Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I Blame Twitter

It's been quiet around here, hasn't it?  Now that I've set up LoudTwitter to post my Tweets for the day, I don't feel as bad when I don't write real posts.  Yes, I know my Tweet Roundup doesn't have the same effect, but I'm lazy, so deal with it.

So, big things have been happening around our house lately.  The big one: I no longer have a job.  As I just commented, this isn't a bad thing, necessarily. For those of you who aren't aware, I work as a loan processor for a mortgage company.  Ahh, yes, I can see I need say no more on that.  It's funny, the reaction I get when I tell people I'm in the mortgage industry.  Someone calls for a donation and I said, "This is a mortgage company" and they say, "Oh!  So sorry. We'll take you off the list."  I joke, but the truth is, it's scary. The economy right now is..well, terrifying.   I've seen this coming for awhile.  Working in the lending industry, it was kind of hard not to. Unfortunately, I'm one lowly loan processor, not someone in a govt office who can actually make decisions. 

At this point we're pretty well and truly screwed. We could be headed straight into a depression.  I'd like to say I have faith that our government will step in before that happens, but I'm not entirely convinced that will happen.  I don't necessarily think the $700 billion bailout the were proposing is a good idea.  I think they're still looking at short term fixes, when they should have their eye on the long term repercussions of them.  Of course, this is the American government, so chances of that happening are like slim to none, but the thought was nice.

Anyway, working for a mortgage company in this economic climate isn't the best thing in the world.  Things have been shaky for awhile and I knew it was only a matter of time before I found myself in this position.  For now I've filed for unemployment and I'm looking for something else closer to home.  My boss asked if I'd work one day a week until things pick back up and I can go back to full time, and I agreed.  if I find something full time that pays well I'll probably take it, but we'll see.  I like the company I work(ed?) for, but I've been burned out for awhile and a break is definitely in order.   For now I'll just take my time and see what happens. 

Otherwise things are well. I've been using my time off to...well, do nothing.   I played Rock Band on the Wii for about 3 hours today, and got a huge ass blister on my finger from it.  Yesterday I read a book and laid on the couch. I didn't get out of my pajamas either day until like...almost bedtime, if I'm being honest.   I won't be able to act this way indefinitely, but for a couple days I can excuse myself from housework or job hunting or whatever else and just relax. 

The kids are back in school and have finally settled into a routine again, so there isn't much drama there.  So far everything seems well w/ the homework situation, but I'm keeping a close eye on it (more on that at Not Dead Yet later).   MM has been working a lot of overtime, so he hasn't been home much.  That makes me sad, but it's necessary right now.  The poor boy is sick right now, though. He's either getting the flu or a cold.  I'm tempted to sleep on the couch tonight so I don't get what he's got, but I guess I should just suck it up and sleep with him....maybe.

Tweets for Today

AKA: Random Thoughts by Holly

  • 23:22 Tweets for Today tinyurl.com/4qw6lw
  • 07:25 Just woke up. Forgot to set the coffee maker last night. Ugh. Need caffeine.
  • 11:00 Why is it that when I no longer have a job I get great discount notices? Tickets for Wicked in LA are 40@ off right now. *headesk*
  • 12:07 Nothing like drumming a little Nirvana to get the blood pumping.
  • 13:17 Now has a huge blister on finger from playing drums on Rock Band for 1.5 hours. Eek
  • 14:32 So, as it turns out, I actually played the Wii for just under 3 hours. I need a life.
  • 16:16 Poor MM is super sick and came home from work early. Do we feel bad for him?
  • 16:28 MM must be sick. Lucy Liu is on Ellen and he's sleeping through it. Now I'm worried.
  • 17:03 listening to Mary Bono Mack on the news. We are so abused in CA. Mary Bono and Arnie? Save us!
  • 20:59 poor MM is drinking tea and looking all pitiful. "Baby, can you get me some water?" *sad puppy eyes* "Baby, I need a compress for my head"
  • 21:12 MM says, "You're really beautiful, by the way." Hmm. Should I be flattered or skeptical? I'm deciding to be flattered. I heart him.
  • 23:08 My head is pounding again. WTF is up with that?
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Monday, September 29, 2008

