SparkPeople Swimming for Cardio Team Messageboard This is a group for those anywhere in the world that either swims regularly, swims occasionally or would like to swim as part of their fitness routine. We embrace all swimmers of any level. SparkPeople Swimming for Cardio Team Messageboard Good Morning Swimmers, 1/19/17!!! Good Morning!! It is bright and sunny here today in NJ and boy do we need some sun! It's also fairly warm for this time of year with a high of about 50 or so today. This is the second mild winter we've had in a row. I'm all for the warmth, but we do need rain or snow too! We have a lot of reservoirs in our area that feed many of the urban areas of NJ. I hope they have enough water! <BR> <BR> I can't even talk about this place of employment anymore. I'm having issues dealing with it he... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:54:35 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/18/17!!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Hump Day!!! Half way through the week and the work just keeps getting weirder. I just keep rolling with it and hoping to hear about the final interview dates next week! <BR> <BR> Busy as always, which is good. I do like being productive. I don't particularly love dealing with everyone's emotions at work.......we should be focused on being productive, not throwing tantrums. <BR> <BR> Food and exercise are going well!! I feel good!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIV... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:19:15 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/17/17!! Good Morning!! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing great! I'm back on track with my healthy breakfast, and I know from prior experience that is the way to set myself up for a health day!! <BR> <BR> Work is silly......ugh. :) <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:19:05 EST ZERO to 1650 in Six Weeks Is anyone familiar with this plan? <BR> Anyone currently doing this plan? <BR> <BR> I have started and stopped the plan many times. Now that I can't run or walk, I may be able to stick it out. Planning to start this week. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tml </link> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:56:57 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/16/17!!! Good Morning!! I'm getting a late start here because we had a new person start today. I am so hopeful this admin assistant will be a great addition to our team here. This organization is growing so quickly yet they are hesitant to add people....and then they arbitrarily give an 11% raise to a person that works for me, without even asking for my input. The strangely emotional and non-rational way decisions are made here is making me insane...... <BR> <BR> On another note, I've put on a few... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:33:52 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/15/17!! Hi folks :) <BR> <BR> I got back to the pool today! I swam sloooow but it felt good. Hope you all are enjoying your weekend! Sun, 15 Jan 2017 13:35:41 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/14/17!!!! Hi folks :) <BR> <BR> I ventured back to yoga this morning, a few coughs and lots of sniffles (hanging your head in forward fold will definitely encourage the sinuses) but it felt good to be there. It definitely got my heart rate up more than yoga flows usually would, but I kind of expected that after how long I've been out of commission. <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a nice Saturday! We're expecting some snow here and my friend from college is getting married today. Party!!! Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:02:31 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/13/17!!!! Good Morning and Happy Friday!! Woo Hoo, I really need this day to end and the weekend to come!!! <BR> <BR> I'm so not loving this employer......weird management, strange tone from the top, manipulative and emotional outbursts.....I am not going to survive here!!! I'm doing my best to be professional but's hard when you literally are the only one in management who is not childish.....ugh <BR> <BR> On the other job front, I am going to go and meet with the President and the CEO... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:48:52 EST Good Morning Swimmers! 1/12/17 Morning all. <BR> <BR> Been having trouble staying on track this week. I've been logging (albeit delayed) and haven't been in range. Gotta get that going again. <BR> <BR> I just had an awful for me breakfast so I need to eat a smaller lunch. At least I have a very tasty dinner of leftover chili and cornbread planned. <BR> <BR> xoxo Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:42:12 EST Good evening swimmers, 1/11/17!! Wow no one has been here on a week day? <BR> <BR> Not much to say for me, still not well enough to swim - so taking it easy ish at home tonight. It was warm today so I got a quick walk in at lunchtime. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:07:51 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/10/17!! Good Morning all!!! I'm so glad to see a little sun today and that it's not quite as cold as it was yesterday! I know it's winter, but lows of 10 are always hard, even when it's seasonal. <BR> <BR> I have a lot swirling through my head today with some work stuff, both here at the place I am, and the potential other job, so I'm having a hard time focusing. It's time to take a few minutes and get organized, and then dive in! <BR> <BR> I have continued to workout regularly, and I'm watching... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:44:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/9/16!!! Hi all - I'm trying to be "back" yet again. Thank you for your patience. <BR> <BR> I got up to swim this morning only to find out that the pool had low chlorine levels and we weren't allowed to get in. _sigh_. I'm still counting it as 1 of the 10 swims I want to get in this month. <BR> <BR> Trying to get back into eating better today. I've been eating well on and off (mostly off) since new years. I was in a good swing before new years (even Christmas!) but I've been being lazy and emotiona... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 08:30:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/8/17!!! Quiet around here today! Everyone glued to the playoffs? Doubt it. My cardio and strength today was 2 hours of shoveling. "Lift with your legs, not your back" are words to live by. Everyone glued to the playoffs? Sun, 8 Jan 2017 16:20:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/7/17!!! That's a fun date to type. It's pouring rain here!!! Hopefully this will officially end the drought! We're doing inside work like painting and plumbing and that's fun. We did stucco outside right before the rain and it's been great to learn how to do that. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Sat, 7 Jan 2017 17:59:55 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/6/17!!!! It's Friday!!! Yippee!!!! I am so looking forward to this weekend after this long slog of getting the payroll system in!!! Well, based on the conversation I'm having by text with my husband, I'm not so much looking forward to being with him, but at least I won't be at work.......ugh. <BR> <BR> We start our dance season this weekend with our costume distribution day. So, I'll spend most of the afternoon on Sunday getting the costumes for Sydney's 7 group dances for competition. It's a lon... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 09:10:37 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/5/17!!! Good Morning!!! Well, the payroll change went well up until the last moment, when the bank screwed up and took money from only one of our bank accounts for the direct deposits, instead of taking the correct company's payroll from the company's bank account. So now I'm scrambling at the last moment to make sure cash is in the right place to cover it. Awesome. <BR> <BR> On an up note, the interview last night went great. I spoke to the current Controller who is leaving voluntarily in April... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 09:49:06 EST Good Mornings Swimmers, 1/4/17!! Good Morning!!! Well, it's actually almost sunny here today. Yay! We could use a little sunshine. <BR> <BR> Tonight I have an interview with the person I would be replacing because she is retiring in May. We are meeting via FaceTime to keep me from having to fly to Florida. Not that I wouldn't like to be in Boca Raton right now.......but I kinda have this payroll implementation thing to manage, so.....this makes more sense!! <BR> <BR> I sure hope a decent offer is made, because this pa... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 08:16:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/3/17!!! Good Morning!! Happy New Year!! I was absent the last few days as we worked really hard on rearranging our house and getting Christmas packed up! It's always fun to get the pretty tree and it's always good to get it down and cleaned up early. There have been years where the tree was up until the end of January because we were busy and also lazy. Yay for us for getting it done!! <BR> <BR> Today we are live with our new payroll system and are processing a payroll for Friday, so it's gonna... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 08:47:38 EST want to find a buddy hello, I am an avid swimmer. I used to swim in high school and I started again in the past couple of months. I am 26 years old. I am looking for someone who would like to be my workout and nutrition buddy! If you are interested, please send me a private message. I am looking forward to hearing from you! Mon, 2 Jan 2017 11:09:03 EST Good Morning Swimmers 1/2/2017!!! First time typing 2017... I wonder how long it will take to get into the habit? <BR> <BR> I hope I can get here more often this year. I was pretty much absent in 2016. It was a rough year, but I think things are settling down now. <BR> <BR> Here is the best part of my 2016!! And she will be the best part of my 2017!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What new and exciting things is everyone else up to? <BR> Mon, 2 Jan 2017 10:24:49 EST Happy New Year's Swimmers!!! Well, we did it! We are now in 2017 with all it may bring! <BR> <BR> What are you planning for the new year? Either a goal, an intention or a resolution. <BR> <BR> I am going to join my daughter in focusing on the intention of gratitude. <BR> <BR> My goals are to get in backpacking shape by summer, finish our Santa Maria house, work on our new Royal Oaks house and get far on my master's degree. Sun, 1 Jan 2017 10:58:10 EST sorry disregard sorry <BR> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 19:00:37 EST Good Morning Swimmers - 12/31/16! Happy New Years Eve! <BR> <BR> Ending a year can feel overwhelming, especially if you didn't accomplish some of the goals you set for this year. <BR> <BR> But screw that, let's celebrate something. Name 1 thing you are proud of this year. <BR> <BR> I am proud that I got back into swimming. Even though I didn't start swimming until July, I swam 56.7mi this year. Sat, 31 Dec 2016 12:34:52 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/30/16!!!!! Good Morning! Welcome to the last work day of 2016. I hope everyone has a short easy work day if they are working and then you have a great weekend!!! <BR> <BR> A short reflection from me about my year follows: <BR> <BR> On Jan 1, 2016 I knew I was facing a year where I would lose my job and have to go out into the market for a new one. I had been at the same company for nearly 15 years and I was anxious about the change. So, on that evening, as I sat down to have a cocktail and relax b... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 08:25:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/29/16!!!! Good Morning!! I'm here early again because of the holiday week, and it feels so normal to be at work by 7:30. I used to always be to work that early at my old job. Of course I could leave by 4 and not feel like I was being watched. Here, it's very different no matter what they say. <BR> <BR> I have been having long talks with hubby about this job and the folks here and we agree that it's not the best match for me. If the other job that came out of nowhere works out, then I'm going to... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 07:37:06 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/28/16!!!! Good Morning!!! Well, it was quiet yesterday and peaceful for the most part. <BR> <BR> Today, not as much already...... It was good for about an hour until people started to show up at 8. Then, the negativity started. There is one particular guy who works for me who really is a hard worker and gets a lot done. But he complains the whole time. Sighs hard when something goes wrong, makes a huge deal over things not being right on invoices from vendors, acts like it's awful to have to ... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 08:26:45 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/27/16!!! Good Morning!! I haven't worked in the office the week between Christmas and New Year's in about 5 years. It's very quiet driving in, so that's nice!! Hopefully it's quiet enough that I don't get bothered a lot and can crank through some much needed work. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! We sure did! It was very nice to spend three days with hubby and daughter at home with no one visiting and no driving around for us. Much needed down time!! <BR> <BR> I've maintai... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 08:09:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers - 12/26/16! Good morning all, <BR> <BR> This is my fourth day off and I've gotten 3 nights of 9+ hours of sleep in a row. In fact, I think the first 2 were closer to 11 hours. It's been lovely. <BR> <BR> What did you guys do for Christmas? <BR> <BR> We drove down to the cape to visit Mike's mom. She and her b/f had a few friends over as well and we had a very tasty dinner (Thanksgiving style, so turkey and stuffing and whatnot). It was nice to have a low key Christmas, although I did miss seeing my... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 09:25:26 EST Merry Christmas Swimmers!!! <em>446</em> <BR> I hope everyone can enjoy this day to the fullest. Even if you are not religious or don't celebrate Christmas, may your day e filled with love and happiness. <BR> <BR> I am so thankful to be here with my family and that everyone is so happy to be together. The kids are still sleeping while we clean and make breakfast. Life is so good! <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas to all my favorite fishes! Sun, 25 Dec 2016 11:02:11 EST Merry Christmas Eve, Swimmers! We are at our son's house for Christmas and it's wonderful! They've done an ice job of decorating it and it's super comfy. We are all enjoying family time tremendously. It's so nice to have a happy, close family. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I picked up my daughter and we drove the three hours to our Santa Maria house with Christmas music going the whole time - haha, we LOVE Christmas music. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to a fun family day! What are you guys up to? Sat, 24 Dec 2016 09:58:43 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/23/16!! Good Morning!! <BR> <BR> Here I am at work on the last work day before Christmas. I can't remember the last time I had to work on this day. The up side is that it's relatively quiet here as many people are out, and traffic was crazy light on the way in. Not sure if it will be the same on the way home. But, well, it's what I've got to do right now!! <BR> <BR> This whole thing about hours in the office has really got me thinking. I've noticed, and I'm absolutely certain I'm not the first... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 08:52:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/23/16!!! Four day weekend for many of you! Go and enjoy! <BR> <BR> I'm at work for the morning and then I go pick up my daughter in Monterey for a lovely, family Christmas at my son and daughter-in-law's (Armonia). It's fun that they are hosting! <BR> <BR> I just have to focus and get a bunch of work done...but I'm just not in the mood. Maybe I should play some Christmas music! <BR> <BR> Are you guys all set for Christmas? Fri, 23 Dec 2016 08:36:11 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/22/16!!! Good Morning!! <BR> <BR> I sent my thank you notes off yesterday for the interview with the CFO and HR Director and very quickly got a response that I am going to meet with the current Controller (she is voluntarily leaving the job in May) and then the CFO asked how much notice I'd have to give. So, good signs. I'm hopeful!! <BR> <BR> The people in my current job just keep getting nastier. I mean, really personal in their take on everything. The tenor of any organization stems from th... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 09:18:35 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/21/16!!! I'm just barely getting in my good morning before the afternoon starts here!! Busy work morning, but I got a lot done and I feel good about that. <BR> <BR> The interview yesterday was great!! It's a solid, profitable company with good staff and good systems. The controller has given notice, but she's staying through May so there's lots of time for transition. I can eventually work from home two days a week. The benefits are reasonably priced! If they offer a salary I can accept, then I... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 12:04:18 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/20/16!!! Good Morning!!! I'm SO excited to go into the city today! Who knows what the process might bring, but I'm excited for a half day off. This work place is really very strange.....really different than any place I've ever worked. Well, except maybe for the CPA firm, which was small and also owned by the people who managed day to day. Hmmmmm, maybe I really am more corporate than I thought. <BR> <BR> We got a very odd email from the boss yesterday. I'd like to share it, but I won't do it ... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 08:32:53 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/19/16!!! Good Morning!! It's a pretty, sunny and cold Monday morning here. <BR> <BR> Tons of work to do here in the office today! And of course I have that interview tomorrow. I'm a bit conflicted over this, because of course I'm kind of liking it here, but I can't pass up the opportunity to at least see if this could be a good option for me. <BR> <BR> I'm also of course not done with Christmas shopping. Man, this time of year is a challenge! <BR> <BR> I will make sure to work out, however. ... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 08:37:51 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/18/16! It's week before Christmas! Can you believe it? <BR> <BR> Anyone around this weekend? Sun, 18 Dec 2016 16:32:33 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/17/16!!! It's a gorgeous Saturday morning here in San Jose! It was really cold last night...well, haha, for a So Cal gal anyway. Today I'm wearing a heavier sweater. It's going to be around 45 degrees out until the sun warms up. It's only supposed to get to low sixties...brrr <BR> <BR> We are going Christmas shopping together! This will be a first for us haha...I always do the shopping and usually more online. Tonight we're looking at going to a new Asian-fusion restaurant and then out dancing. <BR> ... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 11:42:34 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/16/16!!! Good Morning!!! It's Friday!!!! I am super busy as usual, but feeling pretty good about life. <BR> <BR> It's a bone chilling 13 degrees here at work right now, and with the wind it feels like 2. Man, it's only December. These are January and February temperatures. Ugh. We should have a few inches of snow overnight. Well, that's cool because it's the weekend, and I have to wrap presents and if I can't get out of the house that will be a good thing because I can snuggle in my warm hou... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 08:32:18 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/15/16!!!! Good Morning!! Happy Thursday!! It's so darn cold here today!! I guess there's arctic cold gripping much of the east coast and mid west. I'm not listening to news too much these days so I'm not sure how widespread this is........but if it's cold where you are, stay warm!! <BR> <BR> The longer I'm at this job, the more crazy it's making me......but the weekend is coming and so I have that to look forward to!! <BR> <BR> Not much else to share today. I'll work out for sure!! <BR> <BR> Ha... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 09:00:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/14/16!! Good Morning!! We have a bright and sunny, but extremely cold day here in NJ! I'll take the sunshine any day, even if it's cold!! <BR> <BR> Last night I got a fortune in my fortune cookie that said "A big egg of opportunity will fall in your lap this month". Hmmmmmm........well, I don't live my life by fortune cookies, but that one was timely. Maybe the NYC job is the opportunity......maybe something else even more exciting is coming! Or maybe.....not!!! Either way, I loved my fortune ... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 08:33:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/13/16!!! Good Morning! The day got away from me again, so I'm late starting! I'll post this up so we don't end up with two threads, then come back and share some fun news...... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 11:42:57 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/12/16!!!! Good Morning!!! I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was so super busy but it was fun! We managed to get our tree up and decorated and we got the rest of the small decorations we do out and in place (wreaths, etc) so we can look like it's Christmas time! Now I just have to wrap and send gifts. If I get that all done and out by Saturday I will be ahead of the game for my normal timing, and that will be great!! <BR> <BR> Snow last night made for a late start to the day. So I'll just... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 09:38:11 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/11/16! Anyone around this weekend? We have rain again today! California really needs some rain, so this is great! <BR> <BR> We are going to tile the back bathroom and that means that all three bathrooms will have their tiles! We are really moving on getting the house done now that we have an earlier move in date for our (final) house. The bathroom we're working on has a shower that I don't really like, but it's fully tiled (brown and dark brown grout) looks like a manly shower. So we got tile ... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 10:24:38 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/10/16!!! Happy Saturday! We're going to be working on the kitchen today! Lots of heavy lifting as we do the upper cabinets. I need to prep the walls for painting and hubby has most of the hardibacker on the off we go! <BR> <BR> What are you guys doing this December weekend? Sat, 10 Dec 2016 09:54:50 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/9/16!!! Good Morning!! It's Friday!!! We have our company holiday party this evening. I really don't like work parties.....I spend enough time with these folks as it is.......but it is good to sometimes do things other than work with people at work so that we all get the reminder that we are all just people trying to do our best...... <BR> <BR> Kourtney, I'm sorry you are feeling meh. I hope today is a better day. <BR> <BR> I'm giving up my dance class for a while because they have moved Sydney... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 08:40:09 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/8/16!!! Hi!!! <BR> <BR> I read and commented on yesterday's thread then forgot to start today's thread!! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is going great. I'm in a pretty decent mood and chugging along at work. Dance class is tonight, so that will be my exercise today! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:05:05 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/7/16 Good Morning. <BR> <BR> Today is Pearl Harbor Day. It was 75 years ago, but it was a landmark day in our history and one that should still be remembered and we can take a minute to stop and think about the sacrifices all of those people made that day and onward through the war. I think sometimes about someone posting something on Sept 11 2076 and how hardly anyone will still be around that remembers it, so I try to show the same respect to this day that I'd like someone to show for that ... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 08:46:37 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/6/16!!! Good Morning!! Busy start to my day here! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing well. I feel pretty good! Normal kind of work day, then a workout tonight! Maybe I'll even start wrapping some of the things I've gotten for gifts so far! I'm trying to actually enjoy this Christmas season. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 6 Dec 2016 10:15:10 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/5/16! Kourtney - Definitely check in with us! We're right there with you! <BR> <BR> Back at work and feeling like I need a day off. This traveling south 4 1/2 - 5 1/2 hours each weekend sometimes takes a toll on me and I'm feeling it now. The kitchen is coming along and once that's done we just have the two bathrooms and the back bedroom in the house. We still have the pool and landscaping which will both be pretty large projects, but I did our last house landscaping in about three weekends and th... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 09:51:45 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/4/16! A short weekend after a long one is kinda rough! Since I was in LA on Friday, I wasn't planning to fly back to San Francisco and then drive back down to Santa Maria...but then my son, daughter-in-law and her younger sister were all coming to visit and wanted to get wine tasting in Paso Robles. We had brunch at this amazing little place where there were lots of things on the menu I could eat! It was a very fun day. I drove back up this morning (which is why I'm so late on posting) and now I'm ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 14:26:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/3/16!!! Hi Folks! Went for a swim and off to go get a tree! <BR> <BR> It's been a rough couple of days, our dog passed away suddenly at home the other day. Randy found her when he got home from work. No idea what happened and didn't request a necropsy - she was somewhere between 14-15 years old so probably just age. But she lived a good long life, and we still have the kitties to keep us company. Sat, 3 Dec 2016 14:46:55 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/2/16!!! Happy Friday! Today I am down in LA for a couple more hours and then I fly home. I'll get my walk in after I get in. <BR> <BR> I have a meeting, so I'll start the thread and try to get back later. Have a wonderful day! Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:46:45 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/1/16!!! Good Morning!!! Happy first day of December!! It is sunny and beautiful and the temps are warmer than you'd expect in December. Although honestly it's often much nicer in December than I think it will be and I get stoked that winter's not so bad, then January hits!! Of course last year it was nice all winter so who knows what's going to happen this year. <BR> <BR> I'm exhausted from being out late last night. I didn't get home until 11 pm. Ugh. Well, tonight I'll get a great night of ... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 09:20:49 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/30/16!! Good Morning!! I hope everyone is having a great day so far! We are super cloudy again, but so far no rain today. We really need rain, so I'll be happy to see it start raining again later! <BR> <BR> Tonight I have a work event to attend. I don't love having to do a work event after hours, but in my new position I understand it's important to be enthused about being part of the executive team, so I'm doing the right thing by going. <BR> <BR> No workout for me today due to the evening ev... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:00:14 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/29/16!! Good Morning!! Today is dawning cloudy and rainy and I'm so glad. Why, you ask? Because we are so dry and have drought warnings and it's just not good to have so little water. We really need the rain! <BR> <BR> Also, my awesome kid made the newspaper again! I think honestly the little local paper used the same pic last year, but who cares! It's a good picture of her and I'm always so darn proud of her. I'm not sure how the link will come up for you to see, but there are three pictures... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:37:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/28/16!! Good Morning!! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! Mine was pretty good, with the exception of a big blow out with my Dad at my parent's house on Friday night. Wow, that was not great.......glad we were leaving Saturday morning........ <BR> <BR> It's a big day of work here! I'm looking forward to figuring out this work without my accounting manager. He really wasn't great and I think having him resign was a big blessing in disguise. <BR> <BR> We stacked wood all weekend and that w... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:02:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/27/16!!! It's almost December! Where did the year go? I need to get gifts to send to Italy! Or maybe I need to get back into my warm bed... I hopefully finished another class yesterday. I turned in my work electronically and now I'm waiting to see what I get on it. <BR> <BR> Today will be more work on the house, but I finished building all the kitchen cabinets yesterday, so I'm excited about that. Hubby has to finish putting up the drywall before we can start putting them in. We did hang one to make ... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 06:31:35 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/26/16! I love long weekends! I'm working on a school paper and then I'll build another seven kitchen cabinets. Woo hoo, the kitchen is coming along! Sat, 26 Nov 2016 11:27:08 EST Happy Black Friday, Swimmers!!! Anyone doing a shopping trip today? <BR> <BR> I built three kitchen cabinets yesterday and now I only have 23 more to go! So that's what I'm doing today, how about you? Fri, 25 Nov 2016 11:36:23 EST Happy Thanksgiving Swimmers!!! Woo hoo four the long weekend. For those of you driving, stay safe and may you miraculously miss traffic jams! <BR> <BR> Take care all! Thu, 24 Nov 2016 10:07:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/23/16!!! Long weekend ahead! Woo hoo! I can't wait to get on the road and get home! I'm here at 4 am trying to get work done so I can enjoy my long weekend. This is the first company I've worked at that gives the day after Thanksgiving as a holiday! It's funny, too because it's one of our very busiest shipping days of the year. Lots of roses, orchids and foliage going out the door. So if you're at Trader Joe's, Costco or Walmart, please feel free to pick up a living rose or two! <BR> <BR> My work out... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 07:32:32 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/22/16!! Good Morning!! I have so much to do here today I don't even know where to start. I guess with cash position report, and then everything flows from there..... :) <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing well. Between travel and working over the weekend I don't know how much I'll be able to post so if you get here and there's nothing from me, please start the thread!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Tue, 22 Nov 2016 09:44:16 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/21/16! Short week! This will be the first job I've ever had that gives the day after Thanksgiving as a holiday! I'll have 4 straight days of working on the house! Woo hoo! Plus, I won't leave to come back up until Monday because I scheduled a meeting in Salinas at 10 it will even be a leisurely drive north. <BR> <BR> Lunch time walk to the store as long as it's not raining. It looks clear, I'll have to check the weather. Walking to the store at lunch is fun because it's three miles, plus th... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:16:34 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/20/16!!! Happy Sunday! I'm late getting started today because I was distracted by having my husband up here in Half Moon Bay. It's a lovely rainy day and I've got to get some school work done. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sun, 20 Nov 2016 14:21:09 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/19/16! Happy Saturday with a short week ahead (hopefully for all of you). Going to visit my father-in-law for his 94th birthday! How awesome is that?! He still plays tennis and is still very smart. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 19 Nov 2016 10:50:13 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/18/16!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Friday!!! <BR> <BR> Today will be another busy one. I have the sad task of letting someone go today. She simply is unable to do the work and I've learned the hard way that if someone doesn't catch on quickly and keeps making the same mistakes, that it just isn't going to get better and it's best to move on sooner rather than later. <BR> <BR> I have tons of other things to do too! After work, I will go home and get my dogs and then I have the whole evening to myself... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:15:15 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/17/16! Yesterday was my son's birthday and today is my daughter's - Happy birthday kiddos! <BR> <BR> I can't wait until next week, 4 whole days off! I'm going to build a kitchen! <BR> <BR> Where is Heather this morning?'s hardly even morning over in the east.I've got a meeting but I wanted to stop by and say "Hi!" Thu, 17 Nov 2016 11:06:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/16/16!!! Good Morning! Off to a great start here in my office. Hahahaha!! Being a leader is tough work, but I'm trying to rise to the occasion at every moment and provide stellar leadership. Between you and me, that can be exhausting. :) <BR> <BR> Workouts are getting better again! I'm so happy to be focused again. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 16 Nov 2016 09:12:18 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/15/16!!! Today I'm going down to the Salinas office. I'm thinking I'll stop by our property and see what it's looking like. I'm getting excited at the prospect of moving in over there. At our Santa Maria property we have one bedroom, one bathroom and the kitchen...well, and the pool to finish. So we are getting close! I figure Thanksgiving weekend should be a great time to power out on the kitchen. <BR> <BR> I'll have to do my work out this evening since I'll be in the board meeting at noon. Tue, 15 Nov 2016 09:32:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/14/16! I missed being on yesterday because my daughter was up early and totally distracted me. It was really fun to have the kids home. We got to do some landscaping together and that was great. <BR> <BR> Back to work today and getting ready for a budget/financial presentation meeting tomorrow at corporate. I'll be glad when that's over. <BR> <BR> I hope you have a great, on-plan kind of day! <BR> <BR> Jon, swinging clubs already? Mon, 14 Nov 2016 08:55:50 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/13/16! Hi gang! <BR> <BR> Quiet day. Got some bike in this AM then lots of raking. We're off to check out a new restaurant tonight for her cousin visiting next weekend and the company Christmas party on 12/20. That and it's at the local county golf course (that I've never played) so I want to get a feel for the place as I'm starting to (gingerly) swing clubs again. Sun, 13 Nov 2016 14:57:29 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/12/16! So happy to have a weekend with the kids! They're so funny, my son is going to a Ju-jitsu class and my daughter to yoga...did I raise them right or what? Then they're going to help with landscaping. Should be a fun birthday! Sat, 12 Nov 2016 09:27:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/11/16!!! Good Morning! I'm so glad it's Friday!! It's not been the best week of my life with personal things, my back, and a few other I'm glad for the weekend!! <BR> <BR> I'll work hard today and then plan to relax and hopefully ride this weekend. <BR> <BR> Dance class was fun last night. It turned out to be the highlight of my week! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Fri, 11 Nov 2016 08:19:57 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/10/16!!! Good Morning! The day has dawned bright, chilly and beautiful here! I'm embracing the new day and the new challenges that it brings!! <BR> <BR> My back is feeling better so I was able to work out last night. It still hurts a little, but the pain is easing so that makes me very happy! <BR> <BR> Work chugs along......I'm happy to be employed and will do all that I can to keep this job and the security it provides. <BR> <BR> The kid is off school today and tomorrow but she has cheer practi... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:16:30 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/9/16! Good Morning. At least it's Wednesday.......... <BR> <BR> The pain in my back was too much for me so I didn't work out last night. I'm gonna work out tonight. I've gotta stay healthy so that I don't have to worry about health insurance....... <BR> <BR> Lots of work to do today so getting going on that! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Wed, 9 Nov 2016 08:50:44 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/8/16!!! Good Morning!! I hope everyone is doing great today!! It's finally election day!! Despite this hideous campaign season I still get excited to exercise my right to vote. I did it early in case I get stuck at work this evening. <BR> <BR> I have pulled something in my back, under my left shoulder blade, and it's so painful it's hard to concentrate. It hurts up through my chest, the pain is radiating. I was afraid maybe I was having a heart issue, but it's clearly a pulled'... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 08:44:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/7/16!! Good morning!! I hope everyone had a good weekend! We went out on the kayaks for the last time this year (unless we get some kind of crazy warm weekend day in December!). It was beautiful, but kinda windy and cold. We still enjoyed it! <BR> <BR> Back to work today. Hoping to have a positive week here. <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Mon, 7 Nov 2016 09:47:20 EST Good Morning Swimmers 11/6/16!!! It's Sunday! We've been working hard and fast to try to get the house in good enough shape to have the family over next weekend to celebrate birthdays. We textured the 3rd bedroom and I sanded and painted. This morning I gave it a second coat and now we're tiling the bathroom. Hard work! We're having fun. <BR> <BR> What about you? Sun, 6 Nov 2016 11:54:05 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/5/16!! Happy Saturday! I'm working on the house. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Sat, 5 Nov 2016 15:16:52 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/4/16!!! Good morning and happy Friday!!! I am excited for the day and so in need of a weekend! It's a pretty day and it's supposed to be pretty all weekend. Maybe if it's warm enough Sunday afternoon we'll kayak! <BR> <BR> I'm a lot less sore today than I thought I would be after riding and dancing last night. So yay!! <BR> <BR> Tonight will be a treadmill workout to keep the calories burning!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Fri, 4 Nov 2016 09:11:35 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/3/16!!!! Good Morning!!! Well, the job is running a lot better with the change in management. I think if we get through the hurdle of implementing new systems for payroll and accounting that we will be much better situated to produce meaningful financial statements on a timely basis. That's what they pay me to do, so if I can hit those goals, I'll be in good shape. <BR> <BR> Today I'm going riding after work!!! Maybe my life really will start to feel normal again soon. And I have dance class ton... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 09:04:30 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/2/16!!! Good Morning! Things have been, well, unsettled around here in my life, so I'm sorry I missed yesterday! <BR> <BR> The quick update is as of Monday I no longer report to the President here. I report solely to the CEO. Ultimately, and without boring you with details, I think this is a big win for me and the company. Then yesterday morning I had to go to a funeral and I didn't get a chance to start the thread. <BR> <BR> So, I calculated that I have had 6 different bosses in two different ... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 08:39:12 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 11/1/16! November! Can you believe it? <BR> <BR> We had a lot of rain last night and into this morning. I was leaving for work a little before six and I decided to wait a bit and see if it stopped. I walk out ten minutes later and there are stars in the sky! It definitely rains more here than down south...but not a lot! <BR> <BR> I didn't do my yoga this morning, so I'll have to do it at lunch. Tue, 1 Nov 2016 10:42:56 EST Happy Halloween Swimmers, 10/31/16!!! Good Morning!!! I hope everyone is doing great this morning and we all had a fun weekend. <BR> <BR> I'm officially 50 and well, I feel just about the same as I did when I was 49!! LOL <BR> <BR> Feeling pretty good about the week! It's gonna be busy!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Mon, 31 Oct 2016 09:20:06 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/30/16! Everyone must be busy today. We are having rainy weather, so I'm going to head home a little early today. We tore out our kitchen, except for the sink and then put outlet boxes in the walls for where we are going to have the electrician wire for us. Next stop - new kitchen! <BR> <BR> What are you guys doing today? Sun, 30 Oct 2016 14:18:59 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/29/16! It's the weekend people! I hope you are all having a lovely Saturday. We had rain yesterday and today it's back to being beautiful. We are painting, tiling and rebuilding walls. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 29 Oct 2016 11:45:18 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/28/16!! Good Morning!!! Happy Friday!!! I'm so happy it's Friday today. What a week I've had! <BR> <BR> My parents arrive for a visit today. I can't wait to see them. I've had an emotional week and so I'm really looking forward to just being with family and having some down time. <BR> <BR> Dance class went better last night! I feel like I'm getting back in the groove of it! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:04:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/27/16!!! Good Morning!!! I got a new 24" monitor at work and I feel like for the first time since I started here I can actually see my screen!! LOL <BR> <BR> Seems like a few of us are struggling with some work stress and feeling overwhelmed. I think for some of us it's seasonal. We seem to be a bunch of people who really like the warmth and sunshine. As we move into the darker colder season let's try to be aware of the triggers for sluggishness and do what we can to see the issues and adjust ou... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:54:52 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/26/16!!! Hey look Carol! I remembered to change the date on the cut-n-paste! <BR> <BR> Not so much a Good Morning Swimmers as a good evening. I did a usual work-out this AM and a good day at work so I'm happy but for wanting another 20 or 30 degrees today. I'm so not ready for this. What are all of you up to? Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:36:11 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/26/16!! Good Morning! <BR> <BR> In answer to Jon's question about the horseback ride, it went great! I'm in so much better shape and I had not one bit of fear or anxiety. I know being strong helped that so much!! I was so sore Monday and Tuesday that I groaned every time I got up! Anyone who says equestrian isn't a sport because the horse does all the work has clearly never ridden other than maybe a walking trail ride. The soreness is pretty much gone today and as long as I keep up the regular ... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:05:17 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/25/16!!!! Good Morning!! Happy Tuesday!! <BR> <BR> It's gonna be a busy day!! I'm jumping right into this day so not a lot to say today. <BR> <BR> I'll come back and chat later. I hope everyone is doing well. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:04:46 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/24/16!!! Good Morning!!! The day is off to a reasonably good start for a Monday. It's definitely beautiful out there today! <BR> <BR> We used to have a manager's meeting every Monday from 5 - 6. That sure was one way to start off your week in a kinda frustrating way. It was ridiculous timing in everyone's opinion except the boss. So, thankfully it has been moved to Thursday at 4! Yay!! It makes Monday better knowing that you don't have a less than exciting meeting to attend at 5 pm. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:53:58 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/23/16!!! I love a good, quiet Sunday morning, snuggling with the hubby. I learned how to install electrical outlets yesterday and today I have about 15 more to go! Then there's the long drive home - sigh. <BR> <BR> What are you guys doing today? Make it a great, on-plan kind of day! Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:07:09 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/22/16!!! Happy weekend fishies! I am so happy to be with my hubby this weekend! We're heading out to help build a six foot high igloo out of foam! This should be fun! We're going to put it up in our wholesale center as part of our Christmas display. I love playing with foam, you can go big and still be so light. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:58:33 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/21/16!!! Good Morning!! Happy Friday!! I'm so happy it's Friday!!! I have a great plan to get all of my work done so I can leave and have a nice weekend. <BR> <BR> My work philosophy is starting to filter down to the people who work for me. Work hard, stop bitching all the time, and just get it done so we can feel good about the work product then go home and enjoy other parts of our life. There is a tremendous amount of complaining that I'm starting to get wind of. That just drains the energy... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:45:51 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/20/16!!! Good Morning!! I've been so caught up in trying to figure out this job that I didn't realize until late in the day yesterday that I hit the three month mark here. I really am up and down about this job. I'm going to do a little looking this weekend and see what might be around. There are a lot of good things about this job, location being the best. Hearing all of you talk about how salaried people are somehow expected to put in 50-60 hours a week wherever they are made me realize that ma... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:33:22 EST Good Morning swimmers, 10/19/16!! Good Morning!! I hope everyone is doing great! We have a beautiful summer like day today in mid-October and I LOVE it!! <BR> <BR> I am back on track with the exercise. And I'm starting to test the waters for another job. I'm just not sure this is going to work out. In the meantime, I continue to do my best to get a handle on this company and the work here. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:05:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/18/16!!! Good Morning!!! It's Tuesday!!! One day closer to the weekend. <BR> <BR> I found out today that the boss is tracking my time based on my time entry in the payroll system. Ugh. First of all, I'm salaried so I only put in 9-5 no matter how many hours I work. So, changing that process now! Got a comment from boss that I'm only working 40 hours a week and is that really enough to get my work done. Clash of culture, yes! My salary is nice, but not that nice. It's really time to move al... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:14:32 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/17/16!! Good Morning!!! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! Mine wasn't too bad, but we didn't do too well at the craft fair. The attendance was very light, and our pieces are pretty specific, so we need a big crowd to be able to attract enough folks interested in sculptural lamps and candle holders. :) The whole point right now is to learn the business, so every experience is valuable, even if not a money maker. <BR> <BR> I'm just up and down about this job. The guy I work for is the opp... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:47:03 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/16/16!!! I came on early this morning and then I had computer problems! I finally got it sorted and went to work on my school papers. The awesome thing is that I finished a balance sheet conversion and wrote three papers! I'm trying to finish this class so that I can move onto auditing. I need to get more classes under my belt faster because there are all these new computer software programs I want to become and expert at! Can you say lifelong learner? <BR> <BR> Laurie - Awwwww baby is so cute! <BR> ... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 17:03:20 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/15/16!!! Tampa has been really fun, but it's always nice to go home. I wish I was going to our Santa Maria house so I could spend the weekend with my hubby, but it's not to be. Jon, I'm jealous of your power tool weekend! <BR> <BR> I won't get into San Francisco until around 7:30 tonight, but I planned it that way since there is a festival in town and it will be impossible traffic until late in the evening. It's so difficult to get in and out of town since there are only two roads in and out. Sat, 15 Oct 2016 06:25:15 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/14/16!! Hi all! Just a quick start here to get the ball rolling on Friday!!! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing great! If I have a chance, I will come back and check in later. I'm doig well!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Fri, 14 Oct 2016 08:58:59 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/13/16! It's hard for me to believe we're half way through the month! This convention has been a lot of fun and really makes me want to become a complete expert in Power BI. <BR> <BR> More classes today and then a fancy dinner with our partner/developer. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:12:09 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/12/16!! Quick fly by since I'm in a class right now. It's another beautiful day here in Tampa. I had a lovely walk at dawn to come to the convention center. Lots of walking today and maybe hit the pool tonight if there's time. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Wed, 12 Oct 2016 08:12:22 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/11/16!!! Where did everybody go? <BR> <BR> Today I'm between classes, so my friend and I are going to go explore Tampa. My convention starts this afternoon and I should also get some school work done...but I'm going to play for a little while. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:41:16 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/10/16! Wow, nobody started the thread today! Sorry, I've been in a class and had no time to play! <BR> <BR> Hope you guys are having a wonderful day! Mon, 10 Oct 2016 14:16:02 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/9/16! I'm jealous of Jen being in New Orleans! Such a fun, fun town. I love jazz, but I love the Cajun music even more...gimme a washboard and a great beat any day! <BR> <BR> I'm working on doing a couple of lessons before I go to my class today. Wish me easy understanding! Sun, 9 Oct 2016 05:38:09 EST Good Morning Swimmer, 10/8/16!! Happy Saturday fishies! I'm at the airport waiting for my flight to Tampa! I'm excited to go take these classes. I love learning new things. <BR> <BR> Quick fly by because I have to study a little. Have a great weekend! Sat, 8 Oct 2016 09:58:03 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/7/16! Happy Friday everyone! I have a crazy Friday ahead. I need to finish my bibliography and turn in two papers (!), then I need to study for the class I'm taking for work on Sunday/Monday which should be really fun. It's the Microsoft DAX programming (query writing really) and Power BI (business intelligence). It's a two day, 16 hour set of classes with two days prep on your own beforehand. I'm excited for it! Tired with the go-live and followed by this and grad school - haha. I may not get any ... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 10:00:45 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/6/16!!! Heather must be getting ready for vacation! Go Heather! <BR> <BR> I'm at work trying to get things done before staff starts showing up. I woke up with a headache and so far the aspirin isn't taking care of it. I better not be coming down with something since I'm traveling this weekend. I guess we'll see. <BR> <BR> How are you guys doing? Thu, 6 Oct 2016 10:33:25 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/5/16!!! Good Morning!!! I hope everyone is getting off to a great start. <BR> <BR> I'm super busy today as I prepare to take off Friday and Monday. Yay!! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone who is in the path of the hurricane hitting the east coast evacuates safely! It sounds pretty bad. Be smart and get out!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Wed, 5 Oct 2016 09:18:53 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/4/16!! Good Morning!! I hope everyone is getting off to a great start!! <BR> <BR> Looks like we are gonna have a very cloudy day here. That's OK, cause I have to be inside all day. LOL <BR> <BR> This week I'm preparing to go to our next craft fair, which is in Baltimore this weekend. Lots to do before we leave (getting dog to vet, finalizing plans for kid to stay with friends, etc.). Plus this paying job keeps getting in the way. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I'm back to feeling almost normal. ... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 08:37:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/3/16!!! Good Morning and Happy First work day of the week! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a great weekend. I had a darn nice one. Only problem I have right now is a very stiff left side of my back. So I'm stretching constantly trying to loosen the muscles. <BR> <BR> It's a short week for me here because I have Friday off! Woo hoo!! <BR> <BR> And, I lost a pound!! The focus on the weight loss and getting active again after the virus from heck is working!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Mon, 3 Oct 2016 09:19:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/2/16! I'm here at work early this morning working on the implementation and school work. I'm hoping to finish the research paper I'm writing and then I have a position letter and one more assignment and I will finally be done with this class. Next up - auditing. <BR> <BR> I plan to take a break and go to the beach today, I really need a beach walk. Yesterday I put in a twelve hour day and then went home and crashed. I should have walked to the store, but it was getting dark, so I'll try to do the ... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 09:36:38 EST Good Afternoon Swimmers, 10/1/16/! October here we come! I'm here at work trying to get ready for our "go-live" software implementation on Monday - sigh. It will be exciting to have it going live though. <BR> <BR> I will do the three mile walk to the grocery store at some point today. It looks like there's not much fog so it should get to be beautiful once the sun comes up. <BR> <BR> What are you guys doing this first weekend of October? Sat, 1 Oct 2016 09:52:46 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/30/16!! Good Morning!!! It's Friday!!! And I almost feel normal again. Thank goodness for antibiotics!! And my energy level is starting to feel normal again. I actually woke up at 5:30 and didn't feel like all I wanted to do was go back to sleep all day! <BR> <BR> And what a day we have here for napping. It's chilly and rainy and fall is definitely here! <BR> <BR> We have a ridiculously busy weekend coming up, with dance, horseback riding (yay!), apple picking, a bake sale for the field hockey ... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:49:37 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/29/16!!! Good Morning!!! I was out of the office traveling yesterday so sorry I was missing! <BR> <BR> I hope all are doing great. I'm almost better, but still fatigued. Regardless, I worked out for a short time last night to keep myself moving! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:02:14 EST Good Afternoon Swimmers, 9/28/16/! We have fog this morning. I was enjoying the hot, clear weather so much...but it never lasts. <BR> <BR> We are all killing ourselves at work, getting ready for the implementation on Monday. I'm trying to figure out if I have to work over the weekend or if I can go home. I may go home on Saturday if I have to work some, we shall see. I did my yoga this morning and I'll walk at lunch. I need to start loading a backpack with weights when I walk. <BR> <BR> How are you guys doing today? Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:05:23 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/27/16!!! Good Morning!! I finally went to the doctor and got a prescription for anitbiotics. I'm starting to actually feel better!! I'm so happy. <BR> <BR> I also scheduled a riding lesson for Saturday! I haven't ridden the horse since May. I'm so excited!! <BR> <BR> It's another day of exciting work. Woo hoo!!! I can't tell if I like it here or not......every day I feel differently about it. I think honestly the people who are telling me the boss is charming but does whatever he wants witho... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:00:49 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/26/16!! Good Morning!!! Happy Monday!!! Well, at least I'm already at work so the commute is done. That's happy! <BR> <BR> We had a decent weekend at our craft fair. We are slowly figuring this thing out. I hope the next two are actual money makers! We'd like to do better than breaking even! <BR> <BR> Getting the day going here at work. Then just a normal evening with the family I think. <BR> <BR> Oh, I got to see Sydney play field hockey on Saturday! Yay!!! It was so much fun! <BR> <BR>... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:07:13 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/25/16! Happy Sunday! What a gorgeous day it is! Last of the dining tiling and do an area in the bedroom. Then I'll be doing the long drive home. I plan to do a nice beach walk when I get there, then I'll hit the books and try to finish my first paper. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:42:15 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/24/16! The year is flying by! Typing the date really makes me feel it. Anyone starting to think of Christmas yet? This is about when I normally start because the kids were both born in November so it takes some thinking. I told them that this year we're going to do less now that they're making their own way in life. <BR> <BR> Today is a tiling and painting day. I think we'll be able to finish the dining room tiling today. Tiling is a great, sustained workout because the tiles are heavy and you bend... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:32:22 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/23/16!!! Good Morning and Happy Friday!!! I'm surely glad it's the end of the week. <BR> <BR> Busy day here today, then a busy weekend of a craft fair! I sure hope we sell a LOT of things this time! <BR> <BR> I'm so not loving this organization that I'm working for. It's just weird.......I'm not sure about staying here. It's so small and run very strangely. I think maybe I'm more of a big organization girl than I thought I was. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I went to dance class last night and just did th... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:47:26 EST Good Afternoon Swimmers, 9/22/16/! We'll see if we double post again today! I've been up since 1 am thinking about how to analyze my data and I finally gave up and just came in to do it. Sigh. It's going to be a very long day. I didn't do my yoga this morning, I just grabbed a cup of coffee and came in. ...that is one problem with living next door to my office haha. <BR> <BR> Heather - I responded to your question on yesterday's thread. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:50:06 EST Double Post Pasting to Heather's thread Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:30:03 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/21/16!! Hi! Quick start so we only have one thread!!! <BR> <BR> Busy morning here. Hope you are all well!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:29:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/20/16!!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Tuesday. <BR> <BR> I'm taking Sydney to a dental appointment this morning then going to work, so I decided to take the time and work out early so it's done and I'm not working out super late tonight! Yay me!! And I'm about to go have my healthy breakfast as I promised myself I would do. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing great!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:45:40 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/19/16! Hey guys, <BR> <BR> I'm considering taking a break from the scale. It doesn't seem to be helping and my weight seems to be so all over the place... I dunno. Maybe I'll pick a few specific days to check a month? What do you think? <BR> <BR> I swam this morning but am not really feeling work this morning. I'd rather go home and rest. The gloomy day outside isn't helping either. <BR> <BR> How are YOU? <BR> <BR> xoxo Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:21:09 EST Good Morning Swimmers - 9/18/16! Hello all! <BR> <BR> How is your weekend going? Are you staying on track with your goals? <BR> <BR> I've been eating well, but decided not to go to yoga today (just wasn't feelin' it). Today we're gonna get some work done around the house and then go see a movie (Hell or High Water - it has good reviews). <BR> <BR> What are you up to today? Sun, 18 Sep 2016 10:49:54 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/17/16!!! We got a lot of tiling done last night which was great, but it was all fill in the blanks kind where you have to cut them to fit, so it doesn't look like we did much. But today we're going to fly! I'm going to get to it. <BR> <BR> I'll have my protein mix for breakfast and lunch and then dinner with the kids. We'll have wine but I'll be well within my calorie range. <BR> <BR> Have a great, on plan kind of day! Sat, 17 Sep 2016 10:09:33 EST Good Morning swimmers, 9/16/16! Hi all! <BR> <BR> This has been a long week. I'm glad to have made it to Friday!! There's still plenty on my to-do list, but I plan to swim this morning while my little guy is in day school. I have been journalling my progress on the "Swimmers Mile Program" topic. <BR> <BR> Wednesday was long and frustrating; I spent most of the day with my MIL at medical offices. Blech. Since I left the house early to swim and my hubby took care of day school drop-off with our son, AND I had to find a fri... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:15:37 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/15/16!!! Good Morning!! I hope everyone is doing great!! <BR> <BR> I'm still trying to figure out this new job. It's a challenge!!! I'm not sure I'm up for such a large challenge though. Maybe this mid-life thing is getting to me. I'll have to keep evaluating over the next few months. For now, I surely need the income. :) <BR> <BR> Tonight I start exercising again! I've really missed it and I'm happy to have my health back. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:18:20 EST Lose Weight for the Holidays Challenge Hi all!! A few of us have been talking about focusing back on weight loss and setting a goal to lose a specific amount of weight by the end of December. <BR> <BR> This thread will be a place for us to track our progress together! <BR> <BR> The first thing you need to do is to put up an initial post that has your starting weight, your goal weight, and your plan to reach your goal. Every one of us is different and may need different ways to reach our goals. <BR> <BR> Then, each week I will... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:24:30 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/14/16! Hope we don't end up with a double post! <BR> <BR> I feel like I'm in a rut, like I've been gaining and losing the same 10 lbs over and over again. Sigh. My TOM last week got me a bit off track, and I am getting back on it. I have been hitting my swims at least, so that's pretty great - just did my 4th swim this month this morning. <BR> <BR> I'd really like to make progress this month please and thank you! <BR> <BR> I'm trying to focus on saying fewer mean things to myself, focusing on ... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:54:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/13/16!! Good Morning! <BR> <BR> I'm almost back to normal after the yucky virus. Thank goodness because it's just exhausting being sick!! And some people (like my mom) just don't understand that sick or not I have to drag myself to work in this position. Thankfully it's not dragging on forever, so for that I'm very grateful. Maybe it's all the exercise and the weight loss making my body stronger to heal faster!! Who knows? <BR> <BR> I'm going to go start that challenge today. I'm not sure ex... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:02:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers 9/12/16!!! Hi all.... welcome to a new week. <BR> <BR> I finally got back to the pool yesterday for the first time in at least 6 weeks. Ugh, I am out of shape! I'm sore today. I'm leaving to go see my NEW GRANDBABY! on 9/30, so I'm going to try to go as often as I can between now and then. My calendar is pretty empty right now, so I can't use "too busy" as an excuse. There's a pool close to where they live, but I don't know if I'll get there or not. It will depend on how much help they need and whether... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:57:35 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/11/16! I'll be traveling back home to Half Moon Bay today so I thought I'd do a quick fly by in case the day goes crazy. I'll plan to walk the beach this evening. I'll be starting the Christmas fitness/weight loss challenge as soon as I'm back and I'm looking forward to it! <BR> <BR> Hope you have an on plan kind of day! Sun, 11 Sep 2016 05:10:55 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/10/16! They have a pool here! We're going to go exploring and there's a little ferry boat that takes you all around, this should be a really fun day! We went to the movies yesterday and saw Sully, wow, what great actors. <BR> <BR> There will be lots and lots of walking today! Yesterday we had our packs with us, so not only did we get miles in, it was all with about twenty pound packs. Good thing we pack light! <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 10 Sep 2016 10:46:53 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/9/16!! Good Morning! I'm really under the weather so sorry for being MIA. <BR> <BR> I'm doing the bare minimum that has to be done at work today, then going back home to rest. I'll have to catch up on work over the weekend but I hope by then to feel better. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing better than I am!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Fri, 9 Sep 2016 09:46:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/8/16 We'll see if we double post this morning. Oh man, cruising is so nice...double soy latte in the morning, they cook your food every day...we are so spoiled! Today we port in Victoria. We will walk to the downtown area and that will be nice. This is the last day of the cruise, but then we'll stay in Vancouver for a couple of days in an Airbnb. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Thu, 8 Sep 2016 10:23:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/7/16!!! Good Morning!!! The advantage of a Monday holiday is the week goes faster! The disadvantage is you are expected to get a week's worth of work done in four days!! <BR> <BR> I'm hanging in with my virus. The cold meds help and really I'm doing OK, but I'm tired. I have to manually calculate commissions today, which is a time consuming and painful task, but not mentally tasking, so that's nice. <BR> <BR> No exercise until I get rid of this sickness. :( I'm feeling antsy about not getting... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 09:45:44 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/7/16! Hello all! <BR> <BR> Got to get back in the pool this morning and it was lovely. AND I've already hit 250 fitness minutes for the month the first week in. :-) My lower back is still killing me though and I'm getting pretty sick of it. <BR> <BR> The scale is still being a d1ck today (I'm about to start my TOM soon so that's why) but I'm ignoring it and just trying to eat well. <BR> <BR> My day is full of meetings :( so I'll need to grab a pretty quick lunch before going into a 3 hour str... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 09:42:02 EST Good Mornings Swimmers, 9/6/16!!! Good Morning!! I'm here at work, but man, I have been hit hard by the same virus my kid then my husband got. I feel awful. <BR> <BR> Hopefully I can get through stuff and then leave early. I don't have PTO yet and they are really stingy with leave time here anyway, so.......I'm here. <BR> <BR> Not much exciting for me to report. I slept a lot of the day Sunday and yesterday. :( <BR> <BR> I hope everyone else had a nice holiday weekend!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 6 Sep 2016 09:01:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/5/16!!! Hi gang! I'll start. <BR> <BR> Wind is whipping pretty hard out there so no swim and I'd rather not be blown all over the road on the bike with holiday traffic. I'll be the usual stationary bike and treadmill today. I'll also run up some new BMI and body fat % numbers to get started on the 4th quarter fitness + challenge discussed last week. Not looking forward to seeing hard numbers after the enforced layoff. <BR> <BR> Everyone enjoy the holiday! Mon, 5 Sep 2016 09:08:14 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/4/16!!! We are in Alaska! It is so beautiful here! We're going to go have breakfast and then explore. Last time we were here in Ketchikan we went kayaking. We're going to go walking and maybe hiking. <BR> <BR> It looks like it might rain so we'll just have to play it by ear. Sun, 4 Sep 2016 10:18:46 EST Dipping my toe in! I can swim - not brilliantly, but I can swim. <BR> I live near a pool - but hardly ever go. <BR> I live surround by sea - but never go in. <BR> I have a swimsuit - I hardly ever wear. <BR> <BR> Every year I promise myself that I will improve my swimming so that I can go and swim in the sea. Every year I fail to do this?!?!?! <BR> <BR> One of the obstacles is affording to go to the pool. However, this is not an impossible amount of money - and if I made it a priority, I could do it. I cou... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 09:14:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/3/16!!! I can hardly believe it's September! Christmas will be upon us before we know it! <BR> <BR> I'm somewhere on the seas heading to Alaska! Today will be a quiet day. We'll go to the pool and I'll also do research for a school paper I have to write. This ship (the Solstice) is beautiful. I'm really happy we booked it. We booked "aqua class" which gives us a dining venue that serves light, fresh food, instead of the usual high calorie cruise ship food. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 3 Sep 2016 10:07:50 EST Good morning Swimmers, 9/2/16! I thought I'd get us started since I'm on my way to the airport. Yay vacation! We get on the cruise ship this afternoon and I'm excited. Fri, 2 Sep 2016 07:12:30 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/1/16!!!! Good Morning and welcome to a new month!! I hope everyone is doing well today and looking forward to a great day!! <BR> <BR> I finally have a day here at work where I don't feel pulled in 1,000 directions. Of course, it's not quite 9 yet, so things can change, but for now, it looks like a promising day. I need time for organization and planning and to think. I've been doing meeting after meeting here since I started. I'm still not fully sure this is the right place for me, but I'm doing... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 08:54:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/31/16! Hello all! <BR> <BR> I'll go ahead and start the thread, since our leading ladies our busy. <BR> <BR> I'm doing pretty well. Feeling snacky so trying to chew on gum rather than eat. I had a small-ish breakfast so basically counting the minutes to lunch. No workouts on the docket today, and hoping to see the scale go down a bit more tomorrow (had a gin and tonic last night so didn't go down quite as I had planned sadly). I'm doing Step tomorrow morning (at 5am yawn) and WILL rock my food t... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:39:55 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/30/16!!! Hi!! Well, I responded to Carol's thread yesterday but it doesn't seem to have posted up, so it just looks like I wasn't here yesterday!! <BR> <BR> I'm back and had a great vacation!! Work is super busy, which is good!! <BR> <BR> I'm still exercising every day and now I'm refocused on the food consumption so I expect to see the weight start to go back down again!! Woo hoo!!! I'd like to lose 15 more pounds by Christmas. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:44:06 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/29/16!!! Another Monday! I am back in Half Moon Bay and I'm ready for the week! It will be a short week because I leave for Alaska on Friday! I'm super excited for this vacation... but not very prepared. Since we have all of our stuff packed I don't know where my cold weather clothing is. I found my down jacket and I have hiking shoes, so everything else will just have to be what it is. We're going to do some killer hiking and I can't wait. There's no lap pool on the cruise ship but we will play in th... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:10:20 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/28/16!!! Okay, I’ll start today….. I have a novel to write just to catch up to you folks! <BR> <BR> Heather, it’s been great reading about how happy you are with the new job and that you’re still able to do daily exercises! <BR> <BR> Jon, good to see the progress you’re making after your hip replacement. You’ll be back to 100% in no time at all. Congrats on getting back in the water! An immigration attorney? **shudder** Ranks right up there with Medicaid and disability law. No thanks. <BR> <BR> Ko... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:14:01 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/27/16!!! Happy Saturday! Boy am I ready for a weekend! I will be painting and tiling today. If I can get the first room done then we can go look at carpet remnants since the room isn't too big. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:01:25 EST Good Afternoon Swimmers, 8/26/16/! I've been crazy busy this morning, so sorry for the late start! <BR> <BR> I had such a great walk yesterday in Monterey. Since it's in a valley, I went all the way to the top and had beautiful views. It's such a beautiful place, I may want to retire there. <BR> <BR> Jon, I wore 10 lb weights around my ankles for about two months to get my walk straight after one of my ankle surgeries to make myself walk normally. My doctor told me to do that any time I started noticing the once leg muscles ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:25:23 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/25/16! Hello all! <BR> <BR> Hopefully we won't end up with double posts... <BR> <BR> It's been hard to push through this week. I've been eating reasonably well, either within or close to my ranges, and working out. Yet the stupid scale is going UP! UGHHHHH <BR> <BR> One day at a time... <BR> <BR> What are YOU going to do today to meet your goals? I already swam today and am going to have a light lunch and healthy dinner. Maybe the scale will be down by the weekend. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:17:15 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/24/16! More work training today, but I'm getting the gist of the software now, so that's good. Tonight I think I'll do a long walk by the bay. It's really beautiful here. <BR> <BR> How far are you walking Jon?bl the recovery must be going pretty well if you are going for walks. <BR> <BR> Kourtney, you know how to do this and it is one day at a time. Now that you've got your meds worked out it will be better. <BR> <BR> Jen - What are the themes of your latest paintings? <BR> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:30:05 EST Starting over again again It just hit me last night that I really want to lap-swim again, It's been over 25 yrs since I last stuck to it--- turned to running, martial arts, other things in the interim. Currently, my main activity is riding my recumbent trike, which I love. My endurance is great, if not my speed, so I've got "good legs" and my cardio is okay-ish. What I want is the all-over exercise of swimming, What I don't want is to see myself in a swimsuit!! But I'll deal with that. After a hip replacement, I ... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:15:09 EST USE THE OTHER POST DOUBLE POST! Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:32:20 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/23/16! Let's see, does that make this 8/34? You can tell I was posting from my phone! <BR> <BR> Since I'm in training most of the week I got a hotel room in Monterey and I Priclined it and got the Portola which is right next to the harbor! I got two beds in case my daughter wanted to stay, which she did. We found an Asian fusion dinner place that served salad or rice bowls and it was excellent. I went to Starbucks and got her a soy latte for when she awakens. <BR> <BR> There's her alarm now so I ... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:30:25 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/22/16! Heather is on vacation and I'm in trading, so if you don't see a threw, don't hesitate to start one <BR> <BR> I'm headed to corporate headquarters to train on the budgeting and forecasting software which should be fun. I'm always up for learning new software. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:53:53 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/21/16! I'm really stiff and sore this morning! I've been having trouble with my bad shoulder but today is awful. I'm hoping it loosens up because I want to get the yard work done that I started. That's a great sustained work out! <BR> <BR> Laurie - Did you guys go do archery yesterday? Sun, 21 Aug 2016 08:31:58 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/20/16! What are you guys up to this weekend? I am working on the house as usual. We are going to be putting down hardibacker on our subfloor so we can tile with travertine. I've never tiled over a subfloor so this should be a fun learning experience. <BR> <BR> Have a great on plan kind of day! Sat, 20 Aug 2016 08:16:05 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/19/16!!! Good Morning!! Happy Friday!!! I have to get through this work day then I'm on vacation for a week! I'm so excited to get away and relax. <BR> <BR> I'm doing all I can to manage this job differently than my last one. I don't want this job to take over everything I do and suck the life out of me like the last one did. I like working hard, but I also like to leave work and leave the stress there. I've had a hard time doing that throughout my life, and it's not the way I want to proceed... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:57:01 EST Masters Workout Inspiration I swim with a masters group (we're small and casual, all levels) and enjoyed last nights workout so much I thought I'd share it :) 2,800 total - I finished in just over an hour. <BR> <BR> Warm Up: <BR> 600 choice <BR> <BR> Set 1: <BR> 16X50 stroke with 10 sec rest. Do as: 4 free, 4 breast, 4 back, 4 fly (do 25 fly 25 free if necessary) <BR> <BR> Set 2: <BR> 12X100 with 20 sec rest, Alternate 100 IM and 100 free <BR> <BR> Cool Down: 200 easy. <BR> <BR> Happy Swimming! Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:13:26 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/18/16!!! Good Morning!! Two more days until vacation!! I'm starting to get so excited about going away!! <BR> <BR> My new job provides a lot less PTO than I'm used to. At the old job since I'd been there over 5 years and was a manager level, I got 28 days of PTO and 7 holidays. Here I get 15 days PTO and 7 holidays. I'm having a hard time swallowing that, but I'll get used to it I suppose. I'm hoping as the company grows I am able to make the whole benefits and compensation package better for e... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 09:23:30 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/17/16! Happy birthday to my hubby! Sorry I'm late getting a start but I had to drive from Santa Maria to Half Moon Bay this morning. I'm excited to work on the stuff i need to get done this morning. It's a Capex (capital expenditure) project proposal. ...nothing like requesting $20M haha <BR> <BR> It was nice to be able to see my hubby on his birthday. I got him an "air" plant, a Tillandsia. Silly, but as he said, I got him an Ikea kitchen haha <BR> <BR> Okay, lot's of work this morning, I'll try ... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 13:08:10 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/17/16!! Good Morning Swimmers! It is weird to log on here and not get to see what's new with the team...I guess the team is busy. Hope it's all good. Cheers. Be well! Wed, 17 Aug 2016 13:08:00 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/16/16!! Good Morning!!! Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone is having a great day so far. <BR> <BR> I'm starting to really like my job. I like having the ability to make an impact and make decisions that improve the work flow for my team. This is kinda fun!! <BR> <BR> Not much exciting today though. Just work, then home for a workout and taking the car to the shop to have it fixed. There's something wrong with the AC and also there's a grinding kind of noise. Ugh. The car is old but with some wo... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:11:58 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/15/16! I'm down in LA getting ready to try to get across town- sigh. LA traffic is always difficult because there are just so many people try to move around and everyone is in a car. This will be a quick trip so it's fine. I just need to check on my people and tomorrow mid morning I'll head back. <BR> <BR> What did you guys do this past weekend? I bought an IKEA kitchen! Mon, 15 Aug 2016 10:05:17 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/14/16! I'm not as sore as I expected to be this morning, so that's all good. I wonder if it will hit tomorrow. I am taking out tile and everything under it and it's not going very fast. Today we're putting in our IKEA order for the kitchen! <BR> <BR> It will be nice not to drive back home today because I have to go to our Pico (LA) operation tomorrow. I'll leave at 5am tomorrow and see what time I get there. <BR> <BR> Jon - you can ride a bike with your new hip already? Sun, 14 Aug 2016 08:43:31 EST Good Afternoon Swimmers, 8/13/16!!! Ah Saturday! <BR> <BR> I am ripping out the bathroom today and when I hit the floor I found that it's linoleum, then thin set, hardibacker, then tile, sigh. This is going to take awhile. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 13 Aug 2016 18:35:53 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/12/16!! Hi and Happy Friday!! I"m so darn excited for the weekend!!! <BR> <BR> We were supposed to go to VT so hubby can do his annual Point to Point bike ride to raise funds for the VT food bank. But he's sick, so we're not going. I'm not happy he's sick but secretly I am overjoyed that I don't have to go away this weekend!! Shhhhh, don't tell him that!! <BR> <BR> I'm gonna plow through some work so I can hopefully leave early. We are having a brutal heat wave and the AC in the office doesn't... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 08:25:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/11/16!!! Good Morning!! I hope everyone is having a great day so far!! I have a busy day here ahead of me at work, but it's all good and I'm happy to be working!! <BR> <BR> I was able to get in a better workout last night so yay! And tonight I should be able to as well. It's super important that I keep going with my weight loss. I plateaued since vacation and starting the new job, but it's time to crank it up again and lose some more weight before the big 5-0 birthday in October!! Goal setting ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:58:41 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/10/16!!! Happy Hump Day! <BR> <BR> I have a board meeting this morning and it may go over into lunch time, so I may have to do my walk after work. I've promised myself not to work another 12 hour day this week, giving me longer for walking. I plan to start adding weights to my backpack in addition to the groceries when I do the 3 miles to the store - hold me to it! <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? We have some new people, so please take the time to go say hello! Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:22:39 EST happy to have found this team today! I am on several SparkTeams, but many of them are very inactive (except me), or have only 1 or 2 other active people participating. This team seems to have a nice core of people who interact regularly AND who swim!!! yay! <BR> <BR> I started swimming for exercise almost 3 years ago when I started to struggle with foot pain. My husband works at a college, so I have free access to the 25 yd pool. I took a swimming class at the college, but I didn't get to finish it because my husband and I got... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 22:14:10 EST New in general Hi there. I just joined both the team and Spark. I'm new to lap swim, though I've been a capable swimmer most of my life. Being prone to anxiety, getting in the pool was by far the hardest part. I'm trying not to let fear of doing it "wrong" or looking stupid stop me. Hoping to build up my stamina, improve my strokes and swim for weight loss. So far I'm loving swimming, so much less boring than a machine. Tue, 9 Aug 2016 21:55:07 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/9/16! It was good to "see" you all yesterday! People have been so busy! Me included. With grad school, the house repairs and working the new job... Maybe I shouldn't be calling it new anymore since next month will mark six months! <BR> <BR> I am going into work in a few minutes (my long 6 minute walk - haha) but I thought I'd stop by and start the thread. <BR> <BR> Have a happy, on plan kind of day fishes! Tue, 9 Aug 2016 09:19:41 EST Good Mornring Swimmers, 8/8/16!! Good Morning!! I love the date!! It adds up. :) Silly math things that make me happy. <BR> <BR> Looks like everyone is very busy! Not a lot of chatting here the last few days. I would imagine a lot of us are out swimming and enjoying the summer. <BR> <BR> I have a nice normal work day today then I plan to go home and workout and watch Olympics. Yay!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 8 Aug 2016 09:11:44 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/7/16!!! It's so fun having everyone at my new place! My brother-in-law is here with his nine year old and my son and DIL are here with their twelve year old niece so I've got kids! It's pretty crazy that my oldest BIL has such a young child but they adopted him when he was sixty...which means when his son graduates from high school he'll be close to 80! I couldn't do that. <BR> <BR> Everyone should clear out of here pretty early and I'll do my walk to the beach and get some school work done. Sun, 7 Aug 2016 09:31:47 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/6:16! Happy Saturday! I've got my kids visiting today! I love my kids my son and daughter were doing acro yoga last night and it was fun to watch what they came up with. <BR> <BR> The kids are planning to go into the city (San Francisco) today and I will stay and do homework. What are you guys up to today? Sat, 6 Aug 2016 09:46:31 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/5/16!! Good Morning and Happy Friday!! I hope everyone had a great week and we're all ready for a fantastic weekend!! I'm excited for the Olympics to start! I'm not sure how much of it I'll be able to see and the primetime coverage is always so weirdly broken up, but I hope there's some swimming and equestrian to watch this weekend. <BR> <BR> I'm exhausted really and need a weekend to just relax. The stress of starting a new job and then the travel to VT last weekend is landing hard on me today... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 09:30:58 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/4/16!!!! Hi all!!! <BR> <BR> I feel like I've been released from some kind of tortured place and had it replaced with a very nice place to go every day. I really honestly didn't see how toxic my last company had become until I came somewhere that is not toxic. Of course it's demanding and there's a lot to do, but it's reasonable and doable by a normal human staff. The people here think the boss is demanding but they have no idea what it's like to work for a truly demanding workaholic. I had built... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 09:09:23 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/3/16!!! Good Morning!! I hope everyone is getting off to a great start today. I know I am!! <BR> <BR> I wonder if there are any new folks who would like to come and chat with us? Summer is often a slower time here because everyone is off actually swimming outside a lot!! But, if you are new, or you've been around a while, and you want to jump in, then please do!! We love to meet new people, find out about their lives, and chat regularly about our workouts, our lives, our challenges, etc. <BR>... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 09:45:00 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/2/16!!! Good Morning!! I'm starting to settle in a little bit at my job. It's so nice to be working in a generally positive environment. I didn't realize how toxic my last place had become. But now that I'm two months removed from that atmosphere I see how negative it was. I'm happy coming to work!! <BR> <BR> I'm also getting a sense of the rhythm of this every changing place. It's exciting to be a part of it!! <BR> <BR> I put on a few pounds over vacation and the last few weeks since I've be... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 08:22:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/1/16!!! Happy Monday fishies! I am so sore today...but it's a good sore. I put seventeen gallons of paint on my walls in two days! It was amazing how far I got! It was a good sustained work out and it's amazing to get stuff done. <BR> <BR> How are you guys doing today? Mon, 1 Aug 2016 11:26:34 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/31/16!!! Another day of painting for me! I've got the old den and the ceiling in the living room to go today. Maybe I'll have time to do the hallway too before I have to drive home. My daughter and her boyfriend came over yesterday and we hung out and had some wine. It's so funny that he's from Santa Maria...what are the chances of that happening? He also went to the same college as my daughter did, but they didn't meet up until this past year. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sun, 31 Jul 2016 07:52:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/30/16!!! Love the haircut Laurie! <BR> <BR> Happy Saturday! I'm going to paint up a storm today! My bad shoulder was complaining on the drive here last night, I sure hope it behaves while painting. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 30 Jul 2016 10:47:21 EST Good Swimmers, 7/29/16!! Good Morning!! Happy Friday!! I'm so glad it's Friday and I'm going to have a great weekend! <BR> <BR> I head up to VT this afternoon to catch the tail end of the wedding festivities. Some of the family is sticking around for the weekend so I'll have a chance to catch up and spend time with them. So, although I'm totally not thrilled about the prospect of driving up there this afternoon, I know once I get there I'll be happy I did. <BR> <BR> Last night I got new tires and my wheels alig... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:33:15 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/28/16!!! Good Morning!!! Hope everyone is getting going on a great day!! <BR> <BR> I think I am going to be able to rejoin the Y and start swimming again in the mornings!!! My schedule lends itself to that possibility now, whereas before I just wasn't able to go regularly enough to justify the monthly charge. I won't join back until I'm sure it will be feasible, but thinking about it makes me very happy!! <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any competitions coming up? Triathlons, etc.? I'm curious what ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:58:59 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/27/16!! Good Morning!!! I've really hit the ground running here at my new job. They started a new banking relationship just before I started and we are totally revamping the way our 80 hearing clinics deposit checks. It's a massive project and the expectation is it's up and running by next Monday. I'm doing all I can along with the team to get this done, but it's kind of an unrealistic goal. However, now I know why they pushed so hard for me to start when I did. It's good to be contributing mea... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:41:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/26/16!!! Good Morning!!! Another hot day on tap for us here. It's been quite a heat wave. My AC never really worked well yesterday so I spent the day pretty hot. Today it's working much better and that makes me extremely happy and more productive!! <BR> <BR> I'm still getting in my workouts and I am so proud of myself. It feels good to exercise and I look forward to it!! I never thought I'd say that!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:58:52 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/25/16!! Good Morning and Happy Monday!! I am starting my second week of work and I came in today to find that the AC that started on the fritz last Friday is still not working. The heat index today is going to be 105. I guess having the corner office with walls and three windows isn't as appealing when there's no AC circulation. I may have to move to a cubicle or the conference room soon. <BR> <BR> Lots to do here and I'm happy about that. I really do like the people so far. They seem normal. ... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:22:01 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/24/16!!! Happy anniversary to us! I got us two nights in a 1,000 sq ft suite in the heart of San Jose for the weekend before Christmas! It's so much fun because they really do the place up and the downtown is all decorated. They have bands and Christmas trees lit all over the place. <BR> <BR> Jon - I use Murphy's soap on my floors. Message me your address on Facebook and I'll send you a hanging chair that works with my sore hip! <link><BR>roducts®-Hammock-Hanging/... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 09:45:46 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/23/16!! Happy Saturday! We're shooting texture on the ceiling today and we've never done this before. We had never plastered walls before and that turned out excellently, so I'm expecting a good outcome. Wish me luck! <BR> <BR> Later we/re going to go wine tasting and then to a Japanese dinner to celebrate our anniversary...this is, of course, after we go to Home Depot. Haha. No weekend is complete without a visit to Home Depot! <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Jon, are you home now? Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:37:58 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/22/16!! Good Morning and Happy Friday!! I'm so excited that it's the end of my first work week!! I'll admit I was getting used to the unemployment life.....I had so much control over my schedule. I think likely I am ready to make the shift to having my own business and I am going to make that my goal within two years. <BR> <BR> I'm still working out!! I went on vacation and in a week of not taking the best care of myself I managed to put on only one pound. I have to say I'm pretty excited abo... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:49:44 EST Light Harcore workout help Hi Yall, <BR> Im not asking for medical advice but I hurt myself and now I ended up with somewhat swollen ankles with little bit of pain I want to start back working out. I normally do like 78 laps = like an hr and a half. what would be a light work out but still hard core that I have a chance at losing weight at the same time workout during the healing process of this ankle situation. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Lu Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:38:31 EST Light hardcore WorkOut help? Hi Yall, <BR> Im not asking for medical advice but I hurt myself and now I ended up with somewhat swollen ankles with little bit of pain I want to start back working out. I normally do like 78 laps = like an hr and a half. what would be a light work out but still hard core that I have a chance at losing weight at the same time workout during the healing process of this ankle situation. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Lu Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:36:45 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/21/16!!! Good Morning!! Well, so far the job seems good and will be an interesting challenge. The people are professional and very friendly so far. The positivity seems genuine and honest. <BR> <BR> I am the controller for a privately held LLC that owns hearing aid stores. I'm learning about an industry I had never even given much thought to before. This company is expanding rapidly by acquiring practices and bringing them into this management group. It's a whole new organizational structure ... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:52:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/20/16!! Good Morning!! Quick fly by start to the thread today. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a whirlwind. I'm very excited about my new job!! <BR> <BR> Jon, I hope you are doing well!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:07:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/19/16!!! Hi gang! <BR> <BR> I'm outta here shortly for cut 'n paste day so I'll start. Got some time in so that's one more day to a string about to be broken (does a walker count?). I'm hoping I'm cognizant enough later to keep the water string going. <BR> <BR> My Streaks <BR> 534 days: Drink 8 8oz cups of water 1 time per day <BR> 406 days: Use 1 piece of fitness equipment 1 time per day Tue, 19 Jul 2016 05:31:24 EST Double post, ignore me, 7/18/16 xoxox Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:49:09 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/18/16!!! Good Morning!!! I am back from a loooong week of dance competition. It was good and bad. I'll share a little more about it later. Right now I just wanted to say hi and start the thread! <BR> <BR> I start my new job tomorrow!! I'll also share more that later too!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:48:58 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/17/16! 7/17 is always a funny date to me because this was our original wedding date. We ended up having to move it because there was a cousin getting married that day. So next weekend is our 34th. <BR> <BR> We're going to go visit the inlaws today and listen to an outdoor concert. Sounds like a nice l, relaxing day. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Sun, 17 Jul 2016 10:10:03 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/16/16! Happy Saturday! I am going to have a second cup of coffee, then hit the books. I hand wrote an outline for my research paper so now it's time to type it. I've figured out my exact topic to research on, I just have to do it. <BR> <BR> I'll go for a beach break and then hit the books some more. My hubby comes this evening which I'm looking forward to. <BR> <BR> Swim hard and long Jon - you've got some mileage to get! Sat, 16 Jul 2016 10:23:09 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/15/16!!! I have a bunch of meetings today and then I plan to go home and do lots of homework. Saturday will be a homework day too. I have a meeting up on the hill (here on the property at the very top of the hill is the sales offices). I will walk at lunch. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! I'll try to get back here to chat. Fri, 15 Jul 2016 11:14:10 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/14/16! Yes Jon, get through the week and the surgery will be a piece of cake! <BR> <BR> Long drive to work today, it took four and a half hours! It was nice to sleep with my husband though. Today will be a long day! I'm going to try to get away at lunch and get in my walk. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 11:16:24 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/13/16!!! Today is a travel day for me. Going down to our Pico office is kind of crazy because you travel two days to get one day of work in. I'm riding back to Santa Maria with the corporate controller and then meeting some old work buddies for lunch. I think I'll head back to Half Moon Bay at 4 am tomorrow. Got my walk in last night and today I'll be grouting the tile and painting. <BR> <BR> Jon - Yeah the processing plant smells amazing! We do one whole line of organics and I love getting the packs... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 09:55:00 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/12/16!!! Happy Tuesday! I'm still down in LA working at the herb factory. It sure smells good here! <BR> <BR> Jon - I hope all your health stuff is over soon. You're healthy so they have to back off eventually. The new hip will be wonderful. <BR> <BR> I'll be walking again this evening. It's fun exploring new places. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:02:12 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/11/16!!! I'm off to LA today, but fortunately I realized that I could hitch a ride with the corporate controller who is driving down. That means I get a few extra hours this morning since she's coming from Santa Cruz which is 4 - 5 hours away. I'm going to finish sealing the tiles and then do some school work. <BR> <BR> Have a happy, on plan day! Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:25:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/10/16! We had fun tiling and then going to our kid's new house and helping them prep and paint their living room. They feel a lot more ready to take on these home improvement projects. We did heavy manual labor from six am until after nine pm haha. I am sore today, but we're going to finish tiling the den! Sun, 10 Jul 2016 09:46:58 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/9/16! Happy Saturday fishies! I need to fly back down to LA for three days l, starting Monday,neon if Heather and I are both MIA please feel free to start the thread. I proposed a solution that brings the accounting department up to Half Moon Bay and eventually has one less person on staff. <BR> <BR> Tiling and more tiling for me today. Then we go visit the kids and help them paint their new house. <BR> <BR> Hope you all can get wet today, and Jon, get those miles in! You are awesome! Sat, 9 Jul 2016 09:38:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/8/16!! Good Morning!! Happy Friday!! I am in a very happy place today! I start my job on July 19th and I go to the shore next week for the dance competition. It's all very good. <BR> <BR> The job I accepted is a Controller position with a rapidly growing company. The company owns hearing aid retail stores and is purchasing one or two practices a month. They need serious help with their accounting/finance function so I think I'll be a great match! I start July 19th! I wanted to start Aug 1... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 08:33:41 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/7/16!!! Good Morning! Sorry again for the late start. My mornings are a little weird these days!! <BR> <BR> I've been running around getting ready for the trip to the shore next week. Also, I've been finalizing my start date! As soon as it's all signed and agreed upon, I'll tell you all about the company. I'm so excited!!! This has been a very long process..... <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is staying cool. I love the heat! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Thu, 7 Jul 2016 11:12:35 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/6/16!!! Good Morning!!! I got the call that the company I liked the most wants to make me a job offer!! I'm awaiting the electronic paperwork so I can see what the offer entails. I really hope it's a good offer because they seem excited about me, I'm excited about them, and I really want to take it. As soon as I get it I will evaluate it. In the meantime, I'm a tad anxious about seeing the offer and not able to do much else!!! <BR> <BR> So, maybe I'll get on the treadmill and walk off some of t... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 09:47:30 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/5/16!!! Back to reality after a nice long weekend. My shoulders are a bit sore today and it's a good sore. I sanded down the den's ceiling which was a lot of reaching because it's a high ceiling and I didn't want to keep moving the ladder. Then we painted the den, the hall and the entry. The kids came and helped get the tiling of the den started which was really fun. Yesterday we tried to get all of the rest of the tiles in, but since we did it on the diagonal there were a ton to tiles to cut. I thin... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 11:06:30 EST Happy 4th of July! I hope everyone has a fun day today! We are tiling again today and then I'll head home this evening. Maybe I'll see some fire works on the way. Mon, 4 Jul 2016 10:21:14 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/3/16!!! Laurie - You may not like billing but I'm so happy for you that you've gotten to where you're at! It's great that you're getting enough extra to do some stuff on the house. <BR> <BR> Speaking of houses, we're in escrow on three houses with acreage! We'll use one as our weekend house and rent the others out. It should close escrow about the same time as our current house is taking to fix up. We painted the den this morning and next we'll start tiling. The kids are coming over to help! Sun, 3 Jul 2016 11:39:35 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/2/16! Wow, July! <BR> <BR> Colorful art work on your back Jen! I could never do that after my (I was going to say FIL because the kids always called him grandpa, but he's my BIL's father) Tony has a tattoo on his arm that is a blob. It used to be an anchor from when he was in the navy, but time has had its way with the skin. <BR> <BR> Slept in until six! It's so nice to sleep with my hubby! I'm sanding the den ceiling and then painting. Next we'll tile and then the den will be move in ready. The ... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 10:18:44 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/1/16!! Good Morning!! Happy Friday!! I am really looking forward to the weekend. I have a few job search things to do this morning (complete some thank you notes) and a Skype interview this afternoon, and also a CPE class to do today. With all the interviewing I've done a lot less CPE than I had planned, but that's a good thing because interviews will hopefully lead to a job!! Then I am taking off of the job search and I'm going to enjoy this weekend fully! <BR> <BR> Today I weighed in and I... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 08:16:02 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/30/16!!! Good Morning!!! I am having a great week! I'm sorry I wasn't around the past few days, but I'm interviewing and we all know that's a good thing for me. I went into the city yesterday for an interview and although the place is cool and the job was good, there's no way I can commute into SoHo every day!! At least now I'm sure that if I have to take a job in the city, it must be midtown and close to Port Authority. I had a fun time in the city though! <BR> <BR> I have an interview today ba... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 08:33:45 EST Music 4 Swimming ? Hi Yall, <BR> What is your favorite music to listen to while swimming laps?? <BR> What are some good up beat songs to get u moving in the water???? Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:12:56 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/29/16!!! Happy Monday morning...oh wait, no, it's Wednesday - haha! After all the travel I've done I am feeling confused on the week days! The good news is that it is a three day weekend. <BR> <BR> Adorable pictures from Jon on yesterday's thread, definitely check them out! <BR> <BR> Okay, I better go get this day started. No walk at lunch, one of my workmates wants to do a working lunch. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:23:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/28/16! Heather must be at a job interview! Go Heather! <BR> <BR> Goriana is celebrating her 5 year anniversary for conquering swimming! Go Goriana! <BR> <BR> Jon celebrated his 40th wedding anniversary! Go Jon and wifey! <BR> <BR> I am down in Pico Rivera working at our herbs division. I will be taking the accounting operations under my purview. It smells lovely in the plant! Haha, how many production plants do you know of that smell wonderful? <BR> <BR> I walked about six miles last night and t... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:32:28 EST Laps 2 Swim for a Mile? Hi Yall, <BR> <BR> Im just curious but how many laps in a Olympic size pool would u have to do to make a mile? <BR> whats a good website that converts meter laps to miles? <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Lu Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:58:33 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/27/16!!! Good Morning!!! I'm starting off a busy week of interviews, and that makes me so happy. I hope at least one of these turns into an offer. I am very hopeful for all of them. <BR> <BR> I didn't hear back last week on the one that was supposed to decide by last week, so either they offered it to someone else, or they haven't decided yet. I'll follow up with the recruiter today. <BR> <BR> Dance recital was fun! We had a good time and I was super happy that I dropped the 20ish pounds since ... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 09:04:55 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/26/16!! Let's get started! Got my swim in, a beautiful morning to be out there. Off to pick-up bagels and fixings with a stop at my Moms to grab the cake and flowers stashed there yesterday. It will be a slow wake up for the rest of the crew here with a lazy morning followed by hanging out at the beach until it's time to clean up for dinner at the new favorite. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 06:39:25 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/25/16!!! With Carol deep into party mode and Heather recovering from the trauma of her first adult recital I'll start the thread today, A very busy day for the household today, hence the early start even for me. I have to sneak some photos to scan for the anniversary while the Missus sleeps, get the swim in, dump run, pick up the cake, flowers, wrap a few presents, meet my cousin, my Moms Executor and get the sealed envelopes from the safe deposit box that should answer a lot of questions I've had si... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 03:25:12 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/24/16!!! Good Morning!! Happy Friday!! I have a busy day ahead of's the first performance of the recital tonight. I am so nervous my hands are cold and numb. What have I gotten myself into? <BR> <BR> I'm really trying to put a good face on this, but I am so nervous I feel like I'm going to be sick. The truth is in the adult tap/jazz performances as an audience member I really never expected much. The choreography is simple, the formations are simple, we don't turn, jump or leap, and... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:27:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/23/16!! Good Morning!!! Happy Thursday. Today is shaping up to be a good day with a phone interview for one job and an in person interview for another job. I'm pretty excited and doing all I can to prepare. <BR> <BR> I'll have to get on the treadmill this afternoon as I don't have time this morning!! But I will do it because it will make me feel great!! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of summer! I can't wait to get to the beach and enjoy the ocean. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:40:10 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/22/16!!! Good Morning!! I am in a terrific mood today!! I have an interview set up for tomorrow with a company that I think would be a perfect fit for me. It's a weird little scrappy company. Just the kind I like. :) I applied Friday, they contacted me yesterday and set up the interview for Thursday. I think they would have done today if I could have. Which means, to me, that they move at my pace. I like that very much. The job is great, the location is we just have to make sur... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 09:05:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/21/16!!! Good Morning!! We are starting the day with thunderstorms here. Yikes! It's supposed to clear up early and the day looks lovely. I have a busy day of job searching activities, CPE classes and taking Sydney for a school sports physical. I'm excited about all of it! <BR> <BR> I'm starting to really get used to this whole "I don't have to go to an office" thing. I need to get a job soon before I forget how to do that!! :) Eventually the severance and savings will run out and then there's... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 06:51:59 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/20/16!!! Good Morning!! Happy start to the work week. I have a busy day planned of working on assignments from my coach. We are accelerating the process so I can move through and get to a better resume faster. The one I have isn't bad, but we can make it better so we are going to do that. Then we'll work through marketing me and helping me refine my interviewing skills. I need this and I'm excited to work on it. <BR> <BR> I'll work on items for that and the job search today for my work day. Th... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09:56:56 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/18/16!!! I'm so glad you guys are having nice weather too! I'm going to go to the beach and meet the kids and hubby that are doing a through hike. It's a really nice hike, we've done it before. You start up in the mountains with an overnight along the way and continue to the beach. A summit to sea hike. I had to take a study day, so today I'm parking on the sea end and hiking up to meet them. <BR> <BR> Congratulations granny! It is really nice to be in good shape when you're pregnant. With my first ... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 08:49:06 EST Duplicate thread... use the other one. Use the other thread.... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 14:02:14 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/18/16!!! I have my Italian son, his friend and my hubby here this morning and I totally forgot to come on and start the thread! They are doing a little overnight trip while I stay and do some school research (sigh). It is absolutely gorgeous here today! I was going for my lunch walk to the beach and then I remembered that I hadn't hopped on here. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having a restful weekend! Sat, 18 Jun 2016 14:00:15 EST Good Afternoon Swimmers, 6/17/16!!! Hi all!! Wow, guess we are all pretty busy today. I started my day by taking the kid to the doc. She has a sinus infection. They charged me a reduced rate and I paid it directly, and wow, that was nice. We've been going there a long time and the doc rides in the same bike club as hubby. Sometimes small town stuff is actually nice!! <BR> <BR> I'm getting myself on the treadmill!! One more week to recital and I hope I can lose one more pound! Spark has me having only lost 8 pounds beca... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:27:51 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/16/16!!! Hi all!! Wow, what a cool date!! I hope it means something positive! <BR> <BR> So the interview yesterday went well. I know I could do the job and do it well, but you just never know what's going on with the other side. I sent my thank you notes and now I wait. <BR> <BR> I had my first meeting with my outplacement counselor. I liked her very much and I think her coaching is really going to help me with a better job search. <BR> <BR> Tonight is my last dance class before recital next w... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:56:38 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/15/16!! Good Morning!!! I have an interview today!! I have to say I have a good feeling about it. It's this afternoon from 2:30 - 4:15 (meeting with three people). Say prayers and cross your fingers and whatever else you might do to send good wishes!! <BR> <BR> Jon, I didn't fully follow what you said about the pre-op preparations, but I'm sure you know what to do. You will get through this with flying colors. My friend's mom had this done recently, and she did remarkably well. You will too. ... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 10:20:46 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/14/16!! HI! Sorry I disappeared. It's a long story, but last weekend was Sydney's 8th grade graduation and hubby's bike ride from Boston to Vermont. I just lost track of time. Also not having a job is making it hard for me to tell weekdays from weekends. And now that Sydney is done with school it's going to be even harder. <BR> <BR> I can't wait to see wedding pictures Carol!! That's just so exciting!! <BR> <BR> Today I'm back to focusing on the job search and taking the CPE classes. We have... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 07:09:05 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/13/16!!! Hello! Where has everyone been? I was out doing wedding things. It was a really nice wedding, the kids had a great time. I tried to make everything as easy as possible and have great food. The kids did an amazing job of decorating! I'm sure pics will show up on facebook. <BR> <BR> Okay, off to work. I'll try to come back later. Mon, 13 Jun 2016 11:08:34 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/11/16! Happy Saturday! Today's the big weekend for my son and Maureen! I'm excited for the day! We made breakfast, the wedding ceremony area is all set, everything is beautiful! Sat, 11 Jun 2016 12:49:41 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/9/16!! Hi all!! Another quick and late start here!! I hope Carol and her family are having a BLAST!! <BR> <BR> I'll check in later with more details and to check in on everyone. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Thu, 9 Jun 2016 10:35:59 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/8/16!! Good Morning!! I'm running all around this morning like crazy! Off to a riding lesson, then back for more job applying and CPE classes this afternoon. I have a phone interview today. The one from yesterday got rescheduled for today. <BR> <BR> I'll come back later and check in! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 8 Jun 2016 09:46:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/7/16!!! Heather must be living the life of leisure! Haha <BR> <BR> Today I woke up at 4:30 (which is pretty normal) and I decided to work on packing up the wedding food by meal. Jeez that's a lot of work when you're talking eight meals for over twenty people. My daughter and I organized the menus and wrote out the shopping list, so at least that's pretty organized. <BR> <BR> I still have to wrap gifts. Tomorrow we will get our Italian son at the airport! Then we need to get our daughter in Santa Cr... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 10:40:05 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/6/16!!! Happy Monday morning fishies! <BR> <BR> I am so sore from this past weekend haha! Plastering a ceiling is hard, hard work! We didn't finish the whole house (2,200 sq ft) but we got all of the living room, dining room and entry way finished. I did the final sanding on the walls in the living room and painted! We won't be able to work on it for the next three weekends because of the wedding, visitors and the second ceremony in Pocatello, Idaho. <BR> <BR> Today I go pick out plants and orchid... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 10:35:09 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/5/16!!! Well...really it's afternoon here. We got up and started working at 6am and I forgot to come on here first. I started painting the living room walls which was exciting for me. Painting is so much easier than plastering! Yesterday we spent most of the day plastering the ceilings and that is a really hard workout! <BR> <BR> Starting to pack up the car for the long drive home (sigh). I will be so happy to live in the same house again. Next weekend is the wedding! It's hard to believe it's so cl... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 15:12:00 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/4/16!!! Yay for Saturday! I'm in Santa Maria waiting for the sun to rise to get started on the house. This will be another great weekend warrior work out! I'm hoping to finish all of the plastering and sanding of the walls by the end of the weekend. That will leave the ceilings. We won't get to work on the house for the next three weeks because next week is the WEDDING! The weekend after that I need to work on writing papers then my son and his new wife (!) will have another ceremony in Idaho that we... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 08:10:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/3/16!! Good Morning!!! Happy Friday!!! I have another fun and busy day ahead of me! <BR> <BR> Oh, good news to share too! I have an in person interview for a Director of Global Payroll job. This is one that I did a phone interview for last week, and I'm excited that I got to the next step. I also had a call yesterday about a job and I'm waiting for the recruiter to call back. And I'm waiting for one other call back. So, things are moving along...... <BR> <BR> Tonight is the 8th grade forma... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 08:01:23 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/2/16!! Hello!!! It's Thursday! Yay!! <BR> <BR> I have some errands to run this morning and some job searching to do, then an afternoon running kid around for a little while to the orthodontist and then to dance, then back to dance for myself this evening. Should be a good, productive and active day. <BR> <BR> The phone interview went well yesterday. Now we have to get to the next stage where the business owner wants to meet me. Yesterday was phase one. I hope he wants to meet me because this ... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 07:48:46 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/1/16! Happy hump day! I need to get up and get going, but coffee on the balcony with the ocean out there is just really nice and relaxing. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to my lunch walk. I didn't get one yesterday but I did have to walk up to the shipping conference room twice yesterday which is 15 minutes each direction. Today I need to go over to the wholesale department which is so beautiful and calming. <BR> <BR> Can you believe it's June? My son's wedding is on the ninth! It's so soon! Wed, 1 Jun 2016 09:17:07 EST returning member after a long time hello everyone! today was the first day i went swmming 3 years! I am so excited to be part of the team again! my goal is to be able to swim a mile, like i used to be able to do! Tue, 31 May 2016 20:37:59 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/31/16!! Good Morning!! I hope everyone had a great long weekend!! We celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary yesterday. We didn't do much out of the ordinary, but we toasted each other and had a nice dinner we cooked together. It was a nice way to celebrate in a low key fashion. <BR> <BR> Today I am facing the reality that I don't have a job. Last week was emotional and also since it was the beginning of a holiday weekend, it felt a bit like I had a mini vacation. But today, I don't have anywh... Tue, 31 May 2016 09:11:16 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/30/16! I guess everyone is out having a good time! Jon, I hope you're getting wet! <BR> <BR> Have a good day all! Mon, 30 May 2016 12:20:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/29/16! It sounds like everyone is busy with chores this weekend. Gardening outside sounds nice...though not the 90 degrees part. We bought all of the non-refrigerator foods for the wedding weekend so I feel pretty set for it I still have to cook a bunch of lasagne the Tuesday before. <BR> <BR> Today we'll work on plastering some more. I will do the den today and that will be the end of first coats. We finished the living room and I did a base coat of paint. Now I'm excited to see it once the sun c... Sun, 29 May 2016 09:07:26 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/28/16!!! Hi all! Hope you're having a great day! I'm working on the new rental house and we'll be taking a run to the dump. I'm hoping to finish plastering the walls today - wish me luck haha...then some wine I think. Sat, 28 May 2016 15:37:31 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/27/16!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Friday! It's the start of a long holiday weekend. It's funny how different that feels when you are not working. I'm still excited, but it's just not quite the same as having days off of work. Frankly, it's quite a bit better and much more relaxing. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had a call from a company that I applied to last week. It's a job that I thought would be a perfect fit for me, and they seem to agree. I have a phone interview scheduled for next Wednesday. I'm ... Fri, 27 May 2016 08:06:54 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/26/16!!! Oops, I was doing wedding planning stuff this morning and completely forgot to hop on to see if I needed to start the thread! Less then two weeks to the wedding! Plus our Italian son is coming! I can't wait! <BR> <BR> Do you guys have fun plans for the long weekend? I'm excited to be going home to work on the house for three days! We'll see how far we can get. We're still working on buying this other set of houses and I'm just hoping we can make it work! Thu, 26 May 2016 15:31:37 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/25/16!! Good Morning!! I'm here bright and early due to getting up early and light traffic. Yippee for summer traffic. Too bad I have no where to commute right now. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I think I will have the lay off meeting about 9:30, maybe even earlier. I can't wait. I'm ready!! <BR> <BR> I keep working out and that's really helping. <BR> <BR> I'll come back later today with an update. For now, I have a few last minute things to do to clean off my laptop. I've had this thing forev... Wed, 25 May 2016 07:22:06 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/24/16!!! Tuesday is meeting day for me (sadly). I have lots of fun work to do once I finish building all of the background files for the new system, I can't wait until I'm at that point. I ran errands instead of walking at lunch yesterday and I really missed it. Today I'm going to make sure I go. <BR> <BR> I just figured out that this weekend is Memorial Day weekend! I need to look it up at work and see if it's one we get off. When I was in agriculture I never got it off because we were too busy, bu... Tue, 24 May 2016 09:25:57 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/23/16!!! Good Morning!! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I enjoyed myself and actually went out to lunch with people yesterday and didn't think about work at all. Maybe this job change will be the best thing that ever happened to me!! <BR> <BR> I'm a bit focused on that today I have a prep call with a recruiter for my phone screen tomorrow. And two other recruiters each have another potential position for me, so things are moving along. I'm doing what I can, applying and netwo... Mon, 23 May 2016 08:48:19 EST swimming ettiquette hello everyone! I know how to share lanes with one other person( just stick to your side of the lane!) but I would like to know how to share lanes with two or more people? Sun, 22 May 2016 20:33:37 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/22/16!!! Wow... no post yet? Well, let's see if we get two... <BR> <BR> Anyway, good morning! How's everyone this fine day? I'm trying to figure out how I want to spend my day since I do NOT have to work! The weather is beautiful, although cool, maybe another hike in the park? We are sort of half expecting an invitation from friends this afternoon, Dave may go, but I haven't decided if I want to or not. <BR> <BR> What's everyone else up to? Sun, 22 May 2016 11:30:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/21/16! Happy Saturday! We are going to try plastering a wall this morning. I've watched so YouTube videos on it and today we're going to try it. You use a heavy nap paint roller to roll the plaster on and then the other person comes behind and uses a skip trowel. This way you get a heavy layer on the wall but it not the usual pattern. It will be fun to try! <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 21 May 2016 07:40:58 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/20/16!!! Good Morning and Happy Friday!!! I'm so glad it's almost the weekend!! I really have no work to do anymore, so I'm focusing hard on finding a job. I heard yesterday that the folks who brought me back in last week are not moving forward with me. I think they are crazy. I mean, really I think there is something wrong there.....I was just a perfect fit, twice, and yet they keep passing on me. I know you might be thinking (as I did), well, you haven't found anything yet, maybe it's you! Bu... Fri, 20 May 2016 08:24:03 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/19/16!!! Good Morning!! Here I am in my office for a few hours. I came in to do a few things here, then I'm going home to do a CPE webinar and then do some job search items. I'm letting go of this place! It feels great. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is well today!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Thu, 19 May 2016 09:51:37 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/18/16!! Good Morning!! Here I am today in the parent company office ready to teach these people how to do my job, and the guy in charge isn't here and hasn't communicated anything on timing. Nice, right? Anyway, I'll be as professional as I can, and then I'll be done!!! <BR> <BR> Exercise and eating well continue and I'm feeling great about that!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 18 May 2016 08:57:35 EST good Morning Swimmers, 5/17/16!!! I had a hard time believing I was typing May 17th...where does the time go? It's amazing that summer is almost here and so is the upcoming wedding of my son and Maureen (our Armonia). She's in Spain for work right now - lucky girl. <BR> <BR> Today I have a bunch of meetings and I've tasked myself with finishing the master files for my implementation today. I think I'll cancel one meeting, I wish I could cancel another one, but it's the leadership meeting so I really can't. It's a two hour me... Tue, 17 May 2016 08:27:10 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/16/16!!! Good Morning! Busy weekend at the dance competition and that took my mind of my troubles for a few days.... <BR> <BR> Here I am back for my last week of work. It's so unbelievably depressing....I just need this over and to get the heck out of here. Today I'll do the last of my work and then spend time looking for a new job. Something really needs to break my way soon...... <BR> <BR> But if it doesn't, I'm going to take my severance and my PTO payout and try to relax a little bit. Getti... Mon, 16 May 2016 09:26:03 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/15/16! My daughter and I mapped out food for the upcoming wedding. We had fun planning menus and making our grocery list. This will be fun! We went for a nice long walk to go out to coffee, then to the beach and then I showed her around the farm. <BR> <BR> Today hubby and I go over to visit his dad and step-mom. It will be good to see them. I want to get used to the route to get there so that we can do it often once we actually live up here. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Sun, 15 May 2016 07:46:32 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/14/16!!! Hi folks! <BR> <BR> Hopefully we don't get a double post :) The sun came out this morning so I took a brisk walk/jog around the neighborhood. Felt good to be out in the sun finally! <BR> <BR> Going to visit a car show today with hopes of meeting a long time expert pinstriper, gathering groceries and other errands before it starts raining again. <BR> <BR> Carol, those marshy estuaries look beautiful! good luck on the new property! Sat, 14 May 2016 11:18:49 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/13/16!!! Good Morning! Happy Friday the 13th! Maybe this day will bring me some luck!! <BR> <BR> We have our last regional dance competition of the season this weekend, so we are off this afternoon for a few nights in beautiful Marlboro NJ! It should be fun and I'm looking forward to doing something that gets my mind off this job search. <BR> <BR> Gotta keep working out and eating well because I lost another half pound!! Woo Hoo!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Fri, 13 May 2016 07:49:40 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/12/16!! Hi! Quick post so we don't have two threads then I'll come back and fill you in on where I've been!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Thu, 12 May 2016 10:27:17 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/11/16! I have lots of work to get through today and I should be getting up but my bed feels warm and comfy. I need to finish getting my master files set up and if I can avoid meetings today I can probably get half of it finished today - that's my goal. I plan to go in early before others start showing up so that I can get it done. <BR> <BR> I will take a walk at lunch and it looks like it will be nice out. I feel like I need some ocean time today. My hubby comes up tomorrow and we'll have 4 days to... Wed, 11 May 2016 08:51:50 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/10/16!!! Good Morning!! Well, another day here at the office with no certainty for my future......BUT, I reached out to one of my recruiters yesterday and he came right back with a position they just received for a Director of Payroll. Those of you who have lived through my nightmares in payroll are likely laughing at me, but when I really took a look at my background, I have great credentials for a Director of Payroll. It's definitely not my favorite part of my job, but I have this sneaking suspic... Tue, 10 May 2016 07:42:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/9/16! Well we'll see if we double post this morning...but I figure it's almost nine on the other coast so I'll get us started. I had a good,mproductive weekend and we closed and locked the door on our old house. I'm sure the guy that bought it will enjoy it. <BR> <BR> It's been amazing to take full weekends away from work while being in the middle of this software implementation. I make less at this job compared to my last one, but around the same when you figure my hourly wage! This job is fun an... Mon, 9 May 2016 08:56:45 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/8/16!!! I hope your sore throat passes quickly along with your rain Jen! <BR> <BR> And with the passing of rain I hope you get to bushwhack your yard Jon. <BR> <BR> We have the very last load from the old really we come back to the new one and start working haha. Sun, 8 May 2016 09:30:17 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/7/16!!! Happy Saturday fellow fishes! I am home and looking at the last loads to clear out the house. This will officially close a chapter in our lives as we look forward to the next one. <BR> <BR> Lots of heavy lifting and cleaning today. How about you guys? Sat, 7 May 2016 08:13:13 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/6/16!!! Good Morning!! Happy Friday!! We have yet another day of rain. Wow, so much rain!!! <BR> <BR> Tonight we have a dance competition. It's only for the one solo dance that Sydney has, so it's not a long weekend of dance, just one long night of it!! I'm looking forward to the distraction. <BR> <BR> Today and all weekend I'm working on applying for jobs. I reworked my resume yesterday and I think it's more impressive now. I can only hope it catches the eye of recruiters. And I'm also wo... Fri, 6 May 2016 08:05:09 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/5/16!!!! Good Morning!! It's yet another cloudy day of rain here. I looked at the long range forecast and see only 4 days of partly sunny days over the next 15. The rest are cloudy and rainy. Wow, it's like April decided to show up in May! We sure need the rain since we didn't get any snow this winter, so I'm trying to look at it that way! <BR> <BR> I have a dental appointment this morning so I'm going into the office after that. From there, I will work on CPE catch up so I can get my license a... Thu, 5 May 2016 06:46:26 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/4/16!! Good Morning! Today I feel energized because I've had some new ideas on my job search. <BR> <BR> First, I thought of new ways to jazz up my resume and make it more dynamic for Controller positions. <BR> <BR> Second, my payroll manager suggested to me yesterday that I look for "Director of Payroll" jobs as she said I know more about payroll than any director for whom she has ever worked. I did a super quick search and found one job and I know I could at least match the requirements, so... Wed, 4 May 2016 09:45:43 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/3/16!!! Good Morning!! Getting a bit of a late start here. <BR> <BR> It's just depressing to be in this office, but I am doing my best to keep my chin up and do the bare minimum to get my job done and my severance soon. I can't wait. I feel like as soon as I'm outta here I'll have a lot more energy to focus on the job search. <BR> <BR> I had a GREAT lesson yesterday on the horse. I enjoyed myself very much! It was a much needed diversion from my work situation. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE... Tue, 3 May 2016 09:03:45 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/2/16!! Good Morning! I have a busy few weeks ahead of me with doing my final close of the books for this company and looking for a new job. It appears my last day will be either May 20 or 23rd (apparently they don't like to lay people off on a Friday...weird). Anyway, I'm laser focused on figuring out my next employment situation now. <BR> <BR> Thank goodness I've been working out and taking care of myself. I might be feeling a lot worse if I hadn't been. It's hard to keep my chin up, but I'm ... Mon, 2 May 2016 08:56:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/1/16!!! Happy May! I'm sore from a twelve hour day of hard labor yesterday. Today we need to try to move completely out of our house. I finished emptying and cleaning three bedrooms and they look great. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Sun, 1 May 2016 09:42:10 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/30/16!!! There goes April! Can you believe it? Our Lompoc house closes next week or the week after so we need to get the rest of our stuff out. There isn't much left but the kitchen will be a pain to pack up. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 30 Apr 2016 09:57:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/29/16!!! Good Morning!!! It's Friday, woo hoo!!! <BR> <BR> So yesterday I applied for something like 30 jobs and today another 5. I'm starting to really feel the pressure of needing to be very serious about finding a job. There are so many good ones out there. I just need to get in front of the hiring managers and make a good impression. I'm beginning to think my address is hurting me. If anyone googles my address and sees the long commute, they may be totally overlooking me. I'm beginning t... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:04:06 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/28/16!!! Good Morning!! It's Thursday so that means dance class tonight! I'm very excited. As we get closer to the recital I'm starting to get a tad nervous about being on stage, but I know it will be fine. It's a pretty supportive group!! <BR> <BR> Today I'm working from home but doing very little actual work. I'm spending time getting focused on the job search. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:09:42 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/27/16!!! Good Morning!!! It's Wednesday, so we are half way through the week. Yay!! <BR> <BR> Without taking up too much time, I'll just update you guys to tell you yesterday I went to the parent company's office to discuss how I do my financials. I have to get access to my accounting system for the guys on their side, I have to show them what I do and I have to go there and do that for the April close in two weeks. If that's not clear that they don't need me anymore, I don't know what would be. ... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:41:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/26/16!! Good Morning!! Here I am at the parent company office in King of Prussia PA. I have to tell you I am not happy to be here!! We have an absolutely wasteful day of meetings. I could be looking for a job!! LOL. That's OK, I have the rest of the week to do that. <BR> <BR> I've finally accepted that I am done here soon. All I want is a chance to clean out my office before they come and tell me to go home one day soon. I'm planning on doing that later this week and maybe over the weekend i... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:50:47 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/25/16!!! Happy Monday! I'm a little sore from all of the lifting and tearing out we did on the new house this last weekend. My hubby will continue working on the house during the weeks as he finds time, then this next weekend we'll try to get as far as we can! I'm excited to work on a new project, but even more so to finish it so that he can move up here with me! <BR> <BR> Today will be a walk at lunch on the beach. <BR> <BR> Jen - What's the new tat going to be of? Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:27:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/24/16!!! I need to do some grocery shopping here before heading up north, food is a lot more expensive in Half Moon Bay! I also need to see if I can find a burlap kind of material for making cute lunch bags for the wedding day. They decided they wanted to do a picnic lunch, so I'm making bags that will hold a split of champagne a long with lunch. <BR> <BR> Today we'll do more work on the new house and maybe take one more trip to the storage container. We have all of the carpet out and taken to the du... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 09:14:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/23/16!!! I'm back at my old house this weekend, working on the new rental we bought. It's going to be a lot of cosmetic work, but it will be worth it. We'll be able to rent it out for about $800 more a month than the payments so it worth it. Lots of heavy lifting and such in my day today. I'm a little sore from yesterday's pulling carpet and wood wainscoting off walls. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 23 Apr 2016 08:03:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/22/16!!! Happy Friday!!!! I'm ready for the weekend! We have a dance competition this weekend, and so far in our family everyone is healthy and rested. I'm hoping it's a fun weekend. <BR> <BR> There's so much to do today! I have an interview at 10, and we have to pack and get the house ready for us to leave. I'll do a little work, but not too much. :) <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing well. I'm feeling better today than I was earlier in the week, so that's nice. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACT... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 08:00:11 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/21/16!!! It's hard for me to believe that April is almost over and that I've now been at my new job for a month! I will have to stop calling it my "new" job soon! Things here are moving right along and I'm enjoying heading up the ERP implementation. It's amazing how software can now move all the way from the growing end to sales and forward marketing and end up in accounting. This is the biggest implementation I've done and I'm excited to see it through. <BR> <BR> I'll take my lunch time walk and I'm... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 11:04:17 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/20/16!!! Good Morning! I'm late, so just a quick start to the thread here so we don't end up with two! <BR> <BR> I'll come back later and chat...... <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 20 Apr 2016 11:09:06 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/19/16!! Good Morning!! It's another pretty day here, and I'm enjoying it, even if I am stuck inside for most of the day. <BR> <BR> I got a call from a friend who used to work here and is now a recruiter for a different company. They are possibly looking to replace their Controller and she thought of me! I'm glad I reached out a few weeks ago to her to let her know I was looking and to keep me in mind if she heard of anyone looking for a Controller. I sure didn't think it would be her company!! ... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 09:50:51 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/18/16!! Good Morning!! It's Monday! I'm doing all that I can to approach every day positively even with all of the uncertainty here at this job. I really walk in every day thinking they might lay me off today......which is a terrible mindset to have but there's so much uncertainty I have trouble finding peace with this. I am just taking this one day at a time, doing my job and looking for another one. I'll come out on the other side of this happy and in a great place I am sure, but in the meanti... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 10:10:12 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/17/16!!! Jon - I am with you in spirit over your loss of your mother. I hope you are at peace with it as much as possible. <BR> <BR> I went out and bought fresh juices and stuff for breakfast for the kids. It's been a great visit! I'm so happy that everybody is so compatible. The kids are a little sad that we won't have this house and therefore no reason to be in Lompoc (which isn't quite true since my sister lives here). <BR> <BR> Now that they've heard our upcoming plans and see how much happier I... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 10:31:54 EST