Sunday, April 26, 2009

A Little About Me...

Tired of all of those surveys made up by high school kids?! 'Have you ever kissed someone? Missed someone? Told someone you loved them? Drank alcohol?' Here are questions for the people who are a little older... DON'T Tag me when you finish. If you want to do this then consider yourself tagged otherwise have a good day. lmao! BTW, I got this from Chele's blog...

1. What bill do you hate paying the most?
Bank of unAmerica(n)!

2. Where was the last place you had a romantic dinner?
Out? uhhh...  (uh-oh)

3. What do you really want to be doing right now?
chillin' in either Colorado or Hawaii with my hunny Keith

4. How many colleges did you attend?

5. Had to dress?
huh? uh, of course...

6. What are your thoughts on gas prices?
Anything under $2/gal. excites me. lol

7. First thought when the alarm went off this morning?
I don't need an alarm on the weekends... When it does go off during the week my first thought is, "huh? already?? 2 more hours, please!!"

8. Last thought before going to sleep last night?
I love Keith

9. Do you miss being a child?
No freakin' way!

10. What errand/chore do you despise?
Errand - hmmm...
Chore - dishes

11. Get up early or sleep in?
a little of both... usually sleep til about mid/late morning. I only get up early when I have work or something else important in the morning and I only sleep in late when I am sick.

12. Have you found real love yet?
Yes, otherwise, I'm in BIG trouble! Married a year and a half... will be 2 years on 9/15/09!

13. Favorite lunch meat?
Mesquite Turkey from Oscar Meyer...

14. What do you get every time you go into Wal-Mart?
Usually a bunch of stuff I don't need in addition to what I planned to buy.

15. Beach or lake?
depends... swimming? beach. Scenery, either one. ;)

16. Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual?

17. Sopranos or Desperate Housewives?

18.What famous person would you like to have dinner with?
Jesus Christ

19. Have you ever crashed your vehicle?
yup (my old car)... thanks alot, ice!

20. Ever had to use a fire extinguisher for its intended purpose?
Nope... *knocks wood*

21. Ring tones
I don't bother b/c Sprint's new website sucks! (Whatever happened to KISS- keep it simple, stupid, referring to logins. The old one was sooooo much better and more user-friendly!)

22. Strangest place you have ever brushed your teeth?

23. Somewhere in California you've never been and would like to go?
hmmm... San Diego!

23. Do you go to church?
Yup... almost every Sunday, anyway ;)

24. At this point in your life would you rather start a new career or a new relationship?
New career, please!

25. How old are you?
27 (28 in 1 week and 1 day--EEK!)

26. Do you have a go to person?

27. Are you where you want to be in life?

28. Growing up, what were your favorite cartoons?
Garfield, Simpsons, Inspector Gadget, Heathcliff...

29. What about you do you think has changed the most?
Not as naive but alot more type-a than I was.. need to work on that one LOL

30. Looking back at high school were they the best years of your life?
yup, well, some of the best years, anyway...

31. Are there times you still feel like a kid?
*sigh* nope (wouldn't mind feeling like I did in those highschool days lol)

32. Did you ever own troll dolls?
Had one... may still have it if I dig around enough.. lol

33. Did you have a pager?
No, and don't want one.

34. Where was the hang out spot when you were a teenager?
didn't have one in particular... pretty much anywhere out of the house lol

35. Were you the type of kid you would want your children to hang out with?

36.Who do you think impacted your life the most?
My mother.

37. Was there a teacher or authority figure that stood out for you?
Mrs. Offutt, unfortunately in a bad way. Let's just say she added some insecurity to my personality that took years for me to get rid of. crappy teacher, to boot.
However, Mrs. Kiesow (year before Offutt) and I got along very well and I enjoyed being in her class.. she was so cool!

38. Do you tell stories that start with “when I was your age”?
Thankfully, I can honestly say NO to this one, at least so far, anyway.. lol

Friday, April 24, 2009

TGIF, I think... and more random thoughts.

