Wednesday, August 24, 2005

WHOO What A Feeling!

Good Morning All,
Its a wonderful crisp morning here in the old Beantown. I cracked my own whip this morning and got back to my usual spinning in the am routine at the gym. Boy was that a TOUGH one! The best feeling though is being freshly showered. Its almost like your on a somber dusk boatride,the world feels totally quiet and refreshed. I highly reccomend getting yourself out of bed(no excuses) and getting yourself to your Gym. Its hard to get up at first but once you are there you can just challenge yourself.

The only drawback to spinning class is that your rear end really takes a beating. This beating is worth it though when you have the desire to shape up MORE! Its gonna be a GREAT DAY!

Lets get cookin' Its wednesday!

Friday, August 19, 2005

Its Friday and Its Time To Have Fun

Good Morning all
Its a wonderful day in Eastern Massachusetts...Bostonia. The sun is shining and its Friday! Its a wonderful thing this so called sunshine...but have any of you seen the moon? Its full and glorious!

A funny thing happened last night. I was forced to visit the Apple Store. I was a bit annoyed that I had to take my laptop and airport(wireless router) to the store. I assumed they would just try to sell me another one without fixing the one i had. LIKE THE LAST TIME... I hate it when you go to a store and they make you feel that whatever you already paid for is not worth it anymore. This is the experience I had when i went to another location of the Apple Store this past winter. I was very annoyed because my Powerbook Laptop that I paid a great load of moneys battery was going un-rechargeable. I brought it to the apple store where the GENIUS(thats what they call their employees) thought that I should have to buy a brand new laptop(mine was only a year old at that point and i did not have 3500 dollars to throw it out and buy another one) mainly because the people in silicone valley at Apple decided not to make the battery mu titanium powerbook came with anymore and then made another battery for this years model. The problem that threw me over the edge was that The NEW battery that apple made did not fit my one year old laptop. I was a bit BULLED. I tried to be patient and calm and resorted to finding a generic laptop battery. Thus I vowed to never return to the Apple store and do all my business with Apple online. I then took myself out to my car in the Chestnut Hill mall parking lot and bawled in lament for my powerbook baby. I know this was pathetic but how many of you buy a 3500 dollar laptop and then the next year your told its hopeless?

Well if you know me at all i do not usually take NO for an answer. I was angry. I wanted to fix my computer. I had hope. I logged on to the internet and went to Trusty EBAY. There by the grace of God I located my battery and purchased a BRAND NEW ONE for HALF the price apple would have charged me. So the lesson here is why Pay Steve Jobs more money than he is already making? well i probably did because i still bought an apple product and i did not buy it from the Geniuses at Apple Store.

Then yesterday I encountered a wireless router problem > I had to resort to returning to that god awful store called APPLE. This time though i could go to a new location much closer to my home in Braintree(located right next to the store I work for in the mall) So My poor husband Dave dragged me to the store. I was not excited to go deal with these GEniuses again. But we went anyways and guess what?
The Genius who helped us really was a great help! He totally fixed my router. I needed a new wireless card and the genius at apple tried to sell me the generic(BELKIN) brand that was half the price. Thank you to Apple. You redeemed yourself partially. So now that this Genius really did his job and took the time to explain everything to me so that I would understand it I feel like Apple is not trying to just sell sell sell anymore. They actually hired the right person in that guy. He looked beyond the selling point and really made the brand look better. I would have been happier if the replacement part was free but hey...I think this guy has helped out more than any other Apple person ever tried. So its a wonderful Day and I have the fastest computer in the world. I am a happy customer. KEEP THE FAITH!

Hope you all enjoyed my story. There are plenty of more to come. Tonight I get to help my sister in law write out 133 wedding invites. I should give you all a new story about Thai Food and wedding invites on my next entry. Til then....pray for my wrist that it holds up to the pressure! Ciao!

Monday, August 15, 2005


Hey there
Feeling Fabulous and Sultry Today
Watch out World!


Friday, August 12, 2005


So I believe after telling you that I work in a very cool Kitchen/Housewares Retail shop, you would think the store had adequate surveilance?
Most would think so.
But there is not enough.

