Friday, December 31, 2010

Roller Coasters

If you know me, you think I'm very conservative. How can this person have any fun? (OK, you probably don't think that but I've had employees tell me I'm mean.) But I do love a good roller coaster. Underneath this exterior lies a thrill seeker trying to get out. There is something about the wind whipping your hair, the need for speed, the feeling of weightlessness for just a second that makes me smile and want more.

On this trip we rode a few so here is my review of them. Please note that none of these are my photos. Thank goodness for the internet.





Sea World - Journey to Atlantis

This is a combination roller coaster/flume ride. It was fun and had a very unusual way to get the coaster to the top of the hill but we couldn't understand any of the speaking parts which was trying to get you into the theming of the coaster. I wouldn't ride this one again.


Matterhorn - Disneyland

This was the first roller coaster in Disneyland. You sit in these tiny cars (not comfortable for two adults) and there are very tight turns. It is very jerky and no real drops. Lines were very long and it wouldn't be worth the wait to do again.




Space Mountain - Disneyland

This was quite a bit different than the version at Disney World. First of all it sits like a regular roller coaster instead of the three person capsule. They have redone it with a rock music soundtrack. It is very dark inside and the space lights are good. It was very smooth and turned to the right quite a bit. No big drops. I think I liked this one better than the one in Florida. I would ride it again but you must use FastPass for it. The line is absolutely incredible (two hours when we were there) if you don't.




California Screamin - Disneyland

OK, this was a BIG winner. First of all, a great start with a fast take off. Then you add in lots of ups/downs and a loop with rock music blaring in the speakers behind your ears. This was really awesome. Of course on day two it got stuck on an uphill and we watched them rescue the people out of the cars. I highly recommend this ride if you go to Disneyland. Get a fastpass but also do the single rider line. We were able to ride it that way within 10-15 minutes.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Fashion disaster update

OK, so I've spent two days at Disneyland and have no fashion disasters to post. How can this be you might ask? The answer is while at Disney, anything goes. If you have never been to the land of magic, you would not understand this. But there are so many different ear options (that is Mickey ears not people ears) and then hats with various characters (Chip/Dale/Goofy) that fashion disasters don't exist. Plus it has been so cold that jackets cover most fashion tops. Shoewear is always an issue, and I have seen some beauties but haven't gotten photos. My favorite was the old fashioned granny heels. That is how I describe the boots that the saloon girls might wear. It does seem to be mostly Asian women who are wearing these type of shoes. I guess they are just ahead of the curve in fashion. Should I be taking my cues from them?

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The fashion disasters just keep coming

These were all taken at Universal Studios. As they say in Bull Durham, That seems a little excessive for the Carolina League.
This look seems excessive with the pleated skirt with tassles, tights and boots. The waistband is exceptionally loud.

Knee high boots with four inch heals and the ruffled top. Club wear for sure.
I'm sorry this photo isn't loading all the way. All of the shoes aren't showing. But these three lovely ladies were together in cheetah tights, pleather looking tights and then the one on the right looks most normal with regular tights.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

What not to wear part 3

Another day, another set of fashion disasters




This look was at the Santa Monica pier. It was cold and windy. Which of course always means wear cordoruy shorts, tights, and old tennis shoes.











This unfortunate outfit was on Rodeo Drive. The woman walking away had on tight leggings that looked like blue and white swirled denim. Definately a big no-no.

What not to wear Part 2

Oh the fashion disasters that were running around the San Diego Zoo. I couldn't get all of them but here is a nice sampling.

This one seemed really inappropriate. Huge fishnet stockings, brown boots, ruffled skirt. Perhaps she was going to go to a club after the zoo?














These caught my eye simply because they aren't shoes...they are slippers. I didn't know that was appropriate footwear to go to the zoo. Cute for home perhaps.













And this was the absolute worst one of all. Unfortunately she was standing in line with us for the tour bus so I couldn't get the complete outfit. But picture this: a shirt dress with red and white candy stripes, plaid tights and leopard shoes. She had a red hat on too. And then she took out a carrot wrapped in foil to eat. She had to be late teens or early twenties. I'm not sure what she was going for, but I think FAIL was stamped all over it.

