Friday, August 29, 2008
Second of all, it is a GHOST TOWN here this morning. Granted, it's still early - but my goodness! There was hardly anyone on the trains this morning and barely any 'foot traffic' getting from the train station to work. Crazy. Of course, it is the Friday before a long weekend, so I'm not all that surprised.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
This morning I encountered two men (not together) on the same Orange Line train singing out loud while listening to their iPods. I then passed by another man in the Copley Mall sitting on the chairs by the escalator doing the exact same thing. Three men, all wearing headphones, all singing out loud. And they were all doing that thing that makes me insane. (As if singing along to music only they can hear isn't annoying enough) They were all singing in a quiet, crazy falsetto, with horrible diction so it was like "Am I hearing things? Or is someone singing?". Irritating.
Note to the headachey, headphone wearing subway singers: If you're going to sing along to your iPod, take it down the octave. And try consonants...they're there for a reason.
There's a man who works the overnight shift here (in systems) and every morning when I'm coming into work he's leaving for the day. Or is it night? My day, his night. Anyway...the thing that gets me is, he's about 5 feet tall (if that) and he's always wearing the same thing. Dirty, filthy, pants that are seriously about 4 sizes too big for him, held up by suspenders. And when I say held up, I MEAN held up. Like, clown pants, as in - if the suspenders were ever to fall off his shoulders, he's be pants-less. He wears these same pants every day along with a filthy, dirty t-shirt to match. It's insane. I mean, I totally get it. He works overnight, so it doesn't make sense for him to have a 'dress code'. However, when the homeless guy who's getting his coffee next to me at Au Bon Pain looks better than one of my co-workers....something needs to be done.
I'm bringing my shoes to the cobbler today at lunch. Isn't that FUN?!?! Who the hell goes to a cobbler in 2008??? I love it.....it's so old-timey. "I'll be right back, I have to drop my shoes off at the cobbler." "I'm running a few errands at lunch, dropping off the dry cleaning, running to the post office, and stopping by the cobbler...hold my calls."
Anyway, I have a pair of shoes that are in perfect condition except that the sole is coming off a bit at the heel on my right shoe. It seems like it should be a cheap and easy fix so I'm CERTAINLY not throwing them out when I can have them cobbled!
Is cobble a verb? It is now.
Happy Hump Day!! (that's dirty)
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I’m in a bit of a ‘funk’.
Yes, it’s true.
Happy-go-lucky John is not “feelin’ it” these days. (It happens people, it happens.)
The thing that’s totally getting me down is my job.
Here are a few facts.
I may ok money…nothing great, nothing horrible, but it’s fine.
I commute every day from East Bridgewater to Boston, which breaks down to 50 minutes on the commuter rail, followed by another 20 minutes on the subway (taking the Red Line one stop to the Orange Line, then taking that 3 stops to work). I leave the house at 5:55am and get home at 5:35pm
I like the people I work with.
My job isn’t ‘difficult’. In other words, I’m not up at night worrying about how to do what I do and I don’t spend time at work trying to figure out how to do my job.
I couldn’t care less about what I’m doing.
I don’t get excited about coming to work.
I honestly think that the last time I was genuinely excited about going to work was back in 1995. Thirteen years ago. (Wow) Now, that’s not to say that I’ve spent every day for the past 13 years in a state of misery…but to be 100% honest, I haven’t looked forward to going to work in a long time.
Back then I was working as the Assistant Company Manager at the North Shore Music Theatre. Even though I was making NO money and working ALL the time, I went to work every day and was thrilled to be there.
I left that job because I was afraid of the ‘unknown’. I was working as the Assistant, and since my boss wasn’t returning, they wanted me to move up and become the Company Manager. Granted, I was only 23 years old at the time, so I think I was a tad young for the job. But more so, I was terrified of being in charge and didn’t know how to deal with change.
Looking back on it, I think I should have stuck it out and gave it a chance. I mean, here’s a huge, well-known theatre, and the Production Manage at the time, CLEARLY trusted me and thought I could do the job. Should he have pushed me more to take the job? Should he have been more encouraging? Who can say? Looking back on it, and thinking about who I was at that time in my life, I definitely think I made the right decision.
