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Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Google

I just joined the Google Ad program... and put a Google search box on my site. It doesn't search my site very well yet... but here's hoping that once the bots crawl my pages well, the search feature will improve.

A blading we will go...

Hooray! I got me a pair of rollerblades from a wonderful lady on freecycle

I picked them up on my way to the gym this morning, and I'm looking forward to using them... albeit a bit slowly at first since I don't have ANY protective gear (and I'd rather buy that new than get it used, since it's something we SWEAT LIKE CRAZY into!)

Went up to level 3 on the stepmill this morning. I wonder if I'll EVER reach a point where I can work out on that machine without wanting to quit halfway through my 20 minutes? Ugh. It's a murderous piece of equipment. But I know it's shaping me up, so I'll endure the torture.

Got a PTA meeting tonight for Timmy's school. Normally I wouldn't give a rat's ass about such things, but I'm dying to know what's going on with the building, and when we'll be able to move in and quit attending the alternate site. Plus I'm hoping I can FINALLY get the shirts I already paid for... it's getting tiresome washing the same 2 shirts over and over for him to wear.

Found out yesterday that our martial arts classes will always be on Monday and Wednesday now, weather permitting (since they're held outside in the yard)

It's nice to know when to expect to have a class because the last few times caught me off guard and I had to hurry up, get ready, and rush over there. I try not to miss lessons, except when my throat was sore and I had Oded visiting... because he's teaching me for free and I want to show that I appreciate it by being diligent. I do hope, however, that he'll let me tidy up his website for him one of these days to repay his kindness.

Monday, August 30, 2004

Up for grabs...

Okay. I'm gonna jump on the proverbial bandwagon here and offer my gmail invitations. The only requirement is that you have to leave me an interesting comment. Being as how I've hardly had any people leave comments, I figure these invitations probably aren't going anywhere... but who knows? Here goes!

Hurricane Frances?

Well, my husband wanted to go to the store and "stock up" this morning, so I agreed to wait 'til he did that to go to the gym... then he came home and checked for news on the storm and said "you can go ahead and go to the gym if you want, I don't think it's going to hit us."

I told him to go ahead and go, now that I'd already settled in to wait! We still need stuff from the store, so it's not like it'll be a wasted trip. Sigh. Men.

He's supposed to be getting my car fixed this weekend... I hope that doesn't fall through, cuz I really miss driving my cushy New Yorker! (And I'm a little hesitant to keep looking for a job when transportation is so iffy!)

Sunday, August 29, 2004

Nutty bunch?

Okay. I was a little lazy about the blog earlier today, but you really should check out those links! Interesting stuff. I got it off another blog...

I've taken to blogsurfing a lot. Leaving comments wherever something catches my interest. So if you came here because I commented on your blog... hope you enjoy my eclectic mix of stuff.

Anyway...

My primary activity for the day was to join a bunch of people who participate in a local homeschooling group for a pool party... and it was pretty wild! I found out that the daughter of the hostess had a picture of MY OLDEST SON mooning the camera (with 3 other people...)

Pretty strange considering I had never met these people before. Small world. What can I say?

I won't go over the rest of what transpired there... since the partygoers may stumble across my blog and disapprove of being mentioned in such manner. Suffice it to say that they seem nutty enough to possibly admit my son and me to their group, LOL

Interesting weblogging articles

The future of Weblogging | The Register
BBC News | UK | Do babyblogs violate children's privacy?

maystar * designs

Gotta check this one out later when I have more time.

Closed auction, but read it. It's pretty funny!

This is all about a wedding dress...

Saturday, August 28, 2004

gmail and lazy

Well, I finally got an invitation to gmail, and it looks pretty good. What sold me on it was the archive feature I've been hearing so much about. With 1GB of storage space, one can archive quite a bit of useful info.

I'm not sure whether I'll just forward individual emails that I want to archive to it, or start directing mail from certain sources there... but it's a great resource to have.

I wonder how long it will be by invitation only... and whether they plan to charge money for it when it IS available to all?

I'm skipping my cardio workout today. My knees hurt... and I don't know if I'll have a Jiu Jitsu lesson this afternoon or not. Just in case, I'd rather save my energy for THAT.

I started off the day with 3 Chips Ahoy cookies and a glass of Coca Cola. Never going to win the $100,000 in the Body-for-LIFE Challenge that way!

