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Day 28

Monday, December 26, 2011

Today I did 30 min on the elliptical before coming into Omaha for the zoo, and then work. It's been nice having the warmer weather this Christmas. I've been playing catch (nerf football) with a few of my kids and today we walked around the zoo for a bit. I could handle this weather all winter. I'm sticking to the elliptical and pool for my workouts. It's a lot easier on my joints. When the weather really warms up, I might try walking and jogging again.

  
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MUSICMOMOF2 12/27/2011 12:50PM

    I know what you mean about this weather, it is awesome! After the past few winters, this is a wonderful change. Keeping my fingers crossed that it stays this way (but of course, being Iowa, it probably won't). Have a great week!

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TERRIJ7 12/27/2011 12:10PM

    You're fortunate to have the pool to work in.

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Day 27 Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 25, 2011

My gift to myself: I kept my streak going. First thing in the morning, I got on the elliptical for 10 minutes.

Have a Merry Christmas!!

  
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KPETSCHE 12/25/2011 11:08PM

    emoticon The perfect present - it just keeps on giving! See you at work tomorrow. Merry Christmas.

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ASMPP1 12/25/2011 9:53PM

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TERRIJ7 12/25/2011 9:39PM

    Nice gift to yourself--and on Christmas day! I couldn't have done it today. WooHoo for you!

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BRANDTSGIRL 12/25/2011 8:19PM

    WAY TO GOOOOO!

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ELISADENK 12/25/2011 7:25PM

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My Christmas gift to myself was purchasing for $2 an awful looking green purse with phrooph on it.

My DH took one look at it and made this 'ugh sound. Then, the sweetie he is said, "maybe it looks better in better lighting."

I said, "Nope!" emoticon

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MUSICMOMOF2 12/25/2011 9:44AM

    Way to go! Merry Christmas!

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NWLIFESRC 12/25/2011 7:52AM

    Yea! I got up and went out for my regular walk what a morning. & Merry Christmas from Central Florida

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Day 26

Saturday, December 24, 2011

I squeezed in 10 min of elliptical. Now, to shower, eat lunch, and start playing games with the kids!!

Merry Christmas everyone!!

  
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MUSICMOMOF2 12/25/2011 7:07AM

    Way to go! Merry Christmas!

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KPETSCHE 12/25/2011 3:20AM

    Yeah, Chris. You ROCK! Merry Christmas back at ya.

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BLUE42DOWN 12/24/2011 4:00PM

    You're doing so good keeping up the streak no matter what!

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Day 25 of 10/day

Friday, December 23, 2011

Today I did the elliptical for 10 min while I hurry to get ready for work in Omaha. Yesterday I got called into work out here, so my baking has been put on hold until at least tomorrow. Mary, my 12 year old daughter, may finish up the two batches of dough I have in the refrigerator. She's already making Muddy Buddies (Chex recipe), so I think she's caught the baking bug.

Yesterday my workout was 30 min in the pool, so yes, my streak is still going. 25 days straight of 10 min per day of exercise.

  
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TERRIJ7 12/24/2011 10:19AM

    Good for you! Way to stick to it!

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KPETSCHE 12/24/2011 12:17AM

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FREELADY 12/23/2011 8:47PM

    Your consistency is inspiring. I am working on this, but haven't gotten as far as you. Great job!

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BLUE42DOWN 12/23/2011 1:20PM

    Very cool! It's a great streak to have!

(Heh, and only now, in looking, do I find we have no emoticon for swimming and none on an elliptical.)



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MUSICMOMOF2 12/23/2011 12:18PM

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Christmas Cookies

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I thought I'd explain a little about my Christmas cookie tradition. The thing I remember most about Christmas as a kid was that my dad would bake cookies, lots and lots of cookies. He counted one year. He had made over 3000 (yes, three thousand) cookies. He would divide them up on trays to give to friends and to take to work. When I was a pharmacy student, he dressed up as Santa (full Santa suit) and delivered a tray of cookies to the hospital pharmacy that I was working. I still remember Jackie (a coworker) getting my attention to tell me that someone was at the window for me. I still work at the same hospital, and the people that worked there when I was a student ask me every year, "Does your dad still make all those cookies?"

My dad doesn't bake as much as he used to. He has diabetes now, so it's not good for him or mom to have all those cookies around. So, I try to carry on the tradition. A few years ago we homeschooled. We started our Christmas break three weeks before Christmas and started baking. I should have counted cookies that year. I'm sure that was the closest I've ever come to my dad's numbers. This year I'm taking three days to bake. Yesterday I finished 365 cookies. I have two double batches of dough in the fridge and plans to make several more batches. So far I've made chocolate chip, chocolate peanut butter chip, and oatmeal scotchies. The white chocolate peppermint and cocoa kiss doughs are ready to go. I'm planning on coconut maccaroons, peanut butter, and something else with white chips, and possibly some repeat batches as well. The kids will dip pretzels. They LOVE doing that every year. My dining room ends up "dipped" in almond bark. It's a total mess, but it's also totally fun. We never host Christmas dinner, so the house doesn't have to be perfect.

That's the story of my baking. I love cookies!
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ELISADENK 12/22/2011 6:58PM

    Yeeouser!!

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ASMPP1 12/22/2011 10:33AM

    Sounds like a lot of fun! We used to do goodies and give most of them away. emoticon

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ALLISON145 12/21/2011 11:39PM

    Nom Nom Nom!!

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CAROLYN0107 12/21/2011 11:08PM

    WOW... Baking is one thing. Eating them is quite another. Good to give them away!
May I have a cookie?
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MUSICMOMOF2 12/21/2011 6:04PM

    That is a great tradition! Now I want a cookie....

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TERRIJ7 12/21/2011 12:40PM

    I love that you're carrying on your Dad's tradition! It's a great thing to do with your kids and you can tell them stories of their grandfather from when you were little as you work together. We don't have enough traditions these days and our kids aren't going to feel connected to past generations if we don't intentionally build those connections. Good for you!

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BLUE42DOWN 12/21/2011 11:34AM

    Very fun tradition, though I can't imagine the stockpile of ingredients and the "chaos" of the kitchen while mixing and baking batch after batch. Colour me seriously impressed. (And just a teeny bit hungry for cookies. =P)

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