TENNISJIM's SparkPeople Blog TENNISJIM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Sunday, October 11 Well, Art on the Avenue was another fun day where I showcased my art. Overall, a sale of a small print to my dentist. My mom, cousin, brother and new sister-in-law came as well as some of my tennis friends. <BR> <BR> I had several inquiries about the Abstract Landscape painting, the Meshed Up silk screen print, and Orchids digital drawing. I hope there is a follow-up. <BR> <BR> We arrived around 7:45 AM and got setup by 9:10 AM. The event starts at 10 AM but residents were walking down the ... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 06:43:24 EST Friday, October 9 It may become every other day on my blogs (diary) now. The days I am missing were due to being tired and overworked. <BR> <BR> I found out today from a colleague that I may be working on weekends (on call) on a rotating basis. Not good. My weekends are mine and I want to make my own plans. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I am participating in Art on the Avenue. It's the 20th anniversary of this art event. The event is held in the downtown area of Delray (a neighborhood in Alexandria). The main street (... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 22:02:15 EST Wednesday, October 7 Well, I have been doing my SP stuff when I get home from work since we came back from our vacation. <BR> <BR> I had been oversleeping - getting up at 5:30/5:45 AM instead of 5 AM which puts me way behind my schedule. Last night, I started to do my SP stuff around 5:30 PM and then got side tracked and didn't finish all my tasks. <BR> <BR> Oh, well. C'est le vie. <BR> <BR> Work is still busy and, yes Steve, I am still working until 10 PM. Hoping this will change soon. <BR> <BR> Today, I hav... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 07:08:02 EST Monday, October 5 Another busy work day - I did leave at 4 PM to come home to work some more... <BR> <BR> Cooked Pacific cod for dinner with some couscous. <BR> <BR> I will keep an eye on the PwC support queue and, hopefully, relax the rest of the evening. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:00:25 EST Sunday, October 4 Well, we canceled tennis today because the courts would have been wet with lots of puddles. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I decided to go see The Martian. It was a good and entertaining. After the movie, we ate lunch at Sea Pearl. It was pretty good. <BR> <BR> We came home and just relaxed. It was nice. <BR> <BR> Now, it's time for me to go to bed. It's almost 11 PM. Sun, 4 Oct 2015 22:54:59 EST Saturday, October 3 Well, the hurricane missed us and it has been a rainy day. I made eggs and turkey bacon for breakfast. Then, hubby and I went to Costco and got a few items. <BR> <BR> It's been a lazy day for me. I have been watching a lot of movies on the Hallmark Channel. There are so many cute actors on these movies. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I think it's been good to just lay around today. I have a little sniffle. Hopefully, I am not getting sick. <BR> <BR> Today was supposed to be Art on the Avenue ... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 17:00:34 EST Friday, October 2 Another busy day at the office...I tried to leave at 3 PM to avoid the predicted heavy rain. I finally left around 5:15 PM. Commute was not too bad. I finally got home around 6:30 PM. <BR> <BR> I continued to work a software order...what a mess. The customer got a great deal because the Sales person priced it wrong.... <BR> <BR> I'll finish it on Monday. Fri, 2 Oct 2015 19:37:44 EST Thursday, October 1 Wow - another busy day at the office. <BR> <BR> I am still working... and will until 10 PM EST. <BR> <BR> We are getting ready for the hurricane that will hit our area on the weekend. Hubby asked me to get a few grocery items yesterday in preparation. <BR> <BR> Wish us luck. If you don't see any posts on the weekend, then, we lost electricity. <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Oct 2015 20:00:34 EST Wednesday, September 30 Last day of the month and, for some businesses, the third quarter. For the Federal Government, the end of the Fiscal Year. hopefully, the FEDS will survive the shutdown. <BR> <BR> Today, I am working at home. Thank goodness. I needed a day away from the office because since I got back it has been NUTS. <BR> <BR> We are going to take our house/pet sitter to City Kitchen for dinner tonight. It's going to be great. <BR> <BR> I am almost ready to reveal the TravelBlog link so if you are intere... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 14:17:27 EST Tuesday, September 29 Another very busy day at the office. So busy that I forgot to eat lunch. I am going to eat dinner now. <BR> <BR> One of our friends stayed at the house and watched over Roger. It really helps to leave him at home. I did not want to take him to a pet motel. <BR> <BR> Yes, Steve, it's back to long work days.... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 19:37:55 EST Monday, September 28 We got home a little after 11 PM last night. Played with Roger, our cat, for a bit. Then, finally fell asleep after midnight. <BR> <BR> Woke up at 5:30 AM this morning and got ready to for work. A very busy work day. <BR> <BR> Now, I am finishing my SpaskPeople. Mon, 28 Sep 2015 21:07:31 EST Sunday, September 27 Yesterday, the cousins spent the day at the Octoberfest in Hankinson ND. We spent a few hours and headed off to the gravesite of their relatives. <BR> <BR> We also went for a carousal ride. People must have thought we were nuts. A bunch of 50, 60, and 70 year olds riding these fake ponies. The history of the carousal was very interesting. <BR> <BR> Alan Petrich made a wonderful meal last night. Fired walleye was delicious. I had a lot. <BR> <BR> Today, we go to Harold and Marlene for brunc... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 08:41:45 EST Saturday, September 26 We spent yesterday with the cousins. We went to Bagg Bonanza Farm and then the rest of the day at Harold and Marlene's house. We played several games. Tossing bean bags. It was inlaws versus outlaws. <BR> <BR> Today, we are heading to Hankinson ND for Octoberfest. Sat, 26 Sep 2015 08:55:58 EST Friday, September 25 We are in Wahpeton ND for the cousin's reunion. There is a 11:30 AM tour that the group will do. Afterwards, there will be some free time and then dinner. <BR> <BR> More details to come later. Fri, 25 Sep 2015 08:20:13 EST Thursday, September 24 Today was a travel day. We started in Custer SD at 7:30 AM and arrived in Wahpeton ND at 8:30 PM. We stopped at Wall Drug for breakfast. After breakfast, we headed for the Badlands. It was amazing with the rock formations. <BR> <BR> After we quickly checked in, we headed to Joel's cousins' home and spent an hour chatting. <BR> <BR> More tomorrow. It's 11:15 PM and time to go to bed. Fri, 25 Sep 2015 00:14:35 EST Wednesday, September 23 I didn't get to do my SP yesterday because we drove from Jackson to Devil's Tower (DT) at 6:15 AM. After a couple stops plus lunch, we got to DT at 3:32 PM. It was a long drive. We spent 90 minutes looking at the fascinating piece of rock. Intriguing, though. Beautiful, too, <BR> <BR> On Monday, we went to Yellowstone and did Canyon Village - where we saw a license plate from Maine! We did 4 hours of hiking in Grand Canyon of Yellowstone National Park. There were so many tourists at Artist ... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 07:41:29 EST Monday, September 21 Yesterday, was an incredibly beautiful fall day in Jackson Wyoming. Sunny and warmer (in the low 70s). We did the Mad River Boat Trip - whitewater rafting on the Snake River. I will post a picture later. The ones from the pro photographer is too large for SP to handle. <BR> <BR> After the whitewater rafting, we came back to the hotel to change and went to Teton Village where we took the tram to the top (10,140 ft) and saw beautiful Wyoming. <BR> <BR> Dinner was at Blue Lion - the number res... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 09:14:16 EST Sunday, September 20 Yesterday, we had a wonderful time doing the Grand Teton tour. Our guide Michael was kind, friendly, and knowledgable. He showed us spectacular views and found a moose. We got a good picture. <BR> <BR> After the tour, we had lunch at the Thai Plate. It was a good portion and very reasonably priced.Then, we walked around downtown Jackson. We checked out some of the galleries. <BR> <BR> Troy Collins was one of the artist that caught my eye. I like his painting style and technique. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 09:20:02 EST Saturday, September 19 Yesterday's travel included Yellowstone National Park. If you are interested in my travel, follow this site: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Photos will come after we complete the entire trip. <BR> <BR> Today, the Grand Teton in the morning, In the afternoon, we will check out Jackson Hole. <BR> <BR> More to come. Sat, 19 Sep 2015 08:16:22 EST Friday, September 18 For yesterday, we did the Beartooth Highway scenic drive and got up to Rock Vista - elevation 9,190. It was cold (low 40s) and light flurries. We were not prepared. We were in shorts and light long sleeve shirt. Afterwards, we went into Red Lodge and had lunch at Foster and Logan's Pub and Grill. Then, a long drive (almost 200 miles) to Bozeman where we stayed at a Days Inn. <BR> <BR> We had dinner at Sweet Chili. A high end Asian restaurant in downtown Bozeman. A must try if you are in the... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 08:05:54 EST Thursday, September 17 We woke up at 3:30 AM MST. It's 5:30 AM for us. Hubby said he had been up since 2 AM. Our travel plans for today is to go to Billings and then to Bozeman. We stay in Bozeman tonight. I will update the blog later. Thu, 17 Sep 2015 07:07:38 EST Wednesday, September 16 So our journey began at 4:50 AM EDT and we arrived in Miles City, Montana at 6:13 PM MST. We flew from WDC to Minneapolis-St.Paul airport for a one hour layover then to our final destination Fargo, ND. Got the rental car and drove across North Dakota and stopped along a few places for a quick visit or to eat. <BR> <BR> I am using an app called TravelPod to document our journey. I will provide the link when I clean up a few items. <BR> <BR> I think we crashed around 9 PM MST - no surprise s... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 07:02:57 EST Tuesday, September 15 I was worried yesterday when my boss assigned me to a new project to start on Wednesday. We fly out Wednesday morning. I mentioned to him that I wouldn't be available. A few years ago, I couldn't go on a planned vacation because of work so hubby went by himself. <BR> <BR> I am trying to wrap up my support tickets as much as I can before I leave the office today. Wish me luck. Tue, 15 Sep 2015 06:02:51 EST Monday, September 14 Two more workdays and we are off on our 10 day vacation. We will be going to Montana and Wyoming. Then back to North Dakota for a cousins reunion. <BR> <BR> I did not play well yesterday. I think the windy condition got the best of me. I was also disappointed that Roger lost to Novak. Roger tried but his forehand let him down. <BR> <BR> Well, I better start getting ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. Mon, 14 Sep 2015 05:38:23 EST Sunday, September 13 It rained yesterday, so tennis got canceled. We did go over to John and JJ's house to watch the women's final. Flavia won and then retired. <BR> <BR> A bittersweet ending to her career. good for her. <BR> <BR> Today, we are planning to play tennis at 9 AM. We may need to bring out broom. Looks like it rained overnight. Sun, 13 Sep 2015 06:45:34 EST Saturday, September 12 It was a fairly busy at work yesterday. That's a good thing. I left around 4 PM to play tennis with Michael, Arthur, and hubby. We split sets. Michael and Arthur won the first set 6-4. We won the second 6-3. Then, they headed off to the draw party. Their first match is at 7 PM tonight - it may be canceled since rain is forecasted. <BR> <BR> I was not surprised that Vinci pulled off one of the biggest upset in tennis history. She stopped Serena Williams from completing a calendar grand slam. ... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 05:47:19 EST Friday, September 11 In remembrance of 9/11/2001 <BR> <BR> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 05:59:07 EST Thursday, September 10 I started working at 6 AM yesterday and ended the day around 10 PM. A long day. <BR> <BR> For dinner, I made lemon pepper chicken with walnuts over pasta. I ate dinner watching Roger play Richard Gasquet. Roger played very well. I hope he wins the US Open. <BR> <BR> Today, I am at all-day conference. I hope I don't get too many emails that I need to respond. <BR> Thu, 10 Sep 2015 05:55:34 EST Wednesday, September 9 A very busy day at work yesterday. I left a little after 4 PM and got back online around 4:45 PM and had a bunch of work to do. <BR> <BR> I think I may have pissed my manager off yesterday afternoon. He had asked why it's taking longer to close some of the PwC support tickets during the regular call. I didn't say anything on the call but did speak to him about the issue via Lync. I explained that the consultants are taking longer too respond. In addition, we wait for Cristiie (part of the he... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 06:07:09 EST Tuesday, September 8 8 days and counting before hubby and I go on our 10 day vacation. woo hoo. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, we played Michael and Arthur so they can prepare for a tennis tournament. We beat them 7-5, 6-3. I think Michael was disappointed that they lost. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I tried a new restaurant for lunch. Blue Sea seafood and bar. The lobster roll was very good. Excellent flavors. Yummy. Hubby had had Mahi Mahi steak. He said it was good. <BR> <BR> We may need to try again. <BR> <BR> We came home ... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 05:48:05 EST Monday, September 7 Yesterday's tennis was just JJ, John, hubby, and me. We played 10-point tiebreakers from 9 AM to 11:30 AM. John and JJ had errands so hubby and I went to Mark's Duck House for dim sum. Afterwards, we stopped at the Petsmart where they were having an adoption day. One more stop before we came home - 7-11. I wanted a slurpee. <BR> <BR> We watched US Open - Venus and Serena matches. Boring. So, boring. <BR> <BR> Today, we are playing tennis at 10 AM. Arthur and Michael. Not sure if we will go ... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 06:52:17 EST Sunday, September 6 Getting to know me….. <BR> <BR> I copied this from Steve's blog, and think it is really fun. Copy it and fill in the answers or add your own!! This is a great way for us to get to know each other! (Thanks, Jane and Steve) <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? In the family room (typically in my pocket since i need to check emails occasionally during the weekend) <BR> <BR> Spouse? Joel - we have been together since October 16, 1994 and legally married August 18, 2010 <BR> <BR> Your hair? S... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 07:24:29 EST Saturday, September 5 Wow, the weekend is here and I need it. It was a long week. Getting up early and getting to work earlier than most daya. <BR> <BR> jesse asked me if everything was okay since I didn't speak to him too much this week. i said i am swamped with work. i did talk to him a little yesterday - asked him what his long weekend plans are...small chit chat. <BR> <BR> Today, we are playing tennis at 9 AM - just five of us. Not sure if the small group will go to lunch. Hubby and I will go grocery shoppin... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 05:58:48 EST Friday, September 4 Yesterday, I got into the office around 6:30 AM - I wanted to be there in case some of the RGNext customers call after the maintenance. I also spoke to my VP about removing the maintenance notice. The latest new hire (Jesse is ending his third week) asked if he could help me with an issue that I worked on yesterday. I guess my first mistake was to say "(Michael V) tried to help me yesterday." His response was "I'm not Michael V!" I think a more appropriate response would have been - "maybe Mi... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 06:08:23 EST Thursday, September 3 I was so busy at work yesterday that I finally left at 6 PM or 6:30 PM - on the way home I picked Popeye's chicken because I had more work to do once i got home. <BR> <BR> I finally ate dinner after 8 PM and watched some of the Venus Williams match against Falconi. Falconi had her chances. <BR> <BR> Well, it's going to be another busy day. I better start getting ready and head out. Thu, 3 Sep 2015 05:42:35 EST Wednesday, September 2 I had a very busy work at home day yesterday - lots of support requests, dentist appointment, bring Scamper's ashes home, and haircut appointment. <BR> <BR> I bet the VP is wondering if I actually did any work. <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Steve, the bridge is in and fit well. I have not chewed on that side yet. I think I will need some time to get used to the new bridge. I will keep you posted. <BR> <BR> Time to get ready for work and drive to Tysons Corner. It's going to be a busy day. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 05:44:45 EST Tuesday, September 1 New month - new challenges... <BR> <BR> Some old ones are still hanging around. Working till 10 PM Monday through Friday. <BR> <BR> So, I thought that the changes did not affect the users' passwords. I was so excited and relieved. Turns out that the changes were postponed. The changes will take affect on Wednesday. <BR> <BR> It will be a busy day on Wednesday then. I think I may have a new I was leaving I mentioned to the new hire (on his third week) that I will be working ... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 07:20:44 EST Monday, August 31 It's the end of the month. Wow another month gone. <BR> <BR> I think I will be very busy at work today. Changes were being made in on our company's network so it may affect several people's passwords. <BR> <BR> I guess I will find out.... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:44:00 EST Sunday, August 30 Well - we had drama on the tennis court yesterday. John and Denny - what a surprise. right? <BR> <BR> Hubby and I defeated John and Denny 6-4. Then, Denny and I were playing John and Arthur. Out of the blue - John called foot fault on Denny. Yes, it's true that Denny foot faults. As a matter of fact, John foot faults as well. We played a few more points - John called foot faults on Denny again. Then, Denny called foot fault on John. That's when I had it and said, "I'm done. I'm not playing."... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 07:00:44 EST Saturday, August 29 Coming to another month end and it's now two months of working till 10 PM Monday through Friday. Last night, I worked with a customer from 5:59 PM to 10:15 PM on a login issue - actually a remote desktop connection issue. I will check her AD account security groups on Monday with a colleague and determine if she will need to work with PwC IT department. <BR> <BR> Today, we are playing tennis at 9 AM. Hopefully, lunch afterwards. Then, meeting my mom and cousin. We plan to take them to the Ge... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 06:54:09 EST Friday, August 28 Yesterday I worked until 9:55 PM and it was a busy work day. I finally left the office at 4:30 PM - I was working with a customer on a login issue.....what a difference when one uses the correct "slash" this \ and not / when enter domain\usernane (it's all documented too)... <BR> <BR> I made pan seared salmon and our friend George brought string beans and tofu as sides. A great meal. <BR> <BR> Well, I better start getting ready for work. <BR> <BR> Oh, one more thing...Roger did not pounc... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:01:14 EST Thursday, August 27 Thanks to all my Spark friends that wrote on my blogs after our beloved Scamper passed. I know he is in a better place and he is with his sister Cali. They can play together forever now. <BR> <BR> My Spark friends, you are awesome and I deeply appreciate your kind words as they comfort my husband and me. <BR> <BR> It's time to get ready for work and the drive out to Tysons Corner. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:59:17 EST Wednesday, August 26 I missed my Scamper yesterday. I thought of him all day. I understand that it will get better in time. But. I miss him so. Hubby does, too. He said he is lonely without him. Roger, our other cat, hangs out with me more. <BR> <BR> I need to get ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. I am to meet a colleague at the office around 7 AM. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 06:04:09 EST Tuesday, August 25 This is the last picture I took of Scamper: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was a week ago. Yesterday, before we took him to the vet he was sleeping next to my laptop. <BR> <BR> At 10:50 AM EDT, Scamper left us and now is playing with his sister Cali. I will miss him so much. It was a rough day yesterday. I cried this morning when I came downstairs and did not see him. He has always been there - lying on the... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 05:46:40 EST Monday, August 24 I was in the middle of the first set (9:45 AM( when I noticed an email from the customer that they are done and for me to make the changes. Argh! I think I was distracted and didn't play well afterwards - at least I'll use that excuse to blame for my loss. David and i lost 7-6 (5). <BR> <BR> I got home made the changes and brought hubby back to the courts. We played until 1 PM again. We then went to Raaga - all you can eat Indian buffet. OMG - it was so good. I ordered hubby chicken shish ka... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 07:12:35 EST Sunday, August 23 Yesterday, we played tennis until 1 PM and then went to lunch. I think I played too long. 9 AM to 1 PM. Although, I did sit out for a bit. We went to Chili for lunch and went home to watch the Roger Federer v. Andy Murray match so we didn't do our grocery shopping. <BR> <BR> We went to Kumo Asian Bistro. My dentist had given me a $20 gift certificate. Dinner was delicious - sushi rolls Yummy. <BR> <BR> Today, we are playing tennis at 9 AM - I need to be home around 11 AM for work. I need ... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 06:45:10 EST Saturday, August 22 Well, I started to get very tired by 9 PM last night. Somehow I managed to stay up until 10 PM to end my work day. <BR> <BR> It was very busy by the time I got home. Lots of tickets in all the queues. I took care of them. Hubby went to the doctor to have the pain in his stomach checked out. He going for an ultrasound on Monday. <BR> <BR> Today, I am playing tennis at 9 AM - not sure if hubby will come with me. Afterwards, lunch. Then, grocery shopping. <BR> <BR> REST the remainder of the d... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 06:04:30 EST Friday, August 21 Yesterday, I found out that I need to do some work at 7 PM tonight (Friday) for a customer (TTCI) and at 11 AM on Sunday for RTIINT. So, it's going to be a busy weekend. Of course, I am still working till 10 PM on the weekdays for PwC. <BR> <BR> I made pan seated salmon last night and it was delicious if I may say so myself. Scamper is being very fussy on eating his food. At least he is eating some of it. <BR> <BR> Well, I have lots to do when I get into the office. So, I better start gett... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 05:59:31 EST Thursday, August 20 Well, it was nice working at home for the most part. Roger was all over my laptop. Scamper was crying a lot. I am not sure if he is in pain or just being a pain in the ass.... <BR> <BR> It's time to get ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. <BR> <BR> When I leave the office at 4 PM, I will stop at the specialty pet store and get more food for Scamper. Not sure how much more. He seems to be very picky on the food now. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 06:11:44 EST Wednesday, August 19 Well, it was a normal work day but I did work until 10 PM EDT. I found out that during the day Linda - one of my colleagues on the PwC help desk is being phased out. I don't think my VP knew about that... <BR> <BR> Any how - that's the way it goes. By the way, she doesn't report to my VP. She reports to another VP. However, another colleague that does report to my VP had car problems and forgot to tell the VP he was in charge of making sure that audio and video for the Quarterly All Hands Co... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 06:10:42 EST