Friday, July 29, 2005

I have found some good HP discussions around!

There were many more unanswered questions at the end of #6 than all the others; which left a lot of room for speculation amongst readers! Everyone has their own idea of what things mean & what is yet to come in #7.

#7 is supposed to be the last in the series & while it probably will be, I am still hoping that it isn't! I really enjoy the books & would love to be able to continue. Oh well...just have to appeal to J.K. I guess!

Well, tonight is the rehearsal dinner for my brother-in-law & Jamie's wedding! It really got here fast! It seems like they were just telling us they got engaged and now the big day is tomorrow!! I can't wait. It's going to be a very nice wedding!

And as you can see from my list of summer activities, there is still a lot of summer left to do! I am looking forward to all of it, though & then at the very end school starts back! This time I'll be going Tuesday nights for a Finance class. Finance was never my strongest subject as an undergraduate, but I didn't alright. Usually had a B, so I should be alright. If not, my coworker was a Finance major & he'll be able to help me out!

My new boss is a CPA & the three people that were already under him are also CPAs...well, actually one is working on it. She has taken two of the three parts & is preparing for the third & when she found out today that I was working towards my MBA in Accounting (and eventually my CPA as well) she also offered to help me if I ever needed it! So, I think I'm pretty well covered if assistance in any area is needed!!!

We're also going to a concert tonight after the rehearsal dinner with Michael's brother (not the one getting married of course) & some friends. It doesn't start until late & we don't have to be there from the beginning anyway. It's at the Race Track ~ Kevin Fowler is going to be there. It's been a while since we have seen him so I am really looking forward to it!

Well, I am leaving in an hour & a half & I still have a lot of work to do so I had better get on it!

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Two finales to talk about this morning.

First...Average Joe. I cannot believe that an Average Joe finally won. After all it is their show, right? Even though the AJ I wanted to win didn't, I am happy it was Nathan over Rocky. Rocky may be nice looking, but his personality was just so lacking that I don't think I could stand to be around him too long. So...good for you Nathan! And I have to commend Anna, she did say she couldn't promise anything, but that she wanted to continue their friendship and see what it could become.

Also, I finished reading Harry Potter this morning. I am sad. I am sad b/c I finished and now have to wait no telling how long for the next one (though I may go back and re-read the others in the meahwhile) & I am sad b/c of the ending.

Caution: The Half-Blood Prince spoiler ahead.

33% of the way there!

I went down & weighed today...I have lost 3 more pounds since the last time I weighed for a grand total of 18 pounds lost so far!!!!

I haven't felt too good over the last week & believed that I had either hit a plateau or even gained a couple pounds back, but I think there might have been a stomach "thing" going around here at work or something b/c several people have been talking about not feeling well. My tummy felt so swollen for a while & just overall yucky...but I was pleasantly surprised to see 188 when I stepped on the scale today!

Yay for me!!! I've updated my progress bar & only have 38 more pounds to go!!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

I can't believe the finale is tonight.

Michael & I have been watching Average Joe since the first one came out. It's a fun show, even though I haven't been big into too many reality shows, but here lately that seems to be the only thing on TV. Anyway...it comes on Tuesday nights & last night we watched the 2nd to last elimination. I was surprised when I realized there were only two men left, meaning the next show would be the last already. I was even more surprised to hear that that episode was tonight instead of next week!!

Oh well, I guess they have to get it done by a certain time or something, I don't know! Anyway...my favorite got eliminated last night, so I am not too involved anymore, but am still watching tonight. Sigh...though I really hope the Average Joe wins, b/c up until now they never have & I honestly think that isn't going to change, but I still hope! I want one girl out there to choose on more than just looks. I mean, the personality can make them more or less attractive in my mind. Josh was cute, though...and his personality made him even more so in my opinion. She said she didn't want to be put up on a pedestal, though...which is really what ALL the guys seem to try to do.

