Thursday, February 26, 2009

Mother-in-Law Visit

With L. still recovering her mother wanted to come for a visit. Now when I had won a travel gift certificate at my last job we got her a ticket to visit NYC at the same time we visited. She chickened out and the ticket went unused. So we were surprised that she wanted to come. I get along great with my MIL but when L. asked if I was OK with her visiting for a month my only response was “as long as she has the return ticket”.
It was really fun showing her around the city. She thought she would hate it. But after her first time trying Indian food, sushi, taking the subway, taking a train, broadway show, and all the other things she had never tried before she couldn’t stop grinning. We mostly did the generic NYC tour that we have now settled into when people come to visit: Brooklyn Bridge, Wall Street, Chelsea Castle, free ferry to Staten Island to see the statue of liberty then up to see Time Square. She was tired but smiling. we also worked in trips to the St. John Cathedral and Central Park. On days I had to work she enjoyed just walking around town. (Before coming she asked if where we lived was safe thinking it was all dangerous city, and my response was there was no worries besides slipping on snow or getting attacked by a deer.)
One of the things that I like doing when people visit is to cook for them. My MIL was no exception and she wanted to return the favor by making carmel puffs. For what she wanted to make she needed “Butter Corn Puffs”. (She called them styrofoam corn. Think cheese puffs without the cheese powder on the outside.) It must be a west coast thing because we searched 7 grocery stores and couldn’t find it. I then took it as a personal vendetta. I searched the internet and sure enough, none of the makers that she could think of sold them in any stores east of Pennsylvania. So I got an idea, put her in the car and we searched another 4 stores before finding “Vegan Pirate Booty”. (Why anyone would want to eat this unflavored stuff normally is beyond me.) Just out of curiosity I went back to the first store we had searched (our local grocery store) and bought some carmel pirate booty to compare. She was not amused when I brought it home.
I do think that she now understands why L. and I like to travel so much and she will probably be more willing to venture further from home herself.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Exercising

With the winter taking forever to end and L. being mostly couch bound while she was recovering I had to find something to keep myself from going crazy. Trips to the gym have allowed me to burn off all the extra energy that would keep me bouncing off the walls if I was to just stay at home. With it being the only real way for me to burn off energy it has been pretty easy to have the motivation to go so it became more a goal to see how much I could improve. It is funny every time I would advance a little bit then plateau until I found something new to work on. So I started watching what I ate, cutting back on sugar, at first any exercise seemed to help, then more progress on the weeks I went 3 times a week, then every other day. I had to start learning proper form and which exercises to do. It just happened that at this time I went in for my annual physical. The doctor said that this was the first time he has ever had to say it but my cholesterol was to low. There is no downside to it, but there was also no reason to have it that low either. He has never told anyone to eat more butter. Apparently, I don’t need to gain weight, I’m just to healthy. I guess it is a good thing to have L. around to slow me down every once in a while.
I have no desire to look like any kind of weightlifter (and pretty sure I won’t without steroids) My goal has been to get back into shape since I got out of school and I finally felt like I am doing it. (A constant fight when you have a desk job.)
It is nice to have energy whenever I need it (as long as I eat enough food) and being able to play with cousins and throw them around without any sore joints like I had before is much better. I hope to be able to keep up this habit as long as possible, because I know as soon it gets warm and it is safe to venture outside I am sure I will get distracted.
On one of my walks home from the gym the winter finally got the best of me and I slipped on some ice. The first realization I had after hitting the ground was “Why aren't I stopping”. The ice was slick enough and the slope steep enough that I ended up sliding down the driveway and into the road before I came to a stop. I ended up hurting my shoulder but I didn’t realize it until the next day.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Why I hate bean counters

I understand, the economy is bad. Everyone is doing layoffs and my company was no exception. In their words there was a needed “resource action”. At first when they announced to the employees that there was a resource action it just ticked me off more that they wouldn’t even use the correct term. Then the reality came out, the company made a profit for the year. They had plenty of money in the bank, they were only doing the lay-offs so they could show a profit for the next quarter. So everything for making the share holders happy, and this is why I hate accountants. Every lay-off I have witnessed nepotism takes over because it is an unpleasant business so everyone does it in a hurry. I’ve never seen a company loose the lazy from a lay-off. Of course I say this while still having a job. No I don’t know anyone special, I am just on the bottom of the pay totem-poll. So far I have a sister and a sister-in-law that have been laid-off at their jobs though and I don’t see the economy getting better anytime soon.