Archive for July, 2008

Coming up for air
July 31, 2008

I have been trapped deep in the dark recesses of work-hell. Yes, Sally is the princess locked away in the dark law dungeon! But a princess has to eventually come up for air and see the light, and more importantly eat(!) and sleep(!). Work has been particularly hellish the past few weeks, and while I catch my breath, let me share some of the good in addition to the bad and ugly.

I started going to these new work-out classes. I enjoyed the first one so much I joined the gym, well it’s actually not a traditional gym as you can tell from the website. But I save money on going to the classes, can learn a new skill, and meet cute, outdoorsy people at the same time. Lil’ E told me about the class and we usually go together. It’s early in the morning (great so I can get it in before work), really close to my neighborhood (great because I like my sleep and don’t like to commute), and it is b-r-u-t-a-l (great because I like pain and tight abs)! This class takes “no pain, no gain” to an entirely new level. Think Pilates meets circuit training meets strength training meets boot camp meets early in the morning. I feel great (even through the soreness and trembling) and hope it’ll make me look even better. Princesses need to look good and feel good.

I finally bought a new bed (and dresser and chest)! I’ve been looking for a long time. It’s time for the princess to lay her head down on a new (queen size) bed. I was at a special event for a local charity at furniture store I never even considered browsing. A girl can’t turn down a little free wine and cheese while helping out a great organization. I even found something that seemed to suit my needs. And the best part…saved an additional 15% on the purchase because of the special event and proceeds go to the charity. I don’t know when it will be delivered, they have to get it in stock, but once it comes I’ll take pictures. (sorry the online photos don’t do it justice) However, this also means I need find a new mattress. That’s what happens when you upgrade your bed, the mattress gets an upgrade too. I also need to look into new linens, etc. I’m improving the look and energy in my bedroom (although the energy has been fairly good lately). Princesses need a fabulous place to get their beauty sleep.

This weekend is Sales Tax Holiday weekend. That means I get to go do some shopping. I need some new pens (hate the cheapos at work). And who couldn’t use some new clothes and shoes (minus the nearly 10% sales tax)? Princesses love new clothes and SHOES and don’t like to pay high taxes. I’m getting my hair cut on Saturday (yay for princess pampering) and then I’ll meet up with Barbie and hit some stores. Later, we’ll chill out knitting and eating some kind of decadent dessert at her house.

Phew, this princess is pooped. She needs to store up the beauty sleep for this weekend.

On a serious note
July 30, 2008

First, yes I am still breathing, but I am just barely treading water at work. Hopefully, now that one large project is out of the way, I will have slightly more time at home.

While reading the news on Monday, I read a story about a shooting that happened at a Unitarian Universalist church in Knoxville over the weekend. The tragic events struck particularly close to home. When I lived in Knoxville, I ran a 5k sponsored by the church and I have attended the sister church here off and on since returning from Knoxville. It is very upsetting and I have too many thoughts about it to be able to formulate them here. But one of my dearest friends, and a member of the church here, has written a very meaningful post on on her blog that I would like to share because I believe she has fully captured some of what I feel. Please know that I am thinking of those in Knoxville and all UU communities at this time.

Love this town
July 16, 2008

Another reason why I love this town…the random stuff that you see that makes you go – ?! Kinda like the skinny jean manpris (yes, I know, I’m not getting over it, so get used to it) and the guitar for sale sign (picture here).  As I was driving up the hill towards the capitol on my way to work this morning, I noticed a guy-nay a homeless Asian hippie no less-riding his shopping cart (home?) with garbage bags hanging off the sides down the hill and in the midddle of the street! Every so often he’d use his foot to push off for a faster trip like you do in the grocery store parking lot or on a skateboard. It was so baffling (and fast!) that I never even had a chance to think to grab my camera to get a picture. There were three business suits standing at the top of the hill completely mesmerized by what just passed them.

So, once again, another good story without the photographic evidence. Just to recap, a twenty-something homeless Asian hippie riding his shopping cart down the middle of the street during downtown morning rush hour! Love this town!

eyes & ears
July 15, 2008

What I’m currently listening to…

Katy Perry: One of the Boys
(Love this CD! Love, love, love it! She’s got so much spunk! My faves so far: “One of the boys,” “I kissed a girl” (No, it’s not the Jill Sobule song, it’s funny!), “Ur so gay” (for hipsters who wear skinny jean manpris), and “If you can afford me.”)

Ludo: You’re Awful, I Love You
(Found the first track to this, “Love me dead,” on the satellite radio. This reminds me a lot of The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance. Pop punk with a sense of humor! Playing it loud!)

What I’m currently watching…

Sex & the City: Box Set
(I got this a couple years ago as a present. Watched it then and I’m rewatching it now, especially after the movie came out several weeks ago. Currently in Season 3. Oddly enough, now that I’m closer to most of the characters’ ages, I’ve found maybe I can relate better. At least, last weekend I was reminded of this episode and this episode.)

Calm before the storm
July 12, 2008

It’s storming outside. I love storms; the more lightning and thunder, the more electricity that’s in the air. It’s so energizing. 

