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Everything is getting back to normal

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Thanks all my friends for the good wishes and prayers regarding my husband. He is doing much better today, and even has his appetite back somewhat. We are both catching up on our sleep and returning to normal.
Caught up on my SP Boot camp videos and wearing my pedometer most of the day. Did 9.192 miles today with 17,450 steps from around 7am - 6:30pm.
Did something I never do, I ate a whole bag of Chocolate Turtle Chex Mix.
Not a smart idea but very good. Oh well.

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GRANNYS5 1/7/2011 7:39PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI bet that chex mix was GOOOOD though emoticon

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WISLNDR 1/7/2011 6:20PM

    I'm glad things are calming down for you! I've had that Turtle Chex Mix, nasty stuff!! (but ohhhh soooo goood)

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    Glad that things are back to normal for you all. Hmm, never heard of that flavor of chex mix... probably a good thing for me! LOL love ya, Dawn emoticon

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DNJEN471 1/7/2011 1:17PM

    Every now and again, a girl just needs her chocolate.

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Catching up with sleep

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Well the new year started off with a bang at my home. I went off with my friend Irene on Sunday evening to her companies holiday party. I ended up at the ER where my son had driven my husband just b/4 10pm. He had surgery to remove his appendix. I got home around 2:15am on Monday morning, didn't sleep at all worrying about my husband. Hospital called me at 6:30am to say he had gone into surgery. I showered, and got some stuff together and headed by to hospital.

I got to the hospital around 7:30am and he did not come back up from recovery until close to 11am. I kept thinking there had to be a problem. One reason was while I was in his room a lady from inhalation therapy came in (around 8:45am and was surprised to find he hadn't been brought back up yet). I had the nurses station check on him a couple of times and if you have been in hospital they never tell you anything except he should be coming back up soon. They don't want to freak the family out if something bad happens. By not saying anything I think it makes us family members worry more, especially those that have been patients themselves or worked in a hospital (and I have done both).

Anyway he was released around 6pm Monday evening, in and out now a days. Best thing to do, he learned you don't get much rest in hospital with people in other rooms groaning or yelling for a nurse. He also didn't like the fact that when he rang for a nurse it sometimes took a while for someone to come to his room. I have been in hospital so many times that I am use to how it works but he was not a happy camper.

Today got a nice workout with one of my LS dvd's and a good walk with Phred the Wonder Dog. I started the SP January Bootcamp so I had to do 2 of the SP 10 min. bootcamp videos today. I will have to do that tomorrow too, to catch up with the one I am still missing for this week. After tomorrow I will be caught up and can go back to doing one a day.

I have finally gotten some nice sleep over the last 2 nights, but still feel pretty tired out. DH is doing better, eating some heavier soups with meat and veggies in them. Along with bread, eggs, yogurt, apple sauce/juice, fruit cups, & some milk. He says his stomach is still sore and doesn't want to start on solid foods yet. I'll give him another day or so, but he will have to start eating more solids at some point.

Interesting Biggest Loser last night. I want to know who the new trainer's are. I almost think the new lady his Laila Ali , because they said she was a boxer.
Anybody have their own guess??

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    Glad that your hubby came through surgery well. Glad that you were able to get some much needed sleep and back into the workout routine. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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DNJEN471 1/6/2011 3:42PM

    Wow, that is an exciting New Year to say the least. Glad to hear he is home now and doing better.

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LAURAAT 1/6/2011 8:42AM

    Glad your husband is feeling a bit better. Wishing him a speedy recovery! And hoping you catch up on your sleep - it's so important!
I have no idea who the trainers are, but I'm curious too! My hubby had an idea of who the woman was, but I had never heard of her so I don't remember what he said.
Lots of hugs and well wishes!

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JOOPRINCESS 1/5/2011 11:35PM

    Get some rest and take care of yourself. Your DH will be in my prayers.


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102633 1/5/2011 11:29PM

    Wow, you certainly had a day!!! If you catch yourself yawning, take a good nap and see if you can get caught up.

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Starting off right.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

I got this morning and did 2 Bootcamp videos. I missed the first one yesterday, so did 2 of them today. Afterwards, I did a 3 mile walk dvd w/Leslie Sansone using the walk-belt.

I won't be online this evening because I am going to a holiday company party with my friend Irene. I went with her last year too and it was bowling. This year they are doing "Dave & Busters". Should be fun!

