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Alcohol + Cucumber = ??
Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Since my boss will never take the time to blog about this, I'm going to borrow his story and share it with you all. One afternoon we all ditched work early and went to a local restaurant/bar for some drinks. Someone ordered a Hendrick's Martini, which nobody else had heard of.

Basically it's an unusual Scottish gin with botanicals you'd expect to find in gin (i.e. juniper), but also has infusions of rose and cucumber added during distillation. When the martini was ordered, my coworker specifically asked for slices of cucumber to go with the drink as a garnish or whatever. I tasted it and surprisingly, it wasn't that bad. I'm sure if I were more tolerant and appreciative of a fine alcoholic drink I would even say it tasted fabulous.

Apparently my boss, "Bitter Bro" thought it tasted good because the next time he went to the grocery store, he went hunting for a bottle of Hendricks. Aside from his usual purchases of Monster energy drinks in a 24-pack, and cases of beer, he grabbed a bottle of Hendricks. Ah but wait, you can't forget the cucumber for the enhanced taste and garnish! So he grabbed a cucumber and proceeded to check out. You know how men are, if they're by themselves at a grocery store, they are likely to have only a few items with them. In and out, that's their motto with shopping of any kind. I think BB finally realized at the checkout that his purchases might've looked strange to the dude standing behind him. Tons of alcohol... and one giant long cucumber. Hmm. I don't care where you're from, that's funny.

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posted by Daphne @ 10:10 PM   2 comments
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Sorry to leave you hanging on my last post about Greek Boy. I got so excited that I spent the rest of the evening pretty much stalking browsing his profile. Let me recap how I found him. Prior to all this, I only knew certain things about GB: his first name, his parents' first names, and that he had tried to join the seminary after college. Not a whole lot of information huh? I don't know what compelled me to do it on Friday, but I just pulled up Google and randomly typed in his first name and the college he went to. I know that sounds crazy, but he went to a relatively small, Catholic college that most people have never heard of. So it's not like I'm searching for a "John from NYU".

I scanned through the search results and surprisingly found a link that displayed a lot of information about him back when he was joining the seminary. I now knew his full name, age, and hobbies, etc. Immediately I click on Ctrl + N (for you newbs, that's the shortcut to open a new window browser) and pull up the Facebook site. I typed in his full name and even though there were several search results, I knew right away his was the first result. He's got some great pictures ranging from childhood through the present, and I almost felt guilty...like I was intruding on his personal life (which is pretty much what I was doing, but hey... not my fault he didn't set proper privacy settings).

Anyway, just judging from his profile, comments from his friends, and what he does for a living, I'm convinced that I'm completely and utterly infatuated with him. He has a set of loyal friends locally, as well as many from across the country. He seems to like the peacefulness and solitude of surrounding himself in nature, and he's very spiritual. I'm pretty sure he's no longer on the path to becoming a priest, and I'm dying to know what made him change his mind. If you ask me, it would be a disservice to all womankind if he did go through with it. And now I'm not just saying that because of his looks. I genuinely believe he would make a great husband/father to some lucky woman. Seeing his devotion to God and the work he does for society, it honestly makes me want to be a better person. Not just in the hopes that I would impress him some day, but more in the sense that I want that kind of peace and happiness in my life. But I'd be lying if I said I wasn't interested in having his babies. *wink*

If you're wondering whether or not I'm going to initiate something (i.e. add him as a friend, send him a message) or just keep being a weirdo stalker, well it's sad but true: I'm too chicken to say I will be doing the former. For one thing, he'll wonder how I even found him considering I've never even said hi to him at church. Second, I wouldn't be able to show my face in church again if I got rejected. Third, I doubt he would even know who I am if I messaged him. Eh, I could go on, but you get the point. All I know is, I need to either shut up and initiate something or just move on and get over it.

