Wednesday, November 30, 2005

I'm sorry!

I think I may have discovered a new form of Tourette's Syndrome where instead of shouting out inappropriate obscenities I feel a compulsive need to say the words "I'm sorry". Seriously, y'all. My post from yesterday got me to thinking... So far today I have apologized for the following things:

To TheBoy for brushing moving the covers when I got out of bed (I'm pretty sure he wasn't awake when this happened)

To TheCat for shutting the door to the bathroom before he could sneak in

To TheBoy for jumping when he snuck up on my while I was blow drying my hair (clearly this was my fault!)

To TheBoy for trying to leave the kitchen while he was trying to enter it (yes - our kitchen is THAT SMALL)

To the woman I accidentally cut off while trying to get over to the carpool lane

To the man I purposely cut off while trying to exit the freeway

To TheBoy because he didn't think my joke was funny (I do have an often dry sense of humor)

To TheBoss for being late (to which he replied, "Exactly how LATE we're you here last night? I thought we already had this conversation." I love him.)

To the receptionist (pardon, Director of First Impressions) for filling up my water bottle at the cooler while he was attempting to get by to unlock the supply room door

To someone at work for leaving two messages on their voice mail

To the waitress for picking up my glass just as she was reaching to refill it

To my boss for going to lunch at all

To a woman at the coffee shop for being in her way when she turned around from the register

That's a lot of apologizing for one day... And the day isn't over yet! Does anyone else do this? Is this a symptom of the OCD which we already know I have? Yes, I realize it's self-diagnosed. But y'all! It's so, so true! I was up this morning at 4:00 am cleaning the floor in the bathroom! Cause it was dirty. I'm just saying...

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Random Tuesday musings...

I'm very unmotivated today... I'm not sure if it's the rain? Or maybe some left-over tryptophan induced sleepiness? Anywho. I did find some strange desire to steal and do another "more than you ever wanted to know about Tiffy" post.

Aren't y'all thrilled?!?! Just beside yourselves with anticipation?? No?

Well here you go anyway...


TEN random things you might not know about me.

1: I have “procedures” for everything. You know, plans, patterns in which I do things. Y’all. The procedure CAN NOT be messed with. I’ve been known to break in to tears if a step is missed or something changes my pattern.
(This sounds like a post in and of itself.)

2: I desperately want to move to Hawaii. I’ve secretly been looking at housing and searching into job opportunities and ways to make connections in my field. I’ve even pretty much got TheBoy on board. My excuse to my friends would be that I desperately need a change. And they all desperately need Hawaiian vacations!

3: I tell people that I don’t regret my past because it made me who I am now. But that’s a lie. If I could erase my memory completely, and the memories that other people have of me, from the ages from 12 to about 21 or so I would in a heart beat. And I would never look back.

4: I have a terrible fear of making the wrong decision and so I tend to wait things out until the decision is made for me. I know this is wrong.

5: I feel compelled to apologize for everything. This morning I apologized to a woman on the street because she turned around abruptly and had to alter her path around me to get by. I also apologize when people are cold, hot, full, hungry, late, or early. I’m not sure why.

6: I have ISSUES with food. I know, I know, everyone does to some degree. But my issues could keep a psychologist busy for a lifetime. I could be the topic of someone’s medical school thesis. I could write a book. Or a series of books! But I’m afraid to talk about it with anyone in any depth because I hate being judged.

7: I am afraid to meet new people. I think that in some way I must be shy, though none of my friends would ever think that. I am terrified of going into things by myself. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve missed out on things because I couldn’t convince someone to go with me.

8: I have a huge guilt complex. Little white lies keep me sleepless for a week. Hurting someone’s feelings (even inadvertently) will make me want to cry and/or do obsessively nice things for them until I feel better.

9: I associate most moments in my life to songs. It’s like the internal soundtrack on crack. I also associate memories, both good and bad, to places. Also smells. And sounds. Seriously, I’ve moved apartments to “escape” bad memories on more than one occasion!

10: I make mini resolutions every week. Think New Year’s Resolutions… Only I do it more than once a year. Clearly I have to repeat some of them before they stick… But I’m apparently on a path for constant self-improvement.

NINE places I’ve visited

1: Mexico – various cities, some tourist-y some not.

2: Hawaii, Maui & Kaui

3: Aruba! (Thanks to Angie for reminding me!!)

4: Washington DC

5: Jackson, Mississippi

6: Tulsa, Oklahoma

7: Las Vegas

8: Newport Beach

9: Oregon – various locations mostly central and the coast

EIGHT ways to win my heart

1: Listen to me like I’m the most fascinating woman you’ve ever heard.

2: Use adjectives like sexy and beautiful, not hot or cute.

3: Be honest with me – even if you’re afraid to – Honesty will get you far.

4: Be creative. Show me that keeping the magic is important to you.

5: Be thoughtful. Actions speak louder, y’all.

6: Be independent of me and yet desire me at the same time.

7: Make nice with my friends and family. Like it or not their opinion matters.

8. Be kind to everyone. Hateful things are so unnecessary.

SEVEN things I want to do before I die

1: Move to Hawaii (see above)

2: Buy a house

3: Get married

4: Travel for an extended period of time in Italy and/or Greece

5: Own my own restaurant

6: Get certified for Scuba Diving (would be much easier if #1 were accomplished)

7: Be satisfied with my body/weight

SIX things I’m afraid of

1: Myself

2: Dying before I’ve accomplished all I want to

3: Not being good enough

4: Being alone

5: Anger – just in general.

6: Confrontation

FIVE things I don't like

1: Mean people. Really. I’m going to quote my Mama here – “If you don’t have anything nice to say… Don’t say anything at all.”

2: Food that can not be identified by sight or smell. No mystery meat for Tiffy!

3: Traffic. Also, people who can’t drive. I’m just saying…

4: Big cities. They’re nice to visit… But I’m tired of living in one!

5: Crying. Not that I’m a mean horrible person who thinks people who cry are weak or whatever. It’s just that crying freaks me out… I don’t know what to say. I have this desperate urge to fix it – what ever “it” is and more often than not I can’t. So I feel helpless. And I don’t like it.

FOUR ways to turn me off

1: Take me for granted.

2: Have an undue sense of entitlement. We’re all in this game together. No one is better.

3: Poor grooming – bad breath, unkempt hair and nails. I don’t ask that you be a fashion model. Just be clean and presentable.

4: Treat service/retail people badly. This girl spent time on that side… There is no excuse for it y’all. Those people are trying to help you – it’s their job! Give them a break sometimes…

THREE Things I do everyday

1: Think happy thoughts. I know it sounds lame but I think you can choose to be happy.

2: Snuggle with the kitty. And attempt snuggling with TheBoy.

3: Talk to one or more of my girlfriends. And my mom. It keeps me sane y’all!

TWO things that make me happy
1: “Kisses” from my kitty.

2: Long conversations with lots of giggling and wine with my friends.

ONE thing on my mind right now

1: The future.

Monday, November 28, 2005


I hope that all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your friends and family! In that vein, I'm posting a list of things that I am thankful for.

I'm thankful for my wonderful group of friends - and especially the Fab 5. I don't think I would last through one day without them! I'm truly thankful that I've been able to meet and establish relationships with all of you.

I'm thankful for my family. My mother is one of my closest friends.

I'm thankful for my health. Even though I've spent the last few days with a horrible cold - I'm generally well, strong and healthy.

