Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Cockadoodle Moon

It's almost a full moon again. When it is light out at night, usually because of the moon, and the neighborhood rooster gets disturbed, he crows like it is tomorrow.

It always makes me giggle.

(From my Treo)

Point Three Five Percent

All I asked for was for .35% of your day in turn for my commitment to stick by you.

On the scale of a dollar that is about 1/3 of a cent.

Jessie's Home!

Jessie's home without any medical equipment. He made it home before his birthdate. He's so cute. I was able to see pictures of him with his brother, daddy, cousin (my grand daughter), my mother-in-law - everyone! He is so cute!

And I'm so homesick.


My angels have encircled me. I recognize it. I remember the feeling. I remember the faith.

Tonight I went for a walk. I grabbed my newspaper coat, one that I don't often wear. I was given a newspaper coat as an award many years ago. Robert wore it out. When I left the Seattle Times, (the first time) my friends, Julie, Kathy, Nikki, Pat and more bought me a wool and leather logo coat in a smaller size so it wouldn't have to be shared :). I caught Robert wearing now and again and read him the riot act. That was nearly 10 years ago. When I got home today I was digging my phone out of the inside pocket. I've never used tht pocket before - it's kind of a guy's wallet pocket. Something was in there - I thought dead leaves or something. I almost just bent over and dumped the contents into the trash. I'm glad I didn't. It was confetti. The prank I always played on Robert - he played on me! Oh how many years that was waiting there for me to find. I felt his arms encircling me. Despite all the challenges our marriage faced - I never doubted for a minute that he loved me unfailingly.

My daughter called tonight and two other friends. Another ringy dingy night.

All knew I needed them.

Monday, January 29, 2007

One Ringy Dingy, Two Ringy Dingy

I'm LMAO this evening. I've made and received several calls to and from friends tonight and last night. Funny thing though - the one person who has promised to call hasn't - for several days actually Nope, nada, not a dingaling. That just cracks me up. I think my firends and family are actually psychic though because my phone doesn't normally ring of the hook.

Some have called to see what I've been up to. One I called to share some sad news about a former manager we worked for. One called to talk about my party the other night. One asked me to dinner last night. There are more, their purpose not primary. It just goes to show you that the sum of it all is that I'm so very, very loved.

And the cats have been cuddle wuddles too.

My Beautiful Bride

"My beautiful bride". What sweet, endearing words to come from a man who has been married 25 years.

This came from a co-worker who had been delivered some unsettling news today. His world has been turned upside down. He and Sweet Stuff were supposed to come to dinner tonight. He begged off, not feeling like socializing. Seeing him on line later, I checked in to see how he was faring. He stated the above adding the she had provided him with another perspective and he felt better.

Should we be talking about the man-cards here?

About dinner? - That's OK too. I'm ending up having to work all evening anyway.

Saturday, January 27, 2007


This is a weekend!

Friday night - I hung out with my roommate whom is about to move [back] into her own place.
Saturday morning - An errand with SweetStuff, coffee with friends my own errands, trying to get the wireless working (ugh) AGAIN.
Saturday evening - Dinner and Pink Floyd laser show in SLC with seven friends (the planned stayover didn't work out)
Sunday morning - Coffee with a friend and working.

OK the working part isn't the highlight of the weekend - but I will make good traction for next week.

Next week will be empty nest again. I'm going to miss my friend so very much. She's been a joy to have here. But, as before, I plan embrace the solitude :-) and clean out some more closets. :-)

Next weekend: Billy's Chili and the Superbowl.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Confiscated Man-Card

Sweet Stuff got his man card confiscated last night.

We had a party at my house for my company's US sales team. Prior to the party Sweet Stuff slipped in with roses. When I got home, a couple of the guys where already there. When I asked about the flowers (thinking they might have brought them) my roommate said they were there when she got home.

The guys were curious if they were for an occassion? No. Make up? No. I said that I rarely went more than a few days without roses. That's when the plan for revocation began. Upon arrival Sweet Stuff was accosted in the doorway and asked for his Man-Card. (By the guy with the hat that had a built in bottle opener).

I requested the card be returned today....and was given this sweet little note:
[Sweet Stuff] actually has a pretty good handle on his man-card. I'm very happy for the both of you and I hope things continue to go well in that respect. This email will self-destruct in 5 seconds. The author will deny all knowledge of sensitive materials. (Man law # 356)

But this secret agent girl captured the sensitive data and published it before it destructed!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Trip Angels

This will be the last post about my tri on Gossamer Wings. I'll put future posts on my Spain blog. But...in starting my research this weekend, I am looking at about $75 in expenses per day on my trip times 40 days. Scrambling in my brain and doing the math on how I could pull it off with my affinity for Victoria's Secret and my more refined wine palate, I began to worry.

And then my ever present Travel Angel dropped half the trip in my mailbox today.

(From my Treo)

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Bizzy Day

Wow - what a day! It started crazy right out of the chute and didn't stop until I cried uncle!

I've had a rough week and I really needed a turn around. I started the day by thinking that last year I blogged about being able to put the top down on my car in February. Well it is cold as all heck right now in Utah and thinking that February is just around the corner brightened my day. Also, last night I noted that it was lighter later....another sign of brighter days ahead.

I so rarely have a bad day, let alone the better part of a week or a month. It was nice to have a "normal" day again.

I put my glamour coat on this morning. It is cold enough I could wear it AND feel beautiful. I got so many compliments on it - it was fun to wear it again. There's just not enough events that come my way to wear it. I decided that it and I were enough of a reason to enjoy!

Boyz in the Hood is on tonight. A movie, that when I watched it a few years ago ,left such an imprint on my heart. I'm watching it, knowing the tears will flow again shortly.

