Sunday, January 30, 2011
Growing up, I rarely got sick. Now, it seems I get sick more often than not. Our office is spreading a cold right now. I was one of the lucky ones who is now the proud owner of the cold virus. First, it was this annoying, hacking, dry cough that I was treating with lozenges. I can't think about having another one of those lozenges. Good thing I suppose as I now have this stuffy nose/runny nose/sneezing/Kathleen Turner voice action happening. This cold has totally derailed my training this week (thank goodness I have 4 weeks of fat built into this training schedule) and I decided to skip a cookie baking party today, in lieu of resting (no need to give the JMU girls my germs). I finally decided to pick up some meds today. Day and Night medicine, tissues (with Vick's vapor - highly recommend), my trusty Bert for my dry lips, Lysine to eliminate any cold sores, and Vaseline for my raw nose. Now its time to close this post, feed Ginger, climb back into my Snuggie and go back to the couch.
Saturday night, Joanie invited me to hang out with her and her family at the Vienna Inn. Known for their chili dogs, the Inn has been around since 1960. I'm finally proud to say that after seven and a half years of living here (oy has it really been that long?), I've gone to the Inn and tasted their chili dogs. I also recommend the basket of home made potato chips. Yummy!
Who doesn't love any book by Shel Silverstein? I thought I was going to be babysitting this week, so I headed to the library to check out a bunch of kids books. Due to the snow (see previous posts), I no longer needed to watch Zoe, but I still made a point to read this book before taking it back to the library. An oldie, but goodie.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Remember last night when I said people were abandoning their cars....below are cars abandoned in the middle of my main subdivision road. There were actually 5 there early in the morning, but I wasn't able to snap a picture. This is what remained at 5:30 PM. They were towed sometime after that.
Oh where or where do I begin. It started out as a normal Wednesday. I had an early meeting in Springfield. Knowing I arrive everywhere early, decided to pack my ipad just in case I needed something to occupy me before my meeting. Meeting was short and got to the office around 10. Just a little dusting of snow on the ground.
Worked throughout the rainy morning and around 3PM, it began snowing forcefully and sticking pretty quickly. My boss told us to leave around 4 - so did every other boss in NoVA (as we will soon find out). I gathered my things, went to the bathroom (just in case my 25 minute commute took an hour) and went out to dig out my car. Below is what time I got in the car.
So, I head out and head North on 28. I noticed earlier that morning that I was pretty low on gas, but enough to make it home. I passed eight gas stations. By the time I got to the 9th (appx. 90 minutes later and after making the determination I was not getting home anytime soon), I made the decision to cross three lanes of traffic to get to the gas station. After refueling, grabbing food and taking care of business, I had to make my way back out across three lanes of traffic. Not easy when two lanes are moving and its not the ones you need to be in.
A couple hours later, we were basically stopped. Complete gridlock. Cars turned off and people walking around like the world was coming to an end. I humored myself by talking with Martta, posting to Facebook, reading a book on the ipad (thank goodness it was packed!) and drawing messages on my car window. This was probably around 8PM.
Finally around 9:30 we started moving. The rest of my trip home (appx. 8 miles) was spent going 10 MPH. Below is what time I actually made it home. Ginger was starving, I was starving and tired and we pretty much went straight to bed. Unfortunately others in NoVA had abandoned their cars in hopes of walking home while some stuck it out with 13 hour commutes home. This was one to remember.
It was getting late on Wednesday night and I was about to give Ginger her monthly flea/tick/ear mite/parasite/etc medicine. We're on month seven of the medicine and I never noticed the "don't inject this orally" picture. Now, what's slightly disconcerting is that this message is on there because some poor sap has probably actually done this. While I administer as directed, my girl has these ridiculous flexible skills and can still reach behind and lick the medicine off anyways.
Unfortunately the only real side effects are lethargy and decreased appetite....this latter effect has never impacted my girl.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
These pathetic looking things are my current running shoes. To say they are outdated is an understatement. They are currently a year old and have many miles on them. When I'm wearing them to lift weights or use the eliptical or walk - my feet don't really hurt. It's when I run that I realize the padding and shock absorbers are gone. I just need to make it one more week and then I'll head out and buy some new ones, but until then - I got these guys.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Below was our mascot Tyson.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
I have been known to eat this as my dinner on a few occasions....ah the joys of being a grown up and making your own decisions.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Tonight I was going to a League Meeting in Tysons and took a snapshot of the ongoing construction the median of Leesburg Pike. There will be an elevated track above this median. There was a big push to tunnel the entire line but the budget killed this. Instead of losing the project completely, there was finally consensus to tunnel a portion but surface/elevate a majority.
