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Korea is a no, but is Taiwan a go?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

About two weeks ago, the boss stopped by and said that if we audit "C" company, he wanted to send me as well. Since then, I've not heard anything else from him.

Last night during a conference call with company "C," our auditor starting discussing the trip to audit their plant. I caught "mid-November" and "two folks from the Taiwan office" and these folks will be coming from Micron...."and Barb." emoticon

After my review (which was stellar, I must say!) with my boss this morning, I asked him about what the auditor said. He did a double take and looked at me in surprise. Last he knew, the auditor didn't have any dates picked out yet. He asked me what dates (I told him what I remembered) and he decided he'd better go get it approved.

About 30 minutes later, one of the guys who is going to company "C" came by to update me on some of the things that were discussed after I hung up. After the update, he started talking about the upcoming audit. Turns out, our auditor is also visiting company "F" the week before visiting company "C" and there is talk that I should tag along for that audit as well. emoticon

Sounds like this trip is getting planned without me (which is fine) and is slowly getting longer. Started as a five-day trip and now looks like it might be more like two weeks. Don't get me wrong. I am willing to go on this trip and actually looking forward to it. I would just like to have some more concrete plans. Maybe even a definite yes? emoticon

The good news is that DH is more supportive of the idea than he was the first time I mentioned me traveling. Don't get me wrong, he's not excited about it, but he is being supportive.

So, stay tuned! I'll fill you in when/if I know more!

  
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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 10/1/2010 7:51AM

    Sounds like it may be a good opportunity for you. It'll certainly be a new experience. But as this is an Asian country, you might want to think seriously about buying a couple of skirts for your trip. Asians have funny ideas about women in the workplace and about women wearing trousers in general. Maybe you should do a little research before you go to see if there are any wardrobe choices you should avoid to ensure you don't cause offence to your customers? Just a thought.

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AUNTIEANNE22 9/30/2010 10:35PM

  I'm very happy for you. Great job.
I'm glad it's you traveling and not me.

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BETHGILLIGAN 9/30/2010 9:01PM

    Way to go for stellar review!!!! Good for you! Hope the travel works out this time. I agree that it would be nice if you were in on the planning!! Good luck!

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RWETHAIRYET 9/30/2010 4:48PM

    Wow, sounds great!!! (though like you, I'd like slightly more concrete plans, haha...plus I'd need about 6 years for the hubby to decide he'd let me go.)
And definitely congrats on the stellar review emoticon

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KENDRACARROLL 9/30/2010 10:04AM

    Keep us posted.
I do hate it though if I'm not in the loop on something that does concern me. Well, just like everywhere else... Keeping my fingers crossed.

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BKNOCK 9/30/2010 9:32AM

    Congratulations on your stellar review! I have to tell you though that I am not surprised! You sound like you really like your job and that you work hard at it!

Maybe you should start freezing meals now for the family! 2 weeks is a long time when you are the one at home but a really quick time for the person travelling! I hope that it works out for you because it will be a lifetime experience!

I wonder if you will be able to spark from Taiwan? LOL!

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CARLANNIE 9/30/2010 8:36AM

    You know, it's such a long flight over the Pacific, that if you're already there, you might as well make the most of it! Congrats on your exemplary review, too! Sounds like you'll need to keep shopping for more pants......

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JOHNTJ1 9/30/2010 7:49AM

    So you will be in roughly the same hemisphere as Dutchie? Maybe you two could grab a virtual Starbucks.

I think it's great you get the opportunity to travel. Husbands are creatures of habit. We do not like our world destabilized in any way shape or form, LOL.

I will expect to see many pictures

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SUZYMOBILE 9/30/2010 7:13AM

    That's so exciting, Barb! Congrats on your review. Seems like they should include you in the planning, more than just "tagging along," but maybe this is the way they do things at your work. Since you're stellar, this trip will really polish your star!



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NEWNAC304 9/30/2010 6:45AM

    I hope they give you an answer soon. Not knowing and being able to plan is hard. I'm glad your hubby is being more supportive. It would be hard enough for me to be away from my family and not have my husband's support.

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JEWELS571 9/30/2010 12:52AM

    Sounds like alot of fun and also sounds like a huge planning challenge for you! Enjoy!

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MUSIC66 9/30/2010 12:03AM

    sound great

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RJFERRARO315 9/29/2010 11:58PM

    Sounds great. I hope everything comes together...and they get you in the loop!

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STEELKICKIN 9/29/2010 11:51PM

    Oh, that would be so great for you, Barb! Congratulations on that stellar review, too! I am so pulling for you to go on that long trip. It would be the chance of a lifetime!

