Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
This is just bizarre. Can you imagine someone living in your house and not even knowing it? Also, I think there should have been pictures. How big was his closet?
Thursday, May 29, 2008
I had a great evening last night. My sister-n-law came over last night, and we had chick flick movie night. We watched "27 Dresses" and then stayed up giggling like girls until after midnight. Then, it was bedtime. And the dogs woke me up like 4 times between 1:30 and 6:30. I just need a peaceful night :(
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Self-locking stall door...
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
1 day down, 13 more to go until the King and Queen are together again.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
- Write your own six-word memoir about yourself.
- Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you'd like.
- Link to the person that tagged you in your post and to this original post if possible, so we can track it as it travels across the blogosphere.
- Tag five more blogs with links: Pickle, Laura, Sistor, Teri (thanks for taking 6, Kim ;)
- And don't forget to leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Apparently someone at American in Guadalajara was feeling festive today about the new policies. It was all decked out in baloons. The only thing I could think about was how many bags could have been checked for free with the cost it took for the balloons. Seems someones don't really know about cost control, just about jacking up costs to the consumers.
Sent using my BlackBerry
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Also, before I login, it displays the top menu bar for me in Spanish. Not so helpful! (obviously you'll have to click the picture to enlarge...note the Google ad for Passports)
I reinstate everything negative I said about American Airlines. They suck! This is a completely ridiculous policy. It will lead to less people checking baggage, which will lead to less space in the overhead bins. Plus, if you have to take more than 3 oz of liquids wherever you’re going, you’re paying at least $30 round trip.
Monday, May 19, 2008
I was pre-warned that health inspecting is not a big career path here, so don't look around too closely at the place we were eating. It was basically an outdoor restaurant with the kitchen in the middle and barstools around. I got chicken, beans and chorizo. They made the tortillas right in front of us. Muy impressioso. Before the food arrived, one of the guys was showing another around the market. I was invited, but decided not to go. Boy, am I glad I waited because I don't think I would have eaten!
There was pigs feet, pigs WHOLE HEAD, whole chickens, fish with their eyes watching you.
There were little tiny bananas. My finger snuck into the picture to show scale ;) No comment about needing manicures!
The best part, by far was the orange truck. When we walked to lunch, the truck was completely full of oranges (photo is taken an hour or so later). When I rounded the corner, I noticed that there was a person standing inside of the truck, kicking the oranges out onto the ramp. Now, all I will think about when I'm contemplating an orange is the person kicking them. The worst part...
The oranges were rolling down the ramp into what appeared to be the sewer. Where they went from there, I can only imagine. I did see a few orange stands there!
- Daily breakfast at Hilton - great buffet for $20; as much as I love breakfast, I am not getting $20 out of it
- Dinner Friday night at Chili's - got the salmon, since I could not do salad and they did not have the chicken sandwich
- Lunch Saturday from McD's, drink from Starbucks - we were too busy working to break
- Dinner Saturday at Hilton - lobster tacos, somewhat Mexican
- Lunch Sunday - AUTHENTIC MEXICAN! I had the arrachera and Coke Light
- Dinner Sunday - Hard Rock Guadalajara
So far, dining-wise, it's hard to tell I'm in Mexico ;) Not that I'm complaining! One thing I find fascinating is how nice the bathroom at the office is. I know it's a dumb observation, but it's so much nicer than my office in Texas! The stall actually auto-locks behind you when the door closes. And the flush is a pedal that you just step on. Love it.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
However, I knew I had to get one in Mexico Walmart. Especially when I found out that one of the big brands for women’s fashion is Beep. I just love that name!
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Highlights from today:
- They shut the A/C off at the office at noon. By about 4pm, it was sweltering in our "war room" which contained 7 people with 7 laptops. Not fun. By 6pm my jeans were totally sticking to me. I think tomorrow might be flip flops. Yep, that's right, more work tomorrow.
- My darling husband, who is totally IM adverse, spent a good amount of time today chatting with me. My favorite line, "sucks not hearing your voice." It's nice to know you're missed :)
- At "dinner" Mrs. Pearl was passed around the table, from telecom expert to telecom expert to diagnose what was wrong with her. Since last night, all calls are "failing" from her. Eventually, I borrowed another phone and called Sprint International. Oh, their network in this area is down. Has been since last night, no idea when it will be back up. yay
- I understand Spanish better than men understand women. Whatever.
- In Mexico, the female waitresses have to dress up in ho attire. Tasseled boots, short skirts, halter tops, midriff bared (and some of them should NOT be baring the midriff!). The guys all think this is great. Except, that the male waiters have to carry all the trays, and the waitresses, just pick the stuff off of them, squeeze their boobs together and put the drinks on the table. Again, whatever.
