Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Big (Turkey) Day

Sorry for the delay in all my postings (really, I just didn't have time, and when I did I was too tired to think of anything pithy to say, so I apologize).
Today I have 2 of the 3 bids I am working on due, and then a week from now comes the big one. In the middle of all of this though, I completely neglected to pack for our trip to New York for the weekend (starting today) so I have to go home and pack quickly before Mr. Pit gets annoyed that I am so behind schedule.
This also involves packing Lil' Pups stuff into the car as well as he's coming to see his uncle, who is not as much his uncle as my inlaws mini poodle named Truffles. Lil' Pup and Truffles get along fairly well and there have been no incidents to date, but a few kerfluffles over bones or food or just plain old attention have come up in the past, so we'll see if we can't get through 5 days without them...but I highly doubt it.
I have 3.5 hours left at work today and I am hoping they go quickly and we can get these bids completed and out the door (or through the fax machine as it were).
So, I am wishing you ALL a wonderful Thanksgiving and am looking forward to 5 days of food, family and relaxation.
I am very thankful for my family, Mr. Pit, Lil' Pup, the fact that I still have a job in this craptastic economy and all my wonderful friends. I hope you have lots to be thankful for as well.
I'll be back Monday with what I am sure will be lots of stories.
XOXO Mrs. Pit

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Hi, Bye!

Not much time to write today, since I'm really busy with 3 big bids at work, but wanted to stop in and let you know that I've stopped complaining about money. It is what it is and I'll pay the visa off eventually.
I also found that I had presents for my Dad that Mr. Pit and I had bought this past summer and completely forgot about, so that takes care of him. I also have something for my mom, yet something else from this summer, and I am sure that I can get my brothers both something that the annual Christmas Party at Gulph Mills that is 3 weeks from tonight on the 11th. So, I am feeling much better about that. Still trying to figure out good gifts for the bridesmaids and of course a good gift for my Pollyanna who has yet to be decided.
But, whatever it is, it will be thoughtful, mostly because thinking doesn't cost a thing!

Pitbull Love,
Mrs. Pit

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Money and other fun stresses of the holidays

I think this song (and no, I don't know who sings it but I know all the words) says it best.

"If I had some money honey would you love me, love me, love me..." and I am not sure I'd love who ever "I" is...but money certainly is more fun to talk about when you have a lot of it.

Mr. Pit and I are successful by any measure. We both went to good colleges, make more than the average US Citizen, and are very happy in our house and with our accessories of our life. Well, maybe not Mr. Pits car, but that's an anomaly.

But, no matter how successful we are on paper, we just can't seem to stop the financial bleeding that we've been feeling the last two months and it is starting to weigh on things. I hate to be a downer at such a fun time of the year, but seriously, if you think you're getting anything more than a little pillow I stitched together out of scrap fabric at JoAnn's for Christmas, you're sorely mistaken.

Normally I give presents to my parents, my brothers, Mr Pit, his parents, his grandmother, my 7 bridesmaids and my friends from high school. That is a LOT of gifts and my bank account just has no idea how to handle all of that.

I need MAJOR suggestions for gift ideas en masse that don't look like I just stopped by the dollar store on my way home.

Blah. I love the holidays but I wish I were 10x as crafty and 100x more wealthy.

Friday, November 14, 2008

The things you do for your boss

So, my boss and I have an interesting relationship. Some say it's brother/sister like, which I have to say is pretty true. There are as many dead-arms as there are days in the week in any given month, but other times there are knock out-drag out fights about what was said in a meeting a month ago and who's responsibility it was to follow up on it.

So, I was as surprised as anyone when I found myself volunteering to wrap a present for him to bring to a wedding this weekend. Here are my excuses.

One: He came to me and asked if I knew anywhere he could go to get something professionally wrapped. I laughed in his face. Huh? In Philly? Most stores won't gift wrap it for you unless you buy it from them, and considering his gift is from India, I don't think you could just stroll in any old place and get it done.

Two: He bought the couple that is getting married an antique tea service and brought it all the way back from India from his trip last month. That is probably the most thoughtful thing I've ever seen him do. Big props.

Three: I LOVE wrapping things. What I love even MORE is unwrapping presents, but I digress. I get great satisfaction from folding and taping paper just so, and I love making bows out of ribbon (especially pretty grosgrain or satin wire ribbon that makes the bows just good enough looking to eat).

So, that's what I did today at lunch time. I first went and had an AWESOME salad at Continental Mid-Town with R, and then I bought the wrapping stuff and got to it. I left it on his chair for him.

He is thrilled with the results. Brilliant!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Popsicles and varnish

ok, so the title is a little vaugue to those of you on the 'outside' but for me, it makes perfect sense.

