Tuesday, February 28, 2006
at 11:49:00 PM
LMAO, isn't that a funny title..... (ok, not really, but cut me some slack!) Just wanted to stop by and say hi to everyone, I've had chance to talk to Tommy just about every day, and he seems to be ok so far (we all knew he was always right :P). As of earlier this evening, he was working on a rough draft of things to post, but hasn't had time or a good enough internet connection to post it. Right now his DSL is loading at about the pace of dial-up. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . so he's saving it til he has better access. As for myself, I'm handling this A LOT BETTER than most of you thought I would. Before we dated I was an extremely independent person, and even though I miss him like crazy, it's ok being here by myself. I'm staying busy, but even when I'm not, I'm just vegging..... I'm not sitting at home crying or being depressed. I enjoy the peace and quiet, and believe me, that's been few and far between around here with the whole gang prepping here for the trip. :) I would really like to get a "Scooby Girls" get together planned for sometime in the next month or so..... hopefully a Friday night where we can maybe go to Raleigh, and go to the Longbranch?? I've mentioned it to Marion, and Marisa, and they both say they'll go, so lets get it together. I don't care if we spend the night, as long as it's just the girls, no boys...... except Tom, cause he's like one of the girls anyway. :D I'm looking for a night, other than during Spring Break, to do this, so let me know, I want everyone's input. We have an opportunity to have a crazy night, and I'm dying to do that with my girls again...... it's been a while since any of us have done something like that, and I'm looking to add something to our "OMG, no we didn't!" memories!!! For those of you that can't talk to the guys, if you want to be able to call them, let me know, and I'll give you the number. Just remember it will be expensive to call overseas, and Clair learned the hard way that phone cards aren't always the way to go..... Tommy has sent his love with big hugs to all of you, he misses everyone, and will be glad to be home, but he's having the time of his life over there. I promise we'll both try and keep track of his anecdotes from the trip, and the pictures, so you can all see what he saw while he was gone. Baby, I love you bunches, and miss you like crazy! I am, however, getting really comfortable having the bed to myself..... :P (JUST KIDDING!!!) I guess I better go ahead and cut this short, I'm playing CoH with some of our friends, and they're pl'ing me pretty well! (That's geek speak for Tommy and I) I love you!!! Oh, and everyone in CoH misses you and hopes you're doing well! They have asked about you all night! XOXOXOXOXOXO
Monday, February 27, 2006
at 2:37:00 AM
Greetings all. This is my first post from Africa. I sit here waiting on equipment to arrive. It's 9:41 AM my time here on Monday, so it's 2 AM back where you guys are. Hope you're all having a good night's sleep... lol... I can't even begin to describe the hundreds of experiences I've already had since I've been here. It's been absolutely amazing. The country is beautiful. There are palm trees everywhere and sand.. LOTS and LOTS of sand. The weather is about 65-65 degrees all day and the nights are perfect. When I get to a better connection, I'll actually post a few pictures for you all to see so you can share in the experience. I'm staying at the Bab Al Bahar Hotel... and yeah, we're the only americans I've seen since we've been in the country. However, you can't even imagine the view I have from my room. I have a 12th floor room that is maybe a total of 50 feet back from a cape on the mediterranean sea. I wake up every day and drink coffee at 7 AM while sitting on the balcony looking out over the sea. It's the most beautiful sight imaginable. Throughout the day, you can hear the prayer singers at the mosque standing in their towers with their PA system, chanting the muslim prayer throughout the city. There are so many sights to see and so many things we have done already, that I can't even begin to describe them all here at this time, but I'm going to. I'm going to take the time to write it all down tonight and try to post it inthe morning from GECOL (where we are working.) We do not have wireless at the hotel yet, but the country has asked us to implement a wireless solution as well for them. So guess what, Tim and I are taking the entire country of Libya wireless!!! It's awesome! I will share one experience we had with you. We wanted to experience the culture from the local point of view while we had time, so we went out to a local fish market. Picture an older american movie depicting a Korean or Little-China fish market and you'll have a good idea of what this place was like. The road was pure dirt and clay, and it was surrounded on both sides by tiny little fish huts where the fisherman bring their catch from that day and display it on large trays for you to see. You browse through the vendors and make your selection of fresh fish and other seafood. They have Tuna, Swordfish, Shark, Calamari, the biggest shrimp you've ever seen, and hundreds