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Saturday is Chore Day

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Today when I got up my back felt pretty darn good. So good, that I decided I'd try the elliptical. 4 miles later, it still felt good. Still a little bit sore when standing after sitting for most of the day, but now it's hardly even sore when I stood up after sitting for about an hour. I think I'm nearly over this!! emoticon
There were errands to run today. We went to Hallmark to pick up a Bar Mitzvah card for one of my nephews. We actually had to ask where they were. The lady had to open up the understock and pull out a box that had the "jewish cards" in them. We found a suitable one. I'll figure out what multiple of 18 I will write the check for and mail it on Monday. We're not planning on attending the dinner party in Chicago next Sunday. We wouldn't even be allowed in to the Lubavitch World Headquarters in New York on Saturday for the actual reading of the Torah.
We had planned to go to the sushi buffet at the mall for lunch but it was really crowded. There were a whole lot of people lined up to get in. They must have all brought their 50% off coupons. We ended up going to our standby, Rejoice Buffet. Also an Asian buffet. Lots of broccoli, bok choy, string beans and a little bbq pork. A fine lunch. Since it's near Whole Foods, that's where we did the grocery shopping. I picked up some salmon and avocado rolls for DH because he missed out on his sushi at lunch. He will have those for dinner and I got some vegetarian summer rolls (with tofu) for my dinner. Nice and light.
I've got laundry going now. DH brought the basket down :-) He also did the vacuuming. Yes, I did get very lucky. Now I'm going to see if I can get the dust bunnies under the bed with the swiffer. It's pretty bad.
Maybe I'll watch some House tonight. I'm still watching last season on Blu-ray.
A nice day. Still rainy, windy and chilly. But that's okay by me.
Have a great night!

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LARIESHA 3/28/2011 1:56PM

    I get help from the hubby with the laundry too. It is good when you have help.

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REEKU731 3/28/2011 12:16PM

    So glad your back is doing better my friend!!! Keep up the great work!!! That lunch sounds really yummy!!! Now I'm craving Asian food! haha!

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CARIBBEANLOVER 3/27/2011 10:00PM

    Sounds like your back is getting better. Careful not to overdue it yet though! :)

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REDEMILY 3/27/2011 7:33PM

    Hooray for your back continuing to feel better! That's great.
Plus - I love sushi. That makes me feel like I want to eat that this week sometime.

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BLUEEYESXOXO 3/27/2011 3:29PM

    So nice to hear your back is starting to feel better! :)

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STRINGS58 3/27/2011 11:54AM

    Glad to hear your back is better -- I had to do sit-ups to help my back for awhile. Why wouldn't you be able to attend the Torah reading? too far away? or not observant enough? I'm glad you found the cards. It gets tricky sometimes.
Hope you head into a great week!

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MISSMITSY 3/27/2011 8:15AM

    So glad you've got a nice husband that helps you out with all the jobs around the house!

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INIT2LIVEIT 3/27/2011 6:59AM

    Yay on feeling better!!! double yay on having such a helpful husband :)

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JLITT62 3/27/2011 5:24AM

    Your chilly would be our warm!


Yup, DH is definitely a keeper. And glad the backmis feeling better!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 3/27/2011 12:38AM

    Good job on getting a workout in and your back feeling much better. Love what you ate, yum!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 3/26/2011 10:44PM

    Hey Nat! Great News About Your BACK! I am so Glad YOU are feeling better. i love it that your Hubby helps you out around the house. Very Sweet!!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 3/26/2011 9:45PM

    SO GLAD your back is better! Great job on the workout! Your lunch sounds really good!

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KAMAPERRY 3/26/2011 9:10PM

    YAY!!!! For your back, and do some elliptical for me!! I am not allowed yet emoticon I adore sushi, had something called Dragon rolls last nite and they were awesome! I need to start watching BL on line as I am not home when it is on.

