Monday, March 30, 2009

Sounds Like Somebody’s Got a Case of the Monday’s!

Another Monday, another day at work. I have Friday off as a vacation day as I need to really get a move on with this “unpacking box” thing.

I am still really tired; it will be nice to have a 3 day weekend and sleep-in a bit.

It finally stopped raining yesterday and it was nice though cloudy today. I took the Marta train for the first time today. It was a nice ride that got me there pretty quickly. It is a nice walk to and from the office too. On nice days, it will be really nice to take the train.

When it is bad out, it will probably be better to drive. It takes about the same time each way I go.


Saturday, March 28, 2009

Mailboxes Etc

It took me almost 5 days, but I found my mailbox!! :-)

You would think the mailbox number for my condo would be somewhat close to the number of my unit- nope.

I spent the first few days just trying random mailboxes, with no avail. I think there are 300 units here so it would have taken me a few weeks @ 3 or 4 a day or about 30 minutes if I tried them all at the same time.

I felt stupid trying all the mailboxes, especially since there are others down there getting their own mail.

On Thursday, I got a call from the landlord giving me the mailboc number – HUZAH!

When I opened he mailbox, I could barely get the mail out there was sooo much in there! Come to find out, it was the last tenant’s mail – from late November! Lots of stuff – W-2’s insurance cards, and medical bills. Lots of junk mail too.

I am going to forward it to her.

I got 2 postcards already (THANKS HD and JP!) and of course, some bills.

YEAAAAAAAH- Mail!! :-)

Friday, March 27, 2009

On Time Zones…


So what genius decided to make TV later on the East Coast?? 

I hate that some of my favorite shows (Law and Order:SVU, Medium, ER,) now come on at 10pm, and the news doesn’t start until 11pm (not to mention The Daily Show with John Stewart and Colbert)!

I am tired people! I need my rest. I can’t stay up until 11pm just to find out what the weather is gonna do!

Obviously, I am having a hard time acclimating to my new TV schedule.

I can’t find my healthy double daily dose of the Simpsons. I can’t even FIND the FOX channel, for goodness sakes!

There is something called Peachtree TV, and I think it just plays reruns of Cheers all day. I like Cheers, just not 12 hours worth at a time.

For some reason, the news starts at 4 and keeps going uninterrupted until 7. What is with that? I like the news, I just don’t LOVE the news. 30 minutes is enough. How many ways can you tell the same news story?

I can’t seem to catch the network news. I can’t figure out what time it comes on.

TiVo is still not installed, so I can’t watch Unsolved Mysteries or American Justice whenever I want. And I can’t pause live TV though I try to. Aaaaaall the time.

My boyfriend, Tom Skilling, is still available and while I really want to watch him, I can not seem to get it in my head that the WGN News at 9 is ACUALLY at 10pm here. I have only caught a glimpse of him a few times this week. He did tell me CHI is gonna get some snow this weekend.

Anyway, I need to get back at it. I have posted a bunch today- I am felling a bit homesick. I know it will pass (someday) but I am glad I am able to get out my frustrations without putting them on one single person…

Tomorrow, I will tell the tale of finding my mailbox…. ;-)

The old place


Here are a few photos of the old condo. Boxes packed to the ceiling and empty house :-(

Bye Chicago! :-(

(One of) the best invention(s) EVER!!!

I found the BEST THING and had to share. Really- best thing.

Some of you know me as the “Market Maven” who tries all the new products and “have to share this with you because it is the BEST PRODUCT EVER” lady, and have become better people because you tried (and loved!)the OXO sink strainer and the pickle picker. I have tons more things I love… and some I didn’t like very much (ShamWOW is not so WOW. Just Meh.)

Well, I found another GOTTA HAVE IT product.

I now have Berber carpets and while they are cool, they don’t allow for easy furniture movement. While I was at Target picking up a wench for the new TV stand I was building… (pretty, seeeeeee)


…I found these things that had a “AS SEEN ON TV” (ASOTV) sticker on them.

Now we all know, it is about a 50/50 shot that ASOTV products are going to work (PedEgg and Magic Bullet- yes. Aforementioned ShamWOW and about 20 other things I have bought that I don’t want to mention- no.) 

I picked up this product because I knew I was going to have alot of heavy lifting to do and I am not good at lifting. Or moving things. I hoped they would work but figured if they didn’t, I could always take them back.


