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7/22/13 8:34 P

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linda, you need to go to an old gold mine--you'd come back a millionaire!! you and your found money cracks me up.

i'll have to try that the next time i go to spinning. i got out today in the rain to go and the instructor didn't show up. i didn't want to do a cardio class because i didn't feel very good and my back is still really hurting, so i just ran the .7 of a mile back to work. that still blows my mind--that instead of waiting for a ride, i just ran back to work. i have to go to a meeting at lunch, so i signed up for a 4:45 spinning class.

of course the way it's been raining--pouring now--i might volunteer to row the ark for exercise! i drove home in "hurricane rain" when it's blowing parallel to the ground and now it's doing the same thing. couldn't we just ship some your way?

oh well, whining won't change it, unfortunately. have good tuesday ladies!


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Fitbit won't count all the miles on the bike, but I've heard a few people say it will count more if it's clipped to the shoe or sock on one foot. Don't know if you want to try that. It has gotten me moving more, especially as I made friends on the fitbit site and have a listing of my friends and where they are at to challenge me to try to get ahead of them. For a long time I was 2nd or 3rd on my list of friends.There is one I just can't catch. Then when it was so hot I dropped way down to 7, 8, or lower. Today I'm back to 2nd place because I did a lot the past week (it goes on weekly averages for the ranking). Now to stay there. I also joined a few teams on fibit. I'm on one that just started the first of the month and is going around Australia on Hwy1, which circles the entire continent. That's going to take a while! I'm also climbing the 7 summits of the continents. The one who set that up too the height of each mountain and figures 10 steps per floor is about right and so we use floors to reach the top. And then the Appalachian Trail group. Some days we just post our progress and some days we joke or have a virtual party or make up stories. There is one guy who likes to study the area around where he is on the trail and he gives some history of that particular location which is interesting. Those inspire to move more too.

And yesterday I was going out into the forest and I stopped at a convenience store to get something to drink. When I came out I found a dime on the ground by my passenger from grill. Then I had to wait to get into my driver's door while a pickup parked next to me backed out. When he left there was another dime which had been under the truck until it moved. Good think I had to wait for them. So I found 20 cents yesterday!

Sondra hope you are doing well and your week is off to a great start. You too Cathy!

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7/21/13 9:25 P

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i really haven't changed what i do since i started using the fibit, but it is very interesting to see how much i walk or don't. i did discover it doesn't count during spinning. i'm guessing it's because my feet never strike the ground. it said i went about 3.5 miles friday and the spin bike said i rode 12.5. i don't know how many steps that would be, so i guess i'll just add what the fitbit says to the what the bike says and call it a day.

sondra, i'm so glad you found something you like. it's so discouraging when there's nothing you like to do, but know you should.

linda, you're slipping on the $$! you should be up at least a quarter every week!

hope you have a good monday!

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Cathy that's an awesome job with the steps! And with the running in the heat. Since it's been cooler I did run twice this week. But I had to do it early still. Weather is so unpredictable and it can change from overcast and cool to the sun out and hot to pouring rain pretty quickly right now!

Sondra glad you feel that you are getting the hang of the class! I'm such a klutz! I have trouble with any kind of aerobics classes because of that LOL!

No big money lately. A penny yesterday and two cents the day before. None today so far.

Have a great Sunday!

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Cathy, I am truly impressed that you are running in this heat! As you know I wussed out a long time ago and I won't be running again until at least September, although this morning at about 7 it was actually cool and pleasant here. But I really need this break from running. I'm also impressed with all your steps!! Do you think you're getting in more steps because of the FitBit?

Linda, I'm so glad to hear your weather has improved. I am convinced that you need to be really tough to live in New Mexico!!

I just got back from Zumba and even though I still can't keep up with everything the class does I am definitely getting a little bit better every week so that makes it fun. Both spin classes this week were really good too. Tomorrow I'll walk for an hour and call it a week.

I still haven't found a single coin!!!

Hope you both have a great weekend.

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7/18/13 9:27 P

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i went running today, and i think i believe in spontaneous combustion! it was absolutely miserable. i'm a visual learner, so i counted the tuesdays and thursday until labor day and there's 12. the deal is, i can delude myself into thinking it will be cooler after that. i put pink stickies on a piece of paper and each day i go, i can pull one off and that will get me one day closer to "cooler" weather. :-)

i apparently had a busy day--my fitbit says i've walked 13,862 steps! 5.97 miles! of course, 3.1 of those were running, but that's still pretty good i think.

have a good friday--hope you're doing ok sondra.

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The weather right now is really nice, especially when everyone else seems to be having a horrible heat wave. But once the rains end, in late August or so, it will get hot again for a month or a little more. It won't cool down then until the first part of October. October is when we get our best fall weather. November isn't too bad but we have days of nice weather alternating with cold or wet weather. Then December gets colder and sometimes, if we're lucky, some snow. The first part of January we usually get a really cold spell where temps at night drop to the single digits for a week or two. Then it warms back up into the upper teens or twenties at night. So anyway I love these days right now, because I know they won't stay this nice for long.

Sorry you had to miss your spin class. But at least you got some steps in. I went out walking really early this morning and found 2 cents. But a while ago I took a very short walk around a few blocks, (it started raining lightly so I came back home) but I found a nickel. So this was a "rich" day for me LOL.

Hope you both have a great day!

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7/17/13 8:45 P

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you know how we make up rules as we go along, so any money you find in the washing machine counts. there--that makes that easy.

no spinning today--i had gotten my stuff out of the car and was ready to change when my boss called. she's getting ready for a huge mediation tomorrow, so me going to spinning wasn't high on her list of priorities... but i did walk 7518 steps, so maybe it wasn't a complete waste of exercise time.

i can't imagine your kind of temps at this time of year. it's kinda weird here tho--even tho it's hot and humid, the sky has been blue and clear. usually by this time of the summer, it looks kind of washed out and that only gets worse until about labor day.

have a good thursday girls!





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You ladies seem to be having a lot of problems with your spin bikes. Hope your next classes are better.

