Name: bdogg_mcgee

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5.30.2006,5/30/2006 12:12:00 PM
Get it While it Lasts....
So, I was on the ABC website looking at the Alias page, and I noticed that they are auctioning off props and such from the show.

Interested in owning a piece of just about the GREATEST SHOW EVER????

Here's the link:

Alias Auction

Lisa, how about Will Tippin's shirt? It's under $200 right now!!!

I still don't know what I'm going to do with myself now that this show is gone. I did, however, learn how to crochet this weekend. Maybe I'll start making afghans for everyone or something.....
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5.29.2006,5/29/2006 08:51:00 PM
Boy, am I TIRED!
I'm back home! I flew into DFW at 8:00 pm on Friday, and ended up getting back to the house around 10. But, my travelin' days were not over, as DH and I jumped into the car Saturday morning and drove to West Texas to visit the dad and stepmom. So here I am, sitting here in my beloved kitchen, so happy to be home.

The week in Florida was really nice. Tuesday I met up with the sales rep, and we had lunch at this place in Orlando called Tu Tu Tango, which was really neat because it served tapas, and featured art from local artists throughout the place. The mango duck quesadillas were to die for, and I wish I could have picked up a piece of art for the house, but alas, I had no way of getting it back home! After lunch she drove me around Orlando and I saw a bunch of trees that represented Disney and Universal Studios (couldn't see much) and we headed down to south Florida.

Wednesday we took some dealers out for sushi in a town called Port St. Lucie and met with an end user of the product to get some information for a case study, and then drove to Ft. Lauderdale and met with some more dealers for drinks and appetizers.

Thursday was more of the same, except that we intended to get to South Beach, which is about 50 miles from Ft. Lauderdale, but we were so tired that we decided to stay up near the hotel and we ate at a place near the beach and drank martinis and ended up getting in rather late after an interesting run-in with a tourist trap souvenir shop (I'll post on that when I've sufficiently recovered...)

Friday we ate Cuban food with some more dealers and then I got to the airport and ended up flying home sitting in front of THE LOUDEST CHILDREN EVER. I swear, I know it's tough for a kid to stay still for three hours, but good Lord, these kids would not shut up and the parents were doing nothing to stop it. Good thing I had some noise-canceling headphones that worked somewhat in quelling the loudness of the little brats behind me. That plane ride made me decide that DH and I will not be traveling with our children on an airplane until they are at least 7 years old and can behave themselves. :)

And that was it, in a nutshell. I'm about to head off to bed, but wanted to let everyone know that I made it back in safely, and am glad to be home!!!!!
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5.22.2006,5/22/2006 10:29:00 PM
Five Ass-Kicking Years
Tonight was the series finale of probably my favorite show ever.

I can still remember watching the first episode. I was living at my parents' house, I'd graduated from college recently, and remember being in my bedroom, jaw to the floor as I watched Jennifer Garner be a complete badass.

The first season finale was fraught with so much tension. Will Vaughn survive? At the time I had no one to talk about it, and about went crazy.

And then Krissypoo came into my life, and we started watching Alias together. During the infamous Super Bowl episode(her now-husband had a Super Bowl party,) we sat there and drank a bottle of Chardonnay and kept beating up on each other as the scenes got more and more crazy. To this day her old boss still talks about us, sitting there, our attention rapt on the screen, going all nuts. And at the end of the second season, when we learned that Syd had been missing for two years, well, I think we sat on her porch and smoked cigarettes (yes, I smoke occasionally, and yes, I know it's bad for me. Shut up.) and didn't speak for about half an hour afterwards.

Then I moved away, and Alias nights with Krissypoo came to an end. But we still talked about it afterward, and speculated on what was the real agenda of Rambaldi.....

And now it's over.

They did a really great job tying everything up tonight. I was pleased with the ending, although I mourned the deaths of some of my favorite characters. And I know that it will still live on with the DVDs I own. But it won't be the same.

So here I am, sitting here in this hotel room in Florida, all choked up over a damn TV show. I'll be okay tomorrow, I hope. :)
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5.21.2006,5/21/2006 05:24:00 PM
...And Off Again
Hi Everyone!

So, this time I'm leaving, again, going to Florida for the week to travel with one of the sales reps. Should be fun, since I've never been to Florida before!

I'm starting out in Orlando and will be going to south Florida and will fly out of Ft. Lauderdale on Friday night. And this time I will be on a proper jet, not one of those paper-towel tubes they like to call a plane.

I will have my laptop with me, so I'll be posting from the road. And I'll also be bringing along the camera!

