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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Okay...today I'm asking my coworker to go for tea, to discuss our working relationship. (I decided against a meal, in case things don't go as planned...tea/coffee is much quicker than a meal, but we can prolong it with another cup, if it's going well.) I'm nervous, but I'm sure it will be fine...even if I don't get the results I'm hoping for.

Yesterday was a super long day...I left the house at 8:00, worked my regular day, the after school program and then we had our annual Right to Know meeting, which was supposed to take 10-15 minutes, but it took 40! I then had to race down to my small group ministry group, nearly an hour late! We didn't break up until about 9:10 PM. Then I raced home to let the dogs out. (Don't call the SPCA on me...I let them out at lunch and Darryl came home between his work and his ball game and let them out!) Darryl came in about three minutes after me. (His day starts much earlier than mine, too...he leaves for work at 5:15 AM!!!)

Yoga starts up again today. I don't go to the ASP on Tuesdays, as we are attempting to have team meetings again and then I go from there to yoga. So I'm home about 45 minutes later than when I work, but I'm in much better space coming home from yoga than a nearly 10 hour day at school!

Have to run...it's time for work...I MUST get up the nerve to ask her out for tea today!!!! Wish me luck! GULP!

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CAMROLA 2/2/2008 1:24PM

    Hi, Kim! Good for you for taking a step to remedy the situation. How did it go?

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MAINEROCKS 1/31/2008 2:33PM

    How did tea go??

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Big thanks to Lynn

Monday, January 28, 2008

Fellow Sparker, Lynn, offered up a great suggestion concerning my co-worker situation. Since Cheryl, our "buffer" is going out for surgery and won't be back for at least six weeks, Lynn suggested I take the co-worker out to lunch and discuss our situation and find a way to be civil to each other. I really like that idea. And even if nothing changes, I will know I have done everything in my power to make this uncomfortable situation better.

And on the health/fitness front...I'm the same weight as my husband! Now to drop under! (Okay, so I didn't lose very much...and he gained a few pounds...either way, I haven't been less than him in YEARS! And it's so within reach now!) By the end of this week, I could possibly weigh less than my husband! How great is that?!

Duty calls...more next time.

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YUKONCHICK 2/8/2008 9:53AM

    Hey, I'm very proud of you for doing this! There is something magical about breaking bread together, or even sharing a beverage (as you did - faster! LOL!) that can make people open up. Both parties have to listen, and if they don't sway to the other's position, at least they can be civil. Here's hoping that's what happens for you two.

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Gradually going into empty nestdom

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Okay, so it's not been as bad as I'd feared, since Kate's college is a mile away. She comes home all the time! She spent the weekend here and as soon as she got back on campus she called to ask if she'd left her cell phone here, so I ran it back up to her.

I think she's weening herself off us, as well. She had planned to do one or two semesters here and then transfer to New Paltz by her junior year.

And Devon has been home twice so far, so it's not like he dropped off the face of the earth. And he's coming back on Tuesday (to get more things from his bedroom and finish cleaning that awful mess of a room) to spend the night. He'll ride back to campus with a professor from around the corner.

I've been cooking more since the kids left. I don't know why I waited for them to leave to take an interest in it. I made a really nice meal the other day...chickun-style seitan over kasha, green beans and I made a roux (spelling?) and made seitan gravy to pour over the seitan and kasha. It was actually quite awesome, if I do say so, myself! And it required more than one burner at time...a big deal for me!

We also have plans of painting several rooms now...the family room, the kitchen, the upstairs hallway and the upstairs bathroom. Eventually our bedroom, I think, too. Just projects to keep us busy and make our environment nicer.

I really need to get a digital camera now...the two we had here were both the kids', so now I don't have one. :~( Maybe with tax return I'll get one.

I've got to go walk Daisy...she's being a huge pest right now, telling me it's time.

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MAINEROCKS 1/27/2008 7:07PM

    Once my mom recovered from empty nest syndrome, she and my dad were like newlyweds again! It was cool to see them rediscover life as a couple instead of just a family of four in the house. Maybe you too will find new found energy in this new life of a quieter house. :-) Wish you all the best!

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Quick and Honest blog...

Friday, January 25, 2008

Ugh...I'm going to be completely honest here...I ate an incredibly obscene amount of calories yesterday. A full day's calories PLUS like three or four protein bars!!!! They were nearly 200 calories each! I see my old habit of eating through upset is popping back up.

Let me quickly back up a bit. I had a horrible, terrible, awful morning at work. I came home and grabbed a quick and decent lunch, followed by a not needed protein bar. When I got home from work, to an empty house, I had another. Later on, still alone, I had another (maybe two more...not sure).

I don't want to slip back into old habits. I noticed today I'm wearing my big, baggy, comfy clothes. Less attractive, more frumpy...like my mood. I cannot allow my discontent with my job sabotage my success with my physical health!!!! So I'm be honest and posting this.

Now that I've named it and claimed it, it's time to discard it...that's the hardest part.

I had an egg with some nutritional yeast for breakfast. Trying to jump back on and let it be a one day slip.

Have to go shovel the sidewalks before work.

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METALBABE 1/27/2008 12:16AM

    I know how you feel. I had a horrible week last week and was feeling like I was losing all my progress. But then one of my Spark friends suggested that I try to start a mini-streak. I did, and am doing great! It's amazing what a difference the perspective of a couple of days can make. I highly recommend it.
I also want to encourage you to be gentle with yourself. Maybe some of this "frump" is from all the emotional turmoil you just came through. Go easy on yourself. You're doing great.

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PEONYQUEEN 1/26/2008 9:11AM

    Well, we all have those days. Just remember that it is not a slip backwards but just one unhealthy day in a healthy lifestyle. I think even the healthiest lives have overindulged days. You recognized that it was one of those days and can move forward with the rest of your healthy days.

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RDEPASS 1/25/2008 4:08PM

    You can do it! I'm cheering for you!

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A very nice welcome back...

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Although Tuesday was my first day back to work, I didn't go to the After School Program because we have team meetings on Tuesdays...so yesterday was my first day back there. What a wonderful greeting I got...kids hugged me and said they were so glad I was back. One boy asked if I was back forever. That felt so nice. So much better than my lack-luster return to the classroom! (Teacher didn't even turn around to make eye contact when I entered and said good morning.) I know I do some good there...those kids missing me proved that to me!


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