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Friday, March 31, 2006

This Ain't Dallas!

I know I come from a Republican family and all, but I have to say this - Could someone please tell George W. that he is NOT J.R. Ewing and this is NOT Dallas - Geez - Gas is 2.57 here and it was only 2.30 last week. ARG!!! Damn pesky oilmen!

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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Young, Fabulous and, of course, Broke...

I've been reading Suze Orman's book, "Young, Fabulous & Broke" and I HIGHLY recommend it if you haven't read it. I am truly one of those Young, Fabulous & Broke people and have learned soooo much.

As with these type of books, I take my time and try to read only a chapter at a time. I speed read like a demon, however with a book that really makes me think, I'm going to take my time. This book, along with Oprah's Debt Diet, has been very inspiring. Suze Orman's show on MSNBC is quite good. Where else would I learn that there is now a 401(k) ROTH? I wouldn't have a clue.

With finances, I can balance my checkbook, track my money and fight a credit card company but when it comes to stocks & such, sorry - I let my family's finance guy or my father handle. My dad is a comptroller, so he always seems to enjoy this stuff. Me - I failed Accounting a few times in college. I just can't grasp Y + X = Csquared, ya know? Anywayz.. back to the subject at hand.

One of the things Suze talks about is only enrolling in your 401(k) until the match so, knowing that my firm only matches up to $250 per year, I didn't stress about not joining right when I started at my job. Plus, our family financial adviser, after reviewing my 401(k) materials, told me NOT to enroll because the firm administering the plan was shady. When we switched to a new firm administrator, I took a chance with the new company and signed up in January. Granted, it's only 3%, a small amount, but it was a start. Do you know that after my confession yesterday, I logged into my 401(k) plan site and was greeted with an increase of over $1,200.00.

HELLO - $1,200.00?? Needless to say, my jaw dropped, I logged off and relogged in, thinking they made a mistake and panic set it. Gotta love the Catholic guilt - I thought my benefits coordinator was going to bust a vein laughing at me as I sat there insisting that the 401(k) plan gave me too much money! He then clued me into our firm's ancient Chinese secret - profitsharing. All those hours I would spend at the office wrackin' my blonde brain and billing, billing, billing - well, it paid off.

I must have missed that nugget of intel somewhere in a haze as I had no clue that our firm participated in that.. Since I didn't enroll immediately when I started, I missed out on an extra $2,000.00. However, I'm not stressing over the coulda, woulda, shoulda - that can't be helped. Will I continue in the 401(k) - HELL YES! Puleaze.. if they want to give me free money, you won't hear a peep out of me. This plus our annual bonuses? I'm a happy little worker bee. He did tell me that some years we do not get profit sharing, dependent on how the firm does. That's fine - I'll roll the dice. Til then, I'm like Cuba Gooding - Show Me The Money!

Now, on to getting that IRA Roth started ;)

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Admittance is the First Step...

They say - the first step to healing is admittance, right? Well, I have a confession to make - My name is Lys and I am a shopaholic. Actually, a good friend of mine has been struggling with a shopping addiction and her acknowledgement has inspired me to really face the inner demons and look inward. Ya know, when one thinks about it, the retail industry, much like a crack dealer, enables women to further their addiction through junk mail, coupons and "sales" which, really, are not really sales but knocking down the markup number. Not to mention, the selection where one has to have that top in every color under the rainbow. C'mon now. And with the sizing issue - well that's a rant for another day.

I will say that when I first started pulling down a decent salary after struggling for some time when I moved to Orlando, I went nuts. I would buy stuff that I didn't need, clothes that I was feeling "eeh" about, but had to have and, until yesterday, were hanging in my closet with the tags still on. As I am no longer that size, I gave them to a friend of mine who lost an amazing amount of weight and is now my old size. Hopefully she will enjoy them. I have shoes that I do not *heart* anymore, handbags that are not really used and lets not even talk about luggage. My god! So yeah - I'm a bit of a clutterholic, but I'm working through it. I get that bit of holding on to every little thing from my dad's side of the family. The shopping - well, I get that from my mom.

As y'all know - my relationship with my mom goes from hot to cold. After my mom left my father, she left behind a staggering amount of bills. My father was going to declare bankruptcy but, by the grace of God, he was able to struggle through it because, as he often says, "just turning your back on the debt doesn't make it go away. You have to pay for it." My dad is just one of those pillars who inspires me often to just deal with adversity head on rather than running and hiding. My grandfather was the same way. He would say "What will that $50.00 that you just wasted buy you? A new sweater?"

My mom would often hide the mail as if not seeing the bills meant that they weren't there. On Oprah's Debt Diet series, there is a woman who does the same. When my mom left, we found 2 dresser drawers FILLED with bills. The stuff she would charge - egads. And would she use it - not really. When I was home not too long ago, I was sad to see that she still has many of the same habits and won't acknowledge her problem. She has just substituted QVC for Gucci and HSN for Louis Vuitton. In all honesty, due to my mother's shopping, we lost everything. Our home. Our family. Our cars. (she cracked up the family Caddy that she HAD to have in a DUI where she ran into a median and left it there. Noone was hurt, thank god!)

My mom really wasn't a very good mother. I hate to write that but that's the truth. She's got her own issues but my dad - he basically had to be both roles. How he got through all that, I don't know. He's still paying for it as his credit was ruined but he's been trying to set everything straight. My grandparents offered to help, but he insisted on working through this on his own and, when they passed, he made sure that any loans that my mom took out and never repaid were repaid.

If anything, my mother is an example of what I do not ever WANT to be. Between her drinking and her shopping compulsions, I've used that as an example to scare me straight. For me, I've learned that willpower really is the key. If I want to make a big ticket purchase, I really try to take the time and think about it before handing over that debit card. The big purchases I rarely put on credit card. I'd rather feel the pinch NOW rather than later. If I can't see me wearing an item of clothing for more than a season, I don’t buy it. I try on the clothes NOW rather than at home. I buy well made clothes instead of disposable $5.00 items that will disintegrate after 2 washes. As Stacey and Clinton of What Not To Wear Say, "Buying disposable clothes basically says that YOU are disposable". The same with shoes. I've learned to take care of my things that way I don't just replace the item with a shiny new one. I try to take more pride and accountability for my purchases.

