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I am so thrilled that spring is finally here!  I am so over the cold and damp weather we’ve had this year so far.  BTW 2010, I’m not impressed.  The 10 day outlook is marvelous – 70s all around.  I can’t wait to spend the weekend outside, soaking up the sun and basking in spring’s glory.

That’s why I was annoyed as hell when I went to bed last night, and my throat was scratchy.  By the time I woke up this morning, it really hurt.  And as the day progresses, it keeps getting a little worse.  Add in an achy neck and a headache, and I’m in tip-top shape over here.  I’m sure by the time I get home tonight, I will just collapse onto the couch in a sniffly, whiny mess.

Normally I try to look on the brighter side of being sick, namely meaning that I may end up with a day off to veg at home while trying to recover, but this time around it’s just hard.  We’re going to see Third Eye Blind tomorrow night, and I really don’t want to bail because I’m sick (plus I already bought the $30 ticket…).

Friday night, T and I are planning on going to Abattoir for his early birthday dinner with just the two of us.  It’s Atlanta’s answer to whole-animal cuisine and is very meat centric, so I definitely don’t want to be sick and have to postpone it.  Saturday, we are going to my parents for Easter and will be celebrating T’s actual birthday with a family fondue dinner – noms – and I’m sure copious amounts of German beer will be consumed!

My co-worker had a cold last week (which is who I’m assuming I may have caught it from because I hung out with both her and her roommate last week, and they both had it) and said there was only one really bad day – fever, aches, chills – but then she felt better and has just been coughing and stuffy.  If that’s all it is, I’m pretty sure I can deal with it.  But fingers crossed that it doesn’t get that far.  Now excuse me as I go chug some Airborne.

Oh and by the way, Chelsea Handler was awesome!  She and Heather McDonald had everyone cracking up and howling with laughter.  I know the tickets aren’t cheap, but if you have the chance to go, do it!  Seriously.  No ifs, ands or buts.

And speaking of comedy, Conan O’Brien is coming to Atlanta in June, and T and I want to go.  I was planning on getting him tickets as his birthday present.  The only thing stopping me is that tickets appear to be sold out – lame.  This means we’ll have to get them off Stubhub or from scalpers, and they will be way more expensive (and they aren’t cheap to begin with).  It really annoys me how people are allowed to buy up a ton of tickets, then jack the prices way up and sell them.  Scalpers, why don’t you go get a real job and leave the tickets for the fans who actually want to see the show and aren’t trying to make a quick buck?  Hate…

I really don’t know what’s wrong with me lately, but I have been such a blogging slacker.  I don’t know why – well, actually I do.  I’ve been super swamped with work because I picked up a new client at the beginning of the month, meaning that I know work on 4 accounts.  This means I am crazy busy all of the time (I used to blog during my lunch break) and when I’m not swamped, I need some mental downtime.  There is only so much creativity that can flow from a girl at one time.

I don’t really have anything super amazing to talk about, but I did want to share  some thoughts about recent events.

1.  St Patty’s Day – This year, it was kind of a wash.  In the past, we’ve gone out to the big celebrations whether they’ve happened the weekend before or on the actual day.  This year, not so much.  The Saturday before St. Pat’s, we met up with a bunch of friends at a little Irish bar named Stout. T and the guys all headed over around 5 p.m. in the afternoon, but I opted to wait.  I was tired and was enjoying my book, plus I didn’t feel like imbibing at such an early hour.  By the time that I got there around 9 p.m., the boys were all a little tipsy.  By 11, T was ready to head home, which was fine by me.

We had planned to take off on actual St. Patty’s and go to Fado’s big street festival, but T and I were both super busy, so we decided it may be smarter for us to work that day.  Of course it was cold and dreary that day, so when we went out to celebrate after work it was soggy and gross outside.  Of course Stout was packed to the brim, so we ended up across the street at a British pub that served no food instead.  I was pretty bummed because I was seriously craving an Irish breakfast.  We ended up ordering Dominos and had it delivered to the bar.  That was clutch because we were all starving.  It was a fun night, but not quite up to the caliber of past years.  Hopefully your St. Patty’s was a little more exciting.

2. Car drama – Right before New Year’s Eve, I was told that the front and rear brakes on my car were in need of being replaced.  This news sort of blew my mind because I’d just had them replaced in November 2008, so I decided to hold off on the repairs at that point in time because the repair shop told me I’d be OK for a few more months.  Plus I’d just spent a pretty penny on some other repairs.  Let me tell you, I’m so glad I waited.

My good friend ASP’s husband is a mechanic, so he told me to bring my car by this past weekend and he’d fix the brakes for me.  He was a sweetheart and fixed up my little car for a really reasonable price and then told me some disturbing news.  Apparently the place I’d taken my car to in 2008 (Goodyear, cough cough) had  installed my front brake pads the wrong way!!  WTF?!?!

