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"Congratulations! You Did It!"

Monday, June 28, 2010

I came in to work to find a sign in my office that had that caption. It was festooned with silver swirly things and paper mortar boards at the ends. It was a real charge! It made the Graduation Day euphoria continue. Several people came by to offer congratulations and to comment about my FB picture.

Last week I said I was more or less going to coast until after my "Mahalo Party" on the 7th. Little did I know how hectic it would get. School is out, but I feel completely overwhelmed! I took the longest walk I've had at lunch time and really got my heart rate up. I am well within range and dinner still to eat, so today was a great success.

The VP who got me started on the Paralegal program stopped by and I know he could tell from my smile that I am just so happy! I had a meeting with our top attorney today that I did not know about last week. She needs help with a treasure hunt - finding documents that are over 15 years old! I get to work with our summer student in the legal department...He is considering going to law school, so the attorneys are trying to get him involved in interesting projects.

Nothing was said, but I take this as an opportunity to show my paralegal skills and my people management skills. I'm not sure what they might be thinking, but I know Sal and Norma never do things without more than one idea behind it.

I chipped away at the yawner project. I need to finish it on Wednesday. It felt good to make progress!

School's over, but I am overwhelmed! I need to do a ton of little things! Write my thank you notes, mail my nephew's birthday present (after I wrap it and write the card), fill out the SR1 form for DMV after I round up the info I got at the accident site(the rearending I had on Saturday). I need to go to the bank, to the post office, and I need to ----------endless list!

I still have to put in the OT on the other project and I just can't get my head wrapped around it! The deadline looms!

Yawn! Good night, Spark family! THANK YOU for all of your support!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 6/29/2010 4:28PM

  emoticon you are always such a busy woman... do you ever take a moment to relax? emoticon

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MEGANC1988 6/29/2010 10:16AM

    How sweet that you came to work with such a supportive note! Hope you get some rest here soon.

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MISSY455 6/29/2010 12:15AM

    Best way to not get overwhelmed is to break the bigger projects into smaller portions, and just keep moving forward. Try to get some of those small things taken care of and off your plate...it does help.

Glad to hear that the office is continuing your celebration though, that is nice that they want to celebrate your success! You need to too!!!

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NISA-JOE 6/29/2010 12:15AM

    You certainly did it! Glad to hear you had a great day.

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Squeamish Courage

Sunday, June 27, 2010

I am still feeling wonderfully euphoric about graduation yesterday! My SparkFamily has contributed with their comments on my blog, page and new photo. My facebook page is full of wonderful comments from former coworkers, current coworkers, family and assorted friends. I truly feel wealthy!

My fellow student posted a picture of me on Facebook that she had taken with her camera. I did not have mine with me, so I saved a copy of her picture to my desktop and then posted the picture she took of me to both Facebook and SparkPeople.

I do not like pictures of me. I look at them and am always disappointed because I look different from how I feel. Also, being scared of identity theft and knowing that a lot of people are more tech savvy than me, I've hidden behind the picture of my adorable niece for a long time. (There are some creative pieces of software out there and, in the hands of nefarious types...) In sharing this, I am NOT fishing for compliments. I am sharing an increased level of comfort with me. That is part of my SparkPeople journey. That being said, I won't turn down feedback! :)

Look at it, if you want to, while it's there. I may lose my nerve and take it down. But for now, it is up. A reflection of euphoria, of not wanting that great feeling to end and a tentative thrust towards whomever the person I will be farther down the road of this SparkPeople journey.

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NISA-JOE 6/28/2010 11:23PM

Love the smiley pic of you! You look so happy.
You are emoticon in many ways. Don't ever doubt it for a second.