Yeah, I guess her friendship is worth more than 25 cents LOL. I've just found a penny a day the past couple of days. Unless you count the 4 pennies I found in the washing machine yesterday. I wash my clothes about once a week, and my daughters are washing every day. BUt if I find money in the washing machine then I consider it mine. But it doesn't really count since I wasn't out walking LOL. I did go for a 1.64 mile run yesterday, for the first time in a couple of weeks. The rains and cloud cover have made it cooler here yesterday, in the 70's and low 80's which I can handle better, even with humidity, than the 90's even when humidity is low. Yesterday morning there was a very light misty rain early when I went out running and it was 58 degrees. It felt so good I didn't mind the rain at all. As long as it wasn't raining hard. Today it's supposed to rain later and a few clouds right now (12:30 pm) and 73 degrees I'm loving it.

I'm hearing the auditory hallucination from work calling again but since I want a paycheck I guess I'd better answer. Have a great day

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it was a special moment--i'll never forget it. and i hope it gives her inspiration when she needs it.

that's funny about your friend. you need to do what i do--train your BFF's to find money for you! or have linda send you some fairy dust that works for her!

i know what you mean about your seat. the lady next to me in class last week lost hers twice and she had to get off the bike and put it back on. i decided i was going to try to tough it out and ride without the gel seat. luck or whatever, it seems to have worked. i don't know if it would work on a regular outside bike, but it's better than having to drag the gel seat. i still get a little sore, but as long as i remember to stay back on the seat, it's ok.

gotta go--have a good wednesday ladies!

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Cathy, how wonderful that you and your daughter got to cross the finish line together! That's such a special moment!! I'm sure she knows that you're proud of her and that no doubt helps her keep going when the going gets tough. I'm guessing you're also a role model for her which is so cool.

Linda you are really raking in the coins and really Cathy you aren't that far behind. I, on the other hand, have been a total failure. The worst was on Saturday. My friend Sharon and I went to TJMaxx and we hadn't gone 10 feet into the store when Sharon let out a little shriek. I looked down and there was a quarter on the floor. The only way I could have gotten it was to step on Sharon's hand and, I guess our friendship is worth more to me than 25 cents but I was SO bummed!! Right there under my nose and I still didn't get it!!

On Sunday my water aerobics got rained out. Then on Monday I was the next to last person to arrive and I did get a bike with pedals that worked but about 2 minutes into the class I realized I had forgotten to put my gel seat on the bike seat. I couldn't very well get off my bike to get the gel seat out of my purse so I just had to tough it out and this morning I could definitely feel it. I will NOT be making that mistake again.

So, onward and upward I guess! I hope you both are having a good week.


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linda, you should have been a prospector. you find more "nuggets" than anyone i know!

can you pretend you're having auditory hallucinations when work calls your name? :-)

i went to spinning today. i got the last bike and i can see why it was the last one. i got started and it felt like the left pedal and shaft were going to fall off. when i turned up the resistance, i wound up basically pushing with just my right leg. i was afraid the pedal was going to come off and hurt my leg, so between them, i just got fed up and left. but i did do chalean when i got home, so it wasn't a complete wasted day.

have a good tuesday ladies!

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Cathy glad you had such a great time That's so awesome about your daughter's success! I'm so glad you got to run together and cross the finish line together. What an awesome moment! And your grandson sounds so cute! Love his friendship lessons LOL!

Yesterday I didn't find any money. This morning I found 2 cents. Some days are just better than others. Congratulations on your "riches"! I always feel so excited when I find things bigger than a penny.

Have a great Monday everyone! I've got to get to work. It's calling my name very loudly!

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7/14/13 9:05 P

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i'm back from nashville! it was so much fun! i loved seeing my daughter and son-in-law and the kids. my 5-year-old grandson gave me a very serious lesson on you can mess up having a BFF, because once you make that "forever" commitment you're stuck with your friend forever even if he's not your BFF anymore. he was so serious telling me about it!

i have to brag about my daughter. she is working very hard on losing weight and getting fit. she's lost 45 pounds since january. we ran the glo run saturday with my sister and grandson and when lynne and i crossed the finish line, i cried. i am so proud of her!

what is the link? if i had it, i don't have it anymore.

linda, glad to hear the fires are under control, at least for now and sondra, that you're doing well in zumba. i can't imagine me being successful at that--i'm too uncoordinated. i'd always be several moves behind or just totally out of sync.

i'm still not as rich as linda, but i did find a dime and 4 pennies this weekend at various places.

the fitbit goes back in my pocket again tomorrow. i hate going back to real life after being off for 3 days!

have a good monday ladies!

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The message on happiness is a good one! Sondra I know what you mean sometimes about the way time flies by. I think if we get any more fires they will be much more easily controlled now. We had a tree in town struck by lightening that caught on fire but someone saw it and reported it just when it happened and they got it under control with only a very small amount of damage to the house next to it in a corner of the roof. It started even when it was raining. But things are getting better and fire restrictions in the forest have been lifted now for campfires. So that's a good sign. Once we get the monsoons, it really slows down the fire season a whole lot. It's always June and part of July that are the really dangerous parts, and sometimes May. Glad the noodle suggestion helps. I like the fat ones at the gym but those aren't found in a lot of stores. The bigger the foam, the more resistance. There is a water Zumba class here too on Tuesday nights but I haven't ever tried it. I've thought about it but by 5:30 in the evening usually don't feel like going to exercise. The noon class works better for me.

I did find 36 cents yesterday, which was a big difference from my one penny days. This morning when I was out I didn't find anything though.

Cathy hope you are enjoying the fitbit.

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I really don't know where this week went. A few minutes ago it was Monday and now it's Saturday. Cathy, glad to hear you're sweating in spin class!! Way to go! And how are you doing with the Fitbit? Linda, I am so relieved to know that you're finally getting some rain. Do you think it's going to be enough to prevent fires for the rest of the summer?

Linda, thanks for the suggestion of doubling up the noodles. I'll give that a try. The exercises I did were ones I got from Spark People, including some that were on YouTube. I think one thing that makes a difference is that on the YouTube ones there was a class with music and a leader, just like in a spin class or a Zumba class and that kept things going at a high energy level. It's a lot harder to do that on my own.

