You’re fired!!

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So last night our little “t.v. logger”  (no not the one that goes and cuts down trees for a living) stood us up.  Let’s call him, Bronzy.  It was pretty bad when you get stood up by a co-worker.  He tells us “oh yeah I will go out with you guys and it will be TONS of fun…just text me” (sense the heaaaaavvy sarcasm there…)  Well we texted him and that was the end of it.  Well…no I take that back…we tried texting, calling, etc.  It was as though he was avoiding us like the plague.  Later in the night we had our boss text him and yeah the key phrase was “You’re fired…”  It was pretty comical.  We all felt like American Bad-asses.

Now I must explain our evening.  It was 5 girls, one frozen pizza and pop-tarts, drinks and going to the bars that made this sight so much fun.  Pre-bar was a short walk in the cold to meet up with some friends, at the bar was where the fun truly began.  From dance floor parties, camouflage women wearing jumpsuits making them look unisex–yup definitely smacked the hind end and found out “he” was a “she” OPPS!, laughing at the stupidity of others–like the girl dancing on the table for no apparent reason!, shooting shotty glances from across the room at the jerks talking about us–just because we don’t fit your snotty mold don’t judge!, stripping in the bathroom–I was hot because I had gone dancing in like 3 layers! and finding “nuggets”…..the list of little things is pretty much endless.   Then I stumbled upon a sign in the bathroom while I was taking off my under armor.  I have provided the pic below:

It reads, "Put your big girl panties on and deal with it!" 🙂

I realized something….I don’t like going into bars that much because of several reasons.  People are dumb.  When I mean dumb, I must tell you I literally mean they go more stupid than they were to begin with!   People try to hit on married men, dance on tables, hit on girls that are clearly not falling for the “You look familiar…Do you live around here?” line…(they are the reason why Aspen can be tricky).  Seriously?

Well I met a lot of great people out and that made all of the silliness worth our while!  🙂  I promise you this!   LOTS of laughter and great company.

We HAD to take a picture with the bear hat! Don't you even begin to judge me!

We made it home at a decent hour, then like girls do, we talk until 3am!  Call time of 7:30am!  Needless to say our old bones were dragging!  Well that is all the update I have for you now.  Happy Saturday!

x0x0

About that…(cough cough)

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Currently watching Mean Girls.  You know the one with Lindsay Lohan…prior to all of her time in jail.  It’s like I have ESPN or something…

3 rice crispy treats later…OK this I can justify because they had the perfect ratio of marshmallow and crispness.  They weren’t too hard, they weren’t so mushy that they just get your fingers and everything so sticky.  It was fantastic.  They were just wonderful!

 

nom...nom....nom....

 

 

Well for those of you who don’t know….I am in Aspen Co. until Jan 31st.  I am here with work.  This morning I got in and we consider this first day “set up” day.  Not bad really.  We are training and getting everything set up for the rest of the week.

Today I realized that life can be made so much better by keeping things in perspective and being organized.  I was super organized, had a list to go down, and I feel that it was a positive start to the day.  I am not sure how our “newbie” thought it was.  I think he is one that does better moving a ton instead of staying stationary.  But, he is doing well.

HA.  So following all of this madness….I am digging that I can relax.  I kick my feet up.

NO, I just got off the phone with my mom.  I really don’t like mean girls.  This cheer squad I coach has just got me all in a funk.  These girls are mean.

Yup....these are my girls....oh wait!

 

I am sorry but there is no reason to be mean….what is there to be mean about at 13 and 14~!!!  (ironic that I would be dealing with this tonight huh?)  WTF mite!  UGH.  Yeah about that….Not thinking about it….think happy thoughts…..happpy happppy thoughts!

I leave you with this little quote from Shakespeare…  🙂  OH happy day….

