Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Fancy Parking

Do you fancy park? Do you know what fancy parking is? I've just been enlightened by this website: fancyparking.com. Aparently fancy parking is when you park in a parking spot with the front of your car facing out instead of the back. Basically backing into a spot or doing a pull-thru (my personal favorite way to park). The website also shows you other ways to achieve a fancy parking job. Check it out - it'll at least give you a laugh!


Christmas was quite enjoyable this year. But to understand you have to know that every year my entire life my family would travel to Chicago and Peoria to see my grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins for Christmas. This normally meant driving 8 hours from Columbia, MO to Chicago, in the cold December weather, while squished into the back seat of a small compact car and 2 other siblings. Only once in my life did I not travel for Christmas - when I was 7, my little brother was born 9 days before Christmas so we did not travel.

Anyway, this year Tom and I opted for a relaxing Christmas. We had dinner and opened presents with Tom's parents and grandma on Christmas Eve (and opened lots of cool presents including warm, fuzzy pajamas, vertical horizon cd, gift certificate for target, and a new alarm clock (the lovely chinchillas chewed up the cord of my old one). The chinchillas got some chew treats/toys. After a quiet and relaxing evening Tom and I attended midnight mass at St. Joeseph in Manchester church, and then decided to go ahead and open our presents to each other at 1:30 am on Christmas morning when we got home. From Tom and the chinchillas I got the Rob Thomas cd, 101.1 the river cd, and the Trans-siberian Orchestra cd, Mario Party 7 for gamecube, the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie, the Simpsons season 6, and an adopted polar bear from the St. Louis Zoo (well the Polar Bear has to stay at the zoo...but I'm his adopted mother).

And there's still more to come...this weekend we are visiting my family in Columbia to exchange gifts with them!

Sunday, December 11, 2005

What's in YOUR stocking?

What's in YOUR stocking?

Dusty Fipsy

Dusty Fipsy!

snow snow snow

Well we got thru the first snow of the year. Snow used to be fun when we got out of school for it, and could just go outside and build a snowman and go sledding. We didn't have to worry about driving 45 minutes to work in the snow, dodging bad drivers, or shoveling the driveway. Basically I hate winter, snow, ice, cold....

On another note, Gimlet and I decorated our house for Christmas yesterday. :)

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Life Teen apparently founded to "get teens"

Myself like many of my friends participated in Life Teen at the Catholic church when we were in high school. Life Teen was founded by Monsignor Dale Fushek in Arizona. The Mission of Life Teen reads: "LIFE TEEN is an international Catholic ministry that serves the Church and leads all teens closer to Christ by providing resources and training that encourage vibrant Eucharistic celebrations and opportunities for teens to grow in their faith." (from lifeteen.org)

However it has recently hit the new media that the founder of Life Teen, Fr. Fushek who is credited with numerous good things for the church - bringing America's young Catholics back to the church, and basically running the pope's youth rally visits to Tempe in 1987 and to St. Louis in 1999, also molested and abused boys who attended Life Teen at his church.

With all the boys who have come forward, there is reported to be a "pattern of recruitment and seduction of teenage boys spanning at least a decade." (from phoenixnewtimes.com)

This is shocking seeing as Life Teen has become such a national program. How many other teenagers have been abused at other parishes relating to Life Teen? I know there are many good priests out there who run parishes, but it is just shocking to realize how many "bad" priests were hidden and moved around the country. Sad too.

Here is the article about the abuse allegations on the founder of Life Teen: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=1334726

Monday, November 21, 2005

It's not Christmas Yet Folks!

It's not Christmas yet. It's not even the Christmas season yet. Advent doesn't start until next Sunday. Thanksgiving isn't for 3 more days, and yet, as we drove thru our subdivision this evening there were several houses with Christmas lights up already. One business north of hwy 40 between 270 and Woods Mill had lights up reading "Christ the Savior is Born". Excuse me, but I believe that Christ wasn't born until the 25 of December, and it's not even the 25 of November yet.

The Christmas season is a special time of year, but part of what makes it special is that it only happens for a short while each year. If we had Christmas lights up all year long we wouldn't notice them, they wouldn't mean anything to us.

(As a side note, I don't have any problem with people putting up their outdoor lights when it's a nice weekend, just don't turn them on until at least Thanksgiving!)

Wednesday, November 02, 2005


Petsmart changed their logo recently. (The new logo is on the top, the old logo is on the bottom) I just noticed the new logo last night when I got their latest ad out of the mailbox. I don't like the new logo. I think the old logo was neat because the ball was bouncing on the "s" and it makes it seem like it says "Pets Mart" or "Pet Smart". The new logo still does that but the ball isn't interacting with the words as much as it used to. It seems to be acting as an ' now. They changed the shape of the letter forms as well and also changed the colors obviously and even changed the shape of the little white highlight on the ball.

