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Thursday, May 29, 2003
My cats loved to watch the Meow Mix commercials on TV. Well, apparently 1/3 of the U.S. cat population are couch potatoes, so the catfood company is actually creating a tv show for cats to watch. This fur-baby concept is going way too far.

Lucky and I will be in Boston for a few days visiting my friend Abina. So here's something to keep you busy for the next few days... Take a ride on the NJ Turnpike!

Wednesday, May 28, 2003
You're older than you've ever been.
And now you're even older.
And now you're older still.

They Might Be Giants


I'm not certain how I feel about the Mills-McCartney pregnancy. I do know that Heather is only 34 but what about Paul. He's already 60 which means that when the singing spawn gets out of college, he'll be 80! I'm not sure if that's right for the kid. I know that when I lost my dad when I was in my 20s, it really messed me up for a while. Knowing that the likelihood that you're going to be around awhile for your children should definitely be a factor in family planning.

While we are on the subject, I was surprised to hear the age of the paranoid schizophrenic grandmother who killed her 19 month old grandchild in a botched murder-suicide. She is 38. When I hear the word "grandmother" I still think of the cartoon one that feed Sylvester and Tweety; not someone six years older than me.

And more on age... Tomorrow is Bob Hope's 100th Birthday. I grew up watching his movies (I also listened to Fibber McGee and Molly... we didn't have a normal childhood).

So it's true... little Tommy Breslin is the singer of Spiraling. My brother was in his band when they were 10 but it didn't work out because of "creative differences" (in other words, my brother was better). I still feel that way.

Ok, so apparently I am a liberal. However, even I have to draw a line on sensitivity... it eventually leads to censorship.

Tuesday, May 27, 2003
A new TurkeyBurgerExperience has been written. Check it out. PS: If you do a find for turkeyburger on Yahoo or Google, I come out in the Top 5. Woo Hoo!

Yes, this Memorial Day weekend has sucky weather. However, we did manage to accompish some fun stuff... On Friday, we went to see TMBG and they were, of course, great. It's nice to see a band having so much fun on stage. Also fun, is seeing 18 year olds scream the words to songs that are almost as old as they are! The opening band Spiraling wasn't that bad... The funny thing is that I think I know the lead singer of the band; if it's who I think it is, he went to school with my brother.

The Pony was having a bit of a problem with the roof leaking. There was a black garbage bag stapled on the ceiling over the stage that would fill up with rain water and occasionally drip into the bucket placed in the audience. Made for suspenseful watching! (and yes, in case you were wondering... I did finally purchase that pink hayseed shirt below).

Saturday was a day of non-accomplishment; Sunday we went to a b-b-q (well, ok most of the party was indoors); and Monday, we had dinner at my mom's. Berry and Big Bro had gotten Chinese food as was the plan but for some reason Mom decided to make german picnic food (potato salad, weisswurst, etc) too. Needless to say, noone starved in that house last night.

Friday, May 23, 2003

Envy me... tonight Lucky and I are going to see They Might Be Giants at the Stone Pony. Unfortunately, since it's rainy out (what a crappy Memorial Day weekend weather report) we won't be able to play illicit minigolf at the abandoned course nearby.

1. What brand of toothpaste do you use?
2. What brand of toilet paper do you prefer?
3. What brand(s) of shoes do you wear?
4. What brand of soda do you drink?
5. What brand of gum do you chew?

I have no alligiances. A marketer's nightmare.

Thursday, May 22, 2003
To the lady with the beatup brown car from the 80s with Jersey plates starting with LGP8...

"I hope that everything is ok, and that your son isn't in the hospital, or you have a bomb ticking under your hood and it would go off if you went under 50. But perhaps knowing your sad story would have stopped me from getting pissed at you for almost crashing or sideswiping into at least 5 cars (mine included) in the 10 minutes you were within sight of me. May you never feel what it's like to kill a child with your stupidity. May your license be taken away and you need to rely on bikes since the mass trans is not by you."

Yay Ruben!

Wednesday, May 21, 2003
Just found out that Sean Lennon and his band are going to be at the Stone Pony with Ween on Saturday. Have to admit that I am intrigued.

