Friday, July 31, 2009


my adorable little baby is mia tonight. we dropped grover off this morning at the vet & he had to stay overnight (standard procedure) after he got snipped. i miss his cute little mug, but must admit it's nice to have a free night (not counting blogher) without him. not that i got anything done as s & i were upstairs painting the apartment of the guy who moved in at the same time i did in 2002.
to tide me over until i pick him up at 8.30 tomorrow morning


Saturday, July 25, 2009

the air up here

we're on the 30th floor here at the sheraton & about 9 times out of ten when we step on the elevator to get to our room, my ears pop. apparently the altitude is too high for me.
blogher has both surprised and disappointed me. along with bringing me to tears, making me laugh until my sides hurt (& tears run down my face), intimdated and inspired me. writing is such a tortuous experience for me. this probably explains why i haven't so much as touched my book since december even though it needs major tweaks and editing.
yesterday was great fun and the keynote speakers, every last one, were incredible. i'm still feeling a bit squiffy about handing out my cards to people, be they 'famous' or completely unknown to me. there's the idea that has wormed its way into my subconscious after years of inferiority complex that i am not worthy (ala wayne's world) & i don't know if i want anyone reading/judging my whinging. this was part of the discussion in the lifeblogging session yesterday afternoon: basically why do you have to justify your posts when they are addressing your life? and yet, i feel the need to do it. it's probably a large part of the self-deprecating humor that i've used as a protective shield for as long as i can remember. (not that there's anything wrong with things like sarcasm; i enjoy it in other people but there's a fine line you can cross so easily with a slip of the tongue.)
i honestly need to get over this and i also need to be more diligent in writing either on the first book or even get back to doing the researching/writing on the second one. we shall see how this goes once i get home tomorrow. life has changed immensely with s moving in so maybe i can dedicate more time to other important aspects of my life that i've neglected lately.

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Friday, July 24, 2009

guess what?

i'm at blogher & have a passed out a few cards & still noone wants to read my blog. not that i care (too much). w00t w00t! i'm having a grand time rooming with suzanne & suebob. i met count mockula today & the 4 of us hit up marshall field's, erm, macy's so i could get in my lush fix in person. i held them up a bit because the salesperson sortof accosted me, but i was pleased with her assistance in making my purchases. i just didn't want to make the others wait so long for me. we then went upstairs to the cafe & i ended up having the world's smallest banana split (at 11am) while the three lovely ladies each had a slice of frango (mint chocolate) ice cream pie that they all agreed was divine.
i've met some other lovely ladies thus far & attended one session (lifeblogging), which at times seemed rather vitriolic but overall was a fabulous panel. picked up a bit of swag (lots of usb drives & coupons and random goodies), but missed out on the really good stuff at the swiffer lounge last night when we got here by about 20 minutes.
currently chilling on the supersoft mattress & comforter in the room (30th floor with an amazing view!) probably ought to cut this short & head down to find the other chicas for the keynote & suzanne's booksigning.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009


i'm about to leave & the gps my parents sent me (so i could "find" my way home to nodak for my brother's wedding next month) is drained of charge. and they sent the wrong power cords. oh dear!
hopefully the googlemap directions i printed off at work will suffice. although suzanne's sister tells us that there's a construction detour. argh! it will be sheer luck if we get to suzanne's parents' place this afternoon and to the sheraton eventually.
better pack up the laptop now, take out the grover monster & hit the road. wish me luck!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

doesn't it just figure?

after years of dealing with blemishes and breakouts well into my 20s, i've finally had some decently clear skin for the past 6 months or so.
as of yesterday, i could feel something brewing to the side of my nostril. one of those painful, hard, red bumps just under the skin. it is progressively getting more red as the day progresses, despite my valiant attempts not to touch it. (must feel how big it's gotten!) this just figures the day before i leave for blogher and attempt to make a good impression on all the cool ladies. yeesh!

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

big move

poor little grover really doesn't like all this moving around of furniture. last weekend we shifted some desks from the bedroom to the kitchen & vice versa (i've had my old desk from elementary/hs in the kitchen as counter space is close to nil and in order to put s's computer up in the bedroom & redistribute space we flipped them.) we also moved s's dresser into my room & grover, showing either his displeasure or fright, peed on the carpet about 3 times.
today we moved a bunch of things at my place & s's old place into the new storage unit. his pillowtop bed into our room & my mattress out, his big bookshelf into the bedroom, my new flat screen tv into the bedroom & his giant one into the living room. it's gonna be a tight squeeze with 2 people in a one-bedroom where i've been settled for 7 years now, but we'll make it work. and rent will be totally feasible now so that i may actually be able to put money in a savings account every month while paying more down on my student loans, etc. even with the extra $$$/month for the storage unit. anyway, i was worried grover would freak again so we mostly left him in his crate. he cried that we weren't letting him out & we were "playing" without him, but he seems to be doing fine now that most of the big stuff has already been taken care of. it probably doesn't help that the poor little bugger is teething either. s found a bloody little puppy tooth on the carpet in the living room (after he stepped on it with bare feet). this was after we saw blood on his rawhide twist earlier in the evening. thought he'd just bit his tongue again. then today, i noticed that one of his long canine (haha) teeth in the front is gone. our little baby is growing up! (plus the fact that he's 3x the weight he was when we brought him home less than 3 months ago.)
so most of what we have left is organizing the mess that is the living room. a few more trips over to the storage unit in the car will do. we got to take the "free" moving truck (less $250 in cash they had to hold while we had the truck) this afternoon. after they called us this morning to say we couldn't have it for the 3 1/2 hours we'd reserved it for because the person before us would be late, they called at 11.30 to say we could take it whenever we got there until 3.30 before they closed so it worked out perfectly. and s & i didn't kill each other (yet) with moving everything, even though it came close. and grover is digging on the icecubes i keep throwing him for teething toys. it's hilarious to watch.
this has been quite an adventure so far. i look forward to the rest of it.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