On one hand, I LOVE winter. I love breaking out the winter coats, the hats and gloves and most importantly, the cashmere. On the other hand though, I despise being cold, and that's how I felt ALL day yesterday in my office. Since they turn the heat off on the weekends, my 30 floor office building was NOT ready for the cold temperatures that came into Philadelphia the night before and it took me ALL day to warm up, only then having to go outside to get the train. Brrr.

Varnish then, refers to the staining of our unfinished china hutch that Mr Pit and I did over the weekend. It wasn't as much bonding experience and crafting as much as it was trying to keep the dog away from the wet wood (both his nose and his tail got dangerously close at points) but also trying to make sure that we didn't die of paint fumes since it was pouring rain outside and even with windows open the air just wasn't moving properly.

5 hours later though, we finished and the result is lovely. There are a few WTF spots that I can't believe we missed and/or later messed up, but it looks great and a helluva lot better than I thought it would when we got started. It brings out all the nice grains of the wood and now it really pulls the kitchen together and I feel our house feels much more like a home with that project completed.

Poor Lil' Pup had his cage moved all around all weekend but he was a champ the whole time. He was rewarded with another squeaky wooba toy (which he promptly ate apart, just like the first one) and as many walks as we could fit into the weekend without getting soaked or freezing to death.

This week we don't have anything on tap which is kind of nice, so I plan to spend the rest of the week finishing my needlepoint (my goal is to be able to take it to the store so they can 'finish' it into a cuff bracelet) and then I have yet another baby blanket to make and hopefully I can FINALLY get started on my keychains!!

Mr. Pit is off to DC for the weekend to meet up with college friends for the Redskins/Cowboys game on Sunday night, so that will leave some time for me to hang with Lil' Pup, craft and hang out with my girls from highschool over pizza and a payperview. I am super excited for some quiet girl time and am anxiously awaiting Saturday night.

In other news, I got a SEPTA parking ticket at the pay lot for apparently NOT paying. I couldn't pay however, because the whole thing was full of coins that were stuck mid-deposit so no one could get their money in there. I appealed the ticket via email and won, woo hoo!! It's amazing what a polite email and some photographic evidence can do :) (I took pictures yesterday on the way to the train with my trusty pocket size Canon Elph camera) and it worked.

Lastly, it's two weeks and two days to Thanksgiving and I can't stand it I'm so excited for it to get here. We are spending that weekend in NY with Mr. Pits family and I am SO looking forward to 5 days of relaxing and eating lots of yummy food. I'm also hoping to get a ride in the 'vette or on the Harley as Mr. Pits dad has both and they are SO fun to go for rides in. Plus, Mr. Pits dad is awesome to begin with and most of the time he likes to stop for candy or pastries and whoever is with him in his secret adventure is the lucky co-conspiritor and is rewarded with candy and food :)

That's all for now. Enjoy your Veteran's Day and remember all of those who fought for our freedom in wars both foreign and domestic. Our Country would not be what it is today if not for them.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Friday...I'm in love...

It's true. I'm in love with a lot of things at the moment.
Like, my husband for one, who no matter HOW ridiculous I am, still smiles and laughs when I make my own version of a joke (which normally isn't funny to anyone but me) and even puts up with it when I am less than nice to him like I was last night. But, things are all back to better and I am very excited about the weekend.
I am in love with the fact that it's Friday and almost lunch time. Double love.
I am in love with the lunch date I have with J and J at the Comcast Center and can't decide if I should get sushi or pizza, but either way it will be a great fun lunch and I can't wait.
I am in love with our weekend plans. Tonight we are going to 5 Guys for burgers, then to Home Depot for staining supplies as the plan is to FINALLY stain the china hutch, yay!! I think it will look SO fantastic when its done and I am so excited to do it.
I am in love with the fact that it's only 3 weeks to Thanksgiving and 7 to Christmas, two of my favorite holidays.
I am in love with the chance to hold our annual Fondue Party that is normally held at a friends house but since their house will be crazy that weekend, I decided to do it in Castle PitBull and I think it will be really fun. I don't see my highschool friends as much as I should or want to for reasons I can't explain (we always have the best intentions) so I am excited for that get-together as well.
Basically, I am just super excited for the weekend and the whole rest of the year.
Oh yeah, and all the stores having crazy sales doesn't hurt either. 50% off at JCrew on top of their sale stuff, what what?? Oh yes, it's true and I LOVE IT.
Plus, the Lilly warehouse sale is in 2 scant weeks and I am starting training for it this weekend as well. Sprints, weight lifting, elbowing...just kidding, it is an awesome sale though and I can't wait to pick up some awesome goodies for me and the other Lilly lovers in my life (Hi Mom and M!)
Have a good weekend Pit fans, hope you are as happy as I am today!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day

It's Election Day 2008, a day that will probably live on in the memories of US Citizens for a very long time.

