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posted by Susan at approximately 8:30 PM

Monday, October 25, 2004
A few thoughts on smoking

I noticed on the menu at J. Alexander's earlier this afternoon that they ask their patrons to not smoke cigars or pipes while inside the restaurant. Yet they freely allow billows of odorous cigarette smoke to come floating out from the bar area. They might as well put a note on their menu - "Please do not ignite anything that smells good or that might not kill you in 20 years."

I am a big-time opponent of cigarette smoking. Besides being utterly disgusting, it has been proven over and over to be very unhealthy for both the smoker and those around them. My father smokes. I wish, with everything within me, that he could quit. But he is at least courteous enough to limit his smoking to outside homes, restaurants, and other public places. I personally feel that anyone who cannot go 30 minutes without a cigarette, just long enough to eat a meal, has a really serious problem. But that is the culture these days, isn't it? The "who cares what anyone else thinks or needs, as long as I'm happy" mentality is one of the sad realities of our society.

Recently, the office building where I work had to re-enact a smoking policy that asks all smokers to get 50 feet away from the building before lighting up. Not two hours after that reminder email came out, smokers were looking for a loophole. They found their loophole in the fact that the city owns the sidewalk, so according to them, our office building managers cannot tell them to put out their cigarettes if they are on the sidewalk. Which is, of course, right in the way of the entrance of our building. So we're back to square one with that issue. Some days I get so frustrated that I want to walk up to them, pick my nose, and wipe it on their face. That's just as repulsive as having to breathe their cigarette smoke, in my opinion.

I don't mean to offend any of my readers who happen to be smokers. I don't mean to put anyone down for being addicted to something that probably makes their lives a little easier and less stressful. I'd soon be coming at you with a knife if you took my morning coffee away from me. I just wish that many smokers would be a little more polite when it comes to indulging in their habit.

posted by Susan at approximately 9:32 PM


My monster has:

Eyes like a tempest-tossed storm
Teeth like ragged-edged knives
Hair like Medusa with a perm
Face like a rottweiler

But no matter how scary my monster is, I love her anyway...Just the way she is!

...Monday Madness...

posted by Susan at approximately 1:04 PM

Sunday, October 24, 2004
What I did yesterday

Price Breakdown:

1 Spruce Tree - $12.99
1 flat of pansies - $12.99
3 small pots of ivy - $8.97
1 planter - $24.96
1 bag of potting soil - $5.96
Total: $65.87

I did get to use the rest of the pansies in other planters and beds, so the whole $65.87 wasn't spent on the planter. But at least $55 was. Expensive, but I think it turned out well. I'm quite proud of it, actually.

posted by Susan at approximately 10:19 AM

Friday, October 22, 2004
Feast 22

Name 3 things that you are wearing today.
A coral-colored blouse, blue jeans, and my regular jewelry (wedding rings, watch, tourmaline ring, earrings).

Who was the last person you hugged?
My wonderful hubby (who brought me flowers yesterday, by the way).

What do you like to order from your favorite fast food place?
Hmm...It would probably be the BMT on Honey Oat bread from Subway.

Main Course
What time of day do you usually feel most energized?
Anytime of the day that I'm not at work. Seriously. It's like I have an aversion to work. Some might call that lazy. They're probably right.

Using the letters in your first name, write a sentence.
Sugary unbelievable souffles are neat.

...Friday's Feast...

posted by Susan at approximately 8:49 AM

Thursday, October 21, 2004
Too little time

I am looking forward to my vacation next week. I can hardly stand it. I've got a lot of work to do today and tomorrow. I'd like to be able to wrap up everything before I leave, but unfortunately there's no way on earth I can get it all finished. I'll have some of the same stuff waiting for me when I return on November 1st. (Gosh, I cannot believe it's almost November!)