new 'do

grover got a haircut today. i think i prefer the puppy cut (all one length) to his new scottie pattern. he looks like too much of a grownup and he's still my baby! i wonder if this is how new parents feel?


(grover & his friend sprocket)


the groomer wanted to know if we'd like to stud him once before we get him altered. he's scheduled for his alteration on the 31st, so we'd have to postpone that. he said that grover has a good personality. grover is kindof a brat (that's why we call him monster), but he's just a baby & the groomer told us he's pretty good and will become an even-tempered dog when he grows up & would make good puppies from what he saw today & he's been a groomer for 20 years. (but he's just a puppy himself!) i don't really know how i feel about that. i already feel guilty for buying from a breeder and not getting a rescue dog (next dog will be a rescue whether it's from a specific breed or a 'mutt') we'll have to have a serious discussion in the next couple of weeks.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

fall down, go boom

and there i went awol again in the same month as blogher. man, i suck! what excuses this time? well, s has been as good as living here and the puppy monster has been running us ragged. his cuteness far exceeds the drawbacks, though i have barely been able to get any kind of writing in the past 2 months. (don't ask if i mean s or grover.)
about the falling downness: on friday at work, the clinic administrator took us all aside and informed us that, although we had survived the first round of layoffs, the hospital planned to cut salaries across the board by 2%. hey, at least we still have jobs. and i figured out from my salary and my annual hours that i'm only losing $.33/hour. i'm not gonna argue with that versus losing some kick-arse coworkers. (simply because we wouldn't be the ones choosing who goes, so i'll put up with the barely tolerable ones if i have to. or if i am one of them.)
then on saturday, s & i went to a wedding. the ceremony itself (including processional/recessional) was a whole 12 minutes. at the reception at the country club we had a seating chart, which was my first experience with that formality. it turned out to be a pretty awesome match up for all involved, though. the one flaw with the evening was that an extra chair was randomly placed at our table while we were up getting hors d'oeuvres. i sat one chair off from my original seat and in an attempt to correct the error i was in the process of scooting my butt to the one to the right. s also thought to correct the extraneous chair by pulling it away from the table, right out from under me. in front of the entire table, i fell down and crashed to the floor. fall down, go boom. i have 2 parallel bruises on my right leg, one on my thigh and the other on my shin.
and finally, the boom. s, as i'd mentioned above, has basically been staying here for the past 4 weeks if not longer. there was a falling out with one of his whiny, baby roommates (recall, if you will, that they have all recently turned 21 or are younger & s will be 26 in september) who is now refusing to pay his share of the heat/electric that is under s's name. beyond that, s was supposed to have a place to live, but when he went to dinner with the 2 current roommates (4 people total, 2 of whom were staying & 2 new people coming in) on the 5th, the guy freaked out because s went to hs with & knew his ex-gf only as a passing acquaintance. to say it was a bad breakup is an understatement. the girl apparently took out a restraining order on him & he goes into a month-long depression every year at the time of the breakup. thus, after much discussion, s will be moving into my apartment. we'll be getting a storage space because when someone has lived in a 1 bedroom apartment for the past 7 years as i have, one tends to accumulate a great deal of stuff. not to mention that last year s lived by himself in a 2 bedroom before this house fiasco. we haven't killed each other yet, despite the close quarters this past month & i'm making room for some of his "junk" to replace my "junk". i know that "they" recommend you don't move into a place that someone else already lives in for fear of being territorial, but it should be fine with an adjustment period.
i guess s will have all of the weekend after next to get cozy while i'm at blogher. hopefully, we'll have everything situated by that point & i'll be able to get my groove on with all the cool blogesses out there in blogland! wooo! can't wait!

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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

on my way!

i've now ordered some cards for blogher to pass out in case anyone wants my details. guess i'd better get to it and start blogging some more substance.

i'm extremely excited and anxious at the same time! for now, i'll just anticipate the long holiday weekend, so i don't worry myself sick.

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