Poor DH will be lonely this week, so leave him a comment so he can be entertained in my absence.....
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5.14.2006,5/14/2006 03:35:00 PM
Rollin' Outta Here....
But only for a couple days. :)

I am flying out to Cincinnati tomorrow afternoon for a sales blitz. Basically I'm going to go support some of our dealers as they make sales calls and try to keep my head above water! I've also been told to rest up, because a lot of drinking will be going on. I don't plan on doing too much drinking, though. I will be a good girl!

I'm flying to Cincinnati on an Embrarer 145, which, if you don't know, is the plane that has a propensity for blowing out the landing gear tires. It's happened in Chicago and Houston recently. Yay. Of course, this all happened after I booked my flight, so....I'm hoping that my plane lands safely.

I won't have my laptop with me, because I don't feel like dealing with it, but I'll see y'all on Thursday when I get back!
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5.12.2006,5/12/2006 11:36:00 AM
The Blogoversary
Today marks the one year anniversary of the beginning of my blog. I originally started it to try to keep me on track with my weight loss, but things never quite turn out like they should. I've still got those pounds to lose, but you know, that's okay. I'm fine with that! (well, sort of...)

At first, I resisted having a blog. What would I have to talk about ? (apparently, more than I ever thought!) But then, I redisovered my love of writing, and the next thing you know, a year later, I have nearly 300 posts. I also never imagined that I would get to know some of the most marvelous people--people I never would have gotten the chance to know if I hadn't grabbed a corner in cyberspace--I've even met a few in the flesh! I count some of you among my closest friends and am so very grateful to have you!

Lots of things have happened in my life since I started this, including, but not limited to:

Losing my job
Getting an even better one
Finding my biological mother
Deciding to have a baby
Getting my wisdom teeth pulled (not the best thing to do at 28!)
Watching my good friend Krissypoo go from being a Ms. to a Mrs.

I never was much of a journal keeper when I was younger. I love to write, but I don't like writing by hand. (I'm a product of the computer age) So I think it's pretty cool that I have an online journal to record things. Of course, I don't intend to reveal everything (this is public domain, after all.)

So anyway, I wanted to commemorate my first full year as a Blogger. I've thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and hope that I can continue for a long time to come!
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5.10.2006,5/10/2006 10:49:00 AM
Needing to Vent....and a Public Service Announcement (sort of)
Does anyone else sometimes forget what day it is? Wonder why that happens??? I usually forget what day it is if I don't go to work one day out of the week, and, since I was out sick on Monday, I guess that's why I'm being rather forgetful.

About three years ago, I had surgery for endometriosis. Around my time of the month, I would get these sharp pains in my lower right abdomen, and after two months of emergency room visits and the loss of dignity (I am so not going into what I had to go through during one emergency room visit,) my doctor thought it could be endometriosis, so I had laparascopic surgery. In addition, I also had all estrogen production shut down in my body for 6 months, which, I tell you, was VERY interesting. Imagine going through menopause at 27...

For a while, everything was okay, until a year later, when it came back. Worse this time. A trip to the emergency room again revealed nothing except I like to pass out when I get my IV, and morphine is really really good. I went back to work the next day, and the following week couldn't walk, so to my doctor I went (a different one, since I live in Big D now,) shuffling like an old person and in terrible pain.

And you know what? She found out what was wrong with me. I had Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, or PID. A bacterial infection that went misdiagnosed for several years was having its way with me, and she gave me super doses of antibiotics and strict orders to stay in bed for the rest of the week. My boss (of the shitty job I had before this one) was not happy about that. They were such bastards.....but I digress....

So this weekend began--ahem--my time of the month, and on Monday I had the worst cramps I've ever had in my life. I've never had back pain associated with my period before, but this time I did, and wow! I pretty much camped out on the couch the whole day with my heating pad, except when I had to go to jury duty at 6 pm (another post.....) And, the sharp pain in my lower right abdomen has come back. I made an appointment and went to see my doctor yesterday afternoon and described my symptoms to her. She said it could be several things:

Ovarian cysts that had burst.
Scar tissue being pulled by uterine contractions. (ouch!)
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
Or, it could have been a bad period.

There's really nothing I can do except watch and wait. How frustrating not to be able to fix what's wrong with you! It's especially frustrating that DH and I are trying to have a baby and all this crap is happening. And all because of a damn bacterial infection that was misdiagnosed!

Part of me blames my previous gynecologist--I had gone in about 5 years ago complaining of pelvic pain and they did an exam and basically brushed me off, saying that there wasn't anything wrong. Looking back, I should have gone for a second opinion, but I was young and, at that time, thought that "Doctor knew best." I wasn't worried about infertility or difficulty getting pregnant, because at the time I didn't want kids and, wrongly, thought I never would. Now I'm kicking myself because my stupidity could very well cost me the ability to get pregnant.

