Archive | March, 2004

Was That My Life

31 Mar

Every once in a while, some song lyrics really speak to me. The song below reaffirms my belief in making the most of my life and appreciating the ones I love. My life has been really good lately…. Lots of love, babies entering the family, and work going well. I couldn’t ask for more. So to all my family and friends, this song dedication is for you.

Was That My Life
Jo Dee Messina

I don’t wanna be the one who’s old before their time
And lose the wonder that I felt as a child
I can’t run this race believing I might lose
There’s still so much to see, so much left to do

Yes I’ll fall before I fly
But no one can say I never tried

Oh we just get one
Ride around the sun
In this dream of time
It goes so fast
And one day we look back
And we ask
Was that my life?

I close my eyes and think how lucky I have been
To hold the ones I love, and share my dreams with them
All those sunny days and all those starry skys
Good Morning kisses and sweet Good Nights

I can’t tell them enough
Just how much they are loved.

Things I learned on My Lunch Break

31 Mar

On my lunch break, I stopped by Kinko’s to copy a few photos. I immediately started looking around for the copier keys, and a smiling Kinko’s employee greeted me saying, “May I help you?”

When I asked her about the keys, she said, “We have a new ‘pay at the pump’ sytem — no more keys!”

I was impressed by this, and immediately started thinking how much more efficient their operation must be now that you can just insert your credit card into a copier. That is, until I ran into some problems. That was when I realized there was one Kinko’s employee available out on the floor for about 30 customers. The photo copier I was using required that I had to find an associate to enter the password, and with a ratio of 1:30, and with the smiling Kinko’s worker dropping everything and LEAVING while all these customers were waiting, it took over 10 minutes for me to get her replacement’s attention and assistance.

Kinko’s, never forget that businesses are built and lost based on customer service. Skimping on employees during lunch time is a really bad idea — even if you have ‘pay at the pump’.

Something else I learned on my lunch break (besides Kinko’s new pay at the pump functionatlity) is that Wendy’s serves up a really good Taco Salad.

And those, ladies and gents, are my random thoughts of the day.

Multiple Personalities, Anyone?

30 Mar

Here is a classic quote from an article about Janet Jackson:

But Janet did reveal some other very private thoughts she says inspired her new CD “Damita Jo:” “It�s about love and the different characters and personalities that live within me.”

And Jackson said she calls one of these personalities “Strawberry:” “Strawberry is a character who lives within me. She comes out at moments. She’s just a very, very sexual person that you hear on the album.”

So when was the last time Strawberry came out to play? “Not that long ago, I�ll put it like that,” Jackson told us.

Quote from this article.

Sounds a bit like a multiple personality disorder if you ask me.

Not Much To Report

30 Mar

I keep thinking that I should post something here, but then end up racking my brain on what to post.

There really hasn’t been anything noteworthy that has happened to me since I last posted. The weekend was nice, with skiing, yard work, and eating at two of my favorite local restaurants (Thai Palace in Reno and Ming’s in Carson). But it wasn’t that different from most of the other weekends I’ve written about.

We watched Mona Lisa Smile, and it was OK. I thought it was going to be an excellent chick flick, but it really wasn’t. It centered around whether or not a woman should stay home to take care of her husband and kids or if she should pursue her own dreams… And, if you can really have the best of both worlds — a professional career and a happy home life. Needless to say, it led to a good conversation afterwards…

Tucker got into a fight with an industrial strengh sprinkler at the park last night and the sprinkler won. He loves to attack spraying water, so he was having an absolute blast biting the stream and running in and out of the water. That is, until he yelped and ran away as fast as he could with his tail between his legs. He seemed fine right afterwards, though.

So that’s about all I have to report. Sorry it’s not more exciting, but that’s just the way it goes sometimes.

The Status of My New Nephew

26 Mar

Poor Jane is getting ready to pop, as she is really close to the end of her pregnancy with my second nephew. I’m planning to go to Folsom next weekend for Jack’s third birthday, and can’t wait to see her in her full-on pregancy!

Here is the official ‘status’ of my nephew, according to Oxygen:

The countdown continues: 36 weeks down, four to go. Your baby now measures more than 13.5 inches (34 centimeters) from crown to rump and weighs about 6 pounds (2,750 grams). If he was a fruit, she’d be a massive coconut.

Your baby is continuing to grow and fill out during this “finishing period,” even though it may feel like there isn’t any room left. Many of his wrinkles smooth out as he plumps up.

Info taken from Oxygen.

I can’t wait to meet the little guy!!!

Go Pack!

26 Mar

I didn’t go to the University of Nevada at Reno, but I have to admit that I’ve caught some of the local excitement now that the Pack has made the Sweet 16. In fact, I’m wearing a WolfPack shirt right now. I don’t look at it as being a traitor to my two alma maters, but more of being a true Renoite. Besides, New Mexico State University and Wayne State University were never known for their athletics…

I think JB and I are headed out to one of the college hang outs tonight to root on the pack. We can pretend that we’re still young college students, right?

If you live in Reno or Northern California, keep an eye out for our Reno-Tahoe TV commercial during the game!

This is A. Lynnette Cook, and I Approve This Message

25 Mar

I really hate political TV commercials, and this year the commercial wars between candidates have started earlier and become more spitefull.

But something that is new this year is that both candidates, who are speaking in their own commercials, both say ‘I am (insert name her), and I approve this message.’

And for some reason, that really bugs me. I mean, you are the one speaking, so I would sure hope that you approve what you YOURSELF are saying! I’m wondering what their legal teams told them in order to make them both say that.

Politics really don’t intrigue me at all. I am A. Lynnette Cook, and I Approve This Message. (And I managed to type it without any Texan accent whatsoever.)

Update: Jane informed me that candidates are now required by law to say that they approve of a message. I did a bit of online research myself, and found this:

One provision of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law is that television ads must include “a statement that identifies the candidate and states that the candidate has approved the communication… Such statement– ‘(i) shall be conveyed by– ‘(I) an unobscured, full-screen view of the candidate making the statement, or ‘(II) the candidate in voice-over, accompanied by a clearly identifiable photographic or similar image of the candidate …”

Information found on this site.

Now really, that is just plain silly.