DH has been gone all day help one friend with his car. Came home for about 10 min. and headed the other direction to another friends home. Both friends are named Bob, pretty funny in an odd way. Anyway Bob# had his furnace go out and the guy couldn't make it out until tomorrow and wanted over $100 as a minimum about. He told DH if came over and fixed it he would give him the $100, so off he went. This is the same people from another blog that had their living room flood and that we helped put their furniture back in place just b/4 Christmas.

I hope all my Sparks friend are keeping warm tonight. It seems every place across the country is cold right now except maybe Florida??

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GRANNYS5 1/3/2011 7:45PM

    Have fun at youre party, and yep it's cold here in Michigan!!!

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DNJEN471 1/3/2011 10:09AM

    Freezing! Glad you are staying a bit warmer!

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CEGRUBE 1/2/2011 9:19PM

    Still warm in Florida, but there was a little rain.

Have fun at D&B's. My daughter-in-law loves that place.

Your San Diego friend. emoticon

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JOOPRINCESS 1/2/2011 8:49PM

    Enjoy D+B's!

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WISLNDR 1/2/2011 7:05PM

    It must be the weekend for furnace problems!! Mine went out on Friday night (Happy New Year to me!) and my brother's went out this morning!!

I hope you had fun at your party!!

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TXGRANDMA 1/2/2011 6:57PM

    Have fun, Teri! It got really cold here last night but then warmed up pretty well today. Glad for that! How nice that your husband (like mine) knows how to do a bit of everything and is so willing to help others in trouble!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Rose Parade and New Years Day

Saturday, January 01, 2011

We watch the Rose Parade every year, in fact we watch it over and over again all day. For those of you who don't live in S.CA, one of the local WB stations, repeats the parade all day long and then one more time the following weekend.
The great thing is you can stay up late, wake up late and still do things that you need to do all day. Catch the show in the middle, no problem, it starts over as soon as the parade ends. All day long, but with commercials on the repeats.

I went to the Rose Parade in my senior year in high school with my boyfriend, his older sister and her friends. It ended up raining during the night, was frigging cold and we were all wet and freezing. We only had the shell of a Toyota truck to climb into to get dry and try to sleep. Mine you there was 3 other girls in college with us (one being my boyfriends sister) and 2 other college age guys besides my boyfriend. So we had a total of 7 adults and believe me Toyota trucks were small back then, squashed into the back of that thing all night.
My boyfriend was over 6'4", the other guys were all built like football players and the girls including me were all over 5'5". Not much room to move around in or get comfortable.

During the night the rain stopped and we went out to Colorado Blvd. to watch the floats. I was so tired, and I thought they look so small in person, I am going to go back to the truck and sleep until the others get back. (I knew I could watch it on TV later). After a while, here comes another of the girls, then another, then my boyfriend and his sister, and finally the last two guys. We all decided that this was the stupidest thing we had ever done and couldn't really understand how some people do this every year. What was so funny about this was that my Mom did not want to let me go because I was still 17. So my boyfriends sister talked to her and assured her there would be no hankie pankie. All of us snuggled together for warmth. We all got a big kick on the way home, thinking that my Mom was totally clueless about what goes on at the parade. All of us were so darn cold that sex was the last thing on any of ours minds.

Took Phred for a walk today and he seems to be doing better. I kept him right next to me, made him sit at street corners and when other dogs came by I made him sit and tried to get him to control himself. He is doing better but a long way from breaking the bad habit of going crazy when he sees other dogs.

Made a nice ham dinner for the New Years but went over my calorie count with the pumpkin pie. Oh, well tomorrow is another day. I am doing 2 challenges this month so I should be able to get back on track.

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BARBARASDIET 1/2/2011 5:47PM

    Great story. I am not a fan of things which involve huge crowds, so I have never had the slightest desire to go the Parade in person. As you said, it is rerun so often there is no reason--and you can see it better on TV!

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SEDONACAT 1/2/2011 11:05AM

    Glad Phred is leaning some control. Now if I could just get my two dogs to not freak out when they see other dogs.

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    Glad that you got to watch the Rose Parade. I enjoyed your story about the parade years ago. Mom's gotta luv 'em! Glad that your ham turned out good. I went over my calories today too but not too badly. Good luck with your challenges. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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PTFLIP 1/1/2011 11:53PM

    Love the Rose Parade! The hub and I camped out once and that will probably be our last time! So freakin cold! If I ever go again I think I'll pay to sit in the bleacher seats.
And yes, I do love how KTLA has the parade running non-stop today.