Tweets for Today

AKA: Random Thoughts by Holly

  • 23:22 Tweets for Today tinyurl.com/43c868
  • 23:41 sick over the fact that a 459 sq ft studio was bought in 2006 for $429,000. W.T.F?!?! makes me ill.
  • 00:05 there's a fridge that can email you using WiFi if there's a prob w/ your unit. Does anyone else think that's strange?
  • 07:34 Already awake. And I started my first load of laundry. Isn't that depressing?
  • 11:07 and you didn't say "Tm Holly", which depresses me greatly. ::sniffle::
  • 12:11 86 degrees (f) today. Verra nice. I might have to eat lunch outside today.
  • 12:58 Feeling very ill. Something I ate? The economy? Is it finally settling in that I'm jobless? So many possibilities.
  • 15:50 wow, I go away for a couple hours and come back to 166 tweets? Y'all talk a lot.
  • 16:04 can't wait for Pushing Daisies to come back on!
  • 21:40 Off to bed. Hopefully my tummy will be better tomorrow. Nite!
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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Tweets for Today

AKA: Random Thoughts by Holly

  • 23:22 Tweets for Today tinyurl.com/49madf
  • 23:26 Spent all day cleaning/doing laundry. I freaking hate laundry. HATESSSSS it.
  • 10:41 just woke up and still needs coffee.
  • 12:25 the dogs are howling..I don't think I've ever heard them do that in the light of day. Usually it's the middle of the night.
  • 12:57 Pondering: Is it possible to have an intelligent discussion without slinging mud?
  • 14:23 Huh? tinyurl.com/5ypedf
  • 14:56 off to brave Wal-Mart. Ugh.
  • 16:05 I'm texting MM from across Wal-Mart. Wonder what that says about me.
  • 21:13 MM was being a jerk and watched Entourage w/o me. Now I'm stuck on Iron Chef America, so probably I won't watch it until tomorrow...
  • 21:13 ...but hey, I have no job, so what else do I have to do?
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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Tweets for Today

AKA: Random Thoughts by Holly

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Tweets for Today

AKA: Random Thoughts by Holly

  • 23:22 Tweets for Today tinyurl.com/4pnnge
  • 07:53 Yet another great video tinyurl.com/4t7hgx
  • 08:22 Accidentally shut my alarm off this morning and went back to sleep. Woke up 5 mins before the bus comes to find Little Man rdy to go....
  • 08:23 ....And The Girl sound to sleep. That really just says it all about them.
  • 09:16 Writing a review for The Magical Christmas Cat anthology. Yes, finally.
  • 16:02 Well, I'm officially jobless. What a scary feeling. Eek!
  • 19:20 Not watching the debate. Does that make me un-American?
  • 19:26 HA! Little Man is all kinds of upset that he can't play games w/ his sister right now. They're both grounded....bit wake up call for him.
  • 20:23 What Cheeks cares about - in order tinyurl.com/47q97k
  • 21:16 watching What Not To Wear. This girl is very odd. She wears a squirrel tail. Yikes.
  • 22:54 argh! a horrible headache just crept up on me. I better not be headed toward a migraine. :-(
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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Tweets for Today

AKA: Random Thoughts by Holly

  • 23:23 Tweets for Today tinyurl.com/4pfyyr
  • 07:53 The Best Bowling Video Ever tinyurl.com/3qlrn5
  • 08:39 down to 191 emails. Thanks to my handy dandy blackberry, I've already read most of these on my handheld. Just need to clean out the inbox.
  • 09:55 This is my favorite South Park song, evah! tinyurl.com/3fznkq
  • 10:20 ok, that last hour I spent watching South Park clips on You Tube is time I'll never get back. Still, it was worth it. Back to reading..
  • 12:49 Having lunch w/ my sister.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tweets for Today

AKA: Random Thoughts by Holly

  • 23:22 Tweets for Today tinyurl.com/4c2vae
  • 07:24 The Trials and Tribulations of the Tooth Fairy: Take 2 tinyurl.com/49d8bs
  • 08:20 I'm awake, but I'd rather not be. Maybe a nap later?
  • 11:24 off to accomplish some things. What? I have no idea, but I should at least make a show of it, right?
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tweets for Today

