Wednesdays are for humping

Why not?  Virginia is for lovers.  Can you imagine the ruckus on Wednesdays in Virginia?

I haven't much to say about this week.  I started my gym regimen on Monday and that was good.  An abs and ass class that has left me sore two days later.  Bonus that there was only one other person in the class other than the instructor.  Tuesday evening was yoga.  It's an intro class that goes into the names of poses, some background, and some actual poses.  It's kind of slow moving, but it's okay since I'm still learning some stuff.

As if that weren't enough, this morning I had another yoga class (different place) where I was the only student.  Completely awesome as I got personalized instruction on getting my poses just right.  I think we did some more advanced poses.  And I really need to work on my balance.  Even though the instructor was "assisting" me at points, I still almost knocked her over when I was doing Utthita Hasta Padangustasana.  I'm no yoga expert, but I would imagine that this isn't something that you ask someone to do who has been to yoga a few times.  At any rate, it was an excellent class and the same teacher runs the Friday Pilates class so I'm happy about that.

Tomorrow morning I have my first of two personal training sessions.  I need a set circuit routine for the days I hit the gym and am not taking a class.  I'm making it easy for the guy.

I'll be ending the week with the aforementioned Pilates class and I may take off Saturday and Sunday, but that remains to be seen.

SIGH.  Could someone please tell me how I could justify shelling out more cash to obtain certification in personal training?  I'm already in a Bachelor's program and it isn't as though I don't plan on finishing it, I just enjoy the exercise and making people sweat a little more than I do the computer.  People are always wanting to get in shape, right?  I guess that goes on the back burner for now.

I've said a lot for someone with nothing to say.  I hope that this week either starts to or continues to treat you all right.  have a good one!

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The Thursday that is Friday

And why is that?  Because I'm taking the day off tomorrow.  You know why?  Cuz I can.  It's our pseudo-celebration of finishing this friggin Associates degree.  And now that I've had a week off, I really must jump back into studying.  Even my horoscope says so!

Money which you may have been working to earn for a long time may finally come your way today, MiamiShyner. Don't be surprised, however, if you have to do a lot of running around in order to get it! Plans for future moneymaking projects may come your way, though it is important to remember to consider everything carefully and not jump in too quickly. This is an excellent time to start learning a new moneymaking skill. Go for it!

First sentence: I have my annual review today.  I technically got promoted about six months ago without the pay raise to go with it.  I'm hoping this means that I'll actually be getting a raise. 

Second sentence: I've been running around for the last six months.

Third sentence: I don't know yet.  Maybe something REALLY interesting will come up today. (btw, keep your fingers crossed for good juju at 10:30am EST please)

Last sentence: Go forth and LEARN!  PHP is first, then I think I'll try to tackle some SQL.  If you could see my bookshelf you'd think I'm a computer programming genius, but alas, I am not.  I really gotta get moving on being more proficient in at least one area.

It's self-portrait Thursday, so here's a picture of me because I think I'm cute today.



Have a great day everyone!!

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6/30 – Nervous trainwreck

Typically, when something is bothering me or weighing heavily on my mind, I tend to share it with you and it usually helps so I'm going to try it again now.

I've had this surgery scheduled for over a month now and I've been fine with it.  Until a couple of hours ago.  I'm not saying that I'm going to back out, or that I'm scared, per se, but nervous is really starting to creep up on me.  Seriously.  To the point of clock watching and saying "Is it 10pm yet so I can take an Ambien and go to sleep?!?!"

My heart's beating a little faster than usual today and my tummy is a little grumblier than usual too.

….OMG SERIOUSLY…if this lady doesn't stop cutting her nails at work, I'm going to have to donkey punch her!…..

All of the people at the facility are super nice, as is the doctor.  He's been at this a while, so it isn't as though I think he doesn't know what he's doing.  He's got good stats and I know someone that's visited him.

It isn't as though I think I'm going to die on the table.  Because that's irrational.  I'm healthy and too stubborn to die..yet.  Okay, maybe it did cross my mind.  Along with the thought of getting cut open and steam hissing out or an alien jumping out too, so we don't really give that one much thought.

