Sunday, October 30, 2005

Too Soon?

Last night Corey and I went to a couple of Halloween parties. We personally didn't end up dressing up, though I did wear orange in the spirit of the holiday. Unfortunatly the night didn't end up being a blast as we had hoped. I was in a weird mood, partially because of there was a chick at the first party that, to put it mildly, I really don't enjoy being around. At least at that party we had fun people watching. The second one was a huge loft party. There was a $10 cover for all the drinks you can handle and there were at least 300 people there. I'd probably safe to say the 90% of the partiers there were improvisor. The problem is that when it's that big of a party,it's hard to actually party. We spent a majority of the night just looking for cups and the kegs and the other part trying to squeeze through the crowd and not lose each other. It was just too hard to really talk to people. Maybe it makes me a geek for not enjoying it, but it was just too much. After an hour and a half or so, we went home, with our 2 beers cost us $5 each.

Best costume of the night? Well, I don't know if it's the best, but the one that stood out to me the most were two people (at the first party) who wore grey long underwear with black lines all the way down them. One person had a plane that had "crashed" into her and the other a plane on a wire headed towards him. They were the Twin Towers.... ooohh, yeah...I don't know. Too soon? I can't tell. On one hand, it was creative and a little awesome. On the other, it was wrong and a little offensive.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Please let it be November

I have had a great year filled with many wonderful moments. The biggest, obviously, being that Corey and I got married. But there's also been time spent with family and friends, getting on an IO team, fun shows, parties, my promotion and the list goes on and on. I'm mentioning these things so that I can remember the bright side. For the sake of staying positive, I will also end this post on a high note... The lower end of this year has been the month of October. One of the main reasons being all the sickness. You've all been patient with me as what seems like post after post I talk about how I (or Corey and I) are still sick. Well, finally last Thursday I got over it. I left work early, went home and pretty much slept for 13 hours straight. I woke up the next day, renewed, refreshed and thrilled to be back in the game. This weekend was awesome (more on that later) I actually had energy and got a ton done. However, it is October and October is apparently the month that is determined to be bad to me. Monday night, I spent the evening until about 11:30pm in the emergency room. Long story short, they thought it was appendicitis, then possibly some sort of ovarian or other "ladies" issue. Luckily I wasn't in a ton of pain and actually felt better than I had most of the month, but there were just some weird symptoms going on. Anyways, as they are hooking me up to fluids, all I could do is throw my hands in the air. Of course I would spend the evening in the hospital, of course it would be my appendix, this is the kind of month I'm having. If I had a puppy, it would've been hit by a car, too. I also learned how much I use humor as a defense mechanism. As they were hooking me up to an IV and tears were streaming down my face out of frustration, I was still making Corey and the doctors laugh..."just because you call it an 'appy' doesn't make it happy, doc." Turns out it wasn't an appy. I was discharged with no answers. The doctor reminded me that they aren't God and don't always know why we have pain. They don't think it's anything serious or obviously they wouldn't have let me leave the ER. I just have to do some follow ups with my regular Dr. to find out why I still have this weird pain in my abdomen. Unless, of course, it gets worse. Sigh... If only it were November. Stupid, jerkpod October.

On the upside to this month, we had our post-wedding celebration in Chicago this weekend. Since we weren't able to bring everyone back to KC for the big day, we threw a party here. Lots of drinking, dancing and karaokeeing (sp?) was done till 3am. It was a blast and again such an amazing memory to see all our friends supporting us. I'll try to post pictures of it later.

Monday, October 17, 2005

First Day

Today is officially my first day on the new job. I should be really happy. I get to wear jeans, I have a lot more independence and freedom in this job, I'm busier, more challenged, and my new boss is going to be gone this first week and a half, not to mention half of the rest of the year. Then why aren't you happy, Monique? You may ask. Well, because I can't get rid of this God-forsaken sickness. I've been sick with some sort of sinus infection for 3 weeks now. I finally thought I was over it the last half of last week, but then out of the blue, I woke up yesterday with a sore throat and head congested. This later turned into body aches and a fever. Why am I falling apart? I never get sick, so apparently I'm making up for years worth of healthiness. This sucks so much balls. My head feels like it's going to explode. What's worst is that I will likely have to miss my rehearsal tonight since I can barely see straight, let alone jump up and down for warm-ups or have energy for scene work. I know though that my team is going to be annoyed that if I don't make it, because that's what those Jerkpods (along with the President of Jerkpods, our coach) do, since they don't like me. I shouldn't feel guilty about staying home if I'm legitimately sick. I only decided to come to work since it's my first day in this position and at least now I don't have to answer phones and greet guests like I did at the reception desk. Now I can just sit in my cube, by myself and not talk to anyone else. Another plus of this job! For some reason, every since I started working here a year and a half ago, I've had health issues. I never did before, maybe it's just Murphy's Law. Once I got insurance, my back goes out, I have sleep issues, I get this F-ing sinus infection that won't go away! I'm just waiting to break a bone or get stitches, might as well top it off right.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Movin' on up

"You can't have your cake and eat it too" Ok, so I know what this means, but where does it come from? I just don't understand the concept. If you have cake, of course you're going to eat it. Why wouldn't you.
I'm not trying to be cute here, I really want to konw.