Friday, December 24, 2010

What not to wear

I love to watch the show What not to Wear on TLC. Sometimes I wish they would give me a credit card with $5,000 on it to buy clothes and tell me what to buy. But even without that show, I know certain things not to wear. Like yesterday we saw a woman in high heel boots walking down to the tide pools. How she thought she was going to climb down wet rocks I have no idea. But today at Sea World we saw a few. I took a picture of the woman wearing tights (not leggings) and a very short shirt with boots. This is not appropriate for an amusement park.


Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Easy Life

Today we saw harbor seals just hanging out on the beach. They seemed to understand the easy life. Just lay around, get your photo taken and hopefully catch some rays. There was one that was young and seemed to just like to rub himself.


video

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Preparing for Vacation

Well the time has come for the family to get ready to fly away for our vacation. It's been awhile since we've taken one, so I have to get back in the right frame of mind to pack and get ready.

1. The dog's hotel reservation is made. She gets to spend her time at the Top Dog Pet Resort where they treat her like royalty. Have to make sure she has her shots, her bed and most importantly, her squeaky.

2. Make sure all prescriptions are filled so we have enough medicine on the trip. This used to not be an issue but it seems as I age, I need more medicine to keep me in tip top shape.

3. Make sure all laundry is done. This is a given for anyone travelling, especially if you will be gone for more than a week.

4. Buy reading material. It is important to make sure you have enough to read on the plane to keep you entertained, but not too much to weigh you down walking through the airport.

5. Make lists. We all make our own list of what to pack and cross it off as everything gets piled on my bed.

6. Pack the suitcases. There are special ways to pack a suitcase. First you want to make sure that all of one person's clothes are not in just one suitcase. This prevents one person not having any clothes if the airline loses a piece of luggage.

7. Make sure all doors and windows are locked. This shouldn't be a big deal because the windows should be locked already with it cold outside, but always a good idea to check.

8. Clean out all trash from the house. You don't want any unwanted critters getting in and taking residence.

9. Notify the neighbors so they can use your trash can and make it look like someone still is at the house.

10. Cancel mail and newspaper. See number 9 above.

11. Sleep. This is not a step to be overlooked since we are about to spend 9 nights in beds that aren't ours.

12. Relax. This is a vacation. Stressing out about it sort of negates the reason for a vacation.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Spectacular

The church I attend, Journey Church, was holding a Christmas Spectacular this weekend. They were trying to make this be the big, exciting event while on Christmas Eve it would be more subdued and traditional. The promos promised light shows, professional choirs and aerial artists. Sounds pretty spectacular, doesn't it? They even added three services on Saturday because they knew it was going to be spectacular. We decided to go to the last one today, mainly because of Whitney's Christmas party, and when we got there the earlier service was just letting out. We walked up to see carriage rides and masses of people pouring out. I wanted to get to a seat quickly because I knew it would get full and I wanted a good seat to see everything.

After settling down, both Dan and Whitney went out to the lobby where they had cookies and hot chocolate. I was informed that there had to be 20 different kinds of cookies and what looked like hundreds of them. I avoided that caloric intake since I knew we would have our Christmas dinner later. The show started on time with a really good choir with a Hallejuah chorus. The laser light show started with a group of four women doing hand movements that made the lights seem like they came out of their hands. A Transiberian Orchestra rendition of Carols of the Bells followed. And then the spectacularness continued with a telling of the Christmas story, singing and then came the aerial artists. They weren't the greatest dancers but then they got on the red ribbons hanging from the ceiling. It got me thinking, where do you go to hire these kind of people? Where do you go to get a job in this kind of thing? Whitney said google it, but I haven't yet.

Before our pastor gave his sermon, we had a wonderful worship experience with singing of Christmas songs. The sermon was very nice and appropriate, especially if you did not attend our church. That is one of the things I like about Journey is that it isn't trying to cram anything down your throat except that God loves you.

It certainly was a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. I for one was very moved and felt the joy that Christmas represents.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Teenage Christmas Party

We let Whitney have a Christmas party this year. Now it has been a long time since I was a teenage girl, so I wasn't sure what was involved. I was sure that food would be a key factor. Whitney made a huge list of things she wanted: pizza, chocolate fountain, candy, chips/queso, cookies etc. You see a pattern here, lots of sugar and junk food. We tried to scale it back a little and gave up cookies simply because I don't do sugar cookies well at all. And instead of pizza we had pizza rolls since Dan and I were banned from the house. Well we have returned from our banishment to five girls playing Mario Kart on the Wii, lots of food eaten, and a good time had by all.