My biggest accomplishment this week was in Zumba. I actually managed to do three of the routines pretty much correctly. I am so proud of that because I really am such a complete doofus when it comes to things like this. There's still room for a lot of improvement but I am taking full credit for what I have accomplished so far. However, once again I am a total failure on the coin front.

One more thing: Cathy, if you haven't seen LDRICHEL's blog post with the link to a video on happiness you MUST see it. I know Linda already has and I'm sure she'd tell you the same thing. First of all, it's hilarious but it also has a really great message.

Hope you both have a wonderful weekend!

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Peter, thanks for the link. I need it!

Cathy, I love my fitbit. I'm on some teams on the fitbit webite doing virtual hikes. One is around Australia and one is on the Appalachian Trail. Adds some fun for me. I'm also on one climbing the 7 summits of the world. I have the fitbit One, which counts floors climbed, and also works for floors when going up and down hills, not just stairs. Stairs are not easy to do around here because we don't have tall buildings, I don't have steps in my house, and so I get my floors in by going up and down hills. Was doing much better at it when the weather was not so hot but harder to get out and hike up and down hills now. But I get at least a few in most days. It's going to take me a long time, but its fun interacting with others on the trails or climbing team.

Great job on spinning by yourself!

I'm finding about one penny a day lately. Not building up very fast. No quarters or dimes or nickels in a while.

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thanks for the link--good ideas on there. i just got a fitbit, and it's a reality check to see just how many steps you DON'T walk, so it's good incentive.

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i subscribe to a runner's world newsletter and i thought this article might be of interest...
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sondra, i agree with linda: you will figure something out. did you find anything on sparkpeople?

i have to brag a minute--i went to spinning today all by myself!! i'm so proud of me! :-)
and boy did i work hard. the first time i wondered why my friend thought she was sweating. heck, my shirt was barely damp. well, guess what? could that have been because i was barely working that first day?? i'm still liking it. but tomorrow is running--yuk.

linda, i'm glad you're getting rain and glad it's eased off here. i've heard that the fires hop and skip all over, which is part of what makes them so dangerous i guess. i am jealous of the beautiful part of the country you live in.

have a good tuesday, ladies!

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Hi ladies

We finally are getting some rain here. We need a lot more but hopefully it will be coming over the next few weeks. However we don't need it all at one time in one day or that would just cause a lot of flooding problems, especially for some small towns that are downstream from creeks that normally are small or dry, but can have flash floods and those could be really big flash flood below the burn areas where there is no more brush, grass, etc to slow it down in those areas. I drove through part of the burned area, and along the road it wasn't as bad as I feared (the road reopened early last week). I could see a lot of burned areas up on the mountains but also a lot of trees left. Once I got to the top of the mountain and started down the other side I could see a lot more. But it's also so funny how it can be so patchwork, with areas of green trees mixed with areas of burned trees. This is a very winding mountain road that is 2 lane and paved. There are 2 ways to get from my town to I-25 to head up to Albuquerque. One is over the mountain and the other way is to go south out of town to the town of Deming, about 50 miles away, then take another highway over to the small community of Hatch (home green chile shipped all over the country) and then hit I-25. Both roads take about the same amount of time to get to Albuquerque, but the way through Deming and Hatch is about 50 miles longer but you can go faster than over the mountain. It's also very boring to drive and is more desert. The mountain road is more scenic. But some people don't like to drive the curves or get carsick. There was a lot of traffic on that road yesterday, more than usual. There is always traffic but this was definitely more. All the picnic areas and hiking trails are still closed, but there is a viewpoint at the top of the mountain that you can look for quite a ways and down to the valleys way below. It was open. I don't know how many people were using the road to get from one place to another and how many were like me, just taking a ride to check it out. Saw quite a few taking pictures like me also. I enjoyed the drive although it was sad to see so many burned trees. But not quite as bad as I had pictures. Camping areas still had a lot of green trees around them. But closed due to dangers right now of falling trees, creeks that run through them flooding, etc.

I haven't found much lately. I found a dime on July 1st, but only a couple of pennies since then. I started keeping track of what I found about a month ago. In June I found a total of $1.41 but so far this month only 14 cents total. I'm just curious to see how much I do find. But then some days are nothing and then I'll have a good day. It varies a lot.

Sondra look for exercises and use a noodle. The bigger around the noodle, the more resistance when pushing it around in the water. Pushing and pulling it toward you, holding it on one side and pushing it straight down in the water, or pushing it straight down in front of you with both arms are a couple of things. There are a lot of different ones. If one skinny noodle doesn't seem to do much, and that's all you can find, then use 2 noodles and tie them together or put rubber bands around them to hold them together for more resistance. Also there are foam dumbbells you can buy some places, but I'm not sure where since they don't sell them in this small town. But they do have them available in the pool at the gym where I
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i found a penny today, but i don't know how much i've found this year. linda's probably up to about $12 the way she goes! :-)

still raining today. good grief--i'm so sick of it. and once the sun comes out, the lawn is going to explode. i'm hoping my son comes over and mows because i'll be in nashville next weekend and if it doesn't get mowed by then, my neighbors will have a fit!

sondra, have you tried looking on this site for water aerobics exercises? i've never looked, but with as much stuff as is on here, you might found something you can use or adapt.

back to reality tomorrow after having 4 days off--it' going to kill me! oh well, it's a 4-day workweek because i'm going to nashville for the weekend on friday. woohoo!

have good monday!

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I didn't do anything special for July 4th but I still enjoyed having the day off.

Linda I really know what you mean when you say parades "ain't what they used to be"! For years I lived in a small town in Indiana where the July 4th parade was the event of the year. There were lots and lots of real floats that people spent a long time thinking up, designing and building. There were also bands from that town and all the nearby towns, complete with majorettes and people rode their horses all dressed up for the event. People would start lining up all along the parade route hours in advance and the parade itself lasted a few hours. It was a major big deal.

Where I live now there is a so-called parade for Heritage Days but it is nothing like a real parade. It's much more like what you described - people in cars, kids on bikes, some recorded music but no real floats and no bands.

