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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

It's amazing how things change in a matter of days.....

A week ago, I was a hero at the office -- the one that everyone turned to for answers, etc... this week, they're trying to use me as a scapegoat for everything they could think of...

I've busted my butt since August, bailing them out of all kinds of fixes, doing, at one time, four different people's jobs, because those people moved on to other positions. I was swamped with work, and every time I was given more work, I accepted the challenge and did it with a smile on my face. I cannot tell you how many times I worked through my lunches and stayed until 7 and 8 o'clock at night to make sure that my work was completed -- and I didn't claim any overtime until November. That's three months of free labour they got out of me.

Now that they know I'm leaving, they're putting the screws to me. Lovely, isn't it?

The funniest thing of all is that I haven't given them my official notice yet. I advised them of the proposed start date at the other job, and told them that I haven't received an official job offer yet. Until they receive my official notice, they are stuck with me.

I think they are deliberately trying to provoke me into creating a scene so they can find a reason to get rid of me.

I think that I might just pay a visit with my union representative in the very near future. I think it might be a good idea to have it on the record that they have been taking advantage of me. I won't file an official complaint, however, I will at least have something to fall back on should any more bull crap arise from all of this.

Tomorrow is a new day, and I will go to work with a smile on my face and a skip in my step. I won't give them the satisfaction of bringing me down. Life is too short, and I am above thier level of twisted mentality.

Oh... I nearly forgot! It's Wednesday! I'm going out to dance my troubles away! Foxtrot, anyone?

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RONSMYSHARONA 2/27/2009 11:27PM

    Oh, YOU GO GIRL!! never let them sweat you! I say GO to that union rep and make sure everything is on file--ready and documented in case you need to pull that card. I'm so glad you aren't letting it get you down. emoticon

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Boring, busy day...

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

It was a boring but busy day today. I didn't have time to stop to have lunch, and I could have made better choices for my dinner, which consisted of my favourite lunch meat -- capicollo -- in a yummy panini -- not bad, except I had three instead of just one.. LOL. Still was within my recommended calorie intake, but I felt bloated from all the bread, and the capicollo is salty, so I'm extremely thirsty.

After work I dropped by the car dealership to check on some things, and ended up going shopping -- bought myself some new undergarments -- lacy underwear with matching bras.. yay -- cheap ones -- from Walmart -- still, very pretty. I dropped by the grocery store, one that I never go to, and they were selling the capicollo -- the one I like -- so I bought some with the intention of having some for dinner and some for lunch tomorrow -- but I ate it all tonight LOL. Thank god I only bought 250 grams of it. I was going to ask for more, but a little voice inside my head made me think twice -- maybe I knew if I had bought more I would have eaten it all at once, like I ended up doing!

It was an extremely stressful day today at the office. I don't know if I can handle another three weeks of the bull crap that's going on -- and since I announced that I was planning on leaving, things have become more stressful than they were before. I will remain calm, and continue to act in a professional manner, because it's never a good idea to burn bridges when leaving a job. You never know what the future holds.

Wednesday will be a new day, hopefully better.

Life is good.

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ARMETIS 2/25/2009 11:35AM

    Have you ever noticed that if you crave something and don't eat it, you just end up eating a lot of everything you don't really want. So I say just eat and enjoy it in moderation. Good for you for enjoying that little indulgence. We need that once in a while. That's exactly why we call it a lifestyle and not a diet.

Good luck on your next three weeks at work and great attitude. Three weeks will pass quickly!

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Update on what I've been up to...

Monday, February 23, 2009

I've been neglecting my Spark chores this last week or so. It's been a little hectic for me. I've been logging in and recording my food intake, but haven't been doing much else on the site.

So what have I been up to?

Last week, I took a call from a woman in another department. She was referred to me by my old supervisor. She was calling to find out if I was interested in meeting with her and her director to be interviewed for a potential job. I said yes. I went the next day, and was hired on the spot. Today she called me and told me that my start date will be March 16th. I'm very excited. My new job will be something completely different from what I'm doing now. I can't wait!

I also found a car to buy. I'm waiting for the safety check to be completed before I go in to sign the paperwork. I'm going to have to call to have my broken down car towed away. Maybe I'll donate it to charity -- they sell the cars for parts and use the money.

I went shopping on Saturday and bought some new light fixtures to replace some very ugly ceiling fans that came with the house when I bought it. I installed two of the lights yesterday, and will do the last one on Saturday.

I spent the day yesterday deep cleaning my dining room - washed the walls, vacuumed the ceiling, etc etc. All I can say is YUCK when it comes to moving heavy furniture. The dust that accumulates under heavy things is absolutely disgusting.

I decided that I'm going to have to do a deep clean of every room in my house. I'm going to de clutter and get rid of everything that I don't need or use. It feels like I've become a pack rat, which is not a good thing. So I'm going to try to put an end to it now, before it becomes an issue.

I'm sure there's more that I've done that I've left out, but I'm going to stop now, before you fall asleep!

Life is GOOD!

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ARMETIS 2/24/2009 1:23PM

    Way to go! Count this as a great week! BIG congratulations on you new job! Happy decluttering....I feel, think and just function better when my house is clean and clutter free.
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RONSMYSHARONA 2/24/2009 1:09AM

    Wow!! you've been busy! and still have taken the time to cheer me on. THANK YOU!!! I look forward to your comments.

