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What a week!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

It actually started about a week and a half ago. My new car was supposed to be available on the 10th but the dealership never called me. Which was OK because I hadn't transferred the down payment to my French account yet. On Monday the 12th a coworker passed me a note that the salesman needed me to come in, there was some problem with my name on the papers (she had also just bought a car from him and had picked it up on Saturday). So I got the name problem updated, and they needed more papers to prove I actually live at my address - my temporary residence permit not being enough apparently, I also had to show an utility bill and rental invoice.

So - finally - on Friday the 16th I go to pick up my car. Everything goes smoothly, the salesman shows my my name on the sign in front of the car and then uncovers it. It was supposed to have white seats based on what he told me at the beginning and these seats are black. I'm actually happier with the black seats, I only took the white because the car that was available soonest had white. He shows me how everything works & hands me the keys.

Except...I don't have insurance yet so I ask if I can leave it in the parking lot for a few hours until the insurance is taken care of. Not a problem he says.

My worry had been being able to get approved for the lease since I am not a French citizen and do not yet have a permanent residence permit (or permanent for 3 years anyway). That didn't even cause a blip.

Apparently getting insurance is a whole different ball game. The first company we tried (a coworker was making the calls for me) initially said it was OK that I wasn't a citizen and didn't have a French driving license. They just wanted proof that I have had insurance in the past. So I wait until 3 pm until my insurance company in the US opened, called them, they faxed over my insurance history by 4...and then the games started.

I could only show 4 years of coverage history...that wasn't enough, they wanted 5 or 6 years or they would have to charge me more. I said fine, charge me more, I need the insurance now and if I can find additional proof of coverage we'll talk about lowering the rate.

Then they claimed because I had a small accident 3 years ago that I was ineligible for coverage. My coworker had some back and forth and they finally agreed that 3 years was long enough and I could be covered.

Then they said I couldn't be insured because I have a Michigan license. Now France has a reciprocity agreement with Michigan and I can just exchange one license for the other...once I get my residence permit. But legally in France I can drive on my US license for 12 months

Not according to the insurance company! So sorry, the lady said, it is a new regulation that only people with French licenses can be insured. This is the law and applies to all insurance companies, not just theirs. Call us back when she gets her French license.

The next company we tried just said flatly that they don't insure foreigners. The 3rd company was closing for the day and wouldn't talk to us - it is almost 6 pm Friday by this time. The 4th company was OK with the foreigner bit but gave us the same story about the license.

So I'm screwed...brand new car and I can't drive it. Because if I drive it without insurance I WILL have an accident...I am a firm believer in Murphy's Law and His Corollaries.

But I have no choice; I have to get home, the office is empty and my coworker is already half an hour late to pick up her children. So I risk it and drive home, a basket case the entire time but I made it without an incident.

Saturday I risk it again to drive the 5 miles into town to pick up a rental, and park my car in a lot. My coworker was picking me up Monday morning and I had no way to call her to tell her it was not necessary. I didn't want her to go out of her way to come to my house just to tell her I didn't need a ride so Sunday I drove the rental back to town & parked it, then ran home.

Monday I start calling HR to see what they recommend since I am not the first foreigner to move to France; they have an option. I also called a company I found on the internet and e-mailed the dealership.

All 3 options opened on Tuesday and are French insurance companies. Strangely all 3 are able to offer me insurance despite my US driving license. They never heard of such a thing!

Which is what I suspected, the local companies just didn't want the hassle of dealing with the American so made up a story to get me to go away.

By Wednesday night I had insurance - yay! - but still drove the rental home because it was a late night and I didn't feel like switching cars. But by Thursday night I finally got to drive my new car (although, as my daughter pointed it, it is still not really mine since I am only leasing it). Whatever, it is mine for the next 3 years and I like it!

While all the car drama was on-going I also had 2 full days of training to conduct for my new colleagues from Russia. This is the first time I ever had to arrange something like this so I was stressed about that, and having to put together an agenda and coordinate with the other presenters. And take them out for dinner one night. So I missed all my training runs during the week.

AND...we are having a global department meeting on Tuesday/Wednesday this coming week, and I am one of the presenters, so I have that presentation to finish. I dislike PowerPoint, I forgot the animations/transitions on the first submission, added them in only to find out they don't work on the admin's computer because I have the newer version of Office. So I had to redo everything in the 2003 version, which is a major pain.

