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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Miss Kate is eating her Peanut Butter Cheerios and wants to do Week 3 run with me. So this gives me about a half hour to wait.

Today I asked Siri how many weeks were left in 2013. There are 39 weeks 5 days.
I had promised myself and told my friend that I would take all my DVDs and put them in my calendar for the year. I was going to do this blah blah blah....when I saw just how many weeks were left I almost fainted. Wow! Time goes by so fast. I thought of all the things I COULD'VE had done and this prompted me to getter done.

Granted...I have been moving. On week 3 of my C25 (again, but yeah) and like I said, daughter's going to run that with me, and I've been doing my ab crunches ... sporadically.

So, I've taken Spark advice and it's in my appt book, with a calendar.....with stickers ready to go on it.

My rest of year schedule looks something like this:

Hip Hop Abs (w/C25) 12 weeks (39-12 = 27)

Slim Series (running) 90days or 15weeks (27-15=12) wow!

Jillian 30 day Shred & Jillian Wii 30 days/4w (12-4=8)

Biggest Loser DVDs & Wii 30 days/4w (8-4=4)

and my Wii fits & Ab ball (last 4 weeks of year) This is where I will reward myself with either Chalean Extreme ST & P90/Insanity or Crossfit...I haven't decided until then.

As you noticed the intensity of DVDs kind of go down and this is because I know myself that Fall is the hardest time for me to find time. Football games, cheer, bands, MY school etc but I wanted to make sure I forced myself into SOMETHING so I switched and have the higher intensity workouts now...AND I will continue running with all of it.

As a matter of fact, I have Run or Dye (Color Run) in Reno with my niece, daughters, and sis in law that I can't WAIT for in June. I have a couple of local charity runs I'm signing up for (schools, community etc)

But first, to the mall for new shoes. well, after today's run.

Now, to figure out the menu....I figure I'll do that while I'm running. or maybe not. I dunno

Daughter wants to do Hip Hop Abs with me tonight. This is gonna be fuuuuuun!!

In other news: My oldest seems a lot more relaxed. Shes having a good time on Spring break even though it's in the midwest with all their snow and ice! LOL She loves Chicago so when she sent me a text that she wanted to talk to me and her Dad about a life altering decision I wasn't sure what to expect out of her. But after much probing it sounds like she just wants to sell her piece of pookie car. (I shouldn't say that, it's been a good little trooper....just dies at the drop of a hat)

That's all for now. I need to get my pics up here for you guys....

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KRISTINE99 4/5/2013 2:53PM

    Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed reading your blog update. I did the Color Run in Phoenix (it was the first of the year). LOVED IT! I'm looking forward to doing the Neon Run next month. My next charity run on my bucket list is a Mud Runner.

Glad to hear that your oldest is enjoying her time in Chicago. How about your other daughter in S.F.? Hope she had a chance to check out meetup.com. I'm sure there are lots and lots of fun get togethers in Northern California. When I lived up there I fondly remember attending the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Fun times! But then again I'm Italian American -- think my blood is infused with garlic ;)

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RUFFIT 4/2/2013 5:04PM

    Have fun!!!

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 4/1/2013 11:28AM

    Look at me falling behind on your blog.....girl we can all look back and say "wow look at the time that has gone by", but you have a plan now and STICKERS to earn. So get that bottom moving! Terry and I were talking about making next year one of a trip for just "US"....maybe I can talk him into flying out to CA and doing a run out there with you!!! Oh that would be fun!!!

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TANYA602 4/1/2013 9:17AM

    I am sitting here somewhere between amazement and disbelief! Your plan for the remainder of the year slays me. Now that's what I call dedication!
My own C25K training is on pause - my body wasn't ready for running the track and the impact - or my form - messed with my back/neck and eventually into my shoulder. I can't give up working out, so I am pausing the jogging and still doing the walking.
I hope you have a terrific week!

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 3/30/2013 11:16AM

    Wow, I just left Chicago, maybe we were there at the same time. I like your idea of putting the DVD's on your calendar!

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BIGPAWSUP 3/28/2013 11:49PM

    Wow - you are really busy but life sounds good. Hey, if you come to Chicago to visit - look me up!!

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WOWEETOO 3/28/2013 10:57PM

    do you have time to breathe??

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AUSFAM 3/28/2013 10:43PM

    Excellent idea to put all of the DVDs in a lineup! Fall and Spring are hard for me--we farm and that's the busiest times of the year, too bad it's also the best for running outside too! Good luck to you! :)

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MAGGIEVAN 3/28/2013 10:08PM

    Having a daughter who would like to exercise with you is sounding great to me. Make sure you have a lovely time because she will always remember it.

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ARW715 3/28/2013 8:51PM

    Great plan!

