Life gets in the way

I didn’t want to just vanish into the ether, even temporarily, hence this post.  I’m finding it more and more difficult to make time for the blog.  I really need to be away from the computer for awhile.  I’ve been getting almost no exercise, and if I want to maintain the weight loss, not to mention drop a few more (LOTS more) pounds I need to get moving.  I sit in front of the computer at work most of the day.  Not all of it is work and I find myself using free time to search for that elusive pattern I want, or another recipe…or to blog.  At home I don’t go online much at all but we spend entirely too much time on our behinds on the sofa.  Last year’s knee surgery will have been pointless if I don’t get up and move!  With the holidays approaching and all the grazing and busyness that brings, it’s only going to get worse.

So I’m going on hiatus for awhile.  No idea how long “awhile” is but I’ll see you when I see you.

I’m going to try not to go online at all unless it is for a very specific purpose.  Being online is addictive to me and if I allow myself to get sucked in, before I know it hours will have passed.  Some of you have my email address so please, please, please feel free to drop me a line.  If you don’t have my personal email address but want to stay in touch while I’m away, shoot me an email at and I promise I’ll try to check that inbox now and again.

This isn’t the end (I don’t think) but this blogger needs a break.

If I don’t talk at you between now and then, have a wonderful and warm Thanksgiving and a spectacular Christmas everyone!

Thanks for reading.

The Secret of Time Travel

No really.  I discovered the secret of time travel y’all.  You have to be asleep.  Oh wait, asleep and dreaming.  It’s that simple. 

Last night I had the single weirdest dream I can remember in some time.  I was in the past AND the present at the same time.  Strange doesn’t begin to describe it. 

You know how in dreams sometimes you know something but you don’t know how you know it, and you don’t even question that you know it.  I knew it was more than a dozen years ago and my middle daughter had graduated from high school.  (That in itself is odd since she didn’t graduate, but later got her GED.)  Somehow her graduation involved my going to see her father, my ex.  The me that visited though was today’s me.  Not the me of 12+ years ago.  Trust me, there’s a difference.

He was living somewhere different, not a forest or mountain in sight.  There were train tracks in front of his house and at one point a train went by while I was standing there.  A big ass train too, not the little commuter trains like I ride every day.  This was (or seemed  — dream, remember?) bigger than the Amtrak passenger trains I see at the station.  It towered over me and I felt extremely tiny in comparison.

But the seriously bizarre part was the pet I had with me.  I have no idea what this means so if any of you have experience with dream interpretation I’d love to hear what you think.  Y’all, I had a PET SHARK with me!  Really and truly!  And not an aquarium-sized shark either.  It wasn’t clear how I moved the thing around but there it was, lying on the ground outside the ex’s house.  When I was getting ready to leave the ex tried to persuade me to stay.  I mean STAY, if you get my drift.  Curiouser and curioser.  I remember telling him that wasn’t possible, I had to get the shark back home.  He said the shark could stay too.  But I argued that there wasn’t anywhere for the shark to live — no water, while back home the shark had his own cee-ment swimming pool.  And I said it just like that. 

It was at this point that I woke up.  Because it was too early to get up I tried to go back to sleep.  But the dream kept nudging me so I got up and emailed myself a reminder of the high points, hoping that later I would remember enough to write it down and maybe that would get it out of my head. 

Reliving it here has been a little creepy to tell the truth.  

So?  What do you think it means? 

And no, I didn’t eat anything strange, imbibe alcohol or otherwise ingest something hallucinogenic!  But if I have another one like this I’ll definitely be heading for the liquor store.

Happy weekend peeps!

Happy 11 12 13!

That’s right, today is November (11) 12, 2013 – 11 12 13!  Isn’t that cool?  No?

I’ll bet there are a bunch of weddings scheduled for today.  And what about the babies who are born today?  Can’t you just see their friends’ faces when they tell them they were born on 11 12 13?

Still nothing?

Oh well.  Can’t blame a lazy blogger for taking advantage of a cool date to pad her blog entries.

