Monday, September 27, 2010
Yep. That's right.
I bought myself a virtual monster truck.
I have a house full of uninvited guests. Two quasi-adults and three teenagers.
No notice. No phone call. Just showed up, all smiles and yelling "SURPRISE!!!", assuming that DH and I had been missing them or something.
These people are not relatives, and we didn't even know them all that well.
They just decided that vacationing in the beautiful Olympic Peninsula was a grand idea, and because I sent them a Christmas card, they had our address. Which, apparently, gave them cause to believe was an open invitation for an invasion.
I am going to use my monster truck to either drive away from my uninvited guests, or perhaps just simply run over them.
Either way, it would be good choice.
You may have noticed that I haven't been "on" much the past couple of days. Yesterday, not at all.
That's because I couldn't get on my computer due to the three rude teenagers who confiscated my computer. They were on it at all hours, including 4 A.M.
Of couse, they had to text message all their friends, play games or whatever.
I don't think they gave it a single thought that my computer was not here for their sole purpose of enjoyment. I mean, who would ever consider having a computer for reasons other than guests' entertainment??
I am starved for music where I can understand the words.
I want to watch my baseball games instead of "Can you Trick this Ride" or soap operas. I don't CARE who wins any reality shows either!
I feel badly for my catty girls, Meng Tsu and YeowLing. They are currently living full time under my bed. I wish I could join them.
Winsten is manic, and is barking and jumping around all over the place. He threw up on the living room rug because the kids thought he could eat off their plates the stuff they didn't want.
Speaking of food, I want a salad for dinner, with a piece of fruit after for dessert.
I want to throw away every single frying pan I have ever owned, and I want more than chips, dip, cookies, soda, pizza or Subway sandwiches.
One of these kids is a vegetarian, and I want to invite her to eat my over grown weeds down. After all, she IS a bit of a nag!! Always on people for what they are eating, their fat intake, and what "If you eat that, this is what you body has to go through to digest it:.............."
I do not want to ride in my car, going to Forks with three teenagers ever again. I want to go back to thinking Twilight is a lovely, peaceful time of day, and has NOTHING to do with vampires.
My hip pain is excrutiating, but the people living in my house right now don't seem to comprehend why I don't want to take them to the beach or tour Seattle.
Even without the hip pain, I still do not want to take them to the beach or Seattle, for that matter!!
I have no interest in playing paint ball with them, and even less interest in hoseing them down after they have played, and then winding up with a bunch of paint balled clothing in my washer.
I am 66 years old. I should be considered to be OLD! I should be granted peace and quiet. I shoud be looked upon as "The AGED ONE". I should be noticed that I am getting tired.
Mostly, I should be allowed to be CRANKY, and tell them all to get the hell out of my house and go HOME, where they belong, before it is necessary to put ME in a home for the criminally insane.
They made a noise this morning that they had to get all their laundry done so they would only be packing clean clothing "for their trip".
From their mouths to God's ears!!!!!
I'm looking for my Monster Truck keys!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Here we are, at the last day of summer. Did you have a good one?
Mine seemed to be filled with all kinds of injuries, beginning in Spring.
Let's see. I cracked my hip and pelvis, broke my finger and thumb, wrenched my knee out of place, experienced recurring nerve damage, and had my back keep me down for a week at a time.
On the other hand, I read some of my "Gotta Have!" quilt books that have been on the shelf for a couple years, got quite a bit of quilting finished, drove our guests up to Hurricane Ridge, walked Railroad Bridge Park, went photographing Dungeness Crabs, attended the sand carving festival, had fresh basil from the garden, entertained LOTS of company, went to the Quilt Show and Lavender Festival, cruised through the new Good Will store in town..........without buying anything!!!....watched some great baseball games, played Super Scrabble, went on a Mommy and Me trip to Las Vegas and won $1.85 from gambling, hiked Red Rock Canyon, saw Cirque de Soliel Mystique and The Lion King on stage, danced, laughed and had wonderful times with friends.
