Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Here is an example of a stem and leaf plot.
1| 2, 3, 3, 4
2| 0, 4
3| 1, 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9
4| 9, 9, 9
The numbers are 12, 13, 13, 14, 20, 24...anyway, you get the idea. I'm not completely sure why anyone would want to want to ever use one of these, but apparently you have to know what they are if you want to pass 5th grade math. Ooops...it's 6th grade math. DS was placed into the more advanced math for his class. Of course, you have to hand in your homework to pass.
Aren't you glad you asked?
Sunday, May 23, 2010
I mentioned earlier that I went to the library and picked out three workout DVD's. Tried the Urban Beat one and that was so not good. Today I decided to try the Power 90 Interval Cardio. I think it's part of the P90X, but I'm not sure. I think it said P90X behind the "uber" models, but the sweat was flowing into my eyes so freely that I couldn't be sure what it said.
The workout consisted of a fairly long warm-up (and an equally long cool-down) and eleven different exercises. Each exercise was done for one minute, 20 seconds at a different level (easy, medium, hard) and then repeat the whole thing again. I like that there were modifications for every exercise and that you only had to do each one for 20 seconds. I could do anything for 20 seconds...well, most anything! LOL! The time flew by. I think I will be sore tomorrow...hopefully I can still walk tho.
Today was a combination of busy and sloth. The morning and early afternoon were sloth...my favorite part! LOL! I ate the breakfast that DH made for me and read the paper and watched TV. Then, I decided I need to be productive. I started some auctions, burned some old papers, made potato soup, tried a new "wings" recipe (made with legs, tho!) and made lasagna for supper.
And in that time, walked down to the video place that was going out of business twice. Once to buy the girl a video game. The second time to buy me "The Biggest Loser" for the Wii. Woo Hoo!!!! Is any one else this excited about finding new ways to get their butt kicked?
After dinner, I walked to the Chevron for dessert (didn't have any!) and then did the Power 90 workout. Fixed my lunch for tomorrow and am now Sparking. Gotta finish my book too. I only have about 11 pages left. Finish that and move on to the next book in the pile. I have about 10 books awaiting my attention. I'd better get crackin'!!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Went to walk my street corner today for Fill the Boot. Got there and there was no one there. No cute firefighters for me to ogle! I called the coordinator and it turns out that the firemen did not have enough volunteers to work fill the boot! It turns out that there was testing going on for firefighters AND some training for the EMT's. That took out most of their folks. One of the corners was still working so I headed up there. They really didn't need the help, so I went to the library and then came home.
Which brings me to the next update. At the library, I picked up three new DVD's. Two of them were Power-90, Plyo Legs and Cardio Intervals. The third was a two-DVD set called Urban Hip Hop and included Urban Heat and Urban Beat. The Urban ones sounded like fun. Cardio to hip-hop music. The two DVD's together would be 70 minutes. I can do this! Or not. The moves were way too complicated for this old white girl from Idaho! LOL! I ended up pretty much just flopping around, trying to keep moving. Every once in awhile, my moves accidentally looked a little like what they were doing on the TV. But not in a cool, urban hip hop way. More in a "is she having a seizure" way. Didn't help the DS came up to ask me a question and stayed to laugh. The laughing wasn't so bad, but he was louder than the instructor. Since I couldn't hear her, I REALLY had no idea what I was supposed to be doing! That DVD set is going back tomorrow.
About three weeks ago I posted goals for the month. I've already gotten off track for most of those! I'm still doing the pushups, but not as faithfully as I should be. I am ready to do Week 5, Day 3. If I was on program, I'd be onto Week 6 by now. Not beating myself up for that, just reminding myself. And to top it off, I did something to my shoulder today and it just hurts! No pushups today. Hoping I slept on it wrong and it will feel better tomorrow.
Since one month is too long for my short term memory, or ADD, or whatever it is that drags me off the wagon, I am changing my goals...AGAIN! Keeping the pushups. Gonna finish out the six-weeks and see where I am there. If I'm not to 100 pushups yet, I'll repeat week 6 (maybe 5 and 6) until I do get there. My other goal (yes, one goal) is to eat mindfully tomorrow. I'm going to sit at a table with no book, no phone and try for no TV (DH might not allow that one!) for each of my meals and snacks. I'm going to pay attention to what I eat and how it tastes. I'm going to notice the texture, the smell and how those things make me feel. For one whole day!
I think that is a big enough glimpse into my amazing world. Don't want you to get too overwhelmed by the awesomeness! LOL!
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Yesterday, my status referred to me getting ready for my "song and dance" planned for today. Today's status refers to my successful performance. I had a few people ask me for a few more details. So, here they are.
Two days ago, we found out that every single package we had ever built of one particular variety had a defect. Not a big enough defect to make the package unusable. Just big enough to make our more particular customers sit up and notice. Today's song and dance was my time to explain to all of the powers that be what happened, why it happened, how we were going to fix it and what do we do with all of these packages we've already started.
Lots of preparation went into this performance. Pre-meetings, side meetings, hallway conversations, documentation and more documentation (oh nuts! Just remembered I need to send out meeting minutes!) and minutes of said meetings. Luckily, my team and I had prepared very well. We went into the meeting and told the powers our story.
In the end, they agreed that we do not have to throw everything away, that we can finish the stuff we've started and we just need to fix the new stuff we start making. That is EXACTLY the answer I wanted. So what if we had to help steer them in that direction? We got there, didn't we? LOL!! My boss was even pleased with the outcome!
On a completely separate note, tomorrow is going to be the coldest May day in recent (if not in all) recorded history for my area. During this "lovely" cold snap, I will be outside for a full three hours helping with Fill The Boot. Fill The Boot (for those unfamiliar) is a fundraiser for MDA (Jerry's Kids). Fire fighters stand at intersections with a fireman's boot and people give them money to fill it...hence the name... One of my son's friends has MD and his mom organized volunteers to assist the firefighters during this time. I said I would help. No...of course not...I know what you're thinking! I did NOT sign up just so I could ogle all the hunky firemen! Well, that's not the ONLY reason! If you have a "Fill The Boot" in your area, please go help fill it up!
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