AKA: Random Thoughts by Holly

  • 23:22 Tweets for Today tinyurl.com/3oa2dl
  • 09:40 searching for a new job. Not finding one. It sucks.
  • 12:55 really don't like people today. Ok, or any other day, really. Just saying.
  • 17:50 picked up kids from ASP. Thinking about starting dinner, but not feeling very enthusiastic about it.
  • 18:13 Just opened my google reader for the first time today - 251 unread. *headesk*
  • 18:42 Not bad - only 30 minutes to clear out my google reader. Yes, I did some skimming. *hangs head in shame*
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Monday, September 22, 2008

Tweets for Today

AKA: Random Thoughts by Holly

  • 23:22 Tweets for Today tinyurl.com/4tvf2x
  • 07:42 thinking since MM has to get up for work about now anyway he should have got the kids up so I could sleep. Not very happy w/ him right now.
  • 09:46 Just got a call from the school. Little Man is in trouble for kicking and hitting a kid on the playground - one who was already down. WTF??
  • 11:02 Ok, got the rest of the story from the principal. Apparently they were playing and it got out of hand. That makes me feel better. Some.
  • 11:52 off to the post office. I have 27 packages to mail. They are going to hate me, I know it.
  • 12:46 haven't left for the PO yet. Been busy fighting with MM about him being a jerkface. An illogical jerkface at that.
  • 20:09 My inner feminist finally made a stand and refused to allow me to lurrve the latest HP I read. It's too bad, since the author is a fav.
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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Tweets for Today

AKA: Random Thoughts by Holly

  • 23:22 Tweets for Today tinyurl.com/3uc3gh
  • 17:35 relaxed all day with a book. Now to make dinner before watching Entourage tonight. Woot!
  • 21:30 I heart Engtourage
  • 22:46 You know what really sucks? I have the 2 wks off work, but I still have to get up @ 6:30 a.m. 2 get the kids ready 4 school. Ugh
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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Tweets for Today

AKA: Random Thoughts by Holly

  • 23:22 Tweets for Today tinyurl.com/3uvom3
  • 11:26 I woke up feeling very dehydrated today. I hate that feeling.
  • 12:12 Off to read. Not sure what yet, but something...
  • 16:51 Help my brother out by texting "Larusso" to 79640? That's his band and they need votes. Please? Retweet if you can. Thx.
  • 21:39 Readind Heart Fate. Liking it, except the names are all strange. Is it so hard to believe ppl wld be called Holly or Syb in the future?
  • 21:40 ...Or in an alternate universe?
  • 21:46 Ok, I made that up. I have no idea what the true meaning of Holly is.
  • 22:58 Eating an almost midnight snack - boisenberry apple pie. Mmmmm
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Friday, September 19, 2008

Tweets for Today

AKA: Random Thoughts by Holly

  • 23:22 Tweets for Today tinyurl.com/3ncv2a
  • 08:32 Got my new glasses. Not sure what I think yet. they make everything look blurry. Probably not good, huh?
  • 10:02 Almost done with Twisted Creek. Looving it! I'm sort of angry with myself for not reading it sooner. Ever feel like that?
  • 11:53 Sub'ed ground turkey for ground beef in spaghetti the other night - but it doesn't taste very good reheated. Blech.
  • 12:37 The light in our bathroom is broken so we had to light candles. Smells like cinnamon french toast in there now.
  • 13:25 My new glasses make certain images online look 3-D. I can't decide if that's cool or just really, really sad.
  • 13:34 was invited to another BBQ w/ MM's dive team. I asked if we could bring anything and they suggested "A new screen door?" *headesk*
  • 14:10 Did I remember to mention that after today I'll be off work for two weeks? That's right, two weeks. :-D
  • 18:06 Officially off work for 2 weeks!!! Wooooot! Now off to finish Twisted Creek.
  • 18:50 The hero of this book is named Luke, but every time I see it I expect it to say Lhuke. Wonder why that is?!?
  • 19:45 No kids and no husband. woot! Now the question is, what do I eat for dinner?
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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Tweets for Today