I’d been driving around on pads that were incorrectly installed for more than a year.  No wonder they barely lasted a year before needing to be replaced.  Don’t even get me started on the safety issues this could have caused me.  And then I found out that the rear brakes were fine and didn’t need replacement like the GY mechanics had told me.  I’ve been a loyal customer with them for years, but now I’m starting to question going to them again.  Apparently their mechanics don’t know as much about repairing cars as they should.  I think I’m sticking to my buddy from now on, even though going to him is not nearly as convenient.

3.  The Weather – I am so sick of the crappy-assed weather that has been taking over Georgia in 2010.  We’ve only had a couple of warm days so far, and I am beyond ready for spring.  This Friday and Saturday we were blessed with sunny and beautiful 70-degree days, only to have the rug snatched out from under us on Sunday.

On the first day of spring, we were greeted by gray clouds, wind and rain.  It was only about 60 degrees.  I did end up seeing a super cool rainbow once the rain let up for a bit, but that was not enough to make up for the crappy first day of spring.  Yesterday, it was in the 50s and it snow flurried in the morning.  In Atlanta.  WTF?!?!  And people say global warming doesn’t exist…

I am so ready for warm and sunny days and patio weather.  April, please do a better than March with its BS weather.

4.  Upcoming Fun – This Sunday, JD, CGN, CMc and I are all going to see Chelsea Handler at The Fox.  CGN and CMc are huge Chelsea fans, and JD and I watch the show from time to time.  I love her super sarcastic and blunt personality, and I can’t wait to see how it translates into her stand up.  I expect to be laughing so hard that my sides ache and tears will be running down my cheeks.

On April 1st, T and I are going with a group of our friends to see Third Eye Blind.  I was a huge fan in high school, and their first few CDs made up a large part of the soundtrack when T and I first started dating 10.5 years ago (awww).  I am pretty excited to see them, and I am hoping that they play a lot of their older songs.  I know they have a new album coming out, and I glad to hear that they are still out there making music.

Anything interesting been happening in your life lately?

**Keep your eyes peeled – in April, this little blog will be hosting its very first giveaway!  Details to come…**

I go through these phases were I become obsessed with reading.  I’m not even kidding.  If I really like a book, I will not put it down.  It’s not uncommon for me to read a 500 page book in little more than a day.  But it works both ways…if the book doesn’t grip me, I can drag it out for days, weeks or months.

The last book that I completed in about a day was The Time Traveler’s Wife.  Oh.My.God.  I couldn’t put it down.  I guess I’m a bit of a sucker for love stories, especially when things aren’t always perfect – it makes it feel more realistic.  And I’m also a little slow to jump on the bandwagon.  People have been talking about this gem for years, and I only just read it.  What is wrong with me?

**POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT**

I cried sobbed like a baby at the end, specifically when reading Henry’s letter to Clare.  I didn’t want T to see me blubbering, so I totally hid in the bathroom until I could maintain some semblance of composure because at one point I was crying so badly I couldn’t see the words on the page…true story.

**OK, you’re safe again.**

Since I liked the book so much, I opted to watch the movie as well.  The movie was not nearly as good as the book, and honestly I was a little disappointed after I saw it (the actors did a great job portraying the characters but so much of the book was left out).  I feel like the movie didn’t explore the depth of Clare’s and Henry’s romance because it didn’t go into much detail about the early stages of the relationship, which was such an important part of their story.  I also wonder how much sense the movie would make to someone who hasn’t read the book.  All the jumping around and craziness that Harry goes through would be pretty confusing if you hadn’t read the book.

The Time Traveler’s Wife definitely got my reading bug hungry for more amazing books, so I went on a bit of crazy book buying spree.  While I was pre-ordering my copy of the New Moon DVD (shut up, you know you ordered yours already too) on Amazon.com, I decided to purchase some new reads.  I ended up choosing Her Fearful Symmetry (Audrey Niffenegger’s second novel), The Help (Kathryn Stockett’s first novel), The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Muriel Barbery’s French bestseller), and A Reliable Wife (Robert Goolrick’s fiction debut).

I’ve heard great things about The Elegance of the Hedgehog and The Help, so that’s why I chose both of those reads.  I liked the Time Traveler’s Wife so much that I was super interested in reading Audrey’s ghost story.  And this will make you laugh – a few months ago I was at a bookstore picking up some publicity for a client when I saw A Reliable Wife sitting on the counter.  The cashier saw me checking it out and raved about how good it was.  I didn’t buy it then, but when I was ordering my other books it popped up as a suggestion.  I took this as a sign and ordered it as well.

I’m currently reading A Reliable Wife, and it’s really drawn me in.  I feel like it had a bit of a slow start, so I wasn’t sure I was going to like it.  Luckily it picked up and now I’m completely sucked into this story of twisted love and betrayal.

