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innerpeace - Friday May 21, 2021

Weight: 290.2

Just a rant...trying to decide on going to this party....for the girl I'll call SH. She's a younger person, she just turned 40 last year, working for the office for the last 10 years. She's the type who always gets what they want, everything seems so easy for her and I just know she has gotten where she has in her career because of who she knows. She's the one everyone flaunts over, chitchats with, the one who can do everything, even raise a kid on her own..(he's 5 or 6 - and a brat). This kid is on the morning meeting call with her every morning and drives us all insane. It's like can't he just get away from you for 10 minutes while your on this call? So annoying..I guess I got this bad taste in my mouth because on of the people in the office would always go to her house and help move her furniture and help hookup new appliances and just ..oh help me please, i'm just a girl and can't do anything myself...wa wa wa. .Anyway, she is leaving June 5th and now that COVID restrictions are lifting, the other annoying person in the office is adament about throwing a party for her going away. He has sent out three emails - the first one describing this party and all he wants to do, the second asking for the RSVP and the third adding a sign up list for the shared dish you are bringing....

I get the whole of the COVID...OK and I understand the want and the need to get together...however

December last year we had two really good people retire. Both of these people had over 35 years of federal service (over 70 years experience combined) and because of COVID they got a gift card and maybe a thank you.

I guess I'm just a little miffed that this could have been approached in such a more inclusive way instead all about SH. He could have started with the lifting of COVID restrictions that this was a good opportunity to get together as an office, to celebrate Memorial Day and also celebrate all the retirements and people who left from our office the last 12 months...which would include 4 retirees and one who transferred to our Wilmington, OH office (all who are still in the area)...and ok SH who will be leaving shortly after...but instead it was all about SH.

Oh and sharing a dish...COVID..did it just miraculously disappear? 

I asked both DH and the girl and they both said they would be willing to go, but I just can't in good faith go knowing how I feel...maybe I'm just being petty...but I don't want to go with an attitude either.

Rant over.......

I went to bed at 9:15 last night - woke up at 1:22 and 3:15 when DH got up. Can't say I felt much better at all.

Walked the Doggos early this morning and did work at home until just now...so was pretty busy.

B: bacon, egg, cheese sandwich

L: left over chicken pasta

D: grilled pork chops/chicken, corn on the cob and green beans I think (DH is cooking)

No big plans for the weekend...it is suppose to get pretty warm...and good thing because our new HVAC system is performing amazingly!

I also ate 6 peanut butter filled chocolate cookies, which were delicious...but my stomach didn't care too much for them. Probably should not have eaten them.

Have a great weekend! IP


Progress as of today: 47.7 lbs lost so far, only 80.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 05/22/2021:
Well, I need to know more information about the party before I put in my 2 cents: Will there be cake?

If YES: then I would probably go. I'd arrive late and leave really early.

If NO: I *might* go if I felt up to it, but only if I felt that people would notice I wasn't around and make a big deal about it. I think I might come down with sudden nausea or migraine and just can't make it, sorry not sorry...

WHY do we eat things we know we shouldn't? I read that thing about the peanut butter cookies, right after having a piece of cake for New Guy's birthday. Kicking myself... sounds like you have no regrets though, so I guess that's good.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/22/2021:
on your earlier entry yesterday or so, your photos and the girlie photo - you both look GREAT! i'm not sure what being a goat is, but, if it's a good thing, well, OK! but your hair and her hair do look fabulous. i like your hair long!

I totally understand your take on the party and i do agree the other retirees could have also been celebrated, no doubt.

my dad retired in October - also around 40 years just him in the union, no celebration. i agree, it could be nice to do for those retired people at your place now, in conjunction with that woman.

however, just like you say, that woman is the type everyone does things for. and that's just how it is!

i've worked with plenty of those (not ME!...i'm DEF not one of those!). and well, when you are a person who knows how to chat with people and make them feel good, well, when you have the quality that to the rest of us we just don't get....you get what you want.

i'd say go for a short time. try to have girl or DH join you.

i forgot if you got your shots? if you did, i'd worry less and go...

you could still wear a mask, although it can be uncomfotable in this warm weather...

if the party will in fact bother you a lot, then don't go.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/22/2021:
sometimes what you do for work out of work is just as important as showing up for work. you decide what this party is about and if it really matters if you go. i'm sorry you have to deal with it.

