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6.30.2006,6/30/2006 11:34:00 PM
You Should Taste This....
Okay, so this title has absolutely nothing to do with my post, but Poppy sent me an e-mail with that as the subject this morning, and it, too, had nothing to do with the subject, and, well, I got nothing else interesting to call my post, so there you go.

I'm sorry I haven't been blogging regularly, but, like I said earlier, I haven't had much to say. I think I need to buy another creative cap.

The past couple of days has been rather interesting for me, though.....

For the past couple of months, I haven't felt like myself. I'm exhausted all the time, I get irritated easily, have terrible mood swings, I've inexplicably gained 20 lbs without changing anything diet or exercise-wise, and I've been getting zits. I NEVER get zits.

Wednesday night DH and I went to see Superman Returns (fab movie, btw,) and while we were waiting in the line to get into the theater, I started feeling BAD. I mean, my head felt like it was going to explode. Cheapo that I am, we went to see the movie anyway, but on the way home I decided to go check my blood pressure at Target. Normally, my BP is around 120/80, but that night it was 175/100. So I freaked out and called my mom, who told me to try to relax and since I was going to my endocrinologist the next day, to try to take it easy and tell him what was going on.

So I went to the endocrinologist on Thursday and explained that my blood pressure was pretty high--he checked it, and it was 160/105, and I still felt like my head was going to explode, plus I'd been short of breath and was developing tingling sensations in my hand. He examined me, ordered a battery of tests, and told me that I should probably go to the emergency room to get checked out, because my symptoms were quite serious.

Freaked out again, I called DH, who came home and promptly took me to the emergency room, where they took my blood pressure, which was 140/90, and the ER doctor basically laughed it off and, in a nutshell, told me that I was imagining everything. He was a total asshat. He did tell me, though, to follow up with my GP, and after that I went to the lab near the hospital to have all the tests done that my endocrinologist ordered, which basically consisted of five vials of blood.
This afternoon, I went to my GP and described all my symptoms to her. My BP this afternoon was 140/90, and looking at my chart, she noticed that since February, my BP has been steadily rising. She assured me that it was not indeed my imagination, that something was out of the ordinary with me, and that the ER doctor yesterday was an asshat (I have a great doctor.) She asked if the endocrinologist had checked my pituitary gland, and I said that I was going to be doing a couple of tests over the weekend to check the cortisol levels in my blood.

My doctor prescribed BP medicine and ordered me to get a CT scan in order to check my pituitary gland for any abnormalities, as well as to rule out any masses in my brain (i.e. tumors). I was all, "What??" I went in to follow up on why my BP was so high and now I'm having to have a CT scan to check for a possible tumor? What the fuckity fuck is up with that?

Luckily, I was able to get the CT scan this afternoon after I left my doctor, and later was researching pituitary gland disorders, because she didn't tell me anything regarding what I could have, and I like to freak myself out as thoroughly as possible while waiting for test results.

What did I find? Well, I'll tell you what I found. Cushing's Disease, which explains many of the symptoms I have. But since I have the good fortune to have all this shit happen to me over the Independence Day holiday, I probably won't learn anything until next week. Good thing is, though, that if I do indeed have this, it's correctable by surgery. Granted, they're going up into your brain to remove a benign tumor from your pituitary gland, but I guess them's the breaks. :)

So, I will be sure to keep everyone posted about everything! At least now I know that I'm not crazy, and that how I've been feeling isn't just my imagination.

I really want to go to that ER doctor and kick him in the nuts, though. Now THAT would make me feel a whole lot better!!
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,6/30/2006 11:30:00 PM
From Poppy....
Directions: Add up what you've done, past or present. Give out the grand total. If you feel like letting everyone know just what exactly makes up your total then you go right ahead and put some sort of demarcation next to that stuff, such as bolding or italicizing the line or putting an asterisk at the start/end.

