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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Chaos

My life is totally out of control. I realized that this last week when I was scrambling to finish a school project, trying to get things done at work, and thinking about all I had to do at home, but never actually getting anything done at home. I decided on Saturday, after my class, that it's imperative for me to get a good plan.

To that end, this weekend became the planning/getting things started weekend. I went through a lot of the general stuff that has been sitting in my office for quite sometime. I cleaned out a lot of paperwork I don't need as well as items that are not necessary for me to keep. I folded the laundry that had been sitting around for two weeks. I started a donation box and put several things inside it that don't need to be cluttering up my life. I went grocery shopping and bought a lot of healthy food to eat this week. AND...I am going back to the gym tomorrow for the first time in two months. I did not intend to take two months off, but I was terribly ill throughout August and I started the new job and school in September. But now, I am ready to get things back under control including my weight and eating habits.

For the past two months, I've felt like there is so much to do that I can't even remember all of it. I have a long list, but almost none of it gets done on any given day and I keep thinking of things to add. No more of that. I am picking two items to complete each day and revolving my schedule around getting those items completed. That way, no matter what, I will know that I am making progress.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Peanut's Day Out

Peanut went to her first birthday party today. Her Yorkie friend, Spike, turned 2 and she was invited to his shindig. She was very excited to go and we got Spike a little gift of doggie treats and a card and off we went. It was about a 40-minute drive and Peanut was a great traveler until we were about two miles away and then she threw up. Poor thing, it's the longest trip she's ever taken and I think it just got to her.

Once we got to the party though, Peanut had a WONDERFUL time! She played with all the dogs, running around the yard and stopping every once in awhile to rest in the mud. Luckily, Spike's mom, Papar, was prepared and brought towels out to everyone to get the mud off our little furbabies.

After romping around in the yard, we all went inside and sang Happy Birthday to Spike and then the dogs got cake made especially for them and the people got chocolate cake. It was very good. Peanut loved her cake so much that she picked up her plate and was trying to lick every last bit of frosting off of it. Papar was nice enough to send some cake home with us for Chip and Norman, who stayed home from the party because they are grumpy old men who do not want to be interrupted in their goal of sleeping through their golden years.

Spike got a lot of cool presents including dog treats, rawhide bones, squeaky toys, and a cute little outfit. All the birthday guests got little gift bags to take home containing a squeaky toy, a bottle of bubbles, and a small bone. Peanut loves all her stuff. She desperately wants me to open the bubbles, but I told her we would do that tomorrow.

Happy 2nd Birthday Spike! Here's to many more years of chasing your tail and having fun in the mud with your friends.

Monday, September 17, 2007

In the Mood

This morning, I went out to my car to go to work. I left with enough time to get there exactly at 9 a.m. I turned the key and...nothing. I tried again and still nothing. I called Dear Husband who came to my rescue, but of course once he arrived, the car started up just fine. I drove to work and then drove back home at lunch. I got ready to leave at lunch and once again it wouldn't start. I waited a few minutes and tried again. Still no dice. So I called a friend who works with me and she came to pick me up.

Dear Husband took a look and determined it was the battery. He bought me a new battery and all is now well. Dear Husband is a wonderful person. He loves to fix things and is almost excited when he gets the chance. I wasn't exactly thrilled that my battery died, but I am glad it died in my driveway so there was none of that pesky breaking down and towing thing.

In other news, on Saturday, I decided to treat myself to a few items from Bath and Body Works. I shop there maybe once a year because it is so expensive, but I'm working now and have a little disposable income again so I used it there.

I got:
True Blue I'm in the Mood for Scrub,

Breathe Happiness Body Cream, and

Frozen Daiquiri Three-in-One: Body Wash, Bubble Bath and Shampoo.

They are WONDERFUL! I love all three. I got the sampler size of the Scrub and I will probably go back to buy the larger size at some point. It's nice to treat yourself every once in awhile to things you love.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Trapped Under the Inbox

I have a mile-long to do list. I've been trying to cut it down for awhile, but I couldn't find motivation for some things and time for others. Last night, I decided that I simply had to get some things off that list. I had a monster headache, but I got home from work about 7:30 p.m. and then went to work on the list. Despite the headache, I was tired of worrying about getting things done.

Last night, I re-tooled the resume of a friend who had asked me to do so earlier in the week and updated a reference letter for her. I printed off several of each and got them ready to mail. I also put stamps on an envelope of coupons that I should have mailed off on Wednesday. Continuing on the theme of the evening, I mailed a letter to the pro bono legal group that I volunteer with. I have been working a divorce case for 18 months. It was supposed to be uncontested, but even baby lawyers know that an uncontested divorce can quickly become contested or have other issues that cause trouble. Such was the case here.

