Friday, February 29, 2008

The straw that broke

Well the straw broke. Hobo was back in the building on Thursday and was caught by one of our neighbors who subsequently called the police whilst hobo fled. So it seems that the "solution" our management agency came up is not working and so it was the last straw.

We are not renewing our lease and instead we are going to buy a CONDO. We've been talking about it over the past few weeks and we were planning on doing this in a few months but with the current situation and the fact that our lease is up in two months we got to get cracking.

So we are in hyper mode and have to start the process this weekend. I am excited and freaked out at the same time and I have to remind myself to breath. I am full of nervous energy but it could also be the donut that I ate.

It is in a sense surreal but we have planned and thought this through. The next 60 days will be another adventure!

So my friends, what suggestions, lessons or advice do you have for first time home buyers??

Thursday, February 28, 2008

A secret confession

love Project Runway! Yes, I admit it. It was a good season and it was not full of the bull shit drama. They had such great designers, I really liked Stephen, Kevin, Jillian, Rami and Chris. Ricky got on my nerves what a cry baby! I cheered when he was offed!

Last night it was between Chris and Rami and although I knew that Rami would win, I was rooting for Chris. I was so sad to see him leave. What a grateful and sweet man he is, he left with such dignity and was truly honored to have come that far. I liked his drama flair and his creative spirit.

I can be such a girl sometimes. Because as I was watching the show, I felt guilty about not going to the gym. (Hobo still has not made an appearance in a week and a half but I am still a bit freaked about coming home late). So during the commercial breaks I was telling the BF how pudgy I was. He was coming down from 5 whiskey drinks so he ignored me. So I did what any girl would do to get attention, I poked him till he acknowledged me. But he could not retaliate because the cat was sleeping on my lap.

Then I got weepy at the end of the show and then watched a re-run of family guy.

So yeah I a such a chick!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Chilli Ready

The BF bought me pepper spray the other day as precaution and protection. The unwelcome vists from Hobo have had me on edge. Although he has not been around since the police were called last week and one of the locks were fixed. So I hope he has found another buliding to stalk,

When I lived in Brooklyn, I did not even think about getting pepper spray. It never even was a thought. But then again my landlord lived on the first floor and the building was so secure! The only thing we had to worry about was "big daddy" upstairs.

He and his girlfriend would get it on at random times like for example 3:30 am on a Tuesday. They were directly above my bedroom and I would be woken up to a squeaky bed and moans of "oh Big Daddy!" I actually slept with a broom next to my bed to knock on the ceiling (I know how Brooklyn of me!) when you would see them in the hall they would be all embarassed but a few days later Big Daddy would be at it again and I was armed with a broom.

MR would always know when it was a rough night for me when she could not find the broom and found it in some random corner of the room. She slept through anything.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Mega Millions loss

We got one number in the Mega Million jackpot.

I guess it means that I still need to keep the job and I can't hire a person to cut the cats claws.

Life is so unfair!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Odd duck memories

I was thinking last night of my post below and then I remembered one co-worker from about 4 years ago. I will call him Kevin because that was his name and he only lasted a month.

Anyway, Kevin was absolutely fascinated with the fact that I was from NY and that I lived in NYC. He was so amazed to meet someone from NYC. I was like a rare creature in a modern zoo to him. He kept asking me questions about what was the subway like, is the pizza good etc. Well one day he asked if I have ever been to Madison Square Garden for a concert. I told him I've been to many. So the following conversation occurs:

Him: "Wow that is soooo cool, I've always wanted to go there all the best played the Garden. So who did you see in the 70s"
me: Blinks "The Capades"
Him: The who?
me: The Capades, I think it was Smufs on Ice.

Moron, but by the time it took him to comprehend my answer I walked away. He quit a few days later. My friends died laughing when I told them this story!

It is an oldie but goodie!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Odd duck

We have a new IT guy who is a "know-it-all" and just brings up the weirdest things in conversation, her are some examples:

-He was complaining about the weather and said that in 1972 was the worst record in Chicago (ed. note um it was 1979 but whatever). So then he proceeds to announce that he was not even born yet so he then asks random people if they remember, which insults a good amount of them because they were not born until the mid to late 70s-80s. Oh he is in his early 20s and did not comprehend that he actually insulted people.

-He is a magician, so give him a pool (or a lake) and chain him from head to toe. Add a weight throw him in the and watch out! Oh and David Copperfield is a fraud!

-When talking to another co-worker about his recent trip to China, he was mentioning that he has been very jet lag. IT boy proclaims "I've never experienced jet lag and I've traveled to Las Vegas and California". To which the two of us looked at him weird so he corrects himself and says "maybe if I ever travel for a longer period of time I may get a twing but I live on 4 hours of sleep so it won't matter"

-Oh If I ever want a tattoo to let him know, he knows people.

-He used to sit in our dept for a week before they moved him and so he has developed an attachment to one of my teammates and at least once a week will "visit" her and regale her with his girl troubles.

-I tend to read during my lunch and he constantly asks what am I reading and what is it about. My recent book was "Loving Frank" and he saw it and asked what it was about so I told him it was about Frank Lloyd Wright and his mistress from her point of view. He kept asking what it was about and at one point I put the book down and told him that I did not know that is why I was reading it.

Ahhh the joys of working in the office. At least everyone else is sane.

Who are the odd characters in your office "the Miltons"?

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Fermented grapes

Well, tomorrow Diana and her sister are going to go to the Big Easy to walk her marathon on Sunday.

I saw her last night and she is pumped to go! so pop on over wish her good luck, I'll wait....

Last night we went to another cooking class and it was probably one of the best ones yet. I learned to make cheese souffle and this braised chicken dish with olives, capers,rasines, carrots and shallots. Everthing she made was to die for.

