TENNISJIM's SparkPeople Blog TENNISJIM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Sunday, June 7 We played tennis from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM. We had eight people and had lots of fun. Afterwards, we went to Bangkok Golden for lunch. After lunch, hubby and I drove to Costco in Fairfax. It's larger than the one in Springfield. <BR> <BR> We are playing tennis at 9:30 AM today again. Hopefully, we will have six players. <BR> Sun, 7 Jun 2015 06:53:43 EST Saturday, June 6 Yesterday, I arrived at the office around 7:30 AM and had the Director of HCM ask me to unlock his AD account. Apparently, he is having issues where his account locks for no reason. Strange. Very strange. It has to be cache somewhere. <BR> <BR> I finished the major project and emailed the letter. Now, I need to go back and review them and make changes as needed. <BR> <BR> I also worked with a IT Tech in Vanderberg Air Force Base on resolving login issues for 7 laptops. They didn't login w... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 05:46:30 EST Friday, June 5 Yesterday, I started working from home at 6 AM EST and ended the day at 5 PM EST. A long and busy day. I worked on a project for almost 3 hours and it's finally at the stage where I can attempt to do a mail merge and email the letter to recipients. <BR> <BR> I will do that at the office today. It'll be better to see it on a bigger screen. <BR> <BR> I better get ready for work, Hoping for a Murray and Wawrinka final for Sunday. Fri, 5 Jun 2015 06:10:21 EST Thursday, June 4 Another very busy day at the office - arrived around 7 AM EST and left around 5 PM EST. I had an afternoon meeting that was to be held in one of the conference rooms. It was not - we had a Join.Me meeting. So, I could have stayed home. <BR> <BR> I am working from home today.... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 05:54:01 EST Wednesday, June 3 I had planned to work at home today but there is s 2 PM meeting in the office that I need to attend...thus, I better start getting ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, was another busy day at work. I left at 4:45 PM so I can make my haircut appointment. My stylist changed my hair style. It's very short on the side and longer on top. No photos will be taken - <em>246</em> I don't like to take photos. Wed, 3 Jun 2015 05:53:24 EST Tuesday, June 2 A very busy day at work yesterday. As soon as I walked in - I had two people waiting for me and two others pinging me. <BR> <BR> I left at 5:15 PM and on the way home stopped at Harris Teeter. Bought a jar of baby food for Scamper. We will feed him baby food when he does not eat his regular food. <BR> <BR> Time to get ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. Tue, 2 Jun 2015 06:02:54 EST Monday, June 1 New challenges. <BR> <BR> we had a good time visiting my mom and family for lunch yesterday, Sandra made a very good meal. We brought some home and it will be for dinner as well. <BR> <BR> Well, we watched the end of the second set between Federer and Monfils. On the way home, we stopped at a Dairy Queen. Hubby got his usual large vanilla cone and I got a small chocolate extreme blizzard. <BR> <BR> Time to get ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. <BR> Mon, 1 Jun 2015 05:53:24 EST Sunday, May 31 Another month is over. Starting the half way mark for 2015. We had seven people show up to play yesterday. JJ was an addition that I didn't know. Eric and I defeated David J and Joel 6-3. Then, I went to play singles against Eric and David J. I lost both tiebreakers at two, David J and I lost to Eric and hubby 6-3. <BR> <BR> We went to Ruby Tuesday for lunch. I had a cocktail. Out of the ordinary for me. I wanted something cool and refreshing. A spiked frozen strawberry lemonade. It was ve... Sun, 31 May 2015 07:02:38 EST Saturday, May 30 So much for leaving early from work yesterday - I arrived at 7:15 AM and left at 5:45 PM. A very long day. Busy though. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I walked over to our neighborhood Chinese/Japanese restaurant for dinner. I had hot and sour soup, seaweed salad, and spicy sushi rolls. Hubby had salmon tartar and shrimp and broccoli. The food was good. The service was very good. Very attentive. <BR> <BR> Today, we are playing tennis at 9:30 AM. Hopefully, lunch afterwards. Then, grocery shopping. Sat, 30 May 2015 06:38:08 EST Friday, May 29 Yesterday, I had a busy work day which is good. Then, I left around 3:15 PM to go to a client site. I arrived at the client site around 4:05 PM and left around 4:20 PM. Finally, got home around 5 PM and it's five (5) miles from my house. <BR> <BR> Today, I need to go into the office early. There is a breakfast meeting and I need to make sure all the technology equipment is working. <BR> <BR> I better start getting ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. Oh, hubby is getting his car d... Fri, 29 May 2015 05:58:22 EST Thursday, May 28 It