Friday, April 18, 2008
Whatever. After today (April 18: take a deep sigh of relief day) I am off to the Carribean Yo Ho, Yo Ho, vacation time for me.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Much more rested than yesterday. I am getting geared up to go away: cleaning my apartment, tying up loose ends at work. Why is it that I always go on a giant cleaning spree before going away? I guess I don't want to come home to a mess, but its weird. Like the mess I live in on any given day is all of a sudden too messy to tolerate once I have been on vacation. You'd think that after a vacation, I would be better apt to tackle a cleaning spree.
Oh yeah, I forgot jet lag.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
April 15: Moving on Day
So today was my student's last day of her affil. In January when she started, 15 weeks seemed like forever, and now it seems like it flew. It worked out perfectly, though, as the planned vacation with friends starts next week, after she is gone and I don't have to scramble to get coverage for my student.
I discharged 4 patients today, too. It was about time they moved on, as well.
Everyone is laughing at work, saying that I have to go back to work, instead of just watching the student do it all. It'll be a nice change, though, as I had so much more work to do at home with student assessment forms and such.
Three more days of work until vaca. My apartment is a disaster. I need to clean it before I go. If I just weren't so tired.... Oh well. Gotta move on.
Monday, April 14, 2008
April 14: Fall asleep at work day (I didn't, but I wish I could have)
Once upon a time, I believed that when it came to neices and nephews, I could just be the cool auntie. I could travel all over, bringing back exotic gifts, blast in wearing bohemian clothing, and basically get the kids all riled up before handing them back to their parents to take care of the hard stuff. 'Nary a word of disciline would ever fall from my lips; there would never be any rules when fun auntie was around.
Then I moved home and decided that I wanted to engage in cool auntie sleepovers.
Let me just say that unless I wanted to return the kids missing vital organs, impaled with sharp objects, or in anaphylactic shock, that whole "no rules no discipline" thing just wasn't going to cut it. In a mere 48 hours, we must have had at least 6 conversations about listening. And seriously, did we need to have a fist fight over who go the better sofa cushion? Apparently so.
My new hero is SuperNanny. She is a genius!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
In exactly one week, I will be boarding a plane for a week long vacation in St. Martin with friends. Since I am a planner, I made sure that on April 1st, I ramped up my work out routine and started to be extra vigilant about my eating habits. I wanted to make sure I looked good on the beach. I'm not sure whom for; do I really need to impress my best friends and their husbands? But there's always the off-chance that the man of my dreams will be walking along a Carribean beach that very same week I am there. I need to be prepared!
A word about dieting and exercise...when you are consistent, they really do work. Unfortunately, WORKING doesn't always equal WORKING THE WAY YOU WANT THEM TO. In spite of what the infomercials tell you, you can't just draw out the blue print of your intended results and watch your body magically assume those proportions, no matter how consistent you are.
Ok, I understand that I should be greatful for the body I have been given. I know that. This year, I ran marathon and I am now training for an olympic distance triathalon. I plan on scuba diving on my vacation. I am able to work full time and I very rarely get sick. And at work, I independently lift people out of their wheelchairs who are twice my body weight. I have NOTHING to complain about!
But I'm going to anyway.
Wouldn't it be great if you could sit down with your body and have a chat about WHERE the weight should come off? For instance, I would very much like to rid myself of the chub-rub and the back-fat. (Not to mention the annoying habit of referring to perceived flaws by cutesy little rhyming names). I do not need for my ankles to be any thinner, thank you. They are starting to resemble misplaced wrists while my midsection remains virtually unchanged! So, body, let's get with the program. Focus on the abdomen! I am dangerously close to encircling my own ankle with thumb and forefinger and that ain't a good thing!
My other big complaint has to do with a phenomenon that up until recently, I smugly thought I was immune to. However, midway through year 37, I stepped out of the shower and caught its reflection in the mirror: cellulite! How the heck did that get there? It was never there before! And here's the crushing blow: working out does absolutely nothing to deter cellulite. In fact, it makes it stand out even more! At least when I had more subcutaneous adipose tissue around the thigh area, the cellulite just BLENDED IN. It was a pretty good camoflage. But now there is a lot less for the cellulite to hide behind. And as far as lifting weights? Well, all that increased muscle tone just pushes the cellulite closer to the surface, making it stand out even more in all its cottage cheesy glory!