These are the memories that last a lifetime so I'm glad she was able to do this.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Last day of work

It's the last day of work before two weeks off for the holidays. It is amazing how when you tell people you are going to be gone for two weeks, they all of a sudden need something. I had hoped for the day to be relaxing, but unfortunately I've had immigration issues, proposal issues, and just plain people issues. I will not look at my work email while I am gone and I will not answer any work phone calls. Your failure to do things in a timely manner does not make it my problem. I have been here all year.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Heat

So it is winter and the cold wind is a blowin'. One would expect that inside buildings to protect you from the cold. You would expect that a university could afford to heat buildings at a comfortable level since it is hard for cold children in gloves to take notes. Well you would be wrong. This new building is absolutely terrible about heat. I have almost floor to ceiling windows that face east. My desk is near the windows. The thermostat is near the door opposite the windows. Therefore when it says 72 degrees that means the place I sit is 10 degrees colder from the drafty windows. I have taken to wearing two layers of sweaters and even purchased some USB warming gloves to keep warm. Well Monday I had it. The boilers stopped working over the weekend and we had no heat. It was 30 degrees outside and my office registered 59. Which means that by the window probably 49. Why no one noticed over the weekend that the building was cold (it is open 24 hours) I have no idea. It took 24 hours for the office to warm up to a reasonably working temperature ( the kind that one thinner sweater over a shirt was warm). But my wonderful husband bought me a space heater last night so I would stay toasty all the time. Maybe even wear regular clothes at work. Space heaters aren't supposed to be used in our building, but if they aren't going to provide heat, I have to do it myself.



The fabulous hand warming gloves that plug into a USB port


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Stupid statement of the day

We have the Weather Channel playing at work on all the tv's. So most of the time I just walk by and don't really care. But today as I came back from down the hall, the man in the street came up with this brilliant statement while talking about the snow and driving "You know the traction isn't as good as driving on dry asphalt."

I think he is getting a whole heck of a lot more money coming up with statements like that than I do making sure 150 people get paid.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Academic State Champs



Well our girls are smart. There is no denying that. Once again, they won academic state champs for having the highest gpa of all the teams in 6A. Six of them have a 4.0. Pretty impressive. So of course they have to be goofy for their photo and show off their "geek" factor. I love high schoolers.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Action Photography
















I hadn't tried this for awhile, but figured I would take photos of Whitney's dance last night. I took video on one run through and then went for the still shots. One thing you can tell is the girls are pretty well in sync, which is really important. One thing that I think doesn't show is that the girls had never practiced in the costumes and let's just say there were some wardrobe malfunctions. Safety pins and booty shorts will be used to take care of that problem.
Competition is Saturday. This is the last one for Whitney with her pom squad. Sort of bittersweet.





Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Funny sign for the day

I was watching American Pickers last night. I know, I know, how can I watch so much reality tv. I swear it just sucks me in. Anyway, they were looking through an old amusement park, the kind that were like early 1900's. So there were these huge signs advertising the side shows painted on canvas that they could hang outside tents. And they ended up being worth a heck of a lot of money. The guys even felt bad that they had paid so little for it and made so much money that they went back to the park and gave the original owner half of the profits.

Anyway, I digress. The funny sign I saw was an advertisement for "Man Eating Fiji Mermaids". And it had a picture of a mermaid on it. I understand why people would want to see a mermaid, especially back in the early 1900's. But a man eating one? I guess sick humor worked even long ago.

Monday, December 6, 2010

One week update on being in control

OK, so it's one week after I said I felt in control. Is it still the case? For the most part, yes I still feel that way. I do have to plan hotel rooms for our vacation still (which won't be hard since we've somewhat finalized the driving plan). I still have a couple of little things to buy. I still need to decide what to cook this year. But other than that, I'm able to relax and enjoy my time.

