Thursday, January 29, 2009

You can't win for losing

A few months ago MSN had a grabber story on how much it costs to lose 30 pounds. I read it and the first thought I had was that not only does it cost money to lose weight, but it costs a lot of money to gain it too. I'd hate to know how much, per pound, I've spent to gain weight. Sheesh, can you imagine knowing how much money you, personally, have forked over to Taco Bell, Wendy's, Coca Cola, Ben & Jerry's, the Mars company, etc? I for one don't want to even think about how much I've enriched the companies that have helped me gain weight. Now, I know it's not the companies fault. It's my own. I'm the only one who has decided to put their products in my mouth, but when I think about the amount I've paid to do it, I almost faint (hurry, someone get me a piece of chocolate). It takes a lot of resources to be a fat person in America. And then it takes even more resources to be a skinny person in America.

I have a real reason to write this post. It's time for me to stop personally funding whole fast food chains. This won't be easy, just look at my last post, but my waist and my checkbook need the break. It's time to eat more wisely and to exercise regularly. If I can pull this off, not only will my clothes fit again, but my budget may slim down too.

Friday, January 23, 2009


Yesterday we had near 50 degree weather. This morning I didn't have to wear a coat.
Now look what I have to drive home in.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Yesterday I witnessed pure Evil. Every year at this time it lurks around every corner and in every shadow and once you see it, it's too late. This Evil will wrap it's Thin Mint selling tentacles around your checkbook and you will be helpless before it. The Evil appears in an innocent form, a young doe eyed girl in her crisp uniform. Don't be fooled she possesses a horrific temptation beyond the threshold of a mere mortals resistance. You will be overwhelmed with Samoa enticements and the persuasion of Tagalongs.

If you encounter one of these devotees of evil do your hips a favor and run the other way while you still can. DO NOT LOOK THE EVIL IN THE EYE, you'll never escape with your current figure. I can testify of the influential power these peddlers of cookie possess as I am a victim. I fought with all my might, but in the end she prevailed.

Cookies anyone??

Saturday, January 17, 2009


On Thursday I worked very hard all day. In fact, it was one of the most productive days I've had in a long time. When I walked in on Thursday morning my desk was a mess. I had files that needed taking care of and I needed to follow up on stacks and stacks of order, objections, and inquiries. I spent all day up to my elbows in documents. But by the end of the workday, I was able to clean off my desk, leaving on the essential file, yellow notepads, and staplers on my desk. I even managed to go through my court emails (yes, there were almost 100 of them, but I did get to just delete half and save the documents on the other half). I felt so proud of myself.

About 4:30 my boss, Sam, poked his head in my door and asked how the day had been. He likes to do that when he doesn't want to work any more for the afternoon. I proudly told him of my accomplishments in pushing paper. His reply was something to the effect of "ya, but now you have client emails and phone calls to return." I was devastated. I had gotten so much done to just be deflated. Now, don't get me wrong. I have the BEST boss. He lets me work and get what I want to done, he lets me pick my own hours, he supports me when I have crazy clients, and best of all he pays well--so we all love Sam, but that was not what I wanted to hear. I wanted an "atta job" or even a "wow, I can actually see your desk." But alas, he just reminded me that in this business, it never stops. Clients keep emailing, they keep calling, and they get upset when they don't get a response within three seconds of calling/emailing.

I suppose the moral of this little story is that life keeps coming. We get on top of one hill to see that another looms right in front of us.
One task gets accomplished to be followed by three more that need attention. But that doesn't mean we can't be proud of those accomplishments. So, by darnit, I want everyone to know that even though I have 40 client emails in my inbox and who knows how many calls to return--I accomplished something this week. My desk is clean and I'm proud of that fact.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Drawing the line

Where do you draw the line between the

And the
perfect price?

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

What have you done?

Rules are: Anything you have done has to be in bold. How much have you done?

1. Started your own blog.

2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a Praying Mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Been to the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a Home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke.
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight.
46. Been transported in an ambulance (not as a patient though)
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing.
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling.
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater.
55. Been in a movie.
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business.
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason.
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp.
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial.
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Tied a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person.
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem.
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake (Waded).
97. Been involved in a law suit (as the attorney).
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Visited Italy.

Tag--You're it.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Who thought it was his birthday?

Guess who decided to open my Birthday presents.

Saturday, January 3, 2009


Why relax in a doggy bed . . .

When Jessie's back is so much more comfortable?

Friday, January 2, 2009

I resolve . . .

Not to look like the Stay Puft Marshmallow (Wo)Man on
March 27th, 2009.