September 28, 2008
What I can tell you is 20 years after my obsession with Donnie Wahlberg began (Hello! Molly Wahl, Donnie Wahlberg) (his birthday is August 17th, mine is August 19th and no I did NOT look that up for this blog), he is still a beautiful man and a bad boy to boot. AND I find out from Behind the Music, he's divorced - come on a girl can dream can't she?
He MIGHT even be hotter now than he was when I saw them at the Cocoa Expo in 1990. And, I will be downloading the new album, The Block tonight, not that impressed with them singing live, but that's not really the point is it?
And how adorable was it that Maria Menunos pulled out a letter that she wrote about Jonathan when she was 12 years old??
About 3 1/2 years ago, when I and then boyfriend Billy were flying to Seattle to go on vacation with his family, we flew out of Orlando to DC (I think) and as we got on the plane, Billy said, "I think Jordan Knight is on our plane"
Me, like a rabid dog, sits up, eyes wide and says "Where???" looking around furiously.
He says, right back there and points about five rows behind us in COACH.
When we landed, wherever we were, we were behind him and heading in the same direction and yours truly says, "Excuse me, are you Jordan Knight?" and he says yes, and smiles. AND I DIDN'T GET A PICTURE!!!! However, did we get a picture with whatever professional wrestler was on our plane in Seattle?? YES. Not that I'm bitter. But yes Bitches, I DID meet Jordan Knight.
I know there are several of you that will hate this post, but it makes me happy to know that New Kids have new music and are back together!
September 26, 2008
$40 Sleep on my couch!! (Lucky You!) (Cambridge/Somerville)
Hi. If you're looking for a place for just a few days (up to a week or so)I have an extremely comfortable couch you can use. I have a one bedroom apartment with a patio and small yard that is right on the Cambridge/Somerville border (Inman Square). It's a 10-15 minute walk to either the red line (Harvard Square station) or the green line (Lechmere station). You could also use the kitchen, bathroom, washing machine and wireless internet as needed. I do have two small beagles, who are loud when they're outside, but good when they're indoors. (I'd be willing to talk about 35/night if you wanted to walk them daily.) As for me - I'm 31, live alone, work from home, but usually spend my days at local cafe, and go out a few nights a week. As for you - you're decent, honest, dont steal, like dogs, and clean up after yourself.
This is as good as it gets folks!
Hope you enjoyed your trip to MollyWood....I'll try to catch you tomorrow.
So....on top of everything - I'm at Panera (because we all know I love the free internet) and I wanted to get lunch.
Can we just talk about ettiquitte at a counter service restaurant? Here is what we don't do. DO NOT go and stand in front of the condiment station and PREPARE your drink. I promise there are people behind you getting more and more irritated with you by the minute. And then, when you start talking to your friend next to you, who CLEARLY sees me standing behind you but does nothing to indicate to you that there's someone waiting....it makes me want to throw my perfectly good BACON TURKEY BRAVO at your head.
On another note....are you aware of the HOURS of USELESS crap on daytime television? Every day I am amazed that there isn't anything better on TV.
Did you know there are FOUR HOURS of the Today Show? And they have the same guests with different hosts asking THE SAME QUESTIONS. Today, this woman, beautifyl, single woman is being interviewed talking about being single. And how she's accepted it, but others make her feel bad....and they flash these numbers across the bottom of the screen.
24% of women 30-34 are not married
September 25, 2008
For Real, Smart Person of the Day!
I am usually being snark-tastic when I give out these awards. This time, I'm not.
You may or may not know this. I am not a Kid Rock fan.....until today. As you know, in my world, "sabbatical" really means, watching too much daytime television. The clip above is of Kid Rock on the Ellen show. Ellen shows "Kid" a clip of Pam Anderson hopping around her show in a tiny bikini. Then asks him to explain her. And his response was FANTASTIC!!! Seriously, I am so proud of him, I can hardly tell you.
"I touch stove. Stove was hot. I think I’ll not touch stove anymore."
The Birk Economic Recovery Plan
An outstanding plan!
