Howdy doo.

I delivered El Dento to the auto body place first thing this morning, and now I’m driving around in a brand new Mazda 6. It has less than 300 miles, has six-cylinders and a cool switchblade key thingy. My adorable little Mazda will be done tomorrow evening – hooray! Dent be gone!

I had a great weekend. I was so productive! I watched the draft, which is when the wonderful worlds of NCAA and NFL collide and I get to watch Chris Berman AND Kirk Herbstreit on the same show! Joy! I like the Steelers’ picks. I think it was smart to get another back. Willie Parker is great, but the life spans of those players and the beatings they take – ugh – we needed another power back. Okay, so it’s what, April? Almost May? We’ll say it’s May, which means football will be back in three short (long) months!!!

Kate was in town with her friend Kristen, so we went out to dinner and laid around and talked about boys. We were all sort of schlepping around, so we went to Remington Grill (great french fries if you’ve never been there) and back to her place for one last evening of wine on her blue couches. I couldn’t drink much cause I was playing chauffeur later in the evening, but it was good. Kinda bittersweet, though, because I was reminded of how much I miss having Kate in town.

This was also the weekend of Kristen’s surprise birthday party! Eeeeeeee! You don’t even know how hard it was for me to keep it a secret! I can’t keep surprises. I get too excited and spill the beans or give the gift early or whatever. I’m just not good at that kind of stuff, but Kristen was totally surprised and it was great! I got all kinds of random, colorful decorations (including bright daisies all over the place), so it kinda looked like Rainbow Bright came and handled the decorating duties. I had the party for her birthday, but asked everyone to bring baby gifts. The yet-to-be-named baby is going to be a posh little dresser! And we put baby names into a cup to try to help the Engels out. My favorites were Charles Ambrose and Samuel Ryan. Others, such as James Bond Engel, were also suggested. Sam is my pick So, yeah. Fun times. It was a casual, relaxed little shin-dig and I think everyone had fun.

My freaking air conditioner crapped out! Boo! It happened once before, soon after I moved into the complex. It happened over Memorial Day weekend, actually. Wow, that weekend… So, anyway, now I have a ghetto air conditioner in my apartment, which I affectionately call the g-unit. I went home for lunch and the maintenance man (MM) was working on it again, and I was a little peeved. I’m really tired and the MM was in there all day Saturday while I was trying to clean and stuff. Then he was in there Sunday during the day, and right after he left 14 people slowly started showing up at my place, with the last one leaving around Midnight. Great, no problem. Then I go home for lunch and the freaking MM was in there again! I was like, “Dude! I just want to be at home by myself for like 10 minutes, ok?” But of course I didn’t say that. He asked if I wanted him to leave, saying he just needed to pack up all of his equipment, but I told him it was okay to stay – didn’t bother me at all. And I offered him a cupcake. Blah. Petty, I know. Tonight I’m going to eat eggs for dinner, I am NOT going to the gym (I’m being so good about going – seriously!) and I’m going to drink Pepsi and watch Dancing With the Stars and Jon and Kate Plus Eight and paint my nails. Yeah, I’m a nerd and I’m okay with that.

My desk at work is fixed! There was a keyboard tray that I wasn’t using (cause I have a lappy), but because it was there, my legs didn’t fit beneath my desk. Although pretty tall (5’8″), all my height is in my legs. I have monkey arms and monkey legs. It makes buying pants a challenge to say the least. So, yeah, now I’m much more comfortable – yay!

Hmmm… what other random stuff can I talk about? Oh, how about that guy in Austria who kept his daughter in a basement and had seven kids with her! It seriously sounds like a horor flick. My God. What’s wrong with people? I can’t imagine what it would be like to be in any of their shoes – the dad, daughter, kids, mother, etc… Geeze.

Some of the gals…

Kristen & Abby
Ooooh! Presents!

Jager shots! (and me and Danielle in our pregnant dresses)

I found an old mix CD full of U2, Tori Amos, Simon & Garfunkel and Van Morrison. What an eclictic group, huh? Really good CD, though.

Um, I’m sititng in my office and I don’t want to start on anything because we have a company meeting in a few minutes. The last Friday of every month the good folks of (insert company name here) get together from the various offices in Colorado and Florida and meet, then eat lunch together. Then we break out into individual group sessions, so I’ll be going with the investment bankers. Because the IB meeting directly follows lunch, there’s a very good chance I’ll be battling with my eyelids to remain in the upright position. This first meeting especially, the subject matter is going to be way over my head.

Ok, so, I’m not going to go into much detail, but I find myself involved in a situation where if I do something, I’ll hurt someone’s feelings, but if I do something else, I’ll hurt another person’s feelings. It absolutely sucks. So I had to sort of step back and see whose feelings I wanted to protect more, and go in that direction. This is all very vague, I know, but… blah. I think I’m going to move to Australia.