Thank you internet and days off of work. You have saved me once again.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Attending church in the face of protest

My church has been "chosen" as a protest site by the Kansas church that likes to protest anything and everyone that doesn't see things their way. My church was founded on Ephesians 3:20, "God can do anything you know - far more than you can ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams. He does it by not pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us." I'm not sure why this other church has decided that we need protesting. Maybe it is because my church does not judge people, includes all, and honors God. I was worried about attending church but decided that I can't let these people scare me. It is better to show a good example of faith and worship and love than it is to run scared. I choose to love.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December is upon us

So it is December 1. Are you ready for the month? I am. I have all the decorating done, most of the shopping (just waiting for the deliveries to show up) and have most of the cooking figured out. Perhaps it is because we are going on a vacation or maybe it is just that I'm organized, but I feel in control right now. Others in the household may be running around like a chicken with its head cut off (a festive visual I'm sure) but I'm pretty calm.

Check with me in a couple of weeks and I'll see if it still the same.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Shopping in my pj's

I've always thought that people who shop on Black Friday are crazy. One reason is I have never purchased large quantities of items or lots of expensive items that make the sales worthwhile. Plus crowds bother me, especially pushy crowds. So I stay home and laugh at all those people. With the invention of the internet however, I can participate in most of the sales. I woke up, put my robe on over my pj's, logged into the internet, surfed a few shopping sites, found the sales, clicked a couple more buttons, and wham I was done shopping. Free shipping so I actually saved money but not driving anywhere.

I love the internet.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Deadlines

I don't understand how some people can't follow deadlines. The dates are set for a reason. If I say something is due at a certain time, that doesn't mean read the email and go "oh, I guess I should have mailed it sooner." It doesn't mean to ignore me either.

It is not my job to be your mother and tell you that you have to have something in by a certain time and if you don't you will be punished. Unfortunately that seems to be "other duties as assigned" in my job description.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Round and round sushi

When I take a business trip, I like to eat local. So I do research before I go. I knew I wanted seafood and no one else in my family likes sushi so I decided that was what I wanted. So I went to a place that was near my hotel called Blue C. It is a Japanese style sushi place with a conveyor belt that takes all the different kinds (labeled for us regular people) and you take the ones you want off the line. They are on different colored plates and they charge you by the color. Being a single made it easy to get a space on the line. I even used the chopsticks they gave you without dropping a single one. I enjoyed the spectacle of the whole thing along with some tasty sushi.

Friday, October 22, 2010

My favorite time of year

I LOVE fall! It is everything I could ask for in weather: warm temperatures during the day, crisp temperatures at night. I actually enjoy going outside during the day. I open the windows at night and let the real air flow through the house. I enjoy the rain that knocks the leaves off the trees. I really like fall leaves but we don't get a lot of that here. I wish I could find a place that it was like this all the time.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Trying to do the right thing

Over the last few weeks I've been auditing an account at work. Huge amounts of money and I'm off from the 'official" number by less than .2% but still have to figure it out. In the course of my audit I have found that the university is not charging me enough for a certain type of position. In fact, they aren't really charging me at all.

Now I could be greedy and say too bad for the university, but instead I'm trying to do the right thing. I want to be charged more money because otherwise all of my accounting is wrong. I want to pay my fairshare of costs.

So what happens? I get the run around. And I'm not talking a little run around. I'm talking dog chashing its tail in circles run around. I may have found a solution for part of the problem. But I shouldn't have to do this much work to do the right thing.

I can see why people give up.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

4 day weekends

Ever wonder why we work more than we play? After having a four day weekend, I've definitely decided I like the work three days, off four days schedule. Too bad that you can't get paid that way. I would go for one of those jobs.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Birthdays

My birthday was yesterday and while I was thinking of my age, I realize I still hopefully have at least half my life still left to enjoy. And now I'm to the good part where I can do stuff without worrying about schedules. Hot diggety dog!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The start of the school year

This year marks the last year of public education I will be sending my child to school. Hard to believe that she is a senior. I still have the cute little picture of her with her lunchbox and backpack in front of CCS for her first day of kindergarten. But now we are way past the first day of school photos. She drives herself there and it certainly would not be cool of a mom to be there.

Sometimes you wonder did I do the right thing by having her go to public school. She went to private school of kindergarten. I think for elementary school it didn't matter. But public school definitely offers an wider range of classes for her to choose from. This year she has European History and is in her fifth year of Spanish. Pretty good stuff for high school.

