Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Of gyms and bakeries

Well I have to go to the gym tonight. We are trying to go twice a week and were talking about adding a day so that we will go three times a week. But have not made it to that point yet.

I must say my trainer is awesome and this Saturday will be my last session. I am going to try it on my own for a month then meet up with her again and have a check up. She has been keeping me active and not bored. I usually get very bored doing the same thing. She has taught me different exercises that I can vary and change up so that helps. although she makes me do sprints and I HATE sprints. It reminds me of grade school gym class! I shudder at the thought!

I have not noticed a difference per se but these things do take time. Plus the Y is near Dinkles Bakery and well after the last work out we were hungry and it was right there. They have the best donuts, my fav is the jelly...but I was good I had a glazed one....followed by the chocolate covered one....I was bad. (I guess I forgot to mention the cookies...but I had them on Monday)

New rule, go home do not pass dinkles!

But we have Whole Foods next to the Y but I tend to buy fruit there as well as some minor groceries. Basically, we should not go food shopping after a work out when I am hungry!

On the flip side, I wanted to wear a pair of pants that I bought years ago and forgot I had and they did not make it past the arse. Maybe adding the extra day will help that and not eating Dinkles.

But who in their right mind puts a gym near a bakery!!! That is one question to ponder!

Monday, January 28, 2008

so what do you do?

Jessica asked what do I do.

Well , I work in customer service in a business to business environment. So I basically deal with customers and their issues and sales and their issues (and mental instability).

But my dream job is to be a travel writer! I would love to travel and write about hotels, tourist spots, restaurants and enjoy the moment. Plus I would get to spend time just lingering.

Okay so what do you all do and what is your dream job?

Sunday, January 27, 2008

It rang


My phone rang on Friday afternoon and we chatted and I have a new job starting in a few weeks. I am so excited! The job is basically customized to me and what I wanted and they have started to replace me in my current position. However, it is still confidential until the announcement is made once the new person is hired. But that should be in a few weeks.

I am very happy!

To celebrate I went to the mall with a friend of mine and splurged on some clothes and make up. Most of the stuff that I got was on sale. So although I spent more than I wanted to, considering the amount of stuff, it works out.

I have to treat myself now and then. Until the bill comes....

Friday, January 25, 2008

Beast 2

The cat has been a dad's boy lately. The BF has woken up with the cat sitting on his head, licking his feet or pawing his back. However, the latest thing is the cat to sit on his nightstand and knock everything off until he gets comfy. Of course this is in the middle of the night which startles the BF and ultimately me.

Cute, but not so much at 2 or 3 in the morning.

He has been sprayed with water when he jumps on the dining room table. At first he was startled like "what the heck, where did that come from" He would look at the table and the floor and then table again. When he realized it was either his dad or me he would sulk and be aloof with us for about an hour.

His new thing is to meow at me first thing in the morning. The BF gets up before me and the kitty goes to the bathroom with him. We keep his food, water and litter box in there otherwise it would be a feast for Yukon! As soon as he hears my alarm he zooms back in the bedroom and meows at me for me to feed him or turn on the bathroom faucet so he can have a drink (he snubs his water dish unless it is absolute necessary). He does not do this with his dad partly because the BF refuses to cater to the drinking out of the faucet trick. Well the meowing for food has gotten so bad, he meows as he follows you to the bathroom. The BF could not take it yesterday so he fed him before I got up. Other wise I stumble into the bathroom, feed beast 2 and he'll eat a few bites!

Yukon and him are getting along, less swatting but Yukon's tail does smack into him when she is too close. He watches it like a hawk and if it gets too close he'll jump away from it or hit her.

They are perpetual two year olds!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Being professional

My manager hired a new person to start in another department. This young woman (she must have been 22) started on Monday and my boss was thrilled because that department is understaffed and it is a very niche job to do. Well this woman went out for lunch on Monday and never came back.

My boss was frantic because she was thinking was this girl in an accident, is she lost? My boss called her on her cell phone, her home phone and then called the girls mother (she lived at home) no answer. Apparently she quit.

Come on, I know the job may not have been what you wanted but you could have waited until the end of the day and then tell my boss that it is not for you and you are sorry but you are leaving. Where is the element of professionalism.

In speaking to friends this has happened to many of them. One of the BF's friends store hired a mutual friend girlfriend. She showed up late often and did her job half assed. One day she never came back not saying a peep to anyone including the person who recommended her. But she wanted her check so she called the boss and asked her to mail it. The boss would not do it, she had to go in and get it from the boss.

Hey I know not all jobs fit or seem right but at least do it in a decent way.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Self Fulfilling Prophecy

The economy that is. Excuse me while I get all economic-y.

Economics is a bunch of theories based historical events to predict the future. Well, with recessions, it too is a theory but all it takes is for one person to allude to a recession for the markets to panic as they did yesterday and today. So what happens....a recession.

I mean most economists are smart people and many know that it is based on history but damn it, all it takes is for rational thinking to take over. So there is no need for a recession panic to start. The markets should have gone about as normal thus reducing the impact of a possible recession. I am not saying that a recession won't happen but the severity of it can be greatly reduced if people buy and sell as normal.

So now governments and markets are freaking out. So now the bale out begins and we'll see what happens and if it stabilizes.

Just historically, consumers are going to save more of their money and not spend on big ticket items. The money that they save will be at a lower percentage rate earning less than if the Fed did not cut the interest. Businesses will slow down plans for growth especially if their products or services are not seen as extremely necessary. Thus leading to more unemployment and more strain on the average person.

