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Decisions based on a fortune cookie

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Today, after binging on chinese buffet, I read my fortune cookie. Mine was fine, then Josh read his:

"Be concerned, but not obsessed, with your health"

I think ours got switched! This is dead-on, exactly what I needed to read right now.

Okay, so my 'decision' is (now hear me out)....I'm going to take a mini-spark-break. (GASP)

Breathe, it's okay. I'm not leaving you. I will continue to be on the boards, continue to write everyone, and continue to track fitness. I will not however be tracking foods for the next 30(ish) days.

1) I think it is my time (because all the other memebers of my nutrition team have tried this) to attempt to "live the healthy lifestyle" and not have to track every flipping morsel in my mouth.

2) I am so outrageously stressed out right now, I need to not have to focus on "ohmigosh, I have 491 calories left for dinner and only 2 fat and 17 protein and blah de blah blah blah"

3) Given the current situation (Read: 4 weeks til graduation) I need to devote my soul to finishing up my current agenda (10 page research paper, $250 reward still stands for anyone who writes it! Hahah!)

And, I think thats it.
Now, these last few wweeks have been a rollercoaster. A few weeks ago I lost 4 lbs, as many of you saw, but I failed to report to SP, the following weeks 2 lb gain. And this week....is...um....not lookin' good. (Dang Easter candy and chinese and stupid cookies)....

But, we'll see how it goes. tomorrow is Wednesday weigh in and I've started a new challenge taht starts tomorrow (with Nicole - bring it on!!)....so, I'll still have to maintain some sort of composure or else she'll kick my butt (as usual!)

Alright, I'm open for opinions, but please, refrain from saying thigns such as "just wait til you're in the real world...the stress continues" or "when you get a job, you'll feel the same way" or "you think thats stress, I have such-n-such to do" and crap like that b/c frankly it just pisses me off. And I won't get into that rant right now, but please just avoid that.

So, wish me luck, and don't forget: I'm still here, you can write me!

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    Talk about great timing! I just saw my nutritionist today, and she said the same thing that you are thinking: after a while, it's about a lifestyle and not counting every calorie. Her advice, that I will pass onto you, is that you need to give yourself a 4 pound window around your current weight. Then, if you start to creep outside that window, track your food for a day, and see what needs to be fixed. Good luck! Let me know how it goes!!!!!

And I feel you pain with graduation in 4 weeks too... You'll do great! Just think of how awesome you'll feel when it's all said and done

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PIR8CHIK 4/7/2010 11:14AM

    I think after we've done this for a while, we start to get some regular meals in our head. I could easily go a couple days without tracking and just eat what I usually eat. I'm not quite strong enough to resist other temptations yet. Having to track keeps me accountable. I'm sure you'll do great and yes, your mind needs to be spent on other things right now!
Good luck to you!

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LIZZABETH1986 4/7/2010 8:24AM

    you're gonna do just fine! you already know the rough calorie counts for most of the stuff you eat anyway, so i'm sure you'll be just fine without tracking it all each day. anyway, it's not like we're all going to be on here for the rest of our lives tracking calories, so i definitely think you're making a good decision. i might have to try that out too once i get a little closer to my goal! you go girlfriend! and good luck on getting all your school stuff done.... ahhh. it'll be over before you know it! emoticon

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CARTOONB 4/7/2010 1:00AM

    If I remember correctly, you said that a couple of days ago, you made less than healthy food choices and you were still in your calorie range. Not long after that, I believe you renamed yourself "AWESOME!" If anyone can do this healthy lifestyle thing, it's you. You need to do what is right for you and I hope that this is it!

Good luck on getting everything done! BTW...do you get to read the paper before I get the $250? Cos, if so, never mind. LOL!

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SUCCESSFUL-GALE 4/6/2010 11:42PM

    Great decision! I stopped tracking a little over a month ago. I keep a rough total of calories in my head, because we certainly have that knowledge, so I know when I need to stop. (I don't always stop though.)

It's a great decision! Focus on eating healthy meals when you are hungry and stopping when you are full. You can do it!

