Lent

Today is Lent, and although I am not Catholic I feel I must give something up. However, I have already given up so much. Chocolate, sugar, food in general, I am having a tough time coming up with something to give.
I would like to give up work, however, I find I like the paycheck too much, I would like to be able to give up television, however all of the good shows are coming back right now. I would like to be able to give up shoe shopping, however that is like cutting off my right arm.
I honestly don’t know what I can give up. If any of you out there have any suggestions I am willing to listen… or read as the case may be.

Television Shows I Am Addicted To

Brothers and Sisters
Desperate Housewives
How I Met Your Mother
Big Bang Theory
Heroes
Castle
Men of a Certain Age
Life Unexpected
Lost
V
New Adventures of Old Christine
Cougar Town
Modern Family
Leverage
Psych
Witches of Eastwick
The Office
Vampire Diaries
Grey’s Anatomy
Bones
Private Practice
Smallville
Stargate Universe
Flash Forward
Caprica
Ghost Whisperer
Medium
Sanctuary
All My Children
The View

Date

Valentines Day has come and gone. This particular Valentines Day was pretty low key for us. I did receive flowers and a cute stuffed monkey and a great card. I made breakfast for John and cooked dinner. I know you are all shocked, I am not big on the cooking thing. I can do it, I just hate it. We also went to see the movie Valentines Day, I know, cliché, but I loved it.
Thinking about Valentines Day makes me think about some of my favorite dates I have had with John.
My ultimate favorite date was on a Sunday, not a hugely romantic day as days go. The day started off badly, Chewie escaped and I was panic stricken, driving up and down the neighborhood trying to find him. I knew I would have to cancel the date as I had not found Chewie. I called John, almost in tears to tell him I could not go out with him that day, he asked what the problem was and I told him about Chewie. He said not to panic he would head right over and help me look. While he was driving over I get the call from Jess, his true owner, that someone has called and they have him. So crisis over! Date can go on as planned.
John arrives and when I get in his car he says “don’t look at my Iphone.” I thought, dude a little weird about your Iphone. But, whatever, I do as instructed. Then to my utter delight the dulcet tones of The Bay City Rollers are coming out of the speakers! He had downloaded their greatest hits and was playing it for me! No one had ever done anything that sweet for me before.
Off we go to the museum, my choice. I love the DMA, Dallas Museum of Art, (for those of you not from this area). We had the best time; we walked all over that museum, no easy feat due to me wearing brand new Dollhouse, purple suede ankle boots with 4 inch heels.
After the museum I asked if there was anything he wanted to do, he chose the Apple store, so off we go. Have I mentioned John is geeky? I am nerdy with a touch of geek; he is just old fashioned geek. So Apple store it is. Once again had the best time, more than likely due to the company.
At that point we are getting a little hungry, so he takes me to his favorite pub, the Cowboys are playing, now I am not a big football person, ok not at all, but he is, so we go to the pub and have a bite to eat and he gets to see his beloved Cowboys play.
It was the perfect date. I will never forget it as long as I live.
That is just one of my favorites, there have been many, but that one was just amazing.

Pharmacy

I wanted to tell you all about an experience I had yesterday at the pharmacy. My daughter needed a refill on her prescription. The company I work for has stated that they want us to use a certain pharmacy, CVS, so off I went to CVS.
Now is the time I might mention, that I have had a pharmacy of choice that I have used for over 20 years. It is the Tom Thumb pharmacy at Independence and Parker, in Plano, TX.
So I get to CVS and she tells me that the prescription is $123.00, yes you read correctly, no typo there. At that point I said I will be needing the prescription back. Off I went to Tom Thumb, were the prescription was a whopping $35.66.
I will never ever stray again. Last year when my insurance changed, for the worse, the employees at Tom Thumb were amazing, they helped me navigate the mess that was my insurance. Making sure the medications were covered, and when they were not, calling the doctors office to get a different one that was covered or even arguing with the insurance company on my behalf to get the medications covered.
I will forever be a loyal customer of the Tom Thumb pharmacy as long as they are there. Thank you all for being so helpful and patient with me. You guys totally rock!

Pharmacy

I wanted to tell you all about an experience I had yesterday at the pharmacy. My daughter needed a refill on her prescription. The company I work for has stated that they want us to use a certain pharmacy, CVS, so off I went to CVS.
Now is the time I might mention, that I have had a pharmacy of choice that I have used for over 20 years. It is the Tom Thumb pharmacy at Independence and Parker, in Plano, TX.
So I get to CVS and she tells me that the prescription is $123.00, yes you read correctly, no typo there. At that point I said I will be needing the prescription back. Off I went to Tom Thumb, were the prescription was a whopping $35.66.
I will never ever stray again. Last year when my insurance changed, for the worse, the employees at Tom Thumb were amazing, they helped me navigate the mess that was my insurance. Making sure the medications were covered, and when they were not, calling the doctors office to get a different one that was covered or even arguing with the insurance company on my behalf to get the medications covered.
I will forever be a loyal customer of the Tom Thumb pharmacy as long as they are there. Thank you all for being so helpful and patient with me. You guys totally rock!