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Pants shopping

Sunday, September 26, 2010

About a week ago, my boss stopped by to let me know that we would probably be auditing the newest company that we will be subcontracting with. If/when that happens, he is going to send me along with the auditor. The subcon is in Taiwan which means I might get to use my passport before it expires! Woo Hoo!!!

One of the ladies I work with just came back from a two-week trip to Korea and China. She said the hardest part of the trip was finding "work appropriate" clothes, enough for two weeks. Our office is very casual. I wear jeans or capris to work most days. If we have a subcon or customer coming in, I have a pair of dress pants that I wear. I might have two pair, but that is not a guarantee.

When the boss mentioned that I might go, I realized that I needed to beef up my wardrobe a little. I figured that was as good an excuse as any to go shopping! Figured I would start with pants and I could fill in the shirts later. Finding pants that fit is always a task. I have a small waist and (relatively) big thighs. (BTW, my son read the previous sentence and said "So, girls don't grow right? Tiny waists and giant thighs?" Punk!!) If it fits one part of me, it doesn't fit the other.

Anyway, I had to go to WalMart anyway, so I figured I would try on some pants while I was there. One pair was labeled "crop." They fit me perfectly in the length! LOL! Unfortunately, they gapped severely at the waist.

Anyway, I've been pretty consistently wearing a size 8 or 10, depending on who makes the pants. I found this cute pair of pants, but the only size they had was 6 or 12. I decided, WTH, and took the sixes into the dressing room. Figured the worst that could happen was they wouldn't fit. No harm, no foul.

Imagine my surprise when I could put on the size 6 pants. And zip them. And button them. AND still move!!! OMG!!!! I can wear a size 6!! And I look darn cute too!!! Woot Woot!!! I did a happy dance right then and there. Then I tried on some of the other pants I had. All size 8's. And none of those fit me right. Too much bagginess in the waist. Took those back.

I figure I'll take the time to visit the thrift stores and see what I can find. I'm not in a hurry and don't want to spend a fortune. But I do like a good shopping trip and a good bargain!

BTW, I bought those size 6 pants. Only $16! I'll have to get them hemmed as they are made for an adult size person and I am not that tall! LOL! Still a bargain...and a size 6!!! emoticon emoticon

  
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STEELKICKIN 9/26/2010 11:46PM

    Awww...size 6?? Wow, you are like the size of Barbie now! Congratulations, girlie...I still think you'd make an awesome biker chick.
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AJDOVER1 9/26/2010 5:12PM

    So how many calories are you burning with all these happy dances? I didn't see it on your exercise conversion chart.

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CAROLEHZ 9/26/2010 3:10PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
for the size 6. You know what Stacy and Clinton say..."fit the hard part and have the rest tailored". I'm short too so I now get everything altered. It's reached the point where I have to have the sleeves done or they drive me crazy.The thighs have always been my annoying body part. I'm happy for you that you will get to use that Passport!

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PSFITMOMMY413 9/26/2010 12:54PM

    WOOHOO! I love how you said you're not an adult size person. I'm only 5'0, so my favorite is finding cuffed capris becuase I can take the stiches out and they become the prefect length!

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NEWNAC304 9/26/2010 12:36PM

    Awesome! Great job!

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LMB-ESQ 9/26/2010 10:38AM

    emoticon on the size 6s! What a wonderful feeling to fit into something you thought you'd never see again! I wore a 14/16 for most of the last 10 years and was creeping up into an 18. emoticon Summer 2009 I shopped for clothes with my daughter for a family wedding. I was surprised and happy to fit back into a 14! Then she handed me another pair, which I tried on without looking at the tag. They fit, she and I were both duly impressed, and then she said, "Mom, those are a 12!" I didn't believe her and had to check the tag! Now I'm also shopping for work clothes (suits, ick!) and I'm down to an 8 also... AND I have one pair of 6s too! Imagine my surprise when that 6 actually fit and didn't ride up into my crotch! emoticon I feel your pain though on the length. EVERYTHING is too long for me. And good luck finding a good tailor! I do it myself if they aren't lined.

emoticon Let's hear it for those size 6s!

And I hope you have a great trip to Taiwan and post lots of pics!

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CARLANNIE 9/26/2010 10:38AM

    What great fun! Big smile on my face for you and your non-scale victory!

P.S. Great game last night, eh? We finished our golf tournament and drove right home so we could watch on TV - only missed the first half hour.