Dr. Kate is going to be in town this weekend – hooray! Her house (finally) sold, so she’s coming into town to do some packing, and I’ll get to spend Saturday with her, which I’m looking forward to. Then she’s walking in the NCSU graduation on May 10, so I’ll be there to cheer her on. Her family, boyfriend and I think maybe Shel and Allan will be there, too. Because she’s getting her PhD, she’s wearing very fancy regalia. She hates it.

Oh my God. Ok. So I was off for seven weeks, during which time I slept till 9:30 (I set my alarm every day), shopped, watched tv, had lunch with friends, played with kids, went to the park, went to the gym, occasionally had Job #2. My dad called it my life of luxury, and it was great. Now I’m at this company where I’ve literally hit the ground running: I’ve written press releases, media pitches, formal letters; am developing communications plans, going to meetings, learning tons of new names, gettting up at 6:50, etc… I’m freaking exhausted! It’s really hard to go from lovely, lacksidasical days to days where I’m constantly paying attention and working. And so far my job is great. Absolutely no complains, but I’m exhausted. Last night I was talking to Jason and could barely get out a coherent sentence, and I was literally stumbling around. It doesn’t help that I’ve gone out every night after work – except last night – so I’m staying home tonight and I’ll probably be asleep around 8:30. I’m not exaggerating.

Hooray for the return of Grey’s Anatomy!

Oh, I’m bummed. My dad’s been trying to get down to Raleigh for like a month now, but rather than go to Richmond, he’s been going to Boston. He likes Boston better cause he fishes and says the food is better, but when he’s in Richmond, he can drive to Raleigh and seeee meeeee. His office is in Philly, but his projects are in Richmond and Boston. I don’t know what he does. I’ve never really known. He’s an engineer of sorts, but beyond that, I just smile and nod. “Mmmm hmmmm, yeah, ok, great.”

This is cute. My parents are celebrating anniversary #30 this year, and they were going to go on a nice vacation, but because both boys are getting hitched, they’d rather spend their $$ on stuff for the weddings. So rather than go to an island or something, they’re going to the Pitt/Notre Dame game in South Bend!!! How cool is that? My dad is a huge Pitt fan (broke his heart when I went to WVU) and my mom, ever the good Catholic girl, loves Notre Dame. I think by the time they pay for the actual game tickets, they will have spent as much as going to some tropical paradise.

Oh, by the way, I love Ben Folds.

I’m trying to update my nano and I can’t figure it out. I can’t ever figure it out. I stare at the screen and it doesn’t make sense, but then when I finally realize how easy it actually is, I feel like an idiot.

Ummm… I’m tired.

I got this really cool ipod thingy for my office – can’t do the quiet thing anymore. It’ll play and charge the nano, plus it gets rado stations. For as little as it is, it’s super loud and sounds great. It’s a Philips, and that’s a good brand, so I guess I whouldn’t be surprised. This is it:

Three days down and my job is really good. I’m already doing work. I wrote two press releases – they’re still in the draft stage, but still… – and am now working on next year’s communications plans. Yikes! I don’t know that I’m informed enough about the business to be doing these plans, but we’ll see what happens. I’ve never been at a company so on the ball. Like, the first day I walked in, my laptop was on my desk, my name was on the door, my signature block was already completed in Outlook, etc… And my role is crystal clear. There aren’t any gray areas. Certain things are expected of me, and I have goals and deadlines. I like structure, and I like to be challenged. If I’m not challenged, I’m bored, and then I get lazy.

I spent some quality time with the critters this evening. Shel and Tiffany are in Vegas, so I had babysitting duties. I took videos of them so Shel could actually see how they’re doing. He always worries about them when he’s gone. They’re very attention-starved and couldn’t sit still. They’re really cute. Really, really, really cute little animals. I love them a lot.

Woo! I updated my ipod! I feel so accomplished!

Had dinner with an unlikely group last night. Kristen, Abby, Allan and Crissy. Crissy is a gal I knew in Morgantown. She was a roommate of Kristen’s after I graduated, and she’s now doing her pediatric residency in Norfolk. She had a week off and came into Raleigh, and it was really good to see her. It was fun to laugh about Kristen’s former man-eater-ness.

So, I went to work today.

After a very long interview process, I accepted a job with a great consulting firm. I’ll be doing public relations and marketing. It takes me four minutes to get to work (!!!), my office is big, and so far my coworkers seem super nice. I have a huge budget to work with, and I get to go to places like Denver, Phoenix and some island in Florida for meetings. And they’re cool w/ my arena gig. I haven’t exhausted my severance package from CBRE, and I had the option of continuing my little vacation until I did, but I decided I had enough time off.

