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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Went to walk my street corner today for Fill the Boot. Got there and there was no one there. No cute firefighters for me to ogle! emoticon emoticon I called the coordinator and it turns out that the firemen did not have enough volunteers to work fill the boot! emoticon It turns out that there was testing going on for firefighters AND some training for the EMT's. That took out most of their folks. One of the corners was still working so I headed up there. They really didn't need the help, so I went to the library and then came home.

Which brings me to the next update. At the library, I picked up three new DVD's. Two of them were Power-90, Plyo Legs and Cardio Intervals. The third was a two-DVD set called Urban Hip Hop and included Urban Heat and Urban Beat. The Urban ones sounded like fun. Cardio to hip-hop music. The two DVD's together would be 70 minutes. I can do this! Or not. The moves were way too complicated for this old white girl from Idaho! LOL! I ended up pretty much just flopping around, trying to keep moving. Every once in awhile, my moves accidentally looked a little like what they were doing on the TV. But not in a cool, urban hip hop way. More in a "is she having a seizure" way. emoticon Didn't help the DS came up to ask me a question and stayed to laugh. The laughing wasn't so bad, but he was louder than the instructor. Since I couldn't hear her, I REALLY had no idea what I was supposed to be doing! That DVD set is going back tomorrow.

About three weeks ago I posted goals for the month. I've already gotten off track for most of those! I'm still doing the pushups, but not as faithfully as I should be. I am ready to do Week 5, Day 3. If I was on program, I'd be onto Week 6 by now. Not beating myself up for that, just reminding myself. And to top it off, I did something to my shoulder today and it just hurts! No pushups today. Hoping I slept on it wrong and it will feel better tomorrow.

Since one month is too long for my short term memory, or ADD, or whatever it is that drags me off the wagon, I am changing my goals...AGAIN! Keeping the pushups. Gonna finish out the six-weeks and see where I am there. If I'm not to 100 pushups yet, I'll repeat week 6 (maybe 5 and 6) until I do get there. My other goal (yes, one goal) is to eat mindfully tomorrow. I'm going to sit at a table with no book, no phone and try for no TV (DH might not allow that one!) for each of my meals and snacks. I'm going to pay attention to what I eat and how it tastes. I'm going to notice the texture, the smell and how those things make me feel. For one whole day!

I think that is a big enough glimpse into my amazing world. Don't want you to get too overwhelmed by the awesomeness! LOL! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GLOBALKEEWEE 5/24/2010 7:11PM

    Walking the street corner, trolling for hot guys...yep, that's what I would expect from you emoticon

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DUTCHIEKIWI 5/24/2010 6:53PM

    Tell DS to make a video!!! I agree with Michelle, we really need to see it.....

come on.... one more time!!



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STEELERCRAZY 5/24/2010 3:23PM

    THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN AN AMAZING VIDEO BLOG! Don't feel bad...I think I gave myself a stress fracture during my morning jog. I has a feelin' that tomorrow will be spent on the stationary bike.

I'm glad you clarified that your walk to YOUR STREET CORNER was for Fill the Boot. Sorry it didn't work out the way you planned. Especially the lack of firefighters.

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LADYIRISH317 5/23/2010 11:24AM

    I always love reading your blogs! They remind me so much of Erma Bombeck.

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BKNOCK 5/23/2010 8:47AM

    Too bad your son did not take any video because I could really use a good laugh! You did give me a good chuckle reading this though! You sound like you have a lot of energy even if you can't get it to do what you want!

Short term goals are always a good thing!

I hope that your Sunday is just as amusing!

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MARLOU4 5/23/2010 8:16AM

    Truly amazing. Now true to visualize senior citizen white girl hip hop. I make sure I'm alone in the house and the shades are closed. It seems to amuse the dog and cat.

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CONNIELEE54 5/23/2010 4:29AM

    emoticonI really needed something to give me a smile and a lift so I stopped by to read your blog--I hear you, about the DVD P.E. I never can quite get the hang of all the actions!
Good Job, to try, though!