Today is Friday. Hallalujah. It's been a long week. Boss man has been on medical leave for the past week and is rumored to be coming back next week (YAY! yes, I meant YAY!), which is a good thing... ht's way cool. Casual and funny, like a boss should be.

Next. Some of our sales territories migrated to the other business center as of this coming Monday. With that, some of our "extra" employees are migrating to our advanced collections department; the one that is supposedly remaining once we leave. Yeah, right.. we'll see how long that lasts. Seriously, the writing's on the wall/rumors are flying. It will be interesting, and I will be able to get updates once Keith and I are gone since my SIL also works in that department.

After work we gathered together for one last hurrah for one of said employees. She is one who has been with the company forever and is very knowlegable; our department is going to suffer a loss with her migrating! lol Happy Hour at On the Border. Chips, salsa, beer and laughter. Hell yeah! Even though we have been carefully budgeting our $$ in preparation for our own layoff, we spared a few bucks to go hang out and the change of pace was very nice. It's good to let your hair down every now and then, for the mental health if nothing else. ;)

Keith and I chilled out in the backyard for a little while until the mosquitos found out I was out there, then after that we had to head in. *sigh* Damn skeeters. Always have to ruin everything. :D  Some of those who worked with me at Six Flags will know what I'm talking about. ;)

Tomorrow I will be heading for a baby shower for a family friend of ours, then off to a birthday of a former co-worker's son, while Keith plays golf. At least we have some fun plans for tomorrow! Woohoo!

As for the job search, it is on hold for right now; it seems as though nobody's hiring for July yet, and probably won't be til June, from what I am hearing (from actual recruiters!). So we might as well take a break from that crap for a while. :) The ideal situation would be to get our severance pays then start a job soon after the layoff, as it almost feels like a gamble to jump off this ship too early. (No severance if we leave early, then that crazy glass-is-half-empty person in me asks what if I am laid off from that job? I have actually read about this happening. yuck. I hate searching for jobs!) In a way I feel cheated by this layoff, as I was going to look seriously into our TL (team lead) development program- basically management training. Now I will have to start all over again. Last time I tried to develop my leadership skills, office politics got in the way. (long story, it's a whole other posting, trust me)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Update :D

Never thought I'd make up my mind so quickly. LOL

Introducing, Crazy Thoughts and Sweet Dreams.

And yes, there's a story to it, which I may reveal someday. Or may not. I don't know yet.

What's in a Name?

Kim. Kimster. Kimmyg. Kimmygintx. Suzy Q. Keith. Keithy. Keither.

What do all these crazy people have in common? They're all names. OK, so I threw in Suzy Q for the fun of it, but you get the idea, right? Now I know you're wondering where the heck this is going, right? :D

I need a new blog-name. "My Writing Tablet" was actually meant to be a temporary name until I could think of something better. I have thought up some ideas here but I dont' want to publish them for fear they may be stolen. (Kim, don't flatter yourself.)

BTW, Keely (my "beautiful, graceful" cat) says hi.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Before and After yesterday I went out and got my hair done, although not at a regular hair salon. I finally went to a friend's house and met some of my DAM friends, along with their children, in person and it was sooo much fun! While I didn't take any pics at the event itself a couple of the other moms took some awesome pics. The bad thing is all I have is my boring, cluttered before/after pics, but that'll do ;)

Without further ado...
Before... Interview-worthy? naaaaaah... 

Afterwards? Heck, yeah!
I really enjoyed meeting everyone in person (well, okay... not literally everyone... LOL) and hanging around the kiddos. Hopefully I will have one of my own to bring around this time next year or so. ;)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Naughty, Naughty... ;)

Sooooooo... I have been a baaaaaaaad girl lately. Minds out of the gutter, please, on this one. (gotcha, didn't I? lol)

I. Baked. Cookies.

Keith and my achille's heel, and here they are in all their glory.

I saw them priced at 2/$5 and it was all over. we adopted two containers and put one of them to work immediately upon eating our pizza.

