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Hope This Is The Very Last Time

As I'd previously posted, Wednesday was a pretty busy day.

In preparation for the surgery I am having next week, I had a pre-admit appointment at the hospital where my surgery will take place. (Warning- don't click if you are easily grossed out)

I was assigned an RN that seemed very competant as well as very nice. From the get go, she knew what type of surgery I was having. We discussed it while I had my EKG (what?? you never wanted babies??? really??) and while doing the pre-admit paperwork (well even tho I can't have kids my husband and I adopted and it was the best thing we ever did) sent me off to get some bloodwork and when I returned she continued to wax eloquent (oh, being a mom is the highlight of my life).

Yeah. OK. I get it!

I'd been up since 5:30 that day. Hadn't eaten since 9. Rushed thru my day barely making each appointment with no time for lunch. And the last thing I wanted or needed was a lecture on the joys of motherhood from someone that had only known me for 45 minutes and knew nothing of me or what matters to me.

The final straw happened as she went over my pre and post operative care. Then she leaned into me as if to whisper and said ' you know, it's still not too late to change your mind in case you decide you DO want to have kids'.

I was on the verge of tears. Had a migraine. Just wanted to get the hell out of there without pissing her off.

And before I knew it I heard a voice...my voice...saying ' You have got to be fucking kidding me. I made my mind up when I was 8 years old. And re-confirmed it every single day of my life since then. I have never wanted kids. I never want kids. And after next Tuesday, it will be physically impossible to have them. So could we please get on with the paperwork since I really want to leave and you are not helping matters.'

I was out of there in 2 minutes.

I know many of you that read what I write are parents. If it works for you, great. More power to you.

What has pissed me off since grade school is having people tell me that I will change my mind. That if I were to get pregnant, I would change my mind. I just needed to meet the 'right' guy and I would change my mind. No to all three.

Guess what? I never changed my mind.

So after next Tuesday, besides not having to deal with constant pain, periods that last 4 months and sometimes longer, anemia from the periods that last 4 months or longer, backaches and bloating and having your life messed with on a daily basis, I will no longer have to listen to inconsiderate assholes tell me that I will 'change my mind'.

And that will be a very good thing.


Overload

Have been staffing a convention for my company since Thursday.

Lots of walking...omg...all I do is walk. And more talking than walking if you can believe that.

Having made the transition from working in cubicle land to working from home, I don't really see that many people unless I am meeting up with friends. Sometimes, if my social agenda is sparse, I can go 2-3 days without seeing or interacting with a single soul. Not that I mind it. If anything, I'm pretty comfortable with my hermititude most of the time.

This convention? Tons of people. I mostly say the same thing over and over and over. A conventioneer even quizzed me today on what my company offers. She had her little notebook out, asking carefully pre-written questions. Very focused mindset. I can appreciate that. Shows she is taking things seriously. Which is good. But not too seriously. Which is why I asked her at the end if I passed. Got a laugh from the crowd that had gathered at our booth.

So anyway, after all the human contact today, there is nothing I wanted to do more than just come home and crash and sit on my bed and watch the sunset and blog and listen to the silence in my house. Am not even playing any music, which is very rare. I just need some silence to countereffect the vocalness of today.

Convention ends tomorrow. Then we tear down, heading out for a farewell beer with my co-worker and his wife, then they're off to Boulder and I'm off for purple highlights.

While it's been great getting to know my co-worker, I can say without a doubt that I don't miss seeing tons of people every day, which is what working in cubicle land represents.

Give me peace and quiet any day. Especially with a killer sunset view thrown in for good measure.


Warp Speed

Kathyland was a busy place today. Up early to get stuff done including my morning workout.

EXCEPT...as I was stretching prior to leaving to go to the gym, one of my long stretches turned into an hour nap on the floor. Oh well...guess I needed it?

Am doing a convention for my company from Thursday to Saturday, so today I met up with a co- worker from our NE office (and his lovely wife) so we could assemble our booth and get everything ready. That ran later than we thought it would, which necessitated a power walk/run back to get my car and drive over to meet my WonderBuddy HDW who has graciously offered me her home and heart to assist with my pre and post surgery needs.

