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Friday, June 26, 2009

A new class team will be starting up on SP this Sunday, June 28. I'll be co-leading and am looking forward to greeting lots of eager new Sparkers. The last few class teams have been averaging over 18,000 members so there will be lots to do at first. I've done this once before and it was a lot of fun, and a way to say "thanks" to the SP community.

My cold is just about gone - the voice was a little raspy at the music team rehearsal at church this evening, but hope I'll be in good shape for Sunday's service. Feeling so tired and yucky kept me from jogging most of the week. I walked instead. But I had a good, long workout at the gym yesterday. Decided to start with ST for a change so I could focus on that for the day, and I'm feeling it now!

Then I did 35 on the treadmill but kept the pace pretty slow. I've started alternating 5 minutes of running with one minute of walking. This technique is supposed to help you increase speed and stamina. We'll see what happens. I do seem to burn more calories this way than when I just do a slow jog for the same length of time. And you KNOW I like to burn calories.

Birthday party coming up tomorrow evening! Portion control alert!

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HOMEBUNNY 6/30/2009 11:36AM

    I am glad you are feeling better.

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    Excellent that despite your cold you kept movement going!

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CTEMPLE 6/27/2009 4:49AM

    Well done Michelle, and glad that your cold is getting better.
I admire you for co leading. I couldn't sit longer in the computer at his point in time so I try to do as much as I can within my limitations. Still in the throes of anxiety and working on some old issues.
Happy Singing.

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Woohoo! I finally finished my paper for Old Testament prophets and turned it in. What a burden off my back! Wrote the email, attached the paper file, hit send and off it went, careening through cyberspace eventually to land in the PC or laptop of the teaching assistant in distant South Carolina. I don't think I have ever been so uninterested in what grade I'll be getting - I'm just so glad to have this course finished. Looked at the school catalog today, and it looks like I won't be taking any courses this summer. I have plenty of other projects to keep me busy over the next couple of months, though.

First up is to get over this cold! I've been operating on very little sleep the past few days and that is taking its toll. I had a nap this afternoon and instantly felt better, so a good night's sleep tonight should have even more effect.

Weekend plans include working tomorrow morning at the language school, then maybe a trip to the gym, depending on the weather. Nice weather, no gym but walking in the woods. In the evening, I'm going to the 50th birthday party of one of my Nordic walking buddies. Church on Sunday. A couple of loads of wash need to get done in there somewhere, too. No special plans - how 'bout you?

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JANETELIZABETH1 6/22/2009 4:46PM

    Michelle, I'm amazed that you could even keep focused with everything else going on in your life! Hope you get a good grade...and look after yourself and get over that cold quickly!

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CTEMPLE 6/20/2009 6:43PM

    Here work work work, full of cats and doing heat pads covers and baby quilts fro the guests coming this Friday for the beginning of school winter holidays. It's raining heavily so it's that, and watching movies with DH, hibernating. Cooked a gourmet meal for Saturday night and uit turned out fine. Fitted a walk in they treadmill and plan to do the same today.
Have a good one and congrats on finishing the course! Given the circumstances it's a feat. Has R gone home already?

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ANGELBELIEVER 6/19/2009 9:30PM

    I can hear the relief in your writing to have that class done for this year. Glad you're taking the summer off. You need some time for you now.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/19/2009 5:11PM

    Just have to say...I'm still loving your socks!

Not that it has anything to do with this blog.

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

The weather was perfect for the 7K race yesterday afternoon - sunny, a little breezy, quite warm. The course is mostly through the woods so it was only intermittently hot. I pretty much ran my race and felt good all the way through. I finished two minutes faster than last year - not bad when you figure I'm about 9 pounds heavier than I was last year at this time. That would have been enough of a victory for me. A friend had come to cheer me on at the finish and we had made plans to have dinner afterward.

