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Well now, I guess it has been quite a while since I have taken the time to blog anything. About 18 months is long enough, I guess, so here goes.

I could about imagine, if anyone is actually going to read this, what might be going through your head as far as the title to this posting is about. Well, to me, it is about depression and determination. It is my current weight, as of the time I stepped on the scale last night before I got into the shower.

I have known for a while now, about the past 12- 14 years at least, that I have been a bit on the heavy side. But, as we all know, we see ourselves differently than those around us. And, we tend to use our own vision as our reality, that is until someone else actually slaps us with reality.

This happened to me the other day when I was completing evaluations of my fellow officials. Once I completed the evaluations I looked to see what responses I had. There were six (6) other officials that took the time to evaluate me. One category, in-particular, caught my eye and the comment cut me like a knife. The category?…”Physically fit to perform duties.” The comment?…”overweight.”

When we do our evaluations we do not have to comment, all we have to do is enter a score between 1 and 5. And, for this category, I have and average score of 4.5 (not the lowest average of all the categories). Which means, and I am going to assume here, that the person that made that comment probably gave me a 2.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not mad at this person, whoever he may be. What I am mad about is the fact that he took his own perception of me, and his opinion, and went away from what the category was about. Yes, I am overweight. But, that does not mean that I am not physically fit to perform my duties! My slowness has very little to do with how much I weigh, it has more to do with the fact that I am more worried about rolling my ankle again than anything. On a level surface, where I know that I will not roll my ankle, I can sprint with the best of them! Okay, maybe not the best of them, but it sure would surprise the hell out of you how quick I can actually be.

This, if you have not already figured it out, is where the depression comes in. I have not told anyone about this until now. But, I have decided that I will not let this send me into a total depression. Instead I am going to use it to give me the determination to change it!

I have decided that it is time for me to take another long hard look at my eating habits, and make the necessary changes that will help me to lose weight. Between that, and dedicating time to running and working out at the gym again, I know that I can shed a few pounds by the end of the year.

You see, and anyone that knows me knows this, about the time I last posted anything on here I had my running spirits broke by some asshole that decided to take some bitches words as gold and decided to kick me off his “team”. Although it did not make me decide to quit running altogether, it did make it so that I was not as dedicated to running. But now, I have this new asshat that is going to help me to relight that fire I once had, and will get me determined to earn the results I want.

My goal is to drop at least 20 pounds by the end of the year…but I would like to hit 30 pounds.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Sorry this is so late, but I have been quite bust today. Don’t believe me? Well, this will give you an idea as to how busy I was today, and how my day went.

Anyways…Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all my fellow Irishfolk, and the rest of you that wish you could be like us. HAHA! :p

Now, I have a confession to make about this ultimate party day…I have NEVER…I repeat NEVER, gotten drunk to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! 😦

Honestly!

You see, either the day has fallen on a weekday, when I either had to work during the night of, or the morning after (either way, I wasn’t gonna be drinking). Or, when it did actually fall on a weekend, I was broke and didn’t have the money to go out to the bar.

I know, I know…boo-hoo! Well, yes, I will cry in my beer…now, if only I had one! 😉

Hope any and all of you that actually DID get to celebrate this wonderful day had fun and made it to where you had to go safely.

Rushing for Nothing

Today I was scheduled to umpire my second scrimmage of the pre-season. I was looking forward to it, as I was hoping to be able to spend some time behind the dish and see some pitches. So, since the scrimmage was scheduled for 3:45, and I got out of work at 2:oo, I busted butt to get home, change, and get to the field in time to meet with the other umpires and see what all we were doing, and where all I was going to some practice in at.

Well, the unpredictable WNC weather decided that I didn’t need to get some work in and decided to get cold and dump a little untraceable trace of snow. Needless to say, the scrimmage was postponed to tomorrow, in which I did not know until I checked my email, on my phone, to see that the Assistant Athletic Director from the host school.

