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/ Pretty day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921933 I actually got some sleep last night, thank goodness. I got about 10 hours, but I am still tired. I could function today though, so it is all good. I might go to bed early again tonight though. One good night does not counteract about a week of not enough sleep. <BR> <BR> Mom came home for a short home visit this morning. I made her a light breakfast, while she and dad took a tour so he could show her all the modifications he has made. I made her a frambled egg, english muffin (with br... Sun, 3 May 2015 18:16:50 EST I am tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921473 I got zero sleep last night. Not a single minute. So, now I am dragging. I am going to take something to help me sleep tonight though. <BR> <BR> Mom is off the oxygen! She is coming home for an hour's home visit tomorrow morning. That means I need to be functioning tomorrow. Might be an early night for me. <BR> <BR> I still got in almost 3 hours of walking. I wasn't up for a run today. I might got on the bike for a few minutes after dinner though. Sat, 2 May 2015 20:05:50 EST Highlight... All errands done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921040 I got everything done that was on my agenda for the day. It worked really well to have Cooper stay with my dad last night. I don't worry about him when they are together. My dad and Cooper get along really well. <BR> <BR> My mom is going to make a short visit home on Sunday morning. It is a test run for her to come home next week. I hope everything works out. I will be helping with that. Tomorrow is Saturday, and I am doing my usual lunch with dad. My brother, Jeremy, won't be the... Fri, 1 May 2015 22:35:09 EST Highlight... Trivia Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920482 Our team took first place again at Trivia Night tonight. We would have had a perfect score if it weren't for the football questions. We got a couple of questions right that were true guesses. I had fun. Trivia Night is the most fun when we win. LOL! I did good with food there too. I split an order of pasta with my brother, but took only a small serving, and ordered a salad to go with it. <BR> <BR> Cooper is spending the night with my dad, so I can get an early start on my day tomorro... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 23:02:56 EST Being grumpy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919931 I was cranky most of the day for no good reason. I did get in exercise, starting with an hour long walk with the dog this morning, and ending with an hour and a half on the bike this evening. <BR> <BR> I went to see mom this afternoon. She is now on 2 liters of oxygen. Yay! That is such a huge improvement. She got her hair cut this morning. Not as short as mine, but definitely shorter than she has in a long time. It was such a pain to brush out the knots after a week in ICU. We did i... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 22:37:28 EST An old friend? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919369 Yep, I have been entertaining my old friend, insomnia, the last few nights. Last night was especially hard. Four hours just is not enough sleep. I thought I might be tired enough to take a nap today, but it just didn't happen. I did call the doctor's office today, and got some questions answered. I got the phone number for the PT office just down the street from me (walking distance). I also got the information necessary to call and make the appointment for my first ever mammogram. And... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 22:52:36 EST Plans? What are those? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918783 I started my day with an emergency call to the dentist as I somehow lost a filling last night or this morning. Weird that I don't know when. You would think I would have noticed, right? Anyway, they fit me in this morning right away, which meant I had to call dad and ask if I could leave Cooper with him... without walking him first. (I always try to take him for at least a short walk, before dropping him off with my dad.) It was raining pretty hard, so Cooper didn't want to walk anyways... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 22:33:42 EST Lazy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918123 I let Cooper dictate when we got out of bed today... and we were still in bed when my dad called me at 12:45pm! That dog just wanted to laze about, curled up under the blankets. But I made him get up when dad called, so I could walk him before heading off to pick up dad to go see mom. I managed, and I was only 2 minutes late getting there to pick my dad. <BR> <BR> We had a good visit with mom. It turns out she has no memory of ICU, she says she "woke up" the day they moved her to a reg... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:07:36 EST Another calm day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917622 It wasn't just me and the dog today, but it was mostly family I was interacting with, so it was generally low stress. I did go to see mom twice today. Once with dad after lunch, and again in the evening with my brother, Jonathan. Cooper gets to come along as the facility allows pets to visit. Cooper is generally well behaved. He did bark at one of the aides once. But the guy was trying too hard to make friends with Cooper and was kind of getting in his face. Cooper is rather particular... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 20:08:43 EST Calm day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917121 Most of the day it was just me and my dog. I took him for a long walk this morning... about 9 miles. Then we cuddled for a while after I ate lunch. It has been a while since I have spent a day enjoying being alone with my dog. I didn't go see mom today, but my dad and both of my brothers went to see her. Tomorrow I am going back to my normal routine of cooking lunch at my parents' house. I will make enough so that dad has leftovers. <BR> <BR> I am going to make some dinner, then cuddle... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:40:56 EST People make me giggle... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916594 After a very sober month so far, I have caught a case of the giggles the past couple of days, even though the weather sucks, and people around me are grumpy. It snowed last night... and it is supposed to snow again tonight. I have taken this opportunity to observe how people dress for the weather, or not as the case may be. I saw people dressed in full deep-winter gear, and guys running around in shorts and tee shirts. My favorite is the flip flops and shorts with a winter coat, hat and g... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:49:43 EST Neurologist and saying goodbye... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916077 I knew I would be gone all afternoon at the neurologist's office, so I made sure I took Cooper for a 7 mile walk this morning. He was happy about it too. At the neurologist's office he did the occipital nerve block injections, and gave me a prescription for PT. There is a PT office right down the street from where I live. I am not sure what it is called, but I will find out this week. I go back to the neuro in two weeks for another set of trigger point injections, and two weeks after tha... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:05:41 EST Quick update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915303 Got mom successfully transferred to a different rehab facility. We are hopeful this will make a difference in the progress she makes towards coming home. I walked about 9 miles so far today, mostly with the dog. He is being such a snuggle bug! Tue, 21 Apr 2015 18:17:35 EST Terrific weekend and the start of a decent week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914888 My niece, Tigan, and I took a luxury weekend off in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario. We could not have asked for better weather. It was gorgeous out. We left Friday after a quick visit to see mom at the yucky rehab. She is doing well enough we thought we could afford the weekend away. The border crossing at the Lewiston bridge north of Buffalo was a breeze. We were literally the only car on the bridge, so there was no wait at customs or currency exchange, and the Canadian customs agent act... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:42:34 EST Have a good weekend... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912769 I am checking out for the weekend. Time to relax and recharge! <BR> <BR> On the menu for the weekend are a tour of a lavender farm, a winery, massages, dinner out, High Tea, and walking around the butterfly conservatory. I am going to just relax and chill this weekend. Let the world slip on by without me for a few days. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 07:15:14 EST Trivia Night Winners http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912638 Our team reclaimed our first place spot at Trivia Night tonight. We were in second place heading into the third round, but did really well in the third round for the win. The last question of the night was "what was Buzz Aldrin's mother's maiden name?" Only one team got it right... and it wasn't us. LOL! We still won though so it is okay. <BR> <BR> Tigan and I are going to have breakfast with mom in the morning before heading for Canada. We made reservations for High Tea on Saturday. ... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 22:50:49 EST Update on mom and travel plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912053 Had my salon date with my niece, Tigan today. Mani-pedis and other stuff that is too personal to share. Then we went to see mom at the rehab facility. I really didn't like the staff and the rooms are tiny. She was unable to use her C-Pap machine last night and lost her oxygen for a significant period of time, so she didn't sleep well, and the nursing staff said she had a "good night"... what constitutes a bad night? We are still pushing to get her into a different facility. Hopefully we... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 22:59:37 EST Perfectionist standards or quiet time? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911412 Mom was transferred to a rehab facility, but we are trying to get her moved to a better one. She is still on oxygen, and very dependent on it. For tonight I will just trust that what can be done is being done. <BR> <BR> I got up at 5 this morning. No particular reason. My alarm was set for 8, so 5 was overkill. It did mean I had time to make some oatmeal and coffee. I had an 8:30am appointment, so Cooper went in his crate while I did that, and went to the grocery store and bank. I had... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 21:39:58 EST Quick update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910783 Mom is being transferred to a rehab facility near home tomorrow. And mt SIL is going for a second opinion on the extent of the surgery necessary to take out the cancerous mass on her lung. And my neighbor sees her orthopedic surgeon on Thursday. <BR> <BR> Tigan and I are going to the salon on Wednesday at noon for beauty treatments leading up to our weekend away from the stress on the 17th,18th and 19th. I think we are stopping at the Butterfly Conservatory near Niagara Falls on our way t... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 21:14:09 EST A lot to do today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910191 Started the day by walking the dog, then dropped him off with my dad for the day. Headed off to the gym with my niece, Tigan, followed by brunch at my favorite restaurant. They had a new dessert on the menu that we decided we had to try. It was the lightest, fluffiest cheesecake, with fresh strawberries. Yum! After brunch we went shopping for a nice outfit for each of us to wear to dinner when we go to Niagara on the Lake this coming weekend. It took me a while to find something I liked... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 22:51:39 EST Lazy day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909599 I let Cooper sleep as long as he wanted today... and he wanted to sleep. I didn't get him out for his first walk today until after noon. Tigan and I had talked about possibly going to the gym this morning, but I was exhausted, and I decided I would snooze with the dog instead. When he did get up we went for an almost 7 mile walk, so we weren't completely lazy. And when we got back from our walk I did a little ST and yoga. I am at a real low energy ebb. I think the stress is just catchin... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 21:01:22 EST Quick update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909157 Mom was being moved out of ICU this evening. Not sure who is visiting her tomorrow. Tigan and I might take a day for pampering ourselves and go get a mani-pedi. Won't know until tomorrow. We spent the whole day down in Erie today, and hit every visiting hour. Not sure mom appreciates it but... <BR> <BR> She is going to rehab for a week or two then probably home if she continues to progress. Other than Tigan and myself everyone here seems to think that everything can go back the way it... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 23:58:43 EST Medical news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908478 I went to see my therapist today. It helps to have an objective listener to talk to about all the emotionally heavy stuff happening around me. I am spending the day in Erie tomorrow with Tigan and mom. Mom is starting to be more cognizant, but the doctors say she needs a feeding tube, as she has been without much nutrition for about 10 days. She fought them before when they tried to get one in, but it is becoming critical. They put in a line too, to give the IVs a break. <BR> <BR> I hav... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 19:51:51 EST Relaxed day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907977 I had a relaxing day with the dog. My brothers took turns visiting with mom today. She is slightly improved today. She actually said the word "good" instead of just "uh huh". I will go back on Friday to see her. <BR> <BR> I went grocery shopping today, and bought mostly healthy food. The parking lot of my apartment is still closed, so I made sure to only buy what I could safely carry from the sidewalk into the building. They were supposed to pave it today, but it didn't happen. Peop... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 22:17:33 EST Home for a couple of days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907233 Got home from the hospital about 12:30 today. We got a chance to talk to mom's doctor a little. He said she has lung disease to go with her congestive heart failure. She is still mostly out of it. The neurologist was supposed to see her today, so we might know a little more about her status tomorrow. Dad and Tigan are going to go for the 10am visiting hour tomorrow. I am taking the day off. It will just be me and the dog all day. I really missed him the last couple of days. This afte... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 18:08:22 EST On the run... quick update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906466 Stayed in Erie last night. Home for a couple of hours, then back to Erie. She isn't really improving, and there is the possibility of brain damage. Staying in Erie tonight, so we can go to the last visiting hour. I had trouble sleeping last night, so I got up at 6am and did over 90 minutes on the treadmill in the fitness center at the hotel. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 13:43:04 EST Easter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905887 I am going to stay in Erie tonight at a hotel, so I can go to the late visiting hour tonight and the early one tomorrow to see my mom in ICU. <BR> <BR> Today I went to the gym early this morning. I haven't been sleeping well due to stress, so I figured I might as well go to the gym and workout. I did an hour on the elliptical before my brother arrived, and then we did an hour on the treadmill, followed by weights. I didn't before I went though, and got wrapped up in getting ready for goin... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 14:35:04 EST Gym day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905487 At long last I made it back to the gym. I couldn't sleep last night, so I got an early start. Met my niece there. We worked out then went and got breakfast at my favorite restaurant. I got my usual steel cut oats and coffee. Even with the workout and breakfast and walking the dog, we were still out to my parents' house by 10am. Tigan and I immediately started scrubbing the kitchen. Ewww... some of the stuff we found gave me the shudders. Once it was clean enough to cook in, we made a ... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 19:52:20 EST Update on mom and travel plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905069 My niece, Tigan, and I planned to go visit mom in ICU this morning. My brother and his family also wanted to go so it got pushed back to 1pm. Mom is restrained, non-lucid, and restless. It really freaked out my other nieces to see her that way. Much crying ensued, followed by defensive humor. I think pretty much everyone in my family does the defensive humor thing. I am going to the gym with Tigan early tomorrow morning, followed by a walk with Cooper, and then we are going out to my p... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 23:42:44 EST Hard day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904472 I got up this morning to a phone call from my dad that he and my niece had convinced mom to go to the hospital. They went to the Westfield ER, from there she was transferred to Erie, PA. Originally she was in a regular room, but she was moved to ICU this evening because she was becoming more and more incoherent and was unable to breathe on her own. I also found out that my SIL has Stage 2 lung cancer. She said it is a 50-50 chance she is alive in 5 years. She will have to have surgery an... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 22:50:11 EST Neurologist, niece, night night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903858 Got an hour's walk in with the dog before heading off to my parents' house to drop off the dog and meet my brother. He drives me to my neurology appointments in Orchard Park when I get injections, because they make me a little light headed. Mom is really sick. It looks like a flu bug, but with her congestive heart issues it is very concerning. I think she stayed in bed all day, which is really the only solution. And Tigan arrived today. She is going to try and teach me to drive a stick ... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 22:39:05 EST Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903238 I have to make choices daily that affect my health and wellbeing in the future. Sometimes I wonder if I am making the best choices. It is difficult to find the right balance to ensure mental, emotional and physical health. I have laid back from the exercise this week in an effort to find the balance I was talking about last week. I think I am closer to that balance, but I often question what the next choice should be for optimum overall health. Ah well, I can only make the next choice I ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:17:46 EST Looking for balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902566 The lock on my apartment door is malfunctioning. I can lock it from the inside, but the key doesn't work, so I can't lock it when I leave the apartment to go walk the dog. It makes me nervous to leave my door unlocked. I called the emergency contact and he called the on-call maintenance guy, but maintenance guy isn't answering his phone, so he probably won't get here tonight. I bet he comes at some ungodly hour in the morning though. <BR> <BR> Cooper got 4 walks today. I also did a WATP... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:55:15 EST Lazy day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901829 I took the day easy today. I decided to let Cooper decide when we were getting up this morning. I was awake, but he didn't want to get up until nearly noon! Little stinker! When we finally got up I took him for a 7 mile walk. That was almost 2 hours. I figure I can convince him to only go out 3 times today, since we got such a late start. I took him out once since our long walk, so I am going to delay taking him out again as long as possible. <BR> <BR> We might get a chance to go to ... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:52:40 EST I am an introvert http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901340 I am an introvert. I embrace that aspect of myself and accept that sometimes I don't fit in well with social situations. Today was one long socializing session, and I am so ready to just curl up with the dog, lock my door, and be by myself. <BR> <BR> This morning I went to my parents' house to make lunch for everybody. We had roast turkey breast (locally sourced grass fed turkey), baked sweet potatoes, sweet corn, red cabbage, and fresh fruit for dessert. I marinated the turkey in soy ... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 19:58:38 EST Snowy day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900842 It snowed most of the day today. But it wasn't as wet as yesterday, so Cooper was willing to walk. I ended up walking him over 7 miles this morning, 1.5 miles this afternoon, and two short walks this evening. Four walks, and hopefully we are done for the night. <BR> <BR> I also walked to get my blood work done, and to go to get a haircut. I got my hair cut really, really short. I don't quite look like a new Marine, but it is close. I also stopped for coffee and cake at my favorite re... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:38:42 EST Yucky weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900316 That wasn't snow, and it wasn't rain. It was slush falling from the sky. Cooper's least favorite weather, so I had trouble getting him to walk today. I ended up taking him out about 8 times, which is backwards progress on my campaign to get him back to three walks a day. Yesterday he got 4 walks. Our last walk was actually a run. I ran with him once around the block, but it doesn't count as a workout, because it took less than 10 minutes. I accumulated over an hour of walking time with... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:08:11 EST Driving and plotting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899730 I took the dog for an hour's walk before heading out to my parents' house to swap cars and take off for PA. Tigan (my niece) is moving once again, so she wanted to move some of her bulky stuff up here for storage. I met her in Meadville, PA, which about a two hour drive for me... one way. The drive down was... um... exciting, I guess. It was rainy today and very windy. I was driving an empty pickup, that was just getting bossed around by that wind. It was especially interesting when I w... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:46:37 EST The dentist said "good job"... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899055 I had an "energetic" dental hygenist today. I don't usually mind getting a cleaning, but he was really digging under my gums... all the while saying my teeth looked great. What?! If they look good then why do you need to scrape quite that diligently? I guess I shouldn't complain, but man, that hurt! <BR> <BR> <BR> I did a little grocery shopping after the dentist. I bought mostly yogurt and fruit. I ended up eating mostly fruit today. I ended up pretty far under my range for calories... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 20:58:37 EST Walk that dog... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898363 Cooper got 5 walks again today. We are definitely ( but slowly) getting back to our 3 walks a day. I like it when he is willing to go for a long walk in the morning, because then he is sleepy and cute for several hours. <BR> <BR> My Spark activity tracker is finally working again. It didn't start working again until about 2pm. I was relieved to see it was working once again. I have gotten attached to the ease of it recording my workouts for me. <BR> <BR> Still feeling kind of cranky to... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:16:00 EST Crankiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897760 I was just feeling frustrated over little, unimportant things today, even knowing they were not important I still let them get to me. Grrr... Makes me want to smack myself silly. <BR> <BR> It turns out I can't meet Jeremy at the gym on Tuesday as I have a dentist appointment I had forgotten about. And I am not certain I can meet him on Thursday either, depending on when the visiting nurse comes. <BR> <BR> I did walk the dog 6 times today, though only two walks were of any real length. ... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 21:12:50 EST Lunch with the folks... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897199 Most Saturdays I go out to my parents' house and make lunch for all of us (mom, dad, brother, and me). Today was no different. I made citrusy baked salmon, sauteed veggies, soybeans (from dad's garden last summer), red cabbage, and mini eclairs and strawberries for dessert. It turned out pretty good. I didn't make the eclairs this time, but I have in the past. They are just so finicky to make, I was just as happy to have store bought. <BR> <BR> It was raining this morning, so Cooper got... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 21:02:44 EST Long day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896726 Everyone in the building had to be up early this morning for the pre inspection of the building. Today they were checking emergency pull cords and alarms. I walked Cooper for 10 minutes when I first got up, and then 2 hours after they were done with my apartment. We are down to walking every two hours compared to every 30 minutes. We WILL get back to three walks a day. <BR> <BR> I also hopped on the bike a few times, the rower, elliptical, did a WATP workout, a little ST and some yoga a... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 22:34:55 EST Making plans... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896149 I was chatting online with my niece, Tigan, today and she invited me to go on a road trip with her in April. Her other grandparents are in Ft Myers, Florida, so she wants to go down and visit them for a couple of days. So, 4 days driving down, 2 days there, and 4 days driving back. We would leave April 7th or 8th... but plans are just being made, and nothing is set in stone. <BR> <BR> As for the rest of my day today... the visiting nurse came today, I got some grocery shopping and house ... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 21:37:34 EST Energizer Doggie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895472 My little dog, Cooper, is just like the Energizer Bunny the last few days. I take him out for nice long walks, and an hour (sometimes an hour and a half) later he wants to go out again. Yesterday I ended up walking him over 5 hours, and today we are at 4.5 hours walking... and he will probably want to go out at least once more. Walking him is almost a full time job. LOL! <BR> <BR> I made an appointment today for a haircut, called for a new standing order slip for my bloodwork, gave a ref... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:02:44 EST Happy St Patrick's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894878 I spent the day today mostly walking the dog. I don't know if he is tired out, but I am. I have already walked him over 20 miles, and I will probably take him out one more time today. I did take a half hour this afternoon to go to the monthly coffee hour in the common room of our apartment building. I had a cup of coffee, and there were a lot of desserts, but I stuck to one cookie and half of a brownie. I really had to stand firm against everyone telling me to get more sweets. Whew! Af... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 21:44:54 EST Tiring out the dog? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894245 Finally conditions were right to walk the dog for hours and hours (about 4 hours all together), with the ice melting off the sidewalks, and temps almost at 50F. I though it would tire Cooper out, but it doesn't seem to have worked. Oh well... I will try and do it again tomorrow, and hopefully the two day effort will tire him out. <BR> <BR> I might be going out with my SIL tomorrow night. I won't hold my breath, but she mentioned it yesterday at lunch. She doesn't get home from work unt... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 21:55:57 EST Lovely Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893624 My brother finally got my mom's car unstuck from his driveway today. He is going to get the alternator checked tomorrow probably. <BR> <BR> I went to lunch with their family today. It was supposed to be breakfast, but my SIL slept late, so it turned into lunch. That was fine with me, because it meant I could take Cooper for a 90 minute walk before crating him. I took him for a short walk right after I got back from lunch, then out for another 90 minute walk before dinner. Followed by th... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 22:38:38 EST Typical Saturday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892986 I tried to get Cooper to go for a longer walk this morning, but he was having no part of that, and instead we walked around the block. This meant I was early arriving at my parents' house, so I got a chance to visit with my dad for a little while. On today's menu we had Swedish meatballs and mushroom gravy over brown rice, brussels sprouts, Greek salad, pepper slices, and in honor of Pi Day we had pumpkin pie. Mom made the pie, but I made everything else. I usually do the dishes after lun... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 19:58:40 EST Lacking motivation... sort of http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892467 I couldn't convince myself to get to the gym today by myself, so instead I took Cooper out for a 2 hour walk in the morning, then hopped on the bike on and off all afternoon, between walking Cooper. He definitely got off schedule while it was so cold last month. This evening he wanted to go out every half hour, but wouldn't go for a longer walk than 5 minutes. I did get him to go around the block once, though, so I am hopeful that I can get him retrained back to three longer walks instead ... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20:44:43 EST