We both had to sit thru my 'pre-op' meeting and now HDW knows more about my medical background than any of you. Neener, neener!

After that meeting, it was time to dash over to Porter Adventist to do my pre-surg blood work and admittance.

Dudes, they have wireless. Sweet!

The Admitting area has just undergone a massive remodel and it looks more like an upscale hotel than a hospital. And did I mention free wireless? I was told I could bring my laptop if I wanted the day of my surgery....but I even I know where to draw the line and trust me...if I can't blog while while under the influence of booze, no way do I even want to attempt to blog under the influence of anesthesia. Cause then I would tell all of you how much I loved you...repeatedly...and probably share my pin number with you as well.


So now, I'm blogging from Illegal Pete's and am about to head over to Tattered Cover for a book signing then later bring the author back to Drinking Liberally.

Fun day, huh??

And it's not even close to being over!

Gotta fly!


3rd Time Is So Not The Charm

First time - In college. Hounded by friends that I would love it if I only would try it. Hated it.

Second time - In Israel. Tried it at the repeated urging of a close friend. Was wired for the rest of the night. He soon saw the error of his ways.

Third time - After you read Jeff's amazing review of John Doe, read the last sentence. Jeff convinced me that this would sober me up. Yeah, not so much. It did rip the lining from my mouth and shred the inside of my stomach, however. And gave Jeff reason to laugh at watching me try to consume it without puking.

Coffee. It's not my cup of tea!


What Color Is My Soul Painted?

Was hoping for Purple.

What color is your soul painted?

Red

Your soul is painted the color red, which embodies the characteristics of love, strength, physical energy, sex, passion, courage, protection, excitement, speed, leadership, power, danger, and respect. Red is the color of the element Fire, and is associated with blood, life and death, birth, volcanoes, and intense emotions.

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The Trinity

In many culinary circles, 'The Trinity' refers to the combination of minced carrots, celery and onion. It's a popular ingrediant in restaurants all over the world.

For me, my 'Trinity' is slightly different.

Bacon, turkey and gouda cheese. In anything. Sandwich. Omelet. Grilled (omg, that sounds divine). Baked.

Yum!


Yeah, Maybe Hell HAS Frozen Over?

(actual email I sent out to coworkers about 5 minutes ago after not having complete access to my Outlook since Weds morning)

Even tho it is 98 degrees here today...but no humidity, so it's all good!

Gave up all of my control freak tendancies! Yeah, me!!

Got my OUTLOOK back and the first thing I did was change my delegate permissions. As of now, A, D, M, T and N can :

Create, Read and Modify just about everything in my In-Box.

Suffice it to say I trust all of you with my business, so there ya go. At least if my Outlook goes down again I know that my business will have a better chance of running smoothly and more efficiently. Plus, it will make life so much easier for those that are kind enough to cover for me!

Thanks!

Kath :-)


Memories

No matter where I am or what I am doing, listening to these guys always reminds me of summer.

Either summer approaching as I slogged thru the last days of the school year, summer in full swing with trips to Del Mar or Huntington Beach, or summer ending and having to get new school clothes.

Nothing says summer like Led Zep.

Playing 'When The Levee Breaks' right now.


Denver Pride Day

Happy Denver Pride Fest Sunday.

Off to join Jared and Co for the Pride Parade.

UPDATE :

Pride was a BLAST!

Jared brought Bubble Guns and Super Soakers for us to use and Skittles to hand out along the parade route! Cheesman Park was a riot of color and high energy as we prepared to step off. Today was a far cry from all the parades I was in for high school (band geek alert) as we stood around shivering at night with our instruments weighing us down (aka my bass drum). No, parades need to be on bright sunny days that start in beautiful parks.



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The parade took us down Colfax and past the Capitol Building. The crowds were incredibly receptive to our group and shouted their support block after block. Saw only 5 or 6 signs protesting all things gay. Those signholders did not appreciate it when I shouted ' God Made Gays'. One protester shouted back 'You and your types are disgusting!' Do you think he meant bloggers? Or straight hetero chicks?

