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7/29/15 9:21 P

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Veena, when do you leave for LA? And how long will you be there? I hope the weather is wonderful for you!

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Trying to catch up. A lot going on. Deb I am glad you had a good talk with your son and that the visits went well.

Laurie it is great your condo is progressing. My parents have told me how hot its been in Dallas. It has been very hot and humid here too. It is good you can walk outside.

Shari I hope the surgery and recovery goes well.

Getting ready to go to LA. I hope everything goes well.

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7/29/15 5:18 P

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Ha ha. On Saturday a store clerk told us to stay cool (because it was a relatively hot day) and I told her that we just moved from Dallas and this WAS cool!

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Lot's of writing--but it's nice to know they all love you!! :)

I envy your outside walking today! It's bad here--though a colleague just got back from Dallas and said Dallas made here look almost cool!

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Just as I was complaining about nothing being done on the condo, I got a call from the electrician. He was pulling wires yesterday and wanted to finalize the placement of outlets and switches. Woo-hoo...progress!

I just got back from my lunchtime walk and my blessing for today is the ability to go out and walk at noon in July without dying of heat exhaustion. It's breezy, but warm and pleasant.

Challenges: I sent out the electronic version of my newsletter that updates folks on my resignation from Wycliffe and what's going on up here. I got an overwhelming number of people who responded (and that's truly been blessing upon blessing!), but now I have a big pile of return correspondence to get to. And I need to get the paper, snail-mail version done and mailed out.



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I'm doing the same 'postponing', Laurie! We can deal with it!!

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Shari, it's so great that reconstructive surgery has come so far. When I started in nursing, hip and knee replacements were brand new.

Deb, I'm not afraid to weigh, I'm afraid to update my SP weight. My weight is so fluid up and down right now that I keep hoping that a downward trend will start and I'll match what I have recorded. I suppose I should be honest with myself, though. Sigh. I sure hate seeing the lost ground.

Blessings: A quiet office today! There are people normally doing training in the group of cubicles near me, and it's very hard to concentrate on writing code while they are talking with clients. Our company has a big conference off-site and most of them are gone to that. Yay--two days of peace!

Challenges: It looks like nothing has been done on the condo for the past week or more. I'm lulled into a waiting state, but I really need to get on the stick and get a loan pre-approval because once they start going on the condo it won't be long until it's ready.

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7/28/15 1:25 P

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Ohmygosh, Shari! That will be really hard. But it sounds like it's totally necessary--dang. And thanks for the support with the kids--it got better after that!

Blessing--good visit...and now some time of rest!!!

Challenge--I am afraid to weigh. Really.

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Deb-You did exactly the right thing...prayed and then talked to your son about it when there was an opportunity to do so. So glad your mind is at ease. It seems highly inappropriate that his
m-i-l would make public declarations about such private matters, but good came out of it...your prayers.

Blessing: We have some nice gatherings coming up that we will host and participate in helping the host. A good way to move toward the end of summer.

Challenge: I finally saw a hand doctor yesterday for my right thumb pain that I have ignored for the last 3 years. He said it is "gone" and I need replacement surgery, as well as reconstruction of the thumb itself for an injury he says must have occurred at some point. I scheduled it for 9-1 and the biggest issue will be not being able to get that hand wet for 3 weeks. My elderly neighbor looked at me when I told her and said, "That's bad, because your are a clean-freak!" 10 weeks is the window of time for recovery.

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Too much info, below--sorry about that!! :) I was pretty freaked out! I talked to my son, and it looks like my son's m-i-l was speaking from what she wants, not what is actually going on. Felt much better after talking to him.

My challenge at times is being the mother of adult kids! It's easy to over-'direct', even if just in my head...when of course I have no ability to direct at all.

Blessing is what a fun day we had yesterday--went to a place outside of Branson called Top of the Rock, which I cannot really describe well at all--nature tour on golf carts, lots of waterfalls, cave bar, cool restaurants, a wine cellar bar/restaurant, and a fabulous chapel all looking over the lake--I think we will re-do our vows there in May, for our 40th...if it is $$ feasible, anyway!

And my weight is going in the right direction again.

Challenge--Letting my adult kids be in charge of themselves!!

And eating right on the float trip--so much fun junk food associated with water!

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7/23/15 11:00 A

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Well the arrival/party went swimmingly! Only glitch was that one couple wouldn't leave--but they were friends of the kids, and we parents just finally went to bed!

I didn't overeat at the party, which was less self-control and more too busy, but whatever, I'll take it. I did gain over the past week, but less than I feared--still 'fix-able' pretty easily, I hope.

I have made my 10,000 plus for days, but not enough "active minutes", hard workout minutes most days. And I re-started weights today--that has to happen. So I hope things are moving in the right direction.

Blessing is that everything was so fun, all went well, and it's great to enjoy my son.

Challenge is that his wife's mother is actively discouraging her from having children. Constantly, using every conversational tie-in. She (my son's m-i-l) encourages adoption, because she herself was adopted, but even with that, she discourages little ones.

It hurts me. I'm not against adoption, but to not have your own, when there are 15 families for every baby, makes no sense to me. And older kids who can finally be adopted have so many serious and challenging issues--why would you chose that if kids are "too much trouble"?

And what is my son doing in all this? Why is he going along with it? I need to go pray about this, actually.

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I wear a pedometer faithfully. I set a 9,000/day goal a while back, but really do want to make at least 10,000. But I'm lucky these days if I get above 5,000. Sitting on my butt at work all day doesn't help!

I know what you mean about enjoying the moment. We are going up to visit my sister this weekend, and I fear we will fill the time with activities. Surely things will slow down when winter arrives!

Challenge for today...enchiladas for supper! Portion control is mandatory.

Blessing: I'm really enjoying the overnight cool down--it's great sleeping weather.

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That really is daunting. But I bet the new place will be lovely when you get it done!!

Do you wear a Fitbit, Laurie--I can't remember. I am often amazed at how many steps I get just running around doing stuff in the house! But that's not the same as actual 'working out', and that's the part I need to add in. I did not do well on the trip--lots of great restaurants and great food, which does not make for great weigh-ins. Not good today. I will wait till tomorrow to change my tracker...hoping perhaps it was just a fluke!

My blessing is my son and his wife and her parents coming tomorrow--so many great things planned. And we got everything done--we even got a garden fountain when we were hanging out in Rochester, and that's up in the new patio!

The challenge is to stop and breathe, to enjoy them, not just the doing.

And to enjoy them and not just the special eating, too!

