Saturday, April 21, 2012
I got up super early this morning to do two things: drive to work to Spark (home laptop is 3 timezones away getting repaired or replaced) and to do as much as I can around the house before it gets too hot.
I need to:
water the plants
rearrange my living room so I can use my kettlebells
try to figure out why my room cooler is DOA
chop up celery and onion that came from a coworker's garden (!)
batch cook for the week
It is unseasonably warm in northern California and, living in a mobile home, it feels even hotter. My home is almost 50 years old, in very poor shape and lots of things don't work right
(including opening windows). I really worry about the fire danger because most people do not conserve water and utilities the way they should. Most of northern California's power is hydro, so even if you're not using water directly, by using power, you are using water. I grew up in New Mexico (and Alaska), so I understand the value of "blue gold" and am very conservative with water.
For the sake of my cats, animals who have no resource and for firefighters and me, I am putting in an order of coolness right now! (And praying really hard, too!)
I'm about to leave work which means no computer access until I return. (Tomorrow?)
Have a great weekend and, as Tim Gunn says, "Make it Work!"
Friday, April 20, 2012
I blogged about overeating yesterday at lunch. Despite better intentions, I did the same at dinner. I had a wonderful slaw that included fresh and garden fresh ingredients. Then I ate too much of other stuff, almost as if I were watching someone else do it. Yes, I could have measured out a portion and put the rest away. I ate the whole thing. I know better!
Then today came. It could be as a result of two days of overeating or any other factors, but I have not felt well today. I took part of the morning off, came in to work and worked for a few hours and took the rest of the afternoon off. I am still at work on my own time but will leave soon after finishing this blog.
Because of my laptop being out of state for repair or replacement and the fact that IT will have the network down for maintenance tomorrow, unless I come in EARLY, I won't have access to the internet tomorrow.
It is unseasonably warm here and I cannot figure out why my room cooler is not working. It promises to be a hot weekend and I am dreading it. Those of you who live in mobile homes know how hot they can be without even trying. I bought another fan last night purely in self-defense. It could mean a somewhat unproductive weekend if it remains this hot because the fan does not cool unless you're right in front of it. I plan to be very creative - get up EARLY and do stuff, maybe spend the day outside where it will likely be cooler than in my home.
OH! Last night, before I went to get the fan, I had stopped at Target to pick up miscellaneous things and increase my step count. I was not looking for them, but I found two Kettlebells on sale! WOOHOO! Kettlebell afficianados will scoff at their small weight, but I was thrilled! A 7# and a 10#. They were the last ones, too! LUCKY ME! It was too hot sans fan for me to play with them, but I hope to do that tonight. If it's still too hot, that is one of my early activities tomorrow morning.
I now have 3, 5, 7 and 10 pound kettlebells! I will work up to handling the "real" kettlebells. Women are supposedly supposed to start with something around 18 or 21 pounds. I know I will have to work up to that level.
I need to do some major reorganization in my living room so I have room to swing, lift, clean and jerk.
Thank you, all, for your comments on my Starting Block blog. I treasure your support!
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Last night, I went to the Best Buy near my home that is closing next month so I could pick up my still-not-working laptop that was fried as a result of last week's thunder and lightning storm. I waited for over an hour while the Geek Squad guy at the counter tried to get my receipt to print. He kept being interrupted by the techs in the back and by a few other customers. He seemed to be the only person allowed to man the counter.
I did let him know that I did not appreciate the way my situation is being handled, but I also told him that my beef is with Best Buy corporate and not him. Neither of us knew when I brought my computer in on Friday that the closure would be announced the next morning. So I got that off my chest but there is nothing to be done about it.
By the time I left there last night, it was after 7. I heard sirens on the free way and could see that traffic was seriously stalled. I elected to go home and will take my dead laptop to the other store tonight so they can ship it off and have it evaluated for repair or replacement.
My routines are being scrambled. I stay late at work after work to Spark, but it means I get to deal with the traffic and, with errands, I get home with just enough time to pay attention to my furbabies, maybe eat dinner, maybe do a chore and off to bed.
I am exhausted in every possible way. I may take a half day tomorrow as "mental health". My boss is working from home and he had approved my request for a day off. Our student does not work on Thursday, so it is the perfect day to do that. We'll see.
I am pretty certain that I am in perimenopause and have been having an interesting time with unexpected and intermittent symptoms. Nothing terrible, just disconcerting. The sleep issues and the mental fog coupled with the lack of energy are driving me nuts. But, from what I hear other women going through, I have zero to complain about.