1. Have gone past first base--$4
2. Have had sexual intercourse-- $5
3. Have only went as far as first base-- $3
4. Have smoked an unfiltered cigarette or cigar-- $5
5. Have gotten so drunk, you've thrown up-- $5
6. Have gone skinny dipping-- $3
7. Have kissed someone of the opposite sex-- $4
8. Have had more than one bf/gf at the same time-- $2
9. Have cheated on someone you are in a commited relationship with-- $2
10. Have fallen asleep during class-- $0.50
11. Have cheated on a quiz-- $1
12. Have been expelled-- $5
13. Have been in a fist fight-- $3
14. Have given oral-- $5
15. Have received oral-- $5
16. Have prank called the cops-- $3
17. Have stolen something from a store-- $2
18. Have done some form of illegal drugs-- $5
19. Have dyed your hair a color that evokes stares-- $0.50
20. Have done something of a sexual nature with someone at least 5 yrs older than you-- $3
21. Have dated someone over 18 while you were under 18-- $4
22. Have eaten an entire bag of Oreos-- $0.50
23. Have cried yourself to sleep over a member of the opposite sex-- $1
24. Have said you love someone but didn't actually mean it-- $1
25. Have ever been in love-- $4
26. Have ever been in lust--$0.01
27. Have gotten caught doing something that you shouldn't have been doing-- $1
28. Have performed some sort of sexual activity in a house of worship-- $10
29. Have gotten arrested-- $5
30. Have spent a night in jail--$7
31. Have made out with someone at the movies-- $2
32. Have peed in a pool-- $0.03
33. Have played spin the bottle-- $1
34. Have done something that you regret-- $3
35. Have been in love with someone that you never told--$0.02

Bdogg's total: $67.06 out of $105.56
Tag, you're it!
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6.26.2006,6/26/2006 11:52:00 AM
Hey Y'all
I'm not feeling very inspired at the moment. I guess there's not a whole lot going on in my life at the moment to warrant a post! Sorry about that....

We Houston gals (me, Krissypoo, Mrs. Wallington) met up this weekend for some girl time. We had pedicures, drank way too much wine, and saw Nacho Libre. Verdict: It had its moments, but overall I wasn't as impressed as I was like with Napoleon Dynamite. Then again, I absolutely HATED ND when I first saw it, but the second time I watched it, I thought it was comic genius. [shrug]

This weekend it's off to H-town to visit the family and go to an Astros game next Monday (we have the 3rd AND the 4th off.) I'm looking forward to it!

Oh yeah, I think that Nicole Kidman looked beautiful at her wedding. I'm glad that she got to have a real wedding this time, instead of a quickie Vegas one like she had with Tom. He's so weird....

Okay, I'm outtie. I'll post later when I have my creative cap on! : )
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6.20.2006,6/20/2006 10:59:00 AM
A Meme....
From Bearette!

1. Which curse word do you use the most?
Which curse word don't I use the most???? I'm an equal-opportunity sailor. I am partial to the F-word, though......

2. Do you own an iPod?
Yup. A green one.

3. What time is your alarm clock set for?
5:45 am

4. How many suitcases do you own?
2 - one carry on and one a bit larger.

5. Do you wear flip flops even when it's cold?

Depends on my mood, but usually. Then again, it's never that cold here.

6. Would you rather take the picture or be in the picture?
Be in the picture--well, when I was thinner.

7. What was the last movie you watched?

8. Do you or any of your friends have children?
A few of my Blogger friends have babies, and my BIL and SIL have a newborn, but that's it. Yes, we're still trying, and no, I'm not preggers yet. It's surprisingly more difficult to get pregnant than what they tell you in Sex Ed class.....

9. Has anyone ever called you lazy?
A roommate in college called me lazy because I liked to take a nap in the afternoon when my classes were over. She was a bitch.
(At the moment I'm a bit crabby b/c it's that time of the month. Bear with me, but she was a bit high-strung.)

10. Do you ever take medication to help you sleep?

11. Which CD is currently in your CD player?
I am currently listening to an audiobook from the library. Lord John and the Private Matter, by Diana Gabaldon.

