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Friday, June 27, 2008

Isn't the old saying true? You never know what you had til you don't have it anymore? How 'bout clean air....whew. It has (again) been horrible here in California. Last fall, it was Orange county. Now, it is northern CA, fighting over 1200 fires...and only about 250 of them are contained. Hundreds of thousands of acres are burning. Everything from the parched hills to the redwood forests...The air looks like something from a movie...after the holocaust. It is horrible.

My dear hubby has transported me to work so I don't have to walk my normal 3/4 mile (or more) each way...but that means I get here at 6:15 each a.m. and he doesn't pick me up til 5:30 p.m. LONG days...I am officially off the clock, but playing the waiting game thought I would catch up on Sparks.

If I sleep well, I eat well, but with such smokey air, I think I am oxygen deprived, and thus sleep deprived. I even took a break and snoozed at my desk today. I got the idea from coworkers who are all doing the same my entire working career, I have never had to sleep on the job, but today? I set my alarm phone, put a sign up saying "On a break" and dozed off for about 15 minutes. I have a snuggly blanket and was all wrapped up cozy. It was awesome. I could do it again! Cannot believe it is summer, and I am wrapping up in blankets and sleeping at work!

I am pulling out the stiches on my biopsy tonight. I cannot stand it! The bigger incision (where the excision took place) is not ready. I'll let the doc do that on's itchy but still hurts too much to scratch. So I double pad it up and "Rub" the incicion through layers of gauze!

I'm starting 10 hour shifts again next week...meaning every Monday off. We're going with some friends to the central coast for the holiday weekend. A mini vacation....and then it will be a weekend with my folks, and then a weekend in Fort Bragg, and THEN, I can have some days off to myself. I am not sure it will work, due to the length of my commute. It takes about 45-50" door to door (drive, train and walk) so that makes it about a 12 hour day minimum (because of mandatory lunch breaks...It wasn't so bad when I was 10 minutes away, but I am committed for 3 months. May change back at that time...or not...

Have no plans for the weekend. Laundry, cleaning. Canning. and probably time with the grandkids. ALL in doors. But most important? SLEEPING!

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MADANNIE71 6/28/2008 7:32AM

    The smoke sounds terrible. I cannot even imagine how it must feel breathing it, seeing it, living it. I hope the smoke clears soon. Good luck on your new schedule, Maybe you will be able to adapt to it, I hope so.

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DEEANN8 6/27/2008 9:32PM

    emoticonOh, so sorry about the smoke -- sounds awful!
emoticonTrying to send some fresh air your way... take care of yourself

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TRECECOOKS 6/27/2008 8:36PM

    Please take good care of yourself - you are so precious to us all!

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COSMIC_ENERGY 6/27/2008 7:59PM

I'm sorry to hear about he smoke. We've had similar issues in Va from fires in NC. Seems to have cleared up. Congrats on the mini naps at work--I say if you can do it-why not?

Hope the new schedule works out for you. Give it a chance.

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I peeked

Saturday, June 21, 2008

I took the pressure dressing off today, and was able to shower! Did THAT feel good! Incision is almost two inches long, and there IS a dent...sigh. I am sure it will fill in some, but there are puckers at the edges, closing a circle with a straight line...It does look weird. I just say, "More Character" This battle scarred body of mine. How kind it is to me. I am so very blessed. It just keeps on tickin.

It is steamy hot here in Sacramento. It is humid and at the century mark. What better motivation to eat light.

Went to Farmers' Market with an umbrella. Like that would help.

I got our team started for the Memory Walk, coming up in October. Figured I would enlist friends early on this year. But we shall see. I guess I don't get it. I would think EVERYONE would want to walk for a cause....but as each year goes by, I realize no, they don't. Check out the team link on my spark page.

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JENNYFF 6/22/2008 3:02AM

  Welcome to the Family! I too aquired a dent. The culprit was a head on collision-the seat belt held but my body still moved around. i hit my head and was left with a dent the size of a 50 cent piece in my hairline that did over time fill in. My husband says the can may be dented but what's inside is still good. I knew there was a reason i kept him around:)

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DEEANN8 6/21/2008 10:12PM

    Oh, that's tooo hot/humid !! We've been pretty blessed with temps this year (but have gotten a lot of rain)

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MISS_VIV 6/21/2008 8:56PM

    Kathy, send me the 'team name' or a way to sign up with your team. I WILL WALK WITH YOU in the fight against Alzheimers.
It should be cooled down by October. hahah emoticon

Ok, you have a new member to your team. All signed up.

