Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Bad Mood / Good Mood.

I was in a bad mood leaving work. My boss is getting very snarky and it's really bothering me. It's worse than that, I thought we were sort of friends, but the smart remarks from her lately are not the way you treat a friend, and certainly not someone that works for you.
The guy that hired me, who was my boss's boss, left for a new job at the beginning of the month. I really liked him, worked well with him, he's a big reason I took this job. Bastard, I can't believe he abandoned me.
My boss has started behaving much more sarcastic and bitchy every day since he left it seems. (he also hired her, maybe she feels abandonded too.) Before this change, I thought we got along great.
Either we are sick of each other from sharing an office 10 hours a day, and/or she's overwhelmed with having to do her job, half of the old boss's job, and the job of another guy that left for a new job last week, and/or I am likewise overwhelmed from sh!t rolling down to me, and/or I am now finally seeing her true colors. Regardless, things need to change, because she is making me dislike a job that until recently I really enjoyed. Mean people suck. Grrr, I'm getting angry again just re-reading this,must put this out of my mind. I've never worked for a woman before, is that the problem?

After work though, I chatted on the drive home with the MTU student soliciting for cash for MTU. He was fun and is really excited for Senior Walk this Friday.
I took Isabelle for a walk in the park.
I called my friend Matt and finalized plans to watch the Red Wings game together tomorrow night. GO WINGS!
I found a way to fly home for the Red Wings game next weekend for $5.00. Thank you frequent flier miles! I HAVE to get a N*rthwest Airl!nes Cr*dit card and start racking up more points. They share flier miles with the local airline that flies direct Milwaukee to Flint. SWEET!
I read a few blogs. Allana and Laura, thanks for the BM laugh!

So now I am in a great mood.

Health stuff:
I went to a Sleep Disorder presentation at work today. We get points for going to things like this that add up to gift cards and cash if you do all the healthy reward steps. Anyway, I'm tired and grumpy all the time. I get up and wake up a lot at night and seem to need a lot more sleep than most, but even with 9-10 hours sleep, by the end of the week I can hardly function at work. The only way I seem to function is taking at least one pain reliever PM every night at 8, then go to bed around 9 and get up around 6:30. But I'd rather fix what's wrong than medicate. This presentation gave me a lot of hope that this part of my life could be much better. So I plan on making an appointment soon. Does anyone else have problems with sleep?

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Isabelle's little friend

This is Isabelle. She's 6 pounds of fun. Notice her little friend at the end of her paw. Nice how I got her to point for the picture right? I love how they are the same color, how cute they match.

Isabelle's been having a wonderful weekend. Lots of time outside in beautiful weather, lots of quality time with me. Best part, she made a little friend. Unfortunately, it's a rather one sided relationship. Every time she goes out she finds these little mice. I can't tell if it's the same one or if she's slowly picking off a family. The first two were really small, look like half grown babies, the one in these pictures from this afternoon looks bigger and is much faster. A much better challenge for Isabelle and she doesn't have to throw it around as much to keep it interesting.There you can see it's face in the lower left. It may seem cruel, heck I guess it is,but she keeps them out of my house and lowers the pest count for the neighborhood and at the same time stays entertained and in the yard. I've never heard her purr so loud. FYI it was tradition in my family for my Mom to take pictures of the first bird our cat killed of the year. I figure, Isabelle wears a bell, so birds are fairly safe, but she's welcome to kill all the mice she can catch. Unfortunately for both the mice and the pest control, as far as I can tell, she doesn't kill them. I do pull her off them and bring her in on occasion, but I can't tell if that is worse. Maybe she would finish them off if I would leave her alone.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Ah, you all know I am the queen of procrastination. Why clean my house when I could read back 6 months of Laura's blog? Fascinating by the way. Very interesting read backwards too, kind of like the movie, Momento, but without the violence and murder.

I'm afraid, very afraid, of writing anything remotely incriminating about work, so I don't. But I love reading about someone elses.

Isabelle is my workout partner. When I wake up she runs around and cries for my to take her for a walk. No leash, she likes to sprint from tree to tree, but she comes when I call, mostly, and stays close. I'm her back-up from nasty dogs. When I get home from work, same. If I let her out she just meows on the porch until I go out and walk around with her some more. My life would be very boring without her. Thank goodness no one else in their right mind wanted her for the 6 months I was taking her to adoption events.

Right now she's my blogging buddy, she's sitting about 3 inches from me. I love that she likes to be near, but not necessarily on top of me. Unless I should be up getting something else done and then she sits on me. good cat.
Ooo, DEA in Detroit just started on Spike. I like watching it and Animal Cops Detroit to get a little view of home. Okay, they are actually in the D, not Berkley and Royal Oak, but it still seems homey to me. So sad.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Great weekend, soo tired.

