TENNISJIM's SparkPeople Blog TENNISJIM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Tuesday, July 28 I finally finished around 9:50 PM last night. I made an agreement to call a customer at 8 PM EDT and when I did he had a family crisis and he said he would all me back in 30 minutes. He did and we spent 20 minutes resolving his issue. <BR> <BR> I overslept a little today - 5:15 AM. Wow. Scamper is not eating much. He is alert and stares at me. I will change his food and see if he will eat new food. <BR> <BR> I better start getting ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. I have a new ... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:14:58 EST Monday, July 27 Well, it was a busy day and filled with a little drama. I started the day at 5 AM EDT. Around 5:50 AM EDT, I got on my laptop and started to get ready for some work for a customer. I had planned ahead for the thing that I need to do. I did my changes before 6 AM EDT which was the agreed time. Then, the person asking me to make these changes asked what about the announcement. So, I quickly added the announcement so I finished around 6:20 AM EDT. <BR> <BR> I played tennis from 9 AM to 11:15 A... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 06:04:49 EST Sunday, July 26 Well, the vet appointment took less time than I had anticipated. I was able to get to the tennis courts by 9:30 AM. Unfortunately, our group could only grab one court. So Andrew and I waited for a court. Luckily, it was next to our group. <BR> <BR> We played until 1 PM and then went to Eden Kitchen for lunch. Just the five of us. John, David J, Eric, JJ, and me. <BR> <BR> After lunch, I went grocery shopping. I forgot an item so I will need to go the grocery store again. I was hoping to get... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 05:52:15 EST Saturday, July 25 Well, I left work around 2:50 PM and got home around 3:15 PM and started working again until 10 PM. I had a bad experience with a very nasty PwC user. I resolved his technical issue BUT he told me the issue is not resolved because he doesn't know how to correct his time sheet. I said that I am technical support and I am not functional support. The way he wrote in his Sametime message - Lotus Notes chat messaging app - he was threatening me. 1d10t! <BR> <BR> Today, I am taking Scamper in to v... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 06:56:40 EST Friday, July 24 Well, I completely forgot to do my SP stuff yesterday. My MacBook Air was out of battery so I charged it before I left for work. When I returned I was too busy with more work to do that I completely forgot to do my SP stuff. <BR> <BR> I even came home early - got home around 4:15 PM EDT. But lots of work sitting in the PwC help desk... <BR> <BR> I worked until 10 PM EDT then went to bed. <BR> <BR> I got up at 4:30 AM today and am getting ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 05:52:13 EST Wednesday, July 22 I am working from home today because i have a dentist appointment. I have a 8:30 AM EDT conference call, 9 AM department meeting, 10:30 AM dentist appointment, 11:30 AM conference call, and 5:30 PM conference call. I started working (reviewing emails) around 5:30 AM and will end the day around 10 PM. It will be a long day. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck on my dental appointment. I think I am getting the posts screwed into my implants. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 06:23:20 EST Tuesday, July 21 I got to work around 6:45 AM EDT. It didn't take as long from National Airport as I thought it would. Traffic pattern was quite different. I left work around 6 PM EDT. I stopped at the Mediterranean Bakery and picked up a flat bread for dinner. I got some Indian quick fix meals while hubby is away. Hubby doesn't like Indian foods. <BR> <BR> I monitored the PwC support queue until 9:30 PM EDT and then went to bed. <BR> <BR> I am up at 4:30 AM EDT today and am getting ready for work. I will s... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 05:49:34 EST Monday, July 20 Well, It was so hot this weekend. It was a bit unbearable. I was felt burnt out while playing tennis and we played at 9:30 AM EDT. After tennis we went to Ruby Tuesday for lunch and it was an experience that one would wish for an enemy. Two hours to eat our lunch - one hour to wait for our meals. <BR> <BR> I am doing my SP stuff at work today since I took hubby to the airport at 6 AM EDT for his 8:30 AM EDT flight to Ft. Lauderdale. <BR> <BR> He will be gone for two weeks. I will be taking... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 10:34:11 EST Sunday, July 19 it rained in the morning so hubby and I did our grocery shopping. I bought a bunch of new food items that I can try while he goes on his two week vacation in Florida. This is a annual event and he has been doing it before we got together. It's his tradition and I don't want to take it away from him. <BR> <BR> Besides, we will be moving to Florida in the next few years.... <BR> <BR> We played tennis at 2 PM and it was hot and humid. I played two sets and won both of them 7-5 and 6-4. <BR> ... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 07:19:13 EST Saturday, July 18 I left the office around 3:30 PM EDT and worked until 10 PM EDT at home. I made the conference call at 5:30 PM at home and then basically just monitored the SM9 queue. <BR> <BR> I made pan seared tilapia for dinner. We had some left over string beans. <BR> <BR> Today, we are playing tennis at 9:30 AM. Hopefully, we are having lunch afterwards. <BR> <BR> Then, hubby and I will go grocery shopping. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 08:21:27 EST Friday, July 17 Last night I fell asleep monitoring the PwC support queue.... <em>102</em> oh oh.... <BR> <BR> SparkPeople site was having issues this morning so I am doing my SP stuff while eating my lunch in-front of my work laptop.... <BR> <BR> One of my pet peeves is not eat at my desk or in-front of my laptop. We'll that pet peeve went out door on July 1 when I was assigned to the PwC Helpdesk. <BR> <BR> Another busy day which is good. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 12:22:26 EST Thursday, July 16 Happy Birthday to Scamper - our 19 year old cat. He made it. I didn't think he was going to... <BR> <BR> I am working from home today. It will be a nice change of pace - a little quieter and less distractions. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I had seven- 7 - conference calls. I did other work while on those calls. <BR> <BR> Well, I need to install TeamViewer nn my iMac so it's time to get to work. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 06:37:19 EST Wednesday, July 15 The broken record returns - i got to the office around 6:45 AM and asked Nick to help me out. I was not stupid - what I tried cannot be done remotely and needed to be hard wired at the Tysons office. <BR> <BR> Well, I got home around 7:15 PM last night and stayed online until 9:45 PM. I think I will work at home tomorrow. I can avoid the commute. I can sleep in a little. Most of all, it's our cat Scamper's 19th birthday. I didn't think he was going to make it. He has good and bad days. <BR> ... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 06:21:08 EST Tuesday, July 14 A very logn worm day. I finally logout around 10:15 PM EDT. I got up at 4:15 AM today because I wanted to figure out some thing for a project I am responsible and needs to be done ASAP. <BR> <BR> I couldn't figure it out. I tried. I am too stupid. I am going into the office early to see if I can get some help from Nick. <BR> <BR> So, that's my blog for today. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 05:42:47 EST Monday, July 13 I am so sore from playing tennis this weekend. I am worn out. I need a day just to sit around and do nothing - yeah, right! <BR> <BR> Hubby and David J beat David M and me 7-6. Then, David M and I played some singles. We split tie-breakers. Then, David M and I beat Denny and Arthur 7-5. After that set, hubby and I lost to David J and Arthur 6-1. I was way too tired to run down all the lobs from David J. <BR> <BR> I made an interesting observation. John preferred to have David J take him an... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 06:19:24 EST Sunday, July 12 We ended playing tennis at 3 PM yesterday. Hubby did our grocery shopping after the Serena match. It was not thrilling. Serena will complete the calendar Grand Slam (GS) and have 22 GS titles like Steffi Graf. Oh well...I guess records are meant to be broken. <BR> <BR> Hubby's colleague weren't able to come play tennis in the afternoon. So, no eye candy. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> After tennis, hubby and I stopped in Eden Center and got carry-out for dinner. Grilled lemon chicken in a verm... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 07:11:39 EST Saturday, July 11 I know, I know, I know...don't work these long hours...I started the day at 5 AM EDT. Got to the office at 7:15 AM EDT while getting gas on the into the office. It was not a great start - when i Pulled my wallet out to get my credit card - the cash I was carrying came out as well and fell to the pavement and with the windy conditions - blowing everywhere. I successfully retrieved my cash. Then, the fuel pump did not stop and gas spelt over the car and tire rim. ARGH. My new car.I finally ende... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 05:51:55 EST Friday, July 10 For Steve (if you are reading my blog) - I have to work these long hours. There are only four people to provide PwC helpdesk support from 8 AM to 10 PM. Guess who is one of them? <BR> <BR> Last night I made pan seared salmon. George brought string beans and tofu as sides. We had a good meal. Watched Wayward Pines. <BR> <BR> I need to get to ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. Fri, 10 Jul 2015 06:10:55 EST Thursday, July 9 It's going to be a short blog today - I am running late - I overslept today. <BR> <BR> I worked from 7 AM to 9:30 PM yesterday. Enough said? <BR> <BR> Scamper, our black cat with the kidney failure seems to be doing better. I thought he was going to die last Saturday.. Thu, 9 Jul 2015 06:44:47 EST Wednesday, July 8 I am a broken record - I left home at 6:30 AM EDT so I can stop and get some cash for my hair cut appointment last night (6:30 PM). I left the office at 5:20 PM and got on a 5:30 PM conference call in my car. I thought I had put myself on mute - mike with a slash over it - turned out I was not. How embarrassing! <BR> <BR> Then the other people for the 6 PM conference started joining and the discussion was a repeat from the 5:30 PM conference call. I decided to hang up at 6:20 PM since I arri... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 06:06:42 EST Tuesday, July 7 Yesterday, I left home around 6:45 AM EDT and arrived at the office at 7:05 AM EDT. A good commute. I left the office at 6:45 PM and got home around 7:30 PM. Turned on the laptops and monitored PwC's support queue until 9:30 PM EDT. Then, I went to bed. <BR> <BR> I got up around 4:30 AM EDT today. I have too much on my mind and am not resting. <BR> <BR> It's time to get ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. Tue, 7 Jul 2015 05:44:00 EST Monday, July 6 End of a three-day weekend. It went too fast - I had to work a bit, too. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I played tennis from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM yesterday. John and I lost to David and hubby 7-6 (5). David and I defeated John and hubby 6-3. Hubby and I lost to David and John 6-4. I had a bad day. Missing too many easy shots. <BR> <BR> Afterwards, we went grocery shopping. John headed back home. David said he was not hungry. After we put the groceries away, we went to Smashburger for lunch. It was so s... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 06:06:38 EST Sunday, July 5 We attempted to play tennis yesterday. It started to drizzle around 8:30 AM so we decided to play at 3 PM. We got out and may have gotten 45 minutes in and then rain came down. We headed to John's house to play some ping pong. We played a few games. Then, we played Monopoly. We made up some "house" rules. David and hubby ended up being in the top two finishers. We left around 9:30 PM. <BR> <BR> Today, we are going to play tennis at 9:30 AM. It's just David, John, and us. Afterwards, we need... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 06:39:29 EST Saturday, July 4 Happy 4th of July! <BR> <BR> Well, we played tennis at 9:30 AM and finished around 12:30 PM. We went to lunch at Eden Kitchen. We finally got home around 3 PM and I started working. I only working until a little after 5 PM. <BR> <BR> However, I did work a little this morning. I didn't see an email sent at 8 PM until I checked emails this morning, All done. Hopefully, I can relax the rest of the weekend. <BR> <BR> Today, we are playing tennis at 9:30 AM. Hopefully, the rain will stay away.... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 07:11:47 EST Friday, July 3 I arrived at the office around 7 AM EST yesterday. I left around 4 PM and when I got home (4:30 PM) I continued to work. I had two conference calls. One at 5:30 PM and the other at 6 PM which finished around 7 PM. So, I found out in the 6 PM conference call that we are supposed to be working tomorrow. I was not pleased. I spoke with one of my colleagues - she will monitor the support queue and offered that I can monitor it as well but not between 9 AM and 2 PM. I hope people are taking the da... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 05:57:49 EST Thursday, July 2 For work yesterday, I left home around 6:30 AM and got home around 7:30 PM when I picked hubby up and met friends for dinner. We went to Meiwah in downtown Washington DC. The food was good. The service was good. The conversation with friends was the best. We had a great time. <BR> <BR> I need to get to the office early again today. Thank goodness we have tomorrow off. I have to make a few more changes to the web page I created for the company and go through several emails to determine where... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 06:05:23 EST Wednesday, July 1 Yesterday, I arrived at the office around 7 AM and left around 8 PM. The project I was responsible completed around 7:15 PM. There lots of changes by the customer which I accommodated them. I ran into a technical difficulty and needed help from the CIO/COO. <BR> <BR> Glad the project is completed and the customer is very pleased with the final product. The project was to design a custom web page for them - if you want to check it out -<BR>ls.html <... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 05:51:07 EST Tuesday, June 30 Yesterday, as soon as I walked in - before I even got my laptop out of my bag - I had a support request. One of my pet peeves is to let me get settled and then ask for help since the request requires me to login to my laptop and launch Active Directory. Then, another user needed help. And so on.... <BR> <BR> A very busy day at work yesterday - I know, I know, I know .... busy, busy, busy. That is my work life for now. I hope it slows down a little. It's getting to be too much. <BR> <BR> Wel... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:55:34 EST Monday, June 29 Well, we arrived at the tennis courts around 9:20 AM EST and the doors were locked. I guess the school is getting ready to re-surface the courts. Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> As some of the group started arriving, we decided that they should head off to Bluemont Park and grab two courts, We waited for Andrew because he didn't know how to get there. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I lost to David J and Eric 6-1. But it was a very close 6-1 set. Then, hubby and I defeated David J and JJ 6-4. David J and I defeate... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 06:05:07 EST Sunday, June 28 Today, we are playing tennis at 9:30 AM EST. We will need to bring our broom to sweep away the puddles. We had some torrential storms last night (we met some friends for dinner and we had a wonderful time). <BR> <BR> We will most likely go out to lunch with our friends afterwards. Then, come home and rest. Sun, 28 Jun 2015 06:52:22 EST Saturday, June 27 I guess I had forgotten to write my blog yesterday....I woke up at 2 AM EST worrying about a PwC project I am responsible for completing before July 1. I figured it out in about 30 minutes and am mostly done. I am thinking about how to handle one part of the project and will finish it on Monday in the office. <BR> <BR> Well, hubby and I went out for dinner Friday night to celebrate SCOTUS decision to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. We were so relieved and delighted. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 06:49:17 EST Friday, June 26 Another busy day at the office yesterday - it seems this is the norm now. <BR> <BR> I did leave around 5 PM and got home around 6 PM. Long commute. Took mostly local roads as the highway was congested. <BR> <BR> I made pan seared salmon last night and George, our house guest, brought string beans and sesame tofu. <BR> <BR> Well, I better start getting ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 06:10:03 EST Thursday, June 25 Yesterday I left home around 6:50 AM and go to the office 7:20 AM - longer commute than usual especially at the early morning hour. I finally left the office at 6:40 PM. Made it home around 7:10 PM. I made lemon pepper chicken with walnuts and pasta for dinner. <BR> <BR> I watched two episodes of Sense 8 before going to bed. I overslept this morning. I need to get leave for work now for another busy day. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 06:52:24 EST Wednesday, June 24 I sound like a broken record - another busy day at the office yesterday. Yes, a full day a training. I thought it as helpful to observe how PwC employees interact and ask questions. <BR> <BR> My colleague disagreed with me. She thought it was a waste of time. <BR> <BR> More training today...also starts early so I better start getting ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 05:57:54 EST Tuesday, June 23 Very busy day at work yesterday - from time I walked in to time I left at 5:30 PM . It was also extremely hot - one side of the office building didn't have A/C. <BR> <BR> When I got home, I made chicken Marsala with pasta. I watched a few episodes of Sense 8 while eating dinner. <BR> <BR> I have a full day of PwC help desk training today. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 06:12:20 EST Monday, June 22 Since I wrote an late afternoon blog and now it's 5:40 AM EDT, I don't have much to write... <BR> <BR> I made tilapia for dinner and we ate the rest of the sliced baguettes. Now, it's time to get ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. <BR> <BR> Oh, one funny thing happened this morning...Roger was running around with my old lunch box. The strap was caught around his neck. Very funny hearing these noise of the lunch box hitting and scrapping the hardwood floor. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 05:43:30 EST Sunday, June 21 Yesterday, we had a surprise visit with my mom and cousin. After tennis and lunch, we picked them up at Van Dorn Metro and took them grocery shopping with us. We went to the newly opened Wegman's in Alexandria. Wow, lots of people.It's an awesome grocery store. A little out of the way for us. We may go once in a while. <BR> <BR> After Wegman's, we went to Costco in Alexandria. So, this month, we've gone to three difference Costco in Northern Virginia. My cousin Sandra made a cucumber salad t... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 15:04:01 EST Saturday, June 20 Another busy day at the office yesterday. I managed to leave around 4:30 PM though. I was very tired and had enough for the work week. <BR> <BR> I came home and made pan seared salmon with asparagus. <BR> <BR> We watched tennis matches from earlier today while eating dinner. I was so tired I went to bed around 9 PM EST. <BR> <BR> Today, we are playing tennis at 9:30 AM EDT. Lunch afterwards and then grocery shopping. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 06:27:34 EST Friday, June 19 It's 4:30 AM EDT and I am finishing my SP stuff...I've been up since 3 AM EDT because Roger came up to lay on my arm and I noticed it was extremely dark - no power. Then it electricity kicked on around 3:07 AM. So, I went around to set the clocks. As soon as I finished setting up the clocks - the power went out again. It came back up around 3:30 AM EDT. <BR> <BR> I can't sleep and afraid I will oversleep and get to work late. So, I am watching TV and doing my SparkPeople stuff... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 04:26:39 EST Thursday, June 18 I had a busy day working at home yesterday. I started around 7 AM and finished at 5 PM. Since, hubby and George went to the baseball game, I ate the leftovers for lunch and dinner. <BR> <BR> I was also very tired and fell asleep watching TV on the couch I finally got up and went to bed around 9 PM. <BR> <BR> Well, I better start getting ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 05:53:31 EST Wednesday, June 17 Another busy day at the office yesterday. I finished the POC review project. It took several hours over many days. Glad I'm done. Now, onto other projects and help desk service requests. <BR> <BR> I am working from home today so I hope that I will have a slower day. <BR> <BR> Hubby and George are going to the baseball game tongiht. I will stay home and take care of our cats. <BR> <BR> Well, I better feed Scamper and then start monitoring the support queue. Wed, 17 Jun 2015 06:13:43 EST Tuesday, June 16 I had a busy work day yesterday. I arrived around 7:30 AM and left at 5 PM. It took over one hour to get home - traffic was horrible. I came home and made shrimp, asparagus, and pasta for dinner. <BR> <BR> I ate dinner while watching the season finale of Game of Thrones. I was shocked with the ending. Not going to give it away if you have not seen the episode. <BR> <BR> Scamper, our black cat who is almost 19 years old, is not doing well. He was diagnosed with kidney failure a couple of mon... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 06:07:01 EST Monday, June 15 We have nine people for tennis yesterday, which was okay. Thomas didn't play for too long. I didn't play well yesterday. I had a bad day. <BR> <BR> After tennis, Andrew joined us for lunch at A&J Restaurant. We waited 15 minutes for a table. After lunch, we came home, showered, and left to go to my brother and sister-in-law's home in DC for dinner. We played mah jong beforehand. Hubby took a nap while we played. <BR> <BR> My cousin Sandra is an awesome cook. She made a fabulous meal. <BR> ... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 05:54:17 EST Sunday, June 14 Yesterday, David J canceled tennis - I asked if everything was okay. He didn't respond. Eric showed around 10 AM and we practiced drills until Denny showed up. We played two sets. Eric and I defeated Denny and hubby 7-5, 6-4. Afterwards, hubby and i went grocery shopping. <BR> <BR> We got home around 2 PM, put the grocery away, showered, took a quick nap, and then left at 4 PM to join friends at the Pride Parade. Hubby and I haven't been there in years. We had a good time. Around 7 PM, we he... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 07:32:01 EST Saturday, June 13 A very busy at the office yesterday - arrived at 7:15 AM and left at 6:30 PM. Ate lunch at my desk so no break at all. Constantly busy. <BR> <BR> Came home and pan seared tillapia and blanched asparagus for dinner. We watched Frankie and Grace while eating dinner. <BR> <BR> Today, we are playing tennis at 9:30 AM, We will be meeting friends between 4:30 PM and 5 PM downtown for the Pride parade and then go to dinner. Sat, 13 Jun 2015 06:16:16 EST Friday, June 12 SparkPeople was down early in the morning and by the time I got home I was too tired to SP. Sat, 13 Jun 2015 06:12:17 EST Thursday, June 11 Another busy work day yesterday, I did receive new Microsoft Windows 7 and Office 2013 license keys from the customer. They had turned off the other licenses because they had a piracy issue. The new ones worked and then I found out that it was for a different contract in their company. So, once again, I am waiting for the correct license keys. <BR> <BR> I also went to a client site to setup 10 laptops for a training session next week. One of my colleagues came along and made it very fast for... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 06:26:40 EST Wednesday, June 10 I had an extremely busy and frustrating day at the office. I was setting up a new laptop for customer. I was almost finished when I ran into Microsoft Windows 7 and Office 2013 activation issues. I kept getting invalid key errors. Finally, wrote to the customer and ask for verification. <BR> <BR> I am working in Tysons Corner today so I can finish the laptop. <BR> <BR> I better start getting ready and then drive out to Tysons Corner. Wed, 10 Jun 2015 06:05:43 EST Tuesday, June 9 Yesterday was another busy day at the office. I am reviewing 150+ responses from existing customers and updating POC information. <BR> <BR> I left around 4:45 PM and was caught in the torrential rains while driving home. <BR> <BR> I was lazy about cooking dinner. Hubby had some leftover chicken, asparagus, and pasta in a marinara sauce. I had a small Marie Cullender chicken pot pie. We watched Grace and Frankie while eating dinner. <BR> <BR> Well, I better start getting ready for work and ... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 06:15:51 EST Monday, June 8 We played tennis from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM today. It was Andrew, Michael, Rob, hubby , and me. Michael and I defeated Andrew and hubby 6-3. Hubby and I lost to Michael and Rob 6-2. Michael and Rob played hubby and Andrew. I sat out to rest and check the French Open score. I was shocked to learn that Stan was ahead in the match and then close it out. Unbelievable. Michael and Rob joined us for lunch in Shirlington. We tried a new restaurant - Coopertown Tavern. The food was okay - nothing spec... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 06:06:12 EST