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Dave was channel flipping like men do.

if you happen across the Martian Child on TV. Watch it.

I didn't want to but was glad that I did.
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5 Things That Make You Wonder: "Is This Work or High School?"
By Robert Half International

Bullies. Gossip. Homework.

High school could be a distant memory, but you may be surprised to learn that not all aspects of your academic experience are behind you. In fact, many of the same challenges you faced then -- standing up to those pesky bullies, for example -- exist in the workplace, too. The good news is that the same approaches you took then to overcome these obstacles can come in handy today.

Here are some situations that may cause you to wonder if you're at the office or back in sixth period, as well as advice for tackling each challenge:

Challenge No. 1: Standing up to bullies
You may have thought you left bullies behind when you donned your cap and gown, but they exist in the workplace, too. The difference is that instead of threatening to take your lunch money, office bullies may dismiss your ideas at a meeting or fail to return your calls. Though the actions are subtler, the effect is still the same: frustration and damage to your self-confidence. Instead of turning a deaf ear, stand up for yourself and let a bully know you don't appreciate how you're being treated. Often a direct approach will cause the person to back down. If the behavior continues, talk with your manager or a human resources representative about the issue.

Challenge No. 2: Dodging gossip
Fueling the rumor mill in school could have come back to haunt you if others found out you were spreading gossip. The same is true in the workplace. Gossiping about co-workers can damage relationships and harm your professional reputation. So try to stay above the fray. Instead of joining a conversation about an inappropriate topic, avoid it by excusing yourself. And if you happen to overhear some "juicy" information, keep it to yourself.

Challenge No. 3: Making friends
Friends were an essential source of support during high school, but sometimes it may have been difficult to identify kindred spirits. Forging relationships with others in the office can be equally beneficial. Workplace buddies can offer you advice for overcoming challenges, keep you informed of new projects or professional development opportunities, and cover for you when you're out of the office. The key to making friends at work: getting involved. Make sure you participate in office functions, like holiday parties and birthday lunches. These events are the perfect way to get to know your colleagues better.

Challenge No. 4: Finding a mentor
Remember the teacher or guidance counselor who pushed you to achieve your full potential? In the workplace, it pays to find someone similar. A mentor can be any person whose success and work style you admire. Approach this individual and explain that you would enjoy finding out more about the skills and techniques that have helped him or her excel. Mentors are invaluable guides in navigating workplace challenges since they've walked the road before you, and they can help you identify interests or strengths you possess but are unaware of.

Challenge No. 5: Participating in extracurricular activities
To balance the time spent in the classroom or at home huddled over a book, you may joined a club, played a sport or participated in a performing art. Keep in mind that maintaining a balance between your personal and professional obligations is still important. Continuously working long hours or taking projects home can cause burnout and lower your satisfaction for your job. Devoting time to outside hobbies or interests can not only prevent this but also enhance your skill set. For instance, doing improvisational comedy on the side can help you think on your feet. And by exploring varied activities, you'll bring unique perspectives and ideas to the workplace.

If your workplace begins to remind you of your high school, remember the strategies you used in school to overcome challenges and excel. Chances are the lessons you learned during those four formative years will still serve you well today.

Robert Half International is the world's first and largest specialized staffing firm with a global network of more than 360 offices worldwide. For more information about our professional services, please visit www.rhi.com.
Copyright 2008 Robert Half International. All rights reserved. The information contained in this article may not be published, broadcast or otherwise distributed without prior written authority.
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HP Husband

Aug. 8th, 2008 05:40 pm
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Your result for The Harry Potter Husband Test...

Mrs. Weasley Twin

Your perfect HP man is Fred and/or George Weasley.

Laughter is important to you. You want a guy who's never boring, who can always put a smile on your face, and who can pull the best of pranks and never get caught. Or possibly two such guys. Because let's face it, they're pretty much a two-fer. You get one, you get both. Even if one of them's only a friend, he'll still be around so much you'll feel like you're married to him, too. Sure, they may not seem like the most mature guys in the world, in a traditional sense, but just ask them about their business plan. When they drive you nuts by relentlessly testing their latest inventions on you, you can console youself with that huge stack of cash and dragon-leather jacket. Besides, you know you're powerless against those stereo smiles.

