Saturday, December 26, 2009
The good news is that I had a sexy dream last night. I will spare you the details...this is not the venue for that kind of sharing...but I'm glad I had the dream. It's been a long time since I had a dream that didn't have to do with work or mundane stuff...haven't had a date in MONTHS!!
As for work (at the mall), I was scheduled every day this week and last weekend but Sat, Sun, and Mon didn't happen. All that snow that fell Friday night til the wee hours of Sunday morning prevented me from going anywhere on those days. I did work Xmas Eve. Why do folks get so irritated when they can't find what they're looking for, when it's an hour before closing time on Christmas Eve. I don't get it. And some of them were PISSED! Get over it folks. The world will continue to turn if the Vicky's Secret bag ISN'T under the tree.
I took myself to go see the The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw. Awesome movie!! I highly recommend it. It's based on a true story.
Scooting off to bed now. Good night.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I ended up not taking my LB to the skating party Tuesday evening. I woke up that morning with the migraine that I went to bed with. I went to Fit Camp and then, when I got in to work, asked my Lieutenent if he would mind if I went home and took my meds and then came back when they kicked in...around 10am. He said "no prob." I got home, took the meds, and went to bed. I still had the headache when I got back to work but couldn't do anything about it. I knew if I went home from work that I wouldn't be able to take my LB skating. After another hour of feeling like a little man was smacking the inside of my skull with a mallet, I called my LB's mom and told her I wouldn't be able to take him skating. After I hung up, I told my Lt that I was gonna go to sick call.
I got there 45 minutes early but it's better to look sick at the clinic than it is to look sick at work. lol. The doctor turned out to be not very personable. He asked "how often do you get migraines?" I said "too often." "That's not what I asked," was his snotty reply. Nope, didn't like him one bit. Anyhow, he put me on quarters and prescribed me some meds. I went to pick those up before I left. Something for nausea and Codeine. Codeine! Are you kidding me? I don't need to be all drugged up. I just need to be able to crawl into my bed in a dark room and smoosh the hurting side of my head into the pillow. That's what I did as soon as I got home sans medicine and I slept from 2pm until 7pm. Got up, had soup and a nuked red potato and then went back to bed from 8pm until I had to get up the next morning at 5am. Migraine gone. I just need to keep to my sleep schedule. That being said, I have 24 minutes until bedtime. Night all.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Honestly, I'm not surprised. I hadn't worked out hard from the days following my surgery until, well, the Tuesday after my test failure. I couldn't do anything for a month; then I could do everything but it hurt so I didn't do a lot. Then I was on vacation so, although I ran every few days, I still didn't do much. So, now, I'm at the gym every morning Monday thru Friday; Biggest Loser Tuesdays; and some random days during the rest of the week. A lady at work is going to help me get started on a good strength training routine. I lift in the morning sessions but, let me tell you, 10lb weights are not going to get me stronger. I WANT big muscles. Give me muscley thighs any day. Let me have a hard time putting my pants on 'cause of strong muscles. Bigger muscles burn more calories. Buring calories help whittle the waist. It's a win-win situation.
As for work, I came back and jumped right into a Process Improvement Event that first week of October. It went really well. I worked a couple days at the part-time as well. Last week, I had to teach a class. Despite technical difficulties--Wilmington University had swapped out the instructors laptop with a new one and had neglected to tell us the password AND, of course, we had to reinstall the PowerPoint presentation that is our lecture. It was slow start but it went very well. This past weekend, I worked six hours each day at the part-time. I working on Halloween as well but I don't mind. Shoot! I put in the availability of every Friday evening and the main portions of both Saturday and Sunday. Every dollar in is a dollar more that I can apply to my budget somewhere.
I signed up for Cardio Kickboxing classes, not last Thursday, but the Thursday before then and have yet to go. Too many excuses. I'll make it one of these days. Tomorrow I'm taking my Little Brother to the Big Bro/Big Sis skating party at the roller rink. It'll be fun AND a workout.
I reached a milestone last Tuesday. $28000 in debt paid off! Talk about exciting!
You guys take care. My migraine meds are really kicking in.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
After that, I headed back to billeting to hang out and enjoy cable--something that I don't have at home. For dinner, I headed to the Found & Hound Pub & Grill. I met one of the ladies from the Grocery Challenge--oot n aboot--and her daughter and we talked and laughed and had a good dinner.
