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Lemme hose some alligators off, here... [Jan. 21st, 2009|01:37 pm]
I think I might emerge from the swamp of omigodthishastobedonerightNOW later this week, but right now I wish I was only up to my ass in alligators. Damn, I've got several perched on my head.

I continue to make small, but measurable progress in reducing the size of my butt. We have a Biggest Loser contest going here at work and while I'm not interested in winning, I figure the peer pressure of not letting my teammates down would be good synergy for my own interest in making certain parts of my body less...jiggly. Icky-poo. The guys right now are going...no, we like the...the women over 40 know that's not what I'm talking about.

Anyway -- I'm amazed at how much I must have been eating in order to maintain the increase in girth. Because I really haven't made major changes, and I'm sliding slowly downwards. If I can keep the Id in the box...

Of course, this past week was NOT good for the plan o'shrinking. Celebrating last week's success with a chocolate...bad. Spending the week making lots of baked goods...bad. Consuming large quantities of said baked goods even after they were done and packed...bad. The copious amounts of beer and the Fish and Chips for dinner, I can blame on Sestree and the Captain. But still -- sad to come into work, step onto the scale and found 2 pounds extra had crawled up my leg over the weekend and nestled on my thighs. Luckily, neither of the official weight-recorders were in yet.

And before I could get weighed in, I had a meeting where I found that 2/3rds of the analysis and data I had gathered for my presentation tomorrow...well, we don't really want to cover that. Here's a new 2/3rds you have to generate...oh, yeah, rough draft by 3pm today, present tomorrow. Back to my desk to work like fiend...running a whole NEW series of reports to replace the ones that I was here are 6am to do the first time 'round...

And here's what I learned: stress totally burns calories. I did my weigh-in finally, and I'd lost 2 pounds. Despite downing 3 Diet Mountain Dews. There must have been some smokey cloud of fury, frustration and burning calories emanating from my cubicle.

Also, and time does not permit a clever segue friends, for I sense the gerbils building up enough of a head of steam to actually produce the magic report that will tell me just how much our customer spent on straws last year, o, yes! that is just how vital is my work! Everyone else is reveling in the new presidency or wallowing in the self-pity of having to look at Joe Biden instead of Sarah Palin and I am obsessing over Straws and whether this customer can save money by using a different kind of straw. Or trash can liner. Or Coke cup.

Wow. Managed a segue anyway. So -- I didn't get to watch the inaugural. No, wait, chose not to. Hey, dog's gonna pee at 12:20, no matter who the president is, so I was on the road home. I did listen to most of the speech on the radio. Which is fine, 'cause it made me weepy here and there and I would not want to do that at work.

But I feel more "patriotic" than most, since I spent MLK day doing my errands in front of NPR specials on the Civil Rights movement, which was cool since I'd never gotten the whole story, in chronological order and that helped. Plus, we've been watching "John Adams" the miniseries, which was so much better than I expected and I recommend it so highly that you should be ashamed of yourself if you don't watch it. Even though it made me cry. Which on top of Gran Torino, which made me bawl Monday night. (Look, I can't bear someone saying goodbye to a dog, all right? Just can't.) Which was also way better than I expected. So, sandwiching the inauguration between all of that programming -- I am fair vibrating with "why can't we all get along", "wow, look how far we've come in so little time" and "I can't believe that after all that, we're still struggling with"....

Whew. I am all full of civic'ness.

I feel a retreat into science fiction coming on...

[User Picture]From: sestree
2009-01-21 07:40 pm (UTC)
May I recommend The Fifth Element?

Wait - it might make you cry as well ......

You need Mel Brooks BAD. Blazing Saddles was running on channel 40 recently .......

I agree. John Adams was great.
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[User Picture]From: im_geva
2009-01-21 08:06 pm (UTC)

I'm reading

The Once and Future King...somehow missed it when everyone else was reading it in high school.

Lovely, so much is crammed on each page, it's beautiful.
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[User Picture]From: ferlonda
2009-01-21 08:24 pm (UTC)

Re: I'm reading

Gorgeous, especially Wart as a goose, but it will make you cry.
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[User Picture]From: mistressfetch
2009-01-21 09:02 pm (UTC)
Watch the Firefly series and then the Serenity movie :-) I lent mine to a friend but alas she lives in Reston and I'll be headed down there soon to get it back :-) I'll drop it off with other odds and ends :-) Sorry, no more cat butt dishes...I'll already gave you those back :-)
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2009-01-22 12:56 pm (UTC)
Hey, it's had FRESH cat butt since, then, no worries.

Oh, we're old-time Firefly folks -- like back when it was on tv. I know you'll be shocked to find that everytime I do one of those "which character on Firefly are you" quizzes, I come out as Mal Reynolds. If only I had that nice of a butt!
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2009-01-22 01:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all of the suggestions -- but no worries, I have a Netflix list that exceeds 300 and Battlestar Galactica (I saw the first couple of seasons, but missed a bunch, as did the Captain, so we'll start fresh from the beginning) is next up, as soon as we finish with Wire in the Blood, first season, which is really good, in a quirky forensic-y, detective-y kind of way.
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[User Picture]From: lowlandscot
2009-01-22 09:58 pm (UTC)

Weight Loss Tip from Dr Smurf

Remove all alligators before stepping on the scale.
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2009-01-22 10:43 pm (UTC)

Re: Weight Loss Tip from Dr Smurf

smacking head
Damn gators....
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