So while I may shop online and *heart* and item, if I really want that item and get it, you can rest assured that the purchase was not an impulse and was well thought out. I've gotten to where I can go to the mall or Target and not buy a thing. I always look at displays for inspiration on how to utilize what I already have. I can look at a catalog and not buy anything (even Spiegel and Newport News). I can toss the junk mail and am taking pride on paying down my credit cards and canceling the ones I don't want nor need. I love seeing that FICO score go up bit by bit. Plus - I'm taking on a vow of decluttering my home over the next few months as well as fixing my credit from the past so that in time, I can purchase a new home.

That, to me, will be the one dream I'd like to have realized. My own home that my mother's shopping drama couldn't take away.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Why is it...

Why is it that the calendar says "Tuesday" but thanks to my energy level (read zero to NONE!), it feels like a flippin' Friday? Can the weekend come soon enough?

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Monday, March 27, 2006

Shoes courtesy of Beyonce...

Wonder if these will ever go on sale... House of Dereon has finally launched their shoe line...

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Damn You Jack Bauer...

I got sucked into the 24 viewership tonight thanks to Paula and a 2:00 a.m. wake up call listening to OPS from La Femme Nikita playing a bad guy on 24. Knowing how much I love LFN, I had to check it out. The direction, music and sets are amazing. Many of the writers are originally from LFN and the stunts/camerawork - Amazing. There are many similarities with LFN on other levels and many familiar faces.

And, my LFN addiction, well that I have to give credit where credit is due. Thanks Meowmix! She drug me to Toronto one time as she was a huge LFN fan and, after her locking eyes with Roy Dupuis (aka Michael Samuelle, LFN) and the scars from her digging the nails into my arm during her "Holy Shit!" moment, I had to check out the show. After seeing the episode Mandatory Refusal, I was hooked. 24 is no better. Arg - some please say a prayer for the poor Tivo - he's going to have a headache if I tell him to tape anymore.

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This Week's S&TC Inspiration...

Aidan: Don't take this the wrong way but this place could use a little work.
Carrie: I know, but I can't afford it.
Aidan: You've got eight thousand bucks' worth of shoes over there.
Carrie: I needed those!


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The "We" Factor...

Have you ever gone out and met someone and there was this little "ding ding" bell that was in your head going "Something just isn't right". Well, that's what happened to me last weekend. While Bec & I were running into long lost buddies at one of our old haunts, I wound up meeting a clean cut, handsome guy that we'll call, BarBoy.

BarBoy was handsome, tall, ex military, Italian looking and, from all appearances, met my normal checklist, however the more he talked, the more I wanted to send him and his grapefruit & vodka into oblivion (Sidenote: What guy drinks grapefruit juice and vodka??). BarBoy had an 8 year old daughter from a previous relationship. Great. He tried to tell me that he was a hockey player. I have no doubt that he was, however he tried to imply he played for a major paying league when, in fact, it was more of after work social thing. Good for him - he has interests outside of work. Doesn't count against him but was he upfront that he worked a day job, nope. Bec had to drag that out of him like a dentist dragging out a cavity. The conversations were interesting, however again the faint "Ding ding ding" was getting louder and louder.

While he attempted to ply both me and Bec with drinks throughout the evening, the bartender was so kind to swap out my drink out for Diet Coke w/ lime. I was the designated driver, plus there was no way I was going to go home with BarBoy, nor give him the idea that he would even stand a chance. Through his sweet nothings and his promises to "come to Orlando", "make breakfast", "sleep on the couch", I heard "bullshit, bullshit, bullshit". Buddy, I wasn't born yesterday and, I can play the game as well as him. So, who the hell is HE trying to kid?

Plus, like that guy from S&TC, BarBoy had a fond penchant for using the term "We". WE weren't dating, nor were we together. So since when did he and I become a WE? Like I told him repeatedly, "I just met you". I forgot that Western Mass boys are quick to jump on the relationship wagon the minute they meet a girl. Well, that description is definitely not me. I've had a couple really bad relationships, two of those with Western Mass guys so I'm already on alert. Don't get me wrong, I was far from mean and actually quite cordial, but when I tell a guy to STOP rubbing my left shoulder, that does not give him license to rub and squeeze said shoulder. Nor does it give him license to try to slip his hand up my blouse under the bar. Hello! Ummm... no thanks. Nor does it mean that he can assume that I was getting the lowdown on him when I talked to another friend of mine, Chrissy - far from it because I was trying to hook her up with a friend of mine.

Finally, the kicker of the evening was him trying to get all into my personal life, with us just meeting a mere 2 hours before. Bec will attest, no matter where we go, I make a point to talk to the DJs that way I can make sure that my clients' materials are always sent to the right guys. When I left BarBoy for 10 minutes (at the most!) to go talk to the DJ, BarBoy decided to pout and whine because he didn't get his way. Is he a 38 year old man or a 8 year old boy? I know a couple youngins that act WAY better than that. I don't fall for the pouting of the lower lip and acting hurt. WE were not together all night, nor were WE on a date. WE just met. That's as far of a WE as I will agree to.

Here's the final outcome - BarBoy, while good looking and somewhat pleasant, got increasing annoying as the night wore on. I could tell there were a lot of similarities with him to many of the bar jerks I have encountered in my life and I wrote it off as a good story to laugh about. Any initial interest was gone by the end of the evening. If I wanted a hook-up, sure, I might have entertained the idea but in today's day and age, a gal can't be too careful.

Not to mention, Bec tells me the other night that BarBoy called her from a Donut Shop rather than call me directly asking questions about my trip. This raised a bunch of other flags, i.e. What, BarBoy can't call and leave his number? BarBoy doesn't have a cell? BarBoy can't call long distance? Does BarBoy have a last name? etc. etc. Bec summarized it well with one comment "He's probably still with his baby momma or married". Well, that makes more sense when thinking about his behavior for the evening and the covert calling to avoid any evidence trails.

Well, if that's the case, he already has a WE and I don't want to be involved in that ;) Never fails - whenever I go home, there's always boy trouble *LOL*

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Friday, March 24, 2006

The Wonders of MySpace...

So Rosie tells me that a bunch of old friends are on MySpace. I was shocked. I haven't seen a number of these people in YEARS! So, I spent a good portion of time browsing through their profiles, reminiscing and it reminded me that I sooo need to get a scanner and soon. I have photos from when all of us would go on vacation and even have one of those on my desk here at work.

