Witches, Warlocks, Walt, and Ghouls

3 of these things are not the other. Although I am unsure which of the 4 mentioned items in the title post are the Scariest. I will let you all decide (and let me know in the comments).

First let me say Happy Halloween everyone. The weather here is better than it has been the past 2 years but overcast and dreary. Doesn’t matter much to me since I won’t be out Trick or Treating in it or trekking out to any parties. Just a simple dinner at home with the light off since I didn’t buy any candy and we never get any kids going door to door anyway.

So I may jump around a bit in the timeline of things just because I can so deal with it.

Monday night we had our annual election of officers at Drum Corps. Although there were originally 3 of us running for Drum Major, the current Drum Major, Myself, and the previous Asst Drum Major, the election did not go in my favor.  I was elected as the Asst Drum Major this year which makes me hopeful that next year I can be back in front of the Corps full time as the Drum Major. The current Drum Major removed his name from the ballot and the Woman who was Asst Last year had more family members in the voting population than I did it seems.

Tuesday night we were invited to attend a Gay Mens Social night that a semi-local bar/restaurant is trying to get going. It was a small crowd, most of which attend the First Monday of the month Social Night that we go to. It was a fun time and we look forward to going back again. We ended up joining a few of the regulars there for dinner, which ended with Flaming Shots. The video really is interesting, although the bartender had a bit of trouble getting his trick to work right every time.

Sunday we managed to harangue our Friends Walt and Ken (and by harangue I mean plan over a month ago) to meet for Brunch at the same place we met last time (July). We had a great time as always, enjoying the food, the company, and the eye candy, and judging others. Below is a pic of the one thing that Ruined Brunch.
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Saturday night we were invited to The International Conference of Witches Warlocks & Ghouls, an annual party that our friend Tom has been hosting for years. We met Tom through our friends Mike and Geoff who host Gayme Night every month.

I wasn’t sure who we would know at the party but we ended up having a great time. The crowd was very mixed, straight, gay, lesbian, man, woman, and in between. There was an abundance of Women dressed as Men but the costumes were all fantastic. There was the token Sexy Cop who brought her Boyfriend the Convict, who was HOT!

thomHere is the host of the party as the Mad Hatter (without his Hat). Those tights, that chest hair, the fancy Jacket, he had it all. I was unable to find a good pic of him with the Hat on but it made the costume that much better.

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This is me with our friends Mike (the Military guy) and Sam (the Gladiator). Mike’s Husband Geoff was unable to attend the party with us as he had a ton of school work to get done and ahead of since he has family coming in to visit next week.

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Here are the Hubby and I (and Mike) as we arrived to the party. I should say after we arrived to the party and there were last minute adjustments to the costumes, most notably me taking off my jacket and pants I wore in the car to get to the party in. WHAT it was cold Saturday night. We don’t really have a name for what The Hubby is, it was a costume I wore a couple years ago we said was kinda Anime. It looked good on him. The other person missing from these 2 photos is Sam’s Husband Josh who was in and out of Costume as he went as a werewolf.

And so October is coming to a close which means good things ahead on the Work front. The changes to the organization, notably my dept assimilating into the Sales Dept take effect next week. Monday starts the new journey and as I’ve said to others around here, it’s every man or woman for themselves.

TMI Thursday

RANDOMNESS

1: Could you go the rest of your life without smoking a cigarette? Yes, since I’ve gone this much of my life without.
2: Are you single/taken/heartbroken/confused? Taken, and then some.
3: What if I told you that you were handsome/pretty? Flattery will get you everywhere.
4: Ever been told “it’s not you, it’s me”? No, but I have some “friends” I wish I could say it to.
5: Are you interested in anyone right now? Does Cake count as anyone? I’m always interested in Cake.  No I’ve got my husband.
6: What are you looking forward to in the next week? Brunch with our Fabulous friends Walt and Ken.
7: Do you want to be single/married/in a relationship? I am married, so I guess I want to be.
8: Have you pretended to like someone? Daily.
9: Have you ever told somebody you loved them and not actually meant it? No if I say it I mean it, and not just in the love for the rest of my life as a partner. I truly love my friends.
BONUS 
Are you better at giving oral sex or receiving oral sex?? Most definitely better at giving.

Ain’t no sunshine in my disco break

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a very good friends very big night out.

My friend Steven is very passionate about raising money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, it’s one of his endearing qualities, we all need something to support. Aside from the local Light the Night walk he participates in with his Team from his company, he coordinates and Emcees Rock for a Remedy.