I'm against the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG. Instead, I'm in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in, we'll cal it a "We Deserve It" dividend. To make the math simple, let's assume there are 200,000,000 bonafide U.S. Citizens 18+. Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, womanand child. So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up..So divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billon that equals $425,000.00. My plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18+ as a "We Deserve It" dividend. Of course, it would NOT be tax free. So let's assume a tax rate of 30%. Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes. That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam. But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket. A husband and wife has $595,000.00. What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family? Pay off your mortgage - housing crisis solved. Repay college loans - what a great boost to new grads. Put away money for college - it'll be there. Save in a bank - create money to loan to entrepreneurs.Buy a new car - create jobs. Invest in the market - capital drives growth. Pay for your parent's medical insurance - health care improves. Enable Deadbeat Dads to come clean - or else. Remember this is for every adult U S Citizen 18+ including the folkswho lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other companythat is cutting back. And of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces. If we're going to re-distribute wealth let's really do it...instead of
trickling outa puny $1000.00 ( "vote buy" ) economic incentive that is being proposed by
one of our candidates for President.
If we're going to do an $85 billion bailout, let's bail out every adult U S Citizen 18+!As for AIG - liquidate it. Sell off its parts. Let American General go back to being American General. Sell off the real estate. Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up. Here's my rationale. We deserve it and AIG doesn't. Sure it's a crazy idea that can "never work," but can you imagine the Coast-To-Coast Block Party! How do you spell Economic Boom? I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 Billion "We Deserve It"dDividend more than I do the geniuses at AIG or in Washington DC. And remember, The Birk plan only really costs $59.5 Billion because $25.5 Billion is returnedinstantly in taxes to Uncle Sam. Ahhh...I feel so much better getting that off my chest. Kindest personal regards,BirkT. J. Birkenmeier, A Creative Guy & Citizen
PS: Feel free to pass this along to your pals as it's either good for alaugh or a tear or a very sobering thought on how to best use $85 Billion!!
So, the question is...what would you do with an instant $297,500 in your pocket instantly?
I hope you enjoyed your visit to MollyWood.....I'll try to catch you tomorrow!
So, anyway, I'm Just a Girl had some very interesting questions and it made me start thinking...
1. What was your first favorite song? Its probably a tie between the Sesame Street Song (the original, not that crazy crap they play now) and Disco Duck - come on and listen to it....you can't help but smile because its SO ridiculous! But my mom had this Disco Compilation record and I swear I could listen to that song on my Fisher Price record player over and over again.
2. Who was your first favorite female singer? Now this is a tough one, mostly because I don't really remember my first. I remember my parents were very into Country and Dolly Parton, but the first one I can really remember being IN LOVE with Tiffani and Debbie Gibson. I'm sure there were others, and if you ask Nancy she might tell you something completely different.
3. Who was your first favorite male singer? That would be Michael Jackson and his YELLOW SEQUINED sweater. I even had the poster on the wall in my bedroom!
4. Who was your first favorite band? Its either the Jackson 5 OR The Beach Boys. Growing up in Florida, we are all about the beach and what says more about an endless summer than the Beach Boys?
5. Who is your all time favorite band? Wow, this is really too difficult to answer. I'm so music oriented, it would depend on genre and then even possibly era. Some of my all time favorites are Dave Matthews Band (you knew I was going to say it!), The Cure, Metallica, Steve Miller, The Beach Boys, the GoGos, REM...the list goes on and on.
6. Who is your all time favorite male singer? I'm with Just a Girl, on the straight singing its Josh Groban. On the makes my knees weak and could listen to him sing the phone book? Dave Matthews - seriously? I would be a fantastic stalker - I could watch that man do ANYTHING!
7. Who is your all time favorite female singer? I have always love Britney (pre-K-Fed) and Janet Jackson. I'll throw a little Country in and say Trisha Yearwood as well.
8. What is your all time favorite LP/CD album? Holy crap this is a hard question to answer. I don't think I can pick just one. The one thing I love about iTunes is the ability to download all kinds of stuff, and my tastes are eclectic.
9. What was your first favorite radio station? Central Florida in the 80's? It was ALL ABOUT BJ 105.1 - seriously?? Who would name a radio station BJ?
