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Apparently, I'm a natural arguer.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

So, Tuesday and Wednesday I spent ALL DAY in a mediation-arbitration hearing. Basically, you start out in mediation, and ultimately, if you can't come to an agreement, you move on to arbitration, and the arbitrator will make the final decision after hearing the evidence. The first issue we spent a good 5 hours arguing about in mediation, and ultimately went to arbitration because there was no way we were conceding to anything the union wanted - it just wasn't financially feasible with budgetary constraints because of the war. The second issue we ultimately decided on through mediation, and the language we were all able to agree with was drafted by none other than me. And the best thing about is, is that the wording is different though says almost the same thing as the original language, so the union basically agreed to what was already in place! I'm so smart. :) We are now currently arguing about the third issue, and both sides have made some major concessions, but the union president basically went home and redrafted all of the language previously agreed to, changing its entire meaning. Completely frustrating! But I am excused from the rest of days ongoing issues becuase I have a hearing next week I need to start prepping for, and I need to catch up on all the work I haven't been getting done this week. The attorney that came down from DC to work on this hearing (I have only been assisting) said that I am a natural arguer and did a great job! Also the top paralegal in our office who works directly under the boss told me today that the new boss is really really really impressed with me. I asked her why, because all I do is my job... and she said no I do way more than just my job. I didn't really think that way. It's just my job - you should always strive to do your best. But it feels great to be recognized!

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MADDEELOU 8/12/2010 2:35PM

    emoticon It is nice to be appreciated.

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TIGGER6567 8/12/2010 12:39PM

    Good for you!!! I does feel good when someone recognizes what you do. Keep up the good work!

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Keep smiling

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Deployment is back on..

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Yes, it's true. Yesterday morning my boss sent me an email asking me to come to his office as soon as I was available. So vague, and I am thinking I am getting in trouble for not reviewing contracts fast enough. So I go down to his office, he tells me to take a seat, everything is all very serious, and then he says "so, did you hear the good news?" with a big smile on his face. And I'm like no.... and he tells me I'm going to GTMO! My deployment is back on! He doesn't know why they decided to bring it back to our base, but they got a call that morning asking if I was still up for deployment because they would like to send me GTMO - same time frame and everything. So I'll leave in March for 6 months! So excited! I am of course not trying to get super excited in case they pull it again. But they said the paper work is down with the depoyment people on base and I will start going through my checklists and getting everything ready in advance. My boss is also going to try to find out what I will be doing down there so they can get me in contact with someone who does what I will be doing so that I can get prepared here, work-wise. Yay!

In other news, work is still stressful. I've been feeling so down lately - mostly because I've been going on dates and all, but its the same thing - no one wants to get involved with someone who is going to move in a few years becuase apparently everyone I go on dates with is not even willing to date someone they know will move in the future. So I feel like my dating life is just going to suck for the next few years. And my closest friend out here just started seriously dating this guy who lives 2 hours away so she is gone every weekend now, which means I really don't have anything to do on the weekends anymore. I spent all weekend re-watching (for the 4th time) Season 1 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (my fave tv show) and doing cross-stitching. Wow. I did get my bicycle fixed finally, and the bike shop guy put my bike rack on my car for me. That was essentially the highlight of my weekend.

Also I feel like I look like a blimp. Blech.

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TANNERS 8/12/2010 2:41PM

    For what its worth Raine.. I'm a lot like you. We focus on something until we accomplish it. Once we do, instead of basking in our success, we focus on what's next. It's always so frustrating when there is something we want so desparately but we can't make it happen. Hang in there!

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MADDEELOU 8/11/2010 10:51AM

    emoticon, Raine. Sorry things have been so blechy lately. But Yay! for your deployment. That is great. How did your mom take the news? How is your leg doing? Were you ever able to see the specialist?

I am sure you are not blimpy. Can't imagine you blimpy.

When you need a change from Buffy, try Veronica Mars, if you haven't watched those. That was a great show.

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RLHOTAN 8/10/2010 8:27PM

    Raine, that is great news...about GTMO..not so much the dating aspect. But, you have great things to look forward to now! In the mean time Buffy is cool. Have you ever watched Charmed? That is back on now too for some reason. My hubby makes fun of me b/c I watch lots of "bad TV" lately!

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MLW0421 8/10/2010 12:55PM

    Congrats. I hope you get to go and they dont pull it from you again. They sent my hubby for a week, pulled him back and then resent him 8 weeks later.

