Sunday, February 28, 2010

Good-bye Julia Mancuso, Apolo Ohno & Bode Miller

Well, the Vancouver Olympics have come to a close. I feel like I have been broken up with. I don't know what I'll do with my time which was formerly devoted to figure skating, skiing, bobsledding and the like. I guess it is for the best. Me and the Olympics have been drifting anyway. I didn't even watch the speed skating on Friday night, because I was busy running a 5K. Times change, people drift, they move on to better things...................................Like made for TV movies on MTV.

Yes. That's right. I'm watching Turn the Beat Around. It is shades of Flash Dance, Step Up and Center Stage. Classic dancing movie. Quality, to say the least. I mean, hello. Made. For. TV. Movie. What more could you ask for on a chill Sunday night?

Other than trying to fill the void in my heart where the Winter Olympics belong, I am basking in the success of a pristine and tidy apartment. I don't remember the last time all the laundry was clean and put away. MAN! I'm excited right now. Sippin' on some hot tea, curled up on the couch. This whole Sunday-not-being-depressing thing is really working for me. Maybe I should tackle Monday mornings next...............but not tomorrow. I'll let it ride for a few more weeks.

Until next time!!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

9 Thoughts for Thursday

1. Watching the 2010 Winter Olympics makes me feel like I'm part of something bigger. I have successfully logged ABOUT 40 hours on the Watching the 2010 Winter Olympics Log - this week alone. It's fantastic. And I don't really care about anything else going on in the world.

2. Friends are the stuff of life. I went shopping with the office girls today at lunch. Who needs food? Just kidding. Don't for one minute think I'm hardcore enough to ever skip a meal.

3. Goal setting is very healthy and necessary if one is on the road to being a good person; henceforth, I have set some goals for myself. Goal number one: wear dress clothes to work for a full week. I have no real goals. Don't be fooled. I'm not necessarily on the road to being a good person. I'm merely in the neighborhood. And even then, I just hang out and then go home.

4. Writing without the word "I" is more interesting. My next goal is to start a point with anything other than the word I. Ha! I already accomplished my goal. Maybe I'm a good person after all. (I got carried away with this goal and went back and changed thoughts 1-3 so they did not in fact start with I)

5. ee cummings has written some great poetry. Let point number 6 exemplify this.

a great


Tall as the truth

was who: and
wore his(mountains


like a (now
one sweet sun

in it,now with a


flaming billion kinds
of nameless


7. What will ee cummings say about me in the poem he writes me when I'm gone? More goals: wear my life like a mountain wears the sky. That will make a better poem.

8. It is both hard and easy at the same time to live deliberately. Even more goals: figure out what number 8. might mean for me. I feel like that might help with the living deliberatly thing. Does this mean I have to find that road to being a good person again? Last time I checked, that road wasn't on the latest version of the map I downloaded on my GPS.

9. Snickers rock. The ratio of nougat to chocolate to caramel to nuts couldn't be better. Let the record show that fun size preserves that perfect ratio, where mini size does not.

Until next time!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Work Blogging: Take II

Seeing as it is snowing, and adults are really like a bunch of 3rd graders, and absolutely NOTHING is currently being accomplished on the desk of Rachel Sandidge, only one thing can possibly occur now: WORK BLOGGING! It seems as though every time I work blog, I am also wearing jeans, an indication of my over-all, generally apathetic attitude. That is what makes life worth living right? RIGHT!

This morning I rolled into work prepared for the forecasted weather. Don't judge. I was wearing a coat with a rain coat on top. With the hood cinched down. And my jeans, they might have been rolled up. And I might have also had an umbrella. Better safe than sorry.....Better safe than looking shame.

The attire from this morning is similar to that during my honeymoon, which took place in Niagara Falls. Let me tell you something - it is humid and misty there at all times. I might have worn a jacket or poncho during most of our honeymoon, again, with the hood cinched down......Matt once told me that he felt like he was honeymooning with a little boy, what with the hood cinching and all.

The Cinch is a classic move I will carry with me through life. It never lets me down and always preserves the character of my hair; even when I do The Cinch, wear sunglasses, stroll into work late, and hold to door open for the CEO of the company I formerly worked at while he stares at me in wonder.

Until next time!

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Every once in a while, a pretty near perfect day will roll around. I don't really need anything grand or especially out of the ordinary to be going on for this to occur. Today was a normal, routine day; but it left me feeling more than satisfied.

Maybe it's all about outlook. I'm not sure. As opposed to popular belief, I'm still figuring it all out. I'll let you know when I get all the answers. It will probably come in the form of a published New York Times bestseller. Right. Anyway.

