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This is my addition to NPW’s  Create Your Own Blogventure Spooktacular. If you are coming to read my post for the day, and haven’t read any of the other segments, make sure you go back and start at the beginning. Choose wisely to create your own exciting story!

You can find the previous part of the story here:

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Dr. Ansel stared into the thrashing water reminiscent of Niagara Falls with horror, and did what any other person in his situation would do – he plunged his long arm into the whirlpool, trying desperately to grasp hold of the sparkling silver chain. To his dismay, the talisman was long gone. Defeated, Dr. Ansel removed his toilet water-soaked arm and trudged over to the sink. He stared at the grim face watching him from the mirror. What the hell am I supposed to do now?

He took a long time washing his hands, pondering the seriousness of the situation. Without the talisman, he wasn’t sure how long he could control the posse of flesh hungry zombies waiting on the other side of the old wooden door, sitting in the diner with Jenny and Annelise…oh my God! Annelise. His only child was sitting in a room with the living dead, completely unaware of the mishap that had just ensued. Finally, he snapped back into action and flung himself out of the men’s room.

As he stumbled out into the room, he realized that the zombies were getting restless. They stared aimlessly around the crowded diner, blood dripping from their undead lips, there teething gnashing at air. Jenny was busy piling platters with raw steaks while Annelise sat at the counter, poking her apple pie with a fork. Trying to draw as little attention to himself as possible, Dr. Ansel gently grabbed Annelise by the arm and pulled her behind the bar. He motioned ever so slightly to Jenny and told them of the bathroom mishap.

“We have to get out of here,” he muttered under his breath, cautiously eyeing the monsters, “I…I dropped the talisman into the toilet, and it’s gone. I don’t know how much longer I can control the zombies.”

Annelise’s brown eyes went wide with fear. Jenny clamped her hand over her mouth to stifle a scream, “They’re ZOMBIES!?!” she gasped. Dr. Ansel didn’t meet her eyes as he nodded ‘yes.’

Annelise knew what this meant – there was no time for playing around. “We have to get it back, and fast!”

Her mind started racing at warped speed. Luckily her friend Luke’s father was a plumber, and they had both spent the past summer “helping” his father with his work.

“We have to get into the septic tank and fish out the key,” she said breathlessly as she ushered Jenny and her father through the diner’s back door. “Where is the tank?”

Jenny pointed with a shaky finger toward the old, rusted behemoth barely sticking up out of the gully that ran beside the diner.

“At least it’s not completely underground,” Annelise exclaimed as the group marched toward the tank.

Luckily, there was an old clunker sitting in the parking lot with a tool box in the back. Dr. Ansel looked slightly uncomfortable as he hoisted his aging body into the truck to rummage through the kit. Eventually he emerged with some small saws. He passed the tools out to the girls, and they all began to saw at the tank with an urgency none of them had ever experienced because the zombies had begun stirring in the diner, hungry for more flesh.

Dr. Ansel was the first one to break through the decaying exterior. Once the hole began to form, they all began frantically kicking and pulling at the steel. Once it was big enough to look inside, they all eagerly peered in.

There, sitting in a pool of muck, sat the shiny talisman.

“Honey, I hate to do this to you, but you’re the smallest one here. We’re going to have to lower you in to grab the damn thing,” Dr. Ansel said.

Annelise nodded understandingly as she belly crawled toward the hole, leaving her legs free for her father and Jenny to hold, “You’re gonna owe me big time for this Dad!”

She reached down into the sludge and grabbed for the talisman just as the zombies burst through the diner’s back door.

* If you think Dr. Ansel and Jenny were able to hold on to Annelise and the talisman, go here.

* If you think the zombies made it to the tank before Annelise grabbed the talisman, go here.

It’s that time again, where you share a little bit too much about yourself with thousands of strangers.  To read about everyone else’s horror stories, go to LiLu’s TMI Thursday page:)

This isn’t really a “real” TMIT, but just some random thoughts that I have on a regular basis that may convey just a little too much information about me or the people around me.

