Thursday, June 30, 2011
Despite fears, today Thursday, after being yelled at by friends, co-workers, and finally my boyfriend to stay home and rest, I did. I didn't care that I had ran a fever all night, I didn't care I could hardly breathe due to cough and cold, I still felt the need to go to work. I think I was finally just too tired to argue with them any more, and found it easier to call in.
My cats who have been grossly emotionally neglected were happy to have me home for the day and found it appropriate to cuddle as much as they could. My ass found it appropriate to never leave the sofa, except for food and bathroom breaks. I can sure tell you sick days have changed since I was a kid. Being called out from school due to illness provided me with a day of cartoon watching, a Sprite, and a nursing mother who made me grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch, and maybe even a new coloring book and fresh crayons. Today's sick day finds me bored with crummy television, except for Full House re-runs, and I'm left to make my own lunch creations which equates to microwavable soup. There is definitely no coloring involved.
The one good thing is, that it seems like all the rest is paying off. I'm coughing a little less and feeling a little better. Here's to feeling better!
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Hands down, the Chicago Style Hot Dog
2. What color scheme is your bedroom?
Beige... I never painted.
3. Do you carry a donor card?
4. In your opinion, is the glass half empty or half full?
Most days half full. But some days, I can't even find the glass.
5. Vanilla or Chocolate?
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Today was the Humana sponsored, "Race to The Taste" event. Although the 2 mile route was not clearly marked, I have to admit, this was one of the more fun events I've participated in this year. It was a great path that encompassed different museums, parks, and scenery throughout Chicago. I loved the people, and being near the excitement of the "Taste". I would recommend the 5K or 2 miler to anyone!
PS) This is my 8th event so far this year, and I'm loving it!
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Frustrated with the Intermediate level class that was not so "Intermediate", I continued to work one on one with the students who seemed to be struggling, and offered encouragement along the way. It wasn't until after class had ended and I had said my good-byes to everyone that our manager came up to me and told me that Bentley's mom said that I was a great trainer and very helpful and basically, she adores me. Woo-who! Score one for the sub! (Of course, I'm sure she adores her regular trainer too, but - yay ME!)
Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
I couldn't believe that I was the only one who seemed to notice the strong smell of poo in the air! I tried to rationalize that maybe the smell was a burnt dinner, mixed with an alcohol aroma from the bar, or some weird combination of good smells that when combined went sour, but no. It smelled like POOP. The hostess continued to seat people, and people continued to walk in and recognize nothing. I finally asked my man-friend, "Can't you smell THAT?". It took him a moment, and then his nose scrunched up just as mine had.
We immediately told the hostess we were leaving, and I paused to ask her, "Don't you notice that smell in here?" and she replied, "No, but I'll tell the manager". Ick! I can only deduce that she'd been working there so long that she had gotten used to the smell! We headed off to the next restaurant with no regrets and enjoyed our dinner, free of "used-diaper" smell!
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
The wait for the elevator is directly proportionate to the amount of "stuff" you are carrying. The more bags, plates, or whatever it is you're holding and hoping desperately not to drop, automatically dictates that the elevator will take longer. Don't worry though, the doors will open just when you feel your arm is going to fall off from carrying everything.
The cleanliness of the public bathroom is directly proportionate to the urgency of the need to go. The more you have to go, the longer you will have to do the "potty dance" while trying to either find a suitable stall to "go" in, or to try to clean off the toilet seat with toilet paper, or cover it with one of those ridiculous seat covers that never come out of their holder in one piece. Yes, you will practically pee your pants trying to insure you won't walk away with some horrid disease from sitting on the nasty seat.
The want of items to be purchased is always upside down-proportionate to the money available in your bank account. Meaning, if you have no money, you will find at least 10 items that you'd like to purchase but yet, the next visit to the same store on payday will leave you empty handed as you can't find a thing you like!
The amount of traffic, red-lights, and accidents during your commute is directly proportionate to the urgency of what it is you have to do. 9:00am interview? You can bet you'll be in traffic due to some "one-off" traffic accident, or power outage at a 4-way stop at least until 9:15.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Forearms, smile and eyes, and of course personality and sense of humor. Can't stand a boring guy!
2. Do you talk to yourself?
Yes! It's proven to be quite embarassing, especially when I'm talking to myself while trying to parallel park, and then realize the windows are rolled down, for all pedestrians to hear me.
3. What is your current relationship status?
Dating/long time boyfriend... There has really got to be a better term then "boyfriend". After you turn a certain age, "boy" sounds so immature as if I'm still in my teens.
4. Do you have a garden?
I have one flower...in a pot...it's living so far.
5. What is your favorite licorice flavor?
NONE! It's ALL gross!
Sunday, June 19, 2011
The first observance of Father's Day actually took place in Fairmont, West Virginia on July 5, 1908. It was organized by Mrs. Grace Golden Clayton, who wanted to celebrate the lives of the 210 fathers who had been lost in the Monongah Mining disaster several months earlier in Monongah, West Virginia, on December 6, 1907. It is possible that Clayton was influenced by the first celebration of Mother's Day that same year, just a few miles away. Clayton chose the Sunday nearest to the birthday of her recently deceased father. Unfortunately, the day was overshadowed by other events in the city, West Virginia did not officially register the holiday, and it was not celebrated again. Instead, credit for Father's Day went to Sonora Dodd from Spokane, who invented independently her own celebration of Father's Day just two years later, also influenced by Jarvis' Mother's Day. Clayton's celebration was forgotten until 1972, when one of the attendants to the celebration saw Nixon's proclamation of Father's Day, and worked to recover its legacy. The celebration is now held every year in the Central United Methodist Church, as the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, South, was torn down in 1922. Fairmont is now promoted as the "Home of the First Father's Day Service...
