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Shortest reign ever and sodium

Thursday, August 06, 2009

No, the two items are not related, but I'm going to tell you about them both anyway. emoticon

First, sodium. Ever since I started tracking nutrients besides just calories, sodium has been my "no way am I going to get there" target. I mean, really, 2300?? Who eats less than 2300mg of sodium in one day? One meal, sure! If I was under 3500 I considered it a win. I have been under (or right at) 2300 mg for the last five days straight! emoticon I'm not sure how that happened, but I just double checked my reports and there it is in blue and green! Wow! Yay me!!! emoticon

On to the shortest reign ever. A couple of days ago, I mentioned that I was the team mom for my son's football team. His football coach is also my softball coach and tonight we had a softball practice. Coach told me that last year's team mom really wanted to be team mom again this year and, unless it really broke my heart, he was going to let her do it. emoticon My heart is not broken (maybe a little cracked) and it apparently means more to her, so I said okay. I also told him that if she needed any help, she could ask me. Coach's wife spoke up and said that it should be easier for her this year now that her littlest one is older (still little, but not as). Being the cynical bwitch that I am, I heard "We know she sucked last year, but we're giving her another chance." LOL! So, four days as team mom and I am done. I'll still support my son and his team. I just hope "we're" a little more organized this year. emoticon

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STEELERCRAZY 8/6/2009 12:01PM

    First of all, you're a better woman than I am. Oh, like you, I would have bowed out gracefully, but I think I would have went home and cried (then started planning my mode of revenge......naah, not worth it). And like you, I really wonder about the sodium issue. Congrats on making your sodium goal, however!! I'm simply shaking in my boots because when I see my doc on the twentieth, she's going to slap my fingers and yank away my salt shaker and processed foods.


Have a good one,

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NORCALTOPAZ 8/6/2009 1:40AM

    Bravo with the sodium monster - that's the thorn in my side.

Keep your face toward the sunshine,


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    Short Reign,
You're a better woman than I am,
But everyone knows that, LOL.

They no not what they've done,
Imagine what they will learn and when will they learn it, that they could have had and DID HAVE the best team mom in YOU.

In my mind, I see CAT FIGHT, but she's not worth it.

Let her have her fun and you can criticize from the bench, LOL

Take care and have FUN
You still ROCK as a mom and as a team mom too, and don't forget as a CK team mom also.

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I gotta get out of this funk!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

For the last couple of weeks, I have dreaded going to work. I don't enjoy the ride there. I don't enjoy the work environment. I don't enjoy the ride home. I do like sitting on the patio at lunch and reading my book.

I'm procrastinating on making things better. The infamous re-org should happen within the next week or two. With that, I'm hoping to have a good excuse to stop car-pooling. If nothing else, I do have a vacation scheduled in 8 more working days. Not that I'm counting down or anything! LOL!

Okay...time for bed. Maybe I can sleep through tomorrow! LOL!

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    I too, hope you get feeling better about your job.
I think I've always loved my jobs, until I figured that I just learned to love them, cause it's healthier to like a job than hate it.

Kudos to you for knowing that you are in a funk, good luck getting out of that funk

your funky spunky junky friend
monkey tony

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STEELERCRAZY 8/5/2009 12:45PM

    You sound just like I did toward the end of my nursing home position. As much as I loved the old people, I couldn't deal with the 16 hour days.

Hang in there. Remember there is a plan for all of us and you're most likely getting ready to have something REALLY GOOD happen! Keep your eye on the prize (vacation) and when you got it in your grasp remember to:

PARTY! emoticon

If you need a babysitter, give me a call. I'll come take your daughter shopping for a new cat...

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PRUPLEBEAR 8/5/2009 8:44AM

    Count down to the vacation! I did! I put it on my phone so that I would see it every time I opened my phone. My vacation started on 8/1/09. It has helped me alot. Hope things get better for you soon.

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FITKAT2010 8/5/2009 7:14AM

    Life is too short to accept less than what you deserve.

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    I feel you. Hang in there. Enjoy that vacation!!


