Almost overslept, because I forgot to set the alarm. I woke up on my own, luckily (also woke up at 3am! WHY??)<br><br>
Jill- I had a DREAM about knitting?! <img alt="confused.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/confused.gif"> Was it a sign? I couldn't find any knitting needles, though!<br><br>
Anyway, have a great day folks! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
hi all. Boy I must have slept wrong as my neck and right shoulder blade are a hurtin' this morning. NO comments on my age please <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Nothing a good back massage couldn't solve. Now if I could only find a nice lady who would help me out....<br><br>
Hope you all had a good weekend.
Good morning, everyone!<br><br>
I wanted to thank you guys for all the hugs and compliments and pms of support. I really appreciate all of you. I was feeling so down on saturday. Embarrassed, too. But as always, you made me feel better and very accepted. I'm very glad I found this group.
Hey kiddos! Came into work late today, I got about 2 hours sleep last night and just could not get out of bed today! Luckily my boss is out today so I can be a bit free with my hours.<br><br>
Sending special vibes out to <b>Theia</b> today!<br><br>
That is about all for me. Trying to find someone in our IT group will will help me get my laptop set up for access when I am out on maternity leave but it has been over 2 weeks and still no help! Wish me luck today, I just do not speak computer speak!
Taking care of filing for unemployment. I filed the claim via internet, posted my resume on the required website. Now I have to find an Michworks office to go to so they can verify a piece of paper I printed. Tried to start the claim yesterday, but the State of Michigan doesn't accept claims on Sundays.<br><br>
The rest of the day will be spent cleaning and doing some exercise.
I'm about to go back to sleep, I hope! I work tonight. If I can't fall back asleep in half an hour I'm going to the gym.<br><br><b>Lori</b> The way to get tech guys to help is to feed them! Put candy on your desk. They can be bribed! Good luck.<br><br>
Have a good day all!
The house is moved. Very little is put away. Work must continue.<br><br>
I realize that I have been abscent for many days, and have missed many important happenings. Of the couple I know... <a class="nuwiki_new_link" href="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/nuwiki.php?s=dfb6702afae07895246fbc9389e2663a&do=show&f=&title=%5B%5BColleen+and+Katholeenie">[[Colleen and Katholeenie</a>]] - work hugs. ((((Everyone else))))
Not necessarily a 'fun' monday (that's normally an oxymoron anyway, sn't it?), but for me, it is a 'step back to normal life' Monday.<br><br>
I still miss Maggie like crazy. I've gone through my panic stage, a rather nasty angry phase, and now I guess I'm settling into acceptance. I'd still give anything to have her back, and I still don't understand why God wanted to take her home so early in her life.. but there are so many signs that this WAS her time, so many peaceful things about it all, that I find it hard not to believe that both she and I were being watched over, during the whole thing. It sounds retarded, but it's what I believe now.<br><br><b>Beakerbabe</b> - As far as getting your IT to help... I'd go to your boss, and say "look, I have X number of weeks left. If you want to make sure I'm still in the loop about things when I'm out, how about helping to light a fire under someone's ass with the IT group?"<br><br><b>Claire</b> - Glad to hear that you're feeling better. *hugs*
I like the way you think!! Problem is our IT group is in India!!! We have maybe 2 people in our general area, which is why I have been fighting so hard to get help! But maybe candy on my desk might just make me not care so much about not getting help!!! <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><br><br><b>Ailarie</b> I thought about you a lot this weekend. I think what you said was right on, I think her peaceful passing was a sure sign this was always the plan for her! Still sending you hugs!!!<br><br><b>Colleen</b> when you are done, can you come and help me sort through the mountain of stuff in my house?! Thanks, knew you would!! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
I'm back, at work, at my desk. I wasn't around here much lately. I was adding it up in the shower this morning, I've been away from my office for the past 9 biz days! That's a lot. Last week, I was in Cali for a convention all week. Then, the week before Baltimore/Chicago (two days each).<br><br>
It's good to be home, for a bit.<br><br>
Fort Hose that are interested in this kinda stuff, here's my mini ski report:<br><br>
Friday: Squaw Valley, USA - I arrived at Sqauw, early, I had a lot of running around to do before I could ski. I had contacted the demo shop at the top of the Funitel, and arranged to purchase a pair of skis. They were going to sell all of their demos since it was the end of the season, and I talked them into selling me a pair about a week early. So, I needed to rent boots and poles in the village, and get a lift ticket and get dressed, then ride up to the top, and get my skis. Anyway, that all worked out and by 9:20 or so, I was in the lift chair going to the top top. I met a guy in the demo center who was picking up some skis, so we loaded onto the chair together. We chatted about skis, and I aksed about a secition of the mtn. that I hadn't skiied yet. He agreed to take me over there to the Shirley lake area. We skiied 3 groomed single black diamonds. He was a good skiier, and he was 82! I hope I'm still out there when I'm 82. There had been no new snow since Feb 26th (the day we flew home from there two weeks ago). I've never really skiied in the spring, so this was a whole new experience for me. I way over dressed and went back to the car to ditch a layer and take the liner out of my jacket. I put on my baseball hat, sunglasses, sunblock (paid 6 bucks in the store in the village for something the size of travel tooth paste) and my iPod and went cruising. With no new snow, it was best to stay on the groomed runs and not venture off-piste into the trees. I worked my way across the mtn from west to east, and then came back to KT-22 (one of the chairs used for the olympic downhill). From the east side, I could see the east face of KT-22 and thought, I could get down that. So, I went to give it a try before grabbing lunch. Wow! It was super steep, but awesome. Once down the fast, I followed some fast guys down into the valley, we hit a trail merge, they hit the flat and jumped, I thought, I can do that, and I did, but landing was a different story, I lost balance and spun around. No harm done though.<br><br>
