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Glistening by the Droplets

Monday, August 02, 2010

My team leader Darcey, from the Port Angeles and Surrounding Areas, put up a challenge for the first ten days of August.

I don't do well unless I have challenges, and between my injuries and laziness, I gained back some of the tonnage I tossed away when I was doing the Spark thing the right way.

This challenge is that we multiply the points we spin daily by 10, and do that many cardio minutes. If we spin a double digit number, then we do that many minutes. We do the cardio on our strength training days, too.

Sounds easy, huh!

So, loving challenges, I picked up the gauntlet and jumped right into it yesterday and again today.

Yesterday was a good workout. Only cardio.

Today I spun 7, so had to do 70 minutes cardio PLUS strength training.

Ok. I begrudgingly began, feeling like those 70 minutes were simply too much to ask of a chubby my age.

I turned on some good old rock and roll music, and danced and twisted for 23 minutes. I also got some jogging in during that time, plus did some jogging while I was doing the boxing strength training. Those 23 minutes sure took a long time!

This is tougher than I thought. I still had a whole mountain of minutes to go.

Then I moved over to the rowing machine, and did 23 minutes there. Row, row row you boat gets old after the first 5 minutes, too, but I perservered.

By this time I am not real fond of Darcey's idea.

On to the stationery bike for 24 hideous, torcherous minutes. My music shut off about half way through, and I was damned if I got off that bike to put more on. I knew I would ignore getting on the bike to finish my minutes, so I stay put on the bike, pedaling away.

I am seriously thinking about going over to Darcey's and let her know in no uncertain terms just what I think of this challenge, when something drops on my shoulder.

Now, we all know that women do not SWEAT. We GLISTEN. There on my shoulder was a drop of GLISTEN.

It's been too long since I glistened that much to form actual drops!

I am propelled into pedaling faster, and shortly, drip........another drop of glisten! My face is not glistening, and I can feel rivulets running down my cheeks, around my jaw line, where they form droplets of glisten to fall on my..........you know.

I pedal faster yet. I clutch the handle bars to get my heart rate reading. I am watching the miles pile up on the read out. I have forgotten about Darcey for the moment.

Then everything gets really whacky. Here I am, pedaling my heart out, glistening all over the place, and the heart monitor reads a heart rate of 58!

58???????? I continue to clutch it, thinking it would go up. It did. To 60 beats per minute.

You mean I am pedaling my butt off and glistening enough to slide off the damned machine and it only registers me at 60 BPM??!!

I must be dead. My heart rate is more than that while I am sleeping!

Now I am no longer thinking of doing Darcey in. I am thinking of how many more minutes I have to keep pedaling this stupid machine, and subtracting every second from the time I have left.

I count 100 "pedals". Took me almost 3 minutes.

FASTER! I count another 100 pedals, and cut my time, but not by much.

REALLY getting in to it, I lean forward on the machine, a death grip on the handles, and pedal like mad. 100 pedals, a bit faster.

And wetter. My glistening is out of control. I am soaked. I have 32 seconds left to go, and haven't even thought of doing a cool down.

However, when my time is up, I get off the bike, and then turn to my strength training. I do close arm wall push ups, kneeling ball roll out, leg lifting, a few yoga moves.

My skin is glistening so much it looks like I am made of shiny skin. Shiny Rosy skin. My blood is certainly flowing!

Then I do my stretching. I am finished for the day.

Do you HEAR that, Darcey? FINISHED. For the rest of the day.

Maybe tomorrow I will spin a 1. This getting in shape thing is either going to kill me or cure me.

Two days down, 8 to go!

  
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DARCEYOH 8/3/2010 5:51PM

    So, you gonna pedal your glistening self over to my house and tell me what you think? You would not only get a workout, but by the time you get to my house, you'll be too tired to do anything but bask in presence of me! hehehehe.

just kidding.

I'm sure a one is just around the corner.

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TINKLOVESBEAR 8/2/2010 4:17PM

    HA!! That's hilarious!! I think Ill join you in that challenge for the next 9 days! I head up to visit your great state in 9 days, so Ill kind of do it in honor of Washington teams! emoticonPlus, it sounds like a great challenge!!