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NANCY-GIRL 4/6/2010 10:01PM

    Once again, G-Ma has the BEST post!!
Your name is AWESOME! Don't you forget it. G-Ma didn't.

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GEEMAWEST 4/6/2010 8:59PM

    I think that you are making the right decision. It's OK to take time off for important things like "graduation"! I would like to try not tracking what I eat but I'm not sure I'm quite ready for that, of course I can't be trusted. LOL I really want to hear how you do.

Please keep us posted. But the most important thing right now if for you to graduate. You go girl!! Remember, you're name is AWESOME!

Cheryl aka G-Ma

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    You gotta do what ya gotta do. If you need a break from something, take it. Sometimes something just needs to be given up for a time, or for good. I'm glad we'll still be able to read your blog - it's one of my faves here on SP - & I'm glad you're sticking with the programme on the whole. Keep up the good work, & never mind those naysayers who're forbidden from commenting how you said. Stress is a part of life, but everyone handles it in her own way. This is your way of dealing with it right now, & I say, "Good on ya!" :D

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NANCY-GIRL 4/6/2010 7:48PM

    Wow, i should head over to the board & see what's up w/ this challenge...

I'm w/ you about taking a track from tracking, tho. Sometimes, life is bigger than all this, y'know??

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CHANDTE 4/6/2010 7:41PM

    Let me know how it goes for you girl...you have to do what you have to do that's right for you!! Sounds like you've got a lot going on right now!! So...I need to know about this new challenge you're starting tomorrow...tell me! tell me! tell me!! Keep us all posted!!

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    I think you are making a great decision! You are right. You have way too much going on to be worried about how many calories are in everything little thing you are eating. I think at this point you know. You know how many calories are in your cereal, sandwiches, dinners, etc. I think you will do just fine!!

Best of luck getting these papers done and graduating. No one understands the situation you are in until they have done what you have done. Keep up the excellent work!!

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COCOMAC7 4/6/2010 7:26PM

    I didn't track this weekend for the first time since joining. Did I make the best choices all weekend - no, but I felt like it was such a great learning tool for myself AND I think you are stressed and have way too much to do so it makes sense!!!

Good luck! I think you're going to do great!

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MAC4902 4/6/2010 7:15PM

    ALL things in moderation - even this. The eventual goal is after all to be able to choose well without all the tools and if in a few weeks you want to keep track again - it's all here.
Good luck with your paper and congats on graduation.

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FITLIKENIC 4/6/2010 5:51PM

    Em I have no " wait until" comments at all! BUT I want to say YOU ARE AWESOME and I know tracking or not you are going to CHALLENGE ME this month! You know what foods you eat, and the calories so just make the best choices you can.
Only 4 weeks left?! WOW!

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Hello, my name is Awesome

Thursday, April 01, 2010

For those of you who didn't see my status yesterday (which you should have b/c I'm awesome and you should follow my every word)...........I was in all seven ranges. Yes, seven:
Calories, Carbs, Fat, Protein, Fiber, Calcium aaaannnnnnd SODIUM. BAM!

My day consisted of
6 am cornflakes and milk
8 am fiber one oats and chocolate chewy bar (AMAZING, eat these now)
11 am a nibble (I just wrote nipple on accident. Thats funny) of banana bread
2:30 pm (that was a HORRIBLY long gap) wheat thins, chix sandwich
6 pm a deeelicious shrimp dish (and SOOOO EASY and low on cals!)
7 pm 2 dark dove chocolates
8 pm 2 dark doves again ;)
10:30 pm multivitamin and fish oil

The shrimp dish "recipe" - 8 oz wheat penne, 12 oz shrimp, can of green beans, can of mustard greens and then diced tomatoes until it looked yummy!! Heat and enjoy!!! 378 calories, 50 carbs, 4 fat and 34 protein!!

Now, onto today! (Again, my name is AWESOME)
6 am rice chex and milk
8 am fiber one again
lunch (noon)- left over shrimp dinner! Yay!
Dinner (6 pm) - a "bag" meal - Marie Callenders signature saute. It's delcious and not too bad ( 440 cal, 48 carb, 16 fat, 26 protein)....little bit more sodium, which leads me to

GRRR, I went over sodium by 200 today. SOOOOO close. That dang Marie callender did it.

