Friday, October 28, 2011

October 28, 2011 – International Margarita Day

Not today folks, tomorrow.  Unless of course you want to celebrate both days, then have at it.  Oh and how do I know that tomorrow is International Margarita Day? “Because I said so”; isn’t that what our Mothers’ used to say?  The“because I said so part” not the International Margarita Day part; although, they may have said that out of little children’s earshot.  In fact, I would bet money that my Mom may have declared it Margarita Day on more than one occasion, and justifiably so.  There were three of us running around, me, my older brother and my twin sister.  Let’s just say the household was not quiet or calm.  I recall my Mom telling us a story about when my sister and I were little.  We were down the hall playing in our room, when things got a little too quiet.  It seems that children and quiet are a sign that bad things are happening.  She came down the hall, opened our bedroom door and found us gleefully shaking the baby powder all over the room.  Everything was covered and there was a cloud of white.  I personally don’t recall this event, but Mom said that after she cleaned us and the room up she safely put the baby powder on the highest shelf in the bathroom so we couldn’t get into any more trouble with that little game.  Apparently, not only are we twins but we are also monkeys.  We must have climbed the toilet to the sink counter so we could reach the powder, because shortly thereafter Mom checked on us again and found us gleefully reenacting the powder fight.

Of course none of that explains why I have declared tomorrow “International Margarita Day.”  Let me explain:  Yesterday could best be described as a “craptastic” day.  It was just one long day of desperately trying to get a server/database to play nice.  I know you don’t care about the details.  Let’s just say it was frustrating and I will be attempting another solution shortly.  Anyway, I couldn’t have a Margarita yesterday, I also can’t have one today.  So tomorrow it is.  As for the International part; I have friends in the US and I don’t like to drink alone.  So if at noon tomorrow you would raise a glass in toast it will be 6pm her in Switzerland and I can toast as well.  Come to think of it, I think Switzerland switches the clocks back an hour this weekend.  Another valid reason to toast: an extra hour of sleep.  Yea Me.

So here’s to a better than craptastic day and Margarita’s on the weekend.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

October 26, 2011 – Fingerless Gloves

How do you know that fall is in full swing and winter is right around the corner?  Well in my case, I have to resort to wearing fingerless gloves while I work at my computer.  I’ve been trying to avoid it the last few days but I gave up this afternoon. My right hand is dramatically cooler than the left.  In fact, if anyone needs a beer chilled I can hold it for you: frosty in minutes.

The only problem is the wrists of these gloves are a little, ok a lot, too long, but they work so I will wear them while I work.  I have to say that the very best pair of fingerless gloves I ever received where given to me specifically for wearing at work.  They were pink and purple striped and my friend Laurel gave them to me as a secret Santa gift.  They were awesome, but I have never found a pair like that again.  My Mom gave me a pair a few years ago that worked well too, but they had the little mitten flap that would come up to cover your fingers, immediate transition from work to walking the dog. 

I’ll have to keep my eyes open for another pair this year as we wander around the Christmas markets in Zurich.

I’ll try and have something more exciting to talk about tomorrow.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

October 25, 2011 - Outside My Window


I seriously thought that they were going to leave the roof across the way barren with just the green looking rubber matting.  Once again, I was wrong.  Today they are replacing the dirt. 

First off, why is gardening not this easy when I do it at home?  Alright fine, it’s not so easy at home because I’m the one doing the work.  Everything looks easy when someone else is putting in the effort.  I do have a question though.  Do you think they are going to replant the weeds or will they let nature take care of that?

At what point does my taking pictures of the guys on the roof become stalker-ish? 


I enjoy sailing and as I mentioned September early October are some of my favorite times to go sailing but at some point you I have to say it’s too cold.  When you have to wear snow gear… it’s too cold.  It’s 45 degrees and my hands get cold sitting in the office working at the computer.  I’m wearing fingerless gloves for goodness sake.  Sailing… No.  Too Cold

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Monday, October 24, 2011

October 24, 2011 – Rip Van Winkle

After this weekend I am officially changing my designation to Rip Van Winkle or “Winkle Bunny” depending on how well you know me.  In the grand scheme of things I can state with a high level of certainty that I slept the majority of the weekend away.  The beast was even kind enough to let me sleep until 9:30 am both Saturday and Sunday before he made me get up and take him outside.  Sure 9:30 on Saturday doesn’t sound as if I slept the “entire” day away.  That is until I tell you that I went immediately back to bed after our excursion and proceeded to sleep until 1:00 pm.  I was slightly less of a slug on Sunday.  I got up in the morning.  Made a pot of chili for dinner and then rented “The Children’s Hour” starring Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine.  Now I have to admit I like old movies…. One of my favorites is Stage Door… I wonder if iTunes has that one.  Anyway, I’ve gotten off track.