PB, it was great to meet you and I look forward to meeting up again on my return trip.
Tomorrow, I'm setting out for the second half of the "TO" trip. Taking I70 West to I74 to I80. I should be in Altoona by dinner time.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I do know this: the day before my surgery, I tried on jeans at Old Navy--size 14 in the styles of Diva and Sweetheart. Last weekend, I went back to the store and was able to easily zip up a pair of size 12s. Granted, I had my girdle on but it doesn't hold in that much. Really, it kind of pushes what is there to different locations. I will go back in a couple weeks and try them on again, sans girdle, and see how well they really fit.
One reason that I know I still have swelling is how my bra is fitting. Pre-surgery, it was hooked on the smallest set of hooks. The week that I went back to work (and had to actually wear a bra again), I could only hook on the largest set of hooks. I am, currently, on the middle set. That tells me that I have at least another inch of swelling that needs to go down where my band sits on my ribs/upper abdomen.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Sometime between Aug 31st and Sept 4th, I will drive to Altoona, IA.
Sept 9th fly to San Jose, CA
Sept 9th drive from San Jose to Salinas to stay the night with my aunt
Sept 10th drive to Fresno
Sept 10th to Sept 13th bebopping around Fresno
Sept 13th drive to Blythe
Sept 14th to Sept 18th hanging out with my grandma and my mom
Sept 18th back to Fresno
Sept 18th to Sept 22nd bebopping around Fresno again
Sept 23rd fly back to Altoona, IA
Sometime between Sept 24th and Sept 28th, drive back to DE
I will tell you: it was totally worth it. I'm lovin' my shape right now. Once I'm able (allowed) to run again, I will be out on the road like a fiend. Don't get me wrong, I love to hate to run but I know how good it is for getting me in shape. My military medical profile doesn't expire until Aug 12th, so even though my surgery (civilian) doc will be clearing me to exercise come Friday, I still have to follow the limitations of my military profile. Totally bites!! cause that's still another two weeks away. However, it just says that I can't run. I can pedal and I can walk and I can use the elliptical.
Friday, July 24, 2009
One light bulb at a time.. this is a good read...Check your labels
good idea... one light bulb at a time....
Check this out. I can verify this because I was in Lowe's the other day for some reason and just for the heck of it I was looking at the hose attachments. They were all made in China. The next day I was in Ace Hardware and just for the heck of it I checked the hose attachments there. They were made in USA. Start looking.
In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy or do affects someone else - even their job. So, after reading this email, I think this lady is on the right track. Let's get behind her!
My grandson likes Hershey's candy. I noticed, though, that it is marked made in Mexico now. I do not buy it any more. My favorite toothpaste Colgate is made in Mexico now. I have switched to Crest. You have to read the labels on everything.
This past weekend I was at Kroger. I needed 60W light bulbs and Bounce dryer sheets. I was in the light bulb aisle, and right next to the GE brand I normally buy was an off brand labeled, "Everyday Value." I picked up both types of bulbs and compared the stats - they were the same except for the price. The GE bulbs were more money than the Everyday Value brand but the thing that surprised me the most was the fact that GE was made in MEXICO and the Everyday Value brand was made in - get ready for this - the USA in a company in Cleveland, Ohio.
So throw out the myth that you cannot find products you use every day that are made right here.
So on to another aisle - Bounce Dryer Sheets....yep, you guessed it, Bounce cost more money and is made in Canada. The Everyday Value brand was less money and MADE IN THE USA! I did laundry yesterday and the dryer sheets performed just like the Bounce Free I have been using for years and at almost half the price!
My challenge to you is to start reading the labels when you shop for everyday things and see what you can find that is made in the USA - the job you save may be your own or your neighbors!
If you accept the challenge, pass this on to others in your address book so we can all start buying American, one light bulb at a time! Stop buying from overseas companies!
(We should have awakened a decade ago......)
Let's get with the program.... help our fellow Americans keep their jobs and create more jobs here in the U.S.A
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Anyone want to guess how much fluid they removed?
