Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Ever walk into a class and feel like you shouldn't be there? Well, I get to my business class and the instructor says "Put your books away for your test today!" And I'm like, "WTF? What test do you speak of?" And then he hands out the test...and I'm reading it...and someone realized that it was the last test we took. So, I'm thinking, OK good, I don't have a test. Nooooooo...he just handed out the wrong one. I still couldn't remember a test so I pull out my notes quickly from last Tuesday while he runs to get the right test...sure enough, there in BOLD was my scribbling that I had a test today!! So, I quickly scanned the notes and prayed that the test gods took a shine to me. I hadn't read one chapter for sure...just skimmed it a week ago...so I was stumped on quite a few questions and did some guessing...luckily, I got a 92%!! I need to figure out some way to get organized...my room is a mess...I put off things until the last minute...I get sloppy with eating and exercise after doing well. Why does my brain fail me?? So, as I vowed to do, I'm making yet another life plan to stick with. I'm going to take small steps so I don't go insane if I mess up a day. I can do this!!

New Look Part Deux!!

OK, I am terribly bored so I'm trying yet another template. I think I just about have the hang of making changes to the darn thing. I just can't make up my dang mind what I like more!! Thanks to all of you who have commented on the last change :)

What am I doing up at this time of night?? I don't know...I just do not feel like sleeping. I just read an article talking about sleep deprivation and obesity. I'll have to post that later...after reading it, I should be pushing myself to sleep!! Oh well! Luckily, I don't have to work tomorrow...just class in 5 hours. Egads!!!

I am freezing cold right now, so I am going to snuggle up in my blankets and hope that I will wake up on time. We still don't have any snow here yet...seems like everybody around us does. I think the snow makes the temp feel a bit warmer, but I still don't want it yet. Before I start mumbling incoherently, I'm going to hit the hay NOW. Expect a more meaningful post tomorrow...errrr later today even.

Exit...Stage Left!

Saturday, November 27, 2004
New Look!!

Nothing exciting today....if you drop by the blog please comment and tell me if you like the new look!!! I didn't design it...many thanks to Free Blogger Templates for the design. How's the load time?? I'm not sold on it yet, but its something different than the zillions of other dot backgrounds out there. I have a feeling that if I keep at this blogging, I'll shell out for a cute, creative look!!

I made it to my weigh-in today...up 2.2 pounds :( I knew it was going to happen because I've been sloppy this week. Less exercise, a few more bites of junk than normal, less water...it all adds up! This week, I'm going to buckle down yet again...can't let my mom catch up to my weight loss. We have our real Thanksgiving tomorrow with all the family, so that will be a true test. I've got my game plan set, now I just need to stick to it. Wish me luck!

Thursday, November 25, 2004
Happy Thanksgiving!!

Well, Thanksgiving was pretty uneventful. I got to sleep in a bit longer than usual, watched the parade, let the dogs out, and then headed to my parents. After all of the lazy arses over there finally got dressed, we headed to a local restaurant for our Thanksgiving lunch. Yes, my parents aren't ones to cook much at all. We're having the real Thanksgiving on Sunday with my grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. I'm pretty proud of myself...I didn't overeat even though we went to a buffet and limited myself to one plate of food and salad. Afterwards, we did some shopping...even Walmart was open today. I always thought ol' Walton never wanted his store to be open on holidays....but I guess since he's dead and with the economy the way it is, they didn't want to miss out on any extra money. Tonight, my mom is making a list of everywhere I have to go tomorrow for her. It's always good to have a strategy when having to deal with zillions of other crazy shoppers. I'm not thrilled about going...my mom has to work....so one of my sisters, who has no experience with this crazy shopping day, is tagging along with me. I'm going to put those walkie talkies I won last week at work to good use :) If I don't post again tomorrow, I most likely got trampled at Target!!!

Still figuring out the template idea...we'll see if I do one myself or do the linkware thingy before I invest money into having someone cool create one. Stay tuned...

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Happy TITS day to you!! No, I am not talking about my chest, or your chest, or anybody's chest!! TITS is an acronym for me...today it means Tuesday Is Too Sweet, another time it could mean Today Is Totally Sh*tty....you get the picture. I am finally enrolled for spring classes, and the schedule is a lot nicer than my original plan!!! The admissions counselor entered in my choices, and EVERY SINGLE CLASS time I picked was full!!! Luckily, some others that were originally full were open, and she pulled some strings to get the accounting class I had to have fit me in. I still don't have much of an earlier schedule for Thursday, but I'll be OK. The only thing odd about my schedule print out is that it has my major listed as Nuclear Medicine....that major had no openings until 2006...and it still doesn't!! I'm a business admin major now, and I got my classes, so that's what counts!!

