Thursday, February 17, 2011
I am so glad we've gotten a break from winter. Last year was brutal, with no melt until the end of Spring. I've gotten outside for walks and jogs every day this week! Today, I walked with my five year-old twins in their stroller. Holy cow! They've grown over the winter. I believe they must be 90 lbs together. I didn't jog any, didn't want to hurt myself. Those hills were challenging enough!
I love living in a small town. I was 3/4 of a mile away from home when Bridget cried, "I have to go potty!" Thankfully, I saw a man washing his car in his driveway. I've walked by this house hundreds of times on my walks and jogs. I quickly introduced myself and begged to use their bathroom. He and his wife were retired school teachers. They were very nice, and I got to complete my walk without running home for Bridget.
So, lesson learned. Don't believe the twins when they say they don't need to go. I have six kids. You'd think I would know that by now.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Last year, I set the goal of finally transferring my pharmacy license to Iowa. We've only lived here for over eleven years now. It seemed like something I should do. I could get a job at the local hospital and stop commuting to the big city. When I investigated how much it costs, I freaked out!
Preliminary form to the National Assn of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP)-$350
Final form to Iowa Board of Pharmacy-$320
Iowa Pharmacy Law exam (yes, I have to take a test)-$200
Study materials- at least $100
Looking at the $1000 investment, I never followed through last year. Yesterday, however, I finally completed the first form! It took about a week's worth of phone calls to both the Nebraska and Minnesota boards of pharmacy (I've had licenses in both states), but I finally finished the first step. It should take about five weeks for NABP to finish their part, then on to the next part.
I was also excited last week because I decided to be proactive and call the local hospital in my small town. Right now I commute and work in a large hospital. The winter commute is killing me. I even spent the night at the hospital one time since their was a blizzard warning. The Human Resources person I spoke with was very excited. In August, all my kids will be in school, so I'll be available for a lot of hours then. She was going to have the head pharmacist call me. They only have two pharmacists out here, but they do need someone to fill in. I also know the two pharmacists out here are in their sixties, and may be looking to retire sometime in the next few years. I think I did a good job of "selling" my positives: I'd be able to come on "on-call" then be trained to take over when these guys retire, I have plenty of hospital experience, I live two blocks away and can get to the hospital in any weather. I also have friends who work with these pharmacists at another city hospital, and they will "sell" my positives too.
So, things are looking good with the possibility of employment here in my small town. All the expenses of transferring my license will happen over several months, not all at once. We should be able to manage it. I hope to someday be able to walk all my kids to school, then walk up to work and have normal , daytime hours again.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
I've had an interesting week in the kitchen, so I thought I'd post about that. On Monday, I decided to make my Harvest Port stew. My husband smoked a pork tenderloin on Sunday, and that makes such a flavorful stew with butternut squash, onions, chicken broth, and apples. With my large family, I make large amounts of stew, hoping to have left overs. I had three butternut squash to cube. By the time I was done with the squash, I noticed the fingertips on my left hand looked and felt strange. I tried washing them off, they were orange. It didn't come off. The skin was orange and very dry and tight, and beginning to peel a little on the edges. I lost some feeling on the surface of my skin too. This was only on my left hand, the one that held the raw squash. My right hand, which held the knife, was fine. I looked online for information. Apparently, orange colored squash, like butternut, have enzymes that act like a chemical skin peel. It took about a day for all the damaged skin to peel off, and it felt weird all night.
Over the last several months, we have been struggling with coffee brewers. Our main complaints are that the ones readily available to consumers all get grounds in the coffee, and the coffee really isn't hot when it's brewed. We've gone through several brands, only to be disappointed each time. Hubby even started trying percolators, but we still got grounds in our coffee. Yesterday, we finally got a good brewer. Hubby found it online and we both rejoiced as we drank our first coffee in months without grounds in it! We got it from Coffee Makers Etc, and it's the OCS-12 Coffee Maker for anyone interested. It seems much sturdier than the other ones we bought. It's usually sold to businesses, not individuals. It's also louder. It makes a popping sound as it brews, and finishes with a loud burst of steam at the end. Quite a show, but I'm glad to have good coffee again!
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Kind of funny that I picked Groundhog day to start SparkPeople last year. Like everyone else, it's been a year of ups and downs. I'm so glad I found this site and all the wonderful people who use it. I know I've made progress. I'm down about 25 lbs from a year ago. My size has come down. I was 1x-2x, 18W-20W, 40C, size 10 plus undies. I'm now an X, size 16 or 16W, 38C, size 9 regular undies. I'm also down 7 inches in all my measurements.
I feel like I'm in great cardio shape. I can elliptical for an hour, but usually do 50 minutes. When we bicycle as a family, I'm not the one who wants to stop all the time. I'm the one who wants to keep going. I can easily jog 3 miles, although since I don't do it regularly in winter, I do go slowly.
I've gotten stronger too. Here are some comparisons:
Weight machine chest press: was 25 lbs, now 42.5 lbs
Free weights delt press: was 5 lbs, now 12.5 or 15 lbs
Free weights alternating bicep curls: was 8 lbs, now 12.5 or 15 lbs
Weight machine Tricep pull down: was 15 lbs, now 32.5 lbs
Weight machine Lat pull down: was 25 lbs, now 42.5 lbs
Weight machine quads: was 5 lbs, now 25 lbs
Weight machine glutes: was 17.5 lbs, now 25 lbs
My hubby has joined me on this journey now too. His last doctor's appointment was eye-opening. I told him I thought he was pushing 300 lbs. He weighed 293, more than he ever has before. He knows his weight is the biggest problem for his health. He has finally become committed to eating better. The exercise will come. It's hard right now with all the snow. When we get our indoor endless pool fixed, he'll be out there a lot. Right now, I'm happy that he's eating better.
I'll close with some goals for the coming year:
1. Do a 5K race- I was unable to do one last year due to a fall in October that bruised up my knee something awful.
2. Get down to 150 sometime this coming year. The weight is coming off slower than I had hoped, but it's coming off. I take it 10 lbs at a time. My more immediate goal is to get into the 160s.
3. Keep my family as active as possible. We have all the equipment to take our bikes anywhere. We still need paved trails since we have to pull the twins along in carriers behind our bikes. We also are planning to go camping a few times this Spring and Summer. The kids have swim team, a couple will do track, and we will have one in soccer.
It's been a great year! Thank you SparkPeople and Spark Friends for helping me to keep motivated.
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