bunchofgrapes: (Mind the Gap)
My tamales arrived today! Very excited! I love tamales. These aren't the best but since I never got the name of that little Navajo woman in Arizona, these will have to do. I have a dozen pork and a dozen beef. The freezer is stuffed.

My dad's 65th birthday is tomorrow. He wants to take us out to dinner at the 94th Aero Squadron in College Park. I googled the place and it looks pretty interesting.

Had a pretty decent Christmas in spite of my downer mood. My one sister was on CO but youngest sister was here so that was good. We also have a very close family friend who usually spends Thanksgiving and Christmas with us so she was there too. I thought the only present was what my dad gave my sister and I on Christmas Eve but I was wrong. My step-mother gave my sister and I gift certificates to Elizabeth Arden. Have I mentioned that I love and adore my step-mother? And not just because she gives fabulous gifts. I got a sushi-making kit from my mom. That's kind of cool in that I love sushi but would never think to buy something like this. We have these big International markets around here and I know they have sushi grade fish. I've heard the rice is the tricky part. Let's see, also got some Orange hot chocolate mix, Moonstruck truffles (yay!) and orange sugar cookie mix from my cousin in Portland and a gift card from my aunt and uncle.

When I got back home last night I talked to my mom for a while. While we were talking, CSI came on and since she was watching it as well, we started talking about it. On Christmas Eve, while I was at my parent's house, we saw one of the commercials with a "Grissom moment" and that lead to a discussion on Grissom's departure. So, I give you random thoughts by die-hard CSI viewers over the age of 60 who only know what they see on the screen--or read in People Magazine.

Thoughts on CSI )

After talking to my mom for about an hour, my bestest friend ever called and we talked for over and hour and a half. It's our annual Christmas night phone call and I look forward to that most of all. Over the year we email back and forth and we might have the occasional chat or the birthday call but we sort of save it all for the Christmas call. We know we'll always be best friends so we don't feel like we always have to talk but when we do, it's nice that we can just pick up where we left off.
bunchofgrapes: (O)
Christmas Eve and I think I might have found some Christmas joy.

Christmas Joy )
bunchofgrapes: (The Avengers - it's a gas)
Yesterday was a sucky day. The Caps were embarrassed by the Flyers and the Cowboys completely gave the game away. But there was one thing that made me happy. I mean really happy. It was the card I got in the mail yesterday from [livejournal.com profile] tos_lover. Inside is a picture of her three beautiful girls and yeah, that made me smile. I have the card next to my monitor and every time I look at that picture, it makes me happy. Thanks K for a wonderful card and for making my day.
bunchofgrapes: (Brass - B&W gun)
So yesterday was kind of horrible and I had kind of a late night and today I'm kind of sick again. This time it's sinus crap. Yay.

I was in a decent mood when I got to work yesterday but that went downhill when I got to my office. It mostly had to do with email and a 12/30 deadline on another data call and me being really, really sick of these data calls, especially one with a 12/30 due date.

So what was the silver lining yesterday?

* Three of my best work buds and I went to Maggiano's for lunch yesterday. Two of us were in a bad mood, one of us said "I want to kill everyone" and one of us was fairly positive. Did I mention we are all in Business Management? Yeah, this time of the year is not a happy time for business management. When our waiter asked us how we were today, I answered without hesitating, "bitchy". We were actually pretty funny (and very honest) and we gave him a generous tip for having to put up with us. Lunch made me happy. It was nice to be with people who understood the stress and the frustration. Trust me, that helps when it comes to venting. And since one of those people is my manager, that makes it even better.

* Seeing two of my friends open their presents and really liking their gifts, especially since they had no idea what I was getting them.

* When I left work last night, I won't be back in the office until January 5th. That doesn't mean I'm off--just don't have to go into the office.

* Getting a massage. This has been the one thing that's kept me going the last few months: my bi-weekly massage. And seeing my massage therapist. She's such a cool, fun person.

