LUNADRAGON's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LUNADRAGON LUNADRAGON'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/ Snow and work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863956 Snow. Lots and lots of snow. At least 16 plus inches, not to mention the taller drifts, and the fact it was still blowing snow when we measured. <BR> The car is pretty much dug out, except for anything reburying it. <BR> I worked from home a few hours yesterday, and all of today. Tough to do, because being home, I wanted to play and not work. <BR> <BR> I just finished an interesting health book - Adrenal Reset Diet. Very interesting, being released as an audio in February. <BR> <BR> Now, t... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:49:47 EST More sleep more rest = improvement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861835 This morning I woke after another 8 hours of sleeping. I rested, snuggled with my cat, drinking water, doctoring my lips most of the day. Crocheting a spiral stitch scarf (of sorts), then around supper time, I realized my sore throat was gone, my headache was gone, and I felt a lot better. So I got up and puttered around a little, and sorted some stuff to keep and get rid of, and I am so glad. <BR> Hoping to get decent sleep tonight. <BR> <BR> We woke to snow, and iciness, so it was a great... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:19:40 EST Sleeping towards better health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860437 I got a lot of sleep last night, and when I got up at 9 am (wow!) I still felt like I could sleep more. Alas, I did not fall back to sleep until this afternoon. Lots of down time, resting, sleeping, with one very cozy cat. I can feel storminess coming in, my wrist was killing me for a while, so used my soft "beanie" that goes in the microwave to help that. <BR> <BR> One of my aims, has been increasing my sleep, and trying to wean myself off my electronic gadgets in the evening. It is a work ... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:21:03 EST Sick Day itty bitty blogh ah ah ah Choo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859590 Well, I was sick a few days last week, then went back to work, but started in with the chills and other symptoms again. Really really bad chapped lips, no matter how much water I was drinking, and keeping humidifiers going. So I have an upper respiratory infection (again) and a virus, and Doctor sent me home til next week, he said stay home as long as I have bad chills. My eczema is bad too. Blah. <BR> <BR> So - I am aiming for my chair, and blanket, and cat. <BR> I just had my chicken soup,... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:25:34 EST A-Ok Woo Hoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849712 Today was a Shirley Temple "Oh my goodness" kind of day - colder than 0 here. <BR> My sweet husband climbed up in that big ol' SUV this morning and started it for me so it wouldn't be so cold. <BR> <BR> Then I went to work. Changes going on at work. Ok, but just makes ya feel funny. I left early for my dr. appointment. <BR> <BR> Regular check up - blood pressure good again today. <BR> Weight - Up (heck, I knew that) I was cheating at Christmas, and have only recently re cut out the wheat ag... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 18:52:48 EST So cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848907 Well, I thought I would have our car back from the repair shop, but instead I turned in the rental (a cadillac) and got the loaner from the repair shop, a humongous Dodge Durango. Oh my. I think I really need a ladder to climb in. When I go to slide out, it feels as if the ground will never reach my feet. I am only 4'11" and this feels like I am driving a bus or an 18 wheeler. <BR> <BR> It is also extremely very very very, very cold. Brrr has a few more syllables. <BR> I need a little bit to... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 19:54:25 EST At the start of My New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844119 Here we go folks. Forget the resolutions. We know what we need to do, so let's just do it. <BR> <BR> Mini steps. <BR> I did good avoiding gluten, until New Year's eve, when I inadvertently had a few crackers with my shrimp. I didn't think about it until later. <BR> <BR> I am watching it. <BR> Now to cut out the chocolate. I will appease that one with strictly hot cocoa, until I can lessen that one. <BR> <BR> And I intend on cutting the caffeine of coffee as much as possible. I chose herb t... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 18:08:49 EST After The Wrappings Gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840764 You are left with torn paper, tangled ribbons, empty boxes. You are given gifts that make you smile, make you jump, make you cry. Reuse the bows, and boxes, recycle the cards, and resolve to step away from the chocolate. Or whatever was your downfall (or mine) this holiday season. <BR> <BR> I cheated by eating gluten/wheat. And more chocolate than I should. <BR> The scale told on me yesterday. <BR> <BR> I kicked it back under the bed until next week, or at least til New Year's. <BR> <BR> S... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 18:46:29 EST Moments of forgetfulness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834040 Today was rip roaring crazy. My fitbit let me know I had made my 5000 step mark somewhere before lunch, and the day is not done. <BR> I had back to back meetings at work, and was listened to because of my being a degree holding librarian. It was a most impressive day. <BR> I worked hard, and was recognized for it as well. <BR> <BR> Then, my hubby had supper waiting for me when I got home. <BR> I am blessed. <BR> <BR> In the middle of all that, I forgot the doctor appointment I had changed d... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:27:38 EST Work, Backs, Collisions, and stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830456 My oh my oh my! <BR> It is that season of ultra busy ness. <BR> <BR> I have been working full time since August, so I rarely get on the computer at night. Work is going well, and I love it. <BR> <BR> My back was doing pretty good, without a whole lot of extra bad stuff going on. I was feeling pretty good about it until.... <BR> <BR> Forget the drumroll. It was more like a thunderbolt. <BR> <BR> We had a front end collision this past Saturday night in the rain. Hubby is bruised where he h... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 19:59:30 EST Choosing to stay positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817915 No matter what we do, no matter who we are, we are faced with daily choices. It could be as simple as choosing between which shoes to wear, or as complicated as what college to attend, or whether or not marrying that special someone is the right path for us. <BR> <BR> Other choices encompass how we think, how we approach what comes into our lives, what our attitude is going to be in the face of whatever calm or calamity in our way. <BR> <BR> When I was very young, in my teens and sometime b... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 20:00:01 EST Repeat and say again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813678 Since my husband and I have been through all our health issues, and especially how far he has come, we have an ongoing mutual admiration society going. <BR> <BR> Every time we just glance at each other, sit in the car next to each other, or anytime we touch hands or elbows while sitting together, we both gush over each other - Saying - I love you so much. <BR> <BR> You know what? <BR> EACH day is a gift, and there is no time like living in the present. I praise and thank God daily for each ... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 15:32:57 EST MIA Motivator http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812735 Oops. <BR> Imagine my surprise when I looked at my e-mail from a couple of days ago, that I was motivator of the day! <BR> Thank you. <BR> I am grateful for your support. <BR> <BR> It motivates me to do more than I actually am. Life is hard, but we overcome and keep on keeping on. <BR> <BR> Now, let me make things clear. I wear a fit bit and I walk, not as much as I should, but I walk. I did lose weight pre-surgery, but gained some back. Then I went through a ton of stuff with my husband's ... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 18:04:38 EST Mini Milestones http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769644 Today marked 90 days logging in, logging water, steps (from fitbit). <BR> I also made my 5000 plus steps today. <BR> It also marked completion of two full weeks of full time work. <BR> <BR> I also did 5 minutes of back strengthening stretching this morning. <BR> <BR> So, I got a much needed reward - shoes. Comfortable shoes I can wear to work with a dress, or pants (flats), slippers, and a pair of low boots for fall. It was a buy one get one half off, so my hubby got a pair of shoes too. Pl... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:48:04 EST One step at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763906 On Sunday August 10, I developed a "floater" in my left eye, so I went to the ophthalmologist. He says no retinal detachment, so that is positive, but the darn floater is driving me nuts. It looks like a fruit fly following me everywhere. <BR> <BR> Augh! <BR> So, I ordered prescription sunglasses to help cut it out of my vision while driving. <BR> <BR> I go back for a recheck in late September. <BR> <BR> This past Monday I began full time at work. First time working 40 hours since 2008. <... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:42:15 EST Counting my blessings: One year post http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754346 A year ago, my husband was in a wild cyclone of health issues and drama, having suffered a cardiac arrest after his ankle surgery, followed by punctured lung, cracked ribs, blood clots, infections, fever and more. When he finally got home in September, we thought we were on the mend, only to have him develop encephalitis in late October, then he fell over his own feet in January and broke his arm. <BR> <BR> I am blessed. <BR> He is alive and well. <BR> He is off the blood clot medication, of... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 11:42:47 EST Fleece and Streaks and Goals (63 Day Streak!