ERIN1128's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ERIN1128 ERIN1128's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Baby Girl Is Off to Girl Scout Camp! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748310 Well, we put Kate on the bus this morning to Girl Scout Camp! It was a rough morning - she was really excited up until last week, and then I think reality hit. She held it together well this morning, but totally fell apart and started sobbing when it was time to line up for the bus. :-( <BR> <BR> Thankfully, two other girls from our troop were also going, so they were doing a good job of trying to buck each other up (and the other two were in a lot better shape than Kate). I honestly d... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:09:41 EST I'm Back, Baby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746372 Well, my knee was doing much better yesterday, and despite five hours on my feet at the Fair last night, I was able to take Bam-Bam for a walk this morning with only a little discomfort. Yay! I iced after, just to be safe. <BR> <BR> I am pretty creaky today, all those hours on my feet is tough! But worth it, we had a lot of fun. Our friends are moving back East in a couple weeks, so we probably won't see them again. :-( Though as they said, we'll still be connected through Facebook! :... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:24:46 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745700 Well, I've been icing my knee twice a day and it's definitely improving, thank goodness, though not all the way there yet. So frustrating, but as long as it gets better I guess that's what matters. As I told Paul, I wish I knew exactly what I did, so I could avoid doing it again! <BR> <BR> We're probably going to cut out of work early today - we're meeting friends at the State Fair. Can't wait! We go every year, so much fun. A drag that I'm gimpy, but I'm wearing good walking shoes so h... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:21:51 EST Tweaked My Knee, Wah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744955 So, my knee had been bugging me a bit over several days, and I didn't really think about it because once in a while I tweak it, and the weather has been so bizarre this week (rained yesterday morning!) that I figured maybe it was just my arthritis kicking up. It didn't bother me at all doing yoga yesterday morning, but walking into work, I really noticed it hurting, and it got worse as the day went on. Doesn't hurt when I'm sitting, and doesn't really bother me on stairs, but hurts to walk ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:25:16 EST Bike Temporarily Out of Commission :-( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744209 Well, my plan was to go for a bike ride this morning, but it turns out there's a big tack sticking out my tire! Phooey. I'll have to get it into the shop, since we don't have patching materials - we never had any luck trying to patch our own tires so we gave up a while back. <BR> <BR> So I did yoga instead, starting off with 50 jumping jacks, which turned out to be a good workout. <BR> <BR> Gonna try to get to the chiropractor today, my back is really bugging me. Flipping the mattress on... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:09:07 EST Back at Work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743554 Well, staycation is officially over and I'm back at work! Happily, the Legislature is in recess for another two weeks, so it's jeans and quiet here. <BR> <BR> Ate pretty well yesterday. Still pondering how best to start food tracking. For now, I'm starting with just jotting things down in a notebook to try to get myself in the habit - easy and quick. <BR> <BR> Tried something new and yummy last night - from last month's Cooking Light: <BR> <BR> Corn Frittata with Pecorino-Romano Cheese ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:51:37 EST Last Day of Staycation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742645 Well, today marks the last day of staycation. It's been a really good one - I am far better rested and much more relaxed. And, I suppose, more fit, if not weighing in less. I decided to take today off from working out - haven't taken a day off since the first day of vacation (July 4th). <BR> <BR> I probably need to start tracking my food again, and I'm trying to figure out a way to do it that won't drive me crazy and feel so time-consuming that I'll quit. I have not had a lot of luck w... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:39:54 EST Winding Down Staycation and Not Losing Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742052 Let's see, where did I leave off. Oh yeah, Thursday - we took my dad to see the Governor's Mansion, which was really cool, and then he treated us to lunch at the local crepe place. The mansion was really beautiful: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1302530599.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday we headed back to the Folsom Zoo - Kate wanted to see the animals again, and to show Paul everything. We also hit Costco, oh boy. Then came home and had a quiet afternoon. <BR> ... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:19:07 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740756 Well, Paul ended up driving home last night, so we are no longer an all-girl house, LOL! And he took the pooch for a walk this morning, so I got to go for a bike ride. Of course, once I got on my bike and realized how windy it was, I wasn't so enthusiastic! Oy...my legs are really tired. Rode 9.8 miles in 52 minutes, I don't know how I did that. <BR> <BR> But I don't have to be on my feet too much today - we're taking my dad to go tour the Governor's Mansion (another stop on our "nearb... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:49:18 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740169 Well, Kate just headed off for a pool playdate with a friend, so I get a few hours to myself. Of course, I'll be spending one of those taking Bam-Bam to the vet! Got a postcard this week reminding us she's due for a shot, and I figured it's easier to get that out of the way before we're back at work next week. <BR> <BR> Paul is on a plane home from Scotland...he'll land at SFO tonight, then crash there and drive home whenever he wakes up tomorrow morning. He said he literally just yesterd... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:36:22 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739285 Whew, vacation is kicking my butt! Walked a mile and a half with Bam-Bam yesterday morning, then we probably got a good 2-3 miles in trekking all over Discovery Kingdom. Had fun though. I slept hard! And after Kate's swim lesson last night, she was pretty pooped - she's still out cold at 8am. <BR> <BR> Got 2.4 miles in this morning, good walk. The down side, I'm realizing, is that Bam-Bam is getting in better shape...this may be a problem when we go back to work next week and don't have... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:57:09 EST Kicking Off Week 2 of Staycation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738537 Well, I didn't totally keep my "serious workout" commitment today. I had planned to take Bam-Bam for just a short walk, which I figured I could get away with since she was pretty whupped after the big walks I've been taking her on, and then I figured I'd go for a short bike ride or do yoga or weights. But it turns out I"m feeling pretty pooped too, so I decided to just stop at the half hour walk (2.5 miles). Kate and I are going to Discovery Kingdom today, so I'm sure I'll be getting a lot... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:35:16 EST Sweet Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738056 Well, it's Sunday and I still have another whole week off, woo hoooooooo! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> And it's 3pm and I have nothing on tap for the rest of the day, ahhhh. I just got back from our favorite Mexican market - their al pastor is to die for! - and whipped up a batch of fresh guacamole. Kate and I are going to have a seriously good dinner tonight! <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Awesome dinner last night...my BFF came up Friday for the weekend (she just left an... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:03:07 EST Endlessly Frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736671 Well, made the mistake of getting on the scale this morning - and my good mood went right out the window. UP a pound!!!! How is that even possible, with how much I've been exercising this week????? ARRRRRRRRRGH! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to get back in bed. With a bucket of ice cream. <BR> <BR> But Bam-Bam needed a walk, and I tweaked my back first thing, so away we went. Got in an hour (well, 59 minutes) walk, 3.4 miles. Not bad. Take that. <BR> <BR> I just WISH I could see some pr... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:13:51 EST Wednesday in Staycation Land http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735733 Started off my birthday on the right foot, so to speak - took Bam-Bam for a half hour walk, then did 45 minutes of yoga. I am gonna be soooo sore tomorrow! It was fun, I decided I had to do at least one pose from every Yoga Journal workout I have (I rip them out of the magazine almost every month). And no cheating (double-counting). It was great, really forced me to do some work I tend to avoid, like lots of ab work. Ow. <BR> <BR> Interesting, how challenges can motivate us. Is that th... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:25:04 EST Tuesday in Staycation Land http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735007 Lordy, this staycation is awfully busy, sheesh! Took Kate to 10am karate this morning, then took her and her friend to sewing camp this afternoon, and took her to band practice tonight. Spent nearly two hours this afternoon running errands, but was able to come home and crash for half an hour before it was time to go pick them up from class. <BR> <BR> I am getting reading time, no worries - I finished "The Last Original Wife" by Dorothea Benton Frank last night, which I really enjoyed. I ... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:50:11 EST Monday in Staycation Land http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734217 Dang, this day was busier than I planned! I had decided to finish off the office this morning, which I thought would take maybe an hour. Ha! Try, closer to 2-1/2! I went through all the files and did a serious purge - old bank statements and paychecks, that sort of thing. I have an enormous shred pile now. Then I tackled the monster pile of filing. Oy. Good to have it done though, this room looks fantastic. <BR> <BR> Got another bike ride in this morning, nearly 9 miles in about 45 m... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 00:11:50 EST Day 3, Day 2, Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733419 Day 3 of Staycation. Lovin' it. Sooooo happy I don't have to get up and go to work tomorrow!!! <BR> <BR> Day 2 of Project Serious Workout. Today I walked all the way around the park in 46 minutes - mapped it at 3.17 miles, basically a 5K. I must be recovering, because I didn't start getting tired till a good half hour into it. Awesome to be getting a normal energy level back! <BR> <BR> Day 1 of Project Deep Clean. We tackled the office this morning - both of us went at it hard for a s... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 23:06:09 EST Day 1 of Project Serious Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732500 Hope everyone (in the US at least) had a great Independence Day! We had a really nice day, just spent the day at my in-laws', eating and hanging by the pool. Ate like crap of course, and drank a lot of sangria, but hey, one day is one day. :-) It was just so nice to relax and do nothing for a day! Then last night we got a good little fireworks show in. <BR> <BR> We did our annual Fourth of July photos in the front yard yesterday morning: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 11:58:39 EST Friday and Almost Staycation Time!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731319 First of all, here's my Facebook post from this morning...I'm having so much fun with the Bitstrips app! ;-) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1529865756.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I can't tell you how excited I am that today is my last day of work till the 21st! I am soooo ready to not be at this desk for a while. Really looking forward to two weeks of not having to be anywhere. Well, mostly. I'll still have to get Kate to karate and band, and she's doing a sewing cam... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 12:45:39 EST Wednesday (but really Thurs) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730565 Loving the short week! Especially since after tomorrow, I'll be off work till the 21st! WaHOOOOOOOO! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Good news re: the dentist...he said I must have gotten a popcorn kernel or something caught in my gum, and it just got angry and caused everything to flare up. So he numbed up the gum a bit and dug around and cleared it out. WHEW. I was so afraid I would need a root canal! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Got an 8-1/2 mile bike ride in today, ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 12:15:32 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729904 Well, potentially bad news...one spot on my gum has been bugging me for a good couple weeks, I thought I had a popcorn kernel stuck in there or something, but now my tooth hurts when I brush it. Noooooo! My dentist said last time that I had two cavities that needed fillings (which I've since gotten done) and two that he wanted to keep an eye on. The weird thing is, the one that's bothering me appears to be one of the ones he filled. Crossing my fingers that it's not time for my first root... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 14:10:52 EST Monday Afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729223 Ugh, having so much trouble getting motivated to work! Hard to wrap my brain around the fact that there's nothing urgent on my plate for a while. For a change! Kinda nice. <BR> <BR> Took a long lunch to meet my dad at the bank to deal with some stuff, then we grabbed some lunch. He's heading up to Seattle tomorrow to spend 10 days with my brother and his girlfriend. It'll be really good for him, I think, to get a break - he hasn't gone anywhere since 2009, since my mom just really wasn'... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:42:44 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728345 It's Sunday morning and I feel like I'm having an actual weekend for a change! Soooo nice to not have to go into the office for two days. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I usually skip the workout on Saturday morning, seems like things just get too busy and then I have to be somewhere. But yesterday, by the time I had breakfast, got the grocery list together, etc., I realized I easily had time for a half hour workout before showering and taking Kate to karate. So I got a good walk i... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 12:44:22 EST Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727143 It's Friday, I've got an easy day at work, no plans this evening, and a free weekend! WOOT! <BR> <BR> Took Bam-Bam for a walk this morning - just a half hour, neither of us was interested in pushing it. Accountability is a great thing...I really thought about staying in bed, but then I thought nah, I don't want to have to tell the Spark folks that I blew off a workout. ;-) <BR> <BR> Speaking of which, I've really been doing well. I have worked out 6 days a week all the way through May ... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:11:00 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726382 Almost done...just have to get through a hearing this morning, and then I can skate through till next Thurs, and then TWO WEEKS OFF!!!! <BR> <BR> I went for a walk all by myself this morning, totally weird, never do that anymore! It was Paul's turn to walk Bam-Bam, and normally I would do yoga or bike, but my back is still hurting so I knew I should get out. And it did help. I even did a little - gasp! - running!!! <BR> <BR> It's weird, I haven't run in ages, and I was a little bit, I ... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:39:05 EST Wed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725627 Plugging along...actually got out of here at 5:30 two days in a row, yay! And tonight I might even (gasp) get out of here at 5! So nice to be getting back to normal. <BR> <BR> Threw out my lower back again last night, argh. My own fault - I'm really bad about watching my posture at the computer, and of course I've been doing a ton of computer time lately. Sigh. Heading to the chiro this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Got a nice long walk in with Bam-Bam this morning (almost 45 min). I was going... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:45:02 EST Home Stretch, Baby!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724887 Well, the worst is over. All my analyses are done (the hard part), I just have to get through today's hearing and Thursday's hearing (the easy part), and a couple briefings, and then life goes back to normal! Damn, I've been working a lot of hours. Here late again last night, and possibly tonight. I am sooooo ready for my two weeks off in July! Starts week after next!!!! <BR> <BR> My own bill blew up in another committee hearing yesterday. :-p Annoying, because I knew it was going to ... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:47:37 EST Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722891 Having a good Saturday. Took Kate to the Girl Scout shop this morning to spend her cookie credit (and then some, of course). Then we hit the grocery store, then came to unload and have lunch. <BR> <BR> Now she is crashed out in front of the tv, I'm done dealing with laundry, and I'm heading out momentarily to get a cut and color. It'll be nice to sit for a while! Then I think we're going to try to catch a movie late this afternoon, depending on how long my appointment runs (highlights... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 15:43:57 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722262 Yesterday was just so crazy at work that I never found five minutes to blog! No bueno. I'm in the home stretch, though - I have to finish the last of my analyses by Tuesday, then we'll have hearings Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning, then we're DONE till August. Woo hoo! I am so looking forward to having a weekend (and evenings) off, it's been a seriously nutso month. <BR> <BR> Blew off the workout yesterday, partly because Bam-Bam decided it wasn't enough fun to roust us between 5-... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:34:29 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720797 Our hearing went well yesterday, and ended just before 5. I was so pooped that I decided to heck with it, I'm getting out of here and taking an evening OFF! Of course, it wasn't exactly the most relaxing evening, as I schlepped Kate to both karate and band. It actually works out nicely, because karate ends 15 min before band practice begins, and it's literally a 5-min drive between them. Kinda nice because it means we can still do Tue/Thurs karate, or Tue/Sat karate, as we usually do, and... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:24:36 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719847 Managed an 8+ mile bike ride (40 min.) this morning, I have no idea how. I was so gassed that I was in 6th gear most of the time. My 'hood is flat, so I'm usually in 7th, and I'll kick down to 6th once in a while for a little hill. But today, I was struggling the whole way. To be fair, I was riding into the breeze for most of it, but still. I really wanted to cut it short but I thought no, I've been feeling so fat, and cutting my workouts short will not help that! So I plugged on throug... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:01:10 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719236 Another day, another dollar...or something like that. Worked several hours on Saturday, worked several more hours yesterday, expect to work late most of this week again...ughhhh. Should get better after this week though! <BR> <BR> I am feeling SO fat right now. My weight hasn't really gone up, but I just feel like I'm packing a huge amount. I decided I'd start food tracking again, but I vastly prefer the journal option - hate the food tracker! - and now I can't find it. Did Spark get ri... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:51:34 EST Sunday Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718363 Well, it's 7:15 and I've got my workout out of the way. That's what I love about morning workouts! I was hoping to do it a little later today, but Paul set the alarm for the usual 6am so he could make an early tee time...so the dog was up and running...and in all the ruckus of him leaving, Kate woke up and got up. Oh well, this way I can get more done. <BR> <BR> Weight is not great...I've been breaking my rule and weighing myself every couple days, and I can't believe how much it fluctuat... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 10:28:27 EST Hell Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717225 Totally crazy week at work, I've been putting in a lot of extra hours. Here till 7 Tuesday night, then the past two nights I left at 5, went home and had dinner and changed, and came back for about an hour and a half. Tonight I get a night off though! Paul and I are taking our dads to the River Cats game for Father's Day, I'm really looking forward to it. (The River Cats are a AAA baseball team, affiliated with the Oakland A's.) <BR> <BR> I've actually been eating decently, have managed ... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:14:22 EST Whadda Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715763 Oh lordy, work is crazy busy right now. Spent three hours here on Sunday, couldn't stay late Monday because of Kate's thing, but was here till 7 last night and expect to be here at least that late tonight. Gotta love June! =:-0 It'll get better after next week, I just need to keep plugging through the crunch time. Now is the real challenge of eating well - I tend to want to indulge "because I deserve it" when I hit major stress times. I did have a small glass of wine when I got home las... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:25:12 EST Ponderings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714170 As I mentioned yesterday, I did the Women's Fitness 5k. It's always interesting, doing a 5k like that, because it's not all super-athlete types. There are women out there who are doing their first 5k, whether running or walking...there are lots of girls out there with their moms or even grandmas...there are women who clearly only get out about once a year do do a 5k... <BR> <BR> It's interesting, because I tend to always compare myself with people who are more fit than I. I'm always looki... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 12:05:43 EST Sunday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713634 Oh lordy am I tired and cranky this afternoon! Just annoyed because I thought I could maybe actually gel all afternoon, but then I kept getting work-related emails I needed to respond to, and Paul decided we needed to balance the checking statement NOW. Oy. <BR> <BR> Oh well, I did get a little scrap time and reading time in, so it hasn't all been bad. And it's only 4:15, day's not over yet! <BR> <BR> No workout yesterday...procrastinated till I didn't have time to. We headed to San F... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 19:23:39 EST Friday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712083 Oh lordy, am I tired, I'm really hoping the coffee kicks in soon!!! Just draaaaaaagging today. I really wanted to skip the workout, but Paul refused to get out of bed to walk Bam-Bam, even though it was his turn, and she really just behaves better when she gets a daily walk...plus, I knew I needed the exercise. So off we went. <BR> <BR> It hit me this morning that the handy little "Map My Ride" website that I've been using to figure out mileage for my bike rides, would work for walking to... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 12:16:29 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711299 Took Bam-Bam for a walk this morning, but we were both pretty pooped...so we were gone 40 minutes, but we didn't cover as much distance as we usually do! But oh well, we got out and moved. :-) Here she is, hitting the fun wall after a burst of post-walk energy to chase the ball: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1754638353.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Band concert went well, and Kate really had fun. She may not be into practicing at home, but she loves her band teacher, b... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 12:08:31 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710504 So, it is halfway through the week, and I will share my FB post of this morning as an indicator of how my week is going: <BR> <BR> ********** <BR> <BR> On Monday evening, got halfway to our destination before I realized that we were heading there an hour early. Yesterday evening, Paul texted me 20 minutes before we left to remind me not to lock him out, but when I left, I went right ahead and locked up. This morning, I put my lunch right next to my purse, and when I left, I grabbed my purse... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 11:55:56 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709734 Whew, kinda crazy morning. My office is getting together with our counterparts in the other legislative house today, for lunch. It's an annual tradition, kind of fun. But the woman who was going to host it had to bail out, so I stepped in and volunteered. Why?! Well, because my boss was just going to book a room in the Capitol, and I spent enough time here! I'd WAY rather hang out in my backyard for a couple hours. :-) <BR> <BR> I did some prep on Sunday evening, but then this mornin... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 12:24:43 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708930 Monday morning and a very busy week ahead! But what else is new. <BR> <BR> Got some weight work in this morning, just wasn't in the mood to do a "real" workout. Yesterday I took Bam-Bam for nearly an hour walk, all the way around the park. She was pooped the rest of the day! ;-) <BR> <BR> Paul left town yesterday morning for a few days, so it's just me, Kate, Bam-Bam, and the guinea pigs. All girls, all the time, LOL! <BR> <BR> I took Kate shopping on Saturday for scrapbook stuff, the... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 12:44:07 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707584 Got a 10.2-mile bike ride in this morning, yay! Started out thinking I might keep it short, but then once I got going I wanted to put a dent in my 100-mile goal for May is Bike Month. Didn't make my goal, but 64 miles ain't too shabby. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>108</em> <BR> <BR> Had a nice quiet evening last night - instead of going out, we got a deep-dish Zelda's pizza, yum, and brought it home and opened a bottle of Barolo. Ahhhhh. And yeah, hopefully that bike ride undid s... Sat, 31 May 2014 17:00:23 EST FRIDAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706783 Yay, it's Friday! And I have zero meetings on my calendar, even better, woo hoo! And I'm having lunch with a friend, which will be nice. <BR> <BR> Took a long (45 min) walk with Bam-Bam this morning. I'm almost back at 100%, I think - tired, but hey, what else is new? <BR> <BR> Discouraged about the Spark Tracker. I've mentioned before that I'm annoyed at having to sit at the computer for several minutes to get my numbers, instead of having them onscreen like the FitBit. Plus it seems ... Fri, 30 May 2014 12:19:47 EST Thurs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706065 Four-day week but it still feels like it should be Friday by now, LOL! <BR> <BR> Open House and Art Show were good. Checked out the 5th grade classes to start scoping out next year. It's crazy, every year there's been such a teacher shuffle at our school - we had one teacher die, another go out on maternity leave, another go out on medical leave, etc. etc. etc. Plus they keep having to do splits because of the way the numbers go - this year there is a 3/4, two fourth grade classes, and a ... Thu, 29 May 2014 13:12:05 EST Wed Already! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705362 Four-day weeks are so weird. I almost forgot to put out the garbage and recycling last night! Just kinda throws everything off. <BR> <BR> Let's see, what's going on. I'm still not 100% physically - I seem to be past my ahem, intestinal issues, and my appetite is finally getting back to normal (sadly), but I'm still not feeling totally great. I'm drinking water like crazy and hoping it will pass! Feel like I'm gonna float away, but I continue to be thirsty and they say if you're thirsty ... Wed, 28 May 2014 16:31:35 EST Memorial Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703661 Sooo nice to have a long weekend, though I did go into the office for a couple hours this morning. It's worth it - I can get twice as much work done on the weekend! So nice to have no interruptions, peace and quiet, I can really focus and just crank through. <BR> <BR> Kate's friend Lola and her mom are coming any minute - Paul and Kate recruited them for their "Pathfinder" game. I'm so happy! It's like Dungeons and Dragons, and they love it, but I just get bored. Hopefully the new playe... Mon, 26 May 2014 16:09:50 EST Sunday of a Long Weekend, Ah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702839 Well, you know how I posted Friday morning about being really pooped after my long bike ride? Well, here's how the rest of the day went...I'll just cut and paste my Facebook post here for you: <BR> <BR> ************************ <BR> <BR> Oh, what a fun afternoon. Took a good bike ride this morning, then felt really gassed, and progressively worse all morning. I had accidentally left my lunch in the car, so I finally headed out to get it in hopes that eating would make me feel better. But w... Sun, 25 May 2014 13:48:14 EST Friday and Almost to a Breather! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701486 If I can just get through Kate's birthday party tomorrow, I can have a couple days OFF. Just gotta keep plugging! <BR> <BR> Got all the art projects matted last night, plus the kids' pics and names. We laid it all out last night on the floor - I think it's going to look really good when we put them all up on the auditorium wall. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1812889231.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our computer has been acting up a lot so Paul spent some time on it la... Fri, 23 May 2014 12:32:07 EST