Good things come in threes…

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You heard it here first…(well, actually Facebook heard it first)… dog #3 is coming to live with us on February 12th or 13th. Her name is Sadie, she is a hound mix (definitely some beagle, probably some shepherd) and she is two years old.

Gene and I met her and her foster parents last weekend. The dog is such a sweetie, but she is definitely shy. I can’t wait to see how it goes when Scooby and Betty meet her!

The reason why she is not with us yet is that she is heartworm positive and has been given a large dose of medication to kill off the heartworms. After that medication is given, she has to be kept still for 30 days. The 30 days ends right around the 13th, so that is when she’s joining us. Yay!

(I do wonder how they know that 30 days = okay to play but 29 = NOT okay. I mean, what changed in that 24 hour period?).

(Yeah, I’m going to be a nervous wreck with this one!)

So much food…

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So, restaurant week is over halfway finished and I must say, I think Gene may very well end up the big winner (for reasons other than being married to me).

Monday, dinner was at a local restaurant that we have visited before. Gene had the prime rib and I had a terrifyingly large portion of lamb. He also had an appetizer portion of beef and blue cheese nachos, which was better than my shrimp cocktail. Dessert was OK – I had cobbler (I guess – I have completely forgotten) and Gene had key lime cheesecake. Gene won the night on the strength of the prime rib.

Tuesday, we had to eat…at home! sob, sob. I had to clean up after dinner! weep! It didn’t take long for me to totally get out of the habit of cleaning the kitchen! Nobody won.

Wednesday was another local restaurant. Booooring. Gene ordered off the regular menu but I ordered off the special restaurant week menu, so I guess I technically win. But, Gene’s food was better. Highlight: red velvet cake (mine).

Thursday (tonight) was another local restaurant. I started with a salad (look, ma, I’m eating vegetables!) and Gene had fries (as an appetizer? weird!). The fries came with garlic mayo for dipping and it was very good. We both had beef for entrees and it was fine (nothing we couldn’t pull off our grill at home). Gene had apple cake for dessert and I had a brownie thing. Highlight: a yummy drink called the Rum Runner. (After the week I’m having, I have earned it!)

The rest of the week is going to be awesome, I just know it. Dinner tomorrow is upscale Mexican with the Almighty D and her husband. Saturday we’re eating out with one of Gene’s coworkers and a friend and Sunday is fondue. Mmm, mmm, good!

Cheesecake City Restaurant Week

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Before I even start this post, I’m going to make an aside: This is my first weekend since Thanksgiving that I haven’t had to work. YAY! Yesterday was magic, better than Christmas even, and today is shaping up to be good, too.

So anyway, Cheesecake City Restaurant Week started Friday and runs through a week from today. A few dozen of the city’s leading restaurants have a special fixed price menu and Gene and I decided to try a different restaurant every night (except for Tuesday, when I have to work late, which is going to be pasta and meatball at home Tuesday).

We took extra special care choosing restaurants, pored over the special menus, and made our reservations. (Hilarious aside: I thought that yesterday’s reservations were for today’s restaurant and vice versa – so glad I double checked or else last night would have been baaaad instead of delicious).

And, being such a competitive couple (I don’t know if that’s a joke or not), we have decided to declare a winner each night.

Friday: I had coconut shrimp for the appetizer, super fluffy crab cakes for the entree and butterscotch creme brulee for dessert. Gene had lobster macaroni and cheese, osso bucco and pear tart. It was close – Gene won the appetizer round, but my entree and dessert kicked ass so I won the night.

Saturday: I had seafood bisque (and could have eaten a gallon of it), duck breast and chocolate molten cake. Gene had a fancy salad (the name of which is too easily Google-able, sorry), filet mignon and chocolate ganache cheesecake. Ooh, and we split a wine flight. Anyway, I won last night too because the bisque was way better than the Google-able salad, the duck was yummier than the filet (even though the filet came w/ horseradish purple mashed potatoes), and can anyone think of a time when chocolate molten cake isn’t superior to the opposition? (I also want to say that the butter for the bread had bacon in it – I think we have an early nominee for Best Misc Food Item for the week).

