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I had a stressful but productive week

Saturday, January 21, 2012

I had a very busy and sort of stressful week. All the Excel spreadsheets that I completed before Christmas, I had to redo because of phantom hyperlinks in them and that put me about two weeks behind schedule. And, not only did I have that to do but I had a report due to the Director's office this week, travel expenses I had to do, a supply order to place and 4 meetings to attend!

On Tuesday, I was desperate to get ahead so not only did I work 10 hours that day but I also asked for help from a co-worker's student. And, people know that when I ask for help, I definitely need it because I rarely ask for help.

She did the supply order, the travel expense forms and the report for the Director and I completed the Excel spreadsheets and started booking the training for January to March. I still have to do the remainder of the year but it's a start and I feel better.

And, the meeting on Tuesday was cancelled so that helped as well. One of the three other meetings was one where I needed to take the minutes but the other two were to review proposals for some training software that we're looking to purchase. We received 4 proposals and went through one of them at yesterday's meeting. We're hoping to get through two more of them on Tuesday and the 4th one the following Monday. And, even though the meetings take a lot of time, finding peace and quiet to review the proposals before the meetings is almost impossible for the office go-to person (me) but yesterday afternoon, I put ear plugs in and sat and read 3/4 of one of the proposals for Tuesday's meeting so that was good. And, I've asked to borrow one of the boss's offices on Monday morning to review the remaining pages of that one plus at least one of the other two.

I've been on this committee to get a training and licensing program for work since February 2008. Each time (this is the 4th effort), there's been a problem with the tendering process or the received submissions or something. I'm hoping that this time, we actually succeed in getting a good program. Although, I do all of this work in Excel now and overall, I like Excel except when it does weird things like the phantom hyperlink business.

Anywho, I have the RFPQ (request for proposed quotation) meeting Tuesday morning that I'm a participant at and then in the afternoon, I have to take minutes at a Labour Management meeting so I have a feeling that this Tuesday is going to be stressful as well.

I hope everyone else is doing well. And, I can't believe I've done 3 blogs this week! That's a lot for me. emoticon

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_LINDA 1/22/2012 12:08PM

    Nice to hear how its going with your Joanna! I sometimes get frustrated with Excel when it tries to abbreviate dates for me and makes them wrong -I end up having to copy and paste them. I hate when a program thinks it knows what you want grr. The phantom hyperlinks problem I have never heard of. Wow four years to try and bring in a program??? Yikes! Sorry you are having a stressful week of it :(

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Great Book Titles

Friday, January 20, 2012

So, I'm currently reading a book called "The Keeper of Lost Causes" and I was thinking that this was a great title for a book. And, then I started thinking about other great titles of books and the first one that came to mind was "Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie". So then I decided to look at my books read list to see other books that I've read that have great titles and this is the list that I came up with (in alphabetical order):

A Breath of Snow and Ashes
A Perfect Night to Go to China
A Thousand Splendid Suns
An Echo in the Bone
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons
Dawn on a Distant Shore
Ella Minnow Pea
Forty Words for Sorrow
If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him…
In the Bleak Midwinter
Island of Lost Girls
Jewels of the Sun
Nights of Rain and Stars
Not Wanted On the Voyage
Songs in Ordinary Time
Sushi for Beginners
Tears of the Giraffe
Tears of the Moon
The Accidental Tourist
the curious incident of the dog in the night-time
The Devil's Teardrop
The Ha-Ha
The Keeper of Lost Causes
The Kitchen God's Wife
The Seduction of Water
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
The Various Haunts of Men
The Wandering Soul Murders
The Year of Fog

And, then I wondered if the great titles were a good representation of the story or whether the title was the best part of the book and this is what I discovered:

Out of the 30 titles, more than half of them didn't lived up to their titles. I only really, really loved 4 of them. On the other hand, I didn't hate any of them. In fact, I "liked" the majority of them.

So, what do you think?

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ELISOS 1/26/2012 9:15PM

    thank you!!!

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_LINDA 1/22/2012 12:13PM

    I have not read any of these, but saw the movie of the Accidental Tourist and quite liked it.. Which four did you really like? What genre were they?

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NANCYBOAT 1/21/2012 9:11AM

    I'm a pretty avid reader - and I don't think I have read *any* of these??? A new list to work on!

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BABYTUXXY 1/20/2012 10:26PM

    I've read books with great titles that were great and books with great titles that weren't so great, so I'm not sure.

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ANGEL1066 1/20/2012 9:58PM

    Of your 30, the only one Ihave actually read was "the curious incident of the dog in the night time" - if it is the one by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, that is! But I truly enjoyed reading your titles - they are jewels. You are right, a well chosen title can greatly enhance a story or a book's appeal.

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Living the Good Life - Blogging

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Winter 5% Challenge has a different Living the Good Life task for each week of the challenge and normally I have no problem with doing them. Here's what it says for this week's challenge:


Record all exercise minutes. It's 7,300 Exercise Minutes/Air miles. DAILY MAXIMUM 120 exercise minutes/miles.

Scoring: 1 minute of exercise = 1 air mile

Living the Good Life – Blogging and Feedback - theme new habit.

Daily Blog 5 points

Feedback on Blogs 1 point - maximum 10/day

We will record these together in this one thread. (example)

Exercise: 45
Blog & Feedback: 15 (daily max)

Team Exercise: 100 + 45 = 145
Team Blog & Feedback: 60 + 15 + 75

But blogging is the one thing that I do rarely because a) I honestly feel like if I don't have anything worthwhile to say or to get off my chest then I don't want to do one and because b) I don't have time to do a blog every day. I spend 8 hours a day on the computer at work and the last thing I want to do when I come home is spend more time than necessary on my computer at home. I usually come home and do my SP and FB duties and then get off.

