Last night, my dad’s side of the fam came over for my mom’s birthday dinner. During the conversation, we eventually slipped into political mode and I was completely astonished by the comment out of my sister’s mouth. They were discussing the local propositions, one of which involves more gambling boats for more money to schools or something like that. Honestly, I don’t know that much about it because like I said, I can’t vote here so I haven’t really cared. But I have HEARD of it, and know the general bits. My sister on the other hand, is a teacher in St. Louis County. So when they brought up Prop A, she asked “what’s that?” and we all stared. When asked how she could be a teacher and not know what is going on she replied “I don’t have time to read the news.”
Is this an example of the “typical apathetic American” or is this “out of the norm?”
Last night for my mom’s birthday we went over to Emily and Rusty’s for dinner. Of course, Rusty cooked dinner. Usually I get excited when either my hubby or Rusty cooks because it’s pretty much guaranteed to be awesome. So when dad told me Rusty was making chicken pot pie for dinner, I was extremely disappointed. I’m not sure if my mom attempted this when I was a child, or if I just ate a bad one somewhere along the line, but I’ve never been drawn to chicken pot pie.
Last night was a turning point though. Rusty’s chicken pot pie was amazing. It was really creamy and had corn, celery and the right amount of chicken in it, and instead of making chicken pot pies for each of us, he made a massive pie in a skillet with biscuits on top.
Not sure if you can get chicken pot pie at Russell's Cafe, but you can get caramel apples right now. He actually makes the caramel himself. I haven't had it, but I bet it's good.
This morning I emailed our agent to ask more about it, planning to tour the interior ASAP, and said it was a foreclosed house and already has a contract on it.
Other than that, I really don't have much to report. Hubby was interviewed on the local radio station in Benton, and I thought he sounded pretty good. They also name-dropped my new place of employment which I thought was pretty cool.
And General is still barking at the blow-up-glowing pumpkin across the street.
So after the playoffs, I will be officially depressed. It's almost the holidays and I honestly expected to have sold the house right now. I know there's nothing we can do about it and that it's mostly the economy's fault, but it still sucks.
And to top it off, the house we had our eye on up here no longer has it's "for sale" sign in the yard.
Prior to the concert though, I'm meeting up with my old college roomie for some din-din at Fitz's.
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(I think that at least 20 times a day. I bet my hubby thinks it 2x as many as I do.)
So other than that... not much going on. I'm feeling much better today. I think it was my day on the couch doing nothing yesterday that helped. I normally like to chip in and clean the house on Sundays while I'm in c-dale since hubby is bearing the majority of the work while I'm up here gallivanting around the 'Lou, but yesterday I did nothing but wipe down the kitchen so it looked presentable before I left. (I do tend to make a mess wherever I go. Kinda like the Tazmanian devil...)
Tomorrow I'm going in early to the office to work on a story I'm writing about employees who ride the metro to work. If someone would buy my house, I could interview myself.
He told the kids that if they could win this weekend, he would shave his hair into a mowhawk. After the team won, he let them do it. One swipe at a time.
So if you could use things for your meth concoction that I would never buy, like motor oil or moldy cheese, that would be great.
Thanks so much!
We'll start with the engine incase any of my 5 readers care about that... which I doubt.
- The new car's engine is bigger, but not much. Hubby refused to race me to see which one is faster, but I bet the old car would be, only because it's a manual and only if I were driving.
- The cruise on the old car is smoother. The new one goes through this thing where it slows down, then realizes it and gets all upset and rev's the engine to catch up. I think this is pretty standard for automatic cars, but it makes for a not-perfectly-smooth ride.
- The automatic part of the new car is really nice, especially in traffic. I don't miss the shifting part of my life at all.
- It feels pretty roomy for being a civic, which I think has the stigma (not stigmata like I overheard the other day...) of being a small car. As part of a family where both members are 5'11, I feel pretty comfy in my "compact" car.
- The lumbar support for the driver's seat is much better in the new car. I haven't driven it more than 2 hours at a time, but I can tell it's better already.
- The speakers on the new car are lacking. Maybe I'm missing the sound of the sub that was standard on the old car, but when I turn it up loud, the sound is not very crisp, especially the bass notes.
