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Sat
31
Oct '09

Scary Halloween Opera.

OK, It Was La Traviata.

Woke up at 8, peed, checked mail, went back to bed until 9:30. By 10:45am I was through security at the Oakland airport and having a lovely Chinese breakfast of beef and broccoli with soba noodles. Flights on time today — make my lunch the same chicken salad that I had on the way down, though […]

Fri
30
Oct '09

Oh Dear, Corrections.

And Even Before Swanda Has Noticed.

Corrections, corrections, corrections. I feel like a scene from Fiddler on the Roof. So, yesterdays post, here are the corrections: Even the top 10 list headline was screwed up: So, the 10 Rules To Be A Good Housewife: That should be: So, the 10 Rules To Be A Good HouseGUEST: – really, we aren’t in […]

Thu
29
Oct '09

Dinner For Two At 7:30.

Or Maybe This Post Should Be… Finally, The 10 Rules To Be A Good Houseguest.

I woke up this morning with a kiss on the forehead from Jamie — a recent other house-guest for ark and Onyx. It’s a lovely way to wake up. I wish it came with coffee — which was brewing. By the time I got out of bed Jamie was gone, but fortunately the coffee wasn’t. […]

Wed
28
Oct '09

Dinner For Three At Eight.

Up in the air again… a 12:30pm flight to Oakland to see Mark and Onyx on one of my three cheapie tickets. How cheap? $101.20 each, and I got upgraded to first class on the way down. I like that noon flight — in First they actually still serve you food (a light salad with […]

Tue
27
Oct '09

Dinner For Five At Six.

The standard Tuesday marketing meeting. Odd to think that they didn’t have these weekly meetings until I started consulting for them almost a year and a half ago. Wow, I guess it has been that long! Dinner tonight is for five people at 6pm… though Jonathan showed up at 3:30 and Jeff more like 5:30, […]

Mon
26
Oct '09

MVP Gold Sooner.

What You Say?

Something that I figured out last night is that with those three round-trips to the Bay Area that I booked I get to Alaska MVP Status a trip earlier…. after the Orlando trip (Nov. 2 to 6th to see Dan and Lisa) rather than the one way to Flagstaff to catch the train to Santa […]

Sun
25
Oct '09

Silly Sunday.

Couldn’t Get A Cheap Fare For Christmas.

So Going To The Bay Area Three Times.

Wow — and I thought Saturday was lazy… Sunday beats it hands down. I read twelve chapters of Aaron Elkin’s A Creative Clarity, and tried to figure out if I can get to Santa Fe for Christmas (as well as Thanksgiving) for something under $500. At the moment, it’s $400 to ABQ (which I hate […]

Sat
24
Oct '09

Slow Saturday.

Shouldn’t Saturdays be slow? For some reason I was up at 7:45 this morning… and decided to print the Winter Call Envelopes which I couldn’t get to print last night. It’s amazing what a lack of whiskey in my system does to getting a cranky job to print. Then some laying around reading the morning paper […]

Fri
23
Oct '09

Funky Friday.

Today is lots of cleaning up/finishing up of projects for E&A. Mostly pushed through the pipeline. Should have my to-do list pretty well cleaned up before the end of the month. Speaking of the end of the month, time to pay quarterlies to the state. Damn it. I don’t know what’s in the air, but […]

Thu
22
Oct '09

Is A Purchase Order A Good Day?

Woke up late. It was a long night last night. But lots to do. Got posters to finalize, got proofs to pick up and deliver, got more work to do…. like making a Purchase Order form for my client. Things to order: Generic Cards for Vancouver Event Manager Card for Vancouver Sales Manager for Vancouver […]

Wed
21
Oct '09

Almost A Ton Of Fun.

While I am inside all nice and warm and clean, Raf is out stripping the front garden of all the weeds and grass — basically taking the top 2″ off and putting it into the trailer for a dump run. This, on top of the couple of inches he took off the area where the […]

Tue
20
Oct '09

If It’s Tuesday, It Must Be Meeting Time.

Wake-up Meeting Prep Meeting Errands Work Dinner TV Bed My day in a nut shell. [222.9]

Mon
19
Oct '09

That’s a Giant Oops!

Not the day I expected… but it’s my own fault. Nothing like getting a call from the Front Desk at 12:30pm asking when we were planning on checking out. Tomorrow? No — today, and we are past due. Yes, I read the reservation wrong. And the boys were on a cheesecake run, thank goodness Rich […]

Sun
18
Oct '09

Sunday With The Boys.

For Tomorrow We Must Work, Work, Work.

Amazing — the house (condo?) is up early today … all out drinking coffee by 10am. It certainly beats yesterday when it was noon. I could get used to Bloody Marys in the morning (made by someone else). Now I know why I don’t keep the ingredients in my house. Slippery slope that. Breakfast? Eggs […]

Sat
17
Oct '09

Plans That Change.

And Do We Care?

I said I wouldn’t do it again… but the temptation of American Express gift cards was too great. $75 for 45 minutes. I went in with — this WILL be 45 minutes. And it must have showed. Guessing they assumed I wasn’t going to buy anymore points even though this is the resort that I […]

Fri
16
Oct '09

Mount Baker Winery.

Today’s big (and only) adventure after our 11am brunch is a trip to visit the Mount Baker Winery where Rich’s father works in sales. The interesting thing about this winery is that they are working with a lot of “minor” grapes like Tempranillo, Malbec, Viognier,Muller Thurgau and some white varieties suited to Western Washington. We […]

Thu
15
Oct '09

Headed Out Of Town.

Work in the morning, plus a trip to the eastside to get a replacement check since it is apparently lost in the mail someplace…. was mailed Saturday, and Monday was a mail holiday, and by today it still wasn’t across town. Who knows, maybe it got sent to the Lopez Island address, but that isn’t […]

Wed
14
Oct '09

Wednesday In Computer Hell.

This must be computer hell day… I can’t wait to leave town tomorrow. New computer: delete all the crapware with www.pcdecrapifer.com delete Office Student and Home edition upgrade to Windows 7 from the party pack install AVG 8.5 anti-virus software scan the system remove Norton 60-day trial from the system install Ad-Aware scan the system […]

Tue
13
Oct '09

Red Tuesday.

If it’s Tuesday it must be time for a marketing meeting and a paycheck. The check is in the mail. Damn. And it was mailed Saturday, but Monday was a holiday and by the end of today it still hadn’t come. Damn. Oh well, there is always tomorrow — it wasn’t that large because of […]

Mon
12
Oct '09

Monday Blues.

It seems that I’m still playing catch up from my two weeks out of town. A big chunk of my day was soaked up by work. A big chunk of the evening was soaked up by dinner with Raf. And tomorrow we are supposed to get soaked, by rain. Until then a silly picture from […]