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New goal

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Still taking the bus. I actually prefer to take it to work rather than drive now. Funny. We'll see how it goes in winter.

My new goal for myself is to take time out for me. I've been doing everything for everyone else but not having me time because I feel guilty doing it. DH even told me when I wanted to go to an ADULT movie by myself that I wasn't being a very good mom by leaving son at home and not spending quality time with him. (That day I went to son's hockey game and took him to a bday party all before my dh made that statement. Awesome!) So I stayed home and went to a kids movie with son and dh, got home and played with son the rest of the evening. Same the next day while dh took off to a friend's house. GRR.

So stressed lately. DH is still looking for a job in teaching but no one is hiring. Also checking out part time jobs in retail jobs (no full time available). DH's dad is dying of cancer. 1 more treatment option and if that doesn't work he is done. Worried about son and school. Thankfully 1st day went well yesterday. Lots of kids he had been in other classes with in same class so he had a good day.

Need a vacation stat!

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CEIGSTI 8/22/2012 12:39AM

    Good news! Hubby was offered a job today. Whew. I asked my boss for a vacation day Monday and he was fine with it. Look forward to a day by myself!

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A-NEW-TARA 8/21/2012 11:25PM

    I agree with the others you have to take time for yourself. I wonder how your husband thinks it's ok for him to go out on his own to a buddies, but you aren't allowed the same time alone. I do hope the job situation turns around for him, I know that adds so much stress to everybody and your father-in-law is in my prayers. Stay strong, take care of yourself so you can take care of everybody else.

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KOFFEENUT 8/21/2012 3:36PM

    You are right - one of the BEST things you can do to be a terrific Mom to your son is to take some time for yourself. You can't pour anything from an empty vessel.

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THEEXERCISER 8/21/2012 11:23AM

    I think taking time for yourself is a great goal! My prayers goes out to your father in law.

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Thursday, July 05, 2012

I've decided to start taking the bus to work as my workplace gives us a free annual pass that I hardly ever use. Plus gas is so expensive. My husband has a 2000 F150 truck that he uses all the time and I have a pathfinder which is a little better than the truck but still a gas hog. I told my husband to drive my car instead of his truck everywhere so we could save on gas. I would take the bus/light rail to work. The other win beyond cash savings is I walk more. The bus stop is a few blocks away from our house and the light rail stop is a couple blocks from work. So I get alot of speed walking in based on how late I am! I won't be able to do it as much once hubby starts substitute teaching again but we'll see how we can work it out. It really is nice reading a book on the way into work rather than being snarled in traffic. Course standing at the bus stop in the dead of winter might change that philosophy! Light rail is supposed to open up near my house in the spring so that would be a nice option eventually. Hubby could drop me off on his way to wherever. Depending on how early he has to be to his assignment of course. I wish he could just get a full time teaching job at an elementary school. It would make things easier and less hectic!

Planning son's birthday party. It will be a swim party so that will be so much easier. Its just the planning part that is tedious. Plus invitations, etc. But we need to get hopping!

Went geocaching yesterday with the boys. At first I thought it would be a nice walk with just the dog and myself, but once my son heard geocaching, he wanted to go (which is good cuz he was just playing video games and I want him to get out more). Then hubby heard that we were going and wanted to go too! We had fun. We dropped off our first tracker bug so we'll see where it goes. I had problems with my gps yesterday. We attempted a multicache but I couldn't get the gps to change from E and N so I could enter in N and W coordinates. PITA. I'll have to figure it out and go back. By nightfall, our tracker bug was on its way to a new cache. Very exciting. My son is excited too.

We are headed to the mountains this weekend so will need to dig up geocache sites for where we are going as hubby will be fishing and we can get some hiking in hopefully. (Barring any instant forest fires popping up!)

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CARANN56 7/6/2012 7:24AM

    Sounds like you are having a great time with getting everyone involved in the geocaching! My SIL's first travel bug has been to Japan and Germany!


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PEPPYPATTI 7/5/2012 9:21PM

    Just think you get to relax then exercise & all before work! Have a great weekend!

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LHLADY517 7/5/2012 8:19PM

    The bus sounds like a great idea. I walk to work. It's just under a mile one way.
And the geocaching sounds like fun.

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Another Quote - Point to Ponder - Be Adventurous!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

I was reading an article from Outside Magazine called the 2012 Adventure Bucket List - 50 epic adventures to do before you die. In the foreword they talk about how Americans have and take less vacation than other major countries. Here's a link to the article for more info: www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-advent

The motivational quote they start the list with is:

“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am—a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”
–Edward Abbey

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KARENA228 6/21/2012 7:00PM

    That's a great passage. Thank you for sharing .

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NEILITHICMAN 6/21/2012 5:08PM

    Here in New Zealand we get 4 weeks paid leave a year plus 11 stat days, My work also give us an extra 3 days off between Christmas and New Years Day, a total of about 7 weeks leave a year. I guess we're lucky.

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Points to Ponder

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

That first peak is the best place to pause and look back, to see if you took the easiest route, to learn the lessons from the first climb. And it is the best place to examine the terrain ahead, to change your plans and goals, to take a deep breath and begin climbing again.
- By Michael Johnson

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.
- Abraham Lincoln

People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.
- Dale Carnegie

As a mother of teenagers, do you know how many times I picked up the phone to apologize to my own mother?
- Christy Borgeld

It is not length of life, but depth of life.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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GAYLLYNNE 6/20/2012 6:32AM

    Great quotes!! Thanks for sharing.

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DONNACOLOGNA 6/19/2012 4:15PM

  Oh, Abe. Why is it your wisdom appeals the most?

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 6/19/2012 4:04PM

    I love all these!! Thanks for sharing them!

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Triathlon/Parks Passport Program

Monday, April 23, 2012

Well the self challenge was a bust again. *snicker* I laugh because the last time I actually did the entire challenge was pre-kids.

I got an e-mail at work a week ago advertising the Busy Woman's Triathlon. Basically you pay $20 to participate in the 4 week triathlon. Your $20 goes toward a women's scholarship fund at the University I work at. I thought it was a great idea so I forwarded it to a couple other co-workers to try and get them in on it. They signed up and off we go. Its nice to have others doing it with you. I have done a 1 day sprint distance triathlon before which was grueling but this will be nice and easy. The premise is within 4 weeks you do the swim/bike/run of a full triathlon length. You can substitute exercises for swimming, biking, running (elliptical for biking, etc.) and they have a conversion chart for the substitutions. This will help get me motivated to work out as it is all in good fun.

I also signed up for the parks passport program through my city. Starting in June, the object is to walk every park in the city by August. I enlisted a friend of mine who recently started Weight Watchers. I hardly get to see her so walking will be our time to chat instead of the twice a year movie/lunch.

These are something different so I'm hoping they will help jumpstart the exercise for me. I've been kind of burnt out going to the gym all the time. Now to get the food part on board (weekends!).

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KAYOTIC 4/25/2012 10:05AM

    Great challenges! What a wonderful way to get in some workouts!

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NEILITHICMAN 4/23/2012 6:33PM

    Sounds cool

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CARANN56 4/23/2012 11:28AM

    Wow -this sounds like great ideas!

Have fun!


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