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/ Merry Christmas Eve! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837993 Paul and Kate are experimenting with a "chocolate trifle" - we usually do the traditional berry type (Paul's grandmother's recipe), but Kate asked for something different. It's looking pretty darn yummy!!! That'll be tomorrow's dessert. <BR> <BR> Last night we made the grasshopper pies, which will be tonight's dessert. Yup, it's crazy dessert time of year, LOL! <BR> <BR> Got nearly 2 miles in this morning, but just walking, I wasn't feeling the running today. At least I got out and move... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 13:30:12 EST Last Day of Work for 2014! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837493 Today is my last day of work till January 5th, woo hoo! <BR> <BR> My new boss is starting today, so that's kind of nice - we can start forward progress before the break. Such a relief to have all the unknowns out of the way after this month of uncertainty - our new chief starts today, our other new consultant starts January 2nd, and we had a conference call with our new Chair the other day (we'll meet with him in person the first week of January, when the legislative session starts). <BR>... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 12:23:38 EST Nuclear Kid Meltdown http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836851 Oh lordy, where to begin. How about with exercise...I took Saturday off but took the pooch out for 2.6 miles yesterday. This morning I was exhausted - didn't get to bed till nearly midnight, more on that in a minute - so I decided to try for 6 minutes of running. Don't know why I picked that number, other than that it's about half of what I've been running. Continued my run 1-1/2 minutes, walk 2 (I know, I really need to start increasing!), but my walks today were more like 2-1/2 - 3. Bu... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:17:55 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835445 Well, I started on the tramadol last night - half of one at bedtime, the other half when I got up - and it is HUGELY helping with the pain. Woooooo hoooooooooo!!!! I can't tell you how nice it is to be at a 2 or 3 pain level, as opposed to an 8 or 10. I was feeling funky for a little while this morning, but I think maybe that's because I took it on an empty stomach...the doc said I should take it with food, but I'm so used to just taking my pills when I get up (I work out, then eat breakfa... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:45:18 EST MRI Followup with Doc http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835001 Saw the doc this morning to go over the results of the MRI test. SUPER helpful! I probably screwed up her schedule for the entire day, because she spent a full half hour with me, but it was just great. She went through all the results with me, walked through all the treatment options, etc. etc. etc. <BR> <BR> Basically, I have four problem discs - the four lowest, right down to my tailbone. Two of them (the two lowest) are bulging badly enough to cause "nerve impingement" (pinched nerv... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:14:14 EST One Week till Christmas, Yiiiiikes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834427 I'm not ready, aaaaaaagh! How can it possibly be only a week till Christmas??? <BR> <BR> I did get a pile of presents wrapped on Monday evening, so at least our tree looks respectable now. :-) But I still have shopping to do - not looking forward to venturing out the weekend before xmas, but I don't think I'll be able to avoid it. Though I have a mammogram at 3:15 today and I think I can get away with not coming back to work afterward...I may try to zip over to the mall for a quick hit... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:51:01 EST Back Issues, Greek Yogurt, Sick Kid, No More Cavities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833960 How's that for a blog title? Get your attention? LOL! <BR> <BR> Had a rough day yesterday with the back pain, but thankfully it eased up by bedtime and I got a decent night's sleep. But I tell you, if the doc offers me a cortisone shot on Thursday, I'm taking it! It would be blissful to have even a couple days without pain, at this point. <BR> <BR> I talked to my chiropractor yesterday about the MRI results and she said they'll probably prescribe physical therapy, which I"m basically ... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:31:07 EST Monday, the Back Verdict, and Rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833401 Lordy, my back is bad! I was doing okay this weekend, since I was on my feet a lot, but yesterday evening I was laying on the couch and the dog jumped on me. OY. Had a terrible night, just couldn't get comfortable. :-( <BR> <BR> I got my MRI results this morning - several bulging discs and, therefore, nerve impingement. Which explains all the pain! The good news is, from what we could find online it doesn't sound like it will require surgery. The bad news is, I don't see the doc till ... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:44:59 EST Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832425 Didn't sleep well again last night, back was really bugging me. :-( Then I woke up super early, and I was having a horrible time getting back to sleep, especially after the dog jumped up on the bed. But I guess I did get back to sleep because Kate woke us both up when she came clomping in at 7:30. (Amazing how one kid can sound like a herd of elephants!) <BR> <BR> After breakfast, I got some running in. HARD. I'm used to going first thing, on an empty stomach, so I felt a little sluggi... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 13:51:25 EST Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831972 So, thankfully the MRI last night turned out to be WAY easier than last time...they told me it was 20 minutes, it didn't even feel that long! Really a nice surprise. I think it was actually easier, knowing what I was in for this time. And of course, it was shorter - last time it was more like an hour and I was pretty disoriented when I came out, from the godawful racket that thing makes. I was a tad woozy when I came out last night, but I shook it off quickly. Very happy to have that ove... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:39:23 EST Storm of the Century...Not http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831541 Well it's nearly 4:30 and I have not only survived driving to Davis and back for a conference (about a half hour each way), but I have survived all the rain and wind. Sheesh! The hype around this storm has been unbelievable...you'd think we'd never seen rain and wind before!!! I mean, yes, they're flooding in a couple towns in the North Bay Area, but nothing but the usual street flooding in Sacramento. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, sitting most of the day just about killed my back, I kept having to g... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:21:29 EST Wed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830941 Whew, what an emotional roller coaster the past week or two have been at work! Things are just so crazy. The good news is, leadership has ok'd hiring the person we want to hire for the junior consultant position, and it looks like we'll be able to make the offer to her today. Yay! Of course, then we have the fun task of calling/visiting the folks who didn't get it. I know, we could blow them off, but we don't believe in that - there is nothing more frustrating than being left in limbo, a... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:41:02 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830299 Didn't have a lot of time for a workout this morning, for a variety of reasons, but I decided a short run/walk workout was better than a yoga workout - trying to get that running in right now! I bumped up from run 1 minute, walk 2, to run 1-1/2 minute, walk 2. Obviously I was due, because it really wasn't any harder to run 1-1/2. I only got 8 minutes in, since my time was limited, but hey, better than nothing. <BR> <BR> Had a quiet evening at home last night, just Kate and I since Paul go... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 12:13:04 EST My Appointment with the Dietician http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829778 So, my long-awaited appointment with the nutritionist, dietician, whatever she's called, was this morning. The good - and bad - news is that she doesn't think my diet is very out of whack. I know, that's good, but I want a silver bullet to fix everything, right? <BR> <BR> I told her about my frustrations with weight gain, and she noted that I weighed in at 185 in May and at 194 today (note that I was fully dressed and wearing a coat and boots today!). <BR> <BR> She said basically I ne... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 15:41:52 EST Sunday Night and I am Beat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829360 Whew, what a busy day it has been! But I guess I should pick up where I left off. Let's see, we took my dad to lunch yesterday, which was nice. Then we hit the grocery store and I know we did another errand but I honestly can't remember right now what it was! Came home and got stuff done around the house, and crashed out for the evening. <BR> <BR> This morning, I got a little over an hour of raking in, and helped Kate give the guinea pigs a bath (yeah, that was an adventure)...here's wha... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 23:17:59 EST Man What a Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828645 This week has been so nuts at work, I don't even know where to begin. Long story short, my boss is leaving, and I am NOT being promoted to her position. Leadership is concerned because I've only been at the committee for two years...apparently the other 23 years I've been in and around the Capitol don't count for anything. D'oh! The really funny part is that every single staffer and lobbyist I have run into, once they hear the news, immediately say, "so you're going to be chief now, right... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 14:23:09 EST Thurs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827560 Skipped the workout yesterday - just couldn't face the pouring rain again! But this morning I got the pooch out for a 2.81-mile, 50-minute walk so that felt good. And I only got sprinkled on, no real rain. <BR> <BR> My back is doing better, but I think it's more the fact that I'm taking a lot more ibuprofen now (per doc 's suggestion) than any improvement. I am doing my best to take care of it though. <BR> <BR> It's just madness at work right now, so many big changes going on. My bo... