Saturday, June 29, 2013

Here We Go!

I'm not really ready to go to camp. Well, I'm ready mentally but not physically... I have to finish packing up this morning... I am sure I will forget something but that's okay.

This morning is the last meeting of my long time WW leader Phil.  I made him fritter themed placemats for a retirement present.  I thought it was better than giving him a real fritter (he likes fritters).

When I talked to mom yesterday she told me that Stinky's back legs weren't working too well.  I have a feeling that the end may be near for her... it makes me sad, but she's lived a full puppy life and she's been well-loved. Hopefully she will be okay - but we're not going to go to any extreme measures to keep her going. 

I guess I should get moving.  I am giving a ride to another counselor, and she has three bags of costumes.  Goodness - I thought I was bad.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

New Camera, no time to figure out how to use it...

I finally broke down and bought a digital SLR camera last week... the one I wanted was out of stock so I paid for my purchase and waiting patiently...

I was able to pick it up yesterday during lunch and finally last night I opened her up and took a few shots... the photo above I took this morning - it's not the best but hey, it was early and I wanted to make sure that I could transfer the photos to my computer.

I think I will love her, but I need someone to just show me how to use it... I've got the basics and all, but I want to just know how to use it by osmosis... I want to be an expert without having to exert too much effort.

Today I have a busy day at work and then I am going to get my hair cut for camp.  I said earlier this week that it was going to be nice... it's going to be in the mid to upper 80's... this makes me really happy... I just need to make sure that I have enough sunscreen...

I don't have much to share beyond the new camera... yesterday morning I woke up early and started going through a few boxes in my storage/studio room.  I sure have a lot of crap I need to go through. I'm not a hoarder, but I think I could have hoarding tendencies... 

I think that's it for this morning... I still have so much to do before I go to camp on Saturday... I will make it though, I always do.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Could hit the 80's!

I just saw the weather forecast for next week and it says it might hit the 80's on Monday.

The following words I never thought would come out of my fingertips and onto the screen.....

I am looking forward to wearing my new swimsuit in public.

There - I said it.  

I went shopping for a new swimsuit about a month ago and found something that is very attractive.  I'm not feeling too weird about going out in public in it...  What is happening to me?   Am I becoming an evolved human being?  Am I growing?  Am I getting to the point where I could give a rat's ass what people think of what I look like?


But hell, it's going to be 80 degrees next week and I don't have to work.  I could just wear my swimsuit all day if I wanted to.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!

My weekend went as predicted...

Yesterday was really nice. Of course I had a facial around noon and as a result couldn't go out in the sun for the rest of the day (I had a peel which pretty much takes off a layer of your skin)... that's okay - I took a one hour nap in the afternoon and then went to bed at 8:15. I slept 10 hours and it felt really really good...

Today I taught my class and then went to my mommas house to bake a ton of cupcakes for camp (I made it without licking my fingers)... I also did some laundry while I was there (and had some quality puppy time)...

At some point this week I need to start packing for camp and get my things together.

as always I need to clean...

On another note, a friend of mine back from the old days interviewed for a legal assistant position at my office (legal secretary).  I think it went pretty well.  Hopefully they will make her an offer and we can start settling back into a semi-normal office... it's been a hard time recently and I'm looking forward to things stabilizing a bit.

Only five more work days and I get a much needed break. 

Friday, June 21, 2013


Friday has finally arrived.  I am ready for it.  Not a lot to talk about this morning with the exception being that I was awake at 4:30 (just like the old days)... perhaps I will make it to 8pm tonight before I crash.

It is looking to be really slow at the office today.  There will be a grand total of one attorney and three staff in attendance.

I am going to work at cleaning up the pit that is our copy/kitchen area.  There are two spaces that are lacking in finished-ness... the office looks great, but we really don't have a lot of room for large storage.  Oh well... I am going to tackle the maze of used electronics and electrical cords which have created a nest of danger.. (that would be a good band name)...

I realized that I don't think I have shared any photos of the office... it's pretty swanky now..

 This is my desk - it's not as clean as it looks here...

Artwork behind me

Teaming area (lunch area if you ask me..)

There's more photos but I don't have the energy or inclination to upload them right now...

Tonight I am going to stop by the Rock N' Roll Marathon Expo and peruse the vendors.  You never know - I might sign up for next years half.  They usually give you a steep discount if you do it at the event... things to consider...

This weekend I have a crap-load of things to do.  I am subbing the cycle class (and body sculpt) - then it's off for another facial (working to get rid of my age spots)... then I'm picking up some clothing from the big brother clothing company.  At some point I need to bake a bunch of cupcakes for camp and do laundry... I am running out of time...  I need just a day of nothing to get all my things done.  I don't think I will get a day of nothing though...

