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Rachel
Bureaucrat City, Virginia
Ran into the brick wall otherwise known as adulthood and am still putting myself together.
Interests: Kicking it old school, Television, Random short-lived hobbies, Eating
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So, my favorite blog, Jennsylvania, written by my favorite author had this contest about quirks and secret shames. I totally wanted to enter, but got stuck on what I would enter. So, I thought I would shame it all out on my blog in what I would like to call the St Patty's Day Shame-a-thon. A drinking game. Here's how it works. I lay out my secret shames and habits and any that you share, you take a shot of your favorite green lager. Woo hoo! Let's get started, shall we? 1. I eat my colored candies by grouping them... Continue reading
Of course when I lend my dad my seven passenger SUV, I find the best deal ever on the sofa-bed I've been eyeing for about two years. But wait, I am getting ahead of myself. Okay, so a perfect Sunday afternoon is rounded off by a visit to the local IKEA for a nice new dresser, right? Wrong. Apparently, $500 more is involved and a Sofa-bed on clearance makes the perfect IKEA trip. On top of that, the adventure is more enjoyable if you only have a compact car, with a truck full of stuff your husband hoards (and you... Continue reading
Today has been productive. But at the same time, I feel sluggish and lazy. I'm totally struggling to figure out what I need to accomplish (big surprise) since half my life (anthony) is still at work. Again. I cannot tell you how sick the poor guy is of working 7 days a week, but I can tell you I am reaching critical mass fed up. In a rare, unself-centered way, I really deeply want Anthony to find that relief. Again, this is a rare feeling for me. I'm certainly grade A selfish at times. But honestly, he can't just take... Continue reading
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"Oops, I accidentally made a strategically done sex tape and SOMEHOW it got out" has decided that she is the authority on teen pregnancy. Specifically, REALITY shows about teen pregnancy (funny, doesn't Kim have a reality show herself?). Kim Kardashian responds to a high teen pregnancy rate reported in a Memphis high school by bashing anyone who's procreated before Kim Kardashian feels appropriate. According to bimbo Kim Kardashian, it's Mtv's fault. "It seems that shows like 'Teen Mom' are all of a sudden making teen pregnancy seem cool in the eyes of young girls..The kids from these shows are all... Continue reading
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Let me preface this with stating, I have NO vocal or theatrical talent. I can sing ONE song without my voice cracking.So I have no right to dis, but I will anyway. Anyway, how does Britney Spears keep regenerating? She's like a fricken alien who can regrow limbs and inflict mind control on the masses! She's had repeated career-ending disaster dramas, and yet, here she is. Newly minted single ready for that #1 spot. And dare I say, I will probably end up liking it. Really, when she isn't marrying random losers, having kids, gaining and losing weight, getting into... Continue reading
My dad and I don't always get along. Honestly, since my age hit double digits, we spend more time arguing than any daughter would ever like to admit. However, no matter what we say or how much we yell and disagree, I will never question whether my dad cares. Ironically,the only reason we argue is because he cares and is desperate to protect me from life's failures and pain. As I keep wishing for snow this year, I cannot help but to remember the snowstorm that hit when I was visiting my dad in Fredericksburg, VA. It wasn't even Fredericksburg,... Continue reading
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Do I think the "crosshairs map" from Sarah Palin's campaigning was in poor taste? You betcha. Do I think it incited this shooter? NO FRICKEN WAY! First of all, acting as if Sarah Palin invented poor choices in words is beyond ridiculous. Lots of people have used really bad metaphors in trying to get others motivated for their cause. (and lets not even start on Hollywood who glamorizes assassinations - protect your precious celebrities!) Who hasn't said, "rally the troops"? Does that mean I am inciting people to pick up weapons and go on a rampage? Please, it's a fricken... Continue reading
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I'm just venting.. I'll be back to my silly self soon.. Seems to me there's like a .05% chance of it actually happening. Ever since I was a little kid, I wanted to be a business woman. I have no artistic talent, I'm not attractive, and I can't do super genius things. What I am good at involves goal setting, cost cutting, financial projections, and making businesses better when I leave them than when I first arrived. I'm enthusiastic over every penny saved. Over every single inefficiency eliminated with minimal risk. Over every single improved statistic. Yet, I am still... Continue reading
