Sunday, April 28, 2013

Boogie Days

Last week a co-worker came by my desk and said, “The boss wants to see us now.” So I grabbed my pen and notebook and headed for the boss’ office. My co-worker and I both sat down. I always look people in the eye when they are talking to me, so I did, but my eyes were drawn about an inch and a half below my boss’ right eye. Sitting there on the clip_image001cheek was a “boogie.” I’m sure the boss didn’t know it was there and if it had just been me in the office, I might have said something like, “oh, you have something on your cheek.” But, I resisted. It seemed like one of those things where I shouldn’t embarrass the boss in front of my co-worker.   I sat there and as our boss looked at me, I brushed my cheek in the area of the space invader, but toclip_image003 no avail. Typically you can get someone to mimic you if you make a move like that a couple of times. Unfortunately, I was unable to incite any aping. The cling-on remained.   So for the next 30 minutes, I listened to the project the boss was assigning and I tried to take notes and look at the boss as little as I could. But dang it, my eyes kept getting drawn to that grotesque thing. I typically have a terrible gag reflex to something like that, so I just kept telling myself to be professional and hope that this meeting wouldn’t last long. I would like to tell you that as soon as we were dismissed from the meeting, that I held back and said something to the boss about the cheek resident, but I just dashed out of the office to get away before that thing decided to go anywhere. It was every woman for herself and I wasn’t being left behind to deal with any boogie dancing, I just had to get out of there. What would you have done? Guess I know what I’m giving out for Boss’ Day!clip_image005

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Chicago – Doubletree Hotel by Hilton (Magnificent Mile)

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On a recent business trip I found myself in downtown Chicago at the Doubletree by Hilton-Magnificent Mile. The hotel was conveniently located just a block from Michigan Avenue (the Magnificent Mile). This hotel offered a pleasant environment with an open lobby area including a bar with seating for meeting with work colleagues, an attached restaurant, and an Einstein Bros. Bagels with an inside entrance off the lobby as well as access to the street outside.
Doubletree Hotel Chicago Magnificent Mile, IL - Lobby My company had a corporate rate for $105 for a room with two double beds. The bedding was Hilton’s normal clean and comfortable linens and comforter they like to call Sweet Dreams. The only bad thing about this hotel was the on-site parking which went for $45 per day. That combined with the room rate made the hotel $150 per day – but for downtown Chicago that is not bad, in my opinion. I’d even looked it up on Travelocity before I left home and the room was going for $99 per night. There was parking across the street for around $33 per day, but the convenience was worth the cost for me.Doubletree Hotel Chicago Magnificent Mile, Il - Double Bedded Guestroom My first night there I ventured about three blocks away to Gino’s East for some Chicago-style deep dish pizza. Unfortunately I was unable to eat more than one piece. I had been suffering with the flu the week before and was finding that my appetite was not returning, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me from indulging in at least one piece of pizza. The walk to the restaurant was easy and would have been more enjoyable if the temperature was above single digits. This hotel offers the option of not having your room serviced with new linens each day for an $8 breakfast voucher. I opted for that and was able to go to Einstein’s the next morning and eat a breakfast sandwich bagel and a bottle of apple juice for free. After a day in meetings, I returned to the hotel exhausted. My body was just not rebounding from this Doubletree Hotel Chicago Magnificent Mile, IL - Lobby Barflu. My first stop was to get to Walgreens. I had to walk a block up to Michigan Avenue and then three to four blocks to the Walgreens right near the Water Tower. My flu was gone, but I had a nagging cough that was driving me crazy. I knew having been to Chicago before that the Walgreens would satisfy whatever medicinal needs I had. I picked up my sugar-free cough syrup and headed back out the door into the freezing temperatures. Every so often, I get that urge to move to a bigger city and with Chicago being the third largest in the nation, I also sometimes dream of moving here. But then, all it takes is being there in the middle of February when the temp falls below the teens and the wind whips in off of Lake Michigan to make me change my mind. On my way back to my hotel room, I was able to stop in at a couple of shops on Michigan Avenue. And while most stores here do not carry my size of clothing many were having clearance sales and I was able to pick up a very soft scarf to keep my neck warm for under $7. I removed the tag from that puppy immediately and placed it around my neck to block out the chill of the wind. At this point, I was ready for dinner and spied the Grand Lux CafĂ©. This is owned by The Cheesecake Factory and the husband and I had eaten at this chain when we were in Las Vegas so I’ve spoken about it before. I was placed at a window table overlooking Michigan Avenue where I was able to people watch and be entertained by human nature until my meal arrived.  I enjoyed an Asian salad and barely able to keep my eyes open, I ordered a dessert to go. I went back to my room where I was able to curl up in the comfortable bed for an early night. The flu still had its hold on my energy and I fell asleep around 8:30 p.m. But I was able to sleep very soundly because even though the room was close to the busyness of downtown – the noise did not enter my room. And the blackout curtains kept the lights from the high rise apartments and hotels out of my room.  So if you are planning a trip to downtown Chicago anytime soon, compare prices on Trip Advisor, and know that I approve of this destination for its convenience and comfort and only disliked the cost of parking at $45 per day – but this did include unlimited in and out privileges.   The opinions expressed herein are my own and directly related to my own experience at this hotel and in Chicago.  I have not been compensated by the hotel for my comments.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Basketball Blues

