TENNISJIM's SparkPeople Blog TENNISJIM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Tuesday, August 18 It was a very busy day at work yesterday. Lots of PwC help desk requests. I worked until 9 PM EDT and asked my colleague if I can logoff early. I am supposed to be online until 10 PM. <BR> <BR> Well, since I went to bed early, I got up around 4:30 AM today. Way too early. Or am I adjusting to the fall time change. That's even early since we fall back one hour. Yikes! <BR> <BR> I don't know if Scamper is doing okay. Today, he is a bit fussy about his food, He didn't like the Saba meal. I gav... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 05:49:24 EST Monday, August 17 Hubby's colleagues Spencer and Tom joined us for tennis yesterday. They are maniacs. They mostly played non-stop. Lots of energy, Tom improved a lot. Spencer is rusty and will be very good if he keeps playing. <BR> <BR> They weren't able to join us for lunch. They had errands. John, David J, and us went to Eden Kitchen for lunch. Service was terrible. I picked the wrong meal. Seafood fried rice - had two shrimps, some scallops, calamari for $15. <BR> <BR> Well, it's time to get ready for w... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 05:47:08 EST Sunday, August 16 Well, yesterday was a good day. Lunch was so so at Hong Kong Pearl. Dinner at City Kitchen was very good. We had a very good server. Very attentive. The food was very good. We had good conversation. <BR> <BR> Today's agenda.... <BR> <BR> 9 AM tennis (hubby's colleagues Spencer and Tom are playing and they are very handsome - so some eye candy) <BR> <BR> Lunch afterwards... <BR> <BR> 3 PM - watch Novak play Andy <BR> <BR> REST and let my back get better - I hurt it yesterday playing tenn... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 06:56:22 EST Saturday, August 15 On today's agenda.... <BR> <BR> Tennis at 9 AM. Afterwards, lunch (hopefully) with the group. Grocery shopping. Dinner with John, JJ, David J, and Patrick at City Kitchen. <BR> <BR> Maybe we'll stop at TD Bank and make a deposit. <BR> Sat, 15 Aug 2015 06:55:56 EST Friday, August 14 Well, it's Friday and I am so looking forward to the weekend and I can rest a little. <BR> <BR> Changes are happening to the current client (PwC) I have been assigned. Starting today, one conference call a day. When this assignment first began, the team had four conference calls a day. Some days we had five or six. <BR> <BR> I am still working till 10 PM though. I was hoping this would change too. I guess I can't have everything. <BR> <BR> Hubby is going to ride his bicycle into work toda... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 06:04:20 EST Thursday, August 13 I woke up at 4:30 AM today. I am tired. I have a user meeting me at 8 AM so I can install a local printer for her. <BR> <BR> Not much going on today. A little worried about Scamper, our 19 year old. We got him on this specialty cat food which he seems to like but, now, he seems to stop eating it. <BR> <BR> So, I better start getting ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. Thu, 13 Aug 2015 05:57:50 EST Wednesday, August 12 Five years ago today, hubby and I got married at the courthouse in Washington DC. Come October 16, we will be celebrating 21 years being together. If we could have gotten married 21 years ago, we would have done it.... <BR> <BR> I have a 10:30 AM dentist appointment today for my never-ending implants/bridgework. Today, the dentist is getting an imprint for the bridge. Hopefully, it will take about 30 - 45 minutes. <BR> <BR> I plan to go to Petsage and get more food for Scamper. <BR> <BR> T... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 07:32:27 EST Tuesday, August 11 It was a slow work day which was much needed for me. I felt a little relaxed. I still left the office at 4 PM and finished the day around 10 PM. I hope this schedule is coming to an end soon. <BR> I sure need it to change. <BR> <BR> I made mahi mahi burgers for dinner after discovering that I didn't have any marinara sauce. Hopefully, hubby got enough to food. <BR> <BR> Well, it's time to get ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. Tue, 11 Aug 2015 05:56:49 EST Monday, August 10 We played tennis from 8:45 AM to 1 PM again today. John and David lett around 12;\:30 PM. They were meeting at 1:45 PM to go downtown for the Citi Open finals. We watched it at home. We did see Jen and Eric briefly on TV. <BR> <BR> I won all my sets yesterday. Hubby and I defeated Denny and Thomas 6-1. David J and I defeated John and Andrew 6-3. Denny and I defeated David M and Arthur 6-4. <BR> <BR> David M went to lunch with us. We went to Pho Golden Cow. It was okay. A place that we can g... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 06:17:03 EST Sunday, August 9 Tennis was from 8:45 AM to 1 PM. John, Eric, and David left around 11 AM to go to the Citi Open. We saw them on TV when they interviewed John Isner. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I went to Jerusalem Restaurant for lunch. I ordered the hummus spicy and grilled chicken kabob. Hubby ordered the grilled salmon. I thought it was just okay.Nothing special. <BR> <BR> Today, we are playing tennis at 9 AM again, We will have a bigger group. David M and Andrew. <BR> <BR> Hopefully, we will go to lunch with so... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 06:10:29 EST Saturday, August 8 I was so tired I think I fell asleep monitoring the support queue. Luckily, nothing came in. <BR> <BR> Today is tennis at 9 AM EDT. Lunch. Grocery shopping. Then, lots of rest. <BR> <BR> That's all for today. Sat, 8 Aug 2015 07:01:39 EST Friday, August 7 TGIF - still have to work till 10 PM tonight. I am so tired. Staying out late Wednesday is making me very tired. I asked hubby to get Chinese carry-out because I didn't feel like cooking. <BR> <BR> Hopefully, I will be able to rest this weekend. <BR> <BR> Well, I better start getting ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. Fri, 7 Aug 2015 05:55:50 EST Thursday, August 6 I am so tired today. I woke up at 5:30 AM - overslept. I had a bunch of things that I had to do before I left for work. I left work at 4 PM so I can make the call at 5:30 PM. <BR> <BR> I need to work till 10 PM EDT. <BR> <BR> I had a rough morning...hubby needed my help with a laptop issue just before I was leaving for work. I said I don't have time for this... <BR> <BR> I looked and it was Norton Security. He can easily close the browser. Thu, 6 Aug 2015 17:53:07 EST Wednesday, August 5 I am working from home today. Believe it or not. I am going to stop working at 4 PM EDT today and then head off to Citi Open to watch some of the matches. Yes, we got the tickets from our "friends." <BR> <BR> It saddens me to know that I have a few friends, which I like to maintain a good friendship, can behave the way they do. My hubby tells me that I have high expectations. I don't have high expectations. I want people to treat me the way they wanted to be treated. <BR> <BR> Anyway....tha... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 07:04:09 EST Tuesday, August 4 Today is our haircut appointments - first Tuesday of every month. My hair grows so fast that I could probably get it cut every three weeks. At $29 per haircut plus tip, I need to space it out. <BR> <BR> Hubby's flight landed around 2:20 PM yesterday - I was in Tysons Corner so I could not pick him up. He also did me a favor and checked out the tennis courts at Wakefield High School. They are done and available for play. So back to our courts. <BR> <BR> Well, I better start getting ready fo... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 06:03:54 EST Monday, August 3 well, it's 9:40 PM EDT and I am finishing my SP stuff. The site appears to have issues throughout today. <BR> <BR> I thought my PwC hell desk nightly duties were over - NOT!!! <BR> <BR> I found out that the two employees do not have access to the helpdesk application... <BR> <BR> Oh well. <BR> <BR> Time to get to bed. Mon, 3 Aug 2015 21:43:56 EST Sunday, August 2 It was such a busy day yesterday - let's see... <BR> <BR> 8:30 AM Scamper's vet appointment <BR> 9 AM - Petsage to get more Weruba cat food <BR> 9:45 AM - tennis at Bluemont <BR> 12 PM - pickup mom and Sandra <BR> 1 PM - lunch at Raaga with mom, Sandra, David J, David M, and Andrew <BR> 2 PM - grocery shopping <BR> 3:45 PM - unload groceries, take shower, feed Scamper and Roger <BR> 4:15 PM - outlet shopping with mom and Sandra <BR> 7 PM - dinner at East Pearl in Rockville with mom and Sandr... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 07:09:31 EST Saturday, August 1 I monitored the PwC hell desk until 10 PM last night. Hopefully, it's the last night for me to work that late. I received a call from my cousin asking me what my plans are for Saturday. I said I am playing tennis. I will pick them up at Van Dorn Metro around 12:30 PM so we can go to lunch and then we can do grocery shopping. <BR> <BR> Scamper has a 8:30 AM appointment today. I will also go to Petsage and get more Weruva cat food. He seems to like the "fishy" flavors. <BR> <BR> I am playing ... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 06:14:43 EST Friday, July 31 I worled until 9:45 PM EDT last night. I went to bed so tired. I told my boss around 3 PM that I finished collecting all the artifacts for the auditors. woo hoo. I am one efficient worker (hahaha). <BR> <BR> So, when I checked my email this morning at 5 AM - I saw the email from the person with the urgent Wednesday night request. He finally sent the file at 1 AM. When I get into the office, I will get it down. <BR> <BR> So, it's time to get ready and get to work in Tysons Corner. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:21:55 EST Thursday, July 30 Well, I worked until 9:30 PM last night. I woke up this morning to an email message about an urgent request sent at 10:30 PM. I responded this morning stating that I had gone to bed. I also said that I will need to talk to the CIO about the request since the file for a web link is updated hourly. Currently, all web site changes are done manually. <BR> <BR> I have so much to do. My boss asked me if I could use some help with collecting the samples. I said I will to do it and not take away res... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:27:19 EST Wednesday, July 29 So, I finished working around 10:05 PM last night. Unfortunately, at this time, this is my work schedule. I hope to get some relief soon. I could have worked till midnight Steve. Just before I left I got another email asking me to collect artifacts for SSAE16-SOC1 audit (I had received an earlier email asking to do the same task for SOC2). I need to collect 85 samples for the auditors by Monday. <BR> <BR> I didn't work on it. I will work on it shortly. I'll get on my work computer after I f... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:07:45 EST Tuesday, July 28 I finally finished around 9:50 PM last night. I made an agreement to call a customer at 8 PM EDT and when I did he had a family crisis and he said he would all me back in 30 minutes. He did and we spent 20 minutes resolving his issue. <BR> <BR> I overslept a little today - 5:15 AM. Wow. Scamper is not eating much. He is alert and stares at me. I will change his food and see if he will eat new food. <BR> <BR> I better start getting ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. I have a new ... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:14:58 EST Monday, July 27 Well, it was a busy day and filled with a little drama. I started the day at 5 AM EDT. Around 5:50 AM EDT, I got on my laptop and started to get ready for some work for a customer. I had planned ahead for the thing that I need to do. I did my changes before 6 AM EDT which was the agreed time. Then, the person asking me to make these changes asked what about the announcement. So, I quickly added the announcement so I finished around 6:20 AM EDT. <BR> <BR> I played tennis from 9 AM to 11:15 A... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 06:04:49 EST Sunday, July 26 Well, the vet appointment took less time than I had anticipated. I was able to get to the tennis courts by 9:30 AM. Unfortunately, our group could only grab one court. So Andrew and I waited for a court. Luckily, it was next to our group. <BR> <BR> We played until 1 PM and then went to Eden Kitchen for lunch. Just the five of us. John, David J, Eric, JJ, and me. <BR> <BR> After lunch, I went grocery shopping. I forgot an item so I will need to go the grocery store again. I was hoping to get... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 05:52:15 EST Saturday, July 25 Well, I left work around 2:50 PM and got home around 3:15 PM and started working again until 10 PM. I had a bad experience with a very nasty PwC user. I resolved his technical issue BUT he told me the issue is not resolved because he doesn't know how to correct his time sheet. I said that I am technical support and I am not functional support. The way he wrote in his Sametime message - Lotus Notes chat messaging app - he was threatening me. 1d10t! <BR> <BR> Today, I am taking Scamper in to v... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 06:56:40 EST Friday, July 24 Well, I completely forgot to do my SP stuff yesterday. My MacBook Air was out of battery so I charged it before I left for work. When I returned I was too busy with more work to do that I completely forgot to do my SP stuff. <BR> <BR> I even came home early - got home around 4:15 PM EDT. But lots of work sitting in the PwC help desk... <BR> <BR> I worked until 10 PM EDT then went to bed. <BR> <BR> I got up at 4:30 AM today and am getting ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 05:52:13 EST Wednesday, July 22 I am working from home today because i have a dentist appointment. I have a 8:30 AM EDT conference call, 9 AM department meeting, 10:30 AM dentist appointment, 11:30 AM conference call, and 5:30 PM conference call. I started working (reviewing emails) around 5:30 AM and will end the day around 10 PM. It will be a long day. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck on my dental appointment. I think I am getting the posts screwed into my implants. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 06:23:20 EST Tuesday, July 21 I got to work around 6:45 AM EDT. It didn't take as long from National Airport as I thought it would. Traffic pattern was quite different. I left work around 6 PM EDT. I stopped at the Mediterranean Bakery and picked up a flat bread for dinner. I got some Indian quick fix meals while hubby is away. Hubby doesn't like Indian foods. <BR> <BR> I monitored the PwC support queue until 9:30 PM EDT and then went to bed. <BR> <BR> I am up at 4:30 AM EDT today and am getting ready for work. I will s... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 05:49:34 EST Monday, July 20 Well, It was so hot this weekend. It was a bit unbearable. I was felt burnt out while playing tennis and we played at 9:30 AM EDT. After tennis we went to Ruby Tuesday for lunch and it was an experience that one would wish for an enemy. Two hours to eat our lunch - one hour to wait for our meals. <BR> <BR> I am doing my SP stuff at work today since I took hubby to the airport at 6 AM EDT for his 8:30 AM EDT flight to Ft. Lauderdale. <BR> <BR> He will be gone for two weeks. I will be taking... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 10:34:11 EST Sunday, July 19 it rained in the morning so hubby and I did our grocery shopping. I bought a bunch of new food items that I can try while he goes on his two week vacation in Florida. This is a annual event and he has been doing it before we got together. It's his tradition and I don't want to take it away from him. <BR> <BR> Besides, we will be moving to Florida in the next few years.... <BR> <BR> We played tennis at 2 PM and it was hot and humid. I played two sets and won both of them 7-5 and 6-4. <BR> ... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 07:19:13 EST Saturday, July 18 I left the office around 3:30 PM EDT and worked until 10 PM EDT at home. I made the conference call at 5:30 PM at home and then basically just monitored the SM9 queue. <BR> <BR> I made pan seared tilapia for dinner. We had some left over string beans. <BR> <BR> Today, we are playing tennis at 9:30 AM. Hopefully, we are having lunch afterwards. <BR> <BR> Then, hubby and I will go grocery shopping. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 08:21:27 EST Friday, July 17 Last night I fell asleep monitoring the PwC support queue.... <em>102</em> oh oh.... <BR> <BR> SparkPeople site was having issues this morning so I am doing my SP stuff while eating my lunch in-front of my work laptop.... <BR> <BR> One of my pet peeves is not eat at my desk or in-front of my laptop. We'll that pet peeve went out door on July 1 when I was assigned to the PwC Helpdesk. <BR> <BR> Another busy day which is good. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 12:22:26 EST Thursday, July 16 Happy Birthday to Scamper - our 19 year old cat. He made it. I didn't think he was going to... <BR> <BR> I am working from home today. It will be a nice change of pace - a little quieter and less distractions. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I had seven- 7 - conference calls. I did other work while on those calls. <BR> <BR> Well, I need to install TeamViewer nn my iMac so it's time to get to work. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 06:37:19 EST Wednesday, July 15 The broken record returns - i got to the office around 6:45 AM and asked Nick to help me out. I was not stupid - what I tried cannot be done remotely and needed to be hard wired at the Tysons office. <BR> <BR> Well, I got home around 7:15 PM last night and stayed online until 9:45 PM. I think I will work at home tomorrow. I can avoid the commute. I can sleep in a little. Most of all, it's our cat Scamper's 19th birthday. I didn't think he was going to make it. He has good and bad days. <BR> ... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 06:21:08 EST Tuesday, July 14 A very logn worm day. I finally logout around 10:15 PM EDT. I got up at 4:15 AM today because I wanted to figure out some thing for a project I am responsible and needs to be done ASAP. <BR> <BR> I couldn't figure it out. I tried. I am too stupid. I am going into the office early to see if I can get some help from Nick. <BR> <BR> So, that's my blog for today. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 05:42:47 EST Monday, July 13 I am so sore from playing tennis this weekend. I am worn out. I need a day just to sit around and do nothing - yeah, right! <BR> <BR> Hubby and David J beat David M and me 7-6. Then, David M and I played some singles. We split tie-breakers. Then, David M and I beat Denny and Arthur 7-5. After that set, hubby and I lost to David J and Arthur 6-1. I was way too tired to run down all the lobs from David J. <BR> <BR> I made an interesting observation. John preferred to have David J take him an... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 06:19:24 EST