Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
I finally picked up the pictures that my family had taken during the July 4th weekend. Yeah, almost eight months ago. I'll scan one in tomorrow so you can see them. Each of my siblings and their families wore a different color. So, my parents wore yellow. Alan and his family wore blue. Jeff and I wore red. Jill and her family wore green. My sister Erin wore orange. And Ian and his wife Erin wore purple. Yeah, we looked like Skittles!
I ordered my new glasses. I was going to do this last month. But between my new job and the weather, I didn't really have the time off work. At any rate, my new eyes should be here in 7-10 days. Perhaps now I'll be able to read the sports ticker at the bottom of the screen while watching NCAA basketball.
I purchased my son's sectional tickets, so I gained 100 AWESOME MOM POINTS today.
I had dinner with my friend Karen. We were going to get together for her birthday...which was a month ago. But she was sick. So we put it off. We FINALLY got together for Mexican tonight. She picked me up at 5; I didn't get home until 9! We talked and talked and talked! Good times.
Now I'm watching a movie with the boy! Also a good time.
What a GREAT day! I LOVE my RDO Fridays.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
The building I moved into was old and falling apart. There's always a rumor going around that the people in that building were going to have to be moved out and the structure condemned once and for all. But heck, they were saying that when I working in that building four years ago and still no one moved. So, I moved in and sat where they told me to sit. For some reason, I didn't take the time to unpack all of my boxes. In fact, two of them stayed in the backseat of my car. I just wasn't sure how I wanted to decorate my cubicle or where I was going to store all of my stuff.
Well, here lately, with all the snow melting and the added rain, the roof has been leaking. BADLY. In fact, it was becoming the norm to walk into the offices in the morning only to find several ceiling tiles down, lying in a crumbled mess in a puddle of water on the floor. Don't even ASK me about all the things that came down WITH the ceiling tiles.
With all the damage, a few people have even been displaced from their offices. We went a whole day without half of the ladies room! In a building that houses a good 75+ women, that's not a good thing. Several people had also taken to covering everything in their offices with plastic before going home at night. How sad is that?! In addition to shutting down the PC and filing away anything that needed to be put away, folks were pulling out large pieces of black plastic to protect their furniture, file cabinets, personal items, and paperwork.
In addition to the inconvenience of being without four of the six stalls in the women's bathroom, people were complaining about headaches. Some were saying that their allergies were acting up, so they were coughing and hacking all the time. It was decided that with the falling of the ceiling tiles, most certainly dust and mold had probably invaded our work spaces more so than before.
At any rate, things kind of hit a head this week. Apparently there was a meeting at 3pm on Tuesday to discuss a proposal for moving some folks out of that building. We were officially informed at noon on Wednesday that we'd be moving starting at 9am today. So again, I boxed up everything in my cubicle (those things that I actually unpacked before plus the things I inherited with my new position) and moved again.
Here it is, before the end of the workday on Thursday and I am officially moved. My phone doesn't work yet, but my computer is up and running. Talk about making something come together quickly! There are still 8-10 people that will be moving between now and Tuesday. But my move is complete.
The first thing that I did when I walked in was to see if there were any water stains on the ceiling tiles. So far, I haven't seen even one!
PS. This move is supposed to be somewhat temporary. We will probably be moving again so that we can again be in the same building as the rest of our department. So, another moving day will be on the schedule...eventually. Hey, as long as I'm dry, I'm not complaining!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
First of all, yesterday was my 200th post to this blog. I have five other blogs, so my cumulative number of posts is 403...including this one. I know you only see three blogs (Scripted Notions, Inspiration Emails, and This Morning's Dream). But I also have one for my Weight-Loss Journal. I don't publicize it. But by doing it in a blog, I can update it from anywhere at any time. I also have a Blog called The Commuters, where I was attempting to write a book via blog. I thought it would be a good idea because then I wouldn't have to worry about losing it if my PC crashed. But it's not the easiest way to organize my thoughts since the blog entries are in reverse order. I don't know...I may try it again sometime. And then I have my secret journal blog. It's where I really vent, mostly about me, things that might make others uncomfortable, like how I really feel when depressed or what my greatest fears are.
But I digress...my first silly, insignificant thing to share is that yesterday I hit 200 posts on this blog. WooHoo!
My second silly, insignificant thing to share is that I have a favorite pen. I do. I know it's silly. But every time I go into Wal-Mart, I go to the school and office supplies section and get a package of my favorite pens. While reading "Writing Down the Bones", the author suggested getting a good pen, one that moved smoothly over the paper. I found mine. It's inexpensive and comfortable in my hand. The Bic Atlantis, in black.
