Monday, November 28, 2005

Manic Monday

I am terrible at trying to create titles for these posts, so I am using song lyrics for now. Unless I get a burst of being creative. NOT!!

So back to work again today. It started out ok but got worse as the day went on. I am still working... sorta... monitoring a DS3 line that was cut somewhere in freaking Nebraska. I have make sure that when that line comes back up that people can still access the application that I am responsible for that was having issues at the same time the line was cut. How do I get stuck doing this SH%t?? I never even had the chance to work out tonite.

Well, my auctions on eBay ended today. I had posted 51 movies for sale and ended up selling 9 of them. After paying all the listing fees, I think I ended up losing only like 6 dollars on the venture. It was a fun experience so far. Have to make sure people pay me now. I also am not set up in PayPal to take credit card payments. If I would have done that, I would have made less than .15 a movie. I am going to try and sell Randy's old Playboys next. Have to work out a better stragety for actually making some money this time.... any suggestions??

Had a great time for the game at StB's. The sub was a great idea. There was alot of good food. Too bad the outcome of the game was not better. Next week, off to P&K's.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Idiot Alert!!

Hubby and I just got back from our local Blockbuster. I had to return a movie and wanted to see if I could get a copy of Madagascar, still not in:( The parking lot is small and it was crowded. A kid in a SUV pulls into the handicap parking spot and he, another guys and girl get out. I can see that there is still someone left in the car. I go up to him and say 'You can't park there, it is a handicap spot.' He says to me that he can park wherever he feels like. Then the girl pipes up and says, hey, isn't your mom in the car and isn't she handicap?? You could see that she was trying to start something. I just walk away. I had half a mind to call the police and report them. I just hate it when people think that rules, especially the handicap parking ones don't apply to them. grrrrr.....

Friday, November 25, 2005

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let it Freakin' Snow

Let me start out by saying that I don't hate the snow. Only when I have to drive in it.

I had to work today. I did so by choice. It is a slacker type of day, and no one is around to bug me. The drive is was beautiful. At 6:15 am, there really was not much traffic. You could tell the people who were driving to shop tho'. Left lane 58 mph. I just hate people like that.

I get to work and get a fab parking spot since there are only like 10 cars in the lot. Normally, we have about 500 people in my building. The day goes by fairly fast as I had some work to do that did not require to much thinking on my part.

About 2pm I look out the window and see that it is snowing. Great.... it looks pretty but one check of the DOT website and I see that my commute home will be crappy. I leave about 3:15pm and it was slow going but not too bad. Traffic kept moving. There was only one time that I thought I would see someone hit the ditch. An SUV goes flying by and cuts in front of a semi. Semi had to stop a bit quick. No harm done. By the airport exit there was a truck that hit the wall going north. It only took be 1 hr and 6 min to get home. Not too bad, considering.

BOOK REVIEW: I finished reading 'Shopgirl' by Steve Martin. Yeah that Steve Martin. This was recently made into a movie with Claire Danes. The book was good. Short. 126 pages. I am now interested in seeing the movie. I have added it to my NetFlix queue.

We are off to the bar to watch the Badger's play and maybe get a poker game going. Should be fun... have a good weekend :)

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all! We are heading over to my folks house for the day. (No, I am not doing any cooking.) Have to get there early before my sister gets there with her three rugrats. Seeing those kids make me very thankful (is it wrong to be thankful for this??) that we don't have kids. I know that my boys (Rufus and Riley) won't tear the place apart and halfway thru dinner start crying and screaming cuz they want something else to eat. Rufus will find a place on the couch to lay and not move until it is time to go home. Riley will be terrorizing Missy, my parents Schnauzer and trying to stay way from the kids.

Last Tuesday, I had to stop at Kmart to pick up some cleaning items. It is usually cheaper there than at the grocery store. I am wandering around a bit and come across the outside holiday decorations. Since when is a frog part of the holiday scene. Jesus and the manager scene. Deer, polar bears and penguins, maybe. But never, ever, ever have I seen a frog with a scarf around it's neck in the winter. Is it just me?? I just don't get it.......

