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Windier!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Had another 3.5 hour night of broken sleep, tried to rest in a bit, but couldn't sleep any more.
I did 30 min on the bike and 30 on the elliptical to start my early morning then headed off to Curves. Took the fields and back alleys there and what a difference the melting makes. The roads were just totally frozen ice and what was left of the snow was hard wind blown and tough to walk on. At the bottom of the hill was a swamp! But most of the rest was frozen. Wasn't going to come back that way. Enjoyed my workout, it wasn't busy so took a nice long stretch on the apparatus :) On my way back via the normal route, the sidewalks were all icy from runoff so I fast walked down the middle of the road. Fortunately, it was early enough there were few cars out.
Had breakfast, hit the shower then relaxed and Sparked a bit.
Off to the club where, by noon, most of the ice run off on the sidewalks had melted a good thing as there were too many cars on the road at that hour to walk on it. Unfortunately, had a dismal game with my mentor, 47%. Back home called my uncle and we were off to the casino. I did have a chocolate cake with chocolate chip icing and a small scoop of ice cream.
Then I wandered around watching people play and saw quite a few win impressive numbers. I decided on a machine to play my $5 free 'coin' and promptly lost it all on one spin when I pressed the wrong button! It was only a penny slot, but somehow I managed a $4 spin!!! I thought I pressed the buttons for 40 lines at one cent a line, but when nothing happened, I hit the big button on the right which, if I had paid attention said maximum bet emoticon This is why I don't gamble emoticon emoticon
Stayed for about an hour. Was hard being there that long.. To redeem our rewards, we had to wait in a long line up that was near the smoking area -its supposed to be enclosed, but for some strange reason they had the double doors wide open :( It was all over the room, hard to get away from it
Then I came home, settled in for a read, and while making supper, the dam smoke started pouring in. The winds were really thumping. Winds going from 41 km to 50km/per hour. It was coming in faster then I could get it out. Decided to forgo an evening of reading in smoke filled living room and stay in my bedroom, where I will actually attempt an early night.
Busy day tomorrow, 8:45 am Dr. appointment so need to get at my exercises early anyway.
Have a good evening and sleep, and a Wonderful Wednesday!
Hugs,
Linda

  
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SILLYHP1953 4/5/2012 2:07PM

    Can you read in your bedroom? Is it large enough for a chair and lamp? At least it sounds like the smoke doesn't get in your bedroom.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/19/2012 1:27AM

    I am with you on the casino and betting. Don't go as I have no clue. I did go with Ken, Jo and Dennis and actually was very surprised when I accidentally won $50.00. Took my winnings, put them in my pocket and kept it there...was my only time there and beginners luck.

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THJORA 3/15/2012 11:26AM

    Too bad on the "max" bet. :( Not a gambler either. I like to play if it's like a casino night where you get a bunch of fake money, but no way I'm putting any real money out. :)

Hope the wind settles down soon. It's hard to get around with it taking your feet out from under you. Won't tell you what the weather has been doing here. It has been a weird year. I'm still waiting for winter - but looking like it has totally stood us up for the year.

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JUNEAU2010 3/14/2012 9:19PM

    I can relate to your casino experience. I lost $20 my first time ever in a casino in less time than you lost your $5. Totally clueless, I was!

Stay safeand warm and get some sleep!

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LINDA! 3/14/2012 7:54PM

    Sounds like a very windy day. So sorry about the mistake at the casino. That takes all of the fun out of being there!!

Hope you sleep better tonight.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/14/2012 12:25PM

    We don't get that type of weather where I live, but perhaps on a few hikes I go on. I am learning more about this type of weather from my spark friends like you.

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LESLIES537 3/14/2012 1:14AM

    emoticon I don't gamble for very similar reasons! emoticon

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LUVSBULLDOGS 3/14/2012 1:06AM

    Very windy here, too. We live in a motor home and had our slides in all day. We don't like the way the wind whips the awnings, so we pull them in. They cost $1000 each to replace. we don't take chances.

Sleep tight.