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TXGRANDMA 1/1/2011 11:01PM

    I love the Rose parade too, but get so frustrated because they don't show most of the equestrian units!!! That is when they cut to a commercial or to other things going on. DARN IT!!! I want to see the horses!! Seems like it is getting worse every year. One GREAT thing!!! TCU's HORNED FROGS WON THE ROSE BOWL!!! That is Matt's favorite college team and has been for years, and my niece's ALMA MATER. It only has 9,000 students and was up against Wisconsin with like 50,000 students!! We are just thrilled, and you can bet the whole city of Fort Worth is celebrating!! Chris

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SDPARTON 1/1/2011 10:53PM

    I love the ROSE PARADE, the floats are just amazing! I love the one with the TRIBUTE to RONALD REAGAN today, so beautiful.
How do they do that with all those flowers? It just blows my mind! They are so detailed! Ham and pumpkin pie, two of my favorites, yum....yum..... emoticon

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Just Hours From the New Year, 2011! Happy Happy to All!

Friday, December 31, 2010

Just wanted to let all my Sparks friends know how much I count on their encouragement and friendship.

NOW for the strange request, does anyone have have medical insurance with "Aetna". We have had the same insurance through my husbands Union for forever (Principal Life) and about 1 1/2 weeks ago we get these new insurance cards. My DH called a friend who is also with the same union and he told us we should have been notified back in Oct. for open enrollment period. We got nothing at all, so was a big surprise to us.

The one thing I am not sure about is how to order my medications now. We have used CVS/Caremark (and they have all of my information) through our former insurance, but there is nothing on this ID about ordering medications. We went on site but since the insurance doesn't become effective until midnight tonight, we could not find out any information. I plan to try and call on Monday.

We were able to see that my Rhuematologist and our dentist was on the list. We still only have a $10 co-pay for a office visit but I have no idea how much medication will cost at a walk-in pharmacy or if I can still use mail order through CVS/Caremark. SO if any one on Sparks has this insurance and would be willing to let me know how good they are, I would greatly appreciate.

Now for today, it was pretty darn cold for S.CA, I think we reached the mid 50's.
But the sun was out when I went to the market, used a light jacket, and actually didn't really need it. Later after I was home and had put the food away my son and I went bowling.

Bowling was pretty fun, wasn't my day today. I broke 100 every game but I was missing my spares and it was killing me. I had a coupon to bowl for 2 hrs. for $8.99 each and included shoe rental, so we got 7 games and part of another b/4 we got the time out sign. Frank my son always takes a while to warm up and only after he has a beer, he gets better and he beat me the last game. Really pretty funny.

Started watching "Dog Whisperer" to see if I could get any pointers to help crazy Phred be better walking. I use them all today while walking and he was much better behaved. I just got to remember to do it everyday. I also got a "Bark Off' for my husband for Christmas because Phred just goes nuts whenever someone comes to the door or the gardener's are here. I am not sure if it is working because there is no light to tell you it is on. You put a button and just hope for the best. I do think Phred wasn't as nutty yesterday when the gardeners came or maybe I was hoping he was more relaxed. Anyway BO says' it can take a couple of weeks, so we shall see or I am getting my money back. Walking today with Phred I made him stay at my side instead of pulling ahead and made him sit at the traffic lights. I did all the things the DW says to do and it seems to be working. This is one of my new goals for 2011, to try and get Phred the Wonder Dog under control when I walk him. Wish me luck!


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JHADZHIA 1/1/2011 8:36AM

    Sorry I can't help you with the insurance question.
Consistency and a firm, no nonsense hand are the keys to getting Phred to behave and you both must do it equally. Good luck with it! Dog Whisperer is so good! My sister recorded episodes for me to watch once.
Happy New Year, all the best to you now and always!
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I would love your temperature right now instead of the -26 C (-14F) it is now lol

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JOOPRINCESS 1/1/2011 1:24AM


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    emoticon on your goals! Happy New Year to you! Brightest blessings for 2011 to be the happiest & healthiest year EVER! I'm so glad that we're SPARK FRIENDS & that we're on this journey to better health & happiness together!
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