Wednesday, October 31, 2007
About 10:10 (the show opens at 11:00), I force Krishan to leave so we can change (we are suposed to be training at 10:30. We have hooked up the Microsoft booth, and all is good there. We practically run to the hotel. We are walking so fast that my legs are aching pretty badly. I frantically change, and then I knock on Krishan's door. What????? What do you mean you aren't ready??? I am the girl and even have on make up!!! For the love of God....
After waiting for Ms. Krishan to get ready, we hurry back to the convention. We make it around 10:38. Not sure why I panicked as THERE IS NOBODY THERE FOR US TO TRAIN. Lovely. At that point, we realize that we will just need to work the booth, all the time.
As the booth opens, one of the sponsors is very upset that their name isn't on the booth. He berates them, and they bring a stencil there a few hours later to add the name. :) All is good.
The first day of the show was VERY busy. We survive the show opening. Whew...
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Krishan and I went to the booth in the afternoon with many computers in tow. We have a bit of a panic attack as the booth is not even remotely close to being ready to test with computers. However, the first Microsoft representatives are there so we go through the quiz. We were super proud of our configuration of the Kiosk functionality to capture the Internet Safety Quiz information. I am not sure that everyone really got to understand that at the show, but it is pretty cool that we could easily change the kiosk to be this quiz instead of a patient intake session. Of course, there were a few issues with it (like people not realizing that they needed to scroll down) that we fixed along the way.
We are very hungry by 8 or so and the booth still isn't ready for testing. So, we go eat across the street at Chevy's. It was pretty good, but they forgot Dr. Alexander's dinner!!!! We went back to the Microsoft booth after dinner to make sure that the kiosk quiz was working well with the computers. Worked perfectly! This turned out to be the smartest decision of the trip because the next morning was complete chaos. :) We got to work with Pete, Tiffany, and Adrianne at the the Microsoft booth. They were wonderful to work with, and we really enjoyed talking to them. Unfortunately, they had to deal with some doctors who were less than honest and tried to scam them for extra copies of Vista. They were kind enough to give away Vista Ultimate to the doctors who received some internet safety education.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
So, in typical Bond travel fashion, we weren't all on the same flight (Mark was on his own flight) and I was in the middle seat. I am not sure what I did to get on the bad travel list, but I am ALWAYS booked in a middle seat. Thankfully, Lisa was on this flight and graciously volunteered to 1. Sit next to Travis and 2. Sit in the middle seat that was next to Travis. :)
We arrive around 10pm and take the extremely long trip to the rental car place at the San Francisco Airport (SFO). Lisa and I FINALLY get the car. She had reserved a car that would seat 7 people. The lady at the counter tells us that we are "extremely lucky" that they have one. We get to the car, and it must be a 7 seater technically, but it was rather small. Lisa and I giggle at how lucky we are. We drive around to pick up the boys. They have enough luggage and boxes for at least 15 people. Of course, they aren't even appreciative of our sacrificial journey to get the car and start complaining immediately about how long it took. Next time, Lisa and I will hit a bar first. :)
We use the navigator on my phone to get to the hotels (we have people in two hotels). Mark, Krishan, and I wander down the street and end up at a Jack in the Box around midnight. It was rather scary with homeless people galore. It didn't stop us from getting some grease though. :)
Monday, October 22, 2007
Step class was fun, but I like the Saturday and Thursday classes better. Not sure why exactly, but I just do. It was still fun though. According to my Polar F4, I burned 444 calories in the class (I was late and missed the first 10 min). It says I burned 339 calories in the Couch 2 5k program. I used the podcast found here today. It tells you when to run and walk, so it makes it a little easier to follow. I wasn't sure I would like the electric music sound in it, but I actually did and bopped right along. I was surprised how fast it went (wonder if I will be saying that in a few weeks!). Anyway, I feel so good. I am SO glad that I decided to start Weight Watchers and to start exercising. So far today, I have used 19 points. I just might have some popcorn in a few minutes (only 2 points!). I found the Orville Redenbacher Natural Buttery salt and black pepper variety. It is very different, but it is very good.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
My Vols suck. There is no other way to put it. In some ways, I am happy as I think Fulmer will be gone after this year. As I have said before, I have nothing against Fulmer. I have always enjoyed having him as our coach. I just think we need a new one - fresh blood. I was a little nervous after the Georgia game that he might have earned another year. However, I think the BEATING inflicted by Alabama will seal his fate.