And I still haven't done my French homework for my class at 8:30 tomorrow morning. But I don't care, it is something I already know and we covered in 2 classes already so I am going to skip it.

This coming week I have to go to Paris for a 5 pm meeting on Monday so it will probably be 10 pm before I get home and then I have to be up early the next day to get to the hotel - just outside Paris which is an hour away by car - for the dry run of the presentations. Tuesday afternoon is the start of the meeting so I have to stay late and have dinner / socialize instead of going for my run. So maybe by Wednesday night I'll be able to run. I know I can't keep doing my training runs back to back on FRI-SAT-SUN like I've done the past few weeks.

In any case I will still be busy for the next few weeks until my vacation starts on December 19th. And I don't have to go back to work until Jan 8th. I am SO ready for a vacation!

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FINEBABY72 11/26/2012 6:07PM

  You did have a doozy if a week,to me your handling your business. When your vacation starts r u going home to Michigan? Good luck with your presentation!

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IMPROVINGME 11/26/2012 11:49AM

    My goodness! You certainly got the run-around without even being able to run!
At least try to get plenty of rest to combat those stress levels.
Take care!
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ILOVEMALI 11/26/2012 1:45AM

  Y'know, I didn't believe that any country would have stupider bureaucracy than ours. Congratulations on dealing with it without killing anyone!

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DOODIE59 11/25/2012 11:24PM

    And yet you're still sane:)
Congratulations on sticking to it, and not letting the bureaucrats drive you nuts. Things will calm down after Christmas. Once you come back from your Christmas break, things will seem more like you're returning to routine, rather than still new and stressful. And I do know that if anyone can do it, you can.
Take care

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FANCY-PANTS 11/25/2012 9:21PM

    Yeah, I like the stupid dog stories too. Wow, what a week! That's a nice long vacation to look forward too. You most definitely will have earned it by then.

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CODEMAULER 11/25/2012 9:15PM

    Um, no Chubby Dog update?


Just teasing. As I mentioned before, I am living vicariously through you... oh, the envy!

(It's like a beret, right?)

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FROSTY99 11/25/2012 8:29PM

    Glad you were able to get thru all that. Not sure I would have managed all you had to deal with. Good luck with your presentations. emoticon

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SHEENADEE 11/25/2012 4:45PM

    How frustrating to be dealing with some of that stuff, especially having the insurance folks lie about the coverage requirements because they didn't want to deal with it. Way to go in keeping at it and getting things taken care of. Yay!

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/25/2012 4:29PM

    Very cool that your tenacity paid off. Wishing you many happy trails in your new ride.

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JANETTEB553 11/25/2012 3:25PM

    Whenever anyone starts giving you a run around like that. Ask to speak to their Supervisor or Superior. Every time I have done this the problems dissolve as tho never there.... emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 11/25/2012 3:16PM

    What a crazy run-around! I thought dealing with laws between the states was a hassle - I've never had to deal with laws as an expat. Earlier this year, I spent a couple of weeks on the phone with various state/county DMV offices as my company was buying a fleet of cars that were being deployed in places I'll never get to visit. My head hurts just thinking about those conversations! Glad everything carwise has worked out. You have a stressful period in front of you - hang in there and take care of yourself!

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Grubs and other culinary adventures

Saturday, November 24, 2012

This is what I saw in the grocery store today, right next to the peppers :

They look just like some sort of insect larvae don't they? Yum Yum!

I can't say I've ever seen insects for sale to the general public in a normal grocery setting. And while I've eaten crickets and ant eggs down in Mexico on more than one occasion the idea of frying up some grubs for breakfast just didn't do it for me today.

Fortunately my good opinion of the grocery store is restored. My SP friend STRIVER57 identified these little beauties as Chinese artichokes (also called Japanese artichokes) and apparently they are really root tubers and not larvae. They are to be cooked just like Jerusalem artichokes.

So I may get some next week if they are still there, just to try something different.

And to let my daughter think I am frying up grubs to go with her eggs in the morning emoticon emoticon

I still haven't gotten around to cooking the horse steak in the freezer. One day soon. But I AM expanding my horizons with...cheese.

Cheese, in my life so for, exists for just one reason. It goes on pizza. And that is my experience with cheese.

But here cheese is like a national passion. There is an entire refrigerated aisle devoted to nothing but cheeses. There is another complete section for cheese in the fruit & veggie section of the supermarket. And, even more amazing, people seem to know what all these cheeses are. They just walk right up and grab the one they want, and sometimes I could swear nothing on the packaging even identifies what kind of cheese it is.