The last "new guy" is such a dud & I really don't even think he is that good looking either (maybe b/c he personality is so lacking). I mean, they had NOTHING to talk about. There were minutes that went by on their date where nothing was said. I know that silent moments can be nice, but it wasn't; it was awkward. She even admitted that. It's because he is a DUD! He has nothing interesting to talk about b/c there is nothing interesting going on in his head. She held on b/c she says they have chemistry. Translation: She thinks he is hot!

Now, Nathan, I must say, made a big improvement after his makeover (which there aren't links up for yet). I don't mean just physical appearance, though I do like the cleaner look on him, but he has so much more confidence now & he really seemed to have a great conversation on their last date...he had more to say than she did & they did share some silent moments, but they were sweet! They had a gazing contest; okay it sounds cheesy & maybe it was, but it wasn't b/c he couldn't think of anything to say like Rocky.

As for physical appearance, though the one that was the biggest improvement without question was Joshua (there were three Joshua's on this show). He looks like a completely different person now...clean shaven & short hair, well short-er anyway! The other two didn't really impress me that much as far as new looks go...or really personality for that matter.

Oh well, I have gone on enough about the show...
We really did have a fun weekend. Michael bachelor-partied all weekend with his brother & I went to Jamie's bachelorette party Saturday night. We had a really great time, too! Lots o' Fun!

I also spent the day Friday & Friday night w/ my mother (since my house was the spot for Friday night's round of the bachelor party). We had manicures & went shopping & just had a good time hanging out together! Sunday, while the guys went deep sea fishing (last part of the party) I spent the day vegging at home. I had forgot my book at mother's so I had to drive over to pick it up (she is out of town), but other than that I didn't leave the house! It was a lazy day...

Then on Monday, Michael & I both took off work to hang out together. They didn't get in until very late Sunday night so he wanted to recuperate!! We did some errands & had a nice dinner together & rested up before starting the work-week over a day late!!

Friday is the rehearsal & rehearsal dinner for Jamie & Steven & then Saturday is the big day! I can't believe it's already here! I know they can't either.

Well, speaking of work-week I need to get going on it! It's been busy around here, hence the lag between posts!!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

NOW my phone stops rinigng!?!?!?

I installed Avaya Voice Player at work so that all my voice mails would go into my Outlook - I can save them for as long as I want or forward them a lot easier to other people & I can see who I missed calls from before I listen to them. Yes, we have caller ID, but can't review the history of calls. Though, if the call is external to the company, the email just says it is from External Call.

I really like having it set up this way! I keep every email I receive...well, most of them. And sometimes there are voice mails that should be kept, too but on our voice mail system, as in most, even if you save it, it's only for a limited time. After a while it automatically gets deleted.

I set it up on Friday afternoon so needless to say, there weren't a whole lot of calls that came in that afternoon for me to really get to use the system. I figured I would have to wait until this week...then this week gets here and what the heck! No one is calling!! Is everyone doing fine without me this week or something??? Doesn't anyone need my assistance!?!? Anything?

[crickets chirping]

Ah well...like my coworker said...consider it good that my phone isn't ringing off the hook like it usually is!

#6 is here!

I checked the mail this morning & waiting on me was my preordered copy of Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince!!!

I know there are a lot of people who have already finished reading it...but I'll just be starting today! I can't wait to get into it! I am going downstairs to workout during lunch today; I think I'll opt for the bike so I can read while I exercise!!! A few bloggers have posted that there is quite a twist to this book & one expressed a bit of anger towards J. K. Rowling, too. So I anticipate a little shock in this latest book. I still can't wait, though!

I have all of them up to this point, but two I only have in paperback. I need to buy hardcopies of those two, but I always forget which two it is when I am at the store. Also, if you haven't bought yours, Amazon has it listed for $16.99 & they say regular price is $29.99, but I saw it in Target for $17.99; which actually is what I had originally paid for it at Amazon, but got a $1.00 credit when they lowered the price. I did get free shipping w/ Amazon, though since I had ordered another book, too.