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APIRLRAIN888 3/26/2011 8:56PM

    woohooo for back! and great day ;p

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It's Friday....YAY!!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

It seems like it's been a very long week. Maybe because I haven't been able to get in the kind of exercise I'd like to. It has ended on a happy note. My back is doing a whole lot better today. Just a few twinges when I get up from sitting for too long.
I went to Stanford and got a little hands on experience on the mass spec. It was very helpful. I do need to order some more supplies before I can get over there again.
I managed to get in 2 hours of dancing around today. That could be the reason my back is a little sore now. Maybe it was a little too much. The knees are achy today, too. It's been cold and rainy so I suspect it's the arthritis. I took an ibuprofen so that should take care of the minor aches. I can't complain. It's all much better than before.
I did have a little too much chocolate today. TOM is due over the weekend. There is definitely a correlation.
We ended up having L&L Hawaiian for dinner. I got my favorite, kalua pork and cabbage. It's actually one of the healthier dishes except for the salt. I got broccoli and brown rice as my sides rather than white rice and macaroni salad.
There is still plenty of pork and rice left over. I ate all my broccoli. I should start pounding the water, though. The sodium plus TOM is going to show up if I weigh in tomorrow. emoticon
Happy Friday!! Have a fabulous weekend!

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CHERWHOAH 3/26/2011 8:33PM

    i was craving L&L today! Their MAC Salad is so yummy, you're so strong to be able to pass that up! :)

:( i'm sorry your back is feeling sore today :(

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KAMAPERRY 3/26/2011 8:32PM

    So happy your back is better!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 3/26/2011 2:05PM

    YAY Glad your back is doing much better. Well TOM is always aggravating, especially with weigh in days. Good luck.

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 3/26/2011 12:25PM

    Glad your back is doing so much better :) Enjoy the weekend!!!

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MARCHEM 3/26/2011 12:21PM

    Simple solution--don't weigh in today. You know it will be bad and you know why it will be bad, so just don't!

Glad the back's better. Don't overdo!

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ANEPANALIPTI 3/26/2011 12:01PM

    you are so flipping awesome. I LOVE HOW YOU PLAN YOUR MEALS. You are my meal role model queen. :)

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YAMINOKODOMO 3/26/2011 11:46AM

    Happy friday!

Mmm Hawaiian food, I dont think I ever tried hawaiian food. I dont even know if there IS place around me that serves hawaiian type food. Good sides tho!

Hope you have a great weekend!

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STRINGS58 3/26/2011 9:23AM

    Glad the back is better and that means it will keep getting better -- but balance the rest and stretching! Wishing you rest, more dancing, and lovely gustatory adventures!

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MISSMITSY 3/26/2011 8:08AM

    Ahh sodium and TOM are an evil combination aren't they! Glad your back is feeling somewhat better today, just don't push it too hard, you can always work out tomorrow!

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JOAN_HEO 3/26/2011 7:41AM

    I'm so glad to read that your back is feeling better! I'm sure you like that even more than I do. Be sure to pamper yourself this weekend! You deserve it!

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SBATES63 3/26/2011 7:38AM

    Sounds like a good day. Today is going to be busy, I have to make breaad, bake a cake to take to friends' for dinner tonight, clean house, do errands and maybe work out? I guess I better get off the computer and get to the cake and bread. Then I can rebuild the kitchen. I am a messy baker and cook.

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JLITT62 3/26/2011 5:25AM

    Ok Missy, one of these days you'll learn to take it easy! Altho my rest day wasn't so restful, but not with exercise. Just busy. Looking forward to Sunday, actually, when I have absolutely nothing planned other than ST & dog walking.

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APIRLRAIN888 3/26/2011 2:42AM

    never had hawaiian!
hubby back after chiro and/or run/exercise and.or time is better!
this makes wk 4 since skiing incident. skied over a bump and wacked out lower back!!!!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 3/26/2011 12:49AM

    Dancing for two hours sounds like so much fun! I'm glad that your back is doing better. Your dinner sounds so yummy.

