Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Before I realized last night's earthquake wouldn't progress to 1989 magnitudes, I braced myself in a doorway and thought, I musn't die alone in this crappy apartment! Then I heard expletives emerging from behind the front door and realized Hubs had just gotten home and was experiencing the natural disaster via the outdoors.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Today one of the ladies in the office says her doctor just told her, "You are officially obese."
I mean, wow. Talk about a terrible bedside manner!
Of course this sort of talk led to the formation of a work "Diet Club," and now five of us ladies are in a competition until year's end to see who can lose the most weight. Winner gets $50. So that makes two diet competitions that I have now unwittingly joined. Oy.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Costume seen at a quasi-Halloween party on Saturday: A male friend of mine wearing a gift bow and a large gift tag that read: "To: Women, From: God."

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Cleaning the shower in our apartment has always been a major undertaking for Hubs and I. Typically I force him to do it, since I take care of most of the other household cleaning and scrubbing the shower is an abhorrent task.

The problem is that when you clean with the stuff we've been using -- Tilex & Scrubbing Bubbles -- to kill mold and get rid of water stains, it literally burns the mucous membranes of your nostrils and you don't feel quite right for the rest of the day.

We've tried fans, holding our breath and running in to scrub for 30 seconds and then running back out, and any number of other methods of cleaning the shower without submitting to a chemical coma. The only surefire way to do it that we've discovered is for Hubs to wear the gas mask his dad had from his days in the National Guard. Which is scary, right?

And having recently taken an Environmental Health class, I was taught that the cleansers people use in their homes are more toxic than supposed industrial cleansers used in public places, which are much more regulated for public safety. Because individual consumers demand stronger products, companies produce them. Meanwhile we're jacking up our bodies and our environment.

So in spite of myself (I like to think of myself as someone who doesn't jump on every bandwagon), I want to go green. I've been trolling the internet for environmentally friendly cleaning methods, and I keep landing on sites that tout vinegar as the safest and most effective "green" cleanser. So I'm going to give it a shot. And I'll let you know how it goes. Maybe I'll take a before and after photo. Currently our shower is shamefully disgusting.

Also, I found an amusing site that explains how to clean your bathroom sink with vinegar. It amused me because of Christina's previous post on cleaning your kitchen sink (, which was something like a 12-step process that involved sharp instruments and bleach. According to all the tree huggers out there, all you need is a little vinegar! Take a read:

Friday, October 26, 2007

Despite being an old, married, overweight woman, I got a Long Stare from a fellow driver this morning whilst innocently waiting at the metering light on my way to work. He opened his truck's cab window just to stare at me for a bit. Granted, this is not the sort of attention I am looking for, nor the sort of company I seek, but flattering nonethless.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Also, as an update (at least, the last I heard) Joe is doing well and the story goes that he had the amazing foresight to take aspirin before he (even more amazingly) drove himself to the hospital!
Few things are more entertaining than angry elderly women with hammers.

Woman Fined for Hammer Fit at Comcast

Friday, October 19, 2007

13:18 PDT Bristow, Va. (AP) --

She was fined and got a suspended jail sentence, but Mona Shaw says she has no regrets about using a hammer to vent her frustration at a cable company.

"I stand by my actions even more so after getting all these telephone calls and hearing other people's complaints," she told The Associated Press in an interview Friday.

Shaw, 75, and her husband, Don, say they had an appointment in August for a Comcast technician to come to their Bristow home to install the company's heavily advertised Triple Play phone, Internet and cable service.

The Shaws say no one came all day, and the technician who showed up two days later left without finishing the setup. Two days after that, Comcast cut off all their service.

At the Comcast office in Manassas later that day, they waited for a manager for two hours before being told the manager had left for the day, the Shaws say.

Shaw, a churchgoing secretary of the local AARP branch, returned the next Monday — with a hammer.

"I smashed a keyboard, knocked over a monitor ... and I went to hit the telephone," Shaw said. "I figured, 'Hey, my telephone is screwed up, so is yours.'"

Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable company, disputes Shaw's version of its customer service record and calls Shaw's hammer fit on Aug. 20 an "inappropriate situation."

"Nothing justifies this sort of dangerous behavior," Comcast spokeswoman Beth Bacha said.

Police arrested Shaw for disorderly conduct. She received a three-month suspended sentence, was fined $345 and and is barred from going near the Comcast offices for a year.

The Shaws did eventually get phone and television service — with Verizon and DirecTV.

She said many people have called her a hero. "But no, I'm just an old lady who got mad. I had a hissy fit," she said.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

It's a problem I have, expecting too much from people.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

The results are in! I have an enlarged heart valve and an arrhythmia (sp?). Which basically means nothing. Tons of people have these same problems and there's nothing you can really do about it. But it's good to know I'm not going crazy! Stress, lack of sleep, caffeine, alcohol, a poor diet, and lack of exercise can worsen the symptoms. Um, yeah. That pretty much described me to a tee a couple months ago. It still largely describes me, except I've cut back on caffeine and alcohol. It's essentially good news except the doctor really does want me to watch my diet and exercise more. Which: bleah!

Monday, October 01, 2007

Hubs and I are back after our whirlwind trip to Vegas for Mike and Tanya's bachelor/bachelorette party, and I must say, I believe the women had more fun than the men. The itinerary was as follows:
Friday night - The Thunder from Down Under -- a male revue featuring scantily clad Australian beef cake. It was hilarious and sexy at the same time.
Saturday - Lounge by the pool at The Flamingo
Saturday night - Dinner at the Wynn hotel's SW (I think) restaurant, an uber fancy, mucho tasty steakhouse. I had scallops (chock full of b12!) Then gambling, then dancing at Vegas' newest and hottest nightclub -- LAX at the Luxor. We met three gents from Michigan and conned them into plying us with drinks in return for dances. They were quite smitten with our 38-year-old companion, an admittedly hot former Miss California. For reals.
Sunday morning - commence the LONG drive back. B and I naively chose to drive. Never again!
Pictures to follow, if I can get my sh*t together!