Sunday, June 25, 2006

One word survey

Holy mackerel, we won the Stanley Cup. The Freakin' Stanley Cup! I can't even BEGIN to explain how much this means! So suffice to say that I'm on a high that hasn't even come close to ending yet!

Anyway, I don't want to flood you all with words on ymreturn to blogosphere, so here's something I was sent - the One Word Survey. Give it a shot!

1. Yourself: Thrilled
2. Your boyfriend/girlfriend: Unsure
3. Your hair: Long
4. Your Mother: Relaxed
5. Your Father: Bored
6. Your Favorite Item: Music
7. Your dream last night: Odd
8. Your Favorite Drink: Wine
9. Your Dream Home:Mine (as in "not the bank's!"
10. The Room You Are In: Messy
12. Your fear: Regret
13. Where you Want to be in Ten Years? Happy
14. Who you hung out with last night: Co-Workers
15. What You're Not: Supermodel
16. Your Best Friends: Fun
17. One of Your Wish List Items:Comfort
18. Your Gender:Female
19. The Last Thing You Did:Dishes
20. What You Are Wearing: T-shirt
21. Your favorite weather:Fall
22. Your Favorite Book? Hardback
23.Last thing you ate? Cereal
24. Your Life:Insane
25. Your mood: Calm
26. The last person you talked to on the phone: Co-worker
27. Who are you thinking about right now? Mr. Karaoke

Friday, June 16, 2006

Thoughts from the Shower

Anyone who knows me well will tell you I'm not your typical girly-girl kinda chick. I'm not a down-and-dirty type either...I'm just not overly concerned about my appearance. And even that is an improvement since I've started caring a little more in recent years. Even so, I do have my fair share of stuff scattered around the bathroom.

This morning, I'm in the shower and I reach for my shampoo. Like most women (I think), I have two bottles of shampoo in the shower - one for every day and one for once a week just to switch it up. I grabbed the everyday bottle and for some reason looked at the directions:

Wet hair and lather, then rinse.

Out of curiosity, I felt compelled to look at the directions on the second bottle:

Drench hair and invigorate it with the rich, luscious lather. Excite your senses and enjoy the delicious fragrance. Rinse when ready.

Wow! I like it when life comes out of the second bottle!

So my question now - how many bottles and other items are in your shower? I'll even start:
2 bottles of shampoo (see above)
2 bottles of conditioner - one every day and one that matches the scent of Shampoo #2
Bar of soap
1 bottle body wash
a Razor
Tube of Face Soap

I suppose this is why I'm known as random to some.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Does She Speak Eloquently?

A quick update before I dash off to work. Remember the karaoke place I was going to last night? Somehow, I ended up entered in a contest there, and guess what...I came in second! I won't fool myself - the DJ is a grizzled old character who probably wasn't lying when he said I got second for the "most professional use of the word 'fuck'" but still - wow! There were some awesome folks up there too! I can't hear myself when I'm singing - the return isn't the greatest, and I'm okay with that - so I'll have to take people's word for it that I did okay.

I sang You Oughta Know at the request of the Birthday Boy. First place went to Mr. Karaoke. He was there. I didn't look at him...or anybody....when I was singing. Didn't want him to get offended. Of course, I think he already was. I don't know much of anything anymore though. But that's for later in the week, since I have to leave for work in less than 15 minutes.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Headache revisited

I just read over last night's post, and I find it remarkably well-written for someone in a state of buzz, if I may say so myself. Anyway, thought I'd chime in to say there was no headache this morning. Not bad, eh? I'm surprised myself.

Tonight, I think I'll do karaoke again. I went last week and got a very good reception. I've been trying a few new songs (okay, who am I kidding - they're all new. I don't practice and I don't do this often enough to sound like a pro) and people loved the Alanis Morissette. I may try it again tonight if it won't offend the audience. I was sad that Mr. Karaoke wasn't there to hear it, not because of the text of the song but just because I missed him - even though he didn't believe it when I sent him a text to that effect. Maybe he'll come out tonight.

Also, as promised - the random baker's dozen off my iTunes as I've been sitting here paying bills and blogging.

