I’m so tired I can barely move. Today was my first event at the RBC Center since early June and it kicked my ass. It was also my first training day as a server, which made me a bit nervous. Toward the end of the event, my trainer was like, “I have to say, I’m really surprised by how well you’re doing!” I laughed and asked if she thought I was going to suck, and she said she didn’t think I would suck, but was impressed by how good I was. So I guess that’s a good thing. We shall see… Although I was dreading my return to that building, once I was surrounded by the wonderful folks that work there, everything was okay. I got tons of hugs – and a bunch of questions, which I expected – but it was so nice to see everyone.

No, Beyonce didn’t fall.

So, remember my headache from last week? It got so bad that I ended up having to go see a doctor and turns out I had a migraine. The headache lasted for four days total, and it was pretty awful. My doctor gave me Imitrex and I was basically high for a few hours. It was weird. When I was walking out of the medical office building after my appointment, some little girl told her mother that I had pretty shoes so I must be a doctor. Too cute.

I’m leaving for Mary-Land on Friday – hooray! We’re going to go to the aquarium and inner harbor, and then Laurie wants to take me out for a girl’s night with just the two of us. She’s so sweet. I really hope Jason marries her. He’d be a fool not to. She makes him so happy. If you mention her name, he lights up. It’s very sweet.

Ugghhh… Ok. All I have to do is remove my contacts, brush my teeth, get undressed and get into bed. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…

Sigh.


I just got off of my morning phone call with Shel. He calls every day on his way to work. I tell him he’s my little ray of sunshine, which is dripping with sarcasm. He generally complains about coworkers, other drivers on their way into RTP and life in general. Today’s rant was against state government employees, who he thinks are useless, which I think is amusing because two of his closest friends are state employees, and Shel used to be.

So, yesterday was a complete and utter bust. Around 10am I got a headache that got progressively worse, and by 9pm I was in bed with cold compresses on my head. I was in so much pain I could barely move. I laid in the dark and listened to the television until I fell asleep. It was awful. Although I feel fine now – a minor headache – I’m afraid it’s going to come back.

Yesterday Jason – my big tough guy, gun wielding, badge carrying brother – called me with genuine joy in his voice. Ben, his dog, my nephew, was given the ‘Pet of the Week’ award at Noah’s Ark Daycare. LOL. Aahhhh. The life of Jason. One minute busting down doors of drug dealers, the next minute picking his pet up from doggy daycare.

LOL. Some guy in the office is singing ‘Roxanne’. It’s freaking hilarious. I love when people with bad voices don’t care how they sound and sing anyway.

Time for another meaningless survey!

01. YOU HAVE 10 BUCKS AND NEED TO BUY SNACKS AT A GAS STATION. WHAT DO YOU GET?
Yay! Chewy Spree, Trident Original gum, a Slim Jim, Pepsi, a blue slushie and maybe some Doritos

02. CHAT PROGRAM YOU USE AT WORK?
Windows Live Messenger to talk to SRC folks, and AIM Express cause I love how the View> Buddy Info on All feature lets me see everyone’s away message/profile at once

03. WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE REDHEAD?
Jason, of course

04. WHAT DO YOU ORDER WHEN YOU’RE AT AN IHOP?
Big Basic, baby! Scrambled eggs with cheese, pancakes and bacon. Yum! (no, I don’t finish it)

05. LAST BOOK YOU READ?
The Big Beautiful. It was alright.

06. ARE YOU A GOOD TIPPER?
I think so. Well, depends on service, I guess. But I try to tip well.

07. DESCRIBE YOUR FAVOURITE PAIR OF UNDERWEAR.
Wow. Kinda personal. Victoria’s Secret Pink thong – I have a bunch. They’re cute and comfy.

08. DESCRIBE THE LAST TIME YOU WERE INJURED.
Last month at the RBC Center I sliced a chunk of skin from my index finger. Didn’t feel it happen, but it left a small scar.

09. OF ALL YOUR FRIENDS, WITH WHOM WOULD YOU WANT TO BE STUCK IN A WELL?
Either Kristen or Shel. But all of my friends are awesome, so should I find myself stuck in a well, I’d be happy to have any of them in there with me.

10. HAVE YOU EVER CRIED YOURSELF TO SLEEP?
Yeah

11. WHAT IS THE WALLPAPER ON YOUR CELLPHONE?
Little purple flowers

12. KISS WITH YOUR EYES OPEN OR CLOSED?
Closed, but sometimes I peek

13. WHAT KIND OF LUNCH BOX DID YOU HAVE AS A KID?
A brown paper lunch bag. My mom would write my name on it with a heart. It probably would have been cheaper and more environmentally friendly to have a box, though.

