January 30, 2009

$3.00 is a latte, a few cans of cat food or a beer on Tuesday nights at the hills

Bath & Body Works is selling product in old packaging for $3 a bottle.


if this were the old me, I'd stock up on at least one shower gel and one lotion. but alas, I am on a budget like woah. no smell good for ptoe.

just thought you should know ;)

January 29, 2009

car trouble...to say the least

I started this blog to keep up with the happenings but i've been busy.. letmetellyouwhat.

seriously, I'm not sure how many more bumps I can take this week. this move is going to be expensive, I know this. I planned for this. but not like this.

thank goodness I have people who will listen and support me. I'm not sure where I'd be this week without tcakes, a couple of the girls at work, my mother and of course holla. thanks for being there for me. you have no idea!

so 2006, I own an old Ford taurus (deloris) that was given to me by my uncle when I was rear ended by a drunk driver in 2004. the car wasn't bad, very low miles, pretty good upkeep and best of all NO PAYMENT but still needed a lot of work, all the time. so when I started at Bentley I figured it was time that I got a better car, it was my first real full time job and I kept putting money into deloris so why not put that money towards a more dependable, safer vehicle. working for VWoA made me decide on the Audi.

don't get me wrong, I love my little car. it's not too slow, not too fast, I like the way it looks, I like the inside, I feel safe in it with the 4-wheel drive, but I'm done. It was CPO'ed in 2003 which means the dealer checked it out and everything was up to Audi standards.

I guess it's just my bad luck, that car is always up to something. yesterday (of all weeks) I see a little smoke come out of the hood and figure no big deal it's probably some oil burning off. get in my car to go home last night and the coolant light came on. I always worry about my car. I'm an unmarried female living alone in the greater Detroit metro area and have been stranded a few times with friends or alone on highways or freeways and it isn't safe and it's freaking scary. so I'm a little anal about the condition of my car. I called the dealer last night (they know me now by caller id I think) and they said it's probably a good idea to bring it in just in case there is a coolant leak.


to avoid being late to work for car problems, I got up really early and went straight to the dealer. sit there for 20 minutes and BAM! $400 to fix the coolant leak, the water pump and an oil leak.

this wouldn't be a big deal except for the fact that I've been in service department way too many times. mainly cosmetic fixes and speakers which in the long run will help me sell the beast and some of my neurotic idea that if I don't take it in I'm going to get stranded. but I was just there, I just paid for a loaner car's spare tire that blew on Southfield freeway when I went to see tcakes, and I was just there paying for little knobs and switches that needed to be replaced before my CPO is up in February. now this.


and the move this weekend, which isn't cheap either. I just wish these things could space themselves out a bit. but alas, it happens and you deal. no new rugs or furniture for my fun new place yet. it will have to wait.

louisville is under a sheet of ice. I feel so bad for my parents. they don't have heat or electricity. my mom has been trying to keep the fireplace going to keep one of the rooms warmer. they slept with two down comforters and one wool Army blanket that my Grandma ganked in the 1950's (they don't make blankets like that anymore), and three cats. so they're warm, I just feel bad. it snowed here again. I love the snow. I just wish winter would lock it up about mid-january. that would be nice. it's just very calming if you're outside at night and it's cold. so cold that sounds seem to freeze. I really love walking through the woods after a good snow. there aren't many wooded areas in metro motor city, that's for sure.

work has been really busy too which is good but I have a lot of 9:00pm calls during the recruiting seasons and that's getting tough to live life around. summer recruiting is finished in mid-february and full time won't start until august so it's almost over. then being at work an hour early to greet interviewees just makes for a tired ptoe. you know.

as much as I may complain about work or people I work with. the girls/admin are starting to grow closer together. I'm not sure if it's because coco (I feel really bad for her, and feel even worse because at first I didn't feel as bad. shame on me. it's a tough economy and no one deserves what she got no matter how many times we bumped heads) is leaving but we've started to stick up for each other and I think as long as we just talk things out between us that life here won't be so dramatic. little offices/departments tend to get a little catty. but I am going to try to be better about it. that's all I can do. head down and focus.

tcakes and I went to see some friends this weekend in DuckLakeMI, which is a beautiful place if you like water and gravel roads. I happen to love the water and only wish I could buy their on the lake property. I promise if I could afford to drive to and from work, I would have bought your home!! we went to the union and drank wine and martinis and ate delicious food, played wii and played with little p. I adore little p. he is the baby that made me fall in love with the idea of having babies. for a while there, I wasn't sure if I'd ever have the opportunity to have babies. after meeting little p, I know that I want to and know that I'm meant to be a mommy. of course, I adore his parents too and that makes me adore little p even more, knowing what a good person he will be b/c of who is raising him. so cute :)

well I feel better about the car, this is life right now and as tcakes told me in between sobs this morning...it will be better next week. plus I can't wait for the new apartment!!

January 16, 2009

threeve day weekends never hurt anybody..

threeve days off. hooray. thanks MLKJR. mucho appreciated.

