Sunday, August 27, 2006

Proving a Dream

We have two pieces of evidence that confirm that our dream is, in fact, a reality:

1. We finally received our marriage certificate in the mail, and

2. we finally were able to watch our wedding DVD last night!

My little brother Eric and family friend Vito did a spectacular job on the DVD, and the wedding photos (most of which we also have yet to see) that were included in the montage at the end were beautifully photographed by Christy's brother Gabe. I, personally, am extremely excited to see the rest of the photos now, as I'm sure Christy is, as well. The ones we've seen so far are truly gorgeous!

Well, it's time to take care of the pets. Bertram is crying in the living room and wants to go out on the patio. That, really, is the safest place for him. He can only get in so much trouble out there....

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Poor Excuse for an Update

Haven't posted in a long time. I've been busy getting used to the new job and am adjusting to waking up early again. But I just thought I'd drop in to let everyone know that everything is great. I am loving the new job, even though there is a steep learning curve. Working for a big company makes me feel like I'm in an episode of The Office. I had no idea that life in a cubicle was really how it's portrayed in the movies. Sometimes art imitates life, I guess.

Saturday, August 12, 2006


Poor Gregory has passed out, right in the middle of my reading of MSN's list of the best egg brunch dishes. It's okay, though. He's put in a long, lovely week--plus there were no Eggs Benedict recipes anywhere on the list. (Eggie-weggie--or is it eggy-weggy?) They did have a nice-looking frittata (I think I spelled it correctly), which reminded me that I have a healthful frittata recipe I've been wanting to try.

Speaking of cooking [segue music here], I made Greg the Egg a special dinner when he got home from work: homemade BRC's. If you don't know what a BRC is, perhaps you should take this time to find out. Go now. If you do know what a BRC is, read on. Anyway, I used Trader Joe's organic pinto beans, TJ's Spanish rice, TJ's Handmade Tortillas, and TJ tortilla chips. And of course, cheese. (But not from Trader Joe's. Sad.) Anyway, such activities make me feel like a good wife. Omigod, I'm like totally a wife now...

First Week... Check!

Yes, the first week of my new job is complete. What a wonderful feeling! What a wonderful week. I am so happy with this job, I can't begin to explain. This is the first job I've had that makes me feel important. I will be the online "expert" for the San Bernardino office of The Press-Enterprise. It's going to be hard work, with some long days, but I am going to bust my backside to do a fantastic job. I want so badly to deserve this job. I know I can do it. Watch me.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Working... and Loving It!

I am so happy with my new job at The Press-Enterprise! Today was my second day and all is well... very well. I am truly going to love this job. There's a lot to learn, but by all accounts I am catching on quickly.

Unfortunately, until I am used to working again (i.e. getting up early), I won't have much time to post during the week. Today, I came home from work, spent a little time trying to reinstall Norton Antivirus after I had to reinstall WinXP (something was causing my system to run very choppy; reinstalling WinXP was the only solution I could find on the 'net), then promptly fell asleep. I didn't wake up until Christy came home. I suspect something similar might occur tomorrow.

At any rate, I will try to keep you all updated as regularly as I can. But now, I am off to find a fix for Norton.

[Wow, I can't believe you read this whole post. It's really quite boring, to tell you the truth. I promise to do better next time.]

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Seven Cats For Two Sweetums

I failed to mention that Christy and I are taking care of our friends' seven cats for the next few days. It's interesting, the dynamic created when you stick a bunch of cats in one house. Each one has such a different personality. Makes me (almost) want to get Bertram a friend... almost.

Well, they're setting up another one of those damn meetings here at Borders. I may head over to the Starbucks in Moreno Valley before meeting with Christy to go take care of the cats. But we'll see....


After passing the drug test and physical with flying colors on Tuesday, The Press-Enterprise has finally set up my start date and orientation: August 7th. So the vacation continues a while longer.

The other day, Christy and I bought me a bunch of new clothes for the job. I'm going to look sharp!

I wish I could get a new car, as my current one is going to be driven into the ground with all the driving. I'm looking at something more practical, something that we would have room to actually carry stuff in. My first choice of a Toyota Tacoma was shot down due to the poor gas mileage. The Matrix is a possibility, but contrary to what Toyota says ("loads of cargo space"), I'm not sure it has enough storage space to make it worth the funky look. One is almost tempted to go with the boring-but-trustworthy Corolla, or--dare I say it?--look at other manufacturers. But this decision is moot for now; Christy suggests we wait for a while.

In the meantime, I've ordered another faceplate for my car stereo. Got a great deal on eBay for $25 including shipping! (The manufacturer wants $129.83 for a new one.) Since the original faceplate was stolen, I've been using the FM transmitter feature of my Sirius satellite radio paired with a small, mono AM/FM radio. Crappy sound, but I've gotten used to it. I can't wait to get the new faceplate, possibly in time for the drive to my first day of work.

Anyway, now I'm just rambling. In summary: I start work on the 7th.