Friday, October 29, 2010

Imma Let You in on a Little Secret

Several months ago, I created an email folder titled "Inspirational" - in which I have been saving some of the sweet comments/emails I have received from you guys...

There is no better way to lift your mood than to look back on the kind words of invisible friends.

I put another one into the folder yesterday.

Is it your's??? I'll never tell. MWHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAA

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fine. Here's the Post: One and a Half Normal and One Very Troubled Man

If you are a gossip monger like me ;-) you have probably already read the report of Charlie Sheen's latest skirmish - being hospitalized after running around naked and intoxicated (now I understand his rep is saying it was a "drug reaction" - color me skeptical) in his NYC hotel.

I've been reading some of the comments under articles about the episode (you know I like to do that), and some have been very cruel and judgmental.

Waging an ongoing battle with my own issues (anxiety, not alcohol) there is nothing more frustrating than those who suggest I just need to get over it since I know what needs to be done or that I need to do this this this as they have been telling me for years and that if I had done this this this I would have been "cured" years ago and suggest that I am just not trying hard enough.

My response: Do you think I really like to live like this?? Do you think I would choose to live like this? Often plagued by guilt, fear, sadness, afraid to ever let my guard down? It is very easy for others to play "armchair quarterback."

Although I hide it very very well, and have built a relatively successful life, it is a truly sucky way to live.

To those who mock Charlie and say that he needs to "grow up," I say, "Do you think he really wants to live like that - having the world know that he was running around a swanky hotel naked and acting out of control with his two young children in a room nearby?" I doubt he wants to live that way. He needs help, not condemnation.

If it is so easy (from an outsider's point of view) to be normal, we'd all be normal!! And calm and relaxed. Sometimes it is easier said than done. she slowly hits the "publish" button....

P.S. I finally watched Glee for the first time after hearing all the hype for months. Maybe it wasn't one of the better episodes, because besides the cameos by Meatloaf and Barry Bostwick, it was as eminem says, "eh" - and didn't hold my attention...was it an "off" night?

Disclaimer: I am not neurotic despite what you may have inferred from this post. oooops! strike that. I have just read the definition of neurotic: "A person prone to excessive anxiety and emotional upset." Did not need to read that. Believe it or not, most days I appear extremely calm, almost comatose :D it's the other days....

Not Feeling Quite So Sympathetic Today

Another reason not to publish blog posts so precipitously- because soon after the post is published you will see photos of Charlie Sheen's high priced "escort" and feel not quite as sympathetic...

And then you will re-read the part of the post that applies to you and think it is overly dramatic and not an accurate portrayal of you on a daily basis...

But by then it will be too late. Your handful of blog readers will have already passed judgment.

And then you will have to try to persuade them that you are happy go lucky and incredibly fun to be around :D Are you buying any of this???

But you will be glad you stuck on the part about Glee because several readers may have been distracted by the word "Glee" an skipped over your neuroses as they headed to read the part about Glee.

You can't plan this stuff.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Oh Crap!

One of the advantages of my feed not working last week was that I could post and then quickly delete posts. This is very helpful in cases where I make a post that potentially makes me sound incredibly neurotic :D such as the post that may now be showing up in your reader. It published within minutes of me hitting the publish button. Oh, how I am now wishing feedburner would go back to it's old cantankerous ways...

Figures, when I was publishing my normally bland posts, the reader would not update - and then I post something personal and the feed updates within seconds????

I swear I do not live right ;-)

P.S. It's nothing regular readers of my blog have not already heard.

Monday, October 25, 2010

$500+ Worth of Makeup? That's Crazy!

I've been wanting to post a photo of my recent "makeover." Since the photo in the last post was not exactly a stellar example, here's a picture that was taken that same day. It was about 2 hours after my spur of the moment Laura Mercier makeover at Nordstrom.

Here's a better photo:


It's times like these when I feel that it would be nice to have one of those fancy cameras that the pro bloggers use that do not distort features when taking close up photos...with my cybershot, anything closer than 6 feet away results in a weird look...something just short of Sarah Jessica Parker's long lost cousin :D

Anyway, we were strolling through Nordstrom a few weeks ago and I noticed rows of chairs set up and that each of their makeup vendors was doing free makeovers. "Free" being the operative word, since we all know that a "free makeover" is never free!!! Since I like Laura Mercier products, I selected that chair and signed up for a makeover.

