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puppy love

Monday, April 27, 2009

i fell in love with him at first sight...i didn't even look at the other puppy..i picked this little guy up and it was all over for me..
his name is tanker...why tanker? all i could think of was tank but the hubby started calling him tanker and it just stuck...he is a mini dashund (sp?) and i think it suits him
he is a mighty dog in a small body..he loves to chase the family cat, he held his own with the neighbour's dog and he melts me with those dark liquid eyes of his...
i'm trying not to spoil him but when i am in those pet stores, i just want to buy all of the little outfits that are on display..i have yet to purchase one and the hubby is forever giving me dire warnings about "dressing" him..."he is a GUY dog and should wear GUY gear"...i want to dress him up in little sailor suits and bright colours...fortunately for tanker, he doesn't even know WHAT he is, let alone deciphering if he is a male or female...i don't think they know at that age if ever...but who cares LOL...i just love him
please enjoy :)







  
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ECRAMER2 5/28/2009 4:39AM

  Enjoy your little one. I lost mine in June 2007 due to a back injury.
Spelling of dachshund. Do not let him jump of off high places. I do not want a new one due to the fact that I am still aching. emoticon

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REAL_FOOD 4/28/2009 12:56PM

    When I saw your mom comment on spending time with her new grandchild, "Tanker" I was confused. Not so much now! He is so, so cute! I vote for spoiling him.

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CHARQ09 4/28/2009 8:10AM

    What a cutie! I think he would look adorable in a sailor suit!



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JESJES 4/28/2009 7:55AM

    Oh goodness! Congratulations! The photo of Tanker on his back is way too cute.

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JEM0622 4/28/2009 7:36AM

    Very cute!

~julie

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AMBLEISKA 4/27/2009 10:45PM

    AWWW! That is the most adorable little dog and definitely looks like he fits the name tanker! So cute! It is absolutely adorable when puppies sleep on their back too, looks comfortable!

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tricksters and lies

Monday, April 27, 2009

****WARNING, THIS IS NOT A POSITIVE BLOG ENTRY****

what can i say? this isn't about the lack of following a diet or exercise..
i hate my job. there, i've said it...i am going to whine, rant and complain about it so beware.
i am probably one of a million people that say it on a daily basis and unfortunately, am one of a million that can't do anything about it...at least right now..
"oh, at least you HAVE a job"..."oh, it could be alot worse" or some other such drivel that does absolutely nothing to make me feel that i should be thankful. i know i am fortunate to have a job but that's it...i don't find any happiness in it...i am basically spending 8-9 hours a day staring at the grey material that makes up my corner cubicle.



..i have a supervisor (a true mockery of the word when it comes to her) who is apparently the darling of the company...okaaayyy..and i just fell off the turnip truck...GRRRRR, i am not happy right now so please bear with me..we'll call her lucy
****DISCLAIMER- NO JEALOUSY, TRUST ME ON THIS****

these are the excuses i have to deal with regarding my immediate supervisor:
1) Oh, she's not used to being a supervisor - WTF are they paying her 50k a year for?
2) Oh, she's under alot of stress - again, what are they paying her 50k a year for?
3) Well, you know how she is - obviously you do too, but insist upon keeping her in that position
4) She tends to over dramatize things but what can you do - um...aren't there any daytime soaps that she can audition for?

