TENNISJIM's SparkPeople Blog TENNISJIM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Monday, April 27 Yesterday, I played two sets of tennis with my elbow hurting (especially when I tried to hit a backhand). David J and I won 6-3 against John and hubby. Then, we lost 6-3. They were hitting more to my backhand in the second set. <BR> <BR> After tennis we went to Pho Tay Ho for lunch. Hubby and I stopped at Dick's Sporting Goods and bought a elbow sleeve. Let's see if it'll help next week. <BR> <BR> Hubby went for a bicycle ride while I napped. <BR> <BR> Well, I better get ready for work an... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:44:26 EST Sunday, April 26 Yesterday, we played tennis from 10 AM to 1 PM. We warmed up quite a bit. Eric and I defeated David J and hubby 7-6 (0). We were up 4-0 and they made a comeback. Then, David M and Denny played in our spots. We watched a bit and practiced serves and ground strokes Last set was a loss to Denny and David M. 7-6 (2). <BR> <BR> We went to Vapiano for lunch. Hubby and I had the shrimp scampi. It was not filling. We doubled up on the shrimp, too. A little pricey. $43. Then, we went to grocery shopp... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:08:03 EST Saturday, April 25 Another busy day at the office. I arrived at 7:20 AM and immediately ran into an employee requesting that I unlock his Citrix/AD account (which he could have done if he got on another user's laptop to launch our company's client tools portal page). <BR> <BR> Both meetings went well. At 10:30 AM, my boss asked to me go to a client site and helped a user configure her Lotus Notes desktop client. 3.25 hours later I was back in the office. <BR> <BR> More work waiting for me and finally left at ... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 06:59:18 EST Friday, April 24 It was so busy at the office yesterday. It was non-stop all day all the time. I ate my lunch while driving home. <BR> <BR> Today, there are two meetings - one a breakfast meeting 8 AM that we prepared yesterday and the other at 8:30 AM for the Core Management Meeting (hopefully no web cam issue). <BR> <BR> Well, I better get ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:11:59 EST Thursday, April 23 Yesterday, it was nice to work at home. I started around 6 AM EST and stopped around 12:45 PM EST. Then, I went to the dentist for my second implant. It didn't last as long as scheduled. 90 minutes. I came home and grabbed one of my paintings to loan to the dentist in her dental suite. The painting looks very nice in what I called the implant room. <BR> <BR> Now, I wait 3 months to see how the implant took in my jaw. In two weeks, the stitches are coming out. Once the new implant is confirme... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 05:46:52 EST Wednesday, April 22 Yesterday after work, I stopped by Capital One Bank to speak with some one about why my auto loan was rejected. I spoke with the branch manager. Shel looked up my information. She called the loan department. She told me they don't know why my application was rejected. She said we have to wait for the letter to arrive to find out why my loan was rejected. This is very frustrating. Now, I have wait between 7 to 10 days. I guess I will use this time to get my car prepped to sell to CarMax. I thi... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 05:47:09 EST Tuesday, April 21 Yesterday, I worked at the client site and it was okay. I helped out where I could. I worked on reformatting a hard drive in a laptop of a former employee. It has OpenSuse operating system. I tried everything I knew and found on the web. No luck. <BR> <BR> After work, I went to Capital One Bank to ask about their auto loan program. They only had one customer representative at 4:30 PM EST. I sat and waited 15-20 minutes for him to finish up with two customers before he helped me. It was five... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:13:04 EST Monday, April 20 We had a good time on the food tour (again). We were told we were the only returning customers. Interesting. We came home and relaxed. Hubby is very worried about Scamper. Scamper decided that he is not eating too much of his new food which he slurped up two/three weeks ago. <BR> <BR> Today, I am working at a client site,. It's near home so it will be nice commute. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 06:23:04 EST Sunday, April 19 Well, tennis was interesting yesterday. Joel and I arrived after David J. Then, David M arrived. After DM, John arrived. John and David J warmed up on one court while David M, hubby, and I warmed up on another court. Eric joined us next. Denny and Thomas came last and joined David J and John. Eric and hubby defeated David M and me 6-3. Then, the switch up. During the switch up and trying to figure out who was playing where, Denny took my hubby's chair. He didn't even asked - he just took it. ... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 06:09:44 EST Saturday, April 18 Yesterday was another busy day at work. I delivered the laptop at the client site (2 hours round trip and 39 miles). The three laptops with the Adobe Acrobat issue were packed and shipped - we never got the correct license number from the client. I installed SIMM client on four laptops and checked others for the Managed AntiVirus. All were packed by 3:30 PM and ready for 6 PM EST pickup. I found out the Fedex didn't come and the CEO and CTO dropped them off around 7:30 PM. <BR> <BR> Today, ... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 05:41:12 EST Friday, April 17 Another very busy day at the office - continued to work on encrypting laptops, applied Windows updates, and packed them up for shipping. I was so busy that I did not get to eat my lunch. I finally left the office around 6 PM EST (got there at 7:30 AM EST). I hope this is not a pattern. After I left the office, I drove off to Alexandria Animal Hospital and returned Scamper previously prescribed food. I also bought a case of his new food so we have 48 cans. The cans are only 3 ounces. He'll go ... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 05:48:31 EST Thursday, April 16 A very busy day at the office. We had several laptops to encrypt for a new customer. A long tedious process. It took about 8 hours to encrypt the hard drive. We have 37 laptops to do. <BR> <BR> I was hoping to work at home today but I am going into the office because my boss mentioned something about taking the access point to the customer this afternoon. <BR> <BR> I better start getting ready for work and drive to Tysons Corner. After work, I will stop at the animal hospital and return Sca... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 05:55:55 EST Wednesday, April 15 It's TAX DAY! We already got our refunds (we filed jointly). It was a busy work day. I started at 7:30 AM EST - rode into downtown WDC with hubby. Dropped off the laptop and worked on a few things to get the laptop setup (Sharepoint - good exposure). Took the Metro to Tysons Corner. Worked on several projects assigned to me on that day. I left the office at 5 PM EST. Walked to the Metro, Arrived home around 6:30 PM. Fed our cats. Watched The Good Wife on DVR again - I didn't see the ending.... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 06:09:06 EST Tuesday, April 14 A very busy day at the office yesterday. Lots of employees support requests. The queue was busy and I had multiple projects to work on. I had a 2 PM meeting that I really wanted to attend but I was working on a laptop so I can take it to the client today (Tuesday, April 14). <BR> <BR> I came home so tired that I hoped for an relaxing evening. I asked hubby if he preferred salmon burgers or meatballs and pasta for dinner. He said meatballs and pasta....I was hoping that he would have said sal... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 06:09:02 EST Monday, April 13 Yesterday, tennis was okay. Not great. I didn't play as well. I think it had to do with the fact that Denny joined us and when we played the first point in our set he hit an overhead smash toward me. It didn't hit. He sent a message, Later in the match, he hit some very hard shots at me. So, Denny definitely sent a message. I got disinterested in the set. I apologized to my doubles partner. <BR> <BR> After tennis, we went to eat dim sum at Mark's Duck House. John joined us. Some of the items... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 05:59:43 EST Sunday, April 12 Saturday's tennis was havoc. It was windy and made playing very difficult. Hubby and I played two doubles sets before we came home to meet up with the Comcast Tech. The tech arrived around 1:45 PM - tried to fix the X1 cable hub - ended up replacing it. After about 30 minutes of setup and configuring it, the new cable box worked. I did a watchaton of Bates Motel season 3. I made shrimp and asparagus pasta with lots of minced garlic. Hubby liked it. <BR> <BR> Today, we are playing tennis ... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 06:15:49 EST Saturday, April 11 I was the only IT Tech in the Tysons Corner yesterday and it was a very busy day. On Thursday, one of the new company went live on their T&E application and, unfortunately, the wrong URL was conveyed to the new users. There were some other issues. Not sure what exactly happened. I felt bad for my manager and the VP representing our company for them. <BR> <BR> After work, I went to the nearby Volkswagen dealership and checked out the new Sportwagen. LOVED IT! Now, it's just a matter of time o... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 06:33:45 EST Friday, April 10 I didn't update yesterday's blog because I didn't have a chance to.... <BR> <BR> Hubby made an appointment to take Scamper to the Alexandria Animal Hospital - the appointment was for 6:30 PM. I made it home in time to get Scamper and take him. Hubby met us at the hospital. They treated Scamper for dehydration and gave us specialty food to treat his kidney failure. <BR> <BR> I came home cooked dinner. Then, I did some work. I was going to wait until I got into the office today...then I thou... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 06:38:30 EST Thursday, April 9 Short and sweet today - I am running behind schedule because I woke up to several work emails that needed my attention. Will update blog later. Thu, 9 Apr 2015 06:45:45 EST Wednesday, April 8 Not only did I have lots of work waiting for me when I walked in - more support requests were in the support queue. It was one of those days that you felt you could work all day and not be finished. I did manage to leave around 4:30 PM so I can get to my 6 PM hair cut appointment. My stylist was asking how to bring in more business. She asked if I can refer her to some of my friends. I was honest with her and said my friends think she is too expensive. She charges $29 for hair cuts. More if y... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 06:24:01 EST Tuesday, April 7 Hubby took our 18-year old cat to our veterinarian yesterday. Hubby was worried that something might be wrong with Scamper. He cries a lot in the middle of the night. Mostly, because he wants hubby to pick him up on put him in bed with us. He is too old to jump on the bed by himself. <BR> <BR> Well, the diagnosis is Scamper has kidney failure. We are looking and researching treatments for as long as Scamper will accept the treatment. There is no cure. We don't know how long we will have Scam... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 06:20:13 EST Monday, April 6 Yesterday tennis was John, Eric, hubby, and I. Hubby and I lost to John and Eric 6-2. John and I beat hubby and Eric 6-3. I thought I served well and played well. It's been a while since I played well. It was a chilly and windy day BUT not like Saturday. Afterwards, we went to lunch with David J. He came to the courts after we just finished. Eric said he had a big breakfast and went home to watch the match between Novak and Andy M. It was a good match for the first two sets. <BR> <BR> I be... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 05:36:32 EST Sunday, April 5 Yesterday was so windy that hubby and I hit tennis balls for 30 minutes and stopped. We watched Eric and David M (MSG) play against David J and John. They won 7-5, 6-3. After tennis we went to Hong Kong Pearl for lunch -- dim sum. It was okay. <BR> <BR> Hubby and watched the men doubles final and the he watched NCAA basketball while I caught up on my shows -- Survivor, Restaurant Impossible.... <BR> <BR> Today, it's Eric and John for tennis. Not sure how long we will play. David J said he... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 06:29:25 EST Saturday, April 4 It took me 90 minutes to re-arrange one of the training room into a configuration specific for a client. When did IT support become Facilities support? lol -- our facilities person has no clue on how to do this... <BR> <BR> Around 4:20 PM EST, my former manager assigned me a task - setup for new client for our support system, OU and security groups in active directory, client's web portal page, and shared folders - luckily I've gotten so good at doing these tasks -- I finished in 30 minute... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 06:45:06 EST Friday, April 3 Another very busy day at the office yesterday. The 2015 Q1 Tickets Report took another four hours to complete it. Luckily, the support queue was slow. I also helped out one of my colleagues with entering 21 laptops and docketing stations, four monitors, and four backpacks into our new support application. <BR> <BR> On the way home, I picked up string beans and eggplant for dinner. I made pan seared salmon. <BR> <BR> Well, I've got a big project to work on today. I better get ready for wor... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 05:53:03 EST Thursday, April 2 Yesterday, it was a 12 hour work day. Around 5:45 PM, my former manager asked me to do something for him (something he can do himself but chose to assign the task). I asked if it can wait until tomorrow. One of my colleagues took care of it for him. <BR> <BR> I have exported the data (4343 support tickets). Today, I will complete the report with categorizing them per VP. <BR> <BR> Time to get ready for work and drive to Tysons Corner. Thu, 2 Apr 2015 06:15:25 EST Wednesday, April 1 Yesterday was a busy day at the office. I had a combination of billable and non-billable work. I finally left around 5:15 PM and got home around 6:10 PM. Our cleaning lady was still here. <BR> <BR> Hubby watched some of Djokovic v. Dolgopolov match - DRATS! We were hoping for Alexander Dolgopolov to win the match. <BR> <BR> Today, I work from home. I am currently working on the 2015 Q1 Ticket report. Exporting over 4000 tickets and then categorize them per VP. Wed, 1 Apr 2015 06:19:34 EST Tuesday, March 31 End on another month for 2015. We have nine months left for 2015. Wow. That was fast. Is it me or is time going by quickly? <BR> <BR> Yesterday, was a peaks and valleys day at the office. It was slow to start and thank goodness I have work to do in the morning. I planned to leave at 4:30 PM so I can stop by the VW dealership in Tysons Corner. I finally left at 5:15 PM and went to the dealership. They didn't have the 2015 Sportwagen. No brochures either. I did speak with a sales person and he... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:28:10 EST Monday, March 30 Bill sent me a text to cancel brunch. He has a cold and didn't want to get us sick. Thoughtful. Very thoughtful. Hubby and I spent the day at home watching TV. Hubby watched NCAA tournament and I watched Miami Open. We had a relaxing day at home. It was a good plan. We needed the rest. <BR> <BR> Today, I feel energized (probably from the several naps I had yesterday!). I am researching on getting a new car. I like the VW Jetta Sportswagen. They changed the model for 2015. It's the VW Sportw... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 06:04:45 EST Sunday, March 29 Yesterday's weather was not what the weather man reported. No snow flurries. It was sunny, cold, and windy. Not a good day to play tennis or ride a bicycle. We met our friends at City Kitchen for dinner. They go there around 6:30 PM. The reservations were for 7 PM EST. <BR> <BR> We had a good dinner. Good conversation. I provided some insights into a few things at work (they were hinting). I also discussed our trip to Palm Springs. After dinner, they came back and watched some tennis. Hubby... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 06:37:24 EST Saturday, March 28 Today's weather forecast is possible snow flurries in the morning. It's March 28 and we are still getting snow. The furnace has been kicking on to heat the house. Usually by now, we have it off or switched to AC. <BR> <BR> I stopped at Harris Teeter and got more diet ginger ale. I am now mixing diet ginger ale with my Bai5 drinks. Not bad combo. Grocery shopping today. Maybe hubby and I will go for a bicycle ride, weather permitting. <BR> <BR> Yesterday at work, it was very busy and stress... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 06:24:42 EST Friday, March 27 As it turned out, the corporation that rented the training rooms didn't need any technical support. It was simple hand out training session. No PowerPoint presentation. Although, that was a relief. It was still a busy day. We had another room to prepare for the monthly OPS meeting. It seems I get dragged into these type of work - I need to be billable. These types of work is overhead and non-billable. <BR> <BR> I made pan seared salmon for dinner. George picked up sauteed string beans from ... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:34:24 EST Thursday, March 26 A very busy day at the office yesterday. I finally left at 5:25 PM EST. I got gas on the way home. I went to Harris Teeter and bought some ginger ale. I have had a "gassy and bloated" stomach since Saturday afternoon. It's kind of embarrassing. <BR> <BR> I better get ready for work because I need to get to the office early today. We have a corporation renting our training rooms. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:57:32 EST Wednesday, March 25 It was a slow workday - thank goodness I worked at home. I started monitoring the support queue at 7 AM EST and finally had a support request around 10 AM. I finished around 5 PM EST. Waited a few minutes and walked over to the auto repair shop to pick up my car. $567 for a new tire rim and alignment. Then, I went to Home Depot and bought two new toilet seats. I replaced the one in the master bathroom. I will wait a bit to replace the one on the first level. <BR> <BR> Hubby, George, and I wa... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 06:34:28 EST Tuesday, March 24 Yesterday, I had a busy work day - catching up on a week away from the office. Deleted over 4500 emails (there were mainly server and services alerts). Responded to some. Worked on several in-house and external support requests. Finally, left at 5:02 PM EST. <BR> <BR> I came home and mentioned to hubby that I was going to have soup for dinner (egg drop) with slices of baguette. I made him mini crab cakes. I watched The Good Wife while hubby watched NIT tournament. <BR> <BR> I am working fro... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 06:44:28 EST Monday, March 23 Yesterday, we had a mostly good day. Hubby and I with my mom, Wesley, and Jingyl rode the Capital Wheel. A 12-15 minutes ride (5 rotations) overseeing National Harbor and Alexandria. It was worth the $15 admission fee ($13.50 for hubby - senior ticket price). <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, my middle brother Peter made a sarcastic comment toward my hubby and hubby got offended. Oh well. <BR> <BR> We came home and napped a little before watching the Women's and Men's finals. A little disappointed t... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 06:38:28 EST Sunday, March 22 Yesterday, it took the guy in the tow truck 10 minutes to take the flat tire off and put the donut on. ($75 plus $10 tip). Turned out that the wheel is bent and the local auto shop is ordering one from the Honda dealership. The car will not be ready until Tuesday. <BR> <BR> I think I offended David J. I will see if I am correct. Typically, DJ makes comments when I post photos of our cats on my Facebook page. Not yesterday. <BR> <BR> Today, we are meeting my mom, cousin, my brother and my ne... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 06:53:51 EST Saturday, March 21 We got up around 6:45 AM EST - although we woke up around 4 AM EST and 5 AM EST. It was a tough to sleep in when Scamper, the black cat, is crying all the time. He gets off the bed and wants us to pick him up to put him on the bed. <BR> <BR> I called a tow truck company around 7:30 AM EST to schedule an appointment to get the flat tire taken off the car and put the donut on.We then drove the car to our local auto shop to have it looked at. <BR> <BR> Now, we are getting ready to go grocery ... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 10:52:16 EST Friday, March 20 This was a travel day. We left Palm Springs at 6:40 AM PST and arrived in Washington DC around 10 PM EST. A long day. <BR> <BR> For Thursday, March 19 - we had a relaxing day. We took John to a copying store and discovered he accepted a new job. David and Eric knew about it. I guess I will never be in John's group of confidences. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I are undefeated against John and Eric in California. Haha. We defeated them again 6-3. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 10:47:03 EST Thursday, March 19 Yesterday, we played tennis at 7:15 AM PST. The courts were getting full. Hubby and I lost to David and John 3-6. We could have beat them if hubby's back wasn't hurting him. After tennis, we came back to the house to eat "brunch" again. As soon as we walked into the house, John said, "Everyone make your own breakfast!" I thought it was quite interesting. John is the one who asked before the trip who is cooking on which days we are here in California. He was also the one that wanted to budget ... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:36:06 EST Wednesday, March 18 Yesterday, we played tennis at 7 AM PST. The courts were getting full already. Wow, the people on the west coast get up early. Eric and I defeated David and hubby 6-3. Then, Eric and hubby lost to John and David 6-7 (6). After tennis we came back to the house and ate "brunch." After brunch, we went to Joshua Tree National Park. Awesome views. We did a little rock climbing. Walked a trail to see the Baker Dam. On the way back to the house, we stopped at the Pho 533 restaurant. It's closed on ... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:01:34 EST Tuesday, March 17 Happy St. Patrick's Day. We spent yesterday at the tennis tournament. We had ground passes. We saw Cornet against a Russian player. Then, Bencic v. Wozniaki. Last match was Monaco against the up and coming Aussie player Kikkonikas. <BR> <BR> We played had a big breakfast and went to play tennis. David spent the day with Mary Kay. <BR> <BR> We went to LG's Restaurant for hubby's birthday dinner. Hubby's favorite steakhouse on the west coast. <BR> <BR> I hope our tennis friends enjoyed thems... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 14:11:57 EST Monday, March 16 Happy birthday to my hubby. We will not discuss his age. <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, we did the Palm Springs tramway. It was gorgeous weather and awesome views. Hopefully, I took some good pictures. <BR> <BR> After the tram excursion, we ate at Rick's. Great sandwiches. Unfortunately, the waitress took the wrong order for hubby. Hubby ordered tuna steak sandwich. She brought tuna salad. Hubby does not eat any "salad type" sandwiches, I ate it for dinner. It was delicious. <BR> <B... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:57:11 EST Saturday, March 14 Travel day from IAD to LAX. LAX to Palm Springs. Long day. Hubby and I had a disagreement at dinner. I was sending a text message to the group about his "surprise" birthday dinner. He was snooping when I was typing. I asked him not to look. He keep looking. So, I told him off. Sun, 15 Mar 2015 09:54:26 EST Sunday, March 15 It was a long travel day yesterday. We started at 5 AM EST (woke and got ready) and finally we to bed at 10:50 PM PST. A long day. <BR> <BR> Today, we had plans to go to tennis tournament but it was sold out. So, we got tickets for Monday. We will go without David as he has plans with his friend Mary Kay. <BR> <BR> Today, we are playing tennis and relaxing around the pool. I need to make dinner reservations for Monday. It's hubby's birthday. I need to check with the group. Sun, 15 Mar 2015 09:51:33 EST Friday, March 13 Spark friends, notice the new background? It's my latest (2015) digital drawing. What do you think? <BR> <BR> It was a very busy day at the office. Lots of non-billable work. I need to go in early today. I was assigned a support request that needs to be done by 8 AM EST. <BR> <BR> Note to self = one more day and we are in California. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 05:41:29 EST Thursday, March 12 Yesterday I didn't get home from work until 10:30 PM EST. A 7:30 AM to 10:00 PM work day. I did learn a few IT things from the site visit. <BR> <BR> I better start getting ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. <BR> <BR> Note to self - two more work days and we are off to Palm Springs, California. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 06:11:51 EST Wednesday, March 11 Another busy work day. Made the go by quickly. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I watched Better Call Saul while eating dinner. Discovered our friend George will be staying until next Friday, March 20. I asked if he could drive us to the airport on Saturday and got a lukewarm response. So, today, I reserved a taxi to take us to the airport. It's my theory not to inconvenience friends and people in general. Besides, he is taking care of our cats while we are out of town. <BR> <BR> I am working in Tysons... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 06:25:05 EST Tuesday, March 10 Four days and counting -- fly out to SFO on Saturday and then to LAX. Can't wait. We've planned this trip with tennis friends a while back. <BR> <BR> Very busy day at work yesterday. Non-stop since I walked in. I did leave at 4:20 PM so I can get to TD Bank to deposit the rent check (we share ownership of a condo in Wilton Manors, FL). <BR> <BR> Time to get ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. Tue, 10 Mar 2015 06:41:36 EST Monday, March 9 Wow! Almost nine hours to Clearlake from Palm Springs. It may be another California trip that I may get to meet you in person Steve. <BR> <BR> My brother called around 10 AM yesterday and said he will bring mom and cousin over. First, I showed my new sister-in-law the Nintendo console we got mom for Christmas. Her Gameboy does not work anymore. She likes to play Tetris. <BR> <BR> After showing her how the console works, she will show my mom. We then play mah jong for a few hours. Poor ... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 06:37:18 EST