Sushi and Sisterhood
Yesterday, FTG and I indulged in sushi and American Idol finals, while the wee Cinnabun stared at the chandelier and drank from her bottle. Can't wait until her hubby is done with teaching for the year so that we can get together and do "doubledate" things... (with a fifth occasionally crying wheel).

Now that I have all this time since the Blue Jean Ball is over, I can relieve my IKEA cravings. There is nothing better than watching the sun set over the NJ Turnpike while noshing on Swedish meatballs and lindonberry soda. From May 22 to June 8, they are having their "IKEA hardly ever has a sale" sale.

James Brown was just pardoned from all off the crimes he committed in SC. These included: drug use, possession of drugs, eluding police, carrying a loaded weapon while high on PCP, and resisting arrest. State Rep. Ken Kennedy, who spoke on Brown's behalf, said the pardon will allow the singer to share his experiences and help others. "I've been a fan of James Brown all my life. I've listened to his music all my life," Kennedy said. "I think this is something that he deserves. He has been one of our great entertainers in this country. He's done so much for the country and for me as a young person growing up here." Good gawd y'all... he deserves a pardon because he's an entertainer?

"God bless America on this beautiful day. I hope my pardon shows the youth that America is a beautiful country."
- James Brown

Tuesday, May 20, 2003


My poor '92 Jetta is breaking down. Yesterday the heater coil went, spilling coolant everywhere. The cheaper way to fix this is to bypass the heater coil. So no heat in my car. 1. Which is good since it's soon going to be summer and the A/C will still work. 2. Which is bad because I can no longer dry and curl my hair by putting a velcro curler in my bangs and cranking the heat to high.

Which will be the new Snowflake mobile? Above are the two options...The Beetle or PT... flames or Hello Kitty designs to be decided later. Which reminds me... just got a small lavendar bowling bag purse with a little HK head logo... so cute that I had to part with my $12.95 plus tax at the local Mandee's.


Yesterday, I had a massage after work to get rid of all the "glue" in my muscles. While cooling down, I watched the remainder of the "Martha, Inc." movie... It's interesting to see how Tim Matterson has gone from Animal House to TV movie god. Honestly, it wasn't as good and juicy as I was hoping.

However, afterwards I switched to TNN (the future Spike TV) where the WWF was on (I refuse to call it WWE even though I might be a fricken liberal World Wildlife get a life)... and Rick Flair was in the ring. Last week when I caught 10 seconds (ok five minutes) of wrestling, it was Rowdy Rod Piper and Hulk Hogan (doing this sissy Captain America thing)... it brought me back to my childhood. Now if we could only bring back Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, I'd be in 14-year-old crush heaven.

Monday, May 19, 2003
Whew... it's over. For the past few months, I have been working on the Blue Jean Ball which is a major fundraiser for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey (Theme : "Ports of Call"). I'm the decorating committee chair which means that I design the table centerpieces, the dance floor, the food station signs, and what ever else needed to be done. It was a lot of work. "Luckily" I happen to know an artist who helped me. On Friday, I was there from 9 am to 11 pm and the same for Saturday (with the exception of that day ended at 2:30 am). We made lots of money and everyone who attended seem to have a good time. On the whole, it seemed a lot easier than last year's.

My feet managed to survive standing on the concrete warehouse floor. I learned from last year, when I wore mules and bled, that proper footwear is more important than looking like the dropdead diva that I am. That's right... I wore PureFit Stretch Keds with an extra cushioned insole and socks. Gawd, I hate socks but that combo really worked (they were cute socks with pompoms on them). So well, that yesterday, Lucky and I were able to walk a couple of miles searching for good junk at the Sleepy Hollow neighborhood garage sale. I found a single by the Carpenters "Sing" in the original sleeve! Then, we indulged in fried fish at the Chippery.