I am supposed to be studying for psychology right now, but I just can't concentrate!! I'd rather be doing anything else but that!! I think I know the instructor's thinking, so I'm sure I can pull it off. I have a high A right now, and I think I know enough for at least a B. Also, it's too fun watching the people in the area right now. There are 4 law enforcement people on the prowl up by the Christmas tree. I wonder if it has to do with the criminal justice classes.... Either that, or something odd is going to happen!! Speaking of that major, my sister is now going to be invading my school in January for those classes. She dropped out of another school after only a month due to roommate craziness and a car accident. She now wants to be a cop or CSI type person instead of a minister. Talk about different spectrums....she's getting all excited since one of her classes will be about gun handling....not the type of talk from a peace-loving person.

Well anyways, I'm working on my own template for this lovely blog of mine...after looking at some coding and CSS and stuff, it doesn't look that hard!! I've done basic web pages before, and this isn't that much different. I can't stand being generic. Look for some changes coming soon!!

Sunday, November 21, 2004
The Sneeze Part 2!!

Wow, this is my second post for the day. That's a good clue to how much I'm procrastinating with studying for my business test tomorrow. So, I was looking through my stats, and I noticed that I actually had someone had checked out my page by using a keyword. What??? Not from the Blog Explosion surfing or from another site where I lurk??? This has to be some kind of miracle!! I'm third on the list for Google for a "sneeze attack" search!! It's the post that will make me famous....ha! I should start keeping a running tally on my sneezes. I think my highest is 18. Unfortunately, it isn't even close to beating a Guiness record. I think someone sneezed for hours and hours straight. If I ever go that long, I really hope someone will kill me to get me out of my misery!!

Other news...I thanked my lucky stars yet again that I do not share the same blood line as my stepdad. He had another of his lovely manic fits when my boyfriend called me while I was over there today. He is jealous of him....and it is really disgusting. We won't go into those reasons right now about why my stepfather cannot stand any man that comes into my life. Every other person in his family is either manic-depressive or dumber than a box of rocks. That estimate isn't very scientific, but I bet I'm right. I don't think I could live with myself for reproducing if my child would end up being something like him. I seriously think he needs some kind of medication....my mother agrees, the family agrees, but he just refuses to get evaluated by a psychologist. I think he's afraid to find out what's wrong with him, or that he has just too many skeletons in his closet that he doesn't want to get out.

I realized that I didn't update about my last weigh-in...I swore that I did, but maybe it got ate by the Blogger gods. Well, I lost 5.8 pounds as of Tuesday!! The old gal that weighed me just about had a heart attack!! So, I'm back on track for losing at least one pound a week since starting. Woohoo!! Because of my retarded knee that is still aching a bit, I missed my aerobics class again. I just hope that doesn't mean gain at the scale this week! I'll have to bust some ass over the next couple days....my eating has been a bit sloppy this weekend.

Well, I must get back to studying, so I vow not to go surfing for credits till Wednesday!! I have two tests in the next two days and some major computer class homework to catch up on. I'll be back if I make it through it all :)

Dude on the Couch!!

Geez, the weekend is almost over and I've accomplished nothing!! I worked yesterday, had a meeting with my business project group (where nothing was accomplished but bullsh*tting about other people that annoy us), and hung out at the parents house afterwards due to no ambition to do anything else. I ended up staying overnight because my house is feeling a bit crowded right now!!

As the title says, there is a dude sleeping on the couch in the living room!! Not just any dude...it's my roommate's dad. Not even a cute, droolworthy dude like the last one (unless you have a thing for guys old enough to be your father!!) Her family is over because they are doing some painting in the basement. I guess it is going to be pretty cool from what I hear through my door...the roommate doesn't tell me much anymore since she got conjoined at the hip to the basement roommate!! When I left for work early yesterday morning, I had to sneak by him on my way out the door. I think I woke him up...that's what he gets for sleeping there!! I feel so self-conscious when I have to creep past sleeping people or people I just don't know that well!! So, I'm avoiding my place for the rest of today because I really don't enjoy paint fumes that much....fruity smelly markers are the extent to what I can stand....and then with those crazy sneeze attacks as of late, I don't know what paint would do to me!! Also, it was pretty late before I was ready to head home, and I didn't want to wake up her father!! I am a nightowl, and lately, roommate #1 has been going to bed pretty darn early....lights out before I even get home from work sometimes!!