I started the interview process in mid-March and met with five different people. There were two positions available, and I applied for one, but after the director of comms met w/ me, he decided I’d be a good fit for either. In order to see where I’d be a better fit I was supposed to meet with the heads of both departments, but the first guy called dibbs on me before I could even meet with the other department.

Oh, cool thing: I’ll get to come home for lunch (if I want)!

I didn’t mention anything about the interviews because I didn’t want to jinx it. I’m weird like that. I generally don’t discuss affairs of the heart or things that are up in the air. But honestly, my little break from being a working adult was really nice. Because I was still getting paid my full salary, and because I knew about this job so early on, I didn’t really stress much. Instead I was able to go to lots of lunches with friends, spend time with my friends’ kids, catch-up on sleep, watch cheesy daytime tv, etc… All in all, it was pretty good.

Ok, so treadmills are awful. They’re horrible, awful pieces of equipment. But last night I tortured myself with – oops, I mean exercised on – the elliptical machine, which is far more awful than a treadmill. Oh.My.God. Whomever created that bad boy is clearly a masochist. Uuugggg. (I’ll probably be back on it again tomorrow.)

It’s cool to see my home state on the news so often – yay Pennsylvania! It’s receiving so much attention for the primaries, in case you didn’t know. Oh, hooray, I got my voter thingy fixed. I had to have my address changed and it was a huge pain in the ass cause the volunteers at the polling place couldn’t get my address right. I live not on a street, not on a lane and not on a road. I live on a crescent. Yes, a crescent. And I have the world’s longest address. It’s a hassle.

I wonder if any of my friends are still stoners. If so, I hope they had a happy 4/20. But, yeah, I think they all stopped after college like good little boys and girls.

It’s almost time for Dancing with the Stars – eeeeee!

I just got home from the arena, and I need to unwind before I crawl into bed, so I’ll update this silly little thing.

I worked at the Underwood/Urban concert, and although country music isn’t my cup of tea, it was a good concert. It was fun to see the rest of the summer camp kids (I think working at the arena is kinda like going to summer camp) especially because no one really said bye – we all thought we were going to the playoffs. Oops!

Um, I voted! I got a cool sticker that says, “I Voted Early.” It pretty much rocks. Because I feel slightly guilty for not voting for perhaps the first viable woman presidential candidate, I voted for every other woman on my ballot. And Barack Obama, but you already knew that.

I have to get El Dento fixed at some point this week, which is going to be a hassle. It’s embarrassing driving around with a dented car (although it makes me laugh). I want to stick a sign on my window that says, “Someone hit me! I didn’t cause the accident!”

I’m sitting at my desk and I have four empty Hi-C boxes in front of me, all from today. It’s sad. I have no self control sometimes. And it’s always about sugar. I’m such a sugar freak. I’m totally going to have diabetes. Did I spell that right? Probably not. I really need to learn how to spell. So I had to take pre-requisites, achieve a certain GPA, have an interview and take a test to get into j-school. One part of my test was spelling. I nearly failed. No joke. I got just about perfect on every section, then bombed spelling. It was so unusual that the dean of the school (the ice queen) sought me out to tell me how odd I was. I didn’t care, though. As long as I got accepted into the fabulous Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism, I was a happy camper. And I was and I am.

Something random for the evening: my mother played beer pong at my college graduation party. She was on Michele’s team, and she played against Kohler and someone else. I forget who it was. Yeah, random.

Ok, I think I’m sufficiently unwound now. Nightie night.

Well, hello!

I’m in a good mood today. Maybe it’s because of the Taco Bell in front of me…?

Um, got my hair done and I’m really happy with how it turned out. I was talked into going with highlights rather than all-over color, and I’m glad. It took absolutely forever and my butt went numb, but it was worth it.

I hung out w/ Alexander yesterday afternoon and we had fun. He’s tracked out and his math camp thing was closed, so I offered to take him for the rest of the day. Quri had lunch with us at a great Indian place at Brier Creek (our waiter was a very beautiful man), then Alexander and I went to Frankie’s, played some putt-putt and watched a movie on Mt. Everest (yay!) and made friendship bracelets. Ok, friendship bracelets are hard! I have yet to make one properly. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, but whatever it is, it’s plagued me since I was a kid. Can’t figure the damn things out. Oh well. But, yeah, nice afternoon.

I switched my Netflix plan to two at a time, and I finished And the Band Played On, and next up is Gone Baby Gone, which is highly amusing to Ty. She can’t reconcile my (in her words) bubbly, effervescent personality with my deep, dark tastes in books and movies. Is it really that unusual? Eh. Whatever.

RBC this weekend. With the exception of Aaron, most of my favorites are working, so although I won’t like the music, should be fun. I’m working for a sweetie pie server who never seems to want to work, but he covered for me once, so I owed him this.