Donkey on 05/23/2021:
Horn has a really good point - if you're not fully vaccinated, I would definitely NOT go -- cake or otherwise.

innerpeace - Thursday May 20, 2021

Weight: 290.2

It's official...time spent at the office crawls by. No joke, I was busy most of the morning look up at it is only 10:15. I swear if I was at home, that project would have taken me well into the afternoon. Maybe I just work faster at the office, I don't know, but I do know I don't like it.

The girl was texting me that she is a GOAT (greatest of all time) because she loves and does well in Algebra...very proud of this girl. She sent me a happy pictures with her thumb up and ask was I being a GOAT. I sent her this picture and said it is hard for me be a GOAT when I'm fixing my mistakes this morning.  She replied...I fix mine too, but I'm still a GOAT. And you get to see her because she's awesome and you can see me because my hair looks cute!

Went to bed earlier - 9:45 - Indians were up 3-2 that was the FINAL score - they have won the last 2. Tomorrow they will be back in THE LAND and I won't miss them.

Up early and walked the doggos - because they will be in the hosue all day by themselves.

B: yogurt and granola

L: aweful - this is what happens when you don't prepare - cheetos and M&Ms from the snacks in the break room.

D: chicken and pasta with green beans (I put this in the crock pot before work)

Will talk about how I feel about a upcoming party tomorrow - still having issues with this and my thinking - will think more abou it tonight.

Have a great evening! IP

Progress as of today: 47.7 lbs lost so far, only 80.2 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/20/2021:
You both are so cute!!!!

Donkey on 05/21/2021:
Lol on GOAT - she's right!

Time at work seems to be its own dimension. Sometimes it just drags like molasses and other times, it feels like 11:30a and it's almost time to go home.

I hear you about the party anxiety. Whatever the particular circumstances, I completely get the emotions about it, even the negative ones.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/22/2021:
well, i'll tell you, i work faster at the office, too.


your hair looks fabulous, yes, love it longer.

girlie looks fantastic too, love her curls!!

innerpeace - Tuesday May 18, 2021

Weight: 290.2

Bummed about posting my photos - still having issues...I emailed the webmaster, hopefully he will be able to fix my issue.

Couldn't figure out what to eat for dinner - decided on chicken nachos.

Walked the doggos while the girl and DH when back to the store for the premade iced coffee the girl drinks - we call it carton coffee...she likes it - I think it is gross - well I don't like coffee anyway.

So I couldn't get to bed by 9:00 it was still light out...but I did go to bed at 10:00, I laid there for about 20 minutes (I think) and listened to DH snore, I eventually fell asleep and sleep well I did! I was even ready to get up when the 5:00 alarm went off.

Blood sugar this a.m. 116

First thing I did - check the score - my poor, poor Indians are NOT fairing this road trip well at all - 4 losses in a roll! BUMMER!

Walked the doggos early - insert clematus in the weeds picture here and flag/iris in somebody else's yards.


Took the girl to her driving class while she was driving I worked at the library for an hour (that is the time limit) and then I went to the lake and took a nice stroll -



We were going to stop at Panda Express for lunch but they did not open until 11:30 - so maybe tomorrow.

Lunch - calzone

Dinner - sloppy joes

I will try to get to bed again earlier tonight and see how I fair.

Cleared my cache and my pictures worked...who knew!! Crazy computer stuff.

Have a great night! IP

Progress as of today: 47.7 lbs lost so far, only 80.2 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/18/2021:
You sound like you are doing GREAT...and super blood sugar!!!

Jacky82020 on 05/18/2021:
Wow! Fantastic pics! Show me more of the doggies, please.

Donkey on 05/19/2021:
My daughter drinks the coffee in a carton too. I've tried it and it's delicious! But I LOVE coffee.

Donkey on 05/19/2021:
Nice to see a lower blood sugar number. Yay!

