearts and donated 2 cars full of toys!!

Well, with the money we collected, we were able to go buy additional toys and me being the shopping queen I am, I headed down to the new Wal-Mart by my apartment, hoping to find some more "bang for the buck".

Can I say I fully understand why the holidays drives people nuts? No matter WHERE I turned in the parking lot, people were honking, stalking shoppers going back to their cars, all looking for the elusive "near the door" parking spot. Give Me A Break! Put on those walking shoes and park farther out. Work of the eggnog in your near future, is what I wanted to shout at these people.

After purchasing another 10 bags of toys, I'm traipsing out to my already full 'sleigh', and notice all of the handicapped spots are taken, with nary a ONE handicapped plate or hangtag or sign. C'mon people. STOP THE INSANITY! But.. hold on a sec.. there's MORE...

So, in my journey out of the asylum where parents were freaking out over this toy or that toy, I hear a "HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONK". Someone isn't moving fast enough for another enraged shopper. He's stopped at a stop sign. Well, Driver Boy gets a little pedal happy, honks again, revs his engine and "SMASH!" uses his car as a missile to push the guy's car through the stop sign, totaling the back end.

I have seen it all. From now on, ALL SHOPPING is to be done online. That, or I'm sticking with Target. I've had my fill of the holidays and it's only December 18th!

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Saturday, December 17, 2005

My decision...

Well, I feel much less guilt this morning, as I didn't fly home and decided that warmth was a definite "must have". BR put it perfectly this morning where he said "Don't do ANYTHING out of guilt". I hate to say it, but I enjoy not having to wear a coat in December should I choose not to. I enjoy the utter lack of ice, sleet and snow as I'm walking in 4" stilettos. I enjoy the ability to walk outside and marvel at the sunshine and green grass.

I am so not missing the chaos of ice storms up north, the crazy driving, nor the ability to slip and bust my a** on a moment's notice (and for my dear friends who know me oh so well, all those times I fell around A. was from the weak in the knees syndrome, NOT the ice *LOL* as proven by my fall down the steps in Boston after the Hockey game - not a scrap of ice or water to be had. A. always had that effect on me.)

I miss my friends and family dearly, but let this be a notice that they are more than welcome to visit the land of the Damn Rat during the months of January - March should they want to escape the snow covered tundras. I'll make sure that the wine is aplenty and, for BR, the Corona's will be chilled.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

My Definition of the Perfect Man...

In chatting with a friend today, I've determined that my perfect man would have:

the wit and personality of George Clooney

look like George Eads AND...

the height and manners of Marc Blucas.

Not to much to ask for, right?

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Monday, December 12, 2005

And if you're very lucky, a plane ride away...

I love this quote: Carrie said "Maybe our mistakes are what make our fate. Without them, what would shape our lives? Perhaps if we never veered off course, we wouldn't fall in love, or have babies, or be who we are. After all, seasons change. So do cities. People come into your life and people go. But it's comforting to know the ones you love are always in your heart. And if you're very lucky, a plane ride away."

Ain't that the truth, right? With all that has gone on, I'm feeling surprisingly nostalgic and thinking about my friends up North. Some of my toughest tests in life, these friends were there for me through thick and thin. They were there when my ex got stupid, when Nicky died, when I went through my "bar phase", and some of the memories I have are hilar - like when my friend Kelly would REFUSE to put on her shoes in a club and BR would have to tell her either to put them on OR he'd toss her out. Or the time that Kelly and A. got into a little "altercation" to put it mildly, only for 20 minutes later they were whoopin' it up doing shots like old friends, and how MANY TIMES did I fall in the snow? Oh. My. God. Good times, people good time. Even though with the amount of falls on the ice made my butt feel like a beaten piece of chicken, but oh well.

Right now I'm wrestling with the decision to fly up north for the weekend. There are a few things holding me back though, one of which is my participation at a charity event to raise toys for the local children who aren't having a Xmas this year. We're supposed to bring in the toys Monday morning. If I'm in Massachusetts that morning, it's not going to happen.

