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Hey hey - I am here. I have finished my events for the year and am getting ready for a much needed vacation! I am going to New Hampshire for early June and will spend time with my family old and new. The cool thing about this vacation is that I will meet my long lost half sister who I have not met before and that is making me nervous as well as excited. We have been talking on social media and on the phone so I think it will go well. She seems very nice and like a cool person. So this will be interesting to say the least. I am hoping that my Dad will go along for the meet up and that he will finally meet the daughter he has never met before. So that would be cool. I spent most of my life thinking I did not have a sister so this is very fun. I have a sister! An older sister! Wowie!

Work went very well this Spring. I planned two national conferences and they were really good. I got great feedback on my event planning skills and everyone was pleased with how it went. It was stressful while it was going on but now that it is done - I feel really good about all of it. Feather in the cap so to speak. Now I can work on summer projects and documenting everything. So that is all good.

My other vacation this summer will be my annual trip to Vegas with the girls. Looking forward to that.

So that is all I have - just work and vacation and oh! I have lost 61 pounds on Weight Watchers! I am totally rocking that. I feel great and I really love the program - it totally works for me. It gives me a method to the weight loss madness. I have 23 pounds left to go so I am going to do this. I am totally jazzed about it. Here is a pic of what I look like now.

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Hope all is well with you there and you are ready for summer! I totally am! :)

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Just got back from my vacation in Vegas with my girls R*** and J***. It was very fun. We stayed at the Signature - did up the pool at the MGM Grand (which is all connected) and ate at some great restaurants. Our room had a kitchen and fridge so we got some groceries and saved a little money on the breakfast thing. All in all it was a really good time. It was good to be off work and just chilling. It was very hot - I have to say really hot - Saturday got to be 114 degrees. Mostly we were in climate control and in the pool so it was not that bad but you have to drink lots of water and stay hydrated for sure.

Edit - I forgot the cool thing we did - we went to the Neon Boneyard - it is a museum where they have all these old neon signs from places that have closed in Vegas - think the Stardust Hotel. Very fun place and a really good tour with some great history. I will post some pics of that if I have time.

Anyhoo - back to work tomorrow. Lots to do there. Will worry about that tomorrow! :P



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Summer is here - we have made it past Memorial Day and it is on. I guess I have not updated since then so here is what I did for that weekend. We (J*** and I) - went down to Santa Cruz for that weekend, well the Sunday and Monday part of it and hung around. It was totally crowded as that is a big weekend for a beach town and there was traffic everywhere. We stayed at one of the hotels just off the beach and hung out with N*** and D***. Had good food and enjoyed the ambiance of the vacation town. It took a while to get everywhere but that was not too bad.

Work is coming along. My projects are coming together so that is good. I am getting everything scheduled with some vendors and so that works out. People were unresponsive for a while but now I have heard from everyone and able to put together the timeline. All good.

I have some trips coming up this summer - so that is exciting - I am doing the following -

June - Los Angeles - To visit my brother and his wife
July - Las Vegas - vacation with the girls
August - Manchester, NH - family visit and visit with childhood friend

So that will be eventful. Other things I want to do - I would like to start a regular exercise program and control my sugar intake a little better. I have a bit of a habit. So I would like to get better on those two things. Small changes would be good.

I went to the produce mart today and they had Rainier cherries. I was so excited about that - those are my favorite. Good price too. I carefully chose the ones I wanted. :P Got some asparagus and tomorrow I will have a nice dinner - got a good steak at the butcher .

I want to go through my clothes today and weed out some things to put on consignment. I have lots of things I don't wear. So that will be good. I went to the consignment store yesterday and they said they could use some plus sized things so I thought my clothes would work there.

So this is a bit of a ramble. That is about all I have. I will sign off for now. Hope all is well with you in your part of the world.

Cheers.

