Sunday, November 30, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
We went to the CT place where they rushed me into the CT (it was after hours and they were super great). I go to get the kids, and the doc calls and says I have two stones. Lovely. I get the kids, and Mike is landing around the same time. Mark comes and drives my car so that we can still go to Hilton Head. Thanks Mark! We didn't make it there until 3:00 am, but we made it.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I stayed at a Crowne Plaza. I checked in, and I wandered around to my room. It was many buildings and it was quite odd. I got to my building and to my room. The room was huge!!! Morgan could have done back handsprings if she were there.
I go to get a drink. No machines. Only a mini bar. Oh look, you have to have a key. I call the front desk, and they confirm. I walk all the way back to the front desk and get a key. I get my diet coke. All is right with the world. Then, I go to hook up to the internet. Awww man...no wireless. I call the desk, and they confirm that it is wired and you have to get a cable from the front desk. For the love of GOD! Do they not think that people want internet in this day and age? Are people not thirsty? Couldn't they ask this information when I checked in? I get the cable, and all is right with the world again. :)
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Don't catch your hair on fire! Whew...thank goodness I quit smoking...
Friday, November 21, 2008
After Friday's, I went to Chuck E Cheese with Morgan, Alexis, Kylie, Mara, and Mara's mom. It was hysterical to watch her mom get so into the tickets. Apparently, they have been saving tickets for over a year to get to 10,000 to redeem them for a pinball machine. They are at 9,600 (well they were before we went). The kids (and Mara's mom) had fun, and Mara and I had a good time talking. Mike then surprised us by showing up (he said he wasn't coming). We had a great time visiting. Reminded me of when Heather, Ashley, Brittany, Morgan, and I used to go to Chuck E Cheese every week when the girls were little in Nashville.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
We stayed at the Westin, and it was nice. The only thing I have against Westin hotels is that they don't have drink machines. They do have the mini bar, but you have to get a key (annoying), it costs more (duh), and there are limited numbers of each item (seriousy, two diet cokes for three days??? can't you fill it at least?). Otherwise, the meeting space and food were great.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
She wants to make breakfast. She makes biscuits and brings them upstairs. Very sweet. We hang out and watch QVC. Gotta love QVC. I bought a top, a new wallet, and a Christmas present. :) Of course, I REALLY wanted a flat screen TV, but I was a good girl and didn't get it since Christmas is coming. :)
We hung out, watched football, took a little nap, enjoyed the new couch, and just relaxed. After that, I went the store to get some groceries for dinner, dessert (Morgan was wanting to make cake), breakfast, and lunch stuff. We had pasta and bread for dinner. Mike added ground beef to red sauce and we had some white sauce to mix in. It was awesome. As Morgan is making her cake, I realize we are one egg short for the breakfast casserole I was going to make. Grrrr....back to the store for eggs. I made the breakfast casserole and put it in the refrigerator, and I helped Morgan and Katie with the cake and icing. It was delicious!
Friday, November 14, 2008
The Bond movie was good, but I didn't think it was great. For one, what is up with not having gadgets??? That was always my favorite part of the movie. NONE. Not a single gadget. :( Also, how can you have a Bond movie without sex or tons of sexual innuendos? Of course, Morgan thought it was the "worst movie ever." So glad I paid $7 for a ticket and $10 for popcorn, a water, and a bunch a crunch for that response.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
We met to go over tomorrow's demo script, and then grabbed a quick bite to eat (and a much needed Blue Moon). Then, I tried to catch up on email and hit the sack to be ready for tomorrow's demo.
Unfortunately, I did not get to say goodbye to Krishan as this was his last day in Tampa. At least I will get to see him on Monday. I am not sure I want to go back to the office that I was sharing with him. How lonely it will be. There are many things and people I am thankful for surrounding my experience with Bond, and Krishan is definitely one of them. I am excited for him that he and Mona can be together as a married couple should (especially newlyweds!), but I hope they figure out a way to live in Florida soon!
On another note, Brian and Tom's 3rd anniversary with Bond/MediNotes/Eclipsys is today for Tom and tomorrow for Brian. Unbelievable that it has been 3 years. In some ways, it seems like a million and in some ways it seems as if it cannot possibly have been 3 years already. Tony had already come, and Luke was there. They were the next ones though, and I remember how exciting it was to have them come onboard. I truly do not think you could have a better development team than the one that I have worked with over the last few years.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I met some people who used to work with Medic years ago. It is so amazing how so many people have at one point worked at Medic or with Medic. Such a small industry.