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The parade went by really quickly. Jared thanked all of us profusely as we posed for our 'group pix'. And then it was over.

This was my first Pride Parade and definitely won't be my last.

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ps- Bubble guns ROCK! If you have an upcoming birthday, guess what you're getting?


Represent

Saw this on Facebook. Being a native Californian, I have to agree with most of these. Especially INO

You know you're from California when.....

Everyone hates cops

You say "like" and "for sure" and "right on" and "dude" and "totally" and "peace out" and "chill" and "tight" and "bro" and "hell of" and "hella"(Nor Cal only) and "faded" and "stoked" and "fo sho" and you say them often

You know what real cheese taste like.

All the porn you watch is made here, cause we fuck better and thats how it is.

You don't get snowdays off because theres only snow in Mammoth, Tahoe, Shasta, and Big Bear.

You go to the Beach - not "down to the shore."

You know 65 mph really means 100.

When someone cuts you off, they get the horn and the finger and high speed chase cuz we dont fuck around on the road.

Our governor can kick your governors ass.

We don't stop at stop signs... we do a "california roll"
No cop no stop baby!

We have In-N-Out (Arizona and Vegas are lucky we share that with them).

We got the original Disneyland....wut now!

We call it soda, not pop.

Your sense of direction=Toward the ocean and away from the ocean.

You eat an In n Out burger at least once a week!!!

You know how to eat an artichoke.

Your monthly house payments exceed your annual income.

You pack shorts and a T-shirt for skiing in the snow, and a sweater and a wetsuit for the beach.

You consult your horoscope before planning your day.

It's barely sprinkling rain and there's a report on every news station: "STORM WATCH"

You make over $300,000 a year and still can't afford a house.

A really great parking space can totally move you to tears.

Unlike back home, the guy at 8:30 am at Starbucks wearing the baseball cap and sunglasses who looks like George Clooney IS George Clooney.

Your car insurance costs as much as your house payment.

Your hairdresser is straight, your plumber is gay, the woman who delivers your mail is into S &M, and your Mary Kay rep is a guy in drag.

Both you AND your dog have therapists.

You have to leave the big company meeting early because Billy Blanks himself is teaching the 4:00 PM Tae Bo class.

You pass an elementary school playground and the children are all busy with their cell phones or pagers.


As You Are Tagged, So Shall You Tag!

Per the kind request of HAYES :

I have to post these rules: one, each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves. Two, people who are tagged need to write their own blog entry about their eight things and post these rules. Three, at the end of your entry, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names/pseudonyms/blogs. Four, don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog. Ready? Here goes!

#1 - Whenever I am about to make a huge life-change or decision, I always seem to hear the song 'Solsbury Hill'.

#2- I flunked the first math test I took in 1st grade. I remember Sister Alphonsus screaming at me and telling me I was stupid. She asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. I replied ' a doctor'. She told me to forget it since I was too dumb. So I did. Even tho to this day, my dream is to specialize in pediatric medicine.

#3- Music. Gotta have it in my life. It's a MUST HAVE.

#4 - I'm a realistic optimist.

#5 - Used to be a clutterbug/packrat. Then I changed to an anal-rententive semi-OCD neatnick. Clean-freak too.

#6 - If money wasn't an issue, I would do my job for free. I love it that much.

#7 - After my divorce I decided that nothing else I would encounter for the rest of my life would hurt me as much as that did. I was devastated. So I threw all caution to the wind and now I live life to the fullest with a 'nothing ventured, nothing gained' attitude. It's wonderful. You should try it some time.

#8 - I would like to design a solar-powered multi-story parking structure made of totally clear material for downtown Denver so I could park in a parking garage that didn't make me feel claustrophobic. Cause right now I just can't park in multi-story garages. They freak me out way too much!

For those about to be tagged we salute you :

Heather, Rosie, Her Highness Princess Jami, Anthony, Jeff C (that makes two you owe me!), Gabe, Cuyler, and the Legal Goddess.

TGIF and let 'er rip!


Liveblogging ROUS

Rodents Of Unusual Size.

If they would get their butts out here...it's 7:35. C'mon already!!