- The ipod plug-in is awesome on the new car.
- The new car's steering wheel is smaller than the old one and I'm still not used to it.
- The speedometer display is digital in the new car. As someone who's been pulled over more times than I can count on one hand, I find that extremely helpful.
- At the new job, I get lots of collateral. Free stuff in the form of mugs, camping chairs, golf shirts for my dad, fleece blankets, and of course batman-esque lights for my key chain with the company logo.
- I miss the cosmetology department at the old job. I haven't had my eyebrows waxed in three months because I refuse to pay more than the $3 I used to pay. This means I have to actually use tweezers and look at myself in one of those awful mirrors that some man created to make women have a lower self-esteem. I also haven't had my hair dyed in three months. Maybe I'll go gray naturally for a while... see how that goes over.
- I like walking more at work. I feel like much less of a lazy bum.
- I enjoy sleeping until 7:06 versus the 6:03 I used to get up.
- I like the 18 miles it takes to get to work versus the 38 it used to (that's one way.)
- I was extremely disappointed with the vacation/ETO time with the new job. I guess I naively assumed that being one of the top employers in STL that I'd be able to take vacation when I wanted. Did you know that I have to take ETO on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, Memorial, Labor and Fourth of July days? They "give" you those days off by "giving" you x number of hours of ETO. That same bank of ETO is also your sick time. I know I'm spoiled, but I'm used to at least a week off at Christmas. I was NOT expecting that with the new job, but I did expect the 6 official federal holidays to be actually "given" to me, not "earned."
- I love that my office is organized and every decision is a strategic one, based on data. I hated the way my previous employer made every decision based on someone's gut or preference.
- My boss is super awesome. Not only is she someone I respect, but she is pretty cool too.
- Everyone knows where I work. I only have to say half of the name, and everyone knows what I'm talking about. No more explaining that no, I do not work in Harrisburg, IL.
- I can see myself working in this organization for a LONG time. Possibly for the rest of my career. There is so much room to grow, and if I want to try something else - like human resources or doing six sigma training or marketing instead of public relations, I can do that.
Stay tuned to tomorrow's review of the 04 Civic EX versus the 08 Civic LX.
It's a beautiful day outside. Let's see if I can convince him to do something nature-y.
In Illinois however, we don't have time for all that malarkey with absentee ballots. If you sign your name on the envelope, we believe you. No need to mess with some notary public person. Just sign your name and the date in BLACK INK, and you are good to go.
Maybe this is how our ever ethical buddy Rod got elected. Twice.
This pic was taken the day of the wedding by Megan C. I thought it was a pretty good shot of General's favorite cat to chase.
Cool group shot at Tower Grove Park
This is my cuz Charlie, who was an usher in Emily's wedding. I had a really great time after the wedding hanging out with Charlie, his sister Liz and her bf Adam in the hotel lobby after the reception. My other cousins were there too and it was pretty cool to hang out with all of them without our parents there. We don't usually do cousin-ly bonding at family events with alcohol, so it was entertaining to see them all drinking.
Our house is cute, in good condition, in a great school district and priced right (according to our agent anyways). We've dropped the price $6,500 already. That's a deal folks!! I even buried the little catholic dude in the backyard that my old-lady-neighbor said would sell the house within three weeks, guaranteed. It's been five. Saint what's-his-name is failing to do his job.
I love everything I've ever tried from kashi, including their frozen dinners (but they are on the expensive side for a lunch. I've got to find them on sale...).
Now, as a married woman (for almost two years!!!) I'm realizing that Michael and I need to do what's best for us and our family, and not really worry about the outliers of our family unit. I'm tired of trying to please everyone and being pushed around. My parents are both pretty easy-going, and I think they get taken advantage of sometimes. I don't want my kids to grow up thinking it's okay to be put in a situation and not stand up for themselves, so I will not be setting that example.
and for the record, I'm extremely classy.
2. I turned on the heat this morning at Emily's house. The vent in the bathroom blows directly on the toilet paper. I highly recommend warming your TP before using the toilet. It's a nice suprise in the morning.