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New sign at work

Friday, March 12, 2010

I work at a mid-size semiconductor company and have for almost 17 years. (Dang! That's a really long time!!!) Earlier this week, there was a new sign by the door where everyone badges in (yes, Big Brother is watching!). It said something to the effect of Don't bring weapons in here! emoticon

Okay. I won't. Mainly because that's been company policy since I started working there. They really don't even want you to have guns in your car, but don't really push that too hard. (BTW, I live in a rural area and guns are used for hunting, not crimes..mostly. Lots of folks take their guns to work cos they're going to shoot on their lunch or after work. Just FYI, is all!) emoticon

Another big reason is I don't think I actually own any weapons, not even a pocket knife. I guess my cutting wit could be called a weapon, right? Yeah, no! LOL!

So, now I have two questions about this sign. First, and foremost, what in the world happened to make someone think that we now need the sign? Like I said, it's been company policy for over 17 years to not bring weapons into the plant. (BTW, if someone really wanted to cause damage, there are plenty of spots for a long distance hit. But I digress.) Did someone actually bring something in? Did someone complain about someone's pocket knife that they were using to peel an orange? Is it just legal mumbo jumbo that has to be posted to keep the company out trouble "just in case"? I don't think I'll ever know the answers to those questions...mostly cos I won't ask anyone who might know the answers. I'd rather speculate! LOL!

The second question, though, I think I know the answer to. Do you really think the sign is going to stop someone who is intent on bringing in a weapon? Picture a mad person (boy or girl, I don't discriminate!) walking up to the door, gun in hand, muttering how they're going to "show them!" Then, they see the sign. "Well drats! No weapons allowed. I'll have to turn around and leave now! Bother!" Really? Plus, if it's aimed at Jo Schmo (or JoEllen, his wife) who's using a knife to make lunch, are they going to connect the sign with their "weapon"?

Okay, my brain hurts. Enough "deep thoughts" for tonight. I'm going to go stow my weapon and then head to bed.


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GEEMAWEST 3/12/2010 8:38PM

    The sign appeared because the people that get "the big money" had to show that they had done something with their time. It's that simple.

Oh ya, let me know when that cutting wit of yours shows itself again, apparently I missed it last time.
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RWETHAIRYET 3/12/2010 2:14PM After all this time??? So what is your company about to do that it's concerned about P*****g off its employees??? Layoffs? Paycuts???? Major health insurance premium increases??? No longer serving the favorite meals in the cafeteria???
"He who beats his guns into plowshares, plows for the man with the guns"
Silly thing, but the responsible ones who follow the rules about how and when and where they can carry, are the only ones who'll read the signs anyways, lol. The nutcases don't care!

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AWYEAGLE 3/12/2010 11:32AM

    I figure those type of signs cause more trouble than prevent. After all I never would have thought about bringing a weapon to work but now I will. Let's see which sword should I sneak in today? :)

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AUNTIEANNE22 3/12/2010 9:45AM

  I told you not to clip your nails at lunch time.

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STEELERCRAZY 3/12/2010 8:06AM

    In all honesty, it IS policy (and they must display for liability purposes) to have such said signs on display in public places. Your place of employment perhaps is just a little slower getting on the bandwagon...maybe they couldn't find a good spot to hang it?? ("I don't like how that gun sign makes the door frame look so fat...let's move it, uh, THERE?")

I'm sure if someone had the mind to bring a gun in to work, that you would have already heard about it. Put your mind at ease.

And leave your cutting wit at home!


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BKNOCK 3/12/2010 6:02AM

    Wow, that mind of yours thinks way too much! They probably hung it in case smoeone thinks about doing something so that they can say we posted signs and you knew what you were doing is wrong. Everyone is so busy covering there a***s that it is crazy!

17 years is pretty good at one place! I have 15 years with the college and 2 years temp!

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MUSIC66 3/12/2010 4:07AM

    that seems a bit weired since it has been a rule for 17 years.

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DUTCHIEKIWI 3/12/2010 3:56AM

    Since I've been getting to know you better, I did realise you are a bit of a "loose canon" so to speak.
I somewhat regret it but I felt the need to inform those close around you of the potential danger they might be in. Your boss was very appreciative and told me severe measures would be taken...
I suppose the sign is not very severe... but keep an eye out..... as more....*MUCH MORE* might still happen...
Bwahahaha Bwahahahahahahahahahaha

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DONNAORLENE 3/12/2010 1:31AM

    Good points. But then you think a lot deeper than I do. But I agree something had to have happened for them to all of a sudden post a sign like that. Odd huh!?!? Oh well, like you said you'll probably never know, but if you do find out please enlighten me so I know too. Thanks and good luck playing detective.