They are called “Magic Sliders” and they are a godsend. You just stick them on the legs of your furniture (different sizes for how heavy or how thin the legs are) and that’s it! The furniture really does glide along the floor. I was using one hand to push the TV stand in place (if you look hard at the pictures of the stand above, you can see them on the legs.)

  Living with just TBO, I have a hard time finding people to help me move stuff around the condo. Now, I can move heavy stuff myself and I don’t have to depend on anyone else!

Now run out and get them for yourself! Depending on size, they are like 6 bucks for a set of 4 (one for each leg).

Wow, I have alot of stuff…

It is very interesting: when you pack stuff up yourself (as I have done many, many many times in my life) you look at each item and say “Do I really need this in my new house?”

For me, 9 times out of 10 the answer is a big ol’ NO. It is how I do spring cleaning. Out with the old, in with the new.

Having packers was a new experience for me. They packed EVERYTHING: tiny slivers of soap from the shower, empty shampoo bottles, tiny stubby pencils with no lead left in them, everything.

Stuff I would never pack in a million years.

They also use about 35 tons of paper in between and around all the items so nothing breaks. And when I say 35 tons, I mean 35 tons.

I started looking around my place yesterday, and WOW. I have soooo much. See…


100_3196 100_3193


(this is a picture of 3 of the 4 jars of peanut butter I found in the boxes. Either I reallllly like PB or I realllllly hate it.)

I promise, I will post pics when I get the place all spiffed up. It may be 2010 before that happens, but it will happen. :-)

TBO LOOOOOVES the boxes and being able to weave in and out of them. I think he was afraid of the emptiness – lord knows he never had emptiness when living with me in Chicago. :-)

My goal: and I need you all to keep me to it, is too do 3 boxes a night M-F and 8+ boxes a day on the weekends. I have to set a goal, I will never get anything done.

I will also be washing clothes for about 3 years if I don’t start washing them now.

I am home this morning (Friday) waiting for the Comcast installer to arrive. They were supposed to be here at 8, it is now 9:46am. Ahhhh, service time + Southern time. Gotta love it.

It will be nice to stop stealing my neighbors unsecured internet connection and have my own—I am always paranoid that they on purpose left their network open so they can steal my personal information.


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

My Morning…

Good Morning everyone!

I woke up bight and early this morning –THE MOVERS ARE COMING! I will FINALLY be able to sleep on a REAL bed and not a blow up bed…

A bit off topic, but TBO LOOOOOOVES the blow up bed… he climbs on in with me (it is a twin) and snuggles up… then promptly gets out his claws and kneads the bed… Gah!

Anyway, I got everything picked up and out of the way (cat treats, tissue box, remote control) and the phone rings.

Not good to get a phone call at 10:45 when the movers are supposed to be here between 10-11, right?

Anyway, it was the driver (the guy that helped pack my house in Chicago) telling me the truck broke down outside of Kennesaw, GA, late last night and he had to tow it in to get it fixed. It was still not fixed, so he was going to have to try to get ANOTHER truck, move my stuff from the big truck to the small truck, then drive here. He hopes to be here by 3pm.

I feel bad for the driver, because it is not his fault the truck died, but I also feel bad for me- I am DONE sleeping on an air mattress!  :-)

It is now 1:43EST and I got a lot done today… including becoming an actual GA driver!

After I heard from the movers, I decided to put on some real clothes and head over to get my GA Drivers license.

I drove over to the place, breaking like 10 motor vehicle laws in the process (apropos, don’t you think?) :-)  It is located over by Turner Filed and Olympic Park, so it was a neat drive.

I got in line, got number F515, sat down and filled out the forms. It felt like forever, but I was called only about a 1/2 hour later. It was just like it is in Chicago – the workers were definitely DOT workers. I then got in line to pay and get my photo taken, then waited about 3 minutes for the license.


If I relinquished my IL license, I did not have to take the GA State test. I gave my IL DL to the lady, but she gave it  back to me, no marks on it or anything.

Does this mean I have dual citizenship now?!? :-)

GA DL edited

For contrast, here is my IL DL… picture is from 2002. I look a lot different, right? :-) (I think it is the glasses…)


After getting my license, I ran over to my “backyard neighbor,” IKEA, to get 99 cent Swedish Meatballs for lunch (gotta love a cheap meal) and while I was in there, the automatic emergency evacuation voice came on and told everyone to leave through emergency exits immediately. I had no idea what the muffled voice said, and no one around me eating did either. Some woman across from me said “I think they just told us to get out due to an emergency” and we all started to throw our food away and leave the store.