1.  Having long hair is a newer experience for me.  Since about early 2001, my hair hasn’t really touched my shoulders.  Now it goes a little below them, which is pretty long for me.  What I’ve noticed about this is that my hair tends to end up in very random places.  It falls down my shirt and feels like a bug crawling around.  After showers, I tend to notice that sometimes some strands are in my butt crack.  Yeah, it’s strange.  Does this happen to anyone else?

2.  Boob sweat.  What is the deal with that?  It drives me INSANE.  I’m pretty well-endowed in the chestal region, so my girls get a little toasty in my push up bra sometimes, especially in the cleavage area.  What’s even worse is when the girls are commando and you get the under boob sweat.  It’s so not sexy.  Is there a boob deodorant out there?  If not, maybe someone should invent it.  That would be awesome.  Do any of you chesty ladies have this issue? It doesn’t seem to be a problem for my average-chested friends.

3.  Nose blowing in public.  I know this can’t be avoided all the time, but nothing grosses me out more than people who blow their nose at the table or while they are around other people.  I know you can’t always escape the situation, but I definitely feel that there are ways to be more discreet about it.  The weird thing is, if you’re my friend it doesn’t bother me as much as when you are an acquaintance.  I’m strange…I know.  What is your stance on this?

I’m sure there are more TMI things I could share, but I’m drawing a blank right now…

I decided to participate in this month’s blog swap.  My partner and I were a little slow, so we are posting today instead of on Monday.  What?  It’s better to be late than never.  🙂

My swap partner is Olivia from Powered By Tofu.  She has traveled the world and seen some very cool things – including some very strange toilets.  In honor of my post about German toilets a few weeks ago, she has decided to share some of her potty humor with you!  Without further ado, here’s Olivia!

You’ll always remember your first squat toilet.

During my year of traveling around the world, I’ve seen my fair share of toilets. My first non-Western toilet experience was in Panama. The country had a mix of regular toilets, squatters, holes in the ground, outhouses, and fields… well, the field part was only because I didn’t want to use the filthiest bathroom I had ever seen (this was pre-China). My apologies to the farmers who may or may not have seen me peeing in their field (I still have no idea where they came from).

Next stop, China — home of the squat toilet, if you’re lucky. Seeing Chinese girls come teetering out of the toilets in 5 inch heels, I was completely baffled as to how they balanced on those “starting blocks”. Apparently they have the same confusion as to why we would sit on a filthy toilet, as evident of the signage in the [rare] Western toilet stalls.

In contrast, Japan is home of the futuristic toilet. Think heated (yes, I said heated) seats and more buttons than you know what to do with. They even have a musical “toilet flushing sound” button, because they’re that proper. 😉

Finally, there was SE Asia. Toilets in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Cambodia are about the same standards as China… bring your own tissues and make it quick! Most hotels have Western-style toilets, but be prepared for pretty much anything when you’re out for the day.

What’s your most memorable travel toilet experience?

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A hi-tech Japanese toilet

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A toilet sign in Cambodia

“This post is a part of 20SB’s Blog Swap, and has been graciously sponsored by Bouncer, the latest in cellular and Internet-based privacy services.

You can read my post about the 10 things that make me happy about Germany at Olivia’s blog!

One of my best friends, ASP, is getting married on November 15 (which also happens to be my birthday)!  She was one of my bridesmaids and helped me out during the stressful pre-wedding times, so I want to throw her a really awesome and fun bachelorette party!  There is a slight catch though…she’s not your typical bride.

Let me explain…ASP and her fiance have been together for years, and got engaged while I was in Germany.  They didn’t do it the traditional way with the guy getting on one knee and proposing.  They talked about their future, decided they wanted to get married, and bought ASP a ring.  My parents did the same thing when they got married.

Originally they had planned on a destination wedding to Las Vegas or a beach, but then her fiance’s father’s health issues ended up changing the plans.  They decided to look around the Atlanta area for a site, but just kept coming across super expensive options.  Then someone e-mailed her about a wedding opportunity that would benefit an Atlanta children’s shelter, and she thought it would be a good option.  It isn’t too expensive, the proceeds go to charity, and it is a fairly quick ceremony and reception – one hour.  They decided to go this route on October 15 – one month out from the day they will tie the knot.