Okay - I think it's time for another cup of coffee... blurg.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Being Wanted

Yesterday I was told that I would be hired for a job that I'm not even looking to have.  I stopped by the downtown ww center yesterday to talk to my leader (he's there on Tuesdays)...  my momma has interviewed to work for ww as a receptionist and I thought I would check in with him... when we were talking he said that his boss had inquired as to whether or not I was at goal (you have to be at your goal weight in order to work for them)... he had said yes.  I got the impression that she would hire me in a heartbeat if I wanted to work for them.  She knows who I am through subbing meetings and such... when you sit in the same chair for 9 plus years people get to know who you are.

I don't really have time right now to work for them but it's nice to know that I would have a job if I needed it.

I may have mentioned in the past that I was feeling like changes were coming... I now feel as though I'm starting to put the pieces in place and good things are going to happen...  it's nice to feel good about things.

One Two and a half weeks until camp... yay.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Up Early

I woke up this morning a bit after 5:00... no big deal.  I have said it before but I am glad to not be teaching first thing in the morning... I had forgotten how nice it is just to hang out in the morning.

This weekend I raided my mom's garden and brought home a bunch of kale and other greens... I have taken up making smoothies for breakfast.  (taken up means the past three days)... a few handfuls of kale, some fruit and a bit of Greek yogurt..  so far so good.  I shall see if it keeps me fuller longer and thereby keeps me from grazing.

Work yesterday was extremely busy... we are going to be down one legal assistant the rest of the week so I'm going to be hopping.

I don't have much more to report...  I'm doing okay.

Okay is good.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father's Day without Dad.

I wasn't sure how I would feel when I woke up today.  It's the first Father's Day without my Dad and unlike my sisters I have no significant other who is a dad to distract me from the significance (or insignificance) of the day...  so far I think I'm doing alright.

Our family was never the type of family to go all out on holidays.. or birthdays... or anything...  The concept of family getting together and having a good time is a bit foreign to me - don't get me wrong, but the fictionalized family gatherings that you see in movies and on television are not anything like my family ever was... so it's hard to get on board with things sometimes.

I have decided to head over the camp this afternoon and check out the art supply situation for the coming session... it's not a really long drive, it will take me about an hour or so...  it will be nice to hang out - maybe I will take a walk around the lake while I'm there...  I've also been told my dogwood tree is in full bloom so I will probably take photos to post later.  It seems like a good idea for me to take up my time today.

Yesterday was full... ww, walking around Greenlake, breakfast, and then a graduation party for my cousin.  Full and satisfying day...  I had a conversation with my friend Ken on the way down to the party and I declared that even though this year has been rough I am feeling pretty good overall, and very optimistic. I've got things brewing, my health is good (minus a foot thing right now), I'm cute...

That's it for now.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

What's New?

I must admit that I am enjoying not having to get up at the crack of dawn to teach. It's amazing how much more energy I have for my evening classes when I have 24 hours to recover instead of 12.

I kind of like it.

This morning I have an appointment with the financial planner - I slept in until 6:20 this morning!

I am looking forward to not going into work right away - our brand new phone system went down yesterday so we are phone-less... that really sucks.  Since it's a new system I don't really know how to go about getting someone out to fix it, I did do what I could.  This is not a good start to the service I think.

Life seems to be settling down.  I am feeling pretty good and I think I may make it..  two and a half weeks until I get to go to camp... I think this year will be really needed.  It's been a tough year, but I am getting through it.  As Gloria Gaynor said - I will survive!

I really don't know what else to say this morning...  This weekend I am going out to breakfast with my friend Kristen (I love breakfast) and I will most likely clean the apartment (this seems to be an ongoing thing)...  On Sunday I am unsure what is going on.  Maybe I'll celebrate my first Father's Day without Dad by having a martini or taking a drive in his (our) car... or maybe it will just be another day.  We never were big on celebrating these sorts of things so I don't know how it will be.

Oh, I have a graduation party on Saturday too... that will be fun to see the family (it's my cousin once removed who is graduating..).

Overall it will be a full weekend - hopefully the weather will cooperate.

That's all I know this morning...

Monday, June 10, 2013

Back on the Sofa!

Yes I am!  I am sitting on the sofa instead of a bike!

It finally feels like summer vacation.. well sort of.  I still have to go to work today and teach tonight but I managed to sleep until my alarm went off this morning.

Yesterday I spent the majority of the day watching the dance recitals of my nephews in Olympia.  It was pretty sweet (even if it did make for a long day).  My feet kept a tapping right along with them.  Perhaps I will break out my tap shoes and find a class to take.  Now that would be fun.

Saturday I did get a mani/pedi and I must say my feet look good.  I might just have to find some cute shoes to show off my toenails sometime soon.  I only have flip flops which are not effective when trying to look stinking cute all-around... woot woot.

I know the pink and the red clash - but you get the idea... my second toes in from the big toe are usually unsightly - I get double toenails from running - the woman at the shop made them as beautiful as they can be.

