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/ Day 182: Holy Cow, EIGHT Years Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192418 Today's Spark feature was "Celebrating 500 Days on Sparkpeople." Which got me thinking...how long have I been on here? A few years, I guess. So I looked at my profile... <BR> <BR> JULY 2008! <BR> <BR> Holy cow, I had no idea it had been that long! I'm not sure if that's good or bad. I'd like to say I don't need Spark anymore, that my eating and habits and exercise are all tip top, but guess what, we all know that's not true. But I'm not ashamed that Spark is a totally integrated part ... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:42:41 EST Day 181: Home Stretch Baby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191813 Home stretch baby! Got through our last hearing yesterday, and the Legislature breaks tomorrow for summer recess. Sooo looking forward to a month of jeans, no legislators, and a kickback schedule! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Now I really need to get serious about my eating, I've fallen off the wagon a bit. Though I am proud to say that I have kept up the exercise. Maybe not as high intensity, but I have exercised at least 5 days a week through all the crazy hours. I tell you, ... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:46:07 EST Day 179: Movin', Movin', Movin'... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190717 Back to work, though it shouldn't be an overlong day today. Unlike tomorrow - we have our last hearing and it's likely to be a very long one. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> It was really great to have two days out of this place, but I'm still super tired, didn't get nearly enough sleep over the weekend! Nice that we have a long weekend coming up though. And my boss just told me - shhhh, it's a secret - that he's going to try to shut down the office at noon on Friday. <BR> <BR> <e... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:25:20 EST Day 178: Tired But Savoring My Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190093 Lordy, I am tired - I would kill to sleep in for just one day! The problem with having extra people and extra dogs around, is that once one person gets up, it's all over. And my mother in law has managed to be up at like 5:30am the last two days. "Oh, I'm sorry, did I wake you up?" Argh. I love her, but I think she just forgets that we don't have a huge, spread-out house like hers - it's hard to sleep through someone puttering around the kitchen in our house! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, we had fun ... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 18:20:10 EST Day 177: Happy Happy Happy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189517 I have FINALLY emerged from the crazy time at work and I cannot tell you how happy I am that I get two days in a row out of the office this weekend!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> It's been a tough stretch but it's done - I just have to get through a very long committee hearing on Tuesday afternoon/evening, and then on Thursday the Legislature adjourns for summer recess and they all go away till August. And I get to wear jeans for a month and work 9-5. Woot! <BR> ... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:58:21 EST Day 173: Turning the Corner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186921 It feels so good to be hitting the end of my crazy stretch at work! Today and tomorrow will be long days again (I was here from about 8:30am to nearly 8pm yesterday), but knowing that I'm almost done makes it a lot more bearable. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Dragged myself out of bed when the alarm went off...considered weights again, and again rejected them in favor of getting outside into the beautiful summer morning! I got 7 miles in on my bike, so that was good. <BR> <BR> <... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:01:13 EST Day 172: Light at the End of the Tunnel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186378 This week is going to be a much better week! I'm not sick anymore, and this is my last crazy week. I have to have my last set of bill analyses done by Thursday, our last hearing is a week from tomorrow, and the Legislature's summer recess begins next Friday. I am soooo looking forward to summer break! Four weeks of jeans and no legislators in the building. :-) Plus, two vacations for me! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I've been waking up every morning at dawn when the birds star... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 15:15:22 EST Day 171: Kind of a Brutal Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185687 Well, it was a VERY tough week, but I seem to have turned the corner this weekend, thank goodness. Let's see, where to begin? <BR> <BR> My back was bothering me over last weekend, so I got up and went for a long walk Monday morning. But after sitting for a while to eat breakfast, I tried to get up and bam, full on pain. Ughhhh. Gotta love when your back tweaks. (I have had whiplash twice, and got diagnosed with several bulging discs about 1-1/2 years ago, so let's just say I have a lot ... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 11:38:37 EST Day 166: Major Back Pain, Ugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182732 My back is still tweaking pretty bad, which is really not fun. I'm taking whole Tramadols now instead of half, and it's making me sleepy! Definitely a two-cupper day on the coffee front. <BR> <BR> Worked till about 7:30 last night - my busy time of year, and I'm losing the entire morning tomorrow morning for Kate's graduation. Terrible timing, but what can you do. <BR> <BR> When I got home last night, Paul and Kate were watching Star Wars and it was almost to my favorite part, when t... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 12:14:32 EST Day 165: Not Loving the Back Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182117 Oh lordy, my back is a mess. It acts up once in a while, particularly when I've been sitting too much. I'm so frustrated though, because it was feeling much better this morning and I went for a long walk, no problem. But ever since I stood up after eating breakfast, it's been KILLING me. I took half a Tramadol when I got up, and took another half when I got to work, but it's just no helping at all. Wah!!! <BR> <BR> (For those not familiar, I've been rear-ended twice, and about a year an... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 13:48:23 EST Day 163: No Rest for the Weary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180888 Another busy Saturday. Woke up early, of course - FINALLY chance to sleep in, and I woke up and couldn't get back to sleep, wah! But I feel better today just knowing I don't have to into the office...just couldn't face it today, I'll leave that for tomorrow. (June is my crazy time at work.) <BR> <BR> Went for a 10-mile bike ride first thing, it's a lovely summer morning. After the horrendous heat last weekend, it's been super nice this week, in the 80s and breezy. Wish it could be like... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 13:45:48 EST Day 162: Stress + Tired does NOT = Time for Treats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180283 I'm really kicking into high gear at work this week - June is the crazy time - which means I really need to remember to take care of myself and not fall into bad habits. For example, I haven't been using my sit-stand station nearly enough and my back is really hurting today. I always pay the price for not behaving! :-( <BR> <BR> I also need to stay away from too many "treats" - it is soooo easy to say, "I'm stressed out, I'm tired, I deserve this." I did hit my coworker's candy bowl yest... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 12:15:54 EST Day 161: Oy, What a Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179802 I am just tired and grumpy today. :-( I skipped a workout this morning because I had an early doc appt and didn't want to be too rushed. <BR> <BR> Got to the doc's office right on time, appt was at 8:20. Got to the inner office pretty quickly and dealt with the nurse, then a few minutes later the resident came in (it's a teaching hospital so you always have to see the nurse, then the resident, then the doctor). She said I "might have to wait a bit" for the doc. I thought uh oh, becaus... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 17:45:18 EST Day 160: Empanada Madness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179026 Oh lordy, what an evening! Kate's class has been doing "book clubs," where each "club" reads a different book and then they come up with a group project/presentation at the end. Kate's group read a book called Esperanza Rising, which she loved, and they've been making a pinata...one girl is going to teach the class some Spanish words, the other kids were doing I don't know what, and Kate was going to teach the class how to make guacamole. So we told her fine, let us know what day it will b... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 12:39:09 EST Day 159: Michael Pollan's "Cooked" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178433 I have been hopping at work all morning. Silly me, I thought it would be a quiet day because it's Election Day and many staffers are out doing what we like to call "seasonal work" (walking precincts to remind people to vote). But it's definitely been busy. Seems to be slacking off now so hopefully I can crank on some writing this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Had a nice evening - got out of the office by 6, went home and gave the dog a bath, then Paul and I had dinner out in the back yard becaus... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 15:53:21 EST Day 158: I Never Regret a Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177597 So, after my super crazy weekend (see yesterday's blog), I just groaned when the alarm went off at 6am. I can't, I can't, I can't! But my back was bugging me so I knew I needed to get moving, and of course Bam-Bam was raring to go. So off we went. <BR> <BR> We walked out the door into a lovely cool breeze, which was so nice! It was ridiculously hot yesterday, and it was still over 70 at 9:30 last night. But this morning it was down to 60, and the sun was coming up, and it was just beaut... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 12:41:00 EST Day 157: I Need a Weekend to Recover from My Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177229 Never got a chance to blog yesterday - man, what a day! Paul started throwing up again in the middle of the night on Friday night...he just had norovirus three weeks ago, argh! Ironically, he had a physical on Friday morning and she pronounced him fine. He's going to talk to her again, because he had stomach bugs three times in November/December. Kate and I haven't gotten it any of the times he's been sick, and he usually isn't feverish. So we're thinking maybe he's reacting to one of hi... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 23:11:25 EST Day 155: Enjoying the Little Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175777 Sometimes indulgences are important. I've been using a new moisturizer that feels like silk going on - HEAVENLY - and smells so lovely, it just feels like a treat opening it up. Yes, it's crazy expensive, but you know what? Putting on moisturizer is something I do every day, and it's nice to have that little moment of pleasure each night and feel like I'm getting pampered a bit. And it's doing wonders for my complexion, so - win-win-win! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I've been h... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 11:57:59 EST Day 154: I Want To Ride My Bicycle... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175234 Now you can all have that Queen song in your head the rest of the day. ;-) <BR> <BR> Got a 7-1/2 mile bike ride in this morning....it was a beautiful summer morning! Already 70 at 6am, but a nice cool breeze wafting through. I can't imagine riding after work, when it's 90+ and the air is stale...I love exercising early when hardly anyone is out and the sun is coming up. Never thought I'd be a morning person, but it really does work for me. And I love having the workout out of the way, f... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 15:35:44 EST Day 153: Ready for Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174441 Started off the day arguing with my kid over going to school, sigh...she's been bored for months so it's getting harder and harder to get her to go. And it doesn't help that once the stupid state testing regimen is over, all the teachers check out completely for the rest of the year. One of the things I hate about so many districts being on an earlier schedule - their schools basically end right after testing, whereas we're in till mid-June. And Kate's teacher is retiring this year and has... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 12:28:39 EST Day 152: Tired Legs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173781 Got some yoga in this morning, first time in a while. Felt great! But yoga always seems to make my legs tired, and on top of the bike ride + dog walk yesterday, my legs are REALLY feeling it now! A good tired, I guess, but definitely tired. <BR> <BR> It's supposed to hit 100 today, summer has officially arrived! Memorial Day weekend is usually when it really hits, if it hasn't already. I don't know that I'll even want to go sit out in the park at lunch today, LOL! I may just hide insi... Tue, 31 May 2016 13:19:20 EST Day 151: Hear Me Roar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173103 Okay, so I haven't blogged, or exercised, in two days. And I had two cupcakes yesterday. But I made up for it this morning, so that counts for something, right? <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> This morning,I took a long bike ride up through Discovery Park into the greenbelt - so pretty. I had to guesstimate my mileage a bit because there really aren't any landmarks on the greenbelt section, but my best estimate with the map was 12.4 miles and that made sense for how long I was gone... Mon, 30 May 2016 13:23:13 EST Day 148: 92 Miles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171403 Whew, am I beat! Didn't get to bed till about midnight, which is VERY late for someone who is usually lights out by 10:30. A friend and I went to see "Motown the Musical," which was really fun. Great show, great music. But by the time I got home it was about 11:20, and of course I was wide awake so I had to read for a while to settle down. Coffee me! <BR> <BR> <em>106</em> <BR> <BR> Busy day at work today, and we had to dress up because there's session this morning, dagnabit. Usua... Fri, 27 May 2016 12:53:23 EST Day 147: The Need for Rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170772 When the alarm went off this morning, I rolled over and passed right back out. So I guess I'll count today as a rest day! I try to only take one rest day per week, though I don't know if I'll have time to work out on Saturday morning so I may end up taking two this week. That's okay though, sometimes rest is important too. <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Speaking of rest...when I really tired, I tend to just want to scroll through Facebook, or play a game, on my phone at bedtime. B... Thu, 26 May 2016 12:28:16 EST Day 146: Is It Really Only Wednesday? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170113 Busy week at work, things are really picking up as we head into our crazy time. I'm still leaving at 5, at the moment, but that won't last much longer - June is when things get zany! <BR> <BR> Did weights this morning for the first time in a couple weeks...and when I was on the next-to-last set, it broke! Wah! Paul thinks he can fix it, it's a nautilus type setup and the cable on the weight stack sprung loose. We've had the thing, geez, since before Kate was born, and she's turning 12 th... Wed, 25 May 2016 11:46:28 EST Day 145: Mommy Brag Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169492 Warning: big Mommy brag moment coming. <BR> <BR> Got Kate's 6th grade "portraits in the park" and we love them!!! Maybe her best pics ever, she just looks beautiful and relaxed and no fake expressions: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/52ecb3e3-df35-44e3-944a-d758316acd8a.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/133ac565-8d1c-4eb3-a969-ace37647e80a.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a5c37898-059f-4dd9-ae23-fb07b64ebe0... Tue, 24 May 2016 12:46:07 EST Day 144: Ready to "Rest" At My Desk! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168776 Almost a relief to be sitting at my desk at work - yesterday was a busy day, whew! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I started off by getting an almost-11-mile bike ride in, which I was happy about. <BR> <BR> <em>108</em> <BR> <BR> After breakfast and coffee, Paul and I cleaned out the garage. That's not as major a project as it might sound, since we try to do it every few months. It's mostly moving the Goodwill pile from the garage to the car, organizing the shelves, tearing up... Mon, 23 May 2016 12:13:49 EST Day 143: Beat My Bike Month Pledge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168119 Didn't get a chance to blog yesterday, long day...had to head down to San Jose to walk precincts for my boss. I MUCH prefer walking to phoning - nice to be outside, though we did get rained on some! But the precincts were compact and nobody was home, so it went quickly. Unfortunately, we hit tons of traffic coming home, so it took close to 3 hours to get back, I was just beat. <BR> <BR> So that was my workout yesterday! <BR> <BR> This morning I had been planning to head back up the bik... Sun, 22 May 2016 12:02:51 EST Day 141: Out of Sight, Out of Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166949 I did okay at the gathering last night - ate a lot of chips, but avoided the nachos and stuck to one beer. I guess I'll call it a win. Though when I got home, after I had some dinner, I finished off the last little bit of "mocha mint tracks" ice cream in the freezer (about two small scoops). Sigh...I just can't have these things around - just knowing it's in the fridge makes me want it! At least it's gone now. And that was all I had out of the entire carton, Kate and her friend and Paul... Fri, 20 May 2016 12:18:49 EST Day 140: Meeting and Beating Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166308 Got another bike ride in this morning and I'm almost at my 70-mile pledge (65.7) for May, woo hoo! Of course, it's sort of cheating because I did the same pledge as last year, and last year I ended up at 86 miles. So I'm going to aim for 90. Not sure if I can get enough biking days in to hit it, but I'm gonna try! Challenging myself! <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> <BR> <BR> Had another bad bout of diarrhrea this morning - sorry, TMI! But seriously, this is starting to happen way too often,... Thu, 19 May 2016 12:50:17 EST Day 139: Yummy Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165741 Hmmm, not loving the format change, but I'm trying to keep an open mind. But I feel like now my pretty background pic is just tiny bar at the top. :-( <BR> <BR> Kinda dragging today, not sure why, but I managed to stick with one coffee. I try not to have a second, because when I start drinking a lot of caffeine it really seems to affect my complexion. So I try to stick with one coffee and one diet coke a day, though that goes out the window in really busy work times! But of course, it's... Wed, 18 May 2016 17:58:19 EST Day 138: Exploring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164875 Got a 9-mile bike ride in this morning and it felt good! Okay, maybe not so much while I was doing it, but I did really get an adrenalin boost after. My legs are tired now though! I really need to use my sit-stand station at work a lot today because my back is bugging me, but it's counteracted by the fact that my legs are tired and I want to sit. ;-) <BR> <BR> It was fun to do a little exploring...so often I just ride the same routes, but today I finally figured out where the bike path p... Tue, 17 May 2016 13:07:08 EST Day 137: Plugging Along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164351 I woke up this morning with some tummy issues. :-( I did manage to get a walk in, but running was definitely not in the cards! Tummy was acting up all morning but thankfully has been fine since lunch. Don't know what's going on there, though I was feeling gassed all day yesterday again so maybe I'm still fighting a bug. Who knows. <BR> <BR> Busy day at work, though after eating lunch at my desk I did get out to the park for about 45 minutes to read. I'm reading a book called "Mists of ... Mon, 