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Sally Sue Anderson is Rockin' Out in Heaven Tonight! :(

Saturday, August 21, 2010

I worked a long day today, longer than I intended, but it's Friday. I had a meeting with my supervising attorney and it went well. I still make rookie mistakes, but she likes the bulk of my work. Work is about to get very, very busy.

I got in over 8K steps, but I still ate too much. Too many carbs...

Tomorrow I get to go visit my new kitten. I can't take her home yet because the vet says she's too young for the first series of shots and, because I have cats, she can't be near them yet. Her caregiver is going to take her to the vet about midweek for those shots and the FIV blood test. Apparently, it takes only a few minutes to read the blood test. If she is clear with that, I get to pick her up on the 28th. She is nearly an hour away over in the East Bay, an area I don't know at all. BF is going with me, but I will still be a nervous driver. (BF can't drive because he does not have a valid license). I am a good driver when I am in familiar surroundings, but am a nervous driver otherwise.

A friend sent me a post on Facebook that struck me like lightning. My longtime friend, former boss and former coworker Sally Anderson died today. She was diabetic, battling weight and heart issues, but had been doing much better since she'd retired (at least that's what I heard). She retired and moved to Colorado and we had only recently reconnected via FB.

I have known Sally for more than 20 years. Long enough that her son was a coworker for a short time! My heart breaks for her husband and son...We all will miss her zest for life, her infectious laugh, her sharp wit. She had a love for God and music and I know she's dancing in heaven tonight. Rest in Peace, beloved Sally! If God wills it, we'll meet in heaven.

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JHADZHIA 8/22/2010 3:11PM

    So sorry for your loss :((
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CHAOTIC-KITTY 8/22/2010 8:35AM

  Sorry for your loss. *big hug*

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SUGARBABY60 8/21/2010 5:03AM

    so sorry for your loss, my condolences

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PRAIRIECROCUS 8/21/2010 1:54AM

    I am sorry to hear of your loss !
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

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ALLBW2U 8/21/2010 1:24AM

    I know what you are going through right now. My friend of over 30 years and co-worker for over 20 years, passed away this week after battling brain tumors and cancer for the last couple of years. He was a testimony to God's goodness and it hurts knowing that he is now gone from here. But he was ready to go Home and see his Heavenly Father....it is just that we were not ready for him to leave yet!

I am convinced that my friend, Barry, is praising the Lord, dancing and singing in Heaven. And one day I will see him again.

I will pray that the Lord will give you peace, rest and understanding during this time. And I will pray for Sally's family....that they will be comforted, encouraged and strengthened during this time of loss.

Best wishes always.....Bill


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The Old Truth is That it Would Be Easier if We Did Not Have to Eat!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

What a rough week! Not because anything sad or bad has happened, but I can't seem to find my food equilibrium. I'm almost back to eating whatever and whenever and how much ever....UGH!

It started with the migraine nausea and eating carbs to try to solve the nausea. Now it's just me making poor choices and not caring. Or at least saying I don't care. Stepping on the scale is not going to be fun.


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JHADZHIA 8/22/2010 3:09PM

    Great advice from everyone here. You have been derailed, time to get back to it, one slow step at a time. Buy and put healthy foods where you have to eat them, get rid of any junk, the usual stop gap measures. With losing Sally Sue, you will down even more so its even more important not to give up now.
You can do this, you have it within you!

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ARCHIMEDESII 8/20/2010 9:36AM

    Hang in there ! Remember, you have to EAT to be healthy !! Don't try to be perfect. You do the best you can. It's all about making as many healthy choices as possible. Eat a few extra servings of leafy green veggies. Drink plenty of water. Have a piece of fruit for a snack.

You don't have to be perfect to be healthy. And my advice, don't step on the scale if you're going to tie your emotions to that number that stares at you from between your toes. Remember, there really is more to your good health than what the scale says.

So... no more beatings... the beatings must stop. they aren't productive. If you want to be productive, do your best to do something healthy today. take a walk at lunch !! That's productive. Self flaggelation is not.


-- karen

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LIBBYFITZ 8/20/2010 8:41AM

    Don't step on the scale! We are there for you, eat well today, every meal is a new meal! emoticon

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 8/20/2010 7:18AM

  Totally agree with CMRAND54 on this one. I think you are looking at the entire picture and going into panic mode. Just try to breathe ... try not to stress out so much about it. If you fall off with one meal... try to do a little bit better the next.

Good luck... I know you can do it!


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CARRAND 8/19/2010 11:36PM

    Just take it one meal at a time. Instead of focusing on calories, try to get lots of fruits and vegetables and fiber. That will help you feel full. Think about what you can eat instead of what you can't eat.

