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If It's Not One Thing, It's Another

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

As you may know, I live with my older sister, who is partially disabled. Her husband divorced her this past year and most f her children are "siding" with her ex. Due to th myriad of medications she is on, her moods can fluctuate greatly day to day and she suffers from depression from the combination of pain and drugs etc.

Well, today's news was that her daughter now wants to come up from Texas so that she (my sis-and me) can throw her a baby shower - for fifty people in Aug. YIPPEE...forgive me for not being too excited about this prospect. Then, while cooking dinner, the microhood fritzed out. It's been dying for sometime now, but tonight it finally microwaved it's last. So, for the next hour, my sis tried numerous times to get ahold of her son....who is in the appiance business with sis' ex to see if she could get him to come out and fix it. His reply, "I'm on a service call and don't have time for you." Nice son!

You can imagine the mood in the house now.....good night to get to bed early. Full work day tomorrow and I am going to have to meet with the bosses, since HR called me today and shaved 4 hours back off my schedule for this week. Wednesday is my night off of cooking dinner - sis can fend for herself with the leftovers and I will go right from work to abs class and strength training. Then an early bedtime tomorrow and up early Thursday to make the hour and a half trip in for the clinical trial.

Hope it goes well and all the icky events are over with for a while.

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BECKYBEFIT 6/29/2011 2:09PM

    Sorry to hear about all the drama, it does seem like an inevitable part of life unfortunately. It is great that you have such a positive and matter-of-fact attitude though! Keep you chin up and have a great work out tonight!

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MIMIKK7 6/29/2011 9:30AM

    Yes I have to agree, bedtime is always a good option when life throws too many curves at you. I hope today gets better for you. emoticon

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CHALLENGER15 6/29/2011 5:22AM

    I hope today is a better day for both you and sis.

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MYTURN11 6/28/2011 10:53PM

    I agree ~ good night to get to bed early. Your plate is full to overflowing ~ I wish you a good restful sleep.

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LKEITHO 6/28/2011 10:37PM

    Families can be very strange and very stressful at times. I hope everything gets worked out. Take care of yourself!

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JCONFUSION 6/28/2011 10:21PM

    Well babies are good, I know I get baby eistein dvds for my nephews:)

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Pushing Ahead Slow but Steady

Friday, June 24, 2011

Mighty lofty goals I had this morning when I got up. For once though, I was able to set some boundaries and prioritize what needed to be done vs. what I wanted to get done. All in all, I think I did pretty well. Got a load on laundry washed, dried and put away and a batch of workout clothes hand washed and they are hanging to dry. Cleaned out the fruit and veggie crispers. Did the grocery shopping. Cleaned out my wallet and purse (no small feat)! Constructed a doable budget for the remainder of this month and next - since the hours at work will be reduced....but workable. Prepped a couple of meals for later in the week...in addition to lunch and dinner for me and sis. Got in an abs clas and an hour of group strength. Now, I'm going to load the dishwasher, pour a glass of milk and grab ONE mollasses cookie for a bedtime snack (since I DO have plenty of room in the carb dept for once.....read a few pages and hit the sack. I am really hoping to sleep well, get up early and ride the bike to work and back tomorrow. WISH ME LUCK! Spark Strong Friends!!!

Would have liked to get the car cleaned out

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MICHAEL712020 6/28/2011 9:56AM

    wow sounds like you already had your work out.

Take Care.

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BLESSEDMAZARS 6/24/2011 10:53PM

    Wow! What a day! Good for you for getting SO much accomplished and in doing so, I hope it helps you get a great night's sleep. The car can wait for tomorrow. :) Sweet dreams, dear friend!

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LKEITHO 6/24/2011 10:32PM

    Sounds like you kept plenty busy today! Have a great weekend!

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Sleepless in Aurora

Thursday, June 23, 2011

My biggest struggle these days is getting enough slep....not only have I been cutting my sleep down to the barest minimums and less, the quality is just not there. Last night I went to bed in plenty of time to get 8 hours, but just couldn't fall asleep. Then found myself reading and by the time I fell asleep, I had less than 7 hours before I had to get up and during that 7 hours, woke at least 3-4 times. Going to give it a try tonight again. Hopefully this medical test program that I am signed up for will provide me some relief and some quality rest. This is really getting old. emoticon

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MIMIKK7 6/25/2011 12:47PM

    Sleep has always been a real struggle for me too. So I totally understand your frustration. I am hoping that the medical test program is able to provide some real answers and solutions to your sleep problems. Hoping that some zzzz's come your way very soon. emoticon emoticon

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TAMIK1964 6/24/2011 12:42PM

    I can never seem to get enough sleep. I'm usually lucky to get 5 hours on weeknights. I'm always tired about 6 at night but then later I'm wide awake. I just started taking melatonin last night on the advice of a co-worker. I hope your quality improves along with the hours.

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CYCLINGSANDY 6/24/2011 12:22PM

    Oh, my! I totally understand your predicament. I have been using melatonin to get any sleep. Its a natural product and it has helped. Maybe this sleep study will help you. Praying you'll catch some good zzz's.

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CINDYCHARLENE 6/23/2011 11:49PM

    I am praying your night is much better tonight. Some nights are just more difficult than others. I guess that is when the good Lord wants me to get up and read the scriptures so that is what I do. Since the ole devil doesn't like that I get sleepy real fast. LOL
Love you sweety,

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BLESSEDMAZARS 6/23/2011 10:54PM

    Tonight....tonight will be better! Lord, bless my friend with a good night's sleep!!!!

