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Date:2009-09-02 22:52
Subject:Peekaboo....
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Mood: sleepy

Wow. I think I may have hit a record-- almost 2 years since my last update? I haven't hit the LJ button on my toolbar in a very long time, obviously! I poked around some and see that Alby is still alive and kicking... hope I haven't given you a heart attack by finally posting out of the blue like this. :o)

No really big changes in my life, at least not any that come immediately to mind. Alexa is now a sophomore in high school (she'll be taking driver's ed this year-- unbelievable) and is doing okay. She's never been a fan of homework so that's always a struggle, but she's developed a love of reading that makes a lot of classes easier than if she hated to read. Thierry is well, and treats me better than I deserve (as always!). He became a US citizen last summer so he was able to vote in the "big election" and he was able to turn his political volunteering into a paying job on the Obama campaign. He worked SOOO hard and the victory meant a lot to both of us-- all of his work paid off, and it made all the time he had to spend away from us worth it.

I'm still happy at Amerisure, and it will be 5 years this coming January. Time really does fly faster as you get older! Still doing work comp claims, and it's still never boring. Tonight I was reading over some of my old posts about my time at GB, and it's amazing how much of that stuff I had forgotten-- the utter misery and helplessness I felt. Reading those entries tonight made my stomach knot up all over again. I am truly blessed to have ended up where I am now.

Soooo... who all is still out there in LJ land???

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Date:2007-09-16 17:59
Subject:What Do You Have To Say? - Music: My First Favorite Band
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What was the first band you became a fan of?
The Bay City Rollers! :o)

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Date:2007-05-27 21:42
Subject:Look everyone.... it's a weight Nazi!!
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Mood: pissed off

I discovered this in spookygal's journal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svxLdNsxPSw

First off, I'd like to say that I love Google! I entered this woman's name (Meme Roth) and found that while she's promoting her anti-fat agenda, she really has no qualifications or authority to comment or give an opinion on another person's weight, body-shape or size and how those things relate to "health" or, as she puts it, "unhealth"... wow. That term gives me the creeps because it's so Orwellian. From what I could find about her on the internet, her promotion of her "movement" stems from her own fears of becoming fat. She advocates giving up friends who don't share her obsession with thinness, and seems to think that one of life's greatest accomplishments for a woman is to continue to be able to fit into her wedding dress years after the wedding. One of her justifications for her twisted views on body-image is that years ago, she was a Van Halen fan and met Eddie Van Halen, who apparently told her not to ever get fat. Ummm... can we all say "pathetic"? I really wouldn't be taking "health advice" from him. The fact that she was on FauxNews does nothing to lend her any credibility whatsoever, although from this page on her site, she apparently believes that the more she yaps to the media, the more credibility she has. As far as her opinion on Jordin Sparks, the first thing I thought was "Jealous, much??". That girl is drop-dead gorgeous and, I think, literally *glowing* every time she's on camera. Not exactly unhealthy, yet Ms. Roth says Jordin is the picture of diabetes, heart disease, blah blah blah... HUH??? Oh, and why would someone with a perfectly lovely name, Meredith, use the name "Meme" when she is purporting to be an authority on anything? It sure doesn't make me inclined to take her seriously.

She is a sad, shallow, nag who should consider herself lucky that she can spend her life obsessing in public about something as unimportant in the big scheme of things as other people's appearance. Oh, and she's a major fucking asshat, too.

I just finished eating my supper: Linguine carbonara, with lots of bacon and eggs and cheese, along with a slice of homemade bread slathered with butter. What made it even better is my satisfaction in knowing that her sitting home starving herself may be keeping her ass narrow, but it sure isn't winning her any friends. By the way, I am not diabetic, my blood lipids are perfect and my blood pressure is exactly where it should be. AND, I can't fit into my wedding dress anymore... because now it's too big for me!! Piss off, Meme Roth.

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Date:2007-03-18 11:13
Subject:Double AAaagh!
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Mood: frustrated

Now I remember what I don't like about LochJournal. By default, it disabled comments on my last post, and I can't even edit now because LJ doesn't recognize it's there. So, please forgive the typos and errors, which I now can't correct. If any of you are so inclined, you can post comments to this entry. Any recommendations for a better third-party entry editor??