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LIBBYFITZ 6/28/2010 12:39PM

    emoticonYou are doing well, it is great to reieve compliments and it does take time to larn to accept them. Glad you are having such a positive time. emoticon emoticon

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JAKEANDNELLIE 6/28/2010 10:21AM

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I used to avoid the camera, too - but I think accepting ourselves as we are is so important to make progress in this "lifestyle change" we have embarked upon. It's still not pleasant and I cringe every time I post one, but it's something I have to do for myself.
I think you look wonderful in your graduation picture! Your joy shines from the photo and you look so happy!
Be proud of yourself for all you have done and continue to do!
emoticonI'm proud to say that you are my Sparkfriend!
Stay positive!
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    Congrats on your achievement!! You do look really happy! That's what matters. And you can always take your photo down - but I hope you leave it up so you can look back and see how happy you were, and how much the gown and cap symbolise.

Yes, definitely... feel euphoric! You've earned it emoticon

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CHRISADONNER 6/27/2010 11:20PM

    I know how what you mean. I hate pictures / mirrors for the same reason. That fat, old person I see looking back isn't me. It isn't what I feel like inside. How did I get this way? I used to be attractive and full of life, but that isn't what or who I see looking back at me. That makes this journey seem so strange. It's more than just losing weight. I don't know if I'll ever feel comfortable with what I see in front of me. So I've chosen to just go along with how I feel from the inside out. And if people want pictures of me, they can take them, but that doesn't mean I have to look at them.
I'm allowing myself to love the me that is inside. That's what's important to me. There may come a day when I love what I look like on the outside, too, or there may not. And that's ok with me.
Keep on the journey. Focus on what feels good and makes you smile. And don't sweat the other stuff. You are an awesome, successful person.

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MELA1953 6/27/2010 10:26PM

    WOO HOO!!! DO YOU LOOK HAPPY OR WHAT!!!!! Congrats!!!

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CARRAND 6/27/2010 10:14PM

    You are lovely. Your beaming face says it all.

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NADJAZZ 6/27/2010 9:49PM

    Congratulations! Not only did you graduate, you overcame the fear of posting your pic online. You look so happy in your graduation pic! I personally love to see the smiling faces of my Fellow Sparkers.

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 6/27/2010 9:30PM

  emoticon you are such a beautiful woman. thank you for posting your photo. I hope you do keep it up on your page .. but, if you get uncomfortable then do what you shall. You still are gonna be beautiful whether or not your photo is up or not! ;)

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Graduation Day! AA Paralegal Studies!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

What a fabulous day! It was a long day, but a marvelous one! I had to be on campus by 7:30 am for 9:00 graduation. We were running late, so we stopped at Mcdonalds (cringe) and I had a sausage mcmuffin. Getting there that early meant lots of standing around. I parked on the edge of campus which meant I had a lot of walking to do. That was very necessary because the day also meant a lot of sitting!

I was blessed to get the chance to sit next to my favorite fellow student during the service. We are both Phi Theta Kappa honor graduates and there were not many of us there. There were lots of honor graduates, but only a small handful sporting the PTK regalia. From what I could see, we received extra loads of congratulations from the faculty, which was heartwarming.

I had no family there, but my BF was there. A close friend from work was there with her friend and my paralegal mentor also came. That meant a lot because it's a big deal to ask people to give a chunk of their Saturday!

As we left the field, we walked a gauntlet of faculty to rousing congratulations and applause. I was thrilled to see the director of the paralegal program there. He is not usually at the ceremony and for him to greet me by name and for me to be able to shake his hand and say thank you meant a lot!

I did not get to meet with my fellow graduate for the photo we wanted. That was one of two disappointments of the day.

We drove about half an hour away for lunch at Black Bear Diner. Again, I was humbled that people chose to come. Joining those who attended the graduation was my fellow student Dee (she has 3 more classes to go) and her husband. We had a great time. Excellent food, good conversation and lots of laughs. As it happened, BF and I were the last to arrive. He had forgotten his meds, so we drove home before going to the restaurant. About a block from the restaurant, we were rear ended at a stop light. Not seriously damaged, but I do have to fix one of the license plate lights because I think I risk a ticket if I don't. The bumper is dented a smidge and some paint is leaving, but I think it is structurally intact. The other driver did not have her license with her and I could have called the police. However, due to budget cuts, they don't like to come out if there are no injuries. She could have been arrested and had her car towed, I think. I did not want to keep my friends waiting any longer and I didn't feel like making her day any worse than it was. I did file a claim with my insurance company and also spoke with hers. I don't have a good feeling about that company, but it may be because we are already in an adversarial relationship. As it happens, I have already scheduled my car for service on Tuesday for other things and would like to get the light fixed at the same time. I told the agent I don't want to take it in twice and I don't want to risk a ticket. They want me to wait for an inspection by their agent and there's telling when that would happen since they may not even call me until Tuesday. ARGH! Yvonne had her camera there so she took pictures of the light and other damage.