Here's what the traveling LM expert used:

1. light oil
2. light h2o spritz
3. flawless face cream
4. foundation
5. concealer
6. finishing powder
7. eyeshadow background
8. eyeshadow 1
9. eyeshadow 2
10. black eyeliner
11. turquoise eye pencil
12. mascara
13. cheek colour
14. lip pencil
15. lip colour
16. lip glace
17. special sponge

A very conservative estimate of all the products she used is $500.

It would be hard to imagine even remembering that entire sequence of makeup - and seriously most women barely have 39 seconds to put on makeup in the mornings. I ended up only purchasing two products, which of course made me feel guilty. I know that is silly. Have you ever had one of these "free makeovers" and gotten roped into purchasing even more?

Do I look any different with $500+ worth of product vs. $50 (on a good day)???

I will say that I stopped at the grocery store and bumped into one of my neighbors there who remarked how great my makeup looked. Although now that I think about it, is the goal for people to compliment our makeup - or to think we look great but are left wondering why?

P.S. If you have any suggestions as to how to work with my little 'ole camera to prevent distortion on closeups, I'm all ears....

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Out of Proportion

In a startling revelation, MB has pointed out that my lips are much too small in proportion to the rest of my face.  It is good he did so, because it's not like I have any other hangups about my looks or anything ;-) He also joked about his "invisi-lips" so his observations were not solely directed at me...

Yet, I must give him props because it does appear he is correct.  Take a peek at this recent photo.  I'd better explain the pose first.  This is the look I give the boys when they are messing with me.  It is very intimidating as you can see:

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You know what else is out of proportion?? My last blog post! Reading it over again I'm not sure it accurately conveyed the right tone or meaning. My main concern was that my boss would now be reading my blog (because you know my blog is all that and he has nothing else on his mind ;-) ). I just don't want another person who knows me IRL getting into my bidness.

I am not in danger of being fired - was just concerned that my boss might discover I'd been out job hunting...To my credit, I made a substantial sale this week, meaning one with more than two zeros at the end. He may not realize it, but I am a valuable employee, and I'm good enough and smart enough and doggone it, the customers like me. Fact.

But that still doesn't mean I can get hired for seasonal job in essentially a glorified cashier position :D Me, Bitter? NAH.....

Anyway, please take my blog posts with a grain of salt lately, as I am up and down and all over the place emotionally these days. Thank you for all your supportive comments!!! xxoo

P.S. MB was just napping and I was talking to him - after the third question, he said to me OMG Shut UP!!!  See, even though my mouth is little, I can make big annoying sounds :D

P.P.S. If my Harley riding sister in dance doesn't flake out on me, we are headed somewhere unusual tonight. I'll see if we can take some photos of us in action.   :-O  [update since one person read my post already: this is looking unlikely]

P.P.P.S. A healthy feed = yes, indeed!!!!

Being Bratty (Part Deux)

I don't know about you, but I find this series refreshing. Hey, at least I've moved on from vacation constipation!!

Anyagitation, this morning I had an appointment. It was an appointment that was three weeks in the making. I've made no secret of the fact that I periodically see a "life coach" ;-) to help with my anxiety (so I can avoid medication). The appointments are few and far between, since to be honest, I'm not sure that they are all that helpful, as was probably clear from my vacation post.

I arrived a few minutes early and exchanged some friendly banter with a woman in the elevator. I went to the office, nodded to the receptionist and had a seat. Several minutes later it occurred to me that the "coach's" door was closed. It then occurred to me to ask at the desk. Sure enough, I had been double booked for the appointment (with friendly elevator lady), or as I later found out, my appointment was non-existent since she forget to write it down.

Way to make me feel important!!!

She should be paying me to listen to my clever stories :D

I was given the option of coming back in an hour since she had a cancellation, or rescheduling. In my mind, I'm thinking, "hmmmmmm...make things easier for her, or make her wait another week for her money." I chose the latter.

I figured I may as well not inconvenience myself.

I got on the highway to drive to pick up some groceries and something flew up and hit my windshield. Karma??? Luckily there was no damage, but I was stressing because MB's went out a few weeks back.

Anyway, I have a few concerns in general, namely:

(1) That she resembles a morning show host. And when I mentioned the likeness to her she had no idea who I was talking about; yet anyone with a modicum of awareness knows who this person is - even if they don't watch morning shows; and

(2) That I always feel like I have to go on the defensive about my blogging since I think she believes it is tantamount to "communicating with invisible friends"

Anyone else relate (to any of the above)

P.S. Still time to enter my canvas print giveaway!

