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I Love the Feeling of Today!

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Today was not what I expected, but I am exhilarated at the end of the day. It took me all day to do the research for our outside counsel. I worked through lunch, taking time only to walk down to the cafe for the free fruit that I never ate. Towards the end of the day, he emailed me and asked my opinion about the response that he was ready to file with the court. Me! I replied that I would not dream of correcting his response, that I appreciated being asked and that the response was too general to require any inside the company insight that I might be able to provide.

I love doing this stuff! I know the company hates getting court orders to supply info for people who are suing each other, but the discovery is interesting, fun and, when a deadline looms, creates an adrenaline rush.

I ate a very high fiber cereal this morning and did not feel hungry for hours. Was it the cereal, the concentration or both? Not sure. I am ending the day low in a lot of the nutrition metrics, but I feel FULL! No reason to eat just to eat. Tomorrow is the department luncheon. I am having halibut. Not sure what else. I am going to have yogurt or fruit in the morning just to ensure I don't overdo it.

I did not get many steps in today and have to guess what I did get because I took my pedometer out of my pocket to log in yesterday's steps and forgot to put it back! ACK!

I spent a couple of hours on the phone with my internet provider. The replacement card arrived, but it did not work. Ultimately, they figured out the wrong serial number was recorded somewhere and, as you can see, I am connected again. I was so frustrated and so afraid that it was going to take time and money, but....it's all good!

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CARRAND 12/3/2010 8:34PM

    Sounds like a great day all around!

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MYSTERY4EVER 12/3/2010 7:40PM

    Glad you finally got your computer problems straightened out. Have a great weekend.

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NONIE_C 12/3/2010 11:51AM

    I love that you're fired up about your job. I love that you ate within your calorie range and were fully satisfied. And I love that your internet is back up and running. You'll get your steps tomorrow. You are doing great!!!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 12/3/2010 11:50AM

  sounds like a great day. congrats on getting back online !! :)

have a fantastic weekend!

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MISSY455 12/3/2010 2:22AM

    Sounds like an awesome day!

I agree with the not wanting to eat just to eat, as long as you aren't too far under on your total calories. You don't want "starvation mode" kicking in. The rest of the nutrients usually balance themselves out over a week's time.

I hope you have a great weekend!

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Happy Hanukkah! Internet, Work and General Thoughts

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends! I forgot to say that at work today and wish I had remembered. I never seem to remember about Hanukkah until after the fact...

My internet connection at home is down. I am waiting to receive the refurbished access card from my provider, so I am elsewhere finishing up some Spark stuff. I missed out on a lot of points yesterday because I did not anticipate the problem. The access card that may be bad is less than 2 months old, so I am not thrilled. But, as long as the replacement works, I will be happy. The other alternative is too expensive to contemplate - a failure of my laptop.

Over the last few days, a lot has happened and I always think of sharing X when I am driving, in the shower or otherwise unable to log on. Please forgive me if I seem a bit remote. I hope my workload and life calm down just a little soon so I can be back in touch with my Spark family.

Thanks for the goodies, the comments and the compassion. Y'all are appreciated!

I was cross trained on a job a few months ago and the lady who trained me was counting on my help with her work load this time of year. I warned my boss about that because he wanted me to process just the government contracts. Sure enough, she flagged me down today and asked for help. EVERYONE is swamped. I told her I would try, but that I am working on a project for our top attorney. I cannot go into details with her or here, but it takes precedence. I know she is not happy, so something will come of this. I will do what I can - I am not avoiding work, but, even with OT, I can legally do only so much.

It honestly has been nuts. Every time I start something, my phone rings, someone comes by or an email comes in. All are valid work situations, some of competing priority, but, even if I deflect the request, the interruption impacts whatever I was doing. It will change, but I am just trying to balance it all.

I DO like being busy!

I hope everyone had a fabulous day and that you are warm and safe this evening!

