Name: bdogg_mcgee

From: Big D, Texas, United States

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7.31.2005,7/31/2005 12:12:00 PM
Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!
Sunday afternoon. Historically, Sunday has always been my least favorite day of the week. Yes, I dislike Sunday more than I dislike Mondays. I think it's because when I lived with my father and stepmother it was mandatory to attend church every Sunday morning and evening, no exceptions. In the two years I lived with them, I missed church exactly once, and that was because I was running a 102 degree fever. But, that's another story entirely.

Before I was jobless, I used to get the blues every Sunday around 5 pm. The lovely weekend was coming to an end, and I was sad that the real world was encroaching upon my respite from the world. I still feel that way, sometimes, though. I guess old habits die hard.

This weekend has been a nice one. I have done absolutely nothing except read a wonderfully trashy novel--Jacqueline Susann's The Love Machine. I picked it up at the Friends of the Library Book Sale a few weeks ago for 75 cents. I've recently been reading nothing but medieval mysteries and I'd run out of them and decided my brain needed a break from 12th century England, so I picked up this little gem. I think I have about 75 pages left in the novel, and my goal today is to finish it. Or, DH and I may start a new anime series--Escaflowne. Oh, the choices are unlimited!!!

Fellow blogger Bearette24 did a list of 100 things about her, and it's made me want to do my own. I wonder, though, if I even have 100 things to tell about myself...

Tomorrow, I'm starting my workout regime again. I figure that I have nothing else to do and I might as well benefit from the time off to improve my muscle tone. Heaven knows I need it!!
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7.24.2005,7/24/2005 05:51:00 PM
The Week in Review...

I haven't posted in a while! So, to bring everyone up to date, here's the week in review.

Tuesday I drove to H-town for a brief visit, about eighteen hours, and picked up my sis for a few days of sister bonding up here in Big D. Didn't do much, mainly shopping, drinking beer, and playing Trivial Pursuit. I ended up being the winner, three games to one.

I put her on a plane back home on Saturday, and DH and I met his parents for his mom's birthday at a restaurant called Jasper's. For those of you who are familiar with Dallas fine dining, Jasper's is a restaurant owned by Kent Rathbun, founder and executive chef of Abacus. (I ended up knowing way more than normal about all this crap from my last job.)

The ambience was really nice, all dimmed lights and dark wood, very modern, and fashioned to look like a backyard setting (Indoors, of course. Here in Texas it's too damn hot to be outside in summer). Of course, a backyard such as this only exists within the pages of Martha Stewart Living, but oh well.

I started with a wonderful green salad with homemade sundried tomatoes, feta cheese, and a white basalmic vinaigrette. My main course was free range roasted chicken with fingerling potatoes, carrots, and mushrooms, in a garlic demi-glace. The first few bites of my entree were delicious, but after a while, the demi-glace became very cloying and salty.

After dinner we went to the sneak preview of Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and cutie John Cusack. Definitely a "chick flick," and it had two particular moments I found to be extremely cheesy, but for the most part, it was a very enjoyable movie and I recommend it to anyone who cares to see it.

So, in a nutshell, that's what's been going on. This week for three days I have a couple of friends visiting from Austin, which will be nice, and I'm hoping to go visit my dad and stepmother sometime soon as well. Being unemployed can be really busy sometimes. :) I'm really looking forward to finding another job, though. I have decided that the housewife life is definitely not for me--I get bored WAY too easily.

And on a happy note, congratulations to Ryan and Allison, my brother and sister-in-law on DH's side. They are expecting a little bundle of joy in March of 2006!
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7.13.2005,7/13/2005 08:00:00 PM
Champagne for my Campaign--my brief descent into deabauchery
Ahh, so what's a girl to do? No job, no real friends to speak of who live close by (except for Kimmie, but she lives downtown--come watch White Chicks with me!).....

When the going gets tough, the though drink pink champagne.

I went to lunch with an old co-worker from my bastard last job--she had the good sense to get out while she could--and she asked me what I was going to do with my day. I told her I was thinking of maybe seeing a movie, or maybe I'd go home and drink some champagne.

