Thursday, January 29, 2004

Rainy Days...

I don't like driving on rainy days. I love rainy days, just not driving in them. (I think this is something I have expressed often...)

Jeans didn't ping this afternoon for some reason. Don't know what's going on there. Oh well...

I have three days to close this month and have barely started to prepare. Yikes! Sounds like tomorrow and Monday are going to be awfully busy days. This week snuck up on me and all the work came at once. That's how it always happens, though - right!?!?

Had a nice surprise today, though. A while back I sent out an email to everyone on my contact list warning about a possible virus - and got a reply back from a friend from college that I hadn't heard from in years. Apparently I had an old email address (Yahoo) and he just happened to check that one and decided to respond! I love hearing what people have been up to after not seeing them for a long time!! Anyway, we worked together when we were in college and hadn't seen one another since, so this was a cool surprise!!! Now I have his new email addresses and I gave him my site URL so we'll be able to keep up with one another maybe!

Okay, it's just about that time. I think I'll shut down and head out! Be careful if you're driving on these wet roads tonight!


found at FairyFlutterings...

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Well, there's a kick in the gut!

If you need to have yourself kick-started then go read this. It'll either make you angry enough to be adamant about your weight loss or it'll make you cry and hide away! Not so much at Emily herself, b/c she's entitled to her opinion and she is being honest - but that it'll make you realize that what you thought everyone was thinking about you is conceivably true!

Me? Well, it made me angry, hurt, sad, and then angry again!!! Angry enough to realize that I just have to take control of myself. Meaning...I need to start working out again. I haven't been good about that at all. On the food side, I'm doing well - on the exercise side I am doing terrible, which is ironic considering how I used to work out five mornings a week and two to three afternoons. I was a BrickHouse!!!!!!!! No kidding! :)

Anyway, I have the food part pretty much on track, I just need to speed up my metabolism by getting my butt back in the gyn!! I have a free gym at work, but I think I'd like to be able to work out with Michael now. I was a member of Bally's, but I let it expire (even though at the time they told me it was for life - liars) so I thought I'd see what 24 Hour had to offer. They have a 2 for 1 going on right now, I think!. Otherwise, if I could get him on the tennis court, that would be a great workout - and I love to play tennis, though I haven't played in years!


I have been watching America's Next Top Model on Wednesdays. You know, it's funny, before the first Average Joe I never watched reality shows - now I find myself watching several! Besides those two I also like The Apprentice and Average Joe: Hawaii (which is pissing me off), and I want to watch Average Joe 3 when it comes out - I think it's going to be more like The Bachelor (one of the ones I have never watched) b/c in this one Adam is coming back from AJ to find a girl for him. I liked him in AJ, I want to see what the future holds for him.

Anyway, the original content of this post was about Top Model. In yesterday's episode they got makeovers. And not your typical makeover - they got real makeovers! I mean, some of the girls didn't even look like the same person! Sometimes I wish I could do that - have a professional come in and give me pointers on what clothes look the best, how I should wear my hair, and makeup tips! Although, I have to say here, that honestly I am happy with all three of these things on me. I love my hair, I think I do a good job on my makeup, and I think I have a pretty good eye for what looks good and what should never be worn out in public!!! That being said, I think these girls thought the same way about their own styles, but after the pros got finished with them, they even looked ten times better!!! Vanity? Maybe, but who doesn't feel better when they really (I mean really) look good!?!? Honestly!?!?

A while back I saw an advertisement for Alexis Vogel on television. Hell no, though, not for $160!!!! Maybe, maybe for half that! Nah, even that's too much money for a makeup set!! All I really want is the DVDs anyway...I know what makeup brands work well and which ones are crap!

Anyway, so enough of my vanity post!!! After reading this yesterday I needed a vanity moment!!! :-D

You are worth exactly:

huh...who knew???

Monday, January 26, 2004

I was bad...

well, not that bad, but I didn't eat good this weekend. I had junk this weekend. Sunday I knew wasn't going to be good b/c I went all day without eating and when you let yourself get that hungry you end up eating whatever - which is what I did. I had Sonic burger and onion rings. Yesterday I was good all day, until after dinner last night and Michael mentioned eating ice cream - and it sounded so, I had ice cream last night even though I knew I shouldn't.

