Archive for November, 2005


What a Morning!

November 23, 2005

It started at 6am, feeling sorry for myself…surely I was the ONLY one going to work today. John made me breakfast, which always helps. I jumped into my car after it warmed up a bit (Thank you John for my remote start!), I hit the road and it started SNOWING!!! There’s nothing like driving fast on the highway with snow bouncing off your windshield. I got to work and I kicked butt building eight content pages for the website, uploaded data via ftp for a co-worker, build some cool front page images and went shopping at lunch. Now I’m having a great day!

I need to pick up a poinsettia for Gail on my way home from work so we can take it to dinner tomorrow. What do get a person who has everything? A poinsettia!

Tomorrow’s weather prediction has us getting 2-4 inches of snow beginning before 9am. I can’t wait! We’ll get to try out the new ride-on snow blower. John will be traveling for the next two weeks during the week so I should probably learn how to operate at least one of the two snow blowers. Not thrilled with that prospect but I’ll get over it. We’re going to Charlie & Gail’s for Thanksgiving dinner at 1:30, it should be a pretty drive if we get the snow they are predicting.

The Open House Brunch is next weekend so the goal(s) for this weekend is to get the Christmas lights up on the house (woohoo), snake the wall to run the Entertainment center wires (John), get the server back up (we haven’t touched it since we moved), hang curtains and paint a second coat around the trim in the living room. I’ve got the menu all planned…Cream Cheese & Bacon Crescents, Sky High Brunch Bake, and Cheese & Ham Spirals. Fran’s bring her French Toast, Ronnie’s bringing 2 quiches and Linda is going to make Belgium Waffles. We’ll serve Mimosas, Bloody Marys, Coffee (with liquors available like Baileys) and Orange Juice. We’ve received 30 RSVPs so we should have a good turn out….I’m praying for a pretty day!

I’m almost done Christmas shopping…I think I only have 2 people left. I think this is a Shannie record! I’m usually still shopping well into December. I need to get started on my Christmas cards; I like to get them out early.

I have so much homework it’s ridiculous. I’m going to need the holiday time off to get it all done. I’ve been in denial but I do have to make myself write some boring papers and long message board postings to keep my grades up. If you want to be bored to sleep, take Operations Management! Have you ever wanted to know what it takes to run a manufacturing plant? Logistics and Supply Chain Management? Me either!!!!!!

The rest of my degree won’t be fun but it will be over at some point so that what keeps me going. I think I’ll take a semester off when I get married (in June). I’m getting a lot of pressure to do so. And I think if I don’t…I could find out what it looks like to have my brain explode and I don’t think it would be pretty…

I’m going to go finish this day with a Red Bull and some painting and maybe, just maybe some homework. I recommend the Red Bull (Sugar Free) but don’t attempt the homework! It will make your brain work and that would be bad…very very bad.


A Funny Website That Will Make You Feel Better About Your Job

November 9, 2005


Our First Sleep Over!

November 9, 2005

Fran, Rick and their two kids Louis (2) and Emily (5) stayed the night Saturday. They were calling it a “vacation”. Rick brought sushi from the market in Boston. We used my new sushi dishes!!! We had tons of sushi too and my favorite…eel! It was a total blast. Fran crashed early (as usual) and Rick, John and I stayed up as late as we could stand it.

We had a great breakfast, thanks to John and Rick. Later we walked all around the grounds, Rick transplanted some ground covers and we investigated the pond waterfall that isn’t working at the moment. That’s a project for when the pond goes dry…which will be a while given the rain we had a few weeks ago and then the snow.

They stayed downstairs in the in-law suite. We should have warned them that our programmable thermometer drops the temperature down to 64 degrees each night. We are so used to it that we didn’t even think about it until the morning when they told us they were cold and had to get up for more blankets during the night. Oops.

Rick & Fran were all set to leave the house and head back to reality when we put the marinated tips on the grill…it was easy to get them to stay once that smell drifted through the house.

It was really nice having house guests. I want more…..who’s next???


We’re Officially “Home Moaners” Now

November 9, 2005

Okay, so the move didn’t go exactly as planned but everything worked out fine. For instance, we didn’t expect it to SNOW on one of the days we were moving stuff from the apartment to the house! But it worked out fine; we packed the vehicle, put the cats in their carriers, stopped at the store for breakfast food and coffee and set off for our first night in our new home.

The hardwood floors guys did an incredible job! They look brand new!!! I’m trying not to be wicked paranoid about scratches.

The house is amazing! We can see stars for miles at night and we really love the wood burning stoves. The backyard has a HUGE limb down waiting for us to test out the new chainsaw. I can’t wait! I managed to get all my perennials in the ground and hopefully they’ll take root before the first major frost. I think we’re going to have some snow tomorrow but it shouldn’t be anything major. While I was digging I found Spring bulbs, which is soooo cool because I don’t have to put any in this year. I’ll just wait to see where they pop up and plant more next year in the blank spots, if there are any.