Typically, Sunday seems depressing. No. I'm done with that. I got up early and went running with my trusty training partner. I went to HEB, which even seemed enjoyable. I fixed one of my favorite meals for lunch:

frozen cheese ravioli
1 medium onion, chopped
3 zucchini, diced? sliced? julienned? um....cut up
1 jar of sun dried tomato Alfredo sauce

Cook ravioli according to package. Saute onion and zucchini. Drain ravioli. Add veggies to drained ravioli and mix with sauce. Enjoy! (I usually serve with bread and salad)

We watched church online before chowing down. After lunch, I goofed around with my dear husband, in between him working and me watching select, quality, no doubt, reality TV i.e. Millionaire Match Maker.............And helped him pack for Galveston. We took a much needed trip to Sonic. What better way to welcome spring-like weather than consuming a large diet limeade??

I dropped him off on campus and drove home through CS with windows down and the music up. Days like today make me realize what I do have, and how lucky I am to be able to enjoy these little things in my life and share them with such a fantastic man.

I will be logging some hours with my book while bringing it to a close. Hopefully, Attic Man will leave me be........I can't blog about him while home alone. The explanation of the being known in the Sanchez household as Attic Man will be saved for another blog.

Until next time!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Vancouver 2010

The. Olympics. Are. The. Best.

I now have a crush on both Lindsey Vonn and Shaun White. I can't imagine the emotions and excitement of being an Olympian. Must be exhilarating!

Let me be clear. I don't appreciate the speed skating relay. How awkward are those hand offs? It really should not be called a hand off, because hands are most definitely on! And who can even tell what is going on, other than mass chaos?

Gotta go finish viewing tonight's competition. I'm out!

Until next time.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Meat Fest 2010

In an attempt to make my case of the Mondays go away, I am transforming into a work blogger. I see this as the only feasible action because the two options currently include:

a) work blogging

b) laying on the ground with a pillow on my face

The latter may be viewed as unprofessional. Seeing as I'm donning jeans today, for no apparent reason, other than my khaki's had a permanent pocket wad situation, professionalism has kind of already gone out the window. I think I'm going with choice a) to prove a point. The point being that I am a normal, rational person.

Let's review my encounter with the roast at HEB yesterday. It was early on in my 4th Valentine's Day as a married woman as I set out to make some important food purchases. The way to a man's heart is through his stomach, right? I decided to go classic: roast, potatoes, carrots, gravy and frozen Texas toast with butter, garlic and cheese, which tastes close to heaven, and brings people close to actual heaven with the ridiculous caloric count per slice, but that's neither here nor there.

I arrive at the meat section, and go straight to the sign which states: roast. I look around. There are ABOUT 12 different kinds, bone in, rump, arm, sans's a raw meat fest. I pick one, after 15 minutes of analyzing, and am relieved to leave. And realize I got a pork roast. I had to go back. To the other section, also titled: roast. Note to manager: I need clear instructions, which include roast type. I thought raw pork was offensive. No. It is a walk in the park as compared to raw beef. I'll spare you the details. Let it be known that I walked away with a great roast in my hand, which was also covered in blood from a faulty meat package.

It's a good thing I have spunk and persevered. The roast turned out to be delicious.

Until next time!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Data and Chance

When I was doing my undergrad, I had to take a class called Data and Chance. It was for Elementary Education majors, and the class was all about probability. Loved. It. We did statistics, but completely watered down so that we simultaneously learned how to teach 3rd graders the meaning of rolling dice or the probability of getting a snickers out of a bag of mixed candy. There is an 80% chance that I liked the class because most of the real life applications involved food or clothes.

I know I'm a true blogger now, because today I was making a list of things in my head that I wanted to include on my blog. First, and foremost, I received my jacket in a packet today! and right in the nick of time, because there is a 90% chance of rain tomorrow. Remind me again why I live in a place that has a 90% chance of rain at least once per week. Wait, that's right. I live here in the name of love. So I guess I can stop complaining..........NOW. Who could complain when simultaneously sporting a jacket in a packet??

Speaking of love, my dear husband is currently making a very difficult choice right now. It includes picking between the Kyle Field and the Aggie Ring background for his laptop. Hard decisions here people. He went with the Aggie Ring, because he will be the proud owner of one in a mere 3 months. Nine times out of ten, fun is going on at the Sanchez household.

