Name: bdogg_mcgee

From: Big D, Texas, United States

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3.30.2006,3/30/2006 08:39:00 PM
I Have a Request of You, Dear Bloggers
Okay, so I'm looking for some new music. I've been in my NIN haze long enough. Mind you, I still love my Trent, but I want some new stuff to jam to while sitting in my cube or driving to work.

I keep hearing about this Death Cab for Cutie, and Franz Ferdinand. Does anyone here like them? God, I'm living under a rock, but I don't know what's good anymore!

So, I'd love it if some of you would give me suggestions of songs that I might be able to put in my repertoire. My only stipulations:

No classic rock (yuck)
No Britney Spears!!
No super gangsta rap
No death metal
No country, except old school or Dixie Chicks :)

Of course, if you're REALLY insistent about something, I will give it a listen. I'm pretty open minded when it comes to music.

I would greatly appreciate any help y'all can give me, as I seem to be living in a bit of a time warp!
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,3/30/2006 09:25:00 AM
Lasagna, Mexican-style
Can y'all tell that South of the Border cuisine is one of my favorites? Well, I guess it can't really be called Mexican cuisine, but more Tex Mex. I don't care. Give me cheese, sour cream, jalapenos, and salsa any day--I will be one happy woman.

Last night I made Mexican lasagna from the recipe I found on the Food Network. Of course, I can't take a recipe and follow it to the letter--I have to make it my own. So here's what I did:

Browned 12 oz of a mixture of ground beef and ground turkey, and while it was cooking, I mixed in a mixing bowl about 3/4 cup of sour cream, 3/4 cup salsa, a can of chopped green chiles, cumin, chili powder, coriander, and cayenne. After the meat cooked, I mixed it into the sour cream and salsa concoction, along with about 1 1/2 cups of Mexican blend shredded cheese.

I sprayed the bottom of my French white Corningware dish with cooking spray and layered corn tortillas on the bottom (cut into wedges) and topped the tortillas with the meat mixture. Another layer of tortillas, another layer of meat, and cover the whole thing with more cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes with the top covered in foil, and 30 minutes uncovered.

I wish I had a picture to show you, but I was so hungry by the time we ate that I just scarfed it. It was GOOOOOD.

With the leftover corn tortillas I made some homemade tortilla chips, and DH made a bean dip with refried beans and jalapenos, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and salsa. That was really good too.

And just so you don't think I'm a total heathen, I did have a mixed green salad on the side. :)

I must leave you now...I have oodles to do and not enough motivation to get it done! Anyone want to do some data entry for me??
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3.29.2006,3/29/2006 09:52:00 AM
Candles and Container Gardens
So, in my attempt to avoid entering contact information received from the tradeshow into a spreadsheet, I decided to look at some candles. When I was in Houston last week my mom, sister and I went to the mall and I wandered into the Yankee Candle store. What awaited me was pure heaven.

Candles that smelled of mint.

Oh god, candles that smell of one of my favorite things in the world! I LOVE the smell of fresh mint. I love to go to the garden center at Wal-Mart or Lowe's and gently rub the leaves inbetween two of my fingers to release the scent of the delicate leaves.

If my track record with growing things lately didn't suck so hard (my forget-me-nots never even freakin' SPROUTED,) and if I had a nice place to put them, I would totally have a small container garden filled with herbs. On my patio in my single-girl apartment I had a nice container garden going, with ivies and such, and different herbs. Mint, rosemary (another of my favorites) and basil.

Then we moved to Dallas, and, sadly enough, we have no patio to speak of, except for a slab of concrete in our backyard that we never go out on. It's just so, desolate out there, and I don't want to fix up something I'm not going to live in for much longer.

My herbs have long since withered, and my other plants are living with my mom at the moment, until I get a nice patio of my own to lovingly place them.

But why don't you keep plants in your house, Bdogg?

