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I need to get back on track

Sunday, May 31, 2009

I'm still jet lagging but getting better. Now that I am alone here I can get straightened out with exercise and eating.

I got my new car on Friday so I feel much less stressed about going anywhere because I know the car will run and won't break down. My son got our old jeep.

I have weighed my self since I've been home and now I have to re adjust my ticker. the scales here have read 141 all 3 times I got on it and it's a digital one.
It sure was a challenge doing the grocery shopping last week. Everything here is so expensive, espically the fruits and vegetables! WOW! But I am so glad that SparkPeople is here to help me along the way.

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DIANNEYME 6/1/2009 1:28PM

    Glad you are back safe and sound and are getting adjusted (and with wheels!). No more sleeping through Yankee games! (or at least not as many - if you are like me, you still may nod off through one or two).


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HOPE2BE 5/31/2009 9:17PM

    I'm so glad you have a car to run around in. Yes isn't the price of fruits and vegetables atrocious. Have you tried the farmer's Market? It may be cheaper there. Give it some time you'll get in the groove yet.

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Honey, I'm HOME!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

YAY YAY! I love being home.
I made it home safe and sound, all flights were on time, all luggage arrived at the same time as I did and unopened, nothing missing or broken. I got my cardio workout walking between plane terminals dragging luggage, then walking fast to get to the connection, then wandering around waiting for the bus.
It's so good to hug my son & grandson too!
Now to stay up past 9:30PM and sleep past 4AM would be GREAT.
It's also cold here, in the 30's in the boonie mountains and it's supposed to rain all this week of course!
Got my driver's license renewed, picked up my mail, went grocery shopping and got HEALTHY food. Now to keep going.

Hopefully I'll get back to SPARKING real soon!

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CHOOCH0524 5/29/2009 8:37AM

    Great that everything went smoothly! Can't wait to hear about your new "wheels!"

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GRAMMYEAC 5/27/2009 8:36PM

    I'm so happy that everything went smoothly and safely on your trip, Robin. Welcome home! even if it is COLD in the boonies. Wait a few days -- the weekend is supposed to be warmer and sunnier. Get acclimated to the new times and start enjoying being home!

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COOLBEAN61 5/27/2009 7:24PM

    Glad you made it safely!!! It looks like the weekend will be better! Welcome Home!!!! emoticon

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RWETHAIRYET 5/27/2009 2:05PM

    So glad you made it home safe and sound all in one piece and on schedule after all. Hopefully the hours adjust for you and maybe slighlty warmer temps while we're at it.

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SARALOUOT 5/27/2009 12:54PM

    Welcome Home! Glad to hear you arrived safely. I was checking in just to see if you had logged in in US time. My days at work have been very busy so I'm a little behind on everyone, but I'm very glad to catch up with you and see you are HOME. My sister and her husband flew to NH on Tuesday, but they will be in Portsmouth with my brother and his wife. emoticon That's me being just a little bit jealous. I have never been to NH. Have a great time relaxing with family.

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HOPE2BE 5/27/2009 9:07AM

    Hurray!!! now all you have to do is get adjusted to the time change. You must feel good to be home again. I bet it will be better when your DH is with you. You appreciate your family more as a result of being away from them so much. I imagine they appreciate you more too

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 5/27/2009 8:58AM

    I'm sure it feels great to be home at last! Enjoy the time you have with your family and friends. Make the most of every moments! Welcome back!

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RUTHIEBEAR 5/27/2009 8:28AM

    Welcome home!!!!!!Enjoy every minute with your family. Keep up the great work you are doing! YOu are an inspiration.
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Am I there yet?

Sunday, May 24, 2009

It's 7:30AM local time here in SAudi, 12:30AM New Hampshire time Sunday morning. IT's going to be a loooooooooong day. I probably won't leave for the airport until 10PM, the flight leaves at 0210AM Local time, 7:10PM USA time. The flight is 12 hours 50 minutes, I should land on US soil at 8AM New York time.

I did get in my exercise yesterday, 2 miles WATP video and Bootcamp video of the day.
Today will be up and down stairs, back and forth, tonight will be walking around the terminal, does that count as exercise? Pacing?

Unless there are free internet kiosks at the airport in the USA, I probably won't be back online until Tuesday evening. I'll miss my monday Sparking!
See ya'll in the REAL WORLD soon!