Friday, August 27, 2004

Still waiting

Haven't heard yet about that job I wanted so much.
: (

I did make it to the gym and had a great lower body workout this morning... stopped off on the way home and used up the last of my available credit to purchase some flaxseed oil to go in my nutrition shakes, too. They blend up creamier with the oil than without it... I wanted UDO's but couldn't afford it. Sigh... it sucks to be broke.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Second interview

I went back to the place I'm most interested in working today... and it went like this:

Had a nice time visiting with Bob the cat in the "lobby" (more like a waiting room...) while I read my book. (Did I mention I'm reading "White Oleander"?)

While I sat there reading, the strangest thing happened. Well, I thought it was strange, but judge for yourself:

The mailman came in. (No, I know THAT'S not strange, LOL) He went up to the window, where he spoke to Michelle, the current office manager. She's the one who's moving away... that's why they're conducting interviews.

None of it sounds terribly strange yet, does it? Of course not. But the next part is.

He started chit-chatting about whether or not the business had any other names, and the names of adjacent businesses... as well as asking her if she smoked. ??? Very odd. But that's not all...

Here's the strange part of the conversation, at least, my paraphrase thereof:

Mailman: They give you enough breaks around here? Do you smoke?
Michelle: I try not to...
Mailman: What do you smoke? Newport? Marlboro Lights?
Michelle: I started off with Newports, but... (the rest I didn't hear)
Mailman: Here. Have a cigarette. I have some right here.

And he proceeded to take out TWO cigarettes, giving them to her. Very odd.

He left, talking to himself about the ballet and a half (the address next door was 29 1/2)

Am I overly suspicious, or does it sound like this guy was on drugs?

Moving right along...

When I went in the back and was interviewed, I found it to be a very pleasant experience. I like the people there, and their attitude. I'm very interested in the industry (advertising, commercials) and would love to learn more. Ultimately, I think I could benefit them a great deal with the skills I possess, and while I have no experience as an office manager, per se... I feel quite capable of mastering all that's necessary.

He even whetted my appetite by mentioning that there might be some writing involved! Short descriptive passages for the website, and perhaps for some commercials too. Hmmmmmmmm sounds good to me!
: )

Got a webcam?

If you do... you might want to click on the above link to read this story.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Overwhelming success!

This morning's karaoke show at the college went over GREAT! So well, in fact, that we had to do it after class again, just so people would GO back to class, LOL

Here's hoping that tonight's show meets with equal enthusiasm!
: )

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Who wants a bunch of annoying kids?

OMG they're giving me headaches today. I can't stand it. The baby has started to be a whiny crybaby all day long, crying about every little thing... for the past week. Pretty much since Sarah & Timmy went back to school.
: (

On a positive note, I went by the karaoke place today to make sure I was clear on everything, since I'll be in a rush tomorrow morning when I go by there.

I should probably get in the shower, but I really just don't feel like it. I'm tired and I'd like to go to bed, but of course, that would be stupid because Bob's alarm will just go off in an hour and wake me back up, and cause me to be all disoriented. I wish to God he'd get put on day shift. I'm tired of this schedule. It sucks for ME. He probably likes it... but I think he likes it less and less as it gets harder and harder for him to get any sleep in the daytime. Too bad that's not enough incentive for him to give up the measly shift differential he gets for working graveyards...

Crap. There she goes whining and crying AGAIN! I give up. I think I'm going to log off and go bang my head against a wall.

More of Maggie Wang's artwork

I think she's fabulous. She says some of her work has been temporarily rendered unvisitable... but as soon as she gives us a link to that stuff, I'll post it!
: )

Moving Mountains

Not for atheists.

Winning Without Intimidation

An entry in Zoe's blog reminded me of this newsletter I used to get... but it probably started bouncing from the email box it was sent to. Anyway, I just went and re-subscribed... with an email I know won't bounce. (It's through my website so it's unlimited in size)

Basically, he helps us figure out how to get what we want without losing our temper... and letting the other party feel as though they've gotten what they wanted as well.

Monday, August 23, 2004

Don't believe everything you read, LOL



I'm India!

A great thinker and leader, you have a great deal of power despite
being really poor.  You like movies, cows, and you probably are a vegetarian and may
even be a pacifist.  You've probably been moving away from pacifism lately, though,
as you get more and more defensive that everyone around you is trying to hurt you.
 How about a nice game of chess?