I'd love to see my friends and family, especially love to smack my sister (j/k) and terrorize my brother who I haven't seen in a *few* years (more like 8) since they are only going to be in town this weekend as well as hang out with my girl Becca and see BR and, possibly, Meowmix, however, the cons are:

1) My mother - words cannot explain the chances of argument
2) The drama - I prefer living in a Drama Free Zone
3) I have made appointments for Saturday for the holidays which are going to have to be rescheduled
4) The Snow - HELLO! People, I still wear open toe shoes. The idea of frozen white tundras is not my idea of "Oh La La La".
5) Baby DJ. This is a cause so close to my heart that me not going to the station on Monday morning is difficult.
6) The COST! Its over $180.00 to fly out, plus I'd have the expense of buying multiple gifts when, in reality, I really can't afford to.

My friends P & M would both say to think, meditate and pray. I think I'm going to pop in a DVD of S&TC and wrestle with my thoughts. Wonder if a glass of wine will make it any clearer??

I'll keep you updated.


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Saturday, December 10, 2005


I was out with a friend of mine last night and, after leaving a Xmas party, we got into a conversation about how everything you learn about dating, Sex & The City nails it on the head. Being that H. is her cousin, the topic eventually came up. We discussed my last convo with him and how he remarked how I should just get married. I told her that I had to remind him how HE couldn't tame me, and I refuse to settle or compromise myself for any man. She then reminded me of an episode where Carrie goes to see Mr. Big at his engagement party and says:

Carrie: Your girl is lovely, Hubble.
Big: I don't get it.
Carrie: And you never did.

We both agreed that J., his new wife, could be described as lovely, just not fully aware of his deception or issues. He's her problem now and I hate to say it, but I miss his family more than I will ever miss him.

Sometimes, life is truly an adventure and you never know what will cross your path, right? Like Carrie also said: "Maybe some women aren't meant to be tamed. Maybe they're supposed to run wild until they find someone -- just as wild -- to run with."

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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

I Got Sucked In....

Whenever anyone asks me what traits I get from my mom, two things come to mind, my ice coffee addiction AND shopping skills.

My mom has some great style, and when I was younger I remember her and her friends taking me to NYC for shopping at some of the best places. School shopping was always an adventure. At the age of 17, my father told my mother, ENOUGH and her plastic was nixed. She then turned around and developed an addiction to QVC.

Since then, I've found myself thinking before I buy big ticket items and resisting the urge to watch anything that is home shopping. I do not want to turn into my mother. However, tonight I got sucked into the vortex that is called QVC.

My mother called me this evening as I'm assembling the new vacuum cleaner and tells me, "Honey, that hairstylist you love is going to be on QVC - Jonathan Something? You should call and give a testimonial." I tell her I'll tune in and get the number for the testimonial. Why not call in to give his products a plug? It's only fair for the months of great hair he's given me, right?

However, my mother left out one important thing - she didn't tell me it was a block of beauty products. It's Sephora on TV. They have Philosophy, Smashbox and Mally Beauty in addition to Jonathan. I. Must. Resist.

I couldn't give a testimonial about Jonathan, but everyone knows that I love this man's products. My hair is so healthy now and I have not used hairspray in 4 months. 4 months people - for a former high hair queen, that's a lifetime. So tonight, I sat there transfixed as I watched him work his magic on the models and learned a few new tips. (FYI - Dirt can be used as a conditioner BEFORE you blow out your hair to make it smoother and straighter - I didn't know that).

I should have shut off the tv then, however then I see Molly Rancal, makeup artist to Thalia, J-Lo and Beyonce. I'm intrigued. She's doing a smoky eye. Next thing I know, I'm logging online to purchase this, regardless of the 4 other types of kits I already have. Thank god sanity took over and I didn't finish checking out, however I will be keeping my eyes open for her products at Sephora.

QVC is now officially turned off at my house. However, I still have great hair :)


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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

The Mail Arrived...

I go to get the mail tonight and lo and behold is a package from Sephora that I ordered over 2 months ago. HELLO?!?! Mail DELAY??? I'm calling Sephora tomorrow to let them know that I did get the items but the post office damaged the box beyond repair. I swear - our mailman is losing his marbles!!! We get our magazines way after we are supposed to, the bills are ALWAYS here but if its something good - it takes forever... hmmm..

Hope his wife likes this week's issue of OK! Magazine.

