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Haven't Rebounded Today...

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

This was such a disjointed day... taking hubby over to shop to drop his truck to get a new door release knob thingy (the thing that lets him get OUT of the truck instead of having to roll down the window and reach over and open the door from the outside of the truck)... kid was sick so he stayed home... then I took hubby to work, stayed in town, tried to research places that would have my favorite glasses (I'm facing the prospect of ordering glasses online because Doc didn't have the COLOR of frames that I wanted, and his sort of cute & nerdy new assistant (who replaced the older woman who retired this last winter) just wanted to collect his paycheck, not do any real work! Like, he could have called the rep and ordered the color I wanted.).

So I pulled into the parking lot across the street from where DH works - big shopping center, lots of little pads with smaller shopping centers, but anyway there's a Jo-Ann's Fabric, a PetSmart. a Kohl's, an abandoned LinensNThings, Office Max and the Sam's club. Sat there parked on the tarmac closest to the access road, clear across the lot from the nearest building, and researched some on my phone, with the car idling, thinking it would be a quick check, but knowing how fussy the police are about texting and driving... (no joke! scares me to death too!!). I finally decided to stay parked where I was, kill the engine, and go on in to Sam's (free Wi-fi, free bathroom, free air conditioning!). I was parked roughly 2 or 3 buildings away from Sam's Club (kinda like Costco, for those of you not familiar with Sam's). I didn't set my timer, but I know I was a good 5 minutes hike from the door. Then of course walking around inside and pushing a cart around for 45 minutes or so, two trips to the bathroom, I'll probably call the whole thing a 30 minute walk (kinda felt like how I feel when I do a timed 30 minute walk), and then hike back to the car, pushing the cart over, loading stuff into the trunk, and pushing the empty cart back to the Sam's cart corral, which was at least three lines of parking away (the fresh new blacktop for OfficeMax & Kohl's, where I was parked, ended right at the edge of where Sam's parking begins.).

By then, I had gotten hungry (didn't have much for breakfast) so hubby and I went out for lunch, and had one of these imitation Panera "Pick 2" kinds of lunches at IHOP: a half potroast melt sandwich and the house salad. Salad was okay, uninspired. The sandwich was tasty but I could feel and taste that grease, and later on here on SP I discovered the whole order was supposedly over 1,000 calories. Urk. emoticon Glad it was just the half! Tsk tsk

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I wish I could blow it up larger. so I could see the finer details, and my reading glasses don't do squat.

Gotta do better!



  
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JESSIKA_56 8/31/2011 11:20AM

    I forgot you live in Wichita, and I was thinking "I know that strip mall...." I used to work at the Kohl's and Sam's. My husband has been at the tire department at Sam's for almost 4 years I think. If you walk from Sam's to Kohl's, it really is quite a walk!

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LALASLAND 8/31/2011 9:50AM

    I hope you end up with glasses that you like! I know that is very important to me! emoticon

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I_GOT_THIS_ 8/31/2011 7:54AM

    Rats on that nerdy eye glass assistant! Couldn't you just call him back and suggest to him that he call the rep to order them? (Or call his boss...) Now you've got the work and hassle of trying to find those frames somewhere else! I hope you get the frames you want, Julia!

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too much of the wrong thing...

Monday, August 29, 2011

I need to exercise FIRST before getting online the rest of the many hours later to finish "doing" all the Sparkin' points... (I was hardly on FB at all...).

But I need to do something even if it is bedtime. My legs are giving me fits. I don't have a desk up here...using my bed to balance my notebook. Bad! Need to change that!!

  
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LALASLAND 8/30/2011 11:12PM

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LALASLAND 8/30/2011 11:12PM

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JANNEPERRY 8/30/2011 8:03AM

    As I sit here agreeing with you on my laptop, debating with myself when I'm going to go and get it done today! emoticon

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PHEBESS 8/30/2011 5:47AM

    I use my laptop on my lap all the time - desks are too high for me and mess up my shoulders!

But yeah, exercising first helps!

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Rebounding Today

Friday, August 26, 2011

Hey! I rebounded today for 22 minutes. Didn't use a video - not enough room etc to set up in front of a monitor for now, plus my eyes were tired. So I just hooked my iPhone up to my old (busted) JVC boom box (consolation prize from my ex husband after our divorce was finalized. Strange. But a nice sounding boombox, even though it looks rough from where it fell off a table in my apartment a few years later.), and played off the iPod app. My playlist? Wasn't very many songs - the songs were long!! Stevie Wonder's "Songs in the Key of Life, Side 2" leading off with "Isn't She Lovely". I don't know all the words, and I know he's singing about his baby girl years ago (now a grown beautiful woman who is a singer herself!), but I thought it couldn't hurt to have a nice positive song to workout to.