Our firemen also have been out this weekend, filling the boots for Jerry's Kids...I got to donate a little of our yard sale money to the cause! emoticon

Good Luck on your goals...I had to write Coach Nancy as I got very tangled up this week, so it happens to all of us! Hang in there!! emoticon

Thanks 4 all the smiles U bring my way!! I really need them--I've been taking myself WAY 2 seriously, lately!! emoticon

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USFBULL 5/23/2010 12:26AM

    You have way more energy than I today. Lots of walking at work today so I don't feel to bad, just no energy. So its take it easy read and maybe get a good walk to the market tomorrow. emoticon emoticon

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My song and dance explained

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Yesterday, my status referred to me getting ready for my "song and dance" planned for today. Today's status refers to my successful performance. I had a few people ask me for a few more details. So, here they are.

Two days ago, we found out that every single package we had ever built of one particular variety had a defect. Not a big enough defect to make the package unusable. Just big enough to make our more particular customers sit up and notice. Today's song and dance was my time to explain to all of the powers that be what happened, why it happened, how we were going to fix it and what do we do with all of these packages we've already started.

Lots of preparation went into this performance. Pre-meetings, side meetings, hallway conversations, documentation and more documentation (oh nuts! Just remembered I need to send out meeting minutes!) and minutes of said meetings. Luckily, my team and I had prepared very well. We went into the meeting and told the powers our story.

In the end, they agreed that we do not have to throw everything away, that we can finish the stuff we've started and we just need to fix the new stuff we start making. emoticon That is EXACTLY the answer I wanted. So what if we had to help steer them in that direction? We got there, didn't we? LOL!! My boss was even pleased with the outcome!

On a completely separate note, tomorrow is going to be the coldest May day in recent (if not in all) recorded history for my area. During this "lovely" cold snap, I will be outside for a full three hours helping with Fill The Boot. Fill The Boot (for those unfamiliar) is a fundraiser for MDA (Jerry's Kids). Fire fighters stand at intersections with a fireman's boot and people give them money to fill it...hence the name... emoticon One of my son's friends has MD and his mom organized volunteers to assist the firefighters during this time. I said I would help. No...of course not...I know what you're thinking! I did NOT sign up just so I could ogle all the hunky firemen! Well, that's not the ONLY reason! emoticon If you have a "Fill The Boot" in your area, please go help fill it up!

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DONNAORLENE 5/23/2010 1:08AM

    Thank you, thank you, thank you..I would have always wondered about that! You're too funny! LOL! And Smart on top of that! I can always count on you for something interesting and funny! Just when I need it the most. Thanks!

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CARLANNIE 5/22/2010 8:07AM

    We are expecting 4 inches of snow during the day today! What is that all about? And more snow for the next few days. It's insane. Stay warm while you're filling the boots - want to borrow my down coat? That's awesome you saved the company a ton of money with your preparation and silver tongue. You rock!

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BKNOCK 5/22/2010 7:01AM

    I am glad that your song and dance was a success! Have fun filling the boot and I hope it is not too cold! Wow cold in May? The strange weather patterns continue! It looks like rain by us today :(

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MUSIC66 5/22/2010 1:28AM

    that sounds like a good cause hope you get the boot filled.

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What was the best thing you ate today?

Friday, May 21, 2010

Something like that is the title of one of the threads in one of my teams. Today, I started to post what my favorite bite of food was today. But...I couldn't think of anything that was my favorite. emoticon

How wrong is that? How incredibly mindless did I have to be today to not really enjoy or savor ANYTHING I ate today? I ate a lot and even had some cookies. I do remember eating lunch and NOT enjoying it. There was nothing wrong with it (chicken and brocolli) and I liked it enough to pack it for lunch. BUT, I've had chicken for the last four days straight, twice a day for two of those days. I was sick of chicken!!

Tomorrow, I'm going to do two things. One - have no more than one serving of any one food (except veggies). Juniaatrome's idea, thank you!! Second, I'm going to pay attention to what I eat. I'm going to have something to post on that thread, dang it!!

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RWETHAIRYET 5/21/2010 10:53PM

    Hmmm, well it was rush to the grocery store after work, grab next weeks groceries, spend tons of money and then be so tired and not willing to think about cooking so I stop at the pizza place on my 15 mile trip back home from the grocery store night. And it was good...but I ate too much, haha.

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TYLARDERDIN 5/21/2010 4:27PM

    Lean sirloin, tilapia, shrimp, turkey cutlets, beans and rice, tofu stirfry!! I could go on and on but I won't. I also make sure to change the flavours of the chicken breast. Sometimes I do just plain, some with poultry seasoning, some cajun spiced, some asian spiced, some caribbean jerk spice. I do my best to make sure things are as changed up as possible. I also try my best to make sure that I am "mindful" of everything I eat. I try to focus on the flavours and textures I am eating. It has really helped me the more I do that.