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SHOES17 3/28/2013 6:23PM

    Hip Hop Easters on its way!!

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LYNSEY723 3/28/2013 2:24PM

    Sounds like a great plan - you will do great! And after that you will be in AMAZING shape!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Holy Cow BatMan!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Happy Springtime!

Wow what a week I'm having.

My oldest has been feeling lonely. I understand completely. Now, I'm hoping not to offend anyone (though I probably will) and apologize in advance but California SUCKS at making any friends. You just can't. People are afraid for the most part (with good reason) and if they aren't afraid, they think they belong in Hollywood and are too "good" to associate with the peasants. See, in Washington you could go to the grocery store and it's like Mayberry. You say "Is this Frozen TV dinner any good?" to a random stranger and not only will you get an answer but chances are good that by the end of the 20 minute conversation you or they have been invited to a bbq at such n such's house and see ya next week.

Here, you could go for four years and not say a kind word to anyone. I know, I have yet to receive one. If it weren't for my family and Spark, I don't think I would have really uttered two words since moving here. Really.

So, when my daughter moved to San Francisco she was really really hoping that it would be like Seattle.

No such luck. After her second breakdown at work we decided to spend the Saturday over there to visit her. I think it made a good impact. We walked all around the city and hubby was a trooper, even though he was reeling in pain. We went to the Diner's Drive in and Dive's recommended Pier 23 and I had the fish taco's that was raved about. (the place was really good but not worth the $120 we paid for three people though...so kind of pricey for a "diner, drive in or dive" Then again, it IS Frisco)

As we walked all over the city we discussed how loneliness WAS a global problem and how unfortunately she inherited her social awkwardness from me. We discussed her job and suggested maybe getting one away from children for now (like a restaurant or bar) to interact with adults and not kids all day. Her first priority I said is being a student, so she didn't have to be a teacher just yet. (She's working 7-9 hours a day getting paid for 4, it's too much!) Her place doesn't allow pets so she can't have her dog and it's in one of the scariest parts of the city so even the landlord tells her not to be out and night. I told her maybe it was time to look at the singles activity site to just get out and do things with single people (not a dating site, just activities) Really, all she wants is someone to come play Scrabble with her occasionally. Not come over for a girls night and leave early stealing all her alcohol (she tried to make friends... and that's what her co workers did) We also talked about possibly transferring to a familiar place (Washington or closer to us) but to think about it over Spring Break after emotions were a little calmer....

Then in a minute the day was over. We hugged her and told her to think about it over spring break.

Then yesterday I get a text: "Mom, I know you get notified when someone dials 911 on the phone...I'm okay"

I'm like, what? what happened?!

She was on a bus when a very either drugged or unwell person approached and hit on her, asking for her number. She politely said "no, I have a boyfriend" when he started mumbling at her breast "I just want to marry someone! Why won't anyone marry me? I'm going to the hospital now because I need help cuz no one will marry me" on and on all the while never looking her in the face when all of a sudden she says he looked right at her and says "call 911". She asked "um, why?" and he very calmly says to her AT her "because I'm about to kill someone on this bus, would you call 911 for me?" to which she jumped up and started ringing the bell begging to get off the bus.

She gets off and calls the police and waits for the next bus. Only when the police come they evacuate the first bus on to the second bus and guess who is helping everyone off the first bus and escorting them on to the second bus? YES....the GUY!!

Now Panda is very panicked and again ringing the bell. She called the police AGAIN to let them know "helllooooo, you evacuated the crazy dude too!"

We don't know what happened from there, she took the train.

I guess the thing to take out of that though is clearly this guy was also lonely. So lonely he drove himself nuts.

Loneliness really is a global problem.

And raising and worrying about your kids never ends.

I'm going for a run now. I must have texted her a thousand times just to make sure she came home from class okay last night. I think I just need to relax myself.

on a good note: my youngest got to go to Disneyland with her band. She's so excited. And Ms. Kate is now teaching piano lessons. A step towards her ultimate goal of Music Therapy...

Holy cow batman. I'll try not to emotionally eat....I'm going for a run....

Happy Spring!! go say something nice to someone ...anybody. It might be just what they need.

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KIMCOLLINGS 4/10/2013 2:16PM

    My goodness....what a scary ordeal! Glad she is OK. Sounds like I should count my blessings that I'm still in Seattle. Dang....you should get yourself back here and bring her too :)

I think you're right about loneliness. It can be so hard to know how to meet quality people. I think the activity on-line site is a good start though. Ya know what I just thought of......I've always had a hard time meeting new people, but since I've been on Spark I've met three of my local sparkies in person and they are wonderful! Maybe she could become a sparkie, even if she isn't interested in losing weight. There's still so much to learn about nutrition and exercise. Just a thought.

