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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.
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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!
Melissa

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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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Bummer :(

Thursday, July 29, 2010

So after rushing around all morning yesterday to send my paperwork back for my deployment tasking, I got a call from my office last night that the tasking was pulled, so no deployment to GTMO for me. :(

My boss called me shortly thereafter and explained that these things happen, and it happened to him a few times. But he said I'm still ranked #1 in the office to deploy, and that he would be surprised if I didn't end up going somewhere, so not to fret. :/

Oh well, such is life. Biggest bummer is getting so excited for one day and having it taken away so quickly. The guy in my office who deployed last year had that happen twice before his third tasking finally stayed put. Guess I'll be playing the waiting game and it looks like Afghanistan is more likely now. So we'll shall see, but I'll keep you all updated.

I'm flying back to AZ tomorrow night. So cannot wait to be back in my own apartment again and sleeping in my own bed, and cooking my own food. I've probably gained like 10lbs the past 2 weeks. :(

  
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PIR8CHIK 8/2/2010 11:51PM

    Sorry that your excitment has been squashed! It's never really final until you get on the plane and head off somewhere!
Hopefully you'll head off somewhere soon!
Stay positive! and be patient!
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CRYSBROWN1 7/30/2010 11:20AM

    That stinks, but like you said most likely since you are #1 on the list you are probably going to be deployed soon enough...

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RUNTRILAUGH 7/29/2010 5:06PM

    LOL - that brings a funny (sorta) story to my mind - hope you don't mind me sharing!

Dad knew he was getting transferred to another AFB (from Georgia) when Mom was 7 months pregnant with me. Everything he had been told, was TEXAS... WELL, the DAY he gets the actual orders, they say NORTH BAY, ONTARIO, CANADA....

YEP! Thats the power of the papers!

Never believe it til ya see it!

And yes, I was born in Canada, not Texas... darn!
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MAMMABEAR-THIRY 7/29/2010 5:00PM

    I bet it was good to be back in your own apartment as some people don't sleep well in a strange bed. Also being able to do your own cooking will help with the weight control. As for the deployment I hope that things work the way you want them to.

Take care
Thiry

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RLHOTAN 7/29/2010 4:54PM

    Oh Raine! I am so sorry to hear!!! That is so unfair...but, I know life is unfair. Just stay positive and maybe it will come thru again

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NITRO.MOJO 7/29/2010 4:43PM

    I do hope you find out your fate soon....

But beyond that - and I think I speak for most Americans - THANK YOU for serving!!!! My hat's off to you.

-Eric

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JREA24 7/29/2010 4:43PM

    Sorry to hear such. That would have been a good deployment.

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 7/29/2010 4:40PM

    emoticon I hope you get what you desire!

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HUGE News

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sorry I haven't been around much - I've been away in VA for work for about 1.5 weeks now - I have internet access but I haven't been taking advantage of it much. Been studying, catching up with friends, sleeping, etc. Anyway, I'm just popping in to my blog for a quick, but HUGE update.

I got a call from work about 30 minutes ago that I received a tasking to deploy to GUANTANAMO BAY this upcoming March!!!!

Um, you all probably have no idea, but I REALLY WANTED TO GO TO GITMO before even coming on active duty and I was so pissed they were supposed to close it because it would ruin my deployment chance of going there, and when I learned my boss put me in for a deployment this year I figured I'd be going to Afghanistan. BUT NO they want me to go to GITMO!!!

Now, this is all not definite yet - it is just a tasking letter and nothing has been approved or anything just yet - but so exciting anyway!

Now I have to find a computer lab tomorrow with a printer so that I can print out and sign the tasking letter, and fax it back to the office because it has to be submitted tomorrow. Um yay!

  
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CRYSBROWN1 7/28/2010 7:37PM

    Good for you! Hope that it works out well!

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SUNNY2010 7/28/2010 6:09PM

    I am so glad that things are working out for you just the way you want it!!!!! Congrats on the news! If I was your mom, yes, I would think it's a good news compare to Afghanistan. emoticon

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SCRAPPYLADYV 7/28/2010 4:36PM

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Get that letter signed!!!


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HIKERLEE29 7/28/2010 10:33AM

    Congrats! that's awesome I'm sure everything will work out for you.

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TANNERS 7/28/2010 9:36AM

    YAY Raine!! That's so awesome for you!! Hope it all works out!!

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GLEN4536 7/28/2010 7:54AM

  Hope it works out for you , i will say a little prayer good luck

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RLHOTAN 7/28/2010 7:13AM

    Raine!! That is sooooooo awesome!!! I will def. keep my fingers crossed for you! Does this make mom feel a bit better?

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-SHIMMER-ANN- 7/27/2010 11:11PM

    That's so fantastic!!!!!!!!! Have fun!!!

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