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12/31/05
Happy freaking new year.

12/30/05
Once, just once, I would like to date someone who isn't sleeping around.

Is that too much to ask for?

12/29/05
I needed some cheering up, so I went to the store and found a seven DVD set of Yankees Fall Classic highlights, including five complete games. This should keep me occupied until February or so. Also picked up the first volume of Yankeeography. Oh, spring training can't get here soon enough.

I'm working day shift tomorrow and Saturday, then going to Liz's fabulous NYE party up in Inwood Saturday night. Going alone, unfortunately, but it'll be good because the girls are fantastic.

12/28/05
Being the off-season, I'm working my way through my collection of baseball books. I'm fond of this quote, from The Thinking Fan's Guide to Baseball:

The spitball was outlawed in baseball nearly three generations ago, and, being an illegal pitch, is used by no more than one-quarter of the pitchers in the majors.

Too funny.

12/27/05
Casting today? Yes, casting today! YES is looking for fans for this season's Ultimate Road Trip. I am so there.

12/26/05
So I think I have everything moved over to my new computer now. If anyone wants a cheap laptop that's in great condition and has a cd burner inside, let me know.

Oh, and good for my friend David. His play is being produced off-broadway.

Since it's Hanukah, we're watching Masada. My favorite quote so far: "Overwhipping [the slaves] can be worse than no whipping at all."

12/25/05
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and all that jazz. I'm off to the city.

12/24/05
I'm bringing a book to work tomorrow - half of my residents are going home for the day. Watch, I say something like that and all hell will break loose.

I enjoyed Light in the Piazza much better for the second time tonight. There are still some things I don't like - or rather, that I wish were handled differently - but it was enjoyable. On the way out of town, I did a holiday mitzvah. The (Orthodox) couple and their kids ahead of me in line at the garage had left their wallet home by mistake, so I paid for their parking, and left them my address for a check. Good jew. Makes up for the shrimp dumplings I had at dinner.

Can't get over a kid wearing a Damon Yankees shirt at the theatre tonight. Ugh.

12/23/05
Ugh - at least he looks better with short hair.

All of the families of our residents bring cookies to work. I just want someone to bring a nice, healthy veggie platter before I roll on out of there. Of course, I say that as I'm chowing down on a chocolate-and-peppermint covered pretzel. Yum.

I'm glad Missy and I have our season tickets (which should be confirmed in Feb) - regular tickets are on sale now, and the opening game vs. the Royals (the Royals??) are sold out, as well as the Red Sox games.

12/22/05
I called out from work today (first time, ugh). I woke up at 4am with a horrible migraine, took some extra strength Tylenol, and tossed and turned until 5am, when I decided it wasn't going to get any better, so I called out.

It's 1pm now, and I still have a headache.

Happy birthday, Trisha, and happy belated birthday, Sue.

Mom and I did our annual jumping-the-gun and opened all of the presents tonight. I am in MLB heaven, with lots of Yankees gear to get me through til the season starts.

later on 12/21/05
Tonight is the longest night of the year, alright. And not just with that horrid Johnny Damon news.

I didn't think the transit strike would affect me, not living the city and all. But tonight I drove in to bring Steve a rescued kitty, and after picking him up on 30th and 1st, it took us an hour and a half to drive out to Queens. Most of which was spent sitting in traffic. Ugh.

However, no traffic at all coming back in from Queens and then out again to NJ. None.

I was so craving sushi that I went to Stop and Shop for some on the way home.

12/21/05
Johnny Damon signed with the Yankees??!?!!? I think I'm going to go cry.

12/20/05
Ooh, sucks to be a commuter today. I can't believe the the transit workers actually went on strike. The streets in midtown were completely empty when we went to the diner at 10.30am for breakfast, and when we left an hour later, all of the after-11am-no-more-carpools traffic was jamming the streets. I'm glad I drove in last night so I didn't have to deal with carpools and checkpoints.

I am an electronics genius! Not only did I figure out the VHS-to-DVD copying machine, but I figured out how to hook up the splitter so I can run that and the dual-deck VCR at the same time and flip between viewing one or the other. So so cool. I am geekwoman.

