Friday, August 12, 2005

No, random is NOT my middle name...why do you ask?

So I was doing something online yesterday that required that I enter my home phone number. I totally blanked and had to call my mom and ask what my own phone number was. That’s pretty sad, seeing as I’ve had that same number for the past five years. My mom just sighed and I could hear her rolling her eyes at the other end of the phone.

Remind me never to take “Financial Management for Non-Profits” ever again. Not that I would have to (unless, god forbid, I failed it) but it’s been the most miserable six weeks of my graduate school life, and there’s still two more to go. I’m not going to remember any of this stuff, and so I fear that one day, I’ll be the Executive Director of some non-profit and my accountant will look at me as the Pointy Haired Boss from Dilbert. Because seriously, this class could have been taught in Farsi and I would have probably understood just as much.

It seems like my friends in the blog-world have all had a crappy week. I can’t say that mine has been that bad, but of course there are a few things I wish were better or different. One in particular I wish was SO different, but this is one instance when I realize that I have absolutely no control over what happens, and I have to accept that and do what I can in the meantime. Even if most of the time, I don't know what to do. It goes against every fiber of my being to have to accept that, but I’m making a valiant attempt. And no, it has nothing to do with dealing with horrible spellers or people who insist on saying “ain’t.” Although I’m going to have to come to terms with those things eventually. Just not right now.

Anyway. As a remedy for a crappy day/week/life,
Cheryl recommends drinks and desserts. Kendra recommends vodka, grilled cheese sandwiches, mix cds and cigarettes. MY recommendation is playing in the sandbox.

As you may or may not know, um, my job? Is sometimes not that demanding. To top it off, my boss was out of town this week, meaning I did some art projects, homework for school, stuff related to my recently acquired second job, cd-burning, and other non-work related activities. Yesterday, Marlene’s twin grandsons came to visit us – they are a year and a half old and SO CUTE! We took them over to the mall for lunch and right outside the mall is this huge sandbox – it doubles as an ice rink in the winter. So we’re trying to teach the boys about digging and how the little shovels should be used for that purpose, and not for flinging at other kids. I buried one’s toes in the sand and he was totally laughing. If you aren’t immediately happy when you hear a baby laugh, you clearly have a cold tin heart, because it’s the best thing ever. Between
the digging in the sand and the giggling of the boys as they saw and did all of this stuff that was brand new to them, well, it was a pretty good day.
And in case you haven't figured it out, those are Marlene's grandsons -- Joey on the top and Jakey on the right. Have I mentioned how CUTE they are?


Also, and I know I’ve said this before, but the comfort that comes with hanging out with one of my best friends is something that is always guaranteed to make it all good. My girls kick ass -- no two ways about it -- and I’m lucky to have them. And that's how I spent my Thursday evening.

That being said, tonight I will be having some desserts, some grilled cheese (because I haven’t been to the grocery store and that’s all I have to eat) and maybe some vodka or wine. Or maybe both. Because I’m just that wild.

*This boring blog brought to you by "nothing happening in Amber's World at the current time" -- but seriously, how CUTE are those BOYS??

20 comments:

undercover celebrity said...

Vodka and grilled cheese. This may be the marketer in me, but you should totally sell that idea to Absolut. I can see the ad now:

"Absolute Thursday Night" above the image of 30 grilled cheese sandwiches stacked in the shape of an Absolut bottle.

Yes, I love it.

Kendra said...

I know the Cheez-Its are gone but did I leave you any vodka? :) I was drinking it like it was my JOB last night. Thanks for taking care of the Gambler!

Rico said...

Grilled chiz-no at the end of a Friday night bender was a staple during the college years. I may have to take a trip down memory lane. Have a great weekend!

Marie said...

The boys are very cute, indeed. :)

Girls night sounds great! Have fun. I'm hanging with my best friend tonight. I believe that Tuaca lemon drop martinis are on the agenda.

Have a good weekend!

Thomas said...

Does your number start with 555?

Billy said...

Forget forgetting the phone number... I always forget how old I am when someone asks me. I guess that means I am getting old or something...

Billy said...

Darn. Forgot some advice. Always say it's 867-5309!! It's worth a laugh if nothing else.

jiggs said...

Ironically "Random" is my middle name. My full name:
Oregano Random McGillicutti

John Bryson said...

I recently went to a "guys night out" only to arrive and see a bunch of guys with their pants down. Really made me want to attend a girls night out.

stevie.be. said...

that kid has some gorgeous blue eyes. kinda like my brother's. looks like he is going to be a big pimp when he gets big :)

Cheryl said...

Those boys are adorable. I would try the sandbox theory, but it's pouring rain and I can even drag my ass to the gym because I don't want to go out in it. Tonight it's more drinks for me!

Paul said...

At least you didn't forget your name. Cause when you're half naked on a city street at 3 in the morning and you can't tell the police what your name is, it usually ends up in you getting carted away to a place overnight that is filled with the kind of people you see on THE SHIELD and don't want to be friends with.

trish said...

I save my cellphone number on my cellphone. so when ppl ask, i just browse thru my phonebook and flash it to them...im sad..

still_figuring_out said...

hi.
those boys are absolutely adorable.

and you are not alone. i cannot remember my fixed line numbers either. all stored in my mobile :)

dasi said...

When Roxy and I moved into our new place (which was my dad's old place) we kept the phone number that "gandpa" had. Roxy was QUITE excited by this, because she thought our new phone number was "2". I think the moral is to teach your children REAL phone numbers, not how to speed dial. It took her a lot of convincing to get her to learn all ten (area code included) of the real digits in her phone number.

On a side note - those boys are ADORABLE! It's true that little ones have a way of cheering you up, at least when they are happy campers themselves (which those boys certainly are!). But if there aren't cute kids around, I recommend Watermelon Smirnoff with lemonade. Jolly ranchers with a kick - AWESOME!!

Alice said...

they are adorable!! i totally am not itching to have a kid, but babies keep getting cuter and cuter to me... it's starting to worry me

Stephanie said...

Oh Amber the forgetting the phone number thing... priceless! I'm only so incredibly amused because I've been known to do very similar things. I hear people rolling thier eyes at me ALL THE TIME!

Just the other day: Out to lunch with some friends- They all give me money, and I pay with my card. While I'm at the register paying, all my friends get up and hurry me out the door.

Not 30 seconds later, I have the cashier chasing me out the door waving my credit card in the air at me. Boo. How embarrassing. Not 30 more seconds after that, our waitress chases me down waiving my wallet in the air. My friends couldn't laugh hard enough, and I couldn't turn red enough. Amber- *I* out of all people totally understand!

Anna Mason said...

Hi Amber,
I got to your blog by InsideStephen blog. You're a pretty person. Anyway, what kind of job do you have? I only have a part time music director position right now and am looking for full time. It sucks to look for a job. It sucks to have a job too. I went to Cameroon, Africa this summer though--so I don't feel so guilty about the lapse in employment...well, not until I am put out on the street. Well, stop by and visit my blog sometime. Good luck with grad school! Anna

The Zombie Lama said...

I think tequila and grilled cheese is a little more my speed. Thanks for the dinner idea!

Kiki said...

What cutie pies!!
And what a great idea from UC!
Hopefully this week is beter.