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Election Day Hodge Podge

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

As I end the day, I am hungry, but I have eaten all I can eat today.

I got the tough project finished today - at least the first part. Now I wait for the responses and keep going on other things. My supervising attorney was at a seminar all day so we will have our weekly meeting tomorrow. Joy....

Tomorrow is also the day of the parade for the San Francisco Giants. They will replicate the route the team traveled in 1958 when San Francisco welcomed the team. I am not going, though my heart will be there. I am sure I would get so deep in the crowd that I would not see anything. I will have my radio at work, so I can listen to the coverage (intermittently). Work and a Toastmaster meeting will intervene.

Over 7K steps today, slightly sore, but I feel thinner if that makes any sense! HA!

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MAGMAN 11/3/2010 8:24PM

  Didn't go either, but enjoyed hearing the speeches and the crowds on the radio--hope you did as well! emoticon

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MYSTERY4EVER 11/3/2010 5:34PM

    Yes, it is possible to feel thinner. Sometimes I can just feel that I just am not so big. Maybe it is the exercise paying off or the skin tightening. Who knows? I just enjoy the feeling.

Sorry you couldn't go to the parade. They are always so much fun - except for standing forever.

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TIBURONA 11/3/2010 4:12PM

    I feel taller sometimes, if that makes sense.

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LIBBYFITZ 11/3/2010 7:54AM

    If I have eaten all I can calorie wise I go for a chomp on a carrot. Well done on all those steps!

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VICD25 11/2/2010 11:55PM

    how about a snack of celery or snap peas? very low calorie and filling!
7K steps! I'm totally impressed. WTG!

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JHADZHIA 11/2/2010 11:44PM

    Good for you! Shame you can't see the victory parade :( But you can wear your 'colors' to work in support at least!
All that cheering and nail biting from the series, worked off a lot of calories no doubt ;) Good for you on the steps!
Have a good sleep!

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Monday, November 01, 2010

Today was an interesting day that faded into a tense evening iced with euphoric surreal joy. I mentioned briefly yesterday that I was going to make increased cardio a goal for November. Today, the company newsletter came out with a very edited version of my blurb about the charity walk on November 20. The published version did not even include the link to my fundraiser page! So now I need to figure out how to do a flyer and post it around and hope that people will contribute.

I decided to skp yoga. My knee has been horribly swollen and very sore. This morning, I almost could not walk with it. But, I thought, with the 5K coming up, I had better start working on endurance. I walk a lot, but not all at once. I decided I was going to walk 3 miles during lunch. It was a gorgeous blue sky day with that softness in the air that autumn brings. I did not make it for 3 miles, but I did 2. Something to build on.

That made the afternoon pretty nice. I was still fighting with work - working on a project that is mind numbingly boring, but, as I occasionally stepped away, I was amazed how wonderful I felt. Where I work, the terrain is very hilly, so I walked up and down some long hills. I don't think the fundraiser walk is going to be on such terrain, but I don't want my back to lock up on that day!

I came home in time to watch Game 5 of the World Series. It was the pitching duel that Game 1 (same starters) was supposed to be. Even after we scored 3 runs, I was not complacent. I could not breathe during the last inning. I burst into tears when the final pitch was called a strike. I am so happy, so thrilled and still in happy disbelief.

Food wise - chips called me. As soon as the game started, I did not want to leave the TV to fix something to eat. I was hungry (there was zero time between leaving work and first pitch), so I inhaled a bunch of tortilla chips. I had bought them for the potluck. They were called "fright bites" in normal tortilla chip color, along with orange and black in Halloween shapes. They were at a discount store and that became obvious why - super salty! This was after a day of ignoring the candy and the Oreos at work. I love Oreos, but I know if I have one, I will have all. I walked past them 4 times!

Tomorrow is election day. I voted weeks ago. I have permanent absentee ballot voter status and I love being able to read my booklet while drinking coffee on a Sunday morning and to vote in peace. My polling place is a school and it is usually chaotic. One year, it was in the cafeteria during mealtime and I honestly expected a mashed potato food fight would mar my ballot! Ugh! The polling spot has no privacy - everyone can see me mark my ballot and I just hate the idea! I never miss a chance to vote. The privilege to do so comes with a very high price and I treasure it. Off my soapbox.

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MYSTERY4EVER 11/3/2010 5:27PM

    Congrats on the Giants win! If I am neutral about the teams, I always root for the National League team because I hate the designated hitter in the American League.

