Saturday, May 26, 2012
I woke up too early as usual, went to sleep for an hour more, but got up and took my Fosomax. I would have been up early enough to go to the bootcamp class, but after the three classes yesterday, I gave my head a shake, what was I thinking. I needed some recovery time. So I took my medicine, Sparked, had breakfast, Sparked some more, then went right back to bed and woke up in time for lunch preparations. I could feel my muscles today in certain moves, but was quite happy the left arm wasn't any worse. Then off to bridge where my partner and I came second. Then it was back home and I just had time to change and get ready for a Step II class. I had a little difficulty understanding and hearing this instructor properly. Then I finally figured out why. Instead of calling out each upcoming move clearly, she was condensing them into sort of one word. But after seeing the routine a couple of times, I did figure it out. It was run at a fast speed so I could understand why it was done this way. It does keep you guessing when the various instructors all do different steps and patterns..
Tomorrow morning its Zumba and kickboxing, then running the Awards Night at the club.
Enjoy your weekend!
Friday, May 25, 2012
The morning started out tough, with a very cold and very windy ride to Zumba. Once there, I just had fun and a challenge as Glenn ran the class fast :) This is why I like him so much as an instructor -always pushes you to try more, work harder!
Then it was home and I was trying to finish my lunch when Mom knocked on the door and it was a trip to Costco :) For me a light trip -only bought blueberries and saw Kettle brand had put out my favorite chips Sea Salt & Fresh Ground Black Pepper in a reduced fat version, well just had to try them!!
Back home and scrambled to get some club work done. Ran out of printer ink. My refill did not work, so off to the store, came back and the replacement didn't work either!! In frustration, I asked why not take the chip from the old one as I know its working. Then she realized she gave me the WRONG ONE! Actually, the person who had given me my refill also had given me the wrong one! GRRR. More time wasters!! Then it was off to a back to back class with Glenn -his tough circuit training one and his step. I found I was able to do everything except, of course, the planks -did them on the wall and the donkey kicks, which I modified to one leg at a time. It felt so good to move and get 180 fitness minutes in!! The hot tub was just what I needed after all that. I did have to take a painkiller (6mg dilaudid) to get past the pain in my left arm and it did a good job of keeping it at bay. I came home in a beautiful, calm evening and immediately vacuumed up the mess from all the wind and crap my scooter tracked in. Then I scrubbed up the scooter too. Had a very late dinner -10:30-11:15 pm and realize I probably will be unable to make the 6 am bootcamp class tomorrow morning I was interested as I have to get up even earlier to take my Fosomax and sit quietly for an hour. Insomniac that I am, that is too much even for me. I do have a bridge game tomorrow as someone cancelled on one of my favorites, Mary and she asked me..
Good night and have a Fantastic Friday all!
Thursday, May 24, 2012
I did an hour of intervals on the elliptical to jump start my morning. I got my Humira injection and asked the nurse practitioner to look at the lump on the back of my neck just in my hair. I had had this strange bump on the middle of my head grow, last a week and then finally go down and thought this may be another of those. Turned out it was a TICK! She got it out easily, along with a few of my hairs :P It wasn't bloated, so it had just attached. Wondering where the heck it came from, as I go through no bush or grass in the little concrete jungle where I live!
Then I was off to bridge and the partner I will be playing bridge with in the tournament and I had a second placing. So far, we have had nothing but good games, so it looks like we are peaking at the right time!!!
Back home and getting ready to go to my classes. As the temperature was going down to 2 C (36F), I had to dress for rain AND cold. So back out came the old parka.
Thoroughly enjoyed my classes and the wonderful, soreness saving hot tub after :)
I came home to a smoke flooded apartment and opened my door and window wide, and fortunately, the air suctioned through, clearing it quickly. But I can't have my door hanging open all night, but will keep it there until I hit the sack. At least with the rain I won't get all the dirt blown in. One good thing with all the rain and wind, everything from the trees has blown down to the ground so pollen shouldn't be a problem. The streets and sidewalks are a big mess though.
I have today and Friday off from bridge, then I work the Awards Night at the club Saturday.
Big sweet temptation -Costco's incredible butter cream icing cake!!
Have a Totally Terrific Thursday all! Zumba for my morning and step for my evening :))
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Started the day out with 30 minutes on the elliptical and a 40 min high impact aerobic DVD. Then I made the calls. First to my credit card company. Sure enough, because the idiot that delivers mail to my building can`t seem to figure out what number belongs to whom, my bills were bouncing back to the Credit Card Company and they stopped sending me them :((( I haven`t got a single one this year!!!! The man said he would send out the last two. Then it was a call to the Post Office. They noted I had called three months ago about the same thing. I told them this happened to me last year as well. I managed to hold my temper. Barely. I would have rather liked to hit something.
Then it was off to bridge for the second half of the Teams Club Championship. We managed only 2 wins and a winning tie, for just under five wins out of eight with no overall placing.
I had to suit up in full rain gear to walk to the club and back and it was a trial. The wind was so strong, I really had to lean into it. My hood kept blowing off so I was stuck with getting my face and hair wet, but at least my hair is a brush cut and will dry quickly.
I came home and tackled a pile of dishes. I wanted my kitchen clean for supper.