Take the Country Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid

Flame Wars

In my Body for Life Women's group there has been a ridiculous argument going on all day... which resulted in the banishment of one or more members. I don't understand why people have to resort to childish name-calling and other such nonsense... maybe it would help if they could go down to the schoolyard and duke it out?

Anyway, it's been a mundane Monday. Had a great lower body workout at the gym, and that's where my fitness story for today ends. I've eaten nothing but junk food. But I am going to start posting my meal plans to encourage accountablility... starting tonight, with tomorrow's fare. Now, I sure hope I can stick to it, or I'll look like a real buffoon! Nutrition is 80% of fitness... you can work out 'til the cows come home, but if you keep stuffing your face with brownies and Burger King, guess what? You're going to look more like a cow than a superhero. If you want that superhero physique, you can't just talk the talk, you gotta walk the walk. Which means 6 small meals a day, eating every 2 to 3 hours.

I guess part of the reason I've had so much trouble sticking to my nutrition plan is that the kids won't eat the stuff I'm supposed to, so I feel badly about having my husband purchase extra things for me when his income is tight. Gotta get a J.O.B.!

Did I mention that I nailed down the deal to host the karaoke on Wednesday? Gonna get paid what I asked for the gig... but I have to set up and tear down twice. (It's 1/2 hour in the morning and 1/2 hour in the evening... and in between I have to put the gear up for safekeeping, else I'd have to "babysit" it all day!) Incidentally, the gear is being rented from Sing-a-Song

Yes, Wednesday and Thursday are going to be busy, busy days for me. But I'm ready!

Mightier Than. Copywriting that means business.

Another link to add to my sidebar... always game to promote another writer. Hope he finds lots of work!
: )

makeshift mom

This lady just joined one of the BFL groups I belong to, and I believe I'll be adding her blog to my list of favorites. (Is that what some folks call a "blogroll"?)

I'll post more later today, but I just wanted to make sure her link got put up, for now.

Sunday, August 22, 2004

T.I.G.E.R.S.

Click on the link to find out about the show we saw today at Parrot Jungle.

Sooooooo tired...

Well, Oded took Joey, Selena and me to Parrot Jungle today. It was exhausting! We fed the parrots, saw two shows, walked hither thither and yon... in drenching humidity. I was a little more intelligent in my apparel than yesterday... I wore shorts and flip-flops instead of jeans and sneakers... but flip-flops don't provide much support for prolonged walking, so my feet feel like they've gone through a meat grinder at the moment.

I've been really lax about BFL for the past week or so... well, really, ever since Rex came (the 4th) so I need to get my ass in gear and back into it this week. I've been lazy about weight training, but not so much about cardio... and the nutrition plan? Uh... well... yeah. Not.

Saturday, August 21, 2004

500 Miles

No... I didn't walk 500 miles today, but I sure feel like I did!

After 20 minutes on the stepmill this morning, and driving out to drop something off at a GORGEOUS $250-350,000 home... I went with my Israeli friend Oded to walk around Miami's South Beach.

It was SOOOOOOOO hot! I can't believe I was idiotic enough to wear long pants... I should have been wearing shorts. Ugh. When will I learn?

We had a great time and ate some delicious food... but honestly, didn't do much other than walk walk walk. We took my 2 year old daughter Selena with us, and she had fun... wanted to pet every doggie we saw. When I get a job I think I'm gonna buy me a dog. (Or adopt one from a shelter, as the case may be...)

When we came home, we lit a fire in my dish thingy that I got from freecycle the other day and I played a few songs for Oded. That was fun... but really wiped me out. I am exhausted now! So I reckon it's time I dropped into bed for some much-needed zzzzzzzzzzzzzz's. Nighty nite!
; )

Friday, August 20, 2004

Magyss Studios

I just had to plug Maggie's work... she's fabulous. And a very good motivator, too! Awesome lady, all the way 'round. 'Nuff said... now click on the link and go look at her art!
: )

Long drives and short tempers

Well... I took 3 of the kids with me to Kendall (about an hour away from here) to meet Rosi from the freecycle group. It was wonderful to meet her, and had a nice time. I played her some of my songs, she showed me some of her photos and how she does her scrapbooking. My kids were a pain... I don't think I'll take any of them with me next time I go to visit her!

My friend Oded from Israel is supposed to be arriving on my doorstep any time now. I hope he didn't already come and go, having knocked and gotten no answer from my sleeping daughter... (she always goes straight to bed after school because she has to get up so damn early to catch the bus at 6... which she missed today so her brother had to drive her...)