Saturday night was Casino night for the Florida Wildcats as a fundraiser. It was SO much fun. It started at 7 and ended at midnight. The gambling began at 7:30 (although, one of the "dealers" told us that they have to use the smaller tables or the state considers it gambling. I thought that was hysterical. It isn't gambling as long as it is a smaller table!). We all got $15,000 in play money to gamble with. The tickets were $25 a piece, bu they included this play money and dinner. We knew there was a cash bar, but as we get there, they are collecting money for a drink bracelet. It turned out that it was $10 for all you can drink (alcohol as well!). What a pleasant surprise. So, we started out by getting some dinner. The food was really good, but it was a little hard to figure out how many points I was using. I had saved my weekly "extra" Flex points for this night, so I figured it would be hard to mess up. We played Roulette first. Mike did really well there, but I didn't. I see that my friend Rachel is playing craps, and the table seems to be the rowdiest. So, of course, I have to join that table. :) We have a blast playing craps, laughing, and drinking. Rachel is looking hot. We used to live across the street from her, but I never got to know her that well. Mark said that she is just like me when we drink. Scary, I know. Of course, I loved it and had so much fun. Mike said that with kids in football, baseball, softball, and cheer, it is definitely the cheer parents who know how to party! I would agree. From monthly happy hour gatherings to Casino night, this gym is definitely social!
Afterward, we went to Primetime. We went there to help Jason (one of Morgan's coaches) celebrate his birthday. Somehow, we didn't see Mark and some other people from the gym. Oops. Mike said I snored the whole way home. I say it is a payback for every night he is here (which despite what he says is only around 8 - 10 nights a month. He will try to sell you on this only gone 10 nights a month stuff but just know I am right).
By the way, if anyone wants to sponsor Morgan, please email me!!!
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Work is crazy busy as we have project cut off on Monday and code cutoff the following Monday. I leave for the AAP show next Thursday and return on the following Tuesday. It is in San Fransciso. We are doing the Pediatric Challenge on Saturday, and the rest of the time I will be helping with he Pediatric Office of the Future exhibit. Bond was picked as the EHR for the exhibit, and we will be showing it off Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. It is a lot of work preparing for these kinds of things. It is always more work than you think it is. The month of November is also a record setting month for Implementation. Wow, we are going to be BUSY.
I have done well with Weight Watchers. I love the points. It is kind of like a game. For example, the chick-fil-a fried sandwhich is 3 points more than the grilled. Is it worth it? I am saving my flex points for this Saturday when Morgan's gym has Casino night. I can't wait to practice for our Vegas trip in November (my birthday AND Thanksgiving. :)
With any luck, my bad luck streak will end. It would be nice just to have a "normal" week. :) Terri says Saturn doesn't move until December. I sure hope that is not the issue because I don't think I can take it for that long.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Washing her hair in the sink was NOT fun. :)
Of course, Morgan is just worried about cheer and when she can get back into it. The doctor said that if she did her arm exercises (She is to take it out at home and do exercises every day) that she would get back faster. She is really into those exercises! It was funny though when the doctor said exercises, Morgan got this look on her face. She thought she meant like EXERCISES like jumping jacks and push-ups. It was hysterical. :)
Thanks FAWN for helping us.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Mike's procedure went well today. Of course, he was out of control at the hospital. He had the nurses in stitches. Apparently, he thought he was in New Orleans with one of his clients, and the staff had a good time teasing him after. Then, he was a nurse's worst nightmare by trying to make his vital signs change. For example, he would breathe in and out really fast to mess with the respirations and try to get his heart rate down really low. Thankfully, he had nice nurses. :)
They told him to start with something easy like soup and crackers. So, we stopped at Boston Market to get some soup. I cracked up when he orderd the spicy chicken soup. So much for taking it easy. :)
He seemed to have minimal pain, so I didn't even get to torment him with the "It's only pain" line. Oh well. I am thankful that it went well and is over. Results should be back in 3 - 5 days.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Mike and I both drove to the gym in case they needed extra drivers, but there were plenty of drivers. I told Mike he could go, but he said that he would rather watch the game on TV. Carrie and Tresta rode with me, so it was fun to have adults around. :) We parked at HCC (which I learned is Hillsborough Community College). About halfway there, I learned that Denise and Mara were following me. LOL I had no idea what HCC was. :) Glad that it was close to the stadium and on the map.
