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  • Latest dad update

    5/16/2015 9:46:54 AM, by PLMITCH

    Let's get right to the good news -- dad was discharged yesterday (Friday) afternoon! The only issue with that was the length of time it took from... Read more

  • Dad update

    5/13/2015 9:09:35 AM, by PLMITCH

    Lots of updates after seeing my dad for the first time yesterday and speaking with the doctors. In addition to a stroke, which was caused by... Read more

  • Farewell trip

    5/11/2015 7:23:42 AM, by PLMITCH

    Hitting the road later today to head to Tucson, but this will not be a happy trip. After not hearing from my dad yesterday morning (he calls me ... Read more

  • Good-bye Mom

    4/5/2015 12:41:07 AM, by GRANDMABABA

    My mom died this evening. It was hard to say good-bye, but I had encouraged her to let go for the past couple of days so the end was not a surpr... Read more

  • Challenging 6 Months

    4/4/2015 8:59:57 PM, by GRANDMABABA

    I came to care for my 100 year old mother in October. She suffers from a collection of painful conditions, blindness, deafness and Alzheimer's. ... Read more

  • Looking ahead...

    3/26/2015 9:32:15 AM, by PLMITCH

    Still in recovery mode from last Sunday's HM. I had a spa pedicure appointment last evening, and my nail tech really did a nice job of massaging... Read more

  • Recovery week...then back to work!

    3/23/2015 9:12:12 AM, by PLMITCH

    Not too sore after yesterday's half marathon. This week I will follow the recover week plan from my Jeff Galloway training plan -- 30 minute ru... Read more

  • HM #1 is under my belt!

    3/22/2015 10:16:49 PM, by PLMITCH

    Today (Sunday) was a day I had been looking forward to, and maybe just a little frightened of, for several months. 03/22/15: The date of my firs... Read more

  • 15 miles!

    3/7/2015 10:08:06 PM, by PLMITCH

    Today's training run plan, in preparation for my my first half marathon, was 15 miles! Never been that far running in my life, period. Not sure... Read more

  • Spa Pedicure

    2/25/2015 10:17:44 PM, by PLMITCH

    One of my indulgences is to get a pedicure pretty much monthly, and I usually get a spa pedicure, which just means I get lots of special treatmen... Read more

  • ALMOST got there...

    2/23/2015 9:35:49 PM, by PLMITCH

    Last Saturday, my goal for my long run was 14 miles. had never run that far. EVER! The bad part was that the weather was not cooperating and it... Read more

  • 12 mile run? Eh, no big deal! ;-)

    2/8/2015 6:28:34 PM, by PLMITCH

    Oh yes it was a big deal!! And while I was confident that I could achieve the training goal for yesterday, until you do it, there is always a li... Read more

  • Big training run on Saturday

    2/6/2015 9:45:11 PM, by PLMITCH

    Two weeks ago I crossed into the double digit mileage run for the first time (10 miles). Big moment in my running career. Fast forward to tomor... Read more

  • Tried something new today

    1/28/2015 12:59:19 AM, by MICHEMU

    Made couscous tonight for the first time ever. Tried it right after it came out of the pot and it tasted like warm cardboard. Googled it and real... Read more

  • One more week to go...

    12/15/2014 9:45:51 AM, by PLMITCH

    Today starts my last full work week of the year, and even though we are not going any place special, I am looking forward to no alarms for an ext... Read more

  • GULP!

    12/8/2014 10:01:00 PM, by PLMITCH

    Over the past few years I've done some pretty "interesting" things, many related to a healthy lifestyle. But I have to admit my latest decision... Read more

  • Thanksgiving leftovers are FINISHED!

    12/2/2014 10:00:42 AM, by PLMITCH

    Even though we bought just a turkey breast and cooked for 5 people last Thursday, we did end up with a fair amount of Thanksgiving leftovers, so ... Read more

  • "Greyt" News!

    11/13/2014 5:21:10 PM, by PLMITCH

    Got a call from our vet this afternoon to give me the results of our greyhound Gigi's biopsy on the growth on her ear. It was benign!! She has b... Read more

  • Yes they are family...

    11/6/2014 10:17:36 PM, by PLMITCH

    Tomorrow we take our oldest greyhound, Gigi, in for two procedures. One, to remove a growth on one of her ears that blossomed up in the past few... Read more

  • Wonderful trip to Jamaica!