And this is where I come in.  Since ASP was such a good sport and helped plan my showers, my bachelorette, and was in my wedding party, I wanted to show her how much I appreciated what she did for me by throwing her an awesome bachelorette party the weekend before her wedding.

I have a couple of ideas that I’ve come up with and discussed with some friends, but I wanted to get some of your opinions for a bachelorette party for someone who isn’t a typical bridey-bride (I hope that makes sense).

Idea 1:  Gather at someone’s house, make a nice dinner with some wine, and hire a male stripper to come over and surprise the bride!  I think that would be fun and hilarious…but how does one go about ordering one?  I’ve never done that before, so I don’t even know where to start looking!  Haha!  Are male strippers sketchy?

Idea 2:  Go out for dinner and drinks, then wind up at the Clermont Lounge – Atlanta’s trashiest and oldest strip club.  It’s a famous ATL landmark that everyone loves, and Amanda has mentioned she’d be down with going there.

So, that’s all I have for now.  If any Atlanta readers have suggestions, please let me know!  If you’ve ever thrown a bachy party for a more non-traditional friend, I’d love to hear what you did!

Thanks lovelies! 🙂

 

I don’t know if you are like me, but I love Halloween!  There is something so exciting about coming up with a fun costume idea, going to buy it or making it yourself.  Throughout the years, I’ve had some pretty creative costumes that I really loved.  Others years, I was grasping to come up with something clever.

I do remember some of my costumes that I had as a kid that I completely loved.

When I lived in Germany, I didn’t celebrate Halloween with my German friends because they just don’t do that over there.  When I wanted to get into the spirit of ghosts and goblins, we had to trick-or-treat on the area army bases where many of the American families lived.  One year I dressed up as Pippi Longstocking, my favorite childhood character. My dad and I went to my school’s Halloween carnival where I sported my striped men’s t-shit as a dress, red and white striped socks, and sprayed orange pigtails with pipe cleaners helping them stick straight out.  I loved that costume so much, especially my fake freckles my mom drew on with her brown eyeliner.

Another year I dressed up as a cat.  In my black leotard, white tights, white tail and black cat mask, I felt like a real feline.  When we moved to America, I dressed up as a witch with a pointy hat that never quite stayed up and a long tattered gown.

One of my favorite family costumes was the year that my dad, Little S and I dressed up as the Addam’s Family.  I was Morticia, my dad Gomez, and Little S Wednesday, complete with a constant frown on her face.  My mom stayed behind that year and handed out candy while my dad traipsed through the neighborhood with us.  We sang the theme song as we walked up to each house.

I continued to dress up in middle school and high school, even though I don’t remember all of the things I dressed up as.  One year, ASP and I went as Thelma and Louise.  Unfortunately, I don’t think many people got that… In high school one year, I went as Courtney Love.  I sported a tiny red baby doll dress, white T, and black combat boots.  I had crazy hair and make up – people thought I was an angry, dead prom queen…not quite.

I don’t think I dressed up much in college.  But I do remember going trick-or-treating with Little S and her friends my freshman year.  I decided to go as Kelly Osbourne, eighties style.  I had blue and orange eye shadow, punky hair, a mini-skirt with white fold over ankle socks (like you wore when you were little) and high heels.  I guess my standby costume in college was always the eighties look – big hair, crazy eye make up, cut off tights, white lace ankle socks and heels.

The past few years I’ve actually worn real costumes.  In 2007, I wore my German dirndle and was a real beer wench.  T wore a keg costume, the perfect accompaniment.  Last year I was Chun Li, the best female video game character of all time.  Guys and girls loved my outfit.  We reminisced about our favorite video game while we ordered beers at the bar.  I even ran into another Chun Li.  I really wanted T to go as Ryu, but we couldn’t find a costume that wasn’t super expensive.  Instead he went as a redneck Gator fan – which got us tons of laughs at the bar.

