At the start of this mini-vacation, I thought being away from the office for five days would seem like an eternity. But now, on the brink of my return to my cubicle and eight hours of staring at a computer screen, I feel like the time went by way too quickly. I didn’t even do all of the things that I wanted to do because I kept thinking that I had more time to do them. But, alas…

I babysat for Kirsten last night and that was such a treat. In the few times I’ve done it prior, Jamie – the baby – has either already been asleep on his way to Sleepy Town. Well, last night, in order to catch their movie on time, I got to put Jamie to sleep, which was the first time anyone had put him to sleep other than his family. Kirsten was a bit nervous, but it all went really well. Jamie, at only 10 months old, was doing what all kids do when their parents go out for a night – he was goofing off for the babysitter! He was dancing, dancing, dancing! He was standing on my lap – w/ some support from me – and wiggling back and forth, up and down, while smiling, laughing and cooing. It was fantastic. And he was easy as pie to get to sleep. I get to interact w/ babies once in a blue moon, so, despite sounding odd, last night was fun for me!

So, today the Steelers play the Redskins. Shel and I are heading to Sammy’s, no doubt. Sammy’s is a bar off of the NC State campus that plays host to both the WVU Fan Club and the Steel City Triangle Club or something. It’s a Steelers bar nestled in the heart of Wolfpack country. Yay! So, Shel and I go there on Sundays to watch the game. Some times friends join us and some times we go alone, but it’s always a good time. They have french fries w/ really good seasoning on them. That’s pretty much all I get. So I sit there, cheer and munch on my french fries and coke, while Shel drinks his Iron City in an alumnum bottle. We’re nerds. But we’re Steelers nerds – LOL.

Ok, all of my typing woke Shel up and he just came out of his room, completely groggy w/ his hair pointing in all different directions, and asked if I was finished typing my novel. Tee hee.

I guess I’m finished typing. I don’t have a whole lot to say.

Later gators.

I’m trying to straighten Shel’s room up for him, but I don’t feel like doing it right now. So I think I’m going to run out and get some eggs so I can make cornbread muffins to go w/ dinner. Fun stuff, huh?

Thanksgiving was yesterday and it sucked. Sucked, sucked, sucked. The weather was dreary, we were bored after dinner, I was missing my family and then WVU lost to Pitt. It couldn’t have been much crappier. Get this. Shel and I went on a cookie dough finding expedition and we couldn’t find a store that was open. Then I had a eureka moment, realised that K-Mart was open and off we went. I could barely contain my excitement – yay – K-Mart! Right? NO! We go into K-Mart and they didn’t have freaking cookie dough. I was so bummed. To try to make me smile, Shel bought me a ghetto Christmas tree upon which we put cute white lights and an obnoxious gold star that, proportionately, doesn’t even come close to looking nice on the tree. Ah, such is life.

So, to cheer you (and myself) up, I’ve searched out my favorite annoying Internet find for all of us to enjoy.

I know why you want to hate me, I know why you want to hate me, cause hate is all the world has even seen lately!

Yeah, gotta love the Mission Impossible 2 soundtrack.

My recurring dreams of Ben Roethlisberger ended last night. I woke up this morning and was surprised to have dreamed about water as opposed to a giant football player. I wonder what dreams mean. Why does my brain come up w/ such crazy things while I’m asleep? I had a dream probably 12 years ago. I was on some kind of pyramid thing and I was sliding down while trying to grab vines to keep from dying. While doing so, my mom and Gregory slid by and died. I was able to make it to the top and I told Jason and my father what happened, but I was absolutely devastated, totally destroyed. I woke up and my pillow was wet w/ my tears and my heart was literally aching. Ugh. I can still feel that dream.

Cause you can’t and you won’t and you don’t stop – Mike D. come and rock the sure shot!

I love this CD. It was one of the first CDs I made and I was waiting so long to make it that I really thought through the songs I put on it. I’ve got everything from The Beastie Boys to Sting to Rage Against the Machine to Etta James. Plus a few Pittsburgh local bands. It’s eclectic, but it kicks ass.

I’ve almost finished my entire Nalgene bottle and it’s only 11:24. Impressive!

Every little thing she does is magic, everything she do just turn me on!

Another little snippet of my CD for your reading pleasure.

I’m sitting at my cube w/ my head attached to my computer via bright yellow Sony walkman headphones. The Shins are playing in my ears, putting me in a calm and happy mood. I find my productivity level rising while I can hear something I enjoy as opposed to the coughing and phlegm release of the man next to me. He’s a nice enough man, he’s just got some respiratory issues relating to smoking, no doubt. But, yeah, I got more done today than I have in a long time. I’ve been a total busybody.