Normally that wouldn’t be a problem, but I am already scheduled to work another scrimmage, at pretty much the same time, in another location tomorrow. Since I am new to umpiring, I decided to schedule myself to work four scrimmages so that I can get as much experience as possible before the regular season begins. We are only required, by the State, to work two, and can get credit for working three, but I figure four scrimmages would give me enough practice time to feel more comfortable making calls.

I guess that’s just how it goes. Take what is given to you, no matter who it is that gives it. Three scrimmages are better than two and definitely better than one, which is what some of the other umpires will probably get in with some of the other scrimmages being canceled last Saturday.

Hopefully the weather will clear up before the scrimmage tomorrow and I wont be rushing around to get to another postponed, or canceled, scrimmage. But, then again, I guess that it wouldn’t hurt if I actually checked my email BEFORE I get ready to leave, either, eh?

Work interferes with a good week

Last weekend kicked off a fun-packed week for me and the family. And if it wasn’t for this thing we call work, this would be one of the best weeks of the year!

My parents and nephew came down from Michigan this past weekend and we all hung out in Statesville, NC for the 36th Carolina Balloon Fest. This was my first experience with hot air balloons and it made me want to do it again and again. Trust me, I am now hooked on ballooning, thanks to my Aunt (she pilots a balloon) and Uncle. Although I did not get a chance to ride in a balloon (too expensive, but close to the top of the list of things to do before I die now), and all I did was work as crew for my Aunt, it was nothing but good times.

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Wizard of Oz Balloon night glow - (My Aunt piloted this balloon)

If you have never been to a balloon festival, you should definitely catch one next year.Don’t know when they are? Or where to find information on them? Well, here is the link for the Carolina Balloon Association and they will have the schedule of events for 2010, at some point in time later this year or the beginning of next. Believe me, you will have a blast!

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Ford Balloon - (My Aunt's other balloon)

I am looking forward to hanging out with my Aunt and Uncle again, in a few weeks, for one of the Funfly and Party’s that are scheduled. Should be a good time!

Today I took the wife and kids to the Shrine Circus. I had the tickets for this event since the middle of June. Although it was kind of a short show, it was still great fun. Plus, it got us out of the house. Can’t beat that!

Now I am looking forward to this Saturday night. No, not going trick-or-treating, nor are we going to a Halloween party somewhere. This Saturday I am taking the family on a Ghost Trolly Tour here in Asheville. I am hoping that it will be a very enjoyable end to an excitingly great week.

Now…if only there was something that could be done about work getting in the way of all this fun!

Until next time, my friends…

A Change…and some good news!

I have made a decision. Something that is usually difficult for me to do, but I made one (haha). Yesterday, while I was at the Doctor’s, I decided that I was ready to quit smoking (again).

A few years ago I made a semi-successful attempt at quitting. With the assistance of Welbutrin (sp?) I was able to quit for about 6 months. That was until I decided to fall off the wagon cause of stress at work. Everything was going pretty good with it at the time, to be honest with you. By combining a diet program with the method for quitting I was able to do it and lose weight at the same time!

I tried to quit again a little over a year ago, but, obviously, it didn’t work. Honestly, I didn’t even quit for a day that time.

But, this time, I think that I am completely ready and determined to quit. I have my generic Welbutrin (Budeprion) prescription and have already decided on my quit date (September 2nd). I plan (although plans do seem to change, often) on completely cleaning my car this weekend and turn it back into a “NO SMOKING” vehicle like it was the last time I quit. And, by the end of next week, I plan to completely quit taking smoke breaks at work.

I am hoping that I will find more active things to do when I am out of work. But, then again, school will be starting for me again in about a month, so that may cut into the time I will have. I will just have to see how things are going.