I've got more support than a (insert your own analogy here…I couldn't think of something that wouldn't offend somebody).  MommaShyner, BruddaShyner, Lovey, Kiddo, Roboco, they're all behind me.

I should have asked for a Valium, but I probably wouldn't have made it to work today.

I'm still waiting for them to call to confirm my arrival time.  And like Tom Petty said, "The waiting is the haaaardeeeeeeeeest paaaart."

I'm starting to feel a little better.

Maybe it's because this is my first surgery, sorta.  I don't count having my wisdom teeth out although they did knock me out for that.  I've never been sliced.

Wisdom of BruddaShyner regarding possible pain: Hey, you pooped out a kid, it can't be worse than that.

Yep, he said POOPED out a kid.  Gotta love that guy.

HAHA, I have homework to do also.  Fortunately, I've done well throughout the rest of the class and I don't have to put forth a full effort to get an A and I can really provide a half-assed effort and still get a B.  I could not participate at all and still get a C.  Not that I would do that because that's just wrong.  Even though one of the classes is Computers for Those Without Opposable Thumbs.  Honestly, it's painfully silly.  Forcing me to turn in a project that must be created in WordPad…you do the math.

Oh, feeling a little better still.

I got to do some shopping, and that's always cool.  Did I mention it?  I don't recall.  One suit, one skirt, three or four blouses…$108.  Hell yes bargain shopper.

Really, I just want to fast forward to being healed up enough to get back to my circus workouts.

Would you like a Starburst?  BINGO!  Two strawberry ones!!

I am excited to take a day off of work.  Maybe even two.  I haven't decided if I will come in on Monday yet.  Not supposed to drive whilst taking Percocet or Flexoril, lol.



So, this is an old photo where I have yet again accomplished the puppy dog head tilt. Maybe I will wear this outfit to Cirque in one month (!) so I'll have a before and after photo.  My hair is already quite a bit longer now.  Like if I do the tilt, it still reaches my shoulders on both sides.  Me and photos don't always get along.  Or maybe it's just my perception.  I do always look, uh, well, greasy.  Stupid skin.  Dry until the second I put on any makeup.  Doesn't even matter what kind it is!  I've tried 'em all.  Oh well, at least I have nice teeth. 😀

Hey hey, look, another storm is brewing down there by Honduras.  It's not supposed to make a US landfall though.  Keeping those fingers crossed.  I guess you really can't call hurricane season until the 30th.  I will not miss hurricanes when we move.

Okay, I've rambled enough now, and if you're still reading this, you either really like me or you're bored to tears.  Either way, thanks for hanging around and listening/reading me blabber on about nothing.

I may have one more of these today, but if not, see you on the other side of anesthesia!

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I’m paying for this?!?!

So, I am working towards my degree online.  In the beginning, I found this to be a great option.  Convenient, although a bit pricey.  I am about three months from receiving my AA (and I might need the other AA after these classes).

I am beginning to become very concerned about the validity of a degree from this institution considering my classmates.  I do not understand how these people are staying in this school and that leads me to thinking that my degree won't be worth the paper it's on. :-(  Sure, the school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools who are the same agency that say that the University of Miami, Auburn University, and Clemson among others, but why does it not make me feel any better.

I read on MSN (yeah, I know, it's not like MSN is gospel) quite often about getting a degree online being a great thing to do.  But now that I'm almost halfway there, I'm concerned that I just picked the wrong school and that they are just letting everyone slide by so they can collect their money.

<this is about to get long, so grab a coffee or come back when you're really bored>

I am going to share with you something that exemplifies what I mean.  We were discussing whether or not it is an invasion of privacy for an employer to require drug testing.  Everyone was saying yes, so I took the other side of the fence, but not just to be ornery, but because it's how I feel.  It went something like this:

I said:

I believe that an employer can claim a right to know about drug use but only in exceptional cases.  These cases would include instances wherein the employee's life or the life of others may be put in jeopardy due to irresponsible behavior.  Also included would be where an employee knowingly and willingly accepts a position wherein it has been stated up front that drug test will be conducted.  Outside of these instances, it is an invasion of an employee's privacy to insist upon having this information.