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 9/26/2010 9:57AM

    Congrats on the size 6
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You're not the only person to have problems finding trousers to fit. I have the same problem, as I have very heavy calves and have to wear wide leg or slouch fit trousers to find ones that don't gape in the waist, while giving me room for my "ham hocks".
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My best friend has the same problem with her thighs. She's a body builder and has dress size 14 legs, with a size 8 waist (that's UK sizes). She's taken to wearing leggings most of the time and has a vast array of belts in her wardrobe to hold up her dress trousers and jeans.

I have a radical suggestion, though: why not try wearing a skirt for a change?
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ELYMWX 9/26/2010 9:27AM

    Congratulations!

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BKNOCK 9/26/2010 7:57AM

    I know that feeling about everything too long! I bought a pair of pj's at walmart on clearance for $3 and paid $6 to have them shortened!

Congratulations on the smaller size! Wow, that will be some experience going out of the country to Taiwan on your first trip!

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MDTWEETY 9/26/2010 7:49AM

    WOO HOO! Congrats on the size 6!! I am doing a happy dance for you!!
I have the same problem you do with my pants fitting. And I always have to buy petite, which a lot of the cute pants don't come in. emoticon

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MUSIC66 9/26/2010 12:33AM

    great , awsome.

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I said NO!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

As many of you know, my son plays football here in our hometown. To help streamline the dissemination of information, coaches get things like the practice area, game schedule, team roster. You know, actual playing football stuff.

Team moms, on the other hand, get the rest. Like what time to be where, driving instructions to where the games will be played, snack schedules, fund raising, etc. These are the things that make it easier to play football but aren't necessary...technically.

Our team has had the same team mom for three years. Last year, she was out of state for most of the season taking care of a sick relative. I stepped in and took care of a lot of the team mom duties. Other moms helped out and we had a fairly smooth year.

This year, our team mom is in town. She comes to most of the practices, but often wanders away and is AWOL for most of the time. She is highly unorganized and doesn't seem to take the responsibilities very seriously. For example, she didn't pick up the fundraiser materials until the week that they were due to be turned back in. Gave us four days to sell stuff. Don't get me wrong...I am not a big fan of fundraisers. BUT, our league provides helmets and shoulder pads for the kids. Most leagues require that each kid buy their own shoulder pads. Our fundraisers help make it so we don't have that added expense.

Another fund raiser is concessions at the games. Every team takes a turn manning the concession stand and the folks who schedule it do a great job making sure that we don't have to work concessions while our kids are playing. In fact, they make sure we are either right before or right after the game so an extra trip isn't required. Nice!

Our turn is tomorrow morning. I've known this for a week because I asked. The team mom has known about our time slot (or should have) for much longer. She gets e-mails that include things like concessions schedules. The latest e-mail went out Tuesday. Tonight (Friday night!) she asked if I could work concessions tomorrow. She'd do it, but she'll be at the Farmer's Market. emoticon Um...no! She should have been filling these time slots last week giving everyone plenty of time to work it into their schedule. She should NOT be asking with less than twelve hours notice. NO! And I told her no, I was not going to be available. I had other plans. If she had asked as late as Wednesday, I would have helped. But 12 hours notice?!?! No.

If you want to be team mom (a position of prestige! LOL! emoticon), take the duties and responsibilities seriously and do the job that is expected of you.

One of the ladies who is in charge of much of the football activities is my neighbor. I mentioned to her at the beginning of the week that it was likely that our team would not be covering our concessions time slot because our team mom had dropped the ball. I didn't want her, or the concessions coordinator, to have to scramble because of this one person. She told me that she had talked to our coach. She told him that if the league really needed something from our team, they came to me not the team mom. Because I would actually make sure it got done! (Deep breath...exhale..relax)

It is not my problem...it is not my problem...it is not my problem. I will make sure that my son gets all of the information he needs, is at the games and has the best year he can have. I'm his own personal team mom! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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GEEMAWEST 9/27/2010 3:21PM

    Good for you for saying "no". I always had such a hard time saying "no" to stuff like that when I had all 3 kids in sports. You did the right thing.

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AUNTIEANNE22 9/25/2010 10:47PM

  I hate disorganization too. Your team mom must be related to our scheduler at work. She'll call the night before an assignment and expect me to be able to work an extra shift. Sometimes I can, but the problem is that she knows about these needs a week in advance and just doesn't see the necessity to start filling the time slots right away. It's truly aggravating!

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BKNOCK 9/25/2010 7:41AM

    Barb, good luck with this because I doubt that it is over! Just keep breathing, breathe, breathe okay good!