We are still having some rain but not nearly what it was for the past two weeks. On several days the rain came down so hard that the streets were flooded until the water had enough time to drain but not enough for kayaks. On Friday I was going to do my version of water aerobics but I got rained out. However, today was beautiful and I finally took the plunge. I had looked up some exercises and I did those but it really didn't feel like much of a workout so I think I need to go back to the drawing board and find something else. Of course it would help if I didn't mind getting my hair wet - but I do!

I had a nice walk on Saturday but I'm still not finding any coins and I am pouting. I think I have found less than $1.00 this entire years. Pretty pathetic.

Hope you both get the week off to a great start.

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i had a good 4th. it was supposed to be a monsoon here today, but the rained ended about 8 this morning. by the time we finished cooking out, the sun was shining and there was a good breeze and it was about 82. just about perfect.

sonda, i hope you didn't wash out to sea. my niece lives in panama city and they were kayaking on her street!! she's lived there several years and said she's never seen anything like it. guys had boogie boards tied to pickup trucks and were "surfing" in the parking lots!

sound like you live in an awesome place linda. it must be awesome to be able to hike and walk something besides flat like it is here.

gotta go--i'm off tomorrow and plan to do pretty much nothing!

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Hi ladies!

The fire is still burning here but it is getting more under control. We've had a little bit of rain the past couple of days but not much and we still need more. Our real rains haven't hit yet. The pools at the gym are built the way they are because they were built for the physical therapy department before they ever opened a gym in the building. All owned by the local hospital. But other than a couple of motels that have indoor pools, those are the only ones available all year around. The university had one, but they closed it a few years ago because it needs a lot of repairs to the pool and to the building itself that the pool is in. There is talk that one day they will fix it up again, but who knows when that will be. Other than that we only have the public outdoor swimming pool which is only open during the summer months when the kids are out of school. Limited options!

When I hike, I am very careful to follow a trail I can backtrack on. That's why on this last hike when the trail started disappearing I decided to go back the way I came. And I follow pretty clear trails or else forest service roads. The two exceptions are an area inside of the city limits that the town bought as part of their open spaces plan. It is an are that has a pretty big hill in it, but more brush and not many trees. There are whole networks of trails and some places have signs showing a map, where you are, and the different trailhead, etc. But it is surrounded on all 4 sides by a major highway or street. And because of the lack of trees, from almost any point on it you can see one part of town or another so that makes it hard to get lost. The other area is a forest area right outside of town with a picnic area and miles of trails but for the most part even if you do get lost keep moving and you will come to another trail. They circle around and interconnect so it is hard to get lost, but maybe a little easier than the other area. You could get lost if you go far enough back in, beyond the area that has all the trails. It also has a lot of map signs with numbers for each trail intersection and shows you where you area and where you can go to get to different trailheads.

I took the grandkids downtown to watch the parade. Parades just aren't like they used to be, at least not around here. Lots of pick ups, cars, or pickups pulling a trailer but with a few little decorations and signs that probably didn't take them more than an hour or two total to put together. I remember when floats used to be pretty things with lots of decorations and a few days of putting them together. Now it's just not the same. Lots of kids baseball teams form Little League in the back of a pick up. I think there was one for every age group possible and we have two different areas that each has it's own little league. So that was a lot of teams. And of course political parties and elected officials have to have their cars in the parade. Just not like it used to be. It was pretty long, about an hour, but I was quickly bored but stayed through the whole thing for the granddaughters. Not even any school bands anymore. I guess I'm just getting old and miss the "good old days" of the parades we used to have. And it was hot. I was glad to get home!

Enjoying a quiet afternoon before watching the fireworks tonight the city is putting on. I can see them from my front yard.

The road that goes through some of the burned area from our area over to I-25, which is about 78 miles, was re-opened a few days ago as the fire has moved quite a ways from that area and that burned area is not cold and completely out. The picnic areas and stuff are still closed but you can drive the paved road. One day this weekend I want to drive up there. It takes about an hour to get to the top of the mountain from my hours, and another 45 minutes to get to I-25. I want to see it. And I've seen some pics posted by the fire crew that shows that there is a patchwork effect. SOme areas burned completely and other little areas where the trees weren't touched. So that is my plans for on day this weekend. Take pictures as this is a little piece of history here. I do have to work tomorrow though. Wish I didn't. But too much that I need to get done to ask for the day off.

Hope everyone is having a great 4th of July. I found a penny this morning. None yesterday. On the 1st I did find a dime to start the new month off.

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i'm so glad i've found something i like to do. it's SO much better than running, at least at this time of the year.

what i meant about your pool was that your Y "borrows" one from a bankrupt subdivision! that sounds like something the Y here would do, so maybe they are all the same. i used to swim a mile a day one summer when i was in high school. i loved it, but i haven't really done it since then. and now i think my skin is so dry i'd never survive. :-)

linda, i think of you every time i hear about forest fires. how awful for those firefighters and their families. and i think even worse for the one that survived, because he will go over that in his mind thousands of times.

have a good 4th ladies. i'm going to my mom's for a cookout and probably eat enough calories for the rest of the week. but hey--some of those calories will be s'mores and they're worth it!

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Cathy, I am very relieved to hear from you. I have a vivid imagination and when we hadn't heard from you in what seemed like a very long time I was worried that something bad had happened. I'm glad it was just over-work!! I'm also really happy to hear that you are enjoying spinning. I am really loving it. And I'm glad you finally have a fit bit. Now you can hike the AP!! (Linda, are you still doing that???).

When you mentioned the "pool arrangement" I think that was actually Linda, whose gym has the 3 pools. However, I do have access to a pool here and - drumroll please - I have decided to give water exercise a try. I bought a pool noodle and I looked up water exercises on Spark so now I'm rarin to go. This may turn out to be a complete fiasco - and for sure I'm not going to find any coins unless I do my water exercises in the fountain at the outlet mall - but I'm going to give it a shot.

