Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Stop by and check in on me, whine with me or share your healthy recipes!
Monday, May 28, 2007
When I go to Chicago I stay with a friend's brother (single and VERY cute, but 12 years older (which doesn't bother me, but I get the impression that he thinks of me as "young")) who has a lovely house in the suburbs. My friend was out of town this weekend, so I didn't get to really see him, but his brother is nice and lets me crash when I need to. I like these weekend visits I go on, it gives me an opportunity to play out my suburban housewife fantasies. Beautiful house/cute guy across the breakfast table/SUV in the driveway...at one point Single Cute Brother and I were having a conversation about the gardener who was working outside in the rain and I looked down at my left hand to see if I was married and in some bizarre parallel universe. I'm seriously considering propositioning Single Cute Brother and asking him if he wants a housewife. I'll cook, clean, put out whenever he wants.....a guy can't say no to that can he???? :-P
In all seriousness I'm just happier in Illinois. I have a support system, life is easier and overall much more peaceful. I absolutely don't regret moving to New York and everything I've accomplished here. Having a life out here was a lifelong dream and I'm happy I did it, but I'm ready to move on and fulfill some other dreams. I really need to step up the job hunt and actively start looking. I signed my NY lease for another year (but I can always easily sublet if I need to) so I'm giving myself a deadline of a year. After the year is up if I still haven't found a job I will most likely ask my parents if I can move in with them until I can find something. At least that will put me in the right state since I'm worried that long-distance job hunting is impossible. I'm not sure I can live with my parents again though, so everyone keep your finger's crossed that I find something before then!
If only I could type in "Single Hot Male" and have it do the same.
Friday, May 25, 2007
I'm heading out to the airport soon for my flight to Chicago. Safe travels to all this weekend!
Thursday, May 24, 2007
About an hour later, I finished up my project and walked back to my office where, upon leaving, my boss had LOCKED THE DOOR, locking my keys and all of my things inside. He lives over an hour away so I couldn't call him and ask him to come back and immediately I had visions of having to sleep on the couch in our lounge. I called HR, everyone's assistant, our Operations Manager, my boss, even the CEO of the company, but they either weren't answering their phones or they had no idea how to get in. I tried using things to slide the lock open, I tried slamming my body against the door, I tried asking it to magically open, but nothing was working. FINALLY after about an hour, HR called me back and told me about the secret key hidden in the building for emergencies. I found it and was FINALLY able to rescue my keys and get home.
What a day! Lets hope tomorrow everything is back to normal!
1) That I was raised to be open-minded. I grew up in the Midwest where open, creative thinking isn't as prevalent as it is elsewhere. I'm extremely thankful my parents raised us to be self-thinkers.
2) Tivo - I've only had it a few months, but I absolutely love technology that saves me time and allows me to be on my own schedule.
3) My dog Ginger - Even though she lives with my parents and I don't get to see her much, she's been with me through some rough times and always knows when to cuddle up next to me in bed and lick my face to make me feel better. I can't wait to live somewhere when I can have a dog again.
4) Advil - no explanation necessary on this one.
5) My friends - New, old, distant, near - I love em' and need em' all!
6) Electricity - I've gone without it a LOT this year and I've definitely learned to appreciate it. Here's hoping the power stays on in NYC this summer.
7) My books - I own an extensive collection of books and I'm always amazed by the amount of information and stories that can be found in this one room of my apartment. I know exactly where I bought almost every book, or who purchased it for me as a gift and I think of each one as a postcard of my life in a way.
8) Spellcheck - I love tools that make me appear smarter than I really am.
9) Gmail - I love email in general, but my gmail account is my lifeline. I keep my contacts, calendar and bookmarks in it and love having everything all together in one location.
10) My past: the good, the bad and the "oh sh*t I can't believe I did that, I hope my parents don't find out" - the tears, the joy and everything in between has taught me lessons and given me knowledge. I know its leading me somewhere, even if I can't always see what direction its taking me in.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
No word on the apartment yet, but they should get my forms today or tomorrow. I can't imagine they would kick out a tenant who agreed to thier stupid $115 rent increase and who always pays on time, but it's NY, you never know.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
This week's goals: get to the gym more, and on the nights I can't, do some form of exercise at home, weights, a workout DVD or the Yoga program that my sister got to help me sleep. Also, walk to Grand Central from work instead of taking the train.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Live and Learn!
I've never gotten a job through responding to an ad or being contacted by a recruiter, so I'm not sure what the protocol is and what's appropriate to ask her. Not to mention the fact that it's impossible to make personal calls at work so I'm going to have to try to sneak out to the park and make the call from there, which means I won't have my calendar or any of my job hunt materials on me. I'm going to try to at least print my resume out and take it along.
I just have to get up the courage now to make the call.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Though I was tempted not to work on my resume again after the call (clearly the one I have is working for me!), my friend and I did make some additional changes and the new version is a LOT better. I think it's finally at a stage I consider "finished" (aside from minor alterations geared towards specific positions of course).
Now it's on to cover letters. Oh how I hate cover letters.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
In other news I am VERY sad to see the Gilmore Girls end last night, even though this season hasn't been my favorite. Besides Law and Order and CNN its pretty much the only show I watched regularly. What on earth will I do with my Tuesday nights now??
My goals this week for May Day Weight Loss are to drink more water or tea and to get up and take a walk at lunch, even if I've brought food from home. So far today I've done well, I've had 3 large glasses of water, 1 of iced tea (not sweetened) and I walked to the far away salad place for lunch, even though there's one closer.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
My schedule this week doesn't allow for much gym time, so I have to be extra disciplined about portions and doing weights or workouts at home. I think I can still squeeze in two workouts on Thursday and Friday. Tomorrow night I'm going to the Mets/Cubs game so hopefully cheering will burn off some extra calories. I don't normally eat at baseball games, so avoiding the temptation of stadium food won't be an issue.