A store worker came over the loudspeaker then and told us the emergency system was malfunctioning so “stay, enjoy, shop!”.

Strange day. 

Fingers crossed that the movers make it here before 5. I really want to sleep well tonight. I am still hacking up a lung and blowing my nose every 15 minutes. I fell a bit better each day. but I know I would feel MUCH better getting a good night’s sleep.

TBO is currently curled up on the air mattress snoring. Oh, to be a cat.

I am off now to join the gym downstairs! I need a treadmill break!

PS: for all you Midwesterners—it is rainy and 60 today. :-)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The long version…

The past week was wonderful and awful- On Sunday, I was able to see the Godkids one last time before I left for Atlanta, and it was great. I got an amazing home cooked/grilled meal, lots of time with the kids, and had a great time.

I wasn’t feeling the best, and I hadn’t really slept for a few days, trying to get everything done for the move. Monday I woke up feeling like crap. Sore throat, ear pain, general lousiness… the whole shebang.

Tuesday, I had 2 dentist appts and a vet appt, and while I was driving the IGo car around, I decided to stop at a Minute Clinic inside of a CVS store since I could not get into my regular doctor and I was feeling horrible. I was in the exam room in under 5 minutes and had a diagnosis in under 15—double ear infection and strep throat.


Anyway, I got an antibiotic, finished my appts, and went home to get some sleep.

Wednesday, the movers arrived to pack. One of the guys (there were 3) asked me how long I had been living in the studio—I told him 7, but I had lost my voice and it was hard to understand me. 17? He asked.

I could totally understand why he would think I would have lived there 17 years. I have that much stuff. The boxes were stacked to the ceiling. It was so cool to see them set up the boxes and pack stuff in milliseconds.

Anyway, they packed from 10-3 then I did some work and slept again, still feeling horrible. my nose was running so much, I went through 2 boxes of tissues that day. Pretty.

Thursday, the same guys came back and packed the rest of my stuff and moved everything out of the apt. It was sad to see everything go, but it was amazing to see how much room I had in the place.

TBO had NO IDEA what are going on, though he was VERY GOOD the entire time the movers were there. He hung out on the bed the whole time sleeping or watching. Well, almost the whole time.

On Thursday, the movers had the door open to get everything out to the truck. I watched the door and the cat the whole time. TBO is not known for movement, and when he didn’t move for 2 1/2 hours of the door being open (not even to check it out or sniff the outside) I got lax in my watching role.

All the sudden, TBO wasn’t there anymore. Not on the bed, not at his litterbox, not at his food bowl. I quickly walked out the door and saw him in the hallway, sniffing the crated flatscreen tv.

He saw me and took a running stance, then took off down the hall.

Poor thing hadn’t ran in like 3 years and 10lbs. He waddled a bit, and I caught up to him before he got to my neighbor’s door. He was so tuckered out from running, he slept the rest of the afternoon.

Poor, chubby cat-child. :-)

I went into the office for the last time Thursday afternoon. It was sad and weird and strange and – I don’t know- just not a fun time. I made it until 5:15pm before I burst into tears saying my goodbyes.

Thursday night was spent cussing at the vacuum (as it died while I was trying to clean the carpet) and worrying about the drive down to Atlanta. We had decided to leave Chicago at 2AM.

At 11:45p I was still awake and decided that sleeping for just an hour would make me more tired. I relaxed and then at 1:15a I got up, got dressed, got the rest of the stuff in the car (A Saturn Vue) and wrangled the TBO in his pop-up carrier (the coolest thing ever buy the way—RUN and get one at Target if you have a pet).

TBO and I picked up my friend Noelle, who graciously rode/drove with, and we were on the rode at 2:28am—after the obligatory stop at the 24 hour Starbucks on North Ave.



I drove the first 4 hours – the drive was nice. We drove on the Skyway, then stopped in, gosh, I can’t remember where our first stop was, to stretch our legs and go potty. It was there I saw the funniest thing ever—a “fragrance stop” – 25 cents to get a scent of your choice in the women’s bathroom. Good times.


Once the sun came up, Noelle did the rest of the driving. After not sleeping for 3 nights and the sickness really kicking in, there was no reason I should be driving. After she started driving, I kept falling asleep with my mouth  hanging open in mid-sentence. It was pretty, I am sure. :-)

We stopped at a few Starbucks to re-fuel on ice teas (and shaken ice-tea lemonades) and found out that (crap! I cannot remember names of places we stopped- but Noelle will remember!) is not cosmopolitan enough to have a Starbucks, but they did have a Sonic Drive In, which we ate breakfast and kept on truckin.

