Wednesday, March 16, 2011
My VP gave me support to start a fundraiser for humanitarian aid to Japan! Probably will do a potluck with a voluntary cash donation. I was floored! He also called to find out about my brother and his family in Japan. Several people came to me to find out about him.
I found out indirectly that I have been transferred to reporting to someone else. I am not sure what this means in terms of longterm employment.
Not much exercise today - I am still feeling pretty lousy.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
First day back from New Mexico. I was sick the whole trip with this sinus infection and had no voice. It was fabulous seeing my family! Three generations together for the first time and Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday. We had a lot for which to be thankful. Our thanks continued when we learned that my brother's wife and her family are all safe in Japan.
I work with nuclear scientists and one of them just sent me a note in response to a Facebook comment that the amount of radiation that is "loose" is not going to harm my family. Peace of mind is priceless.
The worst thing about having no voice was the fact that I finally met my cousin Jack! We had lunch on Sunday and I could not talk! I met his wife 3 years ago at my other cousin's funeral and she was there on Sunday, too. They've invited me to their home in Texas for Christmas. Meeting Jack is another reason to give thanks!
I'll be back on track with water, food and exercise tomorrow.
Today, Mr. Buckles lay in state at Arlington National Cemetary and was buried there this afternoon. In his honor, US flags flew at half staff across the country. Mr. Buckles was the last living US veteran of WWI until he died March 6 at the age of 110. He also fought in WWII. Veterans of WWI received very little recognition for their service. BF, who is former Navy, said this honor was as if the country chose to honor all the men who served in that war.
My sister's children brought some toys from home including Kung Zhu hamsters. Very cute toys. I lost my watch coming home and went to KMart to replace it. I showed BF the toy hamsters there so he could see what I was talking about.
I will do all that I can to keep the needs of Japan front and center. The need is going to be there for a very long time.
I flew home from Albuquerque - Denver - San Francisco which was a much easier trip than it sounds. In Denver, my wait was nearly 8 hours. They kept pushing back the departure date because of 2 things - the mechanics could not fix the plane and, because of wind, the air traffic controllers in SF were limiting the number of planes in the area.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
The sinus infection has not gotten better, so flying should be just tons of fun tomorrow. I plan to load up on decongestants and chewing gum. I am too drug sensitive to do much else. Otherwise, I would likely end up missing a flight and screwing up this minivacation.
I have had very little appetite even though I've been hungry. I would start to eat and then find it took too much energy to eat! I know this is temporary, so I am far from worried.
Going home tomorrow to reunite with my sister, brother, their mother and their children is going to be great fun. It's the first time we'll have 3 generations together. Thanksgiving and birthdays will be celebrated. Lots of pictures, lots of talk, lots of food!
I may not be back online until Monday night or Tuesday.
Have a great week, everyone!
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
36 minutes walking, 10 or more glasses of water, 7800+ steps. I am well under on food. No real appetite. Going to bed early but I doubt I'll sleep much. I am so congested it's hard to breathe. It was hard to think at work and I am sure my boss thought I was on something today. (I wasn't).
I hope it's something with the sinus and not a cold. My stepmother will not be pleased if I arrive with a cold and give it to the children! My nephew has to fly back to Japan next week! I'm not coughing or running a fever, so I think it is sinus.
Tomorrow is my last day of work until Tuesday!
Monday, March 07, 2011
55 minutes walking, though not at once and a snort Kettlebell workout tonight. Water? Check. Food - within range on most things, low in others.
The cold seems to have taken away my appetite, a temporary state.
TOM appeared this morning, a really cruel joke. After a 3 month absence, TOM arrives the week I will be traveling. Why not last week or next week?
I read an article over the weekend that one of the things that happens with menopause is decreased ability to stay focused. That makes me wonder. What the article did not suggest was a solution for that. I'd sure like to know!
The long weekend will be full of food. Obviously I cannot take my kettlebells, but I sure can walk and plan to do so as much as possible, weather permitting. I hope this will be a time of renewal and relaxation, though I expect with the four youngsters, relaxation may be relative, pun intended!
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