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 12:16:47 EST Rain, MRI, Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826403 POURING rain this morning when we woke up - hard enough that we could actually hear it, didn't have to look out the window! Of course Paul wussed out on walking the dog again - he didn't go yesterday because it was raining, and it was a light rain. I told him look, if she goes two days without a walk, she'll destroy the house today...he said yeah, I understand that, but she doesn't like walking in the rain any more than I do. <BR> <BR> Sigh...so yes, I took her, and it absolutely poured ... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 12:23:02 EST Monday and December! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825818 Wow, December 1st...got Kate's advent calendar together last night and was ready to go this morning, so that was a good start to a Monday! <BR> <BR> The bad start, however, was that Accuweather lied...it wasn't supposed to rain today, and the current forecast said fog when I got up...but five minutes in, it started pouring. UGH. I was just far enough along that I didn't want to backtrack to grab my baseball cap...I don't mind going out in the rain, but I hate my face getting wet! Especial... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 13:26:07 EST I've Broken the Barrier...of Shame http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825153 Well, it finally happened, the thing I've been trying for so long to avoid - I broke the dreaded 190 barrier. Scale read 190.6 this morning. WAAAAAAAH! I've been creeping up, despite all my efforts to stop it, but I was really hoping that the extra running and stuff would help keep me from going over the top with Thanksgiving. Apparently not though. Sigh. <BR> <BR> I have a nutritionist appt soon, I'm really interested to see what I learn from that. Hopefully something useful! Becau... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 11:52:30 EST Only Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824676 So nice that we still have an entire weekend ahead! I'm getting spoiled with all the time off lately. But I have to take advantage, this time of year, since it's slow at work...from January to July I hardly ever get to take a day off. So we all take as much time as we can in the fall! <BR> <BR> Just got a good workout in...2.84 miles, with 10 minutes of running. Yay! I'm dying because I wore a baseball cap in case I got caught in the rain, but it's kind of warm and humid out there and t... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 11:37:02 EST The Day After http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824262 It's 9:30am and I just finally finished the last of the cleanup from yesterday, whew! Except for putting away the card table, which we added onto the dining table to make more room for food and all. But the tablecloths, etc. are all in the wash, and all the dishes are either done, in the dishwasher, or handwashed and put away (e.g., china). <BR> <BR> It was a nice day, though the turkey was a bit of a disappointment. Unfortunately, a piece (tail?) apparently fell off and ended up catching... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:48:01 EST Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823846 Here's the quote I posted on my Facebook page today...good to be reminded of what this holiday is all about: <BR> <BR> The pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving. <BR> ~H.U. Westermayer <BR> <BR> Got my back adjusted yesterday, which helped somewhat but not as much as I'd hoped. Slept okay - woke up every time I needed to roll over, because it hurt! Argh. <BR> <BR> But this m... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:33:10 EST T Minus 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823382 Just got back from the chiropractor...my back has been HORRENDOUS this week. I can hardly bend over to tie my shoes, and every time I sit for more than ten minutes I get so locked up that I have to walk around for a few minutes till I loosen up enough to stop whimpering with pain. Arrrrrgh. My chiropractor isn't sure what's going on...I'm just frustrated. Hopefully the adjustment will help. <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I'm putting together a bunch of yoga stretches and ab exercise... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:05:21 EST Busy Weekend but a Quiet Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822209 Whew, what an active weekend this turned out to be! I didn't actually work out either day, but I feel like I got a lot of movement in. <BR> <BR> Friday night, we had friends over for dinner, which was great. Saturday morning, Paul took Kate to karate and my Girl Scout co-leader and I met with the library folks about our service project. We finally have a plan, yay! <BR> <BR> Saturday afternoon, Paul and I spent three solid hours tackling the kitchen (Operation Deep Clean continues). W... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:02:10 EST Black Friday...A Different Version http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820699 Tough day here in the Senate today...the new head of personnel is meeting with several offices and word is that they are all getting either heavily cut, or eliminated altogether. One of the offices is where I used to work, and I still have friends there...the meeting is happening right now and I'm stressing for them. :-( This is absolutely unprecedented, but I've been hearing for a while that the Senate budget is in trouble, and I think the old head of personnel was just here way too long a... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:51:30 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820101 Wow, Thanksgiving is a week from today!!! Can't believe how fast fall has flown by. It's so pretty outside right now though, we're finally getting lots of fall color. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>465</em> <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> Last night Paul took Kate to karate, I had the monthly Girl Scout leader meeting. I actually had to speak at this one...I made the mistake last month of suggesting how we structure our meetings, and how we deal with various challenges (like keeping the gir... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:10:41 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819531 Wow, I haven't posted since Friday? Things have been hopping. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Let's see...quiet weekend, which was nice. Got a good 45 minutes of raking in on Saturday morning, took Bam-Bam for a 3.1-mile walk on Sunday morning. Otherwise, watched a lot of football, ran some errands, nothing exciting. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Took Monday off - spent the morning chaperoning Kate's class field trip to the State Indian Museum, which is part of Sutter's Fort... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:59:15 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816854 Yay, it's Friday! Sadly, this is the second day in a row I have not worked out - HIGHLY unusual for me, but yesterday morning it was pouring rain, and today I had to be out early for a meeting. I'll need to make up for it this weekend! I definitely have plenty of raking to do, that'll be one of my workouts. <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Had our parent-teacher conference yesterday afternoon, got a glowing review as usual. Nice that... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:34:46 EST Healthier Than I Think? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816259 This morning I had an annual, physical, and flu shot, the whole shebang. And scheduled a mammogram, plus I need to go in for bloodwork for cholesterol testing (gotta fast for that so I couldn't do it today). Hadn't done any of it in several years - last time I was in she said everything was good and I didn't need to come back for a while. The good news is, everything looks good! Of course, I don't have test results yet, but she didn't see any issues. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR>... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:41:40 EST Wed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815516 Back to work - sooo weird, to have a holiday in the middle of the week like that! But it was nice to have a day off - saw a good movie, got some reading time, and did some scrapbooking, yay! <BR> <BR> This morning I took Bam-Bam for a walk, a little over 2 miles. We're back to it barely being light when we start out, boo! But we're getting lots of fall color, with the cooler nights, and with the wind yesterday there's a lot of it on the ground! I'll have a big raking project this weekend... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:10:20 EST Veterans Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815051 A big thank you to all those who have served, and are serving! My dad being one of them...he was an MP in Korea. He jokes that joining the Army was a raw deal - his brother joined the Navy and served his time "floating around the Mediterranean on a boat." LOL! <BR> <BR> Weird to have a day off on a Tuesday, but so be it. I got a good bike ride in this morning, yay! Then we took Kate and a friend to see "Book of Life," which was sooooo cool - absolutely incredible artwork, just beautiful... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:11:15 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814233 Whoa, Spark changed up the blog view, that was a bit startling! Had to re-orient myself. ;-) <BR> <BR> Took a 2.3 miles walk with the pooch this morning, and much to my annoyance, when we got home and I went to take off her shock collar, it wasn't there! (Now please don't lecture me about shock collars - I hate them too, but it's the ONLY thing we've found that works when she reacts badly to another dog.) <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I went out and drove the route three times but didn't spot it, ... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:28:14 EST Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813129 It's Saturday, it's a GORGEOUS day, and the leaves are starting to turn, yay! I just took a bike ride - didn't want to but I'm so glad I did, felt really good to get out and move. I'm finally feeling human today! Slept hard last night, then the pooch rousted us early of course but I was able to get back to sleep once she settled down and slept till almost 8!!! Unheard of! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I got a 6.6 mile bike ride in - didn't break any land speed records, but I was pedaling the whole... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 13:58:19 EST Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812581 Busy day today...just got off a conference call, have a meeting from 10-12 about 6 blocks away (getting my steps in!), then I'm volunteering at the school jog-a-thon this afternoon (thankfully I don't have to run, just help count laps). <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I am soooooo tired and draggy, still haven't caught up from campaign madness. I managed to drag myself and Bam-Bam out for a nearly-2-mile walk. So hard to get motivated for that - after all the days of walking precinct... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 12:26:22 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812097 I hardly know what day it is, I'm so screwed up between working all weekend, being out of town, and daylight savings time, LOL! But today I'm back at my desk and trying to get back into the routine. Though I was at a meeting all morning and then lunch, but now I can park at my desk all afternoon and catch up on email and inbox. <BR> <BR> Saw such a pretty sight out in Capitol park at lunch: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1757514769.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Fall colo... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 17:11:39 EST The Day After http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811519 Well folks, the election is all over but the shouting, and I am very sad about the turnout. In the precinct I was working yesterday, when we did the 7pm check (the last time the poll workers update the list, since polls close at 8pm), only a couple dozen people had voted out of the entire precinct!!!! And only about 10 from our target list. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Hard not to be discouraged by that, but what can you do. The good news is, I got paired up with a really fun part... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 19:28:41 EST Happy Halloween! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808156 Well, let's start off with some pics. First of all, of course, the polka dot monster: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l29574115.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Oy, I am so disorganized...totally forgot that I was supposed to buy some bobby pins this week to hold her hat on! Managed to find some hair clips though, it worked. But I spent a solid 15 minutes tearing apart her entire closet to find one of her wrist pieces. Yeah, that helped the morning schedule. ;-) <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:44:15 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807540 Geez, isn't it Friday yet? Sure feels like it. Not that I'm excited about the weekend or anything, since I'll be heading to Fresno to walk precincts for four days. Get out and vote, peeps! <BR> <BR> Yesterday afternoon I did another site visit, to the county Traffic Operations Center. Kind of cool, they have a whole wall of tv's and they can look at all the different intersections (in the unincorporated areas) where they have cameras. If there's a major backup at an intersection, they c... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:07:57 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806958 Well, Paul now has a full-fledged nasty cold, stayed home today. :-( So needless to say, I was on pup duty again this morning. . We did a shorter walk today, a little under 2 miles (40 min). <BR> <BR> I slept soooo hard last night! Which was good in that I really needed it, but not so good in terms of trying to shake the sleep out of my brain all morning. ;-) Hopefully I can avoid this cold though! Sleeping can only help. And exercise - I have really found the last couple years that... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:16:20 EST Tooosday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806328 Lovely cool morning today...but they're predicting rain on Halloween, boo! Hope that one doesn't come true. We've had sprinkles some years, and I remember one year it started pouring as soon as we got home from trick-or-treating - we've been pretty lucky. <BR> <BR> Had a fairly quiet evening - we finished the next-to-last episode of Ken Burns' "The Roosevelts." Taking a long time to get through it, each episode is like two hours so we tend to watch them over a couple evenings (by the time... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:26:08 EST Recipe! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805809 Forgot to mention in my earlier post that we tried a new Cooking Light recipe the other day and it's a keeper! We have a rather narrow list of veggies outside salads that we both like, so we were happy to discover a cauliflower recipe we're both good with. <BR> <BR> <BR> Roasted Cauliflower Soup <BR> <link>www.myrecipes.com/recipe/roasted-cau<BR>liflower-soup-0 </link> <BR> <BR> Note that you have to roast the cauliflower, which takes a while. We roasted it in the morning and then di... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:34:03 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805683 Another weekend has flown by! Amazing how quickly they go. I soooo wish we could have four-day weeks, and three-day weekends! Then I might actually get at least a day OFF. :-) <BR> <BR> Had a pretty quiet day yesterday. Got some reading time, actually got some scrapbooking time (yay!), and spent a lot of time straightening up the house in general. And we had my dad over for dinner. <BR> <BR> I made a point of wearing my boots yesterday afternoon, which felt a little silly with a sweat... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:17:43 EST Soooo Tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805016 Just got back from a 7.4-mile bike ride (35 min). Not as ambitious as I usually do, but I'm just beat. I didn't really have the energy for a ride, but I haven't gotten one in the past two or three weekends (it's too dark when I get up during the week), and soon it will be too cold to ride at all. Good to use some different muscles, but ugh, I'm pooped. <BR> <BR> Let's see, what's been going on. Or should I say, what HASN'T been going on?! Sheesh. Well, the TNT class (teachers in traini... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 11:58:49 EST Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803960 Well, peeps, we've made it through another week, almost.... <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Got about 35 minutes of yoga in this morning, felt good. Oh, and I started off with 50 jumping jacks again. Nice way to warm up those muscles! Though of course I'm so out of breath by the time I finish them, that I have to stop and catch my breath before I can mellow out into yoga breathing. <BR> <BR> <em>414</em> <BR> <BR> Last night Paul took Kate to karate while I cleaned up the kitc... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:24:28 EST Thurs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803389 We're on the tail end of the week, peeps! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Got a 2.4-mile, 41-minute walk in with the pup this morning. Man, it's dark out in the morning now! Though at least it wasn't chilly - lot of cloud cover so it was actually pretty warm, I overdressed. Maybe some rain today? Keeping fingers crossed!!! We need it sooooo badly! <BR> <BR> <em>27</em> <BR> <BR> Girl Scout leader meeting last night was short, thankfully. I swear those things come around mor... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:18:00 EST Wed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802841 Managed to get 10 minutes of running in this morning (35 minutes, 2.4 miles total). Another chilly morning, though I was definitely sweating by the time I got back home! <BR> <BR> My plan to be efficient and vote during Kate's karate class was foiled when I got there and realized I'd grabbed Paul's ballot instead of mine. D'oh! I did end up getting it done before I went to bed, so that's out of the way at least. <BR> <BR> Lesson for the day...sigh...I have days like yesterday, where I go... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:27:24 EST Busy Tuesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802334 I keep trying to start writing a blog post but getting interrupted. Hate when work gets in the way of my personal life! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Lordy, was it dark and cold this morning! Only about 50, which is downright chilly after all the 70-degree mornings we've had. Don't get me wrong, I love it! I wore a sweater today, yay! But it did make it harder to drag myself and the pooch out. But we got a couple miles in. <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> Last night was ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:20:43 EST Back to Reality! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801504 Monday morning and I'm back at work! The nice thing is that I have a job I really like, so I wasn't dreading coming back. Of course, it helps that it's the quiet time of year and I can wear jeans. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I knew I REALLY should try to run this morning, but I just couldn't face it so I did 40 minutes of yoga instead. Though I did make myself do 50 jumping jacks to start off! <BR> <BR> <em>85</em> <BR> <BR> The yoga felt great, but it was hard...I'm rea... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:21:30 EST Back from Vacation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800866 Well, we're back from San Diego! Got back late yesterday afternoon, and dove right into the flurry of picking up the guinea pigs from Kate's friend's house, getting together a dinner menu for the week, hitting the grocery store, and of course piles of laundry. Thankfully, Paul's parents dropped Bam-Bam off yesterday morning - they live about an hour away from us, so it would have been a pain to have to go get her! They're way too good to us. :-) <BR> <BR> This morning, I'd been kind of h... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:13:27 EST