Sunday, January 25, 2009

In Memory of...

Do you ever drive down the road and see all the cars with the stickers on the back window saying "In Memory of..." or "In Loving Memory of..."?

I don't understand this new "trend" that people are doing. I sort of understood it when Dale Sr died because I would see all the stickers on the cars of the people who followed and worshiped him. But then it became a trend to do it for everyone who died.

I want to know how people decide to do this. Before the person dies do they say "You know, when I die I really wish you would put a sticker on your car with my name on it." I mean...how does one decide to do this?

Anyway, I saw the 5,000 car with a sticker on it this weekend and just thought I'd put it out there!

Are you Celebrating S.A.D. or V-Day this Year?

Thank you Simply for reminding me, and all the other single people, that Valentine's Day (V-Day) is fast approaching and I am single (and that would be STILL single BTW).

Simply has a boyfriend this year and is excited, as he should be. He no longer has to celebrate S.A.D. (Single Awareness Day) like the rest of us lonely single people!

Around this time last year or maybe 2-3 months after January I put myself "out there" on Match.com and trying to go places where I "might" meet people (especially guys). I've met a lot of nice guys, but I was really hoping that by mid-year 2008 I would be dating someone and we would have some quality holiday-time together. Which would then carry us into 2009 and thus V-Day! But, as luck would have it...I will be celebrating S.A.D. again this year.

Damn Holidays! And Damn Hallmark for making up all these holidays! Damn, Damn, Damn!



Saturday, January 24, 2009

Week One of our New President

Prior to the inaguration I was dead set against watching any of the news casts about it or even watching live as it happened. Quite honestly...I didn't want him to win so why bother. And then I started realizing that made me just as closed minded as so many other Americans and I just couldn't put myself in that category!

I watched a bit of it online at work while getting my work done at my desk. I saw part of Rick Warren's invocation...he is awesome. And I saw part of Obama's swearing in...they flubbed it a little bit.

I have some issues that have been on my mind since the race began for this new President...and it is about RACE. Would anyone care to tell me when this will no longer be about him being black/African American/or whatever we are calling it in 2009? First of all...he's 1/2 black. So, when Jesse Jackson's son runs for office will he then be called the first "fully" African American to run and possibly win the White House? Can't we just call everyone human and call it a day?!

I realize that it is an important and historical day for our country in that many other countries would not allow such a thing to happen. Not only would they probably not vote a black man into office - they pretty much tell you who to vote for.

One of the problems I have with the situation is this...I understand that many white people are ancestors to slave owners and that many black people are ancestors to slaves. But none of us that are alive today are party to that behavior. I really don't think I've even encountered anyone that would condone it or thinks it was a really good thing back then. But it is what it is...and luckily through many years of trials and tribulations we have moved away from a lot of the hatred there once was. Don't get me wrong...I don't live under a rock or anything, I know that there are still idiots out there who are not kind to people of other races. And this, in my opinion, is due to their upbringing and knowing no different. I know that people come in all different colors - I just don't care to look at it like that. In my heart we are all human and should treat each other as such!

I am proud that our country was able to vote a black man into office, just like I will be proud the day a woman is elected. Just please...let's stop focusing on that. We need to focus on what he can and will do for our country - not the color of his skin! His skin color, and for that matter the fact that he is an excellent communicator, has absolutely nothing to do with his ability to lead our country.

As I have mentioned a few times before - I will be very thankful if the people who voted him into office prove me wrong rather than prove me right that he is not ready for this position. I am trying to keep an open mind and to support him since he is my President. But I would like to focus on his abilities and not his skin color!

And one other thing...for those who I have overheard saying "I never thought I would see a black man as President" or "Now my son thinks he can be President one day" - I have something to say about that. If your child EVER thought for even a second he couldn't be President (or anything else) because of the color of his skin it is YOUR fault for not instilling in him that he can be anything! I mean, parents are supposed to tell their kids that they can do and be anything. I do think it's wrong for a parent who knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that his/her kid can't sing and then sends them to audition for American Idol, but other than that there is no reason to NOT encourage your kid to be anything he/she wants to be!

Monday, January 19, 2009

I Can Has a Cheezeburger (.com)

I don't know if you've ever seen the website mentioned in the subject, but I love it! They have the cutest pictures of cats (oh...and some dogs) with the funniest captions! You should check it out. For fun...I've posted a very small selection of my favs here!



Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Marriage...

