Mary Fioratti

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Can’t Find a Pen

When the phone rang this morning, I wasn’t expecting to have a long conversation but it turned out to be a good one. I needed to write down a phone number before I hung up, and I could not find a pen anywhere. Now, a phone number is not all that many numbers, but I have to be honest – I can’t remember phone numbers. And a phone number is important to get right – if you mess up just one number, the rest of them are no good to you.

I usually type everything at home and can’t remember the last time I used a pen or pencil at home to write a list or a note or even a phone number on a scrap piece of paper. I dug around in my pocket book and found an old Bic pen, but when I tried to write with it there was no ink in it. I scribbled and tried to get the ink to cut loose – but no luck.

You won’t believe what I ended up doing to write down the phone number – I had to use an old tube of almost gone lipstick and I wrote the damn number on my bathroom mirror. So now I have to type the number into my contact list on the laptop and go clean off the mirror.

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Cleaning Up the Yard

Yesterday was my day for yard work and today I am so fucking sore that I could hardly lift my arms over my head to wash my hair in the shower. We had really bad storms on Thursday night, and my yard was covered with broken off tree limbs and piles of leaves. Some of the tree limbs were bigger round than my arm and were quite heavy to drag across the yard. Now I have a big pile of tree limbs and branches on the side of the house and the trash guys won’t come pick them up until the end of January. I guess I need to borrow somebody’s truck and haul these to the landfill that accepts yard waste. I don’t want a pile of branches sitting there for almost 3 months. Who know what kind of critters will end up trying to climb in there make nests over the winter. With my luck a family of fucking skunks would decide to make that their home.

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Cold Mornings and Pumpkin Spice Lattes

The weather has turned cold and I reluctantly bid summer goodbye. The leaves are dropping quickly now and it was actually below freezing a couple of mornings ago. So, I take solace in my morning cup of coffee, and tossed this year’s flip flops into the trash.

Have you tried the new Starbucks pumpkin spice latte? I don’t usually like flavored coffee drinks, but the guy at Starbucks gave me a pumpkin spice latte for free a few days ago. I’m not going to turn down a free Starbucks drink, so I gave it a taste and was very much surprised. It tastes damn good and I am a new fan. And to be honest, if he had not given it to me for free, I can assure you that I would never in a million years forego my regular Starbucks coffee order and risk $5 on something that does not even sound appealing.

Cold mornings and pumpkin spice lattes are the perfect pairing. Especially on a dreary, gloomy Monday.

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Ready to Party My Ass Off

Oh yeah – tomorrow is the big night – our company Christmas party! The boss was able to book a private party room at the fancy schmanzy restaurant downtown called The Stockyards. I’ve only been there a couple of times – it is really expensive and the food is delicious. Plus it is a big part of Nashville history – it really was a building used by farmers and ranchers to auction their livestock, back in the day. But it’s been a fancy restaurant for at least 50 years now – where the elite go for an school style dinner, with bathroom attendants and servers wearing white tie!

Last time I went to the Stockyards for dinner, it was a company event – a regional sales meeting with guys who flew in from all over the country. We had the meeting at out office and then everyone went to the restaurant to relax and kick back. The boss called it “bonding” and it was really nice to have time to chat with each of the guys over dinner and get to know them a little better. When you like someone it sure is easier to work with them during the work week.

The Stockyard is all about huge steaks and great vegetable side dishes and for dessert they always offer pecan pie – without homemade ice cream, if you like that. They have a club in the basement with a kickass DJ and huge dance floor. The boss promised an open bar for all of us all night long – so you can bet your sweet ass that there will be some craziness and lots of fun at this party. I can’t wait!

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Still Need a Dress for the Party

Looking in my closet for a party dress for Saturday night, I came up empty handed. Sure, I have several cute dresses, but I can’t wear the same one that I wore to last year’s party, the other one is too short to wear around the people I work with, and I need something that will be really cute and flashy without being slutty. So I need to go shopping.

Last year I found a lot of really nice tops and jackets at Macy’s. So i guess I will start at Macy’s and see if they have any nice party dresses that so expensive they are out of the budget range of most of the other girls at work. If i don’t like anything there, I’m not sure where else to go. I don’t want to show up at the party in the same dress as anyone else – they would suck ass. So I want to find something nice and unique.

Maybe I should shop online instead of local. If I find something online tonight they can ship it to me and if if doesn’t fit I will still have a couple of days to find something else that I like. The party is next weekend – I am running out of time, and this is important.

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