It's been a long day, and I'm getting up at 5:30 tomorrow for a workout before starting work at 8am :(
Friday, May 16, 2008
- I had to spend an hour on the phone with Sprint just to figure out if my phone would work here
- Cell phone calls are costing me $1.49/minute
- My husband did not understand that when I said, "you can't just call my cell phone like you do when I'm in the US," because he has still called me 4 times today for a current daily total of $20.
- The calling card that we bought so we could talk while I'm at the hotel is not working. Whew, finally got it working. However, the 120 minutes we purchased apparently only converts to 20 minutes of Mexico calling. yay
- All of the signs here are in Spanish in big letters and then English in smaller letters. I'm having to retrain myself.
- When I was at the Mexican Wal-mart, I wanted to call or bbm KT to tell her. However, it was not worth the $3 phone call, and bbm and text messages are not working.
- Pedestrians are road kill. Now, yes, I hated in Cali when pedestrians actually did have the run of the road, whether jay walking or not. But here, they actually switch lanes and speed up to try to hit the people walking IN THE CROSSWALK.
- I believe they do not have to pass a test to get a license. I have had 4 near death experiences in the 3 car rides I have been in so far.
- My cell phone has apparently stopped accepting calls. On the one hand, this will limit the charges the husband was racking up. On the other I need to be able to make SOME calls!
- Water... what to do, what to do. At dinner tonight, my auto-reply for beverage selection is water. However, I could not do that. I had to go for Diet Coke because I just kept thinking that iced tea is primarily water. I got so flustered in the whole process that I forgot to order no ice.
- My stomach is feeling a little upset. I'm not sure if it's ice/water related.
- We ate at Chili's tonight. I could not get the Caribbean salad because of how the lettuce might be washed with water. Or not, not sure which way is worse.
- Internet access at the hotel sucks. I'm going to miss all the good shows this week because I'm sure I would throw my laptop out the window if I engaged streaming video.
- I will not be able to have my American Idol watching session with Jenn and Will due to streaming video issue :(
- My shower really doesn't drain very well. And I'm all unpacked, so I don't want to change rooms.
- They don't use dollars here. I actually got cash to bring on this trip, and it's unusable.
- It was a pretty disturbing ride from the airport to the hotel.
- I'm working tomorrow (Saturday). Getting up at 6am to try to get in a workout before an 8:30am start.
- The office is not air conditioned on the weekends
- My room number is 1126. I have to walk right by 1122 to get to it, and it makes me sad that it is not my room.
- I don't speak Spanish.
- There are a lot of really weird smells going on
Thursday, May 15, 2008
So, here I am, waiting to board in about 20 minutes, latte with green labeling beside me. Upside is that hubby will be waiting for me with delicious dinner, and I can have a relaxing evening at home with him and the little ladies (puppies).
4AM: alarm goes off, snooze
4:15AM: alarm goes off, snooze
4:28AM: Queen wakes up, ready to start the day
5AM: Queen wakes King up to prepare her breakfast
5:50AM: Queen swings by parents' house to pick up dad, who also has an early morning flight
6:35AM: Queen is sitting at gate D18, ready to board
7:25AM: Queen looks at watch, notes no one else boarding and thinks we might take off early
7:35AM: flight is supposed to be taking off, but instead we're sitting
7:45AM: plane is still sitting, pilot announces weather issues
7:55AM: flight takes off
8:40AM: flight is supposed to be landing, but instead we appear to be circling; Queen getting antsy about making it to passport office for 10AM appointment
9:15AM: Queen is getting into taxi to head to passport appointment, driver seems slow (mentally and speed-wise) and Queen worries about appointment
9:45AM: Queen arrives at passport office, gets in line
10:15AM: Queen exits passport office, needs to come back at 2:30pm to pick it up!
10:16AM: Queen ponders what to do until 2:30pm; Queen notices that she's in the middle of downtown Houston, turns her wedding ring so the diamond is facing her palm
10:18AM: Queen asks JennAnn to find her a Starbucks
10:19AM: Queen decides to pass the challenge on to Mrs. Pearl
10:20AM: Mrs. Pearl informs Queen that there is a Starbucks 0.1 miles up the street
10:22AM: Queen sees Starbucks, which has a Quizno's next door; Queen realizes that she's set for the day
10:25AM: Queen has latte and is booting up laptop
11:19AM: Queen had some network issues, but finally posts blog ;)
Let me just tell you how awesome Starbucks is. Even in the middle of the ghetto, Starbucks is a safe, secure, warm, friendly place to be! So far the only downers of the day have been due to American Airlines. First, they stress me out with flight delays. Then, I find out I can't even standby on the earlier flight. So, even though I'll be wrapped up here by 3pm or so, I won't be pulling into my driveway until about 9:30pm :(
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
This conversation was in the middle of a conference call that I was on until 1am last night. Needless to say, the Queen did not get up very early this morning. Mr. Mean called back at 7:45 this morning, just as I was giving the puppies their breakfast. His message was to get to Houston, get the passport, get to Mexico today.