Mike took Morgan to Cracker Barrell since I couldn't be there. She loves Cracker Barrell's pancakes. I am glad they got some time together without me. Good bonding time. :)
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Morgan had cheer, and I got to catch up with some of the moms. I have been traveling so much that it has been crazy. Morgan's team seems to be doing well. It is amazing to watch them gel over the practices. They do some pretty hard stuff, and they work really hard. Their first competition was cancelled, so they don't have one until December now.
If you ask my brothers, today is the day that I should have been born. Mike was born on 9/9, and Mark was born on 10/10. Of course, if I had just gone along, I would have been born on 11/11. Of course, I have to be different so I doubled it. Two brothers. Multiplied by 2. It works. :)
Monday, November 10, 2008
Morgan came home on the bus today, and it was nice to not be rushing around everywhere. I didn't even leave the house all day. Morgan made me dinner - a hot dog cooked on a cookie sheet on top of the stove. We had a long disucssion about pots, pans, skillets, cookie sheets, etc and their uses. :) The hot dog was actually pretty good though. The pan didn't survive as well and will need to be replaced. :)
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Rant about Olive Garden. I worked at Olive Garden in college, and we would accomodate very large parties ahead of time. Either our Olive Garden is different or they have changed this policy. While Olive Garden has never taken reservations, they would accomodate the large parties (like 20 people or more). So, I called on Saturday, and the very rude phone person said that they didn't take reservations and basically hung up on me. So, I decided I would wait until Sunday. I called around 1:00 and said that we were bringing 20 - 25 people in at 7:30 that night and that I wanted to let them know so that they could be prepared. She told me that they didn't take reservations. I asked if I could speak to the manager. She didn't even acknowledge me but clicked the phone on hold. Can you say RUDE? So, the manager gets on the phone and says that they can't do anything to help. I tell him that I need to determine if we should go somewhere else but that the person we are having the dinner for picked Olive Garden. I am thinking he would surely want the business of 20 - 25 people. He says he can't do anything to help.
If everyone hadn't already been told where to go and if Krishan weren't vegetarian which causes some difficulty on finding places he likes, I would have told the manager that we would go somewhere that valued our business. However, because it was Krishan's thing, I was brave. When we show up, they know we are coming and have us down on the list. Someone got there at 7:15 to get us on the list, and we didn't get to sit until 8:15. The BEST part was that the RUDE hostesses just glared at us the entire time like we were causing them major trama. Unbelievable. I believe that things work out in the end, so I think that the very rude hostess will get what she deserves.
Then, we had wonderful service by our wait staff. The food was actually pretty bad, but the waitress was wonderful.
The most important thing (as my mom says) is that we got together to celebrate Krishan and to wish him well. I am still in denial that he is leaving. Thankfully, we will still work together closely, and I will get to see him in a week in Atlanta. :) Krishan, we all wish you the best of luck!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
After the gym, Morgan and I raced to a high school football game to see Katie do her baton. Of course, it took almost an hour to get there in traffic, and then she didn't even perform. They danced in the stands, but they didn't go on the field. :( The band was really great though, and I enjoyed seeing them.
We went to the "Funny Man" for dinner, and we had a great time. Morgan dubbed Japenese Hibachi grill places the "Funny Man" when she was 2 because she loved the jokes they made, the volcano from onion rings, and the FIRE! FIRE! We hadn't been to one in a long time, so it was nice.
This is the first weekend in a LONG time that we are all in town and have NO required events. LOVE IT.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Morgan was doing her full tonight by herself without a coach even standing close to her. Hopefully I can get it on video tomorrow. It is beautiful. Thank goodness since we could have gone on some nice trips for what that full cost in lessons! Of course, being mom, I had to bring that right back into the lazy and hard work discussion. Hard work is what got the full. :)
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I do not want to be that way, and I hope that Republicans will not do it either. I certainly was not for Obama, and I have not quite accepted that he has been elected. However, I believe in America's system and in the voice of the people. America has elected Obama, and I wish him the very best as that means the best for our country. I hope that everyone can do whatever they need to do to get past it and pull together for the good of the country.