So, I fell off the wagon for a couple days, but I am not giving up. I am back to low cal eating and I am aware that I have weak moments so I am going to be prepared. I am not going to go that long without eating so that I can make healthy eating choices!! And I am going to continue to lose the way I did over the past couple of weeks...hopefully!!!!! I am not going to quit over this one setback!

Back to High School

I had the strangest dream last night - I was back at my HS graduation. For some reason we were just having it this year, even though I graduated in 1995. In my dream, I was late for graduation, too and ran in to be the last one to receive my diploma. After that I was supposed to give a speech b/c I was salutatorian (which I really was), but all the other people kept getting up to talk - random people out of the audience. Eventually all the students had got up and moved other places to sit and finally someone said, "Hey, there's still one student sitting there" - which was me. So, I got up and walked up to the podium. I first apologized for being late, then told everyone that I had a speech prepared, but that I decided to talk about something else to them. I don't remember now what my speech was about, but I know it was good b/c I got a lot of laughs, a lot of applause, and a lot of tears!

You know how people always say, "If I knew then what I knew now..." - well, it was like I got that opportunity. It was like I had gone through college and started my life and then came back to share that knowledge with my classmates or something. It was a pretty cool dream now that I think about it, even though it was also pretty screwed up!!!

Sunday, January 25, 2004

Pocket Pets

This weekend at Traders Village there were dog breeders all over the we got to see a ton of adorable little puppies!! But the breeder that kept my attention was the one selling Sugar Gliders. I had never seen one of these things before - it was so cute, and so tiny!! I held one for the longest time. The first one was very comfortable being held and climbed all over me - the other was scared and spent most of the time squeaking at me until he got used to being held!! After that he curled up in a tiny little ball in my hand and snoozed!!! I couldn't believe how popular these little guys were when I went surfing for info on the net. There are breeders everywhere. Apparently this is the latest exotic pet trend or something! And not cheap either - these little guys were going for $180 (including cage and food).

My Weekend in a Post

My weekend got off to a good start Friday night (especially since I was sick all week). I drank down the DayQuil on Thursday and Friday and by that evening I was feeling better. I had a great time at the Tiara Happy Hour (and I have pics, but they aren't posted). Saturday was a low key day. Michael worked until 1 then we had lunch and later that evening met up with friends and then all went to a sports bar for a couple hours. Sunday was beautiful and it was spent outdoors. Michael, his brother, and I all spent a couple hours each washing our cars and then picked up Michael's brother's girlfriend and spent about three or four hours at Traders Village. I had never been before so it was interesting. It was somewhat like Canton. After that Michael helped his brother install new speakers in his truck. After spending all day outside and walking around we were ready to sit down for a bit - so needless to say, we didn't go anywhere else. After they left Michael and I rented a movie and called it a night!

This morning I woke up not only to a headache (where did that come from), but also to maintenance issues. Seems my shower decided to break on me this morning. The handle that turns the water on broke and I had to use a screwdriver to get the water on this morning to take a shower!!! Grrr...just what I needed. At least I can call maintenance be sure by the time I get home tonight it will be fixed. That's one thing about my apartments, they are very quick on maintenance calls. I just didn't want to deal with that this morning and a headache. I wasn't really that late, I just didn't get my hair dried before I left this morning. Good thing about curly hair, when you don't take the time to fix it no one can tell!! Hee hee!

Thursday, January 22, 2004


Okay, if it works, then it will be worth it. Can't it work without making me gag, though!!!

This morning I stopped at Walgreens and picked up a bottle of DayQuil (b/c I am not going to be too sick to go out tonight). A friend had taken the NyQuil Cherry flavor and said that it tasted really good. Well, they didn't have cherry in the DayQuil, only the orange colored one - that should have been my first clue. So, I get to the office, pour out the recommended dose and down it - EEEEKKKK! It was the most awful thing I have ever tasted!!!! I am eating plain oatmeal to try to cut the taste now. Bleh! Do they think it won't work unless it makes you want to vomit or something!?!?!?

But, like I said, if it works, it's worth it - b/c I woke up this morning and couldn't hear - at all!! My head is so congested that my ears feel like they have huge cotton balls stuffed in them and I am a bit dizzy - probably have a slight case of vertigo since I have so much fluid in my head! My pharmacist assured me, though, this morning that this stuff would help!!! So, girls I'll still make it out tonight!!!!