School front: I AM NOT SIGNED UP FOR CLASSES YET. This troubles me quite a bit. I went in to register on Thursday, and the dang secretary said nobody could help me till Monday or Tuesday. WTF?? Now, I don't know how hard it is to type my schedule into a computer...I wouldn't be having this problem at my old school! One of the gals in my business group said she registered on Thursday, so I must not have been persistent enough. Maybe I should have thrown a temper tantrum. With my luck, that would have just earned me a visit to the psychologist. Ha!! She said she could not get into an accounting class...which is the same one I need. I have no idea what I'll do, because the scheduling analysts at work will have a hissy fit if I have to change my schedule my much!!

Work front: I am now the proud owner of walkie talkies. I can now be Secret Agent Gigglepuss or something. We had a little autumn pre-Thanksgiving type party on Thursday and I won them in a drawing. Last year, I won a lighted house thingie so this is definitely better....some people don't win anything, so I should quit complaining. They may be come in handy for the after-Thanksgiving sales :) Retail therapy is so much better than food binge therapy...and I really need some new things in the wardrobe. Also, I won another award that night from my supervisor's boss. I'll just call it the gold-plated thingie award. (I'm being a bit careful about the name, because someone checked out my blog from my city according to the stats and it wasn't me or even the same internet provider. Of course, if it was someone from work, the walkie talkies and my first name would already give it away!! If you come back, say hi and leave a comment!! Maybe I know you :)) OK, back to topic...only 4 or 5 people were chosen from my area for this award, I guess it is like an overall team player/high sales award and it is only given ONCE a year at the same time. Since I've only been there for a year and 1 month, I guess that is pretty cool. The other people on my team told me that with the points I earned from getting it, I may be going to the annual conference in Hawaii. Woohoo!! I'd have to start doing some fake baking now if that's true.

Well anyways, I better start getting something accomplished today other than web surfing and figuring out a new template deciding...if I'll do the linkware route or design my own. Decisions, decisions!!

BTW, email me or comment if you want a Gmail invite. As asked in a previous comment, I like Gmail because I get a lot of emails from groups I'm involved in and I like being able to sort and search for specific phrases I need....like if someone sent a yummy pumpkin cheesecake recipe and I don't remember who or what group, I just type it and it finds it for me :) Also, the storage space is nice...I'll never get close to the limit, but it was better than Hotmail (except now they are giving more space too, but I still like it better!!)

Thursday, November 18, 2004
Parents Come in Handy...

Yikes, looks like another night that I just can't fall asleep!! I should be studying more for my accounting test, but I'd rather just bore myself to sleep websurfing.

I had to register for spring classes today. I should say, I was SUPPOSED to register for classes today....took two hours of work off in order to accomplish this task! Registering sucks this semester. Reason #1: Because of my last name, I had to go at the very last possible time slot for any business admin majors. #2: Because of #1, classes are filling fast. I get one of the business teachers to sign off on it, and get in the long line to enter it in. Well, I get to the front, and the registrar dude says my account is blocked. Well, those in college know what that means....I go and trudge up to the business office to see what hasn't been paid. $1300 is what needs to be covered...oops!!! I forgot about my work not paying for their portion till AFTER I pass the class. I actually realized that earlier, but I figured I'd be able to cover it somehow....

Well, as luck would have it, my parents already said they would lend me $700 a few weeks ago, since I did give them some money a while back when I still lived with them and felt rich. My sister crashed her car, forgot that her insurance had just elapsed before the accident, and had to get money for repairs a month or so ago. So, my parents found a way to dip into my stepdad's 401K to pay for it (they would NEVER do that for me!) and they knew they'd have some extra. The money wasn't yet available last night....luckily they did get it today! Of course, I didn't find that out until after I had to rush to work after the whole money ordeal wasted my precious time off. They were fine with giving me more to cover, so I'll be paying tomorrow and getting signed up. I just hope that my other classes didn't fill up with those who were behind me!!! With all the frustration, I've been grazing on junk tonight....I need to quit that crappy habit!!

Other than that, life is peachy.

BTW, just to see if I'm getting anybody to actually read this thing with the newfound traffic....Email me or leave a comment if you'd like a Gmail invite. I have 6 available right now, and I always forget to offer them!!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Sneeze Attack!!