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.  ~William Shakespeare

Today I am thankful

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Listen for your enjoyment:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQIH3iq1xVw

Today friend, I would like to say thank you.  Thanks for being there for me when I needed you the most and thanks for always giving me the honest truth.  Thank you for telling me when I have lipstick on my teeth, or when those pants fit too snug….OR when I am being that girl and  just laughing at me.  Thank you for always standing up for me when I was being made fun of and thanks for sticking with me even though I would have never blamed you for calling me too weird to hang out with in public.

 

Thanks for never letting me out of the house looking like this!!

 

 

Thanks friend for laughing with me and sometimes at me when I was having issues.  Thank you for healing me when I was sad about a boy or just listening to me vent about people in my life who are demeaning…thanks for caring how I feel and what is happening in my life.  Thanks for the hugs and love you give me and thanks for always knowing just how to cheer me up.  I appreciate it.

 

BIG HUG!

 

 

For all of this, I am so thankful and happy to consider you my friend!

 

Firework

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Please listen while you read:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTfZXh427B0&feature=related

Today I feel empowered.  I am letting no one control how I think and how I feel.  I am my own person.  I am the invincible yet vulnerable CatMan.  I report to God and myself and nothing else really matters.  I feel beautiful.  I feel like I can concur the dismay of the world and love is what I have to share.

I am ready to set my world on fire!  I am ready to be what I am meant to be and my hearts all in!  Let my passions be known so that I can grow positively toward good!  Let me start first in my own live and let the good resonate throughout the world.

 

Give Love. Receive Love!

 

 

“If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world on fire. Let the truth be your delight…proclaim it…but with a certain congeniality.”
— Saint Catherine of Siena

 

So remember followers:

….Baby you’re a firework!  Ignite the lights and let it shine….just own the night….like the 4th of July!….

SMILE, and have a wonderful day!!!

The CatMan

 

So this I do declare!

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So I don’t know what exactly what it is about guys in my life lately.  Maybe it’s that I am incredibly happy now and they see it and want to be apart of it, or maybe they are idiots…or maybe they just realize what a balla’ I was….SO this I do declare…frankly it’s strangely unbecoming.

Here is a memo for the men: (me getting up on my soap box and clearing my throat!)

I get a message on the Book of Face from a man who frankly just made me irritated.  Lets just call him Jock for time being.  I sent a response back stating I could send him an email regarding the event if he wished.  Then he calls me 2 days later.  I didn’t pick up.  Although his voicemail he left was pretty entertaining!  I will let you read (since I cannot give you it in audio).

Mind you I made a few interjections:  “Hey CatMan.  It’s Jock…I know it’s been a while. (and I look like a total d-bag)  I was wanting to call you regarding the Special Olympics opportunity (just because I know you are so involved and you are the easiest person I can access at this point in time…)  Right now, I’m on my way to Bloomington for the weekend (in a whiny voice: I’m driving and I need someone to talk to…wahhh!). Just thought you know we could “catch-up” (sarcasm–because I actually care how you are doing) You left some ice cream at my apartment (and I had to eat it before it went bad!  Sorry!) and yeah just was thinking of you (whether you changed your mind about the initial question of “giving it up”…)…so call me back at your convenience please.  Thanks.”

“hey girl…I’m Jock ;)”

Let me preface this situation a bit.  I met him as a volunteer for Special Olympics, we have a good mutual friend in contact, and we went out on 1 date!  He is 300 to my 100.  After that date, there was some physical chemistry but, nothing more than that honestly.  He would never give me the time of day.  We hung out a handful of times past that point and we had a mutual love of ice cream.  Love at first scream!  (I scream! You scream! We all scream for ICE CREAM!)  Riiiggghhht.  Well essentially one of the nights we hung out literally the last night and he asks me “So when are you going to give it up to me?”  I proceeded to give him a puzzled look and said “UH NEVER!” and left.  What the heck is that??  PS still haven’t returned his phone call!  Doesn’t it not suck when no one gives you the time of day?  TEAR….

