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Friday, May 18, 2012

I'm as busy a bee!


I have so much going on I don't even know where to start.

HR is finally moving on the paperwork for my new position / move. And I actually know what I'll be doing now; my actual job had changed at least 4 times in the last 3 months but it is settled now. HR should be posting the announcement next week.

I got my carpet ordered for the living room & the rest of the floors measured. I will order the rest of the flooring at the end of the month, but now I have to get real busy tearing up the tile b/c there is now way I will pay labor that is literally twice the cost of the materials.

I finally installed the light trim for the recessed lights in the bathroom my ex had partially installed many years ago. The handyman hung the 2 bedroom doors and installed the new ceiling fans. 3 more doors to go next month. All the doors need to be stained. I need an entire house full of trim & moldings. I have a new doorbell speaker to install, and curtains in all the rooms, and I got tired of adding things to the to-do list.

My parents will be in town on Monday for the week. So I have major house cleaning to do this weekend too. But I'm hoping my Dad will get the upstairs trim done while he is here.

Yesterday, today & tomorrow I am participating in a neighborhood garage sale. Well, my son is participating while I am at work. I haven't had time to go through the house but I did have some things collected for donation that I've put out. Whatever I earn will be donated to his Eagle Scout project.

Tomorrow my daughter & I are running a 5k for Save the Manatees. Sunday my son has fife practice. I have karate to practice and documents to locate and French to start learning.

Next week (I hope) I will be able to set my schedule for June & July; I will be traveling back & forth to France to start my new position (I can't stay there yet until I get my visa, a 2-3 month process).

Black Belt testing has been delayed a month to August 4 b/c the man with the building keys is getting married on the original date and is too paranoid to trust any one else with the keys and alarm code. As if Sensei B can't be trusted to lock the doors? What a moron. But at least I have an extra month to get ready now.

Wednesday track practices have started again, which I need to get my speed back to where it needs to be. I have cancelled my gym membership, although it is not official until June 11.

I am making progress on my Netflix queue and TBR book pile. I have started listening to audio books on my commute so I can multi-task.

I took and passed my exam for the new certification & got that mailed in. I'm scrambling to get all of our new reporting processes set-up for 2013; I'm trying to simplify & idiot-proof them as much as possible so they can be rolled into new years going forward with minimal upkeep. Currently EVERYTHING is hard coded with specific dates and date specific file locations and names and formulas which makes updating every year a nightmare. On the up side, once I have it done I will have taken a 3+ hour reporting process down to 10 minutes and the yearly file transitions from I don't even know how many hours down to 5 minutes. I am awesome.

I have to get the Tour Permit for the group going to summer camp (Boy Scouts) in VA. Plus everyone's health forms and final payments and roster and I'm sure there is more. Plus transition my "jobs" with the Troop over to someone else. Plus get my son progressing on his Eagle project and finding a job & finishing his last 2 high school classes and starting college. And pet vaccinations & micro-chipping. And getting rid of the old mini-van and re-quoting my house & car insurance since they decided to raise my rates for no real reason. And a new driver's license before I move.

And so much more that I can't even think about right now or my head will explode.

Except for dinner, I have to think about that or my kids will kill me and eat me for dinner tonight since I haven't yet been shopping for the week and they claim to be hungry.

  
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 5/21/2012 10:50AM

    Oh, my GOODNESS, I've just read your blog, and I am EXHAUSTED! emoticon emoticon I hope you got it all done and everything worked out well! emoticon

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JENNYDJENNY 5/20/2012 6:56AM

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I would like to know how u got u filing and reporting system organised as i am too in the same fied and would like some advice on that .........

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MAJTMS 5/19/2012 10:12AM

    ok, I'm going to stop whining about my to-do list! emoticon


Thelma

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SAFARIBABE 5/18/2012 8:33PM

    Just keep making those lists. Scratching things off as you get them done and add things on as you think of them!! You WILL get everything done!!

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GETSTRONGRRR 5/18/2012 3:49PM

    You go girl!! Sounds like one of my blogs!!

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DEZZIEJAMES 5/18/2012 3:28PM

    You sure do have your plate full!!!!! Good luck in all the up and coming journeys!!!!

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MONTREAL12 5/18/2012 2:55PM

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Misc. travel pictures

Friday, May 11, 2012

Found these when going through my phone today. I'm not good with pictures and don't take many, usually just of the things that strike my fancy and not your "normal" vacation pics. Here are some of the more interesting (to me):

Birdcages in Houston


Christmas street light decorations in London


Paris catacombs


Paris street art


Appetizers in Mexico - crickets & ant larvae..and, yes, I ate them

  
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DEZZIEJAMES 5/16/2012 11:39AM

    Ewwwwww.... crickets and ant larvae. You're one brave woman.

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MCJULIEO 5/11/2012 9:33PM

    Isn't it great that you took THOSE!?? I always forget that my phone can take photos!