I am sure there is more, but I can't think of them right now.
All in all, a good summer, once I take a close look at it.
Now comes Autumn. And with it, some big changes.
The first Big Change is that I have agreed to be co-leader of my favorite SparkPeople.com team, Port Angeles and Surrounding Areas. That alone will bring big changes.
The first big change is that I have to turn myself into a good role model. That means I have to chart ALL of my food, do ALL of my workout stuff, including strength training, actually WEIGH IN and MEASURE each week, find more challenges for the team, and encourage more members to join us.
I am giving thought to what kind of challenges and social stuff we as a team, can do.
Our team has been drifting away for a while now, and it is my personal challenge to fire us up and get us all involved again.
The area we live in is spectacular, and finding stuff to do shouldn't be difficult. The difficult part will be getting the members to join in, since we have been inactive for several months now.
Got to find ENTHUSIASM!!! Any and all suggestions will certainly be welcome!
I will tell you about more changes tomorrow, the first day of Autumn.
Right now, I am encouraged by my strength and cardio workout I did today, along with honestly weighing in.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Hey Fellow Sparkies! I hope you are doing better than I.
I wiped out all of my alloted calories with breakfast. And I am not even full.
I do things like this when I am convinced my body is betraying me. I eat at it. Not really a stellar thing to do, but there it is.
My body has been betraying me for a couple weeks now, and I am really p---ed at it.
I can't tell if it is my back or my hip or both. You know how pain radiates? Well, mine is radiating big time, and I am terribly grumpy about it.
I went to the Doc on Friday, and couldn't get in to see my regular guy. Instead, I got their "new man".
I saw him with an attitude of co-operation, and was willing to have a good rapport with him. I think he saw things differently.
I live in a small community where everyone is very open and friendly with everyone else. We care about each other, and it shows in the way we treat each other.
This guy has a long way to go if he is going to fit in here!!
There I am, telling him what is going on with my 66+ year old body, and his eyes glaze over.
I know he is not listening to me when he asks if I have taken any aspirin for my aches and arthritis.
I try to tell him that I have had the same body for a long time now, and know what goes on with it.
He asks me to stand and try to touch my toes. Another sign he is not listening. I tell him if I could bend over and touch my toes without excrutiating pain, I wouldn't be there seeing him.
He decides to see if my legs twitch when he taps them with his little hammer. They don't.
Then he says for me to make a fist of my right hand and see if I can keep him from pulling my arm away from my body. Instead, I pull HIM toward my body, which he obviously doesn't like.
This guy has the "bedside manner" rating of dirty laundry. That charming!
Anyway, he then brings up kidney stones, which I have already told him I do NOT have (proof of his great listening talent), and he asks me to deliver a pee sample.
He says he is "about 100% sure that I have a kidney stone or infection of the bladder". I tell him he is wrong.
So he does the pee check test, comes back and says "There is no sign of infection at all", for which I suppose I should have thanked him. Instead, I said "I told you that in the first five minutes of the appointment".
Any way, he decides I do not need any pictures taken of my hip or back "because all it would show is the metal in your back". Then he writes me a prescription for 600 miligrams of ibuprofen and another for a muscle relaxer.
They do nothing but cause constipation.
He has greatly increased my sense of body betrayal, and I begin to act accordingly to my old patterns. I begin to eat at my body.
DH came home with one of those big tins of Royal Dansk butter cookies, and the can is nearly empty.
He also brought home some Costco Apple Crumb muffins, which he knows I love. They are now gone, too.
Let me tell you about those muffins. I looked up the information AFTER I had eaten one with butter and milk for breakfast, and it is 970 calories PER MUFFIN.
So, with the muffin, butter and milk, I succeeded in wiping out all of my alloted caloric allowance for the day. And it isn't even lunch time yet.
I wonder if they are worth it, and still haven't answered my question about that.
So here I am, putting on tonnage like there is no tomorrow, and not being able to do much of anything that resembles working out.