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 3/25/2011 11:53PM

    Oh my gosh, you have an L&L over there?? I make Kalua pork at home and sometimes toss the leftovers with cabbage in skillet. It's really good!! We don't eat a lot of local food here because of the salt but I've learned to keep the sodium under control by cooking a lot of things myself.

happy friday!!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 3/25/2011 11:53PM

    Wow, 2 hours of dancing! Sounds like fun! Very happy your back is on the mend!

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LEN_VERSION32 3/25/2011 11:42PM

    Glad the back is doing better!!

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Not Really a Day Off

Thursday, March 24, 2011

I decided I'd stay home and read for work today. I didn't actually do any reading but I watched some videos on Youtube about the Mass Spec. They were very informative and not boring like the book, so I think I accomplished my goal.
I also got in some walking on the treadmill. I started out at 3mph but that was too fast for my back so I kept decreasing the speed until it felt good which ended up being 2mph. I was able to up the incline to 4% without and noticeable pain in my back. I got in 1.75 miles which is pretty good. My heart rate monitor went all wonky and sometimes told me my heart rate was 180 and sometimes nothing, so I don't know how many calories I actually burned. It felt good to do something, though. I also did a little dancing.
Tomorrow I will be going into work. From there over to Stanford to learn more about the Mass Spec.
I'm glad I didn't have to go out today. It was really windy and rainy.
My back is doing better. Still sore but not very much. I am deciding if I should take an ibuprofen or not. More for if there was any inflammation from my walk on the treadmill than actual soreness.
That's enough rambling for one day.
Have a great Thursday night!!!
Only one more day of work this least for most people.

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MARCHEM 3/25/2011 3:15PM

    Glad you're feeling a little better!

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BAILEYS7OF9 3/25/2011 12:49PM

    glad that you were able to get the walking in w/o too much pain!

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VYVIENN 3/25/2011 11:23AM

    I'm not big on taking pills, but when it comes to backpain, better to take that extra ibu than accidentally contort yourself while you're trying to prevent hurting yourself... You know, the other day I read that on a regular treadmill, a 0% incline is actually a slight DEcline which is why it's better to slightly up the incline when you use one. Isn't that interesting! Well, I'm glad you were able to work out AND get some rest, and that your back is starting to feel better. emoticon

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 3/25/2011 10:38AM

    Glad it's feeling a little better. You really got that incline cranked - that's a good workout!

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MISSMITSY 3/25/2011 7:54AM

    Yay glad it's starting to feel a little better, good to see you're taking it easy and letting it heal!
You have to love you tube, it saves so many hours of mindlessness, or is that creates many hours of mindlessness, I can never remember!

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REDEMILY 3/25/2011 7:52AM

    I am sure you felt better getting even a little walk in. I am glad your back is feeling better enough to do that!

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ANEPANALIPTI 3/25/2011 6:25AM

    im glad its getting better doll!!!

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JLITT62 3/25/2011 5:17AM

    Just remember . . . real rest days are important, too! And I'm sure looking forward to one today. Course the dogs still gotta be walked.

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INIT2LIVEIT 3/25/2011 1:49AM

    A day of good care. You didn't push yourself, that's good. Hate when my HRM goes wonky, mine is too. Time to get the batteries checked or maybe the strap needs to be switched.
Have a good day Friday, will see you after the hump!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 3/25/2011 1:39AM

    I'm so glad your back is doing better and you were able to rest up.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 3/24/2011 10:52PM

    I am so glad that your back is feeling better! Bummer that today couldnt have been tomorrow as far as work is concerned!

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CARIBBEANLOVER 3/24/2011 10:28PM

    Good for you walking on the treadmill. I hope you continue to get back to your healthy self! :)

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JOAN_HEO 3/24/2011 8:14PM

    I'm glad your back is feeling better I'm sure you are terribly frustrated not being able to do all you do. I say get healthy NOW!

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WONDERWOMAN 3/24/2011 8:08PM

    Hope you continue to feel better, even if it is little by little.

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SPARKVAMPY2012 3/24/2011 8:04PM

    Well its always nice to stay home especially if it rainy outside. Good job on the treadmill. I also think you should take a ibuprofren.

