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  • kayaking, movie, etc

    7/24/2016 4:58:27 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    You know a few days ago in a blog I mentioned that I would probably kill someone if I had to live with them for six months, much less 50 years? Well, I have discovered my true limit is about 3 days! That said... I got up before 6am this morning and went kayaking with my brother. I enjoyed the... Read more

  • The adventure continues...

    7/23/2016 6:42:16 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    The situation in my apartment building has actually gotten worse. Today, conditions were bad enough on my floor that we weren't even allowed back in our apartments with an escort. So Patty and I are at the hotel... probably for another two nights. I am appreciating the AC. I miss the constant co... Read more

  • Made it to Wisconsin

    7/22/2016 10:53:29 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, made it to Wisconsin okay. Went to Lambeau Field when we got there. Talk about being in heaven. Went on the tour and had a blast. Got to go to the 1919 Kitchen and Tap and it was good. Then we went to the Pro Shop and got a few things. Didn't go to the Packers Hall of Fame. Had to get to Siste... Read more

  • ...And the ceiling caved in

    7/22/2016 1:44:50 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    At 1:56AM last night I heard a loud noise and my dog leaped off the bed and ran to the door barking, and kept barking for about 15 minutes, while I told him to hush and come back to bed. I just assumed one of my neighbors had dropped something in the hall. Ummm, nope. When I had finished my yoga ... Read more

  • Elevator's out of service

    7/21/2016 6:12:12 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    ...And I live on the third floor. Good thing the grocery shopping is done for the week already! Cooper was a little confused when I made him walk up the stairs rather than take the elevator when we came in from our afternoon walk (which was VERY short, since it was 90 degrees today). The stairwe... Read more

  • Morning run

    7/20/2016 8:23:48 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    It was actually a little on the chilly side this morning, so I took advantage and went for a long run before it started heating up. A little over 9 miles. I decided by the end of the run that it might just be time to get out my new pair of new sneakers. The pair I have been wearing are pretty wo... Read more

  • Bugs?

    7/19/2016 8:09:42 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    So, maintenance guy knocked on my door this afternoon... they are checking everyone one's apartments for bedbugs. Ewww. Makes me wonder. Does someone in the building already have them? Or is this just to say they did it for the paperwork? hmmmmm My BFF's birthday present that I ordered for... Read more

  • Celebrations upcoming

    7/18/2016 6:30:18 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I got my eldest niece's birthday present in the mail to her today. It will probably get there before her birthday, but that's okay. I just got her a small present this year, but she will use it, so that is good. My parents' 50th wedding anniversary is in 9 days. No one in the family seems intere... Read more

  • Not hungry today

    7/17/2016 10:12:51 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I think this is the longest I have gone between blogs in a long time. My evenings have just gotten away from me. I had the opportunity to go kayaking today, and passed on it. What was I thinking? It has been about a month since I have been out. Sadness. I wasn't hungry today. It wasn'... Read more

  • Lost another pound plus trip is getting close

    7/17/2016 8:12:01 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I've lost about 4 pounds this past week but lost a pound since yesterday. At the beginning of last week I was 186 pounds. I went down a pound a day and yesterday I was at 183 pounds. Today I am at 182 pounds. That what I weighed when my oldest brother James and his wife Cheri (the one that int... Read more

  • A little rain... a very little

    7/14/2016 4:08:39 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    It did rain a little this morning, but not enough. And it didn't moderate the temperature, in fact it just made it more muggy. Meh. Cooper really doesn't want to walk today. I have gotten him out for a total of 20 minutes so far today. He just wants to lay in front of the window as flat as poss... Read more

  • Hot today

    7/13/2016 10:17:02 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    It was in the 90s today. too hot! I went to the neurologist for another set of Botox injections this afternoon. I actually went 14 days without a migraine! Woohoo! Cooper is sacked out in front of the window, panting... he thinks it is too hot also. I spent the morning at my parents' house... Read more

  • Toasty warm

    7/12/2016 9:23:22 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    It was hot today, so Cooper didn't feel like walking much during the day. I did get him out for a good walk this evening before dinner though. Instead of walking I pedaled and read with the fan pointing at me. I got a box of new books in the mail yesterday, so I was happy to read a couple. ... Read more

  • Family cook out

    7/11/2016 10:29:17 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I spent the day at my parents' house. Cooper woke me up really early (before sunrise) wanting to snuggle, so I got a jump on the day. Did the long form yoga routine again... definitely leaves me feeling centered. Then we were off to go walk with dad, but dad slept in this morning, so we walked wi... Read more

  • I am "the answer to the Universe and everything..."

    7/10/2016 4:01:17 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    If you have ever read Douglass Adams then you get the reference... I turn 42 to today. I am trying to take it in stride and stay positive about it, but I am feeling kind of melancholy. Had my morning yoga with the dog's assistance. I did the long form this morning... hoping for clarity. I did fe... Read more

  • Fun with mom

    7/9/2016 7:15:16 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I spent the morning with mom. She has a litany of "good ideas" every morning, which are generally pretty awful. They are meant as jokes. Good thing! If she were serious I would worry about her mental status. My brother and dad egg her on, trying to top her, but she usually wins. For lunch ... Read more

  • Cooper's vet visit... paving

    7/8/2016 3:45:44 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Cooper was a champ at the vet's office. He didn't pee on the vet or the assistant, didn't try to bite or anything... just was cute and accommodating and well behaved. I forgot he had his 3 year rabies shot last year, and he gets his 3 year distemper shot next year... so this year all he needed was... Read more

