Ravings and Rantings

Welcome to my cloud! It's got a nice silver lining somewhere.....Some ranting, some raving--mostly positive stuff,lots of jokes (I can't stay serious). Nothing going on here that a pina colada or mohito can't fix.

Friday, March 31, 2006

Ladies' Night

Well sort of. Hola world, hope you are well?

Nothing much happened yesterday, and not much today either. LOVIN' IT!

Well, OK did some household chores and if you could see my house you'd cheer at that news. Have a new rhyme around here:

spring is sprung
the grass is riz
why is it MY house
where all the spiders is??

Guess they feel welcome (no I'm not a slob!)?

Tomorrow is the usual grocery run with Mom. Took her on an expedition to get cat food today. She was very absent minded--I handed her her wallet and she left it in the car. OKKKK but today SHE realized that she's in bad shape. This is progress. Love going to PetsMart. All sorts of folks bring in their puppies. On the way out we saw a Grand Pyrenees (big black dog that looks like a Newfoundland or a bear). Goregous thing! All the dogs there are excited and happy. Just LOVE that place.

She'd heard from Little Bro lately. He was complaining about everything from the sounds of it. He is (in case you're joining us late in the program) married to a totally abusive and rather ugly woman who's succeeded in turning his daughter against him. Mother and MIL applaud when daughter badmouths LB. LB was also complaining that none of us would let him move in with us (BTW he is fifty years old and making a damn good buck) because of his (allegedly) former gambling habit. Which he overcame on his own.

We.have.heard.this.before.

Usually right before a gambling binge.

We love LB. His wife and her mother are bitter, nasty, just plain ugly all over folks. That is their prob. Would love it if LB would recover some of his genitals and move the heck out of there before they kill him. But according to LB, he doesn't want to change his lifestyle (Wifey is allegedly loaded, dollar wise. I say who cares, but....). This is a very hard thing to watch. Must be hell on Mom. Who cares if he pays alimony? Beats putting up with what he has now.

Went to a course for relatives of gamblers a year or so ago. The stats on recovery from compulsive behaviours such as addiction to alcohol, gambling, work, sex or shopping (etc.) are very very low if the addict does not get therapy--that means talk therapy and medication. The behaviour part is just the visible part of whatever is wrong. The rest of the iceberg has to do with whatever drove them to that behaviour in the first place--which is why therapy is so essential. LB has had neither, as far as any of us know. Refused to see a doctor or take meds, he knew better. I bet some of you out there have heard this before. Know that I have.

Therapy isn't easy. No one hands you answers, you have to work them out. Dig deep, analyze, and be open in ways that make me (at least) shake my head. But it works. LB doesn't get that. Unfortunately, in many ways he resembles our father, who abused the hell out of him throughout his life. My dime-store analysis is that it's lack of self-esteem caused by that abuse that drove LB to that witch of a wife and into gambling/compulsive behaviours.

Could go on and on but won't. Learning what I can't change has taken me many decades to learn.

Any ideas out there? Short of kidnapping the kid?

Bridg

Here I Go Again

Sorry folks, the spammers are back....turned word verification back on. Sigh.

Don't Blame./Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player

Watch for these consolidations in the near future:

1. Hale Business Systems, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Fuller Brush,
and W. R. Grace Company will merge and become: Hale, Mary, Fuller,
Grace.

2. Polygram Records, Warner Brothers, and Zesta Crackers
join forces and
become: Poly, Warner, Cracker.

3. 3M will merge with Goodyear and issue forth as: MMMGood.

4. Zippo Manufacturing, Audi Motors, Dofasco, and Dakota
Mining wll merge
and become: ZipAudiDoDa

5. FedEx is expected to join its major competitor, UPS, and
become: FedUP.

6. Fairchild Electronics and Honeywell Computers will
become: Fairwell Honeychild.

7. Grey Poupon and Docker Pants are expected to become:
Poupon Pants.

8. Knotts Berry Farm and the National Organization of Women
will become: KnottNOW!

9. Victoria's Secret and Smith & Wesson will merge under the
new name: Titty Titty Bang Bang

Rock of Ages

TRUTHS THAT LITTLE CHILDREN HAVE LEARNED (used to keep this on my office wall):

1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats.
2) When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair.
3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person.
4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food.
6) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.
8) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
9) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
10) The best place to be when you're sad is Grandma's lap.

GREAT TRUTHS THAT ADULTS HAVE LEARNED:

1) Raising teenagers is like nailing Jell-O to a tree.
2) Wrinkles don't hurt.
3) Families are like fudge...mostly sweet, with a few nuts.
4) Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.
5) Laughing is good exercise. It's like jogging on the inside.
6) Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy.

GREAT TRUTHS ABOUT GROWING OLD:

1) Growing up is mandatory; growing old is optional. (aka Bridg's motto)
2) Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.
3) When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you're down there.
4) You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.
5) It's frustrating when you know all the answers, but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.
6) Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.
7) Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.

THE FOUR STAGES OF LIFE:

1) You believe in Santa Claus.
2) You don't believe in Santa Claus.
3) You are Santa Claus.
4) You look like Santa Claus.

SUCCESS:

At age 4 success is ...not peeing in your pants.
At age 12 success is... having friends.
At age 16 success is .. having a drivers license.
At age 35 success is ..having money.
At age 50 success is ... having money.
At age 70 success is ... having a drivers license.
At age 75 success is ... having friends.
At age 80 success is ... not peeing in your pants.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

She Friggin' Blocked Me

Hey world, go visit Raven's blog (addy to the right) and listen to the video with this title on it. I can't get the song out of my head.

And something ELSE I can't get out of my head at the moment is, to my shock, George Clooney. Yah, as in ER, as in dumb movies. Had a dream last night where he proposed to me AS A JOKE while we were in a group travelling somewhere. What kind of idiot dreams up rejection on that scale? Me apparently.

Very funny Mr. Clooney!

Have never been interested in you (well OK you're cute) or taken particular notice of you except when you were in ER. Your departure was the 'jump the shark' of that show. But what are you doing in my head and why the rejection?

*still laughing my head off*


Bridg
Very funny!!!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice

OK you're REALLY old if you remember that one!

How did Wednesday treat ya, world? Here was sunny bright and went to 15 (ZS, that means warm). Cardinals were really singing their hearts out today. Most Spoiled Cat In the Universe is loving my being home. Is almost my shadow.

I have two neighbors (duh). One of them is a grandmother and a really nice person (i.e. like me. Quiet). The OTHER one is a PIA (pain in ---). She's 74, nosey and just generally needs a nice strong tranquilizer. She's (sorry to say) very 'German'. Is a fresh air/exercise fiend, very strong-and-control-minded, and doesn't understand why the entire universe doesn't do things exactly like she does. In fact she's offended by that.

This morning she rang my doorbell, twice, at 8:00 to see if I was home. I'd been up till 2 that morning (thank you menopause!) and reaaaallly didn't see anything good about being dragged out of bed that early just so she could figure out if her construction workers could use my driveway! In the past I just let them do that and ask them to move their trucks when I need to get out. So I get to the door, all bed-headed and sleepy, in my pjs. She just looked startled, said she'd get them to move the truck. All I managed to say was "Oh God!". She turned away, I shut the door and went back to bed. Managed to get back to sleep.

