November 10, 2003 – morning


It’s 22 degrees out!! Surely it can’t be winter already — it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. Yesterday was the most glorious morning I can remember in a long time. Although it was cold, I took Max for a walk at 8:30 am through the red and orange leaves. Now that some of the trees are becoming bare, more sunlight dapples the ground, and the world seems brighter.

We also started a new online game yesterday — Final Fantasy XI Online. It’s neat starting at level 1 again, and the new graphics card I bought is very drool-worthy. I took a screenshot of my new girl — Astarei — and will post it later. At this rate, I can’t wait to get home and play!

Annnnnnnnd I’ve been purchasing cookie tins and containers for CookieCam 2003. Target had a Michael Graves cookie sheet, and darn if I didn’t buy it. I’m such a sucker. At least the price was cheaper than the caphalon cookie sheet I was going to buy. CVS has ceramic holiday plates on sale for $2.99, so I may grab a few this week. I have grand plans for the cookies this year!

Wt: Don’t go there. Suffice it to say I’m back on my eating plan, and am so sick from eating poorly that I think I’ll be walking the straight and narrow for a while. New goal: To lose 10-15 lbs by the proposed January trip to WDW.
Mood: Bittersweet. This is my boss’s last week. I’ve been working for him for 4 years. I just wrote my entry into his ‘going away’ card.
Work docket: Did Ingle column — still working on greenbar reports. Damon’s out today, so I’m flying solo.
Lunch: Healthy Choice Chicken Parm.
Afternoon: Stopping over Mom’s to look at their computer. Rousing walk w/Max. (hope it warms up a bit by then)
Evening: The gym w/David at 6:20ish.
Dinner: I think I’ll have a Saladworks salad or a subway sandwich. Then Final Fantasy!!!!

November 7, 2003 – morning

Wt: 145.2 Wha??????
Mood: (still in shock from weight)
Work docket: Hot Properties and various sundry things. Damon’s out today and Monday.
Lunch: Lunch with Erin at Cherry Hill mall, wherein I shall eat a Subway veggie sub, WOW chips and a diet Pepsi.
Afternoon: Take Max for rousing walk.
Evening: To the GYM! I mean it…I will NOT NOT NOT NOT get back to 150.
Weekend: I am planless.

And now the Friday Five!

1. What food do you like that most people hate?
Not sure if people hate it, but I enjoy eating raw potatoes.

2. What food do you hate that most people love?
Sushi. It’s RAW! You can wrap it as tightly as you can with rice and stuff, but in the middle there’s nothing but squish. Ew.

3. What famous person, whom many people may find attractive, is most unappealing to you?
I know this is maligning the dead, but I found nothing appealing about John F. Kennedy Jr. Junior always had that “I’m too good for you” swagger to him, even though he was constantly portrayed as just a regular guy.

4. What famous person, whom many people may find unappealing, do you find

Tough question. I do know that, of late, my taste has shifted from ‘boys’ to ‘men.’ I’ve always found David Letterman appealing. So I’ll let that be my answer. (Note to David Letterman: Thank you for naming your kid after your dad and nothing weird like “Plush” or “Cubicle” or “Montana.”)

5. What popular trend baffles you?
Young girls wearing pajama pants and slippers out. “Yeah, like the world is sooooo lame that it’s not even worth changing out of my pjs to go to the mall. Mommy, I need a ride. NOW.”

November 6, 2003 – morning

Wt: 143.6. Yay! Must be all the fruit.
Mood: Anxious about impending work change…I have to put that away, though. No use angsting until January at the very least. Disappointed at weight backslide — a few months ago I was .6 from goal. Now I’m 10.6 from adjusted goal. What made it so easy last year but so hard now?
Work docket: Jackson section updated. Communities section tweaked. Online Mall corrected. Do millionaire updates. Continute self-evaluation. I hate those. Because, frankly, some days I suck at my job and others I’m a goddess. Goddesses have no need for improvement, and you always need to say you have improvement. Sucky workers get fired, and we know I’m not fire-worthy. By the way, my Looney Tunes contest banners are now running on Gannett top 40 paper websites. 🙂
Lunch/Afternoon/Evening: Unknown. See, today’s the New Jersey Teacher Convention at Atlantic City. Mom and I usually go during the afternoon. If that’s the case, I’ll skip lunch and leave at 1. But last I heard, she didn’t feel like going. So I’ll call her, but I want to wait until I know she’s awake. 🙂

Holy crap….cookiecam’s coming!!

November 5, 2003 – morning


I just don’t get it. I went to bed at 9:10 pm. Nine-ten! Slept until 4 am. That’s approximately 7 hours and I still feel sleepy.

I made it to the gym last night, and remembered to vote afterward. Didn’t matter squat though because out of the 10 candidates on the list, only 1 of the ones I voted for won. And thanks to the huge Democratic machine and apathy on the part of Camden County voters, Kelly Ripa’s DAD is now a freeholder.

Kelly. Ripa’s. DAD. Chew on that for a moment.

And for some reason, I smell chocolate bars. There is no chocolate around. This is troubling.

Max is doing as well as can be expected w/the crate training. We put him in the ‘hole’ when we can’t keep an eye on him — like when we go out or when we go to sleep. He complains for 10 or so minutes, then accepts his fate.

Now he’s starting to play a cute game when it gets dark. He’ll take his pillow from his crate (which is in the bedroom) and drag it into the living room. I replace pillow, he drags it out again. Repeat until I tire. Is this his way of unmaking his bed so he won’t have to get in it?

The hardest part is waking up and leaving him in the crate as I get ready for work. No reason to take him out, and then put him back in from when I leave until David returns.

The good part is that I haven’t found any ‘accidents’ in a long time.

Wt: Still 144. Patience, grasshopper.
Mood: Apprehensive. I think we’re going to be manager-less until at least January, in order to save payroll expenses. Meaning we’ll be doing the reports and crap ourselves, and not being paid for it, until they hire someone.
Work docket: Online mall (waiting for an ad now) and maybe, MAYBE recipe stuff. Wait — scratch that — we’ll probably be doing more end-of-month numbers.
Lunch: Lately, work crops up at 11:56 am — right when I’m getting ready to go to lunch. So I really haven’t had lunch the past two days. Today I’m making sure I go out. I have $16.00 on a Waldenbooks gift card that’s burning a hole in my purse. Plus I think I’ll pick up Finding Nemo.
Afternoon: Rousing walk with Max, as is routine. Clean kitchen.
Evening: Yoga at 7:30, if I can stay awake for it.

This chocolate scent is driving me insane.

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