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I pretty much gave up on getting photos printed and put into books several years ago. It just got to be too much, and once I let it slide it gets worse. We put a few up on the wall and call it good!

I just don't know where the time flies by to (isn't that just the most grammatical sentence?). When I think of everything I need to do yet, it's overwhelming. Have to get pre-approval for a mortgage loan, shop for insurance, get our license plates and title transfers, drivers license, shop for new appliances, paint the new place once we have walls, MOVE! I don't see things getting any slower for a while. And that is my challenge--to keep all the craziness from taking over my mind. I haven't made my daily steps goal in a long time and I've pretty much abandoned trying to track food. Ugh. It will be good when we get back our normal lives, though I don't want to wish summer away.

Blessing: The weather has been nice enough to go out walking at noon. Veena, I don't miss that blast-furnace summer in Dallas!

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7/21/15 12:08 P

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Dang--I wish I could be there tonight!!! What fun!!!



Someday I want to travel the world just going to live performances of vocal music.

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On the other hand--photo projects are a nightmare. And they're never ending. If only there was a way to hire it...

Blessing--we're home. Finally, I can get ready for our company.

Challenge--all the things to get ready for our company!

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7/21/15 11:40 A

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Veena-I hope our weather becomes "normal" before your visit. We have had the highest humidity I can ever remember experiencing in the summer. The rain was welcome, and as a Chicago-raised gal, I enjoyed the thunder & lightening.

Deb-Sounds like a great trip. I hope you can get to the place where you can just "rest" and not be thinking of the 100 things you could be doing. (I know how that is!)

Blessing: Won tickets to the Hollywood Bowl for tonight (not sure where we will be sitting). Carmina Burana is on the program. (Forced sitting, Deb!!)

Challenge: Remember that photo project from 8 years ago? I really, really want to get that out of the way so our room upstairs can be most comfortably available to any visitors. I have to admit, I really see it more as a chore than enjoyment.

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Deb I hope your time in Rochester goes well. Thanks for sharing the pictures of the remodeling. I did not realize that there were several Veena Sharmas on Facebook. I indicated I live in Alexandria Virginia and my picture is the same as the one on Spark People. I will send you friend request.

My challenge is going to California for my high school reunion August 7-10. It is such a long journey but I really want to do this as I do not know how many more times I can go to California unless I move there and I do not want to do that yet. I envy all who can travel to different places. It is hard enough for me to go to Dallas and California.

Other challenge is this heat. It is brutal with the humidity. At least the weather people are saying it should get better by Wednesday. Lets hope so!

Blessing was seeing a friend who use to attend the church I sometimes go to. She and her family moved to Oklahoma last year. She and her son are visiting here this week and I and some other friends are also going to have lunch with her on Friday.

Have a great week everyone!

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Blessing today is some time off. We have been going like crazy, and having to send the weekend in Rochester between Friday's appointment and Monday's has created a "doing" vacuum. We've been sightseeing, and learning the history of Mayo Clinic, and relaxing together.

The challenge is that I hate down time!! :) It reminds me of days at sea on cruise--makes me crazy, and reveals to me how deeply I am into a "doing" mindset!! I'm trying to learn the "kick back and just be" attitude..but it's hard!
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I could be working on the house--thinking of how great Shari's remodel is just makes me want to go DO things!! ;)



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Wow--beautiful!!!


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Veena--Thank you for sharing that link. What an interesting story. Beautiful! My husband reconstructed 2 homes in Montecito so we used to spend a lot of time in S.B. We hadn't stayed there in years. This time we rented a home and did different things (visited the Botanic Gardens--fantastic, went to different beaches...) It was great.
Deb-Not surprised that you are enjoying 4 days. One of the best things about my job!
Laurie-How wonderful that you will have a new condo to move into. Our house is almost 60 years old and we have replaced virtually everything, but I always think how nice it would be to have a brand new place.

I'm going to try to post a couple pics of our bathroom remodel. (Not sure why these rotated. Any suggestions on how to fix it?)

Blessing: Getting my eating under control. I am asking myself, "Am I hungry right now?" Not surprisingly the answer is mostly "no". When it is "yes" I am endeavoring to make good choices for dealing with these 3.5 pounds I want to lose. I am understanding that my desire to eat is a pleasure-seeking attempt. There is no pleasure when I succumb.

Challenge: Being helpful to the people in my life without taking on a burden mindset. Always trying to live in the balance.








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7/14/15 10:28 P

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Veena, there are lot's of Veena Sharmas, but I can't find you. Any hints?

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The link did work, Veena, and what a cool story! Amazing! And your mother is so beautiful. Really lovely that they have been able to contribute their family story to the history records!

Blessing--coming up on the end of the prep for company. Honestly, it could go on forever. And work has been good--I do love 4 days.

Challenge--getting everything done and heading out of town, right before they get here. Very challenging!

My other challenge is this: my historically flat stomach seems to be going out of control My weight is pretty much the same. I think many crunches are in store for me. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Deb its been so rainy here in DC and sometimes hot. I continue to wish it would rain in California.

Shari I love Santa Barbara. I went to UC Santa Barbara.

Deb and Shari remodeling is exciting! I am sure it is very nice.

Laurie I am glad the house is coming along.

I think I mentioned my parents were interviewed by Dallas Morning News. It was finally
published on 7/9, I did this link so I hope it works.

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Let me know how it goes.

Deb I am on Facebook too. Veena Sharma.



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A long way--but it will go fast! Wow--Exciting!!

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Just a quick post.We are up at my brother's place celebrating Mom's 80th birthday. This photo is the state of the condo we are having built. Seems like a long way from being done.

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You're very self-disciplined, Shari--you'll get back on track! And I love Santa Barbara--sounds like a wonderful time.

Laurie, hope the new job is getting settled in, and the new place is working. Do I understand--you're building something? I was not sure.

Veena, hope it's not too hot there!

We've been remodeling to beat the band, and I look forward to being on the other side, too, Shari! We're coming down to the wire, especially since we have to be gone the end of next week till the first of the following week. Gary's going up to Mayo to get another set of eyes on his neck. Hope they give us something clear and definitive. No matter what it is!

So--my blessing is I'm finally almost well. That was the longest I've been sick in ...well, years.

My challenge is finishing this 'getting ready' stuff up, and then being content with who and what we are. My son's wife's parents are coming with them to visit. We stayed at their beach house on Whitby Island a year or so ago. It was wonderful to wake up and look out on the ocean--it was amazing. We have a very nice house--but it's just a normal house! And certainly no view of water, let alone the ocean!

But my dear son will be here!!! Yay!!!

