29 May 2008

May 28, 2008

Last night was The Police concert at the Bowl. Normally that would be a pretty darn good thing in and of itself, but there was a particularly memorable moment.

We stopped to get our seat cushions. I said to the young man "Two, please", and then I apologised for not having anything smaller than a $20. He said "That's Ok. Your change will be $18.50, unless you can guess which state is on this quarter, and then you can have them for free. Your hint is that it is an East Coast State."

Well, I guessed New York, as you do. I was RIGHT!!! He said that was the first time anyone had ever guessed the correct state.

Definitely the best thing!

28 May 2008

May 22-27, 2008

So I am a little bit behind in my best things of the day... That's life I guess. Here is my catch-up posting:

5/22 - It was pouring rain at the time I normally leave the office. I had not expected rain and, though I have an umbrella in my office, I was wearing suede shoes. As I was walking out the door, my boss called to me and we ended up chatting for 45 minutes (off the clock, of course!). Normally, that would have been a bummer, but by the time I finally was able to leave, the rain had completely stopped and the sun was out. So that turned out to be a good thing!

5/23 - Got to leave early for the Holiday weekend. Working in Finance, this almost never happens. Definitely a good thing!

5/24 - The best thing had to be the comfortable bed at the festival hotel. I fell right to sleep as soon as I turned out the light!

5/25 - I seemed to have excellent timing for everything all day which resulted in many good things, but probably the best was the icy cold diet Coke I had in the afternoon. Nothing was ever so refreshing.

5/26 - Memorial Day - the best thing was having the day off and not having to do anything. I napped most of the day. Very good!!

5/27 - Today's best thing was getting the check for my winnings in the Health Pool. Thanks MT!

21 May 2008

May 21, 2008

Today's best thing has to be the fact that even though I have been eating everything horrible this week while celebrating my birthday, and this includes the all-the-meat-I-could-eat Brazilian BBQ Dinner, I have actually lost weight this week!

Definitely today's best thing!

A secret DWTS fan?

Have I converted the roomie into a DWTS watcher? Now she says that it's because she can't watch anything else while it's recording on the Tivo. And that is true. Although the Tivo has two tuners, it isn't really compatible with our DirecTV service and so it only works on one tuner.

However, not only have I come out of my room, where I am watching it on the basic cable connection, to find her watching it in the living room, but I have also come home to find her watching it in progress when I wasn't even there.

So she must secretly want to watch it. Because she could be watching DVDs or something already recorded on the Tivo. Or, she could not be watching anything at all.

I await the beginning of Season 7 in September for further investigation on this subject.

May 20, 2008

Today's best thing was an easy choice - though it accounted for a late night which is why I am posting this late:

The chance to sit behind home plate to see the Dodgers play the Reds.

The Dodgers won 4-1. The field level has Grilled Dodger Dogs at every food stand. The seats are comfortable. I had such a good time, and the game was quick so I still made it home in time to see live the end of the finale of Dancing With The Stars (which I had Tivoed so I was able to watch the whole thing eventually).

Definitely today's best thing!

19 May 2008

Best Thing - May 19, 2008

Today was my birthday and there were a lot of really great things that happened today. I got a birthday song on my voicemail from my auntie. My boss took me out to lunch. I got to leave work spot on time. There was no traffic on the way home. The weather was cool enough to enjoy the walk to my birthday dinner. We got seated right away at the restaurant. I got really cool cards from my friends. The waiter gave me a dessert and had the piano player play Happy Birthday.

But the neatest thing of all was re-connecting with someone from High School via Facebook. They sent me a video message which was really cool. That was completely unexpected and so I think I am going to choose that as today's best thing.

Today In History

Today, as if not noteworthy enough for being MY birthday, also is a pretty historic day in history so here are some tidbits thanks to todayinhistory.com:

1536 - Anne Boleyn beheaded
1568 - Mary Queen of Scots arrested by Elizabeth I
1848 - Mexico gives Texas to the United States
1863 - Siege of Vicksburg
1864 - Death of Nathaniel Hawthorne
1865 - Capture of Jefferson Davis
1884 - First performance of Ringling Brothers Circus
1890 - Birth of Ho Chi Minh
1892 - Founding of Colonial Dames Society of America (which I am eligible to join!)
1910 - Cy Young's 500th win
1915 - Birth of Pol Pot
1921 - Congress establishes National Immigration Quota system
1925 - Birth of Malcom X
1928 - 1st Annual Frog Jumping Jubilee in Angel's Camp, CA
1930 - Women win the right to vote in South Africa
1935 - NFL adopts the college draft; also death of T.E. Lawrence (of Arabia)
1941 - Birth Of Nora Ephron
1943 - Churchill pledges full support of Britain to the United States against Japan
1945 - Birth of Pete Townshend
1952 - Birth of Joey Ramone
1958 - US & Canada form NORAD
1964 - US Embassy in Moscow discovers it is bugged (also my birthday!)
1967 - US bombing of Hanoi (1967 is the only year at the Vietnam Memorial to cover multiple panels)
1971 - Death of Ogden Nash
1973 - Secretariat wins Preakness
1975 - 1st woman climbs Mt Everest
1994 - Death of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

So there you have it. The famous, the infamous, the noteworthy.

To my fellow Taureminis - and you know who you are - Happy Birthday!

18 May 2008

Finally booked my flight to Spain!

So now I just have to: find out what flight my friends are booking, schedule the airport transport, book a hotel in Barcelona, book my day trips to Morocco and Gibraltar, and, here it comes, ask my boss for the days off.

Now you might think I would have already done that last bit. Well, I sort of did. I told her that I wanted to go in November on a particular week and for as much of the preceding week as possible and she said I couldn't have the entire preceding week. So I am only taking three days. But since I haven't actually given her specific dates, I guess I technically haven't asked for the time off.

Something to remedy tout suite.

Ooops, gotta stop parlezing francaise and start habloing espanol.

Hasta pronto!

My Birthday Resolution

Tomorrow is my birthday and I want to try and do something different, beginning tomorrow and lasting for the next 365 days.

My new blogosphere column is going to be about "today's best thing". I am going to try and reflect on the best thing about that day. It could be a concert I went to, an email or phone call from someone, the sunset, whatever.

I am going to try and smell the roses along the way this coming year and I am going to use my blog to help me remember those special moments.

Then when things are getting me down, I can go back and look at my list and see how special small things can be.

Some may be obvious, but I am hoping to capture the things each day that made me say "how neat" but were quickly forgotten when work and life overtook me.

So, are you up for it? Let's see what happens...