Saturday, November 12, 2011
Thank you to all the veterans, past and present, for keeping us safe and free. We owe you more than we can ever repay! We owe you our lives! Thinking of you on not only Remembrance and Memorial Day, but every time we hear on the news another brave soldier has once again sacrificed his or her life :( I feel for the relatives of these brave souls who must worry every time they hear that news and every time they are sent back on active duty..
I did my toughest workout, the 50 minute circuit training with weights and 263 squats and am pleased to report I made it through in not so much pain and sweat as I normally do :) For a warm up, I had done 30 minutes of intervals on my elliptical. I am so going to miss my fit and exercise :(( I was able to fast walk to the club most of the way. There is still ice, but a lot of it has melted on the sidewalks, and I go on the grass if it hasn't. The only bad corner is the bowling alley, as its sloping grass and its downspout from the roof pour over the sidewalk, making it always thick with ice, so when I go around the parking lot area I can't avoid the ice.
I had a slightly above average game with my bridge partner, but we enjoyed the variety and challenge of the hands. I enjoyed the treats once again, especially this lady's orange cookies. Also, the date square someone made was to die for. So I have gone horribly over calories the last two days and should be gaining that weight back pretty quick. They really know how to haul out the goodies at the tournaments :) On a healthier note, I tried raw turnip and discovered I really like it, in fact its way better that way then cooked!! A new veggie to add to my raw favorites. Any time I can eat something without having to cook it its a bonus. I am a bachelor, things have to be quick and easy ;)
As there are only six days until my surgery and the days seem to be going by lightening fast, I have not really had a lot of time to think as I have been so busy. But I never worry or get scared or aprehensive over these procedures as I have been through them so very many times (at least 27 so far) and have not had complications, infections or any problem cranking up the recovery. I am grateful to all those who offer me support online and off, and just want to give my thanks.
Every kind word and goodie is soaked up like a ray of sunshine and warmth and is greatly appreciated by this solitary girl :) You are the best!
Thursday, November 10, 2011
I haven't spent any time with my Mom in two weeks. Just been busy at the club and doing club work and getting my apartment ready. Finally, I get a day off and Mom was going to pick me and the last of my clothes up and take me shopping and maybe lunch. Kiboshed! The printers call and say the proof is ready for our club's date book :( I have to get that done, so I call the club treasurer and ask if she can take me there to check it out. She says fine, she just has to do one errand. Eight hours later, I hear nothing from her, and I don't know her cell phone number. How long could it possibly take to pay your deadbeat grandchild's rent?? That was all she was doing. In desperation, before the day is completely gone, I call my uncle to see if he would take me and he does. I find they really messed up the concept of the calendar part. The formatting from Windows to MAC simply doesn't work so there are a lot of corrections to be made. They will send me another proof by e-mail, hopefully by Monday. I won't get this done before I go in for sure now :( Instead of binging while waiting, I scrubbed the heck out of my dishes and kitchen, one chore done at least. I am now ready with my clothes and we are going out to a thrift shop to drop them off and take a fast look around. It will have to be fast, I don't have much time before I have to get home and go to the tournament. No exercise today. I didn't want to be caught sweating it out if she had called me. I hate, really hate being dependent on others for transportation to out of the way places..
There is no bus service to the industrial area where this printing company is located, nor to this huge thrift store. Saskatoon is sprawling out and built for cars, not environmentally friendly transportation. You take your life into your hands being a cyclist in this city which is probably why so many ride on the sidewalks..
I hope I can relax and enjoy playing with a lady who I haven't played with in years, but with whom I had won my very first Open Pairs club championship when I first started playing 17 years ago. She is quite elderly as are most of my bridge partners and not what she used to be, but she is a wonderful person, and I have enjoyed playing with her. But at the back of my mind is how fast time is going by and I still have things to do before I go in. I am also playing tomorrow and twice on Saturday and it is quite time consuming.
I hope you all have a good evening and sleeps!!