With all this reading I’ve got piled up, maybe I should join a book club or start my own.  I just don’t know how I would feel about having to read a book by a certain deadline.  I feel like the pressure may take some of the fun out of it, you know?

Here’s a weird book fact about me – I like to buy the books I read.  I’m not a fan of checking them out from a library (which I know would save me so much money) because I like to keep adding to my reading collection.

Are you reading anything at the moment that you just can’t seem to put down?  Have you read any of the books in my line up?

On Thursday night, T and I decided to venture out to Buckhead to go to dinner.  Since it was Buckhead Restaurant Week, we opted to try out Tom Colicchio’s Craft.  We were both excited to dine at the Top Chef judge’s Atlanta hot-spot.  The restaurant is located in the heart of Buckhead, surrounded by high-rise office buildings and condos.  Upon entering in the glass front doors, you are immediately greeted by the smell of  a wood burning oven – I don’t know about you, but I just love that smell.

We were seated in the upstairs dining room, right by the staircase, which is always a fun spot because both T and I like to people watch.  The decor was classy and chic, featuring lots of warm wood accents, large windows, and unique lighting – individual filament light bulbs that gave off just the perfect amount of glow.   We were both starving, so we jumped right into perusing the menu to find the perfect meal for our date night.  Of course we both immediately found dishes that we were dying to try, so the discounted restaurant week menu went right out the window.  We started off our meal with cocktails – T with his standard dirty martini and me with a Sunshine Squeeze #1, a tasty blend of vodka, fresh ginger, cane syrup and fresh lemon and lime juice.  This is definitely the perfect springtime or summer cocktail, and I will totally try to recreate it at home on of these days!

We decided it would be best to share an appetizer and each order an entrée and a side since the food is served to share if you’d like.  T really wanted to sample the Veal Sweetbreads, so I agreed.  I was a little nervous about eating them, since I’ve only had them one other time, but I am so glad we did (you just can’t think about what you’re eating, and you’ll be A-Okay).  They were delicious!  T and I agreed that they were our favorite item of our dinner.  They were served in a sweet and tangy sauce with kumquats in it as well.  It was the perfect blend of sweet and savory, and I could seriously eat them once a week!

For our main meal, T opted to have the Colorado Lamb Loin & Shoulder and the Winter Squash & Pancetta Risotto, while I went with the Muscovy Duck Breast & Confit Leg and the Gnocchi.  If I could have a do-over, I would do it here.  The confit leg was delicious, but I wasn’t 100 percent in love with the duck breast.  It was cooked medium, which was a little weird for me since I’ve only ever eaten duck well-done.  If I could go back, I would ask for it to be cooked well.  The texture of the breast was a little rubbery since it was medium, which I had a hard time getting over.  I loved the flavor of the seasoning and sauce, but I just couldn’t get past the texture and the fact that it wasn’t well-done.  T’s lamb was really delicious and the medium cooking temperature was perfect for his dish.  I also think it would have been better if we’d have chosen one veggie and one starch, instead of two starches for our sides.  T’s risotto was really rich and delicious.  The gnocchi was so soft and pillowy, but I would have liked them to be a little saltier and saucier.

My duck with the risotto and gnocchi

T’s lamb, gnocchi and risotto

Overall, we both really enjoyed ourselves and the food (even though the price tag was a bit of a killer).  I think we’ll go back one of these days to try some of the other tasty morsels on the menu.  Maybe we’ll even venture to Craftbar, located downstairs, for some more casual and delicious dining.

Have you eaten anywhere amazing lately?

**Keep your eyes peeled – in the next few weeks, this little blog will be hosting its very first giveaway!  Details to come…**

Today, T-Mobile really pissed me off.  My family and I have been loyal customers since 2001.  Hell, we were with T-Mobile before they even existed.  First they were Powertel, then Voicestream, then T-mobile.  I’ve always been happy with my service, because they have some of the best rates  out there.  But now TM has left me with a sour taste in my mouth.  Let me give you the back story…

For my birthday in 2008, I got the G1 Google Phone.  I was so excited about it because it was way more high-tech than any of my older phones, and it worked so well.  Fast forward to the end of 2009, and I started to notice that the battery life on my phone was not as stellar as it had been in the beginning.  I understand that battery life wears down over time, but the phone is only a little over a year old.  It should still hold a charge for more than 12 hours, especially when I’m not using it constantly.  I know using the Internet and apps drains the battery, but I very rarely sit there for hours on end using them because I’m on a computer all day at work.  The phone has also started popping up some error messages when I restart it (I turn it off almost every night to give it some down time) asking me to wait or forceclose.  I know that, that is not supposed to happen almost every time the phone loads up.