Crap. I'm hungry.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

It's been a few days...

 So I found this on Chele's blog and thought it looked like fun. Unfortunately thought the rules state something about tagging, uh, 26 people afterward? I don't think I can tag that many people! However if you're reading this and want to participate, feel free! I always like to know more about my readers. ;)

A - Age: 27 (soon to be 28- yikes!)

B - Bed: Queen and needs replacement. I want a Sleep # bed! Wah!

C - Chore you hate: Dishes. Ugh! (crap. Forgot to run the $#%* dishwasher again...)

D - Dogs: One (formerly two) :(

E - Essential start your day item: Food!

F - Favorite color: Do I have to pick just one?? C'mon! :p

G - Gold or Silver: gold (white, please!)

H - Height: 5'6''

I - Instruments you play: Played the violin in elementary school.. does that count?

J - Job title: Mouse Clicker

K - Kids: 2 angels

L - Living arrangements: Married/house

M - Mom's name: Susan

N - Nicknames: Kimmy/Kimster/Kimbo...

O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: nope (*knocks wood*)

P - Pet Peeve: tie between closed-mindedness and traffic and bad communication

Q - Movie Quote: shoot, my husband is sleeping... and he has all the good movie lines!

R - Right or left handed: right

S - Siblings: one sister-in-law and two brothers-in-law

T - Time you wake up: 6 AM

U - Underwear: depends on my mood ;)

V - Vegetable you dislike: alfalfa

W - Why Not: just don't like it!

X - X-rays you've had: Too many to count. (me too!)

Y - Yummy food you make: Spaghetti, anything fast and easy, anything bake-able...

Z - Zoo favorite: hmmm... don't know.. have only been to two and it's been too long to fairly rate one as a fave!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Doc Visit Today

With Dr. D and I couldn't be happier.

I even told him about my previous bp readings, in and out of the office and he acknowledged white-coat hypertension and advised me his protocol of diagnosing real hypertension... very attractive (not simply a couple of bad readings in the office then off to drugs, like my other doc).  Dr. D said he usually takes another reading later in the visit and then may have the patient do a 5-day reading- take readings over a 5-day period and pretty much go from there. Not to mention, I didn't see any drug salespeople in the (very nice!) lobby *and* not alot of pharma junk in the office either.

I advised him on my MTHFR and we discussed using baby aspirin (85mg) once I find out I am pg again. So we will definitely try that out next time.. may not help but can't hurt. And he does do b/w "when there is a concern" (patients like me, whose body seems to like to m/c, or ectopic histories).

He was even talking to me about his experiences in Iraq (2003-2004) while he was examining me. Very interesting!  I found Dr. D and his staff to be very nice and friendly and they put me very much at ease!

Oh, and BTW, there was even a coffee maker (with different flavors of coffee and tea) and a water (hot and cold) station in the lobby!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Writer's Block

I know I want to write something, but just can't think of what. I hate when this happens!

I go in for my annual tomorrow afternoon (different doc, needless to say) with a Dr. D. From what I understand he's a nice guy and easy to be around, and so is his office staff. So that's a relief, at least.

As for the job front I have applied for two more jobs, keep your fingers crossed for me! I still haven't heard back from that other job from a couple of weeks ago yet. I tried to reach the on-site recruiter today to follow-up with her but had no luck reaching her. I only reached the voicemail.  *sigh* No VM left, at least for now... Last time I left a followup VM I literally never got a response. (This, of course, was for another job, a long time ago. Right out of college.) So this time I am going to make a concerted effort to talk to this lady.

However it's way too late for me to even be online let alone on a computer at all, so let me *try* to get off this thing. LOL yeah, right. My DFW Area Moms board beckons to me, once again. ;)

Monday, April 6, 2009

Some disturbing facts...

...about health guidelines. Courtesy of the Google, I found this article regarding the "new" BP guidelines being applied to patients. Once I saw them, especially the most recent, I balked. Guess I know why now.

