Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Day 62

I had the best weekend ever!!! Got to take care of the twins from the time they woke up Saturday morning until 2pm all by myself. It was wonderful. They are really good boys and so much energy in one place, I have NEVER seen before. I played with them, fed them, changed them, chased them and loved them. They cuddle ever so sweetly. I am certainly looking forward to the next visit. They are getting so grown up.

The parents did really well at their craft show, which I never made it to. (long story). But they were excited at the connections they made and the prospects for additional shows and clients. It was hard work and they were both very tired Saturday night, but I think they were happy.

I had a pleasant drive back home and discovered on Monday morning that I had used muscles that had not been active for quite a while. Boy if I could do that every weekend I would be in shape really fast. However, when I weighted on Sunday evening, I had lost another 2.4 pounds. Hows that for cool?

Well I have other things to do. So I will catch you later!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Day 58

Well tonight was my final Thrive! Weight Loss class. I have lost a total of 10 pounds in the past 7 weeks. Not as good as I hoped but better than I was doing before. Will I keep up the program? You bet!! It isn't that difficult and I KNOW I can lose a LOT more weight. Just have to be firm when the Diet Devil speaks. I haven't measured yet to see how many inches I have lost but I know my clothes fit much looser. And my boss has commented on my butt being smaller so I must be working in the right direction.

Tomorrow after work I am heading to Atlanta for a Craft Show with my daughter and spend some time with the grandsons. I can't wait! I know it is going to be wonderful. Hubby is staying home to finish putting the clear coat on the Craps Table he has been building for such a long time. The smell of the stuff gives me a major headache, so he is going to take advantage of me being gone to get it done. Well, maybe not all the coats he wants to put on there, but a lot of them.

Have to go pack now, enjoy your weekend, I know I am going too!!!!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Day 53

Sorry I missed blogging the past couple of days. My branch manager was on vacation and I was doing double duty. I also had a special meeting to attend on Thursday evening so I was home late. But I haven't been only working at work this week. I also created a couple more sets of napkin rings for the craft show and started on an afghan for my boss' daughter. I have LOTS of time to get that one finished. But I have a special customer at the bank who has a birthday coming up in July and I want to make him an afghan also. I finally found out his favorite color today so I can actually get started.

I have a birthday party to attend tonight and I was looking for a perfect card earlier today. I found a good one, but I also found a blow up parrot and sea horse for the twins. Can't wait to see their reaction next weekend. Hope they enjoyed their Tennessee vacation last week. I bet they are soooo much bigger than when I saw them last.

As for my Thrive! Weight Loss, I am in my seventh week. I have lost right at 9 1/2 pounds as of weigh in on Wednesday morning the 16th. I have been really good since then so I hope (fingers crossed) that I will be able to add to that total by next weigh in. Hubby has lost just over 10 pounds and he isn't REALLY trying. Well, he is wanting to lose, but not enough to STICK to the plan. He eats what I fix for his lunch and dinner but I think he is sneaking extra cokes, and snacks when I am not around. Gotta love him.

That's it for now, Later.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Day 48

In case you aren't aware, I live in North Florida near the Georgia state line. We get lots of thunderstorms in the spring and summer. We don't have fast internet available to us here at home so we purchased satellite internet a couple years ago. Satellite internet does not work in storms. There for I missed a Thrive! class tonight and an online meeting for STARFLEET. I'm actually surprised that it is working well enough for me to send this out.

Anyway, it was a busy weekend. We had to replace an air conditioner that simply quit now that the temperatures are reaching 100 degrees on a daily basis. That was lots of fun. But it is finished and working very well. We also started cleaning out the laundry room. Yep, it has been used as a storage area for many years and we finally got started. Of course the thunderstorm put an end to the progress this past weekend, but I still have hopes.

On the craft side of things, I made 3 slices of watermelon for the craft show. I sure hope I get to go. As things are right now, I should be able to make it. I am looking forward to seeing my family. I bought the twins t-shirts for the 4th of July today. They are adorable, I am certain that Mom and Dad are going to think so too.

I started on an afghan for a co-workers daughter. It is a pattern that I think I made up, but I guess I might have seen it somewhere before. Just can't remember seeing it. But it is going to be very time consuming. But when finished it should be soft and cuddly.

