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New form of cardio: Bat chasing

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Last night after our red-headed 5 year old, Dalia, got up for the umpteenth time, I finally told her she could sleep in our bed, even though I was still watching the Olympics. She and I are in bed and my husband's in the room working on his laptop when all of a sudden this bat comes out of nowhere. I yell, "There's a bat!" and pull the covers over Dalia and me as my husband bolts out of the room.

While calming Dalia down ("Yes, you're safe. Yes, bat's bite - but you're safe. No, we shouldn't wake your sisters up to tell them at this time ...), I peek out to see the bat flitting around in circles along the ceiling. I grab the phone from the nightstand and call to DH for a broom and the police non-emergency number just in case there's an animal patrol officer on duty at 11 pm. No dice. They can send a regular police officer but heíd just do what we would, i.e., try to guide the bat out an open window with a broom. I figure, why bother the police if we can do it ourselves?

In the meantime, DH has slid the broom under the door (my first clue that he had no intentions of re-entering the room). I put a pillow case over my head because I donít quite remember if the thing about bats getting caught in hair is an old wives' tale and Iím not taking chances. By now the bat is hanging off the top of the closet door. I inch my way over to the window to remove the screen and then over to the broom (near the bat), pick the broom up, steel my nerves and whack! ... which sends the bat flying in circles again. Every time it circles near me, I swing the broom at it and try to guide it out the window yelling, "Out the window!" Dalia, still under the covers keeps chiming in, "Yeah bat, listen to Mama, fly out the window!" After, oh, 5 minutes of this, I'm getting a pretty good workout but the bat just doesn't get the idea to fly a bit lower so it can find, and use, the open window.

So I ask DH to grab another broom because maybe the two of us can guide the bat out. Response: "Uh, I'd better check that the chimney flue (in the living room) is closed in case thatís how the bat got in" Me: Huh? "You can do that later. Can you please grab another broom and come in here?" Him: ďActually, I have cold feet.Ē Points for honesty! So we call the police back. The first officer comes up wearing gloves and asking for a blanket to trap the bat in. By now, the bat is hanging off the louvered window shutters. After hemming an hawing and discussing rabies (modes of transmission, vaccination, etc.), he admits that heís terrified and calls for his partner to come up. Wow, more points for honesty! The second officer comes up, sees our mesh pop-up laundry basket (wish Iíd thought of that before calling the police), quickly catches the bat and shakes it out the window.

Needless to say, Dalia didnít object to sleeping in her bed for the rest of the night!

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BLAZINGSWORD 8/14/2008 11:03PM

    We had the same thing happen to us when I was a kid. Sisters left a window open & the screen up to look at a bird's nest in the climbing rose bush up the arbor against the side of the house. They come screaming down the stairs: momma, there's a bat in the bedroom! My dad was working at night, grandma was staying with us, and mom called the fire department. You say you got bats in your belfry lady? (Ha!Ha!Ha!) Could be heard over the phone. Mom finally convinced them and they come. The fire chef & 2 young guys. They had a broom, a fishing net on a hoop, and a blanket. There was a cedar closet in the hallway right outside the bedroom with sliding doors on it. We heard a bunch of noise with the fire chef screaming, come outta there of that closet you cowards! Grandma offered to go up but mom said no and to stay put with us kids. Finally after what seemed like eternity they got the bat. Then when I went to school the next day, my friend told me that her father and a couple of guys went to some lady's house last night to get a bat out of the kids bedroom. Imagine my surprise and hers when I told her it was us. I had no idea her father was the fire chef of the local fire department. LOL! LOL! LOL! emoticon

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GETN2GOAL 8/14/2008 3:23PM

    That was so funny. Thanks for giving me a laugh for the day.

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OAKDALE3 8/14/2008 11:06AM

    Hilarious!!! How did you enter it on your fitness tracking????? emoticon

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ITSMYLIFE2 8/14/2008 1:25AM

    There sure are a lot of bat stories out there. The closest call I had was in elementary school and I was very content to just spend the rest of the day UNDER my desk!! Thanks again for sharing.

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SWIMMERYOGINI 8/13/2008 2:38PM

  What a great description ....you had me rolling on the floor!
At our local Y a couple weeks ago a poor bat flew in the open doors and the desk person is deathly afraid, so there were all the swimmers with their towels chasing the bat to "net" it in a towel and do a quick release outside. HILARIOUS!

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Back in the Saddle

Monday, August 11, 2008

Okay, after a month or so of slacking and then falling off of SP, I'm back. Although I wasn't tracking food or exercise, I did make more of an effort than I would have pre-SP. Case in point: Last day of a work trip, I met another conference attendee 6 am to walk and catch the glorious early morning light along the waterfront in Portland, OR. Fortunately, I'm down 1/2 pound and 1/2 inch since last weigh in.

And in the spirit of "progress, not perfection," I'm giving myself permission to start Sparkin again even though I'm behind on SparkMail, Team posts, friends' blogs, etc.

