Monthly Archives: November 2008

Foto Friday: Slacker

I’m a slacker. I’ve been out of town, and then jumped right back in to life and forgot about blogging for a bit.  I’ll get back to it shortly.  

Here’s to starting off the holiday season in style.  Cheers!


The gang in Missouri, Dec. 07

Foto Friday: Work Hard, Play Hard


Lisa & I, Nashville 2006

Lisa & I, Nashville 2006

Traveling for work is hard– long hours, stale Convention Center air, lots of “on” time, etc.  At the end of the day,though, we get a chance to relax and hang out with co-workers.   This photo was taken at the end of a super long day in Nashville two years ago.  Cheers!!

Wordy Wednesday: Words of Work

Since I’m getting ready for a 5 day work trip, I thought I’d choose words this week that remind me of work/pertain to my job.  I’m running out of time, so you’ll have to look the definitions up yourself!!

Pragmatic– It’s the ultimate compliment from me. I admire pragmatism in people, mostly because I lack it.

Purposeful- I say this a LOT at work.  I think it sounds better than meaningful or intentional.

Schlep– This word is *never* used in my everyday life.  But, while at a trade show, there’s lots of schlepping to do!

Evoke– not originally on the list, but still a good word.  I also enjoy evocative.  I use it a lot when talking to authors/designers about book covers.

And the #1 word of the week… which has nothing to do with work..

Flexting— to flirt over text messaging!

Procrastination is Expensive

So, I’m leaving for San Antonio in the morning, right?  And, as usual, there are a number of things on my last-minute to-do list, some of which ended up costing me a fortune!

Item #1:  Dry Cleaning    
Cost of procrastination:  Approx. $10  

I had a bunch of clothes I needed dry cleaned.  The dry cleaners by my house has online coupons and they take competitor’s coupons.  Generally, I’m not a coupon-clipper, but it’s a good deal.   Anyway, I forgot to print the coupons off at work on Friday before I left for Chicago, so I decided I’d take them in on Monday.

Monday, I print off the coupons and conveniently forget that the dry cleaning is in my car until I head to the gym.   I head to the cleaners at about 5:45 and the lady tells me that if I can get my clothes to their OTHER location by 6:00, it will be ready the next day.  (This is crucial since the dry cleaning I had to drop of consisted of most of the stuff I planned to take on my trip.)  I ask the lady where the other location is, and I’m off.

Lo and behold… I hit every flipping stoplight on the way there.  And when I get there, it’s not at the intersection the lady told me.  So, I drive a little bit further, realize it’s 6:01, and stop at a different dry cleaners.  One that doesn’t accept coupons.  So, I paid full price instead of getting $2 off for each of my 4 pairs of pants and an additional 20%.

Grrrr….   And then today when I go pick it up, I realized I was just a block off.

Item #2:  Laptop bag   
Cost of procrastination: $80

I’ve had my laptop for almost a year now.  I’ve taken it on 2 or 3 trips, but since it’s so big (17″), it doesn’t fit in a conventional laptop bag.  I’ve had to take it in a duffel bag, which is awkward.  After each trip, I vowed to look for an adequately-sized laptop bag.   I never got around to it.  I even have a $75 gift certificate from Dell that I’ve been saving for such a reason.  But, I waited too long and decided to just drop by Best Buy on my lunch hour and pick one up from them.   BIG MISTAKE.  There were only 2 bags in the whole store that would fit my laptop.  And the cheapest was $80.   EIGHTY DOLLARS!!   I knew it would be a pain to carry around the duffel bag once again, so I caved.   The worst part?  The bag isn’t even cute!!

Item #3:  Haircut/color  
Cost of procrastination: $70 + tip

I’ve needed a haircut for a while.   And I’ve really needed to get my roots touched up.  I usually go to a friend of mine in Tuscola.  She’s really good and charges dirt cheap prices, but is really hard to get in to.  So, yesterday, I decide I need to do something about this hair before my trip.   I call a local salon (not my friend) and get an appointment today… SCORE!   Unfortunately, the local salon charges twice as much as my friend, so–once again– procrastinating does not pay off.

Total Cost: About $160  I’m not likely to stop procrastinating anytime soon, but MAN is it tough on the pocketbook!!

Foto Friday: Papillon


Roxie w/the butterfly ears

Roxie w/the butterfly ears

This is one of my favorite pictures of Roxie.  She’s a Papillon, which means butterfly in French.  Not only is she looking straight into the camera, but you can see her butterfly ears.

Here’s a word I don’t like…

Gays.  As in this headline:  After Calif. loss, gays get right to wed in Conn.  I also don’t like using “blacks” as a noun.  How ’bout “black voters” or “gay couples” or “gay Americans”?

I’m not sure why this bothers me so much but it does.  Every time I see it.  There are plenty of other words I don’t like, but it’s still Wednesday and this couldn’t wait.

Wordy Wednesday, part 3

Wordy Wednesday is back, after a brief reprieve for some election-related vocabulary.  This week’s list features a synonym for fat that doesn’t come off as mean, a Princess Bride reference, and proof that I know what I’m talking about (at least sometimes!)

Indelible— One of these days I’m gonna leave an indelible mark on something.  I’m just not sure what yet.

Zaftig— Another z word.  Also nicer than saying: fat, chubby, or curvy.

Fanboy— wonderful descriptor. It evokes a specific image in my head that’s more or less correct. Plus, there’s a reason you never hear of fangirls.

Inconceivable— Makes me think of The Princess Bride.

Edifice— This word is on the list just so I can prove I have mad vocab. skills.  I was talking to a friend about something work related and he used the word edification.   I knew what it meant in context, but I wasn’t sure it was the right word for the project, so I said

Me:  Does that mean to build something?  

He gave me a WTF look.  I started to doubt my mad vocab skills

Me:  You know… like a building… an edifice

Him: Edifice?

Me:  Yeah [seriously doubting my vocab skills, but faking confidence]  Look it up.

Him:  How do you spell that?

Me: E-d-i-  oh, I don’t know…please tell me it says “building”

Him: Building (in shock and amazement)

We then discover that edification (meaning to instruct or improve, especially in religious knowledge) is actually has the same root as “edifice.”  Apparently building buildings and building one’s moral character are linguistically related.  And we were both right.  Which is incredibly important to me!!