The food was great and I ate way over the daily limit, but, for a week's time, I am still in range because I was low most of the week. Back in the saddle tomorrow!

It was a fabulous day! I felt great! I looked great! I enjoyed the entire day!

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KAATII 7/2/2010 8:59AM

    Congratulations on your achievement. Sorry my wishes are a little late but the blog fell off my subscribe list.

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ROX2013 6/27/2010 1:47PM

    I am so excited for you! This is should a great accomplishment for you! I know how hard it is sometimes juggling work, home and school! Glad you didn't let the couple of hiccups mess your celebration up. and also very very glad no one was hurt. You get a gold star for giving that other driver a break. If there was ever a day to go over the food allowance this was it. Have a great Sunday!!! emoticon emoticon

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TURQUOISELOTUS 6/27/2010 12:07PM

    Congrats on your achievement! Glad that you had such a wonderful day! So pleased that the mishaps didn't derail your happiness and well-deserved enjoyment! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 6/27/2010 12:06PM

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sounds like a fantastic day.. :)

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LIBBYFITZ 6/27/2010 10:40AM

    That is fantastic to see! You were so worried about how the day would go. Even getting back ended wasn't going to spoil you're day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CARRAND 6/27/2010 9:42AM

    Congratulations on a job well done! You didn't let a couple of mishaps keep you from enjoying your success, and that's a good thing.

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ANNIE924 6/27/2010 6:53AM

    Congratulations on your accomplishment, both school and personal. Good luck with the insurance company. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHRISADONNER 6/27/2010 1:03AM

    You did it! Congratulations!! That is so awesome. You're working your program and making the changes you want in your life. That is incredible. You are so strong and have such great vision.
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Graduation Eve

Friday, June 25, 2010

I am hungry, sore and tired. I am still staying on the low end of the nutrition because of tomorrow's post-graduation celebration lunch at Black Bear Diner. Even with a small cup of ice cream at work, I am low! Amazing! We have an ice cream social at work 3 times during the summer and I used to go through the line more than once with several scoops each time. I almost didn't have any at all, but they had some sort of triple chocolate decadence!

My tendonitis flared up again and I am taking it easy tonight. Tomorrow is the graduation procession, so I don't want to have balance or gait issues. The disability guy called me late this afternoon to let me know there WILL be a rail on the stairs to the stage. I told him I will get there early so I can get a front row seat. I need to be there by about 7:30 or even earlier! It is going to hot, so I worry about my guests and me in the hot cap and gown with the very heavy stole, double honor cords and Phi Theta Kappa key. I am bringing the tassel and stole the college provides with the gown. the stole says "Honors" and I am also brining my Phi Theta Kappa regalia. The bookstore does not show me on the list of PTK graduates, so I am bringing both in case there is an issue at the last minute.

Everyone at work asks me when I am leaving! I will be looking, but it would be horribly impolitic to say that at work! I don't expect to make any changes until or unless one of those great offers comes through...I am not in a hurry. I would love to make more money, but I don't need to add any more upheaval to my life right now. By the same token, with the new CEO coming on board in September, I would be prudent to dust off the resume and make sure my ducks are in a row...

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    emoticon on your achievement! Hope you have a wonderful time at your graduation ceremenony and party. I find graduations to be very spiritual... they all seem to have occurred right after a break-up or tragedy, and it was so healing to be ushered "into the company of educated men and women".... joining with great people across time and space. Enjoy it all!!! emoticon

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 6/26/2010 5:08AM

  emoticon. so happy for you. have an amazing day on saturday.