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In other news…

The wife got the call today. She starts her new job on Tuesday. I am so happy! She will finally be doing what she went to school for (and she graduated in 2007!). I guess that also means that I will have to learn how to cook again. At least a few times a week. ;)…

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Plans for this weekend kinda got a little messed up today when my friend said that her daughter wasn’t going to the first high school football game this Friday. My daughter was kinda looking forward to meeting her (in person) and I was kinda hoping that both of our families could get together for an enjoyable evening. My friend said that her daughter is going to her brother’s and that her and her hubby are going out. I don’t blame her, as she said that she needs some adult time.

Maybe I will take the wife out (to celebrate the new job) instead of going to the football game. But, then again, I really don’t like it when anything comes in between me and football. I guess that I will just have to wait and see how the rest of the week goes! (However, if said friend was to invite the wife and I out with her and the hubby, I think that I could convince myself to talk the wife into going out instead…hint-hint 😉) Not TRYING to seem desperate, but just looking for things to do with the wife OUTSIDE of the house!

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Well, that about does it for me today. Nothing else exciting to talk about. Now, aren’t you all glad that this post wasn’t a lot of TMI? Hahaha…I’m saving the next one for TOMORROW! 🙂

Until next time, my friends…

E-mail Jokes

I had a few good e-mail jokes sent to me recently. I thought that I would share them with you all here. I am sure that you all have probably seen them before. If so, sorry. But, if you haven’t seen them yet, enjoy!

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IDIOT SIGHTINGS

(forwarded to me by my wifey)

IDIOT SIGHTING:
My daughter and I went through the McDonald ‘s take-out window and I gave the clerk a $5 bill.  Our total was $4.25, so I also handed her a quarter.  She said, ‘you gave me too much money.’ I said, ‘Yes I know, but this way you can just give me a dollar bill back.’  She sighed and went to get the manager who asked me to repeat my request.  I did so, and he handed me back the quarter, and said ‘We’re sorry but they could not do that kind of thing.’  The clerk then proceeded to give me back $1 and 75 cents in change.  Do not confuse the clerks at McD’s.

IDIOT SIGHTINGS:
We had to have the garage door repaired.  The Sears repairman told us that one of our problems was that we did not have a ‘large’ enough motor on the opener.  I thought for a minute, and said that we had the largest one Sears made at that time, a 1/2 horsepower.  He shook his head and said, ‘Lady, you need a 1/4 horsepower.’  I responded that 1/2 was larger than 1/4. He said, ‘NO, it’s not.’  Four is larger than two..’  We haven’t used Sears repair since.

IDIOT SIGHTING:
I live in a semi rural area. We recently had a new neighbor call the local township administrative office t o request the removal of the DEER CROSSING sign on our road.  The reason: ‘Too many deer are being hit by cars out here!  I don’t think this is a good place for them to be crossing anymore.’  From Kingman, KS.

IDIOT SIGHTING IN FOOD SERVICE:
My daughter went to a local Taco Bell and ordered a taco.  She asked the person behind the counter for ‘minimal lettuce.’  He said he was sorry, but they only had iceburg lettuce.  From Kansas City

IDIOT SIGHTING:
I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked, ‘Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?’  To which I replied, ‘If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?’  He smiled knowingly and nodded, ‘That’s why we ask.’  Happened in Birmingham, Ala.

IDIOT SIGHTING:
The stoplight on the corner buzzes when it’s safe to cross the street.  I was crossing with an intellectually challenged coworker of mine.  She asked if I knew what the buzzer was for.  I explained that it signals blind people when the light is red.  Appalled, she responded, ‘What on earth are blind people doing driving?!’  She was a probation officer in Wichita, KS

IDIOT SIGHTING:
At a good-bye luncheon for an old and dear coworker.  She was leaving the company due to ‘downsizing.’  Our manager commented cheerfully, ‘This is fun..  We should do this more often.’ Not another word was spoken.  We all just looked at each other with that deer-in-the-headlights stare.  This was a lunch at Texas Instruments.

