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YEY!!! I did it. I officially posted an entry every day all month!!! I am actually kind of proud because I really did think I would mess up and forget a day. It nearly happened a couple times (on the weekend because I try to steer clear of blogging on the weekends unless I am bored or have something earthshattering to state) but I did it. I am so totally stoked. I am bummed about Janet though. Like me, she was doing GREAT! And then her blog exploded all over the internet this morning leaving little bloggy bits everywhere (if you find them please return them to her…she needs her bloggy bits back)…she did post an entry today…I saw it with my own eyes…I even commented on it. But now its in bits all over the cyberhighway. Poor Janet. I wish I knew enough about bloggy bits and guts and such so I could help her…but really I don’t.


I wasn’t having the best of day this morning. There were several different factors…but most of them had to do with me having to deal with one particular (thinking of a word I could use that won’t get me fired) quirky customer. Anyway…I won’t go into that here for obvious reasons, but needless to say when my lunch rolled around I was greatly looking forward to it. I decided to go to Starbucks because well frankly why not?

Anyway I hop on the highway and take my starbucks exit and am sitting on the offramp waiting to turn onto the street when I glance up in my rearview mirror and see a white minivan full of CLOWNS. They were back there doing what clowns do. Waving at people and causing a clown scene. Now I have always been of the opinion that clowns are freaky…hiding their real emotion behind a goofy painted on expression. But it was so unreal to see them in the van behind me. When they passed me as I was getting into the lane to turn into my starbucks they had a personalize plate from out of state…it said Pippi (i remember this because I thought to myself Pippi Longstockings wasn’t a clown now was she? No I think she was just a girl with weird hair). It did strike me as odd that they were out of state clowns…in full makeup and outfits I didn’t catch the state the plate was from…you just don’t see that everyday.

1) Name five things you will eat with gusto this holiday season.
Christmas Tree Nougats, Cranberry Splash Sierra Mist Free, SweetPotatoes (although I admit I love them so much I will eat them with gusto at anytime), Christmas Cookies, and hot tea.

2) Name four places you’ll be traveling to in the next month. It would be nice if they were somewhat holiday related, e.g. you’re going to see “The Nutcracker” or something.
All our family is fairly local…so I don’t know about traveling too much…let me see…I will probably go to Streets of Bethlehem as I do that every year…so I will travel a whole mile to see that. I am sure I will go to Monterey to pick up my grandma so she can enjoy Christmas Eve with us. My brother might be moving so there will be some travel whilst helping with that…and I might be going to LV after Christmas thorugh the new year.

3) Name three gifts you are buying for someone else. Of course, dont’s say who they’re for!

Blackberry Torani Syrup (if I can find it), A Kasey Kahne Sweatshirt, and Some LUSH.

4) Name two Christmas carols you really like to hear.
My two favorites are: Christmas Eve/ Sarajevo 12/24 by TransSiberian Orchestra and O Holy Night as sung by Martina McBride….so powerful.

5) Name one gift you’d really like to receive.
Guitar Hero Bundle for PS2


It didn’t dawn on me how entrenched in routine that I am until I switched buildings on campus over a year ago. I went from working in a fairly private building with ample parking to working in a very public building surrounded by student residences, dining commons, libraries, student centers and not enough parking.

Before the move- I use to park in the same spot every morning and if I couldn’t because SOMEONE was in my way? I would get cranky. I would then leave for lunch…return and hour later and park again in the same spot. Now? I am lucky to park within the parking lot for my building. Parking is a serious blood sport in this area of campus. This has cut my hour long lunch to more like a forty minute lunch because I spend twenty minutes circling the parking lots like a vulture, ready to take up the first scrap offered to me. I have places I prefer to park and places I don’t prefer to park (under the eucalyptus trees for instance)….but if the parking gods grant me a spot under the eucalyptus trees…then I take it! I never spite an open parking spot any more.

The problem is….I can never remember where I did manage to park. This building is a large rectangle with a largish parking lot on one said and a smaller parking lot that runs along the back of all the buildings in this line of buildings. My preferred spots are in the back lot towards the building next door where there are no evil eucalyptus trees. Plus there is a back door right there for a quick and fast escape from the building. However due to the fact that there are far to many people who want parking in this area and not enough spots…parking has become that of a blood sport…so I park where I can…even if it is under the evil eucalyptus trees.  Like I was forced to do this morning.   And now not only did I worry incessantly about the safety of my car….but I came back to a car full of leaves and bird droppings. Thanks.

Every year around this time lots of goodies come out in the store that are only available during “the holidays.”  This is probably a good thing because if our favorite treats were available year round they might not be favorites anymore because we would burn out on them.  This is the case for me anyway.  Recent trips to the store have lead me to my two “Seasonal” favorites:

Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash appeared last year…and I fell in love with it…however this is the first year that it was offered in Sierra Mist Free…and I was so happy I squealed right in Target. Right next to an employee.  Oh well. This is my second two liter of it.  I just wish they would sell it in cans.  But we can’t have everything now can we?

