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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Yesterday (Monday) was day 1068 of my 10-minute daily exercise streak. Since Kyle is out of town for the day, overnight and tomorrow we decided to just go down to have salads. I walked to Don & Millie's to meet hubby, ate dinner and then went out for another 35 minute walk before going home.

Tonight is the last night of my work week. Things have been crazy here at work so I'll be glad to get done and clean the rest of the week!! Ha ha!! Pretty funny considering how much I hate to clean. I swear that I'll get my table cleaned off the rest of the way before the weekend gets here!!

Exciting news for my middle child. He is just starting classes to get an associates degree as an electrician. A friend of ours has brothers who are builders and the electrician they usually use has lost a lot of his employees to the new Google plant that is being built in Council Bluffs (IA). Cole picked up (and filled out and returned!!!) an application last week and got called for an interview today. Hopefully something will work out and he can get a foot in the door. He's been working part time for a lawn service and really needs to find a full-time (or potentially full-time) job.

Have a great day everyone.
Thanks for reading.
Enjoy your Spark-time!


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MUSICMOMOF2 9/30/2014 9:05AM

    Sounds like everything is going great! Good luck to your son on the job!

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GARDENCHRIS 9/30/2014 7:23AM

    great new about your son..... praying he gets the job.

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Sleep . . . . blessed sleep (FINALLY!)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Finally I was able to get a good day of sleep (i.e. not quite 6 hrs) and I got up and hit the ground running. Kyle was ready to go get pictures taken so we gathered the clothes up and headed out for that appointment.

We were there for nearly 2 hours. My youngest son is super introverted like his Mom so it was interesting to see how he interacted with the super extroverted photographer. The pictures he showed me on his camera were really good so I think we'll be pleased with the results.

He even wanted me to get in for a few pictures with him at the very end. I told him no several times but Kyle said he didn't care so he finally talked me into it. I don't have near enough pictures of me with my kids since I'm usually the one taking the shots.

I went to the appointment dressed for running since I planned on running when I got home. No make up, exercise clothes, basically bed-head because all I did was run a brush through my hair when I got up and brushed my teeth. He said not to worry - that's the great thing about getting natural shots! Huh!!! We'll see (I'm thinking to myself) and I'll have to see it to believe it - if nothing else, I guess it'll show me that I shouldn't go out in public looking like I usually do!!!

We met up with hubby for some Chinese. I can't ever eat my entire meal so I brought half of it to work with me for my "breakfast", if I feel like eating it again that is.

When I got home I went out to run, in the dark, on a full stomach. Needless to say I didn't run terribly fast but I got it accomplished just the same. A quick soak in the tub, dressed and headed back to work. Just tonight and tomorrow night and then I'm off for 6 days!!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/29/2014 11:49AM

    Awwwww, my dear, doesn't matter what you look like in the picture, I think my thought looking at it down the road would be "My son WANTED me in the picture with him!" I think that's just very sweet!

Huh, I wouldn't have though you were super introverted! LOL I used to be introverted and sometimes it's not easy!

(((HUGS))) glad you got sleep.

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SUBMOM2 9/29/2014 11:12AM

    I bet you will treasure that photo of the two of you. Have a great week!

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MUSICMOMOF2 9/29/2014 10:18AM

    Glad that you were finally able to get some sleep!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/29/2014 7:28AM

    I'll bet Kyle will prize those pictures MORE than if you'd "cleaned up" for them. Seriously, he's clearly proud of you!

Good job "getting it done". emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 9/29/2014 7:20AM

    glad you got some rest

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Friday, Friday!! TGIF!!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

I didn't get out early enough to run today so I had to cut it a little short and go only a little over 12 miles WITH my 0.25 mile warm up walk. It was getting pretty dark by the time I got back to my car so there's nothing else I could have done. I don't feel like it'll be a big deal, in the whole scheme of things, but I will have to be sure to get out earlier 2 weeks from now when I do my 14 mile run.

Basically - I'm not ready for Fall!!!

Sleep was so-so today. Had trouble getting to sleep and then staying asleep. Ugh!

It was great to see Sarah for awhile. She's sticking around until sometime Sunday.

