Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Lunch Thief

Due to the effort of ctg08 (cut the gut '08, obvs) Rob and I have been packing our lunches every day before work. Lots of healthy snacks, veggies, yogurt, etc. Unfortunately, this effort has coincided with the return of the c8 break room thief at work. I have fallen victim to this thief many times in the form of yogurts and small snacks...the first time I figured, it was a mistake and that they thought it was their light and fit strawberry yogurt cup.. but after writing my name in permanent marker on the top and sides of the cup....and it still disappearing between the morning and lunch time on more than one occasion, I knew we had a thief on our hands.... I knew I was not alone because shortly after, this sign appeared on the refrigerator:


gross, right?

Well some time had gone on and the thief hadn't resurfaced....until yesterday.
Yesterday the break room thief stole my friend Angie's cute pink lunch bag and all the contents within...they did take her son's sippy cup out of the bag and throw it in the freezer...further proving it wasn't an accident. Afterwards, she left this sign on the refrigerator:


After commiserating with her for a while and trying to do some secret sleuthing of the bag, she headed up to the lunchroom to buy a new lunch and I headed to the freezer to grab my healthy choice meal that I had written my name on in the morning..... GONE! The thief had claimed another victim....me...

Thank goodness this morning Rob came up with a completely foolproof way of protecting my lunch, as pictured below. No thief will ever get through these extreme security measures:


If I were a thief, I think I would go out of my way to steal this one... haha, but luckily for me my lunch was right where I left it and I just happily munched on a turkey sandwich and carrot sticks for lunch.

Next steps: catch the thief..

Ideas? exlax sprinkled in the food? a nanny cam of some sort for 24 hours surveillance?



Monday, December 8, 2008

Fun Weekend and GOD I hate the mall

This weekend was a good one. Starting off with a whole foods wine tasting and sushi with my Dad on Friday to an all day candy making/cookie decorating extravaganza on Saturday...it was a good weekend. If you are lucky enough to get some of these DELICIOUS pretzels that are the fruits of our labor....consider yourself lucky! As usual they turned out DELICIOUS. :-) and so pretty!



Sunday after church (which was awesome and included a Jesus/Santa skit) I decided to go to the mall....mistake. big mistake. I don't remember the mall being like this....maybe I am getting old...or maybe sales people are just getting more aggressive....but regardless...that might have been my last mall shopping trip of the season.... I am the most indecisive person ever... I will literally walk around a store with an item in my hand for 45 minutes...be about to get in line......then put it back and walk out of the store empty handed. The mall gives me the opportunity to do this store after store right next to each other and waste hours and hours of precious time that could be spent on so many other things...

The second I walked into many stores I had sales people hounding me and asking me whether I had their store credit card or not.....Kiosk people in the middle of the mall were screaming things out to me, maam! miss! Can I ask you a questioN! which I am usually excellent at completely ignoring until one guy tried to make me think I dropped something or was about to drop something and kept pointing at my bags until finally I came closer to him so he could show me what he was pointing at which time he tried to sell me a hair straightener.... "I can see that you take care of the way you look....but with my straightener...your hair will never be frizzy like that!"....thanks.

It always seems at the places I want people to leave me alone, it's impossible....but then I walk into a department store where I have a million questions...(If I say I hate the mall.... I can't think of a word strong enough to describe how I feel about department stores.....) Anyway....when you walk into a department store you can't find someone that works there to save your life....and when you finally do....they are use.less.

Actual converation with Dillards employee yesterday, working the floor:

me: Hi, Can you tell me where to find women's coats?

Her: Downstairs. I think.

Me: Ok, I was just down there and didn't see them, can you tell me after I go down the escalator if I go to the left or right?

Her: Yeah, I have no idea.

Me: ok... thanks?

One thing I can say is that I did a good thing this year....starting in early November if I was out and saw something that I thought would be a good gift for someone, I bought it. I have also been online buying lots...which is good. This has been a seriously random rant today, but I just had to get some things off my chest.

ALLLL this being said, my mom is working at Macy's this holiday season and if you would like a friends & family discount card for next weekend, let me know! (that is- if you want to go anywhere near Macy's after reading this rant)

Only 17 more days until Christmas!!!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Detention's finally over.....

It's been so long R squared readers. I promise to never let my job stand in the way of frequent blog postings ever again. So much to say, let's shoot from the hip.

An upstanding member of society decided to tear the passenger side mirror off my car over the Thanksgiving holiday. I'm pretty thankful that I get to spend $75 dollars to replace a perfectly good mirror on my 10 year old car.

I had my first sober Wii experience over the holiday, and it was everything I thought it would be and more. My wife vehemently opposes my desire to own one, but if anyone decides they no longer have a need for theirs, well, I'm your guy.

Anyone pick up a copy of Chinese Democracy? I'm not a huge G 'n R fan, but any album that took the amount of time and money that Chinese Democracy took to make is worth owning. I don't own a copy yet, but I'm sure Santa Claus will deem me a good enough boy to slip one in my stocking.

Jen felt the need to put that picture of me over there up. Go ahead, laugh and make your joke. Yes, I'm wearing a woman's sweater. And a turtleneck with holly on it. Know anywhere to get a painfully tacky Men's Christmas sweater? Because I obviously don't.....

To TV for a moment. I know Jen already hit on this, but I couldn't resist. Grey's Anatomy is now officially the MOST IGNORANT show on TV. Izzy can have sex with ghosts now? Stooo-Pidddd. I hate my life a little more each time my wife makes me watch that show.

How about my main man, B.O., already making plans and doing work to get the U S and A back on track? Pretty puh-leeze do not bail out the US automakers. The handouts have to stop somewhere. Speaking of handouts, how about CitiGroup getting some govt chedduh and laying off thousand of workers all the while continuing with plans to pay millions of $$ each year for naming rights to the New York Mets new ballpark? Insane.

