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, 9/30/16!! Good Morning!!! It's Friday!!! And I almost feel normal again. Thank goodness for antibiotics!! And my energy level is starting to feel normal again. I actually woke up at 5:30 and didn't feel like all I wanted to do was go back to sleep all day! <BR> <BR> And what a day we have here for napping. It's chilly and rainy and fall is definitely here! <BR> <BR> We have a ridiculously busy weekend coming up, with dance, horseback riding (yay!), apple picking, a bake sale for the field hockey ... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:49:37 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/29/16!!! Good Morning!!! I was out of the office traveling yesterday so sorry I was missing! <BR> <BR> I hope all are doing great. I'm almost better, but still fatigued. Regardless, I worked out for a short time last night to keep myself moving! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:02:14 EST Good Afternoon Swimmers, 9/28/16/! We have fog this morning. I was enjoying the hot, clear weather so much...but it never lasts. <BR> <BR> We are all killing ourselves at work, getting ready for the implementation on Monday. I'm trying to figure out if I have to work over the weekend or if I can go home. I may go home on Saturday if I have to work some, we shall see. I did my yoga this morning and I'll walk at lunch. I need to start loading a backpack with weights when I walk. <BR> <BR> How are you guys doing today? Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:05:23 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/27/16!!! Good Morning!! I finally went to the doctor and got a prescription for anitbiotics. I'm starting to actually feel better!! I'm so happy. <BR> <BR> I also scheduled a riding lesson for Saturday! I haven't ridden the horse since May. I'm so excited!! <BR> <BR> It's another day of exciting work. Woo hoo!!! I can't tell if I like it here or not......every day I feel differently about it. I think honestly the people who are telling me the boss is charming but does whatever he wants witho... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:00:49 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/26/16!! Good Morning!!! Happy Monday!!! Well, at least I'm already at work so the commute is done. That's happy! <BR> <BR> We had a decent weekend at our craft fair. We are slowly figuring this thing out. I hope the next two are actual money makers! We'd like to do better than breaking even! <BR> <BR> Getting the day going here at work. Then just a normal evening with the family I think. <BR> <BR> Oh, I got to see Sydney play field hockey on Saturday! Yay!!! It was so much fun! <BR> <BR>... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:07:13 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/25/16! Happy Sunday! What a gorgeous day it is! Last of the dining tiling and do an area in the bedroom. Then I'll be doing the long drive home. I plan to do a nice beach walk when I get there, then I'll hit the books and try to finish my first paper. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:42:15 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/24/16! The year is flying by! Typing the date really makes me feel it. Anyone starting to think of Christmas yet? This is about when I normally start because the kids were both born in November so it takes some thinking. I told them that this year we're going to do less now that they're making their own way in life. <BR> <BR> Today is a tiling and painting day. I think we'll be able to finish the dining room tiling today. Tiling is a great, sustained workout because the tiles are heavy and you bend... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:32:22 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/23/16!!! Good Morning and Happy Friday!!! I'm surely glad it's the end of the week. <BR> <BR> Busy day here today, then a busy weekend of a craft fair! I sure hope we sell a LOT of things this time! <BR> <BR> I'm so not loving this organization that I'm working for. It's just weird.......I'm not sure about staying here. It's so small and run very strangely. I think maybe I'm more of a big organization girl than I thought I was. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I went to dance class last night and just did th... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:47:26 EST Good Afternoon Swimmers, 9/22/16/! We'll see if we double post again today! I've been up since 1 am thinking about how to analyze my data and I finally gave up and just came in to do it. Sigh. It's going to be a very long day. I didn't do my yoga this morning, I just grabbed a cup of coffee and came in. ...that is one problem with living next door to my office haha. <BR> <BR> Heather - I responded to your question on yesterday's thread. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:50:06 EST Double Post Pasting to Heather's thread Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:30:03 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/21/16!! Hi! Quick start so we only have one thread!!! <BR> <BR> Busy morning here. Hope you are all well!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:29:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/20/16!!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Tuesday. <BR> <BR> I'm taking Sydney to a dental appointment this morning then going to work, so I decided to take the time and work out early so it's done and I'm not working out super late tonight! Yay me!! And I'm about to go have my healthy breakfast as I promised myself I would do. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing great!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:45:40 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/19/16! Hey guys, <BR> <BR> I'm considering taking a break from the scale. It doesn't seem to be helping and my weight seems to be so all over the place... I dunno. Maybe I'll pick a few specific days to check a month? What do you think? <BR> <BR> I swam this morning but am not really feeling work this morning. I'd rather go home and rest. The gloomy day outside isn't helping either. <BR> <BR> How are YOU? <BR> <BR> xoxo Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:21:09 EST Good Morning Swimmers - 9/18/16! Hello all! <BR> <BR> How is your weekend going? Are you staying on track with your goals? <BR> <BR> I've been eating well, but decided not to go to yoga today (just wasn't feelin' it). Today we're gonna get some work done around the house and then go see a movie (Hell or High Water - it has good reviews). <BR> <BR> What are you up to today? Sun, 18 Sep 2016 10:49:54 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/17/16!!! We got a lot of tiling done last night which was great, but it was all fill in the blanks kind where you have to cut them to fit, so it doesn't look like we did much. But today we're going to fly! I'm going to get to it. <BR> <BR> I'll have my protein mix for breakfast and lunch and then dinner with the kids. We'll have wine but I'll be well within my calorie range. <BR> <BR> Have a great, on plan kind of day! Sat, 17 Sep 2016 10:09:33 EST Good Morning swimmers, 9/16/16! Hi all! <BR> <BR> This has been a long week. I'm glad to have made it to Friday!! There's still plenty on my to-do list, but I plan to swim this morning while my little guy is in day school. I have been journalling my progress on the "Swimmers Mile Program" topic. <BR> <BR> Wednesday was long and frustrating; I spent most of the day with my MIL at medical offices. Blech. Since I left the house early to swim and my hubby took care of day school drop-off with our son, AND I had to find a fri... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:15:37 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/15/16!!! Good Morning!! I hope everyone is doing great!! <BR> <BR> I'm still trying to figure out this new job. It's a challenge!!! I'm not sure I'm up for such a large challenge though. Maybe this mid-life thing is getting to me. I'll have to keep evaluating over the next few months. For now, I surely need the income. :) <BR> <BR> Tonight I start exercising again! I've really missed it and I'm happy to have my health back. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:18:20 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/14/16! Hope we don't end up with a double post! <BR> <BR> I feel like I'm in a rut, like I've been gaining and losing the same 10 lbs over and over again. Sigh. My TOM last week got me a bit off track, and I am getting back on it. I have been hitting my swims at least, so that's pretty great - just did my 4th swim this month this morning. <BR> <BR> I'd really like to make progress this month please and thank you! <BR> <BR> I'm trying to focus on saying fewer mean things to myself, focusing on ... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:54:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/13/16!! Good Morning! <BR> <BR> I'm almost back to normal after the yucky virus. Thank goodness because it's just exhausting being sick!! And some people (like my mom) just don't understand that sick or not I have to drag myself to work in this position. Thankfully it's not dragging on forever, so for that I'm very grateful. Maybe it's all the exercise and the weight loss making my body stronger to heal faster!! Who knows? <BR> <BR> I'm going to go start that challenge today. I'm not sure ex... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:02:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers 9/12/16!!! Hi all.... welcome to a new week. <BR> <BR> I finally got back to the pool yesterday for the first time in at least 6 weeks. Ugh, I am out of shape! I'm sore today. I'm leaving to go see my NEW GRANDBABY! on 9/30, so I'm going to try to go as often as I can between now and then. My calendar is pretty empty right now, so I can't use "too busy" as an excuse. There's a pool close to where they live, but I don't know if I'll get there or not. It will depend on how much help they need and whether... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:57:35 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/11/16! I'll be traveling back home to Half Moon Bay today so I thought I'd do a quick fly by in case the day goes crazy. I'll plan to walk the beach this evening. I'll be starting the Christmas fitness/weight loss challenge as soon as I'm back and I'm looking forward to it! <BR> <BR> Hope you have an on plan kind of day! Sun, 11 Sep 2016 05:10:55 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/10/16! They have a pool here! We're going to go exploring and there's a little ferry boat that takes you all around, this should be a really fun day! We went to the movies yesterday and saw Sully, wow, what great actors. <BR> <BR> There will be lots and lots of walking today! Yesterday we had our packs with us, so not only did we get miles in, it was all with about twenty pound packs. Good thing we pack light! <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 10 Sep 2016 10:46:53 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/9/16!! Good Morning! I'm really under the weather so sorry for being MIA. <BR> <BR> I'm doing the bare minimum that has to be done at work today, then going back home to rest. I'll have to catch up on work over the weekend but I hope by then to feel better. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing better than I am!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Fri, 9 Sep 2016 09:46:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/8/16 We'll see if we double post this morning. Oh man, cruising is so nice...double soy latte in the morning, they cook your food every day...we are so spoiled! Today we port in Victoria. We will walk to the downtown area and that will be nice. This is the last day of the cruise, but then we'll stay in Vancouver for a couple of days in an Airbnb. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Thu, 8 Sep 2016 10:23:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/7/16!!! Good Morning!!! The advantage of a Monday holiday is the week goes faster! The disadvantage is you are expected to get a week's worth of work done in four days!! <BR> <BR> I'm hanging in with my virus. The cold meds help and really I'm doing OK, but I'm tired. I have to manually calculate commissions today, which is a time consuming and painful task, but not mentally tasking, so that's nice. <BR> <BR> No exercise until I get rid of this sickness. :( I'm feeling antsy about not getting... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 09:45:44 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/7/16! Hello all! <BR> <BR> Got to get back in the pool this morning and it was lovely. AND I've already hit 250 fitness minutes for the month the first week in. :-) My lower back is still killing me though and I'm getting pretty sick of it. <BR> <BR> The scale is still being a d1ck today (I'm about to start my TOM soon so that's why) but I'm ignoring it and just trying to eat well. <BR> <BR> My day is full of meetings :( so I'll need to grab a pretty quick lunch before going into a 3 hour str... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 09:42:02 EST Good Mornings Swimmers, 9/6/16!!! Good Morning!! I'm here at work, but man, I have been hit hard by the same virus my kid then my husband got. I feel awful. <BR> <BR> Hopefully I can get through stuff and then leave early. I don't have PTO yet and they are really stingy with leave time here anyway, so.......I'm here. <BR> <BR> Not much exciting for me to report. I slept a lot of the day Sunday and yesterday. :( <BR> <BR> I hope everyone else had a nice holiday weekend!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 6 Sep 2016 09:01:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/5/16!!! Hi gang! I'll start. <BR> <BR> Wind is whipping pretty hard out there so no swim and I'd rather not be blown all over the road on the bike with holiday traffic. I'll be the usual stationary bike and treadmill today. I'll also run up some new BMI and body fat % numbers to get started on the 4th quarter fitness + challenge discussed last week. Not looking forward to seeing hard numbers after the enforced layoff. <BR> <BR> Everyone enjoy the holiday! Mon, 5 Sep 2016 09:08:14 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/4/16!!! We are in Alaska! It is so beautiful here! We're going to go have breakfast and then explore. Last time we were here in Ketchikan we went kayaking. We're going to go walking and maybe hiking. <BR> <BR> It looks like it might rain so we'll just have to play it by ear. Sun, 4 Sep 2016 10:18:46 EST Dipping my toe in! I can swim - not brilliantly, but I can swim. <BR> I live near a pool - but hardly ever go. <BR> I live surround by sea - but never go in. <BR> I have a swimsuit - I hardly ever wear. <BR> <BR> Every year I promise myself that I will improve my swimming so that I can go and swim in the sea. Every year I fail to do this?!?!?! <BR> <BR> One of the obstacles is affording to go to the pool. However, this is not an impossible amount of money - and if I made it a priority, I could do it. I cou... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 09:14:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/3/16!!! I can hardly believe it's September! Christmas will be upon us before we know it! <BR> <BR> I'm somewhere on the seas heading to Alaska! Today will be a quiet day. We'll go to the pool and I'll also do research for a school paper I have to write. This ship (the Solstice) is beautiful. I'm really happy we booked it. We booked "aqua class" which gives us a dining venue that serves light, fresh food, instead of the usual high calorie cruise ship food. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 3 Sep 2016 10:07:50 EST Good morning Swimmers, 9/2/16! I thought I'd get us started since I'm on my way to the airport. Yay vacation! We get on the cruise ship this afternoon and I'm excited. Fri, 2 Sep 2016 07:12:30 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 9/1/16!!!! Good Morning and welcome to a new month!! I hope everyone is doing well today and looking forward to a great day!! <BR> <BR> I finally have a day here at work where I don't feel pulled in 1,000 directions. Of course, it's not quite 9 yet, so things can change, but for now, it looks like a promising day. I need time for organization and planning and to think. I've been doing meeting after meeting here since I started. I'm still not fully sure this is the right place for me, but I'm doing... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 08:54:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/31/16! Hello all! <BR> <BR> I'll go ahead and start the thread, since our leading ladies our busy. <BR> <BR> I'm doing pretty well. Feeling snacky so trying to chew on gum rather than eat. I had a small-ish breakfast so basically counting the minutes to lunch. No workouts on the docket today, and hoping to see the scale go down a bit more tomorrow (had a gin and tonic last night so didn't go down quite as I had planned sadly). I'm doing Step tomorrow morning (at 5am yawn) and WILL rock my food t... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:39:55 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/30/16!!! Hi!! Well, I responded to Carol's thread yesterday but it doesn't seem to have posted up, so it just looks like I wasn't here yesterday!! <BR> <BR> I'm back and had a great vacation!! Work is super busy, which is good!! <BR> <BR> I'm still exercising every day and now I'm refocused on the food consumption so I expect to see the weight start to go back down again!! Woo hoo!!! I'd like to lose 15 more pounds by Christmas. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:44:06 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/29/16!!! Another Monday! I am back in Half Moon Bay and I'm ready for the week! It will be a short week because I leave for Alaska on Friday! I'm super excited for this vacation... but not very prepared. Since we have all of our stuff packed I don't know where my cold weather clothing is. I found my down jacket and I have hiking shoes, so everything else will just have to be what it is. We're going to do some killer hiking and I can't wait. There's no lap pool on the cruise ship but we will play in th... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:10:20 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/28/16!!! Okay, I’ll start today….. I have a novel to write just to catch up to you folks! <BR> <BR> Heather, it’s been great reading about how happy you are with the new job and that you’re still able to do daily exercises! <BR> <BR> Jon, good to see the progress you’re making after your hip replacement. You’ll be back to 100% in no time at all. Congrats on getting back in the water! An immigration attorney? **shudder** Ranks right up there with Medicaid and disability law. No thanks. <BR> <BR> Ko... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:14:01 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/27/16!!! Happy Saturday! Boy am I ready for a weekend! I will be painting and tiling today. If I can get the first room done then we can go look at carpet remnants since the room isn't too big. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:01:25 EST Good Afternoon Swimmers, 8/26/16/! I've been crazy busy this morning, so sorry for the late start! <BR> <BR> I had such a great walk yesterday in Monterey. Since it's in a valley, I went all the way to the top and had beautiful views. It's such a beautiful place, I may want to retire there. <BR> <BR> Jon, I wore 10 lb weights around my ankles for about two months to get my walk straight after one of my ankle surgeries to make myself walk normally. My doctor told me to do that any time I started noticing the once leg muscles ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:25:23 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/25/16! Hello all! <BR> <BR> Hopefully we won't end up with double posts... <BR> <BR> It's been hard to push through this week. I've been eating reasonably well, either within or close to my ranges, and working out. Yet the stupid scale is going UP! UGHHHHH <BR> <BR> One day at a time... <BR> <BR> What are YOU going to do today to meet your goals? I already swam today and am going to have a light lunch and healthy dinner. Maybe the scale will be down by the weekend. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:17:15 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/24/16! More work training today, but I'm getting the gist of the software now, so that's good. Tonight I think I'll do a long walk by the bay. It's really beautiful here. <BR> <BR> How far are you walking Jon?bl the recovery must be going pretty well if you are going for walks. <BR> <BR> Kourtney, you know how to do this and it is one day at a time. Now that you've got your meds worked out it will be better. <BR> <BR> Jen - What are the themes of your latest paintings? <BR> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:30:05 EST Starting over again again It just hit me last night that I really want to lap-swim again, It's been over 25 yrs since I last stuck to it--- turned to running, martial arts, other things in the interim. Currently, my main activity is riding my recumbent trike, which I love. My endurance is great, if not my speed, so I've got "good legs" and my cardio is okay-ish. What I want is the all-over exercise of swimming, What I don't want is to see myself in a swimsuit!! But I'll deal with that. After a hip replacement, I ... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:15:09 EST USE THE OTHER POST DOUBLE POST! Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:32:20 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/23/16! Let's see, does that make this 8/34? You can tell I was posting from my phone! <BR> <BR> Since I'm in training most of the week I got a hotel room in Monterey and I Priclined it and got the Portola which is right next to the harbor! I got two beds in case my daughter wanted to stay, which she did. We found an Asian fusion dinner place that served salad or rice bowls and it was excellent. I went to Starbucks and got her a soy latte for when she awakens. <BR> <BR> There's her alarm now so I ... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:30:25 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/22/16! Heather is on vacation and I'm in trading, so if you don't see a threw, don't hesitate to start one <BR> <BR> I'm headed to corporate headquarters to train on the budgeting and forecasting software which should be fun. I'm always up for learning new software. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:53:53 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/21/16! I'm really stiff and sore this morning! I've been having trouble with my bad shoulder but today is awful. I'm hoping it loosens up because I want to get the yard work done that I started. That's a great sustained work out! <BR> <BR> Laurie - Did you guys go do archery yesterday? Sun, 21 Aug 2016 08:31:58 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/20/16! What are you guys up to this weekend? I am working on the house as usual. We are going to be putting down hardibacker on our subfloor so we can tile with travertine. I've never tiled over a subfloor so this should be a fun learning experience. <BR> <BR> Have a great on plan kind of day! Sat, 20 Aug 2016 08:16:05 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/19/16!!! Good Morning!! Happy Friday!!! I have to get through this work day then I'm on vacation for a week! I'm so excited to get away and relax. <BR> <BR> I'm doing all I can to manage this job differently than my last one. I don't want this job to take over everything I do and suck the life out of me like the last one did. I like working hard, but I also like to leave work and leave the stress there. I've had a hard time doing that throughout my life, and it's not the way I want to proceed... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:57:01 EST Masters Workout Inspiration I swim with a masters group (we're small and casual, all levels) and enjoyed last nights workout so much I thought I'd share it :) 2,800 total - I finished in just over an hour. <BR> <BR> Warm Up: <BR> 600 choice <BR> <BR> Set 1: <BR> 16X50 stroke with 10 sec rest. Do as: 4 free, 4 breast, 4 back, 4 fly (do 25 fly 25 free if necessary) <BR> <BR> Set 2: <BR> 12X100 with 20 sec rest, Alternate 100 IM and 100 free <BR> <BR> Cool Down: 200 easy. <BR> <BR> Happy Swimming! Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:13:26 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/18/16!!! Good Morning!! Two more days until vacation!! I'm starting to get so excited about going away!! <BR> <BR> My new job provides a lot less PTO than I'm used to. At the old job since I'd been there over 5 years and was a manager level, I got 28 days of PTO and 7 holidays. Here I get 15 days PTO and 7 holidays. I'm having a hard time swallowing that, but I'll get used to it I suppose. I'm hoping as the company grows I am able to make the whole benefits and compensation package better for e... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 09:23:30 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/17/16! Happy birthday to my hubby! Sorry I'm late getting a start but I had to drive from Santa Maria to Half Moon Bay this morning. I'm excited to work on the stuff i need to get done this morning. It's a Capex (capital expenditure) project proposal. ...nothing like requesting $20M haha <BR> <BR> It was nice to be able to see my hubby on his birthday. I got him an "air" plant, a Tillandsia. Silly, but as he said, I got him an Ikea kitchen haha <BR> <BR> Okay, lot's of work this morning, I'll try ... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 13:08:10 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/17/16!! Good Morning Swimmers! It is weird to log on here and not get to see what's new with the team...I guess the team is busy. Hope it's all good. Cheers. Be well! Wed, 17 Aug 2016 13:08:00 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/16/16!! Good Morning!!! Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone is having a great day so far. <BR> <BR> I'm starting to really like my job. I like having the ability to make an impact and make decisions that improve the work flow for my team. This is kinda fun!! <BR> <BR> Not much exciting today though. Just work, then home for a workout and taking the car to the shop to have it fixed. There's something wrong with the AC and also there's a grinding kind of noise. Ugh. The car is old but with some wo... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:11:58 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/15/16! I'm down in LA getting ready to try to get across town- sigh. LA traffic is always difficult because there are just so many people try to move around and everyone is in a car. This will be a quick trip so it's fine. I just need to check on my people and tomorrow mid morning I'll head back. <BR> <BR> What did you guys do this past weekend? I bought an IKEA kitchen! Mon, 15 Aug 2016 10:05:17 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/14/16! I'm not as sore as I expected to be this morning, so that's all good. I wonder if it will hit tomorrow. I am taking out tile and everything under it and it's not going very fast. Today we're putting in our IKEA order for the kitchen! <BR> <BR> It will be nice not to drive back home today because I have to go to our Pico (LA) operation tomorrow. I'll leave at 5am tomorrow and see what time I get there. <BR> <BR> Jon - you can ride a bike with your new hip already? Sun, 14 Aug 2016 08:43:31 EST Good Afternoon Swimmers, 8/13/16!!! Ah Saturday! <BR> <BR> I am ripping out the bathroom today and when I hit the floor I found that it's linoleum, then thin set, hardibacker, then tile, sigh. This is going to take awhile. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 13 Aug 2016 18:35:53 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/12/16!! Hi and Happy Friday!! I"m so darn excited for the weekend!!! <BR> <BR> We were supposed to go to VT so hubby can do his annual Point to Point bike ride to raise funds for the VT food bank. But he's sick, so we're not going. I'm not happy he's sick but secretly I am overjoyed that I don't have to go away this weekend!! Shhhhh, don't tell him that!! <BR> <BR> I'm gonna plow through some work so I can hopefully leave early. We are having a brutal heat wave and the AC in the office doesn't... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 08:25:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/11/16!!! Good Morning!! I hope everyone is having a great day so far!! I have a busy day here ahead of me at work, but it's all good and I'm happy to be working!! <BR> <BR> I was able to get in a better workout last night so yay! And tonight I should be able to as well. It's super important that I keep going with my weight loss. I plateaued since vacation and starting the new job, but it's time to crank it up again and lose some more weight before the big 5-0 birthday in October!! Goal setting ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:58:41 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/10/16!!! Happy Hump Day! <BR> <BR> I have a board meeting this morning and it may go over into lunch time, so I may have to do my walk after work. I've promised myself not to work another 12 hour day this week, giving me longer for walking. I plan to start adding weights to my backpack in addition to the groceries when I do the 3 miles to the store - hold me to it! <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? We have some new people, so please take the time to go say hello! Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:22:39 EST happy to have found this team today! I am on several SparkTeams, but many of them are very inactive (except me), or have only 1 or 2 other active people participating. This team seems to have a nice core of people who interact regularly AND who swim!!! yay! <BR> <BR> I started swimming for exercise almost 3 years ago when I started to struggle with foot pain. My husband works at a college, so I have free access to the 25 yd pool. I took a swimming class at the college, but I didn't get to finish it because my husband and I got... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 22:14:10 EST New in general Hi there. I just joined both the team and Spark. I'm new to lap swim, though I've been a capable swimmer most of my life. Being prone to anxiety, getting in the pool was by far the hardest part. I'm trying not to let fear of doing it "wrong" or looking stupid stop me. Hoping to build up my stamina, improve my strokes and swim for weight loss. So far I'm loving swimming, so much less boring than a machine. Tue, 9 Aug 2016 21:55:07 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/9/16! It was good to "see" you all yesterday! People have been so busy! Me included. With grad school, the house repairs and working the new job... Maybe I shouldn't be calling it new anymore since next month will mark six months! <BR> <BR> I am going into work in a few minutes (my long 6 minute walk - haha) but I thought I'd stop by and start the thread. <BR> <BR> Have a happy, on plan kind of day fishes! Tue, 9 Aug 2016 09:19:41 EST Good Mornring Swimmers, 8/8/16!! Good Morning!! I love the date!! It adds up. :) Silly math things that make me happy. <BR> <BR> Looks like everyone is very busy! Not a lot of chatting here the last few days. I would imagine a lot of us are out swimming and enjoying the summer. <BR> <BR> I have a nice normal work day today then I plan to go home and workout and watch Olympics. Yay!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 8 Aug 2016 09:11:44 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/7/16!!! It's so fun having everyone at my new place! My brother-in-law is here with his nine year old and my son and DIL are here with their twelve year old niece so I've got kids! It's pretty crazy that my oldest BIL has such a young child but they adopted him when he was sixty...which means when his son graduates from high school he'll be close to 80! I couldn't do that. <BR> <BR> Everyone should clear out of here pretty early and I'll do my walk to the beach and get some school work done. Sun, 7 Aug 2016 09:31:47 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/6:16! Happy Saturday! I've got my kids visiting today! I love my kids my son and daughter were doing acro yoga last night and it was fun to watch what they came up with. <BR> <BR> The kids are planning to go into the city (San Francisco) today and I will stay and do homework. What are you guys up to today? Sat, 6 Aug 2016 09:46:31 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/5/16!! Good Morning and Happy Friday!! I hope everyone had a great week and we're all ready for a fantastic weekend!! I'm excited for the Olympics to start! I'm not sure how much of it I'll be able to see and the primetime coverage is always so weirdly broken up, but I hope there's some swimming and equestrian to watch this weekend. <BR> <BR> I'm exhausted really and need a weekend to just relax. The stress of starting a new job and then the travel to VT last weekend is landing hard on me today... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 09:30:58 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/4/16!!!! Hi all!!! <BR> <BR> I feel like I've been released from some kind of tortured place and had it replaced with a very nice place to go every day. I really honestly didn't see how toxic my last company had become until I came somewhere that is not toxic. Of course it's demanding and there's a lot to do, but it's reasonable and doable by a normal human staff. The people here think the boss is demanding but they have no idea what it's like to work for a truly demanding workaholic. I had built... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 09:09:23 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/3/16!!! Good Morning!! I hope everyone is getting off to a great start today. I know I am!! <BR> <BR> I wonder if there are any new folks who would like to come and chat with us? Summer is often a slower time here because everyone is off actually swimming outside a lot!! But, if you are new, or you've been around a while, and you want to jump in, then please do!! We love to meet new people, find out about their lives, and chat regularly about our workouts, our lives, our challenges, etc. <BR>... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 09:45:00 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/2/16!!! Good Morning!! I'm starting to settle in a little bit at my job. It's so nice to be working in a generally positive environment. I didn't realize how toxic my last place had become. But now that I'm two months removed from that atmosphere I see how negative it was. I'm happy coming to work!! <BR> <BR> I'm also getting a sense of the rhythm of this every changing place. It's exciting to be a part of it!! <BR> <BR> I put on a few pounds over vacation and the last few weeks since I've be... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 08:22:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 8/1/16!!! Happy Monday fishies! I am so sore today...but it's a good sore. I put seventeen gallons of paint on my walls in two days! It was amazing how far I got! It was a good sustained work out and it's amazing to get stuff done. <BR> <BR> How are you guys doing today? Mon, 1 Aug 2016 11:26:34 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/31/16!!! Another day of painting for me! I've got the old den and the ceiling in the living room to go today. Maybe I'll have time to do the hallway too before I have to drive home. My daughter and her boyfriend came over yesterday and we hung out and had some wine. It's so funny that he's from Santa Maria...what are the chances of that happening? He also went to the same college as my daughter did, but they didn't meet up until this past year. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sun, 31 Jul 2016 07:52:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/30/16!!! Love the haircut Laurie! <BR> <BR> Happy Saturday! I'm going to paint up a storm today! My bad shoulder was complaining on the drive here last night, I sure hope it behaves while painting. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 30 Jul 2016 10:47:21 EST Good Swimmers, 7/29/16!! Good Morning!! Happy Friday!! I'm so glad it's Friday and I'm going to have a great weekend! <BR> <BR> I head up to VT this afternoon to catch the tail end of the wedding festivities. Some of the family is sticking around for the weekend so I'll have a chance to catch up and spend time with them. So, although I'm totally not thrilled about the prospect of driving up there this afternoon, I know once I get there I'll be happy I did. <BR> <BR> Last night I got new tires and my wheels alig... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:33:15 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/28/16!!! Good Morning!!! Hope everyone is getting going on a great day!! <BR> <BR> I think I am going to be able to rejoin the Y and start swimming again in the mornings!!! My schedule lends itself to that possibility now, whereas before I just wasn't able to go regularly enough to justify the monthly charge. I won't join back until I'm sure it will be feasible, but thinking about it makes me very happy!! <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any competitions coming up? Triathlons, etc.? I'm curious what ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:58:59 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/27/16!! Good Morning!!! I've really hit the ground running here at my new job. They started a new banking relationship just before I started and we are totally revamping the way our 80 hearing clinics deposit checks. It's a massive project and the expectation is it's up and running by next Monday. I'm doing all I can along with the team to get this done, but it's kind of an unrealistic goal. However, now I know why they pushed so hard for me to start when I did. It's good to be contributing mea... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:41:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/26/16!!! Good Morning!!! Another hot day on tap for us here. It's been quite a heat wave. My AC never really worked well yesterday so I spent the day pretty hot. Today it's working much better and that makes me extremely happy and more productive!! <BR> <BR> I'm still getting in my workouts and I am so proud of myself. It feels good to exercise and I look forward to it!! I never thought I'd say that!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:58:52 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/25/16!! Good Morning and Happy Monday!! I am starting my second week of work and I came in today to find that the AC that started on the fritz last Friday is still not working. The heat index today is going to be 105. I guess having the corner office with walls and three windows isn't as appealing when there's no AC circulation. I may have to move to a cubicle or the conference room soon. <BR> <BR> Lots to do here and I'm happy about that. I really do like the people so far. They seem normal. ... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:22:01 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/24/16!!! Happy anniversary to us! I got us two nights in a 1,000 sq ft suite in the heart of San Jose for the weekend before Christmas! It's so much fun because they really do the place up and the downtown is all decorated. They have bands and Christmas trees lit all over the place. <BR> <BR> Jon - I use Murphy's soap on my floors. Message me your address on Facebook and I'll send you a hanging chair that works with my sore hip! <link><BR>roducts®-Hammock-Hanging/... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 09:45:46 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/23/16!! Happy Saturday! We're shooting texture on the ceiling today and we've never done this before. We had never plastered walls before and that turned out excellently, so I'm expecting a good outcome. Wish me luck! <BR> <BR> Later we/re going to go wine tasting and then to a Japanese dinner to celebrate our anniversary...this is, of course, after we go to Home Depot. Haha. No weekend is complete without a visit to Home Depot! <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Jon, are you home now? Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:37:58 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/22/16!! Good Morning and Happy Friday!! I'm so excited that it's the end of my first work week!! I'll admit I was getting used to the unemployment life.....I had so much control over my schedule. I think likely I am ready to make the shift to having my own business and I am going to make that my goal within two years. <BR> <BR> I'm still working out!! I went on vacation and in a week of not taking the best care of myself I managed to put on only one pound. I have to say I'm pretty excited abo... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:49:44 EST Light Harcore workout help Hi Yall, <BR> Im not asking for medical advice but I hurt myself and now I ended up with somewhat swollen ankles with little bit of pain I want to start back working out. I normally do like 78 laps = like an hr and a half. what would be a light work out but still hard core that I have a chance at losing weight at the same time workout during the healing process of this ankle situation. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Lu Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:38:31 EST Light hardcore WorkOut help? Hi Yall, <BR> Im not asking for medical advice but I hurt myself and now I ended up with somewhat swollen ankles with little bit of pain I want to start back working out. I normally do like 78 laps = like an hr and a half. what would be a light work out but still hard core that I have a chance at losing weight at the same time workout during the healing process of this ankle situation. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Lu Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:36:45 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/21/16!!! Good Morning!! Well, so far the job seems good and will be an interesting challenge. The people are professional and very friendly so far. The positivity seems genuine and honest. <BR> <BR> I am the controller for a privately held LLC that owns hearing aid stores. I'm learning about an industry I had never even given much thought to before. This company is expanding rapidly by acquiring practices and bringing them into this management group. It's a whole new organizational structure ... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:52:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/20/16!! Good Morning!! Quick fly by start to the thread today. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a whirlwind. I'm very excited about my new job!! <BR> <BR> Jon, I hope you are doing well!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:07:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/19/16!!! Hi gang! <BR> <BR> I'm outta here shortly for cut 'n paste day so I'll start. Got some time in so that's one more day to a string about to be broken (does a walker count?). I'm hoping I'm cognizant enough later to keep the water string going. <BR> <BR> My Streaks <BR> 534 days: Drink 8 8oz cups of water 1 time per day <BR> 406 days: Use 1 piece of fitness equipment 1 time per day Tue, 19 Jul 2016 05:31:24 EST Double post, ignore me, 7/18/16 xoxox Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:49:09 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/18/16!!! Good Morning!!! I am back from a loooong week of dance competition. It was good and bad. I'll share a little more about it later. Right now I just wanted to say hi and start the thread! <BR> <BR> I start my new job tomorrow!! I'll also share more that later too!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:48:58 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/17/16! 7/17 is always a funny date to me because this was our original wedding date. We ended up having to move it because there was a cousin getting married that day. So next weekend is our 34th. <BR> <BR> We're going to go visit the inlaws today and listen to an outdoor concert. Sounds like a nice l, relaxing day. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Sun, 17 Jul 2016 10:10:03 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/16/16! Happy Saturday! I am going to have a second cup of coffee, then hit the books. I hand wrote an outline for my research paper so now it's time to type it. I've figured out my exact topic to research on, I just have to do it. <BR> <BR> I'll go for a beach break and then hit the books some more. My hubby comes this evening which I'm looking forward to. <BR> <BR> Swim hard and long Jon - you've got some mileage to get! Sat, 16 Jul 2016 10:23:09 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/15/16!!! I have a bunch of meetings today and then I plan to go home and do lots of homework. Saturday will be a homework day too. I have a meeting up on the hill (here on the property at the very top of the hill is the sales offices). I will walk at lunch. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! I'll try to get back here to chat. Fri, 15 Jul 2016 11:14:10 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/14/16! Yes Jon, get through the week and the surgery will be a piece of cake! <BR> <BR> Long drive to work today, it took four and a half hours! It was nice to sleep with my husband though. Today will be a long day! I'm going to try to get away at lunch and get in my walk. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 11:16:24 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/13/16!!! Today is a travel day for me. Going down to our Pico office is kind of crazy because you travel two days to get one day of work in. I'm riding back to Santa Maria with the corporate controller and then meeting some old work buddies for lunch. I think I'll head back to Half Moon Bay at 4 am tomorrow. Got my walk in last night and today I'll be grouting the tile and painting. <BR> <BR> Jon - Yeah the processing plant smells amazing! We do one whole line of organics and I love getting the packs... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 09:55:00 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/12/16!!! Happy Tuesday! I'm still down in LA working at the herb factory. It sure smells good here! <BR> <BR> Jon - I hope all your health stuff is over soon. You're healthy so they have to back off eventually. The new hip will be wonderful. <BR> <BR> I'll be walking again this evening. It's fun exploring new places. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:02:12 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/11/16!!! I'm off to LA today, but fortunately I realized that I could hitch a ride with the corporate controller who is driving down. That means I get a few extra hours this morning since she's coming from Santa Cruz which is 4 - 5 hours away. I'm going to finish sealing the tiles and then do some school work. <BR> <BR> Have a happy, on plan day! Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:25:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/10/16! We had fun tiling and then going to our kid's new house and helping them prep and paint their living room. They feel a lot more ready to take on these home improvement projects. We did heavy manual labor from six am until after nine pm haha. I am sore today, but we're going to finish tiling the den! Sun, 10 Jul 2016 09:46:58 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/9/16! Happy Saturday fishies! I need to fly back down to LA for three days l, starting Monday,neon if Heather and I are both MIA please feel free to start the thread. I proposed a solution that brings the accounting department up to Half Moon Bay and eventually has one less person on staff. <BR> <BR> Tiling and more tiling for me today. Then we go visit the kids and help them paint their new house. <BR> <BR> Hope you all can get wet today, and Jon, get those miles in! You are awesome! Sat, 9 Jul 2016 09:38:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/8/16!! Good Morning!! Happy Friday!! I am in a very happy place today! I start my job on July 19th and I go to the shore next week for the dance competition. It's all very good. <BR> <BR> The job I accepted is a Controller position with a rapidly growing company. The company owns hearing aid retail stores and is purchasing one or two practices a month. They need serious help with their accounting/finance function so I think I'll be a great match! I start July 19th! I wanted to start Aug 1... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 08:33:41 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/7/16!!! Good Morning! Sorry again for the late start. My mornings are a little weird these days!! <BR> <BR> I've been running around getting ready for the trip to the shore next week. Also, I've been finalizing my start date! As soon as it's all signed and agreed upon, I'll tell you all about the company. I'm so excited!!! This has been a very long process..... <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is staying cool. I love the heat! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Thu, 7 Jul 2016 11:12:35 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/6/16!!! Good Morning!!! I got the call that the company I liked the most wants to make me a job offer!! I'm awaiting the electronic paperwork so I can see what the offer entails. I really hope it's a good offer because they seem excited about me, I'm excited about them, and I really want to take it. As soon as I get it I will evaluate it. In the meantime, I'm a tad anxious about seeing the offer and not able to do much else!!! <BR> <BR> So, maybe I'll get on the treadmill and walk off some of t... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 09:47:30 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/5/16!!! Back to reality after a nice long weekend. My shoulders are a bit sore today and it's a good sore. I sanded down the den's ceiling which was a lot of reaching because it's a high ceiling and I didn't want to keep moving the ladder. Then we painted the den, the hall and the entry. The kids came and helped get the tiling of the den started which was really fun. Yesterday we tried to get all of the rest of the tiles in, but since we did it on the diagonal there were a ton to tiles to cut. I thin... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 11:06:30 EST Happy 4th of July! I hope everyone has a fun day today! We are tiling again today and then I'll head home this evening. Maybe I'll see some fire works on the way. Mon, 4 Jul 2016 10:21:14 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/3/16!!! Laurie - You may not like billing but I'm so happy for you that you've gotten to where you're at! It's great that you're getting enough extra to do some stuff on the house. <BR> <BR> Speaking of houses, we're in escrow on three houses with acreage! We'll use one as our weekend house and rent the others out. It should close escrow about the same time as our current house is taking to fix up. We painted the den this morning and next we'll start tiling. The kids are coming over to help! Sun, 3 Jul 2016 11:39:35 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/2/16! Wow, July! <BR> <BR> Colorful art work on your back Jen! I could never do that after my (I was going to say FIL because the kids always called him grandpa, but he's my BIL's father) Tony has a tattoo on his arm that is a blob. It used to be an anchor from when he was in the navy, but time has had its way with the skin. <BR> <BR> Slept in until six! It's so nice to sleep with my hubby! I'm sanding the den ceiling and then painting. Next we'll tile and then the den will be move in ready. The ... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 10:18:44 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 7/1/16!! Good Morning!! Happy Friday!! I am really looking forward to the weekend. I have a few job search things to do this morning (complete some thank you notes) and a Skype interview this afternoon, and also a CPE class to do today. With all the interviewing I've done a lot less CPE than I had planned, but that's a good thing because interviews will hopefully lead to a job!! Then I am taking off of the job search and I'm going to enjoy this weekend fully! <BR> <BR> Today I weighed in and I... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 08:16:02 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/30/16!!! Good Morning!!! I am having a great week! I'm sorry I wasn't around the past few days, but I'm interviewing and we all know that's a good thing for me. I went into the city yesterday for an interview and although the place is cool and the job was good, there's no way I can commute into SoHo every day!! At least now I'm sure that if I have to take a job in the city, it must be midtown and close to Port Authority. I had a fun time in the city though! <BR> <BR> I have an interview today ba... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 08:33:45 EST Music 4 Swimming ? Hi Yall, <BR> What is your favorite music to listen to while swimming laps?? <BR> What are some good up beat songs to get u moving in the water???? Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:12:56 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/29/16!!! Happy Monday morning...oh wait, no, it's Wednesday - haha! After all the travel I've done I am feeling confused on the week days! The good news is that it is a three day weekend. <BR> <BR> Adorable pictures from Jon on yesterday's thread, definitely check them out! <BR> <BR> Okay, I better go get this day started. No walk at lunch, one of my workmates wants to do a working lunch. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:23:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/28/16! Heather must be at a job interview! Go Heather! <BR> <BR> Goriana is celebrating her 5 year anniversary for conquering swimming! Go Goriana! <BR> <BR> Jon celebrated his 40th wedding anniversary! Go Jon and wifey! <BR> <BR> I am down in Pico Rivera working at our herbs division. I will be taking the accounting operations under my purview. It smells lovely in the plant! Haha, how many production plants do you know of that smell wonderful? <BR> <BR> I walked about six miles last night and t... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:32:28 EST Laps 2 Swim for a Mile? Hi Yall, <BR> <BR> Im just curious but how many laps in a Olympic size pool would u have to do to make a mile? <BR> whats a good website that converts meter laps to miles? <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Lu Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:58:33 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/27/16!!! Good Morning!!! I'm starting off a busy week of interviews, and that makes me so happy. I hope at least one of these turns into an offer. I am very hopeful for all of them. <BR> <BR> I didn't hear back last week on the one that was supposed to decide by last week, so either they offered it to someone else, or they haven't decided yet. I'll follow up with the recruiter today. <BR> <BR> Dance recital was fun! We had a good time and I was super happy that I dropped the 20ish pounds since ... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 09:04:55 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/26/16!! Let's get started! Got my swim in, a beautiful morning to be out there. Off to pick-up bagels and fixings with a stop at my Moms to grab the cake and flowers stashed there yesterday. It will be a slow wake up for the rest of the crew here with a lazy morning followed by hanging out at the beach until it's time to clean up for dinner at the new favorite. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 06:39:25 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/25/16!!! With Carol deep into party mode and Heather recovering from the trauma of her first adult recital I'll start the thread today, A very busy day for the household today, hence the early start even for me. I have to sneak some photos to scan for the anniversary while the Missus sleeps, get the swim in, dump run, pick up the cake, flowers, wrap a few presents, meet my cousin, my Moms Executor and get the sealed envelopes from the safe deposit box that should answer a lot of questions I've had si... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 03:25:12 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/24/16!!! Good Morning!! Happy Friday!! I have a busy day ahead of's the first performance of the recital tonight. I am so nervous my hands are cold and numb. What have I gotten myself into? <BR> <BR> I'm really trying to put a good face on this, but I am so nervous I feel like I'm going to be sick. The truth is in the adult tap/jazz performances as an audience member I really never expected much. The choreography is simple, the formations are simple, we don't turn, jump or leap, and... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:27:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/23/16!! Good Morning!!! Happy Thursday. Today is shaping up to be a good day with a phone interview for one job and an in person interview for another job. I'm pretty excited and doing all I can to prepare. <BR> <BR> I'll have to get on the treadmill this afternoon as I don't have time this morning!! But I will do it because it will make me feel great!! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of summer! I can't wait to get to the beach and enjoy the ocean. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:40:10 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/22/16!!! Good Morning!! I am in a terrific mood today!! I have an interview set up for tomorrow with a company that I think would be a perfect fit for me. It's a weird little scrappy company. Just the kind I like. :) I applied Friday, they contacted me yesterday and set up the interview for Thursday. I think they would have done today if I could have. Which means, to me, that they move at my pace. I like that very much. The job is great, the location is we just have to make sur... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 09:05:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/21/16!!! Good Morning!! We are starting the day with thunderstorms here. Yikes! It's supposed to clear up early and the day looks lovely. I have a busy day of job searching activities, CPE classes and taking Sydney for a school sports physical. I'm excited about all of it! <BR> <BR> I'm starting to really get used to this whole "I don't have to go to an office" thing. I need to get a job soon before I forget how to do that!! :) Eventually the severance and savings will run out and then there's... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 06:51:59 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/20/16!!! Good Morning!! Happy start to the work week. I have a busy day planned of working on assignments from my coach. We are accelerating the process so I can move through and get to a better resume faster. The one I have isn't bad, but we can make it better so we are going to do that. Then we'll work through marketing me and helping me refine my interviewing skills. I need this and I'm excited to work on it. <BR> <BR> I'll work on items for that and the job search today for my work day. Th... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09:56:56 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/18/16!!! I'm so glad you guys are having nice weather too! I'm going to go to the beach and meet the kids and hubby that are doing a through hike. It's a really nice hike, we've done it before. You start up in the mountains with an overnight along the way and continue to the beach. A summit to sea hike. I had to take a study day, so today I'm parking on the sea end and hiking up to meet them. <BR> <BR> Congratulations granny! It is really nice to be in good shape when you're pregnant. With my first ... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 08:49:06 EST Duplicate thread... use the other one. Use the other thread.... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 14:02:14 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/18/16!!! I have my Italian son, his friend and my hubby here this morning and I totally forgot to come on and start the thread! They are doing a little overnight trip while I stay and do some school research (sigh). It is absolutely gorgeous here today! I was going for my lunch walk to the beach and then I remembered that I hadn't hopped on here. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having a restful weekend! Sat, 18 Jun 2016 14:00:15 EST Good Afternoon Swimmers, 6/17/16!!! Hi all!! Wow, guess we are all pretty busy today. I started my day by taking the kid to the doc. She has a sinus infection. They charged me a reduced rate and I paid it directly, and wow, that was nice. We've been going there a long time and the doc rides in the same bike club as hubby. Sometimes small town stuff is actually nice!! <BR> <BR> I'm getting myself on the treadmill!! One more week to recital and I hope I can lose one more pound! Spark has me having only lost 8 pounds beca... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:27:51 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/16/16!!! Hi all!! Wow, what a cool date!! I hope it means something positive! <BR> <BR> So the interview yesterday went well. I know I could do the job and do it well, but you just never know what's going on with the other side. I sent my thank you notes and now I wait. <BR> <BR> I had my first meeting with my outplacement counselor. I liked her very much and I think her coaching is really going to help me with a better job search. <BR> <BR> Tonight is my last dance class before recital next w... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:56:38 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/15/16!! Good Morning!!! I have an interview today!! I have to say I have a good feeling about it. It's this afternoon from 2:30 - 4:15 (meeting with three people). Say prayers and cross your fingers and whatever else you might do to send good wishes!! <BR> <BR> Jon, I didn't fully follow what you said about the pre-op preparations, but I'm sure you know what to do. You will get through this with flying colors. My friend's mom had this done recently, and she did remarkably well. You will too. ... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 10:20:46 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/14/16!! HI! Sorry I disappeared. It's a long story, but last weekend was Sydney's 8th grade graduation and hubby's bike ride from Boston to Vermont. I just lost track of time. Also not having a job is making it hard for me to tell weekdays from weekends. And now that Sydney is done with school it's going to be even harder. <BR> <BR> I can't wait to see wedding pictures Carol!! That's just so exciting!! <BR> <BR> Today I'm back to focusing on the job search and taking the CPE classes. We have... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 07:09:05 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/13/16!!! Hello! Where has everyone been? I was out doing wedding things. It was a really nice wedding, the kids had a great time. I tried to make everything as easy as possible and have great food. The kids did an amazing job of decorating! I'm sure pics will show up on facebook. <BR> <BR> Okay, off to work. I'll try to come back later. Mon, 13 Jun 2016 11:08:34 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/11/16! Happy Saturday! Today's the big weekend for my son and Maureen! I'm excited for the day! We made breakfast, the wedding ceremony area is all set, everything is beautiful! Sat, 11 Jun 2016 12:49:41 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/9/16!! Hi all!! Another quick and late start here!! I hope Carol and her family are having a BLAST!! <BR> <BR> I'll check in later with more details and to check in on everyone. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Thu, 9 Jun 2016 10:35:59 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/8/16!! Good Morning!! I'm running all around this morning like crazy! Off to a riding lesson, then back for more job applying and CPE classes this afternoon. I have a phone interview today. The one from yesterday got rescheduled for today. <BR> <BR> I'll come back later and check in! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 8 Jun 2016 09:46:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/7/16!!! Heather must be living the life of leisure! Haha <BR> <BR> Today I woke up at 4:30 (which is pretty normal) and I decided to work on packing up the wedding food by meal. Jeez that's a lot of work when you're talking eight meals for over twenty people. My daughter and I organized the menus and wrote out the shopping list, so at least that's pretty organized. <BR> <BR> I still have to wrap gifts. Tomorrow we will get our Italian son at the airport! Then we need to get our daughter in Santa Cr... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 10:40:05 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/6/16!!! Happy Monday morning fishies! <BR> <BR> I am so sore from this past weekend haha! Plastering a ceiling is hard, hard work! We didn't finish the whole house (2,200 sq ft) but we got all of the living room, dining room and entry way finished. I did the final sanding on the walls in the living room and painted! We won't be able to work on it for the next three weekends because of the wedding, visitors and the second ceremony in Pocatello, Idaho. <BR> <BR> Today I go pick out plants and orchid... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 10:35:09 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/5/16!!! Well...really it's afternoon here. We got up and started working at 6am and I forgot to come on here first. I started painting the living room walls which was exciting for me. Painting is so much easier than plastering! Yesterday we spent most of the day plastering the ceilings and that is a really hard workout! <BR> <BR> Starting to pack up the car for the long drive home (sigh). I will be so happy to live in the same house again. Next weekend is the wedding! It's hard to believe it's so cl... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 15:12:00 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/4/16!!! Yay for Saturday! I'm in Santa Maria waiting for the sun to rise to get started on the house. This will be another great weekend warrior work out! I'm hoping to finish all of the plastering and sanding of the walls by the end of the weekend. That will leave the ceilings. We won't get to work on the house for the next three weeks because next week is the WEDDING! The weekend after that I need to work on writing papers then my son and his new wife (!) will have another ceremony in Idaho that we... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 08:10:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/3/16!! Good Morning!!! Happy Friday!!! I have another fun and busy day ahead of me! <BR> <BR> Oh, good news to share too! I have an in person interview for a Director of Global Payroll job. This is one that I did a phone interview for last week, and I'm excited that I got to the next step. I also had a call yesterday about a job and I'm waiting for the recruiter to call back. And I'm waiting for one other call back. So, things are moving along...... <BR> <BR> Tonight is the 8th grade forma... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 08:01:23 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/2/16!! Hello!!! It's Thursday! Yay!! <BR> <BR> I have some errands to run this morning and some job searching to do, then an afternoon running kid around for a little while to the orthodontist and then to dance, then back to dance for myself this evening. Should be a good, productive and active day. <BR> <BR> The phone interview went well yesterday. Now we have to get to the next stage where the business owner wants to meet me. Yesterday was phase one. I hope he wants to meet me because this ... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 07:48:46 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 6/1/16! Happy hump day! I need to get up and get going, but coffee on the balcony with the ocean out there is just really nice and relaxing. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to my lunch walk. I didn't get one yesterday but I did have to walk up to the shipping conference room twice yesterday which is 15 minutes each direction. Today I need to go over to the wholesale department which is so beautiful and calming. <BR> <BR> Can you believe it's June? My son's wedding is on the ninth! It's so soon! Wed, 1 Jun 2016 09:17:07 EST returning member after a long time hello everyone! today was the first day i went swmming 3 years! I am so excited to be part of the team again! my goal is to be able to swim a mile, like i used to be able to do! Tue, 31 May 2016 20:37:59 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/31/16!! Good Morning!! I hope everyone had a great long weekend!! We celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary yesterday. We didn't do much out of the ordinary, but we toasted each other and had a nice dinner we cooked together. It was a nice way to celebrate in a low key fashion. <BR> <BR> Today I am facing the reality that I don't have a job. Last week was emotional and also since it was the beginning of a holiday weekend, it felt a bit like I had a mini vacation. But today, I don't have anywh... Tue, 31 May 2016 09:11:16 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/30/16! I guess everyone is out having a good time! Jon, I hope you're getting wet! <BR> <BR> Have a good day all! Mon, 30 May 2016 12:20:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/29/16! It sounds like everyone is busy with chores this weekend. Gardening outside sounds nice...though not the 90 degrees part. We bought all of the non-refrigerator foods for the wedding weekend so I feel pretty set for it I still have to cook a bunch of lasagne the Tuesday before. <BR> <BR> Today we'll work on plastering some more. I will do the den today and that will be the end of first coats. We finished the living room and I did a base coat of paint. Now I'm excited to see it once the sun c... Sun, 29 May 2016 09:07:26 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/28/16!!! Hi all! Hope you're having a great day! I'm working on the new rental house and we'll be taking a run to the dump. I'm hoping to finish plastering the walls today - wish me luck haha...then some wine I think. Sat, 28 May 2016 15:37:31 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/27/16!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Friday! It's the start of a long holiday weekend. It's funny how different that feels when you are not working. I'm still excited, but it's just not quite the same as having days off of work. Frankly, it's quite a bit better and much more relaxing. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had a call from a company that I applied to last week. It's a job that I thought would be a perfect fit for me, and they seem to agree. I have a phone interview scheduled for next Wednesday. I'm ... Fri, 27 May 2016 08:06:54 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/26/16!!! Oops, I was doing wedding planning stuff this morning and completely forgot to hop on to see if I needed to start the thread! Less then two weeks to the wedding! Plus our Italian son is coming! I can't wait! <BR> <BR> Do you guys have fun plans for the long weekend? I'm excited to be going home to work on the house for three days! We'll see how far we can get. We're still working on buying this other set of houses and I'm just hoping we can make it work! Thu, 26 May 2016 15:31:37 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/25/16!! Good Morning!! I'm here bright and early due to getting up early and light traffic. Yippee for summer traffic. Too bad I have no where to commute right now. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I think I will have the lay off meeting about 9:30, maybe even earlier. I can't wait. I'm ready!! <BR> <BR> I keep working out and that's really helping. <BR> <BR> I'll come back later today with an update. For now, I have a few last minute things to do to clean off my laptop. I've had this thing forev... Wed, 25 May 2016 07:22:06 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/24/16!!! Tuesday is meeting day for me (sadly). I have lots of fun work to do once I finish building all of the background files for the new system, I can't wait until I'm at that point. I ran errands instead of walking at lunch yesterday and I really missed it. Today I'm going to make sure I go. <BR> <BR> I just figured out that this weekend is Memorial Day weekend! I need to look it up at work and see if it's one we get off. When I was in agriculture I never got it off because we were too busy, bu... Tue, 24 May 2016 09:25:57 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/23/16!!! Good Morning!! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I enjoyed myself and actually went out to lunch with people yesterday and didn't think about work at all. Maybe this job change will be the best thing that ever happened to me!! <BR> <BR> I'm a bit focused on that today I have a prep call with a recruiter for my phone screen tomorrow. And two other recruiters each have another potential position for me, so things are moving along. I'm doing what I can, applying and netwo... Mon, 23 May 2016 08:48:19 EST swimming ettiquette hello everyone! I know how to share lanes with one other person( just stick to your side of the lane!) but I would like to know how to share lanes with two or more people? Sun, 22 May 2016 20:33:37 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/22/16!!! Wow... no post yet? Well, let's see if we get two... <BR> <BR> Anyway, good morning! How's everyone this fine day? I'm trying to figure out how I want to spend my day since I do NOT have to work! The weather is beautiful, although cool, maybe another hike in the park? We are sort of half expecting an invitation from friends this afternoon, Dave may go, but I haven't decided if I want to or not. <BR> <BR> What's everyone else up to? Sun, 22 May 2016 11:30:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/21/16! Happy Saturday! We are going to try plastering a wall this morning. I've watched so YouTube videos on it and today we're going to try it. You use a heavy nap paint roller to roll the plaster on and then the other person comes behind and uses a skip trowel. This way you get a heavy layer on the wall but it not the usual pattern. It will be fun to try! <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 21 May 2016 07:40:58 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/20/16!!! Good Morning and Happy Friday!!! I'm so glad it's almost the weekend!! I really have no work to do anymore, so I'm focusing hard on finding a job. I heard yesterday that the folks who brought me back in last week are not moving forward with me. I think they are crazy. I mean, really I think there is something wrong there.....I was just a perfect fit, twice, and yet they keep passing on me. I know you might be thinking (as I did), well, you haven't found anything yet, maybe it's you! Bu... Fri, 20 May 2016 08:24:03 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/19/16!!! Good Morning!! Here I am in my office for a few hours. I came in to do a few things here, then I'm going home to do a CPE webinar and then do some job search items. I'm letting go of this place! It feels great. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is well today!