12. Do you prefer regular or chocolate milk?
Erm, I like chocolate milk, but milk in general doesn't agree with me.....

13. Has anyone told you a secret this week?

14. When was the last time someone hit on you?
I think in Vegas, but I'm super-oblivious to this kind of stuff...

15. Can you whistle?
Yes, but badly.

16. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?
Mrs. Wallington

17. Do you think people talk about you behind your back?
Probably, but I don't really care.

18. Did you watch cartoons as a child?
I still watch them! (Thanks, honey xxxxxoooooo)

[question missing here]

20. Are you shy around the opposite sex?
Not usually.

21. Which movie(s) do you know every line to?
The Princess Bride, and most of Coming to America.

22. Do you own any band t-shirts?
I have some NIN shirts floating around somewhere. Nothing from the current tour, though.

23. What is your favorite salad dressing?
There's some kind of tomatoey dressing that I get at mom and pop Italian restaurants that is to DIE FOR. I like lemon vinaigrettes, too. All time favorite, though? Green Goddess.

24. Who was the last person to make you mad?
DH, but only because of said time of the month.

25. Do you do your own dishes?
Unfortunately. Well, we put them in the dishwasher...

26. Ever cry in public?
Urg. Yes.

27. Are you on a desktop computer or a laptop?
Laptop at home, desktop at work.

28. Are you currently wanting any piercings or tattoos?
Yes. I have 2 more tattoos I'd like to get.

29. Would you ever date someone covered in tattoos?
Not now, since I'm married, but I would if I liked them.

30. What did you do before this?
Had a meeting with my boss.

31. When is the last time you slept on the floor?
I can't remember.

32. How many hours of sleep do you need to function?

33. Do you eat breakfast daily?

34. Are your days full and fast-paced?
Some are, some aren't. My last week was, though!

35. Do you pay attention to the calories on the package?

36. Do you use sarcasm?
I think so...

37. How old will you be on your next birthday?
The big 3-0.

38. Are you picky about spelling and grammar?
Um, yeah.

39. Have you ever been to Six Flags?
A LONG time ago. We live about an hour away--I don't know why we haven't been since we moved here.

40. Do you get along better with the same sex or the opposite sex?
I think both equally.

41. Do you like mustard?
The spicy kind.

42. Do you sleep on your side, stomach, or back?
Usually my stomach.

43. Do you watch the news?

44. One of your scars--how did you get it?
When I was 7 I was holding my aunt's cat. It did not want to be held, however, and scratched a gash in my forearm. It needed stitches, but I totally freaked out so my parents just put a bandaid on it and it healed fine.
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6.19.2006,6/19/2006 10:55:00 AM
Okay, so, is it me, or did my formatting just go WAY off?

Don't know how the hell that happened--I haven't touched the ol' blog since Saturday night!

As Poppy would say, "que la freakando f?"

Since I'm a complete failure at deciphering code, anyone have any suggestions????

UPDATE: I don't know what happened, but it's working now. Probably one of the many Blogger bugs....

UPDATE TO UPDATE: Okay, so I checked it in Internet Explorer and the blog works fine. Launch it in Firefox, and it's all f-ed up. What's up with that????
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6.16.2006,6/16/2006 11:19:00 AM
Whatever Shall I do Today?
Last night was the end of our National Sales Meeting. I've been preparing for this since the first of June, and now that it's over, I'm sitting here wondering what the heck to do with myself. My boss is out until Wednesday, moving into his new house, the phone isn't ringing, my whiteboard to-do list is completely empty, I cleaned off my desk, and I've already checked my e-mail and other peoples' blogs about 100 times since I got here this morning.

All in all, it was a great meeting. Tuesday night everyone from out of town came in and the three regions invited people out to dinner. I went out with my favorite region so far, the Southeast region, and we ate at Fogo de Chao. It was my first time there and boy, was it good!

Time I got home on Tuesday: 10 pm

Wednesday I was here at my usual time (7:45 am,) and spent the day in meetings. Wednesday night was the sales awards dinner at a new steakhouse near the office, and I was in charge of the audio associated with the awards. Everything went off without a hitch, and a good time was had by all.

