Saturday Scavenger Shots: End

Hey welcome to Saturday, everyone! AlienCG chose “end” to be this week’s word for Saturday Scavenger Shots. Let’s get to it!


There’s a light somewhere at the end of the tunnel. Actually there are lights even IN this particular tunnel at the airport in Detroit, Michigan.


Here is the caboose of an antique, toy train my mom used to have (she later sold it for a lovely price on Ebay). Seeing a caboose (preferably a red one) at the end of a train usually signified the end of a long wait while the train passed.

Cat Buddies: Claudia (R.I.P.) and Skittles

Cat Buddies: Claudia (R.I.P.) and Skittles

Little Snoozer: Joshua as a Kitten

Little Snoozer: Joshua as a Kitten

Finally, the last two photos are of cats who are chilling at the end of a long, stressful day of eating, sleeping, playing, etc. Our late cat Claudia curled up with alive-and-kicking Skittles and then my mom’s cat Joshua when he was a kitten, curled up on Skittles’s favorite chair.

That is the end of my posting for Saturday Scavenger Shots. I look forward to finding out about the next word!


Barely Noticed!

It dawned on me just a few minutes ago that I went through the day without drinking any coffee! I even had to wake up earlier than usual because I had to go to work an hour earlier, and I didn’t stop for coffee once. I drank some water this morning and some club soda, but that was it! How did I celebrate my coffee-free work day? I brewed a pot tonight and am enjoying my first cup of the day. It won’t keep me up, it hasn’t in the past, but it tastes really good right now.

Also, didn’t eat anything all day except for a small bag of baby carrots. Didn’t feel hungry until later on in the day. I was focused on stuff at work, though, more than usual, so maybe that’s what was happening. No time to be hungry or deprived of caffeine.

Anyway, just thought I’d share that with ya.

Because March Is Just ‘Round the Corner

Hey everyone, I hope you’re all having an awesome week so far. I feel like it should be Friday now, but no. Thursday will be here soon, though! Thursday is there for us.

Anyway, it is that time of the month. No, not that time of the month…THAT time of the month where I ask you for holiday ideas for the next month. And what a lovely month it’ll be! March is full of hope. More importantly, somewhere within that month we have the promise of Spring. So if you have any wacky, zany holiday ideas I want to read about them so I can post them up here. Any birthdays? Anniversaries? Post em up! I can’t promise you that there will be a post everyday, but I sure will try harder.


This is a photo of my brother K when they visited late last year. We ran through the halls of our high school and we bust down the double doors, just like John Mayer sang about. It was an awesome day, we went playground hopping and then the two of us were very pleased and a little scared that it was too easy to walk through Lakewood High School’s cafeteria and into the hallways on a Saturday afternoon. But it rocked. Same school, same funky smell and with a twist of creepy isolation since there weren’t any classes going on (just a fitness fair in the cafeteria). Anyway, my brother who has been an alumni for much longer than I have, remembered his homeroom AND where his locker was located! My memory was lost in those departments, although later on after we left the school I was able to visualize that my locker was on the first floor. So this is my dearest brother displaying his homeroom entrance with pride.

Frazzle Dazzle

– I almost fell into a box yesterday. I had one loaded up with some packets and instead of trying to lift it I started pushing the opened box along the floor. All was going well until I hit the border that divides carpet and linoleum and the box stopped but I almost didn’t. Would’ve been kind of amusing but painful at the same time. I looked behind me to see if anyone saw me, but by then I was too amused to care anyway.

– Instead of telling someone that a certain task isn’t part of my department, I think I’ll get in the habit of saying, “It’s not in my jurisdiction.” It sounds more official and Law & Orderish. I had to tell someone that last night, because he was looking at an old photo on the wall of a person who was student of the month last month. He said, “Why don’t they change the photo?”

“Should your photo be up there?” I teased.
“Well…(he shrugged with a grin)…I’m just sayin…”
I told him truthfully that I didn’t know who was in charge of that, and then eventually just told him, “It’s not in my jurisdiction.”

– My Denise Austen VHS arrived in the mail yesterday. It was a “new” VHS too, the wrapping was still on it. So when I’m able to go home at a decent hour this week, I will be able to workout to the tape. I could get one of her more modern DVDs, but I like the system she has going in her Super Stomachs routine.

– I love Hugh Jackman, but I found myself turning the channel during Oscar night, whenever he went into a big, theatrical number. I’m very impatient with those types of things, I just want them to show movie montages and present the awards. I did enjoy them performing the songs that were up for nomination, especially the two from “Slumdog Millionaire”. Oh and how awesome was it to have that get Best Picture? Also got very emotional when Heath Ledger won for Best Actor.

– This past weekend was a time to laugh my head off. Watched a comedian on TV on Saturday by the name of Kevin Hart. I was standing by, watching his special and had to lean against the wall because he had me laughing so hard. Then on Sunday I was enjoying YouTube and watching the bloopers from the later episodes of “Seinfeld”. Tears were running down my face. Total comic relief.

How was your weekend and Monday?

Saturday Scavenger Shots: Ice

I was going to title this with the song “Ice Ice Baby”, but Ksra beat me to it! I do have one photo that relates to the song, though. Anyway, the cool blogger by the name of Dmarks chose this week’s word to be: Ice.

"All right stop, collaborate and listen, Ice is back with my brand new invention..."