We chatted later, after my dentist appointment ($147 later) and grocery shopping (this time I got veggies). She apologized and I laughed. Yes I'd been rude but honestly didn't mean to be. When you're woken up from a sound sleep at that hour, you naturally think the worst.

Well, I do anyway.

Bought three different kinds of fish, but found chicken in the fridge that's been there a few days so cooked that instead. Am really trying to do healthy stuff even if I don't like it. On the other hand also picked up bottled sauces to cover the fish taste.

Ewww let's not even mention fish.

Managed to go a whole day without calling M. Did kinda get heck from the dentist, which helped. Apparently that flossing/Waterpik'ing stuff? You have to do it more than just once.

Forgot to get a splint for the arm. Am trying to keep it level, so this is a mercifully short post.

Night all!!!

Hugs, Bridg

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Walkin' On Sunshine

Hi world! MAN it is beautiful here today, and not just because I have this time off. It was supposed to go to 10 but feels much warmer (T shirt weather). Sunny as all get-out.

So I kept my doctor's appointment. Got my arm X-rayed again.

Guess what, it's broken (like I thought it was in the first place). The radius (which is good news, glad it isn't one of those tiny wrist bones. They never get better). No wonder it hurts. OK, tonight after taking Mom and her pal to the theater, will go to emergency to get it set.

4-6 weeks.

How do people shower with these things on? Any ideas?

Bridg

p.s. Am back after almost 3 hours at the hospital. They X rayed my poor arm AGAIN. Said the bone was chipped and showed it to me. Since three weeks had gone by and because of the inconvenience of casts, they said to splint it.

Said I'd get a splint at the drugstore and take care of it myself. Whew at least don't have to worry about bathing with a cast. Mom and friend loved the play, got to see Sis for a few minutes...all in all not too bad a night. Did miss NCIS tho : (

You Had A Bad Day!

This is a classic, folks. Just LOVE it....:

When you occasionally have a really bad day, and you just need to take it out on someone, don't take it out on someone you know -- take it out on someone you don't know.

I was sitting at my desk when I remembered a phone call I had forgotten to make. I found the number and dialed it.

A man answered, saying, "Hello."

I politely said, "Could I please speak with Robin Carter?"

Suddenly, the phone was slammed down on me. I couldn't believe that anyone could be so rude. I realized I had called the wrong number. I tracked down Robin's correct number and called her. I had accidentally transposed the last two digits of her phone number. After hanging up with her, I decided to call the 'wrong' number again.

When the same guy answered the phone, I yelled, "You're an asshole!" and hung up.

I wrote his number down with the word 'asshole' next to it, and put it in my desk drawer.

Every couple of weeks, when I was paying bills or had a really bad day, I'd call him up and yell, "You're an asshole!" It always cheered me up.

When Caller ID came to our area, I thought my therapeutic 'asshole' calling would have to stop. So, I called his number and said, "Hi, this is John Smith from the Telephone Company. I'm just calling to see if you're familiar with the Caller ID program?"

He yelled, "NO!" and slammed the phone down.

I quickly called him back and said, "That's because you're an asshole!"

One day I was at the store, getting ready to pull into a parking spot. Some guy in a black BMW cut me off and pulled into the spot I had patiently waited for... I hit the horn and yelled that I had been waiting for that spot. The idiot ignored me. I noticed a "For Sale" sign in his car window, so, I wrote down his number.

A couple of days later, right after calling the first asshole ( I had his number on speed dial), I thought I had better call the BMW asshole, too.

I said, "Is this the man with the black BMW for sale?"

"Yes, it is."

"Can you tell me where I can see it?"

"Yes, I live at 1802 West 34th Street. It's a yellow house, and the car's parked right out in front."

"What's your name?" I asked.

"My name is Don Hansen," he said.

"When's a good time to catch you, Don?"

"I'm home every evening after five."

"Listen, Don, can I tell you something?"

"Yes?"

"Don, you're an asshole."

Then I hung up, and added his number to my speed dial, too. Now, when I had a problem, I had two assholes to call.

But after several months of calling them, it wasn't as enjoyable as it used to be.

So, I came up with an idea. I called Asshole #1.

"Hello."

"You're an asshole!" (But I didn't hang up.)

"Are you still there?" he asked.

"Yeah," I said.

"Stop calling me," he screamed.

"Make me," I said.

"Who are you?" he asked.

"My name is Don Hansen..."

"Yeah? Where do you live?"

"Asshole, I live at 1802 West 34th Street, a yellow house, with my black Beamer parked in front."

He said, "I'm coming over right now, Don. And you had better start saying your prayers."

I said, "Yeah, like I'm really scared, asshole."

Then I called Asshole #2.

"Hello?" he said.

"Hello, asshole," I said.

He yelled, "If I ever find out who you are...!"

"You'll what?" I said.

"I'll kick your ass," he exclaimed.

I answered, "Well, asshole, here's your chance. I'm coming over right now."

Then I hung up and immediately called the police, saying that I lived at 1802 West 34th Street, and that I was on my way over there to kill my gay lover.

Then I called Channel 13 News about the gang war going down on West 34th Street.

I quickly got into my car and headed over to 34th street.

When I got there, I saw two assholes beating the crap out of each other in front of six squad cars, a police helicopter, and the channel 13 news crew.

Monday, March 27, 2006

M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E

OK that one's ridiculous but felt like a little kid today, world. Didn't get showered until 3:00 and didn't get dressed till 5:00 ish. It was sunny bright, kinda cool and did absolutely nothing but watch TV and send out jokes. Just like a little kid. BTW when we sang that song as kids, we'd spell it L-O-U-S-E, complete with insipid grins.

Loved it loved it loved it.

Can't wait to retire, I am GREAT at doing nothing.

Although I dearly missed M and the kids. Did talk to him (about the topless car wash joke I sent out earlier). I think he liked it that I didn't even last a day of not talking to him.

I.am.hopeless.

But having fun.

Hope you like the video, world! It's the funniest thing I"ve seen in a long while.

Tomorrow am going to the doctor and taking Mom and her bud to a play. Maybe even shop a bit.

Hugs, Bridg

Who Are You?

You Are a Dreaming Soul
Your vivid emotions and imagination takes you away from this worldSo much so that you tend to live in your head most of the timeYou have great dreams and ambitions that could be the envy of all...But for you, following through with your dreams is a bit difficult
You are charming, endearing, and people tend to love you.Forgiving and tolerant, you see the world through rose colored glasses.Underneath it all, you have a ton of passion that you hide from others.Always hopeful, you tend to expect positive outcomes in your life.
Souls you are most compatible with: Newborn Soul, Prophet Soul, and Traveler Soul
What Kind of Soul Are You?
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Sunday, March 26, 2006

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Come Go With Me

Much as I dislike 50s music, that one's OK. Hope your weather is as great as it is here, world. Got to walk around in T shirts yesterday and today feels the same. Brilliantly sunny, all the snow is finally gone from the driveway, and Bridg has been bitten by the spring cleaning bug.

Not that I"ve DONE any, just realized how cluttered and cat-hair-full this house is. Sigh. Usually I go shopping until this feeling passes. Today tho, it's 1:36 and I'm still in pjs. Ohhhhh the bliss of vacation!!