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All went well

Friday, June 20, 2008

Had the melanoma excision yesterday. tomorrow....I slept most of the day yesterday, and today am just lazing around. I am to stay down for a couple of days, then...I should be almost back to normal. Much less painful than I thought it would be.

It is over 100 outside, and I would love to be in the pool, but no swimming til the sutures are out.

Not much else to say, other than I am thankful for A/C.

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TRECECOOKS 6/21/2008 7:58PM

    Glad it's over. Praying they got it all, with no further trouble.

They'll be removing a suspicious mole from me, as soon as I can get the money together. They took one before, and it was fine, praise God.

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COSMIC_ENERGY 6/21/2008 9:19AM

    Big hugs and love-- emoticon

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CASSIOEPIA 6/20/2008 9:40PM

    I'm glad it wasn't painful for you. Take care, and rest well.

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HEALTHY4ME 6/20/2008 7:11PM

    Glad all went well, hope you feel better every day and can get in the pool soon. It was nice out here, but lol not that hot. 91 with a light breeze. just nice but the blackflies and mosquitos were out in the yard. I have so much weeding to do....

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WEIRD smoothie

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

I thought I would take it to work...instead I poured it over lettuce as dressing tonight. My hubby asked me what the H--- kind of dressing did I make...Oh you mean lemon, celery, romaine, basil (sounds good so far, right?) dates, peanuts, cayenne and tabasco? I have no idea WHAT mood I was in when I began throwing things together. It actually didn't taste SO bad when you added salt...and it was much lower in calories than other things I could have used.

I am at 1400, which gives me a little wiggle room...about 50% raw today. Tomorrow, we're having friends for dinner, and I am making raw cucumber soup, pasta with fresh tomatoes and fruit compote for dessert. I am hoping NOT to add sweetener, but I bought a bunch of rhubarb today, that looked SO good, so I may cook it with a little, then add fresh plums, nectarines and apples.

Have to get busy. The Celtics are ahead, and I *need* to watch the rest of the game, get organized for low cal tomorrow. I am on a roll.

And I walked over 3 miles today.

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TRECECOOKS 6/20/2008 5:58PM

    Glad you've turned it around at last. I had my skin cancer screening; they need to excise 1 mole.

Thanks for the goodie - I love blueberries! Have a wonderful weekend!! Trece

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DEEANN8 6/18/2008 10:42AM

    LOL - when ever I 'throw' something together, I'm usually the only one who will eat it -- even if it happens to be good (or okay) - lol

Kudos on the 3 miles! emoticon

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MISS_VIV 6/17/2008 11:46PM

    I knew you could do it. Look at you go, girl. Three miles and still smiling. That smoothie doesn't sound all that good, yes, better to put it on salad than to drink it. emoticon emoticon

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CASSIOEPIA 6/17/2008 11:44PM

    Our rhubarb is ready and we've been eating it too. Congrats on your re-birth and watching your calories again. I need to have an aha moment myself.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

AND, not only Truffles, but triple ginger cookies (one of my favorite Trader Joes' treats) sitting in the kitchen at work 20 feet from my desk! I went to the fridge to put my lettuce, fruit, etc in the fridge and they were sitting there...calling my name. LOUDLY. VERY loudly....I almost succumbed. I had to run out of the room, take deep breaths, walk around, and keep going back into the kitchen to see "if they were gone yet" It took a couple hours. But it was a BIG box of truffles, and a huge full container of cookies...I could not even start working til they were all gone!

I was SO relieved when they finally disappeared. I could barely breathe. I made up my mind last night that I was going to eat 1500 calories today, and not one more. Period. Well, my first challenge came WAY earlier than expected. I had to laugh. Last week, I would have gobbled a few truffles and a large handful of the cookies...but the day is done and I am at 1475 calories! Lowest intake in months. I am nauseated, light headed, and all the other things that go along with cutting sugar, and excess calories out of one's diet.

I have my weird smoothie all ready for the morning. And it is farmers' market tomorrow so I will be set with fruit and veggies. And I am off to bed before I attack the fridge.

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TRECECOOKS 6/17/2008 9:28PM

    Hooray for you and your victory over the demon truffle!! Tomorrow is another day - and you will emerge victorious once again!! Trece

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MISS_VIV 6/17/2008 12:23PM

    Way to go Kathy....... You deserve a star. You will be so happy to find all the fresh veggies at the market, that you will forget about the truffles.. (they can be so messy..hahahaha)

Have a great day.. And one that is about 1400.............

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COSMIC_ENERGY 6/17/2008 8:06AM

    Good for you! They will not the the last cookies or truffles you ever have the chance to eat. And they are now clogging someone else's arteries.

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