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Started out hitting the ground running. Fast walked over the fields and hill to my Curves, then came home and did a 45 minute walking with weights cardio DVD. Then showered, ate and started a club work project. Did that right up until lunch time. Then off to the club to set up the club championship game. Fortunately, it ran smoothly. Then home and more work on the club project, wistfully staring at the clock wishing I could go to my favorite workouts tonight, boxercise and step, advanced :( Read my e-mail for work and saw the printing company had my date book proof ready for reviewing. I started going over the date book calender and roster one more time. Wouldn't you know it, I found several errors of my own bad typing. So I will have to be careful to get these changed on the final copy. Imagine, I put down one guy's name as Donna instead of Don! I honestly think my fingers type things independently of my brain!! Worked on it until completion, then late supper and frantically trying to track everything on Spark. Weight still low at 114, but went over calories again today, just two slices of bread with natural almond butter and honey does it for me. Over on fat too, a rare thing. My Mom can't wait to 'fatten' me up as she says. I think I will get it back by hospital time, planning a nice pasta feed in there should do it.
Have the day off tomorrow, but first will go get the date book squared away, then Mom and I will hit the thrift shops. It turns out people aren't taking anything in my building because someone has bedbugs, so they have stopped the swap table they used to have out! No wonder no one would touch the clothing!! Found a few more things I overlooked that were too big, two very nice custom made shirts, but the patterns are too big for a small person, but looked good on me when I filled them out so to speak :P
Have a terrific Thursday everyone!!
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Okay, I woke up at 4:30 am, but was determined to get more sleep and did fall back asleep and had the strangest dream. I have not dreamt in so many years I can't even remember the last time as I don't usually sleep long enough to dream. It was like this. A couple of people and I were walking up a sandy road hill, noticing holes dug out of the side, fairly big ones wondering what could have made them. Then we came to a huge one, big enough for us to go into. We went along and knocked off this old elctronic box that immediately started flashing a little red light. Tried putting it back but it didn't stop the light flashing. Instead of getting out of there, we went on further and discovered a large chamber with a bed and normal human clothes around, and also, a ton of paintings all over and that is when I woke up. I wonder what a psychologist would have to say I was trying to work out with this strange dream?? It is said we dream to solve our problems. I need to do it more lol.
I weighed in Monday and was shocked at my weight, so I weighed in again and say it was still low at 114. What the hay?? Not going to those fitness classes has cut way back on my exercise as has not being able to walk outside on the slippery streets! My calories were right in the range they were supposed to be. Today, I boosted them so I went 300 calories over the top of my range. A Mystery to be sure. After the huge and long struggle I had to lose weight a sudden drop just doesn't make sense. I have never had that happen before, ever.
My bridge game was awful again. This year has probably been the worst I have ever had since I first started playing. In fact, I earned more points and won more games when I started out lol. This is the first time I have not even appeared on the top ten of the masterpoint races. I attribute it a lot to make lack of sleep and also to the fact I have missed a lot of games and directed more than I am playing, but its still bad, and I am not able to remember cards played like I used to. I have few regular partners left and only three rarely cancel on me.
On a brighter note, the president of the club sat down and said if I needed help doing my month end, he would help even if I had to dictate over the phone everything to do! Was really kind of him, but as he has no experience what so ever using our bridge program, that would be a struggle. I am going to make every effort to be at the club only two weeks post surgery. I have to be. There is too much going on that I have to oversee that no one else is in a position to do. My date is still 10 days off. Getting anxious to get work done. Still have to organize my office so everything is in reach without bending over.
I have to direct a two session club championship and my dear sweet Mary is picking me up early so I can set up my game.. She is the most helpful and hard working member of the club. She is in there picking up after people, putting away the boards and table markers, just absolutley anything needs doing she is in there. Wish we had more of her!!! This is a woman 25 years my senior and I can only hope I have her energy when I get there!!!
Have a Wonderful Wednesay!!
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