VitaStat Jan. 23 @ 9:13 BP 131/80 Pulse 94 Weight 190.7

I am having plain oatmeal for breakfast today - nothing in it, not that it matters b/c I can't taste anything anyway. Last night Michael made me homemade chicken noodle soup b/c that's what you eat when you're sick! It was very good, but I didn't know that he put pepper in it so I put pepper in my bowl - so, to be putting it lightly, my bowl had a lot of pepper!!! He brought home chocolate chip cookies last night and I took one bite of one (he was dunking them in milk) and gave the rest of it to him. I mean, you can't deny yourself every pleasure b/c then it will consume you, right!!! So, that was the first "sweet" I have had in over a week. I think I need to work out a day when I can have a dessert so that they won't be totally cut out. Maybe Saturdays - we usually eat out on Saturday so I could split a dessert with Michael (he ends up eating the majority of it when we share anyway!) that way I could have my sugar fix and still stick to a good diet!

Good Till the Last Drop

then it gets icky!!

I am taking Alka Seltzer Plus Cold today - it helps for a while. I also made me some Lemon Tea. The Alka Seltzer tastes a lot better than it used to until you get to the bottom and then there is always a little bit that didn't quite dissolve and you get a mouthful of grit - bleh!! Coulda done without that!!!

I did make it out for lunch today and Karen and I bought our tiaras for Friday's Tiara Happy Hour. This will be my first one and I am anxious to go so I hope I am feeling better come tomorrow evening.

Wednesday, January 21, 2004


WooHoo!!! Take a look at my progress report (right side column) - I am down 4.6 pounds!!! It's so much better when you can actually see a change like that!!!

VitaStat: Jan. 22 @ 9:26 BP 122/80 Pulse 97 Weight 191.4

Yay for me!!!!!!!!!!!!

Insalata Rossa

Today is the first day that I have been out to eat since I started counting calories so strictly. I have been averaging anywhere from 600 to 800 calories a day. We went to Macaroni Grill for lunch - I really wanted some of their tomato basil soup, but they didn't have it today. So, instead I had the Insalata Rossa - it had approximately 6 grams of fat, but I only ate half of it and brought the rest with me. I also had a piece of their delicious bread, I know it isn't low cal by any means, but it's so good and I only had a very little bit. So, I don't know how to weigh the salad on a caloric scale - 6 grams of fat (3 actually) is about how many calories - can you even figure things that way!?!?! Either way, it was a delicious meal and low fat to boot!!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2004


My coworker in the field office called me and said, "You sound froggy." I have a sore throat and a cough. I have been feeling the sore throat coming on for several days, but today is really bad. I thought about staying home today, but I had things to get done...if I feel any worse (or as bad) I think I might stay home tomorrow. I never get sick - not really anyway. I mean, I get a sore throat during this time of year and when I cough I always sound like I am dying, but I never get the flu or fever or any of that stuff. As a matter of fact, in school I only remember staying home once, so I never really take any symptoms that I get too seriously b/c I know it isn't really anything - but I still feel bad.

Anyway, I am going out for lunch today with a coworker and I think I am going to get some tomato basil soup - Mmm, my favorite!!! Soup is great when you aren't feeling too great. My mother used to make me consomme when I wasn't feeling well (I only like it in hot liquid form, though - couldn't stomach it when it got like cold jello - bleh).

Got a Girl's Evening...

Michael is playing basketball this evening, so in the meantime I am going to spend some time at Target doing some browsing!! I am not a big shopper. I really don't like it that much, especially for clothes. I have always wanted a body double to simply do my clothes shopping for me (and use her $$ of course!!) so that when I opened my closet it would always be full of new clothes that I didn't have to look for and try on! I think that's my biggest peeve is trying things on. I'm not clothes shopping tonight, that's why it is going to be fun. I am just going to peruse Target and see what cool new stuff they have - not looking for anything particular! Just want to play for a while. I have to go anyway to pick up something for dinner tonight (I'm making jambalaya) so while I'm there...

I need some scrap book supplies - so I'll probably spend some time looking in that department. Our first crop club meeting was Saturday and I realized I needed something to better organize my photos. I have a picture box, but since it's full I think I am going to get another one. Elaine and Kathy are in this crop club, which is great b/c I'll get to see them a lot more now!!

I don't really have anything to write about this afternoon, I am just waiting on 5 o'clock to get here so that I can head out the door. I don't want to start anything else that will keep me here late (not that I do that often...)!


