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Crazy Random Things

On Tuesday, I had intended to sleep in a bit, as I had nothing of importance to do till two in the afternoon; but we all know the final destination of the road which good intentions pave, right?

So I brewed a strong cup of hazelnut coffee, texted Baby Bro, checked FB and email, and cleaned off the kitchen island (a weekly chore for me). Had to laugh when I found these:

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There are more out there … I can feel it

You see, in a past life as a client service manager, these were indispensable necessities – they carried backed- up files for on-site meetings, and files that were revised on site to save to our company server upon return to the office. Invariably, I would misplace one nearly every time I traveled for work. Luckily, I would back files up to a spare thumb drive, my laptop, desktop, and a CD or two “just to be safe”; I avoided catastrophes, but the constant loss of thumb drives became a running joke whenever I had to ask our office manager for a replacement.

Which was (pretty much) every time I returned from a business trip, sometimes even before departing on one.

Most of these are promotional giveaways, two or three are personal use, but there are quite a few I unearthed while cleaning out old business travel bags. Doubtless I will find more as I keep cleaning out my house.

You have socks go missing. I have thumb drives go astray. Perhaps they are together in some parallel universe having a laugh at our expense.

And maybe someday, I will meet up with my former supervisor and humbly return all the unintentionally pilfered office supplies.

There is a story (perhaps apocryphal) that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis had a drawer full of her signature, ever-present, Hugh Jass sunglasses at home and/or her office. That may be me someday, although instead of sunglasses I’ll have about a thousand thumb drives (probably sunglasses too).

We shall see, I guess. If you have thumb drives that are free to a good home, I’m your girl.

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Casualties of Cuisine

The intention was to make ho-made homemade lasagna. As usual, another mile on the Highway to Hades got paved with my good intentions.

It is not the normal-formal everyday mozzarella-ricotta-lots of red sauce lasagna; I call it my sexy MF lasagna. Yes, you read that right. It is an amazing recipe.

Full disclosure: OK, it’s really a recipe I borrowed from Martha Stewart. I tweaked it as it was a bit too fancy for me—I’m too lazy to make ho-made homemade noodles (not to mention cheap as I don’t have a pasta machine and don’t intend to buy one as I have enough stuff already thankyouverymuch). Plus the spousal-unit doesn’t care for nutmeg.

My recipe (OK, MARTHA’S, I give credit where and when credit is due) calls for chopped celery, onion, carrot, and garlic. All very well and good until one considers that last week I sliced the crap out of my left index finger chopping celery for marinara sauce (OK, Giada’s marinara sauce) for rigatoni and meatballs, which is one of the the spousal-unit’s favorite meals. I waited too long to get stitches or Dermabond; had to settle for sterile strips and bandages. No antibiotics, as the knife was brand new, but I did have to get a tetanus shot.

There was a laugh to be had from this; I was explaining to someone what had happened (brand new santoku knife, chopping up celery, blah blah blah) and a guy friend chimed in “but what she didn’t tell you is, her husband’s name is Celery.”

Understandably I was apprehensive about doing anything that involved knives or cloth (blood stains are the devil to get rid of, you know, but this stuff works). As of this morning, the wound seems to be healing nicely, so I hope to get back on track cooking and creating.

Wish me luck and watch this space!

PS the phrase that pays was “I cut myself with a sudoku knife.” Damn that math game! And how’s that for a malapropism?

 

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An Exciting Past Few Days

[Edited 6/10/2017]

I have been one of the gainfully unemployed for over two years, and while sometimes not working was fun, on the whole it was soul-crushing boredom. I took up sewing again, got back into designing my own cross stitch patterns (I have yet to execute any of them as of this moment, but hey! it’s only 7:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning! the day is still young, right?), and took up meditation to (try to) get my mind serene.

On Thursday, my local paper had an advertisement announcing a need for obituary writers (part-time). The hours are great (afternoons, with some weekends), the office is conveniently located downtown (park-and-ride! mass transit! this would be awesome!) I lined up my references, drafted a cover letter, and sent in my résumé.

Another downtown employer is seeking a Visitor Experience Supervisor; résumé will be cued up and sent out shortly.

So hopefully within the next few weeks (days? a girl can hope, can’t she?), I will have a new gig lined up.

Last week, I sent a letter to the spousal-unit’s incredibly cool, generous, and talented aunt; she is an artist living in South Dakota and we correspond frequently. In the letter, I included photos of Maggie and Sarge.

In return, she sent me a piece of her work titled Notions and I have to say it will look amazing in my craft room! I can’t wait to hang it. Not sure what I will send her in return but it’s going to have to kick ass. (But now that I think of it, I have an idea … watch this space!)

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Save the Ta-tas!

After receiving the results of last year’s mammogram … all clear for another year.  What a relief!  I was so ecstatic about it that I charted this:

Save The Ta-tas!

The ribbon is courtesy of Artecy.com and is a breeze to stitch – I made an ornament for my friend EB after she did the Susan G. Komen three-day walk one year (photo to follow) and it took no time at all, it’s that simple. I pulled the font from an old cross stitch book of mine (book information to follow as well).

Ladies – don’t forget to get your annual mammogram.

Gents – don’t forget to remind your special lady (ladies) to get their annual mammograms.

Do your part to Save the Ta-tas!

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Kick Out The Jam(berry)s!

Like most women, I like having a nice manicure. Unfortunately, sometimes I don’t have the time or the money to maintain said nice manicure – not to mention the polish streaks left on paperwork I need to shuffle through, or beneath the light switches in my house (don’t get my husband started on that). So I settled for keeping my nails clean with or without a clear varnish, but from time to time would find myself wishing that I could rock crimson painted nails, or really sweet nail art.

Enter Jamberry.

Exit manicure envy!

My saucy Aussie friend Tali turned me on to Jamberry wraps earlier this year and I have to say they are fabulous. Their wrap design (over 500) themes run the gamut from seasonal and holiday to sports and hobbies to floral to incredibly cool graphic art! (I have Passport, Fire Engine, Curve Ball, and Fur Real). They also offer single-color wraps, and many of these wraps come in different finishes (matte, glossy, metallic, etc.).

They are amazingly easy to apply – they are heat-activated and you can use your hair dryer to prep them – and there’s no need for dry time either. Plus there’s no chipping, no streaking (which my husband is perfectly fine with LOL), and no chemicals.

You’re left with an awesome manicure that lasts at least two weeks! And if I can do it, so too can you J.

For signature style at your fingertips, visit Jamberry. You’ll love their products.

Now it’s time for me to kick out my Jams and get “Fur Real”!

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Follow my saucy Aussie consultant Tali …and don’t hesitate to contact her to plan your own Jamberry party!

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It’s a Brand New Day

Apparently I’ve had this blog for a very, very long time now and didn’t do sweet eff-all with it.

That’s about to change …

It’s pretty apt that the theme I’ve chosen is called “Brand New Day” for I am truly starting over, in so many things.

Watch this space!  🙂

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