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Thu, 19 May 2016 09:51:37 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/18/16!! Good Morning!! Here I am today in the parent company office ready to teach these people how to do my job, and the guy in charge isn't here and hasn't communicated anything on timing. Nice, right? Anyway, I'll be as professional as I can, and then I'll be done!!! <BR> <BR> Exercise and eating well continue and I'm feeling great about that!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 18 May 2016 08:57:35 EST good Morning Swimmers, 5/17/16!!! I had a hard time believing I was typing May 17th...where does the time go? It's amazing that summer is almost here and so is the upcoming wedding of my son and Maureen (our Armonia). She's in Spain for work right now - lucky girl. <BR> <BR> Today I have a bunch of meetings and I've tasked myself with finishing the master files for my implementation today. I think I'll cancel one meeting, I wish I could cancel another one, but it's the leadership meeting so I really can't. It's a two hour me... Tue, 17 May 2016 08:27:10 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/16/16!!! Good Morning! Busy weekend at the dance competition and that took my mind of my troubles for a few days.... <BR> <BR> Here I am back for my last week of work. It's so unbelievably depressing....I just need this over and to get the heck out of here. Today I'll do the last of my work and then spend time looking for a new job. Something really needs to break my way soon...... <BR> <BR> But if it doesn't, I'm going to take my severance and my PTO payout and try to relax a little bit. Getti... Mon, 16 May 2016 09:26:03 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/15/16! My daughter and I mapped out food for the upcoming wedding. We had fun planning menus and making our grocery list. This will be fun! We went for a nice long walk to go out to coffee, then to the beach and then I showed her around the farm. <BR> <BR> Today hubby and I go over to visit his dad and step-mom. It will be good to see them. I want to get used to the route to get there so that we can do it often once we actually live up here. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Sun, 15 May 2016 07:46:32 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/14/16!!! Hi folks! <BR> <BR> Hopefully we don't get a double post :) The sun came out this morning so I took a brisk walk/jog around the neighborhood. Felt good to be out in the sun finally! <BR> <BR> Going to visit a car show today with hopes of meeting a long time expert pinstriper, gathering groceries and other errands before it starts raining again. <BR> <BR> Carol, those marshy estuaries look beautiful! good luck on the new property! Sat, 14 May 2016 11:18:49 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/13/16!!! Good Morning! Happy Friday the 13th! Maybe this day will bring me some luck!! <BR> <BR> We have our last regional dance competition of the season this weekend, so we are off this afternoon for a few nights in beautiful Marlboro NJ! It should be fun and I'm looking forward to doing something that gets my mind off this job search. <BR> <BR> Gotta keep working out and eating well because I lost another half pound!! Woo Hoo!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Fri, 13 May 2016 07:49:40 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/12/16!! Hi! Quick post so we don't have two threads then I'll come back and fill you in on where I've been!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Thu, 12 May 2016 10:27:17 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/11/16! I have lots of work to get through today and I should be getting up but my bed feels warm and comfy. I need to finish getting my master files set up and if I can avoid meetings today I can probably get half of it finished today - that's my goal. I plan to go in early before others start showing up so that I can get it done. <BR> <BR> I will take a walk at lunch and it looks like it will be nice out. I feel like I need some ocean time today. My hubby comes up tomorrow and we'll have 4 days to... Wed, 11 May 2016 08:51:50 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/10/16!!! Good Morning!! Well, another day here at the office with no certainty for my future......BUT, I reached out to one of my recruiters yesterday and he came right back with a position they just received for a Director of Payroll. Those of you who have lived through my nightmares in payroll are likely laughing at me, but when I really took a look at my background, I have great credentials for a Director of Payroll. It's definitely not my favorite part of my job, but I have this sneaking suspic... Tue, 10 May 2016 07:42:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/9/16! Well we'll see if we double post this morning...but I figure it's almost nine on the other coast so I'll get us started. I had a good,mproductive weekend and we closed and locked the door on our old house. I'm sure the guy that bought it will enjoy it. <BR> <BR> It's been amazing to take full weekends away from work while being in the middle of this software implementation. I make less at this job compared to my last one, but around the same when you figure my hourly wage! This job is fun an... Mon, 9 May 2016 08:56:45 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/8/16!!! I hope your sore throat passes quickly along with your rain Jen! <BR> <BR> And with the passing of rain I hope you get to bushwhack your yard Jon. <BR> <BR> We have the very last load from the old really we come back to the new one and start working haha. Sun, 8 May 2016 09:30:17 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/7/16!!! Happy Saturday fellow fishes! I am home and looking at the last loads to clear out the house. This will officially close a chapter in our lives as we look forward to the next one. <BR> <BR> Lots of heavy lifting and cleaning today. How about you guys? Sat, 7 May 2016 08:13:13 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/6/16!!! Good Morning!! Happy Friday!! We have yet another day of rain. Wow, so much rain!!! <BR> <BR> Tonight we have a dance competition. It's only for the one solo dance that Sydney has, so it's not a long weekend of dance, just one long night of it!! I'm looking forward to the distraction. <BR> <BR> Today and all weekend I'm working on applying for jobs. I reworked my resume yesterday and I think it's more impressive now. I can only hope it catches the eye of recruiters. And I'm also wo... Fri, 6 May 2016 08:05:09 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/5/16!!!! Good Morning!! It's yet another cloudy day of rain here. I looked at the long range forecast and see only 4 days of partly sunny days over the next 15. The rest are cloudy and rainy. Wow, it's like April decided to show up in May! We sure need the rain since we didn't get any snow this winter, so I'm trying to look at it that way! <BR> <BR> I have a dental appointment this morning so I'm going into the office after that. From there, I will work on CPE catch up so I can get my license a... Thu, 5 May 2016 06:46:26 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/4/16!! Good Morning! Today I feel energized because I've had some new ideas on my job search. <BR> <BR> First, I thought of new ways to jazz up my resume and make it more dynamic for Controller positions. <BR> <BR> Second, my payroll manager suggested to me yesterday that I look for "Director of Payroll" jobs as she said I know more about payroll than any director for whom she has ever worked. I did a super quick search and found one job and I know I could at least match the requirements, so... Wed, 4 May 2016 09:45:43 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/3/16!!! Good Morning!! Getting a bit of a late start here. <BR> <BR> It's just depressing to be in this office, but I am doing my best to keep my chin up and do the bare minimum to get my job done and my severance soon. I can't wait. I feel like as soon as I'm outta here I'll have a lot more energy to focus on the job search. <BR> <BR> I had a GREAT lesson yesterday on the horse. I enjoyed myself very much! It was a much needed diversion from my work situation. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE... Tue, 3 May 2016 09:03:45 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/2/16!! Good Morning! I have a busy few weeks ahead of me with doing my final close of the books for this company and looking for a new job. It appears my last day will be either May 20 or 23rd (apparently they don't like to lay people off on a Friday...weird). Anyway, I'm laser focused on figuring out my next employment situation now. <BR> <BR> Thank goodness I've been working out and taking care of myself. I might be feeling a lot worse if I hadn't been. It's hard to keep my chin up, but I'm ... Mon, 2 May 2016 08:56:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 5/1/16!!! Happy May! I'm sore from a twelve hour day of hard labor yesterday. Today we need to try to move completely out of our house. I finished emptying and cleaning three bedrooms and they look great. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Sun, 1 May 2016 09:42:10 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/30/16!!! There goes April! Can you believe it? Our Lompoc house closes next week or the week after so we need to get the rest of our stuff out. There isn't much left but the kitchen will be a pain to pack up. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 30 Apr 2016 09:57:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/29/16!!! Good Morning!!! It's Friday, woo hoo!!! <BR> <BR> So yesterday I applied for something like 30 jobs and today another 5. I'm starting to really feel the pressure of needing to be very serious about finding a job. There are so many good ones out there. I just need to get in front of the hiring managers and make a good impression. I'm beginning to think my address is hurting me. If anyone googles my address and sees the long commute, they may be totally overlooking me. I'm beginning t... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:04:06 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/28/16!!! Good Morning!! It's Thursday so that means dance class tonight! I'm very excited. As we get closer to the recital I'm starting to get a tad nervous about being on stage, but I know it will be fine. It's a pretty supportive group!! <BR> <BR> Today I'm working from home but doing very little actual work. I'm spending time getting focused on the job search. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:09:42 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/27/16!!! Good Morning!!! It's Wednesday, so we are half way through the week. Yay!! <BR> <BR> Without taking up too much time, I'll just update you guys to tell you yesterday I went to the parent company's office to discuss how I do my financials. I have to get access to my accounting system for the guys on their side, I have to show them what I do and I have to go there and do that for the April close in two weeks. If that's not clear that they don't need me anymore, I don't know what would be. ... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:41:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/26/16!! Good Morning!! Here I am at the parent company office in King of Prussia PA. I have to tell you I am not happy to be here!! We have an absolutely wasteful day of meetings. I could be looking for a job!! LOL. That's OK, I have the rest of the week to do that. <BR> <BR> I've finally accepted that I am done here soon. All I want is a chance to clean out my office before they come and tell me to go home one day soon. I'm planning on doing that later this week and maybe over the weekend i... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:50:47 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/25/16!!! Happy Monday! I'm a little sore from all of the lifting and tearing out we did on the new house this last weekend. My hubby will continue working on the house during the weeks as he finds time, then this next weekend we'll try to get as far as we can! I'm excited to work on a new project, but even more so to finish it so that he can move up here with me! <BR> <BR> Today will be a walk at lunch on the beach. <BR> <BR> Jen - What's the new tat going to be of? Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:27:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/24/16!!! I need to do some grocery shopping here before heading up north, food is a lot more expensive in Half Moon Bay! I also need to see if I can find a burlap kind of material for making cute lunch bags for the wedding day. They decided they wanted to do a picnic lunch, so I'm making bags that will hold a split of champagne a long with lunch. <BR> <BR> Today we'll do more work on the new house and maybe take one more trip to the storage container. We have all of the carpet out and taken to the du... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 09:14:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/23/16!!! I'm back at my old house this weekend, working on the new rental we bought. It's going to be a lot of cosmetic work, but it will be worth it. We'll be able to rent it out for about $800 more a month than the payments so it worth it. Lots of heavy lifting and such in my day today. I'm a little sore from yesterday's pulling carpet and wood wainscoting off walls. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 23 Apr 2016 08:03:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/22/16!!! Happy Friday!!!! I'm ready for the weekend! We have a dance competition this weekend, and so far in our family everyone is healthy and rested. I'm hoping it's a fun weekend. <BR> <BR> There's so much to do today! I have an interview at 10, and we have to pack and get the house ready for us to leave. I'll do a little work, but not too much. :) <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing well. I'm feeling better today than I was earlier in the week, so that's nice. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACT... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 08:00:11 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/21/16!!! It's hard for me to believe that April is almost over and that I've now been at my new job for a month! I will have to stop calling it my "new" job soon! Things here are moving right along and I'm enjoying heading up the ERP implementation. It's amazing how software can now move all the way from the growing end to sales and forward marketing and end up in accounting. This is the biggest implementation I've done and I'm excited to see it through. <BR> <BR> I'll take my lunch time walk and I'm... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 11:04:17 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/20/16!!! Good Morning! I'm late, so just a quick start to the thread here so we don't end up with two! <BR> <BR> I'll come back later and chat...... <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 20 Apr 2016 11:09:06 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/19/16!! Good Morning!! It's another pretty day here, and I'm enjoying it, even if I am stuck inside for most of the day. <BR> <BR> I got a call from a friend who used to work here and is now a recruiter for a different company. They are possibly looking to replace their Controller and she thought of me! I'm glad I reached out a few weeks ago to her to let her know I was looking and to keep me in mind if she heard of anyone looking for a Controller. I sure didn't think it would be her company!! ... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 09:50:51 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/18/16!! Good Morning!! It's Monday! I'm doing all that I can to approach every day positively even with all of the uncertainty here at this job. I really walk in every day thinking they might lay me off today......which is a terrible mindset to have but there's so much uncertainty I have trouble finding peace with this. I am just taking this one day at a time, doing my job and looking for another one. I'll come out on the other side of this happy and in a great place I am sure, but in the meanti... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 10:10:12 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/17/16!!! Jon - I am with you in spirit over your loss of your mother. I hope you are at peace with it as much as possible. <BR> <BR> I went out and bought fresh juices and stuff for breakfast for the kids. It's been a great visit! I'm so happy that everybody is so compatible. The kids are a little sad that we won't have this house and therefore no reason to be in Lompoc (which isn't quite true since my sister lives here). <BR> <BR> Now that they've heard our upcoming plans and see how much happier I... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 10:31:54 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/16/16!!! Happy Saturday! The kids are all here and so is the dog! It's fun to be back in the old house for a gathering. The kids feel weird with only a little bit of furniture, but that's life. We sat around the fire pit last night, chatting and drinking wine. It was really nice. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure what we're doing today, I'm betting we'll let the kids dictate. I will try to clean the blinds and some stuff like that to ready the house for the new owners. <BR> <BR> What are you guys doing today? Sat, 16 Apr 2016 08:58:12 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/15/16!! Good Morning!! Happy Friday!! <BR> <BR> Today I have a ton of work, which is great because I actually like to have a feeling of accomplishment and getting something done. In fact, I have more to do today than I will be able to finish, which is odd for me these days. <BR> <BR> Dance class last night was a blast! I had a great time, even if I can't figure out what to do with my feet in tap class. Jazz is much easier for me. <BR> <BR> We have a dance comp this weekend! Finally we get to ... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:02:14 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/14/16!! Good Morning!! Quick start here because I have to leave shortly for my next interview. This one is with a furniture store company. Quite different than the NYC Ballet! I have to keep on going because you just never know what is going to be the best fit. <BR> <BR> Had a short workout last night since I was home so late. I have dance class tonight! Yay!! <BR> <BR> I'll check in later after the interview! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Thu, 14 Apr 2016 08:57:05 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/13/16!!! Good morning!!! Happy Wednesday!!! I have a long day of work ahead of me, but I'm looking forward to having actual meaningful work to do today. I don't get that very often with the new organization. <BR> <BR> The interview yesterday went well. It's so hard to read people when all depends on their read of me and who the competition is. I just know I did my best and I will send a killer thank you note today. Then I know I did all that I can and the rest is up to the C... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 09:06:12 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/12/16!! Good Morning! Today is the day of my follow up meeting in NYC. I'm very excited! I know it may not turn out to be the dream I am hoping it is, but right now I'm up about it, and I need something to be up about! <BR> <BR> Busy morning here at work, then off to the city. <BR> <BR> I continue my streak of exercise! I'm so happy!! Last night was a great workout. I finally understand why people look forward to exercise! Woo hoo!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Tue, 12 Apr 2016 07:48:50 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/11/16!!! Good Morning!! It's Monday again.......and I have a ton of work to do. Which is good because I need something to keep my mind occupied today. I'm so excited about my interview follow up tomorrow. I am doing all that I can not to get ahead of myself mentally, but excitement over being asked back for a follow up is normal and I'm letting myself get just a little bit excited. <BR> <BR> I have plateaued on the weight loss, but I think that is due to the time of month and also some of the irr... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 07:35:34 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/10/16! I'm having one of those sleepless nights! I've been up since about ten pm and I just can't get back to sleep. I have a long drive home to Half Moon Bay and I really don't want to be sleepy on it. <BR> <BR> Anybody doing something fun today? Sun, 10 Apr 2016 06:16:14 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/9/16!!! Happy Saturday! I get to see my hubby in person today! I'm really feeling for Kourtney with her hubby being in Japan! I'm not sure what all we're doing today, but at least it's going to be with him. <BR> <BR> I slept in today which I really needed but haven't been able to do. I don't sleep well when I'm not in my bed...and I haven't been in my bed now for two weeks. I keep waiting for the new bed to become "mine" but it hasn't happened yet. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 9 Apr 2016 10:32:11 EST Good morning swimmers! 4/8/16 Hi folks :) didn't see a thread so I thought I'd start one real quick. <BR> <BR> Last day in the warehouse! Counting down the hours and planning a stop at the y on my way home. Happy Friday! Fri, 8 Apr 2016 11:15:53 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/7/16!!! I should have walked down to the beach at sunrise, but I was trying to do connectivity stuff...which always takes longer than you think. I did get my car all set up with my new iPhone. It's amazing how all the new toys play together. I still don't have Internet at the house, but that is supposed to come online today (let's hope). <BR> <BR> I will walk at lunch today. Yesterday I couldn't get out because we had a company luncheon. It was fun to see the 300 people that are actually all here. S... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 11:04:19 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/6/16!!! Good Morning!! Happy Wednesday!!! I'm so glad that I am working from home again today. I actually have a lot to do and it's nice to just dig into the work and not spend time commuting. <BR> <BR> Later today I have a riding lesson and I'm pretty excited about that. I'm loving riding again and that is so nice. <BR> <BR> It's still pretty darn cold so Jon is going to have to wait a little longer to test that water temp!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 6 Apr 2016 07:35:39 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/5/16!!! This team has been really quiet lately! Where are you guys? <BR> <BR> Lots of meetings today at work. This will be the first executive management meeting that I'll have attended and I'm looking forward to it! I'll go for a walk to the beach at lunch time. What are you guys up to? Tue, 5 Apr 2016 11:16:41 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/4/16!!! Good morning!! We are starting off the month of April with a little snow.....hmmmm...hopefully it starts to warm back up soon!! <BR> <BR> Today I have a deadline at work, then the rest of the week I continue my job search. This is really getting old.....I need to find something else soon!! I know I will, it's just a matter of continuing to push hard on it. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Mon, 4 Apr 2016 09:27:20 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/3/16!!! We went exploring in South San Francisco yesterday and that was fun. We didn't get in a hike but did do lots of walking. It's really nice being this far north. <BR> <BR> Jon, how'd the gardening the snow?! <BR> <BR> Jen, jazz sounds wonderful. Sun, 3 Apr 2016 09:41:32 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/2/16!!! Happy Saturday! We're lounging in bed since it's warm and the sun isn't up yet. We're going to explore the area and find a place to go hiking today. I am loving living up here. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up today? Sat, 2 Apr 2016 08:27:42 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 4/1/16!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Friday!!! I am so happy it's Friday! <BR> <BR> As Laurie posted yesterday, we have some happy news in our swimming family! KellyIM had her baby boy yesterday! Such joy!! <BR> <BR> We have family coming to visit this weekend so we are planning for that. Lots of extra food in the house!! <BR> <BR> Today I'm spending time doing minimal work at my current job and also reaching out in my network to keep looking for leads on jobs. I'm going to find the right place for... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 09:12:33 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/31/16!! Good Morning!!! I'm at the Philly office today and it's just kind of stressful. This whole thing is hard but I am doing all that I can to keep a positive attitude. <BR> <BR> However, I continue with my awesome work outs and I know that is helping me manage my stress!! I'm working to build on that feeling of power to push me to keep on going strong on my job search. <BR> <BR> Dance is on spring break, so there's no dance class tonight. I'll miss it! It's really an awesome mood booster. ... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 08:30:47 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/30/16! I hear the fog horn going so it must be foggy out. It's still dark so I can't see it. I woke up at 2:30 and couldn't get to sleep so I figured if Heather hadn't started the thread I would get us going. <BR> <BR> I posted pics on fb from my walk at lunch yesterday. It was so beautiful out. I won't get in a lunch walk today because the president of the company is going to take me to lunch and give me the grand operations tour. I'm excited to go see that side, especially the wholesale gardens ... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 06:47:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/29/16! Gorgeous walk to work today! I am really enjoying it. My first day was a whirlwind and I have lots of people to meet and meet with all week. This seems like it's going to be a good fit and I'm excited. <BR> <BR> Hopefully I won't have a lunch meeting today as I'd like to start my daily lunch walk. <BR> <BR> Have a great, on plan kind of day. Good luck on the job interview tomorrow Jen! Tue, 29 Mar 2016 11:19:05 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/28/16! I'll do a quick start before I head.out for the first day on my new job! Wish me luck. It's so cool that I just walk out my door and down the street to get there...and there's the ocean across the street! <BR> <BR> I'll have to post some pics on fb. There is a stable across the street between myself and the ocean - Heather your be in heaven! <BR> Mon, 28 Mar 2016 11:28:58 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/27/16! Happy Sunday! I've moved into my new house for the most part. My hubby will have to bring me up some stuff next weekend, but I'm set for the upcoming week at my new job! I'm excited to see how this new phase of life goes. <BR> <BR> Happy Easter! I forgot today was Easter... We will take a walk to the beach and to the store. I'm loving being only a mile and a half from the store. My new rule is to not take the car, only walk. <BR> <BR> Do you guys have Easter plans? My daughter is in Mexico... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 10:15:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/26/16! Happy birthday to me! Typing the date was funny because my birth year is 1961 so I had to think twice. <BR> <BR> We're up in our new company house in Half Moon Bay! We're going to need to go get some additional furniture, but it's very nice. There's a balcony on the second floor that faces the ocean. I think that's where my morning coffee spot will be! <BR> <BR> We're going to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for their opening of their new Baja exhibition tonight and that should be fun. Plus we'll... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 10:03:22 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/25/16!!! I've been a little frazzled with all the things going on in my life, but I would have sworn I logged on yesterday! Where did yesterday go? Our house went up on the market yesterday and someone came by to look at it - they put in a full price offer! Our realtor wants to keep taking offers and look at them on Monday. She thinks there's a good chance the house will get into a bidding war. How great is that?! <BR> <BR> So I'm all packed up and ready (really?) for my new adventure! I pick up the ... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 10:02:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/24/16!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Thursday! I'm "working" today and then off for a few days for Easter, and I'm so happy for that. The sheer misery of this job is just becoming unbearable! I'm so focused on getting out of here now. <BR> <BR> It's a beautiful spring day, and for that I am very grateful!! <BR> <BR> I have now lost slightly over 10 pounds since January. I'm REALLY excited about that!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Thu, 24 Mar 2016 09:47:36 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/23/16!!! Today I'm doing the last of the painting and cleaning, then the house goes up on the market tomorrow! Exciting times. I get the keys to my new company house on Friday! I am still amazed that all of this is happening. It seemed like I had so much time to get stuff in order and now here I am packing up my stuff. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Wed, 23 Mar 2016 10:02:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/22/16!!! Hello! It's a beautiful sunny day here in NJ, and that is helping me feel very good! Coming to this job is a real's so time to get out of here!! I'm definitely working on moving on. <BR> <BR> Yesterday when I was checking in at the guard desk at the Chrysler building I had a surreal experience as I heard some guys talking while they were checking in, and they sounded all cool and hip and I thought, what kind of people talk like that at a business meeting? Well, I'll tell you... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 09:08:29 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/21/16!!! Good Morning!! I'm on my way into the city for an interview at noon! I'm very excited. I'm fully committed now to finding a new job and I hope I'm able to do that soon! <BR> <BR> I've been keeping up my exercise so I'm happy about that too!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Mon, 21 Mar 2016 07:07:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/20/16!!! Happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> Awesome picture Jen! <BR> <BR> Thanks for starting the thread yesterday Heather. NYC Ballet? Oh please get that job. Maureen says we'll come visit you and go to a show! <BR> <BR> I was MIA yesterday because I had an interview to go to! On Friday I went up for a first interview and they invited me back on Saturday to meet the owners. They tell me they are going to make me an offer tomorrow! Then I'll have to decide between jobs... <BR> <BR> So it was a six hour rou... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 13:32:54 EST Good Afternoon Swimmers, 3/19/16!! Hi! I have a little fun news and wanted to share, and I noticed there was no post yet for today, so I thought I'd start one! <BR> <BR> I have an interview set up Wednesday at noon with the New York City Ballet for their open Controller position. I'm pretty excited!! The way things have been going I'm trying not to get too up about any one thing, but this one is just exciting to think about. The possibility of working at the NYC Ballet is so cool!!! Who knows? I'll go do my best...... <B... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 14:11:08 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/18/16!!! Good morning!!! Happy Friday!!! This was a long week, and I'm so glad it's Friday!!! I'm looking forward to a nice weekend. <BR> <BR> I have two meetings set up with recruiters on Monday. I am very hopeful that they will help. One person is someone I've worked with here for about 12 years as she has been the person who supplied our temps for our operations. She is so excited to help me find a job!! <BR> <BR> Dance class was tons of fun last night. I really needed it!! <BR> <BR> Ha... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 09:41:44 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/17/16!! Good Morning!!! Happy St. Patrick's Day! <em>137</em> Hope everyone has a great time today! <BR> <BR> I'm back in the Philly office. Was here all day yesterday for a very demoralizing day. I knew I wasn't going to get the job, but it was confirmed yesterday. They are bringing in an outside candidate. I so have to get out of here. My job now is to do as little as I can here without getting fired and focus on getting new employment. I'm focused!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE da... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 09:04:00 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/16/16!!! We'll see if we double post today, but I figured since it's almost nine here I better get something going. I am filling out information for my background and reference check so I forgot to get on here this morning. After I finish with the job stuff then I'll paint the middle room which is the last one that needs a total paint job. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Wed, 16 Mar 2016 11:42:51 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/15/16!! Hi all! I have to take kitty back to the vet this morning. He's still not feeling well, but he seems better than yesterday. He has a very bad bladder infection. Poor baby. <BR> <BR> Work continues to be a challenge. I really am not thrilled with this organization. But, I'm still employed so that's a very good thing! I've started on my three phase plan to start my own business as a CPA in private practice and have a solid plan and goals to reach. I'm pretty excited! <BR> <BR> I conti... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 07:43:12 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/14/16!!! Good Morning!! I had a difficult start to my morning as I had to rush the cat to the vet. Bladder infection. He's being treated now. <BR> <BR> Quick post here then I'll come back soon!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Mon, 14 Mar 2016 10:35:11 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/13/16!!! Happy Sunday! We are working on the house today and then taxes (boo). Tomorrow my sister and I are going to go on an adventure! We're taking the train from Santa Barbara to LA to go to the fabric district. I will have to restrain myself from buying anything, but it's always such a kick to go there. <BR> <BR> Kourtney - Eleven days! Woo hoo! Jay and Maureen close on their triplex on the 22nd of the month. We don't close on our new house in Santa Maria for another 40 days...and by then I'll be... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 12:18:13 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/12/16!!! We got lots of rain yesterday - it was awesome! Today is dawning clear and beautiful. You gotta love coastal California for it's ability to bring daily doses of vitamin D! It will be interesting to live further north with more fog. The great thing about it will be the ability to go explore further north and there are so many good kayaking places! <BR> <BR> I got my hallway baseboards and crown molding painted, now today I'll paint the walls "vanilla cream". When it's time to repaint I questi... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 09:32:43 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/11/16!!! I better get the thread started! I was talking on yesterday and realized for you east coaster's that it's after nine. It looks like it's going to be beautiful here today, they say we're supposed to get some more rain which would be great. <BR> <BR> I have the hall to paint today and maybe one bedroom, we'll see how far I get. <BR> <BR> Have a great, on plan kind of day! Fri, 11 Mar 2016 09:12:34 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/10/16!! Good Morning!! I'm hitting the ground full speed this morning to get my financials done for the month. We have a craft fair that starts tomorrow afternoon and I have to be ready for it! <BR> <BR> I continue my daily exercise, and am actually starting to really look forward to it, almost craving that time. Yay!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Thu, 10 Mar 2016 08:02:24 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/9/16! I hope you all slept well. I've been up since 4 am, but that's pretty normal for me. The night before I woke at 1:30 am and I ended up getting up at 3 to finish painting the den. ...I figured I might as well be productive. Sleep is so important for health, but I know my sleep issues surround the whole job search/offers. I think I am going to take the job up north because they just keep working with me and offering me more to get me to come their way. I really, really like the people and so it... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 08:53:43 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/8/16!! Good Morning! Quick hello from outside Philly. Working and interviewing today. I'll catch up later. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 8 Mar 2016 09:56:24 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/7/16!! Good Morning! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I had fun at a dance competition yesterday. Poor Sydney was still sick, but she rocked it like the pro she is!! <BR> <BR> Quick post here, then jumping head long into a long day of work! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! It's going to be warm here this week, yay!! Mon, 7 Mar 2016 09:09:07 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/6/16! It's hard for me to believe that it's already March! It's suppose to be rainy today but I'm not going to believe it until the drops start falling. It looks a little cloudy... <BR> <BR> I have painting on my list today, what are you guys up to? Our kids slept over last night so I'm excited to see them this morning (I don't know when they got here). We've been dog sitting which is always nice. Sun, 6 Mar 2016 09:38:40 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/5/16!!! Good morning fishies! We have RAIN! Not pounding rain, but big drops and hopefully it will continue for days. It feels like it's in the fifties, so not warm or cold. I was out in my bare feet and it was fine. <BR> <BR> So Jon, did you dive in? I've done that so many times at this time of year in the ocean. <BR> <BR> Today is another painting and packing day. I got the whole closet clear, so that was super great. There really isn't too much left...well...the kitchen, but I won't do that unt... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 10:24:02 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/4/16!!! Good Morning!!! I hope everyone is having a great Friday! I'm super busy at work, which is good I guess. I think I may have to work tomorrow, which isn't good. :( <BR> <BR> Quick hello this morning, then back to the work! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Fri, 4 Mar 2016 09:40:29 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/3/16!!! Good Morning all! I am in the office, but leaving here by noon for my last PT appointment at 3, then HOME!!! I'm very excited to get home today. <BR> <BR> Emotionally I feel a tad beaten up by what is going on at work, but honestly......they can either take me or not, I can't control that. I can only control my actions, and I am striving toward as much positivity as I can. <BR> <BR> I continue my healthy eating as much as possible and I have continued my exercise streak. Yay me! I have... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 08:02:23 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/2/16!! Good Morning! I had a good night of sleep in my hotel, so that means the day will be easier. I worked out in the tiny gym. They have a pool, but it's outdoors!!! So, no swimming here. <BR> <BR> I have been riding weekly, Jon. I guess I'm just not posting up about it. And now that it's getting lighter and warmer, I'm going to ride more. Yay!! <BR> <BR> I'm off to get breakfast and then over to the office. It should be a good day. I'm staying one more night even though I don't think I... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 06:47:31 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 3/1/16!!! Good Morning! Working at the other office today, so late start here. I'm trying very hard to integrate myself into this system. We'll see how it goes. <BR> <BR> Quick post here so we don't have two threads!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Tue, 1 Mar 2016 10:41:24 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/29/16! Leap year! I had a friend when I was young who had his birthday on leap, of course, we always teased him that he was 3. Fun day! <BR> <BR> Laurie - Hello! It's so good to "see" you! I haven't had any time to go to fb where I see our lost tribesmen. Kelly is definitely showing - yay! I'm so glad that your business is going so well that you are too busy to keep up, that's really excellent news and just what we were all hoping for, for you. I'm sure you'll get them all wrangled soon a... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 08:46:38 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/28/16! Happy Sunday! I'm sore and stiff today, but it's not a bad feeling. We packed and moved a load to our storage, then painted and such. After that we went to our son's house and helped them pack and clean so they could move. <BR> <BR> Today will be more packing and goal for the day is to finish the den (600 sq ft, so it's a big room) and then we'll go over and finish help our son with the final cleaning. Tomorrow he starts a new job and a new life! <BR> <BR> What are you guys u... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 10:36:00 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/27/16!!! Happy Saturday fishies! Wow, where did February go? I can't believe how busy I've been and I'm not even working! Today will be some more packing and painting. My den is almost done so I'm very happy with my progress. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Yay for having warmer weather for you easterners! Sat, 27 Feb 2016 09:31:31 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/26/16!!! Good Morning!! Well, I was supposed to be at that awesome final interview right now, and I have to admit I'm still a bit bummed about that. But, all I can do is move forward with a positive attitude. <BR> <BR> I've decided to take a half day off today. I'm going to do a little bit of work this morning, then take off this afternoon. I think that will help with my mental outlook. <BR> <BR> I have a fun weekend ahead of me, so that should help as well. AND, I've continued my RELENTLESS pur... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 09:18:54 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/25/16!! Hopefully we won't double post, but I figured with all of Heather's coming and goings she might not get on here until later. <BR> <BR> I took my final test yesterday and finished another class towards my master's degree! We also finished up painting and fixing up my sister's cabin at Shaved. (Jon, it's a 4,000 sq ft ultra modern home.) We had fun. Today I'm going for a job interview! It's funny, I've only sent out two resumes and I'm having two interviews. We'll see if this job sounds fun. <... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 08:30:39 EST New here Hi! My name is Dana and I am returning to SP after a little more than a year away due to a foot injury. I have been told that the injury is now considered permanent which means walking is pretty limited and the weight is moving in the wrong direction. Time to change that and get back at it with a positive attitude (most of the time) and a new activity of swimming (I dislike getting wet) Yay!!!! Wed, 24 Feb 2016 22:58:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/24/16!! Good Morning!! Thankfully this meeting has come to an end and I am able to leave the hotel today. I will spare you the details, but suffice it to say that while it is going to be a bit difficult to move on from the place I have worked for 14 1/2 years, it won't be too hard. The leadership here is abysmal and I can't keep sitting here watching the company be destroyed. <BR> <BR> So, it's all rainy and I have to drive out of the city today, so I'm not too thrilled about that. I'm waiting... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 06:53:05 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/23/16!!! Good Morning!! I slept terribly last night, so I'm going to work out tonight instead of this morning. Today is day two of the meeting, and hopefully it will be mildly interesting. I doubt it though. :) <BR> <BR> I'm making the best of it though by talking to my friends and enjoying the time with these folks I've worked with for so long. Depending on how it all goes,it may be the last time I seem a bunch of them. Of course, I can't tell them that!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 07:26:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/22/16! I know Heather is heading for Phili so I figured I'd get things started. We are up at my sister's cabin at Shaver Lake and I'm looking forward to sunrise! We're up in the pine trees and there's snow on the ground, but it should get up in the high 50s which is perfect for snowshoeing. Great exercise and so much fun! <BR> <BR> I will study this morning in prep for my test on Wednesday. What are you guys up to today? Mon, 22 Feb 2016 08:51:38 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/21/16! Studying then packing for some snow fun, Shaver Lake is so beautiful, I can't wait. I love to visits the snow and play in it! We're going to leave this afternoon, so I better get some stuff done. <BR> <BR> Heather - the interview was a phone interview with the head corporate accountant (who will make the decision). It went so well that we ended up talking for an hour. I liked her and the situation I'd be coming into a lot. The final process is meeting with the hiring committee which sounds ... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 10:21:40 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/20/16!!! I've scheduled my test for Wednesday so I need to really get some good studying in beforehand. My sister is going up to her "cabin" up at Shaver Lake on Sunday so hubby and I decided to go with her! We're going to see snow! I'm bringing my snowshoes and plan to get in some really great snow walking in the beautiful mountains! I am bringing my computer and will study and take the test there...why not?! <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to this weekend? Sat, 20 Feb 2016 10:55:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/19/16!!! Good Morning!! <BR> <BR> I'll make this quick so we don't have two posts, although I doubt Carol will post this morning since she has an interview! Good luck Carol!! <BR> <BR> My interview yesterday was great! It was a cool company and a cool job. They liked me and I liked them. We'll see if they ask me back for the second round. My guess is they do. <BR> <BR> Just a normal boring day of work here. Snooooozzzzze. I'm feeling quite certain that the parent company isn't really going t... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 09:34:36 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/18/16!!! Good Morning!!! <BR> <BR> Great news from my morning! My weight is starting to go down! I have lost three pounds in two weeks. I feel very good about that! I just have to keep going like this, and I will hit that goal weight and get this diabetes under total control! Or maybe even be cured. I don't know if you can even be cured of diabetes, but I guess if you can consistently keep the blood sugar readings in normal range without meds you are cured, right? <BR> <BR> The sun is out an... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 08:01:05 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/17/16!!! I'm up and studying early this morning. I plan to take a break in a couple of hours and go for a long, hilly walk. It's suppose to rain (!) later this morning so I want to go early enough to miss it. Where is our El Nino? <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Is it cold and snowy on the east side of the states? Wed, 17 Feb 2016 08:44:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/16/16!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Tuesday. <BR> <BR> Well, I woke up to several inches of slushy ice on my driveway and a slushy, icy road so I'm not going to make it into the city for my interview this morning. I hope they can understand that, but if they don't, then I don't think I would want to work there anyway. <BR> <BR> So, I'm going to work here for a while this morning, then go into my office. I actually have something to do that's kind of interesting today. Yay. <BR> <BR> Things are chu... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 06:10:28 EST good Morning Swimmers, 2/15/16!!! I hope everyone had a nice Valentine's Day. We celebrated in the morning and then did the usual...studying for me, house packing and touch ups. It was so beautiful out that we took a break to go enjoy it. <BR> <BR> Pretty much the same for me today. I've set a goal to try to finish the book for my current class today...but it's a pretty unrealistic goal. I have 7 more chapters to get through the practice problems. Work on the house when I need a break and walk mid-morning. Mon, 15 Feb 2016 09:35:48 EST Happy Valentine's Day Swimmers! Yesterday it got all the way to 79 degrees! It's February...I can't believe it. My best friend said it got to be 97 in's usually freezing there in February. What is up with this weather? Where is our El Nino? <BR> <BR> Today is studying, another hike and packing up the house. What are you guys doing today? Anything special for Valentine's? Jon is taking his wifey out for dinner (or is she taking him?). Sun, 14 Feb 2016 12:05:54 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/13/16!!! Happy Saturday people! It's looking like another gorgeous day here. I am going to get some studying done and then get outside for a hike. I need to spend some time on packing too. <BR> <BR> My weirdo protocol is going great. After four days of fasting I've moved on to the veggies only for two weeks. I woke up with no pain in my hip so I'm cautiously optimistic! <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 13 Feb 2016 10:08:40 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/12/16!!! Good Morning!! Happy Friday!!! <em>244</em> I'm so excited for the weekend. <BR> <BR> Two weeks from TODAY I have my final meeting with the company that I am sure wants to make me an offer. I CAN'T wait!!! And I got another call on a job and I have an interview scheduled for Tuesday morning. Not sure about this one, but it sure can't hurt to interview for it. I have to get out of this's really bringing me down and kinda crushing my driven behavior. <BR> <BR> That... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:51:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/11/16!! Good Morning!!! It's going to be a busy day here at work, so this is just a quick hello! <BR> <BR> I have my super healthy food to eat today and my focus is on being as healthy as I know I can be. I have about 33 pounds to lose, and if I take off 2 pounds a week, I can get there in about 5 months, give or take. So, by July 11, I should hit my goal. <BR> <BR> I'm doing a full re-set here on SparkPeople to use all of the tools available to me. I will track regularly, I will measure myself... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:26:14 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/10/16!!! Good Morning!! Today is the day I go back for my follow up to my physical. I'm hopeful the only bad news is that I am anemic. <BR> <BR> I've continued my daily workouts, and I am very proud of that!! Slow and steady wins the race!!! <BR> <BR> I'll come back later with an update from the doc. <BR> <BR> Carol, I meant to comment on Sunday that it's awesome that you and your kids hang out together. That's my goal for when Sydney is an adult!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 10 Feb 2016 07:34:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/9/16!! Good morning!! We got a tiny bit of snow overnight, so like the wimp that I am, I'm waiting until it's light before I leave my house. It's just starting to get light out now, so I'll probably leave very soon. <BR> <BR> I continue with my PT and I'm so happy that my this tendinitis is starting to ease. It's insane that I went to a doctor about 5 years ago and he didn't just send me to PT. In just four treatments I'm feeling a lot better. The consistent walking is actually really helping ... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 06:50:06 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/8/16!! Good Morning!! Late start to my day here so just a quick hi! <BR> <BR> I had a great weekend of horses, the kid, hanging out at home, and relaxing!! Yay!!! Also, I worked out each day! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Mon, 8 Feb 2016 10:05:17 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/7/16!!! What a lovely week end we've had! Yesterday was an excellent paddle day. We drove over to Morro Bay and kayaked across to the strand then hike over that to the ocean. It was a gorgeous hot day. Jay even dove into the water but didn't stay long since it was icy cold. We got to watch whales and dolphins. The dolphins were playing in the surf riding waves, it was awesome. <BR> <BR> Today we're hitting the pool and hanging out. Then we'll all go our separate ways. It's great having kids that lik... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 09:48:49 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/6/16!!! We're up in Cambria with all the kids celebrating our son and Maureen's engagement! We going kayaking today and I can't wait. I love that the whole family likes to do active stuff. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to today? Sat, 6 Feb 2016 08:44:47 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/5/16!!!! Good Morning and Happy Friday!!! It's snowing at work, but not at home, so I started in to work, then hit the edge of the snow, and then turned right back around. I hit the grocery store, so now my errands are even done for the day!! <BR> <BR> PT continues well. I'm very excited about fixing my feet. I also went to dance class last night, and did my best to make it easy on my feet. I didn't wear my tap shoes for tap class, so that made it easier not to slam my feet hard into the ground.... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 09:35:21 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/4/16!! Good Morning!!! Quick start here so we don't have two threads, then I'll come back and share news. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing great! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!!!! Thu, 4 Feb 2016 09:43:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/3/16!!! My cold seems to be lifting (yay!) and so today I plan to work on a job search then take a walk and work on school work. Sounds like a good day to me! Wed, 3 Feb 2016 09:34:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/2/16!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Tuesday! <BR> <BR> I still haven't heard from either of the places where I interviewed, so I sent them each a nice follow up email this morning. One sent back and out of office and she's not back until tomorrow, so that may explain why I haven't heard anything. I'm getting anxious. I'm still sending out my resume and looking, but either of these jobs would be nice jobs, and so I'd like to just know if they want me or not so I know where I stand. Ugh!! Patience is ... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 08:29:36 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 2/1/16!!! Good Morning!!! It's the first day of February and it's over 40 degrees already at 9 am! Wow, this has been a NICE winter so far!!! <BR> <BR> The dance competition season kicked off yesterday with what the school calls the "Informal Performance". It's literally all of the competition dances performed one right after the other. It was so great, and Sydney rocked her solo!!! I was so incredibly proud of her!!! I always am proud, but she has worked so hard for this so I was even prouder t... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 09:11:02 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/31/16!!! Ooooh if you are friends with Maureen (Armonia) on fb...go check it out! <BR> <BR> Raining hard here today! Yay! <BR> <BR> Makes me want to curl up with a good book! Sun, 31 Jan 2016 12:18:25 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/30/16!!! Can you believe we're going to be writing February starting Monday? I was sorry I was too busy to come back and chat yesterday, you guys had a lot going on! But I was busy leaving my job! Now I'll be able to concentrate on finding a new one and in the mean time on finishing my master's. <BR> <BR> It's raining here (yay!) so I'm not sure what we'll do. Hubby is still coughing so he should stay quiet today. <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to? Sat, 30 Jan 2016 10:53:23 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/29/16!! Good Morning!!! I have the day off and so far I have gotten my blood drawn for my physical. That's about it. Now of course I am handling several work issues....what else is new? <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:40:36 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/28/16!!!! Good Morning!!! Happy Thursday! Since I have tomorrow off, today is my last day of work this week. Yay!! I have enough to keep me busy through the day so it should go quickly. <BR> <BR> Literally right now we are having a fight over what my 13 year old is going to wear to school today. Ugh. So much fun! <BR> <BR> My exercise streak continues and I'm so excited about that! <BR> <BR> I'm off to another doc today to follow up on the tendon pain. I hope I get some PT so I can get rid of... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 07:23:55 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/27/16!!!! Good Morning! Today I'm going for a physical with a new doctor. I really disliked the old doc and I'm hopeful this doc is much better. <BR> <BR> Also I had a phone interview with the parent company's CFO yesterday for one of the jobs I'm interviewing for. It went very well!!!! I'm really hoping for an offer but I'm not holding my breath. There are lots of jobs out there if this one or the other one from last week don't pan out. <BR> <BR> The workout streak continues. Yay!!! <BR> <BR> H... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 07:29:39 EST Good Afternoon Swimmers, 1/26/16!!! Hi all!!! Sorry for the crazy late start to the thread! <BR> <BR> Things are busy here at work. I'm also having a phone interview today with the CFO from one of the companies I interviewed with last week. Both interviews went well and I think I would seriously consider an offer from either company. Yay!!! <BR> <BR> I continue my streak of working out every day. I have to say I'm super proud of myself!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:12:30 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/25/16!!! Good Morning!!! I hope everyone who got hit with snow is dug out and safe. It wasn't too bad at our house, so that was nice. <BR> <BR> Quick start here, then I'll come back to chat!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:51:50 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/24/16! We are back in Puerto Rico and now that we changed our flights, we'll have to figure out something fun to do. On Friday, once the weather really started hitting, we decided to be proactive and change our flight from flying to Newark to trying to fly somewhere on our side of the world. In order to do that we had to change our flight to Monday and give ourselves another day of vacation! It's all we just need to find a good beach to go swimming at! <BR> <BR> What are you guys up to t... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 05:51:07 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/23/16!!! It's been tough to get a good Internet connection on the ship...even though I paid a lot for it! The web page doesn't load right either. <BR> <BR> Today we're having a relaxing sea day after being in Curacao yesterday and swimming for about two hours. I am amazed that neither one of us are sore after about three hours of kayaking followed by an hour of swimming the day before. The seas were really rough day before yesterday and it was a lot of fun working the chop. Yesterday the fish were br... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 09:03:48 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/22/16!! Good Morning! <BR> <BR> I'm gonna post this quickly so we don't end up with two threads, then I can come back and catch up! <BR> <BR> Get ready for the snow! Blizzard is hitting the east coast! Well, we need at least one snow storm or it wouldn't be winter. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!! Fri, 22 Jan 2016 08:56:28 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/21/16!!! Good morning!! Happy Thursday! The day is dawning bright and cold here, not a flake in sight. I keep hearing conflicting forecasts, ranging from less than an inch, to 8 or so inches. I'm a bit confused, so I think I'll just see what happens since no one seems to know!! <BR> <BR> So, today I have an interview! I'm so excited! I have one tomorrow too, so it's a really nice way to end the week. I love looking for a new job, and these actually seem like decent options. Send me good vibes... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 08:27:53 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/20/16!!! Ummm...cold weather huh? Well, you know, you guys are usually complaining of it going on and on by now, so I count you lucky. Me? Hehe, I can't complain. It's probably 75 at 8am sitting around the pool getting ready to do some studying. If the studying doesn't work I've got plenty of books on my Kindle. <BR> <BR> Tom caught a nasty cold/flu so yesterday we didn't end up snorkeling and I didn't have the heart to leave him, so we had a quiet day. Quiet days are nice. Today is a sea day which i... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 08:04:00 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/19/16!! Good Morning all!! I'm having a nice start to my day. So far, no interaction with the parent company.....LOL. <BR> <BR> Just a normal day of work today, and then off to take kid to orthodontist. <BR> <BR> I'm so ready for a change of scenery at work....I'm going to blog about it so as not to hog up all the space here! <BR> <BR> Stay warm, those of us in the deep cold!! I think the wind chill here today is 1 degree above zero!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Tue, 19 Jan 2016 08:47:05 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/18/16!!! I hope we don't double thread, but I wanted to come by and say HI! from the Caribbean. We are in St Thomas today, just pulling into port. In about 15 minutes we leave to go sailing and snorkeling! Pretty fishies here I come!!! Mon, 18 Jan 2016 06:41:26 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/17/16!!!! Good Morning!! I hope Carol is having a blast on her vacation!! I'm having a pretty good weekend! I had a great ride yesterday on the horse. Today I will walk on the treadmill. Soon I will even get back to the pool!!! <BR> <BR> I have some alterations to do on my daughter's costumes. Some I can do myself, and some have to be done by someone else. I have to at least pin those today. <BR> <BR> We also have to clean this house!! It's really bad!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 11:36:48 EST Good Morning swimmers! 1/16/16 Hi folks :) <BR> <BR> just swinging by and thought I'd start the thread. Heading out to attempt a swim (feeling much better today) and meet with a local art consignment store about joining their shop. <BR> <BR> Have a great Saturday! Sat, 16 Jan 2016 11:16:33 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/15/16!! Good Morning!! Just a quick hello today. I'm still swamped finishing the year end financials. Yikes! <BR> <BR> I really am ready for something new.......after I get the year closed today, I'm going to really buckle down, do research, and find a new job!!! I like the two possibilities I have for interviews, but I need to keep the feelers out there and reaching for the next new thing! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Fri, 15 Jan 2016 08:01:04 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/14/16!!! Good Morning!! <BR> <BR> I just had an AWESOME phone interview! I am so excited. If they can come up with a decent salary, and I think they can, I would leave here in a heartbeat. I'm not loving this job anymore......just not loving it. I need somewhere that what I do is appreciated and noticed.....and this isn't the place anymore..... <BR> <BR> I've continued my daily exercise, and I know that is contributing to my good mood. I just love the fact that I have been so consistent. Clear... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 09:29:25 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/13/16!!! Good morning!!! I sure hope Carol is off and enjoying her trip! I can't even remember where she is going this time. Is it the Caribbean? I hope it's somewhere awesome. <BR> <BR> I'm now really ready to leave this awful job. It's time and I'm focused. My goal is to have a new job by April. :) <BR> <BR> My streak of working out every day is still going strong. I am so happy I have worked out every day in 2016!! Woo hoo!!! <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!! Wed, 13 Jan 2016 09:39:03 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/12/16!!! Woo hoo - vacation starts tomorrow! Which, of course, leaves me with tons of work today. I'm up and in here early and I'm going to get it all done! <BR> <BR> I'll probably need help getting threads started while I'm away, so if you notice there's no thread, please feel free to start one. I should have Internet for most of the trip, but out on a ship it can be iffy or slow. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 07:24:38 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/11/16!!! Happy Monday! I'm scrambling to get everything done before leaving on vacation, or at least delegating intelligently. Looks like our rain has stopped for a couple of days which means I can get in a walk this evening. I thought I'd walk to my friend's house for a visit. I have seen her in awhile and since she's 85, I really need to make more of an effort. <BR> <BR> What's on your agenda for the week? Mine is VACATION on Wednesday! <BR> <BR> Kourtney - Don't know if you saw my post the other ... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 10:48:49 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/10/16!!! We leave Wednesday for our trip! I have so much work to accomplish before I leave and I haven't packed anything yet! I'm going to get cracking on my work and come back later. <BR> <BR> What's up with you guys for today? Sun, 10 Jan 2016 09:37:57 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/9/16!!! I forgot to post first thing this morning...hopefully you're all sleeping in - haha. I'm at work trying to get stuff done before I leave on vacation. Leaving on the 13th of January was a really dumb idea - note to self for next year! <BR> <BR> It's raining here, so not sure what we'll do for exercise today. Knowing how our rain goes, I'm hoping for blue skies later today. How about you guys? Sat, 9 Jan 2016 11:20:30 EST Good Morning Swimmers - 1/8/16! Morning all! <BR> <BR> I've been pretty absent on here this week so apologies if I missed anything big! Starting a new year, quarter, AND sprint this past week has meant work has been pretty crazy. I worked long hours Monday and Tuesday but am proud to say I worked normal hours Wednesday and shortened hours yesterday. We also went out as a team last night to a bar across the street and had a great time. Plus, it turns out that THAT BAR HAS GOOD WINE!!! First inexpensive, reliable wine place... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 07:20:49 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/7/16!!! ...well, we'll see if we double post again. It's 8 am my time so I'm thinking Heather is busy. <BR> <BR> I'm working on year end accounting work and have the bankers coming by soon, so I need to get back to it. Looks like it's going to be over 10k W-2s this year - whew! <BR> <BR> It's going to be walking for me today, it's raining with lightning and thunder. I hope it goes on and on and on though, because we need the rain. Thu, 7 Jan 2016 11:04:52 EST Oops - Double post I forgot to double check to see if Heather had posted at the same time! Wed, 6 Jan 2016 09:24:40 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/6/16!!! Good Morning!! Oh my, I started typing this an hour ago and then didn't finish!!! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing great today. We have heat in the office, and it's not so cold out, so it's a much better day in the office! <BR> <BR> I did my workout last night! Yay me!! Momentum is a good thing. <BR> <BR> Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!! Wed, 6 Jan 2016 09:24:20 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/5/16!!! I hope your hubby gets better quickly Heather...and don't you catch it too! Sounds like fun to have the old boss coming in to help, especially since the other company knows you're attached to him and that certainly can't hurt. <BR> <BR> It's RAINING and as Goriana said, it's supposed to keep it up. There's some areas south of us and north of her that have burned so there may be slides. The county/state agencies are doing a great job of preparing for the worst. One year they didn't do that an... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 09:50:26 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/4/16!!! I guess I'll get the thread going before starting up at work. We are supposed to get RAIN today! We've had a little, but the weather app says 100% at 7 am...I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Every time they've said we were going to get rain it followed with a "not really". We have burn areas that will be scary for slides if we get the kind of rain they are saying we'll get this week, but we need it badly. <BR> <BR> I'm in a lot of pain today, so my exercise will probably just be a half hour wa... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 09:37:12 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/3/2016!!! Brrrr it's cold here! It's supposed to get cloudy and maybe rain later, so we're going to walk the mission earlier today to try to beat it. I finished a class yesterday! Well, I haven't gotten my final back, but I'm sure it should pass. <BR> <BR> I'm going to have a quiet day and clean house while on the phone with my bestie Susan. Sun, 3 Jan 2016 11:25:11 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 1/2/16!!! Woo hoo for 2016! <BR> <BR> I loved Kourtney's blog and if you haven't seen it, go to yesterday where she posted a link. Kourtney, I think you did a great job of summing up how far you've come this past year, even though you've gain some weight. Refocusing on your health is exactly the right thing for this year! <BR> <BR> Today I'm working on the paper that I put off yesterday (Kourtney - I am back in school getting my master's in accounting). But I put it off in favor of finding good, acti... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 09:59:49 EST Happy New Year Swimmers, 1/1/16!!! Happy New Year!! <em>409</em> I hope everyone had a nice evening ringing in the New Year in whatever way you celebrate!! <BR> <BR> We barely made it to midnight, then went straight to bed! Even the two 13 year old girls in our house were out like lights minutes after the ball dropped! <BR> <BR> We often find this time of year we get a lot of new members on the team. That's so exciting!! If you are new please take time to get to know us and let us get to know you by posting on our thre... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 10:33:02 EST Happy New Year's Eve Swimmers, 12/31/15!! Well, here we are at the end of 2015! I hope everyone had a great year! If you didn't, then I sure hope that 2016 gets off to a good start for you. <BR> <BR> We are having a relatively easy night at home. My daughter is having a friend over, and hubby and I are cooking various tasty items for dinner! We'll ring in the New Year then go to bed quickly so we can get a good night of sleep! <BR> <BR> Happy New Year everyone!!! <em>408</em> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 13:44:27 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/30/15!!! How was the new restaurant Jon? I love trying new hotels, restaurants and music venues! <BR> <BR> Does anybody have fun stuff planned for their New Year's celebration? I'm afraid we never make it to midnight. Getting up at 4:30 am as a routine mostly kills late night activities. Although, when we were on board the sailing yacht there was a meteor shower so the captain turned out all of the deck lights and a bunch of us sat up there watching for falling stars. We made it until after midnight! Wed, 30 Dec 2015 10:17:52 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/29/15!!! Wow, it's almost 2016! I have a meeting to prepare for so I'm starting the thread and will try to get back here later. This is the hardest time of the year at work! <BR> <BR> Jon - hope you don't have to spend too much time at work today! Tue, 29 Dec 2015 10:14:07 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/28/15!!! We'll see if we double post this morning! <BR> <BR> We have rain! ...and it's cold - brrrr. Well, it's 41 degrees which is probably colder that you east area people! Has your warm front continued? <BR> <BR> Jon - I'll keep my fingers crossed that you get a new and affordable indoor pool! <BR> <BR> Laurie - You'll be fine with the new business. After all, this is what you wanted. You'll have control of your destiny and (hopefully) make a nice, decent living at it. <BR> <BR> I love our year... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 10:18:55 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/27/15!!! Looks like it's going to be a cool and clear day here. We haven't gotten much over 60 degrees the last couple of days and that's pretty cold for us! I still have a house full of family which is really fun. I love having all the family around. The house is pretty much a disaster with 7 people in it. It's funny to think I grew up in a house with 7 people because this feels like so many now and it seemed so normal then. <BR> <BR> I think we'll be going to the mission for a walk later today, unl... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 10:12:29 EST Good Morning Swimmers, 12/26/15!!! Christmas day was great! My sister, her husband and their new puppy came over! The puppy is adorable and super smart. They've only had him for a week and he already knows a bunch of commands. He's one spoiled little boy! Maureen's dog did not approve so he had to be outside while we played with the puppy. <BR> <BR> Today I'll do some studying, plus we want to go see the new Star Wars movie and we're talking about doing a hike. I love having the family all over to visit. Sat, 26 Dec 2015 11:22:35 EST