Time I got home on Wednesday: 10 pm

Thursday, much of the same, except it was our "fun" day. Marketing created a contest for our sales managers that was kind of a combination of American Idol and some other reality show like The Apprentice or Survivor (I don't watch any of these shows, but I at least know the premise of American Idol.) Each team got a packet of information and had to create a sales presentation in 90 minutes to present to the judges and the company. Everyone voted for their favorite presentation and the losers had to go up to the front of the room and sing. The presentations were great--over the top and funny--and it seemed to really foster some teambuilding, which was really cool.

Thursday night was the Corporate dinner, which was catered in the building--Mexican food, beer, wine, and margaritas. We also had a casino night and I ended up winning about $50,000 in fake money on blackjack and craps. I made the most money at craps, though, because I kept betting $5,000 on this one section and it kept paying off. For the record, I have no idea how that game works, but I can't complain because I won lots of chips!

Time I got home Thursday night: 10 pm

So, I'm a bit--well, a lot--tired, but without anything to occupy my time, I'm super-bored too.

Hopefully I can keep my eyes open until 5.....
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,6/16/2006 09:43:00 AM
They Even try to Getcha When You're Dead.....
From a forward I got this morning. This rings true, because since my crazy grandmother died, bill collectors keep calling my parents and they just don't understand that the woman's dead....

A lady died this past January, & Citibank billed her for February & March for their annual service charges on her credit card, & added late fees and interest on the monthly charge. The balance had been $0.00, now somewhere around $60.00. A family member placed a call to Citibank here's the exchange:

Family Member: "I am calling to tell you she died in January."

Citibank: "The account was never closed &the late fees & charges still apply."

Family Member: "Maybe, you should turn it over to collections."

Citibank: "Since it is 2 months past due, it already has been."

Family Member: So, what will they do when they find out she is dead?"

Citibank: "Either report her account to frauds division or report her to the credit bureau, maybe both!"

Family Member: "Do you think God will be mad at her?"

Citibank: "Excuse me?"

Family Member: "Did you just get what I was telling you - the part about her being dead?"

Citibank: "Sir, you'll have to speak to my supervisor."

Supervisor gets on the phone:

Family Member: "I'm calling to tell you, she died in January."

Citibank: "The account was never closed & late fees & charges still apply." (This must be a phrase taught by the bank!)

Family Member: "You mean you want to collect from her estate?"

Citibank: (Stammer) "Are you her lawyer?"

Family Member: "No, I'm her great nephew."

Citibank: "Could you fax us a certificate of death?"

Family Member: "Sure." (fax number is given)

After they get the fax:

Citibank: "Our system just isn't setup for death. I don't know what more I can do to help."

Family Member: "Well, if you figure it out, great! If not, you could just keep billing her. I don't think she will care."

Citibank: "Well, the late fees & charges do still apply."

Family Member: "Would you like her new billing address?"

Citibank: "That might help."

Family Member: "Odessa Memorial Cemetery, Highway 129, Plot Number 69."

Citibank: "Sir, that's a cemetery!"

Family Member: "What do you do with dead people on your planet?
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6.10.2006,6/10/2006 12:14:00 PM
What's for Dinner?
I realized last night that I haven't taken pictures of dinner in a while, so I thought I'd share last night's dinner with y'all.

I subscribe to the Kraft Food & Family magazine (FREE from Kraftfoods.com!) and, in true Bdogg fashion, just HAD to tweak the recipe I got from it.....

DH and I made Mediterranean chicken, with rice and tomato and cucumber salad. Basically, we took chicken breasts, put some Kraft Roasted Red Pepper Italian dressing on them (yummy!) and cooked them on the grill pan. Meanwhile, I sauteed some spinach in olive oil and garlic, and plated it with a squeeze of lemon. Cut up the chicken and lay it on top of the spinach,sprinkle a bit of feta on top, and serve with rice (we used long grain and wild) and the tomato and cucumber salad. The salad is way easy too--just take a cucumber, peel and slice it, and cut up some tomatoes and slice a red onion super thin. Mix together with a little Greek dressing, top with feta cheeese, and a squeeze of lemon. I made this a day ahead of time and let all the flavors meld together.