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So I went to Los Angeles for last weekend - it was a two-fer. My brother had gotten a teaching award at UCLA and I wanted to go to the awards ceremony - and we got to celebrate my birthday. So that is the two for one special - actually three in one as my parents came in and I got to visit with them too. We did lots of fun things and had a grand time. Here is the run down -

-awards ceremony at UCLA Chancellor's House - Friday
-mani-pedi's for the three girls - Saturday
-dinner at The Strand House, Manhattan Beach - Saturday
-visit the science museum, Imax of Hubble Telescope and visit the space shuttle Endeavor - Sunday
-concert by Bruce Brubaker, pianist at the LA County Museum - playing Phillip Glass selections - Sunday

It also was important to touch base with my parents. My mom is 77 and my dad is 84. They are getting up there and doing well but seems like age is settling in. My dad went to see a great audiologist in LA and got new hearing aids. This is a huge thing as his old hearing aids were not working very well at all and were pretty run down. I notice my mom is stumbling around a lot and she wears these platform shoes 2-3 inches there. I have to figure out how to tell her and get her to wear flats. She is really unsteady on her feet and she took a fall in her house earlier in the year. I am worried about her falling again. So what do I do? I am trying to figure out how to broach the subject and handle this without hurting her feelings. If anyone has any ideas - feel free to comment.

Anyhoo. This is the stuff I am dealing with. Work is very very busy. I don't hardly get to breathe when I am there. Just too busy and getting busier.

So that is all I have. Thanks to everyone who left me birthday messages. It was amazing! *hugs to all*

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Hope all is well with you and yours there.
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I am back from Vegas and had a great time. Don't really want to work tomorrow. Wahhh. Swam at the pool, ate some nice food. It was really hot -- over 100 degrees. But kept hydrated- that was key. Anyhoo. Vacation is over.

Here are some pics. Behind the cut...

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I am back from Vegas and had a great time. Don't really want to work tomorrow. Wahhh. Swam at the pool, ate some nice food. It was really hot -- over 100 degrees. But kept hydrated- that was key. Anyhoo. Vacation is over.

Here are some pics. Behind the cut...

Pictorial this way... )
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I am on vacation! Woot! I finished up work yesterday and I am off to Las Vegas today - flight leaves at noon! So exciting. Heading to the heat to stay at a glam hotel and kick it by the pool. Very exciting. I am going with my friend J*** and to see my friend R***. Yays!

I have made some headway with my AiA story. Here is the meter.



2828 / 5000 words. 57% done!

I have no idea how long the story is going to be but it is going well. I put it on my kindle so I could ruminate on it while I am away.

Woot!

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It was a week of back breaking labor and wrangling my mom but we got it done. I am back in Berkeley, CA and my parents are actually moving today. My sister-in-law is supervising this part of the move as I could not take that much time off from work. I think it is going well based on the pictorial updates that I am getting on my iphone. Going well. My parents still have too much stuff but it will all be in their new place and that is that. They are putting a lot of it in the basement and I am hoping over the next few years to go through that with them and get rid of more of that stuff. If they don't use it - it should go. I am inspired to go through my stuff now. I am in a purging mood for sure now. I am going to clean out my apartment though now that I look at my place - I don't have that much stuff.

We worked from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm all week last week. I got my lobster roll and then had lobster tail. And then the most glorious strawberry shortcake at The Chophouse. It was amazing. Never had that good a shortcake. I ate the whole thing. It was amazing. Went to Dunkin Donuts everyday for my large coffee. We ate badly and I have to get back on the nutrition plan. Food was out of control.

Anyhoo. That is the report. It all worked out and my parents are doing well. They are excited about their new place and will be unpacking for a while.

Cheers to you and I cannot believe that summer is ending. I am not ready for September!

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I got back from Vegas on Sunday and had a great time there. It was very hot but it did not bother me much. Dry heat and it did not feel much hotter than 95 though it was well over 100 degrees out. We stayed at the MGM Grand and visited a bunch of hotels - The Venetian, The Paris, The Bellagio - dined well, swam at the pool complex at the MGM and just had a great time. Visited with my friend R*** who lives there and was travelling with my friend J*** who lives here in the Bay Area. Good times. Good food and good fun.