I had a wonderful weekend back in Detroit. I left much to late again and got stuck in Chicago Friday afternoon traffic AGAIN, but once I got to my friends' house and got to see them it was the start of a great weekend. My Saturday started out way to early, but I was very excited to get a haircut. I can't or don't want to find anyone new in Milwaukee, I let one girl try and it was a hack job so back to Tracey, I've been seeing him for about 12 years now. After that, I notice they opened a SEE Optical in Somerset, so I went over and bought a new pair of glasses. I love the styles they have there, I now have to wear glasses every day at work (no contacts allowed in the lab), and I "accidentally" left a large amount on my pre-tax benefit account, so I might as well buy fun new glasses. I such an impulse buyer. I ran down to the Royal Oak farmers market (West Allis is okay, but I still like Royal Oak better) looking for BlueRidge Bakery from Capac, MI syrup. They make these fruit syrups that are outstanding, my favorite is Strawberry Raspberry over ice cream from Ray's in Berkley. Or homemade waffles. Or all 3 together, YUM! I digress. Sadly they were not there, I'll have to go back and look for them in July, but I bought very tasty Pistachio Nut Butter (just ground the day before) and some grapefruit body lotion and aloe hair gel from another stand. I met my brother and work friends at Royal Oak Brewery for lunch, then my bro and I went to the Wings game. It was outstanding, I miss it so much. (We're winning 2-0 right now). Then I stopped at Jenni's and we met a bunch of folks for dinner and hanging out at Marinelli's in Madison Heights. It was great to see everyone and very fun except the WAY TOO LOUD music in the bar later. (DAMN 2-1 Wings/Preds). It was nice to stay at Jenni's, I miss my old condo, it certainly has some advantages over my current place. We went to Toast for breakfast the next morning (yum, Cinnamon toast crunch) then the long drive back here. (DAMN 2-2) I even miss the NPR weekend programming, like Splendid Table, although Says You on WHAD on Sunday is fun. I was beat when I finally got home so napping and bed time. Now how can I have this job back in the D? I suppose I need to get out and meet people here so I won't be so homesick, but my friends in Detroit can't be replaced. Can everyone please move here?
I was grumpy and tired at work today, right after the game tonight, I'm going to bed.

p.s. Ooo, I like how Blogger spell checks...

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Go Wings!

Heather, just caught up with your blog and I'll give Twitter a try, too. Maybe I'll be better at that. Besides I can update from my phone, otherwise I can only update at home.

I am so excited for the Red Wings playoffs. No, a season away from Detroit has not dampened my enthusiasum for hockey, although it has been not nearly as much fun, for what I thought would be a hockey state, Wisconsin REALLY isn't.

Coincedentially playoffs also coincides with a great time to take a break. I do like my new job here, thank goodness since it's all I do, but sometimes, like this week, it's overwhelming. So I can't wait to hop in the jeep this Friday and head back to the D. I get to go to the game with my brother and hang out with my friends who I dearly miss. If I miss you this weekend, have no fear, I'm sure I'll be back soon for the next round.

BTW, I am a season ticket holder to the Wings. My name finally came up on the season ticket holder list just when I accepted my new job. My Mom and I discussed it and we decided to get them. She and my brother go to about half and then I found other people to buy all the other ones. But if you are interested for next year, let me know. :) I guess in the back of my mind I think I'll be back in Detroit in the next few years so we're taking it one year at a time, if it becomes a hassle, I'm done.

WOOHOO! The Wings just one 3-1.

That's about it, the reason I don't blog much ( besides the fact I've never been good about it) is all I do is work. Which is really boring to blog about, mostly because I don't want to say too much in case it ever could get back to work. We just had two people in our group take new jobs and you guessed it, they are not being replaced. So there is all the work, and not all the people. Most if it is landing on my boss who just started here in October (she's got a lot of company experience, but just moved to Wisconsin too) and you know what rolls down hill. Oh well, I do like my job, the group, my boss, and that goes a long way to making things worth while. But it's a little sad the thing I'm really excited about is I think I've found a way to weasel into the one office in my area that is a non-shared office, with a door and a window (there are only 2 in the whole area). It's also kind of out back so more laid back and fun. Seriously I dream about moving back there. Which is better than my normal work nightmares when I wake up in a sweat about things I have to do the next day or didn't get done the day before. Or hatch secret evil plots I'll never get to do against the few people that do drive me nuts there. ;)

Everyone also knows my priorities at work, there is a 6 foot by 3 foot "flag" of Zetterberg hanging on the wall in front of my desk. My Mom and bro got it free at one of the last games and sent it to me for Easter. The way my office is now, you can't see it if you just stand at the door, you have to be behind my desk. So it's subtle, until you walk in a ways and then it's so not.

Hee hee, the intermisson and post-game commentary both have Manny Legace as their "guest host". He used to be the goalie for the Wings. He's adorable, such a baby face, and just now he was so cute looking like a little kid trying hard to pay attention, but really, really bored.

Arhg, I need to find a few more documents to finish my taxes, I so need to do them earlier next year.