Ooohhhh – all my blabbering about not being able to find my tax documents, and I didn’t tell you the happy ending to my story. I didn’t owe! I got a lot back! Yay!

Ok, time to go for a quick one-mile fun run. And I use the word ‘fun’ loosely…

I was in a car accident yesterday. Yikes! It was pretty jarring, and my poor little car isn’t in great shape. But I’m fine and the guy who hit me is fine, and that’s what matters. I have to take my car to some auto body place today to get an estimate. I didn’t call the police to file a report or anything, but I have the guy’s name, number, insurance info, etc… so it should all work out. I hope! I’m really naive in that I think everyone is nice and friendly and honest, etc… I figure because I wouldn’t ever try to screw anyone over, no one would ever do it to me. Eeerrtt! Wrong.

Umm… so I got this cheezy little email, and I filled it out, but I’m probably not emailing it to anyone, so it’s posted below.

That’s about all I’ve got…

1. Where were you 3 hours ago?
In bed

2. Who are you in love with?
I like how this question assumes you’re in love with someone, when that may not be the case at all

3. Have you ever eaten a crayon?

4. Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you?
Yeah, there are some pink flowers on my duvet cover

5. When is the last time you went to the mall?
Last week

6. Are you wearing socks right now?

7. Do you have a car worth over $2,000?

8. When was the last time you drove out of town?
Hmm… In February I went to Greensboro, NC. Exciting, I know.

9. Have you been to the movies in the last 5 days?
No, but I’ve watched some movies. Yay Netflix!

10. Are you hot?
Nope, I’m comfortable. I’m assuming this question is about temperature…

11. What was the last thing you had to drink?
Hi-C Flashin Fruit Punch (haha)

12. What are you wearing right now?
Dark jeans and a black shirt, which is basically my uniform

13. Do you wash your car or let the car wash do it?
My poor little dented car hasn’t had a bath since it was purchased just a few short months ago

14. Last food that you ate?

15. Where were you last week at this time?
I don’t remember

16. Have you bought any clothing items in the last week?
Yeah, silver shoes and a dress

17. When is the last time you ran?
An hour ago

18. What’s the last sporting event you watched?
Hockey – go Pens!

19. What is your favorite animal?
My favorite type of animal is dog, my my favorite animal is Henry (with Charlie coming in a very close second)

20. Your dream vacation?
Croatia or Ireland

21. Last person’s house you were in?

22. Worst injury you’ve ever had?
Hmm… spider bite. Brown Recluse. No fun.

23. Have you been in love?

24. Do you miss anyone right now?
Yes (posing this question after the in love question makes it seem like you miss the person you were in love with. slick.)

25. Last play you saw?
Holy crap. It was some play in college and Brooks and I went; we both had to write about it for different classes/assignments

26. What is your secret weapon to lure in the opposite sex?
LOL – I don’t have one

27. What are your plans for tonight?
TBD, but probably nothing too exciting

28. Who is the last person you emailed?

29. Next trip you are going to take?
Maryland in August for sure, but I’m sure I’ll bebop around the east coast a bit over the summer

30. Ever go to camp?
Yes. Math camp, Catholic camp and camps with tents.

31. Were you an honor roll student in school?
Yes for high school and college. Even got a few 4.0′s (semesters when I took no math). Woo!

32. What do you want to know about the future?
Nothing. Well, maybe some lottery numbers.

33. Are you wearing any perfume or cologne?
Not yet, but later I’ll be wearing D&G Light Blue

34. Are you due sometime this year for a doctor’s visit?
Yeah, probably

35. Where is your best friend?
Both my boy and girl best friends are in Cary

36. How is your best friend?
My girl is preggo and feeling big and tired, and my boy is excited about gambling

37. Do you have a tan?
Nope. I’m currently a very white white girl.

38. What are you listening to right now?
Beastie Boys – Sure Shot

39. Do you collect anything?
No, but I read a ton, and I keep all my books

40. Who is the biggest gossiper you know?
I don’t think I know any

41. Last time you got stopped by a cop or pulled over?
A long time ago. I was speeding through Durham County and got my one and only (knock on wood) speeding ticket

42. Have you ever drank your soda from a straw?
Oh yeah

43. What does your last text message say?
I don’t know

44. Do you like hot sauce?
Not really

45. Last time you took a shower?
About 15 minutes ago

46. Do you need to do laundry?
No, I actually don’t! Score!

47. What is your heritage?
Croatian from both grandfathers (thus the last name). My dad’s mom is Scotch/Irish and my mom’s mom is a German Jew.

48. Are you someone’s best friend?
Yes I am

49. Are you rich?
No I’m not

50. What were you doing at 12AM last night?
On the phone w/ Senor Sandoval