AKA: Random Thoughts by Holly

  • 23:22 Tweets for Today tinyurl.com/44m5kq
  • 07:42 I don't want to be up. Don't want to go to work. Just don't. :(
  • 08:23 Boys and the Toilet Seat tinyurl.com/4gb4fv
  • 10:09 I think the Sprint network is down. Which means I'm not getting emails to my Blackberry. I hate it when that happens.
  • 13:58 Damn, I ate all the good Jelly Bellies and now the icky flavors are taunting me from the jar.
  • 15:31 Wow, my glasses are already in the office and ready for me to pick up. Sweet, I'll be able to see again!! Woot!
  • 19:16 Going to make Breakfast for Dinner. Is that White Trash? Casee once told me it was, now I'm paranoid.
  • 19:37 Remember how I said my Blackberry wasn't receiving emails earlier? Well, it just dumped. Turns out I get a lot of freaking emails each day.
  • 19:37 It's still loading and right now we're at 317. *headesk*
  • 19:45 email is finally done dumping on my blackberry. Final tally? 336. Yikes.
  • 20:35 just posted a new blog, sharing my humiliation with you. I'm here to amuse you. No, really. Off to eat my WT breakfast for dinner. Enjoy
  • 20:52 So Embarrassing tinyurl.com/4jy45g
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So Embarrassing

I'm one of those people who gets really bored in the bathroom.  Am I alone in this? I mean, let's figure this out: Let's say you go to the bathroom 5 times a day (probably more if you're drinking your 8 glasses of water a day, but we'll start there) and you spend 2-5 minutes in the bathroom each time (hey, us girls need a couple extra seconds, ok?).  That works out to being 25 minutes of wasted time every day (Ok, and let's be real here for a minute...I'm probably being pretty conservative with that 25 minutes, right?).  TWENTY FIVE WASTED MINUTES.   That's a lot of time to waste in a day, don't you think?

Now, your options of things to do in the bathroom are kind of limited.  Especially at work, right?  I prefer to read in the bathroom, but I feel kind of strange carting a book into the bathroom with me at work. Especially since you can see the bathroom in our office from every desk.  It's not like I can really sneak it in there, you know?  I've read the "we do not disriminate" sign, in both English and Spanish, enough times that I have it memories, in both languages.  I've also read the cleaning supply labels one time too many.  Since it's work, we don't really encourage people to get comfortable in there by leaving magazines or anything, so that's out.

I used to bring my cell phone with me in there so I could play video poker, but that made for some awkward situations every now and again, because I'd forget to turn the sound off and either the game would make noise, or it would ring while I was in there.  Since the receptionist desk is right next to the bathroom, you can totally hear everything that happens in there (as an aside: my boss uses wayyy too much air freshener - TMI?? heh).  Well, not everything (shudder), but enough that you'd hear a cell phone ringing or noise from a game.

Since I got my blackberry, I've pretty much solved the problem, though.  The ringer is really quiet, and once you turn the sound off on the games (video poker, slot machine or BrickBreaker) it stays off (w/ my old phone you had to turn it off each time you restarted the game.  And it didn't give you the option of shutting it off until the opening music had already played..eek), so I don't have to worry about that anymore. Plus, I have the added bonus of not missing out on any emails when they come in.  That's especially important for those VIP ones - like when Rowena is trying to claim a book (*coughherocough*) before I can. 

When I'm not sending or receiving emails, however, my preferred game of choice is BrickBreaker.  I'm thinking that's probably because a) it's quiet and b)I didn't have it on my last phone, so it's something new.  Except, well, that's kind of the problem.  Because it's new, I'm not very good at it (I hadn't ever played that game until I got my new phone).  Since I'm not very good, I do stupid stuff a lot, like grab the "reverse" bubble when it floats down and then when I forget to reverse my movements and end up dying. Or I move the trackball over too late and miss the "life" bubble and the kill myself.

Now, these aren't necessarily bad things.  I mean, I'm learning, right?  I can't be expected to be an expert right out of the gate.  The problem is, I'm in the bathroom when these things happen.  And I forget I'm in the bathroom.  Where everyone can hear me.  Because I scream out things like, "Shit!" or, "What the Fuck?" or, "Dammit! I didn't mean to do that" or "Hell!".  While I'm in the bathroom.  Where everyone can hear me.