Friday, October 22, 2010

It's official!!

I received my official "rejection email" yesterday..."After careful consideration of all candidates, we have made the decision to move forward with other applicants who are a closer match for this specific role."

The rejection comes after a phone interview, 2 hour group interview and recommendation from a friend who works there (um yeah- awwwwkward!).

Part of the reason may have been that I did not fit the mold. The managers who conducted the group interview (3 of whom were women) were not wearing makeup and were much more earthy, rugged and outdoorsy than yours truly. What can I say? I like my makeup :D I did my best to look earthy dressing in khakis and a brown sweater, but it may not have been enough.

Another part of the reason, of course, is that I suck at interviewing.

To be honest, this is a bit of a blow to my ego. To not be able to land a seasonal job!!! Doing something I've been doing for years - OUCH!!

And now to have to sheepishly go back to my job thinking I may be stuck there for several more months - UGH!!

I really want to be my OWN boss. Tired of bosses :-( Coming up with a plan...

Oh, and remember my last post: Here is the quote my instructor has on her wall: "When you learn to distinguish between the container and the contents, you will have attained wisdom" Does that not apply to pretty dancers???? ;-)

Have you ever gotten rejected for a seasonal job???? Please say yes so I don't feel so pitiful :D

I Cannot Believe This and I Made A Big Boo-Boo

I spent several hours last night creating a new blog (it really wasn't several - but that sounds a lot more impressive than saying 'a few seconds') - yet, now it appears my feed is updating! Feedburner, why do you taunt me like this!!!!! Thanks to all of you who alerted me....

It is with mixed feelings that I continue to blog here, as I made a HUGE mistake yesterday. I was at work and the window guy had arrived and was cleaning the outside windows. About 5 minutes after he started, the door opened and I assumed it was him coming in to hand me the receipt to sign. I turned around quickly and neglected to minimize my computer screen.

Wellllllllll, it wasn't the window guy; he was still outside washing the windows. It was my boss!!!!!!! I glanced over at my screen and figured the screensaver would come on at any second, but then my boss walked around the counter and stared right at my computer. My Twitter page was up. I have no idea if he was able to see my screen name!!! Which would of course have led him to my blog. I know he was trying to find it. He took a few seconds to stare right at the screen. Luckily I had changed the colors of the sidebar so it didn't stick out, but if he is familiar with Twitter he would have known right away where to look. (Let's just say if you follow me on twitter you will no longer recognize my account.)

I swear I am DOOMED.

Do I continue to blog here assuming he did not make the connection, or do I continue to attempt to import my former blog to the super secret new one I created - the posts have literally been importing all night 8+ hours - is that normal?? I have no idea if it is really working or not.

I will never know if my boss has uncovered my blog and that right there may be reason enough to make the change.

Maybe I need to leave him a message here so that I will know for certain:

Boss, if you are reading this - go ahead and fire me. I don't care.

How is your week going??

Thursday, October 21, 2010

What to Do Whilst My Feed is Still Broken

a.) continue to fart around with feedburner for another 5 days in a futile attempt to fix it
b.) chuck it all and start a new more anonymous blog where I can be more open
c.) use this as a handy excuse to give up blogging for good and free up some time
d.) take up a new and less frustrating hobby like basket weaving or chess or pole dancing


P.S. Thanks to those who even took the time to comment on my feedburner test post :D

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Pretty People to the Front of the Line, Please!

So yesterday I took a short belly dance workshop. Yes, I'm still at it!! Can't say I've improved much, but still at it nonetheless.

I also find I am getting more paranoid writing this kind of post and may need to start an obscure anonymous blog at some point in the future...

The workshop was on Indian style dance. As part of the choreography, we had to all line up one in front of each other- to do snake style arms at different heights. I'm sure you've seen this move before. It is really a cool effect.

There was a girl who is from another dance location of the same place I attend - who has danced in many of the shows. She is very pretty with long hair. The type of girl who adjusts her top just so and looks in the mirror to make sure she is still looking perfect. Well, there we were lining up - which is usually done by height. I was near the back even though I am not that tall - (I seriously don't mind being hidden) - We lined up on our own. Well, the instructor goes to near the front of the line where the pretty dancer is - she was about 4 people back because she is fairly tall -- and plucks her out to put her in front of everyone else!! Chances are that several of the shorter dancers who were now behind her could no longer be seen.