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posted by Daphne @ 9:40 PM   6 comments
Diary of a lonely day at work
Thursday, February 21, 2008
For the second week in a row, I've been working by myself. Last week wasn't so bad since I was at my usual client spot close to my office, and I was still able to come home every night or hang out with friends after work. This week is different. I'm out of town in the desert, staying at a beautiful vacation resort with a 10 minute commute to the client. It's great, don't get me wrong. I can work at my own schedule, eat when I want, play music, and be really efficient in my work.

At least it started out that way. Today is Thursday, and I think I've reached my limit. I've been sitting in this windowless stuffy room all week, eating by myself, and working on stuff that is neither new to me nor challenging. I realized that outside of chat, emails, and a few phone calls, I've had very limited contact with other human beings. I speak to Bill (my client) sometimes, but he's about 60 years old, almost legally deaf (even with his hearing aid), and prefers I shoot him an email instead of speak to him in person (otherwise he has to read my lips as I'm talking). I'm going bloody mad here. Like freakin Shawshank Redemption.

It's going to be another loooong day...

9:22am - Just rolled in to work. Why so late? Because I freakin locked myself out of my hotel room this morning as I was putting some shoes in my car. I know what you're thinking, just walk ten steps to the front desk and get another key. Yes, thank you for pointing that out, I'm not that lazy ya know. I'm staying at a vacation resort remember? So my little "walk" to the front main desk is actually a 10 minute hike up this hill. Had I been in my gym clothes still I woulda just jogged up there like I've been doing all week, but unfortunately I was already in my work clothes and pumps.

9:35am - After booting up my computer and checking emails, I realize I should greet Bill (the client) good morning. I walk over to his office and he's not there. Apparently he's moving to another office so it's going to be awhile before he even gets set up and sees my emails I had sent him last night.

10am - Finished eating my bagel and went to the kitchen to rinse my plate. What's this? Free product makeup samples sitting in boxes? *gets excited* Since none of these say Age Defying on them, I assume none of these old timers need any of this. I steal grab about 6 of them and head back to my desk.

10:41am - Bill walks in with a stack of support. I try to make small talk. *In a loud voice* So... where'd they relocate your office? Bill: Yes I'll be in my office. Do I speak normally or talk slower? No wait, when people read lips you should speak normally right? Me: No, your NEW office. Where did they move you? *as I try to pantomime the entire sentence with my hands* Bill: Ohhh I'm in that corner to the right. Me: Okay thank you *as I nod and smile and silently wait for him to walk out*

11:12am - I'm listening to KFRG online. They're playing Kenny Chesney's new song Shiftwork. If someone were in the room with me I'd say out loud 'Wow, this song is both catchy and extremely corny.' SHITwork? Oh my bad. He said SHIFTwork. Darn.

12:28pm - Sent the client an email hoping they won't throw tomatoes at me for pointing out an error which will make them do more work. Now is a good time to get lunch.

1:26pm - Done with lunch and I'm now stuffing envelopes. Thinking about how I'll have to run by the post office later to get stamps and mail out, and the added side trip I might make to Coffee Bean to get rid of this nasty envelope taste.

2:03pm - There's about 15 people next door gathering for a teleconference. They borrowed every single chair in this room, making this place look even more abandoned and prison like. I now have to close the door to drown out the noise, thus further limiting myself to outside contact with the world.

2:34pm - Finally, some gossip. Natalie is at the office IMing me about having a crush on the guy across her cubicle. I shake my head as I give her advice on how to just simply ask him to join her for lunch one day. And then I realize that I'm one to talk.

2:49pm - On my way to the post office.

3:17pm - I'm back. With 26 additional stamps and a tea latte. Yup, I follow through with my plans. I said Coffee Bean and I meant it.

3:21pm - Joe (other client contact in LA) replied to my email. Whew, no tomatoes. Good to know not all clients yell at me. Guess all my novice style flirting paid off.