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Working from Home

So today I am working from home. I was up and ready to go and even made it about 3 miles from home. In those 3 miles I almost had two accidents. People not be careful when slowing down and almost blowing right thru intersections. Ever since the time I took my old 4Runner for a bobsled run, I am a bit leery of driving in bad weather... even tho' I have 4 wheel drive, it does not protect me from the other idiots on the road. So anyway I said screw it, turned around and went back home.

I am very lucky that I can do most of my job from home. I have only 1 application that I cannot use from home unless I get the UNIX dude to configure the app using my IP address. Which changes every time I log in from home using VPN. Luckly, I don't use the app very often so it is no big deal. Since most of the people I deal with are either in St. Paul, MN or Portland, OR we use alot of instant messaging, it is easier than calling people up all the time. If I need to make calls, I can do so using the team calling card or our conference line so I am not racking up long distance charges.

This is hard than it seems. The hardest part is that Riley wants to lay on my lap. The boys went to the groomer yesterday and now they are walking around shivering all the time cuz they have no fur. It makes it very hard to type when you have to manuever around a dog. I tried to keep him out in the living room with hubby and closed the door to my office but Riley just sat outside the door and barked. Rufus, on the other hand, has not gotton out of bed yet. Talk about a lazy dog. The other hard part is trying not to get up and wander around the house. I was thinking I should go put a load of laundry in but need to remember that I am not being paid to do laundry but to work.

Since I am also not getting paid to write my blog, I must now get back to work. Ciao!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Betty Crocker, I Ain't

This is a bonus post for today. Earlier I figured I would surprise hubby by making him a treat for when he gets home. I make one of the easiest things I know how. Pineapple Angel Food cake. Here is the recipe. 1 - Angel Food cake mix. 1 - 20 oz can of crushed pineapple. Mix together. Bake. Easy right....

Now I have made this cake many a times before and always had good results. Today I stop at the store and pick up the Roundy's version of Angel Food cake mix. This is where I think I went wrong. It mixed up just fine. Batter even tasted ok. When I pull it out of the oven 35 minutes later, I figure that something just ain't right. It never rose. I now have a 3/4 inch high cake. It still tastes ok, a bit chewy on the bottom .... just a bit short. Next time I stick with the Betty Crocker cake mix. sighhhhh..... I just don't have the Gambino touch when it comes to baking.

Stupidity At Its Finest

Well, hubby is home and has survived another season of Milwaukee Packer games. It sounds like he had fun and stayed fairly warm at the game last nite. Too bad the outcome wasn't better.

Here is a link to two audio files, BK and Taco. These have to be some of stupidest women I have ever heard. And yes this beats the girl who said repeatedly 'the ground cannot cause a fumble' at the bar one Packer game. Without giving too much away, if I would have gotten these calls, I would have told them where to go or hung up on them. Enjoy!!

Monday, November 21, 2005

Monday, Monday

Howdy. It is Monday and I am not working today. Which is a good thing seeing that my pager has been going off all morning with stuff breaking and I don't have to deal with it.

One of the things I wanted to do this past weekend was clean out my closets. I have a closet that is filled with stuff and need to get rid of it. Purple Heart is coming to pick some stuff up next week, so I am a bit under the gun to get this done.

I find a Rubbermaid container filled with old movies. 51 of them to be exact. So I figured I would throw them out on ebay for .99 each and see if I get any takers. If I do, great. If not, they get whisked away to charity and I get the tax deduction for them. So if anyone is interested, do a search for the seller, muggywilson. I had to leave the porn out so if that is what you were looking for sorry, Charlie.

I have 3 bags of clothes that are ready to go. It is amazing how much stuff I have. I still have to go thru my sweaters that are in my other closet. Most of it is too big and no longer can be worn. Good for me. I get new clothes and they are a smaller size :)

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Book Review

I like to read. So from time to time I will post a review of the books I have recently read. I just finished two books this weekend. Pick them up at your local library.

Charm School - Nelson DeMille. It is a contemporary Cold War fiction. Set in 1988 Russia. A soviet spy school set up to train KGB agents to talk, think, look and act like Americans. The instructors are American military pilot that were shot down during the Vietnam war. It was a great book. Some of the book is based on historical facts intertwined with fiction. It is enough to make you wonder if this could/does/did happen in real life. I would recommend this book. Be prepared, it is long.... almost 800 pages. I read most of it while riding my bike. He also wrote another book called Night Fall. Excellent as well. This one is about the crash of Pan-Am Flight 800. The ending to Night Fall was one that I did not see coming but was very well planned out. Once again, it makes you wonder if any of it could be true.

