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, 10/12/15!! Good Morning!!! Quick start here so we don't have two threads. I got a late start with having to do some meetings this morning. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a great weekend!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Mon, 12 Oct 2015 10:00:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/12/15! Happy Monday fishies! I have one of those "people" kind of busy days and I'm not a huge fan of those. I have people running amok and I will have to get them back on their sides of the fence. <BR> <BR> I'm sore from the weekend warrior stuff so probably no exercise today. What are you guys up to. Mon, 12 Oct 2015 09:59:11 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/11/15! Happy Sunday fishies! Everyone must be busy this weekend. I'm working on my yard, I just finished moving about three yards of dirt from one area to another, but I think we're finally done with that part. Now we need to build some boulders. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Sun, 11 Oct 2015 12:01:07 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/10/15! I still have a swollen eye this morning! I think I'll take a long hot shower and hope it helps. Off to LA to haggle for fun material. I hope you all have a great day. It's suppose to be 97 in LA today, better get my shorts on! Sat, 10 Oct 2015 09:48:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/9/15!!! Haha I'm still having trouble typing brain just can't believe that it's October! <BR> <BR> I'm having a terrible allergy attack this morning! My eye was crusted shut and now it's just weeping enough to make it hard to focus my eyes...yuck. I need to get an allergy pill in me. <BR> <BR> I'm excited for this weekend, I'm going to the LA fabric district with my sister tomorrow and it's a lot like going out of the country. It's just outside of downtown LA and there all these streets wit... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 09:54:00 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/8/15!! Good Morning!! I hope everyone is doing great! <BR> <BR> I'm getting ready to travel tomorrow up to Vermont for my father in law's memorial service. Not really looking forward to it honestly. My husband is exhausting me right now. And his family is exhausting as well. Not much of a weekend, but I will put on my big girl pants and do what I need to do. <BR> <BR> Speaking of doing what I have to do, today I have to lay off two people. That won't be much fun either. Ugh. <BR> <BR> And,... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:06:41 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/7/15!! Good morning!!! Wow, am I high strung this week! Exercise isn't even helping. Well, at least I have a lot to do today to keep me focused! <BR> <BR> And tonight it's back to riding the horse. Looking forward to that! Should be a beautiful afternoon/evening to ride. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Wed, 7 Oct 2015 09:05:12 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/6/15!!! Good Morning!! It's another beautiful fall day here. So nice!!! I'm digging right into the work. I calculated today that this month will be my 168th month end close I've done at C3i. Maybe it really is time to move on....... <BR> <BR> My spirits are all over the place. Up and down and confused all at once. It's hard to focus, but I find if I dig into actual work, I can clear my mind. That's the goal for today. <BR> <BR> Also, it's a treadmill night!! Woo hoo!! I need some energy!!... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 08:22:52 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/5/15!!! Good Morning!! Sorry for late start! It's been a late morning for me, and I have a noon deadline, so I'm gonna head off and do what I need to do, then I'll come back and catch up!! <BR> <BR> We have beautiful sunshine here again hurricane in NJ! Yay!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Mon, 5 Oct 2015 10:41:49 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/4/15! Looks like you guys in the far east are still headed for more wet weather today, I'm sorry to say! Ours is coming from Hawaii so the weather is still showing 73 degrees with rain. Now whether that rain is a two minute deal or a real rain storm, we'll see. <BR> <BR> I am so sore from yesterday - haha. It feels really good in that oh so painful way. We finished getting one of the back areas of our yard planted with California natural plants and covered all around them with weed barrier. Then ... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 07:32:40 EST Good Morning Swimmer, 10/3/15!!! Well Heather?! <BR> <BR> It's beautiful here today and we will (of course) work in the yard. I have some studying to do and then we'll try to get everything in the back yard planted since it's supposed to rain tomorrow!!! It's coming from Hawaii and looks like it's headed directly here, which means it's going to be one of those lovely warm rains...though I won't get my hopes up yet since they often take a left turn and miss us. I really, really hope for rain though. <BR> <BR> I finished my ... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 10:33:56 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 10/2/15!!! Good Morning!!! I am waiting for a call from the potential new job. I am so frustrated with my current job. I think the frustration level rises in tandem with the excitement of a potential new job! I sure hope the offer that is made is decent and worth my while. I am ready to leave here. <BR> <BR> Last night I had my tap/jazz class. It was so much fun!! I love the workout!! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is ready for a wonderful weekend! We are getting tons of rain and I'm so glad that o... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 09:08:57 EST Good Afternoon Swimmers, 10/1/15!!! Hello!!! I'm so sorry about my continued spotty starting of the threads!!! I've been so crazy busy. <BR> <BR> Things are rolling along well. I had a fantastic job interview on Tuesday and we have a call set up for tomorrow and I believe that will be the job offer call. I'm very excited!!! <BR> <BR> I'll check in and try to catch up later today!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Thu, 1 Oct 2015 13:05:30 EST Good Afternoon Swimmers, 9/30/15! Uh oh, Heather has fallen off the planet. I had a test this morning so I couldn't get things started. I passed my test so all is right with the world! Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:39:05 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/29/15!!! I figured I'd get things started since yesterday I was waiting for the thread, got busy and then forgot to come back. It's been crazy at work and then add to that having a teenager and grad school... Not that I'm complaining, I'm loving the craziness about it. <BR> <BR> I have a meeting I have to prep for (something I'm not crazy about) and then tomorrow morning I have my first proctored test! So tomorrow I will definitely be late coming on here. Tue, 29 Sep 2015 09:38:44 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/28/15!! Good Morning!! We had such a busy weekend and today I have the day off work to recover! <BR> <BR> I'll make this a quick post so we don't end up with double posts! Then I'll come back!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Mon, 28 Sep 2015 09:42:23 EST Good Afternoon Swimmers, 9/27/15!!! Happy Sunday people! Anyone out there? This is a very late start. I took a pre-test this morning and then I was going to start the thread...but I guess I forgot. Doesn't look like anyone is around today, you guys must be busy. <BR> <BR> Have a great evening! Sun, 27 Sep 2015 19:43:32 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/26/15!!! September is on its way out! That seems so hard to believe. I'm studying hard this morning and I plan to take a pre-test tomorrow and then book the actual test for one day this coming week - eek! It's crazy but fun going back to school. <BR> <BR> I'll have a nice break and work out with the back yard project. We are planning to take out the current plantings in one area of the yard and put in the new drought resistant plants we bought yesterday, that should be a lot of fun. <BR> <BR> What a... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 09:33:26 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/25/15!!! I guess my yesterday really was as crazy as it felt because I never logged in here! Go figure. Hopefully today will be less stressful. I had a meeting at 8 am yesterday where the owner was pissed off at my partner and so it was kind of a tense meeting...though when someone is acting like a three year old it's easy to shake it off. <BR> <BR> I'm taking off early today so that we can go to the nursery that carries California drought resistant native plants. I love going there! We need to pick ... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 09:24:29 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/24/15!!! Good Morning!! It's another beautiful day here! Loving it!! <BR> <BR> We are just about ready for our first craft fair this weekend. We're ready to take money or credit cards, I have the sales tax certificate, we have our booth rented and it will be set up for us. All we need to do now is move all the stuff in Friday and then show up Saturday and pray we sell stuff!!! <BR> <BR> Here's the facebook page for our business if anyone is interested in looking at it <link> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 09:05:13 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/23/15 Hi! I was at the other office yesterday, so didn't have a chance to post here!! I hope everyone is well!! <BR> <BR> Quick start so we don't end up with two threads!! I'll come back and chat a bit later. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 23 Sep 2015 09:41:50 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/22/15!!! It's supposed to be cooler with less humidity - yeah Jon, we don't understand humidity out here...or snow as Gor says. We like it that way too, so go away humidity! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>trial/ind_duaner/ </link> <BR> <BR> Jon, that's the basic idea behind the boulder. You take a hot knife (which is really thick wire with current running through it) and you cut and shape the foam. There's a bow cutter which is the same idea as like a cheese knife where ... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:00:56 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/21/15!!! We'll see if we double post. I've been here since about 5 am and I'm getting into what I'm working on so I figured I'd better stop by and say, "Hi" before I get lost in this analysis. <BR> <BR> Got the part of the backyard done under one of the oak trees and it was a lot of work but very rewarding to get it all done in a weekend. Just two parts left in the back yard, build some foam boulders and consider what we're doing with the retaining wall. It's been a good source of fun, outdoor exerc... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 09:58:53 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/20/15!!! Everyone must be out having a great weekend! It's supposed to be beautiful and hot here again today. We're going to work on the landscaping in the back yard today and move the last couple of yards of rocks. <BR> <BR> Yesterday it was a great work out prepping for today's landscaping. It was fun having the kids over this weekend (and the dog). We had mimosas and they did some stained glass projects while hubby and I worked on the yard. <BR> <BR> What are you guys doing today? Sun, 20 Sep 2015 09:07:15 EST Good Morning Swimmers 9/19/15!!! I'm studying this morning until the kids wake up. My son and Maureen stayed over last night and they want to do more stained glass playing today which should be a lot of fun. We'll need to haul two more yards of rock to the backyard today so I expect that will be my exercise...that and digging the back up to plant some new plants under the oak trees. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 19 Sep 2015 08:54:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/18/15!!! Good morning!!! I hope everyone is doing great and is ready for the weekend! This job is so annoying sometimes, but you know, they all are, so hey, I'll deal with it. I'm having some stupid conversations with people driving me crazy but soon, it will be Friday afternoon and I can get out of here for a while. In all honesty, this is my first full week of work in a month, so maybe I'm just tired of working and got spoiled by my time off!! <BR> <BR> Went to back to school night last night. ... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 08:50:57 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/17/15!! Good Morning!! Today is another beautiful September day here in NJ. Warm but not hot (to me, it's not really hot until it hits 92) and no humidity. Yay!! The next 10 days promise the same kind of weather. It's just so nice!! <BR> <BR> Had a great horseback ride yesterday. My legs are a bit sore today! Tonight is back to school night and so I'm going to have to miss dance class. I'm super bummed. I'm going to be behind next week! Ugh. <BR> <BR> It's nice to see some chatting here a... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 09:31:42 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/1615!!! Good Morning!!! Guess what I did this morning?? I actually swam!! I really want to go once a week on Wednesday, so I'm working on getting back in the habit of that. <BR> <BR> Today the new CFO is here, along with all of the Executive Leadership Team. Hopefully the CFO finds some time to meet with me and my team here either today or tomorrow. He is super disconnected from us. It's so completely different than my last boss. Who I still inexplicably miss incredibly. :) <B... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 08:48:56 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/15/15!! Good Morning!!! I slept in a full hour and now my day is all wacky! I'm so late getting to work. Oh well, I clearly needed the sleep. <BR> <BR> Had a nice walk on the treadmill last night. I'm finally starting to build back some strength. I feel great!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Tue, 15 Sep 2015 10:00:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers 9/14/15!!! Good Morning!! I hope everyone had a great weekend. We had a lot of fun at the NJ Gran Fondo! Hubby rode 62 miles and was so happy he didn't do the 107 miles. It made the day a lot easier and better for all of us. <BR> <BR> Today is a super busy work day so I'm digging right in!! Tonight I'll get on the treadmill at home. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Mon, 14 Sep 2015 08:08:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/13/15!!! Looks like perfect weather here today! Yesterday it continued with this weird hot/muggy weather that is way out of our realm, it felt like we were in the tropics! They say we'll get rain tomorrow, but the percentage isn't high enough to believe it. <BR> <BR> Today it's study, study, study...maybe a little work on the yard. It's almost finished. ...well, that's probably an exasperation. The pond is in, but I still have to build the waterfall. All but the vines are planted. There's still about... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 10:24:40 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/12/15!!! Yay for Saturday! I've been up for hours (sigh), so I decided not to lay in bed tossing and turning. I got up and organized my glass (stained glass supplies) for tomorrow's play session. My son and Maureen (Armonia) are coming over to make stained glass ornaments. I haven't played with glass since before the kids were born and I'm really excited. <BR> <BR> I am so, so sore this morning. I think I moved about two yards of rock yesterday which leaves me with about five and a half to go - haha.... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 07:21:18 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/11/15 Good Morning. As some of you know, I never use my traditional !!!! when starting the thread on 9/11. To me, it's a day of remembrance and the exclamation points are incongruous with how I feel today. <BR> <BR> I like to spend a little time today reflecting on that day and remembering how lucky I was to get out of lower Manhattan unscathed. I didn't work in the towers, but very close, and the things I heard and saw are still with me to this day. I work to find peace on this day. <BR> <BR... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 08:58:00 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/10/15!!! Good Morning all!!! I'm getting back into some kind of routine after my week off for vacation and then the week sort of in and out due to the death of my father in law. Did I even mention that here? <BR> <BR> My father in law passed away last Monday, my first day back from vacation. So, back out of the office I went. It was very hard to lose him, but he was suffering and so at least that is over. Also, his spirit is reunited with his wife who died last September, so that's a wonderful... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 07:49:40 EST good Morning Swimmers, 9/9/15!! Good Morning!!! I'm back!! I'm so sorry I've been such a bad leader and not starting the threads! But we have a great team of folks who will step up and do this when I am MIA! <BR> <BR> It's been a hard week, but I'm back at work. I'll come back and fill you all in later and catch up, but for now I'll start the thread to get it going! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 9 Sep 2015 09:15:56 EST Fitness - "Swimming: general" is it best Hi all - is "Swimming: general" the best activity to track for people swimming laps? I swim very nearly 30 second lengths, and work pretty hard while I'm in the pool. Is there a more accurate way of tracking swimming laps? <BR> <BR> Thanks - Gerald Wed, 9 Sep 2015 00:06:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/8/15!!! HA! I remembered to change the date with the cut 'n paste. Today is the 8th, right? I sure hope so, I wrote it all day long. Full Tilt Boogie (10 points to someone who recognizes that without Google) prep for an upcoming show. Busy Busy Busy. No ramping up from the long weekend, just hit it. The weekend was three days of swimming so, even with the late start to the season, I'm down to my summer weight and feeling long and lean. Let's see how long it holds. <BR> <BR> What was everyone else u... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 17:58:01 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/7/15!!! Happy Labor Day! We're going kayaking at Pt Lobos this morning, one of the most beautiful spots on earth! We're going to meet our daughter and rent some kayaks. It's supposed to be 80 degrees out today , how awesome is that? <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Mon, 7 Sep 2015 09:55:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/6/15!!! DWR? Sounds awesome! And we didn't stop at Nepenthe this time. On the Pier in Monterey they all give out samples of clam chowder so we stopped at the best one for a small taste. We brought a picnic for on the boat while whale watching, it was fun! There were about 50 whales in the area we went and they were breaching and lunge-feeding, it was the most incredible whale watch I've done. If you want to see how amazing it is this year, go to and view Big Blue Live. That's what my daughte... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 08:50:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/5/15!!! OMG it's so gorgeous here! Monterey on a clear day is one of the most beautiful cities ever! Whale watching and aquarium with exchange student, daughter and her grandparents! Oh and my hubby of course. <BR> <BR> I hope you guys have a wonderful, on plan kind of day. Sat, 5 Sep 2015 13:39:34 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/4/15! I haven't been starting the threads because Heather and I were double posting. I guess I'll start again and not worry if there are two threads. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow someone will have to start the thread for me as I will be up in Big Sur and there is no signal at all. Yay! I love Big Sur! We are taking our foreign exchange student and from there we'll go to Monterey for whale watching and the aquarium. Then the rest of the weekend we will do the tourist thing in San Francisco. Kourtney I wish y... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 14:24:09 EST Good morning 9/3/2015!!! Good day! I hope you are all doing well. I guess it is a busy week for folks, so I will jump in. "The water is fine." <BR> <BR> It is great, in fact. I signed up for the best masters swim program around here, imo. There are several different coaches and the ones i have met are great. I am amazed that the fact the water is deeper than I am tall doesn't really bother me. It feels like I am becoming a real swimmer now! Also water in my goggles, mo problem. Taking a mouthful of water instead ... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 11:36:11 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/2/15!!! Good Morning!! I'm working here at my sister in laws because I have a deadline today. Then we go off to cremate my father in law this afternoon. Weird day. <BR> <BR> I think I need a walk, so as soon as I'm done I am going to take a nice walk. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:24:40 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/1/15!!! Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Weird day here for me figuring out what is going to happen the rest of the week and trying to do my work as best I can. Also waiting for the cable guy....great timing, right? <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'll take a walk later today to help with the stress. <BR> <BR> Hope all of you are great! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Tue, 1 Sep 2015 10:11:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/1/15!!! It's September people! Can you believe it? We don't have fall here, only wonderful, perfect weather, but I would love to go leaf peeping this year. We have one valley about an hour away that gets color to it, but that's about it. <BR> <BR> The good thing about living here is that September through November are the most beautiful months because the weather is sunny with very little fog. This year has been different because we haven't had nearly as much fog and therefore hotter weather...think... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 10:10:51 EST New here! Hi, <BR> I'm Belle from Texas. <BR> Turning 57 on Thursday...when did THAT happen?!?!? <BR> Originally from England, in the 21years we've been here we've lived in California, Colorado, and now Texas, which I LOVE. <BR> I have two adult children, and one beautiful granddaughter. <BR> <BR> I've been a swimmer pretty much all my life, though there have been times when I've been out of the pool for months, and even years at a never forget how, and you always go back to it. <BR> Curre... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:19:17 EST Good morning 8/31/2015! Good morning! I can hardly believe I am the first one is cooling down in So Cal. Hope the weekend was beautiful and today is awesome. Make it great. <BR> <BR> It is overcast now. I hope it stays so at 3pm when I plan to go swimming at a nearby outdoor pool Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:33:34 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/30/15!!! Another beautiful day here in California and we're going kayaking in one of my favorite places this morning! We're going to Elkhorn Slough, look up the otter cam and you'll see why! There are whole rafts of otters, seals, tons of birds and if it's clear you can see jellies. <BR> <BR> i thought of you Jon when we went out on the water and paddled past two other kayakers, they were the only others out on the water. I can't imagine being where there are tons of them out. <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:47:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/29/15!!! Yesterday was hot! Today it's cooled off and is cloudy, which is perfect for kayaking. Last night we listened to a band and went dancing; it was wonderful. We're heading for the bay for a nice paddle this morning. This is a great weekend! <BR> <BR> What are you guys finding to do? Sat, 29 Aug 2015 11:02:33 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/28/15!!! It's FINALLY FRIDAY!!! <BR> <BR> I am battling a virus, but I think I may be winning! We will leave as soon as Tom can get out of work today. Not sure when that will be, but we have the kayaks all packed up and we're ready to go! <BR> <BR> What are you guys doing this weekend? Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:27:52 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/27/15!!! Tomorrow is Friday! I'm usually not so impatient for the weekend, but I'm excited to go to San Jose with my hubby and the kayaks! I am really looking forward to a nice long paddle, then a relaxing time listening to music and staying at a nice hotel. <BR> <BR> Jon - No biggie on the date. To change it, you do an edit and change it there. <BR> <BR> Jen - What job at the VW dealership are you applying for? <BR> <BR> Oh yeah, and I dislike the new layout that Spark did! Now I have to find eve... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:43:01 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/25/15!!! Hi gang! <BR> <BR> Coffee, fruit and a workout. Cleanup, breakfast, off to work. Consistency is my forte. Yeah, it's boring but I'm healthy. Gotta get moving, I'll check back later to see what all my Sparkies are up to. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 04:18:49 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/25/15!!! Happy Tuesday! <BR> <BR> I plan to get in some heavy landscaping this evening. I want to start getting some of our new plants in the ground. We need to move a few more yards of dirt from the front to the back and I can attest to that being heavy lifting and cardio haha. I need to dig out where the pond will be and that's going to be my main focus. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:31:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/24/15!!! Good Morning!! We are still at my SILs house, so I thought I'd start the thread! We are getting ready to go off to our cabin soon. Just doing last minute things. I'm so excited!! <BR> <BR> I'll be in the water all week. Yay!!! Unless it rains, and it looks like only one day of a chance of rain. Phew. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a great weekend. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Mon, 24 Aug 2015 08:57:25 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/23/15!!! Happy Sunday! I'm making coffee and going to climb back into bed and snuggle the hubby. Today I plan to make another 15 gopher baskets since yesterday I got 5 done. They sure are a lot of work, but I don't want the little monsters eating my new plants. It was a lot of fun buying the plants for the front, now all we have to do is plant them. <BR> <BR> I'm planning a beach swim for this afternoon, though certainly not 2.5 hours (you go Jon!). I'm pretty sore from moving dirt and rocks yesterda... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 09:13:22 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/22/15!!! G'mornin' gang! Coffee, fruit, waiting for enough light to hit the water. Then it's stuff around the house. What is everyone else up to today? Sat, 22 Aug 2015 04:24:25 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/21/15!!! Heather is outta here enjoying a well deserved break so I'll toss it out there today. Very the opposite end of my usual posting time. Hey look- it's Friday. I'm at my usual coffee and fruit, then a workout (weekday stationary bike and resistance bands Friday adds some weights), clean up, B'fast and work. I'll try and get the lawn mowed when I get home as there's painting tomorrow and I want the dust to settle. What is everyone else up to today? Fri, 21 Aug 2015 03:41:30 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/20/15!!! Good Morning!! Today is my last day in the office before vacation, and I'm trying to get so much done!! Sydney is here with me today, so she's gonna give me some help with paper that I'm drowning in!! <BR> <BR> I'm going to just go and have so much fun on vacation. Swimming, kayaking, biking (we are taking the tandem), and also sitting around reading, sitting by the fire in the evening, cooking out.....ahhhhh. I can't wait!! No work!!! <BR> <BR> Feel free to start threads next week; I'... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 08:56:03 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/19/15!!! Good morning!!! I actually got in a swim this morning early!!! And now I'm at work preparing for a job interview I have at 10 am. <BR> <BR> Honestly things are going well here at work and I've had a second confirmation that I am going to be the one who gets the job as VP Accounting and Finance and they guy currently holding that job will be let go, but hey, you never know, so until they tell me officially, I'm still looking. Gotta take care of me first!! I am by far the better choice o... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 07:49:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/18/15!!! We'll see if we double post today! We had a quiet (hubby) birthday evening yesterday and tonight we pick up our new Madrid boy (at midnight - sigh). I'm really looking forward to having a kid in the house. <BR> <BR> Like Jon, it will be awhile before I have grand kids, so I'm making my own by having short term foreign exchange kids. If you can get the ones that aren't already spoiled by parents, then it's really fun to spoil them rotten ; ) <BR> <BR> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:37:58 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/17/15!!! Good Morning! I hope everyone had a nice weekend. I enjoyed mine very much. Busy for parts, and relaxing for other parts. Sydney spent the night out Thursday and Friday with the same friend, and then had a slumber party to go to on Saturday night. That is the first time she's been out of the house that many nights! Hubby and I had a lot of fun, truth be told. Had a glimpse of what life will be like when she leaves us.....and it wasn't that bad. I missed her, but we still have fun toge... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 08:21:10 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/16/15!!! I need more weekend! ...and Laurie, you need to learn to give yourself weekends, put down that report and to play outside! <BR> <BR> Yesterday we built three big planter boxes for flowers and put them half way into the ground. They look great! This morning I'm going to move some more sand around to finish the contours and then we'll be ready to start planting. We'll see how sore I am, I feel pretty tight but I'm game to work it out. <BR> <BR> It's lovely having my daughter here! She came ri... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 09:39:24 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/15/15 Happy Saturday everyone! Jon I hope you aren't in too much pain after the toof pull. My hubby just had that done and it broke into his sinus cavity - yuck! He couldn't swim in the ocean! <BR> <BR> We are going to dig out the area for dropping three flower boxes in the front yard. This way it's easy to put a drip on it, keep it away from the gophers and have good dirt (not sand). I want to grow different mints and lots of flowers! This will be the first of getting the yard to start looking li... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 10:28:59 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/14/15!! Good Morning all!! I feel yucky today's been a long week! I just want to go home and rest, but I have to get work done. Maybe I'll leave early. I'm off for vacation in just over a week so I'm trying to hang in here and be a professional!! <BR> <BR> I did get a good night of sleep, so that's a healthy thing!! <BR> <BR> Anyone have great weekend plans? I plan to run around with the kid a bit, and ride the horse, and start getting ready for vacation along with resting!! <BR> ... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 08:19:50 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/13/15!!! Good Morning!! I hope all are well!!! I'm doing much better today. Got a solid night of sleep, and that has helped a lot with my energy level. <BR> <BR> Busy work day today, but not unbearable. Kid is sleeping out tonight at a friend's house then going to the pool with her friend tomorrow. Sounds like fun. She's got a great life. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Thu, 13 Aug 2015 08:47:31 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/12/15!!! Good Morning!!! Sorry about yesterday, it was a busy day!! I got in around 10 because I knew I would be here at work until 8 last night. Sydney has a dance class that gets out at 9:15 so I just stayed at work and then picked her up. That way I got to see the family at home in the morning!! <BR> <BR> Things are moving along nicely. Have had a few nibbles on my resume and applications, but so far no interview. Everyone wants someone with great experience and knowledge, then they want to ... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 09:02:56 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/11/15!!! Oh dear, I didn't check in sooner, sorry. Heather has been able to start the threads lately, but I bet she had to go to the head quarters today. <BR> <BR> It's still morning at least (well, here anyway). I hope everyone is having a great day! It was good to have lots of people visiting the thread yesterday. We haven't had any newbies come by in a long time! Maybe we should work harder at that...but I like our group! Tue, 11 Aug 2015 13:56:16 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/10/15!!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Monday!!! I hope it's kind of happy for you. Every day is a gift, enjoy it as much as you can!! <BR> <BR> I had a nice weekend, lots of time at the NJ State Fair (which honestly seems much more like a big county fair, but they can call it that, so they do), and lots of time at the horse show. So much time, in fact, that I have decided to stop doing so much with the horse show. I just don't need this stress and time drag. <BR> <BR> I applied for 6 jobs yesterday o... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 09:25:13 EST Good Morning Swimmers 8/9/15!! Good morning all! I'm envisioning Carol sitting outside with her coffee <em>106</em> We'll see if we get a double post :-) <BR> <BR> I haven't been around much. I've been busy and stressed. My case load is pretty big right now, with a lot of unusual problems and uncooperative parents. My phone has been blowing up regularly, often at night (when I don't answer it, but still... it's another phone call I have to return the next day) <BR> <BR> I've been swimming, but not as much as I would ... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 09:54:20 EST Good Afternoon Swimmers, 8/8/15!!! I'm so happy to have a weekend, I really need it! Still no pool for me, but I do want to do a short hike or something today. It's supposed to be beautiful here today...of course, that's usual. I have to do some house work first, but I'm going to start that right after I get off here. I like getting up at 5 am, having a leisurely cup of joe and then getting the house clean before 9 am. <BR> <BR> We have a French couple coming on their tandem bike this evening and I think we're going to do a n... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 09:03:02 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/7/15!!! Good Morning!! I have the day off work, and I'm so excited!!! It will be a day spent with my kid and also at the horse show. I'm really looking forward to it. <BR> <BR> Right now I'm going to take my coffee and go sit on my back deck and listen to the quiet. I never get to do that. I need a bit of quiet time before the day gets going!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Fri, 7 Aug 2015 08:45:03 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/6/15!!! Good Morning!!! It's Thursday!!! I'm off work tomorrow and really looking forward to a fun weekend at the horse show. Sydney is also competing in the talent show Saturday night so that should be fun too. It'll be busy! <BR> <BR> My old boss sent me an email yesterday with a potential job for me. I'm going to apply today. I really don't want to go back and work in Manhattan, but if the job is good and the pay is right, maybe it's worth a shot. I can surely try and see if I can get an i... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 07:48:37 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/5/15!!! Good Morning!!! I have about two minutes before a conference call, so just a quick start here. <BR> <BR> I finally feel bright eyed and bushy tailed!! Got a good night of sleep last night!! <BR> <BR> Weather is great, stuck inside, but will get outside this evening!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Wed, 5 Aug 2015 08:59:24 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/4/15!! Good Morning!!! It's hot again today!! I love summer......I just wish there were more hours in the day to do the work and the fun things. <BR> <BR> Deadline today, so gotta get that done. Then some rest this evening. I've been going like crazy with my horse show and work and the kid. Need an evening off!! <BR> <BR> Going for a job interview either later this week or early next week. Psyched! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Tue, 4 Aug 2015 09:33:18 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/3/15!!! Good Morning!! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a great weekend! I enjoyed myself very much. I am learning to enjoy my weekends again. With the new boss situation, I never get any emails on the weekend anymore. It's very strange. The old boss was very driven. I think I didn't realize how driven. I've been working like crazy for years to keep up, and now I work for a very different kind of organization, and it's just a transition I need to get used to. <BR> <BR> OK, so I got sidetracked,... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:52:41 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/1/15!!! How was the movie, Carol? Early swim, dump run, I'll be out to our favorite farmstand for the best local corn, then to the beach and I'll get a second swim in. I'm altering my August self-challenge from swim everyday for 31 days to 31 swims in 31 days, Already have an after work commitment for Tuesday so I'll "borrow" the second swim today for then. What is everyone else up to today? Sun, 2 Aug 2015 10:37:42 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/1/15!!! Happy Saturday! I got up and got going and forgot to start the thread until now! I wanted to get the shower re-sealed first thing this morning so I was working hard. <BR> <BR> We're going to see the new Mission Impossible movie then go for a walk. That should be fun. Tomorrow we're going to go look at a smaller house that looks nice from the pictures. If we buy it we will probably rent our current house out. I'm excited to go look at a new house! Sat, 1 Aug 2015 12:32:12 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/31/15!!! Good Morning!! Happy Friday!! The storms rolled through last evening Jon. They hit here in my part of NJ around 3:30 and soaked everything and made it all very humid when the sun came back out. However, today is high and dry and sunny and beautiful!! A great way to start the weekend!! <BR> <BR> I submitted my resume at about 2 pm yesterday and got a call from HR at 4. Yay! Unfortunately I was in the car and it wasn't an ideal time, so I am having that HR phone screen conversation at 11... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:42:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/31/15!!! Wow, the end of July! I can't believe it's already the end of another month! We have the house back to ourselves as Martino is back up in Big Sur camping. First with my daughter and then two of his friends are coming to meet him today. He'll come home Saturday night and then we take him to the airport at o dark hundred Sunday. Five weeks sure did go quickly. <BR> <BR> Now that we're alone again I'll have to plan some trips! We like to hike in the desert in fall and we're debating Iceland too... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:42:10 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/30/15!! Good Morning!!! Happy Thursday! Wow, we are almost through July!!! Time flies when you are having fun (this is fun, right?!). <BR> <BR> Busy work day, then a busy personal afternoon including a ride on the horse! I like having this to look forward to, but I'm so busy it's hard to think about focusing on that right now. <BR> <BR> First things first, I need to get my resume in for that job I found.....then I will do my job for the day!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:09:36 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/29/15! We'll see if we double post, but I figured I'd get this started before I disappear into a really fun analysis I'm doing. How is everyone today? My Italian boy is leaving on Sunday so we went to the beach after work yesterday because he wanted pictures of himself surfing. I got some good pictures, but not really any of him surfing. He and the waves weren't cooperating. He couldn't quite get the rhythm of the drop-ins right which means you crash or pull back. He was so frustrated. I figured I'd... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:56:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/28/15!!! Good Morning!!! I'm in the Philly office today, so it's a long day of driving all around and then pointless endless meetings. Ugh. ;) <BR> <BR> Tonight, unless there are storms, I am going to ride the horse!!! Yay!! <BR> <BR> Off to my first meeting now....... <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:57:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/27/15!!! Good morning!!! I had a great weekend, and I hope you did too! <BR> <BR> Hubby and I rode on the tandem bike again yesterday. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was a lot of fun!!! I'm getting better at it, and not so scared of going fast. <BR> <BR> It's another busy week here of work and kid stuff and my exercise and horse show stuff. There's just not enough time in the day to get done everything. I like Jon's idea ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:39:48 EST Good Morning Swimmer, 7/26/15! I'm having an awesome weekend! On Friday we left early to head up to Big Sur with our Italian boy and we met our daughter at a secret Big Sur campground. I don't know if any of you have been to Big Sur but it's one of the most beautiful spots on the planet ... and therefore during the summer us locals can't get a camping spot. There are places you can hike in 1 - 3 miles with backpacks and stay so we always know how to do it. Since our daughter has become a local she found out about a hidden ... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 10:32:17 EST Good Afternoon Swimmers 07/25/2015! Wow, everyone is out there doing stuff! Very cool! <BR> <BR> Got in the usual early swim, yardwork and back in the water late today as that's the Missus time to get wet. We did a walk-through inside and outside today to actually look for projects (foolish boy!). She has an active imagination thinking I'm up for all that. Sat, 25 Jul 2015 18:04:38 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/24/15!! Good Morning!!! Happy Friday!!! I'm so ready for the weekend. <BR> <BR> Last night in my lesson the horse spooked, I lost my balance, and I fell off. And you know what? Nothing happened. I'm fine. In fact, that fall erased all of my anxiety of falling. Because now I fell for the first time since that awful fall two years ago, and nothing happened. I'm fine. I think a treatment for anxiety is exposing yourself to the thing that causes anxiety. But you can't do that if your fear is f... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 07:59:12 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/23/15!!! Good Morning!! I'm so sorry I've been MIA all week. This job is just a bit overwhelming on some days. It is a political moving cluster, and I'm doing what I can to figure it out and position myself for success. I think it will all work out fine, but for the moment, it swallows me whole on some days. In fact, I can see a real success for me happening, but I have to do all the right things to make it work. Hence, sometimes I hit the ground running when I get here and I don't stop all day.... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:16:55 EST Hey Swimmers! 7/22/15 Did Heather go on vacation and I missed it? I was checking in at lunch time, first breather of the day and realized there was no thread. <BR> <BR> My shoulder is healing, I can lift my arm over my head...but not without more day I guess. <BR> <BR> Kourtney - Can you stop by the place you're applying with and just check in? I am always more swayed by people who follow up. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:09:55 EST Need tips for breathing &sunder water swimming I have just recently become very comfortable in deep water and swimming. I still have two big problems though. First is breathing. I just can't seem to get it right. I always hold my breath when my head is in water then have to lift it out and take a deep breath. <BR> Second is trying to swim under water. I just can't stay under. I tend to float right back up so my face and legs are under but my butt sticks up out of the water. HELP Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:27:46 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/21/15! Yesterday went by in a blur! Today looks to be as challenging. I have to take one of my directors to task and that is never fun. I have two smart interns and a new smart kid working in my safety department and between them I'm having a really hard time keeping ahead of them. One intern is almost done with the work we needed done, so that will be good. <BR> <BR> I was supposed to start back up a swimming routine but I threw my shoulder out this weekend and now have to wait until it can move w... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 09:43:40 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/20/15! Happy Monday! I felt like I had a really long weekend and I think it's because I woke up so early both days. I got a lot done on the lawn on Saturday but not much on Sunday. It rained for about fifteen minutes and then it was hot and muggy...and I mean really hot, like 95 degrees and super humid. Not weather we are used to here on the central coast! <BR> <BR> This morning at 5 am it was 71 degrees, so it looks like another weirdly hot day here. Mon, 20 Jul 2015 09:55:05 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/19/15!! I sat on the porch with my coffee watching a lightning show! Didn't hear any thunder so it's miles away. I hope some part of California is getting some rain! ...well, perhaps not on my Italian son who is backpacking up in Big Sur, or my daughter who is at a yoga convention in Tahoe. <BR> <BR> I'm waiting for first light to go out and work on my landscaping project. One of my neighbors (who is also in agriculture) was teasing me about not using a skip loader and I told him I was getting good ... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 08:52:02 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/18/15! Yay it's Saturday! I can't believe it's already Saturday, but I'm glad that it is. These last two weeks have been pretty insane at work. <BR> <BR> Today I'm going to get out there in the yard and work fast to get the lawn torn up before the sun comes beating down. It's almost light here and it's such a lovely time to work. Nothing I'll be doing will wake the neighbors, so it will be okay to get to it. I was surprised that last weekend the only sore muscles I got were my adductors. I've got a... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 08:50:01 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/17/15!! Good Morning!!! It's Friday and I'm working from home! Yay for that!!! I didn't even wake up until 8 am!! I feel more rested today than I have in a long time. That vacation of mine wiped me out!! <BR> <BR> Sydney had her first solo practice yesterday and she was so excited!!! She's learned the first 20 seconds of the dance, and i got to see a video of it, and I think I've watched it 20 times already!!! I'm such a nut for this kid!!! <BR> <BR> It should be a good day of working here a... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 09:23:42 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/16/15!! Good morning!!! I've had a crazy few days with kid stuff and the new boss visiting. And yesterday my baby turned into a teenager!! Wow!!! Time flies...... <BR> <BR> Today is just beautiful out. Sunny and 80 with no humidity. Just perfect! I get to leave at 3 today and enjoy a little of the nice weather! <BR> <BR> I hope you have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Thu, 16 Jul 2015 10:30:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/15/15! Oops, I forgot to check in first thing this morning so now it's late for you east coasters. We are moving offices around and we started at 6:30 this morning. We are outgrowing our office! <BR> <BR> I'll get this posted and come back after we finish. Talk soon fishies! Wed, 15 Jul 2015 11:09:37 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/14/15!!! Good Morning!!! Day 2 back from vacation and already the feeling of being on vacation has slipped away......but soon the weekend will be here with nothing to do..... :) <BR> <BR> Cranking through the work and making good progress to meet my deadline today. It sure is strange without my old boss here.....honestly it's a lot less stressful......but the new boss is coming tomorrow to spend time with us, so there's something to look forward to!! LOL <BR> <BR> Hope the meetings went well yest... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 08:48:41 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/13/15!! Good Morning!! I'm back from my dance competition/vacation, or what we like to call our "dancecation"! Lots of running around for dance requirements, but also lots of swimming and walking on the beach etc., so it was a good time. <BR> <BR> Back to the office means a lot of work today! My month end financials are due, and well, I didn't do as much work on the vacation as I could have! That's OK, I like to be busy. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing well, and I'll come back soon to catch ... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 08:30:43 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/12/15! Today more landscaping. I'm going to have to tape my hands because they are so wimpy. We have most of the lawn dug up now, so there's not much more shoveling which is what did my hands in. We still have tons of knocking the dirt out of the grass roots so we can toss the grass. Then we'll need to contour the yard. We were both surprised that we weren't as sore as we thought we'd be. <BR> <BR> I need to do some cleaning too. I was putting up pictures from our Peru trip and I almost forgot to h... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 10:14:10 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/11/15!!! Happy Saturday! <BR> <BR> Gor, rowing sounds like fun! I love to kayak. I wanted to kayak this weekend but Martino took the truck to visit friends down your way. <BR> <BR> So it's yard work for me. What about for you guys? Sat, 11 Jul 2015 09:46:09 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/10/15!!! It's FRIDAY! I'm so excited for the weekend! We're going to go wine tasting locally tomorrow. There's a winery that named their wine after our favorite beach (Jalama - pronounce Halama). We're sending some wine back with our Italian and I thought it would be fun to send a bottle of that if it's any good. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to finishing the garage organization which most people would groan at, but I've been trying to get to it since the kids moved out... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 11:07:11 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/9/15!!! Tomorrow is Friday! I'm excited for the weekend! We have a quiet weekend coming up and I am so looking forward to it. I want work on the landscaping we started out front where we're taking out our grass and putting in zero-scape plants. Our Italian son is going to visit friends in LA so we'll be back to just ourselves. <BR> <BR> Jon was talking about the loss of common courtesy yesterday and I was thinking about the changes to party RSVP's. Nobody RSVP's anymore and it is a truly strange soc... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 09:35:03 EST Good Afternoon Swimmers, 7/8/15!!! Happy hump day! I didn't swim this morning because we had a leaky kitchen pipe and had to do the clean up - sigh. Tomorrow is another day. I am continuing with the meal replacement instead of food and my ankle was nearly as swollen yesterday. I'm hopeful that today will be even better. <BR> <BR> Hope you have a great day today! Wed, 8 Jul 2015 09:50:43 EST Good Afternoon Swimmers, 7/7/15!!! I'm glad everyone had a good 4th of July! It's so nice to play with friends and family. I'm looking forward to this upcoming weekend with no plans whatsoever. <BR> <BR> By only protein a protein meal replacement and a simple salad every day, my ankle stopped swelling and was acting much better this past weekend. I ate carefully this past weekend, but didn't realize avocados were on the hit list and that may be why I'm paying again. I've gone back on the protein powder and salad diet, so we'l... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 10:04:11 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/6/15!!! I hope everyone else had an incredible 4th of July weekend, I know I sure did! I think it's pretty wonderful that my kids all get along so well and with us. Camping can be a little more close quarters than other types to stays and none of us were disappointed. Not that the camping was very remote, we had a tent cabin with comfy cots that slept the six of us. The campground was noisy early in the evenings with college kids who drank too much, but since they were that age, they drank way too mu... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 09:37:20 EST Good Day Swimmers, 7/5/15!!! I hope everyone had an awesome holiday weekend, I know I sure did! We got to swim with the fishies again this morning and swam til we were frozen. We took the ferry back to LA and now we're heading for the beach. Then we'll put our daughter on a plane and head back home. <BR> <BR> There is nothing better than a vacation weekend spent with family doing totally active stuff! I hope all of you got to enjoy your weekend. Sun, 5 Jul 2015 19:02:10 EST Good Evening Swimmers, 7/5/15! Wow, everyone is out there doing it! Very cool! <BR> <BR> Another good swim and a healthy dose of (admittedly addicted) Kindle. Waiting on the Woman's World Cup Final @ 7. Japan; unbelievably creative on offense (behind the back heel flick crossing the goal? Really?). USA; unbelieveable defense (whoda thunk it in the land of Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Kristine Lille? Every time someone makes a derogatory remark about Soccer Moms I ask, when those and their ilk become Mothers?) . The Irresisti... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 19:02:03 EST Happy Fourth of July Swimmers! 7/4/15 Hi folks :) hope you're all having a good holiday <BR> <BR> We went to see some fireworks last night in a nearby town and today we're heading to visit my brother and his family. Have a safe and happy fourth! <BR> <BR> and to any who aren't in this country (I think there was one person?) happy saturday :) Sat, 4 Jul 2015 11:34:35 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/3/15!! Good Morning! My vacation starts with some work at home and then endless errands! But I'm not in the office, I'm doing fun things, and I'm happy!! <BR> <BR> We leave for the shore on Sunday, so I have two days to shop, clean, do laundry, pack, etc., and that is a lot more than I usually have, so I'm gonna enjoy it!! <BR> <BR> I hope folks are having fun if they have the day off! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:01:00 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/2/15!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Thursday! For many of us, it's the day before a long weekend! For me, it's the day before vacation! Woo hoo!!! <BR> <BR> So, just work work work, and then fun fun fun!!! Gonna get a horseback ride in today. I'm excited for that! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Thu, 2 Jul 2015 08:23:47 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/1/15!!! Good morning!! Happy July!!! It's the dawn of a new era here at my job and company, and so far, so good! <BR> <BR> Normal work day here, then off to the barn to watch kid and hubby have their lessons. I get to ride tomorrow! Life is good. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Does anyone have a holiday 5K, or swim, or tri coming up? I hope everyone has plans to enjoy the holiday and celebrate our country!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Wed, 1 Jul 2015 08:51:14 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/30/15!!! Good Morning!!! Today is the last day that my boss is going to be my boss. <em>39</em> Inexplicably I am really sad. Well, I know why I'm sad. Over the years he's been a real challenge to work with and for, but the last few years have been very good and we finally worked out a lot of things in the work relationship. There have been so many changes since the acquisition last year, and this is just one more. It will all be fine, but it's going to be weird too...... <BR> <BR> So, I'm c... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:43:54 EST Good Afternoon Swimmers, 6/29/15!!! Tomorrow is the last day of June! Wow, I can't believe the speed in which this year is going. Anybody else feeling that way? <BR> <BR> Today is super confusing because I have a new junior staff accountant starting and my Italian boy is going to intern, and I have 3 back to back meetings. We also just switched duties from my current accounting manager to another staff accountant because the accounting manager (who has been here twenty years) has no accounting or management background and does... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:43:05 EST Good Afternoon Swimmers, 6/28/15!!! Woo hoo for the weight loss Kourtney! That's awesome and confirms that you know how to do this. I think conflicting emotions are pretty normal. <BR> <BR> Jon, Is the water warm? I've never swam in full gear before so I can't really imagine it. I'm sure you can get used to anything, especially for a swim, but I don't even wear a swim cap because I can't stand the feeling of things on my head - haha. <BR> <BR> Jen - Are there any more jobs you are looking at, or are you working on your own po... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 09:42:16 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/27/15!! I can hardly believe that the end of the month is upon us! I am so happy having my Italian boy with us, he's such a sweety. Unconditional love is an amazing thing to me, to feel that way about others. <BR> <BR> My ankle was super swollen last night and is still very painful this morning. I'm not sure what I'll do today but probably not much. <BR> <BR> Gor, tomorrow! I agree with Jon, you know how to get rid of the excess weight. We can work together on it! I need to lose about 20 now becaus... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 10:06:43 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/26/15!!! Where is everyone? Hope you all are happy and healthy and really busy! <BR> <BR> I cooked for my staff because we're doing a baby shower for one of my payroll people. I made pesto lasagna with turkey meat, a tomato lasagna with beef, pasta salad and a zucchini fortata. Hopefully it all turned out yummy. <BR> <BR> Jon - Wishing you all the best today with the surgery! I think it's easier to be the one going under than the one sitting around. Hopefully you'll get some good reading done. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:09:20 EST Good Afternoon Swimmers, 6/25/15!!! I just got to my desk and saw that nobody started the thread today - we must be a very busy group! We got in last night at midnight, so I didn't go into work until almost 8am. I, of course, got grabbed the minute I walked in the door and this is the first time I've been able to come say "hello". <BR> <BR> Hello! Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:12:23 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/24/15!! Good Morning!! It is the last day of school finally, and I got to put my baby girl on the bus for the last day of 7th grade! Of course, now I'm late to work. <BR> <BR> Tonight hubby takes his first riding lesson on the horse. I'm so excited!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Wed, 24 Jun 2015 09:51:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/23/15!!! Good Morning!! A quick hello and start to the thread. <BR> <BR> I sure hope everyone has survived all of these storms we are having all over!! We've been through a doozie of a storm last Saturday at a wedding!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Tue, 23 Jun 2015 09:15:55 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/22/15!!! Well good morning, m'dears! <BR> <BR> I'm getting into the swing of the work day, which is proving difficult this Monday. How are you? <BR> <BR> Our stuff FINALLY arrives on Thursday (19 days after it was picked up) and we cannot wait! I'm taking off Thursday to help with the movers and making a mental list of all the things that need to get done. I'm excited to get my running shoes back (finally!) and to have more than 2 plates again. <BR> <BR> I'm also excited to have my scale back aga... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:02:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/21/15!!! Hi gang! <BR> <BR> The grilling was iffy between showers yesterday but now it's alternating pouring and rain so it's indoor work today. 11:00 is the memorial for the Missus brother so we've had a housefull between his and our kids. (sigh) It's being held at his favorite bar and I can do without his drinking buddies toasting his memories on a Sunday morning. I've loved his kids as my own forever (when I was 17, his oldest was the first infant I ever held and fell in love when her whole hand b... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 07:52:31 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/20/15!!! Hi folks! <BR> <BR> Carol is away on vacation so I guess it's quiet around here :) I got a good swim in today and picked up the weeks groceries, feels good to have a more routine Saturday for once. Heading out bowling in a little bit, hope you all are having a great Saturday! Sat, 20 Jun 2015 18:46:18 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/18/15!!! Good Morning!!! Carol is off starting her vacation and I'm so excited for her! It sounds just awesome!! <BR> <BR> Only a few weeks here, and then I will be on vacation too! Well, going to the beach for a week long dance competition is kind of a vacation......we end up having fun, but it's still a competition. It's very strange to be on vacation away from home, then run into people from home, one right after the other, in the grocery store!!! <BR> <BR> Anyway, getting work done today, a... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 08:38:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/17/15!!! Good Morning!! Happy Wednesday!! I'm off Friday for some travel for a family wedding, so this is like Thursday for me. I'm so excited for the weekend. <BR> <BR> Hubby slowly gets better. Last night he almost sounded normal. Phew. Sickness is exhausting!! <BR> <BR> Gonna jump right in to the work today!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 17 Jun 2015 08:30:00 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/16/15!! Good Morning! I'm up and outta here early so I can make the long trek to the parent company office today. It's just such a long drive.....but the boss wants me there once a week I go! <BR> <BR> I managed a workout yesterday! For me, I get a lot done in a day, but that's the thing that often suffers. I have to find a way to make it more routine. Still working on that! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 16 Jun 2015 05:51:51 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/15/15!!! Morning all, <BR> <BR> Now that I'm on the east coast, it'll be a bit easier to start threads when needed. <BR> <BR> I'm not quite ready to be heading back to work, but I start in a couple hours (working 10-6 my time so that I'm available most of my tech team's work day) so I better get pumped up. <BR> <BR> I should be hearing about that interview (i.e., if I got the job) in the next couple days. Gahhhhh crossing my fingers and toes! <BR> <BR> I've been doing well with food tracking -... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 08:45:13 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/14/15!!! We had a nice day yesterday and I'm sure we'll have another today. I want to get a few more pictures up on the walls and then I'm going to work on the front yard. Our water district is offering to rebate up to a thousand dollars towards the landscaping if we go with drought resistant plants - which is what the plan is, so that's fun. <BR> <BR> Off to get a start on my day! Have a good one yourselves. Jon, sounds like an awesome swim yesterday! Sun, 14 Jun 2015 08:36:52 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/13/15!!! Happy Saturday fishies! I'm going to put up some more of my photos and then we're going to bring kayaks to our daughter and maybe work on some stuff at our son's house for him. Lot's of running around. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 13 Jun 2015 09:32:51 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/12/15!!! Heather must be finishing her consolidation this morning - go Heather! My assistant controller is the one who does the consolidations here but he has an excellent staff of accountants so it goes pretty smoothly. I'm looking forward to seeing the financials because it's been a very good, very busy month. <BR> <BR> I decided to give my body a day to catch up with all my swimming. I'm going to swim tomorrow to work out the kinks. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 09:55:32 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/11/15!!! I guess I just needed a second day to get my swim habit back! My swim went awesome this morning! Got in, dropped into the rhythm and it was amazing. Kept it to a half hour and I'll add five minutes every third day until I'm back to over an hour. <BR> <BR> Jon - Resistance bands are an awesome idea...if I ever have to stay out of the water again (let's hope not) I will take that suggestion. Thu, 11 Jun 2015 09:39:01 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/10/15!!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Hump Day!! It's sunny and bright and warm but not humid today. A perfect day for being inside working really hard. LOL. It's all good, I'm very happy to be gainfully employed! <BR> <BR> Busy day here, so I'm jumping right in. I have a riding lesson after work and I'm excited!!! <BR> <BR> I'll catch back up at lunch. Kourtney, congrats on the move!!!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Wed, 10 Jun 2015 08:22:23 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/9/15!! Good Morning!! Sorry about yesterday, I DID have trouble getting up, then I was late, then I dove right into work and suddenly, it was 5 pm!! It's a busy week at work getting the financials done for May. After Thursday it will settle back down a bit to more normal pace. It's just the cyclical nature of monthly financial reporting. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling better. Not as achy, so that's nice. I've been stretching and drinking more water and walking, so maybe I was simply just stiff from al... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 08:41:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/8/15!!! I guess Heather had too good of a weekend and couldn't get up this morning! Happy Monday swimmer's! I'm going to try to come into this week with a very positive attitude, besides, I only have 10 more days until vacation! <BR> <BR> Anybody else have fun stuff to look forward to? Gor has a little over three weeks until she gets her house back... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 09:35:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/7/15!!! It's a lovely, quiet Sunday morning. I'm enjoying reading my kindle in bed next to my sleeping hubby. This is a perfect way to ease into a day! <BR> <BR> Nice hike yesterday and I got a lot done on the house. Today I'll work in the garden. Our water district is offering to rebate $2 square ft to remove grass and put in draught tolerant plants...which we are.already in the process of, so hopefully that works out. <BR> <BR> What are you guys doing today? <BR> Sun, 7 Jun 2015 09:43:26 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/6/15!!! Happy Saturday! I've been lazing in bed and it felt really good. ...but now I need my coffee. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure what we're doing this weekend, which is unusual for us. I'm going to do a deep cleaning and resealing of our rock tiles in our bathroom and work in the yard. I think I'll vote for a hike too. Then there's that yard work that needs to get done too... <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 6 Jun 2015 09:38:57 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/5/15!!! Good Morning and Happy Friday!! Woo hoo!!!! As the person with responsibility for two payroll departments, sometimes pay day Friday bring issues! The one side of the house is in great shape, but the other side that I just inherited isn't in as great a place, so I kinda hold my breath a bit hoping that there are no real issues with people's pay today. So far, there's only one, and she seems like a generally cranky person's hard to tell how bad the issue really is. <BR> <BR> To... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 08:34:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/4/15!! Good Morning! My global manager meeting absorbed me the last few days and I've been just focused so much on work! This change is a real challenge, and I'm up for it, but I'm finding it hard to juggle all of my responsibilities. Thanks to all for chatting without me! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I'm really struggling with joint and muscle pain. I stretch and stretch, and still, I just ache. It doesn't matter if I work out, if I rest, sit still, or walk.....I just ache. I think maybe I wil... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 08:09:30 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/3/15!!! Happy hump day! My husband asked if I wanted to go on a backpacking "scout" trip in the lower sierras (yes) to find a place for our first time backpacker (Jay's girlfriend). So we're going to try to get that in before we go to Tahiti - haha. I love my husband! I love that he's just as crazy about tramping around in the back country. I want to go this weekend! ...and we just might. <BR> <BR> How are you guys? Yesterday I kept trying to come back and chat and it was too hectic here. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 09:44:36 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/2/15!!! Morning Swim Peeps! <BR> <BR> Anyone awake yet? <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great day! <BR> <BR> Supposed to be in low 90s today - slept with my swamp cooler on all night - very nice <BR> <BR> off to the masters class tonight - first time in 3 weeks I think. I wonder if I should bring a PFD? <BR> <BR> cheers! Tue, 2 Jun 2015 10:05:15 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/1/15!!! Happy June everyone! <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing this beautiful Monday? (Is that too much enthusiasm for a Monday?) It's dawned clear and sunny here in center coast Cal and it's supposed to be a gorgeous day...I kinda wish I was going to spend the day outside instead of working, but it will be a good day. <BR> <BR> The protocol I'm on is helping with my pain and so I'm super happy about it. I'm going to try to start swimming regularly starting tomorrow. The last couple of times I've fou... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 09:56:14 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/31/15!!! It's the end of May! Bring on the summer! All the wonderful veggies in the world are back in season and I'm loving it. We are spoiled here in California when it comes to fresh fruits and veggies. <BR> <BR> Today we're going for a hike and (predictably), working on the house. Today I'll do the annual cleaning of the 30+ pieces of art work in our den. Then I'll move Tom's painting set up back to the alcove in our bedroom. It's a It's a 9 x 11 area, open to our what would you call tha... Sun, 31 May 2015 09:09:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/30/15!!! Happy Saturday fishies! <BR> <BR> I am done with my fast and now I get to eat again! Today I will take it easy and only do landscaping as exercise. I am also doing a room by room deep cleaning and reorganizing...the final stuff after you know your kids are gone for the last time. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 30 May 2015 08:43:29 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/29/15!!! Good Morning!!! The commute this morning is nothing because I am working from home! I think if I can do it more often, I can get a bit faster in the drive to the parent company's office. Half the drive is through beautiful country, the rest of the drive is on the PA turnpike from Quakertown to Route 76, for those that are familiar with the area. Apparently the office is right near the King of Prussia mall, so maybe I'll have to check that out!! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is our 23rd wedding an... Fri, 29 May 2015 07:43:45 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/28/15!!!! Good Morning!!! I can't believe I'm the first one here! I got to work at 9 after my three hour drive to Philly. THIS is not going to work on a regular basis!! LOL <BR> <BR> So, busy work day, then nothing tonight! Woo hoo! Riding lesson tomorrow since it was awful out last night. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Thu, 28 May 2015 10:25:17 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/27/15!!! Hi folks :) <BR> <BR> I'm up early today so I can go to work early and leave early. Gotta take down the artwork from the first Friday show - can't believe may is almost over! <BR> <BR> I had a great weekend, lots of painting work and I made some side money so that's always good. It makes it hard to go back to work though, I want to be doing the side work as my daily work. I'll get some time to rest this weekend camping at an sca event which I'm looking forward to. <BR> <BR> Maybe I'll e... Wed, 27 May 2015 06:24:11 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/26/15!!! No Heather this morning? I hope that means she's out having fun! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was super productive for me! I had a nice morning walk and went to work late, got lots of work done and left early. I got home and did some power cleaning. So I feel totally ready for the day today. How are you guy? <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 May 2015 10:04:14 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/25/15!!! Thank you to all of those who have served in the armed forces. We would not have our freedom without you. Mon, 25 May 2015 11:16:18 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/24/15!!! Happy Sunday team! Who gets tomorrow off? Since I'm in agriculture I will be working but I'm used to it. <BR> <BR> Today I will attempt to clean the house from one to the other. Yesterday I got a lot of stuff finished and put away. I tried to get all of that done so that today was only cleaning, but I didn't quite get all of the pictures on to the walls. I think I'll clean first and see how far I get. We need to get a housekeeper again, but we really can't until we finish the kitchen...soon... Sun, 24 May 2015 09:03:02 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/23/15!!! Good morning! Jon is probably right in that there won't be many of you around, but I'll put a post out here in case. We had a great German guy come last night, who has been biking for almost two years around South America. He has great stories and it was a lot of fun hearing about his trip. <BR> <BR> I am going to get all of the rest of my pictures up today, do some landscaping and hang out. What are you guys doing today? Sat, 23 May 2015 09:43:41 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/22/15!!! We'll see if we double post, but I figured I better get this started. I was reading a bunch of stuff and waiting to see today's date pop up...but it's 10 am on the other side of the states, so good morning peeps! Fri, 22 May 2015 10:14:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/21/15 Hi!! Hope everyone is doing great today. <BR> <BR> I did my long commute to the new office yesterday. It was insane. I have nowhere permanent to sit, even though they told me they would assign me a cubicle. Everyone has cubicles, and they are low wall cubicles at that! To me, it's a really weird professional space. It's bright since the light flows through since there are no outside offices and the cubes have low walls, can hear everyone working and typing, etc. Weird. <B... Thu, 21 May 2015 08:57:33 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/20/15!! Good Morning!! I'm traveling today to the new office that the parent company opened this week. It's a two and a half hour drive and I'm not looking forward to it. But, it's what I've gotta do, so I'm doing it! <BR> <BR> The dance comp went very well. It was a long day Sunday that started with the alarm going off at 4:30 and ended with getting back to the hotel for sleeping at 11:45 pm. In the meantime, Sydney's groups did very well and everyone had fun. It would have been nice if the s... Wed, 20 May 2015 06:47:55 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/19/15!!! Good Morning! We were away at a dance competition all weekend and got home late yesterday afternoon. Thanks for getting the conversation going!! <BR> <BR> Today is a rainy day! I have to get the doggy to the vet for his teeth cleaning and then a day of work. Hopefully nothing too stressful there today. Lots of changes there every day; I'm just trying to keep up. <BR> <BR> Tonight will be a treadmill workout due to rain. That's cool, I love the treadmill! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTI... Tue, 19 May 2015 07:09:20 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/18/15!!! Hi folks! Just wanted to get the thread started, I'll check back later. Mon, 18 May 2015 10:16:41 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/17/15!!! Happy Sunday everyone! Jon, can you please send your rain this way? Old California is super parched and we could use it! Yesterday, on our way home from Palm Springs we met our son, Maureen (team mate Armonia) and her mom in Ojai. We used to live there so it was really fun going back. We met them at Meditation Mount which has beautiful views of the valley and then went to a great vegan restaurant. <BR> <BR> After leaving them we decided to stop by the berry farm and we picked to buckets of f... Sun, 17 May 2015 09:00:05 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/16/15!!! It's a beautiful day here in Palm Springs! The hot springs have been lovely and we've put in lots of miles even though we didn't go hiking. Today we'll head home and maybe do some gardening. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Sat, 16 May 2015 10:00:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/15/15!!! Fun date to type and I can hardly believe that we're mid month already! <BR> <BR> We went for a long walk out to the Salton sea yesterday and it was very sad. There used to be canals that went to personal docks for people, but the water has receded so much they can't use them. There were piles of dead fish and almost no wildlife so it looks like the sea is going to die. In 2017 they were planning to divert more water away from it so I'd guess that no matter what california has lost our bigge... Fri, 15 May 2015 09:53:51 EST Newbie Here...Very Excited! Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Robin and I am a beginner to swimming. I have known how to swim most of my life but have started taking a swim class to learn proper technique with the goal of lap swimming to improve fitness. <BR> <BR> I am starting my second beginner class. I can do a good freestyle (according to my instructor) and about have my flip turns down. Getting the timing is the trick for me. :-) I plan to learn more strokes as well. <BR> <BR> My fitness level is not th... Thu, 14 May 2015 15:38:50 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/14/15 Hey Kids, <BR> <BR> This past weekend Mike and I went to visit Boston and find our place. OMG I LOVE IT! It's beautiful and a real, grown-up place! I cannot WAIT to move there! <BR> <BR> That being said, I've been AWFUL at getting in my workouts and eating well... and the honeymoon is only 12 days away! SO I need to get my @ss in gear. Gotta lose some of this bloat! On the plus side, I walked a LOT when I was in Boston. Like 5+ miles a day. <BR> <BR> SO today is day 1 of being back on tr... Thu, 14 May 2015 12:04:22 EST just introducint self and questions Hi all! I just started back to swimming about three weeks ago, after spending four months in a medical fitness program losing some weight,getting my cardio capacity up, and doing strength training, as I need a hip replacment and simply won't until much better in shape. That program was run by the local hospital and was time limited so am now with a trainer at a fitness center and started swimming through local university's adult fitness program. I shocked myself the first day that I swam ... Wed, 13 May 2015 23:11:16 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/13/15!!! Good Morning!! Wow, lots of traffic today made for a loooong commute. Ugh!! Oh well, I'm here at work now and digging in!! <BR> <BR> I've been so extremely tired this week. I've been trying to faithfully take my iron pills because I'm sure I'm anemic again. I guess maybe this will never actually go away and I should just take the darn iron every day!!! <BR> <BR> No workouts this week for me. I really have been exhausted! However, I'll ride tomorrow, so that should be good. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 13 May 2015 09:15:30 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/12/15!! Good Morning!!! It's another hot day in May here! I like it hot, but I kinda wish it would not be quite so hot in May. I think by tomorrow the heat wave ends!! <BR> <BR> I was so exhausted yesterday I went home and went to bed very early. I feel much better today! Lots of work to do as well, so that keeps me energized. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing fine today! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 12 May 2015 09:10:54 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/12/15!!! Gorgeous morning out! I'm up and at work early because I couldn't go back to sleep. I woke up at 2 am and just couldn't find my way back to sleep so I finally got up. <BR> <BR> I'm sending a bunch of photos of my Galapagos trip to be printed and that's exciting! I plan to dig out some more grass when I get home and first I'll tape my blisters (no iron hands here!). That is such a wonderful work out and it's surprising. <BR> <BR> I'll check back later, but I figured since it was 9 am for you... Tue, 12 May 2015 09:06:57 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/11/15!!! Good Morning! I hope everyone had a nice weekend! And that the Moms out there had a good Mother's Day. <BR> <BR> It is hot here on the east coast! Much warmer than normal in May. I'll take it!!! <BR> <BR> If I can get out of here, I'm going riding after work. If not, I'll walk on the treadmill! We had our first road tandem ride on Saturday, and that was a ton of fun! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Mon, 11 May 2015 09:45:07 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/10/15!!! Landscaping sure is a good work out! I woke up sore this morning, but it's a good sore. It turns out there are all kinds of very large roots under our lawn so I was taking the pick to them, but I think I might get out the sawzall today. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sun, 10 May 2015 08:42:56 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/9/15!!! Yay for Saturday! We are going to finish tiling our kitchen and do some landscaping today. That's probably going to be it for exercise because both are pretty tiring. The tiling is pretty much the last of my jobs in our kitchen, so that's exciting for me. There's still electrical and finish work but that's Tom's job. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 9 May 2015 08:28:37 EST New swimmer needs help! Hi all! I messed up my knee (hopefully, only temporarily) but I got the doc's OK to swim. I used to swim ages ago, but the chlorine in the pool triggered the eczema on the backs of my hands something fierce. I'm wondering if anyone here has any suggestions about how to handle this problem? Is there some sort of ointment I can use before I swim to protect my hands? I was doing so good with my biking until my knee gave me problems, I hate to lose my exercise mojo over this, but I'm not wil... Fri, 8 May 2015 11:44:37 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/8/15!!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Friday!!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I had a fantastic riding lesson yesterday. No anxiety!!! My anxiety appears to be very "time of month" oriented (sorry if that's TMI). So, knowing that should help me to manage it better. <BR> <BR> So, I have a parenting question that I'm gonna ask here since you are my friends and collectively have a lot of good advice and experience. I may have shared that there is one girl at dance who is really mean to the rest of the girls.... Fri, 8 May 2015 09:03:01 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/7/15 Good Morning!!! I'm facing a seriously busy day today!! But I have a riding lesson this afternoon that I am very excited about. So, buckle down and the go have some fun. It's how life should be!! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing well. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Thu, 7 May 2015 08:50:07 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/6/15!!! Good Morning!! Hope everyone is doing well! <BR> <BR> Just a quick start here so we don't end up with two threads. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Wed, 6 May 2015 09:51:41 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/5/15!!! Happy Cinco de Mayo! <BR> <BR> Okay, here that's big. <BR> <BR> I have a ton of auditing to do because I think our shop is double billing customers and we can't do that - sigh. We plan to start digging up the (dead) front lawn tonight which will be an excellent work out. With the drought here we figured we go to zero-scaping our front yard. <BR> <BR> Have a great, on plan kind of day! Tue, 5 May 2015 09:45:30 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/4/15!!! Happy Monday...right? I'm hoping this week is not as insane at work as my last week! I did nothing but manage and most of it was chasing after things instead of getting out in front of them. <BR> <BR> We are going to join the Y here in Santa Maria again so that we can start swimming before work again! We did that for so many years and only stopped because I broke my foot and then have been having such bad ankle problems. I've decided that if I have ankle issues I'll just use a buoy and keep ... Mon, 4 May 2015 10:07:32 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/3/15!!!! We went for a nice long walk this morning in Monterey out to Lover's Point. Then we went with the kids to a great Vegertarian restaurant for breakfast. <BR> <BR> Now we're doing the three hour drive home but we thought we'd stop and watch a movie on our way. That will break up the drive. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Sun, 3 May 2015 14:04:51 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/2/15 We're sitting in a coffee shop in Monterey watching the world go by. We're going hiking with the kids today and that will be fun. The hotel is an old downtown hotel so there's no pool. <BR> <BR> Later today we're going to a street fair and then making dinner at Casie's house. Tom will do a treasure hunt for their Easter baskets and it should be a lovely time. What are you guys up to? Sat, 2 May 2015 09:59:37 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/1/15!!! Good Morning and Happy Friday!!! I"m so excited that it's the weekend! We have a dance competition all weekend, so that will kind of be fun, but also a lot of slow down time!! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a good weekend! I'll be busy!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Fri, 1 May 2015 08:01:50 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/30/15! It's the end of April! That is so impossible for me to believe! We are going to go to Monterey with the kids this weekend and celebrate Easter! We were gone on our Ecuador/Peru trip during Easter and that's a big celebration for our family. It will be fun to do it in Monterey at Casie's house. <BR> <BR> I have some projects I have to get done this morning so I'll get to them and try to get back here this afternoon. Have a great, on plan kind of day! Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:45:13 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/29/15!!! Good Morning!! <BR> <BR> I made it to the pool today!! My plan is with the spring/summer schedule to go once a week on Wednesday and I made it! Yay me!! Nothing too spectacular in my workout, but getting there was a win. <BR> <BR> Regular old work day today too. Very nice, no emergencies!! <BR> <BR> Tonight we go get our new car! I've very excited!! VW Golf TDI SportsWagon here we come!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:24:16 EST Good Morning Swimmers 4/28/15!!! Hi all... not very busy yesterday... hope everyone's doing well! <BR> <BR> My car is in the shop so I am on my bike today. Not looking forward to the repair bill. I also have to find somebody to look at my roof. I was going to work at home, but when I realized how many files I'd have to haul home, I changed my mind. Besides I get more done at my office. Less distractions. <BR> <BR> What's everyone else up to today? Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:21:47 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/27/15!!! Good Monday morning fishies! I have a cold/flu and am happy that my fever broke early this morning so I came to work. I'm not sure how long I'll last, but at least I'm up and about. Tomorrow I lose half a work day because I have to go to sexual harassment training. Here in California all managers and supervisors have to take a class...which I suppose is good... <BR> <BR> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:49:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/26/15!!! I can't believe it's almost May! Where has the year gone? I'm excited for this summer because Martino comes in June and we go to Tahiti then too. <BR> <BR> We had a fun bike rider come last night and we listened to his stories. Today he'll be off to ride to Santa Barbara. We'll get more done on the kitchen which is fun. We got half of the wall tiles done yesterday, so today we'll do the other half and go see a movie. My son says Ex Machina is a great movie. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up t... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:28:03 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/25/15!!! Haha I'm surprised I'm the first one on this morning. Tom and spent some lovely time sitting in bed and talking about our work, it was really fun. Then we got up and made a nice fruit salad and I forgot to come out and start the thread! <BR> <BR> Well, it didn't rain yesterday but it certainly feels like rain today and they're calling for it so I guess we'll see. We are going to do a rapid house cleaning so that we can tile the kitchen back-splash today, which I'm excited about. We have a w... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:37:26 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/24/15!!! Heather must be sleeping in and enjoying her day off! Sweet dreams Heather! <BR> <BR> The weather reports keep calling for rain, then they retract it! We really need the rain! ...though I'd rather it not happen this weekend when I want to be outdoors playing. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to this weekend? I know Maureen (Armonia) has a 5k. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:53:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/23/15!!! Good Morning!!! It's a beautiful day here, and I don't have to work again today! And it's only Thursday. Oh, how I needed a few days off!! <BR> <BR> Car buying is stressful, but I think we found what we are going to get. They don't make the Jetta Sport Wagon for 2015, they make the Golf Sport Wagon so that is going to be the one!! <BR> <BR> Today I'm taking Sydney to PT, then going to my riding lesson, then relaxing and cleaning up a bit. My parents come today! And tonight is opening ... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 07:08:33 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/22/15!!! Good Morning!!! I am enjoying my day off so far!! I got to drive my baby to school today and I'll pick her up after school. I love being able to do that. I enjoy spending time with her so much. <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Today we're going to go look at a potential new car. We were thinking VW diesel Jetta wagon, but they stopped making them for 2015, so it may end up being a Golf wagon instead. I'm pretty excited!! <BR> <BR> Mostly for the next few days I am just not going to work. I... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 09:14:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/21/15!! Good morning!!! Wow, I have a day full of meetings, and then the next three days off!! I wish I didn't have all of these meetings. They annoy me, they are often so unproductive. But, it's what I have to do today, so I am gonna smile and do it! <BR> <BR> I can't WAIT for my looong weekend!! I so need this time off!!! Hubby and I are going to give the tandem a whirl!! <BR> <BR> I hope eveyrone is doing well. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:34:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/20/15!! Good morning!! Looong drive in to the office today!! Quick start here just to get a thread going. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a great weekend!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!!! Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:06:06 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/19/15!!! We didn't go kayaking yesterday since we worked on the kitchen. Tom started cutting tiles for the walls and it would be really good to get that done. I'm going to vote for a kayak break today. <BR> <BR> I got my new waterproof headsets on Friday and I'll be interested to see how well they work. They are Sony Walkman waterproof mp3 players, but they're a little large. I figure I'll try them with a cap and see how well they work. They are so much cheaper than the waterproofed iPods. Sun, 19 Apr 2015 08:53:45 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/18/15!!! Happy Saturday! It's looking like a gorgeous west coast Saturday morning! I'm going up to our company nursery where we're doing our annual sale. I'll go up and see how it's coming along and then I have the whole day to play! Well, we'll probably work on our kitchen, but then we were talking about kayaking. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:56:16 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/17/15!!! We'll see if we double post again today! I always check one more time before I hit post, but it's funny how many times it happens. <BR> <BR> It looks like we're going to Tahiti!!! Warm water, pretty fish...yep, sounds like the place I want to go. We're trying to figure out how to get Martino (our Italian son) and our daughter Casie to come with us. It's on Casie's "list" so she really wants to come, it's just the new job that's holding her back. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:46:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/16/15!!! Good morning!!! What a beautiful day we have here in NJ. And today, I have a riding lesson. This will be the third week in a row, and the fourth out of five weeks that I've ridden once each week. I can't remember the last time that happened. I'm so happy!! <BR> <BR> Work beckons....hard to focus on such a pretty day......but it's nearly the weekend and so I will soldier through the next two days!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:53:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/16/15!!! I'm having fun this morning looking at videos my sister and my best friend made of us swimming with fish and turtles! There were huge schools of big, colorful fish and we had so much fun swimming with them. Turtles and rays are probably the most fun just simply because they are so big. Tom and I followed a white tip shark for a long time and that was really fun too. <BR> <BR> Now that we're back from vacation we need to decide where we'll go next! May 1st we're all going up to Monterey to v... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:52:29 EST Good Morning swimmers, 4/15/15!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Wednesday!!! This week is turning out to be a bit annoying at work....same old thing with silly boss trying to force expense to be what he wants it to be rather than what is is supposed to be......frustrating but ultimately I've learned not to push back but just to ask him directly to tell me what he wants the number to be and then adjust to it....and keep the email..... LOL. Right Carol? <BR> <BR> Busy day!!! Back to work here!!! Once I have completed the monthly ... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 09:34:45 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/14/15!!! I still haven't had time to go back and catch up, hopefully today will be more mellow. Yesterday, after being gone for two weeks I did nothing but meet with people to see where we're at on stuff. I have a contract to write and then after that I plan to come back and get caught up. <BR> <BR> Have a great, on plan kind of day! Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:18:43 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/13/15!!! Good morning! I have so much catching up to do with you guys! I know Kourtney is now an old married I have to hear more about that! What all have you guys been up to? <BR> <BR> I had a FANTASTIC time in Ecaudor and Peru! We did lots of hiking, walking and swimming! Oh, I missed many stairs. Giant rock stairs at the ruins. It was amazing. <BR> <BR> I have to get my work day started, but I'll come back in a bit. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:35:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers 4/12/15!!! Hi all, just hopping on to start the thread. We have beautiful weather today and a kidless day. I am hoping to spend the better part of the day outdoors with my BF, even if it is just outside on the porch. (BF? Who is that? I have one of those?) <BR> <BR> Honestly, I haven't had much to say lately, even though there's been a lot of sh*t happening. I just haven't felt like thinking about it enough to actually communicate about it. Let's just say it hasn't been a very fun year so far and leav... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 09:42:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/11/15!!!! Wow, we all missed yesterday. Time for a new streak. <BR> <BR> Missu to the Chiropractor this AM as she had a delayed response to the stress test earlier this week. I'm feeling so domestic with her pretty much out of commission with low back muscle spasms. Gorgeous day and tomorrow is supposed to be better. I can almost believe this winter had its last gasp. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 15:10:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/9/15!!!! Good Morning!!! Oh boy, another cool and rainy day!! Oh well, that's OK, I'm having a good day anyway. <BR> <BR> I'm working at home today on my financials. Then I take Sydney to the physical therapist and then to my riding lesson. It sounds like a nice day to me!! <BR> <BR> I got my treadmill workout in yesterday and I am so proud of myself! I just keep on my slow and steady's what works for me! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Thu, 9 Apr 2015 09:06:07 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/8/15!!! Good morning!!! It's April, so it's rainy!!! I try very hard to live in the moment and find the joy in each day and what it brings, regardless of whether it's what I think I really want or not. But, today, just a little, I am really wishing for a warm sunny day. Just one.......maybe in May?! <BR> <BR> Normal work day here for me. Busy day with the month end close, but nothing out of the ordinary. It's just a job afterall...... <BR> <BR> Tonight we are going to try to do something fun.... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 09:33:37 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/7/15!!! Good Morning!!! I totally missed yesterday here!! Sometimes Monday mornings are a bit overwhelming at work, and so thanks to Carol for jumping in and starting the thread on her awesome vacation!! <BR> <BR> Things here chug is kind of normal now.....but there is a lot of change with this new company. I just keep doing my best work, working hard like I always do, and getting my ducks in line for possibilities outside of here if it works out that is the result. However, my b... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 08:53:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/6/15!!! This may double up if someone else hope on to start the thread but I wanted to say 'HI!' <BR> <BR> We've had awesome swimming adventures in the Galapagos with fish, sharks, penguins and other assorted buddies! Today we are headed to the Sacred Valley and it's an adventure just traveling in Peru! <BR> <BR> Have a great day fellow fishies! Mon, 6 Apr 2015 07:18:14 EST Good Morning Swimmers 4/5/15!!! See Heather, I remembered to start today's thread! <BR> <BR> Sorry I didn't get here yesterday. My weekend got derailed when I had to go to my mom's because she developed the flu and her regular caregiver was sick too. Fortunately she threw it off fast and I only had to spend one night. I am so not a nurse and it was exhausting. <BR> <BR> I was not able to swim all weekend, but it's a decent day today so I think I will get out my bike! Then we have an Easter party at a friend's house. <BR>... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 10:52:11 EST Good Afternoon Swimmers, 4/4/15! Hi folks :) <BR> <BR> Thought I'd stop by and start the thread. We're cleaning house and I bought all kinds of fresh food at the market today - we've been eating a lot of take out the past two weeks and I'm looking forward to cooking again :-p <BR> <BR> Happy wedding day to Kourtney even though I'm sure she won't be online today hehehe <BR> <BR> Hope you all are having a lovely spring Saturday! Sat, 4 Apr 2015 16:37:40 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/3/15!!! Good Morning!! I hope everyone is ready for Friday! <BR> <BR> I know for many of you this is a very important religious holiday and I hope that everyone enjoys the day and weekend. <BR> <BR> I have been named the SparkPeople Motivator of the Day!!! I'll be honest, I didn't even know I had won the title of SparkPeople Motivator!! LOL. I have no idea where on SP you can see me as the motivator of the day. I only know I am because I got an email telling me, and also a post on my page co... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 07:24:45 EST Sharing my workout from 4/1/2015 I swim because I love to be in the water. The downside of swimming (vis a vis weight loss) is that it burns less calories than running and my schedule only allows for one hour of swim workouts. So, to maximize my time, I've started to include High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) in my swim workouts. Studies suggest that HIIT cardio replaces slow, low-intensity cardio training with short bursts of high-intensity exercise, giving you the same calorie-burning effect in a significantly shorter... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 10:39:59 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/2/15!!! Good Morning!! Happy Thursday!! It's sunny and bright here today, and that's a nice thing! <BR> <BR> I have a busy day today, and then I am off tomorrow for a long weekend. Yay! We are going to Saratoga Springs for the weekend. It's very nice there, and I'm looking forward to it! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is feeling good today! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Thu, 2 Apr 2015 10:21:17 EST Tonights workout Now that I've created my point of no return (I announced I will swim tonight) here is my planned work out. I am always in search of fun work outs so please share yours! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> From here:<BR>/workout-focus-aerobic-im-work-and-the<BR>-tabata-protocol/ Wed, 1 Apr 2015 09:34:05 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/1/15!!! Good Morning!!! Today is April Fool's Day, but I never do anything to "celebrate" that! I just hope to have a good day! <BR> <BR> I'm starting to feel strong physically again. The slow and steady treadmill workouts are preparing me to start swimming again. And riding the horse more regularly! I'm looking forward to real spring weather! We had about an inch of snow last night, so I'm not sure where spring actually is, but I know it's coming!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Wed, 1 Apr 2015 09:06:23 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/31/15!!! Good Morning!! <BR> <BR> The sun is out now, but clouds are coming and we are supposed to get up to 4 inches of snow this afternoon into this evening! Ugh, I've had enough winter!! <BR> <BR> I may have to leave work early today.....I don't want to be stuck driving in the snow. <BR> <BR> I should be able to get on the treadmill tonight though!! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing OK. We all seem very busy!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:48:53 EST Please allow me to introduce myself I'm a 42 y.o. mom of twin boy toddlers, living in South Carolina. In grew up playing waterpolo in the Netherlands and moved to the USA over a decade ago now. There is no waterpolo in SC so I switched to underwater hockey instead. After the birth of my boys, time became an issue, so I switched to just swimming laps. Lap swimming is a little boring for me as I don't have a team or friends that swim, but I try to make it fun for myself. I also run 1-2 times a week. I'd be very interested in what... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:56:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/30/15!! Good Morning!!! <BR> <BR> I hope eveyrone had a nice weekend! Ours was consumed with a dance competition, and the kid didn't even dance! We went anyway to be part of the team. The groups did well, but it was super strange to watch the dances that my girl is usually in. I missed her beautiful smile and sparkly stage presence. But, of coure they are all good, and the dances did well. And everyone had a good time. <BR> <BR> I also worked out both days this weekend and I'm feeling great a... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:11:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/30/15!! Just wanted to pop in and say hello and I hope everyone is doing well. <BR> <BR> Gearing up to restart my food tracking as I just keep gaining. This delayed spring is really dragging me down. It was snowing again today! I also worked 7 days straight with one day off now I'm back at it again. I knew this was coming when I took the second job, I just didn't realize how taxing it would be! I'll adjust. :) Joe started back at work today, I'll be getting my pool membership soon and getting back i... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:10:50 EST Good Morning Swimmers 3/28/15!!! Well Carol is off in the Galapagos, which I'm sure is much more exciting that sitting in front of a computer! So I'll get us started today. <BR> <BR> How's everyone doing? <BR> <BR> We are back in the deep freeze today, after a week of nice weather. I woke up to 16 degrees today. Yuck. And snow. More yuck. It's supposed to warm up again by Monday though. My daughter's birthday is April 1 and we had a blizzard on the night I went to the hospital to deliver her, so I should be used to this. B... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 09:34:47 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/27/15!!! Good Morning!!! Sorry for missing yesterday, it was a bit of a zoo here at work yesterday. There were some shake ups in upper management, and of course we had to meet about it and blah, blah about it. I think this new company is going to be OK. It's going to be hard for a workaholic like myself to ease back, but hey, why not?! <BR> <BR> This is the best Friday I've had in years! Why, you ask? Because that horrible payroll person that has worked for me entirely too long is leaving today... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:31:02 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/26/15!!! It's Thursday! That means tomorrow I take off to the far ends of the earth! I can still remember being thirteen and reading the book I was given about the Galapagos Island and thinking that I would have to go there some day...and tomorrow that day finally arrives! <BR> <BR> How about you guys, have anything on your "list" that you'll be knocking out any time soon? <BR> <BR> Oh and speaking of travel, it looks like I might go to Prague for work this summer...I do love my job! Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:46:55 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/25/15!!! Good Morning!! Happy Wednesday! <BR> <BR> We had a rather scary day here at the office yesterday. My admin started feeling faint and her hands were tingly and she couldn't get up. So I called 911. The ambulance crew came and took her to the hospital!! She's OK, but they are not sure what's going on. It was really scary, and I just hope she's OK. She's a wonderful person and I'm kinda lost without her here today. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I didn't work out last night. However, I will ... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:20:54 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/24/15!!! Good Morning!!! The sun is out again today. Spring must really be coming! I hear on Thursday there's a chance of a thunderstorm. What?! That's crazy!! I'll take it! <BR> <BR> Nothing very exciting in my life, which is nice for a change. Just a normal kind of day. Thank Goodness!!! <BR> <BR> I walked on the treadmill again. I'm enjoying feeling healthy again!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:38:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/23/2015 Hope you guys don't mind that I jumped in to start this thread. :) <BR> <BR> I had a super busy week last week, I felt pretty ill Wednesday, and attended training for my new job after my regular job on Thursday and Friday. I felt ill again Saturday and traced it back to hot chocolate from Dunkin Donuts. :( Won't be drinking that again- I can do without the 4098756435241 calories in it anyway. I started my new job yesterday and really enjoyed it. It's so nice to actually have conversations du... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:15:53 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/22/15!!! Where is everyone this weekend? We kayaked with Casie and lots of otters yesterday, it was awesome! <BR> <BR> Today we'll go visit the aquarium and hang out until Casie is done with teaching her yoga classes, then we'll either do another paddle or a hike. Then we'll head home. California is amazing in all the beauty it offers and I want to take as much advantage of enjoying it as possible! What are my fellow fishies up? <BR> <BR> Oh, and for the next two weekends (well, also week's) I'll b... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 10:02:20 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/21/15!!! We are up in SF this morning at the FIL's house and the birds are out in force this morning, it's wonderful! We'll go to a breakfast gathering with them which is cool, it's a group of walkers and the youngest one is in his late eighties. Then we'll head down to Monterey for some kayaking! I can't wait! <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Sat, 21 Mar 2015 10:19:31 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/20/15!! Good Morning! Happy First Day of Spring! <em>378</em> We are expecting 3 to 5 inches of snow today. <em>425</em> Unbelievable!!! <BR> <BR> I'm working from home and got a late start because I took the kid to school. It was nice to do that. The school has already decided on an early dismissal, which is also nice because we can plan around that. <BR> <BR> My ride yesterday was so much fun!! Yay!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day! Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:48:15 EST Goggle recommen dations? I'm a relatively new swimmer (less than 6 months) and need a recommendation for goggles. I bought a cheapo, totally not adjustable pair of Speedo goggles when I started swimming and they are excruciating. The suction is too intense, the nose is too tight, and they give me painful rings around my eyes. On top of that, they let water in and fog up! Totally not worth it. Does anyone have any recommendations for goggles that won't hurt and will do their job? Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:52:33 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/19/15!!! Haha I'm lost on what day of the month it is! This has been a whirlwind kind of month between work and working to finish the kitchen. This weekend is going to be all about the in-laws. When you have a 93 year old FIL you don't have options for not visiting. We love them dearly, but it's a 5 hour drive and they want us to visit...but not really stay. We devised a good plan that we are going up Friday for dinner, then we'll visit on Saturday for awhile (and Tom will apparently work on the furna... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 09:49:55 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/18/15!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Hump Day. We are half way to the weekend. Yay!! <BR> <BR> Things are humming along. I go back for my first horseback ride in months tomorrow. I'm pretty excited!! <BR> <BR> Today is sunny and bright and a lot less windy so maybe another walk at lunch, this one a bit longer! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 18 Mar 2015 09:50:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/17/15!!! <em>137</em> Happy St. Patrick's Day!! Some people make a big deal of today, so if you do, I hope you have a great day! I'm wearing my green, my daughter told me I had to or I would get pinched!! I don't have much planned for today other than wearing the green!! <BR> <BR> For me, today will be a normal day of work. I forget, in the doldrums of winter, that this is just a job and there is so much more to my life than work. It doesn't help that this year we had the payroll debacle that ... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:20:29 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/16/15!! Hi!! Quick start to the thread, I'm running late!! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a good weekend. I did! Family visits are very nice, we had a great time. <BR> <BR> I'll be back later to catch up! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:45:56 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/15/15!!! Happy Sunday! I love first light, the birds a singing, the trees were getting that glow, and now the sky is filling with fantastic colors. ...and people wonder why I'm a morning person. It does my heart good to see/hear this every morning. <BR> <BR> I got out my dry sack (waterproof) day pack and tried packing into it and it was easy! I thought it was going to be harder since we're doing different things for two weeks, but it turns out my backpacking background is just what was needed! I jus... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 10:15:56 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/14/15!!! Yay weekends! <BR> <BR> My turn to start. Ordered takeout last night and it was so disappointing the Missus banned their menu from returning to the menu file. Should be a quiet day, we're expecting tons of rain and it started a few hours ago. Inside stuff never ends though. I'll check back later to see what y'all are up to. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 07:44:00 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/13/15!!! Good morning, we'll see if someone beats me to the start of the thread! I was writing a character reference and so am checking in late. I'll get this started and come back in a bit. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 11:12:26 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/12/15!! Good Morning!! Quick start to the thread today. <BR> <BR> I have to deliver a miserable performance appraisal this morning and I am really dreading it. Ugh. <BR> <BR> After that, they day should improve!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:15:02 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/11/15!! Good Morning!! It's almost hot here today! The sun is bright and warming up the earth. Spring really is on the way!! <em>67</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Busy day ahead of me, so I'm gonna jump right into the work. <BR> <BR> Tonight I will work out with the kid and also help her with her essay for application to the National Junior Honor Society. She is very concerned that she won't be chosen. She of the straight As, amazing NJASK scores (the test we used before the PARCC) and her... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 09:08:54 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/10/15!! Good Morning!! Happy Tuesday!! <BR> <BR> Well, when it warms up, it sure warms up! It felt so nice yesterday when it hit about 50!! Another sunny warmer day today. I'm glad to see the snow melting!! <BR> <BR> Sydney found a 15 minute workout she wanted to do last night, so we did it together. She's a tough trainer! It was fun to work out a little with her. We'll work up to 45 minutes, but are starting a bit slower so mom doesn't hurt herself!! <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Life is getti... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:22:30 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/9/15!!! I almost didn't check into until after my next meeting, so this will have to be quick. We had a nice visit with our Tunisian bike rider last night. He traveled the Silk Road for 3 years on foot, how cool is that? He's headed to Seattle on a three wheel, recumbent bike that has a sail.'s interesting. <BR> <BR> I'm going for a hike after work and I must say I LOVE that it's going to be light later!!! Mon, 9 Mar 2015 10:56:15 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/8/15!!! It's late because the time changed! But you know what this time change means? WOO HOO lighter in the evenings for hiking, swimming, paddling, and whatever we want! <BR> <BR> I'm just a little excited, can you tell? <BR> <BR> Our Italian son is coming for the summer! Life is just full of good news! We are going to work on the kitchen and then go hiking. We have a bike rider from Tunisia coming tonight, so that should be fun. He's riding around the world so I'm looking forward to his story. <... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 09:36:15 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/7/15!!! Twenty more days 'til the Galapagos! I can't wait. <BR> <BR> Okay, I can't keep quiet about our weather, it was 86 yesterday and should be about that again today! 86 is perfect, it's dry, super blue and a perfect breeze. I love our weather! We're going to take the new shoes out for a hike! <BR> <BR> Sat, 7 Mar 2015 08:42:44 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/6/15!! Good Morning!! I have the day OFF!!!! I've already done my email catch ups, so hopefully for the next few hours I can actually not work! <BR> <BR> I have a massage scheduled for this morning. I'm very excited about that. I'm going to work out, then get the massage, then relax this afternoon and cook tonight! We are also finalizing ourselves for the dance comp tomorrow. Making sure we have snacks, lunch, water, juice, etc. Checking all 7 costumes one more time!! It's fun! <BR> <BR> H... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 08:44:59 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/5/15!!! Good Morning!! We have another snow day here!!! I can't take much more snow!!! I don't know how many snow days the kids have had, I've lost count, but soon I think they will have to shorten spring break to make sure they don't go to school into July!! <BR> <BR> Today is a relatively normal day of work, although I'm doing it from home, and then tomorrow I have the day off!!! Yay!!! I need a day off since we have a dance competition this weekend and I'll be doing that most of both days. ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:33:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/4/15!!! Good Morning!!! We had snow and ice again!! So, slow start out of the house this morning. Come on spring!! <BR> <BR> This afternoon Sydney has an orthopedist appointment late afternoon, so we'll all be going to that. Hopefully I'll get home early enough to get on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> The sun has to come back soon!!! <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 4 Mar 2015 07:11:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/3/15!! Good Morning!! I hope everyone is having a good morning so far! <BR> <BR> I'm kinda frantically trying to get going here at work and get something done so I can leave before the snow hits this afternoon. I'm so TIRED of snow, but I do appreciate the push to get out of the office!! <BR> <BR> Did I tell you all that Sydney took the SATs as part of the Johns Hopkins Talent Search for their Center for Talented Youth program? Well, she did. And we got her scores. She got a 1300. She qualif... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 08:42:44 EST Good Morning Swimmers. 3/2/15!! Good Morning!!! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I spent another one lying around doing almost nothing. It was nice and I feel like I am finally almost better. This head thing just keeps hanging in there!! I must also be low in iron again, because I am very tired. I'm back on track with the iron pills, so hopefully soon I'll have energy again!! <BR> <BR> Work will be, I am nearly certain, very normal this week!! Yippee!!! I don't mind work or working hard, but when it just gets ov... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 08:01:58 EST Good Morning Swimmers, March 1st, 2015 We got more rain last night! I'm not sure how much we got but it rained hard for a little while and it got down to the low fifties! <BR> <BR> We have bike riders staying from France and they are a lovely couple. They're riding from San Fran to San Diego. They may go to the desert or Utah after that. France has an employment rule that you can take up to a year off and they'll hold your job open for you...isn't that an awesome rule? Sun, 1 Mar 2015 09:29:20 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/28/15!!! ...and there's the end of February. I get the feeling we'll be talking the 4th of July before we know it! We have rain! Last week we were told we'd have rain and the ground looked suspiciously like it was wet...though fog looks like that too. This is a "plink-plunk" sounding rain and it's supposed to last for several days. Keep your fingers crossed for us! <BR> <BR> We have a bike riders coming to stay tonight who are riding California north to south, so I'm sure they'll be happy to stay in ... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:00:37 EST Race Day! <em>345</em> <em>306</em> <em>224</em> <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> Good Luck Goriana and RL on the big race day! We're cheering you on! Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:01:22 EST Good Morning Swimmers 2/27/15!!! Well, I made it to 4:30 this morning!! Woke up with a major headache though. We had a seriously nasty blowout with the 16 y/o last night which stressed everybody out and made for a not so relaxing evening. <BR> <BR> Kourtney <em>247</em> you are so <em>345</em> I am looking forward to House of Cards also! Did you see the Sesame Street House of Bricks parody? Cute... and Frank Underwolf sounds an awful lot like Kevin Spacey! <BR> <BR> Jon, I would have considered dyeing my hair purple ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:18:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers 2/26/15!!! I was up at 4 am again this morning, so figured I'd jump on and start the thread. I really wish I could sleep later, but I did fall asleep before 8 last night, so I guess I should quit fighting it. 4 am is just so EARLY! <BR> <BR> BIG DAY SATURDAY for Gor and RL! Excitement! You guys will do great. 17 seconds off your time is incredible! <em>345</em> <em>306</em> <em>237</em> <em>355</em> <BR> <BR> Yes, Jen, I prefer cooler water also. RL, you'll swim faster in colder water :-... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 06:03:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers 2/25/15!!! I missed yesterday. I ran and ran and ran from 8 am to 6 pm, one appointment after another. I did get to have lunch with a friend, otherwise I feel like I spent the day in my car. I fell asleep at 7, woke up about 8:30, made yet another phone call, and then went to bed at 9. Woke up at 2:30 <em>234</em> and then slept from 7 to 8. Now I'm waiting around till it's time to leave for court. <BR> <BR> My keyboard keeps spontaneously stopping and restarting to work. Super annoying. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:18:50 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/24/15!!! Good morning! It was so cold out this morning! I know our California coast cold is NOT eastern cold, but 37 degrees is super cold for us. It seemed so strange to be that cold this time of year. <BR> <BR> The great news? It was markedly lighter this morning! Summer is coming! My husband and I were talking about starting to go to the mission after work for walks and I'm super excited about it because it means backpacking season isn't far off! Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:03:00 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/23/15!! Hi folks :) <BR> <BR> I'll get the thread started today since I'm not at work. I took the day off for a few appointments, first up - the dentist. Me and needles and anxiety don't fare so well all the time at the dentist so wish me luck! At least I didn't dream of my teeth falling out so that's a good start :-p <BR> <BR> Have a good monday everyone! Mon, 23 Feb 2015 08:20:59 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/22/15!!! Hi folks! Late start today? <BR> <BR> We actually got up at a respectable time and I've already gone out and some the grocery shopping. The temperatures are near normal for this time of year and it's feels great. Sadly the rest of the week is forecast 15-20 degrees below average again. *sigh* if this is climate change, I don't like it! <BR> <BR> Any way, looking for a friend to go trek trough the slushy woods this afternoon or I may go by myself. Enjoy your Sunday Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:40:05 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/21/15!!! Happy Saturday to all of you this fine weekend! I'm so glad for the weekend especially since I came home with the flu yesterday. Most of my staff has had this 24 hour bug, but I don't usually catch them. <BR> <BR> I still have a headache this morning so I plan to take things easy today. I'll work on the kitchen (of course) and maybe we'll find a movie to go to. What are you guys up to? Sat, 21 Feb 2015 08:56:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/20/15!!! Wow... no thread yet? Okay, I'll get us started. Hopefully everything's okay with Heather and she's just busy! And on antibiotics! <BR> <BR> I missed yesterday. I am so jealous of you folks who have musical talent. I would love to be able to play something.... piano, guitar, violin, flute.... I might take some lessons some day, but part of me fears I don't have a musical bone in my body and it will be a dismal failure. It seems like the musical talent in my family ran down the male side. <B... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:48:16 EST According to - Coffee COUNTS!!! :- I was researching what to eat/drink before my swims and found this little blurb about coffee... <BR> <BR> "Caffeine has previously been criticised within sport and exercise nutrition, but recent research has shown that it can be positive for performance. For example, if you are a habitual tea or coffee drinker, these drinks will contribute to your daily fluid intake (not just water) and in smaller doses don’t dehydrate you, as we have been previously led to believe. <BR> Caffeine is also oft... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:36:56 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/1915!! Good Morning!! The sun is out, so that's very nice, but it's super cold again!! Ah, February.... <BR> <BR> The sinus infection I think I've had for about a month or so now is getting worse, so I finally made an appointment for the doctor. I'm going this afternoon! I hope I feel better very soon! <BR> <BR> Busy work day ahead of me, so I'm digging right in. No workout for me today. Hopefully in a few days my energy comes back. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone else is doing well! <BR> <BR> H... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:08:42 EST This Week's Workouts Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to the team. Thought I'd post my master's workouts for this week. Rework for your distance and skill. Here was tuesdays: <BR> <BR> MASTERS 2/17/2015 <BR> Goal: Drills and Pace <BR> <BR> Warm Up: bilateral breathing (breath every 3rd arm) <BR> 300 Free <BR> 200 Pull (buoy, with or without paddles) <BR> 100 Kick (streamline or with board) <BR> (600y) <BR> <BR> Pre Set: IM PYRAMID DRILL! (Triathletes: alternate freestyle kick and swim) <BR> 25 fly- one arm <BR>... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 01:06:12 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/18/15!!! Good morning fishies! Uh oh, I hope Heather has power today...and I hope she feels in power today - hehe. <BR> <BR> Our gorgeous summer weather came to an abrupt end day before yesterday when the fog rolled in and then stayed all day yesterday. This morning it was still foggy but the weatherman says it's going to burn off which is a relief. I see the complete snowy-ness of the eastern states is still firmly in place...may your snow be such that it doesn't impede life. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:12:21 EST Could someone explain my Swim Workout for tonight? Coach's workout for me tonight is: <BR> <BR> Warm up: 100 YD Streamline Back Kick <BR> 6 rounds Alternating 50 YD Back/ 100 Back (60 rests between) <BR> Cool Down : same as warm up <BR> <BR> She wants me to keep round 1-2 same pace; 3-4 same pace; 5-6 same pace <BR> <BR> Quoting her; "...trying to descend so that you get progressively faster from 1-6" <BR> <BR> First, The only way I've been able to gauge my pace is by how many strokes it takes me from the flags to the wall. Otherwise, I... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:26:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/17/15!!! Good Morning! Well, hey, here's something new. It's snowing again!! Although, at the moment, the sun seems to be trying to come out. For now, I'm trying to work from home and get some stuff done, but if it really clears up, I may go to the office. <BR> <BR> Last night we actually watched part of the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. I used to really like the dog show, then I kind of got into dog rescue and felt like dogs shouldn't be bred because there are so many unwanted dogs, but the... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 08:26:47 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/16/15!!! Good Morning!!! I hope everyone had a good weekend! I sure did! Not an ounce of work, just a lot of fun with the family. Cooking, shopping, movie watching, a tiny bit of was a lot of fun. <BR> <BR> Today is the start of a new week! Things are going well so far.......for the first hour! We'll see how the rest of the week goes. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Mon, 16 Feb 2015 08:53:30 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/15/15!!! Happy Sunday! I slept in which was a nice surprise. I finished 3 days of fasting and now today I start eating veggies which I'm excited about! I'm having zucchini for breakfast which is a pretty common breakfast food for me because of my allergies to food. <BR> <BR> I'm excited about where we are on the kitchen! Yesterday I measured, drilled and put in door/drawer pulls. I love power tools! Sun, 15 Feb 2015 10:50:15 EST Happy Valentine's Day Swimmers! I didn't realize it was today until I started to type the date! I'm going to work on putting handles on all of our cabinets and hope I don't make any drilling mistakes! We had sad news yesterday, we found out we didn't get the house we offered for, I guess someone heavily overbid. We'll keep looking...and it will give us more time to save up money. <BR> <BR> Are you guys doing anything special to celebrate Valentine's Day today? Sat, 14 Feb 2015 07:23:24 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/13/15!!! Good Morning! It's FRIDAY!! <em>244</em> A hard push through some work that's due today, and the I get the entire weekend off with nothing planned! No work, no dance, no travel, nothing!!! Yay!!! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone else has a good weekend. It's so brutally cold, all we will do is inside stuff, but it will be nice to catch up on sleep and relax. I really don't know how to do that very well, but I'm going to give it a try. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Fri, 13 Feb 2015 07:43:34 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/12/15!!!!!! Good Morning!! It's Thursday, so one day closer to the weekend! I may, just may, get the whole weekend off!! Woo hoo!! I need a break from all this work! <BR> <BR> So, payroll went through. I think this probelm is finally solved. Well, the system probelms are mostly solved. The managerial problem of my payroll manager continues.....but hopefully I don't need to babysit so closely every payroll anymore. I have salvaged my reputation, which is good. Now, on to finishing January financ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 06:56:00 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/11/15!! Good Morning!!! The sun is out and we have so much snow, it's blindingly bright out! It's FANTASTIC!!! I love all the light, it lifts the mood. <BR> <BR> Also, the group of us here at work are in the powerball drawing. If we win, that's it, I'm outta here!!! :) Please, oh please!! Someone has to win, why not us?? <BR> <BR> So, back to reality.....payroll is going to process today and it's in a much better place than the last one, so I think we have stabilized this problem. Next, m... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 09:02:15 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/10/15!!! Good Morning! The insanity continues, and to add to it, Sydney is clearly quite sick. Up part of the night with fever and chills, throat hurts, feels awful! Mom is up getting water and Advil and hubby just sleeps through it all...... <BR> <BR> I'm working here this morning so I can be sure the driveway is in good shape. We have a steep driveway that is on a country highway so you don't want to slide down it into a car or truck going 50 mph! I'll just wait until it's light out! <BR> <BR... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 06:50:27 EST Swim cap? I've not used a swim cap before and lately my goggles are getting caught in what little hair I have - suggestions on a swim cap? Are they the same? I don't know anything about them. Mon, 9 Feb 2015 12:46:12 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/9/15!!! Good Morning!! What an insane few weeks I've had. I'm used to working hard, but this is becoming ridiculous! Too much due at the same moment. I'm just doing one thing at a time, it's all I can do! <BR> <BR> School is cancelled again today. I think this is the 7th snow day this year. I hope they cut out the "winter break" next week. I never understand why that is in the calendar when we can hardly string together a full week of school this time of year anyway. <BR> <BR> Working from h... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 07:03:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/8/15!!! I almost forgot to start the thread this morning! I've been up since 4am working on building drawers for the kitchen and I realized I better come say good morning! <BR> <BR> I'm excited because we're going to go look at a house by the beach today! It's a tiny house on a half acre. The house is old and totally run down, but the land it's sitting on is so perfect because it's surrounded by protected areas and a short walk to the ocean. There are also waterways around for kayaking! I don't want... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 09:52:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/7/15!!! Welcome to all newbies! You are very welcome to come, chat, get to know your team buddies. This thread is not for everyone, but if you want support and friendship all you have to do it stick around and get to know people. <BR> <BR> Some people are confused about what we do here and how we do it, but we're just here to be supportive of anything and everything. We start a daily thread and sometimes that day stays active for days and days, while other times it moves to the current day. We roll... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 08:04:31 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/6/15!!! We're supposed to only get up to 70 degrees today...brrr. But, it's FRIDAY people! Anyone have weekend warrior stuff planned this weekend? I'm hoping to get in a nice paddle session, but not miles and miles. I'll also get in a hike and I've been increasing my miles so that when I go to the Galapagos I'll be in hiking mode. <BR> <BR> I'll be working on my kitchen, so lots of active stuff for me this weekend. Jon, I hope family is fun and goes home soon ; ) Fri, 6 Feb 2015 09:21:05 EST New to Cardio Swimming - Tips? Hey Swimmers <BR> I'm 51 and been swimming laps 6x a week for 30 min. I LOVE IT!!! I started on my first day with only 14 laps in 45 min. Now I do 30 in 30 min. Thu, 5 Feb 2015 15:27:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/5/15!!! Early morning work day for me. I need to write up two contracts and I have interviews later this morning which will take up a lot of my time. <BR> <BR> I've started back on my twice yearly protocol that I came off of last month. Today I'm fasting with water and a tincture of bicarbonate of soda to change the pH balance in my gut.I will fast for 2 to 4 days depending on how I feel. Then I add veggies for two weeks. I figured it was smart to do this before going to Peru and Ecuador. Thu, 5 Feb 2015 09:11:53 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/4/15!!! Good morning! Kourtney, you could have started the thread if you were up early! We have to help Heather out while she's dealing with payroll headaches and job interviewing (good luck Heather!). CONGRATULATIONS on the awesome pounds lost Kourtney! I am so, so happy for you! <BR> <BR> I meant to get up and walk this morning but then I had a bad allergy attack in the middle of the night so I slept in a little. My eyes are bleary today (sigh). Hopefully I'll feel better by this evening and walk ... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 10:06:52 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/3/15!!! Good Mornng! I totally missed yesterday!! Work started up and then the next thing I knew it was 5 pm! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing well. We had another 10 inches of snow yesterday. It must be February!! One more month or so, and then the weather will start to improve. <BR> <BR> I had a phone interview for the position my friend told me about. It went well, and now I will hopefully get a call for a phone interview with the CEO. I can't wait!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE da... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 07:27:31 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/2/15!!! I took this Monday off! It's beautiful weather here in Arizona and I'm looking forward to going hiking today. <BR> <BR> Are you guys ready for the week? Mon, 2 Feb 2015 07:33:31 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/1/15! Happy February and Super Bowl Sunday! <BR> <BR> They canceled our Friday night flight into Phoenix with the explanation that there were too many flights flying into Phoenix and so they had to cancel ours...have you ever heard of that? So we also had to cancel our rental car reservation, but that worked out really well because it was $385 and the new reservation was only $135...more money to spend at the gym show! <BR> <BR> I got fun baubles for my employees for Valentine's Day which should ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 07:01:11 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/31/15!!! Good Saturday morning fishies! I'm waiting to board our flight to Arizona and I'm excited to be going! It will be so fun to go to the gem show! <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 31 Jan 2015 08:49:34 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/30/15!!! Good Morning!! Happy Friday!!! MAN, am I ready for a weekend. <BR> <BR> It's pay day, and so I sit and wait for the deluge of questions. This is awful, I got away from payroll because it's not my strong suit at all, but I do have to manage it. And this implementation was so botched......anyway, hopefully I get to move past it a bit after today. We have a consultant coming in. The new company that bought us relies very heavily on consultants. It's so weird....... <BR> <BR> Anyway, we... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:39:25 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/29/15!!! Tomorrow we leave for the gem show in Tucson! Yay! We normally swim at a nearby community pool when we're there...but I'm not sure they'll be open since the gem show is a little earlier this year. I don't think I'll be getting any cardio today, but I'll get my walk in. <BR> <BR> I've got meetings today so I better go get prepared. Have a great, on plan kind of day! Be happy...remember, tomorrow is Friday! Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:33:42 EST back in the pool Hello, I am Robyn a long term repeat sparker. My normal fitness regime involves running, however right now just the walk to get the kids from school can be too painful due to injury. In an effort to keep up my fitness without aggravating my injury I taken up swimming again. I have not swum regularly since leaving school and my body really notices the effort! My local gym is doing a special on swimming membership that includes the use of a swimtag. I have noticed that the calorie burn shown by... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:18:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/28/15!!! Good Morning!! Well, the storm caught up with us yesterday and it snowed much of the day. Probably another 5 or so inches. And now, the winds are terrible. I just have to keep power until this payroll isprocessed and then if we lose power, I can live with it. <BR> <BR> I've discovered the core problem with my paryoll person. There is no other way to say this, s I'm just going to say it. She's mentally weak. She can't focus, she complains, she whines, she blame's been t... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:01:37 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/27/15!!! Good morning!!! Well, our blizzard turned out to be a total of about 5 inches of snow. Yippee!!!! Snow is annoying and it shuts the world down and it just complicates my life. Of course, this time the school district closed down last night, so the kids will be going one day later in June! I think we're up to four snow days now. Poor kids!! <BR> <BR> So today is the second day of me doing payroll all day long with my payroll manager. It's just not a lot of fun, but man, if we don't get... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:31:10 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/26/15!!! Good morning! I hope we don't double post because I know I'm late for the east coast. <BR> <BR> It looks like rain here, it says it's supposed to rain...but I'm not feeling it in my bones and my bones typically know. So keep your fingers crossed because lord knows California needs some rain! <BR> <BR> We're going to try to get in an evening hike if I can get out of here early enough. That's great incentive to be productive enough to be able to off to tax heaven for me. Have a gr... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:37:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/25/15!!! Gorgeous day out yesterday! Today I've been up since midnight (grr) figured I might as well hop on and say good morning. I've been reading off and on during the night, trying to sleep and now I've given up. I'm so thankful for Kindles! <BR> <BR> We'll be working on the kitchen today. We got the two pantry cabinets in, assembled and installed the drawers. It's starting to look like it will eventually be a kitchen! <BR> <BR> Have you guys started noticing that the days are getting longer?! I... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 07:23:50 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/24/15! I'm so happy for it to be the weekend! I'm not planning to go into work at all this weekend and I'm excited about how much more time I'll have because of it. <BR> <BR> We're going for a nice hike in beautiful weather today. We'll also work on our kitchen. I have some touch up work on the Venetion plaster and we'll put more cabinets in. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:08:36 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/23/15!!! I wasn't sure I'd be the first one on today because I was making breakfast burritos. We are having a breakfast potluck, which means we'll have enough food for 50 people. I made 30 breakfast burritos, chile verde, bacon and egg, etc. I had fun. <BR> <BR> I have a management meeting this morning so I better get at it. Have a great, on plan kind of day! Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:34:15 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/22/15!!! Uh oh, Heather's payroll problems must be eating her alive - run Heather, run! <BR> <BR> We had a beautiful red/orange/yellow sunrise this morning. What a lovely way to start the day! We have lots of clouds in the sky, not the gray, rainy ones but the white puffy kind where it looks like someone took a paint brush to the sky. <BR> <BR> I've got a meeting to get to, so I'll check back with you guys later but I wanted to at least get a post going. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:39:02 EST Good Morning swimmers, 1/21/15!! Morning folks :) looks like I'm the first one here today! I took the day off so I'm working on my own business from home today. It's supposed to snow around 2-3 inches here so we'll see what happens this afternoon. <BR> <BR> There's a Women's Business Center meeting this afternoon that I took the day off for - I'm not entirely sure it'll be a helpful meeting for me, but I figured it couldn't hurt and the day off to take care of calling the CPA and updating my resume for a few job listings I... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:51:46 EST Good Morning swimmers, 1/20/15!! Hi all! So sorry for my crazy non-attendance here with this fun group. I have been in payroll nightmare for days and days. <BR> <BR> I hope you are all doing well and swimming a lot!!! I made myself stop working on Sunday and get on the treadmill. It helped with the stress! <BR> <BR> I should be able to be back to some normal level of work by tomorrow. I may even get a lunch break today!!! I'll try to catch up with you all then. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:29:11 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/19/15!!! I hope that no thread means that Heather is taking the day off and sleeping in! Agricultural companies never take all of the holidays. <BR> <BR> My shoulders are sore this morning from all the heavy lifting that remodeling's nice. <BR> <BR> Laurie, we're going to the Galapagos Islands which have been on my "life list". We'll also go to Peru and Machu Picchu which is on Susan's list. I will be 4 items away from finishing my list! Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:07:32 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/18/15!!! It's good to know we have another member who gets the one in a million kind of illnesses...though not good for you Selkie! On Friday my business partner asked why I didn't go home and then realized who he was talking to. I am feeling better and tomorrow I should be back to working out. I need to be in great shape for our South America trip! There will be lots of hiking, swimming and high altitudes! <BR> <BR> Today I'll do the second coat on my Venetian plaster and then tomorrow I'll sand it ... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 08:42:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/17/15!!! Happy Saturday swimmers! I accidentally poisoned myself with some oats which is why I dropped off the face of the earth. It's incredibly painful and it's almost over, but thankfully I didn't end up in the hospital, so all is good. <BR> <BR> I won't be doing too much today, I will be working on my kitchen. I started plastering the two walls in the dining room that will have a Venetian plaster finish. I'm happy with the color (a creamy off-white). I may do some plumbing too, we'll have to see ... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 08:44:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers 1/16/15!!! Wow, no thread yet today? Everybody must be incredibly busy! <BR> <BR> I am no exception, but I'm on a lunch break between hearings. I really need to learn to stop saying "it should be a quick in-and-out." Everytime I say it I end up eating my words and this morning was no exception. This afternoon I get to argue to have my client's case dismissed. I've never done that before, so wish me luck. No wonder this job wears me out. <BR> <BR> Swam this morning, a short one. I am really looking for... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:29:18 EST swimsuits Just curious how long suits are expected to last (in chlorine)?? Seems like I'm buying a new one every month...or two Thu, 15 Jan 2015 19:35:11 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/15/15!!! Good Morning!! I decided I needed a mental health day, so I told the powers that be that I'm sick and am doing what I can from home today. I really am kind of tired and stressed and I'm hoping the day at home helps me to keep from actually running myself down and getting actually sick. I can't remember the last time I did this. I just really needed it today. <BR> <BR> So, I'm going to work a bit this morning, then work out, pick up kid from school and take her to dance, then go to my hor... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:04:31 EST Good Morning Swimmates! It's a cold 27º here in the 'high' desert. Circuit training last night and swim tonight. The pool was freezing Tuesday, I'm hoping the heaters are back on??? <BR> <BR> Have an active Thursday! <BR> <BR> Be healthy! <BR> raChelle Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:41:31 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/14/15!!! Wow is it cold! And the heat in our building doesn't work very well. Thank goodness for my space heater and coat! <BR> <BR> Busy day here, finishing up December financials. Not much else in my life until that's done later today. <BR> <BR> Sydney is all better and back at school today! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:15:54 EST Finally active on this forum :) Hi all! <BR> <BR> My name is Elona and I've been a member of this forum for months, but haven't been actively swimming. This is changing as I just joined the 100 mile challenge today! Yay! <BR> <BR> I am a retired Pediatric RN of 30 years. I loved it, but it was a time for a career change due to some health issues. I learned to swim as a child at summer camp. This has been the only kind of exercise that has kept my interest through the years. <BR> <BR> I have been a Red Cross WSI children... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 08:00:30 EST Good morning. From MiamiRN Good morning! :) <BR> <BR> I'm going swimming today. I'll start the 100 mile challenge today! Yay! This is exciting!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>250</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> I haven't been swimming much lately, this will motivate me to swim more often. It was cold for a week down here and I was chicken to go in the heated pool, because of the cold air. But really, I have a swim coat parka. I don't have to stay out of the pool for that. No excuses! Lol. What a great challenge. I'v... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 07:18:33 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/13/15!!! Good Morning!!! Well, the dreaded stomach virus that's going around struck our house at 4:30 this morning. Poor kid is very sick. Now, we just hope and pray that the adults don't get it too. <BR> <BR> Busy week at work with year end close. Not much time right now for anything but work and a few minutes with the family. <BR> <BR> Everyone was so chatty yesterday! Yay! Keep it up, it lifts all of our spirits in the winter! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 13 Jan 2015 07:18:13 EST