Word has it the lines to vote were already hours long by 7am this morning, and I, being a good little worker, got to work on time in hopes of voting this evening.

I will not say who I am voting for, nor do I ask for you to tell me who you are. My thoughts are a mixed bag today, and I can't say that I am thrilled with either candidate as a solution for this country's issues. However, as a US Citizen, it is my duty and my right as well as my privilege to vote, and I definitely plan on it. Whether you choose Barack Obama and Joe Biden, or John McCain and Sarah Palin, as a citizen you should exercise your right to choose your leader. I'd almost rather write in my Dad's name, even my Father In Laws name...but, I will choose the lesser of which I believe to be two evils and leave it at that.

Then I'm going to go home, make dinner and make a no-sew baby blanket for two sets of our friends who are expecting later this month. If I have time I will start my keychain project as well, but one thing at a time.

Work, Lunch, Work, Train, Vote, Dinner, Baby Blanket...and play with Lil' Pit in all the down times I am home. Mr. Pit has his MBA class tonight, so I'm on my own with the crafts and the dinner, which could turn into cold cereal if I don't think of anything else more creative.

Good times.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Post Halloween Recovery

So, in case you didn't notice, I was WAY more excited that the Phillies won the world series than I was to celebrate Halloween, but a funny thing happened on the way...I ended up having WAY more fun celebrating Halloween than I did celebrating the World Series trophy being hauled down Broad Street.

You see, my office is on the parade route. Cool huh? I thought so...until I actually went to the parade. You could barely get outside the doors, and once you did, unless you had your handy little ID card, there was no inside for you. Thankfully I kept mine on me the whole day, and actually got pretty close to the action. I got some fun pictures of the Philly Phanatic and a couple good ones of Pat Burrell and Cole Hamels. Cole is hot on TV and dear lord he's just as hot in person. Too bad Mr. Pit is WAY hotter than Cole and already married (to me, yay!). was all fun and games for a time. We got let out of work at noon (and the project I had been cramming for was pushed back until December, holla!) and down to the parade we went. We clapped, we yelled and we smiled for the ABC/NBC/CBS cameras that rolled down Market Street. Then we got lunch and ate it in the silence of our office. A leisurely afternoon was had, and then I decided that a 2:15 pm train would be fun to make, as it could get me home by 3.
Little did I know that the train station would be SO crowded that the waits for trains would be 3 hours long, and that they would stop letting people into the station itself.

Then, panic set in. I couldn't figure out how to get home if not by train or cab (of which there were NONE to be found). I called Mr. Pit and pleaded for him to come and get me or to tell me what to do. "Get on the subway, and then on the Light Rail". Brilliant. I hadn't even thought of that. So, I did what any good Philadelphian does, I hiked up to 30th street station looking for any kind of transportation West.

Luckily the 30th street subway station was almost empty and after spending my last $10 on subway tokens (they don't give change, bastards), I hopped on the subway, and then on the light rail and was picked up by the chivalrous Mr. Pit near our house.

Door to door it took me 3 hours to get home. Had the trains been not so crazy crowded due to the diligent people who actually listened to Mayor Nutter, it would have taken me 40 minutes. Oh well, I lived it and learned. When we win the World Series or even the Super Bowl, I will be taking the day off from work the day of the parade. Not that it wasn't fun while it lasted, I just wanted to be home way earlier than I was.

Anyways...then I got home to find a HUGE praying mantis on my door frame (pictures are on facebook, this thing was huge!!) and then I got ready for trick-or-treaters and put together the costumes for later that night.

We had some really cute kids come to the door for candy and most were exceptionally polite with a lot of 'thank yous' to go around for the candy. Lil' Pit was also on his best behavior and didn't bark at anyone or try to ram through the door like he did last Halloween. See, even Pit Bulls can learn manners if you teach them well enough!!

Then we were finally off to M and C's house for their Halloween party and it was a blast. Our costumes (I was a golfer and Mr. Pit my caddy) were a hit and it was really great to catch up with people that we don't see that often. I also found a long lost relative (well, Mr. Pit found her but quickly called me in to the conversation) and the rest of the evening was filled with family names, stories and one very poorly played game of beer pong by yours truly.

And, that was my weekend. My day at work hasn't been too eventful, much to the chagrin of my boss, but I will motivate soon enough.

Hope everyone had a great Halloween!!