My third silly, insignificant thing is that not only do I consider my car my studio (if I'm driving, I'm probably singing), but my passenger seat is also a desk. My passenger seat desk never looks this good! My 'filing system' really frustrates my son when he tries to sit there. But I stack anything and everything in my passenger seat. Then when J gets in, he throws it all to the backseat. Today, my backseat is a disaster area. I still have a couple of boxes of things from when I packed up my previous office and never moved them into my new office. And I have a few (that's a polite was of saying, I have no clue how many) stacks of things (mail, notebooks, fliers, etc.) that Jeff relocated from my 'desk' to the back seat. And then of course my coat is back there. I rarely wear a coat. When folks ask me where it is when it's only 17 degrees, I inevitably say, "It's in the backseat of my car." Tonight, I am cleaning out my car, desk and all!
My fourth silly, insignificant thing to share is that I have an unnecessary indulgence (is that redundant?). And it used to be somewhat spontaneous. But after picking this up so many times, it can hardly be considered incidental; it's practically become part of my shopping list. For no reason at all, I check out the latest fingernail polish colors, choose one I don't have (or never considered wearing before), and buy it. Then pretty much as soon as I get home, I polish my nails. It's like playing with a new toy. I don't know why I so enjoy this little luxury so much. If it were more expensive, I'd refer to it as an extravagance. Lucky for me, my fix is relatively cheap and easy to find.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Or maybe it's because my annoying teenager is getting on my last nerve.
Or maybe I'm PMSing and EVERYTHING is getting on my last nerve!
Or maybe I'm disappointed in myself for not accomplishing the ONE THING I needed to accomplish this weekend... MY TAXES... so that I could finally finish Jeff's FAFSA!
Or maybe I just don't have anything else to blog about but I refuse to miss Day 22 of my NaBloPoMo challenge after blogging 21 days in a row this month.
Whatever it is, I am SO not in the mood to blog tonight.
So...that's the end of that. Hopefully I'm in a better mood and have something much more interesting to say tomorrow. But I have a long day at work planned, starting with two hours of training AND I agreed to go to a prayer service in the evening which will probably have me home long after I've lost my patience for being around people.
So I ask you to say a prayer. I am SO not in the mood!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
I don't know that I've ever been to a benefit that was a theatrical performance or even entertainment. They usually involve a great meal and the opportunity to bid on, buy, or win by way of a raffle any number of items.
I love to go to benefits. I know that the whole reason for the benefit isn't always a positive thing...someone has cancer or has been in a horrible accident. But I try not to dwell on that. I focus on the fact that GOOD people plan and organize a huge event. And a whole crowd of GOOD people come together to drop a nickel or a dime to help support the cause. And as a reward for being GOOD, you too can "benefit".
You usually get a great meal. You may have the opportunity to win or purchase various items. And most importantly, you can enjoy fellowship and camaraderie, and even advocacy and education about the reason for the benefit. Learning more about cancer, for example, helps us all to be a little more aware of how we can better take care of ourselves to potentially avoid the necessity of a future benefit.
Last night, I went to a benefit for a co-worker's husband who has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. They lost a child to cancer several years ago. It's just a sad story. But it wasn't sad last night. It was inspiring. So many people, so much love and support. I was blessed to be part of it.
According to dictionary.com, a banquet is "a lavish meal, a feast, a ceremonious public dinner often benefiting a charity."
Tonight, I was again blessed. This was the night for the annual ACCTS banquet. ACCTS stands for Area Christian Churches Together in Service. The Christian churches in Loogootee (maybe Martin County) come together to make a meal, serve the meal, provide prizes for EVERY family that attends, and then send EVERY family home with two bags of groceries. I LOVE this event. This year was the 7th annual. SEVENTH! How amazing is that?! I'm already looking forward to the 8th.
God is good!
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
If given the option, I prefer silver colored jewelry. And honestly, the simpler - the better.
A friend of mine sells Premier Designs Jewelry. At one of her parties, I looked through the entire catalog. My very favorite item was the Priority ring. Most of the jewelry has women's names. Collette, Melissa, Savanah, etc. But not this one. This one is just called the Priority ring. It's a simple silver band with a cut-out cross. I love it!
And I wear it on my wedding ring finger. It's not that I want to appear to be married. It's just that it's THAT important to me. People notice that I'm wearing a band, not a diamond. But when they look a little closer, they see the symbol of our faith. The cross.
It's my priority and I want everyone to know it.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
All you have to do is...
