Sunday, March 28, 2010

What to Do?

I have been at this job for about a month and already my presence seems to have rubbed someone the wrong way. Not anyone in the office per se but a vendor we have a contract with. Apparently the vendor was hoping all the public relations/communicaitons work would be left to him and his company. But they decided to go ahead and hire someone. Then there was an issue about hiring lobbists. The vendor had people in mind, but then the president decide to go with a bigger, more established firm. This didn't sit well. Now the vendor seems to have a thing against me and has been trying to do anything to make me look bad. Luckily, I've been on my toes from the beginning. And I've been doing my job as best as I can to make sure that there are no complaints. I've been in situations like this before and I've been getting better at the game. I just hate the fact that there are those who prefer to play games rather than spend their energy actually doing their jobs well.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Duck, Duck, Duck...

Holy Geese! I don't know what happened but all of the sudden, this morning, I felt like I walked out of my building and into a low budget, Canadian version of the birds. They all came back to our area en mass. Actually, they don't all leave. There are a few that stick around all year long. I think what happened this morning is that the local flock sent out a mass call to ALL Canadian geese and they, in turn decided to visit their Bronx buddies at one time.

Very sneeky.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

I Have Decided

That's it. I want to go back to Italy. The weather today is reminding me exactly why I am in the mood for gellato and doing nothing. I went through my photos from Italy and all I can think about is how much I friggin' loved Siena and San Gimignano. If I could be anywhere in the world right now, I would go to one of those two cities. Sigh. The weather today is perfect and reminds me of the weather we had there. Ah to be rich.

But yeah. I think I've decided to tell Aaron that the next time we plan a big vacation, I want to go back to Europe adn I want to make sure to have a stop in those cities. Of course, who knows in a few hours I may very well want to hit Florence or Venice gain :) but I don't think so. Those two smaller cities really spoke to me.

Now What

I'm pretty happy I was able to salvage some of hte weekend. After havig to rearrange my plans a bit, I was still able to go out and have a little bit of fun this weekend. Late yesterday I was able to meet up with some of the Twilight Moms to watch New Moon, have some snacks and a few drinks. There's noting quite like getting together with that many women. At one point, it really sounded like a hen house. :)

So yes. Today I'm having a nice relaxed day. I'm going to clean the house a bit, read some stuff for work then I'm going to get my nails done. Hopefully by the time I get through all of this Aaron will be read to wake up and then perhaps we can go for a nice walk. I like this plan. :)

I'm still trying to decide if I'm going to go for a manicure or if I'm going to splurge and get gel nails. I'm leaning toward splurging. Ah well, we'll see how I feel later.

Sunday, March 14, 2010


Meh. So I couldn't get me boss on TV this weekend. 'Sall good. I couldn't get a hold of him till 6:30 but the MSNBC people knew that I was trying my hardest and understood that it was a very last minute thing. Still, I looked good because I damn well tried.

This weekend has been surprisingly productive. I got a mound of laundry done. I got a gift for our friend's kid's first birthday. Attended said party and still managed to get some good, comfy couch time with Aaron. And today I'm relaxing, preparing for the early meeting tomorrow morning, getting ready to make chili and last but not least tidying up the messy corners around the house.

I've noticed that since I started working there have been little piles of random crap gathering int he corners and no one seems to want to bother to clean it up. I've piled them into bags and left them in favorite spots on the couches. I also left post-it notes on each bag saying, "This is your crap. Throw it out." I know what you may be asking, 'how do you know it's not yours as well?' That's simple; most of the stuff there has their names on it OR it's something I know they brought into the place.

I totally understand, now that I'm not there, they (well, not really they, it's more like the brother-in-law) feel they can return to prior slobbish tendencies. But what they have to understand is this, I still live there and if they want to keep breathing, the house better remain tidy. I'm not expecting cleanliness that is up to my standards, but tidy enough that I will not immediately notice and go into a cleaning frenzy and take everyone out in my wake.

