This is a picture of my hotel room at Homewood Suites in downtown Dallas. It’s a nice sized studio type room with a complete kitchen: fridge, dishwasher, microwave, stove range, sink, drawers, and wall cabinets! There’s a small desk, stylish sofa, ottoman coffee table, flat screen TV, king sized bed, and a gorgeous bathroom with a huge shower. Even the carpet is stylish, and the kitchen portion has a hardwood parkay floor.
As you can see from the pic, it’s a bit modern. Kind of looks like a picture from a Pottery Barn catalog, doesn’t it? Or maybe a hip nightclub even with its modern abstract art on the walls. It’s fun for a getaway, but certainly not home.
Well, I guess you know you are in Texas when you see cows. In fact, we saw a whole herd of them right in downtown. Between the hotel and the convention center, there’s this monument which is a herd of cows and a few ranchers on horseback.
Have you ever seen anyone use a lighter this big? And what does a Wrestler air freshener really smell like?
I was actually a wrestling fan back in my younger years and would have enjoyed these novelties back then. Sad, I know…
Today I went to get my haircut on my lunch break and had the pleasure of driving behind this slow poke for a few hours, who even turned into the same shopping center and decided to stop right in front of me to figure out where he was. I don’t know if he left the tailgate down or it fell down at some point, allowing his gasoline and tangerines to practically fall out onto the street. BUT…he was driving so slow, they were actually in no danger of falling anywhere. I hate stupid (and slow) drivers!
I’m off to Dallas for a 5 day business trip tomorrow – so you can look forward to some BIG sunny pics from Texas!
This is a paperback book. Remember those? I finished reading one tonight. I feel like I should title this post: How To Read a Book
What’s funny is that I can read a paperback book faster than I can read one on my Kindle. Less interruptions, I suppose? Less temptations to stop reading and check email or check Facebook every other minute. Oh, look! A new pic of a bird on Pinterest. Cute little birdie! I’m gonna pin that.
It felt good. In fact, my favorite time to read is on my lunch break. I have a tendency to not even leave the building. But the past two weeks, I made myself leave to go read. I just sat in the car with no radio on and read for a full hour. Sure, it was cold out. But yesterday with the sun shining, it was nice and warm in my car. And quiet. No interruptions. Just an occasional bird flying by was the only distraction.
I think I want to read another.
This was Lost Boy Lost Girl by Peter Straub, the first Straub book I’ve ever read. More about it later in a review…
Do you still read paperback books? Do you prefer reading on a device? What are you reading right now?
I know what you must be thinking….not another snow picture! Yep. The sleet started late Saturday night and continued with snow flurries all day yesterday. So, here’s a montage of what it looked like this morning. Not too bad overall, but enough to have all the schools get canceled again. I don’t think they’ll even have a summer because there are so many missed days to make up.
But I think the storm was way over exaggerated. They were predicting up to 6 inches at one point last week. There’s maybe an inch on the ground, and it only stuck because of the freezing rain before it. Other areas got it much worse, and sorry, I’m okay with that. This was definitely an odd storm, and could have been much worse. But I’m glad it wasn’t!
Here’s hoping these are the last snow pics you’ll see from me for a while! C’mon spring!
Today I had to submit a monster of a paper for college…well, not really a monster…
I’m currently taking Ethical Situations in Business which is my first class based on performance. Everything up until now has been objective, meaning the final exam is multiple choice. This ethics course requires two assignments to pass, the first of which is writing a paper.
I was given a situation about a grocery store chain and had to write a paper on how they could be more socially responsible. The paper only had to be 2 to 3 pages. Since I’m doing this online, I had to submit the paper online as well.
But first, it has to be tested for originality. Now, I know for a fact none of my paper was plagiarized. English majors, book nerds, and writers like me live for writing papers! The screen shot above is me patiently waiting for my color-coded score to pop up to see if I passed the originality test! It’s like waiting for a pregnancy test! ARRGGH!
So, I thought it was appropriate that Frankenstein photo bombed it.
Read this in the style of Austin Powers: It’s my bag, baby! Yeeeah!!
I went shopping for a new piece of luggage today. My last bag finally succumbed to those nice gentlemen who gently load your stuff into the belly of airplanes. Sure, I have numerous other small bags and pieces that would probably suffice, but I had really been wanting to buy just one nice large piece of luggage for my upcoming trade show trips.
I’d eyed them at my favorite store, Tuesday Morning, last weekend and had convinced myself not to shop around much longer. After checking out Target today (too expensive), I was back in Tuesday morning to make a purchase. After pulling about a half dozen bags off the shelf and checking out their interior, I exhausted myself and decided on this nice Nautica bag. Geez…who knew picking out luggage could be so tiresome. It was much like shopping for a new car which I also hate.
BUT…now I have a new bag and I’m all ready for my upcoming trip to Dallas. I leave Friday for a 5 day work trip, so I promise there will be much more interesting photos to peruse from there. No worries….no pics of my packing for the trip or anything like that between now and then, but I can’t promise I won’t post a pic from the airport. You’ll just have to wait and see.
Here’s a Flashback Friday for ya! It’s Mardi Gras weekend in St. Louis, an event I’ve never attended during the 14 years I’ve lived here. But 6 years before I moved to the Lou (1995), I did trek down south to attend the real Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans.
The “fun” photos above were a bit of the debauchery from that trip. As I’ve described it before, it was the craziest, most drunken, most out-of-control, scariest four days of my life and I’d never go again. And despite the many times I wish I could forget it, I can actually remember almost everything about the trip.
And yeah, that’s a 35mm selfie in the middle, taken in the hotel bathroom. Just 18 years ago, and there were no digital cameras or cell phones back then. I actually carried around a small film camera in my pocket and snapped photos, most of which could never be developed because they contained nudity. I have the negatives somewhere. My, how things have changed. Myself included.
Two years later, in 1997, I returned to New Orleans with a friend. We went right after Jazz Fest in September when there was nothing going on. I enjoyed the city in a much safer and saner way on that trip. I’m so glad I got to see it before Katrina and outside of Mardi Gras. I’d definitely go back.
Happy Mardi Gras!
It’s not uncommon to walk into the lunchroom on any day of the week and find free shit lying around: tee shirts, scrubs, half empty 2 liter drinks, chocolate cake, stale donuts, an abandoned travel thermos, leftover holiday desserts, commemorative spoons, last year’s Super Bowl ball caps, leather cowboy purses… and no, I didn’t make any of this up. At one time or another, all of these things have been up for grabs in my office’s lunchroom.
My favorite is free books. There’s usually a pile laying around, more than likely free or damaged copies we received that no one wants to discard but doesn’t really know what to do with. And yesterday that’s just what I found. Mostly medical and grief topics, but who can resist a free book? So I took that gray one to the left called Degrees of Strength. Meh…I might read it, might not, might list it on Bookmooch. It was free.
This got me to thinking about an idea I’ve often pondered. I’ve always wanted to leave copies of my own book in weird places with a note to email me if you find it and read it. Maybe I will some day. Keep checking your own lunchrooms for me.
Any “free stuff” places you take advantage of out there? Feel free to comment.