A grand festive celebration of Talk like a Pirate was held fer Me and Captain Diomedes’ Mateys.
Libations fit fer a Captain
A Mighty Grand Booty
Great Grand Treasure Chest and Badge fer t’ Best Pirate Talk
Cupcake Tower with more of the yummy Chocolate Rum Cupcakes that were featured yesterday.
Chocolate Rum Cupcakes with Pirate Ghost Picks
Rice Krispies with Edible Pirate Decals
Skull Suckers & Gummy Pirate Teeth
(Settings – Language – “English (Pirate)” 3/4 down the list)
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Walking out of work Monday night I was greeted with the first snow of the season. The campus looked beautiful as the snow sparkled in the street lights. Snow and glass sparkled on the driver side back seat as I opened the door to toss in my bags. Until that moment my fascination with the falling snow had distracted me from the biting cold midway winds. The lengthy call to the police was futile as they first chastised me for using 911 instead of 311 and then the person from 311 hide laughter at the idea that someone would actually come out to collect evidence. The bitter winds were an added irritation to the police call as I had to rummage through my car to discover what was missing. Thankfully the thief seemed to miss the more important items like 2 pair of expensive sunglasses going instead for the change tray and the 24 pack of bottled water that was in my trunk. (Yes, I really said bottled water. I guess hard working criminals need to keep hydrated.) The change tray, unfortunately, included a pair of gold earrings. At first I had thought that he managed to snag more items like my registration/insurance info and the glasses but later found that he just moved a ton of things around in what I guess was a hunt for my iPod (located safely on my person) that the car charger belonged to. The thief also managed to leave behind his tools and roll of tape so I would guess that he didn’t have the successful heist he anticipated. The drive home was especially frigid driving on the highway since I was not able to close the window. Being the beginning of the snowy season, I also didn’t have earmuffs, scarves, or mittens the whole night.
Standing over the seedless watermelons, I begin knocking on each melon to find a nice ripe one. Listening closely to each knock I try to block out the overly loud sound of the page being repeated on the intercom. If the pages had not been so interrupting to my melon selecting, I might not have noticed that the 3rd page was cut short by the sound of Rick Astley singing “Never gonna give you up.” The song made it through the chorus twice before you heard an abrupt transition into the typical store play list. I can only imagine that there were a couple of stock boys in the back rolling on the floor laughing that they just Rickrolled the store.
I found a 4 leaf clover today. Feeling a bit nostalgic of the first time I found a 4 leaf clover, I took a picture of it to share. When I found my first 4 leaf clover, I was really excited and showed it to both my mother and father. My mother told me that I could make a wish and it would come true. I thought really long and hard (more than 2 hours) about what I would wish for. Having been told that I can’t wish for more wishes, I cleverly came up with the idea that I would wish to always be able to find a 4 leaf clover when I wanted one. This way I would get a new wish with each clover that I found. As a kid I found and pressed over 500 4 leaf clovers. After filling up my dictionary with clovers and wax paper, I stopped pressing them and began giving them to people. I once found a 4 leaf clover for every person at my family reunion. It is a real pity that the rest of the 500 plus clovers I found didn’t grant my wishes.
Working on converting my blog to WordPress. Thanks for bearing with the mess in the mean time. I will be transferring over old blogs entries soon.
A week ago Dio introduced me to a new website called Gaia. He was linked there because they sell tentacle apparel. It is now my favorite way to waste time. The site is a chat board for anime and art where you earn from gold posting, playing games, and other activities. You use the gold to purchase items to customize your avatar, house and car. The avis are extremely unique and fun to customize. You can enter your avi in an arena to earn gold and be featured if you make the top ten. I entered an avi this week which you can vote (10) for. My handle is Empress Philomela. Feel free to come find me and check out the site.
My jewelry armoire was delivered today from Wicks. It was a surprise because I never got the message that the item was in stock and I never spoke with anyone to confirm that I would be available today for delivery. About an hour before the armoire arrived I got a confirmation call (which I didn’t answer) saying they would be there at 12:30. I had been waiting on my parents to arrive in town today so I was waiting at home anyway. I noticed the missed message around 12:15, so when they showed up on my door fifteen minutes later I was not completely caught off guard. I feel lucky that I was here and despite it being a surprise delivery I am pretty happy that it came. I will finally have a chance to organize all of the jewelry I have collected in a myriad of small boxes. I have been pretty happy with Wicks. Both my couch and chair have been great and so comfortable.
On a side note, I receive mail from my credit card company that the situation with Jennifer Convertibles is resolved. Now I don’t have to worry about them un-refunding my couch to my credit card.
Between the stolen car, the couch, 2 bad eBay auctions, and work I have been a “little” busy this past month. I don’t have much more time right now but I wanted to toss out some updates on how things are going.