After a little recovery time, enjoying the beautiful day and the after-race atmosphere, I went and showered and got dressed. When I came out, the race organizers were just beginning the awards ceremony. We hadn't planned to hang around, but both my friend and I were curious to see the winners. I knew that I had placed third in my age group - the list was posted soon after the race was over - but had no idea that there were prizes for anything but the overall winners and first-placers. It soon became apparent that I was up for a prize! Woohoo! Look at this spiffy pair of "ergonomic" running socks I got. How cool is that?

Aging has its benefits - when you're still running (or running again like I am) at 57, there aren't a whole lot of ladies in your age group anymore (4 finishers in this race)! I do have to say that the number one in my age group finished WAY ahead of me. I did the run in 52:22 minutes and she finished in 33:00, very respectable for ANY age and 15th in a field of 97! I was 85th.

Of course, I'm getting teased now - my friend and I found a nice garden restaurant overlooking the city for my "victory dinner." She remarked that it was strange that the waiter and clientele didn't recognize me - my being such a sports celebrity and all. Another friend couldn't stop giggling when I told him about my win. I'll probably hear about this for weeks. Let them laugh! I've got the socks! And a nice motivation boost for my Spark fitness journey.

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LOSEIT1912 6/21/2009 3:57PM

    I love the socks. I have never had the energy to run. I was going to do a walk race once, but even begged off of that one. Keep at it.

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SKISINCO 6/16/2009 7:11PM

    Woohoo! Those are some mighty fine socks Michelle! Congrats on your run, you are a winner in my book too!

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CTEMPLE 6/14/2009 5:38PM

    the socks are hilarious, Yay Michelle!

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HOMEBUNNY 6/14/2009 5:04PM


Way to go on shaving time off of last year's race time. I hope you enjoy your prize. By the way I like the new picture of the socks.


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CGDINASIA 6/14/2009 4:58PM

    emoticon Michelle. Love the socks!!! What a wonderful surprise for you and a great reminder of your accomplishment. Keep it up. You are an inspiration to me.

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JLK7TIGER 6/14/2009 3:05PM

    Great job! You're a wonderful inspiration to me and our team. I'm glad that you are a part of us. I agree with Karen.

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FIT4HISGLORY 6/14/2009 2:31PM

    Way to Go! You're such an inspiration to me!
Love the socks, too! I especially like the "L" and "R" on them! I wonder...if you put them on the opposite feet will you run sideways????


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JANETELIZABETH1 6/14/2009 10:57AM

    emoticonMichelle...socks el al !!!
Yes to be running at 57 is indeed an achievement...!!
You must be very pleased with your result and I say emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/14/2009 10:27AM

    Very funny! Love the socks. I'm glad you took a picture of them for the blog.

Way to go on the race!

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MCLYMORE 6/14/2009 8:28AM

    What an awesome accomplishment and great socks, if I may say so myself. I really didn’t pay attention or even noticed if you have it written on your SparkPage; I would have never guessed age 57. This is so wonderful; I hope and pray I can make such accomplishment myself one day. Congratulations on finishing the race 2 minutes earlier than last year and your unexpected award; the fabulous socks.

As far as the others, let them laugh, what do they know; sharing this accomplishment brings inspiration to many of us and believe me we’re not giggling. Oh yeah! ; Regardless of who actually came in 1st; your number 1 in my book.

Have a great day!

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Friday - YES!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Mom is doing better today but won't be going home till tomorrow. Talked to Dad, then briefly to her, but she was very groggy after lunch.

I finished the exam. Think I did pretty well except for the second half of the last essay question. Got the 8 night visions of Zechariah down, then kind of forgot what happens in the last 6 chapters of the book. I think I just ran out of gas there at the end. LOL

Now to finish my term paper. Will be working on that tonight.

Just had a nice Nordic walking tour in prep for tomorrow's Frauenlauf. Looks like the weather is going to be great for running. Anybody feel like joining me? www.heartandsole.de/index.php?id=117

Hope you're all having a very thankful Friday!

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ANGELBELIEVER 6/12/2009 11:58PM

    Your Mom is still in my prayers. I'm sure you did well on the exam and will on your term paper as well. Enjoy your weekend.