Oh yes....one last thing I had to mention that I love the title. I say Holy cow batman all the time! Don't hear too many people using that awesomely refined phrase. How about holy macaroni? That one makes my boyfriends eyes roll emoticon

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ENDUROVET 3/27/2013 6:15PM

    Oh poor baby - my Z will probably be glad to be away from my overprotective "hover" when he goes off to college (these days he already seems to be fixated on TAMU, 160 mi south)...
The church/volunteer thing sounds like a good plan though!

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WOWEETOO 3/25/2013 9:40PM

    san francisco is one of my favorite of all places for sure..i can entertain myself coming and going endlessly HOWEVER it is not seattle by any stretch of the imagination..they are entirely differents planets for sure..one thing you need to teach her is not to compare places where she ends up as that will problably happen many times in her life..my son could live anywhere and has even as a child..there was no place he couldn't make it..and his favorite place of all san francisco and where has he ended up seattle and what does he do..he's a tattoo artist..who would ever have thought for sure he could live and be comfortable anywhere..scrabble can be played with others on the computer but she just needs to spend time outside..spring is coming and the fog rolls in and the city feels glorious even when it is covvered..you could spend your entire life there and not see everything and go everywhere because there isn't enough time in any life to get it done..there are people to be met but you have to sit down on a bench and be still..they will come..she needs to carry mace in her purse to for likes of the crazy man but those kind are all over not just there..a great place to meet people city lights bookstore..it's been there for years and has books like no other store i've ever been in..or make it a habit to go once a week to china town and rate the smaller restaurants..there are especially good ones where they are underneath things goings on at street level..some of the best for sure..she could devise a book of things to do so next time you visit you can chose and ride the transportation endlessly sher can do it and i'd trade places with her in a heartbeat lol
the lady mary

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    Yikes! I've never been to California. Some places are probably much better than others I would guess..since that's how it is EVERYWHERE. She's young enough that if she is unhappy there she can transfer somewhere more to her liking. I'd make sure she knows that..as you have I'm sure. When we're young we sometimes feel like we are already locked into a situation but being older we can see that it wasn't that way at all. If I hadn't been raised here I'd prob. be lonely..i'm not the best at being outgoing and making new friends. My mom is the total opposite. Stick her in a room with strangers and within an hour she'll have networked her way through half of them..at least. I'd find the other uncomfortable looking person and make friends with THEM. lol. Hopefully she meets some good people..OR moves someplace that suits her better. Hang in there momma!

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MIAJOEB 3/23/2013 2:40PM

    Golly, that is how my son and former GF felt when they move to SF 18 years ago..
But son is theatre person and seems to find many people who will share interests.
SF is so large, What part? Son and wife have a fixer upper in Bernal Heights.
There was no kitchen just a stove with nothing connected and a sink with only cold water and we don't want to talk about the WC...
They have met unusual people who are really looking for people to understand.
Last time we were there we went to a café that rents the space on the days when a restaurant is closed. The food was good and the space was bazaar . Industrial office area made over to a café. But in Cali it seems the best way to make friends is to volunteer at a Church or charity place... Good hunting to her...

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AUSFAM 3/22/2013 8:10PM

    Give your daughter a big hug from me--I've been there and it's a CRAPPY feeling to be alone and surrounded by so many people, but you just don't 'fit in' where you're at. As a mom of two little girls (2yrs and 9mo) I can't IMAGINE what I would do if I got a phone call from either one of them like that--here's a hug for you too!

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 3/22/2013 7:20PM

    OMIGOD what a horrible experience for her and even for you!! I am so glad she's OK. And Jeez those cops that evacuated the crazy dude, I swear they never get it right! At lease she's OK. He might have killed her or someone else. Wow.

Once before we left TX, a crazy dude came into my apartment. We've always lived in those "don't go out at night" neighborhoods, so we always keep the door locked. But sometimes my kids would forget. Once I told them, "you are going to leave it open once too many times and some smurf is going to wander in..." and that after noon they forgot to lock it and one did. And my stupid dog sat there and let himself be petted. He wandered all over our house and got in our fridge and then started arguing with my daughter (all by himself, she didn't say anything!). But once we got him out of there, he wandered straight into someone else's house. Then the cops came and collected him. They said he was high as a kite on ecstasy.

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 3/22/2013 1:40PM

    how scary for your daughter, glad she was/is safe. Has your daughter looked into young professional organizations that do volunteer work. I know in my area, they do a day of volunteering and then following you socialize at a local restaurant or bar. it could be a nice way to meet people. (volunteermatch.org looks like it has a large list of opportunists). I also know people who like and enjoy habitat for humanity.