I really miss these guys. Who else can you go on a booze cruise with and have them ply Bec with long island ice teas to where she is dancin' down the deck (she does not travel well.. Trust me ;)). In Atlantic City, we would all convene on Ballys and cause drama til dawn. Going to see a freestyle concert with this crew is NUTS! And lets not even talk about the water balloon fight in the Poconos... Lake George - fugettaboutit!

Who knows - maybe one day we can have a little get together again. Til then, I'll be preparing the water balloons cuz some revenge is surely needed ;)

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Guidelines to Tourists visiting Disney...

Here are some helpful guidelines to remember when you are traveling OFF Disney property and into the general population. Being that I happen to reside near one of the gates, I've been able to observe quite a bit over the past 5 years and frankly, after this morning, I have about reached my tolerance level.

  • Should you drive off Disney property and are from another country, whether it is England, Europe, whatever please obey THIS country's driving laws. That includes driving on the correct side of the road, using hand/turn signals, etc. Do not drive down the wrong side of the road while trying to sip your coffee that you just got from McDonalds while screaming "What the Bloody Hell!" at the people telling you that you are driving the wrong way.
  • While driving, please be so kind as to observe speed limits in the residential areas. Just because you are driving down 535, does not mean that you can play GoGo Speed Racer as you rush to make it to the liquor store and Winn Dixie before it closes.
  • Realize that when the white cross walk light is on, pedestrians have the right of way. Also remember that it is not your duty to race after my roommate threatening to clip her with your bumper in a game of "tag the American girl".
  • Know that any grocery store in the plaza across from Disney is a trap. They will swindle your money and act all hoity-toity. Also know that the particular McDonalds in the same plaza has increased their prices to "accommodate tourism dollars". Go to Sandlake People. SANDLAKE!
  • Should you need gas, it is wise to not buy gas near the parks. Its $2.85 but if you go down Sandlake it's $2.39. For a frugal fashionista local like moi - that extra $.46 per gallon can be used toward my new wardrobe, shoes or handbag collection.
  • Please, Please, Please FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, at 8:15 in the morning, do NOT, stress DO NOT, drive into the 7/11, stop your car midway through the entrance, stop and sit there talking on your phone giggling uncontrollably thereby effectively blocking traffic in and out and causing locals to gesture wildly at said offender.
  • Do not look at me like I'm crazy when you do it again and put your head down covering your face, still talking on the phone as you again stop traffic in the opposite direction.
  • Recognize that there are actual people who LIVE in this area and please take the care to be considerate. Should you choose to ignore, do not get all hillbilly pissy when my roommate or I look at you and say "What the HELL is YOUR problem?" We're from the north. We're not polite southerners.

I'm sure there are many other "guidelines, but after the giggling 7/11 bimbo, I'm at my wits end. Next time I see her, I will knock on her window and, ala a Bugs Bunny cartoon, grab her damn cellphone and stomp on it with my stiletto. If anything, the Orange County Sheriffs would appreciate my thoughtfulness in getting yet another tourist cell phone offender off the streets.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Eye Candy Alert...

Ladies - set your TiVos - Rob Estes is set to star in The Evidence, whose premiere is tonight at 10:00 p.m. on ABC. You can read more about it here. I'm always on the lookout for a good crime show, but if you add some eye candy to the mix, hell I'm a goner. I mean, look at this puppy and tell me that there isn't the slightest bit of curiousity, esp. with his eyes.

Cosmos anyone?

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

S&TC Quote of the Week...

Charlotte: Carrie, you have to know where he's been so you know what you're getting.

Samantha: As long as what you get doesn't itch, I say you're fine.


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40's Time Warp...

Ok - I just had to share... this is my 1940's time warp car from hell. Hertz decided to be so kind and upgrade me to a brand new Chevy HHR. I spent more time reading the car manual to find the buttons for the gas tank, windows (they were by the stick shift), etc. and it wasn't even MY car. Not only that - it takes a hell of an amount of gas. Needless to say, I will NOT be getting one of these Dick Tracy cars any time soon... Oh - and when you are driving pretty speedy down 93 because you should have been on 495 - the car shakes...

Yeah - thanks for the upgrade, Hertz - next time I'll just take the Ford Focus or pregnant rollerskate ;)

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New Appreciation...

I have a new appreciation for Orlando, even with Mayor Roly-Poly ;) Getting off the plane yesterday, I'm surprised I didn't kiss the ground and give thanks for the 80 degree weather, normal (somewhat) drivers and even the lizards. There was no snow, no cold and I could put away the boots for open toed shoes again. Ahhh.. How I missed the land of the damn rat.

All in all, trip was good except for my mother laying some serious emotional guilt trips right before I left and, as if right on schedule, by the 3rd day she was looney. There is a reason why I am not close to her. I'd go more into detail but my emotions took a hell of a beating yesterday so I'm honestly zapped out.

I loved getting together with BR, Meowmix, Tra and Bec and good times were had all around. I didn't totally break the bank and was pleasantly surprised to find that I dropped another size when I was shopping. Boy was I a happy puppy. And, as an added bonus, I am unscathed by my mother's cooking - why? Because I've mastered the art of pushing the food around the plate and citing "Not hungry, sorry" and leaving it at that. My mother cooks with an abnormal amount of grease and wonders why she gained so much weight in so little time. She won't listen to me. Whatever.. I tried. Now I'm not getting all Olsen or anything, just trying to be a tad more responsible when it comes to eating.

So all in all, good experience (for the most part) and I'm sure I'll have a few more reflections this week but I did learn a few things… I'm glad I did break out of Western Mass. I'm learning that our experiences shape our world and, while I might bitch, whine and moan about the Rat, I've learned to adapt. I've grown up quite a bit since back when I lived up north and am rather happy with how things turned out.

And, to boot, I have awesome friends both up there and down here. I am truly blessed!

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Sunday, March 19, 2006

Things Heard While Out And About...

So Saturday night, this gal went out with Bec to a bar whose name I had forgotten (but I soooo used to love) and here are just a few things that were heard that evening...

* "So, are those real?"

* "What the fuk - Why are you looking at my boobs?"

* "She should NOT be wearing a tube top - back fat people BACK FAT!"

* "Don't request a song if you aren't going to dance to it"

* "Are you sure those are real?"

* "How can I not look - you got those things in my face" said by a 5'3 idiot to girl with a very low cut top, insinuating that they were real (and, for once, it wasn't me).

* "Can I buy you a drink or will you yell at me?"