Take The Harry Potter Husband Test at HelloQuizzy

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I will never get to see Adam Baldwin.
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Historically Inaccurate Movies - Top 10

1.10,000 B.C.
Director Roland Emmerich is usually a stickler for realism (see: sending a computer virus via Macintosh to aliens in Independence Day). So we hate to inform him that woolly mammoths were not, in fact, used to build pyramids. Heck, woolly mammoths weren't even found in the desert. They wouldn't need to be woolly if that were the case. And there weren't any pyramids in Egypt until 2,500 B.C or so.

2. Gladiator
Emperor Commodus was not the sniveling sister-obsessed creep portrayed in the movie. A violent alcoholic, sure, but not so whiny. He ruled ably for over a decade rather than ineptly for a couple months. He also didn't kill his father, Marcus Aurelius, who actually died of chickenpox. And instead of being killed in the gladiatorial arena, he was murdered in his bathtub.

3. 300
Though this paean to ancient moral codes and modern physical training is based on the real Battle of Thermopylae, the film takes many stylistic liberties. The most obvious one being Persian king Xerxes was not an 8-foot-tall Cirque du Soleil reject. The Spartan council was made up of men over the age of 60, with no one as young as Theron (played by 37-year-old Dominic West). And the warriors of Sparta went into battle wearing bronze armor, not just leather Speedos.

4.The Last Samurai
The Japanese in the late 19th century did hire foreign advisers to modernize their army, but they were mostly French, not American. Ken Watanabe's character was based on the real Saigo Takamori who committed ritual suicide, or "seppuku," in defeat rather than in a volley of Gatling gun fire. Also, it's doubtful that a 40-something alcoholic Civil War vet, even one with great hair, would master the chopsticks much less the samurai sword.

This one movie has given entire Anthropology departments migraines. Sure the Maya did have the odd human sacrifice but not to Kulkulkan, the Sun God, and only high-ranking captives taken in battle were killed. The conquistadors arriving at the end of the film made for unlikely saviors: an estimated 90% of indigenous American population was killed by smallpox from their infected livestock.

6.Memoirs of a Geisha
The geisha coming-of-age, called "mizuage," was really more of a makeover, where she changed her hairstyle and clothes. It didn't involve her getting... intimate with a client. In the climactic scene where Sayuri wows Gion patrons with her dancing prowess, her routine - which involves some platform shoes, fake snow, and a strobe light - seems more like a Studio 54 drag show than anything in pre-war Kyoto.

Let's forget the fact that kilts weren't worn in Scotland until about 300 years after William Wallace's day and just do some simple math. According to the movie, Wallace's blue-eyed charm at the Battle of Falkirk was so overpowering, he seduced King Edward II's wife, Isabella of France, and the result of their affair was Edward III. But according to the history books, Isabella was three years old at the time of Falkirk, and Edward III was born seven years after Wallace died.

8. Elizabeth: The Golden Age
In 1585, when the movie takes place, Queen Elizabeth was 52 years old - Cate Blanchett was 36 when she shot the film - and was not being courted by suitors like Ivan the Terrible (who was dead by then). And though the movie has her rallying the troops at Tilbury astride a white steed in full armor with a sword, in fact she rode side saddle, carrying a baton. She was more of a regal majorette than Joan of Arc.

9. The Patriot
Revolutionary War figure Francis "The Swamp Fox" Marion was the basis for Mel Gibson's character, but he wasn't the forward-thinking family man they show in the flick. He was a slave owner who didn't get married (to his cousin) until after the war was over. Historians also say that he actively persecuted and murdered native Cherokees. Plus, the thrilling Battle of Guilford Court House where he vanquishes his British nemesis? In reality, the Americans lost that one.

10. 2001: A Space Odyssey
According to this film, in year 2001 we would have had manned voyages to Jupiter, a battle of wits with a sentient computer, and a quantum leap in human evolution. Instead we got the Mir Space Station falling from the sky, Windows XP, and Freddy Got Fingered. Apparently the lesson here is that sometimes it's better when the movies get the facts all wrong.
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Pretty old. I know people younger than these phones. HA HA! Too bad they can't be used as props. Mortorola Analog Phones.
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Goofing around
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I was stopped in traffic, and bored.
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Pages 1-2
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I had some extra photos, so I mad a gift book.
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Printed paper and hockey pictures = sweet.
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Tale of the Tape.