Now I am on vacay staycay here at home and sleeping late and just relaxing. I am going to clean out some things if I feel like it (or not) and just chill. Today is laundry day so I will get that done.

That is all I have. Hope all is well with you at your end. Cheers!

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I am back from my vacation! Still have the weekend before I head back to the dread work thing so that is good. I think I timed it pretty well. Fun was had on the East Coast with family and my oldest friend in the world. I had a good time and did the things I needed to do. Here are some blurbs:

-we had some family dinners and family times. this was good.
-had some shopping bonanza's with my niece who is going into HS. totally fun
-hung out with my oldest friend (since first grade), drank wine, gossiped, swam in her pool
-my dad is going really well at 82 years old and seems very content. he is a good dude.
-my mom - I have to be accepting of her stuff and just deal with her unhappiness. she is not a happy person and that is just how it is. her driving was ok and it is a distraction thing not a skill thing. she needs to just drive and not fiddle with things. hoping she will work on this.
-had some time with my brother - very fun. he is a good guy and doing well.

So all in all it was a good trip, lots of visiting.

In other news, I posted my Sultry in September story to the website so it is totally done. Yay!

That is all I have. I have laundry to do and food shopping to do as well. Teddy was glad to see me and has been running around here like a maniac. :P I caught up on the journals and read all the way back. Woot.

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Off to NH tomorrow. I don't think I will be on the computer much. Trying to rest my shoulder from an injury. Be goooood!

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I think I am due a post to the journals so here I am. Right now I am watching True Blood on HBO. I am still following this show and not sure why. I guess I want to see what happens with it so it does succeed on that very basic level. It piques my plot-based curiosity. I do think they are a bit killing happy for the sake of killing and could draw some of the plots out more. Lost opportunities there.

I am heading off on vacation on Thursday to New Hampshire to see my mom and dad, my brother, niece and sister in law. I will also see my oldest friend from childhood for a few days too. I am looking forward to it. I don't know if any of you have elderly parents (I am sure some of you do) but I will be dealing with some of the issues inherent in that. My mom's driving skills are not what they should be. She has had 5 accidents in the last year or so. I am concerned about that. Me and my brother are going to have "a talk" with her about that. I anticipate that not going too well as it represents some loss of independence. Have to see how this all goes down. I don't think my brother should have to deal with this on his own so we will approach this together. That way it is fair. He deals with a lot of things with my parents as the sibling who lives close to them so I think I can help out with this. My dad is seven years older than my mom and has had zero accidents. Doing much better on that. He is steady eddy. Mom admits to the distracted driver thing and feeling rushed so wondering if adjusting timing on things might help. She has mainly fender benders but I worry still. Anyhoo. I will get some home cooking, have some good seafood and lobster and fried clams. Looking forward to all the East Coast goodness. Yessiree.

I saw a great movie this weekend. "The Way Way Back". Loved this movie. Kind of a departure for me in as it was not an action, sci fi epic or anything like that. Here is my FB posting on this one - a touching coming of age movie set in a Massachusetts vacation town. Water park, partying and a wonderfully humorous performance by Sam Rockwell. Lots of laughs and joy in the awkwardness of life. So much to love about this film. Highly recommend.

Work is chugging along. It will be gearing up for Fall pretty soon there. I did not get the job I interviewed for. I am pretty sure I was low balled on the salary as I wanted the top of their range there. Someone probably snaked in at the middle of the range and they went for that. Oh well. Would have been nice to move for that but I will keep looking. I was strongly in contention for the position so I know I have the skill set for that. I will keep plugging around and apply etc. Don't mention this paragraph on FB at all. This is journal only, please.

I am sure there is more but I cannot think of it. I am glad I have a short week this week. I fly out on an early flight on Thurs morning. I have to wake up for a 5:00 am shuttle. Egads. Killer.

