Friday fun

I have had such a fun day today! Let me tell you about it in a bullet-point rundown of my day!

  • I woke up the first time when Justin came back to bed from walking the dogs, which meant that I didn’t have to get up yet to do that! (LOVE!)
  • I woke up the second time when my alarm went off at 8. I had to leave the house by 8:30 to get to my first appointment of the day. I got to sleep in!
  • My first appointment of the day was fasting bloodwork at my doctor’s office in Bluffton. The nurse working the lab was so friendly and great! I didn’t even notice she took two vials of blood; I thought she’d only done one until she showed me the second one.
  • After that was done, I could finally eat breakfast! So I went to the Dunkin’s around the corner for coffee and eggs and bacon and toast. And a donut.
  • (Justin stayed home for all this, by the way. He thought about coming and then went back to bed instead after not sleeping well last night.)
  • My second appointment of the day was with the chiropractor’s office, who managed to get my neck back so I can move it both directions again! Yea! It was getting annoying not being able to turn my neck very far.
  • Heading out of Bluffton, I stopped at the Goodwill to check if I could find any pants. My last pair that I could wear to work had a catastrophic structural error in the zipper while I was at work on Monday.
  • (Side note: Monday morning I woke up from a dream during which Mom said those pants didn’t look good on me and that I should stop wearing them. Of course, the rest of the dream had me singing a solo of “Into the Unknown” from Frozen 2 during a Walmart-located church service while holding a bow and arrow. So. I wore the pants anyway. And then took an early lunch break to go home and change into a skirt.)
  • I didn’t find any pants at Goodwill. I found 2 skirts and 2 shirts.
  • So I went to Torrid at the Tanger mall in Pooler and bought 2 pairs of jeans from there! (I can wear jeans to work!)
  • I went back home, where Justin was happy that he’d stayed home and avoided my shopping, even though I wouldn’t have gone shopping if he’d been with me. But I’d been wanting to go shopping since Monday, so I was happy to get it done today.
  • He also got 2 donuts from Dunkin’s.
  • I puttered around the house for a while as he needed to get a group project done. I took care of the dog’s toys which were overflowing and needed some pruning.
  • Then Justin and I went back out to the garage to work on a project there that I will write about very soon. But not today.
  • I went for a walk once we were done out there. I took my 2-pound weights with me today, which was great, but my knee was aching from all the walking I’d already done during the day, so it wasn’t a long or fast walk. But I did walk and I am feeling it.
  • I stretched and showered and made dinner with Justin.
  • I folded 2 loads of laundry!
  • I washed the dirty dishes!
  • I’ve watched several episodes of NCIS!
  • And it’s only Friday! Weeeeeeee!!!!!

Wednesday fitness update: January’s “Don’t break the chain”

I’m heading to bed in a couple minutes but let’s see what I can write in that time! 🙂

I started the “Don’t break the chain” thing on the 6th of January, and in that month I only missed 3 days after getting it going. The first day was a long day at the end of a long, frustrating week. And then I just kinda forgot the day after? It was weird and I felt badly about it at the end of the day. And then the 31st, I had plans to do stuff, and then ran out of time because we ended up running errands and stuff most of the day.

I also missed yesterday, Feb 4th, and that’s because I was at work late and then when I got home, Justin met me outside and we worked in the garage until after 8:00 and then we had to figure out dinner and that was the end of my evening.

But only missing 4 days of the last almost 5 weeks? I’d call that pretty darn good!

And I’m feeling really good about it. I was able to walk almost twice what I used to be able to walk and a whole lot faster than I used to be able to do it, and with significantly less swelling in my knee and generally feeling all over better about the whole thing! Seriously, I’m walking so much faster lately, even around work. And my flexibility is getting lots better since I’m stretching after I’m done walking, and that’s doing loads of good for my poor QL muscles in my back that are always seizing up. And I’m starting to see a little tiny bit of definition in the muscles in my legs! And my core strength is also improving; I’m doing a Pilates video some of the days when I’m just not getting out walking and that, plus the walking, is helping there.

Once my core is a little stronger and the daylight is staying a little longer, I’m going to get back on my roller skates. But I’m currently afraid of my lack of core strength and hurting my back while trying not to fall over. My chiropractor scolds me when I fall over…

OK! That’s all the time I have! Time to head to bed. 🙂

Work has been keeping me occupied

The weekend of January 17th, my work computer got updated to Windows 10, along with all the other changes that go along with getting a whole new operating system added to the machine.

Since then, work has been a nuthouse. Primarily because it’s taken me two weeks to figure out how to get all my bookmarks and shortcuts back and figure out where everything is located with the updated programs. And because one of the primary programs that I use is now only accessible via a virtual machine that I have to remote into and open the program from there, and then it wipes clean every night so all my bookmarks and shortcuts disappear again. And because I use a lot of macros to take different reports and pull them all into one Excel worksheet and those macros went from taking N number of minutes each to now taking twice that length of time for some reason. Unless, of course, I run it on the virtual machine, and then they only run about 50% longer instead. Unless they crash. And they will.

The rest of the craziness was because management decided they wanted to show different charts to leadership and the guy who used to do the charts left the company a week or two before that and they all became my responsibility instead! Yea! And, really, I’m the scheduler and it wouldn’t have been that bad if the transition had just been that I’m doing the charts instead of him, because I came up with a way to update the whole group of them in one download into a workbook and done, all of 5 minutes to update. But no! They wanted to track something else. For which I didn’t have anything built into this system to track, and so I needed to create the items to track. All 200 items. Entered into the database, scheduled, and then plotted into the charts.

But I think we’ve finally got that settled – of course, the meeting with Leadership was cancelled last week after all the fussing over the charts, but I’m sure I’ll find out eventually what else they want changed.

And I’m finally getting into the grove of how to get things updated, for the most part. I just had to start getting to work 15 minutes earlier than I had been to get ready for my 7:15 am meeting. And as long as I don’t have to run off after work to get somewhere on time, like I did today, so the macros crashed and I wasn’t able to send my end of the day reports before I had to head out and the bosses are going to be grumpy about that in the morning.

Anyway, it made for a really frustrating 2 weeks, but I think we’re on the upswing now. I got a new program last week called Power BI that I’m hopeful is going to solve a lot of my problems, once I figure out how to make it work. But I think it’s going to do the trick!