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A costly week, and I have flu.

Monday, January 17, 2011

I picked my dog up from the hospital today, where she has been since Wednesday. I'm so sick I can't really remember the total bill, but it was over $3000. On top of the $400 veterinary bill I paid last Monday.
This was immediately after I paid Home Depot for my new cabinets and counters, just under $10,000.
I started feeling my flu symptoms Saturday night, and on Sunday there was little doubt it was flu. I dressed to go to the gym, but the sudden, severe symptoms brought life to a halt. Keeping the appointments at Home Depot and the Animal Hospital today were a monumental task.
I've spent most of the remainder of today in bed, but the coughing, sneezing, and related unpleasantness have robbed me of sleep.
Did I mention the hardrive on my computer passed away this weekend? I'll be confined to my netbook for a few days (or perhaps a few weeks, considering the massive kitchen project going on downstairs).
It's been a challenging week.

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SECRETFUN 1/22/2011 8:37PM

  There is something nasty going around VA. Good luck on feeling well soon!

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THINWITHIN18 1/20/2011 10:55PM

    Charlie the Wonder Dog's Jan.2011 budget (and the month isn't over yet!):
Last week: $65 for grooming, after which I noticed his left eye was swollen. Off to the vet where I paid over $300 to treat an eye ulcer
Tonight: drop off for overnight stay/teeth cleaning - estimate of $700 but if an extraction is necessary...
Puppy love - Priceless, or at least that's what I keep telling myself
Here's hoping you all feel better soon. emoticon

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_UMAMI_ 1/18/2011 8:23PM

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Sending virtual chicken soup for you and puppy. No soup for 'puter.

(I must say, I have a fear of getting sick from the gym! So many people don't wipe down the machines or wash their hands. Ew.)

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PHEBESS 1/18/2011 10:08AM

    Ugh, what a week!!!! Hope you feel better soon and that life returns to normal.

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MBSHAZZER 1/18/2011 9:28AM

    When it rains, it pours! Hope you are feeling better, physically and financially, soon!

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Good news and bad news both get a little better

Thursday, January 13, 2011

I did not blog yesterday, because I took my dog to the critical care hospital (NOT encouraging at all) and ended up not going to the gym (nothing happy to brag about). I spent yesterday ripping off the rest of the plaster and lathe on the kitchen wall, to expose the plumbing and electrical lines.
I went to the gym this morning, and although I DO have something gym-related to brag about, I put it off because I wanted a dog update from the hospital FIRST. The vet didn't call last night, as I expected she would; so I was mentally bracing myself for terrible news.
When I got home, I ate, showered, and dressed because I knew that if the vet told me something really bad, it might be difficult for me to pull myself together, and I still have things I need to do today.
The vet called while I was in the bathroom. She spoke to my spouse, because apparently, our home phone is on the fritz; and I didn't hear my phone ringing in my handbag because I was brushing my teeth in the bathroom. She offered a little more encouragement than she did yesterday: doggie's blood sugar has been stabilized, her insulin has been stepped down, and she is eating.
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Now for the good GYM news: today, I RAN on the treadmill, for the first time in my LIFE. WOOT! Only 3 minutes, but it was a confidence booster for sure, and I know it will be a wonderful way to pump up my future interval training.
Twenty years ago, I could power-walk at 4mph, but no more! I start dying at 3.8, and if I don't grab the handrail, I can't keep it together. But I really wanted to go 4mph, because I happen to think that 4mph is rather slow. So I bumped up the speed, and cautiously broke into an easy jog. Woo Hoo! I did a short 3 minute interval, then reduced the speed, all the while monitoring my heart rate. It felt fantastic! It felt EASY!
I feel as if my fitness experiment was a huge success, and I can't wait to do it again. More importantly, I can't wait to see where I am six months from now! I can hardly tell you how HAPPY I am that I joined a gym, and hired a trainer. It was just what I needed to get my THINSPIRATION back! My trainer will reevaluate me in only eight more days, the end of my first month (the time has FLOWN by), and I hope he is impressed.

I'm off to meet with the cabinet guy, then to visiting hours at the veterinary hospital to see my puppy, then I have class (first week of school).

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JLPNURSE 1/18/2011 3:02PM

    Yah! Good news all around.

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HAPPYPATTY1 1/17/2011 10:58AM

    Hey there-- I've got a question... I can't really imagine myself with a trainer... is it weird? How often do you meet with him? Is he like Bob/Jillian on biggest loser? (Yelling, etc.), or what? I want to join a gym, but I'm pretty shy about all the trainer stuff...

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_UMAMI_ 1/13/2011 10:04PM

    I'm still a little nervous on treadmills---way to go on the running! (And, personally, I find it easier to go FASTER and run, or go SLOWER and walk, rather than try to jog on one---just feels awkward to me. Might be my height, might be the machine, might be my sense of balance....)

Go, puppy! She's learned fortitude from her Mama.