There is so much I'd like to get accomplished while on vacation. Here's a list:

1) Clean out my closet.
2) Iron several of Jeff's shirts.
3) Plant several trees in our yard.
4) Make a large flower bed beside the house.
5) Lose 10 pounds.
6) Read 3-4 books.
7) Finish and mail all due ATCs on Nervousness.
8) Get copies made and atlases sent out for my Marvelous Maps project.
9) Straighten up my craft room.

And there are more; I just can't think of them right now.

I got a philly cheese steak sandwich for lunch. It wasn't as good as they usually are - too underdone or something. But I did get a Banana Colada Fuze beverage, and it is quite nice.

posted by Susan at approximately 12:29 PM

Lights, Camera, Action!

Onesome: Lights!- What do you think of the trend to light up houses for *every* holiday? It used to be just Christmas and maybe Halloween, but lately the stores have been full of Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day lights. Oh, and Thanksgiving/Autumn and...
I personally feel like Christmas should be the only holiday where we decorate our homes with lights and wreaths and things. If we start going all out for every single holiday (and who can afford that anyway?) it will eventually take away from the specialness that Christmas is celebrated for.

Twosome: Camera!- What's your preference? Digital or film, black and white or color, portraits, candids, or just whatever catches your eye?
If we had a better digital camera, I would probably be taking pictures constantly. Right now, Jeff just uses our digital for his eBay stuff. I like color mostly, but black & white is sometimes interesting for the effect. However, I hate having my own picture made. I am not photogenic at all.

Threesome: Action!- Do you have a favorite sport? Do you follow the local high school or college team, trek to the kids' games each weekend or are you all about the pros?
I'm not really into sports at all. I do like to watch a basketball game on television every now and then, and I love the Utah Jazz. But honestly, I think the world is much too concerned with sports.

...Thursday Threesome...

posted by Susan at approximately 8:07 AM

Tuesday, October 19, 2004
It must be a sad life

Why do Democrats want something, anything, bad to happen? It really must be a hard, depressing life to make someone be a Dem.

They foam at the mouth when talking about the "bad economy." When I go to the mall and have to wait in a long line of traffic just to get out of the parking lot when it's not even time for Christmas shopping - here in little ol' Chattanooga - you know what that tells me? The economy is just fine.

And I sincerely believe that they want a terrorist attack to happen sometime in the next few weeks. It wouldn't even surprise me if George Soros paid Osama millions in cold, hard cash to help him carry out a pre-election attack. It's gone that far, and the Dems have sunk that low.

They make me so sick.

posted by Susan at approximately 9:49 PM

Monday, October 18, 2004
As if we need more reasons...

Here's 3 more good ones to not vote for John "Effin" Kerry:

1. Palestinian Authority endorses John Kerry
(These are the people that enjoy blowing up Israelis.)

2. Republicans have better sex than Democrats
('nuff said.)

3. The man is just plain ugly.

(Hat tip to Lucianne for this Very Skerry picture.)

posted by Susan at approximately 9:47 AM

Time for a work rant

On Friday afternoon, I made a list of things I would need to do this morning when I arrived at work. It's 9:10, and I have completed 8 out of the 10 things on my list. Granted, only 2 or 3 were significant things, but I'm 80% finished with my day's work already.

One of my co-workers, however, dragged in at about 8:30. As of now, she hasn't even turned her computer on. She's been far too busy making her social rounds. This would not be inexcusable if it was the exception. But it is something that happens day after day after day. And I'm sick of it. She is supposed to go on maternity leave sometime in December, and I hope and pray that she is able to become a full-time mom. That may sound mean on my part, but I would just feel so much better if we could get rid of her and hire someone who would actually put forth some effort. I'm not saying that I'm perfect (hey, I took a break to specifically write in my blog). I goof off plenty. But when there's work to be done, I sit down and do it. It seems like, with her, the more work there is, the less she contributes. I guess I should be thankful that she even shows up - she has been absent at least 30 days this year, if not more like 40. And that's not an exaggeration by any means.

Ah well...looks like she's got her breakfast now. It's 9:15. Let's see if she can muster up the energy to lift a finger sometime in the next hour or so. I would sadly be surprised.

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