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CARRAND 11/2/2010 9:50PM

    I felt like people could see me vote this morning, but I decided I didn't care. I just hope the voting machine was working properly.

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LIBBYFITZ 11/2/2010 4:49PM

    emoticonWell done ! Glad your team won!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 11/2/2010 8:23AM

  Sorry your knee is still bothering you. :(

Congrats on walking past the oreos. Ooooh. I'm the same way.. can't just have one! So, I don't eat the stuff anymore. Now, M&M's are a different story. One I wish *I* could stop eating. :(

Well.. you have to look at it this way... You resisted temptation with the oreos... so eating the tortilla chips isn't *that* horrible. Now, if you had - had the oreos on TOP of the chips.. then it would be not so good.

Congrats on your Giants winning the World Series. :) I remember when my Blue Jays won that title back to back a long time ago.. and the celebration in my city was AWESOME! :) So, enjoy it. :)

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JHADZHIA 11/2/2010 1:39AM

    Make sure you take care of that knee! You should be icing it for 15-20 minutes three times a day. Ice is the only thing that ever brought any swelling and pain down for me. Do be careful, you don't want to increase the flare..
So glad your team won and you could enjoy the thrill of victory!
Don't know that I would be walking by an oreo, good for you!
Sorry about the newsletter giving short shrift to your fundraising efforts. Guess posters is the only way to go now..
Lucky you to get that status for voting. We have polls in gyms of schools, which are never in use -any activities are canceled during polling. They are very careful with the set up so no one can see you vote. And of course making sure the ballot is folded properly before handing it to the person to place in the ballot box, they show each person how to do it before they go vote!
Hope you have a good November! You can do it!!

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Happy Halloween!

Monday, November 01, 2010

We had 48 children come by tonight, more than we have had in about 3 years, maybe even put together. We gave out those glow bracelets along with the candy and they were a great hit with the children and their parents.

I ate 9 Tootsie Rolls. Six were small and 3 were tiny. That was plenty for me. I savored them, enjoyed them and am satisfied. Fortunately, we gave away almost every bit of candy that we had. BF will probably polish it off. There will be tons at work tomorrow. It will not tempt me.

As I write this, I am listening to the postgame show on the radio. The Giants won Game 4 of the World Series! They are one win away from the title, the title that the San Francisco Giants have never earned before. As I write this, I can hardly breathe! I am near tears of joy! Now I understand what Cub fans and Red Sox fans have felt. I had just about decided that this would not happen while I live here. Of course, it has not happened yet, but it is so close now!

I did not exercise yesterday or today. My knee is hugely swollen and has been so for almost a week, swelling more each day as I walked, so I semi-intentionally took the weekend off. Tomorrow is yoga. We will see how much I can do...

Thanks, everyone, for the Spark Goodies and comments. I will try to get caught up in the next few days....

Tomorrow is November 1. I am going to ramp up my cardio minutes, I have the fundraiser walk on the 20th and I am going to continue the consistency with water and food...What are your goals for the month?!

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CARRAND 11/1/2010 9:22PM

    I'm sorry about your knee. I hope it's better soon. You'd better rest it while you watch the World Series.

I would be so thrilled if the Cubs got to the world series.

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 11/1/2010 11:20AM

  Wow 48 kids are a LOT! :) I hope your knee gets better soon. Hope you have a fantastic week!

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ANNE1123 11/1/2010 2:36AM

    Have a great week, and thanks for the update about the Giants Win!! WooHoo!!

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My Chili Was a Hit + One Tootsie Roll

Friday, October 29, 2010

Today was not a day when a lot of work was done. I was on the Halloween committee for the Legal Department and we were in a contest with the Marketing Department for the best floor design. There were also costume contests. I don't even like Halloween for a number of reasons that are not worthy of discussion here, but I had volunteered to be on the committee as part of my continuing quest to be involved, to be seen and to contribute.

Along with that, the department decided to have a potluck. I had given quite a bit of thought about what to bring. This time of year, it could be a warm day or a cold day, so it's hard to plan a menu ahead of time. I was constrained also by my own financial issues, the fact that there is next to no fridge space and only a microwave for heating. My solution was to do beans in the crockpot. Black and red beans soaked overnight while I watched the World Series the other night. Then the beans cooked on a very low heat for hours. This morning, I browned a package of 93% fat free ground turkey, diced tomatoes and added a can of diced green chili. Add to that some garlic and other spices. I lugged the crockpot to work and plugged it in near my office, set on low. It smelled fabulously, which had to have been tough on my coworkers. My office is in the Finance Department, another floor and another building away from Legal. I will have to do something kind for the Finance Department to keep the olive branch extended!

