That's right - June.
The sixth month of the year.
WHERE did 2008 go? It's giving me a slight panic attack.
You know those projects that move from your to-do list week to week? You have the best of intentions to get them done but then this comes up and that comes up and then - crap. Another freaking week has gone by and it is still not done. Yeah, well I had two of those going on. And now. Well, now they are done. Finished. Finito. Okay - I lied. They need to be proofed and edited and approved and revisions will need to be made and they probably won't be wrapped for a week or so but they are in good places. I don't think you know how consumed you are with those looming projects, how much you think about those looming projects and how much they subliminally affect you, until you are finished with them and no longer have to think/worry about them.
So, this weekend I can think about nothing but which bar we're going to and how much shopping I should do at the mall. (We're heading to D.C. to see Kalin.) And when we get back I leave the next day for Chicago (third time in two weeks) to attend the Cause Marketing Forum. All of Barkley Public Relations is attending, which is awesome, and then, well then it's the debut of Sex and the City on the big screen. And then I will have been out of the office for four whole days and that's when the to-do list will build back up, the consumption of projects will reappear and endorphins go bye bye. Better enjoy it now. Happy three-day weekend!
Anyway, I had to video the training to show Trevor how she did. This one is funny. I love at the end how she just sits and says, "I'm not going anywhere near that white flag, dumbass."
Cold shredded cheese = barfo
Melted shredded cheese (think nachos) = YUM!
Bread = okay
Toast = much better
Water = could drink gallons
Ice = don't care for it
Raw carrots = delish
Steamed carrots = a little mushy for my liking
Popcorn = crunch-a-rifficly good
Burnt popcorn = Nasty (but what is good burnt?)
Cookie dough = absolutely delicious
The same cookie dough baked = delicious, but not as delicious as the cookie dough
Scrambled eggs = tasty
Sunnyside up eggs = narsty
Am I the only person who thinks of this stuff?
Come on. We'll crimp our hair, wear side ponytails and two layers of colored socks, tight roll our jeans and have our moms drop us off. It'll be so fun!
New Kids on the Block have reunited and will launch a North American concert tour that includes a show in Omaha.
One of the original boy bands, New Kids will perform Nov. 12 at the Qwest Center Omaha.
Before disbanding in 1994, the group had two No. 1 albums: 1988's "Hangin' Tough" and 1990's "Step by Step." Their hit singles include "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" and "Step By Step," among others.
Band members, now approaching their 40s, are Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood, Joey McIntyre, Jordan Knight and Jonathan Knight.
Ticket prices and other information will be announced later.
As Frank said, "Chicago is my kind of town!"
Depart Omaha on-time
Depart Chicago Midway 25 minutes delayed
Earlier this week I was in NYC with 9 of my colleagues to attend the SABRE Awards. The SABRE Awards acknowledge Superior Achievement in Branding and Reputation and are presented annually by an influential communications industry publication, The Holmes Report.
The Lee National Denim Day team was onsight to accept a Bronze Sabre and the 2007 Breast Cancer 3-Day public relations team was in attendance for their nomination of a Silver Sabre. While the Breast Cancer 3-Day team didn't come home with a new trophy, I have to be very, very pleased we were recognized and considered for this honor. We were in a room at Cipriani with a thousand men and women from well-known public relations agencies, non-profits and corporations across the country. It truly was an honor to have made it that far. (Though not going to lie - it would have felt REALLY nice to hear us announced as the winner :-).) The Breast Cancer 3-Day PR team works extremely hard - not only five days a week, 52 weeks a year, but also numerous weekends in the fall for on-site media relations. (I should point out this is also the group that was one of three up for Best of Show at the Kansas City PRSA Chapter's annual PRISM awards last fall.) Congrats ladies (and now one gentleman) - our hard work is definitely paying off and I think we'll have a shiny new trophy on our shelves very, very soon.
The Breast Cancer 3-Day team: if we can't hold a trophy, might as well hold drinks
I also have a give a huge thanks to Mike, Jeff and Kelly at Barkley for allowing the 10 of us to go to NYC. They had no obligation to send us (or for the champagne they sent to the hotel before the awards :-).) It truly was a privilege to be able to attend, and we are very grateful. Thank you!
Depart Kansas City International On-Time
Depart LaGuardia On-Time
Just like old times
Google, Inc. was founded.
Gas was $1.10 a gallon.
Dawson's Creek premiered on The WB.
I still haven’t seen Shakespeare in Love.
I Google everything.
The price of gas has increased 120%.
Katie Holmes was much cooler as Joey than Mrs. Cruise.
Ten years is a long time. Long enough for people to get degrees, maybe even multiple degrees. Long enough for people to fall in love and get hitched. (Long enough for some people to fall out of love and get unhitched, too.) Long enough for people to start careers and change careers.
At my 10-year high school reunion this weekend, I’m excited to see what the 400+ people I graduated with have accomplished (or have not accomplished) in the last 3,650 days. For a while I wasn’t too excited for the reunion, but now I am. I don’t know what caused the change in heart; I think it’s the idea of reminiscing about our time at MNHS with my good friends from back in the day. Like:
Catching frogs and Ed’s house and letting them loose in school (mom you might want to stop reading now)
Emilie’s car by the school’s front doors
Radio routes - especially with Jon Bon Jovi
Piercing our own ears
Blame it on the Rain: when Kristi left the top of her convertible down and it, well, rained
Abe and Chucky from the state fair
Mr. Yakus. Oh Mr. Yakus.