This is an excerpt from the article: "
Jean Godden felt as fit as a 71-year-old could hope for. Then a medical panel published new guidelines for treating high blood pressure, and her doctor tried her on three different pills.
One of them almost killed her.
Godden, a Seattle City Council member and former Seattle Times columnist, had lived with moderately high blood pressure since her 40s and took a daily diuretic to head off potential problems.
Diuretics, or "water pills," stimulate the kidneys to remove excess water from the blood, reducing pressure on the heart. They have been a proven hypertension treatment for a half century, with minimal side effects other than more frequent urination.

Godden's father had died of heart trouble at 49, so she was glad to take the white generic pill that cost pennies a day.
"Naturally, I want my life to be saved from a stroke or heart attack," she said.
By avoiding salt and caffeine, exercising and taking diuretics, Godden held her systolic blood pressure — the first number in the two-number reading — to between 140 and 150.
For years, doctors considered 120/80 to be ideal and anything under 140 to be OK. But a change took place in May 2003, when American doctors got new advice from a government-sanctioned medical panel called the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure."

There is a whole series devoted to all the health guidelines, from BP to diabetes to BMI.
This is a link to the series' main page. Here is a link to a chart showing conflicts of interest in this decision-making process. WTG Seattle Times for running this series. It is from 2005 but I think it really brings the point home of just how broken our healthcare system is. I always thought these guidelines struck me as a little fishy and now I know why.


Saturday, April 4, 2009

April Fools'? I think not

I am bummed. This year our present employer has decided to do away with our HMO. *sigh* This means we now get to have crappy health insurance; as in the kind where you pay a (ridiculous) deductible THEN pay more later on! What a ripoff!

Fortunately it doesn't take effect til June 1 so I have time to get whatever done... Which is why I scheduled my annual OBGYN checkup (with a different doc of course; my previous doc has actually made me leery of docs now!) for this coming week- this way if I need any follow-up checks (god-forbid) they will be covered in full. Wish me luck!

I guess that brings me to another silver lining of being laid off: I will only get two months' severance pay (hey it's better than nothing!). Severance including, of course, may paycheck, and any insurance I elect (health, vision, etc). So that means beyond June 30, I will only have coverage til the end of August. Why is that a good thing? This company wants you to do an online health assessment PLUS a physical exam, by September 1. Granted, the physical is on their dime, but here's the catch: if your health doesn't meet up to the doc's (and insurance company's) opinion- say, you're "overweight" or have "high" BP (with BP link, scroll to the top of the page and click, "High Blood Pressure is a sympton not a disease..." link), they will want you to start a "wellness" program.

Why am I leery of this? Because doctors like to jump to drugs in my experience, as my aforementioned doctor was very reluctant to go the non-drug route. Shown by her attitude in accusing me of "ignoring the problem" and insulting me in many other fashions *AFTER* I had suggested natural treatments. Basically, she wouldn't agree to it until after she had finished insulting me for not taking her potions, which have been proven to potentially cause more problems than to help. And sure enough, my "problem" had basically resolved itself. Ah, the difference a day makes. If I really had this "problem," it would have once again reared its ugly head that day too. But it didn't. I guess that makes her right... you can't ignore the problem... that doesn't exist!

Now for a little something about this aforementioned doctor visit which I have not mentioned much: In the lobby before our visit, in walks a well-dressed, young-looking man. He carried a bag with him that appeared to be full of samples. Keep in mind that this bag has a name of a widely-used drug on it. The man went inside the office. Came back out a few minutes later. To be fair he still had the full-looking bag with him, but it still raised my eyebrows and made me scratch my head later that day, especially after the doctor disclosed that the BP med she was pushing on me was a beta-blocker. The name that was on the drug bag? It is a widely-used beta-blocker that is dangerous during pregnancy. I really hope that this guy just went to the wrong office, as I am aware that is a possibility. However, shouldn't the front-desk receptionist have caught that by asking which doc he was there for? I also do not know for sure which med the doc was going to give me, if this was actually the one or not. But, still...
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