Monday, October 31, 2005


I get an email today from a co-worker saying “I hope this doesn’t make you mad at (name withheld)” and she forwards me and IM between her and her boss. Here is their conversation:

Secretary says: so, on to the bad news...
Secretary says: your CAP finally broke the color copier
Secretary says: I was up here on Saturday trying to complete them, and it just started shooting out pages that looked almost melted
Secretary says: It got worse and worse, and i finally had to pull all the paper out of the copier to get it to stop
Secretary says: Stacey tells me that we're going to have to pay off this broken copier before we could even propose getting another one, and even at that we might not get approved for the purchase
Boss says: Sorry it's caused such a problem for you
Secretary says: It's a problem for everyone.
Secretary says: We can't make our own color copies any more
Secretary says: ANYTHING in color will need to be outsourced
Boss says: Is it totally dead?
Secretary says: Yes
Boss says: That could have happened with any document
Secretary says: Yes, it could have happened with any document, but typically, we don't print multiple copies of 75 page documents

Here is what annoys me. I just had the copier serviced on Thursday and it was working GREAT – better than it has in a long time. Also, this secretary failed to mention that her child that actually broke the copier, which was why it wasn’t working on Saturday. She’s pushing it off as a copier problem when actually it was a user problem. Even if she didn’t want to mention that her child broke it, all she had to say was “there was a copier malfunction and your job didn’t get printed.”

Granted, I know our copiers can be a real pain sometimes, but she’s making it sound like the machine it completely unusable when that’s really not that case. And I didn’t even get mad when she told me before this IM that her child had broken the copier. I was able to fix it and it told her it was no big deal. But now I’m kind of irritated. Oh well.

Friday, October 28, 2005

All Kinds of Stuff

Yes, I know. I have seriously been neglecting my blog lately. Part of it is because summer is over and my work load has increased. Some of it has just been lack of inspiration. It seems that when something worth writing about takes place in my life, by time I get around to writing about it, it’s no longer interesting.

So, in an attempt to pay some attention to my blog, here are some things that have been taking place in my life lately…

Well, first of all, the biggest thing in my life right now is that I bought a house. A townhouse actually, but it’s still mine all the same. It’s been a real emotional rollercoaster for me. At first I was really freaked out about the whole thing because it happened so fast and I was starting to wonder if it was the best thing for me. The owners accepted my bid two weeks ago today and the next several days following were just awful. I was doing the whole “what if” thing. I finally had to remind myself that I had been praying about it a lot and praying that if it wasn’t the right decision for me at that time that things wouldn’t work out. I don’t close till November 17, so there is still time for things to go south. And if they do, I will be quickly looking for a place to live considering that my roommate is getting married November 19 and we have to be out by November 20. If I have your email address, you’ll be getting an invitation to the moving party because I’m going to have to do it quickly.

I found this video today on my friend Fletcher’s blog. He’s teaching English in China, so I know why he put this on there, but it is really funny.

This brings me to another thought…I think I need to invest in a video camera. I do some of the stupidest stuff sometimes and I’m so accident prone that I think that a “Stacey’s Home Improvement Cam” could help me finance some of the things I want to do if I turn it in to America’s Funniest Home Videos. Even if that doesn’t happen, it would give you all something to laugh at. Be glad I’m wearing hose today, or you would be getting new pictures of my latest injuries. I have a HUGE bruise on each of my knees, another HUGE bruise on my left calf and all kinds of little bruises from my trip to New Orleans.

Ah, New Orleans. This time last week, I was completing day one of probably the most disgusting service projects I’ve ever done. I have never seen so much mold! In case you’re wondering, I went to New Orleans with a group from church for a few days to do disaster clean up. The pictures can’t even begin to describe what we saw and did. I had never been to New Orleans before, so this was my first experience. I don’t know that I can say it was fun (though there were some “fun times”), but it really made you appreciate what you have and also made me seriously consider throwing out everything I know I don’t need. I also learned another valuable lesson…don’t keep anything in your home that you wouldn’t want some stranger finding when they’re cleaning out your house. I’ve also discovered that you learn a lot about people when you travel with them and especially when you’re trying to keep them from falling asleep at the wheel. I’d share more but, “what’s said in the van, stays in the van!” I’m just glad that I wasn’t the one in the driver’s seat when we played 2,220 questions. =) Sorry, I was going to include pictures, but it's not cooperating!

Well, on top of everything else, I have found myself again this year planning a Halloween Party with Lindsy. Not that I don’t enjoy doing stuff like that, but things have been a little hectic this year, so it’s been hard to put a lot of thought into it. Until we went to Target last night, I still had no idea what I was going to be for Halloween. I have a great Snow White costume, but I was Snow White last year and my hair is longer this year, so I really needed to do something else. I had a pretty good idea, but I really didn’t have time to pull it off (not sharing because it might be next year’s costume). So, last night while we were at Target, I found a pair of orange and black knee socks and that did it! I’m going to be a cute witch! =) I went to Wal-Mart after I dropped Lindsy off and bought a hat with orange trim, a cape and I already had the black dress. Not the most original idea, but by far the easiest – which is WONDERFUL!

So, until next time…

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Old Crazy Dancing Lady Returns to the Gym

I think I’ve written about the crazy dancing lady at my gym before, but for those who haven’t heard about her, I’ve got this OLD lady (late 60’s, early 70’s) who comes to my gym and “shakes her thang” all over the place. I swear she used to be a pole dancer somewhere and who knows how many times she’s had to replace her hips based off the way she moves. It is a toss up on who is my favorite person to watch…Old Crazy Dancing Lady or Middle Aged Anorexic Ballerina.

My gym attendance hasn’t been the greatest lately and even at that, OCDL and I haven’t always been on the same workout schedule. BUT last night, she was back. She was sporting jazz shoes, dance hose, shorter than Daisy Duke’s short shorts (with butt cheeks hanging out) and a tight black crop shirt. The outfit alone was enough to make you snicker, but to see her dance. I wish I could describe it properly. There was a lot of shimmying. It was almost like Dirty Dancing meets Golden Girls. It was all I could do not to laugh out loud. Oh, and at one point, she decided to make use of the chin-up machine. I think the chin-up machine might have felt violated after she got done. And she LOVES to watch herself in the mirrors. That woman is all over the place.

Towards the end of my workout, I went to do crunches on one of those boards that hold your feet. Just as I’m walking over there, she walks in between the two boards that they have and begins talking to one of the fitness instructors. Well, there was no using it till she moved – which became evident wasn’t going to happen for a while – because she dances while she talks (the woman NEVER stops moving) and I didn’t want that image in my face while I was trying to do crunches (plus there isn’t much room between the two boards and I thought it would be rude to ask them to take their conversation some place else so that I could work out). So I sit down on another machine waiting for their conversation to end.

The conversation was almost as funny as OCDL. She was telling the instructor that she didn’t go to bed to 5 a.m. because she was up all night dancing at some dance club. Also is telling the instructor that she was just out there dancing by herself and 5 guys came up and all started dancing with her (and she was demonstrating how she was dancing – again, Dirty Dancing meets Golden Girls). The whole thing was just hilarious to me. Too bad she’s not there when I am more often because watching her is much more distracting than watching the TV. Thirty minutes on the elliptical just flies by.

So there you go Lindsy, a new post. Sorry, it’s not that I haven’t had stuff to write about, but it’s stuff that I still need to keep under wraps for the time being (I don’t want to jinx it). I know you’re curious. You’ll just have to tune in later.