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MYSTERY4EVER 12/2/2010 9:00AM

    I hate computer problems. They make me crazy.

Even if you are swamped at work, take 5 minutes for yourself every hour or so. Walk outside, get some air, stretch. It is not just that you are entitled to a break, but you need one. I find it helps me organize my thoughts.

Have a good day today!

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LIBBYFITZ 12/2/2010 5:40AM

    Are you able to have an hour where you can stop all incoming calls and not read e[mails so that you can get stuck in! emoticon

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ULEWIJ 12/2/2010 1:01AM

    HAHA I was just about to write that Hanukkah is 8 days! I see I was beat to it! :)

You are doing awesome that even though your computer is down you are still working at it! GO YOU!

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JHADZHIA 12/2/2010 12:03AM

    Hope your card works!
I can't imagine trying to get everything done at work when it keeps coming at you like that! Hope you can get the most important things done in a timely fashion so you don't get in trouble with those ones at least. There is busy and then there is burnout..How much can they really expect you to do?
Don't worry about being on here, we all get that you are swamped. I hope you get some time off to rest and recuperate at Christmas at least..

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MISSY455 12/1/2010 11:56PM

    I hope the refurbished card works and it isn't your laptop. Computer issues are the most frustrating for me. At my last real job I used to tell the tech guys that I took 3 years of computers in college and all I can do is turn on the darn machines. And I don't do that right some days!

You can only do what you can at work. Don't let it stress you out. Take care of you.

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 12/1/2010 10:38PM

  Busy woman! It's good to be busy sometimes.. because then the mind isn't on eating.... well with me I tend to not think so much about food when I'm busy. Sorry to hear about your internet at home. :(

Hope you had a great December 1st. And I hope December is a great month for you.


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CARRAND 12/1/2010 9:15PM

    Hanukkah lasts 8 days, doesn't it? So you still have time!
You really do sound busy at work. Don't work too hard. Save some time for yourself.

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Aspire and Inspire (Spark Team)

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.

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CARRAND 11/30/2010 9:50PM

    Congratulations on a great day at work. Law school is an interesting idea. Maybe you could get student loans?

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LIBBYFITZ 11/30/2010 1:29PM

    emoticonWell done. Sounds like a food filled work area!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 11/30/2010 1:11PM

  Glad you had a good day ... The season of food IS here... unfortunately. Hope we can all survive it! ;-) I am sure you will make good choices as to what to eat in the next month.

Best of luck always. :-)

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MYSTERY4EVER 11/30/2010 9:37AM

    Glad you had a great day at work. Take care of that tendonitis.

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JHADZHIA 11/30/2010 12:53AM

    Congratulations on having a great work day!!!
Wow! Do the people you work for ever know how to feast!! I hope your tendonitis settles down so you can get going again. I find cold very motivating to move as you can really work out in it and not worry about heat exhaustion (and it keeps you warm).
I wish there was some way you could go to law school. You deserve it. Any bursaries available, or would your firm support you in some way,, things like that?
I wish they would make heated seats sold in my province mandatory LOL.
Its sad when you hear the things people suffer through here on Sparks. People come together with wonderful support on here. That is why I have no plans to leave it, even though I am at goal weight.
Hope you have a good day tomorrow!

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SURENDERISNOTME 11/29/2010 11:29PM

    Welcome to Aspire & Inspire! Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.


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Three Bites, Spark Goodies and Couch Potato

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I felt very lethargic today. My Achilles tendon is screaming at me and I have absolutely no energy. So I did not do the walk I intended to do (or anything else for that matter).

I decided I was going to send all of my Sparkfriends a goodie today, but I did not finish doing that today either. As I did send them, I read everyone's pages and was inspired and reminded about all of the reasons why this community is so fabulous. We all have our struggles, motivations and goals. We might not be in complete agreement about how, but we all have compassion for each other and can encourage each other. None of us is truly alone.