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Windy

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

My morning started out pleasant enough, enjoying my exercise and getting the bonus of spotting the rabbit while I was on the bike in my building's exercise room! He was all white and I was thinking he better get that brown fur in quickly at the rate our snow is melting!
So was preparing breakfast after my workouts when the cigarette smoke started pouring in. The wind had come in a hurry :( I had my window wide open and it did nothing, blowing the wrong way, so opened my door to try get it out, but it was strong in the hallway too. Eventually, though the draft went through my apartment , pulling it out and I could breathe easier.
Then it was off to the club to direct the senior's game. It was my day to be dumb. A lady came in and dropped off lunch for a guy who had forgotten it. Wouldn't you know, when I called the lunch break, I went and gave it to the wrong guy!! The guy who it belonged to had rushed out to buy himself lunch somewhere! emoticon emoticon emoticon
Then I took a director call from the dragon lady -and of course screwed it up *sigh*, but remarkably, she let me off easy, very unlike her as she is the type to relish in every little fault she can find with me.. But still, I hate making the error :(( I also gave a wrong call with another lady, one of my favorite partners, but fortunately, it didn't hurt things as they got to where they were supposed to. But sometimes I have to wonder where my head is at.
Wanted to do Zumba tomorrow night, but my Uncle called wanting to go to the casino for his birthday month -free cake and ice cream and beverage and he gets a gift and a chance for some more free slot plays. I have low tolerance for casinos, I will play the $5 in free coin I get and then when that is gone, will just watch others play. His birthday was March 5th and I forgot. I have to go through all my birthdays of my relatives and put them on Spark People's appointment reminders in their daily planner so I won't forget them.
I seem to forget so much these days..
Hope you all have a terrific Tuesday

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/19/2012 1:20AM

    We all have days where we forget things...I blame it on my bp meds. You are so busy I don't know how you remember and do what you do. You are AMAZING!!!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/13/2012 9:18PM

    Hi Linda! I hope today was a good day! I'm just popping in for a second and am sending you a hug to help with your crazy episodes of frustration! emoticon

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POSITIVELY_EB 3/13/2012 9:14PM

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SUNNYARIZONA 3/13/2012 8:32PM

    Well, bless your heart....sounds like the PITS....with that smoke. Crazy that they have not made your building smoke free, here in the states, there are very few places for smokers anymore...

I have birthdays programed here, and it really DOES help. March 5th. was my MIL's birthday....I had trouble remembering when she was alive....but now, I know she would have been 93...WOW....

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SEATTLE58 3/13/2012 8:24PM

    Don't worry about being forgetful. I do understand that with our RA meds. that they can cause this side effect, so that's part of the program. I sure find myself being that way too alot, so I usually excuse it to my meds! emoticon It's been extremely windy here too all day! emoticon Spring will soon be here!

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LUVSBULLDOGS 3/13/2012 4:12PM

    We have sunshine and wind. The mountain passes have 18 inches of snow precicted.

Hope you sleep well.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 3/13/2012 2:03PM

    So there with you. I don't know why I've been more "forgetful" too lately. Trying to get things into lists so I don't forget them as often.

PS it seems I've been missing notifications of your blogs lately. Will try to catch up some but you always seem to do awesome.

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CATHOLICCORGI 3/13/2012 8:35AM

    Hope today is a good day, Linda!
I am working late and hope the t-storms do not knock power out at salon. We are in a house, and it does happen...LOL! Glad to have only cuts today and that I can work by flashlight or candle light!
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LESLIES537 3/13/2012 1:52AM

    Oh, I didn't know about Spark People's appointment reminders or their daily planner. They're always adding awesome things...I love it! Thanks for sharing, I'll check it out! emoticon

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Sunday, Sunny and Warm :)

Monday, March 12, 2012

I was very surprised not to feel too bad when I woke up this morning. I also had 'slept in' as the water class didn't start until 10 am, so I probably got about 6.5 hours broken sleep. Maybe it was the extra time on my heating pads that soothed any aches I might have had from my busy day yesterday..
It was wonderful getting back in the water for aerobics, but not as comfortable as I would like. I could feel my hip muscles on some of the movements and also I could feel my ankles tightening up. I did 45 minutes of the class until I got out because I felt I was close to a cramp coming as my ankle muscles really were tightening up. As soon as I hit the hot tub, they relaxed though. To me, the water felt cold, and that probably doesn't help as I tend to lock up when I am cold.
It was home to Mom's to read for a spell -starting Malice by Lisa Jackson, good so far. Then Mom and I headed out into the sunshine for a walk along the river. Was tough getting there as there was water running everywhere or slush and ice to contend with. When we finally hit the trail, there was no ice, but water and mud from snow melt was running over it constantly.
As it was such a warm (6 C 43 F) day, tons of people were walking the trail, families and dog walkers were out and I enjoyed seeing all the dogs :) Some boys were even wearing shorts!!
I was miffed to see someone had gotten a photo of the porcupine on the Weather Network's page from Saskatoon -lucky so and so, also, someone from a small town just outside of Saskatoon got a great shot of the aurora borealis -very spectacular thanks to that huge solar flare.. I am at a lousy part of Saskatoon to see them, too many bright lights here. I did see some faintly when I was at Mom's once, but my photo didn't turn out as the lights interfered with the focus.
I hope you all have a wonderful week -work those programs!
Hugs,
Linda

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/19/2012 1:15AM

    So glad that you were able to get some good sleep, exercise and enjoyed the hot tub!! WAY TO GO!!! We did not get to enjoy the aurora borealis as it was very cloudy here.

