Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I had a very interesting day today. The work was a little bit of everything and I had no chance to be bored!
Lunch was a meal at an Indian buffet - impossible to judge the food. I ate veggies and a little bit of protein, skipping as much of the heavy sauces as I could. I don't know all the ingredients, of course, so eating is such an adventure. I am sure I am over for the day, but I am not going to beat myself up about it. Lunch was with two attorneys I used to work with regularly doing export control clearance, but now that I am in government contracts, that is no longer possible. One is from Germany, the other from Taiwan, so the cultural juxtaposition is fun!
I had the call with our outside counsel on the request for production. I told him that I am a new paralegal (my VP had told him I am a paralegal, but she had not told him I am newly minted!). He listened to the research I've done and sounded impressed on a couple of points. I had gone farther than he thought I would have. Of course, that was counterbalanced by a few avenues I had not yet pursued. I am so grateful that my top attorney trusts my judgment and abilities and is letting me deal with the outside counsel directly. I asked her how much she wanted to be involved and she wants an update about every 3 days.
I got in over 7200 steps today and was back in my routine of stretching and doing simple exercises in the elevator.
The day ended with my usual difficulties trying to get online at home. I called my provider and ended up having to uninstall and reinstall and remove the firewall.
As you can see, I am online. My internet connection has not run smoothly for a very long time. Woohoo!
Monday, November 22, 2010
This morning, I woke up in excruciating pain that only lessoned after lots of water. I called the doc and asked for an appointment, hoping I could get one close to the time for my mammogram (routine). Long story short, I did. They did not find anything wrong - I thought it was a urinary tract infection. The mammogram was the easiest I have ever had - I think it's because there was some less tissue to examine!
I am relatively new to this insurance plan and there's no way they know me well enough to know that, if I followed through on something odd on the same day, it's a big deal. I usually wait for things to go away...
The doctor scale said, with clothes and shoes, I weigh 172. That is about 6 pounds less than the last time I weighed there. I don't put a lot of credence in it because it was a different scale. I go by my own scale. But it is nice to see the numbers go down.
While dressing after the mammogram, I looked at the full length mirror. Sure, there is a lot to lose, but...I liked what I saw! That is a first!
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Last week, I was asked to put in some OT today for our IT department. They wanted me to do some validation testing. My boss and my VP both approved the OT. Friday, IT came and said they decided to move the testing to Monday! I just about fell out of my chair!
I asked my boss if I could work the OT today on some of the work I was planning to do tomorrow because the testing would take a chunk out of my day. He approved so I had four very productive hours at work today. I spent about an hour and half on the request for production. I have a phone call with our outside counsel tomorrow and was glad to chip away at some of what I think he will want to know. (Two weeks ago when the top lawyer had me in her office and called the outside firm, she told both attorneys that I am a paralegal. That is still music to my ears and I smile every time I relive that memory!)
I spent another hour plus on the statute research for one of our other attorneys. I still have to write the memo, but I was so glad to have the quiet and get the statutes printed and ready!
Another hour plus was on my tax exempt certificates. Most were all ready to upload to the e-file system, but I did have to PDF a few and email them. It felt so good to get this pile of paperwork done. This is a task that takes a lot of time and it took about a third the time doing it today instead of tomorrow.
Who knows what tomorrow will bring, but I felt really good about getting so much done. As usual, nothing is completed. I did not go the the stacks and file the paper tax certs, but they are in the system and are ready to file, so that won't take more than five minutes tomorrow.
I don't know how long the validation testing will take tomorrow, but it is a really boring task, so I will fight the yawns doing it! I don't know when the outside counsel will call, but I am ready.
I cannot work late tomorrow. I cancelled an appointment that I scheduled for what turned out to be the exact time for Game 1 of the World Series and tomorrow is the rescheduling of that routine mammogram. Those exams are always an adventure. I am very, very short and very, very well endowed. When I went to my previous doctor, I always felt as if I were being suspended by that ample tissue because I was standing on my tiptoes whilst being squished! My current medical provider is very proactive, so I get "nagged" to get current on all these exams. This summer was my first-ever colonoscopy, I've had the other female exam and this is the last for this year.
Next year will be dental work and glasses, assuming my employment situation remains unchanged! I never like any of these exams, but I sure don't want to be surprised by the worst possible news with no chance to catch it early!
I had a homemade soup for dinner, a couple of large bowls (chicken, veggies, lentils, barley, green chili, scallions). I have no idea how to count it because BF cooked the chicken in the slow cooker WITH skin on. We usually buy boneless and skinless, but bought this whole chicken (save money) and he just did not think about the skin. I did not eat any skin, but the presence made the broth less clear than I would have liked.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
It took a bit to find the place where the walk was taking place. We took the wrong exit off the freeway and, then, when we got to the mall, it was, of course, on the other side. Nothing started on time. We were greeted by a crowd of high schoolers and there were more inside.
We heard a couple of heart-rending stories about children needing this medical care and, then, finally, we were off! The course was inside the mall, which was great because it was very cold outside!
Two laps around the mall and all along the way, the youth were cheering us on, waving signs and clapping. Great fun! There was one team wearing black shirts and pushing a stroller to which a picture was attached on the side. The boy's name was Chase and the words on the back of the shirts were "Walking in memory of my nephew/grandson) Chase". I did not speak to them because I did not know what to say, but I just about lost it then.
I wore a lanyard with a picture of the five year old girl who inspired me to do the walk. Chase and Deanna were the only pictures I saw. As I walked, I kept my promise and thought of all the healthy children I know and gave thanks that they are healthy. In that regard, my cup runneth over. I raised over $800 without a whole lot of effort. I should have done more.
I will do this kind of thing again. Next year, I hope I am more of a runner and will find a charity run.
It was over in less than an hour. It was still more than an hour before the mall opened, so we just headed towards home and did the grocery shopping. We beat most of the crowds and most of the storms.
It poured most of last night and intermittently throughout the day. We saw a gorgeous rainbow!
Friday, November 19, 2010
I had a very interesting day. It was also a frustrating day. I spent a good part of yesterday trying to find out what would happen to other data and processes if I changed one field on a customer record. No one could tell me and everyone told me to talk to someone else. I spent part of today continuing to try to find the answer to my question. Through this journey, no one gave me any credit for asking the question instead of just fixing the field to suit the current need.
It was like that all day with every file I touched. I needed to do X but I needed Y info from someone else. I could not get Y, so I am stuck.
But I got in 8K steps trying to solve these things!
I ate within range until I got home and scarfed down some chips. More than some.
Tomorrow is the fundraiser walk. It is raining now and rain is in the forecast. The walk is at a local mall, but I don't know if it's inside before the mall opens or outside. This is a fundraiser for a well-known childrens' medical charity and it is the first time I have ever done anything like this. I am excited about it!
A couple of SparkPeople friends donated to the walk and several coworkers did as well. Without being aggressive, I am bringing over $800 to this charity! Just think if I had only been more assertive about asking for donations!
As I mentioned in an earlier blog, SP's policies prohibit me from naming the charity, but, if you're curious, send me an SP mail with your personal email address and I will reply.
I'll be going to bed early. Registration starts at 7 and the walk starts at 8.
Have a fabulous weekend!
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