The Fettuccine Alfredo isn't as good as the Shells and cheese were, but it's still good. I think it is just too strong of a flavor maybe. Next time I will probably skip on buying this one. I didn't see any of the other pasta flavors - I'll have to be on the look out for them. I still have the soup to try - probably tomorrow!

Monday, January 19, 2004

New Favorite

Downstairs at Starbucks they occasionally sell bags of pertzels, or gummy bears, or check mix - occasionally they also have wasabi peas. I had never had them before, but they are delicious and equally addicting! I don't know how they are made - baked or fried - but I think they are baked b/c the fat content would be a lot higher I would imagine if they were fried and they aren't greasy! They have a great crunch, which is wonderful b/c I look for something crunchy when I want to snack! Today a coworker brought me a bag of half wasabi peas and half wasabit soy nuts. I hadn't see the soy nuts before - they are just

My Honey Brought Me Coffee

Did I tell you that Michael went to Starbucks the morning of our anniversary to bring me coffee???

This is a big deal b/c he doesn't drink coffee, doesn't know about coffee, and has only been to Starbucks twice in his life - two times with me last month!!! Once we sat at the one in Barnes & Noble and read for a while, then second was just going through the drive-through at the new one by my house. So, this was a big deal - he bought himself a hot chocolate and ordered me a small coffee - that's all he said, just a small coffee! (He didn't know it was tall, grande, and venti or flavors or anything...) I thought it was the most thoughtful thing he could have done - and walked in with roses, cinnamon rolls (cinnamon is my favorite sweet) and Starbucks coffee!!

I don't know why I didn't blog about it when it happened, but I went downstairs just now to get myself a cafe latte and it made me think about my darling venturing into unknown territory to get me something that I liked!!!

Mmm Mmm Good...

I tried a new slim fast product for lunch today. Up until now I had only had their meal shakes and bars and snack bars, but slim fast has terrific hot meals as well. They have pasta dishes and soups. Today I had the shells and creamy cheese sauce and honestly, it is delicious!! It is very creamy and cheesy and it only has 240 Calories. For breakfast I had a meal bar that had 140 Calories and I have some fruit in the fridge for this afternoon!

Anyway, just had to share how good this was!!!

Sunday, January 18, 2004

A Good Weekend

I wasn't bad this weekend, but I did cheat just a little bit! Friday night we were going to a BBQ cook-off and I knew that I would be tempted, so I had a chicken wrap and some yogurt for dinner before leaving...I was too full to do anything more than taste a tiny bit of the BBQ. Saturday I had a scrapbook party at my place so I had to have snacks available, and while I did have a cheese tray, I had a huge tray of fruit, fat free pretzels, and tortilla wraps that weren't nearly as bad - and I stuck mainly to the fruit tray (plus I had my slim fast for breakfast so I wasn't that hungry). Although, by the time the BBQ rolled around that evening I was starting to get quite hungry, but still managed to choose small portions and ate slowly so I was completely satisfied!! On Sunday we grilled for the games and by my suggestion the guys bought all chicken breasts to cook. They had sausage, too which I passed on. I did have one spoonful of potatoes and pasta to accompany my chicken breast - which I halved with another girl there! I was very pleased with myself this weekend!! And there was enough fruit left over that I snacked on that whenever I got hungry and bought a bowlful with me to work today!!!

I didn't update my VitaStat info on Friday, so I'll list all from Friday and today.

VitaStat 1/16 @ 9:31 BP 127/76 Pulse 91 Weight 194.2
VitaStat 1/16 @ 2:01 BP 136/85 Pulse 95 Weight 194.3

VitaStat 1/19 @ 9:21 BP 125/75 Pulse 87 Weight 194.1

I think it's safe to say that I don't necessarily have a high blood pressure concern. I don't know why it was so high when I saw the doctor last week, but I am going to continue to use the VitaStat machine to track my progress b/c it is very easy to use and is a good tracking tool for me. Even though I don't have an issue with high BP, my cholesterol was high enough for the doctor to tell me to lose weight! Good incentive!! I haven't had my breakfast yet, today so I am about to grab a slim fast bar. Today during lunch I think I am going to see if I can't find the Slim Fast meals at the grocery store!

Friday, January 16, 2004


People will forget what you said,
People will forget what you did, but
People will NEVER forget how you made them feel.

