TENNISJIM's SparkPeople Blog TENNISJIM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Thursday, August 21 I started the "paint-over" painting yesterday. I made lots of progress since the support queue was slow. I will post a picture when I am closer to finishing. Late in the afternoon, I received an email that I have selected for a solo art show at the Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown (Washington, DC). It's a one night event -- Friday, October 24 from 8 PM to 1 AM. I will meet with the art director either on Saturday or Sunday this weekend. <BR> <BR> Well, it's back to the Tysons Corner office to... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:30:51 EST Wednesday, August 20 I had a busy day at work yesterday. I helped one on the Project Directors with her MAC laptop. She was having problems installing VMWare Fusion and other apps. It took a while but I finally got it installed. Learned something new which is very cool. I also learned that I will leave my MAC as is -- no need to do dual operating systems. I finally left the office at 6 PM EST. <BR> <BR> I am so happy that I am working from home today. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:50:31 EST Tuesday, August 19 Last night we went to Pho Factory for our 4 year legally married anniversary dinner. The food was okay. Not as good as before. The service was good. I also gave my neighbor Mario a couple of PSP and a Gameboy. I have been cleaning the house and getting rid of stuff. I need to find a case with some of the PSP games. Some were missing. <BR> <BR> Well, I better get ready for work and the commute to Tysons Corner. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 06:22:09 EST Tuesday, August 19 Last night we went to Pho Factory for our 4 year legally married anniversary dinner. The food was okay. Not as good as before. The service was good. I also gave my neighbor Mario a couple of PSP and a Gameboy. I have been cleaning the house and getting rid of stuff. I need to find a case with some of the PSP games. Some were missing. <BR> <BR> Well, I better get ready for work and the commute to Tysons Corner. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 06:22:07 EST Monday, August 18 Well, tennis was interesting yesterday. We started at 9 AM EST and had a passing shower while we were warming up. Then, it sprinkled a little while we played. The first set was a 6-1 win for hubby and me over David and Thomas. David was not playing well. The second set was a 6-3 win over David and John. The third set was a 7-5 loss to Denny and Thomas (although we had 3 set points on Denny's serve.) The device I got to track my tennis swings worked! <BR> <BR> We went to Pho Tay Ho fo... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 06:14:06 EST Sunday, August 17 Saturday tennis was from 9 AM EST to 12:30 PM EST. I played four sets (3/1). Lost to John and Andrew 6-3 when playing with David M. After tennis, we went to Ruby Tuesday for lunch. Hubby ordered the chicken tenders (large portion) and I ordered the chicken tenders (small) with the salad bar. <BR> <BR> After lunch, we went to Costco to do our grocery shopping. After we put everything away, we took our showers and got ready for MT and RW. They arrived around 6:40 PM and then we went to R... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 06:45:25 EST Saturday, August 16 It was another slow day at work yesterday. I arrived around 7:40 AM EST and left at 4:30 PM EST. I came home watched some tennis, applied gesso on the canvas that I am painting over, and then we watched tennis again (Roger v. Andy). I was so happy that my prediction was wrong. I thought Andy was going to win. <BR> <BR> Today, I will apply another layer of gesso. It came out uneven. Tennis is at 9 AM EST today. (I forgot to mention that I ordered -- and arrived -- a device that attache... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 06:49:18 EST Friday, August 15 It was a slow day at work yesterday and I tried my best to keep myself busy. We also had a baby shower for someone in the Sales department. I left around 5 PM EST so I can watch tennis -- it was not on. ESPN2 was not showing tennis until 9 PM. Thus, hubby and I watched Federer v. Monfils on our iPads while eating dinner. I made baked tilapia and sauteed spinach with almonds. <BR> <BR> Well, I better start getting ready for work and the commute to Tysons Corner. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 06:11:05 EST Thursday, August 14 So the Lync meeting I had my manager yesterday was to review the support tickets. I don't understand why he couldn't review them himself and tell me what needed to be done since he doesn't trust me to know what needed to be done. Oh well. <BR> <BR> It's back to Tysons Corner office. At least I don't have to deal with my manager for the next two days. He is on PTO. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 05:55:09 EST Wednesday, August 13 Another long day at work yesterday. I didn't leave until 6 PM EST. Around 4:30 PM, I was getting ready to leave when a support request to apply Time & Expense and Costpoint licenses so the company will have more seats. This is a good support ticket because takes about 30 minutes and it's billable. Well, I ran into an issue when applying the Costpoint license to their TEST environment. I had to contact another support tech and he helped me out. He is going to tell me how he fixed it last... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 06:51:20 EST Tuesday, August 12 Well, a very boring day at the office yesterday. But we did have a one hour meeting to prepare for the next set of customers moving to the new GCS servers. I was happy to see that my manager realized there are so many areas to check to make sure that we got the correct customers, etc. <BR> <BR> I tried to leave at 4:30 PM and ended up leaving at 5:30 PM. Oh well. George, our friend who typically stays with us Tuesday through Thursday because he works in Old Town Alexandria and lives in L... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 05:51:28 EST Monday, August 11 Yesterday's tennis was David J, Eric, John, Denny, Thomas, and me. Denny and I played David and Thomas in the first set while John and Eric warmed up. We won 6-3 and came back from 3-0 down. Eric and I played Denny and David. We won 6-1. Last game was a long game and a struggle. I didn't help Eric out too much. Lasty, Eric and I played John and David. We won 7-6 (2). We should have won 6-3 but I messed up when Eric was serving for the set. <BR> <BR> Afterwards, we went to Pho Tay Ho... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 06:19:23 EST Sunday, August 10 Well, I majorly screwed up the new painting. The canvas will be painted over. A new canvas has been ordered. Start over with a new idea. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, there were only six people for tennis. We played until 12:30 PM EST. Eric and John had to go home for a delivery. So, they didn't join us for lunch. David M, hubby and I tried a new place -- Kampo. It was okay. The restaurant was run by Peruvians. So, be prepared to speak Spanish at a Chinese restaurant. <BR> <BR> The food wa... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 05:51:31 EST Saturday, August 9 I had a busy day at work yesterday. I also decided to leave around 4:45 PM. I wanted to work on my painting last night, which I did. I think the painting is 99% done. <BR> <BR> I made baked tilapia and sauteed spinach for dinner. I tried to watch tennis but it was kind of boring so I went to bed early. <BR> <BR> Today, we are playing tennis at 9 AM EST. It's Graham, Eric, John, David M, hubby, and me. Afterwards, we will go grocery shopping. Sat, 9 Aug 2014 06:25:01 EST Friday, August 8 Yesterday was so slow at work. Both Leyla and I were trying to find "busy work" to keep us busy. It got a little busier after 1 PM EST. <BR> <BR> I made lemon pepper chicken with pasta for dinner while we watched the Rogers Cup. <BR> <BR> Today, it's back to the office in Tysons Corner. Fri, 8 Aug 2014 06:09:31 EST Thursday, August 7 Yesterday was a busy work at home. I made baked salmon and sauté spinach for dinner. <BR> <BR> I started phase 2 of the new painting. Applied tape and molding paste. Waiting for the molding paste to dry so I can paint on top of the tape. <BR> <BR> Well, it's back to the office in Tysons Corner. Thu, 7 Aug 2014 06:26:22 EST Wednesday, August 6 Very busy day at work yesterday -- mostly non-billable work. I sat in for the second Open Enrollment meeting to ensure the technical parts of the meeting was okay. No one came to the conference room so I packed up and left around 4:30 PM EST. I'm glad I did that since we had our hair cut appointments at 6 PM. <BR> <BR> It's work at home today. Woo hoo. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 06:21:10 EST Tuesday, August 5 Left earlier than usual and got to work around 7:30 AM EST yesterday. So, I left around 4:45 PM. Hubby said he got home around 4 PM EST. We did Chinese carry-out. He hadn't eaten since breakfast. <BR> <BR> It was busy at work yesterday. A good mixture of billable and non-billable work. <BR> <BR> Time to get ready for work and the commute to Tysons Corner. Tue, 5 Aug 2014 06:08:01 EST Monday, August 4 We played tennis from 9 AM to 12:15 PM. I only played two sets and one tie-breaker. I was very tired. David J and I beat Andrew and Eric 6-2. We won the last six games. Then, we beat them in a tiebreaker 10-7. Andrew and I then lost to David and John 6-0. I didn't play anymore. I was tired. <BR> <BR> We went to Pho Tay Ho for lunch because it was going to be quick. John, JJ, and Eric were going to the CitiOpen men's finals. I watched it on TV. In a nice air conditioned room. <BR> ... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 05:55:36 EST Sunday, August 3 We played tennis from 9:30 AM to 1 PM EST. I played the entire time without a break. Afterwards, we went to Crystal Thai for lunch. The food was delicious. The service was awesome. Hubby and I been there before. It's been a long time. After lunch, I went grocery shopping. <BR> <BR> I spent the evening, starting a new custom painting for one of my neighbors. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's just the start -- not close to being fin... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 06:30:19 EST Saturday, August 2 Well, I got to the office around 7:40 AM yesterday (25 minutes). It was a fairly busy day with billable and non-billable work. I decided to leave around 4 PM EST since I only took 30 minutes for lunch each work day. I am trying to see if leaving at 4/4:30 PM would make a difference commuting home. I left around 4:09 PM EST and went to get some money at the bank across the street. Calculating my errands. It took me about 30 minutes to get home. Better than the typical hour. <BR> <BR> T... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 06:27:08 EST Friday, August 1 Wow, the beginning of a new month. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a busy day at work. Mostly non-billable work. Better to be busy. Our weekly team meeting (scheduled for one hour) was two hours long and we didn't even have the VP attend. My manager is ineffective. He has no management skills, no time management skills, lacks leadership, etc. Oh well. <BR> <BR> Time to start getting ready for work and the commute to Tysons Corner. I hope I can leave by 4 PM today. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 06:08:54 EST Thursday, July 31 Yesterday was work at home day. I usually start between 5:30 AM to 6 AM EST and work till 5 PM EST because I don't have to commute. Giving the company a little extra time because I get to work at home. It was a busy day. My manager showed me and another help desk tech how to get Costpoint 7 diagnostic logs and how to apply CP7 licenses. He went through it so fast. The Lync meeting screen is not helpful....I got some notes. When I went back to retrace his steps, I was lost....I will try... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:16:42 EST Wednesday, July 30 Well, I didn't leave work until 6 PM EST yesterday. I completely forgot that we had the quarterly all hands meeting. After I got home around 6:45 PM EST, I baked salmon and heated up some broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots for dinner. <BR> <BR> I re-watched the last season 2 episode of Gran Hotel. I fell asleep watching it on Monday night. <BR> <BR> Today, I work from home, which is very nice since I don't have to deal with commuting. Tonight. I am making lemon pepper chicken with pasta... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:08:02 EST Tuesday, July 29 A very busy day at work yesterday. A good mixture of billable and non-billable work. I tried to leave at 4:30 PM to see if that would make a difference commuting home. I didn't leave until 5:15 PM EST. Oh I forgot to mention it was a one hour commute to work yesterday. Two accidents on the beltway! <BR> <BR> It's back to Tysons Corner office. I will attempt to leave at 4:30 PM today. <BR> <BR> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:24:18 EST Monday, July 28 The wet road and chances of rain cancelled tennis yesterday. So, I started the painting for my neighbor. She wanted a piece with turquoise and copper. The first layer is done. I am waiting for it dry a little before starting on the second layer. There will be several layers. I have decided on how many. It will be determined as I go. <BR> <BR> I spent most of the day at home. Watching the Gran Hotel. <BR> <BR> Today, it's back to work in Tysons Corner. My three day weekend is over. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:03:08 EST Sunday, July 27 Yesterday, we played tennis from 9:30 AM EST to 12:45 PM EST. Afterwards, we went to have lunch at restaurant we have not been to. Raaban. I think that's name. I may have misspelt it. It's Thai and it was good. The portions were a bit small. We shared our dishes. It was very good and tasty. The calamari appetizer was too salty. <BR> <BR> After lunch, I came home and continued to watch Gran Hotel on Netflix. <BR> <BR> Today, we are scheduled to play tennis at 9:30 AM EST. However, i... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 06:27:05 EST Saturday, July 26 So, I arrived at the reception one hour early like Lilian asked. Turned out they had brought in all the items for the opening reception. So, there was not too much for me to do. I helped out where ever they needed. Then, I started bar tending around 6 PM EST. By 7 PM, we were mostly out of red wine. By the way, Lillian is not a very effective leader. She seldom spoke to me. When she did, I already knew the answer to the instructions she provided. I realize this is a volunteer organiz... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 06:38:14 EST Friday, July 25 Yesterday was a very busy day at work and again mostly non-billable work. I didn't get home until 6:45 PM EST (one hour later than usual). <BR> <BR> Today, I am on PTO -- I don't want to carry over 300+ hours of PTO. So, I am taking a few days off here and there. I will carry over 256 hours of PTO. <BR> <BR> I am going to relax. Replace some of 11" x 14" framed artwork with new frames I have in storage so they all look the same for the Art on the Avenue show in October. <BR> <BR> Mostl... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:42:21 EST Thursday, July 24 Well, I went to the airport yesterday so I can see the exhibit. It's a nice exhibit. Small space which is why they only allowed 50 2D and 50 3D pieces. My painting is either at the beginning or the end of the exhibit space -- depending how one starts. My painting is on a wall by itself and there are others if you turn the corner. It will be interesting to see how many people will stop and see. <BR> <BR> Well, it's back to the Tysons Office today. I have lots of busy work ahead of me. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:30:24 EST Wednesday, July 23 It's work at home today. Thank goodness. It was busy at work yesterday. Mostly non-billable work. Oh well. Work is work. <BR> <BR> The exhibit I am currently involved with sent out a photo yesterday. I saw where my painting was hung. Looks like in a nice location. I will be seeing it on Friday during the opening reception. Although, I volunteered to be a bartender. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:26:43 EST Tuesday, July 22 Yesterday, I had planned to leave work before 5 PM because I got there about 7:20 AM EST. Well, that didn't pan out. I stayed past 5. Oh well, it was a very busy day. A good mixture of billable and non-billable hours. <BR> <BR> Roger didn't eat much yesterday. I wonder if he misses hubby. <BR> <BR> Well, I chilled out after I got home from work and watched Grand Hotel on Netflix. While watching the show, two brown outs occurred. So, I reset all the clocks twice. <BR> <BR> Well, it's... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:06:30 EST Monday, July 21 Yesterday, we played tennis until 12:30 PM. I sat out for about 15 minutes. I was a bit tired. After tennis we went to lunch at Pho Tay Ho. I only played two sets. Hubby and I lost to David and Denny 7-5. Eric and I lost to Denny and Andrew 7-6 (4). We should have won that set but I made too many mistakes after we were up 5-2. Oh well. <BR> <BR> Today, I drive hubby to the airport for his two weeks "get out of DC" vacation. He goes to Florida and just chill out. After I drop him of... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:35:57 EST Sunday, July 20 On Saturday, we played tennis from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Four hours. We were so hungry afterwards. We went to XO Taste for lunch and ordered 10 dishes for nine people. We ate up everything. We must have been hungry. <BR> <BR> We did a quick stop at Costco to get a few items. <BR> <BR> Today, we are playing tennis at 9:30 AM again. I am not sure how I will do. I am very sore and achy today. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 06:16:56 EST Saturday, July 19 Well, the love seats arrived around 3:45 and everything went according to plan. Woo hoo. The new love seats look very nice in our family room. <BR> <BR> It was a slow work day. I was happy that I worked at home. Hubby came home around 5 PM and we took my painting to National Airport for next week's opening exhibit -- Artomatic Takes Flight 2014! They asked me if I would mind being a bartender for the opening reception on Friday, July 25. I said sure. <BR> <BR> On the way home, we stop... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 06:02:51 EST Friday, July 18 Yesterday, I was very busy at work. It was a good billable day. Well, the VP of the delivery company called and apologized. I should have asked him to defer the fees to take away our old love seats. I didn't. The delivery is scheduled for today between 2:30 PM and 5:30 PM EST. I hope they come early since I have to drop off one of my paintings at National Airport between 4 PM and 8 PM EST. <BR> <BR> I better start getting ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. I will leave at ... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 06:07:19 EST Thursday, July 17 Well, the delivery men showed up around 4:45 PM EST (the delivery time was 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM EST). They showed up with one love seat. I asked where is the other one. They replied I don't know. It may be in the warehouse. We didn't load the truck. So, I told them to come back when they have both of them. Egads, why can't companies do what they are supposed to do..... <BR> <BR> Working at home yesterday was quite busy. Again, more non-billable work. After I finished my shift, I went ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 06:08:52 EST Wednesday, July 16 Another busy day at work yesterday. Again, non-billable work. <BR> <BR> Today, I work at home and thank goodness. I needed to get out of the office environment at least once a week. It's a toxic office environment. Today, we are expecting the delivery of our new love seats. Woo hoo. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:44:14 EST Tuesday, July 15 Yesterday was so busy at work and again it was mostly non-billable work. I finally left at 5:45 PM. One of the task assigned to me from my manager was a complete mess (created by my manager). Another tech tried to show me how to do the task and told me the file prepared by my manager is all wrong. He showed me how to troubleshoot it. He ended up working on the project because I had other requests that came up and needed to be taken care of. <BR> <BR> Well, it's back to the office in Tys... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:07:21 EST Monday, July 14 Sunday was so hot even at 9 AM EST. We played rotation doubles because we have 5 people on one court. Denny, Thomas, Graham, and JJ played doubles on the other court. <BR> <BR> We played until 11:40 AM EST and headed to Bangkok Golden for lunch. The buffet was very good. We took our time eating lunch. We used to eat as fast as we can and then go. <BR> <BR> Well, it's Monday and it's back to the office in Tysons Corner. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:52:25 EST Sunday, July 13 Our cat Roger is named after Roger Federer. He is a great cat -- most of the time. He wants to be with you most of the time. <BR> <BR> We played tennis until 12:45 PM EST yesterday. Although, it was very very hot and humid. <BR> <BR> Today, we are playing tennis at 9 AM EST so we can avoid the heat and humidity. <BR> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 06:50:12 EST Saturday, July 12 A very busy day at work and again mostly non-billable work. I left 10 minutes early than usual. I knew I had to spend some time this morning doing some testing because we are replacing our existing firewalls. My part of the tests was all good. <BR> <BR> Today, we are playing tennis at 9:30 AM EST. There is a 30% of rain. I hope it stays away. Oh, my cat Roger attempted to bite my leg this morning. I yelled at him and he ran off. I ignored for a while (30 minutes). He has returned to... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 06:54:30 EST Friday, July 11 A busy day at the work and, again, most non-billable work. I came home and made baked tilapia and a salad for dinner. I watched 24 episodes 4, 5, and 6. Doing the catch up. <BR> <BR> Well, I better get ready for work and the drive to Tysons Corner. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 06:20:25 EST Thursday, July 10 It took the two Comcast Tech between 20-25 minutes to resolve the OnDemand and DVR issues on the Anyroom DVR (hub). Then, we checked the two terminals on the second and third floors. The terminal on the third floor had an issue where I couldn't watch the recorded test show. It also had the recording light on. It must have been stuck from when we did the test recording. After rebooting the device, the terminal worked as it should. So, the Comcast issues came to a close by noon. Woo hoo.... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:23:34 EST Wednesday, July 9 I am working from home today and I hope the Comcast issue gets resolved today. Here to a good day. <BR> <BR> Work was very busy yesterday. Lots of non-billable work. Troubleshooting faxing issues and preparing Deltek software orders. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 06:36:00 EST Tuesday, July 8 Well, it's unbelievable. The Comcast Tech went to the wrong house. He called around 8:18 AM on my cell. I didn't pick up because I didn't recognize the phone number. So, I called back and discovered he was at the house. So, hubby texted me a few times so I can be kept up-to-date. The Tech replaced the Anyroom DVR and checked all connections. OnDemand and DVR services are not working. So, I spent another 3 hours online last night trying to resolve the issue. No success. Another Comca... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 06:10:22 EST Monday, July 7 well, we were so disappointed that Roger lost. He tried and fought. Came up short. We thought this was his best chance. We played tennis until 4:30 PM and then went to Pho Tay Ho for lunch/dinner. <BR> <BR> Today, a Comcast Tech is coming to replace the new (two week old) Anyroom DVR and make sure that OnDemand and DVR services are working correctly. I am leaving hubby to deal with them because I have to be in Tysons Corner today. Mon, 7 Jul 2014 06:10:55 EST Sunday, July 6 Well, Saturday's tennis was a John, Graham, David J., Andrew, hubby and me. David and I barely beat Graham and hubby. 7-5. Then, Andrew and I lost to Eric and John 6-1. We went to Bangkok Golden for lunch. After lunch, we went grocery shopping. <BR> <BR> When we finally got home, we watched some of the tennis matches on the Tennis Channel. I was shocked that the women's match was so lopsided. I was even more surprised that the Bryan brothers lost to Sock/Popvisil. <BR> <BR> Today, we ... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 07:44:59 EST Saturday, July 5 Hubby stayed home to watch the Wimbledon matches. Thank goodness because the DVR showed it was recording the program. I couldn't find them on our recorded programs list. So, I did a test and recorded a show and got an error message -- There's a problem with DVR Service. We're working to restore services as quickly as possible and will provide access to your recordings again shortly. We apologize for any inconvenience." I contacted an online agent and she said, "Check you cable connectio... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 07:06:09 EST Friday, July 4 Happy 4th. Hope all my SP friends have a wonderful day. Today, we (hubby may not play) are playing tennis at 9:30 AM EST. Although, the Wimbledon matches are being broadcasted live. <BR> <BR> I am rooting for Roger Federer. Fri, 4 Jul 2014 06:04:23 EST