On my way home, walking up the stairs who do I see, but our hobo. I scream so loud that the BF heard me as well as some neighbors. Apparently hobo has a key to our building, we called the cops and as luck would have it one of our neighbors did as well. BF called the super to let him know because we want the damn lock changed now! It seems that our neighbors have bumped into him as well at all hours! Today I called the management company and was told the locks are being changed. Damn straight, I am thisclose to moving and I HATE to move but, safety first.

I was shaking with fear when I got into the apartment, I mean shaking. I was so mentally wound up and just so fearful that I could not stop shaking. Two glass of red wine later I was doing a lot better but I want the locks changed!

Monday, February 18, 2008


The title of my post has two reasons:

1-My ass hurts (no get your dirty minds out of the gutter!!) It is because I increased the weight of the weights that I am using at the gym and my legs are sore because of it. I went to 40lb on the leg press for one exercise and went from 5 lbs to 10 lbs on some arm exercise and 10 to 12 lbs some other weight exercies. For some reason my butt is sore. I blame the leg work out but that is all good right? (Sorry Jessica, my ass can't crack walnuts just yet)

2-the dog barked at 2:34 am (nope this is not some secret code where you respond that the cow moo'ed at 4.) But after last week's second hobo visit, I am a little on edge when I hear a strange noise. Last week the dog started to act up at 5:30 or so and we told her to stop and shut up, she was reacting to the fact that their was a stranger outside our door on the steps. So we now pay attention when she barks. She is not much of a barker but she does bark when there is something amiss. So I was up every hour after that, at 3:20 I woke up because I had a dream I wrestled with said hobo over a bat I wanted to use to defend myself. After that I just could not fall asleep. There was no hobo today!

So hence the reason I titled this blog "bum".

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Wait Wait....

This is where we are going tonight...jealous?

Hobo was back, police were called, he ran and I want to move.

Happy Valentine's day all!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A better drama queen

The other night we saw a commercial for "The Other Boleyn Girl" and I turned to BF and asked if he wanted to see it. He made the "chick flick" gramace then the following dialogue occured:

BF:"Well it does have Natalie (Portman) and she is pretty oh and Scarlett, so maybe"
Me: Glares at him in a faux overly dramatic jealous way
BF: "But you are prettier...and a better actress, in fact you deserve an Oscar for your performances"

He says that I can be a drama queen

The Pros and Cons of warm weather

As we know I hate snow it just keeps on coming. We got at least 4 more inches on top of the 6-9 inches of ice that formed because the weekend temp was in the negative numbers. The pot holes in some areas are so huge, I almost expect to have my tire stuck in some Chinese's family's living room!

So I was considering if I could really survive moving to the warmer weather and here are my thoughts:

-I complain when it is too hot just as much as I complain when it is too cold
-I don't like hurricanes
-Gators freak me out, I know you should run in a zig zag fashion but that would require me to run but on the pro side it will get me in shape...the running that is not the gators.
-I don't do early bird specials
-I have no patience driving behind a person who has their turn signal blinking for over 3 blocks.
-Grits, I just don't get them, I can appreciate them but I don't get them

I need to find a happy medium

Friday, February 08, 2008

Get we to the nunnry

Overheard at our apartment on Wednesday evening:
Me-"Crap, I just remembered it was Ash Wednesday"
BF-"Do you want me to get some dirt and rub a star on your head"
Me-stares "Um it is a cross"
BF-starts to laugh "I can't believe I forgot that"
ME-"You are so going to hell..."
BF-"yep, see you there"

I made meatballs that night!

We are so the lapsed Catholics!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

for the first time

I voted in a primary.

I walked in the snow, rain and sleet to get to my polling place and marked my ballot. So we shall see what happens.

Meanwhile in Chicago land, there is another 11 inches of snow due in by 6 pm! Damn it!

But on the upside there were no hobos sleeping directly outside my apartment door. Yep, I opened my apartment door yesterday and there was a hobo sleeping inside the apartment building, up 2 1/2 flights of stairs only to fall asleep on a set of stairs that are directly in front of our apartment door.

It was scary and freaky and my screams woke the BF, caused the hobo to run and had me shaky. Hobo man did re-appear out side the building and once he saw me point him out to the BF immediately turned and walked the other way.

The landlord was called, locks were checked and a note is on the door.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Sleepy wing time?

My bed last night was so not comfy. I was tossing and turning trying to get somewhat comfortable. It did not work!

Then around midnight the BF yelled at the dog to stop snoring which scared the hell out of me and cause me to have a fit of screams (I am sure our neighbors loved us). Then the cat decided to play with his paperbag and then sleep with us only to wake up at 5 because he was hungry and walk all over me so that I would wake up and feed him. When this did not work, he sat and started at me and then proceeded to "kiss" my nose hoping that I would get up. He did wake me up but damn it I had 45 minutes before my alarm and I was not getting up.

He got feed 15 minutes later when the BF got up.

So I am tired....and I want hot wings. What is up with that? Actually, it is Alton Brown's fault as one recent "Good Eats" was about wings. Damn you Alton!

Friday, February 01, 2008


Well let me clear that up a bit I hate driving in snow. I don't mind it when I am safe at home and have no place to be.

Yesterday it took me 2 1/2 hours to get home. But that is not the record the record was set a few years ago when it tooke me 4 hours to get home. Although I did stop at a friend's house to use the bathroom!

There was between 3-5 inches depending on where I was. Today it was about 7 inches and I got up early to clean and dig out my car. I was only a few minutes late surprisingly.

I think this is a case of the least amount of inches is preferred!