New TV Show

There is a new television show Undercover Boss that airs on Sundays. This past Sunday it was the CEO of Hooters.
As I watched this particular episode, I was struck by the women on the street they asked if they would dine at Hooters. The women that they asked said they were deeply offended by the restaurant and would not dine there, the men they were with however would.
I would like to address the women who are offended by the Hooters girls. I, myself, am not offended; in fact my daughter was a Hooters girl and if the restaurant had been in the Tulsa area when I was 18 I so totally would have worked there. I don’t understand why women believe that Hooters demeans women. Twin Peaks yes, they are incredibly sleazy with their lingerie week and bikini week, Hooters has none of those and I hope they never do. I have seen the pictures of the Twin Peaks girls during lingerie night and it is appalling. In fact there is a man I work with who is maniacal about going there and in fact got the number of one waitress and texts her to find out when she is working, I might point out the girl is 18 and the man is 30+. He is a pig. Please note he is not doing that with a Hooters girl.
The uniforms cover everything and they wear hose, not just any hose, dance grade hose. These girls are covered more than I see in the mall these days. So the next time, women, you decide to make a young girl feel bad about themselves, like the ones did in this show, please take a step back, go into a Twin Peaks and realize Hooters girls are respectable. They are hard working, and work a delicate balance of good service and not blatant flirting.
I would rather my fiancée go to Hooters as opposed to Twin Peaks. I hope he takes heed of this.

Television

as most of you know I am an avid television watcher. Last night was The Office, Vampire Diaries, Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. Let’s start with Vampire Diaries, this show is total greatness. The characters are fleshing out nicely, and the dialogue is not smarmy or stilted. Learning that Catherine was never in the vault but always in the world and never bothered to conact the Salvatore brothers, well played writers, well played. However, bad thing, no new shows until MARCH!! WTH! Is it due to the Olympics? Hello, DVR much?
On to The Office, how much do we love Kathey Bates as the new owner of Dunder Mifflin? She rocks this role. And Michael wanting to be a salesman but not being able to take being on the floor with the great smelly mass that is his work team. Love it. Love that Pam and Jim will be physically close in the office once more.
GA and PP, well I will not be going into the sudsy mess that is the lives of these doctors, it would take up too much space.
Let’s get back to Vampire Diaries, this show makes me miss Joss Whedon so much, I know that Dollhouse just went off the air, but I truly miss him.
His writing, his show conceptions are nothing short of brilliant, when will he realize that network television is not for him? Dollhouse would have gone on for years on SyFy or even Showtime, did you know that the viewership for Dollhouse was the same as Dexter? And at Showtime they are applauding those numbers while Fox still lags behind in the program development phase of their business. Sure they have Bones and House, but Fringe? Really? Their numbers are better than Dollhouse?
I will be very honest here, I hate reality TV, I hate American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Survivor, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette or whatever else they can come up with. The only place reality tv has is on E. The rest of these shows just need to fade away. Bring back real television, scripted, well written shows.
Bring back Joss Whedon!

Snow Day

When I was growning up, every year, it was a snow day on my birthday. My mom used to tell me it was God’s birthday present just for me. His way of showing me He loved me.
The year I moved to Atlanta, there was a huge snow/ice storm on my birthday. My mother called me and said see I told you He would find you.
All of the years in Texas it has been hit or miss for snow on my birthday. This year it was a hit, just a day late.
It is beautiful outside, big fluffy white flakes coming down. With a prediction that it will last all day.
Coffee and snow, the two ways God tells me He loves me. Today I have both.
I know it sounds silly, but for me snow makes everything perfect, it tells me all is right with the universe. That blanket of white, the great equalizer, makes even the ugliest tree look amazingly beautiful. Don’t we all want that? Something in this world which makes us all look amazingly beautiful? For me that is snow.

Happy Birthday to Me!

Well today is my birthday. I have heard that as people get older they get more introspective as to how they have lived their lives. Well I am no different. As today approached and I began to realize that I only have a good 60 years left on this earth, how would I use those 60 years.
My life so far as not been me carving out my niche, in fact it has been me reacting to the forces around me.
I want to change that. I want others to react to the force that is Angie. Not in an evil supervillian kind of way. But a take charge of my life kind of way.
As you may have ascertained so far by reading this I am indeed more than chocolate, shopping, starbucks and shoes. I hope I have depth, sincerity and a desire to make my part of the world just a little better.
I don’t know yet how I am going to do that. It will be hard to save the world while planning a wedding, however if Sue Storm can do it, surely I can.
I have so many ideas running around in my head on what I want to do with the rest of my life. The first being, going back to school to finish my degree in Journalism. I want to ferret out untruths and bring them to the light of day. It doesn’t have to be huge untruths, like a corrupt government, it can be something as simple as they lied about the ingredients in lipstick. I just know I want to write and tell the truth. My parents were huge purveyors of the truth. They totally instilled that in me.
Well enough for today. It is my birthday and I am going to start off with of course Starbucks… Have a great day everyone!

Birthday Week

I know most people have a birthday. Day being the operative word, however, I choose to celebrate all week. Some years I celebrated all month long. My daughter was born February 1st, so that year it was an all month year. That year she was my present along with snow and a new TV. It was a good year.
When I was growing up in Oklahoma, every year on my birthday without fail, was a snow day from school. My mother used to tell me the snow was God’s way of saying He loved me and all was right with the world. The year I moved to Atlanta, on my birthday, was a giant snow/ice storm. My mom called me and said see, God found you. It was indeed magical.
This is a year that I could already use some magic. Seeing snow on my birthday would be exactly what the doctor ordered. Figuratively, not literally.
I have always been a cold weather person, not the howling winds of Chicago cold, but the still, snow covered cold of Colorado. I love the snow, I love winter, and I miss real winters.
In the part of Texas I am in we don’t get a lot of snow, granted we have gotten more this year than any other year. We even had snow on Christmas. And it was amazing.
So having said that, I realize that maybe God has already sent my present only a few little early.
I don’t know what I will do with this week as of yet. But I know that it will be fun, maybe not everyone’s idea of fun, but totally my idea of fun!
Happy start of my Birthday Week everyone!