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Breakthrough Study Finds Adults Mentored as Children in Big Brothers Big Sisters are Better Educated, Wealthier & More Fulfilled than Peers
New Study Released at Big Brothers Big Sisters’ National Conference Suggests America’s Largest Donor-Supported Network of Volunteer Mentors for Youth Breaks Cycles Linked to Poverty
Miami, FL, June 16, 2009 -- A study conducted by Harris Interactive® on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters finds adults mentored as children through Big Brothers Big Sisters are more likely than peers with similar backgrounds but who were not involved in the program to have a four-year college degree, incomes of $75,000 or more. They also report strong relationships with their spouses, children and friends.
Big Brothers Big Sisters released the findings this week during its National Conference. The 2009 conference is being hosted in Miami and is sponsored by Comcast.
“The children we serve are among America’s most vulnerable, whether they have one parent, live in households experiencing poverty or have a parent who is incarcerated,” said Judy Vredenburgh, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America President and Chief Executive Officer. “Independent research has told us for some time that Big Brothers Big Sisters improves the odds that children we serve will succeed educationally and socially. This is our first large-scale examination of the long-term benefits, suggesting we have the potential to break cycles too often associated with family and community poverty.”
The cross-sectional study was commissioned by Big Brothers Big Sisters to gather evidence that its long-term structured mentoring program’s effects reach far beyond the time that children are enrolled in the program. The nation’s largest donor supported volunteer mentoring network’s 255,000 community- and school-based mentoring matches depends on donations to recruit, carefully match and screen volunteers and provide ongoing support to the mentors, children and their families.
Among the study’s specific findings:
Alumni were 75% more likely than non-alumni to have received a four-year college degree (28% of alumni vs. 16% of non-alumni).
Alumni were 39% more likely than non-alumni to have current household incomes of $75,000 or higher (46% of alumni vs. 33% of non-alumni).
A majority of alumni are extremely or very satisfied with their relationships to friends (72%), family (65%) and spouses (62%). Fewer non-alumni report the same level of satisfaction (46%, 50% and 40%, respectively).
Approximately two in three (64%) alumni are extremely or very satisfied with life compared to just over one in three (35%) non-alumni.
A majority of alumni (62%) perceive themselves to have achieved a higher level of success than their peers who were not involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters. Furthermore, this is twice as many as the 31% of non-alumni who report being more successful than other people they grew up with.
Adult Littles are more likely than non-alumni to be engaged in their community over the past 12 months, particularly when it comes to volunteering (52% vs 35%, respectively) and holding a leadership role in an organization working on an issue (29% vs. 16%, respectively).
"One of the most effective strategies for successful fundraising is to demonstrate the long-term value of our program,” Vredenburgh said. “Foundations, individuals, corporations and public funders – want to invest in programs proven to change lives and break cycles of poverty.”
A little more than half of the alumni Littles who participated in the study grew up in single-parent homes (52%) and described their childhood financial situation as worse off than the average American household (51%). The Big Brothers Big Sisters alumni reported that having a “Big” in their lives positively influenced their self confidence, provided stability and changed their perspectives on life, taught them new things, influenced aspects of their education, pushing them to set higher goals and make better decisions.
Methodology Between March 3 and April 16 2009, Harris Interactive conducted an online survey of 449 adults, 200 of whom participated in Big Brothers Big Sisters as “Littles” for at least one year during their childhood and 249 who never participated in the program. Alumni Littles were sampled from a combination of Harris Interactive’s panel of respondents and Big Brothers Big Sisters lists. All 249 of the non alumni were sampled from the Harris Interactive panel of online respondents. The non-alumni segment allows for a comparison between Big Brothers Big Sisters alumni and adults who had a similar profile as youth but who did not have a Big Brother or Big Sister as a youth. A full methodology is available.
About Harris Interactive Harris Interactive is a global leader in custom market research. With a long and rich history in multimodal research, powered by our science and technology, we assist clients in achieving business results. Harris Interactive serves clients globally through our North American, European and Asian offices and a network of independent market research firms. For more information, please visit harrisinteractive.com.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Unfortunately, that wasn't the case but I didn't realize it until I was halfway to work Tuesday morning. We had Commander's Call at 5:45am because someone got a DUI. Halfway through it, I had to rush to the bathroom so that I could be sick. So much for breakfast. An hour or so after the CC Call was over, I went to sick call. They tried to get me to come back that afternoon cause it was 8:01 and sick call was over at 8am. I said: "I'm having a reaction to the medication the doctor gave me. I don't think waiting til this afternoon would be a smart move." Long story, short: no pain medication for me. I'm allergic to Ibuprofen products so I can't even take an anti-inflamatory.