Next, I went out on a date a few months back.  Let’s for time being call this one Motorcycle Jac.  One date and some chit-chat here and there.  That was about it.  No second date.  hmm…OK.  Then out of the blue I get a random text “Hey hottie how’s it going? :)”  um…who the heck is this?…”Motorcycle Jac!”…..uh…”Hey, I got to go…”.  Needless to say if you can’t realize that’s not how to court a woman, then you are NEVER going to get it!

Sorry…too late!

An on again off again friend, shot me a text on my day of birth.  It was very nice but, at 9am on a Sunday morning?  This was atypical of Doubting T.  But, it was cheerful, wonderful and nice voluntarily hearing from him.  Does he actually care?  OR is he toying with my emotions?  That I may never know but I will take it for what it’s worth.  We were close friends until a few things got caught up in the way.  Just like it always does in life.

Then, Monday night I get a call from an old friend whom was just desperate for a talk!  He called me, then I called him.  Literally, he says I just broke up with my girlfriend of 3 years and I am kind of down.  Were going to refer to him as “Desperate”.  No play on words really…I am in need of a cheerful friend to lift me up (AKA BOOOTTTYYY CAAALLLL).  I was busy so we had a nice conversation via phone and that was done.  Desperate was done!

hmmmmph…….really?

BOYS!  What the heck is your deal?  Quit being a Jock, Motorcycle Jac, Doubting T, or a Desperate and smell the roses!  If you have a really great girl sitting in front of you then TELL HER.  If you aren’t interested, then HONESTLY make your intention’s known, don’t just assume.  We all know what happens when you assume….(‘you make an ass out of you and me’ for all those who didn’t know!)  Keep us posted of your feelings.  There is no harm or foul in making it known early on!  How ’bout a little respect?  Women aren’t stupid.  No one is going to think of you any less of a man unless you start exhibiting signs of the males described in this post.  GOT IT?  I sure hope so!  🙂

Thanks!  Other than that life is good!  😉

Sincerely THE CatMan

(Princess)Ogre…to Birthday!

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Room clean……..check!

Party had…………check!

Teeth brushed……check!

Old………..check, check!

Saturday-ay? was a wonderful day.  Truthfully.  Aside from the minor attacks from the neighborhood dogs, cake attacks from the siblings, or the blind dodgeball game my little brother and our cousins decided to play……OR flat out being called an OGRE in the middle of the mall today!  That was probably the highlight.

So, this will definitely make you pee your pants with laughter…adult-dipers in place….check!  Ok you ready for the story?

I met my friends Katherine (Special K) and Catherine…..which is confusing on its own accord! (the really bad thing is that I am by birth right a Catherine too!  ThankgoodnessIgobyyyyysomethingelse!) at the mall today.  I was finding them a million and one things to try on–they all looked fabulous!  So needless to say I was enjoying playing Barbie’s and getting them new clothes.  Well as you can imagine yelling “K/Catherine, how’s it going?” over in the changing room direction would be not so smart.  I did that about a billion times!!  I really don’t know what my deal was!

So then we walk into this accessory store and I am looking at rings.  Then this little almost 4-year-old girl walks up and we start to converse.  Mind you, I was half asleep when I got dressed this morning…but I was wearing a neon green shirt and a grey zip up.  I also was holding my bright green puffy jacket.  Our conversation literally moves from “wow, that ring is beautiful!”, “oh I do like that one, but this gold swirly one is pretty neat too…WHOA YOU LOOK LIKE AN OGRE!  I quickly proclaim….”AN OGRE????? What constitutes ME looking like and OGRE?”  She then states, I am wearing all green.  I gave her the “I am offended” look and she goes, “NOOOOOooooooo! You look like princess Fiona!”  OH Great…at least now I am Princess status!  As I was walking out she blew me a big kiss and it made things all better!

Aren't I beautiful??? hehe....that stance is very familiar to the feisty CatMan...dun dun dun!

