Tuesday, July 01, 2008
This song is totally unrelated to what's going on but it's so incredibly cheesy I just had to post the video.
We're leaving in maybe 2 hours to go to NYC, then to LI for the remainder of the week and so my posting is going to be hit or miss and blog entries may end up nonexistent.
In the meantime, we've got a boatload of food, which is crazy when you think about it as we should be able to buy whatever in Manhattan. I just don't want to be spending the time doing so. I'd rather spend time with family. One thing I did for today, though, is I saved up salt in a big way so I can eat Greek food if I want to! Yay! That will go a long way to making tonight pleasant and easy.
As for the rest of the week, it's more of a mystery but there will be a lot of eating out so I'll just be careful and then eat the leftovers for lunch the following day. About the only day that's now concerning me is Friday the 4th as my Mom wants to have people over so that means snack-y foods will be everywhere and it will be a lot more like grazing than a sit-down meal.
It's not impossible but it is harder. But, heh, I'm such a control freak with all of this that it's probably good for me to do something off the grid and different because that's the way life is. It's not all controlled and easy. Sometimes it's weird and tough and doesn't fit into neat and happy little slots. I need to practice dealing with things like that, too, so here I come.
Monday, June 30, 2008
Today's musical selection is kinda related to water (because it's mega-humid here) and the ocean (I want to talk about my friend the fish guy) and surfing but of course these days surfing is done on the 'Net.
So, first, it's so humid, the air is chewable. Fortunately, the house is still fairly cool so I can go with fans for the nonce. I may switch to A/C but right now I'm okay and in fact I just had oatmeal. When we go walking tonight, it'll be at dusk, just so we can do something instead of take three steps and pant.
And -- the fish guy. I get the feeling he finished a semester and went home for the Summer. Since this is such a college city that happens a lot, and not even necessarily with super-young people. Boston is the ultimate town and gown place, and the complexion of the area is radically different now versus the Winter. It's not just that us older folk are around, it's also things like more parking, less traffic, less foot traffic, the ability to get a table at a restaurant without waiting, etc. The replacement fish guys have not been up to par, not to mention not cute.
The first one was kind of a himbo with a serious shiner. His eye looked bad for weeks, like he'd been hit with a chain in some street fight or something. Then the second replacement (last Friday) was a dude who did not speak very good English and could not truly comprehend that I want a half a pound which means .69 lbs is too much.
And, I miss the original fish guy because he was nice, and pleasant, and we'd chat a little. I keep kidding my husband that the first fish guy was in love with me, which of course isn't really true, but he did pay attention and I just liked being paid attention to. I mean, not just to say hi but he also would remember what I ordered, sometimes after a few weeks had gone by. He used to call me his favorite customer and who doesn't want to be that?
Anyway, here's to the Summer and perhaps the fish dude is off saving the whales from tuna nets or something or maybe just sitting in the basement of his parents' house playing endless games of Grand Theft Auto, and I hope either way that he's having a good time.
Now -- surfing. My folks live on Long Island which is as beach-defined as it is defined by its proximity to New York City. My husband and I will push to go to the beach at least once, plus we'll probably (weather permitting) walk around the local pond with my Dad every day in order to get in some cardio. I've never been a real surfer although I've thought about wind-surfing. I'm still too heavy and klutzy for it but maybe I'll actually do it someday. I know how to sail and I know it's similar although instead of moving the mainsail around you essentially move your body around in order to shift the sail to catch a breeze.
Indoor surfing is more for the search for a gift for my nephew for his Bar Mitzvah. Now, he's already getting a 529 plan from us, and he knows that (he already thanked us for it) but he's a kid and college is a good eight years away for him. Hence we want to give him something tangible. I have an idea for a book and now for something else. The kid is baseball crazy so that helps to define what I'll get. I have some ideas and will go shopping online and hopefully be able to grab something today. The Bar Mitzvah isn't for almost another three months but I want to take shipping, etc. into account. I want it to be a total surprise, just hand him something fun. Bar Mitzvahs are a cause for people to (well, relatives, anyway) either give money or something religious in nature. Money is covered and frankly Mr. J. and I are not that religious so if it's something baseball-oriented it'll be different and, hopefully, memorable.