It’s early on a Saturday night, but I’m planning on going to bed soon. I know I have to go in very early tomorrow and work very hard. So yes, tonight’s storm is the calm before the storm. I have relaxed today and know I must make up for it tomorrow, but after several weeks of long days, no weekends, and no holidays, I deserved one day (even if it wasn’t without a call-or two-from the office). I had a great night last night, so I can justify calling it an early one tonight. (I’m so tired, but it was definitely worth it!)

So, here’s hoping that last night’s advernture, today’s rest, and tonight’s storm will be just the energizing I need to get through tomorrow’s storm.

eyes & ears
July 9, 2008

This will be a frequent posting. Just another bite of my virtual world. See if you can figure it out.

What I’m currently reading…

Things I Learned from Knitting…Whether I Wanted to or Not  (by: Stephanie Pearl-McPhee a.k.a. Yarn Harlot)
Thanks to Barbie for loaning this one to me.

What I’m currently listening to…

Hole: Live Through This
(got an angry rocker chick streak going through me now…well more so than usual) But I just ordered some new CDs from Amazon today, so stay tuned!

More nature
July 6, 2008

Here are some pictures from my walk yesterday…

(first a picture of my favorite tree in my backyard)

isn\'t it perfect

isn't it perfect?


graffiti by the creek

graffiti by the creek

Our state flag…and a dinosaur?



...and open

...and open

Then I kept coming across baby bunnies. This is the best picture I could get. See the little brown spot by the edge of the greenway?

baby bunny

baby bunny

anyone know what these flowers are?

anyone know what these flowers are?

And finally, this poor tree. Wonder what happened to it? Maybe a storm ripped off a branch? Maybe an owl is renovating?

I almost want to put a garden gnome in it

I almost want to put a garden gnome in it

Getting to know you…
July 5, 2008

So, I recently found this meme on a former classmate’s blog and thought I’d share a little bit about me and my friends.

1) What was I doing 10 years ago?  July 5, 1998 – I was 20. I was living and working as an intern in Bonn, Germany. First, I started as an intern with the Beethovenhalle Orchestra, but once their season ended, I bounced around a couple of other internships with the Mayor’s Office for the City of Bonn, the City Cultural Office, and a music school. And yes, it was all in German!

2) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today? Finish an assignment for work, write articles for work, prepare for a conference call tomorrow (yes, on a Sunday!), get closer to finishing my latest knitting project, go for a walk or a run.

3) Snacks I enjoy: Chocolate, cookies, raw almonds, fruit (any kind!), granola, Cheetos Asteroids® (they are the little 100 calorie packs of the cheesy-poof balls – fabulous invention – thank you to that food-inventor-person!).

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire: Pay off student loans, pay off the car, buy a motorcycle (yes, this one is eventually going to happen), buy a home, donate lots to the arts and to animal organizations, travel to more exotic and tropical locales, and enjoy life more.

5) Places I have lived:
Warner, New Hampshire
Nashville, Tennessee
Bremerhaven, Germany
Bonn, Germany
Regensburg, Germany
Knoxville, Tennessee
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

6) Jobs I have had:
Figure skating instructor/choreographer
Dining services (by far my least favorite)
Music Library – student assistant, supervisor, reference librarian
Reference Assistant for an Ethnomusicologist (say that 5 times fast)
Music Industry Executive
Freelance Writer
Pet sitter

7) Bloggers I am tagging who you will enjoy getting to know better:
Jess Moves to Canada – One of my dearest friends (And yes, she does have a superhero identity in Sallaboutme, but that’s for you to determine.)
Legally Challenged – A great friend from law school, whom I miss since we graduated
Melodic Meanderings – A new friend, whom I look forward to getting to know better

Happy Fireworks Day!
July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July! Enjoy the holiday!

Man down!
July 3, 2008

After a very stressful day and [not] looking forward to a not-so-relaxing holiday weekend working, I came home from work at a reasonable hour to get in at least a little relaxation.  I called Barbie and like the fabulous friend that she is, she rushed over to liven up my little pity party. Since it was still daylight and the miserable Southern heat hasn’t fully set in yet, we went for a little walk.

Not far from the house, we discovered — (in Barbie’s terms) —
this “little dude.”

Aw, isn’t he cute. Ok, yeah I know he’s hard to see, he was lying in the road.


But we picked him up and took him along for the jaunt. So you can see him better, we perched him along the edge of a bridge.



Along the way, I captured some wonderful sites that present much of the reasons why I love my town. The surprising natural beauty you find within the city makes it hard to hate when the weather’s gorgeous.

My favorite view from a bridge over the creek

My favorite view from a bridge over the creek

Wildflowers - almost tropical

Wildflowers - almost tropical

And this…Only in this town do you find someone who can’t be bothered to make a nice sign to sell their beloved guitar, but does manage to walk at least 1/3 of a mile on a greenway with a stapler to post this to a fence by the railroad tracks.

Love this town!

Love this town!