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Enjoying time with my daughter

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

My older daughter is here visiting. She's 26, and lives several states away with her fiance, so we don't get to see each other nearly often enough. She's always been my outdoors/athletic girl.

So it's funny that we've gotten in very little exercise together. Because we've been so busy visiting, and visiting with friends, my focus has been on time together rather than on working out. We went for a long walk on Monday, but it was cut short by the heat and humidity, which was making DH feel dizzy and nauseated.

Tonight we may be going for a bike ride, but as she is not an experienced biker and as my spare bike is slow (and my bike too big for her frame) it will probably be a relatively short ride. Which is okay, because it's more important to spend time with her than to worry about a couple workouts. Keeping these things in perspective is good, and I only get her until Friday.

  
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CHALLENGER15 5/31/2012 4:02PM

    I think your perspective on the time with your daughter is absolutely correct!

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KATHYSCOLLIES 5/31/2012 2:20PM

    Enjoy her while you have her!

My 2nd youngest chose to do his Ph.D in the US, and got a job there after defending his thesis, so we only get to see him once or twice a year. At Christmas, he was home with us for 3 1/2 days, then headed to Toronto to spend 5 days with friends - apparently his Mommy is no longer the most important person in his world...LOL



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OPTIMIST1948 5/30/2012 9:16PM

    Walk and talk is always good, but you are right. Time together is better than a workout.

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BLUE42DOWN 5/30/2012 4:25PM

    Absolutely right. Balance and the right perspective are so important.

Enjoy your time together thoroughly!

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SHARONSPARKLE 5/30/2012 2:32PM

    You are right on track with your exercise and it's good to keep things in perspective. Spending quality time with your DD is so important, especially with her living so far away. Enjoy your time bonding and squeak in exercise when you can.

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NATPLUMMER 5/30/2012 9:56AM

    Have a great visit!! Yes, keep it all in perspective. You'll get back to your regular workouts when she goes but you need to spend quality time with her.


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How do I even know how to feel?

Saturday, May 26, 2012

I just found out that one of my favorite people from law school was killed in a car accident. I'm sitting here stunned. We were in the same class, and from the first semester had study groups together. We made a good team: I kept all the good notes, and he had a teacher's mind so would help me to turn that jumble of knowledge into cohesive statements of the law.

He hosted the first party for our class, and was the main impetus behind us being such a close-knit, supportive group--professors commented regularly on how we cooperated instead of competing. He was rude, obnoxious, and funny as hell.

After we finished school, he moved out of town and we lost track of each other, but I was just thinking about him the other day.

And now he's gone.

I can't say we were close, but we were friends. And even though I probably would never have seen him again, I miss him.

  
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SHARONSPARKLE 5/28/2012 9:35AM

    To hear of the loss of someone you hold dear, is a shock to your whole system. It takes time to accept that he is gone from your life. I will keep you and his family in my prayers.

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NATPLUMMER 5/27/2012 9:02PM

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PATRICIA4472 5/27/2012 9:27AM

    You have my sympathy....and a lot of us know how this feels...to lose a classmate and person who was significant in our lives.... Little parts of ourselves go with them because they held our memories in them, too...and we grieve when the past has really passed. emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 5/27/2012 8:24AM

    (((HUGS)))

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BLUE42DOWN 5/27/2012 2:42AM

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OBNURSE3 5/26/2012 8:46PM

    Sorry for the loss. Its still sad even if you have not seen this guy for a long time. Your heart still feels sorrow because he left an imprint on it. And because you know that there were people who must have loved him. May he rest in peace!

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OPTIMIST1948 5/26/2012 8:45PM

    Its avery odd thing to lose a peer and colleague. Reminds us of our own mortality. Reflect on you goodtimes together, call another friend who you lost touch with and file it under strange but grieving.

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Fitter than who?

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Last night I really had my eyes opened to what I've accomplished. After riding the Critical Mass ride, I read several people writing about how hard it was and how grateful they were for the organizers who stayed back and encouraged them to finish.

It was 9 flat miles of riding. The hardest part for me was avoiding collisions in the crowd.

I realized that I've been comparing myself against serious riders, and that's good because it helps me to challenge myself. But I shouldn't pooh-pooh what I have managed to do just because I'm not at their level yet. Being able to ride 30 miles without giving it much thought IS an accomplishment.

  
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DOGLADY13 5/27/2012 7:19PM

    Excellent! I gave up a long, long time ago comparing my ability to do things against others. I compete against myself. As long as I show improvement, I'm happy. As long as I push myself just a little harder, I'm happy.

A 30 mile bike ride is great. You should feel good about that. How's your tailbone feeling?

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EUPHRATES 5/27/2012 12:16PM

    A HUGE accomplishment! You are a rawk star!

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BLUE42DOWN 5/26/2012 9:40PM

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It definitely is nothing to be pooh-poohed, what you accomplish on that ride.

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DARA52 5/26/2012 6:15PM

    emoticon 30 miles is a piece of cake for you! emoticon

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TERRIPAL1 5/26/2012 4:59PM

    Way to go ! Congrats it is quite indeed an accomplishment!

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Pedal pusher

Friday, May 25, 2012

Today is the last day for the initial push for Pedal to the Point. It's a really great cause, and I am doing my best to raise money for this important research. I'm pleased with your generosity so far, and have raised over $1,000.

But I just found out that there are all kinds of extra goodies that I get if I make it to that $2,000 mark! Like, a special jersey and everything! Swag!!! Now, I know that this is totally selfish on my part, but I really want the swag!!

Swag me, my friends! ;-) main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/B
ike/OHABikeEvents?px=10045374&pg=perso
nal&fr_id=18300

  
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NATPLUMMER 5/25/2012 1:14PM

    YAY!!

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Fitness changes perspective

Friday, May 25, 2012

This evening is the monthly Critical Mass bike ride here in Cleveland. The group meets downtown at 6:30, rides at 7 for about an hour, then meets up at a local bar for fellowship and libation.

I decided that it would be nice to ride into town, ride the ride, then ride home. With the breaks involved, that seems like a good, relaxing sort of ride.

It's going to be 30-35 miles. A month ago, that would have seemed like a major undertaking. Now, it's a good number of miles, but with the breaks really no big deal.

What a difference a couple months of riding make!

  
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BLUE42DOWN 5/25/2012 6:38PM

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And what a wonderful amount of improvement in your fitness!

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APPLESBANANAS 5/25/2012 12:59PM

    Do you have to be a nuclear physicist to participate? I like the name! : ) have a fun ride!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 5/25/2012 11:06AM

    It'll be a breeze for you!

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SHARONSPARKLE 5/25/2012 10:33AM

    I know it can be done, but I can't even imagine! Way to go!

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