* "Skeet Skeet Skeet" screached by a 5'2 country bumpkin' lookin' white boy karaoking to Lil' Jon...

* "You used to go out with that asshole right?"

* "Ever married" - when the answer was no, "Commitment Issues?"

There is SO much more, but time is tight right now and I have a very early flight..

News at Noon ;)

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Friday, March 17, 2006

The Bubble Gets Wider...

I've come to notice that while I have survived Day 1 of Family Visit, my mother is certifiable. She's done lost what little marbles she has had left. Needless to say, I'm breaking out tomorrow to spend some time with BR, Meowmix & Bec or else she's going to drive me to drink...

Some things have NOT changed *sigh* And with the bitter cold up here, I have a new appreciation for Orlando. I did, however, get a killer Dior(esque) bag which I will have to post. Though picking up the bag was an adventure. Apparently my mother is a *valued* customer and we were led to a special room where other people could not venture. I wanted to sound like Julie from the Real World New York (1st Season) and ask "Is there drugs in here?" Talk about covert operations.

However, upon entry, in that room was designer knock off nirvana. They had the latest Dior, Gucci, Vuitton, Chanel and Coach so I pull out the shopping tricks and tips that I've learned over the years. I'm there investigating the seams and interiors, flipping things over and my mother remarks "How did you learn to tell a good knockoff from a bad". DOH! I learned from my mother and her best friend Mo at the young age of 14. How easy she forgets the lessons she taught me.

I can tell a Grucci from a Gucci or a decent Dior from a not so decent. I'm not a Prada fan but my chanel - so cute. Plus one of my friends works for Christian Dior and I know I did good when I can get past her eagle eyes ; ) When it comes to shopping, I have a black belt. For 40% of the cost of what I would have paid online at either Ebay, IBid or one of the "inspired" sites, I got a gorgeous brand new Dior bag and sunglasses and they are locating a wallet for me. Pictures are forthcoming...Don't worry - I won't get all BryanBoy! One day, I will afford the real thing, but for now - I'm happy with my "inspired" accessories to alternate with my NineWest and Coach items.

Ahhh.. to shop or not to shop - that is the eternal question...

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Espresso Martinis and a Small Town...

Well I learned a valuable lesson. Never, and I stress NEVER get an espresso martini on a friggin' plane. That stuff tasted like swill. I've had college drinks that were way better than that $8.00 p.o.s. Ugh. And, as I told Bec, plane ride was okay, but the pilot could have driven a tad better. I like Delta Song, but today was a day where I just couldn't mobilize and get myself to packing.

Well, now that I'm here, I've realized that time for this town has seriously stood still. While flipping through the town paper, I see that this gal won for the "Citizenship Award" for St. Patrick's Day -she looked a tad familiar, couldn't place her and *wham* - it hits me - I went to high school with her. She was a couple years ahead of me and was best friends with this girl I couldn't deal with, Angela. Well, looks like this gal Kate has done very well for herself with three beautiful children and a thriving business. I'm sure my mom will tell me *all* about it. My mom is like Julie McCoy from the Love Boat for this town - she's on committees, social events, yada yada yada. Tres exhausting if you ask me.

Then, flipping some more - wedding announcements, birth announcements, etc and while reading this beauty column penned by a local - *wham* another familiar face - I swear its the woman who used to live across the street from me whose 4 kids I used to babysit in high school. The kids' names escape me now, but I do remember her one of her sons, Joseph, was a real badazz. When my best friend Justine died, I remember I was babysitting at her house that night when I got the call.

I'm debating whether or not to drop by the salon and see what's up. Mary Ann was an amazing woman. She went through an abusive marraige and nasty divorce and while her last name was unfamiliar in the article, I'm willing to bet that within a 99.9% chance it was her. However, should I drop by the salon - I will NOT let her give me a color/perm/nada. In 11th grade, she permed my hair and left the solution on way too long where I went from stick straight hair to wavy. Drives me nuts when I have to straighten it daily. Talk about hairdressers making a lasting impression.

Now - lets see how long til I get the requisite "So, you're not married yet?" b.s. Also, wish me luck - I'm pulling my old church records tomorrow so I'll let y'all know what happened with that mess. 9:00 I'm heading back - haven't been back to that church since 1989 so we'll see how that goes.



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Thursday, March 16, 2006

A Bizillion Questions...

Gotta love this one...

1. What time did you get up this morning?

Don't ask.. I went to bed at 4:00 - the fact I was up at 8:30 scares me.

2. Diamonds or pearls?
Ummmm.. If I had to choose one, it would be diamonds, but I'm more of a topaz girl.

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
I'm blocking it out. H. was obsessed with movies to where we had to go every weekend. (Him having an unlimited movie pass didn't help either). So, I'll have to pass on this one.

4. What is your favorite TV show?
Oh this is tough - CSI, Boston Legal, the Unit & Grey's Anatomy. Don't ask me to choose please. Plus I got The Evidence AND Blow Out starting.. poor Mr. Tivo.

5. What did you have for breakfast?
Chai Tea - no time for breakfast...

6. What is your middle name?

7. What is your favorite food?
Arroz con pollo.

8. What foods do you dislike?
Anything that makes me sick? Seriously, Eggplant is not a fave in my book and liver, however I can have liver pate. And I cannot (and will not) have tomato soup.

9. Your favorite Potato chip?
It’s a toss between Baked Cool Ranch Doritos and Tostitos with Lime.

10. What is your favorite CD at the moment?
I'm still loving the Pussycat Dolls cd. But I've got the Katinas new album on the iPod as well.

11. What kind of car do you drive?
A red Mercury Cougar named LaLa (because it looks like a damn teletubby)

14 Favorite drink?
Doh - like one doesn't know - Ice Coffee!

15. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would it be?
Ahhhh.. Vacation - what's that (says I as I pack for the cold north). Seriously, I think I want to go to Cabo. I keep hearing rave reviews.

16.What color is your bathroom?
White withlavenderr accents. I live in an apartment. No painting for me :(

17. Favorite brand of clothing?
Hmmm, I don't know. Whatever looks good on me. I've been known to be a tad picky.

18.Where would you retire?
Retire? What's that? At the rate our government is going, I'll be dead and still having to pull a paycheck to pay taxes for dying - god forbid!

