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|Tuesday, January 16th, 2007|
|Today is the Greatest Day EVER
First, I worked ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL weekend, but today when I got to work we all had an email from our boss thanking us for our hard work and telling us how amazing it was for him to watch a dream come true and how happy he was to share it with us. SOOOOOOOOOOOO nice.
Then a few hours later we all got notes from both our bosses with $100 bills inside. I almost choked.
THEN a little while later we all got an extra vacation day because of all our hard work.
I heart Signature :)
|Saturday, October 21st, 2006|
But I don't understand why it said 0 people in the US have the last name Raffaelli. I can think of lots - they're related to me....very strange. Current Mood: confused
|Wednesday, October 11th, 2006|
and gainfully employed.
Yesterday at work someone called to contribute then he tried to sell me a Bible. He said Bible's make good divorce presents. So if you know someone getting divorced buy them a Bible.
|Sunday, July 30th, 2006|
My sister's gonna have another girl.....that means down the road they will try for a 3rd baby :)I'm happy. She has cute babies.
|Saturday, July 29th, 2006|
It's not Friday but I just got internet back and posting answers to simple questions is easier than pondering my most recent moral dilemma....
1. Are you named after anyone? If so, explain.
Katherine after Katharine Hepburn, but my Mom wouldn't let my Dad spell it with an A and Louise after my maternal grandmother......
2. Do you have your children's names picked out already? If so, is there any significance?
I have names I like: Kendra, Kira, Elena, Grace for girls.....John, Ben....although a lot of these can/will change based on the fact that they have no significance and may not go well with my husbands last name.
3. If you were born a member of the opposite sex what would your name have been?
John after my Dad I'm sure.....probably....
4. If you could re-name yourself what name would you pick and why?
I like my name now. However, one year around Christmas I changed my name to Colleen and made my Mom address all my Christmas presents to Colleen. We were at my cousin's house and my cousins all thought Santa had gone to the wrong place.
5. Are there any mispronunciations/typos that people do w/ your name constantly?
Raffaelli??? Haha RaffEEli is a classic - it gets butchered on a regular basis.
|Thursday, June 29th, 2006|
Steve was here and it was SOOOOOO nice. Definitely my favorite surprise in a long time. In some weird way I think I forgot how much I missed him or just got used to him not being around. He gets off until the end of July, but he's going up to Syracuse to work out and see football guys for a week or so. At this point we're planning on doing something again before he goes back to KC - as much as I heart Cuse sleeping in an unair conditioned south campus apartment has zero appeal.
I'm going to the Tim McGraw/Faith Hill concert tonight for Bonnie's birthday. Do I LOVE country? No. Do I love Tim McGraw and Faith Hill? Not so much. I like them though and I'm excited. I bet it will be a really good show. I have to buy my little sister a t-shirt. I need to get cash before I go because someone told me they don't usually take plastic at concert concession stands. I find this hard to believe, but I better be prepared or my sister may never speak to me again.
My cousin and I are planning a 4th of July event at my parents. Small problem being that I have like 0 friends in DC to invite, but whatever. So far it's probably gonna be like 6-7 people.....hopefully it will grow a little.
I went to a new doctor today and I really liked her. This is my first non-SU Health Center doctor in a really long time.
My parents will be back from Maine soon. No more house to myself.
I have made like no progress in finding a job and I need one. I need money. I need to start saving money so I can do things like pay off my credit card and have some savings when I find this condo. I had 2 interviews before I went back to Syracuse. The one I wanted more I haven't heard anything from and they were looking to hire quickly so I'm guessing I didn't get it. The one I could make myself want said it would be a few weeks before I heard anything because the woman who does the hiring was on a trip. I haven't heard anything from them either and I don't even know if they thrill me enough to really take it even if I got it. Although, at this point, who am I to be turning down jobs? I need help.
I woke up with a lot of pain in the right side of my neck and upper shoulder. I debated going to get a massage, but I didn't - I think I deserve a prize for that.
