Friday, July 01, 2005
Wow, it's been over two months since I last wrote anything. I didn't get the job with Ingrid. I did make it to the second round though. They gave it to the other candidate. From looking at the job postings, she was a grade 12 all ready. So once again they went with experience. I applied for the grade 12 in the department. Once again, I made it to the second round. They sent 4 people for a second round. I didn't like the way things were handled. Needless to say, I didn't get that job either. Laurene had said that the guy that they had hired had more of an accounting background than I do. That he is further along than I am, but in the long run we will both end up in the same place. What a crock. The new guy starts July 11th. Now, I am glad that I didn't get the job. I have been out of school for the past couple of weeks. I must admit that I am getting used to not having any school work to do. I am going to try to get to the bookstore today to pick up books for my next class, Human Resource Management. I am hoping that it isn't going to be a yawner. I go back on July 19th. Next up on the radar, Economics, yuck! Work has been interesting. Here it is 4th of July weekend, and I am going to have to work. Carol dumped on me before she went on vacation. I had forgotten about getting all my Contract Labor information, so I was very swamped this week. She had given me a project to do and show Mike by Wednesday. Well I didn't get in his office until Thursday. I have a little bit more to do for the project but from my talk with Mike I don't think that I am going to have to do everything. Nor, am I going to have the time. I do believe that my life is about to become a living hell at work. More about that in another posting.
Posted by Ana at 6:46 AM
Saturday, April 23, 2005
I can't believe that it has been over a month since I last posted anything. Since then. The interview went very well. I met with Ingrid Kaev and Ed Holle. Ingrid had called that Friday to let me know that I had been selected to go for a second round of interviews. Those interviews were on April 13th. There was a total of 4. I believe all 4 went well. I had asked when we should hear anything and they had said about 10 days. Well I am still waiting. It is nerve racking. I want this job very much. The other person that I am up against works in Corporate Security. I checked her calendar, from what I could see, she is supplying information to the financial analysts regarding her group. I believe though that I may have more accounting experience than she does. Time will tell. Carol, my boss, had told me I believe on Monday that Ingrid had not talked to her about me. I don't know if that is a good sign or not. I have been sick this past week so I haven't been doing much knitting. Last week I had started getting up at 5am with Scott. I would do a walking tape for 15 minutes. I really enjoyed it. It made me feel real good. After walking, then getting dressed I would then get some knitting in. I haven't touched my knitting all week. I have a lot of homework that I need to get done. Pretty soon I am starting another class. I will be doing 3 classes at once. I will be able to graduate on time in December. The last class that I will have to take is Economics. What fun.
Posted by Ana at 8:25 PM
Thursday, March 17, 2005
This morning started out like ususal. I woke up, yelled upstairs for the kids put my robe on climbed back into bed (sitting) turned the TV on and grabbed my knitting. I had completed one row this morning only to realize that I had done 6 rows of ribbing! ARGGG! That's not right. So I had to frog it. My garbage can is the recipient of all my frogged knitting. I got an e-mail today from recruiter in regards to a job that I had posted for. The e-mail said that I had been selected to interview for the Jr. Analyst Position with Ingrid. It also showed the other people that are going to be interviewing for the job. Annis Fuller, whom I had worked with in Payroll, and Deanne Sherwood, whom I used to see every month when I dropped off Greybook. So let's see how it goes. At least I have a 33% chance of getting this job. It'll be interesting to see who gets the job. I am going to try not to get my hopes up too high. Everytime I have gotten my hopes up about a job, it has never come through. Shower time and then it's off to do more knitting. I still have to e-mail Cathy my test for auditing which is complete.
Posted by Ana at 9:42 PM
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Well it's been awhile since I have last posted. Since my last post, when I weighed in last week I ended up gaining 1.4 lbs. I am like how did that happen. I didn't go over my flex points. Could it be the amount of exercising that I didn't do?? I only made it to the gym one time last week and that was on Saturday. Hopefully this week will be a better week. I am all ready doing so much better on my flex points than compared to last week. I had a couple of days where I ate a major amount of my flex points. My knitting project has been very interesting. Since I am not a very accomplished knitter and do not know how to do undo my stitches I have been frogging a lot of my work. I am trying to knit a scarf and I get to a certain point and lose track of where I am at and then it goes downhill from there. But I am going to keep going, maybe I can get it done. I found a pattern on the skein of some Red Heart Hokey Pokey yarn, so I bought the yarn to make it, although I need one more color. I found out today that Hobby Lobby isn't carrying the color anymore. So do I break down and spend twice as much for that skein of yarn? I really like the yarn and the color and want to try this scarf. I can also make a hat using the same pattern. Today at work seemed to drag by. Tomorrow I am going to J39 to do testing. That should be interesting especially since I have never used the system that I am going to be doing the testing on. Should be a very interesting day tomorrow. I am not sure of how long I am going to be out of the office and I have something due to Carol my boss on Thursday. I have been accomplishing a lot since I have been keeping a to-do list. I write down everything that I need to do and keep the list in front of my computer. I don't know if I mentioned in my last post at all but I finally cleaned my desk and I have been keeping it clean. It has been nice coming in, in the mornings and not looking at a disaster. Well time to go and get a shower, work on the presentation and do some knitting. Talk to you later.
