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Archive for April, 2007

What happens at the party, stays at the party.

That was something I was told last night when I saw someone I knew. In response, I said “what party?” He seemed to get a kick out of that.

Let’s recap Soda’s day yesterday. Got up early, went to the gym and worked my ass out, took Chloe to the vet (there’s a story, I’ll get to it), went to the GA meeting, left at the break and went to the party at a friend/co-workers house.

The gym was awesome, I love going now. I have fun when I go (I know, I’m a tad bit insane). I did 45 minutes of cardio, 45 minutes of strength training. Felt FANTASTIC when I left and continued to feel fantastic the rest of the day.

Chloe. I took Chloe to the vet. They put us in the room. The vet came in, took her after examining her. They gave her the shots and then clipped her toe nails. The tech brought her back in shortly and explained about vaccination reactions and then left the room.

She didn’t say anything about me being able to leave or the vet would be back in. Normally, the vet comes back in and discusses stuff with me. I sat there for another half an hour before going out to the front and telling them they forgot me. I got the ho-bag in trouble. Guess it’s been happening a lot and they were getting mad at the person. It’s the same person all the time.

The GA meeting was good, it was a 3 year birthday for a very dear friend. It was awesome to be there. Normally this meeting is a smoking meeting, but last night it was a non-smoking meeting. At the break, I gave the birthday boy a hug and took off to the party.

I got to the party and found a group of people I used to work with. I stuck close to their sides. The host is a little crazy. OK, seriously? He’s nuttier than a fruit cake. But we love him. He makes us laugh. He also has this HORRIBLE habit of going around and smacking asses. So I kept making sure my back was NEVER turned towards him.

I had a fantastic time at the party. The above is all I’m going to post about. And I do need to warn all you single gals out there, be careful of the quiet ones! The loud, obnoxious ones won’t surprise you!

Until next time….

Technorati Tags: party, vet, workout, GA

Ever wonder what your VisualDNA is?

I actually made someone think!

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketI was sent an email from Wander, letting me know I had been “tagged” with the Thinking Blogger Award. I had seen this on a few other blogs, but paid no attention to them.

Seriously. My blog here is just my open diary for the world to see, blemishes and all. My grammar sucks ass most days and I’m sure I have a few run on sentences going on.

However, Wander has tagged me with the Award (I think it’s really just a meme), but I’m playing along anyway!

Since Wander chose me as one of the bloggers who make her think, I now need to honor 5 more bloggers who make ME think. It won’t be easy, but my first two choices were no brainers as far as I’m concerned.

1. Certifiable Princes – CP is one of my fave bloggers to read. She is candid about life and everything in it. She is smart, funny and witty. I always end up with a thinking cap on when I’m reading her blog.

2. Living with Multiple Personalities – Cat is awesome. She is so candid about her struggles with MPD. I lose myself in her writing most days and I’ve found myself crying while reading when she is exposing something else from her past. If you’ve never read her, I suggest doing so.

3. Michael J. Totten – It’s a bit political. It’s all about the Middle East. His photography of the area is what drew me to this blog to begin with. His writing is what keeps me going back to read about parts of the Middle East I never knew.

4. Slobokan’s Site O’Schtuff – Slobokan is my brother, as most of you know. His blog is part political, part newsy and part personal. He’s funny, he writes well and he always posts something worth reading that will make me think.

5. Over Heard In New York – This one. Well, what can I say? Everytime I read it, I feel like I’m actually in New York. It’s funny and sometimes so silly you can’t help but think of people you know who would say such things. It contains quotes that are overheard in different parts of NYC. Go read it!

Should you choose to participate, please make sure to pass this list of rules to the blogs you are tagging. The participation rules are simple:

1. If you get tagged, write a post with links to five blogs that make you

2. Link to the original post so that people can easily find the exact origin of this meme.

3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote.

