Monday, April 30, 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Stray Cat Theatre, someone had to do it. Turns out it was two of our favorite guys from Nearly Naked Theatre so at least I had something interesting to say, making it one or two steps up from sitting next to your mom. Tony rallied on and on about growing up in Phoenix, tops, bottoms, county fairs, awkward things in high school, gay cruises, fat people using oxygen on non-gay cruises, Joan Rivers' face, how to speak slowly for a straight crowd, giving us a lot of raunchy fun laughs. Hilarious.
Posted by Lisa at 10:13 PM
Friday, April 27, 2012
Shana got a job! The kid's never had a difficult time finding work. She's got two jobs right now, even, tutoring the focused-on-other-things-athletes at U of A and also mentoring young minds at the Girl Scouts. So I guess I wasn't really worried that she would find work after graduation. Well, sort of worried. The news out there is bad. The recession is hurting all of us, especially young grads, but I tried to stay positive. In a low moment on Wednesday, as I chauffeured her around town to two interviews, I suggested waitressing wouldn't be such a bad idea for the summer, maybe. She looked at me like I was crazy. So, thank God, three interviews later, she got the call. Come work here. Help us provide ethics education to employees all over the world. Young, hip company in Phoenix doing something important. Growing fast. Great benefits and even a gym!
You go, (working) girl!
Posted by Lisa at 4:12 PM
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Life in the computer cloud sucks. It's been a year now, this process of moving to the cloud, handing over all of our data, building new relationships with two big companies as they bought out my beloved little local companies along the way. I was happily flying below the radar as we played Getting To Know You, nobody signing me up for the rate increases, the new data plans, the new support agreements, all the gimmie gimmie gimmies. But that party is over. Each new day someone else asks for money - $2,500 here, $1,900 there. $518 a month more here for the rest of my life. You want your data, right? Oh, you want to bill insurance companies? That's extra. Print stuff? Way more. Today I got a quote for $600 to build an HL7 interface, whatever that is. Seems our old one was ancient. What does ancient mean? Who was is charge of age-related Star Wars-y things? Me? Wasn't that included in all those monthly charges? Programs not "talking" to each other, techie people driving me insane, list of issues getting longer every day, taking one step forward and two steps back. I've spent 95% of my time dealing with problems, putting out fires, trying to keep my cool since we're going to be in bed with these yahoos for a very long time, all while untangling the wound up knot in my chest, gasping for breath sometimes when I realize I haven't been breathing.
Maybe it's just all the humidity.
Posted by Lisa at 8:16 AM
Sunday, April 22, 2012
I don't think I've cleaned Shana's closet since there was a crib in her room. I never had a problem just shutting her door and letting her live with whatever was growing in there. But with college graduation quickly approaching, I figured, if not now, when?
So...all done. Bathroom one, too.
Posted by Lisa at 9:36 AM
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Hal Sparks ran the gamut from moms to politics to dinosaurs - smart AND funny. Wow, a nonstop laughfest.
Posted by Lisa at 10:18 PM
Friday, April 20, 2012
Can you believe Maddie's FIFTY!!
OMG - just look at those legs!The Ronnie, Jill, Jaye, Lisa and little mini-me Nyomi clan surrounded the Queen Bee at the always spectacular Royal Palms for a few "You Sexy Thing" cocktails, presents and more, more, more. Later on we took the party outside under the sparkly, orangey-lit gorgeous night sky
Posted by Lisa at 10:16 PM
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The gang took to the streets today at the Tax the 1% Rally in front of a Chase Bank to bring a bit of
attention to the whole injustice of it all.
People waved. They honked.
Posted by Lisa at 7:54 PM
Thursday, April 12, 2012
turned into a silly, kissy, mooning in the bathroom with the artsy crowd love fest.
Unphotographed, but still in the house, Ronnie and Jaye and
the Dutch girls
Posted by Lisa at 9:35 PM
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
I'm not a hiker. I don't much like anything to do with exercise. I figured the Girls On The Rocks club was some kind of a drinking club. Or maybe a hot stone massage group. With all the haze in the brain lately, though, getting out and going up seemed like a pretty good idea. Fresh air. Nature. Some sense of accomplishment. Today the L ladies - Leanne, Linda and Lisa hit the trail and did the loop in record time, chatting up a storm (wanna sniff my blueberry Cliff Bar?, the slings, the stilettos, the rangers at home, the summit, yay, the summit!).
Posted by Lisa at 1:40 PM
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
I used to love clouds. All white and fluffy and soft. I remember my first plane ride (and even more recent ones) staring out the window, wanting to touch, wanting to loll about on them. Or the days in the grass, arms back, looking up, naming animals, shapes or just giving up, calling it all cotton candy and daydreaming. Those days are gone.
For months now, this is my cloud.
Black and white. Hard. No snowman floating in the sky to be seen. We're moving "to the cloud" at the office. People keep saying cloud, slowly replacing the old noun I knew and loved. I keep buying stuff to connect us to the cloud. My mind races around trying to grasp the concept of a cloud. Something that's not so soft, not so friendly. We've got VPNs and FTPs and networks and terminals and ip addresses and IT guys and tubes and Watch Guards and Cox Cable and EHR and techies and one Director of Support that isn't speaking to me anymore (I'm totally smarter than him) and we're scheduled to float to the cloud on Friday. Friday the 13th. Crossing my fingers that our data will be safe, that the cloud will hold it all and not mix us up with everybody else, that nothing will fall down from the cotton candy sky.
Posted by Lisa at 7:45 AM
Monday, April 9, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
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Monday, April 2, 2012
And he made it so hard to say good-bye.
Posted by Lisa at 8:38 PM
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Sunday drive, my ass. When you're in line with a bunch of bad boys like these, it's more like a day at NASA.
Shawn whipped out his red racing gloves and I knew I was in trouble, holding on for dear life as he and the gang raced up the hill to Payson, hugging curves, nailing it on the straight-aways and causing pudgy guys in minivans to weep.
Who needs Viagra???
It was a stunning day, cool and crisp (somebody remind me about this in June) up there while we met some great new car freaks, had some amazing pasta and signed up for the next event on Wednesday with the boys.
Hightailed it down the little Scottsdale hill in the not-so-fast mom sedan to hear my new favorite local band, Sugahbeat!! The tunes were perfect, steel drummingly clear on the cool, breezy, toes in the grass, wined-up folks dancing to the band afternoon. Beautiful.
Then, Bueller, Bueller?
Met old and new amigas to join adorable Brodderick at the Montelucia for a couldn't-stop-smiling as the espresso martinis circled the table and took us all back to the 80s.
Posted by Lisa at 10:05 PM