Had the most horrifying dream on Friday night (OK a nightmare) about a war taking place on U.S. soil, including the town where we used to live before moving to Canada. It was very very real. Woke up terrified and exhausted. So LAST night, had big probs getting to sleep. Remember seeing 4:00+ pass by on the clock before falling asleep. No war dreams, thank Heavens. But sure don't feel too peppy today! Looking at all the housework-to-be isn't helping!

Mom's in fine fettle. Took her to brunch yesterday (this is becoming a Saturday thing). Then to get groceries, where, I"m proud to say, we got (for her) not only frozen dinners BUT all kinds of goodies that I KNOW she'll eat (individual bits of cherry cheesecake, lemon meringue pie, etc.). OK it added up to a hefty total, $1 more than mine, but if she eats it, it's all good.

She kind of liked Kreskin (went with sis and her family) but said it could have ended an hour and a half earlier, lol. But she was out and had fun and THAT's the point.

Am missing M already. Trying not to think about it. Maybe housework (ugh) would help. Yesterday picked up all the trash flung into my place by passers-by. All the neighbors have the same problem when the snow melts. What is wrong with people? Oh well, it's a small thing.

Am going to get dressed sooner or later and grab some of this glorious weather. You can hear the cardinals singing in the back yard. Lovely!!

Happy spring, world!!

Bridg

Friday, March 24, 2006

Hooked On A Feeling

I love BJ Thomas! Hi world, how are you tonight? Happy Friday!!!

Got to sleep in today till 11. Nice. Then had to go to work. OK not so nice. But what the hey, the next two weeks are sleep ins. Had slept in to miss doing an interview. Well the interview was cancelled because the interviewee had a conflict scheduled at the last minute. Oh well, the sleep was nice.

M still has the flu. It's taking forever to go, partly because his office is freezing, partly because he didn't take meds right away (yah he's one of those). We had the best afternoon tho. The kids (Marc and T bird) dropped in, along with another pal. We did some chatting, a lot of teaching, and it was SO DARN COOL! The kids were engaged and eager. Just love this stuff.

Am gonna miss all of them, especially M, like crazy. Need the rest but don't wanna miss them. Oh well, can't have everything and if that's the biggest prob I have to deal with, yay me. M felt a little bad too, I think. Said he expected me to call or e mail but to get some rest and that I earned it.

Sigh.

The Most Spoiled Cat In The Universe is feeling much better. I realized last night that I'd stopped running the humidifier, so her skin was dry and she was scratching like mad. OK, am not the brightest person in the world. Turned humidifier back on and all is well. Woke up to her purring in my ear this morning. She's definitely feeling better.

Saw two deer on the way home. Just love that. The snow's melting fast, birds are flocking back....spring!!!

Night world! Enjoy the weekend!

Bridg

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Joy To The World!

I mean the Three Dog Night version of course. How are you world?

The Most Spoiled Cat In The Universe is fine! She had a massive, huge mat in her fur right at the base of her tail and covering about half of her. The vet shaved it off and she's much better. WHEW!! Don't remember mentioning it before but I'm allergic to cats (not hugely but....). While Smokey was being shaved, she licked my arms into a frenzy and then nibbled. MAN are they sore (was over an hour ago and they still hurt!)....but as long as she's healthy, fine!

Still have to take her to the groomer's tho. To pretty things up so to speak.

Am taking tomorrow a.m. off. One of the contractors that we hired did a terrible job conducting an interview earlier this week. I sat in on it, so did T bird. Thought that maybe I was the problem, as we went to high school and university together and were even in carpools in both places (maybe he was shy about that, who knows). Sooo I won't be there for Friday's interview (M and T bird will be), and since there's no where else to be, I get to sleep in! Cool, huh? And if M doesn't like the way that the guy handles the interviews tomorrow, he'll have a chat with him. Am pretty sure it has zip to do with me, but we're giving the guy a chance. T bird has a list of questions to ask if this man neglects to do so (he did in the earlier interview). NBG told us to hire this company (hmmmm).

M is sounding and feeling better. Still sick but.....

Am thrilled about having two weeks off. Even if all I do is sleep in, it'll be great having a break. Mom is still thrilled about the play tickets. Sooooooo glad about that. Now on to other things--while I"m off she will get in companies to give her estimates on chair lifts. AND I"ll be around to make sure that she does it! Sis is taking her to see The Amazing Kreskin tomorrow night, so she's getting her hair done tomorrow.

We're getting her out and about!

Not much else going on. The troops are happy and busy and learning. We're growing as a team, addressing problems together. I.love.this. Not for the work per se, but for the evolution of the people involved. It's wonderful to see.

Have a lovely evening, world. Enjoy spring!!!

hugs, Bridg

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Smile

No this post isn't full of jokes, it's just the way I'm feeling tonight, world. Hope you're smiling too?

Still in a deep freeze here. Brr. But at least it was sunny. Poor birdies are singing away, hope they can stay warm.

M is still very sick but came into work today. And boy did we need him. All kinds of hell broke out and the managers were ummm let's say not making the wisest decisions/backing down about some pretty high profile stuff. He stood up and things went fine. Man the man's good. He thanked me for keeping things running while he was away. What a sweetie. Also worried about my wrist. Still hurts but what the hey.

T bird dropped in to tell me (indirectly) that she and the others, including folks in the other groups, are bored from not having enough to do. And THAT's because NBG won't let us work plan or stick even to a plan. I thanked her for that, gave her my feedback on what caused it and how to handle it, and asked her if she'd like to try drafting a work plan. We talked about how, and off she went. All motivated etc. and quite productive.

That was a really mature move on her part. Am very impressed. Hope this works out well, I think it will if we handle it properly.

Only 2 days to go till 2 weeks off yay. Scheduled to see the vet tomorrow--The Most Spoiled Cat In The Universe is acting weird these days. I think she's either running a fever or the lumps in her fur are really bothering her or both. So we'll rule out illness tomorrow. Her hairdresser appointment is next Wednesday (soonest I could get). My doctor appointment is the same day. Also confirmed the dentist. Oops just realized that the dentist is also on Wed. OK will change the dentist.

Told Mom about the theatre tickets. She and her friend are in heaven (YAY). They've been talking about doing this for years. So now they get to go. It starts on Tuesday. Sis said she'd look after the cab. I'll drive them if needed. They also serve champagne on the nights that Mom and her buddy have the ticket subscription for (pardon the grammar). Double YAY!

Nothing much else to report. M is still damn yummy, even though sick. That man could have plague and look great, not that I want him to have plague. Dena was a bit of a jerk today but only because she gets weird when she panics. M took care of the whole thing, thank Heavens.

Even the home front is smooth, except for Smokey and we're getting her looked at asap. Poor baby. She's hanging around in the basement and near heating ducts (wherever it's cool). The house is the normal temp, so I figure something might be up. Anyway will find out fast.

OK World, time to call it a night. Hope none of you missed NCIS last night?

Hugs, Bridg

Tuesday, March 21, 2006


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Sex Bomb

Never listened to Tom Jones before but now just might.

Ladies, you're welcome!!

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Monday, March 20, 2006

Thanks Poppy Cedes!!!