I think one day I might have to buy the HP DVDs one day, too...though for right now I prefer the books to the movies...though I must say the movies have been very well done & stick pretty close to the books!

Monday, July 18, 2005

14.5 Pounds GONE!!!

I stepped on the scales before lunch today for my weekly Commit to Get Fit weigh in and to date I have lost 14.5 pounds!!! WooHoo!!! How exciting...every time I get on the scales I see improvement!! I think during the week I probably go up and down so I am glad I keep myself from jumping on there every day to check. I would probaby get a little discouraged if I saw the scale go up & I don't want to do that! Mondays at 11:30 every week!

This weekend, though, I did have some fried food - I had ten fried shrimp & one cheese stick. That's the first bad thing I have had in a long time. I don't think it was too bad, though considering what I ate the rest of the day. I had salads & fruit...and though I had ranch dressing, I used the weight watcher's method, which is to dip my fork in the dressing before each bite. By the end I only used about 1 teaspoon (maybe) of the 4 tablespoons of dressing I was given. You don't realize how much you really use until you try this. I had the taste of ranch dressing w/ every single bite I took without my lettuce being drenched & most importantly w/out consuming all the fat & calories!

I have been paying more attention to calories than anything else lately. I haven't cut out fat or carbs...I just try to have good ones. I didn't cut out bread, just white bread. I still get sugars from fruit, but try not to have any sweets w/ refined sugar. I have had potatoes, though I ate 1/2 a baked potato & saved the rest for another meal. The only bad fat I have had was the shrimp & cheese stick on Saturday night...and I am still drinking lots & lots of water! I notice, though, I don't get as much on the weekend. I need to remedy that!

My workouts haven't been nearly as disciplined as my diet. I was doing really well in the beginning sticking to my schedule, but lately the only workouts I have been doing is yardwork or just general running around. I haven't gone to the gym in the last two weeks. :( Tomorrow, though my workout partner & I plan on going during lunch...and then on Wednesday. Normally it's Tuesday & Thursday, but I have made plans for Thursday during lunch so I am going to move that workout to Wednesday instead.

I can really tell a difference now...not only in my appearance & the way my clothes fit, but more importantly how I feel. And hearing someone say, "You look like you're losing weight" definitely helps to lift the spirit even more! I do feel like I have more energy and more and more of my clothes are fitting so much better! I have one outfit that I bought that I haven't worn yet b/c I bought it w/out trying it on & it was too tight. I can get into it now & it isn't too tight, but is still tighter than I would like! So...maybe in another couple of weeks I will be wearing it. That is my short term goal...long term is an old pair of jeans I have been keeping up in my closet waiting for the day when I can get back into them!!!

Friday, July 15, 2005

My sister sent me this picture

of her sweet grand-daughters! I had to share!!!



Thursday, July 14, 2005

Never leave home without it...

your wallet that is!! Yesterday when I arrived home Michael was working in the yard, so I changed clothes and went out to help him finish. We had some new plants to put in the ground, too so after all the mowing, weed-eating, & edging we were digging holes, too! Needless to say when all was done we were both tired and sweaty. We need to go grocery shopping, but neither felt like it so we showered and cleaned up and decided to go out for dinner & that we could buy groceries tonight.

Many times when we go out to dinner I'll just take my phone and leave my purse at home since Michael has his wallet in his pocket. I don't really need it since we both have our debit cards. So...we headed down the street to a restaurant close by (thankfully) and had a nice dinner. When it was time to pay Michael reached for his wallet, but it wasn't there!! I thought he was trying to kid me at first b/c he has a tendency to do that, but in fact he didn't have it with him. He had grabbed his keys & phone from the basket we keep on the bar for those things, but somehow hadn't grabbed his wallet. He thought maybe he had just placed it in the car & not brought it in, but no...it wasn't there either. So...while I sat in the booth he drove back to the house to get his wallet!!