OK, my body is rebelling against me. First, my ear has been bugging me off and on for weeks, then last night my knee decided to give out (although it feels ok now), and today I had a sneezing attack. Not just one or two sneezes....15 within a few minute time span. I was driving, and all of a sudden, I get a strong whiff of the lovely body spray I put on earlier. I was driving on my merry way to school, and all of a sudden, ACHOOOOOOO!! And another, and another!! I was just about to get on the interstate, I had no kleenex or napkins in the car (gosh was I an idiot to actually clean up my car a bit yesterday) and I'm sneezing out totally allergy-like mucus!! Ewwwwwww!!! I know, excess information. So I'm driving 65 miles an hour with sneeze goo coming out at least 100 miles an hour...trying to keep one hand on the wheel and one hand covering my nose. Yes, I could have pulled over, but what would be the fun in that?? What did I do with the crap? Lets just say that I'll be cleaning the bottom of my seat later on today. Disgusting I know. I haven't run across anybody who gets as many consecutive sneeze attacks as I do. My family does the "Uh oh, she's going to blow!!" thing whenever they see my nose twitch. It's a cause of much amusement (for them). Anyone else have this trouble??

I also am vowing to not get sick until this semester is over. It is going to be very difficult to do, knowing that I don't have the flu shot in my system. My mom came down with the bug, my sister is down, a gal at work is hacking all the time (well of course, smoking doesn't help that!), my supervisor has been sniffling, a instructor of mine was out for a day and still was sick when she did come back to class....I'm being contaminated everywhere I go! I'm forcing down the fluids and doing the handwashing and anything else to protect myself. I may have to resort looking like a wacko and wearing a mask :)

Monday, November 15, 2004
Hello Traffic!!!

Well, I have decided that I'm ready for traffic, so I signed up with BlogExplosion last night. Wow, they aren't kidding about bringing the traffic!! Visitors from three countries have already popped by...hi Canada, Australia, and Norway!!! Leave a comment the next time you come by....of course all of you in the US should be leaving me comments too!! I've ran across quite a few good blogs while surfing today...some a little dull too...but this will be a nice diversion I need from homework.

So, I found a great link while surfing today...the description that follows sounds way too much like me!! According to Press Any Key:
"As Jodi you are rather serious-minded, responsible, and stable. You have the gift of tact and diplomacy, and possess a charming, easy-going nature which endears you to others. You have a serious desire to understand the heart and mind of everyone, and could be very effective in a career or in volunteer work where you are handling people and serving in a humanitarian way. This name also gives you a love of home and family, and as a parent you would likely be fair and understanding. You remember the thoughtful little expressions of affection and appreciation that mean so much to others, and you have the ability to create a warm and loving environment. However, you tend to put things off and avoid facing issues because of a lack of confidence and uncertainty. You often need encouragement from someone before you can come to a decision. This name creates a generally well-balanced and healthy nature, but any weakness in the health would cause problems in the fluid functions, such as kidney or bladder trouble, overweight, or swelling of the legs and ankles."
So if you don't know me, here's a great description!!

My knee is in so much pain right now. It did a crazy popping thing while I was walking through the aisles at a store today. I thought I was going to collapse for a minute!! I really do not want to hobble to class tomorrow. My knee has been doomed since a major soccer injury back in the 5th grade. Of course, all this bouncing around with my weight lately exercising doesn't help much. I'm ready to dump my whole left side of my body already....my ear is still bugging me, now my knee, carpal tunnel in the wrist, etc. I hope all this losing weight will give my body some more years without repairs needed.

Speaking of, tomorrow is my WW weigh-in, and I'm pretty sure it will be a good one. I'm already down 3 pounds from last week according to my scale. Then, I get to go to my aerobics class (if my knee hangs in there!!) Did I just say "Get to"???? That is quite a change in my attitude. Woohoo!!

Saturday, November 13, 2004
Can't Sleep

I am WIDE AWAKE!!!! Damnit all!! I was so tired riding home after supper, and now here I am. I need to do something to poop myself out!! I have the whole house to myself at this very second, so I could make some noise and run around naked. Nah, I'll save that for another time. I really wish I could fall asleep...last night I had the most awesome dream and I'd love another great one tonight....it's the closest to getting any action that I have right now :(

Good news...my weight is back down. My blooming period decided to come visit yesterday. That was a shitter since it only left two weeks ago and I had no supplies with me at work!! Quelle horrour!!! Also, there was nothing to use in the ladies....had to stuff some toilet paper in my panties and hope for the best till I got home. Luckily, I made it out ok. Also good news...a gym that is open 24 hours is opening up really close to me. I could be exercising there right now instead of finding stupid ways to tire myself out. I got a free week pass in the mail, so I'll have to check it out this week.

Think I'm going to try falling asleep again, but I'll be back later!!

Thursday, November 11, 2004
Evil Scale!! Damn boys!!

