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"Staycation" Day 3

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

So today's story starts at 12:30AM this morning when I was awaken by one of my dogs digging at her bed. Now wide awake, I made the mistake of looking through the onscreen TV guide, and found "Independence Day", one of the movies I will watch over and over again. Of course I watched it until it was done at 2AM! Thankfully, I fell back asleep until 6:30AM.

I had decided that I was going to run first thing this morning since the Y was closed and it is going to be 95F and VERY humid today. But at 6:30AM, with only 6 hours of sleep, this was not sounding like such a brilliant idea! In spite of it, I did drag my butt out of bed and was on the road to my local park by 7am!!

I had forgotten to eat at least a granola bar before I left, and boy, did I notice the dropoff in energy after the 1st mile. Struggled to finish 3 miles in 34:30, but quite proud that I even did it, on a day when it would have been so much nicer to just roll back over in bed!

Yesterday not only did I get the entire front of the house power washed, I took down all of the shudders as well (12 of them!). The only ones I did not get down were the pair by the window up in the attic. My ladder just does not reach that high, and I do not have plywood down in the attic to get to them either. So I think I'm going to rent a 32 foot ladder and get them down. The reason for all this -- my wife and I are going to repaint the shudders! Something we have talked about doing...

Not sure if I'll find a ladder today to rent...going to call Home Depot and see if they have any. Otherwise, I have a few outside chores to take care of, and I my do some work in the basement since it is going to be hot and humid. This evening I think we are going to go out to eat vs grilling in the heat and humidity.

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SLIMLILA 7/4/2012 2:16PM

    Wow What a busy and active day! Keep up the great work...

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CHUBRUB3 7/4/2012 12:34PM

    Your doing great Patrick!
THat is alot of accomplishment and going out for a run as well on holiday! WTG!!!

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"Staycation" Day 2

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Slept VERY well last evening! No storms!

On tap for day 2 of my staycation:

- Finish cleaning windows in my office. 2nd floor windows and the bottom section can only be cleaned from a ladder outside.

- Power wash front of house. The side I did yesterday -- office/garage side -- looks 200% better!

- Vet visit for our male greyhound Tomas. Annual checkup plus a few shots. No known issues.

That's enough. It is supposed to be a vacation!

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SUGARSMOM2 7/4/2012 5:05PM

  good job . am tired just reading .

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DABLUECAT 7/3/2012 9:31AM

    You sure do a lot on your staycation! But I'm one to talk. I'll probably do the same when I take mine.

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"Staycation" Day 1

Monday, July 02, 2012

Well, if accomplishing things is my goal for this staycation, I'm off to a good start:

- Power washed the siding by the garage and my office, which was covered with bugs (there is a motion light there and the bugs like it!). Plus I found a hornet's nest at the very top, of course on the 2nd floor near the roof, so I had to lean out my office window to nail the net with spray!
- Ran at the Y (4 miles)
- Whole blood donation
- Grocery shopping, mostly for dinner tonight

I'd probably go do some more prior to dinner, but with it being 93F outside plus the whole blood donation, I'm opting to laying low until dinnertime, when my stepdaughter-in-law is coming over. She just sent her kids to Florida to spend some time with their dad, so it'll be a nice "adult" evening!

And I don't have to get up early tomorrow, either!


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DANAWALKER4 7/2/2012 4:29PM

  Having an intersting staycation!

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PICKIE98 7/2/2012 4:24PM

    Those staycations are always an adventure!! Power washing is on my list too.. along with cutting down a couple trees.. maybe the yard fairy will come tonight and take care of those things....
drink those fluids and stay cool after that donation... and thank you for that, I had to stop after fifteen gallons, due to health challenges.. maybe again someday..

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What a difference a year makes!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Had a great run today -- 4.5 miles in 49:07 -- and was sharing with one of my colleagues who is an avid runner, when it hit me just how much has changed in the last year!

A year ago -- my DW and I were in Chicago celebrating a wedding of one of my closest friends' youngest son. For some reason, I thought I was in OK shape. Was I ever mistaken!

At that point I had not decided to go through with the Lapband surgery, but if I ever needed confirmation I did the right thing, it is looking at pictures like this!

Fast forward to a few weeks ago when my wife and I were out for brunch. Still like to have a good time (as you will notice in the picture below), but it makes me feel really good to see the difference:

So even though I was a little winded after today's brisk run (brisk as in fast, not as in cold!), it was nice to see how much has changed in a year's time.


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MDGARDENGIRL 6/27/2012 6:48PM

    I see the happiness and sense of pride in your eyes Patrick. You are an inspiration!

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BBECKER1955 6/27/2012 6:10AM

    Great job! Shows what happens if you can stay the course. emoticon

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IUHRYTR 6/26/2012 11:42PM

    Yes, wow! emoticon on your progress. -- Lou

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BBAMMOM 6/26/2012 7:15PM

    Wow, your pictures say it all! Congrats!!

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JAOTTO 6/26/2012 4:22PM

  Good job.

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Chiropractic Adjustment

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

It had been 6 weeks since my last adjustment, and for whatever reason, the last time I was in I forgot to make an appointment, so my back started telling me last week it was time for an adjustment, which I got this morning, and as always, felt better as a result. Especially after all of the landscaping work, it was a much needed adjustment.

One of the receptionists at my chiropractor's office has just started the process for Lapband surgery, so it has been fun to talk with her and provide feedback and encouragement.

On a slightly larger scale, I am making an appearance at my LB surgeon's office this evening at their monthly seminar to speak about my experience. Looking forward to sharing....

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IUHRYTR 6/19/2012 11:59PM

    When my back could be manipulated, I also felt better after an adjustment. Sure feels good, doesn't it? emoticon on being able to talk to and help others on their way to better health. Thanks for caring and helping. -- Lou

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