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A rough week...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

As I write the title of this blog "a rough week" I wince, because in reality, while it's a busy, crazy, hectic, tiring week, it isn't really "rough" when I compare it to the weeks of others. Maybe this is a good thing. I started to write this blog to vent and make myself feel better about how much I have to get done this week at work, teaching and at home. But now after I've written the title, I'm thinking about the parents that have lost a child this week, the solider fighting for our country someplace and all the other people out there who are having weeks full of so much more than mine. Thinking now, instead, I should consider myself blessed that I have a family, I am able to teach, I have a job and that my struggles this week should be considered in comparison to others.
May everyone out there who is having a rough week... know that someone is thinking of them and wishing that it gets better!

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TRAMPLEDROSE 5/27/2009 6:51PM

    Rough all the way around. Long busy week, busy weekend, short busy week. But we are tough enough to handle it. We can take whatever comes our way. We are blessed with people that love us, and care about us.

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ANNANET 5/27/2009 12:17PM

    Thanks! It's a rough week here too. Good to know others are on the same boat for their own reason!!

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Whoops! Slight miscalculation!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Because I live in Michigan, yet I enjoy my summer vegetable garden, I tend to start some of my seeds inside ... you know, those things like corn with the longer growing season. The problem is, this year, we're still getting cold nights and those frosts, so I can't transplant outside yet... and in the meantime, my stuff inside has been growing and growning and growing. So while my tomatoes, okra and onions are doing just fine in their rates of growth, my corn has taken off like a middle school boy in the middle of a growth spurt and has now gotten just about knee high. With the weather looking as it has in the past few days, I see no signs of being able to transplant out doors and have now purchased bigger pots to transplant the corn.... I'm just hoping it warms up before I have to harvest corn indoors!

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GEERACE 5/23/2009 6:00PM

    I miss Michigan, the road side veg stands and cheap peaches and cream corn emoticon

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DREWOFOLE 5/20/2009 7:36AM

    well i live in central florida and i have a huge garden.i'm surprised you have much luck transplanting corn.during winter i grow limited gardens in cold frames.they are of my own design.i aquired some used house windows and built a box to mount them in.from the side they look like a pie slice pointed toward the sun.things grow with a tropical zeal inside.on real cold nights {28'f}i cover the glass with shipping blankets and on hot days i open the window to avoid cooking the crops.there is some good fishing up Michigan way.....

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RUBYSNANA 5/19/2009 8:36AM

    I live in New York and we are having the same problem. It is in the low 30's here this morning! Today it is suppose to warm up and start a warming trend. I plan to do some planting outside but I will still have to watch for more frost and cover my plants when needed. I just can't wait any longer! My bet is that we are skipping Spring this year! We will probably go from cold and wet to very hot overnight. That happens sometimes and I really hate it, but what can you do! emoticon

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Week 1 at the gym

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Joined a new gym last week and I have to say I LOVE it! It's not anything I'm used to, I mean, I've done a boot camp class through community ed, but it's always held in the cafeteria or on the gym floor and it's just not the same as going into a gym and doing my thing. I generally come in and warm up on elliptical or the stationary bike, then hit the weights, then back for some cardio and then finish up in the sauna. I can't figure out why some days the sauna seems the hardest part and on others it just relaxes me and lets me unwind.
Going to the gym hasn't been easy because I have to go after work which means I have to fit in something to eat before workout to tie me over until dinner. It also means that some nights, like last night, I'm eating dinner at 8-something at night which isn't great when I'm getting up at 5 am. But I think I'll eventually get my schedule adjusted so it is a better fit.
The good news is, I'm already seeing results. I haven't stepped on the scale yet, but I can tell when I feel that little ache in my arms and legs that I'm building muscle and burning fat. I think I'm seeing some subtle changes in my arms, legs and belly but maybe that's just wishful thinking... anyway it's enough to get me to stop at the gym again on my way home from work instead of just heading home ... which is good enough for me!


Too happy?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

So I'm walking down the hall about midway through my day here at work and coming my direction is one of my co-workers. As we pass in the hallway and greet each other she says to me "you're just too happy". I laughed, then made a sad face and wiped at my eyes as if crying and said "here, is this better"? As I sat back down in my office I thought to myself how can you be too happy? Is it wrong to have a grin on your face? Is it wrong to enjoy what you do for a living? I heard Madden retired today and I thought to myself a couple of things. The first was that I hope I'm not working until I'm 73. The second thought was hey, wait a minute... if I'm happy doing what I'm doing, what's wrong with working until I'm 73? Now I read a study about the smile in your high school yearbook picture and the divorce rate. So with all these reasons to smile I can think of one more... it makes people wonder what you're up to!

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BCHARIE 4/17/2009 9:16AM

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KEEP SMILING!!! I totally agree with you, if you are happy doing what you do keep it up. Happiness is good medicine. Madden brought a lot of happiness to others as well.

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MONARCHMERI 4/16/2009 7:34PM

    It's funny...when you exercise you have endorphins and they make you happy. Those coworkers who are crashing halfway through the day, it seems, are the ones who aren't out walking on their lunch hour or doing the stairs on breaks! You can't be TOO HAPPY!!! You just keep that smile going and know that somewhere else in the state I'm smiling with you!!!

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UP-4-A-CHANGE 4/16/2009 2:33PM

    Love your blog! emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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Walking Challenge Day 3

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

So I start off here on Day three chained to my desk and weighed down with meetings but I'm not going to let that get me down. I am sure I won't take anywhere close to the numbers I put on my pedometer the last two days, but that isn't the point of all this ... right? So I took some breaks, that I normally wouldn't have taken, and I've decided to take a walk when I get home today... because I'm missing out on the run that we were supposed to do as a group this evening by working late... and I'm facing the facts that some days the steps are going to be hard to come by and I've got to fit them in where I can. It's good to know that instead of giving in and just not walking, I've made the decision to get them however they come, even if it's in teeny tiny increments.


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