Thanks Jules for the carry on advice. Pack your bags girl - I need you bad right now.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Air Supply - Chances

Graham - you did it again - thank you!

There's a chance you will be there
I'd like to know the truth
I'll find it out somehow
The chances arent too strong
A chance you will be there
Please be there alone
Help me speak of love
Chances aren't enough
Ones too good to miss
Chances aren't too strong
A chance is all there is
There's a chance you will be there
Wondering what to do
How to play my role
I'll leave it up to you
If I disguise my smile
It gives too much away
And what if we can't speak?
What then shall I say?
Don't you be too long
Something has gone wrong!
The chances are all gone!

Postcards From the Edge

When I had my personals ad active I "advertised" that I was baggage free. And I believe that I am...I don't have ex-spousal units to fight with, no custody wars, no teenager's harmones to manage, no financial trauma. I have a good job, home and attitude.

What hit me this morning is while I don't have baggage to bring to a relationship I do have postcards and a hefty mental scrapbook. I process everthing against is the highs and lows contained in that book.

The book has sugar and spice, leather and lace, pressed flowers and bandaids. There are pigeons in Amsterdam, there are trips some promised and not made, some so precious the mere thought of them invokes smells and sounds in my head. There are diamonds and dreams and births and deaths. There is trust, hope, love, lies, abuse and black holes.

I counted this morning how many times people have up and disappeared from my life. Poof, they're gone. My friends will tell you it wasn't because I wasn't a full guest at the party. "I love you" one day and nothing but emptiness the next. Postcards from the edge those are.

Baggage free - yes, well traveled - yes, emotionally crippled - no. I am trying to find the travel brochure for the Isle of Breathe though.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

PostSecret - New Book

My eagerly awaited book arrived on Saturday. Sweet Stuff and I read it cover to cover in one sitting.

I usually wait to complete the book just before the next one comes out...but this time it was all in one sitting. Yum.

Some of the entries I don't understand. Some I feel so sad that anyone has to feel that way. Some, when about love, make my heart leap because I know they found it. And, some, when about love, express the bittersweetness and puissance it exhausts.

A picture is worth a thousand words...some are able to express it without so much as an utterance.



People have always told me I have a great smile. I don't think I have particularly pretty facial features - a traceable combination of Crow and my German family lines - but I do know that my smile makes a difference in this world - and for that I'm grateful.

Last week, while in Las Vegas, I went for a walk following a call with Sweet Stuff. Half a dozen people stopped me and complimented me on my smile. I was happy and it showed.

Some days it isn't so easy. Yesterday was a Monday through and through. But, I tried. Hoping it would make a difference. In one case it didn't, but in a couple of others it did. A co-worker was having a really rough day. He gave me some news that I wasn't happy to hear. I commented: "That's OK, so far it is the high point of today". He laughed. Later, I'd received a compliment on his months of efforts on a project and I sent it off to him. At the end of the day he truly looked beat (at least I had a few things on each side of the scale and could say my day still turned out on the upside). He thanked me for the laugh, the compliment and asked me about my day.

So even if your frown is around your ankles today - try to give it a lift. It will make someone else's day, which in turn can elevate yours. This is my mantra and I'm sticking to it.

Close Call

I submitted my schedule request for Spain today. I took a deep breath and said to myself: Are you ready to make a dream come true? Are you ready to prove to yourself that the biggest obstacle is yourself?

Well after submitting I did have some near tears learning that indeed there were other obstacles. But nothing a closed door, two girlfriends, a prayer for faith and few minutes with my manager couldn't overcome.

225 days and I'm on the El Camino de Santiago.

(From my Treo)

Sunday, January 07, 2007

A Stand Up Job

I was walking on The Strip last night and saw a billboard about Jay Leno performing. I counted the days/dates on my fingers and realized that yesterday was one of those days. Dang. I wish I'd known. I kept walking and I saw another ad at the casino where he was going to perform. It was still early and I thought - "Teri, when you buy a single tickert to an event, even at the last minute, you always get a good seat - go check." I did and I did. Three hours before the show and I scored a 10th row seat. (Remember Air Supply?)

Jay is a class act. He has has a wide range of topics, picks a few sexy ones, but never crosses the line into vulgarity. L.A., family, showbusiness, marriage, obesity, pets.

I think know why they give him a 3x5 stage area for The Tonight Show. He moves fast and covers a lot of real estate on the stage when he's doing stand up. The space on the show must be to "contain" him.

It was a great show and I'm glad I checked. I can now add Leno to my list of great comedians that I've seen: Rita Rudner, Richard Lewis. I'd still like to catch David Brenner and Drew Carey some time.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Moose Busing

Yahoo reported this morning that the Wildlife Dept. is moving Utah moose to Colorado and Colorado Big Horns to Utah. (There was a spare one in our parking lot awhile back :)

Isn't this similar to busing in the 60's?


Friday, January 05, 2007

1st Trip of the Year!!

I'm back in Las Vegas. It was nice to see my clients again and hang out here. I have so grown to love this city.

Chad - the antique dealer - how I look forward to our chats.
India Oven - the best Chicken Korma that I've ever tasted. The Kheer will knock your socks off!
Trader Joes - How can I spend $100 on groceries where I have to figure out how to stash in my luggage.
Sephora - A woman's utopia.
My hotel - I love it - I always manage to snag a suite. A tub the size of a swimming pool located between the bathroom and bedroom and a full featured kitchen. The views from the 20-something floor are magnificent. I love to open the drapes and just view the Strip. How beatiful it is.

The only drawback on this trip - it is colder than all get out this week. Buuurr.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year!

Sweet Stuff and I didn't get our weekend escape as we had planned. He made it home for New Years though and we had a wonderful evening. We went out to dinner, watched a movie and shared champagne at midnight. What a sweet, wonderful and a great way to begin the year!