Here's how it turned out:

So how did it taste? Very good, so good that Joey even gave it his seal of approval.....

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6.08.2006,6/08/2006 01:09:00 PM
Takin' A Break....
Whew! It seems that all I've been doing lately is work work work. Next week is our company's National Sales Meeting, and all of our sales managers will be coming in from all over the country and we have, well, a meeting. Usually this consists of showcasing new products, going over what the different departments offer (again,) and stuff like that.

Bad news: I will be working some pretty late nights next week.
Good news: I will be hanging out with some cool people who I only get to see twice a year unless I travel with them. Plus, we get to go out to eat at some really cool places--and you all know how I like that!

This week has been crazy, preparing for the whole thing. I lost an entire day to jury duty on Tuesday, so I'm trying to play catch up. At the moment I have about 6 more CD's to burn for the sales awards dinner, two case studies to write, certificates to print out, and a ton of other crap I can't remember right now. At least it makes the day go by faster!

You know what I've noticed? Ever since I went off the crazy pills I tend to get angry much quicker than I used to. And I get weepy a lot easier, too. Like the other night we were watching reruns of House, and there was a story of this little girl who had terminal cancer. So I start thinking, "That's really sad. I hate it when kids have cancer. What if that were my child? Oh my gosh, our kid is going to have terminal cancer!"

And then the waterworks start. Which is really kind of crazy because I was always the one who NEVER cried. And now I tear up all the time, at the slightest thing! I'm more irrational, too, as you can see by our not-even-in-utero-yet child having cancer.

Well, I've whiled away enough time. I should probably get back to work now....yay? :)
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6.05.2006,6/05/2006 08:07:00 AM
Holy Crap, I've Hit 10,000
I looked at my SiteMeter statistics this morning and discovered that I've had over 10,000 visitors to my blog! Woo!

Granted, this is since I started counting back in October, so I have had more visitors than that, but still. And, you know, I should probably not be counting all the times DH visits, because he comes back at least 400 times a day, but oh well.

So, who was the 10,000th visitor, you ask? Surprisingly enough, it wasn't DH, but my good friend in DC, Kim. I'm sorry you lost $20 when the Mavs won on Saturday. But I'm glad that you and the boy seem to be getting along very well! :)

Here are some funny search terms that have led people to my blog. People can be weird....

"austin is burning"(referring to A&M's rival, University of Texas, winning the Rose Bowl)
"ryan philippe's children"(they are adorable, aren't they?)
"gas mask chair dentist"(my ode to dental work)
"natalie maines braless" (wtf?)
"aquarians like to drink" (why, yes they do!)
"when did charli and brent get married" (I didn't even know they were engaged!)

and my personal favorite.....
"jumping boobs" (this one comes up quite frequently, actually)

On another side note, this is my 301st post, as well. :)
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6.02.2006,6/02/2006 06:15:00 AM
So, as y'all know, I'm obsessed with Nine Inch Nails. My wonderful, awesome DH bought me tickets for tomorrow night's show, and I'm about ready to crawl out of my skin I'm so excited.

Know what else is cool? Bauhaus is opening for them, which is one of Trent's major influences. AND, three members of Bauhaus went on to form the group Love and Rockets, who wrote the tune "So Alive," that got quite a bit of airplay in the 80's.

For anyone going to the show, either in Dallas or other cities, here are the setlists for both bands...

somewhat damaged
you know what you are
terrible lie
march of the pigs
something i can never have
gave up
help me i am in hell
la mer
into the void
the big come down
get down make love
the hand that feeds
head like a hole

* NEW SONG * (Adrenaline)
* NEW SONG * (Endless Summer Of The Damned)

So, if you're going to the Dallas show, look for me. I'll be the one singing to every freaking song and yelling when Trent sings all the old stuff. :)
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