14. WHAT TYPE OF SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
A ¾ length sleeve, fuchsia knit from Banana Republic

15. PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION?
Albuterol and whatever my bc is

16. HAVE YOU EVER FELT AN EARTHQUAKE?
I spent almost two weeks in LA/San Diego, so I would assume I felt little teeny tiny ones while I was out there

17. IF YOU WERE REINCARNATED AS SOME SORT OF SEA DWELLING CREATURE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
A killer whale

18. HAVE YOU EVER HAD A CRUSH ON A TEACHER?
Oh yeah

19. HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT YOUR OWN FUNERAL?
No way, jose! Death scares me too much to think about that stuff.

20. MOST RECENT MOVIE YOU WATCHED IN A THEATER?
Knocked Up

21. IF YOU COULD INVENT ONE THING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Not a clue. I’m not that creative.

22. DO YOU SING IN THE SHOWER?
No! I tried once or twice, but was startled by how bad my voice sounded, so I don’t do it anymore.

23. HAVE YOU EVER WITNESSED A CRIME?
I’ve seen illegal activity, but I don’t know if that counts as witnessing a crime

24. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE KIND OF CAKE?
Vanilla cake with chocolate icing

25. DO YOU LIKE HAVING YOUR PICTURE TAKEN?
I don’t mind it, but I’d rather be the person taking the picture.

26. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW YOUR MOM IN PERSON?
Aaww. Memorial Day weekend, but I’ll see her next month.

27. DO YOU LIKE TO GIVE HUGS?
Absolutely, they’re great

28. WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR DINNER LAST NIGHT?
LOL. A Slim Jim, Goldfish crackers and Pepsi

29. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RESIDING IN THE CURRENT CITY YOU LIVE IN?
Five years!

30. EVER DONE DRUGS?
Tried pot once in college. Not my thing or my scene.

31. EVER EATEN AN ENTIRE PACKAGE OF OREOS?
No, not a fan

32. LOOK TO YOUR LEFT. WHAT DO YOU SEE?
My favorite green pen

33. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON THAT SPENT $100 ON YOU?
My parents

34. WHO ARE YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS?
William, Melissa, Jason and Gregory

35. DO YOU DO CROSSWORD PUZZLES?
Nope

36. DO YOU LIKE THE WAY YOU LOOK?
Ummm… not really, but I’ve made peace with my appearance

37. WHAT DO YOU DO AS SOON AS YOU GET HOME?
Put my keys in the little basket, lock my door and take my shoes off

39. ARE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
Nope. My dad saw ‘Alicia’ in his company directory, liked it and gave it to me. People in my family had never heard of it and were like, “huh?”

40. ARE YOU TICKLISH?
Yes, very! Especially my feet and my sides. If you poke me in a certain spot, I literally crumble to the ground. It’s embarrassing.


Hi. How are ya? I’m tired, but pretty good.

Abby’s first birthday party was earlier today and it was pretty damn cute. She destroyed a piece of cake, opened a ton of gifts and was the center of attention all day. And I rode a giraffe. Pictures are below.

I think I’m going to see John next month…!!! John is a good friend from college and we haven’t seen each other since I graduated, but we’ve kept in touch. We probably talk once a month. My Studmuffin. Anyway, he’s in New Jersey, about an hour from my parents, and he’s agreed to get in his badass little Beamer and come see me while I’m up there. We’re thinking of going to Atlantic City – he’s made $17K during his summer vacation by playing poker at the casinos – but that’s up in the air. If neither of us is married by the time we’re 34, we’re going to get married. We’re each other’s insurance policies.

I exercised yesterday morning and I exercised this morning! Yay me! I’m seriously pretty excited about it. Got myself a cute little pair of Adidas shorts as a reward. Maybe having cute clothes to walk/jog in will motivate me to get my big ass to the trail more often. We shall see. A lot of it depends on weather. I just can’t handle the 90+ degree temperatures.

Alright. Like I said, I’m really tired. Bye!

Ribbon fun
Yay! Ribbon!

Cake!
Yum! Cake!

Giddyup little giraffe!
Giddyup little giraffe!


Michael Vick got indicted. Good. Fucking thug. I love animals, especially dogs. I read the entire indictment, and what he did is absolutely, positively disgusting. I hope he gets banned from the NFL. He deserves it.

The only good thing to come of all of this is Pacman Jones is looking like a model citizen! Go Mountaineers! LOL.

I got home last night around 10:00, my computer was off and my alarm clock was flashing. So I kept the computer off, reset my alarm, climbed into bed and enjoyed the thunderstorms until I fell asleep.

Apparently some friends went out to dinner recently and I was a topic of discussion. They decided that even on my worst days, I’m a partly cloudy sky. That I’m so bright and sunny, even when I think I’m being a total Debbie Downer, I’m not as miserable to be around as I think I am.

I went to the Cheesecake Factory for a business lunch today. Now I feel completely comatose. Holy crap. Ok, so I got a piece of Godiva cheesecake and the waiter told me it had 87 grams of fat. Per slice. My thighs are thankful that I didn’t finish my piece.