It is raining here again for about the 14th day in a row. It's really tragic that we get all the rain when it's the Southwest that needs it. Every day the news seems to be worse, especially the death of the 19 firefighters in Arizona. Linda, is the fire near you still burning? I just can't believe how destructive these fires are.

BTW, I did really enjoy your blog about your recent hike. I would never have the courage to hike the way you do because I have no sense of direction and I'm hopeless with GPS devices and even with a compass. And I bet cell phones don't work where you hike so I couldn't even call for help. Yikes!

I hope you both have a great 4th!


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i've been pouting because i'm not finding any $$! no--i've just been really busy. i'm taking friday off, so i'm working 10-hour days this week and my boss is getting ready for 2 big mediations which is a lot of last-minute, rush, rush work. wipes me out.

but i did go to spinning monday and i went running today. running just reinforced my thoughts of how much i hate it in the summer. my feet get hot--that's ridiculous. i'm actually like spinning--i so hope i've found an exercise i will like.

interesting pool arrangement sondra! how are things going there linda? i guess you're ok if you're still posting. :-)

a friend of mine sent me a fitbit today, so i've got to learn to use it. i'm curious to see how many steps a day i walk and what the difference is between weekdays and weekends.

gotta go, but i'm still here!

have a good wednesday (my friday!).



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Hi PDQ1203 and welcome to our little group. We support each other on whatever progress we do, whether it's with running or other things. Nice to see a new "face" here.

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just checking in.....

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Sondra I'm so glad your physical went so well! I have my annual physical today. How funny huh? We both picked the same time to get them done. I see a nurse practitioner who older than me and very patient and nice and takes time with me too. The drawback is she only works one day a week at the clinic because she is also dean of the school of nursing at our university here. But I usually don't go to the doctor unless something happens and I'm either really sick or some kind of emergency. She also gives out her phone number to some of her patients and I can text her if I need to. I very rarely do that though because I don't want to bother her unless it really is important, but it's nice to know it's there if I do need to reach hr.

Yesterday I found a nickel and 3 pennies, all at different places. Today I found 4 pennies in the back yard which are not mine. Some days I find money, then it will go dry for several days, then back into finding it again. This repeats over and over and over.

Got o head out to that doctor's appt. Hope you both have a great day!

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Linda, that's quite an impressive set-up your gym has for water aerobics! Our Y doesn't have even one pool. They use a nearby pool in a development that went bankrupt before people had actually bought any houses there. They had already built the pool and other common facilities but no houses. So the Y rents it from them during the summer. There's a much bigger Y south of us that has its own indoor and outdoor pools. Very fancy.

Our Y is much smaller but we do have 20 bikes for spinning class AND the spinning class is free for members. In fact, almost all the programs at our little Y are free with membership, including the kids' teams. I can believe that water aerobics is a really good work-out but at the moment I can't see me doing it. I also can't see myself walking to the Y. It's really not very far. It takes only 5 minutes to drive there. But if I walked I wouldn't have any energy left for my classes. And then I'd still need to walk home!!

Yesterday I had my annual physical. I have the greatest doctor. She has gone to great lengths to avoid an assembly line kind of practice. She limits the number of patients she accepts so that she can spend up to 40 minutes with each patient! She was VERY impressed with the results of my fitness efforts. And I was impressed by the fact that my blood pressure - which has been an issue for several years - was really excellent!! So today to celebrate I went to TJ Maxx and bought 4 new tops to wear in my Y classes. I thought maybe I would finally find some coins in the shopping center parking lot but, alas, no such luck.

Cathy, it seems like a long time since we heard from you. Whats happening??? Hope you are OK and just busy with good things but please let us know.



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The one who does teach the spinning classes at the gym I go too also teaches other classes, like the water aerobics one I really like. She is good and wouldn't push you beyond what you could do, but would push you to keep working at it or modify if needed as you build up. But they only have a few bikes and you have to pay extra for the spinning classes. Maybe someday I'll try it. If it was part of the regular membership and classes I might, but don't reay want to fork out the extra money for separate classes. SOme of the water aerobic classes, like the Tuesday and Thursday night ones, really do give you a great cardio workout. The one I go to I feel like I get a fair cardio workout but a super strength training workout by choosing bigger foam dumbbells and noodles. There is flexibility there to choose a size that works you out more or less, depending on what you want. There are some in the class that seem they are more there for the social time than the actual workout but that's up to them. I want the workout and stay pretty much to myself during it instead of getting involved at talking a lot with some of the women. And many are in their 70's or so in the class (not all of them) and so they are at least getting somewhat of a workout in. In the evenings there are more of the younger women (younger than me). As with a lot of things, you get what you put into it. You can add more movement and stuff to get more cardio in. These pools at this place are used for physical therapy also, so they are kept warmer. There are 3 pools in the room. One is bigger and kept at 92 degrees I think. The middle one is smaller and I think it is about 86 or 88 degrees, and there is a small one, more like a hot tub, with jets that is about 92 or 94 degrees. The bottom of the pools slants down so one end is shallower. SOme like to get in where they are up to their waist. I like to get in where the water is up to my shoulders so I get the most resistance without drowning LOL.

This morning I went for a walk of about a mile to the gym. The gym is actually about 5 or 6 minutes away walking but a took a longer route to get there. But it was not too hot yet, but warm enough I didn't want to do a long walk. Coming home I did the short straight one home. I got on the Stairmaster for 5 minutes and it about killed me LOL. Then I did another 30 minutes on the treadmill at a fast walk with hill ups and downs. So I'm proud of myself for getting out there and doing it.

If I had still been going regularly, I would not really have wanted to walk into a new place unless it had something really special to offer me. It's when I've been away from a place for a while that I feel that way. I guess I hate people greeting me like the long lost family member or the wayward sheep LOL. But it really wasn't bad. I think it's my own internal guilt feelings ha ha.

