First off, apologies to those who have been wondering where I am. I'm here, just not feeling very bloggy. I haven't even been reading blogs for the last several days because I just haven't felt like it.
For those who have been following the Blogger Fit Club competition, I have been weighing myself weekly, I just haven't posted in a couple of weeks because I keep forgetting. Last week and this week were the same - 210 pounds. Hubby has also been stable; not losing, but not gaining either. We haven't been working out - mostly because we are night people and just haven't forced ourselves to go to bed early enough to make getting up before 5:00 AM remotely possible, much less palatable. Once I get out of the habit it is sooooo hard to get back into it. And early mornings are the only time that will work reasonably well for us, schedule-wise. Sigh.
Work is rolling right along, busy and at times chaotic. I am starting to feel very burned out, and was really looking forward to taking a full week off for Thanksgiving but my supervisor nixed that idea last week. I will be able to take an extra day off beyond the two holiday days we get for Thanksgiving, which will let us be on the road early Wednesday to visit mom-in-law in LA instead of having to drive at night on packed freeways, or roll out early on the morning of Thanksgiving to be there by lunchtime. My next scheduled vacation after that is for Christmas to fly out and see my mom in Illinois - that will be a nice long break, and I'm sure the boss would have cut that too if I hadn't already bought non-refundable airline tickets. My determination to get our finances squared away and quit working full-time grows on a daily basis. Right now I'm shooting for March 31st. If that doesn't work, June 30th is my backup date. One has to have goals, after all.
Something I've had on my mind for a couple of weeks, but kept forgetting to write about... A few weeks ago, Conan O'Brien had U2 as his guest on Late Night for the entire show - musical guest as well as interviews. Hubby and I taped the episode, because even as night people we can't usually stay up on weeknights to watch Conan. Yes, I said "taped". We are among the stone age people who do not yet have a DVR. We don't watch enough TV and don't care about enough programs to make it worth the expense. Anyway we watched the tape a week or so later, and were very impressed. We have both been huge U2 fans for years and years anyway, but this appearance was so very cool. A lot of people criticize Bono for being a "pretentious" rock star activist type. I didn't get pretentious from him at all. He came across as passionate, earnest, and non-critical. I love the fact that he refuses to bash President Bush or the United States in general for not doing everything some people think we should be doing for the rest of the world. He acclaims every little step as progress and acknowledges generosity wherever he sees it. He refuses to play politics with his campaign against poverty - he will meet with anyone of any political stripe who is willing to listen and help, including Senator Jesse Helms. He is well-spoken and thoughtful. And he makes darn good music.
Shortly after I started this blog, one of the bloggers I read was trying to help a blogger friend of hers to start a meme. It never really got off the ground as far as I could tell, but I thought it was a great idea. The premise was that you were going to have a dinner party and only 12 people could attend, yourself included... only one person could be someone you actually know, and all participants had to be alive today. Who would you invite and why? One of my picks was Bono. If I made my selections all over again today, he'd still be on the list. Go read my original post, and tell me - who would you choose?