i took a break in november 05
nothing in june 06
too busy in september 06
december was busy, too
february? forget about it
got lazy in may
w i s h w e w e r e t h e r e
this is a picture of jeff and me eating at romy's kahuku prawns and shrimp in oahu, during our trip in 2006. this was actually just before our adventure to goat island where i got attacked by the man-o-war. :)
sometimes, when the weather is crummy and i'm feeling kind of crummy, i wish i was there. sitting in a swimsuit, eating garlic shrimp. aaaahhhh...
for some reason, friday seemed to be a little bit out to get me this morning. with the jeep at the dealer again, i had planned to scoot to work on the vespa. i rolled out of the garage, right into rain. RAIN! so i rolled back into the garage, and jeff had to run me over to work. then, i lost a stupid ongoing bet i have with a friend at work for the 4th time in a row. and then it seemed like the phone would not stop ringing.
it's trade show season, folks. i know i mentioned it before, but i don't know if i can accurately express how fast and how long the next four months will seem to me. i've always been intentionally vague about what it is that i do, and where it is that i work...but i think i've always talked about how much i really like my job.
trade show preparation is a lot of stress and worry and dealing with paperwork and random details and coordinating displays and cars and people and clothes and travel for days, weeks, months. and then everything ships out, and there is a sense of relief. and then i go out to wherever it is that i have to go, and make sure all of that preparation turns into something, and then stand around and shake hands and eat peanuts and powerbars for lunch and smile and look engaged and pop ibuprofen for 9 or 10 hours. and then usually i get an hour to change and soak my feet in a cold bath for a few minutes before we all pile in some large vehicle for a maybe fancy dinner and as many hours of being "out on the town" as we possibly can before sleeping for a few hours and making sure we are at breakfast a few hours later to start the whole thing over again.
but there is something about that whole process that is fun. maybe it's because at the end of it, we can all look at each other and feel like we've survived some sort of ordeal that has made us stronger, before we all settle back into our offices for another season of being in our offices.
it helps that i've stuck around for a while, too. the first year was kind of hard, spending so much time with a bunch of guys i really didn't know very well, who didn't know me at all. by the second year, it was a little bit easier. this year should be even easier because i can actually call some of these guys my friends.
when you go on business trips with people you've had 1am disco dance parties with, or have sat in a honkey tonk in nashville with, or share stupid inside-joke weekly bets with (even if you always lose), or make plans to go the rodeo next year with...it's more like going to summer camp than going to work. really horrible, long, hard working summer camp...but it's not too bad.
ultimately, i'd really still rather be at romy's with jeff. but there is always one day. :)
camilles (10:18pm, 9.28.07)
c o l d r e m e d i e s
sweeto brought home some sort of a bug last week. he thought it might be allergies, but then gave in to the fact that it was a cold.
now i have it. but i'm fighting it.
i've been using zicam and airborne, taking ibuprofen and real sudafed, drinking tea and chicken broth. yesterday i felt like crap. today, i feel a lot better. my throat is kind of itchy and i can tell my nose is thinking about running, but at least i don't feel like i'm in a fog and was actually able to do real work today.
we'll see. maybe i'll be able to get over it quicker?
last night, i chomped my tongue REALLY hard in my sleep. hard enough to wake me up, and hard enough that the throbbing pain made it into my dreams for the rest of the night. this morning it was looking pretty bad, and it's still feeling pretty bad. i really hate when i do that.
we ate at the local 50's-esque diner for dinner, and the girl at the cash register complimented me on my hair. i think i've actually gotten more compliments on this particular color scheme than any other i can remember.
today i found out that a picture somebody took of me holding up some product at a media conference back in january has made it into a magazine that is coming out in october. the magazine forwarded over a .pdf of the page, and it's kind of cool to see me in there. my boss and the president of the company were pretty stoked about it. i was struck by how long my hair was!
camilles (7:35pm, 9.26.07)
a l a s k a
yeah. so, jeff and i joined brother greg and the in-laws for a 7-day alaskan cruise earlier this month. it was quite the experience.
our itinerary took us through glacier bay, to juneau, to sitka, to ketchikan, to victoria, bc, and back to seattle. that's a lot to cram into such a short period of time.