A Change of Heart - Philip Gulley. Another great book. This is the latest in a series of book that revolve around the small Quaker community of Harmony. It centers on Sam Gardner, pastor of the Quaker church. It is not a religious book, so don't worry about that. It is more about small town life. There are some real characters in this series. They will make you laugh with all the crazy antics. This is an easy read.

I have two more books that I am working on. Look for those reviews coming soon.

p.s. has anyone else noticed that the spell checker with this site sucks??

Saturday, November 19, 2005

A weekend on my Own

Sorry, I haven't written in a few days. I lead a rather boring life so nothing to really write about. I am going to try to make an effort to write everyday even if it is me just bitching about stupid drivers and people I work with. (that should draw in my readers)

Well, I am on my own this weekend. Hubby has left town for the next 4 days. whooo hooo!!! While he is living it up in Green Bay with the boys and get to spend the time living it up at home with the my boys (Rufus and Riley). The big plans for the weekend are: Read my new book from the library and walk the boys. Oh yeah, and dinner on Sunday with the gang for Pete's b-day. If I get ambitious I may paint the hallway, but I doubt it. I got a bottle of wine and the first dvd of season 6 of Sex in the City. I am ready to party!! The other good thing. I am off of work Monday and Tuesday. What a nice 4 day weekend. I know, I know, you are wondering why I did not take off Friday instead. That will be the day where there are about 10 people in the building. It will be a slacker day and I can actually get some work done without interruption.

Heidi Fleiss is opening up a brothel in Nevada. This one is geared towards the ladies. It is called Heidi's Stud Farm. Cost: $250 bucks/hour. Rather pricy since most girls can go to a bar and get it for free (or it is free from the hubby). Unless you are the bar skank, koala or muskrat head.

Some fools in our neighborhood have the Christmas decorations up already. It is just the lights on the house but they have had them turned on for the last three nights. WTF?!?! I don't have a problem with putting them up. Especially if it is nice outside. That's fine and even turn them on for a short period of time to make sure they work. After that, I don't want to see them on until Dec 1st. I am already sick of the Christmas music and commercials. I don't put a tree up but do put up decorations in the house. Gotta love all my Partylite Christmas stuff! I will save my putting a Christmas tree story up for a later post.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Bedazzle This

I am still working on things to say every day so be patient while I get used to this.

So last nite, we are watching 'My Name is Earl'. I have never seen this show before. The storyline was that Earl is helping his ex-wife with her new wedding. Earl and Joy are in a bridal store picking out a dress and Joy has a dress that has a big pinkish stain on the front of it. Earl says that she don't want that dress, it has a stain on it. Joy replies 'That's ok, that's where I will BeDazzle my initials on it.' I bust out laughing. A few weeks ago, I bought a new pair of jeans that had some rhinestones attached to them. There are stones up one leg, on a back pocket and on a hip pocket. I think they are cool. I wore them to a party and got nothin' but crap about how I used my BeDazzler to make my jeans. They are Jones NewYork, not some K-Mart crap. I think they make my butt look good. I think that I will wear them when we all gather for Pete's birthday dinner on Sunday. Just cuz I can. Oh yeah, I am now DVR'ing the show.

While perusing the paper today, I see an article in the business section. Apparently beer is no longer sexy. Bootie Beer is working on changing that. The CEO states that everyone who drinks beer is our target market. Isn't that every breweries target market. hmmmm..... makes you wonder.....

Time to go finish watching the Johnny Cash music special..... Ciao

Monday, November 14, 2005

Happy Monday

It is always a happy Monday when you have the day off of work. and no this isn't some goofy bank holiday. I have a bunch of vacation days to use before the end of the year, so I tried to work it out so that I only work one full week the rest of the year. It is kinda nice to not have to get up early, except that my pager kept going off all freakin' nite (16 pages) for work. It got to the point where I got up and grabbed my pager and set it on the nightstand so I did not have to get my butt outta bed each time. The good thing is that I was not on call for last nite's release so I could ignore the pages.

