Monday, April 07, 2014
It was a more interesting weekend than usual--starting with the adult piano recital/luncheon on Friday, where I played the first movement of Mozart's 12th Sonata, with pretty good results…only a few flubs that maybe the audience didn't notice. My early piano teachers used to advise not correcting mistakes but just ignoring them and moving on, hoping the audience isn't aware of them! So I followed that theory.
One of the students at the recital was a 90-year-old woman who just started taking lessons, about a year ago! She is slow to comprehend the music but is learning and was an inspiration.
Then yesterday, Sunday, son and I went to an event at an arts center called "Paws for Art," at which canines were the main participants. We walked the two dogs, Molly and MIckey, throughout the grounds and I think they enjoyed it. it's good for them to get out a bit and see species of their own kind. Also visited an artist's table who had some interesting pictures for sale--but alas, she did not take credit cards and I didn't have much cash with me. I may contact her and order some things. Pictures of lighthouses (Cape May, Barnaget) and a hummingbird in a flowery tree branch were especially appealing.
Daughter and I are planning excursions for our upcoming cruise to Hawaii, so that's fun to look forward to. We talked about it on the phone last night.
So here we are to Monday and back to routines. Supposed to rain most of the day and night..hope not too badly; we have an ear doctor's appointment this afternoon.
Till next time--stay warm and dry!
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Looks like I'm officially "retired" now--21 years after I "retired" from teaching! Thursday I sent over my last paid newsletter and with that closed my business. Of course I am still available to do pro bono work for groups that are important to me, but basically I am free to do…whatever. It's a good feeling but scary too---I still want to fill my days with meaningful activities/work; just have to discipline myself to stick to some kind of schedule.
Yesterday I went to the Friday morning zumba class and it was a great workout, I must admit. Saw Terri 289 there, so that was a bonus; haven't seen her in awhile. We made tentative plans to get together soon. But strangely, after all that exercise--including a 25-minute walk with the dogs--I still gained a pound. (Of course, we had pizza for dinner and popcorn later). One thing I've learned about snacking: giving up candy, even small pieces, has made a difference. I'm trying to reach a goal of 120 and yesterday morning (before the pizza) I was only a pound away. Today, alas, one pound more. I would like to get the weight where I want it before we go away in May, because you know I will gain weight then.
Looks like a rain-soaked weekend. Just hanging out getting some files organized, writing checks and then cleaning out a chest to make room for paper products. At least I'll be accomplishing something!
Stay dry, everyone.
Monday, March 24, 2014
I finally got back to doing some classes at the gym: zumba on Friday and the 85-minute yoga class on Sunday. If only I could stick to a schedule! Trouble is, I get bored or impatient with doing the same thing multiple times--or is it just laziness?
I did the spinning class a few times and that's a pretty brutal workout, but mercifully short (only 30 minutes). Then there's the "yoga on the ball" class, which stretches my muscles but sometimes demands that you do pretzel-like poses on a big ball! Don't know if I can stick with that.
Finally there's zumba, which is fun but sometimes I wonder if it's really doing any good. However, I'm usually pretty tired afterwards, so I must be burning some calories.
I learned a long time ago that exercise has to be fun or you won't stick to it. That's what got me into running--not that it was so much fun in itself but the fun part was running with others who eventually became friends. And then there was the challenge--going from a 5-mile race to a 10 K to a half marathon and finally to a full marathon--six of them! Those were the days.
My one dependable exercise is walking the dogs, which they demand daily, but how much good can a 20 or 25-minute walk do? Some, I guess, but not enough to make a difference in one's weight loss goals.
I think I will try to make a schedule of classes and other workouts to do and then do it! Being in this retirement phase demands more discipline than ever, lest we run the risk of seeing our days churn by with little accomplished…which is why I have to get back to my writing, and today, my last newsletter! Hooray!
Monday, March 17, 2014
Yes, we woke up to about 3-4 inches of snow yet again, and here it is March 17. Oh, Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!
DH's favorite meal for this day is of course corned beef and cabbage. I thought we could go out for it but alas it doesn't look too favorable with this weather. I, as a "pesco" vegetarian, do not eat the meat but love the carrots, cabbage and boiled potatoes that go with it. So wilt try to get to the store today to buy the fixins.
We entertained daughter and family over the weekend. Courtney (granddaughter) did not come as she apparently had "previous engagements." After all, she is in college and allowed to live her own life! Anyhow, Pam (daughter) and I were free to go off shopping on our own, and that we did, at the Cherry Hill Mall, which has just about everything you'd want in terms of clothes. Hit Banana Republic and Nordstrom's, along with a few short visits to some other small shops.
She got a bunch of new clothes for work and Courtney's upcoming graduation. I got a sparkly blue dress that I fell in love with for our upcoming cruise. They did not have it in my size but it is ordered and will be delivered.
On a Spark note, I tried to delete my "goal weight" info as I'm only two pounds away and
I keep fluctuating a couple of pounds but never reaching that goal--it's not really that important anyway--but the system won't allow me to delete. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd appreciate hearing them.
Well, I'm off to the shower and another cabin fever day!
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