I was tagged for a meme by J at Mid Life Clarity (a great read by the way). I've been thinking about this one. I may have posted a similar list like this at one time, but it's been while. So here goes:
Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
* Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog - some random, some weird.
* Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blog.
* Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.1.
1. I spend a work day and a half (based on an 8 hour day) in the car commuting to work three days a week. I've pretty much decided that 4 hours a day in the car isn't worth the toll it is taking (and the tolls I'm paying) .
2. Watches are probably my favorite type of jewelery and I spend too much money on them.
3. I threw up cream of mushroom soup on the desk in kindergarten and have not been able to eat it since.
4. Northampton is one of my favorite towns in the United States. London is probably my favorite city outside of this country.
5. I love books but am very bad about actually finishing one.
6. The best vacation I ever took was going to Hawaii for two weeks.
7. I never throw anything away. I still have notes from study hall when I was a freshman in high school back in 1978.
I am tagging McMeaty because he has a new blog and I think he needs to be tagged. I apologize for breaking the rules and only tagging one person but I need to attend to some house chores before the Patriots game. Happy Sunday!
My little buddy at work, Mr. Vo, took this picture of me in a meeting yesterday. He's thinks it's fun to snap pictures and videos with that fancy phone of his without us knowing while we are at work or out to lunch. Luckily I saw him and was able to at least give him half a smirk. And he caught me on a good day - my socks match my sweater. Sometimes my socks don't even match each other.
This is my "I look like crap because I have been up since 4:00 AM look". It gets worse as the week goes on. Fortunately today is my last day to drive in for the week and tomorrow I work from home.
I finally did it. I sold my mutual fund yesterday. And I'm feeling pretty sick today about the $10,000 I just lost. Not $10,000 that I had earned on the fund over the course of the 7 months I owned it. No, this was a loss of 20% of my original investment.
I know, I know - market investments are supposed to be for the long haul, it's going to be difficult to make it back now, yadda yadda yadda. I just couldn't do it. I couldn't watch the value of my house slide and the value of my 401K and this fund all at once. It was killing me. So I went with those "experts" who were preaching more years of market doom and advising folks to take any money you may need in the next five years out of stocks.
I'm pissed. Pissed that lending institutions got so greedy and gambled on risky loans and investments and sent my money down the toilet. Pissed that these are the same folks getting millions of dollars in severance packages for doing a bad job. Pissed that this market isn't the result of some cause other than people screwing up big time. Really pissed.
I went a little over-board at the vitamin store. That tall yellow bottle - that's the lemonade diet/detox concentrate. It's made from lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper. You're supposed to have two tablespoons in 8 ounces of water eight times a day for four days. It took me three glasses to realize it tastes like shit. I figured it would hurt more coming back out then going in so I stopped.
Those two big canisters are a super food powder in garden berry flavor. It has something like 19 servings of fruits and vegetables. I thought it would be a good supplement since I don't always eat so well during the week. The powder smells a bit like a barnyard. The instructions say mix one scoop in 8 ounces of your favorite beverage. Since I wasn't' sure how garden berry would go with Sam Adams Oktoberfest, I used water instead. I didn't throw up (yet) so I guess I will try to have one glass every day.
The other things are vitamins, fish oil (love those fish burps), coQ-10, and red yeast rice for cholesterol. I'll report back with my findings as to how energetic these products make me feel. That is if I'm not out climbing a mountain or running a marathon. Or, more likely, taking a nap.
It seems as though a fun loving group of Ambystomamaculatum (Yellow Spotted Salamander) have decided to use the pool for a little play time. I'm ok with it, as long as they don't pee in the water or play the stereo in the pool shed too loud. But if I catch them wearing my swim goggles or using the gas grill, I am kicking them all out. And yes, the little dudes in both of these pictures are alive and well.