Friday, March 23, 2012
So, we had a rather thrilling evening last night. But before I tell you about it, you'll need a little background. My 9 year old daughter absolutely HATED reading last year. I could barely get her to read two paragraphs for a homework assignment. But, this year, she has the most amazing teacher for 3rd grade. My daughter looks up to Mrs. Peek so much and Mrs. Peek has ignited a passion for reading in her that I never thought was possible. A few weeks ago, Anika read a 527-page book called "The Invention of Hugo Cabret". You may have seen the Martin Scorcese film that recently came out based on this book (what a magnificent film! Just gorgeous!) Anika was dead set on reading that ENTIRE book BEFORE she watched the movie. It was such a special experience to be able to watch a movie with my daughter and discuss how it was similar and dissimilar to the book (mostly similar...Scorcese did an amazing job...worth every Oscar it won!)
Anyway, Anika was SO in love with this book, she felt like she just HAD to send Brian Selznick a letter. This is the letter she wrote (so darling!):
Yesterday, we got home from the girls' choir practice and there was a card in the mail addressed to Anika. I was curious, turned it over and saw this:
Of course, I screamed and Anika screamed and we both were jumping up and down. Slowly, she opened it. Inside was a hand-written note on special Hugo Cabret stationary, with a small illustration by Brian Selznick that was autographed to Anika on the back.
I absolutely feel like my heart could burst. What a WONDERFUL person he is to send her that note!!!! Thank you, Brian Selznick, for making my little girl's LIFE!!!!!!
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
So, we had a state-wide tornado drill this morning. They do these every month on the first Friday of the month, but I guess this was a "special" one...which would explain why I got like 50 e-mails about it yesterday (which, truthfully, I totally ignored).
So, the alarm sounded this morning and I just kept on working like normal until there was a knock on my office door. The "safety lady" for our floor told me to get out of my office. I asked her what I should do and she said go downstairs. So, I took the stairs from my top-floor office (8th floor) all the way down to the 1st floor, only to be led to a door that was going right outside. I thought, "This isn't right. Do not go outside in a tornado!" Ha.
So, I decided sitting in my hallway would have been safer. And I walked all the way back UP the 16 flights of stairs to my office.
Well, by then, the drill was over and I was like, "Thanks a lot, Safety Lady!"
But, guess what? That little, tiny torturous walk up the stairs burned 63 calories and you better BELIEVE I logged it in my Fitness Tracker! Ha!
Monday, March 19, 2012
Well, this day certainly did not go as planned. At 3:45pm, while I was in the MIDDLE of a conference call at work, my husband repeatedly called me until I finally got so annoyed, I checked my text messages. Well, he's been suffering from kidney stones the past couple days and he was trying to get a hold of me to tell me that his pain was at a 10. He was alone with our 4 yr old and had no car to get to the hospital. So, I high tailed it out of the office, got home and immediately took him to the ER. He got RIGHT in with the doctor, but then he was in with the doc for about 2.5 hours while I sat in the waiting room with our 4 year old, pretty much buying every item in the vending machine to keep the kid occupied. No worries...he'd eat two bites and want something else 5 minutes later. Ugh.
He finally came out of the doc's office and they had given him a huge shot in his back, a CAT scan and told him that his kidney stone is 5 mm, which is very big and could be extremely dangerous if it blocks his urinary tract (basically will cause his kidneys to shut down). He's been banished to the bed with his handy dandy vicodin and has to see a urologist tomorrow.
All that to say, I didn't *quite* get my scheduled exercise in today. But, life happens. And the good thing is...before all of this went down, hubby had thrown all the ingredients for Chef Meg's Crockpot Vegetable Curry into the slow cooker and it was scheduled to be done cooking around 7pm. Came home from the hospital right at 7pm. Cooked up some rice and dinner was ready. How's that for planning ahead? Thank you, SparkPeople!
Monday, March 19, 2012
Ha...THAT title made you want to read this blog, didn't it???
So, I feel like something is changing in my body and I don't know if it's related to working out more, drinking more water, my diet or maybe I'm just getting old. LOL.
Did anyone have any issues with excessive sweating after you had gotten a few weeks into your diet and exercise regimen?
I mean, I know it's been getting warmer and I'm overweight...and overweight people sweat and overheat more easily than healthy folks. But this is unusual for me. Yesterday, I went to help set up at church and I was carrying some heavy things and moving around a lot, etc. I started sweating and it was POURING off of me. Like...to the point that my hair looked like I just got out of the shower. It was SO embarrassing. I went outside to cool down (it was a very crisp, cool morning) and I just could not cool down! Ended up having to go into the ladies room and literally take off my shirt and run cold water over my face and neck, etc. It was really gross. When I went back into the main room, I noticed that it was not hot at all in there. And no one else was all worked up. I know it was just MY body.
Only thing I can think...I have been drinking a TON more water lately. I mean, is it just as simple as that???
If so, yuck. And I hope this passes soon!
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