I hope you enjoyed your run and it helped get you away from stress eating.

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SHOES17 3/22/2013 9:00AM

    I am thankful to live in a small North Carolina Town. We arent always friendly but it certainly has its perks. Hugs

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TANYA602 3/21/2013 9:36PM

    I live in So. Cal and have my whole life and I stand by your sentiments - I've always said that the further north (or east) we travel, the nicer people are. I'm so sorry to hear your daughter is having such a rough go of it, but she sounds like a pretty "together" kiddo.

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LYNSEY723 3/21/2013 3:42PM

    Wow. Your poor daughter!!! I cannot imagine going through that - heck even public transportation here in Washington scares me!!! I hope your daughter figures out what she wants to do and finds happiness in whatever that is!!

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BAKER1009 3/21/2013 2:01PM

    That is very sad Cori. Sorry to hear/read all of this. I hope your daughter begins to feel better. I think your idea of having her think about everything over spring break is an excellent idea.
I know exactly what you mean about making friends in that area, it is definitely difficult. We were lucky to have made friends with two different couples while we lived there, but ironically, neither couple was originally from that area (Rocklin).

But it's happening everywhere now. The campground where I grew up camping is a great example. Back in the day we said hi to everyone there. You struck up conversations with many of them, and like you mentioned, invites flew around for get togethers. Mom and I have camped there on occasion since I've been and adult, and that same vibe doesn't exist at all. Sometimes you say hi to people and they just look at you and keep walking. It's really quite sad.

Sending warm thoughts and big bear hugs the way of your daughter. I hope she can find a solution that makes her happy and makes mom feel better too! Parenting sure is rough, huh?
Love ya Cori!

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KRISTINE99 3/21/2013 1:30PM

    Has your daughter tried meetup.com? It's a website in which you can find any kind of activity under the sun -- running group, board games group, dancing group, etc. I've done a lot of fun activities through the website and met some new friends, although I'm located in Phoenix opposed to S.F.

I can relate to the unfriendliness of a city. I don't care how beautiful or cosmopolitan a city is, if the people aren't receptive and friendly it really puts me in a down mood. I didn't realize that San Francisco was not very friendly! It was my understanding that it's a lively, fun place especially for young individuals. I always thought of the L.A. scene as more of a lala-land place in which things can get sketchy quickly.

Wishing your daughter the best of luck!

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 3/21/2013 1:24PM

    I totally know how you feel and how she feels. There is no friendlier place then home, where you can smile at a stranger and get a smile back!! I miss that the most as if I smile at someone here they look at me like I have six heads!
I think that if she has a job that is more adult'ish that will help her a lot. She may be shy at first, but I know how quickly she gets out of that shyness. I also think that if she joins an outside young adults club that does like weekend activities she would find a million friends. Heck I don't know how religious she is, but maybe there is a young adults church group.....anything to get her around kids her age!!

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    Wow that was quite the adventure. She handled it like a trooper!

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CDCSMITH2013 3/21/2013 12:48PM

    Wow! That is scary. I'm glad she has someone like you for support. Great advice all around (in my opinion).

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BIGPAWSUP 3/21/2013 12:39PM

    How horrible! That was an awful encounter. I'm glad she handled it so well and didn't freak out on the guy.

I understand loneliness. I've had my fair share. I wouldn't know how to approach people like that. I think I'll stick to the Midwest, thanks.

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Sweet Disposition & Pics

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Was just listening to that song by the Temper Trap, so it gets the title today.

Just finished my run. All of our streets here form a circle. So if you are driving down a road and hit let's say "Del Webb" you will probably go up four blocks and hit "Del Webb" again because of the circle. Anyhow, I live in a community that is like a spider web of circles. If I ran the Crossings I could probably start and end at the same place. That's my goal for my runs anyhow, to finish a circle. Right now being on week 1 of the Spark runs and C25 I make it about a mile up the road and come back. Every time I run I take the same route and aim for "Garret's street". It's this little mental thing in my head. One would think the same route would be boring and I suppose for most people, it is. But for me and my confetti mind it makes the run a little more soothing somehow and a little goal orientated too. Someday on my runs I'm going to make it past Garret's Street at the half way mark.

I do have to buy new shoes already though. I bought these awesome Sauceny's and they are already killing my shins. I need to get back to my Nikes and I don't know why I thought I could switch to anything else. Silly me. Shins really hurt today too, along with that arch that I "broke" three years ago.

I also didn't think it would be a good run because we are expecting a storm so it's pretty cool and crisp out there. Cool and crisp was just what I clearly needed. Was a good morning jaunt by all accounts. I should've known it was going to be a good one when "Running on Empty" was the first song on the playlist.

