Public Service Announcement #2:
The word is ASK, not “axe.” As in “I need to ask you a question.”

I’m feeling a little bit better – still blue. I’m definitely getting new hours at work, thought not exactly what I hoped for. At least I get an hour lunch.

Day One of conscientious eating went pretty well. I had a bad lunch – well, it tasted good, but not good for me – but it’s meal #2 from dinner on Saturday, so I think it’s OK. Tomorrow I’ll have meal #3 from dinner – and then I’ll be done. Hoo-rah for leftovers.


soooooooooo bored. Why doesn’t anyone update on Saturdays? Oh yeah, cos I’m the only one stuck at work.

Game night was a bust. No one showed. We cleaned the house and made all this soup – and no one showed. I didn’t expect a huge turn out – lots of people had other plans – but no one? Ugh. And by the time it was apparent that no one was coming, it was really too late to go do anything. Tonight should be better, though. I’m going out with Eva for her bachelorette party – which isn’t so much of a party as it is a date for the two of us. We’re going to dinner at Basil Cafe, then to see Chicago. With any luck.

This summer I’ve got to make a real commitment to losing weight. I’m not one of those girls who constantly obsesses about her weight – but I’m self conscious and want to be able to wear better clothes and not feel so icky. The problem is that I’m lazy – and I like good food. Doesn’t bode well. I felt and looked so great last summer. Weight was melting off of me (well, not THAT much) – but then I had the giant crush of wedding stress to help out. I think I need to set small and realistic goals – and find some non-food rewards for when I meet them. Please, someone, keep me accountable!?!

Erich wants us to buy his house. I don’t know how I feel. On the one hand, it is v nice – 3 bedrooms, 2 baths (one with a giant tub!), a really nice finished basement, central AC, etc. On the other hand, they smoked in the house for years, it’s our friend’s house, it’s in Machesney Park, and it’s sooo close to N’s parents and sooo far away from my work, my friends, and everything I like to do. Oh yeah, and it’s also out of our price range. I don’t want to spend obscene amounts of money on a house we’re not in love with. Hell, I’m reluctant to spend moderate amounts of money on things we ARE in love with. I’m not being unreasonable, am I?

thanks, kids

Thank you all for your concern over my temporary disappearance. I’m still here – my settings were just wonky. Hopefully that’s taken care of now.

Last night was card night and we had so much fun! My scanner is DOA at the moment – I might try to scan the cards tonight though. Each card used a new technique – we all really outdid ourselves. Rachel taught us how to make marbled-looking paper using shaving cream and liquid ink – and embossing too! Mom showed us how to use chalks and the watermark pad. Mary A taught us about cutting – she makes these incredibly intricate paper cuttings that are just amazing and WAY out of my league. I’m glad she could come! I played with white ink and with my sealing wax; Eva brought some gorgeous papers and we all found different ways to line our cards. I feel so creative and stimulated – and can’t wait for next month!

I really want my office to be like this:

I saw the sweetest thing at work today. Inside the cupboard with the teacups, there’s a little spreadsheet taped up with all the employees names down one side. Across the columns it says TEA, COFFEE, MILK, SUGAR. And there’s ticks and crosses to indicate everyone’s preferences. They spend all day making each other cuppas and I always wondered how they all knew what everyone liked. It’s bloody adorable.

Tres de Mayo

What a busy and nice day! We started out at Murray & Co – this terrific stamping and crafting store right by my work. They’re going out of business – the owner’s husband is having health problems – so everything is going for 50% off OR MORE! I got some stamps, ink pads, and some gorgeous vellum. I felt pretty good about my purchases – I got out of there for under $35, some of which was Mom’s!

Unfortunately we’re pretty sure that the Harvard letterbox is missing. We found the conservation center, we walked the 1 3/4 miles along the path to marker 16 (which we could see from our car), walked the 34 paces south/southeast, found the fallen log, and….nothing! We were so disappointed. We definitely climbed all over the log, peeking under and over it. Nothing. Oh well. At least we didn’t go drastically out of our way to find it.

Oh, and the music at The Office sucked a whole lot of arse. Just a side thought there. I think the thread about the Dance Your Ass Off thing must’ve been posted prematurely – or without the correct info – cos when I got home, it was definitely gone.

Color Me Mine was fun as usual. We went there after lunch at this Greek diner called The Olympic – it was apparently voted “One of the Best Greek restaurants in Crystal Lake.” My question is – how many Greek restaurants ARE there in Crystal Lake? Not many, I’m thinking. Lunch was v nice – I had chicken salad, Eva had a chicken fajita thing that was apparently terrific. We talked about death things – not in a morbid way – in a taking care of business, what if sort of way. One of those things you have to do as an adult.

Anyway, Color Me Mine was lovely. I painted a tumbler for Nate and a soap dish/spoon rest for me. Fish on both. Maybe I’d be more creative if I didn’t stick to fish. Eva painted a pitcher to match her dishes.

We just got home a little bit ago – and there are 8 messages on my answering machine! 8! I didn’t think it could count that high. Newman, looking for fun – Mary J inviting us to an authentic Mexican Tres de Mayo party with an authentic Mexican. Sounds like fun!


Proof positive that my friends and I are just a little bit retarded:
Magic Pebble! Magic Pebble! Magic Pebble!
The worst of it? Jen was stone sober!

Tomorrow Eva and I are embarking on our letterboxing adventure. I’m a little anxious, but it should be fun. We’re definitely going to the Harvard box and perhaps the Evanston boxes as well. Oh, and to Color Me Mine to paint ceramics. Not sure what I’m going to do – maybe a fish cup for Nate?

Tonight I was supposed to go to the Honors Party but blew it off in favor of dinner with mom at Basil Cafe – swordfish! She told me all about the macaroni & cheese journal that she and Eric are keeping. Cracks me up.


It’s v quiet around here without Nate, well, except for the clacking of the keyboard and the cats tearing around. I had a lot planned for tonight – watching the extended version of Lord of the Rings, writing letters, taking a bath – but none of that really happened. I got the table cleared off though! Eva and I have big plans for the weekend – but now she doesn’t know if she’s going to have a sitter, so we’ll see what happens. I can’t decide if I want a super busy weekend or a nice quiet one.