(And yes, this is a fairly expensive endeavor but there are a lot of times that we eat in for weeks on end – consider this the flip side to pizza rolls).

Sorry about that…

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So, I was talking to my mother recently. She gently reminded me that I was incorrect in my Year in Review post for 2010. The question about “Did anyone close to (me) die in 2010?”, I’d answered no and unfortunately I was wrong. The younger of my mother’s two older brothers passed away right before my mother’s birthday in late December.

There were a number of reasons I missed this:

1) I started the Year in Review post in November

2) I thought Uncle F. died in 2011

3) New job has led me to forget everything important so I can remember if Joe’s Tanning Salon & Taco Bar got a call back about their Urgent Tax Matter.

None of which excuses forgetting. But nonetheless, my mother’s younger older brother passed away. Two of my cousins had to bury their father. My aunt had to bury her husband. My uncle was less than a year older than my mother. It is all very scary to me. I don’t like this death stuff. All that pablum about “being in a better place” is baloney to me. I want my Grandmas, my Grandpa, my Mother-in-law back. I want my cousins to have their dad back and my aunt to have her husband back. (And I also need my parents to be immortal).

Saving the house from disaster…

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So, Sunday I was sitting in my chair at home, White Dog in my lap and one of the dogs next to me. I notice that the battery power on the laptop is at 97% so I unplug the cord and plug it back in. (Ideally, the cord has a little light that glows tan when it’s charging and green when it is fully charged – my power cord does not reliably light up but it would still charge). And then I go back to whatever I was doing – probably.

After awhile I notice that something smells, kind of a weird plasticky smell, hard to define. And again I note that White Dog only has a 47% charge. I remove the plug from the side of the laptop and realize that the plastic on the cord has pretty much entirely disintegrated, exposing the wire and probably going to cause a huge electrical fire in about 4 seconds. Grrreeeeat.  (And yes, that’s how I think…I even spent some time that night convinced that the cord would spontaneously catch fire, even though it wasn’t plugged in).

Oh, and did I mention that a Huge Winter Storm was headed our way? Seriously, we got quite a bit of snow (for here) that really made it hard to get around (for here) and even had Best Buy closed until yesterday (Wednesday).

You heard it here…I went two nights without using the Internet. Read 2 books, watched TV, but it was actually OK. Finally got to Best Buy for a new cord on my lunch hour – considered driving home to plug the laptop in so it would be fully charged by the time I got home but I was a grownup and waited.

Anyway, that’s where I’ve been 🙂 The snow is melting, the roads are much better, and I’m back online. Whew!

Big Payroll

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Something I told The Almighty D (which reminds me…) the other day while we were IMing:

Me: How’s your day going?

D: Same stuff, different day

Me: At New Company, the version of that is, “New stuff, every day, where’s the alcohol?”

Seriously. It is cuh-ray-zee there, every day. I left yesterday at 7:20, narrowly missing the cut off to have New Company buy dinner for me (it was tempting, but I’m glad I was home in time for meat loaf and Betty Crocker boxed cheesy julienne potatoes*). It was my first 10 hour day at the new job, complete with a zero minute lunch hour (Mrs. Bossman shoved a “leftover” chicken wrap at me at 4 o’clock – mmmm, tortilla). Lazy Elaine was NOT meant for 10 hour days!

This year end stuff is no joke. Today I took at least 30 calls (I forgot to note the final tally before logging out today at 6:01), ending the day with the sad tale of the Client Who Moved So UPS Could Not Deliver the Company’s Paychecks. Sooooo glad I wasn’t responsible for that mistake!

All of this leaves me with just enough energy to go home, eat dinner, geek a little, watch a little TV and pass out as soon as is feasible. So, blogging isn’t a big priority right now (I started the Year in Review post back in November), but the Year End ends sooner or later, right?

And, please let me remind you that I Love My Job. I am happier than I have been in years.

Year in Review

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1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?

Visited Germany, interviewed for a job that I was later offered! And accepted! And then, improbably, promoted from!

