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Monday, July 26, 2010

I remember this week's song well, but apparently it's pretty obscure. Hmm, I had thought that Stevie Wonder and obscure couldn't possibly be thought of in the same sentence.

So. Tomorrow is our big, honkin' TEDxBoston event. I am excited and a little nervous. I am perfectly fine talking to large crowds but that confidence stems from knowing my material and I wish I knew the material better. We are going to work on the whole thing tonight, and during today I am going to read the manual (RTFM) again. And I will blog. And write the company newsletter. And set up catering. And a billion other things, too.

Everyone has gotten into the act, which is truly fun to see. I was at the Worcester Lab on Wednesday and one of the guys' girlfriends was putting together robotic arms. Well, actually, she was filing down rough edges. So another girlfriend, and I, started to help her. These were plastic edges that were a bit uneven because the laser cutter (yes, we use one of those) was a tad dirty. It's the three of us, sitting there, filing away, when one girlfriend asks the other: do you have a heavier file? Sure, she says, and pulls out a thin file. From the back of her hairdo.

It was sort of like some wacky steampunk idea of cottage industry. I half expected someone to hand me a loom and tell me to start weaving. The guys, on the other hand, were talking about the production run, talking about the brochures we're going to hand out, etc. I flitted between the two groups.

My husband has even helped out -- he is an AutoCADD Designer and we needed a blueprint, so he spent four hours this weekend (he did not mind -- he is one truly awesome fellow) drawing a basic house plan.

But it's been a lot of driving (round-trip, Worcester is 3 hours) and so, naturally, this is all dominating my life. I am okay with it being that dominant -- it should be! But I am not the Spring chicken I keep telling myself I am. Copious naps and cups of coffee, interspersed, have helped tremendously.

I also had a phone screen last week, for the company that's courting me. I passed and now it's on to ... another phone screen. In a way, that's good, as I just don't have the time to deal right now. This week is taken over, with the before, the during and the after.

Oh and I am flirting (although I gained about a half a pound this week -- blame TOM, there's another thing for me to be dealing with right now) with 173.

Why is the mark of 173 lbs. so important?

Because that's half of what I originally weighed.

Yep, really. I don't know if it will happen this week -- I will try to keep the eating good but it just might not happen. I will forgive myself if it is imperfect. C'est la vie. But it is definitely within reach, which is rather exciting. My current minigoal is 170 but that's not the ultimate goal, which remains 146. But hitting 173, perhaps in mid-August, would be awfully sweet. Thank you -- ALL of you -- for everything you've done to get me to where I am today. I truly appreciate it.

One last thing -- if you want to see me in action tomorrow, we are actually webcasting. We're all wearing company shirts (and the gals are all wearing black skirts), but I am unmistakable as I'm the only blonde.

I am ready for my close up now.
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  • MUSIC66
    thats great
    3665 days ago
    You rock girl!! I want to be 1/2 my size too~
    3665 days ago
    Wait, WAIT! Your half your size! WaHOO for you!! And wait a gosh-darn minute! Stevie Wonder's "Dont Worry 'Bout a Thing" is obscure? I'm pretty sure it was considered a hit where I grew up outside of Philly.

    Just one more "thing" - GOOD LUCK tomorrow! :)
    3665 days ago
  • ERIN1022
    Oh my goodness, you're almost half your size?? That's awesome! Woohoo!
    3665 days ago
    LOVE it that you have so many exciting things going on, yet being healthy is still a top prority. That's what the spark life is all about! Thanks for being such an encouragement!
    3665 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4749243
    If 173 is half of what you originally weighed, you were one big baby!

    Glad things are going so well, if hectically, for you!

    Best of luck, break a leg, etc., etc.
    3665 days ago
    Sounds like you are having a blast.

    And WAIT... WAIT one freaking minute. You can't be flirting with 173... because I'm 175 and working on getting to 173 as MY next mini goal.

    Oooohh... the green eyed monster is lurking!

    emoticon (ok he's not green...)
    3665 days ago
    I'm so PROUD of you! Happy for you! Enjoy tomorrow and let me know when I can send you a double hug for half-a-Janet! :)
    I'll try to catch the webcast if I can!
    3665 days ago
    Wow! This all sounds so exciting for you and for the new company you're working for! I hope it goes well!

    And, congratulations on being so close to being only half your starting weight! I know you'll get there soon!

    Your enthusiasm is contagious! Keep up the good work! emoticon

    - Karen
    3666 days ago
    I didn't remember the first part of the song but after a few seconds I did. I checked out the other link and i don't think your name was anywhere.I thought you deserved some credit for all your hard work.maybe I just missed it.
    You have sure been busy. I have no doubt you will get to your goal. Find some "you" time
    3666 days ago
    You're awesome skinny! You'll do excellent tomorrow. There isn't anything you can't do. Remember to imagine it all in your mind before you do it.
    3666 days ago
  • 250STRONG
    WOO freakin' HOO!
    3666 days ago
    I remember the song, too.

    How awesome is it that you are nearly at half your original weight. You should be jumping up and down. Amazing. Be sure to let us know when you get there!

    Have fun and good luck tomorrow! I will try to check out your webcast. I will be in our NYC office tomorrow, where I typically have to scrounge around the very "open" seating plan for a place to I never know who might be looking over my shoulder.

    Finally, the heat wave is over!! Enjoy today!
    3666 days ago
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