May 30, 2003
Friday Five

1. What do you most want to be remembered for?
Heavy question so early in the morning pre-coffee......okay....have coffee now. Well, I guess I'd most like to be remembered for being a good person. I'd like my children to fondly look back on their childhood and say "well, she wasn't perfect, but she tried her best...."

2. What quotation best fits your outlook on life? There are a couple...."Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans." (J. Lennon) and "Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding." (Albert Einstein)

3. What single achievement are you most proud of in the past year? Relocating the family to Virginia.

4. What about the past ten years? My kids.

5. If you were asked to give a child a single piece of advice to guide them through life, what would you say? Life is everchanging.

Posted by Brie at 05:34 AM
May 27, 2003
This or That

This or That

1. Do you prefer silence or do you like background sound (music, TV, etc)? Background sound. Silence is a little creepy.

2. Bathe/shower in morning or evening? Bathe at night, shower during the day.

3. Sleeping in complete darkness, or with a nightlight on? No nightlight, but we are not in complete darkness, either.

4. Lay out clothes the night before, or just grab what's closest in the morning? Depends on my evening and if I have any "big" meetings the following day.

5. Hang up/fold clothes neatly, or just toss them wherever? John does laundry, so I'd have to defer to his answer.

6. Work out at a gym, or at home on your own (or do you not bother with exercise)? If I actually could get into an exercise pace, I'd like either. When I was a member of a gym, it was more motivating to get out and exercise.

7. Talk on the phone, or via IM/e-mail? I guess e-mail/IM. It's a little easier to communicate with other, considering the time difference from most of my friends and family. But, there is nothing like having a really good phone conversation.

8. Are you usually on time, or late? At work, I am usually on time. At home, I am usually a good 5 minutes late. Odd....

9. Spendthrift or frugal? Spendthrift, but I am getting better!

10. Thought-Provoking Question of the Week: You work with someone who is not in the habit of bathing regularly. The smell seems to be getting worse and worse! Would you: I would approach them on it. Sometimes it is a cultural thing, but would let the person know it is making it uncomfortable to work with him/her. I'm in HR, so I guess everyone else would just come to me to "fix" the problem.

Posted by Brie at 05:24 PM
If You Are Bored

If You Are Bored ..... let's talk about love

how many times have you been in love? only once

what's your favorite way to express love? hugging and kissing

what film do you think has the best love story? "sleepless in seattle" or "affair to remember"

what song best expresses love? "in your eyes"

is the lyric "what the world needs now, is love, sweet love" true? i prefer "what the world needs now is an enema!" just kidding. yes, the world needs love, but it also needs tolerance and understanding.

what are the most important requirements for you to love someone? someone i can trust and talk openly and freely with.

when was the last time you told someone you were in love with them? (not just saying "I Love You") on saturday night

Posted by Brie at 09:04 AM
May 23, 2003
Friday Five and Update!

1. What brand of toothpaste do you use? Tom's of Maine.

2. What brand of toilet paper do you prefer? Northern

3. What brand(s) of shoes do you wear? There are so many....Bandolino, Enzo, 9 West, Bass.

4. What brand of soda do you drink? I don't drink a lot of soda, but I do like the Dr. Pepper family.

5. What brand of gum do you chew? Good old fashioned Wrigley's


I really don't have much to share, but felt like my last few posts were just This or That or Friday Fives. So here I am.....

Colds Just got over a cold recently. Was home on Monday because I could not see going into work. I felt awful, so I slept a lot. I've been back all week and am feeling much more chipper. I am looking forward to the 3 day weekend though, that's for sure!

Rain It has been raining here since Wednesday and, while I like the rain, it's lasting a little long even for me. It's not like in California, where it will rain for a little while and then stop for awhile. It just rains, and rains, and rains. It supposed to clear up a little tomorrow but then there's more rain! After living in California most of my life, I am finding the weather channel most entertaining, as it pertains to me now. I am in a weather making state. Okay, well not like my friends in Oklahoma, but still.

Birthdays So it is just 2 weeks until my 35th birthday. Hmmmm, don't know how I feel about that. Mostly I'm surprised at how much things have changed since I turned 25. In 10 years, I have:

-Had 3 kids
- Had 10 more years of wonderful (and sometimes challenging) times with my soul mate (awwwwww)
- "Discovered" Buddhist philosophy
- "Survived" a major depression breakdown (it can't all be good!)
- Lived in 6 different homes, in 3 different cities, in 2 different states, in 2 different time zones
- Worked at 6 different companies
- Bought and sold my first home
- Gained and lost 100's of pounds

Been a fairly busy 10 years!