She is a good dancer, but I'm sure many of the others who were in front of her could have handled leading us in the simple, simple move.

I've joked with my friends before about how the same young pretties are usually placed in the front row of every show we do. It is fairly obvious...

Life is so much easier when you are born with good genes :-)

I just like to sit back and observe and have a nice chuckle (in my head). Have you ever attended a class or been out somewhere where the person with the good genes trumps everyone else???

P.S. Please let me know if my feed is now updating for you. I've been having lots of problems with getting new posts to show up - thx!

*****I do believe I have fixed the feed problem - but to confirm that you are subscribed, please click on the RSS button (upper right) and put the blog back in your reader if you would like to continue to receive updates******

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Hey, I Talk Like That!

...only I'm not the Chancellor of the DC School System!!

I've mentioned many times that I like to workout on my elliptical machine while watching the morning shows before going to work. I should probably re-phrase that, as I can hardly call it a "workout" since I go approximately 2 mph as I listen to the shows and barely break a sweat. Honestly.

But, getting back to my main point, this morning I flipped the channel and caught the tail end of Matt Lauer's interview with the exiting DC Schools Chancellor, Michelle Rhee. And what a trip that was.

He mentioned the quote she made in a 2008 interview with Time Magazine:

The thing that kills me about education is that it’s so touchy-feely” .... People say, ‘Well, you know, test scores don’t take into account creativity and the love of learning,’ ... I’m like, ‘You know what? I don’t give a crap. Don’t get me wrong. Creativity is good and whatever. But if the children don’t know how to read, I don’t care how creative you are. You’re not doing your job."

I am guilty of tossing "I don't give a crap" around for all sorts of multitudes of situations, especially when MB suggests I should care about something ;-) But beyond that, one of the reasons I did not explore alternative schools when VC was younger was that I felt he needed to focus on getting down the basics: math and reading. His creative side did not suffer and he is now more creative (and intelligent - yeah, I said it ;-) ) than most kids I know.

Has anyone seen Waiting for Superman? I'm intrigued to check it out, especially now that we are going the Charter School route and loving it!!!!

P.S. A dear blogging friend (whose name I shall protect) pointed out to me that the blogger I wrote about yesterday had public stats on her blog - which I checked out (nosey me) and her uniques for Tues were 7 and for Wed were 7. As in 7 people visiting per day . 'nuff said. And no, I'm not one to overly focus on the numbers, but if you make an outrageous statement, you'd better be able to back it up!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Two Things That I Find Hard to Believe

Did anyone else's eyes bug out when reading that the hourly wage of the "illegal" immigrant employed by California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman was $23 an hour!!!! WTH??? Remember the job I applied for over the summer at the "upscale" movie theatre. They told me they were not permitted to go above minimum wage, and that job even included tidying up the bathrooms, which qualifies as a housekeeping duty...Clearly I am doing something wrong. Remind me why I got my degree again?

Secondly, I was on a giveaway forum the other day and there was a giveaway sponsor who would only take on bloggers having more than 5,000 uniques per month. And you know I am ever so close to that stat ;-) I had to decline. But then I see this newbie blogger (6 months) who appears desperate for blog sponsors who claims she got over 1,200 uniques in a DAY!!! riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. I looked at her blog and let's just say it didn't appear to be bustling with activity.

I'm sure I can find some more things that are hard to believe, but that's all for today. What do you find hard to believe lately?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Since My Last Post Cost Me a Follower or Two

I'll continue along in that same vein. Yesterday we visited VC at the RenFest. It is always fun to catch a glimpse of the highbrow folks who come out on half price ticket day to take in the acts.

Look at the fine fellow in the black shirt (this is an actual photo taken of an audience watching VC - who has been cropped out of the picture):

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VC is getting quite the education. He'd be hardpressed to learn valuable stuff like this in the local school system.