A couple of people had posted a comment on their pages over the last few days about taking 3 bites of a favorite food at a Thanksgiving feast. We did not have the traditional Thanksgiving today (bummer), but we did have a dessert that was a gift. I had the 3 bites and that really was enough.

I am still trying which charities to support this season in lieu of gift shopping. The older I get, the less I enjoy the whole gift giving thing. I used to love shopping for someone, finding just the right gift. But it also means wrapping (not a skill I possess) and mailing and....it just gets to be too much.

Second Harvest (food)
Toys for Tots
Humane Society
Salvation Army

So much need. I wish I had enough money to make a difference...

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 11/29/2010 8:10AM

  That is a fantastic idea to give to charities... they need anything that anyone could really donate. So, you are a total blessing to them! No matter how much you can afford to give them.

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IXCHEL23 11/28/2010 12:23PM

    How sweet of you to give to charities! I know what you mean about the gift shopping, I'm doing gift cards with adult family members. Have the toys listed out for the kids from their parents so it's easier.

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CARRAND 11/26/2010 9:29PM

    What a nice idea. You are a sweet heart!

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BYEFATNANNY 11/26/2010 6:38PM

    Nice thought. I always give to Blue Star Moms (military families)in my husbands name, it is his favorite gift. Thanks for the Thanksgiving goodie.

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    emoticon We all need to think of others, there are so many without jobs now.

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LIBBYFITZ 11/26/2010 7:19AM

    As long as we all contribute it all adds up to a lot!

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PANIK257 11/26/2010 12:09AM

    Most of those wrapping booths at the mall donate the money you give them to charities! Kill two birds with one stone. :)

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JHADZHIA 11/25/2010 11:52PM

    This is a fabulous idea! I always found shopping for gifts and wrapping them tedious. I would much prefer giving to a charity. The charities I like to give to are Crisis Nursery, Food Bank, Children's Wish Foundation, Telemiracle, SPCA, hospital charities (I have used them so much, I should be giving some back)
That is for sure there is so much need, and this is just all for local people in my community.

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My Cup Runneth Over

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

What a year this has been! I have been thinking about my holiday newsletter and know that it will contain good news and bad news as I reflect on this year. Tonight, however, is for the positives, the reasons why I am grateful. In no particular order:
My job
My health
Family (a new baby in the extended family this year and one on the way for next year!)
Friends - the older I get, the more precious they are
My cats who love me unconditionally
My education
All the opportunities before me
Finding SparkPeople and having spent 10 months on the site
My Spark Community
My sister's divorce (she is happier now)
All the losses of this year which make all the joys all the more sweet
My brother is home from Afghanistan
All the wonder of the US - those who serve (thank you! I cannot)
The freedoms we enjoy (I continue to marvel at the wisdom of our Founding Fathers)
All those who've gone before me - I stand on the shoulders of their greatness.
Without them, I could not vote, I could not work and I would not be educated
The journey of evolving me, of which SP is a huge part!
My home such as it is
The fact that my cupboards are not empty
The generosity of friends and coworkers who donated to St Judes for my walk

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TERRI143 11/29/2010 10:05AM

    I am so glad that things are working out for you. You are an inspiration to many of us, I know you are to me. God bless you.

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CATLADY52 11/25/2010 3:34PM

    We should all be motivated to have a list like yours. My list is different but still the same. emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 11/25/2010 1:48PM

    Hey gorgeous. That's one great list :)


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LIBBYFITZ 11/25/2010 1:35PM

    emoticonYou have had a very tough year, but you have come through it and am so proud of you and all you have accomplished! emoticon

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VICD25 11/25/2010 9:14AM

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your joys!
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CARRAND 11/25/2010 9:13AM

    I am thankful for friends like you who are a joy and an inspiration.

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JHADZHIA 11/25/2010 6:51AM

    Wonderful list! I am glad things are working out so well for your relatives! I am so very happy to have met you here at Sparks!
Enjoy your holiday!!

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