I know that blogging is important for some people and I respect that. However, it's just not me. So, I hope you enjoyed this blog, people. It's the only one you're going to see from me this week!

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CMFARRELL36 12/3/2012 4:45PM

    I came across your blog while I was looking for ideas for new LTGL weekly challenges for the next 5% challenge.
I do agree that we shouldn't have to feel forced into doing stuff - that seems to me to be the whole point of SparkPeople, the options, choosing your own way.
But, what's the problem with trying something different for a week? That's the question I can't get past.
We are all, presumably, trying to live the good life, in our own ways. So why not try someone else's way for a few days. Who knows - it might just be something I've been looking for.

If I created a summary similar to your blog for any other challenge on any other team, I know I would end up with activities that I don't necessarily want to do..
I overcome my negativity, somehow, and give the unwanted challenge/activity a try. It is only for one week, whatever the challenge. And maybe I'll enjoy it, or even just be happy enough so I'll do it again, whatever "it" is.

Anyways, we are always trying to move on, no matter which challenge we are in.
So thank you for your blog, and for sharing your thoughts. This has helped me sort my mind a bit.

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_LINDA 1/22/2012 12:11PM

    I can totally see that being on a computer all day, I sure wouldn't want to come home and be stuck on it too. That is why I really didn't get involved with FB -I spend most of my free computer time on Sparks and one is plenty of a time eater.
Good luck with your challenge!

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ELISOS 1/17/2012 12:12AM


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SEATTLE58 1/16/2012 11:04AM

    I have to have something to say too, to blog! So that makes me alot like you! emoticon

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FLYCHRISTI 1/16/2012 2:49AM

    You have to do whatever it makes you feel better. Dont want blogging? Then dont! Do other things you enjoy more.
Have a nice week!
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BLUESKY104 1/16/2012 12:22AM

    I can relate to you on the blogging - it's hard for me too emoticon for you to blog it like it is emoticon emoticon

Go Awesome A Team!!

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CAROLJ35 1/15/2012 10:19PM

    We understand and do appreciate your taking time to do this blog.
I am not very good at blogging either and there may be 2 months between blogs, but this challenge gets us moving in directions we don't usually take. And that is good!!!

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CATHOLICCORGI 1/15/2012 7:55PM

    OK! Blog accepted for the week! LOL!
Have a great week!
To LIVE the SPARK, you gotta get away from the computer!

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DEDICATED2HIM 1/15/2012 4:59PM

    Fair enough.
I feel the same about tracking...but on the other hand, I love to blog...However I've been more sparse on the blogging end of things also lately. I find , as you mentioned, that I do better when I'm more active and spending less time online and to really "do the Spark Thang...." you'd have to be online pretty much 24/7 breaking only to eat and work out....NOT much of a well, rounded life!!

We are all different creatures...what works for some may not for others...don't try to fit your star-shaped peg into a square hole! And you shouldn 't have to feel like you need to apologize for it.


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CAPTHAMMER 1/15/2012 3:57PM

    emoticonwell, that's fair warning if I've ever heard it. I agree it's not for everyone. I'm still trying to come up with something. I figure by Wednesday I may get a "new habit" blog written.

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My Favourite Books Read in 2011

Friday, December 30, 2011

I read 82 books in 2011 and these are my favourites:


- Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
- The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
- The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson (2nd in the Millennium series)
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (2nd in the Hunger Games series)
- Still Alice by Lisa Genova


- I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
- The Horse & His Boy by C.S. Lewis
- Vermilion Drift by William Kent Krueger
- Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
- Secrets to the Grave by Tami Hoag
- Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
- Breaking the Rules by Suzanne Brockmann
- Love You More by Lisa Gardner
- Relentless by Simon Kernick
- The Rabbit Factory by Marshall Karp
- Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay
- Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn
- Undone by Karin Slaughter
- Unwind by Neal Shusterman
- No Man's Land by G.M. Ford
- 14 by J.T. Ellison
- A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
- The First Rule by Robert Crais
- The Pawn by Steven James
- Lethal by Sandra Brown
- My Sister's Voice by Mary Carter

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FLYCHRISTI 1/15/2012 8:44AM

Great idea this list! I am gonna do the same for 2012.
Thanks! emoticon emoticon

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MADS12 1/2/2012 8:54AM

  Fantastic! Reading is the best!

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ELISOS 12/31/2011 12:06AM

    wow, great list, thank you!!! hugs

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 12/30/2011 7:24PM

    Interesting list! I don't know how many books I read in 2011 but I will guess about 75. Many of them were short!

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NETGNAL 12/30/2011 4:44PM

    Thanks for the list. I want to mentally challenge myself in the coming year by reading more.

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5% Commitment Winter Challenge - Awesome A Team

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Current Weight: 219 pounds
Target Weight: 208 pounds
By When: January 28, 2012

5% = 11 pounds

Calories Eaten: Eat between 1290 and 1640 calories per day
Calories Burned: Burn 1040 calories per week
Weight Progress: Go from 219 to 208 by 01/28/2012

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BELIEVING-N-ME 12/7/2011 9:20AM

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ROCKPORT9 12/6/2011 3:10PM

    I wish you well on your winter challenge journey. You can do this! emoticon Hugs, Laurel

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NPA4LOSS 12/3/2011 4:53PM

    emoticon A emoticon

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ZEESPARROW 12/3/2011 4:31PM

    emoticon Go you!

Thanks for the goodie... that was very sweet of you.

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SMOOCHIESMOMMY2 12/3/2011 3:37PM

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ELISOS 12/3/2011 3:23PM


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LATTELEE 12/3/2011 8:08AM

  good luck

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