Sugar rush:: Kids
Chemical:: bad
Suspension:: from school
Defending:: crusading
Conference:: room
Dance:: rest
Weather:: spring
Fuel:: fire
Heartbreak:: of psoriasis
Insult:: given freely

Late St. Paddy's Day Joke

Ye WHAT???

An Irish daughter had not been home for over 5 years. Upon her return, her father cussed her. Where have ye been all this time? Why did ye not write to us, not even a line? Why didn't ye call? Can ye not understand what ye put yer old mum thru?

The girl, crying, replied, "Sniff, sniff...dad....I became a prostitute...."

"Ye what!!? Out of here, ye shameless harlot! Sinner! You're a disgrace to this family."

"OK, dad-- as ye wish. I just came back to give mum this luxurious fur coat, title deed to a ten bedroom mansion plus a savings certificate for $5 million. For me little brother, this gold Rolex and for ye daddy, the sparkling new Mercedes limited edition convertible that's parked outside plus a membership to the country club....(takes a breath)...and an invitation for ye all to spend New Years Eve on board my new yacht in the Riviera, and.... "

Now what was it ye said ye had become?" says dad.

Girl, crying again, "Sniff, sniff....a prostitute dad! Sniff, sniff."

"Oh! Be Jesus! Ye scared me half to death, girl! I thought ye said a Protestant. Come here and give yer old man a hug!"

Doctor Doctor Gimme The News

This Doctor has a cure for what ails old ladies...A woman went to the doctor's office where she was seen by one of the younger doctors. After about four minutes in the examination room, she burst out, screaming as she ran down the hall.

An older doctor stopped her and asked what the problem was and she told him her story.After listening, he had her sit down and relax in another room.

The older doctor marched down the hallway to the back where the young doctor was writing on his clipboard."What's the matter with you?" the older doctor demanded. "

Mrs. Reid is 65 years old, has four grown children and seven grandchildren - and you told her she was pregnant?"

The younger doctor continued writing and without looking up said, "Does she still have the hiccups?"

State Of The Heart

Hi world! Hope it's warmer where you are then where I am (Ottawa)....BRRRRRRRRR!!

Was not too keen on going into work today, knowing that M was still sick and that NBG was likely in a foul mood along with Evil Witch.

BOY was I wrong!

M was still sick but is much better now. NBG was reportedly in a bad mood but by the time I saw him (7 at night) he was in FINE fettle!! EW dropped by to chat, drop off some gossip/good vibes (!!!!) and T bird was super motivated today.

Wow.

Need to scare up more work for the troops. There will be PLENTY in a short while, but this week it's thin on the ground. STayed late tonight because the e mail system wouldn't let me get any more mail till I got rid of the 5000 messages I already had. Literally 5000.

Picky picky picky.

Had an inspiration on Sunday--will get Mom and her buddy Jean season's tickets to our local playhouse. Will talk Sis into paying for the taxi/limo. That sure perked her up!

Not much else going on, just your typical Monday. Will post some jokes...

Hope you're safe, warm and happy world! HAPPY SPRING!!!!

Bridg

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves

That title's for WC, (http://http://wanderingcoyote.blogspot.com/), whose ex found her blog and gave her hell for what she dared to write in it. Can you imagine? Dumping your wife--CHEATING on her, getting HER to move out of the house, taking up with girlfriend, then chastizing her for daring to record her feelings on a blog. My feelings on this are raw, this is precisely what happened to me and my ex. Well, OK I didn't have a blog, instead I went to Puerto Rico with my high school sweetheart. They didn't have blogs then. A blog would have been a lot cheaper...

Anyway back to other topics....

Sorry about the lateness of this post, world. Have had some excrutiating days and just wasn't up to blogging.

One of the two core members of our group at work, T bird, is bored. We all recognized that a while ago. The girl is an adrenelin junkie, like I used to be. The field we are in is much more sedate than her old one and requires focus and mental ummmm let's say 'stick-to-it-ness'. Most folks in it are in their second careers--it's almost a prerequisite (she's in her early 30s). Unfortunately, NBG has a major mid-life crisis crush on her (he's 56). Even has a HUGE pic of her in his office where everyone can see it. T bird is probably going off to a new job in weeks, and it'd be a great thing for me. It's dangerous managing the boss' girlfriend, especially if she needs to be entertained at work. And this one does. I've asked M to manage her (he is a gorgeous guy, she'd like that) but he's been sick with flu since he agreed to do so.

M's been sick the last few days, which makes things a bit lonely. Our group at work has imploded. It used to consist of three sub groups. One has been moved away (Dena's group) and Dena's off on two year parenting leave as of March 31. Of the two remaining groups, one (EW's) is losing EW (YAY!!) on Friday. Two of the three employees are also leaving. One to a new job on March 31, the other to have a baby two weeks later. The poor guy remaining!! Our group is the second one. A is leaving with Dena's group (she's the database expert) and NBG won't let me staff her back. She's gay and I think that has a lot to do with his attitude, sorry to say. T bird will be going soon and Marc has been 'borrowed' for the next 3-4 months to work with NBG on a project. That leaves P, M and me.

Very manageable and I have some ideas re staff. NBG probably won't let us do any staffing, but that's for another day.

Spring coming, DMJ? Well, we woke up to snow this morning. NOT funny!!! But saw the first robin of spring yesterday, that is TREMENDOUS. Hope the poor bird is warm!!

Do have my hands full with Mom. I mean making sure she eats, takes her meds etc. Am paying a bit more attention to this sort of thing.

And ladies--I"m sure most of you are younger than I am (54), but....after a two year absence, Aunt Flo's back. I.am.ticked. When does this crap stop????? ARGH. 54!!!! Is nothing sacred? OK OK before anyone tells me to, am off to see the damn doctor about it. Not that he can stop such things or that I even WANT to talk to any guy about it, but may as well. No am not angry about it, just amused and frustrated. By the time you get to this age, a lot of old sins catch up to you in the form of arthritis, heart stuff, etc. But this one takes the cake.

And on the plus side, for the last two work days in a row, had a little piece of rainbow in the sky in front of me all the way home each evening. Just a segment of rainbow, but rainbow nonetheless. And it wasn't raining or snowing--both days it was sunny and clear as a bell. Isn't that cool? On the way into work on Friday, a deer walked up almost to my car. I stopped the car, waited for it to move. It didn't (was about two years old). I honked to make it move away from the road. It did, and I drove off, but then wandered back. Saw other cars stopping as I drove away. Cute. Hope it's OK.

OK gang, off to get dressed and do (sigh) housework...have a great Sunday!!!

hugs, Bridg

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Leroy Brown

Hey world how are you?

Winter returned last night! This place's weather is NUTS. Mildest winter in 80 years, and today it gets cold. Oh well, it's not boring.

Work went like I thought it would. NBG was a jerk about the people stuff. Politically (small 'p') his hands are tied because the Big Boss/Prez decreed 'no arguing about resources'. So we'll lose a great asset. I'll do my best to molify the impact but it's no thanks to these guys. Grr.

Am going to work next week, but for am taking off for the next two. Am tired, more than a bit fed up and need a break. M approved it today, so it's set.

Evil Witch returns from her holidays. She hasn't put anything in writing about leaving, and said that she intends to leave at the end of next week. NBG decided to take that week off.

Interesting statement, huh?

