TSISQUAUSDI's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TSISQUAUSDI TSISQUAUSDI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Thursday Night..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6007665 Every day I try to find the beauty in life, and I find so many things to be thankful for. Even the dingy, mold-ridden building I work in has it's own charm. <BR> <BR> The best times of the day, however, are the ones I spend at home. First thing in the morning, waiting for the sun to come up - drinking coffee, petting my dogs - morning conversations with my son - Who could have more blessing than these! All the time spent before getting in the car to head out to work. <BR> <BR> I rarely t... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 21:34:17 EST Saturday - Awesome Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004650 Up at 7:00 a.m. - Coffee to wake up, and taking care of Clarice's shot and morning snack. She's so funny - Hates the shot, but knows she's getting something yummy, so she jumps right up on my lap. <BR> <BR> Tina is not a morning person, but wanted to come with me to the store - So funny watching someone almost sleep walk through Save-A-Lot! <BR> <BR> Home with the groceries and then off to ACE. When I got back, I made certain that the compost was turned and the garden weeded. I planted s... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 21:45:31 EST SO Glad Today Is OVER!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004120 Off to work I went today - Another McClanadrama-filled wonderland of a day. <BR> <BR> I made it home for lunch before the rainstorms and took a walk through the garden - Amazing! Look at how much these seedlings have grown since the same time yesterday: <BR> <BR> Yesterday: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8a29f399-28cc-4777-836c-8d81b018d9d6.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1aea8575-671f-4f4d-82df-9859a374732b.JPG"> <BR> ... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 22:13:27 EST Tuesday Evening - http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002340 After a day that sucked as badly as this one did, I can't begin to tell you how nice it is to start dinner, grab a glass of wine and sit on the patio while dinner is cooking. Tonight was about 81 degrees with a nice breeze - I love this time of day!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7542ae84-ff50-4556-9a59-ce92570c580c.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I was hoping that Walosh would make an appearance, but he's pretty shy. I sat for a while with my camera - One day, I'll get a nic... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 21:48:08 EST Gorgous Weekend!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000970 I couldn't have asked for a better weekend - It's been amazing, even with the little bit of rain we got Saturday evening. <BR> <BR> Saturday morning I did the shopping, mowed the lawn and actually got about 1/2 of the garden tilled. Yesterday I planted 5 rows of bush beans, 4 hills of cucumbers and another long row of cucumbers, and when the rain threatened, came inside and did the laundry. Today, I planted another 8 hills and two rows of cucumbers. Yes, I want a shipload of cucumbers t... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 19:00:35 EST Some People Just Never Learn..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998188 Yesterday and today were pretty much the same at work. My coworker has been particularly agitated, as her mortgage payment is due. Now, recall that she's in a mortgage modification program and can't miss or even be late on any payments. <BR> <BR> Knowing that, wouldn't you be especially careful with your finances? I don't have a whole lot, so I'm pretty anal about mine. I know where every penny goes, because I pretty much need every penny. <BR> <BR> So, it seems that my coworker's son... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 21:58:50 EST Sunday - Bolstering Myself for the Inevitable Monday..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5996850 Bugger!!! It was raining when I woke up this morning, thunderstorming by mid-morning, and the ground is still wet. Bugger!! <BR> <BR> Today was spent watching movies and pretty much sitting on my butt. I did manage to color my hair, but did precious little else. Right now, I'm doing my best to relax and get some sleep. I'm going to need it! <BR> <BR> TTFN Sun, 13 Sep 2015 21:22:50 EST Bugger!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5996207 I guess Creator wanted me to relax and stay inside today - The weather called for rain at 70% by mid morning.......I did the laundry......The sun came out.....I got my gardening clothes on......I walked outside, and it looked like rain........Finally started raining at around 4:00 p.m. Bugger!!! <BR> <BR> Sat, 12 Sep 2015 19:57:20 EST Another Seriously Dysfunctional Day - Thank God It's FRIDAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995613 Well. Mr. Drama was supposed to get to the office early today to work on trial documents for a trial next Thursday. For you who don't know, a pre-trial memorandum and any related documents must be filed at least 5 days prior to the trial, or it's quite possible that the Judge will not allow any testimony of witnesses, or the introduction of evidence listed in the memorandum at trial. This can make or break a case, and yes, the attorney can be liable for damages to the client's case if that... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 19:02:53 EST Thursday....Almost the Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995050 Thank you all for the support - This is my private sounding board, and yes, I do vent here. <BR> <BR> Working in a toxic environment is quite a challenge, and I'm sure you all think I must be nuts to stay here, day after day after day. Yes, there are other lawyers I can work for, but they have to need a legal assistant - they are not just going to say, "You poor thing - you work for unscrupulous idiots, let me save you!" <BR> <BR> I have been actively looking for another position for the p... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 21:09:22 EST Just Hanging In There.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994324 I got all the way through a blog last night and fell asleep......Criminy! <BR> <BR> These past two days have been interesting to say the least. Yesterday, my boss had me draft pleadings for an afternoon probate hearing. It took ALL morning. I got everything filed, and a subpoena issued, and at 11:30 a.m. he called and said, "Nevermind. Do a Notice to withdraw what we just filed." <em>234</em> Seriously. <BR> <BR> The afternoon wasn't a whole lot better. I had put a Motion for Jud... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 19:35:26 EST A Sure Sign That You Hate Your Job...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5992811 I learn so much on long weekends. Last night was an eye-opener. I've noticed that I tend to get agitated on Sunday nights - Nothing like an anxiety attack, but I do feel a bit anxious. Last night round 7:30, here comes that anxious feeling, and this morning, I woke up before the alarm went off. Yep. I hate my job. <BR> <BR> But the weekend has been really good! If I could afford it, I would happily stay home for the rest of my life! <BR> <BR> This morning, I met Tricia for breakfas... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 15:22:55 EST A Sure Sign That You Hate Your Job...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5992808 I learn so much on long weekends. Last night was an eye-opener. I've noticed that I tend to get agitated on Sunday nights - Nothing like an anxiety attack, but I do feel a bit anxious. Last night round 7:30, here comes that anxious feeling, and this morning, I woke up before the alarm went off. Yep. I hate my job. <BR> <BR> But the weekend has been really good! If I could afford it, I would happily stay home for the rest of my life! <BR> <BR> This morning, I met Tricia for breakfas... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 15:18:50 EST Labor Day Weekend 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991700 Blessed 3-day weekend! I am so ready! <BR> <BR> Friday night, I order Chinese food, ate, and promptly well asleep watching TV. I got up in a groggy haze twice for the usually bathroom break, and finally woke up at 7:00!! I must have needed the rest, because I'm usually up well before 7:00! <BR> <BR> Typical Friday before a Holiday - No paycheck - but I'm still only one behind. It's been so long that I'm used to it! My co-worker, on the other hand, is not. She had a meeting with anothe... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 20:40:37 EST Beautiful Weekend...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983258 Weekends......The high points of my life. <BR> <BR> I had hoped to have some "gardening therapy," but it didn't happent. My son's birthday was yesterday, and he asked me to take him to a place in Maitland to meet up with his friends, and the rest of the day was spent shopping, baking and cooking. My friend, Tricia's birthday is tomorrow, so I had her celebration today. <BR> <BR> My son turned 28 yesterday, and with the exception of the few times that my mother insisted on making his birth... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 15:35:32 EST Weekends are just too Short! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979821 I decided to take my own advice and pretty much just chill this weekend. Friday was exhausting -Mainly because Mr. Drama pretty much did everything he could to put my co-worker in a lather, and me? Well, I pretty much just continued to let go. <BR> <BR> I got just about everything done on my task list, and about 10 minutes before 5:00, Mrs. Boss hands me my check for the previous week, and tells me Mr. Drama wants to see me. Unbeknownst to me, while I was in his office, Mrs. Drama announc... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 20:34:24 EST Letting Go Can Be So Liberating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977524 This week has been, well, challenging. First thing, late Sunday evening I was sweeping the leaves off the patio and felt a stinging near my left elbow - Ow! I'd been stung by a pygmy wasp! <BR> <BR> Now, while I'm allergic to wasp and bee stings, I don't have to take extreme action unless I start breaking out in hives or can't breathe. This little wasp wasn't enough to make me grab an epi-pen, but the area swelled and hurt. The only way I've ever been able to get the swelling down and t... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 22:10:20 EST I Love My Saturdays! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974426 Up at 6:30 and at the grocery store by 8:15 this morning. The weather called for rain, so I figured I'd get stuff done in the house today. While at the store, I noticed that they had gotten in some really beautiful, fresh black grapes - I bought about 6 lbs - enough to make a large batch of grape jelly. <BR> <BR> By the time I got home, it had clouded up, so I started laundry and started preparing to make grape jelly. It's not hard, but it is a process. Wash jars, bands and lids. Wash g... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 23:18:06 EST Friday, At Last! Thank you, Thank you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973835 Last night, I put on a pair of cotton pajamas that I'd washed a couple of weekends ago, and couldn't believe how rough they felt and how itchy I was! I actually got up after an hour and put on the pair I'd put in the laundry that morning! What a difference the new Molly's Suds products have made! I was washing my clothing in conditioned water before, and thought my clothes were soft (they were softer!), but when I conpared the pj's I'd washed last weekend with the ones I put on last night,... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 19:52:41 EST Wednesday - More Like Get Humped Day Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972781 I just had a nice long-distance rant with one of my dearest friends, so let it suffice that today was horrible. My boss has let his wackadoodle wife and scank step-daughter screw his life up so badly that he doesn't even realize how much trouble he's in. <BR> <BR> The Florida Bar audited his books and found "discrepancies" in the trust account. That's a really BIG problem, definite suspension and possible disbarment. We are all well-aware of this, and we also knew that Mrs. Boss, our intr... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 20:10:10 EST Tuesday..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972161 First, my co-worker, who has gotten a modification on her mortgage loan, received the money order that she's over-nighted to her the mortgage company back. She's in a panic and took about an hours to get it straightened out. Why did they send it back? She had forgotten to put "Service, LLC" on the end of her mortgage company's name. Yes, I know. It's a trivial thing, but if that's the name of your mortgage company, why in the world would you leave it off of something so crucial? <BR> <B... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 19:20:00 EST Counting My Blessings.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971648 My co-worker returned today, but by the time she got to work, I'd already had to deal with Mr. Drama and his BS. It was one stupid thing after another, mostly because he hadn't either asked us to do things last week (we're supposed to be clairvoyant!), or hadn't drafted something he should have. Jeese! <BR> <BR> And then, it was over and I got to come home - Thank you, thank you! I got a cold light beer, retreated to the patio, raised the umbrella, and just sat and relaxed for about an ho... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 21:15:05 EST Rainy Saturday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970537 This morning started out like most of my Saturdays. I usually get up around 6:00 a.m. - no alarm set; I just wake up. Coffee, small breakfast, do some stuff in the kitchen, get dressed and go do the weekly shopping. <BR> <BR> I came back from grocery shopping, and went out to mow the lawn. Just as I got the front yard about 1/2 done, the mower died! There's oil and gas in it - Just won't run. Bugger! So, I put it in the shed and headed to Lowes to get another one. The one I have is 5 ye... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 23:19:33 EST Whew! More Drama Filled Work Days.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965703 Unbelievable. That what the past four days have been. <BR> <BR> I try to stay out of the drama itself - I come in. I do my job. I go home. I feel like I'm on the outside looking in most days, and I'm convinced that everyone in my office is, to a certain degree, co-dependent. I seem to be the only one that refuses to join in the insanity. <BR> <BR> My co-worker was supposed to be off today and tomorrow. She came in at 11;30 today, albeit, very pressured, amd was still there when I le... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:54:03 EST Lost Weekend..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963455 I was on my way home for lunch Friday, when I started to feel nausea and headache - By the time I got home, I was racing to the bathroom! I'd felt fine all morning, and BAM! I never cease to be amazed at how fast a tiny bug can drop you like a bad habit. <BR> <BR> As soon as I could get to it, I took some Oscillococcinum, and by Saturday afternoon, I was feeling rung out, but okay. Don't ask me how Oscillococcinum works - I have no idea - but it definitely works. I discovered this stuff... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 22:38:02 EST Busy, Busy, Busy.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961384 Yeah, I know. The whole world is busy! My workweek, thus far, has been its usual dysfunctional, drama-filled wonderland. I was SO tired Monday evening that I ate leftovers for dinner and went to bed. I woke up and let the dogs out a few hours later, and went back to bed. <BR> <BR> Yesterday evening, I really had no choice but to get my butt in gear. Instead of making cherry jam Sunday, I decided to wait until the cherry pitter (yes, it's a real thing) arrived from Amazon. It was waiti... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 20:39:12 EST Sunday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959805 Funny - Saturday and Sunday have the same number of hours as any other day of the week, but they go by so fast! <BR> <BR> Sundays are breakfast with my son, coffee with Tricia, and any chores that were left undone Saturday. For me, I couldn't ask for more! <BR> <BR> I got some gardening in and the lawn mowed, and had a short trip to Walmart for dog food. I also managed to get the rest of the laundry done, and sauce started for supper. Fresh, home-canned tomatoes make an amazing pasta ... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 22:51:24 EST Love the Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959295 Sorry for not blogging last night - I was just whooped! <BR> <BR> Today, I got in a few hours of "canning therapy." I think I told you that I'm letting the garden rest a little, and only planted a few tomatoes, so I picked up another 25 lb box of Roma tomatoes and put them up. My canner will process either 7 quarts or 10 pint jars at a time, so I have to do two batches. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3f89dda0-1b5d-4d56-a372-8cd9c0a0898c.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Here'... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 22:36:02 EST Thursday....Yay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958270 Well. Another day in paradise. Today was an okay day for me. Sometimes things happen that make you really glad that you don't have someone else's life. <BR> <BR> I actually got some things accomplished today. My co-worker, though, seems to be deteriorating by the day. <BR> <BR> First, that horrible woman that she's so afraid of just shows up at the office. I discreetly go in and let Mr. Drama know that she's here again so he can trespass her. I come back out of his office, and my co-w... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 20:19:15 EST Yikes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957415 July has been an entire week of beautiful mornings! Coffee before the sun comes up, walks through the garden, and thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening. All beautiful in their own way. <em>67</em> <em>125</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <BR> <BR> My friend, Eddie, decided not to risk driving in the thunderstorms, so my son and I had the weekends to ourselves. He did have a couple of friends over on Saturday, but I enjoyed having more time to myself. <BR> <BR> In direct c... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 09:11:01 EST Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955078 Another beautiful morning! Coffee before the sun came up, a walk through the garden. There is the promise of thunderstorms again this afternoon - Welcome to Summer in Florida! <BR> <BR> I'm off to Walmart mid-morning to get get Clarice's prescription for insulin established. She's doing so well, and we are delighted with her progress. <BR> <BR> Funny how things change minute-by-minute around here. Yesterday, I was planning a quiet, July 4th weekend with my son, and today I'm preparing... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 20:23:31 EST And Zip! There Went My Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954588 Good grief! The time just flew by today! A little coffee; a little gardening, a little talk on the patio with La Genouille, and the morning was off to a fine start. <BR> <BR> Monday and Thursday are "trash days," and because trash can attract foxes, coyotes, raccoons and bears, we are encouraged to take it out in the morning. Thursday is also "recyling day" and "large item/construction" trash day, so I got a good workout hauling a partial fence panel and a trash barrel full of other debri... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 19:43:57 EST WOW. Wednesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954137 Such a beautiful morning! Coffee before the sun came up, a walk through the garden, and a few more ripe tomatoes picked. <BR> <BR> My pups had an appointment at 9:00 to see the vet for their shots. Not even Cesar Milan would take on four poodles that only travel outside of their yard about twice a year. Since I live about 3 minutes from the vet, I always take them in pairs. <BR> <BR> The boys went first. Dweezle never gives anyone any trouble. Doodlebug, however, was not happy about ... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 21:14:13 EST Totally Peaceful Tuesday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953485 Awesome day! First, I had to go to Lowes to get a new pond pump. The old one finally crapped out after 5 years, so I don't feel bad about getting a new one. <BR> <BR> After blowing the leaves off the patio, I got a cup of coffee and sat down......and pretty much stayed there all day. I brought out my CD player and listened to the wonderful "Ask Your Guides" CD set that my awesome friend gave me for my birthday. Of course, I took a couple of breaks, washed dishes, got the mail, made dinne... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:38:25 EST Monday. On Vacation. AWESOME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952939 Today I woke up at the same time I ususally do, made coffee, took out the trash, made breakfast and gave Clarice her shot and snack - Only no feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach, knowing that I don't have to go in to the office today. <BR> <BR> Of course, my co-worker had to text and tell me about all of the kayos, but other than that, I've vowed to, as my friend, LINWINAGAIN says, "fuhget about it!" <BR> <BR> It started raining here a little before noon, and I had the pleasure of w... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:42:55 EST Amazing, Relaxing Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952303 I'm on vacation this week - Need to get all my pups to the vet for shots, and start and finish a couple of projects around the house. <BR> <BR> What amazes me is how much more relaxed I am today - Clarice is much improved - actually playing a little today - and I don't really have to do much of anything today. I got the yard mowed, prettied up the garden area and cleaned the kitchen. I've got a big pot of spaghetti sauce on the stove that's been simmering since yesterday evening, and I'm l... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 16:58:29 EST Thurday - Lovely Thunder-Stormy, Summer Evening.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950978 I was going to blog last night, but just ran out of steam. 'Guess I needed the rest. <BR> <BR> My fence was inspected and approved this afternoon. Done! I plan on doing a lot of enjoying this weekend through next. I'm going to get some things done around the house, take my dogs to the vet for their shots, and try to relax a little. <BR> <BR> Clarice is doing much, much better. She's eating well and next week we're going to work on getting her medication down to a routine that we can a... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:27:16 EST Tuesday. So Glad This One's Over..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949915 Let's just say that work was another day in paradise, and leave it at that. I'm on the upswing tonight. <BR> <BR> So far so good - Clarice dug into her dog food tonight and ate over half of her bowl! I'd mixed some of the new food with what she's used to, and she did good! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9492151d-0fb8-4eae-84ba-7ba8cc917677.JPG"> <BR> <BR> This morning, I picked some ripe tomatoes and took a couple of them to my co-worker. She's got a brown th... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 20:13:35 EST Monday. Really. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949389 First, Clarice had her blood test this morning, and is now on insulin twice a day. She did eat yesterday, and I've found that she does better if she gets her shot in the morning and has her thyroid pill in the afternoon - helps to keep her food down. She's drinking milk in small amounts periodically, but is keeping everything down. It's a start......Tonight, she insisted on having dog food for dinner, and ate a good sized portion. So far, she's kept it down. It's not the new dog food, bu... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 20:48:32 EST A Hot, But Lovely Saturday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948362 First, my sweet, little girl,my beautiful little clown and "mama dog," Clarice is sick. She's lost about 5 lbs, has low thyroid and high liver enzymes, and is pretty much diabetic. Her vet has her on insulin and thyroid medication, and we'll see what her blood test says on Monday. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9e19b181-73d2-4da9-92ad-84ce7352a5e7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The good news is she's started eating again and is keeping most of what she's eating down. Prayer... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 21:05:11 EST Nice, Restful Sunday..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944967 I keep saying, "Weekends are just too short!" and I'm right. Yesterday was horrendous, so today, I'm going to try and relax a little. <BR> <BR> First, James received his first college degree today - He now has an AS in Technical Stagecraft! He is still working on his AA in Theatre and his AA in Film. I'm so proud of him! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fde6b0e2-5a57-4b6b-af4c-d36d8838f24a.JPG"> <BR> <BR> James was with his friends for Star Wars Weekend at Disney. O... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 12:55:32 EST Put On A Happy Face..