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PIR8CHIK 8/10/2010 12:20PM

    See Raine...this is why I don't freak out anymore when hubby hints at a deployment, I've learned to never believe it's really gonna happen! lol When it actually does---- watch out! I will be a nut case, I'm sure!

Sorry to hear the dating is frustrating. I can understand it on both sides. Be patient, all in good time....really. Better to wait for the right one then to rush it and pick the wrong one. Been there....done that! lol

Maybe we should get together and hang out sometime. I could use some girl hang out time. Hubby works nights and every other weekend so I have a lot of free time on those weekends cuz he's either sleeping or at the base.
Let me know if you want to do that.

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RUNTRILAUGH 8/10/2010 11:20AM

    awesome!!! about GTMO, and NO, you are NOT a blimp!

ps - don't they always say you find the right one when you are NOT looking? I know, its cliche, but you never know!!! stay positive, confident, and the amazing woman you are, and the right one WILL come around!

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Progress? Blech.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

So I weighed in this morning after not weighing in for a few weeks. Sadly I am up .5 lbs. I suppose it COULD be worse, but now I am almost back at my starting weight when I joined SP in October 08! Sadness!!!

I went to the gym yesterday and got my ST in. I have to say, despite how sore my muscles still were, the ST was GREAT. And my knee has not clicked in a few days! That makes me happy. I need to stay consistent with this. I figured out that Microsoft Works has templates in their spreadsheet format and one is a strength training log! So I am using that and I like it becuase I can keep track of the weight and the reps. I also biked on the stationery for about 20 minutes (since my working out slacked with the knee problems, I am feeling like I need to start small again). Then this morning a friend and I went swimming before work. Oye. Not swimming for 2 weeks made me feel like I was flailing around again. We swam for 40 minutes but I had to take several breaks and my breathing was not smooth at all. But at least I got back in the water. And no knee pain while using the kickboard either! Though my legs were exhausted, and my arms exhausted too - probably from the ST last night!

While I was gone for 2 weeks the office PT policy changed. And since our office is extremely fit (almost everyone gets excellents on their PT test), we only have unit PT on Fridays, and on Mondays and Wednesdays we can PT on our own (if we don't PT we have to come in at 7:30 instead of 8:30). I like this new PT program better because now I feel like I can concentrate on what I WANT to do, as opposed to running constantly. Don't get me wrong, I like running. But now I can do it on my own, except on Fridays, when we will always run. I will see how my knee holds up for Friday's run.

I had a meeting with civilian personnel yesterday and I am even more stressed than I was yesterday when I blogged! I have a meeting with my boss this afternoon so I need to prepare for that, and make a few phone calls, etc. Yay Wednesday?

Oh and apparantly my office is so bad now, this morning people moved all of my stuff hanging on the walls into the office I have been hanging out in lately, and my boss wants me to permanently move into that office. So this weekend I'll be rearranging this office because I hate the way it is set up, and re-establishing my home base, if you will.

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PIR8CHIK 8/9/2010 2:36PM

    sounds like you're headed in the right direction on all fronts!
I'm right there with ya on gaining back. So frustrating. I won't even weigh myself. I know I will burst into tears.
Take it one day at a time, each accomplishment....no matter how small is a victory!

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PHX_DOROTHY 8/4/2010 1:35PM

    Great job getting back to the gym! Good luck with everything!

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August Goals

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Well I was MIA almost the entire month of July so I have little to report by way of that month. I didn't weigh myself for a few weeks. I'm a little scared to also. Eating in VA was bad. I didn't have a refrigerator or microwave in my hotel so I had make due with what I could buy. Breakfast was always poptarts. :( The Army JAG School used to have milk available because they sold cereal. They were still selling cereal but no milk. And because of my lack of a fridge I could not buy milk. I tried to eat well for lunch and dinner. Had to eat out but tried to make better decisions like salads. No fast food like McDonalds or anything crappy like that. My knee was giving me problems so my working out wasn't so good. I am glad to be back home. Still trying to deal with my knee. It was feeling better, but then I banged it at the gym on a bar while doing deadlifts, and now I have a huge bruise and the BRUISE hurts when I run! Go figure! So taking it one day at a time.

I am planning on taking some time way from SP. I am not leaving completely, but I can't commit to my Periwinkles for the next BL challenge. I am swamped with work - the new boss here is just a serious micro-manager and everything has to be done ASAP. I am staying later now, have a TON more work to do, and the more I focus on SP the more distracted I feel. I have been thinking about doing this for a while, and now seems to the best time. I need to refocus and get accustomed to the new pressure at work. I will still be around, popping in to update the blog, track my fitness, etc. Just don't expect me to be around as much for a while.