So here I am today, working for yet ANOTHER financial institution and not really caring about what I’m doing, but sticking with it until I figure out what the next step is.
Don’t get me wrong…I’m not saying that I need to have some earth-shattering “I’m going to make a difference in the world!!” type of job. That’s hardly the case.
What I really want is to wake up in the morning and be excited about going to work each day.
I don’t want to give the impression that I’m miserable. Believe me, I know plenty of people who HATE their jobs because they work with awful people, or they’re under a lot of pressure and stress. I’m not one of those people. All I want is a job that makes me happy…and pays me a lot of money. :-)
Monday, August 25, 2008
My weekend was GREAT. After leaving this hell hole (know as work) on Friday afternoon, I came home to dinner on the table, my darling husband, and my ridiculously adorable dawg.
After eating, I hung around for a while, then made the trek into Boston to meet up with Kevin and Matt for a drink or 50. I met them at Anchovies on Columbus Ave and after a while, we headed over to Fritz. I love Fritz. Not only is it a place where you're bound to see some people you know (or see some people you know, bound), but it's a totally relaxed bar where you don't feel the pressure to be all primped and pretty....unlike that 'other' place - which feels more like the make-up counter at Saks than a gay bar. No thank you...if I'm out to have fun, I don't want to worry about what I look like. Anyway, we ran into a gang of softball friends and some other random folks we all knew, so it was fun. I ended up leaving a little before 1am, since it's such a long-ish ride home. It's not THAT long really (about 45 minutes), but at that hour it might as well be 3 hours. I love going out with Kevin and Matt...they're fun - and can drink like sailors.
Saturday was CRAMAZING (crazy/amazing). Jim and I got up early, packed up Scooter's overnight bag (who said we were gay?) and started our long-ass, fun day. We dropped Scooter off at Classie Canines for the night (he was excited out of his mind, as usual) and then we began the trip to NYC.
Cut to about 4 hours later...the ride was fine and fairly uneventful with a stop or two along the way...nothing interesting. We arrived in Manhattan at about 12:30, so we were getting hangry (hungry/angry) and were looking to eat lunch. Now, I know we're going to come off as super-touristy, but save your judgment for someone who cares. :-) We decided to grab lunch at the Olive Garden in Times Square. I know, I know....we're in NYC where there are a million and ten great places to eat, so why would we go to a place where we can go any day of the week? Well, it's pretty simple. We needed to pee, we've been there before so we knew what to expect, and given it's location - it's super-duper people watching territory. For the record, the food was very good and at least it wasn't TGI Fridays or Sbarro. After lunch, Jim and I walked around for a bit since we still had time to kill before the 3pm show. We walked around and looked at all the theatres, took a walk up to and through Central Park and then headed to the theatre.
As far as [title of show] is concerned, I loved it more than I ever thought I would. I mean, I knew I would love it - but it was SO much more than I expected. It was funny, touching, exciting and the cast was simply amazing - I couldn't have asked for anything more. Each cast member was great in their own way...and together they made the perfect little show. I was happy to see that Jim really enjoyed it too. I knew that I would, because I'm a complete musical theatre freak - but Jim, although a musical theatre fan, is not as crazy/obsessed with random theatre-y facts like I am. Even though there were a few 'insidery' things that he missed, it didn't make him feel left out or excluded from the overall story. I loved it and I think that anyone reading this should go see it as soon as possible. And bring a lot of people with you...they'll totally love it.
I did the stage door thing - and while I was a tad worried about coming off as a complete loon, I'm so glad I didn't worry about it and just did it. Let me just say - it was a blast. All 4 of them (5 including the pianist/5th cast member, Larry) were SOOO nice and totally knew who Jim and I were. Granted, I have been a fan of theirs (and their blog) for a while now. For about a year and a half, (long before this Broadway 'thing' happened) I'd been in email/Facebook contact with them every so often. They were well aware that there was a 'John in Boston' that was a crazy [tos] fan...and they all knew who Scooter was, because I has sent them a picture or two of him as well. Anyway...they all came out and said how nice it was to meet us, how great it was that we made the trip for the day and craziest of all, they all asked how Scooter was!! It was very fun to talk to them about the show, the changes that they made and of course, how much we loved it. They are a great group of people. After talking to them all, Jim and I went to go but some [tos] merchandise, but they had already closed up shop for the afternoon. Damn it.