Here's to a better week 2!
To further my day off of fun, I decided to do my laundry and ended up ruining two of my favorite shirts. Someone must have spilled bleach on the folding table at the laundromat and I didn't notice until I got home. Luckily I folded most of my clothes at home last night, so I only ruined the few shirts I had set aside to drip dry and not my entire basket.
I really know how to use my vacation time don't I? Bleah.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
|Grilled Chicken Salad with Seasonal Fruit|
| Submitted by: Karena|
Rated: 5 out of 5 by 41 members
| Prep Time: 15 Minutes |
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
| Ready In: 35 Minutes |
Yields: 6 servings
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast
1/2 cup pecans
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 onion, minced
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
2 heads Bibb lettuce - rinsed, dried and torn
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
|1.||Preheat the grill for high heat.|
|2.||Lightly oil the grill grate. Grill chicken 8 minutes on each side, or until juices run clear. Remove from heat, cool, and slice.|
|3.||Meanwhile, place pecans in a dry skillet over medium-high heat. Cook pecans until fragrant, stirring frequently, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat, and set aside.|
|4.||In a blender, combine the red wine vinegar, sugar, vegetable oil, onion, mustard, salt, and pepper. Process until smooth.|
|5.||Arrange lettuce on serving plates. Top with grilled chicken slices, strawberries, and pecans. Drizzle with the dressing to serve.|
It's interesting though because one of the executives in my office had the EXACT same thing happen to him. He ordered an iPod and it disappeared from FedEx. Both were shipping here to work so I wonder if our local FedEx guy is poaching packages from Apple. Keep your fingers crossed the replacement actually makes it here this time!!
Only 131 days to go....
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
**Edited to add I just got a package from my mom containing Ghiradelli White Mint Dark Chocolate Squares and some brownies.
I'm being bombarded with temptation right and left!!!!
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
INSTRUCTIONS: Remove the blog in the top spot from the following list and bump everyone up one place. Then add your blog to the bottom slot, like so.
Next select five people to tag: (if you haven’t done it already)
What were you doing 10 years ago?
I was just about to graduate high school and go off to college. I think I spent that entire summer terrified about leaving home to go to school in the fall.
What were you doing 1 year ago?
Pretty much EXACTLY what I'm doing now. Single, living in NYC , flying back and forth to Chicago monthly
Five songs to which you know all the lyrics: I know a lot lyrics by heart….
1) My Favorite Things
2) Paralyzer by finger eleven
3) The entire RENT soundtrack (I'm guilty of this one too, EVERY.SINGLE. WORD.)
4) Love Shack
5) I Will Survive
Five things you would do if you were a millionaire:
1) Buy a house in Chicago
2) Pay off Grace's student loans for her
3) Travel travel travel
4) Buy a hybrid car
5) Decorate my house with furniture from Room and Board, Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn
Five bad habits:
2) Being too rigid about my routine
3) Not remembering to turn my cell phone ringer off at work
4) Refusing to ask for help when I need it
5) Not calling my mom back when she leaves a voicemail
Five things you like doing:
3) Watching TV
4) Listening to Music
5) Taking Photographs
Five things you would never wear again:
2) Saddle Shoes
3) White Jeans
4) Slap Bracelets
5) Tapered Jeans
Five favorite toys:
2) The email feature on my cell phone
3) My flat screen TV
4) My laptop
5) Kitchen tongs (seriously, best utensil EVER)
Hopefully this will be the motivation I need to cut that birthday cake in half and freeze part of it, instead of sitting all weekend in front of my Tivo and eating the entire thing...in one sitting...with ice cream.
Wish me luck! We're supposed to update on our progress on Tuesdays, so check back in a week and see how I did on week 1!
**Edited to add my starting weight (I can't believe I'm putting it out there!) 163
The charger shipped from China and I got it yesterday.
The iPod shipped from New Jersey and has yet to arrive.
Monday, May 07, 2007
Sunday, May 06, 2007
I have lightbulbs. I have a stepladder. The task seems easy enough, but I also have high ceilings and I'm about 3 inches too short to reach the fixture. I've put it on the list for the super, but changing lightbulbs doesn't seem to be high on his priority list, so until then I'm left to assemble my meals by the light of the open fridge.
I ate dinner a bit too early tonight and now it's 10:30 and I'm hungry again. I realized I had all the ingredients to make this apple pancake recipe I saw over at Cleanerplateclub so that's in the oven now. I'm not exactly sure how I'm going to tell when it's done since there's no light, but hopefully it turns out well. Apples, brown sugar and cinnamon...you can't really go wrong with that combo. I'll let you know how it turns out. Perhaps I'll start a new cooking fad. Cookin' by Candlelight with Kai....
Got to love the alliteration at least.
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Monday and Tuesday of this week I had it together, I dare say I even accessorized! This morning, not so much. Let's just say when I go to the gym tonight, it won't require a significant change in wardrobe. Some women can pull the "shabby" look off and turn it into "shabby chic". I, unfortunately, am NOT one of those women.
Now guess which day I found myself sitting between two incredibly gorgeous men on the subway. Yes. That's right. TODAY.
The ONE day I'm smushed between two hotties and not between an elderly woman with WAY too much perfume and a guy with his legs spread wide apart reading the newspaper that hits me in the face every time he turns the page I have to look like I forgot my "will work for food" sign at the homeless shelter.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
All staff email from our operations department "I'm happy to announce that the coffee machine is back in service!"
Reply to all staff from Hot British Guy that I work closely with "Thank you for resolving this. I think I speak for everyone when I say that a few more days working with coffee-less Kai were going to be more than any of us could handle"