Name: bdogg_mcgee

From: Big D, Texas, United States

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8.28.2006,8/28/2006 08:43:00 AM
Test Your Mettle!
It's time to move onto other things, so I've filled in all the answers that remained blank. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Stolen from Sean MC!

– Post a list of 10 books/movies/TV shows that you’ve had a fannish love of at some time in your life.
– Have your friends guess your favorite character from each one.
– You can cross out the show/movie/book and put the character when someone guesses.

1. Alias
Vaughn. Yes, I'm transparent. Although I have a place reserved in my heart for Jack, too. :) Props to Lisa!
2. The Princess Bride
Fezzik. Score one for Kim!! The rhyming scene on the boat with him and Inigo is priceless.
3. Battlestar Galactica (the NEW one)
Commander Adama. After MANY MANY guesses over IM, my fabulous friend New Mezger got it. :) I just adore Edward James Olmos!
4. The Thorn Birds
Justine. This was the main character Meggie's daughter.
5. House, MD
House. I just love that cantankerous bastard. But I probably wouldn't love him if his ire were directed at me... Go Bearette!!
6. The Wedding Singer
Julia Sullivan. That's Drew Barrymore's character, of course! Yay Bearette and Lisa!!
7. Cowboy Bebop
EIN!! Poppy, your first guess was the correct one, although Edward is a close second.
8. The Cutting Edge
9. Strictly Ballroom
10. Napoleon Dynamite
Kip! DH submitted the winning answer for this, although I really shouldn't give it to him because I TOLD HIM WHO MY FAVORITE WAS the other night. Oh well. Good for you, honey. :)
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8.24.2006,8/24/2006 02:04:00 PM
Boo, Astronomers!!!!
Pluto demoted to "dwarf" status

This makes me barking mad! Get it? Pluto, the dog? Disney? Mickey Mouse? Ha, ha?

[crickets chirping]

Seriously, though, I'm a little saddened by this. I know Pluto's a little guy way out in space, but dammit, I went through 3rd (or was it 4th?) grade science saying "My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas," to remember the order of the planets. Now that Pluto isn't considered one anymore, what is my very excellent mother going to serve now? Nilla Wafers? How lame is that?

Pluto, you'll always be a planet to me.
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,8/24/2006 08:46:00 AM
Bravo, FDA!
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8.22.2006,8/22/2006 09:18:00 AM
Intercourse and a Blue Moon
Sigh. Blogger's still being a mean old biyatch and won't let me upload my photos. I wonder if it's punishing me for my last two entries and my less-than-stellar opinion of it. However, the photos are viewable on my Flickr account, although the effect is not the same. Boo, Blogger!!!

I'm afraid the previous installment was the most interesting part of the trip...

The last time we left our fearless heroine, she'd conquered her stopped up toilet and was finally able to enjoy a decent night's sleep after the hellish day of travel.

Friday morning and early afternoon we made our sales calls, drove to the sales rep's house, changed, picked up his wife, and headed out to our Night on the Town function. It was held at a restaurant/bar called Flinchy's, and we partied outside on the deck. If I haven't explained yet, our company runs promotions several times a year. With this one, if our dealers buy a certain number of our machines in a 3-month period, we take them out on a "Night on the Town" at our expense. Anything they want to do (within reason, of course,) we take care of.

At Flinchy's, we dined on steak and crab, and I discovered a delightful Belgian-style beer called Blue Moon--I think I had about 4 pints of it! Of course, this was over a 5 hour period, so I didn't lose my cool too badly. :) I was there for work, after all!

The next morning the sales rep, his wife, and I got up and headed out to the Amish country. We visited one of their favorite places, Kitchen Kettle Village, in--wait for it--Intercourse. Being raised with brothers, I still can't help but snicker when I think about it. How juvenile of me, I know....

Kitchen Kettle was awesome! We visited the foodstuffs store, and I came out of there with tomato preserves, hot pepper relish, green tomato relish, and other things as well. It was really neat to see the Amish women actually canning all this delicious stuff right before our eyes. I wish I could have taken pictures of them, but they frown upon it. I think their religion discourages it, because in the Bible there's mention of "graven images" and how it's a form of idolatry, or something like that. It's been awhile since I looked at the Old Testament.