This year, I have finally gotten T on board with a couples costume – we are going as Bill and Sookie from True Blood.  I can’t wait!  I am making myself a Merlotte’s waitress outfit.  I recreated the logo in photoshop, which I will iron onto a white T-shirt.  I’ve got black shorts, a green apron, and a long blonde wig.  I will definitely have some bloody bite marks on my neck.  Going as Bill won’t be too hard for T – he’s going to wear a black button up and jeans.  We’ll paint him all pasty pale, give him fangs, and a fluffy brown wig.  If I feel enterprising enough, I’ll even make a bottle of TruBlood.

For the third year in a row, JD and I are hosting our awesome Spooktacular.  It started as a joint birthday party for both of us, but has now turned into a pretty crazy Halloween tradition.  It seems to get crazier and crazier every year.

So, what are you going to be for Halloween this year?  What was your favorite costume that you’ve ever worn?  Got any special plans?

Sorry for being MIA this week so far, but Monday I was out of the office for a client meeting all day, and yesterday I was laid up on the couch with a sinus infection – sweet!  My poor nose is about to fall off of my face!  And it’s so dry and flaky!

This past Saturday and Sunday, my boss hosted the entire office and our families at our mountain client for a work retreat to show us how much she appreciates all of the hard work we do.  T and I got up early on Saturday morning, picked up my co-worker Mel, and hit the road for our weekend adventure.

Of course the weekend we were headed into the mountains, it was freezing outside.  It was cold in Atlanta, so you knew it was going to be brutal 2.5 hours north.  We hit the road, and naturally it started raining, then we got stuck in traffic.  That always happens when I am driving somewhere for a lengthy amount of time!

Once we arrived at the property, it was a blustery winterish day (ok, so it may only be fall-like to my Northern readers, but 40-something as a daytime high is winter in Atlanta).  We got checked into our cottage that most of us were in – we all had separate rooms but shared a common living room.

When we got into the room, I noticed that my boss had gotten us gifts.  Sitting on the dresser was a box, which had the cutest hand-painted wine glass in it, candy, a little book of encouraging sayings, and a bottle of wine.  Along with that was a hand-written note saying how much she appreciated all of the hard work  I put in with the clients.  It was so sweet!

After we got settled, we all hurried to lunch.  I didn’t have much time (or didn’t want) to eat too much because I had a spa appointment at 2 p.m. that I was super excited about.  I ended up getting a hot stone massage, which was amazing.  Since it was cold and drizzly outside, warm stones were the perfect way to relax and de-stress.

It’s funny, I haven’t had many massages in my life but out of the 5 I’ve had, 3 of the therapists have been male.  My very first one was on a media trip, so naturally I was totally surprised when a man came out to take me to the therapy room.  It was a little awkward for me at first because I was nervous, but he did such a great job that I wasn’t weirded out by being half naked around a strange guy by the time it was over.  I guess that’s why I’m not really bothered by if the masseuse is male or female anymore.

Anyway, sorry for the tangent.  What I was getting at was that my hot stone massage was given by a guy.  If you have never had a hot stone massage, I totally recommend it.  It’s such a unique experience.  First he placed warm stones all over my back, arms and legs.  It’s funny – you notice the stones when they are first placed on you, but after a while you forget that they are there.  So when they are finally moved to a new spot, you feel like all of this weight is lifted off of you that you didn’t even know was there.  It’s a really weird but cool feeling.  The massage portion alternated between his hands, warm and cool stones, but sometimes I had a hard time discerning the difference between hands and stones.  It was bizarre!  By the time it was over, I was totally blissed out.  I really think I’m going to start getting massages once a month!

By the time we headed back to the cottage, it had started sleeting.  So that meant that we weren’t going to be doing any outdoor activities that day.  We hung out in the room for a bit, went and had afternoon tea and cookies, then checked out some football (T’s wish, not mine).