IDIOT SIGHTING:
I work with an individual who plugged her power strip back into itself and for the sake of her life, couldn’t understand why her system would not turn on.  A deputy with the Dallas County Sheriff’s office, no less.

IDIOT SIGHTING:
When my husband and I arrived at an automobile dealership to pick up our car, we were told the keys had been locked in it..  We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver side door.  As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was u unlocked.  ‘Hey,’ I announced to the technician, ‘its open!’  His reply, ‘I know.  I already got that side.’  This was at the Ford dealership in Canton, MS

STAY ALERT!

They walk among us… and the scary part is that they VOTE and they REPRODUCE!

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WELFARE CHECK

(forwarded by my Mom & Dad)

A guy from Mississippi walked into the local welfare Office to pick up his check.

He marched straight up to the counter and said, ‘ Hi. You know, I just HATE drawing welfare. I’d really rather have a job.’

The social worker behind the counter said, ‘ Your timing is excellent. We just got a job opening from a very wealthy old man who wants a chauffeur and bodyguard for his beautiful daughter.

You’ll have to drive around in his 2008 Mercedes CL, and he will supply all of your clothes. Because of the long hours meals will be provided. You’ll also be expected to escort the daughter on her overseas holiday trips.

This is rather awkward to say but you will also have as part of your job assignment to satisfy her sexual urges as the daughter is in her mid-20’s and has a rather strong sex drive. A two-bedroom loft type apartment with plasma TV, stereo, bar, etc. located above the garage will be designated for your sole use and the salary is $200,000 a year.’

The guy, just plain wide-eyed, said, ‘ You’re bullshittin’ me!’

The social worker said, ‘ Yeah, well, you started it.’

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WHO DOES THE WORK?

(forwarded by my oldest Daughter)

Who’s working anyway?
The population of this country is 300 million.
160 million are retired.
That leaves 140 million to do the work.
There are 85 million in school.
Which leaves 55 million to do the work.
Of this there are 35 million employed by the federal government.
Leaving 15 million to do the work.
2.8 million are in the armed forces preoccupied with killing Osama
Bin-Laden.
Which leaves 12.2 million to do the work.
Take from that total the 10.8 million people who work for state and city
governments.
And that leaves 1.4 million to do the work.
At any given time there are 188,000 people in hospitals.
Leaving 1,212,000 to do the work.
Now, there are 1,211,998 people in prisons.
That leaves just two people to do the work.
You and me.
And there you are,
Sitting on your butt,
At your computer, reading jokes.

Making the Tough Decision

Yesterday I had to do one of the hardest things ever, but, at the same time, she deserved it.

I am talking about completely locking my youngest daughter out of the Internet. My wife and I found out yesterday that she has been continuously making other accounts; i.e. email, myspace, twitter, etc. I know that many wouldn’t have much of a problem with it, but my wife and I do.

You see, she has been using a “friends” email to set everything up. My wife and I believe that it is actually hers that she set up under her friends name (wouldn’t be the first time she has done it). Plus, she tried to lie to us (me especially) when we confronted her about everything – guess she thinks we are stupid or something! AND, on top of it all, she is only 11 years old!

Like I said, she has done this all before. But when she did, it was only my wife that was around. And, of course, my children think they can use her as a door mat and walk all over her. This time I was here and put my foot down. I password protected the main computer in the house and made my middle child her own account, password protected of course. And, my oldest has her own computer now and that one is all protected too.

Maybe my wife and I are being a little overprotective, but she is still our baby! We don’t want to keep her hidden under a rock, but at the same time, we don’t want her to be vulnerable to those on the Internet that will just cause harm.

Hopefully, some day soon, she will learn and understand what all can happen to others on the Internet (without having to experience them all). If she was an adult, or an upper high school aged teen, then I probably wouldn’t worry about it as much. But, for now, I have to make the tougher decisions to keep my lil-ones protected.

Until next time my friends…