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Five Questions

Great questions Elaine...and if you want to play, too just read the directions below and leave me a comment to email you five questions!!!

1 - Leave a comment, saying you want to be interviewed.
2 - I will respond; I'll ask you five questions.
3 - You'll update your journal with my five questions, and your five answers.
4 - You'll include this explanation.
5 - You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.

1) You've been to Egypt on several occasions. If I were visiting and could only go to one place in the country, what would you recommend I don't miss?Wow! This is a hard question b/c there is so much to see and it's all wonderful. It would be a shame to miss any of it, but if I could only recommend on thing, then I would have to go with the first wonder of the ancient world...The Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx (they're in the same locale so I'm still naming one place!!!!!). The pyramids are truly a marvel that aren't comparable to many things around the world. I am sure everyone says they have seen them on television and agrees that they are magnificent, but that doesn't compare to seeing these monsters in real life. You need to actually stand on one of the thousands of blocks used to build the pyramids to appreciate the work and science and math that went into building them.

2) What was your favorite subject in school and why? I would have to say math. Today numbers and art are two things that I really enjoy, but in HS I wasn't exposed to a great art program so that love didn't develop until college. I had a great math teacher in HS that really challenged us and made us understand the importance of what we were doing. We didn't have advanced math classes in my school and by the time I was a senior and had all my math credits this teacher brought in advanced calculus and trig - now don't get me wrong, they were hard and I had to work hard, but I think that's why enjoyed the classes. Because up until that point there hadn't been too much of a challenge and the challenge is what makes it worthwhile.

3) You love Harry Potter - Who is your favorite character and why? I think Harry himself is my favorite character. All children dream of having magical powers - to be able to fly and use a magic wand! Harry was a normal child, well somewhat normal, like all other children and then got to experience these things that he too had dreamed about. I think that's something they can relate, too. But I also like the fact that Harry was a child that had been bullied and deprived of things all his life and then was able to rise out of that to something greater and turn the tables on his bullies. I hate to see children that are treated badly and it's wonderful when they are given the opportunity to become something and leave that in the past!!!

4) You go out to East Texas a lot to visit family. What is your favorite thing about going out there? I think just being able to relax! When I am home, here in Houston, there is always something that needs to be done and usually involves a lot of running around. In East Texas, if there is any running around to do, it takes less than ten minutes to get anywhere in town and there is zero traffic to deal with and the drive is scenic! It's also relaxing to be able to sit and just talk with family about what's been going no in our lives or about the squirrel they watched in the yard all morning. I never feel rushed to do anything up there!

5) You drive a Jeep Cherokee now. If you were to buy a new car this weekend, what would you get? A VW Passat - when I bought my jeep it was between those two. Sometimes I wish I had bought the passat b/c I went from a mustang to an SUV and I miss the sporty feel of a car, but then I go shopping or have to move things and am glad I have the room in my Jeep!! (Though if I could have a second vehicle, one just for fun, it would be a Jeep Wrangler. I have always wanted one!!!)

My Lab Work is Back

Well, I have good news, bad news, and sad news to report from my doctor's visit.

First, the good news: All of my tests (except one) came back normal.
Next, the bad news: My cholesterol has gone from 144 to 225 in the past year. WHOA!!!! The doctor said I need to lose weight (cut out fats) over the next four weeks and then check it again. Hello!!! I came to the doctor b/c I gained 15 pounds in two months. I eat good, shouldn't I at least be maintaining???? I guess that much of a weight gain is possible in that short amount of time!
Last, the sad news: Since I don't have any issues with my thyroid or anything else that would affect my weight, it is true that gaining 15 pounds in two months is all my fault. Apparently anything that I thought I was doing right, I wasn't.

BUT, now it isn't a matter of wanting to lose weight so much anymore as it is me needing to lose weight. Now it's a matter of quick weight gain that could lead to all kinds of health problems: diabetes being numero uno on that list among other things. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart problems, etc., etc. Okay, I get it, eyes are wide will I be serious and do something about it. I hope so. I have been having slim fast during the day for a week or so now. When I weighed earlier I was down a pound. That's a start. I have my little progress chart on MyYahoo Page. I am going to keep it updated. I have a hand written food diary and we have a machine downstairs that measure blood pressure, pulse, and weight and prints out records - it's called VitaStat. I'm going to keep that updated.

So, here are my first two VitaStat records!