Adding to this is the drop of the value of the US dollar. People are freaking out about it but what happens it that it makes American goods cheaper in the world market. So this encourages foreigners to buy American thus boosting the goods exported and leads to a stronger dollar. We need people to buy and if our goods and services are cheaper then we should encourage it.

Looking globally, China is our biggest challenge because they used a fixed exchange rate so currency will be artificially cheaper than even our dollar. If they were to allow their currency to float then that would probably lead to a situation where their currency would be more expensive than it is now, making their exports more expensive and allow more of a world market where different countries can drive up or down prices.

Anyway, off my soapbox now.

Monday, January 21, 2008


I spent most of this weekend inside hibernating. I only went outside twice once on Saturday to go to the gym and whole foods then once on Sunday to take the poor dog out.

Other than that I was inside watching crap on tv and napping. But I was somewhat productive, I vacuumed, cleaned the litter box and scrubbed the bathroom. I was not as productive as I wanted to be but the workouts have been kicking my ass. I get home, eat then am so tired for the rest of the day. I just poop out and end up taking a nap.

Suffice to say, I am well rested!

I was thinking of the SNL commercial with Chris Farley when he takes hiber-nol and sleeps through the winter. I wish that You Tube had that on its site. It is so appropriate for the weather we had when it was below zero!

I think that being a snow bird is not a bad thing. Hell I want to move to Key West....

**UPDATE** Jessica found it....enjoy

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Ring damn it! Ring!!!

I feel like I am dating again, going on a good date and then waiting for him to call. But it is not about dating it is about my job future, I was told that the week of the 7th I should have some news, then I did not hear anything until last Friday. What I heard was that this week Is should get some news and a phone call. Neither which has happened yet.

Every time my phone rings and I check the caller id hoping that it is the person who I need to speak to. It has not happened yet.

I am very anxious and disappointed because this is my job and after earning my MBA I want more money and a different position. So I am getting very impatient!

These boots may have to start walking soon.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Soon maybe

I so want to go shopping, I want to replace some work pants, new jeans and tops and shoes of course. I did buy a pair of shoes on line the other day and they are so cute but they are too big so back they go. But I have to wait and it looks like it will be a long wait.

I want to get back in shape and I have been to the gym twice last week and once yesterday and again will go this week.

Since I am done with school, my student loans will be coming due. Plus after last years accident I had to get a new car. My old car would have been paid up in August so I was hoping that I would just have school debt now I will have both.

I was thinking of what I have spent my money on. Besides Christmas gifts, I have spent money on gas and food (including the cooking classes). My recent expense was the cost of the trainer. Car and rent insurance will be due soon, my car will need to go to the shop soon for the 10 k mile check up. All of this comes at once so it gets hard on the wallet.

So the things that I want have to be postponed until who knows when.

Nobody got back to me about the job possibilities so I am disappointed. It is time to think about walking.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Abs (and nerves) not quite as steel

Well I met wit my trainer yesterday and it went well.  She is really realistic and took it easy on me.  I learned a lot of great things that I can do to tone up my entire body.  I think that I can maintain the interest if I supplement seeing her and going to the gym once a week for an hour continue working out.

I am VERY sore on my abs today.  I was expecting to be sore more so  in my upper back and arms but that was not the case.  She encouraged me to stretch before I went to bed and I think that is what did the trick.  I feel like I have been punched.  The bf was teasing me that he punched me in my sleep for allegedly stealing the blankets last night. Which I deny *ever* doing.

But it is a step in the right direction for me.  I have to get my lazy ass of the couch.  And as Jessica said in the comment section in my previous post I need to use my ass for good not evil :).

Besides working out, I am really anxious about this coming week.  After I completed the MBA, I have been in talks with some high up managers about my future.  They were very open to ideas and suggestions and were going to work on what I want to do and  match it up with what they want.  They really wanted me to want a manager position but it was not what I wanted to do.  I did not want to settle for that because I would be doing the same thing only having to deal with my peers as my subordinates and that is not what I wanted to do.  So this week is the week when they come back with their ideas.  I may be in the east for some meetings to further discuss them.

I am very nervous because I know what I think that I want to try and this corporation has plenty of possibilities but at the same time I am not sure what I want and if I want to work for a huge corporation.  I asked my former manager for some advise and she told me that with my new degree I can open any door I want and if I do not get what works best for me that I should be prepared to walk.

It is great advise but I am scared shitless to walk because I have no idea where to go and what to do.  

Deep down I have two ideas to start my own business and it maybe something to consider but I am so freaked out about it.  I know that failure can be a learning experience and I may succeed but, I am so tough on myself.

I need certain levels of stability in my life I am not one to live by the seat of my pants especially as I am getting older and have more responsibilities.  I need a steady pay check, I NEED health insurance, I need some sort of status quo. But on the other hand, starting something that I want to do and doing it my way, is encouraging and exciting.

I guess I have to see what this week will bring and maybe it will be up my alley or I may have to think about walking.  Just need to figure out how to do that...

Friday, January 04, 2008

Burn baby burn

Tomorrow you all should be smelling smoke! That is right I got a personal trainer and my first session is tomorrow at noon.

I decided I needed to do something. I want to fit in to my pants again and I have been feeling too lumpy so I had to do something. So I am getting off my ass and hiring somebody to torture me into shape.

I may not blog later this weekend...I may be in pain! The things we do to get a nice ass!