I didn't want to waiter to think anything strange so I let him know what had happened and he just laughed. I don't know what we would have done if we had been far away from home. I guess I just would have had to sit there even longer!!!

On another note...I really like the Blog Section of the Houston Chronicle. For the longest I saw different blog related articles written in the Chronicle, but they were never a mainstream part of the paper. Then for a while there was a small link in the sidebar to read a couple of blogs by writers for the paper...and now there are several! I don't read them all, but click through most of them! It just makes me think back to years ago when I asked, "What's a blog...what do you write about. I would never have anything to say to the cyberworld!!"

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Hey! Did you read?

There is good news over here!!!

There is more reorganization going on around here!

I haven't really mentioned it yet b/c all the details weren't really worked out, but at 1:00 we're having a meeting to work out those details.

Since I started here I have worked Offshore...eight months ago our entire division became obsolete and we were all moved in different directions. I have continued to work Offshore, but was also given Central Texas area. Now that's changing again. There were two managers over our groups which covered all areas...onshore & offshore. One of those managers has since been moved temporarily to the group implementing new software for the company. The implementation period is scheduled to last about eighteen months, which means in the interim all areas fell under my manager.

It was decided while I was on vacation that this was too much for one person & the offshore division was transfered out to another department. So...now I am back to working Offshore only (which I prefer if you want to know the truth) & at 1:00 I'll find out who I can hand all the onshore stuff to. Of the four girls that were working for me one will remain, two work entirely onshore so I won't work w/ them anymore, and the fourth will still handle some offshore issues for me.

We aren't moving offices, though thankfully! I hate packing & unpacking! Our new boss is just one floor below and they would have to shuffle a lot of people around to get us close to him anyway. He is pretty hands off so it really won't be a bid deal. I have worked with him for as long as I have been employed here, just never worked for him before. He came by for a while yesterday to talk to me for a bit about meeting with us next week (he's out the rest of this week) to find out what all we're doing.

I am really excited about the change b/c his area will be more of a challenge & more of what I am interested in doing. Our current duties won't go away...and my coworker's won't really change at all, but I'll be given more work to do & he's a CPA, too & knows that I am currently working on my MBA in Accounting so he'll definitely support that; not that my current manager doesn't. There are a lot of CPAs in this department actually.

So...for right now the only real change is that I'll have to get approval for tuition reimbursment from someone else, but other than that I won't notice a lot of difference for a while I think. At least not this week since my new manager isn't here!!! Since I have been here this is my third manager. For the first four years I was under the same manager (who I really liked a lot) and in the same office...well, except for the move to our new building.

I'll keep ya posted!

Monday, July 11, 2005

More progress!!! Yay!

I am up to 9.5 pounds total loss as of today! Only 46.5 more to go now! That is 17% of my goal that I have reached!

It isn't quick, which is good b/c everytime people lose a lot of weight in a short time it seems that they always gain it back and maybe even more than they had lost to begin with. I don't want that to happen to me. I want to be able to get off the weight & keep it off afterwards.

We are also getting into the last month of Commit to get Fit. It really didn't turn out to be what I had expected, but it did get me started in the right direction. I really thought we would actually meet more often & while we do meet once a week, it's only to turn in our goal sheet, get a blank one & a Fit Facts sheet & to weigh in. We have only met as a group once and heard from a nutrionist. I guess it's more of an accountability program, but I was just expecting to be working w/ the directors of the group or other members of the group more. So, I kinda set myself up for the disappointment.

That being said, I am doing well on my own, though, which would mean the program has been successful for me so far. And maybe that was their goal...to get us working on our own & there I could say it was a success. I still am not working out like I should, though. I haven't been to the gym in two weeks. I have just been losing b/c my eating habits have greatly improved.

Before I would find that I was hungry in the evening, but now realize I was just bored!! Last night I "thought" I was hungry and thought about getting a snack, but when I stopped to think about what I was doing I wasn't really hungry. My stomach was satisfied ~ I was just bored and wanted to do something. I also don't snack while I am cooking like before. I wait until my meal is ready and then enjoy it!