Dunno if I mentioned it yesterday, but I've been called back for a second interview with Biscayne Productions, which is a job I think would be perfect for me because: 1)I can utilize skills I've acquired in my most recent jobs and college education; 2)I can learn on-the-job things that I was considering for my next college course(s) such as audio/video production, graphics/animation, and marketing; 3)It's close to home, so transportation would never be an issue; and 4)It's very close to the Charter School Timmy is enrolled in, so I'd feel good about that. I think there were some other reasons I left out, but the bottom line is that I really want this job and I hope they're going to feel I'm a good fit with their company and the available position.

Got really great news from Bob yesterday... our health insurance is changing, and we're apparently going back to one that I REALLY liked a lot. Hopefully this means I can FINALLY go the the OB/GYN I prefer for a checkup, as he dropped the insurance we're currently on.

Gosh... I must be boring you to tears. Well, if you've read this far, bravo! You must really like me... either that or your life is even more boring than mine, in which case I truly pity you. However, I'm working earnestly to make mine a bit more interesting, so bear with me, please.

Finally, I think I've fairly well nailed down a deal to provide the karaoke entertainment for two 1/2 hour (break-time) shows at my alma mater (Florida Career College) next Wednesday. That should be a lot of fun. I have no idea what I'm going to end up with in the way of payment, but something is always better than nothing, eh? If I can get $100 out of it, then I can pay the rest of my credit card balance and avoid finance charges. (I like using my cc for online purchases, especially when there's no s&h, making the product cheaper than if I went down the street to buy it!)

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Hysterical Cat Duet

Another day in paradise?

Well... so far it's been busy... but it's settling down now. I dropped Timmy off at the beach to go on his field trip to Metrozoo... then went back to the house I was at last night to pick up something I forgot: the poker.

See, last night I got something from a freecycler that I had been wanting for a LONG time: A firepit. I had dug one in my yard, lined it with stone, and we had lovely fires out there for about a year, then someone called the fire dept. on me and they told me I couldn't do that anymore. With this dish thingy, I can go back to having my wonderful "campfires" LEGALLY. Awesome!

After I went and got the poker I made it to Bally's for my cardio, and waited for 1/2 hour for someone who didn't show up. She called when I was on the way home & said she's going to come by my house, since she was running late and missed catching me at Bally's.

Now I have a ton of things to do... but most of them probably won't get done. I'm too busy moderating my freecycle board and talking to a friend who needs help. (Any excuse to avoid the housework, LOL)

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Gonna vote for John Kerry? Read this:

I don't think so.

What's up doc?

I think I'm going to have to go see the doctor. A few days ago I woke up with a stiff neck and sore jaw... so I thought perhaps I had been gritting my teeth in my sleep. However, it has since resolved to a lump on the left side of my neck, which I'm hoping is just a swollen gland. I wonder if it's related to the fact that I just quit smoking?

Anyway... I didn't work out today, and probably won't now 'til I get an a-ok from my doc... I'm really feeling tired, so I'm pretty sure I am sick because I usually don't feel like going back to bed and sleeping the day away unless I'm truly ill.

Things should be winding down a bit here for now... I have someone coming by to pick up the box of miscellaneous assorted purses I put up on freecycle to give away... and I'm not going to post any more offers 'til I'm feeling better.

In other news... Timmy has his first field trip tomorrow... to Miami Metrozoo. That should be fun for them. Amazing to have a field trip the very first week of school!

Also... I corrected a link I had mistakenly mislabeled in my sidebar. It's Zen and the art of GUITAR maintenance... not MOTORCYCLE. Duh... must have been watching "Will & Grace" that night, LOL

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Busier than usual...

I got up at 4am today, to go to the gym at opening time (5am) for 20 minutes of sheer torture on the "stepmill" (a cardio machine that looks like a short escalator) Please... no "short bus" quips, here, LOL

So now I've showered and I'm waiting for Timmy to be ready for school. I have to drop him off at the beach for school this week because they're not quite done building the new Charter School yet. It's kind of a drag because although he's AT the beach, the school is not allowed to take them out TO the beach. What a tease!

It's in the posh new Westin Diplomat Hotel's Convention Center. It took me a full hour of waiting in line to pick him up yesterday... but because of all the confusion, they're offering free before- and after-care, so I think today I'll wait an extra hour before picking him up to let the mad rush pass. Hope it helps!

