Monday, November 27, 2006


I just ordered pizza online. Again. They called back and said it would be 1 - 1 1/2 hours. I said OK. But I can't wait that long for food. So now I'm having cereal for dinner. It happens a lot. I like cereal for dinner. I'm writing very short sentences. I'm not sure why. It is mindless - writing short sentences.

OK, I will shut up now.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Following through...

I've recently realized that one of the worst things I know is when people say they are going to do something and then they don't follow through - or even communicate that they are not going to be able to follow through.

So I started investigating myself to see if I do the same thing. I think I do to a certain extent... Like backing out of doing the St. Lucia party at our house - but I sent an email out saying that I wasn't going to be able to do it. Or promising that I would finish something on a certain date and then not finishing on time.

Thus, my resolution for the day is to follow through. This means saying no to things that I am not going to be able to follow through on. That will be hard. I need to practice: "No, I'm sorry, I will not have time to do that until 2008." "No, I am not going to be able to do that. Did you check with XYZ person?"

Practice makes perfect. Or so they say. I just ordered pizza online. It was fun. Took probably twice as long as calling in the order and then I got a confirmation call anyway. So much for avoiding phone conversation.


I have a fortune taped to my laptop. It says: "You find beauty in ordinary things. Do not lose this ability."

Ordinary things... like oatmeal with raisins and cinnamon at the office after a hard morning run, or an interesting conversation with a good friend, or a tight hug from my favorite 9 year old... All beautiful things that one may very well take for granted.

I want to seize each moment, cherish the ordinary, and live an extraordinary life. Then I can die satisfied that no time was wasted taking ordinary things for granted.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Cold run and Thanksgiving fun

Well, here is the synopsis of the Thanks giving vacation. Yes, I actually did take some vacation. It was weird. I'm not sure how I will snap back into work...

Anyway, highlights included a visit to the Swedish Embassy / House of Sweden for some exhibits of Swedish art work. It was awesome. I learned that we invented the monkey wrench.

We also did some good eating at various restaurants and at David's house. Everybody chipped in to help with the Thanksgiving meal - even Rebecka! David's "little brother" and his mom also came over and brought some Bolivian treats.

On Thanksgiving morning, Todd and I went for an awesome run. It started drizzling in the middle, but it was pretty fun. I love my new warm running clothes. I should have worn them today - freezing - hello, what were you thinking Todd? "Yeh, shorts should be fine..."

Hmmm, what else? Oh! Yesterday, Rebecka and I went to the Museum of Natural History. We mostly enjoyed the gems and precious stones part. I learned that the Hope Diamond is from India. Isn't it cool?? We also saw an IMAX film about wild animals in Africa. Made me want to go!

Now we're back in Nashville and I need to take a shower so that I can go pick up Sophie from her doggie hotel (sounds better than the kennel). I miss her!

Friday, November 24, 2006

Back home...

...for 18 hours. Then it's off to Wisconsin.

We had a fun-filled time in DC. More to come with pictures and all that. It was nice to sleep in and be lazy and eat good food and be lazy some more. Hopefully the bags under my eyes are slightly diminished. I feel better. Slightly more relaxed. Ate too much though... Time to get back on that diet - ah hahahaha!!!!


Sunday, November 19, 2006

mad dash

I have exactly two hours and 45 minutes between leaving the airport and having to be back at the airport to unpack, do laundry, eat some food (found out that we had Golden Grahams at home - very exciting), run to the office to turn in my expense report, blog (what the...?), do more laundry, sing a couple of songs at the piano, go through the mail, take out the trash, remember to bring the camera and a long sleeved shirt for Todd, do my time sheet for the week, pack...

I should probably stop blogging now, looking at all that. Off to DC for five whole days off. Weird.

Saturday, November 18, 2006


when people mix fonts haphazardly in documents.


Yeh baby! What the heck was I doing for four hours?

I'm sleepy. I should go to bed early. Or not.

I'm getting comments about baggy eyes lately - not good. Maybe there is something to that "beauty rest" concept. Sleeping is just such a waste of time. There is so much living to do. So much to learn and experience. So much fun to have and interesting conversations in which to partake.

So, we'll see what the evening brings.


The number of emails in my inbox four hours later.


That is the time right now. I am weirdly pleased by everyday life groupings of numbers that are symmetrical and interesting. Like a license plate that has 2 4 8. 2^1; 2^2; 2^3. Awesome.

Or like my brother's birthdate and time: 760707 - 00:07. It would have been cool if it had been 1977, but oh well.

I have 365 emails in my inbox that I need to address in some form or fashion. That means that if I stopped all incoming mail and answered one a day, I could finish in one year. Or - I could do one per minute and finish in 6 hours and 5 minutes. That'll work. See ya!