Monday, February 18, 2008

31 Down, No More Carnitas

Pounds, that is. I just checked, which I don't do very often, so it was a real nice surprise.

And I'm eating! I don't worry about carbs so much, except for later in the day, because with the work I do all the carbs I eat at breakfast are used up and gone in a couple of hours, and then my stomach starts growling.

I make sure to get enough protein, because I'm interested in re-building the muscle I lost from sitting on my butt for 6 years, and physical work can wear the muscle down pretty quickly.

I met up with someone on V-day that I haven't seen in about 3 years. He used to squeeze my upper arm and say, "Carnitas!" The first time he did it, I was insulted. He said, "My dad used to do that to my mom," and I told him, "Well, I'm not your mom and you're not your dad." He still did it, anyway, once in a while, but on V-day he tried it, and said, "Carrrrr-- Hey! Your carnitas are gone!" I just smiled.

That was a really nice V-day present, and it was completely unintentional. The very best kind.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Today is "Boycott V- Day! Day"

Like I do every year, I'm doing my personal boycott of Valentine's Day. I took the day off work so I don't have to be an unwilling participant in the mandatory candy- and card-giving bulloney.

I'm not against being in love or all the emotional stuff, I'm just against unrealistic expectations, which become more unrealistic every year.

People at work didn't understand when I explained why I was staying home for V-Day. They can't believe someone would boycott such a wonderful day. Then they shared their angst with me over the gifts they bought/might get.

Hello?!? They still couldn't see my point when I told them they were doing exactly what I was trying to explain. Thanks to all the commercials and ads telling men and women what their women and men REALLY want, so that's what they REALLY should get, and spend all that REALLY big money on, no one REALLY ever seems to be happy.

And after the day's over, or even before it's over, too many people just seem to be angry. So-and-so didn't get them the right gift. Or so-and-so didn't spend enough money on the gift. Or so-and-so didn't get them a gift at all. (Sounds just like Christmas, doesn't it?)

The Daughters and I went to the drugstore last night to buy a few things, and the parking lot was packed. We had to drive around and around until there was a spot, and inside the store it was bedlam, especially in the card aisle. People were agonizing over the right card and the paltry selection (because not one ready-made card said exactly the right thing, damn it!), worrying over being able to find an appropriate gift (at a drugstore? Come on!), and hoping what they bought would be enough and their Valentine-person wouldn't end up hating them.


I have to admit to some smug superiority because I had removed myself from all that. I didn't even have to stand in line because no one was at the perfume counter, so we paid there. Couldn't believe no one was at the perfume counter. Valentine's Day? Perfume?

Last month when I requested February 14th off, I had no idea I might have a Valentine-person. Well, um, things have sort of changed, but it hasn't changed my boycott. He doesn't agree with me on it, but I don't care. And he doesn't care that I don't care. It's not a big enough issue. Maybe he's even secretly relieved. (Probably not, though. Like I said, it's not an issue.)

This morning I text-messaged my Valentine-person. Yes, I TM'd him-- it was 6 am and he was asleep. Besides, I figured he'd get a little kick out of turning on his phone and getting a Valentine's Day TM. Me bending my boycott and all.

He TM'd me back: Happy Valentine's Day :-x

Good feelings, acknowlegement for being special, and it didn't cost a thing. Perfect.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Subconjunctival Hemorrhage

That's what I have.

Today is Wednesday. Last Thursday, at work, I got popped in the eye by a plastic strap that sprung apart from around a bundle of magazines. I didn't think anything of it except, "Ow." It felt like it hit my eyelid, not my eyeBALL.

Wrong! The outer half of my eyeball turned pink. Friday, it was still pink. (I did tell my supervisor what happened, on Thursday, after he asked me why I was wearing a ScoobyDoo bandaid on my arm. I told him I'd cut my arm on the corner of a hamper and it wouldn't stop bleeding, which is why he'd seen me heading for the bathroom with my bloody arm clutched in my other hand. He mentioned, "Your eye's all pink, too." So I told him about the plastic strap, and he said, "Not having a good day, are you?")

Saturday, it was redredred. Sunday, it was only pink, so I stopped worrying.

Monday, it was red again. It didn't hurt, only felt sort of dry, like wind was blowing on it. Supervisor told me that had happened to him once, half his eye had been red like mine, and he'd been given eye drops for it. I told him that Wednesday was a non-scheduled day, and I'd go to the doctor.

Tuesday (yesterday) it was red, still, and I had to assure people I didn't have pinkeye (conjunctivitis). I told them it was a hemorrhage from an eye injury, so they'd stop backing away from me like I had the plague. Little did I know!

So, today I spent a couple of hours trying to find the right place to go for Urgent Care (5 places!), and an hour-and-a-half actually being seen to. Not bad, huh? Only an hour-and-a-half! And everyone was terrific.