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The Spectrum of Today

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Another day of too many calories...UGH!
Over 7K steps and 8 glasses of water - progress

I did not get to take a walk at lunch today. That was because today was the at-work Toastmaster club meeting. This meeting was the Evaluation Contest. I entered the contest partly impusively and partly because this is a skill I wish to strengthen.

There were four contestants, which I did not know until the meeting started. One is Jean-Francois with a lovely French accent. Another is Erfan and I think he is from Iraq and the other is Bryan from Santa Cruz, California! All coworkers.

The test speaker was a visitor, someone none of us knew. He is the local Area Governor for Toastmasters. We all had to evaluate the same speech. We were given 5 minutes after the speech to write our comments and then, one by one, give our evaluation. The rest of the members voted to determine the winner.
I was picked first to go, which made me nervous.

Erfan's evaluation was very technical and he criticized some of the content. Bryan's was his usual effervescent style, but he lost track of what he was saying towards the end and repeated himself. Jean-Francois' evaluation covered content and delivery. I thought his was great!

But the audience voted for me! I have never won a club level contest. I was absolutely stunned! I have asked the Education VP if I may do speech evaluations between now and the Area contest. (It has not been set up yet, or at least not communicated to my club.)

Last month, I helped our senior attorney with production of documents in response to a subpoena. That was really a fun project! Today, I came in to find a box on my desk, addressed to me, from somewhere in Texas. I did not recognize the address or the sender but assumed it was the requesting attorney returning some of the paperwork. The attorney asked me to PDF something to the requestor, so, knowing she was coming to my desk, I thought I'd better open the box. Turns out it was not papers but pecan pie! The attorney in TX had sent two pecan pies to thank us for our work! Wow!

That presented a bit of a problem because I work for a nonprofit corporation and we are not allowed to accept anything over a nominal amount. So Norma reported the gift to our ethics officer. Because it's a perishable item, the company will put the monetary value of the gift into a special fund. Then Norma and I distributed the pies, one to the Finance Department (same floor as our offices) and to the Legal Department (our "home" department). The pies were gone in no time. There was one piece left and I had that tonight, sharing it with BF. I went to college in Arkansas and have been to a few other places in the South. This was the best pecan pie I have ever had in my life! I did not care what that did to my calorie count!

I need to break this "I don't care" cycle!

This afternoon was nearly consumed with a training session. I am learning how to create the financial records in our database for our contracts. The idea is that I will take over doing the government orders so that the other two people can focus on the other orders. What will happen is I will get drafted to help them at the end of the year because they will be busy and...I feel the avalanche coming. My trainer is my friend Yvonne. She is really looking forward to having me cover her desk, but she is also in a horrible mood right now, so that makes the training less than optimal...Ugh...

I still have the headache, but today was a lot better than yesterday!

The day ended on a nice note. A few weeks ago, when I was busy with the tribute page for Ruby, I learned that FB took the first one down because I used my primary email address to create it. FB takes down a second page with the same email address because they see it as a duplicate. We did a workaround and created a new tribute page with a different email address. I posted that solution on a message board. To my surprise, several people posted notes of appreciation afterwards. One was a lady whose sister had died suddenly. I replied to her post thanking her for the comment, but also expressing my condolences for her loss.
Her response? She friended me! How cool is that!

I emailed Ruby's widower and shared how our experience with her page is making other people have an easier time setting up their tribute pages. In some way, it seems fitting...

The countdown to my new kitten has begun! This kitten is named Ruby in honor of my friend.

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NONIE_C 8/19/2010 2:29PM

    emoticon on winning the Toastmasters contest - and good for you for evaluating fairly and comprehensively. I'm so glad that your kitty, Ruby, is on her way home soon, and I hope your headache goes away completely today. You are doing great, just keep moving forward!

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KCLARK1355 8/19/2010 11:31AM

    How wonderful that you won that contest! I'd love to become more comfortable with public speaking! Way to go!

How long do you have to wait to bring home Ruby? Kitties are so sweet - love their curiousity!

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LIBBYFITZ 8/19/2010 10:49AM

    I am so pleased about the contest. Fantastic. Work is sounding very interesting! Bet you can't wait to get you're Ruby, what a beautiful name. emoticon

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Sidelined by Migraine, More Kitten News

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I went to bed last night with one of those combination headaches - sinus, tension and a hint of migraine (sensitive to light and sound and a touch of nausea). Woke up with the same thing, but went in to work. I knew immediately it was a mistake, but I stuck it out for 3.5 hours and then left. That just about blows my sick time for the rest of the year...Came home to my nice dark bedroom and slept for a few hours. After eating dinner, I felt much better.