We've had a houseguest for the weekend. My niece and her baby girl came up for a visit. It was nice listening to the coos of a little one. I joked with hubby I needed another baby and we would name her Lola. He gave me the finger.
Anyhow, we went on a walk and there were sheep grazing. The sheep must've jumped the fence because look at this! Look how close they were!!

Then my niece helped me find all my DVDs!

I think my friend Kim was the most excited to see that pic! LOL I let my niece borrow my Slim in 6 and I'm going to get started back on my Hip Hop Abs since I'm in the Ab challenge team.

As for regular daily news:
The Air Force has begun it's furlough and hubby is without a job soon although depending on who you talk to is when the unit will shut down. He thought he was being cute, I think when he told the girls that he applied for a job in Hawaii (and he really did) OMgosh you'd thought he stepped on a hornets nest. The girls did NOT like the idea of that. Even Hawaii. LOL

Oh, here he is with our little great niece? Whatever, anyway, she stuck to him like glue all weekend. He couldn't even go to the bedroom without her clinging to his pantleg. Made the rest of us a little jealous....but he's always been a lady's man. LOL

and here's one of each of my girls.
This one is when Miranda and I went out for her first drink with her friends from Chicago. She was very sick from staying up so late, but she still had fun.

This one is my Missy Kate driving. She was imitating the Mayhem commercial: "I'm an emotionally compromised teenager. Becky just kissed Johnny and there's a problem with that. I like Johnny.. .. Becky isn't even HOT.."

and yes, my baby...Nicole and me. I think this was just after her last competition.
I had to tell her she can't compete next year. Who's more devastated me or her? LOL Hey, she's carrying out MY dream dang it. I will keep her in tumbling and she should qualify for the school cheer...we will go from there.

There's my ramble.
It was quite the ramble.
What'd I say again?

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SHOES17 3/18/2013 4:49PM

    It made me smile

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DOLPHINSINGER72 3/11/2013 4:19PM

    Yay for having a goal in your run. I run the same stretch every time I run to see how much farther I get each time. I think it is a good way to go.

I love the pictures. Go sheep! :P

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LYNETTEMOM 3/10/2013 5:19PM

    enjoyed reading this---tks for sharing

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FISHER011 3/8/2013 4:48PM

    Thank you for a Wonderful, easy -going read ! I loved reading about your beautiful family & the pics are great! Thanks for sharing-love your last photo!

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SCOTMAMA 3/7/2013 2:35PM

    You look like one of the "girls."

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AUSFAM 3/6/2013 6:52PM

    Great pics! :) I had the same problem with Sacony shoes--they killed my knees and shins...but they were so cute that I had a hard time parting with them, even though they hurt like the Dickens! :)

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VITCHY-VICKI 3/6/2013 5:56AM

    emoticon Blog love all the pictures

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 3/5/2013 11:15PM

    What great pics--you are so PRETTY! And what a beautiful family too! I enjoyed your blog a lot.

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TEACHFIRST268 3/5/2013 4:34PM

    Love reading your blogs...always crack me up!

I did something very similar when I started my running...only I wasn't running in 1/2 mile increments...I was just hoping to get to the next mailbox, or next telephone pole each time I went out! I TOTALLY get doing the same route and pushing a little further each time. You go girl!

Loved the pictures! You have a beautiful family!

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 3/5/2013 2:47PM

    I love your rambles! and YES YES YES I was VERY happy to see that the DVDs were found! Tell the girls they can stay in CA and I'll move to Hawaii with you and Tom. LOL

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LYNSEY723 3/5/2013 2:42PM

    Beautiful family!! Awesome job with the run! :)

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 3/5/2013 1:54PM

    I love running the same route, that way I can push myself each time to run one more driveway, tree, lamp post, street... whaever. I totally understand and you will get to Garrett's street and beyond!

Keep up the great training and thanks for sharing the pics!

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RUNNINGAL425 3/5/2013 1:51PM

    Sorry about the new shoes. Have you been fitted by a professional who looks at your gait, arches, etc? You might have the wrong shoes for your feet!

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BIGPAWSUP 3/5/2013 12:58PM

    Awesome pictures! I will wish your hubby the best of luck.

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Full Moon Monday!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Well, my computer is graciously allowing me to blog so hopefully I remember what it is I'm supposed to say.

It's been a little nuts around here. I've been doing some online schooling and that's been going well. I pat myself on the brain now for doing online this semester and I'll tell ya why.

I originally did it because hubby was due for a back surgery on February 13. We've been waiting quite some time for the VA to kick in and get hubby that surgery and at last we thought we had made progress. We thought. The doc changed his mind and sent us to someone else.