He appointed Dena acting (EW hates everyone, Dena in particular. I asked if I could be in the room when EW turns in her resignation to Dena). This is gonna be ummm uncomfortable. No one in her group is doing anything to mark EW's departure.

Can you imagine being that hated? That after three years, not even a card when you leave? Well, that's how badly she's treated everyone. Good job her hubby's a millionaire.

And that she's a competitive pee-er!!

Not much else interesting is going on. Found out why my running shoes hurt my feet so much. They're a size 9 (and they fit as recently as 6-12 months ago), but the new shoes I bought tonight are size (gasp) 11.

OK either someone changed shoe sizing or my feet exploded.

Night all. Am taking my flipper feet and going to eat dinner....Bridg

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Thanks BDogg!!!

You Are Mint Green
Balanced and calm, you have mastered the philosophy of living well.Your friends seek you out for support, and you are able to bring stability to chaotic situations.You're very open and cheerful - and you feel like you have a lot of freedom in life.Your future may hold any number of exciting things, and you're ready for all of them!
What Color Green Are You?

Give A Listen...

ACCIDENT IN TEXAS: YOU HAVE TO LISTEN!

This is so funny
The guy's laugh is contagious!
Close your eyes and just picture what this guy is watching!!!
It's even better than a video clip!!!
You've got to listen to this!!!
It's a phone call from a man in Texas who has just witnessed a car accident involving 4 elderly women.

It was so popular when they played it on CHUM FM that they had to put it on their site.
Click here: http://www.chumfm.com/MorningShow/bits/march24.swf

And Then Along Came----Wright?

An attorney got home late one evening, after a very taxing day trying to get a stay of execution for a client, James Wright, who was due to be hanged for murder at midnight.

His last-minute plea for clemency to the governor had failed and he was feeling worn out and depressed. As soon as he got through the door at home, his wife started on him: "What time of night do you call this? Where have you been?" and on and on.

Too shattered to play his usual role in this familiar ritual, he went and poured himself a shot of whisky and headed off for a long hot soakin the bathtub pursued by the predictable sarcastic remarks. While he was in the bath, the phone rang.

The wife answered and was told that her husband's client had beengranted his stay of execution after all. Finally realizing what a day he must have had, she decided to go upstairs to give him the good news.

As she opened the bathroom door, she was greeted by the sight of her husband's rear end as he was bent over naked drying his legs and feet.

"They're not hanging Wright tonight," she said.

He whirled around and screamed,"FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, WOMAN, DON'T YOU EVER STOP!!??

Bungle In the Jungle

Let's hear it for Jethro Tull...Hi world!

Missed a few days. Just busy...

It's getting hard to go into work these days. Today I didn't. Woke up with a really sore back and a whopping case of 'downs'/blues, so didn't go in. Don't think M went in either.

NBG, much as I love the guy, isn't great with people. There's been a re-org which is getting rid of our kidney-stone functions (YAY), but in order to keep the new boss/inheritor of the kidney stones happy, NBG wants to transfer one of my key people to her (A). A has many job opportunities and will leave our org rather than move to the new place (she likes working with me). The new boss (inheritor of kidney stones) is a witch to people who work for (and believe me, you work FOR) her. Good people don't have to tolerate that kind of crap and this one won't. NBG doesn't get that you can't force people to do things. They have to WANT to do them.
I suspect that he might not care if A leaves just because she's gay. That's awful, but I fear, accurate.

If A leaves, P will also leave to avoid the same fate.

Dena is taking two years off to adopt a baby from China. This has been known for A YEAR and no plans were put into place to cope with the loss. Dena also doesn't have senior staff, just junior ones (this is what I mean by no plans). One of them is a definite star. She turned down a job offer months ago (suggested having her act in a much more senior job and Dena did that. It worked). With Dena leaving, this lady is panicking that she'll have to deal with the worst, most kidney-blocking tasks. She's probably leaving too.

So, I"m depressed. M too.

It's spring, need time off, the future is looking bleak...think I"ll post some jokes to cheer all of us up!!

Hey at least Mom's eating and exercising.....

Later, world!

Bridg

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Higher and Higher

Jackie Wilson's version was great (usually like/prefer the original) but Crystal Gayle's was better...anyway!!! How are you world? How was Saturday?

It was sunny and warm here...a really freak day in O town in March, lemme tell you. Sun shining, birds singing and ice melting.

Wow.

OK I called Mom last night and talked to her about EVERYTHING her case worker told me. And all of it's true--she isn't taking her meds regularly, she stopped exercising and seeing friends, and no she doesn't eat much except cookies.

So I explained that ALL of us think that she needs to be in a care facility (nursing home type thing) since she can't take care of herself. I pointed out that no women in her family had ever died before 90. That would give her, at 77, quite a long time to live with folks I would call severely ill (Sis called them gum chewers--meanie!). She's too young to go into a home now. But since she was behaving/slipping this way we have little choice. Not that anyone could or would force such a choice on her--but that's how bad things were getting.

Well, that changed things. She finally realized how much she'd slipped, and that all of us were in agreement about it. That meant that things had to change. Not eating well makes you feel bad in general (low energy, low protein diet), made her hair fall out, then the lack of meds made her vulnerable to mini-strokes and other heart issues--which makes her feel weak and depressed so she didn't go out/eat well...and on it goes. So it's a package deal. She agreed to clean up her act, and Sis and I are supervising it.

So today, I took her to get her hair done (anything that makes you feel better about yourself is helpful here). Got her herbal stuff too including ginko, Bio Fenn (GREAT hair restorer) and some other stuff. Then took her to brunch (her power was out. That happens a lot in our suburb) and picked up a few groceries for nice breakfasts and lunch. By the time we got back, Sis was there. We both talked to Mom again about her health etc. and how she was hurting herself. She agreed (well, both of us are pretty strong argue-ers). Losing her driver's license was a big blow, from which she didn't really recover/adjust. Well, she's going to now. Either that or Sis and I are going to pay taxis by the month to help her out. Not that we're well off but we'll manage it!

Mom's calling the chair lift and sit-bath folks on Monday AND so am I to get estimates.

At 6:00 her power was still off, so I took her to dinner. By the time we got back after that, the power was on. Made sure that she took her night meds too.

This is a new deal, her behaving with meds, friends and exercise. I'm doing the same myself...more to ensure that SHE'S OK than anything else.

Boy this feels good.

Thanks for all the good-wish vibes. I'm sure they played a big role in today's doings.

Sent an e mail to M telling him what was up and mentioned that he had been through the same thing. Got back a relatively curt note, I am more than a bit disgusted, but it's not like he's my bf or anything.

My head's been stuck up my butt for so long about that guy! When am I gonna learn? Well, it's sinking in...I"m a slow learner.

Anyway, love ya world


Big hugs, Bridg

Friday, March 10, 2006

When You're Hot, You're Hot!

Hey world, that title does NOT refer to looks lol!!! Just the song!!

Well, world, it was a slow week. Now it's getting warmer here---between 5 and 9 degrees which for O town is warming up. Hard to get out of bed this week too, some sunny days, more lately cloudy. Rained today I think, grass is beginning to show. One of the troops (A) is in Las Vegas, another (P) is off for a few days renovating her kitchen.