Anyway - I rrroooooocked these last two days :)

Hope you all are doing well and I hope to attempt to continue this throughout this ridiculously long weekend!

Easter = hometown chocolate amazingness and grandma dinners
Saturday I'm coooking dinner too, hopefully it will be yummy and healthy (pork roast I'm thinking)

Okay, I'm rambling. Adios!

I wanted to write about my trip to the grocery store today and got so caught up in my meals I forgot. There is a local store (known as Sharp Shopper) that is discount groceries. It is AMAZING. Holy crap. I got a FULLLLLLL cart load (I mean, crap was fallin' off every side) for 127 bucks.
I got V8 VFusion single servings for 50 cents each. 100% motts apple juice single servings for 33 cents each. Dozens of can goods for the same or cheaper. I got a lot of healthy, as well as some unhealthy.
Now, before you yell at me. I am allowed to get unhealthy things b/c I have full will power (except when it comes to triple dark chocolate kit kat bars). So, I have my snacks, and I have my good food, and I have everythign in between and I am one stinking happy camper! I love that place!

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LEOLO_1 4/6/2010 7:32PM

    You ARE awesome!!! emoticon

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NRODGERS1184 4/5/2010 12:03PM

  great job my only suggestion would be to take the multivitamin and fish oil in the morning other than that good job

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TURNANEWLEAF 4/2/2010 11:18PM

    LOVE this blog! I am very impressed, Ms emoticon!
Good for you for being so on top of things! emoticon It's always nice to read such a positive blog entry!

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    Keep up your wonderful work


I wrote that paper you wanted and hope I sent it to the correct address.


Happy Easter

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    Way to go! :) Hmm! Now you've inspired me to log for calcium, too! :)

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CARTOONB 4/1/2010 11:47PM

    Ms. Awesome, I am truly honored to know you! You totally rocked these last two days. Pork roast does sound good. We're having ham for Easter...how's that for unoriginal?!?

Fiber One bars, love 'em! Don't care for the Apple Streudel one, but love the rest.

Dang! That IS cheap! We need one of those here!

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BUTTERFLYROSE1 4/1/2010 9:46PM

    Hello Awesome!

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SARAHTAIT 4/1/2010 9:16PM

    Awesome awesome awesome!!!!

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GEEMAWEST 4/1/2010 8:40PM

    I am bowing down to you "Oh Awesome One!"

I am so happy that you are feeling so great about yourself. That's AWESOME!
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P.S. Love the Fiber One bars. Get 'em at Costco and now my husband and grandkids are addicted.

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NANCY-GIRL 4/1/2010 8:24PM

    So, when are you gonna change your SparkName, Ms emoticon ???
(You ROCK, btw...)

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ITSABOUTME2407 4/1/2010 7:56PM

    what a positive blog! emoticonwe have to believe in ourselves in order to achieve don't ya think ?keep up the good work emoticon emoticon emoticontrish

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CJKOMODO 4/1/2010 7:50PM

    That is emoticon and I totally agree with you about the fiber one bar! I eat one for my mid morning snack everyday!

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WATERMELLEN 4/1/2010 7:28PM

    You ARE Awesome indeed: and how nice it is to read someone crowing a bit!! Awsome Awesome Awesome!! Just keep right on being Awesome!!!

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Three Things

Monday, March 29, 2010

Three Things

....that are causing the most stress in my life

1) Immense amount of school work (Read last blog for clarity)

2) Intense family drama (I don't have time to get into this, but.....yeah....)

3) Irritating boyfriend (He's being so sweet and helpful around the house lately, but damnit he's being so annoying when it comes to planning things when he KNOWS I have other things to do.....then causing scheduling problems. And if you saw my planner - you would understand that I do *NOT* have extra time on my hands.

Thats all for now. Those are my three things that are going to make me lose my flippin' mind.

Additionally: I have a new picture. And the caption says it all.

The End.