My Team Leader, Karen, has asked my to co-lead the team Port Angeles and the Surrounding Areas. I was going to say "no", but I don't think I should.
I think it just might be very good for me. I like leading, and I love the team.
Perhaps if I accept her offer, I won't wipe out on muffins or cookies before ten in the morning!
It would no doubt get me back in gear, so I guess I better send her an acceptance letter and start all over with doing the program the RIGHT way!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
I love my local Spark Team, Port Angeles and Surrounding Areas. But we have been lagging for a while, so it is time to Spark things up a bit!
Our fearless team leader, Darcey, has been battling the first trimester of pregnancy. Remember all that nausea and exhaustion? She has gone through it big time, along with some other life issues.
Darcey's baby is due toward the end of February, 2011.
TEAM: STEP UP TO THE PLATE!!
I asked Darcey if I could throw a baby shower for her, and her reply is that she will "think about it".
I have, obviously, already "thought about it".
I am having a shower for her, and I want it to be from our Spark Team.
The gala celebration will be held at my house, in Sequim, WA in the spring sometime. As time draws nearer, I will give the date, time and address.
Now here is what I need you guys to do.
1. Send me an email that you are coming. You will be put on my list, so I will need to contact you by snail mail for the invites. Therefore, I will need some personal information about you that you normally do not give out.
2. Or, if you prefer me to contact you via Spark, I will figure a way to do that.
3. EITHER WAY, I NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU.
4. Our team has been lagging the last several months, and we need to pull together again. That means PARTICIPATION.
Here, we get the support, encouragement and tips on how to get ourselves into healthy shape.
Here, we get the momentum to keep going.
Here, we form new friendships that can last a lifetime.
Here, we are instigated to explore our beautiful outdoors.
Here, we get ideas about new foods, new interests and community spirit.
Here, we are not alone.
Here, we do not have to spend a boat load of money to belong.
Here, we can vent our frustrations, sorrows, difficulties.
Here, we can blow our own horn, and no one says we are being conceited. In fact, when we do blow our horns, the Team joins in and blows theirs for us too.
Here we learn how to celebrate ourselves.
But there is one little key to all of the above.
WE HAVE TO PARTICIPATE!!
So get off your duffs and join in already! You don't have any excuses not to!!
See you on the boards!
Monday, September 13, 2010
My favorite team is Port Angeles and Surrounding Areas, because that is right where I live. We have had a whole lot of laughter, tears and support for one another. Great friendships were made.
Then we started to drift off. Fewer and fewer were posting on the site, and I pretty much withdrew from the team spirit, too.
I didn't give up on getting in workouts, but not as frequently as I was used to. I did other stuff as workouts.........heavy cleaning, some walking, hiking, dancing, etc. But almost none of the stuff on Spark.
I was missing the challenges that we used to have, and it seemed like our team was disintegrating before my eyes.
Amy and I were keeping in good touch, and once in a while we would hear from Darcey and Cat. But for the most part, our fellow teammates were becoming more and more silent.
Not good. Not good at all.
So Amy and I were talking about this, and she came up with a terrific idea for a new team challenge.
CONTACT A MINIMUM OF THREE DIFFERENT TEAM MEMBERS EACH DAY BY EITHER EMAILING THEM, POSTING A MESSAGE TO THEM, OR SENDING A GOODIE TO THEM.
We are going to see if we can contact every member of our team during the month of September.
When you make a contact, just post a smiley face for each one you made on a daily basis. Example, Amy and I each contacted six members, so we posted 6 happy faces on the chat challenge place.
This is too important for us, Team!! We cannot lose the encouragement we get from each other!! We all know what trying this alone can lead to............inertia!!
So get busy, and send a goodie to a few of your wonderful team mates! Let everyone on the team know that we love them.
We could all use it today!!!
Just doing the contacting and setting up a new challenge led me to do the "Fit, Firm & Fired Up" 10 minute workout with Nicole.
It feels GOOD to be part of a wonderful team again!
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