I put a bunch of stuff on freecycle and several people are coming by to claim them: a weight bench that I discovered I really don't like... a rattan chair that just doesn't "fit in" around here, and several partial computers for parts. That's why I went to the gym & showered so early... I don't want to miss any of the people coming by. Especially Shannon, whose kids won a ride to school (from KISS 99.9 to whom I posted a link, but apparently their website is bogus!) in a limousine, and was told that she and her husband may get to keep it for two hours... so if they do, they're going to come by here IN IT. LOL... that should be funny, riding around to freecycler's houses picking up stuff in a limo. What a picture!

Well... 'nuff said. Time to go get dressed & take Timmy to school. Ciao!

Sunday, August 15, 2004

What's YOUR color?

I am dark violet
#9400D3

Your dominant hues are blue and magenta. You're the one who goes to all the parties but doesn't quite fit in at every one... you know what you want, but are afraid of what the world might think of it. You're a little different and that's okay with them, and if you're smart it's okay with you too.

Your saturation level is very high - you are all about getting things done. The world may think you work too hard but you have a lot to show for it, and it keeps you going. You shouldn't be afraid to lead people, because if you're doing it, it'll be done right.

Your outlook on life is brighter than most people's. You like the idea of influencing things for the better and find hope in situations where others might give up. You're not exactly a bouncy sunshine but things in your world generally look up.
the spacefem.com html color quiz

What happened the year YOU were born?





In 1965 (the year I was born)


Lyndon B. Johnson is president of the US


Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara calls for a nationwide network of bomb shelters


Former leader of the Black Muslims, Malcolm X, is shot and killed in New York City


To protest voting rights discrimination, civil rights demonstrators begin a march from Selma to Montgomery with federal troop protection


The first commercial satellite, Early Bird, is launched into space by Nasa to transmit telephone and television signals


Voting Rights Act is signed into law


Riots by young blacks in the Watts area of Los Angeles begin, causing $200 million in damage


Hurricane Betsy claims 75 lives in southern Florida and Louisiana


United States President Lyndon Johnson proclaims his "Great Society" during his State of the Union address


Dr. Dre, Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert Downey Jr., Shania Twain, Moby, and Ben Stiller are born


Los Angeles Dodgers win the World Series


Green Bay Packers win the NFL championship


Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup


The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews, is the top grossing film


Dune by Frank Herbert is published


The Beatles' Rubber Soul is released


"Satisfaction" by Rolling Stones is a top hit


The Beatles appear on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing songs from their new album Help!


Sony introduces the Betamax, a home video tape recorder


Nearly all of NBC's programs are now broadcast in color


I Dream of Jeannie premieres



What Happened the Year You Were Born?


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Hernia?

I've had this pain adjacent to my navel... I'm hoping it's not a hernia cuz that would really screw up my fitness plans!

Been a pretty busy day today. Bob set up my new weight bench out under the mango tree... but he didn't put my new keyboard drawer on, so I still have to put up with this damn tv tray. : (

Doing laundry and gathering up old sheets/towels to give to a lady who's coming by tomorrow... she'll be using them for an animal shelter. She's also bringing me some soft-sided coolers (lunch "boxes") that I figured the kids could use for school (if they WILL)

Grumpy as hell. Between giving up cigarettes 2 1/2 days ago and PMS (which will hopefully end tomorrow, when "Aunt Flo" arrives, LOL) I could bite someone's head clean off right now without blinking an eye.

Saturday, August 14, 2004

Hollywood Florida Freecycle

I just started a new freecycle group, because so many of the people posting are SOOOOOOO far away from me! I hope lots of locals join and start giving stuff away to each other. This is exciting!
: )

Friday, August 13, 2004

Ugh!

My open mic. night turned out to be a 2 hour performance by me... and my equipment was all messed up, partially through the actions of the people at the restaurant. I am going to call and cancel it tomorrow.

I feel bad because I put a lot of effort into promoting it... but there's not much I can do. My equipment is messed up, and I'm too exhausted from all the other stuff I do to care.

I don't want to get out of practice again though, so I intend to go to some open mic. nights in the area, and back to the folk club events, too.

Sigh. Very disappointing turnout. I DID have a FEW people to play to, all the way up to the normal closing time of the restaurant... but it was a bummer not to have any other open mic. night participants or more of an audience, especially people from school/personal friends.

