TENNISJIM's SparkPeople Blog TENNISJIM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Monday, May 18 We had an odd number of players yesterday. That was okay. I lost both sets. With MT, we lost to David and Denny 6-4. With Denny, we lost to MT and Andrew 7-6 (5). <BR> <BR> Afterwards, we went to lunch with MT and RW. We went to Chili's. Not very healthy eating. Oh well. After 2.5 hours of tennis, we deserved it. Hubby and I went grocery shopping and discovered the parking lot was blocked off and caused major backups. <BR> <BR> For the next month, we will go to another grocery store. We cam... Mon, 18 May 2015 06:07:53 EST Sunday, May 17 Yesterday's tennis was so much fun for me. We had a large group. 10 players. Michael and I beat Andrew and Eric 6-2. Then, I went to hit with Eric. Then, David M and I beat Michael/Joel and Denny 6-2. Jackson and I were down 2-3 before Jackson had to leave. <BR> <BR> We went to Raaga, an Indian all you can eat buffet. I had to order something bland for hubby. He doesn't like Indian spices/flavors. The restaurant was very accommodating. The food was very good. Great flavors. <BR> <BR> On t... Sun, 17 May 2015 06:50:43 EST Saturday, May 16 It was an average day at work yesterday. I left around 4:30 PM and got home around 5:20 PM. Traffic was bad on the beltway so I took some local roads on the way home - at Miss Nav recommended it. <BR> <BR> I came home and hubby was watching the Rafa v. Stan match. I was shocked that Rafa was down. Even more shocked that Rafa lost. We walked to a newly opened neighborhood restaurant - Taste of Asia. A Chinese/Japanese restaurant. The decor is beautiful. The food was pretty good. Hubby had se... Sat, 16 May 2015 06:07:10 EST Friday, May 15 Another busy day at the office yesterday. I had a one hour commute to work. I heard there was an accident on the beltway so I took the local roads. I guess everyone heard it too. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I left work around 5:15 PM and got gas on my way home. First time since I got my new car on May 2. I drove 376 miles. The refuel was 9.3 gallons. I need to check how big my diesel gas tank is.... <BR> <BR> Well, I better get ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. Fri, 15 May 2015 06:09:19 EST Thursday, May 14 Yesterday was a busy work day. I started at 6 AM and finished around 5 PM. The contractor for the dryer vent cleaning came around 2:45 PM and left around 3:15 PM. <BR> <BR> I made grilled tilapia on the grill and blanched asparagus for dinner. It turned out okay. <BR> <BR> Time to get ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. Thu, 14 May 2015 06:00:40 EST Wednesday. May 13 Yesterday was another busy day at the office. I worked until 5:30 PM EST. Showed the new hire from two weeks ago a few more things. I heard he and another colleague setup for today's Board of Directors Meeting. <BR> <BR> I am working from home today. We scheduled to get our dryer vent cleaned. Wed, 13 May 2015 06:11:54 EST Tuesday, May 12 Yesterday was a busy day at work. My department had a new hire. My manager took the new hire to lunch and asked me to join them. It was first time in 3.5 years that I was asked to go to luncheon for a new hire. I ordered the mussels fre diablo (sp?). It was delicious. <BR> <BR> The company had an All Hands Conference call at 4 PM that lasted to about 5:30 PM. We did very well in the first quarter. +500K in revenue but did not meet the budgeted goal. <BR> <BR> i came home and made chicken ... Tue, 12 May 2015 06:16:27 EST Monday, May 11 Yesterday's tennis was interesting. We started with David J, John, hubby, and me. Denny showed up. So, we called David M. He came around 10:45 AM. I hit around with the "Meet and Greet group" and met two guys who are pretty good players. Jackson and Ted. I invited them to play with us (in the future). We will see. John thinks they will not play with us. <BR> <BR> Afterwards, we went to Bangkok Golden for lunch. When we got home, we quickly got showered and dressed and went to MT and RW's hou... Mon, 11 May 2015 05:56:54 EST Sunday, May 10 Yesterday, we played tennis from 10 AM to 1:30 PM. David J and John beat hubby and I 6-3. Then, David J and I beat John and hubby 7-6 (3) and David J and hubby beat John and I 7-6 (5). Afterwards, David J, hubby and I went to XO Taste for lunch. John had to go take care of the dogs. After grocery shopping, we went to David J and Patrick's home for a BBQ. David M and AJ were the other couple that came. We had a great meal and good conversation. <BR> <BR> Today, we are playing tennis at 10 AM ... Sun, 10 May 2015 05:58:49 EST Saturday, May 9 It was a busy morning at work yesterday and it plateau throughout the day. I ended up leaving at 4:30 PM EST to drop off a letter at Capital One Bank. I came home rinsed my car. It was covered with pollen and there was a little bird doo doo that I wanted it off the car. <BR> <BR> I made pan seared tilapia for dinner. We watched the last episode of Witnesses. We didn't care for it. <BR> <BR> Today, we are playing tennis at 10 AM EST. It;s just David J and John with us. David J and his hubby ... Sat, 9 May 2015 04:56:09 EST Friday, May 8 Yesterday, I went to a client site with a colleague. He showed me how to install a WiFI access point. We were out of the