Turns out I was right.It WAS a hemorrhage. I didn't hurt the cornea, only bruised it, but I got some eye drops, anyway. I also got a tetanus shot. Not because I needed one, but because I couldn't remember the last time I got one. So now I have a big, honking bandaid on my arm, and it'll hurt like hell peeling it off. The shot didn't hurt a bit, but the bandaid removal sure will!

So that was my day off-- running around not having a much of a day off.

But I'm glad my eye's on the mend (it's only a dark pink today) and now I can step on a rusty nail somewhere and not have to worry about lockjaw. Pretty good, huh?

Oh, yeah. I had to have my blood pressure taken, and it's wayway down from what it was last spring when none of us where I used to work knew what was going to happen to us, and my BP was in the "stroke at any moment" range. Now it's back to "only nervous about having my BP taken" range, and I can give blood again. AND, when I'm driving to work in thick, thick fog (like I did the day before yesterday at 4am) or blinding rain (like a couple of weeks ago), I don't have to wonder if my stress level is about to kill me. I like that. I can just worry about normal rain- and fog-related things, like not being able to see anything, crazy drivers, and stray cows on the freeway. (Yes! It happened last week!) Life is good.

Friday, January 11, 2008

It's All In A Name

Mine, specifically.

I'm off work today-- triple YAY! I was supposed to be off on Wednesday, too, which would have been the first one off since New Year's Day, but it got cancelled. (I had 4 days off from Thanksgiving to New Year's-- Thanksgiving, Dec. 11, Christmas, and New Year's Day. All 10- and 12-hour days. Yes, I work Sundays.) When Mr. Supervisor came to tell me the day before, after I'd been there 9 hours already, he said, "Okay, before I say what I have to say, let me tell you this first: I love you." Pause. "So can I see your bright and smiling face at 5:30 tomorrow morning?" And he RAN. My big, black, bodybuilder supervisor ran away from me like a scared little rabbit. When I confronted him about it the next day, he said, "Of course I ran. I know you."

Which brings me to this little quiz I came across while being glued to the computer since 8 this morning.

The first paragraph is complete bullsht, but the rest is uncannily accurate. And I DO get in trouble a lot. I don't know why, it must be a gift.

What Lori Means

You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.
You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.
Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.

You are well rounded, with a complete perspective on life.
You are solid and dependable. You are loyal, and people can count on you.
At times, you can be a bit too serious. You tend to put too much pressure on yourself.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.
You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.
You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.
You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.
You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.

I've been described with lots of those words-- "rebel" "wild" "handful" "intense"(that one gets used a lot). And I've been told numerous times "they couldn't handle you." I always thought it meant it was because I can be such a btch.

The fourth paragraph is the truth-- absolutely. If anyone tries this quiz, let me know, either by comment or email. I'm pretty skeptical, and was ready for something stupid, but I'm sort of impressed with this one.

By the way, thanks Val for pointing me to the quiz.

Friday, January 04, 2008

I'm home early today

because the power went out at work, and the emergency lights are only good for emergencies. So, most of us went home.

We're having a whoopee of a storm. I had to drive 65 miles INTO 40-50mph winds, with the rain coming AT me. Fun. Fortunately, the other people on the freeway were going just as slowly as I was.

The worst part were the big rigs. My little Toyota was going only a couple mph faster than they were, so I had to keep the windshield wipers going at their fastest because of the horrendous spray the rigs' tires were sending up and over. All I could do was hang onto the steering wheel, pray a lot, and hope the buffeting from the wind and the trucks wouldn't send me (or the trucks!) into the wrong lane.

The good thing about it was it was in the DAYTIME. What a luxury! This morning I drove in the dark, with the wind going like crazy (no rain, though), and my headlights picking out all the debris flying across the freeway. A couple of the tumbleweeds seemed almost as big as my car. It was surreal.

While I was in my car, having lunch and feeling the wind shake and bounce my little economy model while it was just sitting still, looking at and hearing the rain pound from all directions, a huge, pink balloon went bouncing up and down, up and down, between the front of my car and the parking lot fence, then bounced up and over the fence, and into the field on the other side, and bounce up and down, up and down, and away. I had to laugh. It looked like someone lost their bubble gum right in the middle of a good blow. I wondered where in the world such a huge balloon would come from, and then I remembered the car dealerships nearby, with their long, long ropes full of balloons. Guess someone's rope broke. Oops.

On my way out of my work-town, the traffic lights were all dark and blank-- power outage. But the other people driving all seemed to be feeling helpful and generous, and we treated the intersections like 4-way stops, and no one honked once. Nice.

