Name: bdogg_mcgee

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8.31.2005,8/31/2005 04:27:00 PM
The Aftermath of Katrina
I am deeply saddened by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. I received a link to some photographs this afternoon and am completely floored by the destruction of the hurricane as well as the levee breaks.

Thousands of survivors have lost their homes and have nowhere to go. Refugees are being evacuated to Houston and Dallas to the Astrodome and Reunion Arena respectively. To see how you can help, please visit the American Red Cross and FEMA websites.

Also, don't forget that in addition to the homeless people, many pets are homeless as well and animal shelters have been wiped out. The ASPCA website gives information on how to help our furry friends as well.

My thoughts and prayers go out to those who have lost homes and loved ones.
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8.29.2005,8/29/2005 07:06:00 AM
My thoughts are with New Orleans...
And the rest of the Gulf Coast as well. Most of you know how special New Orleans is to me (DH and I were married there) and I hope the city and the residents weather the storm with little trouble as can be expected.
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8.28.2005,8/28/2005 04:27:00 PM
My free time has been drastically reduced....
Why, you ask, has my free time been drastically reduced? Well, because last Wednesday I was offered a job and I start on September 1st! Woo!

The funny thing is, I went to interview for this position last Tuesday and was offered the position on Wednesday. I'm going to be Marketing Coordinator for a manufacturing company in Plano. The moment I walked into the building for my interview I felt that I was in the right place. And then I met my boss, with whom I got along with famously from the very instant I met him.

I'm taking a small pay cut, but in light of the fact that my commute time has been cut in half, I'm not complaining too much. And on top of that, I'm getting the opportunity to travel with the sales team and when we have our tradeshows once a year and national conference once every two years, I will get to go to those as well, which is pretty cool. And the benefits are awesome as well!

After I accepted the job, I ended up getting calls from 3 more people for interviews! At first I was second-guessing my taking this job, but in light of all the pros of this position, I'm positive I made the right decision.

This weekend has been mostly spent cleaning. I cleaned out the closet and am doing all the laundry, and put a buttload of things up for sale on Ebay. I feel like I need to start getting things in order now....however....

For the last few days I'm unemployed, I'm going to do absolutely NOTHING! But, I'm very excited to get back to work. This has been a nice break, but I'm ready to get back into the working world and be useful.

Hope everyone is having a nice weekend!!!
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8.19.2005,8/19/2005 05:49:00 PM
When it Rains, it Pours...
Okay, first of all, what's up with all this spam crap I'm getting all of a sudden? I don't know what happened!!!! SPAM IS THE DEVIL!!!

Anyhow, I digress...

So, on the job front news, I got two more nibbles in addition to the one I had the other day that have both materialized into interviews!

Job #1 - Marketing Specialist for a commercial realty firm in Downtown Dallas. It was voted one of the best places to work by Dallas Business Journal. This one is Monday at 3 pm. Not sure about it since it is, of course, about a 60-mile roundtrip drive from my house, and I'm not even sure I can afford the gas. But, I need the interview practice, so I'll go and check it out. I'll say right now, though, that it will take A LOT to get me to drive all the way downtown again.

Job #2 - Marketing Associate for a manufacturing company located about 20 minutes from where I live. I go to this interview Tuesday at 2 pm. The Marketing Manager sounded extremely nice on the phone and the job description sounds like it would be a fun opportunity--lots of different hats to wear, since I get bored easily.

Job #3 - This was the initial telephone interview with Human Resources for a Web Merchandiser for a very well-known watch/accessories company. What sounded really interesting about this job is that there is lots of room for growth. The person who was in this job previously was promoted out of it, so they encourage internal growth and don't expect you to stay in a certain position or division of the company unless it's absolutely the best fit for you. I expressed great interest in this one over the phone and my resume was passed to the hiring manager, and if they're interested I will be contacted for a face-to-face interview. So far I haven't heard anything, but I would like to have a shot at this one.

So, I guess we'll see how it goes! I have to admit, though, that I'm really enjoying this little vacation......
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8.16.2005,8/16/2005 04:46:00 PM
My First Nibble....Hopefully Not My Last!!
I just received a phone call from a recruiter and have a telephone interview tomorrow morning at 11:30! Please send me good vibes!!!
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8.15.2005,8/15/2005 02:23:00 PM
Decorating Adventures, Part Deux
Friday evening I finished re-doing the master bathroom. The total of everything was less than $40--I either had some of the things already on hand or bought them on sale. I think the single most expensive thing I purchased was the Buddha tealight holder from Target for $9.99.

