Monday, November 29, 2010
Thanks, JakeandNellie, for inviting me to this team. I love the name and the idea!
I was a complete couch potato for most of the weekend. Tendonitis, cold (limited heat) and general lethargy. I had to get back on track today and did so with over 8K steps. I still need to do more, but it felt good to move. I am HUNGRY tonight but am capped on nutritional metrics.
I am basking in the remembered glow of a really great day. A coworker saw my post on FB about considering law school and, as he passed me in the parking lot this morning, stopped, rolled down his window and said I should go for it! :) All it takes is money...which I don't have. I am so tired of scraping by, but I cannot complain. I am blessed. The second thing that made today great was accomplishing a lot of work today. I love that "I earned my pay today" feeling! It is unreasonably cold in the Bay Area (apologies to those of you who deal with REAL weather and that brings up my 3rd great thing for today: heated seats turned on for the drive home!
The season of food has begun. Tomorrow is pizza for lunch, countertops groaning with goodies that people bring from home. Today's offering was chocolate covered pistachios. I have no idea how they taste because the box was empty by the time I saw it. Even if it were not, I was resolved to pass it by. Still, I was glad to see the box was empty! Friday is the department Christmas lunch and I need to plan for it.
Next week is the biggest event: the annual holiday brunch buffet in the morning and the patent celebration with more food in the afternoon. BUT it is on December 7th. The date which lives in infamy will never be a day of celebration for me. It is a date for solemn and thankful memory. I always take the day off, so I will definitely not be anywhere near the pancakes, the chocolate fountain, the sausage or anything else.
More I could say, but the mental energy is waning fast. I saw a note that a member of the Spark community lost her husband last week. I don't know her, but she has been on my heart and in my prayers all day.
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!
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