I hope all is well with you where you are and that your summer is going well. Cheers!

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I am sitting here with a cup of coffee on a Saturday morning and it seems like a good time to post an update. I will do some blurbs and see how it goes.

-I am making no progress on my Sultry story. That is not good. I have a certain window of time to get it done and I need to get it done. I better get on that and full court press. I am hoping it will cooperate and be nice and short. Please, let it be short.

-I applied for a job at the law school. Assistant director for events and stuff and had a phone interview and then they quickly called me in for the in person first round. Now I have to wait while they interview all their other candidates. Anything could happen but I know I did well. I am not holding my breath at all but it would be nice to have all those nice shiny events to do. Really fun. I am a little bored where I am.

-I am going on vacation in August to see my family in Manchester NH. This is an obligation but I am happy to go. My mom is very excited and I will get to see my childhood friend Mo and we will spend some time together. I will get to eat lobster and clams and go to Maine and my favorite shoe store with the really good deals. So it is all good. Very fun! Woot.

-Tonight I am going to see Red 2 (Retired Extremely Dangerous) this very funny series about retired CIA operatives who get in trouble and reactivate. John Malkovitch, Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren - great all star cast of older actors. Really fun.

That is all I have and I hope you are well where you are. Have a great weekend!

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Oh hallelujah. I have the beauty of time unencumbered in front of me. I have things I must get done but time to do what I want. I have a friend coming in town next week and we will all be cooking and celebrating the Thanksgiving Holiday together. That will be fun. We have plans to take the ferry to SF, go bowling at the Albany Bowl. I also have to get my house cleaned on Monday and the heater inspected on Tuesday. It is nice to have all this time to do my own thing and not have to be at work fretting away on deadlines and paperwork and impending projects. Carving out this time was so important to me and I am glad that I have the time.

To quote the Rolling Stones - Time is on my side, yes it is!

Anyhoo. I will be around a bit. Not going anywhere. I do believe I should try and spend less time on the computer so I will do that. I need to rest offline and try and heal my back injuries. Let's see how I do with that.

Anyways. Happy Friday to all of you and hope your weekend goes great! I am going to see the final Twilight movie tomorrow, more out of a sense of obligation. Anyhoo, mildly curious to see how they wrap this up visually.

Nighty all.


by yue_akuma
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Having a nice Sunday and end of vacation day. I tried not to mope around too much here all by myself. It was so nice having company for a week with [livejournal.com profile] khylea around. She is so fun to have around and hang with and is a great house guest. We have plans to see The Hobbit when it comes out in December so I am looking forward to that.

Got my laundry done today and then went out with my friend J*** to the local nursery in Berkeley - I love looking at plants. We went for amazing pizza at Gaia Pizzeria in North Berkeley and then had some coffee at the French Hotel. We stopped at a bakery and I got a cupcake and then the girl was giving away the chocolate chip cookies for an end of day thing. Nice. Free cookie! I am saving it for tomorrow.

So no moping here. I am heading into a really busy week with event prep and such. Two events happening. Lots to do. I checked work email and got rid of all the spam and glanced. I admit to doing that much. Give me a bit of an edge going in.

Cheers to you and yours and hope you had a good weekend.

PS- thank you to perkyandproud and numenora for the panda's for my profile! *huggles*

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Having a nice Sunday and end of vacation day. I tried not to mope around too much here all by myself. It was so nice having company for a week with [livejournal.com profile] khylea around. She is so fun to have around and hang with and is a great house guest. We have plans to see The Hobbit when it comes out in December so I am looking forward to that.

Got my laundry done today and then went out with my friend J*** to the local nursery in Berkeley - I love looking at plants. We went for amazing pizza at Gaia Pizzeria in North Berkeley and then had some coffee at the French Hotel. We stopped at a bakery and I got a cupcake and then the girl was giving away the chocolate chip cookies for an end of day thing. Nice. Free cookie! I am saving it for tomorrow.

