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!!!
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. 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! ), 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!
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.
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?
I'll let you know how I did! Whether you want to hear it or not! LOL!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Don't worry...I'm not going to ruin anything for you if you haven't seen it. Safe to read.
One thing that I noticed, and have noticed each season, is that there is a lot of "blaming" going on. Very few of the contestants, or potential contestants, took credit for their current state of unhealthiness. Poor relationships, bad experiences, genetics, whatever. All of those things can make it harder to make the healthy choices. But in the end, we are each responsible for what we put in our own mouth. I don't discount that many people have had some rough patches...or entire rough lives! But if you're going to change, you have to take responsibility for your own actions. The contestants who will be successful are the ones who will do just that.
And then there's the drama. Each city that BL visited, there was a challenge for potential contestants. Depending on where they were, it was either a one-mile race or first to 500 steps on a step. Both are extremely challenging for these contestants and for many folks who have weight to lose and/or have not been exercising. It's hard. It's a workout! But I don't agree with collapsing on the step or at the finish line. I'm not talking about the folks whose body gave out and could not finish the challenge due to physical limitations. That's gotta hurt...knowing your body failed you when you needed it most.
No, I'm talking about the folks who finished the race or the steps and then collapsed. It was hard, no doubt. But collapsing? Maybe I'm just a cynic, but that screamed "DRAMA" to me. 80% exhaustion, 20% pay-attention-to-me. This is my opinion and if I have offended someone, I apologize. And, having said this, I know that everyone of those people is going to work harder than I have ever worked and know pain like I have never known. I will watch them struggle. Some of them will annoy me. Some of them will make me cheer. Some of them will inspire me. And I hope they all get what they want to get out of their trip to the ranch.
Good luck to them all!!
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