My friends and I have talked about this before - this thing called marriage. Here's one thing to keep in mind - before marriage there is an engagement - an actual event of asking someone to marry you (this is usually what the guy does).

I am here to speak on behalf of women (I'd say most women) and say that we do NOT want to be proposed to on a holiday, birthday, anniversary, Boss' Day or any other such day. Women want their own day.

Christmas and New Year's are behind us until they come around again in 11 months, so we don't have to worry about any Christmas or New Year's proposals at the moment. But darnit! Valentine's Day is coming and you know that many guys will ask their girlfriend's to marry them on that day. Can you say - corny??

It's crazy that guys do this - girls want the proposal and the wedding to be on their "own" special day - not a crazy national holiday or such that you have chosen so that you can remember your damn anniversary.

Anyway...that's my rant for today. You know I usually have at least one! Be original guys...Valentine's Day is not the perfect day for that! How about February 12th or July 17th - don't those days sound exciting?

Monday, January 12, 2009

My Sunday

I started my Sunday at church and then it went downhill from there.

Carole and I met up for church and listened to a great sermon on personal finances. From there we realized some not so great things about someone we both used to date which got us both fired up. But, we figured we could get over it because we were on our way to tap into our inner child...

Our next stop was for a Happy Meal at McDonald's. Not the best food choices, but offers just enough to make you full but not over stuffed.

From there we headed to the Atlanta History Center to see the Jim Henson exhibit. We met up with @SmplyUnprdctble and @richall and had fun singing "Dance your cares away (clap clap clap)...worries for another day...Down to Fraggle Rock" and "Mahna Mahna Do Do Do Do Do Mahna Mahna Do Do Do Do Mahna Mahna Do Do Do Do Do Do Do Do Do Do Do Do Do Do Do..." It was BIG fun! I got to see Bert and Ernie and Kermit! (Don't tell anyone we snuck this pic)


After that we went back to Carole's shop because @SmplyUnprdctble had a terrible unibrow we had to take care of. It was here that I started asking questions about @Smply and @richall's relationship. I am very happy that "my" GFF (@Smply) has found a great guy! He deserves it!

I don't know how the subject got to this but at some point it was discussed that I had never been to a (ssshhh...don't tell anyone) sex shop. So, we all went on a field trip to Inserection. It was very enlightening, but I don't believe I will be going on another adventure such as that for a while IF EVER. There was a lot of dust in there. I'm not a fan of dust - makes you need to wash your hands A LOT!
Anyway, that was my Sunday! What did you do?

Friday, January 9, 2009

Big Weekend Plans

Thank goodness for my Event Planner, Carole, she keeps me quite busy and doesn't allow me to get bored!

In 8 minutes I will be leaving work and heading to Carole for a brazilian and eyebrow wax. From there it's on to dinner and then she and I are heading to a rawking birthday party! I say rawking because of who's birthday it is and where it is being held. These 2 guys are FUN! Who knows when I will head home, but whatever - I don't have to work tomorrow!

Tomorrow I am not scheduled to work at the salon which is a great thing! I enjoy working there but I do like my Saturday's to play. I will catch up on some crap I have been putting off and then it will be girl's night with Carole and some other friends. Dinner and drinks at Dixie Tavern and then I think we are going bowling. The night ends when it ends...
Sunday Carole and I are meeting a client of hers at Buckhead Church. Okay...so I must admit we are going because we heard this is THE church all the singles go to. LOL Nothing like going to church to find a date. I already have a really great prospect or two...so I may not look too hard.

From there we will meet up with my GFF and his "date boy" for a trip to the Jim Henson exhibit at the Atlanta History Museum. Can't wait! I like Jim and his muppets a lot so I asked the Scientist if he would like to go next Sunday because he would like to see it too and doesn't think his boys would like to see it (he has them this weekend).

Anyway...it's about time for me to go have some fun!

My Grandmother is sooo funny!

My grandfather died 3 years ago (will be 4 in July) and since that time I have been handling my grandmother's checkbook. She writes checks to pay her bills and then I go online to her bank and keep a check register of all her checks and deposits.