"All right stop, collaborate and listen, Ice is back with my brand new invention..."

“Ice, Ice Baby” was performed by Vanilla Ice, so I thought I’d take out my half gallon of vanilla ice cream and just block off the word “cream”. There you have it, a box with Vanilla Ice’s name on it.

Ice Burg Straight Ahead!

Iceburg Straight Ahead!

I know that this looks like a giant ice burg, but it is a single ice cube.

Real Cubes, Fake Puddle

Real Cubes, Fake Puddle

Finally, here are some melting ice cubes. I drew in the puddle, but the ice is real.

That’s it for this week’s Saturday Scavenger Shots!

What’s That Wonderful Sound? It’s the Sound of Friday!

Well thank you for bearing with me during that previous post. When I told you I was tired yesterday…oh believe me I meant it. I felt the familiar feeling of a tension headache start up yesterday. Well at first some of that had to do with the fact that I was interviewing a student and he had practically marinated in some kind of potent cologne. He was very professional otherwise and we bonded over a band we both like and that we both like Johnny Depp movies. But I was comfortable with him enough to tell him to tone down on the cologne and I told him it was so strong it was giving me a headache. I wasn’t nasty about it, we both kind of laughed and he apologized. Anyway, once he and his cloud o’cologne left, my senses cleared up. But soon after the tension headache arrived. I haven’t had one in quite awhile. Even with a little dose of Advil I still felt the dull ache until I went to bed.

Then today the headache came back. I was finally able to go home, eat and take a shower and the headache went away! It’s amazin’ what a little R & R can do for something like that.

Also was happy to catch the mail person both yesterday and today who delivered most of the goodies I bought for myself off of Amazon. I was rocking to the “Slumdog Millionaire” soundtrack while clearing up my kitchen, and then I plan on watching “Waiting to Exhale” later tonight. Wild night, I know, but I am looking forward to it.

Now what was I so grouchy and frustrated about? Lots of things. I like the fact that I have worked in one place for almost seven years when there have been so many times in the past where I’ve wanted to leave everyone in the dust. But I didn’t, I hung on. I like knowing my job, I like being competent. What I don’t like is when my competency is taken advantage of by new people. Suddenly it becomes a game of, “Let’s see how many things Tara can juggle before she drops something.” Frankly, people I didn’t even know I could juggle.  Anyway, things around the office are not going smoothly. There has been a bubble burst of change ever since late last year. Our department has always been under the microscope in some way or another. We help students and grads get jobs. Well that’s fantastic….when the economy is fantastic. And when everyone knows how to do their job. Now more departments are feeling our frustration and yesterday I felt overly sensitive and paranoid that everyone in our school hated our little department for the dip in employment.

Another thing was that I do not like it when my instructions are ignored. I hate it. I think of it as disrespect, when really it’s just laziness. I’ve been handing out instructions about one important step in our department for as long as I was given the task….so about five years now. I take the time to change deadlines and print out detailed instructions for each person involved. And yet there are still some who do not get it. My new boss even admitted that he didn’t give me some of the stuff I needed because the nearest copier was broken and he didn’t feel like walking down to the next copier.

We were also told that another audit is coming up and some people from HQ will be visiting our campus. On top of that, there is a career fair coming up next week that we’ve been working hard to set up, and I also have been put back in charge of graduation ceremonies. We have a new school director (who is pretty awesome, actually, so that’s not a problem), a new Dean, a new director of our department and there is severe friction between my new manager and my associate who hasn’t quite been there a year.

This morning didn’t start out so good either, I feared I’d be used again and I thought I’d have to stay late to interview somebody. But that was sorted out and I was able to do my damn job and leave a little after five today. I went shopping (still with a headache), dropped a jar of salsa that shattered on the floor, so I told  a store employee about it, then I went home, ate, took a shower and here I am. Whew! That’s my head in a nutshell.

So I am very thankful that it is Friday night with the whole weekend ahead of me like a welcoming relative with open arms.

PS: While I was listening to music and dancing around the kitchen, Skittles was chilling on a dining room chair. Now she’s curled up on that same chair, sound asleep. That is contentment.

A Little Story Before Bedtime

Hey everyone…I’m very tired right now. Tired, nervous, frustrated and de-motivated. That’s right, I used to be motivated and something just sucked that right out of me…that “something” being circumstances at work. So right now, even though I want to give you the best blog post ever, I just don’t quite know what to write about except for one stupid little story about choir. Not really stupid, but pointless.

Our choir director snapped at us the last time we had practice which was a few weeks ago. We were granted the day off for Presidents Day because our Spring concert was pushed back to May 31st or something. You probably didn’t need to know that info, but…you’re welcome. Anyway, back to our director..

That night, the Constant Cackler was in rare form. Not only giggling the way she does, but she was piping up and telling the director that we the sopranos were singing something wrong and she wanted the pianist to play it for us just once. Her dialogue went like this…”(Advice, advice)” (high pitched giggle)…”(Advice, advice)” (high pitched giggle). Seriously, that was her pattern. A few of her friends joined in her crusade until finally our director snapped loudly, “You know what? Let’s just play it the way I want first!”….Silence erupted, people listened and we sounded better. What a concept! He later apologized, but it really wasn’t necessary. Anyone would’ve been irritated by the constant interruptions.

So that’s the story. That is all I have, but I’m hopeful that I will have my spirit back tomorrow since it’ll be Friday. Yay!