I ended the day above in calories, but not badly. I ate a lot of carbs today in response to the nausea. Tomorrow, I plan to exercise more and eat lower in the range...

I learned this morning that the kitten is mine! But I don't get to pick her up until next week. The vet won't give her the initial shots until next week due to her age. So I will miss another week of seeing her grow and develop! But she is coming to her forever home!

Cilantro will hate having her at first. I don't know how Juneau will react initially, but I am sure they will get along famously.

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CARRAND 8/18/2010 11:57PM

    Your kitty is soooo cute. It makes me want another, but I have two cats already, and that's enough for me.

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ACIMPEGGY 8/18/2010 10:23PM

    Such a sweet baby! Now you'll have 3 fur babies!

And, honey, the Gold Medal is yours! Now it's on to Area level with your evaluations...Maybe the club will let you practice giving them at your meetings until the Area contest.

My club does an oral round robin evaluation of club winners, too, so they get more tips.

Good luck! emoticon

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NONIE_C 8/18/2010 3:55PM

    I'm glad you were able to take the time to go home and rest, even if it did eat up your sick days - you needed it and that's what it's for. I'm also soooo glad that you are getting your kitty!!! Does she have a name yet? Hope you stay pain free.

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KNITTABLES 8/18/2010 3:39PM

    Aw the kittie is so cute. Have fun with her.

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LIBBYFITZ 8/18/2010 11:33AM

    emoticonSo glad you are getting the kitten! emoticonHope you're head get's better!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 8/18/2010 8:47AM

  Awww... congrats on kitty. :) Hope you're feeling better.


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MISSY455 8/18/2010 1:26AM

    Grats on the kitty!!! Sorry you had the headache today, hopefully the sleep did you well and you will feel tons better tomorrow.
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FITANDFIFTY2 8/18/2010 1:19AM

    I, too, get those combination headaches..ughhh,, no fun!! The kitten pic is too adorable, omg, I love it!! Hope you are feeling much better!! Congrats on the new kitten!!

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On Track and Kitten Still on Hold

Monday, August 16, 2010

I did not get the chance to walk at lunch, but when I realized that was going to happen, I made extra trips around the office. A coworker is in town from our branch office in TN, so I took the opportunity and had lunch with her. We went to the onsite cafe and I had a really good salad. Thus, I end the day within range in all nutrition metrics save for a bit low in calcium. I still feel hungry!

Eight cups of water, some strength training and something over 7K steps. The strength training was with a 5# weight, a step up from my usual 3. Not many reps, but I sure felt it!

The guy who rescued the kitten called me today. He refers to her as it or the cat or the kitten. Perhaps trying not to bond with her. He is frustrated and can't wait to give her to me, but he was going to give the mom of the family that found her one more chance. Mom was going to talk to her 8 year old son and decide tonight. They have 2 dogs, a cat, the two boys who are about 8 and 6 and a 9 month old baby. He says it's very chaotic, but I don't think he's a parent yet, so he may be unfamiliar with life in a household with young children. He wants her, the kitten, gone because their 15 year old dog does not like the cat. He spent most of the time on the phone complaining. Part of it is that he is not working as he is recovering from surgery. He took on the care of this kitten because he thought it would be a two week deal and it has been nearly six weeks.

I kept saying that when I have her, she will be in her forever home. He's going to talk to the vet about her first series of shots and if having those will be enough protection for her to be around other cats. So I should get both of the answers tomorrow. Then I will stop on the way home and get kitten food for her...

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LIBBYFITZ 8/17/2010 4:00PM

    emoticonIt sounds like you are getting the kitten?

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NONIE_C 8/17/2010 1:08PM

    Sounds like a good day that ended with hope. And I hope you have that little kitty home soon!!! My two cats, Nisa and Sabine, bring absolute joy to my world, and I don't know what I'd do without them. Pet love is unparalleled.

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 8/17/2010 8:57AM

  Hope things work out for you with kitty.

Congrats on staying within your calorie range and getting some exercise done. :) Excellent stuff... Keep up the great work. :)


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CARRAND 8/17/2010 12:20AM

    I hope your new kitten works out. I know you are looking forward to it. Congrats on sticking with your calorie range and getting in some exercise, too.

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MISSY455 8/16/2010 11:43PM

    I hope you get the kitten. Sounds like you have already bonded with her! Kittens are so cute, my granddaughter keeps telling me I need a pet, but I travel too much. We had two cats for over 16 years, they are funny funny creatures. They definitely rule the house!

On another note, glad you were able to fit in lunch with your coworker. Managing to eat within goal, while eating out, is a huge win! Grats!!!

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