I’m craving Pittsburgh right now. Maybe it’s my newfound love for my future husband, Ben Roethlisberger (no offense, Sherbert), or maybe it’s knowing that my mother’s in a lot of emotional pain and I can’t do anything for her. Regardless, I long to be in my pretty city surrounded by rivers, people w/ funny accents and my family.

I’ve gotta check in on the kitties tonight at PetsMart. I hope there are some kittens because, believe it or not, I still miss little Noah. Giving that furry thing away absolutely broke my heart into pieces. Yes, I know, he’s just a kitten, but he was one of the coolest kittens I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.

I’ve only got about six weeks of work left. I still can’t begin to wrap my brain around it, you know? I keep blocking it out of my head because I don’t want to deal w/ everything that’s going to come after December 16. Wait, I think December 16 is only five weeks away. Dammit. This freaking sucks.

I’ve gotta run to a meeting. Later gators.

From ESPN:

Two unbeaten teams faced in two weeks, two unbeaten teams defeated. The Pittsburgh Steelers are accomplishing feats never before seen in the NFL, largely because of rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

The Steelers combined their new quarterback with a touch of the old — a Jerome Bettis of yesteryear and a defense that was Steel Curtain-tough — to dominate the Philadelphia Eagles 27-3 Sunday and leave the NFL without an undefeated team.

The Steelers (7-1) partly are the reason for that, halting the best start in Eagles’ history a week after ending New England’s record 21-game winning streak with an equally impressive 34-20 victory. Pittsburgh is the only team in NFL history to beat unbeaten team in consecutive weeks after each had won at least six games.

How fitting is that, considering Roethlisberger is 6-0 as a starter — the first rookie since the 1970 merger to do that since Pittsburgh’s Mike Kruczek in 1976. But Kruczek didn’t throw a TD pass all season on a team that won behind the Steel Curtain; Roethlisberger has thrown for 10 touchdowns while playing with the growing confidence and polish of a much more experienced player.

Roethlisberger again outplayed a more accomplished quarterback, just as he did the Patriots’ Tom Brady, by driving the Steelers to scores on their first three possessions with the help of Bettis’ 55th career 100-yard game. The 1978 Steelers were the only other team in franchise history to start 7-1, en route to a 14-2 record and a Super Bowl title.

Hines Ward scored on each of the first two drives, a 16-yard reverse and a 20-yard reception, then playfully mocked the Eagles (7-1) by flapping his arms in the end zone each time.

No wonder Eagles star receiver Terrell Owens was screaming instead of strutting a week after celebrating a touchdown by imitating Ravens star Ray Lewis’ pregame dance. Owens, coming off five consecutive 100-yard games, didn’t catch his first pass until Pittsburgh led 21-0 and could be seen yelling at quarterback Donovan McNabb on the sidelines. Owens ended with seven catches for 53 yards.

The Steelers didn’t miss injured running back Duce Staley (hamstring), the former 1,000-yard Eagles rusher, as a re-energized Bettis ran for 149 yards behind an offensive line that opened holes big enough for, well, a Bus to run through. Bettis gained only 129 yards in Pittsburgh’s first seven games and was barely averaging a yard per carry until getting 65 yards against New England.

A week after outrushing New England 221-5, the Steelers outran the Eagles 252-23 — a 473-28 edge over two of the NFL’s best teams — and outgained them 420-111.

Maybe it was appropriate that many members of the 1979 Super Bowl champion Steelers were in attendance, because this was exactly the kind of commanding performance on both sides of the ball that those Steelers were known for.

Just like the New England game, this one was decided early. The Steelers came out running right at the Eagles, partly to negate Philadelphia’s blitz, and Roethlisberger passed only two times on an 11-play, 80-drive finished off by Roethlisberger’s 16-yard scramble on third-and-13 and Ward’s first career scoring run.

After the Eagles went three and out, Roethlisberger hit Plaxico Burress for 12 yards and Verron Haynes for 18 on another third-and-13 ahead of a misdirection play that saw Ward streak 5 yards ahead of cornerback Sheldon Brown before making his touchdown catch.

It would have been even worse if Burress hadn’t dropped the ball in the open field while streaking down the sideline on a 47-yard catch early in the third, or if the Steelers hadn’t chosen not to try to score after driving to the 8 with 2½ minutes left.