Gonna go surfin' now, everybody's learnin' how ... :)
Sunday, June 29, 2008
I'm all packed and ready to go to NY.
The only problem is, we're not leaving for another 2 days. :)
I'm a lil impatient. But a lot of that stems from being flat-out for months and now suddenly I have very little to do. I am writing, though, which is fun and I have what I think are good ideas and so committing them to paper and then to pixels is a good use of time. Plus I know I just won't be that free pretty soon. So I'd better get it all going now.
As for the trip, it should be good although food concerns me. I know that my in-laws and my parents will do whatever they can to accommodate me. But at the same time it's not about me and I don't want to be a diva about it. So we're bringing food. As in: oatmeal, flavor sticks for water, dried fruit snacks, fish oil capsule and even little (portion-controlled) cans of tuna in water.
And I've done what I can to prime everyone. I've asked for fresh fruit and vegetables, or at least frozen, to be available. And I've asked for skim milk. After that, I suppose I'm more or less on my own. I'm sure there will be salads or at least lettuce and cukes, and probably plain chicken or egg whites will be available. I can make do. I have for years (I'm a semi-vegetarian and am used to "eating around" other people).
But there's going to be a LOT of eating out, so I am concerned, less about fat and calories and more about sodium. I strongly suspect it will be Greek food at my in-laws, which is lovely if you enjoy salt baths. I love Greek food but I'll mainly have a salad with either the tiniest bit of feta or maybe one olive and that's it. No grape leaves, which I love.
Chinese is not a much better alternative as I have trouble with control. And then there's breakfast. I'm bringing oatmeal but will be plied with espresso if I don't put my foot down.
I love my folks and my in-laws and they will not consciously try to push me but it's going to be a very different ball game.
Gotta be ready for all of it.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Frankly I think this is a kinda dumb song but it does fit.
I went to my old job today, to see my friends, thank my references in person and tell everyone about the new jobby job.
It went well -- it was great to see everyone. They had not seen me since the assignment ended in mid-April, so I've lost about another 15 - 20 lbs. or so since then.
It was one thing I wanted to wrap up before starting the next gig and it's done.
I still have a bunch of things on my to-do list before 7/7 but that was a big one and it's all set.
Oh -- I received a blazer I had ordered and it's a size down. And it fits! Now, don't get excited; I think it's cut big, plus it has one of those vent things at the bottom so that gives a little room. But hey, it's a size 22 and I can button it all the way. :)
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Well, I won't be for much longer. I had oral surgery today and it's really catching up to me now. I have plenty of stuff to do -- I need to continue wrapping up the job search, stuff should get organized because later on I won't get the opportunity to do that, but that doesn't matter right now. Right now, my jaw is bothering me and I'm tired. So I'll grab a Tylenol with Codeine and draw the shades.
There are -- egad -- two more dental appointments to go. At least, my understanding (and my understanding has been woefully flawed throughout this exercise) is that there are only two more to go. One is scheduled for July 23rd and the other will be about two or three weeks after that because on the 23rd they'll make a mold of my upper jaw and need a couple of weeks for the crown to be made.
It's exhausting just thinking about it.
In job news, they called and it seems my new boss was less than pleased that IT was going to take forever to set up my workstation, so now my start date is back to July 7th (it had been the 14th). Either one is fine with me as I have enough time to get whatever done before the 7th. The 14th start date seemed like I'd do a lot of just sitting around. While I enjoy idleness as much as the next person, I'm raring to go. Plus the dollar differential between work and Unemployment is striking enough that there's no way I'd prefer Unemployment cash to wages.
Enough of that. Time to dream of, um, something. Tomorrow I'll go visit my buddies at my last job, and tell them of my good fortune. :)
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