I haven't been to the gym since before I left for Syracuse. I figure moving counted as a workout, but I have no excuse since I've been back. For some reason I have a mental block against going to the gym after 11:30. Tomorrow I will go back to the gym.....AND do better on WW than I have been since I got home. Current Mood: calm
|Tuesday, June 27th, 2006|
I learned a few things for the next time I move during my week of moving in Cuse:
1. It is wise to wipe down ones fridge more frequently than say once every 2 years
2. Similarly it is a good idea to scrub ones oven more frequently than say once every 2 years (in my defense, I didn't even know you had to scrub ovens I thought they were all self-clean....although one should probably clean those regularly too)
3. Having a lot of decorative crap is cute, but not necessary and just makes for multiple trips to either the trash can or to the UPS Store to buy more boxes
4. Whether or not to have movers is no longer a question....they are wonderful and amazing. If only they cleaned the apartment after....
5. Moving alone is not fun - find friends to help....bribe them with pizza. Do not be alone, sweating scrubbing your apartment....it sucks.
That's all I can think of now except that it's official: I no longer have a home in Syracuse. I'm sure you all felt the earth shift. That's probably why it's been raining since I got back to DC. At least I don't have to water the plants per Step Mommy Dearest's specific instructions. However, I do have to buy a wet vac for the basement.
Most importantly: Steve got back from Kansas earlier than he thought - he's on his way here now (insert happy dance here) Current Mood: ecstatic
|Monday, June 12th, 2006|
- The KT Tunstall concert was better than expected. She totally killed my theory and sounded exactly like she does on her CD which I plan to download because I cannot afford to buy.
- Friday was Steve's birthday and it was the first one I haven't spent with him in a VERY long time - that made me sad. He got my present and they delivered it right to his room - that made me happy.
- My sister and her hubby came to visit for the weekend with my niece. Stella is SOOOOO cute AND she recognized me from the last time I saw her. Plus my sister has a little baby bump and it's so fun! She wants to find out what the baby is, but Bill doesn't....I hope they don't - I like surprises.
- My little sister is out of school and we went to the gym and had a race to see who could run a mile faster today and we finished at the same time. I think she tried to kill me, but it was super fun.
- I got a bed frame and now that my bed is not on the floor it does not look like a midget bed anymore.
- Yesterday my little sister, Karista and I went to the American History Museum. It was fabo. I think I had only ever been thru the First Lady Gowns part before. This time we did all sorts of stuff. That museum is huge and free and has lots of nifty stuff.
|Thursday, June 8th, 2006|
Today I was driving past my middle school and some kids were at gym and they had the same uniforms we had when I went there. I thought it was sad.
On another note, I'm going to a concert tonight. I haven't been to a concert in a really long time. I'm not really a concert person. Usually I only go when I know all the songs and LOVE the artist. Well not all the songs, but most. Besides, I feel there's often disappointment in concerts. The artists never sound like they do on the CD and the prices for big shows are ridiculous. At any rate, tonight I'm going to see KT Tunstall - I'm only going cause I didn't buy the tickets. I can think of better ways to spend $20 - I'm going to spend the next few hours trying to get excited about it.....
|Sunday, June 4th, 2006|
In my effort to save money and become more economically stable I've decided to drastically cut into the number of manicures I get. Not so much a sacrifice. I honestly only get them out of laziness.
I've also noted that an obscene amount of money is spent in two ways: eating out and buying books. The eating out problem is not so hard to solve. I'll limit myself to once a week unless someone else is treating. This will be good for both the waistline and the bank account. However, the book situation is a smidge sticky. I love to read. Once I get thru these gift certificates that I got for Christmas I cannot justify buying another book. Suddenly an idea popped into my head. The library. Apparently there's quite a nice one here in Alexandria. It's free. Sounds like a winning spot to me. I just have one question for those who frequent the library: how quickly do they get books? Am I looking at like a year delay on new releases or do they get them pretty quickly?
|Monday, May 29th, 2006|
My sister's pregnant again!!!! YAY!!!!! Another baby in November!!!!
|Thursday, May 25th, 2006|
|A Vacation from my Vacation
Well, since my life is a vacation I feel a little silly calling my upcoming vacation a vacation. I will consider it a trip.