Also, I have slowed way down while I eat. The other morning we had a big country breakfast while we were in East Texas and I felt so full when I left the table & thought, "Man I ate too much...", but when I though about it all I ended up eating was 1/2 a biscuit, 1 piece of bacon, and a scrambled egg...but I felt like I had eaten about three biscuits or something!! I just ate it so slow that my brain actually told me I was ful before I consumed so much that my stomach had to expand to hold it all!!! Not only eating slow, but also drinking a lot of water before & during my meal gives a feel of being satiated so I don't eat as much. Drinking more water has really made the most difference for me overall I think.

It's a lot easier these days to make healthy decisions, too. Before when I just let being hungry dictate everything, I would go ahead and order something fried or a burger or something b/c it was what I was craving...now, b/c I don't really get that hungry anymore I can take a minute and order the grilled chicken or the salad or something that is better for me and be just as satisfied!! When you eat something fried or w/ a lot of starch or salt you tend to crave more and more of it...if you can cut it out, the cravings go away!

If I could just get back into the groove of the gym I would be completely satisified w/ my change in lifestyle. Going once every couple of weeks just will not cut it!

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Is it Monday already???

I am so tired this morning. I really didn't want to get up...but I'm here!

We had a good weekend. Friday I rode up to East Texas w/ my parents & we were greeted by an angry swarm of wasps upon arrival. We managed to kill them all and destroy the nest, but not until after mother and I were both stung...she got stung once on each foot and I got stung right on my head...just above my hair line. It was so painful!! They were just regular red wasps either, they were big black and red ones w/ orange on their legs. They actually chased us, too!!!! The nest was under the deck and when we walked on it they got angry! It was awful. My head finally managed to stop hurting after a few hours and the knot on my head went away. Since mother was on her feet most of the time hers really hurt a while. I had been stung once before by a red wasp, but I have to say on the head is so much worse!

After the chaos we did manage to have a great weekend and a really good bridal shower for my niece. I didn't take too many pictures b/c I was a hostess & busy running around. The few I took are here w/ her other pictures.

I rode back Saturday evening w/ my sister and Michael and I had a late dinner and Sunday we ran around taking care of errands then stayed home that evening to watch the storm. We did need the rain!

*yawn* Okay, gotta go get more coffee!

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Welcome Gianna Patrice!






I didn't take a whole lot of pictures yesterday of my newest Great-niece b/c I was too busy holding her!!! Though, when my mother was there she took a few as well and sent them to me. I added them to the five or six that I took in my albums! She is so adorable...and so tiny!! She has the most hair I have ever seen, too!!! I think you could put it in a clip already! Mommy was doing fine, too. She was tired as expected, but seemed very happy! Gianna has some lungs, too. She didn't cry much, but when she did I think the whole floor could hear it! She kept her eyes closed for most of the time that I was there, so I didn't get a picture with her eyes open. There will definitely be more opportunities I am sure! On the way over we stopped to buy some flowers and Michael picked out some cute little stuffed animals for her! I think Gianna and mother are going to be in the hospital one more day since she was a couple weeks early...just for observation only. There is also going to be a picture on the hospital's website, but I don't think that it is up yet. I'll post it, too when I find out. How exciting!!!

Thought for the Day

Let’s talk a little basic physics – getting an object at rest to begin moving requires far more energy that it does to keep it moving. Think of a rocket: 90% of the energy is spent on the initial thrust – on getting the blasted thing in to the air. The remaining 10% is all that’s needed to keep it going. In a way, the same applies to transforming our bodies – it is the act of getting started that is, by far, the most challenging stage of the process. You have a great amount of momentum at this point, and you are in a position to make an extraordinary transformation. If you were to stop now, you would lose all that momentum and you would have to start all over again. Nobody wants to go through that. So, hang in there! Keep the momentum going and the energy flowing.

