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Da Plane
August 29, 2006, 1:22 pm
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I am headed back to Dallas from California today, and I must admit, flying is, for the first time in my life, making me a bit anxious. All of these rules and new guidelines to follow – I get anxious at security because I start to panic a little bit that I might have left some lotion or chapstick in my purse and I’m going to be directed to a room where I’ll have to remove all my clothes and be given a full body cavity search. 

Then when I actually get on the plane, and I wonder if our pilot is 100% sure which runway to use. Yesterday during take off, I thought we sped down the runway a little longer than normal, which made me think, “Are we going to actually get off the ground? We sure are going fast! Maybe we’re going to just run right into a field…or what if we DO get off the ground and can’t stay up??”

During yesterday’s take off, I looked up from my Sudoku puzzle (yes, another addiction! yay!) and thought, “I hope that Todd knows that if anything ever happens to me, I want him to marry again and have children. He’s going to be such a wonderful father.” 

SICK! That’s SICK!

I used to fall asleep before take off, and be able to sleep straight through the landing. There have been times when people have had to wake me up to get off the plane. Not anymore – they’re too cheap to give you a damned pillow.

During yesterday’s flight, I looked out the window most of the time, past the jet engine that I was convinced was making an eerie sound, down on Arizona. What is Arizona, exactly? Lots of sand and hills and dry nothing.

Anyway, I’m headed back today and am hopeful that I can get back into my ease of flying. I need to get it together before my flight on September 11.


August 20, 2006, 8:55 pm
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It is hard to say that I didn’t enjoy the DMB concert. I think because saying I didn’t enjoy it is not true. I enjoyed it. But they didn’t play any of my top five songs listed below. They didn’t play one of Todd’s top five, either. And because of this, we feel we cursed the night for the entire crowd. Seriously.

But overall, it was a good weekend. I hope yours was, too.

Too much
August 18, 2006, 5:49 pm
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Today I got an email from “CNN Breaking News”, more information about the JonBenet Ramsay case. I didn’t follow this case ten years ago, and have obviously not kept up with it since then. But today I clicked on that CNN link and stumbled across tons of information. The ransom note, how this suspect has spent his last ten years, a timeline of the case. Anything you want to know, just click around and you’ll find it. Or turn on a TV or a radio. It’s amazing how the media can shift gears so quickly.

But, you’ll be absolutely disgusted. Ignorance is bliss, people. It’s absolutely devastating. And I have to admit, extremely intriguing. The mystery of it all is very thought-provoking. I have a real desire, now, to see this thing come to a close, to see some resolution. What was my life like before ten minutes ago when I clicked on that link?

It’s Friday. Everyone enjoy your weekend. But before you do, please go check out dooce.com and see how other people’s spare time is spent brewing up the energy to send her hate mail about her Web site. FREAKS!

August 17, 2006, 4:14 pm
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This weekend is the Dave Matthews Band concert in Dallas. We are going on Saturday, and I’m finally seeing through the work haze to get excited about it. I told Todd this morning that I had almost forgotten about it because this is the first year that he, Sam and I have not traveled to see one of his shows. The first one we attended together was in California, last year we went to San Antonio. Staying in Dallas this year.

Todd and I have been carpooling to work, Woodhead-style. And I’ve been loving it, given how I hate cars and driving, and there’s also the fact that I get to ride with Todd. This morning, we were discussing our Top 5 Favorite DMB songs. Mine are as follows:

1. Don’t Drink the Water

2. Two Step

3. Grey Street

4. Spoon

5. Last Stop

Since my Number One is “Don’t Drink the Water”, I thought I should post the lyrics here. It’s good to read through these from time to time. Have a great day, peeps.

Come out, come out, no use in hiding.
Come out, come out, can you not see
There’s no place here, what were you expecting?
No room for both, just room for me.
So you will lay your arms down,
Yes, I will call this home.

Away, away, you have been banished.
Your land is gone, and given to me.
And here I will spread my wings.
Yes, I will call this home.

What’s this you say, you feel a right to remain?
Then stay and I will bury you.
What’s that you say, your father’s spirit still lives in this place?
Well, I will silence you.

Here’s the hitch, your horse is leaving.
Don’t miss your boat, it’s leaving now.
And as you go I will spread my wings.
Yes, I will call this home.

I have no time to justify to you,
Fool, you’re blind, move aside for me.

All I can say to you my new neighbor,
You must move on or I will bury you.

Now as I rest my feet by this fire
Those hands once warmed here, but I have retired them.
I can breathe my own air and I can sleep more soundly
Upon these poor souls,
I’ll build heaven and call it home.
Cause you’re all dead now.

And I live with my justice
And I live with my greed in me
I live with no mercy
And I live with my frenzied feet
And I live with my hatred
And I live with my jealousy
I live with the notion that I don’t need anyone but me

Don’t drink the water
Don’t drink the water
There’s blood in the water
Don’t drink the water

Little Miss Sunshine
August 14, 2006, 7:35 pm
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Please stop whatever you are doing and go see this movie right now.

This weekend was our first anniversary. My how time flies when you are having fun. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was reviewing invitation layouts, stressing about the dress, having to leave work every day to run an errand, overdosing on Ativan…

Then sometimes, it feels like forever. We went out for a nice dinner on Saturday night, had a nice bottle of wine, and made a list of things we remember from the year. The good, the bad, the sad, the concerts, the big purchases, the things that broke, the things we fixed. We even tried to remember the things we fought about…And we couldn’t recall anything. They say the first year is the hardest, and if that is true we are in for a really great marriage.

Veggie Tales
August 11, 2006, 3:36 pm
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For some reason, over the past 2-3 years, I have quit eating fruit. It’s been a slow transition…But when I go to find something to eat, fruit is the LAST thing that I want. I have loved bananas my whole life, now I don’t have a taste for them. Apples? If someone has cut them up nicely and they’re sitting on a plate for snacking (just like Ganga did it), then I’ll have a few bites. I keep trying…And when Todd packs my lunch for me, he always includes some fruit. And one of my co-workers always finishes half of it.

One thing I do love, though, is vegetables. I love squash, corn, broccoli, eggplant, potatoes. I love any kind of pea or bean available.

According to the new Food Guide Pyramid, I need 3-6 servings of vegetables a day. I know for sure that I’m not currently getting this. Of course, I don’t come close to touching the 2-4 servings of fruit a day. But since I don’t like those, I’m turning my focus to the vegetables. This is, after all, my stomach and my life. Not the Department of Health and Human Services’.


5-8 glasses of water a day?  I sure hope this counts coffee. There’s water in that.

Anyway, what I’m needing are some good vegetable recipes. Maybe a veggie mix of some kind, maybe you really like the way you season and grill your veggies, or maybe you have a recipe for a great salad.  If so, send it to me. I need to add more to my book.

August 9, 2006, 5:46 pm
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PMS – When seven pieces of miniature chocolates just aren’t enough.