Maybe the coach needs to call a meeting? Sounds like this team Mom needs someone to step up and say something to her!

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WINDEE52 9/25/2010 7:11AM

    How aggrivating. Maybe you and the other parents should talk with her before this festers into something bigger. It's not fair to ask you to do something so last second so she can go shop. That would bug me too. Intervention time!!!

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LMB-ESQ 9/25/2010 4:02AM

    What a thankless job. I did this stuff when my kids were in school and playing sports. I remember the slogging, the calling, the reminding, the begging... and the filling in when nobody else would do it. Volunteers, good ones anyway, are really hard to find. And, yes, you have to know when to say no. Enough. I can't do anymore.

Good for you... for helping out, AND for knowing your limits! Enjoy those games!

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JUNIAATROME 9/25/2010 2:11AM

    The gift of organization does not come around often - I constantly find that these days... frustrating to the perfectionists of us who need to have it all as it should be. emoticon

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KENDRACARROLL 9/25/2010 2:06AM

    My daughter did AYSO, my son did Little League, we never did football but I can honestly say I don't miss either. Of course I was supportive and I definitely was at every game and even most practices, but, I did not enjoy any of this. Bad mom, ouch, bad mom!!!! :) Well, my kids will never know...

Good for you, standing your ground.

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SUGARPUNK52 9/25/2010 1:48AM

  Good for you! Maybe she just need to hear "NO" for once.Hopefully she'll pick the ball back up.Good luck.

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MUSIC66 9/25/2010 12:06AM

    good on you.

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Fitness Test results

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Done! I was shooting for spectacular on every test, but didn't quite hit that target.

Here's the test (again) with my results.

Three minutes doing step ups on a 12" step then check heart rate.
117 - Average emoticon
Rest four minutes.
Do as many pushups as you can in one minute.
35 - Excellent emoticon emoticon
Rest four minutes.
Do as many situps as you can in one minute.
25 - Above average - felt sick and couldn't keep going even tho I had 12 seconds left! emoticon
Rest four minutes.
Do a wall sit for as long as possible.
90 seconds!!! Probably could have done a couple more seconds, but I hit the target so I stopped. emoticon
End.

So...overall I am very pleased with my results. emoticon

  
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GEEMAWEST 9/27/2010 2:34PM

    I'm impressed. But then, I'm easily impressed. emoticon Good Job!

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SUZYMOBILE 9/24/2010 7:19AM

    Sounds pretty darn good to me! Now what do you do with the results?

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AUNTIEANNE22 9/23/2010 11:06PM

  Good job. At least you won't be tied down writing your own book. Sit ups I can handle, but push-ups are another matter. I can do wall push-ups, but on the floor gravity takes over.

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CARLANNIE 9/23/2010 10:50PM

    It all sounds good - 25 sit-ups in 48 seconds is one every 2 seconds - no wonder your tummy felt sickly. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CARRAND 9/23/2010 9:55PM

    You should be pleased! I'm impressed by your push ups for sure.

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BKNOCK 9/23/2010 9:33PM

    Maybe not spectacular but fantastic!

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Fitness Test planned for tomorrow

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I borrowed the book "Making the Cut" from my friend and started reading it tonight. Before you start, you're supposed to take pictures and measurements and do this fitness test. If you don't score at least an average on all of the tests, it is recommended that you do another workout/diet first.

Here's the fitness test.

Three minutes doing step ups on a 12" step then check heart rate.
Rest four minutes.
Do as many pushups as you can in one minute.
Rest four minutes.
Do as many situps as you can in one minute.
Rest four minutes.
Do a wall sit for as long as possible.
End.

Each exercise has a chart to tell you how you did for your age group and gender. Except the wall sit. 30 seconds is average, 60 seconds is good, 90 seconds is outstanding! I am shooting for spectacular on all of the tests. However, if I could actually achieve that, I wouldn't need the book, would I? emoticon

I'll let you know how I did! Whether you want to hear it or not! LOL!

  
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AUNTIEANNE22 9/23/2010 9:05AM

  Yeah - if you hit spectacular on all of the tests you should be writing your own book!
We are waiting to see how you do.

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BKNOCK 9/23/2010 7:47AM

    I bet you will do great because you are spectacular!

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SUZYMOBILE 9/23/2010 7:04AM

    Great! Let us know how you do.

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SWEETPEA0214 9/23/2010 5:40AM

    Wall sits.....OMG.....even after all this P90X - I can only achieve 60 seconds and that is alternating up and down. So shoot for the spectacular girl........

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