No improvement yet with the fire situation. Still growing. But currently is about 5 miles from one small community and not moving too much in that direction and no other residences right now are threatened. Glad I live on the side of the mountain I do, and not about 100 miles up and over the mountain where I lived as a kid. That side of the mountain (well actually it's up and over the mountain and then down to a lower elevation than we are here) is getting the ash and smoke blown their way for the past several days and heard it's really bad air quality. There is a huge recreational man made lake there, the biggest in New Mexico, called Elephant Butte Lake. They have miles and miles of beach. I think it is about a 17 mile or so stretch from one end to the other on the long side. Not as wide. This will probably hurt all the visitors expected during the 4th of July weekend for camping, boating, etc. Not a place I want to visit right now.

Got to get back to work. Haven't found any money the past few days.



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I just got back from a really great spinning class! Huge energy in that room!!

Cathy, you asked how long it took me to get used to spinning class. The first time I took the class in Chicago I made it through about 10 minutes and I couldn't stand up at all. It took me about 6 weeks - with 1 class per week - before I could get through the entire 45 minute class. And during those first weeks I felt really sick after each class. One thing that I found really helped was to eat a light meal about an hour before the class - which was at noon. That made a big difference. The other thing that helped was the gel saddle cover, which I continue to use.

When I took up spinning again here I started with a half-hour class and just kept the tension pretty easy and I never had a problem. The two classes I'm taking now are both 45 minutes and the Wednesday one is a lot more challenging than the Monday one. Linda, I think you'd like the Wednesday class because the leader refers to us as athletes who need to train. It may be a mind game but it really works for me. She is a great motivator.

I have never tried water aerobics but I've heard that it can be very hard. Somehow I just don't see myself doing it. What do you think of it? Do you feel like you get a good cardio workout?

I admit that I like to go to the same old place all the time and take classes with the same people. I really love our Y because it's a very friendly place and people are just super nice. That has been very important for my fitness program because I genuinely look forward to going to the Y and seeing my friends. I like that I know them and they know me. I'm not looking to be anonymous. One problem with the Y - I have never found a single coin either in the building or outside or in the parking lot!

ILinda, I hope there is some improvement with the fire situation and I hope that both of you are having a great day!!

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my friend started a water aerobics class last week. she has RA, and her worst problem is fatigue. she has joint pain, but the fatigue just knocks her over.

that's interesting that you'd rather go to a new place. i'm always more comfortable with the old than new. but i'm a major chicken about those kind of things.

hope you have sore muscles tomorrow because that means the class is worth it!

have a good wednesday ladies!

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I have never done spinning, so I have no idea how long it takes for it to get better. It always looked hard to me!

I went to a water aerobic class I hadn't been to in a year and a half. I just joined that gym again, which is the only one with water classes. It is run by the hospital, and the pools are also used by the physical therapy dept so there are limited hours for them but there is a class Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon that I liked. I joined the gym last week again so I could use the treadmill during the heat if I don't get out early enough. And that happens about half of the week right now. It's funny how I had to make myself go back to the class. The instructor is the same and a lot of the women (mostly older women) are the same and walking into a place I've been away from for a year and a half is a mental battle. But I felt really good after the class. This particular one is quite a bit aerobic but not too bad, and a lot of strength training. Using foam dumbbells and the noodles for a lot of different arm and full body movements with the water resistance while jumping up and down in the water is a great workout. I've been to a few water aerobic classes where it really was focused on high aerobic activity and not much strength, and I've been to some arthritis classes in the past that were very gentle movements in the water. This class is nice in between workout for me and I can make it harder or easier by the size of foam dumbbells and noodle I use. The bigger they are, the more water resistance. I can also jump up and down or hop from foot to foot (kind of water jogging) with more or less intensity if I want. But I know I'm probably going to feel those muscles tomorrow! It feels deceptively easy. I've one some other strength training off and on, but this is a different workout in the water than with free weights or machines and having been away from it so long I'm sure I will feel it. But I'm really glad I finally made myself take that first step and walk through the door. I don't know why it's so hard. It is easier to walk into a strange place than into one I've been away from for a while.

Hope you guys have a great day. Didn't find any money today when I went out for a short walk this morning or anywhere else. Hope you guys are luckier!

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very interesting posts today! you both do realize we all have at least 2 voices in our heads?? i think psychiatrists have a term for that... and probably medicine too! :-)

i actually didn't have a problem going today. maybe because my option was running and the heat index was 95?? i was actually able to stand up for one of the rides and i tried to push when i was sitting. sondra, i sure hope you are ok--i'll make extra sure that mine is tight because i always have to lower the seat.

have either of you done much spinning? i don't know what to expect. i had no idea how weak and shaky my legs would get. i know it will get better, but do either of you have any idea how long it will take?

sondra, keep up with the zumba. what i tell myself when i'm that sore is that it's obvious i need to be doing it. hence the spinning...

linda, your story is fascinating. wonder when they'll get it under control. amazing how that lake is shrinking. and interesting that they can wrap up those old towns. that's pretty cool! i'm learning lots of stuff i never knew.

have a good tuesday ladies! may your good voice win! my good/bad voices are going to have a screaming match tomorrow because it's running day. dreading that already...



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I also have the 2 voices in my head. I heard an old story about an old Indian who said there are 2 dogs fighting inside him all the time, the black on and the white one. When asked which one usually wins, he replied the one he feeds. So I have to work at not feeding that black one!!!

I went for a ride out toward an area where you can see the smoke better, but still in the area that is open. It really is a beast! Then I cruised to a small lake there where I had got pictures the day after it started of a helicopter with a long hose sucking water up into it. Yesterday it was a helicopter with a big bucket dipping water out. It made return trips about every 15 minutes. I also saw 2 tanker trucks that were filling up from the lake with a pump hooked to a hose that goes down into the lake. The lake water was really green looking. I think probably all this is really stirring up algae and plants on the bottom of the lake. It's a small man made lake, mostly used for fishing. You aren't allowed to swim in it. It's probably about a 2 mile walk around the entire perimeter of it. I could also see where the lake was a foot or more lower than 2 weeks ago when I was there from the water they have to take out. Then I cruised up by another man made lake that is slightly bigger, also for fishing and not for swimming. I saw helicopters and tanker trunks at that one when there was a fire burning closer to that one but this time they didn't appear to be using it. Did a little hiking around but not a lot because it was to hot out in the sun. In the shade there was a cool breeze and it was nice and I ate my lunch and sat and read a book for a while on my phone and just enjoyed being out there. The trip around that area is a loop that heads out of my town one way, and you can circle around through the forest and go back another way. That's what I did. It's about a 2 hour drive but with stopping for a while at the different lakes and messing around I was gone about 4 or 5 hours. Just some pleasant time out in nature.