I just don't feel right. Nonspecific. Unrelenting.
Diet changes are not working, my lack of energy continues regardless, save for the rare day like Sunday when I was busy for most of the day and felt pretty good. I suddenly ran out of gas and was nearly somnambulent by 6 pm!
My joints hurt, my sense of balance is weird and I feel drained from the constant vigilance to guard my tongue so I don't take out this weird mood on anyone...
The other day, all I wanted was protein. Usually it's carbs. I have been enjoying my veggies even more than usual, too, so that is a wonderful thing. I bought asparagus very cheaply last week and have been loving it. Besides the taste, it reminds me of happy times at my Grandmother's house out in the country. Her irrigation ditches were lined with wild asparagus and I loved it fresh from the ditch! I did not even know there was such a thing as canned asparagus until I left home!
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Five years ago, Chauncey Starr died. He was, in stature, a short man, probably just over five feet. But he had a mind and a heart that were larger than life. I've blogged before about how he tried to sign up for WWII after the Day of Infamy. The recruiting officer told him to go back to work because he could do more good there when, in answer to the question of what he did for a living, Chauncey said something about working with nuclear fission.
In his last years, he worked tirelessly to promote efficient, safe, cost-effective forms of and delivery for energy. I once heard him say that the fad for corn for ethanol would punish the poor unfairly because corn is such a food staple in many parts of the world. In my experience, it is rare to find a scientist of his calibre to be so in touch with the impacts of various decisions.
He also had the one-on-one touch. He sat with a young woman who was beginning her dream come true of opening a restaurant and showed her things she could do to conserve costs by conserving energy.
Dr. Starr's legacy is huge, larger than his life (95 years).
I am humbled. Not that I strive for fame (though fortune would be nice - kidding a little), but I do wonder. In my daily life, what impact do I have? When I am gone, what will be legacy be?
I am an overcomer. I have overcome many things the litany of which does not need to be repeated here. But I still have hurdles to conquer. Somehow, I need to find that switch within that would make me do what I know I need to do. MOVE IT! Burn some calories! Get stronger! Get functionally fit!
In a few weeks, they will be having children at work day. I used to teach and, like many teens and college students, have done my share of babysitting. But I have gotten older and out of touch. I have been drafted to assist and am nervous about the impact I might have on those young minds. I had the same fear when I was a teacher. I was in my 20s, not much older than the 7th graders that I taught, and I was terrified that I would scar them for life! I was very, very young, inexperienced and had zero self-confidence. Some of that still remains. Last year, I helped with the same event, working with a young attorney to share concepts about trademarks and patents - the aim was to show that the world allows for people of all kinds of talents to do many wonderful things. Not everyone is a scientist, some people may be creative in a different way and could, as I did, end up in the law department and still be able to add value to a company and the company's mission.
I will be leaving work to pick up my laptop from the Best Buy store that is closing, drive over to another Best Buy that is not closing and have them ship my fried computer off for evaluation (repair or replace is the question). The store is not closing until May 12 and they told me that it would be about 3 weeks when I dropped it off on Friday as a worst case scenario. I am not happy to have received a voicemail last night that they cannot ship it out and I have to do this. My challenge is not to come unglued at the people who work at the store soon to close and yet let Best Buy know that this is really poor customer service, especially since I am one of their Geek Squad customers. The delay in getting my computer repaired or replaced is not acceptable. I will ask why they could not ship it out and have me designate which open store I would like to go to when the unit is repaired or replaced. I was in customer service for decades so I have a very high standard for acceptable service, but I also know how things can happen. I see this as an issue for Best Buy the corporation not Best Buy the store that is closing.
I had lunch with two friends at Olive Garden today. I did not inhale everything in sight. I really thought about what I was going to order though I did not have time to check their menu on the website beforehand. Otherwise, I probably would have been wiser in my choice. I wish their salads were not already drenched in dressing....I wish their breadsticks did not taste so good even though I know, as I told one friend, they are just empty calories...
I like the quotes that I read in the Spark emails. I wish I could remember them. One I read recently said something about making good choices. My lunch choices were not good, but they were better than before. I like it that I have started caring about what goes into my mouth again.
Last night, I was so tired, I reread the same page in "You on a Diet" several times before I realized I needed to sleep. I have a feeling tonight will be the same. I really hate having errands on the way home from work, so visiting two Best Buy stores tonight is not a happy prospect. But, I will love what it does for my step count!
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