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Have to take a break

Monday, May 09, 2011

I am in Time Out. I put myself there.

Both DH and I are down with flu.

I got up long enough to make some chicken ginger soup with mint, rice noodles and basil. That should make us feel much better.

Hope you all are out there having a wonderful time today!

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GETFIT2LIVE 5/10/2011 11:54PM

    So sorry you and our DH are sick--that's no fun, one of you is supposed to be well and take care of the other one, right? Feel better soon!

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TOWHEE 5/9/2011 10:43PM

    Sorry to hear you're both under the weather. I guess Coach Nicole worked you too hard.
Remember to hydrate.
The soup sounds wonderful.

Take care.

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MNABOY 5/9/2011 10:16PM

    Dang, getting sick at your house sounds okay! Hope you both get well soon.

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ANDREWS_MOM 5/9/2011 9:47PM

    I hope you feel better really soon!!

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AMYJEAN911 5/9/2011 9:32PM

    Get well soon! You know this means I'm going to catch up a little..



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DIANESMILES 5/9/2011 9:10PM

    You have told ME to take care to get well, and now my dear,,its time for YOU to take the time to completely heal b4 returning to the work of excerising !!! Take care, I hope you feel well soon. I am so sorry you and DH are sick.

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3IN4YO 5/9/2011 9:07PM

    I hope you feel better soon! emoticon

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TYBEWALLACE 5/9/2011 7:19PM

    emoticon I hope you both get to feeling better very soon...

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MPENNE 5/9/2011 5:38PM

    So sorry you don't feel well. Your soup sounds wonderful.

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KNOBLE0309 5/9/2011 5:13PM

    I hope you both feel better soon! We'll be waiting for your return! emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 5/9/2011 5:09PM

    So sorry you and your DH are under the weather. Get some rest along with eating that wonderful sounding Chicken Soup. Hope you are both back on your feet in no time! emoticon emoticon
emoticon Sending some TLC! Bev - TeddyBear Team

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BONDMANUS2002 5/9/2011 4:32PM

  Good job.

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TANYAHDG 5/9/2011 4:17PM

    I hope you both feel better real soon.

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JOEYKTTN 5/9/2011 4:14PM

    I hope you feel better soon! :( That soup sounds delish! Maybe when you're feelnig better, you'll share the recipe? I do love me some yummy soup!
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Mother's Day

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Today is OUR big day. It is Mother's Day.

I recall all those cute little crayon drawn cards, the flowers picked from my and the neighbor's yards, and the little cherub face all aglow shouting "HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, MOMMY!"

I was, for the most part, a single Mom. That ain't all bad, let me tell ya!

There was no one to argue with me about the values I wanted my daughter to have.

There was no one to stand up for me when my daughter thought I was totally stupid.

There was no one to argue when she and I decided pop corn was a good idea for dinner.

There was no one to stand by me when I told her she had talked on the phone long enough, and it was time to hang up.

There was no one but us who decided to go to movies, taking turns as to who got to choose the movie.

There was no one else to pay for the tickets and snacks at the movie.

There was no one to stop us from getting in the car spontaneously and driving to Lake Tahoe for the weekend.

There was no one else to pick up the tab for our weekend at Tahoe.

I had such fun teaching her to dance, teaching her how to have good penmanship, and how to tie her shoes.

We went to the zoo and rode the carousel together. We fed ducks together. We planted gardens together.

We shopped together, and for a long time, she liked what I liked for her. That all changed, and I saved a bundle of money!

We went out to dinner, and really let out waiter have it when he not only did not greet her, but didn't give her water or a menu. After all, she WAS there, and deserved acknowledgement too.

We had a great time when we went to the dinner theatre and then to the Rock and Roll show after.

We would drag ourselves through garden centers, played minature golf, and went berry picking. We had our faces painted at the fair, and rode the rides together.

We made sand castles at the beach, and body surfed in Hawaii for her 13th birthday.

We studied Algebra together, and talked about various books we had each read. We played board games, cards and got pretty darned good at Scrabble. We still play it, albeit online these years.

We have traveled together, having wonderful times, and have been there for each other during times that were hard. We have laughed and cried together.

These are only a very few things that come to mind today.

These are treasures in my heart.

These are times when I look back, am happy that there was no one to interfere!

Happy Mother Memories to you. May your memories bring you sunshine, smiles and a few tears of times gone by.

  
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FUTUREHOPE49 5/9/2011 6:05PM

    You have lovely memories! I was a single mum for a while, so I remember what it was like, sometimes very hard, working as well. Hope you had an enjoyable Mother's Day!
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REMODELINGPAT 5/9/2011 10:57AM

    emoticonWhat BEAUTIFUL memories. Sounds like you and your daughter shared a wonderfully blessed life.

Blessings!

Pat

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3IN4YO 5/8/2011 10:12PM

    Lovely memories! emoticon

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ANDREWS_MOM 5/8/2011 9:05PM

    Beautiful Memories that make such a Beautiful Mommy and a Beautiful Life!

Happy Mother's Day!!

