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This Day in My History


My evil genius Procrastination has whispered me to tarry 'til a more convenient season.

~ Mary Todd Lincoln

I don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.

~ Pearl S. Buck

Yesterday's Entries

2001:  In My Jammies
2002:  I'm Absolutely Certain...I Think
2003:  Have a Heart


Netflix came through with another Sopranos DVD.  I shouldn't have, but at least I made myself exercise while watching it, so that was good, right?


Breakfast:  3 slices of 100% whole wheat toast with 1 Tbsp of PeanutButter

Lunch:  Whole wheat tortillas filled with mixture of turkey, onions, mushrooms (sauteed with chili and cumin), lettuce and cilantro, and salsa. (see photo on's very pretty!)

Dinner:  Homemade turkey soup with lots of veggies.

Snacks:  Nada...just lots of water. 


Grey and possibly wet



2 January 2004

It's amazing how much stuff I can find to do instead of transcription:  looking on the net, writing about oddball stuff, cooking, cleaning.  There's a host of good time-wasting projects out there.

First of all, may I say that I am madly in love with MailWasher? For those who aren’t familiar with it, it’s a handy little program that pre-screens all your e-mail so you can delete all the junk before it ever gets to your computer. My life has been so much happier since it came along. You still see the titles and if you’re unsure if it’s something you want to read or not, you can preview it before downloading, but all of the hard core porn is gone (images don't come through on the preview), all of the viagra and penis enlarger ads are deleted before they ever sneak onto my hard drive. It has truly changed my life. Now I can check 50 emails and only a handful will ever make it to my computer (this undoubtedly will significantly reduce my chance of getting a virus as well!)

There are a couple of downsides. First, it’s only available for the PC, so those with Macs are out of luck.

Secondly, you can theoretically bounce mail back to the sender, thus ultimately reducing your junk mail because nobody knows you have a viable e-mail address. I blythly did this the first day I had the program up and running and got a very angry note from my ISP saying that when you bounce e-mail that comes from a phony address (as I guess a good percentage of these do), it bounces it back to your ISP and they were drowning in my bounced e-mails. So now I just mark all these idiots as "blacklisted" and don’t have nearly as many to review as before.

At Weight Watchers on Tuesday, I was given the new "Fast Tracker" packet, which is an option for those who want to jump start their weight loss efforts. It gives you a high protein menu plan for a week and a high carb menu planner for a week and, if you decide to try it, you just stick with it for two weeks and then go back to your normal Flex Points plan (dontcha love all this jargon?)

The FastTracker plan is 20 points a day and at my weight I’ve been allotted significantly more than that, so following FastTracker means significantly reducing my food. But the whole point is flushing out my system and getting back on track, so I started it yesterday.

I started with the high carb plan and it was going great until about 2 p.m. when I fell apart. I don’t know why. I started "adding in" some good, legal foods figuring that I had extra points to play around with, only that didn’t work. The only saving grace was that I was so exhausted that I fell asleep around 8 and skipped dinner.

Today I decided that maybe I would do better on the high protein plan, so started that fast track. So far it’s working well. On high protein, I can have peanutbutter, which seems to be essential to my sticking (pun intended) to a diet.

I even found an on-line support group for people following Fast Tracker and decided that night help.

I made sure that I got some exercise today, took time out to do some housework (cleaned out a drawer that hadn’t been touched in a very. long. time). Good old FlyLady nagging.

So, taking stock, it seems that I have a Weight Watchers plan to follow, a Weight Watchers support group on line, a housekeeping on-line site to keep me decluttered, and both of those things are working (today).

I also joined a "Beginners Photoshop" on-line group and have gotten several really good pointers for techniques to use with PhotoShop.

Now if only I could find a "procrastinators-r-us" site, maybe I could stick with transcription for more than half an hour and really clean up not only the drawers and the floors, and the closets, but my in-box as well.

Then this afternoon, I found this photo on the Yolo County SPCA web site:

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(One might ask what I was doing on the Yolo County SPCA site when I have so much else I should be doing. One had better not.) I am in the market for a new dog, one that I can take for walks, one that I can bond with a bit more than I have with Kimba. Most of the dogs I see available are lab-shepard mixes, which is larger than I want, or pit bulls, or boxers (for some reason there seem to be a lot of boxers available in this area lately--having watched Ned with the pugs, I know I do not want a pushed-in face dog). Nothing has really hit me before now, but this face did, so I filled out an application form and mailed it off to the SPCA. (One might ask what I was doing taking time to fill out a form when I have so much else to do. One had better not.) I have no optimism about getting this dog. I have no idea how long she’s been on the web site and I have no idea how long it will take for my application to get delivered, but I thought that if it’s meant to be, maybe I’ll have a shot.

Her name is Scout and she’s 5 years old and housebroken and gets along well with other dogs. She’s a sheltie-terrier mix and I loved our old sheltie, so I’m sure her personality will mesh with what I’m looking for.

As I said, I am not getting my hopes up at all, but if it’s meant to be, who knows...

I’ll tell ya–all that has to happen for me to get a lot done, on the net, around the house, whatever, is to put a stack of transcription in front of me. It’s amazing how much stuff that I’ve been putting off for weeks I can suddenly get done to avoid getting that transcription done.


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Something else to do--wash all the old stuffed animals to get
ready to give to some worthy organization.

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Weight Lost to date:  46.6 lbs

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