What have I learned this week??? DO NOT EVER MISS MY AEROBICS/SCULPT CLASS AGAIN!! It just set off a pattern of not exercising as much the rest of the week!! Plus, I gained 3.4 pounds on this weigh in. Now I figured I'd gained 1 because my scale was showing it, but there is a conspiracy in the scales at Weight Watchers. Every single time I have to weigh up front, I weigh like 2 pounds less than when I weigh in with the leader. So, then the next week, I'm always up when I weigh in with the leader again. This has happened twice!! I'm going to have to test both scales next time I go and compare. Just say to them, I want to see the difference. My mom didn't go to the meeting with me because she worked, but she told me she lost 5 pounds...good for her but damnit!! I just know my mind is going to make this a competition, especially since I've found out she weighed the same as me last week. Competition never works with my mother!! I can't let this become one...give me the strength to just work on me and not care!!

So anyways, I went to my class last night, and the alternate instructor was there again. Man oh man, I still feel it today!! I think I'd get more results with her overall...she doesn't treat it like a beginner's class as much. It's a good thing, really it is. Those 3 pounds will leave me for next week!! I am hitting the gym again tomorrow since there isn't any school....ooh now I wonder if they are closed for Veteran's Day. Well, I will do a workout video for sure if it is.

Another source of frustration...Paul isn't coming tomorrow. Now I knew he wouldn't even though he said he was...but I did still get my hopes up! He says he'll be here by Saturday...I totally doubt it. What in the heck am I going to do about him??? One night we're soooo close...and then the bubble gets burst...and then things are great, and then.... Maybe I should take him up on him paying for a ticket for me to go up there. Since his work isn't so flexible, maybe I'll have to be the flexible one. I'll have to think about that.

I should get to bed...even if I don't have school tomorrow!! I could clean my room, get caught up on my computer assignments, and get a bunch of exercise in! Tomorrow has to be a better day!!

Monday, November 08, 2004
Time Flies!!

Oh my, I've left this place unattended again!! Good thing I'm not looking for an audience yet...I will do that eventually!!

So what has happened since the last time I posted....actually had fun at the business conference in Aberdeen, had another nice loss at my last WW meeting when I expected a gain, got my mom to finally join WW (but shit, she weighs the same as I do now...I cannot let myself make this a competition!!), missed my aerobics class due to voting, got VERY disappointed by the results (I'll miss you Daschle but woohoo to Herseth!! Ugh to more Bush!!), busy with work and school, and other general stuff.

Update for today...I had a nice day at the grandparents...my aunt yapped so long about her boyfriend/ex-fiance problems that they didn't bug me a bit about my life :) Some of the family things can feel a bit like being in front of a firing squad...when are you getting married, what are you doing with your life, blah, blah!! My grandpa looked good...even more hair than the last time we were up...but his sight really has deteriorated...he couldn't even see pictures in an album very well. I could tell he was a bit bothered by that...but another relative kept on trying to make him look at pictures of her grandkids...it's like get a clue!! My mom looked at those pictures and got that funny "Awwwww wish I had grandkids" look :) Luckily, it quickly vanishes when she realizes she'd be considered an even older "old person" to the friends of my 7th grade sister.

I've had some interesting conversations with Paul lately. Last week, we stayed up pretty late talking about the future. We chatted about when we'd like to be married, when kids should come into the mix (he says sooner and I say wait awhile!!), when I should move up there, future aspirations, etc. You know, I don't give him as much credit as I should. He really keeps me grounded and cares about what I'm doing. He's the most supportive person I have right now. And, he really has a great brain when it comes to political issues...he was giving me all sorts of statistics about what could happen because of Bush being in power again. I'm just awed when he goes off into those tangents...the brain is such a turn on for me. Don't tell him I said that...we can't inflate his ego any more!! I asked him once if he knew when we first started chatting...I knew it was in the fall, but no clue when. He is an avid journaler....written, not on the web, and he investigated it for me. November 17th will be our 5 year anniversary. Wow. He is planning on coming here this month (we'll see if it actually happens), so I wonder if something else might happen then too. Gosh, I hope so!

Weight wise---as I said, I'm still losing without too much effort. I know I need to buckle down and do what I say I will. I've said this before, but starting this Monday, I am going to journal all food and exercise done. I could be sooo much farther along...I'm just coasting. Overall, I'm averaging over a pound a week, which is healthy loss, but I know I could improve. I'm taking my measurements tomorrow too...it should be interesting to find out where I am now compared to a year ago. I'm now at the weight I had lost to be at when I had the gall bladder surgery...geez it took me a year to gain and get back to that same point. A bit depressing, but I could have been so much worse off!! I feel healthier, and I know I'm making smarter decisions....I'm making those baby steps...maybe even larger leaps...and I will make my goal!!