Any consideration to your husband having a sleep study done?

innerpeace on 05/19/2021:
he says he'll told to his doctor when he goes for blood work. He had an appointment last year but he cancelled because of COVID...maybe he will follow through this time.

horn_of_plenty on 05/19/2021:
if you want to go cheaper on premade iced coffee...buy the instant coffee and use cold water. that's what i do. and then i add my almond milk / stevia. it's cold and good. you can always add ice cubes for further icyness! i have found it to be a steal, compared to buying the coffee premade and cold...instant has saved me money. wish i knew of that trick sooner, learned it from a friend.

the flower that is almost fully bloomed is outstanding.

nice you could work in library while girl practices. that's killing 2 birds with one stone :)

innerpeace - Monday May 17, 2021

Weight: 290.2

Third time's the charm...

Tried entering twice before with no luck - received an unusal error about a string being too long, not sure what that's about.

So this is a shortened version.

Saturday - garage sales - found baby clothes and brand new bed sheets - worth well over the $25.00 I spent.

Dog park - dogs loved it. Met a very chatty boy, Koi. Spent almost two hours talking to us about his school, dog and his life - he wants to be a lawyer. He was refreshing.

Koi with his dog - Oakley and my dogs Steve and Rocco. This entire afternoon - total joy and happiness.




Sunday - went on a longer walk with the doggos - found this cute little flamingo - about the size of a baseball but it was so fibrant in the green.


Laundry and mowed the grass - disappointment with my baseball team - hoping they do better tonight...but I will NOT watch as they are playing on the west coast and do not start until 10:00.

I will join the challenge of getting to bed by 9:00 and see if this helps me sleep, rest, A1C.

And one last picture for HOP - just because....


Have a great evening...IP

Progress as of today: 47.7 lbs lost so far, only 80.2 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/17/2021:
Okay...now I really looking forward to the pics! Sounds like you had some fun and interesting times......baby clothes...what fun!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/17/2021:
I had a few errors too...but then DD came up :)

who did you buy the baby clothes for!

a wild flamingo!? we don't have those here!

oh no! your photo didn't post but i love that you mentioned me in your diary! i am a star! <3

also, i also need to go to sleep early, helps me most the next day...so i'm with you, to bed we go!

innerpeace on 05/18/2021:
The YA's girl friend is due in August.

No...lawn ornament flamingo.

And a pic just for you!

Donkey on 05/18/2021:
I don't see a photo... Did I miss something?

horn_of_plenty on 05/18/2021:
i think she had issues posting..

horn_of_plenty on 05/18/2021:
i think she had issues posting..

Jacky82020 on 05/18/2021:
I’d love to see more pics of your adorable pups! So cute, that pair.

innerpeace - Monday May 17, 2021

Weight: 290.2

Progress as of today: 47.7 lbs lost so far, only 80.2 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/17/2021:

Horn_of_plenty on 05/17/2021:
Hello Innner!

innerpeace - Thursday May 13, 2021

Weight: 290.2

Wednesday - DH took the girl to her grand mother's we had left over quiche.

Thursday - in the office during the a.m. finishing up the special audit project. Still really bummed and stressed about this whole process.

B: french toast bagel, vanilla iced latte

L: peanut butter crackers; granola bar

D: DH bringing leftovers from his work luncheon - Brisket, corn on the cob, potato salad, baked beans

(we also have left over roast for the French Dip sandwiches I made Tuesday)

Slow but surely....

have a great day! IP

Progress as of today: 47.7 lbs lost so far, only 80.2 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/13/2021:
You have some yummy sounding leftovers!!!

Maria7 on 05/13/2021:
I know you are happy to have the audit checked off. Just try to relax and not think about it. Have a good evening.

Donkey on 05/13/2021:
I agree with Bear!

happy-1 on 05/13/2021:
Good job! Slowly but surely, inch by inch.

happy-1 on 05/13/2021:
Good job! Slowly but surely, inch by inch.

horn_of_plenty on 05/14/2021:
good luck to girlie finishing her class!

also, i'm now taking an accounting class and learning about the potential audit.

maybe share with us any info / insight about an audit and what happens or what you have to prepare.

horn_of_plenty on 05/14/2021:
show a photo of your new laundry baskets when you get a chance :) and any other photos of art / projects if you do any! i miss your photos!