Every month after the first week of the month (I have to wait for her Social Security and Civil Service checks to be deposited) I call her and we go over her checkbook. Below is a glimpse of what these conversations sound like:

ME: Hi Grammy. It's Heather.
HER: Hello. It's your grandmother.
ME: Yes, I know. I called you.
HER: Hold on...let me get my book.
ME: Okay...
HER: Okay so I have $xxx.xx for Social Security and $xxx.xx for Civil Service.
ME: Yes. That's right.
HER: Okay, where do you want to start?
ME: I see the last check you wrote was ONE TWO ZERO EIGHT for FOUR ONE ONE TWO. (Yes, I actually say each number instead of 1208 (twelve oh eight) for $41.12 (forty-one twelve) because she gets confused.) Have you written any other checks since that one?
HER: OH YES! I have written so many checks this month.
ME: Okay, ONE TWO ZERO NINE?
HER: THREE ONE TWO SEVEN for the pharmacy
ME: Okay, ONE TWO ONE ZERO?
HER: TWO ONE SEVEN TWO. I had to go to the pharmacy again because my other prescription wasn't ready.
ME: Okay. That's fine. ONE TWO ONE ONE?
HER: No. That's it. (ummm...didn't she just say she had written a bunch of checks? Did I miss something?)
ME: Okay. Are you sure that's it?
HER: Yes.
ME: Okay. You have interest to add in the amount of ONE FIVE THREE. Hold on and I will add everything up.
HER: Okay. I have time. You are my angel from Heaven. I really appreciate you doing this for me.
ME: Of course. I know you do. Okay...you're new total is (and this is fictional of course) ONE SEVEN TWO FIVE FOUR SIX.
HER: Okay...SS (amount spelled out), Civil Service (amount spelled out), Interest (amount spelled out) and balance (spelled out).
ME: Yes. That's right.
HER: You have no idea how much of a help you are to me. The neighbors have been so nice. I ate dinner with them 2 times last month. I went out for lunch with my other angel from Heaven, Gary. Bill brought me my 23rd chicken sandwich for lunch the other day (yes, she is keeping track of how many sandwiches he has brought her). People have been so nice to me. I am so lucky. Everyone hugs me at church when I go.
ME: Of course they do grammy. Everyone loves you.
HER: I just miss your grandfather so much. I look over at his chair and I just see him there. I want to be with him.
ME: We miss him too, but we want you here. It's not your time yet.
HER: I know. I just miss him.
ME: We all do.
HER: Give everyone my love. Give mom and dad a hug for me.
ME: I will.
HER: Thank you so much for all your help. You are my angel from Heaven.
ME: You're welcome. I love you. Good bye.
HER: Bye.

For the record...except for the specific dollar amounts - this is pretty much the exact conversation we have every single month! Gosh I love her!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

My date totally Rawked!

Went out on a date last night with the guy I wrote about yesterday (with the foot) and I will now refer to him as the Scientist. We had a GREAT date - well, at least I did. I guess I can only truly speak for myself.

The Scientist is a guy I would definitely like to get to know better and go out on multiple dates with. I will be careful what I say - I don't want to say anything to jinx it. I felt like we had a good connection and good chemistry. We laughed a lot, which is very important to me. I like to joke around and make light of a life that can be disappointing sometimes.

I did ask him if he had a good enough time to do it again and he said yes. So...we will see. I definitely wouldn't be disappointed to go out again.

And, don't tell him I said this (haha...because I think he's been reading this) but he's a really nice looking guy and he smells good too! I only know this because we hugged each other when we met.

There are a couple of other guys I have been talking to, and I won't totally throw them to the curb right away, but I definitely enjoy my conversations with the Scientist. I will keep you all posted...

Oh yeah...and you know what was really nice? No sex talk or crazy innuendos. Very respectable and respectful. And very, very funny!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

I have no Couth!

I have always tried to pride myself on being respectful of people's differences and being brought up to not make fun of people, but the other day I found out I truly have no couth at all! I met a really nice guy on a dating site (Plenty of Fish to be exact - although it may be a play on words because I don't think there are really "plenty" out there). While talking and sharing lots of laughs one thing came to light and I will share it with you now... I have copied and pasted this from the e-mail that I sent to a friend (so dates/times are not exact but you will get the point).

I was really, really raised better than this. My ONLY saving grace - POF guy has a terrific sense of humor and didn't make me feel bad about being a jackass with absolutely no manners whatsoever!! And...if he's reading - you did, in a round about way, give me permission to write this. :)

As discussed with my friends and co-workers in the past, teeth are very important to me. Equal to a nice smile is a nice set of well taken care of (and perhaps, pedicured) feet. So after last week's little rendezvous and meeting the guy who had jacked up teeth I felt it important to point out these things to my new potential suitor. I told him how important teeth and feet are to me.

I then asked him a question I often ask guys - "So, would you ever go get a pedicure with a woman you are dating?" He says no and I say, "Why? They are so fantastic! Once a guy gets one he is usually addicted." He just isn't interested. Hmmm...should this be a red flag?