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
My 2010 resolutions were: finish the novel, get a new job, read more books, fold the laundry on time, and reduce clutter. I succeeded in getting a new job, I fold the laundry on time (same day) about 90% of the time (although it helps that I watch Gossip Girl on the CW’s website at the same time; we shall see how well I do when it goes into summer reruns!), I read a ton of books this year (some of dubious quality), and the clutter is reduced thanks to Thanksgiving. I don’t know why I ever even entertain the idea of finishing the novel – I have been noodling at it since I was a teenager – if I really wanted to finish it I think 20 years is quite long enough. Anyway, in 2011, I want to dress nicer (ha ha ha!), embrace Tough Love, and have more fun. Oh, and get my Certified Payroll Professional certification – LaineyD, CPP!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Darn near all of you! My brother and his wife welcomed their daughter, Brandy had her twins, etc etc. (Fingers crossed for any of you hoping to give birth in 2011!!!!)

4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. What countries did you visit?
Germany, the Netherlands, and the airport in Paris. I also ate dinner at the buffet in the Paris Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, but that’s probably not a valid answer.

7. What date from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
July 14, the last day I worked at the old place, July 19, the first day I worked at the new place

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
New job! Promotion!

9. What was your biggest failure?
Failing to tell the CEO of my old employer that his shitty leadership cost him a damned good employee on July 14. (He wouldn’t have cared).

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Root canal, crown, planning on surgery in 2011

11. What was the best thing you bought?
New washing machine. (Geez, am I 33 or 93???)

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Gene’s, for finally starting to come out of it, slowly.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Someone’s ex-something. Stupid whore. (Same answer since at least 2008)

14. Where did most of your money go?
Visa, Germany, the place we bought the couch, and a puta estupida.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Washing machine bells and whistles, relaxing on vacation in Las Vegas and Indiana, new job.

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?

Anything by Lady Gaga or Ke$ha – 2010 was the year that I finally embraced Top 40 radio.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?
Happier or at least more immune

18. Thinner or fatter?
Fat fat fat fat fat. I think I weigh 900 lbs.

19. Richer or poorer?
The same.

20. What do you wish you’d done more of?
I wish I had taken more time off during the 7.5 months I worked at the old place. I think I left there with a week and a half of time off unused. Oh well!

21. What do you wish you’d done less of?

22. How will you be spending Christmas? Xmas 2010: at home, just Gene and I and the dogs. Xmas 2011: maybe more of the same.

23. Did you fall in love in 2010?


24. Any one night stands?

Nothing new on the nightstand front…but we did buy a sofa!

25. What was your favorite TV program?

Gossip Girl, Veronica Mars

26. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

No one new, although I am not a member of the Fans of Broomhilda club.

27. What was the best book you read? Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang was good. I read a lot thanks to but a lot of it is chick lit.

28. What was your greatest musical discovery?

The Top 40 station, Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, etc.

29. What did you want and get?
Almost everything.

30. What did you want and not get?
Just that one last thing.

31. What was your favorite film of this year?
I don’t remember seeing much in the theater besides Inception and that was very good. Ooh, I forgot about the Oscar Showcase; loved An Education, Inglorious Bastards, etc.

32. What did you do on your birthday?
Mom, Gene and I went to dinner and watched the last couple minutes of the Purdue game while eating at the bar.

33. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
GETTING PREGNANT. It never, ever goes away. Seriously, the year I turn 60 I’ll still think, “Huh, I really thought 2037 would be my year…”

34. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
Mediocre, and I just ordered more Old Navy tshirts, so it’s not likely to change.

35. What kept you sane?
Umm, yeah… how about I just tell you about the Post-It note on my monitor at work? It says “BE NICE” and I put it there after saying something not nice about a coworker. So far, my coworkers are fooled.

36. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Blah blah blah Henley c. 1991.

37. What political issue stirred you the most?
Hey, I was shocked to find out there were 3 women on the Supreme Court.

38. Who did you miss?
The Boy. The Boy. The Boy. And Blanche. And Grandma.

39. Who was the best new person you met?
All of the great people at the new job: Bossman, Mrs. Bossman, Bathroom Talker, PattyandSelma, etc.

40. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010:
Check the oven before preheating just in case there’s a metal container of Chex mix inside.

41. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

Da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da-da

Get a job!