So now I've accomplished everything I wanted to with my day off - hooked up the electronics, sewed the missing button back onto my coat, installed my printer and palm pilot software, bought collars with bells for the kitties, dyed my hair (still brown) and cleared out some of the paperbacks that were cluttering up my shelves. Sadly, the bookcases don't seem any emptier.

12/19/05
In the category of "things I never thought I'd ever do": I pronounced someone dead today.

And I'm butt tired - worked the double shift yesterday and then day shift today. Now I'm off until Wednesday morning, so I'm going to the city to see Jim.

12/17/05
Geek present to self: new computer! Now I'm (nearly) set up to do my DVD-factory. I have a handful of things to get set up on the new computer, but I'm mostly done. The downside is that it isn't a laptop, but I needed something with a built-in DVD player (to go with the new external drive), and that part all works great. So what if I can't curl up in bed with it, it's still cute. It's an HP Pavilion Slimline, if you care. Small and cute.

later on 12/15/05
Well, I didn't make it to Union Square, but I did manage to hit the bazaars at Grand Central and Bryant Park (when did they put an ice rink there?). I think I'm all done with my holiday shopping now. Whew.

Dinner at a cute italian place on 44th, and Souvenir with Jim. I'm happy. Plus, my order from Philosophy came. I am a happy bath girl now. Their stuff should be illegal.

12/15/05
Tesse, Lauren and I went to Vintage - again, I know - for the stuffed burgers, and I have to say, they hold up well to a second serving. So good. So good. The play was excellent, too. I thought the actresses playing the wife and daughter were terrific, as was Gabriel Byrne. And for a "lesser known" O'Neill play, I liked it better than Moon for the Misbegotten.

I'm one step closer to getting my VHS tapes to DVD - I have the actual DVD burner now, and just bought some blank recordable DVD's - going to test it out today. I still have to get the VHS-to-DVD machine, but a little birdy (OK, a tall, dark and handsome birdy) hinted that it would be under my tree (or menorah).

12/14/05
Happy birthday, Jay! I miss you down there in Atlanta. To celebrate, I went out and got a haircut. Actually, I got all of them cut. Ba da dum.

Michael asked if I wanted to see Gabriel Byrne in A Touch of the Poet tonight - absolutely! I love Gabriel Byrne. So I think my "days off" plan is to see that tonight, sleep late tomorrow (yay), and come back to the city tomorrow to do some shopping at the Union Square bazaar before seeing Souvenir.

12/13/05
In the "you know me, you really know me" category, they asked if I wanted tomorrow off in exchange for working a double this coming Sunday. So now I'm off until 3pm on Friday - oh, what to do with the time!

I really, really like my job.

Now I just wish I had something to do with the time.

12/12/05
It's a good thing I had a nice, relaxing weekend, because today was stress-city. At least when things are busy the time flies, and I just keep reminding myself that there are only eight hours in the workday. But now all I want to do is soak my aching muscles in the tub and put my feet up for about a week.

12/11/05
Oh, I am completely happy. I had a lovely weekend, got lots of sleep today, and now I'm ready to face the week. This week I have Thursday off (plus am working 3-11 on Friday), so I'm seeing Souvenir again on Thursday night. And the HR woman confirmed that I can work Christmas and Christmas Eve and have off on New Year's, so I just have to get my holiday schedule printed out when they have it ready.

But yes, happy. I have a super job, I have a fantastic boyfriend, and the best friends in the world. Life is sweet.

12/9/05
Freaking snow. Freaking people who call out sick when there's a little snow. Today was just crazy busy, but at least the time flew. Couldn't wait to leave tho - because in two hours I'll be on my way to AC.

12/8/05
We get an employee discount at BJ's Wholesale Club, so I joined. They're opening one right on rt 9 in January, but we drove up to the one in Edison today to check it out. Bought lots of food and goodies, and I found a super-discounted new printer/scanner/copier, something I've wanted to splurge on (inexpensive, plus discount coupon, plus mail-in rebate, woo). Must go set it up!

And happy birthday, Tesse! You nearly made me believe that your birthday was Feb. 30th, but you know, me? Not that dumb.

12/7/05
Oh oh oh if Neil Diamond won the Razzie for "worst actor," then I want to give Sir Olivier an award for "worst overactor" - that was precious!

