Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Well, here I am, on Day 3 of the Port Angeles and Surrounding Areas Team challenge. I seriously doubt I will live till day 4, to say nothing of Day 10!!
Spinning 8 means I had to do 80 minutes of cardio today. Yesterday I did 70, and nearly died then. The very fact that I am writing this means I lived long enough to reach today.
I have this thing about challenges. I can't do much without one, and when I get one, I go hog wild.
Today I timidly approached the spin wheel, hoping for a 1 or 2. Those would be manageable.
BUT 80????????? Ye Gads!!
I tell DH that I will probably divide it up throughout the day. But then I get started in with a cardio video by my nemisis, Nicole.
Some of you may know about my encounters with Nicole in the past, and I think you know what I think of her and her "easy workouts", her "ten minute workouts" and especially her "boot camp" video.
The woman is out to get me. I just know it. Today was further proof.
I do the kick boxing video, or at least KIND OF do the kick boxing video. I do okay at the beginning, keeping up with her just fine.
This was the marching in place part. Then she speeds it up, and I am doing fairly well with that too.
I can even do the side kicks, keeping up. that's because I was hanging on to the desk while doing them.
The front kicks are a little bit more of a challenge for me, so I begin goose stepping all over the house, kicking out at each step. Of course, I am not getting my legs up nearly high enough, but I am beginning to glisten, so I don't stop.
I manage to get through that video and stupidly click on her jump rope one.
Right. Me. Jumping rope. I don't have a rope (probably a good thing for Nicole), but it is okay. I can pretend to have one in my hands.
Ok. She starts me out with little jumps. I forgot to put my sports bra on, and soon realize I can't twirl the rope and jump, because I have to hold my bouncing balls. But at least I jump.
Nicole puts on this smiley face which I have learned to distrust with good reason, and she says to jump higher.
Listen, Funny Girl. This jumping thing is getting out of hand. I mean, at least I am getting both feet off the ground at the same time, which is a major accomplishment.
Lift my knees higher?? Right. I jump about 2 inches higher, hanging on to my hooters, for about 90 seconds.
Rivulets of glisten are running down my face and in my eyes. I don't wipe them away for fear of losing my grip on my boobs, so I get stinging eyes, which cause tears.
I am in great shape here, I want you to know. I am jumping around like an idiot with my eyes tearing up due to the glisten pouring in them, hanging on to you-know-whats, and she says "Remember to BREATE!".
She actually expects me to be able to do this all at ONCE? Doesn't she know that my ship is sinking??!!
God shows great mercy, and the jumping stops. We are back to a marching step now. I can reach the towel and wipe off my face while still marching. Two things at once.........not bad, eh?
Okay enough of that nonsense. Time for some low impact aerobics. To Rock and Roll music.
Somehow, the music betrays me, because I am doing aerobics to the beat of "At the Hop". This is not low impact! thankfully, the song finally ends, and my glisten is back running down my entire body now.
I get that finished, and still have time left to reach the challenge.
This will NEVER end!
DH saves me by having to go to town and he needs me to go with him. Ok. I use the opportunity to be sure to clip on my timer and pedometer, and off I go with him.
Just curious, I peek at the pedometer as we pull back into the driveway.
Proof there IS a God! I did 1.5 miles in 41 minutes.........exactly what I needed to complete the 80 cardio minutes today.
I'm saved. Until tomorrow. That damned spin better be under 3!!!
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
How could one man be so smart about the future this many years ago?
John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the
Brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement:
"This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to
Gather at one time in the White House with the exception of
When Thomas Jefferson dined alone."
Especially read the last quote from 1802.
When we get piled
Upon one another in large cities, as in Europe,
We shall become as corrupt as Europe .
The democracy will cease to exist
When you take away from those
Who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
It is incumbent on every
Generation to pay its own debts as it goes.
A principle which if acted on would save
One-half the wars of the world.
I predict future happiness for
Americans if they can prevent the government
From wasting the labors of the people under the
Pretense of taking care of them.
My reading of history convinces me
That most bad government results from too much
No free man shall ever be debarred
The use of arms.
The strongest reason for the
People to retain the right to keep and bear arms
Is, as a last resort, to protect themselves
Against tyranny in government.
The tree of liberty must be
Refreshed from time to time with the blood of
Patriots and tyrants.
To compel a man to subsidize with
His taxes the propagation of ideas which he
Disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:
'I believe that
Banking institutions are more dangerous to
Our liberties than standing armies.
If the American people ever allow
Private banks to control the issue of their
Currency, first by inflation, then by
Deflation, the banks and corporations that will
Grow up around the banks will deprive the people
Of all property - until their children
Wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers
I WISH WE COULD GET THIS OUT TO EVERYONE!!!
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!
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!
Friday, July 30, 2010
The Amnesty MemoPosted by Asst Natl Dir Mellie on July 30, 2010 at 11:53am in Admin Alerts
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
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.
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