Thursday, March 27, 2008

Random String of Consciousness

I've had a lot of random thoughts and quotes floating through my mind lately, and I thought that I would share them with you on the off chance that they will make you smile too.

First, we were without power this morning, so I got to do my best impression of someone that I called "Carrie Camper" today at work... you know the look: less than hot showered, no hair dryer, and getting dressed by flashlight. Ah ha, you do know Carrie Camper! And I was looking like her too! In fact, I never realized how quickly I could get ready to go when I didn't have electricity to get in my way... ahem, enhance my life and my beauty.

Other randomness. Lennie has given me a great quote this week, and I have to share it with you:
Jesus heard me, so it's okay. Jesus hears everything!

I love it when great quotes are spoken when you're really asleep -- those are the best kind of quotes! :-) Heh heh.

As of today, Lennie has listened to every single song in our iTunes collection. All 1,943 songs. (Guess I should load the rest of my CDs into iTunes so that he can hear the rest of it!) Quite the listening session, if you ask me! Lennie got a glimpse of my vast CD collection during this journey, and I believe that I've introduced him to a few new artists. Which brings me to my new favorite potential band name: "The Violent Farmers." Heh... Violent Farmers. If you haven't named your band yet, you might want to consider this name, it's a good one! :-)

Finally, I think I decided this week that the invention of spell checker has made us, as a society, a little lazier when it comes to education and trying to increase our book knowledge. I have found myself typing things lately and thinking "eh, I don't have to know how to spell that, spell checker will catch it..." Yeah, I don't really think that's the way to go about things, I should be a little more attentive and thoughtful as I'm writing, instead of relying on computers to make me look good. To paraphrase a quote from my friend Suzanne: "This entry has been inspected fore typos."

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Toilet Seats

Disclaimer: This isn't about my husband or his habits. He's an absolute gem, especially when it comes to the bathroom!

The Sun Shines Everywhere -- Flickr Photo By 'Puss In Boots'
I have recently been pondering toilet seats, especially in the context of the age-old debate of men vs. women when it comes to putting the toilet seat down. Seems that women are always vocal about insuring that the toilet seat is placed in the "down" position when people are done with the facilities.

So, here's the question: what is it about toilet seats that draw the dividing lines amongst the sexes? Why is it that women are conditioned to get their panties in a bunch about walking in to a bathroom and seeing that the toilet seat is up? I know that I do it, my mind starts spinning about how I have to touch the toilet seat and flip it down before I get to use the facilities. Why should I feel so put out about having to "fix" the seat? Where is it written that the toilet seat needs to be put in the "down" position, and that this is the "proper" or "accurate" position? Is it that I don't want to touch the toilet seat that gets my mind spinning?

Bottom line: why did the great toilet seat debate get started, and why does it make me think every time that I walk into a bathroom with the toilet seat up?

And why am I writing about this on my blog? I dunno, but raised toilet seats have been on my mind, so now I'm flipping the weird line of thinking out to you. :-)

Flickr photo courtesy of Puss in Boots.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Delsym, How I Love Thee!

So, for the past six days or so, I've had a cold/flu bug that has hit virtually every person in my new office. We've dubbed it "the plague" around the cubicle farm, and it sounded like a veritable TB ward in the office today. But I, thankfully, was cough-free. After two lovely doses of Delsym 12-Hour Cough Suppressant, I am like a new woman. My congestion is going away, I'm not longing for a nap at 11 a.m., and I finally feel like a human again. Oh Delsym, thank you, thank you, thank you! Delsym: my hero! :-)

P.S. -- It really sucks being sick but not having any PTO or sick days to use, but I made it!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Nuts For Wasabi Nuts

I was recently introduced to the Blue Diamond Wasabi & Soy Sauce almonds, and I have to say, they rock. Usually, I'm not a fan of wasabi or spicy foods, but these little almonds hit the spot. In fact, I purchased my very own can of the almonds at the store this morning as a snack for my new desk, and I can't tell you how great these little nuts are -- they're spicy and satisfying all at the same time. I think you should try them too... :-)

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Charitable Opportunities

Seems like a lot of charitable opportunities have hit my inbox lately, and I want to make sure that you're aware of them so that you can take the chance to make a big difference in the world.

1. California Closets in Western Washington is giving away a $3,000 closet system for charity. You can purchase a $1 raffle ticket from any employee (might I suggest my hubby, Lennie) before noon on March 12th to enter to win. All proceeds go to the Musella Foundation, which was formed to help people with brain tumors.

2. My friend Courtney has multiple opportunities to support the 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk:
  • Donate your used cell phones to be recycled for charity. Learn how to donate your phone.

  • Shop at the Redmond Whole Foods Market on March 20th to benefit breast cancer. Learn more.

  • Not in the greater Western Washington area, or just don't have a phone to donate? Try this link.

It always feels good to give back to the broader community, and I'm really excited about all of these opportunities.

Ch- Ch- Changes

The past few weeks have been full of change for me, as I gave 2-weeks notice for the first time, finished up at the "old" job, had a day off, and got started today at a new job. It's been an amazing time of change and growth for me, and I feel like it has absolutely been for the best.

The new job is a great step up for me -- should be a little bit of a challenge, but should also be a growing experience. I've got my new desk and have met my new co-workers, so we'll see how things progress. I feel great about the decision, and am excited about my new office. Can't wait to see what other things these big changes bring in the coming months and years!

Sunday, March 02, 2008

I Want One!

Okay, so I have a little lazy and a little nerd running through my blood. Over the weekend, I was blessed with time with some great girl friends at a beautiful Vashon Island cabin. While we were there, we got to see the iRobot Roomba in action. I have to say, I really want one. In fact, this may rocket to the top of the "when I have money to burn, I'm going to buy this!" list. Check it out online, and then login to and buy one for me (if you're feeling charitable, that is!). :-)

Seriously, how cool is it that you can have a little robot running through your house cleaning your carpets while you're off having a great day? Yes, you would have to do some "regular" vacuuming occasionally, but really, this would be cool!