Most of the potluck participants brought snack items: chips, dip, cookies, cupcakes, brownies, one green salad drenched in some kind of dressing, potato salad that was really heavy in mayo, two pasta dishes and rice. One young woman made a chicken dish in some kind of sauce. My crockpot was empty at the end of the meal! Woohoo!

The marketing team decked their floor (right above Legal) as if it were an aquarium. It was very, very well done. They had posted invitations everywhere throughout all four buildings and 8 floors.

Legal did a rock star/Hollywood theme: red carpet walkway, a take on Graumanns Chinese Theatre (where the handprints and footprints are). Those who had offices on that floor had laid out sheets of butcher paper with hand prints on them. On the page, each person had a personalized statement. Some were very clever! Down the other walkway, they had decked the cube walls with tombstones whereon they had written names and dates of deceased musicians. There was a place to pose with a fake Elvis, a Hollywood sign backdrop for another shot, a conference room was converted to a kareoke studio.

The entire company (those who wandered through) voted for their favorite floor. At stake was doughnuts and coffee for the floor. (I don't need a doughnut!). For the last few years, Marketing has won. Last year, it was a tie. This year was the first year that the entertainment committee did not make the decision. I think they opened the vote up to everyone because of past controversies. Sigh...

Anyway, Legal won! Several people got door prizes in the costume contest, someone guessed the number of fake eyeballs in a vase. I did not win anything, but Yvonne did, so I was very happy for her!

This is Yvonne as a rock star. She attends lots of rock concerts and purple is her favorite color.

You can sure tell I am not practiced at facial art! The picture does not show it well, but, in my pin collection, I have a guitar-shaped pin that says "Giants". That is the orange spot on my shirt. I had forgotten I had that pin until I saw it this morning. I thought it tied in perfectly with the music theme at work and the orange and black of the currently-happening World Series. (Go, Giants: two more wins, please!)

All that candy, all those sweets - all I had was one Tootsie roll. I sure wanted the spinach dip, the chocolate, etc. Even now, there is a bag of chips (I brought some shaped chips for the chili, but it was not opened), but I did not give in when the chips called me. I looked at my tracker, saw that I needed just a smidge of carbs, some calcium, a little fat and protein and ate accordingly. I end the day within range in most things, low in calcium and just a hair low in protein. The calories are under the top, but not by much! A bit high in fat...

I was on my feet a lot today and I can sure feel it tonight. My feet are very sore. 8600 steps after 3 days of fewer than 6600.

Game 3 tomorrow afternoon! This is still surreal!

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CARRAND 10/30/2010 7:28PM

    Your chili sounds so good. That was a great idea to use your crock pot. It's no wonder it disappeared by the end of the day. Good for you for skipping the candy and the fatty dips! You ate healthy. Your witch costume is cute and fun.

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MYSTERY4EVER 10/30/2010 9:32AM

    That sounds like a great day. Love the decorated offices. That is really creative. Your beans sound wonderful. I too always bring a main dish to potlucks because otherwise there is usually nothing healthy. Have a great weekend.

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LIBBYFITZ 10/30/2010 8:16AM

    Sounds like your pot luck was a hit! Well done on the total calorie count for the day, must have been hard. Hubby and I are on our first adventure in the car with driving here in Santiago. We drive on the other side in Aus.! We are heading off to another town and going to a seafood place for lunch. Have a great weekend! emoticon emoticon

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MISSY455 10/30/2010 12:09AM

    Chili sounds emoticon I am going to try that! Grats on staying on track today!!!

Go Giants!

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JHADZHIA 10/30/2010 12:01AM

    Very well done for your choice of meal (sounds heavenly!!) to bring to the potluck, and staying out of the unhealthy stuff!! I would say you earned your tootsie roll!!
I just love all that your work place did, so creative, and so much fun! Sorry you can't get into it :( I have no such luck with the places I have worked at.. For me, Halloween is my favorite time of the year! I love dressing up and seeing others, young and old alike, dressing up!! I also like to go around and see the house displays, some of which are pretty creative.
Here in my city, the University engineers would take an old house and make it haunted, complete with moving floors, etc., and raise funds for charity. Unfortunately, they have not done this for several years now :( Hoping some day someone will get their initiative back..
Since you have no interest in this celebration, it should be easy for you to stay away from the Halloween goodies this weekend. As I hate candy and chocolate that is not dark (has to be 85-90% cocoa), I am not tempted by the goodies my mom is doling out this weekend.
Hope you can have a quiet and peaceful weekend at home relaxing.
Enjoy your game! As I have other Spark buddies cheering on the other team, I remain neutral on wanting anyone in particular to win.. I like a good competition though..