Saturday, June 18, 2011
A friend convincing me to come hang out with her, and actually meeting a new friend too. Looking forward to some crazy nights dancing in the near future! - Thanks Tricia and Autumn
Students/friends who stopped by my work on Saturday and kept me entertained - I love you guys! Thank you Jon, James and Wally!
Having the best boyfriend ever, who knows when to listen, love me, and buy me a drink!
And with all this cheering up, in addition to numerous other surprising offers of help (thanks Linda, Linda, Debbie and MCC) I have to admit, I'm back to being a pretty happy girl again!
Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
I immediately called my bank and after a brief discussion of transactions, we deduced that I couldn't possibly be grocery shopping in my home town and be in San Diego at the same time. Yep, I had been cleaned out and robbed by scammers. "Thanks Assholes", I thought to myself as the banker on the other end of the phone said, "Well, it's probably a good thing you're coming home today then". I thought to myself, "Yeah, can't wait to get home and deal with cleaning this up". So long palm trees, hello bank fraud.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Dinner found us at an awesome Philly Cheesesteak restaurant, and later settled in for an unwinding night in front of the TV and catching up on our gossip. It was just before I went to bed, that I got a call and texts about a family member's emergency trip to the ER and need for immediate surgery. Nothing I can do thousands of miles away, I thought.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Well, let me clarify, dancing offers. We did not respond, other then negatively, to the "wanna dance?" invitations by what seemed to be an over-tanned day-glo Ken doll, and an ex-Marine seemingly stuck in the 80's. Let's not forget the lovely invite for further entertainment from the "gentleman", who shared the fact his wife and children were at home, and he really should be at therapy. Not the best pick up line I've ever heard.
Friday, June 10, 2011
With literally no time to spare, I squeaked through security, grabbed breakfast, and boarded my plane. It was then I got an ominous text that would set the tone for my whole weekend. In short, the ill-timed text suggested potential disastrous medical issues for a loved one, based on recent symptoms and health concerns.
Despite this, I plugged in to my I-pod and let Bob Marley and the Beach Boys lull me to sleep as I flew over the states. Once in San Diego, I was greeted by my girlfriend, and fun in sued. We toured the bay, and settled in Seaport Village for an awesome picnic, shopping and people watching excursion...
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
1) Friends coming from the suburbs to pick me up, and participate in the United Fun Run/Walk for the Zoo 5K with me. As I have participated in many events alone, I have come to appreciate having friends to talk to along the way!
2) I appreciate and am thankful that the scale is finally moving in a positive direction for me! It's been a lot of hard work, but I'm getting closer to my goals.
3) I got asked to work on Sunday, and while working 7 days a week is not a thrill, I'm thankful to have work, and to be active. Also, this helped me get out of the apartment and not watch TV for (most of) day 2 of my self induced "No TV Challenge".
4) I'm thankful and so very blessed to have the love and support of the world's best boyfriend. He understands when I'm stressed with life, and takes a step back and let's me (eventually) come to my own conclusion that I am being a "brat", instead of pointing it out to me.
5) I'm thankful I have the power to break the chain of dysfunctional actions that my upbringing ingrained in me. Despite needing to, and working on change, I am thankful for the challenges I've been put through as they all lead me one step closer to being a better me!
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
Marcello: By Will Rafuse
(One of my favorite artists)
Sometimes the best things in life are the little things, or maybe not even things at all, but the actions of others. One of the best things about today, besides leaving work, was the fact that the chef in the cafeteria was waiting for me, and had my breakfast in progress. My daily routine (at job #1) has been to work out, shower, and then head to the cafeteria for breakfast. It's about that time that I scan the offered food items, and silently groan at the fact that there are no plain eggbeaters. I usually don't say anything and take what's offered and enjoy my breakfast anyway, but let me tell ya, I'm about fed up with eggbeaters and spinach. Then enter Benjamin.
Benjamin is a warm hearted, positive man that seems to have a contagious, positive attitude. He often asks what it is I want and seems more then delighted to make me an individual batch of plain eggbeaters. In addition, he's made me breakfast burritos, and sandwiches as well. He always recommends what's good, and shakes his head "no" if I am in jeopardy of making a poor food choice. But today was just a little different.
Today, as I walked into the cafeteria Benjamin exclaimed with a smile on his face, "I've been waiting for you!", and then asked "Body for Life?" (a type of lean breakfast sandwich). I smiled and replied "Yes", along with a thumbs up. It was at this moment, I looked to the grill, and saw that Benjamin was just putting the finishing touches on a fresh sandwich just for me, despite the fact there were plenty of sandwiches waiting under the heat lamps. I thanked him immensely.
I know a breakfast sandwich may not make heads turn in awe, but the fact is that someone took the time to think about me, and to do something positive that totally made my day. And for that, I thanked him, and had to write this post. The world needs more Benjamin's! And more importantly, if you have a "Benjamin" in your life, make sure you thank them!
Thursday, June 2, 2011
1) No watching any TV programs on my own personal TV's (or friends, or neighbors!).
2) Viewing TV's in gym acceptable as deemed unavoidable.
3) Internet information is okay (ie: e-mail, social websites), but no watching Hulu, or other TV sites.
4) Any DVD/movie watching at home is prohibited.
5) Going out to a movie theater is allowed.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011