RIP Myrtle the Turtle

My last blog was on June 8th! Today is July 1st! Oops. 🙂 I’m a terrible blogger. I’ve just been so BUSY! Work has been super busy with the addition of two new people to my department. Then I’ve been searching for a new car since my old car was falling apart, so that has kept me busy too…

Speaking of my car…

See Myrtle the Turtle (She’s a green car with no pickup when you push on the gas – thus she is called Myrtle the Turtle) has had a transmission problem for over a year now. She doesn’t kick into gear when I put her in drive. Reverse works just fine, but when I put her into drive….we sit there…and wait…and then she turns her “overdrive” light on and falls into neutral. I usually have to restart the car 1 or 2 times before I can get it into drive successfully. And lately, it’s been more like 3 or 4 times to restart before I can go anywhere. And then there was the time she fell out of drive and into neutral when I was pulling out into oncoming traffic…scary moment! Plus the “check engine” light has been on for about 4 months. And then on Tuesday…..

I got into my car after work and was super excited because it got into drive on the first try! Yippy! Good job Myrtle! I let my window down to let out some of the hot air in the car and started driving out of the parking lot. My air conditioning started blowing cold, so I went to put up my window…..and all of a sudden I heard a “clunk!” and my drivers side window slipped back down! I stopped my car and tried to put the window up again….it didn’t budge. I. Was. So. Pissed. I cussed up a storm at Myrtle, got out of my car, and tired to pull up my window manually. Wouldn’t budge. “You f’ing car. You piece of s*** car!” (I’m literally standing in the parking lot, sweat dripping down my face, yelling profanities at my car. Classy.)

So I get back in, crank her up, throw my hair up so it isn’t blowing around the car, and start driving.

Well then it starts to sprinkle. I laugh (it’s a crazed wide eyed laugh) and still cussing at the car scream “Great! What else can go wrong?!?!”
Well…THEN is starts to POUR! And I mean pour. HUGE drops of rain were coming down!!!

So then I start bawling. I look around my car for something, ANYTHING to put up against my window. I find a folded flat-rate postage box and shove it against the window.

So there I was, bawling…crying my eyes out…cussing at my car…dripping with sweat…soaking wet from the rain on the right side of my body…holding a postage box against my window with my left hand and driving with my right hand…

All.

The.

Way.

Home.

Thanks a lot, Myrtle.

(This is a pic of Myrtle a couple of months ago. I was on my way to work when Myrtle started smoking. I had to call AAA and have them tow it. Cracked radiator = $500. Argh. And the only person at work I could get in touch with to come get me from where I was standing on the side of the road was my buddy Melodye…who was 8 months pregnant at the time. That sweet lady waddled to her car and drove to pick me up on the side of the road. Thanks again Melodye!)

So yesterday I drove (with tape holding up my window) back over to the dealership I had visited last week that had my favorite car out of the 100,000 I looked at. (A beautiful red 2007 Rav4!!) My mom and I had tried our best last week to get them to lower the price so my payments would be around what I wanted. But they wouldn’t budge last week. So we left. This week, I emailed them and said:

“Good afternoon. I came by last week to look at your 2007 red Rav4 and I saw today that it is still listed online. I’m still interested in this car and wondered if you would be willing to rework the figures so that the payments would be closer to $xxx, without extending the loan period beyond 60 months. Let me know if this is possible, and I would be willing to come back in and talk.
Kind regards,
Holly”

Well, they said come in and we’d talk. So I did. And we talked. AND I GOT IT! Ha!!! I win!!! They ended up giving me a lot more for Myrtle, lowered the price of the car, AND they gave me an awesome interest rate. It was one of my most proud moments. 🙂
 
And my new red Rav4 sure is sexy! Gotta think of a name for this guy!
 

All-Inclusive Amazingness

I’m back from my absolutely FABULOUS vacation! It was all that I imagined it would be and MORE. Picture the most awesome vacation you can think of and then multiply it by 100 – that was this vacation. It was “all-inclusive amazingness.” There was lots of relaxing, lots of eating, lots of drinking, lots of laughing, lots of playing, lots of dancing, lots of tanning, lots of floating…I could go on and on! The wedding was beautiful and the bride and groom were just glowing with happiness!

The highlights have to be the following:

  • The resort itself (The views of the ocean and the mountains were soooooooo beautiful.)
  • The Italian restaurant we ate at (Complete with an antipasto buffet – YUMMY!)
  • The jerk pork (From a grill right on the beach. No forks. Just some bread to sop up the sauce. Mmmmm!)
  • The swim-up bars (Getting thirsty while you are sunbathing on your float in the pool? No problem mon! Just float over to the swim-up bar and order a pina colada!)
  • The Cabaret (The dance club on the resort. SUPER fun!)
  • The Piano/Martini Bar (Where the bride’s father got a little tipsy and serenaded the guests at the resort.)
  • The coffee (Best. Coffee. Ever.)
  • The French Cafe (With tasty made-to-order crepes!)
  • The pineapple (It was white, not yellow, and oh so sweet and juicy!)
  • The spa (Margarita manicure? Yes please! And the lady that did my hair for the wedding is a hairstyling genius! She did a great job!)
  • Kayaking (I swear we saw about 50 starfish while out in the ocean.)

Like I said before, the whole trip was amazing. I was soooo happy we got to go. Not only just because it was super fun, but also because it was so special to be able to celebrate one of my best friends marriages. I am so happy for Lauren and Trea and I wish them many years of love and happiness!

Pics coming soon!