Ok, here we go. Search Southwest for flights... great, there are a million flights/day to Houston. I could probably make the 12:30 one. Search for AA flights to Mexico. Oh, hmmm, they don't do very many of those. Hmmm, none really matching up. Oh, well, call Passport office to make appointment. Oh, their phone lines are down. Oh, well, let's go get the passport photos taken. I get home at 9:45 to find that the 12:30 SWA flight was already booked. The next flight would get me to Houston at 2, and the last appointment of the day is at 2:30. Office is 30 minute drive from airport, assuming you know what you're doing.
So, I call Mr. Mean. He says he'll call me right back, so I make a million flight bookings to try to get something to work. He calls back and tells me to just come to Mexico on Sunday afternoon. So I book the flight to Houston tomorrow, get an appointment scheduled, planning to be home tomorrow night through Sunday and enjoy every second with the husband and puppies. Book the flight to Mexico for Sunday through Friday.
Then, Mr. Mean calls me back again to tell me that if I could get in on Friday and work with them through the weekend, that'd be great. So now I have booked that flight. AA is probably going nuts wondering why I have so many reservations! The husband is also going nuts, trying to figure out where I'll be and when. Me, too...
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
A Fort Worth man trying to scratch an itch on his back used a revolver and accidentally shot himself. Jorge Espinal, 44, was drinking beer and playing poker around 3 a.m. Sunday morning when he got up from the table and walked into another room. “He told officers he had an itch on his back and grabbed the first thing he could get a hold of which was a revolver,” Lt. Dean said. “The gun went off."
As ABBA said, "what if had used it to scratch himself where most guys tend to scratch... he coulda blown his own balls off!!"
Sunday, I requested to join the husband on his run. After about 2 minutes of running, I thought for sure that I would not make it. It's quite different "out in the elements" and without my water, TV and fan! For some reason, running is also more difficult for me than the elliptical, even though I think you burn more calories on the elliptical. I think it's all the pounding on the ground, rather than the comfy motion on the elliptical. Anyways, I DID make it, and was very proud of myself.
Last night, the husband decided to do the elliptical while I was working out. After about 6 minutes on it, he thought for sure he would not make it through the full workout he'd programmed. I told him to just do it like he did on his run/walk and to slow it down from time to time to emulate walking. He made it through 45 minutes, which impressed the hell outta both of us.
I just thought it was funny how we each had our "normal" workout and how difficult we felt the other one was. It just goes to show you that no matter how you do it, cardio sucks!
Monday, May 12, 2008
- Buffalo Wings
- Potato Skins
- Fried Mozzarella
- Basket of french fries
Of these, fried mozz was the only one not suggested :) Since part of the "rules" were to make something that you don't make regularly, I had to eliminate these suggestions, even though they would've been very tasty. Jeff enforces the Rules strictly!
If it had been up to me, I definitely liked the ideas of pigs in a blanket (Sam, especially since I was going to suggest the habanero mustard I got at the Family Wineries as a condiment) and the slider burgers. However, as I expected, the husband got creative. He ended up making smoked salmon bruschetta. It was very delicious!
The dinner party was great fun. Even with a theme of movie-watching foods, people went above and beyond in their cooking. We had a variety of delicious, complex pizzas (shrimp, pesto, sausage, corn were some of the toppings available), pork nachos with a corn salsa, salad, grilled asparagus, mushrooms, homemade tarts and truffles, a wonderful Milano cookie/white chocolate/whipped cream/Oreo cake, caramel popcorn balls that melted in your mouth, and bleu cheese popcorn.
Can't wait for the next one :)
Friday, May 9, 2008
The theme is "movie foods," mainly foods that you would eat when going to the movies. Part of the challenge is to make it a food that you've never made before. Since Chris is cooking, and he's been working in restaurants for 20 years now + a full year of culinary school, we're kind of exempt from that rule. But, it should be something he doesn't make regularly.
We're signed up for appetizers. Currently people are already making pizza, nachos, salad, popcorn and 2 desserts. Any suggestions?