VitaStat: 1/15 @ 2:03 BP 131/81 Pulse 93 Weight 195.3
VitaStat: 1/15 @ 5:09 BP 140/81 Pulse 82 Weight 195.1

(I take it several times over the course of the day b/c my BP was so high on Tuesday at 131/100 when I went to see the doctor. He wants data to compare.)

I haven't taken my measurements. I need to get a measuring tape (mental note - stop and Walgreen's and buy measuring tape) and then I'll post them. I'll have to create a info box to post on my blog!

So, here we go again!!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

The God's Must be Crazy

When commenting on Kathy's post this morning about the weather, it reminded me of a movie I loved! I wanted to say "the gods must be crazy", which is the movie that I am referring to. That movie was so hysterical. I never did watch the second b/c in my mind that's a movie that cannot have a sequel. It could just never be as good as the first!

Health Update

After much cajoling by my mother, I went to the doctor on Tuesday. My legs, ankles, feet, and hands had been swelling - a lot. I mean to the point that if I took of a pair of socks in the morning, that evening I would still have sock lines around my ankles. This wasn't normal. Also, I have gained about fifteen pounds in the last two months alone. Now, I know I haven't been working out every day, but I haven't stopped completely and I have been watching what I eat. No, I won't really lose weight that way, but I shouldn't gain fifteen pounds in that short of a time period either. Also, I had been having spells where I would turn totally pale and get light-headed (a while back I thought this was b/c of an inner ear issue - vertigo - but it still happens) and shaky. So on Tuesday I called her b/c my ankles were not only swollen, they were rather red, too...she said that was enough, to call a doctor. I was able to get into my new GP (he doesn't take appointments) that afternoon and Wednesday morning I went in early after fasting to do some blood work and a urinalysis (yeah, I had to give up a specimen). They are supposed to call me today with some information. My sister has Grave's Disease, which is hyperthyroidism. My symptoms are opposite of her, though, but b/c it's in my family and b/c of my symptoms the first thing he is checking is my thyroid. Also, he recommended that I see a kidney specialist b/c of the swelling and the fact that even though I drink plenty of water, I don't make that many trips to the ladies' room during the day like I should. AND on top of all that, my blood pressure was 130/100 on Tuesday. It has never been that high in my life...actually, it's never been high before at all. So, he now wants me checking it during the day to get some data for him to look at. I mean, you don't want to treat someone for high blood pressure with just one number.

So, that's where I stand on the health watch. No, I haven't been keeping up with my pilates like I should, but I have been doing well with the diet. I have been eating healthy, but still allowing myself something yummy maybe once a week. This week it was Sunday b/c that was our one year anniversary and we shared a piece of wedding cake from Zio's dessert menu! Hey, at least I didn't have a piece all to myself!!

Classic Movies...

Bold the movies you have seen!!

1. Godfather, The (1972)
2. Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)
3. Godfather: Part II, The (1974)

4. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)
5. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (2002)
6. Casablanca (1942)
7. Schindler’s List (1993)

8. Shichinin no samurai (1954)
9. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2001)
10. Citizen Kane (1941)

Hitting the Door Early

This has been the longest afternoon...I'm leaving early today!!! I just can't take it anymore!!!!

So, I'll see ya tomorrow!?!?!?

Monday, January 12, 2004

Ogres are like onions. They have layers!

I have seen this floating around! I haven't wanted to do it before, but today I feel like it! So read on if you wish!!!

-- Name: Hanna a.k.a. MishMish
-- Birth date: September 13th, 1977
-- Birthplace: Lufkin, Texas
-- Current Location: Houston, Texas
-- Eye Color: Brown
-- Hair Color: Brown
-- Height: 5'5"
-- Righty or Lefty: Right
-- Zodiac Sign: Virgo

Happy Anniversary

My daddy came to the states from Egypt 30 years ago today - and married mother that same year...though he didn't become a citizen until about 3 years later!!! His brother was a travel agent and when he booked daddy's flight he told him the flight would be empty b/c it was a Friday and a lot of people don't want to fly on Friday the 13th.

London, Texas

On the way up this morning someone said it looked like London outside this morning...after I got into my office someone else said the same thing! Well, I don't know about all that, but I know I am engulfed in fog this morning!! I can't see anything outside today! Driving in this morning it was so thick I thought about just waiting it out and coming in later - of course, I didn't!!