Maria7 on 05/16/2021:
Hope you are having a good day.

innerpeace - Wednesday May 12, 2021

Weight: 290.2

Going through an audit at work - taking lots and lots of time. And I did everything I was supposed to do right, when I request supporting documentation from others, I can't make that same statement. I will have to forward all to our headquarters. Not a good feeling, kinda stressing about all of this.

Mother's Day enjoyable - steak, corn on the cob and salad. I got new laundry baskets (this is what I requested). Talked to my mom, and my son called - miss him!

Keeping up on the walking, but still eating too much and the wrong things.

Weight is steady.

Will have more of a routine going into the office - office work days are Monday & Thursday - Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday telework. This will change as we continue to reopen.

Girl has one more class and two more driving instructions and she will be finished with driving school, she is doing well. However, found out she still cannot get her license until she has waiting 6 months after permit issuance. I didn't know this. Oh well, practice makes one better...hopefully.

Will make time to log regularly again - kinda brushed it off...but it was helping.

Have a great day! IP


Progress as of today: 47.7 lbs lost so far, only 80.2 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/12/2021:
I agree...being the go to person is just more words for pile it on that person.....it's a lot and I think it makes the go to person mad.

Donkey on 05/13/2021:
I'm in the same boat: active ok, but eating too much.

Wow, you really made me see the light. I do not want to be the go-to person. I won't let my feelings be hurt by being passed over.

innerpeace - Wednesday May 05, 2021

Weight: 290.2

Went to the office yesterday - half the day!

Today I took the girl to her first behind the wheel driving class - 2 hours - rainy/overcast/chilly - not the best conditions. I was more nervous than she was. I left my girl with an older gentleman for driving class...alone! After they left I started thinking, I didn't get the make and model of the car or the tag number. I didn't get a good look at the instructor. My brain just about blew up thinking of all the bad that could come. Needless to say, I was a nervous wreck for 2 hours until she came back. She did OK - made 3's (on everything)...except parking!! OMG she is the worst parker oh, and a 2 on turns.

Next time I will know the make/model and tag # of the vehicle they are driving in!! Thank you DATELINE!!

Sitting in my car I looked up and saw this awesomeness...This is the view from my sun roof sitting in the parking lot - so cool to me!! FIrst the smaller drops and then later the bigger drops.

Despite the rain, still took the doggos out last night - just a short walk...because of the rain.

On the way home we did spot this bunny in the neighbor's yard- Right after I took this photo it took off like a shot because of the dogs...but it was cute!

Last night I made little hamburger sliders with dinner rolls. That was all we had. I asked both DH and the girl if they wanted a vegetable...both said no, so I didn't bother!

Tonight I made burritos with the left over chicken with refried beans and cheese. Lettuce and tomato with salsa and sour cream.

Took the doggos on a short walk before we left for driving class, I will take them again after dinner...if it is isn't raining. It is only like 52 degrees - very un May like!

Have a great evening...GO INDIANS!!

Progress as of today: 47.7 lbs lost so far, only 80.2 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/05/2021:
That was a scary thought......back in the day we never worried about these things but now.....it's so much different.

Donkey on 05/06/2021:
I'm pretty sure *I* am the world's worst parker. Pretty sure...

I'm grateful for our rain today. It's been rather dry, I've noticed, by the number of times I have to fill my birdbaths.

I usually have to have at least 1 green vegetable with lunch and dinner. Otherwise, I'd eat 3 or 4 sliders just to fill up!

horn_of_plenty on 05/06/2021:
parking - especially parallel parking - is hard!

i also never learned to backup-park...only front-end-in parking. LOL. so i never back up to park that way.

but living in queens, i have gotten pretty decent at parallel parking :)

nice eats for dinner....and nice bunny ! we get them on Long Island also.

Jacky82020 on 05/08/2021:
Cool pics!

My husband covered up the car sun roof with some kind of British racing insignia, a heavy film.

innerpeace - Monday May 03, 2021

Weight: 290.2

Just been super busy at work - mentally draining.