I'm thankful for my (hypothetical) job and for my (theoretical) boss. Because, you know, if I could confirm or deny the existence of either I would tell you all how wonderful they are. And that I maybe got some un-expected time off for the holidays which I truly appreciated.

I'm thankful for TheBoy. Even though the last few weeks have been stressful for us, he has not wavered in his commitment to me and to making "us" work. Whatever the outcome I know that I am truly loved.

I know that all of the above things are the generic list that everyone has but... I am truly feeling blessed and I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge it.

I will commence regularly scheduled inane blogging shortly.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005


noun: a very strong and uncontrollable desire to steal, especially without any need or purpose, usually considered to be a type of mental illness.*

1. Do you like Chinese food?
Yep - mu shu pork with those little pancakes... Oh and chow mein! Yumm!

2. How big is your bed?
I think it's a queen. I don't know for sure - it's TheBoy's bed.

3. Is your room clean?

4. Laptop or Desktop computer?
Laptop at work - desktop at home.

5. Favorite comedian?
I'll have to go with Bill Engval too.

6. Do you smoke?
Not any more. But I tell you regardless of my health-Nazi-ness, if there were no bad side effects to smoking I'd smoke like a chimney! I love smoking! *sigh* I unfortunately also like living. And living heatlhy.

8. What's the sexiest thing about Condoleeza Rice?
She was a founding board member of the Center for a New Generation, an educational support fund for schools in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park while serving as Provost at Stanford. Unless you meant physically sexy, in which she case frowns a bit too much for me.

9. Would you rather receive amazing oral seex or have amazing seex?
That's tough. I suppose by "amazing" I can assume I'd, er..., enyoy both of them equally? That never happens for me. But if it did... I'd say amazing seex. It's always better to share the "amazing" right?

10. Sleep with or without clothes on?
With. It annoys TheBoy but I just CAN NOT sleep nekkid.

11. Who sleeps with you every night?
TheBoy and TheCat.

12. Do long distance relationships work?
I think in the short term they can. But it's never an ideal situation.

13. How many times have you been pulled over by the police?
Oh my. Maybe 5 or 6 times. Notably I got pulled over for speeding for the first and second time ever when I was 17 within a week of each other. Also, I got pulled over for a field sobriety test twice in the same evening within an hour of each other and within a half mile of each other.

14. Pancakes or French Toast?
FRENCH TOAST! OMG I want French Toast so badly right now!! It's my favorite decadent breakfast thing! With fresh maple syrup and sausage. Mmmm....

15. Do you like coffee?
It's really more of a "need" than a "like" thing!

16. How do you like your eggs?
Extra dry. If they're scrambled I like them browned on the edges. If they're fried the yolks have to be broken and there can be no jiggling. I'm odd I know it. I like my eggs dry and my steaks bloody.

17. Do you believe in astrology?

18. Last person you talked to on the phone?
Business - a banker regarding a referral, personal - TheBoy regarding Thanksgiving.

19. Last person on your missed call list?
My dentist's office.

20. What was the last text message you received?
I don't get a lot of text messages. It's still the "no. see you at 930." one from Liz.

21. McDonalds or Burger King?

22. Number of pillows?

23. Last thing you ate?
Low fat string cheese from Trader Joes.

24. Last thing you bought?
Dinner last night. Mmmm Greek food!

25. What are you hearing right now?
My boss leaving a "back-off" message for someone who totally deserves it. It's making me laugh.

26. Pick a lyric.
"She was just a small town girl, living in a lonely world. She took a midnight train going anywhere. He was just small town boy, born and raised in south Detroit. He took a midnight train going anywhere." - from Journey. Stupid Karaoke!

27. What kind of jelly do you like on your PB & J sandwich?

28. Can you play pool?
Yes but not well. Though I was getting pretty good there for awhile when I was bartending. I was trading beers for lessons!

29. Do you know how to swim?
Yep. LOVE swimming.

30. Favorite ice cream?
Baseball Nut or Pralines and Cream.

31. Do you like maps?
Maps? I suppose if they are showing me the way out of town!

32. Tell me a random fact:
I am nauseous approximately 70% of the time.

33. Ever play spin the bottle?
Actually no.

34. Ever attend a theme party?
Yep - a couple. In fact I've been wanting to put on together... Maybe in the spring.

35. Ever do a keg stand?
Sadly yes. I thought I wouldn't have to admit that outside of college or high school though!

36. Craziest place you've slept after a night of drinking?
LOL - I'm not THAT crazy. I'm a sleep at home girl. It doesn't seem to matter how drunk I am, I WILL find my way home to my own bed.

37. What is your favorite season?
Summer. Hello wakeboarding trips to the lake, camping, beach trips with bon fires, sand volleyball and cold beer on hot hot afternoons!

38. What is the first music video you ever saw?
Faith No More by INXS. I loved the end part where the fish is flopping around and the piano explodes?

39. Pick a movie quote:
"When you fall in love, it is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake, and then it subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots are become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the desire to mate every second of the day. It is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every part of your body. No... don't blush. I am telling you some truths. For that is just being in love; which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over, when being in love has burned away. Doesn't sound very exciting, does it? But it is!" - from Captain Corelli's Mandolin.

40. Favorite quote:
"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." - Abraham Lincoln.

41. What is your favorite Thirsty Thursday hangout?
Depends on what I am in the mood for - F&A's for a martini, Nola's for sangria or a hurricane, at home with friends for beer and wine.

42. Best friend's name?
Liz and Angie.

43. How long have you known them?
Liz - since college. We had an English class together. I just wanted to make her laugh, loosen her up a bit - I had no idea what I was about to unleash upon the world! Now she's the one making me laugh and getting me to loosen up!
Angie - since... maybe 8th grade? Awhile anyway. Her family were missionaries from our church and they were home on a stop over before they left to Fiji. They never made it to Fiji. And it's a good thing too!

44. Last time you laughed at something stupid?
I'm constantly doing stupid things and laughing at myself! Though lately I haven't done enough laughing... I need to change that.

45. What time did you wake up this morning?

46. Wake up next to anyone?
Yup. Just TheBoy though... TheCat had abandoned ship earlier when I got up to use the restroom about 5 am.

47. Best thing about winter?

48. Name a couple of favorite colors:
Pink. Green.

49. How old are you?

50. What month is your birthday in?

51. Do you think pirates are cool or overrated?
Umm... real pirates? I love pirate movies and books...

52. Favorite Dave Matthews Band song (if you have one)?
Say Goodbye from the Crash album.

So here we are tonight
You and me together
The storm outside, the fire is bright
And in your eyes I see
What's on my mind
You've got me wild
Turned around inside
And then desire, see, is creeping
Up heavy inside here
And know you feel the same way
I do now
Now let's make this an evening
Lovers for a night, lovers for tonight
Stay here with me, love, tonight
Just for an evening
When we make
Our passion pictures
You and me twist up
Secret creatures
And we'll stay here
Tomorrow go back to being friends

Go back to being friends
But tonight let's be lovers,
We kiss and sweat
We'll turn this better thing
To the best
Of all we can offer, Just a rogue kiss
Tangled tongues and lips,
See me this way
I'm turning and turning for you
Girl just tonight

Float away here with me
An evening just wait and see
But tomorrow go back to your man
I'm back to my world
And we're back to being friends
Wait and see me,
Tonight let's do this thing
All we are is wasting hours until the sun comes up it's all ours
On our way here
Tomorrow go back to being friends

Go back to being friends
Tonight let's be lovers, say you will
And hear me call, soft-spoken whispering love
A thing or two I have to say here
Tonight let's go all the way then
Love I'll see you,
Just for this evening
Let's strip down, trip out at this
One evening starts with a kiss
Run away

And tomorrow
back to being friends
Just for tonight, one you
And tomorrow say goodbye

53. What are you doing this weekend?
Going to Bella Vista to have a late Thanksgiving with TheBoy's dad and family.

54. Who will take this survey?
Um... Liz already did it. And I'm sure Kate's doing it. So, maybe Michele? Or maybe Mary will do it and get back into blogging?


