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SPY 2; Day 45: Japan, Job

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

My VP gave me support to start a fundraiser for humanitarian aid to Japan! Probably will do a potluck with a voluntary cash donation. I was floored! He also called to find out about my brother and his family in Japan. Several people came to me to find out about him.

I found out indirectly that I have been transferred to reporting to someone else. I am not sure what this means in terms of longterm employment.

Not much exercise today - I am still feeling pretty lousy.

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NONIE_C 3/19/2011 3:17AM

    I'm sorry you aren't feeling well, my friend. And I'm sorry I've been out of touch. I'm going through a bit of a struggle right now, but my personal growth struggles are nothing in comparison to what people are faced with in Japan right now - I have to keep things in perspective. And this realization is helping to motivate me toward reorganizing things. I would like my life situated in such a way that i can once again offer help to others in need (money, time, skills, whatever). In any case, I just wanted you to know that I'm keeping you and your family in my prayers, along with all the others suffering from this natural disaster.

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 3/17/2011 11:49AM

  that was really great about your VP ok'ing your fundraiser idea... sounds like a fantastic venture you want to do. best of luck with it all. and, that was really nice of him to find out about your brother in Japan. I hope the fact that you have to report to someone else is a good thing... and, not a bad thing. totally understandable about the lack of exercise... you will do it when you're ready.


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LIBBYFITZ 3/17/2011 1:12AM

    That is great that you are able to go ahead with fundraising through work. What is happening in Japan is devastating.
Hope you start to feel better soon! emoticon

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CHERYLE51 3/16/2011 11:18PM

    My husband and I are sick also. I just have a slight sinus infection. He has something nastier. He keeps coughing and nothing I give him seems to help. I have advised him to go to the dr., but, well, he, of course, doesn't want to.

I am so glad someone is doing something for the victims of Japan. I just can't stop thinking about everyone over there. Everything else that is going around seems so irrelevant.

I am very glad that your brother and his family are ok. That must have been a relief.

I am sure once you are feeling better, you will get back on track with exercising. I didn't feel like it tonight, but did it and my chest hurt a little.

Take care,

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JAMBABY0 3/16/2011 10:43PM

    That was nice of your boss, hope you feel better soon.

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SPY 2; Day 44: Honoring Mr. Buckles, Kang Zhu Hampsters and Japan

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

First day back from New Mexico. I was sick the whole trip with this sinus infection and had no voice. It was fabulous seeing my family! Three generations together for the first time and Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday. We had a lot for which to be thankful. Our thanks continued when we learned that my brother's wife and her family are all safe in Japan.

I work with nuclear scientists and one of them just sent me a note in response to a Facebook comment that the amount of radiation that is "loose" is not going to harm my family. Peace of mind is priceless.

The worst thing about having no voice was the fact that I finally met my cousin Jack! We had lunch on Sunday and I could not talk! I met his wife 3 years ago at my other cousin's funeral and she was there on Sunday, too. They've invited me to their home in Texas for Christmas. Meeting Jack is another reason to give thanks!

I'll be back on track with water, food and exercise tomorrow.

Today, Mr. Buckles lay in state at Arlington National Cemetary and was buried there this afternoon. In his honor, US flags flew at half staff across the country. Mr. Buckles was the last living US veteran of WWI until he died March 6 at the age of 110. He also fought in WWII. Veterans of WWI received very little recognition for their service. BF, who is former Navy, said this honor was as if the country chose to honor all the men who served in that war.

My sister's children brought some toys from home including Kung Zhu hamsters. Very cute toys. I lost my watch coming home and went to KMart to replace it. I showed BF the toy hamsters there so he could see what I was talking about.

I will do all that I can to keep the needs of Japan front and center. The need is going to be there for a very long time.
I flew home from Albuquerque - Denver - San Francisco which was a much easier trip than it sounds. In Denver, my wait was nearly 8 hours. They kept pushing back the departure date because of 2 things - the mechanics could not fix the plane and, because of wind, the air traffic controllers in SF were limiting the number of planes in the area.

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CARRAND 3/16/2011 2:32PM

    You trip sounds good, in spite of the sinus infection and loss of voice. I'm glad your family in Japan are OK. I feel so bad for the victims. It's going to be a long, long time before they get back to normal there.

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 3/15/2011 9:50PM

  I am happy that your trip went well... really sorry to hear that you were sick and had no voice. :(

Very horrible/sad time for those in Japan.


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LIBBYFITZ 3/15/2011 9:38PM

    Yes a very sad time for those living in Japan. Glad the trip went well and sorry you were unwell the whole time you were away. emoticon

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SPY 2; Day 39: Evening Before Travel

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The sinus infection has not gotten better, so flying should be just tons of fun tomorrow. I plan to load up on decongestants and chewing gum. I am too drug sensitive to do much else. Otherwise, I would likely end up missing a flight and screwing up this minivacation.