(j/k)

Sitting here with Matt2 of Monkey's Uncle.

Uh oh. Lights went down. I can't type in the dark!

Music game. I sit. Everyone else stands. You can't blog while standing.

This is calesthenics. Damn!

The ROUS sing a song

Da-do-run run

Steve (Rodent) flunks out.

Christa out.

Why is the stage covered with mousetraps.

Scene on mousetraps. With blindfolds!

Heather goes first!

Not sure which is funnier..the skit or the mousetraps???

Heather (blindfolded) helps a pregnant Deletta (blindfolded) to the hospital?

Heather says a bad word as she takes off her mask.


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New skit -

What are you doing??

Start with A and and work your way thru the alphabet!

(this stuff is really funny but it doesn't quite translate via liveblogging. yeah, since when has that stopped me??)

Heather is ovulating over and over again.

Howard is running the lights and providing mirthful commentary!

Only speak in song lyrics!

Jeff and Deletta!

New Skit - Just Like Dad

I'm A Barbie Girl - Jeff plays with dolls. Barbie dolls.

New Skit...

People invited to a party thrown by Deletta

(Emily)Cleopatra that loves snakes

(Steve) Cabbage Girl that smells

(Heather)Pippi Longsticking with a buzz cut

Howard guest stars as a Monkey...now that's a stretch!

Next skit -

Dye My Bitch - Making over Paris Hiltons Silver Back Gorilla

Steve is Chancey...Designs the the look for the Gorilla

Heather is some French name she said really fast

Emily is an Intergalactic Bounty Hunter


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After intermission

Heather is dressed up as the gorilla

Pretty funny. She humps extremely well!

Random line freeze.

Again, pretty funny. You have to be here to see it.

So why AREN'T you???

Steve is Seth...sings (made up song) a River Runs Thru It

Next skit -Fantasy Island

Troop has to make up songs from dialogue from their skit.

Heather is Miss Elaine - geetarist

Sweet Dreams! She brings the house down!

(ask Heather what will cause sweet dreams!)

Deletta and Emily talk about their 'kids'.

Throes of Passion - new games!

What famous people say in the throes of passion.

Steve grosses everyone out with his Freddie Kreuger imitation.

Jeff is Mortimer- English Rocker

Damn..Jeff knows how to play guitar! Cool wa-wa pedal!


(Update - Thursday morning)

I realize that improv doesn't exactly transfer 100% over to the written word. That's cool. At least you can have an idea of what you missed. It WAS hilarious and and a great time was had by all. Check out my sidebar for the Rodent's schedule of upcoming shows.


Crunch Time

Altho it's been in my mind for awhile, it fully hit today that as of next Wednesday, I will be out of work for an extended period of time. Initally to attend a convention on behalf of my company, and afterwards I'm having surgery and will be on Medical Leave for a couple of weeks.

What was the trigger that caused the realization?

Crunch time.

Work Crunch :

My Outlook at work went down. Died. IS has no idea why. Was unable to work for 2 hrs while the IS dude had control of my screen, then he called to say the patient was DOA and he needed to bump it up to an Advanced Tech. Luckily, I can access my Outlook thru my personal laptop for reading purposes, altho replying and initiating emails can be tricky. But, I made it work and was happy with my results.

When the tech said 'it might be down for awhile' all I could think of was 'What? No 'Out of Office Message for my emails'? And my stomach just sunk. Literally. Want to see a control freak writhe and squirm? Take away a portion of their control.

I pride myself on having really detailed 'OOO' messages so my clients know exactly what is going on and their inconvenience is minimal. I want them to be well taken care of whenever I am out. Another part of my concern is that my coverage plan has not yet been decided. Again, another possibility of leaving my clients up in the air and it just irks me. It's not how I like things to be.

Granted, it might sound trivial to those not familiar with my industry. It's commission-based sales with not a lot of needs to begin with. So keeping clients and placing clients has been really rough over the last year. Not complaining, just explaining. I truly love my job and am fully aware of the risks involved with sales. Cycle up, cycle down. And when you do it because you truly love it, well, sometimes it is hard to imagine doing anything else that would be this rewarding.