Working at the store makes me happy. I therefore make more money than just working one job. I use such extra money to pay the bills but then sometimes that leaves me wanting to buy more frivoulous things (such as things at the Kitchen Store)
One thing that does not make me happy are shoplifters.
It infuriates me that I work Hard for my money and then some random theif(usually disguised very well as a normal shopper) steals something valuable. I have experienced such strife in the past couple of days over this issue. Maybe its because my parents raised me to have some sort of Morals. I wish others had the same morality.
Case in point.....Theif disguised as mother with baby in stroller walks through the store. She asks me where the pillows and comforters are on display. I tell her. I move on to helping the next impatient customer. While helping this customer I am interupted by another customer. Multimask Marisa helps this OTHER customer. and so on and so forth....Customer one...looking well put together and the least bit suspicious brings an item up to the counter and tells me she needs to return it. I ask for her sales receipt and she claims its a gift so she does not have the receipt. I tell her then store policy is store credit only. So she says she would like to exchange it for a full size comforter(thus this is the same comforter i would have liked to buy for myself so i tell her...what a great choice). She and I do the required exchange of paperwork. The price of the old item being returned for the new one is almost an equal exchange. Except for the .11c off. So we issue a store credit for .11c as we must even though I think that is ridiculous. Who spends .11c in a store that sells 15.00 candles?
Anyways, I do my job as I am there to do. I like to help people make good purchases. But i was suspicious.....There is a history of past shoplifters returning this exact item. BUt i think...well I cannot discriminate..this must be a valid return...or NOT
After the transaction is done....The customer leaves the store. Then my manager reveals that that ITEM was definately stolen because the ONLY one that was on the shelf (and we did not sell one all night or in the past two days) was Missing. Yes we all discover ...this customer just made off with something she did not pay for.

People steal
We all know that
BUt with not enough surveilance we cannot Prove it
til after the fact.
Where is the justice?
What will the baby in the stroller learn from his mom?
That its ok to steal just so that you can have Fancy Housewares?
I do not base my life on having fancy things in the house
frankly because my husband and I are just happy to have
food on the table and a roof over our heads.
We do not cheat others to get ahead.
I am in no way effected by this persons theft
but the morality is
Its just not right.
Its not a healthy way to live your life.
And I fear for this childs upbringing.
I know I cannot save the world from evil
There will always be THEIVERY and that saddens me.

I do not have children yet
but when i do someday
I will gladly teach them the meaning of
hard work and dedication is better than any
fancy car or brand name shoe.

(I know that you all think I am nuts now. But hey you must have a reaction to this.
Feel free to give feedback. I just hope that you all understand this entry was just to get it off my chest because i needed to vent. I am trying to move on but somehow it felt good to just get my story out there.)

Monday, August 08, 2005

This is not really a picture of me but it is similar to me if i was a model ha ha ha Posted by Picasa

NOt a movie star...but close!

Buon Giorno,
My name is a long one so i will just go by my first two...Marisa Josephine. Its pretty Italian. I guess you could say I am completely Italian. Mom is from Sicily and Dad is from Pordenone, Italy. I am what you call first generation Italienne.

I hail from Boston. Its my home. Its my home with my husband, Dave and my favorite cat Sushi Ciao. She's from Boston too. I have always wanted to do a blog. I love to talk and share recipes on how to deal with life, find new ways to enjoy the same small city(you can literally cross the city on foot in about two hours) and figure out how to not have a boring life.

When do you know you have become complex? When you have a degree in Graphic Design but choose to work doing Payables in a thriving plumbing supply business...i guess that is a mouth full. I am lucky enough to work for my family doing the accounting/bill paying for our family run company here in Boston, MA. Its pretty interesting learning a new trade but hey...when do artists not learn something new? An artist must be able to try many roads in life to get to that perfect piece they call a masterpiece. I prefer to cook up a new recipe for life in any way I can.

I did not mean to work in the Plumbing Supply Field. This path i have taken on is just making it a more stable life for both myself and my husband. My husband works too but in a hospital doing respiratory therapy. He loves it but aspires to be a Physician Assistant (so therefore one must go to grad school to achieve that goal). Dave loves the hectic life of school full time and work full time. I myself work two jobs. One must if you must keep your head above water. I work part time selling retail housewares in a hustle and bustle Big Chain Retail Kitchen store(the name shall remain anonymous). This store is a great place to learn new techniques and make new and exciting friends that keeps me sane and busy busy busy.

You see cooking is my other love of my life. I aspire to create new and healthy dishes to share with my husband, family and friends. Someday I hope to start my own design firm which goals will be shared later on.....i know you are trying to digest who the heck i really am...

I sometimes compare my spirit to the ever changing fad of nailpolish colors. All colors seem to revolve around what season it is. My art and thoughts are constantly changing too. It keeps me young and spicy!

have you ever thought to yourself....what is your purpose? I hope to find out. But like most I probably will not figure it out til i am 99 and still painting my toenails bright pink.