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Back to the grind tomorrow (Monday)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Amazing where 11 days have gone, but it has been that long since I put in a full day of work. But it was a very interesting and varied 11 days of vacation and weekends:

Thursday, 5/10: Fertilized back yard, only to discover I did not have enough product to finish the job, so a 7am run to Lowe's! After that, dropped to dogs off at the kennel, showered and finished packing and off to the airport for our 4+ hour flight to Denver. Dinner that evening with my soon to be graduate daughter!

Friday, 5/11: Ran on the treadmill in the AM (at 4900 feet elevation!), then attended my daughter's Honors ceremony. Nice Italian dinner out with my DW that evening.

Saturday, 5/12: Graduation ceremony at 8AM! Followed by early lunch at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants. Also celebrated my brother's 59th BD! Had dinner that evening with some of my ex in-laws that I get along with. The other ones -- the ones I DON'T get along with (including my ex-wife) had a party for my daughter. The ones I had dinner with were not invited (long story!). Very nice dinner!

Sunday, 5/13: Road trip to South Dakota (Rapid City). We passed through 3 states, two of which my wife had never been to (Wyoming and Nebraska). Stopped at the border signs for each state and took pics! It was fun!

Monday, 5/14: Tourist time! Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse.

Tuesday, 5/15: Ran at the Rapid City YMCA early AM. More tourist time: Sturgis and Deadwood, but my DW started feeling ill in Deadwood, so we headed back to the hotel.

Wednesday, 5/16: Drive back to Denver. Met my work manager for dinner. DW was still feeling effects of the intestinal virus (we thought it might have been food poisoning at the time).

Thursday, 5/17: One more run, this one outside by our hotel. Denver has some great biking and running paths. No wonder Colorado constantly leads the nation in being the most healthy state! Flight back home.

Friday, 5/18: In spite of being back in my own bed, I did not sleep well, and it was because I discovered I caught the intestinal virus! This was clearly not the game plan for this day!

Saturday, 5/19: Did the mowing I was going to do on 5/18! As expected, the fertilizer kicked in while we were gone, so I had to raise the blade on the mower! First time i have ever done the entire yard in one day using just the self propelled mower (in the past I had to use the tractor b/c I just did not have the stamina to walk it all). 34,000 steps!!

Sunday (today), 5/20: Back to our routines -- made breakfast, some light chores, read the Sunday paper, etc.

Back to the grind tomorrow -- nice break, but ready to get back into it!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HEALTHIERKEN 5/20/2012 6:17PM

    Congratulations on sticking with fitness/food intake wisdom on your trip. Most often I throw caution to the wind when we're on the road, and then regret it for weeks.

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MDGARDENGIRL 5/20/2012 2:33PM

    So glad you had a nice trip with your daughter and family! Now reality sets in... emoticon

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CHEY1697 5/20/2012 11:40AM

    Wow you have been busy....I need that insperation...Thanks

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What a difference a day makes!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Yesterday (Friday) was NOT a fun day! I was so happy to get home and sleep in my own bed Thursday night, only to discover I had picked up an intestinal virus (probably from my DW, who had it just a few days previous). Slept AWFUL Thursday night / Friday morning, then woke up and headed to my office upstairs, only to be so weak and feverish that I had to just about collapse on my sofa! I sweated profusely for several minutes, obvious that my body was trying desperately to burn out the unwanted and uninvited "guest"! After that, I made my way back to bed and feel asleep for most of the day, and as my DW said -- "you must be sick -- you NEVER go back to bed let alone go to sleep!".

At least I was able to start taking in some food later yesterday afternoon -- chicken soup and saltines, followed later by a grilled cheese sandwich, a few more saltines, and then a nice crisp apple.

Slept so much better last night. Only one bio break at 2am in the morning, then right back to sleep until 6:30AM or so. Coffee tasted GREAT today, and am nibbling on a bowl of blueberries, Oikos yogurt and Kashi Go Lean cereal. Washed the sheets and have them out on the clothes line to dry in the bright late spring sun, and will be heading out to start mowing shortly. It has been over a week since I mowed, so the grass is very high, which will require a couple of passes, good exercise for me since I basically did nothing yesterday. 80F high today, low humidity, so a perfect day to be outside.

What a difference a day makes!

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BBECKER1955 5/20/2012 9:50AM

    Happy to hear you're on your feet again. Make sure to get plenty fluids - you're probably down a quart ;-)

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CHUBRUB3 5/19/2012 7:16PM

    Happy to hear you are better today. Don't over do it let your body catch up.

