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Saturday, February 11, 2006

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My weight loss continues at a steady clip. I'm not looking for anything fast and drastic. So far it's going great and I'm really pleased with it. I feel healthier and more energetic. It's helped my self esteem a bit, but not my mood. I'm as cranky as ever. We went to Vegas for the Superbowl. Really the Bowl was just the catalyst. I'd been wanting a vacation for a while. We haven't really had one in a couple years. We stayed at the Aladdin, which is apparently not going to be the Aladdin much longer. They're converting it into the Planet Hollywood casino and hotel. Blech. Last time I stay there. It's a shame really because that was my favorite place to stay; reasonable prices, excellent buffet, nice restaurants, good shopping, cozy gambling atmosphere, central location on the strip. Oh well. Now we'll have to find a new favorite place.

I accidentally won a Superbowl bet. When we got into town, we went straight to the Bellago - my favorite sports book - to place a bet on the game. I bet on the Seahawks to win. I figured it would be a close game and the Steelers either wouldn't cover the spread or would lose out right. But as you know the Steelers won handily. So the next day my husband places a parlay bet on three basketball games. He lost all three. The next day we were checking out and I handed him his parlay ticket and told him to check the games again just to be sure. But he was sure. I took out the other papers in my purse - receipts and stuff - and came across my ticket. I looked at it to see what it was, and noticed that it didn't say Seahawks at all. It said I bet on the Steelers. Apparently the lady at the counter had misheard me. So I won. What makes it even funnier is that when my husband had placed his bet I had nagged him to check his ticket to make sure they printed it right. And here I hadn't done that and it ended up in my favor. Hee.

We saw Penn & Teller at the Rio. One word - awesome. I totally recommend it. And the bartender gives a stiff pour of whiskey. Yummy.

Well, I just took a pause here and submitted my application to Cal State Northridge. Moving right along.

My company is "restructuring", a euphemism meaning to close its doors forever. Our International will close all similar locals across the state and create new ones divided by geography. They say it's good for us in the long run. Yeah, sure. What it means is we're all out of work. It isn't certain how long this will take, e.g. how long we still have our jobs, but I'm betting the fat lady sings sometime next year. So, now is the time to take all sick leave, cash out all vacation, and generally use up any benefit we possibly can. Management has even gone so far as to offer to set up as many training classes as possible and to encourage the use of our tuition reimbursement program. After all, they're going to be out of work, too. So, for once, we're truly all in this together.

We're going to see Kathy Griffin tonight at the Orpheum downtown. Before that, we're going to dinner. Speaking of which, I gotta go get ready.