Now, this would even be so bad, because for the past couple of months we haven't had a receptionist.  But we merged two offices this week, so now there are people who sit at the receptionist desk.  Boy-type people.  Boy-type people I'm not comfortable around yet.  Do you see the problem here? 



Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tweets for Today

AKA: Random Thoughts by Holly

  • 23:22 Tweets for Today tinyurl.com/5bujqm
  • 00:50 stayed up late playing on the internet and catching up with a friend on the phone. I'm so going to hate life at 5 a.m.
  • 06:43 I'm guest blogging on the DIK blog today. Come say hi: tinyurl.com/6ybnv9
  • 09:41 is sad to be at work. :(
  • 11:28 I think maybe I overdosed on caffeine. My tummy is kind of sick...
  • 11:55 Personality DNA tinyurl.com/452xrb
  • 12:57 MM is texting me asking about Kathleen Woodiwiss. Do I know who she is? Do I read her? - Why is he asking? Should I be nervous?
  • 16:07 Part of me wants to dissect this article and explain it in laymen terms so the world can understand. tinyurl.com/3hwv6o
  • 16:08 The other part just wants to bang my head on my desk.
  • 21:26 eating spumoni ice cream. Yum!
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Personality DNA

The Devil Woman sent me this. I think I've done it before at some point, but it's fun to do again. It was pretty spot on, which is always nice, but more importantly it gets me out of having to write a real post. YAY! ;0)

Youniverse Personality TestYouniverse Personality Test

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Tweets for Today

AKA: Random Thoughts by Holly

  • 23:22 Tweets for Today tinyurl.com/63jaxb
  • 07:45 It's FREEZING in my house. Brrrrr.
  • 09:14 Pondering: Is it Monday again?
  • 09:51 I heart Wonder Woman. Just saying..
  • 16:09 We just merged 2 offices, so for the 1st time in four years I have to share a bathroom with boys. Ugh!!
  • 18:08 I am home! YAY!! Now if only I never had to leave again. *sigh*
  • 18:53 My Quibblo Personality Quiz Result for: Personality Type Quiz tinyurl.com/6bre3k
  • 18:53 Only Cheeks tinyurl.com/6lww7f
  • 20:08 Are there any DIK girls online? I have a Q. Calling all DIK girls...
  • 21:28 DIK post done. Now to finish the BBAW post for My Friend Amy.
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My Quibblo Personality Quiz Result for: Personality Type Quiz

Personality Type Quiz
Intellectual Personality Type You’re really smart, obviously, but you’re more book smart, than street smart. You like reading, watch the news, and love discussing whatever is going on in the world. You enjoy being around people who challenge you intellectually.
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Monday, September 15, 2008

Tweets for Today

AKA: Random Thoughts by Holly

  • 23:22 Tweets for Today tinyurl.com/5zwefd
  • 07:56 Ugh, Monday. Oh hey, I get to leave work early today for an eye doc appt. Woot!
  • 10:06 I need to wake up! Sheesh.
  • 11:17 eating Jelly Bellies. Butter Popcorn is my favorite.
  • 17:56 I'm starving, but I have no idea what I want for dinner. I hate it when that happens.
  • 19:34 Decided on hamburgers for dinner - mostly because I'm lazy. YAY for being lazy!
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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Tweets for Today

AKA: Random Thoughts by Holly

  • 23:29 Tweets for Today tinyurl.com/6gva9p
  • 02:22 MM and I are lying in bed next 2 each other having an argument via text b/c he isn't talking 2 me . We R srsly whacked.
  • 12:28 I was lazy all day yesterday, so today I have to clean the house. Blech. I need a maid.
  • 18:50 Ugh, I ate way too much. Steak and potatoes.
  • 18:56 Taking the dogs for a walk.
  • 19:54 Some people are really, really, really stupid
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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Tweets for Today

AKA: Random Thoughts by Holly

  • 23:22 Tweets for Today tinyurl.com/3op9kg
  • 23:25 Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm just came on. Haven't heard this song in ages...
  • 04:04 To bed for me. Night! Er... sort of.
  • 11:00 I'm up! Tired, but up. Now - off to the post office. I have craploads of books to mail out..
  • 19:50 Been reading and relaxing all day. We're going to watch a movie later, after cops (ugh!), then go to bed early. Yay for Saturdays at home.
  • 20:52 Watching Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. I have a juvenile sense of humor.
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Friday, September 12, 2008