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BALLOUZOO 8/2/2010 4:05PM

    emoticonCongratulations on your perseverance!

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ISLANDGIRL2013 8/2/2010 4:01PM

    What a fun challenge!

Kudos to you for completing 70 minutes!

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LOVESCAMPING 8/2/2010 3:57PM

    Sandy, I spun a 7 today for the second day in a row. First time I haven't felt 7 was my lucky number. However, since I was on my feet and moving nonstop back and forth and in and out of the building at a brisk pace at the food bank today for most of the four and a half hours I was there, I feel justified in using 70 minutes of that as my cardio. My legs and feet are saying, "Here, here," to that.



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AMYJEAN911 8/2/2010 3:55PM

    I think tonnage is one of the most fun words ever. Except for how hard it is to get rid of, of course. Congrats on your quality glistening experience, I hope to have one of my own tonight.

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/2/2010 3:55PM

    emoticon You had me almost rolling on the floor laughing! I can see you now, pedaling like mad, ready to head over to Darcey's to tell her a thing or two.

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Sounds like a really good challenge idea, though! Might have to try that one myself!


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BKWHITE3 8/2/2010 3:51PM

    I like your definition of sweat. Glistening sounds so much nicer than sweating. I enjoyed reading your blog. I also like your attitude.

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Those Damned Chairpads!!!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Okay. Now I can show you those damned chair pads I made for Bossy Daughter's dining room.

Most of you know the story of not enough fabric, wrong cutting instructions, and the huge fabric search. You also know the story about trying to figure out how to have completely opposite patterns on each side, how to quilt them, and how to get the ties on correctly for each side.

Well, say no more. Here are the finished products:




This is "Side One", done in a Pineapple pattern.


This is "Side Two", using the Bear Paw pattern.


The Tie-backs sure came out nicely, didn't they?

And now, for the best photo of all.................

IN BOSSY DAUGHTER'S DINING ROOM, WAY AWAY FROM ME IN MASSACHUSETTS!

I really worked on these, trying to figure out the best way of making them. I began to really hate them toward the end, but you quilters out there know what I am saying.

I am actually playing with the idea of making some new pads for my own dining room now................JUST THINKING ABOUT IT!!! Dont' expect to see any soon, though!

Oh, yeah. The pads fit HER chairs much better than mine, which is a very good thing, as Martha would say!

  
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LOVESCAMPING 8/1/2010 7:54PM

    Beautiful! Of course.

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TINKLOVESBEAR 7/31/2010 5:22PM

    They look Great!! I have been looking forward to seeing the finished product since I read about them in your blog!! Awesome job!! I love seeing your projects...your really are very talented!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TINYC887 7/30/2010 11:55PM

    those look awesome, great job

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AMYJEAN911 7/30/2010 11:47PM

    Awesome. You're so talented!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 7/30/2010 11:12PM

    Nicely done--they look great! Hopefully your bossy daughter won't come up with any more bright ideas about what YOU can do for HER . . . okay, nice idea, I know.

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ALMMOM 7/30/2010 10:29PM

    I thought I was the only one who "hated" something when I finished and then said later on......hey - kind of neat!!!!! Good job on the pads. I made cushions for a seating area with piping and all - I about went out of my gourd!!! But - it was worth the work - they look nice.

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PAISHAR2 7/30/2010 10:08PM

    GREAT JOB!!!!! MAYBE YOU CAN PUT ME ON THE LIST NEXT!!!! I WILL GLADLY SEND YOU MY COLORS FOR MY HOUSE AND MY ADDRESS!!!! THEY ARE NICE!!!!

SHARON

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It Doesn't Matter What Americans Want, I Guess. Another Trick Up Their Sleeves!

Friday, July 30, 2010

The Amnesty MemoPosted by Asst Natl Dir Mellie on July 30, 2010 at 11:53am in Admin Alerts
View Discussions
July 29, 2010 5:30 PM By Robert VerBruggen


According to an internal U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services memo going the rounds of Capitol Hill and obtained by National Review, the agency is considering ways in which it could enact “meaningful immigration reform absent legislative action” — that is, without the
consent of the American people through a vote in Congress.

“This memorandum offers administrative relief options to . . . reduce the threat of removal for certain individuals present in the United States without authorization,” it reads.