Low Carb - High Protein Well, I've been fascinated with all of the recent news reports regarding the results, thus far of the Protein diet programs, so I decided to try it out (again....third time is the charm, right?). I started the Carbohydrate's Addict program, which is similar to Atkins, except not nearly as difficult the first two weeks. There is no "induction" period, so I get a small carb fix once a day. We will see how it goes. I'm hopeful that maybe I can actually lose some of this weight. Wouldn't that be nice?!?

Okay that's enough.....TTFN

Posted by Brie at 06:44 AM
May 22, 2003
Sean's This or That Part Deux

1) Desk job or manual labor? Desk job.
2) Sports bar/pub or ritzy nightspot? During the "season" sports bar. Any other time, no preference. Not much of a night owl.
3) Camping or resort? Definitely resort. I'm too high maintenance!
4) Strip club or private dancer (as at a bachelor party)? Neither. No interest in either.
5) Planes, trains, or automobiles? Planes for long trips, but automobiles for short journeys.
6) God, Buddha, Satan, or the everlasting cold of absolute nothingness? Buddha, although, theoretically, you can't place Buddha in the same area as God or Satan, as it implies that I worship Buddha, which I, nor any other Buddhist, don't do. We have no idols.
7) Are you a wingman or pilot? Sorry, don't get the question. My only reference for wingman is the beer commercial that's running right now.
8) Pooh or Tigger? Ohhh that's hard. Probably Pooh.
9) (insert answer from #8 here) or Piglet? Again another difficult one. Probably Pooh again.
10) New York City or Las Vegas? Never been to NYC, so I would have to say Las Vegas.

Thought Provoking Question:
You and your partner are flying cross country. After some fun flirting and innocent messing around, your partner indicates that he/she would be interested in having some more adult fun in the airplane bathroom and becoming members of The Mile High Club. Do you join them or not? Have you ever been in an airplane bathroom. Ewwww, it's too tiny and stinky, too. Not the most sexy and/or romantic place.

Posted by Brie at 04:39 PM
Sean's This or That

1) Beer or wine?

Nothing like a cold brewski after work!

2) Beer or mixed drink?

Mixed drink, probably. Margarita, Bloody Mary, froo-froo drinks.....

3) Downloaded MP3s or store-bought CDs?

Really both. If I hear something I like on the radio or TV, I will generally download the MP3 of that song and then others by the same artist. If I really like the other stuff, I'll buy the album.

4) Boxers or briefs?

Ummm, briefs.....

5) Hardcore or softcore (Skinamax)?

Huh? I guess softcore, although the occasional hardcore is good, too.

6) Guns or bows/arrows?

Neither really, but if I had to choose, I'd say bows and arrows. Less noise.

7) Football or baseball?

DUH! Football.....only 3 more months until the season starts!

8) Footbal or hockey?

Again, football would be the top here.

9) Steak or chicken?


10) Dog or cat?

While I like cats, I'd have to say dogs. More loving than cats.

11) Homemade porn or professional (studio)?

Professional. Homemade seems so trashy....

12) Cake or death?

Cake! I want CAKE! Thanks for the Izzard reference....

13) Lingerie or butt-nekkid?

Butt nekkid!

14) Lots of friends or just a few?

A few good dependable, friends. But, I wouldn't mind a lot of "party" time friends. Those are fun too!

15) Desktop or laptop?

Laptop right now, because our desktop is not that great!

Posted by Brie at 05:30 AM
May 20, 2003
This or That

1. Large or small family?

Having 3 kids, I guess we are considered to be a large family by societal standards. Isn't the average 2.5 kids? Would my youngest qualify as a half?

2. Potato chips or pretzels?

Hmmm, probably potato chips. Salt and Vinegar specifically.

3. House or apartment?

House definitely. Never liked people walking on my ceiling.

4. Zebras or giraffes?

Giraffes definitely. Like their elongated, graceful necks. Besides who doesn't like Geoffrey from Toys R Us?

5. Candles or potpourri?

Fragrant candles. I'm particularly fond of Party Lites. Smells and burns beautifully.

6. Flowers or trees?

You know, as much as I love flowers, they just make me sneeze. Quite frankly, there is nothing more beautiful then driving down a tree lined street. Out here, it's gorgeous!

7. Right or left-handed?

Right handed.

8. Model trains or dolls/stuffed animals?

Stuffed animals. You can't hug a model train!