We continue on with our conversation and something else directs us toward feet again. Now he says that I probably wouldn't like him because of his feet. Oh no! What could it be? And I say "What's the matter, do you only have 3 toes?" He says, "No, I have 5 toes...Only 5 toes." I gasp out of disbelief and the horrible feeling that I just said something awful and offensive. "OMG, what happened," I ask. Well, when he was 2 years old he goes running out of the house while his mother is mowing the lawn. He runs between her and the lawn mower and there is an accident. He actually is missing half his foot. He said if you look down the front of your leg and straight down that's where his foot ends.I really don't know what to say at this point, but I do manage to say "Wow! Your mother must have been devastated." He said he never really thought of that until he was an adult. I ask if he has a prosthetic foot and he says he has some kind of device that he puts in his shoe and it goes around his ankle. As I am not very discreet, but rather very inquisitive I say "You have a strap on foot?" He laughs (whew). And then I ask if he limps and other such questions. I ask him if he has ever told people that he lost his foot because of an alligator - terrorizing people can be fun sometimes. He says he did have some fun as a kid charging a quarter, and even marbles, to the kids at school if they wanted to see his foot. He said he would sometimes put his shoe on backwards and walk around being funny.

THIS GUY HAS A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR! I am completely turned on by it, and his ability to laugh in the face of adversity. Of course, it also helps because then I can keep asking questions and not feel too bad. I did ask him if this subject had ever come up so early when first meeting someone. He said it usually doesn't come up until he and his date are at a point of getting to know each other and taking their shoes off.

Toward the end of our 4 hour conversation (believe it or not he kept talking to me) I said to him..."You know, I am totally going to have to see your foot when we go out." He says he knows. And then I say, "I won't make you whip it out in the restaurant or anything. We'll have to go to the car." He just laughs. (Again, whew)

Today we text a few times while working. I text at one point..."Thank you for keeping me laughing! I love it! You have a great sense of humor!!" His reply, "I learned to be funny to compensate for my feet and tooth." Of course, he said tooth because he knows I have a teeth and foot fetish! Not fair - he's roping me in with his humor. Making me laugh at things I shouldn't!

I did learn a lesson though, you kind of have to be careful when you are telling someone you are a stickler about something such as nice teeth and feet... you never know the circumstances that may prevent them from having that!

PS...my mother knows this story and she thinks I am off my rocker! She can't believe (well, yes she can) that I asked any of these questions or laughed or any of it! She definitely thinks she raised me better. She did, but I don't seem to have a filter on my mouth!

Monday, January 5, 2009

And so she danced...

Tonight I was graced with my step-father coming across a video from when I was 30 and decided to take tap dance lessons... Let's just say that dancing is NOT my fortay.

For your viewing pleasure I've added it here. Enjoy!


video

Modeling Nude...

Another thing that came out of my lunch with PSPants today was the fact that I look edgy and wild but in many respects I am very conservative.

I don't like serial dating (this has been discussed many times) and I don't like to sleep around. Although, as an adult I do have needs and you never know what will happen. *wink*

So, what most people (okay, well my close friends know this) don't know is that I used to model nude in CT and I modeled twice at Brenau University after moving here. I have photos from some of the modeling in CT and I would love to do it again!

I know I look sweet and innocent...GET OVER IT!

I'm not very PC...

Today PSPants and I went to lunch and had a swell time talking about the holidays and such…

On the way back we got into a bit of a conversation about stuff that is not very PC (hell…it’s not PC at all)! First being this horrible new joke out about John Travolta’s son who just died. So, the joke goes “Did you hear what John Travolta’s son died of?” “No.” “Oh, it was Saturday Night Fever.” HAHA – get it? Okay, I know…that was one more confirmation that I am going straight to hell. But it’s not as bad as the Sarah Palin joke which I will not repeat to mixed company (since some people who I don’t really know might be reading this…).

This conversation lead us to discuss things such as people who are racist. Did you know that when I was growing up Brazil nuts were called Nigger Toes?? Are you kidding me? I remember being at my grandparents house and my grandfather saying “Hand me some of those nigger toes.” I was a kid and I was mortified! “What? We have a bowl full of black people’s toes? Grandma…Say it isn’t so!”