*For the reference see this.

Monday, November 21, 2005

The Crazy.

I realize I am Crazy. I firmly embrace it.

But there are those even crazier than I.

This afternoon I was walking down the street to pick up lunch for the boss and I. Yes, I realize that it's after 3 o'clock and we just finished lunch... Welcome to my life. Anywho.

I was walking down the street, thoroughly enjoying the warm fall weather with just a hint of winter... My mind was on a million other things. Well to be honest, it's on one particular other thing and the millions of parts to that particular situation. But I digress.

I notice that a woman is walking towards me. I hate to generalize or assume because I am often wrong. But I'll go out on a limb and say that this woman was maybe homeless. She just had that look about her that spoke of misfortune and hard times you know?

I noticed her because she stopped to say something to the man in front of me. I couldn't hear what she said but the man shook his head negatively and walked on. I assumed she was asking for money, as is often the case in large downtown areas like the one my office is located in. I braced myself for the silent, regretful shake of the head as she came towards me.

Just as I expected, as she drew within speaking distance of me she stopped walking and moved closer to me. And said very quietly, yet clearly,

"You are going to die alone."

I wish she had asked for money. I wish I had heard what words of wisdom she had for the guy in front of me. I wish this wasn't getting to me like it is.

I wish it didn't have a ring of truth to it.

I really wish I could rewind the last month and start over.

Road Rage Pick Up Lines?

A funny thing happened on the way to the forum...

Okay well actually I was on my way to pick up TheBoy's wallet, which he had conveniently left at work... I guess it's a good sign that he's as distracted as I am with all the stress that's been going around us lately.

Anywho... So I'm driving down the expressway and I notice this red mustang following really closely behind me. But this is Silicon Valley so it doesn't really phase me. After awhile he changes lanes but because there is traffic (it's like 4:30 in the afternoon on a Thursday) he never gets very far ahead of me. This apparently is annoying him. As we approach the exit I am taking he randomly slams on his brakes from the left lane and cuts across behind me to take the same exit.

Now the "exit" to get to TheBoy's office is one of those clover leaf design ones. Where you go around and under the street you were just on? And there is a stop sign at the end of the ramp because the street it dumps you onto is busy. Being the law-abiding citizen that I am, I stopped at the stop sign. And then I hear this ear-piercing squealing sound and look in my rear view mirror just in time to see my friend in the red mustang careening to a stop a few inches from my bumper. Apparently he wasn't so keen on obeying traffic signs.

And y'all. He is screaming and cursing and waiving his hands around like a maniac! I seriously sat there in stunned silence for a few minutes to digest this. Which is, of course, the exact wrong thing to do because it's making him more angry! Apparently he had some place very important to be. But because I am a nice person, and because I felt slightly guilty for laughing at him in case he did have somewhere to be (maybe surgery? anger management class?) I raised my hand in a "so sorry for obeying the law by stopping at the clearly marked stop sign and therefore causing you to nearly wreck your car" waive and merged into traffic.

Apparently my wave didn't have the desired effect. Mustang boy comes flying out into traffic, without stopping at the stop sign, narrowly missing the car he cut off and drives right up on my bumper. This is when Tiffy starts to get scared. Clearly this guy is mentally imbalanced! But I calmly take the turn which leads to TheBoy's office. And guess what? Mustang boy turned too! This is not a happy coincidence! Also, I should add that he's still screaming and waiving his hands and sending generally threatening vibes my way.

So what could I do? I pulled my car into a parking space outside the office and jumped out ready to sprint inside to safety with the desired effect of having several of the men inside accompany back out to my car just in case Mustang boy decided to stick around.

Just as I get out of my car and slam the door Mustang boy pulls up. Now y'all, I won't lie, I was no longer amused. In fact I was bordering on down right frightened at this point. So Mustang boy pulls up, looks over and utters the following words:

"Hey sorry about that back there... Maybe I could buy you dinner to make up for it?"

(insert stunned silence here)

Excuse me? Is this some new form of pick up line? Extreme dating the road rage edition? Is there any woman out there remotely turned on at this point thinking - oh yes please, I like Italian?

I can't even recall now what I said as I dashed off into the building. And thankfully Mustang boy had driven off before I made it back out.

That my friends is yet another reason to fear road rage.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

"Fitness" is good!

So by now y'all should be pretty darn familiar with the table above. And you can probably tell by my post title where I have finally sweated, grunted and clawed my to. Yep - I am now in the "fitness" category!


(insert funky Roger Rabbit type dance move here)

AND? The coach didn't totally laugh at me when I told her I desperately wanted to lose the last 10 pounds (of the 40 I put on a few years back) by Christmas. She calmly looked at me and said, "well that gives us 6 weeks... Let's talk about what you need to do."

Have I mentioned I love her? I take back every horrible mean thing I ever thought or said about her during those first few weeks of agonizing lunges and squats! I do. So. So. Sorry! Love you Mary Beth!

So here I am armed with my plan to break into the "athletes" percentages and lose the last 10 pounds. I have a PLAN. And a STRATEGY. Food has been bought. Exercises planned. Drinking minimized.* Also, people have been told. So, you know, I feel sort of accountable and stuff. You know?

Wish me luck!

*So. So. HARD! But notice I said "minimized" not "eliminated"? That's just crazy! Crazy talk right there! I'd hate to have to break the new PLAN within a moment of starting it after all.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Because y'all were DYING to know!

How many people on your friends list are exs? Um… One.

What is your favorite part of the chicken? Breasts.

What's your favorite town? San Antonio.

How did your last relationship end? With him telling me he didn’t have time to talk to me about breaking up because he had more important things on his mind.

What's the first word that comes to mind right now? Music.

When was the last time you saw your mom in person? Saturday.

Whats the best insult you've ever heard or said? “Enjoy it, because that’s the last time a little man like you will ever get to f&$@ a girl like me.” I’m not proud but there it is. I was pissed!

What did you have for dinner LAST NIGHT? Steak Wraps – thanks Liz!

How long have you been at your current job? A year.

What's the last thing you said out loud? “This is Tiffany”

Look to your left. What's there? A water bottle and a file I’m working on.

What is the last thing/person you spent over $100 on? New skinny clothes!

Who's your favorite villain? I have no idea…

Whats the last piece of clothing you borrowed from someone? I think a black dress with leather straps from Liz about 2 years ago – which I still have!

What’s the last piece of clothing you bought? Um… I went shopping on Saturday for the first time in AGES! So I bought a pair of brown slacks, a pair of black corduroys, new jeans, a black sweater, a white button down shirt and a pink tweed jacket.

What word makes you laugh no matter where, when or how many times you hear it? “cheesy” as in “do I look cheesy or what” not like “this pasta is so cheesy”

What website do you visit the most during the day? I assume this means non-work related? I’ll say GMAIL.

Go into your text message log on your phone...what does the last message say? “no. see you at 930.” From Liz.

Do you have an air freshener in your car? Nope.

Do you have plants in your room? Yes. One lone plant that the cat hasn’t managed to destroy.

If you could drink anything right this second, what would be? Freshly made sun tea.