Let me know what you think!
I hope you enjoyed your visit to MollyWood....I'll try to catch you tomorrow!
If I've talked to you today, you know I've been nauseated all day long. And now, tonight, I can't sleep. Not because I'm feeling ill....but becuase I CAN'T STOP BURPING. Seriously, big ones, little ones, long ones, short ones...its insane. I have never been this gaseous in my LIFE!
Have you ever had this problem?
Hope you enjoyed your visit to MollyWood...I'll try to catch you tomorrow.
September 23, 2008
After finding Ask Allison, her question today really got me thinking. There's hardly anything in my life I would do over, but there are so many choices and decisions that could have made things SO different....down to answering a phone call. (and a fabulous Gwenyth Paltrow movie, Sliding Doors - if you haven't seen it...do it, it's AMAZING!)
My biggest what if, after thinking about this for most of the day. When I finished graduate school, I moved to Atlanta and tried desperately to find a public relations job in a newly post- 9-11 world. Needless to say, it was an interesting adventure. My friend Jenn Underhill hooked me up with a really cool freelance job, but I couldn't find anything permanent. I even found this recruitment firm that specializes in communications jobs. They led me to this AMAZING job with a law firm in downtown Atlanta. Seriously, their office is across the street from the old Downtown Macy's. But I did not get offered that amazing job. Instead, I got an offer to move back to the small Central Florida town I grew up in....and I took it. Mostly because I was scared.
And now, six and a half years later, I wonder what my life would be like if I had stayed in Atlanta and stuck it out. There were three more years of Molly and Billy that never would have happened. I think I would be in a very different position than I am now...but I would have missed out on so many cool things.
What about you? What's your greatest What If moment? Do you ever think about what would have happened if you would have made a different decision about something?
Hope you've enjoyed your visit to MollyWood - I'll try to catch you tomorrow!
So, Friday's adventure was supposed to start at 3:45 am....which I figured I would need to go to sleep around 9pm to get enough rest. Good in theory, but if you know me at all, you know I can't sleep when I'm excited or nervous (thus the Ambien perscription) and I was nervous that if I took drugs I would oversleep.....so when I was awake at 3am, I just decided to get up. In the long run, it was probably the better decision, since I could completely take my time to get ready....and I was actually ready a little early.
I had my red laptop bag packed with everything you could possibly think of, hairspray, makeup, flip flops, laptop, ipod, magazine, gum, toothburush and toothpaste, snacks...I'm sure there was more...I accidentally weighed my bag....17 pounds!
Ok...so Tallahassee airport at 5:20 am, Atlanta airport at 6:40am and I was in Chicago by 9:30. One of the dummer things I did was wear my heels on all the planes, I should have carried them instead.....my feet hurt so bad.
In Chicago, I got a cab and made it to the office, a little early too. Though the cab driver was crazier than Deborah...seriously! I thought I was going to die about 20 times, and we had to go all of 5 blocks.
The interview itself was awesome. The women I met with seem amazing, very smart and knowledgable. And to me, they asked the right questions - I'm so curious about the actual office I would be working in. (The interview was in Chicago, the job is in Boston.) And I've started looking at Craigslist for apartments, that's how good I think it went.
Here's what I can tell you.....the job itself excites me, for lots of reasons mostly because it would be starting 5 events almost from scratch. On the flip side, moving to Boston terrifies me on many levels....snow, large metro area, crazy accents, no family, no friends, no Publix (seriously - those that don't live in the south, it REALLY is the BEST grocery store), no beach....well I guess there is a beach.....its just very different.
The flight back was crazy. There was much confusion with which airline I was actually on...US Air, operated by United...so that means you check in at the United desk...who knew? And I had to wait about 3 hours. I was so pumped when I got to the airport, and I talked to a few people, but as the time went on, I was getting more and more worn out. When I finally got on the plane, the sweet man next to me agreed that he would wake me if I was snoring (bless you, because aparently, I was).....then I RAN through the Charlotte airport - litterally from one end to the other....thank GOD I brought flip flops. And I ended up on a plane with Amanda May's mom. By the time I got to my house at almost 11 pm, I was so tired that I had to take some Ambien to make sure I slept, which I did until 10am Saturday!