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TRISH106 4/1/2010 7:26PM

    emoticon emoticon
I have the hardest time with too low of carbs not by much still low and Calcium intake is always low. I take plenty of supplements so Dr. is ok with it.

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TRISH106 3/31/2010 6:11PM

    School is a big stressor.
Josh maybe a big help at home. Thank him.
Ask josh NOT to schedule anything that includes You without asking first. Your schedule is already a full dinner plate.
Family stress is hard no matter what the deal is there. Do what you can and allow others to pick up the rest. If it is Drama, Try studying away from home. I had to do that as my family would otherwise impede on my study time.
Best wishes. Be you and do your best. emoticon

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CARTOONB 3/29/2010 10:36PM

    Deep breath. Keep focused on what you can control and what you cannot. Thank Josh for being supportive. Explain that you'd be happy for him to go to whatever he has planned, but you will not be able to join him. Another deep breath. You can make it!

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NANCY-GIRL 3/29/2010 8:47PM

    Bwahahaha!! Not at you, but at the comments.
Josh is awesome. He's been so supportive & encouraging & your biggest cheerleader. I know our guys can get annoying, but don't put it in print. It really hurts them. They hate being annoying. They're just trying to get it right... Just gently remind him that you have other things to do & this really isn't a good time for whatever. You're gonna have to tell him each & every time. They do just wanna get it right, & it appears that we have so many contingencies (when it's perfectly obvious to us! LOL), they just get confused.

That, & don't sweat the small stuff & what G-ma said. :-)

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GEEMAWEST 3/29/2010 8:36PM

    There will always be something. Welcome to the adult world! LOL

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SPORTY883 3/29/2010 6:21PM

    I too have a very full calendar. My husband and I have full time jobs and farm 5 acres of fruits and veggies that we sell at two local farmer's markets. Along with a small greenhouse full of perennial plants that we also sell. It can be overwhelming and I know the stress. So you have to suck it up and move on, not easy way out sometimes. Although you wish you could shut it off for a while. Hang in there. And blog, blog, blog. . . .it helps to vent.

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    Don't sweat the small stuff!

Soon, school work will be a thing of the past, then you will have stress and deadlines from the work world instead, LOL

Either way, you need to learn to deal with stress.

Sorry, but emoticon

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My to-stressing-do list

Thursday, March 25, 2010

This is my to-do list, because I need to begin checking things off, and if I post it to "the general public" hopefully you all will keep me accountable!!

Course 1: Population Biology
*Exam 3/30 (::vomit::) STUDY NOW
*Presentation 4/21
*Final 5/4
*Check completion of all labs
*Complete all journal article reading assignments
*Homework assignments will vary
*****RESEARCH journal articles for presentation/paper**
*Create powerpoint presentation (and practice)
*Write 10 page literature review

Course 2: Community and Ecosystem Dynamics
*Lab 3/27
*Exam 3/30
*Article discussions 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/28(?)
*Lab 4/10
*Final 5/4
*Research journal articles and prepare to lead discussion
*Reading questions due weekly
* Rewrite exam from 4/30 (we're allowed to rewrite it for a percentage back on our grade)
*Research debate (My debate is on "We need to create more wilderness" - I have yet to decide if I'm pro/con)
*Write debate powerpoint (and meet with group)
*Write decomposition lab report and 4th lab report
*Rewrite all 3 lab reports (if returned before finals week)

Course 3: Advanced Geographic Information Systems
*Do you damn project, Emily*
*Figure out many-many relationships and table linking
*Enter all data asap
*Meet w/ Ayad so he doesn't think you're an idiot

"Course" 4: Graduate Seminar
*Meet w/ class and do field research to decide where to hang squirrel nest boxes
*Build the stupid boxes

"Course" 5: Biological Internship
*FIELD WORK - Get. Out. There!
Dates: 3/20,4/3, 4/17, 5/1, 5/15, 5/29, 6/12, 6/26, 7-something
*Study specimens
*Find undergraduate helpers
**Read Articles and create literature cited
*Write the paper (June/July)
*Create all maps

Judge science fair
Register for classes

Today is 3/25/10.
Classes end 4/30/10.
Finals end 5/4/10.
Graduation is 5/8/10.

