LESLIELENORE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LESLIELENORE LESLIELENORE'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/ This and that http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225053 So, I did get on the schedule for the exterminator next Thursday. He is coming at 8am, so I need to be up and out early that morning. I have a list of tasks to prep my apartment, like emptying all my cupboards, etc. I guess I will be doing that on Wednesday. <BR> <BR> I have my ultrasound at my gyne dr on Monday, and a follow up with my therapist on Tuesday, So, it looks like next week will be a busy one. My routine will be shot all to heck. I guess that will make me appreciate it all t... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:14:36 EST Rainy evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224514 Raining this evening. It started raining while I was taking Cooper for his evening walk. I thought it felt good, but Cooper looked disgusted and offended. Poor puppy got wet! <BR> <BR> Today was my deep cleaning day. I found a couple live roaches and reported them to building maintenance. He came right up to my apartment and put more poison in out of the way places that Cooper can't reach. He also said he would try and get me on the schedule for the exterminator next week, since I obvi... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:20:16 EST Squash for dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224031 I slept a couple more hours last night than the night before. There is hope the insomnia will resolve itself. <BR> <BR> I remembered to eat dinner tonight! I got to the end of a book, and took Cooper for a walk, then made a quick, tasty and nutritious meal. Dad gave me a marrow squash to try. (It is a type of summer squash.) I just sliced it and sauteed it and sprinkled it with parmesan. Yum! I am not sure the temperatures have dropped much, but the humidity has, which is a relief. T... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:40:08 EST Forgot dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223445 I went to bed early last night, but couldn't sleep so I got back up after about an hour. I did end up getting a couple of hours of sleep, which is better than no sleep at all, but still not good. This will work itself out. It is just frustrating in the meantime. <BR> <BR> I forgot to eat dinner tonight. I am going to eat a late night snack. Something light. But I can't believe I completely spaced dinner. I can't even blame the heat, as it isn't all that hot today. Oh well. Time to f... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:50:49 EST Insomnia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222738 I have been having trouble sleeping lately. I know the tricks and tips to overcome insomnia... sometimes they work, but sometimes they don't. This weekend they weren't working. Two nights with no sleep caught up with me, and yesterday and today I played slug. I actually went back to bed for two hours this morning after I walked Cooper. I was just wiped out, and figured I should give my body a break. It did feel good to doze, as long as Cooper let me.I never sleep hard during daylight ho... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:41:54 EST No sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221136 I am so tired. I couldn't sleep last night. Not just tossing and turning... I mean not sleeping at all. I am going to bed early tonight. It was a long day. Another 90 degree day. Though I spent some time in the AC in dad's car and at the drs office. Finally got the cleaning done that I normally do on Thursdays, and did my grocery shopping. Lunch with mom and dad tomorrow. My brother, Jeremy, has gout. He is improving, but was still walking with a crutch this morning. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 21:22:53 EST Just stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220587 I see the neurologist tomorrow. My primary care doctor wants me to repeat my blood work on Monday. My apartment is so stuffy. bleh. I took Cooper out for a walk early this morning, and he was in the mood for a nice long walk. It felt good. Thu, 18 Aug 2016 22:21:52 EST Medical stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219278 My Dr appt was with the gyne doc. I have to go back in two weeks for an ultrasound. oh joy. And my blood work was off, but my primary care doctor is taking his time getting back to me about what he wants me to do. If he doesn't call me by noon tomorrow, then I am calling him. This medical stuff is annoying, but necessary. <BR> <BR> It has been raining a little bit on and off. Just south of us they are having flash flooding problems, but up here we are getting a little drizzle and that ... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 20:59:37 EST A little rain this morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218025 I have a dr appt tomorrow, and I have to go for more blood work. It will be interesting to see what the scale at the dr office says. <BR> <BR> I am so tired of the heat and humidity. It was a little cooler outside today after a little morning rain, but my apartment holds the heat like nothing else. The temps haven't been dropping much at night, so there is not much cooling effect after dark. Makes it hard to sleep. I might have to buy an AC unit next summer if it is anything like this ... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 21:41:34 EST Enough already http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217470 These 90 degree days with high humidity can just stop now. I did eat today, as I made lunch fir mom and dad as per usual on a Saturday. I made ratatouille, sauteed green beans, and burgers. Lots of fresh veggies from their garden. Dad gave me another variety of summer squash to try. He said it has a texture more like a sweet potato. I will have to try it tomorrow. <BR> <BR> It did rain a little today, but all that did was increase the humidity. Sigh. I am ready for Fall now. Can Sum... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 21:28:41 EST Another hot one... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216954 I know I will complain about the cold in a few short months, but this heat is ridiculous! No wonder my appetite is nonexistent. The heat just saps it away. I think my town has a rain repellant shield around it. It has been raining hard just south of us, but except for about 10 minutes yesterday it isn't raining here. It just goes around us. We get humidity, but not rain. Fri, 12 Aug 2016 20:32:07 EST I am melting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216429 It was over 100 degrees in my apartment today. Days like today make me wish I had AC. Poor Cooper was definitely not interested in walking today. I made sure he had water. But mostly he just laid flat out on the floor and breathed today. That was about all either one of us wanted to do today. I did get my Thursday deep clean of my apartment accomplished, but it wasn't as thorough as usual. It is supposed to start cooling off a little in the next couple weeks. Not by a lot, but any cha... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 22:53:31 EST Hot and humid day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215737 It rained last night! We really needed it. There is more rain in the forecast for the weekend. I am hopeful. Unfortunately the rain didn't cool things down. All it did was increase the humidity. So it was steamy and hot today. Neither Cooper nor I had much appetite today. Cooper didn't want to walk this morning when we got home from mom and dad's. I did get him out for an hour this evening. He just laid flat out on the floor or bed, panting most of the day, except when he jumped up ... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 19:12:51 EST Being the taxi... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215177 I had an appointment this morning, on my way to my appointment I dropped Patty off at the hospital for a day surgery procedure... something to do with her kidneys. After my appointment I went out to my mom and dad's and picked up Cooper, as I had left him there this morning after coffee. He spent the morning out on their deck on the lead. He was happy to see me though, and excited to go home. I ended up picking Patty back up from the hospital around 4pm, then dropped her back at the ER as... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 21:21:31 EST early morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214504 Cooper seems to like early morning walks. I am not sure if I like getting up that early. But I will, because it is cooler then. Broke out the kindle today. I have new paperbacks coming in the mail next week, but in the meantime if I want to read something new it has to be on the kindle. <BR> <BR> I was actually kind of hungry today. Strange. I ate more than usual, but still didn't overeat. It is all good. I have summer squash from my parents' garden to put in dinner tonight. yum. ... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 19:27:53 EST Quiet Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214009 Jeremy canceled the group paddle due to rough conditions on the lake, so I didn't have to go anywhere today. Instead I spent the day pedaling and reading. I got Cooper out for a nice, long walk early this morning. He didn't want to go out in the middle of the day when it was really hot, but I did get him out again before dinner. It was nice to just be home and read. Really it is favorite thing to do. Sun, 7 Aug 2016 23:29:54 EST Saturday lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213397 Did my usual Saturday routine, and went out to my parents' house to make lunch for them. Made a favorite... crispy pork and veggie stir fry. The pork was nice and crispy and the veggies were good too. Dad said it turned out terrific! We also had a cucumber salad, and fresh picked cherry tomatoes. Dad's garden is really producing this year. All the time and effort he spent irrigating were worth it. He said the spaghetti squash are coming in really well. I can hardly wait. I love spagh... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 19:27:25 EST New haircolor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212925 The hairdresser was hesitant to follow my vision for what I wanted to do with my hair. She said it would be costly and it would wash out within a week... but I stuck to my guns, and got her to agree to do what I wanted, and I would go into it knowing the risks. So I have purple/violet hair with magenta and sapphire highlights. I posted a picture on FB, but it doesn't show how bright purple it really is. Even my dad, who is colorblind, could see how bright it is! I was very pleased with h... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 20:36:37 EST Thursday cleaning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212381 Did my Thursday deep cleaning in my apartment. Cooper doesn't like the vacuum cleaner. He jumps up on the bed and hides against the wall, as far as he can get from it. Now he is exhausted from all the turmoil. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I go to the salon to get my hair colored. We will see how it turns out. I don't have a camera or a smartphone, so I can't post a picture here, but I will see if my friend, jen, who is going with me, will take a picture and post it on my FB wall, so my friends th... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 20:36:37 EST Technical difficulties http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211730 My activity tracker is acting up. It isn't tracking all my steps, it isn't registering my workouts, and now it isn't uploading my data. Sucks. I emailed Spark, and they said other people are having trouble today too, and they are looking into it. I use it to keep myself motivated to keep moving throughout the day. I like watching all those little lights illuminate. I guess today I will just have to be content with knowing I did my best. I LIKE having the reinforcement though. blpft! <... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 18:37:52 EST Dog stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211171 Cooper was cuddly today. I spent an hour curled up in the recliner next to him rubbing his belly. He seemed blissful. <BR> <BR> I paid for his dog license today, so he is good for another year. <BR> <BR> Cooper has stopped eating his dog food at home. I bought a different kind to keep at my parents' house, and he seems to prefer that... he eats a bowl full in the morning when I go to have coffee with them, but avoids eating the food I have for him at home. Since he eats plenty in the mo... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 20:14:56 EST Just stuff... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210557 I am having medication issues. Nothing too major at this point. More annoying than anything. There is one I take that makes me so sleepy. I feel dopey all morning if I take it the night before. I don't like the way it makes me feel. I have skipped it a few times accidentally/on purpose. My brain is so much clearer without it. I know that is illusionary, and I need to take it, but it is tempting to skip it. Very tempting. I am going to see about cutting back on the dose. I have lost... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 19:00:34 EST Family dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209466 We finallly got the whole family together to celebrate my parents' anniversary. My mom was teasing my dad... asking if they were still married because they were boring, lazy, or saintly. Dad's answer? a simple "yes"! A smart man! <BR> <BR> It rained this morning! A good quarter inch, with more in the forecast for tomorrow. I enjoyed it, but I had to drag Cooper out the door into the rain. He wanted no part of it. He didn't want to walk today. Just a 5 minute walk at midday, and a 10 ... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 22:05:41 EST Another quick update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208911 Pedaled and read all afternoon again. Cooper REALLY didn't want to walk today, so he only got two walks, instead of his usual three walks. We skipped the midday walk altogether. It didn't seem to bother him. I did walk him for about an hour this evening. It was pretty humid today. I think it is the humidity that kills my appetite. I did go out and buy more muffins today, as I ate the last one I had for breakfast. I am not making lunch for mom and dad tomorrow like I usually do on Satu... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:46:43 EST Quick update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208434 Today was my day to deep clean my apartment. I did that this morning, then pedaled and read all afternoon. It was another hot and humid day, so Cooper wasn't really interested in walking much. I did get him out early this morning though. <BR> <BR> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:46:45 EST My parents have been married a long time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207854 So today was my parents' actual anniversary. 50 years of marriage! I can't even imagine. We are celebrating as a family on Saturday evening. <BR> <BR> It was hot again today, so Cooper's midday walk was more of a meander to the grass and sit. We did walk for an hour this evening though. I pedaled and read all afternoon again, while he snoozed by the open window. He has been close to me ever since we got back into our apartment. He stays right by my side for the most part. Mom says ... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 21:33:59 EST Settling back into my routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207207 Fell asleep real early last night, and Cooper woke me up early this morning. But it felt good to be in my apartment with my own pillow, and food. I cooked dinner for Patty last night, but other than that I have mostly avoided people today. I did go out to my parents' house this morning with my morning coffee, but that is part of my routine, so it is okay. Pedaled and read all afternoon, while Cooper snoozed on the bed by the open window. I am getting new books in the mail in a few days, ... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:11:26 EST Home again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206491 Last night the folks next to us in the hotel were partying, and smoking weed. I was not happy. But today we were let back into our apartments so now I am happy and relieved! Cooper is doing his flat dog impression at my feet, and I get to eat some of my own food for a change. Even eating out I lost weight due to the stress. I am now 9 pounds below my goal weight, which is close to too low for me. I can see it in my face especially. <BR> <BR> My mom told me I have to eat summer squash.... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:19:03 EST kayaking, movie, etc http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205955 You know a few days ago in a blog I mentioned that I would probably kill someone if I had to live with them for six months, much less 50 years? Well, I have discovered my true limit is about 3 days! <BR> <BR> That said... I got up before 6am this morning and went kayaking with my brother. I enjoyed the kayaking, even though I was nauseous the entire time with the beginning of a migraine (and guess where my migraine and nausea medicine are?... you guessed it... in my apartment!). I still w... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 16:58:27 EST The adventure continues... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205499 The situation in my apartment building has actually gotten worse. Today, conditions were bad enough on my floor that we weren't even allowed back in our apartments with an escort. So Patty and I are at the hotel... probably for another two nights. I am appreciating the AC. I miss the constant company of my dog, Cooper, though. I come out here to my parents' house (I am using their computer right now) and walk him three times a day, but it isn't the same. And I especially miss him cuddle... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:42:16 EST ...And the ceiling caved in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204913 At 1:56AM last night I heard a loud noise and my dog leaped off the bed and ran to the door barking, and kept barking for about 15 minutes, while I told him to hush and come back to bed. I just assumed one of my neighbors had dropped something in the hall. Ummm, nope. When I had finished my yoga this morning and gathered up my coffee and the dog and stepped outside my door it was immediately apparent that part of the ceiling had collapsed on our end of the hallway. There was about 3 feet ... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 13:44:50 EST Elevator's out of service http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204466 ...And I live on the third floor. Good thing the grocery shopping is done for the week already! Cooper was a little confused when I made him walk up the stairs rather than take the elevator when we came in from our afternoon walk (which was VERY short, since it was 90 degrees today). The stairwells are very hot and stuffy, which makes the walk up more uncomfortable for him. <BR> <BR> I am going to the movies with my BFF, Jen, on Sunday, for her birthday. I will give her her present when... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 18:12:12 EST Morning run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203970 It was actually a little on the chilly side this morning, so I took advantage and went for a long run before it started heating up. A little over 9 miles. I decided by the end of the run that it might just be time to get out my new pair of new sneakers. The pair I have been wearing are pretty worn, and when I was running on gravel I felt every stone... or it felt like it anyways. <BR> <BR> Cooper walked this morning while it was cool, but then decided he didn't feel like anymore long wal... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 20:23:48 EST Bugs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203371 So, maintenance guy knocked on my door this afternoon... they are checking everyone one's apartments for bedbugs. Ewww. Makes me wonder. Does someone in the building already have them? Or is this just to say they did it for the paperwork? hmmmmm <BR> <BR> My BFF's birthday present that I ordered for her came in the mail today. Her birthday is on Saturday, I will see her on Sunday and give it to her then. She and I made an appointment at the hair salon for the first week of August. I ... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:09:42 EST Celebrations upcoming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202743 I got my eldest niece's birthday present in the mail to her today. It will probably get there before her birthday, but that's okay. I just got her a small present this year, but she will use it, so that is good. My parents' 50th wedding anniversary is in 9 days. No one in the family seems interested in doing anything big for it, so I will probably just get them a card, and well wishes. They don't usually make a big deal of their anniversary, but 50 YEARS seems like a big deal to me! I c... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 18:30:18 EST Not hungry today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202231 I think this is the longest I have gone between blogs in a long time. My evenings have just gotten away from me. <BR> <BR> I had the opportunity to go kayaking today, and passed on it. What was I thinking? It has been about a month since I have been out. Sadness. <BR> <BR> I wasn't hungry today. It wasn't the heat, because it wasn't too hot today. I just wasn't hungry. I am going to go eat a snack though, or my calories for the day will only be about 500... not enough. I had been do... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 22:12:51 EST A little rain... a very little http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200512 It did rain a little this morning, but not enough. And it didn't moderate the temperature, in fact it just made it more muggy. Meh. Cooper really doesn't want to walk today. I have gotten him out for a total of 20 minutes so far today. He just wants to lay in front of the window as flat as possible. I don't blame him! It is sticky hot. <BR> <BR> I think mom and I are going to the used book store tomorrow. I have some books to donate, as does she. The proceeds of sales from this book... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 16:08:39 EST Hot today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200066 It was in the 90s today. too hot! I went to the neurologist for another set of Botox injections this afternoon. I actually went 14 days without a migraine! Woohoo! Cooper is sacked out in front of the window, panting... he thinks it is too hot also. <BR> <BR> I spent the morning at my parents' house. Mom and I made lunch together, before dad and I left for my appointment. Cooper stayed with mom. We got to the doctor's office early, and I got seen early, and we got out of there only 1... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 22:17:02 EST Toasty warm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199465 It was hot today, so Cooper didn't feel like walking much during the day. I did get him out for a good walk this evening before dinner though. Instead of walking I pedaled and read with the fan pointing at me. I got a box of new books in the mail yesterday, so I was happy to read a couple. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow's supposed to be hotter, but there is a chance of rain in the evening. I hope it does rain! Tue, 12 Jul 2016 21:23:22 EST Family cook out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198934 I spent the day at my parents' house. Cooper woke me up really early (before sunrise) wanting to snuggle, so I got a jump on the day. Did the long form yoga routine again... definitely leaves me feeling centered. Then we were off to go walk with dad, but dad slept in this morning, so we walked without him. We were just finishing up as he was starting. I waited on my coffee until he was finished. Cooper was a good boy today. My youngest niece, Fran, came out to do school stuff with mom,... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 22:29:17 EST I am "the answer to the Universe and everything..." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198172 If you have ever read Douglass Adams then you get the reference... I turn 42 to today. I am trying to take it in stride and stay positive about it, but I am feeling kind of melancholy. Had my morning yoga with the dog's assistance. I did the long form this morning... hoping for clarity. I did feel centered when I was finished, so I guess it worked (and Cooper made me laugh with his "help"). After yoga, I walked to my brother's house to get the car to go to my parents' house for coffee, a... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 16:01:17 EST Fun with mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197706 I spent the morning with mom. She has a litany of "good ideas" every morning, which are generally pretty awful. They are meant as jokes. Good thing! If she were serious I would worry about her mental status. My brother and dad egg her on, trying to top her, but she usually wins. <BR> <BR> For lunch today I seasoned the haddock with white wine, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and fresh chopped dill. To go with the fish we had stir fry veggies and cold green beans with italian dressing (like... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 19:15:16 EST Cooper's vet visit... paving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197074 Cooper was a champ at the vet's office. He didn't pee on the vet or the assistant, didn't try to bite or anything... just was cute and accommodating and well behaved. I forgot he had his 3 year rabies shot last year, and he gets his 3 year distemper shot next year... so this year all he needed was his bordatella vaccine. I also picked up a 6 month supply of heartworm preventative, as I gave him his last one this month out of my previous supply. They switched brands, but the price didn't g... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 15:45:44 EST Muggy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196640 I took Cooper out at 7:30 this morning, thinking that it might still be cool enough that he might feel like walking... and I was right. He was good for about an hour walk. I tried taking him out again at 10am and we went halfway around the block, and we went out at 2pm we made it down the stairs to the first bush before he turned around and went back inside. It was just too muggy for him today! I waited until 7pm to try and walk him again, and we went about a mile then. Now he is back to... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 20:07:15 EST Empty lot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196025 They are supposed to pave our parking lots over the next two days, so everyone had to move their cars today, and park on one of the surrounding streets. It is strange to walk out of the building to an empty lot. Cooper doesn't notice though. He did notice that we walked over from my brother's house after I parked the car in his driveway this afternoon after I picked him up from mom and dad's after my appointment. I left him with them this morning, even though I didn't have to leave for my... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 17:51:33 EST Getting stuff done... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195438 I left Cooper with mom and dad this morning so I could run errands and get my blood work taken care of on time. Got the shopping done for the cook out next week. And did an errand for my neighbor, then went to get my blood work done. I forgot about the holiday yesterday. Usually when I go on Tuesday at 10am, it isn't too busy, because everyone goes first thing Monday morning. But with the holiday they all had to wait until Tuesday, so there were all the regular Tuesday folk... plus all t... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 19:31:17 EST Happy 4th of July! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194811 Family cook out tonight. I stayed just long enough to visit and eat. I wanted to get home before dark when people start setting off their fireworks. Cooper doesn't seem overly concerned, but then I have always kept him inside after dark on the 4th of July, so we have never tested his nerves with fireworks! (or mine, LOL) <BR> <BR> We are having another family cook out next Monday (the 11th) to celebrate July birthdays (including mine). It will be the day after my birthday. I don't thin... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 19:48:38 EST Quiet weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194178 I did indeed skip the kayaking trip today. I am happy with the decision, since it turned into a group of about 10 going out, so they will be moving rather slow. I DO miss getting out on the water in my kayak, but not enough to suffer the large group outing. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's lunch with mom and dad was a hit. Dad really liked it. I got an unprompted compliment! It was pretty simple. It was just cheeseburgers, sweet potato fries, sauteed onions, and a salad. I put finely diced onion... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 15:18:34 EST Flat dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193201 Cooper did his "flat dog" impression for most of the day, despite the fact it wasn't all that hot out. In fact, there was a surprise rain shower for about half an hour in the middle of the day that really cooled things off... but he wasn't interested in moving. I did get him out for a 45 minute walk this evening, at a good pace, but his early afternoon walk he crept along, as slowly as he could possibly go. Silly pup! <BR> <BR> So, I did what I do when he is feel unmotivated, and pedale... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 19:32:10 EST Quiet day at home with the dog... plus grocery shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192503 Thursday are my deep cleaning day in my apartment. I also do my major grocery shopping at Aldi's on Thursdays. I did all that, got it all done between 11:30am, and 2pm. Started the day with my usual yoga routine. I think it is time to shake things up a little there... I might go on Youtube and see what I can find for variety's sake. After yoga, I took Cooper out for his morning walk, which he was waiting rather impatiently for... he was standing by the shelf where the poop bags and his l... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 15:21:33 EST