Day 59 – Coffee

28 02 2010

I broke open the box to my new French Press and cracked open the new bag of Biggby, formerly known as Beaners Coffee in East Lansing, MI.

It’s been almost 4 months since I have poured made, ordered or requested a beverage with caffeine. I’ve been dabbling in herbal teas, and reveling in bottled water, sipping on juice, or welcoming a glass of wine… but caffeine has not been in my language. Until today!

The french press is quite a simple invention, yet it really creates a sophisticated cup of coffee. And I enjoyed every bitter, rich, dark roast sip of my cup of coffee… Mmmmmmm…..



27 02 2010


Tiffany Notes ring

My new ring!

I not only had a good date last night, but I also had my yearly review. It went really well… and I even got a raise even though I had gotten a promotion less than 6 months ago.

So today was a day to celebrate! I instantly headed to Union Square. 🙂 I could have taken the bus downtown today, but the sun was shining and I was in a good mood, so I headed out on foot… I stopped at Macy’s first looking for a handbag by Dooney and Bourke that Sabrina had said was there. I’ve been WANTING a  navy leather handbag for months now! Since I didn’t find the bag of my dreams there, I headed across the square to get my jewelry cleaned at Tiffany’s…

I am not a crazy jewelry girl. In fact I only have a few select pieces of silver jewelry that I wear on a regular basis. It take a LOT for me to switch out my necklace or take off my bracelet. I’m true blue when it comes to my jewelry.

the other ring...

The ring I almost got...

So, while I waited for my necklace and bracelet to be cleaned I tried on a few silver rings… just for fun. 🙂 The sales lade informed me that after today they were marking up all of their price 10-15%. Yikes! I had a simple, Tiffany Notes ring on my finger that felt good… and I had a more fancy diamond, white gold Ghery ring on another finger than felt just as good… although almost 200 times more expensive.

I love both rings, and while I did get a raise, I opted for the more economical piece… the piece I can were every day and enjoy and be happy with.

Day 57 – Date 4

26 02 2010

Date 4 was tonight…

I met Holden (gotta love the name!) tonight at a bar in Russian Hill. The bar was packed when I arrived just after 7pm and he suggested moving on down the road to a quieter locale. Upon initial meeting, I thought he was cute! Tall, light hair, beautiful blue eyes… and he was nervous! Sometimes I find that endearing… sometimes…

We went to a smaller bar and ordered a few glasses of wine. The conversation was decent – we are actually in somewhat of the same field. He is a web designer working for a fitness company in the area. We talked for a few hours… and drank wine. I have to say I had a lot of fun! He made me smile and laugh and he was VERY nice to look at… Those eyes!

At the end of the night, he walked me to the corner and said: “so I don’t know what to do next. This is my first time doing it like this…” OY! Yet another first time online dater… I told him I would be catching a cab home but I had a good time with him tonight. He leaned down and kissed me… and out of the corner of my eye I could see he was smiling. 🙂 It’s kind of cute to see a guy happy to be with you!

We shall see what happens next!

Day 56 – It’s the small things to be thankful for

25 02 2010
Kitchen Fire

Neighbors kitchen fire - this is the microwave and the cabinet in the back ground. You can see the silver handle on the cabinet door we were all admiring...

After one of the longest weeks, I headed home via the store to pick up some wine and cheese and crackers and texted Sara, my neighbor in my building.

Me: What a day!
Sara: OMG! Ending in the building being on fire?!?!


My mind went everywhere you think it would go… My parents actually had a house fire about 6 years ago that ended with their brand new remodeled home back down to the studs. So, I have some reference as to what can happen in a fire. Instantly I wondered… Is it my unit on fire? Is my unit now flooded due to the sprinkler system? Is my cat OK? I don’t  have homeowners insurance… now what! Could I pay for the damages? Note to self… get insurance. Which, oddly enough, I just kicked off a homeowners insurance marketing campaign today. Coincidence?