Last night I’d finally had enough, so I called T-Mobile.  I spoke with the nicest and most helpful rep who had me do a few things that would make the phone perform better.  After I explained all my issues to him, he agreed that I would need a new battery and possibly a new phone sent to me.  Here comes the crappy part…since I’ve owned the phone for more than a year, there was nothing T-Mobile could do to help me.  I was kind of annoyed, but I understood.  The nice rep referred me to the phone’s manufacturer (HTC) and told me that they would be able to help me – especially since the amount of time I use the phone didn’t seem correct for the amount of battery drainage I was experiencing.

This morning I gave HTC a call to see what they could do.  I was told that I would need to send my phone in to have a technician look over it and try to repair it.  That isn’t really much of an option since I don’t have another phone that I can use.  I guess I could try to find an old handset, but I don’t know if I even still have them (I may have donated them).  I told the rep that wasn’t really an option for me.  Eventually she put me through to a technician to see if he could assist me with my issue over the phone.  Once I got connected to the tech, I was informed that he wasn’t allowed to help me because T-Mobile has taken over the phone, and he legally is not allowed to work on it.  He was nice enough to transfer me back to TM, where I chatted with a less than helpful person.

Basically, she told me there was nothing they could do because I was out of the one year window.  She told me that I could buy a new battery for $50 from their Web site though.  After that, I got off the phone with her because I was annoyed about being shuttled back and forth and not receiving any real resolution for my problem.

Nothing irritates me more than being forced to sign a two-year contract and being sold products that can not make it for that duration of time.  If I have to be legally bound to your company for such an extended period, you better be damn sure that my phone will work up to par for that amount of time.  And if there is an issue with it, you better be willing to work with me to fix the problem.  It’s ridiculous that my phone’s battery can’t even make it 12 hours without having to be charged.  I’ve only had it a year and a few months.

I can understand not wanting to send me a new phone, but not replacing the crappy battery is pretty shady in my book.  There’s no way in hell that it’s going to survive till November, when my contract expires.  And I don’t think I should have to pay money to replace a poorly designed battery.  If it was $10, fine.  But $50 is quite a chunk of money – especially since it’s not my fault it can’t hold a charge.

T-Mobile, this really hurts my heart.  I’ve always stood by you, even when you didn’t have the coolest phones on the market.  I don’t always get the best reception, especially when I’m in NY, but I don’t complain.  I drop calls in my house at least a few times a week.  And you’ve always been so helpful in the past when my other phones have had problems ( I had a phone in college that kept messing up, and they replaced it 3 different times without any issues).  But this time around, I’m very disappointed.  You’ve left me hanging.  And if I can’t get this resolved without having to fork over my hard-earned money, you better believe that I’ll be switching to another company when my contract expires in November.  T-Mobile, your days with me as a customer may be numbered.

So, have you had any cell phone drama lately?  Do you have any tips for getting my issues solved?

I know it’s been a while since I last posted, but I haven’t felt much like writing.  I think it’s this wacky weather…one day it’s nice and nearly 70 degrees out, the next it might be snowing. It’s supposed to snow tomorrow, meaning that the commute home is going to be a slushy, nasty, cluster fuck.

I’ve been glued to the TV, watching the Olympics like it’s my job.  I’m sort of bummed that it’s over now.

Speaking of snow, the nastiness that hit New York last week kept my friend Jewels from being able to visit – her flight was canceled and she couldn’t get on any other flights later in the weekend.

Oh spring time, where are you?

Stolen from Adriana

If I Were…

If I were a month, I’d be April.
If I were a day, I’d be Saturday.
If I were a time of day, I’d be night.
If I were a planet ,I’d be Venus.
If I were a sea animal, I’d be a dolphin.

If I were a direction, I’d be south.
If I were a piece of furniture, I’d be a bed.
If I were a liquid, I’d be water.
If I were a gem stone, I’d be a sapphire.
If I were a tree, I’d be a magnolia.

If I were a tool, I’d be a hammer.
If I were a flower, I’d be a dahlia.
If I were an element of weather, I’d be snow flakes.
If I were a musical instrument, I’d be a clarinet.
If I were a color, I’d be cerulean blue.

If I were an emotion, I’d be happiness.
If I were a fruit, I’d be a star fruit.
If I were a sound, I’d be laughter.
If I were an element, I’d be silver.
If I were a car, I’d be a BMW.

If I were a food, I’d be chocolate.
If I were a place, I’d be a tropical island.
If I were a material, I’d be fleece.
If I were a taste, I’d be savory.
If I were a scent, I’d be citrus.

If I were a body part, I’d be eyes.
If I were a facial expression, I’d be a smile.
If I were a song, I’d be swing.
If I were a pair of shoes, I’d be cute boots.

I promise I’ll be better about blogging! 🙂

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