I guess the point of this post is to tell all the lovely ladies to get checked out by your gyno or general practitioner every year. Not only does it ensure that all your parts are working correctly, if something is going on "down there," it can be treated in a timely manner. And even if you're absolutely sure you don't want kids, you just MIGHT change your mind somewhere down the road (it is our prerogative!)

I just don't want any of you to feel the uncertainty I'm feeling right now. You know, it could all be nothing, and maybe even next month I'll get knocked up. But in the back of my mind, all I can think is, "I messed up."

Don't let this happen to you, kids! Now you know! And knowing is half the battle!
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5.03.2006,5/03/2006 04:34:00 PM
Sometimes I Wonder About My Intelligence...
About three years ago, I injured my shoulder. Didn't really think much of it until about 6 months after I injured it, I couldn't move my neck. This has gone on intermittently ever since. I thought that I was tough enough to power through the pain and not do anything about it (WRONG).

Thus began my odyssey. After realizing that muscle relaxers, painkillers, and anti-inflammatories were NOT helping, I decided to give physical therapy a try.

Yesterday was my first session. It wasn't really strenuous or anything, mainly just having the therapist massage my neck and shoulders, trying to find where the trouble spots were, and testing my strength and range of motion. It is being theorized that I have an impingement in my neck that is causing the pain to manifest in the shoulder.

After all of this, I was a bit sore, and to try to get me to feeling better, the therapist suggested I lie down for about 15 minutes with some heat packs and electrodes attached to me. I thought, "Okay, I'll try anything once," and sat there while she attached four sticky little pads to my neck and shoulder area. She told me, "Here's the controller for the electrodes, and when the time runs out, let me know and we'll get you out of here."

Simple, right?

Lying on the table with a heat pack on my back and around my neck, and a support under my knees (ahhhh,) I turned the electrode thingy on and WOW. Tingly! I played around with it by turning up the intensity and seeing how much I can stand (As an Alias fan, I wanted to see if I have a Sydney Bristow-like pain tolerance.) I didn't get past 8 (and I don't know how high the thing goes). While the tingling was rather pleasant in the neck and down the shoulder blade, the electrode that was placed on my arm around the shoulder area started to feel a little uncomfortable. Actually, it started to hurt. I turned the setting down to 4, then 3, then 2, and it was still hurting.

So I thought, "Well, I like the tingling in the shoulder blade and neck area, so I will just take off the pad on my shoulder and it will be cool."

Did I not mention that I STILL HAD THE ELECTRODE CONTROLLER ON when I decided to do this?

I reached over, pulled the sticky pad off my shoulder with my other hand and shocked the crap out of my thumb. And you know what? Even if the voltage is still rather low, being shocked freakin' HURTS. I can still remember how it felt, almost 24 hours later, and I didn't like it. Apparently you're not supposed to do that.

After that, I decided to cut my losses and turned the damn thing off. I'm not sure how much longer passed, but I finally called out to my therapist that I think I'd had enough of the heat packs. She pulled back the curtain and asked, "Did the timer on the electrode controller go off?" and I said, "Funny story, actually..."

She was actually very concerned about me, hoping I was okay, and was all, "Why didn't you tell me it was hurting and I could have come and adjusted it?" But, dear bloggers, I am one who does not like to ask for help if there is the ever-remote possiblilty that I can do it myself. You see how well that turned out.

Next time, I'll let the professionals take care of it!
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5.02.2006,5/02/2006 11:27:00 AM
If you Need More Proof of my Nerdiness...
This past weekend was the Dallas ComiCon. Thinking that it would be a fun thing to go to, DH and I went to the Plano Centre on Saturday afternoon. I had no idea what was awaiting me when I got there.

There were people there who were TOTALLY into it--I saw guys dressed in military combat gear, a chick dressed in a kimono, and even some Storn Troopers. There were a lot of different dealers there, offering everything from autographed photos to comic books to action figures.

I didn't intend to buy anything, but I was in one dealer's area and saw the stuffed version of Alphonse from the great anime series Full Metal Alchemist. I couldn't resist, so, I bought him. Then, not far away was a table with lots and lots of Alias stuff. I came away from there with the Season one trading cards. What I really really wanted, though, was a Tachikoma figurine from another great anime series, Ghost in the Shell. I was more than a little disappointed not to find one.

Thomas Jane from The Punisher was there, signing autographs. I really wanted to go up there and be all, "I LOVED YOU IN THE SWEETEST THING!" But I didn't, because 1. I didn't feel like waiting in line, and 2. I'm not THAT much of a nerd, people!

But it was still fun. The Sci-Fi Expo is in July, and we'll probably be going to that one too. Woo hoo!
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