Do the math. I have to get ALL of that done.....in 36 days. (15 actual days of class left, since I only go three days a week).

Then I start two summer courses (to finish off my degree)
Entomology: 5/10 - 5/28 (all day for 3 weeks. 8am - 4pm)
Ornithology: 5/31 - 6/18 (same schedule)

Non school (and a little more flexible in time, these last til 7/31):
Home depot consultation (4/1)
Dinners at grams (dinners 4/4, and 5/9)
Clean at camp (we bought a new camp, yay)
Job search/CV and resume building
Dinner with Will and Heidi
Maddi's b-day party
Shannons baby shower
Crystals baby shower
Jenns baby shower
Surprise b-day party
Josh's b-day party
Kims bridal shower
Kims wedding
Kyles wedding

I am going to go throw up now. Actually, I don't have time for that. I have to cook dinner.

By the way - finishing your masters degree in 2.5 semesters.....I do NOT reccomend it.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 3/30/2010 7:17PM

    And at some point you will wonder how it all got done! You will get it all done. Take one day at a time. You can do it. Sending positive energy your way!! At least you have many things to celebrate! Are you in any of the weddings? Yes, I agree with one of the other comments...you do have a lot of expecting friends.:) Enjoy the ride and the fact that you have a plan!

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MARMURRAY 3/29/2010 10:38AM

    That's a lot of work, atleast you have a clear idea of what needs done and by when, that's a great start! Good luck!

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PERSISTANT123 3/25/2010 10:33PM

    Don't stop now! Prioritize and attack!

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GEEMAWEST 3/25/2010 9:25PM

    OK, stop with the vomiting. Won't get you anywhere. I'll just bet that you're one of those people that work good under pressure. Maybe you just haven't realized it yet, but "the pressure is on!"

You can do this or you wouldn't have signed up for it. You may have to prioritize, but you can do it!!

Hugs, Cheryl

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NANCY-GIRL 3/25/2010 9:04PM

    Sheesh... And I can't get my seeds in the stupid peat pellets???
Too many of your friends are having babies. But it's too late to do anything about that now, isn't it?
OK. Take a deep breath. Now take another one. What's the most urgent? Do it.
When that's done. Decide what the next most urgent thing is. Do that.

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BUTTERFLYROSE1 3/25/2010 8:55PM

    Don't worry about finding a job while your working on your masters. Think of what you need to do everyday in accomplishing your goal. Keep up the great work.

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FITLIKENIC 3/25/2010 7:16PM

    WOW! You AMAZE me with all you get done in a short time so I know you will get it done... take care of you while tackling that list!

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KAREN633 3/25/2010 6:57PM


I am exhausted just reading your list.

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CARTOONB 3/25/2010 6:36PM

    Dang! Yep...no time to throw up. But at least you've got your list done. Sometimes that's the hardest part! Good luck!!!

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TRISH106 3/25/2010 5:29PM

    You have a full load ahead of you. You have complete most of it already. A few more months and you have may time to throw up. lol
Keep your nose to the grind stone just remember to take a breather. emoticon emoticon

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The life of a grad student....

Saturday, March 20, 2010

other than studying: RESEARCH.

My research project (aka non-thesis) is an amphibian survey in the State Game Lands about 10 miles from my house. Here is a ridiculous step-by-step (even though this over simplifies it)

1) Get map from GIS database and set up grid system
2) Choose 20 random coodinates from grid
3) Go to game lands and "find nearest vernal ponds" to the given coodinates. (The reason this is in quotes in the purpose of my blog...I'll get to it, I swear)
4) Record GIS coodinates of ponds
5) Take measurements of length, wetted width, hydrologic cycle, and canopy cover
6) The meat-n-bones of my project: locate and identify amphibian species by their eggs, tadpoles, larvae and adult stages!!!! (Ahhh, have you ever tried to ID different frog eggs?! Don't.)
7) Create a bunch of maps and show 'em off! Haha.

