Thursday, July 01, 2010
No, I don't live in Canada, have never been there (luggage has been), but I know today is Canada Day and some of my SparkFriends are Canadian, so a shout out seemed appropriate.
An odd day - about 33 calories below range and pretty low on everything else. That means I over ate somehow. But I still feel hungry.
I am bone tired and overwhelmed. Some of that might be coming down off the adrenaline of graduation, the stress that the party change brought...It will pass.
I got 9811 steps in today and not much else. I've done little more than walking this week in an effort to allow the tendonitis to calm down. I know I need to get back to the strength training and everything else...
My party is still on, but we had to move it outside. That will be awkward, but a more important corporate meeting takes precedence for our only large conference room. Had I known it was a meeting with local people like the mayor, I would not have been stressed last night! The way it was explained was a simple case of too many people more than expected. I had reserved the room months ago and thought someone was exhibiting bad planning. I am SO glad I took the high road in my response and didn't reveal how I really felt! It seems that more and more, almost daily, I am reminded that I don't know the whole story. When I remember that, I am far less judgmental and far less likely to react badly to what could be perceived as attacks against me...!
Thanks, JakeandNellie and all of my Spark family - you have helped make this a week I won't soon forget!
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I brought home the school newspaper last week and had never looked at it. BF read it today and discovered they'd published all the graduates' names with an * if they were Phi Theta Kappa honor students and a number 1, 2 or 3 for Summa, Magna or cum Laude. I was one of two students to have both * and 1! Out of 1900 graduates! I was floored! If only I had been that stellar a student when I was younger!
Matt and I made some headway on our treasure hunt. We have started setting up meetings with people who might have information and are chipping away at the search plan.
In the late afternoon, I went down to work on the drawn-out overtime project and ran into the VP of Legal. He was my boss when I started the Paralegal program, so I think very highly of him. He said he'd asked my current boss to give some time to the department. I will get to do some paralegal duties for one of the other attorneys. This attorney is one who is a bit abrasive, so I see this as an opportunity to learn from her and get a thicker skin...LOL.
Then I found out that a deadline that I thought was the 12th is tomorrow morning! Instant stress! I found myself thinking about chewing something (I didn't think long enough to figure out what I would have chewed), but I realized that it was the stress giving the trigger, drank some water and ignored it. Never did that before!
At the end of the day, I received an email from one of our technical folks. (Where I work, admin folks like me are on the low end of the totem and technical staff get the star treatment.). He was emailing to let me know that I need to relinquish the auditorium for my party so he can host a meeting. We have no other room nearly that size. But, his event is a corporate one, so I can't say no.
I was disappointed and could have gotten upset. Amazingly, I sat there are realized that "diet" thinking is the same thing. It's all or nothing thinking. I could have thought, "Since I can't have the auditorium, I might as well not do it at all!" but I replied that the company is generously letting me host my party there (it is just employees coming), but I know business comes first. The logistics will be a challenge, but........it won't defeat me!
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Amazingly, I had over 12K steps and that was with a short walk at lunch. I had a longer walk in the evening. Tomorrow will probably be a low step day - my tendonitis is threatening to really flare up.
This morning, I dropped my car off for service which meant taking my coworker to Le Boulanger for coffee and bagel. I had an "Everything" bagel that was really flavorful. I thoroughly enjoyed it! I was glad to treat my friend for her willingness to pick me up at the shop and bring me to work. The service is going to be very expensive, but it's all necessary. I talked to the tech later in the day and he says the rear-ending did not weaken my bumper, so the only thing I need to do is get the license plate light replaced. That will probably be the least expensive of all the repairs.
We had an "all hands" meeting at work today complete with bagels, eggs, bacon and hash browns. That is not normal, but was the result of some miscommunication. I took a bagel for lunch and had some eggs (I had not had any protein). I skipped the bacon, the hashbrowns and the OJ.
The treasure hunt is starting about the way I thought it would. No concrete facts yet, but the supervising attorney liked our list and action plan. We had something on there she had not thought of, so that was a brownie point. I just need to figure out some way to keep our student involved without him feeling that I am patronizing or controlling and, at the same time, present myself as someone worthy of a leadership role or more responsibility.
Thank you, EVERYONE, for the comments on my graduation photo and for your continued support! I would not succeed in this journey without your support!
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!
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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