Thursday, May 8, 2008
This week I have the fun task of sitting in 3 straight days of meetings that run from 8:30 – 5:30 with only a short break to get lunch in the cafeteria and come back to the room. So, with all of this time spent, you might ask what I have accomplished.
§ I have removed all emails from my Sent Items and either deleted them or filed them
§ I have cut my Deleted Items down from 1300 to 300 by either filing them or permanently deleting them
This is quite impressive for me because I tend to let my Deleted Items folder pile up and never want to permanently delete for fear that I will need something someday. It has become an issue, though, because Mrs. Pearl won’t send or receive text messages if my mailbox is too full. Talk about motivation!
Monday, May 5, 2008
Last week, Friday was targeted as the "cheat day" because I had happy hour plans. I still did my healthy breakfast and lunch, though. I'm just not conditioned to eat badly every meal in a single day. My mind just automatically wants to offset the unhealthy meal with healthier ones. So, I found that the good part about this is that I can have 3 "cheat days" to get in 3 unhealthy meals :) The recap since Friday...
Friday night - margaritas and chips/salsa. The amount of margaritas consumed was pretty impressive. Might even be a record for the Queen.
Saturday lunch - Olive Garden. Possibly my favorite restaurant. Salad, breadsticks and chicken parmesan. yummmmmm
Sunday dinner - chicken alfredo. And not just any chicken alfredo, but Chris' chicken alfredo. My husband seriously makes the best ever. Plus caesar salad and chocolate chip cookie sundae for dessert. It was all out :)
I think I did pretty darn good for my first week of a newer, healthier lifestyle! And I swear, this is the last "health" post for quite awhile!
Friday, May 2, 2008
Here are the instructions for passport photos...
- Head should be positioned directly facing the camera
- Photo should capture from slightly above top of hair to middle of chest
- Eyes should be open and looking at the camera
- Eyeglasses should be worn if normally used by the subject
- Glare on eyeglasses can usually be avoided with a slight upward or downward tilt of the head
- Background should be plain white or off-white
Include headpieces if worn daily for religious purposes; they should not obscure or cast shadows on the eyes or any other part of the face
Who thinks I should white out the background of my Queen B photo and submit that one for my passport?
Here's an update on our goals:
- 4:30am morning run - more detail below
- Breakfast of egg whites and oatmeal - I'm doing an egg and yogurt, which is good
- Lunch of something healthy - South Beach lunches all week
- Dinner of chicken or fish and broccoli, brown rice, salad - every night this week I have come home to a salad waiting and dinner cooking. Dinner has been chicken, brown rice and either broccoli or spinach. Never boring because my personal chef knows how to change up the seasonings and cooking styles.
- Walk the puppies around the neighborhood - did this every night this week, so far
- Work out - took one night off to go see a friend's new house and because I was WAY too sore
- Sleep - more detail below
Husband: Queen! Queen!
Queen: it's 4:30am. Are we going?
Husband: no, I'm tired
Queen: me, too
Alarm: *quiet until 6:30am*
Tonight is cheat night... margaritas and chips/salsa, here I come!
Thursday, May 1, 2008
I just got back from the tremendously fun experience of drug testing. Yep, it's a requirement on my new account that all the support team gets tested. This is a brief recap of the encounter...
I walk back with the pee collector guy and complete all the paperwork. As he is doing his portion, I peak into the bathroom. I'm thinking that their pee collecting process has to be much better than that of regular doctor's offices. I mean, this is their business, right?! I am fantasizing about a large funnel in the toilet that has a cup in the bottom of it, so you don't have to worry about positioning. Surely they have a fantastic toilet. Again, this is their business...
Pee Collector: ok, here's your cup. You don't have a purse or anything, do you?
Me: Nope, just this *showing him my small 2x3 inch card holder*
Pee Collector: great!
Me: *assuming that he knows it would be impossible to smuggle a clean specimen in with this amount of space* :)
Me:*trots off to the bathroom to meet the toilet*
Ok, the toilet was terrible. #1 it was not clean! And hovering and pee collecting is such a difficult task, especially when your legs are really really really sore from working out due to your new, healthier lifestyle. #2 the toilet was incredibly low to the floor and did not have a very deep bowl. This is an issue again with the hovering at a very low position and also because without a lot of room before the water starts, it was just difficult.
Then, after all of this I realized that there was not a sink in the bathroom. Argh. Had to take the sample out before hand washing. When I handed the sample over, realizing the pee collector had been standing outside the whole time, I sympathized with him. He has to listen to people pee all day long. That is an awful job.
Overall, I was really disappointed with the whole process :( Shocking, huh!