Tweets for Today

AKA: Random Thoughts by Holly

  • 23:38 Tweets for Today tinyurl.com/46juhl
  • 08:17 I'm waiting for my kids to come tell me they missed the bus. Then I'm going back to bed
  • 14:44 The bad news: it's 2:30 and I just woke up; The good news: I feel a lot better.
  • 21:54 Listening to Music Choice and Can't Touch This just came one. Heh heh heh.
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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Tweets for Today

AKA: Random Thoughts by Holly

  • 23:36 Tweets for Today tinyurl.com/56tvo2
  • 09:23 9/11 - I remember.
  • 09:47 I Remember tinyurl.com/59mplf
  • 11:59 I have tomorrow off, so today is my Friday. TGIF!!!
  • 13:18 Redux: I Remember: 2,996 ~ Kum-Kum Girolamo tinyurl.com/3jchlp
  • 14:07 Colleen Gleason Fundraiser Contest at Book Binge: tinyurl.com/49z6sw
  • 17:56 At back to school night for kids. Wish me luck.....
  • 18:10 The principal is kind of hot.
  • 22:50 I need something good to read...but what? Nothing on my shelves look good. Wonder what eBooks I've got stashed away...
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Redux: I Remember: 2,996 ~ Kum-Kum Girolamo

This post was originally published 9/11/2006 as part of The Blogging Times' 2996 Rememberance effort. I am republishing it today. My thoughts and prayers go out to Kum-Kum's family and the many others who lost loved ones 7 years ago.


Originally Published 09/11/2006
Kum-Kum Girolamo

When I first started writing this post, I had planned on making it a tribute to the woman named above, who died on 9/11 at the twin towers in NY, by talking about her and her life.

I wanted to share with you the amazing person that she was. Her selfless acts, such as buying a homeless man a new shirt for Christmas. Her firm beliefs in her Hindu religion, and how she fought to balance her religion and it's practices and her dedication to being accepted as an American.

I wanted to make you understand that she was a woman, a mother, a daughter, a friend.

But I couldn't do it.

I found that I didn't have enough talent as a writer to make you feel this woman as I did, after all the research I did about her. I wanted you to feel like you knew her, like she was the woman you saw in the cafeteria every day, the woman who smiled at you on the train. A person who may have touched your life, even if you didn't realize it.

I wanted you to picture her, barely five feet tall, with a beautiful smile and deep brown eyes, and I wanted you to smile, too. To think about her driving her son to Boy Scouts, or baking cookies for his friends, or tucking him in to bed at night with a story.

I wanted you to see her on her wedding day, her smile radiant, her eyes shining, her soon-to-be-husband looking at her with a tender expression on his face. I wanted you to see her laughing with her friends and crying when she felt touched.

I wanted to express her moments of self-doubt, the times she searched inside of herself and knew something was missing. I wanted to convey her inner struggles and the pain she felt when she filed for a divorce. And her joy when she discovered her independence.

I struggled to express the fears she faced as a mother, the joy she found in life and the peace she found as a woman.

But I couldn't.

Instead, I discovered something else. I realized, as I stared at my computer screen and tried to understand her, that she was...me. She was a woman, just like me.

She lived, she loved, she was loved.

She is....remembered.

Please join us in remembering the other 2,995 men and women who lost their lives on 9/11/2001 by clicking here.

I Remember

I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when the first tower was hit on 9/11/01.  I still remember the feeling of absolute horror and helplessness I felt as I watched the first - and then second - tower fall.  I also remember watching all those amazingly brave men and women rush into the buildings - and then rush out with others. 

Every day I remember 9/11 by getting up, going to work, raising my children, living my life.  We are not afraid.  We will never surrender. 