Trust the process. Do right, things go right.

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STEELERCRAZY 5/21/2010 1:40PM

    You're gonna sprout some feathers if you keep that chicken binge up, LOL! Sounds like a plan and if anyone can pull it off, you can.

The most favorite thing I had to eat YESTERDAY was my sister's macaroni salad. She makes it with Splenda and it's the BEST!!! Today my favorite thing was vegetable pizza. My LEAST favorite thing to eat today was the beetle that flew in my mouth upon opening the window in the kitchen. I really HATE that when it happens....

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LMB-ESQ 5/21/2010 9:09AM

    Ugh... I hear you about being sick of chicken and broccoli. I always liked broccoli, but I ate so much of that I could barely stand to look at it! Now I'm into asparagus. That was probably the best thing I ate yesterday. Today so far, eggs for breakfast.

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MOCACHOC 5/21/2010 9:02AM

    I ate carrots and blackberries.

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LADYIRISH317 5/21/2010 8:49AM

    I only just got up -- haven't eaten a thing yet.

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BKNOCK 5/21/2010 6:16AM

    That is a lot of chicken! I need to also work on that and also I need to learn how to plan my lunch better, you are terrific at that!

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DONNAD222 5/21/2010 1:56AM

    After reading your question, I could not think of any food that I ate today that stuck out in my mind as great. I am also eating a lot of the same foods everyday. I love the idea "no more than one serving of any food daily". I am going to give it a try!! Thanks. emoticon

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To know me is to

Thursday, May 20, 2010

know that I am always cold. Well, almost always. I'm warm when I sleep and I'm warm right now (just took a shower) and I'm warm when I'm sitting outside in the long as the temperature is at least 75. Preferably warmer. I prefer 100 to 60.

Here's some irony for you. My truck has a kick-a$$ air conditioner and a marginal heater. My DH's truck has a good air conditioner and the best heater ever! Yes, he is always too warm. Always. (okay, almost always)

As I type, I can tell that I'm warm. Besides the obvious, I mean! LOL! The blood veins (or are they arteries?) on the back of my hands are puffy and stand up on the hand. Not puffy like call-the-doctor-her-hand-is-going-to-explo
de puffy. Just prominent. When I'm cold, the veins/arteries/blood pathways do not stick up at all. They're still visible, but they have obviously retreated to the relative warmth of the inside of my body.

I shared this observation with my DH and my DD when we were at breakfast this weekend. DH decided that I was wrong. I had drunk caffeine, thus restricting the blood flow and causing the veins to shrink. Being cold had nothing to do with. I mean, the cold is all in my head after all. emoticon

Well...I'm drinking caffeine right now, blood vessels are constricted but those veins are big and pretty!! Take that! LOL!

Here's a picture. Enjoy the wonder that is my hand. emoticon

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GEEMAWEST 5/20/2010 9:33PM

    To know you is to go "huh"? What is she talking about this time. LOL

Now that I've seen a picture of your hand I feel I know you much better.

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STEELERCRAZY 5/20/2010 12:35PM

    OMG, LOL! Leave it to you to take a pic of your hand...would it help to have a nurse on your side?? Your husband is only partly right...however, caffeine in the amount of what you drink is not enough to visibly restrict those particular veins in the back of your hand. Maybe the small vessels in your brain that aren't visible to the naked eye that are WITHIN your body, not the ones that are visible on the surface of your skin. You would have to be injected with bags of caffeine for that to happen. The only thing that can restrict veins on the surface of your skin are...

Drum roll, please! .....

Cold temps!!!!

Get warm and stay warm, girl. You're making ME cold!

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CARLANNIE 5/20/2010 10:35AM

    Ah, your hand! Thanks for adding wonder to our lives. emoticon

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LADYIRISH317 5/20/2010 9:38AM

    Ever think of swapping vehicles?

I have a co-worker who is always cold. While the rest of us are sweating she's wrapped up in a blanket grousing loudly about her goose-bumps. You could drop her into the Sahara at high noon and she'd still be cold.

Oh...did I mention she's a compulsive ice-chewer? And sees absolutely NO connection?