of other fish that have no name in English that we can seem to translate. After you pick your fish, you go up to this little shack at the top of the hill where a man is standing out side cooking in a 1 foot wide by 10 foot long little iron grill. We were all wondering where in the world we would actually eat. The streets are running with salt wate and fish guts and the place reeks of the natural scents of dead fish. However, we are ushered inside this "little " room behind the grill. Once inside, you have entered an entire different world. As we enter this little rickety shack, and escorted through the front doors, we are greeted with a lavish restaurant that seats maybe 50 people. The entire building, and I mean ALL of it (floors, walls, etc) are made of solid marble. And I don't mean marble tile. I mean solid 8 foot sheets of polished blue marble. Oops.. the Doc is here, so I have to get back to work. Be back soon. Love you all.
Sunday, February 26, 2006
at 2:42:00 AM
Hey Scoobies! It' s me, your lonely Scooby missing her man who is lots and lots of miles away!! I'm just checking in, updating a few on my weekend so far..... (Tommy can read this easier than he can check his email) Yesterday was really rough for me. First was getting up at 3:30 (OMG, that's usually my bedtime!!) Then we had to drive the guys to Raleigh to the airport. Here's where it started sucking!! My baby left me to go to Libya for 6 weeks, but I'm sure most of you know that from him. They made it there and checked in and left fine, made it to NYC and had fun wasting time there til there flight to Libya. Clair and I rode home together, and thought since in Raleigh we should go to Crabtree, but forgot it was only 7 am!!!! LMAO! :P We came on home instead. I did ok yesterday until I laid down to take a nap, that's when I realized that I was alone..... I called Tommy just so I could hear his voice, and felt better after talking to him. The hardest part about him being gone is the inability to talk to him whenever. Later I went to dinner with Clair and a friend of hers, and then went to the OC to hang out for a bit. It was so cool meeting some of Marc's friends, they're all a bunch of fun!! If I hadn't had so little sleep and been so down about missing Tommy, I would have loved to go downtown with y'all, but had fun at the OC anyway. Today was horrible!!! I seriously thought about quitting the Grind a dozen times today. I got there at 11 am, and ran my ass off forever!!! First thing I had a party of 15 senior women, out for a birthday, and they were extremely demanding!! I could barely take care of the 2 other tables I had at the time, and couldn't take on anymore. The ladies ended up being really sweet and tipped me really well, so it was ok, but still stressful. And my fun didn't stop there..... we were slammed until 3 pm today!!! Our opener, that comes in at 7:30 am was still taking tables we were so busy! After sidework and all I left finally at 5:30. It was the craziest day there ever, and I hope I never have to work a weekend again! I had to come home and veg for a while after, so I could meet up with friends later. I missed a bunch of calls, thanks everyone for checking on me!! I even missed Tommy's call, and that pissed me off the most! By the time I got home, it was after midnight there, so I only talked to him for about 5 mins, and said I'd talk to him tomorrow. I went out about 10 pm to the OC, Trainwreck was playing and they were awesome!! They've added some horns to the group, and were really rocking! I hung with some girls there til I went to the "Booza-Palooza" party at a co-worker's (from the Grind) house. It was fun, but everyone there was 21-23, so it made me feel a little old and out of place. It was fun hanging out with the guys though, I've always had lots of fun with them and had many crazy memories of Pirate's Cove with them! :) Then I went back to the OC only to leave and get dinner at IHOP with Mary, Trish, and AJ. Baby, I think we're running out of late night spots, cause while we were there a fight broke out and almost had to call the cops on them all. Greenville is getting to be horrible!!! All in all it's been a pretty good weekend. I've had fun, and managed to do that going out by myself, just hoping to catch up with people when I get to my destination. That's how I used to go out, before I started dating Tommy, and it can be lots of fun, but it's much nicer knowing you have someone pretty awesome to hang out with together and go out! I miss you bunches baby, but I hope everything is going well there! I kinda want to call you, since it's about 10 am there, but I don't know if you're trying to sleep in or not. I'll try you around noon here though, when you told me to..... If you want to try me first, that's great!! I'll have my phone nearby. (Oh, and I would have had pics from tonight, but I guess someone must have killed the batteries in the camera, cause it wouldn't turn on when I checked it.....) :P Ok, well, that's it for me tonight..... I'm gonna go and crash in bed. I guess I'll check in again sometime tomorrow! Nighty-night! :) Tommy, I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!!! Muah! XOXOXOXOXOXO I'm blowing you a kiss baby!
