Friday, August 27

1st week

I made it through my first week at the new job. I think I am going to like it there. I hope I can meet their expectations and get up to speed quickly. Not really to worried, though.

Enough said it's Friday!

Cheers!

Sunday, August 22

SG-1

Damn! I have missed SG-1 now two Fridays in a row. I have got to get a dish with DVR. I guess I could dust off the VCR, but that just feels wrong.

Texas Holdem

I too have fallen victim to the latest craze in poker. I've never been much into poker or gambling for that matter, but with the increased exposure to Texas Holdem from the idiot box we gave it a whirl.

We did find it's more fun using actual poker chips rather than the pennies and tooth picks we started with. Tooth picks just didn't have the same appeal. Prices too have come down considerably for a nice chip set. I picked a decent 200 chip set with a wooden carousel for 20 bucks at our local Super T. It's similar to this one but half the price.

Friday, August 20

Pop that cork!

It's Friday and it's almost that time. (cue)What time is it? It's time to "Pop That Cork"! Americans favorite new home game. It can be played alone or with a friend. All you need is an un-open bottle of your favorite wine, a cork screw and a glass; preferably two for sharing.

1. To start the game you must choose the "Opener". The person who will open the bottle.
2. Next choose the "Pourer", the one is going to pour the wine.
3. Pour wine.
4. Then a toast. Something short not to delay the game.
5. Finally the taste. No gulping.
6. Repeat steps 3 and 5 until bottle is empty.
7. When bottle is empty; start over at step 1.
8. Play until your eyes are but mere slits or until you have a wardrobe malfunction.

Cheers and Happy Friday!

Thursday, August 19

He looks Greek to me.

"People who are not Greek; wish they were Greek"
Gus - My Big Fat Greek Wedding

My family turns Greek every time we watch M.B.F.G.W. and when I cook Greek Chicken. I have to admit that it's pretty good. And...it is so easy to make. I tell you now:

4 boneless skinless chicken breast
3 lemons (juice)
1/2ish cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4ish cup of oregano (fresh is best, but dried will work)
4 garlic cloves
4 to 6 Yukon Gold Potatoes (peeled)
1 - can chicken broth
1 baking dish

1. Spray backing dish with non-stick spray and place in breast (the chickens.)
2. In a small mixing bowl whisk olive oil, lemon juice and oregano together. (I use a small wire strainer when squeezing the lemons to catch the seeds)
3. Quarter peeled potatoes and place around the breast.
4. Place whole peeled garlic cloves in dish.
5. Pour olive oil mix over chicken.
6. Pour enough chicken broth to bring liquid up to almost cover breast.
7. Bake uncovered at 375 for about 1 1/2 hours on middle rack until done.

This dish smells great cooking. As a bonus slice lemons thinly and place in baking dish for added lemon flavor. Potatoes should brown nicely at exposed tips. Serve with pita bread and tzatiki(cucumber sauce - super easy to make)

And there you go. Now you are Greek.

Opa!

Wednesday, August 18

I-Robot

I-Robot was good. I would give it a C+. If you like lots of cool robot effects, explosions and lots-o-action; see this movie. Even though it is PG-13, I would not take the little ones to see it. I don't think they would understand it and it maybe to intense.

And I got the job too. I start Monday. Now where's that cork screw?

Cheers!

Going to the movies

Since I have a little time on my hands, I think I'll go and see I-Robot this afternoon. Being a Wil Smith and Sci-FI fan this should be a good 115 minutes worth of entertainment. And...for the ladies, I think you get to see some Wil butt.

Tuesday, August 17

Can you say Endoscopy?

Interview went pretty well. The job and the company was a little different than I thought. They are an integrator design build firm of endocspy systems for operating rooms. I would be in a sales engineering role.

It has been almost 2 years since I've done any real technical design work, but they seem to think I have the right background. My portfolio of past jobs and system designs seem to help win them over. They also checked for spelling and syntax on my resume, since the position would require technical writing and proposals. I had 3 mistakes, but compared to the other resumes that was pretty good.

I am a little worried and excited at the same time about learning something new. But, this may be a good thing.

Cheers...damn out of wine!

To tie or not to tie?

Getting all pretty for my interview today at 1:00. Wearing the usual royal blue shirt (long sleeve) w/ a coordinating tie, blank pants (no pleats) and black shoes (shinny). But, I have chosen not to wear the matching black jacket (to fucking hot).

Since I am meeting with the VP of integration, I will take the chance he too will be wearing a tie. I think the title demands it.

Nothing like wearing a long sleeve shirt with a tie in Texas in the middle of August. At least it's only in the 90's and my air condition is working in the car. It could be worse.

Wish me luck...Cheers!

Friday, August 13

more wine?...please....and thank you....

I had a half-ass interview this morning. Never interviewed for a job through a service before. I found it strange and almost a waste of time. I was talking to guys that were not from my industry trying to interview me about things they knew nothing about. Good thing I brought pretty pictures of past designs to better enlighten them.

At least it's Friday and the wine will being flowing freely tonight. Shall I poor?

Cheers!

Thursday, August 12

Birthday (MEME)

JUNE:
Thinks far with vision. Easily influenced by kindness. Polite and soft-spoken. Having lots of ideas. Sensitive. Active mind. Hesitating, tends to delay. Choosy and always wants the best. Temperamental. Funny and humorous. Loves to joke. Good debating skills. Talkative. Daydreamer. Friendly. Knows how to make friends. Abiding. Able to show character. Easily hurt. Prone to getting colds. Loves to dress up. Easily bored. Fussy. Seldom shows emotions. Takes time to recover when hurt. Brand conscious. Executive. Stubborn.

I got this form here and they got it from here.

I Won!

It's really not that exciting, but I did win $5 on the lottery. And like most people I will spend that $5 to buy more tickets. Now if we could add 6 zeros behind that 5, I will show you excitement.

Cheers!

Tuesday, August 10

TV at 2:00am

Due to the stress of looking for a job, I tend to wake up around 2:00am in a sweat. Sometimes I can go back to sleep after clearing my thoughts, but lately I just go upstairs and either get on the computer or watch TV.

Last night I turned on the TV, usually this helps me take my mind off of things and I fall asleep. I began flicking through the 72 channels. I was surprised to see all the paid infomercials about how to make money or start your own business. There had to be a least 30 channels with some type of pitch selling their CDs, Tapes and DVD programs on how to make money.

I guess infomercials like this pray on desperate people who are up at 2:00am. The programs are so vague about what they are pushing, but are always sure to show you sunset pictures on the beach while you make you fortune.

I have always wanted to have my own business. But what to do and how to do it have always been the problem.

Friday, August 6

CAKE

New Cake Oct 5th !


Thursday, August 5

My least favorite word

Unemployed

Due to the reorg, I am experiencing yet again my least favorite word. I was told many times that my position was secure. But when your boss is nothing but a pawn, their word means nothing.

I knew I was taking a chance working for Muzak. And...it was a step back as far as my knowledge. I had finally got in with a "real" company and was willing to make this one last. But as many "real" companies, you become just a number and mine was up.