A Breath Of Fresh Air!

Whew, so one more stressor is now off the table as a huge deliverable for my job was due yesterday so now I can relax and surf the web as I ought to be able to while at work!

Some items of note:


Despite the dismal play of the Steelers' against the Jags, apparently Joey Porter's dogs are tougher than the team, having killed a miniature horse. Yikes! Of real note is that the Steelers/Bengals game is this Sunday, a huge rivalry for me since I live in the freaking 'Nati and have to deal with the obnoxious Bengals' fans on a constant basis. I actually think some of my friends are pissed at me right now because of my Steelers' devotion... only Bengals' fans...

I'm actually pretty optimistic about this game, Ben coming back from a horrible game will be motivated and hopefully healthier and against an injured Bengals team. It'll be a physical game for sure and we'll have a much better time against the Bengals defense than we did against the Jags. As long as we get our Offense going, we've got the game won because our Defense rocks so I'm pretty confident we'll be able to stop them.

As thrilled as I was that my Vikings have pulled out two wins against tough competition (the Redskins and the Panthers), they were a little close for comfort. The Vikes have to step it up this weekend to prove that they are for real against a huge division rivalry Chicago Bears. This game is important because the Vikes and the Bears will probably be the only two teams in the division competing for that Division Title, so this may an important tie-breaker game later in the season. I'm not going to lie, I'm nervous about this game because Chicago has been looking explosive, but then again Chicago has played Green Bay and Detroit, two horrible teams in our division. Meanwhile the Vikings have played the Redskins and the highly acclaimed Panthers, two tough teams that were highly talked about in the preseason. So, while the Vikings have barely won some games, they've done it against tough teams and they've fought for their wins.

Two division games this weekend, it's going to be exciting. A funny little article on which team is most like which female food network celebrity chef from the AFC North.

By the way, WTF is the President doing visiting with the Bucs for a pep talk? Doesn't he have better things to do? Like, um, run the country? Not that he's really doing much in that department either... but don't let me get into that.


On top of that and much more importantly it's my two year anniversary with my husband! Saturday night will be some wining and dining and hopefully a little somethin' somethin' on the side. Hehe, I'm excited. I can't believe it's only been two years because we've been together for seven years and have lived together for four years now. It hasn't been easy, but it's been fun, challenging and wonderful nonetheless. I love it and am excited to have some romantic time with him, which is hard to sneak in our busy, hectic lives. Especially recently! But now that most of my stressors are over with I can completely concentrate on our anniversary this weekend, and the Division games of course!

Yummy Leftovers

Sandra Ruttan has a great post on authors reviewing other authors' stuff and the controversy that ensues.. There is also an interesting post about Amazon.com allowing authors to respond to customer reviews of their books. Interesting, though I could see this getting ugly. Also check out this post from S. W. Vaughn's blog on whether or not writing critique groups are helpful or hurtful for authors. An interesting topic that is highly debated in the writing world! I left my thoughts on the matter in the comments section, leave yours too!

Also, an interesting article on plagiarism, including a nice little dig on apparant plagiarist Ann Coulter, gotta love that. Which brings me to this verbal exchange on the Overheard in the Office blog. OMG, how hilarious is that? I lo-ove it!

Anyways, I'm off, probably leaving work soon since I've put in oodles of extra time this past two weeks and then I'm hoping I have a fabulous weekend with romance and some kicking ass football games in which my teams, of course, win! Luckily we're going out for our anniversary Before the football games because the results of those would have definitely affected our night out, for better or worse. Yeah, I get pretty into the games, as a friend found out when he mocked me through text message (Blast Text Messages!) near the end of the Steelers' shut out game... oh, he was toast! Argh, Bengals' fans, can't live with them, can't get away from them in the nasty 'Nati. Lucky me. At least I ran into a Pittsburgh fan at lunch today, wahoo. That's always a small treat.

Hugs and kisses everyone, thanks for all the support and kind messages of recent, especially about my new look! :) Looking forward to this weekend and in an awfully cheery mood today despite the dreary, rainy weather.


angie said...

Have a fab anniversary celebration. Glad to hear life's giving you a little breathing room!

mai wen said...

Thank you so much, Angie!!

Renée Robinson said...

Happy anniversary, Mai! And thanks for the yummy leftovers. Particularly enjoyed the discussion on crit groups. It was comforting to hear they're not for everyone. It took me a long time (a year!) to gather up the nerve to leave mine.

Amra Pajalic said...

Happy anniversary. Hope you have a great night. The blog colours are great. Colourful, but really easy to read and a very soothing feel. I'll definetely check out that critique post. I have a bit I can say on that topic. lol.

mai wen said...

Thank you so much Renee and Amra for the well wishes for my anniversary! I did have a wonderful night. :)


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