After everyone was spa-ed out, we got ready for dinner and gathered in our living room for pre-dinner drinks.  Of course all of us drank out of our pretty new glasses and put a hurting on our wine supply before we went to dinner.  We returned to the cottage after dinner to all hang out (there was a bar, but since there were some children along, we couldn’t go in there with them).  We lit a fire, poured more wine, sent the kids to play, and received funny office awards.  We were all cracking up because some of them were so out there, yet so true.

Some funny moments of the trip include:

~ the accountant’s 5-year-old son flipping our 50-something year old co-worker WWE style in the dining room during dinner – she’s very small and had had a few glasses of wine

~ T passing out before 11 p.m. and having my co-worker’s 1.5 year old climb all over him to wake him up – he didn’t budge

~ my boss’s daughters bonding with me over “G-power” – they are both UGA fans

~ me passing out in Mel’s bed “just for a minute,” which turned into 7 hours – I went to my own room at 7 a.m.

The trip was a lot of fun.  Our office is all women, so it was a good chance for all of us to bond and get to know everyone’s family members/significant others.

Has your boss or office ever done anything similar?  What are your massage preferences – male or female?

So, I know it’s been a minute since I got back from my German adventure, but I wanted to share some of the pictures we took with you.  Since my computer at home isn’t in tip top shape, I wanted to wait until I got my external hard drive back from my parents (they were going to work on assembling our wedding album – yes, we’ve been married more than a year and still haven’t made our photo album) before loading the images up.

We are also going out of town this weekend on a work retreat to the mountains, so I want to be able to take cute pictures.  So I brought the camera to work to upload the pictures here as well for back up – you can never be too safe.  Since it’s Friday, I uploaded my pictures to my blog.

Now for your viewing pleasure, Deutschland Adventure – 2009, part 1

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Having dinner with the family at the pizza place (Opa, T, Me, Oma, JT, Little S, Finni)

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Gearing up for the real Oktoberfest by practicing at the Mini-Oktoberfest.  Prost!

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Berlin skyline at night

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About to start the walking tour of Berlin – Brandenburg Gate

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The Holocaust Memorial

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Bebel Platz where the book burnings occurred.  Translation:  This is foreshadowing. Where one burns books one will also burn men.

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Berlin’s Museum Island.  The Gates of Babylon are here.

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Night out on the town for JT’s birthday!

Happy weekend! 🙂

I’ve been a little slack about cooking since we returned for our Germany trip.  We’ve been eating out a ton and catching up with friends in the process.  This week, I decided to get my butt back into the kitchen.  And I’m so glad I did because we’ve had some awesome dinners this week!

It’s been cool and rainy in Atlanta this week, and Monday it was nasty out.  I decided that it would be a good day to make some soup.  Except I didn’t know where to start.  So I went to my favorite Web site to track down some recipes.  Food Network must have known I was coming, because on the homepage I found a link to 50 easy soup recipes…sweet!

I read through most of them until I found one that jumped out at me.  On page 2, there it was.  Potato Chowder (recipe #16).  I’d never made a potato soup before, so I was a little nervous.  But it was actually really easy to make and souper (haha) tasty.  We added in some cheese and ate a baguette with it, which was perfect for dipping into the soup.

Yesterday I started coming down with a cold, so I was definitely craving some comfort food for dinner.  T suggested we make more potato soup, but I was craving something different.  I always read about how amazing lobster mac and cheese is from other bloggers, so we decided to make some ourselves.

A few weeks ago, Ina Garten had a comfort food episode where she made the lobster mac and it looked amazing.  Since I wasn’t feeling well, T went to the store and bought the ingredients.  Let me just warn you – making lobster mac and cheese is expensive.  T spent $40 alone on the lobster (he was only able to find frozen tails in the store by us, it may be cheaper if you can get a whole lobster).  We thought that the lobster wasn’t indulgent enough, so we fried up some bacon to crumble in it as well.  We made fresh bread crumbs, sprinkled them on top, and baked it all until it was golden brown.

Let me just tell you, that mac was amazing!  It made a pretty large amount, so we have leftovers for tonight!  And it wasn’t really too hard to make.  I’ve never really made homemade mac and cheese, but I think I might start doing it now because it just tastes so damn good!

