melcreada: (martini)
Checking in for what is now becoming my quarterly update. Fail, fail, fail. I miss ye old days of LJ, but the internet's evolution stops for no man (or woman). I'm sure someday I will be on tumblr, but for now I will resist and instead delight you with the highlights of my ho-hum life.

Work is going well; I was promoted again, which is nice. I basically live and breathe the huge, scary project they were supposed to remove me from several months ago. Instead, I stayed on and expanded it to cover the entire group my former boss presides over. It's stressful, but I enjoy being at the center of it, proving that even though I'm an introvert, I'm still a glory-hog. Oink, oink baby.

JP and I are good. He has been in Seattle this past week, visiting his family at their gorgeous lake house and attending PAX Prime. Last month, we went to Space City Con in Houston, an old school sci-fi convention. I was mainly there to kick it by the pool, but I did get to see Sylvester McCoy (Radagast the Brown, Dr. Who) and he was a hoot. JP was in geek heaven, hanging out with all his old favorite sci-fi actors.

My mom was hospitalized earlier this summer. Scared the Hell out of us. It was ischemic colitis and she was in the hospital for about a week. She's slowly getting better, thank goodness.

My most exciting news is that I have been on a rigorous diet/workout routine since late April and have lost almost 40 pounds. It's been tough but not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I don't really deny myself - if I want pizza, I have pizza. I just eat less of it. Limiting snacking is tough, but seeing the scale go down has been a great motivator. We'll see how long I can keep it up! Working out is actually kind of fun because my co-worker goes with me. She's a hardcore athlete, but very sweet and encouraging.

I guess those are all the "big" things. I'll just leave a picture of the bb rainbow cake I made Nay-nay for her 40th birthday because I am so proud of it (gloryhogsayswhat?):

cake
melcreada: (i will never learn)
I am suddenly listening to nothing but upbeat pop. Oh noes! LOL...

We saw Tin Tin this weekend and it was excellent! It was a movie I was COMPLETELY ambivalent about, but JP talked me into seeing it and I'm so glad he did! It was funny and touching and just a great adventure story. A real throwback. It's nice to see Speilberg still has the chops.

I have class tomorrow - a ridiculous entry-level software class that I am taking SOLELY for the purpose of being there to provide guidance and answers to my older, senior-level analyst. Pathetic. The day the online applications no longer make sense to me is the day I retire. Oh, well. I guess the class couldn't hurt. Technically, I have no official training - I am self-taught on most of the software we use (unless you count the time I spent Googling various answers as class time).

So, my new year's resolutions are the same as usual although I have tried to simplify and clarify this time around, being vague and grandiose not having worked for me in the past:

1. Work out every day for 30 minutes, even if it's just doing some vigorous housework (this has been somewhat  impeded because I have managed to injure my back on two separate occasions since Christmas).

2. Refinance the house and change the land line (because AT&T is gouging my eyeballs out). Use the extra money from the refi to finish paying off my credit card.

3. Unless it is a necessity (groceries, gas, etc) or an emergency (car breaking down, running out of clean underwear), I am putting a moratorium on expenditures. I will have an allowance for going out to eat/theater/movies/vacations, but I spend way too much on clothes, jewelry, books, etc. I. Am. Getting. Control. Of. This. Budget. No one, especially in South Texas, needs 20 sweaters and nine pairs of boots (four of which are fur-lined).

So, you can see why I have not started on these resolutions quite yet, what with everyone and their mother having 70% after-holiday sales (I'm not made of stone!). But look out, next this week! I am good to go (as soon as my back stops hurting).
melcreada: (cheese and poets)

We are blind and live our blind lives out in blindness. Poets are damned but they are not blind, they see with the eyes of the angels.

- William Carlos William

Happy Friday, let's celebrate the end to SUCK WEEK, and here's a quote from the man who brought you that poem that always makes me want to eat cold plums from an icebox (I love that word...icebox).

/random
melcreada: (i want to waste time with you)

I think JP is worried about me because all I like to watch on TV is baking contests, shows about picking wedding dresses, and those MSNBC specials about severely depraved killers and unsolved mysteries.

My sunburn is peeling. Gross.

