Just another day!

by Christine on November 10th, 2010

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Just another day….

  • Weight was 127.0, but that was after 2 cups of coffee, it may very well be lower than that! I think I am going to hide the scale and have official weigh-ins until I reach my goal of 125. I want it to be a momentous occasion that it deserves to be! Official weigh-ins from here on out! I’m thinking of hiding the scale and pulling it out on 12-12-10, because it’s a nice even date.  Man, that would be awesome to see my final goal weight showing on the scale!!!
  • Today’s food has included 3 cups of coffee, a cup of yogurt, some leftover Reuben sandwich (minus the bread of course!), and a handful of almonds. Tonight I’ll have leftover cornish hen and some kind of vegetable. A fairly typical eating day for me.
  • Unemployment FINALLY got back to me after I’ve left my claims rep four messages. Apparently I was approved to receive unemployment weeks ago, but some asswipe put a hold on my account for no reason, which is why I haven’t been receiving any money for weeks and weeks. I’m told that because of how screwed up the system is that I need to file an all-new claim, but I am to tell the new claims rep to backdate my claim to October 18th so I can receive back pay.  So I go through the horrible “Press 1 for this, Press 2 for that” phone system and file a new claim, but there’s no option to talk to an agent! Fuckers! So I’ve been on hold for an hour waiting to talk to someone to try to clear this all up once and for all.  Now this claims rep says I have to go through a mandatory 1-week waiting period even though I’m due a month’s worth of back pay, but whatever, so long as this whole dirty mess is sorted out!
  • I got a call from the jobplace that they want me to come in for a second interview! Because the job description entails putting together Powerpoint presentations for senior management, I’m to put together a 10 minute formal powerpoint presentation about myself and why I am the best candidate for the position. The presentation needs to include one “technical data slide” (I think this means a chart or graph) as well as one animated slide. This will be fun to throw together. Only 10 minutes??? psssh piece of cake!! I’m feeling excited about it!
  • Today I emptied my savings account to pay for my COBRA health insurance. Cross your fingers that nothing disastrous happens, like with one of our cars or the hot water heater or anything, because I officially have no money to pay for it! LOL! Living on the edge monetarily is not something I’m used to, nor is it something I am comfortable with. In the last two weeks hubby and I have found a way to cut out about $500 or more worth of bills to our monthly budget, so I’m really hoping that will help us out. I miss having house cleaning though. A lot.
  • Hubby has the day off from work tomorrow, and we’re planning a drive to Vermont to a small town I’ve never been to. We’re going to check out some wild bird sanctuary, go to a Vermont Cheddar factory, and who knows what else. I’m looking forward to the drive-time!
  • I’m going to Boston this weekend for a game (Dominion) tournament. I do well playing Dominion against our friends, even hubby’s uber-geek friends, but I’ve never played in any kind of tournament before. It should be fun!
  • My parents were incredibly kind to pay for hubby & my plane tickets to visit them in Illinois for Christmas. Today I bought the tickets, and I’m really looking forward to seeing my parents!  It was really nice of my parents to pay for our airfare, and I hope that I can pay them back as soon as I get a little money rolling in again….perhaps if this job (interview #2) pans out.

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Going out to vote!

by Christine on November 2nd, 2010

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Did you know that I’ve only voted once, my whole life? I’m 32 years old, and today will be the second time that I’ve ever voted. You see, when I was younger, in college, in my first job, I did not feel informed about the issues at hand or the candidates themselves. I believed (and still do believe) that if you vote ignorant, you aren’t helping the country’s plight–you’re hurting it. Voting ignorant means that I may have cancelled out someone else’s informed and intelligent vote.

Well, it’s important to me that I try to get informed on the issues, so yesterday I did some website research and found who I wanted to vote for. I have to say that it was really difficult to find solid information on any of the candidates. Especially the incumbents…why is it so hard to find out what legislation they voted for (or not), what committees they have served on (or not), what kinds of pork they have tried to stuff into bills, etc? Actual, real, tangible information is damn near impossible to find! All the candidate websites will tell you how “The System Is Broken” and “I will work to restore faith in the System” but not a single person says HOW they will do that, what their methods or beliefs are.

Most candidates have a section of their website that shows what their platforms are. For instance, they might say “I believe in immigration and will work to strengthen our borders and yet allow immigration to occur.” Okay, that sounds lovely, but HOW will you strengthen the borders? HOW will you allow immigration to occur safely?  There’s so much jargon out there, so much vagueties, but very little actual plans laid out.  In New York State, the office of the Comptroller is open.  Harry Wilson is running. I went to Wilson’s website (I went to all the candidates’ websites) to find out why he would make a good Comptroller, what he would do for pension plans, retirement, housing, out state budget, etc. Here’s what I found:

I am running for State Comptroller because New York State government has failed us.

