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!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I did not work late tonight not did I go to the paralegal meeting tonight. I was physically and mentally tired, so I came home.
I had not seen the notice yesterday that the SparkPeople site was going to be down yesterday evening and was stunned to be booted out while I was trying to get my points in! The people who read the site help message boards are very responsive in terms of replying to a post, but so far, the foundational issues with last week's and this week's site maintenance are not addressed to my satisfaction.
But these are not huge things in the grand scheme of things.
I went to the local Veterans Administration Hospital at lunch time because the employees are starting a Toastmaster club. Unfortunately, it will be a "closed" club which means I won't be able to attend their meetings. I had the privilege to evaluate a speaker's first speech. I liked the people, I wished I knew them and I wished I could be involved with their club. The speech I evaluated was by a lady who rehabilitates veterans who've been blinded. Her speech was about her journey to get the education to do the work and then the job at the VA. It was an inspirational experience on many levels.
I have been thinking for a while that I would love to work for the VA, but, based on the comments the employees made, the grass is very much greener where I work!
I am sure that God has a sense of humor. Today, I discovered that a great portion of the parking at the VA is not usable because of construction. I was directed to park in a different area and I had a lovely walk on this lovely day to get to the meeting. I absolutely loved it and was grateful for it!
At work, I have been doing a lot of work with our files which means pulling a file, bringing it to my desk and refiling it later. Last year, I hated days like that because it was wearing and my back or legs would get sore. Now, I welcome every step! And I don't grab more than one file at a time, not just because I want the steps, but it also ensures that I won't misfile the paperwork or do the wrong action with the contract.
I am so grateful for these small changes in my life!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Feeling better really agrees with me! I feel better today than I have felt for a very long time. I had been feeling bored, drained, tired and run down long before I got the migraine and cold last week. I had not realized how badly I felt until I realized how wonderful I feel today.
I was in a different mood this morning and, when I headed to the cafe for my morning beverage, I actually jogged part of the way. Then I walked and when I reached the downhill part, I jogged there, too. It was a gorgeous morning, soft fall air that I love and I realized that I might fall at the bottom because I was running pretty fast. But I did not fall. I was out of breath afterwards, but it felt so good! It was fun! Yes, I was self conscious about jogging in my work clothes, but part of me also did not care. Instead of coffee or diet soda, I tried a new tea. It was decaf, but that was not the number one criteria. I wanted to try something new and did I ever. It was a lemon ginger tea that was really, really flavorful! I really enjoyed it!
I have spent the bulk of the last two days working on one stack of files on my desk. When I left today, 95% was completed, off my desk and filed. Wow! I have not felt that wonderful feeling of a good day's work in a long time! I also discovered a couple of oversights and set things in motion to get them corrected.
My attorney did not add anything to my plate yesterday. In fact, she took one thing off when I told her about the big project for the company's top attorney. I feel badly that I did not execute the work she needed done, but I thanked her for the adjustment.
Today, I was way over in calcium. I am usually under, so I was really surprised. When I looked at the full report, I saw it was because of the hot and sour tofu soup I had at lunch. I had no idea tofu had calcium!
People have been commenting about how much weight I have lost. Nice to hear and I always thank them for the compliment, but 22 maybe 23 pounds this year is not a lot. When I started at the end of January, I naively set my goal date for Sept 3 and then, later, the end of the year. Then I had that long plateau and pushed it to the end of next year. I am now thinking that may even be too soon! Still, even if I lose "only" 20 pounds a year and it takes me four years to lose the entire tonnage, if, along the way, I am changing my life, my habits and those pounds never come back, it will be worth it. If my length and quality of life are improved when I am no longer morbidly obese, it will be worth it.
My clothes sure feel looser today, even though I told BF this morning that I felt bloated and huge. I stepped on the scale after 2 glasses of water and a shower just out of curiosity. I read an article on SP yesterday that said to weigh more often than once a week in order to change things more quickly. I don't know about that, but I was curious. I forget what the number was, but it was either half a pound or more than a pound down from last Saturday. We shall see.
Nonie_C reminded me today is the day to do the update for the holiday challenge:
IT'S TIME FOR ACCOUNTABILITY AND CHECKING IN ON GOALS. THIS PAST WEEK I MET MY SHORT-TERM/DAILY GOALS
~ drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day
~beginning my day with uplifting thoughts
~planning my food and (mostly) staying in range
~keep sugary snacks out of my life (except on an "occasion")
~do my charity walk on Nov 20th - still in the plan!
LARGER "SPECIAL EVENT" GOALS
~send out Thanksgiving letters - composed in my head but not written yet
~send out Christmas cards *before* Christmas
~index my Will Clark cards - 75% done
~clear out my closet and donate those larger clothes - not started
TO ENSURE I STAY ON TRACK NEXT WEEK, I WILL stick to the plan. We are not hosting nor attending a Thanksgiving meal, so it will not be hard! What I will have to watch is not compensating for the absence of celebration by stuffing with the foods of my childhood Thanksgiving meals.
TO ENSURE I STAY ON TRACK AND DO THE WORK I MUST TO ACHIEVE THESE LONG-TERM GOALS, I WILL keep doing what I am doing. I have a lot of work stuff happening and know I cannot handle much more now!
QUESTION FOR THE WEEK:
WHAT ARE THE CERTAIN TRIGGERS THAT WILL COME WITH THANKSGIVING, AND HOW CAN THEY BE CONFRONTED AND CONQUERED?
I have to watch for the sense of deprivation - not having turkey, trimmings, mincemeat pie with sharp Cheddar cheese. My plan is to have a wonderful meal with BF that is somewhat special but allows me to stay on track.
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