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Today Was Terrific!

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!

  
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TEENY_BIKINI 11/24/2010 9:54PM

    Indian food is a tough one to gauge indeed.

I hope you have fab holiday.

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CARRAND 11/24/2010 8:38PM

    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

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JHADZHIA 11/24/2010 11:30AM

    I love Indian food. Not much opportunity for it as I don't eat out much though :(. So glad your job is humming along and you are doing well with it..
Way to go getting steps in when you are so busy.
If your internet is that bad, maybe its time to look for a new one? I am sure there is a bargain out there somewhere as they are very competitive.
Hope it stays this time.
Enjoy your evening!

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MYSTERY4EVER 11/24/2010 8:51AM

    Indian food is tricky - a lot of ghee. I try to go for the Tandoori meats and veggies. The biggest thing is just not to eat a lot. The food is very filling; i just takes time for my stomach to realize how much it has eaten.

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LIBBYFITZ 11/24/2010 8:28AM

    emoticonWith the walking. Your job is sounding like you are strting to enjoy it. Especially when allowed to get on with it!

I love Indian food! emoticonSounds like the company was interesting.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

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KARENA-G 11/24/2010 6:19AM

    Your job sounds awesome. I've never eaten much Indian food, outside of a few frozen dinners. But I love chai tea.

Glad your internet is working--truly essential stuff!

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Taking Care of Me & the Doctor's Scale

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!

  
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CARRAND 11/23/2010 8:54PM

    I'm sorry you had the pain, but glad it wasn't something serious. You are doing great on the weight loss! Keep it up.

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JHADZHIA 11/22/2010 10:42PM

    So sorry about the pain :(( Drink pure cranberry juice if you think you have an urinary tract infection..
Its still nice to know you have a down ward weight trend going on.
I really like that you liked your own image in the mirror!! I would say that means your program has been a roaring success!!
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Well done and keep up the great work!

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ACIMPEGGY 11/22/2010 10:23PM

    If your pain went away after lots of water, I wonder if it was muscle cramping caused by dehydration? That can cause terrible muscle cramps as can potassium levels being too high or too low (go figure).

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EMPTYNESTER60 11/22/2010 9:53PM

    I'm sorry you woke up in pain but glad they didn't find anything wrong, although that is sometimes annoying because you don't have the answer to what caused the pain in the first place. Hope it doesn't come back. You're doing a good job with the weight loss. Keep it up!

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FOOFIE17 11/22/2010 9:52PM

    Thanks for writing! It was great to read your blog!

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Sunday...

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.

  
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CARRAND 11/22/2010 7:13PM

    Your soup sounds wonderful. The skin probably added a little fat, but I wouldn't worry about it. After all the work you got done, you deserved a good supper.


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VICD25 11/22/2010 10:22AM

    Wow! sounds like you've had the 50,000mile tune up this summer. Great to have it all behind you, isnt it. . .

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MYSTERY4EVER 11/22/2010 10:08AM

    It is so wonderful that you had a productive day. You did not let things go after the excitement of the walk. Have a great week.

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JHADZHIA 11/22/2010 1:03AM

    I like working at the club by myself with no one around. You really can get a lot done with no one constantly pestering you.. Glad you had such a productive day and are ready for Monday!! Nice to see the go getter you back!!
Congrats to the affirmed paralegal!! You have arrived!!
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MISSY455 11/22/2010 12:06AM

    Sounds like a very productive day for you! Isn't it amazing what you can get accomplished when no one is around to bug you? One of my old jobs, years ago, I used to go in on Friday nights and do all of my filing for the week. I so enjoyed those nights in the office by myself and zero phone interruptions!

For the calories count you might look through some of the Spark recipes for slow cooker chicken to see if you can find something similar. The skin probably added some fat to the broth, but much less than if you would have eaten the skin.

I hope the rest of your week goes as smoothly as today!

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ACIMPEGGY 11/22/2010 12:00AM

    The work sounds challenging, the soup terrific. You can use the recipe calculator to figure the nutrition.

I hear you about saving money!

Have a great Thanksgiving, dear...you and yours.

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The 5K Fundraiser Walk

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!

  
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JAKEANDNELLIE 11/21/2010 6:28PM

    I'll mention the charity you so graciously helped - St. Judes does wonderful things for children! It's people like you who help make all they do possible. I am so proud to be your friend!
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MYSTERY4EVER 11/21/2010 5:23PM

    YEAH!! You did it. That is a real accomplishment for you and for [unnamed charity]. As a contributor towards your walk, I am just so proud that you did this. You kept your spirits up even after being sick. I can't wait to hear about your next effort, especially if it is this walk again next year.

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LIBBYFITZ 11/21/2010 3:15PM

    emoticonWell done on your walk!

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MELA1953 11/20/2010 9:41PM

    How wonderful!!!!! You inspire me!

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JHADZHIA 11/20/2010 9:03PM

    What a wonderful and heart warming day for you. You did very well raising $800. In our tough economic times with so many worthy charities clamoring for our tight dollars, I would say that is pretty darned good!! You have done Deanna proud! My nephew is named Chase, and I am thankful he is hearty and hale after reading this blog!
All the best with your future fund raising and run, I am sure you will really rock it!!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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CARRAND 11/20/2010 8:39PM

    What a wonderful experience for you. You are such a kind hearted person to want to help, a real inspiration to us all.

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MACEWOMAN 11/20/2010 8:35PM

    What a great job participating and raising so much money. Good luck with the running and the future 5K.
I walked in the JDRF (juvenile diabetes) walk this year as well. Was behind a couple of people that had "In Memory ofs" on their shirts. I was just like you, it brought me to tears and I couldn't think of a thing to say.

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Fundraiser Walk Tomorrow!

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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CARRAND 11/20/2010 8:19PM

    You are such a caring person. I hope it all goes well for you.

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MISSY455 11/20/2010 2:51AM

    Have a great time at the walk on Saturday! I hope the rain holds off until after you are finished.
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JHADZHIA 11/20/2010 1:45AM

    That is wonderful!! You did really great with your fund raising!! I am hoping it will be inside the mall, if not, be sure to dress warm and water proof.
You have no tech person you could ask this question of, or the person who wrote the program? Gave you some exercise at least along with the frustration of not getting an answer. What I do when I want to know how things will work in my bridge computer scoring system and don't want to mess up the club's computer, is I have an exact copy of the program on my home computer, complete with data base, so I can practice all I want without worrying about damaging the club's program or its data. It also gives me a good back up in case the club computer gets stolen or the program crashes.
Enjoy your walk tomorrow!

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MYSTERY4EVER 11/20/2010 12:44AM

    Have a fabulous walk!! I will be cheering you on from afar.

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NONIE_C 11/19/2010 11:30PM

    emoticon You are a super star!!! emoticon
I wish you the very best of luck tomorrow. Have fun!!!
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