It also gave her the opportunity to show her dancing/school spirit as a pom. I think this may have been the most important part of high school for her. It has been a way to use her talents and show others what she can do.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The color blue

I admit it. I can't tell some blues apart. This has become an issue because I wanted to paint part of my bathroom blue. A dark rich blue that had jeweltones to it. I probably went through 50 little color samples and finally settled on one. We primed the wall and put the first coat on. Both Dan and Whitney say it reminds them of kindergarten blue and want to know when I'll be adding the yellow and red. I said it just needs a second coat and the blind reinstalled. Well the blind is back up and I think they are right. It isn't as rich as I hoped for. So now we have to pick out a new color and paint over all this blue. Maybe I shouldn't be involved in color choice.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Is anybody out there?

I realize that no one is reading the blogs anymore. With the advent of Facebook and all of the instant postings, how many people need a blog anymore? I believe that it allows for creative freedom however because length is not limited. You can just ramble on and on and you don't get any error messages.

Send me a note if you read this.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Dog Days of Summer

Ever wonder why it is called the dog days of summer? I think it is because it is too darn hot to do anything and dogs seem to know where to go to lie in the shade and try to keep cool.

Monday, June 14, 2010

The Sound of Rain

I really do like the sound of rain. I don't want to be out in it but I like the sound of it hitting the house or the sidewalk. There is something refreshing about it. Yesterday at church it sounded like we had a torrential downpour not once but twice. They even had to turn up the volume on the pastor's talk. When we went outside, the sidewalks were dry and there were only a few puddles. Why the difference? The sound of rain on a metal building is amplified by about 100 so what was probably a sprinkling turned into a downpour in sound.

I still like the sound of rain. I'm just a poor judge of how much is falling.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Bad Memory

I had a great blog post formulated in my mind one night right before I went to sleep. It was profound, funny, memorable. Of course I forgot it in the morning so I can't write it up for everyone else to read. Guess I need a laptop attached to my bed so I can impart my wisdom on everyone at all times. Because my memory WILL fail me now.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Ramblings of a Mad Woman

Well it is a great title. But I'm not a mad woman. Just the typical 44 year old workaholic who can't say no, who doesn't know how to take a vacation, and who thinks she needs to help out others when she has a full plate herself.

Then again, maybe that is the definition of a mad woman.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What I want for Christmas

Yes I know it is May but I have a Christmas wish now. I want a nice vacation. You know the kind where people don't bother you, you get waited on, and take pictures that people go "oh that is so beautiful". I seem to have given up vacations along with a multitude of other things. So my wish is that I can go back to a taking vacations and enjoying them.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Tornado Alley

Well here we go again. In less than 10 days, central Oklahoma is "high risk" for tornados. The people at work are very excited and have cleared the building in order to chase for fun. Hopefully they all remember my rules that they are on their own and not officially at work. I know they will be close because the hotel reservation for the big experiment is nearby. Not a good sign for us I'm afraid.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Just say NO!

I really don't like it when people don't take my no as an answer. I had a young lady in my office today not once, but twice, insisting that I convert her position to something that she couldn't be. She obviously did not take my no as an answer that she liked. Listen honey, you applied for one type of position. If you didn't want that, don't apply for the job. Solves that problem.

Moral of the story...don't get on my bad side and don't make me say no more than once. I hate that.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Stress and Sanity

Ever have one of those days that you think stress is going to kill you? One of those weeks? How about a month or year's worth? I think I'm living in the stress world and I can't make the ride stop. I took a "sanity" day off from work and thought it helped. Then I return to work and immediately stress takes over. How have I let this happen? I once had a boss who said that no decision I'm making is life or death so stop worrying about it. A wise man.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Importance of Sleep

Sleep is overrated. Really. Afterall, we spend all day trying to stay awake and then at night we try to fall asleep and we end up staying awake too much. So the next day sleep tries to take over and you have to fight it. Billions of dollars are wasted on sleep medicine, sleep aides, nose strips, adjustable beds. I think what we all need is a clear conscience, no stress, and a sense of peace.

Which is why I'm awake two hours past when I should be asleep. No peace, too much stress and a conscience that feels like its missing something.