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Tuesday: Shame and Work

20121009-190545.jpgToday, I submitted Annabelle to Dog Shaming.  If you haven’t checked them out, please do.  SO Funny.  I don’t know if she will get picked, but she should.  The picture would have been better if I had gotten her with the empty pan and spatula.

Today was a non-running day.  I rode my bike and then did something I have been trying to do each day.  It consists of: 50 jumping jacks, 5 pushups, 20 crunches, 20 mountain climbers, 30 second plank.  It is harder than it sounds.

Bike: 5.5 miles.  Above mentioned workout.

Meals are still in a rut and it is starting to show with some snacking.  That ends now.  Breakfast was coffee and a protein bar.  Lunch was egg beaters, turkey sausage and an english muffin.  There was a peach and an apple.  That peach was one of the BEST I have had in a long time.  Then there was too much snack mix.  And I transitioned to dinner with a Bertolli Risotto bag (added extra shrimp) and some wine.

I work from home full-time.  From time to time, the dog will pitch a fit while I am on the phone.  But there are these things called a MUTE button, and a backyard.  People need to learn that a home office is not a substitute for daycare.  Teach your kids to stay out of the office if they are at home.  The rest of your colleagues don’t want to hear you parenting on conference calls.  It is still WORK.  Let’s try to be professional.

I don’t know if I have mentioned it here (lately) but I just switched roles with my current employer.  I have been going through a bit of a hard time with work in the past 1-2 years.  Just not happy or finding any satisfaction with it.  In fact, this blog started as an outlet for some of the things I wasn’t getting from work.  And as a way to explore a potential new area of study (web design).  Well, my old boss (whom I loved) had an open position on his team and I took it.  It isn’t the best department to be in, but the people will make it all worthwhile.  And, I am taking a leap into managing people.  Just a few at first, to see how I do.  But it is something I have never tried to do before.  Should be interesting.

Regarding: Deliveries

Yesterday, my house went from looking like this:


to this:

imageAnyone want to come unpack?

In addition to all of of stuff arriving (and being crammed into this house), we got another delivery.  Of good news.  Michael found out he got a job in Scottsdale!  He starts on Aug 13.

Regarding: A Fresh Start - This year let's resolve to make better bad decisionsThat is always what I think of when I think of the New Year.  What do I want to start fresh with in 2012?  Not resolutions exactly, although I have a list of those as well. But what else do I want to get started with in a positive way?  Getting out of bed.  Focus on work.  A more structured day.  Better eating.

Well, I tried to start with a new stew recipe and ended up burning it.  Oops.  I had cereal for dinner instead.  I did get up this morning and get logged on to my work computer and ended up cleaning up all of my personal email in my work account.  Not too bad there.  I am working on my 10 minute crossword puzzle from my new paga-a-day calendar. But there 10 minutes seems to be about 60 of mine.

Do you have Resolutions?  I will share my resolutions in a post later this week.  Do you have other areas that you want to focus on?

Regarding: Timing

Since we have been back from our beach trip, Solo (aka Bark) has been a bit of a brat. He is really missing those walks on the beach, long, tiring walks on the beach, multiple times a day.  Michael does walk them every morning.  And then I am with them all day.

I decided to try something different the other day.  Not really different, I walk them all the time.  But I took them for an afternoon walk.  Trying to relieve his boredom a little.  Let him get out a bit of energy and then maybe they would nap through my conference call.

Boy, was my timing bad.

NC School BusWe ran into this.   And all of the little people that come bouncing off of these.  Solo got all excited.  And to sum it all up, the little girl person said, “why is he chewing on his leash?”

My only response was, “better that than you.”  I am not sure if she heard me since we turned around and went another way.  And then there were more dogs, squirrels and various other obstacles to deal with.  By the time we were home again, Solo had pitched multiple fits, chewed on his leash and tried to choke Annabelle.

But he did sleep through my conference call.

Daily Mood Alert: Tues, Nov 1

I can’t believe I just had to type November.

Orion 05.501 CNGI wasn’t going to do a mood alert today.  No sense in bringing everyone else down.  But I also want to show how I can bounce back.  You see that, over on the left?  I got thrown/pushed/shoved/held under that and then run over repeatedly.  By a colleague.  Completely blindsided.  And lies.  And exaggerations.  I don’t like to accuse people of outright lying, but I have the documentation to prove what was being said just isn’t true.

So I am trying to shake that off.  And I know that you get back what you put out there in the universe.  And that karma is a BITCH.  So throw me under to try and save yourself and just wait and see what happens.

So here is the mood.  It is my volunteer night and I know that those little kittens can brighten up my day.  And maybe some shopping at the Home Goods next door.

Later, I will update you on our Halloween tradition!  I remembered to take pictures.  I didn’t have time to do it early since I was busy getting the tire marks off my back.