29 November 2008

Yet more changes...

So what do you think about the background?? I kind of like it. It seems to load pretty quick and doesn't slow things down. I really rather like it a lot. I like having a clean template but it was getting boring quickly. I really didn't want to change templates because I like these colors and it does load quickly and work well. I think the background is a great compromise. Let me know what you think.

I'm almost finished with all my school work and I'm so excited I can hardly stand it. I have one more presentation to put together. I was just taking a little break from school work to cruise the blogs. One of the blogs was talking about the importance of life insurance. I don't have any and I know I should and it's one of those grown-up things that I have to take care of, I just never seem to get around to it. Besides, it seems like life insurance quotes are always changing. I don't know what to do. It's one of those things I'll think about later. How did I get on the this subject???

Okay, I'm off to finish my presentation so that tomorrow I can lie around reading all day. I can't wait :)

The weekend is going exactly as planned

I've been planning this weekend for about 2 weeks now. Not that I had any great, amazing plans but I had things I wanted to get done and I'm doing it. Thursday I got half a ton of school work done. Yesterday I got out to the Bodies exhibit and a quarter ton of school work done. Today I have the final quarter to complete and then I can completely relax tomorrow. Woo Hoo!!!!

I've also learned some very important things recently. First, for some reason I've been having trouble getting up in the morning. The last couple of days I've realized what's going on. I still wake up at my regular time, 4:30ish, but roll over and go back to sleep. That second sleep, so to speak, is the sleep that makes me feel drugged out and yucky. If I got up when I naturally woke up I would feel a lot better. So I definitely need to start doing that.

Second, if I have a solid plan I stick to it. I knew that but this weekend has proved it in spades. I literally had my days mapped out by the hours and it worked. Yesterday when I went to Bodies - The Exhibition I had set a time limit of 2 hours. I had no idea how big this exhibit was and I knew I wasn't going to rush through it, but I figured 2 hours was more then enough time. As I went through the exhibit, reading every card, studying every system of the body, I never looked at my watch once. When I walked out it was almost 2 hours to the minute from when I entered. I then came home and although I wanted to take a little nap, the plan was to work on school work and that's exactly what I did. What this tells me is that when I set something in my mind it will happen.

What does this all mean?? It means that starting right now I will plan the next day the night before and review it in my head. I will have the schedule set and it will happen. Then, I will get up when I wake up in the mornings. I will not roll over and go back to sleep. Of course, if I have it set in my head that I will get up, I will.

Once I finish the school work I have left today, and the assignments are the same for both classes so I only have to do it once :), I will be done with school except for actually going on Tuesday and Thursday night. A mere formality. So it will be time to shift my focus from school work to some fun stuff, running, photography, etc. I am looking forward to the physical and mental break from attending classes and studying. I have almost 2 months off and I'm looking forward to that.

Okay, now I have to go do my strength training. That's what's on the schedule :)

27 November 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Well, it turned out to be a pretty darn good day. I got up this morning and did my strength training followed by 30 minutes of intervals on the elliptical. That was followed by a 3 1/2 hour session of schoolwork. I had 10 assignments that need to get done in these 4 days. Today I got 5 of them done. Yes!!! I was so pleased with myself I decided I earned a nap. 45 minutes later I was getting our part of Thanksgiving dinner ready. Once that was all done we got ready and headed over to our friends. It was fun. That group is always a little different and always a good time. After dinner though I was ready for another nap. We left there around 8 and I'm now vegging in front of the TV. I'm heading off to bed soon.

Overall a very good day. Hope yours was good too.

26 November 2008

Things are so-so

I really think I'm just burned out from school and all. I have a hard time getting up in the morning. Once I'm up I'm fine but the actual getting out of bed is the toughest part. Also, at work I've been scrubbing the floors by hand. The lab is pretty good sized and the floors are really, really bad. I've been on my hands and knees scrubbing them. I think the physical labor is getting to me. Scrubbing floors is hard work. Anyway, I'm glad it's Wednesday. I'm glad I have a 4 day weekend. Oh, the other thing that's really dragging me down is the school work. I'm behind in my one class, a lot behind, and that weighing on my mind is wearing me down. When I have something like that it feels like a giant weight on my shoulders. Until I start doing something about it, it's going to just weigh on me and create an inertia that's not good. But this weekend I shake all that. Starting tonight I'm going to get all my work done so that I am finished. There is only one more meeting of each class left and by Sunday night all the work for both will be done. I'm definitely looking forward to that. I'm also going to get a lot of working out in. And I'm going to see the Bodies exhibit. That I can't wait for. I'm going on Friday morning cause I'm hoping everyone else will be shopping :) Okay, I think I've rambled enough. Time to get moving.