**ETA: Finally was able to access that last entry, all fixed now!**

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Date:2007-03-18 11:10
Subject:AAggghh!!
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Mood: sick

I peeked in here to finally post an update, then LJ ate my post! Now I can't log back on. Damnit!! I'm doing this one in LochJournal just so I can get something down since it's already been toooo long since I updated.

All is okay with us. Alexa is sick and I'm coming down with it this morning. It's not your typical cold, but thank goodness it's not the flu either. When she woke up with a fever, cough and headache on Thursday I called in to work and then trotted her off to the doctor. They can now do a nasal swab to check for flu... I had no idea! She wasn't real thrilled about it, but at least it wasn't a throat culture. That would have required me lying across her if they had wanted one of those. As it was, I stood off to the side holding her hands so that she wouldn't slap the doc's hand away before he could get the swab (apologies to any of you who may be eating). Now I just have to hope Thierry doesn't come down with this, as he's headed off to Belgium next weekend to visit his family. Flying for 8 hours in a jet when you're sick SUCKS! I know-- I did it when I was in college. Even worse was after I developed one of those uncontrollable morning coughs a few days into our trip. I finally couldn't take it (and I know my travelling companions were even more fed up) and found a pharmacy in Vienna. The pharmacist and I didn't speak the same language, but my hacking finally got the idea across and I walked out with a bottle of nasty-ass licorice flavored crap that BARELY worked. It's a great story, though! I'm now feeling a bit feverish myself, so it appears I will be calling in sick tomorrow. Too bad I'll really be sick :o(.

I'm still loving my current employer, particularly my boss. They love me, too, which is a bonus. I like it even more now that I managed to bring over a former coworker of mine from GB, and our friendship is developing nicely. She is much happier here, too, so I know it's not just me. When either of us starts getting bummed by the job (what we do pretty much sucks most of the time no matter what company you're working for), we remind each other just how much worse it was at GB. We're a good reality check for each other, and keep one another grateful for what we do have now.

I'm considering starting a separate blog, for cooking and food and stuff like that. I love that stuff (anyone who's seen my ass KNOWS that!) and I really enjoy reading food blogs. I don't kid myself into thinking I can compete with some I've seen, but I'd like to give it a try. I just don't think this is a good place for it, though. Thierry has a "political" blog on Blogger, and I'm thinking about setting something up there. If I do decide to try it out, I'll post a link here for anyone who might want to check it out.

Yikes. Definitely getting a fever now, and feeling more and more rotten. Good thing I have some books to read. I need to go make a cup of tea and take some Advil for my head and fever. Ah, there's Alexa hacking away in her room. I need to check on her, too. I hope all of you are well and I apologize for my very sporadic updates... I miss you guys!

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Date:2006-09-11 20:27
Subject:Quickie post....
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Mood: pooped, but peaceful!

Sheesh, time flies! Jacqui was super sweet and posted a "happy birthday" in comments on my last post... which is more than 6 months old!! So I guess I better update a teeny bit.

All is still well here. Alexa just started 7th grade and, while she wasn't really looking forward to the new school year (no more being a summer bum, sleeping 'til noon!) she seems to be settling in well and has some friends in her classes this time. She's a total nut about Pirates of the Caribbean, so I can buy her anything with Orlando Bloom on it and she'll swoon from happiness. Oh, to be that young again!

Speaking of that, I turned 41 last week... holy crap!! I still can't believe that, because in my head I'm only about 22. My 20 year college reunion is NEXT YEAR. Time has to stop flying like that, or I'm going to have to hit it with a hammer to try to get it to slow down.

I'm still doing really well at my new (now old) job at Amerisure. The people are still great and while the claims are claims wherever I go, it's such a relief to work for someone who's crazy-fun, not crazy-scary. In fact, I wrangled my friend/former co-worker Cathy away from Gallagher Bassett. She was on the same track I was when I was there-- got promoted from adjuster to supervisor not long after I did, so we commiserated a good bit and tried to keep each other sane while I was still there. Well, someone at Amerisure left last month so I immediately called Cathy to let her know... she applied, and actually got the job!! I'm so excited to be working with her again, not to mention the "finder's fee" bonus I'll get... woo hoo!!

Well, I'm being paged to join my hubby on the couch for snuggle time. Love & hugs to all of you!