Also: “In the absence of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, USCIS can extend benefits and/or protections to many individuals and groups by issuing new guidance and regulations, exercising discretion with regard to parole-in-place, deferred action and the
issuance of Notices to Appear (NTA), and adopting significant process improvements.”

In recent weeks, Sen. Chuck Grassley and others in Congress have been pressing the administration to disavow rumors that a de facto amnesty is in the works, including in a letter to Department of Homeland Security
head Janet Napolitano. “Since the senators first wrote to the president
more than a month ago, we have not been reassured that the plans are
just rumors, and we have every reason to believe that the memo is
legitimate,” a Grassley spokesman tells NR. (NR contacted DHS, but a spokesman did not have a comment on the record.)

Many of the memo’s proposals are technical and fine-grained; for
example, it suggests clarifying the immigration laws for “unaccompanied
minors, and for victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and
other criminal activities.” It also proposes extending the “grace
period” H-1B visa holders have between the expiration of their visa and
the date they’re expected to leave the country.

With other ideas, however, USCIS is aiming big. Perhaps the most egregious suggestion is to “Increase the Use of Deferred Action.” “Deferred action,” as the memo defines it, “is an exercise of
prosecutorial discretion not to pursue removal from the U.S. of a
particular individual for a specific period of time.” For example, after
Hurricane Katrina, the government decided not to remove illegal
immigrants who’d been affected by the disaster.

The memo claims that there are no limits to USCIS’s ability to use deferred action, but warns that using this power indiscriminately would be “controversial, not to mention expensive.” The memo suggests using
deferred action to exempt “particular groups” from removal — such as the
illegal-immigrant high-school graduates who would fall under the DREAM
Act (a measure that has been shot down repeatedly in Congress). The memo
claims that the DREAM Act would cover “an estimated 50,000” individuals, though as many as 65,000 illegal immigrants graduate high school every year in the U.S.

In the immediate wake of the court decision blocking the Arizona immigration law yesterday, the memo is sure to create controversy — and the sense that the administration is bent on preserving and extending
the nation’s de facto amnesty.

UPDATE: USCIS has released a statement on the memo:


Internal draft memos do not and should not be equated with official action or policy of the Department. We will not comment on notional,
pre-decisional memos. As a matter of good government, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
(USCIS) will discuss just about every issue that comes within the
purview of the immigration system. We continue to maintain that
comprehensive bipartisan legislation, coupled with smart, effective
enforcement, is the only solution to our nation’s immigration
challenges.

Internal memoranda help us do the thinking that leads to important changes; some of them are adopted and others are rejected. Our goal is to implement policies wisely and well to strengthen all aspects of our
mission. The choices we have made so far have strengthened both the
enforcement and services sides of USCIS — nobody should mistake
deliberation and exchange of ideas for final decisions. To be clear,
DHS will not grant deferred action or humanitarian parole to the
nation’s entire illegal immigrant population.




National Review Online

  
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ELSEEBEE 7/30/2010 7:42PM

    The American people WILL speak in November!

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    They are tricky. Wait till November.

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It Doesn't Matter What Americans Want, I Guess. Another Trick Up Their Sleeves!

Friday, July 30, 2010

The Amnesty MemoPosted by Asst Natl Dir Mellie on July 30, 2010 at 11:53am in Admin Alerts
View Discussions
July 29, 2010 5:30 PM By Robert VerBruggen


According to an internal U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services memo going the rounds of Capitol Hill and obtained by National Review, the agency is considering ways in which it could enact “meaningful immigration reform absent legislative action” — that is, without the
consent of the American people through a vote in Congress.

“This memorandum offers administrative relief options to . . . reduce the threat of removal for certain individuals present in the United States without authorization,” it reads.

Also: “In the absence of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, USCIS can extend benefits and/or protections to many individuals and groups by issuing new guidance and regulations, exercising discretion with regard to parole-in-place, deferred action and the
issuance of Notices to Appear (NTA), and adopting significant process improvements.”