It doesn't help, either, that I'm stressed out from giving up tobacco and PMS time all at once. But I got $100 from my son to quit smoking, so... that helps. Every time I THINK I'd like a cigarette, I remind myself of that $100!

Live A Life That Matters

I got this in an email, and ever since, I've been trying to track down who the author of this piece is. If you can tell me, please let me know!
: )

Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end.

There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.

All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.

Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.

It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.

Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally disappear.

So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists will expire.

The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.

It won't matter where you came from, or on what side of the tracks you lived, at the end.

It won't matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.

Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; not what you got, but what you gave.

What will matter is not your success, but your significance.

What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.

What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence, but your character.

What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you're gone.

What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you.

What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident. It's not a matter of circumstance but of choice.

Choose to live a life that matters.

Busy Day

I had to get up this morning to drop off stuff to the same lady I was getting some stuff from. (Great coincidence!) I really love freecycle. I can see myself actually decluttering this house over time. And helping others in the process! Awesome!

Then we went to the gym and I realized I'd forgotten my purse and didn't have my membership card... but it was okay. They let me in anyway. I gotta put that card in my gym bag, though, so it can't happen again.

The guy who said he was gonna come get the size 34 shorts hasn't showed up, though. If he doesn't show up by tomorrow morning I'm gonna let the next respondant have them!

I gotta take Sarah and her friend Zoe to Olsen for orientation at 2, then Jiu Jitsu at 4... shower, load my gear into the car for my gig, and leave. It's going to be a LONG evening. I sure hope lots of people show up for my open mic. night!

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Rod Stewart lookalike

I think I forgot to mention that the martial arts instructor who's been giving me lessons is also a musician... and plays gigs as a Rod Stewart lookalike. He's pretty good... at both the impersonation routine AND Jiu Jitsu.

Bob went with me for cardio today... his first try at using a treadmill. He did pretty well. I've just moved up from walking fast to jogging on it... and got up to 4mph for my "high point" today. Long way to go, but good start!

I went for another job interview today. I really like the company... it's close to home and I'd have the chance to learn some things on the job that I was planning to go back to school... and PAY to learn.

Well, I can only assume that whatever job I get will be the one the Good Lord wants me to have.

I have to take my PA to the open mic. night location tonight to run a sound check with the CD player that they want to use in between sets/performers (if there are not many... if there are a lot of people, there won't be any breaks.)

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy

Wow! This stuff is HARD... I got a helluva workout today in the lesson, after I already did a good UBWO at Bally's this morning. I can see how my caloric needs are going to rise quickly as I continue along this course. I was a little hesitant to show up again today, but I feel like it's important to me to know how to defend myself. One never knows when such knowledge might be needed. Hopefully never... but better safe than sorry!

Jiujitsu

I forgot to mention yesterday that I spoke to my neighbor who give martial arts classes out in his yard... I offered to work on his website in exchange for classes, since I'm broke, and he said "come on over and join in!"

So I went over there and learned a little bit... how to disarm a gunman, how to take someone down (even if they're bigger than you) and the proper way to fall. I have a few bruises... but so far so good. I'm just a little slow on the uptake. I wonder how long I'll have to keep at it before it comes naturally!

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Back on track!

Well... I made it to the gym this morning, which was a tough workout on the stairmaster. Even tougher after taking almost a whole week off of working out! (Fri-Mon) I'm glad to be getting back to the routine, though.

Now... if I can just get my butt in gear to get some housework caught up! Ugh.

Monday, August 09, 2004

The Ant Philosophy by Jim Rohn

Over the years I've been teaching children about a simple but powerful concept - the ant philosophy. I think everybody should study ants. They have an amazing four-part philosophy, and here is the first part: ants never quit. That's a good philosophy. If they're headed somewhere and you try to stop them; they'll look for another way. They'll climb over, they'll climb under, they'll climb around. They keep looking for another way. What a neat philosophy, to never quit looking for a way to get where you're supposed to go.

Second, ants think winter all summer. That's an important perspective. You can't be so naive as to think summer will last forever. So ants are gathering in their winter food in the middle of summer.

An ancient story says, "Don't build your house on the sand in the summer." Why do we need that advice? Because it is important to be realistic. In the summer, you've got to think storm. You've got to think rocks as you enjoy the sand and sun. Think ahead.

The third part of the ant philosophy is that ants think summer all winter. That is so important. During the winter, ants remind themselves, "This won't last long; we'll soon be out of here." And the first warm day, the ants are out. If it turns cold again, they'll dive back down, but then they come out the first warm day. They can't wait to get out.