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HALFFAST 3/24/2011 7:59PM

    Hiya Nat, I definitely think you should take an ibuprofen- you'll notice by morning how much it helps. It was cold, snowy and windy here today but I managed to get out and run 3.1 miles. I've switched from music to listening to my audio books (I go slower but it makes the time pass much faster :)) Because of the snow I missed both Wed and Thur going back to other job, so I'm going in tomorrow for a 15 hour day! Yikes! Hope your back gets better soon!

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A Bath Pillow is a Very Nice Thing

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I think the soak in the tub yesterday did help (or maybe it was the hot water bottle) because I was standing much straighter today and I could walk at a normal speed. Still a little sore when getting up from a sitting position, but I think it's improving. :-)
It was a busy day at work getting the chemical waste ready, looking at data, ordering supplies. I was supposed to go to Stanford tomorrow to learn about how to run the mass spec but it turns out the person who was supposed to be helping me wasn't able to do it tomorrow so it has been postponed until Friday. Originally I was going to go at 1pm and my boss told me to just stay home and read and then go directly to Stanford. When I told him it got postponed, I wanted to know if he wanted me to still stay at home and read or come in. He said to do whatever would make my back feel better. I don't know what will make my back feel better, but I may stay home and read.
On my way home from work today, I stopped at Bed, Bath and Beyond and picked up a bath pillow and a bath mat. They make a huge difference in the comfort of soaking in the bathtub. Very, very nice.
We had Trader Joe's Jalapeno Chicken Sausages and Alexia Yukon Gold Fries for dinner tonight. The fries are baked and only have 3.5g fat for a generous 24 fries. Very tasty, too.
I'm baking some low carb coconut muffins for my husband to take for breakfast. The recipe is from the same cookbook that I made the coconut cookies from. They should be out of the oven in about 4 minutes. Then I can get a picture to post here:

Have a great night. We made it through Wednesday. It's all downhill from here!

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BAILEYS7OF9 3/25/2011 12:50PM

    glad it worked out. Are you using epsom salts too? I used those when I pull my back 8 weeks ago.

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LYANCEY_0810 3/25/2011 11:15AM

    I think soaking in the bath tub cures a lot of ailments! emoticon I've never tried a bath pillow but I bet it would be great!

How is your back now? I'm so sorry you are in pain, I hope you bounce back soon. Take it easy!

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CARIBBEANLOVER 3/24/2011 10:31PM

    Yeah for the bath pillow! (Were the muffins any good?)

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INIT2LIVEIT 3/24/2011 6:13PM

    So happy to hear that you are feeling better. How did the muffins turn out, were they tasty?

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CHERWHOAH 3/24/2011 3:03PM

    mmm yummy looking muffins! :P i'll keep in mind of the bath pillow if i ever get the chance to take a bath. it sounds devine!

BTW, Thanks for the spark goodie! :)

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APIRLRAIN888 3/24/2011 2:11PM

    awesome bath pillow are cool! love bed bath and beyond just too look at all the cool new things!!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 3/24/2011 1:53PM

    I'm so glad your back is feeling better and I hope it continues to improve! Dinner sounds great and the muffins look delicious!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 3/24/2011 1:49PM

    Those muffins look great! And dinner sounds yummy! Glad you were able to get a bath pillow and mat and they helped your back feel better. emoticon

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REDEMILY 3/24/2011 11:11AM

    Muffins look AWESOME!

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WENDYSPARKS 3/24/2011 11:09AM

    That is a good idea...a bath pillow...I will get one of those soon too. It would be more comfortable. Love those muffins!! YUM!!

Wendy :)

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    YAY for the bath pillow and mat!! Muffins look so good! I still have to make the coconut cookie recipe you sent me..I finally got the missing ingredients, now just need to find the time to make them lol.

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LEN_VERSION32 3/24/2011 7:02AM

    Glad the back is feeling better! The muffins look delish!!!

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MISSMITSY 3/24/2011 7:00AM

    Yay glad your back is starting to feel a little better! Bath pillows are wonderful things aren't they... I think you should definitely hang at home tomorrow, relax your back while you read, it'll be good for you...

