Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Treo Blogging

In preparation for blogging from Paris, I wanted to do test run from my phone.
Isn't technology grand?
(From my Treo)

Sunday, November 19, 2006

I Finally Found Someone

I finally found someone
That knocks me off my feet
I finally found the one
That makes me feel complete
It started over coffee
We started out as friends
It's funny how from simple things
The best things begin
This time is different
And it's all because of you
It's better than it's ever been
'Cause we can talk it though
My favorite line was
"Can I call you sometime"
It's all you had to say
To take my breath away
This is it, oh I finally found someone
Someone to share my life
I finally found the one
To be with every night
'Cause whatever I do
It's just got to be you
My life has just begun
I finally found someone
Did I keep you waiting?
I didn't mind
I apologize, baby that's fine
I would wait forever
just to know you were mine
You know I love your hair
Are you sure it looks right?
I love what you wear
Isn't it too tight?
You're exceptional
I can't wait for the rest of my life
This is it, oh I finally found someone
Someone to share my life I finally found the one
To be with every night
'Cause whatever I do
It's just got to be you
My life has just begun
I finally found someone
And whatever I do
It's just got to be you
My life has just begun

Bryann Adams and Barbra Streisand

Friday, November 17, 2006

Better than chocolate :)

I think this has been the sweetest week of my life.

Blah blah blah.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Big Horn!

#77 on my list of things to do/see before I die was seeing a big horn sheep outside of a zoo setting. Cross that off the list today.

Mid-meeting my manager dropped his jaw, stared out the window and was finally able to get us all to turn around. Wandering on our company's property was a beautiful (curly horned) Big Horn Sheep.

A few others had seen him earlier....emerging from one of our ponds and got this picture.

Gotta love living in Utah!


I had the most fabulous dinner last night. A friend came over with the full intent to us to forage through the freezer for leftovers. Instead we pulled together salmon, salad, bread, dessert. We emptied a bottle of wine and had just a wonderful time talking.

The thing holding my attention though was how we moved around the kitchen. I have this long, skinny kitchen, designed in an era where Mom did the cooking without assistance. My ovens are away from the stove top, with the refrigerator in between. So given all we were assembling, we, very fluidly, worked on different parts of the meal, pulled all the pieces together, without careening into each other. Sometimes we just stopped our tasks and focused on particular parts of our conversation. And in doing all the separate pieces, on the fly, out came this magnificent meal!

OK, and the company wasn't half bad either.

Monday, November 06, 2006


This year's plans are proving to be most unique and wonderful! My daughter and grandson are planning their first visit back home after emptying the nest and my dearest and closest Utah friends are coming over to join us. Family and friends - isn't that what it is all about. Should I set a place for you?

Sunday, November 05, 2006


November is a special month to me. A few births, but no deaths to note.

While I notice that the Christmas commercialism is creeping its way closer to the beginning of the month, rather than the post Thanksgiving tradition of years past, I can still manage to shop in retail store for another three weeks. After that - it is a real, not combined, grocery store for me and no retail stores until the middle of January. I refuse to be a part of the "hate thy neighbor and runneth over them" mindset that hits post-Thanksgiving until the giftcards are spent and the returns are finalized in mid-January. Right about now I become "ONLINE GIRL". Better yet this year...if your present is late from me - its a good thing - it means its origin is France.

The reason I started this post was simply to note that November is when the Gingerbread Lattes from Starbucks return. I am so there.

Church Politics

I was recently trained on the tasks and responsibilities for being a Eucharistic Minister at my parish. Today was my "first day on the job". I gleefully, if not nervously, reported for duty. Nervous for two reasons: 1) first day on the job 2) I read in the paper the EM's could no longer clean the Cups after Mass. When I was trained for my role, we were very carefully shown how (and why) to do the preparation and clean up. Our priest, while a rebellious spirit, is very strict on proper protocols to keep Holy things holy.

Posted on the setup area was the newspaper article and a note that until further notice (clarification and mud wrestling I think it meant) we weren't going to have wine with communion. Our priest was in the office and was apologetic, but holding out. I was laid off. But......we had a visiting priest who wanted us to continue with both and he would take care of the clean up. I was back on the job. Our parish priest didn't want the confusion and possible picking of masses based on the Communion components being offered. I was laid off again.

The visiting priest wanted another EM for the Bread. Back on the job with a promotion. A promotion without, "eeek", training. I didn't know how to bless the babies, or if I should, but I did, thinking my daily mantra: If He leads you to it, He'll lead you through it. My heart was in the right place so I know that my ministering was valid - given the situation.

It has been probably a decade since I helped out with Mass. I've wondered away from my faith and back again. Wash and repeat. But whenever I'm "gone" I feel empty and whenever I'm involved I feel "complete". Today, I felt honored, and warm and filled with the Holy Spirit.

To our dear Pope: I know the quest to know truly if lay people can be "proper" ministers to the people weighs on your mind and heart. I can't help but think that if we look back - with the exception of Christ, the history of our Faith (and all the variations which followed) clear back through our Jewish roots, has been grown, nutured, ministered, and preached by lay people. We are the torches which pass the fire to light the hearts which light the world. We are the hands that extend your healing when your arms can't reach quite wide enough. We don't want to just be mere recipients the Holy Spirit, but conduits. Please allow us to serve and continue to be of service in all things Holy.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

In Search of the Perfect Coffee Table

Somewhere between $150 and $700 is the perfect coffee table. Somewhere in nearly a dozen stores that I visitied has to lie the perfect coffee table. How hard can it really be to find a piece of furniture that will just "do it" for you?

I finally found one. Somewhat plain, perfect, didn't have to empty my wallet to take it home.
My friend though now thinks I need a side table in the little alcove.

Somewhere between $300 and $1200 lies the perfect side table. I'm leaving that for another day. My work for today is done.

I think I'll just go put my feet up on the coffee maybe not.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


Fair warning - this is a ramble.

Halloween on the Las Vegas strip wasn't nearly as exciting as I thought/hoped it would be. A few elaborate costumes and an Elvis sighting is all I can take away. A couple of gals amused me though - fun costumes, one with a top hat the other with wings gunning their motorcycles up and down the Strip. I met a wonderful sales guy at Sephora (my version of slot machines) who sent me home with a ton of samples because I was "so nice".

I left my car keys in the hotel deli the other night. When I went down in the morning I got the "no, no no". They called housekeeping, no keys there. I finally asked the woman whose keys were on the register?"Monica's". "No, I think they are mine. Does the tag say Hertz and Cobalt?" "no, no, no". "Please let me see." She handed them to me. Sure enough. I just turned around and left. Guess what? The car started with them. :(

Last night I saw a car pulled over by two officers.......on bicycles. Imagine telling the story to your friends....pulled over by bicycles. LOL.

I went to Trader Joes tonight. Yummy. A co-worker is driving the glass items home for me.

I have met several men lately whose wives have cheated on them. Ladies you are killing the spirit of these men. If they aren't the men you married, which they either are and you ignored it, or they aren't, and you don't like the change, or if they're just fine and you have an itch - end the relationship on those reasons and wait to share your party treats.

31 days until Paris.

Had a project go live this week. The team did very well. I'm glad I was here to see the culmination of their efforts.

Done rambling :)