12/6/05
Happy belated birthday Michael!

The Secret Garden concert was very well done, and "Lily's Eyes" stopped the show, of course. Jim and I had dinner afterwards and I caught the train home, walking through the snow at 1am. Absolutely beautiful.

Wow. This World Baseball Classic sounds fantastic.

Oh my god, I am craving sushi.

12/4/05
Ack, snow!

I woke up at 5am to see that it was coming down. Woke up again at 6am for good - went out to turn on the car and brush the snow off (not enough white stuff to use the new snowblower yet, damn). Was early to work, got everything done, and now I'm back home, waiting (with bated blower) for more snow. I'd say we have about 3 inches now. We're supposed to get another storm tomorrow night - which is good because I'm off on Tuesday - so maybe I can get the snowblower up and running on Tuesday.

It feels holiday-like around here, the decorations are up, the cookies are baking as we speak (type?) and the carols are playing. Wish there were more Hanukah carols.

Why didn't anyone tell me that Neil Diamond starred in The Jazz Singer? Thanks to amazon.com 1-click, it is on its way. Not the original Jazz Singer, of course, but the Neil Diamond one (and IMDB notes that for his performance, Neil Diamond became the first ever "winner" of the Razzie Award for Worst Actor). I'm giddy.

12/2/05
Happy birthday, Eve!

Today feels like December. It smells like snow, if that makes any sense. I want it to snow so I can test out the new snowblower. But I don't want it to snow overnight - because the last thing I want (ever) is to wake up and see that we're snowed in. The whole point of the snowblower is so that I don't have to (ever) get up at 5am to shovel out the driveway.

Busy weekend - tomorrow is work and then I'm going up to Missy's to hang out (and see Jen who I haven't seen in forever). Sunday is work. Monday is work and then the Secret Garden concert. Tuesday I'm off, so I'll probably spend the day like I did today, sleeping.

I've been feeling lightheaded lately. I mean, I usually get lightheaded when I stand up from squatting or whatever, but this has been a constant feeling. It happened once before a few months ago and the feeling passed in a few days. Mom checked my blood pressure and that's normal. I checked my blood sugar and it was 82 - and that's after eating. I thought it would be higher than that. So maybe it's hypoglycemia. But I do tend to be eating all the time (and my having to buy new jeans attest to that), so I don't think that's right, either. Eh, I'll have health insurance in January, I'll go get checked out after that.

later on 12/1/05
One dinner date later, and I'm still really happy. I mean, what can you say to this - I say that my ten-year plan involves moving upstate and having lots of cats, and he says, "hey, I'm actually looking at a house upstate next weekend, and if we put our cats together, we'd have six of them." To me, that's pretty freaking cool.

12/1/05
Hey wow, I'm IV certified. Got a 100 on the test at the end, so now I'm good to go. Providing any of my residents actually have IV meds, that is. The class was a lot of fun (plus I got paid for attending). And that's right, the state of NJ has officially allowed me to poke at people with sharp objects. Don't get on my bad side.

Seeing Harry Potter again tonight. Must wear sexy new boots.

And god bless The Onion:

MLB Adopts New 'Four Strikes And You're Back In' Steroid Policy

MILWAUKEE—Facing pressure from the public and the players' union, Major League Baseball announced Monday that they would institute a new steroid policy designed to eliminate performance-enhancing drugs in baseball while granting a third second chance to players who truly demonstrate a desire to play baseball at any cost. Under the league's new guidelines, players will be suspended for 50 games after a first offense, suspended for 100 games after the second, banned for life after their third, and finally reinstated after their fourth conclusive positive test for performance-enhancing drugs. "Although we cannot tolerate serial infractions of our steroid policy, we cannot unfairly penalize those who use steroids to get back into the game," said Commissioner Bud Selig, who has described the new policy as "fair for all parties, especially those who cannot play the game well without the aid of illegal substances." "Continuing to artificially enhance your body and chemically optimize your performance—even after a permanent suspension—shows the kind of dedication that warrants one last chance at redemption." Selig added that, to ensure this ruling does not tarnish the integrity of the game by putting anything less than top-caliber athletes back on the field, all players facing reinstatement must pass a thorough and extremely demanding test of physical fitness and raw aggression.

-catherine

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