Last piece of e-mail opened? A message from Mary.

Does anything hurt on your body right now? My left hamstring is pretty tight but otherwise, no.

What city was your last taxi cab ride in? Reno.

Last alcoholic drink? Red wine with the girls last night.

If someone you hated died, would you laugh and spit on their grave? Um no. Karma’s a b*&@$ man!

Do you own a picture phone? Yes.

What's your bf/gf, or most recent Ex birthday? January 11

What were you doing last night at 9? Watching the first part of Matagascar.

What's your favorite Starbucks drink? Eh. I’m not so crazy about Starbucks. But I go there a lot because TheBoy is a caramel macchiato fiend! I always order a grande soy latte with an extra shot.

Do you exercise as much as you should? 6 days a week!

did you do the deed on prom night? Yep. But I’d been dating the guy for almost a year by then.

Would you give your bf/gf a second chance if they cheated on you? Oh this is going to make me sound like a huge hypocrite… Yes.

Something purple within 5 feet of you: Ew. I strongly dislike the color purple. Oh wait… The border on the card that came with the flowers TheBoy sent on our anniversary is purple.

The sexiest item of clothing you own: Yeah, “me” and “sexy”? They don’t often get said in the same sentence… I love the way the black dress with leather straps looks on me, but Liz owns that so…

Your nails were last painted: Saturday. Clear. I think we’re seeing why I was having so much trouble with the sexy thing above!

How much Japanese do you know? Enough to order sushi.

Do you look good in yellow? I think so.

Do you sing? All the time.

Ever danced naked in front of a crowd? Um no.

Do you spit? Nope.

Is your hair long enough to chew on? Yes. But, ew.

Least favorite color? Purple.

Ever had Dippin' Dots? Nope. They freak me out.

Ever played an instrument? The violin in the 3rd grade. And I’ve been attempting to learn the guitar for oh… 7 years now.

Ever had a H2O massage? Nope.

Do you believe in Big Foot? Nope.

Ever been to a palm reader? Nope.

Did you have a good weekend? Yes I did.

Current yearning: Shhh… It’s a secret…

Have you ever had a black eye? Um, no. Not that I can think of.

How is the day going for you? Pretty darn well.

Any plans for tonight? Dinner with TheBoy and our friends Angie and Erik.

Ever photograph something that was dead? No.

Are you ready for Christmas? NO!

Do you find Smurfette sexy? Sure!

Current disappointment: Not buying a house. But it’s my own d&#% fault. And something I’m proud of at the same time…

Holy &$@%!*

*Notice how I'm trying to cut back on the cursing? Call it a New Year's resolution a few months early...


Anywho. I normally try to stay away from talk of politics within the spaces of this blog. However, I read something today which absolutely stopped me dead cold in my tracks.

I present to you all Bill O'Reilly of Fox News, in response the the voting that took place in San Francisco earlier this month where the public passed legislation opposing military recruitment in public schools and banning handgun ownership.*

"You know, if I'm the president of the United States, I walk right into Union Square, I set up my little presidential podium and I say, 'Listen, citizens of San Francisco, if you vote against military recruiting, you're not going to get another nickel in federal funds,' "

And oh, it gets better...

"Fine. You want to be your own country? Go right ahead, and if al Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about it. We're going to say, look, every other place in America is off limits to you except San Francisco. You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead."


Anybody else wondering if O'Reilly missed his 12th grade Government class where they explain the beauty of the democratic system and the whole entire point behind voting and freedom of choice and expression and all that? Anyone?

Also, I'm wondering where the angry backlash is. The mobs with burning clubs? Public outcry? I mean - isn't this just a teensy bit more serious than Natalie Maines going over to London and expressing her embarrassment that she and Bush share the same home state? THAT little tidbit made the radio and news for WEEKS! Where is his public apology?

I hear that there have been some formal complaints lodged with Fox but come on y'all. Isn't this a little akin to shouting "fire" in a movie theater or "bomb" on an airplane? You can get ARRESTED for those things!

Oh. My. Goodness.

I'm just saying, is all.

*Not that I personally agree with either the opposition of military recruitment in public schools or the ban on handgun ownership... But I can at least appreciate the majority opinion of the voting public in San Francisco. It's the beauty of being an American right? Being able to make your voice heard through voting? I would never call down terrorism on someone just because I disagreed with their political view points.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Look what I found!

I realize this particular MeMe went around MONTHS ago... I copied it and saved it to do later. And, well, now it's later. I actually found it when I was going in to update my budget. Wahoo! Budget time! Actually normally that statement would be laced with enough sarcasm that even those of you who don't know the real me would get the point loud and clear. But now? Since I've paid off my car? And the last of the student loans*? Budget time is so, so exciting!

What/who makes you:

Laugh the hardest: My girlfriends, especially Liz, she just gets me. Sometimes I think we frighten TheBoy!

So mad you wanna punch a baby: Punch a BABY? That’s wrong! I think I can safely say I’ve never been THAT mad.

Really really truly happy: Being at the lake, a clean house, waking up with my boys next to me (TheBoy and TheCat – don’t get any weird ideas!)

Jealous: When someone else is getting the attention or credit for something that I feel is rightfully mine.

Act like an asshole: Jealousy.

Think: My friends. Songs on the radio.

Feel all warm and fuzzy inside: An unexpected hug from TheBoy.

Cringe: When people say things without their “filter” and inadvertantly hurt someone’s feelings.

Roll your eyes: People letting their children run like rampant beasts.

Feel inadequate: LOL! Practically everything!

Feel superior: Nothing.

Appreciate your life as it is right now: My friends. We’re all here together so it can’t be that bad. Right?

*For a degree I still have yet to finish... It's a sad, sad thing really.


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More favorites...

I'm sure this could go on and on and on forever but this morning driving home from boot camp I was just amazed by all the beautiful fall leaves that are changing and falling. So pretty!

Also, that got me to thinking (because Fall is not usually my favorite season) that I didn't mention the first early season wakeboard runs! When the water is still cold and the lake isn't crowded because only the crazy people are out. For those of us who think it's entirely too long between the end of October and the first of May!

I'll be back later with another post but I just wanted to share a few more favorites. I'm really enjoying this happy place I seem to have stumbled into!

"I've got a peaceful, easy feeling..."

Monday, November 14, 2005

Rain drops on roses and whiskers on kittens...

I saw a reference to the Sound of Music on TV yesterday and I've had the "Favorite Things" song stuck on repeat in my head all day today! I suppose there are worse things... I'm actually feeling pretty good today. I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel as far as the overwhelming work goes, I committed to a weight loss goal and the trainer from boot camp thinks it is totally do-able, and TheBoy and I are more comfortable and relaxed around each other than we have been in weeks.

Good things all around. Maybe that's why the "Favorite Things" song is prompting a post about... You guessed it, my favorite things. As opposed to, you know, annoying the heck out of me and everyone with in earshot. It's fun to have a good feeling day. Especially after the disaster that was last week! And Thanksgiving is just around the corner... Which kicks off my favorite time of year. I just love the holidays!

So I'm compiling a list of my favorite things. I'm sure I'll add to it as there is no way I could cover everything in one sitting! Feel free to add your own favorites to my list.


Those first few minutes you are awake and warm in bed before you have to get up into the cold of your bedroom.

Having an awesome work out, one where you leave drenched in sweat.

When my cat tries to climb up my leg because he wants to be snuggled. And how he puts his little nose on mine - I taught him to "kiss" when he was a kitten and he still does it!

