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February 27, 2004


I'm not sure what's wrong with my blog. Is it white to everyone else? That's a pretty silly question to ask, really, because if it is, you can't see this post in the first place, and if it isn't... well, then it isn't. So basically, if you're reading this, the answer is no, and if the answer is yes, you can't read this to tell me.

Truly a dilemma I'm having here, you see.

I'm wondering if the whiteness of the blog is related to the disfunction in my email. I'm not getting it. Any of it. Haven't now for two days. It appears that I can send email, but I can't receive. Annoying.

I suppose I'll move on as if there's no problem.

Today was a crazy-busy day at work. Crazy-busy. We were sprinting for the finish line, folks. We have a lot of little goals we have to reach, and one big one. The big one is being MVB for the month, which means we've met at least 85% of our goals. Today was the last business day of the month in which to reach our goals, and it was a mad dash until the end. I guess we find out Monday if it paid off.

I have tomorrow and Monday off. Whee! A real weekend! Tomorrow, I'm going skiing with T and Aarti. I've never been skiing before. I'm a little bit nervous. Eeep! Sunday is the Oscars, and that'll be fun. And Monday I'll be spending with Shelley and Karey, and possibly my sister, who is on spring break (!!!) already. In February. Since when is February considered spring? Yeah, exactly.

So. That's that. I don't think anything thrilling happened this week, aside from my sickness, which caused me to take a day and a half off. And then today, with it being so warm. That was exciting. I went to the post office at lunch, and then walked to Starbucks and around downtown Naperville a bit with D. We didn't wear coats. I was absolutely loving it.

So now I'm going skiing, and it's supposed to be 50 degrees. There's something wrong with this picture.

I wonder if this'll post...

February 24, 2004

I'm so proud of mah boy!

I'm sitting here, happily listening to seventeen (yes, seventeen) tracks off of JC's first solo album.


So good. So, so good.

You can hear clips here.

::happy place::

That is all.

Where'd I go?

Somehow, it appears that my blog is... well, it's all white. Gone. Poof? Hmmm. Hopefully it's just a temporary little snag! *laugh*

Edit Now it's back. Weeeeeird.

February 23, 2004

A double birthday and more!

Wow, two for one, here!


I hope your respective birthdays were wonderful. *wink*

I feel like I've been so very busy since I last posted. Which is good, I guess. On Wednesday, was it? Dinner with Em and Meg, which was nice. Saw my AP US History teacher from high school. Heh. But good to hang with the girls and catch up.

On Friday, I went to dinner and to see Miracle with Megan-from-Wheaton (not to be confused with Meg/Meghan). Great flick! I was worried it was going to be all sugary-sappy, but it was not. Just a feel-good movie about Olympic hockey. I almost wish I'd been around for the actual game, but alas, I was not born yet. Lol. Oddly enough, the movie made me really want to put in The Cutting Edge, which is, hands down, my all-time favorite Olympic-themed movie. Toe piiiiiiiiick!

Was out late (for me, on a work night), and had to be at work on Saturday. I left straight from work and drove down to Champaign with D, one of the tellers. She was a last-minute addition, as her sister goes to school at U of I, and I didn't have CDs to listen to in the car. Ha. It was nice to have someone to talk to on the trip. I dropped D off at the Six Pack and headed to The Office in Urbana, where Sarah and Brad were watching the Illinois v. Penn State game. Illini won. Woohoo! I'd not been to the Office before, so that was neat. Aarti arrived in time to catch the end of the game, and the four of us made our way to Dos Reales for some dinner. YUM! I miss that place! Best Mexican food ever.