I saw Sex & the City 2 and everything you read about it is true. All I could think as they showed shots of Abu Dhabi, in all its richness and splendor, was, we built that city. Our ridiculous consumption of oil did that. Not to get all soap-boxy, because I own a car and I use it. But still. The opulence was quite disgusting. Other than that, it was a fun movie.

JP leaves for Seattle in a few days. He will be gone for two weeks, during which time I plan on barricading myself in the house. Should be fun and not terrifying at all. LOL...
melcreada: (kissing is awesome!)
Okay, I promise not to complain (too much) in this entry.

I had mostly a good day (barely wanted to stab ANYONE). I also worked out so, go me! That brings my grand total to: 10 times this year!

American Idol continues to underwhelm me, although I am still watching and rooting for certain contestants: Lee "Sorry I Broke Up With You In My Dream!" Dewyze, Casey "Hot Or Not Hot, I Can't Decide" James, and Alex "I Hate Your Mullet" Lambert. I still love Andrew, but seriously, he is letting me down. I loved his Fall Out Boy but everything after that has made me meh. And among the girls, I still like Crystal and Didi the best.

And now, I am going to talk about shoes. I love shoes. Truly. Madly. Deeply. However, I have wide feet. Not wide for a girl or even wide for a boy. More like, wide for a duck (true fact: my mother calls my feet "patas" which is Spanish for "duck" - thanks, Ma). The point of this is that shoe shopping is never as fun as I think it is going to be, mainly because most stores don't carry a whole lot of cute shoes in uber-wide sizes. Ergo, zappos.com is where I go for my crack. My favorite brand there is Softspots. They make a wide assortment of cute, comfortable, WIDE shoes. However, lately, their newer stuff has not been doing it for me. Like, I used to love going into Lane Bryant because their stuff was so chic, but now it seems like whenever I walk in there, I am attacked by the ugly (which is why I now live at Old Navy).

Where was I going with this? Oh, yes. I need a shoe fix. Hmmm. I guess that was it. My journal: come for the bitching, stay for the pointless rambling!
melcreada: (amadeus)
Okay, I am going to reveal what a total LAZY ASS I am by stealing one, count 'em, ONE question from a meme posted by the fab [profile] wordsthatfail.

List the three to five biggest things going on in your life:

- HAIR, HAIR, HAIR. My hair is driving me insane! First, the gray is coming in fast and furious. I have to color it every three weeks and even then, I still have a skunk stripe along my part in that third week. It's weird! And all the coloring plus blow dryer action is making my coarse hair even coarser. Also, I still haven't found a style or stylist I really love, so it's still all about experimenting (often with blah results).

I cannot believe one the biggest things in my life right now is HAIR.

- Writing. I have been dabbling in drabbles and poetry, mainly to keep my hand in. I don't know if I've ever been really serious about it, but it makes me happy to play with words and goodness knows I'll burn out soon enough and put it all aside again. Best to enjoy it while I can.

- Music. I have started (yet again) to move all my CDs to iTunes. It's fun, seriously! *stabs eyes out* Looking forward to various concerts and contemplating one or two more before the year is out as well. I tend to forget how much I enjoy music and how it cheers, consoles, and  makes our silly little selves feel understood.

- Exercise. Sort of. I belong to the gym at work and if  can get 150 visits in a year, I get a 100% refund of my monthly dues. Last year, I got a 50% refund, but I am going for the gold this time! Is it wrong that I want to kill the perky, orange girls who work there? Seriously, dude - no one needs that much tanner. Bronzer? Whatever. YOU ARE ORANGE.

- Family. Well, family is always important, but I was just thinking yesterday as we celebrated Father's Day together: my parents and my brother are not in the best health. I could probably afford to spend more time with them, particularly my bro. And I make excuses sometimes because I feel like I deserve my down time and mostly, I like being on my own or with JP. Going to visit usually includes planning an activity and putting on my happy face and sometimes the happy face just won't go on, you know? But I need to get the fuck over it and start acting like a grown up. So, this summer will be the resurgence of family time! Whether they like it or not, LOL!

Hmm, actually felt nice to get all that out. Hooray for catharsis!

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