We ended up walking around for a little bit to check out some of the suggestions Heidi made(yes, Heidi gave us several suggestions for places to eat dinner - crazy), but ended up at some random place (The Brooklyn Diner) which was actually quite good. After dinner, we decided to head back over the the theatre and give the merchandise buying another shot. Thankfully, they were already selling stuff before the 8pm show (it was just about 7pm at this point) so we each bought a t-shirt, we bought a magnet, and 2 [tos] pencils. Good Times. Now that we had some [tos] goodies, we made one last trip to the boy's room and hit the road.
Car ride - uneventful and not too trying, although I was TIRED. We got home around 11:30 or so and went immediately to bed.....it was a pretty damn good day.
Yesterday was spent cleaning - me inside, Jim outside (as usual) - then we went out after lunch and ran some errands. those errands included returning the bottles and cans we've accumulated since God knows when. Ummmm - we returned 688 bottles and cans. Thank you, very much. After that fiasco - we went to Lowes, Dempsey's, the pet store, and finally Trucchi's for groceries. Four stores I enjoy going to. It wasn't overly exciting, but still, it was fun.
Jim made a yummy yummy dinner (stuffed peppers and his own special risotto-ish rice dish) followed by a family outing (sister-in law, with husband and children as well as brother-in law with wife) to Skinner's for ice cream....or frozen yogurt, in my case. It was a nice, low-fat ending to the weekend.
All in all, it was a great weekend.
Go to New York and see [title of show] - and then tell 9 people. (www.titleofshow.com)
Friday, August 22, 2008
I love Fridays. Not only do I get to wear jeans to work, but it means that I'm just hours away from the weekend. :-)
Jim was (finally!!) home last night, I slept well, my commute this morning was great, and to top it all off, there were no performers on the subway platform. Yahoo!!
So, I'm super excited for tomorrow. Jim and I are headed to New York City to see [title of show]. It's a show that I've been pretty much obsessed with for the past year or so. Quick back story...it's a musical that was written by 2 self-proclaimed theatre geeks (Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen) and the show is about 2 self-proclaimed theatre geeks writing a musical. Crazy, huh? The show stars the both of them along with 2 of their female friends (Susan Blackwell and Heidi Blickenstaff). It was part of a Musical Theatre festival a few years ago where it was picked up by a producer and eventually had a fairly successful off-Broadway run, which incidentally, led to a CD being recorded of the show. Thank God for that! Rather than disappearing into the 'unknown' (wherever little shows go when they die) the brains behind the show's creation kept up their website, kept writing in their blog and started a series of episodes of 'The [title of show] Show' on YouTube. The main focus of 'The [title of show] Show was that the show was heading to Broadway. It started out just for fun, but because of God knows what, the show actually made it to Broadway in July of this year and has been running ever since.
That's the story in a nutshell. I love the show, not only because it's full of great music and totally fun - but the fact that it's about these 2 guys and their 2 female friends who had an idea and totally went for it. Just awesome. I still manage to get all teary listening to the recording. I can't tell you how excited I am about seeing the show and saying hi to them all afterwards. Now, I'm NOT typically a 'Stage Door Johnny' - but I'm making an exception in this case. Stay tuned for pictures from the trip.
In the meantime, check out their website at www.titleofshow.com and look for their videos on YouTube. The Christmas Special is one of my all-time favorites.
Well, it's Friday and I couldn't be happier. I'm just sitting at my desk, typing away in my skin-tight, ripped, acid wash jeans.
Kidding. I'm just wearing my regular, boring Levis....but at one point I certainly could have been seen in the aforementioned jeans. Yikes.
Happy Weekend to one and all......
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Where do I begin? (To tell the story of how great a love can be….'Love Story'? Anyone? Anyone? No one.)