At this Moment - Billy Vera and the Beaters
Wait - Sarah McLachlan
One Promise Too Late - Reba McEntire
A Woman's Worth - Alicia Keys
Who Dat? - Cigar Store Indians
Wait - White Lion
{Podcast came up here - that won't count cause it's 6 songs!}
She's a Rebel - Green Day
The Scientist - Coldplay
I Am an Illusion - Rob Thomas
Closer to Fine - Indigo Girls
I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash
Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House
For You - Staind

Hmmm....looks like iTunes is feeling kinda mellow today.

One Heck of a Hangover

I will probably wake up with a hell of a hangover in the morning. (Yes, only my subject lines are family friendly at this hour.) To keep myself awake long enough to drink some water, though, I figured I'd drop in and say hi.

Talk about a crazy day. I spent the afternoon tooling around in my new car. Yep - I bought a new car. Last week. Didn't mention it earlier because I wanted someone to see it instead of read about it here, but now that he knows, I can say it. So I spent the day in the new car, then went to a wedding I never thought would happen. We were literally making book on whether the groom would pull out before the ceremony.

You see, the pair had dated for 10 years before he proposed. 10 years of ups and downs and break-ups and back-togethers and do I want her? does she want me? questions. She managed to build this man up and tear him down many times a day. But in the end, he couldn't live without her. Or so he thought. So he proposed. But he still had doubts. Luckily, he went through with it and we all got him trashed at his reception. Then we left, cause there was hockey to watch. The score when we left: Edmonton 1 Carolina 0 Claire 3 glasses of merlot

So we set up the party. About a dozen of us watching every check, every pass, and cringing as it happened. I had time to chat with another friend and her husband who I've known for years but you rarely see in the same place because one is with the kids. We moved the party twice to mix up the karma. No luck. Final score: Edmonton 2 Carolina 1 Claire 3 glasses merlot and 3 Coors Light.

But this all adds up to good things. My friend went through with what he called one of the hardest decisions of his life. There will be more hockey (a foriegn concept to me this late in June) and I laid claim to one afternoon of my friend's time by telling her husband to plan on kid duty. Aside from the fact that I feel like I'm getting stupider as I get older, it'll be worth the headache in the A of M.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Sound and fury signifying nothing

I really don't feel like sitting here and typing, but I have a few random thoughts in my head, and when that happens, it's either call someone and talk or sit down and write. And tonight, I don't feel like talking because the only people I wouldn't have to explain myself to are pre-occupied with other items. So let's spin the random wheel and begin, shall we?

1) A post from Wordnerd sent me back into my upbringing. If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. The golden rule of my household. And since we were a family who dealt in the verbal currency of sarcasm, even that "something nice" had to be measured in tone so as not to be labelled "smart aleck" and therefore grounds for additional punishment. No wonder I keep my mouth shut now. I can't even do a good version of trash talking at a sporting event. Which brings me to

2) The Stanley Cup. I don't have any wood to knock on though, so...'nuff said.

3) I just watched the series finale of "Will and Grace" and it made me happy, yet sad. I hate the idea of losing someone so important to me for so many years. I'm glad they got back together in the end, but still. Sort of a protracted version of "When Harry Met Sally" and if I'm going to meet up with my Harry again somewhere down the line, it would really be nice were we young enough t0 enjoy it. After I turned that off,

4) I watched Valmont. 1989 adaptation of Dangerous Liasons with Annette Bening and Colin Firth. Interesting, but I'd only give it two stars. Even as far as period pieces go, it just didn't thrill me. But anything that has a swordfight as a pivotal moment definitely goes up a notch in my book.

There ya go - four random thoughts from the head of Claire. More later if I think of them, but otherwise, good night and good luck!

Kick it up a notch

This has been an intense couple of days. Car shopping....parental visit....Stanley Cup pressures....second job pressures... But I do have to say I got in some good dances last night, so that makes it all better. Well, maybe not ALL better, but significantly so.

Anyway, with all this going on, I choose instead to write about something in the news - The best album of all time. According to a poll taken on, the best album of all time is not the Beatles or Nirvana, but Oasis "Definitely Maybe" I have to admit, that WAS a kick-ass album, but I would have put Joshua Tree above it. That said, we all know what a U2 fan I am! It is nice, however, NOT to see Kurt Cobain atop one of those lists. Just goes to show, the public isn't always wrong.

That said, what's your favorite album of all time?

And you know, I haven't posted a random baker's dozen in a very long that I use iTunes more, I'll have to do that again in the coming days. Maybe tomorrow night where there's no hockey game to stress me out.