At least, that's our theory. He called us into Travis AFB to say "I can't get a hold of the other surgeon to help me so I'm sending you to Sacramento to a real doc. Thanks for playing!" Soooooo, trying to get the VA to pay for the referral and not have to get a NEW MRI and a NEW muscle junction test and a NEW... Just give the man his surgery! He's had a broken (literally) back for seven years! Fix it!!

AND, he's been stressing about the job situation. It finally made the news that his unit will be no longer. The date is set for his job to be gone by September, but he and his boss have been diligently working on assigning people to other bases or jobs as they come available. To say morale at the base is at an all time low is probably and understatement. I guess one guy had a Congressman come up, shake his hand and say "thanks for serving son I really appreciate it" and when the guy said "really sir? Then can you help us out by cutting your pay with ours so it doesn't hit as hard?" Well, you can imagine what the fellow did. Gave him a look and turned right on his heels.

This is why I personally am a firm believer in you can't vote for a Commander in Chief of the Military (aka President) when the person has never even served. It's like putting a McDonald's manager in charge of Microsoft. The ideas may be great, but unless you've been working there and know what you're doing, don't apply. It's why I voted McCain. He's served and I wish he would've run again (without Palin preferably)....Obama has not. I wonder if I could start a petition for that.

BUT....here's what's making ME nervous. Hubby and I just bought this house. Now, we probably could make it on his VA disability and unemployment and what I bring in and survive. But, he's looking at jobs in Washington or Travis AFB. I'm thnking to myself "why"? My thoughts are we need to take care of his back and heck maybe he can sort of retire for the next 2-4 years pending what he owes (we have separate accounts now......and I LOVE it) Maybe I could get a job to help out more while HE stays home. The middle one will have her license this summer...But to contemplate taking a job in Washington and living with his parents. I don't know.....I smell trouble all over that. I don't think it will happen, but I don't particularly care for the thought of it either.

My daughter had her 21st birthday. She had her friend from Chicago visit her. He seems nice. A little too "charming" but nice :) Let's put it this way, I can see WHY she's gaga over him and my heart aches a little for her. All you Mom's out there are nodding with understanding, I'm sure of it.

ANYWAY, we took her to the casino AT midnight with her two friends. We bought her her very first legal drink. As, like I said, we weren't feeling well she never even finished it. LOL BUT she did get to gamble a bit and won $70!! Happy Birthday to her!!

She was feeling better after a rough night of nausea. We have this weird thing. If we don't get a full 8 hours of sleep, we vomit. I know. weird, but there it is......it's always been that way and everyone thinks we're nuts but it's true and very consistent...if we're up late **puke** especially ESPECIALLY if there's any stress such as finals week or ya know, losing a job.....need I say more? LOL Anyone ever heard of this at all or is it just me and my girls that have this lucky thing? So, to say we are not much of party animals LOL I've just always had kind of a heart palpitation thing with slight queezie....but Panda, she just gets sick on little sleep.

So, with all that going on and with a cheer competition Every Single Weekend in February my Day 1 is back on. But, I don't feel "bummed" because I'm not being lazy or sedentary. On the contrary, I walk, I am always moving, I still try to watch what I'm eating.....even in Vegas. My weight is starting to fluctuate back down to 175 which is good cuz it was creeping right back up to the 180s fast.

OH and the cheer competitions: undefeated. AND my friend's daughter on the other side of the country has been doing cheer comps too. This is her first year so it was really REALLY cool to be texting each other from across the country, both of us watching our daughter's team take first.

Yes. A LOT of rambling. but, I'm all caught up and ya now know why my emotional roller coaster has left my blogs and statuses a little sporadic.

Oh, I downloaded My fitness Pal or something like that to my phone. All my friends and several Sparkies have been mentioning it so I thought what the heck....only it wants my Facebook info. Can I do it without FB because I NEVER want them to see what I am (or mainly NOT) doing. LOLOLOL

OH!! I almost forgot. Hubby bought me a daily calendar and I've been writing in it this past week on every hour what I'm doing. Now, I've looked at it and was able to determine if I had any wasted time (no) LOL but I did have mismanagement of some time. So this week I will be trying to schedule my calendar a little better with stickers and a menu. I even made an appt in there to do my run as soon as I drop off my kids at school and BEFORE my own homework (I had kept trying to prioritize wrong) Let's see how this week goes :o) I will make this work dang it.

And I'm starting to feel better from this sinus head cold thing. One full bottle of Robittusen in two days later.

ah yeah....that's all I can remember right now. I'm off to bed and I'll get back on here tomorrow after a quick run.

S"eya" later!!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 3/25/2013 1:41PM

    Hmmm wish I could puke after less than 8 hours of sleep. Maybe I'd lose more weight??

oh wait... you're on here anyway to lose weight. my bad!