So no moping here. I am heading into a really busy week with event prep and such. Two events happening. Lots to do. I checked work email and got rid of all the spam and glanced. I admit to doing that much. Give me a bit of an edge going in.

Cheers to you and yours and hope you had a good weekend.

PS- thank you to perkyandproud and numenora for the panda's for my profile! *huggles*

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Here is a picture of the Golden Gate in the late morning fog. I took this from the Northern Vista point - just north of the bridge where parking is free and there is no gift shop. [livejournal.com profile] khylea walked halfway across the bridge and then we proceeded on to Sausalito. We did some shopping there, had lunch at Venice Pizzeria and then went on a sunset sailing cruise of the bay. It was amazing as you can only get this particular view of the Golden Gate from the water and you go right up close to it. The sunset was stunning the sun sets right behind the bridge. [livejournal.com profile] khylea got really good pictures of it with her camera and I will share those when she sends them to me. I did not use my phone as there was some chop and I did not want to lose my phone to the sea. LOL. Anyhoo total win even with some scary tacking moments - sailing full out and feeling like I was going to fall off the boat. Really - had a moment there where that occurred to me and held on for dear life. Not sharing that on FB.



Today is the last day with [livejournal.com profile] khylea and she goes back on an evening flight. We have had a great time and I am going up to Seattle in December to see The Hobbit and a hockey game so that will be fun. Woot. Had a blast of a vacay and feel rested.

Cheers to you and hope you are having a good weekend!

PS-thank you to heyurs, bethie_p and jaiden_s for the panda's on my profile! Very cute!


by babygirl - allthingscute
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So for dinner, we used the second of our coupon deals - this one from Living Social. We had Ethiopian food. I have never had this and it was quite a good experience. You don't get any plates or utensils here. They serve the food one one big plate, kind of like a buffet thing of all the delicacies and then you eat it with this very flat, spongy bread which is absorbent. What I did was use the bread to pick up the food - I took small pieces of the bread and wrapped it around the meat or veggies and then dipped it into the sauces. Total win on this. We ordered what I consider to be the "beginner's special" - we did a veggie sampler and a meat sampler. The food is kind of mild, yet flavorful and spiced at the same time. Good flavor yet not overly spicy as in hot. I really enjoyed the food. We got a pastry, meat appetizer and finished the meal with a baklava. Below is a picture of the samplers which were all served together on one plate.



Tomorrow we are going to the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito and then on a harbor cruise sail boat trip at sunset. Lots happening then. Woo.


by fission at alchemey
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We, [livejournal.com profile] khylea and myself, went hiking in Redwood Regional Park in the Oakland Hills. Just a lovely day and we did a 2.2 mile hike and then some extra trail after that to a vista point. Reminds me that California and specifically the Bay Area is really gorgeous as far as nature is concerned and this resource is so close! What a great thing to have in my backyard. Took ten minutes to get there. We met some fun people there - other hikers and a couple of professional dog walkers with their gaggle of hounds. Nice people hang out there too.



Then we did some retail stuff - Goodwill, Sports Authority and REI. Looking around.


by fission at alchemey
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So today we went to the Oakland Zoo. I did not get any good pics with my phone so no pictorial essay to share. I do have a cool factoid that I learned at the zoo.

Did you know that -
Elephants have 150,000 muscles in their trunks?

How cool is that. I love the zoo and always learn something new there. Here is the link up for the zoo here:

http://www.oaklandzoo.org/

For dinner we used a group on coupon at my neighborhood Indian-Nepali restaurant, Mount Everest. Fabulous meal and wish I had done what [livejournal.com profile] khylea did and ordered the most expensive entree on the menu. We got an appetizer and two entrees with our coupon and I did not figure out that I could have gotten anything. Silly me. I did love my meal though- the tikka masala. Love that.

Fun day in the local vacation here in California. Not missing work. LOL.

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