1. Invite 7-14 people to join you. Teams can only have 8-15 members. Once you hit 16, you're TWO TEAMS!! And that's not a bad thing.
2. Raise an average of $100 per team member. You only get a T-shirt for each $100 you raise up to the number of people signed up for your team. Last year, we had 11 people on our team. We raised more around $2000. Still, only 11 T-shirts. BUT not everyone raised $100. Still, 11 T-shirts. See where I'm going with this?
3. Come up with fundraising ideas.
- Well, I told you all about my donation request letter yesterday. I also make a letter for everyone else on my team. Theirs don't say 100 letters though; they say 25 letters...whether they send out that many or not! I write the letter, sign it, make copies, fold the letters, put my address on a letter size envelope, stuff both the letter size envelope and the letter into a business size envelope, and address the business size envelope. Then I get them...all 110+ of them...to one of our Relay committee members. They deliver them to the American Cancer Society, who pays all postage and gets them in the mail. A couple of weeks later, the money starts rolling in. Quick and easy!
- But there's also the old stand-by's: bake sales, yard sales, soup supper, raffles, etc.
- Then there are more unique ways to raise money. We have a restaurant in town where all the teenagers hang out. And they have carhops that take your order. Well, during prom weekend, the owner gave the girls off so they could get all dolled up for their prom and he'd let our Relay team work in their place. All of our wages and tips go to Relay for Life. (That restaurant has changed ownership this year, so I'm not sure if that's still going to be an option for us.)
- Also, there is an auction during the Relay weekend where money is raised. Each team can submit up to five items for auction. Whatever is pulled in for our five items, gets counted towards our team's total dollars raised.
4. Decorate the campsite. There is always a theme and this year it's Relayville... a play on Margaritaville. So, think beaches and flamingos and shades and Hawaiian shirts. Jimmy Buffet music! It'll be a lot of fun. So, we usually put up a large tent/canopy and decorate it according to the theme. That's usually pretty fun.
5. Make a banner. Every team has a banner. The rules for the banner are pretty easy. You have to be able to carry the darn thing around the track once. It has to have your team number and team name on it. And...well, that's about it. I usually make the banner the day before the event. Nothing like waiting until the last minute. But in the grand scheme of priorities, it's one of the less important ones.
6. Schedule. There's a schedule. Actually, there are two.
- One is a schedule of events. It includes a Survivor Dinner sometime during the week. That's when we invite all cancer survivors and their care-givers to a meal where they are catered to. Then of course, we have the Opening Ceremony (where the survivors make the first lap and the sponsors are thanked), Closing Ceremonies (where we learn how much money we raised), and the Luminaria Ceremony (where we light candles for cancer victims and survivors...literally HUNDREDS OF THEM!!! It's absolutely inspiring! Brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it.)
- The other schedule is for the walkers. Yes folks, it is a Relay for Life and that means that we walk. The plan is that (except for during the ceremonies) there is a member of each team on the track at all times. So, each person on the team walks 2-3 half-hour shifts.
My plan is to have a chairperson for fundraising, campsite setup, the banner, and the walk schedule. Then I just have to keep everyone informed. Should make Captain Crunch Time SO MUCH easier. And since I'm also on my 20-year Class Reunion Committee, I can use all the help I can get!
By the way, our Relay is June 5th and 6th. If you happen to be in Martin County, Indiana, during that weekend, we'd love to see you. If you'd like to make a donation, just leave a comment and I'll get back with you.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
[my address] [my phone] [my email address]
Friends and Family,
Once again, I am writing this letter to request your support for Relay for Life, which supports cancer research. I have friends that have beaten cancer and are survivors, but I’ve also lost friends to cancer. Last year, with your help, I raised almost $1,000 for my team! I want to continue to do my part to do that again. Cancer is a horrible disease that can attack anyone… anywhere. And we just never know who the next victim is going to be.
I believe that most donations are never realized because the question is never asked. So, I’m asking. I’m asking you to support me and my team and the Martin County Relay for Life by making a donation. It’s going to take more than one person to knock out cancer. It takes a team. We have a team of coordinators organizing the event. We have several teams that are coming out to walk and showing their support by gathering donations. And I need a team of friends and family to help me do the same thing.
I am sending out more than 100 of these letters. If everyone that receives it donates only $10, I will have raised well over $1,000 for Relay for Life. If we all work together, we can help to stop cancer before it stops another person that we love.
Will you help me? If you’d like to help, use the return envelope and send a check made out to American Cancer Society by March 31st. If you would like a receipt for tax purposes, let me know and I’ll mail one to you right away. I want to thank you in advance for all your support, whether in time, money, or prayer. I believe that together we can make a difference. God bless you and yours.
