Sunday, March 30, 2003


Well, guess I spoke too soon. By yesterday evening, Stepdad and The Replacement are back together, trying to work things out. Whatever.

Saturday, March 29, 2003

Drama Ensues

Just as the layoffs at work come to closure and I wonder, for a brief moment, if life might stabilize... more drama ensues. The Stepdad broke up with "The Replacement" (Mom's "best" friend who he hooked up with within two months of her death). He is depressed and feels horrible because she sold her house, moved in with him at his new house, and retired (read: quit) her job.

Should he feel bad? Hell F*in no. She's a complete moron. What kind of idiot thinks a guy who just lost his wife of 28 years is thinking rationally? How low does your IQ have to be to think that he is seriously in love with you after two weeks of "making a connection"? What kind of a money grubbing scab do you have to be to expect this guy to take care of you for the rest of your life?

Nope, no sympathy from me, only loathing. I hate her for making him feel bad. I hate her for making him shave his head and wear khakis. I hate her for decorating his new house with 80's furniture. I hate her for smoking like a feind. I hate her for trying to change Stepdad after Mom liked him just as he was - missing teeth, balding and all. I hate her for being ugly. I'm glad she's gone.

I feel for him. He didn't know how to handle this tragedy, got distracted for a few months, and now has to face the real mourning AND deal with "the replacement" situation. I can't even fathom his emotional pain. I am worried that he may not want to handle it. I want everything to be alright, but I don't see a way for it to be. I'm scared.

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Jenny posted about some cool new milks. More good news about milk - studies show that calcium in dairy products stimulates weight loss.

They say, "a diet high in calcium helps the body metabolize and burn fat cells, thereby accelerating the weight loss process"

So I'm gonna eat more cheese. Cheese, cheese, cheese... I love it! I love it! I love it! [said in a Molly-Shannon-SNL-character tone of voice]

I'm gonna eat brie and camembert and cheddar and muenster... oh, and stuff with dairy in/on it - pizza with extra mozzarella, cheeseburgers, mac&cheese, Capt'n Crunch with milk, McDonalds Fruit Parfaits, chocolate milk, pudding, smooooothies... and then I'm going to wonder why I'm not losing weight ;-)

Other links:
Get the Skinny on Calcium
Milk May Help Reduce Obesity

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

The US is going to use dolphins to help in the war. As an avid dolphin lover, I'm proud... proves that they are intelligent, heroic animals...

But I am also concerned for their safety, which I have to wonder has been compromised by posting the info up on the internet. If the news hadn't been posted, maybe the Iraqi's wouldn't think to be on the lookout for suspicious dolphins...

Either way, you go Flipper!

Thursday, March 20, 2003

I'm not completely shallow or deluded. I realize that the world is in turmoil and here I am, talking about cosmetics and/or food. It is a coping technique.

Since Mom passed away, I have begun to indulge myself in things that seem to give me comfort - I think I deserve it... because I've been through the most devastating loss and need to get through it. At first, visiting Sherri and Mya was my main source of comfort. Then they moved to Syracuse and what was four days per week turned in to once a week if lucky (winter weather be damned). So I turned to smaller comforts, buying cute things... eating really yummy food (yummy=fattening)... staying up late... drinking lots of coffee... anything to make myself feel better...

and with all the other depressing things since - Punky dying, impending layoffs at work, Aaron getting called to duty, medical problems, stepdad off his rocker and with a new woman within 2 months of Mom's death, three of my closest friends getting laid off, Chuck's Dad in the hospital, and now WAR, I just can't focus on the bad stuff or I'll stop functioning altogether.

So for now, I am obsessed with seemingly shallow things. They're easier to think about.

Wednesday, March 19, 2003

See what I do? I start a blog... take time to gather pictures... and next thing you know, a week has gone by. UGH!

What have I been doing? Taking Gram to lunch, visiting Mom's grave, going to Sarah's St. Patty's Day party (her & Denis makes the best corned beef EVER), visiting my beautiful niece and sis, working out with Jenny, watching movies with Jenny as she frantically tries to see all the ones involving Oscar nominations, and trying not to eat everything in sight... including but not limited to: Pellegrino's Buffalo Chicken subs, home baked mac & cheese, frozen Swiss Cake Rolls, birthday cake, fried eggs, and Robin's Eggs (which double as lipstick in a pinch).