Life Crunch :

Even tho I have known about the surgery and subsequent leave for a while, I have not been as proactive as getting my shit together as I should have been or could have been. Stuff like a Living Will. Power of Attorney. Writing down all the stuff you need to write down when you have a house and a 401(k) and other crap that needs attention. Paperwork for the hospital at what to do a la Terri Schiavo incident. (Note to all of you...brain dead does not work for me. No Way. If I cannot communicate in full sentences, blog, listen to music and enjoy it or throw back a cold one, pull the plug cause I'm already gone!).

Workout Crunch :

Started a semi-agressive work out plan around Memorial Day. Several reasons. Get healthier. Thinner. Quicker post-surgical recovery. It's progressing well...but...not as well as I'd like. Learning to deal with not being able to see asap results whereas in the past I would with lesser efforts.

As it turns out, I have a lot of activities going on from now until the day before my surgery. Fun stuff. Tons of fun stuff. Plus daily workouts. Do I want to pass on any of it? Hell no. Not at all. And do I need to get all the rest of my 'important things' done. Totally.

So anyway.

I need to get busy. Right? Maybe lay off the blogging for awhile? Nah, I think not. It keeps me sane (stop laughing) and is helpful from a journaling perspective. Looking back is a huge help, something I never would have realized if I hadn't started this little experiment in online self-expression.

So...that's what's going on and that's why I'm in crunch mode. You might see more blogging. Maybe less.

Just letting ya know, for what it's worth.


What To Do This Sunday Morning

Normally I'd say I do what I do each and every Sunday am. Sleep late. Really late.

The only time I bend those rules is when there is something fun or worthwhile to do.

Have found something that fits both those requirements, so come on out and join me and everyone else if you'd like!

From Jared Polis- running for CD-2 in Boulder :

"Join me and march with us and some of our campaign volunteers for the Gay Pride Parade in Denver!

If you're GLBT, then come join us and show your pride!

If you're not, you need to do this for bragging rights alone. You haven't lived until you've marched in one of these! And make sure to wear leather and chaps. It's required.

j/k, dress is casual jeans or shorts; we will supply Jared Polis for Congress shirts for everyone.

We have bubble machines and candy to pass out, what else could you want?

I know it's early on a Sunday, but we'll have a great time. Join us for a fun Sunday morning!

We will have carpools from Boulder, let me know if you need it. Can also pick people up from around Denver, let us know!"

Jared

Polis For Congress

Here's more info! Or, you can friend me on Facebook and sign up that way!

Event Info Name:
March with me in the Denver Pride Parade!

Tagline:
You haven't lived until you've marched in one...

Host:
Jared Polis for Colorado CD-2 in '08

Date:
Sunday, June 24, 2007

Time:
8:30am - 10:15am

Location:
Cheeseman Park, be there by 8:40 am at the latest! Our meeting spot is RED #7
Street:
Franklin St. & 8th St
Denver, CO


Ironic

I'm staffing a convention for my company here in Denver at the end of June. So I needed to go out and get a suit since I gave all my suits away when I moved to FL.

After much procrastination, finally hit up Nordy's yesterday. Found a great suit with enough time to have it altered (in, not out. Have been on a weight loss challenge). Perfect. For once I am ahead of schedule.

Just got an email from our convention dept.

Attire for the convention?

Khaki's and corporate logo polo's.

Yeah. Go figure, huh?


Hell Yeah!

Ran across this list on 43 Folders. Link is below, but I loved it so much just had to post it for you. My faves have asterisks :

Complaining is silly. Either act or forget. *

Thinking life will be better in the future is stupid. I have to live now.

Being not truthful works against me.

Helping other people helps me.

Organizing a charity group is surprisingly easy.

Everything I do always comes back to me.*

Drugs feel great in the beginning and become a drag later on.

Over time I get used to everything and start taking if for granted.

Money does not make me happy.*

Traveling alone is helpful for a new perspective on life.*

Assuming is stifling.

Keeping a diary supports my personal development.

Trying to look good limits my life.

Worrying solves nothing.*

Material luxuries are best enjoyed in small doses.

Having guts always works out for me. *

Full article here.