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From Ford.com - The Beautiful Fusion Hybrid In 2012, gas prices could be $5 per gallon. At least according to a former Shell oil exec. The familiar doomsday oil price scare works whenever crude prices shoot up, as they are doing now. Shortly after the price fears are broadcast, the greenies come in with their cheers on how this is "good" for America. Really? It's "good"? Sure, there are more and more gasoline sipping cars and even electric alternatives available. The downside? Middle class families cannot afford them. Even the cheap 40 mpg Ford Fiesta (it's pretty awesome though) comes... Continue reading
Our neighbors to the south got snow. Our neighbors out west also got snow. Our neighbors to the east? Yes, they too got snow. And of course... Our neighbors to the north got snow. Washongton DC? Totally cursed (or blessed if you are part of the local government here). Sure, my Christmas was wonderful. Yes, I am totally griping for nothing. After all, I am at work and getting a lot of stuff done. But I wanted to play in the snow. Yeah, it's pretty selfish of me, but I want what I want. Christmas was pretty sweet. Finally got... Continue reading
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Rain. Pineapple Express is a rainfall pattern... Not the rare variety of weed that James Franco's character sold, but rain. Among the LA cries of "End Times" and "Global Warming" come actual facts about this bizarre weather pattern Los Angeles is in. Of course I was intrigued. Who doesn't love a good weather anomaly? (Minus any ensuing tragic deaths of course) Right now, the normally bone-dry SoCal region is being inundated with typical Houston-esque type rains. It's as if a hurricane came to LA and all it left was the rain. Why call this the Pineapple Express? Probably because it... Continue reading
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It's SNOWING! And of course I am at work. While I know it's totally ridiculous to assume I am staying home every time the first flake falls, I still believe in snow days. That's why, amidst all the groans, I still want a couple of "big snows" to give me the fun day of sipping cocoa and making snowballs I so desperately need. I don't like seasons without precipitation. I just don't. Nothing sucks more than sunny, cold days mocking you and your migraines on a daily basis. So, while living it up here is SnowTown USA, I'm stuck at... Continue reading
So there's talk about tax cuts hurting the deficit. I found some money... Hope this is enough. 1. Recover 345 billion in annual unpaid/underpaid taxes. 2. Cut 100,000 federal jobs at the average cost of $119K per job... That's 11.9 Billion! (hey, that's less than 10% of the federal workforce) 3. Slice the following department budgets in HALF: HUD, EPA, DOL, and "OTHER" - This represents a 85 billion dollar savings. 4. Slash the Department of State in half... Can't we teleconference? Savings 25 billion! 5. Cut the following programs by 20%... This WILL hurt... Medicaid Medicare Department of Health... Continue reading
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Ever feel like the politicians don't care about you? They don't. Some people don't seem all too concerned about the upcoming tax cuts expiring. Politics aside, they feel there's a lot of "deficit" talk and allowing the tax cuts to expire would 'settle' that. Well, if we're going that route... Pursuing non-filers and under-payers would also fill that gap in by half each year. Why jack up my taxes when others run away with 350 billion dollars a year in illegal deductions or refusal to file? Or better yet, what about they illegals who work under the table. Legalization aside,... Continue reading
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And Christmas has come to our home! Last night, while I anxiously awaiting my husband's arrival... I did what every good wife does. I slathered peanut butter and jelly onto wheat bread and stuck in on my newly cleaned George Foreman grill. Of course it was delicious, but dry (i didn't think buttering the outside would have been beneficial for our health). Anthony came home and kept insisting that I come help him with "bags" in the car. I was a little more than annoyed since I have bronchitis and that seemed counter-productive. But I went out anyway. ... And... Continue reading
Yes, I am not posting daily (which is a major FAILy! HA!) but I promise it's for a good reason. My house desperately needs my attention. Can you believe it's December 9th and my Christmas tree ISN'T up yet? What up with that? So, I've been thinking, perhaps my woes can be best expressed through my interpretations of Journey songs. I have a few that I've run through my head, still debating on whether to send my ideas to Glee. (Yes, I know they did Journey - but this is a twist) Try my latest idea on for size, it's... Continue reading
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"Welcome to my place... It needs paint, another cleaning, some art on the walls, better lighting... so, don't judge. Kay?" I can't quite put my finger on it, but I think I am pretty ill. While moving our stuff into our new/old apartment (it's like 100 years old), I had a pretty severe asthma attack and I think I have what's commonly referred to as a fever right now. Something is definitely up. I mean sure, I did wear short sleeves and flip flops on a below freezing night to move 2 different loads of crap to our new place...... Continue reading