Still walking with my doggos - they bring me peace and joy...except for today...RAIN - eventhough I tried to walk them with the umbrella, they weren't having it and wouldn't budge from the garage...corndogs!

Saturday - grocery shopping and tried to menu plan with adding more vegetables. I put a kabash on the instacart for a few weeks - the last delivery I received reaked of cigarette smoke - it was so strong I literally gagged and left the groceries in the garage and walked them in by handful to keep the ashtray bags out of the house...so disgusting. If I use instacart again I will request a smoke free shopper.

Sunday - yard work and pulled weeds - legs are screaming this morning...but it felt good.

Monday - work again - got notified our new vehicle is in so making arrangements for someone to go and pick that up...joy! during the conference last week, working form home will probably be for a longer while - up until October - so I will try and adjust and go to the office as needed (once a month for computer updates).

B: French toast bagle

L: grilled chicken, cucumber, salad

D: beef and broccoli and sesame chicken with noodles - the girl wanted Chinese

Weather should clear later to get a good walk in -

Received an A1C test and will do this on Saturday to mail in - preliminary for the July office visit and blood work...hopefully below 6.0 this time.

Walking Sunday morning this yard was strange - all plastic utensils stuck in the yard - weird - would like to know the story behind this....

And Sunday afternoon we went to Indian Hollow - a favorite - everything is greening up nicely...very pleasant day.

The girl has driving class Tomorrow and Saturday and she is finished with the classroom portion.

She has actual behind the wheel training starting next week and she should be finished by the end of the month - she is doing good.

Have a great Monday! IP

Progress as of today: 47.7 lbs lost so far, only 80.2 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/03/2021:
Food sounds delish...Pics are beautiful as always...and the plastic utensils....What could that possibly mean?????

bearcountrygg on 05/03/2021:
I looked up plastic utensils stuck in yard and it turns out it is a current PRANK!!!!! In my day you made random phone calls and asked if they refrigerator was running or if they has Prince Albert in a can.....Then it was TP in the trees......now....plastic utensils in the lawn...LOL

Donkey on 05/03/2021:
Sometimes the plastic utensils are used to keep squirrels away, but I don't think that's what happened in the photo you took. Them folks got pranked, LOL...

horn_of_plenty on 05/05/2021:
walking in the rain is a tough one!

beautiful photos as per usual.

i am not up to instacart or food product deliveries yet...maybe one day...i think i still love the supermarket (going there).

innerpeace - Wednesday Apr 28, 2021

Weight: 290.2

Work  - just OK. Virtual conferences - not my favorite. What most find funny and endearing I find completely annoying. Someone who is always the center of attention, has questions at every topic of discussion has to present and laughs and giggles and tells herself to breathe 50 times - NO! One more day of this...lord help me!

Because of said conference been waking up earlier to take the doggos for their morning walk - so peaceful and quiet - This may turn into a thing.

Heard back from job I applied for a few months ago - NO thank you! I was qualified but didn't answer the questions as high as other candidates - this is OK - it was just a shot in the dark.

Home - again OK

Eating - OK this will be better I will add more vegetables and fruit for the month of May

Blood sugar  - hanging out between 120-128 - this is OK, will love to get it down more before July blood work.

Have a great evening! Drive On! IP

Progress as of today: 47.7 lbs lost so far, only 80.2 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/28/2021:
She does sound annoying,and is dragging the meetings out longer than necessary too, probably....Your blood sugar is doing well.

Donkey on 04/29/2021:
Oh my I can't imagine having to endure regular meetings with someone like that. I'd have to wear sunglasses to hide all of the eye rolling.

I like the idea of a morning walk with the dogs. That sounds like a lovely way to start the day. My cats would never go for that.

legcramps on 04/29/2021:
Ugh, make sure you're on mute just in case you say something out loud that you shouldn't have :) ;)

horn_of_plenty on 04/29/2021:
Virtual conferances / phone conferences are becoming a BIG deal!

love your goal to add more veggies.

Maria7 on 04/29/2021:
Hoping you are having a good day today.

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