Technorati Tags: tagged, meme, thinking, blogs I like

Best made plans and all

I had all these grandiose plans for when I got off work. I was going to go grocery shopping. I was going to go to the gym. I was going to take Chloe to the vet for her latest set of shots.

What did I actually do when I got home from work? I was feeling suddenly very ill. I went to the bathroom a few times (TMI, I know) and then laid down on my bed. Next thing I know it’s 6:15 and I haven’t done any of the shit I wanted to do.

The vet’s is closed. The Yankees game is on right now, so I’m not leaving the house for the gym or the grocery store anytime soon.

I want to go back to sleep. I feel like ass and I have no idea where it came from. I felt fine allllll day long. Just a little sleepy from the overcast weather. As soon as I got home, I just couldn’t function. I can still barely function.

I’m going to just lay on the couch and not move for awhile. My gym is open 24 hours so if I get inspired in an hour or two – I can still go. Same with the grocery store.

Chloe is running circles around the living room. Literally. She’s running to the left in front of me, around the couch, into the kitchen and back in here on the right. It’s quite funny. She’ll do 3 or 4 laps and then jump on the couch and wrestle with Josie. Repeat.

I realized what I have tomorrow and it’s not all as much as I thought. I have nothing planned until about 4pm, which is the party. Then I leave there, get to the meeting by 6pm and stay til 7:30. After that, go back to the party. That’s it.

That means, all the shit I put off today, I can do tomorrow. WOOT! Makes me feel a little better about not getting shit done today.

Did I mention my legs are still sore from the work out the other day? GAH! It’s a good sore though and I don’t feel bad about being sore. Just sore. Very sore.

OK, off to lay on the couch, watch the Yankees game and possibly sleep some more.

Until next time….

Technorati Tags: getting sick, Yankees, my dogs, my day


I’m so fricking glad it’s Friday, I can’t even begin to tell you. This seems to have been a hellish week for me. Mainly because of the dental bullshit I’ve gone through. The top tooth is still very tender when I put direct pressure on it, but it’s feeling MUCH better.

It’s cloudy and kind of blah outside today. It’s making me very sleepy. At least I’ve avoided a headache at this point (cross your fingers and knock on wood for me, k?).

Josie is going to the groomer today! WOOT! She’s going to smell and look all pretty again! Chloe was quite jealous as I got Josie ready to leave the house. It was quite comical really. I put Josie’s collar on and Chloe was chewing the collar. Yes. She was chewing the collar while it was on Josie. I should have taken a picture of it.

I feel like I have a ton of shit to do this weekend, yet I can’t remember one thing I have to do. Actually, I do know I have a meeting to chair tomorrow night AND a party at a friends house after that. That’s all I’m remembering and I feel like I have so much more that I’m forgetting.

My legs fucking hurt still. “E” told me I’d be sore yesterday and boy was he NOT lying! It hurt to move at all. Today, I’m still hurting but I’ve noticed the more I move, the less I hurt. I’m going to the gym again this afternoon/evening after work.

Ever since he gave me a list of food I can and can not eat, all I’ve wanted to do is eat junk food. I went to the store last night, bought a package of Double Stuff Oreo cookies and some mac n cheese. I ate the full box of mac n cheese and about 7 of the cookies.

Needless to say, the cookies are going to work with me and being put in the break room. It’s disgusting. I’m going to do extra cardio today when I go to the gym. I need to do some grocery shopping this weekend so I can start eating the foods I’m allowed to eat.

Until next time…

FOAD Thursday

This is my first FOAD Thursday in quite some time, so please be patient.

My first FOAD goes out to the insurance companies of this country. Dental insurance sucks ass and it’s ridiculously lopsided from the medical. As an example, my hysterectomy cost over $25,000 – closer to $30,000. Out of pocket? I paid a little over $400. OH, and I spent 3 days in the hospital too. Medical Insurance fucking rocks.