Friday, February 24, 2006
at 10:58:00 AM
Hey Everyone...I am taking my little cousin Taylor out for her 18th birthday tonight. If anyone wants to come along I would love to have company. Give me a call on my cell. Bridgett I need to talk to you about our Memorial Day plans. Nichole kiss Logan for me and tell him that Aunt Marion will be by this weekend. April I will see you at court on Monday. Marisa I really hope you can come tonight. I would love to hang out. Ok now an update on Mom she went back to the Doctor today and her MRI and other test results came out fine. The Dr. does want her to go see a Neurologist soon. Tommy I hope you have a great trip and I hope to see you soon.
Thursday, February 23, 2006
at 6:43:00 AM
Well, this will be my last post to the blog from the United States for awhile. Our travel plans have been confirmed and I will be leaving on Friday mornning, the 24th of February at 5 in the morning. It's been a lot of headache in preparation, but it's finally here. As much as I am excited to be going to a foreign country and being able to experience a new culture, it's going to be hard not seeing all of you guys here in the states. I'm going to miss you all. I'm sure most of you got the email I sent out. In case you need something, that email contains most every method of reaching me while I'm away. If you have any questions, comments, or things I need to know, you can always leave a message here on the blog. I'll be checking it often while I'm gone. Flight Arrangements: This info is more for me than you guys.. lol.. in case I lose my flight info. Here are the flight arrangements:
First Leg 24 FEB 06 RALEIGH/DURHAM NYC/KENNEDY Flying: DELTA Flight #:5760 Departs: 845A Lands: 1020A Second Leg 24 FEB 06 NYC/KENNEDY MILAN/MALPENSA Flying: ALITALIA Flight #:605 Departs: 600P Lands: 750A Third Leg 25 FEB 06 MILAN/MALPENSA TRIPOLI Flying: ALITALIA Flight #:880 Departs: 1040A Lands: 210P Returning Flights: 10 APR 06 TRIPOLI MILAN/MALPENSA Flying: ALITALIA Flight #:881 Departs: 600A Lands: 830A 10 APR 06 MILAN/MALPENSA NYC/KENNEDY Flying: ALITALIA Flight #:604 Departs: 1000A Lands: 100P 10 APR 06 NYC/KENNEDY RALEIGH/DURHAM Flying: DELTA Flight #:5573 Departs: 600P Lands: 800P I'll post more later this afternoon when I get back from the office. Until then.. I miss you all and will write you soon. Regards, Tommy
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
at 8:51:00 PM
hey all, the first pic is one that nicole's mom took this weekend at her mima's house...the rest are done by a good friend of mine that is just getting started in photography....we took over 150 plus pics monday night ....this is a work in process at Nicole's request Logan MacKenzie Wainright Born: 01/29/06 11:50pm Weight:6lbs 7 oz Lenght: 20 1/4 inches the guy that took the pics has entered one into a contest so....go vote!!!!!!! http://photocontest.shutterfly.com/action/photocontest/vote?entry=99494 thanks lee
at 8:27:00 AM
Hey Ding. While you're technically right in your comment, I think you're thinking it worse than it is. I'm not "leaving the states for a new job." I do have a new job (thank god... I actually make money at this one.) And, one part of this job happens to be overseas, yes. But it's only from time to time. I'm still based stateside and I'll still be here a lot. Why do you think I haven't been on COH in forever? It's not for lack of wanting to, I just haven't had the time since I started here at this new company. We have alot of catching up to do at work to get these guys ready to go and that's been consuming all my waking hours lately. Anyway, thanks for the concern.. lol.. but I'm not leaving for long. Il'l be back in about six weeks I think.