One more thing. I'm on here less and less--anyone else who wants to be Facebook friends, so we can keep up, you can friend me on Facebook under Deborah Kukal. Actually, my husband's brother's wife is also on there as Deborah Kukal!! But you'll see me in the picture when it's me! And she's in Utah, I'm in Missouri.

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Wow, Laurie, so glad for the blessed outcome of lives spared! What a scare!

Veena--Happy Birthday late. My husband's was on the 6th and we rented a home in Santa Barbara for us and our daughter's family, Friday-Wednesday. It was GREAT!!

Deb--I certainly hope you are feeling better now.

Blessing--Our remodel projects are completed, we have a lot of get-togethers planned throughout this summer after having enjoyed our little vacation in S.B.
Challenge--I have been the least disciplined about my eating in 5 years. I will get on the scale Tuesday and come to terms with the resultant gain. Self-discipline is called for, and possibly some deeper examination of why I've been so "care"-less.

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Thanks you guys. It will indeed be a memorable Fourth!

Sorry you are still feeling so crummy, Deb. I hope you can get something to knock that out of your system.

Happy birthday, Veena! I'm glad to hear you had a good trip to Dallas. Crazy summer they are having, hey?

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Oh Laurie I am so glad you and your family are okay. That must have been so scary!

Deb do you have a sinus infection? When I get sinus infections the doctor sometimes gives me steroids too. I hope you get better.

I had a nice trip to Dallas. It was wonderful to see my family. My sister and nephew from California came and he is now so big! I just missed Tropical Storm Bill going to Dallas and bad weather here in DC when I came back. DC has had so much rain it is unbelievable. That type of weather is not good for sinuses.

Still celebrating my birthday. I had a good time with friends on the 4th of July despite the heavy rains. I was glad the fireworks were not canceled Wednesday my friend in Maryland is taking me out for lunch as she was out of town for my birthday. That should do it for the celebrating.

Have a good week everyone.



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Oh my gosh, Laurie--that is terrifying. Makes me sick at my stomach--and how much worse for you! SO grateful you are all ok--and thankful for Divine intervention!

My big challenge is that I'm still sick--and so sick of being sick. Got on antibiotics yesterday, but if I don't see more change by tomorrow I'm going to get them to add steroids--this is just enough!!!

Being sick didn't stop all the holiday eating, but it did slow it way down. But not enough to call it a blessing! :)

Blessing is antibiotics...and steroids if needed, and the ope of feeling like myself again soon.

And the safety of friends!! Man--that will be a story the family will tell for years to come!!

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We had a scary adventure on Saturday. We were visiting my nephews for the holiday in lower Michigan. It's a tradition for everyone to float down the river that flows past my nephew's house. We never should have attempted it, though. The river was high and my nephew's mother-in-law got pulled under water and was taken by the current. My nephew's best friend swam after her and got caught in a roller at the foot of a dam. I was being pulled way too close to the dam and nearly got swept under, too. So three close calls! I started praying when Rita went under and Eric went after her and felt a wave push me into the current going downstream. Rita was under water for a really long time, but came out down river where the rest of our party was. Eric got pretty banged up on the rocks and was very fortunate that he popped out of the roller. That's not supposed to happen. The cooler and the two lost floats were still trapped a couple hours later. So praise God, because that's the only way at least one of the three of us weren't killed! That's my big blessing for the weekend.

My challenge is to recover from all the good eats from the weekend. My nephew is a good cook and we had to sample it all! And we visited a couple wineries. This coming weekend we have two birthday celebrations that will be challenging (in the food department) as well. Need to ramp up the activity!

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It's true--the 4 day week is grand...though it does have me eying a three! :)

Glad you're starting to find your feet. I've not lived that close to the farm--actually sounds nice, despite the occasional aroma. The mosquitoes, however--NOT good!

Blessing is the end of a long day. I got --well I believe it is an allergy, but ohmylord, it is horrible!! But I was able to have a bunch here after church yesterday anyway, which was good.

Challenge - Supporting my dear sister as she deals with her son's behavior in his life and his marriage, and the divorce which certainly should be coming. Right now she'd keep the d-i-l.

Mothers. We always think it's our fault, and that we should be able to fix it. I do myself. But then, I guess because I see so many people with horrendous backgrounds, many of whom work hard to do the best they can anyway - I say NO! to that. In fact--it's his fault.

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Deb, a four-day workweek sounds wonderful! I must admit that I'm getting a bit jealous of high school friends who are starting to retire.

We spent the weekend in northern Wisconsin with my brother's family. Overindulged a bit in the goodies and didn't get in very much activity. It was a very laid-back weekend that almost felt like a mini-vacation. A very nice break. The only bad thing was that I've forgotten about the summertime menace up in the northwoods---hoards of mosquitoes. They sure like me (must be because I'm so sweet--HA), I look like I have chicken pox. Next time we'll be sure to get bug spray on before we go out!

Blessing: We are starting to settle into this small-town living a bit. There are still conveniences we miss from living in a bigger city, but the friendly, laid-back environment here is nice. And there are days when we realize we are living in a farming community--when the wind is just right we get eau d'cow poop. Mom and I found one of the sources one evening when we were out walking emoticon

Challenge: Work has because less stressful, but I still have much to learn! Looking forward to the long weekend coming up.

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I just did a weekend visit to my daughter's where we ate huge amounts of fabulous things. I am back to normal, and glad for it.

Laurie, starting a new job sounds - well, too much! But I know it can be a good challenge, and I hope it will be.

Veena, I do hope you still get to go--you need a change of scenery occasionally!

My blessing is this new 4 day work plan--I love it!! And when I'm ready, I can go to three...just can't imagine it yet!

Challenge is that we're doing a lot of redecorating kind of stuff. I hate big decisions like that!

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Veena you are right about getting out of Dallas at a good time. Though I've been moaning about the wet,cool weather here. I looked at the weather in Dallas a few minutes ago and the temperature is the same as here. A repo cruise (repositioning cruise) happens at the end of a season when the ships go to a new area... in spring they go to Europe and Alaska then in fall back to the tropical areas.

It's a hard transition into a new job. That's my challenge and will likely be for a while. And the food around that place! There are snacks all over the place! So far it hasn't been too much temptation. I just hope it stays that way. I guess that can be today's blessing!


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Shari I hope you are better after the fall.

Laurie I hope you are settling in your new home in Wisconsin.

Deb how is the eating going? I know you want to do better I believe you will.

Laurie and Deb what are repo cruises? I have never heard about that before.