After giving me back my money, I never heard anything else about the situation from my credit card. Dio and I bought a different couch from Wick’s Furniture after checking them out with the Better Business Bureau. Ordered it on Tuesday April 3rd and it was delivered on Saturday April 7th. It is a 3 piece sectional that is huge, soft, and red. The day it was delivered we went out and rented movies. There is so much space that both of us can layout completely without bothering the other. We also picked up a big round cream colored chair for me to sit on and work at my computer. Dio also bought me a large jewelry armoire but it is on back order.
Lunch Talk #2
This talk went even better than the first. Last time we planned on 100 and 250 people attended. This time I didn’t take any chances, I planned on food for 300 people, room capacity. We had more than 325 people show up and those beyond the 325 we had to turn away for fire code. Five minutes before the talk started we tore down the food tables and replaced them with the extra 25 chairs. Without removing those tables there would not have been space for the extra 25. Beyond the popularity shown by attendance, I have also been getting pats on the back that “this is the lunch speaker series that is setting the standards for everyone else.” Our donors at the center are happy too. Unfortunately, our event sponsor became sick and was not able to attend this event as he had been planning.
I have been working way too many hours for the past two months so my boss approved letting me get some office assistants. I get to hire two undergraduate students for 10-15 hours per week. I found one and she is doing a great job. The search for the other one has been less than productive. Fifty applications later and I wonder about the intelligence of the students at my alma mater. Granted the last quarter of school is the absolute worst time to find a skilled worker who does not already have a job.
Office Assistant Interviews
My last interview was with a “beauty pageant contestant.” I don’t think she gave an answer without first flipping her hair and then feeding me some line that she thought I wanted to hear which typically conflicted with something she earlier stated. My favorite line was that she wanted to hold a position that kept her moving and doing something different all the time. This statement was followed by “but I can also sit still and just do data entry and file paperwork all day long.” Those ideas just don’t agree with one another. She was also very persistent in telling me she was from Ohio. I am not mocking Ohio, but coming from the Midwest myself, there is not as much interesting about it as she made there out to be. I asked her to tell me about herself and every other line included “in Ohio.” I told her the potential existed to continue this position through the summer (the very position she was interviewing for) and she told me she would rather go back to Ohio. So I will let her go back to Ohio and I will be interviewing three more people this week. I am hoping these go better than the last five interviews.
I hit a new level of crazy
While working 50-60 hours a week this past two months, I decided that it would be a good idea for me to apply for an MBA. So I am filling out my application form, rounding up my letters of recommendation, and trying to write compelling essays that will differentiate me from every other applicant. So far I have two really solid people willing to write my letters and I have three out of the five essays done. Part of my benefits includes half tuition (since I work at a University) and I thought getting an MBA would be a great way to develop contacts that will aid the center. I am hoping that my work will pick up the other half of the cost because it would be an amazing asset to the center since most of the donors are alumni and I would become part of their network.
I attended an informational meeting and I was definitely noticed. Now whether it is a good thing is another matter. This past week I have been suffering from allergies with all of the coughing, sneezing, sore throat, watery eyes, you name it symptoms. While sitting in the middle of the front row of a room of more than one hundred people, all watching the MBA presentation, I had a coughing fit. I had to stand up and walk out because I could not catch my breath. I was met outside by no less than five people all checking on my welfare. So as any good entrepreneur I took the opportunity to introduce myself, give them a business card, and invite them to the next event my center was hosting. Since I also work for the University I am applying to there was instantly the “oh I know you” or “one of us” remark. I know it was the smoothest means I have ever used to get myself noticed but I did get noticed. I am still not sure if this was a good thing though.
I threw a party for Dio’s co-workers on Saturday. It seemed to go well. I had way too much food and drink and tons are left over sitting around messing with my diet. The party consisted of drinking, playing the Wii, and playing DDR. For those people completely out of the gaming loop, the Wii is the new Nintendo gaming system where the remote senses movement so you play computer tennis by “playing tennis” and DDR is a game called Dance Dance Revolution where you step in time to the beats on the screen. I have never seen Dio play DDR for more than an hour straight but everyone wanted to play him rather than each other. Dio is quite good and a lot of fun to watch but he looked like he was about to drop after playing for so long.
Dio’s new toy
We are going to Hawaii and Dio wanted to buy a video camera to record the event. This week the video camera Dio has been waiting for finally came out. The camera is the first high definition digital camcorder to shoot in 1080p. He has been playing with his new toy and has some great footage of his parents. When he gets the video editing software from New Egg I am looking forward to having some embarrassing videos of my in-laws to share. He wants to practice working with the so we can get some great videos of Hawaii.