We all met up for a quick supper at Pepperjax (a local Philly-style sandwich shop - not low cal but I needed my protein and carbs after my run!) and then I had to take a quick shower and wash my hair. I felt like a salt-lick by the time I got done running!! It was 87 when I started my run and mid-70's by the time I finished but I had plenty of time to work up a sweat before it cooled down.

I'm hoping to get a little time in on my Total Gym tomorrow after I get up from sleeping. I haven't had a chance to get down there and work on it since last Saturday or Sunday. I've increased my resistance so I'm giving myself extra time to recover post-workout and then life interrupts and I can't get back on schedule.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 9/28/2014 8:40PM

    You rock!

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GARDENCHRIS 9/27/2014 9:17PM

    get some rest!

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MJREIMERS 9/27/2014 7:43PM

    Have a great weekend! You are doing awesome!

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MUSICMOMOF2 9/27/2014 11:29AM

    Enjoy your weekend!

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DGFOWLER 9/27/2014 9:48AM

    I envy you being able to run.. I've been told because of my knees it's not a good thing to do. Congrats I'd feel awesome even getting in 1 mile. Have a blessed day. ~ Donna

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1CRAZYDOG 9/27/2014 7:42AM

    Wow! If I ran in 87 degree heat I'd feel like a salt lick too!

Happy weekend. HUGS

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/27/2014 6:07AM

    A reprise of Summer. Nothing feels better than that shower after a good sweaty run!

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LYNMEINDERS 9/27/2014 12:42AM

    Life has a great habit of is alwaqys doing that to me as well...

I am sure you will get back into it all and be just fine in your 14mile run...

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Long, long, long week

Friday, September 26, 2014

I've survived the week (so far) and have settled into my adjusted work week. Last night was my only night off (this week) and I crawled into bed at about 11 pm and woke up around 2:30 this morning. I didn't really get back into a deep sleep so I knew that it was imperative to get a nap tonight. I did but I woke up at about 8:30 and had a hard time figuring out that it was
8:30pm and that I was supposed to get up for work! It was dark outside and I felt like it was morning and I overslept to get Kyle up for school!! I hate it when that happens!

I made some decaf coffee this morning and then spent lots of the day putzing around, trying to accomplish SOMETHING but the only thing that I really got done was have lunch with my Mom and find a couple of shirts for my son's senior pictures that he's having done on Sunday.

He had a polo shirt picked out for the "nicer" pictures (i.e. the actual yearbook photo, head and shoulders and kind of neutral) but I came across his picture from his freshman year and it was the same polo! Obviously he hasn't grown a whole lot since that little growth spurt and the shirt is almost new-looking so it hasn't been worn a whole lot. Who'd of thunk that!!!

He had a grey/navy flannel shirt picked out to wear with some grey jeans and I thought I'd try to find an orange t-shirt to put underneath it. It's hard to believe but I found the exact color of orange to match the little bit of orange in the plaid pattern so I scored on that account. And I also found a sort of faded out red polo at the same time that should look pretty good in the pictures. I got the both of them for $31 so I was pleasantly surprised on that accord also! It's a bit late in the season to find good deals on clothes that are actually the size that I need when I really need them! Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket!! HaHa

Dear daughter is coming home tomorrow and is spending the weekend! We haven't gotten to spend much time together since she was at her LDAC training this summer (for ROTC) and she's pretty busy at school this semester. I wish I didn't have to spend the majority of the time sleeping but she and hubby are planning to go and visit Grandma this weekend. She's 94 and has been a bit under the weather lately with the stupid respiratory bug that's going around right now.

Hoping to get out to run my long run tomorrow afternoon when I get up. I'm scheduled for 12.5 miles and it's getting dark pretty early but I will hopefully be rested enough to get out around 5pm. For some reason the ball of my left foot has been hurting today and I've iced it once already. Might try to do it again tonight while at work, along with some manual manipulations to work through it. Hopefully it'll be feeling good enough that I can run but we'll just play it by ear for now.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/26/2014 2:42PM

    Good job on clothing coordination!

Glad you'll get to see your DD.

Hope you get some time to rest, even a little!

