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The Area Contest

Saturday, October 23, 2010

I did not hear back from my supervising attorney today so I can guess that she is saving it up for our Tuesday meeting. I DID, however, find an executed document that she wanted, so that may soften the criticism on the statute search.

This evening was the district contest and, as it turned out, I was not needed for the evaluation contest, so I was a judge for the humorous speech contest. There is so much I could say about what I did not like about the evening...The quality of the speech from the various area governors and other leaders was, for the most part, disappointing. The top guy was very polished, almost too slick.

I finally got to hear the evaluation style of the guy who won the contest I entered. He is very flashy, very funny, but his humor is just a bit condescending and demeaning. I felt as if I were the only one to hear that. At the end of the evening, when he did not place, I felt perhaps my observatioins were not solo.

One of the humorous speeches was rather juvenile in the humor and used a razor and a container of deodorant. It went downhill from there. Another speaker gave a rather techncal speech with humor. It was an interesting speech, but not slapstick funny. I would like to work on that technique for a manual speech. Another speaker used oversized props for his magician-themed speech. He was quite good. And my coworker and friend did a wonderful job on his speech! He placed second. The winner was also the winner in the evaluation contest and both offerings were more show than speech.

I am not showy or flashy nor even particularly funny. I am discouraged about my place in Toastmasters.

They had Indian food for the dinner. I was glad I had eated earlier. I like Indian food, but I knew these dishes were loaded with high calorie sauces. I did have a couple of pieces of naan, the thin bread that's kind of like a pita. I had some chicken (I knew I was low on protein), and a tablespoon of curried rice. The guy in front of me commented about how little food I took. I was surprised! Even the little I took sent me over the edge on calories.

As I conclude this, I am hungry, but it is very late, so I am just going to bed. I got in over 11K steps and nearly an hour of walking. This is good - I need to be able to walk 5K for the fundraiser walk.

Speaking of the walk, I asked my VP of Legal about whether I could post a note in the company bulletin or if I may use the company email system to ask a few of my coworkers to donate. She asked me to send her what I drafted for the newsletter. I sent her the draft, the reply and the redraft. She is about to travel and did not, presumably, have time to reply. Because I work in the Legal Department, I do not want to do anything that would make it appear the company sanctions this event or that the strength of the department is behind a request for donations. I know I was right to ask the question. Now I must be patient.

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JHADZHIA 10/24/2010 2:07AM

    With your non biased, completely open and honest observation of the various speakers, I think you would make a great evaluator! I thought Toastmasters was about making speeches, not using props and things. I think you are staying true to what its original intentions were. Showy and flashy should be reserved for the comedy clubs..To hold someone's attention with nothing but a speech is a true skill.
Sorry about your weight gain:(( That you are so hungry all the time is disturbing. Are you really getting enough calories for what you are burning? 11K steps is quite impressive. I hope you have not put yourself into starvation mode..Maybe you need to have several smaller meals throughout the day...
Hope you have a restful Sunday..

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BEACHFIT10 10/23/2010 3:42PM

    Buffet style dining is such a slippery slope. Great job keeping yourself in line. I just completed my paralegal certification, so I am really enjoying looking through your older entries. It's nice to get an idea of what it will be like to work in a law firm or legal department. emoticon

Comment edited on: 10/23/2010 3:54:12 PM

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CARRAND 10/23/2010 11:59AM

    You are very observant. I think you must make a great judge. When my daughter did high school debate, I judged some of the competitions - never for her school - and I found it fascinating. Of course policy debate is quite different from what you are doing. I think you get a lot out of Toastmasters. You sound so confident.

Congrats on all the steps you got, and the good food choices!

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LIBBYFITZ 10/23/2010 7:23AM

    emoticonOn the taking of a"little" amount of food at the function. I find it interesting that some one even commented on the amount of food you took!

Well done on the exercise front. emoticon

Have a great weekend. emoticon

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Tortilla Chips and Frustrations

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I spent most of today on the same statute search as yesterday. Eventually, I emailed my supervising attorney and reported what I did not find. I spent the rest of the day flinching every time I looked at my email, but she has not responded. Either there will be an email or a phone call tomorrow or she will bring it up during our weekly meeting Tuesday. I have not had enough experience doing statute research to feel comfortable that I did it right. My worst fear is that she will do one search and find tons of info that I did not and that I will be chewed out for it. I wish I felt confident about the hours of work I spent on this.

I had emailed our webmaster earlier in the week asking if my walk fundraiser could be published in the employee newsletter. I got my reply today, too late for anything to be posted in Monday's newsletter. She said I might be able to do it if I rewrote it so it did not sound like a solicitation. What?! I don't get it. Why else would I write an article about a fundraiser? I was nonplused and am not at all certain how to rewrite it. This is not the first time she has found fault with something I've written but she is almost the only person who has done so.

