Monday, July 30, 2007

Finally, my horoscope is worth reading...

Quickie (Aquarius): Your brilliance cannot be underestimated today -- it's like a gift to your people.

Daily Work: You're a sucker for sentiment, and you'll fall hard for sweet stories. Whether it's an employee begging the afternoon off or an applicant with a bittersweet route to success, you'll eat up every syrupy drip.

Whatever. If I don't get the afternoon off, then no one else does either. But I AM brilliant and underestimated. ;)


Wednesday, July 25, 2007

wise words from a wise friend...

"I wonder if I'll have this much fun making fun of people in Hell?"

Monday, July 23, 2007

river rats...

Yep, there he is... my Jon, in all his glory. Exemplifying true river rattedness. This past weekend, we were invited to spend a couple days with some friends boating down [or actually, up] the Alabama River. (Thanks Kimmy & Steven!!!) Lots of drinking, eating, talking, laughing, drinking, harassing each other, good music, hot air (in several ways), and yes, more drinking... Good times, good friends, good cheer.... (my grandparents used to have some cocktail napkins that said that: "Good times, good friends, good cheer... Madge & Buck are glad you're here!") [groan]

To explain the picture at the top of this post, there is a strict rule of "No Smoking On The Boat" (can't blame them, it's their boat & they aren't smokers), so Jon is getting his nicotine fix while immersed in the water & floating on a life jacket... And you just thought I was the classy one!!! ;)

And Meredith, you're a fabulous cook, btw (and an even better drinker!). Even if the spinach dip is premade from Wal-Mart, it's still damn good stuff!!! Don't ever think we don't appreciate every last bite!!! I think we have the Bloody Marys pretty much down pat, now we just need to work on perfecting those mojitos!!! (any good excuse works, right?)

I only wish I could do something like that every day of every week of every year.... much, much more relaxing & enjoyable than work! Unfortunately, I have yet to find anyone who wants to actually pay me to sit on my fat ass & do nothing. Let me know if anyone hears of any openings, ok? ;)


Tuesday, July 17, 2007

I Have Been Vindicated!!!

Yea -- I'm not as crazy as I may sometimes sound!!! For years I have tried to describe the exact symptoms and feelings listed below, and I have finally discovered that this IS a real thing! "Brain shivers" or "brain zaps". Every time I have ever tried to convey these feelings to anyone else, they look at me like I'm completely nuts (and let's face it, my nuttiness is nowhere near complete... yet).

Jon was describing a similar feeling he was having the other day and I was so excited that someone else actually knew what I was talking about -- even if for all I knew, it meant we could both be dying from a brain tumor or who-knows-what...

"Brain zaps" are said to defy description for whoever has not experienced them, but the most common themes are of a sudden "jolt," likened to an electric shock, apparently occurring or originating in the brain itself, with associated disorientation for a few seconds. They are sometimes accompanied by brief tinnitus and vertigo-like feelings. Immediately following this shock is a light-headedness that may last for up to ten seconds. The sensation can be described for many as a flashbulb going off inside the head or brain, coupled with a sudden sensation of pressure within the ears which is similar to the feeling of trying to relieve inner-ear pressure. Another ancedotal description of a "zap" is as though someone had opened up the person's skull and dragged a staticky blanket across his or her exposed brain. Essentially, it is a wave-like electrical pulse that quickly travels across the surface of (or through) the brain. Still another description is that it is like a bug zapper in stereo traveling back and forth across the back of the head, accompanied by a taste of aluminum foil in the mouth. Moving one's eyes from side to side quickly has also been shown to trigger these zaps and causing them to come in rapid succession. It is thought to be a form of neuro-epileptiform activity.

You're probably wondering why in the hell this even came up or how in the world I stumbled upon this? Good question. I'm about to switch my crazy pills (which I have absolutely no problem admitting that I take, btw) from Zoloft to Cymbalta, so I was reading about some of the side effects and whatnot. Turns out, these "brain shivers" can be a symptom of withdrawal from SSRI drugs, which means I was probably just irresponsible about taking my vitamin Z at the same time every day. Or so I'm diagnosing myself. (maybe the same thing with Jon since he takes blood pressure medicine?) As it turns out, my grandmother has been describing these same feelings to my mom for years, but Mom never understood what she meant. At least I come by it naturally... of course, you can come by cancer naturally, too, I guess...

I always heard that many of the people who went into the field of psychology &/or psychiatry were really just interested in getting to the root of their own psychoses & issues. And to think that I started out majoring in Psychology in college. Go figure...

Monday, July 16, 2007

"Too sexy for my bus," woman told....

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German bus driver threatened to throw a 20-year-old sales clerk off his bus in the southern town of Lindau because he said she was too sexy, a newspaper reported Monday. (and to think, I wasn't even IN Germany!)

"Suddenly he stopped the bus," the woman named Debora C. told Bild newspaper. "He opened the door and shouted at me, 'Your cleavage is distracting me every time I look into my mirror and I can't concentrate on the traffic. If you don't sit somewhere else, I'm going to have to throw you off the bus.' " (and we thought Rosa Parks was discriminated against...)

The woman, pictured in Bild wearing her snug-fitting summer clothes with the plunging neckline, said she moved to another seat but was humiliated by the bus driver. (whatever, you know she loved it)

A spokesman for the bus company defended the driver.

"The bus driver is allowed to do that and he did the right thing," the spokesman said. "A bus driver cannot be distracted because it's a danger to the safety of all the passengers."

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

When It Rains, It Pours...

So much for the drought we were having -- there just does not seem to be an in-between this summer. For weeks, we did not see a drop of rain. Now, we're getting downpours nearly every day. Mother Nature, the ever-so-thirsty grass in my yard thanks you, but how about just a little bit of sunshine?
(photo from The Meridian Star)


Tuesday, July 10, 2007

~ My Daily Work Horoscope ~

Aquarius: When a meeting doesn't go as planned, you're ready to hop on the table and do interpretive dance to make your point. Creative communication comes to you naturally and dazzles coworkers or clients, happily.

WTF??? Interpretive dance? Yeah, I'll get right on that. I know my coworkers are waiting on pins & needles for that one.... OMG, could you imagine? I'm sure that would be the epitome of "dazzling"...


Friday, July 06, 2007

Chicago Pictures....

I know, I know... I've been back ffrom Chicago or over a week and have yet to update -- shame, shame, shame!!! Needless to say, Jon & I had a blast (not to mention, it was ever-so-nice to be somewhere other than work for a bit!)... The train ride was great -- I highly recommend a sleeper car on the train to anyone who has the chance. It made the trip so much easier & more comfortable. It's much more pleasant than cramming into an airplane seat (if you have the time, of course):

And now, onward and upward with some pictures from the trip (speaking of which, HERE is a link to some more Chicago pics that have been uploaded to my Flickr page):
More later, taters...