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Friday, June 01, 2012

So, my youngest son moved out (partially) yesterday - his body went but he forgot all the crap he left in his room! Hoping he works on it a little bit today in between jobs.

My brother is coming next week and staying at my place. He is going through a nasty divorce. He lives in CA so I plan on catching up on everything that is going on while he is here. I will be running back and forth from work and home a lot. It's a big week at work, or I would have taken the whole week off.

Tomorrow I am going to run my third 5k of the season. It is an University of Delaware alumni 5k run (during alumni weekend). Tonight we are going out with friends for dinner, I will be having a light supper with maybe one glass of wine and lots of water with lemon. I want to get a good night sleep before the race.

I was planning on taking today off from running since I ran all week - that was until Roxy took off on me outside! Lately, she will hang out back with us without the leash. She is 4 1/2 years old, so I have been quite excited about this. My husband and I were on the side yard, I unhooked her leash and she totally took off up the road, then into the woods. She never looked back. She is very small for her breed, weighing in at 12 pounds (Boston Terriers go as high as 35 pounds), but she is solid muscle and can run really fast! It took us about 20 minutes to find the little booger, I kept hearing dogs barking - we have lots of big ones around here - and imagining her getting torn apart by one! My husband went down the road the other way and found a little girl holding her - said she was behind her house - she has a german shepherd!

When I went into the house she sat back away from me, looking guilty as sin. I scolded her, then gave her a bath in the sink. There is a lot of poison ivy and ticks where she was running. Now, she is sleeping; still knows she is in trouble.

As I was screaming her name and running through yards, I was thinking how terrible it would be to lose my dog the first day my son moved out. Ugh!

So, now I am going back to cleaning. This was a nice break! I hope you have a great weekend!


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    emoticon to you! We always had dogs while I was a kid and I clearly remember the stress of one of them taking off unexpectedly. I'm glad your little dear is safe!
I hope this week with your brother has gotten off to a good start. I'm sure he has a lot of stress to unload and is thankful for the break you're providing.
Hopefully I'll be reading your race report in a few minutes. I really got behind on my friend feed over the last week!

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RIVADERCHI 6/3/2012 12:23AM

    OMG, how stressful was that!?!?! Glad you caught her--do you think she just wanted to have "fun?" She won't do that again if she knows she's going to get a bath if she does! Good psychology! Bad girl! emoticon emoticon

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INFLATED 6/1/2012 10:01PM

    I am glad you found Roxy!

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SABLENESS 6/1/2012 7:17PM

    So glad you were able to recapture your little escapee before she got into any trouble. A 12 lb Boston IS a little scrap, like my tiny 7 lb older cat. The kitten at almost 8 months is bigger and a lot heavier. Thanks be, Roxy is safe, and mom isn't worrying about her. Have a great race tomorrow! emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 6/1/2012 3:52PM

    I'm so glad you were able to find her AND before anything serious happened.

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Pondering about my foot...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Many of you know I had a bunionectomy in October and that the dissolving pin the dr put in was too long and almost sticking out of the bottom of my foot. The dr kept saying it would dissolve in two weeks. Well, almost 9 months later it is still there!

So I called his office yesterday and said I needed a surgery date (he melts the metal back - take 5 mins tops, and of course, stitches). The nurse said I would have to come in and see him again first. I told her I already did several times, and did not think I should pay $40. again for the same thing, she said I would have to. I told her to tell the dr what's going on and call me back. She called back and said the dr said I would have to pay it and I told her I wanted him to call me. She called back today and said that he said he didn't need to see me and that he would do the surgery.

This brings me to my point- if a dr messes up - on my case didn't cut the pin to the right size before inserting it into my foot, shouldn't he pay all the costs to fix it? Why should we and the insurance pay for it? My husband and I and several friends were talking about this and it is correct. I may bring it up with my insurance company after my surgery.

Anyway, it's just something to ponder on.

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NANCY_JW 8/24/2012 8:46PM

  I need to have this surgery and this doesn't sound good at all!

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KAREN_NY 5/31/2012 8:39PM

    I agree you should not be charged for him correcting his mistake, but you might not get that without threatening a lawsuit... depends on how reasonable his practice is.

A tricky one... Maybe you could first ask his accounting office what their terms and reimbursement rates are in a scenario where the surgery is for the only purpose of correcting his mistake -- ask them if they think insurance will cover it. That puts them on notice that you're taking this up... then talk to the dr. in person. ??

There might be state law about this too ??