I made the decision I was going to attend step class tonight no matter what. So once again I suited up and had my rain cape ready to go. Taking off my glasses as I knew I wouldn`t see any better with them spotted with rain then without. The wind was horrible. I had all kinds of trouble trying to hold my cape down and keep my console on my scooter covered -its not waterproof and I was warned never to get it wet. At times the cape would billow up into my face. More curses. After having to stop a few times, I arrived just barely in time for class. I discovered the big, heavy cloth I was going to use to dry off with had vanished, thanks wind :( My basket is so small all I can fit in it is my swim bag and water bottle. I had my dry clothes in two plastic bags behind my knees and the cloth was with that. I quickly got out of my rain gear and put on my running shoes.
I thoroughly enjoyed my class. He was running it fast and people were having trouble keeping up, but not me. When they stopped for a water break, I took a quick drink then got on my step and started doing moves. Everyone else was just standing there waiting to restart. As the class wore on, even the advanced people kept slowing down and missing moves and not keeping up. I was proud to say I was on top of it the whole time, taking very little time to grab some water. Felt full of energy! Then the bad news -the hot tub was not open!! Grrr, was looking forward to that as I had been in a lot of pain today with my hip, left arm and hand..
Then it was a miserable ride home and I found my cloth -it had landed on the filthiest driveway on the whole block. The bright orange was black and had been run over by a car. I was annoyed, these are those highly absorbant cloths you see advertised at exhibitions and are expensive. I was determined to rescue it. I held on to it the rest of the way home, trying not to get the dirt and crud dripping on me. Then I tried to clean it. Its like a chamios, every little twig, dirt and chafe stuck to it like glue. I spent an hour rinsing it. It actually was regaining its color, but the crap was going to have to be picked off one by one by hand and I grew tired of doing it. Then I washed my cape which was muddy and sandy. My scooter always kicks up dirt from the wheels.
Then it was supper, a quick wash up and Sparking. Dead tired and falling asleep, but will try to get to as many blogs as possible. You always seems to post a bunch when its my late hours and I should be in bed. But I am always eager to see what is happening with you!
Have a Wonderful Wednesday all!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Beaver twins enjoying a snack on grass together:
When I walked into Cabela's, I was immediately taken by the sheer size, greeted by this massive fireplace and rest area:
Then pointed out the trap display, something Mom grew up on was a trap line:
I don't know how to use the wide angle but this shot gives you an idea of the size:
There were stuffed wildlife displays every where, it was like being in a natural history museum:
As always, they were on the side of the pond opposite me, so I had to use 20 X or more zoom to get these shots:
Grass is not normally what beaver eat, their main source of food is tree bark, but they have eaten every little tree standing around their pond and have to go far now to find trees.
The sun went behind a cloud when the eclipse was at its peak, so didn't see anything.
Sorry don't know what happened, when I spell checked to catch my usual typos, it scrambled my whole blog :(( Hope you can make everything out..
This is today's news:
I was disappointed to experience the bike breaking again (won't hold its tension) :( So I did 30 on the elliptical and a 40 minute kickboxing DVD. Then it was off to direct the seniors game. Went smoothly until near the end. One pair was so slow they needed a late play. Then I got two calls, and one was disagreed with and they appealed, and were correct about it. It was unfortunately at the expense of some novices at the hands of experienced players. So the experienced players got a top board, but they were within their rights, the novices made a rookie mistake and paid for it, you hate to see it, but rules are rules..
So after the game, I went to the grocery store for supplies and came home and just collapsed into bed and slept for 2.5 hours, longer then what I had last night lol. Got up and did 20 minutes on the elliptical, and a 45 minute walking with weights video. I had supper, enjoying the falafel I bought at the Farmer's Market, but not the calories (330 cals per 100g!!!)
The bad news I have to share is my step dad has been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma. They had taken a ulcerated growth from him nose and tested it. Unfortunately, the cancer was all the way out to the edge (margins) of the cut, so they have to go in again and take more out to try get it all. The normal procedure is to take one thin slice out at a time and get it tested and keep doing that until they get it all to minimize the amount of tissue they have to take out. With our cheap health care budget here I have to wonder if that will get done that way. The ironic part is they have been taking out a growth that keeps reoccurring on the top of his head on a regular basis over the years but never found anything in there.
I might get to see some of these live when I got to Radium Hot Springs in June -the outdoor pool is on a mountainside and the mountain goats sometimes come down the side..
Bobcat is on the top here:
Had to show the beaver:
I saw a whitetail deer on one of our hikes once:
Linx, I just love the way they paint the background to blend in with the sculptures in the foreground:
The apex predator, the grizzly:
This is a close as I ever want to get to a moose lookit those antlers!!!
Cabela's chose Saskatoon for its first bricks and mortar store in Canada because we are known for an outdoor enthusiast's hot spot. Our province has tons of good fishing,hunting and camping areas with a lot of lakes and fly in opportunities to have a quiet slice of wilderness to yourself.
It was a lovely Sunday evening when we got to the beaver pond, no wind and the sun was mostly shining. The beaver were all out, swimming peacefully with the ducks:
All five of the beaver family were out. I was trying to get a better picture of this duck as it had quite unique coloring:
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