We will never forget.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tweets for Today

AKA: Random Thoughts by Holly

  • 00:07 Tweets for Today tinyurl.com/5k8mmk
  • 07:34 I have an eye doc appt on Friday and it can't come soon enough. Total eye strain going on here.
  • 08:08 Best/Worst tinyurl.com/6bqlhg
  • 09:52 At work. Still sick. Hating life. Ugh.
  • 10:33 Jill Shalvis is visiting Book Binge today. Come play with us! tinyurl.com/6zdqzg
  • 12:59 I'm starving! But nothing sounds good..and I'm still nauseous. ::sad::
  • 18:42 Making Pumpkin Ravioli for dinner. New recipe. Wish me luck.
  • 20:38 Cheese Ravioli w/ Pumpkin Sauce tinyurl.com/6b3xdx
  • 20:44 I think the Cheese Ravioli with Pumpkin Sauce was a hit. The sauce had a really light flavor, but it was good.
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Cheese Ravioli w/ Pumpkin Sauce

Recipe to follow. Looks good, doesn't it?

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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Tweets for Today

AKA: Random Thoughts by Holly

  • 23:38 Tweets for Today tinyurl.com/688mnu
  • 08:08 The Circle of Love tinyurl.com/5zxyds
  • 10:02 Not feeling well again. Stayed home. Naptime!
  • 10:57 Reason # too many why I love MM: He said I can only stay home today if I promise to read a book. *dreamy sigh* Be jealous, ladies. :P
  • 12:56 I could never be bulimic. Just throwing it out there...
  • 17:21 Wow, the Barefoot Contessa really uses a lot of salt. Eek.
  • 19:29 Feeling a little better, but not 100% yet. Thanks to all who asked. :)
  • 20:06 Are You Smarter Than A 6th Grader? tinyurl.com/5odere
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Monday, September 08, 2008

Tweets for Today

AKA: Random Thoughts by Holly

  • 23:36 Tweets for Today tinyurl.com/5g5jnt
  • 07:01 Why, oh why does it have to be Monday?
  • 08:09 The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From The Tree tinyurl.com/6g62el
  • 09:40 Powerful Women's Motto tinyurl.com/6cfod8
  • 09:40 In God We Trust? You Betcha... tinyurl.com/5kt9fj
  • 09:40 Funny Olympic Quotes tinyurl.com/6my9kk
  • 09:41 Crap, how did I managed to end up with 500 posts on my personal blog that aren't tagged?
  • 10:02 Updating posts w/ tags. What a PITA.
  • 10:13 This Is Your Brain On Drugs tinyurl.com/5ferxt
  • 10:13 Summer Fun with the Rat Bastard tinyurl.com/6pbq3j
  • 10:13 Best DL Pic Yet tinyurl.com/5qh45y
  • 10:13 OMG! Funniest LOLCat Yet tinyurl.com/5dyema
  • 10:13 Interesting tinyurl.com/63y2z3
  • 10:23 Ok, done tagging. Sorry for the multiple twits w/ links. For some reason every post I edited showed up here. :(
  • 10:43 What's up now? tinyurl.com/6q7y5k
  • 10:43 X-Files or Batman?? tinyurl.com/6mgugg
  • 10:43 Outback tinyurl.com/6lzsyn
  • 11:56 I'm freezing! Why do we need the A/C set at 68 degrees? That's ridiculous!
  • 13:40 I hate people. That is all.
  • 17:29 Direct MM Quote: I'm like Milton Fucking Bradley, I can play games all night! - in ref. to The Girl not doing her homework..yes, already.
  • 19:38 Making tacos for dinner. Took a little siesta and just started the rice. Oops, late dinner tonight.
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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Tweets for Today

AKA: Random Thoughts by Holly

  • 11:44 Little Man had a tooth ache and was up all.night.long. So guess who else was up all.night.long.? I'm tired.
  • 12:25 Watching Season 2 of Entourage in preparation for the Season 5 premier tonight. Lurrrve me some Entourage.
  • 17:30 Its like a madhouse at the grocery store. And they didn't have the peppers I wanted. Wtf?
  • 19:09 Just pur the Manicotti in the oven. It was a bitch to stuff. Sauce turned out good tho. Yum.
  • 19:11 Put not pur. Also, very, very angry that HBO is out right now. It better be back for Entourage tonight.
  • 20:42 Manicotti w/ homemade sauce was big success. Off to reset cable box. If that doesn't work, heads will roll.
  • 21:59 Woot! Cable reset worked and HBO is back. Entourage, here I come.
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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Every Honeymooners Dream

I recently signed up for Facebook. Yes, I know. As if I didn't have enough to do, what with the 3 blogs I admin, the one I guest blog on, the various other places in blogland I frequent, the two twitter accounts, MySpace and the various message boards. But anyway...Cindy was going through my pictures when she came to this one. She asked who took the picture for us. The question made me chuckle and reminded me of a story I forgot to share with you.