I know, I know … lazy blogger, no cookie!  Good thing I don’t eat many cookies nowadays.

A new year deserves

a new look!  I am 57 today.  On the downside I’m starting to look my age (for years I didn’t so there IS that).  The upside – I feel better physically than I have in years!  Plus?  No gray hair!  Unless you count a few stragglers in my eyebrows.  I don’t count those.

As I said in the previous post, I’m losing weight; I’m moving more and it all adds up to feeling good.  Mostly.

It was an excellent birthday weekend though.  I knew our law office was one of those that would not be closed for my birthday, even though the banks, post office and courts are all shut down.  Well, not exactly for my birthday; it’s also Veteran’s Day folks.  So go find a Veteran and give them a big THANK YOU!  Because I knew they would expect me to actually work on my birthday I asked for the day off – woo hoo!  Three day weekend!

Birthday weekend began Friday night after work.  We went to dinner at Old Country Buffet — the one near my daughter’s house has the most excellent salad bar!!  That’s where I head as soon as we have a table.  My first plate is usually heaped with greens, fresh veggies, sometimes cottage cheese and peaches-sometimes not.  I love beets and carrot-raisin salad and sunflower seeds and garbanzo beans and, and, and!  So many choices!  My one indulgence when we go there is a soft ice cream cone from the half chocolate-half vanilla spigot.  As a teen, Hubs worked at Carvel and he makes the most perfect swirly cones!  Finished up Friday by staying up late and then slept in on Saturday.  Well, if you consider 6:30-ish sleeping in.

Hey, I TRIED to go back to sleep, I really did!  Didn’t work.  So I got up close to 7 and got to work around the house.  I didn’t plan on doing too much but I found myself scouring the Internet for healthy bread recipes and making messy shopping lists.  Using the recipe I tried last Saturday with a couple of substitutions I started a loaf of bread in the bread machine.  Then I did some cleaning.  In the midst of all this the dogs needed to be walked and fed, and the gifts for grandson’s 6th birthday party later Saturday had to be wrapped.  Plus I was texting like a madwoman with my youngest daughter and my buddy from across the water on the peninsula.

Daughter K and friend P were both coming to the birthday party for the 6 year old.  We had been given early warning that the dozen or so 5, 6 and 7-year olds wold be arriving around 3:30 so we planned to show up at 1.  Daughter A was trying madly to finish the handmade Pin-the-tail on the Dinosaur game so K and I plopped our fannies down on the floor to help color in tails and the dino himself.  Eventually K had to give up because grandson N and his friend Charlie were butting in trying to “help” her.  She finally passed the baton so to speak and took the munchkins up to N’s room to play with Legos and keep them out of the way.  Mom and SIL had arrived shortly after us (P was running late, she had the longest drive) and SIL B helped out with the dino tails.  It was actually a pleasant time.

There was a lot more action in the next hour or so and I’ll try to post on that later.  We escaped just as the last of the young party guests arrived … not a moment too soon!  It got loud in a hurry!  After stopping at our house to walk the dogs and grab some  flip flops, we headed to K’s and my favorite nail place.  Earlier, I’d made an appointment for three pedicures.  My favorite boss had been extremely generous for my birthday and I treated daughter and friend to pedicures.  It was P’s very first one!  When my daughter took me for my very first one for my birthday last year it changed my life!  So of course I had to pay that forward.  P loved it!  Happy Birthday to me!  After, we had dinner together; exchanged hugs all around and P headed for home.  K came home with us for awhile and her friend picked her up there.

The only dark spot on the whole day was the effed up migraine that hit me shortly before K left.  Once she’d gone it escalated quickly until I was nauseous and dizzy.  Hubs was a little munchy and asked whether I wanted to go to Denny’s (by this time everything else was closed and it is our favorite nearby place ) for dessert.  I was going to try but it just wasn’t happening.  I sent him off on his own, took meds and buried myself in bed.  It was pretty late by this time so I fell asleep pretty easily.  Unfortunately I woke several times during the night and each time the headache was still pounding away.  I was beginning to think the rest of my long weekend would be ruined.  But…when I woke up in the “real” morning, it was mostly gone!  Yay!

