Wednesday, April 30, 2008
At my old job, I ate out a lot. Expensive, high in sodium, and not so good for you (fun, though!). At the new job, who has time for lunch? I have been eating a frozen Kashi meal, soup, a Go-Lean bar - whatever I have in my desk drawer.
The Portland-themed show inspired me to break out of my rut, and I am pleased to share the following sandwich with you (I have eaten it for two days running):
- 2 slices whole grain bread
- 3-4 slices turkey (I used lunch meat, but fresh turkey would be faboo)
- whisper-thin layer of mayo
- 1/2 avocado, sliced and laid out evenly across turkey
- loads of alfalfa sprouts, in a thick layer
Seriously, I could eat it every day. I sprinkled a bit of salt on the avocado layer, to bring out the flavor, and it really punched it up. I think I'll eat it again tomorrow!
It has been strange, this non-insured time. Part of me never stopped being paranoid, and the other part lived like normal. We still visited the playground (where injuries galore await!), rode our bikes (who am I kidding - *Craig* rode his bike), and did our everyday, regular stuff. All has been well.
The lesson in all of this, I suppose, is that health insurance is kind of like an expensive bottle of wine. You don't need to drink one every day... wait, but I guess you'd want to, wouldn't you? Not a good analogy!
Let's just leave it like this - I will be thrilled to wake up tomorrow morning back among the insured. All week, I told the kids they weren't allowed to get sick. I don't plan on happily throwing open the floodgates to a myriad of daycare plagues, but such poxes do exist and are always on the hunt for little host bodies - and we have two who are typically happy to oblige.
As for now, I feel lucky that we made it through (minus 12 hours) unscathed. PHEW.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
"Usually it's head to butt, so this was a pleasant change."
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Monday, April 28, 2008
“Jim and I are still in total disbelief, but we just had to put down our wonderful cat, Parker. The doctor believes that Parker had an ascending form of cancer which began in his lower extremities. So we bid farewell to one of the most wonderful cats we have ever had. Parker was the type of kitty who would make a non-cat person turn into one. The reality of having lost him still hasn't really set in, but we are going to miss him beyond what words can describe.
Parker, you will be missed.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
I am SO excited about having both a positive work experience and a great boss. It has been a while since I have had either, and I am thrilled to have my skills both used and appreciated. I was very ready for this, in case you haven't gotten that point from this post.
Bring it on!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
The team is young. They are fast. They are united. I have never seen a team like this, so cohesive and focused. Their coach, Bruce Boudreau, has been an amazing force for them, and thanked the players for the best year of his life. What a statement.
The future will be bright for this young team, and being handed their first Stanley Cup playoff loss will only make their hunger more tangible.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
First, the new job. I am simply tickled being there, and have been walking around with a goofy smile on my face for days. My new boss, Maysoon, is smart, funny, savvy, and extremely seasoned in the wide world of Marketing. This is more than I have had in a boss in quite some time, and I can barely explain how important this is to me. I was able to help Maysoon accomplish a few important things, and she is already feeling the impact of my having joined her team. Sigh. Happiness in the workplace in something I haven't felt in quite some time - and it is long overdue.
Our Boston friend, Erik, turned 40 today. I asked him how it felt, and he said, "weird." Hah! I am not far behind him, so I will report back on my own emotions when the big day comes to pass. I figure it like this - when I am 50, I'll be WISHING I was 40, so I will try not to sweat it! We sent him a $40 iTunes gift card to commemorate the changing of the decade.
On a hockey note, the Caps just beat the Flyers (in Philly) to return home tomorrow night for Game 7. I only WISH I could afford to attend the game, but alas, we are saving our duckets (quite a number of duckets are required to purchase said ticket, trust me). My sister, Liz, was watching the game in Phoenix and was so nervous that she muted the TV sound and played the guitar to de-stress. Hah!!
Rock the red!!!