19. Favorite time of day?
My coffee run. It's just a time for me to think, get some fresh air and not focus on the b.s.

20. There was no question 20.

21. Favorite sport to watch?
Hockey! Blood, Carnage, Cute Butts - HOCKEY!

22. Who do you least expect to send this back?
I haven't got a clue.

23. Person you expect to send it back first?
Still clueless. Maybe MHB or Reese? But I ain't one to tag ;)

24. What laundry detergent do you use?
ALL Detergent works great.

25. Coke or Pepsi?
Diet Coke with Lime, please.

26. Are you a morning person or night owl?
Night person, most definitely. Damn the music industry! Mornings suck!

27. What size shoe do you wear?
9.5/10 depending on the brand.

28. Do you have pets?
Yes, a cat named Shadow. She rules the apartment.

29. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with your friends?
Ummmm I didn't go shopping today - *yet*

30. What (who) did you want to be when you were little?
I wanted to be some music manager. I hated (stress HATED) being on camera/stage so I'd always want to be behind the scenes. The publicist role fits nicely now. I also went through a phase where I wanted to be a nun (Long story...)

31. Favorite candy car?
Reeses Peanut Butter Cup or the new Take Five bar.. yummmm

33. What are the different jobs you have had in your life?
McD's trainer, waitress, cable cop, bar bitch, legal assistant and publicist.

34. Favorite season?
There's something to be said for the Fall.

35. Nicknames you've had?
Lys, Ly, Boo Boo, Wench

36. Piercings?
Just my ears

37. Eye color?
Blue but with the right makeup they can switch to green.

38. Ever been to Africa?

39. Ever been toilet papering?
Nope. Can't say I have.

40. Love someone so much it made you cry?
Yes but wouldn't change a thing.

41. Been in a car accident?
Yup - and lived to tell about it - twice.

42. What's a question no one has ever asked you?
I honestly can't think of one. You tell me.

43. Favorite day of the week?
Friday - end of the week. No other explanation needed.

44. Favorite restaurant?
I love Houlihans!! Their 'shrooms are my weakness. Plus - they make a mean cosmo!!

45. Favorite flower?
Pink Roses or those Snowbally type flowers - they remind me of my grandfather's house..

46. Favorite ice cream?
Coffee (did you think I was going to say something else?) Actually - I also love Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia frozen yogurt.

47. Disney or Warner Brothers?
WB Baybeeee! That friggin' rat is overrated...

48. Favorite fast food restaurant?
Starbucks. Wait - where they sell food - well then it would be Taco Hell or Panera.

49. What color is your bedroom carpet?
Green. The whole apartment is green carpeting. It goes with nothing. We act like it isn't even there.

50. How many times did you fail your driver's test?
I passed on my first try. Hey - the Chicopee cops loved me :)

51. Before this one, from whom did you get your last e-mail?
From one of my friends.

52. Which store would you choose to Max out your Credit Card?
Oh TOUGH one - Sephora, Nine West, Ashley Stewart or Nordstroms.

53. What do you do most often when you are bored?
Read magazines, shop, scan the TiVo, peruse my blogs, read Perez

54. Bedtime?
When I fall asleep.

56. Last person you went to dinner with?
One of my friends.

57. Ford or Chevy?
Chevy. I hate Fords. There is a reason why they are "Fix or Repair Daily".

58. What are you listening to right now?
My favorite online radio station, 80sDancin

59. What is your favorite color?
Varies - I'm still in my bronze mode but I do love purple and pink (as evidenced by my damn phone)

60. Lake, Ocean or River?
Tie between Lake and Ocean. Rivers just don't have the same charm...

61. How many tattoos do you have?
One - aEgyptianan ankh at the base of my spine.

62. Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
Does it really matter??

63. How many people are you sending this email to?
Whoever wants to fill it out - BMG (Be My Guest)

64. Favorite Cocktail?
Egyptian Martini (Chambord, Absolut and a wee bit of triple sec). If I can't get that, Captain and Diet coke please.

65. Red or White wine?
Red - well, white merlot so really it's a deep pink...

66. Where would you go for a girls or boys weekend get-away?
VEGAS!!!!!!!!!! Shopping, debauchery AND spas.. Hmmm…

67. What do you want to be?
Entertainment Publicist full time. Which means that JZ BEST get a hit record ;)

68. Republican or Democrat?
My family is Republican - I just vote for whoever I damn well feel like. (Vote for Clooney!)

69. Favorite Family Vacation?
My family doesn't do the vacation thing (Maybe cuz my mom is a tad crazy?)

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

... S&TC Inspiration before I depart..

Carrie: When it comes to relationships, maybe we're all in glass houses, and shouldn't throw stones. Because you can never really know. Some people are settling down, some are settling and some people refuse to settle for anything less. Than butterflies...

How true! I'm so sick of settling, that I'm not even going to stress over the traveling this weekend. Whatever happens, happens. And that my friends are my parting words before I head to the cold frozen white north. 33 degrees today and snowing. I'd blog from there, however don't think that will be possible. Busy busy busy! There's the requisite family visits, shopping, terrorizing Meowmix & Bec, chillin' with BR and Ed, so much to do - so little time. It's 11:30 - I'm done working for the day and as of tomorrow afternoon, I will be on a plane sippin' a cosmo as I head for Massachusetts. So, with that - everyone have a wonderful weekend and I will have a full report on Monday (well - of stuff that I can actually disclose of course - a gal doesn't tell all.)

Oh and BR - I didn't forget your birthday - I know I'm blonde - but not that blonde. Celebration will be had when I get home. BR is one of the few men I know that is determined to turn me into a morning person ;)


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Communication Phobia...

Well, according to a newsletter I received, apparently I have a communication phobia. Backstory - A while ago I joined EHarmony. Well, out of curiosity, I began talking with someone on there. From initial appearances, he seemed to be a nice guy - works in PR, seemed to have his head together and eehhh... okay. Emails are harmless, right? Well, when we started talking on the phone, when he sounded a tad "Howdy Doody" ish, I immediately started to sense some warning signs. On our 3rd phone call (and they were not consecutive - I am a very busy gal, ya know), he tells me that he "talked to [his] church group about me". HELLO - CHURCH GROUP? Is he outta his cotton pickin' mind???

The QUICKEST way to drive me batty is to talk about me to other people, esp. a church group. 1) they don't know me; 2) we're not in a relationship where you would need religious counsel - just initial talking to stages, 3) I'm not converting so people need to understand that right in the beginning and 4) Mormons need not apply, ju know? I almost went down that path ONCE, and we won't go for a second. This gal is born and baptized Catholic and proud of it.