Sunday we headed up to see Mom mainly because Hubs wanted an excuse to travel north to meet up with a couple of guys on Craigslist who had some car parts that would work for our Suburban.  He wouldn’t use the fuel to drive that far just for the parts so we arranged to visit Mom and go to dinner with her.  We had seen her at the party the day before but with a bunch of other people around you don’t really get to “visit”.  So we “visited” and I ordered sirloin at dinner!  Yum!  In fact, I forgot my leftovers are in the fridge until this very minute!  Hold on y’all…


Okay, back now.  That hit the spot!

Surprisingly, BIL R left me some of the Jello shots he’d made for his annual poker night with the boys.  Before we’d gone to dinner I tried the cherry chocolate — wow!  Cherry Jello, a real cherry in the middle and a layer of chocolate melted on top!  All tied together with vodka.  Mmm mmm good!  After dinner I tried the blueberry cream, not expecting to like it.  I’ve never been a blueberry fan; they don’t taste like anything to me.  Blueberry aficionados tell me it’s because I’ve never tried them fresh from the vine or the bog or wherever it is they grow.  Maybe so.  Anyway, the blueberry cream Jello shot didn’t taste like anything I could identify but it did taste good!  The other four he left me I brought home.  I didn’t want Hubs to have to carry me out to the truck.

I half way expected to wake with another headache after the alcohol; I’m never really sure what triggers them.  But I woke feeling okay, tired…but okay!  Again – Happy Birthday to me!

So you’re up to date, mostly.  I’m going to get a shopping list together, after finding a new recipe for ground turkey, and later today I’ll drag Hubs out to shop with me.  He likes that cause he gets to wander through electronics and hardware and maybe even dip me in the cereal aisle!

I hope y’all had an excellent weekend!  And if not, I hope hearing about mine gave you a smile.



22 point something or other

Saturday we went to our doctor’s office.  Yes, our doctor’s office IS open Saturdays.  Makes it simpler than having to take off early or go into the office late.  Anyway, this past Saturday, Hubs needed to have some blood drawn (which he detests) and I went along as moral support, and because we just like being together.  We’re sappy that way.

While the “vampire” was dealing with Hubs, I tried figuring out the electronic scale.  Turning it on was the easy part.  Numbers kept flashing on it’s little screen on the wall but finally I managed to reset it to zero.  Then I stood on it and waited for the digits to settle.  After making a mental note of the number, I stepped down and turned the scale off.

Then I headed out to the front desk and asked whether someone could pull my file.  Of course they could, and did while wondering what I needed.  I explained I just wanted to know what my weight was when I was last in to see the doc in March.  The doctor who pulled the file brought it over to the desk and held it open so I could see the information.  And when I gleefully told her what I weighed just moments before she beamed back and congratulated me.  Then when I went back to the vampire’s lair to tell Hubs, the vampire high-fived me!

My clothes have fit differently for a long time now – remember my belt rant?  I’ve had to take in the waists on two pairs of work pants and I hate to sew!  I’ve inherited jeans and shirts from daughter K who has lost a bunch of weight too.  When I tried on a pair of slacks that had a smaller size on the tag I held my breath but they fit!  They were a tad snug in the store but a couple of weeks later I tried them again and they were perfect!  So I know I’ve been losing weight.

But I have to say it felt really, really good to see it in actual numbers.  Twenty-two point something pounds!  I’m just rounding it to 22 in conversation though, mainly because I can’t remember the point whatever.


Naked Cupcakes!

If you’re a regular reader you probably saw my last post about fundraising done right.  The United Way campaign is winding down today – the finale will begin with ping pong finals, karaoke and the silent auction.  Not to mention the live band!

Speaking of the silent auction, someone donated SIX MONTHS PARKING in our building y’all!  Do you have any idea how much it costs to park in downtown Seattle?!  It’s worth more than $2,000!  Some anonymous someone is very, very generous because they donated this prize TWICE!  Or it’s possible two very generous people donated the same gift individually.

