Howdy. I’m back from Norfolk. Had a great trip. I sat down by the river for a long time. The water smelled like salt, there was a breeze, it was sunny and warm and wonderful. Got an opportunity to clear my head and be alone with my thoughts. I needed it.

It’s awesome working for a for-profit. As goodie goodie as I am, I loved working for a non-profit, but the perks… well, there were very few perks. But on this trip I stayed in a gorgeous hotel (see room below), was taken to nice restaurants and I got to travel, which wasn’t an option at SRC.

So, get this. Jason called me at 3:30 to tell me he was in West Virginia and to let me know the cashier at Sheetz had no front teeth. He’s there on assignment. The assignment is: at 4:30 today (10 minutes from now) a Postal Inspector is going to be disguised as a mail carrier and deliver child pornography to a guy. At 4:45 Jason is going to break the guy’s door down, tackle and arrest him. How cool is that?!

My hotel room

Elizabeth River

View from my room at night

1. What bill do you hate paying the most?
I hated paying for the Crapfire, but I’m dooooone!

2. Where was the last place you had a romantic dinner?
I don’t think I ever have!!

3. Do you regret losing your virginity to who you lost it to?
Not at all. Loved him. Still love him (just in a different way).

4. If you could go back and change one thing what would it be?
Last October. I’d do so many things differently.

5. Name of your first grade teacher?
Mrs. Mano, I think. Either her or a nun.

6. What do you really want to be doing right now?

7. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I wanted my name to be Barbara and I wanted to be a grocery store cashier. I liked the idea of scanning stuff and making it go BEEP. I’ve exceeded my own expectations…

8. How many colleges did you attend?

9. Why did you choose the shirt that you have on right now?
Um, when I was at Banana Republic I tried it on and Laurie said it looked nice on me. And it’s black. I love black shirts.

Are too freaking high

11. If you could move anywhere.
Honestly, I really like it here. I wish Raleigh was a bit closer to the ocean, though.

12. First thought when the alarm went off this morning?
Gotta hit SNOOZE

13. Last thought before going to sleep last night?
Um, I don’t remember

14. Favorite style of underwear?
Thong tha thong thong thong

16. What errand/chore do you despise?
I never want to take out the garbage or do the dishes

17. If you didn’t have to work, would you volunteer?
Yep. I do it currently.

18. Get up early or sleep in?
I function better in the morning, am much more productive. But I’d still rather sleep. I’m basically a sloth.

19. What is your favorite cartoon character?
LOL. He-Man and She-Ra

20. Favorite thing to do at night with a girl/guy?

21. Have you found real love yet?

22. When did you first start feeling old?
Ugh. When I turned 25.

23. Favorite 80′s movie?
Real Genius

24. Your favorite lunch meat?
Smoked turkey

25. What do you get every time you go into Sam’s Club?
Gum – Trident Originial

26. Beach or lake?
Isn’t there a beach at the lake? I like the ocean.

27. Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual?

29. Favorite guilty pleasure?
Dancing With the Stars and long showers

30. Favorite movie you wouldn’t want anyone to find out about?
I dunno. I don’t have any secret favorites, but my favorites are Jaws and Silence of the Lambs

31. What’s your drink?
I had my first Cosmo this weekend – two of them – and they rocked. Apparently orange vodka is the secret, or so said the bartender

32. Cowboys or Indians?

33. Cops or Robbers?
Oh come on now! Cops! Have you met my brother?

34. Who from high school would you like to run into?
Brandon – we’re internet buddies, but haven’t seen him in person in for-ev-er. My cutie pie homecoming date with glasses and dimples

35. What radio station is your car radio tuned to right now?
No idea. I primarily listen to CDs

36. Norm or Cliff?
Which one was on Dancing With the Stars?

37. The Cosby Show or The Simpsons?
They’re both great

38. Worst relationship mistake that you wish you could take back?
Hmmm… honesty. Honesty, honesty, honesty.

39. Do you like the person who sits directly across from you at work?
Don’t know him very well yet. Seems cool enough, though.

40. What famous person you would like to have dinner with?
Justin Timberlake. Yum.

43. Have you ever had to use a fire extinguisher for its intended purpose?
Nope. Never used one ever.

44. Last book you read for real?
Some Sandra Brown formulaic novel. But it was decent. Haven’t read a great book in a while.

45. Do you have a teddy bear?
Yeah, but I’m not sure where they are.

46. Strangest place you have ever brushed your teeth?
I don’t think I’ve ever brushed them anywhere other than in a bathroom. Maybe when I went camping back in the day. But they probably had bathrooms where I was camping because I’m prissy about indoor plumbing!

48. How many worthless woodland critters have you sent to hell with the tires of your motor vehicle?
Zero! I thought I hit one and made Leon jump out of the car to inspect the damage, but he said there was none. I seriously wonder if he was telling the truth or just trying to spare my feelings. The world may never know…

49. At this point in your life would you rather start a new career or a new relationship?
Just started a new career, so I guess relationship.

