Week o'fun continues

So we got some rockin' awesome holiday gifties on Friday. We got jackets from the producers (which I knew, because I helped bag them) and we all got iPod Touchs from the cast. Sweet! Then we had our party after taping the last show before the break. Lots of fun, and our writers sponsor a raffle. Everyone's name is entered, and they draw for each prize. The prizes were gift cards for various places, in pretty substantial amounts. And then the writers make it even more fun by making jokes  (usually at each other's expense) and adding cash to the prize. Totally fun to watch, and I was particularly thrilled to see two of our p.a.'s win, not just because they don't make much money, because also because they both are really sweet people.

I, however, wasn't feeling any sort of excitement or anticipation because I never win stuff like that. I just don't have that kind of luck. I'm the person who, if there are ten prizes and eleven people, I'm the one who doesn't win. Which, you know, is okay, because I'm lucky in other aspects of my life. Well, I actually won on Friday night! $500 in gift cards to Nordstroms, and $700 in cash. I'm seriously considering French kissing all the writers, even Susan. ;) 

So I was incredibly psyched about that.  And my KitchenAid mixer arrived on Friday,and I finally got to play with it last night. I love it! That thing is seriously awesome.

I had breakfast with a friend and her kids on Saturday morning, and I got birthday prezzies!!! And then Saturday night we went to see AC/DC. Here's a picture I took with my iPhone from our seats:

Good show. Came in this morning to our holiday gifts for the other show. AND baked treats from my old boss as a belated birthday present. Which is funny, because last night I made cupcakes just to be able to play with the KitchenAid mixer. I'll make icing for those tonight so the boyo can take them into work tomorrow. Because I don't need that many baked goods in my house! Plus our holiday party for the other show is tomorrow night, so, you know, more food. And then one of the women I ended up walking with the second day of the Avon Walk is in town for business on Thursday, so we're meeting up for dinner.

Thank God the boyo decided he didn't want to go to his office holiday party this year. I seriously don't think I can keep eating like this!

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A Very Happy Birthday Indeed

Thank you to everyone for the good birthday wishes. I had a really great day. Because of something I had to do for work, I got the opportunity to meet Leonard Nimoy yesterday. Which, for those who know me well, know was a HUGE deal to me. I'm a huge Star Trek geek, and I used to have the biggest crush on Spock. So it was a singular thrill.

Got really yummy chocolate cake at the office and then the boyo took me out to dinner to one of our favorite Italian places. Came home, shared the last piece of yummy cake with the boyo whilst enjoying a glass of wine from Blackjack Winery, which I love, Love, LOVE.

My parents got me the 10th anniversary edition of Sports Night, and they got me two of the cast iron pans that I wanted and the scrubber for them. My sister and her family got me a gift card to Burke Williams (yeah, spa!) and the boyo got me a KitchenAid Mixer!!!!!!!! The color he got me (Green Apple) wasn't in stock, so they ordered it and it should be here no later than Monday. Which in a way worked out better, because I've been whining asking for one for YEARS. Seriously, I even told him marry me or not, I was getting my KitchenAid mixer somehow. And I'm sure I would have realized what it was as soon as I saw the box. They gave him a little card to give me, so it was a small box and I had no clue. Plus now I have a few days of looking forward to it getting here. I'm going to pick out some accessories and put them on my list for Christmas. Am pretty sure I can get the boyo to buy me the ice cream attachment, since he loves ice cream. I'm so, so excited, I can't even begin to tell you. And I told him that now, of course, we'll be designing the color scheme of the kitchen in our future house we'll buy someday around the KitchenAid mixer.

Can you tell I'm a little excited about it? :)

We have our holiday party for one show this Friday, for the other show next Tuesday and I've got AC/DC tickets in between. And then my bday party on the 13th. So a week o'fun!

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It's the end of the world as we know it....

Okay, it's not the end of the world, but, today is the end of my thirties. I turn the big 4-0 tomorrow.

And I feel...fine.

I have to confess, I still walk around a little surprised that I don't feel older than I do. And while there are definitely things in my life, like my career, that I wish were a little further along the path than they are, at least I'm moving towards them. And if I don't get there, at least I tried. And then I'll try something else.

My family is all healthy. I have a wonderful person to share my life with. The cats are crazy and I really wish they'd stop waking me up at 6 a.m., but they're pretty wonderful. I really don't have any complaints.

Of course, I don't look my age. And I still don't have to dye my hair. And the boyo is only 28. I'm pretty sure all these things make the big birthday a lot easier to swallow.

It does feel a little weird to realize I will no longer "be in my 30s" after today though.