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751671 Since God answered the prayer regarding the job fleece, and I have about 2 weeks to get used to getting to bed earlier, and up earlier, I figure God must know I can handle it. <BR> <BR> I have logged on SparkPeople every day for 63 days! That is my first huge streak since before my back surgery. It is a beginning. Now I need to add to to that goals. <BR> <BR> Earlier to bed. <BR> Earlier to rise. <BR> More sleep. <BR> Add better exercise besides walking to the mix. <BR> Increase walking. <B... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 12:23:16 EST So Excited! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748468 Wow. <BR> That is all I can say. <BR> I went to a meeting of minds with Christian women about the retreat up north in Maine in September yesterday. It was long, I was tired, and my back still is not very happy. I endured, but it went well. I will be leading two hour long discussion groups, speaking for a five minute devotional, and leading a fireside prayer in commemoration of 9-11. <BR> I am looking forward to it, as I haven't gone up to camp since before my back injury in 2009. <BR> <BR> S... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:53:43 EST Superb http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744435 The last several days, I have consciously increasing my steps, and had a 6000, 7000, and two 5000 steps days. <BR> <BR> My interview went well, followed up by another with my boss. Good things coming up on the horizon, but not in the place to say for sure yet. The fleece is definitely being responded too. <BR> <BR> I have seen lots of answered prayer this week. I keep praying, and wait for the answers I have not received yet. <BR> <BR> My husband went to the dr. this week, his cholesterol... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:30:18 EST More walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742309 It started out relatively cool this morning at 59 degrees, but warmed up. After being out in the shaded sunshine, and walking around a lot, I had it after about 4 hours at the book sale under the canopy. Hot, tired, headachy. <BR> <BR> We started the day with fasting bloodwork before heading out to the library book sale. We splurged and had Starbucks. I had a hot latte with a toasted bagel and cream cheese. One of the few things that has no eggs. <BR> <BR> Outside at the sale I drank lots ... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:06:46 EST Setting out the fleece http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741728 Many of you who have known me over the last few years on here, know that I have gone through back injuries, and surgeries, and am finally on my way back to a new normal. <BR> <BR> I was not able to return to work at a public library, but found an awesome job that I just love. I am an audiobook proofer. <BR> <BR> Now I started with the company as a temp, and got called back for Christmas 2012, then was hired permanent part time that December. I worked in assembly, and was a second proofer (L... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:34:59 EST 45 Day streak and 6 lbs in one year (since 8-2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739524 I have been logging in, spinning the wheel, logging my food (mostly). <BR> The phone app helps me do this, and so nice that it coordinates with Fitbit to grab my walking fitness. <BR> <BR> I am feeling mostly good. The stormy weather has my back a little achy, but I am doing well. <BR> <BR> My job is going great. I love being an audiobook proofreader and am having a blast doing it. Right now I am proofreading a Yale publication on Augustus Caesar, as I just finished the one on Julius Caesar... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:30:47 EST Thirty-One Day Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730072 It may not sound like much, but considering the past year, a thirty-one day streak is awesome. No, I haven't blogged, I have logged in every day, and have logged my food nearly every one of them, and logged my walking every day. <BR> <BR> It is a start. <BR> <BR> I also finally began doing my back strengthening exercise again, a few times per week, and using hand weights. I have been using a squeeze ball for my hands at work, and doing stretches. <BR> <BR> Then I decided I better increase ... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 20:03:09 EST Let's streak! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700140 Finally starting a decent streak going. I have logged in 10 days in a row. First time in a long time. It helps I can do it from my phone. I have a headache today, though, with all the allergens in the air, and may have eaten something that is a no-no - as in egg allergy, because my mouth is breaking out. I took antihistamine to fight the situation. Time to go relax. because it is my day off. <BR> <BR> ps I have been logging my fitness - walking - with my fitbit automatically daily. cool app.... Wed, 21 May 2014 16:07:46 EST Don't ya love it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691558 When you take Friday off, and it feels like Saturday, and you still have Saturday? <BR> <BR> When you think of an idea, but cannot execute it, and know that your husband can build it for you? He feels good for building it, and you feel good for thinking of it. I wanted to make a lamp, but I don't know how. He put a bottle lamp