Monday, February 16, 2009
I went to the Chrysalis Journey last night to help serve dinner, attend a prayer service, and stay for the candlelight ceremony. It was good for me. Just after dinner, we had Cardboard Testimonies. If you've never heard of that, check out the video.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Sometimes I think he's a hypochondriac. Sometimes I think he gets sick more than any three people I know.
When he was little, really little, he was such an easy sick baby. He had his little stuffed seal that I named Shakespeare...and he called Bakes-beer. He had one of his little baby blankets. And he had either his bottle or his sippy cup, depending on his age. He didn't whine or cry; he just wanted to be left alone. I'd put in his favorite Disney movie and he'd fall asleep.
Today, holy wow! He gripes and complains about every little pain. He's had kidney stones four times in the last nine months. And I know they're painful; I've endured that pain as well. He's had a handful of migraines in the last year. Again, I know they're painful; I've had them too. And every time he has a headache or a cold or a sore muscle, he's a HORRIBLE sick baby.
I kind of miss that two-year-old that was so darn easy to placate.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
by Kara Davis, MD
The easy-to-use 50-day format of "Spiritual Secrets to Weight Loss" emphasizes both the physical and spiritual aspects of weight loss and encourages positive health habits and long-term lifestyle changes. The secrets to permanent weight loss lie in understanding the power of God.
My mom loaned me this book. I LOVE the title. And so far, I'm loving the book! Every day, there is a bible verse to motivate me. I was surprised to see how many times the bible tells us that mind, body, and spirit are intertwined and that lacking in one can easily make us less than effective in the others. This book is also a great reminder that I can rely on God's strength for anything, even something like losing weight.
The fact is, food is somewhat of an addiction for me. I eat all the time. I have always eaten whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, without considering the consequences of my decisions with regard to my health or my spirituality. I've used every excuse to eat: to celebrate, to commiserate, to fill time when I'm bored, etc.
Well from now on, I want to eat because my body requires the fuel. I'm sure there will be times when I eat for other reasons, like a birthday party or the super bowl...or because I'm temporarily back-sliding! But for the most part, I'll do what I can to eat healthier foods in appropriate portions because it's time to refuel my body. Not because I don't have anything better to do.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
- G Is for Gumshoe - Sue Grafton
- H Is for Homicide - Sue Grafton
- Through the Labyrinth of Writing Your Book - Anne Wayman
- One for the Money - Janet Evanovich
- Sundays at Tiffany's - James Patterson
- Plum Lucky - Janet Evanovich
- Lean Mean Thirteen - Janet Evanovich
- Shattering Glass - Gail Giles (Jeff's library book)
- Five Alive - Janet Evanovich
- Visions of Sugar Plums - Janet Evanovich
- Double Cross - James Patterson
- Hooked - Les Edgerton
- Spiritual Secrets to Weight Loss - Kara Davis, MD (what I'm currently reading)
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
It's not that I was actively eavesdropping. But I work in a room full of cubicles. There's simply no way to avoid hearing each other's conversations. Even when folks are whispering so as not to be disruptive, they're heard by their immediate neighbors. That is the case in this very ironic conversation I just heard.
Two of my co-workers also go to school in the evening. They are discussing their current classes. I didn't hear what Betsy said she was taking. But in response.
Jenn: Oh, yeah, I had to take Old and New Testament. Ugh!
Betsy: Thank GOD I didn't have to take anything like that!
I said a little prayer for both of them and decided it would make a good blog post.
Just smile and say a prayer for anyone who has to begrudgingly take a religious course (and obviously get nothing out of it) and for those people who don't and consider themselves lucky. Amen.
Monday, February 9, 2009
On Jan 28th, we had so much snow and cold weather that our workplace was closed. Schools were out of session for DAYS! And several hundred (maybe thousand) homes were without power.
As of Sunday, Feb 8th, just a week and a half later, we have NO snow and 50-60 degree temperatures. Actually, that's an inaccurate assessment. There IS snow.the piles that were created/assembled in several parking lots across town. But even those are dwindling, melting before our eyes.
So Linus Felinus is back to living outdoors again. His house. And my car has his signature prints all over it as proof.
It's been so nice for the last few days that I'm convinced that winter is over in southern Indiana. What are the chances? That silly little groundhog says no. But we even have thunderstorms in the forecast for tomorrow night. I LOVE thunderstorms! (Then again, I loved the snow... reminded me of Colorado.) Of course, with all this melting snow, we don't really need the precipitation. Oh well, beggars can't be choosers.
Bring on the rain!