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Finally got the word...

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

...this has been a year of "ups" for me, as in life hanging not lefts or rights, but ups... things that take you by surprise and make you reevaluate your life...

Some of my "ups" have been very personal and intense, some have been with my kids, but most have been good. Now another one has hit...

I have been selected by the Army Nurse Board to be commissioned as a nurse in the Army Reserve. I will go to school in San Antonio in January, and I will start drill weekends once I have been commissioned.

It's all exciting and very scary.

I just hope my drill weekends AREN'T the 4th weekend of the month since that is when I do my Camarilla LARPing... which is very much fun.

So, that's the news from Maintenanceville for today.

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ASMPD2 7/16/2009 1:13PM

    Congratulations! I know you've been waiting a while to hear, so even though it's a bit scary right now, I'm sure you're happy to know that you're in!


Have a great weekend!


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ANNIEONLI 7/14/2009 4:57PM

    YAY!!!!! How funny that we were just talking about that?!?!
Glad you finally got word - change is good, especially when you are empassioned about the subject. You'll do great!

YAY!!!!! emoticon

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DADAGINNY 7/14/2009 3:54PM

    Will your drill be here in town? If so, you should still be able to LARP :)

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Almost a month since my last entry... whew!

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Well, I luckily haven't gained any weight beyond a typical 1-2 lb fluctuation in the last month... especially since I have been routinely wandering off the reservation regarding my eating (which I'm now trying to reign in) and falling off the wagon when it comes to exercise.

I just feel so lazy... full of the "idonwannas" for the last month. I am picking it back up this week, kind of slowly. My brain has been just about everywhere else since April... not wanting to work at anything but what I want to.

So, I'm bringing myself back around to eating better (it never was patently BAD) and daily exercise... last night I did exercise, but I also ate 4 brownies... they were made with banana, applesauce and yogurt... gooey chocolately irresistable goodness... mmmmm.

Life has generally been good, but crazy as usual. Hubby has been gone for most of the last 2 weeks, he was working Origins, a huge game convention in Columbus Ohio. He is now in Kansas visiting his mom and retrieving our son. Our daughter, her friend and I have been mostly bach-ing it. I had my good friend Jess to hang out with several days, which was most appreciated.

I have also found a new hobby (like I need another one), Live Action Role Playing aka LARPing... in the World of Darkness setting. I have created a vampire named Georgia Ann Lee... the first session was fun and I hope to have many adventures with her in the future. I will also be creating a changeling (hard to describe), Amelia Louise Varens...

So balancing the stuff I've learned over the last 18 months & a new hobby... sigh... and everything else in my life. I guess I won't be bored.

I also have to get the house clean tomorrow for our big Independence Day blowout, we are expecting nearly 40 people.

emoticonHave a great 4th! emoticon

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ANNIEONLI 7/8/2009 9:19AM

    LOL! Maintenance = living! I guess we are both in that same point at the same time. Great blog! I'm right there with ya! Stay strong!!


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COOP9002 7/3/2009 6:47PM

    Welcome back to the posting world. Hope you and your family have a great 4th of July.

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Can I have ear infections for $100, Alex?

Saturday, June 06, 2009

I'm 99% sure that is what I have. I ran it through the Web MD symptom checker and that was consistently top of the list.

So I have been home treating with nasal rinses, echinacea & goldenseal herbs and rest. The fever finally broke overnight... I'm sitting 98.5 now (I was at 99.1-99.7 all day yesterday).

The funny thing is that I must have had this for at least a week or more without knowing it. What they would call subclinical illness... ie. very mild, nonspecific symptoms... for awhile. I've come home dizzy and generally not feeling well from work several times in the last months... but it got really bad Thursday, bad enough to check my vital signs. But they were fine... but I still didn't feel right.

But looking back at the last week, I see how exercise was tiring me out... how it was harder than normal to perform... even just jogging for 2 minutes was making my heart beat out of my chest... Jillian Michaels cardio kickbox nearly killed me... and it all kind of falls into place.

I've been sick for awhile. I will work on self treatment for a few days and if things don't improve by Monday, I'll go to the doctor.

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LIBRARIANJEN 6/6/2009 2:51PM

    Good luck! I fought off an ear infection with self-treatment a few years ago (traveling). Love those nasal rinses!

Exercising while ill is a toughie for me-- I basically broke my body down a while back and I think it had a lot to do with overtraining and not listening to my body's signals. It's taken years to recover.

Hope you feel better soon!

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ANNIEONLI 6/6/2009 7:40AM

    Glad to hear you figured it out & that the fever broke!
One thing about exercise is that it's a great barameter for how your body is feeling. I always get sluggish when it's fighting something. That's my problem because then I stop it altogether! LOL

But seriously - when I'm stressed & I don't have time to exercise at all b/c I'm soooo busy with other things, I just know my body is weak & breaking down & it needs rest just from that. I'm burning cals and burning out at the same time w/o any exercise at all! Should I take care & exercise then too? yes, I should, but there aren't enough hours in the day for me. Some day I will learn! LOL

Anyway - hindsight is 20/20 - take care now and feel better soon...time for some chicken soup!!! You'll be Shredding again very soon! LOL

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Not a good week for exercise...

Friday, June 05, 2009

Well life has totally caught up with me this week... the night I'd planned to take off, Tuesday due to having a friend over for dinner was fine. I just didn't plan to get sick with whatever I'm sick with... I'm dizzy, have a fever and feel fatigued. It might be a mild respiratory flu, what with the fever, fatigue, and dizziness...

I took my blood pressure, hemoglobin & blood sugar... 108/60, 11.7 & 121 respectively just after eating lunch. All basically normal except for the 99.5 temp, which is a temp for me... I have been eating, taking iron supplements, etc... so I dunno.

Oh well, I'm home sick and resting as my body desires today.

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LIBRARIANJEN 6/6/2009 3:13AM

    Hope you feel better soon!

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ANNIEONLI 6/5/2009 12:02PM

    Feel better soon sweetie! Rest is what you need!

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WANTING2BFREE 6/5/2009 9:43AM

    Get better soon!!! emoticon emoticon

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Emotionally all over the map... and maintaining in the midst of it...

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

I have been on an emotional roller coaster for sorts for the past few weeks... great one day, bad the next, great the next... it is very hard to explain.

I have had the chance to really reconnect with one of my oldest, dearest friends recently. We were estranged years ago for stupid reasons and then kind of were on different trajectories for quite a few years and then just recently realized... Hey, I missed having you around.... She has also been a huge support to Miss M since her crisis with the failed drug test a few months ago... and the whole family as well... and that is why she came back into our lives in the first place.

The we had a blow from Hurricane Miss M... that sucked rocks. I love my daughter but I HATE the emotional storms we seem to have to face periodically.

But we weathered that one and got back to (mostly) even keel to find same old friend dealing with some personally devastating news... so I spent a good portion of today between WIC nutrition clients at work, talking her down. But we had a family dinner scheduled already with her and she realized how much we esteem & love her and that did more than any words to help bring her to a better place.

It was a no-count, no exercise night since family needed me... but that's okay. I'll do that Jillian Michaels today sometime. It's all good.

The day ended quite cheerfully considering where it started.


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