     Granted, a company needs to protect its interests, but it does not get to do so at the expense of the privacy of its employees.  There is no guarantee that an employee who is taking or has taken any sort of drug is more likely to commit a life-threatening error over an employee who has not but may simply be otherwise mentally occupied. 


     While there are no laws to protect the privacy of the employee in this matter, there are regulations regarding drug testing in each state.  For example, in Florida, "testing authorized on reasonable suspicion of substance abuse, as a part of a routine fitness-for-duty exam, or a follow-up to employee's participation in counseling or rehabilitation.  Written notice of testing program must be given 60 days in advance."  (American Civil Liberties Union)  Notice that the employer's right covers suspicion of abuse but not use.


     In week one, I stated that I believed the utility principle was the best way to make business decisions.  I continue to stand by that and do not believe that my stance on drug testing conflicts with that.  If an employer is to do what produces the best consequences for everyone, then the employer is testing those in certain positions and those who agree to the testing.  Random, or not so random testing only brings stress to the workplace and singling out an employee, whose results may come back negative, only makes for an uncomfortable workplace for the employees.


A classmate responded:

Interesting post, though I have never done drug, but my understanding is that you are not in the right state of mind. So why would you want a person who do drugs working in for your company? No matter what the position is I feel that if you are doing drugs you are not thinking clearly and your body isn't functioning at it best. Who is to say what a person on drug might do, because there are people who don't do drug do crazy things such as jeopardize the business and the life of other people. If I was in a business drug testing will be mandatory for hiring and random checks just like the military will occur, yet this will be in a contract. If a person has nothing to hide what is the big deal, take the test at least you can know that you will have a drug free environment, but we all know that if they want to do drugs they will and some get away with it.


I responded: (lengthy)

     The military is an entirely different situation.  Those are the proud men and women who serve and protect our country.  Often they must make decisions that will certainly affect lives.  They also often drive heavy machinery.  Do I think that military personnel should do drugs?  No.  But I also think that when you join the military, you know what you are in for and if you have a penchant for recreational drugs, then the military isn't for you in the first place.


     This is not an issue of whether drug testing is right or wrong or if I want it or not.  It is an issue of respecting the privacy of others.  What I do or what anyone else does in the privacy of their own home is their own business as long as it is not affecting others.  For me, what the state of Florida does regarding policies is respect people's privacy.  If there is not a policy in place, employees must be given 60 days notice that the policy will go into effect.  Therefore, they have time to either clean up their act or look for a position that does not require drug testing.


     As I stated, there are people who are fully functional, even with recreational drug use.  From my point of view, if you come into my business and you do what you are expected to do in the timeframe expected to do it, then you are not harming me or my customers.  I will even go as far as saying that many, but not all,  "creative" types of workers might be indulging.  If and when that behavior changes, then there is a problem.  Until that time, I will respect your privacy and not ask you what you do at home.  Do you trust everyone to do the right thing?  Including those controlling your sample specimen?  What if your boss has it in for you?  It is quite difficult to prove that a boss coerced people to change your results.  How do you know what else is being done with your specimen?  We live in an age of cloning and all sorts of other medical madness.  How do you know that they are not testing you for HIV when they test you for drugs?  It's the same amount of blood drawn.  What if you were positive and you didn't even know?  Is that considered privacy to find out like that?  Do you think you would be treated the same way by your employer/co-workers if that particular bit of information got out?  Probably not, and all because someone invaded your privacy.


