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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

I lost another pound! (Must record it on my SP log.)

And I got my husband back! His plane got in a little early, so he was already in baggage claim when I arrived at the airport last night. We talked nonstop--had supper at home & sipped a little port together afterward. Then he collapsed in bed because he had gotten up at 4:00 a.m.

Unfortunately, he also snored majestically most of the night. :-) I think he's congested because of poor air quality in the city where he was. Having slept alone for five weeks, I had gotten used to lots of quiet. So I put in my earplugs, but still I didn't sleep very well. I got up & switched the alarm to an hour later again, & that helped--but there was no time to exercise this morning.

At the midpoint of my commute, an underground walkway connects stations of the two trains I take. When I'm tired or the weather is bad, I use it, but my preference is to walk outside in the sunshine & the busyness of Chicago's Loop (downtown). I climbed the long flight of stairs to walk outside today--yet another sign that I'm recovering my strength.

Oh--something amusing. At the train station near my workplace, I got off today with a large number of students heading to campus. We all stopped abruptly when we saw that the train platform between us & the exit had a big gap in it! Some workmen were in the process of putting down new planks. First the conductor told us we should all get back on so the train could back up & let us off closer to the exit; then he realized he could just open up the car behind us (we were all in the head car). So we all tromped back through the train & out. I thought it was funny that the conductor & engineer hadn't been forewarned that the platform was being disassembled!

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MBR0830 10/30/2007 11:46PM

  Well, that could have been a disaster! I'm glad I didn't see you on the evening news dangling high above Chicago by your purse strings.

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STEPHANIEDIAN 10/30/2007 8:16PM

    YAY for having your hubby home!!!!! and YAY for losing a pound. Sounds like a victorious day! And it was beautiful in Chicago today!

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PJBOKC 10/30/2007 7:47PM

    PS - Congrats on the pound. My weight loss isn't showing up on the chart on my spark page. I've recorded it and it shows when I view the log page. Are they supposed to transfer to the spark page automatically?

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PJBOKC 10/30/2007 7:45PM

    You sound much more "chipper" today. I'm so glad your husband is home, and you're feeling better. Is your cough gone - or almost gone? Of course, you may not have noticed the cough last night since it was the snoring that kept you awake. Sounds like a fun commute to work today. I want to visit Chicago some time. My son-in-law talks about taking the train downtown, alone, when he was a young boy. Oklahoma City doesn't have much for mass trans - just buses, and they don't get too far out except the express/commuter buses. I think that would be so cool to have access to a train system to take around town.

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ILYSE721 10/30/2007 6:36PM

    Feeling better and hubby home - fantastic. I feel for you on the snoring. My husband scheduled a sleep study for his. As for the train - I saw that in NY all the time - nothing got announced.

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MARYLOUD 10/30/2007 4:04PM

    I'm so excited for you to have your husband home. I'm tickled pink! Sorry about the snoring though. I was an obnoxious snorer until I had my uvula removed in an attempt to cure my sleep apnea a few years ago. It has helped tremendously with my breathing, both nighttime and daytime, but it did make it impossible to snore. lol

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Some things I'm thankful for

Monday, October 29, 2007

1. A clean & well-organized refrigerator :-)
2. Feeling free to spend an extra hour in bed this morning because I didn't sleep well (my body was confused by all the extra sleep the previous three nights)--it's a blessing to have flexible job hours
3. Not having to run to catch my second train
4. The next book I'm going to edit--two volumes of Queen Elizabeth I's writings!!
5. Coughing less today
6. SP, & especially the Chispa Chicks, to help keep me on track with weight loss
7. A bright autumn day
8. Getting to talk to my dad today--he had been a bit worried because he heard that I was sick
9. My family's blog

And of course, most of all:
10. My husband is coming home tonight! Yay!!!

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ILYSE721 10/29/2007 10:54PM

    Have fun with the homecoming - you deserve it! ; )

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PJBOKC 10/29/2007 10:10PM

    WOW - what a list, and certainly things to value and to be thankful for - a good thought going into the Thanksgiving Season. Truly we are all so blessed. I'm so glad your cough is resolving. I'm sure just knowing your husband was returning home had a positive effect. I'm guessing you're all snuggled up with him right now, boosting that immune system. Have fun!!!

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MBR0830 10/29/2007 10:03PM

  Those are all good things to be thankful for. You sound so much better today.

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MARYLOUD 10/29/2007 7:14PM

    My favorite Hymn is called "Count Your Blessings" and continues "Name them one by one, count your blessings, see what God has done." I couldn't help but think of it as I read your list. I can't help but wonder if maybe we'll get to see more of your smile now that Daniel is home, instead of just a hint of one.

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STEPHANIEDIAN 10/29/2007 5:48PM

    That sounds like a lot to be thankful for!!! I'm glad you are having a good day today! And it's a beautiful day weather wise around chicago, which I'm thankful for. we are actually having an autumn! Hopefully you have a wonderful evening with your hubby tonight!

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

So far today, I have
1. eaten breakfast (late, after sleeping till 11!)
2. emptied the dishwasher
3. put a few stray dirty dishes in dishwasher
4. cleaned off the stovetop and wiped down countertops
5. taken a shower
6. gotten dressed & put in contacts (hadn't done this the past two days)
7. taken out bathroom trash
8. dumped kitchen compost into backyard bin

Obviously I feel better! I'm still coughing, but I have a little more energy than I did the past few days. Or maybe it's just that I'm really tired of being inert. :-)

I do intend to clean the fridge this afternoon. I'll do one shelf/drawer at a time, so if I need to quit in the middle I won't have the full fridge to reload.