  • 2 minute planks

    7/7/2016 9:06:48 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I've increased my time on my planks. The first one today was at the 1 minute mark but the last 2 planks were longer. I did those for 2 minutes each. I was going to do a minute and a half but that was too easy. So I went ahead and did them for 2 minutes each. I was a little shaky on the 2nd pla... Read more

  • Muggy day

    7/7/2016 8:07:15 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I took Cooper out at 7:30 this morning, thinking that it might still be cool enough that he might feel like walking... and I was right. He was good for about an hour walk. I tried taking him out again at 10am and we went halfway around the block, and we went out at 2pm we made it down the stairs t... Read more

  • Empty lot

    7/6/2016 5:51:33 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    They are supposed to pave our parking lots over the next two days, so everyone had to move their cars today, and park on one of the surrounding streets. It is strange to walk out of the building to an empty lot. Cooper doesn't notice though. He did notice that we walked over from my brother's hou... Read more

  • I gave up my fitbit

    7/6/2016 5:24:17 PM, by FLOWERLILLY_777

    I have been working on my lifestyle change for about 4 weeks. I had a fitbit (the original ) I was using it to track my steps. I loved my tracker, I would obsess over getting my 10000 steps a day so it was definitely helping my activity level. Then i decided I was ready to add in more exercise and I... Read more

  • Long day on Saturday

    7/5/2016 9:26:07 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    This past Saturday I went to Peoria, IL, (an hour east of where I live) to go shopping with my aunt and uncle who I will be going to Wisconsin with in 2 weeks. They were suppose to had picked me up at 10am but they were an hour late. They had a good reason. They were switching my aunt's sister to an... Read more

  • Getting stuff done...

    7/5/2016 7:31:17 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I left Cooper with mom and dad this morning so I could run errands and get my blood work taken care of on time. Got the shopping done for the cook out next week. And did an errand for my neighbor, then went to get my blood work done. I forgot about the holiday yesterday. Usually when I go on Tue... Read more

  • Happy 4th of July!

    7/4/2016 7:48:39 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Family cook out tonight. I stayed just long enough to visit and eat. I wanted to get home before dark when people start setting off their fireworks. Cooper doesn't seem overly concerned, but then I have always kept him inside after dark on the 4th of July, so we have never tested his nerves with ... Read more

  • Quiet weekend

    7/3/2016 3:18:34 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I did indeed skip the kayaking trip today. I am happy with the decision, since it turned into a group of about 10 going out, so they will be moving rather slow. I DO miss getting out on the water in my kayak, but not enough to suffer the large group outing. Yesterday's lunch with mom and dad ... Read more

  • Flat dog

    7/1/2016 7:32:10 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Cooper did his "flat dog" impression for most of the day, despite the fact it wasn't all that hot out. In fact, there was a surprise rain shower for about half an hour in the middle of the day that really cooled things off... but he wasn't interested in moving. I did get him out for a 45 minute wa... Read more

  • I am loving the planks

    6/30/2016 9:15:10 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I am loving the planks. I am so glad that I decided to do them. My last 2 planks today I had to do back to back because the time that I usually do them I wasn't home so I had to wait until we got home from having supper and do them. I usually don't do them when I have a full stomach but tonight I di... Read more

  • Quiet day at home with the dog... plus grocery shopping

    6/30/2016 3:21:33 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Thursday are my deep cleaning day in my apartment. I also do my major grocery shopping at Aldi's on Thursdays. I did all that, got it all done between 11:30am, and 2pm. Started the day with my usual yoga routine. I think it is time to shake things up a little there... I might go on Youtube and s... Read more

  • My planks

    6/29/2016 10:04:07 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I have gone from doing my planks on my forearms and doing them for 50 seconds to doing them in the push up position (on my hands and the up position) and lasting for a minute. And talk about feeling it. Plus it has helped me get some more of the weight that I gained (gained 7 pounds from last ... Read more

  • Neurologist... day with parents

    6/29/2016 8:04:30 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I had an early afternoon appointment with the neurologist, and dad drove me, so I just stayed at their house after arriving early in the morning. I got a slightly earlier start to the day, because my neighbor, Patty, needed a ride to work first. That meant I got to my parents' house early enough t... Read more

  • A pleasant day... blessings

    6/28/2016 6:51:01 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I get to spend my morning with mom tomorrow, and my afternoon with dad. I am so lucky to have a good relationship with my parents. I do not take it for granted! It was fairly cool today, so Cooper was interested in walking. I just got back from an hour ramble around town with him. There is... Read more

  • It rained!

    6/27/2016 9:01:19 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    We got about half an inch overnight. We needed that. Unfortunately there is no more rain in the forecast for the next two weeks. It was nice and cool this morning in the wake of the showers, but it quickly heated up, and got muggy with it. Of course today was the day I had my mammogram, so I co... Read more

  • Making the prudent choice, and being okay with it

    6/26/2016 8:13:35 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I decided after much hemming and hawing, not to go kayaking today. Yes, I love kayaking, but Lake Erie is a moody witch, and I didn't want to challenge my skill set too hard and risk capsizing or heat stroke. When I got the trip report from my brother, he said I would NOT have enjoyed the first 30... Read more

  • Saturday lunch... and debating with myself

    6/25/2016 5:34:03 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    On Saturdays I go to my parents' house and cook lunch for us. It is nice to cook for more than just myself, and more variety of dishes. Mom is getting a delivery of locally raised and butchered chickens on Tuesday, so she wanted to use up some odds and ends of chicken she had left over in her free... Read more

  • My planks

    6/25/2016 3:11:43 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I got up to 30 seconds for a while. My last plank last night was 35 seconds. This morning I went for 50 seconds. That was the only one so far today. I will do more later on today when we get home. I might go even further than that. We will see. So that tells me my core strength is getting bett... Read more