9. Comedy or drama?

Ummm, dramedy? Nothing better then a comedy that makes you think and has some drama to it.

10. Thought-provoking question of the week: The city of Boston has recently banned smoking in all restaurants and bars. Would you want to see such a law passed in your city/town/country, or not?

Absolutely! I miss my no-smoking environment in California. After living with it for so long, to come out here and have to deal with indoor smoking, it's quite an eye opener.

Posted by Brie at 09:23 AM
May 16, 2003
A Food Friday Five

1. What drinking water do you prefer -- tap, bottle, purifier, etc.?

I do like my bottled water, but will say that since moving out here, I am enjoying the purified water, with LOTS of ice. I do like my ice....

2. What are your favourite flavor of chips?

Um, I am a little partial to Salt and Vinegar. We've been getting (when we do get chips, which isn't often) Utz Salt and Vinegar. Quite tasty!

3. Of all the things you can cook, what dish do you like the most?

This is one are where I have failed as a female. I can't cook worth a darn. Now baking....that's my forte. Give me a bag of flour and some sugar and I can whip something up. Oatmeal raisin cookies are my specialty. I also make a mean pie (although the crust is store bought). Cooking? I guess the one thing I can make, I mostly enjoy enchiladas.

4. How do you have your eggs?

Over easy, with the yolks still runny (Cait, are you reading this? Yummy!)

5. Who was the last person who cooked you a meal? How did it turn out?

John cooked steak with mushrooms and loaded baked potatoes with a salad and cheesy bisquits. Can we say calories? It was delicious. The steaks were a little more done than I like, but they were still tender and great!

Posted by Brie at 05:24 AM
May 15, 2003
Long time no blog....

Well, it's been a few days since I last blogged......I know you've all waited with bated here it goes..... :)

Mother's Day

I had a great Mother's Day. Got to stay in bed until noon (mostly reading and watching TV); had an awesome breakfast served to me, in bed; went shopping at a new mall we hadn't been to yet (got a lovely new bag and wallet); and went to dinner. It was great! John always does his best to make sure I have a nice Mom's Day.

Sebastian and School

Sebastian had his SOL test last week and the first part of this week. He really enjoys testing, so he was very much in the zone. He's also started testing for the gifted program (again....). Maybe we will actually stay at this school long enough to have him enjoy the benefits of being in the gifted program! John and I met with a whole group of people yesterday regarding Sebastian. We met with the principal, special programs teacher, speech teacher, school psychologist and Sebastian's classroom teacher. Whew! It was quite a group. All there to discuss Sebastian. After almost an hour talking about and, in my opinion re-hashing everything we already knew, I was getting a little frustrated. They were trying to address all of Sebastian's challenges separately, instead of looking at how they could be interrelated. I finally said, "Look, we have been going through this now for 3 years, hearing the same things from every school, teacher and specialist. He has recently been given a medical diagnosis of mild PDD by a doctor who met with him for 15 minutes, and we've been told in the past that he displays signs of Asperger's or high functioning autism. I don't want to take everything piece by piece. I want to look at how are all of these challenges related and get to a point where we can say he either is or isn't autistic/PDD or whatever the term of the day is. I want to know how we can help him and accomodate for his challenges." I was a little frustrated that the school psychologist hadn't even taken time to look at Sebastian's files to know that this diagnosis was on file, or that there was mention of it in the previous analysis. She was quite taken aback by my statement, and said that this "revelation" changes everything. Great.

Bottom line is that we've agreed to get a full evaluation completed on Sebastian, which will be done over the next 60 days. At the end of the evaluation they will only be able to tell us that he either does or does not display characteristic of PDD, but it won't be a diagnosis. For that we will have to go to a neuropsychologist in Norfolk, but we have to wait until after we have additional "proof." It's just a long drawn out process. In the meantime, his classroom teacher is aware of the challenges and is using rewards (computer time, his favorite) to keep him focused. The special programs teacher is going to allow Sebastian to type up his responses to the gifted tests, rather than write. This way she can see how well he articulates, which is all she is worried about. One good thing, is that they seem to care about the welfare of Sebastian and they are not going to try to squeeze him into the box with the other kids, just to make their jobs easier. I walked out of the meeting and finally saw a little light at the end of the tunnel. What a relief!