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ROX2013 6/26/2010 12:53AM

    You have done such great lifestyle changes and deserve all the success coming your way!! Enjoy your day! emoticon emoticon

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IXCHEL23 6/25/2010 9:51PM

    emoticon Juneau!! You oughta be proud of yourself! Hope you enjoy the graduation and after-party! Relax and have fun! Hoping and saying a prayer that the perfect job shows up for you!

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CARRAND 6/25/2010 9:45PM

    Congratulations on your success! Let us know how it all goes.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

I was so drained last night that, while I wanted to spark and get my daily points, I made the choice to go to sleep, figuring it would help me get through the day today. I hate being tired at work! Yesterday, I ended up below in almost all the food metrics, despite having eaten out twice! I will have a celebratory lunch out on Saturday at a restaurant that does not do anything in moderation, so I am not going to hit the panic button.

I hated leaving points on the table, more so when I had to nap in my car for lunch today instead of walking. I really hate not putting in a real day's work and I hated missing my walk! UGH!

Last night, I turned in my final exam. I am not sure when the class grades will be posted, but I suspect it will be next week. That means going through the graduation ceremony without knowing my final grade! It is supposed to be HOT for the ceremony. I'm not looking forward to melting in my cap and gown. The school has such disjointed communications, I don't know what to expect. They say wear sun screen, carry water, but we are not allowed to carry anything! I went to talk to disability services yesterday. The letter we received for graduation said we had to call before June 14 if we had access concerns. I left 2 messages before that date and two after with no response. I went up to the office- I was a student there for 4 years without even knowing about this office! The secretary had a huge name plate on her desk but was busy chit chatting for several moments while I stood in front of her. Finally, she acknowledged me. I asked about the seating (it's on the track field surrounded by bleachers) because I was concerned about negotiating stairs without a rail. I also asked if there's a stage and, if so, if there are stairs with or without a rail. She could not answer my questions.

Turns out her supervisor is the guy she was chit chatting with! He could not tell me, either! He made several comments about not being one of their students and it took me a while to realize that he meant that I was not a student who was using their services. He said he could not tell me because they won't set everything up until tomorrow. Without thinking it will do any good, I gave him my name and cell phone number so he can let me know about the access. He was amazingly condescending...

I've resolved that I will need to get there even earlier than I planned just so I can hopefully secure a front row seat and scope out a rail or an available arm for the steps...Perhaps going through the ceremony was not a good idea! I do not want to do a face plant in front of thousands of people!

They do these graduations every year and I have been flabbergasted throughout the process how little information the employees who do this every year seem to have! I was in customer service for decades, so I have pretty high standards.

My attitude about my job has not improved. I hate this...

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SSCHULTZ59 6/25/2010 2:22PM

    Congratulations on your graduation.. you must be proud of your achievements.
as for the schools set up .. get there early get your seat. and if you need help just ask someone next to you to lend an arm..
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CHAOTIC-KITTY 6/25/2010 11:04AM

  How come they say 'carry water' but you aren't allowed to carry anything? Silly school. ;)

Wow.. the secretary was pretty much useless to you. :( That must have been really frustrating. :(

Have a great lunch on Saturday.. you so deserve it! :)


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MISSY455 6/25/2010 12:37AM

    Eating out always messes up my metrics...usually too much fat, never enough fiber, or calcium. Today was the closest I have come to getting it right. I picked Ca Pizza Kitchen because it is easy for out of town friends to find, checked the menu before I left the house and ordered what I had planned. Still missed fiber today by 6 points...Ugh. I have some calories left, so could eat an apple but I wanted to stay close to the bottom of calories today. I am under the impression that if we look at our week as a whole and average it out, it saves on some of the stress. Although, I am 7 pounds behind on my goal, so not so sure that theory holds up!

Graduation is almost here! You have to be so excited about that. I think getting there early is probably wise. In this day and age of budget cuts at universities, you would think that people would have a grasp of their primary roles. Even if you aren't one of "their students" the Disability Office should know the physical layout of events on campus.

Enjoy your lunch on Saturday!

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