On Poomses and Perserverance

Eighteen months ago CootieBoy began taking taekwondo lessons. This week he tested for his red belt, which was momentous for several reasons.

First, it represented a commitment to TKD that has lasted much longer than I thought it would. Truly, when we first signed up, I figured he would keep his interest for a few months and then he’d want to quit. Then a year ago when his favorite instructor moved to Texas I thought he’d want to quit. But here we are, eighteen months later, and he is now just three belts away from reaching Black Belt. I’m so proud of him, and the hard work he puts into achieving each belt. No, he isn’t excited about going to every class (there are times … continue on, dear reader!

It’s That Time of Year Again

It’s officially December, which means I have permission to go nuts on Christmas stuff. The outside of the house is already decorated – Denis and I spent most of Thanksgiving weekend putting everything up, including some new things that I made this year. We had a lot of issues of things being broken when we brought it out of storage. Most of our net lights were broken, one of my metal trees wouldn’t turn on, and we had a few strings of lights that were done for. Oh, and for some reason three of our pre-lit wreaths that we put in the windows didn’t light up. Very strange. Unfortunately, we didn’t discover they were not lighting up until AFTER we had installed them on the … continue on, dear reader!

And Just Like That It’s Over

It’s 2:00 a.m. and my big project at work is officially over. I don’t know what I’ll do with my time over the next couple of weeks. The funniest thing is that I will REALLY miss the Excel workbook I’ve been using for this project – that thing was a beast.

I’m currently at my office, sitting in the support center helping with whatever they need, which frankly, isn’t much (which is good). Our project "went live" at midnight and other than a couple hiccups, it has gone well thus far.

I’ve learned a lot from this project – the best thing is that I’m really good at tactical and operational project management. It’s definitely my wheelhouse.

The other most notable thing I’ve learned is … continue on, dear reader!

“Don’t Leave”

Back in July, I wrote about my amazing boss, and how she was (*sob*) leaving me to go work elsewhere within our vast organization. The good news is that I still get to see her from time to time since she has a weekly meeting in my building, so she’s not completely gone. She has also Skyped me during the workday a couple times just to check in and see how everything is going.

In July I also wrote about the promotion that I received, and how even though my work won’t change much, I’ll be reporting to my old boss’s boss and dealing in much higher level work.

Things have been going well in my new role thus far. The big project that I’ve … continue on, dear reader!

Van Gogh and Nintendo and Fireworks, Oh My!

July 4, despite being a holiday, was a busy vacation day for the Cootie clan.  After a late morning (thanks to some work-related stuff I had to do), we hit the subway and headed to the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.  Upon walking in, the kids were not enthused, but I was determined to see everything, even if I had a whiny CootieBoy to contend with (“I don’t know ANY of these artists and I don’t WANT to know any of these artists!”).  We wound our way through the halls where I got to see Warhol, Monet, Rothko, Matisse, Picasso, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Lichtenstein, Pollock, Degas, Magritte, Wyeth, Mondrian, Johns, and Cezanne.  CB complained the whole time until eventually he came into a room and declared, “Finally! … continue on, dear reader!

The Career Ladder

job promotionThat graphic right there perfectly encapsulates everything going on at work right now.

I love my boss. I could talk about how amazing she is all the live long day – you’d get sick of me, really – but the fact of the matter is, she is quite simply the best boss I have ever had in my entire 25 years of working life thus far. She stands head and shoulders above anyone else. And the question you should be asking is, “What makes her so great?”

Well, let me share with you what makes her a great leader:

1) She never let me settle. I came in as a low-level secretary, and after only three months she realized what I could do and she … continue on, dear reader!

Today I am 47

digital-47Today I am 47 years old.  That does not pain me in the slightest to say that.  I’m not one to get hung up on age – I’m a firm believer that your age does not define you.  I didn’t freak out when I turned 30, and I didn’t freak out when I turned 40.  I doubt I will freak out when I turn 50.

will freak out when I turn 67 because that means I can finally turn in my notice of retirement and spend the rest of my life relaxing Monday through Friday.

The past few days have been chock-full of activity.  On Thursday night Denis and I went to go see Death Cab for Cutie in concert in Charlotte.  He loves … continue on, dear reader!

Putting On My Best Shirt

A number of years ago I bought a shirt from Coldwater Creek – it was simple black/white patterned shirt, nothing special. I probably got it on clearance. The main thing it had going for it was that it was one of their “no iron” shirts (which I am ALL ABOUT).

The very first time I wore the shirt, people kept asking me all.day.long. if I was interviewing. I was not.
The second time I wore it, someone asked if I had lost weight. I had not.
The third time I wore it, I received several compliments on my appearance the entire day.

Weird. It got to the point where I hung the shirt in my closet and never wore it because I would get all … continue on, dear reader!