4:19pm - Oh. my. Holy. Mother. I found him. I found Greek boy aka Church Crush online. All work must cease at this point.

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posted by Daphne @ 10:12 AM   9 comments
Fake excitement
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
My brother's gf Janice told me some big news yesterday. She and my brother Doug have decided to get married in August 2009.

Notice I didn't put an exclamation point there.

Janice then asked me for two favors 1) that I not say anything to my parents until she and Doug tell them in August (so that by then they can say they've officially known each other for two years); 2) I be one of her bridesmaids.

Now of course this was all told to me via online chat, since those two never call me just to chitty chit chat. So when I said "Congratulations!" what I really felt was... no way, are you kidding me?! And that bothers me. What is wrong with me? This is supposed to be exciting news, and I know I should be happy for him if this is what makes Doug happy. But honestly, my first thought was How can you afford a wedding when you can't even pay me back the rest of the $472 you owe me for that dang TV?
If you ask me, I think they need to be a little more stable first before they can commit to something like this.

Or does it not matter since they already live together anyway? It wouldn't really change things much except that they'll be husband and wife, and she'll be my sister-in-law. So here I am scratching my head and trying to sort out the conflicting emotions I'm having. I guess I can't pinpoint the 'disappointment' or whatever you want to call it to one single thing.

I initially blame it on their financial status, saying they can't afford it. But like I said, it's no different than them living together now. So does that mean I don't like Janice? Possibly. I've said it before, I like her as a person, but I sometimes don't like them together. Or maybe it's because she'll be taking away the last link my brother and I have. Alright, I'm not saying I'm a psycho sister that needs to be numero uno in her brother's life; really I'm not. But I will admit that ever since they've been together I've felt he's placed all priorities on her. Would I feel this way even if I wasn't the single one now and I was still in a relationship? Honestly? Yes.

And then here's the last part I wanted to share, and please correct me if I'm totally being a snob.... but I asked her how he proposed and this is what she said: Basically he didn't really propose they just talked about it and she said don't bother with a proposal since he had already once proposed to her when he was drunk. Okay, I'm sorry but to me, that's just wrong. Call me old fashioned, cliched, whatever. I want my future husband to propose to me.... and that's after he's spoken to both his parents and mine for their blessings.

So there you have it. I guess I need to pencil in August 2009 on my calendar now. She's already starting to ask me questions on how to go about planning the wedding. As if I have time. Great, just great. And since I'm a freakin pushover, you know I'm going to help.

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posted by Daphne @ 9:04 AM   6 comments
August Series by Lora Leigh
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
I'm guest blogging over at Book Binge. Please check out my latest review on the August Series books by Lora Leigh. Yes, oldies but goodies. Except I didn't think they were really goodies. So I guess they're just oldies.

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posted by Daphne @ 3:05 PM   0 comments
I'm Back Jack!
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
After a whole month of work/sleep/work... I'm back to a more manageable work schedule. I know you all missed me. I don't have much to report, but after working my butt off I've kinda been spoiling myself with little "yay me" gifts. Our team had a day off to go to Club 33 at Disneyland, then I went to an Earth Wind and Fire concert and California Adventure with my mom recently. I also just bought George Strait tickets for next month, and I'm thinking of buying Guitar Hero III for my Wii. My manager/boss just got one and he says it's so much fun.
Which brings me to the following picture I received from a friend...

So that's the Guitar Hero for the Wii that I want, but obviously the focus of the picture is not the guitar. What's up with the nekkid dude you ask? Well, you'd have to know my boss to appreciate the humor in this... but I kid you not, this dude looks EXACTLY like my boss. And how weird that this picture gets sent to me at the same time my boss gets his GH3? Isn't that sick and wrong?! LOL Like great, just what I need. Can you imagine seeing a pic of your boss naked? *shudder* Yes, I've just planted the seed in your brain, I'm sorry.

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posted by Daphne @ 5:02 PM   4 comments
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