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So I was reading today that a movement for companies to stop hiring obese people might be on the horizon. Based on the success of the anti-smoking movement and how companies are refusing to hire smokers as a way to cut costs, people are speculating that an "Obese Hiring Freeze" is next. Oh really? Funny, considering some people at desk jobs wouldn't be obese if they weren't chained to their desks. I would love to work on a more flexible schedule, eat more meals at home, and have more time to be healthy. You know what? Obviously that is NOT... Continue reading
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Other than giving people gifts (at times really awesome gifts), what do I really do for people each Christmas? Nothing, usually. I generally go about my annoying little way nitpicking over ornament motifs and bitching about my finances. You know what? My finances may never be where I want them to be, so why am I still bitching? What would Jesus do? (Other than be ashamed of my selfish behavior?) Then I had a thought... Do 25 things for others that have nothing to do with coordinated gift wrap. Things that maybe really, really hard to do. In a pay... Continue reading
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I've taken the early morning, wait-in-line-for-hours-wearing-Depends plunge once. And based on that experience, I consider myself an expert. I have also been a retail employee for Black Friday... Once. Again, this does make me an expert. Here's your survival guide for Black Friday guaranteed to get you deals and in some cases, guaranteed to create a dignity deficit in your life. You can approach Black Friday one of three ways: The Black Friday Ninja Warrior of Doom - 98% Chance of Survival The BFNWoD is an expert at getting that golden cow of Black Friday deals. You know, the laptop... Continue reading
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So people magazine has named Ryan Reynolds sexiest man alive. I can't lie, I am super psyched that it's not Brad Pitt or Johnny Depp again. (Yes, it does get old) Besides being married to ScarJo, Ryan Reynolds has had it rough. He wasn't always total man candy. In fact, as I found out while on a NetFlix binge, there's a very shameful and sad past Ryan has suppressed. Perhaps he would like us all to forget, and who could blame him? Turns out, Ryan Reynolds had a supporting role in the movie, "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" about 14 years... Continue reading
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I don't know when a parent wants to roll their eyes more. When their kids refuse to eat vegetables or when they declare they don't eat meat. Granted, my son still isn't totally aware of what IS and what ISN'T meat. He seems to think that eating tuna isn't eating meat and I am not so quick to correct him. Whatever the reason for this change of heart (we'll just say its a mysterious attitude change since I don't want to be accused of libel), I'd like to bring up an important issue affecting our kids, right now. PETA. Peta... Continue reading
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Everyone has one. A husband who really wants to be involved in decorating your home. Whether it's for functional (I wants me a Lazyboy, honey) or recreational (I like silver...A LOT!) purposes, men can create havoc for our retro modern living rooms or french country bedrooms. In which case, it might be time to get creative. Anthony likes dining room chairs with "arms" (help me, please). He also likes reclining everything. He also likes glass... Lots and lots of glass. Hi, Husband, I'm your SUPER clumsy wife, have we met? At this point, we agree on very little. Except maybe,... Continue reading
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Okay, I've read article after article over a three day period. I tried to ignore "The TSA Bad Touch" stories that are on news outlets large and small. OH BUT I CAN'T! If you opt out of a full body screen, which emits radiation harmful to frequent travelers, the TSA gets to grope your genitals? Say it isn't so! Okay look, the TSA is just trying to do their jobs but the policy is ludicrous. Can't there be another way? We already scan our shoes, carry-ons, and are not permitted to bring bottles of liquids larger than a couple of... Continue reading
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Sears isn't the first place to be open on Thanksgiving. After all, there are several grocery stores open Thanksgiving as well. The difference from my experience? Grocery stores aren't open ridiculously early the next day demanding the same employees come back for another day of heck. Also, many grocery store workers get paid time and a half or double time to work a holiday. From what I know, many grocery stores offer the OPTION to work Turkey Day and generally it's more voluntary with a financial incentive. From what I know of retail (a whole fricken lot), Sears offers no... Continue reading