My manager is on vacation this week so I am covering for her. It was definitely interesting today and will be for the rest of the week, I am sure. With the new Federal Regulations concerning ATM and debit cards, we have to cover a lot more information in the few seconds we have with each customer. Please pay attention to the letter you are going to receive from your bank if you have an ATM or debit card. Make your choice and RETURN the letter signed to your bank, so that they can update your account information. Please do not just toss the letter.
I realize that a lot of junk mail is sent out by credit card companies and banks. But this one is important and you should pay attention to it.

Well, that's about it for now. Got to run and get things ready for tomorrow. Later.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Day 45

Today was one of THOSE days. I was scheduled to be at work at noon, but there was something that the boss and I didn't manage to get finished yesterday so I went in to the Bank at 8:30. I thought we might be able to audit the Traveler's Checks and the Short and Over records for the Tellers for last month before it got busy. I was wrong. My manager had some major problems to handle before we could sit down and do the maintenance work. So I just hung out in the break room and watched CSI until time to clock in.

Shortly before time to actually go to work, I developed one of those headaches that feels like someone is sticking pins into your temples. I took some medication, but all it did was dull the pain and make me very sleepy. I was actually having trouble counting and that is NOT good when you are working with money. However, I managed to balance both in my drawer and in the vault at the end of the day, so I guess all's well that ends well.

It is HOT in South Georgia right now. Everyone coming into the bank today was complaining about the heat. And that 30% chance of rain forecast for today, didn't happen.

I did manage to get the white napkin rings finished and almost finished the red ones. Just one more to go on those. That will make four sets of six for the craft show on the 26th.

Then I get home to discover that one of our air conditioners (the one in the Kitchen) has stopped blowing Cold Air. That makes it nearly impossible to cook in the kitchen. So we went to Hungry Howies for dinner. Hubby had is baked Italian Sub and I had a chicken salad. It was pretty good but way too much onion for me. I picked out most of it. But at least I didn't have to cook.

Hubby has the day off tomorrow but I have to work until noon. Shouldn't be too difficult and I can stop by Walmart on my way home to pick up meds and a few other things we will be needing this week. I know it doesn't sound like much fun for a Saturday, but we will probably go to dinner with our friends tomorrow evening, we do most Saturdays if we are in town. Then maybe I can just kick back for the remainder of the weekend.


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Day 44

Today was a pleasant day at the Bank, slow but not stressful. We have some new Federal Regulations coming on board next Monday that we had training in yesterday and I had to explain to the tellers today. I don't think it will be difficult, just time consuming.

I tried to tune in to the Thrive Class tonight, but our internet is acting very weird. So slow that I missed most of the class. I only have one more class before my 7 weeks are up and I don't feel that I have gotten a lot out of the online classes due to the problems with our internet service. But I have learned a lot and I have lost 9+ pounds. I do think it is something I can keep doing even after the classes are finished.

Yesterday I made a set of 6 Royal Blue Napkin Rings, and today I made a set of White ones. I will work on the Red set tomorrow. I have already finished the tri-color set. I hope they are what my daughter was asking for to put in the craft show.

I finally found out what color yarn my boss wants me to make her daughter's afghan. So I can hopefully start that soon. I also want to make an afghan for a special customer. But this one I don't know what color to make. His birthday is July 11th, so I guess I better find out fast.

Well, I am a bit tired tonight, so I think I will end this and hit the sack. Later!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Day 44

Well this morning before I could even get my eyes open well, I got a phone call telling me one of my coworkers was ill. I had to go in 30 minutes earlier than expected. But things worked out well after all. It was not a really busy day and I managed to get everything done and on time.

After work, I came home to make dinner, try to catch my Thrive Class and do a little email catch up. The class didn't work out well, the video and sound were jumpy and not easy to catch what was being said. Tomorrow morning is weight in. I got the feed back on my journal from last week finally and I didn't do that well. Had 3 blow it day that week, so I doubt that I will have lost much weight this week either. But I hope I have. It would be really nice if I could get the feed back in a more timely manner so that I didn't make the same mistakes the next week.

My daughter asked for some napkin rings in red, white and blue. I managed to make a set of 6 today. Will work on more tomorrow during my double lunch breaks. Yep, in order to cover everything and not get overtime, I am taking two lunch hours a day for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I will be there if anyone needs me but not on the clock. Works out pretty well as I get to watch TV and crochet in the break room.