So what do you non-designers (and designers too) think of this new logo. I'm giving it a thumbs down!

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Purina Treats

Check out the Purina Treats website! There's a website for each of the Purina Treats brands - Whisker Lickins', Aquari-yums, Beggin', T-Bonz, Busy Bone, Chew-rific, Chew-eez and Appawtizers - and each website has info about that particular brand (obviously) and then it also has horoscopes for cats and dogs, and screensavers and computer desktop wallpapers that you can download (I made those so make sure to check them out!)

Birds & the Bees at the ZOO

What a weekend!

The family (minus Cassy) came in on Saturday afternoon for the Greater St. Louis Band Festival and watched Hickman take fourth place in the silver division (congrats to the HHS band!).

Then on Sunday we went to church at St. Ann's, lunch at IHOP and then drove by the ol' Manhassett Village to see the building torn down. After that we went to the zoo. It is so funny how all animals act similar. We saw the sea lions with the same look as Fipsy waiting for their treats, a chimp sitting at the very highest spot he possibly could (just like the Fipster who has been trying to climb from the castle in the bedroom onto the windowsill because he likes to sit up high. He runs around the room looking up to try to figure out how he can get to the high as he can.)

And last but not least, the black bear was making sure all systems were working, just like Fipsy does on a regular basis. Yes the bear in the picture is doing what you think he's doing!

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Six Flags

So I went to Six Flags with Angie yesterday. We spent 10 hours there (minus an hour for dinner) and got on 9 rides: Scrambler, Scooby Doo Ride, Mr. Freeze, The Boss, The Ninga, The Boss (again), Highland Fling, Batman, and the Mine Train.

The place was really crowded, we waited an hour and 25 minutes to get on Batman. Then we waited 45 minutes for the Screaming Eagle, and we were the next in line to get on when they had to close the ride because of a "malfunction".

My two favorite rides at Six Flags St. Louis are Batman and The Boss, so I'm glad that we got to go on both of those. Our Six Flags is such an old park, I wish they'd have fixed up the amusement park part instead of building the waterpark. Or done like Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun and had a separate admission price for each and a discounted price if you bought a ticket for both. That was you're not spending $41+ to get in during the summer and only doing half the park.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Watch Star Purrsonalities in L.A.

The last stop on the Tidy Cat adventure is now posted! Check out Star Purrsonalities in LA! I'm telling you...you don't want to miss this one! Roscoe entertains everyone during rush hour (which is every hour in LA!) and Zinger gets silly!

I love Fipsy!

Fipsy loves his castle!

Gift Registry

Tom and I picked out our china for our wedding gift registry yesterday. We chose the "Aegean Mist" set (see picture). It is so cool, I never thought much about china before but now I really hope that we get it!

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Stop Eminent Domain Abuse in Manchester!

If you know anything about Manchester road you know that it is packed with cars, lined with shops and a pain in the butt when you're in a hurry. It has nearly every established chain discount store there is - wal-mart, home depot, sams, lowes, target - as well as many small private individually owned businesses.

One particular corner, Manchester Rd. and hwy 141, is home to a Saturn car dealer, printing company and photographer. The city of manchester has decided that this isn't a good enough use of the property and want to use eminent domain to force these business owners out in order to give the land to another business owner. How does that make sense? Why is the other business better than the ones that are already established? And why does Manchester Rd. need another big box discount chain?

What can you do? Well for starters you can visit http://www.savemanchester.com/ to find out more about the issue, sign a petition and email the aldermen for the area.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Viva Las Spaces!

You have to sing the subject line when you see it - LOL.

The latest edition of the Tidy Cats adventure is available for your viewing pleasure. This time they've stopped in Las Vegas! Check it Out!

Monday, September 19, 2005


I received this letter in the mail today from SBC:

"We would like to talk to you about the outstanding balance on your former telephone account. We would also like to offer you the opportunity to regain sBC services after you have paid the outstanding amounts.

We have not received payment in the amount of $81.19. If you have not made your payment, please do so immediately or call us to make satisfactory payment arrangements."

The interesting thing is, I've called and discussed this matter with SBC no less than three (3) times. I moved out of my apartment at the end of July, canceled my SBC telephone line and DSL at that time. I called at the beginning of July, and asked whether I should pay my last bill, and they said no. Then I called at the end of July to cancel my service and the operator said I should get a refund. I looked over the bill and it looked like I should have paid the last one they had sent at the beginning of July, but the woman at SBC told me not to, so I didn't. It was in the amount of $46.