It has been so hot we just skipped spring. At least the pool is now open. Tomorrow is the bimonthly FBI Alumni luncheon and I am looking forward to that. Then Wednesday I leave for Dallas; however, there is another chance of flooding so I don't know how the trip will be. Whatever happens, if I go or not, it is okay. Laurie you are lucky you moved just as the flooding was ending.

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Dang--I hate the fall for you, Shari, and I'm glad you're recovering. I have started walking again, and am going to try my 'planks' tonight again.

Laurie, your cruise/Rome time sounds wonderful--though I think you're a better packer than I am. I'm a bit of a lover of clothes!! Not horrible...but a bit!

Blessing for the day is a calm evening at home this evening. Last night was really a great time at writer's group, and we'll enjoy having my dad for dinner tomorrow, and going to Art Walk on Friday--but I do love an evening doing lots of nothing!! :)

Challenge--I'm in an unhealthy eating grove. Having to really fight with myself to add vegs--though I am--and I've eaten too many carbs today. No sweets today, so that's better than yesterday. I'm making progress!

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Wow--eventful times for our small group here. Congratulations Laurie on all the wonderful blessings that made your move a success. Best wishes for you as you settle into your new job.
Deb-That cruise info sounds grand. I'm so happy you will be able to enjoy those times once you retire. I hope your back is healing nicely. I, too, slipped and fell! While playing with my dog at the office (laminated wood floors I had "swiftered" the day before). My feet went out from under me and first my tailbone crashed to the floor and then my head. I was EXTREMELY LUCKY, as I was alone in the office. My dog was so upset by it, he came and stood by me for 10 minutes and then retired to his bed, not even moving for food for the rest of the morning. My self-assessment leads me to believe that there is just interior inflammation and bruising at my neck and lower spine, but thank God! I haven't suffered residual issues. I am babying myself (only have taken 1 Aleve, 2 days after and now on aspirin). So Deb, I can commiserate about the exercises, etc.

Blessing: Feeling peaceful after all the surge for the bathroom remodel completion and party.
Challenge: See above!!

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Repo cruises are certainly a very good deal, even better if you can do it at the last minute. We are thinking of doing it some year. Though we'd probably do it east to west. You get a bunch of 25 hour days ;) We found in Europe that public transportation was more than adequate for traveling around. We did a 12 day cruise followed by 8 days in Rome with only carry-ons. That made shlepping around on the trains easier. We looked at staying in convents, but they were kind of restrictive. Most had curfews. We found an apartment to rent and did our own cooking. That was a blast. It felt like we were part of the community.

Today I'm pretty much brain-dead after my first day on the new job. I haven't started a new job in 26 years...before email and the internet. How things have changed! There are a whole lot of self-service expectations that weren't there in 1989. I guess that would be today's challenge.

Blessing: I heard that I may get the closing papers to sign on my townhouse by Wednesday. It will be nice to have that all finished up.

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I cannot believe you have to start Monday! Tomorrow!! No rest for the weary, for sure. Man!

So here's what I learned today. You can go on a 14 day re-positioning cruise from Ft Lauderdale to Rome--with 1 stop at a Portuguese island and 3 stops in Spain--in a Veranda Suite, for...wait for it...$1,099 per person.

And if you travel by rental car, or train, and stay in Monasteries ($30-90 a night, with breakfast), AND if you used miles to get home--you could do a 3 week trip for dang near nothing.

Which makes me VERY happy! :) I will probably not do it next year--I may be working part time at that time, and it's just one leaving date--but still, it's fabulous to know that we will be able to take trips that are amazing and fun and still affordable, when we're retired.

That was my big fun of the day--and visiting a good church this morning.

The not fun was more clouds and rain, but at least we're not in standing water....


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We made it safely up north on Wednesday. We were tired campers, though. The movers finished up on Tuesday around 2:00, then we hit the road and got almost to Joplin that day. Yesterday morning we met the movers at the storage facility and loaded some stuff into my truck to keep with us at my niece's house for the summer, then unloaded it all. Got LOTS of exercise carrying it upstairs. Today I'm hoping for an uneventful day.

B!essings: Too numerous to list! Couldn't have done everything without my friends' help. Details worked out at just the right times. Great driving weather (saw a lot of high water in Texas and Oklahoma). All our stuff fitted perfectly into the moving truck and storage unit. Many more!

Challenges: My townhouse isn't closing today as scheduled. That's a mixed thing. It gives me a little time to catch my breath, but my new job starts Monday and I'll need to squeeze in the closing during breaks. And the post office didn't start forwarding our mail yet, I had to call them. That will be an advantage of living in a small town. I'll probably know the people at my local post office and the mess-ups we've experienced lately should be fewer.

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SO glad it went well--sounds wonderful!!! I love all the excitement--and I totally agree you need down time!! Relax and enjoy, and I hope we can see some pictures.

Blessing--almost Friday! :) And I read an article on Spark--you might have seen it, in the weekly spark--on why you can't lose, and it said one reason is because--you're at your body's correct weight. And more and more I think that's right--but that scares me--dangerous! But I'm feeling more accepting, and comfortable--and focused on exercise.

Challenge is having broken those vertebrae, I've not been able to exercise much, and I can't do any of the stretches I'd been working on for literally months! I will probably try those next week...a little scary there!

Laurie, I hope you made it out of Texas safely! Veena--almost time to go, and they should be dried out by the time you get there, and lookin' good!

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Busy times for all of us...so thankful for all the good things going on! Best to you Laurie in the throes of your move.

The party was a big success. A great turn-out. The food and flowers were delicious and beautiful. When my niece sends me pictures, I will try to share them. The last guests left at 11:15 and we weren't packed yet for our 2 day trip to Disneyland (w/our granddaughter, son and fiancée), so I feel like we haven't stopped. Today is our son's last day before he leaves for Paris for 1 year. Also our daughter's 34th birthday. We will be together for dessert tonight.

Blessing: So glad we've had a wonderful visit with our son and his fiancée.

Challenge: Slowing down our pace. We feel like we haven't stopped moving. But there is always something to do, right? But we are committed to taking a break!

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Deb I am glad you are having a good time with family despite not going to the lake. Yes I am glad about not moving but I am car shopping and it is stressful. I think I will take a break and start again when I get back from Dallas. I will be there June 17-23.

Laurie I hope the rains have not impacted your move. Texas has been in a drought for so long and now to have floods! I wish the rains would go to California where it is needed.

Shari I hope the party went well.

I had a nice time with some friends yesterday. The weather has been good. Looking forward to the pool being opened!

Have a good week everyone!

