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It's Saturday...Yippee!

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Started my day off with a hour long walk. It always amazes me how many other people I see out early in the morning doing the same thing. I love going walking early in the morning, before the traffic starts polluting the world with noise. The birds are waking up and letting the world know that they survived another night. It's sunny out but still on the cool side so walking fast is a necessity! A great time to commune and meditate as you walk along.
Got home and decided to log in to SP. Took me 20 minutes to get my food recorded and I gave up on entering my exercise. Waited until our cable company was open and then phoned to see if they could give me any directions on what was going on with the internet. It has been progressively getting worse for a couple of months now. Today was like being back on good old dial-up and we are supposed to be high speed! Had a very helpful tech who directed me to a website www.speedtest.net. This site helps you to determine how well your connections to the the internet are working. At first I think the tech guy thought it was most likely my computer and I just was a little dumb...but when I told him that my girls laptops were experiencing the same problems and that I had done everything possible to make sure my computer was not only free of spyware/ viruses but I had also done a defragmention on it with no good results, he decided that maybe it was the cable company's problem.
It took me almost 10 minutes to get the results from the website he had me on as it was so slow. Apparently download time should be in the 5000 range, my computer was at 4617 and upload should be 500 or better, mine was 261. He ran some tests then on his end and determined that my modem was dying and that I needed to go into the city and pick up a new one from the cable company. I am pleased to say...my computer is running so much better now.
I'm hoping that maybe all the problems that I have been having posting on SP will be resolved now too!

My positives today:

A beautiful day, sunny and warm.
A nice long walk this morning while the world was just starting to become mobile. Time to meditate as I walked.
It wasn't my computer, but rather the cable company's modem that was the problem.
I found my way into the address I had to go to in the city to get a new modem. My computer is working so much better now.
The house to myself this afternoon.
Great day period!

Challenge yourself to be the best you can be. Surprise someone with a random act of kindness.

'Til later,

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SPORTZFAN25 6/2/2008 1:03PM

    I love this blog Wanda! It's very peaceful :) What time do you wake up to go for your walks???

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ALFREDIA 6/2/2008 12:04AM

  We have some early walkers out here also. Your walk sounded so peaceful that alone time.

Computers are great when they do what they are supposed to but frustrating when they don't. Glad you have it fixed.


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MEYCHEY 6/1/2008 10:15AM

    Computer techs seem to take for granted that we don't know what we're talking about. Good on you for being prepared and persevering.

Peace. Meychey

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DEUCE119 5/31/2008 7:58PM

    We've been havng the same problems and that was what they told us about our computer also.
All in all you sound very content today. Content is good.

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DHARBBY 5/31/2008 5:58PM

    Your last comment caught my attention!! "having the house to myself" you lucky lady, you!! lol Today was a pretty good day here too. The weather is very hot, but not humid. Took a trip to WalMart.
You're walk sounds wonderful!! The peace and serenity must have been heaven. I'm glad you had a chance to do that. You sound very relaxed and happy. Know you're thrilled with the computer being fixed!! Nothing worse. Mine is only a year old and I'm having some issues too.
Continue having that wonderful, relaxed stress-free day,evening and night. Hugs.

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This is too funny!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Guess what happened at work today???? Another fire alarm!
The alarm went off and we all looked at each other and said "not again!" Out the door we headed as our department is supposed to do. Luckily we got called back in very quickly....another false alarm! Only this time they finally were able to detect what was causing the alarm to go off. Apparently when the building had upgrades done to it's power structure, it has caused a glitch, which makes for power surges. The power surges caused our fire panel to become fried, so now everytime there is a power surge our panel assumes there is a fire and the alarms go off. Finally an answer to the past few weeks of chaos. A new panel has been ordered and hopefully the power surge problem will also be fixed.
Just another reason we are all looking so forward to our own new building. It is presently under construction but won't be available for us to move into until November 2010. Our square footage will be doubling in size to 60,000 sq feet. We are so excited about our new facility.
A good day today, it's Friday, what more needs to be said!
Lots of great positive blogs on the site today. Lots of great posts filled with encouragement, support, and inspiration.
Well it's been a long day, I've been up since 5 am and I still need to complete my exercising before crawling into my bed.
I bid you all a good night, pleasant dreams and renewed spirits.

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ALFREDIA 5/31/2008 11:43AM

Better false alarms than the real thing. Just don't let those people conform to the "boy who cried wolf" and begin to want to ignore. At least they have located the problem and it can be fixed.

You are right how much more positive can it be than just being Friday. Have a great week end.


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DHARBBY 5/31/2008 9:54AM

    Sounds like a lot of excitement going on at work! You're getting good exercise running in and out of your building! lol
I love how committed you are. It helps keep me going. You are amazing. I was thinking about you yesterday, and how you've managed to find that "thing" I'll call it, that lets you put the negative stuff in it's place and move to the postive! I really admire that. Thanks for all the advice and encouragement too. It really does help me a lot.
Have a great weekend.

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I had my adrenalin rush today....