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VYVIENN 3/24/2011 5:43AM

    Mmmh, I love coconut, too! Those look great!

My sister gave me a bath pillow once, and I kinda thought, what would I need this for? But even for someone my size it's just sheer luxury. Glad you're enjoying yours!

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JLITT62 3/24/2011 5:19AM

    Sounds like you have a wonderful boss! Hope he likes baked goodies. Told you the bath pillows are nice!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 3/24/2011 3:27AM

    I hope your back starts feeling better. Those muffins look yummy!

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KNITTABLES 3/24/2011 12:49AM

    I hope your back gets better soon, Take care, Those muffins look good.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/23/2011 11:49PM

    I am soooo glad to hear you're feeling better. Still keep taking care of it, you're doing great.
Enjoy your reading at home and the yummy looking muffins.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 3/23/2011 11:45PM

    Yay! i am so glad that you were able to find the pillow and mat and have a relaxing soak in the tub!

the coconut muffins look great!

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LARIESHA 3/23/2011 11:44PM

    So happy the pillow worked for you. I have one and it is nice to use, especially if I decide to stay in for a while and read my book. The muffins look and sound very tasty. I may need to go soak my knee tonight. Still a little achy, not like this morning, but there is something there. I hope it is gone tomorrow. I only did my walking today and that was not too much to do.


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KAMAPERRY 3/23/2011 11:29PM

    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!! So glad you like your pillow!!!

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Back to Work

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Yesterday we went to San Francisco. I was dressed for the rain because it was raining in San Jose and figured for sure it would be raining in San Francisco. As we got closer, the rain and clouds just dissipated. It was beautiful and sunny but a little cold (which is to be expected). We had lunch at an Indian Buffet and then decided we needed to walk around to work some of it off. It was a much slower walk than I'd normally take and I was kind of hunched to the left because I can't seem to stand up straight but it was nice.
Today I had to go back to work having finished my short vacation. I actually ended up calling it sick time because it didn't seem like much of a vacation with my back being injured and my boss said it was okay. He actually told me I should have stayed home today but there were some things I needed to get done, so I stayed until about 12:30 and then left for the day.
I had planned on picking up some Epsom salts on the way home at Target because they were out of them at the VA store. Target didn't have any either. Must be lots of people who need muscle relief.
I made some lunch when I got home and then decided I needed to move around a little and did some dancing in the living room while watching some Biggest Loser On Demand. I think I hate that the show is a game.
My husband bought some Epsom salts at the grocery store on his way home, so I soaked for a while in the tub.
For some reason, I can never get comfortable in the tub. I don't know if it's because I'm short and I can't prop myself up very well or what. Maybe I need a bath pillow? My hair always ends up getting stuck in the seam between the tub and the wall. I don't know if it helped or not. My back is a little sore. I'm hoping that maybe tomorrow I'll be walking more upright.
Okay, not a very eventful day and it's kind of a rambling blog.
Have a great night.

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 3/23/2011 10:19PM

    I hope your back feels better soon. emoticon

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THEHONESTME 3/23/2011 9:53PM

    Sorry to hear you're still hurting! I hope you get it looked at soon - -back pain sucks!
Take care! emoticon

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STRINGS58 3/23/2011 4:18PM

    I like a bath pillow! I hope you are feeling better. This is probably my last season of watching BL -- I don't like not being happy about a 4 pd/week weight loss when it takes me months to make that happen. I heard there was even more "gaming" going on -- I don't like that aspect. I like that it challenges me to exercise harder. I like seeing transformations, because I want mine!

The day in San Fran sounded nice!

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MSPRIS3 3/23/2011 3:46PM

    When I hurt my back last year, I was crooked too! I tilt slightly to the left. The pain is gone, but when I do a lot of housework or sitting, when I stand, I'm still crooked

Hope yours get's better soon!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 3/23/2011 3:35PM

    Def. rest and hopefully your back will be good as new soon! I also hate the game play in Biggest Loser.

