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SPY 2; Day 48: This Cold Won't Go! Japan Thoughts

Saturday, March 19, 2011

I am feeling worse today than I have since this cold began. I have done zip!

Well, I saw on CNN that donations for Japan humanitarian relief are lagging far behind Katrina and Haiti. I made my first donation today. It will not be the last. When northern California experienced the Loma Prieta earthquake during the World Series in 1989, we received worldwide help. Whole communities in Japan are gone and, as I read today, most of the population is elderly.

I know I would need help if I were to experience something like this.

Time to return to coughing!

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JHADZHIA 3/20/2011 10:41PM

    So sorry you are still struggling with this cold :(( Hope you get some relief soon .
Awesome of you to contribute what you can to Japan!
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CHAOTIC-KITTY 3/19/2011 10:57PM

  Sorry to hear about you & having a cold. :( I've also made an donation to Japan. :(

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CARRAND 3/19/2011 9:44PM

    Sorry about the cold. You are such a generous person. We should all contribute to relief efforts in Japan. It's very sad what happened.

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SPY 2; Day 47: Over, Under and Yawn

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.

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LIBBYFITZ 3/19/2011 8:31AM

    A strange thing for your boss to say that "you will get burnt out" emoticon

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JHADZHIA 3/19/2011 12:20AM

    So sorry you are still feeling awful :( You need to take care of yourself. I don't know how you can possibly handle this workload. I think that is pretty bad when your boss says you WILL get burned out!! Why on earth are people getting fired if there is so much work to do???
I hope you can shake this illness and have a restful weekend..
Thoughts are with all who are suffering in Japan..

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SPY 2; Day 46: Japan and New Job/New Boss(?)

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.

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NONIE_C 3/20/2011 1:18PM

    The work situation sounds really confusing, and you really deserve an explanation. I'm sorry things are not clear right now. And I know that with your concern for your family, the work situation must be extra frustrating. Just hang in there and keep taking care of you.

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CARRAND 3/18/2011 10:46PM

    I hope things go well for you at work. It sounds confusing to me, but it should straighten itself out.

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LIBBYFITZ 3/18/2011 3:09AM

    It is very difficult when you can't find out what is going on in your job!

All my best wishes to your brother and his family. I agree, it will take many years to recover from this tragedy in Japan.

Hope you find your strength soon to resume exercise. emoticon

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RJFERRARO315 3/18/2011 12:26AM

    I'll keep you in my prayers/thoughts.

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JHADZHIA 3/18/2011 12:17AM

    So sorry you are not feeling well and that you have to worry about your brother :(
I don't think the needs of the people are being overshadowed by the reactors. They are giving as much footage to the damage caused as well and because of the proliferation of cameras and cell phones, they keep showing new footage of it..
Sounds like you should ask for clarification on what you should be doing..
It will be interesting to know what your new title is..
Look after yourself..
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SPY 2; Day 45: Japan, Job

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.

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NONIE_C 3/19/2011 3:17AM

    I'm sorry you aren't feeling well, my friend. And I'm sorry I've been out of touch. I'm going through a bit of a struggle right now, but my personal growth struggles are nothing in comparison to what people are faced with in Japan right now - I have to keep things in perspective. And this realization is helping to motivate me toward reorganizing things. I would like my life situated in such a way that i can once again offer help to others in need (money, time, skills, whatever). In any case, I just wanted you to know that I'm keeping you and your family in my prayers, along with all the others suffering from this natural disaster.

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 3/17/2011 11:49AM

  that was really great about your VP ok'ing your fundraiser idea... sounds like a fantastic venture you want to do. best of luck with it all. and, that was really nice of him to find out about your brother in Japan. I hope the fact that you have to report to someone else is a good thing... and, not a bad thing. totally understandable about the lack of exercise... you will do it when you're ready.


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LIBBYFITZ 3/17/2011 1:12AM

    That is great that you are able to go ahead with fundraising through work. What is happening in Japan is devastating.
Hope you start to feel better soon! emoticon

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CHERYLE51 3/16/2011 11:18PM

    My husband and I are sick also. I just have a slight sinus infection. He has something nastier. He keeps coughing and nothing I give him seems to help. I have advised him to go to the dr., but, well, he, of course, doesn't want to.

I am so glad someone is doing something for the victims of Japan. I just can't stop thinking about everyone over there. Everything else that is going around seems so irrelevant.

I am very glad that your brother and his family are ok. That must have been a relief.

I am sure once you are feeling better, you will get back on track with exercising. I didn't feel like it tonight, but did it and my chest hurt a little.

Take care,

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JAMBABY0 3/16/2011 10:43PM

    That was nice of your boss, hope you feel better soon.

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SPY 2; Day 44: Honoring Mr. Buckles, Kang Zhu Hampsters and Japan

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.

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CARRAND 3/16/2011 2:32PM

    You trip sounds good, in spite of the sinus infection and loss of voice. I'm glad your family in Japan are OK. I feel so bad for the victims. It's going to be a long, long time before they get back to normal there.

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 3/15/2011 9:50PM

  I am happy that your trip went well... really sorry to hear that you were sick and had no voice. :(

Very horrible/sad time for those in Japan.


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LIBBYFITZ 3/15/2011 9:38PM

    Yes a very sad time for those living in Japan. Glad the trip went well and sorry you were unwell the whole time you were away. emoticon

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