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It's...smiling at me!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

A lighted, wire-frame deer is currently standing on my kitchen counter, waving its upturned nose back and forth. Hubby was good enough to put it together while I was out for the evening.

He has expressed a fond desire for it to remain where it is, as it gives a lovely ambient light to the whole living space. Grinch that I am, I have said no. The deer will be moved to the yard tomorrow, where it will join our other wire-frame critter, a moose. Yes, we have a moose in the yard. The moose is a very special animal to me, because I lived in Alaska for so long and they were such a common sight in our suburban yards.

None of this, however, was a good enough excuse for letting my daughter get away with gleefully singing, "We wish you a Merry Chris-moose and a Happy New Deer!"

  
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NATPLUMMER 12/6/2012 7:53PM

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CORNERKICK 12/5/2012 1:59PM

  :)

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 12/5/2012 10:52AM

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/5/2012 10:30AM

    Cute!

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APPLESBANANAS 12/5/2012 7:11AM

    Cute : )

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TATTER3 12/5/2012 6:46AM

    LOL!!! This is good mem'ries in the making! Enjoy!

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BLUE42DOWN 12/5/2012 2:50AM

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BJUMPINGFORJOY 12/4/2012 10:52PM

    Very funny. I bet she is a treasure.

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PJBONARRIGO 12/4/2012 10:04PM

    I love it! Your daughter is a treasure- and your DH too. Merry Christmas to you and yours :-)

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MSBEKANATOR 12/4/2012 10:00PM

    Too funny! I do hope you have an amazing Chris-moose, and a very Happy New-Deer. Thanks for sharing this bit of holiday cheer! :)

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The best laid plans

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

DD and I planned a trip to the gym this morning, prior to me dropping her at work for a very important work day. We both got up on time, but instead of the gym I ended up running to the 24-hour drug store to get her Imodium. Poor kid, she is not doing well, but there is no way she can miss this work day.

As for my workout, I am fortunately able to move it to the afternoon. It might even be nice enough for a bike ride.

  
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ESCHLETZ 12/4/2012 8:18AM

    Hope she feels better soon and that everything goes well for her at work today.

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My new wallpaper

Monday, December 03, 2012

I can't remember where I got this picture, but it's now my wallpaper, to remind me of what I'm doing this for:

  
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4DOGNIGHT 12/5/2012 8:09AM

    Really?

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 12/4/2012 8:48AM

    Wow! What a visual impact I know which picture I aspire to!

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CORNERKICK 12/4/2012 3:07AM

  Love it!

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TANGERYNE 12/3/2012 9:22PM

    Very nice! Easy to make the choice, when it's laid out like that, isn't it? emoticon

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GMASANDIE 12/3/2012 3:03PM

    A big difference for sure! Thanks for sharing!

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TEALHAWK 12/3/2012 2:46PM

  Great! Like it!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/3/2012 1:32PM

    Love it!

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COOPQUILTLADY 12/3/2012 11:55AM

    Great reminder!

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EBURGITE 12/3/2012 11:41AM

    emoticon visual. thanks.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 12/3/2012 11:19AM

    What a difference!

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DIETER27 12/3/2012 10:53AM

  what a great motivator. You can do it! We can Do it!

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TATTER3 12/3/2012 10:45AM

    Sister is 75 and sees people as 'older' when she meets them. good attitude...she still outruns me and Honey!!!

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LADYJ6942 12/3/2012 10:34AM

    What a great motivator, definite striving to be the one on the right. Thanks

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I've got plenty to be thankful for

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

One of my teams has a thread about looking back at 2012. And in writing up my reply, I realized that it's been a pretty good year.

My older daughter's engagement broke off and she had to come home to live, but she has a job now, is building herself a life here, and has been a terrific workout buddy for me. I'll actually be sorry to see her move out, even if it is in the same town.

My mother's chronic health problems reached a terrifying crisis, but she survived it and is feeling better than she has in a couple years, now that they've actually solved her problem.

My mother-in-law had a cancer scare that turned out to be only a scare, which was a relief. My best friend also had a cancer scare that led to surgery to remove a huge tumor--and it turned out to be completely benign. Since she's the mom of three young kids, I was very grateful for them as well as for myself.

My younger daughter broke up with her controlling, manipulative girlfriend and starting having a life again. She missed out on one terrific educational opportunity because of this girl, and lost all of her friends, but now she's remade her friendships and is currently on a sailing adventure in the Caribbean until after the first of the year--and gets college credit for it!

As for me, I lost 70 pounds and went from being a slug to biking over 2,000 miles for the season--that's outdoor miles, not stationary cycle ones. I participated in a 150-mile, 2-day bike tour and raised over $2,000 for MS, and even though I didn't finish the second day I still felt like a success. Just this last week I participated in my first-ever 5k Turkey Trot, an activity I'd heard of in the past but had always regarded as kind of insane. I'm married to the best guy in the world, and I love my cozy little home.

Life is good.