So now, I wait. Keep up your good thoughts and wishes, but I have no news at this point. The recruiter keeps telling me to be positive and stay focused....I'm trying, but its hard. So if you've got any ideas how to stay occupied, I'm up for it!
Hope you enjoyed your trip to MollyWood....I'll try to catch you tomorrow!
September 17, 2008
I was hanging out at Panera last night (free internet with a really good signal and faboo lemonade!) and I talked to my friend Jen. She had sent me a partial profile of a boy she met through J-Date....who had "hotlisted" her. One thing that puzzled me, she was surprised that someone had "hotlisted" her. And I kept wondering....why would my fabulous and adorable friend, who is highlly educated, smart, AND funy be surprised that someone was interested in her.
Now, it being the internet age, I'm not immune to the internet dating. I've done it a few times, a few with relative success, and a few that were disasters....ask me about the ice sculpture with shrimp. So, I'm used to getting emails with profiles and sending them. When we talked, one thing Jen couldn't get over was, this guy had "hotlisted" her without looking at her profile.
But, the details that she got seem good....Single, Man seeking a Woman, Looking For: Marriage, A long-term relationship, Marriage & Children, 34 years old, Single, I keep Kosher: Not at all, I go to Synagogue: Sometimes, Non-Smoker, Social Drinker, Bachelor's Degree, Occupation Financial/Accounting/Insurance/Real Estate. She told me she was interested and went to look at his profile, but he didn't have a photo, so we couldn't properly dissect him on the phone.
And then she said it.
"I don't know, let's just see if he looks like swamp-thing. I mean, I'm open, but if he looks like the star of a Wes Craven movie, I'm out."
And I wondered, why do we do this to ourselves? Why are we suprised that someone that looks good on paper is interested in us? Why do we assume that someone that's interested in us has something wrong with them? Why is this whole dating thing so hard? And why won't my gmail load....does anyone else use gmail? Can you tell me what's going on? Last night...it kept reloading while I was trying to read emails!
Hope you enjoyed your trip to MollyWood...I'll catch you tomorrow!
UPDATE: Gmail HTML version is working, but not the Beta.
September 15, 2008
Its nice to hear others lament about their dating issues...I'm glad when I hear its not just me. I'm also glad when my married friends tell me about their bliss....it gives me something to hope for! Lilly convinced me of the joys of juggling...I'mjust not skilled.
Short post this week...fairly uneventful weekend. Parents, football, movie, Publix.
Side note, on my way to lunch...I sat at the light at Meridian and Tennessee (between Leon HS and the gas station). Now, normally, nothing of interest, but it was lunchtime and the ENTIRE parking lot was full of high schoolers waiting to walk in the Jiffy store to pick up their oh-so nutritious lunches of Mountain Dew, Doritos, cookies and candy. We were never allowed to leave school to each lunch at a gas station...though some of my classier friends are fans of the GAS STATION HOT DOG and have taught their children the same.
Hope you enjoyed your visit to MollyWood...I'll catch you tomorrow!
September 12, 2008
This morning is not the first time I've heard, guitar strumming coming through the wall from the people next door. Vacuuming at midnight, I can deal, cause at least it keeps the place clean....but come on...how loud do you have to be playing the guitar that I can hear it next door. And there's no song or diciferable tune, its just random strumming and it continues for almost an hour.
Then, just as I'm falling asleep on the couch (it was a slow day today, and I don't feel good) my doorbell rings...and my doorbell NEVER rings. So I answer it to find my neighbor in all his tatooed in his underwear glory. Now granted, he's got a pretty tight body, but he's standing in my doorway, asking for help since he took the trash out and locked himself out. I told him I didn't have a spare key, but he could call our landlord. Then he realized he had a spare key outside, so he could let himself back in.
Here's the question - what would it take for you to take out your trash in your underwear???