I took the truck to get the stupid maintenance light turned off (they forgot to reset it when I got my last oil change) and found out that the little (!) light was not the 'you really, really need to get your truck serviced' light but the low tire pressure light. Some air in the tires and off I went. I then called NordicTrack and ordered a new wheel for my elliptical. They were really nice. While I waited on hold for the next available person, I got on my new trainer for my bike. It rocks!! I got a good workout in and it felt nice to ride my bike and not freeze or have to deal with the wind. Thanks Kim!

The Packers finally got their second win of the year. I think it was a good game. I did not really pay attention to much of the game. Too busy gabbing it up with friends. Oh well, I seen the highlights on the news. Thanks M & K (and Jake too) for your hospitality!

Friday, November 11, 2005

Things I have learned today

Things I have learned today.....

  1. My insurance company's website sucks!
  2. I have never had a tetanus shot
  3. Toilet seats come in different shapes.
  4. There are still nice people out there.

I was off of work today. Veteran's Day. I had the day planned out. Thought I was going to get some cleaning done around the house. Had to wash the curtain with the brownie stained hand print on it (ask hubby how that happened). I have a glass candle holder that had some wax left in it that needed to be removed before a new candle would fit in it. I was using a butter knife to pry the wax out and BAM! the glass breaks. I had sliced my left hand, between my thumb and first finger. It did not bleed alot but I thought it was deep and about 1 1/2 inches long. So I call hubby and ask him if I should go to the emergency room or an Urgi-care place cuz I think I need a stitch or two in it. I took a pic of my hand and emailed it to hubby to see what he thought.

This is where I find out that my insurance company's website is terrible. We can't figure out where to go or what type of coverage we even have. For the most part we are healthy people and the only doctors I see on a regular basis is my dentist and gyno. So, after calling around to find an Urgi-care place that is open (most open after 3 pm, I don't get that one), I get in the truck and away I go. I get there and the doc says no real stitches but uses this glue stuff to glue it shut. Very cool! The bad side was I needed a tetanus shot. I have never been hurt before where I needed one so unless my dentist was slipping me one when he give me the shots of Novocain, I have never had one. Not painful if you don't look at the needle, which I didn't.

Item 3. Hubby broke the toilet seat earlier this week. I don't want to know how, but in order to get him out of my bathroom ASAP, I stop at the local home improvement store to buy one. Which I did. I had another errand to run and went home. I get home thinking I will surprise the hubby and put it on for him. It does not fit. SHIT!! Who knew that they some in different sizes?? Not me. So I haul my butt back to the store and get the right size. Yea... hubby can put this seat on himself.

Which brings me to item 4. I stop at the local Aldi's store to get avocados for the Packer party this weekend. I am making guac. The place is a zoo. First of all, it costs .25 to get a cart. WTF?!?! I just grab 8 avocados and head up to the check out line. There are like 6-7 people in each line with their carts full. Damn, so much for in and out of here. Then a very sweet old man sees me standing there, with my hand all bandaged and says, 'Why don't you go in front of me'. YEAH! I am the most appreciative and thank him profusely. You don't see that happen very often anymore. No common courtesy.

Have a good weekend all!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Welcome to my Site

Welcome to my blog. Glad you stopped by. After a few days of playing around with the code to the site and not liking what I saw, I decided to just go with one of the templates and be done with it. I have a few days off next week, so maybe I can spend some more time with it.

I have not decided what the 'theme' of my site will be yet so bear with me while I find my way. I like several features of friend's blogs so I may steal some of them.

A bit of history about me. I am a 36 year old married (14 yrs) woman. No kids but two adorable Shih Tzu puppies. I'll have to post some pics at a later date.

The story behind the name of the blog 'Hey Jo, while yer up....' We go camping quite often with good friends of ours and one evening while gathered around the roaring fire everytime my hubby needed a beverage (I think it was a Mike's Hard Lemonade) he would throw the empty bottle over his shoulder into the grass and yell '
Hey Jo, while yer up....' so, I, being the nice wife I am, get my butt up and get him another beverage. The next morning while cleaning up his mess we discovered that there were some 20 bottles back in the grass. Yeah, he likes his Mike's. So, that is now a standing joke while camping. He will yell 'Hey Jo, while yer up....' and now I have learned to tell him to get it himself.