My focus this week has been avoiding the Zombies and knocking Floor 31 off their throne!  Wait…I guess you need some backstory for that part.

For at least the last two years Floor 31 has won the coin challenge portion of the UW fundraising.  That means they’ve collected more money in coins, etc. than any other floor.  This year we were less than $2 behind them when the stats came out Wednesday.  Less than $2!  There was no way I could resist that challenge.

I emailed my floor and said are we going to let them win again!?  Then we put up for our own silent auction a couple of gift cards and a giant Halloween cookie.  As of today we have almost $63 in bids!

The funny part though is when I sent out that Floor 27 email yesterday it went to someone who used to be on our floor, but is now on Floor 31.  Can we say awkward?  C replied all and pointed out that she was still on our floor’s email list and finished up with “GAME ON!”  Was I intimidated?  Not on your life!  I too replied all with only two words, “Bring it!”

Last night I was up till almost 10:30 baking cupcakes to bring to the office.  Suggested donations of $1 are currently being accepted for said cupcakes.  And yes, they are naked, see:


I emailed the floor with the subject line: “For mature audiences only” and proceeded to do my RAH, RAH, SISBOOMBA thing; telling everyone to come have a naked cupcake.  But also offering this in case the classic cupcake lovers wanted some:


So, German Chocolate cupcakes with Coconut-Pecan icing — Yum!

There’s already more than $30 in the donation glass!  I think we have a chance!

Or it’s completely possible I’m just being cheeky.  What do you think?


Fundraising done right

This time every year our office pulls out all the stops to raise funds for the United Way.  Last year we collected towels to donate to a shelter (I think I’m remembering that correctly).  One of the partners even donned a towel turban and the alter-ego: Towel Man as part of the push.  This year we’re collecting socks for a local women’s shelter.  Every year we have different activities designed to get people involved.  There’s an annual coin challenge between the floors with the winning floor usually receiving some sort of gourmet baked goods.  And every year there is a karaoke concert as part of the finale.  People volunteer to be candidates for singing and you can cast as many votes as you want to buy.  All the money raised goes to the United Way.  It never fails to amuse and entertain, not to mention raise beaucoup bucks!

So, this year the firm ramped it up a bit.  Last week there was a staff carnival in the cafe, complete with Wii games played on a big screen, pie-throwing at the attorneys and a photo booth!  I meant to get down there but my work load was pretty heavy that day and I missed it.  Apparently it was a LOT of fun.  This week though will probably be the highlight of the whole campaign.  Below is the content of an email we received last Friday.  Apologies in advance – it’s very long!

Do I work for a cool firm or what?

From: Zombie Master Sent: Friday, October 25, 2013 2:29 PM To: ALL
Subject: Humans v. Zombies – FAQs

It is a voluntary game to raise money for United Way.

It has come to the attention of the game administration that there might be some confusion / concern / questions about the game. The following is the game administration’s feeble attempt to address those concerns and to assuage your fears.  

Yes, this is a game.
Yes, it is a game of “tag” played in the office.
Yes, it is supposed be to fun.
No, if it does not sound like fun for you, you do not need to play.
No, there are no real Zombies.
No, the sirens you hear are not related to a Zombie invasion.
No, seriously, there are no real Zombies involved in this game.
Yes, it is a voluntary game designed to raise money for United Way.
We raise money by people buying extra lives by donating to United Way. 

Background / additional information –

There is one Zombie who has been infected our office.
ou will not know who that Zombie is unless the Zombie tags (touches gently on the shoulder/arm) you or you see the Zombie’s red wrist band.
Starting Monday at 10:00 am there is a Zombie who will be “tagging” humans and turning them into Zombies.
Zombies wear a red wrist band.
You will know a Zombie because of the red wrist band.
You protect yourself from being tagged (touched gently on the shoulder/arm) by a Zombie by hitting the Zombie with a sock before the Zombie can touch you.
If you are tagged by a Zombie, you can buy an extra life by contributing to United Way.
Come to the sign-up sheet outside of my office on floor 27 , sign your name and you are “alive” again.
In doing so, you have purchased a retroactive antidote.
Once you are turned into a Zombie, you are a Zombie unless you buy a new life.
As a Zombie you get to tag the remaining humans.
A Zombie attack or effort at tagging is repelled by being hit by a sock. 