The time flew by all too quickly, and before we knew it, it was time for us to head back down to Harrisburg so I could catch my flight. I was all paranoid about getting there with plenty of time to spare that I was afraid I was going to be late, but when we pulled into the terminal, there was nobody there. I checked my bag with ease, zipped through security, and that was that. I had no trouble changing planes in Chicago, and would have gotten home a bit early if it hadn't been for the phantom thunderstorm that hit DFW airport. Apparently there was a thunderstorm that hit the area that night, but we didn't get a drop up in Frisco, and no one else I talked to from the area got anything, either. So, we sat on the runway for about 35 minutes until we were able to get a gate.

My wonderful husband was there to pick me up, and we stood around with about 9000 other people waiting for my bag, which I found out had been searched when I picked it up off the carousel. Must have been the tomato preserves. :) So what began with a bang ended with a sigh. But, all in all, it was a fun trip, and I get to add that to my frequent flyer miles!
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8.21.2006,8/21/2006 10:34:00 AM
I Don't Heart Blogger

I've been trying to upload photos from my trip so I can better explain the second part of my story ALL WEEKEND, but to no avail.

If I moved to WordPress or TypePad, would you guys follow me?? I wouldn't even know how to begin moving everything over, though.....

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8.18.2006,8/18/2006 04:59:00 PM
I'm Sorta Popular
I know that I promised you a post about Amish people and sex, but things are kinda busy here. I did, however, get all my pics together and will post this weekend, I promise. :)

In the meantime, want to know how your last name ranks among all of the other ones here in the United States? Click here to find out.

Mine was ranked #13, which is interesting, as that's my favorite number! My maiden name ranks 3,717. And no, my last name isn't McGee, if you're wondering....

What was the #1 name? Smith.

Have a great weekend, everyone!
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8.16.2006,8/16/2006 10:52:00 AM
Hellooooo! Long Post Alert!!
Work has been busy, and continues to be so. We are gearing up to launch two new products (which, essentially, are the same product, but one machine is faster and has the ability to scan in color whereas the other doesn't and is slower,) and I'm doing a lot of work for it. This week I'm going to be testing the machine to write an audio guide/podcast for our sales managers and dealers, and I've also been tasked to design the look and feel of the teaser we're going to send out prior to the launch. We decided to do something campy, and turn the front of the postcard into a comic strip. Now, I have no idea how to do this, nor what to write for it, since I'm not really a reader of comics (even though I visit their conventions sometimes,) so any advice would be appreciated! I'm pretty excited about it, though. I have lots of ideas running around in my head, which I should probably be writing down, but instead I'm blogging to you fine people. :)

Okay, so my trip!
WARNING: The following vignette has a bit of bathroom humor in it.

Last Thursday, I got to the airport around 7:30 am, as the always wonderful DH kindly drove me to the airport, but had an 8 am meeting, so we had to leave a bit earlier than anticipated. My flight was scheduled to leave at 9:40 am.

Now, we all know what happened that day in regard to the liquids on the plane thing, so I won't elaborate, but let me just say that all I lost was a bottle of water, because I was forewarned by the ticket agent and decided to put my makeup bag with my hand sanitizer, lotion, eye drops, etc. in my suitcase. Others, however were not so lucky. I saw people throwing away brand new suntan lotion, saline solution, a $48 tube of mascara, and even some of that KY Warming Liquid(hee hee.)

My 9:40 am flight ended up getting to Dallas late due to delays in Chicago, so we didn't get off the ground until after 11, which made me miss my connecting flight at O'Hare. That was all right, except I had to wait around a couple hours for the next flight to Harrisburg. So I ended up getting to PA at 7 when I should have originally gotten there at 4.

Since the sales director and sales manager had already gone up to Reading, where we had a sales call the following morning, I rented a car at the airport and made the hour drive, rolling into the hotel about 8:30 pm.

