Hello from Germany

It’s day five of a business trip, and as I sit here with a bit of a hangover, listening to a presentation on finance, I thought I would jot down a few random thoughts …

1. Potatoes and schnitzel can be found everywhere. For every meal. 

2. German men enjoy colorful socks. Stripes, polka dots, bright colors … you can find the Germans in the room by their socks. 

3. The German language is intimidating. How many 25 letter words can you have?!

4. Cryophobia is clearly rampant. I’ve had one glass of ice water since I’ve been here, and I had to beg for it.

5. Flight simulators are awesome. If I had $25 million euros, I would buy one. 


Happy 2015!

I enjoyed 17 glorious “office free” days over the holidays, and while I didn’t go anywhere, I did give myself the best gift ever … girl time, and lots of it. Time with former colleagues (on a party bus no less), several fun evenings out with close friends, time with my mom and aunt, and of course, time with the two most special girls in my life.


I also watched 53 episodes of Scandal, and organized every closet in this place. So 17 days may have been a few too many.

Sleepless Chatter

Tomorrow I’m heading into a third surgery on my neck for a staph infection. I should be sleeping, but instead I’m wasting time on Twitter, watching bad TV and contemplating all the bad things that could happen. It’s interesting how I’m now nervous about things (like anesthesia) that I wouldn’t have thought twice about pre-kids. I’m also considering staying up all night, so I can sleep until my surgery at 2 p.m. … since I can’t have food, water or even a stick of gum until then. WTF? I think my doctor is pissed at me for not just healing already.

Oh, and did I mention that it is currently 60 degrees in my room? I was just telling someone how I love sleeping in the cold, so the Universe said “Really? How cold would you like it?” And then the heater downstairs stopped working. But at least I have this one to keep me warm.


So I leave you with this … what I fear will be a regular feature on this site. We’ll call it … Questions Scarlett asks to make me feel stupid. Today’s edition is “What are chemicals made of?”

Media binging

An article I read last week discussed several consumer trends, including one called media binging. Media binging is when you watch crazy amounts of TV at one time, usually because of NetFlix or Hulu.

So now there’s a name for my condition. In the last five weeks, I’ve watched:

• Two seasons of Orange is the New Black
• One and a half seasons of True Blood
• Five seasons of Drop Dead Diva
• One and a half seasons of Masters of Sex

And now I’m looking for something new. Any suggestions? I’d prefer something with humor (as the drama level has been a bit high in real life lately).

WTF? Wednesday


Saw this billboard on my way out of downtown Chicago. For Cinnabon vodka. Yes, you read that correctly.

I don’t normally have a problem with sweet cocktails, but this just seems really wrong. Please quit effing with vodka. It started out all cute with the fruit infusions. Then we moved to vanilla and other spices. Now we are moving to baked goods? Just stop already. Vodka is pretty perfect all by itself. That is all.

I heart Robert Irvine

Met Robert Irvine Wednesday night in Chicago. I was already a fan, but now I’m a super fan. He was really personable and funny … gave my colleague a little forehead slap when he found out she is a Vanilla Ice fan (we met him too). He’s also super buff and smells really yummy.

And he was totally down with the selfie.


WTF happened to Rhonda?

It’s been a busy year! I’ve thought of plenty of things to post, but just never get to it. So I’ve put WordPress on my mobile, which will hopefully make it easier.

I’ve enjoyed lots of work travel in the past few months … Japan, New York (twice), and I’m currently in Wisconsin. Brrrrr.

Japan was amazing … in “another world” kind of way. I was a bit of a sideshow, and the culture was shocking (specifically the treatment of women), but it was a lovely island (Okinawa) and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.





Of course the sushi was amazing, as was the Kobe beef, and I tried many things that looked scary because I had a Japanese colleague there to explain the dishes. We didn’t have much time for sightseeing, but did visit a castle … I’ll post photos of that later.

The girls are growing up fast … Anabella asked me last week when she could start dating. I’m like “you are EIGHT!” And Scarlett is involved in a kindergarten love triangle that is proving to be very dramatic. I’m fairly certain their high school years are going to be hell for me.

Heading to Kuala Lumpur next week, so the adventures continue!