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SAFARIBABE 5/11/2012 4:54PM

    Bugs are great lean protein! LOL Thanks for sharing the pics!!

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DOODIE59 5/11/2012 2:41PM

    Thanks for sharing your photos -- I love to see the world through other people's eyes:) My favourite is the birdcages.

Good luck as you count down to your Black Belt exam.
Deirdre

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NINJA_SMOO 5/11/2012 2:05PM

  Very funky pictures! I'm not very good at remembering to take pictures either. I don't mind though. I figure that if I don't have some piece of technology grafted to my hand and face I am more readily able to *experience* where I am.

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Paul Revere's Ride

Friday, May 11, 2012

My son, who is a fifer with the 1st Michigan Fife & Drum Corps, went to Boston for the Patriot's Day celebrations to commemorate the events starting the Revolutionary War. We found a video of one of their performances whilst in Boston, at the Olde North Church. They are at the 6:44 mark, my son is the fifer on the end in front of the bass drum.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=4digHSsAPJk&
feature=youtube_gdata_player

  
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 5/11/2012 12:19PM

    AMAZING! That's so neat that you could find it! You should (and are, I'm sure!) so PROUD! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SAFARIBABE 5/11/2012 8:38AM

    How cool!!! That's a great experience for him!

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GETSTRONGRRR 5/11/2012 8:26AM

    Very cool!! They sound great....glad he was able to do it!

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April Goal Results

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

1) Maintain my weight at +5 / -14 pounds
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Slacked off on the exercise & nutrition and am 6 pounds over maintenance range.

3) Do some sort of housecleaning or maintenance daily.
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5) Finalize my budget by the end of Jan and stick to it to pay off at least 3 loans by Dec.
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Still sticking to the budget, but because of the move & house updates I will not get all of the original loans paid off that I had planned for. One is done, the second will be done by year end, and I will pay off 2 small store cards as well. Once I am completely moved & settled into a new budget I can look at this again.

6) Ready to test for black belt by end of June:
6c) Make terminology flashcards by end of February; review weekly until testing
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Have not been reviewing each week

6d) Assist in 4 classes per month (20 total required)
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Ahead of schedule, have 14 classes of 12 needed by end of April; 6 more to go

6e) Learn and master sais kata
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Learning how to handle the sais, will push to begin learning the kata this month

6f) Keep running so as to maintain ability to run 2 miles in 18 minutes
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On my first track run I discovered I have “lost” 90 seconds somewhere in the last 4 months, need to find it again. Track sessions with Coach Ken begin next week.

6g) Be able to do 50 pushups in April; 55 in May; 60 in June
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7) Goal revamped – finish mailbox / light switches / outlets / floors / doors / ceiling fans / curtains before I move, timing TBD
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Finish permanent installation of the mailbox; the handyman is coming today to put in the doors & ceiling fans and I am waiting for Lowe’s to call for a time to come out and measure the floors. I will have the carpet and laminate ordered by the end of the month and installed in June; not what I want and was going to save for but what is cheapest to get done ASAP.

8) Run my first marathon by October 21
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Black belt test date is being pushed out to late July or August and I will not start training until after the test. I’m considering postponing this goal to April 2013 for the Paris marathon, which I've heard is not as focused on speed and qualifying and is instead much more relaxed, ideal for a first timer who is slow. Plus it's in Paris, 'nuff said.

9) Other goals as they occur to me.
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Received Lifetime C.P.M. certification (Certified Purchasing Manager) so never have to do continuing ed & recertify for this one again; scheduled exam for new C.P.S.M. certification (Certified Professional in Supply Management); got son applied to college; replaced mailbox; made a real to-do list; ran 2 half marathons; finally cancelled some subscriptions I wasn’t using

10) Have fun and stress less!
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11) NEW GOAL - weekly pushup challenge
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Doing 4-5 sets of pushups, 6 days per week. Currently at 5 sets of 27 plus extras during karate training class.

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2) Become a half fanatic by the end of August
4) Break my dependence on Splenda
6b) Ni kyoso suro no kata approved in February; Bassai kata approved in March

  
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MCJULIEO 5/8/2012 9:46PM

    You got your son's application to college done???? Major kudos!!! (I remember those days vividly!)

Do you remember this comic strip from last year http://www.thecomicstrips.com/store
/add_strip.php?iid=62697 (Zits)??? If the link doesn't work, let me know, ...it was hard to find, and I don't want to lose it, but can figure a way to post it if I need to...

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THEEASYKILL30 5/8/2012 2:40PM

    I agree, you have an aggressive to do list. I am totally impressed. Good luck in all of your goals. I may have to steal #3. I totally slack off in housework too.

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STRIVER57 5/8/2012 12:26PM

    what boilham said! brava!

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BOILHAM 5/8/2012 10:39AM

    Mostly thumbs up on an aggressive to-do list. I'm impressed. emoticon

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Cold Showers

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

This morning I awoke to a blood curdling scream from my DD. I was halfway across my room before I even registered what I had heard.