So, on that note the discussion comes up about my cousins who are “mulatto” because my dad’s sister (white) married a black man. This was kind of troublesome a little over 20 years ago for some reason, but I grew up thinking everyone had a black uncle. Don’t you? You know how kids go through the phase of “My daddy is better than your daddy…” and you are in fights with the neighbor kid because you are sure your daddy can beat up their daddy? Well, it was one of those days at my grandma’s house. J (my cousin) was on our side of the fence and the little white girl from next door had a friend over. They were throwing rocks at each other and saying “My daddy is better than your daddy…” My cousin must have run out of things to say because he threw one last rock and said “Well, my daddy’s big and black!” And the girls gasped and ran inside. I guess they couldn’t top that!

Using the word mulatto made PSPants remember that when she grew up they were called high yellow. Not a nice thing to say, but then I don’t know for sure that mulatto is either – I mean, isn’t that a Pepperidge Farm snack with chocolate between two white cookies? Nope…I’m wrong – I just looked up the real meaning of mulatto (see below). One of my non-written goals for 2009 was/is to learn new words…today’s word is mulatto.

The word is MULATTO which means:- mu·lat·to [m láttō, m ltō]n (dated)
1. a taboo term for somebody who has one black and one Caucasian parent
2. a taboo term for somebody who has both black and Caucasian ancestors
3. a term, socially acceptable in the Caribbean Islands and other Latin American regions, for somebody who has one black and one Caucasian parent
4. a term, socially acceptable in the Caribbean Islands and other Latin American regions, for somebody who has both black and Caucasian ancestors.

*Side note…note trying to offend. Just being honest and kids are the worst – they are honest to a fault and most of what I discussed above was based on when we were kids. So take it or leave it…

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Dating (I think I actually don't like it)

Dating, while it's supposed to be fun and exciting is just too much work. I don't want to serial date, and I don't really want a date every night of the week unless with the same guy. I want to find ONE guy that I really like and stick with him and I want him to feel the same about me.

I've met some really great guys lately, but I don't know if any of them really blow me away at this moment. (Although there is one that could be a winner, but not sure he feels the same way.) And, he doesn't live as close as I would prefer.

Oh, why can't it be as simple as having one date and knowing that's it! You found the one and can move on. Why does it have to be like walking on pins and needles?

Maybe if I move to UAB it won't matter!

New Year's Resolutions 2009

It's yet another new year and so we all decide to make resolutions for what we will accomplish this year. Every year people make unrealistic goals for themselves and then at year's end they are disappointed that the goals were not reached. I'm done following that tradition and have decided that any resolutions I set for myself will be realistic and (hopefully) easily kept.

I've decided to make a list of 9 things since it is 2009:

1. Read everyday for at least 15 minutes.
2. Consciously think before dropping the F-bomb (Is that really the ONLY word that would work in this situation?).
3. Remember to say please and thank you whenever appropriate.
4. Be a little more patient while driving. (I said a "little")
5. Complete a handful of 5 or 10k races this year. (I used to do lots of them.)
6. Try one food I have not tried before.
7. Exercise at least more than I do right now (that could be just one time this whole year LOL).
8. Be more open-minded about things in general (this may take some work and the help of my friends).
9. File my 2007 taxes (Dear God this has GOT to get done!).

Everyone - I hope you are able to come up with resolutions that you don't look back on with regret on 12/31/09.

May you have the BEST year of your life this year!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Working (and moving) Somewhere Else

Friends, if you really, really care about me you may not want to read this...I am actually looking into sending out resumes to work in UAB (not University Alabama Birmingham) which is United Arab Emirates. If you don't know this - it is a VERY rich country. Lots and lots of money over there!

I had thought of it in the past, but decided not to put much effort into it. A friend of mine who works for Orkin is on a 2-year assignment over there. He is in the States for the holidays and we were IMing the other day and I asked if he is happy about his decision to go over there. He said "Absolutely. I am debt free, I have money saved, and when I get back in 1 1/2 years I am buying a house in ATL." DEBT FREE! Did you all see that? He said DEBT FREE! OMG - how I would love that.

So, I asked my parents (because they love me and would surely miss me) how they would feel about me going over there to work. They are all for it if it means positive things for me. I would certainly miss everyone if I went, but it could make a huge impact on my life if I were to do it. Plus, my step-father worked over there for a while and he says its a great place to go. He said it's the only country in that area he would recommend.

Don't forget though - I'm still just thinking about it and looking into it. There is nothing definite. Also, have met a few decent possibilities recently in the dating arena and if one of them were to sweep me off my feet - well that would seal the deal for sure!

You never know where life will take you!