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SUNNYARIZONA 3/12/2012 10:57PM

    I had read that the solar flare would make for seeing the Auroa Borealis alot futher south....not this far south darn. Bet it was beautiful!

As for the slush and mush, I gather you had boots on?!

Can't get over all the folk out on a sunny but COLD day, getting outdoors and enjoying the respite from nasty weather. I know your seasons are short, but you folk do know how to enjoy what you have!!!

BTW, so GLAD you got so much sleep!! WOW!

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POSITIVELY_EB 3/12/2012 8:51PM

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JUNEAU2010 3/12/2012 8:09PM

    I used to live near the Mendenhall Glacier outside Juneau, AK. Back then, there were not a lot of lights, so I got to see some of the Northern Lights. I understand that area has been "developed" and I would bet the glimpses I got are now increasingly rare!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/12/2012 10:55AM

    Thanks for the encouragement that I got from this blog & I know I can always count on getting from you. Have a fab day.

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GIANTPANDA 3/12/2012 6:24AM

    So glad that you were able to get some rest--and relief in the hot tub. Hoping you had a great new week as well!

I saw that fascinating glow of green light just once and from a plane. Very lucky and surreal all at the same time. I'd love to see it again.

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LESLIES537 3/12/2012 1:48AM

    It's always nice sleeping in! Although, I personally wouldn't consider 6.5 hours of broken sleep 'sleeping in'! lol You're such a trooper. Glad you awoke feeling better and were able to get to your water aerobics class. Gotta love hot tubs! emoticon

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LUVSBULLDOGS 3/12/2012 1:05AM

    I love wildlife. The greatest thing about hiking, you never know what you'll see.

Glad you got to go to the water class and soak in the hot tub.

Sleep tight.
Berta

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LINDA! 3/12/2012 1:02AM

    Sorry you had some pain but happy to hear you were able to get in some exercise!!

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Moving and Grooving!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

I started out my early morning with some Nordic walking, then 30 minutes on the bike, 30 on the elliptical of intervals, interspersed with my strength training PT exercises, crunches with a weight on my chest, a constant bridge while doing hamstring pulls on the ball. The usual side leg raises with 5 lb weights, ditto with clamshells. I was wanting a good workout. I wasn't feeling all that well, but I was determined to get to Zumba at 10 am this morning, so I took some painkillers. Its been a long time since I bothered. It gave me the boost I needed to move it. The morning was pleasant and sunny. The snow had been melting, and the field and hill I had to cross to get to my Curves had crusted snow I had to push through. It came up to just past my ankle. It was hard work, like doing a high step march with some force to step down through the crust of snow. I enjoyed my Zumba, but the rust was sure showing. I stayed for the second class, following along the dance moves trying to get them down, but not doing the machines.
Went home and did a thorough vacuum. I had lunch and then it was grocery shopping time. I had to do some veggie prep and then hit the shower. As soon as I see the laundry room free, it will be about three loads worth.
A productive, busy day, but no guarantees how I will wake up the next day. I am hoping maybe to hit the pool and hot tub tomorrow.
There is no question I feel better moving around and being active then just sitting around. No sign of those cramps while moving. No aches as long as I am a going concern!
I love doing things with my music thumping away in the background. I like upbeat, fast rock music with a beat. I don't feel tired or fatigued in spite of only three broken hours of sleep. I am having my raw green tea at noon in hopes that will keep me alert and not so tired in the afternoon. The latest information says NOT to take naps, but to try establish a regular sleep wake cycle. I am willing to try anything, but oh does that bed beckon me sometimes!!
Good night all, have a good sleep and a Sparktacular Sunday!
Hugs,
Linda

  
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SILLYHP1953 4/5/2012 1:58PM

    I think listening to your body and sleeping when you are able to is going to work best for you. Whatever studies you're reading are not taking into account all you have going on in your life.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/19/2012 1:07AM

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GIANTPANDA 3/12/2012 6:28AM

    The only way I get through some kickboxing classes is getting lost in the music, especially if it is something I like. In a few weeks, I'll be switching over to outside exercise and hoping to see a lot of wildlife.

You are awesome the way you keep pushing yourself to get in your exercise. Your determination is really paying off.

Have a terrific week!