Skinny jeans. Or more importantly - being able to fit into the skinny jeans up easily. Or, as I recently discovered, turning your skinny jeans into fat day jeans and buying new skinny jeans in a smaller size!

The smell of wood burning fireplaces on a cold night.

Watching the sun rise and knowing the day ahead has infinite possibilities.

Finally saying something you've been holding inside, and having those feelings justified by the one person you thought wouldn't understand.

Hot chocolate made from scratch after a cold day's outing.

Waking up in your sleeping bag, listening to the sounds outside and realizing that you are blissfully alone (except for your campmates) and the world is so much bigger than anything you could possibly imagine.

Shooting stars.

Nights with friends spent sharing stories and laughing so hard that your cheeks / stomach hurt the next morning.

Running - long, even strides pounding out a rhythm on the pavement in time to your heart beat. Also, being healthy enough to run.

The smell of dinner cooking when you walk up to someone's door.

Pine trees.

Making lists. Then, crossing things off of the lists and feeling accomplished.

Newly sharpened #2 pencils and a brand new spiral notebook filled with blank pages.

Driving in my car with the top down and my hair blowing in the wind. Thank God the wind-blown look is considered "in".

Baseball games with hot dogs, peanuts and $7 beers. The 7th inning stretch.

Planning, shopping for and cooking a meal for friends who appreciate it all the more because they know how much you worked to make it perfect for them.

Skinny dipping.

Running barefoot in the grass.

Finishing a great novel. One that made you laugh out loud and cry silent tears.

The first pedicures in the spring when it's starting to be warm enough to wear sandals again.

Picking blackberries for cobbler on the side of the road and eating roughly half of the sun-warmed berries before they even make it to your basket.

Knowing smiles shared between old friends.


Friday, November 11, 2005

Countdown Thing...

Sorry guys - I am just really not in the mood to blog today...

10 Favorites...
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Food: Mexican
Favorite Band/Singer: Antigone Rising
Favorite Hobby: Reading
Favorite Movie: Dirty Dancing
Favorite Sport: Baseball
Favorite Season: Summer
Favorite Day Of the Week: Sunday
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Baseball Nut
Favorite Time of Day: Morning

9 Currents...
Current Mood: Anxious.
Current Clothes: Black slacks and a pink silk sweater
Current Underwear Color: Pink
Current Desktop Picture: Yellow Tulips
Current Nail Color: Clear
Current Time: 12:00 pm
Current Surroundings: Files, printer on the left and Phone, Day Runner on the right
Current Annoyance(s): My own indecision
Current Thought: Am I making a mistake?

8 Firsts...
First Best Friend: Laurel Grey
First Screen Name: Tiffy2
First Pet: Ginger the hampster
First tattoo: Forget Me Nots (flowers)
First Crush: Ross Wells
First Music or Group You Remember: Alabama
First Car: Green 1995 Saturn SL1

7 Lasts...
Last Cigarette: Brooks and Dunn
Last Drink: alcoholic- dirty martinis and red wine last night. Non-alcohoic- water just now.
Last time on drugs: Umm… I took some pain killers a few weeks ago for a sore quad
Last Kiss: this morning when I dropped TheBoy off for work
Last Movie Watched: Something really horrible with Wesley Snipes last night
Last CD Played: Antigone Rising

6 Have You Evers....
Have You Ever Dated One Of Your Best Friends: A pre-existing best friend? No.
Have You Ever Broken the Law: Yes.
Have You Ever Been Arrested: No.
Have You Ever Skinny Dipped: Yes.
Have You Ever Been on TV: No.
Have You Ever Kissed Someone You Didn't Know: Yes.

5 Places You've been
1. Aruba
2. Cancun
3. Hawaii (multiple islands)
4. Vegas
5. Disney Land

4 People You Can Tell Anything To:
1. Liz
2. Angie
3. TheBoy
4. My Mom

3 Things....
1. 3 Things u can hear right now: A diesel motor, voices, me typing
2. 3 Things You Can't Live Without: The Fab 5, Chapstick, and Sugar-Free Redbull
3. 3 Things You Do When You're Bored: Read, Blog, Sleep
2 Choices...
1. Black or White: White
2. Hot or Cold: Hot

1 Thing You Want to Do Before You Die: Own my own restaurant.


How is it that I can toss and turn and be wide awake all night only to finally fall into deep deep sleep 20 minutes before the alarm goes off?

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

If only I had 1/4 of her wardrobe!

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Quick Update

Sorry kiddies... I've got an enormous amount of crap do get done today. Made worse by the fact that I haven't been able to concentrate much lately with all the house stuff going on!

But I know you guys have been crossing your fingers and toes for me and I really appreciate the support! So I thought it would be rude of me to just abandon you all for the day without a quick update on the housing situation.

We received the seller's counter offer last night. It basically boils down to this... He doesn't want to sell that badly. If we buy this house it will basically be on his terms. Whether or not those terms are acceptable is a matter of hot debate over in ChezGhetto.

So there you have it. An update but no decision. And of course, more waiting.

I think I must have done something really awful in a past life! Maybe I was one of those habitually late people that always kept everyone waiting? That would seem fitting wouldn't it?

Now back to the grindstone for me! Y'all have an awesome day!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

The meanest things

I'm desperately trying to distract myself from the house negotiations that are going on at the moment. What better way than to spout off some useless babble to all of you my IIF's and RF's too? So see, by reading this nonsense you're actually helping me retain my sanity! Consider it your good deed for the day.

Now we know that I am a blog stalker. For those of you I read regularly, I've started checking out the blogs you link to. And the blogs of people who comment. And the blogs that Blogger recommends on the start page. And so on and so on.

This self-distraction has been going on for awhile! Word to the wise: Buying a house is stressful!

I had a point to all this.

Oh right, so in all the blog reading I've been doing I've noticed that almost everyone has some sort of post along the lines of their happiest moments or their favorite things... And because I'm a sarcastic person I decided that it would be funny to do posts on the opposite things.

I present to you now, the meanest things that have ever been said to me. In general chronological order.

1) "God told me I shouldn't date you anymore."

Spoken by my first serious boyfriend ever when breaking up with me sometime around my 15th birthday. I don't harbor any hard feelings towards him though... He's turned into a really great guy! But I don't think he understands the effect those words had on my feelings about God and the church...

2) "I just can't have fun if you are there."

Said to me by my high school sweetheart while trying to explain to me why I couldn't go to a party at a mutual friend's house with him. How can you argue with that? Also, does anyone else see the warning sign here? Ah, love is blind...

3) "I'm so glad that your mother and I had you. It gives me almost an excuse to keep in contact with her. She was the love of my life."

My biological father. We drove out to the beach when he came out for my high school graduation. I hadn't seen him in over 6 years at that point. I haven't seen him since.

4) "I don't have time for you right now."

As I was trying to break up with my high school sweetheart. Seriously, you don't care enough about me to listen to me break up with you? That's just wrong! Of course we hadn't seen each other in months at that point except for some random effort on his part to have dinner on Valentine's Day. I suppose it should have been clear where I stood in his line of priorities!

5) "I don't understand why someone as smart as you would waste your life on something like that."

My mother (yes, it's true - I suppose it was the fact that we're so close that made this so mean). Over dinner for her birthday after I had just told her that I wanted to pursue my life long dream of owning a restaurant and go to culinary school. It should be a testament to how much I respect my mother's opinion that I have yet to attend formal culinary school. Though I haven't given up on my dream of owning my own restaurant.

