ERIN1128's SparkPeople Blog ERIN1128's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Almost Friday Really dragging today, it's going to be hard to stick to my one-coffee-a-day rule! I had already been working on it because when I drink a lot of caffeine it really seems to affect my complexion - plus, a lot of coffee just isn't good for you. But the bad dentist report last week just confirmed that I need to keep it down. (He wants me to quit both coffee and diet coke - yeah, right.) <BR> <BR> Got a good yoga workout in this morning. Had some twinges in the achilles, so I'm trying to be... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:26:35 EST Hump Day Busy day - lots of meetings this morning, and in about an hour I have to head into a special ethics training for the rest of the day. BLEAH. We've had three Senators in a row get in trouble this year, so they're making all the Senate staff (and Senators) go through another ethics training (we normally do one each two-year legislative session). Bo-ring, but necessary I suppose. The problem is, ethics training is always so, hit-you-over-the-head obvious - if you're talking to a lobbyist abo... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:16:53 EST Plugging Along Skipped the workout today...soooo nice to be lazy, but I can't afford to do that very often! I'll get back on it tomorrow. It is just so nice, once in a while, to have a morning where I'm not running around like a chicken with my head cut off. :-) <BR> <BR> I have recorded all my eating (in the planner, not the food tracker) for the past two days. I'm working hard on really thinking before I eat. Around 10:30 yesterday morning, I automatically started to head to the office fridge for my... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:19:42 EST Dental Issues, Dad Issues, Me Issues So, along the lines of the blog I wrote a few days ago about needing to take care of myself....had a dentist appt on Friday morning. I have to go to the dentist every 4 months rather than every 6, since I have problem gums. Well, after two good reports in a row the last two visits, on Friday the hygienist told me my lower gums look terrible, and the dentist told me I have two definite cavities that need fillings, and a third he wants to keep an eye on. <BR> <BR> ARRRRRGH! <BR> <BR> I ... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:12:41 EST One Choice at a Time I've decided I need to start with bite-size pieces, so to speak (oh geez, no pun intended, really!). Each time I am faced with an opportunity to eat, I need to choose how healthy I want to be. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went to a lunch thing, so it was the usual chicken and veggie plate, actually fairly healthy. Then I started to automatically reach for the dessert - a small piece of chocolate cake, a bunch of whipped cream, topped with an Andes mint. But then I thought you know, just becaus... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:31:00 EST I Need to Take Care of Myself So many thoughts jumbling around my head lately...need to start getting them down on paper, so to speak (does blogging count as putting stuff down on paper?) to organize them. I'm going to just put some of them down here to get started. <BR> <BR> Getting a lot of down time over the weekend has helped relax me this week. And has helped remind me that I need to take care of myself. <BR> <BR> I get annoyed sometimes at how often Paul schedules golf, but really I probably should look at as hi... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:43:31 EST Achilles Report So, last night while we were watching tv after putting Kate to bed, I was stressing about the achilles pain and suddenly the light bulb went off - icing usually makes things better, so why not try that? So I iced 'em for 20 minutes and....ahhhh, heaven. Why did I not think of this before?? And I'm happy to report, I did not wake up at all with pain last night. Woo hoo! I iced again this morning. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, reported to the doc this morning...I was really nervous because I'd done a... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:47:02 EST Monday Monday It's Monday, but for once I actually feel like I had a weekend, woo hoo! :-) So nice to get some down time for a change, plus I knocked a few things off the to-do list. <BR> <BR> The bummer is, I'm having a ton of achilles pain, in both of them, at night. :-( I've had this on and off before over the past year, sometimes one, sometimes both, but the last three nights have been really bad. And they're sore today too, felt it on my morning walk. I guess maybe I need to break down and go s... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:24:33 EST I'm the Mom of a Junior Black Belt! Well, the odyssey finally comes to a close...or rather, the close of a chapter. Kate is now a Junior Black Belt! Her test went great on Friday night, and she is soooooo happy, as you can see from the pic we took right afterward: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She definitely earned it. I wouldn't blame her if she wanted to just be done with karate forever now, but she is super excited to wear her new black gi and pants to class thi... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:14:22 EST Friday - Black Belt Test Day!!!! Whew, what a crazy day I had at work yesterday, never even got a minute to blog. Thankfully, the Legislature is now in spring recess till the 21st, so it should be quiet. Anyone who doesn't need to be working will be outta here, and those of us who do need to work - us committee consultants who have lots of analyses to write - will be here quietly cranking away. Although I am hoping to take Friday off. I'll at least get the afternoon off, because they always send us home at noon on Good F... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:54:10 EST Wed I had a 9:15 chiro appt (badly needed!) this morning, and Paul asked me to drop him off early because he had a bill up in committee this morning, so I had extra time! (Mon/Wed are band days, so we have to have Kate to school by 7:45). <BR> <BR> So I FINALLY got over to the eye doc to pick up my sunglasses, which have been sitting there for nearly a month. And then I had just enough time to zip over to the Dollar Store and pick up a couple little flowered buckets and some cute Easter stuf... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 13:33:23 EST Wed I had a 9:15 chiro appt (badly needed!) this morning, and Paul asked me to drop him off early because he had a bill up in committee this morning, so I had extra time! (Mon/Wed are band days, so we have to have Kate to school by 7:45). <BR> <BR> So I FINALLY got over to the eye doc to pick up my sunglasses, which have been sitting there for nearly a month. And then I had just enough time to zip over to the Dollar Store and pick up a couple little flowered buckets and some cute Easter stuf... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 13:33:04 EST Wed I had a 9:15 chiro appt (badly needed!) this morning, and Paul asked me to drop him off early because he had a bill up in committee this morning, so I had extra time! (Mon/Wed are band days, so we have to have Kate to school by 7:45). <BR> <BR> So I FINALLY got over to the eye doc to pick up my sunglasses, which have been sitting there for nearly a month. And then I had just enough time to zip over to the Dollar Store and pick up a couple little flowered buckets and some cute Easter stuf... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 13:32:38 EST Only Tuesday? Really? Hopping at work, but ya know, better busy than bored, right? ;-) Though I am getting tired of grabbing a sandwich at my desk. :-p At least I'm not going flat out like last week. We get a little bit of a reprieve after today's hearing - our next hearing isn't till the 22nd, since the Legislature is on spring break next week. I used to always take that week off, since it coincides with Kate's spring break, but unfortunately the down side of being a committee consultant is that spring is b... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 16:04:08 EST Monday Ugh, this cold is kicking my butt, I am so incredibly tired! Wah! Hopefully it'll pass soon and not turn into something worse. I dragged myself out of bed this morning and took Bam-Bam for a walk because exercise usually helps. <BR> <BR> Girl Scout meeting was very trying...every one of them had zero focus, and of course it was a day when we were trying to have a "Journey" discussion, as opposed to meetings where we do badge work. Like pulling teeth, trying to get them to pay attention, ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 12:12:54 EST Sunday Whew, I think I overdid it this morning, I"m pooped. Did a MAJOR purge on my closet, felt soooo good! Filled up an entire huge garbage bag. (Yes, I have way too much stuff.) Got rid of stuff that doesn't fit, that I always pass over when I'm getting dressed, that's getting worn out, that I don't like anymore. I can actually see everything in my closet right now, and it all makes me happy! A good thing. <BR> <BR> I also organized the main cabinet in the pantry, got two loads of laundry ... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 15:09:27 EST Whadda Week! OMG, what a busy week this has been. Tuesday night, Paul and I took his mom to see Ina Garten (celebrity chef). I've never watched her show but Sharon is a big fan. I really enjoyed her. Best line: "I'm not bossy, I'm what you call CLEAR." LOL! <BR> <BR> Wednesday night I ended up having to go back into the office for a while after dinner, since I missed most of the day dealing with Kate's toe. Thankfully, she's walking almost normally and says she'll be fine for her karate test tonigh... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 15:38:04 EST Not-Broken Toe, "You Shouldn't Be Here," and Life Goes On The fun never stops around here...this morning when Kate was getting ready, she somehow managed to whack her toe really hard and just cried and cried. And we watched it swell. And we all thought, oh god, karate test in three days. NOOOOOOO! <BR> <BR> We put ice on it, dosed her up with ibuprofen, and I snagged a 10am appt with her doc. He couldn't tell by looking at it - it was bruising by then, but just black and blue, not purple and yellow or swelling horribly, so I had some hope. O... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 16:09:36 EST Goodbye, Mom Well, we lost Mom on Friday afternoon. None of the meds were working, the infection was just too tough. She had an episode Thursday night where they gave her a new mix and her blood pressure shot down dangerously low, but they managed to stabilize her. But when my dad got there Friday morning she had gotten worse. The one bad toe had turned black the first day or so she was in the hospital (she went in Sunday night), and on Friday morning the infection was clearly traveling up the entire ... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:13:14 EST Thursday Well, things aren't good on the Mom front...we're on day four, and she still doesn't appear to be responding to any of the drugs. We all are beginning to wonder how much longer she can fight this. Even if she does come out of this crisis, she's going to have to have at least part of the other foot taken off...more to recover from, more time in the rehab facility. But at this point, I'm really starting to feel like this may be the end. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I'm just trying to take care of my... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:32:37 EST Mom Update I posted this on my Facebook page this afternoon...the situation isn't getting any better. It's so frustrating that three days in, they can't figure out how to treat it to make her comfortable enough to stop yelling...seems to be a combination of pain and hallucinations. Horrible to listen to, I don't know how my dad can sit there all day. As I told him, I really hope that when she comes out of this, she can't remember any of it because she seems to just be in hell right now. <BR> <BR> An... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:24:47 EST Wed No change on Mom's condition...they still haven't figured out what's causing the infection, so they're just dosing her with one antibiotic mix after another and hoping something will stick. It's some sort of bacterial infection in her blood. Apparently they've ruled out all the obvious options, so now they're starting to look at the "exotic." <BR> <BR> And of course I managed to leave my phone at home today, which doesn't help my stress level, argh. I'll have to swing by and pick it up ... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:11:33 EST Mom back in the hospital :-( So, yeah, once again, Mom is in the hospital. Really serious this time - massive sepsis infection and kidney failure. My dad said she wasn't feeling feel all weekend, and the nurse that saw her on Saturday was concerned because she had some tenderness around her kidneys. Her back was hurting a lot on Sunday - I'm guessing that was the kidneys. By Sunday night she was feeling terrible, and then around 2am she woke my dad up, just yelling incoherently, feverish, and when she started going i... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:21:40 EST Monday - Bring It On! It's going to be another crazy week, so I'm trying to face it head on! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Bam-Bam was too pooped to want a walk this morning, all that playing with Scotty for the last four days. So out I headed on my own. Decided to get some running in, and to kick it up a bit. I've been doing run 2 min, walk I did run 3, walk 3, though I broke the fourth set up into two. But, 12 min. total, which is better than I've been doing. Just gotta keep pushing harde... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:03:57 EST Sunday Night Soooo tired...Bam-Bam just would NOT settle last night, kept waking us up with her restlessness. Argh! I'm really crashing now. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, had a nice relaxing afternoon and evening yesterday at Paul's parents'. Tried not to eat TOO much crap, though it was hard because Sharon makes everything we all love! Homemade lemon danishes for breakfast this morning, for pete's sake. <BR> <BR> Kate and I headed home around noon, got here just before 1 and had a bit of time to get organize... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 23:29:52 EST Saturday and My Work Is Done! Yesterday was a really busy day at work, and I really pulled a parent fail on my volunteering, ughhhh. All week, I had the handouts for the art docent lesson on my desk, ready to copy. Well, yesterday afternoon I was driving over to school and realized - yep, still on my desk. AAAAAGH! Fortunately, one of my co-docents had brought one copy of each, so I grabbed them and raced down to the office (school) to make copies while she started the lesson. It all worked out fine, but I was just f... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 13:37:24 EST Friday Oh lordy, am I tired today! Not sure why, but I just have no gas. I did actually get some running in - about 10 minutes - and I feel like that took everything I might have had today. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Poor Bam-Bam, she was pooped this morning! She's such a lunkhead, she plays with Scotty (Paul's dad's dog) till she's about ready to collapse. Needless to say, I didn't need to take her with me this morning. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I was just kind of cr... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:10:06 EST March Madness Whew, what a busy evening I had! I don't know why I thought it would be quiet, LOL! <BR> <BR> Got home and Bam-Bam was positively BROWN, she was so dirty (she's normally black and white). And the dog run was a mess, she obviously had a lot of fun yesterday! So first thing, I swept the dog run and gave her a good bath. She looks purty now. :-) <BR> <BR> Then I ate dinner, then talked to my parents for a mom went home Tuesday, she's soooo happy! It had been 70 days, wow - abo... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:32:22 EST Wed Long day yesterday - busy at work, then last night was Founder's Day, ugh. But it all went well, and we were home by 8:30. <BR> <BR> But, no sleep, ughhhhh. I don't know if it was all that time in the damn folding chair or what, but my arthritis was kicking up something FIERCE. Usually when I wake up with pain, I can shift into another position and after a couple minutes the pain subsides and I can fall back to sleep. But last night, I just could NOT get comfortable. And for some reason... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:21:15 EST Tues Another exciting day! Well, not really. Another busy day, is more like it. And tonight is Founder's Day, ughhhh....PTA elections for next year, annual volunteer awards, AND performances by choir, band, and orchestra. (Founder's Day is the anniversary of the founding of the PTA.) Gonna be a long one. <BR> <BR> Got 25 min of yoga in this morning. I've been starting off with 50 jumping jacks, today I extended into about 5 minutes of jj's and lunges. Definitely got a sweat going! <BR> ... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:15:38 EST St. Paddy's Day It's St. Patrick's Day and I've got my green on! With a name like Erin, how could I not? ;-) <BR> <BR> The field trip yesterday was fun - the girls asked a lot of good questions! And the spa was nice enough to give them little goodie bags, which they LOVED. <BR> <BR> Yesterday afternoon, Kate and Paul went to a movie and I headed out to visit my parents. Great news - Mom is finally going home tomorrow! I've lost track of how long she's been at the nursing home - 9 or 10 weeks? She's... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:18:38 EST Sweet Sunday Looks like it's going to be another beautiful day! I really should go into work for an hour or two this afternoon, it would greatly lessen the stress this week...hmmm. If I do, I'm definitely going to ride my bike in! Too nice to be inside any more than necessary. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was nice, though we totally struck out on shopping! Didn't find a patio set we liked, Paul didn't find a golf rain jacket, I dind't find a new raincoat. But we had a great dinner at PF Changs! And we timed... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 11:15:25 EST Spring Is Here! I'm so sorry, I know lots of you are mired in the polar vortex...but my god, it's such a beautiful morning here!!! Bright sunshine and blue sky, just gorgeous. Gives me energy, just looking outside! We have the whole house open, just heavenly. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Of course, it probably helps that I slept till EIGHT this morning. Gee, think I was a little tired? <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Just spent nearly two hours working in the back yard, got a ton done... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 14:41:05 EST It's FRIDAY, peeps! Woo hoo, it's Friday! Though I have a busy day ahead. No meetings till 1 though, which is nice - I really want to put my head down and crank today. I'd like to avoid coming in this weekend, but we're really getting into the busy time and I'm feeling stressed. =:-0 But it'll all work out. <BR> <BR> Had a blessedly quiet evening last night - NOTHING on the sched! I can't believe how seldom that happens anymore, though things will definitely slow down a tad once Kate gets through black be... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:11:20 EST Thurs Got another walk in with the dog this morning...supposed to be Paul's day, but he really wanted to do weights today since he didn't yesterday. Neither of us worked out yesterday morning, but I ended up taking Bam-Bam for a 20-min walk after dinner so at least I got a little activity in! <BR> <BR> Really picking up at work, getting into busy season. I think I may need to come in for a couple hours this weekend - it's just hard to have quiet time to focus and write analyses when I'm constant... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:45:47 EST Wed Another busy day ahead, but I got in a little early to get a jump on it. Heading into super busy season! <BR> <BR> Karate class last night...Kate had her last "black tip" test (and passed, of course). On April 4th she has her last "red tip" test, then the following week is black belt test and promotion! So happy we're going into the home stretch, we're all really ready for this 12-week slog to be done. She's getting really nervous, but ironically she's looking better and better...I think... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:58:56 EST Tuesday Got a good yoga workout in this morning while Paul walked Bam-Bam. I'm back to doing 50 jumping jacks to start off. Dang, those things are hard! I'm fine till I hit about 30, then by 40 I'm dying, and the last 5 I really have to push myself through. Of course, it would probably help if I did them more than once a week! <BR> <BR> Kate told me this morning that PE is getting a lot easier...the black belt prep is paying off! She's definitely building some muscle, and getting in a lot bette... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:35:23 EST Monday Another busy day yesterday, but a good one overall. Got some work done on the teacher scrapbook before lunch, then after lunch we had a Girl Scout meeting. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately two of the girls are misbehaving again - not paying attention, talking back a bit, giggling with each other when they're supposed to be part of a discussion. So I had a chat with each of their moms after...I HATE doing that, but they both thanked me, and I felt like I didn't really have a choice because they we... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:58:05 EST Sunday What was I thinking, volunteering to do some classroom work this weekend? Teacher appreciation day this week, and the room parents asked for help on a few projects. The kids all wrote notes to him on Thursday, and they wanted someone to put them all into a scrapbook so I volunteered - as long as I could get them by the weekend. Well, needless to say, it's 10am Sunday morning and I still don't have them. I just finally connected with the parent who has them, so I'm going to just walk over ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 13:16:05 EST Friday! Whew, yesterday was SUCH a busy day. I was running from one meeting to another all day. When I finally got through all that and sat down to my desk to do some actual work, I just crashed all at once, sooooo tired. But then we had a busy evening...Paul's parents and my dad were here for dinner (pizza, nothing complicated!) and then we all zipped over to school for Kate's band concert at 6:30. And then we took Kate and a friend for ice cream after. (Yeah, not the greatest diet yesterday!) ... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 12:22:52 EST Meetings, Mom, Bam-Bam Whew, what a day, I've been running from one meeting to the next. Even better, when I showed up, only two minutes late, to the 11:30 one, where I'd been told I would just sit and take any questions they might have (it's group visiting the Capitol to educate legislators on their issues), they were wrapping up, which made me look totally late, and the guy called me to come up and speak to the group! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Thankfully, I am working on a bill that is relevant to ... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 16:07:43 EST Destructo Dog, Karate, and Running So, destructo-dog struck again yesterday while we were at work: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I tell you, I'm amazed she doesn't have a mouthful of splinters all the time! Paul was really pissed, he declared that she's an outdoor dog (when we're gone) from now on. For some reason I find the whole thing amusing, and I'm somewhat in awe of yesterday's work - she really did a number! <BR> <BR> She also absconded with my set of 2-lb ... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 12:26:37 EST Tuesday Thankfully, we had nothing on the agenda last night! So nice to have a quiet evening for a change. Paul made a massaman (I don't how you spell it) curry that was reallllllly good! Yum. We're going to put more veggies in it next time though, between the potatoes and rice it's a bit starchy. <BR> <BR> Got a good yoga workout in this morning while Paul walked Bam-Bam. I really have to stop looking at my FitBit after yoga workouts, because I get so frustrated at how low the calorie burn is!... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 12:53:57 EST Monday Oh lordy, am I feeling those abs today! I thought I'd gotten away with that yoga workout on Saturday, since I felt good yesterday, but boy is it hitting today! Oy. Guess I need to be doing a lot more ab work! Seriously, I really should - when I was in physical therapy for my back, they told me ab work was one of the best things I could do. <BR> <BR> Cookie sale went well, though it rained like cats and dogs half the time we were out there! The only time it rained all day yesterday, I mi... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 12:09:35 EST Sweet Sunday Love a shower after a good workout! Feels so good. Got a great walk in today - Paul took Bam-Bam, so I got to strike out on my own for a change! I'd almost forgotten how nice it is to be unfettered (leash, crap bag, etc.). And how much better a workout I get when I can just power walk straight through, without sniff and potty and poop breaks! By the time I hit half an hour, I was really having to start pushing myself to keep the pace up, I was getting tired! <BR> <BR> I tried to do a ... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 14:18:00 EST Saturday Well we tried to have a family movie night, but it didn't work out...tried Pinky and the Brain but it was so weird that none of us could get into it. Then we tried The Parent Trap (remake, with Lindsey Lohan) but even Kate couldnt get into it, it just seemed to be trying way too hard. So now we've got the Taylor Swift concert on for the umpteenth time...Kate loves her! ;-) <BR> <BR> And I'm trying to bang out a blog on the ipad rather than be antisocial and go to the other room to get on t... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 21:34:48 EST Thursday Took a rest day today, though I didn't sleep in - Bam-Bam doesn't allow that! But it was so nice to laze in bed for a while, and to have extra time this morning. I could get used to that. But I won't let myself!! Back to the grind tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Quiet evening last night...I was able to catch up on some bills and stuff. And I'm starting to map out summer day camps for Kate. I know it probably sounds ridiculously early, but her favorite, Zoo Camp, opens registration on March 25th! ... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:40:07 EST Wednesday Rain! Everyone is very happy it's raining today! We need all we can get, it's just crazy how little rain we've had this winter. <BR> <BR> Took Bam-Bam out for a walk this morning. We got lucky, it was basically just drippy, only one light shower and it only lasted a couple minutes. We're supposed to get storms the next couple days though, so I don't know if we'll try getting her out or not. We're trying to figure out what to do about Friday - normally we give her the run of the pantry and dog ... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:14:10 EST Tuesday Got a great yoga workout in this morning, yay! I thought about how we've been coaching Kate to really work on perfecting her forms for karate, and I decided to apply that to yoga today. So I really focused on doing each move properly, and going as deep into the stretch as I could, really took my time. Felt great! <BR> <BR> Spent most of the evening with a needle and thread...sewed four patches and badges onto Kate's Girl Scout vest, sewed a star onto her karate gi, replaced two buttons on... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:25:10 EST Monday Wow, 1:30 already, where's the day going? Gotta like it when work days fly as fast as weekend days. ;-) <BR> <BR> I just talked to Walgreens, which is the mail service that handles my Enbrel (arthritis med). They are awesome, they've already taken care of my annual insurance auth! Before, it has always taken numerous phone calls of me playing go-between, calling my doc's office, calling Curascript (my old mail service provider). Walgreens is awesome. <BR> <BR> But get this - she said w... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:48:19 EST