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Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Thanks to a wonderful thing called conditioning, Obi gets a treat every time she comes inside from using the lawn as her giant toilet. But she now thinks she should get a treat every time she performs the action of going out the back door then coming in. Even if it means walking out on to the patio and turning right back around. Then she’ll bark incessantly until she gets a treat. Once she gets a treat, she’s quiet. That is, until she realizes we are no longer paying attention to her. Then she’ll bark. She knows that if she barks enough, we’ll get fed up and give her peanut butter.

Ugh. My friend Melissa’s right. She’s completely in control of this house.

A Blank Slate

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

Well, a lot happened to me last year. Plenty of blogging fodder, but I was tired. Too tired to write, too tired to think, too tired to really do anything besides work and lose my sanity over it.

I mostly blame it on one situation in my life that basically sucked out any creativity I had left out of my bone. I have a half-finished book, three half-finished websites, two blogs, and a partially renovated bedroom. All were somewhat abandoned for the year (hence, my extreme lack of posting). I couldn’t even bring myself to do any freelancing work to earn some extra money. A writer without any creativity is like a potter without clay. Just doesn’t work.

Anyways, it took me almost a year to get out of it (on top of a bout of mono), but I’m now back to somewhat of a normal existence, I’m looking forward to an exciting year. For the most part, I don’t know what it will bring. I have no plans and it feels absolutely grand. This is actually the first year in a long time that I have a blank slate ahead of me. 

2008 wasn’t a total dump, however. Some highlights:

  • A new job. Different commercial real estate publication, but a lot more flexibility that I needed.
  • Traveled a lot, as usual. Went to Atlanta, Washington D.C., Boston, Las Vegas and Chicago. Missed my annual trip to Miami, thanks to the mono. Las Vegas and Chicago were new to me. I went to go see Journey with its new lead singer, Arnel Pineda, last March. The concert was good, but not exceptional, and I didn’t particuarly care for Las Vegas overall. However, I did get to meet a lot of my friends and did win $150 on just $5. Chicago was a fabulous trip, although it rained the whole time. Attended the Journey To The Cure Sparkle Tie Summer Ball and got to see Steve Augeri perform again, which was amazing – especially since he sang an acoustic “Kiss Me Softly.” And of course, it was lovely hanging out with the East Coast Entourage.
  • Had a great party in July to raise money for the Light The Night walk for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Just got the total in and I raised over $1,200.
  • Speaking of lymphoma, 2008 marked my third year of having no existing disease. Well, I actually don’t know if that’s true – due to an insurance snafu, I actually missed my last appointment with the oncologist and can’t reschedule until this month. But he would have called me had my scans been questionable.
  • Lots of urban trips around New York City, from Knickerbocker Avenue to Fordham Road to Red Hook’s Ikea. Oh, and at least five trips on the Staten Island Ferry, just because I like free boat rides.
  • The discovery of Freecycle, Bananagrams, meat on a stick, and Sophie Kinsella novels.
  • My grandmother turning 90 in December, and getting to see a lot of family members I haven’t seen in years as a result.
  • A splendid 26th birthday that included staying home in my pajamas all day, watching the new Muppet Christmas movie and eating breakfast for dinner.

There’s certainly more, I’m sure, but it’s 18 minutes past my bedtime. So, onwards to 2009 – some goals and things to look forward to:

  • September is going to mark my fourth anniversary of remission – which means I am officially cured.
  • Resolutions this year include spending more time with family, friends and myself; really chiseling away at my debt; and becoming more healthy in general.
  • I’d like to travel some more, but domestically and mostly close to home. In doing so, I would like to save money for a trip to Europe in 2010. I’ve never been there and it’s always been a dream of mine.
  • Actually working on my book, my family tree, and freelancing. I have so many ideas in my head just waiting to break free.

Phew. I forgot how mentally tiring long blog entries can be.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

Wow, I only wrote one post in 2008’s entirety. That will change this year. Resolution number one. Happy New Year!

Wow, An Update?

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

Looks like I’ll have to blow some dust off this blog. Haven’t been writing much (well, besides work) because my creative energy has just been zapped. Plain zapped. But I am hoping to remedy that shortly.

Contrary to my last post, life is good and I’m finally getting back on track with things. I’ve been doing a lot of traveling since February, including Washington, D.C., Connecticut, Boston, Las Vegas and Atlanta. Thankfully, not all has been for work and I’ve been able to enjoy myself by visiting with friends, going to shows and just walking around. And, of course, I spend many a day toodling around New York.

Vegas was certainly interesting. I went to go see Journey and its new lead singer, Arnel Pineda, at the Planet Hollywood Casino in March. It was sort of a last minute thing for me – I had free tickets from Southwest so I pretty much hopped on a plane and went for the weekend. The show was okay – definitely wasn’t the best Journey show I’ve been to (if you feel like watching it, the whole concert is here on YouTube). Arnel is the spitting vocal image of Steve Perry, so it was just like listening to my Greatest Hits CD. I did something I normally don’t do for concerts and sat throughout most of the thing. I just felt strangely apathetic to the whole experience. They’re coming around to Jones Beach in August with Heart and Cheap Trick, but I’m just going to to get the $31 nosebleed seats. Orchestra is $131 – yikes! I remember paying $60 for third row in 2001 and getting a backstage pass to boot. The “I Love All Access” packages – which give you a chance for a meet and greet and tent access – cost something like $400. Rip. Off.