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The songs following it on the album are also nice, but I thought a bit slow for my pace on rebounding, so I skipped ahead and finally landed on "Another Star". Those two songs brought me to 16 almost 17 minutes of rebounding and I was beginning to feel it! After that, I just did some cool down stretches and yoga (that cow pose, ? I think? and the arched cat back pose - those two where you just go back and forth, concave and convex the back.) That brought it to just over 22 minutes by the time the slower paced "Saturn" finished up.

("I'm......
Going back to Saturn where the rings all glow
Rainbow, moonbeams and orange snow
People live to be two hundred and five
Going back to saturn where the people smile
Don't need cars cause we've learn to fly...").

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I didn't round it up to 23 minutes though because I think it was slightly less than 30 seconds into it. Ya think I should? And it's pitiful how few calories SparkPeople gives credit for rebounding. I suspect it is an amount based on an arbitrary sized person (usually 150 pounds)?? But I'll take it...

Think there was something else but can't remember right now and so I'm going to scamper off and get some other things done!! I can always edit it later!

Have a great weekend for some of us? and the rest of you on the Eastern Seaboard, we're praying for you to not have any major damage (or even minor damages!!) from Irene. Would be nice to have Irene simply veer back out into the ocean out of harm's way and just scramble up some seaweed.

Here's a song for the Hurricane Irene:

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GOODNIGHT IRENE

Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight
Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene
I'll see you in my dreams

Sometimes I live in the country
Sometimes I live in town
Sometimes I have a great notion
To jump into the river and drown

Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight
Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene
I'll see you in my dreams

Quit ramblin' and quit gamblin'
Quit stayin' out late at night
Stay home with your wife and family
Sit down by the fireside bright

Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight
Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene
I'll see you in my dreams

I asked your mother for you
She told me you was too young
I wished to God I'd never seen your face
I's sorry you ever was born

Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight
Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene
I'll see you in my dreams

I love Irene, God knows I do
I'll love her till the seas run dry
And if Irene turns her back on me
I'd take morphine and die

Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight
Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene
I'll see you in my dreams

You cause me to weep, you cause me to mourn
You cause me to leave my home
But the very last words I heard her say
Was "Please sing me one more song"

Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight
Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene
I'll see you in my dreams

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JANNEPERRY 8/27/2011 8:05AM

    It sounds like you had a good time rebounding! Good for you! emoticon

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I_GOT_THIS_ 8/26/2011 8:26PM

    THERE you are! I've been missing you!

Glad to hear about your rebounding and your music selection. 22 minutes is EXCELLENT!

Yes, we need to hope and pray that 'ol Irene turns back and leaves our poor Eastern USA folks alone.

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Allergy Fit, Meteor Showers, ISS and a Walk...

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Went to bed before midnight last night (SHOCK!).... woke up around 3 or so just coughing up crud and in general acting like an allergy fit. While sitting in the bathroom in another coughing fit, my lungs seemed to be reacting to the stench of the fumes still out-gassing from my brand new, never yet been set up rebounder (Urban Rebounder). I decided to turn the electronic filter fan thingy off, because it just seems like all it does is stir it all up and make it more obvious...

So I thought well, talking a walk usually helps when I have an allergy fit. Then I thought, hey, today's the day that the Perseid Meteor Showers are supposed to be at the peak, in the early pre-dawn hours. At 4 am, it was "pre-dawn" alright! Then I remembered that the ISS was supposed to be flying by. I checked my iPhone Satellite FlyBy app with the GPS turned on and it said we get to see it around 5:02 am (I'm not looking at the app now, can't remember what it said.). But countdown was showing like 47 minutes away. YESSSSSS!

That sealed the deal, time to get my workout clothes on (okay, well just clothes that are already stinky and I don't mind walking in. Too fat for really glamorous high-tech workout gear that's cheap enough for me to buy on the sales rack!!), and I was OUTTA THERE! Drank a big glass of water (my big blue Gevalia Tall Iced Tea glass made of blue plastic, 24 oz), grabbed and washed my Gala apple, got it eaten while getting some other things taken care of, researching exactly where I was to look for the ISS (took a screen shot, because once it's happened, it rolls off the screen.). At some point in all of this, I set my timer at the 20 minute mark when the ISS app was counting 21 minutes or so to go, because the native Apple clock/timer app can run in the background while I go back to the Satellite FlyBy or other apps.

Got outside and the moon was pretty bright in the west, not yet set, and not yet lower than my neighbor's house, so I walked on downhill north from my home and found a nice dark place in the driveway of my other neighbor's house and just kept waiting, and looking... instructions said WNW and there was a nice clear place in those ranges, now that the moon was blocked by my house and my southern neighbor's houses farther uphill. And what's that funny star? it wasn't there just a few seconds ago! Yep! There it is, getting brighter and closer and BRIGHTER and oh wow! what a cool sight as it streaked on overhead, going eastward over the sky and finally fading back out the way it came in.