I'm going to Maine on Friday with Dad and the Anne's (one being my sister, the other being my StepMom). I'm excited for the spa on Saturday and I'm excited for walks on the beach (assuming the beach is still there) and for tennis with my sister and I might even go to the driving range. Last time we were all in Maine I began the rebirth of my golf career. I was happy to discover that my 10-year hiatus hadn't resulted in any loss of talent (this is probably because I don't have any talent). We'll be in Maine until Tuesday night. Then the exciting part....
I'm going to Syracuse. WAHOO!!! A break from my allergies and my family!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I get to be in my apartment, in my bed and see my boys - yay! I'm going up Tuesday night from Maine then driving down with Karista who's going to be with me for the whole summer.
I was productive today. I applied for many jobs and made a nice Excel sheet of PR agencies. I have the first of my 3 free trainer sessions at 5:15 - hopefully I'll be able to walk after.
|Sunday, May 21st, 2006|
Why I would rather be in Syracuse....my allergies don't exist in Syracuse. In Cuse - there is no pollen, I don't know why. It's apparently like one of the top 10 places people who suffer from allergies should consider living because the air is so good - perhaps the cold freezes the pollen away..
By comparison - lovely DC is one big ball of pollen. Everywhere people are sneezing and stuffy. It's been days since both sides of my nose functioned together. I've tried Tylenol Allergy Complete, Tylenol Severe Allergy Sinus and Claritin-D. Today's medicine of choice is Claritin D during the day Sudafed Allergy Sinus Nighttime for later....hopefully I will be able to sleep tonight.
|Saturday, April 22nd, 2006|
|Please Don't Judge Me...
but I watched the Nick Lachey special on MTV....as we all know I LOVED Nick and Jessica, however, I thought I liked Jessica. I think I'm going to order a "Team Nick" shirt now. I actually got teary-eyed watching this special....seriously. I felt so bad for him. I would like to fix him. Maybe if things don't work out for me and Steve I can move to LA and marry Nick Lachey and have his babies. Now because I'm really cool I'm going to watch Newlyweds.....please don't be jealous.
|Thursday, April 6th, 2006|
|Saturday, January 14th, 2006|
Call me a cynic, but if I were Eminem's ex/current wife, Kim, the fact that he wrote songs about killing me would probably weigh pretty heavily on the "con" side of the "should I remarry this guy" debate.
Sleep with a bat sister.....I'm betting it lasts a year - max....if he's on tour A LOT.
In other news - I suppose I should change my icon considering the unfortunate fate of the Nick/Jessica union...so sad.
|Monday, December 5th, 2005|
|It takes a special kind of person...
to get locked INSIDE ones apartment. Yes, that would be me. I slammed the door, thus jamming the lock, thus locking myself inside. It was very alarming. First I called Steve since he has the other key and got him to come stand out in the cold to try to unlock it (I thought maybe the knob inside was just broken). After 20 minutes of trying to unlock/break open the door we were not successful. This was sad 1)because I didn't know who to call and 2) because he was stuck outside and I was stuck inside all by my lonesome. Having resigned myself to a night alone (it was 11:30 at this point - it shouldn't have been a big issue) I called the maintenance service and told the woman at the call center that they could just wait until the morning. She insisted on calling them right away because she was afraid they wouldn't come if she didn't. Next thing I know the maintenance man calls and is definitely irritated. His attitude prompted me to tell him that he could just wait and come in the morning as long as I could get to work by 10. I then called Steve and told him that should the guy downstairs fall asleep with his cigarette in hand causing the building to burn down and me to parish as the windows all have 3 panes and screens that he should call my parents and make sure they sue.
I then went to sleep. I woke up at 5:30, long enough to halfway read a text from Billy, then fell back to sleep until 7:30 when he texted me again and offered to come try to open the door. I don't know why Billy wanted to open my door, but I guess he was bored - if I had been up sincec 5:30 I probably would've been bored too. He was unsuccessful, the maintenance man came, now I have a new bottom lock. HOWEVER, he was too lazy to go make a copy for the box so if I get locked out and Steve is gone or is locked out with me we're screwed....
|Wednesday, November 30th, 2005|
|I am in fact alive....and well.