As soon as I approached the building I could see the fire trucks were still there and residents were just being allowed back in. There was a burnt mess of materials on the curb which turned out to be a microwave and kitchen cabinet. The security guard confirmed there was a kitchen fire in 518 (a unit in another wing from me – can we say: PHEW!), water damage in 518 and 418 thanks to the sprinklers, and smoke damage to 518, 618 and neighboring units. OMG.

Apparently, the girl in 518 was cooking stirfry on her gas stove with the fan on the microwave above working… Somehow the oil splattered onto the backsplash and up behind the microwave and it caught the microwave on fire. The sprinklers went off and the fire department had to rip out no only the microwave, but also the cabinet next to it.

Sadly enough, our cabinets are from Studio Becker and, while waiting to go back up the elevator, I heard someone talking about the fact that the cabinet handle still looked good… Studio Becker cabinets are EX-PEN-SIVE. And we are all in need of an extra cabinet for above the refrigerator – a $1,600 expense that many of us are trying to not have to spend. I can think of a lot of other ways I’d rather spend $1,600. The most difficult part of installing a similar cabinet by another vendor, though, is the handle… No one else has anything even close to it. Is it sad that many of us wondered if we could get that handle? Wow. Mob mentality? Scavengers? Is that what we all come down to?

I know my job is stressful and takes over my day, but I’m so very very very thankful that my home is safe. You forget that even though you own a unit in a new building you are still affected by your neighbors. As I sit here in my little condo in the city, glass of wine in hand and cat curled at my feet, I’m so grateful for what I have and for being safe and out of danger tonight. I’m praying for my neighbors that they might have a speedy recovery to this accident.

Day 55 – 17 hour day

24 02 2010

Auto-pilot. On Adrenaline.

That was me today… I couldn’t stop, because if I did I would either cry or pass out. And I had too many people needing things from me today.

So, my day started with me arriving to work at 9am, leaving at 9:20pm with computer in tow, and logging off at 2am. Just to prepare for a 7am meeting.

Sadly enough I used to work these kinds of hours for years when I was a Trip Director. They didn’t phase me. They do now.

But! The good news is that I might have a date or two on the horizon!…

Day 54 – Pouting men

23 02 2010

Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you. ~ Jim Rohn

To live a big life. To take chances with your future and succeeding in big ways. To not sweat the small stuff, but to focus on moving forward. That is what I want. I try to remind myself of this everyday.

Especially after days like today. I actually watched 3 grown men argue, pout and then storm out of my meeting today. At separate times. And these men are 2 levels senior to me. It was quite a show for the rest of us in the room – including the head of operations. If that is an omen to how the rest of this project is going to go, we are in for a long ride.

But I’m going to try to focus on other parts of my life now. Enriching myself… and trying to not sweat when those at work storm out of my meetings… instead to focus on getting the job done, be fascinated (not frustrated) at the actions of those around me, and look forward to the time outside of those office walls.

Day 53 – Bugs Bunny Opera

22 02 2010
Bugs Bunny

Bugs Bunny Opera

From the moment I woke up today it’s been crazy. Remember watching the Bugs bunny short operas where, while the music played, Bugs would run around and create a bit of chaos, turn someone’s hair into a mohawk, paint someone blue, and on and on, while the music played in the background… Dadadadadadada dadadadadadada dadada da dadada da da da da da… Well that was my day. My hair was on fire for most of it… It never got too hot, but I feel a bit toasted, for sure.

I wish more of my life didn’t revolve around my work day. I was actually talking with a friend tonight and she was saying the same thing. Work has taken on so much of our time that we don’t have time for ourselves. It’s like just when I was ready to dive into making my own life better and pursue individual goals, I’ve been swallowed by work – it’s all good though – I’m doing well, projects are exciting, and clients are great… but that’s not growing my mental or spiritual self – or my love life, for that matter. I was actually told this morning that I have to take a mandatory 14 days vacation between April and September this year and at that point I will still stop accruing vacation days.

Time for me to figure out a way to take time for myself on a more regular basis – and start looking for some more dates!