SO, needless to say, I ceased any and all communication right after that conversation and nary a peep since before Xmas. The man sent me cookies (which Roomie questioned if they were toxic or not), has a phobia of marshmallows (don't ask) and that high pitched voice of his makes me think he's ala Clay Aiken.

Today - what happens - HOWDY sends me an email to my home account AND my work account "to talk". Buddy - there is NO NEED to talk. I'm a busy gal. I made it clear there was no interest and when a man chases, that really is a turn off. When it comes to relationships, I believe in a 50/50 split. When that gets outta wack, oh hell no.

Needless to say, Meowmix screens all future potential suitors. After H., Mark, A. and a few others, she's got a even lower tolerance for B.S. than I do. I still crack up at the day she took H. aside nicely and told him what she would do to him should my heart get trampled. He's terrified to this day of her. Plus, as an added deflection, there is always Roomie with her hand on the hip, sarcastic tone and initial interrogation.

Let Howdy try to get through them first *LOL* This gal has some shoppin' to do.

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How Irish AM I? Hello?!?!?

Ok - so I took this little "quizzy" thing and it tells me I'm only 50% Irish - hello - just because I don't have a predilection for Guiness doesn't mean that I lose 30% of my irishness people. ARG! I'm 80% irish dammit and proud :) The other 20%, thanks to my lovely mom is Blackfood indian SO that means i can scalp someone and pummel them with potatoes! Ahhhh.. the wonders of being a mutt as my dear friend Nick would say...

You're 50% Irish

You're probably less Irish than you think you are...
But you're still more Irish than most.

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Monday, March 13, 2006

So Pretty

Newport News sent off yet another one of their email "cyber shopping" blasts and I fell for this blazer. It is so cute. Alas, it's not available until 4/12 so I'll have to wait and see.

Their lace/eyelet collection is rather snazzy this year. Make sure to check it out :)

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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Damn You Food Network!!!

A couple weeks ago, I was watching Oprah and there was a recipe for a vodka cream pasta that was supposedly to die for. OK, OK - well the recipe isn't "mine" per se - its Rachel Ray's "You Wont Be Single For Long Vodka Cream Pasta" but damn! I made my first pasta sauce from scratch, was able to slice and dice the veggies, cook the pasta al dente and viola! Needless to say, this will be added to my repertoire, and the leftovers will be used for lunch tomorrow.

I'd like to know if this recent bout of cooking is some form of Food Network type brainwashing. All I know is that I'm cooking way too much lately. Maybe its to overcomes for the fact that my mother burns everything, and I mean EVERYTHING she cooks. Or maybe its to make up for the 2 years of hamburger helper that my father would cook after my mother left. (That's pretty much all he knows how to make). Either way - I *heart* this recipe. The pasta, mixed with a good White Merlot and some homemade bread (OK - it was Pillsbury but still, I made it at home and NO BURNING) - yumm-O! (Sorry Maleek!)
Maybe I should tell my mother to forget about cooking, for the safety of all involved.

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Looking for Serenity should be the new title of this blog with this template *LOL* Unfortunately, I had to bid adieu to my comments when I used this template. Sorry.

Be warned - I'm in a revamping mood - plan accordingly people!

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Inspiring Words from Joel Osteen this morning..

Pastor Osteen had a very inspiring talk today about not stressing over people and what they think. How great to hear when I'm filled with this trepidation about going home. He said, "You control your own destiny. Other people do not control you". Here I am nervous about what people will think, worried how my past friends and acquaintances will feel about my life choices here in Orlando, following my dreams. I've been living to please everyone else, but not pleasing myself.

Reality is - I need to follow my own heart.

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Ghost Town...

This weekend, Mr. Tivo decided to add to my torture and record one of my favorite S&TC eps of all time - Ghost Town. The first time I saw this episode, it brought me to tears. Every woman has ghosts of past relationships. Many women have an Aidan and a Mr. Big in their lives. Many times the women can avoid dealing, but like Samantha said, you must confront the ghost, acknowledge it and it will disappear.

With going home, this is the first trip where I have a sense that something will happen. One never knows who one may encounter. While I get most of the area chatter from my mom who is still living out there, I mostly keep in my little O-Town Bubble and don't sweat it.

On one of my last trips, I went out to dinner with my ex fiancee and let me tell you - that was an adventure. Not only has he not changed (still drinking, out of work, living at his mom's house yet again), but I realized that I *had* changed and was glad for doing so. And with that - the ghost of that past relationship disappeared. To make things even more interesting, as we were sitting and talking, one of my on again/off again exes from high school (we'll call him Mr. Music) actually was seated right behind us.

Many of the same crew I used to go to school with, socialize with, etc. have not left the area. Both Roomie & I were able to break out of Western Mass. Others, well Western Mass was the right fit for them. I know that with B., the subject of A. will most definitely come up and that is one messy situation I am not getting involved with. There will always be unresolved issues between me and A. and I'm content with that. I do not feel like acknowledging that ghost. I also don't want to run into A.'s ex wife who has relocated to Western Mass and lives in the area where I will, more often than not, be.

The one ghost I do deal with on every trip home is that of Nick, the one man who *got* me. He's been dead for god, almost 8 years now and there isn't a day that goes by without my remembering the heartbreak. It's been tough to soldier on, but I've learned to take it day by day. I think after Nick's funeral is the one time that BR saw me break. Tough facade or not, when you lose a piece of your heart, it resonates.

All in all, I think it might be interesting, but I just don't feel like dealing with any more ghostly "issues". I'd like to just release the ghost of my damn past but easier said than done.

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Sex & The City Quote ....

Samantha: Would you like another cocktail?

Carrie: No, no, no, I can't be drunk on the plane. I want to arrive stunning and impossibly fresh looking.

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Is it me or is that show host from Cheaters just overly dramatic? I'm sittin' here cleaning and cracking myself up. He's beyond overly dramatic with "Next up, see Star dealing with the dramatic aftermath of the confrontation". They go into a bar and you hear guys chanting "Dirty Whore" as a husband finds out his wife has been cheating on him with a much younger stud-puppy. They refer to the investigators as "Detectives" and he's saying "the detective has a location on so and so - do you want to confront him" and these people DO. ON CAMERA! Hello - why would you want to play that out for the world to see?

Sometimes I wonder if the networks are on crack when they greenlight these programs! Then again, its like watching a train wreck. You just watch.