Finally, after much wrangling with the issues and pain all-around, my client got her divorce on Monday. The letter I sent to the pro bono legal group was the "end of case" report. I have never been so thrilled to send something off. I will do more pro bono work in the future, but I have two other cases to complete right now (for which I am being paid) and I am going to finish those up and then concentrate on my full-time job and my Master's studies.

Today, I continued on the journey to cross things off the list. It's getting shorter, though I know that won't last and more and more I'm learning to accept that.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Working Girl

I started a new job a week ago and I LOVE IT!! I'm working as an executive assistant to the president/owner of a local company. My boss is fantastic and I have wonderful co-workers. Everyone is so helpful and just plain fun to be around. After the awful jobs I've had, this one is a winner. The owners of the company are appreciative of my work AND they express it. I cannot tell you how nice it is to receive that kind of treatment in the workplace. Who knew it could be so great in the working world?

In other news, I'm enjoying my psychology studies. It's interesting being back in graduate school in such a different environment than law school. It's not an easy course of study by any means, but I am not finding it as challenging as law school and I mean that in a good way. Law school is like living on a different planet entirely. It cannot be fully understood unless one has experienced it so let me just say that I am happy to be back on planet Earth.

I mentioned sometime back that I needed to get back on the wagon in regards to exercise and nutrition. I am going back to the gym tomorrow for the first time in several weeks. I've been terribly ill in both August and September so I've spent the majority of those two months recovering. I feel much better now so tomorrow I'm back in the gym. I'll start with 45 minutes split between the treadmill and elliptical. As for nutrition, I'm eating a lot of vegetables these days and drinking more water. That's a good start. I've eliminated sodas and am sticking with water, unsweetened tea, and skim milk. I look forward to losing the weight and being fit again.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

$15 and Vultures

Since I've gone back to school, I had to pick up a couple of supplies. Nothing major - a couple of binders, a couple of notebooks, and some dividers. I went to Wal-Mart to get these things last week. I have no words for what I saw.

The school supplies aisle looked like vultures had descended and feasted on the place. All that was left were the bones. Folders, notebooks, binders, pencil sets were everywhere - scattered all over the place on shelves, on the floor. I had to wonder how that happened. Are parents getting school supplies really that horrible? Are they unable to sort through folders and such without scattering them to the corners of the Earth? After what I saw, those are rhetorical questions.

I felt very sorry for the employees. There were no less than five of them with those inventory scanners going through the aisles to see what was left and what might need to be ordered. No easy task, I assure you.

I was able to find a binder and a notebook and I left. Tonight, I ventured in again to get another binder. The exact same situation greeted me again. I have to ask: WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?

While civility is missing in the aisles of Wal-Mart, $15 is missing from my checking account. I don't know where it went. I balance my checkbook every month and am careful about watching the balance online weekly. So, I printed out the transactions for the last two months and will go through them this weekend to try and locate my missing $15. If anyone finds it, feel free to send it to me.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Lessons from The Peanut Gallery

Since my last blog was such a downer, I decided a blog was in order about the lessons we can learn from our canine companions. Here are some things I've learned from my puppy, Peanut (who is on the cloud in the picture at right):

1. If you find yourself stuck, keep barking. Eventually someone will come to your rescue.

2. Keep turning around and you will find the perfect spot.

3. Chase your own tail: make your own fun.

4. When the world is coming down on you, take a nap.

5. If you're scared, cuddle up next to someone who loves you.

6. Have a confident bark...even if you don't really feel confident.

7. Sniff everything before committing to it.

8. Your mother will always love you...even if you chew her brand new shoes.

9. When the people you love come home, always be excited to see them.

10. Always pee before going to bed.

Peanut is only 9 months old, but she's already taught me so much. I am sure there are many more good lessons to come.

On another note, since I've gotten several questions about it, we have removed Bam from our home. Dear Husband took him to Animal Control yesterday. Because he bit me, he will be quarantined for 10 days and then either adopted or put down. I am sad to think he will be put down even after the trouble he caused. At his heart, he's a good dog who needs his own family that can give him the individual attention that we were unable to provide. I pray he finds that.

Last night, I removed his crate from the kitchen and did a thorough cleaning of the kitchen floor and the walls surrounding the crate. I hadn't realized there was blood on the wall near the crate. I suspect it came from Bam's mouth where he bit into Chip and me. In any case, it took a bit of scrubbing, but it came off. I put our kids' bedding down where his crate used to be and moved their food into the kitchen so they would get the idea that Bam was gone permanently and that they had their space back.

Now that Bam is gone, Chip and Norman have become visibly relaxed. Both are resting more comfortably and are no longer exhibiting signs of fear. Peanut never had a problem with Bam, he played quite well with her, so I think she's just wondering where he went. Chip is healing well. He has a follow-up vet appointment at noon today. I will report back on how that goes. I am healing well also. The stitches are doing their job and I will go back to the doctor in a couple of weeks to have them removed.

I appreciate the support of my friends during this whole ordeal. Thank you all!