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Thursday, January 11, 2007
Spur of the Moment Decision
OK, I don't like it here anymore. I wasn't thrilled with the Beta version of blogger, I see what they are trying to do but...

And now to use their newer, admittedly better, features I'd have to use one of their boring generic templates and I like my three columns and and and YOU CAN'T MAKE ME!

I'm moving to WordPress, but I'm going to try to make as smooth a transisition as possible.

The switch will be occuring over the next few days, but new posts (like maybe, just maybe one about boogers) will be here:

Change your bookmarks!
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Wednesday, January 10, 2007
This is a call for topics. I need something to write about. Any suggestions to write about current political events will be summarily dismissed. After all, do you want this person...

trying to write about anything so complex and mine-ridden?
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Monday, January 08, 2007
Another Dunkin Donuts Story
Some of my long-time readers may remember this Dunkin Donuts Story:

I woke up early today. With a thought of finding out about the new position, I dressed in pinstriped trousers and my rose-colored sweater that makes my skin look fab-u-lous. I did my hair. I took extra care with my make up. I strutted out of the house feeling oh-so professional, put together, and--dare I say it?--even pretty. And best of all, I still had time to stop and get coffee.

As I exited my car and strode confidently across the parking lot, I garnered an admiring glance from a cable guy or a telephone repairman. As I approached the outer door to Dunkin' Donuts, two men vied to hold open the door for me. "Damn," I thought, "I'm good." So I gave them my best movie star smile and said "Good Morning, thanks so much!" Brilliant, Lori, brilliant. I proceeded to head toward the inner door, stepped off the mat, slid the 3 feet across the lobby, smashed my knuckle against the glass door, and ended with my face smeared across the plate glass , gripping the door handle like a drowning woman holds onto a life buoy. My vain hope that nobody saw my acrobatics was quashed when I hauled myself upright and noticed that everyone inside the store had turned their heads my way at the sound of flesh hitting glass at high a velocity.

Brilliant, Lori, brilliant.

Well, this one is not a traumatic story. I just wanted to send a little shout out to my coffee man, Ray. Now that I am near a DD with a drive-thru, and thus have a reduced risk of slamming my face into plate glass, I go nearly every morning. And nearly every morning there is Ray, smiling at me. He smiles at everyone, I think, but Ray remembers me. And he sees me and says "Oh! Hi Ma'am!" Like it wouldn't be a good day if he had not seen me. And when he hands me my usual Medium with Cream and a Splenda he always says "Here you go. See you later." The past week or so, Ray wasn't there, and every day was a little more wrinkled. But this morning he was back!

So Ray, if you read blogs, which I somehow doubt, and you happen to come across this one (which I doubt greatly), I just want you to know that you make my morning. Not only do you keep me caffeinated, but you start my day off with a smile, and that's definitely worth more than they are paying you.
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Friday, January 05, 2007
Hide my phone!

My friend Cavi is home from grad school for the holidays. Tonight I'm going to have dinner at her parents house in beautiful Cornwall, Pennsylvania.

I have a bit of trepidation, though. Here are some of the things I did the last time I went to Cavi's house (New Year's Eve 2005):

  • Taught her parents how to country line dance while doing shots of tequila
  • Took video of her parents country line dancing while doing shots of tequila
  • Drank a case of beer in a hot tub, topped off with champagne at midnight
  • Ran around snowy backyard in my bathing suit at midnight, being only marginally sucessful at avoiding piles of dog poo.
  • Called everyone, and I mean everyone in my phone to tell them I loved them and Happy New Year and, apparently, asked some of them if they would marry me.
  • Called everyone again and said exactly the same thing.
  • Called one more time.
  • Broke a beer bottle when it fell off the side of the hot tub. Tried to pick up all the glass, but found out later that I didn't succeed when her father got glass in his foot the next day.
I'm really surprised they are letting me come back.

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Thursday, January 04, 2007
Apparently, when I'm drunk, I make this face:

*Makes a note not to get drunk anymore. At least around a camera.*
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Christmas Baby
I realized today that I hadn't checked my Yahoo! mail in ages, since I've been using my gmail account. So as I sorted through spam, I came across the happy announcement that my friend Lisa in Austin had her second son the day after Christmas:

Congratulations Lisa, Quentin, and big brother Lewis, he's beautiful!

Ellis Daniel, 8 pounds!

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007
The Friendly Skies
I've come up with yet another excuse reason why I'm single. I'm not very friendly and open when I'm by myself.

This struck me at the Charlotte airport on Monday night, when a man sat down on the floor beside me and began rubbing the carpet with the palm of his hand, coming disconcertingly close to my upper thigh. Strangely, he hadn't seemed crazy up until that point, or after the rubbing.

Although my recent trip to England was the first time I spent real vacation time on my own, I do generally travel by myself. This means that I'm trying to watch all my stuff, keep track of my tickets, find gates, etc all on my own, and look reasonably confident while doing so. I have a special "travel face" that I wear, I think. And I don't think it's a very friendly face.

In fact, it's not meant to be friendly. And that's my problem. I don't want to make pointless small talk with strangers. I don't want to know where the person next to me is headed or what they were doing in the area. Frankly I don't care, and I can't bother pretending that I do. And I especially don't want to smile at you or your small child as they tear around the airport while I hope against hope that the kid isn't sitting near me on the flight.

But people who do those things, smile at strangers, talk to random people...they end up sitting next to someone on their flight and chatting and finding out that they went to high school with that person's cousin whom they later end up marrying all because of that conversation on the commuter flight to Boston.

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Friday, December 29, 2006
Catching up a bit
While I haven't been keeping up with my blog lately, I have been posting pictures on flickr quite consistently. So if for some reason, you are interested in the events going on in my life, you can always click over there to the left and see a running log.

That's one 2006 New Year's Resolution that I have kept: taking more pictures. I realized that the big events, the one people generally remember to take pictures of, are the ones you'd remember without pictures. It's the little times with friends when you should really take pictures, documenting the way you were, really, most of the time. Especially now that I have a small digital camera, I nearly always have it with me. And I've gotten some great shots!

Basically, since I had gotten back from England, I'd been looking forward to my friend Ana's visit here from Austin. We went to Long Island together for a wedding. It was the best wedding I've ever been to, bar none! Maybe because we got to dress up. But mainly, I think, because Venezuelans know how to have fun, and fun means DANCING! We danced for about 10 hours straight, I swear, at different venues. I learned a lot of from the women about movement, although for most of the time, unless Ana was translating in my ear, I had no idea what anyone was saying! But oh, it was so. much. fun!

We also had a great time exploring Manhattan. Every time I go, I find more neat places...and Manhattan during the holidays is almost magical.

While we were in Long Island, one of the wedding guests told us we should see Jones Beach, so, since it wasn't really that cold, we found our way there with our friend Robert. It was an unplanned but really great day. I found out later, that I had actually been to Jones Beach with my brothers and when I was a baby!

Then came Christmas, which was quiet but lovely. Christmas Eve was still and reverent, the way it should be. And my Meggie was there with me, like she should be. :O)

And on Christmas Day, as is by now a tradition, in the evening I went over to Meg's parents house to exchanges gifts and visit with Megan, Dave, and Meg's parents as well as their "kids," the Irish Setters, Finnegan and Clancey. (The first two pictures are Finnegan, the second two are Clancey.)

So those are pretty much the highlights. Tonight I leave for North Carolina to spend the long weekend with Tim and Karen and my other favorite dog, Bailey. And in the New Year, I'm going to blog, I swear.

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