September 11, 2008
So anyway, Parish and his new wife, who's name I still don't know, have been living next door for two months-ish. He seems nice, but a little strange. He is the manager of a restaurant and is always friendly and remembered my name after the first time he met me. She's more elusive, I have no idea what she does, but I can tell you she smokes, INSIDE THE HOUSE. Now, I could care less if she wants to kill herself, but when I have been out all day and I come home, MY HOUSE SMELLS LIKE STALE CIGARETTES!!!! I call Bull-Shit on that one.
So this week, Sally-Ann (which is what I'm calling her until someone actually tells me her name) has discovered that we have a hose on the front of the building and she has started not washing but spraying-off her car. How do I know this? I can hear her turning on the spicket in the house.
So this afternoon....I hear her turning on the hose, and I look out the window to see her spraying off her car with a cigarette hanging out of her mouth!!!! Come on.....put the cigarette out already.
More to come on this one, I promise!
MollyWood loves ya...catch ya tomorrow!
(1) I had my phone interview for the event planner position - it rocked, thank you! I had the HR woman chuckling along with me...not a lot, but enough. They're finishing phone interviews this week and doing in-persons next week....and she "doesn't see why she won't be talking to me again." Sounds positive...but I'm not getting my hopes up.
(2) I am going to Chicago next Friday (19th) to interview for the job the headhunter found in Boston. I'm psyched, I wish I could stay longer, but since I have no money its probably better that the Michigan Ave. stores won't be calling my name!
I'm a little more excited about the first than the second, but I think that has something to do with not wanting to move....and I know more about the first than the second.
I got a surprise phone call from my friend Lori that I used to work with. She's the fabulous mother of triplet boys....and she works...what a woman. She just called to check on me....and tell me she was thinking about me, which I appreciate more than she can know. And she gave me some gossip about our old employer.....which made me shocked and awed.
Also, for those of you not on facebook...I am suggesting that you RUN, don't walk to get yourselves on. With the games, networking and other crap...it keeps my sabatical-living butt entertained for HOURS!
I hope you enjoyed your trip to MollyWood...I'll try to catch you tomorrow!
September 10, 2008
That said....most of you want to know what's going on. Well, to date, I've sent out about 50 resumes to positions in Tallahasssee, Tampa, Orlando, Atlanta, and Boston ???(I'm getting to it). And though I have been sending out mondo applications, there's not much coming back my way....there was a phone interview with a local association for a position that I was way over qualified for. For which I then got an email saying that I wasn't the right fit for the position...WHATEVER.
Tuesday I got a call from an organization that had my resume from a position I applied for over a month ago (that they already filled) but they thought of me for another position, an association event planner, FUN! I have a phone interview tomorrow! HOORAY!
Then, there's this recruiting firm that my friend Keri hooked me up with....well....it was full speed ahead with them, then nothing for two weeks...and then today!!! HOORAY! So, the message I got today was that they want to interview me, I'm sorry, fly me to Chicago and interview me.....the job is in Boston, but I'm totally up for traveling ANYWHERE on someone else's dime.
Thanks for all the kind thoughts, I appreciate it more than I can tell you.....I'll keep you posted!
Thanks for stopping by MollyWood....I'll try to catch you tomorrow!
September 9, 2008
Anywho, one of the books that I found, through my blog guru, Jen Lancaster, was Jessica Culter's The Washingtonienne. Seriously, if you want to read an entire book (it will take you about 2 days) and the entire time, yell "WTF" at no one...I highly suggest this.
If not, here's my synopsis. Lazy, smart girl from New York, f's up her relationship with her "fiance" and moves to DC to live with her friend. While "interning" for a senator, she meets two men old enough to be her father, sleeps with both of them on a regular basis (including hours after she meets them) gets them both to pay for an apartment for her, give her a "stipend" every time they meet, and fly her around the country on trips. While in relationships with both men, she sleeps around with various losers, meets someone at her new job, falls in love, blogs about her sexcapades, gets out-ed to the DC gossips, gets evicted, gets book deal, becomes more fabulous than before for being high-cost whore! This is definately a cautionary tale.....and is not for the faint of heart.
