...Dad is still hospitalized and I'm still in the States. He is able to walk with assistance and can understand quite a bit, but is still not completely aware of what happened, and has trouble expressing himself verbally. Today he had a feeding ... Read more
Dad fell the night before I was to leave for Germany. In fact, I had already checked in online.
It turns out he had a "brain bleed" and he is now recovering in the hospital. He is able to speak but confused and his words are garbled. He is ... Read more
Sorry that I haven't been able to keep up on blogs and posts much lately. I'm somewhat settled in here in Florida but my online time is limited. I'm actually enjoying the hiatus: it helps me to be away from email, Facebook, and ev... Read more
Tomorrow I'm flying to Ireland for 4 days. It will be my first trip there and I'm very excited! I'm more than 1/4 Irish (my dad's mom's maiden name was McGrady) and I've always wanted to go there.
This will be a "working vacation" as I've ... Read more
Couldn't we do the Living the Good Life food tracking challenge in a week OTHER than my birthday week?!?!?!?
This is ACTUALLY a very good thing --- I've learned that how you handle the "special" d... Read more
I posted on my status but not here on my blog. Both exams went just fine. I was amazed at the score I got on the written test because I felt like I had run out of time before I got in everything I wanted to say. But I guess I covered everything ... Read more
Tomorrow is the 2-hour written final for my master's and Tuesday is the oral exam. Just two days of testing, not three!
The written test could be on just about anything, so there's really been no way to study. I'm just going to trust that... Read more
Wow, after finishing my paper and turning it in, I really felt like a wet noodle, a deflated balloon, an old dish rag, (insert further similes here). I didn't get much sleep last week and then all the tension that had built up over the three w... Read more
Today I celebrate two years straight of daily 30 minutes intentional exercise.
On some days, it's been just an easy walk, or marching in place in front of the TV. Other days, a run, a long Nordic walking tour, or maybe a session with Jillia... Read more
Tomorrow is the last day to sign up for the Summer 5% Challenge:
www.sparkpeople.com/mysp ark/groups_individual.asp? gid=56665
I wasn't sure I was going to sign up this time around, because of travel plans, but I... Read more
...but I thought I'd check in. It's going to be a push to get this paper done. I have a hefty teaching schedule the next couple of days, so won't have much time to write, just to continue to read and gather my notes. I do have the outline set up... Read more
After my last blog...especially after reading some of the comments, I wanted to be sure that I didn't come across as gloating over being a size 6 and aiming for a size 4. We're all where we are in our Spark journey and everyone is doing their be... Read more
Size 4 that is. It may have something to do with the fact that I've gotten out the summer clothes and am still the same size I was last year, but my motivation to lose has really increased lately. I remember thinking then that I would need some... Read more
...and another 15 to go! This morning, I finally sent off my final project report to my mentor and to my evaluating prof. It hasn't really sunk in that it's DONE. Of course, it's only one step in the finals process for my master's. On Monday, I ... Read more
I've set myself a May 7 deadline for completion of my master's project. It's going to be a stretch but I can do it. I'll probably take a vacation day or two to chain myself to the desk. One thing I've learned through my studies is that it's hard... Read more