We watched Average Joe last night. The first one was good, even though normally I don't like reality shows, so we decided to watch the 2nd one, too. This time, though, I think the Average Joes aren't going to stand as much of a chance, b/c they are bringing in about 8 way-above-average-joes to compete for the girl and if you saw the first episode then you'll agree when I say I think she is going to jump at these new guys. She was PISSED when she first saw the Average Joes get off the bus! I mean, there was so much editing going on when she went out the room it was just one long bleeeep!!! Now, that she is getting to know them she says she sees more than just their outward appearance, but I wonder if she'll still be saying that when the new guys get there. Anyway, last night was pretty good...of course there was one guy that said she was shallow for letting him go - that happened last season, too.

OKay, this isn't an Average Joe blog, I just wanted to comment about the show! We also did our grocery shopping for the week and got the oil changed in my truck...which took forever. We were getting groceries at Wal-Mart so I just decided to get my oil changed there and it was awful! There was only one guy working Tires and Lube and he had a line going out passed sporting goods! Half the time things weren't working for him so that just made the wait that much longer. When it was all said and done, though, my oil change was only $12.00 as opposed to the $30 that I normally pay, so I wasn't yelling too loud!

Thursday, January 08, 2004

Another Birthday Already


Someone explain it to me...

because I don't understand how gambling is worse than drug abuse. Pete Rose was banned from baseball for life b/c he gambled on the game; however we have hundreds of players that repeatedly abuse drugs and yet they continue to get 2nd chances. Now, I am not saying what he did was right or excusable, but c'mon! Why don't they ban some of those repeat drug offenders (uh, maybe b/c there wouldn't any athletes left in professional sports!!).
I am a big sports fan and I don't want to see any of the organizations ruined, but isn't that was repeated drug use does!?!?!?!? Pete Rose gambled while he was manager, not while he was a player - and he is a Hall of Fame candidate for his playing. No, I am not "rallying in support" to let him in the hall of fame, I am just trying to be realistic and fair. I don't think he should have been banned while players (too many to list) continue to get chance after chance when they are caught using illegal drugs. Drugs kill people and when children see their sports heroes using drugs that sends such a terrible message. Sure when they see Pete Rose gambling it's a bad influence, but, and this is sad to say, it's much easier for a 12 year old to score some dope as opposed to getting in with a bookie and make bets on the game!!!
Bottom line, players caught using drugs should be treated as harshly as Rose was!

Yucky Weather; Yucky Mood

Ugh, I hate having to be at work when it's like this outside. This morning I wanted nothing more than to turn off my alarm clock and go right back to sleep. I didn't have a good night's sleep to begin with b/c I spent the first part of it coughing...then have crazy dreams that make me toss and turn all night...then this morning I wake up to the rain. Now we all know the best thing to do when you wake up to rain is to go back to sleep!!! I love bad weather when I can stay in and watch it! So, I have been in a funk all day! I went to the mall during lunch b/c tomorrow is Michael's b'day, otherwise I think I would have napped at my desk. Then had a not-so-good veggie plate from downstairs. My only consolation about today is that it can only get better!!! I made myself a nice cup of hot tea and am awaiting 5:00 (which doesn't seem to want to get here!)...

Wednesday, January 07, 2004


I am trying to be good about drinking enough water during the day, but I don't like lukewarm water so I am drinking ice water and it's making me shiver!!!'s cold!

For Kathy:

Pilates is going well!! Every time I get through with a workout I start feeling all tall and trim!! I still get that bit of a head rush b/c the blood starts really flowing! The only real negative thing about it is that my neck also starts to hurt.

To be honest, though I didn't do it Monday or Tuesday, but tonight I am - no excuses!!! My biggest problem area right now is my hips and this workout does a great job in that area. In all areas actually! I found a pair of jeans the other day that I can no longer get into so they have become the official "Old Jeans"! My goal is to be able to get into them. I am not going to set a deadline (though summer is pretty realistic) b/c I want to be able to concentrate on each day individually. I have found that is a big part of my problem. I think I start looking too far into the future about what I am going to do instead of doing it!!!

For Kathy:

Pilates is going well!! Every time I get through with a workout I start feeling all tall and trim!! I still get that bit of a head rush b/c the blood starts really flowing! The only real negative thing about it is that my neck also starts to hurt.

