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Walking and Meditating

Thursday, September 23, 2010      1 comments

I have an MP3 loaded on my IPod that is a series of affirmations about recovering from serious surgery. It is about 20 minutes long. I used it during my solitary walk to a nearby park. It is the longest walk I have taken since my surgery almo... Read more

Up date on Tummy tuck

Wednesday, September 22, 2010      2 comments

It is just short of two weeks since I had my tummy tuck. According to the doctor everything is going well. However, in addition to wearing a very tight elastic band about 12 inches wide around my lower belly, I was also instructed this week to... Read more

A compliment, I think.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010      5 comments

There is a teacher at the alternative high school where I used to teach who is retiring this year. She is a true technology immigrant with quite an "accent." I have helped her over the years with the grading program the district installed abou... Read more

Lawyers are good people

Monday, September 20, 2010      2 comments

Today my DH and I had the privilege of watching over 200 people take an oath to become lawyers and officers of the court in the state of Iowa. The main speaker listed 10 commandments of being a good lawyer. He summarized the first three as the... Read more

Sadness, resignation and acceptance

Sunday, September 19, 2010      1 comments

I think some of those words in my title are stages of grief. It is a grief I am anticipating rather than in the middle of. My DH's wonderful uncle has decided he is ready to "be with Nancy" his wife who died a few years ago. His 90th birthday... Read more

Unexpected Rewards

Saturday, September 18, 2010      8 comments

I had a very emotional 3 hours this afternoon and I am still processing it. I retired 2 years ago after 19 years of teaching at risk teens. I love every minute (almost) I taught and fell in love with so many of the kids who were heroes to me f... Read more

Being Realistic

Friday, September 17, 2010      2 comments

This morning I took a lovely 20 minute walk around our neighborhood while I listened to positive affirmations about recovery from surgery. It was a lovely day, low 70's, achingly blue sky with a few puffy clouds, just a hint of color to a few l... Read more

DD's email

Wednesday, September 15, 2010      3 comments

I can't resist posting this copy of the email DD sent after passing the bar exam: Also, I passed the bar. Also, it is the best feeling in the world!!!! Also, I passed the bar. Also, Matthew (her older brother who is an attorn... Read more

Hurrah!!!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010      1 comments

My DD just heard that she passed the bar exam in Missouri. She is now a full-fledged lawyer!!!!! WOOO HOOOO! I could even hear her dancing over the phone. Her best friends passed as well and we will be "stand-in" parents next week when they ... Read more

Patience in not in my vocabulary

Monday, September 13, 2010      5 comments

Looking back, I wish I could remember the patience that allowed me to be happy with 1-2 lb losses per week, with slowly increasing the time and resistance on the recumbent bike, but I can't seem to gather that memory and put it into play. Okay,... Read more

Sedentary life sucks!

Sunday, September 12, 2010      0 comments

Okay, it's only been two days since my tummy tuck and my longest walk to date has been down the driveway and abou 100 ft. up the block and back. Everything I do exhausts me... which I should take a clue to slow down. In addition I have to walk... Read more

Tummy Tuck Day

Friday, September 10, 2010      6 comments

Okay, I have had the tummy tuck, but have no idea what anything looks like as I am covered with a big bandage and a wide elastic band. I have to walk shaped with a C for at least 5 days. The doc said once everything heals I will get my exerc... Read more

Tomorrow is the day!

Thursday, September 09, 2010      4 comments

I have thought about it, researched it, posted about it, exchanged information about it, meet with 3 doctors about it and decided I am worth it. Early tomorrow morning, I am having elective surgery... a tummy tuck. After five years of maintai... Read more

As close to a perfect day...

Wednesday, September 08, 2010      2 comments

This morning, DH was praised by his physical therapist for his progress as he recovers from rotator cuff surgery. He then graciously helped me get my bike on the rack on the car. I met a good friend who is enjoying her new retirement as I am e... Read more

Did meditation make a difference?

Tuesday, September 07, 2010      1 comments

FIfteen days ago, I started an on-line meditation course. It has been a challenge to discipline myself, even when we were out of town, to spend the 15 or so minutes listening to the information and meditating. However, I think it made a huge d... Read more


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