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Date:2006-02-15 07:24
Subject:Just stuff...
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Mood: awake

Alexa's "cake" turned out pretty yummy, but she didn't like it. I don't think it was quite sweet enough for her and it's really rich. Thierry and I are really enjoying it, though! Fortunately, she did get regular cake at the Girl Scout get-together on Saturday-- the leader baked it for her.

I had a great Valentine's Day surprise. Thierry went out on Monday night, I thought to do some stuff at the Democratic Party headquarters where he volunteers. Turns out that sneak stole the security badge to my office, went there an decorated my cubicle for VD... it was really sweet and made everyone else at work jealous... heee! We're going out to dinner tonight-- last night would have been too crazy with everyone else going.

I had fried chicken and waffles for lunch yesterday... and it was yummy!! I've heard about that but never tried it, and when I got the chance to yesterday I took it. I'm definitely having that again sometime.

That's all for now... time to head out to the salt mines!

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Date:2006-02-12 13:07
Subject:No surprises here...
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Mood: hungry

... at least not to me or Thierry!

You scored as Green. The Green Party believes in an America where decisions are made by the people and not by a few giant corporations. Their environmental goal is a sustainable world where nature and human society co-exist in harmony.

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Green

85%

New Democrat

80%

Libertarian

80%

Old School Democrat

75%

Pro Business Republican

30%

Foreign Policy Hawk

25%

Socially Conservative Republican

15%

What's Your Political Philosophy?
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Date:2006-02-12 10:24
Subject:
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Mood: content

I got "nudged" by Alby (waves) a while ago and am only now updating. It's been a busy couple of months, but not really much in the way of news to share... just the typical day to day stuff that makes time fly by.

My baby turned 12 years old yesterday. Only one more year and she'll "officially" be a teenager. She's had some adjustments to make this year to middle school, but I personally think that 6th grade/11 years old is too young for that transition. Other parents I know with kids the same age agree. No one asked us, though. I really don't know why the school system does it this way now, but we're dealing with it. She and I are going to make her birthday cake today (we were busy alll day yesterday with Girl Scout activities)-- a recipe I got in Woman's Day that involves a springform pan, sliced swiss cake rolls and chocolate mousse/cream cheese filling... if anyone's interested I can share it. Sounds kinda wild, but she saw the picture and begged for it for her birthday. We'll see how it turns out!

Work is going fine. I've received a "promotion" of sorts. I posted previously about the chick at work who didn't like me, who then left (I still thank God for that... is that so wrong?). She was a "dedicated" adjuster, handling claims for just one agency. They did end up offering me that job. Even though I said before that I didn't want it, I ended up taking it. I really didn't feel like I could say no when they offered. It's not more money right now, but there is definitely more "prestige" attached to it with a stronger possibility for receiving bonus pay later. I went to Detroit in November for training. It was a great trip except for the plane ride back, when I had to sit next to a *totally* drunk Jerry Springer show reject, forcing me to almost literally run off the plane at the end of the flight so I could get to baggage claim before she did-- she was insistent on the plane that I had to meet her family, and after hearing ALL about them for almost 2 hours, meeting those ya-hoos was the last thing I wanted to do. Anyway, at the training I learned that being on a dedicated team really *is* an honor and definitely recognized positively by the company. So far I have not regretted my decision to take the job, and I'm hoping that it's just eating up chick-who-left knowing that I AM doing her old job, doing it better than she did and that everyone likes me BETTER because I'm a nicer, more fun person... HA! In your FACE, bitch! Hee hee! Sorry, I can't help myself sometimes.

Thierry and I will be going to Belgium in April to visit his family, and Alexa will spend her spring break with her dad. We're all looking forward to it. I'll be going for one week then Thierry will be coming home a week later. We don't have anything specific planned for when we get there, so I'm thinking of buying a travel guide to seek what we can see that we missed the first time I went (almost six years ago now!).

That's about it for now... I hope all of you are doing well. Time for me to go see what the cat is up to. He's playing with something on the dining table and I'd better go check and see what it is!

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Date:2005-10-04 22:58
Subject:AAAaaack!
Security:Public
Mood: creeped out!

Man, am I skeeved out right now. Alexa went to bed over an hour ago and I've been cleaning ever since... not like a mad-woman or anything, just sort of leisurely straightening up, cleaning the counters, etc. In the kitchen I noticed we've got an invasion of ants going on. It's because it's been so dry here (no real rain in about a month or so) and they're coming inside looking for water. It's happened before (when we were having a drought right after we moved here) and it's not so bad I guess, but it still irks me to go into the kitchen and see them all over the place. I'm mashing 'em as fast as I see 'em but I know it'll just take time (and a good rain) before they go away.