she was the one that told me to apply for the position that i am currently in...i made a lateral move because i like variety in my job, i like doing other things in my job...we were fine for a bit until she had the audacity to say that i TAKE alot of time off...i don't know where she gets that information from because i can pull up my sign in log and point out all the OT i have done...her reasoning stems from the fact that i had the bloody nerve to call in SICK one day when her boss was looking for a spreadsheet and i wasn't in....she then proceeded to say that i am always late and i am never at my desk...let's back up the gravy train for a moment...where the heck is she getting this? i could not tell you as i am AT my desk EVERY day ON TIME and i rarely take time off...i was so livid and i told her that she was WAY out of line and i would like for her to point out all the times that i am late...it escalated to the point where i went to HER boss and told her that lucy had NO RIGHT whatsoever to jump on me without any proof...
the response? Oh, well, you know how defensive lucy is...ARE YOU KIDDING ME? what kind of response is that? i'm supposed to overlook the fact that this woman is attempting to dress me down, in front of a co-worker, without having proof to back it up? the co-worker, bless her heart, was trying to smooth things down but i wasn't having it...
there was a request put in for a log-in id with password, i sent an email to both lucy and the branch manager (let's call him vernon), vernon asked lucy if she wants him to put in the request and lucy comes barreling into my cubicle and tried to jump down my throat, accusing me of trying to make her look bad..i said to her in perfect english "oh, like i have nothing else to do but to make you look bad"....puh-leeze!
she bites my head off when i ask questions, she complains when i take time to DO my job...i guess if i was making 50k, then i can do a half-a$$ attempt like her...it is an endless cycle...i actually have a knot at the back of my neck from it..
i admit to messing up payroll...i was very upset to have missed a schedule...this happened two weeks ago and after getting raked over the coals, i thought it was over and done with...lesson learned...but no, she waits until there is an audience and decides to let me and everyone else know that if i had done this, that and the next thing, then i would have not have messed it up..i was practically cross-eyed with anger at this point and i asked her if she was suffering from dead horse syndrome..she just stared at me while the others started laughing...
my doctor is in oshawa which is a good hour and change by transit..i had to wait 3 months for an appointment, she told me that i could take a sick day to go because by the time i am finished and to get back, most of the day would be gone...last thursday she told me that i have to take a vacation day and i said NO..i am not...she told me in front of witnesses that i can take a sick day so she says instead, to get her a doctor's note..whatever, not a problem...then the question is why do i have my appointments on fridays? what the heck is she talking about? i see him once a year...i've only been at that job since july...any other appointments i've had were in the middle of the week and in toronto where i can get transit and be back at work to make up my time...i'm not understanding this at all....
i don't care at this point...i am not playing patty-push-over anymore...i have already let her boss know, the branch manager and my co-workers...i am more than likely being branded a trouble maker but why should i have to put up with behaviour like this? i do my work...i'm at my job during business hours...if i have to take time off, i make it up...yes, its my job...yes, it pays the bills, blah, blah, blah, blah...
i am looking for another job...i post my resume online for monster and workopolis...i email my resume out, i am doing everything to get out of there and it takes time to get into something...
i am hoping to have another job by the end of the summer...what i am looking for is a job that i can retire from...i figure i have a good 25-30 years left and i would like to spend part of that in a stress-free environment...i know what you are thinking, there is no such thing as a stress-free environment, let alone job..but i do believe its out there regardless
i just have to have some patience


  
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ITSTIMECM 4/28/2009 1:19PM

    Do you feel better getting it all out?! I know that venting usually makes me feel better. It's tough to be in a job you hate. We spend so much of our lives working that spending that time doing something you hate is just too much some days. I wish you luck in finding a position that fits you and allows you some happiness in the workplace!

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JEM0622 4/28/2009 7:34AM

    Sorry that work is so tough.

~julie

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SHARJCO 4/27/2009 10:01PM

    Good Luck Buddy!

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loonies and toonies oh my

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

not looney toons or anything like that (even though sometimes i think i can give foghorn leghorn a run for his money) i am talking about those wonderful coins that weigh down your purse, your pockets and are always good at tim horton's or coffee time (double double, eh?)
outside of coffee, what the heck can you buy with a loonie?
only in my world does redemption cost a loonie...for one dollar, i can absolve myself of all the guilt that comes with eating things that i am not supposed to eat, whether it's fast food, popcorn ( the extra buttery kind-no wood chips for me) and consumption of beer (not my doing, the hubby did that one)..oh daughter of mine decided that in order to curb this rambunctious behaviour, we will put a toonie or a loonie in a jar for each and every infraction...you know, sort of like paying a fine...my contribution to the coffers is up to 8 dollars so far..i'm getting penalized for stuff that is ALREADY in the house...i thought that i could get a pass since it isn't stuff that came from mickey d's or something like that but nope...i touch the buttery popcorn on movie nights and i have to pay up..guilt doesn't sit well with me either...i had something today (nope, not telling) and i put my coin in the jar...both the hubby and daughter had something to say but i quickly shut them down with the fact that i am HONEST and i am trying...(well, aside from the pralines and cream ice cream in a waffle cone on thursday, i am really trying :) hubby stuffed a couple of IOUs in the jar LOL..easter dinner we were given a pass so i took advantage and had a piece of cake...when i tried to have some today, holy crap, did i ever hear the noise...if i thought that having easter cake after easter would be a no-no, i would have had a bigger piece.
i asked if she would take quarters instead of the solid coin and she politely (and quite firmly) declined. her thought is that if i am making the effort to pay my fines in solid coins, then i should put the same effort into eating healthy so i wouldn't have to pay a fine.
i hate it when she is right :)





  
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REAL_FOOD 4/14/2009 10:54PM

    I love it! Very similar to what we did in the team challenge with the $100 bill.

Did I not know you were Canadian? At least I'm assuming you are, what with the loonies and the Tim Horton's and all :)

Good for you and for your whole family for making this effort. And, yep, it really gets me when my kids are right!

