Monday, December 28, 2009

Endings and Beginnings....


My trainer Sharon and her family are moving out of the country next month.

What?! Huh?! What?!

I was stunned by this news. With her help I have lost 30 pounds in the past two years - nowhere near as quickly as I would have liked but it's been a total life change for me and everyday I come closer to realizing that THIS (eating healthy and working out 4-5 times a week) IS going to be my life - for the rest of my life.

She's been a wonderful friend, giving me advice and support and that ever-essential accountability.

I will miss her but I'm also very happy for this amazing opportunity she and her family have to live in another country and truly experience a different life.

But I also have a decision to make. I can switch to a new trainer - she suggested another woman who can work with my schedule (5am is AWESOME!) but I'm not obligated to continue with a trainer.

Part of me wants to try it solo for a while (the cheap part me - personal training is EXPENSIVE!) and if it doesn't work, hire a new trainer after a couple months.

Part of me KNOWS that I truly NEED the accountablility that a trainer gives me.


So I have a decision to make.

I also need to (quickly) think of a good "Thank You!" slash "Congratulations" slash "Good Luck" gift for Sharon...


Monday, December 14, 2009

Flashcab SUCKS!

So, Mike, the supervisor on duty at Flashcab on Saturday is a DICK.

I called Flashcab at 2pm (I like the idea of using a smaller, local cab company rather than the bigger corporate cab agencies - more fool me!) and ordered a cab for 3:15pm because I needed to be at the wedding early since I was an usher and didn't want to inconvenience my designated driver by making her show up hella early too.

3:15 came. And went. I called Flashcab at 3:20 to check on my cab and the dispatcher tells me that they have me down for 3:45 TOMORROW.

I lost my nut.

It wouldn't have been such a big deal if this had been the first time this happened. But Flashcab screwed me over back in August too. But I was willing to give them a second chance.

The guy who answered the phone was wholly unhelpful. He just kept repeating that "we have you down for 3:45 tomorrow" - which did nothing to help my current situation.

Then he transfers me to "Mike" the supervisor. Mike is a dick. Not only did he NOT apologize for the mistake but he said, "well, it's not like we're forty-five minutes late or something" and then, when I asked him if he was going to apologize said, "I already did."

And, when I told him that he would be losing my business forever - and I'd be telling all my friends - and he said, with utter unconcern: "OK"

What a dick.

So. Don't use Flashcab. They suck.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Happily Ever After...

Today my very very dear friend D is getting married.

D is one of those truly GOOD guys. The guy who will come pick you up (in his pajamas) at 2am from the Walgreens parking lot when you've got a flat tire. The guy who will replace the keyboard on your laptop in ten minutes and refuse to accept any money even though he's been unemployed for three months. The guy who will clean out the grease pan on the communal grill at your condo building after it catches fire for the third time. The guy who will lie and tell you that you have "dainty little 'girl' snores" after you pass out on his couch on New Years Eve.

He's the guy who wears his heart on his sleeve and is always happy to do whatever others want to do. The one who loves to cook but can't load the dishwasher to save his life. The one who tells his girlfriend that two cats are the absolute limit but falls unequivocally in love with the kitten she brings home - near starved and dehydrated - from the CTA platform.

I'm so very very happy that he has found his match - a sweet, pretty, smart, slightly odd (OK - *really* odd - but in an endearing way!) girl who will balance his neuroses, keep him from getting too serious, try his patience, challenge his mind, race his heart, and settle his soul.

I have been to many weddings. But this is one that I am 100% happy about.

You have a wonderful wonderful life ahead of you, and I am honored and touched to be a part of it!

All my best wishes as you take this next step toward your own Happily Ever After!!!