So the day started off fine, I got up, took Scooter out, took a shower, got everything all packed up for the day and dropped Scooter off at daycare. Side note: today was the very first time that I dropped him off - Jim usually does it - and it was the cutest thing ever. They love him there and he CLEARLY loves it. He was so excited and was running around like a wild dog. Hysterical.
Aaaaaand I’m back.
Finally we arrived at South Station around 8:30.
Sorry….I just realized that I’ve written a lot so far, and although it’s making me feel so much better – I’m not sure how entertaining it is to read. Well, you know what? I’m writing all of this for me anyway, so if you don’t like it, you can screw!! Kidding…I hope you don’t hate me.
I’ll cut to the chase….I got to work an hour and a half later than normal, had to rush through my morning Internet searches so I could get coffee before my 10am meeting, after my meeting I had to run through a few tests that took FOREVER because our system was SO slow (no idea why) and then I uncovered a bunch of issues that need to be addressed. That’s actually a good thing. It’s not only my job, but since things weren't working properly it allowed me to meet my co-worker Chris for lunch (we meet every day – unless he’s super busy) and then run to the library. I had to return the book I just finished reading and take out a new one.
Thanks for reading….if you’re reading….and allowing me to vent.
I feel much better.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Jim heads out this morning for two lovely days in Warwick, RI. He has some work 'stuff' going on down there, and he'll be back on Thursday, so it's not all that bad. If I can spend a week in the house all alone a month after we bought it, then I can certainly survive two nights in the house (with Scooter) after living there for almost two years.
So, I finished reading 'The Crossing' and now I'm on the third book in the trilogy 'Cities of the Plain'. This one is shaping up to be the best of the bunch. I have to say, after reading 'The Road' - I was SURE that I'd love everything Cormac McCarthy wrote. Apparently that's not at all the case. The first two books (while entertaining at points) were at times TEDIOUS to get through. Let's just say I'm glad I got that library card and didn't shell out any money for the books at Barnes and Noble (that's Noble, not Nobles....HUGE pet peeve of mine, by the way).
Speaking of Bahhnes and Nobles....I have a book on hold for me there and I CAN'T WAIT to buy it and read it. It's called 'The Q Guide to Broadway' and it's written by Seth Rudetsky. I read his other book called 'Broadway Nights: A Romp of Love, Life, and Musical Theatre' and laughed throughout the entire thing. It was hysterical. I think he's a riot, anyway - so I think that's a big part of it. I'm actually thinking about getting it ('Broadway Nights....') on CD as well. He had all sorts of fancy-pants Broadway folk read various characters in the book, so I'm sure I'll love it. Put it on my Christmas list!!!
So - that's what's happening with me today....coffee, work, pick up Scooter at day care and then find something incredibly exciting to do tonight. Which will most likely mean watching 6 episode of 'Family Guy'. Awesome.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Anyway...I'm here and although I'm not exactly working at the moment.....I'm ok.
This weekend was GREAT. Jim and I went out to dinner with Karen and Barrie on Friday night. We're constantly saying that we need to get together, but we never make actual plans. Finally, last week we got our act together and picked a date and it happened. It was so nice to see them, and catch up on all the exciting things going on in our lives.
Saturday Jim and I spent a good portion of the day cleaning the house (me) and doing yard work (Jim) but then we headed to Jamaica Plain for a kickball and BBQ extravaganza. Guys from our softball team (The Scoops) got together and played against another team in our division (the JJ Bodner Premiums) and then had a BBQ afterwards. I have to say that we got our asses handed to us by them. Apparently kickball is NOT our sport. Although we got killed (twice) it was still fun....and the BBQ was great. Lots of excellent food, and a great mix of people. It was nice to meet and spend time with people from another team.
Yesterday we hosted a big shin-dig at our house for all the East Bridgewater folks that Jim grew up with. His entire family was there, as well as a few other families (and all their children) from town. Again, it was one of those things that we've been talking about for a long, long time - but finally got around to actually doing. Everything went well, and I think people had a great time. Of course, I'm exhausted and sore this morning due to a combination of lack of sleep and playing kickball in my elderly state....it really shouldn't hurt to play kickball....right???