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MTULLY 10/29/2010 11:15PM

    All in all, it sounds like you had a successful day. Good for you! emoticon

Go, Giants!!!!

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Nobody On and Two Outs (8th Inning Thoughts)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Today was a better day. It was peppered with coworkers making comments about last night's Giants' win in Game 1 of the World Series! That was fun! Yesterday was a day of bouncing between fires or alligators or other analogies for urgent/hot tasks. I was busy all day but did not have much to show for it.

This morning, I walked in to find a couple of the alligators had grown overnight. My boss, bless his heart, sent an email to me, copying his boss and my supervising attorney telling me the priorities he wanted me to touch. That took some of the pressure off, not a lot, but it did help me focus. I made significant progress on the first alligator. There are some frustrating bits of data that I can't marry up and need to do so because this is a project in preparation for an A133 audit.

The second alligator, though smaller, is just as time-consuming. It involves an IP search in preparation for a release into public domain. I was given this task about a month ago and got only part of what I needed. It was back-burnered and forgotten about until another email surfaced yesterday. I still don't have the other pieces and the fact that this multi-sectored project is very late actually has very little to do with me. Someone forgot about the IP review until very late in the process. It usually occurs in the spring, so, while it was embarrassing that I had forgotten it, it was already late by the time it came to me. Still waiting for the other pieces...Such is my life!

I intended to go to yoga today, having turned down the chance to work with the new Toastmaster club at the VA. I had forgotten that a new leadership program was having its kick0ff meeting at the same time. As the program is getting extremely top drawer visibility, I chose to go to that. I had forgotten the kickoff included pizza.
Pizza is something I don't miss if I don't have it but have a hard time holding back if it's available. I had two pieces and easily could have eaten twice that. I had my lunch with me! (Yummy leftovers). The smell of the pizza coupled with the awkwardness that the host had purchased about 3 times as much pizza as there were people made me set aside my leftovers and chow down. I should know better. It did not taste as good as it smelled. I had the opportunity to take some home, but did not. I ate the leftovers for dinner.

But, as I was walking to my car this evening, I thought about the pizza. Instead of beating myself up about it, I am calling this "life" and "human". I will do better!

So what does the title have to do with today? When I started this blog, the Giants were in the midst of a big inning. After two men were out, they scored 7 runs, partly with good hits, but also with the generosity of the Rangers pitchers who donated four walks. That just shows life. I was down for those two pieces of pizza, but I am not out. I have the opportunity to start fresh tomorrow. I know, it's a weak analogy, but...it works tonight.

I need to think more about how that happened. Tomorrow is the Halloween party at work. I am on the Legal Department committee, so I will have to be out and about with all the costumes and candy and chaos. I need to plan my day carefully! It includes a potluck, and I am bringing a crockpot of chili.

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CARRAND 10/29/2010 9:13PM

    I loved your analogy. Your team is really doing well, and so are you!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 10/29/2010 12:47PM

  I loved your analogy. It is very true though. Tomorrow IS a new day. A day in which one can start all over again! :)

Wow... Chili. Love the stuff. You should share your recipe on here. ;)

emoticon Hope you are having fun with the Halloween Party at Work!

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JHADZHIA 10/29/2010 1:06AM

    sigh* I never even get the opportunity to have pizza, and I do miss it.. Good control actually. You could have kept on scarfing it down. I understand about things getting 'lost' I had forgotten I was supposed to have researched through ten years of meeting notes and get all the charities we have supported, then choose one each year and rotate through them. We were supposed to have had picked out new charity this month. OOPS!
I find Halloween the most fun time of the year, but have had no opportunities to dress up as my building dance was on Wednesday, the night of my rookie master bridge game at the club. This year my Curves is not having a prize for best dressed costume :(( I can actually stay away from the candy (I don't like it), the chips would be hard if there were some. But the only chocolate I like is 90% cocoa and they never give that away LOL.
I wish you all the best with it! be strong! You have it in you!

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