Got into work late and left early the last few days, mostly due to either being dog-tired or family birthday stuff (today). Instead of the usual East Side Mario's or the Keg, I elected to go to Pizza Hut this year and everyone loved it. Picked that place (1) because I like it and (2) because they don't do birthday stuff.

Or so I thought.

Bro brought in a birthday cake and talked the staff into singing anyway (along with the whole family).

EM-barrassed!!

Oh well, it's only once a year and it was really funny. Got to flirt with a cute 9 year old kid too.

Now...went home afterwards, reeeeeally tired. Was just settling into watching TV and the phone rang. It's Mom's health care worker. Mom is thinking of getting a chair lift for her stairs, which she is having a LOT of trouble with lately. The health care worker felt that we might want to save that money.

The problem is bigger than the stairs but none of us knew it till tonight. She also isn't eating meals (just cookies), she's forgetting meds. Heather (the health care worker) has been helping Mom do her bills too for months. Did we know this? No. She needs bathing (showers) instead of sponge baths, and more frequently than once a week. Her memory is poor. She can't remember whether she's taken her meds and they're already in those dosette (daily little drawers) holders. And still she misses meds.

She's also lonely. She quit going out with her pals and exercising, so her world has shrunk to just us kids. Bro sees her once a week, so do I usually. Little Bro no one sees and Sis goes over when she can but it's hit and miss. That's pretty much it. Well I do call her twice a day unless I fall asleep on the couch.

This is no way to live.

I'm going to check out the seniors' residences in this town tomorrow because she wants to stay here. They probably have waiting lists, so a lot depends on how long they are. The monthly rates might be a bit much. If they are I'll sell this place. If the waiting lists are too long, we'll get some services for Mom at her house including the chair lift.

Talked to Sis about it...she's in shock and a bit of denial but is on side.

I hope I get hit by a bus before getting to this age. Our wonderful province doesn't even regulate these places. Isn't that outrageous?

Anyway, now I know what I'm doing tomorrow. Am very glad that Heather told me, just sad that things are at this point...

Bridg

Thursday, March 09, 2006

What A Feeling!

Pocket Taser Stun Gun, a great gift for the wife. This was submitted bya guy who purchased his lovely wife a "pocket Taser" for their anniversary." It reads suspiciously like it was written by Derek (iamgettingfat.blogspot.com).

Last weekend I saw something at Larry's Pistol & Pawn Shop that sparkedmy interest. The occasion was our 22nd anniversary and I was lookingfor a little something extra for my wife Toni. What I came across was a100,000-volt, pocket/purse-sized Taser. The effects of the taser weresuppose to be short lived, with no long-term adverse affect on your assailant, allowing her adequate time to retreat to safety ...WAY TOO COOL!

Long story short, I bought the device and brought it home. I loaded two triple A batteries in the darn thing and pushed the button. Nothing! I was disappointed. I learned, however, that if I pushed thebutton AND pressed it against a metal surface at the same time; I'd get the blue arch of electricity darting back and forth between the prongs. Awesome!!!

Unfortunately, I have yet to explain to Toni what that burn spot is on the face of her microwave.

Okay, so I was home alone with this new toy, thinking to myself that it couldn't be all that bad with only two triple-a batteries ... right?!!!There I sat in my recliner, my cat Gracie looking on intently (trusting little soul) while I was reading the directions and thinking that I really needed to try this thing out on a flesh & blood moving target.

I must admit I thought about zapping Gracie (for a fraction of a second) and thought better of it. She is such a sweet cat. But, if I was going to give this thing to my wife to protect herself against a mugger, I did want some assurance that it would work as advertised. Am I wrong? (those of you who said "yep" are or were undoubtably married....)

So, there I sat in a pair of shorts and a tank top with my reading glasses perched delicately on the bridge of my nose, directions in one hand, taser in another. The directions said that a one-second burst would shock and disorient your assailant; a two-second burst was supposed to cause muscle spasms and a major loss of bodily control; a three-second burst would purportedly make your assailant flop on the ground like a fish out of water. Any burst longer than three seconds would be wasting the batteries.

All the while I'm looking at this little device measuring about 5"long, less than 3/4 inch in circumference; pretty cute really and loaded with two itsy, bitsy triple-a batteries) thinking to myself, "no possible way!"

What happened next is almost beyond description, but I'll do my best ...I'm sitting there alone, Gracie looking on with her head cocked to one side as to say, "don't do it master," reasoning that a one-second burst from such a tiny little ole thing couldn't hurt all that bad.

I decided to give myself a one-second burst just for the heck of it. I touched the prongs to my naked thigh, pushed the button, and HOLY MOTHER,WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, #*^@$*!&$#@!@ *!!!

I'm pretty sure Jessie Ventura ran in through the side door, picked me up in the recliner, then body slammed us both on the carpet, over and over and over again. I vaguely recall waking up on my side in the fetalposition, with tears in my eyes, body soaking wet, both nipples on fire,testicles nowhere to be found, with my left arm tucked under my body in the oddest position, and tingling in my legs.

The cat was standing over me making meowing sounds I had never heard before, licking my face,undoubtedly thinking to herself, "do it again, do it again!"

Note: If you ever feel compelled to "mug" yourself with a taser, one note of caution: there is no such thing as a one-second burst when you zap yourself.You will not let go of that thing until it is dislodged from your hand by a violent thrashing about on the floor. A three second burst would be considered conservative.

SON-OF-A-... that hurt like hell!!! A minute or so later (I can't besure, as time was a relative thing at that point), collected my wits(what little I had left), sat up, and surveyed the landscape. My bent reading glasses were on the mantel of the fireplace. How did they up get there??? My triceps, right thigh and both nipples were still twitching. My face felt like it had been shot up with Novocain, and my bottom lip weighed 88 lbs. I'm still looking for my testicles. I'm offering a significant reward for their safe return.

Still in shock,

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Birthday

First, world, I love you guys.

Second, 54!!!! Holy crap never thought I'd make it this far! What's next?

Had a great sorta slowish day. M asked two of the kids to look after a card/birthday stuff and they were already on it! Got cards, calls and a cake. M and I went out to the same restaurant we went to for his birthday...and ordered the same meal. I think I gained two sizes from that meal. O.U.C.H. Needed a forklift to walk (well it felt like it!). Not that we stuffed ourselves. OH I know what it was! That cake in the afternoon.

Anyway it was wonderful. Can't believe I'm this old but what the hey it beats the alternative! Glad I have you guys as blogbuddies, really honored to be working where and with whom I am...the only thing that could make life better would be to wake up a size 10 again and to have the day off.

OK that isn't gonna happen...so things are great!!!

Night world, love ya to bits!!!

Bridg

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Home

Just imagine M. Buble's voice tumbling out of my living room, world, as I struggle to get my flipping house key to open the darn front door! "Let me go hoooooommmmeeee....."

Don't know if I mentioned it before but it takes about 5 minutes to get in (or out) these days because none of the keys really fit the lock well. So someone is coming to fix it tomorrow. Don't remember if he's coming at 8:00 a.m. or 9:00 a.m. but I'll be there, lol. Now have a bruise on the palm of my hand from pushing the key in (it's not easy to bruise a palm....).

Hope Tuesday (NCIS nigh) was good to ya?