Sondra that accident on the spin bike sounds so painful! It will probably be sore for a little while but hope it feels better soon. Not a fun place to get hurt! Hope your legs are feeling better from the zumba too.

I'm glad you find my information useful. I see a lot of stories on tv about people going through earthquakes, tornados, and hurricanes and it always makes it seem so real to me. Not so much about wildfires on tv. This one is even more so to me because I'm so familiar with the area. Last year there was a really huge wildfire up north a ways from me that burned I think 440,000 acres, which is really really huge and did a lot of damage. This one, (as of today's update) is at 76,062 acres. It grew about 6,000 acres in 24 hours, but not as much as the day before when it grew 13,000 acres. Today is a red flag warning day again, which it's been the past several days. It means very dry wind and hot which is not good for fire fighting efforts. One of the areas I drove through yesterday, before I go to the first lake, is a town called San Lorenzo. It's rural town with a gas station, senior citizen center (when I was executive director for the Grant County Senior Services several years ago that was one of the centers I oversaw) several churches, and a lot of homes spread through the area. It isn't in danger, but it has an elementary school there. They are using that for part of the incident command and so lots of equipment and vehicles there and I think that's where they have the food catered to the fire crews on this fire. For really bit fires the teams use a professional national catering service to provide meals to the crews. For smaller fires with more local or and state crews, but not ones from other states, there is a local woman who has been doing the catering contracts every summer for 50 years. There was an article in the paper the other day about her and I know her and her daughter. She is an excellent cook. Her operation is also being utilized by some crews and she is running it out of a church camp located out there further down the road from the other one. They are both staying very busy! Right down the road, about 1/4 mile from the school, is a large empty space that they have a camp and other stuff set up for the firefighters with other things including tents. The article said many firefighters prefer to sleep outside in tents rather than cots set up in a gym or other building. Anyway, it's interesting and I've learned so much during this fire that I didn't know before also. It's interesting to share what I've learned. The fb page they have with pics and stuff really is fascinating too. They show how they wrap some buildings, especially historic cabins out in the forest, in this aluminum fire retardant wrap completely covering the building to protect it. They don't do that as much in the small towns because they can build a fire line more easily around it but to try to protect isolated remote cabins is harder to send crews in to do so they wrap them in this stuff.

Okay, I've really got to get to work now. Hope you both have a wonderful day!

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Cathy, I know exactly what you mean when you talk about the two voices. I have them too. Most of the time the good voice wins but sometimes the bad one does and then for the next several days the bad voice keeps beating out the good one. Then it takes a major recommitment to get going again. So I hope you make it to spin class.

I had spin class this morning and overall I had a better time than I did last Monday. However, about 3/4 of the way through the class the guy behind me noticed that the knob that controlled the height of my seat was coming loose. Thank goodness he did because that could have been a disaster. He fixed it for me and I went on throught the class.

Then almost at the end of the class - and really I don't know how I managed this - I somehow slipped and ended up with my crotch hitting the bar that comes out from the resistance knob. OWWEEE! That not only hurt but it was pretty embarrassing too. If it had been a fraction of an inch more to the left it would have been MUCH worse. As it is, I'm sure I'll live, but I'll probably have one heck of a bruise.

You will remember how I boasted about getting through the entire Zumba class - and I am still very proud of that - well that was before I woke up yesterday and could scarcely walk because my calves were so sore!!! Much better today thank goodness but I guess it shows that those muscles really got a work out.

I had to laugh at the penny that turned out to be a plastic plug. I have found lots of things that looked like pennies but weren't. I just hope no-one was watching when it happened.

Linda, I'm glad to hear that the people in Kingston were able to move back home but boy this fire is really scary the way it's spreading. I've never had such a clear first hand account of what these fires are like and believe me I have a whole new respect for the fires, the people who fight them and the people who need to live with the constant threat of them.

Despite my little accident, I feel like my week is off to a good start and I hope it is off to a good start for both of you too.

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i gotta get back out and get some pennies for my piggy! i thought i found one today, but it was a brown plastic plug. rats! i almost talked myself out of chalean, but then i told myself it was ridiculous, so i did it. too bad both my voices don't agree on exercise and too bad the lazy one wins so often!

both my voices wish you a good monday. hopefully the exercise voice will win and i'll go spinning. i'll let you know!

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Yep, we are agreed about Sondra! The main things is to enjoy what you do, at least somewhat. Stressing about it makes me not want to start either.

It is amazing how much the brush and trees protect the land from flooding. When it all gets burned out there is not much to stop water from running wherever. A few small towns northwest of me were instructed to evacuate, or be ready to evacuate, due to potential flooding when the rains started heavily last summer after a huge fire burned out a lot of area above them this time last year. I went with a couple of friends of mine who were here from California visiting to see a small historic mining town set in a canyon in the mountains. Very small town, sometimes it's called a ghost town but some people still live there. There is a small stream that runs through it. When we were in the museum one of the people told us that they were under a flash flood watch and if we heard sirens to jump in our cars and head uphill out of town as fast as we could. Long winding road to get down into that town. Luckily we never heard sirens and had a good time there for a couple of hours visiting the historic sites, museum, etc. I don't think they ever did get flooded. There is a beautiful area in another canyon not too far from there called the Catwalk. It's near another small community. It's a very popular hiking and picnicking spot. It has a creek running through the canyon and it was called the catwalk because years ago there were mining operations up the canyon and a series of large pipes the workers had to walk to get up to the area very carefully. Later they had built little metal bridges to get up the canyon through some of the areas where the canyon was very narrow. Last year the forest service had to take those bridges down because of the risk of flash flooding due to that same fire. For a while the picnic area was closed, but then it reopened. They put some of the bridges back up for about 1/4 of a mile. Then they got a little more of the trail opened just before memorial day this year, but a few days after memorial day they had to close it again due to falling rock on the trail. Not sure when it will reopen or how long before they get all the bridges back up. The main trail runs about 1 1/4 miles and ends at a huge cliff overhang that is really nice. There is a side trail off just before there to hike further back into the mountains, but the official catwalk is the 1 1/4 mile trail. They had built a handicap trail for about 1/4 mile several years ago that a wheelchair could go on too. They took the bridges down because of the damage they could cause further down in the community of Glenwood if a flash flood ripped them out. Nothing further up to hold the water back.