Posted by Ana at 8:29 PM
Monday, March 07, 2005
I didn't get a chance to post yesterday. But I made goal! I just made goal. I weighed in at 128.00 lbs. I weighed in at the reception desk but they made me go inside to weigh in because I had just missed it by .2 so they had me weigh in on another scale. Nancy and Loretta kept it from me. Scott was waiting in the car and had told me that if I had made goal that I needed to come out and get him so he could come in and see me get my award. They kept my book and didn't tell me a thing. Before I had weighed in on the inside scale, Nancy had asked me what could I take off. Guess I didn't need to take anything off. When I had weighed in out in the other scales they had hid that number from me. When Theresa had asked me how much I had lost I had told her that I had no clue because they didn't tell me. Hard to believe that the day that I made goal is finally here! Definitely worth the weight. Now I have six weeks of maintenance but I am going to continue to lose weight. I want to lose about 18 more pounds. I had brought in a diet 7-up cake to celebrate at work. I just invited everyone in my group with a few others that have supported me on my weight loss. I just had wanted to say thank you to everyone for their support because it had meant a lot to me. I did do some knitting. Last night I had stayed up to start my scarf. I had gotten quite a few rows done but somehow I think that I had goofed so as we knitters say I frogged it. I am going to start over. I did that this morning. The alarm went off at 6 am I got out of bed turned it off climbed back in bed covered my legs for warmth and grabbed the knitting needles. I am beginning to think that I need to get a small notebook so I can keep track of what stitch I left off on. I have a row counter and hopefully that will help me to remember what row I am on. Well it is time for me to go do homework and of course more knitting.
Saturday, March 05, 2005
Well today was a good day for my weight watchers program. Tomorrow I weigh in. The big question is will I make goal? I am 2.8 pounds away from goal. It was a little frustrating last week to be 1.2 pounds away from goal, step on the scale and then find out that I gained. Oh well, in the scheme of things it's just a minor set back. I still have lost a total of 63 pounds and I am feeling wonderful. Although I am a little disappointed with the way that I look. I still have a lot of fat in my upper arms. It looks really funny when I am lifting weights. You can see my biceps but the fat looks like I have wings. My stomach still has a lot of fat. I keep thinking that I should have been doing crunches the whole time, oh I worked my stomach on the days that I went to the gym but I didn't do any in between. The big question is can that be fixed. I am glad that I have set my personal goal to be 110 lbs maybe 20 more pounds will help to take care of the big tummy bulge. If and when I get down to the 110 lbs I will have lost a total of 83.8 pounds. Yes, I am proud of what I have accomplished so far but I still have a lot more to go. Well this week if I have calculated right I have used a total of 32 flex points. I did not add any activity points into my daily points total, so I have probably used less than that. Weight Watchers is a big part of my life, and I honestly believe that it will continue to be. For me now it is more a way of life. I still haven't touched any of my homework today. I should go get my shower and crack that book open. Well I'll blog more tomorrow and record my weight loss. I don't think I'll make goal tomorrow but I do believe that I will lose the 1.6 pounds that I had gained, plus a bit more. We'll see. One more thought, I wish I would have started a blog at the beginning of my weight loss journey. Would have been nice to have gone back and see what my thoughts were during that time. Hard to believe that I have been doing it for more than a year now. I am so grateful for the success that I have had. Weight Watchers has been the best thing for my health. Once I do make lifetime, I am going to submit my story to Weight Watchers, I feel that I have something to share and that I can inspire others. I have all ready inspired a few people that I have come in contact with. I wish them all the success. I'll be talking more about one of them in a bit. I work with her so it will be easy to do so. I can also share stories about the others that I attend my meetings with that have become a circle of friends. Blog more later. Bye Bye
Posted by Ana at 10:54 PM
Work seemed to go on and on. Last night Heather and I went to the Olive Garden for dinner. I ordered the Linguine alla Marinara. I had the salad with low fat Italian dressing and one breadstick. I was not able to eat everything on my plate last night, even though I knew I could. From there we went to a lingerie shop, Old Navy and Hobby Lobby. At Old Navy I had tried some clothes on. None of which I really liked. At Hobby Lobby I found some perriwinkle yarn by Red Heart something from their Hokey line. Heather helped me to pick the color. From there we went back to my house. We had downloaded some music so we could put it on here MP3 player. She was really happy that we were able to get quite a bit of songs onto her MP3 player. This morning I had a hard time getting out of bed. I had to be at the YMCA by 10 for my weekly session with Chris my personal trainer. He had finally showed me what my workout when I am not with him will be like. We went through it to make sure that I was doing it correctly. Scott (my husband) usually goes to the gym with me. While we were there we ran into a couple of people that we both had worked with. I saw Jean, whom I worked at the bank with and Scott had seen Derek whom he had worked at Coca Cola with. Derek had mentioned that he wasn't sure if that was me or not because he really didn't recognize me with all the weight that I had lost. I have a bit more homework to do for auditing then I should be ready for class on Monday. I was able to finish almost one chapter last night. One more chapter to go, then it is off to do the reading for Working Women and do a bit of research on our topic for our final presentation. I also need to do some work on our Global Women presentation. With the three of us working on it, it should not go that bad. Well time to go do some of that homework. Blog later. Bye Bye.