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
at 6:11:00 AM
Ok.. I HAD to make something for the Jeep. I just installed new 3.5 inch super-tweeters in the front dash and they're HOT. I have to have something to blast in them this morning. So, here's what I have at this point. Temple of the Dog (yes, I love that song, so shut up) Tool Puddle of Mudd Nickelback Fuel Drowning Pool Alian Ant Farm Bush Depeche Mode Hoobastank Disturbed Default Of those, I pulled 17 tracks together... so it's got room for one more... lol.. What ya think?
at 5:41:00 AM
Well, it's 5 AM and I'm awake again. Got my coffee and cigarettes and I'm ready to start another day. I talked to Ed a little bit this morning. He sends his regards to everyone. For those who have been asking, work is going well. Today I'm trying to finish up the finalizing of all the details before we leave. If we have our Visa's ready by Wednesdsay then there is a shot we'll be leaving this week. If not it will be early next week. What else has been going on? Well, mainly, I've just been rockin the new Jeep. I'm in love with this truck. However, she needs a name. I have yet to decide on a moniker that fits. Ooh... something else I need, and this one is going out to you Bannag. I need a CD or two. We already talked about you making me one, but this is another type I'm talking about here. I need a "road rage" cd. I'm thinking something like Temple of the Dog, Tool, A Perfect Circle, etc... something that's "singable" but at the same time possesses a little "hard" to it. Can you do this? I know you're the CD queen.... hook me up your majesty.... please?
Monday, February 06, 2006
at 7:04:00 AM
Hey dear. In case you can't find your hat when you get up this morning... I stole it! And oh yeah.. sorry about that grumpy dream thing I had this morning. I woke up dreaming about visio drawings that were keeping me from sleeping... they're even taunting me in my dreams now! Can I keep the hat?..... lol
at 5:39:00 AM
Good morning all. Ugh. See that? Yeah.. that's me; at five in the damned morning. I feel like crap, am still sick, and haven't had anywhere near enough coffee yet to be doing anything, much less writing on here. I just wanted to say hi to everyone. I haven't gotten to see you guys lately and I'm sorry for that. We're all working super-hard to get ready for this trip. I got my passport this last week, and the CEO called last night from London. He's over there getting our Visa's ready so we can enter the country, so it looks like we might be departing this week. (uck... this coffee sucks) Umm what else? Oh yeah. Superbowl. Seems I missed most of it. I never heard from the gang so I just worked through most of it, but it appears the Steelers led most of the game so it wasn't really all that exciting from the parts I caught on TV. I am upset that I missed all the commercials though! I tried to watch them on MSN this morning but my browser kept crashing every time I tried to load the page, so I gave up. Anyway, anyone have an interesting weekend this weekend? I'd love to hear from you guys. Bannag, try posting a little ya know... I haven't seen your pretty face in 1 year, 1 month, and 3 days, so talkign to you in cyberspace would be nice ya know! Lee and Nicole: I'm sorry I haven't been by to see the baby yet. I'm sick and there's no way I want to give him this mess. I'm hoping to be over it before I leave so I can see you guys. Am I still on the charts for Godfather? Cause I know you mentioned it, and I know I keep hearing about it, but I haven't heard for sure from you guys. If I'm gonna be a godfather, I'm gonna have to come up with a nickname for this toddler right away.... that's what I do... And it's gotta be something cute that can follow him around and embarrass him for years to come. Somethign like stinker-butt or hairy-monkey..... lol. I'm not awake enough to be really creative yet.. give me time. Ok.. I need more coffee. Umm.. this