Then I get a bill in the mail for $81.19. I called up SBC and explained that I probably did owe $46 but definately did not owe $81.19. The woman agreed with me after looking over the account and told me to disregard the bill and they would send me a revised one. I forgot about SBC until today when I got this letter. Come on folks, how hard is it!

Monday, September 12, 2005

Now Showing: Gateway to the Best

Check it out, Phoebe, Roscoe and Zinger have made it to St. Louis! Watch their silly adventures on the Tidy Cat® website!

Friday, September 09, 2005

My wedding dress!

I ordered my wedding dress last night from Bridal Connections in Florissant! How crazy is that! Click here if you want to see a picture (Gimlet...don't click the link!) I tried on 42 dresses and this happened to be the second one and it's the one that I went back to and ordered!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Crappy Websites

So in the midst of planning a wedding I have been awakened to the large number of crappy websites out there. Ok, so I already knew there were a lot of crappy websites, but you'd think that in the wedding business, with how competitive it is, and how much people use the web for research etc. regarding their wedding, that businesses would want to stand out in the crowd. But aparently not. Either that or they are in need of a good web designer (and/or QA department!) Here are just a few examples of wedding website problems

  • Bridal Shops that hand out fliers at bridal shows that have their website address on them. When you go to that address it says "this domain has expired" or "site coming soon" or my favorite "site no longer exists". Hello! I am going to your website to see what you've got, to see if it's worth my time to visit your store!
  • Yesterday I was researching DJs and came across one in town who had their website address on their flier. I went to the website and it hadn't been updated for nearly two years. I went to the "date checker" to see if our date is available and the drop down for year had "2003, 2004, 2005". Maybe you should update your site if you want business!
  • Dress designers sites that are so hard to navigate you don't know where to find the dress you're looking for.
  • Websites where you fill out a form for more info, click the submit button and it come up with a page that says "sorry your form could not be submitted." Thanks for telling me now after I've spent the time to fill in all the fields! (another DJ's website had this problem. Needless to say, I crossed them off my list!)

Saturday, September 03, 2005

"This is where we used to live"

I thought of that song by the Barenaked Ladies today called, "The Old Apartment" that goes, "Broke into the old apartment...This is where we used to live..." I drove by the apartments that I used to live in, and by the picture you can see what has happened to it! (by the way, that isn't the exact building that I lived in, mine is still standing across the street, waiting for it's turn to be knocked down, and if the door hadn't been bolted closed I probably would have gone up into my old apartment...)

As I was driving home today, I took hwy 170 to hwy 40 and glanced over from the highway to the apartments I used to live in. I usually look at them when I drive by, because I heard that they were going to tear them down. Well today when I looked I didn't see the corner building. I made a bee-line for the next exit and doubled back to check it out. Wow. It's kinda weird to see a building you used to live in being torn down and destroyed.

Manhassett Village. I lived there for just one year. I didn't even really like living there! The office staff were terrible, it took forever to get maintenance - when they actually took care of it! My ceiling/window leaked and all they offered was to paint over the wall stains, not fix the problem outside. The grounds are not kept up or cleaned, the parking lots are not lit well enough, there was a criminal incident in one of the back parking lots. Yeah, needless to say, I couldn't wait to move.

The thing is that those apartments were the only ones in the area that are affordable to people/students who don't have a ton of money. They are replacing them with 500 condominium units ranging from 2-story town homes, mid-rise buildings and a 15-story high-rise building. I'll bet that these new units aren't going to be affordable!

Time to say good bye to a crap hole of Manhassett Village.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Gas Prices

Gas went up SIXTY (60) cents in one day yesterday. I went to bed Tuesday night with gas at $2.42, the lowest that it had been for awhile. I still had a half a tank so I didn't even think about it. Next morning gas was $2.69. Well, I figured it couldn't go any higher, it already increased thirty cents since the night before so I decided to just get gas on my way home. On my way home gas was $2.99. SHIT thirty more cents in the same day?! I called Gimlet and told him. He was just as shocked as me.

What is in store for the next few days? Gas reaching $4 and $5? According to St. Louis Gas Prices.com, the most expensive gas in the area is $3.39 in Madison, IL. The cheapest, is $2.69 on broadway downtown. And to think, when I got my car three and a half years ago we had some of the lowest gas in recent history. I think there might have been a couple times that I got gas for UNDER $1!*sigh*

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Tidy Cats Scoop® Small Spaces™

Check it out, Tidy Cats' latest marketing piece is live! It's a very silly piece about three fictional cats, Rosco, Phoebe and Zinger. They are making a trek across the United States from NY City to Los Angeles. They are traveling in a Mini Cooper which is tiny and promoting the new Tidy Cats Scoop® Small Spaces™ that is designed to neutralize odors in tight places. Check it out now!