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PHEBESS 1/13/2011 6:18PM

    So glad things are looking better for your little dog!!!!! PLUS running - YAY!

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MBSHAZZER 1/13/2011 5:24PM

    Great news on both fronts!! I'm so happy to hear that your dog is doing better. Fingers are crossed and good vibes are being sent!

And FABULOUS about running on the TM. Watch out... it's VERY addictive!

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Holy SMOKES, my legs HURT!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The incline speedwalking and 300 lb leg presses hit me hard tonight.
Due to unforseen circumstances, I was unable to get to the gym until after 5pm. I worked out like a fiend, and rushed home to see Biggest Loser (ten minutes late).
I got up during a commercial, and WOW, my legs are SPENT.
Now, how am I going to get myself a glass of wine?

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PHEBESS 1/12/2011 11:36AM

    LOL - now THAT's what husbands are for!

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MBSHAZZER 1/12/2011 10:17AM

    Inner strength and fortitude! You have to really WANT that glass of wine!

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It's NOT a load-bearing wall!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Whenever you remodel an old house, be prepared to spend twice as much as you thought you would, because of all the structural problems you'll uncover.

I have decided on the layout for my new kitchen. The wall separating the kitchen from the dining room, which I have wanted gone since I bought the place, doesn't actually need to be completely taken out. It will, however, need a big section opened up. So I started in on it last night.
The more I removed, the more I became convined that this could not possibly be a bearing wall. Up at the ceiling, it appeared that the wall joists bore almost no load at all. Down at the floor, some joists were completely rotted, floating inches above the subfloor boards. Despite this, the remaining sound joists showed no signs of strain- no bowing, no splitting.
The contractor showed up at 3pm to have a look, and concurred. After hearing his drafting fee, I quickly decided my own drafting skills were just fine. For the next 45 minutes, my husband and my father in law asked him as many technical questions as they could think of, I paid him for his consultation, and thanked him for the advice.
I can't wait to take down the rest of what's coming down, but it will have to wait until the trash gets picked up.
Tomorrow, Pop and I will go to the gym, then to see the cabinet guy again, and ask him to tweak the design a little. We'll most likely make an order this week.

Wednesday, doggie goes to a veterinary critical care hospital for an ultrasound to find out what else (besides diabetes) is wrong with her. Her regular vet fears it may be pancreatic cancer.

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_UMAMI_ 1/10/2011 11:28PM

    Pics, we want pics! Especially before and afters. Isn't that what SP and HGTV are all about?! (j/k)

I think I would be as much into the destruction as the reconstruction. I'd love to take a sledgehammer to my kitchen and 50's bathroom. (except for the mold spores I'd proably release)

Be calm for your pup---lots of love and no fears to make her nervous.

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PHEBESS 1/10/2011 9:00PM

    Good news about the wall, and I'm hoping your doggie has a better diagnosis than that!!!!!

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SECRETFUN 1/10/2011 8:49PM

  Oh honey, poor doggie. Glad to hear the home news, but I will be thinking about your pup too.

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SECRETFUN 1/10/2011 8:49PM

  Oh honey, poor doggie. Glad to hear the home news, but I will be thinking about your pup too.

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MBSHAZZER 1/10/2011 7:10PM

    Very exciting! You'll have to post before and after pictures!

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New running shoes make a world of difference

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Bad treadmill experiences and foot pain drove me to DSW last night. I thought I had some running shoes that were still usable, but after locating and examining every pair of them, I saw I was mistaken. Not only were they ALL too large (when you lose a hundred pounds, your feet get smaller too), they were all badly worn. So off I went, into the frigid night, as my spouse and his father pounded and ripped away at parts of my house.
I'm glad I went- they were having a "New Years Resolution" special on athletic shoes. I ened up buying two pair instead of one; I snagged the Sauconys I was after, and added some comfy, cushy Brooks as well. Now, I'm off to the gym to put them through the paces.

And fantastic news: I might be able to keep my French doors. After measuring them, we *may* be able to relocate them. I'm so darned excited by this possibility, I can hardly tell you.
The contractor is coming tomorrow afternoon. I'll ask him.

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KALLIEGAL 1/21/2011 12:29PM

  Here are some facts that might help with your running shoes. The gel inside that gives them their cushion hardens over time and becomes less effective at cushioning. If you have 2 pairs alternate them because that gel takes about 48 hours to completely come back to full capacity after use. Also never put your shoes in the sun or dryer to dry them b/c it makes the gel harden faster. Sneakers can last about 300-360 miles of use then you should really replace them.
Congratulations on your success - very inspirational. emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 1/10/2011 11:45AM

    Hurray on the doors! French doors rock!

And good call on the shoes. I am embarassed to tell you how many pairs of running shoes I have! I replace often! :D

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PHEBESS 1/9/2011 11:56AM

    SF needs to send your blog to her DH!

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