I saw this cool article on USA Today that shows some other great pictures of the massive construction, all while traffic continues. I should mention the Gannett Headquarters, which publishes USA Today, are in Tysons
This was the quote in this article in my "Better Homes and Gardens" magazine (thanks mom for the subscription).
To say I easily get stressed out is an understatement. I really really really get stressed out very very easily. Stress for me manifests itself in overeating, weight gain, and fever blisters. Not exactly attractive.
I've been trying to reduce my stress and one of my goals this year is to learn when to say "no." Sometimes I over commit to things or feel guilty about doing what I want, which leads to more stress. This carries over into my work life as well. I need to learn not to be so much of a people pleaser all the time.
I've been also trying to reduce the financial stress. Last year was an eye opener. I started seeing a real Financial Planner and was shocked by all the stupid stuff I was doing and shocked where all my money went. We focused last year on paying off my car loan and credit card. Now I'm actually saving some money every month to beef up the emergency fund. What a novel concept.
To combat the stress, I've been making a concerted effort to go to the gym (see previous 5K post), eat better and count my calories (to avoid overeating), getting a massage every month, and taking time for myself.
Maybe this time next year I'll be healthier, happier and maybe a little wealthier.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
This weekend, I noticed blood around the house. Sure enough, it appeared again last night. The culprit - Miss GG. I took her in and the diagnosis was cystitis, which is an inflammation of the bladder. Apparently young kitties are prone to this...who knew? Remedy is pain meds, more wet food, less dry food and more water. Bonus is - this diet should also help her lose that pound and half she has gained since October.
Looks like both Mommy and GG are on a diet....ugh, we can be in misery together.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Today I started training for the League's 5K this upcoming April. I have approximately twelve weeks to train for this race. My goal is to run the entire 5K but we'll see how that goes. You have to have a goal in sight! I'm doing this in part to step up my gym routine, but I also like having a goal to work towards.
Tonight was day one and the schedule included 5 minutes of running and 1 minute of walking - 5 times. I ended up running (actually running) almost 2 miles. Not too bad. It's been about an hour since I left the gym and my legs are starting to hurt. I go back to the gym tomorrow for the same and then back Saturday for 6 minutes of running and 1 minute of walking - 5 times. Sunday is 45 minutes of cross training and I should receive week two's schedule. Wish me luck!
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
The good part I discovered - its $3.29.
The bad part I discovered - it doesn't hold up well.
Recommendation: I would buy and drink the bottle within a day of opening. So if you have a party - good wine. I'll let you know how the Merlot and Cab. Sav. taste.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
These are a few of Ginger's favorite toys. Every couple of days I have to go on a Search and Rescue Mission and find these little guys. They usually end up under the couch and under dressers. As long as it makes her happy, I'll keep searching.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
1. Boil water and cook the Farfalle pasta.
2. Brown some Bacon. The recipe actually called for Pancetta, but shockingly I could not find this at Whole Foods.
3. Add some cut up leeks and cook for about 8 minutes until the leeks are tender. You may also add a few pats of butter.
4. Add 1/2 cup white wine and cook off for about 2 minutes.
5. Add 1/2 cup heavy cream and cook til a little thick.
6. Drain pasta and pour sauce over top. Add salt and pepper to taste as well as some Parmesan shavings.
I enjoyed this with a glass of white wine. Yummy!
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Here is one facet of my job that I enjoy and thanks to the market turning around, I am getting to do more often. Sometimes when you have a piece of land zoned for low density, you can rezone it to a higher density (and build more houses - always a good thing). I have a great client who loves doing this (despite the added cost and time) and he lets me process the whole thing, rather than hiring an attorney. Here is how the above picture, which contains a single house now, came to be:
1. John found the property.
2. Kelly completed a feasibility study to identify any problems - none found! I also completed a layout that looks nothing like what you see up there.
3. LDC completed Boundary and Topographic Surveys, Preliminary Engineering and submitted an application to rezone the property.
4. John and I meet with lots and lots and lots of people over lots and lots and lots of months and the project completely changes into what you see above.
5. Next week the Planning Commission will hopefully recommend approval and then the Board of Supervisors will hopefully approve the application to rezone the property.
6. The plan then goes to our engineers to design something that can actually be built.
7. The construction plan gets approved at the County.
8. We stake the proposed houses and improvements for construction.
9. The plan comes back to me so I can have my guys prepare the individual house grading plans for approval.
10. Houses get built and sold for lots of money. :-)
11. People move in and live happily ever after.
Today, this nifty velvet bag (with a smaller, matching sister) arrived from the Pottery Barn. I had my heart set on a monogrammed pillow case, but after closer inspection decided it wouldn't work. Enter these cute little bags. They arrived today and I can't wait to use them on my next trip somewhere.