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Oh boy, did I ever have my adrenalin rush today. Smack dab in the middle of a co-worker's retirement luncheon the fire alarms went off as well as all the lights. The room was filled with guests as well as was the library being filled with patrons. Unfortunately the emergency lights failed to come on in the Meeting room and it was pitch black.
Made my way to the door and headed out to the information desk where all our evacuation vests and info is held. Good thing I went there instead of directly outside as our department usually does. Most of the staff was in the meeting room feeling around in the dark, so we had limited staff on the floor to grab vests and begin evacuation procedures. Kudos to all our new staff and summer students who didn't shy away from grabbing a vest and carrying out the instructions. Some of them have only been there a couple of weeks. They did a fantastic job. We had the entire library cleared in about 3 minutes. Two fire trucks responded and we were outside for about half and hour, before getting the all clear to return to the building. Apparently there was a major power failure through out most of city and as a result the bump in the power caused our fire detectors to go off. So luckily no actual fire, but sure was good training. Anytime we have a drill or in this case an actual evacuation, you are able to evaluate what occured and make adjustments accordinly.
My excitement for the day, one that I'm greatful was not a real fire. Being as I am the safety coordinator at work, tomorrow's work day will include meetings and discussions. My life is never boring that is for sure.

Positives in my day.

A confirmation that our staff including the newest members are prepared for a full scale evacuation.
No real fire.
A beautifl warm day outside, no having to stand in the freezing cold or rain.
A send-off that our co-worker Carol will always remember!
Got lots of walking in my day, burned extra calories.
Just plain and simple ....a great day!

Have a wonderful evening, count your blessins and be prepared!

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KATHEE3 5/29/2008 11:45PM

  Nice to know that if there ever was a fire, (God willing) you are well prepared.
Well done.

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MEYCHEY 5/29/2008 11:07PM

    I am sooo happy there wasn't a true emergency but that you and the rest of the staff responded so well to the alarms. Congrats to you all.

Here's wishing a peaceful Friday to all.


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ALFREDIA 5/29/2008 10:43PM

  Congratulations on job well done in preparing your workers for immediate evacuation. Great that it was not an actual fire or other emergency. Some things can really get your adrenalin going. Makes your heart jump right up into your throat.

It certainly will be something your co worker will always remember.


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KSNICKER 5/29/2008 8:49PM

    Wow What a day huh? I'm glad that there was no fire.
Kudos to YOU for your training of the staff that helped the evac. WTG!

I'm glad that you had such a nice day... And that you were able to get some exercise in ...

Oh and what a party huh? LOL Your Co-Worker will not forget this one... LOL Fire Alarms and all.. Woo Hoo!!1
You really know how to throw a party Wanda... LOL

Have a great evening... Relax... The day is over...



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Good Morning....AGAIN!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Okay, I'll try this all over again, only this time I will remember to copy what I've written before hitting the post button!

I have today off work, so am heading out the door into the wonderful sunshine to do some walking. It's Walking Wednesday today...how about joining me in doing some walking. Walk out side if you can, walk in front of the TV, walk where ever you can, every step counts!
Marla and Kathy, hope you are ready, I'm taking you with me on a walk this morning. The day is too nice to be indoors. Marla, bring your swimsuit as I'm sure Kathy will let us have some fun time in her pool after our walk....won't you Kathy??? Then after our playing in the pool, Kathy, you and I will join Marla on her swing for some relax time! LOL. Maybe everyone else (Donna, Polly and who ever else wants) will join us too.

Garry and I went to IKEA last evening for the kitchen planning session (right day this time!). Gleaned some valuable information, so was well worth driving to the city and spending 3 hours there! Found out that they have a program that you can download from their website so you can plan your kitchen/bathroom layouts from home. WOO HOO, I'm going to have fun now!

Spent some time yesterday after work at the fitness centre learning how to use the equipment. Depending on how expensive the membership is (right now it's paid for the next couple of weeks through the Corporate Wellness program), I'm going to try and do at least one session a week there just to shake things up a bit from what I do now at home.

Must get out the door for some walking now, I'll check back later to see what ever one else has been up to.

Have a wonderful day, make someone day by doing a random act of kindness. Put a smile on someone's face by putting a smile on yours.

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MEYCHEY 5/28/2008 10:03PM

    I'm glad you had some plans for your day off...I'm back on vacation this week but this time it is with electricians. They have a much friendlier schedule and I've been able to get to my gym each day so far.

IKEA, hm? I should check that out for our kitchen redo plans.

Have a great evening.

Peace. Meychey

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ALFREDIA 5/28/2008 7:26PM

  Yeah a day off. Technology is wonderful being able to plan your own kitchen from home. Oh and it never even occurred to me how that sounded about saying my prayers. LOL I went back and read it I am rothflol. Thanks for humor. I was still in my nightgown but dressed. Still smiling to myself about that. It's great your company paid for a two week trial at a fitness centre for you. Have a great time planning your dream kitchen.


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KSNICKER 5/28/2008 3:03PM


Ok this is weird... Today I went shopping... The fun kind... And I Walked and Walked and Walked...LOL
I must have known it was Walking Wednesday...lol

I'll meet ya at the pool for a refreshing dip... lol
Then I hear that Marla makes good Iced Tea... Perfect for relaxing in the swing...