Simple. BlackJack, Kino, Annabelle, and Joey. Although I think that Kino would be the only one who would try to eat my plants. Because he's a brat like that. :)

I might have to get the fresh mint candle so I can have the illusion of a garden of herbs. I also have my eye on the ginger & lime, juicy orange, lemon zest, and vanilla oak (I know that doesn't have anything to do with herbs, but I love the scent of vanilla too)

Damn you, Yankee Candles, for tempting me!
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3.28.2006,3/28/2006 12:24:00 PM
Mucho better, thank you...
Thank you, everyone, for all your kind words and support regarding my last post. I feel so lucky to have all of you!

This was me yesterday:
I'm much better now. Back to our regularly scheduled Bdogg. I'll try not to have another meltdown for at least a week or two. :)

Here's something fun...
Your Heart Is Green

Love completes you, but that doesn't mean you seek it out.
When love comes your way, you integrate it peacefully into the rest of you life.

Your flirting style: Laid back

Your lucky first date: Walking around aimlessly and talking

Your dream lover: Is both enthusiastic and calm

What you bring to relationships: Balance
What Color Heart Do You Have?
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3.26.2006,3/26/2006 07:28:00 PM
I have things to tell you--mainly about why I have been away for the past couple of days, but I don't feel like writing it right now. I'm in a funk. I'm sorry. I haven't started my period, I'm over two weeks late, I'm not pregnant b/c I've taken a thousand tests, and I feel horribly guilty that I had to take off three days from work for my grandmother's funeral. And the thing is, she was an EXTREMELY mean woman. I didn't like her--I could go on and on about the things she used to say to my mom, and me, and make me feel like utter crap because my step-dad's sperm didn't help create me. I felt like a hypocrite "mourning" her death when I honestly couldn't have cared less. That probably makes me a horrible person. I feel like a horrible person.

I keep telling myself that I am doing it for my dad. I know that he has really mixed feelings about my grandmother's death, because he didn't particularly like her either--now that's a whole different can of worms....

Oh yeah, and I'm fat. But y'all already knew that. And, thank goodness, I'm starting an aerobics class two days a week, starting Tuesday. Maybe that will help.

I shouldn't have gone off my anti-depressants. I'm a fucking basket-case....

Wow. I was originally going to post another quiz that Lisa has on her blog, and was going to keep all this from y'all, but you know what? It just came out. Sorry about that--I really needed to vent.

Here's the quiz results anyway, though. I find it rather fitting, considering my moooooooood.

Your Monster Profile

Blood Thirsty Nightmare

You Feast On: Snow Cones

You Lurk Around In: Wal-mart

You Especially Like to Torment: Republicans

What's Your Monster Name?
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3.21.2006,3/21/2006 08:31:00 PM
Vegas, Baby, VEGAS!
So! I think I am sufficiently recovered now from the Vegas trip. It took the stuffing out of me, let me tell you! I slept pretty much the ENTIRE weekend!! I don't know what it is about that town, but it's very surreal, and it turns you into a different person almost.

Case in point: Me. The early bird. The girl who likes to go to sleep early, wake up early, doesn't drink a lot.

Me in Vegas: Staying out late, drinking WAY too much, dragging my ass out of bed to go to our tradeshow, silently cursing the Vegas gods for making me do all this.

It was a hell of a lot of fun, though.

We took the 7 am flight out of Dallas last Tuesday, and got into Vegas at 8 am Nevada time. Immediately we went to the convention center to set up our booth. I really wish I had taken pictures of the before and after, because the change was striking. We came in there to pallets full of boxes and machines and trash all around, and in the space of about 5 hours had our section of the tradeshow floor transformed. It was truly amazing.

After lunch and a nap, we all ventured out to Paris, where we had a lovely dinner at Mon Ami Gabi, overlooking the Bellagio. I drank wine and mojitos (a strange combination, yes, but in Vegas, strangely, it works!) and had the traditional French bistro dinner of steak frites. One of the sales directors and I split a tarte tatin for dessert.

