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Monday, June 30, 2008

Summer Cleaning

I'm in spring cleaning mode once again. I know it's summer, but "summer cleaning" doesn't have the same ring to it. Saturday, I went in to dust some of the frog knick-knacks in my bedroom. I lifted them off the shelf they sit on and dusted them, then decided to dust the shelf. The dust came off in sheets. SHEETS, people!! Yeah, I hadn't dusted it in a long time. So, I finished up that, then started going through some of the things on my bedroom shelf and my bureau. I got rid of some old magazines, I dusted and rearranged some books, I cleaned the old wax out of my glass candle holders, and now...well, it won't be appearing in Better Homes and Gardens anytime soon, but it's definitely a few steps up from where it was.

Yesterday, the cleaning spree continued with my scrapbook room. While I watched my favorite TV Show, Army Wives, I cleaned up the mess from my latest project (a scrapbook for my dad), and rearranged some things that I had tossed in there that piled up. I also sorted my scrapbook paper into its proper place and arranged some things. It looks 100% better in there now. It's all organized and ready for my next project.

Today, I will be organizing my paperwork in my "home office," which is really just my dining room table. I have the paperwork in labeled drawers, but I need to go through it and finally do something with it all.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Sore

Today was a rough day. I spent some of last night coughing so I didn't get a good night's sleep. This morning, I woke up with a terribly sore throat. I thought it was from the coughing. Nope, it appears that the sore throat portion of my bad (very bad) cold has returned. This is not good. When I am sick, the sore throat usually fades as the days go on.

As a bonus, I also sound like a 13-year-old boy going through puberty. My voice cracks and is gravely. I spent much of the day at work drinking orange juice and hot tea. That helped. Thankfully, I was working on the company website again today and that doesn't involve a whole lot of interaction with others so I didn't have to talk a lot. I will be working on it again tomorrow as well. I'm looking forward to the weekend so I can sleep and do nothing. Hopefully, that will cause the cold to start packing its things in preparation to leave. If I still feel like crap on a stick by Monday, then I will go see my doctor. I have Mondays off so I can take any appointment that day, which helps.

Since I am not feeling well, I came straight home from work and took a hot bubble bath, made a simple dinner, and am now eating and lounging in my new robe. I bought the robe on the cruise ship and it is truly the most comfortable robe I've ever owned. I'm going to lounge in bed in my comfy robe with a book and then get to sleep early.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Swing of Things

Today was my first day back at work after the cruise. Thankfully, it wasn't as difficult as I had thought it would be. It's always hard to get back in the swing of things. This morning, I got up and drove into work arriving at 8 a.m. No one was there, which was odd, since someone is almost always there by 7:30 a.m. So, I waited about 20 minutes and then called my boss who told me everyone was working from home this morning since our internet was being updated in the building.

It was a bummer that no one told me, but my boss gave me the code to our door and I got some things I needed to work on and went home. It was nice working from home since I could throw a load of laundry in or load the dishwasher while something was printing or loading.

I went into the office in the afternoon and spent much of the time working on our business website. We have a web designer, but I'm the team lead on developing it so I discuss it with my boss and then mock up the things we'd like to see. We're hoping to have it up and running this week. We've been working on it for a month or so now.

Unfortunately, I'm also working on a bad cold. I caught it on Sunday, the night before the cruise was over. It's getting better, but definitely needs another day or two to start really tapering off.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Oh My God, It's Sunday!!

I can't believe it's Sunday. My best friend will be here Wednesday from Portland, Oregon, as will my dad, who is coming down from San Antonio. He will be driving Britt and me to the cruise ship, which is roughly an hour from where I live. That's a huge plus to living in a large city - airports and cruise ship terminals are fairly close.

Anyway, I have about two days to finish some major projects. I usually don't work on Mondays, but I will be working tomorrow so I can finish the big project that was placed in my lap last week. I may try and get out an hour or two early so I can finish my other, more personal, projects like picking up some last minute items for the cruise and finishing my dad's Father's Day gift. I will be giving it to him on Wednesday when he arrives so I need to get it done before then. Tomorrow night will be devoted to finishing it up.

I am SO looking forward to this trip so I don't really mind the last minute scrambling. It makes being on the ship all the more relaxing - I will have scrambled to finish things right up to the last minute so lying by the pool will be such a relief.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

One

One week to go until my best friend arrives in Houston and one week, one day to go until we board our cruise ship to sail to Cozumel, Mexico. I am SO excited. I had really hoped to lose some weight before this trip since I'm not at all liking the numbers on the scale right now. But you know, it occurred to me tonight that it doesn't matter how fat or thin I am. What matters is that my best friend and I are going to do something we've always talked about. So I'll look fat in the pictures. I'm finally OK with that because it's wonderful to think that we even have the opportunity to take pictures from this wonderful adventure that we are finally getting to embark on.

Things have been busy leading up to this journey. I am crazy busy at work with a big job that fell into my lap yesterday. I was supposed to work 21 hours this week instead of my usual 32 because my boss asked some of us to cut our hours since the company was going to have a large outlay of cash with an upcoming project. However, it turned out that the big job that fell into my lap will be a part of the upcoming project so I am working lots of hours this week. I am more than OK with that since it means more money for me.

I'm also trying to get back on the fitness bandwagon as well. I want to lose weight, but I also want to get healthy and fit again. I miss having the agility and range of motion I have when I am at a proper weight. Tonight, I went to the gym and worked out hard on the elliptical and then the treadmill. I will be back there tomorrow night. I'm looking forward to it. I always feel accomplished after a good workout.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Keeping The Memory and The Secret

I've been really busy lately. I'm working, getting ready to go on a cruise with my best friend in less than two weeks, and I'm in Spring cleaning mode as well. I am in love with The Container Store. They have some fantastic items there that have really helped me to get things organized. I recently bought a Folding Trunk Organizer, a couple of plastic bins that pull out for the bathroom pantry, a make-up organizer, and some other items that have made things more organized at home. It's definitely a work in progress, but I'm liking how it's coming along.

In addition to all that, I've been reading more lately. I love reading and when I was in law school, I had to put it aside for my studies. Even though I am doing my M.A. now, it's easier to read for pleasure because my M.A. studies are not as all-consuming as law school was. I recently finished The Memory Keeper's Daughter and I HIGHLY recommend it. It kept my interest all the way along and I was almost upset when I couldn't read because I was too tired or what have you. There are places where I felt the book was overly descriptive, but overall it is definitely a worthwhile read.

It follows the story of a doctor who delivers his twins during a snowstorm. One is born healthy, the other has Down Syndrome. The year is 1964 and the doctor, wanting to spare his wife the difficulties of raising a child with Down Syndrome, gives the baby to his nurse and instructs her to take the baby to an institution - a common practice for disabled children in that time. The doctor then tells his wife that the second baby was born dead.

Rather than leave the baby in the institution, a cold and sterile place, the nurse takes the baby to another city and raises her on her own. The doctor's deception follows his "perfect" family through the next 25 years. This book will force you to think about deception, good intentions, and the pain that can be caused by both.