So I bought some cheese this week to see if I can do this cheese thing when I have a meal with other people. I stuck to names I recognized...Camembert and Brie and something called Rondelé which looks like a spreadable cheese with raisin, figs & nuts (it looks like a whipped cream cheese and I don't know if Rondelé is the kind of cheese or the name of the package or whatever). And, after years of thinking cheese was icky I have decided I can do this cheese thing. Maybe. If they bring out something that smells like my daughter's gym socks I draw the line.

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FINEBABY72 11/26/2012 5:32PM

  Your way braver then me,I just couldn't bring myself to eating those artichokes! Please if you do try them let me know how they taste!

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SPOOKYTHECAT 11/25/2012 9:40AM

    Yum!! Cheese!!!! Try cheese & apple, pairing cheeses with fruit really does it for me. I love Brie & fig jam on a water cracker - it's my go/to app these days when we have company.

Lol about the whole aisles & unidentifying packaging ;)
Take a cheese course class some night if you have time. It is really wonderful & helpful!

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GARDENCHRIS 11/24/2012 9:47PM

    I LOVE cheese! Have fun experimenting!

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FROSTY99 11/24/2012 8:06PM

    Cheese calls to me-I love it and not being able to eat much of it while I am following this special diet is hard. I do get fat free varieties but they lack something! Hope you learn to love cheese in all it's many varieties and tastes.


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ILOVEMALI 11/24/2012 5:21PM

  Cheese is Heaven!! I even like some stinkier cheeses! LOL

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IMPROVINGME 11/24/2012 4:05PM

    I don't know that I could handle those little artichokes... but CHEESE is my downfall.
What a great opportunity to learn all about new cheeses!

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/24/2012 3:55PM

    OMG! I should put that pic on my fridge door as it's repulsive.

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NAYPOOIE 11/24/2012 3:54PM

    Got to agree, I expect those things to be squirming.

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Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?

Sunday, November 18, 2012

a book by Peter Walsh, who is an expert on decluttering.

I wish I had read this book 2 years ago. As it was the book sat for more than a year in my "to be read" pile of...clutter. A bit ironic perhaps.

The premise is that the physical clutter in our homes is a manifestation of unmet emotional needs, and creates a vicious cycle. We turn to acquiring stuff because we are unhappy with some part of our life and the more stuff we get the unhappier we are which leads to more stuff and less happiness and so on.

And so too with our weight. Food becomes our drug of choice, creating that same vicious circle of unmet needs, unhappiness and excuses...excess weight is simply the embodiment of the physical clutter in our lives.

So his solution to starting down the path to weight loss and better health is to declutter one's space and by so doing eliminate many of the excuses and stresses that leave us to self-medicate with food.

This is a bit simplistic of an analysis but he makes many points which are spot on, and doesn't try to coddle one (oh sweetie, it's not your fault you're's your genes, it's your mother's fault, it's your doctor's fault, you're not really fat you're just curvy, look at how many other people are even bigger than you!).

I can so relate. Over a period of years I was unhappy with my life but hadn't consciously admitted it to myself...and I was a shopaholic as a result. My home was the Kingdom of Piles of Stuff. Which contributed to my unhappiness, although I didn't realize it at the time. Clutter creates stress, shopping for more stuff temporarily relieves the stress but creates more clutter and more stress and more shopping....and weight gain because eating temporarily relieves the stress but creates more unhappiness over the extra weight which causes more eating and more shopping which creates more stress...

A vicious circle.

None of this is news to the Spark Community. Before joining I had made half-hearted attempts to get organized and lose weight, neither of which ever lasted very long and I would wind up more cluttered and heavier than when I had started.

But one of the first things I did when I joined SP was the sleep challenge. One of the steps was to clean out my bedroom to create a nice, neat organized and restful place in which to sleep.


I felt emotionally lighter immediately...just from cleaning my room! Who knew!

I expanded to the bathroom...then the kitchen...then other rooms. I tried to stay on top of things, to not let the piles start to grow again. And as I decluttered my home I also had more focus on decluttering my body, which I truly think was possible in a large part because of getting rid of the physical stuff I had accumulated. Less clutter meant less stress meant less mindless eating meant being happier and more involved with my life and the consequences of the choices I made.