Anyone want to go to the Bengals vs. Chiefs game on 12/28? I have two tickets for sale, and will accept WELL BELOW face value for them. Carson might be playing by then and the Chiefs are one of a few teams the 'gals could actually beat.....

BABY MANGINO. Ladies and Gentlemen, your newest internet sensation.
Tell me you can't look at that picture and laugh uncontrollably, every single time. If you don't get the joke, google Mark Mangino.
With Christmas soon approaching, and that new Lexus commercial to steal the idea from, I got to wondering about the best, and worst, x-mas gifts I've ever received. It's a pretty daunting task. I mean, for all the 'awesome' toys and terrible articles of clothing you've received over the years, can you really narrow it down to a best and worst gift? My worst was probably a remote controlled hummer. Mind you, I was post college and the thing was over $100 bucks. It now collects dust in my basement. Good purchase, Dad. I don't know that I can put my finger on the best. Maybe it was the Sega Genesis and NBA Jam Tournament Edition combo from back in the day. What about you?
I leave you with a little Jimmy Valvano. I saw his ESPY speech again last night, and hot damn, is it moving. If you haven't seen it, pull it up on Youtube.
"To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. Number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special".
And some more: "Cancer can take away all my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever."
Thank you for your continued support of Random Ramblings.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Officially Christmas Time!!

The tree went up last night to the sweet tunes of various celebrities singing class Christmas music and this Saturday is the first round of Christmas baking......it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!

(But will look more like Christmas once there are some presents under that tree and some more cards hanging on that mantle)- Maggie can't wait for Santa to come down the chimney...can't you tell??


Monday, December 1, 2008

My four day holiday weekend was anything but relaxing, nothing but fun and action packed….and today I am totally useless. If I could lay in bed right now I guarantee I wouldn’t wake up again until tomorrow at this time…and even then I might need just a little more sleep.

The weekend started off on Wednesday night with dinner and Spanish class at my house. Afterwards, we had a few more people stop by for drinks, some card games and then followed it up with a pre-thanksgiving night in Mt. Adams. The bars were not AS Crowded as they seemed last year (GOOD thing) but still pretty crowded, but it was a fun night out.

I woke up on Thursday morning and made a pot of coffee and some homemade Amish cinnamon sugar bread….it was Delicious and made the apartment smell so good. We watched the parade which is always fun…and also brought to my attention how little I know about tween celebrities… Then I baked some corn casserole for Thanksgiving #1, made the delicious buffalo chicken dip for thanksgiving #2 and we headed out the door.

Both Thanksgivings were successful and delicious and Rob got the pleasure of meeting and/or hanging out with everyone in my extended family all in one day! (what a trooper) We even brought LRC to my aunt’s house (along with a pre-thanksgiving email telling everyone to bring singles) and had a little dice gambling game after dinner…. We played two games and I won the first game and Rob wont he second for a total of $66…whoops! We caught some grief for that one, but still left Thanksgiving $66 richer :-)
Afterwards we stopped at Krista for some post-family drinks and a couple of rousing games of Catchphrase before calling it a night.

Friday Rob and I faced the crowds and headed to a couple of stores… afterwards it was time for Thanksgiving number 3 (well, 4 if you count the one last weekend…and 5 if you count the one at work…..) but 3 of this weekend. Every year Allison’s dad makes a delicious deep fried turkey. Seriously.delicious. We headed over there for some deep friend turkey, spicy corn, sweet potato fries and of course lots of wine and good company…afterwards we headed out to a random local Clifton Bar (Arlins) and met up with some other cliftonites and had some more drinks and a late night 4th meal at Skyline… (I absolutely gained 20lbs this weekend)….

Saturday night was our friend Jonathan’s Birthday Party bus!.....We started the night off at Monks Cove with kegs and pizzas and then Jonathan had his secret destination party bus take us all over the city…..One of the bars had the best jukebox ever (can anyone say dirty dancing soundtrack?!?!) and presented Jonathan ceremoniously with a gift of their collection of barbecue sauces…if I could tell you where we were I would…but I wouldn’t be able to get back there myself…
We ended the night by dancing our pants off at Lodge Bar until it was time to head back home.

Then to Really end the weekend, My obsession with Christmas couldn’t keep me from wanting to go see the NYC Rockettes this weekend, even though I knew how exhausted we would be…. I convinced Krista, Jonathan and Rob to come and the help of finding a coupon for 50% off tickets made the deal even sweeter, so that’s where we headed Sunday night. We are dumb and didn’t look at our tickets and assumed it started at 7:30pm, but as we are walking into the arena at 7:15pm is when I decide to look at the tickets to “make sure we had the right time” and saw that the show had started 15 minutes ago……it turned out ok, because we could see who was already there and who wasn’t and seamlessly take some much better seats than the ones we had paid for… However, as we walked in, the scene that was on was a re-enactment of the Nutcracker scene, where all the toys are dancing under the tree…but all the people were dressed as bears. Bears dressed as Russian toys, bears dressed as ballerinas, bears dressed as various other toys…
Krista, Jonathan and Rob gave me the “what the f did you talk us into” look and I just couldn’t stop laughing…. Tears were streaming out of my eyes because all I could think is that if these people are dressed up like freaking dancing ballerina bears for 2 hours, I would never live this down…

FORTUNATELY for everyone involved the show got MUCH better…there were dancing santas, ice skaters, an nyc double decker bus, toy soldiers, a living nativity scene, a FLYIng santa and more high kicks than you could EVER count….

All in all what a fabulous weekend!
Can you believe it’s December 1st today??
Let the non-stop Christmas music begin!!!!