After a lunch bowl of Clam chowder, I signed up for a lesson. I was by myself, so why not. No one else showed up at my level, so my 2 hour group lesson turned into a one hour private lesson for the price of a group lesson ($49). Sweet. The instructor was great and we just worked on my form and technique. Good stuff. Towards the end of the day, I rode the olympic tram up to the high camp. Walked through the olympic museum, then made one run down from top to bottom under the lights on the freshly groomed MTN Run. It was a pretty good day.<br><br>
Saturday: Alpine Meadows - As good as the day was before, I was a little bummed out when driving to the resort. I realized that skiing by yourself is not as fun as skiing with my buddies. Little did I know that fate would deal me some new buddies. I got there, got geared up and was deciding between two chairs to go up. I had never been there and hadn't looked at the map yet. Since, I can pretty much get down anything on the mtn, I decided just to go up, look around and pick a way down. So, I picked a lift, and got in line. It was a quad and I was a single, so I got on with 3 other people, a man, a woman, and a child. I had know idea what their relationship was to each other, if any. We chatted on the way up and I asked about where to start off since I'd never been here. The man was a quasi-local and was familiar with the mtn. The kid was his son. The woman turned out to be a co-worker of his. Right near the top, she offered my me to just follow them. I let them go off the top, then decided to follow them to whatever lift they went on next. Anyway, long story short, they adopted me for the day. The woman, Kinga, from Romania, was an awesome skiier. Stacy (the man) was slowed down by his son, so Kinga and I skiied the shit outa the mountain. She's an awesome skiier, with damn near perfect form, and she's a downhill maniac! She grew up on a mtn in Romania. She's been here about 3 years and her english is very good. We had a blast. One of my best days ever. We skiied at a pace that I rarely get to with my own buddies. Some of my ski friends are less skilled and therefore, we do a lot of stopping to put the group back together. Not today. Kinga and I were never more that 20 yards apart and she hated waiting and stopping. So we went like maniacs from the time we got off the lift to the next lift line. It was awesome. I bet we made 25 runs from the top all the way to the bottom. The top two bowls there are really fun.<br><br>
So, at the end of the day, I exchanged email addresses with both Kinga and Stacy. They wanted me to ski with them again yesterday, but I needed to leave to come home. I'd been gone for a week.<br><br>
Well, that's my trip story. That's probably the end of my ski season. <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"> But, when I look back on it, this year was a pretty good one: 2 days @ Squaw, 1 day at each of these places: Heavenly, Alpine, Sierra, Snowshoe. 4 Powder days. I'll take it.<br><br>
Ok, I gotta mtn of work to get to!
Hey all. Got to work before 7 AM but the security system was still on standard time (it was thinking it was still 5.xx AM; it doesn't let schlubs like us in until after 6:00 AM). Thus, I and a few co-workers couldn't get into the workplace. Not that we'd normally complain about that, but it does take away from some time to do stuff like post on websites <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br><b>(((Ailarie)))</b> - I'm glad you're finding some peace regarding Maggie.<br><br>
Hugs to you as well <b>((((Theia))))</b>.<br><br>
Wow! That sounds fun - glad you had a blast skiing and you're back home safely <b>Tim</b>.<br><br>
Alrighty, gotta' run - good Mondays to all of ya'
I had quite a weekend of driving! Avery and I went to Delaware on Saturday to visit the lovely Theia and Beaker and had a great time. Saturday night I went to my cousins HS to see a production of Aida. Sunday morning we went to Princeton to a pet adoption to see a puppy DH found on petfinders (see images below) and then we went to dinner at my friend Bob and Brenda's that night. I think I drove a total of 8 hours between both days and was at my house (not sleeping) for about 3! I'm exhausted from it all today!<br><br>
So as I said, its been a little over a year since Tiny passed away and we finally feel like maybe we should get Bella another friend. Here's the dog we are looking to adopt. His name is O'Malley. We applied for adoption and they call our vet today. Then they will do a house visit. We could use some good luck vibes if you have any to spare.<br><br><br>
He's 3 months old and is much smaller in person then in the pictures (but he has some big feet):<br><br><img alt="" src="http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p189/hlaudet/om1.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><img alt="" src="http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p189/hlaudet/om2.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><img alt="" src="http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p189/hlaudet/om3.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
Mornin' Gang. Happy Monday.<br><br>
So - I THOUGHT I had 2 tests on Wednesday, but nooooooooo. . .3 classes, 3 tests. Sigh. The thing I really have goin' for me though is that Wednesday my parents are coming north and the 4 of us are going to the Brewmaster's dinner. I will have earned my beer! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br><b>((((((Theia)))))))</b><br><br><b>kp & Tonya</b> - Congratulations - you guys have worked really hard and those pics prove it! Nicely done, my friends!!!
<b>Lori</b> - One of my coworkers (ski buddy/friend) here in Bham is the boss of an IT guy in our Cranford office, you want me to get him sent over to you to set up your laptop? What does it need VPN? <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
Yeah, send him! I will have candy on my desk <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br><b>Saucon</b> sending good puppy vibes!!! My friend just told me yesterday she adopted another dog on Friday, I can't wait to go meet him!!! So good puppy vibes coming your way (she had an easy time with the vet call, the vet is her boyfriend, aka my BIL <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">)