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NORCALTOPAZ 8/5/2009 1:21AM

    Oh I feel for you B. I had a horrific corporate experience 10 years ago: as the manager of 22 employees, I was charged with downsizing the entire department (including myself). It was the worst year (beside my divorce) of my life - the stress caused me to balloon up to my highest weight and I was miserable.

I hated the commute - I hated the office - I hated my life.

I hear you. Hang in there, hopefully there will be a silver lining in all of this. emoticon

Keep your face toward the sunshine,


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Open your ears and listen to the answer...

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

of the question you just asked! It's bad enough when my children don't listen. But they are, after all, children. They have short attention spans. They don't listen well in the best of times. It is my job to teach them. I am working on it and believe me, I have my work cut out for me!! emoticon

But this blog isn't about them. Its about my boss. We have a meeting once a week to see what all needs assembled this week, when its due, what has the highest priority, etc. We go through each item, line by line, and answer my boss' questions. (BTW, there are a group of us, not just me and Boss.)

This morning, he clicks on one of my items and I give him the details, including the new due date, where it needs engineering support, etc. Not 30 seconds later, he asks me the questions I had JUST answered!!! Am I invisible? Do I not speak up? (Trust me, this is not an issue!) I think part of it is that he's from an Asian culture so therefore, women are inferior. I think part of it is that I'm the only female in the group doing what I do. And part of it is he's pretty busy due to some recent changes in the department.

All that said, its not good enough. When you're conducting a meeting, listen to the other participants. If you can't do that, apologize for not listening and then listen! GRRRRRRRRRR!!!!! emoticon

Okay...I'm done whining, griping, witching (but with a B!) At least for now.

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TEASINME 8/4/2009 10:59AM

    some people just don't listen. I had a meeting with my boss today as well, and as well, i was the only female. it didn't go as bad as i thought, but not perfect.

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HICALGAL 8/4/2009 2:31AM

    bwitch all you deserve to!!

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NORCALTOPAZ 8/4/2009 1:01AM

    OMG - Your boss needs an attitude adjustment (beside the fact that if he hasn't figured it out, women hold up more than half the sky!).

You've got it tough sister - hopefully he'll just wither away...or get struck by lightning emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon LOL j/k.

Keep your face toward the sunshine,


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    Sounds very hard. Keep on sparking your going to make it!

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    Well put, the ending, LOL

I thought you were gonna say your boss was worse than a kid, well maybe I said it and you just meant it. LOL

Hang in there Sunshine,
Have a great day tomorrow
You deserve it,
Don't worry about me,
I'll laugh myself to sleep.

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I am evil Barbara, I am evil Barbara

Monday, August 03, 2009

To get the full effect of that title and what is going on in my head (yeah, not really something the uninitiated should see), chant that to the tune of "I am evil Homer" from the Simpson's.

Anyway, why am I evil today? Or at least, why am I blogging about it? Cos I'm proud of it, of course! LOL!'s the story.

Next door neighbor brings over eight zuchinni. Yes, eight. I'm not a big fan of zuchinni unless it is battered and fried. Kinda defeats the purpose, right? Oh, and I like it in zuchinni bread. But, I'm not much of a baker and, since my son can't have wheat, I really don't have a recipe for zuchinni bread anyway. MIL makes killer zuchinni bread that the boy could eat, but she is four hours away and has her own zuchinnis.

So now I have this dilemma. What do I do with all this zuchinni? I could take it to work, but no one wants zuchinni! If they did, they would be growing it and bringing it in themselves. Then, I get this brilliant (if I do say so myself) and EVIL idea. Tonight's dinner was lasagna. What if I grated some of that zuchinni and added it to the lasagna sauce. Would anyone notice? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA (evil laugh, for those who didn't know).

Nope, they didn't notice. I grated the rest of the zuchinni and put it in the freezer in individual bags. Figure I can add it to other dinners later. My family is eating veggies and they don't even know it! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Don't get me wrong. I'm a little leary about the theory that you have to hide veggies in the food to get your family to eat healthy. I always encourage my kids (and DH, but that's a lost cause) to choose healthy snacks and have a veggie for a side and such. If they "accidentally" eat some veggies, I'm not going to lose any sleep over it. LOL!!!