My neck is currently just a little sore. The profile my doc put me on expired Friday. That would mean I would have to test all components of the PT test. It hurt to do situps and I didn't want to injure myself further and run the risk of failing my PT test. See, the Fitness Director has us do pushups and situps first, then we run. If I did situps before I ran, I might hurt myself to a point that it would compromise how I performed on the run. So, back to the doc I went...to get an amended profile--no pushup, no situps but run okay. I got that. Yeah!
So, I test this coming week. Sometime before Friday because Friday is our holiday day off and Monday, the day my PT test is due by, is a base down day. Wish me luck and have a good weekend.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
I think this is God's way of saying "take it easy", "no days off for 22 days is not something to be proud of." So, I'm sitting on my butt and watching TV with as little movement as possible. I'm just glad it doesn't hurt to click the mouse button or type. lol. Have a good weekend.
Five more duty days until my PT test.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
On a separate note, if you didn't notice my weight ticker up at the top, I'm down below 170lbs. This is my lowest weight since January 2006, so I'm very excited about that. I have 10 more lbs to go until I reach the weight that counts full points for BMI/ab circumference on my PT test. Along that same vein...I had my pre-op appointment two days ago...for my liposuction surgery. I'll be sure to post "Before" pics prior to the procedure so that you can see what it looks like on someone you "know." I won't post "After" pics for probably a month or two post-op--gotta give the swelling some time to go down.
So, other than working the two jobs and sitting on my butt the few evenings that I don't have to work the part-time, I haven't been doing much. Have a good weekend.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Well, folks, it has been a tiring week for me. Work hasn't changed much but I had to switch to the 6am PT session since I will soon have early morning commitments. Up until Wednesday morning, I was going to the 7:30am sessions. Not anymore. I now have to get up at 4:50am and haven't been able to get to bed prior to 11pm since last Thursday. I really don't do well on fewer than eight hours a night. Anyhow, you won't see me online this weekend. I'm going to do my best to stay off the computer and not watch TV either. I figure a four day weekend (gotta love military Family Days) is as good a time as any to catch up on all the chores and errands that I need to take care of.
My yard sale last weekend was pretty successful but I need to get what didn't sell out of my house ASAP or it will never leave. I'll be making a trip to the Arts & Crafts building on base to donate my yarn, a local clinic to donate the glucose meters (didn't attempt to sell those but they are sitting in my kitchen taking up space), and a trip or two to the Goodwill to get rid of all the non-furniture items that were left over.
You all have a good weekend and I'll "see" you next week.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
More than $650 worth of Victoria’s Secret products...
Heavenly (yellow box) Gift Set .25 fl oz perfume and Sparkling Angel Body Lotion
Halo (turquoise box) Perfume Spray 2.5 fl oz
Halo (turquoise box) Angel Touch Lotion 8.4 fl oz
Divine (pink box) Angel Touch Lotion 4.2 fl oz
Foxy Lady Velvet Body Crème 7 oz
Foxy Lady Silk Body Lotion 6.7 fl oz
Foxy Lady Eau de Parfum 1.7 fl oz
Vintage Chic Silk Body Lotion 6.7 fl oz
Bohemian Belle Eau de Parfum 1.7 fl oz
Bohemian Belle Silk Body Lotion 6.7 fl oz
Pure Seduction Shimmer Body Lotion 5 fl oz
Pure Seduction Shimmer Body Mist 3.4 fl oz
Pure Seduction Shimmer Body Powder (brush) .16 oz
Amber Romance Body Lotion 5 fl oz
Amber Romance Shimmer Body Mist 3.4 fl oz
Amber Romance Shimmer Body Powder (brush) .16 oz
SO IN LOVE:
Body Lotion 6.7 fl oz
Body Lotion 3.4 fl oz
Eau de Parfum Spray .5 fl oz
Candy, Baby Body Glimmer Swirl Cream 5 fl oz
Candy, Baby Body Shimmer Mist 8.4 fl oz
Candy, Baby Body Whip Moisture Cream 10.6 oz
Cherry Bellini Body Lotion 16.9 fl oz
Lime Tartini Body Lotion 16.9 fl oz
Raspberry Cosmo Body Lotion 16.9 fl oz