Anyways, I've got 2 more days left of this hellish job and just one more weekend until freedom. On Monday I start my new job in my new position. It's still not total freedom, but I can already tell just from this week of training a little that I'm really going to like it. My boss is very nice, patient and not a female with raging emotional issues. Not that my old boss is bad, she just crosses the line of personal and professional too often. I hear however (from the girl that's training me) that I'll have shit to deal with from the 17 Regional Managers I'll be working with. Looking forward to fun adventures (and probably some whining) later with this new department.


Monday, October 10, 2005

Jeff teabags ice cream

Spent the weekend with friends in Rock Island. Our friend Pete went home to visit family, so it's always a good excuse to meet him down there and hang out. Since we couldn't get off work early, we had to leave Chicago from downtown during rush hour on a Friday. Real smart. It took us about 12 hours to make the usual 3 hour trip. Ok, maybe that's an exaggeration, but we were still in stop and go traffic for what felt like forever. Then again, I slept through the first hour or so of the trip, so it wasn't so bad on me.

Once in Rock Island, we had a blast as usual. Saturday during the day,after yummy soup and ice cream from Mama Comptons, we went to West Music store to find sheet music for an audition I have tonight. I'll let you know how it goes later. Anyways, while at West's I picked up a saxaphone for the first time in probably 5 years. It's a lot like riding a bike... a bike that's broken and out of tune. I was horrible, sigh. Oh well. We got to play a show on Saturday night at the Comedy Sportz. Jeff (the owner) brought in a live band to play for the show. Overall, I think the show was really good, Corey was definately on. Either way, it was a ton of fun as usual. We spent the rest of the time drinking and laughing.
Looking forward to the next trip guys!


Saturday, October 01, 2005


OK, here's the deal. Monique and I just posted a bunch of pictures from our honeymoon in Vegas. They kind of tell a story, and we feel are best viewed in the order that we posted them. However, Blogger puts newer posts above older ones. So, to see these postings in the order intended, you should scroll down 4 posts to the one titled "Honeymoon Pictures!". If you get to "Corporate Suck Ass", you've gone too far. Try and scroll real fast, so as to not see things out of order. Then again, you could just scroll down right now, completely ignoring these instructions. I bet you're the kind of person who reads the last few pages of a mystery novel right off the bat, too. The kind of person who gives away the endings to movies, as well, right? Well fine! Be that way!

- Corey

The Fremont Street Experience

The last night of the honeymoon, we hung out with our good friends Tom and Bridget. They live and work in Las Vegas, and know the cool spots to hang. They took us to "old Vegas" to get to experience Fremont Street. It's awesome. If you've never been, you should. They're all about giving you a good time, and any enticement to get people away from the Strip, they have it. The four of us had a blast, got good and drunk, and learned a new blackjack game, Blackjack Switch. Here's what that night looked like:

Montage Day - part 2

More from Montage Day!

Montage Day

On our third day in Vegas, Monique and I had what we like to refer to as "Montage Day". To fully experience these pictures as they were intended, you should pretend that you're watching a movie. It stars Monique and Corey as a couple of co-workers that always seem to butt heads. They're on a business trip in Las Vegas, and due to circumstances beyond their control, woulnd't you know it, the hotel is all booked up and these two must end up sharing a room. Well maybe it's the moonlight or maybe it's the wine, but wouldn't you know it, they fall in love. And here's the day they spend discovering all the fun to be had in Las Vegas. It's best viewed with upbeat, fun montage music. May we suggest you play something like "Daydream Believer" by the Monkees or "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves or "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor.

More from the wax museum

Honeymoon Pictures!

No, not those. Pictures from our trip to Vegas, after the wedding. There are some limitations to the Blogger picture posting, so it'll get broken up into a few volumes.

Volume #1 - Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum - It's always been a dream of Monique's to see one of these. Luckily for her, there's one located at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas. Some of the figures were amazingly life-like! Here's a selection of our favorites....