And if you think that my life isn't depressing enough, here's a fabulous library story to brighten your day. I was in the public library, waiting for my reserved computer (yes, you have to sign in and get assigned a computer at a specific computer for a specific time). The computer I had been assigned at 4:10 was currently (3:40) occupied by four teen thugs watching YouTube videos of people fighting and knocking people out. I'm waiting, quite patiently for me, especially, and I walked by to go to the magazine stacks, and one of these THUGS is sitting at the computer, in the library, flicking a lighter!!!! So I leaned over and said, "Please don't flick a lighter in here! There are books and magazines and lots of things that are, um, flamable!" and to my surprise, his friend says, "Dude! Don't burn down the library!"
Hope you enjoyed your trip to MollyWood...I'll catch you tomorrow!
September 4, 2008
September 3, 2008
I've watched both conventions, and I REALLY enjoyed tonight's speakers.
If you didn't get a chance to watch Rudy Guiliani's speech....check youtube for it....I've got a transcript for you....it was amazing. Well....I guess if you're not voting for Obama you'd think it was amazing.
Sara Palin just ripped on Obama - and I loved the joke about the Hockey Moms and Bulldogs. I like her more and more. And if she were a man, NO ONE would be asking if she would be able to be both a mother and a vice president....NO ONE is asking if Barak can be both a father and a president.
I hope you enjoyed your visit to MollyWood...I'll catch you tomorrow!
September 2, 2008
I'm not sure how I did it, but I convinced my mom to take my unemployed-ass to Disney World on Sunday. We were supposed to take my grandma, but more on that to come. We had a great day. For those of you that live in the south, you get it. August in Florida feels like the equivalent of taking a walk through hell.....its hot, humid and there's almost no breeze, and that's why we love it so much.
So, we go to the park (Magic Kingdom, thank you) and we had a faboo day. It was 82 degrees, overcast and breezy, it was almost fall-like. And, because the forcast was for all day rain, there were very few people there...seriously, we didn't wait over 30 minutes for any ride all day. We were debating where to go next, and I suggested the Haunted Mansion. One of my all time favs, if you haven't been in a while, they've updated it very well, but kept it classically true and its cool to go through and try to decipher what's new and what's always been there! (and I love knocking on the Doom-Buggy in front of us in the dark!)
As we are leaving and walk outside, I see this white flash behind the brick entrance....and then I see it. There is a woman, about 22, in a wedding gown, complete with heels, white elbow length gloves, veil and a tiara. She is standing with a man, about 30, in a black suit, white shirt and black tie, throwing a black backpack over his shoulder. As they walk toward Fantasy Land, her beautiful white dress with intricate gold embroidery bustled crooked in the back and dragging on the ground behind her, little girls standing in line gasp, point and yell "Look!" And she is beaming!
As my mom and I were walking to get ice cream (yes I'm aware I'm insanely spoiled!) I was completely exasperated and told my mom, "If at any point, I decide to get married and I come and tell you that after my wedding I want to run around Disney World in my wedding dress please feel free to smack me!" She looked so proud.
Since Sunday, I've done a bit of research, at favorideas.com and Disney Fairytale Weddings, and I've found that
- Walt Disney World hosts more than 2,300 weddings each year.
- Walt Disney World is the most popular wedding/honeymoon location in the U.S.
- An average Disney Wedding with 100 guests costs more than $20,000.
- The simplest possible wedding at Walt Disney World will run you about $4,000, and this for an intimate affair with up to 18 guests. That will buy you a four-night honeymoon at Disney resort, a daylight ceremony, a wedding cake, a bouquet for the bride, a marriage certificate (signed by Mickey!), and several other trimmings, but no reception.
Grandma's got White Hair!
If you know me, you know that my mom's side of my family is a long line of women, that are rather with-it, led by my Grandma. She's always been a very young grandma. When she turned 60, she bought a red-Mitsubishi Eclipse. She has ALWAYS gotten her hair done and wears makeup to the grocery store. When I was home for the weekend...we met her for drinks and dinner, and she has white hair. Now there are many people, like my Dad, who don't understand the relevance of this. All I can tell you, its devestating to me....mostly because she's really getting old and that's hard to handle.
Hope you enjoyed your visit to MollyWood....I'll catch you tomorrow!