I haven't updated in an insanely long time, although I have been reading (aka stalking via my friends page). I'm in Syracuse, I'm alive. The end....
No, not really. Lets see - what's gone on??
I've traveled a lot - I went to my cousins wedding and to the Homestead with the fam and to DC a few times. Work is good. It would be better if it was not an unpaid internship, but what can you do?? My servitude to the evil Newhouse bitch known as Maria Russell will officially come to an end on Dec. 15 as soon as my stupid journals are turned in. This woman can finally give me my damn Masters. Then the great job search of 2006 will commence. I'm not going to lie - it's going to be dragged out as long as physically possible. My lease doesn't end until June and I have no burning desire to get hypothermia trying to move out of Syracuse in the middle of February.
Steve (aka the BT for the uninformed) is moving into my apartment in a few weeks - I'm soooooo excited. Aside from his vision of turning the guest room into a video game room I think we'll be just fine. Football is taking away his scholarship since he graduated already, but he's going to use Manley to train for NFL Draft stuff - fun times. All this while I conducted the previously mentioned job search....
Not much else to report - Syracuse is Syracuse. I'm just glad it hasn't snowed an obscene amount.... yet....
|Tuesday, September 6th, 2005|
|Update A La List
- I survived 1 football game and if they continue to play like that there will only be 11 more YES!!!!!
- The gas station cut me off at $75 when I was trying to fill up my car....I only got 3/4 of a tank.
- I need to find a dress to wear to my cousins wedding - I don't like the one I was going to wear
- My 5 day weekend makes me never want to work again, but I get to train the new girl tomorrow so that will be special
- I got a new mattress and it makes me happy, but I kinda miss my old one....maybe I will feel differently after I sleep on this one for a night
- I get to see my niece at my cousins wedding this weekend and that makes me SOOOOOO happy
- My Dad wants to talk about my career vision....that does NOT make me SOOOOOOOOOO happy
|Thursday, September 1st, 2005|
I have this problem where I become addicted to CNN following any major crisis. Katrina is a very good example. I have watched CNN every day. I get so into it before I go to bed that I can't fall asleep until 12:30 or 1, and I watch it in the morning before I go to work even when it makes me teary-eyed like it did this morning.
I usually watch hurricane and other diaster stuff and obviously feel bad for the people, but I am never as inspired to help as I am this time. My cousin called to see if we could volunteer, but they aren't taking anymore volunteers right now. It makes sense - they need people with training right now. I asked my Dad to donate money. I know it sounds bad to say I asked my Dad to do it, but I don't have a paying job right now (a long story in itself) and any money I would give would be his.
I have also confirmed why I hate Rush Limbaugh who decided to make this a racial issue. I usually laugh is Al Sharpton's face, but tonight he was on MSNBC talking about what an idiot Rush Limbaugh is (not that this wasn't already proven) by trying to blame the minorities who weren't able to leave New Orleans.I'm sorry, since when can you blame people for a natural disaster based on race???? This is not the time to be drawing racial lines, it's a time to help. I was trying to find the transcript from Countdown, but it won't be posted until tomorrow.
I also agree with whoever said this disaster is worse than 9/11. I'm not trying to downplay 9/11 - obviously it was a horrible act of terrorism and thousands of innocent people died for no reason. This is just as bad, if not worse. At least with 9/11 people were able to get in and help - there's nothing to be done in New Orleans except take babysteps towards progress and hope that thousands of lives aren't lost along the way.
I'm glad I went to New Orleans when it was there because I have a happy memory (the National Championship) of the city to take away. New Orleans is going to become the first abandoned major city in the U.S. since the Civil War. These people need help and the man who for unknown reasons this country chose to elect president can't even take a break from his vacation/effort to make people believe Iraq was the right thing to do to go see the distruction. That is ridiculous. Though not surprising, if I recall correctly President Clinton (who was in Australia when 9/11 happened) made it to the World Trade Center before Mr. Bush.
It's a good thing it's probably safer to be in Iraq right now than it is to be in New Orleans. That does a lot for the well-being and overall safety of the American people, thanks Mr. Bush.