Trip to Vermont & Queechee Gorge

by Christine on November 12th, 2010

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Yesterday I was too busy to post! Sorry for the lapse, but it was worth it in the end. We had a great time!

Hubby and I went to Woodstock, Vermont. As we were passing through Rutland, we found a used sports equipment store. I bought a pair of used ski boots for $30! I can’t wait to try downhill skiing again this year! It’s great exercise and lots of fun! My hubby is a brilliant skiier (he was invited by the US Olympic Team to try out, but he declined their offer) and he’s a fantastic teacher to newbies like me! I can’t wait to go!

Woodstock, Vermont is a charming little New England town with picturesque buildings, covered bridges, mills with houses built on top of the streams, etc. Lots of cute boutique shopping, too!  I loved browsing through all the stores. We found a little restaurant called Bentley’s and I had a half a bowl of chili. Our waitress was very chatty & sweet, and we picked her brain for local things to see or do.

We got a little lost thanks to my out-of-date GPS system, but we eventually found our way over to the Raptor Center (Vermont Institute of Natural Science). This is a fantastic place and a wonderful organization. They take birds that have been injured. They heal them and, if possible, release them into the wild. If they are too injured to be released, they keep the birds and give them a healthy and happy life there at the center. They have a raptor center with the large birds–owls, vultures, hawks, eagles–that are permanent residents.  What beautiful birds! And what a great organization to provide this service. I highly recommend it!

We then wandered over to Queechee Gorge, which was less than a mile away from the raptor center.  The waitress from lunch called Queechee Gorge “The Grand Canyon of Vermont” which is perhaps way overstating things. It was lovely to look down on the water and wander around a bit.

Next door to the gorge was a wine tasting facility, and of course I had to give it a try! I was so pleased to see that the tastings were free! They were actually quite delicious–a little on the sweeter side; they had a lot of dessert wines. I bought a bottle of raspberry wine that was delicious!

Then we raced home in order to get back for Pub Trivia on time. We made it and joined our friends for trivia night. Once again we ended up in 2nd place at the end of the night! Grr! But we had a very nice time!

When I got home it was 11 pm but I was starving; I hadn’t eaten anything since that bowl of chili at lunch! I made a big pot of tomato soup and indulged in that. Yum!

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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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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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