So why am I telling you this, as I don't have a cat, and I'm allergic to cats?? Because we at Infuz made the website! I personally didn't do much...most of it was done before I started working there. But I did the beginning and ending slides on the slide show...and the TCSS product page (which isn't live yet but will be soon).

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

I hate stupid people

I hate stupid people. Why are people stupid? Are they born stupid? Is it genetic? Do their parents instill the value of stupidness in them as a child? For some reason the stupid people seem to be out in full force in the mornings when I'm driving to work.

1) Last week I'm driving up hwy 44 in the morning on my way downtown for work and traffic is moving extremely slow. We pass 270 and finally people start to pick up speed. I'm in the left lane, trying to avoid all the freaks getting onto 270, but the guy behind me decides I'm not going fast enough. Mind you we are on a hill and I'm trying to get my little car up to speed. He lays on his horn, then swerves onto the shoulder to pass me. I look up and he's almost out of sight already. Must have really wanted to get to work huh. Maybe they were going to fire him if he came to work late one more time. Probably deserves it if that was the case.

2) After a few days taking hwy 44 and dealing with the traffic jams at 270 I started taking Big Bend from the house to 44 to avoid that area. So I'm traveling down Big Bend and I'm at a stoplight. I hear a siren and then see an ambulance coming from the other direction on Big Bend. I have a red light and I'm out of the way, but these freaks decide to just try and make a left turn while the ambulance is coming thru the intersection. Come on people! Stop and pull over for an emergency vehicle, even if you have a green light! Someday it could be you in that ambulance and I bet you'd want people to stop for you! It's just common courtesy.

3) Today I was almost downtown with no incident. Then, as I'm passing the left exit for Lafayette Ave. from 44 (right before 44 hits hwy 55) this guy swerves over in front of me from the lane that is exiting. Meanwhile traffic has slowed in front of me so he slams on his brakes, slides a couple feet in the lane and there's white smoke all around him. So I have to slam on the brakes to avoid running into the stupid guy in front of me. He just acts like nothing happened and continues on his way down to Washington Ave. To think...he works on the same street as me...and he got to work 0.3 seconds faster than I did but could have caused a serious accident.

Sorry for the rant, but please don't be stupid on the road. It's not worth it!

Monday, August 15, 2005

Stupid School

Ah yes, my alma mater; they is really good at grammar! Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the statement on the above is not correct grammar. Shouldn't it be "The faculty are really good; they care about you."? The above image is from the homepage of none other than the University of Missouri-St. Louis. They are working hard to improve student recruitment and retention, and apparently they're appealing to those students who ain't got no grammar skills!

Thursday, August 11, 2005

LOOK! No Braces!

I got my braces off yesterday! The first picture is the before and the second is the after (obviously). The first picture is so much clearer cause they took that one at the orthodonist office and I took the second one myself.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

A Visit to Grant's Farm

So, since Gimlet and I didn't have to work today we decided to visit Grant's Farm. Neither of us had been there before (well according to my mom we went there once when I was really little but I don't remember going). First we rode the tram around most of the park. We passed mostly deer, but saw zebra and ostrich. (Talk about a big bird! the ostrich stood 9 feet tall!)

Then we got off the tram and walked thru the center part of the park where they have elephants, camels, birds, and lots of annoying kids. The best part was feeding the baby goats from baby bottles. My mom has a picture of me feeding baby goats at the St. Louis Zoo when I was about two, and I just commented to my fiance (Gimlet) that I wish you could still feed them at the zoo. So as you can see from the pictures on this post (click on them to see it bigger), the goats were absolutely thrilled to get some milk. They pushed and shoved trying to get to it!

Monday, August 08, 2005

Chicken 'n' Corn

So I thought I'd be ambitious and cook chicken and corn for dinner. (I was going to make potatos too but my fiance didn't want to stop at Schnucks on the way home from the hardware store.) I bought 2 frozen "mini hens" and figured they couldn't be that hard to make. So I go to make them tonight.

First I get chicken blood all over the kitchen (I hate thinking about the meat - which I love - as an animal anyway) because when I open the package it spills all over the counter. So I try to carry it to the sink really fast to empty the rest of the package and it drips over the floor. Then I read the instructions and find out I'm supposed to salt and pepper the chickens (that's easy enough) and truss them. So I learned what trussing a chicken is. According to Merriam-Webster Online, trussing is "to arrange for cooking by binding close the wings or legs of (a fowl)". Well, do you think I have any string?!