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COOLBEAN61 5/25/2009 9:54PM

    Looking forward to hearing from you when you get settled in!!!

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T2896TERRY 5/24/2009 8:13AM

    i'm so happy to hear of your homecoming...have a safe trip and thank you for all your sacrifice
god bless

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HOPE2BE 5/24/2009 7:47AM

    Will look forward to hearing about your arrival. Keep in touch and have a safe trip. I'll pray for you.

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Have passport & visa, I'm COMMIN HOME!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Breathe, breathe, I can stop crying now. I interrupted my vigorous exercising to come downstairs when DH came home to see what was happening. I GOT MY PASSPORT, I'M FLYING! My visa is also good until December! WOO HOO, of course I'm not staying that long but it's nice to know just in case.

It looks like I have to bust my a$$ now to find things I need to pack, clean the house & all. YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYA!

THANK YOU to all of you who prayed and sent strong vibes for me, they worked!

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SARALOUOT 5/25/2009 12:39AM

    Yeah Robin ! Welcome Home!

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MAIRE1999 5/24/2009 12:04AM

    Congrats Dawn! Have a safe flight home. emoticon

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COOLBEAN61 5/23/2009 5:35PM

    emoticon You're finally on your way!!!

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GRAMMYEAC 5/23/2009 3:48PM


I'm so glad everything worked out and came together for your travel! We'll all WELCOME you HOME soon!


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CEELEE1111 5/23/2009 2:58PM

    I've been following along on your journey and am so very happy for your news.

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LASHARINK 5/23/2009 8:33AM

    God is good all the time. All the time God is good! So happy things worked out for you. Our prayers are with you for a safe flight home. Have a blessed trip.

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MICHY049 5/23/2009 8:20AM

  Welcome home! How long will you be in the States? Do you live abroad more than here in the US?

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Doesn't look like I'll be going home on Monday :((

Friday, May 22, 2009

I don't know if I can even begin to explain things but I'll try. I have a passport, you need a passport to be here (Saudi Arabia, YES, I'M AMERICAN) In order to leave this country you must have a visa to either leave permanently or leave and come back. I have to have what is called an exit/re-entry visa so I can leave Saudi and come back in 5 months. This procedure usually takes a week or less sometimes. You CAN get an emergency visa in 24 hours. Well my husband took my passport to the company office 2 weeks ago to get a visa in my passport so I can leave Sunday night/Monday morning. It is Friday night and I don't have my passport. This has nothing to do with the American government or the American Consulate/Embassy, the Saudi immigration office is the one who issues the visas. Our weekends are Thrusday and Friday so maybe there is a very slim hope it will come but the office said they have don't know when it will be back. The airline am flying has 2 flights a week out of here back to the USA, 2:10AM Monday & Thursday mornings. I am on the MOnday flight, Thursdays flight is overbooked and there is no way I'd get on that flight. I am just so upset, hurt, heartbroken. I want to go HOME. I have a new car waiting to be signed for and picked up, I have kids to hug and kiss, I have dr.s appointments, I have friends to meet, I have mail waiting that will now be backed up. I'm just devistated.
ON top of that, DH might have to go on a business trip. I didn't do grocery shopping because I thought I was leaving and I've used up stuff. It just sucks right now.

So I did my exercises this evening. 45 minutes of Walk Away The Pounds with extra intensity, the bootcamp video work out for today, another booty ball workout, leg lifts, up and down stairs.

I just want to scream, cry and beat on somebody.

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HOPE2BE 5/23/2009 8:23AM

    Robin I'm so glad it worked out for you. Prayer can solve a lot of things. I'm so happy for you and talk to you soon in the states.

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ROCKETNUT 5/23/2009 7:51AM

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you... emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 5/23/2009 2:02AM

    It sounds like you're having a very difficult time. I hope things will be looking up for you real soon. Hopefully you'll make the Monday flight!
Good luck!

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HOPE2BE 5/22/2009 7:51PM

    Robin leave it in God's hands. Sometimes he can work a miracle when all else fails. I'll pray your visa comes before Mon. I will pray that God will work that miracle that you need before Mon. Just have faith in him.

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COOLBEAN61 5/22/2009 7:12PM

    Got to love all that red tape! Hope you can get home soon!!!

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MICHY049 5/22/2009 4:35PM

Sorry about all the problems getting home are causing you! I hope it will work out! emoticon

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