Best part of Vegas was seeing my West Coast friends. Even though I saw a lot of them when I went to San Francisco last July, I hung around with a lot more people I’ve talked to for years but never met in person. My overall impression of Vegas was “Eh.” I like Atlantic City so much better. Vegas is just so damned expensive ($11 for a White Russian!), even though I wound up spending only about $250 the whole trip – and that included the hotel, food, the concert, gambling and sighteseeing. I did win $150 towards the end of the trip, so that offset a lot of my costs. But I did get the Vegas thing done and over with, and don’t know if I’d go again unless I had a compelling reason.

After the lackluster Journey show, some of my East Coast friends got together to go see tribute band Evolution in Bay Shore. Now, if you want a Steve Perry clone, Hugo would be it. We had a lot of fun; might I mention that it’s pretty pathetic when a tribute band does better than the band it’s emulating. It was great seeing my girls again, and we’re all heading to Chicago this July for the Journey To The Cure Sparkle Tie Gala, where Steve Augeri and Kevin Chalfant will be perfoming.

And in other concert notes, New Kids On The Block got back togeter. YES. What a way to take me back to being seven again. A co-worker and I spent two hours in the pouring rain to see them on “The Today Show” on April 4. Rumors were circulating that they were going to sing, but to my disappointment, they only announced that they were back together and that an album and tour were in the works. However, I was only four feet or so away from Jonathan Knight, so my life is somewhat complete. They’re going to be back on “The Today Show” on May 16 to actually sing, but after standing in that crazy NKOTB crowd, I think I might skip it and just go to one of their shows in September. (Yes, there were 20- and 30-somethings shaking and crying. And screaming, “Marry me, Jordan!” Some things never change). I am amused that their first show will at Z-100’s Zootopia, also starring Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers.

My brain is fizzled. More later.

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

That’s how my life has been lately. I just wish something would in the intended direction for once.

Not much to write about. Well, I’m sure there is. I guess I just haven’t been in a writing mood.


DW Power Hour

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Ever have a song stuck in your head all day, and no matter what you tried to do, it never went away?

Well, today I had another PET/CT scan. Stony Brook Medical Center now has Sirius satellite radio, and the station was set to soft adult contemporary.  I swear, it was the DW Power Hour. Dionne Warwick and Diane Warren. Over, and over. This was the type of music even my mother would skip on the radio.

Every single song I heard has been stuck in my head at some point today. I tried listening to Journey. I tried listening to Def Leppard. I tried listening to Spice Girls, for goodness’ sake. Nothing seems to work.

So keep smiling, keep shining, knowing you can always count on me, for sure…

Edit: Lexcie just fixed the problem with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

Tale As Old As Time

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

So, Lexcie and I went to go see Beauty and the Beast on Broadway last Friday. It’s one of my all-time favorite movies, and I wanted to see the show before it officially closes in July. A co-worker did tell me there were some difference from the movie – mainly, it was more comedic and there were more songs. Overall, I gave it a seven out of ten stars.

Why not ten, considering it’s one of my favorite movies? Well, precisely that – it was a lot different from the movie. The story line was essentially the same, but there were more comedic elements and a greater personification of the household objects. The Beast wasn’t as dark and emotional as he was in the movie. Belle’s character remained the same, but Annaliese van der Pol (of Disney Channel’s “That’s So Raven” fame) was emotionally flat at times. The characters of Lumiere and Cogsworth stole the show.

The musical numbers were strong, although some of the dancing left little to be desired (random can-cans?) and some of the ensemble cast didn’t seem to know song lyrics. Lexcie – who had not seen the movie beforehand – felt the story was rushed at points. I’ll make him watch the movie one of these days ;o)

Beforehand, we ate at this great Asian fusion restaurant a co-worker suggested, Cafetasia, which lived up to its Yelp reviews. The food was delicious, served quickly and was nicely priced. The decor is perfect for a casual date, and the bathroom is definitely something to see. I think that was the first time I was ever in a unisex bathroom.

After eating, we decided to go kill some time by checking out some of the secrets of Grand Central Terminal and check out what was going on at The New York Transit Museum annex. Although we weren’t being too railfanish, we did find a consist of mixed M1s and M3s on Metro-North, which is apparently rare.

We then decided to walk over to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre from Grand Central, and the new wedges I just purchased from Old Navy broke. We did find a Payless and I had to buy another pair of shoes. I already own too many pairs, and my mom just about knifed me with her eyes when she saw I brought home yet another pair, haha.

Rest of the weekend was spent at the park, BBQing, driving around Long Island and drinking lots of “cawfee.” All in all, a spiffy weekend :o)



And although “Tale as old as time” is pulled from the song “Beauty and the Beast,” I do have my own tale as old as time, which occured yesterday on the LIRR. Yes, I lost some more Tupperware on the 5:09 p.m. train to Speonk. This time, it was five pieces – a mix of good Tupperware from home and some sturdy Chinese food contatiners. Now, my lost Tupperware count is up to seven. I’m not going to even bother with the LIRR’s Lost and Found anymore, because previous recovery efforts have proved fruitless.

Gah. At least it wasn’t my grandmother’s good Tupperware, which she purchased off of the Home Shopping Network last year. She’s very protective of that Tupperware. I’d probably be chopped meat (or minced beef, if you’re British) if I had left that behind. I bet you she does an inventory count every day!

(x-posted to

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My New Year’s Resolutions

Friday, December 29th, 2006
In 2007, amandanoelle82 resolves to…

Start a piano fund.
Get back in contact with some old keyboards.
Put fifty railroads a month into my savings account.
Cut down to ten hair bands a day.
Lose ten trains by March.
Buy new movies.
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