Thursday, February 28, 2008

Spa Day

Today was my Spa Day! My favorite spa place is in Tulsa and is The Skin Care Institute. My package today was the Pamper package: Super Hydradermie Facial, Citrus Body Polish, and a 90-Minute La Stone Massage. Oh My Goodness it was fantastic and took 3 hours of my day but was well worth it. Then I had to run off to Coldwater Creek as I think I found my Mother-of-the-Bride dress in their catalog. Unfortunately, when I got there the girl informed me that it was an online item only. So because I'm rapidly losing weight I ordered two sizes just in case and will have to take the one back that I don't wear. What a dilemma but can't be helped. Then I was flying to the shoe store for some running shoes for my walking club. Back into the car and run to the office to cut a couple of early paychecks. WHEW! What a day, I'm tired and I should be glowing...hey wait, I am!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

What a Wednesday!

What a Wednesday I've had. This morning was the usual stuff; Jazzercise, work, then we had a lunch meeting with our insurance guy. This luncheon was the third time he had scheduled with us. He kept messing up his calendar and canceling on us, but finally we met the occasion. I'm not saying we were looking forward to the meeting as this guy is long winded. This is company insurance so we talked umbrella, workman comp, general liability and auto. YUCK! The most boring stuff and the most expensive stuff. We pay over $19000. a year in insurance total for all of the above. He came to our office at 11:30, 30 minutes late mind you, picked us up and drove us to The Brassiere. We have not been there before so yummy. This guy, every year he takes us out he orders dessert for an appetizer so that he can tell his wife he didn't have dessert. We finally wrapped up the lunch at 2:30! OH MY GOSH! I was so very bored.

Finally, done with the lunch it was back to the office and wait to leave to go bowling. Last week I killed it and now my average is 139. Today I bowled a 168, 165 and 137. I even had 4 strikes in a row. I was HOT! It was so very exciting! I rushed out of the bowling alley because I had a meeting to go to and get was a walking orientation meeting at Fleet Feet. Yes, I'm adding a new regimen to my weekly workout schedule. I will start walking three times a week starting Monday. So then I will do Jazzercise 5 days a week (1 is Personal Touch-intense 1 hour muscle work), bowling once a week and starting Monday walking 3 times a week! The goal of the program is a 5K walk Memorial Day! We'll see how it goes. Wish me luck everybody. Oh and I've lost 6 pounds so far on my DIET!

Monday, February 25, 2008

A quiet weekend

Friday The Hubby and I soared off the the cabin for a little R&R. It was very quiet and chilly. A roaring fire in the fireplace and I was cozy with a good book and my journal. Saturday night we had the neighbors over for dinner and they tried to teach us bridge. That was funny for The Hubby. It brought back a lot of memories of my parents playing bridge with friends and Mom's bridge club. I liked it. We cooked T-bone steaks, salad, steamed broccoli and I made AWESOME sweet potates. I cubed sweet potates and tossed them lightly in olive oil, jalapeno salt and a touch of sugar and roasted them on a cookie sheet in a 400 degree oven till done and a little brown, which was carmelization of the jalapeno salt and sugar. YUM! Very good with the steak and broccoli. During the day I took a long walk to the boat ramp and even jogged a little ways back. I took a few pic's of our heaven on earth. Enjoy!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Yee Haw

Here I am sitting at our lake home and I'm on the Internet. I went into one of the extra bedrooms and took my new laptop and tried to get a connection. Lo and Behold I'm connected with the neighbors connection. Yee Haw! I knew he had it unsecured as others here use it occasionally and now I can too. I will always bring my laptop from now own so in the mornings when I want to write or blog I can. I'm very happy. I'm connected with the world. Just kidding. I really like not having the outside interference when I am here as I like being left to my books and my journal, but this is cool.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Reality TV

Well, I am a definite addict to reality TV and truly the season has started. My DVR is absolutly programmed to the hilt. My life is not my own as I try to find the time catch up on all of my programs I've lined up to watch:

Big Brother (3 nights a week)
American Idol (3 nights a week...come on)
The Celebrity Apprentice
Make Me A Supermodel
Project Runway
Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew
Biggest Loser, Couples
America's Next Top Model (when I can watch it, probably online)
My Fair Brady: Baby Maybe
Scott Baio is 46 and Pregnant
Rock of Love 2
and I have to admit I sometimes catch the Flavor of Love 3 show

AND when it starts:
Top Chef
Celebrity Fit Club

So as you can plainly see my life is not my own!