Eventually, though, the piles started reappearing. My bedroom was no longer a nice neat calm haven of rest. Counter tops again disappeared. And I gained weight again. Oh, not much, I stayed within 10 pounds of my goal weight, but this time I knew what was happening.

Moving in August was a good thing as it gave me the impetus for a big decluttering push. I had to completely empty the house and because I've downsized domiciles I knew I couldn't take everything. I wound up with 3 piles, roughly equal in size - take, store and donate/trash.

I ended up roughly 1/3 lighter in total possessions. Most of what is in storage are things like my power tools and pictures/memories and Christmas decorations, and kitchen stuff I will give to whichever of my children moves into his/her own place first. And my couch which was too big to bring (too big to fit in my house here anyway).

Everything I chose to bring with me is something I use. Or at least try to use, some of the small appliances work with the converter/adapter plugs and some don't. So some things being replaced with local items and the US versions going into an organized pile in the basement to await the move back to the US in 3 years, at which time I will again be able to use them. I will sell or donate the local items before I move.

And everything I got rid of was all the stuff I had been hanging on to forever because "I might use it one day". But one day never came and I had to force that realization in order to add things to the donate/trash piles. It was hard.

But I felt better afterwards. And I don't think it is just coincidence I'm back at goal weight again. I feel lighter physically & emotionally by having 2/3 fewer things here with me. Keeping the piles banished and counters cleared and an overall lack of clutter makes me happy...I can consciously feel there is less stress in my life and more energy to concentrate on other things.

This Peter Walsh guy is on to something.

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MZKYND 11/21/2012 8:01AM

    I love the feeling of decluttered, if things seem to be getting a tad too cluttered in my environment, dusty etc It usually means in other areas of my life, ie.e emotional , mental or healthy. I love putting on some LOUD music and speed cleaning like a demon, by the time I am done with the physical clutter I usually have an answer to my mental clutter AND got a kick butt workout in too boot!

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IMPROVINGME 11/20/2012 11:27PM

    I'm another SparkFriend who can totally relate to this blog. Except that I am still stuck with the clutter, still overweight, and my book by Peter Walsh is buried in this house under the clutter somewhere!
I've had enough of the clutter and I'm clearing some out. Also working on diet and exercise again.
Hopefully this will be the year that I get serious!
Good for you for all your successes!
Cheering you on,

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FROSTY99 11/19/2012 11:04PM

    Yes, it is best to have less. Living in an RV means if something new comes in something old must go out. Of course, I usually made sure it belonged to DH!! emoticon

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 11/19/2012 10:21PM

    Having moved every 3-4 years for the last 20+ years, I can attest to the fact that it is liberating to go through your junk and really decide if you want to take the time to pack it, move it, unpack it etc.

Good for you! emoticon

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MCJULIEO 11/19/2012 12:44PM

    I have a pile of "How to Declutter" books, too!!!!!

Your blog has really hit the spot today.... I am touched down to my bones... maybe it will force me to do something about it!

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CAROLCRC 11/19/2012 8:15AM

    Check out - same concept, along with lots of assistance in building routines to keep things from re-cluttering.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/18/2012 10:20PM

    What a great blog! That book sounds like one I'd leave on the table, too, because it addresses stuff I'd rather leave undone! Good for you for going after it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEWSGIRL2177 11/18/2012 8:53PM

    I always feel better immediately when I clear out unneeded things. Whether it's clothes, old papers or medicines, anything that's no longer useful or relevant is given away or trashed. It's like I can breathe a bit better with fewer things around me.

Great insight!

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 11/18/2012 6:24PM

    I adhere 95% of the time to the theory that if I buy something, something has to go. Also, in the dead of winter, I'll go thru all my crap in the basement & in spring time, go thru the garage - between the 2 it makes a pretty good load for charity. I agree that it does reduce the stress plus someone else can use it!! BONUS!!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 11/18/2012 4:39PM

    I completely understand. I've been buying for "that space I'll eventually have" and not the space in which I'm living. I've been getting rid of things slowly, but it will still take a while to get myself to the place that I really am now.

