A loss

Category Personal loss
So far I am sticking with my exercise and dietary changes (mostly - just not eating cookies in the afternoon and a chunk of cheese in the evenings) and I am now down to 190 pounds. The best part is feeling better - I have a lot more energy and I am enjoying the exercises. The plus side (for Maggie) is that I seem to have taken over all of the cooking. I started doing a lot more cooking when she was in class a year ago and continued this when she became professionally busy. Now I seem to have more free time (less time on facebook - and few billable hours) I'm doing the menu planning, shopping and cooking. The difficult part is that while I have always taken on a share of the culinary duties over the years, I cooked "man food" (i.e meat and potatoes) now I am trying to eat semi-vegetarian (meat stock is OK or meat can be used for flavoring) during the week so it means I have to learn how to make vegetarian meals which are outside my cooking comfort zone. I certainly think I have mastered Risottos, but I have yet to make the perfect paella (although I am getting closer and closer)


Two Hotel Experiences

Discovering that our passports were due to expire we used some Amex points and made a quick trip to Florida. We made reservations at two resorts through Amex, one was a Starwood, and the other was a Marriott. In both cases because Amex made the reservations, neither hotel knew anything about us - Amex didn't ask for and didn't use any of our frequent user numbers etc. In both cases we paid for an upgraded room. The room at the Starwood hotel was supposed to be in a "quiet annex" but instead was just along a long corridor. Even though the hotel was less than 30% full, we discovered that we were given a room on the one floor that had yet to be refurbished. When we grouched about this on the last night of our stay to the bar tender he arranged to have us moved to a nicer room on a floor with freshly painted rooms etc. In contrast, when we arrived at the Marriott resort they upgraded us to a suite because there were not completely full. Two approaches to customer service - I can tell you which one worked to earn my loyalty.