was a slow day at working at home which is good. I needed a break from being so busy and working here and there on the weekends. I ended working around 4:30 PM when an issue with Lync messaging app stopped working. <BR> <BR> I made lemon pepper chicken with walnuts and pasta. Turned out okay with a small change to the recipe. <BR> <BR> Well, I better start getting ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. Thu, 28 May 2015 06:18:49 EST Wednesday. May 27 Yesterday was a slow day at the office. I tried my best to keep myself busy. I got two quotes for Adobe Acrobat XI Pro for an existing customer. <BR> <BR> I left around 5:30 PM EST (arrived at 7:30 AM). I went to the mall to the buy shoes. I stopped at the Sleep Number store and asked about a trade in program. They don't have one. I inquired about getting a mattress that can rise for watching TV or reading. The one I am thinking of getting only comes in king size beds. So, no go, <BR> <BR... Wed, 27 May 2015 06:17:41 EST Tuesday, May 26 Yesterday, we had four people to play tennis. David J and John. We only played two sets. John and I didn't do so well. Lost 6-1. Hubby and I beat David J and John 6-4. It was a very hot and humid day. <BR> <BR> Afterwards, hubby and I went to A&J for lunch. Just the two of us. <BR> <BR> I was so tired after we came home. I fell asleep while watching TV. I went to bed early. <BR> <BR> Well, it's back to the office today. So, I better start getting ready. <BR> Tue, 26 May 2015 06:01:17 EST Monday, May 25 Happy Memorial Day. Our thanks to all the service men and women for all that they done to give us a country that we safely live. <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 May 2015 07:06:23 EST Sunday, May 24 Yesterday, we had 13 people for tennis. It has been the largest group in a long time. I played well against Jackson and Michael. But came up short. Hubby and I lost 6-3. Afterwards, hubby and I played two sets with JJ and Rob. <BR> <BR> We went to Chili's for lunch. 10 out 13 people. Not bad. I had a small chat with JJ. I asked him if I had done something to John. He wasn't aware of it. So, I asked him to drop it and that we never had this conversation. <BR> <BR> After lunch, we stopped at ... Sun, 24 May 2015 06:39:30 EST Saturday, May 23 Yesterday morning at work was quite busy. I had lots to do. I also met with one of clients to work on a special project. It will be fun. <BR> <BR> I left work around 4:45 PM and got home about 5:45 PM taking the "short" route from the navigation system. It was all local roads. I am trying different options in the navigation system. <BR> <BR> Today, we are playing tennis at 9:30 AM - I need to let MT and RW know. Hubby and I will go grocery shopping after we have lunch with the group, Sat, 23 May 2015 05:56:59 EST Friday, May 22 Yesterday was one of my busiest days at work. I arrived around 8 AM (after a one hour commute) and got home around 8:30 PM. I stopped by a client office to get a loaner/replacement laptop. I could have gone in the morning but that would require leaving the house very early. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I gave Scamper his ivy. We got one ml. Doubled from Sunday's attempt. I guess we can do this.... <BR> <BR> Well, I need to be in the office early today. I better start getting ready and then drive out... Fri, 22 May 2015 05:49:58 EST Thursday, May 21 Yesterday, I did a 10 to 15 minutes presentation on showing how to verify that Time & Expense account is not locked on one of two (or both) web logic servers. I think it went okay. <BR> <BR> The exterminator called around 1:30 and showed up around 2:30 PM. He mentioned that we should clean the leaves in the backyard. <BR> <BR> I made shrimp and asparagus for hubby and shrimp and bamboo for me last night for dinner. <BR> <BR> Time to get ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. Thu, 21 May 2015 06:18:35 EST Wednesday, May 20 Yesterday was another busy day at the office. I had a meeting about developing a KB for a specific client. I completed my part and work on another project for that client. I am waiting for the new spreadsheet to be sent out so I can enter my KB responses. <BR> <BR> I better start getting ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. I need to leave the office at noon and work at home while waiting for the exterminator to show up between 2 and 4. Wed, 20 May 2015 06:13:50 EST Tuesday, May 19 Yesterday, while driving to work I noticed in my dash panel that the rear hatch appears to be open. On Sunday, hubby mentioned that rear camera on my car wasn't working. I think because the rear hatch wasn't shut closed. I slammed shut the hatch and the camera worked. PHEW! I didn't want to think I got a lemon. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I got another letter from my bank stating that my current auto loan has been denied. I guess the VW financing department must have applied for an auto loan o... Tue, 19 May 2015 06:12:46 EST