* Going to a party and seeing a very good friend I haven't seen in a couple of years. His dad hired me almost 21 years ago. I was the second person he came out to (I felt very honored). He's hilarious and when we get together, we're awful. But we laugh until we almost wet ourselves and last night was no exception.

Just stuff

May. 23rd, 2008 10:29 pm
bunchofgrapes: (Paul G - glasses)
Wow, seems like it's been ages since I posted.

First, a little birthday biz to attend to. Um, just pretend I'm in the central time zone, where it's still May 23rd.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MINGSMOMMY, LOTS OF CAKE FOR YOU!

Hope your day was fabulous!

This is the part where I ramble on about PS3 and my various obsessions, most of them being TV shows )

And just because I'm in love with his right thigh, not to mention his hand on the back of his head.

Let's not even talk about the jeans, the boots and the Harley jacket )
bunchofgrapes: (The Avengers - it's a gas)
I have to give a huge THANK YOU to the amazing [livejournal.com profile] jenbachand for the most awesome gift she sent last night. That was such a surprise and it really made my day. Thank you so much!

So I get into work this morning and open my door to see that my boss, Suzanne, has decorated my office. Yes, it was pretty funny because it looked like I was sitting under this rainbow octopus. Much joking from co-workers ensued.

I can't believe that I'm this old and birthdays still don't suck.

Oh, and can I just say that I'm madly in love with Harris Teeter? They make this Kalamata Olive and Rosemary bread that is to die for. Top it with the double creme cheese spread with crab and grilled artichokes and you can just bury me now.
bunchofgrapes: (Paul G - hockeyman)
I’m very behind on things yet again. Anyone else need an extra day added to the weekend?

I missed wishing [livejournal.com profile] anamin a Happy Birthday so here are belated wishes.

Very Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] piecesofalice! Hope you get everything you want and more on your day!

Last night I went to dinner at Carrabas with a couple of friends. My one friend, George, is remodeling his kitchen and is very stressed about it. Well, after two glasses of wine, other things he’s stressing about came out as well, I’m sure much to the chagrin of the people sitting behind us. Namely, his sexual identity. My other friend and I and just about anyone else who meets George think George is gay. Apparently, George hasn’t reconciled that fact within himself yet and it’s causing him some issues. I have another friend, Fred, who went through this crisis about 10 years ago. He finally came out and once he did, his stress level dropped and he was so much calmer about life in general. I hope George figures things out because right now, he's not very fun to be around. And he really does deserve to be happy.

A rare Caps game on a Sunday afternoon. They finally got the fantabulous Olaf Kolzig back in the net and suddenly, they’ve come alive again. Okay, so it’s probably a little late but still…

And finally, [livejournal.com profile] tos_lover has posted her Jim/Catherine smut fic over on [livejournal.com profile] geekfiction. Go and read! It’s awesome!
bunchofgrapes: (Patsy - Cheers)
Snagged this from [livejournal.com profile] dragonlp86. No big surprise here.

You Are: 20% Dog, 80% Cat

You are are almost exactly like a cat.
You're intelligent, independent, and set on getting your way.
And there's no way you're going to fetch a paper for anyone!


I've been so behind on things lately--including giving feedback to friends who are nice enough to write you a Brass fic. [livejournal.com profile] tos_lover, I haven't forgotten, I swear.

I just got back from vacation, which was hell to get to in the first place (work was being such a bitch), and then of course it wasn't long enough. No matter what anyone says, the friends you make in fandom really are the best. I met these guys in the VTTBOTS fandom back in '99 and we hit it off right away. Yeah, there are some really strange people (ahem, I can name at least one in CSI) but when you find the good ones, they're the best. We started doing a yearly beach getaway about four or five years ago and no matter how hard it is to organize, we always have a great time. This year we ended up at Bethany Beach in a condo right on the ocean. We could hear the sound of the surf even with the door shut. And the weather gods smiled upon us because the temps the entire time were sunny and 71. It didn't turn cold and rainy until the trip home.

Anyway, I did manage to finish a little Brass/Catherine one-shot that takes place somewhere between "Way to Go" and "Built to Kill". It's always nice to go on vacation and be able to do a little writing.

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