Monday, July 31, 2006

Monday in a cubicle

My work friend C sent this to me a couple of weeks ago. But I'm posting it today because it's Monday morning, only 10:45 a.m., and I'm already having my inner dialogue of:
"I should be productive"
vs.
"I should Google a new recipe for salmon"

So if any of you also experience this, or spend 40+ hours a week in a cubicle.....Enjoy, friends.
P.S. On my computer, I had to manually hit the play button.
My cubicle

Friday, July 28, 2006

Ah, the city of love...Dallas

I think I should finally post about my trip to Dallas before the month ends.

As backgrounder, Mustang & I took a weekend trip to Dallas to meet his two best buds. His friends were meeting us there - one driving in from Austin and one flying in from San Antonio. So, like no pressure at all. Riiiiight.

Anyway, we left during the weekend of July 4th. We took 2 days of extra leave so it was an long weekend. I drove the new car and it handled I-35 very nicely.

Mustang had reserved us a hotel and it was a surprise for me. He did an excellent job! We stayed at the Magnolia, which is in the restored "Pegasus" building downtown. Very chic. I've never stayed at a hotel that was so nice. The coolest part was, when you picked up the phone, the front desk would answer, "How can we help the Mustang party?" And even better: when I'd call to get our car from valet parking, they'd address me as Mrs. Mustang. Hee hee.

We were additionally thankful we didn't stay at the same hotel as the San Antonio friends. Their hotel was hosting a rap conference. The friends reported an odd herbal smell in the elevator.

Les Miserables was very good, but our seats were in the balcony and the accustics weren't quite up to snuff. The songs sung by men were difficult to understand. But overall I liked it.

Mustang's friends were terrific. Both are married and I like their wives, too. I particularly liked the couple from San Antonio. And the wife works at an advertising agency, so we had a lot in common.

We also enjoyed food not found in Oklahoma...La Madeline, Dairy Queen, etc. Mustang also introduced me to a Texas classic....Freebird's. Their build-your-own burritos came in 4 sizes, and I had the smallest one. It frightens me to think of the largest. They also had a wall of "foil art" where customers had used the foil that wrapped their burrito, and made it into sculpture. Some of it was weirdly impressive.

Believe it or not, we didn't shop. I even resisted DSW. Amazing, I know. But since I just had purchased the new car a week before, I was budget-minded.

The best part of the trip was spending so much time with Mustang. We got along so well. I have to admit I loved sharing space with him. Hmmm...I think I could get used to that.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Race to the altar

No, I'm not running to the altar, but another is....And, it seems my father is trying to push me down the aisle...

This week, I just learned that my dating counterpart got engaged over the weekend. My dating counterpart? What's that? Well, a close friend at work has a sister who started dating about the same time I did. So we often compare stories. They, too, got serious fast - even faster than me & Mustang!

Well, he popped the question and their wedding is set for Dec. 16!
First date in April. Engaged in July. Married in December!

Also this week, my great aunt died and her funeral service was Monday. In that weird American custom, the family had lunch before the funeral (I've never understood that), and I made small talk with the cousins, etc.

I had several family members ask me if I was getting married! Apparently my father has been telling people that I am! You can't imagine the shock when I got that question for the first time.
Brown paper bag, anyone? I'm having trouble breathing.
My best polite response: "Well, not anytime soon. He's great, but it will be a while."

After the funeral, when my parents & I went to Chili's (because the funeral lunch was some bad chicken), my mother said she heard the same thing! We cornered my father, who "couldn't remember" if he told people I was getting married. Couldn't remember? Ha!

How often in life do you ask your father, "Dad, please stop spreading rumors about me?"

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Cranky pants

Kids, I'm sorry I haven't posted for so long. Lots of news lately...and it's all good. Need to recap my trip to Dallas with Mustang, my family's July 4th news, my new car, the inevitable class reunion that's quickly approaching, my last-ditch efforts from eH, and my contact from an old eH match... phew!!!! That's a lot!

For now, I'll just post that I'm very cranky today.

Apologies to my coworkers.