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LKEITHO 6/23/2011 10:51PM

    I hope you start to get some better sleep! Take care of yourself.

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Breathing A Bit Easier

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Much thanks to all of you who have been so supportive these past several days while I've been stressing about the hours being cut at work. Sometimes I feel like I should have more faith and trust, but my human nature just always get in the way and feels the need to try to control.....and when it can't....I have to admit I allow myself to stress out. Not productive, but I'm trying to get better.

Good news though. I met with the boss today and she added more hours and her boss called me in to tell me how much he thought of me and my work and told me that if my hours got cut again in the future that I should come right to him and he would make sure that I got enough hours. It's still not 40, or full time or benefits, but it is enough to live on...albeit on a TIGHT budget, but I've gotten quite good at that.

Even though I could have pushed for a few more hours for the next couple of weeks, I opted to cut back a few just to take advantage of the extra time to continue to work on a training rhythm and totry to get a couple of long overdo projects done around the house. It's amazing how an extra 3-4 hours can really allow you to get so much done.

Well, I think the worst of the storm and tornado warnings are over for the evening and tomorrow is a full work day - followed by abs and strength training. I'm really loving my Wednesday training almost as much as the long weekend runs with my buddies.


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CINDYCHARLENE 6/23/2011 12:19PM

    I am so glad you are getting more hours in work now. It is so difficult to get and keep a positive attitude when we have financial problems. Boy do I know. I suppose it it only an opportunity to humbly say, "Lord I believe, help thou my unbelief" and then the Lord will answer and strengthen us against all odds. You did just that I am sure from your blog. Good job and keep up the good work spiritually and physically. You are doing emoticon

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LKEITHO 6/22/2011 10:50PM

    Good news! Congratulations!

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BEYONDLIMITS 6/22/2011 9:15PM

    It's always good to be acknowledged positively by a superior. Good for you for getting the extra hours you desired. I know what you mean about how good it is to have extra hours to get those chores and other things done. Makes a huge difference.

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MIMIKK7 6/22/2011 10:53AM

    emoticon emoticonon getting more hours and being recognized by your superiors! That is rockin' emoticonYou have been given another blessing for the week my friend. Hang in there and enjoy your day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLESSEDMAZARS 6/22/2011 9:34AM

    I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU! I just had a feeling it was going to work for you. Way to hang in there! And Lord willing, you'll get full time/benefits in the near future!


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ERLYWA 6/21/2011 11:40PM

    Love your positive attitude! And it looks like it's being noticed at work, so at least you have a contact to go to if your hours get cut again.

Good job hanging in there through all that stress! :)

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Giving Myself Permission

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Today we were supposed to have my little sister and her dog over for the day. It is Reba's (her golden retriever) second birthday, but at the last minute, they (she) cancelled. This, after buying the obligatory birthday present and puppy party items (puppy ice cream cups - sweet potato w/molasses) - yummy emoticon I think it's a little overboard....does Reba really know it's her birthday??? Especially the wrapping of the buffalo braid (her present), but it is more for my sister than her dog....that's her baby, so .... enough said.

The good side is that it left me the day open to really catch up on alot of chores. I didn't get any "fitness" in per se, but I got 4 loads of laundry done, mattresses flipped, lawn mowed...even a couple of items ironed and some handwash done. I over did a little on the food - carb wise, but nothing toooo bad, at least not as bad as I had thought.

Today has been the first chance I've had in a long time to not HAVE TO DO a dozen scheduled things, so I gave myself permission to slack a little on the "should do's" and just did what I was comfortable with. I feel pretty good about what I got done and I didn't race around crazy getting it done. I stayed busy, but there was alot less stress and pressure which was nice. Now, I'm going to take a few minutes to read some "fluff" - just because I can.

Tomorrow is back to work and I am supposed to be off at 2PM (but I am also supposed to meet with the store manager re: my schedule). Per the text from my boss, they are going to do something about getting me some more hours. After work I am meeting with my favorite ladies at 6PM and before that, I need to get a bag of clothes to Goodwill and get in a workout....wish me luck!!!

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POCOPACK 6/21/2011 11:37AM

    I love those days where you can do things at your own pace and not feel rushed. emoticon

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BLESSEDMAZARS 6/20/2011 10:09PM

    It's not really slack time, just giving yourself a chance to catch up. :) Hope your day was a success!

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NELLIEC 6/20/2011 5:54PM

    Well, I never heard of puppy ice cream cups before, even though I have had dogs for a long time. I learned something new! emoticon

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LKEITHO 6/20/2011 5:24PM

    Sounds like a great day. And I hope you get all the hours you want!

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KANSASROSE67 6/20/2011 1:56PM

    It feels great to have a day like that once in a while, doesn't it?

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MIMIKK7 6/20/2011 8:00AM

    A very successful day! I always love it when I can get my 'extra should do' list done. Wishing you the best of luck with your meeting with your boss. I hope they are able to get you more hours. Sending positive energy for the bestest of days emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEDDYBABE 6/20/2011 6:41AM

    Slack time is precious! Hope you enjoyed. Have a good week.

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KERRYG155 6/19/2011 11:57PM

    It's always good to have unexpected time to do chores. I will be doing chores tomorrow before and after water aerobics since I've been out of town 2 days and I need some real exercise! Sorry the party didn't get to happen. I'm sure Reba would have had a wonderful time. emoticon

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