I wish I had some pictures to show you, but alas I don’t.  So sorry.  I’ll past the recipes below in case you want to try them for yourself, which I highly recommend you do!

Potato Chowder

Sauté 4 ounces chopped bacon; add 2 tablespoons butter, 2 sliced leeks and 2 teaspoons each sage and thyme. Add 4 cups chicken broth, 1 1/2 cups cream, a bay leaf and 3 chopped potatoes. Simmer until tender; top with chives.

I also added 3 cloves of garlic and topped it with a handful of cheddar cheese.  I simmered it for about 30 minutes  – it cut the potato chunks pretty small so they would cook faster.

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Ingredients

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  • Kosher salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 pound cavatappi or elbow macaroni
  • 1 quart milk
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 12 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated (4 cups)
  • 8 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, grated (2 cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 pounds cooked lobster meat
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh white bread crumbs (5 slices, crusts removed)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Drizzle oil into a large pot of boiling salted water. Add the pasta and cook according to the directions on the package, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain well.

Meanwhile, heat the milk in a small saucepan, but don’t boil it. In a large pot, melt 6 tablespoons of butter and add the flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk. Still whisking, add the hot milk and cook for a minute or two more, until thickened and smooth. Off the heat, add the Gruyere, Cheddar, 1 tablespoon salt, the pepper, and nutmeg. Add the cooked macaroni and lobster and stir well. Place the mixture in 6 to 8 individual gratin dishes.

Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, combine them with the fresh bread crumbs, and sprinkle on the top. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the macaroni is browned on the top.

Sharon did this meme earlier today, and it was interesting to read, so I thought I’d do one too.  Two posts in one day!  What is this craziness?  I’m not feeling well and working is not on the top of my priority list today!

The ABC’s of Bing

A – Advocate For: Being self-confident and believing in yourself.  Helping other people or animals when you can.  Not being selfish and stuck up.

B – Best Feature: I really like my eyes.  They are a pretty brown with  a touch of hazel in them.  I also love my chest.  What?  People pay a lot of money to get a rack like mine! 🙂

C – Could do without: The spare tire that is living on my mid-section.  5-day work weeks.   All this rain we keep having in Atlanta.  The cold I feel like I am about to get.

D – Dreams & Desires: I would love to be able to take an extended time off and travel the world.  I have such an appreciation for the customs, history, culture and foods of other countries that I’d like to be able to experience them.  I would also love to go to culinary school.  I am fascinated by all things cooking and food-related.  One day I’d like to own my own PR firm where I’d make the rules.

E – Essential items: Chapstick, I can’t go anywhere without it because I’m so addicted.  Lotion, I hate having dry skin and the feeling of it.  Hair dye, my real color is oh-so-boring.  Diet Coke or Diet Dr. Pepper, my only sources of caffeine since I’m not much of a coffee drinker.

F – Favourite pastime: Hanging out with my family and friends. Watching food-related shows on TV or movies.  Cooking.  Traveling.  Reading a good book, one that’s nearly impossible to put down.  Playing board games!

G – Good at: I am good at making friends.  People always kid me that I can make friends where ever I go.  I feel that is an important quality to have.  I am also a good listener and good at being there for people when they need a shoulder to cry on.  Writing – I wouldn’t be in PR if I didn’t feel I was a strong writer.

H – Have never tried: Bungee jumping, sky diving, parasailing – I would like to bungee jump or skydive one day.  Parasailing freaks me out too much.  Traveling alone – I think I’d get too lonely to travel by myself.

I – If I Had a Million Dollars: I would buy my dream house, plan that trip around the world, help friends and family who needed a boost, and donate some money to causes I believe in.

J – Junkie For: Bacardi and Diet Coke with lemon.  It’s my drink.  I always have one (or more) when we go out.  Animals – I would love to have a place where I could keep all sorts of animals and provide them with a home and food.  I want to save every homeless animal I see.

K – Kindred Spirit: I don’t think I have a specific kindred spirit.  There are some people in my life that I connect with more on some levels than others, but I don’t think there’s just one.