The 1961 movie is based on a play written by Lillian Hellman and centers around two women, Martha Dobie (Shirley MacLaine) and Karen Wright (Audrey Hepburn) who have started a school for girls.  After two years of getting the school off the ground they are just beginning to see financial success.  As a result, Karen Wright, who has been engaged for the last two years to Joe Cardin (James Gardner) feels like she can set a date to be married.

Of course this is when all hell breaks loose.  There is a young girl at the school named Mary (Karen Balkin) who can best be described as a bully and a brat spreads a lie that Martha and Karen are in a lesbian affair.  Needless to say the accusation blossoms and destroys the careers and lives of the three main characters.

The young girl who played Mary…. I hated her; seriously hated her.  I will put that down to very good acting on her part because if I could have reached through the monitor I would have smacked the daylights out of her.  However, it makes me wonder what happened to Karen Balkin after the movie was released.  Did people hate that character so much that they hated “her”?

They (whomever “they” are) are bringing the play back to the stage in January 2012 in London’s West End.  Starring Keira Knightly and Elisabeth Moss.

So that’s how I spent my weekend.  Sleeping.  How was yours?

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Friday, October 21, 2011

October 21, 2011 – Ramblings

Oh the critical nature of things.  Once again I am torn between getting my hair cut and… not.  Why I even bother with such musings is beyond me.  We both know that I’m going to get my haircut.

When we were in P-Town one of the things I enjoyed the most was the diversity of the women; and there were quite a few women in my age group.  Plus a few older couples (late 60’s) that were just fantastic to see walking down the sidewalk hand in hand.

I definitely have a cold and I am starting to boarder on that “sexy operator” voice.  However, I have no illusions to the fact that it will stay sexy for about a minute and then will quickly cross into the 100 year old cigar smoking, whiskey drinking, old woman voice.  Good Times
In honor of my cold I am on a soup kick.  Last night: chicken noodle.  Tonight: Curry Lentil.

Colds also make me think of comfort food, which makes me think or tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.  Since I’m not going to make tomato soup it also makes me think of macaroni and cheese. 

Ironically, colds do not make me think of chocolate.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

October 20, 2011 – Liar Liar Pants On Fire

Yesterday I mentioned that I was going to re-start my running today.  Turns out that was a big fat lie.  Not because I woke up this morning and decided I would be lazy.  More so because I finally managed to go to sleep after 5am.  How can I be so precise about the time I was awake?  The damn church bells ring every hour on the hour.  Heck they token ring every 15 mins.  Although I enjoy the occasional church bell chime it gets a little frustrating as an hourly reminder that I am still awake.  So, yes I skipped running and opted for a nap this morning.  That should make L and any other human beings I have to interact with happy.  I get grumpy when I am tired.  The sad thing is L didn’t sleep well either… she’s blaming jet lag.  In fact the only one who slept, better than well, was the beast.  Fortunately, the nap helped.  Let’s just say a quick prayer to whomever you like that L and I both get a good night sleep tonight.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

October 19, 2011 – Catching Up/Random Thoughts

We made it home yesterday and the beastly boy is clean and settled back into his routine.  Although, I don’t know how difficult it is to get back into his routine, sleep, eat, sleep, beg to be pet, sleep, play, sleep.  Hey, I want to be a dog.

If everyone was on the same time zone would traveling be as exhausting?

I refer to the apartment in Zurich as “home”, as in “we flew home Monday”, but at the same time I said we were flying home to CT.  It’s like this is home because we live here now but CT is “home home”

Tomorrow I restart my running.  Sure I could have started today but it’s raining and I’m still tired.  Besides there has to be a study somewhere that extols the virtues of re-starting an exercise program on a Thursday.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

October 17, 2011 - Heading Back

We're sitting in the JFK "Admirals Lounge" for American Airlines. I haven't a clue why they call it that. It's not like you have to be an Admiral to come into the lounge. I don't even think you have to be a Captain of anything, not even your own destiny; which may be why we are actually sitting in the lounge. We were "upgraded" to business class for the flight home. I'll quickly say "thank you" to all of the air travel gods, American Airlines, and L for having traveled enough in the past to have earned travel miles. The best thing about flying back to Zurich Business Class is the comfy seats and the prospect that I may actually manage to get a couple of hours sleep.

We had a really nice time this past week. I realized on the drive to the airport that I actually feel like my hea is screwed on correctly again. I was feeling a little discombobulated the last month with my ability to focus being severely compromised.