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GOPINTOS 11/18/2012 3:47PM

    Fantastic Blog! Thanks for sharing!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
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DOODIE59 11/18/2012 3:38PM

    Mm. I think I need to read that book. This blog is full of advice that is helpful to me in particular. I'm messy, and it doesn't just stress me out -- my husband hates it too. I remember a time when I shopped for comfort, and I see a beloved friend doing it now. It is definitely a "soothing, comfort, being nice to yourself" kind of activity -- but only while you're doing it. The junk you purchase haunts you from piles:)

My daughter is coming home for almost a month at Christmas. My goal is to de-clutter the guest room so that it is pristine by December 12, and that it stays like that ever after.

Thanks for the impetus, and for sharing your light bulb experience:)
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ILOVEMALI 11/18/2012 3:02PM

  I felt great when I dropped off some bags at Salvation Army yesterday --you are so right!

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/18/2012 2:04PM

    So true! Have a wonderful day.

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BOILHAM 11/18/2012 2:00PM

    Yeah, sure can relate to this blog. Congrats to you for decluttering the home and excess weight!

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MYOWNHERO 11/18/2012 1:44PM

    Cool! That book sounds interesting. I'm good at cleaning out but they just creep right back in.

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YOGAWITCH 11/18/2012 1:42PM

    Amazing book!

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Fitness Junkie

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Nope, not me. I retain a healthy core of laziness to balance out the Crazy One living inside my head.

My daughter's dog has turned into the Fitness Nut.

It took him 4 days to pick up on the pattern of morning walk; he still hasn't quite yet got it right after 16 days. He hasn't quite understood the purpose of an alarm clock and that he is not one.

He really can't be blamed too much. There are sound reasons I call him Stupid Dog. He tried to bite a wall once...2 seconds after I told my daughter that he's not as dumb as we think he is.

Yeah, sometimes I'm wrong.

His other nickname is Fat Dog. For most of the time we've had him (4.5 years now) he weighed 95 pounds. The family we got him from was an older couple in a tiny house (maybe 800 sq ft) with almost no yard, another lab mix even bigger than Stupid Dog, and a daughter and 2 toddlers moving back in. They would regularly feed him hard candy as treats and he didn't have much opportunity to run around. So he got fat. I think a healthy weight for a Labrador is around 60-65 pounds maybe?

He's so fat that when he walks his whole body sways side to side. You can get sea sick watching him.

Now though, as we were on the Morning Mile walk, I noticed that he doesn't seem to be swaying quite as much as before. Is it possible he's lost some weight? Could be, although I have no way to weigh him. He gets so excited to go on his morning walks, wiggling & doing his little Fat Dog hops all over the house until he gets leashed and we go outside. After the first day or two he doesn't even stop to much to read and leave his doggie messages.

This afternoon, as I was getting ready for my run, he started the whole hop/prance/wiggle routine again and I realized that he was expecting another walk because he saw me putting my shoes on. My daughter said after I left without him he just sat by the door for a while, then went and laid down and watched it the entire time I was gone, like he was hoping I'd come back and get him. Sadly (for him) I won't run with him; there's too much stopping & starting and change of pace and tangling of the leash.

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MZKYND 11/21/2012 7:59AM

    Gotta love dogs and their enthusiasm! My Ozzy does the jellybean wiggle butt dance every-time he thinks I even squinted sideways at the door!

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FATBASTICH 11/19/2012 7:33AM

    That's cool about the dog. The best kind of workout partner!

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FROSTY99 11/17/2012 10:29PM

    Poor Stupid Dog is not so stupid-he associates you getting your shoes on with his walk! I am sure he looks forward to your morning mile. Our little shih=tzu loves to run, she is trained to walk beside me and when no one is around, I let her off the leash and she trots right along. Sometimes she likes to go on ahead so she can sniff-she knows I do not like lal the stop and start!!
Hopefully this exercise will help to take some of his weight off. I am reading so many articles recently about how we are killing our pets by feeding them too much. We have friends with a King Charles cavalier mix that has gotten up to 25+ lbs and she should maybe got 12-15 so they are killing her but they aren't willing to limit her treats and walk her more. She used to run and play with our baby but she can't do it now-she just waddles.
Keep up the good work and Stupid Dog will soon be sleek and slender!

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INIT2LIVEIT 11/17/2012 8:56PM

    Awww that is so sweet! He wuvs you and your walkies...

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FINEBABY72 11/17/2012 5:50PM

  Awww! He was so looking forward to another walk. Is there any way you can take him with you? I know you said his leash gets tangled and he stops for breaks. Well atleast he does get a walk,he seems so sweet! I agree exercising normally not being a nut about it. I use to be an exercise nut,2hrs 5 days a week. I eventually burned out and realized no more then 1hr a day 5 days a week and 2 rest days,this works for me and my body loves it too!