  
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RICHILA 12/4/2012 1:46PM

    Your year made me smile!

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BLUE42DOWN 11/27/2012 4:09PM

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Wow, what a great year 2012 was! It is actually interesting to realize that part of that is in the perspective. Some would have looked at all of those events and focused on the negatives - the scares, the breakups, the heartache. Instead, your eye is on the positives - the reliefs, the recoveries, the growth, the family and love coming out ahead!

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DATMAMA4 11/27/2012 3:30PM

    It's always nice to look back on the previous year to get this year's thoughts into perspective.

Sounds like your year has gotten progressively better!

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JURASSICSUE 11/27/2012 12:25PM

    Sounds great! It's so easy to take things for granted if you're not careful, and this is inspiring me to do a similar review of 2012. It's been a grotty year actually, but I'm sure if I look hard enough I can find some nuggets to smile about! Thanks for posting.
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CREEKLADY1 11/27/2012 11:58AM

  Sounds like you have everything under control now in your life...it's turning out k for you.

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Turkey Trot

Sunday, November 25, 2012

I am not a runner. I have resisted running most of my life. When I've tried it, it's usually ended in injury and misery.

But if I want to do triathlons next year, I have to become a runner again.

This year I signed up for my first ever Turkey Trot. The longest I had jogged (it's an abuse of language to call what I do "running") had been just over a mile, but I figured I could jog and walk and at least finish. I figured I'd jog until the second kilometer marker and then walk a bit. Daughter and a good friend were with me.

I jogged and jogged and started to get worried. Surely I'd gone more than 1k! Was I really in this bad of shape?

Then the first marker appeared. 1 MILE. Even though it was a 5k race, they were marking in miles. Well, at that point, I suddenly felt great! I was doing better than I thought!

I managed to jog the first full 2 miles, then walked for about half a mile, jogged a little more, walked a little more, and finished the last quarter mile at a jog. My time was just under 44 minutes. Not fast, but WAY better than I thought I was going to do! And I got an awesome t-shirt out of it!

It was so much fun that DD and I are signed up for another one next Saturday, the Reindeer Run. For that one we get t-shirts, plus jingle bells for our shoes. I think jogging along in the midst of all tht jingling will be fun!

  
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DOGLADY13 11/25/2012 5:33PM

    Terrific! It feels so good to go beyond your own expectations!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/25/2012 1:37PM

    That's great!! Congratulations!

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BLUE42DOWN 11/25/2012 12:39PM

    emoticon Fabulous job!

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APPLESBANANAS 11/25/2012 9:15AM

    Excellent, MissG! Did you do the one out in Lorain? I have done the cleveland one almost every year since 1999 and its a great feeling to start thanksgiving day with a calorie burn : )

I like your goal of doing a triathalon, I don't think Ill ever get there. I think they make ones that are shorter than a traditional triathalon, maybe someday Ill do one of those.

I think with running the milage can psych you out when you're newer to it...keep amazing yourself by breaking previous records and trying more milage. Just train smart and don't increase milage too fast, or you'll wind up with shin splints or other mechanical problems. Before I did my marathon I read a book about training...Marathon by Hal Higdon. I hear Jeff Galloways books are excellent and his "walk/run" strategy is what got me through the marathon when I stayed with the pace group...maybe check his book out.

Good luck, and good job on the Trot!!

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 11/25/2012 7:45AM

    Congratulations!
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Let us know how the Reindeer Run goes!

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MAGGIE101857 11/25/2012 7:30AM

    This is how it starts! Glad you had fun!!!

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FUTUREHOPE49 11/25/2012 7:20AM

    emoticon emoticon On accomplishing a great Trot! So glad you enjoyed it.
The next one looks like good fun! Wish we had that one here. I can hear the bells now.
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THE-MORE-GIRL 11/25/2012 12:58AM

    WOW, so great!

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KATHYSCOLLIES 11/25/2012 12:45AM

    Okay, so I'm just wondering.....

Do you do all these wonderful, incredibly fantastic things like this run, and that monster bike ride a while ago, just so I can live vicariously through your actions? LOL

Seriously, I am so in awe of all that you have accomplished that I am positively drooling.

Well done, my friend, well done! You are one determined, amazing woman!

Hugs,
Kathy

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ZRIE014 11/25/2012 12:30AM

  you might be setting too high of goal if you have not been running. set a goal of a 5k at a period of time in the future and measure yourself to it. take little steps first. emoticon emoticon

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RESTORED_ME 11/25/2012 12:13AM

    Fantastic... anything faster than your power walk is jogging to me.

Here is a suggestion to get you back into the swing of things,

Stay fit and motivated during the busy (and calorie-filled) holiday season by pledging to run at least one mile every day, Thanksgiving through New Year's.

Pledge to run/walk at least one mile every day, from Thanksgiving (that's Thursday, November 22) through New Year's Day. Track your mileage and keep it moving!

For more info see:
http://www.runnersworld.com/>cold-weather-running/2012-

holiday-running-streak

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