Thankfully, the husband leaves the wife. The wife blames the husband and says that he pays attention to the kids and not to her. The "companion" (stud puppy) has no qualms about dating the wife and plans to continue. Not only that, but stud puppy calls marriage "antiquated" and only for "tax purposes".

As Rosie would say, "Oh Brother!".

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Saturday, March 11, 2006

"This Is How We Do It"...

Remember that ol' jam by Montell Jordan - "This Is How We Do It"... well while watching VH-1's Classic Soul this weekend, hearing this track brought up memories. The countdown to going home stirs up feelings that have long laid dormant. Much like a high school reunion, going out with my friends often brings about the possibility of running into some cronies from back in the day.

Throughout college and after, I worked in many a nightclub. There was a unspoken schedule in this crowd - Wednesdays - Geraldines, Thursday through Saturday - Annies, Sundays - Annies for Darts & a couple games of Pool, Lemons on Monday and Tuesday was our day of rest. For 4 years I maintained this out by night, work by day schedule and it was grueling. I met my fiancee during this time (hence me swearing off ANY man that I met in a bar as a future rule). I also met some of my closest friends during this time as well (i.e. Bec, BR, B, etc. to name a few).

I went out with Bec a couple years ago when I went home and it was a real eye opener. Annies had long been demolished. Many of the crowd actually went to a bar in W. Springfield whose name escapes me now, so running into those guys was like facing a firing squad. Alot of questions of "So, are you married now? Any kids? God, you moved to Florida - really? " Questions about my breakup with Mark often followed by full disclosures of what they really thought of him, etc. etc. etc. Not to mention that I had gained weight during my "hiatus" from Massachusetts. (The Poly food will do that to a gal).

Now that I have lost the weight (and then some), I'm finding myself a tad nervous to go home and see everyone. Not only that, but on St. Patty's day, I hear that a concert is scheduled with some of the artists I had dealt with in my previous "lifetime", so the torn feeling of "Should I go or not?" is starting to rear its ugly head. The concert is scheduled in Springfield which is known for its lovely overabundance of late of shootings, stabbings etc. Not to mention, the thought of walking back into the old lifestyle is a tad nervewracking.

B. and I were finally able to catch up this week. His wife M. and I are far from close, but I'm thrilled for them both that they are expecting their first baby. I gathered from B.'s and my conversation that M. was unaware that I was coming home. While we have a game of pool scheduled, he needs to clear it with M. which is fine. But what was NOT fine was his lecture of "When are you going to settle down? When are you going to have a baby?". I told him I'd settle down when I didn't run into rednecks from Polk County at every turn, even in the Bahamas. As for the baby question - mute point right now.

Hence the interrogation has already started and I haven't even boarded a plane yet! If this is the beginning of the chaos, the wine better be flowing!

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Monday, March 06, 2006

For the Love of God, Please Stop with the Remakes and Sequels!

Okay - open letter to Hollyweird - PLEASE STOP WITH THE REMAKES & SEQUELS!

I'm watching this show on ABC Family - Beautiful People. It's okay - I watched it more out of a curiosity factor because Grant Show was going to be appearing on it with his former Melrose Place co-star, Daphne Zuniga. So far, eehh.. okay. Not anything I'd Tivo, but okay to keep on while cleaning. During this episode, they show a commercial for yet another "sequel" - CUTTING EDGE II. Hello, CUTTING EDGE II? What's next, Roadhouse II, Outsiders II. Hell, there's already a Karate Kid IV and a Dirty Dancing II. Give me a break. The same is to be said for those "80s/70s" remakes of songs that labels are redoing, hoping to get the same chart success a second time around.

So, here's an idea for Music, Television & Studio Execs. Stop trying to replicate a "formula" and redoing a movie/show/song just hoping for the same $ucce$$ as the original might have had. I.E. CSI: N.Y., CRIMINAL MINDS, and "Boys of Summer" by DJ Sammy. Do something original. There are tons of writers with original thoughts, song, movie or otherwise. Use that. Employ that. See that thrive.

As for Cutting Edge II - SOOO not interested!

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Interesting News...

No, not that Crash! upset Brokeback Mountain or that Ang Lee had hissy fits backstage (don't y'all read Ted Casablanca?).. but *insert drum roll* Mr. Clooney, looking very swanky/swooney in a tux, walked away with an Oscar...

I can see it now - Oceans Thirteen starring Oscar winning George Clooney... works for me...

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Sunday, March 05, 2006

This Week's S&TC Quote...

Carrie: It's over for me. Here lies Carrie. She had two loves and lots 'o' shoes.


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I *Heart* These.. *sigh*

Damn Victoria's Secret.. I'm soooo loving these... Why can't it be warm up north *sigh* Well I'll have to make sure to pack these gorgeous sandals for Vegas instead...

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Occasionally I come across some GREAT freebies online, and many samples are at I did however, thanks to A Momma and Her Boys Living on a Budget, find an offer for a free pack of Dentyne gum. If you want a pack, sign up here.


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Only on Soul Train...

Mr. Tivo decided to tape Soul Train at god knows what hour of the night last night. I always get a kick out of dance shows so I settled in this morning for some "observing". The fashions haven't changed - still a combo of sporty hip hop and hooch. Camera guys were all about T&A and one can always tell the new dancers from those that are already established on the show. I was really surprised by the musical and talent selections by the staff.

Only on Soul Train will you hear Kirk Franklin's Looking for You and that track Laffy Taffy in the same half hour. What a huge gap - gospel to crunk. You can see that the girls are nervous wondering if they should really dance like they normally do to some gospel... What was the music director thinking?

Then one of the special guests was Flipsyde which is rock ala Linkin' Park. ON SOUL TRAIN??? But the funniest part of the show (besides the famous line dance) was that one of the performing artists wanted to dance onstage during the opening segment. That poor floor director must have been losing his mind. He ain't no Rennie, that much is evident.

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Saturday, March 04, 2006

You Know Things Are Bad...

You know things are bad when I'm actually LAUGHING at some of the jokes on Live with Regis & Kelly. Even better.. can someone PLEASE tell me when Kelly developed comedic timing?

On a fashion note - thanks to Reese, I was able to notice that Ms. Ripa was wearing Christian Louboutin shoes - with the red soles... not a bad choice.

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Music & Memories....

