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Going to USA and Go, Germany!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

I had quite a scare last week. My boss at the language school decided they couldn't do without me and denied my vacation request after I had already booked my flight (July 22 to August 21) and Orlando hotel (July 27 to August 1). This is the first time in 15 years that I've ever had a vacation request denied! Since we merged two schools last summer, there is a much larger volume of work and some special courses that not everyone can teach.

LOTS of prayer went up (thanks to those of you who joined in!)! I wasn't just concerned with the trip and all that involves, but also with my attitude and how I would handle presenting my case to him.

I was able to stay calm, my boss was understanding and they've found a solution. It looks like we'll all have to make our vacation requests much earlier from now on. I've already applied for 4 days in October to go to a retreat!
Exciting weekend with the big football (soccer) match between Germany and Argentina in the World Cup happening tomorrow evening. I was cheering for the underdog USA in the quarterfinals, but I've been a bit of a German National Team (DFB) fan since 1990. It should be a good match, not a snooze fest like Holland/Argentina the other night. If Germany wins, it will be their fourth World Championship title:

My knee is better, but still giving me a twinge, as is my left wrist. I guess it will just take awhile to heal. In spite of that kink in my exercise routine, I'm down two pounds since the beginning of the 5% challenge. (Go, Firecrackers! emoticon)

I've always been a big advocate of tracking and still am, but this past week, my mindset has been different. I'm eating my 3 meals a day and keeping the snacks to a minimum, but instead of thinking about what I'm going to eat next, I'm thinking more about NOT eating. And I'm especially focused on NOT eating in the evenings. This is good practice for the US trip when tracking will be difficult. It seems to be working!

Thanks for reading! Have a great weekend! emoticon
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    Glad it is working out. God is so good to us, his children.
    1280 days ago
  • TERESA159
    Wow, close call! If it had been me, I'd have been bawling my eyes out in his office. Glad you handled it with aplomb. Where will you be visiting in the US? And what it the goal of the trip?
    1284 days ago
    I haven't been on for a couple of weeks because of work commitments, glad you got to go on your vacation!
    1286 days ago
  • 68ANNE
    Oh yes, getting that vacation time can be tricky with some places. Glad it worked out for you. Have fun and enjoy
    1287 days ago
    First of all, I am glad that your knee and hand are improving.

    So glad that your vacation was approved, finally. When I was still working, I had a heavy September workload, and waited until I had things under control to request leave for a reunion. I was not allowed to go, and it cost me.

    For the U.S., not only will you need to watch snacks, but make sure you know portion sizes. Most U.S. restaurants serve double portions. If eating at a franchise restaurant, most of the dinners might be pre-made and frozen. But if you dine at a restaurant that has real chefs and real food, you can order what you want, even if it isn't on the menu.

    Since I visited Sea World last year, they have opened an Antarctica exhibit. I bet it is amazing!
    1287 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/13/2014 9:08:50 AM
  • 4CYNDI
    Glad to hear you are doing better and healing. I'm also glad that you are able to take your vacation. That reminds me I need to put in my request as well. I want to take a couple of weeks at the end of the year.

    Have fun!
    1288 days ago
    Very glad your plans worked out for the best. I think I'll try what you are doing and see if it works. Have fun in Orlando!
    1288 days ago
    Glad your vacation worked out emoticon

    I think it's good to shake things up in the way we do them at times. Even though tracking helps me a lot, I also like to know that I can get by with not tracking when it's best not to try to track at that time. emoticon
    1288 days ago
  • RURAL3
    so glad it all worked out for you Michelle. Not sure how I would have handled that. Keep up the good work.
    1288 days ago
    So glad you are going to be able to take your vacation! Still hoping for us to meet up! 2 pounds - WOO HOO!!!! My scale barely budged this week... but better than a gain!
    1288 days ago
    I hope your solution did not involve too many sacrifices. Your strength in the Lord is admirable. You set a fine example on how we grow in the ways of the Lord. Tracking is also essential to me, but I have learned that eating three meals a day or snacking healthy while going outside the ranges we set are somewhat counter productive. May our walks with God bring us all growth. Hug, hug - Evelyn
    1288 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/12/2014 12:12:43 PM
    So glad your vacation is going to work out!

    I don't know quite who to cheer for in the World Cup final. I was cheering for the USA, obviously, but also Costa Rica because that's where I went to school. I don't really have any attachment to Germany or Argentina. My husband lived in Germany for many years, but I suppose, as a Spanish teacher, that I ought to root for Argentina.

    I don't know...I'll probably just watch and enjoy. :)
    1288 days ago
    emoticon Excellent mindful eating Michelle! ....I need to work on evening eating too. The summer schedule has us eating dinner at the oddest hours...Lol. But I'll figure it out.
    So glad you get to have your vacation emoticon after all and that your body is healing if ever so slow( I know all about slow). emoticon emoticon

    Have a great weekend, ....many blessings to you! ~ Laura emoticon
    1288 days ago
  • JAROL7
    Way to go.
    1288 days ago
  • CIPHER1971
    Glad you got your leave approved.

    I will be cheering Germany on in the footie, to be honest if the Holland / Argentina match is any thing to go by then Germany will win.

    Have a great day
    1288 days ago
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