Les Miz performed its last show in NYC. To some, that's sad. I have to admit that I never really got into it. Yes, the songs are good. But the storyline was never really that great. I always thought that the lovestory was more of a stalking, obsessive story. And what if the tablecloth that they picked up in the restaurant was checkered instead of just red... they would have had to change the song! Well, enough on that... let me know if you want to hear me rant about how Rent is overrated fluff or how Cats is only for children or foreign tourists...


1. What drinking water do you prefer -- tap, bottle, purifier, etc.?... It used to be tap water from a bathroom (the water was softer) but now it's water from a Brita filter.

2. What are your favorite flavor of chips? Plain rippled potato chips. I hate nacho flavored chips.

3. Of all the things you can cook, what dish do you like the most? Chicken paprikash or spaghetti.

4. How do you have your eggs? If I have lots of salted butter and white bread, then sunny side up with the eggs all runny. If not available, then scrambled with lemon pepper and cheese.

5. Who was the last person who cooked you a meal? How did it turn out? The Baker (eggplant parm); it was very yummy.

Thursday, May 15, 2003
I love hats. Not like "love love" (gawd I feel like a 12 year old) but truly enjoy the creations of millinery shops everywhere. So next year, I want to go here.


Hey, I created a "mirror" website for a musican who is really cool... http://pages.ivillage.com/francinereed. If you have nothing better to do with your life, please take a look and see if I have any broken links. Thanks.

Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Yep, it's official... 10 years ago today, I was wearing a silly white cap and gown with a yellow tassel and this big-o medal around my neck. Ack, going into "I feel old mode" Must stop.

I forgot to mention that on Monday after watching the Survivor finale that we had taped (um, did we miss something about Matt because it seemed like he was working his ass off the entire game and was a player who deserved to win while Miss Venus "Oh my gawd my antique zeta crown burned" Swimwear was super lucky), I watched the end of the "Unofficial 3's Company Movie" It was so super tacky and truly helped me relax. Although "John Ritter" kind of scared me.

Yesterday, I had a facial so my skin is radiant!

I leave you with this thought... "I have one song and I'm singing. I have one song and I'm singing. I have one song and I'm singing. I am not alone" - Susanne Somers

Tuesday, May 13, 2003
Here's a bit of a rant...

My coworkers and I generally bring snacky stuff into the office to share. Cakes that we had bought for a previous night's festivities that didn't get eaten, cookies that someone had the urge to make. It's rather nice. However, there is one guy in the office who mooches off with the food and has never contributed to the loot. Never. Never. Never.

We have gotten to the point of hiding the food when it's in limited supply. Or when someone sends a food gift to the office staff, one of us gives him his allottment and hide the rest. Then he has the gall to say things like "Oh what happened to all the food?" Um, you ate it jerk. Another reason why we give him his food is that he needs to touch everything. For example, if it's chocolate, he will touch almost every piece before deciding on one. And when cutting something like bread, will hold onto the piece he is not taking so tight that he squishes it with his yucky hands. Then he will stuff the piece he wants into his mouth. Usually complaining that the food isn't that good.

Thank you for letting me vent.

I actually kind of like this house!

At least I'm not so geeky that I could have applied for this job. Although I have met people who could.

Monday, May 12, 2003
Yesterday, I cleaned my refrigerator... I got rid of anything that was in there for over a year. (Or more scarily, what I couldn't remember when I had gotten it!) In the garbage went Thai fish sauce, garlic hummous (which was only a month or so old), and pickles floating in some glowing green juice. Leaving my fridge with almost nothing except for chocolate (which I had gotten as gifts months ago and haven't eaten yet), Parmalat milk containers, a whole shelf of NJ/NY wines, and various ice cream toppings left over from a past Survivor gathering. When I'm finished with this fundraiser, maybe I'll have time to go food shopping...

For Mother's Day, I created a candle centerpiece by inverting a tea cup and siliconing the upside-down saucer to the bottom (now top) of the cup, creating a base to put a votive holder (fits quite nicely in the cup indent). Then I hot glued some silk flowers and ivy to a piece of raffia that encircled the candle. Looked pretty good but had I the time, I would have used floral foam and fresh flowers instead.