Sadly, the fountains didn't play because it was extremely windy, and my desire to go up into the Eiffel Tower was struck down because of the infernal wind. So I ended up going back to our hotel (The Flamingo) and played slots for several hours. Was up about $50 but, in true Vegas fashion, gave it right back to the house.

The next day I actually woke up and worked out in the fitness center (which was a good thing--sweated out all the alcohol) and got ready for the tradeshow. It was a good day--we got a lot of contacts and it was pretty productive. But I won't bore you with business....

After the reception where our company received an award and I had this lovely drink,

we went to dinner at Margaritaville, and surprise surprise! More alcohol. As I was taking a picture with my coworker, a man did rabbit ears behind my head. I turned around and said, "You owe me a drink!" He bought me a shot of tequila and I found out he was at the same tradeshow as we. As you can see from the pic, I don't do tequila very well. After the shot and another couple of drinks, though, I was tipsy tipsy tipsy! (and with a fresh coat of lipstick to boot!)

At this point, I was done. Finito. Tired as hell and quite tipsy to boot. But, my coworkers peer pressured me (I felt like I was in 6th grade) to go out with them to the Shadow Lounge at Caesar's Palace, promising to have me back to my room by midnight. I stumbled in about 2 am.

My last day in Vegas, I dragged ass the whole time at the tradeshow, and left at 3 to catch my 6 pm flight. Got on the plane, got into Dallas at 11, and didn't get to sleep until after 1 am, with the 45-minute drive home and all. Much thanks to my dear dear Husband, who kindly woke up at 4 am with me and took me to the airport the day I left, and picked me up at 11 pm the day I got back.

It was a fun time, but I'm glad to be back to normal. That place is a little too crazy for me. Then again, it's not stopping me from planning another trip there soon--I want to share it with DH!

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,3/21/2006 08:20:00 PM
While waiting for my Vegas Pictures...
I have to share the dearest little cupcake I had for lunch today. I was craving a salami sandwich at lunch (don't get any dirty ideas) and went to Central Market to get a sandwich. While waiting for it to be ready, I spied the sweetest little cupcakes in the bakery case. I immediately picked the daisy one (it being one of my trio of favorite flowers) and took it back to work, gleefully anticipating taking the picture to show it to you. I held back eating it for a while, because it was so darn pretty!

Well, you know what? I should have just kept it to look at. The frosting was marvelous, but the cake itself? Dry as sawdust. What a bummer.

At least I still have this darling picture, though!!
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3.18.2006,3/18/2006 01:48:00 PM
Playing Catchup
Back from Vegas, which was a fabulous whirlwind trip. Will be posting pics and such at the beginning of the week as my boss has the camera. I kept taking pictures of things like the drinks I was having and all that--they kept making fun of me, but I was trying to tell them that it's prime blogging material. They just don't understand.....

So, I will post about the fabulous time I had this past weekend.

Went to Austin, as my beautiful nephew was born at 3:30 pm on March 10. My trooper of a SIL gave birth to the 8 lb, 4 oz cutie without any drugs. I'm very impressed, and hope that when my time comes that I will be able to do what she did.

Isn't he a cutie? He was deceptively heavy, though...

Hung out with LostinTX and had lunch at Kerbey Lane on Saturday with her, Lora, and Lisa, and then trekked to Toy Joy and Buffalo Exchange, followed by a visit to the San Marcos Outlet Mall. Little did I know that they have a Kate Spade outlet there now, so I went crazy looking at all the fabulous bags. Called DH and said that when we get pregnant that we're going there and I'm getting the Kate Spade diaper bag. On Sunday I went to lunch with Mrs. Wallington, who looks gorgeous as usual, and I had veggie enchiladas. Yum!

I know this post is short, but I'm still a bit tired from the trip--didn't get to Dallas on Thursday night until 11 pm, then the 45 minute drive home and the settling in didn't put me in my bed until nearly 2 am. Today DH is at a friend's birthday party, but I am here, blogging to you fine people, attempting to recover from my Vegas trip.....

More later, I promise!!!!

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