There is no other way to put it.

Our elected leaders have driven this state to the brink of insolvency, and we are all paying a price for it. It is time for a tough, independent businessperson – not a politician – to force the tough choices that our state needs to get back on track.

Really? That’s what you get when you click on the “ISSUES” button on his website. That’s his stance? That’s what he’s going to do? SIGH. More jargon, more vagueties.

Choosing a qualified candidate is very frustrating, everyone.

Now, this blog isn’t political, and I don’t want it to be. I’m not a Democrat, and I’m not a Republican. I guess maybe I’m an “independent thinker” although I’m certainly not a registered Independent. I believe that you should vote in the most qualified candidate, PERIOD, regardless of whatever political affiliation they might have.  But this is one political rant I’ll throw out here on my blog, only today because it’s election day. I think it’s damaging to only have two strong political parties from which to choose. I think that America needs more choices. More GOOD choices. More qualified people that actually, really have a chance at winning elections. The republicans and democrats have *SO MUCH MONEY* that nobody else can even have a chance. We need a third choice, people. So when you vote today, give that a thought. Think about having more choices. If you’re not sure who to vote for, think about support your ROW C (third-place party) whoever that might be.  It’ll be a vote for MORE OPTIONS, PLEASE, and I think that’s an important message that the political arena needs to get through their thick skulls. Okay, I’m done ranting now! :-)

So get out there and vote, kiddos! But do ten minutes worth of research and make sure you’re making informed decisions, please.

Yesterday’s eating was too little in the calorie-budget, but at least it was quality eating. I had coffee in the morning, some soup for lunch, and my mother in law made dinner (turkey, fruit salad, skim milk). Now that the Halloween candy is out of the house, I don’t have to eat that crappy sugar! YAY! My stress was interfering with my ability to eat yesterday.

Also, the interview was rescheduled for Wednesday at 9 a.m. This is good because it allows me time today to mentally prepare, but it’s bad because my anxiety is through the roof. I want to get this over with, one way or the other! Thank you for the well-wishes and support, and keep thinking of me please! I need the good vibes!

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Vermont visit, Job interview

by Christine on November 1st, 2010

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Good morning Revolutionists! I hope that everyone had a nice weekend and a fun and safe Halloween! It’s been a busy couple of days for me. After our murder mystery party that we attended in Connecticut, I came home and just kicked back and relaxed. Made a healthy dinner: about 1-2 oz tilapia (half a filet), pan-fried, about 4 bites of couscous, a little mashed cauliflower with peppercorn dressing mixed it, 1 beer. We bottled up our homebrew beer, which took about three hours because of the need to sanitize everything!

I actually slept wonderfully well on Saturday, and by the time I woke up and got motivated on Sunday, we headed off to Vermont for a little jaunt. First stop was Bennington, where we visited a brew pub and did a little sampler of all their beers. We also ordered some hummus with veggies to dip with it. Really good! Then we went to Wilmington to another brew pub and I had a 10 oz beer. Then we went to a winery outside of Wilmington and sampled 3 red wines (bought 1 bottle…delicious Cabernet!).  Can you believe that it was snowing in Vermont? Nothing was sticking, but it was flurrying very prettily. When we were sitting at the Wilmington brew pub, several trick-or-treaters came in, and we helped the bartenders pass out candy. It was fun!  If you’ve never been to Vermont, let me assure you: it’s just as picturesque and quaint as you imagine it to be. Everywhere you turn, it’s like a postcard staring back at you. I always enjoy a drive through Vermont, and yesterday was no different.

Then we raced home and passed out treats to perhaps six groups of kids. We don’t get a lot of trick or treaters because we live on the corner of two dead-end streets, but we recognized a few of the neighborhood kids. They were cute!  All told, I think I had about 770 calories yesterday, so I was under budget, but my calories were not quality ones. We ordered a pizza and it just didn’t go down well, and I barfed it all up. Perhaps I was distracted; around 8 p.m. I headed off to see an alternative band called Matt & Kim in concert. (If you watch the tv show “Community,” that’s a Matt & Kim song in the intro.)  The whole crowd was totally dressed up in costumes, and there were several really awesome ones. I had been on contact with the band’s manager…we emailed a few times (he’s very down-to-earth and nice!) and he sent me a few autographs of the band.  I’m sad that I didn’t get a chance to say hello to him at the concert. The concert was really fun, danced around a lot. Came home around 11 p.m.