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/19/2012 11:01AM

    Glad you're better, Patrick. *hate* being sick like that! I see you've been well enough to change the wallpaper on your SparkPage : ) Looks good.

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THOREAU73 5/19/2012 9:34AM

    Glad to hear you are feeling better!! Stomach flu's / Intestinal Viruses, etc really do suck. I've had a few Have fun mowing!! emoticon

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Ready to head home...

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Flying home from Denver this afternoon. Nice vacation, but I am sure ready to crawl in my own bed tonight! Just something about that feeling....

Ran this morning at 6:15AM. Was going to do the treadmill here at the hotel but I forgot that is prime time, so with it being 60F and sunny and with access to a fantastic running/biking trail nearby, I opted to run outside. 4.2 miles in 49 minutes, and that is at over 5600 ft elevation and plenty of hills, neither of which I deal with at home in Delaware! I was pretty darn pleased with my results!

Tomorrow I expect to be mowing all day, which will be a nice workout in itself. Oh, and we go pick up the puppies from the kennel -- can't wait for the wagging tails and big sloppy kisses!

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/17/2012 12:20PM

    Ain't it great to get home and back to normal, even after the most fantastic of holidays!

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Busy time for some fun!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

The last few days have been busy with graduation activities here at CSU in Colorado. The actual commencement was at 8am Saturday morning! We survived the early start, had a very nice lunch for my kids and brother, relaxed in the afternoon, then a nice dinner with some other family members (technically, "ex" family members, but we all have gotten along well in spite of the divorce from many years ago).

Lounging this morning before we catch a bite in the hotel breakfast nook and pack up to head to South Dakota for the "fun" part of the vacation. Mt Rushmore, Black Hills, Sturgis, and maybe even Deadwood are on the list of to do's. First time ever to visit South Dakota.

So this is the first year not to have my mom around for Mother's Day. A little strange, but I know in my heart she in a much better place. So mom, if you are reading my blog (hey, anything is possible!), Happy Mother's Day!

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MDGARDENGIRL 5/13/2012 6:50PM

    Yep! Mom is sitting right next to you in the car taking in all the beautiful sights in SD! Enjoy your trip.


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CHUBRUB3 5/13/2012 12:49PM

    Big Hugs Patrick!
Your Mom knows.

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Upcoming celebration in Colorado

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

We are heading out to Colorado tomorrow for quite a celebration -- my youngest daughter graduates on Saturday from Colorado State University! Graduation is early -- 8:00AM They do a number of ceremonies, all broken down by college (she is graduating with a Biology degree), so I guess her college got the short straw for the time. But by the time the ceremony is over, pictures are taken, etc., it will be time for lunch and we have reservations at an outstanding Mexican restaurant in downtown Ft. Collins. I'm sure a margarita or two will be consumed!
My youngest did the conventional college experience -- 4 years, out of state, dorms, etc. My two other children have done it differently, but all have gotten (or are getting) very good educations. I'm very proud of all of them, to say the least, and I am going to make a point to salute all of them at lunch on Saturday.

Always look forward to trips to Colorado -- I spent my formative years there, so it is a little like a homecoming for me. Besides graduation, we plan to go to South Dakota to do some sightseeing -- something we never did as kids! (I rode my dad about that the other day, of course in a humorous way, and he took it as such!).

Tomorrow is the "fun" day -- plan to fertilize the back yard before we leave (putting down fertilizer + weed and feed so good to have it down while the dogs are in the kennel), oh yeah, dogs to the kennel, then the 1.5 hour drive to Philly to catch our flight. Non-stop flight, and it appears the weather in Philly and Denver will be good, so that won't be a factor.

I'll plan to do some more blogging and maybe even add some pictures while we are in Colorado and South Dakota.

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GJCAB09 5/10/2012 8:03AM

    Congrats and enjoy yourself while you're here Patrick! Wrong side of the state for me to make any recommendations, but it sounds as if you've got things covered. If you happen to roll through Alliance, NE, on your way to SD, check out "Car Henge" it's a hoot, and free!

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CHUBRUB3 5/9/2012 5:08PM

Have a great time!

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ARCSPARKS 5/9/2012 12:24PM

    Contrats to you and your daughter, Patrick. Enjoy your little vacation and take plenty of great pics of Colorado to post.

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/9/2012 10:31AM

    Congratulations on getting all your children through higher education! Have a good trip and, for sure, a couple of margaritas will be in order!

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JACKH35 5/9/2012 9:52AM

    No doubt you will have a great trip back to Colorado. Congratulations on the Educational accompishments of your children.

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