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More company & baseball

I had another friend from out of town this weekend so we went to another Rangers game.

It was my first experience with Rain Delays (thanks to the Kingdom & Safeco Field). The game started about 40 minutes late and there were another 3 or 4 delays after that. We got pretty wet, but it was still a ton of fun. The typical three hour game – which was supposed to start at 7 pm, didn’t end until after 12.

One really cool thing is that so many people went home with each rain delay is that there were tons of empty seats. The first game interrupting delay came during the 5th so they couldn’t call it yet, and each time they stopped, we expected them to just end the game. But they kept resuming and we eventually moved down by the third base line By the top of the 9th, we were a few rows up from home plate.

I’ll have to post some pictures of the night and our progression to better seats.

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Spring Vacation

On Thursday one of my friends from Washington came for a visit.  We had a wonderful time just relaxing, exploring Dallas, going to a Rangers game, and taking a trip to Austin.

It was great to catch up with her, have our usually heartfelt conversations, and laugh until we cried.  In this particular case, the laughing until crying came while we were on our way back from Austin.  It’s a little over a three hour drive there, so 6 hours round trip.  (and we made a day trip out of it.)  So as you can imagine, we were a little tired on the trip home.
About an hour out, we stopped off at Dairy Queen to eat some ice cream and take a break from driving.  That’s about it.  A little ice cream, a little tiredness, and the “Starship Pegasus” will have you laughing so hard you cry.  I’m still not quite sure what the purpose of the Starship was (in Italy, nonetheless) other than some roadside tourist trap, or something, but it is closed now.  Anyway, it was fun.
Austin is a pretty cool city.  Pretty funky and reminiscent of Portland and Seattle.  We had an amazing BBQ lunch at Stubbs.  Pork Ribs with incredible bbq sauce.  They also had the most incredible homemade Blue Cheese dressing I have ever eaten in my entire life.
It was a great trip.


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I don’t have work for the next five days because a friend from out of town is coming in!  WOO HOO!

It’s going to be a great, super-long weekend which will even include a trip to the Ballpark in Arlington.
Now I must finish cleaning and go grocery shopping.

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Crazy Cool!

So Michael W. Smith has a concert at my church tonight. I heard about it a few weeks ago, but with ticket prices, could not go. (it’s a charity concert).

Found out this morning that someone at work purchased several tickets in order to donate to the charity, but was giving them away free to anyone who wanted them. SO, my self and 3 friends from church are going! Very excited about this!

ALSO – yesterday we were talking about Chipolte. I haven’t had a chipolte burrito in a very long time and the conversation made me crave one. I got home from work and there in my mail box, the only piece of mail, was an ad for Chipole that contained a Free Burrito! No strings attached. Nothing else to buy. One free Burrito – I’m going to go eat it for lunch.

Oh, yeah, and “Pennies for Debra” is now up to 640.


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Update on Homeless Pennies

The following is a copy of a blog post on our inter-office communication application. So far there has been a very positive response, including two additional contributions:

A fellow coworker (who shall remain nameless) told me that she throws pennies away! I was SHOCKED! Throw them away? Didn’t her mother ever tell her that money does not grow on trees? (Well, technically, paper money does…but pennies do not.)

Upon hearing this, I asked if she would give them to me instead of throwing them out. She said sure, and handed me three.

This got me thinking…how many homeless and unloved pennies are out there? What would it be like if I started collecting pennies that no one else wants? So I set out a sign with the three pennies. “Pennies for Debra* – Now accepting contributions.” By the end of the day, the three grew to 138.

Do you have abandoned and neglected pennies? Do they sit lonely in a dark drawer? The plight of the penny is tugging on your heart! 138 pennies found a new meaning to their existence. Which penny will be next?

Please consider contributing to Pennies for Debra. Your unwanted pennies need to have a sense of purpose again. Won’t you consider giving new life to a penny today? Drop off any unwanted pennies at Debra’s desk, no questions asked.

*”Pennies for Debra” will be consolidated, taken to the bank, and applied toward college loans or other debts to be determined at the time of turn in date by a very wise and judicious Debra.


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Pennies for Debra

I was talking to a friend at work who told me she throws away Pennies. In fact, up until not that long ago, she threw away nickles too!

I told her she should stop throwing the pennies away and just give them to me instead. So she gave me three that she had in her desk.

Then I decided to make a sign on my desk that says “Pennies for Debra – Now Accepting Contributions”

I also tweeted about it.

A short time later, another coworker came over, read the sign, left, returned with a gigantic handful of pennies.

My ultimate plan is to put them toward some bills I owe on.

