Sunday, December 08, 2013
This weekend was a time to just stay home and out of the cold. We've had an "arctic blast" all around us. We actually have been pretty lucky in my area, but all around us there was snow, ice, wind and rain. Dallas was hit pretty hard, I know; but around here, it's been really cold, but very little, if any, ice. We were lucky this time. But it has kept us indoors mostly. I can hardly tolerate the cold. I got some warm coat and pants from my son to wear when I take Savannah out. We went out a couple of times here and there to Walmart and out to eat to a couple of places, but other than that, we've pretty much been home. We did go last night to my BFF's (the one who played that mean joke on me) daughter's 18th Birthday party. At first I called her and said I wasn't coming because it was going to be dark and possibly icy roads, but then I asked Danny if he would drive me and so we ended up going. We only stayed about 30 minutes or so and then came back home. I cooked a big dinner one night this weekend of Baked Chicken, Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Sauteed Bell Peppers with a Brown Sugar Glazed Side Dish. It was OK I guess, especially the Mashed Potatoes. I don't ever fix mashed potatoes because I really am not too fond of them, but this recipe was pretty good. Reminded me of the ones you can get at Applebee's.
I worked out Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday this week. I did Hoop Dance one day, a One-Mile Power Walk another day and Pilates yesterday. I re-injured my foot yesterday on some of the Pilates stretches during the Downward Facing Dog and some other leg and foot stretch exercises. I can't bend my toes back in those stretches anymore. I have to be more conscious of that from now on. It doesn't hurt until it's too late. I can't put much pressure on the ball of my left foot now. Have to walk on the side of my foot. But it will be OK in time.
Other than that, I got caught up on the "Blacklist" shows, and watched a little bit of Season 7 of "Army Wives" on Netflix. I got most of the early Christmas Shopping done that we have to have finished by next weekend since the kids are coming in then. I've been trying to clean off my desk of stuff that has piled up. I scan all my Birthday Cards and other type cards I get throughout the year, so I started on some of those, I balanced 2 months of bank statements, I downloaded some new songs for my ipod/iphone. I guess that's what a lot of people probably do when they retire. Clean out closets, clean out clutter, stuff like that. At least that's what I've done this weekend. Create daily goals and see how much of it can be completed. I still haven't put any gifts under the tree yet. I've got them bought, but not wrapped yet. I'll probably start on that today or tomorrow.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
I've always needed to be in bed by 9:00 or so, but don't have to now, so last night I stayed up about an hour later. I also stayed in bed this morning until about 5:45. I actually woke up around 3:00 and laid there and dozed on and off. I just refused to get up because I didn't have to. I pretty much spent the morning as I do on Friday's and Saturdays; had a fruit smoothie, read the paper, played with the puppy, did a Hoop Dance workout, fixed lunch at home, got dressed a little before noon. Then Danny & I went to town and did some more Christmas shopping. Not too bad to Christmas shop during the week because lots of folks are at work. We saw some people we knew around town and visited with them while we were out and about. We were home by around 6:00 and both tired. So we've been home just chilling the rest of the evening. All in all, it was a relaxing morning, and a productive afternoon. Tomorrow, I think I will try to fix my lunch again at home of Avocado, tomato, onions, cheese, tortilla with maybe some tea instead of Coke. We'll see if that happens. These are some of my goals for now. Increasing my exercise to 3-4 days a week and fixing more healthy and tasty meals at home.
Savannah is a little mess. She's pretty rambunctious, but she is a joy to have around. She has kept us laughing. Just a little ball of fur with personality. We are having typical episodes with house training her. Sometimes she goes outside, but other times she sneaks off and does her business in the house. She goes off and hides to poop, so I am thinking she knows she's not supposed to do that. She just can't figure about going to the door to let us know she needs out yet. It will just take time. We're being patient. We are having to go out with her because she is so little and we're worried that a hawk or an owl could get her. That's something I hadn't planned, but a small price to pay for the joy of having a dog back in the house again. But it sure gets cold standing out there with her. I'm going to get some coveralls!
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
I am retired. Monday, my directorate had a pizza party for me. It was very nice, quiet, and simple; per my request. I just didn't want them to go all out for me. I'm a bit of an introvert, a bit shy, so just didn't think I could handle a big to-do, so asked that they make it simple. Then today, I did a last official shoot, and then started clearing out, saying my goodbyes, and then around noon, Danny met me and carried me to Red Lobster to celebrate. Also, I may have mentioned before, but last week, I was doing a shoot and the Colonel, looked at me and asked when I was retiring. I told him, and then he told me to set my camera down and come here. So I did, and he made a short, impromptu speech, saying that I had been supportive all the time he was there, that I had done a good job, that whenever he was out and about, he would look up & I was there...he would be out at the lake and look up and I was there. Then he gave me a Commander's Coin. Anyway, it was a nice surprise and it meant a lot to me.
Monday, December 02, 2013
Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. I did it! I fixed Thanksgiving Day dinner. I fixed Chicken and Dressing, Fruit Salad, Raman Noodle Salad & Rolls with a Pecan Pie from Walmart Deli. Danny made the Green Bean Casserole. My DIL brought Mashed Potatoes, & Cream Cheese Pie and my MIL brought Cranberry Salad. It all turned out well. That was only the second time I have made Chicken & Dressing. I made it for the first time after the holidays last year just for me and Danny so I could make sure I could do it before I actually made it for company. So my Thanksgiving turned out good as far as I was concerned. Got to have my kids with me, and good food to be thankful for. Many other blessings also, new baby on the way, health, family, a new puppy, shelter, upcoming retirement, and too much to list. I am blessed.
Friday. We went to Texarkana, just to carry Savannah to the vet. She got her second set of shots and Boardatella meds and a clean bill of health. Then we went to Petsmart to get a new dog bed and a couple of other items. Danny attempted to go into Kohl's for a gift card for his daughter, but he saw the line and turned right back around and we headed home. We'll tackle that online or later. That's all I really remember about Friday except for my workout which was 30 minutes on the Balance Board.
Saturday, we just hung around the house until evening and went to KFC. I was craving chicken strips and that hit the spot. Delicious. I only ate 2 strips and a biscuit and coke. Danny ate grilled chicken & corn. He has better will power than me...most of the time. But I work out and he doesn't. If we could only both do better. Not giving up. I did at least an hour dance hooping that morning. Learned another new trick. I was worried about my bursitis, but I was careful, did some good stretch exercises before I started and I think it helped. The next day, I was a little sore, but no more than usual. Maybe even a little less.
Sunday, I put my Christmas decorations up. They turned out nice. Really helps to get the Christmas Spirit in motion. Listened to Christmas Shows on the TV. Just a pleasant afternoon at home. Then after church, we had a goodbye party for some folks that are leaving and going back to their hometown in Alabama after his second retirement. Good friends, good people, so I had to go wish them farewell.
Monday. Back at work for my last full day. My directorate gave me a pizza luncheon and gave me my awards, and certificates, & a card and gift card. Very nice. Good turnout from my fellow employees. Tomorrow I have 2 more assignments on my calendar. I'll do one per customer's request and will leave the other assignment for my replacement. I'll go with her if she wants me to, but if not, I'll let her go it alone. After that, I plan on clearing out and taking off. On to new adventures. I hope I'm up for it!!!
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