Guess that is about it for now. Catch you later!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Day 42

Well, I got to stay home today. First weekend in 4 weeks. I managed to get the kitchen clean, the bathroom scrubbed, the rest of the laundry washed, dried, folded and put away, all the floors (some of which require getting down on hands and knees with a scrub brush to get them clean) and sorted thru a stack of old paperwork. The remaining paperwork needs to be filed, but not today.

I also managed to make 3 carrots and 3 olives this weekend for the craft show. Earlier this week I made an ear of corn with the shucks for my grandsons.

So the only thing I still have to do is work out the schedule for work this coming week. It is not working easily. I have to make sure everyone gets their time in, we have the bank covered from opening until closing and NO ONE gets overtime. Interesting challenge.

Hate to cut this short, but I really do have to get that schedule done. Later!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Day 41

Had to work this morning, but it was not bad. Just as we were logging out of the computers it came a DOWNPOUR. So we stuck it out a while longer until the rain slacked off. Meanwhile, there was an accident on the street right in front of our bank. They pulled the cars; wrecked, police and fire, into our parking lot to deal with it. Wasn't really sure we could leave, but we managed.

Came home and started the laundry, yep....finally got to the housework. Actually found the coffee table and the dining table. They had been buried under 3 weeks worth of junk mail and odds and ends. But I can actually find the surface to dust tomorrow.

We went to dinner at Ruby Tuesday's with our regular Saturday night crowd that we had not seen in a month. It was fun, but our waiter must have been new. He was forever taking the orders and then got them mixed up and we had to sent two back to the kitchen to be redone. We sat down at 6 and left at 8 and we didn't waste much time once our food arrived. But the food was good and the company was great. So we didn't complain.

The rest of the group headed to the Mall to do some shopping, but Hubby and I came on home as we both have things to do. Like this blog!!! Anyway I am actually doing this while I wait for another couple of loads of laundry to finish.

Oh, I didn't mention what I ate, I had the spicy talapia with broccoli. It comes with brown rice with some sort of cheese, tomatoes and peppers in it, but I didn't eat that. I also drank 3 glasses of water. So I managed to stay on track. Unfortunately, I was still a bit hungry when we got home (30 minutes away) so I came in and had a couple pieces of celery...plain. That is a super food and counts as a freebie. So I didn't blow it today. YEA!!!

Talked to my Daughter today. She said that her Hubby is all better now after the accident. The doctor has released him and they were headed to Tennessee to visit friends and family for the week. She will also be getting some sewing done while up there since she broke a needle on her machine and blinded the optical eye. It will be in the shop for several weeks and she has some orders that need to go out. Luckily, a dear friend also has a "smart Machine" and she has offered to help out.

Well I have a couple of reports to do, one for work (scheduling) and the other is a financial report for the STARFLEET Marine Corps Quartermaster for the month. Guess I better get off here and get those done. See ya later.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Day 40

I can't believe it has been more than a week since I wrote here. We had a great time at the Arch in St. Louis. We actually took the tram and rode to the top where there are windows to look down on the city. Spectacular view. We also walked thru the museum of the Westward Expansion and all around the grounds. Took bunches of pictures. The area around the arch has a lot of OLD buildings and is really cool. Train tracks run high up in the air and the bridges across the river are beautiful, especially the original one. Brick and steel. Very nice.

Then we ventured out of the city proper to visit friends and meet the new baby. She is beautiful. Latin coloring, with the dark eyes and hair and creamy skin. And smart! Can we say she is about perfect? Her parents think so and so do I.

It was not too difficult to stay on my Thrive Plan. Our hosts made pork loin on the grill on Saturday night and steaks on Sunday evening. But I put my Cat. I and II to work for me, so I didn't do too badly. However, the margarita with dinner Sunday night blew the day for me. As it was, I lost 1.1 pounds for the week. Almost back to even with the 1.2 I gained the week before.
I don't think we have any travel planned for this weekend, so maybe I can keep on track a bit better. I did discover that I really like the soy beans (edamame) I have been snacking on them for two days. You should really try them.. I found them in the frozen veggie section at Walmart.
They are really high in fiber, low in calories, high in vitamins. And they taste good!!! Don't bother buying the ones in the pod, since you throw the pod away and only eat the beans.

Work was rough this week. Since we had Monday off for the holiday, Tuesday was Monday times 2. Then a co-worker was ill on Thursday so we were short handed. Another had to go home a bit early today for upset stomach. Hope it isn't something going around.

Well I have to work in the morning so I better close for now. Hope everyone had a great week and with a bit of luck, I will be here tomorrow.