Poor Kentucky- it looked like a bomb had gone off through pretty much all of the state. After a few minutes, I remembered they had that horrible ice storm this winter—90 percent of the trees lost their tops. It was really sad. I am sure the state has not had the cash to clean up the mess so all the tops are just littering the sides of the roads. Sad.

Nashville we stopped (can you guess?!?) at a Starbucks after getting a bit lost and calling them to get directions. We saw this strange thing- I think it is part of some sort of civic center.


I don’t remember lunch- But I do remember stopping at a rest stop just over the Georgia border and seeing spring flowers and green grass. And it was the first time we had stopped I really didn’t need my coat and could walk around in short sleeves.


TBO was good the whole trip. He got treats and even used his letter box (GOOD BOY!) He got a bit restless by the end of the trip, but I would too after being in the car for 15 hours straight with no change to get up and stretch his legs. (picture is of the red carrier behind the front seats. I forgot to get a picture of him in his “cave”)


When we got close to ATL, we net my aunt and she brought us YUMMY soup, casserole and banana bread! It was nice to get something “real” to eat for a change!

We hit massive rush hour traffic on 75 but because of the HOV lanes, we were able to get through it pretty quickly (relatively).

We stopped by the real estate office (my landlord) to pay my rent and get the keys, then headed (FINALLY!!!!) off to the new condo. We arrived at 6:31pm at my new house, tired and ready to get out of the car and get some food. But there was one thing holding us back. 


There was a car parked in my deeded parking spot. (AAAAGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!)

I called the management company, who told me to tow the car. I did, and about 35 minutes later I had a parking spot to myself. FINALLY!!!   !!!!! I was home!!

I took TBO in first, and he promptly threw up on the floor, found his litter box and peed, then curled up on the floor to take a nap. He was home. :-)

Noelle and I unpacked the car, then went to Target where I filled the cart with stuff like HVAC Filters and frozen food. I was overtired and LOST IT when we got into the car to go get dinner, so we ran for Wendy’s instead and went back to the empty house to relax and turn in.

I got a pretty good nights sleep and when we got up the next morning, we got ready and we went to the airport not only to return the Saturn Vue and pick up the Ford Focus, but to drop Noelle off for her flight home.

Since we had a bit before she had to get on her flight, I decided to take her to Chick-fil-a, since she had never been.

We ended up going to the closest one, and followed the signs from the highway. We ended up in Hapville, and low and behold, we ended up at the first ever Chick-fil-a, The Dwarf House!


It was cool- both a sit down and a fast food place. We decided on sit down, and had an adorable waitress, who, when I told her I wanted a waffle, said “Honey, you are gonna diiiiiiiie when you taste that waffle!” (think of a southern drawl when you read that last line…) :-)

I have to say: It was hands down the best waffle I have ever had in my life. Really. It was malted or something. Not Belgian like us Northerners usually order. So good, I got a second one! And Noelle got one too! :-)

I am gonna post this update now, then pull all the photos of my condo off the regular camera (as the photos above came from my cell phone). So stay tuned for pt 2!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

We Made It!

We made it in about 6:30pm yesterday after 15 hours in the car. Only a few minor hiccups (hit a bit of traffic; had to tow a car from my deeded parking spot) but am in the condo and relaxing. I will write tons more about the trip ( with pictures and everything!) later, but right now-- I need SLEEP! :-) Annnnnd... I am currently stealing a neighbors unsecured wireless connection and it could go at anytime. :-)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Oprah update

5 things now and then I will write the looong update later...

  • I WILL NOT be on the show (unless you catch a glimpse of my arm)... they had too many questions to answer :-(  Almost 20 ladies were mic'ed and taped that DID NOT get on the show. None of the 6 girls in my dressing room got to ask their questions.
  • they touched up/did my hair and makeup! ;-)
  • The show will air on Monday, March 23rd.
  • I had a blast, got to see Oprah's green room(s) and got a cool gift bag! Really, I had a ton of fun!
  • They picked me up in a limo at home and drove me to work in a town car- I felt like a movie star!


