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That's Okay With Me

Monday, July 14, 2008

Beware: this video will keep playing and playing if you don't stop it. Consider yourself duly warned.

Well, I'm working. And I actually have some stuff getting assigned to me already so, heh, ready or not, here I come.

I'm starting to (slowly) get used to the routine. I'm still somewhat tired but today I got home and had some energy, which is more than I can say for much of last week. Also, on Saturday we ran a bunch of errands so I'm glad that that's all done and no errands need be run this weekend, except for standard food shopping.

Gonna go grab some grub. Enjoy this obscure ditty by a group called the Members.

Oh and one more thing -- I'm a third of the way to my final goal.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

EMMASMART 7/15/2008 12:08PM

    I'm next. I'm so glad you are settling in. I have to clean the house so when I go back to work I don't have that On my mind.


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JESPAH 7/15/2008 5:55AM

    Bingo -- I'm all for stress reducterizing. :)

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RATSAMONGUS 7/14/2008 10:27PM

    Glad the new job is going well and you are getting into a routine. A little less stress and more time to enjoy. :)

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JESPAH 7/14/2008 7:34PM

    Thanks, Marit. :)

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JESPAH 7/14/2008 7:33PM

    Thank you, lovely Miss Tracy. A job with your name on it is coming. :)

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TELERIE 7/14/2008 7:33PM

    Woohoo on closing in on a goal! That's a great feeling! And a new job is ALWAYS exhausting. Glad you're easing into the routine, though. And glad you'll be able to devote the weekend to something more fun than errands! Do something good!
- Marit

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TCEDEROTH 7/14/2008 7:31PM

    It's great to be working again, isn't it? Hopefully it won't take me long to find something. The last of the surgeries is coming up soon, and then I'll be hitting the search head on. I'm very anxious.

I've been watching your ticker move, keeping an eye on your progress, and if I haven't posted it elsewhere lately, I want to say you're doing fantastic. Congratulations. Your dedication and focus are an inspiration.

And your blogs are refreshing.

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The Week Ends, The Week Begins

Monday, July 07, 2008

Hey, I'm gainfully employed! And I even went to a non-HR meeting today so, heh, I worked for maybe a half an hour.

It's a lovely place, and the people are super-friendly. I sit next to a woman who is essentially my peer and she was extremely helpful. We went over some stuff and we'll do more tomorrow, when the boss will be in. Plus the meeting was about software they just released which I will be supporting. Essentially, I will learn the software along with the users, which is good.

I definitely overdressed. I think I was the only person in the office in a blazer, and the only one in a skirt that wasn't part of some sort of sundress. My peer wore chinos and I'll probably do the same most of the time. It wasn't too overly air conditioned in there -- the blazer was okay for most of the day so I might want to keep a sweater there.

One downside, just for today, was that my breakfast was really delayed because the start was delayed. I ended up eating it at about noon or so, then lunch at 3. Not horrible and I wasn't so hungry that I was eating file folders, but I definitely can't do THAT every day. Fortunately, I most likely won't have to.

Still recovering, my head is still swimming, but I'm happy.

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JESPAH 7/13/2008 9:56AM

    Dang, hon, I'm sorry about that.

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EMMASMART 7/12/2008 10:50PM

    Good for you. Me next hopefully. The other one fell through. Apparently they wanted me under the table or not at all. I guess it wouldn't due to have a law abiding citizen there. Oh well..


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TELERIE 7/8/2008 3:20PM

    Congratulations on your new job! Great to hear you're happy about it! emoticon

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JESPAH 7/7/2008 7:37PM

    My pleasure! And, I take requests .... :)

PS, thanks

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LOBRENNAN 7/7/2008 7:34PM

    Congratulations!! And thank you for getting another good song stuck in my head :)

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You Just Might Want to See Me Come Back

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Well, I hope you want me back, 'cause I am back. Heh, I'm back either way. :)

The song, heh, the song is kinda silly and a little bit sweet and I'm posting it not because I had some massive relapse or anything but actually because I saw the Hood blimp this morning, floating up above our neighborhood.