In recent weeks, Sen. Chuck Grassley and others in Congress have been pressing the administration to disavow rumors that a de facto amnesty is in the works, including in a letter to Department of Homeland Security
head Janet Napolitano. “Since the senators first wrote to the president
more than a month ago, we have not been reassured that the plans are
just rumors, and we have every reason to believe that the memo is
legitimate,” a Grassley spokesman tells NR. (NR contacted DHS, but a spokesman did not have a comment on the record.)

Many of the memo’s proposals are technical and fine-grained; for
example, it suggests clarifying the immigration laws for “unaccompanied
minors, and for victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and
other criminal activities.” It also proposes extending the “grace
period” H-1B visa holders have between the expiration of their visa and
the date they’re expected to leave the country.

With other ideas, however, USCIS is aiming big. Perhaps the most egregious suggestion is to “Increase the Use of Deferred Action.” “Deferred action,” as the memo defines it, “is an exercise of
prosecutorial discretion not to pursue removal from the U.S. of a
particular individual for a specific period of time.” For example, after
Hurricane Katrina, the government decided not to remove illegal
immigrants who’d been affected by the disaster.

The memo claims that there are no limits to USCIS’s ability to use deferred action, but warns that using this power indiscriminately would be “controversial, not to mention expensive.” The memo suggests using
deferred action to exempt “particular groups” from removal — such as the
illegal-immigrant high-school graduates who would fall under the DREAM
Act (a measure that has been shot down repeatedly in Congress). The memo
claims that the DREAM Act would cover “an estimated 50,000” individuals, though as many as 65,000 illegal immigrants graduate high school every year in the U.S.

In the immediate wake of the court decision blocking the Arizona immigration law yesterday, the memo is sure to create controversy — and the sense that the administration is bent on preserving and extending
the nation’s de facto amnesty.

UPDATE: USCIS has released a statement on the memo:


Internal draft memos do not and should not be equated with official action or policy of the Department. We will not comment on notional,
pre-decisional memos. As a matter of good government, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
(USCIS) will discuss just about every issue that comes within the
purview of the immigration system. We continue to maintain that
comprehensive bipartisan legislation, coupled with smart, effective
enforcement, is the only solution to our nation’s immigration
challenges.

Internal memoranda help us do the thinking that leads to important changes; some of them are adopted and others are rejected. Our goal is to implement policies wisely and well to strengthen all aspects of our
mission. The choices we have made so far have strengthened both the
enforcement and services sides of USCIS — nobody should mistake
deliberation and exchange of ideas for final decisions. To be clear,
DHS will not grant deferred action or humanitarian parole to the
nation’s entire illegal immigrant population.




National Review Online

  
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FRENCHYFEVER 7/30/2010 1:52PM

    It's good that this memo was leaked to the press. I think the American people are beginning to catch on to what the government is actually doing behind our backs. I was stuck by the sentence, "As a matter of good government, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will discuss just about every issue that comes within the purview of the immigration system." Truly, as a matter of good government, USCIS should not be conspiring behind the scenes to thwart the will of the majority of Americans who want our borders sealed and our immigration laws enforced.

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MEWAJES 7/30/2010 1:50PM

    We have to hope for change in November, or we are difinitely Post America. And you are right they don't care about what Americans want.

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Getting Our Priorities Straight!

Thursday, July 29, 2010








Lindsay Lohan,24, gets her name and face all over the news because she went to jail.

Justin Allen, 23, Brett Linley, 29, Matthew Weikert, 29, Justus Bartett, 27, Dave Santos, 21, Chase Stanley, 21, Jesse Reed, 26,Matthew Johnson, 21, Zachary Fisher, 24, Brandon King, 23, Christopher Goeke, 23, and Sheldon Tate, 27, are all Marines who gave their lives for you this week.

Honor THEM by reposting this. emoticon

  
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TINKLOVESBEAR 7/30/2010 4:15PM

    Thankyou for reminding us of what really matters! emoticon

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NCOCHRAX 7/30/2010 1:44PM

    My heartfelt condolences to the families of these brave, fallen soldiers and my debt of gratitude to them.

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LOVESCAMPING 7/30/2010 12:07PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NOTFATCAT 7/30/2010 10:36AM

    There are too many screwed up priorities these days.

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BROWNIEISLANDER 7/29/2010 8:51PM

    Duty called!!!....but definately...Gone too soon...So young!! emoticon emoticon

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