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Paula
26 September 2014 @ 02:05 pm
1. Work - Seriously. I've been having fewer and fewer times when I've been actually interested in what I'm doing, so my productivity has gone way down. I have become The Useless Employee. And there's just no project that I can even think of to get me excited again.

Alas, there aren't really other jobs at this agency, right now. Stupid budget cuts. So unless I want to go over to Chronic Diseases or Statistics & Systems (the only places with openings because very few people want to work there), then I'm here for the long run.

I need to figure this out. I will probably end up back on the Ebola response after I get back from visiting my parents next week. Not sure that will actually get me excited again. But it'll be something different.

2. Spoilers - Can't even give someone 24 hours to watch a show?! It wasn't any of my friends. But I was on a geek website. What does this have to do with Bones? Asshole. At least apologize for it.

3. Righteous Indignation - It's not that I necessarily disagree with what you're saying. But isn't it exhausting being righteously indignant ALL THE TIME?! I know it's getting exhausting reading it.

Things I'm looking forward to:
1. Star Wars - Rebels is up on the app. Four new (if unfinished) episodes of Clone Wars on StarWars.com. Yeah. That's pretty awesome.
2. DVRing - I have a few shows to catch up on; most likely with Tina who I might see for more than 30 minutes tonight. (She has an actual social life and is not afraid of not sleeping.)
3. Crafting - I'm almost done with the YA Track logo quilt symbol. Then it's time to quilt!

I also have an idea for reverse applique t-shirts. And I want the under layer to be "tie-dyed" with Sharpies. That just looks like fun.

Okay. Will try to be less crabby, now.

Maybe.
 
 
 
Paula
19 September 2014 @ 01:01 pm
If I switched to four ten-hour days and had Friday off (which I can't do as a branch chief), I suspect my Friday apathy would just move to Thursdays. My mornings are productive and then BOOM! Not one lick of interest in doing anything else. I just want to start my weekend.

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Nothing terribly big planned for this weekend. The Star Wars folks are gathering at Fuddrucker's tomorrow. So another round of seeing how strong my resistance is to the smell of burgers and fries. But talking Star Wars is always fun for me. So yay!
 
 
 
Paula
12 September 2014 @ 09:52 am
Fridays are getting more and more dead around the office. Between people teleworking, taking time off, or working in the Ebola response, there are maybe twelve people on our floor out of 128. It's quiet. And creepy. And I have no one answering any e-mails so I can move forward on several projects.

Can I go home, now?

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Tomorrow, a few folks will be coming over for a post-DragonCon Hangover Party. It's basically a chance for everyone who didn't see each other during the con to catch up and be geeky. Plus, it will force me to actually pick up my house. What a mess!

I hope everyone has a good weekend.
 
 
 
Paula
05 September 2014 @ 10:19 am
In some vain attempt to get focused for actual work today, I'm giving myself permission to write a post here in the hopes that will get me back into work mode. I suspect it will fail spectacularly. I really could use a nap. I'm still recovering from Dragon Con. On the plus side, I have slept very well this past week!
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I must admit to feeling bad that I'm going on about my weight loss when there are several folks struggling with it. And I have several other friends who have had bariatric surgery and are dropping all sorts of weight, but they're not really discussing it. I guess I'm just a blabbermouth. And after so many years of struggling, I'm really hoping this is a permanent thing for me.

Feel free to ignore me, if you need to. I totally understand.
 
 
 
Paula
20 August 2014 @ 10:47 am
I hope I didn't ear worm you with that subject line.

Life rolls along on OptiFast. My biggest accomplishment, this week, was surviving the Star Wars club meeting at Fuddrucker's.

I survived being around burgers and fries!Collapse )Other challenges...Collapse )

Y'know, I whine on here a lot because it's a good place to vent. Happily, these challenges aren't dominating my day under this program. It's just an interesting part of the journey.
 
 
 
Paula
13 August 2014 @ 09:15 am
Our network is being annoying, right now. Makes it hard for me to get anything done. So while the little mice who do the IT support try and get things stabilized, I thought I'd do a little catch up; assuming, of course, that the internet servers stay up.

I am now officially off of the Ebola response. I will probably be rotated back in later on, but since most of my staff are currently assigned there, I need to be here to man the fort.

Blathering about OptiFast because it's kinda my life, right now...Collapse )
Otherwise, I'm trying to get a dress sewn for DragonCon. There's a Star Wars track mixer on Friday night. It is my considered opinion that Simplicity Patterns are far from simplistic. Their instructions are beyond confusing. You can't tell what applies to one version versus another. They don't give you pattern part numbers, just names of the pieces. And they don't actually give you all instructions. I had to figure out part by looking at the illustrations.

Plus, with the weight loss, I'm going to (happily) have to take it in. I need to get the dress made first, though. Oh, Dragon Con, thy name is Procrastination.

Well, I think that's about all the excitement. Keep on keepin' on, folks!
 
 
 
Paula
10 August 2014 @ 06:45 pm

I finished reading The End to Dieting. Very interesting book and excellent nutrition information.

One of the things he talks about is how long it takes to move past cravings. He claims it takes two to three weeks.

With the sweet shakes and bars, I haven't been too bad with the sugar cravings. But the fat and salt cravings? Insane! I could happily sit down to a smothered in not good choices burger and fries. Or possibly a large pizza. By myself.

It's not that I'm hungry. It's my brain that wants the dopamine rush I get from those kinds of food. And weekends are normally when I have them. So habits. Actual chemical cravings. I could cry, right now. Seriously.

I've made it through two weeks. I really hope this is the last week of cravings.

Next Saturday is our monthly Star Wars meeting. At Fuddruckers. I'm honestly not sure I can deal with it. So I might skip it, even though it means seeing friends and being geeky. And while it would be a good exercise for me in separating friendship from food, it might be too much for me, right now.

I guess I'll see how brave I'm feeling on Saturday. And everyone knows I'm doing this, so they could keep me honest. But I'd kinda prefer not to cry while I'm there. LOL

This is a good thing I'm doing. And my brain will settle down.

I hope!

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Paula
04 August 2014 @ 01:03 pm
So it's a promising start on OptiFast. I lost 5.4 pounds in my first week. They were quick to point out that this is only a first week weight loss. I should normally expect anywhere from 1-2 pounds. As long as I'm moving in the right direction, I'll take whatever loss I can get!
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Thus the journey continues. I'm going to try to stay focused. The scale is heading down. My clothes are already fitting better. And this time away from food might just be what my brain needs to try and grow up this crazy toddler. Or at least put it in the corner. Permanently.
 
 
 
Paula
30 July 2014 @ 11:18 am
You probably saw over on Facebook that I started my OptiFast adventure on Friday. LJ is much better for writing out longer stories, so I'm posting over here about it.The Very Long, Tedious Intake ProcessCollapse )
The Program ItselfCollapse )

So starts the adventure! When I start transitioning off OptiFast, my exercise will need to go up. That's a challenge for me as I have never found one I really like. So I'm going to enjoy the lazy low-intensity period while I can. :)
 
 
 
Paula
07 July 2014 @ 11:37 am
Well, not shame in the sense of me. Shame in the sense of not posting here in AGES.

What's been taking up most of my personal life this summer has been preparing for and receiving a new roommate.
New roomiesCollapse )Doing OptiFast...EEK!Collapse )

So life upheaval is always fun. But it's what keeps life interesting, right?