One lovely change since I started working is that Aaron wants to help me cook. I'm really trying to include him. I think tonight will be the real test. I am making a recipe that I have in my head which means I'll have to be able to give him directions as we go rather than just do it all on my own. I tried doing this the other night but it didn't really work since there wasn't much to be done. I had to braise leeks, slice oranges and place fish on top of the orange and leeks. He did juice one of the oranges though. I forced myself not to just do it for him. Instead I told him what to do with the orange to prepare it and how to use the reamer. Baby steps. Baby steps.

Friday, March 12, 2010


I really hope you don't mind me swiping your word, Michele, but really today is (and I am feeling) awesomesauce!

I love looking like a rock star. And so far, every day that I have been at work, I have come off looking like a rock star or a "Superstar" *insert jazzhands here.*

Today was an out of office day. I hit the pavement, if you will, and hit up my contacts over at the news networks. I first visited my old buddies at MSNBC with cupcakes from Magnolia's in tow and had a lovely, but short chat with them. I wasn't so successful at CNN since the people I wanted to see were either away on vacation or they were already gone for the day. BUT as soon as I got home, I started getting calls from my buddies at MSNBC. AWESOMESAUCE!

They want my boss Dr. McPhail on TV tomorrow morning. I called immediately and got his contact information. This process was a little painful because his assistant was really reluctant to give me his numbers. I had to convince her that he had indeed given me his info and that he would be really pissed if he missed out on this opportunity because she didn't give me his number. He's been wanting to get on National TV for ages. The problem is that he is currently on a plane home from DC. The good part about all this is that even if he misses the deadline, he knows that I damn well delivered on what I set out to do today and wasn't wasting my time.

I left him a message at home and on his cell, so if all goes well and I can secure him a spot tomorrow morning, he will be beside himself with joy and I will look like a rock star. If it doesn't go well and we miss the deadline and doesn't go on, I'll still come off looking like a rock star because I did everything I could, short of going to the airport and trying to catch him as he comes off the plane, that is.

I hate waiting.

Oh lord I hope this works out right. Then I'll have to put the word out to every member on the board of directors and out the news up on our twitter and facebook sites. Ah yeah, check me out, Spin Doctor extraordinaire!

Sadly, now I have to wait till he gets off the plane and/or turns his phone on. I'm giving him five more minutes before I begin calling him again.

Forwaaaaaard.... Hoooooooooo!

I'm in a good place. Work is going well. I'm getting ready to meet up with my old buddies at MSNBC and after that I'm going to try to see a few of the radio people in the area. I'm out of the office today but I've been doing quite a bit of work from home. Last night I was up way too late drafting a letter and another piece that I am going to submit later on this week. I'm also pretty jazzed about the fact that my jobs seems to be pretty well tailored to me. And I can potentially help a few friends looking for some kind of freelance work down the road. Love it.

The other good thing is that Aaron and I decided when we will start trying for kids. :) I'm not going to say when exactly, but we're planning on doing so within this half of the year. Holy exciting Batman!

Last night Aaron and I had a very nice surprise evening alone. We had a lovely dinner which surprised him (fish and not fishsticks). After that, we ended up watching Supernatural, Iron Chef, checked in to see who got booted on American Idol and mostly spent the evening chatting away (this is when the whole subject of a family came up) I love nights like that.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

And Now There's Only One Corey!

Somewhere deep inside, the part of me that is forever 13 is weeping. Corey Haim is dead.

Actor Corey Haim dies at age 38
Police say hospital notified them of former ‘Lost Boys’ star’s dead

Although he wasn't "my" Corey (I was all about Corey Feldman), the news of this celebrity death is still pretty sad. He was a really good actor back in the day. I mean really, could Lost Boys have been the same without Sam's, "You're a vampire Michael... I'm telling Mom"? NO! No, it would not.

Sigh, good lord. The fact that there's only one Corey left is yet another shock to my system. I'm really feeling old now. My childhood celebs are dying off.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Working, Working, Working.

I love working. Although I'm already up to my eyeballs in stuff to do. I still love the fact that I'm making a living by doing something I actually enjoy and take pride in. There aren't a whole lot of people who can say that.