My dental? On Tuesday I had three procedures done (and was in that chair almost 4 hours). I had a root canal on an upper left tooth, I had a build up done on that same tooth – to get it ready for a crown, and I had a build up and temp crown put on the bottom left tooth they had done the root canal on a few weeks ago. Want to know how much it cost me? Out of pocket I paid $1100 something. How fucking lopsided is that?

I’ve had two teeth worked on and one tooth pulled in the last 2 months and my dental insurance is topped out. Out of pocket I have paid close to $1600 for my dental work. It’s fucking lopsided. It pisses me off. What pisses me off more, is when someone without insurance at all has to have work like this done. That would make it worse.

So to the Nation’s Dental Insurance companies, FUCK OFF AND DIE! Money hungry fucktards. I hate you.

My second FOAD goes to the drivers and pedestrians of this city (once again – they seem to get a lot of these) because they don’t know how to drive or follow the laws. First, let’s start with pedestrians who get off of the CAT bus and then run into 3 lanes of 45mph traffic. Hmmm that’s pretty smart if you ask me.

Fucking dumbasses, don’t you watch the news? 37% of all our fatals this year have been auto/ped. And 76% of those auto/peds have been pedestrian error. Fucking stop crossing the street unless your in a crosswalk. They are there for a reason you dumb fucks. To save your life. If you aren’t in a crosswalk, you don’t have the right of way (unlike so many think). The law will NOT protect you unless you are in a crosswalk. Walk that extra 10 feet to the fucker, OK? If not, you can FUCK OFF AND DIE.

My third and final FOAD goes out to two-faces snakey co-workers. We recently had the television show CSI here filming a documentary to show the public what our scientists and CSI’s REALLY do. So many think that what they see on TV is how it’s done in the lab and it’s so not that way. Anyway. One co-worker didn’t want to have anythign to do with the filming until the very end when we all got photos with David Hall. Figures.

This same co-worker talks out both sides of her ass on things. My boss is very inquisitive. Wants to know everything there is to know about how this place runs. He doesn’t want to know the specific job functions, just the general overlay of things. We get one piece of information from said co-worker, Two Faced One is her new name. At the end of the month, a report is generated and it contradicts what Two Faced One has told us. My boss wants to know why. He asks her and she skimmies and hems and haws on the answers. Back peddles and makes excuses.

My boss called Quality Assurance in to do an assessment of the lab, to see where we can improve on things to make it better for the people who work here. Nothing negative really in this assessment (unless they are doing something wrong – it’ll be pointed out). Two Faced One tells my boss that she is excited that QA is coming in for this and says it’s really exciting for the lab itself.

The QA guy gets here Monday, meets with the Two Faced One and is told that his presence is resented and she feels he is not needed here. If the Boss would just sit back, observe and ask questions, he would learn what he needs to learn.

OK. Understandable she would say such a thing, giving her the benefit of the doubt. However! There are huge discrepancies in what she tells us to what gets produced on the monthly stats report.

Two Faced One deserves a big old Fuck off and Die just cause she’s two faced. Fucking man up and take accountability for your shortcomings. It’s difficult I know, cause I have a hard time doing it with my shortcomings, but I do it and I’m always a better person for it in the end.

Until next time…


There are several definitions of “expectation” on Wiktionary. The one I’m focusing on is:

The prospect of the future; grounds upon which something excellent is expected to occur; prospect of anything good to come, esp of property or rank

I went to my appointment with “E” at the gym totally expecting something wonderful and exciting with the eating plan. This is what happens when you have high expectations of anything or anyone. You get disappointed.

In looking at what he gave me, it’s fantastic and will help me a lot. It’s a list of food I can and can not eat. It lists proteins and carbs. It lists things to avoid and stuff like that.

I totally expected an actual meal plan, menu type thing. LOL Go ahead and laugh me, I am.

Josie and Chloe are still getting along fantastically. I have to say tho, they are complete opposites.

Josie is very prissy and graceful while Chloe is very rugged and clumsy. It’s pretty fun to watch them and their differences.

