TENNISJIM's SparkPeople Blog TENNISJIM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Friday, July 11 A busy day at the work and, again, most non-billable work. I came home and made baked tilapia and a salad for dinner. I watched 24 episodes 4, 5, and 6. Doing the catch up. <BR> <BR> Well, I better get ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 06:20:25 EST Thursday, July 10 It took the two Comcast Tech between 20-25 minutes to resolve the OnDemand and DVR issues on the Anyroom DVR (hub). Then, we checked the two terminals on the second and third floors. The terminal on the third floor had an issue where I couldn't watch the recorded test show. It also had the recording light on. It must have been stuck from when we did the test recording. After rebooting the device, the terminal worked as it should. So, the Comcast issues came to a close by noon. Woo hoo.... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:23:34 EST Wednesday, July 9 I am working from home today and I hope the Comcast issue gets resolved today. Here to a good day. <BR> <BR> Work was very busy yesterday. Lots of non-billable work. Troubleshooting faxing issues and preparing Deltek software orders. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 06:36:00 EST Tuesday, July 8 Well, it's unbelievable. The Comcast Tech went to the wrong house. He called around 8:18 AM on my cell. I didn't pick up because I didn't recognize the phone number. So, I called back and discovered he was at the house. So, hubby texted me a few times so I can be kept up-to-date. The Tech replaced the Anyroom DVR and checked all connections. OnDemand and DVR services are not working. So, I spent another 3 hours online last night trying to resolve the issue. No success. Another Comca... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 06:10:22 EST Monday, July 7 well, we were so disappointed that Roger lost. He tried and fought. Came up short. We thought this was his best chance. We played tennis until 4:30 PM and then went to Pho Tay Ho for lunch/dinner. <BR> <BR> Today, a Comcast Tech is coming to replace the new (two week old) Anyroom DVR and make sure that OnDemand and DVR services are working correctly. I am leaving hubby to deal with them because I have to be in Tysons Corner today. Mon, 7 Jul 2014 06:10:55 EST Sunday, July 6 Well, Saturday's tennis was a John, Graham, David J., Andrew, hubby and me. David and I barely beat Graham and hubby. 7-5. Then, Andrew and I lost to Eric and John 6-1. We went to Bangkok Golden for lunch. After lunch, we went grocery shopping. <BR> <BR> When we finally got home, we watched some of the tennis matches on the Tennis Channel. I was shocked that the women's match was so lopsided. I was even more surprised that the Bryan brothers lost to Sock/Popvisil. <BR> <BR> Today, we ... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 07:44:59 EST Saturday, July 5 Hubby stayed home to watch the Wimbledon matches. Thank goodness because the DVR showed it was recording the program. I couldn't find them on our recorded programs list. So, I did a test and recorded a show and got an error message -- There's a problem with DVR Service. We're working to restore services as quickly as possible and will provide access to your recordings again shortly. We apologize for any inconvenience." I contacted an online agent and she said, "Check you cable connectio... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 07:06:09 EST Friday, July 4 Happy 4th. Hope all my SP friends have a wonderful day. Today, we (hubby may not play) are playing tennis at 9:30 AM EST. Although, the Wimbledon matches are being broadcasted live. <BR> <BR> I am rooting for Roger Federer. Fri, 4 Jul 2014 06:04:23 EST Thursday, July 3 Time to go back to the office. today. Work was so slow yesterday. I was able to watch all the tennis matches. I was so thrilled that Roger won. Although it was tougher than I anticipated. Stan was playing very well. <BR> <BR> Today's matches are Halep v. Bouchard and Kvitkova v. Safarova. Thu, 3 Jul 2014 06:21:14 EST Wednesday, July 2 I got to work early yesterday and left early so I can make our haircut appointments. Also, I swapped the Anyroom DVR with the one of the hubs to determine if the issue is with the box or with the wiring. It's the box. So, I will spend more time with the Comcast Tech sometime in the near future. Certainly not today, as hubby is staying home to watch Federer play Wawrinka. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 06:10:56 EST Tuesday, July 1 It was a busy day at work yesterday and again it was mostly non-billable work. I left a few minutes early and went to the bank to get cash. We have our haircut appointments this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Well, I called Comcast and...., you guessed it. OnDemand still do not play any shows/movies. I think I am done with trying to troubleshoot it with Comcast. wasted several hours last night. However, I think they should discount my monthly bill. Haha. Wishful thinking. <BR> <BR> Well, it's... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 06:00:03 EST Monday, June 30 We played tennis until 1 PM today. I played four sets (one was with Thomas and I was hitting a new forehand). Afterwards, we went to Hong Kong Pearl for lunch. We had dim sum. $20 per person. For dinner, we had crab cake, salad, and a piece baguette. <BR> <BR> Well, I can't decide what to do with Comcast. I still cannot watch any OnDemand shows on the new Anyroom DVR. Comcast supposedly fixed it on Friday. I just don't have time to deal with it. <BR> <BR> Well, it's work at the Tyso... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 06:05:53 EST Sunday, June 29 Well, we played tennis from 9:30 AM to 12:45 PM. Graham and JJ played doubles. I thought they wanted to play singles. JJ and I lost to Graham and hubby 7-6 (7). We were up 5-2. We should have won. Then, Graham and I defeated JJ and Graham 6-4. Hubby and I came back from 1-5 down to beat Graham and JJ 7-5. After tennis, we came home hoping to see Roger Federer's match. ESPN showed the Serena match -- which she lost. Woo hoo. I never liked Serena because she is not a gracious and gra... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 05:51:42 EST Saturday, June 28 It was a very busy day at work yesterday. Again, mostly non-billable time. We did get lots of issues resolved. After I came home from work, hubby and I went to Home Depot and got topsoil and mulch. I am planning to plant annuals in our front yard. It was looking very sad. Not sure which annuals to plant. Still thinking about it. We mulched the side of the house, We will need more mulch. <BR> <BR> After we finished the yard work, we went to Good Taste for carry-out Chinese. We ordre... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 06:17:54 EST Friday, June 27 Well, the Comcast Tech arrived around 11 AM EST. It took him almost one hour to replace the existing cable (DVR) boxes. The Anyroom DVR was getting a ppor signal. Somehow Comcast fixed it. However, I discovered after the Tech left that OnDemand does not work on that box. I rebooted the box this morning with the same results. Oh, one more thing. The Tech had double parked and I mentioned that he may get a ticket. I recommended that he park in the driveway. Well, we backed into the dri... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 06:26:44 EST Thursday, June 26 I had a good day working from home yesterday. I was busy -- again -- mostly non-billable work. At 11:55 AM EST, my manager sent me a email asking me to complete several tasks for a 2:00 PM EST meeting. Luckily, it took a little bit over an hour so I was done around 1 PM EST. <BR> <BR> Today, I am working from home again. A Comcast tech is coming to the house to swap out our existing cable (DVR) boxes with the new one -- Anyroom DVR. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:20:30 EST Wednesday, June 25 Well, it turned out that I misread the Leave Policy. Although, this is what is written: Maximum Carry Over/Pay Out = 240 hours and 10 years or more service = 280. So, where did I misread it? There is no use or lose unless you leave the company. So, I removed a couple of days from my list. I should be carrying over 256 hours this year. <BR> <BR> I am working from home today. Don't have to deal with the traffic and wear/tear on my car. I can't afford any more repairs for a while. ($2,20... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 06:28:35 EST Tuesday, June 24 A fairly busy day at work yesterday. At least in the morning. It slowed down in the afternoon. I was looking at accrued leave because I was worried that I was going to lose it. I have close to 80 hours to use by the end of the year or I will lose it. So, hubby and I talked about the days I should take off. <BR> <BR> Well, I better get started to get ready for work. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 06:19:51 EST Monday, June 23 Yesterday, we played tennis at 9:30 AM. The courts were mostly dry. Had a few puddles here and there where we swept it away. We played until 1 PM. Afterwards, we went to a new place for lunch. Lighthouse Tofu. It was good. A little pricey. $24 per person. When we came back home, I cleaned the yard. Got rid of some annoying roots. We also trimmed the tree back. Hubby took his bike to get a new inner tube. <BR> <BR> Well, it's Monday and it's back to the Tysons Corner office. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:06:15 EST Sunday, June 22 Well, we ended up playing at 1 PM EST because the roads were wet and it started to drizzle. We played until 4:30 PM. We ate an early dinner at Pho Tay Ho. <BR> <BR> We are playing tennis at 9:30 AM EST today. I am not so sure. It rained overnight and courts may be wet. It's only 6 18 AM now, it may be okay by then. I think we are going to a new lunch place today. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 06:19:06 EST Saturday, June 21 It was a very busy day at work yesterday and again mostly non-billable work. The commute to Tysons Corner was very good -- 22 minutes. The commute home was 60 minutes. I stopped at Popeye's and got dinner. It's an occasional treat. <BR> <BR> Today, we are playing tennis at 9:30 AM if it's not raining. 40% chance of rain today. So, we will play it by ear. If the rain comes, then we will do our grocery shopping earlier in the day. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 06:09:20 EST Friday, June 20 It was a busy day at work yesterday. Woo hoo. The commute to Tysons Corner was very good -- 22 minutes. The commute home 75 minutes. Oh well. I made baked salmon and a spinach salad for dinner. <BR> <BR> Well, it's time to get ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. <BR> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 06:07:16 EST Thursday, June 19 It was another slow work day yesterday and I was so glad I worked from home. I made lemon pepper chicken with walnuts for dinner. I think it was okay. <BR> <BR> It's back to Tysons Corner today. I hope the commute is okay. It's been terrible lately and I thought with school out it would be better. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 06:25:24 EST Wednesday, June 18 It was a slow billable day at work yesterday. But it was a busy day as we dealt with the phones. Then, we dealt with a SPAM email from Wells Fargo. <BR> <BR> I am so happy that I am working from home today. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 06:27:03 EST Tuesday, June 17 A fairly busy day at work yesterday. I ended up leaving around 6 PM EST. I thought we were going to have the rotisserie chicken for dinner. BUT, hubby ate one of the two pieces for lunch. So, he went to get Chinese carry-out. I was too tired to cook. <BR> <BR> I caught up on my DVR shows. Devious Maids and Game of Thrones. Well, I better start getting ready for work. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 06:18:20 EST Monday, June 16 Yesterday, we played tennis from 9:30 AM to 12:45 PM and then we went to Pho Tay Ho for lunch. Everybody went to lunch. I payed attention to dynamics and noticed that John is still not speaking to hubby and me. That's fine. John's treatment is the way he treats Denny and Thomas. So, we have fallen into that category of friendship with John. After tennis, we came home and watched some of the Federer and Falla match. Hubby took his bike to get fixed -- he said he had a flat tire -- he di... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 06:27:15 EST Sunday, June 15 We got to the site around 1 PM and started setting up. Unfortunately, the person next to me had a tent base that made it difficult for me to have my tent against the base of the fountain wall. Well, I had good traffic. I had several people asking about my art and technique. BUT, no sales. Fine art is not an impulse purchase. Well, I am going to check my website and see if there is a traffic increase. <BR> <BR> Today, we are playing tennis with the group. Mostly everybody are playing -... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 07:03:52 EST Saturday, June 14 Well, I am almost ready for the Art Fair. I just need to put the artwork in the car. Then, determine if I can get one of lawn chairs in the car as well. If not, then, I will take the small folder away stool. <BR> <BR> I hope to make some sales today. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 08:09:27 EST Friday, June 13 It's Friday the 13th. I am on PTO today. I will put up the display to determine which on my art work I will take with me tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I will go grocery shopping today instead of tomorrow since the Art Fair is 3 PM with a 1 PM check-in. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 06:21:46 EST Thursday, June 12 A very slow work day. I was glad that I worked at home because it's much easier to "look" busy. <em>246</em> For dinner, I made baked lemon pepper chicken and pasta. <BR> <BR> Well, for me, today is my "Friday" since I took PTO tomorrow to prepare for the Old Town Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday. It's my first time showing at the fair. <BR> <BR> Well, I better start getting ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 06:18:32 EST Wednesday, June 11 It was a normal work day which kept me busy instead of being bored. I tried to leave a little early so I can go vote. It turned out I left 15 minutes than usual. I still got home in time to go vote. It was the Virginia Democratic Primaries. <BR> <BR> Today, I work from home and I am so happy. There are severe thunderstorms in the area and I am glad that I don't need to drive in that weather. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 06:17:46 EST Tuesday, June 10 Work was very busy yesterday. I finally left around 5:30 PM. It also took 45 minutes to get home. A little longer than the typical commute. I made pasta and meatballs for dinner. <BR> <BR> It's back to Tysons Corner today. I better get ready. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 06:06:41 EST Monday, June 9 Well, tennis ended up on a sour note. Not sure what exactly happened. Andrew and I beat John and Eric 7-6 (4) after John and Eric was up 3-1. John went over to JJ and said something. Next thing we see, John taking off without saying a word to Andrew, my hubby, and I. JJ and Eric said they were going home to watch tennis and do some errands. As we walked to our cars, we noticed that John was walking by himself and way ahead of JJ and Eric. <BR> <BR> We took Andrew to A&J Restaurant sin... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 06:03:41 EST Sunday, June 8 Tennis was okay. Bill and I defeated David M and hubby 7-6 (5). We were lucky to win. We were down a break throughout the set and the tiebreaker. Then, hubby and I lost to David J and John 6-3. I hit some singles with JJ. I think he wanted to play but I was too tired and just hit with him. <BR> <BR> We went to Pho Tay Ho for lunch. Then, Costco for grocery shopping. We came home and watched the Belmont Races. I hoped California Chrome was going to win. He came in 5th. Yikes. For ... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 06:12:53 EST Saturday, June 7 Another slow day at work yesterday. I tried to keep myself busy. I monitored the tennis matches and saw that both my "wanted" results didn't go my way. Well, at least it will be a great final. I will be rooting for Novak to win his first French Open. Nadal have 8 titles already. <BR> <BR> Today, we are playing tennis at 9:30 AM. We will go to lunch and then hubby and I will go grocery shopping. Sat, 7 Jun 2014 07:47:34 EST Friday, June 6 Another slow day at work yesterday. I found out at lunch that our friends MT and RW are going to be in Florida for the rest of the month. They have a house in Delray Beach. They have not responded to my hubby's email about the condo we co-own in Fort Lauderdale. They said they would buy us out in December. We are trying to figure out the details. This sale is going to on their terms and time, which is not fair to us. <BR> <BR> Well, I hope Murray beats Nadal today. I am not sure about... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 06:16:30 EST Thursday, June 5 It was another slow work day yesterday. It's easier for me when I work on home and it's slow. I watched the Nadal v. Ferrer match and Murray v. Monfils. Ferrer was a little disappointing. Monfils is unpredictable. <BR> <BR> Today, I work at the office in Tysons Corner. So, I better start getting ready for the commute. Thu, 5 Jun 2014 06:18:22 EST Wednesday, June 4 Not a very busy day at work yesterday. I was a little bored. I guess it's good to have a few days where you don't have much to do. I left work 5 minutes early so I can get to our hair cut appointments in time. <BR> <BR> Today, I work from home. Woo hoo. I will get to watch the Nadal v. Ferrer match live. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 06:19:25 EST Tuesday, June 3 Well, the tennis charity event was as expected. Not a lot of fun. We started out by having lunch. I didn't want to eat too much because I was worried that I will feel queasy on the court. We started with some drills - approach shot, volley, and overhead. I didn't so well. Then, we played ten point tiebreakers against four other teams. We were 1-3. However, the two losses were very close 10-8 and 11-9. Against the George Mason tennis team not so good. Afterwards, we played a playoff ... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 06:12:06 EST Monday, June 2 Tennis was much better on Sunday. We played from 9:30 AM to 1 PM. I played four sets and one super tiebreaker while waiting for the other group to finish. Overall, I won 3 sets and lost 1 set and the super tiebreaker. We went to eat at Pho Tay Ho. <BR> <BR> We came home and watched some of the French Open. Around 4 PM, we went to our street bbq. Met some of the new neighbors and stayed until 7 PM. <BR> <BR> Today, I need to get to the office a little early. I am playing tennis in a ch... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 06:03:41 EST Sunday, June 1 I registered for the Artomatic show at 12:06 PM EST. So, hopefully, I am in the top 50. I will not know until June 10 and then I have to complete the process by June 12. Tennis was okay. I didn't play my best. Lost both sets I played. 6-2 and 6-4. We waited until hearing back from Andrew about lunch. He said that he was going back home to have lunch with his partner, Rob. So, we went to Costco for our weekly grocery shopping. <BR> <BR> Today, we are playing tennis at 9:30 AM again. ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 06:07:46 EST Saturday, May 31 Wow -- the end of another month. I can't believe how fast time is flying. Work was busy. The commute was okay. The typical driving time. <BR> <BR> I have a project that I will need to do for the VP of MITS at home using my graphic software. <BR> <BR> Today, we are playing tennis at 9:30 AM EST. I have to be home around noon so I can register for an art show. It's a first come first serve registration process and only the first 50 get into the show. Sat, 31 May 2014 06:13:21 EST Friday, May 30 Well, the drive to work yesterday was horrible (45 minutes) because there was an accident. Typically 22 minutes to get to work. Then, the drive home took over one hour. Typically 30-35 minutes. I guess people do not know how to drive in light rain. Work was slightly busy yesterday. <BR> <BR> I am so glad it's Friday. Fri, 30 May 2014 06:10:10 EST Thursday, May 29 I had a fairly busy day working from home. I had a 1 PM meeting that my boss didn't show up and sent an apology that he had forgotten. <BR> <BR> I got to watch some good tennis matches. Although, I am a bit worried that Roger Federer did not play very well yesterday. <BR> <BR> It's back to the office today (drive to Tysons Corner). Thu, 29 May 2014 06:12:57 EST Wednesday, May 28 A very busy day at work yesterday -- I had 7.2 hours of billable time. Woo hoo. Today, I work from home. Wed, 28 May 2014 06:13:49 EST Tuesday, May 27 Tennis was okay yesterday. John and I lost to Eric and hubby 6-2. David and I beat Andrew and Joel 7-5. John and David beat Eric and Andrew 6-2. Andrew and I beat Eric and Joel 6-4 (we were up 5-0 and didn't close it.) Afterwards, we went to Pho Tay Ho for lunch. Andrew didn't go. He said he had pho last night and to spend $15 for lunch at Pho Tay Ho is a bit much. After lunch, hubby and I stopped at Hamilton Sofa Gallery and ordered two love-seats. 6 to weeks before the love seats ... Tue, 27 May 2014 06:03:04 EST Monday, May 26 Well, I played better on Sunday. Eric and I beat David and hubby 6-2 (we avenged our loss to them on Saturday). My allergies were better Sunday. Still had the occasional cough and sneeze. Then, hubby and I lost to John and Andrew 7-6 (4). We should have won. We were up a break until they broke hubby to even it at 4-4. <BR> <BR> Then, Eric and Andrew played John and David. They won 7-6 (7). Well played sets. Afterwards, we went to Bangkok Golden for lunch. Yummy. For the first time... Mon, 26 May 2014 06:11:10 EST Sunday, May 25 Well, I had one of the worst days playing tennis. I was coughing and sneezing throughout (while playing). It was a not a good day. I think I only won 3 games all day. I also didn't well at all. <BR> <BR> After tennis, we went to X.O. Taste for lunch. It was okay. Grocery shopping was next on the list. We left around 5:15 PM to go downtown for a 6 PM wedding. We arrived around 5:30 PM so we walked around looking for either coffee or a soda. We found the Starbucks but it was closing. ... Sun, 25 May 2014 08:25:18 EST Saturday, May 24 I went to the office on Friday morning and knew about the network issues. I had no idea that it was going to be so slow. So after deliberating for a while, I came home around 10 AM EST. So much better. I also had a very good billable day. One support request was for 47 new user accounts. <BR> <BR> Oh my goodness the bbq was fun. However, my allergies were killing me. <BR> <BR> Today, we are playing tennis at 10 AM EST. It will be eight of us (John, JJ, Eric, David J, Andrew, and Dav... Sat, 24 May 2014 06:03:40 EST Friday, May 23 Another slow day at work -- did people already started to leave for the long holiday weekend? <BR> <BR> Tonight, we are going to David and Patrick's for a bbq. Hubby will go to the Alexandria Cafe and Bakery to get 12 assorted desserts. <BR> <BR> Well. I better start getting ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. Fri, 23 May 2014 06:02:32 EST