Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Mono without all the fun of getting it

I am realizing - by the stilted reactions of several acquaintances - that there's a bit of a stigma around mono.

"Mono? Feel better."

"Mono? How'd that happen?"

"Mono? I always knew you were a whore."

You get the picture.

I sincerely wish I'd had some of the fun involved with contracting this evil virus. It would make having my ass embedded in the couch so much more enjoyable, with at least a few good memories to pass the time.

Mono IS contracted via saliva. It can be spread if a person sneezes on their hand and then shakes hands with someone or touches a door knob/handle.

Which is how I got it. I'm assuming.

Perhaps this isn't the best time to confess my penchant for sucking on door knobs?
I am listening to: A very quiet house
I am reading: A user experience assessment for Zumies
And I am: Crabby and tired

Friday, January 15, 2010

MORE Good Things Friday

"This is Dr. Zimmer from Dr. C____'s office, has anyone called you about your blood work yet?"


"You have mono."

"That's GREAT. I'm not crazy."
Pos: "You may have mono, but that's not a mutually exclusive condition from 'crazy'."
I am listening to: Gromit breathing
I am reading: Googled 'mono'
And I am: Relieved

GTF - Late Edition

"You're sick again?"
"Not again. Still, apparently."

Anyhow, here are some good things from the past week:
"You've lost 5 lbs. since we saw you between Christmas and New Year." - my doctor, today
Watched Slumdog Millionaire - good story, a little contrived, but good.
And the soundtrack is awesome
Taught myself how to add motion to a PowerPoint presentation
It might not seem like a big deal to you, but as one friend puts it, I'm easily amused
All of the Christmas decorations are finally down/away as of last weekend
I am wearing Christmas socks, compliments of Mom.
They are comfy.
The Red Cross, making it easy for all of us lazy-asses to help Haiti via texting
Craig Ferguson
Talking to Judy last night about her brilliant book exchange idea
"Did you hear Pat Robertson said Haiti made a deal with the devil?" - me
"And that's why they've been living so well all these years?" - Jim
I've been having my nails done on a regular basis for about two months now
My hands have NEVER looked nice - and now they do
It's a totally girly thing but it makes me feel good so fuck it
The mentor meeting went well last week - I'm supposed to write my obituary by Jan. 22 when he gets back from Mexico
I don't think he's planning on killing me - yet
I am wearing my favorite sweatshirt from Granite Peak in Wausau, WI
The house is clean
Two weeks, 4 days from tomorrow I'll be on my favorite beach with a few of my favorite people
I am listening to: CNN Haiti coverage
I am reading: Ugh - nothing
And I am: Tired and crabby

Friday, January 08, 2010

Good Things Friday – Back in the Groove Electric Boogaloo Edition

The 2009 holiday season was the best EVER

A fabulous pre-Christmas trip to Michigan to see family and friends

Nelson and Bec are getting married in Hawaii this November and it's just crazy-awesome-cool

Skiing in northern Wisconsin – one of my very favorite traditions and a great way to kick off every new year

I'm not a great skier but it's relaxing and fun for me

The cupcake charm Mom sent for my Pandora bracelet is wonderful

"You're a cupcake. And who doesn't love a cupcake?" - Mom

1Password – software that keeps all your password, ID, credit card, and software license info in one secure and easily accessible place

Sorry, it's only for us really cool Mac people

Jim built an amazing, awesome bar in the basement

He’s calling it the Wong Way Inn

(his nickname is Wong)

It makes me think of my favorite golf joke

Anyhow, it’s growing on me

Can’t stop watching the new Star Trek movie

It’s just good clean fun

And Leonard Nemoy's cameo is priceless

Good week back at work

New Motorola wireless headphones for Christmas - fantastic sound quality, and so much easier on my tiny ears than those damn iPod earbud thingies

I hate the word 'earbud' it sounds like something ugly growing in my ear

Finally sucked it up and got another copy of my Best of Ed Bruce CD, which was stolen years ago

Definitely one of my top 5 favorite albums

“Everything’s a Waltz” and “Mommas Don’t Let Your Babies” are sublime

Ed Bruce actually wrote the song made famous by Willie and Waylon

And sang it way better than them on this CD

The guy’s like 80 years old now and still kickin’ with the ding-dang sexiest voice on the planet

Like a very old Kid Rock

He had a cameo in Public Enemies with Johnny Depp

My boss and a co-worker made it home to Chicago last night

Keith at the front desk and Andre the Giant - two guys in our office building who keep things running smoothly

It's the only way I can remember his name - he's Andre and he is the Largest Human Being I've ever met

I have my first meeting with my mentor today finally

He scares the crap outta me, that’s why I asked him to do this

Had a pretty horrible dream on Monday but by Wednesday had it mostly figured out

Fantasizing about everyone on the train singing “Mommas Don’t Let Your Babies”

It’s been like eight or nine months since I’ve had a crunchy/salty chip

Still haven’t given up sweets as planned

But I’ll get there

Realized yesterday that 2009 was the best year of my life


I am listening to: TLC – Diggin’ on You

I am reading: Eat, Pray, Love…sorta

And I am: Like peace…in a groove

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Trains, planes & automobiles

Because of the weather, I spent a good portion of today desperately trying to get two co-workers home to Chicago from Syracuse, New York.

Lessons learned:

1) Delta's automated phone thingy is rigged. It pretends it doesn't hear you say 'representative'. Every. Fucking. Time. How do I know this? I called them five times in the course of 90 minutes and no matter how clearly I enunciated 're-pre-sen-ta-tive' the automated douchetool said "I'm sorry, I didn't hear your answer, do you want to blah di blah di blah?"

2) "That flight was ticketed by US Airways, so you'll have to contact them." - United Airlines.

3) "That flight is operated by United Airlines, so you'll have to contact them." - US Airways.

4) If the tickets you're after are no longer available on the Delta site, try Northwest.

5) Expedia and Orbitz are completely worthless in this scenario -- apparently you need to "contact the airline to book these tickets" during snowstorms.

6) There are no Amtrak trains from Milwaukee to Chicago after 7:45 pm on a Thursday.

7) Contrary to its name, Metra's Milwaukee District North Line does NOT go to/from Milwaukee.

8) If you're super duper nice, the hotel folks will cancel your just-in-case reservation without a penalty.

9) To keep your job, resist the urge to say "You're fucked!" (like the gobble-gobble car rental clerk in Trains, Planes and Automobiles) to your stranded boss and co-worker.

I finally booked these guys on the only flight out of Syracuse that wasn't cancelled.

On Delta. Via the Northwest Airlines web site.

To Milwaukee. Via Cincinnati.

Here's hoping they made it home safely tonight.
I am listening to: NBC 5 News
I am reading: Ugh - trying to get back into Eat Pray Love but haven't made it any farther than eat
And I am: Amazed it's Friday already

Friday, January 01, 2010

The last thing i want

Or perhaps it's the first thing.

Anyhow, the thing I want most right now is for what I'm about to say to not sound preachy.

Here goes.

How about if this year we shit-can all of those crazy resolutions we have no intention of (or let's be honest here, a real plan for) keeping.

And instead, we take a long, hard look at the deeper reasons why we

surf the Internet
[insert your favorite here]

too much and actually do something to change our lives this year.

It's difficult and it sucks but it's also amazing and real and enlightening and life-changing.

You ready? You with me?

Here we go.
I am listening to: The Rose Bowl
I am reading: Eat, Pray, Love
And I am: Ready for 2010