Morgan came home from school saying that "Obama is going to make the school day longer for 4 of the days and then we won't have school on one day." I am not sure where she is getting this, but it is all over her school. She was very worried because her mom works. She also said many kids were saying something bad would happen to Obama. I certainly hope that is not the case, and I can't even understand why 10 year olds are talking about that. Whoever is sending this stuff to school with their kids should be ashamed.
At least my county voted for McCain, so I did my part. :)
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Voting took no time as there was no Line at all. it was on paper ballots which is pitiful, but more on that later!
Seriously, what is up with the paper ballots? The pen/marker that I used bled through to the other side. I was nervous about it, and I heard on the radio that one precinct had touble. Florida banned machines after the last election as they felt that there was no paper trail. If you use the right machine, they print a paper trail.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Today, Morgan and I got up at 5:00 am (yes, that says 5:00 am) to go to the McCain rally in Tampa. We left the house at 5:40 am and got there at 6:10 am. Uncle Mark was already in line, and we were happy to see him. The line is moving slowly due to security checks. The website says that the rally is from 6 - 9. Well, apparently, they forgot to tell McCain that. :)'
I had told Morgan about Papa taking us to see Ronald Reagan when I was a child. He also took us to see John Glenn and even Geraldine Ferrarro. I have seen both Bush presidents speak, and I even saw Al Gore in Tennessee. The Reagan Rally is what started my love of politics. My best friend at the time, Nicole Murray, was the niece of Jimmy Carter. I loved hearing Reagan speak, and I went and told Nicole ALL about why he would be a great president (remember, this is 3rd grade). She was NOT happy with me. Obviously, she thought Jimmy Carter was the best. We had a student election at school, and we didn't speak for several days. She finally forgave me for putting Reagan down on my paper. A love of politics was born. :)
So, I was thrilled when Morgan said she wanted to go - even more shocking since it was at 6 am, and I thought she wouldn't miss any school since it would be over at 9 (she starts school at 9:40). So, we stood there for over 3 hours waiting for him to arrive. There were bleachers behind the podium, and we could have gone there because of Morgan, but Mark and I thought it would be better to be looking at him when he spoke. If we had known that it was going to be 3 hours, we might not have made that decision. :) The people around us were very nice though, and the cheers were very fun. We especially loved, "We want a HERO, not a ZERO!"
I had forgotten what a production a rally is. There was a guy who made sure that an equal number of pom-poms were there. The signs were handed out as you weren't allowed to bring in signs. Secret Service yanked some people outside and they didn't come back. One man who we dubbed Joe the Plumber, was taken out but he got to come back in. If anyone had anything Obama or negative, they had to leave.
Several people spoke, mainly local reps and a local business owner, and then the bus arrived. Alscott spoke, Charlie Crist spoke, and then McCain. McCain did a great job. Morgan got to stand right in the front (maybe 5 feet from McCain), and she loved it.
After the rally, he came by the crowd quickly, but he didn't sign her sign. She was disappointed, but she still had fun. Even knowing that he probably won't win, it was fun to go and see him.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
We went to Belk's to pick up the cereal bowls that Grams got us. They are beautiful. Thanks Grams!
We went back home and started on homework. Chris had to make an ad, Katie had to do a paper, and Morgan had to do a character analysis.
All in all, it was a good weekend. It wasn't a cruise, but it was good. Maybe next time Mike's ex will be nice and let the kids go on a cruise. Then again, she actually wanted Mike to go grocery shopping for her tonight so maybe not. Reality check!
I can't believe that the election is in 2 days. WOW....
Saturday, November 1, 2008
At 1:40, we went on the bus with BZ as our narrator. He was pretty good and told lots of interesting details. We saw an eagle's nest that was as big as a king sized bed. He told us about the carrier that takes 8 hours to take the shuttle to the launch pad. We saw the launch pad that sent people to the moon and the one that launched Columbia and Challenger. We saw alligators. We heard about the 400,000 gallons of water that rush onto the launch pad to lower the sound waves and to prevent them from bouncing back up to the shuttle and causing damage. We learned that if you are within 3 miles of the shuttle launch that the sound waves will stop your heart and bust your ear drums. We saw where the space station parts are worked on, where the shuttles are stored, learned about the escape baskets and the escape vehicles. We saw the HUGE US flag painted on the building. We learned that there are 14,000 employees at Kennedy. Amazing operation. Great tour.