The front desk was having problems, and it took them about 20 minutes to get me checked into my room, and by the time I got there, I really had to go to the bathroom. I'd been holding it in for most of the day, because, I, for one, didn't relish the idea of taking a poo on the plane(or the airport, for that matter,) and I'm sure my fellow passengers appreciated my reticence. So I went into the bathroom, did my business, flushed, and went into the bedroom area to unpack and stuff.

A couple minutes later I walked into the bathroom and found that my toilet had stopped up. I was thinking, "My god, what next???" After all the stuff I went through that day, to get to a place I could finally kick back and rest, and I clog my damn toilet!

The front desk wasn't answering their phone, maintenance wasn't answering theirs, so what did I do? I started laughing. Because, tired as I was, I'm never too tired to laugh about bathroom mishaps. I called DH, and laughing hysterically, recounted my story to him.

Then the hysterical laughter turned to sobbing.

Has that ever happened to any of you? It's only happened to me one other time, and it suprised me as much then as it did last Thursday. It was if my brain said, "I can't handle any more of this, so I'm going to just shut down, thank you."

About this time, the sales manager called me and asked if he could stop by to discuss the itinerary for the next day.

Here I am, laughing/sobbing, blotchy red face, stopped up toilet, and now my work colleague wants to stop by and say hello. What did I say? I said, "Sure, come on up!"

I washed my face, shut the bathroom door, and opened up the door to my room, trying act naturally, despite the fact that I've been sobbing about stopping up my toilet. After discussing what we were doing the following day and what time we needed to leave, my colleague left, so I think I handled it pretty well. Thankfully, after this I was able to get through to the front desk, where I kindly asked them to send up a plunger as "my toilet has backed up." It was kind of embarassing--"Hi, um, I took a poo in the toilet and clogged it up, can I have a plunger to unstop it please?" They responded rather quickly, I plunged, and problem solved.

After that, the evening went much more smoothly. I drifted off to sleep around 11 pm, visions of plungers, rental cars, and Utz potato chips dancing in my head.

Next: A Night on the Town, and my theory that the Amish are obsessed with sex (with pictures!)
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8.12.2006,8/12/2006 11:24:00 PM
I am Home!!!
The Bdogg is super-tired, having rolled in about 30 min ago, but I wanted to let everyone know that I made it to PA and back relatively unscathed. Had a few adventures on the way, and I will post (with a few bad pics!) when I am better rested.

And no, Poppy, dear, I didn't refuse to throw my toiletries away in true Texas defiance--I actually checked my bag :)
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8.08.2006,8/08/2006 08:00:00 AM
Sometimes I Hate Coming up with Titles
Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who expressed their concern and well wishes over my allergic reaction. I'm feeling much better now, and my face is back to its normal color and texture. I still have the zits camping out on my jawline, but, you know, considering the alternative, I'm okay with that right now. I do have an appointment set up with the dermatologist a week from Friday, so hopefully we can figure out a solution that doesn't involve having to get a steroid shot.

Life has been pretty calm, otherwise. This weekend was spent cleaning, and I redecorated the guest bathroom (pics are coming soon!) I decided it was time for a more girly look in there, seeing that I use it almost exclusively for my morning primping. I'm pretty pleased with the results. Both mornings this weekend I happened to wake up around 6:30 am, and, instead of lying in bed, I decided to get up and actually do things, which is probably why I managed to get so much cleaning done! DH helped, too, of course, after he woke up a bit later than me. :)
This morning I was driving into work, and discovered that I couldn't turn onto the road I normally turn on to get to my office because the police had the intersection blocked off. Turns out, the CVS that was on that particular corner had a bomb threat called on it at 5 am, and the entire area had been cordoned off. They were diverting traffic and everything! The whole ordeal didn't make me late for work or anything--in fact, I got here at 7:30, a little earlier than usual!