6) "I just don't understand the point of it. Marriage seems to be mainly for the ignorant and uneducated. It's an outdated institution from another era. I suppose some day we might as well but there's no reason to now."

TheBoy. And his mother. And his brother. And the brother's girlfriend. Can you say I felt a little bit ganged up on? Ah... Shattered dreams are so bitter sweet aren't they?

Well I suppose that's enough. Those are the first ones that came to mind when I sat down to write this post. And they are clearly the ones that have had the most impact on who I am today. It's amazing how strong and resilient people are that I can now jokingly post about these things that at one point devastated me. Don't you think?

Monday, November 07, 2005

Whew! Sometimes you need a weekend from your weekend!

*Before I say anything else - please everyone cross all of your fingers and toes for us as we should hear about that house sometime later today... I'll keep you posted!

*Before I say anything else - please everyone cross all of your fingers and toes for us as we should hear about that house sometime later today... I'll keep you posted!

For this weekend's recap we're actually going to start with Thursday night...

1 very very sick Tiffy
101.7 degrees of a fever
15 mg of codeine taken because nothing else was working!
28 hours out of 36 I slept
1 party for Sean's birthday that was at my house and couldn't be cancelled
3 party packs purchased from Taco Bell because I didn't want to cook
27 years Sean has been entertaining the world
4 blue raspberry martinis made for party guests
35 pints (roughly) of beer drank by party guests
1 beer Tiff attempted to drink before realizing that beer + codeine = bad

Here are some pics:
Birthday Boy Sean with Brett, Linda, Sarah and Ben

Liz, Michael and Christine

Michele, Ryan and Erik

Updated photos of the Fab 5! Long, long over due!

Friday night was Brother Josh's 29th birthday party in San Francisco. Luau themed because of course a luau is the perfect party to have in November. In San Francisco.

1 sushi dinner before drive to SF
1 large sake drank at dinner
1 coconut bra and grass skirt combo worn by TheBoy
1 hour driven to SF
3 rum punch cocktails drank at party
1 time Josh handed me a leaf bra to change into
88 degrees Kristi set the heat to

Here's those pics:
Brothers... Ryan and Older Brother Josh

Me and Kristi (after the change to the leaf bra)

Also, did I mention that Dan was there? Daniel Mason who wrote The Piano Tuner? Right... I mean I should have known he would be there... He is Josh's best friend and all. But last I heard he was in someplace like Thailand doing research for a new book or something... Dan is so, so nice. For any of y'all that haven't read his book, check it out. It's fun when people you know actually write book and then those books make it onto the best seller list.

Here's me (laughing at something that was apparently hysterical, which I no longer can remember, and looking like a complete idiot) with Dan and a girl who's name I have forgotten but I think might be Amanda.

On Saturday I did some pilates and went to the gym before heading out with Liz to spend some time wandering around the mall and just generally hanging out. Saturday night Liz and I went to the Saddle Rack with Christine, Carrie and Christal. Good times were had by all!

Saddle Rack pics:
The girls

Carrie riding the bull

Liz riding the bull

Me riding the Bull

Friday, November 04, 2005

Friday Feast

Name 3 things that you think are beautiful.

1) Untouched nature - the kind that makes you think - "wow, so this is what it looked like here before we came and built our cities."

2) That look between a mother and child or between couples that relays so much love and is yet unspoken.

3) My mother - she's the most beautiful woman I know.

What was the last concert you attended?

Brooks and Dunn with Big and Rich. So so awesome! Even if I did end up just a teensey bit drunk and we had to leave early...

What is one thing that frightens you about getting older?

That things are not turning out the way I wanted them to, the way I always dreamed they would. I'm worried that I may not be able to adjust to the reality and end up being bitter or resentful no matter how much I try.

Main Course
Tell us about one of your funny quirks or habits.

This is a difficult question... Because, y'all know, I am completely quirk free. Nor do I have any funny habits.


I suppose I might be able to come up with one...

I have to coordinate everything. My closets? Color coordinated by sections (pants, skirts, tops, dresses) and then by subsections (long sleeve, 3/4 sleeve, short sleeve, long pants, capris, etc...). My CDs and DVDs? Alphabetized. The pots and pans and such in the kitchen? All with their own proper "home". And yes I get upset when other people do the dishes and put the dishes away in their wrong places. It's why I generally insist on doing the dishes at home. Lately I have been contemplating labeling the cabinets so that TheBoy can do dishes and put them away in their correct places also. Maybe in the new house...

If you could extend one month to 50 days (instead of the normal 28, 29, 30, or 31), which month would you want to lengthen?

I'd say July. Right smack dab in the middle of summer. More days of warm weather and wake-boarding. This would be especially true if I was still in school and had the whole month off... But I'd still settle for a few more warm weekends to play with!

The land of the living...

Sorry for my blog silence yesterday. I was battling a major fever / headache combo and just wasn't up to blogging. I did, however, attempt to upload photos from Sin... It took about 4 hours to upload 3 photos! Stupid blogger! I'll attempt re-sizing the photos and trying again this weekend.

For having just gotten over being sick - it seems I have quite the fully loaded weekend coming up. It's TheBoy's brother's birthday party tonight - luau themed and in San Francisco. I should have some interesting pictures of the boys in grass skirts and coconut bras to entertain you with next week.

Saturday night we are planning a girls' night out to the Saddle Rack! There will be cheap beer and cute cowboys to be had by all. We'll call it continued birthday celebrations for Carrie, Christine and Christal. (Did anyone notice that all their names start with C? And they are all celebrating their 30th birthdays within a month of each other? Crazy...)

Also on Saturday we are going out to meet TheBoy's Mom and Mom's Boyfriend to take another look at the house in Livermore that we are trying to buy. The sellers come back from their vacation on Sunday so we're hoping to hear something soon. I know all y'alls fingers must be sore by now but don't uncross them yet! I'll be sure to have updates as soon as I know anything!

Sunday is for sleep. I hope. And probably laundry. So exciting I know.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Ask and you shall... Receive?

I just read something that has really got me thinking. I alternately love and hate when things make me start thinking. Because I can never guarantee that my train of thought will travel down a happy path. I suppose I'm melodramatic that way.

Anyway, the gist of the story I here was whether or not asking for what you want is the right tactic to take. It started out with something inconsequential like a pair of designer sunglasses for a birthday gift but ended with the author's more personal and emotional wants.

This has gotten me thinking about my own wants and why I either do or do not ask them to be met given the particular situation. I'm pretty good at the little things. I want a hug/kiss. I want you to come to this event with me. I want to see you. And for the most part my wonderful friends and family are good at accommodating me. We, as a collective group, are pretty good at that.

But what about the things I want that I am afraid to ask for? I'm more likely to just squash my own dream than ask for something that I want. Especially if I know that the thing I want is something someone does not want to give me. Or even worse, something they think I am stupid and silly for wanting.

And what if you finally get up the nerve to ask for something you want and get turned down? What then? Do you give up hope of having that particular thing and carry on with life? Or do you seek what you want elsewhere?

Also, do you ever stop wanting something because you know you can not have it? It seems that there should be some self-preservation method where by you stop desiring things that you can not have right? Like how someone who is lactose intolerant does not crave dairy products? Or a smoker ends up despising the smell of smoke?

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Waving my "freak flag"?!?!

Your Personality Profile

You are dependable, popular, and observant.
Deep and thoughtful, you are prone to moodiness.
In fact, your emotions tend to influence everything you do.

You are unique, creative, and expressive.
You don't mind waving your freak flag every once and a while.
And lucky for you, most people find your weird ways charming!

