Thursday, April 30, 2009
1. "The net-net is this..."
My brother loves to say "The fact of the matter is..." but I like my brother so it doesn't bug me so much as distract me from what the fact of the matter actually is. The guy in the cube next to me likes to say "The net-net is this" 75,489 times per conversation.
2. "I'm out of pocket."
This doesn't bother me when it's used CORRECTLY, as in, "I had to pay for that myself," but OH MY GOD people around this company REGULARLY use it to mean "unavailable." Like, "Are you going to be out of pocket during your vacation?"
THIS IS WRONG.
Urban Dictionary agrees with me:
Paid from personal funds. Somehow over the past half year or so, "out of pocket" has become a new business catchphrase meaning "unreachable, out of communication", which is incorrect.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
So I've had this empty egg carton in my fridge for months and it makes me think of Carey and her family and their eggs on a daily basis. As a matter of fact, I see that carton often enough that when I looked at one of The Pioneer Woman's Twitpics the other day I was like OH MY GOSH SHE BOUGHT CAREY'S EGGS!!
And while all the other comments are along the lines of WHOA THAT'S A LOT OF BUTTER or WHOA THAT'S ONE HECK OF A VIEW, I immediately recognized the Fisher egg carton and I even went to look at the one in my fridge just to see if I was right, and I was!
I e-mailed Carey to ask her if maybe ALL the eggs in that neck of the woods come in similar cartons or if maybe those really were FISHER eggs and SURE ENOUGH! She thinks they are!
It's a silly coincidence, but seriously, I'm SO TICKLED that A) The Pioneer Woman uses Carey's family's eggs, B) that I've seen the source of those eggs and C) that I recognized the cartons.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Going to a sushi boat with Ben and Sarah is not advisable because they end up with a stack of five measly plates COMBINED and you feel like a major OINKER for the six plates in front of you. I will say that I think six plates at a sushi boat is NOTHING compared to the plate towers other people build, but it still made me very self conscious.
When I was still on speaking terms with WWBF we'd go for sushi all the time and I don't know how he did it but I SWEAR half of his plates would end up in MY stack. No biggie because YOU KNOW I WAS PAYING FOR IT ALL ANYWAY except that believe me when I say that I'm SURE it was a subconscious (or maybe just passive aggressive, now that I think about it) Weight Watcher move. (And I guess this is where I should explain that I met him at Weight Watchers, for those of you who weren't around for that roller coaster.)
I think I might want this cake pan:
The main problem though is that it looks like a WALL of cake and that doesn't appeal to me because, you know, cake is useless without frosting.
Thanks for the link, Jordy.
On the agenda for the weekend:
1. Hot date with Tony & John! We're gonna cross another item off the list of 100 things to try in SF before we die. Possibly #43.
2. Drag queen brunch for Sarah's birthday! We'll be brunching with two pregnant chicks and one of them is pretty close to her due date so we all need to cross our fingers that she doesn't go into labor before Sunday because we're past the cancel-by date so we'll have to pay for her anyway. DAMN HER for not considering the drag queens while planning her family. Sheesh.
2a. And no, I'm not talking about the birth of my future niece or nephew. That one still gets 9 more weeks of cookin' time. S/he did, by the way, kick my hand the other day. My hand was on L's belly at the time, so it's to be expected and all, but it was still a strange experience.
HOLY CRAP I'M GOING TO BE AN AUNT IN NINE WEEKS.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I won't tag anyone though because I'm always a chicken about that.
Unrelated: I'm watching Miley Cyrus on American Idol and I want to punch myself for thinking that I should download this song. Damn her for being so Stevie Nicks-ish.
It was very windy on that boat to the Isle of Mull, but maaaaaan I'm missing my hair right now.
[Insert more blah blah blah about how YOUNG I looked even just a few years ago.]
But no more long hair for me. I love the short hair too, so I'll get over myself and YOU JUST WAIT...tomorrow at 4:30 when Laurie asks me what I want I'll tell her that I want it SHORT SHORT SHORT and she'll cut it so it hits my shoulders when it's wet and I'll be happy.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
The kitchen really caught my eye because it looked very much like my kitchen -- groovy cabinets, double oven, etc. The difference though is that while my cabinets are a really fetching almond formica (?) with oak trim (vintage 1983, baby!), theirs were white with silver metal trim and the result was really fresh and modern and kinda spacey, but not so spacey that normal people couldn't live with them and now I'm thinking that this could be an exciting way to update my kitchen.
Here's the best picture of my cabinets I can find (without really trying that hard):
So now I need to find out if it's possible.
I know I need to update my kitchen before I sell but because I have a big, giant kinda free-standing cabinet against the other wall, I don't think it'll be as easy as just replacing the cabinet doors and drawer fronts (and new appliances & counter tops), so if I can figure out a way to work with what I've got, I would be happy. The big, giant kinda free-standing cabinet would still need new veneer or whatever the heck it is, but a sheet of veneer sounds cheaper than getting all new cabinets made (because I DOUBT that big cabinet is a standard size).
Anyway, blah blah blah...not exciting, I know, but I wanted to post this to remind myself.
And I'm gonna be really disappointed if I go to Ikea.com and find out that they're not updated old cabinets at all,
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
From his perspective:
A beautiful day for an airplane ride, no?
He lovvved it and I'm happy my mom and I could be there to watch.
Dave (the dog) licks his lips all night long and it jamaicas me crazy.
Sleep with the ear plugs my dad gave me for the B-17 thing.
He's spending the night with my parents tonight and I am SO EXCITED to get an uninterrupted night's sleep because I love him, I reallllly do, but I don't know how anyone manages to share a bed with him.
This is probably another reason not to have children.
Monday, April 6, 2009
They'll be in Sorrento for three nights and then they'll be going to Rome for three nights and based on what I read on the US Embassy's website, they don't need to change their plans so it's all good in the hood. Well, for tourists anyway.
Ben called early this morning to check up on Dave (who is fine, but is totally bored with me and is clearly missing Ben & Sarah) and I asked him if he had heard about the earthquake. He hadn't, but being in non-English-speaking countries is like being in a bubble...the world continues to spin but the only English you see is the occasional signage for bathrooms or souvenirs.
When Joanie and I checked into our hotel in Venice the guy at the front desk told us that "USA! BOOM!"
And it wasn't until the next day when we shared a table at a cafe with a couple other Americans did we learn that there was an explosion at a power plant in New Mexico. Except that now, when I went Googling to see exactly what the heck it actually was, I think maybe it was a forest fire that threatened nuclear something-or-other at Los Alamos National Laboratory. I don't know though.
So anyway, the STRANGE thing is that after I talked to Ben I thought maybe I'd dreamed (dreamt?) it all up because I can't for the life of me figure out how I heard about it and knew to Google it on my phone sometime in the middle of the night. Except I didn't dream it -- it did actually happen, so I dunno. Maybe we have a psychic connection.
Fun Fact: I was doing laundry last night and they left a load of stuff in the dryer so I was folding it and discovered that Ben is still wearing snowman boxers. In April. So I safety pinned a note to them alerting him to the fact that they're seasonally inappropriate.
AND NOW THE WHOLE INTERNET KNOWS that my brother wears snowman underpants.
You're welcome Benny!
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