TENNISJIM's SparkPeople Blog TENNISJIM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Wednesday, March 4 Yesterday was a very busy day at the office. Lots of non-billable work. At least the day went fast. I left at 4:45 PM so I can make my 6 PM haircut appointment. I felled flat on my back when I walked to my haircut appointment. The sidewalk in my neighborhood had "black" ice. I felled again (on my butt) when I tried to get up. <BR> <BR> Today, I have a dentist appointment at 10 AM. I also have two meetings -- one at 9 AM and the other at 11:30 AM. It's supposed to be a rainy day and then t... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 06:36:16 EST Tuesday, March 3 Yesterday, a colleague and I worked out a plan that will allow me to work from tomorrow. On Wednesday, I planned to go into the Tysons Corner office after my 10 AM dentist appointment to re-arrange one of the training rooms. <BR> <BR> I am so grateful that I can do it today. So, I better start getting ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 06:09:49 EST Monday, March 2 Yesterday, hubby and I spent most of the day watching episodes of House of Cards. We enjoyed it. <BR> <BR> Then, we watched Downton Abbey season finale. Bring the kleenex. <BR> <BR> Well, I better start getting ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. Mon, 2 Mar 2015 06:14:56 EST Sunday, March 1 Yesterday, hubby and I watched Roger Federer play Novak Djokovic the championship match in Dubai. Roger won and played well. We were so happy. Afterwards, we went grocery shopping. We stayed home the rest of the day. We watched four episodes of House of Cards season three. <BR> <BR> Tonight, we are meeting friends for dinner at Annie's steakhouse. My new sister-in-law also invited us for dinner but we turned her down because we committed to dinner with friends. <BR> <BR> Hopefully, hubb... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 07:06:00 EST Saturday, February 28 Another month done in 2015. Wow. Time is going fast. In two weeks, we will be on a Virgin America airplane headed to SFO and then to LAX. After we arrive at LAX, we will be driving to Palm Springs/Indian Wells. We will be there for seven days (returning to DCA Friday). We can't wait. We are so tired of the cold weather on the East coast. <BR> <BR> I had a very busy day at work yesterday. Late Thursday night I was tasked to post scheduled maintenance notices for certain customers. Th... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 06:08:24 EST Friday, February 27 Thanks to SRWYLIE for the solution to my Chrome and SP issue. I truly appreciate Steve's help. You are awesome. <BR> <BR> I had a very busy day at the office yesterday. As soon as I walked in, I had people pinging me and needing support. <BR> <BR> I made pan seared salmon and peas for dinner last night. Tonight, I will pan seared tilapia with bruschetta. <BR> <BR> Time to get ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:49:35 EST Thursday, February 26 So, I took the advice from my Sparkfriends and didn't give up on SP. Today, i am using Firefox web browser on my iMac (16 GB of memory, 3.1 GHz Intel Core i5, 1 Terabyte hard drive, OS X Yosemite) and it's lighting fast. 15 minutes on the site and I am almost done with my daily SP stuff. <BR> <BR> I had been using Chrome web browser for the longest time. So, the load time is an issue with SP and Chrome. <BR> <BR> Therefore, I am staying on with SP. I will continue to support and encourag... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 06:18:10 EST Wednesday, February 25 This is going to be my last day on SparkPeople. I cannot spend 2 hours to complete my daily SP stuff (it used to take 20 minutes). <BR> <BR> I had a busy work day. I arrived at 7:30 AM and left at 5 PM. A long day. <BR> <BR> Luckily, it was a Tuesday and hubby typically gets pizza. Mine is cheeseless -- I am allergic to cheeses. <BR> <BR> I am working from home today and have a 9 AM conference/meeting call. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:06:49 EST Tuesday, February 24 I had a 75 minutes meeting with my new boss. I told him all my concerns about my current position. I am hopeful my new boss will handle my concerns better. <BR> <BR> I better start getting ready for work. I've noticed the Sparkpages are slow to load. It's been like this for a few days. Not sure if it's all the ads loading on the pages. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 06:38:23 EST Monday, February 23 I am at 95% -- still have the occasional cough and stuffy nose. I am getting better and that is good news. <BR> <BR> I only had to clear our walkway. The sidewalk between our townhouses were cleared. Woo hoo. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I watched Downton Abbey and Looking last night. <BR> <BR> Well, it's time to get ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner office. I have lots to do Monday mornings. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 06:14:30 EST Sunday, February 22 We had another snow storm yesterday. It started snowing around 10 AM and then around 6:30 PM I heard sleet. I have been going to bed early (start by watching TV and fall asleep). I still get up around 5 AM every day. My body is on automatic pilot. <BR> <BR> Today, I will go shovel our walkway and the walkway between my neighbor's and our townhouses. We are responsible for removing the snow. It looked icy this morning. I will wait until the sun comes up. <BR> <BR> I will take my time.... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 06:42:31 EST Saturday, February 21 Another peak and valley type of work day yesterday. I arrived at 7:30 AM and left around 4:15 PM EST. On the way home, I stopped at A&J Restaurant and got some Chinese carry out for dinner. This is one of our favorite Chinese restaurant. We had a good meal last night. <BR> <BR> Today, we will do the grocery shopping and then stay home. Hubby is still coughing a lot. He is still sick. I am at 90% and getting better. It's been over two weeks for me. I hope hubby gets well soon, too. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 07:41:52 EST Friday, February 20 A very busy day at work yesterday. I arrive around 7:15 AM and left at 5:15 PM. Long day. <BR> <BR> I stopped for Chinese carry-out. Hubby wanted egg drop soup. I also got string beans and eggplant to go with the pan seared salmon I made. <BR> <BR> Well, it's back to the office today. I better start getting ready. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 06:21:04 EST Thursday, February 19 Happy Chinese New Year!! <BR> <BR> I had a slow work day yesterday. Although, I ended up working from 6 AM to 4:45 PM. A long day. <BR> <BR> It's back to the office today. I have not been in the office since Friday, February 6. <BR> <BR> I better get ready. I will do a support request now before I leave. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 06:09:39 EST Wednesday, February 18 The repairman came around 11:30 AM even with the overnight snowstorm. He discovered two of the vents on the second floor (where it was cold) were closed. That's unusual. We never closed them. Hum. Maybe the maid did while cleaning. Well, the furnace is keeping the house warm. Thank goodness this was only a $220 lesson. <BR> <BR> I am working from home today again -- it's my typical day to work at home. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 06:11:53 EST Tuesday, February 17 I arrived at the all hands meeting around 7:40 AM EST and my boss asked who is monitoring the support queue. I said I will with my iPad. Then, I also found out one of my colleagues was not attending the meeting and she was going to monitor the queue. There were a few support requests. I took care of one and assigned a couple. <BR> <BR> The meeting was boring. However, I have a new boss. My new boss is much nicer, more reasonable, and more of a mentor. <BR> <BR> Hubby said the repairman cam... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 06:55:21 EST Monday, February 16 Hubby and I had a wonderful time at his boss' birthday party. The Jefferson was a beautiful hotel. Sorry, no photos of us in our "swanky" suits. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Today, I am attending the company's All Hands Meeting. It's at the Hilton in McLean. The program starts at 8 AM EST. It's about a 30 minutes drive. So, I am planning on leaving around 7:10 AM. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I think there is something wrong with our furnace. It's not keeping the house warm. The thermostat is... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 06:52:58 EST Sunday, February 15 Yesterday, was very cold and windy in Alexandria Virginia. Glad we stayed in. Hubby and I watched a few episodes of Shameless (British version) before he went upstairs and watched sports. <BR> <BR> Hubby thinks he got my cold/flu. He said he started coughing more than usual. Luckily, we came home from grocery shopping with more cough syrup and cold meds. He took the cold meds but didn't do the cough syrup. His coughing is not as bad as mine. He does not have an achy body nor running ... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 05:56:28 EST Saturday, February 14 Happy Valentine's Day to my Spark Friends. <BR> <BR> It was a slow work day. Although, I did get 2 hours of billable time (minimum per day expectation). <BR> <BR> Hubby got me hot and sour soup for dinner. That's all I wanted. I wasn't too hungry. <BR> <BR> Today, we are going grocery shopping. Then, staying in for the rest of the day. It's too cold to be outdoors. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 06:24:18 EST Friday, February 13 OMG -- Friday the 13th. I better keep our black cat well hidden today... <BR> <BR> Another busy day working at home yesterday. <BR> <BR> I started watching My Name is Earl recommended by Happier_Guy. Funny American comedy. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 06:25:29 EST Thursday, February 12 I was very busy working at home yesterday. So, I didn't rest as much as I wanted. I am woking from home today, too. <BR> <BR> I called a nurse this morning for some advice. She said I don't have any vital symptoms so keep treating the illness the same way. She did say that I may still be contagious. The illness may last 2 to 3 weeks. She said I can schedule a video appointment with the emergency doctor on the weekend if I don't get better. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 08:08:00 EST Wednesday, February 11 Another day working from home. Still coughing. My voice still sounds funny. Better but funny. <BR> <BR> I am hoping that I will be better soon, too. <BR> <BR> The culture where I work is you must work unless you are on your deathbed. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 07:46:31 EST Tuesday, February 10 Working from home today. Still not 100%. Still coughing a lot. Running nose. Achy body. <BR> <BR> Hubby has been kind enough to get me soup for dinner last night. I only want soup. <BR> <BR> Tonight, I think we are having pizza (mine will be cheeseless). Tue, 10 Feb 2015 07:39:34 EST Monday, February 9 Yesterday, I spent the whole day at home. I watched several episodes of Spartacus. A Stephen King movie. When hubby came home, we watched Shameless. Hubby told me that it was in the 70s yesterday. Drats. <BR> <BR> <BR> Well, I am going into the office to get a few things done and bring my work laptop home. I am not going to get other people sick. Mon, 9 Feb 2015 05:55:52 EST Sunday, February 8 Unfortunately, I am sick. I am coughing a lot. The cough syrup is calming the coughing bouts. However, I am still coughing. I am achy. I have a very sore throat. I did manage to play 3 hours of tennis yesterday. BUT, it was cold. It was not in the 50s. <BR> <BR> I am going to stay home and rest. We are scheduled to play tennis today at 10:30 AM. Hubby will go. Sun, 8 Feb 2015 05:41:30 EST Saturday, February 7 Another extremely busy day at the office yesterday. I did leave at 4 PM (I arrived at 6:45 AM EST). I came home feeling a bit achy and coughing. Some one in the office is sick. He sat fairly close to me when we were eating our lunches in the kitchen. <BR> <BR> Today, we are playing outdoor tennis because it's going to be in the low 50s. We will probably go to lunch with the group. Afterwards, hubby and I will go grocery shopping. Sat, 7 Feb 2015 06:14:02 EST Friday, February 6 A very busy day at work yesterday. I finally left around 6 PM EST (arrived at 7:30 AM EST). For dinner, I made pan seared salmon and corn. <BR> <BR> We watched one episode of Shameless while eating dinner. Hubby wanted to watch the Wizards. I watched one episode of Spartacus before going to bed. <BR> <BR> I need to be in the office before 7 AM EST to let the company that is cleaning the AC unit in the server room. <BR> <BR> Time to get ready and drive to Tysons Corner. Fri, 6 Feb 2015 05:22:32 EST Thursday, February 5 Worked at home yesterday was nice. The support requests were steady so no peaks and valleys like most days. For dinner, I made lemon pepper chicken with walnuts over pasta. <BR> <BR> We watched a couple episodes of Shameless (the British version) while we ate. I need to start getting ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. Thu, 5 Feb 2015 06:32:41 EST Wednesday, February 4 It was a busy work day but spread out throughout the day. Most days are peaks and valleys. I finally left at 5 PM and made it to my 6 PM haircut appointment with five minutes to spare. <BR> <BR> Today, I am working from home. Woo hoo. It's nice to have this option. Wed, 4 Feb 2015 07:08:52 EST Tuesday, February 3 A very busy day at work yesterday. I had an incident with one of the employees that I was providing technical support that I ended up speaking to her VP. The VP and I then reported the incident to HCM (Human Capital Management). <BR> <BR> I planned to leave around 4:30 PM and finally left at 5:10 PM. I made mini crab cakes and peas for dinner. Hubby and I watched last night's Downton Abbey since he watched the Superbowl. <BR> <BR> Well, back to the office and it's time to get ready for ... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 06:41:57 EST Monday, February 2 Well, we spent yesterday mostly at home after grocery shopping. We watched several episodes of Shameless on Netflix. Around 6 PM, we left for Fairfax Racquet Club. David, Joel, and I played Australian/Canadian doubles. Hubby and I lost to David 7-6 (5). <BR> <BR> Well, it's back to the Tysons Corner office today. So, I better start getting ready. Mon, 2 Feb 2015 05:58:28 EST Sunday, February 1 The contractors finished the "french doors" project around 1 PM yesterday. We love the new doors. It's going to be nice to have the ability to close off the door when I am painting. Keeping Roger (our very curious cat) away from the paint and canvas. <BR> <BR> We got up around 4 AM today and watched Novak defeat Andy Murray. The first two sets were high quality. The third and fourth sets -- not so good. Once again, Murray showed he is not mentally strong to defeat Novak. <BR> <BR> Tod... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:32:17 EST Saturday, January 31 Wow - one month done for the new year! Egads - time is going by quickly. <BR> <BR> Hubby said the contractors arrived around 8 AM EST. I left work at 3:00 PM and got home around 3:30 PM. The contractors were painting the door and finishing the base board. The contractors are coming around 8 AM today. Hopefully, they will finish the project today. <BR> <BR> Before <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After day one <BR> <img src="http://phot... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 07:01:35 EST Friday, January 30 Yesterday, the contractor arrived around 2 PM. He delivered the materials and said he will come at 7:45 AM today (Friday) to start the project. <BR> <BR> Luckily, hubby is working from home today. i have to go into the office today. I may try to leave around noon. I like to see the progress. <BR> <BR> Time to get ready for work. <BR> <BR> Com'on Stan! Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:19:45 EST Thursday, January 29 It was nice to work at home yesterday -- I am working at home today, too. The contractor is coming around noon to start prepping the area for the French doors. <BR> <BR> Last night, I made pan seared salmon and corn for dinner. Hubby watched two episodes of Shameless (the British version). <BR> <BR> I tried to watch the Women's semifinals. Didn't workout. I fell asleep. When I checked the scores, I discovered Serena and Maria won their matches. I was so hoping for a Madison Keys v. Ek... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:35:32 EST Wednesday, January 28 A very busy day at work yesterday., I arrived at 7:15 AM EST and left around 7 PM EST. Thank goodness I made it home before the contractor arrived. We are getting a French door installed in an opening on the first level. It will close off my studio. I need to do this time to time when I paint. <BR> <BR> Thank goodness I am working from home today. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:07:52 EST Tuesday, January 27 Another very busy day at work yesterday. We had three auditors for the SSAE16 SOC1 audit. The majority of the artifacts were sent to the auditors around 2:30 PM (after a review with my manager). <BR> <BR> I left the office around 5 PM EST and it was a mix of rain and snow. I made shrimp and peas for dinner. We watched one episode of Shameless (the british version) on netflix and then watched the Aussie Open. I woke up around 1:30 AM and found out that Nadal lost to Berdych. Interesting... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 06:22:24 EST Monday, January 26 We ended up playing tennis yesterday -- 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. We had even number. I won both of my doubles matches. With David M (MSG), we defeated David J and hubby 6-2. With John, we defeated David J and hubby 7-6 (4). <BR> <BR> Hubby and I hit some tennis balls when David M, David J, John, and Eric played their doubles match. <BR> <BR> Afterwards, we went to Pho Tay Ho for lunch. I made mini crab cakes and peas for dinner while we watched the Australian Open. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 06:24:14 EST Sunday, January 25 It was a dreary day in WDC yesterday. Hubby and I did the typical Saturday morning grocery shopping. After we put the groceries away, we walked to our community center to get our IDs updated with 2015 stickers as well as getting the visitor parking pass. (We ended up walking back to the community center again since the 2nd level office opened at noon.) <BR> <BR> For the rest of the day, hubby and I watched a couple of movies Great Expectations and An Ideal Husband on Netflix. Hubby went ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 06:20:48 EST Saturday, January 24 I had an extremely busy day at work yesterday. As soon as I walked in, one of the company's employees pinged me to do some work for her. I finally left the office at 5:15 PM (we never have the usual 8 hour work day -- although that is what I list on my timesheet). <BR> <BR> I picked up Popeye's chicken on the way home -- it was sleeting and snowing. We watched the Australian Open while we ate. Wish we were there. <BR> <BR> Hubby went to Jos. A. Banks and bought three new dress shirts an... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:09:24 EST Friday, January 23 It was a busy day at work yesterday. I forced myself to leave at 4:30 PM since I arrived at 7:30 AM. I came home and watched some tennis before hubby came home while I made dinner -- tilapia and corn. We watched some live tennis. I woke up around 12:30 AM and checked in on Roger's match. He lost to Seppi. A disappointment. I saw the last two sets. Roger should have won the fourth set to force a fifth set. <BR> <BR> It's back to the office today and I will have a surprise for Michael ... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:09:35 EST Thursday, January 22 The snow arrived around noon and didn't last more than one hour yesterday. So, the severe weather they predicted did not happen. At least not in our area. <BR> <BR> Around 10:30 AM EST, I went to Costco and bought hubby his new iPad Air 2 ($20 less expense than buying at Apple). <BR> <BR> Work was busy and kept me online until 5 PM EST (I started at 6 AM EST). <BR> <BR> Hubby and I worked on an email with a few questions to the NYC gallery that accepted to represent me. <BR> <BR> It's ... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 06:26:08 EST Wednesday, January 21 Another very busy day at work yesterday because of the holiday on Monday. I did leave at 4:45 PM because it slowed down. On the way home, I saw some responses from customers that I helped earlier in the afternoon. I responded to them when I got home after I booted my work laptop. <BR> <BR> Today, I am working from home. Orkin is stopping by today between 8 AM and 10 AM. It's suppose to snow today. I was planning to go to either Apple or Costco and get hubby the iPad Air 2. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:00:34 EST Tuesday, January 20 We ended playing tennis yesterday. It was a bit chilly (low 40's with windy conditions). John and I lost the first set to Eric and hubby 7-6 (2). Then, hubby and David J beat us 6-3. We went to Pho Tay Ho for lunch. Hubby got his regular chicken dish. I had the small chicken pho. <BR> <BR> We came home and watched TV. Hubby came down to tell me about an issue with his iPad (a pop up from the app center to get a game). I got frustrated because this keeps happening to him and I asked h... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 06:15:21 EST Monday, January 19 Yesterday, it rained all morning. Rain stopped later in the afternoon. No tennis. I finished watching The Fall. A very good series from Netflix. We arrived at the wedding banquet around 5:50 PM. Some of the guests were already there. it was a different type of Chinese wedding banquet. First they brought appetizers and set it up for self-service. It's a small venue. The entire restaurant can only accommodate 50 people. About 30 minutes later, the entrees were brought in. I need to... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 06:13:11 EST Sunday, January 18 Hubby and I enjoyed the celebration of life. I think about 100 - 200 people attended the service. It was nice to remember our friend -- taken way too soon. Makes one think about mortality. Afterwards, we met up with Jake and Greg at Nellie's (gay sports bar) and caught up with Jake. It's been a long time. Hubby and I left around 6 PM to go eat dinner. We ate at the Ethiopian restaurant around the corner. I liked it -- not sure if hubby liked it. <BR> <BR> Today, we are planning to pl... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 06:49:55 EST Saturday, January 17 Another very busy day at work which made the day go fast. I hoped to meet with our contractor at 6 PM last night (I left the office at 5:15 PM). He didn't show. A little disappointed. Not surprised. Just disappointed. We are adding a door to an existing opening on the first level so I can close off my studio when I am painting. <BR> <BR> Today, we will do our grocery shopping and attend a celebration of life service. Our tennis buddies are meeting for lunch at noon. We can't make it. ... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 06:14:47 EST Friday, January 16 It was another strange work day -- very slow in the morning and got very busy toward the afternoon. I arrived at the office around 7:30 AM and left a 5:45 PM. <BR> <BR> I made pan seared tilapia with a hint of tomato and basil sauce. The updated navigation map for the Passat arrived. I read through the instructions and watched a YouTube video so I will know how to apply it. I think I can do it and it looks like it will take 2 hours. Well, I will at least get it started this morning. Hop... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 06:30:47 EST Thursday, January 15 Well, I completely messed up on the dental appointment yesterday. The appointment was 8:30 AM. They called me at 8:40 AM and I got there around 8:50 AM. Luckily, the dentist was able to finish. Yikes. <BR> <BR> The root canal went okay. However, she is a little concerned since the tooth is loose. I am on antibiotics again. There was another infection, It was on the other nerve on the same tooth. <BR> <BR> It's back to Tysons Corner today. So, I better start getting ready for work a... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 06:30:01 EST Wednesday, January 14 Yesterday was a so so day at work. It was slow to start and then it got busier toward the end of day. I left around 4:45 PM (after getting there around 7:30 AM). We had Little Caesar pizza last night (mine was cheeseless). I watched a few episodes of Oz before going to bed. <BR> <BR> I work from home today -- woo hoo. Thank goodness since it's snowing today. Possible slick roads. I have a dentist appointment at 9 AM for a root canal. It will be a two hours procedure. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 06:35:56 EST