I've been wanting to do a more Asian-style room for a while. I enjoy the minimalist look, especially in the bathroom.

So, without further ado, here are the pics!

This is the bathtub area. I have to say, I love this tub. It's HUGE! I painted the little "Peace" picture above the mirror--well, I actually painted the canvas, but stenciled the lettering and the dragonfly!

This is the sink area. As you can see, we have a ton of mirrors in this bathroom, so it was a challenge to take the picture without anyone seeing me or the flash of the camera. It's a bit dark, but you get the idea. The reason the photo looks cut off on the right is because I was in the closet taking the photo and the doorway blocked part of the camera. Oh well.

And lastly, a closeup of Buddha!
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8.14.2005,8/14/2005 09:25:00 PM
Concerts, Beer, and too much Food
Ugh. This evening DH and I went over to his parents house for dinner. Actually, the dinner excuse was basically a ploy to get DH over to move some furniture :) but it was a nice evening nonetheless. We went to Luna de Noche in Plano and I ate way too much. Seeing that I haven't been eating much lately and what I have been eating was relatively healthy, my choice of restaurant was ill-advised, at best. Oh well. I'm hoping a cup of ginger tea will aid in my digestion!

Saturday night we met Eric & Christine over at Baker Street in Addison so Eric could show off his new Pontiac GTO. I actually didn't get to look inside it, since I spent the evening drinking beer and talking to Christine, but DH drove it and said it was pretty nice. DH said it was as nice as the Infiniti G35 he had before he traded it in for the RX-8. Sigh. I don't think I'll ever get over the loss of that G35. Anyhow, it was great seeing Eric & Christine again!

Thursday DH and I went to the System of a Down concert over at American Airlines Center. His boss's wife had free tickets and he invited us to come along. We sat in one of the suites and all in all, it was pretty plush. As I am not a System of a Down fan, however, I didn't really enjoy the show all that much. I'm hoping that the boss's wife might be able to come through for some NIN tickets, though.....

I re-decorated the master bathroom this week as well. I will post pics as soon as I can!
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8.10.2005,8/10/2005 07:34:00 PM
Yeah, nothing much to post lately. Yesterday I went to lunch with two girls from the old job--it was really nice. We went to Grand Lux over in the Galleria and I was baaaad. Well, I ate sensibly for my meal--the luncheon omelette and a green salad that was actually quite good, except I'd ordered the omelette with spinach, tomato, mushroom, and onion, but when it came to the table there was pancetta in it instead of onion. I thought about sending it back, but hell, it was pancetta, after all, so I let it slide. Then for dessert I had the biggest slice of chocolate cake ever! I was happy happy happy.

I took a nasty spill in the garage on Monday--I'd gone out to get groceries and right when I was about to leave Kroger it started raining. I suppose raining is a bit of an understatement, because the rain was coming down sideways, the wind was blowing so hard. When I finally got into my car I had to deal with the flooding of the streets due to the construction on 121 (bah!) and must have tracked some mud into the garage from my tires, because when I went out to get the last load out of my car I slipped. Not my finest hour. I fell hard on my right knee and have a deep bruise as well as a bruise on my upper left arm where it struck my car bumper. Lately when I've gone out I notice people looking at it and I want to say, "No, I have not been beaten up!" Well, by my car, maybe......and the garage floor.

I did another yoga tape today and am still marveling at the way it makes me feel. I just feel more alive each time I do it....and it actually makes me want to eat healthier as well. Last night I made a lentil rice soup and it was excellent--DH gave it a thumbs up! I'm thinking of doing some orzo pasta with spinach, pesto, and cannelini beans tomorrow night, but who knows? I may try to convince DH that we need another date night since he'll be in class on Friday.

Well, I guess I had more to say than I thought I did! Decorating-wise, I'm tackling the master bathroom next. When I get it finished I will post the pics!

And now, back to TiVo! Eh, maybe I'll read instead....
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8.03.2005,8/03/2005 05:15:00 PM
Adventures in Decorating
So during my unemployment stint I have been bitten by the decorating bug. We've lived in this house for a year and a half now and there were no window treatments and the family room lacked warmth. Plus, we'd been sitting on a damn loveseat since we moved in--I have no idea why we never moved the sofa from the front room.....