Posted by Ana at 2:06 PM
Thursday, March 03, 2005
I don't know if you would classify this as a major bump in the road. My husband and I came home from work to find my son, my daughter and my son's girlfriend at home. He announces that her parents had kicked her out of the house. So she is staying the night. My husband had stipulated one night. It's the middle of winter where is this poor girl to go?? I am hoping that tomorrow she will be able to go back home. So I will spend the day worrying about her. She is a very sweet girl and I like her a lot. I keep thinking that if she were my daughter and something like that was happening to her that someone would take her in. Sometimes my husband can be unreasonable or maybe I have too soft of a heart. So now he is not talking to me. I had made the decision to allow her to stay the night without talking to him about it. What were we supposed to do turn her out in the cold in the middle of the night? Well tomorrow night Heather and I are going to Olive Garden for dinner. I am looking forward to it. I have been going online to take a look at the menu to see what I can eat. I like to be prepared when I go out for dinner. Planning will also help me with planning what I am going to eat all day. I still have to write down what I ate for dinner and my snack in my journal. I keep a journal of what I eat all day. I have been doing this for the past year. Although during the holidays I got away from journaling, at least I was able to maintain and did not gain any weight over the holidays. I haven't done any knitting today. Just haven't had the time. I'll probably end up going out and trying to find some yarn to knit myself a scarf to match my winter coat. I have to get back into the swing of things regarding my homework. I have two chapters to read for my auditing class and answer some questions for the class by Monday. Wednesday my working women class I have some reading to do for that class. Also have to work on the presentation that we have to do for the Global Women chapter that we have to read. I'll probably end up talking more about it as I start getting into the presentation. Well I am going to get back to the homework. Thought I would drop a line or two. Have a good night.
Wednesday, March 02, 2005
Wow, my very first post. Coming up with a name was the hardest part of setting up the blog. I started my day by doing a bit of knitting. I am still learning how to knit and trying to find a pattern to make my very first project. I am thinking about doing a scarf for myself. I am always cold this winter. (I will explain more about that in a bit.) Then it was off to work I go for another 8+ hours. The day went by pretty fast and I accomplished my deadlines ahead of time. After work, I met my husband for dinner before heading off to class. I take a class on Wednesday's called Working Women. Tonight's topic was sexual harassment. It was an interesting class tonight. I am starting to do research for my final presentation. I am working with Lisa on it and we have decided to do it on a topic about how women do not really pursue math and sciences. Here's a bit of bio about myself. I am 39 years old and live in Kenosha, Wisconsin. I work full time and go to school part time. I should have my bachelor's degree in accounting hopefully in December. Only 6 more classes to go. I have lost over 60 pounds over the past year. I have been on Weight Watchers since Feb '04 and I am very successful. My starting weight was 193.8 pounds and I now weight 130.8 pounds. Only 2.8 pounds to go until I reach goal. Then it is another 20 pounds to lose for myself. I started out as a size 18. I now fit comfortably in a size 6 and am fast approaching a size 4. Sunday, I tried the 4's on, I can button and zip them up but I have some overhang. I have been surprised several times over by the number of people that have approached me about my weight loss at work and have told me that I have inspired them to lose weight. I didn't realize that how much that has meant to me. I had almost lost my motivation for losing weight over the holidays, but saw a picture of myself about 3 years ago. Now, I am more than ever determined to never look that way again. Well tomorrow it will be off to work and the gym for one of my workouts. I try to workout between 2 to 3 times a week. When I work out, I walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes and then lift weights. I am starting to see that I have biceps! Well it's time for bed. Good night one and all. Thanks for reading my ramblings. Ana
Posted by Ana at 11:52 PM