Socks and red wrist bands will be in the Humans vs. Zombies boxes found in the elevator lobby of your floor (except 29 where they are in the kitchen) on Monday by 9:00 am.
Yes, they are clean, unused socks are being provided for you to use.
The opt in / opt out  and “Are you a Zombie now?” floor maps will be taped to the wall above the Humans vs. Zombies boxes found in the elevator lobby of your floor. 

Game starts at 10:00 am.

This is a voluntary game to raise money for United Way.


Opt out – To opt out, please simply put a yellow stickie on your name plate and a black X on the floor map in the elevator lobby of your floor Monday.  To be safe when walking the halls, put a yellow stickie on your badge as you walk the halls.

 Resending of the Rules:

 Dear Colleagues:

 As you know by now, the City has been infected with Zombies who have escaped from Harborview.*  The Zombies will have made their way to our building by Monday morning, October 28, 2013, bypassed security, and have infected someone in our office.  This, despite the valiant efforts of building security and the team on floor 19 and 29. 

The Zombie needs to “feed” him or herself by tagging a human at least once every 24 hours. Tagged humans turn into zombies.  All the humans on floors 18, 19, 26, 27, 28, 30 and 31 are potential victims.* *   Those on floor 29 are potential victims when off floor 29.


  • Zombies wear a red zombie wrist band. (See the elevator lobby to get the wrist band.) Or if none, then something that is noticeably red.
  • Wrist bands cannot be concealed.
  • Zombies turn humans into Zombies by tagging humans with their hand.
  • Humans can stun a Zombie for 15 minutes by hitting the zombie with a sock.  (Note the small socks on your chair or elevator lobby.)  The Zombie cannot tag humans during this 15 minutes and instead must return to work for the full duration of the 15 minutes. (preferably all billable time)
  • Humans are safe (cannot be tagged) if they are in their or another’s work space, a conference room on their floor, or on floor 29.
  • Humans are safe in the cafeteria and food service areas of 19 (food spillage concerns).  Humans are not safe in the halls or elevator lobby on 19. 
  • Zombies do not need to use sanitary facilities.  Thus, restrooms are safe zones. 
  • Once a human has been tagged, the human has 10 minutes to go the floor map in the elevator lobby (for their floor) and mark the former human’s work space with a red Z unless they purchase a new human life within that 10 minutes. If no new life is purchased, the newly converted Zombie takes a red wrist band and can now tag a human.  The newly converted Zombie is to deposit any socks in the basket / bucket in the elevator lobby.  (This allows the ever decreasing number of humans access to added ammunition – socks — to use in repelling the increasing Zombie attack.)
  • Humans can purchase additional lives by donating to United Way (suggested donations of $5 staff, $10 associate, and $20 partner).  You must send an email to the Zombie Master if you are purchasing a new life. 
  • The Zombie with the most tagged humans may get a prize too.
  • Rules can (and will) be changed by the Zombie Master at any time to suit the flow of the game and his personal whim. 


•             Humans – survival.
•             Zombies – tag (capture – bite) all the humans.

The End Game

•             Ultimately, the number of Zombies might become too much for the humans to withstand, and the remaining humans will be forced to effect an escape from the building.  Those fortunate few remaining humans will need to be evacuated from the Café at 4:00 pm on November 1, 2013. 

*      Between now and then you will be receiving information about the Zombie events in the community.  Don’t be alarmed.  This is all make believe!!!

* *   We recognize that this game may not be for everyone.  You may opt out.  To opt out, please simply put a yellow stickie on your name plate and a yellow or black X on the floor map in the elevator lobby of your floor Monday. And if you want, put a yellow stickie on your K&L Gates badge as you walk the halls.

Have fun.