I haven't smacked her yet. Waiting for my medal right now...

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BKNOCK 5/20/2010 5:59AM

    What a nice looking hand! I am just the opposite now but I used to be more like that! I had surgery about wow it is going on 5 years now and I went through sudden menopause. I do not get hot flashes but my body is just always at a higher temperature than it used to be! I also get warm when I sleep and I have a fan on at all times in my bedroom!

I hope that you have a great Thursday!

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SKYBLUEFUSION 5/20/2010 5:31AM

    I'm almost always cold too. My hands turn purple/blue thanks to Raynauds disease.

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Did you know that "QI" is a word?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I didn't. I still don't know what it means. But, I have an app on my phone that lets me play Scrabble with friends or with random opponents. One of the games I played, my opponent played the word "qi." This program does not let you play non-words, so it must be a word, right?

Tonight, I was playing another game against someone else. She swapped out the Q, knowing that I would get it. Luckily, there was an "i" on the board and I was able to play "qi" And on a triple letter square! Can you say 31 points for playing one letter! emoticon That opponent has now added that word to her memory banks as well. No, we don't know what it means. Does it matter? It's worth 31 points! LOL!

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RWETHAIRYET 5/19/2010 7:55PM

    I knew it too...along with a whole bunch of other funny 2 letter and q words. used to play scrabble a lot.

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BKNOCK 5/19/2010 10:36AM

    Actually I used to play scrabble all the time and I have used that word! Sounds like fun!

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BKNOCK 5/19/2010 10:29AM

    I used to play scrabble a lot and yes I knew that was a word! Sounds like fun!

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COLEENCOLE 5/19/2010 8:05AM

    We could never get away with qi in our games as we don't allow foreign words.

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CARLANNIE 5/19/2010 7:58AM

    If you have a Facebook account, the Scrabble game on there has a drop down list of all the two-letter words available. It is very handy at times! I, too, found out from a friend that qi is a very powerful word. Don't have an app for my cell, but would love to play on FB - just email me if you want to.

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    Yes, I did know this as a Level II Reiki practitioner. Qi, pronounced as - Chi, in its simplest form represents energy as it relates to your "life force". But Qi/Chi has many meanings depending on the context, but for the most part it is referenced as energy and its origin is from traditional Chinese medicine.

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CHERI634 5/19/2010 7:42AM

    Thanks for the tip. Are you playing 'words with friends' on iphone? I play it on mine all the time. Yes, it will let you play qat, but I've never heard of qi.

My username on words with friends is CheriMichelle, in case you want to strike up a game sometime.

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IRONGRANNIE 5/19/2010 4:44AM

    I knew that! It's pronounced "chi". My scrabble rules say only English words, or Australian in our case, which means we could not use "idealize" as we spell it"idealise". I'm going to start playing "multi-national" rules!

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JUNIAATROME 5/19/2010 3:41AM

    thanks for the tip - never mind what it means. emoticon if it gives you those scores...

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GDY2SHUZ 5/19/2010 1:21AM

    Sounds like a lot of fun, and very educational. The new phones must be like computers. They have so many functions on them.

Can you access SparkPeople on the phone? I noticed a advertisement about phones and Spark. How great would that be.... to track calories and check out new cafés.

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STEELERCRAZY 5/19/2010 1:16AM

    Yes. I knew that, haha! Brian and I play Scrabble on a regular basis and we are always busting each other's chops. We had a great game one night and we were really really into it. I got the "z" and it was an upper corner spot and also got the triple letter score...the word was "idealize" and I made a freaking killing, HOO WAHHH!! Unfortunately my old man talks like a nutjob in his sleep and he was ticked that I won...and ALL NIGHT HE SPELLED EVERYTHING HE SAID in his sleep. Oy!!

Or should I say, 'QI!" ??

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SUGARPUNK52 5/19/2010 1:11AM

  No,I didn't know that either.Thanks for sharing it with us though.Never know when it'll come in handy.What does qat mean?

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HURDLE4LIFE 5/19/2010 1:06AM

    I'm surprised you were able to play Qi, it's chinese for Flow as in flow of energy. In our home you can only play three letter words, two letters would be great. Now I could play of and is. See if the game will let you play qat.

Hope you enjoyed your game!

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MUSIC66 5/19/2010 12:43AM

    i did not no that either.

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