To be honest, though I didn't do it Monday or Tuesday, but tonight I am - no excuses!!! My biggest problem area right now is my hips and this workout does a great job in that area. In all areas actually! I found a pair of jeans the other day that I can no longer get into so they have become the official "Old Jeans"! My goal is to be able to get into them. I am not going to set a deadline (though summer is pretty realistic) b/c I want to be able to concentrate on each day individually. I have found that is a big part of my problem. I think I start looking too far into the future about what I am going to do instead of doing it!!!

Tuesday, January 06, 2004

Monday, January 05, 2004

Drink Up

I am fighting a cold. Not a major one, just a little one. Michael came home from the deer lease with one and of course passed it on to me. This morning I woke up feeling like I had been drinking razor blades. My throat hurt so badly. After a while it eased, though. Then on the way to work this morning my mother called to check on me. She and daddy came to have lunch with me and I told her that I hadn't been feeling well. She told me to be sure and drink plenty of water. Mother was a nurse and always told me to drink lots of OJ, take Vitamin C, and eat soup when I had a cold. She had never told me to drink water before. So, today I did a search on drinking water to help fight colds - there were several articles that said to drink plenty of water, including this one. Of course it makes sense. You need to drink lots of fluids when you are sick, but in the past it has always been juice or soup. I just thought it was funny this morning that she told me that for the first time in 26 years!!!!


I like to read People Magazine and yesterday I picked up this week's issue. On the cover was this story. I found it a pretty interesting read and real. None of these women did anything that I couldn't do myself. And one of them even has a celebrity for a sister. Now we all know that celebrities have all those secrets that we don't and have access to doctors that work magic to make fat disappear, right?? Well, that's not what she did. She worked hard...and that's what we have to do, too. My sister in law has lost over 100 lbs in 2003 b/c she cut back on what she was eating. She also got a new job where is moving more, but primarily it was the cutback on her food intake that made the difference. My sister lost about 30 lbs last year...doing the same thing. They didn't take miracle drugs or have surgeries or do anything that I can't do myself! I am not going to make a New Year's Resolution to lose 30 lbs. Resolutions never come true!! I am just going to be realistic and take it day by day! Work hard and eat right and less and maybe I'll be able to achieve what these women did!

Ah...A Spa Moment!

Guys beware - chic post ahead!

I keep a couple prodcuts from Bath and Body Works in my office. I have couple different bottles of lotion that I use often. Every once in a while, though, when I really feel like I have to get away from my desk I head to the bathroom sink with my jar of Body Scrub! I use it on my hands and thoroughly scrub and massage them under the hot water for a few minutes then, back at my desk, I lotion them with Body Butter (heavy cream for your hands). It really is very relaxing and takes my mind off of whatever is on my desk for just a few moments. It's all great therapy for your hands, especially during the winter when they dry out so bad! I like Sweet Pea fragrance - it smells really clean!

New Year's Resolutions...Take 1

I never really make New Year's Resolutions b/c I don't really keep them. Though this year I think I might try to.

So...first New Year's Resolution: I am going to shop for Christmas BEFORE December!! I want to have it all done around Thanksgiving this year! It was terrible this year. I was shopping the day before for presents this year - I don't want to do that again. I don't really like to shop as it is and having to fight crowds and rush around to find that perfect gift doesn't make it any better!

Okay, that's the only one that I am going to make for now. I don't want to overload myself on resolutions or anything!! (Really I just decided about an hour ago this was what my New Year's resolution was going to be...)

Sunday, January 04, 2004


The holidays are over. Hard to believe they have already come and gone and it's 2004 now! Maybe now the plants in my office will start looking better! I haven't been here enough to keep them 100%!!

2003 was a really good year, though. There were ups and downs of course, but on the whole there were a lot more good times! I am looking forward to going into the new year.

New Year's Eve was spent running around Houston w/ friends. New Year's Day we had lunch at my parents' house. Then Friday morning mother and I headed up to East Texas for the weekend and Michael went to the deer lease for the last weekend of deer season.

Today things are rather quiet in the office, much to my surprise. Close was last week so I am not having to rush around to get things done by deadline. Rather I am taking today to clean up a bit. I have some reports to run that I should have run last week, but other than that it's business as usual! My boss is out today, too so I'll be able to work on everything that is currently open without starting some new just yet!

And my parents might be coming to lunch with me today, too. So I need to get back to work before they come out!!!