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I really need to dress better

Thursday, March 11, 2010

I saw my silhouette in the window while I was doing my 30-Day Sadism...I mean Shred. i tuck my shirt in because a couple of the moves are in the plank pose and my shirt tends to move to my shoulders and over my head. Not real conducive to exercise!! emoticon

Anyway, in the window, I could see that I have a shape. It would be hourglass if there was ANY sand on top. So...triangle? Anyway, I do have a fairly nice shape but I do not dress it appropriately. And I know why. Two big reasons. The first, I'm cheap! The majority of my pants are hand me downs from my daughter (from before she got taller than 5 inches!). Most of my shirts I've had for years. There is nothing wrong with them (besides being the wrong size, the wrong fit, a couple of holes and some hanging strings, to name a few), so I can't bring myself to get rid of them. Cos I don't want to spend the $$$ to replace them. Cheapskate, that's me!

The other, and probably bigger, reason? I have no idea what I should wear! emoticon I watch What Not To Wear every chance I get. I know the basic rules, but my ideas of what colors "go" is atrocious. I happen to like orange and pink together. (See, atrocious!) I have to ask my DH if tops and bottoms can be worn together. More often than not, he'll send me back to try again. Oh well. Until i get on WNTW and/or win the lottery (which you have to play to win, in case you didn't know...and I don't play), I'll continue to dress poorly. Not on purpose. It'll just happen.

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AWYEAGLE 3/11/2010 11:16AM

    I've always had the same problem as you - don't know what to wear and tend to go baggy and saggy and old. As a matter of fact I was just saying to a friend of mine the other day "I'm so excited that I fit into these pants, I haven't worn them in 15 years." Rather than saying something about more lost weight, instead she came back with; "why the hell do you still have pants from 15 years ago."

I will say that back before Christmas I had to buy something dressy to wear to a work function. I hit the sale at the local Dress Barn and just told the 2 ladies in there (Sunday at 1 pm the place is dead) I had recently lost some weight, had no idea how to pick clothes and that they were to pick things out. They had a blast and I walked away with ideas of what looks good on me (stuff I never would have tried in a million years) and 2 new outfits.

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RWETHAIRYET 3/11/2010 10:53AM

    Heeheehee a word of advice!! Don't do pushups wearing an oversized v-neck tshirt that hangs down when you're doing pushups.
I did that one day, and just happened to get a glimpse of a really nice pair of udders hanging off of my stomach. Doesn't look too bad standing up, lol, but when I'm on all 4's, it's not a pretty sight!
Probably won't ever lose that pouch after an adult lifetime of being overweight/4 pregnancies, but man, it isn't pretty!
As far as clothes, I have a couple of really nice and cheap 2nd hand shops near me, one of which is church run and all the money goes to local charities. I can turn over my closet fairly often for very little money, always have clothes that fit, and feel good about supporting some local programs.
And now that I have a shape I don't mind trying to show off, I've turned into a bit of a clothes horse, lol.
By the way...youngest daughter's (22years old) favorite color combo is hot pink and orange.

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WREN67 3/11/2010 10:25AM

    You wrote this about me, didn't you? Well, except that I don't have a shape...yet. Same clothes for decades...and I still can't put them together in any reasonable way on my own.

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AUNTIEANNE22 3/11/2010 8:55AM

  What's wrong with pink and orange together? I'm the same way. I do have color sense - I've been sewing since I was eight and have my own children's clothes business. I keep my clothes though because I know I am going to lose more weight and I don't want to replace everything 2 or 3 times.

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MDTWEETY 3/11/2010 7:11AM

    LOL. :)Do you have a Kohl's near you? They have cute stuff that is not too expensive. And even Target. And consignment shops.
Let's nominate each other for WNTW. ;)

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BKNOCK 3/11/2010 5:44AM

    Thanks for making me laugh! I am glad that you can see your body shape though!

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DUTCHIEKIWI 3/11/2010 2:48AM

    Oh and by the way.....

IF you would actually put some photo's of yourself up then I can have a good look, and tell you what colours I think would really suite you...

Com'on with those new pics!! You can do it!

Dutchie (again)

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DUTCHIEKIWI 3/11/2010 2:47AM

    I know how you feel, was cleaning out my closet again today, throwing more stuff away that is too big,frumpy,old,haggerd etc
But... I have bearly anything left that fits nicely.
And really since the twins came along, my clothing has been seriously put on the backburner...
We must change!!!! Show off those new curves, walk tall, be proud.... shake that boodie!! ;0)


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AHAPPYLIFE 3/11/2010 1:49AM

    I hit the sale racks to get me through these size changes and I've also been known to go down to a second hand store to purchase some clothes (it's the cheapest place to get great jeans)!