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Weary sounds right! But those are some seriously good friends. And with everything scattered in odd places, you will be incentivized to get everything unpacked! It's interesting that the rep 'fessed up about the wrong address--I thing that might help me, a little--but it's sure will heighten the level of insanity that is the classic moving circus.

Eventually it will be done!!! Maybe then you can celebrate and go on a cruise! ;)

Veena, maybe not moving has its own rewards! :)

Shari, you're probably ready to drop today--hope the party was a great time!

Blessing--my sister and b-i-l are here, and we have had good family times.

Challenge is not being disappointed--we were supposed to have spent the weekend on the lake, and it's rained pretty much nonstop. Ah well! At least we're not moving!! emoticon

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Blessings: Two friends came over yesterday and packed and packed and packed. One of those friends has been here almost every day this week. It kind of makes us a little crazy not knowing what gets packed where, but hey, we'll eventually find stuff. It's also making getting meals together a bit of a challenge. One good thing...I've lost a couple pounds from all this activity.

Challenges: Well, we are pretty weary at this point. Only a day and a half until everything must be packed and ready for the movers. And the title company rep used the wrong email address to ask for me to sign some papers last Sunday. She got me yesterday and 'fessed up that she typed it in wrong. It will be tight to actually be able to close on Friday.

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Wow, Shari--that is a HUGE big party!! I hope you can enjoy at least some of it yourself! Bet it will be wonderful fun--and how great to get your remodel done in time! Hope the weather cooperates--it will be memorable no matter what.

Laurie, I think your quote re knowing when to overlook what is the best advice here! And Shari's right--eventually, it will be done, and you'll be amazed you made it through! You can do it!

Thanks to you all for your good wishes and prayers. I'm going to use every strategy I know--it's a challenge and can be overcome! :)


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Deb-So sorry, but at the same time so glad that you weren't more seriously injured. At the end of the day, I have found that aspirin is my best pain reliever. In Europe they sell the 500 mg. That is when I discovered...it works! Said a prayer for you. The good thing about taking care of yourself like you do is healing time is shorter. (My rib is much better already!)

Laurie--Sounds overwhelming, but like most things, once you are on the other side, you basically say, "How did I do that?" haha...at least I do.

Veena--So glad you have a trip to visit your family planned. Our weather has been strange; unseasonably hot followed by unseasonably cold. I'm hoping for 75-80 this Saturday for our party...or at least just that the sun will be out.

Blessing: My bathtub is set to be connected to the water & electrical (it is a jacuzzi tub) on Thursday, which will mark the completion of our project. I will try to post a couple pictures. I am really happy with how it is turning out.

Challenge: Of course the party this Saturday. Lots of activity from tomorrow on. I planned it as an Open House (to maximize the number of people able to stop by) so I will have appetizers and desserts out from 1-4:30 and then planning on ordering in pizza (and already have a big salad made) for people that stay on into the evening. I hope it is a blessing for Chase & Michelle!!

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Oh, Deb, I'm sorry to hear of your breakage. Bones will heal, though. Good for you making a muscle strengthening plan.

Veena, we've had a weird Spring here as your family probably has told you. With all the rain we've been getting, the lake levels are rising. They'll be glad of that in the middle of summer.

The move is moving on apace. Yesterday our neighborhood experienced a power surge and half the house was without power. Had to flip the breakers back on. The police were going to check on people because all the security alarms were triggered. And the a/c didn't come on, so we had to have the service guy come out. It was a minor thing to fix, which is my blessing du jour.

Challenges: Getting all our stuff packed. I'm starting to get a little panicky. It doesn't feel like we can possibly get finished by next Tues. when the moving truck comes. A friend is coming over tomorrow to help some, but a lot of people are going out of town for the holiday weekend. And my boss is here from Nairobi, so I have to spend some quality time at the office this week making sure things can limp along until they find someone to do my job. Yikes, yikes, yikes! Just have to take it one day at a time.

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Oh no Deb! I am so sorry. Falling is horrible. Were you told how long it will take to heal? I do not like pain medicine either. Tyendol only for me if I need it. I hope whatever time you can work a 4 day week will be good for you.

Laurie I hope things are going well with the move. Keep us up to date.

Shari good luck with the engagement party.

We have been in the summer mode here. Too hot too soon. I am just glad for air conditioning.

Went to a retirement party at my old office and enjoyed seeing everyone. It had been awhile.

Looking forward to seeing my family in June.

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Well dang. OK, here's my big challenge. Last Tuesday morning I slipped on my stairs, and landed on my back. Didn't think much of it, later went to Urgent care, they couldn't see anything. Sat still horrible, went to the ER, and found via CT scan that I broke the "transverse processes"--the little wings--off of L1 and L2.

And let me tell you, it hurts.

I was taking the muscle relaxers and pain pills they gave me till today. Can't take any kind of narcotic--not even hydrocodone, makes me deathly ill. So the pain pills are pretty flabby. But last night I realized the muscle relaxers are making me sleepy, and I feel blah and numb.

SO--as of this am: I'll take the Tramadol, and Ibuprofen, and that's it. And I am going to start using weights for my arms, and next week I will start the elliptical, for short periods.

Because this is NOT going to change my life! But If I keep just letting it happen to me, it will.

OH--and I can't go to 4 days after all--now they say they can only do 4 days every other week.

OK, I'll take it. But I am pretty disappointed. Will find a way to find a blessing in it tomorrow--nothing comes to me today! :)

Hope the move is moving forward, Laurie--just don't wear slippy slippers on carpeted stairs! :)
When is the party, Shari? Hope all the preparations are coming along well!
Veena, hope your weather's better than we've had here!

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Laurie-So glad things are falling into place. Wishing you the best in your move.
Deb-How wonderful to be able to attend your daughter's exercise class. You look terrific and are enjoying life. I wouldn't worry about that tiny number on the scale!

Blessing: Picked up my son at the airport Monday--first time I've seen him in 8 months. Right now he's in San Fran w/his fiancée, making future wedding plans there next year.

Challenge: Lots of fun things on the calendar this month. Hope I can get all the things done, especially with regards to the Engagement Party we are hosting!!

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Yes, yes, and yes! It's hard to evaluate everything we eat always and forever-and my body may be right. Friends DO only turn 50 once, and packing will still be there. And you are running in God's paths for sure!

Blessing--we really did have a lovely weekend. Wonderful kids, wonderful grandbabies. And I got to do my daughter's Jazzercize class today--that girl does the best Jazzercise class ever! Of course I would think so--but her class people always well me they think the same thing. Really fun, but dang, she gets you working!