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blubberfied

Monday, March 09, 2009

it took over me the last couple of weeks...so much that i've gained back ALL of the weight that i had lost while i was on this challenge...i know exactly when i lost totally control and at the time, i did not care but standing on the scale this morning, it really socked it home that unless i pull my crap together, i will be looking at another year of loathing emoticon
i gorged on wings, pancakes, bacon, too many eggs to count, bread, buttered popcorn and other equally disgustingly good gruel...i inhaled it all and went back for more...
yes, i know....
i'm sitting here at work, trying to finish the last bit of water before i leave and i am thinking about the salad waiting for me...just the thought of salad is making me close my eyes in resignation...there are many other healthy foods out there but i just feel so blah at the thought of cooking and eating them again....
yes...i know...i'm in total agreement...
i should have reached out to my team-mates but i didn't...
i should have been more diligent in watching what i ate but i didn't...
i should be more vocal when it comes to temptations but for some reason, the work NO was not in my vocabulary for the last little bit...
am i kicking myself in the behind? oh you bet...i mean, really hard too...
*sigh*


  
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REAL_FOOD 4/1/2009 10:41AM

    Sorry I didn't get over here sooner to read this. I can hear the disgust, frustration and (yeah, I'll say it) self-loathing coming through loud and clear.

Baby steps, Miss Crystal. You need to do one thing that will show you some results and help to see that you CAN do this. What is it for you? Commit to walking 20 minutes every day? Plan your meals? Make a large healthy meal over the weekend that you can take to work each day? What will give you a sense of accomplishment, reign in your behavior and be do-able??

You don't have to make all the changes at once. Of all the people on the team, you remind me most of myself and the way I used to behave and feel about myself. If I can turn it around one change at a time, so can you.

xo
L

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CANNOTFATHOM 3/21/2009 2:14PM

    How's it going? It's hard to work and see that hard work gone. Hope things are back on track for you!

Penny

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scales

Saturday, February 28, 2009

okay...this is an issue for me....my mom and i went into walmart in the course of purchasing much needed items, we saw pink scales...right away we knew if was for the breast cancer fund so we purchased two of them. i've always wanted a digital scale anyway.
we got home, jumped on them and being that it was the end of the day, i thought maybe i would be over my posted weight by about 2 -3 lbs...WRONG!! i saw a 9lbs difference (no way was i at 179 lbs) and immediately jumped off. i jumped back on and then the slow seethe began...i have the old fashioned one, the one with the springs and i thought that it was pretty accurate and now i am not too sure...which one is the correct weight?
i got up this morning and did my exercise, thinking that maybe it was some sort of glitch...i jumped on it and it was down 5lbs bringing it to 174lbs. i was not happy at all. after my shower, i weighed myself again and it was down to 173.6...i did the jump off and on routine two more times and it stayed at 173.6.
my question is which one would be the correct scale? the correct weight? i try to weigh myself once a week, on wednesday mornings and i post what i think is the accurate weight but now i am not too sure. i have my physical in april and i don't want to give my doctor any room for him to make his famous comments (we go back to when i was a kid).
the scale he uses in his office is the old fashioned one with the bar on the top. my mom suggested maybe trying to weigh myself everyday, to see where my weight fluctuates, what i am eating to cause it and to see where i can make modifications. i really appreciate her idea and i am also asking if anyone has any suggestions.
i was really happy about the 170.5 but now i am not too sure.

  
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REAL_FOOD 2/28/2009 12:17PM

    This is a tough one. There is always some fluctuation among different scales...as there is when you put them on different surfaces, even in different rooms.

You have to decide which scale you are going to use and stick with it, for starters. No going back and forth! You will make yourself crazy!

You can test your digital scale using something you know the weight of. Say, a couple of 5 pound hand weights. I would suspect the digital one is the more accurate of the two. The springs on the older style ones do wear out.

The main thing is that you stick to one scale, same time of day, same day of the week for your "official" weigh in, and that the number goes down. I know that's a huge mental hurdle if you do decide to go with the digital. But remember--it's not as if you GAINED that weight. You are still exactly the same as you were...the number is just more accurate.

You have NOT lost any ground here! That is your head messing with you, telling you that you weigh more. You don't. So you have to find a way to get over that.

The good news is you only have to take "the hit" once--with the first weigh in when you change over scales. After that, you will continue to see progress.

And if this is still making you crazy, go BACK to Walmart and pull out all the scales they have on the shelf. Weigh yourself on ALL of them and you should get an idea of what your "real" weight is.

Whew. I had no idea I had this much to say on this subject.

I won't even get into the weighing every day. Don't get me started on that.

xoxo



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