Card, Cat, and Lots of Eating…

I know bad things happen in threes, so hopefully I got this round of three out of the way. The first, I thought, was something that happened at work two weeks ago, really just a misunderstanding/misinterpretation. However, I never heard anything about it after it was first mentioned to me, so while I was totally stressed out about it for a couple days, it must not have been that big a deal. Hopefully it still counts as one of my bad things, though, because I don’t want another one…

Then that same week, I got a call that someone in Pittsburgh had tried to make purchases using my credit card number, so they canceled my card and were sending me a new one. (My card was not stolen, though, I still have it; and the purchases were at a gas station, supermarket, and Wal-Mart – how did these places allow credit card purchases without the actual card present?) The new card was coming in a week, so in the meantime I got a bunch of cash at the ATM to carry me over (I usually use my card for everything and then pay it off at the end of the month). Almost a week later, I called to make sure the fraudulent charges were coming off my account, because it looked like they had gone through anyway. While talking to the guy, he said, “Oh and it looks like no replacement card was requested?” Um, yes a replacement card was requested, it was supposed to be there in a day! No, apparently they forgot to actually send the card, so they expedited it at their expense and I finally got it on Saturday. Hopefully that chapter is closed now.

Finally, there is something going on with Katrina. She throws up a lot, but last week seemed to go into overdrive, and she didn’t seem to have an appetite (she still ate, but she didn’t violently beg or get in our faces while we were eating like she usually does), and she was just a little more laid back in general. I took her to the vet and they kept her overnight to give her fluids and get blood and stool samples. The next morning, everything came back normal, they said she was eating and I could come pick her up. As soon as I brought her home on Friday, the vomiting started again. Her appetite is definitely back, but this morning was the first meal (knock on wood…) after which she did not immediately throw up multiple times. So still keeping an eye on that…

Otherwise, we had a nice weekend. On Friday, GG and I had dinner at Champps to use up the gift card I got when they messed up my meal a while ago (one of several screw-ups that led me to decide that from now on, I will not go to Champps on my own [but if I’m going out with people and that’s where they want to go, I’ll come along]). Afterward, we went over to the mall to walk around a bit, and ended up coming home with two giant Crumbs cupcakes!

I went out to lunch on Saturday with my mom and grandmom to celebrate my grandmom’s birthday. (I was kind of unexcited about where we were going, but it must have changed since I was last there, it was really good!) Then GG and I went to New Hope for the afternoon/evening. It was a beautiful day, and a lot of other people had the same idea, so it was pretty crowded. But… that led to us finding a new parking lot we didn’t know about. We had a dinner at a new restaurant, Hearth, which is all vegetarian with some seafood. It was so good! At the end of the meal, we confessed to the waitress that we aren’t actually vegetarian, and she said nobody who works there is! Then we walked around, trying to find where this vacation rental I’d found online might possibly be (next time we go there, we are totally getting a rental – screw B&Bs!), and ended up finding a new trail we hadn’t walked on before, and an ice cream place with the most amazing waffles that we hadn’t tried yet. One of the things we love about New Hope is that shops and restaurants come and go so quickly, it’s pretty different every time you visit. But besides that, we’re still discovering new old places every time!

“I know that I’m in danger when I think about it, let’s think about it”

It’s been a busy end of summer!

  • Finished my summer concert series.
  • Thought my dishwasher was broken but really there was just a part stuck so it wasn’t filling with water (the guy didn’t even charge me to un-stick it).
  • Flew on an airplane for the first time since 2000, and flew by myself for the first time ever.
  • Spent three days at an awesome conference… The best part was networking and meeting other people, and luckily the place was so overcrowded that I could meet people everywhere! A lot of people seemed to stick together in groups but I spent a whole day pretty much on my own because I got separated from the other girls I was with, and it was actually so great to be free to meet other people! Came home totally inspired and ready to get to work!


    Photos cannot express how huge and crowded this event was.
  • But… We decided to leave a day earlier than planned and drive through the night, so my first day home was spent sleeping!
  • Had some great parties and built my team (I will promote to the next title this month)!
  • Developed a bit of an obsession with nail stamping. I’ve started a blog to document my creations, but not really sharing it because while the nails look great, my cuticles are always such a mess, nobody wants to see that…
  • After catching them on the Late Late Show, we went to see the Bad Rabbits perform… If nothing else, this taught me that I should not be trying to stay out past 10 PM. I was bad at it at 21, and I’m definitely worse at 31!


  • My department moved to a new building at work; I’d spent 8 years of sitting on the same building/floor (minus a couple months when I was exiled after our merger). It’s all on the same campus, but the vibe in our new location is very different; it’s an adjustment for all of us. The first week we were here, I suggested we have an hour where nobody complained about the new location. It worked in that there were no complaints, but basically nobody said anything for an hour :o)
  • Got through yet another regulatory inspection at work (the European version of the one we had in May/June), but not without panicked weekend report-running.
  • Took GG out for a nice dinner to celebrate his birthday. Of course, he guessed where we were going well in advance, and I wanted to keep it a surprise, so I blindfolded him and drove him around for 45 minutes before we got to the Capital Grille, which is more like 5 minutes from our house. He was totally confused, excellent :o)