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937426 At least, that's what all the self-help books tell us, so that's what I've been trying to do for the past few days......What a $**t sandwich. <BR> <BR> My life at work has been the same as it has - SSDD. I do my job, I go home. It hasn't gotten any better or any worse, as far as the job goes. Mr. Boss actually gave me a pat on the back and a rousing, "Good job!" yesterday, after I'd compiled a client's production and drafted a Response to opposing counsel's Requests for Production, and A... Sun, 31 May 2015 19:07:37 EST Long Weekends Are Just AWESOME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933995 Sorry to have been so out-of-pocket this weekend, but I had a guest from Friday night until about 20 minutes ago. <BR> <BR> This was one of those "by the grace of God go I" weekends. I'm sure you remember me talking about my friend, Tina. She's still trying to get settled into her new room mate situation out in a little town that's about 13 miles east of where I live - very rural.....As far as I'm concerned, it should have it's own country code. The husband of the couple she lives with n... Mon, 25 May 2015 13:37:03 EST My Home - My Haven.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930373 Good grief. Today was not even a little bit fun. <BR> <BR> Somehow, I just knew drama had to be created. I think that Mrs. Boss is "punishing" my co-worker for not leaving. You see, she really doesn't care if the work is done or not - she cares about having to pay a premium salary and any benefits. And she plays both ends against the middle. When my co-worker told her she was leaving, she acted like it was a terrible blow. "What can we do to keep you?" My co-worker said they could pay... Mon, 18 May 2015 19:36:28 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930046 My Sunday was a mix of quiet laziness and a little socializing. <BR> <BR> First, I got up, made breakfast, and started doing my laundry. Then off to Walmart for dog treats. All this was done by 8:30 a.m., and after enjoying my second cup of coffee and watching a little morning TV, I went back to sleep! <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> My friend, Tricia and I had planned to go to dinner out around 4:45 - She insists on taking me to dinner for my birthday every year, so it was off to the Olive ... Mon, 18 May 2015 09:22:07 EST Bugger!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929373 Bugger! It seems that just when I decide to get busy with a new project, that's when something or someone desperately needs my attention. I had decided to either start my chalk painting project, or, since my new switch plates came in Friday, start painting my hallway. Bugger. Maybe next weekend. <BR> <BR> First, I'll get work out of the way. Friday was another horrible day. My co-worker, who gave her notice, changed her mind and decided to stay, and exactly what I told her was going to... Sat, 16 May 2015 23:49:21 EST Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925490 Today, I was decidedly lazy. Sometimes you just have to take a step back and relax. <BR> <BR> I was up at 6:30 - I rarely sleep much past 7:00 unless I'm up til all hours, but if I sleep past 8:00, I'm probably sick. <BR> <BR> This morning, I surprised James with a bacon and egg breakfast - He hadn't had his favorite bacon for almost 3 weeks! Needless to say, he was very happy to be awakened with that wonderful smell of bacon promising a breakfast fit for a lumberjack! <BR> <BR> I ga... Sat, 9 May 2015 21:46:38 EST Friday, At Last! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924990 Today was one of those "mixed bag" sort of days, full of BCC - at least the morning was. Between the crazy boss, the crazy boss's wife, the almost 40 year-old, drug-addicted, convicted-felon, step daughter that the crazy boss jumps for when she yells "frog!" (there's something really, really wrong here - <em>40</em> he has two real daughters that he hardly lifts the phone for when they call!!!), life is just peachy at the office. And this morning was brimming with BS and drama....... <BR... Fri, 8 May 2015 20:06:01 EST I've Got Gas!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922620 Yay!! My gas line and dryer were installed this morning! I've never been so happy to do laundry since I had to used a laundromat in 1997!!! <BR> <BR> I'm amazed that the difference between the gas dryer and the electric on. This used gas dryer is SO quiet! The electric one was purchased new - a large capacity Amana, and it could be heard all over the house. This used Whirlpool is a large capacity, and is so quiet that I can't hear it on the bedroom side of my house, and when the end of... Mon, 4 May 2015 19:25:30 EST Another Lovely Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922055 First, James is much better - He's taking his medicine and today was supposed to be the worst day for swelling. He's speaking clearly, has no numbness in his lower lip or cheek areas, and said he's looking forward to being able to open his mouth wider and actually chewing his food! <BR> <BR> Funny thing - I bought a blender with a food processor attachment on it last month. I almost didn't buy it, opting just for the blender, but at the last minute thought, "What the heck - It's only $15.0... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:19:32 EST