She went to take a shower & was surprised by ice cold water.

Apparently the pilot light on the water heater went out last night.

What a way to wake up in the morning. I'm still shaky from the adrenaline surge, which is why I have already met my new goal of crossing off at least 1 thing from my to-do list each day.

And not only 1 goal...so far I have crossed of 3 with at least 3 more planned for today!

Go me!

OK, so these are the low hanging fruit but I'll take progress where I can get it. I'm not proud lol.

And track time starts again in a week or two so I'll soon get back up to speed with my 2 mile run (pun intended). I packed my lunch today for the first time in a couple weeks with plans to do so for the next 3 days (and then I will be in Mexico for 4 days). I have ideas for our dinners for the rest of the week so I will have home-made food to pack for lunch. Tomorrow is beef stew, then an eggplant casserole, pork roast, and some sort of chicken meal in the crock pot. And maybe the chicken tortilla soup recipe from PureWow in my inbox from a few days ago.

In unrelated news I got a text this am from my ex-husband, he wants to meet and talk.

For those who have missed it (since I never really officially made an announcement) I have a pending job transfer to my company's plant in France and I will be moving sometime in the next few months (probably, if HR gets moving with the paperwork). To France. With my DD, Stupid Dog and 3 cats. DS is probably staying home to start college and keeping 2 cats.

And my ex, having been a psycho H and ex-H, could have taken it very poorly, especially as he had threatened several times over the years we were married & divorcing that he would take the kids and run. I was actually expecting him to have a tantrum, but all he said when I told him 2 weeks ago was "OK".

And now he wants to talk. Ostensibly about our DS and my house but...

I don't have trust issues, I just flat out don't trust him at all. That's not an issue, that's smart.

Any fight that starts I will ultimately win. I just don't want to spend my time, effort and money proving the point. Again.

Nothing I can do about it until we talk Friday night so...on to my to do list.

Any recommendations for a really good app, one that allows you to enter several sub-tasks for a main task item?

  
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FUSCHIA6 5/7/2012 12:05PM

    So, how did it go? Are things moving along okay?
I too admire how much you get done. Best of luck with the adventure!

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DEZZIEJAMES 5/3/2012 10:58AM

    MI to FRANCE! WOW! AMazing. I am jealous.....

I fully support you not trusting the ex!!!!

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EGALITAIRE 5/3/2012 9:58AM

    All the best with your Ex. If you go in with a plan to stay calm, no matter what comes your way, you will probably get a better result.

And just sayin', yes, men can get weird - based solely on my own experience, I would say that is not a gender-specific trait when it comes to Ex's.

Stay Strong

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JUSTBIRDY 5/3/2012 9:41AM

    Hmmmm, great way to start CT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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TRI_BABE 5/1/2012 4:55PM

    Good luck with the move. It sounds exciting. The app I use (Android) is a GTD app and you can create sub-tasks, even sub-projects and checklists. It is an alpha but works well. http://tinyurl.com/7dhee7a



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MCJULIEO 4/26/2012 10:22AM

    You can DO this!
(We're rootin' for ya...)

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BOILHAM 4/26/2012 9:22AM

    Having 3 DDs and 2 DSs - I know about psycho Ex-Hs. Sorry if I seem to have broken the "guy club code" but it's my experience. Good luck!!

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SAFARIBABE 4/26/2012 7:02AM

    Wish I could suggest an app to get rid of your ex-H!! BUT I do have a really good task app. It's called 2Do (one word) from Guided Ways Technologies. I use it for EVERYTHING!! You can set up projects with sub-tasks under each project or just random tasks alone. I think it's great!

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GETSTRONGRRR 4/25/2012 8:29PM

    I think what you really need is a good app that lets you hit the mute button on your ex!

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DOGSTARDADDY 4/25/2012 2:56PM

    Good luck with the talk w/the ex. I'm *trying* to put out fires in that direction as well, so I understand.

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DOODIE59 4/25/2012 2:52PM

    I don't know how you do it, but I'm very impressed with your energy and effort. Maybe your ex is NOT going to suggest moving into your house and living with your son, rent-free:) Could happen.

Good luck with every thing -- I wish I had a quarter your focus. What an adventure!
Be good to yourself--
Deirdre

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HOPEFULHIPPO 4/25/2012 2:00PM

    just either talk in a public place or with people. Men can get weird.

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NAYPOOIE 4/25/2012 1:02PM

    I hate waking up to a blood curdling scream.

I'm glad you don't trust your ex. Don't know how old or independent your DD is, but if she is vulnerable you might want to talk to her about not getting kidnapped by him and what to do if it happens.

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RONNIEHUEY 4/25/2012 12:59PM

    Good luck with the hot water heater, Mexico,France and the EX.It sounds like you have a full plate at this time. emoticon

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