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CANNOTFATHOM 8/12/2008 10:08AM

    Welcome back! You'll find the routine in no time!


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DDOORN 8/11/2008 9:35PM

    Great to have you back in action! :-)

It sounds like you're still carrying forward your lifestyle changes and reaping those rewards...woo hoo! Now you can kick it up a notch too!

Don, Co-Leader of All Health Professionals SparkTeam

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    Welcome back. Sounds like you still did a great job! Congrats!

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Wah! Coulda been worse

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Up 2.5# and 1.5" on my waist! Note to self: Woulda been worse if I'd really gone crazy on birthday cake & ice cream, if I hadn't done at least some exercise, and if I hadn't tracked all food (inc. aforementioned cake & ice cream).

Just came from the grocery store, where I stocked up on an Amy's brown rice, tofu, broccoli bowl (260 cal), a jar of water-packed roasted peppers, a ton of fruit, and a lite yogurt to get me through a late night at work.

CORRECTION: I'm DOWN 0.5" on my waist - yippee!!!

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CONFUSEDBIRD 7/23/2008 8:31AM

    Your doing great! When I first started I was losing inches like crazy and no weight. Now I am losing weight and no inches in months lol Makes so much sence! emoticon

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MUNCHIEMA 7/19/2008 12:27AM

    UGH! I know how you feel!! This is making me nervous about my 8yoa daughters b-day in 2 weeks! NO CAKE! (maybe a little), but NO ice cream! NO punch! Maybe I should just serve cold veggies, fat free dip and sugar free jello mold instead of cake? Hey, I'm not a meanie, I'll top it with fat free, sugar free cool whip! LOL! Hang in there girl!! Good job with keeping up with your tracking. I have a "group" workout tomorrow at the YMCA with all the other Biggest Loser challengers (40 in all). They beat us, they work us and they have the indecency to weigh us when its all over! I may wait until monday to do weigh in..just a little more time! I really really really want to drop 4 this week too, so saturday and sunday to eat right and workout might help. Anyway, Ill post the results by monday, so stop by! Thanks for your comments on my page and for saying nice things about my girls. They are my sweet hearts! Do you have a 9 birthday coming up or has that one already happened?

Have fun and keep in touch! And stay zen!

Tracey in FL emoticon

Comment edited on: 7/19/2008 12:25:16 AM

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DDOORN 7/18/2008 2:17PM

    Woo hoo on your CORRECTION! :-)

What a yummy cart full of great stuff!

Have a Sparkin' weekend!


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About to weigh in ... back in a minute

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Am about to weigh in for week 6 and am braced for no loss or even a small gain (fingers crossed no more than that). I'm in the middle of a "perfect storm" -- just had the girls' birthday party (40+ kids ice skating - no broken bones or blood - yay!) & my Dad visiting from out of town, 3 reports due Fri, just gave a presentation and have another halfway across town tomorrow ...yada yada yada ... soooooo I haven't been terribly consistent this week.

Two things I've been doing "right" are (1) making a game of sneaking in exercise, e.g., wall pushups while waiting at the photocopier & dumbells during a conference call; and (2) simply keeping in mind HOW MUCH BETTER IT FEELS TO MOVE, even if it's not always a full 30 min walk. That's my motivation to get more fully on track once the storm clears.

Back in a minute with a report on the scale and tape measure.


Public Declaration, Encouragement Welcomed

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

emoticonOkay, this SP thing is soooo cool and full of great bells and whistles and awesome people and great ideas, etc. THAT I'M SPENDING WAY TOO MUCH TIME ON IT!!!
Given a looming work deadline (several, actually), I have to set some limits on the amount of time I'm speinding here and how often I'm checking in. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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But it's hard... So I'll take all the encouragement I can get.
Just for today, I'm setting a goal of not checking back here or the Spark folder in my regular e-mail until at least 5 pm Central time. Until then, I will be focused and productive on my first report. I'll write my food down to log later using that archaic system ... what is it called? ... oh yeah, pencil and paper.

If anyone catches me online before then, please remind me emoticon to GET BACK TO WORK. And if anyone has had similar struggles or suggestions, I look forward to reading about it -- at 5:00.


p.s. Dang these emoticons! I'm going to resist the temptation to rearrange them in proper order.

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CONFUSEDBIRD 7/9/2008 9:57PM

    Welcome to Spark! Spark is so amazing and helpful, keep up the good work the lbs will fall off!

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WONKGRRRL 7/9/2008 9:09PM

    I stayed off until past 6, but now I've been on for nearly 2 hours....grrrrrr!

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SPARKLE2011 7/9/2008 8:55PM

    SP is very addicting... isn't it!!! I find it hard to limit my time here... the good thing is I don't have access at work, so that limits time right there. Wish I had a suggestion for you, but I don't. I just wanted you to know I can totally relate.

So... how did you do? Did you stay off until 5????

Do Tell!!!!

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