The latter won over. I went to Central Market, which was on my way home, and bought a bottle of Cristalino Rose Brut (that's fancy-speak for pink champagne) and after it chilled for a good while, I started consuming it at around 6:30. I think there's a glass left in the bottle...

If I'd been back in H-town, my friend Krissypoo would have been over the minute she heard about the outsourcing fiasco and we would have spent the next five or six hours pouring alcohol down our throats to numb the shock of the situation. Unfortunately, though, I live several hours away, so the alcohol pouring is now up to me alone.

Yes, yes, I know that it's never good to drown away your problems in alchohol, because you'll only be faced with a headache and the same problems you had the day before, but I believe that sometimes it's good for us to take a mini-vacation from reality.

And I look at it this way: I'm actually celebrating the fact that I don't have to go back to that place ever again.....EVER!!!

I think that's the best news I've heard all week.
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7.11.2005,7/11/2005 07:06:00 PM
Be careful what you wish for...
Today at about 4:15 I had the rug pulled out from under me.

Yep, I have fallen victim to the plague that seems to be running rampant among technology professionals everywhere.

My position was outsourced. But I wasn't fired, as they were all so quick to point out to me. It's business, nothing personal, blah blah blah....

Without warning, I was called into the VP of Finance's office (the VP of Marketing, my overseeing supervisor, or whatever you call him, was conveniently out of town at a conference) and told that my job can basically be done for free by a firm who desperately wants more of the company's business that I was ousted from today. Trouble is, I don't think they knew exactly how much I did besides supervise the content on the website.

So, writing this, I am going through a myriad of emotions. Anger, sadness, nausea, fear, and relief.

You see, dear readers, I have been extremely unhappy in my job for at least 6 months now. Every morning I would wake up thinking of the hour drive I had ahead of me to a thankless job, that, while the pay was quite good, I was told I was expected to work overtime (I was salaried, btw), our department was severely understaffed, and everyone was stressed and frazzled all the time. When things were really bad I would pray for a car accident so I wouldn't have to go into work. Thank goodness that never happened, though.

I know I was unhappy, I just wish they'd given me a bit more notice than 45 minutes before 5:00 today. They claimed that "they only found out today that the deal was going forward," or something like that. Total crap. If I had only had a little time to find another job then I could have left on my own terms, with my head held high, without feeling like some schmoe lugging a box with her things in it out the door today.

I'm trying to be rational about this. I just try to keep thinking, "When one door closes, another one opens." I just hope another door opens soon.
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,7/11/2005 08:17:00 AM
Love and Marriage...
This weekend was my friend Krissypoo's wedding. Not only was I a bridesmaid, but I got to sing at the ceremony as well. The wedding was beautiful, and the reception completely rocked! I don't think I danced that much since my early 20's when I went to Numbers almost every weekend.

Krissypoo is one of my closest friends. We met about 3 years ago through my other closest friend Laura when we went dancing one weekend. Krissypoo and I discovered we both had a passion for Alias, which started our weekly "Alias Night," where she and I would switch off apartments and watch the show together, usually accompanied by appetizers and way too much wine. Sadly, when I moved to Dallas, the Alias Nights had to cease. :(

It is funny--Krissypoo and her now-husband were the first out of our little triumverate to start dating. Then, about a year or so later, Laura and her now-husband began dating. Last, DH and I met. But the first ones to get married were DH and I, followed by Laura and her husband, and then Krissypoo and hers. We all got married within a year and a half of each other and in reverse order of how we met.

So, congrats to Krissypoo on her marriage. I wish you a long and happy life together, and of course, lots of babies! ;)
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7.07.2005,7/07/2005 10:00:00 PM
The Fabulous Fives Meme
Okay, so I'm not sure if that is what it's really called, but I like the title, and that's all that matters, right?

Epiphany tagged me with this one, so of course I have to oblige! :)

What I was doing ten years ago:
I had just graduated from high school, and was working two jobs--3 days a week doing admin work at a steel company and the rest of the time at a video store.

5 years ago:
It was the summer before my last year at A&M, and I was working temp jobs as a receptionist and the like. Had just recently broken up with my fiance and was trying to keep him at arm's length because he was e-mailing me every five seconds wanting to get back together. I was also getting ready to go visit a friend of mine in Los Angeles.