    11/4/2014 8:53:57 AM, by PLMITCH

    The sign of a good vacation: it went by quick! And by our standards, this was a short one -- just 4 days in Jamaica -- we usually try to go for... Read more

  • Trip with Grandson

    10/21/2014 12:12:05 PM, by GRANDMABABA

    We just took a four day trip with our 10 year old grandson. Took him to celebrate his birthday with his cousins. We had such a good time in Sea... Read more

  • Day 54 - Countdown to Vacation

    10/21/2014 12:01:07 PM, by GRANDMABABA

    Ouch! Another bad morning on the scale, but I do think I'm getting back on track. My fear is failure as in a few days I must drive out to care ... Read more

  • One week and counting...

    10/21/2014 10:37:26 AM, by PLMITCH

    If all goes according to plan, my wife and I will be jetting our way to Jamaica one week from now. Short vacation, but a joyous trip -- my son a... Read more

  • Day 55 - Countdown to Vacation

    10/20/2014 5:07:28 PM, by GRANDMABABA

    A bit sad today after gaining 2 pounds on trip to visit son's family. We ate out every day, usually twice each day. Had some amazing meals and ... Read more

  • Day 59 of Vacation Countdown

    10/16/2014 1:35:28 PM, by GRANDMABABA

    It may be 59 days until our tropical get away in December, but in an hour or so we leave to pick up our 10 year old grandson to board a plane for... Read more

  • Day 61 - Countdown to Vacation

    10/14/2014 7:35:28 PM, by GRANDMABABA

    I walked for quite a long time today as I hunted for gifts for granddaughters and then once home I had to walk back down to find a lightweight tr... Read more

  • Day 62 - Countdown to Vacation

    10/13/2014 4:46:26 PM, by GRANDMABABA

    Another week has passed and though I think I'm becoming more toned, the weight isn't budging. Perhaps this will be the week I see it drop. Mean... Read more

  • Day 69 - Countdown to Vacation Readiness

    10/6/2014 6:36:57 PM, by GRANDMABABA

    I did very poorly over the past several days. Way too much celebrating of birthdays - parties, cakes, dining out. So, this week i'm back on tra... Read more

  • Yet another "new" thing...

    10/3/2014 8:59:10 PM, by PLMITCH

    So a few weeks ago I learned about SSD's from a wonderfully smart guy at the Apple Genius Bar. I thought that was pretty cool. But earlier this ... Read more

  • Normally I don't cheer for October to come but...

    9/30/2014 4:47:04 PM, by PLMITCH

    Lots of fun stuff going on this October: - Greyhounds Reach the Beach - Brunch at our favorite winery - My wife's birthday (which usuall... Read more

  • Day 76 - Countdown to Vacation Readiness

    9/29/2014 7:27:42 PM, by GRANDMABABA

    I was pleased to discover that my weight dropped ever so slightly over the weekend. Still, that beats the alternative. Then today I literally w... Read more

  • And Day 77 Countdown Begins

    9/28/2014 7:46:29 PM, by GRANDMABABA

    After reading a countdown blog from another Sparker I decided to add this to my plans. So, this is day 77 before going on vacation that includes... Read more

  • Day 38 - exercise 20 minutes or more each day

    9/28/2014 7:13:06 PM, by GRANDMABABA

    Today was a pretty awesome exercise day. Although I woke with a cold/sore throat and had been really fatigued as this came on the past couple of... Read more

  • Day 34

    9/24/2014 7:07:58 PM, by GRANDMABABA

    Today I spent part of my 20 minutes of exercise doing couch exercises - couch squats, couch crunches and couch push ups. I then got in some walk... Read more

  • Day 33

    9/23/2014 4:40:06 PM, by GRANDMABABA

    Still on target with daily exercise...some days a lot, some days a little, but everyday something. But, unfortunately I've not been very good on... Read more

  • Nice to have my Mac back again!

    9/20/2014 2:32:43 PM, by PLMITCH

    We were in Arizona last week and into early this week when my MacBook Pro decided to go "toes up". It had done the same thing in W Virginia just... Read more

  • Day 30

    9/20/2014 12:07:02 PM, by GRANDMABABA

    Had to amend my streak of 20 minutes per day of exercise when I reviewed my calendar. I hadn't counted all the days that I worked in my mom's ga... Read more

  • Day 9

    9/19/2014 3:06:10 PM, by GRANDMABABA

    I wrote a blog and managed to delete instead of post. Basically, thanks friends for encouraging me along the way. I decided to challenge myself... Read more

  • New Gyms!

    9/16/2014 3:18:43 PM, by GRANDMABABA

    I get a bit claustrophobic and lonely in our little condo gym so we finally joined one that includes all the county facilities. The one closest ... Read more

  • Travel funny!

    9/12/2014 2:34:01 PM, by GRANDMABABA

    As I was heading to my gate I needed to take the elevator down a flight as i was not comfortable enough in my ortho boot to use the stairs or esc... Read more

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