     Thank you for adding to this very debatable point. 🙂



If you would have read my post clearly I stated "that there are people out there who do not do drug but they do crazy things." For instances the example you used, so I am not understanding your points made towards my comment, but I do agree with what you are saying. I think you just misread my post. But to answer your questions, no I don't think everyone should go psychiatric evaluation before they are hired but I do agree with the drug testing before and random test if hired. No matter what the job entail, a person can jeopardize it, by any means and who is to say that drug will not be the cause. I have never done drugs but I have heard that you are not in the right state of mind. So that tell me that a person who are on drug are capable of doing anything. Eliminate the cause I say, drug policy zero tolerance no matter if it military or not your business especially and at some point maybe your life can still be at jeopardy. Therefore I don't think drug testing invades anyone's privacy when it comes down to running a business and it should be implemented in every business policy that drug use is prohibited. Even if it's done in the privacy of your own home, when it affect work then it becomes your problem.


After I wanted to say nasty things, I calmed down and responded:

Please do not insinuate that I did not read what you wrote because I did.  I may not have completely understood the point that you were trying to make.  I am sure that it is not necessary to place your quote in red.  It is obvious that we have different viewpoints on this matter and we have really strayed off the topic of the question of does it violate the employee's privacy.  Therefore, let us agree to disagree.



Am I alone in thinking that if one is in “college” that said person should be able to communicate in English?


So scared that I’m wasting both time and money.

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Friday the 13th….I’m baaaaaack

But there will be no ROCO because I'm just not feeling it.  You may want to just skip over this post altogether because it will be full of things that I just need to get out there.

  • I believe that 3 years is a decent amount of time to give something a try.  That said, Miami sucks.  No matter what you've seen on television, that's television, and living here, well, as PittGirl would say, is church. (Thanks for the shout.)
  • Getting this piece of paper has become ridiculously important.  It signifies more knowledge, more money, and more distance between me and south Florida.
  • <sarcasm> There is nothing more encouraging than a supervisor questioning your clothing choice of the day (that has been worn on many occasion previously) and stating, with an air of hopefulness in his/her voice, that you look as though you may have an interview today.  </sarcasm>
  • I am dieting and it sucks.  Why am I dieting?  Because it is incorrect for a woman of 5 feet and 1.5 inches to weigh 140 pounds.  Three weeks in and I have lost almost 9 pounds.  That does not suck.
  • Possibly because of dieting, I have recently started forgetting things and have lost my ability to focus, even on things that I enjoy.  This is bad.
  • I now have two gray hairs.  At least they aren't visible.
  • Steve Jobs is the devil and on July 11, I will become one of his minions.
  • In four weeks and one day, I will be toasting the beginning of vacation.  Parrot Bay and mango/pineapples all around.
  • I have a book rolling around in my head and I hope to push it out soon.  It is taking up too much space.  I think it's a good I'm-on-vacation-sitting-at-the-beach/pool-and-I-want-to-read-but-not-think kind of book.
  • Is it football season yet?!?!  No?  Well, in the meantime, go Marlins, I guess.
  • Does ANYONE think that I am coherent when I write?
  • The weekend is nearly upon us and guess what fun I have in store!  Nothing like cleaning the house, eh?
  • Oh, by the way, how does one tell if one is depressed?
  • I am a crappy friend because I neglected to call one of my very best friends on his 30th birthday.  My bad, Ant.  Here's a shout out for your biz.  If you live in the New Jersey or five boroughs, you should stop by and give that a shot.  If you are female, even more so because the boys are eye candy.
  • I miss my friends who "get me" and let me be me.  True friends are still your friends the day after you DDT them onto a concrete floor in a bar in Mexico.
  • Ohhhhh, almost forgot this gem.  Kiddo's father, possibly one of THE biggest asshats moving around on two feet, had the nerve audacity balls non-functioning brain notion that I would add him as a friend on Facebook.  HAHAHAHA.  Just for kicks, I looked at his friends list.  Know what it said?  Dxxxx Kxxxxx has no friends.  Well, DUH!
  • Mmm, right.  Celebrity Circus on NBC.  I have yet to watch the full episode but from the first three acts, well, not so much.  I've seen (and taught) children to do more in a week.

You know, I've rambled on long enough regarding things that you, dear reader, aren't so interested in.  I leave you with wishes for a happy weekend.  Shyne on.

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