Well, enough from here! TTFN

Posted by Brie at 05:38 AM
May 09, 2003
Oh No, Dorothy! here I sit in my bedroom, with blankets and almost dead flashlights waiting for a tornado to hit. Hmmmm. Fun.....why was it I moved my whole family here again? John and I are glued to the TV news, while the kids are playing in the closet. We are really not in any danger. The heart of the storm, where the tornado has been confirmed is actually now just southwest of us, but came as close as 30 miles of us. Scary. We got just the tip of the storm. Lots of thunder, lots of lightning. It all just makes us vastly aware of how unprepared we are. Flashlights are dead (kids), no battery operated radio, no bottled water. I even had to go online to find out what the heck we were supposed to go to should a tornado come by here. No basement. What to do? Luckily the internet and battery operated laptop came to the rescue. There was a what to do website and Larry was online (who is in Oklahoma, the heart of tornado alley). We have our plan. Just need to get supplies. Maybe a trip to Wal-Mart tonight or tomorrow.

Tonight we are still planning a trip to Joe's Pizza and Pasta Palace in Franklin for Madeline's birthday. Hopefully this storm is movie as fast as it apears to be.

Later, gator!

Posted by Brie at 02:45 PM
Friday Five and Update!

1. Would you consider yourself an organized person? Why or why not?

Definitely not organized. I try, but it's a challenge for me.

2. Do you keep some type of planner, organizer, calendar, etc. with you, and do you use it regularly?

I have to, in my position, otherwise I'd forget appointments, tasks, etc. I use MS Outlook and a Sony Clie. Both beep at me when I have overdue tasks or to remind me when meetings are coming up.

3. Would you say that your desk is organized right now?

No. I have days when it is organized, but right now I'd have to say it's an organized mess. Although, looking around, I do have most of my folders in their place. My issue is my work area. Several folders, paper, notes everywhere.

4. Do you alphabetize CDs, books, and DVDs, or does it not matter?

Yes, but the DVD's and CD's are alphabetized mainly because John has to keep them that way. My books are not alphabetized, but are grouped together in specific genres.

5. What's the hardest thing you've ever had to organize?

I guess my files at work.


Well, yesterday was Keegan's birthday. Can't believe he is 5! We went to Fuddruckers' for dinner and then took he and Madeline shopping at the toy store. They each had so much money to spend, and they both spent every penny! It was a lot of fun!

Today is Madeline's birthday. She is 3 today. When I left her this morning, she was playing with her new Barbie toys..... just in Barbie heaven! I was hoping that she wouldn't go the "Barbie" way, but now that she has, I'm kind of reliving my childhood. I was the one last night, while shopping, that had to get Barbie a new outfit! She even got Barbie an SUV. Very cool! It's so cool that I have a girl to play Barbies with.

Let's see what else is going on.....really not much. Work has been a little stressful lately, but in a good way. I still love my job! John's mom is coming in on Monday to spend the week with us, which is cool. She will be looking at some houses in the area. It would be great if she moved here.

Okay....enough babble......


Posted by Brie at 08:38 AM
May 04, 2003
Lazy Sunday.....

Well, here we are on yet another beautiful Sunday in Carrsville. We are having a lazy day, which is always great. Sitting here in my bedroom, watching ColdPlay on DirectTV. Didn't realize I even liked Coldplay......but they are pretty cool! So here is my series of random thoughts........

Nashville Star

Okay, I realize that I am the only one in this blog group who watches this show (other than my poor husband, who is forced to), but I've got to say BUDDY rocks! I'm so glad he won! I will be one of the first people out there to buy his album when it's released. I thought this show was great (for those of you who don't know what this is, it's a show on USA Network, very similar to American Idol, but for country singers......much more entertaining though!)!

The Purpose of My Blog

John posted why he blogged, so I'd though I'd share my reasons why I like to blog. It's an outlet for me, basically. When I get frustrated and irritated, I like to be able to write it down in my blog. If people read it, and people want to comment on it great! Am I looking for others approval or agreement on my posts, absolutely not! If you don't like what I post, that's your right. Post your comments of disagreement or disapproval if you would like. I'm not looking for sympathy when I bitch about things that are going on in my life. But, like John, I don't use this for a debate forum. This is for me to post my "random thought" of whatever is top on my mind for the day. See, today, my top thought was Nashville Star. How's that for deep thoughts........

"Diets" and the people who make money on people's insecurities

Okay, so I'm flipping through the channels and got stuck on the "6 week body makeover." I listened quite intently thinking, hmmmmm, sound interesting. You select your body type and then, based on the body type you eat certain foods and do certain exercises. Now, as many of you who know me, I'm always looking for the next new dieting revolution. But my thing is, how do you know if these things work? It sounds goods. Sounds like people have lost weight. Even the reviews I've read online seem encouraging. How do I know if someone just isn't sitting back and laughing his fat rich ass off over all of the people stupid enough to pay $120 for this program? Hmmmm....I've tried so many things....WW, eDiets, SlimFast, Fat I dare try another one? Bottom line to any weight loss is exercise and eating right. Why is that so difficult to do on my own? I have no will power......Bleck.....