Readers Beware! This is a long one...

Stolen from Liz. And oh my goodness did it take forever to complete!

how old do you feel?

Usually I feel older than my actual age (which is 26). But sometimes I can act much younger! I alternate between feeling upset that I haven't accomplished more by this age and being pretty happy that I have turned out the way I have thus far.

where were you September 11th, 2001?

Well when I first heard about it I was listening to my walkman at the gym. Remember when they thought it was a mistake on the airlines part? When the first tower fell I had just gotten out of the shower. The second tower fell on my way to work. I spent that entire morning watching the footage on the TV at the house I was holding open on broker tour. And I got laid off from the best job I'd ever had the next day.*

what do you believe is the meaning of life?

To have no regrets. Also, to try to have a positive impact on everything and everyone that you come into contact with. And to give back something of yourself.

why is the sky blue?

Something about sunlight hitting the earth's atmosphere and scattering the light and blue is the only color that reflects out of the rainbow... Or something like that. Science is NOT my strongest subject.

what is your favorite thing to cook?

Something new. The excitement for me about cooking is being able to try new things and new techniques. I also like cooking things that I know are people's favorites. Call it instant gratification!

you have only a dollar to your name...

I better be using it to print up resumes! Or on gas to drive to a job interview!

what would your last meal be?

OMG I love food so much I think if I actually thought that a meal was going to be my last I'd panic! There is no way I could choose just one thing!

But let's see if I had to try I'd say... A perfect bruschetta with summer ripe tomatoes and fresh baked bread to start. Then a bowl of Frenchh onion soup with a wilted spinach salad with a tangy vinaigrette next. Followed by a tangy chile verde, fresh guacamole, spicy hot salsa and fresh corn tortillas. Then I'd maybe move on to a fantastic filet mignon - perfectly prepared just shy of medium rare - with a mushroom sauce and a fully loaded baked potato. For desert I'd have a fresh blackberry cobbler - just like my grandma makes and still warm from the oven with cream not ice cream on top.

Damn I'm hungry now!

what is the youngest age you have memories of?

I don't know. I don't really have clear memories of anything from childhood. I remember driving with my grandpa to the beach in Oregon in his truck I called the "blue goose" but I don't know how old I was. Also for the longest time I had these memories of a beautiful woman with blonde hair. My mother had no idea who this woman could have been but I always talked about her! I thought she was the most wonderful thing ever. A few years ago my grandma was showing me pictures of my mom from when she was younger and that was the woman in my memories! My mom used to dye her red hair blonde! But when I called my mom to share the solved mystery she said there is no way I could remember that because she stopped dying her hair blonde when I was just a wee baby! Who knows!

what is your favorite thing in the world?

Being surrounded by my family and friends, eating a great meal, drinking some great wine and laughing so hard that we're sore the next day.

have you ever punched someone on purpose?

Um yeah... Okay between this and the ski pole story y'all are going to think I am violent! I only did it once? And I ended up being really good friends with the girl after...? Does that help?

do you know what color chartreuse is close to?

Green? I think it's kind of a greenish-yellow?

did you like garbage pail kids?

I actually didn't! I thought they were so gross! I think it's one of those things that had to come with age.

why do we have daylight savings time?

To make better use of daylight. I know Ben Franklin was a proponent. I want to say it had something to do with farming.

what living person would you want to meet?

I don't know... Lately I've been kind of toying with the idea of getting in contact with my biological father. I'm not sure there are any celebrities or anything I'd want to meet. Not that I'd turn down an opportunity... I just don't think I'd go out of my way to meet someone. Except maybe Martha Stewart. So okay then, my father and Martha Stewart.

what dead person?

This list is much easier! Shakespeare. Queen Elizabeth I. Lady Diana.

where in the world would you live if you could?

Somewhere by a beach. Preferably somewhere warm. Hawaii comes to mind. Or Italy. Greece.

who is your favorite artist?

Hmm... Maybe Bob Dylan?

who has had the most influence on you (good or bad)?

Good = my mother. She's my rock. I don't know how she made do with what she had when it was just me and her and yet somehow she did. And I didn't realize the sacrifices she was making until I was much much older.

Bad = My biological father for making me feel unimportant. Also, assorted ex-boyfriends for various reasons. It's amazing how people can screw with your psyche!

what is your favorite dessert?

I'm not a big dessert person... But I love fresh fruit pies, cobblers and tarts. It's the best part of summer for me!

do you know your personality type (the 16 type profiles)

No. Is this a specific test? Where would I find it... anyone know? Might be fun to check out.

what age is your favorite so far in your life?

It's a toss up between maybe 8 or so and right now.

can you make cookies from scratch?

Yep. I'd be a sad excuse for a caterer if I couldn't!

was the chicken first or the egg?

The chicken.

hershey or nestle?

Neither. I'm not a big chocolate fan but if I am going to indulge I like Scharffen Berger!

night out or night in?

Both are nice - it depends on my mood. I'd have to say though that honestly I'm much more inclined towards a night in.

single forever with a great family or no family and your soulmate?

This question goes along with everything I disagree with about the term "soul mate" by implying that you only have one soul-mate.

what is your favorite scented candle?

Hmm.. Vanilla probably. I like Gardenia but it can get overwhelming.

what type of underwear do you prefer?

Thong or G-String.

do you ever wear a wife beater?

Nope. I don't like the way they look on me.

if you could live in a store which one would it be?

One of those Target Great Lands. They have clothing, food, and toiletries. Plus excercise and sporting equipment for when I get bored and books, music, and movies! What else could a girl need?

can you eat a dozen donuts in one sitting?

Maybe if they were those mini chocolate or powdered ones. But then I'm sure I'd be sick! In fact I can usually barely finish the 6 that come in a package without being sick!

what is your favorite curse word?


your favorite regular word?


have you ever read/tried to read the bible?

I've read a lot of it. I tried one year to read the entire thing... My church passed out this calendar thing which broke it out into a little bit for each day. But I never made it through.

have you ever heard of yahoo?

The search engine? Or a name for someone who is crazy?

who do you dislike most in the world?

I like that this question said "dislike" instead of hate. Hate is such a strong word! I donÂ’t know that there is anyone I hate. But I do dislike people. Like old Dubya.

what is your ideal date?

Something outside like a picnic on the beach or a bike ride through a vineyard or something... Fun music, great conversation, something low-key and relaxed.

what is your favorite shape?

Not quite sure what the point is of this question?? I've never really thought about shapes before... I like things that are random not perfect and orderly like squares or triangles.

can you eat just one chip?

Potato chips? Yes - no problem. Chips with salsa? No way!

where is the farthest you've ever been from home?

Cancun, Mexico

what is your desktop background?

Yellow tulips - but I keep meaning to change it!

what song do you identify with most?

I think this answer changes daily! Right now I'm really into What? by Antigone Rising.

Lost inside the pattern
of those who'll never matter
speak to you of freedom, rage is getting fatter
Empty as your beer can
crush me you're a mad man
Hanging on to history of hate in your hand

(chorus) What can I say
to pull you from behind?
What can I say
to make you change your mind?

I know what you're thinking
you believe in nothing
Hollow eyes say you're not whole
and you're not bluffing
Now we can't ignore you
now we can't afford to
standing on your chest are those that go before you

(chorus) What can I say
to turn water into wine?
What can I say
to make you change your mind?