16 May 2016 19:32:39 EST Day 136: Headgames and Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163678 I need another day on my weekend! Ain't that always the way. Although it's not even 6:30 yet and we've already had dinner, so at least Sunday evening is still free. <BR> <BR> It's funny how those mental games work - we ate dinner really early because we were all hungry, and just now I found myself thinking, "I should have dessert or a snack, because it's so early, I'm going to get hungry." Um, how about waiting to see if I do? So easy for those head games to take over. <BR> <BR> Speaki... Sun, 15 May 2016 21:33:57 EST Day 135: Rock Star http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162823 I'm feeling like kind of a rock star because it's 10am and I've already done an 11-mile bike ride and voted! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> The bike ride was HARD. I really slogged for the first mile, felt like I was riding soooo slow, I just couldn't figure out what was wrong with me. Then I turned eastward and boom, easy. Ah, wind! Always amazes me, the difference even a light breeze can make when you're riding into it. Once I realized that the wind was the issue, I felt much... Sat, 14 May 2016 13:17:18 EST Day 134: Little Victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162296 Hey peeps, it's FRIDAY! Yay! <BR> <BR> Finally got some weight work in today...I've been doing weights religiously, once a week, but didn't manage to do it last week and hadn't gotten them in this week. Felt good to get back to it. <BR> <BR> Last night was the multi-school band concert - five schools! Two hours plus on wooden bleachers, oh what fun. ;-) Actually, it is kind of fun - the other two elementary school bands weren't nearly as good as our school's, and the middle school ba... Fri, 13 May 2016 16:58:27 EST Day 133: Mindfulness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161602 Well, I appear to have dodged a bullet, because I slept great last night, woke up hungry, and took the dog for a long walk. So, no norovirus for me, thank goodness!!! <BR> <BR> It was actually kind of nice to have a day off - aside from the day I took off last week to take care of Paul when he was so sick, yesterday was the first weekday off I'd had since President's Day in mid-February. (We get a Cesar Chavez holiday, but it's at my really busy time for work so I always end up working tha... Thu, 12 May 2016 15:59:05 EST Day 132: Positive Thinking, Rewards, Big Picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160966 Had a bad night last night, lots of stomach cramps, and I kind of got myself worked up getting all freaked out that I'd gotten Paul's norovirus. Felt kind of crappy when I got up so I called in sick, but by the time Paul and Kate left I was feeling pretty normal. But then I went back to bed and slept for three hours straight, so I guess I needed the rest! Still having a bit of tummy trouble but otherwise I feel fine, so I don't know if something disagreed with me or what. Though I did feel... Wed, 11 May 2016 17:21:18 EST Day 131: Pooped http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160325 Man, I'm pooped. Did a 7-mile bike ride this morning, which kicked my butt more than I expected. I'm at 55% of my "May Is Bike Month" goal! Though I'm going to try to beat it. <BR> <BR> Then I had to go to a most-of-the-day meeting, six blocks from my office, plus a bunch of us went to lunch during the break at a place about three blocks from the meeting. Got my steps in today! <BR> <BR> It was a chi-chi place and I ordered the "farm salad" but passed on adding chicken because it was an... Tue, 10 May 2016 19:37:05 EST Day 130: Ruminating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159400 I've been kicking some things around in my head for a couple of weeks now, so I'm going to attempt to get my thoughts on paper here, so to speak. <BR> <BR> FIRST, TAKING TIME FOR ME...BUT NOT IN THE WAY YOU THINK. I'm trying to take a few minutes to do things like flossing my teeth, properly, instead of just getting it done as quick as I can. That may sound like a little thing, but I have enough gum issues that I have to go to the dentist every 4 months instead of every 6 (and yes, the ins... Mon, 9 May 2016 12:36:35 EST Day 128: When Will the Locusts Arrive? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158970 This will have to be a quickie as I've got to get dinner going. I'm really looking forward to Paul getting back on his feet so I don't have to be on solo duty anymore. I'm tired, LOL! <BR> <BR> Kate and I went to "Whole Earth Festival" today, which is a fun little event with lots of arts-and-crafts booths. She found a print for her room, some beeswax candles, and a journal. She loved the terrariums also but decided that it would be better to go to Michael's and get the stuff to make her ... Sun, 8 May 2016 20:45:45 EST Day 127: Pedaling and Stepping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158507 Whew, what a busy day this was! Paul being sick means we can't divvy stuff up. Thankfully he's doing better - for those of you who missed it, the doc diagnosed him yesterday with norovirus, but he's of course very weak since he's basically living on gatorade and jello right now, poor guy. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> This morning I really wanted to go for a bike ride but it was supposed to rain by 8am. I got up a little before 7:30 (HEAVENLY to sleep in!) and it was cloudy but not... Sat, 7 May 2016 23:57:28 EST Day 126: The Dreaded Norovirus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157779 My poor husband finally got in with the doc this afternoon and the verdict is norovirus. I had that several years ago and man, it was the sickest I've ever been. Doc said she's been seeing several cases a week. Lordy, I hope I avoid it! So basically, he's on jello and gatorade and clear liquids for a few days till he starts feeling better. <BR> <BR> As for me, I'm exhausted, haven't slept well the last three nights with him being sick. I may have to insist on sleeping in the guest roo... Fri, 6 May 2016 18:59:01 EST Day 125: A Sick Day, Of Sorts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156982 Boy, did my poor husband have a rough day yesterday. He woke up with terrible stomach cramps around 3am yesterday, and they didn't let up so he stayed home from work. When I called him after lunch he was feeling much better and had taken a shower. But when I got home from work, he had just thrown up...and that kept up till about midnight. And at some point started coming out the other end too. :-p <BR> <BR> This would be the "worse" in the "for better or worse," LOL! <BR> <BR> Thankful... Thu, 5 May 2016 13:46:13 EST Day 124: Lessons Learned...Again and Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156242 Lessons I have learned, that I seem to keep reminding myself of.... <BR> <BR> 1. When I go out after work, I really shouldn't have that second glass of wine. One is enough to relax, and I don't need the extra calories. <BR> <BR> 2. When I go out after work, I should just pass up appetizer junk altogether, because once I start, I can't stop! <BR> <BR> (Are you sensing a theme here? Can you tell what I did last night? LOL!) <BR> <BR> 3. No matter how tired I feel when I wake up, I can ... Wed, 4 May 2016 12:18:55 EST Day 123: Ding Dong, the Fitbit Is Officially Dead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155558 I decided to give my Fitbit one last try this morning, since I had one new battery left. But surprise surprise, while the "Map My Ride" website logged my workout at 2.57 miles, the Fitbit only gave me credit for 1.3 miles and about 2000 steps (usually my workouts are 4000-5000 steps). <BR> <BR> Okay, I give up, into the e-waste pile it goes! This is the third Fitbit I've had, and each one has crapped out after the first battery change. I have given the Fitbit folks enough of my money, n... Tue, 3 May 2016 12:18:55 EST Day 122: Clutter Reduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155044 And we're off to another week! I've actually been pretty productive today, in a not-very-exciting way - I've seriously whacked down my email inbox. Feels good! I love clutter reduction, in all its forms. <BR> <BR> Speaking of clutter reduction, Kate's been going to town on her room - she filled up two garbage bags from her desk drawers, cleared a bunch of books from her bookcase, and filled another garbage bag, and a Goodwill bag, from the bins in her room. (You know, the famous IKEA b... Mon, 2 May 2016 19:42:09 EST Day 121: Quilting, Biking, Wine Tasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154210 Such a nice weekend, especially today! But I'll start with Saturday. We met up with Paul's parents at a fabric store out in the 'burbs and picked out material for the new quilt Paul's mom is going to make us. Check 'em out: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/10ba583a-40bb-4d3a-844e-9b7aefadf183.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And Paul's mom gave us a quilt she just made us as a "throw" for the living room couch, which I love: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com... Sun, 1 May 2016 19:05:48 EST Day 120: I Ran! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152917 Okay, now I'm going to have that Flock of Seagulls song in my head all day - bring on the '80s, LOL! <BR> <BR> But seriously, I hauled myself out of bed today and did some actual running. I badly needed to get back on that wagon - I hadn't run since the end of March! <BR> <BR> So I gave myself a goal I knew I could reach: 5 minutes. I started out running 1-1/2 minutes, walking 2, and hit 6 min in no time. Okay, new goal! 9 minutes. I was pretty pooped by the time I hit that, but I re... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:13:34 EST Day 119: Squeezing in the Blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152382 Okay, it's almost 5:15 but I'm getting my daily blog entry in, just barely! <BR> <BR> Really wanted to roll over and go back to sleep this morning but made myself get up and do weights. And went up on one of them, so that felt like a job well done. :-) <BR> <BR> Super busy day at work, in meetings most of the day so my back is really bugging me - too much sitting! Thankfully there is nothing on the agenda tonight and I'm getting out of here momentarily. <BR> <BR> Wasn't great on the eat... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:14:42 EST