So I came home and chowed down on the chips again. They are all gone now. The Giants are losing to the Phillies and I had high hopes for a win tonight! I have not given up hope, but it sure is stressful to be a fan!

Since I spent so much time on the statute search, I have a ton of work to do tomorrow! Most of it is little stuff - email so and so and ask about X, look in a box of documents for Y, be sure and mail my ballot...

Tomorrow night is the Humorous Speech Contest for my Toastmaster district. I am the alternate for the evaluation contest so I have to go in case the winner bails. I have never been to the company where the meeting is going to be held and it will mean driving during rush hour (is that ever a misnomer!) in a part of the Peninsula with which I am not very familiar. What an adventure for someone who does not like driving. I will survive. The most important thing is supporting my coworker who is in the speech contest. I hope he wins!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 10/22/2010 10:57PM

  let us know how the Humorous Speech Contest for my Toastmaster district went.

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LIBBYFITZ 10/22/2010 1:30PM

    emoticonHope it all goes well with the drive! and the conrest!

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JHADZHIA 10/22/2010 2:02AM

    So sorry you couldn't find what you were looking for in that statute :(( Hopefully, your supervisor will be sympathetic and give you suggestions which would be more constructive and useful then chewing on you.
Giving up TV was the best thing I ever did, there was no bigger snack trigger for me. I guess I am fortunate my little city has no big sports teams to cheer on. That is also a nail biting experience for binging. I hope your team does better in the next game..
NMSMOMMY has some good ideas there, maybe try them for your fundraiser.
I wish you a safe trip on this scary sounding drive,, too bad you couldn't have someone come who knows the area..
Take care,

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NAMSMOMMY 10/21/2010 9:29PM

    You can totally do it! Big hugs about the email and the article. I would suggest just talking about the event "On Saturday this will be happening and this is what it is supporting" then at the very end say that you are involved and looking for more people to join or support you and give contact information. Or you could do an article informing them about the cause, then mention that you are raising funds at the end with how to help. Good luck!

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Statutes, Binge, Baseball and Walk

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I spent most of the day reading statutes, which I hate to do. I find it mind-numbingly boring. But I have to find the info for my attorney. Panic is starting to set in. What if I can't find what she wants? I will appear stupid and she won't hold back in her criticism.

Perhaps it is that stress that made me HUNGRY all day. I did very well, for the most part, until evening. Then I went carbo crazy. Not conducive to success!

The Giants are leading in the game, but the lead is tenuous and there is a lot of time left.

One of my SP friends is feeling down. I hope she sees my blog and sees that I am thinking of her. I sent her a Sparkgoodie that matches her favorite sport. I hope that perks her up!

The fundraiser walk is exactly a month away. A few people have donated generously and I am humbled. I still have a long way to go for the donations. For the two of us, I need to raise $500. I sent an email to the publisher of our inhouse company newsletter but I have not yet heard whether or not she will publish the article. It is not a company-sponsored thing, but they run "ads" so I am hopeful. I don't feel right about using company supplies (copier, etc) to solicit donations, but I need to do something. I have not had time to work on a flyer nor do I have the artistic abilities. I picture things, but they always look as if I child produced them! Of course, that might be fitting for a child charity, but....

I MUST get back on track tomorrow!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 10/21/2010 7:58AM

  Thank you so much for the spark goodie. It made me smile. :-)

Whenever I get stressed out.. carbs are all that I tend to crave & want. I guess that's why stress is not a good thing. ;-)

The fundraiser walk sounds like a LOT of fun. :-) Hope you can make your donation quota.

Hope your team won!

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JHADZHIA 10/21/2010 12:16AM

    Stress IS what makes you want to snack on all the wrong things, especially carbs. I know I sure do get the cravings if something is stressing me out and I will mindlessly scarf up anything I have on hand. I hope you find those statutes soon.. Good hunting.
Enjoy your game! A break for you.
Hope you can get more donations. Wish I could help you, making posters up is something I am good at and do for the club a lot (I have a printing program to get templates, backgrounds, illustrations, etc.-you would need the same program to view it though)

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LIBBYFITZ 10/21/2010 12:06AM

    emoticonI am sure you will find what you are looking for! emoticon

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CARRAND 10/20/2010 9:35PM

    The Phillies are ahead by 4 to 2 now, as I watch the game. Well, it's never over till it's over.

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Uneven Progress

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

My head feels better, but my stomach hurts when I eat.

I got in over 10K steps without a lunch time walk. Not sure how I managed that, but I was busy all day. I am still feeling really overwhelmed, but I just realized tomorrow is Wednesday not Thursday, so I have some extra time for some research I need to do. I am not a huge fan of researching statutes. Reading statutes puts me to sleep! Of course, if I were better at it, I might not feel that way.