My Imitation of Jack’s Giant Coming Down the Beanstalk

Soooo…I had a TaeKwonDo class this morning. I went without CootieBoy, who opted to sleep in after a late night of videogaming (gotta love summer vacation). It was a family class so it had kids as young as 5 years old up through adults like me and another mom that was there, Em. The master started us off with general cardio exercises like jumping jacks and a few runs across the room and back. Then he had us working front snap kicks as we went across the room.

Then came the relay.

And this was my Waterloo moment at TKD. He lined us up in groups of three. I was with two young boys who were adorable but NOT fast. I was next to the … continue on, dear reader!

Childhood Memories

During our garage sale a couple weeks ago Denis pulled out a box that turned out to have three old scrapbooks from my past. My childhood, college and post-college years. I believe I went through these same albums a few years ago because I’ve definitely scanned some of the photos in the albums and posted them on Facebook. But here are a select few that I know have not been scanned before.

What’s funny is that I have a lot of photos in those albums that I most definitely did not take, or of events was not a part of. Some college friends of mine took a road trip one year and I somehow have their pictures in my scrapbook. Same goes with some party … continue on, dear reader!

Just One of Those Days

Someone’s got a case of the Mondays, and that person is ME.

Today has been horrible, and it’s only 9:50 a.m.

Had to take an alternate route to work due to multiple accidents on my normal route. No biggie – managed to clock in only 5 minutes late.

Then I couldn’t find my office keys, and no one was around that had a master key to let me in. After waiting 10 minutes or so, I dumped out my entire purse and finally found them – they had no been in their normal pocket (I’m somewhat compulsive about where things are stored in my purse so I always know where everything is).

Let myself into my office, booted up my computer once, then had to … continue on, dear reader!

Facebook Fast About To Begin!

My latest Facebook Fast begins later this week. It’ll go until my birthday in mid-June. I think that’s my longest one yet! As such, I suspect you will see me posting here much more often during that timeframe.

First up, my daughter. CootieGirl turned 13 years old this past weekend, y’all. THIRTEEN. How is that possible? She asked me to wake her up at the time she was born, which all these years I thought was 3:21 a.m. But on Sunday morning (a few hours after waking her at 3:21 a.m. to wish her a happy birthday), I pulled out her birth certificate, only to see her birthtime listed as 2:58 a.m. Oh well. I was close. We had a low-key day – no parties … continue on, dear reader!

A Lot Can Happen in Two Months

Folks, FOLKS – what a couple months it has been. Just when I think, "Wow, I’ve finally got time to dedicate to posting on Cootiehog," I have no time.

I don’t even know where to start, so I think I’ll pick up from my last post and update.

CootieBoy is about to test for his next belt next week. He’ll be doing another board break using a different kicking method, as well as a new TKD "routine," at which point he’ll be a green stripe yellow belt. We upgraded his membership so that he can attend unlimited classes – he is determined to get to black belt and has said that he wants to go to as many classes as they offer. In one bit … continue on, dear reader!

Catching Up

Lots going on, people. It has been a month since my last post. Ugh.

First some updates on stuff I’ve mentioned in the past few posts:

After many weeks wearing the Cone of Shame, we finally took it off Chilly. He had been wearing it because EVERY TIME he wasn’t wearing it, he would chew on himself. We got meds for him, which helped clean up the infection he got, but then we had to try some other things. We finally swapped out his food for another kind, and that seems to have helped. He has now been cone-free for about a week, with no more incidences.

CootieBoy continues to love Tae Kwon Do, and actually has his first belt test this week. He has … continue on, dear reader!

So what’s up for 2016? A race, that’s what!

Happy new year, everyone!

Sooooo…remember back in September 2015 I participated in a 24-hour race but quit after 15 miles (and 5 hours) because I was so exhausted?

I signed up to do it again in 2016.

Yeah. I know. Don’t remind me.

But this time it’ll be different. This time I’m getting a hotel room. No messing around with tents or air mattresses that don’t stay inflated, or the inability to take a shower before the race so I can start off feeling fresh and ready. That’s one mistake I will NOT be making again. This time the only thing I’ll have on the route will be a chair, an umbrella (in case it rains), and a small cooler bag with snacks and running … continue on, dear reader!

Well, That Was Unexpected

Labor Day has come and gone. Rain has finally arrived in our neck of the woods. The kids are struggling in school. I got an award at work. Let’s discuss.

Hope everyone had a great Labor Day last weekend. Denis and CootieBoy hit the road for DC and went to a Mets/Nats game. Needless to say, Denis is thrilled with how well his Mets are doing this season, and he couldn’t resist $35 seats along the 3rd base line. They stayed with my sister’s family the night before the game and were happy that the Mets won. All in all, a good guy’s weekend for my fellas.

The girls stayed here and watched movies. We saw Ant-Man (loved it), Jupiter Ascending (ugh – so bad … continue on, dear reader!