Not just real positive that I saw this, but as ISS was overhead, I *think* I caught the end of a meteor streaking by. It was already starting to get a bit cloudy in the west and south, and I couldn't remember where the particular star cluster is where the showers were supposed to "be coming from", so to speak. But I wasn't gonna quibble too much - the showers continue for a few days but it just "peaks" last night and pre-dawn this morning. 60 an hour is only one a minute, and they aren't all the long big streaking "Walkt Disney Falling Stars" kinda deal. Some are short, like a fast bug zigging by caught in the moonlight so one isn't sure if it was a bug or a star. However, it's been too dry for too much in the way of bugs (we've had rain recently but takes a bit more and a while longer to get the bug lifecycle restarted...).

ISS over, one falling star seen, time to head for a quick walk. Got my iMapMyWalk app on tracking my route and took off. Felt good so I thought I'd try running a bit just to speed things up, but gave myself permission to not feel like I had to run for an hour. I've not trained up to that point yet. And I don't have a really good laps type timer that I can actually SEE in the Dark, WITHOUT my glasses (ooooh that's a story for another day)...so I gave myself permission to run as far as I thought I could without stopping and stop when I felt I needed to, and none of that tricky "run 30 seconds rest walk 15 seconds run 30 seconds rest walk 60 seconds." or however those training schedules go... I would just run, walk fast (recovery, yea, that's the word!), and run, etc.

Of course, "run" to me, in my dreams, is the graceful slender long legged Olympic runners I see loping along on TV - that's kinda what I see in my mind's eye. But what I FEEL is this plod plod ((wiggle)) ((waddle)) and I think I need to find one of those "WIDE LOAD" signs I see on the back of Pilot Trucks accompanying the semi's that carry modular homes and other WIDE LOADS, and put it on the back of my pants. That way drivers can have something to laugh about while waiting for me to pull it over to the side of the road so they can pass me. My rear end isn't small enough for those cute tiny little workout shorts that have "PINK" or "HOT STUFF" or "GO TIGERS" on the backs... so "WIDE LOAD" will likely do just fine.

As it turns out, no one was up driving around (yaaay, no exhaust fumes to choke on!). I just made one longer loop, got past my house and the MapMyWak app said I was only at 19 minutes. I ran on past about half a block until I hit my 20 seconds and headed back home.



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DOTSLADY 8/30/2011 2:33PM

    That is so weird to read that about the Urban Rebounder, cause I just bought an old one at a yard sale for $5 and wanted to know more about them. I looked up amazon reviews and that's what some were saying. One reviewer even got a new one sent to him by the Pres of the company, said it was a tad bit better, but still had the odor. Mine doesn't smell - must've worn off. Nothing like a lil toxin to start your day (with a meteor thrown in)!
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While I understand the humor in the 'wide load' (as I'd have done it myself when I was heavier), I can't help but hope you find the love in what you're doing for your body every time you share your wide load with others on the road. ;0). It does a body good to move, and I'm just glad you're honoring that.
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LALASLAND 8/13/2011 9:41AM

    WOW! I sure enjoyed your blog! emoticonWhat a treat you had, and if it had been me, I'm afraid I would have grumped and humphed about having to be awake and coughing in the night like that! It seems you completely forgot about the allergy attack with such wondrous things to see and do! Fantastic! emoticon

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Friday...

Friday, August 12, 2011

So much to do, and instead I sit here on the computer and play all the games and write emails and rack up points, but NO EXERCISE. Yet.

I keep seeing cool photos in other people's blogs and had never really paid attention to the orange boxes above here, one of which says, (duh!) "Add Picture". Then "Add Emoticon", "Add Link" and of course, "Spell Check".

Sooo I shall practice uploading photos in my blog! Don't know why it seems new because I have uploaded a few photos into the main page. Hmmm.



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"You can do it" really wasn't what I wanted. The emoticon "TA-DAAAAH!" sadly seems to be missing from the available choices.

Okay, time for me to take the canning jars out of the dishwasher and fill the dishwasher up with our dishes.

Have a great weekend!

Julia

  
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LALASLAND 8/12/2011 10:30PM

    Ta Dahh! is a great one! I tried and tried to get SP to add emoticons, but nothing ever came of it. I guess they have other things to do first. emoticon

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I_GOT_THIS_ 8/12/2011 4:29PM

    Oh wow! I would LOVE a "Ta-Dah!" emoticon! I wonder if Spark accepts suggestions?

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