And these are my favorites. I have been looking for them since the halloween candy left us…and I finally found them:

I like to unwrap them…knead them til they are soft and ball them up and eat them (apparently I am still six and like to play with my food).  I am still working on my first bag…but it was a really big bag!  How much do I love them? My mom asked me for one the other day and I told her no that they were gone! (they weren’t I was just hoarding them because THEY ARE MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS CANDY).

So tell me…what are your “holiday favorites?”

MissZoot was talking about the origin of Twisty Biscuits and frankly…I like the name twisty biscuits over pretzel anyway.   I will from this point forward, as a lover of the morsel previously known as the soft pretzel, refer to it as a twisty biscuit.  But her post got me thinking about how its funny how we come up with pet names for items.

When I was a child my mother use to make a great casserole.  Technically I think it is called Chile Relleno casserole. It was a huge hit in my house as a kid.  Basically it is mild canned whole green chiles stuffed with a jack cheese wedge.  These were laid in a 9×13 glass pan…and some sort of egg/flour/cheese concoction was poured over the top (if anyone is really interested in the actual recipe let me know- I am sure my mom still has it…she made it enough) of the chiles and it was baked in the oven.  Because of the egg the casserole would puff up.  But as it sat out while we were eating it the casserole would cool and as it cooled it would shrink (again because of the eggs).  Thus The Great SHRINKING EGG Casserole was born.  It was a requested dish at our house…but I am pretty sure that if you walked into the kitchen of someone who also made said casserole and said “May I have some of your shrinking egg casserole?” Said person would probably think you were insane.

  • I am in the home stretch of NaBloPoMo and I think I will make it (fingers crossed)!  This was the first time I took part in it.   I thought weekends would be hard for me to post on …and frankly I was right…but I persevered.  The thing that I got out of it the most? Forcing myself to come up with content…usually I just write when the mood strikes me.  So that helped me in a way.
  • Remember about two or three weeks ago I told you that the theme to the Odd Couple was firmly stuck in my head?  Well it is still there.  If I am not listening to music or the TV is off…all I hear is the theme to the Odd Couple.  On my way to the bathroom a few minutes ago I found myself humming it.  Sick!  Now I loved the Odd Couple as a kid…but I can’t even remember the last time I watched the show.  This is getting freaky.
  • My brother is a real hoot.  Sometime over the Thanksgiving Holiday he left a message on the answering machine that was him singing the theme to THE LOVE BOAT.  He leaves some of the most humorous messages I have ever heard.
  • My Thanksgiving was…just a Thanksgiving. Nothing special.  There was turkey and corn and cranberry sauce (and mashed potato casserole and more food than you could shake a stick at).  There was Pumpkin Pie. There was far too many left overs.
  • We have started putting up our Christmas decorations.  As soon as everything is up and running I will take a picture of the whole effect.  In the meantime you can check out what has been done so far here on Flickr.
  • I finally started my Camoflauged Baby Bunting…this is what it looks like so far (only 7 rows into it):


I don’t know if it is Verizon or my Samsung cell phone….but I have had major hate issues with this phone since I got it two years ago this coming March. When I first got my cell phone it seemed to drain battery everyday. And it just wasn’t practical for me to have to charge my cell phone EVERY night. I finally decided that wasn’t right and took it to Verizon and they replaced my battery. But the new battery did the same thing. By the end of the day I would have low battery or no battery and have to charge it. It was a vicious cycle. I took it back to Verizon again…but by this time it was too late to switch it for a different model phone…so pretty much I was stuck. The lady at the verizon store said that the other verizon store where I got the phone should have explained to me that this phone does not work well in our area…something about the vcast function that I didn’t even have turned on draining the battery because it is always searching for a satellite or some nonsense. She so kindly gave me half off of an extended battery for my phone…so my cute little cell phone? It was now twice its normal size due to the oversized battery.

Then- one day the buttons on the phone just stopped working. I took it into verizon again…and they replaced the phone for free…which they had to do because I had the extended warranty. So now my not so cute, not so little phone behaved properly….for the better part of our time together.

However recently my cell phone has learned a new trick. That of the DROPPED CALL. I NEVER had a problem with dropped calls…and I have been with Verizon for freaking forever….and it is one of the very few reasons I continue to stay with them…is that my cell service…for the most part was incredible and I never suffered from dropped calls. Now it seems my phone drops call at least once a conversation. It is so freaking annoying. The last time this happened was on Wednesday. I was sitting in my car…parked in the parking lot where I work chatting with bfm. We had been chatting about 10 minutes when the call dropped. NO reason…just dropped. I called her back and we continued to talk for another 7 or 8 minutes. Pissed me off because I hadn’t moved from the spot. I also noticed that the last time I drove to Vegas I was hitting more dead spots than I ever had (I expect a couple here and there…especially when traveling through the mountains or desert).

I don’t know if I will get a new phone or just drop my plan and go with a different carrier at this point. Its really disconcerting because I have been with Verizon for so long…but…something has GOT to change.

Mel sez: Extra points if you can answer each in 5 words. (too bad the points won’t matter)

1. What is really True? True is what you should be to yourself.
2. What is Strength? Strength is believing in yourself. (something I have trouble with!)
3. What is Life? Life is what you do with yourself.
4. What is Funny? Funny is my brother…because he can laugh at himself…and make you laugh too.
5. What is Inside? My Guts…and I would like to keep them there.