Have you missed me? I seem to be spending more time living my life and chatting in short little spurts on Twitter and Facebook instead of posting here. Let’s see if I can catch up.
I’ve been busy with work, learning new responsibilities since on 11/1 my job changes. My best work friend is retiring at the end of November and her unit and mine are being merged into a single Acquisitions & Continuing Resources department, with me in charge. I’ll miss her like crazy because we’re good friends and I enjoy her company, knowledge, and wisdom. We’ve been backups for each other these last 3 years and it will be hard to fly solo, but it’s also an opportunity to rethink job responsibilities and descriptions, and workflow.
I’m off to Chicago on Tuesday for a few days visit with my best friend and then a committee meeting over Halloween weekend to select the programs for next year’s annual meeting. I’m in charge of it all so am feeling a bit stressed that we don’t make any false moves. But we will and it will all be okay. Trust me, though, I’ll be happier next Monday when the decisions are behind us and I’m home again.
Tessi went to the vet on Friday, much to her dismay, to get her claws clipped and have her anal glands checked. She’s had problems there before and I’d noticed she was licking her butt more than usual. It seems that the glands were fine but she had some hard crystals in there that were irritating. Now she has a small shaved bit and short claws. So far she hasn’t retaliated by throwing up but I’m sure she’s biding her time. I’d better warn the cat sitter.
Weight loss has slowed down to a stop and to be quite honest, I don’t really care that much. Except I do. I’ve decided that my goal isn’t a point on the scale, it’s being able to fit into size 16 petite pants. I’m having a terrible time finding pants to fit because I’m really an 18p right now and petite departments usually only go up to a 16. Sure, I can get some online but I really want to be able to try them on in a store instead of paying for stuff I have to return because it doesn’t fit.
But it doesn’t really matter to me when that happens. After losing 126 lbs, it’s hard to get excited about another 15-20. Picking up the exercise pace will obviously help but I’ve been sick for 2 weeks and have been having continuing back problems that my doctor thinks are connected to that heavy apron of excess skin hanging in the front. My balance is off. At least the pool workouts are easier on everything than the ones “on land” as my trainer calls them.
Did you know that you can create 8×10 photo collages at Walgreens? I’m sure you can do it other places, too, but I know it works there. I uploaded some digital photos to have prints made, and discovered there was an option for photo collage. You can select up to 20 photos (though I’d definitely recommend no more than 8-9 if you want to actually see them) and the system arranges them for you. You can shuffle the images, add more, remove some, select the color background and width of the lines separating the photos, etc. Price is $3.99 each. I’m not sure if you can create them on the spot; I did this from home and picked up at the store. They’ll make fun presents for the family and one of them will go into my new office. Check it out!