So I amended my sign to say “Pennies for Debra(‘s College Loan) Now Accepting Contributions”

Make sure to read the update Here

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Pretty in Pink (or at least I would have been)

A dear friend of mine was getting married in Portland. Because of the importance of this wedding, I invested time prior to the trip to find the most amazing outfit to wear. While looking for a sweater to spruce up an older dress, I came across the most amazing, cute, affordable, pretty dress I have ever seen. I don’t typically buy dresses, but this one was incredible.

And to top it off, I found the perfect pair of matching shoes.

We got ready for the wedding at my parents house, me wearing the dress, and set out for the three hour trip to Portland.

Two hours into our trip, we stopped at a rest stop to take a quick break and switch drivers. As I got back into the vehicle, I noticed that my slightly snug dress was less snug than it was a second ago. I did not hear it rip, but fear still gripped me as I turned around for my mom to look at it. The nylon zipper had pulled apart! Not just a little, and not just “slide the zipper down past the breakage point and it will fix itself.” NO the entire length of the back of the dress had split open along the zipper. After several minutes trying to fix it, and even fearing that we would have to rip the dress so I could get out of it, the zipper completely separated from one side of the dress. Here we were, 40 minutes to our destination with the wedding starting in jus t under 2 hours, and I no longer had anything to wear but some ratty old clothes I brought for the ride home.

It was all so surreal. Does this really happen to people in real life? I mean seriously, I can see it as a scene in a movie, but in real life??? Apparently, in my life, it does.

After several panicked phone calls to friends who had computer access, we located some outlet stores near our final destination. If there was ever a fashion emergency, this was it. We arrived at the stores and it was “go” time power-shopping like I had never done before! I went to 3 stores, tried on two shirts, one dress, one pair of pants, all within 30 minutes. Upon entering each store, we cut off the employee from their typical “what’s on sale” spiel to say, “look, I am an hour away from a wedding and my dress just broke, what do you have?”

I had people pulling things off the rack for me, creating possible outfit options, even telling me to check the store down the way because as much as they wanted my business, they all wanted me to find a perfect replacement outfit as fast as possible. I had one lady come track me down in a different store because after I left they found the “perfect dress.” I was heading into the changing room to so my mom ran interference for me and headed back to the old store to check out the dress. After going to Van Heusen, Liz Claiborne, Dress barn, I finally found what would work at the Gap.

I snagged a pair of dark blue jeans and turned around to find a lovely brown sweater. After putting them on in the fitting room, I made a decision that “this was it” knowing that in a west coast wedding, a decent pair of jeans would be acceptable. Because of our hurry, I walked quickly to the register, ripping off tags and size stickers as I went. We handed the tags over, paid, and I walked out of the store wearing the new outfit.

We made it to the wedding on time and at the end of the night, I was kind of thankful that I got to wear comfy jeans rather than a dress, even if the dress was amazing.


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So I am in Washington with very limited internet access, so I will make this quick. It has been a great trip so far. There have been some hilarious, even unbelievable “movie-esque” type stories which I will share at a future date.

A dear friend got married yesterday evening and it was a lovely occasion. I have seen tons of friends and had a chance to catch up with people I have not seen in years.

And to top of today, the clouds cleared just enough for me to be able to see Mount Rainier.

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Things I am looking forward to

If you are wondering if I fell off the face of the earth again, I have not. It has been an exhausting couple of weeks. Whatever it is about the 40 hr work week wears me out! With a commute that I wish was shorter, I get home at the end of the day, eat a fantastic dinner (much thanks to Katie) and then zone out or go to sleep or (in the case of the last few days) watch the Olympics. That being said, this should change in the next few weeks.

Things I am looking forward to:
1. Moving closer to work and church. I am currently looking for an apartment.
2. Getting a new hair cut. I have an appointment set for early September
3. Getting new glasses. Only because mine broke on Monday and the temporary fix is driving me nuts. I have an apt tomorrow.
4. Going to Washington for the first time in over 14 months. I will be back for a very quick trip in early October.
5. Attending a dear friend’s wedding in Portland during my trip home.

I think that’s it.


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Season of Engagement

Wow.  In the last three weeks I have had three very dear friends get engaged.  

One was my “next door neighbor” of two years, my STUCO buddy and the REAL valedictorian of our NABC/Taylor class.  
Another NABC friend, the last single member of the “crew” (other than myself) and my fearless STUCO leader.  No one can act out the final goal in the 1972 summit series like he can.  Especially when he reminisces about the fond memory exclaiming “The best moment in my life!” (ignoring the fact that he was born around ‘1982).

The third friend also attended NABC at the same time I did, but lets be serious, this friendship goes back over 22 years – from the car accident to  “war” to 7th/8th grade lunch, a Mariners game with a brawl, and too many other memories to count.  He really is my fourth brother.
For all three of you I am Thrilled! 


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