The thing that really got me was on the front porch. I put the trash bags out there until I could take them down to the rolling cart in the morning and as soon as I opened the door I noticed a medium sized spider in the bottom right corner of the door. As I looked down to check it out I saw another spider had built a web a few inches away between the bottom of the door-jamb and the porch itself. I glanced at it and was fixing to get a shoe to mash them both when I got a better look at the second spider, and didn't like what I saw. The porch light wasn't quite bright enough so I went to get Thierry's Mag-Lite so I could get a good look... sure enough, she was sleek and black,there was a red hourglass on her belly and she was just plain evil-looking. If you've ever seen one for real you know exactly what I mean. I still can't believe there was a black widow RIGHT outside my door. Not very big, but when it comes to those I really don't care WHAT size they are. I hate using it, but I went right for the Raid and practically drowned her and the other spider (her mate, maybe? Not yet dinner?). I'm glad I found it tonight before Alexa maybe accidentally brushed against the web on her way out the door in the morning or something. I'll be going out before her tomorrow and checking to be sure there are no other nasty residents. I can't stand the idea of the chemicals involved, but when Thierry gets back I'm going to talk to him about maybe calling an exterminator. I can't stand the idea of a nest of black widows even more than the chemical thing. Sheesh! I *still* have the heebie-jeebies from it. My skin will probably crawl and itch all night long. Please, God, I don't need anymore early Halloween surprises!

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Date:2005-10-04 19:50
Subject:
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Mood: amused

This site had me laughing out loud: http://www.endofworld.net/
I hope y'all enjoy it too.

Dang it, looks like "House" isn't on tonight. Freakin' baseball. If I can stay awake I'll probably end up watching Food Network. Last night the "Great Things About Being Fat" show wasn't on. Alexa and I watched "Dr. G" which she loves but I was falling asleep on the couch by the end of it, so I ended up in bed asleep by 10:30. Even though I miss Thierry, I've actually been getting to bed at a relatively decent hour since he's been gone. Not that he does anything (naughty or otherwise) to keep me awake usually... for some reason, though, he doesn't like me going to bed when he's still up. He's okay if I fall asleep, but he likes having me there in the living room with him so I usually fall asleep on the couch, then he wakes me up to go to bed when he goes. I've never had any trouble getting back to sleep (knock on wood) but I guess the TV keeps me distracted and awake longer than I should be when I am on the couch. His mom & grandma will be here for the next few weeks, though, so I don't want to be sleeping on the couch when they're here. Maybe I'll be able to stick to a decent bed time!

I'm taking tomorrow off to go grocery shopping and get the house neatened up. I pick everyone up at the airport shortly after 4 PM. Should be a busy, interesting day tomorrow. At least the weather is beautiful... I'm so glad Fall is here.

I'd better go cook supper for the girly and me. She's in the tub right now but I'm hungry and I still have stuff I have to do tonight. Later.

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Date:2005-10-03 19:56
Subject:Yikes!
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Mood: hungry

Thierry has definitely been gone too long (he's been gone 2 weeks, is due to return day after tomorrow). When I went to brush my teeth last night before bed, a small spider had built a web in his sink (we have a double vanity). I almost left her there because I thought it would be funny for him to come home and find it there. I decided not to, though, because I would get creeped out if she disappeared just as suddenly as she appeared. Sorry, I just don't care for spidery surprises.

Maybe you folks who've had cats for a while can enlighten me on something. I've only ever had dogs, guinea pigs, hamsters or gold fish as pets... Felix is my first cat. He has an odd habit of rubbing his face, particularly the side of his mouth, on my bare toes... I mean like I feel his teeth rubbing on my toes. Kinda icky, I know, but it really is more odd than anything else. I know that cats will mark their space by rubbing their face on it, but he has a real affinity for my feet. He also has this habit of giving me what I guess are "love bites", usually on my lower legs. He does this when he seems to want my attention... mostly when he wants to be petted. He's not being aggressive-- he could definitely bite me harder but he doesn't. I try not to reward that behavior by petting him when he does it-- I usually put my finger on his nose and firmly say "no biting!" then try to ignore him. I make sure I pet him when he seeks my attention in more positive ways, like rubbing up against me or butting his head into mine (he likes to get on the back of the couch and do this). I guess this is all cat behavior I need to get used to!