Soooo, CONGRATS on the new job, AND the new car. Right on!

You ARE counting all this rearranging/cleaning you are doing as fitness activity, aren't you? give credit where credit is due. In case you didn't already know, heavy cleaning is cardio.

I find that the busier I get in my life and with my fitness, I don't attend to my spark 'duties' as much, either. But we all do what we can, yes?

ROCK ON, LADY!!! sounds like you are doing great. Yes, life is good. emoticon

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Official weigh in, beginning of week sixteen

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Official weigh in today: 258.8

That's a 3.6 lb loss from last week, bringing it back to a total of 26.7 lbs to date.

Now, before you shake your head and start thinking that I starved myself to have a huge loss, I will say that this is not the way it happened. In fact, this week has been a dismal failure in terms of sticking to my recommended food intake. I ate lunch from the cafeteria every day this week. We had pizza and wings on Tuesday, we went to a local Greek food place for dinner on Wednesday, and we had McDonald's on Thursday. Those meals included the consumption of cola for me, too. I did do a lot of walking this week, which probably kept the food from settling into my backside. Who knows, maybe all that food will be reflected in my weigh in next week.

This week I plan on incorporating a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio into each day. Also, I plan to cook all of my meals this week -- no more take out or cafeteria food.

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ARMETIS 2/21/2009 1:25PM

    You are over your plateau! YAY! My guess is that those muscles you've built up along with a higher metabolism has kicked in to burn more calories as you go about your daily life. Don't forget you need to change up your routine because your body just gets used to the old one and won't burn the fat as effectively. Way to go!

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TNLORI 2/21/2009 11:54AM

    Woohoo! Glad to see you getting back on track. :o)

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 2/21/2009 11:24AM

    Congratulations on the loss - that's fantastic! Good plan for next week. I really noticed a difference when I started packing my breakfast and lunch every day. It's a great habit to get into. Good for you! Yeah You!

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RONSMYSHARONA 2/21/2009 11:20AM

    YAY!!!!! good for you! Don't borrow trouble by saying it will show up next week--lol--sounds like you burned all of it off to me. That sounds like a good plan for this week, though, just to make sure! Congratulations on your loss!! emoticon

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And today's special is....

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I went to lunch with three co-workers yesterday. We decided to go to a well-known place that specializes in burgers... all kinds of them, some would even be gourmet burgers, with some pretty interesting and even comical names. Two of my co-workers had eaten there before, and had highly recommended it, so off we went.

After placing our orders and waiting for what seemed like a very long time (they were very busy), we received our meals. The four of us dug into our food. As we're sitting there, chatting and eating, co-worker one pulls something out of her mouth, and says "this tastes like cardboard". Co-worker two, who is sitting right next to her, assures her that it's just a very tough mushroom stalk, so she continues to eat. As we're chatting away, she picks up the mushroom stalk again to have a closer look, and it turns out that it actually IS a piece of cardboard... a little over an inch long, and about a half an inch wide.

Co-worker three calls the server over and informs her of the situation. Server promptly apologizes and takes away the platter, bringing it to the manager. Manager quickly comes over (after reaming out the kitchen staff), and apologizes profusely. She offers another burger, and a choice of anything else on the menu, which is all turned down. The manager explains that the meal is going to be free, and that a coupon for another free meal would be handed out. As she's doing this, I'm going about my business, eating my own burger.

I bite down on something that I'm pretty sure is not supposed to be there. I pull it out of my mouth, and what looks like a small wishbone with a heart on top comes out. (It was pretty!) I look a little more closely, and with my free hand, touch the heart shape... "YAY!!!! I GOT A TWIST TIE!" I proclaim with glee as I pull on the twist tie to straighten it out. The table bursts into laughter as the manager is standing there looking absolutely mortified by it all. We are laughing hysterically -- and all I could think of is that one episode of the original Little Rascals, where they bake a money cake and put everything but the kitchen sink into it.

Manager looks at us in shock, she can't believe that we're actually laughing at this situation, and she comments that she's happy that we all have a good sense of humour about it.

She offers me the same thing that she offers my co-worker (I declined), and off she goes. She returns with a coupon for each of us for a free meal, and doesn't charge any of us for our lunches.

We left a good tip for the server, because we didn't think should have been penalized for what had happened, and we all decided that we would at some point return for our free meals... who knows what treasures we'll find!

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ARMETIS 2/20/2009 5:03PM

    LOL! So besides the treasures you found, was the burger worth it? Who knows what REALLY goes on in those kitchens....oooooo.

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RONSMYSHARONA 2/19/2009 8:08PM

    LMAO!!!! well, that's one way to replace calories in your food! lol Who knows what you'll find next time? emoticon

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JIM76P 2/18/2009 9:57PM

    I love that you could laugh about it . I was out to dinner once with an ex boyfriend, who had major temper and control issues. He found plastic in his rice, they used the minute boil in bag rice. And didn't cut the bag open right. He wasn't laughing at all, and opted a new meal right away. I should have dumped him there. Hind sight is 20/20.
Maya Angelou said this
'I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the
way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and
tangled Christmas tree lights.'
And apparently when you find strange things in your food. emoticon

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