Well I must say I had such a wonderful birthday weekend.  I went shopping with my girls.  What could be better??  All of Sunday was really low-key.

SIGH. 🙂

Went to church and family breakfast.  I then had my cousins help me clean up my house from the party we had the night before….next SUNDAY NAP!  Oh that was totally my favorite!  Next, my mom asked me what I wanted to do for dinner because it was my day.  That was really sweet of her to ask.  🙂  I love my mom.  Well I briefly told her lets just make all the left overs up and let’s have a feast!  No fuss just company and good food.

I was trying to get a group of girls together to get some wine…nothing worked out and everyone was so busy.  I must say I really didn’t get all that disappointed!  Well I invited my friend Laugh-a-lot out and the two of us ended up at the most random of spots!  We laughed, chatted about all of the idiot boys in our lives who will never realize how wonderful we really are….and ease dropped on the table behind us talking about onsies….”They have a onsie for that!”  It was such a random and beautiful day!

It was an amazing transition to a Quarter of a Century!  YAY!

I realized that I am above all blessed with such great people in my life.  I love my girl friends for all that they are and what they give me as far as perspective and hope goes.  Truly, to all the men who think I’m going to give you the time of day when you treated me like I was no greater than a speck of dust:  Skip You!

I just thought this was funny.... hahaha!

LOVE YOU GIRLS!

xoxo

Feel like a circus animal?

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Some days I feel like a circus animal.  No not one of the cool ones like a lion…OR the elephant…or EVEN the bear!  Sometimes I feel like all I do is juggle.  I get to be the caged juggler.  How uncool is that??   I feel strapped down, locked away…like a damsel in distress…..swoon!  But all in all, I feel trapped in my office and to my desk.

Yesterday I got my quilt back.  I had a really awesome thought of taking all of my t-shirts from high school, finding someone else to do this for me of course, and then making a quilt!  My idea of making a quilt would include the magic Genie where all I would have to do is rub the lamp and up she comes!  TAH-DAH!  Here it is!  Well it sort of happened that way…I think.  Essentially, we have a client named Keepsake Threads (www.keepsakethreads.com) whom I had received an announcement that their new website was up and kickin’!  That’s when it hit me….I had to call and see what they could do for me.  They were easy to work with, very friendly and overall just a peach of a company!  Essentially, what they do is take articles of clothing from whatever (whether it be a deceased grandmother’s decorative hanky’s or your uncle’s funky ties OR in my case high school memories thru t-shirts!) and create it into some other form like a bear, scarf, quilt…or whatever you could think of!   I personally wanted a quilt.

Meeting was a breeze.  I literally had three full bags of t-shirts from cheerleading, gymnastics, track and some random ones from Saint’s Alive (my high school’s biggest fundraising event).  I talked briefly to the designer and gave her free reigns.  She is the designer, this is her job, and I felt like she had connected with me enough to provide a quality quilt.  Boy, did she ever!

 

Beautiful swirled gold backing with navy and white polka dotted fringing.

 

Here is an example of what the back of my quilt looks like.  Because Red was a predominant color she used that on the front and complimented it with the Navy and Gold (my high school colors).

 

Vanna White and Mix Master Mike (my little sister and brother)

 

I wish these pictures were bigger but, the detail work, the time and effort involved was such a pleasure to see.  They really did a great job at capturing my memories into a tangible item for me to use and keep.  What a completely amazing piece of art and comfort.

I was very pleased.  Currently, I am trying to juggle about 6 different projects, report to 10 different bosses, all a while keeping my sanity!  YES wishful thinking…I only pray that cheer practice this evening goes smoothly, sushi is not tainted, and the roads remain clear! (fingers crossed!)

LAUGH OUT LOUD MOMENT:  Freaked myself out with my own shadow last night (I saw it in the moon light–as you can tell I am a big chicken…)

 

This would be THIS GIRL!! (pointing to myself!)