Here's a frightening thought: what if my body listened and as the extra padding around the midsection melted off, I was left resplendent with cellulite of the abdomen!
Now, with only a week before my beach vacation, I have taken to a new line of thinking: all of the above is merely an optical illusion, brought on by my pasty, post-New-England-winter skin. All I really need is a tan! That is going to solve everything.
When I hit the beach, look out Captain-Jack-Sparrow-look-alike-with-better-teeth-and alcoholism-in-check: here I come!
Saturday, April 12, 2008
WEEKLY UPDATE OF THE APRIL GOALS:
1) Lo Carb. Good thing I didn't sign on to do a documentary of my new eating habits for 30 days. Because its not really happening. I mean, I have been watching what I have been eating more, but I have noticed that I feel stuffed and bloated but still hungry if I try to stick to the lo carb. I did recieve a book I ordered in the mail this week, and interestingly enough, this is one of the topics they covered. Seems that there are many people out there who feel positively nauseated and sick when they try to go lo carb. (Not knocking the people who have had great success with it. Power to ya, peeps!) But I have taken a new approach, more by logging what I have been eating and seeing how I feel, how long it takes me to get hungry again after eating, and what my energy level is. It seems that if I go too far in either direction (too high a proportion of protein and fat or too high a proportion of carbs) I don't feel that great. So I am playing around with getting the proportions right. I guess that's really what its all about, anyway. On a good note, I look better!
2) Continuin with the theme of changing direction, since I cannot find "The Awakening" anywhere and I stupidly forgot to write down the author (and since google didn't shed any light on the matter) I have decided to read "Stumbling Upon Happiness". I once saw that book in the airport and it looked interesting, but I decided that "Bitter is the New Black" would be a better plane book. So I am smart on three accounts with my decisions here.
3) No new sheets yet. But since I am attempting to spend gift cards, I may have to go look at Macy's since I have Macy's gift card. Maybe I will do that tomorrow.
4) Scuba...St Marting one week away, gotta pack my scuba stuff.
5)Had the girls over last weekend. It was great and frustrating and fun and annoying and I love them to pieces.
6)All turbo taxed up, efiled and awaiting some refund money. I may have to get a shortie wetsuit with it.
7)I have successfully used one gift card. The Gap. Many more to go. I just wish the mall had better stuff to buy. Stuff stinks.
8) Finances, finances. I never understand finances. Which is why I probably avoid them so much.
9)No museum yet.
10) Stranger on the beach, here I come.
Plus, from this week:
April 8: Make someone feel good day.
April 9:Accept a compliment day.
April 10: Praise the weather day.
April 11: April Hostility Day (why are Fridays always so hard?)
April 12: Exercise just a little more day.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
April 4th...April Complain About the Weather Day. Rain rain rain. 5th Friday into Saturday in a row. I feel completely justified in my complaints. Mainly because everyone else was complaining to me today, too.
Otherwise, I finally finished the Dorothy Parker biography. How did it end? She died. Alone, broke, drunk, and bitter, but still funny as hell. Its a Greek tragedy in perfection. Now, in addition to her lovely quotes I see on bar walls, I am going to actually read a short story or two from this crazy, funny, ballsy lady.
Lo carb...got some tweaking today. I need a little flavor it my life, after all. But I have learned that peanut butter on celery is just as delicious and peanut butter on toast. Even though pnut butter is technically not allowed on lo carb. On the good side, the scale does seem to be edging down. I'm not convinced its because of lo carb, though. I think its just because I'm sticking to a plan and cutting out the junk. 15 days to beach vacation.
I talked to J today and laughingly said "I don't know who the hell I'm trying to impress. My best friends and their husbands?" But hey, maybe the man of my dreams will be in St Martin, strolling down the beach. I need to be prepared, damnit! Rock on!