After dinner, we decided to hit the Union for some bowling. Good times! You have to score the games yourself there (and I won the second one! Whoo!), but nothing beats $2.25 per game. I mean, I played two games AND rented shoes for a total of $5.75. After the bowling, we dropped Sarah and Brad off at their apartment and went to Danville, where Aarti and I met up with Shif to see Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. Cute movie. Not exactly what I thought it was going to be about, but cute just the same. And! $5.50! So basically, for just over $11, I had an entire night of entertainment. Central Illinois is so inexpensive, it's great! *g*

Of course, Aarti and I were up talking until the weeeee hours of the morning, and then, inexplicably, I woke up at 7. We had some of Aarti's mom's fabulous food for breakfast, and headed out the door about 10. Aarti had to be at work, and I had to pick D back up and get home in a timely manner.

Got D about 11, and we headed for home. Since I had to take her back to Naperville, we had a little adventure finding the "quickest" route home. Heh. I made it back to my house about 3, and had to pick Meghan up at 3:45 to head to Batavia to see Gen in her play.

The play was very good. The Heiress. Gen played Maria, and she was the best darn maid ever! The theatre, too, was really cute. The audience sat in couches and armchairs, which was fun. It was definitely good times, and I'm so glad I got to finally see Gen in a play! ;) After the show, Meg and I went to dinner with Gen and her mom. The service was awful, but it was really nice to catch up with them.

All in all, it's been a very busy but very enjoyable week. However, I am now paying for it dearly. With the utter lack of sleep I have had of late, I am now sick. :( I feel awful. My boss even sent me home from work today at 1! Can you believe it? She insisted I go to the doctor. Which I did, and which was a waste of my time and my insurance company's money. Oh well. I have "a viral infection" and have to just watch to make sure my symptoms don't get worse in the next few days. I could have done without the two hours in the doctor's office. Ah well. I'm off work tomorrow, too, since right now I can't hear out of my left ear, breathe out of my nose, or swallow. Bah.

All I tried to do tonight was take a nap. Between the hours of 5:00 and 8:00, there were six phone calls. SIX! All of them sales calls! Every single one was "Out of Area" and no one left a message. I finally gave up trying to sleep, and here I am. Bah. I think I'll go to bed early, though.

Oh, one last thing.


Everyone run-don't-walk to the store and buy it. I'm so excited. I feel like a proud mother. Hee. Mah boy's all grown up with his very own solo album! He may not have the mass support that Timberlake kid has, but I think JC's music is a little more my speed. If the clips I heard this summer are any indication, anyway. Someone for everyone but no one for me, constantly searching for the one I need to build my world around. Doesn't your heart just ache for him with that line? Mine does. Eee! Can't wait to hear it in its entirety.

And now, NyQuil and bed.

February 17, 2004

Happy 21st, J!

Today is my sister's birthday. She's twenty-one! My god! She's come a long way from the little twerp who used to bite me first, and then scream bloody murder when I'd gently tap her in return. She's come along way from the skinny kid with glasses and braces who would follow in my every footstep. She's an adult, living her own life, and that's pretty cool. My baby sister's 21! Ahhh! It was just yesterday that she got her driver's permit, man. Yesterday. And now she can drink. Legally.

So, even though she may never see this,


February 14, 2004

Happy 25th, Jamie!

Had to take a quick moment to


Hope it's wonderful, my friend!!

Nothing real exciting has been going down around here. Just work... working out... home. That's it. Y'all are jealous of my super-cool life, aren't you? *wink*

Oh! I talked to Miggie on the phone yesterday! She has the most adorable accent ever. Hee! I just wish the exchange rate on talk time wasn't so horrendous (670 US minutes equals 46 Venezuela minutes).

Going to Michigan tomorrow, because my baby sister is turning 21 on Tuesday. Can you believe it? She just barely turned 16! AHHH! I'm frightened. If Jess is 21, that means I'm old.

And that, my friends, is about all that's noteworthy (or not) in my life.

February 11, 2004

HAPPY 24th, C!