Didn't see M until the end of the day. Did get a HECK of a lot done, all at once too. We have one person who's less productive and seemingly less 'engaged' in her work than the others. I thought it was her problem, so we met today and after that she got working like a house afire. I WAS THE PROBLEM!!!

Hadn't paid enough attention to her. The others' projects were hot hot hot so I had to deal with them right away. Feel guilty but am making up for lost time. Holy crow. It's not like she said anything, I just noticed how much she perked up after we met and went over her projects. Yeesh Bridg. OK am on top of it now!

Everyone (including her) is doing great. M is very tired--I can tell by looking at him. We have a dinner thing planned for tomorrow, hope he feels up to it but if he's tired will go out with Mom instead. Got several birthday wishes today--sweet--including from folks at the old job. Gives you that warm feeling.

May you all be blessed with good friends and jobs! I"m so lucky...to have you guys too!

MWAH!

Bridg

Monday, March 06, 2006

I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night

Hey world! How was your Monday?

It was gorgeous outside here. Kinda warm ish (i.e. slightly above zero). A foretaste of spring.

Inside, the entire staff were on tenterhooks waiting for a 3:00 meeting with the Prez. About what? Officially we didn't know, but all suspected that it was a re-org.

Well, we found out at 3:00. It's not a re-org but a realignment (the diff is in jobs created/not cut). This is good news. We all sorta knew that a new org was being developed because of new rules for a related profession. All well and good. The group that M, I and the kids are in was to be part of it, BUT the Prez said the opposite!! Not only that, but our function was going under the leadership of a particularly abusive executive. Was I happy? HA you could have heard me in the act of having kittens/heart attacks, although I tried to keep a neutral face (the Prez sat directly across from me--close enough to strangle).

Then he left and during the discussion afterwards, it came out that we ARE part of the new org, the Prez just didn't mention it.

Heart attack over. For a few minutes I was in mourning at the thought of not working with NBG (who I dearly love working with) and in shock at the prospect of working with someone with a nasty reputation for staff abuse. Thank heavens that didn't happen, but I cringe for the poor babies who are going to be moved over there. One of them is Evil Witch's acolyte, who's on education leave at the moment. The others are A and P (or rather, their positions. We are going to keep their bodies with us). K is going over there in theory, but she is physically located in Calgary and she is acting in the job (i.e. she has a permanent job elsewhere). So she is safe too.

Holy crap, is there no end to the mean bosses? We all dodged a bullet but really, life shouldn't be this hard. Even now my heart's pounding just thinking about it.

So that was today's roller coaster. WHEW.

Had to get my driver's license sticker renewed today too. Here you can do that with machines, but the machine would not let me do it, I had to visit a bureau. Had visions of forgotten traffic tickets coming to haunt me, but it turns out that all I had to do was get a new photo.

Another 'oh oh' moment that didn't happen.

This day was way too much for this old lady!

But the good news, get to stay with NBG AND M, get to keep the kids/babies, we are ditching a responsibility that I don't like over to the other org, and I have a new license/sticker.

Can't wait for tomorrow (ha ha ha).....

Hugs, world.



Bridg

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Sunday, March 05, 2006

Thanks DaMasta!!

you chose AX - your Enneagram type is SEVEN. http://http://www.okcupid.com/tests/take

"I am happy and open to new things"

Adventurers are energetic, lively, and optimistic. They want to contribute to the world.

How to Get Along with Me
Give me companionship, affection, and freedom.
Engage with me in stimulating conversation and laughter.
Appreciate my grand visions and listen to my stories.
Don't try to change my style. Accept me the way I am.
Be responsible for youself. I dislike clingy or needy people.
Don't tell me what to do.

What I Like About Being a Seven
being optimistic and not letting life's troubles get me down
being spontaneous and free-spirited
being outspoken and outrageous. It's part of the fun.
being generous and trying to make the world a better place
having the guts to take risks and to try exciting adventures
having such varied interests and abilities

What's Hard About Being a Seven
not having enough time to do all the things I want
not completing things I start
not being able to profit from the benefits that come from specializing; not making a commitment to a career
having a tendency to be ungrounded; getting lost in plans or fantasies
feeling confined when I'm in a one-to-one relationship

Sevens as Children Often
are action oriented and adventuresome
drum up excitement
prefer being with other children to being alone
finesse their way around adults
dream of the freedom they'll have when they grow up

Sevens as Parents
are often enthusiastic and generous
want their children to be exposed to many adventures in life
may be too busy with their own activities to be attentive

Little Green Bag

Or for you younger guys, it's the music behind the gum commercial where a fellow shows up at a bus stop wearing only Speedos.

How are ya world?

It's looking and feeling like spring here (i.e. it was sunny and above zero) today. Didn't do a heck of a lot, like Jack (drinkmorejack), usually relax on Sundays and just do chores. Today that was groceries. Also went out to dinner with Mom today for the first time in about a month or slightly more.

She wound up not buying the condo that she bid on. It went to higher than her house type prices, and considering that there is a far too long front walk, uphill, and that she would have difficulty mastering the elevator, she passed on it. They haven't sold the unit yet tho.

Instead Mom's getting a chairlift put into her house, which is a great idea. Do any of you remember a series called The Governor and JJ? That show was on in the 60s, I think. The grandmother in that house had a chairlift. Come to think of it, the governor in the show used to run every morning for health. That show was ahead of its time, I guess. Anyway, the stats that I've looked at for seniors say that they usually live only 6 years after entering a nursing home, so the longer they can stay in their own homes, the better. She'd be lonely with only one neighbor per floor in that condo place. Her house neighbors are great. Well, they're friendly anyway. She's signing up for aquafit again too. Good thing, that course always did marvels for her emotionally and physically.

OK so what's up with Bridg? Nothing except M as usual (mentally of course). Lots of healthy eathing (about bleeping time), etc. I love weekends. It's the only time I get to really decompress. Not that there's a lot of bad stress at work, it's just hectic. It'll be much better without Evil Witch there. That announcement will get made tomorrow.

At our dinner on Friday, Doris told me about a special that she saw on coffee. Did you know that it's one of the most highly traded commodities in the world besides oil? And that there was a lot of slashing and burning of rainforest (e.g. in Columbia, Guatemala) to grow coffee because the idiot coffee growers thought that it grows better in the sun? It doesn't, coffee is a shade plant. The planters don't get much money, like other third world producers. The middle men are the ones making all the bucks. That's what's behind Fair Trade/Fair Price coffee. Have got to find a source in O town...since hearing about that, can't bring myself to buy the regular stuff.

There are equally bad stories about sugar. I'll save that one for another time.

Wanted to pass on other stuff I learned today about soft drinks. Turns out that the acid (usually phosphoric) found in it can weaken tooth enamel, leading to sensitive teeth (about two years ago had to start using Sensodyne. Had been drinking two litres of diet ginger ale per day) and tartar. Not only that, but the sugar in soft drinks doesn't respond well to insulin.

Am onto water now....I didn't quote from the article, but the story on soft drinks was in today's Ottawa Citizen.


Hugs, world. Hope your upcoming week is smooth sailing and warm weather....Bridg

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Good Morning Starshine

OK so it's morning but you get the drift!! Hi world, happy Saturday!