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Rory peed in her potty chair, and no one was more surprised about it than Rory. We routinely sit there, and I say something inane such as, "Concentrate on peeing" or "think about peeing." Very profound stuff. Then I ask her if she is thinking about it, and she always says yes, but never pees.
Until tonight. Almost as soon as I realized she was actually doing it, I saw (terror?) spread over her face. After all, it must be a totally different sensation to "pee freely," so to speak, than to pee in a diaper.
We convinced her to stay sitting until she was done, and she immediately popped up and started moving away from the potty chair. I rapidly wiped her down, and we immediately started raving. She was very pleased with herself, and has brought it up several times today. She seems very proud.
And today was my final day of work at Sybase 365. I think the other lead story is more exciting. =>
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
"I got to the Dulles General Mail Facility at 10:45 only to find that it opened at 11:30... I never realized... so I went to Wegman's and got some powdered 'rade (editor's note: Gatorade) and some essence-of-whole-wheat poptarts and sat in the Post Office lot for a while.
As I sat there the lot slowly filled up so I went in with about 10 minutes to go to be about 7th in line. Everyone had some form of tax thing in their hands.
Some had nice neat sealed envelopes like mine while others had their forms all over the place, still looking them over (why would you do this at the post office in the middle of the day??? weird). So the doors open and there are 5 people behind the counter, but only one is a regular at that office so she's the only one with a working terminal.
No big deal, they get that straightened out. Everyone in front of me is sending their forms by certified mail. The guy just ahead of me asks what that will do for him, and the answer was 'someone will have to sign for it and you'll get a receipt and a notice of when they signed for it. That could cause it to be delayed or returned if no one can sign for it within X days (I forget the X).'
By this time I've already stepped up and gotten the postage label put on it (58 cents) with today's date (which is all you need), and as I turn to leave I see everyone within earshot of me or the other guy moving to put their certified mail forms back on the shelf. Just silliness."
Monday, April 14, 2008
Carole has, in essence, a ribbon store in a large, clean garage on her property. The store is dedicated to the wide world of ribbon - vintage, new, specialty, homemade, etc. (I confess to not knowing any more ribbon types - Patricia will mock me for this). Carole also has an eBay store, as well as a "ribbon of the month" club. Wound-up yards of ribbon arrive in a box every month, sweetly filling little cupcake papers. My description isn't doing it justice; please see here.
In truth, I never knew there were this many kinds of ribbon. If you are a crafty person, these pictures will be right up your alley. Instead of being attracted to it from an artistic, I-can-only-fathom-the-possibilities standpoint, I found it fascinating from a scientific one. Where does one find all these different types of ribbon? What quantities must one store to keep up with customer demand? How much money does it cost to buy all this ribbon to then re-sell it yourself? And so on.
Not being a ribbon fanatic, I explored the store for about ten minutes. Then I went outside, sat in the glorious Nevada sun, and played ball with Carole's bouncy black lab, Cali.
After an hour and a half, I practically needed a crowbar to remove Patricia from the store. Thank goodness we had a dinner date to get to, or we would have been there forever! =>~
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Fiona always has a smile on her face, which means her charming dimples are always in full view. She eats all adult food, typically smaller-cut versions of what Rory eats (turkey burgers, turkey meatballs, hamburgers, chicken, noodles, veggies, fruit, etc.).
Fiona wakes up every day happy, and goes to bed just as happy. We adore her!
Friday, April 11, 2008
I hope tomorrow I can post a positive, happy review of the game. => C-A-P-S, Caps Caps Caps!!!
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
I am very happy! =>
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Get the "red out!"
My sister, Liz, has officially become a fan, to boot. I bought her an Alex Ovechkin jersey to egg her on. I hope it arrives by Wednesday, when they play their first game against the Flyers!!
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Even the girls are decked out in red! C-A-P-S Caps, Caps, Caps!
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Always look on the bright side of life!
Off to bed I go...