L – Little Known Fact: I can say my alphabet backwards.  I pride myself on this because not many people can.  Sometimes I can do it in French and German too, but not as well as I can in English.  Try it, it’s fun!

M – Memorable Moment: Oh lord, it’s so hard to pick just one.  Meeting T.  Getting engaged.  Getting married.  Graduating high school and college…the list goes on.

N – Never Again Will I: I can’t think of one specific incident.  I’ll try to avoid doing dumb things that bit me in the past…

O – Occasional Indulgence: Hmm, I can’t think of anything specific.  Shopping sprees, expensive dinners, a tasty dessert.

P – Profession: I’m an account executive at a PR firm.  I love what I do, and I have awesome clients.

Q – Quote: “Throw out your cares and fly,”  Smashing Pumpkins – Zero

R – Reason to Smile: I have a wonderful husband, an awesome family, the greatest friends, a home I love, a great job where I get to do what I enjoy on a daily basis, and the people who are closest to me are fairly healthy.

S – Sorry About: Letting my bad temper get the best of me, especially around the people I love the most.  I’m hoping I will learn to simmer down as I get older.

T – Things That Are Worrying You Right Now: Getting sick – we are going on a company retreat this weekend, and I don’t want to feel bad all weekend.  No one wanting to buy our condo.

U – Uninterested In: I enjoy shopping and looking nice, but I can’t justify spending hundreds of dollars on designer shoes, purses or clothes.  I’m just too clumsy for that stuff, and I’d ruin it so fast!  Football – I love my college team, but could give 2 shits about the NFL or the other college teams that are playing.  If I didn’t go to a football school, I would not watch it.

V – Very Scared Of: Cockroaches, ‘nough said.  I’m also a bit squeamish about heights.  Sometimes I get really easily freaked out and other times I’m fine.  I’m also very scared of dying because I don’t know what to expect.  Will it be perma-blackness?  Will I reunite with my past loved ones?  I just don’t know.

W – Worst Habits: Smoking, drinking too much on the weekends, not eating as healthily as I should, not working out, cursing like a sailor.

X – X Marks My Ideal Vacation Spot: I would love to take a vacation to Greece or Fiji and spend the days soaking in the sun at the beach and eating mouth-watering cuisine!

Y – Yummiest Dessert: Anything chocolate ranks really high on my scale.   Carrot cake is a pretty close second.

Z – Zodiac Sign: Scorpio.  See below, because the descriptions pretty much sums me up.

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Our weekend trip to Tennessee was fun, except for the fact that the Dawgs  got stomped.  We are doing awful this year!

The cute “red” dress I ordered to wear to the game ended up being more orangey than red, so that meant I couldn’t wear it on Saturday since UT’s color is orange.  Oh well, I wore it Sunday and it was still cute!

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This weekend we are going on a work retreat to our mountain client.  It’s going to be a lot of fun, but it is going to be freezing up there.  The highs are in the upper 40’s and the lows in the 30’s…brrr.  Hello fall!

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I went to Old Navy after work the other day and stocked up on the cutest fall sweaters and dresses.  I spent a lot more money than I intended.  Check out the dresses!

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I also bought these really cute textured tights, but they snagged up after wearing them once.  I’m going to have to return them because it’s not cool that $10 tights unravel after the first wear.

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JD and I are hosting our annual Spooktacular Halloween party on Halloween this year.  I can’t wait!

T and I are going to be Bill and Sookie from True Blood.  I am making my costume, I hope it turns out cute! Do you have your Halloween costume picked out?

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Next week, Little S and I are starting Women’s Health’s Belly Off Club workout.  I have been a lazy slob this year, and I really need to lose some weight.  I know this is going to be good for me but I’m sure it’s going to kick my butt.  Especially rule #5 – No Alcohol for a month!  Eek!

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People around me have been sick for weeks.  I have managed to avoid getting anything for a while, except now I think I may be coming down with a cold.  I’m coughing like crazy (which at first I thought was due to inhaling couscous last night, but I don’t think that’s the case) and my head hurts.  FML

So, what’s been making you smile or frown lately?

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