Cutie Skinny Cow

Calories 130 140
Calories from Fat 54 15
Saturated Fat 6g 0.5g
Cholesterol 0mg 1mg
Sodium 110mg 95mg
Fat 6g 1.5g
Carbs 16g 30g
Fiber 0g 3g
Sugar 9g 15g

Milk Free Nut Free
No Butterfat Low Fat
Lactose Free Kosher
Dairy Free

To answer the question. They both have their appeal to different "dieters". For those that are not lactose intolerant, skinny cow is fine. How ever I like the taste of both.
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It rocks.

I ate one to prove they tasted like crap and I have two boxes of cuties in my freezer.

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Jill's Pandora Braclet
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Here I am showing off my new Pandora Beads. I love my Pandora Bracelet. I finally have the middle section full. The only thing I can add to this section is spacer beads. Maybe around the coiled snake charm.

Thank you Dave.


Jun. 10th, 2008 08:24 pm
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I start my new job tomorrow. I am excited, scared etc.......
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dave and SI
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This is something you don't see. First it is a picture of Dave, second he is reading sports illustrated. It had a comic book cover.
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sunset and fireworks
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I wanted to share these pages. I am finally finished w/ my Disney book. Hockey and Dragon Con are NEXT on my un-employed list.
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Today was glut, upper legs and thighs day. Add a splash of Madeline hounding me not to give up and I had a great time. Right now I am so glad I have the gym. Job hunting is a sit on your a$$ job these day w/ your nose in a computer. I have enjoyed going to town everyday and doing something. Bike, Tread mill, or seeing Matt or Brian for more dedicated torture.

My first weight in, measure and second fat percentage measurement will be Tuesday. So I must eat well over the grill out holiday! Damn those no carbs 6 hours before bed. That and increasing my protein intake is killing me.

Thanks again and keep up the accountability and support.
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Photo Op Plans
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Here are the high-tech plans for the 08 DC YAL photo op. Many secrets are help on this Longhorn Steak Napkin.
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I have completed by first 3 PT sessions, legs, arm, core. I limped around a few days. In between I have been on the tread mill doing some cardio. I start my next leg session Tuesday. I have all weekend to work on my cardio by myself. I was shocked that there was one exercise I could not do. I don't know the "name" but you hang by your arms and lift your knees up (ab exercise). Absolutely could not do it. My arms were not strong enough.

Today i went to my doctor for my regular as rain 3 month sleep deprivation check up. Even b4 the gym, i was sleeping better. But since I started sleeping has been ROCKING.

The added unexpected bonus - LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE. Doc K thinks it is a combo of actually moving by butt and lower sodium foods. Plus I have been drinking a gallon and a 1/2 of water a day. Increased my lean protein intake to 100g per day. (this is very HARD for me), almost stopped drinking soda's and I am working on the coffee, but right now...i can't give up both.

Doc K also reduced my cymbalta from 60 mg to 30 mg.

This is so encouraging to me. I can't wait to get back to the gym for more.

Thanks you for all the support. Keep it up I am going to need it. It will get harder before it gets easier. I am sure.
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Many of you know that I have been a long time Weight Watcher. A stalled WW but a WW all the same. I have been considering some personal training for a while, since I have no experience exercising, I just kinda said, eh, and when on about my way.

Fate intervened not too long ago when a Gold's Gym coupon landed in my lap for free gym time and Personal Training sessions. Now, i am not silly. I know those things are meant to get you into the gym yadda yadda yadda.

This particular Gold's Gym is less than 5 mins from my job, open 24/7 and just happens to be the gym that my favorite hockey team uses. So I made some calls, sent some emails, discussed the things I was told, asked for referrals for people I met there. Once I was satisfied that I wasn't being lied to - I went for a health assessment.

The assessment was revealing to say the least. 42% body fat. Do the math, that is 90 pounds of fat. Poor Cardiovascular health was expected and achieved with flying colors. I sat down by myself and made some fitness goals. Not just a weight and/or size but things like defined arms, less stomach, less butt, beater heart health.

I have had two of my four free PT sessions and I am barley able to walk. I did purchase 16 sessions w/ a PT and signed up for the gym, so I can get unlimited tanning, body pump and spin classes. I have set some pretty high goals for myself.

Here is me trying to stay accountable.

New Ink

Apr. 30th, 2008 10:07 pm
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Nothing cheers one up like a little body modification.
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