Challenge--for me the challenge is going to be not hounding them all week saying "How about that 4 day week" every 20 min!! :) I'm SO ready!

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This weekend does look stormy--all the way down here, too. Hope you have a great visit, Deb.

Having come within a half pound of my goal, I can empathize with your frustration, Deb. And I've been guilty of eating because of that frustration as well. You might be right, your body may be telling you "Enough already--this is my ideal weight!" How do you feel? Healthy? I think that's a better indicator, though I resonate with the idea of building in "sin" margin. It's hard to evaluate everything that passes your lips, especially when you are having fun. It's gotten old.

Blessings: I'm going out for breakfast to celebrate a friend's 50th birthday. Hate to take the time away from packing, but I can't miss the celebration. Stuff will get packed, she only turns 50 once.

Challenge: Huh, what can I say? God is control of this move and when the anxious thoughts pop up I need to remember that. This new job just about dropped into my lap, our condo sold for over asking, we found a mover that quoted us a reasonable price for the day we need him. How can I worry?

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Glad you're feeling better, Shari. It has been a horrible allergy/virus year here, and I feel lucky to have escaped!

My Blessing today is getting to go visit my kids--my daughter's family. Even with a stormy weekend predicted,, I believe it will be fun, and I know it will be good to see them.

But my challenge is some real frustration with my weight, my stuck-ness, and making sense of how I should respond. I have been stuck, literally less than a pound from my goal, for well over a week. And yesterday morning, when I went the wrong way again, after having eaten well the days before, I got so irritated that last night, at a get-together, I just ate lots of whatever.

The real issues is this--I am not willing to eat less, on any regular basis, than I have for the past weeks. I'm just not--I've been exercising well, restrained-to-abstinent on sugars, and have chosen healthy foods. So--this may be my weight.

Which is not unreasonable - it's well down in the normal range, actually closer to underweight. But it's not the magic number I have always held in my head!

I think I mostly want to get lower so I can "sin" and not get into trouble! :) Which is not even rational!

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Wow, Laurie! I'm breathless just reading about all that is going on. How exciting though. And it sounds like things are falling into place, and not just place, great place! So glad for you. Cardinals are my favorite birds. Every visit east (whether, Chicago, Virginia or Wisconsin) I feel happy when I spot one.

Deb-So glad you have the satisfaction of helping your patients amidst the administrative realities. You are right to keep that at the forefront of your mind. I sure hope you get the 4 day. it is a great schedule.

Blessing: I am on the mend, thanks to the antibiotic, a broth preparation prepared by my DH and my inhaler.
Challenge: I have not been exercising because of this sinus/lung infection and if you can believe it, I fractured a left rib by foolishly trying to 2-hole punch a large group of papers. (I know, I know, I know..."there are no shortcuts!!" But I tried to defy reality and force the issue and here I am. When it happened, I thought maybe I broke a rib, but thankfully, I'm sure it is a minor fracture. Gee, what would have happened if I didn't regularly do core strengthening? Ahhh, life!

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Stick to your guns, Deb! A four-day week is great. I did four-day weeks while I was a nurse and loved them. They were ten-hour days, but we never really had eight-hour days anyway, and the extra day off was well worth it.

I start a new job on June 1 and I've had a pile of stuff to get through to get the job and now to prepare for my first day. (Had to do a drug screening--very interesting experience!) I'm still working half days at my old job and have lots to do to finish well, including writing to supporters to let them know I'm resigning. I'm going into a three-month LOA so some things can wait until next month, like dealing with my retirement account and who-knows-what-else.

We are having a condo unit built in an over-55 community up north. It won't be ready until the beginning of Aug. at the earliest. We'll be staying with my niece and her husband until then. So our stuff needs to go into storage (that's another thing we'll be doing up north next week--finding a storage facility). We've decided to have my truck towed by the movers, so that's one detail that's off my mind. We'll only need to drive Mom's car up when we move.

Blessing: The cardinal is back this morning--he makes me smile! But I'm afraid that if they are building a nest they are wasting their time. It won't be very quiet out there and it's pretty close to our windows.

Challenge: Today is going to be a "new" normal day for the most part--work this morning, pack this afternoon. No more showing the condo, no realtor or mover appointments. I'm giving blood later, I hope I have enough to share because I don't have time to schedule a second try. I was going to take the truck in for a once-over, but since we are having it towed, I'm not going to bother.

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Good grief! Wow--that's SO fast! Excellent news about the sale--good to get it done! Are you building up in Wisconsin? You're going to be in a whirlwind--sounds like you've already stopped work? Will you work there? So many things--but still, it's a move home, and that's wonderful.

Shari, I hope you're at least better, and even well!

They're having second thoughts about me going 4 days--but I'm going to wear them down! :) And I did have good things yesterday--and today, too. Some really good times with patients. under all the mess of insurance, and hospitals and regulations--there are patients. And so often, we get to make a difference. Thank heavens--that's what matters!

Another blessing--my DH is home--Oh, and also, we get to go visit our daughter and the grandbabies this weekend!! Yay!

My challenge is that I'm within less than a pound of my goal - and it is fighting me, and giving me a hard run for my money. But I will overcome! And no more slacking off on weighing myself--that's where I get into big trouble.

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Shari, I hope the antibiotic does the trick and that you are feeling better already. We aren't looking forward to the winters, but I'm sure we can squeeze in a cruise to break up the unending months of cold.

Deb, I hope you found something good yesterday to lift you up.

Thanks for all the well-wishes you guys. Things are going by at lightening speed these days. We listed the condo on Monday, I got 3 offers and accepted one today. Closing may be a couple days after we leave Texas, but we can do it by mail and email. Talked to the builder today and will be meeting with him next Weds. up in Wisconsin. Hired a mover today. And in the midst of all that I'm working part days and packing, packing, packing. The fat clothes are evicted and in a new home with another Sparker. I'm weary of packing but we are finally seeing a bit of progress. Now our challenge is to figure out where to stack the boxes we've packed. There are blessings and challenges all mixed up in this paragraph. Right now...I think I'm going to bed!

Oh, one more thing. We've had a cardinal hanging out in our rose bush outside the dining room window--singing and making all kinds of racket today. I think he thought the for-sale sign means he can move in with the Mrs., too!

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Laurie--What wonderful news. I'm originally from Chicago and am familiar w/Wisconsin. I was last there in 2011, visiting my cousin. It is just as beautiful now, as I remember as a child. Winters are tough, but you plan for those. Wishing you the best in your condo sale and move.
Deb--You will love the 4 day week (I've been 4 days for years). And 3 does sound perfect.
Veena-So glad good weather is ahead. Living away from your family must be challenging, but thankfully it isn't that far by plane.