When my friend Laura was here I asked her to help me move the larger sofa in the family room and that was all it took. We started rooting around the house for ways to add color, and ended up covering the throw pillows on the sofa with old dark red pillowcases that were in my apartment bedroom. Then we added an ivory velour pillow to further accent and break up all the green in the sofa (there are little cream and red decorative accents on the sofa). Well, that still left window treatments, but I didn't want to spend a lot of money, so I decided to use fabric napkins folded into triangles and put up with simple nails to the wall. The whole treatment cost me $14 for the window in the family room and breakfast room. (The back room is essentially one large room with the kitchen, breakfast room, and family room.)

Sofa and Family Room:

Breakfast Area (temporarily used for the moment as my office):

Then I went crazy in the kitchen and decided I needed a little area rug in there. I had eight placemats that I have never used that matched the napkins I used for the windows, and cut the tassels from one side. I then taped them together on the underside with carpet tape and covered the seams with decorative ribbon on the top. The only drawback on this one was the glue I used to affix the ribbon to the rug--it came through and shows the glue marks. I don't have a sewing machine so I had to improvise! :( I think it still looks pretty cool, though.

Here's the rug:

So far that's been my foray into decorating! And it all cost me less than $25!


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8.02.2005,8/02/2005 11:23:00 AM
No, not the Firefly movie, but the way I'm feeling at the moment...

Yesterday I finally went and got a library card from the Plano Public Library System. While I was there I picked up three workout videos, one of them being a yoga for beginners (I also have a dance video and a bellydance video--I like variety!).

I did the yoga video this morning, finishing it about 15 minutes ago, and have to say that this is the most peaceful I've felt in a very long time.

I went to a yoga class once, about a year ago, and really loved it, but never pursued it--I could go on and on making excuses, but I won't--and decided to pick it up again while I had some free time on my hands.

All I have to say is, wow. I can't say that it was easy, because it wasn't, and I definitely am not very flexible at the moment, but it was one of the best experiences in exercising I've had in a while. I have problems with my right shoulder since it got pulled a couple of years ago, and the stretches really helped the tightness ease a bit.

H/T to Bearette24 for inspiring me to pick up the video--good luck on your journey to becoming a yoga instructor!
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8.01.2005,8/01/2005 09:45:00 AM
100 Things...
Here are 100 things about me & my life. They're in no particular order, I just wrote them as I thought of them! Please disregard the punctuation as well. I didn't feel like putting periods at the end of every entry.