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PJBOKC 10/28/2007 7:19PM

    That's quite a list of accomplishments. Take it easy with the frig cleaning - sounds like you have a good plan. I'm glad you slept-in, and your strength is increasing. Keep us posted on your progress.

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MBR0830 10/28/2007 5:59PM

  You've been busy!! You must be feeling better, its amazing what a little energy will do.

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ILYSE721 10/28/2007 5:04PM

    Wow, you have done quite a bit already. Sounds like you are getting your strength back. You reminded me that my fridge needs cleaning too. If you also miss church for the message can you listen online or buy a tape or cd to listen too? Mine has online listening but it is not current. My mother in law in Iowa sometimes goes on to check it out because she usually has to work on Sundays.

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Trying to cheer up

Saturday, October 27, 2007

I spent most of today in bed reading. I LOVE to read, & fortunately I had recently gone to the library so I had a couple of good new-to-me novels on hand, one for yesterday & one for today. (If anybody's interested: Get a Life by the South African novelist Nadine Gordimer--not my favorite of hers; & Paradise Park by Allegra Goodman, which I thoroughly enjoyed, about a young hippie's geographic, romantic, & spiritual odyssey.) In some ways it's a luxury to be immersed in books for hours at a time--since my childhood such days have been very rare.

Still have a yucky cough, especially when I move around. Tomorrow there is church in the morning & a monthly poetry workshop in the afternoon, but I'm thinking I should stay home again even though I'm really tired of it & would love to be present at both of these. Still, I need to do something besides read. The refrigerator BADLY needs to be cleaned, & since I do that with just warm water & baking soda rather than harsh chemicals, I'm thinking it would give me a sense of accomplishment & not tax me too much. I'll play it by ear & see how I feel.

I'm going to do a few upper-body exercises with weights before I go to bed tonight. Nothing too strenuous.

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STEPHANIEDIAN 10/28/2007 8:47PM

    Sounds like a nice day. I love to read in bed. I thought of you when i heard about the anti-war rally yesterday in the loop. It looked crazy down there.

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PJBOKC 10/28/2007 7:16PM

    Ruth, I'm so glad you're getting some recuperation time. I like to read, but just don't seem to allow much time for it. I really enjoy your comments about your readings, and recommendations for reading. I'm so glad you read the Spark articles, and comment on those when it relates to something going on with us. I'm so far behind on e-mail since our vacation. I want to start reading more of the Spark articles. I read Christian books a lot, but never seem to complete a lot of them. Sometimes it gets kind of intense - rather than relaxing - thinking about real life application. We have listened to a few novels in the car when traveling. I think both were John Grisham books - The Last Juror, and Bourne Identity (the later was rather heavy for car listening). I'm currently trying to get through Total Forgiveness, by R. T. Kendall. Talk about personal application - it stirs some really deep thoughts about what forgiveness really is, and freeing oneself by forgiving others. I want to read The Innocent Man (also Grisham). It's a "true" story about a murder in my home town in Oklahoma. The DA said if it's Grisham's first attempt at non-fiction, it's a poor attempt. There was a special about it on Dateline, I think.
Keep reading and resting - catch a nap between chapters.

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GRANNYGRUMP 10/28/2007 5:14PM

  Good for you - staying in bed and reading! Rest and plenty of liquids are the key to getting rid of that yucky cough! What better way to rest, than to dive into a good book! My favorite past time!

Don't do any strenuous exercises within the three hours before you go to bed. You'll not get to sleep!

Get to feeling better - cheer up! I always think a bubble bath does miracles too! A hot bath, a hot cup of tea, a good book!


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MARYLOUD 10/28/2007 2:34PM

    Spending the day in bed is such a luxury. I'm lucky if I get an hour here or there with a book. I love to read and get totally lost in the books I read. I tend to get emotionally involved with the characters, and my mood changes as the story progresses. I can snap at people for no apparent reason, just because someone is treating the heroine badly - it's awful. Enjoy your books, and get plenty of rest.

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Thanks, Chispa Chicks, for your kind words & your care. I still don't feel better today, but I know it's better to stay home & rest than to be out & about. I've let the church nursery coordinator know that I won't be well enough to take my turn there on Sunday, & I will also stay home tomorrow instead of participating in the big antiwar demonstration downtown, though I was really looking forward to it.

My stepdaughter got home last night, & this afternoon she fixed us a yummy lunch: the last of my baked beans heated up, sauteed green beans & snow peas, & carrot salad. She's such a good cook. I won't need supper, just water & herbal tea.

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PJBOKC 10/27/2007 10:22PM

    Hi Ruth - Hope your day is going well and you're getting that much needed time to recuperate. Keep us posted!

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PJBOKC 10/27/2007 1:48AM

    Ruth - I'm so glad you took the day off and cleared your weekend schedule so you can get some rest and take care of yourself. I still think hugs from hubby next week will help a lot. I'm hoping and praying we'll hear you're feeling better soon. If not, you might need another trip to the doc. Take care!!

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MBR0830 10/26/2007 10:08PM

  I'm sorry you are still not feeling better. Rest and fluid sounds like a good plan. Feel better girl!!!

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MARYLOUD 10/26/2007 8:11PM

    Lot's of rest is what you need. Listening to you, it sounds like you never slow down. I think if you take this weekend off, you'll give those meds a chance to work for you.

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