As usual it's past noon and I'm not dressed yet. Well will be soon. The sun's shining, the sky is clear deep blue, last night's torrents of wind are gone, and the days are so much longer. Spring's going to be here before we know it.

Connected Peggy with a former Newfoundlander in Ottawa who had the same type of tumor. Thank God Peggy's networking in Newfoundland too. That should help. Wish I could take on this disease for her, it's such a helpless feeling not being able to do much.

The Most Spoiled Cat In The Universe got me up at 9:00 today, let me feed, pet and cuddle her, then she went to sleep. Brat. It's like ONE of us HAS to be awake all the time here! Oh well, she's my little furry kid. Would be lost without her.

Doris, a pal of many years (like about 15 or so) started working out lately. She inspired me to do the same. Hope this keeps up! More likely to with spring coming.

OK world, off to get dressed, get hair done and attack the day...wishing you the same!

hugs, Bridg

Friday, March 03, 2006

This IS A Joke, Right????

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A White House source stated that Congress is considering awarding Vice-President Dick Cheney the Medal of Freedom, the national highest civilian commendation, for his act of bravery in shooting an attorney.

The source was quoted to say " All Americans have wanted to shoot a lawyer at one time or another and Cheney actually had the balls to do it".

In a related story, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, which issues hunting licenses, said that it will start requiring hunters, wishing to bag a lawyer, to have the new "lawyer's stamp" on their hunting license. Currently Texas hunters are required to carry stamps for hunting birds, deer, and bear, at a cost of $7 annually. The new "lawyers stamp" will cost $100, but open season will be all year long.

The department further stated that although the "lawyers stamp" comes at hefty price, sales have been brisk and it is believed it will generate annual revenues in excess of $3 billion dollars the first year. Other states are considering the move.

Beautiful....

Gordon Lightfoot - Beautiful
courtesy of: http://www.seeklyrics.com/lyrics/Gordon-Lightfoot/Beautiful.html

At times I just don't know
How you could be anything but beautiful
I think that I was made for you
And you were made for me
And I know that I won't ever change
Cause we've been friends through rain or shine
For such a long, long time
Laughing eyes and smiling face
It's seems so lucky just to have the right
Of telling you with all my might
You're beautiful tonight
And I know that you won't ever stray
Cause you've been that way from day to day
For such a long, long time
And when ya hold me tight
How could life be anything but beautiful
I think that I was made for you
And you were made for me
And I know that I won't ever change
Cause we've been friends through rain or shine
For such a long, long time
And I must say it means so much to me
To be the one who's telling you
I'm telling you
That you're beautiful


Had two margeritas with Doris and M came with us (stayed for a beer), so this post is darn short because have only got one phrase going through my mind:

I Love That Man !!!!!!!!

Sorry, I know it's boring. No it isn't the margs talking, am quite sober.

Sigh.

Night world...will try to be less maudlin tomorrow....Bridg

I Say A Little Prayer

Hi world. Found out tonight that of Peggy's 28 lymph nodes tested, 10 had the c word in them. Now world, this is someone who's cute, funny as all get out, smart as hell, has two adorable kiddies, a husband and two great parents. She's the best pal in the universe.

So if you can, how about a prayer for my friend Peggy?

Thanks world..Bridg

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Sunshine Reggae

Hola world, comment goes it?

Went into work today....M came in first thing (well, that's 10:00 when he comes in!), and I told him that I stayed home yesterday because I was mad at him. He explained that he didn't mean what he said (that does happen with him sometimes) and that he didn't know about Miss X being bitchy with me. Also said that his bottom line is me, i.e. not making my life harder than it is. WHEW. OK big relief. I promised to send him any more snarky e mails that I get from her. Re being late on everything, he caught up today which is great. So we are back on track.

AND....Evil Witch has a job offer! As far as I know, her plans are to go on holidays, then leave a week after she's back YIPPEE!! Her number one employee was in my office twice today regarding mean stuff that she'd done to him that day. He said that either she was gonna change her ways or there is going to be a bloody coup. Really happy for him that things went this way.

The person who used to do Lou's job is coming back. This may be good for Lou in that she might stay on to manage that person, or she might have a job as an editor in our org. The editor gig would be perfect for her, because as she puts it, she's anal about such things.

Stayed till almost 7 to finish a job that was a PIA. Got it done too. Mom is in sort of good shape. She got one of her 'queer spells' (sudden weakness) this afternoon when she was out with Bro. She wants to get back to aquafit classes to build up her strength...great idea too.

OK off to make dinner. The Most Spoiled Cat In The Universe is voicing her extreme displeasure with my being on the computer and it is driving me nuts.

Thanks for all your excellent advice yesterday, world. It really truly helped a lot!

Hugs, Bridg

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Rock 'n' Roll Lullaby

Hi world! Hope your middle of the week is at least painless?

Woke up late again and today decided that it just wasn't worth going in to work. Right. Stayed home and slept, caught up on housework.

Part of yesterday that I didn't mention in yesterday's post was that M was somewhat tough to be around. First, he's hiring someone who is a bit like La Bitch in the last office (difficult to work with). He gets into these 'fits' where anything negative that I say is (to him) an encroachment on his bossly territory. All I did was report my perceptions. He can do as he likes (thanks to me ---Bridg gives herself a head slap), that's what bosses do. But the rest of us have to put up with her. Thank God NBG takes an active role in the goings-on of the organization.

Second, a few things that depend on him doing things at work haven't happened. Some of them are close to a week late, others are critical, some not. All of them are languishing. This.drives.me.nuts. I don't ignore deadlines. Many of them truly matter. But all of us are human, it's just that these things are beginning to pile up like snowdrifts and none of us can work around them.

Lastly, we talked about my asking him to intervene/say SOMETHING in yesterday's meeting. One of the boneheads in the meeting was a very aggressive and junior person who (1) asked the co-chair to explain what the group had done to date because he had not done the background reading (ummm the rest of us are paid quite a lot, and we aren't paid to listen as someone else does his homework for him--this was scheduled as a two hour meeting), and (2) asked questions 'from the book' about why things had/had not been done. In our profession, the book is not always followed in some areas because the theory doesn't work well when applied. That's just the way it is. I explained why the book wasn't followed normally in the field. When he first asked that question, the entire room fell silent. Mostly because it was a very ummm well I don't usually use this term, but stupid/naieve question. M said that he was busy reading the body language around the room and that it simply was not the time to offer a solution/answer--and that if one intervenes prior to that, you are part of the problem.

Not too happy with that comment either.

The (bad) person he's hiring was there too, and made a very bad intervention ('we can't do this because')...it was along the lines of we're too busy to fill out our income tax forms (that kind of logic). The real problem was that she presented that view on behalf of our entire organization, which she doesn't represent (M, I and she do that).

All in all I'm not very happy with M and yesterday at all. Could not face going in there today so I didn't. He can be mad all he wants, just without me there.

Pauly told me that NBG is very happy with me but isn't entirely sure of M. At first I thought that it was just a matter of becoming used to each other. Now I'm seeing some clay in my hero's feet. It's disappointing. What really kills me is the arrogance (the 'I'm right, piss off' thing). I didn't want the kids to see this.

Oh well I'm sure brighter days are ahead. Despite the sun outside, this isn't one of them.

Keep your fingers crossed for me, OK world?

Bridg