Thursday, July 15, 2010
I ended the day on track nutritionally except for being very low in fat. Go figure. Must be because I skipped the chance to have a Reese's Dark...!
I got over 7K steps, still moving gingerly not because the tendonitis is bad but because I don't want to reawaken the pain.
The car repair bill was about what I thought it would be, but I was stunned by the cost of the rental! I did not get everything repaired, just the urgent items. I may end up replacing this car very soon. I have loved my New Beetle and hope to replace it with a newer used one...I'm going to visit Enterprise Rental Car sales on Saturday just to kick the tires on a deal. The hinderance will be the interest rate and monthly payments. If it's too much, no deal. Either the repair was a bad idea or replacement is a bad idea. I can't decide...
My cousin Jack is coming home from an in-hospital chemo treatment. He looks great, judging from the picture on Facebook. Jack is my eldest cousin and we have never met. LONG story. I hope we do soon! I met his wife Norma at my cousin's funeral 3 years ago.
As far as my situation goes, I keep reminding myself that it is always darkest before dawn. Boy, am I hoping for daylight soon!
THANKS, everyone, for all your comments and prayers for Michael. I have not heard any updates yet.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Yesterday's headline about a workplace shooting in Albuquerque did not generate a call, so I know Larry is ok. Thank you, Lord!
I don't spend much time on Facebook, but I went on there tonight and found, to my shock, that the son of a close friend (former coworker) was in a diving accident. Apparently, he is now paralyzed from the waist down. That certainly puts my trials and tribulations into a humbling tiny perspective. Michael is a young man, 20s, and this tragedy is tough on everyone.
I should be able to bail my car out of the shop tomorrow after more than two weeks. Not all the work is done, but I authorized as much as I could. I wonder if I did the right thing in having the car repaired instead of trading it in. This incomplete repair will cost about $1500 (not including rental) and nearly that much more needs doing. The car is not yet paid for (ALMOST!). Late this afternoon, I learned that VW is not going to make the New Beetle any more! 2010 is the last model year for the car that fits me better than any other car. Had I known that two weeks ago, it might have been enough to push me into trading it in. NOT that I can afford repairs or a newer car, but you have to do what you have to do to keep functioning!
I pray for Michael, for his family, for his caregivers and I give thanks for the zillions of friends he has and the support they are providing...
Monday, July 12, 2010
An early blog today just because of my yummy discovery. Several of my Sparkfriends have commented how much they like Greek yogurt. I thought it would be a food on my "later" list - later being when money is not in quite such short supply.
I shop at a discount grocery store, the kind of place where you never know what you will find. Lo, and behold, yesterday they had Stonyfields Oikos Greek nonfat yogurt in chocolate flavor. Four 4-ounce tubs for $1.49! BF put it in the freezer, which I did not know until this morning when I looked for it to bring to work.
For my morning snack, I pulled it out, still very cold, added some craisins and Kashi cocoa beach granola and was in heaven! As one Sparkfriend says "yummo!"
Thanks to all of you wonderful friends who commented on yesterday's blog. I am still very sore this morning from the fall, but not as sore as I thought I would be. I did not go to yoga today. The tendonitis is still bad enough that I don't even want to do my normal walking let alone anything else. One Sparkfriend suggested I try acupunture. I have no experience with that, but have been curious for years about it. Alas, not in the budget and not covered by insurance. Definitely on the "later" list.
I saw a headline today that there was a workplace shooting at a company in Albuquerque. My stepfather just started a new fab job and I don't know where it is, so I am HOPING it was not his shop and that he is not one of the 6 dead or 4 wounded. Please pray for those victims, their loved ones and their coworkers. These kinds of events put my battles in an entirely different perspective.
They are putting solar panels on the roof at work. The installation will take about 6 weeks to do. We had a "ground breaking" party a week or so ago complete with a visit from the mayor. Lots of press and positive vibes. As I walked past one guy this morning, I wished him a good morning and said I am glad he's here. Turns out this is his first job. He just completed a job skills program (thanks to "stimulus" funds) and is just happy as anything to be working! I think we both gained some positive energy in that conversation! I could tell that he's on the low end of the ladder by the way the other guys spoke to him, but his smile was dazzling! Those kinds of interactions stay with me and they remind me of some of the more profound aspects of life. I did not mention that the reason I still have a job is indirectly related to stimulus funds.
Certainly everything today reinforces my attitude for gratitude. I have a job, I have good health, I am getting more fit, I thoroughly enjoyed my food today. The tyranny of "diet" and banned food is gone (for the most part).
Life is great!
Monday, July 12, 2010
I've been absent from blogs lately. Friday night, I stayed up too late. dozing off while watching TV and Sparking. I was so exhausted from the week. Saturday, I was doing some Sparkinging close to midnight and did not get everything in before the day changed. The Sparkwheel teased me - showing me a free exercise dvd floater, but I got my usual 2 points...Bummer.
Today, I was walking with BF around town while we were doing errands and caught my toe on a sidewalk crack. I fell all the way down on my left side. I am very sore and my right side is also tweaked. He had walked to the other side of the street to pick up a recyclable container and turned around to see me on the concrete. Some guy walked by and kept on going when I assured him I was ok. I used to be so embarrassed every time I fell that they were "wanna get away moments". But I didn't feel that way when the guy walked by this time. In fact, I did not realize the change in thought until just now. Hmmm.
I talked with my stepmother today and she was completely enthused and supportive of my degree and GPA. She said she talked with my brother and they were just marveling about my success, determination etc. It was one of those conversations you wish you could tape and listen to whenever the self esteeem dips. Rare and wonderful! We talked about what we know about cousins, my aunt and my sister. Lots of family stuff going on and I am powerless to contribute meaningfully (No family here in CA).
I lost about .8 this week, which surprised me. With this tendonitis, I have not been active. I have not been strength training or doing anything! I felt really huge when I stepped on the scale. Today's fall does not bode well. I will probably be stiff tomorrow and the tendonitis is just not healing this time...GRRRR.
I am ending the day low in almost all nutrition metrics, very low. Just not hungry.
Tomorrow will be a challenge at work. I am suddenly exceedingly busy! I may try yoga tomorrow. A lady comes in and teaches a class on Mondays and Thursdays. The first session is free and then it's $5 per session after that. I have to find something loose enough and yet wearable outside the house!
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