So now the big question, does my being 40 with a 28 year-old boyfriend officially make me a cougar? ;)
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'Tis the season

Of course, it would be easier to start getting into the holiday spirit if my car wasn't telling me that it was 80 degrees outside at 9:16 this morning. Or if that smell of wood burning in the air wasn't,  you know, people's houses burning to the ground.

The boyo's birthday present arrived today. Thankfully. I was starting to get a little worried. His birthday isn't until next week, but the U.S. Post Office seems to have it in for me lately. So I'm happy it arrived. Now I just need to hide it until next Tuesday.

The weather and the smoke from the fires are killing my allergies. And having cats running across your head at 5:30 in the morning does not make it easy to sleep.

Is it Thanksgiving yet?
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Who wants to come help me bathe cats?

So, it turns out that Ogo did not, in fact, have mites, but does, in fact, have ringworm. Which is not, in fact, a worm, but a fungus. A fungus he was so nice as to give Tip. And me. On my face. Luckily it was just one little spot, looked like a dry patch and not the plague and is now almost gone.

But...the vet wants us to give both kitties lym dips twice a week for SIX WEEKS! This process involves putting drops in their eyes to protect them, then bathing them with a shampoo that you have to leave on them for ten minutes, and THEN pouring the lym dip over them. Which will stain your clothes if you get it on you. And also apparently smells not a little like rotten eggs. And you can't rinse it off, you have to let it dry on the cat. Without the cat licking it off, so you need to put a cone on them until it dries. And apparently it stains white cats (temporarily), so Ogo will probably be yellow for the next six weeks. 

And did I mention we have to do both cats, twice a week, for six weeks?

And I need to clean my whole house, bleaching everything that can be bleached, and vacuuming everything that can be vacuumed and dusting with Swiffers everything that can be dusted.

So those are my fun plans for the weekend.

We'll see how it goes. I realize this is the best approach to eliminating the ringworm from the cats and from the environment, but it might not be feasible. Tip isn't the easist cat to deal with. If it's just too hard we may just need to go the topical creme route and deal with extra cleaning and whatnot until everyone is better.
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Great Day in the Morning!!!

Yeah, I'll stop using the West Wing quotes soon. But they just seem appropriate at this moment in time.

So last night I was at the office until a little after six. And pretty much from 3:30 on I was sitting here hitting refresh on the electoral map like a lab rat trying to get a pellet. When I left, I had the boyo call me when he got home so that he could update me on what was going on. And at the point where Obama reached 200, we were doing the math and we realized he'd won it. That once the polls had closed in the west, it was over. We actually had to head back over to the valley to go to the birthday bash of one of our writers. And I was like "We need to get there before eight, they're going to call it as soon as the polls close." Dan thought they'd wait a little while, but I didn't think so.

So we were at a restaurant full of folks watching the tvs that had been set up around. You should have heard the clapping and cheering when it came up on the screen. It was just craziness. I was in tears during Obama's speech, and frankly, I still keep getting a little verklempt when I think about it too much.

President-elect Obama. It has a nice ring to it.
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The Line

So here's the picture I took with my iPhone when I first got in line to vote this morning:

The entrance to the auditorium where you vote is hidden behind the trees. And there were two lines, because there were two different precincts voting at this location.

Democracy in Action.

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An Instrument of Good

"...we do an immense thing. We have to say what we feel. That government, no matter what its failures are in the past, and in times to come, for that matter, that government can be a place where people come together and where no one gets left behind. No one...gets left behind, an instrument of good. " Toby Ziegler, The West Wing

I voted today. After standing in line for two hours. TWO HOURS! It was awesome. Not the actual standing, but that there were so many people voting. Especially a lot of young people. I think everyone should exercise their right to vote. One of the reasons I went to the polls today instead of doing mail-in is that I actually like going. There's something about it. Though we have ink vote cards, and I do miss the old voting booths where you pulled the curtain and had levers to pull. Ink vote cards takes a little bit of the romance out of it if you ask me. :)

One of our writers is having his birthday bash tonight. He figured we could all celebrate or mourn together (there are very few conservatives in the entertainment industry). So that should be fun.

Off to watch last night's Jon Stewart to help calm my nerves.
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Mea Culpa

So, I hadn't realized I'd gotten so much up on my soapbox last night when I wrote the previous post. I've locked it, so if you didn't read it, you have no clue what I'm talking about. But for those who did, just so you all know, that post was in no way aimed at anyone specific. I hope I didn't offend anyone, and if I did, my apologies. I'd just spent an hour talking to my dad, and I was venting.

I really need it to be Wednesday now.