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STEELERCRAZY 8/6/2009 12:11PM

    Um, forgive me Evil Barbara for being so late to see this blog, but I am on my knees in quiet and obedient reverence to you. I do have to say that you are one perty smart cookie to pull a fast one like that on your fam. I commend you for your sly-handedness and your stealth-like prowl. You, my Evil One, are an evil genius.

Clap, clap, clap, clap...clap........clap............


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    Evil Barbara,
You might have an evil twin, LOL
That was a great blog and a great way to infuse some more healthy stuff into your families tummies. Actually, it sounded quite good. Too bad we live so far apart, or you would have a visitor, LOL

I'm not much of a zucchini bread eater either and I totally understand the idea of battered and fried too. I usually just cube mine into bite sized pieces and sautee it with some onions and maybe a yellow squash and maybe even some canned tomatoes and have a veggie delight, great as a side dish or even as an entire meal.

Thanks for the idea of adding it to lasagna

Have a great week

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NORCALTOPAZ 8/3/2009 2:12AM

    Oh evil one, I bow my head to you in your queenly deviousness! LOL! This is hilarious! Here's another way to hide the zucchini: throw in a stew!

And I'm with you - I want my zucchini deep fried, topped with fresh parmesan and dipped in some salt-laden marinara sauce! (But my blood pressure wouldn't like me very much)

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YOWSER 8/3/2009 12:58AM

  I honor you, Evil Barbara. I kowtow to greatness of your Evilness.

Grating veggies into stuff is really the best way I know how to get veggies into myself at times since I'm not the best about getting my daily vegs. Thanks for the funny and insightful blog.


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CARLYNMCC 8/3/2009 12:56AM

    Great idea! I used to chop vegetables up really small & add it to spagetti sauce to get my kids to eat vegetables. I think you can bury just about anything in marinara!

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PPENCILL 8/3/2009 12:47AM

    LOL. My DH will hardly even look at a zuchinni, but I love it. I just might have to try this tactic. Hee hee.

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Car wash for football, team mom...

Sunday, August 02, 2009

It must be getting towards the end of summer because today was my son's football team's car wash fundraiser. It was close to 100' today, so the boys LOVED getting wet. I did have them wash my car. Not the best job, but only $5 and it went to a good cause. I helped out by hanging towels to dry. It's amazing how quickly towels dry in direct sunlight!!

Afterwards, the Bulldogs' coach took all of the boys to the Arctic Circle for ice cream. Nice guy, huh? I tagged along (someone had to watch my kid!) and helped corral them outside after they put in their order. No ice cream for me!!

As we were getting ready to leave to go to the library, Coach told me that I could be Team Mom. I had volunteered, but also said that if someone else really wanted it, that was fine too. But, YAY!!! I wasn't that impressed with last year's team moms. Nice ladies but not really organized like they should have been (in my world, anyway). I offered to help last year and wasn't taken up on the offer. Since I hadn't volunteered at the beginning of the season, I felt that I really couldn't complain much. (Complaints are really just one way to volunteer!)

I mentioned to DH that I would be Team Mom and he wasn't very happy. "Why do you have to volunteer for every thing that comes along?" (Deep breath....) First of all, I don't volunteer for everything. Second, I am involved in my kids' activities. There is nothing wrong with that. Third, I can make my own decisions and determine what I can handle. emoticon Okay, I didn't yell, but I felt like it a little bit. He wants me to be home. Sweet, but not gonna happen!

AND, I do NOT volunteer him for anything...EVER! I would be irritated if he did that to me, so I don't do it to him. So many times you hear DH's complain about DW's signing them up for something. It won't be my DH. I don't even insist he go many places with me. We're both much happier that way! LOL!!

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    Nothing like being active in your kids events.

Better than the parents that know nothing about their kids!

Kudos to you for caring and showing the interest.
Have a great week

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