I'd make insurance the last people I tell, because you don't want to be stuck paying if they deny the claim.

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RIVADERCHI 5/31/2012 4:55PM

    Hhhmmmm. I never thought about something like this. First, I think he must have done a good job the first time since you healed well and are back running. Is this considered a possible side-effect of having the surgery? I know every year you have to pay your deductible again, but this sounds like it is a complication of the first surgery, but not necessarily his fault. Good luck figuring it out--hope this doesn't put you out of commission for too long! emoticon emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 5/31/2012 7:49AM

    Thanks for your comments and warnings. I did go for a second opinion a couple months ago. The other doctor wasn't alarmed and said it could take one year for the pin to dissolve. He said it wouldn't hurt my arch but now it's moving and bothering me when I wear regular shoes or flip flops.

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BLUE42DOWN 5/31/2012 3:07AM

    I'd definitely try contacting the insurance company directly and express the concerns about the situation. If they want to try to fight having to pay it, they have the legal staff to know how to address it. If they want a second opinion, best to get it before the surgery. (In fact, a second opinion that can provide evidence if there's any issue with it having been done improperly before might help considerably.)

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INFLATED 5/31/2012 1:59AM

    I would think he should have to. A co-worker at Big Lots had the same surgery and have to have it done over because the pin moved. She opted for a different doctor.

The thing to be careful of is to make sure that you don't have to pay the bill. When your insurance finds out that this happened, I think they will refuse to pay it. You don't want to have any complications from the second try and then be left to pay for it.

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Last kid out...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

My youngest son is moving out tomorrow. My husband and I will be on our own! Several people have asked me if I am going to go through "empty nest syndrome". I don't think I will. This is the second time he has moved out. The last time was 2 years ago when he went away to college in Long Island, NY which was about 3 hours away. The only thing that got me was dropping him off at the train station and watching the train pull away. I learned to never walk him up to the train! This time he will live in an apartment 15 mins away and work part time for me, so I am not feeling bad. Plus he is 21 years old and it's time. I honestly feel that I did a fairly good job as a parent if he can do this, and he needs to mature.

So, I now look at how this will affect me and my habits. Now it will be me and my husband. We are in our late 40's. As tempting as it will be to eat out all the time, I am going to have to be the one to promote eating dinners at home during the week. We always go out on the weekends so I know that will not change. We also live on the water, so it's like we are on vacation every day. That means wine and beer and being lazy. I am going to have to make sure we do that in moderation so we don't end up with addiction problems!! Also the
high calorie intake!! And company with snacks, etc! Lots to think about!!

Thank God we still work!

So, I have a lot to think about so we both stay in line! How come the female is always the one who has to think about these things?

All I know is that I have worked to hard to lose weight and keep it off to go backwards now! I am glad I have the hobby of running to keep me focused, on a schedule, and in shape. Alm the races I am signed up for in the future really
help keep me on the straight and narrow - along with you guys, of course ;)

So, after all of this, I guess with the last kid moving out, it's all about keeping ourselves in line, out of trouble, in shape and happy!!

I can do this!!

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KAREN_NY 5/31/2012 8:41PM

    You're so cute.... why IS it the women who have to think of these things? lol! and... like being on vacation every day! love that!

Adventure & good spirit to you!

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RIVADERCHI 5/31/2012 4:47PM

    Hi R.M.! I love your attitude! You are really enjoying life to the max! Don't feel guilty for the pleasures (food/drink)--you work it off! And you work so that you can enjoy it! Life is good! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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What I Have Been Up To...

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The past week I haven't had time to get on the home computer. Had to catch up on cleaning, furniture shop with my son, celebrate my birthday and plant my vegetable garden. I also missed about 3 days tracking my food, but, I did maintain my weight.

I planted 10 jalapeņo plants, 2 habaneros, a sweet banana pepper plant, 2 sweet cherry tomato plants, 3 beefsteak tomato plants and 3 zucchini plants. I have room in my garden for one more plant, so I am going to go back this week and pick something I haven't grown before. I also have to plant lettuce seeds in a container on my deck. Lettuce grows really fast. I love growing my own vegetables, I find the whole process fabulous for de-stressing. I give a lot of them to my friends and employees.

I also picked up cilantro, sweet basil and parsley plants.

Aren't they cute?

I am not sure where I am going to plant them yet, probably in a container on my deck.