Oooh! "Great Things About Being Fat" is about to start on Bravo. I'm gonna check it out and hope it's not too offensive. If it is I'll switch it to Pimp My Ride... that's always fun!

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Date:2005-10-01 11:01
Subject:
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Mood: chipper

Wow... three months since my last entry. Sorry for the long absence-- life just keeps going and I get caught up in everything. Next thing I know it's three months later! Things have been pretty good for all of us. I'm certainly not going to write an exhaustive entry updating every aspect of my life, but I'll hit some highlights to bring anyone who's interested up-to-speed.

WorkCollapse )

HomeCollapse )

Turning 40Collapse )

I guess that's enough updating for now. Alexa and I are going to see my parents this weekend and we need to get going. See me later!

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Date:2005-06-25 21:19
Subject:Interesting Weblog Survey....
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Mood: peaceful

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Date:2005-06-17 22:37
Subject:Just some stuff
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Mood: cranky

I spent today freezing my ass off in a continuing ed seminar at Adams Mark hotel... and I even wore a sweater figuring that the conference room might be chilly. Next time I'm wearing thick socks and thermal underwear, even if it IS June.

KFC honey bbq wings aren't really wings, and they definitely aren't good... blech. Every time I go there I swear I'll never go again. I think I really mean it this time. They have absolutely nothing I like. What a waste of calories and money.

Look what Thierry spotted on our porch railing earlier this week: Purty!!Collapse )

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Date:2005-06-11 09:36
Subject:Look what I got today
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Mood: relaxed

Mind Map Goodness!Collapse )

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Date:2005-06-06 19:21
Subject:I love me some Happy Bunny!
Security:Public
Mood: hungry

cute but psycho
You are the cute but psycho happy bunny. You're
adorable, but a little out there. It's alright,
you might not have it all, but there are worse


which happy bunny are you?
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I had a mediation today where the claimant's opening demand was $195,000. This guy was a total redneck waste-of-skin (Newflash, Bubba: A "Git-R-Done" sticker on the back of your car is *NOT* cool, cute or appealing in any way... moron!). He has been completely non-compliant with voc rehab and we managed to get the claim settled for $65,000. It killed me to give this inbred yahoo that much money, but at least I won't have to be aggravated by his antics anymore. So I'm sure Cousin Clem stopped by Bass Pro Shops on his way home to check out boats... yeah, right, you wanna get your GED and study "computerology". Buy your damn bass boat and leave me the hell alone!

Now, off to find some dinner (can you tell I'm super-bitchy when the blood sugar is low??).

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Date:2005-05-26 23:07
Subject:Gaaahh! I'm *hating* this full moon!!
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Mood: tired

I took yesterday off of work... it was Alexa's last day of school, and last day of 5th grade. She's moving on to middle school next year. I did manage not to cry (it was tough!) and therefore did not embarrass my child. We were able to take her home at the end of the awards program and she wanted Olive Garden for lunch, so we drove up to Concord Mills... insanity, especially during Race Week, but what the hell. We had a great lunch, then when we went to leave I realized I didn't have my car keys (huh?) so I asked Thierry to check and see if I locked them in the car while Alexa and I went to the ladies' room and checked in there. Nope, not there. When we came out, Thierry was by the door and said "Yup, they're in the car... even worse, it's still running." D'OH. I have no idea how I managed to do that, but since neither of them noticed it either when we got out, I didn't feel TOO bad about it. Had to call AAA because I did lock it by hitting the lock button when I got out. They were there in less than 30 minutes and had it open in less than 5. Thierry wanted to get some paint at Lowe's so we were driving there when the "check engine" light came on. It *has* been acting up recently so I wasn't really surprised, especially not after I left it running in park for about an hour. I stopped at the shop and ended up waiting there for 3 hours while they worked on it. $300+ later, it was "fixed" so we came home. When I started it this morning to go to work, it stalled out every time I took my foot off the gas. I finally got it to where it wouldn't cut off, so I took it BACK to the shop, called my boss and told her I'd be late. An hour later, they told me some throttle hose thingie needed to be replaced and that they had to order the part. Since they missed it yesterday, they very "kindly" aren't going to charge me any more labor, I just have to pay for the part... plus take it back in tomorrow (if the part arrives) to get it installed. Sheee-it.