Happy Friday. HUGS

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MUSICMOMOF2 9/26/2014 9:29AM

    Just make sure to take care of yourself!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/26/2014 7:33AM

    Long week, but you are weathering it well. Hang in, and sending good wishes for your long run. emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 9/26/2014 7:09AM

    get some rest this week end if you can

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Busy week ahead and my schedule is going to stink but we'll get there

Monday, September 22, 2014

I'm getting more behind every day! Not good! It seems that I'm just spinning wheels and hoping that something grabs and sticks. Ugh! All these great plans to get my house in order and all I've accomplished this weekend is to get it more out of order.

I had hopes of getting through a box of miscellaneous junk, oh . . . I mean papers . . . that need to be cataloged and filed. Running out of places to file things away without going downstairs into the dark, dingy area where my 4-drawer file cabinet is so I found a Sauder 2-drawer file cabinet to buy and put together. It's really nice and it was a fun bonding time with dear youngest son (he might not have thought so but Dad thought it would be good for him) and we got it put together on Saturday.

Lo and behold, stuff STILL isn't filed away and everything is STILL sitting all over the dining room table just waiting to find it's new home! And the floor, and the counter and the chair, and, you know exactly what I mean, right?

I had a yummy-sounding recipe for Grilled Slow-Cooker ribs and I bought some ribs at the store on Saturday to put in for a Sunday meal and, it's now Monday morning, and I just put them back in the slow cooker to finish cooking so I can grill them tonight for supper.

I'm up at 5:30 in the morning, hoping to finish up my class work from last week before the new module comes out this morning and I still haven't cracked the book, so to speak, because my stomach is kind of growly, SparkPeople was calling me and the doggy wanted out. Just a quick little Sparktime and I will most definitely get at least one room pulled together today.

I'm hoping to get back to bed at some point today while Kyle is at school and get a little nap in because I have a messed up schedule this week. I will only be getting Wednesday night off before starting back to work on Thursday this week. The other night pharmacist wanted to go to a concert in Kansas City on Thursday so I'm working his Thursday night and he'll work for me on next Tuesday night. That means I'll be working for 7 10-hour shifts over the next 8 days (nights). Yuckity-yuk-yuk-yuk!!!

And to top it off, Kyle is having his Senior pictures taken on Sunday afternoon at 4pm. We have to figure out exactly what he wants done and what he wants to wear so I'm not trying at the last minute to get it done on Sunday instead of sleeping. I know, boys are easier than girls, generally, but he's a little picky about the clothes he wears so I don't want to make all the decisions for him.

I don't expect to get much sparkin' done, other than logging my eats, drinks and exercising, but who really knows when the urge will hit.

I plan to get in my exercise each day and I'm scheduled to run 12.5 miles on Friday for my half-marathon training. We'll just see about that as the time gets closer.

I got myself a new, replacement pair of running shoes on Friday. I wanted to replace my old Asics Kayano 20's with an exact replica but Scheel's was out of my size in all of the colors so I moved up to the Asics Kayano 21's - nice, bright white, pink and teal! I nearly glow as I'm running! The 20's were on sale there for $119 and I had to pay a full $160 (ouch) and I ended up finding the 20's in my size at Shoe Carnival but they were basically $160 so I upgraded for the same price as I would have paid for a replacement.

I'm also getting some new insoles made to replace my worn out pair. My next Chiropractic appointment is October 2nd and I stopped in to be sure they'd have a set for me when I got there. I wanted to have a more custom pair made, with cork and everything, but they were going to be $250 so I think I'll put that off for a little bit longer.

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GARDENCHRIS 9/23/2014 7:19AM

    I'm dizzy just reading this! Hang in there.

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/22/2014 8:30PM

    Sounds to me like you got a lot done, despite the papers still being piled high. One task at a time.

Hope you got that nap in, and congrats on the upgrade in shoes.

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SUBMOM2 9/22/2014 11:35AM

    Be sure to take the time for sleeping somewhere in there!


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MUSICMOMOF2 9/22/2014 8:30AM

    Just reading your blog wears me out! Hope that you make it through your crazy schedule this week!

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