So, that is what I have been up to - besides being very busy at work. I haven't run since last Thursday, I hope to resume tomorrow. There are several races this weekend, but we are supposed to get rain. I am just finishing Jeff Galloway's Half Marathon training book and am beginning to mentally prepare for my training. He has a lot of good tips. I am going to use my birthday money for new running shoes.

Hope you are having a great week!!


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RIVADERCHI 5/30/2012 4:33PM

    Happy Belated Birthday, RoxyzMom! You rock! I loved your race blog! That's wonderful that you're growing your veggies. I saw Michelle Obama on Jon Stewart's show promoting her Gardening book! So, how did your body feel the day after your race? I have a feeling you are gonna be great on your first marathon! Enjoy your summer! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 5/24/2012 5:53PM

    I just love little plants. Definitely cute and so much promise.

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FITFORMYFAMILY 5/22/2012 10:33PM

    Your garden sounds wonderful! Ours is currently a bunch of weeds outlined by some very strong lilies that are not yet in bloom. emoticon My husband plans to get it tilled and planted by the end of Memorial Day weekend.

New running shoes = a very, very good thing! I hope you find just the right pair!

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Delaware Marathon Relay Look Back...

Monday, May 14, 2012

Well, I have to say, I was nervous going in...

I lost 2 pounds the week before the race. I ate a very strict, 1200 cal diet. I pushed it a little bit the Thursday before by having a few red wines... but, I was still in my cal range. I ran every day - different miles - the last was a little over 5 on Friday. I ran a lot of hills.

I was in charge of the team. I bought really cool, underarmour, bright neon green shirts for everyone. I picked up the tags and all the goodies the day before - REALLY nice running shirts, note pads, pens, pint glasses... I went to bed at 10 the night before. We got up at 5 AM and headed out to the race.

It was, by foremost, the most impressive, organized race I have been in to date. "REAL" runners were there. Our team wanted to finish in 4 hours. We weren't sure how that would figure with the other 4 person teams but we didn't want to finish last.

My son, Ken, went first. He works in a restaurant and had to be at work by 10 since - it was mother's day. I went second, my husband third and his best friend fourth. I watched as my son put on the ankle bracelet. When he came in at exactly one hour I was there, ready and put on the bracelet (He said "mile 4 is really bad") and away I went. I was really worried that I would miss a turn. It wasn't marked well in the beginning but I figured it out! At the next confusing turn, a man said he was one of my customers " I am Reese and Robbie's dad" I said "oh Yeah, I am confused to where to go" He told me and I took off!! I flew! I ran by a river, over a wood bridge and began mile 4. Yes, it was a little difficult - a nice steep hill - and I noticed my legs getting a little tight - but I kept running through it. I ran up a 5 block hill and then an amazing thing happened - I got this enormous burst of energy!! I flew past EVERYONE -- half marathoners and marathoners. it was amazing! It was endorphins! I totally rocked!! I flew into the finish line and felt like I could run the whole darn race again! Woo Hoo!! I felt this rush of energy - it was one of the best feelings of my life. I ran 6.55 miles in 1 hour, 1 min! Our team finished 85 out of 185!

So, yes, I will run the Delaware 1/2 marathon next year! Oh Yeah!! I am so impressed with how far I have become since starting this journey one and a half years ago. I honestly can't believe I am doing all of this! I could not have done it with out all of you supporting me.

Thank you!!!

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RIVADERCHI 5/30/2012 4:27PM

    Congrats, R.M.! I am so proud of you and the 10-04 good buddies! I loved your description of the "runners high"! You are amazing and you guys did fantastic! Great pic! Woo Hoo!!! emoticon emoticon

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KAREN_NY 5/17/2012 10:17PM

    I'm sorry to be late catching up, but wow what a great story! SOOOO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!!! You totally rocked it, got to do the whole family thing, and you look fantastic! WOOHOO!!!

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EDENZMOM 5/16/2012 11:28AM

    AMAZING!!! I'm so proud of you!
I had no idea you were training to run with your family. I would love to do that some day, of course when my daughter gets a bit bigger :)
And your son is significantly taller than you... and finished only 1 minute after him? the physics of that are totally not in your favor. Very Very impressed!!

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BLUE42DOWN 5/16/2012 2:27AM


I love the shirts - they're nice and bright without seeming obnoxiously so.

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SABLENESS 5/15/2012 6:56PM

    Wow! Awesome! Great time, great accomplishment! emoticon

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    Congratulations!! I think it's awesome that it only took you one more minute than it took your son. Was your total team time under 4 hours like you wanted it to be?

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