That's all for now....I'm going to try and do some actual work....maybe.
OH!!! Two more exciting things....Jim finally got the promotion he was waiting to hear about - and he surprised me on Friday night with tickets to go see [title of show] next Saturday. You can't even imagine how excited I am.....YAHOO!!!!!
Last thing...that horrible man was playing his guitar and 'singing' on the train platform again. Thankfully, the train came quickly. He still sucks.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Red Foxx? Anyone? Anyone? No one. Moving on....
So, my day started off SO annoying this morning. There's a man that 'performs' on the Orange Line platform at Downtown Crossing from time to time who succeeds in pissing me off more than any other performer has before. He is SOOO awful. He's an extremely loud singer and plays a guitar that is completely out of tune. His song of choice (every day) is "Jesus woke you up this morning, Lord....I'll fly away." Seriously? Do I need to hear his off-key, NON-STOP screeching at 7 in the morning?!? No, I don't. Not only is his singing an abomination to all things musical, but whenever he's not singing he's talking. At least I think he's talking...it's completely incoherent, for he has about 3 teeth in his head. All I can make out is "Jesus..." - "Blood in your veins..." - "Praise God..." - "All the little children..." We went for a few weeks without his presence but this morning he re-appeared, much to the dismay of my fellow commuters. Two people I was walking next to made comments (to no one in particular) when we heard his un-mistakable voice from down the hall. "Oh fuck. He's Back." one man said, followed by "It was so nice when he was gone." from the woman walking in front of me. I completely understand that he's just trying to make a living like the rest of us, but he really needs to do it quieter, on pitch, and on a different platform.
Enough of that! It's Friday, Jim and I are going to dinner tonight with Karen and Barrie (YAY!) and then we have all sorts of exciting things going on both Saturday and Sunday.
I'll fill y'all in later....stay tuned. And by y'all I guess I really mean me....because I don't think anyone else reads this. :-)
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Jason Varitek and his wife of 11 years are getting divorced...
I saw a fox on the way to work this morning...
My book has taken a turn for the better...
It's all so exciting. :-)
Jim (my husband) and I are going to see 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' tonight at The Company Theatre. I'm VERY excited to see it. I was very proud of the fact that I called early enough to get tickets. I'm NOTORIOUS for not planning ahead and missing out on shows because of sell-outs. It makes me sad when that happens. I'm sure the show will be great and I'll be RAVING about it tomorrow morning.
Last night after dinner, Jim and I took Scooter (our year and a half old Jack Russell Terrier) for a long walk around the neighborhood. It was nice to get out and go for a walk, and even nicer that it wasn't rainy out. It's been SO rainy lately, it's depressing. Of course, it's great for our lawn (or what's left of it) and thankfully it's been nice over the weekends, so I shouldn't be complaining.
I'm heading down for my morning coffee....I may write again later on. Can you do that? Can you 'blog' more than once in a day? Are there blogging laws? I'll have to look into that.
In the meantime, here's a picture of Scooter and I:
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Either way. I've started the ball rolling and what happens next is any one's guess.
I'm reading a fairly decent book right now by Cormac McCarthy. He wrote 'The Road' - which I loved - and as soon as I heard that he had written what's called 'The Border Trilogy', I knew I had to read it. Well, I struggled through the first book ('All The Pretty Horses') and I'm now into the second one. It's in no way connected to the first book (character-wise) but they're similar in the fact that they both involve young cowboys on a journey. In Mexico. And there's LOTS of smoking involved. It makes me want to smoke and drink whiskey while I read it. Of course, I find whiskey repulsive, and since I've quit smoking I'm no longer allowed to do that. I'll just have to live vicariously through the boozing and smoking cowboys in my book.
Don't worry...this isn't going to become a boring book blog....it's just what's on my mind at the moment, so back off.
I'm going to stop now. I have to visit the boy's room and get a cup of coffee.
Have a lovely day....oh! If anyone can guess where I came up with the name of my blog, you get special points....and a gold star for the day.