I have had very little appetite even though I've been hungry. I would start to eat and then find it took too much energy to eat! I know this is temporary, so I am far from worried.

Going home tomorrow to reunite with my sister, brother, their mother and their children is going to be great fun. It's the first time we'll have 3 generations together. Thanksgiving and birthdays will be celebrated. Lots of pictures, lots of talk, lots of food!

I may not be back online until Monday night or Tuesday.

Have a great week, everyone!

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NONIE_C 3/12/2011 1:09AM

    I wish you safe travels and an amazing reunion with your family.
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MYSTERY4EVER 3/11/2011 9:57AM

    Safe travel and feel better! Have a wonderful time with your family.

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LINDYPAINTS 3/11/2011 7:53AM

    Travel safe and have a lovely time....

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LIBBYFITZ 3/10/2011 10:03PM

    Sorry to hear the sinus has not improved! Have a wonderful time, you deserve it!

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CARRAND 3/10/2011 8:34PM

    Have a great visit!

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TEENY_BIKINI 3/10/2011 7:31PM

    Safe travels and be well!


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CHAOTIC-KITTY 3/10/2011 12:29PM

  Have a great, safe trip. And, most of all.. have fun!!! :)


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  Oh, I hope you get to feeling better and quick. Have safe travels and a great time with family. emoticon

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JHADZHIA 3/10/2011 1:12AM

    Make sure you drink lots of water so you don't get dehydrated, that will make you feel even worse in the dry airplane air..Safe journey..
Enjoy yourself, no worries..

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MISSY455 3/10/2011 12:23AM

    Have an absolutely wonderful visit with your family!

Make sure you chew gum during take-off especially until the cabin pressure gets evened out. I used to fly almost weekly and was never without a pack of gum! Massaging behind your ears, just below the little bone, helps too.

Travel safe and enjoy!

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SPY 2; Day 38: Sinus Infection or Cold?

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

36 minutes walking, 10 or more glasses of water, 7800+ steps. I am well under on food. No real appetite. Going to bed early but I doubt I'll sleep much. I am so congested it's hard to breathe. It was hard to think at work and I am sure my boss thought I was on something today. (I wasn't).

I hope it's something with the sinus and not a cold. My stepmother will not be pleased if I arrive with a cold and give it to the children! My nephew has to fly back to Japan next week! I'm not coughing or running a fever, so I think it is sinus.

Tomorrow is my last day of work until Tuesday!

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CARRAND 3/9/2011 8:23PM

    What a bad time to have a sinus infection. I hope you have a great trip anyhow.

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LIBBYFITZ 3/9/2011 9:37AM

    Have a wonderful time! emoticon

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 3/9/2011 9:24AM

  well, hopefully it's just a sinus infection and not a cold. have a fantastic time with your family.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/8/2011 11:52PM

    Sounds like how I were feeling last week...however I now have white blisters on tongue and inside mouth...UGH!!! Sure hope you are feeling better and you are not contagious. ENJOY spend time with your family...

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JHADZHIA 3/8/2011 11:48PM

    Hope you have some sinus meds to take care of that..
Sorry you are feeling like this, sucks so bad :((
You did fine with your fitness and food, they will balance..
Taking a steaming hot bath or shower..
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SPY 2; Day 37

Monday, March 07, 2011

55 minutes walking, though not at once and a snort Kettlebell workout tonight. Water? Check. Food - within range on most things, low in others.

The cold seems to have taken away my appetite, a temporary state.

TOM appeared this morning, a really cruel joke. After a 3 month absence, TOM arrives the week I will be traveling. Why not last week or next week?

I read an article over the weekend that one of the things that happens with menopause is decreased ability to stay focused. That makes me wonder. What the article did not suggest was a solution for that. I'd sure like to know!

The long weekend will be full of food. Obviously I cannot take my kettlebells, but I sure can walk and plan to do so as much as possible, weather permitting. I hope this will be a time of renewal and relaxation, though I expect with the four youngsters, relaxation may be relative, pun intended!

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CARRAND 3/8/2011 9:03PM

    Stay busy, get in lots of walking, and enjoy!

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JHADZHIA 3/7/2011 11:54PM

    UGH! What timing! So sorry for you! I am so happy I have been on Depo-Prevera for 10 years -freedom from periods and all the discomfort and mess that goes with it!! I don't want to go off it until I am sure I am in menopause. I don't really care about the possible risks (like breast cancer) as I have had so much happen to me, I really don't think cancer is something I will get.. Have you read Spark's articles on menopause?
Good for you keeping up the fitness and food!

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