Well, I guess I'll have to let you know how my dinner comes out. Hm...I think I'll make stove top stuffing to go with the chicken and corn since we don't have any potatos.

Wow, three posts in one day! Can you tell I don't have a job right now?!

The Wedding Show

We went to the wedding show yesterday at the America's Center downtown. (By the way, isn't that the WORST graphic above? Whoever designed it probably used microsoft paint - yuck!) Anyway, so now it's time to make some more wedding decisions. Based on the info collected at the two wedding shows I attended here's what I get to sort through:

Photographers: 70
Transportation: 9
Florist: 25
DJs: 19

What fun this is going to be! Actually I can't wait to pick out the dress and the honeymoon details (Mexico-think all inclusive, dolphins, beaches, pools and sun).

My Favorite TV Commercial

My favorite TV commercial is for Geico Car Insurance. It's the one where it looks like an ad for a new reality show and even has the announcers voice. Then you get to the end of it and it's like "The drama will be real but it won't save you any money on car insurance!". HAHAHAHAHA

If you haven't seen this commercial you HAVE to check it out. Go to The Martin Agency and click on "What we've done" and then click the Geico logo on the right hand side. When you click "TV: Tiny House" you can view the commercial.

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Four Points Sheraton

Here are some pictures of our reception location, the Four Points Sheraton at Earth City. The first picture is our ballroom, the Joliet (minus the chair covers), the second picture is the hotel from the outside and the third is a picture of their guest rooms. The hotel is holding a block of rooms for us at a discounted rate of $79 for our out-of-town guests. Click on the pictures to seem them larger.

Friday, July 29, 2005

We have a date!

We have a date! We will be getting married on Saturday, June 3, 2006.

The wedding ceremony will be held at St. Ann Catholic Church in Normandy, MO. The picture on the right is the inside of St. Ann.

The reception will be at the Four Points Sheraton at Earth City, in the Joliet Ballroom.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

This is awesome!

These pictures are incredible! You have to check them out! It's pictures by artist Julian Beever who does his artwork on the streets and sidewalks of England, France, Germany, USA, Australia and Belgium. They are drawn in a 3-D way that makes them look real! The picture above came from this website.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

St. Louis Best Bridal Show

We went to the St. Louis Best Bridal Show on Sunday (well me and a couple of my girls - Tom of course didn't want to go). Picked up a lot of info about photographers, DJs and florists. We still need to make a decision about the reception location!

Airport Embassy Suites or Four Points Sheriton?

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

First Impressions

First Impressions are important...and even though sometimes you change your mind about someone or something after the first impression, you don't forget it.

So at lunch today I went to visit the St. Louis Airport Marriott to check them out for a wedding reception location. Well I get there and the woman is like "he's out today, we couldn't find your phone number to call and let you know." Well, they most certainly have all of my info, address, phone etc. So they had a woman who knows nothing about receptions give me a little tour. I just wanted to say, "well there's lots of other hotels around the area that I would rather do my business with!"

Monday, July 11, 2005

Wedding reception stuff

So we visited the Four Points hotel on Saturday to see it all decorated for receptions, it was very nice. This week I am visiting some other places before making the final decision.

This week I am visiting:
Stupid Westport Best Western, I tried to get info out of them and after talking to three different people I hung up. They didn't seem to realize that I wanted info about their banquet hall, not about their guest rooms, (even though I specifically pointed this out) plus they could hardly speak english!

ipod Pains

*sigh* I listen to my ipod at work everyday, and for the last week every time I plug it into my computer and open itunes it has been telling me to update the ipod software, so I finally downloaded it this morning. Well turns out I can't use my ipod now until I plug the darned thing into a wall outlet - too bad I don't have the wall outlet plug here at work and now I'm stuck listening to internet radio all day! (b-ana-nas! bananas! bananas!)

Thursday, July 07, 2005

The Reception

So I think I found the perfect place for our wedding reception today. It is the Four Points Hotel at the Earth City exit off of hwy 70. They have two nice ballrooms, one for 150 people or less and the other for 180-200 guests. They are reasonably priced and offer tons of bonuses. So I think I might have found my reception spot! I am going to visit a few other places before I make the final decision. (and of course my fiance Tom has a little say in the matter too!).

We are going to 2 wedding shows, one on July 17 and the other on August 7. I should get some ideas for the other planning stuff - dress, photographer, dj - at that time.

Well Fipsy wants to come out to play so I better go.

My first blog post

Woo hoo, I'm writing my first blog posting! Tom was complaining that I didn't post on his blog so I told him I'd make a better one.