The past few years I have been battling our lawyer. He is a nice guy and has been a casual friend of ours for over 20 years but I've just about had it with him. In 2005 we had him develop a LLC partnership for our real estate workings but he has been disagreeing with us on how we deal with it and our trust. I have done my own research, my cousin is a tax attorney (now our attorney) and our CPA and our financial advisor have agreed with me. This previous attorney has just been acting like if he ignores me then I'll forget about it but I haven't. I sent a letter 3 weeks ago requesting all of our files and no response. Last week, Monday, I called, told his secretary I wanted to leave him a message, I didn't need to speak to him, just leave a message. I left this message: "I want our files messenged to our office as soon as possible." That was all I said but no response until Tuesday morning at 9 am when in walked the guy. He had two small file folders in his hands and handed them to me. First of all I didn't know he smoked, yuck, the files and himself stunk. Second he started lecturing me again that I needed to rethink what I was about to do. Third he said that the two files were all he found, that he would keep his eye out for more files. Now we have clients of his for about 20 years you would think there would be more than that. Fast forward to today when I went to the bank to AGAIN open a checking account in the LLC name and was told that the file I had was missing the operating agreement. The file consisted of partial paperwork, a photocopy of the certificate, nothing original. I'm am ticked off royally with this guy. He has made more work for me and I really don't appreciate it. I am so angry with this guy and really am stuck trying to make it right.

Monday, February 18, 2008

California Here I Come!

Valentine's Day The Hubby and I boarded a plane and headed to the supposed to be warm sunny state of California. My greatest fear in traveling, in particular flying, came upon arrival to the security gates at the Tulsa International Airport. I breezed through the scanner thingy and the alarm went off. I was so flustered I could hardly make words come out of my mouth and make sense. I have long feared this day. I stepped back and the tough looking security lady with her very tight bun told me to step back and to make sure my pockets were empty and that it would be my "last pass". What did that mean, "last pass". I reached in my pocket and there was my stupid cell phone. I forgot I put it in my pocket. So out it went and I stood looking at her afraid to proceed through the gate thingy again. I stepped forward and WHEW, breezed through without an alarm going off. The next step is that I forgot to put my toothpaste in my checked luggage and in the trash it went. No problem. I asked the friendlier and nicer looking security lady what "last pass" meant and she didn't know but guessed it meant that if I beeped again then I would have gone to the area to be wanded! No problem, I would have stripped naked if they wanted me too. Now I have lived one of my greatest fears.

We arrived in Ontario, CA at about dinner time and sweet A met us at the airport before she had to go to a choir practice for their performance on Sunday. She was glad to see us but dreading the one-on-one she was going to have with her Dad later. Dinner was at the hotel as it was late and I didn't want to try to navigate California on a Thursday night in a rental car with The Hubby at the wheel. It was quite yummy and expensive, Valentine's Day and all.

The next morning A met us at the hotel to be our driver for the day. She wanted to drive the rental which was quite alright with me as she has been living there for over a year now and knows the way of California driving. I was quite comfortable with her jetting around on the freeways but The Hubby was about to have a stroke in the front seat. It was funny seeing him very agitated. I thought A did a superb job of driving us around and was very proud of her. We went to Long Beach where she interned at a recording studio last year then we went to Huntington Beach where a friend of mine and her husband moved to a year ago. We spent a good part of the day walking along the pier, eating and shopping. It was a beautiful but quite chilly day. Then we drove to Tustin to have dinner with friends of The Hubby. It was a very long day but a good way to see part of California.

The next day, Saturday, were to go to A's boyfriends father and step-mother for dinner and meet his siblings. They were the nicest people and had a gorgeous home. Dinner was delicious and the conversation was very nice. It is nice to see how much her boyfriends family supports and loves A. It is a comfort. The next day was A's performance with the Pasadena Pro Muscia Choir after going to church with her at a Unitarian church in Pasadena. I asked her how she found the church as it was 45 minutes away and she said the Internet. I asked her again how she literally found the church, did she drive there by herself and she said yes. She totally amazes me by her courage and bravery to travel the areas she lives in and finds her way. She just strikes out and does it. I would never, could never now be that kind of adventurous person. She is my idol in that respect.