Thursday, April 3, 2008
April 3rd....April Overwhelmed Day. I think my whole change up the workout plan is backfiring. I'm exhausted. Plus the whole lo-carb thing, possibly leaving me with less energy?
I got into work and had 3 patients "just drop in" for issues and problems which I am happy to help them with. But I hadn't even taken off my jacket or put my lo-carb lunch in the fridge and I had like 75 minutes of extra work to complete today. Egad! (I think we should bring that saying back to mainstream vernacular. "E-Gad! My car has been vandalized!") The rest of the day followed suit. Fortunately, my last 2 patients cancelled, so I could get a bunch of stuff on my extra to-do list done.
Had no desire to swim. But did anyway. And now, I am exhausted, overwhelmed, and craving ice cream. And love-life nonexistent. E-GAD!!!
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
As far as me and my April goals go: once I decide to try the lo-carb thing, I get free lunch at work for 2 seperate meetings (mandatory). One watching, one presenting. So I HAD to eat them. At least I have been good at home. But seriously, Dr. Agatston, ricotta cheese with splenda and vanilla extract? What the hell kind of atrocity is that? Clearly the entire purpose of the South Beach Diet is to make the entire idea of food so grotesque and perverse that nobody wants anything to do with it. Hey, as long as I look good in a bathing suit in 3 weeks.
Ok, back to my financial musings from last month...I was doing a lot of reading of the financial articles from both regular and mula-based magazines, tracking my spending (of which was supposed to be nearly none in March), organizing my 401k, checking, savings, and all that jazz, and I finally reached the conclusion that I am in ok shape. I don't need to live a life of bread and water, wear Wal-Mart clothing, and agonize over any purchase I want to make (though I sort of knew that already).
I read some article about people who wanted to retire at age 40 and (sort of) were able to do it, but at that time had NO money for college for their 3 kids. (fend for yourself, junior, it was much more important for Mommy and Daddy to get good tans in their 40's) Plus, they had basically survived off of Ramen noodles and second hand clothing for the past 20 years. I do not want to live that way!! As far as those two were concerned (they spoke of wondering what they were going to do with all their free time now) Here's a thought: why not get a part time JOB and put some money away for your kid's college fund? Or maybe invest in a nice new sweater or go on a vacation? Come on, there is much more to life that obsessing over money.
Being responsible and being obsessive are two completely different things. And while I fully support obsessions with say, exercise or world travel, obsessing over pennies is just a waste of time. Its April 2 and I'm telling it the way I see it, no nonsense!
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
After my lackluster performance in March, it's time to step things up a bit. Especially since I have beach vacation in 19 days!!
1) For thirty days...I will stick with an eating plan. I'm working out, I may as well start eating better, as well, since I lost a grand total of 3 pounds since January, and that's with running a marathon. As much as every fiber of my being cries out against it, I am going to try the lo carb thing. South Beach, though, not that Atkins nonsense. Not sure if I can keep it up...I read the phase one and it seems a little heavy on the tomatoes and eggs. I may start getting heart burn. But regardless, I need to take control of what I eat...for 30 days.
2) I will read "The Awakening". Again, no clue what its about. Soon to find out.
3) I will purchase....nice sheets. I have these old, cruddy sheets that are about 12 years old. They are getting rather threadbare. And when I visited Myron, he was bragging about his 12 million threadcount sheets. I will show him!
4)I'm going to go scuba diving. Not completely new, but something I haven't done in years.
5)I am going to have a girls nite... with my neices! A sleepover with a 6 and 9 year old. Fun.
6)Get my taxes filed.
7)I am going to use my gift cards. I saw on CNN.com that Best Buy is no longer accepting their own gift cards. So I figure I better use mine before I end up in the same boat as the poor saps with Best Buy cards.
8) Continue with March's goal of getting the finances completely in order, hopefully to finish this month.
9)Do the museum thing from March, too.
anything else? Oh, yeah, I gotta do an outing. Since I am going away, I will
10) talk to a cute stranger on the beach. (giving myself an out if I am surrounded by scary people)