I think I will do this again.

On the agenda this week I have an assortment of tasks at the office related to the new phone system (I have to figure out how to use it)... installation of our new art which the "art committee" selected (no, I'm not the only one on the committee), and ummmm... that's it I guess.  I also have to figure out how to eat less because I won't be working out as much...

Overall I am STILL in a good mood.  Let's just go with it.

Oh!  Bedbug inspection today in my apartment - at least it's fairly clean in here...

Carry on team.

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Decisions decisions...

Goodness - it has turned into a day of pampering... this morning I got things waxed (nothing too weird)... then I had an acupuncture treatment - I won't the drawing at the salon so it was free...  Dang, the new guy is a looker.. and good with the needles.  So good in fact that I rebooked.  Thank goodness I have no children to support.

I had to check and see when the last time was that I posted....  that was Thursday... Thursday I was going to go to First Thursday but I ended up staying at the office until 8:30 while they installed a new phone system... I did get to leave early yesterday though. Not quite as early as I would have liked to but I've got a few more comp hours to go.  I have a meeting with the financial adviser on Thursday so that should take a few of those hours up.

This afternoon I am going in for a mani/pedi.  The sunshine is almost here and I need some toenail attention.  I was going to do it yesterday but as I walked into the place on Broadway three people went in right in front of me.  I called at made an appointment to guarantee a space.

Tomorrow I am taking the morning off from the gym and I am heading to Olympia for my nephews dance recital. Should be fun. 

I'm in a good mood.  I am going to go with it.  I will post photos of my toes when they are finished... perhaps I will show you what they look like now but it's not pretty...  maybe a before and after photo are warranted...

Hmmmmm.... what to do next.  I think I will hit "publish"

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Summer slow down.

Yesterday I changed my alarm clock so I don't have to get up at the crack of dawn anymore.  I'm looking forward to it.

Perhaps my apartment cleanliness will increase with my increase in home time... We shall see...

I would expect that I will get some sort of bug in celebration of my revised schedule... that is what usually happens.

Summer is on its way - it's nice out, no rain...  I get to bare my pasty white legs to the world.  Summer camp is coming up... things are looking up.

I've been contemplating making art again (it's been a while since I've made anything "real")...  a former acquaintance of mine won an award recently and it brought up a bunch of hard feelings around the demise of Crawl Space.. (the gallery I was a member of)...  It would be nice to have a space of my own to work and show...  I have gotten into the pigeon hole of thinking "I can't do that" but that's not true - I can do anything I want...  I just have to have some ingenuity...  I miss the old days of going into a studio and just working on things..  and having the time to work on things... and having the money to be able to accomplish those things... and, and, and, and.......

I just have to quit feeling sorry for myself and move on...

No news on the social life front - I had a date a few weeks ago but it didn't materialize into a second one.. that's okay - I am resilient..  

overall the mood has been pretty good (minus the crankiness induced by the art award/hard feelings business)... 

I am fairly optimistic about things.

I think that's all I know this morning - I'm going to try to drag myself to First Thursday tonight...  I shouldn't say try though... I should say I "am" going to drag myself to First Thursday...

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Thinking it's Wednesday...

Sometimes my days are so busy I think that it should be later in the week than it actually is.

Today is one of those days...  It sure feels like Wednesday, but if it were Wednesday I wouldn't be sitting here on the sofa, I would be at the gym.

Tomorrow is the last day that I teach the early class for the summer... that's kind of nice.  It will be good to have a break.

I spent most of yesterday trying to figure out a spreadsheet for our new phone system which we will have installed in our office later this week.  I'm sure that is going to be one more headache we have but it will be nice to have new phones... the ones we have now are a bit dated and just plain sucky.

Overall though I have been in a good mood the past few days.  I think it all goes back to finding a swimsuit that actually fits and doesn't make me look like a doofus... also the sun is coming out so that's a good thing too...

Tonight I don't have to teach because our club does the "biggest loser" contests... usually I would mind, but at this point I'm kind of glad to have the night off... perhaps I will go for a walk (or work out in the gym at the office).  I have to ride my bike home from the building so maybe I'll just take a long way home and test out my bike riding skills.

I think that's all I have to report today.  Feeling pretty good... that's a good thing.

Saturday, June 01, 2013


I can't believe it's still Saturday...

Today has gone on and on and on...

So far today

WW - weighed in at goal (thank goodness - just had to buckle down)...
Went and cleared out my Dad's storage locker with my momma
Took Momma out to breakfast (yummy)
Sorted through a few things of my Dad's
Petted the puppies
Picked some kale and lettuce from my mommas garden
went and tried on and bought a swimsuit
came home and took a shower (I wasn't too stinky).

Tonight I am going out to dinner with friends - should be low key and fun...

That's all I know..

I need slimmer thighs.