Rock for a Remedy 4 was last night and had a stellar crowd, from what I hear larger than previous years. What makes this fundraiser so great is that ALL the money collected between the Suggested Donation at the door and the money made from the Raffle prizes goes to LLS. How many fundraisers that you go to can brag about that. The Restaurant, Vintage Bar, donated the space, all the raffle prizes were donated and the Rock and Roll bands that performed donated their time.

The opening cover band was Father Nelson and the Backsliders who are very popular in the Westchester County NY Area. They performed last year and were very good, though I didn’t know all of their songs. The Main attraction was new this year and I applaud Steven for picking this awesome cover band for this honor. Ursuland was amazing and the short video below certainly do not do her Justice. I want to thank Steven for a wonderful night, I know he was very grateful we traveled on a work night (only about 45 minutes) to help support him, but it’s what friends do ya know.

To say things at the office have been a whirlwind of change and information overload would be an understatement. On Oct 1, after months of speculation and work on our part, we were told that along with getting the title change (to Project Coordinator) we would also be part of a reorganization and have a new reporting structure.

As I have said for the last couple years, I never understood how the Customer Support Team was umbrella’d under the Operations dept along with our Technology and Data Compilation teams. Well the time has come for us to be aligned with the Sales Dept once again. There wasn’t much information given last week other than we would be moved and integrated into Sales. This meeting was on the heels of finding out 2 Sales reps were on their way out of the company, one on Sept 30th, the other left Oct 4th, and now we find out today that a third one is leaving on Tuesday.

This past Wednesday we had another meeting with the VP of sales to further break down the new reporting structure. We were going from a Team of 12 all reporting into 2 different people, to being dispersed amongst the District Sales Managers in teams of 2 or 3. I for one am very happy with this change as I have been very unhappy with the 2 Leaders we are moving out from under. They are both staying with the company, one moving into sales with us, the other going back to the Data team where she was before she was flung into the Customer Support Team Leader role.  The team is split 40(happy)/60(more worried) on this move. I fall into the 40, I could go so far as to say I fall into the 20% who are Ecstatic. My new leader actually works remotely from his home in Iowa and I have started reffering to him as The Lumberjack because of his full beard, flannel, and laissez a faire attitude. He gets me. He knows I will do my job to the best of my ability and reach out to him for support and help when I need it. I like working this way. I know how to do my job and I do it well.

Today was the final day of me covering for my coworker (who also happens to be a good friend) while she was on vacation for 2 weeks. I am very happy she will be back Monday. I was so happy this afternoon I decided to take a Disco Break around 3pm.

And yes this disco ball DOES hang at my desk for all to see. The hubby was the one who bought me the cute little USB light I plug into my desktop and shine on for all to see.

St Kitt’s August 2013

Well I finally got around to getting these videos off the phone and into my iPhoto library and Uploaded to YouTube for sharing.

This is  video I took while doing the the 3rd line in the 5 line course.

Here are some pics we took during the excursion.

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This is another video of Brian in flight at the end of the line.

This one is the final run where we get to go 2 at a time almost as a race.

October Fest

Last night the Hubby and I went to a local restaurant to partake of their Oktoberfest menu. This is the second year the owners have created a special menu for the month. A little backstory about the restaurant is that the Chef has been seen on the Food Network as Alex Guarnaschellis sous chef on Iron Chef America. I will say the food there is amazing.

Here are the pictures of our meal.

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It’s now early Saturday evening and I am on my way home from the last parade of the season. It’s bittersweet because I enjoy marching but won’t miss the craziness and antics of the members. I mean I will still see them every week at practice but it’s not the same as being trapped on a bus with them for a few hours. Below is some video I took of the first bagpipe band that marched by while we were waiting our turn.

TMI Thursday – How do you Like?

HOW DO YOU LIKE_____?

1. Your coffee? Black with splenda for everyday drinking, Frou-frou when I’m feeling special
2. Your sandwich cut? In half, square or diagonal? Crust or no crust? Crust, Whole, that is when I am eating a sandwich. Bread is a treat these days not a norm.
3. Your coffee or tea? Black Coffee, Tea with Honey.
4. Your alcoholic beverages? Strong and fruity (like my men LoL). With an umbrella sometimes too.
5. Your ice-cream served: cup, cone, soft or hard? Cup, hard, and chocolate over any other flavor.
6. Your hair–long or short? Up or down? Straight or curly? Permed or natural? Short. Haircut every 5 weeks.
7. Your cell phone? Working.
8. Your computer? Macbook Air Laptop.
9. Your web browser? NOT IE although that’s what I am forced to use at work.
0. Your car? Simple.

BONUS 
Your sex? Position? How often? Mild or wild? One or more? With a man, On my back, often enough, Mostly mild, the more the merrier.