office for three hours. <BR> <BR> Then, while I was in the office, it got very busy. I ended up leaving around 3:45 PM so I can get home for a 5 PM video conference call. I recorded it. <BR> <BR> Well, it's time to get ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. Fri, 8 May 2015 06:02:38 EST Thursday, May 7 Well, I am old and forgetful now - my dentist appointment was 1 PM not 9 AM. The sutures were removed and the permanent crown re-cemented. I drove to City Hall and got a replacement decal. $1 but had to see two different departments to get it. One of the departments, I saw twice. <BR> <BR> A very busy day working at home. Mostly non-billable time. Oh well. Work is work. <BR> <BR> It's back to Tysons Corner today. So, I better start getting ready. Thu, 7 May 2015 05:45:29 EST Wednesday. May 6 Yesterday was another busy day at the office but mostly non-billable work. I spent one hour working with the accounting department on resolving an invoice. I left at 4:30 PM so I can make our haircut appointments (6/6:30). It started to rain cats and dogs when we were heading out. <BR> <BR> Today, I work from home. I have a 9 AM dentist appointment. The dentist will remove my sutures from two weeks ago. I will have her re-cement one of my permanent crowns that fell out on Saturday. I will tr... Wed, 6 May 2015 05:58:48 EST Tuesday, May 5 Happy Cinco de Mayo! <BR> <BR> Well, a very busy day at the office yesterday. As soon as I walked in, I had my typical Monday morning tasks and then several customers to call. <BR> <BR> I left around 5 PM and got home around 5:30 PM. Not bad considering there was a traffic accident. I moved our WiFi router so it's not inside a cabinet. I will give it a try until this weekend when I will buy a new one and replace it. <BR> <BR> Hubby called City Hall and discovered I can do all the paperwo... Tue, 5 May 2015 05:50:09 EST Monday, May 4 Yesterday's tennis was not too much fun for me. I was not playing well and I was thoroughly disappointed with John. He, once again, demonstrated how selfish he can be. Not going into details. It's the same behavior that he complains about Denny. <BR> <BR> He did not join us for lunch and he did not even look at my new car. Maybe he is hard of hearing. Or maybe he just want to nurture our friendship. <BR> <BR> Well, hubby will be taking my car to get a City of Alexandria sticker and our com... Mon, 4 May 2015 06:05:23 EST Sunday, May 3 Well, we did it. We bought a new car yesterday. I bought the VW Golf Sportwagen TDI SEL from Stohlman VW of Tysons Corner. I wanted to work with Scott Maynard. I spoke with him about a month ago and knew I wanted to work with him. The entire buying process took about four hours. I think we got an okay deal. There was a line item I did not like - $599 administrative processing fee. <BR> <BR> I did get a better loan rate 2.79% from the dealership. Wells Fargo preapproved loan was 4.49%. Odd a... Sun, 3 May 2015 07:06:50 EST Saturday, May 2 I spent one hour at the bank to resolve my car loan application. The loan dispute process is all done by writing the bank a dispute letter via US Postal service. Then, they review it and research to why my loan application was turned down. This has to be the most antiquated process I know. So, I left very disappointed with Capital One Bank (it used to be Chevy Chase Bank). I have been with this banking institution since 1993. 32 years! <BR> <BR> So, when I got back to the office, I called W... Sat, 2 May 2015 05:41:33 EST Friday, May 1 The letter from the bank arrived yesterday so I am off to the bank to resolve the issue that they turned down my loan application. Also, yesterday, we took my Honda to an auto detailing shop to give it the full exterior and interior treatment. I hope this will impress Carmax and get me a very good offer. The plumber came around 12:15 PM and left within the hour - $495! Ouch. I am in the wrong profession. I don't make that much hourly. <BR> <BR> Well, it's time to get ready for work and the d... Fri, 1 May 2015 06:06:42 EST Thursday, April 30 Yesterday was a busy day at work. I had two meetings. One weekly team meeting and the other a training session on using Remote Management. I left around 5 PM EST. When i came home, I watched Chopped until hubby and George came home. We then went to City Kitchen to celebrate George's belated 50th birthday. We had very good meals. <BR> <BR> I am still waiting on the letter from my bank about my car loan. It's been seven business days. I hope it arrives today. My plan is to sell my Honda Civic ... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 06:17:18 EST Wednesday, April 29 A very busy day at work yesterday - I didn't leave until 6:30 PM. The drive was good - 30 minutes commute. Hubby went and got pizza for dinner. Mine was cheese-less as I am allergic to cheeses (lactose intolerant). I watched Bates Motel while eating dinner. <BR> <BR> While preparing meals for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (chicken with walnuts, salmon, and tilapia), I noticed something weird with the faucet, It was dripping. Then, I noticed a huge puddle of water underneath the sink. <BR> ... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 06:26:42 EST Tuesday, April 28 Finally a relatively easy work day yesterday. I arrived around 7:30 AM and left at 4:45 PM. <BR> <BR> I got home around 5:30 PM and watched The Good Wife while cooking dinner. Then, I watched Game of Thrones while eating dinner. <BR> <BR> Time to get ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. Tue, 28 Apr 2015 06:05:36 EST Monday, April 27 Yesterday, I played two sets of tennis with my elbow hurting (especially when I tried to hit a backhand). David J and I won 6-3 against John and hubby. Then, we lost 6-3. They were hitting more to my backhand in the second set. <BR> <BR> After tennis we went to Pho Tay Ho for lunch. Hubby and I stopped at Dick's Sporting Goods and bought a elbow sleeve. Let's see if it'll help next week. <BR> <BR> Hubby went for a bicycle ride while I napped. <BR> <BR> Well, I better get ready for work an... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:44:26 EST Sunday, April 26 Yesterday, we played tennis from 10 AM to 1 PM. We warmed up quite a bit. Eric and I defeated David J and hubby 7-6 (0). We were up 4-0 and they made a comeback. Then, David M and Denny played in our spots. We watched a bit and practiced serves and ground strokes Last set was a loss to Denny and David M. 7-6 (2). <BR> <BR> We went to Vapiano for lunch. Hubby and I had the shrimp scampi. It was not filling. We doubled up on the shrimp, too. A little pricey. $43. Then, we went to grocery shopp... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:08:03 EST Saturday, April 25 Another busy day at the office. I arrived at 7:20 AM and immediately ran into an employee requesting that I unlock his Citrix/AD account (which he could have done if he got on another user's laptop to launch our company's client tools portal page). <BR> <BR> Both meetings went well. At 10:30 AM, my boss asked to me go to a client site and helped a user configure her Lotus Notes desktop client. 3.25 hours later I was back in the office. <BR> <BR> More work waiting for me and finally left at ... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 06:59:18 EST Friday, April 24 It was so busy at the office yesterday. It was non-stop all day all the time. I ate my lunch while driving home. <BR> <BR> Today, there are two meetings - one a breakfast meeting 8 AM that we prepared yesterday and the other at 8:30 AM for the Core Management Meeting (hopefully no web cam issue). <BR> <BR> Well, I better get ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:11:59 EST Thursday, April 23 Yesterday, it was nice to work at home. I started around 6 AM EST and stopped around 12:45 PM EST. Then, I went to the dentist for my second implant. It didn't last as long as scheduled. 90 minutes. I came home and grabbed one of my paintings to loan to the dentist in her dental suite. The painting looks very nice in what I called the implant room. <BR> <BR> Now, I wait 3 months to see how the implant took in my jaw. In two weeks, the stitches are coming out. Once the new implant is confirme... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 05:46:52 EST Wednesday, April 22 Yesterday after work, I stopped by Capital One Bank to speak with some one about why my auto loan was rejected. I spoke with the branch manager. Shel looked up my information. She called the loan department. She told me they don't know why my application was rejected. She said we have to wait for the letter to arrive to find out why my loan was rejected. This is very frustrating. Now, I have wait between 7 to 10 days. I guess I will use this time to get my car prepped to sell to CarMax. I thi... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 05:47:09 EST Tuesday, April 21 Yesterday, I worked at the client site and it was okay. I helped out where I could. I worked on reformatting a hard drive in a laptop of a former employee. It has OpenSuse operating system. I tried everything I knew and found on the web. No luck. <BR> <BR> After work, I went to Capital One Bank to ask about their auto loan program. They only had one customer representative at 4:30 PM EST. I sat and waited 15-20 minutes for him to finish up with two customers before he helped me. It was five... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:13:04 EST Monday, April 20 We had a good time on the food tour (again). We were told we were the only returning customers. Interesting. We came home and relaxed. Hubby is very worried about Scamper. Scamper decided that he is not eating too much of his new food which he slurped up two/three weeks ago. <BR> <BR> Today, I am working at a client site,. It's near home so it will be nice commute. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 06:23:04 EST Sunday, April 19 Well, tennis was interesting yesterday. Joel and I arrived after David J. Then, David M arrived. After DM, John arrived. John and David J warmed up on one court while David M, hubby, and I warmed up on another court. Eric joined us next. Denny and Thomas came last and joined David J and John. Eric and hubby defeated David M and me 6-3. Then, the switch up. During the switch up and trying to figure out who was playing where, Denny took my hubby's chair. He didn't even asked - he just took it. ... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 06:09:44 EST Saturday, April 18 Yesterday was another busy day at work. I delivered the laptop at the client site (2 hours round trip and 39 miles). The three laptops with the Adobe Acrobat issue were packed and shipped - we never got the correct license number from the client. I installed SIMM client on four laptops and checked others for the Managed AntiVirus. All were packed by 3:30 PM and ready for 6 PM EST pickup. I found out the Fedex didn't come and the CEO and CTO dropped them off around 7:30 PM. <BR> <BR> Today, ... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 05:41:12 EST Friday, April 17 Another very busy day at the office - continued to work on encrypting laptops, applied Windows updates, and packed them up for shipping. I was so busy that I did not get to eat my lunch. I finally left the office around 6 PM EST (got there at 7:30 AM EST). I hope this is not a pattern. After I left the office, I drove off to Alexandria Animal Hospital and returned Scamper previously prescribed food. I also bought a case of his new food so we have 48 cans. The cans are only 3 ounces. He'll go ... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 05:48:31 EST Thursday, April 16 A very busy day at the office. We had several laptops to encrypt for a new customer. A long tedious process. It took about 8 hours to encrypt the hard drive. We have 37 laptops to do. <BR> <BR> I was hoping to work at home today but I am going into the office because my boss mentioned something about taking the access point to the customer this afternoon. <BR> <BR> I better start getting ready for work and drive to Tysons Corner. After work, I will stop at the animal hospital and return Sca... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 05:55:55 EST Wednesday, April 15 It's TAX DAY! We already got our refunds (we filed jointly). It was a busy work day. I started at 7:30 AM EST - rode into downtown WDC with hubby. Dropped off the laptop and worked on a few things to get the laptop setup (Sharepoint - good exposure). Took the Metro to Tysons Corner. Worked on several projects assigned to me on that day. I left the office at 5 PM EST. Walked to the Metro, Arrived home around 6:30 PM. Fed our cats. Watched The Good Wife on DVR again - I didn't see the ending.... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 06:09:06 EST Tuesday, April 14 A very busy day at the office yesterday. Lots of employees support requests. The queue was busy and I had multiple projects to work on. I had a 2 PM meeting that I really wanted to attend but I was working on a laptop so I can take it to the client today (Tuesday, April 14). <BR> <BR> I came home so tired that I hoped for an relaxing evening. I asked hubby if he preferred salmon burgers or meatballs and pasta for dinner. He said meatballs and pasta....I was hoping that he would have said sal... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 06:09:02 EST Monday, April 13 Yesterday, tennis was okay. Not great. I didn't play as well. I think it had to do with the fact that Denny joined us and when we played the first point in our set he hit an overhead smash toward me. It didn't hit. He sent a message, Later in the match, he hit some very hard shots at me. So, Denny definitely sent a message. I got disinterested in the set. I apologized to my doubles partner. <BR> <BR> After tennis, we went to eat dim sum at Mark's Duck House. John joined us. Some of the items... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 05:59:43 EST Sunday, April 12 Saturday's tennis was havoc. It was windy and made playing very difficult. Hubby and I played two doubles sets before we came home to meet up with the Comcast Tech. The tech arrived around 1:45 PM - tried to fix the X1 cable hub - ended up replacing it. After about 30 minutes of setup and configuring it, the new cable box worked. I did a watchaton of Bates Motel season 3. I made shrimp and asparagus pasta with lots of minced garlic. Hubby liked it. <BR> <BR> Today, we are playing tennis ... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 06:15:49 EST Saturday, April 11 I was the only IT Tech in the Tysons Corner yesterday and it was a very busy day. On Thursday, one of the new company went live on their T&E application and, unfortunately, the wrong URL was conveyed to the new users. There were some other issues. Not sure what exactly happened. I felt bad for my manager and the VP representing our company for them. <BR> <BR> After work, I went to the nearby Volkswagen dealership and checked out the new Sportwagen. LOVED IT! Now, it's just a matter of time o... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 06:33:45 EST Friday, April 10 I didn't update yesterday's blog because I didn't have a chance to.... <BR> <BR> Hubby made an appointment to take Scamper to the Alexandria Animal Hospital - the appointment was for 6:30 PM. I made it home in time to get Scamper and take him. Hubby met us at the hospital. They treated Scamper for dehydration and gave us specialty food to treat his kidney failure. <BR> <BR> I came home cooked dinner. Then, I did some work. I was going to wait until I got into the office today...then I thou... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 06:38:30 EST Thursday, April 9 Short and sweet today - I am running behind schedule because I woke up to several work emails that needed my attention. Will update blog later. Thu, 9 Apr 2015 06:45:45 EST