Wednesday, March 12, 2003

More About the Cosmetaddiction

In the bit of shopping I got to do in Chicago, I focused my efforts... mainly spending time at Sephora, Nordstrom's, and the Sanrio store... As a cosmetaddict, I got more goodies...

Eyeko's Strawberry Fat Lip Balm

This new brand, Eyebeauty, was a particularly cool find at Nordstroms. I got this lip balm for me and the Minty version for Jenny.

Benefit Hoola

Bronzing dust, so I can look like I've been visiting Peppermint Tina!

Shiseido Multi-Treatment Hair Lotion

I really wanted a hair "refresher", like Febreze for the hair, but this was new, different, pretty... so I bought it.

Shiseido Pureness Matifying Stick Oil-Free

Not sure if I needed this, but Jenny had gotten it in Florida and it felt nice on the skin... besides, anything Jenny likes, I like too.

Tuesday, March 11, 2003

I once was a Ho Ho snob and would not so much as consider eating a Faux Ho... but then I cheaped out, bought the Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls, put them in the freezer (based on an inside tip)... and today I am addicted... and saving thousands of dollars a year in snack cake expenditures.

Seriously, try it. YUM!

Monday, March 10, 2003

I'm Baaack

Just back from my business trip to Chicago. Three days of standing around a mall watching people use our kiosk. It was interesting (though at times, boring and painful). Luckily, it wasn't a great mall (nice but not any stores we don't have in Rochester), so I wasn't compelled to dessert my post and SHOP THE WHOLE TIME.

We were outside of a toy store and every morning they put out this little snorting pig. So for three days, for about 8 hours a day, I heard: "oink, oink, oinkoinkoink... oink, oink, oinkoinkoink" On the last day, we showed up and they had added a chattering monkey. I honestly think that the toy store guys were trying to drive us insane. But all in all, it was a good trip.

Got some good shopping in (speed shopping... with little time to spare and a non-shopaholic male hovering over me with "that look") and some good eating... Chicago style pizza from both Giordano's and Gino's East (where Chris Farley used to fatten up). My new kick, love the stuff... why do I get so obsessed with certain foods? Because they're DAMN GOOD, that's why. Thank God you can order the pizza online and have them sent FedEx!

Wednesday, March 05, 2003

For $1000, this Teak Monkey better clean my house, do my laundry AND pick the mites out of my hair.

Tuesday, March 04, 2003

Beauty Product Addict

Hello, my name is Tina, and I'm a Cosmetaddict. I bought more stuff when I was in LV and FL...

blisslabs Nail & Cuticle Super Groom
new to me... loving it... seems to truly work well... it goes on really thick though, lots of rubbing in to do

Phytodefrisant Hair Straightening Balm
just restocking... love this stuff to straighten my curly hair

Michael Kors Leg Shine
new to me... been reading about it for years... finally got me some... haven't used it yet... it's still too cold in this frozen tundra I call home

Lancome RÉSOLUTION D-CONTRAXOL™ Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Treatment Dermo-Crease Reducer
And then, after lots of reading about this "breakthrough product... no need for botox", I broke down and bought it... been using it for just over a week... no change yet, but it smells really nice and feels very soothing. Thumbs up so far, even if I do still have a big crinkle in my forehead.

Monday, March 03, 2003

Detour to Financial Ruin

Since I'm on a bit of a health kick - joined the gym at work, trying to eat healthier - my fitness-nut brother starts spewing advice on what to eat. He raves about the new Detour bar... "it tastes just like a Snickers", he says. So I shell out - GET THIS - $2.99 for a Detour bar... and it tastes like Snickers, for about a minute, then the aftertaste tastes like ASS. Honestly, it wasn't horrible, but it wasn't scrumpdelyiscious either. I'd rather spend 59 cents, eat a real Snickers and be fat, thank you very much.

I also find it pretty funny that I found a site called ... bah hah hah.