together for my son after I got the supplies, and he built another one for me out of a mason jar. <BR> <BR> When you take the time to find the coupons then save a bun... Fri, 9 May 2014 20:44:18 EST Got it - Gizmos, Gadgets, and Whatnots http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690014 I figured out how to sync my fitbit with Sparkpeople. I do it from the online Sparkpeople fitness page, it gives me the option to sync my fitbit with Sparkpeople. It does synce my fitness, but not my food :( that I can tell anyway. <BR> I think it is supposed to. Maybe it is delayed. I will let you know. <BR> I did have a 7 day streak of logging in, then I missed (I thought I had logged in). I am now on a 3 day streak. At least I can log in from the Sparkpeople app on my iphone. <BR> Gadgets,... Wed, 7 May 2014 18:59:55 EST No news is no news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686031 Well, after calling the doctor repeatedly this week, trying to get results, and no explanation of the message left on my machine, I have been told that my neurologist is referring me to another one in his group that has more expertise in the EEG department. That will be the doctor I wanted to see in the first place. So, I still don't know what is going on with my brain, dizziness, memory lapse (selective at that), headaches, etc. Oh bother. Now I have to wait until next Thursday morning to fi... Fri, 2 May 2014 20:57:24 EST results and not quite results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684298 I walked two miles, two stores. Over 5,000 steps. <BR> I balanced the checkbooks and paid a couple bills. <BR> We got the headlight changed free that was out on our new car. Our first time trying to drive at night we realized it was out, so brought it back to the dealer. <BR> We made supper together - ground turkey meat in spaghetti sauce with Rice Pasta spaghetti. I bought veggies, v8, bananas, and other good things at the store. <BR> I got a medical provider to resubmit one of my husband's ... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:51:11 EST Mojo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682656 Looking for my mojo. <BR> I have a five day log in streak going, and 5 out of 7 days I have logged my food on here. I do have a three week walking goal streak going on. <BR> <BR> Up to this morning, my headache seemed to be subsiding. It is back today. My eyes hurt, sinuses too, and yes, I have been taking my prescriptions. <BR> <BR> So, now I will go do my prescribed de-stressing and relax for the rest of the night. I will get this thing going soon. baby steps count. They always do. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 19:11:34 EST Question for Fitbit Flex users http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681191 I just went to the SparkPeople page to sync my Fitbit flex with Spark People. I saw some notes that the food doesn't register. Any idea if it works? It would be so helpful, because right now I am double logging it, between my fitbit and Spark. <BR> <BR> I will see if it works for me this week. <BR> <BR> Today - relaxing. <BR> rain. so we went to a movie. <BR> Trying to eat healthy. <BR> Aiming for de-stressing and better sleep, and keeping up with my water, and avoiding caffeine. <BR> My o... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 20:40:54 EST Tracking and how do you count this... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678119 So, I am trying to get back to tracking. Everything. One step at a time. I have not been spending much time on the computer, but have a four day streak going of logging in. I am tracking water, walking, sleep, food, between my i-phone, fitbit and here. <BR> <BR> My big faux pas - yesterday - the bunny, the bunny, yes it was the bunny. <BR> All it took was one nibble and next thing I knew, the bunny was gone! It just plumb disappeared. I called an all points bulletin, but even my cats didn't ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:03:50 EST Making steps towards healthiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672309 This weekend, I caught more sleep than I have in a while. <BR> I am fighting sleep nearly nightly, and am in a big row with myself over it. <BR> I went to the neurologist on Friday. He says - bloodwork for Lyme, EEG to check if there are mini seizures happening, or it could be something with the medication, or stress. In other words, no actual answers yet. Then I noticed a weird rash on my neck last night when I was trying to sleep - more sleep delays after that. <BR> <BR> Hubby went to his ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:10:52 EST First Day Back at Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668493 So I went back to work today. I am tired. The best part was coming home in our new (used) car. Typically I am very fatigued driving. The vehicle ride was smooth and nice and I was not as fatigued coming home. <BR> <BR> I have been diligently eating my potassium <BR> <BR> bananas with apple oatmeal for breakfast, with 1 cup of coffee <BR> orange juice <BR> <BR> v-8 strawberry banana at break <BR> tomato soup for lunch with a quaker oat bar <BR> break - yogurt <BR> <BR> I walked 1 1/4 mile ... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 19:53:02 EST Fuzzy wuzzy was a Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666296 If the fuzzy wuzzy bears had to be days of the week, fuzzy wuzzy would definitely be a Monday. <BR> Thinking shouldn't be so hard, but it sure feels it. And it makes me nervous, which probably makes me more fuzzy wuzzy. <BR> <BR> Out here in cyberland. <BR> <BR> The weekend has come and gone, and today I must make doctor phone calls. It makes me nervous. Mainly I am better, but I seem to have a very difficult time retaining some short term stuff. Like what did I just sit down here to do (ch... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 08:58:28 EST Must revert my bad habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665236 It has been a wild and crazy week, well couple of weeks, and if you get right down to it, over half a year. <BR> In a very small nutshell - Our van was breaking down, and couldn't get it to pass emissions and it is leaking oil. We have been trying to get the problem resolved since about February - with no luck. The deadline to fix it is Monday. That is the extension. <BR> Last week we heard from Christians in the south that want to glorify God by helping us with our vehicle. I anticipated the... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 19:46:05 EST Ouch! A month? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656457 I know I have been busy. And tired. Too tired to make friends with my computer. At all. Especially since with my promotion I spend 25 hours linked to a computer and headphones. I come home and I crash. Literally. As soon as I put my feet up, I pass out. <BR> <BR> So, sorry folks if I haven't been here. I haven't been much of anywhere to tell you the truth, except running my husband to physical therapy twice per week, plus his doctor appointments, running myself to the allergist twice per wee... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:18:20 EST My Achilles Craving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626746 Ahhh, the sweet bliss of a craving fulfilled. <BR> Ahhh, the sweet curse of a craving denied. <BR> Or is it. <BR> I find the thing I ended up really really craving - chocolate - is typically my demise. <BR> Recently I read, that some people with food allergies, actually crave the very thing they are allergic to and that can wreck havoc. <BR> I am not allergic to chocolate. <BR> But, it is my bugaboo. <BR> <BR> I think I can handle it, and let it sneak by - oh, just a cup of cocoa, just a li... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 19:40:16 EST Let's get Physical http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620838 Today I brought my hubby to physical therapy for his humerus fracture/recovery range of motion exercise. We also went to the mechanic, and walked around one store briefly. He didn't even use his cane, nor use a riding cart. <BR> <BR> After supper, he sat down in our dual recliner and wiped out. Other than neuropothy really making his feet hurt (I gave them a gently rubbing with coconut oil mixture - a homemade salve from a friend that makes it, along with some tiger balm). I also got him a b... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 22:04:57 EST Why is it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618674 When you don't feel so well, <BR> or hurt, <BR> you look for comfort.. <BR> a warm blanket, <BR> a soft kitty, <BR> a cup of something hot to drink, <BR> something to relieve pain. <BR> <BR> That's my day. going to just relax, <BR> and hug my cat, <BR> and stay warm. <BR> Have a good weekend. <BR> <BR> Comfort. Sat, 8 Feb 2014 13:51:06 EST Another Sparkversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618416 Oops, Missed it. <BR> It was two days ago, but I did not get on the computer at all. <BR> Now that I am glued to a computer for work, I have not been getting on at home. <BR> This weekend - I came home with a migraine, and my neck and shoulder have been suffering since about Monday. <BR> Between Sunday and Monday I painted in my "new" studio. <BR> I think I overdid it. <BR> I went way beyond the 10,000 step goal on my fitbit. <BR> Now I have been suffering. <BR> <BR> This morning - the after... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 07:59:46 EST Checking off the list http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612580 I love lists. <BR> Perhaps too much. <BR> I love the act of crossing things off my list, just to show that I have accomplished something. <BR> I started out making a list today, and dove right in to try to get things tackled. <BR> I got waylaid at the first turn. <BR> I went in the basement to get my laundry and we had water leaking from somewhere. I figured it was the dishwasher overflow. Then I started laundry, and that started overflowing too. <BR> Add to the list calling the septic system... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 22:55:10 EST Tremendous Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610534 Good night's sleep <BR> Sweet husband home and recovering and getting stronger <BR> a job I really am enjoying (hey, I get paid to listen to audio books, way cool!) <BR> today I got to crochet at lunch <BR> I ate a good lunch, and healthy snacks <BR> My attitude has been one of gratitude <BR> I get to read library books and think creatively <BR> I leave my work at work <BR> I get to walk, though not as much as the other position <BR> I really am feeling happier than I have been for some time ... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:48:20 EST Not Just November http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609521 When November rolled around, I told myself I was not going to limit Thanksgiving to November. I told myself I would give thanks every single day. <BR> <BR> Despite the obstacles and trials, I have been giving thanks every single day. It makes me realize just how blessed I am. <BR> <BR> Thankfulness is a gift. It also blesses me with contentment, and inner peace. <BR> <BR> Have a thankful Thursday tomorrow, and perhaps begin giving thanks for all the little blessings, because they add up. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:21:00 EST Going forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608494 With everything that has been going on with my husband and his health since this past summer, and just all the craziness in general, I haven't focused a whole lot on me. There has just been too much going on. <BR> <BR> I am not complaining. <BR> I really am content. <BR> I look at my husband and think about the fact he IS here, and I sigh, and run over and plant a kiss on his face. We are just as much in love, and are loving each other despite the obstacles with words, a touch, a caress, a j... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:50:11 EST Tired but smiling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605392 Hello everyone, <BR> I am still walking daily, although not quite as much as my other position at work. On a very positive side, I am loving working as an audio proofer, and completed my first book listen yesterday right before closing the week out. My first week working 24 hours (4 days of work). That is the most I have worked since my back injury in 2009. I also made an hour drive to Yale, and the drive back was 2.5 hours due to the storm on my "day off". Add that and yes it has been an acc... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 15:01:46 EST New Year, New Ordeals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601263 Well, This past Saturday night my husband tripped over his own feet, and broke his fall by breaking his humerus, up by the shoulder. I must say it is not very humorous. Far from it. Now, storms are on the way, and I have to drive an hour to take him to Yale for his neurology appointment. Yes, we could have cancelled, but I just started my new position, and I am taking time off Friday to take him to the Orthopedic surgeon, and really did not want to make more changes. Ooh, what a week. My firs... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:52:09 EST Making it count http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598271 Today, I have had a purposeful lazy day, full of reading, rest, recreation. I am reading a novel - Painted girls a fiction about a ballerina the artist Degas used as a model for his bronze statue, and his paintings. I rested watching "You Got Mail" for the kagillionith time with my dear hubby, actually watching instead of falling asleep to it. It was raining, and dismal. I planned to paint the walls in the room I am moving my studio/guest room into, but I rather have a sunnier day to work. To... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 18:30:48 EST I love my fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587371 I have a fitbit flex. I got it in November before Christmas, and paid under $100 for it at a retail store. I am happy with it. It shows I do walk as much and more than I thought. It shows I do sleep, and actually much better than I thought. I can sync it to my computer or my i-phone, I can log food, mood, journal, water, as well as the ability for the device to track my sleep and waking, and walking. It also has the ability to have a built in silent/buzzing alarm. I set it for me to get up, a... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 20:59:49 EST New Year Newsy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587355 Hello my friends. <BR> It has been busy. <BR> House being worked on - kitchen, doors, windows, garage, paint, etc. <BR> Holidays (still have to pack it up). <BR> Work, work, work. I begin the new position as an audio proofer January 20th, and I can't wait. Members from the department have been expressing their welcome to me, and that is way cool. I had my work review and that went pretty well. My down side was the interrupted work schedule due to running off for hospital and doctor visits thi... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 20:46:44 EST Lots of baby steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561613 Today we have snow. I walked in it with baby steps, being careful to not fall. I got my allergy shot for bees. Funny when they ask me if I have been stung. It is kind of frozen outside :) <BR> <BR> I found out today I will start my new position at work on January 20th. <BR> Yesterday I went to my orthopedic back doctor and told him about the progress and promotion at work, and asked about my hours (possible increase), and brought my job description. I can begin to increase my hours as tolera... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:40:25 EST