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I didn't gain it overnight. Can I expect to lose it overnight?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

OF COURSE I CAN!!! I can also expect my children to do what I ask the first time I ask it. To clean up after themselves. To notice stuff that needs done without me asking. I can expect DH to be happy that I'm making healthy and dang tasty (if I do say so myself!) dinners for him (and me and the kids). I can expect him not to go "Oh" emoticon when I tell him what's for dinner (and make it sound as though I told him his sister was coming to visit (not a happy thought)). I can expect a raise at work cos I rock!

Just because I expect those things, as unrealistic as they all are!, that doesn't mean that any of them will happen without a great deal of work from me. The kids are getting better. Another 20 years of training and they might have it! DH actually gave me a list of 18 different dinners that he would make happy faces about. PLUS, wants to take me out to dinner once a week. Yay! Of course, I gave him the paper and the pen and the writing surface and said do it, but he did it! I'm asking for extra work and reminding the boss how much I rock (in a politically correct, non-in-your-face way, of course). The raise will come...someday.

So, for my goals on being healthy, I need to put a lot of work in there as well. I've decided that I will count my Saturday morning weight as the weight I put into Spark People. I currently weigh myself everyday and only record if I like what I i record about once a month! LOL! I will also check my body fat percentage on Saturdays. I took my measurements when I started the 30 day Shred. I'm halfway thru, so I'll remeasure in 15 more days and hope for some better definition and lost pounds.

Since DH wants to take me out to dinner more often, I'll need to check the menus of our most likely places to go and make healthy plans. We generally don't know where we're going until we're on the way. So I need to have a list. Plus, if I have time, I can check my I-Phone if it's somewhere that's not on my list! And, HUGE for me, gotta stop using dining out as an excuse to eat poorly and in large quantities.

I'm sure I have more incredibly important things to say (notice - that implies I've actually said something important), but this blog is horribly long already. If you made it this far, THANKS! If you didn't, well...neither of us will ever know! LOL!

Night all!

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DUTCHIEKIWI 3/10/2010 10:26PM

    Reading about your journey is always fun and educational...
( thought I would give you that extra feeling of being on that pedestal before I throw you off )


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GEEMAWEST 3/10/2010 9:12PM

    My DH gives me the same kind of "Oh" when I cook new healthy recipes. So I solved that problem. He does the majority of cooking. And if it is deep fried, unhealthy stuff I won't eat it and he knows it. He doesn't like it when I don't eat his cooking the same way I didn't like it when he didn't eat mine. So he tries really hard to make it something I will eat. You just gotta know how to out smart 'em. After 20 years you should be pretty good at that.

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RWETHAIRYET 3/10/2010 1:44PM

    Hahaha, to notice stuff and clean it up without being asked, that's funny!!! Not something I ever managed with my kids before they moved out on their own, and certainly not something I'll ever get the hubby to notice and do.
However, since moving out, 2 of my kids have become neatness fanatics and 2 of them are, well, still pigs!
Sounds like a good plan.
But wouldn't it be nice if we could just wiggle our noses like on "Bewitched" and just have it all happen????

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    I found out a long time ago, with SP of course, that the planning and searching through the on-line menus is the way to go. It makes a big difference and if I've got an idea what I'm gonna eat B4 I get there, most likely I won't change my mind by something else that would not be "healthy".

Good luck with the rest of your journey, sounds like you're getting SParker every day. SParker is like SMarter too, LOL

Hang in there!!!

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STEELERCRAZY 3/10/2010 12:32PM

    Wow, Barb, you are really focused! I love the no-nonsense plan you've worked out for yourself! AND IT WORKS! Clear and concise, I've determined that you, indeed rock and should get your raise. Now, we just need to get your boss to give it to you!

Cool. You're awesome. And by the way, ANOTHER thing we have in common is I've been married to my old man 20 years, too. HOW AWESOME IS THAT??

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KERRYMONIQUE 3/10/2010 8:48AM

    It sounds like things are going along well, maybe not perfectly, but well. And honestly, what ever goes perfectly? Good solution to your hubbies poutiness in regards to dinner. Just remember the 90/10 rule with eating out. If you are only doing it every once-in-awhile, then you don't have to be too careful. However, if you're going to make it a weekly thing then you do need to monitor what you eat. I think making a list and downloading some apps is great. Look up restaurants that post their nutrition information and print it out and throw it in the car. So you can glance at it and have a plan of what to order before you go in the door.

And just FYI, I weigh in once a week (but I don't weigh every day), I log it regardless of how happy or insanely frustrated I am, I do my %body fat once a week too and I take body measurements 1 time per month. I like having other things besides lbs to compare my progress - I find that it helps, at least most of the time, lol. emoticon

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BKNOCK 3/10/2010 5:55AM

    I always look forward to your blogs! You are doing great and now that you have a plan you will do even better!