Game Plan for Tuesday (tomorrow)
(1) Pick the beast up from "camp"
(2) Drop L off at work
(3) Arrive at the apartment and take the beast for a quick walk
(4) Hustle the beast into the shower to wash away "camp smell"
(5) Unpack
(6) Dial into Work

That about covers it.  Hope you are all having a great day!

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

October 15, 2011 – Provincetown Saturday Update

The Sun Will Come Out….Today!!! Yes the sun has finally arrived here in PTown.  It’s a little windy but otherwise a beautiful day.  We’ve continued our trek of attending book signings and introducing ourselves to authors.  I have no doubt that they will forget who we are within about 15 minutes.  However, they are doing a FANTASTIC job of making believe that they remember our faces along with the 100’s of other women who have introduced themselves over the last week.  I’m all about delusional thinking so it works for me.

We met Georgia Beers this afternoon and it was a pleasure to briefly speak with her.  It’s weird I’m mentally torn between thinking that these authors are intimidating and don’t want to deal with readers and thinking that they are only too happy to interact with readers.  It turns out that they really are very happy to have you recognize them and to chat for a few minutes.

We also met Sally Bellerose, w.ho as written a variety of short stories but has just had her 1st novel published: “The Girls Club.”  It was funny listening to the differences between how Sally constructed her story versus Georgia.  Georgia is very structured, and although she knows of certain specific events that will happen throughout her story she starts writing at the beginning and then moves through the story and events in sequence.  Since this is Sally’s 1st novel she hasn’t quite gotten a formal plan that she follows but she did say that she wrote the last chapter 1st and then went back to the beginning to write the rest of the story.

Finally, we met Andrea Myers whose 1st novel “The Choosing” was just released.  She’s a Jewish Rabbi who writes a column for the Huffington Post, and is very funny.  Well at least in person she is funny.  I still have to read her book to verify that it translates to paper that way.

After meeting all these authors and having L encourage me to actually speak with them, I have a new goal.  I’d like to be a beta reader.  Note to self.  Follow-up on how to do that.

General Saturday Notes: A Fun Time is being had ;)

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Friday, October 14, 2011

October 14, 2011 – Provincetown Women’s Week

The weather has quite cooperated with us but L and I are having a good time.  We’ve attended a couple of book signings/readings and we attended a “meet and greet” hosted by one of the publishers.  That was fun because we got to meet a few of the authors that I’ve been reading and we meet a new author who has just had her 1st book published; Ashley Bartlett.  She was a pleasure to speak with and to hear her perspective on how she writes and what inspired her to become a writer. 

We also met Carsen Taite, who has written several stories that I have really enjoyed and would highly recommend: The Best Defense, Nothing But The Truth, Do Not Disturb.  She was very personable and seemed to be genuinely interested in speaking with us.

Of course sometimes meeting the author isn’t necessarily a good thing.  I’ve read one or two books written by Nell Stark, but after having met her I doubt I’ll be reading more.  Of course, if the blurb is good enough I might overlook the fact that she came across as being extremely arrogant, maybe she was just having a bad day… or maybe I’m just old.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

October 12, 2011 – Mammogram






Today I had my annual Mammogram.  This is not unusual, nor is it my 1st mammogram so I can say with a certain degree of comfort that “usually” this is a little uncomfortable but not a big deal.  Today, well not quite so comfortable I’d go so far as to say that it was downright painful.   I’m pretty sure the technician’s nick name is gargantuan hands.  I’m also pretty sure she has a side job making pancakes because she was really into the whole flatter is better philosophy.  I’ll admit that although I’m not thrilled with the discomfort from today’s exam I’ll gladly deal with that versus the possibility of losing a breast.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

October 11, 2011 – Catching Up

 Yesterday L and I spent a large part of the afternoon sailing with my Dad.  As far as I am concerned the best sailing is done in September and October.  Most of the boats are out of the water and the wind is picking up.  It was a great way to relax and catch up with Dad.

Today I’ve been running around trying to get some things checked off my “To Do” list, which included trying to pull out some of the overgrown Japanese Iris’ from the front garden.  I think they should be renamed Godzilla Iris’ because I managed to separate out one of the iris’ which filled one garbage can and sucked the life out of me.  Anyone who is considering buying an at home gym to stay in shape… like the Total Gym; forget it,  Just go try and dig up so iris.’

Tonight I’m meeting a couple of friends for drinks.

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

October 9, 2011 - Time Zones

This is the one minor drawback of flying from Zurich to Connecticut.  I wake up at an ungodly hour and end up watching a Law & Order Marathon on TNT.  Although I consider myself lucky that it's not one of those crazy paid for TV commercials.  Fortunately I enjoy Law & Order, because really at 5am who doesn't?

