Friday, March 18, 2011
A week ago today was my brother's birthday and it was the first time in years that we had the chance to celebrate it together. The day, of course, was marred by the quake and tsunami in Japan. I am still so thankful that my sister-in-law and her parents are ok.
I am determined not to let the nuclear mess take away from the focus on the human need, so I found the picture of the two flag pins together.
I ate way over on calories, carbs and sodium today. Very little exercise. Every time I move, it triggers a spasm of coughing! Bleh!
So I do report to the attorney now, but I still support my now former boss 50% of the time. My new boss has warned me that I will be very overworked and likely get burnt out. I will be supporting government contracts, doing complex agreements (licenses and NDAs) and helping the new IP Paralegal with patents, trademarks and royalties.
I need to get back on track with food and exercise. I am going to need to be more in balance than I am right now.
Friday, March 18, 2011
My brother and nephew flew back to Japan today. My heart goes with them. I am distressed at the misinformation that is out there about the nuclear situation. It is serious, but it is not quite what is being said. Moreover, the flurry over that has removed the humanitarian need from the front pages. The need is going to be there for a long, long time.
I came in to find out that my VP decided for me not to split my time between the government contracts and the attorney. So now I report just to the attorney, but I am still doing work for the other group simply because I've not been told not to continue. My VP said I would have a new title, but that has not happened yet. It's just very odd. I know no one has had time to talk to me, but this feels really weird.
Still soft on exercise and low on food. Not feeling great.
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!
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