Thursday morning I'm heading out to Pennsylvania for the rest of the week for a work function. I fly into Chicago and change planes to head out to Harrisburg. I'll be in one of those little regional airplanes again for the last leg of the journey, so I know I'll want to freak out, but deep down I know everything will be okay. Friday will be spent making sales calls with the Sales Manager, and that night is the work function I'm attending. I'll be spending Saturday driving around the Amish country, and then I come back to Big D Saturday evening. A whirlwind trip, but I'm looking forward to it. Hopefully I'll get to see Hershey, at least!

And now, back to work!
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8.04.2006,8/04/2006 05:15:00 PM
A Cautionary Tale
As I've mentioned previously, I have been victim to the vicious malady of acne. Growing up, I was blessed with fairly unblemished skin--I'd have the occasional breakout now and then, but for the most part, I was pimple-free for most of my teen years and even most of my twenties.

I don't know what the hell happened, but in mid-May, around the time I went up to Cincinnati for work, I started getting zits. And I've never stopped having them, not completely, anyway. They are a constant part of my face now, always lurking, sometimes inflamed and angry, sometimes not, but, seeing that I've never had a severe problem with breakouts in my life, it's pretty disconcerting.

The zits camp out on the lower part of my face, but they really love to hang out on my jawline, chin, and both sides of my neck. Nothing has helped clear them up, and my endocrinologist thought it could be a symptom of Cushing's Disease, but as we know, those tests turned up negative. So, the zits have stayed, and I think they're planning to develop a shopping mall and quite possibly a grocery store on the precious real estate that is my face.

I was talking to my Mom about all this, and a couple days later she called to say she'd bought me some Proactiv and it was being shipped to me.

Thank goodness! I thought, believing that my acne troubles were over and I could finally have clear skin again. You know, because the ads you see on television and in magazines tout this as a magic elixir, sure to cure the villain that is acne.

This past Monday, the "miracle cure" arrived, and that night I used it, and again the next morning. By Tuesday, my skin was starting to look a bit red and flaky, but a couple of the zits on my jaw had become less noticable, so I was happy. It was working, right? Wednesday morning, I noticed a red, welt-like mark below my right eye, which was also dry and flaky, so I thought, "Well, let's knock this stuff down to once a day." I used the stuff Wednesday night, and Thursday morning I woke up to see that my skin had melted off.

Well, not exactly. But, my poor face was red and swollen, and the red welt thingy had a twin below the LEFT eye. I also had red splotches all down my neck, and the zits on my jawline and neck had morphed into these painful bumps that were a dark maroon-ish color. So, I popped some Benadryl and went to work, where I started doing some research into this Proactiv.

After A LOT of digging, I discovered that Proactiv contains benzoyl peroxide and sulfur, that, when combined, help fight acne and exfoliate the skin, yadda yadda yadda. I didn't find this on their website, mind you--I had to dig around to figure out the ingredients.

I'm deathly allergic to sulfa drugs, which are made of...SULFUR. I popped Benadryl throughout the day (which made me oh-so-productive at work, let me tell you,) and used Cetaphil cleanser and moisturizer last night.

This morning I woke up with a sore throat and, as the day progressed, my chest started hurting a little. I figured it was time to throw in the towel and go to the doctor, who promptly looked at me and said, "You're getting a steriod shot." And, for the record, steroid shots hurt like HELL. It's been two hours since I got it and my ass is still aching.

Shame on me for not doing a patch test, but I blindly believed that this stuff was okay. I mean, it's created by dermatologists, right? But what pisses me off is that nowhere on the packaging does it say that if you're allergic to sulfa drugs to not use it. The packaging says that the only active ingredient is benzoyl peroxide. So now I'm sitting here with dry, flaky, red patches of skin all over my face and neck that are pretty painful. Am I wrong to think that there should be some kind of warning on this stuff?

Well, I'm going to warn people.
If you are allergic to sulfa drugs, DO NOT USE PROACTIV! It contains sulfur, and you might suffer an allergic reaction. Don't believe that it's just the benzoyl peroxide drying out your skin. Stop using it!!

And now I'm going to step off my soapbox and finish watching my Tivo'ed Project Runway.
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