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Eep, A Hiatus!

I took an unintended hiatus from non-work-related blogging! But I’m back. And while I wasn’t blogging, I also wasn’t sitting on my couch – yay! I am still not running…I just can’t seem to find the motivation for it right now, and with the humidity being so ridiculous lately, I’m thinking it’s going to be more of a fall start for me.  But I have been kicking my butt in other ways.

With the exception of the last week, I’ve been walking the pup three miles a day religiously – he needs it and loves it, so it’s not like he lets me forget! This week was different because he had sprained his leg, so the vet put the kibosh on walking, and it was SO hot that it would have been cruel to walk the little guy. I did take him on a couple of short walks once he was feeling better, and we actually got a full 1.6 miles in today! We’ve also been taking an obedience class on Monday nights for the past five weeks, which totally exhausts him – lots of hard work! Continue reading

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A Rhine Valley Weekend

Wow, I am so far behind in my posting! I had grand plans of writing a series of posts during the flight home, and I did…for my professional blog.

Alas, the personal blogs have suffered.

So although I’d love to go into great detail about my weekend in the Rhine Valley for one of our client’s weddings, my mind is a sieve these days, and I can’t recall all of the lovely moments. Instead, I’ll share with you the links to some of my photos:

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Spring has Sprung!

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted, I know, and admittedly, I’m not back to running.

I’ll get there, I know I will.

It turned out that I did have bronchitis, and it seems to take me longer and longer to get over it each time (I guess that’s not surprising). But with spring being in the air, I have felt a bit of cabin fever lately, so I have been working out…more on that in a minute.

As I mentioned in my last post, I joined Weight Watchers. I’d finally decided that I’d had enough of the scale going up, and that I needed to do something about it. And I have to say, the points system works really well for me! I’ve lost just over ten pounds since I started, which I’m very excited about.  I have a bunch more to lose, but I’m trying to look at it in small increments so I don’t get overwhelmed. And there are days (and weeks actually), that I don’t eat particularly well, but I’m mostly sticking within my points, and still losing, even if it’s just a half a pound here and there. So I’m on the right track! Continue reading

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The Washing Machine Works!

I feel like I left you all hanging after my daily updates on my washing machine saga. Work has been crazy busy, and combined with cleaning, planning and doing a few things for the various weddings I’m attending for the rest of the year (three of them!), blogging has not been in the cards. Hopefully I can get back into the swing of things again!

So the short version of my story is that the washing machine is finally fixed.

The parts finally came in, and I got a call from the repair company. When they wanted to schedule an appointment, I told them that I wanted the same guy as the last appointment, since he seemed to be the only one who knew what he was doing. Fortunately, that worked out. Continue reading

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The Saga Continues…

I’d like to say that since I was finally home (and relatively illness free) this weekend that I got a ton done around the house…but I’d be lying. After a long week at work, and all of the travel and sleeplessness, insomnia, jet lag, etc. of the last month, I was just plum exhausted. So yesterday was officially a lazy day – I decided that if I woke up and the weather was bad, I’d just be couchbound – and when I woke up, it was 45 and rainy.

Perfect inside weather!

Now, there is plenty I could do inside, and with all the spring-like weather lately, I should be working on some spring cleaning. But instead, I watched my DVR’d shows, took a nice long nap, and worked on some crochet projects. Today was more of the same, although I did get motivated enough to vacuum the whole house, and steam clean the first floor, as well as take all the garbage/recycling outside. Continue reading

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And it’s No Longer Funny…

Surprisingly, my washing machine saga is NOT concluded today.

The repairman showed up at 8:20 (which I wasn’t expecting), and after a few minutes of tinkering declared that the washing machine had been repaired.

He came in with the timer, and after he left, I noticed that the timer in the box that he left behind looked awfully new. Hmm.

He also said to me “I’m surprised this wasn’t done already.” And I explained about the wrong timer being ordered – I think he was just trying to cover himself by pretending he didn’t know about that. I let it go. Continue reading

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The Never-ending Washing Machine Saga

This has been one crazy month. I flew over 32,000 miles in 34 days, in 10 flights.

Needless to say, I’m EXHAUSTED.

I’m finally home for more than five minutes, and yet, my washing machine saga continues. When I last left you, the part for my washing machine was on order, and I was hopeful that I could get everything taken care of in between my travels. Despite feeling like total garbage after my first trip (the London-Italy-KL trip), I had to spend about six hours at my parents’ house doing laundry. It’s not as bad as it sounds, because they have a comfortable couch, so I set myself up with my laptop and the tv, and realized I didn’t have nudgy puppies bugging me like at home. So it was actually fairly restful.

But three weeks’ worth of laundry, which included virtually everything I own, meant that things were air drying everywhere. I left it all there late that night, and returned the following day to pick it up. Originally, my mom was supposed to be coming to my house to watch the pups, so I figured that she could be on hand to let the washing machine repairman in, so that everything would be right as rain when I returned from trip #2 to Dallas. Continue reading

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Our Final Day in Kuala Lumpur – Betel Leaf, the Royal Palace, Batiks and Ciao Ristorante

The Royal PalaceI was feeling quite sick again and had spent the whole morning coughing up a storm – my flu/cold had morphed into what feels like the beginnings, if not the onset, of bronchitis. I was exhausted and not sure how I would survive lunch and another tour without passing out.

But lunch managed to revive me! Our guide had told us how Indians use spices to clean the alimentary canal and improve health, and following a fairly spicy lunch of papadams and various chutneys, along with rice and chicken curry, I actually started to feel much better. It really was uncanny.

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A Day in Kuala Lumpur – Batu Caves, Royal Selangor, and Carcosa Seri Negara

The owner of Royal Selangor
Everything was delicious (I had a special non-seafood menu – that would be a theme throughout the conference), but by the end of the meal, we were all stuffed. And running almost an hour behind schedule.

We agreed to cut out one of the afternoon activities, but I was unwilling to push the dinner back – it was already set for 8pm, and we had more than a few jet lagged delegates.

Finally, we got on our way and first headed to the Royal Selangor Pewter factory. Kuala Lumpur is known for their pewter, and our guide filled the spaces between stops with a stream of consciousness soliloquy about every tiny detail he’d ever heard about Kuala Lumpur. Some of it I remember and will share with you, but my brain certainly reached a saturation point fairly quickly.

We did learn that although making pewter seems like a very repetitive, menial type of job, those who do it are considered artisans and are paid as such. It’s also a job that is handed down through generations – those who come from pewter artisans are given the first opportunity to become artisans themselves.
The other thing that I remember is that our guide said that pewter is often given as a wedding gift in Kuala Lumpur. It’s called a “seven generations” gift, because it is seen to be so meaningful that it will be passed down through the family’s generations. Since I’m headed to an engagement party next weekend, I’ll be bringing them some pewter and sharing the story. Continue reading

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The Washing Machine Saga Continues…

So, as much as I wanted to put off dealing with my leaking washing machine, I decided to go ahead with contacting a repairman. I brought the bronchitis back with me from my trip, and have been steadily feeling worse, instead of better. So I had high hopes that I’d call the repairman, he’d immediately fix the washing machine, and I’d be able to do the loads upon loads of laundry that I brought back from my trip…in advance of the next trip I have. On Tuesday. Ugh.

But anyway.

I have a Maytag stackable washer/dryer. So while I pictured the Maytag man of the commercials (who never has to work because the machines are so well made), it occurred to me that I should go through them to get the machine serviced. And that was the easy part – I logged into their website, found the section I needed, plugged in my model and serial number and scheduled an appointment. Continue reading