cup isn't any better... maybe it's just me. Being sick has made everything taste like ass... I haven't had an apetite in days. (go ahead, insert food joke here) A New Thought: I have GOT to find some people to talk to at 5 AM. Of oourse it's not too hard to find conversation at 5 AM, but it IS hard to find something other than strange gay men from out of state who think they can have a relationship with a redneck from north carolina.. like I'm not so straight you could use me for a damned ruler. So far today I've had one gay guy and one guy who wanted me to sleep with his wife. Now, the gay guys I'm used to, but the "sleep-with-my-wife-guys" are another breed altogether. I can't even begin to describe how strange you have to be to do that. If YOU won't sleep with her, what in god's name makes you think that I want to? My profile on yahoo says NOTHING about anything even remotely related to sleeping with anyone. Get a grip people! Ok.. time for me to get a shower and get ready for work. Write me people!
Thursday, February 02, 2006
at 6:25:00 PM
Well ladies and gentlemen, it is official today. I am a legal and operating business owner now. I launched my business today through the IRS,(and man that was a bitch). I have opened Digital 3 Media and made it public. We are your one stop source for all of your home Audio/Visual needs. Wen order, sell, install, and maintain your entertainment needs. Thanks for your support and best wishes to you all in your own endeavors.
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
at 7:54:00 PM
ok folks, I have a friend that is getting married on March 4th 2006. I have been recently placed in charge of coordinating the reception. I need all the advice and help anyone can offer. I am at my wits end already and this fell in my lap today. so please help me friends. I am totally clueless here as this is my first attempt in doing anything like this at all. so please anyone who reads this if you have any ideas please call me and let me because I will not be able to log onto the blog and read it each day. 252-573-0127 cell 252-473-2140 home firstname.lastname@example.org is the email thanks you all for anything you can help with. Ray
at 10:40:00 AM
tom, if you have still yet to see broke back mt, and you still want to see it, i would love to go with you. i could do sat during the day or sunday during the day. i'd rather do a day time cause it's cheaper and i had to pay all of my health ins at once this month, so my check took about a $200 hit. anyways, just let me know!
at 5:16:00 AM
*raising my coffee cup in salute through the haze of cigarette smoke* "Morning All! It's 4:54 AM and I'm the only Scoob awake. I'm going to have to locate a few more people online to talk to in the mornings. There's not a soul awake that I know up at this hour. I hope you're all having a good morning, or afternoon, or whatever when you read this I'm just sitting here trying to plan my day. We'll be packing up the Jeep about 7 AM to head to work but I always have these two hours first thing in the morning to kill while I get motivated and go over all the emails I have to respond to when I get to work each morning. What's on the to do list for today? That's a productive use of blog-time so I'll start with that.
- Have Tyrhon check with Logistics to see if the Cisco equipment is all on the ground on-site.
- Create a ring topology backup solution in case they decide they want to implement the alternate fiber plan (like I can fix that once they already have the concrete laid... but whatever)
- Get update from the server guys and determine the move-ahead strategy for implementing Microsoft's new plan.
- Learn Arabic (ha.. I wish)
- Conference Call with Nizar about issues currently needing attention over there.
- Pelican Cases for the fiber equipment.
- Motorola Radios for the ground-crew once we're on-site.
- Staging Materials for the burn-in crew: markers, QA dots, labels, etc.