Not sure about that or what it means, other than get to bed early!? or maybe you need to eat some little bit of protein before you go to bed to keep blood sugars from doing weird stuff to your tummy? (kinda like when I was preggers ??).

and here it is nearly one month later, for the Passover moon!!

Gotta scamper!


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KIM_POSSIBLE77 2/28/2013 11:33AM

    YES....it was SO much fun to have you to talk to all day on Sat. I'm so happy that Sammy wants to continue with the Cheer. We have a pep assembly today at school that I will be going to. Hopefully I can get a lot more pictures to replace the ones that were deleted! I'm going to scan the one that I bought and send them out with the 8th grad graduation stuff in a month or so. Just waiting for a nice day to go take pictures because we are going to make little "save the date" magnets for her graduation day, as there are not announcements for that.
There is an option to stop your feeds from fitnesspal to FB....let me know if you need me to tell you how.
Love you Sis!!

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 2/28/2013 3:17AM

    I hear ya on not electing presidents who have never served--they just have no idea! I hope your honey can get his back fixed, thats just awful!

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DOLPHINSINGER72 2/26/2013 6:38PM

    That is so weird about the no sleep and the puking thing. I have never heard of anything like that. That must not be pleasant.

I really hope your hubby can get the surgery he needs and soon.

Sounds like your daughter is enjoying her cheering.

Glad to read your blog. It has been awhile.

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TEACHFIRST268 2/26/2013 6:37PM

    Holy cow! Fingers crossed that things work out. Your poor husband. I can feel your frustration for him in your blog. I hope they sort out this mess soon.

And YES...I get sick when I'm over tired, too! Though I don't have the 8 hour thing...I frequently get by on less (something I need to work on) but when I'm down and out and exhausted, yep...the nausea hits and sometimes I do get sick. I also find I'm more prone to getting carsick when I'm overly tired.

You keep on keeping on, okay? The fact that you're here and still trying to make this work while going through all of this is just amazing to me. You really are an inspiration!

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LYNSEY723 2/26/2013 12:16PM

    Wow! Crazy busy! You'll have a friend here if you move to Washington!! Lewis-McCord?

I hope you guys are able to figure everything out. I can't imagine how stressful that is! I hope things go well when he does FINALLY get the surgery. I'll be looking for updates!!

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AUSFAM 2/26/2013 11:52AM

    Good luck with everything--I hope it all works out!

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BIGPAWSUP 2/26/2013 10:43AM

    You have been crazy busy! Congrats to your daughter! Hope you are having some fun and me time in all that!

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CDCSMITH2013 2/26/2013 4:47AM

    Sounds like you have a lot going on in your life as well. You and your family will be in my thoughts. As for the staying up late thing... Last Thursday, there was a sleep over for the neighborhood kids (there are 4 families that are close - 1, her children are grown, another has 3 kids ages 5-10, another with an adult child, a 10 year old, and an 8 year old, and then me (2 grown, and the 7 year old). One of the mom's said her kid will throw up if she stays up too late. She'll get a slight headache first and if she doesn't go to bed right away, the puking will start.

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BOPPY_ 2/26/2013 2:33AM

    Good luck with all the chaos swirling around you.

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Self meet self

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

I haven't been stuck on day 1 so that's a good thing. I've been walking with hubby (as much as he can with his back) and trying to get my body's strength back up. Yesterday I was able to do the week 1 of C25. It wasn't so much the gasping for air this time, but rather calf cramping during the first half. I kept pushing though and completed it. I'm debating on continuing day 2 & 3 in a row since the girls and I leave for Vegas on Friday. I don't want to say "oh I'll do it there" because hellloooooooo it's VEGAS?! Talked myself into it. Week 1 day 2, in the fog...today.

My family has been strangely supportive lately. Yes, I used the word strangely. Although I'm not used to such things, and maybe there are ulterior motives to the support, it feels very nice. My Kate, who is my very tall ballerina, wants better arms. She has accepted the fact that our family produced very tall, very "big boned" women but still wants to look good and really, I can't argue that. We did the Biggest Loser workout together and even though I was gasping and begging Bob for a little mercy on the "low intensity" workout my daughter was not impressed. She's looking more for arm sculpting. So, I'll find some nice dumbbell routines for her arms. The youngest Nicole comes home from cheer and says "you want to workout with me?" and was not pleased when I told her I just worked out.

My husband even took the time to go in the bedroom to let me work out. That's right. The man gave up his living room tv set. But............................there's more.