1 year ago:
I had recently gotten married to my lovely DH, and had started a new job. Was probably still a bit embarassed about the whole July 4th incident and the two pitchers of apple martinis I polished off. (hee hee)

Started preparing all my stuff for flying out to H-town on Friday morning for Krissypoo's wedding, made a tasty dinner of stuffed mushrooms, roasted vegetable pasta dressed with olive oil and herbs, and a steamed artichoke (had leftovers for lunch!). Waited for DH to get home from his Oracle classes.

5 snacks I enjoy:
Chocolate chip cookies
Baked Cheetos
Chips & Salsa
Cucumbers and cherry tomatoes
PB&J (I recently discovered this after 25 years of being convinced I hated it!)

5 songs I know all the words to: (this is not comprehensive, of course!)
"White Trash Wedding" --Dixie Chicks
"Only" --Nine Inch Nails
"Dancing Queen" --ABBA
"Let's Get it On" --Marvin Gaye
"Shiver" --Coldplay

5 Things I would do with $100 million:
Give my notice
Buy homes for DH and me and our families
Invest invest invest!
Buy the new BMW 6-series
Get my Master's in Library Science and start a literacy program for inner-city children

5 locations I would like to run away to:
New Orleans
England(anywhere in that country!)
Puerto Vallarta
Napa Valley
New Zealand

5 bad habits I have:
Biting my nails
Not washing my face before bed
Being a know-it-all :)
Something I shouldn't mention on the blog!

5 things I like doing:
Spending time with family and friends
Chilling out on the couch

5 things I would never wear:
Satiny dresses
Thong underwear
Thick black eyeliner

5 TV shows I like:
Family Guy
Good Eats
Law & Order: SVU
Desperate Housewives

5 Biggest joys:
Waking up to a brand new day (Even if it is at 6am!)
Putting on my pajama pants after work
Meeting & marrying DH
Knowing that someday I will be a mother (sooner rather than later, I hope!)
Opening a new book for the first time that you've been anxiously waiting to read (Harry Potter #6 comes out next week!)

5 Favorite toys:
My iPod Mini
My Laptop
KitchenAid Mixer
My sleek black sports car!!
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7.05.2005,7/05/2005 09:25:00 AM
It Feels Like Monday
Hope everyone had a relaxing holiday weekend. Ours was rather uneventful--we went with DH's parents and sister to the Dallas Summer Musicals production of On the Record, which is a musical revue of Disney songs. It was quite lame. I felt the actors' movements were extremely contrived and, while the singing was pretty good, the set was supposed to mimic a recording studio (hence the title) which made it kind of boring to look at.

During intermission DH turned to his mom and asked, "Is this supposed to be a plaintive cry for grandchildren?" because there were quite a few little kiddos hopping around the Music Hall at Fair Park that day. She denied it, but we all know it's true. :)

You know how Mondays are always reviled because things tend to go wrong on Mondays--lose your keys, have a fashion crisis, etc, all of which make you late to work? Well, for some really strange reason, I've never had problems on Mondays. Everything always goes wrong for me on Tuesdays. Case in point: I dawdled a bit too long at home, thinking that leaving around 7:00 am would be fine and I would still get to work on time. I get into my car, and WHAM! Completely forgot that we used up every drop of gas in my car this weekend and that the needle was actually below the "E," so I had to get gas this morning, which ate into my drive time. On top of that, my travel coffee mug tipped over during the drive to the gas station and there's coffee on the passenger seat, which, thank goodness, wasn't too difficult to clean up because of my leather seats.

Then traffic was absolutely HORRIBLE, and I thought to myself, "There's no way I can make it to work on time, " but I ended up rolling into the garage around 7:55 this morning, so things didn't turn out ALL that bad.

Oh yeah, went and saw Batman Begins on Friday after I left work, and I must say, I thought it was the best of all the modern Batman movies. Plus, I think Christian Bale is absolutely beautiful. My only gripe was that it was a teensy-weensy bit too long. They could have cut some of the scenes, in my opinion. But, all in all, an excellent movie. I would even see it again!

To work!
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