New 'do

Well, I finally did it. Got my hair chopped off. It's actually really cute. I forgot how nice it is to have short hair. John says it makes me look younger (probably just wants to get "some"). The hairstylist was such a hoot! She grew up in Carrsville and her mom is the postmaster of Carrsville. She actually told me that she lives on Plum Square Street, which is called that because it is "plum square" in the middle of Carrsville. This has been an amusing comment to me all weekend. Just goes to show you how small of a town we live in. Who'd thunk?

Well, hope y'all had as nice of a weekend as I've had!


Posted by Brie at 10:14 AM
May 02, 2003
Friday Five

1. Name one song you hate to admit you like.

I've been listening to a lot of odd stuff lately. So there are a lot of songs that I turn down when people come into my office. Things like "Sleeping Single in a Double Bed," "Sweet Caroline," "Delta Dawn." It's bad, but I'm enjoying it!

2. Name two songs that always make you cry.

Since I can cry at the drop of a hat, this too is difficult..."Travelin' Soldier" by Dixie Chicks and ""The Good Stuff" by Kenny Chesney.

3. Name three songs that turn you on.

Turn me on? Anything by Barry White? :)

4. Name four songs that always make you feel good.

Who's Your Daddy - Toby Keith
Goodbye Earl - Dixie Chicks
Call Me Al - Paul Simon
Anything by the Barenaked Ladies

5. Name five songs you couldn't ever do without.

Peter Gabriel "In Your Eyes"
Hedwig "The Origin of Love"
Kate Bush "This Woman's Work"
Depeche Mode "Somebody"
Barenaked Ladies "Break Your Heart"

Posted by Brie at 05:00 AM
May 01, 2003
Hola from Virginia....

Hello, all you bloggers.....Haven't heard from some of you for awhile.....just a reminder.....

A word (Yo!) about my last's all good. I was very frustrated after a couple of phone conversations I had, but I realize that everyone has their opinion (see Sean's Blog....) and that's fine. That's what makes the world an interesting place to live. I live my life and my family situation is in such a way that works for me and that I am happy with. At the end of the day, and even with all of the comments, that's what is important. I don't hold any bad feelings to those that don't "get it." I'm sad for them to not be able to embrace the differences and understand that the most important thing in the life if that people find contentment, but that's up to them and the universe. It's not for me to judge.....

Okay, so here's my update.....

Mowing and the GREAT Lawn

Poor John spent over 3 hours mowing the backyard and front yard yesterday. It looks great, but he must have pushed that mower at least 20 miles, what with the to and fro. He's doing fine this morning, however, I would be VERY sore! The lawn looks great though. What a guy! We need to get a rider-mower, but those are a little out of our price range right now, but maybe in another couple of months. He did leave the side yard for me, which I will do this weekend (if it doesn't rain). I actually don't mind mowing, but it's just the size of the lawn that is a little intmidating. Not to mention the bugs.....

Bugs, bugs, everywhere BUGS

So I have quickly discovered that living in the country, near a wooded area (okay my backyard is a wooded area), BUGS will be EVERYWHERE. That would be okay, somewhat, except that there are the biggest, ugliest bugs in Virginia. And I can not stress to you the large amount of flying things (gnats, mosquitoes, etc., etc.). Gross! I need to find something that will keep them out of my house. I don't mind, being outside, there being bugs everywhere. But when I am inside, minding my own business, I don't want to have bugs everywhere. Cripes! We even have screens on every window, so I am not sure where they are getting in at. Creepy.....

Ummmm, I can't think of anything else. Here's a couple of random things, that no one really would care about....

* I am getting my hair chopped off tomorrow. Getting sick of fussing with it. Not to mention the fact when I last colored it, it got a little fried. I do know that once summer and the humidity gets here, it will be just one frizz ball, if I don't get it cut.

* I've discovered that produce really sucks out here in Virginia. You can not get good produce, like in California.

* Gas is down to $1.38 here. Just thought I'd share that with you California folks.....

* Planter's Peanuts was founded in Suffolk, Virginia, which is bigger town right outside Carrsville.....

So there you go! Later! :)

Posted by Brie at 10:53 AM