This weekend was very busy... on Saturday, Lucky and I spent 5 hours at the foodbank working on the decorations. About 10 volunteers helped paint these lighthouses that are going to be table centerpieces. I told them to use their creativity but to remember that they are to look like lighthouses, even pulling examples for them to look at.... They were there from 12-2 painting. Lucky and I stayed until 3:30 repainting the lighthouses since it became painfully obvious that they had no idea what a lighthouse was supposed to look like. Oh well. Like they say in volunteer services, often you have to do the job over again after the volunteers have gone through it.

That night, Stitch, Baloo, Peach and I met Captain Kobie (soon to be Major Marc) who had just flown in from Japan to grace Jersey with his presence for a few days. They had decided to go to the Cheesecake Factory and said meet at 6. Well, considering that they left the message at 4, I figured they had made the reservations already. Nope, they hadn't and you know what the CCF means..."2 plus hours of waiting to sit and not get that great service but lots of food even though you can get about the same meal quality at any decent restaurant and lots of different kinds of cheesecake which taste along the lines of a Denny's dessert." Good thing that I had that bowl of cereal at 9 and cup of steamed spinach at 5 so I wasn't starving at all... (yes, you can read sarcasm). We didn't get seated until after 8.

At least the conversation was good. It's nice to be with people whom you've known for over a decade. You have lots of material to work from. While we were waiting, we went shopping. You know you're old when one of friends who was known to subsist on popcorn and diet pepsi to save money is now buying $6 W/S mango salsa. The greeting card store was selling those f-ugly cats and dogs which were horrible when they were greeting cards and are now available as stuffed animals. How can people think these are cute?!?!? They are Satan's creations.

Friday, May 09, 2003

1. Would you consider yourself an organized person? Yes
Why or why not? I believe there is a difference between organized and neat. I am not neat but I pretty much know where everything is.

2. Do you keep some type of planner, organizer, calendar, etc. with you, and do you use it regularly? I have a calendar on my computer and use it more of a diary putting down stuff that I've done. I don't really rely on it and never relied on stuff like that even in school. I remember what I need to do.

3. Would you say that your desk is organized right now?To my standards.

4. Do you alphabetize CDs, books, and DVDs, or does it not matter? My books are organized by genres. My videos/DVDs are similarly arranged. However, my CDS which used to be alpabetized are no longer since I am running out of space. And don't want to bother shifting everything from one CD container to another.

5. What's the hardest thing you've ever had to organize? My car. Which admittedly is a horror right now.

Finally there's a survey that proves what I've always said, you don't truly become an adult until you've been out of college for a while. The problem for me, is that I don't feel like I've been out that long. DO NOT BRING UP THE FACT THAT I WILL HAVE GRADUATED TEN YEARS AGO COME MAY 14. I warned you. I do not hold my self responsible for what I will do should you remind me.

Thursday, May 08, 2003
During the commercials while watching American Idol (finally Josh is gone!), I caught a glimpse of StarSearch. This 19-year-old girl was singing "All By Myself." I thought a couple of things:
1. She probably has no idea that it was written by Eric Carmen.
2. She thinks that Celine Dion writes all of her own material including the new car commercial.
3. That no 19 year old have so much angst!

PS: Apparently a group of Eric Carmen fans will be convening in Sayreville, NJ on July 26. Considering that the majority of its population still has hair as high as his was in the 80s, that's no surprise.

I saw this on the local news... Camden Community College is offering a video game major. If that was offered when I was in college, I know a lot of guys who would have been honor students.

Wednesday, May 07, 2003
Yay, Lucky has joined me in blogging. Ok, well it's more like contributing to this one but soon he will know the addiction. Look down to the Friday Five where he's added his music faves.

Sometimes you just have to hope that it's a belated April Fool's joke. I hope.

You know that old "If everyone jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge, would you do it too?" Well, I have joined the scores of people with a "100 Things" List. Does it reveal anything of great importance about me? Probably not. So deal.

Tuesday, May 06, 2003
I wonder what Mr. Rogers would have said about the Buttafuocos getting divorced.