Isn't funny how you morph into the story when reading a great book? I am seriously lamenting over the fact that I finished my book last night. Kolya! I miss you already! I switched to a book that may or may not measure up. Someone is already getting beat up and drugged, then placed in the trunk. And I'm on page 5. There is a 50% chance that the book will be in the freezer in no time. Yes, I put books I no longer want anything to do with in the freezer. It is a move I learned from Joey on Friends.

Chance for reading tonight: 70%.
Chance for drinking coffee, calling my mom and being funny: 100%
Chance for going to bed at a reasonable hour: 10%

Until next time!!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Chocolate Milk & Inspiration

Currently, I am watching The Bachelor. I always get sucked into this crazy show. It is stupid. I would never go on the show. (Unless it was for a million dollars and to reveal the BIGGEST SCANDAL IN BACHELOR HISTORY EVER: The bachelorette is MARRIED!!!) Most people on the show are idiots. But let me be clear: I love the drama. I am completely addicted. I kinda love the thought of falling in love on a reality TV show. It's romantic and I'm a little bit of a sucker. The Bachelor makes me realize all that I don't want to be, plus it enables me to read and enjoy my favorite blog:

Now, I have no idea what is going to be going down, where it will be going down, who will be there or what the heck I'm going to be doing in the month of May! I'm excited to see what God has in store for me as I start the next chapter of my life, but at the same time I'm becoming VERY IMPATIENT. Have I mentioned that updating my resume is my least favorite thing to do? I wasted approximately 3 hours tonight (watching a big baby fit take place on the Bachelor....) while I was scheduled to update my resume and write a new cover letter. New plan: get it done.........Tomorrow.

I'm going to look for jobs in H-Town and see what there could possibly be out there. Houston? Really? I'm possibly going to have to take this living life to the fullest and appreciating beauty in the small things over to the Texas coast? Where it is 120% humid and hot all the time? The only redeeming thing about that is the shopping. So I'm going to need to land a killer job, or be really fulfilled by teaching hoodlums. Raise your hand if you think option number one sounds more appealing..........

What I'm really going to be needing is some Chocolate milk and a little inspiration. Until next time!

PS - I already feel a little more perky.....spell check successful! No misspellings found!

Sunday, February 7, 2010


I ran 8 miles today.

I ate 8 pounds of food today.

I drank 8 beers today. Not. I wish.

I read 8 pages of my book today.

I want 8 kids, so I can post 8 pictures of them on my blog.

I have 8 friends.

I like the number 8. Not really. I prefer odd numbers to even.

Maybe I will get 8 hours of sleep tonight. That would be great.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Cogito ergo sum.

There's nothing like having Friday afternoon off!! It was a relaxing afternoon - time to myself, which is nice once in a while.

Isn't it strange that unpleasant things one goes through help shape future thoughts and character? When I was a freshman in college, I was enrolled in a philosophy class. I hated everything about that class; the readings, the professor, the guy in the front row that was constantly sucking up to the professor, the girl in the row over who I'm pretty sure hated was awful. Matt Miller was the bane of my existence those 4 months, mainly because of his attempts to get our class thinking about the meaning of communism, capitalism, existentialism, empiricism and the meaning of life in general.

Now looking back, what I learned in that philosophy plays a huge part in my thinking and decision making, not to mention the part it played in being able to understand and appreciate I Heart Huckabees, which is one of my all-time movie faves! I like to think I'm not a narrow minded person, and I'm pretty sure part of that comes from those painful 3 hours I suffered through as an 18-year old freshman in college from the booming town of Mustang.

What doesn't kill us, makes us stronger. Until next time!!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

A Day to Be

Currently watching Property Virgins - what a great show! When Matt and I buy a house in Canada, Sandra Rinomato WILL be our realtor. And I will say eh. Because we will be located in Canada.

Side note, I am tired of running in the rain. Luckily, the sun will come out tomorrow. It's only a day away.

This week seemed like the longest week of my life. I know a lot of people feel the same way because after me and my brilliant office mate stole and hid my boss's red stapler this morning, we conducted some research on Facebook and found many posts indicating that other people definitely felt that this week was dragging by. Must be a flaw in the matrix. That, or it's a side effect of the collective unconscious.

Tomorrow is Friday, my second favorite day of the week. It should be good because I'm planning to go see Dear John after eating some sushi. Matt's super excited. Note my sarcasm. But after seeing the movie, I wouldn't be surprised if he developed a big man crush on Channing Tatum. Or is it Tatum Channing? Neither seem like real names, but that man can call himself whatever he pleases!!!!!

On a more serious note, I'm going to go read my book, in honor of my grandpa. Reading was undeniably his favorite way to pass time, when he wasn't out at the farm. Tonight's reading is for you, Paw!

Until next time-