I had been in kind of a kanundrum about self identity lately. See, you all know I just love color and the 80s. and I do. This is me:

**sears, I may to to buy this...**

**either woman actually....ruthless people**

**I wanted to be Madonna (1983) OR

**still awesome today**

However, some days I dream of being this:

**so clean, so classic**

**absolutely timeless**

**okay, who WOULDN'T love to look this way?**

We were shopping at Target the other day and I told him. "I was going to buy this purple purse because I just love it, but this black and white purse is the person I want to be: all classic and clean. So, I didn't buy either. What do you think?" He looked at me. I couldn't tell if he was exasperated or perplexed that I'd spring this dilemma on him. He immediately threw the purple purse in the cart. "It's you" he said and kept going.

I suppose it is. But I still look at that black and white, the cleanness of it. Then I look at my shoes, all hot pink and ready to run. I'm a nut....40something and I still don't know who I am.

Maybe I can be both. It's possible to mesh one world with another right? Well, I have 40 pounds to figure out how to get out of the life of sweats and into something a little more "fashionable".

Let's see...if I were to mesh the two together. Self, meet self. It would probably look like:

So that is what happens when I meet myself. I love her! Mission accomplished.

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AEROBISAURUS 2/12/2013 5:55PM

    Love it! Mesh it up all the way :) There is no rule that says you have to be defined by a certain age. Change is what makes the world go round!

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MOCHA2470 2/11/2013 1:15PM

    It 'a always going to be a journey to discover who you really are. We are all there! Keep up the Good work!

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    Ah Stevie Nix, so beautiful! And today, just as beautiful as she was back then.

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KIMCOLLINGS 2/8/2013 1:50PM

    Get what makes your heart sing (love that the hubby threw the purple one in and said..."it's you"). You are such a breath of fresh air. I think of you in fun things, but I could totally see you decked out in the glamorous ones as well. Do it all and wear what makes you feel spectacular for the occasion. I think you should totally get a pink tutu though :) I was class of 84 so I totally understand!

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AUSFAM 2/7/2013 5:10PM

    This blog makes me smile! :) The best part about fashion is that you get to re-invent yourself every couple of years! Glad you're taking the time to introduce yourself to yourself. It sounds dumb, but changing your lifestyle creates a new self that you need to recognize. GREAT BLOG!!! :)

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DOLPHINSINGER72 2/7/2013 3:04PM

    Mesh the two. I love it.

I have found when I get thin, I start dressing like a teenager. Is this a good thing? A bad thing? I am still a teenager at heart.

I feel so much younger thinner, so why wouldn't I dress like one? :)

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VITCHY-VICKI 2/7/2013 8:52AM

    Like some of the others said you can be both
your doing so well keep up the good work

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ARW715 2/6/2013 10:41PM

    You are right, best blog ever. :)

Congrats on starting c25k. Try Biggest Loser Yoga for sculpting, it kills my arms.

Girls trip to vegas? Be still my heart.

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ENDUROVET 2/6/2013 5:14PM

    Glad to see you got past "Day 1"!!!

Meanwhile, I need to pick out a running event just to test out my ol' flat feet again...
(there's a 5K on 2/23 I'm considering)

I have had no success in enticing son OR husband into the hot yoga studio w/me!

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TEACHFIRST268 2/6/2013 5:09PM

    Love it! You don't have to pick "ONE" you! Be ALL of them! Buy all the d*mn purses and chose the one you feel like using that day (from the woman who has had the same purse for nearly 5 years!)

You crack me up!

(Stevie Nicks - well, more Fleetwood Mac - fan, myself!)

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PINETREEGIRL 2/6/2013 5:02PM

    haha, great for Cindy Lauper! And good for your husband for giving you your purple...it's okay to want to be something. I always want to be a person who looks beautiful and arranged, but really I'm a person who showers right before bed and sleeps with wet hair. The medusa look, my husband calls it...

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BAKER1009 2/6/2013 4:24PM

    Love the blog Cori...it's so you! LOL!
So glad the family is being supportive. Like Kim said, maybe they are finally listening to you and are ready to help you reach your goals.

Have a super time in Vegas!!

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LYNSEY723 2/6/2013 3:00PM

    Love this blog. Awesome!

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 2/6/2013 2:38PM

    I think I would have grabbed the purple one for you too. LOL You get to your goal weight and I will buy you a nice classic Coach purse....how's that for being supportive.

I know what you mean about the strange support from the family as I am getting the same thing. But heck maybe they finally are HEARING us and listening to what we need from them so that we can be sucessful!

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BIGPAWSUP 2/6/2013 2:26PM

    Honey, you are ALL of it!!! That the great part about being US. I'm goth one day and classic the next. I have purple hair extensions and an Ann Klein suit (I haven't tried that on in a while - hmmm). You don't have to pick, be both. I've worn the classic black dress with pig tails and goth boots.

You are a wonderful, glorious, fabulous individual! I adore you for it! Be proud of it.

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