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BAILEYS7OF9 3/23/2011 12:54PM

    great that your boss let you change it to sick time! Hopefully the back issue goes away as quickly as it came! emoticon

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LARIESHA 3/23/2011 11:52AM

    Sorry your back is still not feeling better. I hope it is feeling better today! Have a wonderful day!

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    :( Sorry your back is still hurting you. Have you tried one of those Thermacare wraps? I love those things...even buy 'em in bulk at BJ's LOL. I agree with you about the Biggest Loser...the game play part of it takes away from the real reason they are there. And yes, you probably need a bath pillow...look for one with suction cups so it stays in place. Hope you're upright today!

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HALFFAST 3/23/2011 8:40AM

    Hope you're feeling better soon! I have the same problem in the tub so I can definitely relate! You'll have to let me know if a bath pillow helps and if so, which one. And I still love the Biggest Loser, even with the game playing. I cried like a baby at both lasts weeks, and this weeks, eliminations!

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INIT2LIVEIT 3/23/2011 8:26AM

    Sounds like you need one of those husband pillows (used for nursing) for the bath! Of course I am sure you would prefer to not need the bath at all :)

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SOKKERNUT 3/23/2011 8:01AM

    I love San Francisco we have been 4 times, we always take different ppl or couples with us and they enjoy it as much as we do.

Sorry to hear about your back doll, hope it gets better soon.

I hear ya about Biggest Loser I tell hubby I watch it for transformations but I don't like all the drama, game playing, voting off. I think whomever doesn't lose the most weight goes home period, but then again this is TV and nobody would watch since ppl are all into reality shows these days. This is the ONLY reality show I watch, other than that tv is off.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/23/2011 7:30AM

    Hope the hot bath helped you feel better. Take it easy. Sounds like you have a really great boss. emoticon

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MISSMITSY 3/23/2011 6:56AM

    I can't believe it's still hurting, you are having the worst luck with injuries lately... Glad you turned it into sick time though, now you can have a proper mini vacation later!

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SBATES63 3/23/2011 6:08AM

    Hope you're feeling better soon. Missing my running mate! On to Week 6 Day 2 today. Spark Virtual 5 k in 3 weeks. I should be ready.

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JLITT62 3/23/2011 5:59AM

    I almost never take baths, but I do have a bath pillow/mat & I highly recommend one.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 3/23/2011 12:56AM

    Nat sorry about the pain your back is still giving you. I'm glad you enjoyed you mini vacation. Rest up, hope you feel better.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 3/23/2011 12:45AM

    Hi Nat! bummer about the back still giving you pains. i broke down and got a really nice bath pillow and also a pad that goes on the floor of the tub. my butt has NO meat on it to pad against the hard surface. you know, i bought those things a few weeks ago and still have not tried them out!

the pillows and pads are hard to find. i ended up at bed bath and beyond. the only others i could find were online and who wants to buy a pillow online. some things MUST be squeezed before you can buy them!

Get well SOON! emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 3/23/2011 12:38AM

    Ooh, hope you feel better. I have a baht pillow, and it does help! emoticon

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CHERWHOAH 3/22/2011 11:43PM

    Oh man, i'm glad you were able to use sick time! I really hope your back gets better soon :(

I never got into the Biggest Loser, i wished they could let the contestants just stick to the program and whoever lost the most wins. Something like this can really benefit the contestants' lives and yet they need to be all evil and strategic. I've only watched it once though.

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APIRLRAIN888 3/22/2011 11:34PM

    argh for your back just when you were on a roll!

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CARIBBEANLOVER 3/22/2011 11:20PM

    Funny, my hubby needed Epson salt and they were out at Target too! Maybe there is a shortage? LOL!
Gosh, how tall/short are you? Poor thing! You can't get comfortable in the bath? I haven't had a bath in years...I remember how good they feel! I hope the warm water helped a little bit and I hope you get better soon! Take care!

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LEN_VERSION32 3/22/2011 11:09PM

    Hope the back feels better tomorrow too!! emoticon

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