Oh what fun you'll have creating a new kitchen... I'm glad that yesterday turned out to be the "right day" this time... I take it means that you and Garry agreed on most all of it... lol
Good luck and enjoy!

Oh and BTW... You always put a smile on my face... Thank You!

Have a wonderful day...

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MARLA7 5/28/2008 2:24PM

    Wanda - I'm with you on that walk & the swim... & of course the swing! I walked in Walmart with Kevin....even though it's a dialysis day... I've done 3235 steps so far & it's only 2:20! My left knee is killing me though so I'll need that pool time!

Ikea..... love their store.... love their rooms set up. Dreamland!

Have a great day! Walk Walk Walk!

) Marla

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DEUCE119 5/28/2008 11:46AM

    Hi Wanda, you are on the ball this morning. I am also coz the g-kids will be here any minute. Keep up the pace your on and you will burn awsome calories today. Especially if you go swimming at Kathys' house. Have a great day.

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DHARBBY 5/28/2008 10:51AM

    Well Wanda, you sound nice and chipper this morning!! Must be that day off. lol That walk sounds wonderful. It's very cloudy and dreary here, supposed to rain off and on all day. But I'm getting in some extra steps these days with my son's puppy that he just got and I baby-sit while he's at work!! Every half-hour taking her out and walking around for about 15-20 minutes, sure adds up!! And she's adorable and cute to boot!
That IKEA website sounds like a lot of fun!! Enjoy yourself.
Well, enjoy your walk and have a terrific day. Hugs.

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Monday, May 26, 2008

A cool, breezy day outside today. Just perfect for walking!
Despite a long day at work, I managed to get in two rather nice long walks today. One right after work and one after supper.
Needed to counteract the meal I ate at supper time! Every once in awhile you just have to eat because you want to not just because you need to. Today was one of those days. I'm happy to say that they come around seldom.

Nothing much to report today, a busy day at work, but Mondays usually are. We have a retirement luncheon for a co-worker this Friday and another one coming up in July for another. Both are long time employees whom we will be sad to see go.

Weather report for this evening say "frost". I'm debating about bring my plant back inside or just covering it up for the night. I will probably cover it as it is big and heavy.

My eldest as I've most likely mentioned, has one semester left at University before graduating. She has just found out that she is eligible to apply for field school in Greece! It will not only give her the work experience she wants, but it will give her all the credits she will need to graduate. She has just couriered her paperwork off this evening and hopes to know in the next few days/weeks whether she is in or not. What a wonderful place to be during the winter! Keep her in your prayers please that all works out in her favor.

Must run for the evening, my eyes are tired from looking at a computer screen all day and I need to do some stretching exercises.

Have a wonderful evening all.
Quote for the day:

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.
Brian Tracy

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MARLA7 5/27/2008 5:35AM

    Wanda - Well, did your plant survive? It's muggy here....60's this early in the morning.

Wow. Greece? That'd be an adventure for your daughter. I'll say some prayers for her that she gets it. Is she excited?

Sorry you're losing a couple of co-workers but I'll bet they're glad to be going into retirement. Bittersweet for all of you.

Hope you got that walk in or whatever physical thing you were gonna do. Keep moving!

((((((Hugs))))))) Marla

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ALFREDIA 5/26/2008 9:59PM

  We all understand that eating thing. I ate too much today and as I said I'm not even going to apologize just get back on the track. It is sad to see employees go. When I worked we went through not one but two mergers and each time there was down sizing. I know it's progress and personally I can't complain I had good benefits etc. and able to keep a position but it was like tearing a family apart.

Great opportunity for your daughter. Will keep her in my prayers.


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KSNICKER 5/26/2008 9:31PM

I can relate to the wanting to eat today... I hate it when I get into this mode, but hope it will pass again soon... like tonight/tomorrow. lol But today was a holiday for us here in the states... So we BBQ and make things we normally don't eat all the time...

It's always sad to see a co-worker go that you've worked with for a long time. It won't be the same without them, but you wish them all the best. Bitter sweet...

I think a trip to Greece would be wonderful for your daughter. How exciting... I will say a prayer... and keep my fingers and toes crossed too. LOL

Oh and I agree with what you said about my back. While it may still pain me... if I'm careful and not overdo to much... the pain doesn't last as long. But this is not the same pain as I hurt it last time... This is muscle screaming because I was bending and such. lol So yes... I'm praying that when I do something like working in the yard... its doesn't set me back like before... Unfortunately this back is fragile... lol But I won't give up... gotta keep on going. Right!

Enjoy your evening and your stretches too.



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DHARBBY 5/26/2008 9:20PM

    It seems funny to read someone was at work today! I keep forgetting your in Canada. Today was a holiday here. Memorial Day and of course everyone was off; well, most people!
That's great news about your daughter. What a terrific opportuntiy for her! She will definitely be in all our prayers.
I agree about just having to have that certain something. The last time I did it, I lost weight! LOL So I'm now a definite believer in just going for it once in a while.
Well, you have a good stretching session and a great evening.
Talk to you tomorrow. Hugs.

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