Howdy. I’m very tired. I want to take a nap, but if I do, I won’t wake up till tomorrow morning, which would be bad.

I’m trying to create a slideshow of Memorial Day weekend photos. When I got home last night, I was wired and unable to go to sleep. So I downloaded my pictures.

Found out today that a coworker has thought of me naked. Former coworker, I should say. Weird, weird, weird!!!

I’ve been alternating between being very chatty today and very quiet, and now I’m feeling quiet, so off I go…

I’m hanging out in my parents’ office/bedroom thingy. They have three spare bedrooms, two of them have beds and one has my dad’s books and the computer. They just got a new computer, which is why I’m currently sitting here. I’m in charge of installing Window’s Office and the scanner/printer/copier. It’s a pain in the ass, but my dad’s making me steak, so I can’t really complain! And it’s a nice computer. I really like the keyboard. I kinda want to steal it. But it’s not as cool as my Apple keyboard in Raleigh.

It’s been a nice weekend. Basically as soon as I get home I go to work, then head off to Virginia. So although I took oodles of pictures, it’ll probably be a few days before I can get them online. Sorry, Jase. But yeah, nice weekend. Jason, Laurie and Ben left around noon, and my mom and I spent the day shopping. I got a great new pair of jeans and an awesome WVU hat. Although I can find WVU hats in NC, they’re much more common in PA. Yesterday… I forget what we did yesterday. I think maybe the May Fair was yesterday. Ok, I have no idea what we did Saturday, then. Holy crap. I have absolutely no idea what I’ve done for the past two days. I’m drawing a complete blank. But I’ve had a nice time! I drove a boat! Ok. Yesterday was definitely the fair and then on Saturday we went to a giant farmer’s market and craft thing, then we went to a bar where I got completely lit from my first two Cosmos ever. We came back and watched Borat. Last night we watched The Guardian. I really liked that movie. It was cheezy and full of cliches, but still enjoyable.

My dad got a new Kingsford grill and I can smell the charcoal. It’s making me hungry. Office is done loading, now I need to concentrate on this other thing over here. Why do my parents need a printer/scanner/copier? Anyone have a clue? Oh, the other reason I’m hiding in here… There’s an old guy who lives on my parents’s street and he’s been here for hours. He’s sitting on the back porch talking to my parents, and every time I go out there he stares at me and tells me how beautiful I am. He’s obviously got vision problems. It’s very weird.

Peace out.

So, I’m nearly packed and now I’m rushing around to make CDs for my dad. That’s his fee for picking me up at the airport, he says. I hate the Philly airport, by the way. The rudest people work there. Grr.

I’m looking forward to this weekend. I’m excited to see Jason, Laurie and Ben. And my parents. But mainly Jason. We don’t always see eye to eye, but I feel like as long as he’s around, I’ll be okay. I think it started when we were little. We never went anywhere without the other. He couldn’t hear and made up his own little language which apparently only I could understand. So if I wasn’t with Jason, no one knew what the hell he was talking about! But surgery fixed his ears and he can hear and speak perfectly well. I missed graduating from college with honors by very little. He graduated with honors. Cum laude. Prick. But he never got a 4.0 and I got three of them. Tee hee. In case you didn’t guess, my 4.0s were during semesters when I didn’t have bio, stats, finance, econ, etc… As long as all of my classes were english, journalism, law or history I was alright. No numbers!! And in case you’re wondering why a journalism major had to take so many numbers-based classes, my degree is a Bachelor of Science, not arts. Yes, there is such a thing as a Bachelor of Science in Journalism.

Two CDs down, three more to go.

Like my little slide show below? I hate how it moves the photos around. In one shot – the one of me on the beach – it’s a bit too soft core porn for my taste. But whatever. If you’re reading this you probably know me, and you know I’m no porn star.

I need to run out tonight and get gifts, but I don’t feel like shopping. Notice how I’m putting this in writing? I don’t feel like shopping. See, there’s definitely something wrong with me. Anywho. I’m getting a very late Mother’s Day gift for my mum and a birthday gift for Laurie. And I need to get her a card. Laurie, not my mother. I get off of work at 3:00 tomorrow and my flight doesn’t leave till 8ish, but I ought to get them now and get it over with.

Someone in my building accidentally triggered the fire alarm this morning. Firemen came to our rescue. When the firemen arrived, some of the brokers pointed at me, saying “the liberal yankee pulled the alarm.” (For the record, I consider myself a moderate who leans a bit more to the liberal side.) They’re all very conservative southern men in my office. They’re really funny and enjoy teasing me. I get called Allie-gator more than anything, and they don’t say it in a joking manner. It’s like to some of them, that’s my real name. They’re a very lively bunch. I like them.