And work was HORRIBLE today. I am so far behind and with it being the full moon and all people were calling with all kinds of stupid crap all day. My claimants are mostly out of control-- not complying with medical treatment, not keeping me up-to-date on their status, not cooperating with vocational rehab, etc. This job has definitely taught me that most people (at least most people who file workers' comp claims) are dishonest to some degree... some more than others, but good grief, what a bunch of liars!! They suck at it, too. Most of the time I don't let it get to me (I can't afford to) but for some reason it all worked my last nerve today. Pppfffffffbbbbbbtttttt. I'm just glad tomorrow is Friday and Monday is a holiday. If I can get an extra day or two of rest, it'll put me in a much better frame of mind.

So, tonight I needed a laugh and I saw that MTV is now running that "Britney and Kevin: Chaotic" show. Thierry and I are watching it right now, as I type. This is just amazingly bad. Could they BE any more white trash??? I guess I shouldn't be surprised that Britney is socially retarded. Her emotional development stopped when she was about 12 or 13. Oh, and in the REAL world (not "reality world"), asking the people who work for you about their favorite sexual positions constitutes sexual harassment. Also, I'd like to know when Kevin last took a shower/bath, much less washed his hair.... nevermind. I probably really DON'T want to know that. Thierry just gave up on this and has gone to play a computer game. I'm enjoying watching this because it makes me feel so freakin' superior, even with my redneck South Carolina family! The scenes from the next show look even more trashtastic. I like the security guard, though... he saw Kevin for what he was-- an opportunistic scum bag. I really feel sorry for their child.

Yikes... it's late! I've gotta go wash up and get to sleep. Nighty-night!

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Date:2005-04-29 21:31
Subject:Sorry...
Security:Public
Mood: mellow

... For yet another long hiatus in posting. I'm not sure why I let so much time go by between posts this time. Things are going well, no real issues. I guess I'm just lazy, but that's not news to me or anyone that knows me fairly well!

I really like my new job. It's still taking some getting-used-to. It's different working in an office with so few adjusters. Right now there are three other work comp adjusters besides me. I get the distinct impression that one of them doesn't like me and I don't know what to think about that. It's a lot harder to overlook in an office this small, but I'm trying not to dwell on it too much. It could very well just be me being oversensitive, especially since I'm the new kid on the block. I've been there right at three months, though, and this person still hasn't warmed-up to me. Oh well... I feel like it's her loss, not mine. Seems like everyone else in the office likes me fine... maybe she's jealous. She's not a particularly outgoing person anyway. I'll just continue to be cordial and friendly and let her be however she's going to be. The office is moving to a new location this weekend, about three miles from the old one. I don't know what the commute is going to be like because it's a different part of town. I haven't been able to time it during normal commute time... guess I'll find out Monday! I have to go in to the new office sometime Sunday afternoon to unpack my stuff and set up my cubicle. I'm hoping I can get in and out of there in about an hour, especially because I have to head over there after an overnight camping trip with the Girl Scouts tomorrow night. We're leaving for the camping trip about noon tomorrow, spending the night at the site then I'm leaving with Alexa and another girl right after lunch on Sunday. I have to drop the other girl off, run Alexa home then head to the office... I'm not even sure I'll have time to get a shower before going to the office-- yeeesh. Oh well, at least it's not outdoor camping... it's in a lodge, and if I get up early enough I can probably get a shower there before leaving. I'll take shower stuff just in case, just so I won't feel so icky. I made myself get a lot of sleep last night and I took a nap today to try to get ahead on my sleep, because I know I won't get much tomorrow night. It'll be fun, though. I always dread these trips with the girls but we always end up having a good time. I'm just such a creature of habit, I hate having my routine messed up. Still, I'd rather stay home, have my internet "Cops" date with Dougie, then snuggle with Thierry all night and Sunday morning... but it's not to be this weekend. Next weekend we'll probably go see my parents, it being Mother's Day.