I’m so exhausted right now. “E” really worked me out and told me I’d probably be sore tomorrow. I did 21 minutes on the elliptical, 10 on the bike and 2 on the stair master (which is the most evil fucking thing besides the treadmill).

We did lunges, abs, triceps and shoulder work. My legs hurt the most. I’m going to go lay on the couch, watch my recorded episode of 24 and go to bed.

Until next time…

Technorati Tags: gym, workout, dogs, diets

Just me rambling on and on

What a day this has been! I didn’t sleep very well last night, but I tried to go to work anyway.

My jaw is still incredibly sore and the top left tooth they did the root canal on is painful when I talk or try to eat something. It sucks ass, but I’m dealing with it.

After I get the crowns for these two teeth, I’m going to ask my dentist to slow the fuck down. I spent way too much money yesterday on the root canal and crown stuff. It’s horrid.

The dental insurance in this country sucks ass. And I’m talking about for most people. Everyone I know has shitty dental insurance unless they are in the Culinary Union.

I was supposed to go to a Las Vegas 51’s game tonight, but I can’t. There is no way I’d be able to sit in a baseball game without eating some peanuts. And since my tooth is so fricking painful – I can’t do it.

I am, however, still going to go to the appointment at the gym with “E.” I don’t think working out will hurt it. If it does, I’ll stop and come home. Today he should have my eating plan all made up and ready for me.

I have a pretty good FOAD planned for tomorrow, so be sure to check back.

Mom and I are going to start planning a vacation in September. If we are settled financially and the house situation is OK, we will drive to Georgia to see my brother and his family. I don’t know what we’ll do with the dogs yet, maybe kennel them or take them with us. Guess it depends on how we feel later hahah

I’ve been thinking about that vacation for weeks and I just feel we both need to be around our family and Slobokan, Gidget and the boys are it. We’ve been incredibly stressed and fearful about what’s going to happen with the house and once it’s all taken care of, we will need some serious relaxation time.

OK, I need to go put on my work out clothes and get ready to go to the gym.

Until next time….

Technorati Tags: family, house, dogs, vacation

Get Stuffr!

That’s close to saying “get stuffed,” don’t ya think?

Anyway! My brother, Slobokan has created a new program for blogging. Stuffr is a blogging client for Movable Type and WordPress weblog platforms.

This post is my first post using this new blogging client. While you’re checking out the new freeware my brother developed, why don’t you go on over to his design portfolio and check that out too. Cause he rocks, that’s why you should do it.

This post is short and sweet, just pimping my brother’s mad skills with the design and program writing area.

Until next time…

Finding Recovery in Music

OK, I’ve done a few of these types of posts before, but usually from a past workshop I had done or something I had already talked about. Today’s post is about Linkin Park’s new song – What I’ve Done.

I was listening to the words the other day when I put it on my MySpace page and I realized I was listening to my life in recovery. My best friend told me a few days ago she can’t believe I listen to Linkin Park. It’s very much not my style of music from days ago. As I evolve and my life improves and I grow, my taste in music changes as well.

I was going to break it down like I’ve done before, but I think this song speaks for itself. For anyone who is struggling with an addiction – don’t give up. There’s hope out there, you just have to want to ask for help.

“What I’ve Done” by Linkin Park

In this farewell
There’s no blood
There’s no Alibi
‘Cause I’ve Drawn Regret
For the Truth
Of a Thousand Lies

So let Mercy Come
And Wash Away
What I’ve Done

I’ve Faced myself
To Cross out what I’ve Become
Erase Myself
And let Go of What I’ve done

Put to rest
What you Thought of Me
Well I Cleaned this Slate
With the Hands of Uncertainty



For What I’ve Done
I’ll start again
And whatever pain may come
Today this ends
I’m Forgiving What I’ve Done!!!


What I’ve Done
Forgiving What I’ve Done