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CTEMPLE 6/12/2009 6:49PM

    Hi Michelle I think it's best that she stays as long as possible at the hospital where they can take care of her properly until they're sure she's fine.
Hallelujah for the exam. Have a good run!

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MOM2KNL 6/12/2009 2:50PM

    I'll join you on that Nordiac walk. Let's see if I can get my passport ready, pack, raise money for the airplane ticket and find a sitter for the kids and dog.....hmm...maybe not this time. In Heaven though - I'm walking with you!

Way to go on the exam!

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DDOORN 6/12/2009 2:44PM

    Great news re: your mom's progress!

I've heard about and read about Nordic walking and am curious about it...might even consider investing in some poles sometime...we'll see!

I've got a long day stretching ahead of me...home by 9 pm...in a mid-afternoon slump right now...oof!


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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Yesterday was rough for Mom and Dad. They scheduled the surgery for later in the day than expected, and it apparently lasted longer than expected, too, due to the extent of blockage in her arteries. Then, after the first surgery under full anesthesia, she had to go back to the OP so the doctor could take care of a hemotoma that had developed and was causing her some pain.

In the evening, she was confused, and also this morning. This was upsetting for my dad when he arrived to see her. She was trying to pull out the tubes and cables, wanted to go home, wasn't sure where she was, etc. But when I called back an hour later, she had calmed down and was doing much better. Probably lack of 02.

I'll call again before I go to bed, and maybe get to talk to her this time. I'm still slogging away at my studying --- in between phone calls to the US!

Thanks for asking and for praying!

1:00 AM German time - 7:00 PM in FL
Mom has been moved down from the ICU to a regular room and is scheduled to go home tomorrow. I still didn't get a chance to talk to her as she wasn't quite settled yet when I called. But Dad reassured me that all was well. He had spoken to the doctor and was satisfied with his report.

I'm feeling pretty well set for the exam tomorrow. The paper is a different thing. I've got an outline, that's about all. So will have to make a big push tomorrow when I get the exam turned in.

Thanks, everyone, for your encouraging words!


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HOMEBUNNY 6/12/2009 8:53AM

    I am glad to hear that your mom is doing well. I pray that she recovers quickly.

Good luck on your exam today!!!


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CTEMPLE 6/11/2009 11:53PM

    Glad to hear the good news about R. I did a angiography with a camera inserted in the groin and it was pretty awful, I can imagine it would be worse at that age.
The exam will go well I'm sure. Looking forward to your next post!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/11/2009 10:27PM

    Sounds like you have been having a very busy time. Hope things calm down for you soon.

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ODDBODKIN 6/11/2009 10:00PM

    I'm so relieved that the surgery appears to be successful! Your mother will be feeling much better soon, I hope, and you can relax more and focus better. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your parents.

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ANGELBELIEVER 6/11/2009 9:26PM

    Glad all is well now. I wish you the best on your exam. I'm sure you will do well.

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FIT4HISGLORY 6/11/2009 7:35PM

    Thanks for the update. I'll continue to keep your parents in prayer and also you, as I'm sure it's difficult being so far away from them and also with the added pressure of your studies.
Look to Him!

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MCLYMORE 6/11/2009 4:33PM

    Thanks Michelle for the Update, I pray that things continue to go well. I sure it's hard to focus and study with so much going on and the distance between you and your family. Keep the faith and seek the Lord in all things, He is our strength. I'm taking a break from my studies, but I'll have to jump back into it shortly. I'll check in on you a bit later.

Take Care

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JANETELIZABETH1 6/11/2009 3:56PM

    Oh that must be really hard for you Michelle to be so far away, I'm glad we have the Lord to watch over all situations and give us His Peace.
Continuing to pray for you all. emoticon

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MOM2KNL 6/11/2009 3:40PM

    Hi Michelle,

Glad the surgery went well and is over! I will continue to pray for your mom's healing and for you and your family. God is good and He is the Chief Surgeon and healer.


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