My weight loss is at a dead standstill after dropping 90 pounds, and it's my own fault... I've turned into a carb/sugar fiend, and I'm not sure why. Sugar was never really my thing prior to surgery. I'm guessing it's my body's way of trying to get back the weight I've dropped since surgery... that whole "survival metabolism" thing. With my surgery carbs are absorbed more than anything else, so they're the surest way to stop my weight loss. I guess I'm just going to have to do the cold-turkey thing in stopping sugar... I can't have any in the house tempting me. That and stepping up the exercise should get me back on track. I'm still very pleased with how far I've come, but I definitely wanted to lose more weight than this. I've still got about another year in my window so I'd better get cracking... it's really not much time when I look at how fast the last year has gone by! So, has anyone out there found any exercise regimens or videos they enjoy? I just received Power90 but haven't started it yet. I'm always looking for other stuff, too, so I won't get bored. Any suggestions are appreciated!

Thierry and I started having date night every Wednesday. My ex comes over and spends the evening with Alexa so Thierry and I go out and do stuff. Usually it's dinner and a movie, sometimes with some shopping thrown in. Consequently, we've seen a lot of movies lately. This past week we saw "Kung Fu Hustle" which was great and totally worth the $8.50 apiece we paid for it... if you like action movies, this is one to see on the big screen! It was funny, too-- we both really liked it. It was considerably more enjoyable than "Sin City" which we saw the week before. I liked it more than Thierry did... he doesn't like anything that's too weird or "conceptual" or whatever you wanna call it. I kept reminding him "It's a comic book made into a film" but he was just totally annoyed with the whole thing. Of course it was over the top and ridiculous... but then so are comic books!! It was still pretty good, but if I had it to do over again I'd wait and see it at the $1.50 theater. We'll probably see "Millions" and "Hitchhiker's Guide" next. I really need to read "Hitchhiker's" again, though, but should probably wait until after the movie so I won't be disappointed. It's been... geeze, 25 years I think since I read it! Crap, I'm getting old, though I certainly don't feel that way in my head. I think I'll always feel about 22 in my mind!

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Date:2005-01-29 10:49
Subject:It's snowing!!!
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Mood: cold

Yup, snowing. We'd better enjoy it while we can, because apparently later today it's going to turn into sleet and/or freezing rain. I wish it would stay snow-- I don't mind driving in snow if I have to, and snow by itself won't knock out our power. That freezing rain, however, is some really bad shit.

Anywho, lots new with me. I start a new job on Monday. My interviewing panned out and I've left GB. Yesterday was my last day. When I gave notice two weeks ago it sure surprised my manager. She just couldn't figure out why I was going. Some might say I chickened out, but I see it as taking the high road and not burning a bridge... I didn't tell her all the crap I've written about in my journal. I just told her that I was very unhappy as a supervisor and that I had a chance to take a less stressful job elsewhere. She tried (and tried mightily, I must say) to get me to stay on in some capacity at GB but I stood my ground, telling them that the benefits at the new job were better AND less expensive (true), plus I mentioned the bonus I'd be getting as soon as I start as well as the possibility to earn another bonus at the end of the year (also true). In the end I think they knew they couldn't compete, although they did still make attempts to get me to stay. My coworkers did, too. I really found out in the last week how well-liked I was, which was sweet and a little sad... the people I work with is what has kept me there so long, and I hate leaving them behind. I really think, though, that it's time for me to move on. The new office is just one building over from GB so I'll still be able to have lunch with all my friends when I want. I'm looking forward to the change. I was surprised, though, at how easily it all ended up working out. I thought my decision would be harder to make but in the end I just knew that I didn't want to be a supervisor anymore. I was even more relieved when I learned that the company Tom works for hired someone with more supervisory experience for the position there. I knew then that it all worked out exactly the way it was supposed to.

I was sick last weekend with what is known around here as "the seven pound virus"... it can make you lose 7 pounds in a weekend! Unfortunately, it looks like Alexa has come down with it today. Poor kiddo. I wish I could make it all better for her. Thank goodness she woke me up to tell me first thing this morning... I got up at 7:30 and got my ass out to the store before the crappy weather hit. I got bananas, Jello, applesauce, etc... stuff that she'll be able to eath when she feels like eating again. I just hope Thierry doesn't get it this weekend, too. Both of them sick... bad weather... ugh. Could be worse, though, so I'll just shut up right about now!

Well, I think I'm going to go start a pot of chicken soup. Hope everyone is doing okay out there in LJ land.

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