We ride in a bus over to Dock C where we stand in the sun and wait. Of course, there is no restroom and all of us (kids included) need to find one at this point. The kids practice, and the adults talk. Sometime after 2:00, they open the gate. This MEAN lady in pink starts yelling at us. She is mean to us and mean to the kids. We can't figure out why she is mean, but we try to do as she says and stand against the wall. Then, they realize that the Wildcats should be at the front since they go on first. So, the parents go up to be next to the kids. Mrs. Pink is NOT happy. She asks, "Did you just come up to the front of the line? I told you to stand there and that all of you will get to see your kids." My new friend Tresta holds her hands up and says, "I can't understand a thing you are saying." Of course, we could hear her, but it sent the message. She finally left us alone.
They took us onto the field a few minutes before the game was over. That was pretty cool. I haven't ever been on a pro field before during a game, so it was neat. With about 1 minute to go in the half, they started walking us around the field. The Bucs players started running to their tunnel as we were rounding the corner. Carrie started taking pictures, but the pink ladies didn't like that. They quickly steered her toward the sideline. :) We got to kneel down at the 20 yard line. The kids came running out onto the field. They looked so cute. They did the routine well. I know you are wondering what in the world Morgan does with her arm in a sling. :) She was a front spot and did some cute poses. It was very nice that they included her even after she got hurt. She was pretty bummed that she didn't get to tumble, but she had fun anyway.
After the game, we rode the bus back to "the HCC." We dropped our passengers off and headed to Borders (I can't WAIT until the bookstore (is it Border's?) opens in Wesley Chapel. Morgan got 3 Series of Unfortunate Events books. She is on #8. Then, we met Mara, Denise, Craig, and Damain at Beef O Brady's. The kids had fun playing, and the adults had fun talking. It was Mara's birthday (29 I think). Happy Birthday Mara!
What a nice Sunday. Beautiful day. Fun events. Family time. Can't beat it. :)
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
In the afternoon, I get a call from Morgan asking when I would be at the gym. I told her that it would be about 45 mins. About 30 mins later, she calls again and is hysterical. She says that she tripped and fell on her arm again. UGH. I rush off to the gym, and she is laughing and having a grand ol time. So, I guess that was just a momentary thing or she just wanted me there.Gotta love it. I couldn't even be too mad as I was so happy that she was ok.
Her homework is usually done when I ger her, but not today. She can't write with her right arm, so she needed help. UGH....Thankfully, it wasn't too bad and didn't take too long. :) I wonder how many adults would pass the homework?:)
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
We called Uncle Mark, and he helped us find that Night Owl Pediatrics was open. So, we go there. She tells me to fill out the paperwork and they will be "right with us." Since the waiting room was empty, I actually thought it would be fast. An hour later, we get to go back. Morgan started to be shy when they asked her how she did it, but she came out of her shell nicely and answered. :) The doc couldn't tell if the arm was broken yet, and he advised that we get it X-rayed again or see an Orthopedic if it isn't better by the end of the week or Monday. They wrapped it and put it into a sling. She is doing pretty well with the sling now that she realizes that a sling doesn't mean that Mommy does everything for her. :)
Monday, October 8, 2007
At work, we have a no-slip ship date of 11/15 for the next release. No matter what, we have to ship by that date. So, we are frantically trying to push for a code cutoff of 10/29. It will be a challenge for sure, but I know the amazing dev team can pull it off. :)
After work, I went to my second step aerobics class. I learned that it is a Les Mills areobics class. Apparently, it is a program that instructors can follow to provide a challenging and consistent routine regardless of instructor. It was definitely challenging. :) I am looking forward to Thursdays class. I weighed today and lost 3 more pounds. 6,5 lbs down. :)
I am trying to decide whether to see Sicko. I keep seeing articles about it and hearing comments, and I am actually very interested in it since I work in healthcare. However, I can't stand the idea of even acknowledging Moore's work.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
My Volunteers woke up from their death bed and kicked some Georgia butt! Chris kept calling UGA a pitbull, and we kept laughing and calling them the Georgia Pitbulls. I wanted to be able to call Mark and laugh about it with him, but we have an unspoken rule that we don't call each other until the losing team person calls. Makes life easier. :) It is always hard when family teams play. I don't know where this Tennessee team has been, but they had great defense, good special teams, solid offense. Amazing. They even blocked a kick!!!!! I can't remember the last blocked kick. GO VOLS! This officially puts UT ahead of UF in the SEC East. At least that should make these Gators quiet around here. :)
I have done ok on the diet over the weekend - no cheating! I did notice that my fingers are smaller and my rings come off easily now. Why is it that the fingers are always the first part to lose weight? I think fingers could have been last on my list. :) I keep feeling very cold all the time. Not sure what is going on, but I feel like I have a fever but I don't. Today, I got my haircut for the first time in MONTHS. I can't believe how long my hair had gotten. I don't think it has ever been that long. She did a good job though, and it feels a lot better.