 

 

CYNICAL MOMENT:  Facebook stalking last night…someone I was talking to changed their status to single?  Does this mean they want to date the CatMan?  Or use her for her beautiful body?  Does he want a relationship?  AHHH the suspense is killing me!

BEAUTIFUL MOMENT:  Receiving a birthday cake from a friend and getting to blow out my b-day candles a whole 3 days sooner!  YAY!

 

TOTALLY made my day! Happy b-day to meeee!

 

 

LAZY MOMENT: right now……….3…..2……..1………..OK I am done now.

POSITIVE MOMENTUM MOMENT:  Telling three more people about my fundraising endeavors for our Special Olympics Polar Plunge 2011!  I am so excited!  Anyone want to come visit and plunge with me??

 

Today has been slow but sure.  But isn’t it the slow and steady that win the race?  I am keeping with that philosophy.  Being patient will pay off and prevent me from looking like a dumb butt.  I am convinced.

I am going to leave you all and go eat my cake!  Have a beautiful Thursday!!

CatMan

PS: Remember to smile!  You never know when a warm happy smile might make the difference for a friend, fellow co-worker, or random stranger!  Give Love.  Receive Love.

 

awww see now you are all warm and fuzzy inside!

 

 

Workout…

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Yesterday after work I had some time of solidarity at my favorite place, the Chapel.  I got out of work late so I decided to spend sometime in quiet and I actually passed out for about a half of an hour.  It was a very nice power nap to get me thru the rest of my day.

Well upon leaving the Chapel I went home and got my workout gear on and ventured to the Y.  Let me tell you, I love people watching.  It also cracks me up that the people who are the socialites of the workout arena are skinny, tan, usually 18-35 years old or so, and they have a body that is not conducive to actually working out.

 

Yes...the skinny tramps look like this! Sigh and for the rest of us who have a curvy womanly body...

 

Now, this is merely an observation.  There are groups that congregate in the specific classes, around the machines, and at certain times of the day.  There are grunters, moaners and girls that have full-blown fake nails, make up, and hair all done up just to sweat a little.  It also makes me laugh at the little girls walking in wearing next to nothing but just a simply “cutsie” workout bra and spandex!  OK, I have a nice body but I am a curvy woman.  I could never wear that and feel comfortable at the gym.  First off, you would have to double those bras up so the “twins” aren’t banging me in the face (now I need no black eyes!) and second off it is a privilege…..PRIVILEGE PEOPLE….to wear spandex!  I am sorry ladies but full coverage granny panties that bunch when you run do NOT look so attractive in spandex and I totally respect that.  So no spandex for this girl!  Normally I am the kid wearing the big t-shirts and shorts that actually cover the bum up.  I don’t look like I am picking up on any of the gym rat boys who are trying to get swoll for Spring Break.

So everyone I am sure has heard of Jersey Shore, right?  I am totally not even kidding you these girls looked like Snookie!

Personally....I would take the pizza!

Truly.  Not joking.  She looked exactly like her but in workout gear.  Skinny yoga pants, a clueless gaze, and was working on who knows what?!  Why is it necessary to look like this when working out but, to draw the wrong kind of attention and lose your cookies!  Sorry…just kind of annoys me.

I made the mistake in college once wearing a shirt I bought to support my roommate whom played Rugby.  See I was the flying Cheerleader and she was the Rugby extraordinaire!  I loved wearing those shirts out of support but, not to the gym!  The one day I got hit on by a fellow female student (I was wearing my Rugby shirt) and I am pretty sure that there was a “minor” assumption made!  HA.  Flattering, but sorry I don’t swing that way!  Needless to say, I thought twice before grabbing a random t-shirt to workout in…sigh.