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DONNAORLENE 3/10/2010 2:23AM

    I made it all the way through. You always say something and it's usually pretty entertaining. Bright spot in my day anyway. But you know what, you have a pretty blessed life, it's just that sometimes you don't admit it. But at least you know that I know. LOL

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BETTA13 3/10/2010 12:49AM

    I am woman hear me roar! lol
You are on the right track and you know how to turn a bump into a positve thing.

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What is butt dust?

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Got this in an e-mail from my brother and had to share.

What, you ask, is 'Butt dust'? Read on and you'll discover the joy in it! These have to be original and genuine. No adult is this creative!!

JACK (age 3)
was watching his Mom breast-feeding his new baby sister... After a while he asked: 'Mom why have you got two? Is one for hot and one for cold milk?'

MELANIE (age 5)
asked her Granny how old she was.. Granny replied she was so
old she didn't remember any more. Melanie said, 'If you don't remember you must look in the back of your panties.
Mine say five to six.'

STEVEN (age 3)
hugged and kissed his Mom good night. 'I love you so much that when you die I'm going to bury you outside my bedroom

BRITTANY (age 4)
had an ear ache and wanted a pain killer. She tried in vain to take the lid off the bottle. Seeing her frustration, her Mom explained it was a child-proof cap and she'd have to open it for her. Eyes wide with wonder, the little girl asked: 'How does it know it's me?'

SUSAN (age 4)
was drinking juice when she got the hiccups. 'Please don't give me this juice again,' she said, 'It makes my teeth cough..'

DJ (age 4)
stepped onto the bathroom scale and asked: 'How much do I

CLINTON (age 5) was in his bedroom looking worried When his Mom
asked what was troubling him, he replied, 'I don't know what'll happen with this bed when I get married. How will my
wife fit in it?'

MARC (age 4) was engrossed in a young couple that were hugging and kissing in a restaurant. Without taking his eyes off
them, he asked his dad: 'Why is he whispering in her mouth?'

TAMMY(age 4) was with her mother when they met an elderly, rather
wrinkled woman her Mom knew. Tammy looked at her for a while
and then asked, 'Why doesn't your skin fit your

JAMES (age 4)was listening to a Bible story. His dad read: 'The man
named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city but his wife looked back and was turned to salt.'
Concerned, James asked: 'What happened to the

The Sermon I think this Mom will never forget

This particular Sunday sermon...'Dear Lord,' the minister began, with arms extended toward heaven and a rapturous look on his upturned face. 'Without you, we are but dust...' He would
have continued but at that moment my very obedient daughter
who was listening leaned over to me and asked quite audibly in her shrill little four year old girl voice, 'Mom, what is butt dust?'

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AUNTIEANNE22 3/9/2010 10:00AM

  You even made my son smile. thanks.

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CARLANNIE 3/9/2010 9:23AM

    Good way to start the day - with a smile!

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JMATACZ 3/9/2010 3:37AM

    That is gold, thanks for sharing!!!

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JUNIAATROME 3/9/2010 1:13AM

    Absolutely hillarious!

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MUSIC66 3/9/2010 1:09AM

    lol that is so funny .

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DUTCHIEKIWI 3/9/2010 12:48AM

    LOL LOL.... that just totally made my day!!!!
x for your brother hehe


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Gargle your heart?

Sunday, March 07, 2010

I'm doing the 30-Day Shred with Jillian Michaels. Today was the 4th day I did Level 2 and I noticed something that I hadn't heard before. During the second circuit, during the cardio part - doing jumping twists - she said that she wants us to be "gargling with your heart at the end of this". emoticon

Um, okay....The good news is, the visual totally took my mind off of my misery. The bad news is, it wasn't all visual. I could totally feel my heart trying to work it's way out of my body! It was done! And trying to get out! Enough already!!!! LOL! emoticon

Okay, time to go read my J.D. Robb book. Later!

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BKNOCK 3/8/2010 8:20PM

    Wow that was a bit too much of a visual for me! Enjoy that book!

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MUSIC66 3/8/2010 4:44AM

    yikes sounds some what strange to me i think my heart would jump out of my mouth i can just visualise that lol.

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DUTCHIEKIWI 3/8/2010 12:37AM

    She sounds like a real b#tch ;0)

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GEEMAWEST 3/7/2010 10:59PM

    Ewwww! What a nasty picture that leaves in my poor little brain.

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MANDABEAR11 3/7/2010 10:51PM

    hehehe as soon as I read your blog title I knew exactly what it was about. I`m at that point of doing workout DVDs where you kind of know what they`re going to say at what part...sad or good cause I`ve been doing them so much??

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DESERTFLOWERG 3/7/2010 10:45PM

    Hey, it was today that I noticed that expression in the 30 day shred too, so when I saw your title, I just had to look!

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STEELERCRAZY 3/7/2010 10:40PM

    Ewww. Well, at least you didn't get choked on it. That would've been bad. So, I'm assuming the 30-Day Shred shreds your body parts????

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