Dare (purple bottle) Eau de Parfum 1 fl oz
For Him Gift Set Cologne 1.7 fl oz and After Shave Hydrator 3.4 fl oz
Moorea Passion Fruit Body Polish 8.8 oz
Tahitian Vanilla Flower Body Butter 7 oz
Bali Orchid Body Butter 7 oz
Eau de Parfum vials .09 fl oz ea
Dream Angels Desire (lavender box)
Dream Angels Divine (pink box)
Dream Angels Heavenly (yellow box)
Dream Angels Wish (blue/white box)
Body by Victoria
Sexy Little Things
Sexy Little Things Ooh La La
Very Sexy (red bottle)
Very Sexy Hot (pink bottle)
Very Sexy Dare (purple bottle)
I'd exchange all of it for a $250 gift card for Rite Aid, Safeway, SuperFresh, Target, Walgreens, or a combination of any/all of those stores. The products actually total $664.50 and shipping will be about $30. That's a 64% savings. I'll even throw in two (worn twice each) bras in size 38D, if they're your size.
I'm just tired of having it sit around and take up space. If no takers by the 15 May, I'll list it on ebay. Maybe that will facilitate getting rid of it. :)
Items in green have been spoken for. All others are still up for grabs.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
I'll post pics tomorrow of the furniture that will be for sale at the yard sale.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
I will happily ship any that my friends want with the request of reimbursement of shipping charges via a Rite Aid or Walgreens gift card...or stamps. :)
If you want any of items, drop me an email at my hotmail address with your snail mail address.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Wednesday, I picked up Peter's book It's All Too Much to see what he had to say in it. It was very eye-opening. Now, I have nowhere near as much stuff as the woman on Oprah. You don't navigate ravines to get from one room to another but I do have enough stuff that I feel like I'm fighting a never ending battle of trying to keep my coffee table clear and I do have boxes of stuff that I look at, maybe, once a year and that's when I'm telling myself "I need to sort through this stuff." Well, I'm getting serious now. I mean, do I really need a whole 20 shelf library of books that I've read only once or haven't read in more than a year? Especially since the Kent County Library is within walking distance of my home. Do I really need to hang on to that rocker that I never sit in but have yet to get rid of because my aunt would make me feel guilty for getting rid of something that she gave me? Guilt be damned, it's going. I offered a good friend my Kitchen Aid mixer for $50. I don't use it. I've owned it for more than three years and have used it fewer than 10 times despite having made cookies and cupcakes at least that many times since 2009 began. I don't need it. Once I go through everything, I'm going to have an indoor yard sale. That way there is no excuse for not getting rid of it should there be bad weather.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
appt w/Merry Maids for Deep Spring clean
start regular routine
Saturday, April 18, 2009
My incentive: a brand new digital camera; my behavior change time frame: 1 Apr to 1 May--long enough to make the change a habit.
I don't count calories. I don't need to. I just make myself accountable for every bite going in my mouth. I'm concious of every bite going in my mouth. No longer do I wander down to the secretary's office and nosh on the little chocolate tidbits in the jar on her desk. I don't deprive myself though. I allow myself one serving of chocolate a day...if I want it. Most days I don't...because I know I can have it; because I know that I'm allowed to eat whatever I want.
Yesterday was a crazy day. Breakfast was normal: cereal with milk. Lunch: two pieces of pizza at 1130 and then a hotdog and french fries a couple hours later. Dinner was bratwurst and broccoli at a friends along with Schmirnoff grape. Bad idea. It's been so long since I drank that the hangover made itself known after two bottles. I still have a headache...14 hours later. Plus my asthma is flaring up and my inhaler is almost empty. Not good.
I hope I can make it through the weekend without having to go buy an alternative inhaler from the drug store down the street--they don't work as well.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Then I came home and took a four hour nap.
