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it's about time...

i did some shopping this weekend...some MUCH needed shopping.

when you realize that most of the clothes in your spring/summer wardrobe are the same clothes you've been wearing since before you started gradschool, and you've since finished gradschool a year upgrade is a MUST...EEEEMMMEdiately...


hump day falling on a monday

so, today i left gr again..after a great few days of seeing friends and couldn't've been better:) today included a good breakfast, shopping and a short nap on the porch...and soon the trip home was calling my name and it was time to leave. i bring all of my stuff to the car, pack it in the trunk and back seat, including my new air conditioner, my bag of clothes and my pillow and put my dog in the back so that he knows he's coming with me and can settle down...i give my bro and mom a hug, and turn back to the car to get in, and what do i see?? nothing but my dog humping my pillow. just going at it. he really rarely humps anything, but for some reason today, my pillow was all he needed. dog or no dog, it's disgusting...nasty pooch.


i know it's been a while...

so i've realized that i've posted a lot less frequently lately. i have a lot of big things on my mind...some of which could be shared, some could be cathartic to get out on the internet, and yet, sometimes i resort to my own thoughts to work through in my own time. i have great pics to post from my weekend with my family in NJ to celebrate my mom graduating Seminary. A wonderful time, which was somewhat of a surprise as family time can be tense...but i am awed at the amazing people i have in my life that i can say are my family. i really, truly am blessed. it's amazing to come out on the other side of something really difficult, or at least see the light at the end of the tunnel, and still feel love for those you've struggled so hard with. the journey is never over, and who knows that things will ever be as they were, but maybe, even though they're different, they will still be great. other job stuff is going down, or up...depending on the outcome, which will hopefully work itself out before i pick up my things and leave. the first time i've not wanted to come back to chicago and go to work (restaurant not included...) and it sucks. but i'm not giving up on this town just yet. not just yet...

now it's time for sleep
nite nite


cubs 1, white sox 0

so this week, i had the privilege of attending my first cubs game at Wrigley Field. and while i am a claimed white sox fan in a sea of cubs fans (of northern chicago where i live) i decided that i would not turn down an opportunity to cheer for a Chi-town team, especially when so much history is involved. i met with some friends at the 'Cubby Bear' right outside the stadium and after a few drinks...on an empty stomach...we headed to our seats just after the opening pitch. unfortunately, we missed the one and only run of the entire game in the first inning, but it was great just the same. a sea of people to 'people=watch', good company and a few hot guys in tights showing off their athletic ability...what's not to i always enjoy spending $26 for two hot dogs, two fries and two beers. all in all, with the train ride there, the great game, and the train and bus ride home*** it was so much fun and i felt very 'chicago'. except when the fans sang a song at the end of the game that everyone in the stands knew...but i didn't. i didn't feel very chicago then, but other than that i did. what were the words again???

*** attention when you're riding the L...sometimes, a train is re-routed and you find yourself in a part of town you weren't expecting. the fourth stop which should be your's is really a completely different stop and you have to take a bus back up to the stop you needed to get home. always travel with a map...just in case. yay for making it home safely...


just a thought...

"People ask the difference between a leader and a boss.... The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads and the boss drives." (Theodore Roosevelt)

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." (President Harry S Truman)

"I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow." (Woodrow Wilson)

"A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline." (Harvey Mackay)

"A dwarf standing on the shoulders of a giant may see farther than the giant himself." (Didacus Stella, circa AD60 - and, as a matter of interest, abridged on the edge of an English £2 coin)

"Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful." (Samuel Johnson 1709-84)

"Everybody can get angry - that's easy. But getting angry at the right person, with the right intensity, at the right time, for the right reason and in the right way - that's hard." (Aristotle)

"Management means helping people to get the best out of themselves, not organising things." (Lauren Appley)

"Behind an able man there are always other able men." (Chinese Proverb.)

"I praise loudly. I blame softly." (Catherine the Great, 1729-1796.)


heart attack waiting to happen

a woman at the restaurant the other day ordered 14 pieces of bacon. first she ordered one side, then another and another. she had 14 pieces of bacon. and a glass of water. then she left. my friend mick and i actually wondered if she'd fall over in her seat and die right there in front of us. we watched her walk down the street until she got on a bus, just to make sure.