Blessing: My bathroom is almost done and I am gearing up for the visit from my son. We have a lot of great things planned.
Challenge: I am sick for the first time in years. I started an antibiotic today (for a sinus condition), but I lost my voice on Sunday and I don't ever remember having laryngitis like this in my entire life. Additionally I have needed to use my inhaler. Very unusual circumstances for me. I hope I recover quickly. emoticon

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Laurie, the reminder about insurance changing--for the better!!--was helpful. Thanks. Healthcare is just so crazy right now...I won't go off on it again - today at least, but it's really painful.

But how wonderful about the offers! That's the best plan--move from a growing market, into a shrinking one. I hope it works perfectly for you. And fabulous to release your 'fat clothes'!

Veena, how frustrating to not be held to CD by working, but still not be able to be near your family! And it's certainly true that California is usually more expensive even than DC--which is about the most expensive place there is.

We all need some good stuff to drop in today--I'm going to start looking for it!! :)

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Veena--don't apologize about not wanting to move to Dallas. It wasn't my choice to move here, but it kind of grew on me after a while.

Deb--I can understand your frustration with insurance reimbursement affecting patient care. When I worked in an in-house hospice unit in the early 1980's we'd occasionally have to discharge patients to a nursing home because insurance wouldn't continue to cover "acute" care. They'd usually die within a week of transfer. I'm glad hospice care has matured and become better reimbursed now.

Blessings: Our condo went on the market this morning and it looks like we'll have multiple offers already. I'm hoping that means we'll list price for it. Yay!

Challenge: The mountain of packing and discarding facing us is pretty overwhelming. It's getting to the point, though, that it's easier to donate things that have sentimental value but that we aren't really using. AND I must go through my "fat" clothes and get them out of the house!(I guess that's really a blessing emoticon )

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Laurie I wish you the best with the move. I know it will be hard to leave a place where you have lived a long time plus the Wisconsin winters but at least you will be near family.

Deb that is good about reducing your work hours. I wish the government had allowed me to work part time so I could slide into retirement. And its great you will be going to Vienna and to the opera.

I too wish I could make a change. This August I will have lived in the DC are for 39 years. Although I do not have family here, I do not want to move to Dallas (sorry Laurie) and California is just to expensive and the drought scares me. I will try to see what changes I can make here.

We have a really nice two days although it beginning to feel like summer and we missed spring!

Have a good week everyone.

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Oh Laurie! That's big for sure. Much good opportunity and hope mixed with lots of difficult experiences. I'm glad for you and hope the adventure is a good one--even with the sad spots.

I'm getting ready to do some changes as well. Not anything as huge as that--I can see why you haven't slept, frankly. It's a big stressor. Protect yourself, get lots of exercise and hugs, and meditation if you can!

But even without a huge move, this feels big to me. Healthcare is in the midst of so many changes, and though I pray it will eventually end up in a better place, that is not the case right now. Research is clear--CLEAR--that multidisciplinary treatment focusing on coping and movement has the best outcome for significant chronic pain conditions. But over the last few years, insurance has just quit paying for it. At all. And our group multidisc program, like programs all across the country, has finally had to shut it's doors.

And it's taken the heart out of me. I know how much better these patients would do with the group. I know what they need--and how much less progress they can make just slogging along individually. Meds are actually associated with increased death rate as well as reduced function. But insurance will pay meds.

I just hate it--sometimes it helps to know that it's a reimbursement problem, not a treatment problem, but other times it doesn't help at all. Because it's not about me, it's about my patients--then I get sad again!

As I said, it's just taken the joy out for me. And I can;t do it without joy. I am going to go to a 32 hour/4 day 'full-time' schedule this summer, June if the schedule and department needs will allow. And as soon as the department and I can manage it, I'll go to 3 days. I can focus on the good stuff for that long!

Anyway--enough of that. That's my challenge.

My blessing is that I CAN go to 4 days, and ultimately to 3, and I can get back into writing, and the website, and working for For the Children's Sake Foundation--I have a new adventure to live, and thank you Lord it does not depend on insurance companies.

And Shari, I DID book the Opera, and I'm totally excited--it is going to be wonderful!

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Well, it's finally official. I've been offered a job up in Wisconsin and we are moving at the end of the month. I've been pursuing this for a couple months, though it seems longer.

Blessings: Anticipating living close to family. A good job in a stable company with good benefits and salary. I'll be working with my niece and her husband--I hope that's a blessing!

Challenges: All the craziness that a cross-country move brings. I haven't been getting good sleep the last couple night--details dance like sugar plums through my brain all night long. Tomorrow the condo will be on the market, so that's one big thing arranged. Now to find a moving company. And don't even mention Wisconsin winters--not looking forward to adjusting back to that after being spoiled in the south for 30 years. It's going to be very emotional leaving friends behind after living here for 26 years. Good thing we have a good supply of Puffs!

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Deb--Congratulations on being so close to completing your target! Wonderful! And I suggest that you go to the opera in Vienna. When in Italy last April, I attended a small concert in a Church near the Spanish Steps and hear Vivaldi's 4 Seasons performed. It was a GREAT experience. A true highlight of my trip. And my husband and I were just talking this week about how fantastic it was that we saw a guitar troupe at the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona. You will be so enriched by the opera experience!! emoticon

Blessing: Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel on our Bathroom Remodel.

Challenge: Patience, sometimes!

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Sounds like a good program, Shari--enough to do what you need to do. And it's exciting-not long before your son comes home!!

My big blessing is that I am almost at my no-sugar-till-I hit-this goal, which will be nice. I did well, had only one slip after three days of increasing weight, and then dropped down almost to where I'm going. And I'm not going to skip weighing myself again! I got way off track!

And also, some good sessions with patients today--I do love what I do.

Challenge--one of those weeks where there's some thing big every night--but I'm making it!

And I can't decide whether or not to spend the money on the opera in Vienna! :) Which is a good kind of low-worry challenge to have.

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Mary--That is wonderful. I'm sure your son made the best decision!
Veena--You are a very disciplined person, and enjoying the pie was the right thing to do!
Deb--I'm always so happy to see the many good things you have to share. Keep them coming. I know what you mean about missing your Mom. My Mom died suddenly 10 years ago, and today would have been her 76th birthday. It is amazing how the emotions can surface when we reflect on someone so important in our lives, even after so many years.
Laurie--How wonderful to have that group's help!

Blessing: Things are in high gear, finishing my bathroom remodel (Yes...the one I started last October!) and preparing for the Engagement Party when my son visits next month.