In defense of the dude, he seemed quite impressed with VC's act. You can tell from his expression. I give him brownie points for that :D

P.S. I glanced at his chick and they did in fact appear reals

P.P.S. Things are not lookin' so good on the job front. References were to be called by this evening, and I do not believe mine were called. *sobs in hands* Not really - actually a bit relieved. It did not strike me as a place I was dying to work at (excuse the dangling participle). I can meet more interesting folks at the local DMV-- or at RenFest!!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

He Raises a Good Point

Another little thing that I waste a ton of time on is reading the comments under news articles.  Does anybody else do that??  I will seriously page through comments sometimes.  (Geez, carma barely visits our blogs lately yet she has time to page through comments - the noive!)   And since I'm back on the "I need a career" quest, when I saw this headline on Yahoo! Finance a while ago: Fastest Growing Jobs in America, I had to immediately click on it, even though I've ready about 20 such articles and they always say the same thing, basically, Nursing and Technology and other useful stuff that doesn't interest me.

Then I migrated down to the comments and almost laughed out loud when I saw this one:

"If you want a sure fire job, go into prostitution. While there are some negatives, you have to be physically present, so for the time being, they can't send that one off to India (not yet at least)."

Dude has a point!!!  Do you think they have a program for that at the local community college??  Guessing it would be an A.S.S. Degree (just thought that one up -- *pats self on back*) Fridays are always a good day for sophomoric humor :D

Have a good weekend everybody.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Reason Nos. 202 & 203 Not to Alert People You are Going on an Interview

Reason #202: When you mention possibly leaving your job off-the-cuff when picking your son up from soccer game and bumping into former neighbor, she will try to get your current job by saying she needs a part-time job and telling you flat out she wants your job.

Reason #203: When attending the group interview - you will notice that many of the other interviewees are highly qualified and knowledgeable to the point of knowing the molecular structure of a jacket!!!! (or some such thing that sounded like that). You will come across as personable and creative (in an environment where creativity is not required), yet unknowledgeable and may not get the job!! Current odds: 6/20.

Then you will need to hide from people you told about the interview, including invisible friends, out of embarrassment that they may ask how said interview went.

Monday, October 4, 2010

In Defense of Not Purchasing Popcorn

This weekend VC's juggling partner dropped him off at home after their workday at RenFest.  It was Bale and Bench Day, where the cast spruces up the festival grounds in prep for opening weekend.  I got a kick out of VC giving his partner the run down of the options they could choose, beginning with "killing anthills."  Anyway, so I stepped onto the front porch to talk with them, at which time I spotted a cute cub scout pulling his wagon of popcorn.  His dad was standing in the street as he would go up to the houses.

Since we were knee deep in discussion about their act, the father and son bypassed our house, or so I thought...  About 10 minutes later, I was inside when the bell rang.

I just knew it!!  MB and VC had sicked the cute cub scout on me rather than telling him we already had a boatload of popcorn.

I opened the door and he gave me his cute speech, at which time I blurted out "we already grow our own popcorn plants, but thank you blah blah blah."

As he walks away, VC's juggling partner looks at me aghast:  You didn't buy any popcorn!!!!!

I felt like crap, until I explained to him that we do, in fact, grow popcorn plants and we have more than a year's supply of popcorn in 12" tall jars in the pantry.

I'm sure the dad of the cub scout was thinking, "riiiiiiiiiigggghhhhht" because he heard what I said and looked at me with somewhat of a smirk.  But it was the honest to goodness truth. Although we live on a tiny lot in the middle of the suburbs, we do, in fact, grow popcorn.

Here's VC with the popcorn in the spring.  (He was about 5 foot 10 inches tall at the time so you can estimate how tall the popcorn was.)


and here it is in the pantry - the bottom of the jars are cut off by the stuff in front of it. Trust me, it is a lotta popcorn!!

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I'm still feeling a little guilty about not making a purchase of overpriced popcorn, but I noticed that several of the neighbors did, so I'll cut myself some slack.

Have you ever declined to purchase from a cute kid selling stuff and then spent the day wracked with guilt???

Friday, October 1, 2010

Woe is me, wah, wah wah....

Enough of me whining about my job, I hear ya want to see some videos!!!!!

It is possible that I posted this a few months ago, but it is totally EPIC! VC's latest:

Remember the Juggling Festival that took place in September? Well VC made two videos. He is featured throughout and I make a cameo in the second video (ok, so maybe I bribed him for some screen time ;-) ). He also juggles 5 Torches (fire, fire) in the second video!

We are working on a new "carmasez" video to be revealed soon. My skill set has not improved much so we need to get lots of filler material....

Have a spectacular weekend!!!! I will be doing some of my best acting tomorrow at a work function. Stay tuned....
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