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My Vacation

Saturday, August 09, 2014

We had a great time. We always do. It was our annual camping trip at Winter Island in Salem, MA. We went there on Friday August 1st and came back Tuesday, August 5th. I brought my camera, but forgot to use it. The one time I wish I had it, we were on the beach and a mamma duck was walking along with her babies. The camera was in the truck and by the time it took for me to get it, they would've been gone.

We did a lot of walking every day. We went hiking one day. We tried that hike before, but we could never find it. This time I had both GPSs with me, so we were able to find it. We brought the kayak with us, but ran into problems with it. Someone broke off the rudder. If only we took it off the truck the first day... we still took it out and had fun. Unfortunately the bungee broke off when we were taking it off the truck. Also, the tie down broke a little too.

The whole reason we brought the kayak was so that we could kayak to Misery Island and go hiking. Unfortunately, I didn't find out until the day before that we needed prior approval from The Trustees that own the island. So there went that idea. They just got a shuttle that goes there, but it's part of a guided tour which is $25 and if you want to be dropped off on the island, it's additional $5. So for the two of us it would cost $30. We didn't feel that it was worth the cost, so we didn't bother.

Besides all the walking we did, and the hike. we also played horse shoes and went swimming. Monday was the nicest day, so we made that our beach day. I usually avoid the sun too much because of the side effects from some of my meds, but I felt that I deserved it this time. We went swimming and just laid out on the beach (me reading and hubby sleeping). Somehow I forgot to put lotion on my back and got sooooooooo burned. I was a hurting unit. Today was actually the first day since the burn that I didn't scream while washing my back. Thank God for aloe vera!

We ate at the bakery every morning for breakfast. At lunch we ate out (smaller portions,, less money). For dinner we cooked on our grill - either cheeseburgers or hot dogs. Then for dessert every night (except the night we had fried dough) we made s'mores. Diets don't count on vacation, so I ate what I wanted to, but didn't overeat either.

I'm still not back to regular exercise yet. It's been difficult with the sunburn. Like I really wanted to hula hoop the other day, but couldn't because of the burn. Also, trying to do yoga with a burn won't happen. Strength training too. But now that I'm feeling better (burn-wise) I'm sure I'll get back into the swing of things.

  
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ROBBIEY 8/9/2014 4:52PM

  Sounds like a wonderful time. I am glad that you had a wonderful time and got in your walking. emoticon

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MISSM66 8/9/2014 4:30PM

    emoticon back emoticon glad you had a good time, and get a lot of walking done,I love Hula Hoop I do it most days of the week like today I did it for 30 mins awesome, emoticon

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Awesome Weekend I Had

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

I'm just so psyched about this past weekend, that I had to share it with all of you!

Saturday we went to a bunch of yard sales. On the way to one, that turned out to be crappy, we found another one that was great. The best part is that they were selling a recumbent bike with all the bells and whistles (programmable, battery screen) for $25. The seats all ripped so hubby asked if they'd take $20 and they did. It's awesome. Much better than the regular stationary bike I had. I'll be really using it later on today or tomorrow. I can't wait.

Sunday we did a bunch of different things. At one point I decided to go onto craigslist to try to find a 2-person kayak. We've been wanting one for a while. Saturday we went to the Natick outdoor store and spoke with a kayak specialist. That way we were able to figure out exactly what we wanted. Well, when I went online, the first post to show up was a 2-person kayak. I contacted the seller, set up a meet to check it out. We drove all the way out there and bought it. The starting prices for low-end new ones is $599 and we paid only $100 for a used one in great shape! We're going to re-paint it and work on getting paddles and other things for it. But it's a start for our first kayak.

I told hubby that with the way things were going, and the dream I had, we should've played the lottery with our good luck. We didn't though. I'm so excited and can't wait to give them both a try. The bike will be today or tomorrow. The kayak will have to wait until after we paint it. I'll be getting on hubby's case about that, so hopefully it will be soon.

  
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AHORSEY1 7/1/2014 3:16PM

    Yeah! What a great weekend for you!

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Not Liking My Spark Activity Tracker

Friday, June 27, 2014

I've been using it for a couple of months now, and it's just not what I had thought it would be. I guess I should have stuck with my Fit Bit instead. I just figured that since the Spark counted my activity minutes it would be better than having to try to keep track of my minutes. The problem is that it doesn't track them all. I understand it won't count my yoga and strength training, but why not all my walking and hiking? That it should, and it doesn't. I've posted on the technical support section and read some great stuff, but it doesn't help with my problems.