I finally got back in to the charity site and finished setting up my fundraiser page. A coworker already donated so I am committed! I drafted an article for the company newsletter but I don't know if it will be published or not. As I said in my earlier blog about this, the SP policies prevent me from specifics. If you are interested in donating to a health cause for children, send me an email with your personal email address and I will send you the info. Obviously, this is not an arm twisting situation, just a note that the opportunity exists if you are interested.

I scarfed down a handful of tortilla chips until I put the bag away. It was as if I were watching someone eat them. I really don't like that....!

I ordered a CD of my performance on local TV. This will be fun. I will learn a lot by watching everyone. The next time I get to do that, I will do a better job.

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LIBBYFITZ 10/20/2010 2:35PM

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JHADZHIA 10/20/2010 1:48AM

    Way to go getting in the steps!! You actually did very well to stop yourself from eating that bag of chips. i don't know that I would have stopped, that is for sure. The fact you were able to is very telling. The healthy lifestyle HAS made a lasting impression on you. Before, you would have eaten those chips without another thought..
Its actually a great learning tool to watch yourself on TV. That is why the sports teams all tape their games, to show their players little things they need to do to improve their performances.
I hope your stomach feels better soon.
Sleep well,

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NONIE_C 10/20/2010 12:17AM

    Good job on getting all those steps in today, and I think it's great that you're raising money to help children. I know that feeling of being outside yourself when you're eating, and it's super frustrating, but the more you stay at your program, the more you'll be consistently conscious about what's going in you. Just stick with it and don't beat yourself up. What was your performance on local tv about? How exciting!

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Salsa and Garlic Bread

Monday, October 18, 2010

Thank you for the wonderful thoughts and SparkGoodies today. I am fighting a cold/sinus infection/ear infection - probably due to the season change and being in a hot-cold-hot-cold situation on Saturday at the seminar. At times, the room was hot, at times, cold.

I have had zero energy and even took a long nap this afternoon. I went in to work to do some urgent things and got one done before I realized there was no point in me staying. I came home, taking the day as a vacation day.

I did not meet many metrics today: no exercise, low in water and food. Tomorrow should be better, but I am not going to put in overtime. This has the feeling of something that could hang on for a while. My supervising attorney worked from home today also fighting a cold. Maybe we won't have our meeting tomorrow...That would be fine with me.

When I woke up from my nap, I wanted to keep sleeping but was afraid I would not be able to sleep tonight, so I got up. I was craving salsa so I went to the corner market and got some. Probably craving the C. It is HOT - I make mine without jalapenos and this had them. Added a few chips and followed with garlic bread. Odd dinne, but that was what I wanted.

I have to be careful about that. Eating strangely when I don't feel well is part of the reason I lose so slowly. Speaking of which, I lost about half a pound this week. Considering I was not pushing the exercise or strength training, I was happy. Unfortunately, this week is starting light in that arena as well.

I really appreciate my Spark family! You are the brightest part of my life right now!

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LIBBYFITZ 10/19/2010 9:40PM

    emoticonSorry to hear you are not well. Rest as much as possible. Allow your immune system to do it's job of fighting the virus. emoticon emoticon

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CARRAND 10/19/2010 8:35PM

    Hope you are feeling better soon. Salsa is a vegetable, isn't it?

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NONIE_C 10/19/2010 1:23AM

    Sometimes taking care of yourself means taking some time off from the exercise. So long as you're not being unconscious in your actions, listening to your body is A-OK. And congats on the 1/2 lb loss!!!

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MISSY455 10/19/2010 1:21AM

    I hope you feel better soon. Sometimes a nap is the best medicine :-)

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JHADZHIA 10/19/2010 12:25AM

    Good for you on the loss!! Salsa is actually low calorie and a preferred sauce to use. The hot peppers are supposed to be beneficial for health and reducing pain. I always have hot pepper jelly every night and put chili flakes on my salads. And of course, garlic is heart healthy too, I always have some with my egg whites every night (to ensure I don't have garlic breath during the day during my interactions with people lol).
You are supposed to rest with a cold. Only mild exercise is necessary. I have had long naps sometimes coming home from bridge. Today it was two hours. I seem to have no trouble getting back to sleep when it comes my regular time to go to bed.
Sparks does advocate no more then an hour though. I try to shorten mine by drinking water before I lay down so I will have to get up to go to the biffy. Didn't work today though.
I hope you can get a good sleep tonight and feel better tomorrow..
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MYRTLEBEACHWINS 10/19/2010 12:16AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Sending first aid, hoping your fell better soon. Oh and my vote is for the garlic bread and salsa. Yummy!

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JAVALOVERTOO 10/18/2010 11:56PM

    Feel better soon! emoticon

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