I kind of get weirded out when people not only bring attention to themselves via the outfit chosen to work out in, but also at grunting or making animatistic loud noises!!  Is that really necessary???   REAAHHH-OOHHH-AHHH!  CLINK-CLINK-CLINK. SIGH. MAN…

I hope this evening I can zone out, not get distracted by Snookie and her Jersey Shore crew and make some progress training for this Mini Marathon that I am running in May!  Here goes another training session for me…

I will say this about yesterday, I laughed so incredibly hard.  I loved like I had never loved before, and forgot about the “dead weight” in my life.  Yesterday I was in the best of moods.  No idea why but I will take what I can get!  Today was very good over all now, we will see what this evening has in store!  🙂

Happy trails,

The CatMan

 

Fail. Fail. Fail.

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OH the irony!  I swear something funny always must happen to the CatMan!  I was trying to behave myself today too!  So today, I decided that I was going to help my mom make a cake.  I really felt like I was helping when I realized I was doing it all wrong.

 

I definitely bake like this lady...High heels and all...

 

 

The problem is I really don’t bake…now cooking is another story!  But the last time I baked anything it was in college and my Zucchini bread ended up smoking out my kitchen, exploding everywhere and making quite a mess!  Definitely wasn’t what I had planned.

This mess started as soon as I tried to pull the flour out of the freezer.  Being vertically challenged causes all sorts of grief let me tell you.  On my tippy toes reaching as far as I could…I was closer, and closer, and finally had the little booger in reach when all of a sudden my toe cramped and the darn thing fell on my face!   Now I always teased about being a white girl before but now I really was a white girl!  🙂

Next issue was mixing all of the items together.  Granted I was having issues before hand but now it really became apparent baking was not for me!  I mixed the eggs, box of “mix”, water and the oil started stirring when I realized I was totally mixing the wrong proportions!  How could this happen?  2 eggs instead of three…1-1/3 cup water not 2 cups, 2 tteaaaaasssppoooonnnss of oil not 2 tablespoons……then I learned this after the fact….when something is too liquidy…like soup for an instance if it is too runny, add some flour to it to make it thicker.  Guess what?  In this circumstance, you can’t!  Why doesn’t anyone tell me these things!?

 

OH NO!!!

 

 

Next, I forgot to preheat the oven in all my dismay.  That was the easy fix…next I got everything established .  It called for a 2-9″ round pans OR 9″ pan greased.  I made do with what I had…let me tell you it was totally not either of those options.  Minor details.  I then shoved that thing I called a cake in the oven!  AH-HA!  I will show you my little friend what it’s like to be baked!  I was praying that it tasted alright!  My mom mind you is laughing at me the whole time!  Not just a little tee-hee laugh either.  It was more like a deep belly laugh.

5 minutes later, the oven was smoking because apparently the pan was too small…sigh.  It was too much for me.  It blew up, then I blew up!  I couldn’t even bear to look at the mess that was surrounding me.  I actually laughed at my stupidity.  Today was not the day for me to bake a cake apparently!  At this point my mom felt a little sympathetic and helped me address this “hole” we called a kitchen.  It was a hole because that is what happened when I tried to jolt thru baking a cake.  (HEAVY)  Sigh.

 

It was like a party in the oven if you ask me!

 

My mom gave me a big hug as we laughed at such horrible baking skills!  She did say that I could be on the one Food Network show, “America’s Best Baker. Wink!”  HAHA.  Oh well what to do but just laugh!  Life is still good whether you can follow directions, bake, or preheat an oven….I think I need to get new glasses!

I don’t smoke but, if I did…someone hand me a cigarette!!

CatMan

HORAY for progress today!

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Today was and has been crazy insane.  Too much little projects on my plate but to much of my dismay, it is all starting to pay off.  I feel like good progress is being made and most of all POSITIVE momentum is being generated in a very amazing and real fashion.  HORAY for progress today!

 

HORAY! I did it!

 

I always am a work in progress…or in the process of things getting done slowly but surely but, today I have a true sense of accomplishment!!!  I just wanted to add, and did it with calmness and composure like a classy lady should !   😉

THE CatMan