Good thoughts to Helen who had her operation yesterday... A request from her: "Please make donations to your favorite charities instead of sending me flowers etc...While I appreciate their wonderful intentions, there are so many people in the world that need help and that have so much less than I have...It would make me so happy to know that out of my difficult time, others lives are being made easier."

Enough already. Jeez, some people just should not be contributing to the gene pool, namely the station managers of KKCS.

Monday, May 05, 2003
I know you're wondering how that pretty little Snowflake would have fared in 1905. Wonder no more... I would have had 2 servants. Wow, that's even better than my dream of having a dishwasher.


1. One song you hate to admit you like: "Whenever, Wherever" by Shakira

2. Two songs that always make you cry: "You're My Best Friend" by Queen, "Blackbird" by The Beatles

3. Three songs that turn you on: "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaac, "At Last" by Etta James, "Crash Into Me" by Dave Matthews

4. Four songs that always make you feel good: "Wild Women Don't Get the Blues" by Francine Reed, "On Top of the World" by Shonen Knife, "I Wanna Be Sedated" by the Ramones, "Old Guitars" by the Bacon Brothers

5. Five songs you couldn't ever do without: "You Sexy Thing" by Hot Chocolate, "Sing a Song" by The Carpenters, "I Love My Shirt" by Donovan, "Crystal Ship" by The Doors, "Shopping Cart of Love: The Play" by Christine Lavin


1. One song you hate to admit you like: "Copa Cabana (At the Copa)" by Barry Manilow

2. Two songs that always make you cry: "The Living Years" by Mike and the Mechanics and "One Step Up" by Bruce Springsteen

3. Three songs that turn you on: "Slave to Love" by Bryan Ferry, "Let's Get it On" by Marvin Gaye, "No Ordinary Love" by Sade

4. Four songs that always make you feel good: "Step Right Up" by Tom Waits, "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)" by Talking Heads, "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" by Bruce Springsteen, "The Entertainer" by Billy Joel

5. Five songs you couldn't ever do without: "Jungleland" by Bruce Springsteen, "Thing Called Love" by John Hiatt, "Downtown Train" by Tom Waits, "Nights in White Satin" by The Moody Blues and "Lawyers Guns and Money" by Warren Zevon

Friday, May 02, 2003
Today, I met Peter Hillary. That was pretty cool. A photo was taken to commemorate the event... let's see if it actually comes out ok.

Thursday, May 01, 2003
Yesterday, I was going to write about my weekend... How I managed to pack 2 hours at the FoodBank, a doctor's appointment and going out to dinner and a movie (Identity... pretty durn good) with some friends on Saturday. How I started feeling icky the next day but still managed to make my way to FrenchToastGirl's best friend's wedding. How five minutes after coming home, my forehead felt like you could fry an egg on it while the rest of my body was chilly and my throat was on fire. How I didn't go to work on Monday because I had absolutely no energy (This from a girl who has taken 4 sick days in nine years).

But yesterday, I got some shitty news. And yes, for me to blog a "curse word" it is shitty. Helen has cancer again.
She emailed the group that the reason why she hadn't been hanging out with us the past few months was that she had been feeling a bit sluggish and when she went to the doctor this week, she was told that incurable cancer had invaded her abdomen. There's a little saying that I've seen on things that proliferate in cheesy gift shops... "I know God only gives me what I can handle, I just wish He didn't trust me so much" attributed to Mother Theresa. Well that seems to fit Helen.

She hasn't led the easiest of lives growing up but she didn't become one of those creatures on Judge Judy, she instead is one of the most generous, loving people I have been blessed with knowing. Two years ago, her dad died; then last year, her mom died of uterine cancer. It was slow process and Helen & her sisters took turns taking care of her. As a precaution, Helen, who had breast cancer a few years ago had a hysterectomy to prevent what seems to be happening. I'm trying to soak in the news but it still doesn't seem real. Next week, she is going into the hospital to have a colostomy bag installed and will find out what kind of treatment she will be undergoing to slow down the process.

I might not be the most religious person in the world, but I do believe that good thoughts and energy can definitely help things, so if you are one of those people who believe in the power of prayer, please use it for Helen. Thank you.

The WeatherPixie

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