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POSITIVELY_EB 3/11/2012 5:00PM

    I get much more done with good music playing!!!

HUGS!

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ITSERTIME 3/11/2012 4:46PM

  Wow!!! is all i can say, lol.

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JUNEAU2010 3/11/2012 3:03PM

    What a fabulous day! You are amazing!

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WATERMELLEN 3/11/2012 11:43AM

    You're absolutely amazing . . . I'm going to head out for a hike with TUFFMUFFIN and Charlie shortly (not enough snow to ski . . . we're into a mild patch which may extend to spring, who knows?)

Thanks for your kind comments on my core beliefs blog. I am very relieved by the three year all clear results, that's for sure!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/11/2012 11:04AM

    Linda, you did so much! More than me, too, I'm afraid! The weather here was lousy, and even work was slow moving, so I didn't get as much exercise as I'd hoped there, either. I turned it into a rest day. I hope you aren't too sore today, and that you DO get the chance to get in the hot tub! emoticon emoticon

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SUNNYARIZONA 3/11/2012 7:00AM

    Ok, I am officially exhausted reading your blog tonight.....maybe I should have saved it for when I was not working! Goodness, I think I am doing good on the treadmill at a 7% incline!!! for 30-40 minutes....but Linda, you have me beat to pieces. How do you do it???!!!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/10/2012 11:37PM

    You sure do push yourself Linda. I suppose that is what keeps you healthy, active and fit. You are one determined lady. emoticon

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LUVSBULLDOGS 3/10/2012 10:05PM

    I'm glad you've had a great day. You did a lot of moving. Hope your days to come are as good.

The pool will feel good.

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Friday My Friend :)

Friday, March 09, 2012

After sitting quietly this morning waiting for the Fosomax to absorb, I just did 30 minutes on the bike and 30 on the elliptical and as it was eight am already, had to have breakfast, not wanting it to be too close to my lunch. The usual shower, breakfast, wash dishes, clean veggies for lunch, then lunch and off to bridge. It wasn't too bad going this time.
We had a 56% game, good enough for 2nd, but could have been much, much better. I made about six defensive errors, costing us lots of tricks and giving us bad boards :( I had some of my raw green tea at noon in the hopes there would be enough caffeine in it to keep me alert. We were sitting in a dark corner in the back of the room and not moving was not good for someone sleep deprived. So a lot of work to do to catch up in the second half of the club championship..
I set up for my Monday game that I work so I won't have to go in on Sunday to do it. When I left the club, I could scarcely believe it -there was a river of water from crub to curb outside the club! There had a been massive melting of the snow!! Puddles of water everywhere! No where for it to absorb in as the ground is still frozen. Mom thought if the temperatures got up too high it would be too messy to hike the trails. For sure what snow there was left will be packed down and melted into ice. All the run off I saw going across the sidewalks and pooling in the driveways, I will be happy not to go to the club this weekend..
Not sure what my weekend plans are other than getting some groceries.
Hope you all have a fun, fabulous weekend!
Hugs,
Linda

  
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SUNNYARIZONA 3/10/2012 8:01PM

    Surprises me you still take Fosamax. That drug has not proved to be effective for our bones....in fact the Dentist asked specifically if I had taken it, as it softens the jaw bones....good grief.....

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JUNEAU2010 3/10/2012 6:34PM

    Stay safe, stay home and, I hope, you get some sleep!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/10/2012 5:34PM

    Hope you have a great weekend, gets lots of rest and plenty of restful sleep. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Be safe.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/10/2012 12:16AM

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LESLIES537 3/10/2012 12:09AM

    It's only snowed twice where I live! Such a mind winter we've had--can't say I didn't mind it! emoticon

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LUVSBULLDOGS 3/9/2012 10:34PM

    We had 75 degrees here today, but tomorrow our weather will be spring-like, but colder weather is in the forecast.

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LUNADRAGON 3/9/2012 9:33PM

    Perhaps Spring is on the way... it seems to be here in CT

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THJORA 3/9/2012 9:24PM

    I never learned to love the spring until I lived in the south. The melting, muddy mess that is the dregs of mountains of snow . . . not a fan. :)

Great that you were able to get set up ahead of time so you don't have to go in this weekend. Doesn't sound like the best time to have to be traveling any more than you have to - unless you happen to own a boat that you haven't mentioned. :-D

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 3/9/2012 9:16PM

    Have a great weekend - the official start of Spring is just about 10 days away so maybe your snow has gotten the message, haha! I hope you get a chance to relax and have a good time this weekend!!
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MOMMAKNOWSBEST 3/9/2012 8:58PM

  Have a great weekend.

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