we had some pretty awesome adventures on land, as you can see in the pictures, and our room was really pretty comfortable considering there were three of us crammed into it. i'm a little sad i didn't get a picture of our floor-to-ceiling window that allowed us to lie on the bed and watch the scenery float by outside. it was pretty chilly, and the demographic of the ship definitely skewed towards the older side, so we spent quite a bit of time hanging out in our room, watching tv, reading, napping, ordering room service...
my favorite part of the whole trip...probably getting to spend so much time with greg. the rainy, cold weather, gassy odors, somewhat (at times) questionable food aside, it was just a whole lot of fun to get to be with my husband and brother-in-law and watching them be silly brothers. i wouldn't have traded that for anything.
by the way, if you happen to be considering a cruise anytime soon, two words. box wine. seriously. fortunately, seattle seems to be a pretty big haven for decent box wine, so we loaded up with 4 boxes and partied all week. there was even a box wine and room service cheese happy hour one evening in the room of some of the few younger people we met on the ship. i'm sad i didn't take a picture of that, too.
camilles (9:42pm, 9.19.07)
i'm still alive people. just been REALLY busy with traveling (reno, alaska), that i just haven't had the motivation to sit down and really lay it all out for you. to top it all off, work has been insane as i get ready for trade show season.
anyway, i was poking around our computer just seeing what i could find, and while i don't have the pictures to back them up...i've found ALL of my old journal entries dating back to when i first started keeping a web journal. how fun is that?
instead of try to come up with something new to talk about, how about i entertain you with what was keeping me occupied on this day...in 1999.
September 18, 1999
9:26am I am so tired. And now I have to drive 2 1/2 hours back to Camarillo. When I get there, I get to help my family clean and stuff. Yay.
Yesterday was a weird, long day. I woke up at 4am with this really strange craving for Jamba Juice. So I went back to sleep, and when I got up to go to work, I left extra early so I could get a Jamba Juice. Work was ok. For some reason, everything was going wrong with my computer. I probably spent more of the day trying to get it to work right than I did doing actual work. Jesse came by and we went to Einstein's Bagels for lunch, but I wasn't hungry because I had been nursing my Jamba Juice all day. We talked about the girl he is dating. He thinks I'm being all critical of her, but I'm not. I think he worries to much about what I think.
The rest of the work day was ok. I came home, and there wasn't too much traffic. Then I went to the bank and stood in the long line that is always there. I came home and started watching tv. Mary came home. Then Danny called and asked if I would like to go see a show with him and his friends at the Che. I said sure. Then I went to talk to Mary, who was lying sprawled across her bed. We probably talked some smack about people. We do that a lot.
Danny picked me up and since we were hungry, he started driving. Somehow we ended up in Downtown SD near the Old Spaghetti Factory. He put his name on the list and we went out walking. He took me to the top of the Hyatt, which was really cool. You can see everything from there. We saw lots of old single people walking around. Then we went back to the restaurant and our table was ready. I guess I haven't been eating enough lately, because I didn't eat very much, which is kind of annoying. There were some weird girls sitting behind me talking about their boyfriends and then talking on the phone, and then an old lady gave Danny the thumbs up when he caught her eye.
The show was interesting. I got to meet Danny's friends, who are all really funny. It's been a while since I have been to a show like that. I had forgotten what it was like, but it was still fun. I started getting really tired. After the show, we all went to Denny's. I can't really remember much about what they were talking about, but I do remember them debating about whether Brittany Spears had gotten implants or not. Danny took me home after that and then left around 3:30am.
This whole thing is so weird. I mean, I had an idea that he was a cool guy, but he is even cooler than I imagined. Sometimes, when I see him, I feel like Stan on South Park, how he pukes when he sees Wendy because he likes her so much. Maybe I'm too much of a romantic. I guess the whole puking thing isn't very romantic, but it doesn't change the fact that I'm still really happy.
Now I have to go home.
ha ha ha ha. how RAD is that?
for your reference, the jesse i'm referring to is my ex-bf (but still a bff). we had just broken up earlier that month,...but obviously since we were already kind of dating other people, things had just run it's course. i ended up being totally right about his new gf. she turned out to be crazy.
danny was a guy who had intrigued me at school for ages, and he went on to totally break my 21-year-old heart a few weeks later. he had some long distance girlfriend that he never bothered to tell me about. JERK!
mary has long since disappeared. i wonder what she is up to these days?
we'll see how motivated i get to do a real update ...but maybe i'll just do this again. i've got years of material to pull from.
camilles (6:29pm, 9.18.07)