Pulled over by a cop on a horse (some things never changed – borrowed Ron & Mary’s suburban that night too)
AM breakfasts at Village Inn
Taking Mexican Maria home from school and making Emilie go with me
Graduation parties with no power; drinking peach schnapps under the pool table (mom, I warned you)
Getting hypnotized and barking like a dog
“Is there a Lors-back in here?”
Front row Garth Brooks tickets (and getting slapped in the face for it by a boy)
Sleeping in cars with my pager as an alarm clock (the best part is I had a PAGER)
Medicine Man pharmacy (Emilie - HOW did you end up with that job?)
Lake trips with one caramel apple shot for four of us (my mom is such a rebel)
Smoking stoogies once Michelle was legal
Leaving school early to get our hair done (very cool of you mom, BTW)
All in all, it was a good business trip - even managed to sneak to the Coach outlet Sunday afternoon. We had dinner at Emeril's Sunday night and it was delish. Gambled a skosh at New York New York but wasn't nearly as lucky as last time I was in Vegas. However, I did come home with $20 more in my wallet than I left with, so I can't complain about that. (Though, as Amy pointed out, I'm really up $15 since I was charged $4.99 to use the ATM.)
The show and our meetings were at Mandalay Bay. Mandalay Bay is a gorgeous casino. Though - I do have to give it to them for really annoying people with the Mandalay Bay hotel and THE HOTEL at Mandalay Bay. That proved confusing more than once. However, I'd probably stay at either vs. the narsty rooms we had at the Luxor. Though, if you're down with polyester bed spreads in a hieroglyphic print, the Luxor is for you.
And, in keeping with my promise (though I think I might have forgotten a few trips recently):
Sunday, May 4
Depart Omaha On-Time
Cinco de Mayo
Depart Sin City 1.5 hours late (and therefore arrive Omaha at 2 a.m.)
Trevor in the shower; Macy and lazy Wendy still in bed. Bedroom window open, Macy and Wendy hear a loud boom. Wendy thinks new baker's rack on back porch blew over and thinks to self, "please don't let that have fallen on the grill or the patio furniture." Macy barks a lot and very loudly.
5:15 am ish
Trevor out of shower, going to take Macy outside. Wendy tells him about the loud boom while he was in the shower. Wendy's says, "maybe the baker's rack blew over. Will you please go look?" Trevor says, "it better not have landed on the grill."
5:20 am ish
Trevor come inside and says to Wendy, "okay, you need to get up. The police want to talk to you." Wendy flies out of bed not totally certain as to what's going on. Wendy strolls outside with bed head and breath, wearing boxers and a t-shirt and Trevor's too-big-for-her tennis shoes.
5:20:45 am ish
Sure enough, two Douglas County Sheriff deputies in Trevor and Wendy's backyard. Officer says two bricks were thrown through neighbors' back door. "Your husband said you heard something." Can you tell us about that." Wendy tells po-po about the boom. "What time did that happen?" says Officer No. 1. "I don't even know what time it is right now," says Wendy. Officer No. 1 looks at watch and says, "it's about 5:20." Wendy slightly recalls looking at the clock around the time of the boom and throws out, "uh, maybe 5:04?" Officers tell Wendy and Trevor to be on the lookout for anything suspicious. Officers also say they patrol that neighborhood a lot and Wendy doesn't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. Wendy says, "well this kind of freaks me out because I take the dog out in the middle of the night. In fact I took her out at 12:38 last night but I didn't see anything." Officers say to make sure to turn the porch light on when taking the dog out. Officers also say to keep doors and windows locked, thank Wendy and Trevor for their time, and continue shining their flashlights into the grass to look for footprints.
5:34 am ish
Wendy almost in tears in the house. Begs Trevor not to go to work. Trevor says he has to. Wendy makes Trevor go in basement to get her blackberry because she's too scared. Wendy says she is "thankful they have a guard dog." Trevor calls Macy "hardly a watch dog" and says she'd "lick someone to death." Wendy begs to differ.
5:40 am ish
Wendy calls her dad and tells him to turn on his police scanner. Wendy says she thought he'd be awake since they leave for vacation that morning. He says, "it's 5:30." He asks what is going on. Wendy recalls incident. Wendy says, "well, turn on your police scanner and go back to sleep." Wendy's dad replies with, "will go back to sleep, will not turn on scanner."
6:15 am ish
Wendy continues to ponder crime. Wendy determines she is Shaggy and Macy is Scooby as it was perhaps Macy's bark that scared away the brick-throwers. Wendy wonders if she and Scooby will have to go to court. Wendy wonders why they chose the house they did and if THEIR house could have been a target.
7:30 am ish
Wendy doing pretty okay about the crime until taking her parents to the airport when her mom says she wonders if they were trying to break in. The entire time Wendy thought it was just an act of vandalism; robbery never crossed her mind. Wendy gets phone number of dad's electrician friend to install a flood light on back porch to light up whole GD backyard.
So, that's the story. Anyone still want to move in next to us?