As a wedding present, my parents gave MM and I a trip to the Grand Canyon for our honeymoon. It was some package deal where we stayed in Williams, AZ at this great old hotel, then took the train to GC and stayed there one night (2 nights? I can't remember now) then back to Williams for a night. I think they booked this for us maybe two months before the wedding? A month before? Something like that.

The day after the wedding, MM and I had breakfast with his side of the family before heading out. Some of his family wasn't able to make it for the actual wedding, but they joined us for breakfast, so it was nice. While we were eating, his uncle asked what we were doing for our honeymoon. We explained about the trip to the GC and then how we planned to just bum around Arizona after that. We hadn't made official plans, but MM's grandpa (his paternal grandpa who passed away when MM was in HS) lived in some little town in AZ and he wanted to go there. Plus, we thought Sedona might be fun (which it was..I love it there. MM and I are seriously considering it for when we retire).

We explained all this to the assembled group and I noticed his aunt and uncle looking kind of uncomfortable and squirming a bit in their seats. I didn't say anything, but I thought it was kind of odd. After breakfast I asked MM if he noticed and he said no. As we were saying goodbye they pulled us aside and explained the reason for their discomfort.

Evidently, they'd booked the exact same trip. I mean, exactly. Same hotel in Williams. Same train to GC. All of it. Wow. Ok. That's...interesting. I mean, every bride dreams of having a honeymoon with her new husband's family, right?

The funny thing is, we couldn't get away from them. Not that MM and I really cared. I mean, we didn't mind in the least that they were there. And it was really cute, b/c they looked totally uncomfortable every time they ran into us (which was ALL THE TIME), like they really thought they were ruining our honeymoon by being there.

When we got to the hotel in Williams to check in, they were at the front desk. We upgraded to a suite (our treat to ourselves) and their room was almost directly below ours. When we went to dinner, they were already in the restaurant eating. When we went to board the train the next morning we bumped into them. We were even assigned to the same car on the trip back.

Once we got to the Canyon, it was the same thing. They ended up being in a different hotel than us, but when we went to the gift shop? They were there. When we signed up for a tour? They were already signed up. It was funny. Especially since you could see they were trying to avoid us and just couldn't. On the day we were to depart Williams, they walked into the hotel with us and said, "Hope we didn't ruin your honeymoon." How cute is that?

To answer Cindy's question, it was MM's aunt who took that picture of us standing under mistletoe in Grand Canyon National Park kissing on our honeymoon.

Oh, we also found out the day after our wedding that MM's mom had booked the same trip to the Grand Canyon as us - only for later in the week. She arrived the day after we left. But at first we thought she booked her trip for the same days as us. Now, had my new MIL come on our honeymoon with us, I would have cried.

A lot.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008


I had a horrible dream last night. I can't remember all the details but it was something about the Rat Bastard and MM vying for my affections and I was feeling guilty b/c I had to tell the RB I wanted MM. Why the fuck I would feel guilty is beyond me, but I have to tell you, I woke up feeling seriously dirty. Not just a little dirty, either, but like squicky-gross-I-need-a-scalding-hot-shower dirty.

So naturally, because I had that awful dream last night, the RB called me today. Want to know why? To "remind" me that the kids need to call his parents to thank them for a box of stuff they sent before school started. Only, the kids called them last week to thank them. And besides that, who is the Rat Bastard to "remind" me to do anything? Did I tell you he bailed out on yet another trip to see the kids? Yeah, remember all those weekend trips he was going to make down here to visit them? Never happened. But of course this is my fault. How, I don't know, but he's got it worked out.

He picked a bad time to call, though, because I was feeling dirty about the nasty dream and because I'm pretty sure Aunt Flo is about to come for a visit AND because I ate an entire butterscotch cream cheese pie yesterday (in one sitting, thankyouverymuch), so I'm not feeling real friendly at the moment. Needless to say, I don't think he'll be calling to "remind" me of anything for awhile.


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