Now, there is no Red Sox game today, it isn't a holiday (although it is a holiday weekend) and graduations are done. Plus of course there are no other major sporting events going on. No golf, no tennis and naturally no football, basketball or hockey. Hence unless the blimp is covering, er, lacrosse, maybe? -- unless it's covering something like that, then it's a runaway blimp.

Someone is joyriding in the Hood blimp. Someone has hijacked the blimp and is taking it to ... Medford.

PS We'll see how the numbers shake out tomorrow but it looks good. More tomorrow, plus stuff on the new job, which starts then.

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JESPAH 7/6/2008 11:42AM

    Ha, another Gordon Gano fan! I used to live off Gano Street in Providence, RI and always thought of him whenever I passed that exit.

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LOBRENNAN 7/6/2008 11:32AM

    I love that song :D

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Eek, I can't eat that!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Well, sure I can; I can eat lots of things. But it's easier to just go with a yes/no, black/white, all/nothing mode with the folks. Not that they don't understand but it's easier to just say no than to explain why, well, that quiche would be lovely but that means that I don't eat Mexican tonight because my fat and cholesterol would be off the charts so thanks, I'll just eat a salad alone.

Eh, I'm not a victim and I don't want to be seen like one or treated like one but I have to say that both parents' homes are food problems for me. At least my own parents' house has a second floor so I'm somewhat removed from the food. My inlaws live in an apartment so getting away from the kitchen is not easy. And then, of course, someone's always offering ice cream.

It's tomorrow I'm most concerned about, and I may not be on to blog so that's an issue in and of itself. My folks are having company over and that means food. EVERYWHERE. The entire first floor will be something of a minefield for me. I've been doing well so far. Probably not great with the nutrients but fat and calories are acceptable. Tomorrow, though, there will be little dishes in every room but the bathroom. My husband and I will go walking a lot, heat permitting. I've got to get away from the mines when I can.


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JESPAH 7/5/2008 10:11PM

    Looks like the week went okay. The scale will mainly tell the tale but, heh, I kept within fat and cal ranges every day. Woof.

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TELERIE 7/3/2008 10:47AM

    I know what you mean about yes/no - rather than a lot of explaining. I find it's easier to just say no thanks rather than have a small slice of whatever is on offer, because if I have a small slice I might have another and so on and so forth. I'm sure you'll do well navigating the minefield. Plan ahead and bring some healthy options, fill up on water and veggies and have a good time talking and walking! Perhaps there are others who'd enjoy a walk with you! emoticon

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TUESDAYS 7/3/2008 10:31AM

    Here's a technique I sometimes use: Think about how YOU are winning and THEY are losing because you're staying away from the food and they are pigging out.

Your baaaad girl of a brain can think, "Awwww... poor fool.... look what she's putting in her mouth RIGHT NOW!" In your head, you can even cheer them on. "Eat more, eat more!" LOL! That way, you are WINNING THE GAME and those who are EATING THEMSELVES INTO CALORIE HELL are losing.

It's not the nicest thing in the world (and you don't really MEAN them harm! haha!), but it's just a game to get you through a particularly bad minefield. Regardless, you can do it: Savor the victory even now...

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What Can You Do

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.

Ah well.

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.

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JESPAH 7/3/2008 10:02AM

    Thank you both. So far I'm pleasantly shocked at how well I'm staying on track. :)

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TELERIE 7/2/2008 7:28PM

    I love your attitude and thoughts! Good luck and I know you can do it! Life throws us these tests so we can grow and learn! Have most of the healthy choices and don't beat yourself up if you "stumble"! Have a great time!

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WOODLANDMYST 7/1/2008 9:05PM

  Great attitude - keep moving forward!

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