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AMYJEAN911 5/8/2011 9:04PM

    You made me get all teary! Your daughter is very lucky to have such a wonderful mother.

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MNABOY 5/8/2011 5:49PM

    Glad you had a great Mother's Day. Memories are what our lives are built on.

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NOTFATCAT 5/8/2011 4:58PM

    What great memories.

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Mother's Day

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Today is OUR big day. It is Mother's Day.

I recall all those cute little crayon drawn cards, the flowers picked from my and the neighbor's yards, and the little cherub face all aglow shouting "HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, MOMMY!"

I was, for the most part, a single Mom. That ain't all bad, let me tell ya!

There was no one to argue with me about the values I wanted my daughter to have.

There was no one to stand up for me when my daughter thought I was totally stupid.

There was no one to argue when she and I decided pop corn was a good idea for dinner.

There was no one to stand by me when I told her she had talked on the phone long enough, and it was time to hang up.

There was no one but us who decided to go to movies, taking turns as to who got to choose the movie.

There was no one else to pay for the tickets and snacks at the movie.

There was no one to stop us from getting in the car spontaneously and driving to Lake Tahoe for the weekend.

There was no one else to pick up the tab for our weekend at Tahoe.

I had such fun teaching her to dance, teaching her how to have good penmanship, and how to tie her shoes.

We went to the zoo and rode the carousel together. We fed ducks together. We planted gardens together.

We shopped together, and for a long time, she liked what I liked for her. That all changed, and I saved a bundle of money!

We went out to dinner, and really let out waiter have it when he not only did not greet her, but didn't give her water or a menu. After all, she WAS there, and deserved acknowledgement too.

We had a great time when we went to the dinner theatre and then to the Rock and Roll show after.

We would drag ourselves through garden centers, played minature golf, and went berry picking. We had our faces painted at the fair, and rode the rides together.

We made sand castles at the beach, and body surfed in Hawaii for her 13th birthday.

We studied Algebra together, and talked about various books we had each read. We played board games, cards and got pretty darned good at Scrabble. We still play it, albeit online these years.

We have traveled together, having wonderful times, and have been there for each other during times that were hard. We have laughed and cried together.

These are only a very few things that come to mind today.

These are treasures in my heart.

These are times when I look back, am happy that there was no one to interfere!

Happy Mother Memories to you. May your memories bring you sunshine, smiles and a few tears of times gone by.

  
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MPENNE 5/8/2011 9:12PM

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Day 9...Abs, cardio, and extra video

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Good Grief! It is only Day 9.

I rowed while waiting for The Wicked's video to download. 15 minutes later, I had the download of the "extra" video, so got that in for the week .

This one was with the big ball. I love my big ball. It holds me up without any effort on my part at all. It is a pretty periwinkle blue, so you know I am going in style.

The first part is where we stretch as the ball goes out in front of us, while kneeling on the floor. I can do this one. Then we do a little bit harder one, which I have no problem doing.

But she isn't finished with my lesson in humility. I'm supposed to roll the ball way under my body and somehow raise my butt up in the air.......REALLY raise it.

I tried, and have the nose skinned to prove my efforts. I went back to the more mild ones, the user friendly ones, the ones I know how to do.

I think I actually heard her snicker when I was doing my nose dive.

Tried to download the AB video, and as usual, it was slower than molasses in January, so I hopped on the bike.

Got in another 15 minutes, and while the AB video was still not completely downloaded, I started it from the beginning anyway.

I actually did better on the AB thing today. I was coming right along, including the part where she says "SWEEEEEEEP your arm down and to the side" stuff.

I swept........not sure about "SWEEEEEPING", but I did it.

Then I heard her begin the next one.......the crunchy part....and she is telling me how to INCREASE the resistance. Right.

I'm INCREASING all right. I'm INCREASING thoughts of doing bodily harm to that monster.

I do a few more torturous moves with her, then say "Go for it, Woman" to Nicole, snicker myself, and do other moves than she does. After all, the video got stuck again.

What's with these videos anyway??? Can't they figure out a way to make them run smoothly???

I am seriously considering doing my own videos........no, Silly! Not the ones of ME........the ones I bought at Wal-Mart or from Spark.

I have the Cardio Blast, the Fit, Firm and Fired Up, and from Gold's Gym I have "Lost he Baby Weight Fast and Boot Camp My Hips and Thighs.

They are not easy ones to do, but at least they don't get all hung up.

My Elna sewing machine is having tension problems. This is not a good thing. I am supposed to be teaching classes on June 7, 8, and 9. Any suggestions as to how I can do it with a machine that won't work properly?

Take it to a repair shop, you say. You're probably right, but I just hate doing that. I really go through withdrawals when my machine is not close by.

I mean, there is nothing to DO.

Oh, sure, I COULD go out and pull some of the weeds, but they are becoming prize winners in size. I think I can get my picture in the local paper showing off my prize weeds.

Or I COULD clean my house. (I should wash my mouth out with soap for THAT idea!) If I clean house, then I have to wipe away all those autographs that were written in the dust. That's paramount to wiping away a friend.