And here's the last part of the ant philosophy. How much will an ant gather during the summer to prepare for the winter? All that he possibly can. What an incredible philosophy, the "all-that-you-possibly-can" philosophy.

Wow, what a great seminar to attend - the ant seminar. Never give up, look ahead, stay positive and do all you can.

To Your Success,
Jim Rohn


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Job interview

I was getting ready to drop Rex off at the airport and go to the gym when I got a call back on one of the resumes I emailed out last night. I really like the people, and it seemed to be mutual, so here's hoping!

Freecycle

I just found out about this AWESOME group that matches up people who need stuff with people who are GIVING AWAY stuff! Check it out!

Sunday, August 08, 2004

Sigh

Well, the starter's fixed, and the radiator, thermostat, and starter relay have been replaced also. NOW the fan on the radiator seems to have quit... and there's a leak down under the engine, somewhere near the water pump. : (

Just can't seem to catch a break. I got a Sunday paper today, to start looking for a job... but I can't very well take a job if my car will overheat on the way to and from work every day.

Went canoeing with Rex and Joey today... and it rained on us, which was nice because it was SOOOOOOOOO hot! Afterward we picked up a bunch of pizza. Now I have a headache, so I think I might just go take a nap. Exciting, huh?

Saturday, August 07, 2004

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

I finally got my car home today. It still needs a starter, but banging on the starter made it work... and it still does. It probably wouldn't if I tried to go somewhere, though. : (

Bob said he'll go get me a starter tomorrow... and I also want to get a Sunday paper to look for a job. Sometimes the good ones aren't posted online. I really need to start earning money again. Being broke SUCKS!

Rex and I went to see I, Robot tonight. I enjoyed the movie a great deal. Will Smith cracks me up! When we left the theater, I kept expecting to look around and see robots, LOL

After that, we went to eat at Gusto's. Good food... but I'm off BFL... and probably won't get back to it 'til Rex goes home. He spent so much of his time here fixing my car, I feel bad... so I don't want to leave him sitting here while I go to the gym. I know I'm going to really FEEL IT when I get back to it on Tuesday (or maybe Monday evening... he flies out of here in the afternoon.

I'm pretty tired, but I wanted to update my blog. I think I've been really good about coming here every day... although it might possibly be the most boring blog in existence!

Friday, August 06, 2004

Mission accomplished

I presented my speech at graduation... without sounding stupid, LOL... and now that all the excitement is over... I'm bushed! Wow! What a day.

Rex got my car fixed this morning... so we drove to MAE to get guitar strings and put up a flyer for my open mic. nights that are starting next weekend. So far so good, right?

Wrong. When we came out, the car wouldn't start, and since I had to go to the graduation ceremony tonight, we just had to hop on the bus and leave the car there. I hope no one disturbs it tonight. They warned us as we were leaving that it was okay to leave it there, but they couldn't be responsible for any damage that may occur. : (

THEN... when Frank got home from work, HIS car was smoking. I swear I'll FREAK if the Saturn quits running right now. How would I get to my open mic.? Ugh.

Well... with any luck we'll get my car running tomorrow. Just don't know if it's the starter, solenoid, alternator, or even bad wires! I hate electrical probs. They can be so hard to diagnose. I mean, if you replace all of the foregoing and it still won't work... and you know it's NOT the battery... what then? Sigh.

Thursday, August 05, 2004

I did it... and I didn't fall down!

Well, I ran (slow jog) on the treadmill for the first time today. It was really scary for the first few steps, then I enjoyed it... other than the fact that I DEFINITELY need to wear a bra with better support when I'm going to jog!

I didn't put my hands on the handrails at all, even during the walking parts, when I could have. Actually, I found that walking on the treadmill was EASIER without holding on. Something about swinging your arms really seems to make a difference. Who knew? Not me!

In other news, Rex and I went to Discount Auto Parts and ordered a new radiator for my car... we have to go back at 5 to get it. It will be nice to have my car back on the road again! (Part of the old one broke off when it was removed, or we might have just gotten it fixed... but I think Rex is right... it's better to get a new one and know that you won't have to worry about THAT part again for the time being.)

The weather sux. Thunderstorms and such... rain by itself isn't so bad, but thunder and lightning always make me really edgy.

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

The President's Challenge - You're it. Get fit!