I read something today that said your porn star name is the name of your childhood pet and the street you grew up on. So let me introduce myself. Hi. I’m Max Kittanning, porn star extraordinaire. I’d tell you what I’m famous for, but I don’t want to get you all hot and bothered.

Hahaha.

Wow. Two entries in two days. I suspect this trend will not continue.


Oh my God. Ok, so I went to the gas station to get some candy, and on my way out I grabbed the USA Today College Football Preview Special Edition. I glanced at the table of contents and I saw BCS Bowl projections. I didn’t see WVU listed. I was bummed. Then I looked over to where it says, “BCS Championship” and what teams are listed? Guess. I dare ya. Give up? Ok. It says, “Southern California vs. West Virginia.” Eeeeeee!!! Seriously, I am so excited right now I can’t even tell you.

The only bad thing is, though, when you’re placed this high pre-season, you can fall a looong way.

Sigh. Ok. Back to Earth.

Allan saw a picture of my cousin Sara on Facebook and thinks she’s hot. I told him that was a bit creepy because she and I look so much alike. Never mind that she’s a college sophomore, which makes her way too young for him. But yeah, he agreed it was creepy. He’s making me dinner tomorrow night, and I’m bringing dessert, so keep your fingers crossed that we don’t end up making a Chick-fil-A run!

Got notice that I will officially start training for my new role at the RBC Center next Saturday during the Beyonce concert. I don’t want to work there anymore. Unfortunately I was asked point-blank if I would stay, and I said yes. And I do my best to keep my word. My buddy Aaron says we’ll have fun, but I don’t quite believe him.

Blah.

Think happy thoughts, think happy thoughts… (thinking of WVU winning the national championship)

Ummm… so what else is new? I think I’m going to try to exercise again on Friday. I’ll see if I can replicate what I did last Friday, but I doubt it. I’m such a wimp. The temperatures are going to be in the low 80’s, so it seems like a good day to give it another try. If you see a breathless brunette running around a trail around 4:00, it’s probably, unfortunately, me.

I’ve been seriously thinking about cutting my hair off. I don’t think I’ll do it, but it’s under consideration. I’ll probably just dye it a new color instead. Let’s see. I went from a caramel color in the early spring, to a strawberry blondish color in early summer, to chocolate brown now. I think I’m going reddish next. But I don’t know. We shall see. As long as my hair stays healthy, I’ll keep playing with color.

I got a new DayMinder today, which has me feeling all nostalgic. (I’m still on the academic calendar) I keep track of everything and my DayMinders turn into mini-diaries. If I had lunch with you, if we went to the movies, if I picked you up at the airport – it’s all in there. Lots of sweet – and bittersweet – little memories.


I just got out of bed. I slept for 12 hours. My body is covered in little marks made by my sheets. I guess I was wrapped pretty tightly. Maybe I was dreaming of being a mummy. Nah. I know what I dreamed, and it wasn’t about mummies.

I need a shower. I took advantage of yesterday’s cooler temperatures and went for a 40 minute walk/run. I ran a whole lot more than I anticipated. I just kinda took off and kept going. It hurt to breathe and I eventually had to stop, but I felt accomplished. Now I feel sore and smelly.

I’m looking forward to the rest of my weekend. Fun stuff planned. I may get drunk tonight. It’ll probably happen. I’ve been drunk three times since Memorial Day. I’m totally a lush, guys. (not really)

I can’t wait to go to Baltimore. I need out of Raleigh for a while.

Abby’s first birthday is on Thursday, so today Kristen and I are heading to Crabtree to get her a cute outfit for her party and her pictures. But before I can go to the mall, I have to get a shower and put some clothes on.

Peace out.


I had a bad dream last night. I’m kind of afraid to say it aloud, or even type it, for fear that it’ll come true. But I haven’t been able to get it out of my head all day. So here it is: I dreamed that Gregory’s legs were cut off at the knee. And in my dream, I could see him and there was no blood, but… I dunno. It was really, really bad and it’s impacted my entire day. I feel like I can’t shake it.

It’s somewhat official that Gregory is deploying on September 4. His deployment date has been pushed back numerous times, but this one seems certain. Although his knee is badly damaged, he only tore ligaments rather than sliced them, so he’ll be in therapy for six weeks, then off to Iraq he goes. I want to see him before he leaves, but at the same time I don’t. I would rather pretend that this just isn’t happening.

See why I’m having bad dreams?

I’m having a pity party sort of day. I’ve literally been fighting back tears since I woke up. It’s Gregory and other things, and it’s just not good. I’m just not good.

I’m hoping that the rain stays away cause if it does, Kristen, Abby and I are going swimming tonight. I like to swim at night… that way my pool is empty and no one can see me in my bathing suit! And if it does rain, we’ll probably order a pizza, then I’ll get even fatter. Woo hoo!

It’s 3:33. Not as cool as 11:11, but close.