After that, I cleaned up the house a bit and watched a couple movies. Around 6pm, I was feeling antsy, so I threw on my sneakers and took a power walk around the block--2.5 miles and 45 minutes later, I was in the yard pulling weeds and picking up twiggy branches. The grass has grown like crazy after all the rain we've had these past few days. It's that time of year again. Time to pay the neighbor kid $20 to mow the lawn...every three weeks or so. That being said, I needed to clear out the dangerous stuff--twigs, branches, and bricks that the previous owner (from two years ago) had placed around a tree. The grass has grown over them so they're impossible to see.
Monday, I'm on 12 hour shifts again but they got smarter (or nicer) and I'm in the kubota only every other day instead of every day...for four days. Monday morning is also time for my Phase I to Phase II PT test. Fingers crossed for that one.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
I didn't go to the gym, I didn't go to church, I didn't go to the mall BUT I did work out at home, I did have some personal time with God, and the store meeting was canceled so life is good.
This afternoon, I started Season 1 of ER and after watching the first episode it got me to thinking. See, in the first episode, Nurse Hathaway attempts suicide. Now, we all know there are multitudes of reasons why people make the attempt. That wasn't what I was thinking about. I was wondering what would happen if something like that happened to me. Now, stop before you panic. I'm not pondering taking that action. I was just exploring a natural curiousity of the repurcussions. It really makes you stop and appreciate all of the people in your life when you take an actual inventory of those who would be affected by such a thing.
Here's my list:
Mom, Dad, Bro, my children, their parents, my two BFFs, their families, my extended family, my coworkers, my squadron, my base, my neighbors, my friends here in town, my hairdresser, my coworkers at my part time, my classmates, my friends on MySpace, my friends on Facebook, and numerous folks on the Grocery Challenge. Imagine this: that list of people totals in the thousands. We all touch that many lives and most don't realize it.
A good friend of mine committed suicide my Senior year in high school. She thought she didn't have any friends. The darn church was full to the brim and it could hold a few hundred folks. The real sad thing is: she didn't want to die. She even took steps to try to reverse what she had done by calling 911 but it was too late. The pills took affect and that was that.
Right now, we are in crisis times. Pay attention to your loved ones. Reach out to everyone. You never know when you might just be stepping in at just the right time. Some of you may have seen this email but I'm going to post this story because it just might be true:
> > > One day, when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class was walking home from school. His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought to myself, "Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday? He must really be a nerd."> > >> I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friends tomorrow afternoon), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on. As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running toward him. They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed in the dirt. His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him. He looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes.> > > My heart went out to him. So, I jogged over to him and as he crawled around looking for his glasses, and I saw a tear in his eye. As I handed him his glasses, I said, "Those guys are jerks. They really should get lives." He looked at me and said, "Hey thanks!"> There was a big smile on his face. It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude. I helped him pick up his books, and asked him where he lived. As it turned out, he lived near me, so I asked him why I had never seen him before. He said he had gone to private school before now.> > > I would have never hung out with a private school kid before. We talked all the way home, and I carried some of his books. He turned out to be a pretty cool kid. I asked him if he wanted to play a little football with my friends. He said yes. We hung out all weekend and themore I got to know Kyle, the more I liked him, and my friends thought the same of him.> > > Monday morning came, and there was Kyle with the huge stack of books again. I stopped him and said, "Boy , you are gonna really build some serious muscles with this pile of books everyday!" He just laughed and handed me half the books.> > > Over the next four years, Kyle and I became best friends. When we were seniors, we began to think about college. Kyle decided on Georgetown, and I was going to Duke. I knew that we would always befriends, that the miles would never be a problem. He was going to be a doctor, and I was going for business on a football scholarship.> > > Kyle was valedictorian of our class. I teased him all the time about being a nerd. He had to prepare a speech for graduation. I was so glad it wasn't me having to get up there and speak. Graduation day, I saw Kyle. He looked great. He was one of those guys that really found himself during high school. He filled out and actually looked good in glasses.> > > He had more dates than I had and all the girls loved him.> > > Boy, sometimes I was jealous.> > > Today was one of those days. I could see that he was nervous about his speech. So, I smacked him on the back and said, "Hey, big guy, you'll be great!" He looked at me with one of those looks (the really grateful one) and smiled.> > > "Thanks," he said. > > >> > > As he started his speech, he cleared his throat, and began. "Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make it through those tough years. Your parents, your teachers, your siblings, maybe a coach...but mostly your friends. I am here to tell all of you that being a friend to someone is the best gift you can give them. I am going to tell you a story."> > > I just looked at my friend with disbelief as he told the story of the first day we met. He had planned to kill himself over the weekend. He talked of how he had cleaned out his locker so his Mom wouldn't have to do it later and was carrying his stuff home. He looked hard at me and gave me a little smile.> > > "Thankfully, I was saved. My friend saved me from doing the unspeakable." I heard the gasp go through the crowd as this handsome,popular boy told us all about his weakest moment. I saw his Mom and dad looking at me and smiling that same grateful smile. Not until that moment did I realize it's depth. Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small gesture you can change a person's life. For better or for worse.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
I was back at the gym in the evenings last week. The week before I was very sick with that cold/flu that was going around and the week before that my evening workout partner was sick. We're all better now. So, I was in the gym eight times since last Sunday--M-F, Tues eve, Thurs eve, and today. I'm lifting heavier weights in order to increase my muscle mass. Muscle burns more calories than fat, so it's good to have them larger (and stronger). I can see some serious definition in my thighs. I can almost see the four separate muscles--not in their entirety considering that two are under the rectus femorous (my anatomy class is paying off)--but I can see the lines of demarcation between them.