I'm pretty excited about the weekend + monday timeline here. tonight I'll go to tcakes house with cat in hand (kc loves him, a lot, sometimes more than me...). the schedule includes some wine and romantic stuff and I've been looking forward to it for days now. :)

then tomorrow morning we're heading down to cleveland, oh - for a chrissy's birthday. then sunday is my niece's 5th birthday party at my sisters house! usually these family events are fun and it's nice to catch up.

and finally, MLKJR's day. in honor of MLKJR, I think I'll do some packing, maybe take some pictures of stuff I need to get rid of before I move. I'm moving from a 2bed2bath 1000sqft apartment to a 469sqft studio apartment. my 50 pairs of shoes are not going to fit in my little closet. if you're interested in my good but can't fit them in my place stuff, let me know. Normally I would just give it away but in my time of need I'm going to do my best to sell it. I'll post the pics here too. please consider my need for wine and cat food. :)

I do have a question for any of you out there who have used vinyl wall decorations - have you used them? are they complicated? is it hard to take them off? any advice you have - I'll take. seriously.

January 15, 2009

and that's the best part...

the days that I know I have something fun to do in the evening go by way too slow. and then the fun part always goes by way too fast. I'm working on a way to change this and hopefully one day will be able to help everyone enjoy the fun time more and the slow time will go by faster.

this is certainly true today. no big plans, but I'm meeting tcakes for dinner after my doctors appointment. I adore my friends and get the same excited feeling when there is a girls night or meeting one of you out for a drinkie, but it's just a different feeling when it comes to him.

ya'll know what I'm talking about.

tcakes is the best guy I've ever dated. I trust him and feel 100% myself with him and know that he cares about me too. gushing stops, you can stop throwing up now.

anyway, I think it just took me a while to really know what I'm worth, too. which comes with age (blah) and experience. girls, gals and women can be just as ridiculous as boys, guys and men when it comes to dating. we all make mistakes, maybe more than once, and have to learn from it.

tcakes has given me a new attitude to dating and not being scared to give it your all, just knowing that the other person is doing the same makes everything, well.. right.

all I know now is that I'm really happy, and that's the best part.

January 14, 2009

february brings change

In February 2009, we will have a new President. Although, I'm unhappy with the choice many Americans made. I hope that this new change in the white house will bring change to the way the United States in a whole, lives and thinks. It may take 4 years to realize a mistake or possibly it may take 4 years to realize our potential. Who knows.

I will be living in a new apartment. I couldn't be more excited to move out of the current complex. It's drafty and dingy plus I have terrible neighbors right now. This change will be a very positive one for me. I'll be closer to work and to the boyfriend and much happier I am sure.

I feel changes happening at work as well. I'm unaware of these changes in detail but I feel something is going on and I hope that whatever this change may be that it is something to help the environment and business.

Along with these changes, I hope to begin a workout schedule as well. Once tcakes, the boyfriend, moves from his apartment we've agreed that we'll workout together more, cook at home more and I really think this will bring us closer together as well as get me healthy again.

February will also be closer to the end of this current winter semester in school. My current class, Career Development, is good so far. It will be some writing and self discovery which will help me articulate my career path as well as help me understand the career paths of others. One class a semester doesn't seem like much to many. Working and school and relationships and sleep can be difficult to juggle so what may seem like a small accomplishment to you, is a huge accomplishment for me.

Although it's cold, February also brings a bit of change to the Michigan weather. January is so dreary and gray. It won't change much but again it's closer to March and April which will begin the slow and steady thaw.

January 13, 2009

you're my best friend

To start this bloggyblog I figure I should give a shizzle to those I consider to be my bffff's. No need to name names but you know who you are.

I don't use the terms best friend often because it takes a special person.

In case you need clarification my definition of a best friend is someone who would do the following: pick up the phone or call back even if we haven't talked in years, let me invite myself over for dinner or in desperate measures -the weekend, listen to me cry, listen to me vent, give me honest advice when I ask for it and know when to give it when I don't, listen to me talk about pee and poop, tell me stories about pee and poop, meet me at the bar and not leave until it closes, makes me feel comfortable to talk about anything, call me 25 times after I claim an emergency, sit on the couch all day Saturday and truly enjoy it, get drunk with me on Christmas, understand that I have duggie touretts, respect the fact that I love doggies and point them out on the street for me to see, take care of me when I drink too much, help me move to a new apartment, forgives me when I make the same mistake twice, sets me up with an amazing boyfriend, remembers my birthday, sends me texts to say hello and make sure I'm okay, lets me visit just to play with the baby, gives me a cat, lets me bring my cat to their house, plays chubby bunny in the car in a parking lot, puts up with me when I take a while to call back, lets me hang up when I'm grouchy and call right back to apologize and someone who knows that I would do any of these things and more for them.

To those of you who know what I'm talking about, I heart you a lot. Just thought you should know.

And the blogging begins.