Here goes...
  1. I am 5'4" tall
  2. DH is a foot taller than me
  3. I was engaged once before in college
  4. My favorite colors are green, blue, and yellow
  5. I love peonies, tulips, and hydrangeas
  6. I wish I were three inches taller
  7. I am adopted and do not know my biological parents--UPDATE: I know ONE of my biological parents :)
  8. I'm a native Texan
  9. I dreamed about being a Broadway star
  10. I watch the Golden Globes and Oscars every year, regardless of how many of the Best Picture Nominees I've seen
  11. I've become a sucker for Battlestar Galactica on the Sci-Fi Channel
  12. I have two older brothers and one younger sister
  13. My favorite books as a child are the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  14. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up
  15. I've always regretted not doing a semester abroad while in college
  16. My parents divorced when I was 4
  17. I've been to NYC twice--the first time I stayed in the West Village and the second time I stayed in a high-rise in Central Park West overlooking the Sheep's Meadow
  18. I had a pen pal from New Zealand for nine years
  19. I love watching Sylvia Browne when she comes on Montel Williams
  20. I think that Felicity should have ended up with Noel
  21. I like Angelina and Brad better than I liked Jennifer and Brad
  22. I can't believe I just wrote that
  23. I hate going underwater
  24. I'm afraid of heights
  25. I used to hate PB&J sandwiches until a year ago
  26. I love baking and cooking
  27. I could eat tacos every day
  28. I wish I spoke fluent Spanish
  29. Going to England is one of my short-term goals
  30. According to my spirit guide, this is the fourth time I've lived on Earth
  31. I was raised Baptist but now espouse no organized religion
  32. I can't wait to have children
  33. I'm so excited for the new IKEA to open--it's 5 minutes from my house
  34. I always wanted to open a bookstore-cafe
  35. I love animals, especially cats
  36. I lost my virginity at the ripe age of 21
  37. Sometimes I dream something and several days later it comes true
  38. I absolutely love being married
  39. I have to change the decor in my bedroom and bathroom at least once a year
  40. I'm very happy with the woman I've become
  41. If I had to go back and do everything all over again, I wouldn't change a thing
  42. The first movie I remember seeing was The Empire Strikes Back
  43. My idea of a perfect day would consist of lying in a comfy bed with lots of soft pillows and reading books and magazines all day, and eating whatever I felt like. The windows would be open to a very mild sunny day with a light breeze fluttering the curtains.
  44. I am a morning person
  45. I like Memphis BBQ better than I like Texas BBQ
  46. I am terribly lactose-intolerant, which is a damn shame because I love cheese
  47. I have a green iPod
  48. The reason I started listening to Nine Inch Nails initially was because my super-Christian ex-boyfriend said that it was a Satanic group and let's say I was going through a bit of a rebellious phase. Now it's one of my favorite bands and I know he was full of shit.
  49. I never liked sci-fi and anime until I met my husband, and now I love it
  50. I majored in musical theater before I changed over to English
  51. I swear like a sailor
  52. I hate to iron
  53. My eyes are green
  54. I always wanted to get my tongue pierced, but I chickened out
  55. I have a tattoo on my right hip
  56. Family Guy is so bad it's good
  57. I am blind as a bat and hope to have LASIK surgery
  58. My favorite season is spring
  59. My favorite day is Saturday
  60. I've known my closest friend since I was 17 years old. I was a bridesmaid at her wedding.
  61. I sing at the top of my lungs in my car even though I know people are probably staring at me
  62. I'm a notoriously messy person. I try to be neat and tidy, but it never quite happens
  63. I miss my friend Caroline, who passed away a year and a half ago
  64. The only rings I wear are my engagement & wedding rings on the left hand and my Aggie ring on my right
  65. My wedding & engagement rings are heirlooms--the engagement ring belonged to DH's great-grandmother and the wedding band was my great-aunt's.
  66. I really really want to get the S-Factor DVDs
  67. I love reading Chick Lit as well as cheesy Young Adult fiction
  68. I'm not a fan of playing video games. I bought the Alias game when it came out and played it about 3 times.
  69. I still love Martha Stewart
  70. I'm an Ebay junkie
  71. The summer after my freshman year in college, I visited a friend of mine who lived in Virginia and we spent 2 weeks going up and down the East Coast
  72. I recently learned how to make a vodka martini and discovered I have a real knack for it
  73. I love old movies and often TiVo something on Turner Classic Movies
  74. I have a horrible nail-biting habit
  75. I've never had a spa day, and have always wanted a professional massage
  76. I LOOOOOOOVE Cadbury chocolate
  77. If I'm watching anime, I prefer it in Japanese with subtitles
  78. I've never mowed the lawn in my life--I consider it "man's" work (How sexist of me!)
  79. I love to dance around the house and try to make DH laugh at me
  80. The BBC version of Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle is the best one, in my opinion
  81. My first car was a 1986 gray Chevy Cavalier and my current one is a black 2004 Hyundai Tiburon
  82. My "Mom" car will most likely be a VW Golf in red or green
  83. I love karaoke
  84. Gin is one of my favorite card games
  85. I hate having my hair longer than shoulder length, and even then it's bugging me
  86. I hope to someday be a children's librarian
  87. The first CD I ever owned was Metallica's Black Album
  88. DH and I have different political stances--he leans toward the conservative side and I am more liberal in my views. It makes for interesting conversation sometimes!
  89. I tend to worry about things that are going to happen a long time from now, if at all
  90. I'm really bad at math
  91. I was a victim of identity theft when I was 22 years old
  92. I don't watch the nightly news
  93. I hate white walls and wish we could paint in our house
  94. I don't wear a watch
  95. I'm more of a homebody than someone who goes out a lot. If someone calls me late to do something and I already have my contacts out and my pajamas on, then I'm in for the night.
  96. I've never been to Vegas
  97. I hate being cold
  98. I always wanted to honeymoon in the Poconos--ever since I was a little girl looking at wedding magazines I always wanted to go to the place with the champagne glass shaped whirlpool tubs
  99. I LOVE magazines--I subscribe to Jane, Marie Claire, Glamour and O, but I also love the gossip magazines--US Weekly, Life & Style, In Touch, and Star. I'm so bad!
  100. My birthday is January 30
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