Before the concert we had lunch in Pasadena and before the meal arrived The Hubby had launch into her not going to college, what is she doing with her life, he's afraid that she has no health coverage, no retirement, no this, no that. I wanted to kick him under the table. I don't know why he can't get off the college thing with her. She is just not college material and may never be. She is almost 23 years old, he needs to let it go. The college thing is his own inadequacies that he doesn't have a college education. He/we took the hard road to be successful and he just doesn't want that for her but it may just have to be. He can't push her down a road that she doesn't want to take. She is finding her own way, which is what we did. I think in the end he feels better about her situation but not great. He just has to quit harping on her. It's not helping her at all. Cut the apron string for God sake!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

It's Tuesday

It's Tuesday and I'm sitting at the office cursing at my STUPID computer! It is making me crazy. I don't want is wrong with it but it is slower than molasses. I've been having problems with it for awhile and I can remedy part of the problem when I run Adaware but today it is doing it again and I'm gonna SCREAM! I can't even get my Quickbooks open to do invoicing or make a deposit. Good thing I backed up yesterday huh. I just want to make a deposit and then play Club Pogo since I've done everything else and all I have to do is answer the phone if it rings.

The wedding invitations are going out today! Yeah. I still have the problem with a friend planning on coming to the wedding when she is not getting an invitation. What do you do in a situation like this. I just don't know how to deal with her and then B won't even see fit to add her to the list of invitees and I know it is because the list is full right now till we start receiving the "I can't come" cards. I'm just in a pickle right now.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

No Country for Old Men

The Hubby and I went to see "No Country for Old Men" yesterday, a movie he has wanted to see for quite some time. It stars Tommie Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem and a short stint for Woody Harrelson. Let me just say that if you have a weak stomach for blood DON'T go see it. I woke up this morning and Bardem's character was fully implanted on my mind, scary. It was a good movie, creepy but good till you get to the end of it and the whole theater went "What, that's it." It ended pretty crappy and very confusing. Josh Brolin was great and Tommie Lee was funny much of the time with his dry one-liners. Bardem was disturbing, very disturbing.

HOLD ON...The morning news just reported a shooting at the AMC 20 Southroads where we were last hour after we left a person was shot in the parking lot. I may not go to a movie again...uh no that won't happen.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

A Whole New Can of Worms-"Relative" Size

Yesterday The Hubby's sister-in-law (mine too) emailed a huge thing about "The Mark of the Beast" and I guess The Hubby had enough. The SIL is a huge religious person and The Hubby's brother has fallen in line with it even though in 32 years that I have been in the family he has only been to church the past 4 or 5 years. The Hubby email back to ALL that he didn't believe in it, that it already happened and that was his story and he was sticking to it! Now the rebuttal emails are coming in. He has opened a huge "relative" size can of worms.

My story:

When I was about 10 years old, my brother 8, we were at a girls house that was in my class just playing. She started in on us that we were going to hell because we didn't go to her church and we weren't baptized yet. Then the mother started in on us and the mark of the beast stuff. We started crying and ran home and then my mother got in on the act. She went off on that lady big time and then started damage control with us. We were terrified and I had nightmares for awhile about it. It definitely affected me most of my life.

I guess we will wait for all of the fallout from The Hubby's email. You never know. The BIL may start preaching at us and I will have to come down on him. This is why I keep my own personal beliefs mostly to myself as I believe or don't believe.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Oh for a hot shower

This morning I rolled into the house after Jazzercise and all hot and sweaty ready for breakfast and a hot shower. I had my Slimfast, finished the crossword and headed for the healing warmth of the shower. The water normally gets hot very fast as we have a circulating pump so I turned on the water and got in expecting hot. Nope, the water was tepid. I waited and waited but no hot water was gushing forth. Since I HAD to go to work and do payroll this morning I had to wash the sweat and oils off so...That was the fastest shower I have ever had. Brrrrrrr. A long story short The Hubby met the plumber here shortly after and re-lit the pilot light on the water heater and pronounced that the thermal coupler was probably going bad, on a new hot water tank mind you, probably defective. Hopefully tomorrow I will have a hot shower till the new part comes in.