I promise I will write more when I have time!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Patience is a virtue... that I no longer have

It took me over an hour and 1/2 to get to work this morning... due to horrific traffic on Lake Shore Drive. I was riding on the bus, which helped my blood pressure. But it did make me CRAZY when I saw that the area sectioned off for construction was 2 of the 4 lanes on Lake Shore Drive --and it was not being worked on! :-( GRRR!

Can't wait to experience all that the ATL has to offer, traffic wise. I think today was bad...


In 24 hours I will be in Harpo Studios waiting to be taped... I can't wait! The producer called me yesterday afternoon and told me A CAR would be picking me up at home and driving me to the show... where my HAIR and MAKEUP will be touched up by the team.

I feel so fancy!

I guess they will be asking me questions while I am in the studio too.

Fancy. :-)


I spent the night last night doing 2 loads of laundry (one clothing, one sheets/duvet cover), then fighting with the duvet and the cover trying to get the &*#$ thing inside. For some reason, the duvet was winning most of the time I was struggling with it.

Annnd, TBO would NOT get off the bed. I pushed, and prodded and promised treats, but NOPE. Do you know how hard it is to try to get a 26lb cat off a bed when he don't wanna? Yeah, it's that hard. Finally, he got down (to eat, of course) and I got the bed made. Then, of course, he didn't want to get ON the bed.


Monday, March 9, 2009

I'm gonna be on OPRAH!!

 UPDATE: The taping is done and I did a good job, I think. I am a walking ad for Lands End (shirt, coat, and scarf!) - but I think I did ok. ;-) Stay tuned for the air date!


Well folks, my 15 minutes of fame are starting riiiiiiiiiiiiight about now.

I went and saw the Oprah Show last week and while there, the producers asked whether anyone was over 30 and single. As we all know, I fit the bill. :-)

After a quick conversation one on one with one of the producers about relationships, I left. When I got back to work, I got a call from the producer asking me more questions about relationships and wanting to know if I had any relationship questions I may want to ask Steve Harvey, who wrote a new book about dating for women, and who would be answering questions on an upcoming show.

After countless more conversations, I got a call yesterday asking me if I would be able to attend the show on Thursday this week AND if I would be able to tape a short segment of me asking the question for the show.

What do you think my answer was???? ;-)

An Oprah producer will be here in about 10 minutes, and we are going to find a good place downtown to do the short taping. I found a cute outfit at Land's End that is casual yet a bit trendy to wear, I got my hair straightened yesterday afternoon and I slept well last night (no dark circles under my eyes, I hope!)

Since the show is taped, I am not sure when it will air, but as soon as I know, I will let you know! :-)

Friday, March 6, 2009

Lightning fast week!

I cannot believe it is already Friday!

I can't even remember Monday, but Tuesday was spent flat on my back after throwing it out. yep, I threw my back out. Perfect timing, right!?! I innocently went to move/shove a Rubbermaid tote out of my way late on Monday night, and I felt my back go. I spent the next 24hrs in pain and not doing much at all.

Wednesday, feeling a bit better, I went to see the Oprah Show with a good friend, It was so good seeing her and catching up. Not sure when the show will air, but when I know, I will let you know!

Thursday was "APN Live" day at work (if you don't know what that is, check out my organizations website- sorry I can't be more clear, I am trying to stay anonymous)-- the movie was SOLD OUT at the theatre I went to and we were very very very happy it was. it was a long work day, 12 hours, and I felt like I might have strep throat- super sore throat, big lymph node, a bit of a fever, white tonsils....I woke up today feeling just as crappy. I am supposed to go see the god-kids one last time on Sunday before I head to the ATL, but may have to postpone if I am sick. I am tired today and crabby. Not a good combination to be productive.

I spent the better part of yesterday actually working, but spent my lunch hour calling and canceling (or ordering) Cable, Internet, newspaper, telephone, electricity, and changing my address.  while the relocation company has a service to help change everything over to the new place, the old stuff still requires you to call each thing and change it manually.

I have a tiny bit of excitement when I think about the new condo. Since I hadn't done any spring cleaning* at my old place for over 6 years, it will be nice to move and get rid of some things I don't need anymore.

My going away party extravaganza is next Friday, and I don't think I am ready for it yet. I have a party at work, and then a party with my Chicago friends/family that night. it will be an emotional and fun day, I am sure.


*this is the longest I have EVER lived in one place in my entire life. for many, many years of my life I moved every 12 months. that was my "spring cleaning"- getting rid of crap I didn't need each time I moved.