Random

I’m not in the mood to write about work this week. I need a vacation NOW! So here is a warning – this post will be very random.

My puppies got me a mother’s day present!! It’s a pink cover for my pink kitchen aid mixer. 🙂

Aren’t my babies sweet? I don’t think I’ve ever blogged about them before. Here is a pic. Lacey is on the left and Jack is on the right.

Lacey is almost 7 years old. Josh and I got her from Josh’s granddad when we were in our 2nd year at UGA. My mom didn’t speak to me for 3 months – she was so mad at me for getting a dog in college! Jack is 2 years old. We got him after we got married to keep Lacey company. They really do love each other. They spend hours “making out” as we call it (licking and cleaning each other). It’s cute…and a little gross. They play together too, wrestling, growling and pining each other down. And they take naps together (like in the pic) and it is ADORABLE. Lacey is like a baby – she always wants to be held and cuddled. Her fur is super soft. Jack, bless his heart, isn’t the smartest dog. I mean, he is smart – he can do tricks and stuff – but he acts retarded all the time. He is always making us laugh running into things or trying to bite his tail and falling over. He also has a really low manly bark that is super cute. I sure do love those little dogs!

Here are some pictures of my container garden. I’ve got (from left to right) tomatoes, green peppers, basil, thyme and flat leaf parsley. So far, I only have one tiny tomato and no peppers. 🙁

There is this random vine that keeps growing up our house. It reminds me of Rapunzel’s hair falling out the window. 🙂

Changing the subject – babies babies everywhere! It’s like all of a sudden EVERYONE has had, is having, or is thinking about having a baby! Or maybe it’s just because I’ve been thinking about having a baby so now I notice them more. 🙂 But seriously, my Facebook home page has completely changed in the past few months. There are so many posts about preganancies, babies, nurseries, etc. There must be something in the water. I better stick to the coke zero. 🙂

I wish WebEx was my ex.

This week has been loooong…. We had 4 large meetings planned (2 software and 2 hardware reviews, which means something totally different in the theme park industry than it does in IT). And each one of those meetings required the use of WebEx. My boss wanted me to run the WebEx presentations for two of those meetings. This means that I had to sit at my desk for 2 hours each day, mindlessly switching the slides of a PowerPoint and changing tabs to show different presentations. I didn’t have anything to contribute to the meetings, the stuff presented wasn’t anything I really needed to know, and since I had to click a button on the command, “Next slide, Holly” it wasn’t like I could multi-task during the meetings. So yes, those 4 hours were very, VERY boring. Plus I’ve had a lot of other mindless work this week to complete (including over 40 credit card charges to reconcile from my boss’s 6 business trips-yuck!). I am SO ready for this weekend.

On a separate subject, I would like to celebrate the purchase of my first bikini since high school!!!
It looks…alright on me. I wish I could lose about 10 more pounds before Jamaica. Then I’d really be comfortable smokin in the suit!! But I have lost 10 pounds since last summer, and I think I can pull of a bikini. Plus I am running out of summers to wear a bikini. My husband and I have been discussing when we would like to start a family and I know I won’t be wearing any bikinis after being pregnant!
Lastly, I would like to ask for prayers for some girls I met last night. I decided to volunteer for my church’s Wednesday night teen ministry. The girls I met came from very rough backgrounds and very broken families. One girl spoke of how she cut herself. My heart goes out to them and I ask God to make himself present in their lives so they will know that they are loved. I am looking forward to going back next week. I will admit that I was super uncomfortable, I had no idea what to say to the teens, or how to interact with them. But I am sure if I keep going, I can help. Hopefully I’ll make a difference.
Thank goodness tomorrow is FRIDAY!

Google-Killer…Drinking the Kool-Aid…what the hell?

Oh business clichés. How those executives love to use you. Check some out:

http://www.smoothharold.com/20-business-cliches-that-make-you-sound-stupid/
http://www.saidwhat.co.uk/bizphrases.php
http://www.squidoo.com/businesscliches

I started thinking about these the other day when I happened to say out loud to someone, “I haven’t had a chance to connect with him since he left, but when I do, I’ll make sure to ask him for you.” …really Holly? “Connect with him?” I should have just said, “I haven’t talked to him since he left.” But since I have now been working in the corporate world for 2 full years (yes, this past Wednesday was my 2 year anniversary with the corporate office of the “unnamed attraction.” Happy anniversary to me!) I find myself using those terrible business phrase clichés way too much. I guess the phrase “Connect with him” isn’t THAT bad. But the feminist in me grits my teeth every time I hear some executive say, “He dropped the ball on this one!” or “Make sure you bring your A game” or “Give me a ballpark figure” or “Let’s touch base later.” Sports related business phrases really should be outlawed. There are also some really annoying words I hear quite often such as “synergy” and “blue-sky.” And then there are the phrases where I just want to stop the executive and say “Wait. What the HELL are you talking about?!”

But I do want to list some phrases that CRACK me up. I found all of these on the above websites. Unfortunately, I’ve never heard anyone I work with say any of these phrases. I wish they would though…you can be sure that I will laugh out loud and probably get funny looks from everyone in the conference room. 🙂

“Putting lipstick on a pig” – Do Miss Piggy and Kermit work here?
“Low hanging fruit” – Sounds like something a middle school aged boy would laugh at.
“Best of breed” – Woof Woof!
“Run it up the flag pole and see who salutes” – Run this up your flag pole!
“Polishing a turd” – really…really?!?!
“Rubber hits the road” – Wait, are we talking about work or prophylactics?
“Purple cow” – All of these business phrases sure are purple cows. 🙂