The purpose of this blog is as follows:
I was to find my 20 ponds today and do all measurements, and no identification (b/c its too early and the little froggies aren't mating quite yet, next week they will). Today was strictly find area, plot, record. The end.

I made it to 10. Ten of twenty. Thats bad enough ...... my professor is going to be quite.....eh.....unpleased.

But, to make it worse, once I got to the estimated longitude/latitude, I had to walk to find the nearest vernal, right? Okay, so I walked until I found one. When I got home and mapped their exact coodinates, three of the danged things were out of game land boundaries. AHH!HLJGLSJGLKJ! (Thats my anger). It is unlikely I can use them for my study if they're out of bounds (and the one was soooo difficult to hike to). Screw that.

Now I'm down to what.....7 ponds out of 20?!
But wait, at two of my coodinates, we walked...and walked....and walked....and cried....adn walked - there were NO vernal ponds. None. No. NO no noo. So, that brings me down to FIVE!

I got to FIVE of my TWENTY ponds today.

Did I mention this was over 6 hours?! 90% of which was hiking through wooded areas, crossing beaver damns and of course, wading in ponds (given thats my study).
So, it wasn't "nice" hiking by any means. My pedometer said a little over 8000 steps - and like my mom said...those aren't "easy" steps - those are HARD steps!

Now, my complaint of the evening: pond number 4. I hate you, pond 4, waypoint 006. This pond was over a FOOT deep in leaf litter. That is, there was the water (about 6 inches to a foot deep - no biggie, I had on waders), and then once you took a step - YOU SUNK. And then, try to pull your oversized man waders out of a foot deep MUCK. And given my bones are like those of and 80 year old, every time I pulled (especially my left) leg out of the muck, my hip popped in and out. Causing the rest of the day ("Six" more ponds) to be sooooo crappy b/c I was limping like mad.

So, now that I've complained like crazy. Good news: I got a ton of exercise in today. Bad news: I'm beyond exhausted, overate with junk food (cookies and oreos :() and am having a family dinner tomorrow of all chinese food. Ugh.

Well, welcome to grad school! Someones gotta do the research, right?!
Anyone want to volunteer to come out on my next 10 trips out? I have to do the same thing every other week through July!! :) (No, but really, if anyone is a bio-geek like myself, I can tell you more about my study if you want to know!)

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BUTTERFLYROSE1 3/23/2010 3:46AM

    A friend of mine is studying to become a marine biologist. So it' s your research sounds familiar-ish.

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BRILLIANTAQUA 3/21/2010 9:10PM

    Wow, I'm glad I don't do field work. Think about it this way, if you can lose 50 lbs during grad school then you can definitely handle anything grad school throws at you. Losing that weight is no easy feat. Congrats on your progress & good luck with the research!!!

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SHRINKINGTINA 3/21/2010 3:13PM

    That sounds like no fun! But at least your thesis gets you out and walking around... My thesis for my journalism MA consists of a research paper and a radio piece... which means a lot of time sitting on my butt staring a a computer screen. I hope your little ponds have all sorts of exciting things in them, and hopefully there is less muck next time!

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CARTOONB 3/20/2010 10:48PM

    Well...after you find the 20 ponds, the rest will be easy, right? Sorry, being a Polly Anna and seeing only the good side of things! LOL!

Sorry you had such a hard day. The next one will be better!

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GEEMAWEST 3/20/2010 10:40PM

    Nothin' to say but "bummmer". And I glad I too old for this kind of stuff. LOL

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NANCY-GIRL 3/20/2010 10:34PM

    Oh Emily... I'm trying not to laugh at your day, I'm really trying! But you paint such a vivid picture of Carol Burnett style slap-stick, I can't help myself!

Oh girl, you KNOW I would go out there w/ you. I think it would be a kick in the pants, & I would carry you thru the mucky stuff. But then, I would lose my footing, & {splash} we'd both fall in the drink.

{hugs} & warm bath to you, my friend. Thank you for trying to find those vernal ponds. You *are* gonna save this planet, you know that, don't you?

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SHIRA2325 3/20/2010 10:29PM

  Research projects are never easy...
But keep with it! I'm sure you will have results!


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