More baby pictures...

it's to be expected, though! Right!?!?





Gianna's first cousin, Abigail, giving her kisses!

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Movie update:

So, like I said before, we went to see The Longest Yard this weekend, which is a remake of the 1974 original w/ Burt Reynolds. Old Burtie is in this one, too but as another character obviously. It was a really good movie and had all sorts of people in it, including Steve Austin, Goldberg, Nelly, Michael Irvin, Brian Bosworth (I know...WHO?? I remember him from a couple movies...then found out he used to play football), and various sports announcers that I didn't know, but Michael pointed out! It was really a good remake!

My niece is in the hospital this morning. She is being induced today...I don't know how long it will take so we might have a new baby today some time or maybe tomorrow! Her name is Gianna Patrice! I can't wait to see her!!! I don't think they have given her the meds yet to start the labor, though she's been there since six this morning. Mother said she figured they would start it at 8:00 when the shift changes. That seems so weird to me...it's all around the doctors and nurses' schedules! Anyway, so there will be baby pictures soon!

Well, I have five days of work and only three days this week so I had better get to it!

I have lost three more pounds!!

WooHoo! I just went downstairs to the gym and stepped on the scale & I am down three more pounds. That is fourteen percent of my goal so far! I am so excited!!!! This is such great motivation, too!!! How exciting!!

We have a new baby girl in our family.

My niece just delivered her baby at 1:48 PM - she weighed 5lbs. 9ounces & is 19 inches long!!! Mother said she is beautiful!!! Her name is Gianna Patrice!!!! Congratulations Amanda!!

Monday, July 04, 2005

Water, water everywhere...and not a drop to drink!

We had a blast today! Jamie & Steven came over and we all headed to Splashtown for the day. Waterparks are a great relief from the heat, but at the end of the day you still feel wiped out! We had a lot of fun and for the grand finale rode the tornado...twice! It was the greatest ride! A little scary at first, but so much fun! There are links for video clips at the bottom of the page, but they really don't do it justice at all!!!

Last night we got to catch up with everyone at Elaine & Kenny's 4th of July/Birthday Bash. There were a lot of people there I hadn't seen in quite a while and several new faces as well! Kenny (the chef) did quite a fantastic job on dinner! He had three varieties of chicken, sausages, hamburgers, boudin, a real smorgasbord for everyone! The night went by very quickly, though...and we came home and crashed.

I don't know if we're going to go anywhere tomorrow. We might just buy some sparklers and sit in the driveway and watch all the kids pop fireworks! I definitely don't want to fight a crowd to go somewhere else to watch a show. New Year's Eve we did that b/c we were so exhausted - that was the weekend we moved into our house - and we saw a lot of fireworks just in the neighborhood.

So, now Michael and I are going to go have a nice dinner together and go see a movie...this is another remake so I'll have to let you know if it's as good as the first.

Well, I had better go finish getting ready. It's already eight o'clock! It's been a great weekend so far and we still have one more day before we have to go back to work!! WooHoo!

Friday, July 01, 2005

Friday is finally here!

This has been such a stressful week work-wise...I am glad it's over! Today, though, I am going to concentrate on getting everything off my desk and lower the number of unread emails in my inbox. Sheesh...I had over 350 after coming back from vacation! I have already skimmed through several this morning and were able to get them out of there. Fridays around here are so quiet...that's when I really get a lot done. Since we've gone to the 9/80 schedule half the people are out anyway and this week we have several that took vacation days today. In my group there is just me and two others; one of which I haven't seen today at all! And my phone doesn't ring nearly as much on Fridays either.

As for our holiday weekend, the only real plan we have is a BBQ at a friend's tomorrow...tentative concert tonight and that's it. I'm sure my sister's family is all heading up to East Texas for the 4th, but we haven't heard anything so we're staying here. I am sure we'll find a fireworks show somewhere to attend, though I don't really buy fireworks anymore for myself.