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Friday, October 7, 2011

October 7, 2011 – Hostility Index

On a scale of 1 to 10 with one being mild and 10 being extreme… my hostility index today is hovering around 8, but I can tell it’s going to be a hair trigger kind of day.  I haven’t even spoken with anyone yet so it’s not like I have any reason to be hostile.  It’s just that I’m trying to solve a couple of work related problems and things just are not going in the direction I would like them to.  I’m going to make this a good day for myself

I’m seriously looking forward to a few days off and being in the US.  I’m annoyed with myself, I’m annoyed with work… again that is really about me and my inability to focus and resolve things.  I’m annoyed with Lotto.  Sure I don’t play but should that really prevent me from winning?  I am definitely playing when we are home.  I am going to make this a good day for myself.

The wind and rain is crazy here today.  Mostly the wind and the beastly boy is not enjoying it.  It makes too much noise for him as it whips by and then I end up with a not so lap sized dog trying to climb into my lap.  I am going to make this a good day for myself.

I’ve tuned my iPod to Lisa Marie Presley – “To Whom It May Concern” that might help.

I am going to make this a good day for myself.

I wonder if Meri has any chocolate downstairs?

I am going to make this a good day for myself.

Weekend Plans:  The beast goes to camp tomorrow and we fly to CT and catch my parents for dinner Saturday Evening.  It’s going to be a good day

Hostility Index Update: 5 and falling.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

October 5, 2011 – Rambling

When did that happen?  Wasn’t it just September?  I have to give the beast his heart worm pills.  I have to file my Sales and Use tax.  What perchance am I selling and who is using it?  Wouldn’t you like to know?!

How is it that I can run.. ok fine… jog.. slowly… 3 miles but after 45 seconds of jumping rope my heart wants to explode out of my chest?  Oh and I had to work up to 45 seconds.  Do you remember jumping rope as a kid?  It was fun and I do not remember any heart exploding experiences.

Toby Lightman’s “Take My Hand” : a very good song.

Chaz Bono’s “Transition” so far it’s very interesting.  It’s written in a style that makes you feel like you are having a conversation, well less the getting to ask questions thing.  Is anyone watching Chaz on DWTS?  I’m hoping he sticks around for awhile.  He just looks like he is really enjoying himself, well except for the horribly painful knees thing.

I twisted my knee last night.  The whole screaming, leaping out of bed, and running thing can be hazardous.  I’m also curious to know if my downstairs neighbors got a little adrenalin rush from the experience.  L sure did.  How that woman hasn’t had a heart attack from these random episodes is a wonder.  Which also makes me wonder if he neighbors wonder if L is killing me when I scream like that?  How do you say in German: “If I scream once or twice like someone is killing me, don’t worry about it; but, if I KEEP screaming that might be a problem.”

 At least it hasn’t happened in awhile.  Well I don’t think the screaming/running part has happened in awhile.  Oh and does the beast even wake up for these events?  No.  He just keeps sleeping safely tucked in his crate.

Alright time to work. Happy Wednesday

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

October 4, 2011 - Leaks Swiss Style

Now I'm only guessing that the building across the way has a leak in the roof, because I can't imagine that they would do all of this to renovate the roof garden.  Especially since it's more roof weeds:

I can't even fathom what this repair is costing or who is paying for it.  Bring in a crane, scoop off all the dirt, Tear up the underlying stuff.  Then I'm guessing they have to do the reverse and put the stuff back... including the dirt.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

October 3, 2011 - Nervous Twitch

I woke up this morning with that nervous eye/twitchy eyelid thing going on.  I haven't taken any time to study what it actually looks like but based on the feeling I'm assuming it's manifesting itself in one of two ways:

(a) I look like I am randomly winking at... well everyone, but not that sexy 'come hither' wink.  More the I can't quite control the wink and hope I don't look like a loon.
(b) A twitchy crack addict as they come off the drugs, as depicted on TV.  The kind where the person looks all nervous and their eye is twitchy and at any moment they might have a hallucinatory break with reality.

I did walk to the grocery store this morning and I didn't see any mothers pulling their small children across the street away from me, so maybe it's not "b" .  Then again, I didn't actually see any mothers with small children so my logic might be a little flawed.

I've got alot of work I have to get done this week, because we're heading to the US on Saturday to spend some time with the family.  Yeah!  Then midweek we are heading to P-Town for a few days for Women's Week.  If your'e in P-town 10/13 - 10/15 and you want to catch up, look us up.  We are definately looking forward to picking up some new books.

Happy October and Happy Monday.  May the eye twitchy thing pass you by.

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