Challenge: Following through on my exercise program in the evening...just 45 minutes at least 3 days a week. Tougher than having the morning routine that I replaced with daily Mass.

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Mary great to hear from you. That is good news about your son.

Deb it is good you are able to do gardening with your husband. That is a workout! They say time heals but there are still memories and wanting to call, see the person that is gone.

Had a nice weekend. Went to a service/silent auction dinner at church on Saturday. It was very nice. However, there was pie for dessert and it was delicious! At least the weather was nice and I was able to be outside Saturday before the dinner.

I hope everyone has a great week.

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Hi Mary--glad to see you here. And that's great news about your son--just really wonderful. It's the most satisfying thing to see our kids doing well--and he's doing so well! It must be painful to have to hear that kind of thing from his dad, to feel him being undermined--I'm sorry. Here's hoping your ex will go into therapy and make changes. And say he's sorry, too!

My blessing is a good day of work on the yard yesterday--really fun to see progress on some projects. I wish we'd taken some "before" pictures of the downstairs patio area--just the tearing out we've done has made it better. And another blessing, a real season of closeness with my husband--we've always been close, but lately it's just been special.

Challenges--today is 4 years since my mom died. You'd think it would all be old news--and certainly it is totally different. But still I miss her, and my dad misses her...I wish he felt free to re-engage in a relationship but he just does not. I would love to help him even further forward--he does so well in so many ways...but it's beyond my abilities.

Well--sorry for the downer. On the other hand--it's spring, our whole town looks like an Easter egg party, with trees in pinks and purples and flowers everywhere. And our lilacs smell so good!

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Hi all!

Hope you're all having a great weekend. I surface to say that I'm almost done with one paper and then will start another. Could use positive vibes as my dear colleague at work just left for her maternity leave, and at the same time we've increased our student load by 60%. (And I take care of the students!) This plus exercise are my challenges.

Blessings - HUGE. Number Two Son who has worked SO hard over these years in high school, was accepted to nine schools. He is (wisely) choosing the one that I work for, giving him the biggest boost for tuition support. Plus he'll get a great education. Plus he'll get to look at the Pacific Ocean every day he is on campus (he will do a term of study abroad...watch, he'll probably go somewhere gorgeous like Italy...LOL). He deserves every good thing, and what does his dad say? (my ex-...) "It's your Mom's idea." Well, yes, it is. Even with that distraction, this is a huge blessing. He received scholarship offers from all the private schools to which he was admitted, and did his research on which school would be the most bang for the buck. We are so proud of him. emoticon

Good to drop in. I am done w/ school for the term on Friday, so looking forward to making some new habits. emoticon

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How great! I wish we'd gotten that much done today! And had that much exercise, too.

My blessing is a good time with friends last night. And the beauty of spring. And the fact aht my sister made it safely through her first week in Kenya.

My challenge feels pretty huge right now--and it's utterly superficial, selfish and foolish! We've just started doing so many things on the house, all at the same time, and there's no way we can do them all at once--I feel swamped by it all.

And I want it all done before my son and his wife and her parents come, in July. All new fence--we had been planning for that anyway--new patio furniture, a redo for the guest bathroom and bedroom, refinishing the floors on the ground floor--Aaagh!! And today I also decided I need new furniture. Really?? Where/how do I think this is going to happen, exactly?

As you can see, I'm having some temporary insanity. It will pass.

Remembering what is really important helps. Nan's safe in Kenya. The Rendille have skin and grass houses...and no water. My husband is here, and he loves me. OK, breathe--better. Our house is just what it is--no better, no worse.

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Today's big blessing:

The youth group from work had a service day and came over to remove the unwanted weeds and grass from our yard--Team Superman!

Challenge: I was right out there with them and am going to feel it!

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Veena, that's very cool about your parents. We don't get the paper, but I'll have to check on the DMN website to see if they post the story.

Deb, it will be a big adjustment to move if I get the job. It's to a smaller town than I've lived in since I was a kid. I've gotten used to the conveniences of living in a metropolitan area. Milwaukee isn't too far away, but still, not close either. And the winters--blech! But it's only 5 1/2 years until I could retire, and then we could go visit my brother in Florida if we wanted to escape.

I look at the Fitbits every now and then. Haven't been tempted to spend the money though, with a perfectly good pedometer. Maybe when that bites the dust. I know my brother likes his.

Blessing: Deb your comment about being in charge inspired me. I've been giving in to cravings far too easily, and now I've started giving them a second thought and not giving in so easily. Hope that it's a trend!

Challenge: Waiting...waiting. I talked with my sister this morning and the reason it's taking so long to set up the phone interview is because the person is on vacation. I suspected as much! It's Spring break season. The longer it takes, the less real a move seems. If I do get the offer I know I'm going to kick myself for not being more aggressive in getting rid of stuff now instead of waiting until we pack to move.

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Hi all. Laurie, I want you to go where you want to go--but heading up to the cold seems pretty harsh to me! :) Hope you hear soon, one way or the other.

Choosing where to live is hard. Most of us are where we are because that's where we are! DC is beautiful--and so is California. Texas certainly CAN be--especially now with the bluebonnets in bloom. Of course, there's a lot of nothing there, too! I love where we are...but there's no ocean. But to move--to leave our familiar places, to take a risk and go--that's hard. Though if you're moving back to friends and family, then perhaps it's not so bad at all.

Shari, can you tell us anything about the engagement? And/or he party? Pretty exciting!

Have any of you used a Fitbit? I am really liking mine. In fact, that's my blessing today--the encouragement and motivation I find with it. And the way it's helped my husband increase his movement.

Challenge--today was first time I have really thought about sweets since taking a break. I'd like to reach my goal soon!





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I am glad everyone had a nice Easter. I did too.

Laurie I hope that you get the job offer in Wisconsin if that is what you want. I know my friends keep asking me why am I still in DC but it is hard to move, particularly after I have been here almost 39 years. I had said to myself I will only move one more time and that is to California. And then I hear about the drought and think what would I do.

Shari how is the water rationing affecting you? My sister said it is hard. That is wonderful about your son and the engagement.

Deb I know about sugar. Maybe if I did not have such a sweet tooth I would not have the dental problems I have.

By the way Laurie, my parents got interviewed by the Dallas Morning News. It is doing a story on Asian Americans in Dallas. A photographer also took pictures of my parent's house. My parents do not know when it will be published but they will let me know. If you get the newspaper look out for it and I will also let you know when I find out something.

Still waiting for some nice weather. It is really dreary and raining although we should have a nice weekend.



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