My Dream Catchers (known as "cobwebs" to the uneducated) are becoming impressive, too. They always sway and drape so nicely, don't you think?

Yes, there ARE some things that could be done around here, but I don't want to overdo my workouts.

After all, this IS all about taking care of oneself, isn't it?!

  
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DIANESMILES 5/7/2011 7:27PM

    LOLOLOL HAHAHAHAHA !! As USUAL you AGAIN have me ROLLING On the floor in a FIT of laughter,,,is that a NICE thing to do to a DISABLED woman who uses a wheelchair? Do you KNOW what it LOOKS like to have ME on the floor laughing? Well it's NOT a nice pic ! My neighbors heard me,,,,,and thought I was in DANGER and called the POLICE !!! SHEESHE ! THANKS A LOT !! AGAIN !! That's the 4th time you've done this to ME !!! What a TEAM MATE your turning out to be !!!! MAN oh man ! Well hey, keep on blogging,,, I NEED the excerise TRYING to get up,,,and the cops are sooo CUTE !! (Why do they carry the cuffs?),,,those men in the pretty white coats are kinda weird though !

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GRANDMA1951 5/7/2011 6:42PM

    How funny!!! I needed a good laugh this afternoon. I'm with you on the housework. I only do it when I'm afraid the "clean police" are going to show up. Of course, we could do it with gutso and burn some much needed calories. Nah - I'd rather do videos or go for a walk. Good luck getting your sewing machine to work. I used to love sewing but haven't done it in years. I'm jealous. Oh well, maybe I should at least clean the kitchen in case Barack and Michelle show up!!! You never can tell.

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Day 8, and Here We Go Again

Friday, May 06, 2011

No. I am not referencing Dolly Parton's song.

I am talking about our Spring into Shape Challenge, Video Day 1 with Nicole.

Otherwise known as "The Wicked One".

Today was that stupid kickboxing thing again. The one where she makes it all sound so nice and gentle.

Don't believe it!

I must say, that in some parts, I did see improvement. I actually kept up with her during the first part of the side kick, feet together, squat, feet together. Or something like that.

Anyway, I was doing okay as long as I talked outloud to keep my cadence. Then I took a breath, and forgot to talk outloud.

That resulted in something like side kick, bend, punch, grab the desk, back kick, side kick, turn the other way, punch, bend, grab the desk...........

At least I kept moving, right?

Mayby I should make my own videos. Then other spasmodics like me would understand, and we would all be in our own interpretations of what a workout looks like.

We can change it any time, too. If you don't like to side kick, then you could side hop or something.

I don't do jumping or hopping. I am tired of tipping over when I try.

Our arm workouts could consist of jerking our arms any which way, which is what I do most of the time.

It's kind of like a fling fest with my arms.

The same with those boxing moves. The ones where you jab, undercut, side jab or whatever it is called. It all boils down to punching the air.

So why, pray tell, does she expect me to do it in FORM!!!

I have found that the air is just as dense on my sides as it is in front of me. I mean, if we're going to punch air, who CARES in what direction we are punching?

And let's not forget those Jumping Jacks she expects me to do, either. My arms and feet are not acquainted, and seemingly do not even live in the same neighborhood.

They don't get along, and don't work together. They each have their own idea of how a workout should go, and do their own thing.

Sometimes even feet are doing different things from each other, and arms.........well, they're the wild ones.........never know which way they are going to go!

My workouts frequently look something like a frog in the blender, except I don't get all smoothed out. The chunks and bumps stay, and only my glisten improves.

But in for a penny, in for a pound, as the saying goes.

I don't know if I will actually lose any weight, but if the myth is true about exercising to the point of sweating makes a person think better, then I am definitely on my way to Genius!

Yep. Here we go again. I think I am going to put on my Dolly Parton CD and listen to HER version. I suspect that will be less stressful than Nicole's.

  
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GRANDMACOO 5/7/2011 3:41AM

    LOL! I actually bought gloves and those little target things recently, so I could mix up my workouts. I have been in a plateau, so thought this would help. I should have just waited a week or so and saved my money; Nicole's kickboxing is a much more energetic workout than I give myself. Being a day behind you in this challenge allows me to read your blog and be "prepared" for my next round with dear Nicole!

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DIANESMILES 5/7/2011 12:57AM

    EVERYTIME I read ur blogs about this I get TEARS ROLLING my face as I go into FITS of laughter !!! LOL You just write it up soooo fuur nny !!!!! Now the jumping jacks I can actually do (when i am well enough that is) But I'd FAIL on the rest of it. Hmmm I think Nicole has a SIC sense of humor and LOVES to punish the rest of us, just based on the video's I've tried of hers. Just MHO. BUT ! She's ALL for us tightening up and SO AM I !!! So GET UP and GET TO IT !! LOL cause I am NOT done laughing with you !!!! I look forward to the next blog. Are you GLAD blogging is our next challenge,,,you get do that SITTING DOWN !!! emoticon

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MPENNE 5/6/2011 8:38PM

    emoticon You are doing great.

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