Friday, October 5, 2007
1. How easy it is to sign up - I think the Live ID requirement may deter a lot of people.
2. How secure people feel it is - I am not sure I think patients will put accurate information (who is going to put anti-depressants and STD's in the PHR?)
3. How easy it is for EHR's and other Portals to update the information. I don't think you can really rely on patient entered information for accuracy.
4. How easy it is to tell someone how to "break the ice" in case of emergency (ICE). This goes back to the security feeling as well. How long is access provided? Is everything available? Is the information easy to find for the person during the emergency? (nobody is going to spend time looking around. If the information isn't found quickly, it will be dismissed).
5. How popular it is with your friends. I think this is something that will be pushed by friends and neighbors if it is going to take hold. It needs to be "cool"
I am very glad that Microsoft and Google (and Aetna who apparently had their feelings hurt that the world paid attention to Microsoft and Google when they talked PHR but did not pay attention when Aetna did the same) are actually pushing the topic. We need to figure out some easy way for patients to have access to their information and for that information to be shared with others.
The other really interesting part of this is that Microsoft seems to be trying to create universal connection to medical devices. Imagine the quality of care if all patient's could easily have their blood pressure, glucose, or heart monitor values uploaded automatically. The dream has been there for years. It looks like Microsoft is going for it. As we say at Bond, It isn't smart to bet against Bill.
Amy - smoke free for Four Months, Three Days, 6 Hours and 47 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 10 Days and 10 Hours, by avoiding the use of 3007 cigs that would have cost me $513.80. I spent $212 on patches. As I was typing this, I found a web version that will count it. See the sidebar.
On Tuesday, my counter displayed a big pop-up message telling me it had been 4 months. When I told Morgan (my biggest supporter), she said, "Oh yeah, I kind of forgot that you used to smoke." It was the best thing I have ever heard. Today, I got the pop-up of 3000 cigarettes not smoked. Unbelievable. I can definitely say that quitting smoking was the hardest thing I have ever done. I think about it now, and that seems so weird. But, let's remember that I was literally crying even after weeks of not smoking. What a hold that drug can have on you.
Now that the 4 month mark has come, I have started my diet. Yes, the Amy 2007 self-improvement process is on the second phase. I started on Tuesday, and I seem to have lost 3.5 pounds from Tuesday to Friday. Not bad...:) I found this salad dressing at the store that promotes itself as 0 calories, 0 fat, 0 sodium. Not sure I really buy that, but it is interesting. Now, if only scientists could make EVERY food (well, at least the good ones) 0 calories. :) Currently, I am eating 1 fruit, 1 vegetable, 1 protein, and 1 starch 3 times a day. I will do this through Sunday. Monday, I will change it up a little.
Morgan's cheer team is in full fundraising mode. Since it costs more to cheer these days than to go to college, I am thankful for any fundraising activities. I had the candy bar box at my house last week, and Morgan, Uncle Mark, and Daddy bought $31 worth. Today, Travis bought the remaining 19 and passed them out at the office. Thanks Travis!
If anyone out there wants to help sponsor her cheerleading, it is tax deductible. :) You can email me here. :)