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ILOVEMALI 11/17/2012 4:19PM

  this makes me happy. Dogs love a walk. It will take a while for him to build up endurance, but he will lose that weight! Ask your vet what is FD's healthy weight! And FD will be protective of you on the walks, too!

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VONBLACKBIRD 11/17/2012 1:14PM

    AWWWWW I love this cute...Fat dog and Stupid dog...but he loves you...

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 11/17/2012 1:02PM

    LOL When my dog sees that I am preparing to go on a walk, he runs to the door and waits with that "bring me" look. LOL

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/17/2012 12:49PM

    Could be that he loves you and wants to be with you. (smiling) Sounds adogable.

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The right choice? Or sheer laziness?

Friday, November 16, 2012

Wednesday night I traveled to Lyon as I had an all day meeting scheduled with my colleagues there. The hotels in Lyon were pretty full so I was booked into this hotel in Perouges, which is nearby. Perouges is actually a medieval town, movies have been shot there (at least one of the 3 Musketeers movies, I don't remember the other ones listed).

I was only there overnight & checked out right after breakfast but it looked like a pretty interesting place. I would like to go back one day to do the tourist thing.'s a medieval town. Little lighting on the streets after dark. No sidewalks. Road is basically rounded stones of many sizes, sticking up to various heights. Walking is difficult and downright scary for someone like me who can break an ankle walking through her front door. The roads are narrow and twisty and echo so you can't tell if the car you hear is 2 streets over or about to run you down. And did I also mention the lack of lighting and the super scary road surface?

So Wednesday morning I packed my duffel bag with outdoor running clothes, my shoes & my Garmin. I had every intention in the world of doing my 30 minutes Wed. night and my Morning Mile Thursday morning. Every intention in the world...until I got out of the taxi and nearly snapped my ankle within the first 2 steps. I only escaped a face plant because I landed on the concrete flowerpot in front of the entrance.

I decided that running/walking in those conditions was suicidal and instead stayed in my room (remember, this is a medieval castle / fitness rooms!).

My head says I made the right decision. But some niggling little voice in the back of my brain is calling me lazy for skipping out on my fitness commitments. I had my running shoes which would have been easier to walk in than my work shoes with heels. I had a head lamp. I could have walked instead of running to minimize the potential risk.

I also have a habit of a) getting lost (and I had no GPS) and b) tripping on anything, everything & nothing (and have only escaped recent injury through some out of the ordinary good luck).

The niggling little voice needs to be quiet and find someone else to niggle.

In other news, I got home about 10:30 Thursday night. Turtle greeted me with "FINALLY! I'm dying of thirst here, turn on the faucet!" yowls. Gandalf sat and looked at me to say "Have we met? Do I know you from somewhere?" Rocky cracked open a single eye from where she was sleeping to inform me "Meh. The food dish is almost empty. No one cleaned the box for 36 hours so I peed on the bathroom floor. Deal with it." And Stupid Dog, who barks his fool head off if a bird flies over the house across the street...never woke up. Until 5:59 this morning when he wanted his Morning Mile minute before my alarm went off. I hate waking up before the alarm.

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KAREN_NY 11/19/2012 2:29PM

    One day in the grand scheme of things. No worries!

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MCJULIEO 11/17/2012 12:10AM

    Mark it on your calendar to go back and take your hiking boots and some good walking sticks....

As to the menagerie,,, there's not a thing you can do about them, except ...

OBEY THE CAT (or all the cats, of course)

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FROSTY99 11/16/2012 9:14PM

    Glad your reasoning won out and kept you safe! Your animals are too funny and glad you know who is boss!


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CODEMAULER 11/16/2012 5:12PM

    The effects of an injury outlast a missed workout nearly every time.
That said, you could use times like that for other indoor training, like squats, pushups, etc. Just sayin'.

I think that you made the right choice.

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/16/2012 4:08PM

    I have to say that I agree with erring on the side of safety. That town sounds amazing. I'd love to visit Normandy and walk the shores.

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ILOVEMALI 11/16/2012 3:35PM

  I agree with your pal. Safety is #1

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NAYPOOIE 11/16/2012 2:59PM

    Tell the niggling little voice to shut up. Even walking would be way too much chance of getting hurt.

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