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Monday, December 05, 2005

Having a Bree Moment

Spring Cleaning? Try Winter Cleaning (or Pre-Lease signing cleaning) and I learned a few new things:

1) I do not have a self cleaning oven. However, I will testify to the fact that EZ-OFF is a damn good product. No Fumes, no mess and stuff was all gone in 2 hours. Plus - I barely USE the oven.

2) I've determined that the person who lived in the apartment before I moved in was an absolute DINGBAT! Who in the hell attaches a curtain hanger to a wall with SUPERGLUE?!?! Much like acrylic nails, with age moisture makes the glue lift and, in this case, taking part of the wall with the hanger. Uggghhh. However, I was able to hang up my new lavender sheers and am on the lookout for a window scarf holder that is not too ostentatious.

3) Hurricanes + Moisture = PAINT PEELING! In hanging up the curtains I noticed that all the paint around my windows has started to peel. Yes, I'm beyond busy and never look out the window in my room and keep the blinds drawn. Boy was I surprised. I got news for my complex manager - They WILL be replacing that as well as the rugs by the time I'm through. C'mon. We've lived here for five years. It's only fair, right?

4) If you are cleaning out the pantry, look for any items that might be shuffled near the edge, especially those of a sticky nature. Mrs. Butterworths met an untimely end in a puddle all over my kitchen floor much to my horror. Picture those movies where a person screams NOOOOO in slo-mo while running to catch the object? Well, I missed. Syrup. Everywhere. The Cat wanted to investigate. Picture me cleaning up the syrup while trying to clean the cat's paws so she wouldn't track it ALL over the rug. I think the sugar made the cat hyper. She was chasing her non-existent tail the rest of the evening.

I'm turning into Bree Van De Kamp from Desperate Housewives. This weekend had me resorting to moments where I was barking orders and white glove testing everything. I even, gasp, scrubbed down the cabinets and my fridge with my Mr. Clean Eraser (again - will testify strongly to its magical properties)and everything was sparkling.

Tonight - I'm rearranging everything. It just doesn't scream Martha Stewart Living, just yet.

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Saturday, December 03, 2005

The Wonders of Target...

Target aka TarJay is a wonderful place... where else can you do your grocery shopping, pick up Christmas decorations, household items, embellished leather gloves, fabu martini glasses and all throughout your shopping wonderland sip on a Starbucks Iced Peppermint Mocha?

Ahhh the wonders of modern one-stop shopping.

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Thursday, December 01, 2005

The Chipmunk Theory...

I have come to the realization that there are two types of men: Chipmunks and Non-Chipmunks. The men who have not "emotionally" matured, are prone to chipmunk behavior. Now, before you go "WTF", let me explain the Chipmunk Theory to you.
A. once explained to me that men, much like chipmunks, seem to actively go into "girlfriend mode" in the fall and winter months, only to break up with the girl in the Spring/Summer season to see what action is going on.
A chipmunk, much like its cousin the squirrel, starts gathering its nuts in the fall for the long winter months and skips through spring and summer, enjoying the weather, only to bulk up for the winter months again come fall.
I have a friend, we'll call him Alvin - he's a great guy, however he seems to ONLY have a girlfriend during the fall/winter months. In the spring and summer, that boy is a carousing fiend. I ran into him the other day and that's when it dawned on me, Alvin is an epitome of a chipmunk, hoarding his women friends in the cold weather months, only to chuck them for new "finds" when the skirts get smaller and the air is warmer. Another friend of mine tells me he's made the decision that he wants to start dating again. He's looking to settle down. Through the spring and summer, he's been fancy free. Now that its winter, he's looking for a girl.
Now some men have refuted the theory, saying that why settle into serious relationships with the holidays i.e. Valentines Day and Xmas around. Hmmmm.. well, if its a habitual chipmunk type, he'll date a new girl every year or so and, because its a new relationship, no expensive gift is warranted. Come summer, he's out with his boys and hitting the beach.
Maybe I'm wrong and I hang out with a bunch of still college minded wackjobs. I haven't got a clue - that's why they are at "Status" which, in my book equals = No Way NO HOW! I'll tell you, my male friends provide some valuable insight into the workings of the male mind.
However, one disclaimer: if the guy starts SINGING like a chipmunk, run - run for God's sake, RUN!

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