That being said, I do have goals for August:
* More ST - 3 full body workouts per week
* Drink more water!
* Cook new recipe each week
* Finally get bike fixed and ride 2x week
* Swim 2x week

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PIR8CHIK 8/9/2010 2:38PM

    Be sure to pop in once in a while, it really does help keep you in line, plus it's a good stress release when you need it most!
I'll miss ya!

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TANNERS 8/4/2010 9:16AM

    I will miss you being a Periwinkle, but I completely understand. Best of luck Raine!

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my office looks like a bomb exploded in it :(

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

So I got back to AZ on Friday night and it was wonderful to be back, though the plane rides were pretty awful. Going from VA to Philly, I really thought our plane was going to go down. It was one of the worst flights turbulence wise I had ever had. Then my connection in Philly to AZ was terrible because I spent 5 hours sitting next to this cute but extremely obnoxious child who was climbing on me, yelling, kicking the seat in front of her, etc. And she was flying with her sister and two grandparents, and the grandparents didn't speak English. It was a nightmare. But then we landed and it was all good. I was so exhausted though, I fell asleep immediately when I got home!

Saturday was nice and relaxing. I couldn't believe the humidity when I woke up though! I went to the gym and started focusing on some ST and OMG my legs must have gotten pretty weak because after doing simple leg work, my legs are still sore today!! My arms are pretty sore too. Yet another reason why neglecting the ST is bad! Then I spent the afternoon shopping and running errands. I also got stuck in monsoon-like rain while driving back to my apartment. I concluded my Saturday night eating Chinese, and falling asleep at 7:30pm watching Alien vs. Predator (love that movie!).

Sunday I was up at 5am (probably bc I fell asleep so early!) and spent the day cleaning my kitchen and master bathroom. I also went grocery shopping, and got a pedicure. It was productive. Then I went on a date that evening and it was bad. The guy had no personality - it was like having a conversation with a cardboard box. And not attractive either. I give people the benefit of the doubt with pictures and the whole online dating, but yeah no attraction in person. He also seemed really condescending towards my job, which offends me. We had a drink at a bar and then went to see the movie Inception. I LOVED the movie! He then texted me yesterday afternoon that he "wants to be with a woman who wants to stick around and clearly [I] don't." Um ok... Kinda rude, but I was not interested i never seeing him again so whatever.

Monday I came back to work, and sadness, two ceiling tiles fell out of my ceiling and crashed into the floor in huge chunks. Apparently no one thought to clean that up. And there are two leaks for random places in the ceiling as well. :/ And no one has fixed it. It didn't ruin any of my personal stuff, but it literally looks like a bomb went off in there. And the maintenance people don't seem to think fixing my office is a priority. So I've been transplanted into an empty office (and I really don't like this office) until such time as they feel necessary to actually fix mine. So all of my stuff is scattered between two offices and it is not amusing. I also came back to two desk-fulls worth of work:
* labor hearing next week
* arbitration the week after
* 3 post-hearing argument briefs to write
* legal review on why we are dropping a rape case
* two LARGE contracts to review
* 2 more court-martials to prep for
* a discharge board to prep for
* a training affiliation agreement to review
* 2 subpoenas to manage

Yay welcome back! :/

Last night I went on a date with a different guy. I liked him. I had a really good time. We went to PF Chang's for dinner. He was very attractive - my kind of attractive. I liked his personality. We had a lot in common and laughed. At the end of the date we walked out to the parking lot and he gave me a hug (not like a fake hug where you barely touch either) and he said we should definitely do this again and he said he would call. So I hope he does... but I don't want to get my hopes up. Because the last guy I really liked and dated a few times said he would call and then never did (until 2.5 months later when he apparently felt guilty and called to apologize for being a jerk).

Ok gotta get back to work. So much to do and so little time. Planning to go to the gym tonight for some ST and stationery bike. Getting my bike fixed is seriously top priority as well.

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PIR8CHIK 8/9/2010 2:42PM

    lol....oh blind on-line dating...such fun! Hang in there....you may find a great catch! I did!
I hate it when I come back from vacation too. What a disaster. Almost makes you dread going on vacation...
ok... maybe not! lol
Just dread coming back!
Take it one day at a time, it will all work out and get straightened up.

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