I am not sure if I’ll watch the Final Four this weekend as my favorite team didn’t quite get there.  I will wait until Monday to decide if I’ll watch the final once I know who is playing.  But I have to thank my boys in crimson and blue for a great year, better than I anticipated back in November.


I personally hope to see Michigan vs. Wichita State on Monday night.  You know, you always want the team that beat you (Michigan) to make it all the way.  But having been born and raised in Wichita and with 6 credits from WSU to my transcript, I want them to get to the finals as well.  And as far as I’m concerned WU Shock is almost as cool as Big Jay and Baby Jay.  Read more about WU Shock here And see more about the coolest mascots in the NCAA - Big Jay and Baby Jay here

Final Four NCAA Basketball Wallpaper 2013

Friday, April 5, 2013

Unreliable Co-workers

Sometimes when I’m extra stressed or bogged down at work and haven’t had a day off for quite a while, I resent some of my co-workers that seem to be off sick every couple of weeks.  But then I have to think of Jon Bon Jovi and how you know he must feel about his co-worker… Richie Sambora.  The Los Angeles Times said yesterday that Richie left the current Bon Jovi tour for personal reasons.,0,6358949.story.  Now Jon has to call in someone to replace Sambora.  The good news is, I think Jon probably has a list of replacements as this seems to happen quite a bit.
Richie Sambora

The husband and I went to see Bon Jovi on May 22, 2011 and Sambora had left the tour at that time as well.  He failed to finish the North American tour but returned for the European tour.  Made me wonder if they have an employment contract that only pays Sambora when he actually shows up.  Jon, it might be worth looking into.

Jon, are you thinking about it.  Probably a good idea, huh?

Quit that smirking at me.  I’m serious.  I know the band has your name, but when people come to see Bon Jovi they expect to see everyone.  Except me, of course, I only go to see you.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

If Only This Dress Came in Orca Whale Black

So I heard about this uproar about color naming of a dress on the website this week.  Read about it here -  Below are both dresses, but notice the plus-size dress color selection is Manatee Gray and caused the issue.  I personally find the dress butt ugly, but hey, what a bargain.  If you don’t mind buying something called Manatee Gray you can save 2.99 off the “regular size” version.  I’m thinking someone in their art department that set up this website selection might be in a little trouble.  And now the item has been removed from their website.  I am a plus-size individual, so I guess if I want to find something like this in my size I’m now going to go to the tent and awning store to find something so flowing and gray.
For those of you who have no idea what a manatee is I will provide you with information from National Geographic for Kids at where I found these lovely facts:
Manatees are sometimes called sea cows.
West Indian manatees in the wild live about 60 to 70 years.
Manatees push food toward their mouths with whiskers on their upper lips.   And they look like this:    
Oh, please Target, bring it back so we mustachioed sea cows can finally have a dress to wear.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Is It Just Me?

Is it just me or does Angie Miller from American Idol look like she’s a long lost relative of the Osmond Family?