I'm on my way out the door, but I had to give a quick


I hope your day is fantabulous. I wish I could be there with you!! Have lots of fun, and don't party too hard. *wink*

(Your card will be on its way... late, as usual)

February 07, 2004

Work Sucks

I don't know how much I can/should say about the work situation on here, but Theresa has been transferred to Geneva. For "six weeks," which I don't have much faith in. It seems like temporary transfers like that are never truly temporary. There's more, but it's not so much internet-posting friendly. *sigh*

Last night, Theresa, Kelly and I (to "celebrate" possibly our last day of being coworkers) went out to play darts with T's husband. Kelly and I didn't play, but we had a lot of fun watching, and then talking later. I got home way past my bedtime, and I paid for it today. *yawn*

I'm completely exhausted. I think it's partly emotional stress and partly not enough sleep, but I'm suffering. Ha. Kelly and I kept yawning at work. I even had a little nap this afternoon. It didn't help. My eyes feel like they're going to close. But I'm going to dinner with Jill, and that will be fun! I haven't seen her in ages.

So. That's about all, folks!

February 05, 2004

Movies, movies, movies

I feel like all I've been doing lately is seeing movies! Which is not a bad thing. After Mystic River on Saturday, I saw Lost in Translation on Monday and Against the Ropes on Tuesday. Heh.

Backing up just a little bit... on Sunday, we had tickets to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Prairie Center. Good show. Joseph was the same guy who played the role at Fremd's performance this fall, and he's phenomenal. This show, however, seemed a little like a dance recital... there were TONS of kids on stage. Tons. It was a bit overwhelming at times, and sometimes the choir parts overpowered the main storyline, so that was a bit poopy. But the choreography was quite good, and everyone in it was excellent.

Afterwards, we went to Wildfire to eat. A bit pricier than I had anticipated, but really good. Our waiter was cool, and I love how the whole place is decorated. Reminded me of 1940's Hollywood.

Then, of course, the Superbowl. I'm not really one for football, truth be told. I watched for commercials, but even those were kind of sucky. The halftime show... I'm not even sure I should comment on that. All I have to say is that it was inappropriate and in bad taste, but hell, what is the big deal? It's driving me nuts that this is the top news story still. Personally, I'd rather my kid see .3 seconds of Janet's boob than a car bombing in Iraq. But that's just me. So whatever. And the fact that they now cancelled JC's Pro Bowl halftime performance this weekend pisses me off. I was really looking forward to that, and what does what happened at the Superbowl have to do with HIM? ARGH. I'm done.

I was off Monday. Now that M has a job, I have no day-off buddies! I went shopping in the morning (and came home with two pairs of pants and five shirts for $120... not bad!). I needed new work clothes, especially pants. Unfortunately, one of the pairs of pants has a broken zipper... I can fix it, but it's only temporary. I have to take them back. Bah. I really like them, too. I hope they have more in my size!

Anyway, after the shopping, I went to see Lost in Translation. All by myself. Yay! I'd never been to a movie alone before! It was liberating. Heh. It was a 2:00 show, and there were about a dozen other people there. Not ONE of them was with someone else. All of us were alone. I guess that's what happens at 2:00 on a Monday. Especially in a movie like that. Which I did like, Lost in Translation. The acting was very good, and it was a visually very pretty film to watch. It just moved a leeeeettle bit slow at times. But good. AND I'VE SEEN ALL FIVE BEST PICTURE NOMINEES BEFORE THE OSCARS!!! WOOHOO! That's been a goal of mine for years, and this is the first time I've managed it.

On Tuesday, we had a Call Night at work. Yuck, yuck, and more yuck. Things are getting very frustrating, and that's all I'll say about that.

After the Call Night, I met my mom and some of the girls from Curves at the Loews. Curves had passes to the press screening of Against the Ropes, the new Meg Ryan movie that's coming out on the 20th. It was pretty good! I'm not usually one for boxing movies, and I probably wouldn't have seen it if it hadn't been free, but it wasn't bad. Omar Epps, who played the boxer, was real good. I enjoyed him.

And that, my friends, is that. Yesterday was another boring night of working out and watching TV. Heh. And we are up to date on the life of Kate! I honestly didn't mean for that to rhyme....