Today I have a job interview. It’s with a semi-conductor fabrication company, as their marketing and communications specialist. It sounds an awful lot like the last organization I left, but I’m trying really hard not to pre-judge the job. I’ll find out more about it today at 2 p.m.  This morning I need to get my portfolio in order, which means running off to Staples and trying to get this printer to work. I also need to scrape these fake tattoos off my arm, which believe me, isn’t going easily!  Please wish me luck on the interview, but more importantly, cross your fingers that it’s a nice organization with nice people and reasonable expectations of their staff.

Last night hubby and I had a fight about the job, already. He wants me to take the job, regardless of whether I like it or not, because he’s stressed out about money. I told him I’d rather make shit money at Starbucks but enjoy what I do than spend 9 hours a day at a job that I hate although the money is decent. His push for me to have a job (any job!!) has me feeling majorly stressed out about this interview. That’s a bad sign, because I always interview better when I’m lackadaisical and relaxed about the interview. Now I’m uptight about it, which means that I’m going to blow it–which means hubby will be very upset and disappointed in me. Even thinking about it makes me want to run for the Halloween candy, and I’m not being facetious about that. Not one bit. In fact, I will start taking my anti-depressants again today, because this job interview has triggered a whole lot of not-so-pleasant feelings inside of me, depression and feelings of worthlessness being among them.

I haven’t weighed in a few days, but I feel confident that the scale is WAY up. I’ve been eating far too much Halloween candy and enjoying too many alcoholic beverages and not getting enough real nutrition otherwise. It’s nothing that can’t be fixed and rectified, and I’m not sitting here feeling bad for myself, for the few days of bad eating. Not at all! But I’m aware that my diet needs to improve, and it will–immediately!

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Tuesday and feeling frantic

by Christine on August 24th, 2010

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Happy Tuesday Revolutionists!

Yesterday started off well-planned, very nice. Then I got clobbered with two projects that need to get done ASAP. This is a good thing! I’m normally bored to tears at work — it’s exciting to have something real to work on! I’ll need to get both projects done by this afternoon.

Tomorrow is my interview with the government job. We’re apparently meeting over lunch.  Wish me luck! I worry that it’s not a job that interests me and I also worry about a stuffy and rigid office environment.

Yesterday I went to the gym after work. I asked Hubby to give me a good arm workout at the gym, mostly because I’m timid with the meatheads around me and wanted hubby to chaperone me. We focused on shoulders and the back, and it was a great workout! I then did 2 miles on the treadmill. I knew ahead of time that I didn’t want to do a full 5k, but I wanted to push my limits. Normally I jog at 5.5 mph. (When I first started jogging, I started at 4.9 mph).  Well, I did a full mile at 6.0 mph! I thought I was going to stop three times, but I pushed through it. It was a difficult mental challenge for me, but I persevered! I walked the other mile (half before jogging, half after jogging).

I tried to get creative for dinner yesterday. I sauted up some onions and green peppers and some leftover ham. I then threw in some diced cheddar cheese, that got all melty. I added some brown mustard for a sauce, and served over cous-cous.  All the ingredients sounded like they went together, but it was vile!! I had to throw it all out. Instead I had two slices of cheese, a handful of almonds, and half a beer for dinner.

I always need to measure my cereal when I eat it in the morning. I don’t know why, but I’m great at estimating portion sizes except for cereal. I always pour more than I think I want to have. Consequently I always, always measure my cereal. Today I had a half a cup of Honey Bunches of Oats.

I get my hair done today! I can’t decide what to do. I want to keep the length because I like pulling it back into a pony tail. Should I try going blonder? Or go back to some red highlights? I’d love to do some kind of funky colored stripe in my hair — I’ve never done that!! — but now is not the time to do funky, not with a government job interview tomorrow. (It’s bad enough that I’ve got a nose ring!) What do you think I should do? Hopefully someday soon!

Weight is 137.0 this morning, and today Aunt Flo came a-calling.

EDIT TO ADD:

HOLY CRAP!!! Today I am wearing new blue jeans (the size 6, not the size 4) and as I was walking down the hallway I realized that I was walking quietly. I took a few more steps then realized…there’s no “swish swish swish” sound when I’m walking. What the heck? There’s ALWAYS a swishswishswish sound! I look down, between my legs, and lo and behold, I HAVE THIGH GAP!  A gap between my thighs! No swishing/chaffing going on at all!

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