The 12 hour shifts are going to hurt a bit so I'm going to see what I can incorporate into my day while I'm checking paperwork and stuff.
I also received my new mail scale. That is something to be excited about. I can actually weigh packages at home and utilize the "postage at home" function on the USPS website. You can save about .50 a package by printing at home. Then you just drop it off at the Post Office. If I mail 20 packages, that's a savings of $10!
Friday, January 30, 2009
Ever spent 8-12 hours doing nothing except checking paperwork for people who drive through a gate? That's how I spent the last four days. Thank goodness we had Spinning in my FitCamp this morning. I hadn't gone all week because my Commander excused me from it in order to fulfil the detail.
Back to the gym tomorrow. I finished out the week of crappy eating by having no lunch just Chinese dumplings from the Commissary and a whole can of sweet 'n' crunchy peanuts all washed down with a lemon Snapple. Dinner was a bag of Good 'n' Plenty and a cream soda from Happy Harry's/Walgreens. I will be so glad to get back to my normal routine.
Tomorrow brings about grocery shopping. Metro grocery store is closing so I figure I'll head over there to check out their prices. Gotta do some laundry too. I'm nearly out of black socks.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Okay! So how about that crazy football stuff going on this weekend?!?
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I attended training for foster parenting a couple years back and, shortly before the application process was complete, I took a long hard look at my situation and realized that I need to be a hell of a lot closer to being consumer debt free before I even consider adding a child/teenager to my home. Kiddos are stressful--good and bad (kids and stress)--and being stressed about paying down my debt would take a lot of the attention off them.
My goal is to have all my consumer debt paid off by the time I'm 35. That gives me just over two years and it's totally doable...provided I don't add to what I've already got. lol. In May 2011 (when I hit that milestone), I will be five years from my first retirement and, hopefully, quite a few credits closer to my Bachelor's but...I digress.
Going back to kids, stress, and debt. If you are stressed because you have kids--you put yourself there. If you're stressed because you have debt--you put yourself there. I fall into the latter category and am working to get myself out. Now, when I say "stressed", I don't mean that it keeps me up at night though that can be the situation for some. Instead I mean: at the times that I do think about making the payments for my debts, and wondering if I'll be able to double this month's payment or will I have to pay a few hundred $$ to get rid of the squirrel condo that is situated behind my chimney, my body reacts with traditional stress responses--elevated heart rate and the like. I am not going gray because of my debts, thank God. Are you washing the gray right outta your hair?
Sunday, January 4, 2009
There's another person, whom shall remain nameless but not unknown, she constantly complains about how little food she has to feed her children and how she had to go without dinner but, very soon, she's going to get her kids a pet for Xmas. Don't tell me that you bought and fed multiple kids the equivalent of ONE Happy Meal and now you're gonna add a pet to the mix and expect me to turn a blind eye. I have this woman's address, I'm half tempted to call CPS just based on what this woman has personally disclosed about her home life. It's the Mandatory Reporter in me just dying to smack this woman with some common sense!!