One thing Mr. TiVo tapes for me is VH-1's Classic Soul and I've found some great videos on there that I haven't seen in forever, i.e. Karyn White, Jody Watley, Bell Biv Devoe, etc. Not to mention Mr. TiVo also tapes "It's Showtime at the Apollo" and just recently I was able to catch Lisa Lisa, Digital Underground, and Pebbles.

It's amazing how music can just trigger memories. I'm on an 80's kick right now and finding a plethora of tunes on iTunes that I haven't heard in forever, plus I'm listening to my favorite online radio station more which also has some great tracks.. sooo it's only natural that sometimes these songs will trigger a memory, a thought, a fashion flashback, etc. Just some songs that come to mind with their memories are:

**George Lamond - Bad of the Heart - *sigh*.. days back in Philly;

** John Cougar Mellancamp - Jack & Diane - my very first 45" from Kenny M. As a matter of fact, he gave me that on the same birthday as my grandmother gave me a KISS album with "Tears May Fall". Now, grandmother / Kiss Album.. something is just downright frightening about that. What can I say - I always had an eclectic taste in music...

**Stacey Q - Two of Hearts - my junior high school dance. We all used to watch this dance show on TV and there were these twins on the show that everyone did their "dance" to this song. The high hair was frightening... I'd post a picture if it wasn't so damn incriminating. That, plus my 4" stilettos and my rhinestones... (small yet tasteful), yeah, those photos are in seclusion (along with the bubble skirt, Reese!!)

**Aftershock - Always Thinking - when I worked for this radio station when I was 17 (hey - I started young), they used to always play this song at the remotes I had to work at. Speaking of the remote.. the DJ freaked out when he told me to get him something to "wipe his face with". I brought him paper towels and he lectured me about how that would scratch his sensitive skin. I about busted out laughing at that fool. Wonder whatever happened to him... the last time I saw him, he was let go (for reasons I won't post here *LOL*)

**Madonna - Crazy For You - Junior Prom. I went with the one guy my friends thought was sooo cool. I think actually, him dancin' to Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood shocked the nuns more. They actually would walk around the floor to make sure that noone was "too close". I found out later that he hit on my friend Sophie *LOL*

**Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby. I used to do PR for this band, First With Class and then they morphed into a group called "Young & Funky". (Don't ask). Anywayz... they had these two dancers that were A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. One of them was a funky white boy and yup, you guessed it - he looked like Vanilla Ice. I had the biggest crush (for all of 2 days.. then touring with him put things in a totally different perspective).

**Salt n Pepa - Shoop. There was a club I went to all the damn time with Kelly K. and BR was the head bouncer. That song, plus a few others like K7's Come Baby Come and Prince's Erotic City.. I would always be dancin'.. Hey - with the amount of times we went to that club, it was a free Gym Membership, with security guard and cocktails!

That's it - I am so ready to go out dancin'.. there are so many more songs that I've fallen victim to, but that's enough of a stroll down memory lane.. at least for this week ;)

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Damn You iTunes...

I'm on a massive 80s music overload.. quick.. someone help before Vanilla Ice strikes..

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Thursday, March 02, 2006

I'm Headed Up North...

In exactly 12 days, this blonde is headed back into frigid temperatures to the cold, cold north to partake in St. Patty's day revelry, torture friends and family and maybe, just maybe, cause some mischief & mayhem. So, from March 16 - 19, y'all know who you are. Shoot me an email and I'll "pencil' ya in.

So far, I have a client meeting in Connecticut, BR is making me get up early on Saturday sans hangover and Fitz owes me a game of pool. Prepare to lose, and lose big!!! Now, to figure out the rest of the schedule would be nice... Bec & Meowmix are next on my list then I have the requisite family visitations, etc. and hear "So, you haven't settled down. You're still single." or the kicker - my mom once told me that she met a "nice doctor who lives in Florida and he is in her ONLINE BIBLE STUDY GROUP". SO, yes - she decided to give him my phone number "just in case we hit it off". I need to shut that woman DOWN! She wants grandkids - she can ask my stepsister or my stepbrother.

And I hear that my father might finally have a girlfriend. Should make for interesting conversation when he runs into my mother and stepfather. My mother is famous for "don't want him but noone else can have him either" so I'll be prepared for fireworks. Anyone for popcorn?

I'm heartbroken tho that I can't wear my cute sandals *sigh*. Every time I go up north, I come home with the flu and highly doubt this time will be different... but it will be good to go home, even if it is only for a few days...

Now to figure out the wardrobe.

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Rooting for Swooney!

I am not one to go all wiggy over the Oscars. I'm not a big movie fiend (and, thanks to H., have NO desire to actually GO to a movie theater ever again.. Overdose of free movies.. Ugghhh).. But this year's Oscar race made me curious. Reese Witherspoon v. Felicity Huffman. Heath Ledger v. George Clooney. And on and on and on..

In watching Barbara Walter's special last night (because, of course, Swooney, as Reese has affectionately dubbed him, was being interviewed), I'm now curious to see what happens. I absolutely LOVED her interview with Mr. Clooney and he was very charming, well spoken and his dry wit just was too much!

I didn't really pay attention to Mariah and her closet. I found Matthew McConaughey to be charming and very frank on things and Patrick Dempsey really broke out of the 80's Can't Buy Me Love Geek persona. Definitely with him, it is the hair ;) All in all, great special.
So maybe this time I won't just quickly scan E! for the winners names, but maybe, just maybe tune into one of those tabloid shows for the highlights, if only to see Swooney in a tux..

Ahhhh.. The perfect man. I hope he wins *4* trophies and I'm so glad to hear that he played Batman in a whole other direction…

You can check out George Clooney's interview here . Enjoy!

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Breaking News from the Land of the Rat...

According to a "source" *cough cough* Roomie *cough cough* Baloo at DisneyWorld has been injured.

APPARENTLY, (cuz I ain't one to gossip)… a "Guest" got VERY upset that Jungle Book's own beloved Baloo was talking too long in the back. When Baloo emerged to greet the childrens, said guest allegedly decided to reenact some redneck version of WWE and promptly put poor Baloo in a headlock. Sadly, Baloo lost.

And in other news.. Mickey Mouse pulled a "Fergie". Depends should be a staple for all Disney characters at the parks. Either that or their greeters better understand that when the character stomps their foot three times, they better listen. Poor Mickey didn't make it to the Ladies room in time. Hopefully that particular costume will be retired and not just drycleaned.

Ahhhhh… roomie should write a blog on this stuff.. Had me in stitches *LOL*

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