Friday, June 24, 2011

I am no longer a homeowner!

I have officially sold my house that I moved out of over a year ago.  I was paid more than I owe on it, but ended up having to pay the buyer's closing costs (only fair I suppose since the people I bought the house from paid my closing costs).

It was a cute little house with a huge backyard and no neighbors behind me. I had fun planting lots of flowers (irises, daisies, coreopsis), watching the fruit trees bloom and eating lots of blackberries.  Sitting on the deck at the end of the day enjoying the sunset and relaxing was always a good thing. So was watching the stars at night.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

What is it with people and deadlines?!?!?

We have a major work project due on the 30th.  The funding ends at close of business on the 30th.  The project's final report needs to go through internal legal approval prior to this.  The individual who is tasked with this approval is not available on the 30th so will need the document on the 29th.  The document also needs the attentions of a technical editor, which will take a day or two.

As the wrangler of the final report document, I set a deadline for the component parts of today at 5pm.  It appears that one co-worker thought my statement that the FINAL documents were due to me at 5pm today really meant that he only needed to give me a draft and he could keep working on it until next Tuesday or Wednesday.  I told him that was not the case and he proceeded to argue with me about how it wouldn't delay anything.

It won't delay anything. FOR HIM.  It means I get stuck working a 20 hour day reconciling the document that went through the technical editor with the draft changes that get sent on Tuesday (assuming he meets the Tuesday deadline) because the Wednesday approval deadline CANNOT be missed or the report will not be able to be released to the people who paid for the work.  I got stuck working several 20 hour days on the last two reports I oversaw.  I am not doing it again this time, particularly when I also have other work to accomplish during the same time period.  He's  known for weeks that the report is due on the 30th and should be smart enough to have figured out from past reports that it also means HIS part is due prior to the final deadline.  He should have learned from missing past deadlines too.

As if that wasn't bad enough, I'm trying to close the deal on selling my house tomorrow.  It's only been on the market for a year and a half.  I finally get everything sorted out and the closing is scheduled for 9am central time tomorrow.  Except that the law firm handling the paperwork "forgot" to send me the paperwork until noon (Pacific time) today because they were moving their office location.  Well, I have to work and can't just take off whenever, so I didn't get out of work until 5pm.  It appears that 5pm is also when all the notaries in town leave work.  The best case scenario now is that the notary at the local credit union is one of the people who starts work at 7am Pacific time (aka 9am central) and I'll be able to get the documents notarized then, followed by frantically trying to find a fax machine.  I suspect it won't work that way and that it will be unlikely I'll get paperwork to them before 11am central time--two hours late.

I've sent messages to my realtor and the law firm advising them of the delay. Right now I'm assuming that I've just blown closing on my house.  The buyer was already bitchy about repairs and other details.  I'm going to be really pissed if the stupidity of the law firm costs me a bunch of money, if not the whole sale.  I'm certainly not going to recommend this firm to anybody who wants a job done well.  How hard is it to keep track of your company's business?!?!?!?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Definite Workout Payoffs!

Had my last scheduled session with my trainer today.  We did measurements.  Since the beginning of the month I've lost 1% body fat!!  Dropped almost an inch off my waist too.  I can't remember the magnitude of loss on the other measurements, but I lost at least a little everywhere.  I know I feel stronger in the past couple weeks, just from doing a total body weight workout 2x a week.

And then my trainer worked me half to death as a reward.  I hates the stair machine. Absolutely hates it.  I can only hope my hamstrings are still loose enough in the morning that I can straighten my legs.  My quads and glutes are going to kill me if I have to walk with bent knees all day.  I definitely need to work my back and stretch my chest tomorrow.  Today's workout was all up front and a tight chest means I slouch forward.  Maybe I'll do some crunches and planks too.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Escape From New York

I caught the end of Fresh Air Weekend last night.  There was an interview with producer/director/screenwriter, etc JJ Abrams (Star Trek, Super 8, Lost).  He relayed an experience he had as a kid when he accompanied his father to a pre-release screening of Escape From New York.  After they watched the movie, director John Carpenter asked for comments from the audience.  Mr. Abrams' father suggested that the beginning bit showing how Snake ends up getting caught and sent to prison be cut and that the movie should just start with Snake already on his way to prison. (The scene was cut before the movie was released.) Mr. Abrams himself pointed out that it would be good to show that Adrian Barbeau's character was indeed dead.  (A scene was added prior to release showing her dead on the ground.)

It occurred to me as I drifted off to sleep last night that I had never actually watched Escape From New York.  I'm fixing that now.

Have I mentioned lately how much I love streaming movies with NetFlix?
A younger, fit Kurt Russell isn't a bad thing either. :-D

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Working Out is Paying Off!

Although my workout schedule hasn't been as rigorous as I'd like, it would seem that I am at least making progress in the right direction.  In one month, I lost two pounds of fat and gained a pound of muscle.  I've also noticed my clothes fitting better.  Yay me!

Now to work on building more muscle definition and to strengthen my core. Fortunately I like lifting weights!  I'm less enamored of time on the cardio machines.  I don't know if I need a more interesting audio book to listen to or more entertaining TV options, because I can barely keep myself interested long enough for a 30 minute workout.  Before the Disney Princess Half Marathon, I was fine spending an hour on the treadmill.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Georgia was fun!

I have returned from my trip to Tbilisi, Georgia.  Here are a few pics from my adventures.

I met a bunch of new co-workers that I'll be collaborating with on this project for the next five years.  I ate some absolutely delicious Georgian food, including khachapuri (a sort of sauceless cheese pizza), lobio (savory baked beans served in a clay pot), cold cooked eggplant with walnut paste and delicious cucumber/tomato salads.  The breads are fabulous too.  You can never have too much good quality bread. Most meals are served family style and there is always plenty to eat.  Despite eating what I thought was a lot of food, I managed to lose a pound or two while I was away.  Now that I'm back, I've been hitting the gym pretty regularly and am continuing to lose a bit each week.  I go back in mid-July so would like to see how fit I can get between now and then, just to give myself more wiggle room for having more excellent food.