One big problem I noticed was that when I went for two walks and a hike one day, it only counted two separate walking/hiking events. The third event didn't register. That makes no sense to me. Then, on Tuesday I went for my weekly walk with Mom. We always walk at least 60 minutes. When we finished I asked her how many minutes (just in case my Spark didn't pick it up) and she said it was 63 minutes. When I went online and checked my Spark, it only counted 53 minutes. It lost 10 minutes then, and since then.

I just don't know what to do about it. It's not like I can go somewhere to return it. Any ideas?

  
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WALKING_WONDER 6/29/2014 1:02PM

    Unfortunately I returned it. Now I'm stuck with the Spark and will have to go back out and buy a Fit Bit again.

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KRYS210 6/28/2014 7:48PM

    Do you still have your FitBit?

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/28/2014 9:31AM

    Wish I could tell you I had an idea but I had to put mine in the drawer, stopped registering the steps regardless of what I did. Got a new fitbit and life is so much happier.

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Birthday Party Photos

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Sorry this took so long to do, but I was having problems with my laptop. Once that was finally working, I didn't have the time. But now I do.

My party was at Fire and Ice Grill in Cambridge, MA. We had a great time. If you've never heard of it, I'll explain it. You go to the meat section and pick your meats and put them in a bowl. I went with the shrimp. Then you go to the vegetable section and add your veggies. Every section is like that, including the sauce section. You bring your bowl up to the big grill and they grill it for you. It was so different, and so fun. Here are the pics:


This is a pic of my parents (right next to me) and my sister and brother-in-law (on the other side of the table). Hubby was taking the pic.


Here's one of the BIG grill they cook everything on.


Here's thee second pic of the BIG grill.


Here's a pic of the meats that you can choose from.


This is where the salad bar is. There's tons of options and you can add anything from any of the other stations too.


Here's a pick where all the options you can think of to build your own sandwich is.


Here's a pic of the vegetable station

I hope you enjoy this blog with the pics!

Deirdre

  
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KSNANA2 6/5/2014 8:42PM

    Looks like a lot of fun!

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EMMACORY 5/27/2014 8:02PM

    Very cool. I would love to eat at a place like this. emoticon

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Sorry and Update

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

First off, I want to apologize for not spending much time on here, and for my lack of updates. Last month my hours at work doubled. I went from not working for years, to working 12 hrs/week and now I'm up to 24 hrs/week. I'm still trying to get adjusted to the time constraints that I'm now faced with. I used to work three 4 hour shifts to three 8 hour shifts. I'm still trying to keep up with my fitness though.

Second, I want to apologize for not blogging lately. I've been waiting to upload my birthday pics and put them in a blog. I can't do that from work - when I do most of my online stuff. I don't get online much at home anymore. Then last week when I decided to do it my laptop can't seem to comprehend my camera. The last time I remember it working was in August when I uploaded my vacation pics. I'm taking my laptop to be fixed soon.

I finally broke my free pedometer that I've had for years. It wasn't a great start to the morning. Got up to pee, was pulling pjs up and it fell in the damn toilet - before I flushed - UGH! I washed it off and dried it real quick, but it's still not up to par. All the features are gone except the steps - which is working to my advantage. I just can't reset it every day. I bought a Fitbit zip and just synched it with my laptop. I hope it works because once my old pedometer reaches 99,999 steps it's done. So keep your fingers crossed!

I'm anxiously awaiting the day that hubby and I can go hiking again. We can only go on the weekends and we've had so much rain in New England lately that it's either raining on the day we want to go, or just rained hard the day before and the woods will be too wet. We're still going on regular walks though. I also told hubby the other day that we're going to have to take out or bikes soon.

  
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ARCHIMEDESII 5/13/2014 4:04PM

    I'm glad you treated yourself to the Fitbit.

Your pedometer had a good life and opted for a burial at sea. LOL !!!

I know the weather hasn't exactly been stellar, but things will improve soon so that you can hit the trails.

Don't worry about blogging. I haven't been the most diligent blogger either. My life is boring, what can I say ? LOL


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ROBBIEY 5/13/2014 3:41PM

  Keep on Moving!!! emoticon

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