Your anger looks so ugly like a handprint in the icing
on one more forgotten birthday of the child no one noticed
Lay the belt upon the table
hope for punishment that's better than the silence that surrounds you
and the love that never found you

(chorus) What can I say
to leave your hands untied?
What can I say
to turn water into wine?
What can I say
to make you change your mind?

has someone ever intentionally put food on you?

Yep. It's not all it's cracked up to be.

what color is your favorite?


what color do you feel represents you?


do you believe in God?


have you ever broken a bone?

Yes. A wrist bone.

have you ever shut someone's fingers in a door?

No - but I shut the cat's tail in the door once! I felt like I'd kicked a baby!

would you rather be honest/poor or a liar/rich?


what is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten and hated?

Uni (sea urchin)

what is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten and liked?

See... My definition of "weird foods" and other people's are different. I can't think of anything I'd call weird.

what is your ideal ice cream creation?

Banana split - with extra banana if possible and extra nuts!

if you could marry someone from a movie (the character not actor)

Jake Perry from Sweet Home Alabama

what is your favorite thing to do?

Read. Cook. Hang out with the Fab 5. Wakeboard.

what is your favorite junk food?

I'm not a big junk food junkie. I do like me some Taco Bell though!

what is the longest you've gone without talking to anyone?

Someone I knew? 3 days. Anyone at all? Maybe a few hours.

what is your favorite board game?


your favorite book?

Oh too hard! I love books! There are so so many!

do you know how to change a tire?

Yep - I think it's something all women should know how to do.

would you consider yourself a geek?

LOL - yes.

what movie could you watch over and over again?

Gone with the Wind. Dirty Dancing. Top Gun. Flashdance. Center Stage.

have you ever eaten paste?

I don't recall. Probably. I was an adventurous child!

have you ever gone to the bathroom in front of someone?

Yep. When Mother Nature calls I'm not one to ask her to wait.

what is your ideal halloween costume?

Something without wings!

what toy have you always wanted and never gotten?

Um... I have no clue! I know I really wanted an Easy Bake Oven when I was little.

what item could you not go without during the day?


do you consider yourself a smart person?

I think I have some book smarts, but not so much in the way of practical smarts. I'd like to think I'm constantly learning though.

have you ever peed in a pool?

Yes. Shhhh...

who was your first crush?

Ross Wells - in the 5th grade.

who was your first love?

I would have to say that Ry and I are the first experience I've had with real love... You know the kind that is there for you no matter what - through thick and thin - accepting the good and the bad because that's who makes you, you.

What I thought was love in the past was either infatuation bordering on obsession on my part (with one) and conditional based on my behavior and ability to change into what he wanted (with the other).

do you close your eyes when you listen to music?

Yes. Sometimes. But never in the car!

how old were you when life was the hardest?

19 or 20. I wanted desperately to change things but I couldn't see my way out of the darkness so to speak.

do you eat the burnt chips?

Um, no. Ew.

do you still have your baby blanket?

One of them. I don't know if it's my baby blanket but it's the one I used for nap time in Kindergarten.

is there anything you HAVE to do everyday?

Eat? Bathe? I suppose I have to have a few moments of me time.

do you curse in front of family?

Yes. My poor mother wonders where she went wrong!

what is your favorite tv show ever?

Punky Brewster. 90210. Friends. Simpsons. (in order of appearance)

if you HAD to get back with and ex who would it be?

Assuming that person wanted to get back together with me? LOL - I am a firm believer in not recycling the exes!

when was the last time you felt truly loved by someone?

Every day. Thank God for my friends and family!

what character trait would you change about yourself?

Sometimes I get panicky when I have to meet new people. I call it TheCrazy. If that went away I wouldn't mind. Also, I wish I could just be happy with the way things are.

3 wishes... go (no world peace. things that are possible)

Are these things possible? If they were possible wouldn't they not be wishes but reality? Just asking... But here go mine: To be happily married to my soul mate, to own a successful restaurant, and to make enough money to be able to travel when I want, own my own home and send my children to whatever college and provide them with whatever classes they'd like.

have you ever passed out?


have you ever slapped yourself in the face?

Nope. Why would someone do that?

have you been in a car accident that was your fault?

Yes. I was young. And not paying attention.

you have to give up 1 of your 5 senses (smell, sight, touch, sound, taste):


favorite line from a song?

"and oh, man did I look cheesy" from 19-Something by Mark Wills.

favorite line from a movie?

"I shall call him squishy and he shall be mine and he shall be my squishy. Come on, squishy. Come on, little squishy. Ow! Bad squishy, bad squishy." from Finding Nemo.

what do you do when the power goes out?

If I'm at work I pray it stays out so I can go home! If I'm at home I curl up with some candles and a glass of wine. Sometimes I take a bath. I love being in the dark!

*The best job I had ever had until maybe this one. Not that I am acknowledging that I a job or anything... Just if I did, it's pretty awesome.

Weekend Recap

I know this is a day late but good Lord I've been busy busy busy... And to top it all off this morning I woke up feeling totally sick! I didn't realize it at first because frankly, waking up at 5 am and then working my ass off at boot camp frequently makes me feel nauseous. I even managed to get up and dressed and drive all the way to the park before I got sick! DOH!

So of course now I feel groggy and crappy but I am determined to get over this. I. Will. Not. Get. Sick. Seriously y'all, I do NOT have the time! I have a baby shower that I am doing some food for tonight, a birthday party at my house on Thursday and a birthday party for TheBoy's brother on Friday night in SF. So tell me, where in all of that can I fit in a little stomach flu?


Is it bad that it's Tuesday and I'm already looking forward to sleeping in on Saturday morning? Yes? Oh well.

But anyway, I hope all of you out there had a fantastic Halloween! My actual Halloween was pretty quiet... Filled with food prep for the baby shower. But I did manage to swing by Ugly's for a cocktail or two with Angie, Erik and Carrie.

We didn't have ANY trick or treat-ers! Not a single one! Of course Angie was super kind to point out that ChezGhetto is not really in a neighborhood that would have a lot of children out and about. At night. By themselves. (Thanks Ang!) But I figured at least a few kids would come by from the complex across the way.

So between Sin two weekends ago and Reno last weekend I think it is safe to say that I am officially Halloween-ed out. I'll post pictures from both weekends in the next day or two. As soon as I find a minute to download the photos off of my camera! In the meantime here's my weekend recap:

4 hours driven to Reno on Friday night
2 sugar free Red Bulls drank on the drive
2 dueling pianos at the bar Friday night
1 tequila shot I could NOT take at the bar because it was yucky well tequila
4 beers drank at bar
12 times I got caught by the piano players singing along at the top of my lungs
10 women wearing very skimpy "costumes" that really shouldn't have
3 women who actually looked hot in their lingerie, er... costumes
3 jello shots taken at German's apartment in Reno
3 or 4 more beers drank at the apartment after the bar
24 hours Tiffy stayed up before passing out early Saturday morning
4 hours of sleep I managed to get Saturday morning
1 nap I took while the boys went to Happy hour Saturday afternoon
1 yummy German dinner Saturday
3 beers drank while getting dressed for costume party
1 jello shot taken as "dessert"
2 hours it took me to get both myself and TheBoy dressed for the party
1,356 boobies I saw on full dispay at the party
1,192 number of boobies that really SHOULDN'T have been on display
3 number of women who were working to dance pole like professionals
1 couple that was full on going at it in a booth at the party
5 beers drank while at the party
1 girl wearing my same costume at the party (but I looked cuter!)
1 late night / early morning dinner
7 hours of sleep Sunday morning
4 hour drive home Sunday afternoon
3 loads of laundry done Sunday night
1 very tired Tiffy!