It's supposed to keep raining for the next 2 days, and I have to go to work on both of them. But the wind's supposed to be a lot less, so that's something. Evidently, there are 3 storms, and this is the second one. The third one's supposed to kick in tonight or tomorrow morning sometime, but the rain is supposed to keep coming. I bet the people a couple of blocks away, next to the river, are sandbagging right now. They have to do it just about every year. The street in front of our house is flooded, but that's par for the course where we live. Oh, well.

Oh, yeah.

Happy New Year, by the way.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Obligatory Christmas Post

Merry Solstice! (I never posted on Solstice-- I had that virus-thingy that keeps you either sleeping and shivering or running to the bathroom.)

Merry Christmas. And all that.

We're all fine, blah, blah. I'm just glad I'm home and not at work. But, back to the grind tomorrow. I'll have to appease LaWonda, though, because I was sick again, so went home early yesterday (I probably should have stayed home two days when I got sick, instead of only one day) and she had to go to Menopause Central because I couldn't, and she was NOT happy. I'll make her something to eat. That'll buy me some forgiveness. Having LaWonda displeased with you can make life pretty rough. She talks loud, too, so everyone in the building knows what she thinks. And it's a big building.

Ho. Ho. Ho.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

It's been awhile, hasn't it?

Today is the first day I've had off in EXACTLY 2 WEEKS. I've had to start working Sundays, too, so there went my one definite day off. Instead, I was being given a weekday off, and last week, I was supposed to get Thursday off, but it was cancelled. I was SOOOO not happy about that.

I've also been working 12-hour days, which makes my usual 10-hour days seem like a piece of cake. Figure in my commute time, and I'm gone 15 hours a day. I have to sleep, 5 1/2 or 6 hours, and I have to bathe when I get home before going to bed. I also have to get ready for work in the mornings (middle-of-the-nights to normal people), and I give myself 2 hours for that so I'll be awake enough to not fall asleep on the way to work.

So, I haven't been posting anything, just checking in on my favorite blogs when I get the time. And finding out the weather forecast for 1)my town, 2)a town in the middle of my commute, and 3)the town where I work, so I can be better prepared for rain or FOG. Rain is scary because all the rain-related driving statistics keep dancing through my head like sourplums while I'm driving, and the huge big rigs on the road only add to the water hitting my windshield. And I'm DRIVING IN THE DARK, people. Nighttime. There've been a couple of times when I've been driving and I swear I had an out-of-body experience-- it felt like I wasn't sitting in the seat of the car anymore, but had floated up and was looking DOWN at the road in front of me. I had to start singing really loud (no music on the radio, even!) so I could re-orient myself. And I wasn't hydroplaning, either. I'm real careful about not doing that.

Rain is bad, FOG is worse. There's no sound when it's foggy. Even the sound of the tires on the road is muffled. I can't hear any traffic approaching, so when some idiot car comes flying past my window (I guess my car and the 14 cars behind me are driving too slowly), it's a bit of a surprise. Once one of those cars passed me, and later I saw it very faintly at an angle on the side of the road, nose-first into the oleanders. Whoops. And a couple of times I've watched a car hugging the white line on the edge, only to see it's brake lights suddenly light up, because it followed that white line right onto an off-ramp. I'm guessing they didn't REALLY want to take those exits.

I've put my work number on speed-dial on my cell phone. That way I can call without looking at the phone keys and warn them I'll be late getting in.

My poor papier-mache Santas are still nude. I haven't had time or even the inclination to work on them.

BUT-- I'VE LOST 22 1/2 POUNDS! No wonder I have to keep pulling my pants up. And one of my supervisors has said a couple of times this past week that he thinks I'm losing weight. I just said, "Yeah, probably," but never thought to actually check on my scale until I got home from work last night. Surprise! I have noticed my face looking thinner when I've looked in the mirror, but I thought it was just me looking tired and drawn, and then felt sorry for myself (I have to do that, feel sorry for myself, because no one else will). Now I know it's actually 22 1/2 POUNDS gone. I haven't even been watching what I eat, except for avoiding salt (I'm like a sponge if I eat salt, I retain water like crazy, which makes my Carpal Tunnel worse). Otherwise, I EAT.

Oh, yeah. They're having another potluck at work today and I'm missing it. We are the eating-est workplace in the world, I think. We're always having potlucks, or else someone brings in something they've made and we all have some. I brought Hot and Sour soup a couple of weeks ago, left it on the table in the break room for maybe 15 minutes, and when I came back to get some to eat, it was gone. Only a couple of pieces of julienned shiitake were left, stuck to the sides of the pot. So I didn't even get to have any. And it was a 6-quart pot! Now everyone wants the recipe, even a couple of our Asian co-workers, which makes me laugh.

Okay, so that's my long post. Now I have to go out and do some Christmas shopping because I won't have another day off until Christmas day itself. I haven't done one speck of shopping yet, except for a gift card for someone who wanted one, and I happened to be in that particular store at the time.