I've joined the BFL Cadets... a group headed by a girl named Julie, whose story is truly inspirational. If you're interested in participating, contact me, and I'll get you in touch with Julie so that she can give you a group/ID number.

Great workout today! Although I got into a bit of a disagreement with someone over pre-workout nutrition. No big deal... everyone always thinks they know better than anyone else...

Trying to get the kids to get off their rear ends and do some chores. This place looks like a tornado swept through here! Ugh. Well... I'm going to get up and fold ten tons of laundry... and try to get things in order a bit before I go to pick up Rex from the airport tonight. I hope his flight from Kansas City is uneventful!

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Jorge's Trouble Spots: How to Cope With Temptation

Found this on aol today. Thought I'd link to it from my blog, so I could remember some of the stuff he said...

Oops! Sorry Folks!

I was just checking my web stats for my site and discovered that I had a few boo-boos! I like checking the 404 (file not found) stats, so I can see WHY they weren't found. In some cases, there appears to be no reason. But in the past week I've fixed several mistakes that were keeping people from being able to view my pages.

The one linked to above was something I was really excited about, though... in my last term at school... to put up a categorical song listing. I hope to do more with it in the future... but I'm really pleased with the way the site is coming along at the moment. Can't wait to record/add more MP3's though!

In the eye of the Beholder...nothing is secret.

Netanya is a fellow BFLer with whom I had the pleasure of chatting earlier today. I like her. I hope I get to hear some of her songs one day!

In other news... I'm starting to get really nervous about giving my speech at graduation on Friday. I found out today there will be over 1200 people there! Ack! I hope I can keep my eyes on the paper, LOL

Bob's going out of town without getting my car fixed first thus leaving me stranded. I'm not real happy about that. Sigh. I needs to earn me some income. If anyone is reading this and has some ideas... send 'em my way!

Today I went to do a few things, but nothing noteworthy, so I'll spare any readers the boring details. Suffice it to say... I've had better days. Tomorrow night should be good though, cuz I'm gonna be picking up Rex at the airport! It will be great to have him here for a week. I'm so glad he's able to make it for my graduation!

I met Rex the first year I was online (1999) and we've been best buds ever since. He's like a big brother to me... which is kewl because he never had a sister. Only brothers. Me... I'm an only child, so I CHOOSE my siblings, LOL

I have a friend in India who wants me to sell things online... we'll see if that pans out. I sure would like to earn money without getting a dreaded "9 to 5"! That old J.O.B. (Just Over Broke) thing!

Monday, August 02, 2004

Off to a GREAT start...

Well, today started off all screwy. Frank called and asked us to bring him something, but I thought I knew what he was asking for, and I was wrong. Duh. So then I went back out to take it to him, but he came home to get it. Sigh. Shoulda stayed in bed, LOL.

I have tons of things to do, but really don't feel much like doing ANY of them. We'll see which ones actually get done.

Unfortunately, I really don't have anything terribly interesting to say, so I'm just gonna scoot. If I think of something, I'll blog it later. Ciao!

Sunday, August 01, 2004

All set for C2

I had Bob take my "before" photos for my second Body-for-LIFE Challenge today. I will probably wait 'til tomorrow to develop them... since Sunday is my best day for getting things done at home, so it's probably best if I don't go out running around. I'll drop them off at Walgreen's on my way home from the gym... and then I have to go to Timmy's former elementary school to officially withdraw him, since he'll be going to the Charter school.

Since I needed to use up the roll of pictures in the disposable camera, I took a series of photos of the interior of my house, to send to "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition". I ran out of film before I shot the exterior, however, so I will do that in one month, when I do my 4-week BFL photos.

I finally STARTED scanning my "slim pics" for inspiration last night... but I still have several photo albums and tons of loose photos to go through. I would also love it if Martin would scan & email the photos I gave him, which were all the best pictures of me. But since he has to PAY for that, it probably won't happen. : (

I also need to develop a flyer today, to put up at school, where Mike (the Executive Director) gave me permission to advertise my tutoring services. They currently do not have a tutor on Fridays and Saturdays... and I know from experience that many of the people who work full time can ONLY come for help on Saturdays. I'm hoping to get at least a LITTLE business out of it... I am SO tired of being broke! (I know, "wah wah wah... call the wambulance")

Well, I have a fairly busy day planned, so I'd better wrap this up and get going. Maybe later I'll log on and post some of the slim pics I've been finding.