24 November 2008

A good day....

Got up early this morning and did my strength training. I've ordered some DVD's and I'm hoping they come in before the long weekend. I would like to use the 4 days off to mix things up a little bit and try some new stuff. Keep your fingers crossed for the next 2 days.

My thief druggie neighbor is working on a car right outside my computer room window. That just pisses me off. I hope they don't plan on working too late. I only have bamboo blinds on the window that faces his house and my cockatoo doesn't like shadows at night. Hopefully they will tire of the car soon as they do with most things. Oh!! The sprinklers just went on and it seems to have driven them away. Yea!!!

I'm sleepy. I'll probably head off to bed early since I want to get up and run in the morning. Actually, I want to do about 30 minutes on the elliptical and then go for a run. I have to go now. Dinner is ready :)

23 November 2008

Now that the worst is over

(see my female rant) I can get back to my life. It's amazing how much that messes with my life. I won't go into it, I'll spare you, but it's pretty miserable for 24-48 hours. Now the worst part has past and it will just be an annoyance for the next few day.

Yesterday it rained all day here. It was bad enough that there was flooding in some parts of the island. It was supposed to be rainy again today but it was just cloudy. Frankly the weather matched the way I felt so that worked out well :)

So tomorrow it's back to the workouts again. It's a short week and I am so looking forward to it. I plan on working out plenty over the 4 days. I also have to get my school work finished and I'd like to clean out my clothes. Working in the lab my clothes tended to get holes in them. Even with lab coats or whatever, all my work shirts and most shorts, have holes. I refused to spend a lot of money on these clothes since they would just end up with holes. Now that I'm doing more paperwork then lab work I can dump the stuff with the holes. If I do lab work I'll be more careful and not get holes in my new stuff. So dumping the old, holey stuff is on my agenda. That's basically it, working out, school work, and going through clothes. I'd like to get some reading done and maybe a nap or two also.

So I'm going to update my workout schedule on the side there, do a little blog reading and head off to bed. Hope everyone has a great week.

Home Security

For those of you that have been around for awhile you may remember that I have a convicted murderer drug dealer for a neighbor. I obviously didn't know this when I moved in and I'm only renting so I could easily move, but I'm sticking it out because the rent is cheap, there's a big yard for the dogs, and I can have all the animals I want and the owner doesn't care. Also, we are moving to Colorado in the not to distant future so that's another reason. In truth the murdering drug dealer was busted twice earlier this year and banished to the Big Island by his sister who owns the house. FYI, this guy is 60 - nice life huh???

So for months it's been nice and quiet next door. They been working on the house because apparently druggies tear houses apart. Who knew??? Getting it all fixed up and some older people have been living there. It's been nice and quiet and peaceful. Then a couple of months ago some older kids showed up. That wasn't too bad. Then a youngish (20's-30's) male showed up. He looked like a hard case with lots of tattoos and such. Then a woman turned up with 3 little kids. Suddenly it's really noisy and busy over there. Again still not a problem as long as no drug activity is going on. Then my neighbor on the other side informs me that the youngish guy is the owner's son. He was banished to the Big Island for drugs and stealing from the neighbors!! Apparently now he's back. This I am not comfortable with. It was one thing when the guy next door was a murdering drug dealer. Now I have a thief druggie. Not good at all.

When I first moved here I wasn't worried because I had dogs, one of which is a pit bull. I wasn't worried about anyone messing with our place with the dogs here. Now the dogs are old and invalid. The pit only walks on 3 legs and has seizures, the lab has a bad spine. This does not exactly inspire confidence in them. Also, now I have birds. These birds are expensive and could be sold for money but more important, they are my pets and I don't want anything to happen to them. So I'm thinking it's time for a home security system.

Even though I rent there are systems I could use. Now there are wireless systems that can monitor the whole house. ADT has some very cool innovations. They have a Safepass touchpad, instead of punching in a code you wave a tag in front of the panel and it arms or disarms the system. That is a great idea!! You don't have to remember codes or give out your codes to anyone. If someone needs to get in your house give them a tag. Then get it back when they are done and you don't have to reprogram the code. Excellent idea.

There are wireless systems so you don't have a big installation cost with all the wiring and tapping into the electrical system. Also, if it's wireless wouldn't it work even if the power went out?? Hmmm, that's nice. ADT is a good company too. That's the security system we use at work and in 5 years we haven't had any problems.

As you may guess, I've been tossing this around for a while. I'm seriously considering it. Right now my lab still barks at everything even though he can't walk very well, at least he provides a noise deterrent. If he stops barking it will be time to get a home security system.

Wasting Time

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