I went out walking early this morning and found 2 pennies. I hadn't found anything in several days.

Have a great day whatever you ladies decide to do!

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that is scary linda. i wouldn't have thought about flooding from run-off down the line. isn't it amazing--or scary--the domino effect something like that has?

so we're agreed that sondra has to give herself a break right? i've found that stressing about what i'm NOT doing makes it even harder to get going again. i'm going thru that right now. i'm so off kilter since i got home. i had big plans for last week, but that kinda didn't work out. so--tomorrow is the start of a new week, and i'll see what i can accomplish and see if i can get my "kilter" back on track again! :-)

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Hi ladies

I got out and ran at 5:30 this morning. That makes twice this week. Sondra don't beat yourself. Do what you want to challenge yourself with. I go weeks and months without running then I get the urge to start it back up again. I'm never going to be fast or run long distances with my stop and start again program, but that's okay. I do it when I get the urge and I enjoy it. If I get tired of it I stop for a while and focus on something else. I went to a Zumba class one a couple of years ago but it's hard because I have 2 left feet and the class was packed. I tend to move right when everyone else is going left and forwards when everyone else is going backwards LOL.

Cathy, hope you enjoyed the wedding!

Fire still burning here. It grew 12,000 acres yesterday due to bad weather condition (by bad in fire it means hot, dry windy, very low humidity). The fire report said the plume of smoke rose to 46,000 feet in the air yesterday for a while and it was so smoky and windy the air equipment had to be grounded. More of the same predicted. But it's headed into a wilderness area away from any structures being threatened. Still, its sad to see it burning so much and also the damage that may be caused by flooding down creeks and canyons or burnt out hillside when the heavy rains start. But no homes being threatened now.

Other than going out early this morning, I've been very very lazy today.

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sondra, don't beat yourself up--sounds like what you're doing is more challenging than what i'm doing with sticking with the tried and true. i don't think i'd ever do zumba--there's not even a chance that i'm that good at dancing!

you got all the way thru the class and couldn't do that 2 years ago--woohoo for you! and who knows--maybe there will be change in the parking lot at the next class! :-)

i'm going to a wedding later this afternoon and i'm completely bored, so i guess i better find something to do

have a good sunday!

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Linda, Very interesting about wildfires and how firefighters work to put them out. But I agree with Cathy that fires seem a lot scarier than tornados or hurricanes. Fires seem much harder to control and even when it appears that they're coming under control they can start up again. I don't know about earthquakes. They seem pretty scary too. I'm very glad to know you're not feeling as down as you were.

Both of you are really leaving me in the dust for running and for coin finding, although I did find a penny this morning after going weeks without finding a single coin. WOOHOO! I think I need to take Cathy's advice and go shopping more often. But seriously, you are both doing great on the running.

I am doing my best not to beat myself up over not running and to be proud of what I have been doing as my summer program. I really am enjoying all the different classes. Yesterday was Zumba and I was lucky that a woman I know from my strength training class was there. She has been doing Zumba for years so I was able to stand behind her and follow what she did. I am the first to admit that I have almost no sense of rhythm so Zumba is a real challenge. It's also a great cardio workout. I took one Zumba class about 2 years ago - before I started running - and I managed to get through about 10 minutes and then I had to stop because I was exhausted. Yesterday I got through the whole 45 minute class and I really wasn't even that tired - pretty embarrassed at being such a clutz but not tired. So I think that's worth celebrating!!

I'm ready to rest now until Monday and hope you both have a great weekend.

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isn't it amazing how easily that happens and everything they have to do to fight it? i think that would be worse than a hurricane because it's so diffcult to control and can get out of control again so quickly. with a hurricane you pretty much know where it's going to hit, how bad it will be when it hits, and then you know it will start getting better once it makes landfall.

i went running today instead of spinning. no found money tho. i'm still a little sore "down there" and i thought it would be better to take a day off instead of getting started and having to stop after 10 minutes because it was too uncomfortable. i'm planning on going back friday.

hope you stay safe linda and sondra hope you're ok.

have a good thursday!

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Hi ladies!

Okay I'll try to cover some of what I lost yesterday, but I've forgotten part of what I was going to say LOL.

Before I get to the fire stuff, I did get out and ran 1 1/2 miles this morning and walked 2 1/2 more for a total of 4 miles before it got hot. ALso got some strength training in. Now I'm tired and it's barely the middle of the day LOL. Still got a lot of work things to get done. I found a penny and a dime today.

I have never tried a spinning class. The only one in town here started about a year ago, and only had like 4 or 5 bikes. It was at a gym I belonged to but you had to pay separate for the spin classes and sign up ahead of time as it was first come first serve. I haven't been to that gym in quite a while so I don't know if they've added any more bikes.

Sondra you mentioned thinking people in New Mexico are hardy to deal with the fires here every year. But it's all relative I think. I couldn't live in tornado alley or where hurricanes were a threat or the time or where earthquakes are frequent. My son lives outside of Oklahoma Cty, about half an hour away (not in the area hit badly this year) and he's told me for a few years he would like me to move over there. No thanks. The fire here slowed way down over the weekend and only grew a few hundred acres, more toward the wilderness area. We had some higher humidity, a little cloud cover although no rain, and temps were a little lower which helped them. But then that moved out and the fire grew about 3,000 acres on Monday and another 5,000 yesterday and is up to 30,300 acres as of this morning. They have still managed to protect homes. Fortunately, it is not anywhere as near as populated as the one by Colorado Springs. The people in Kingston are still evacuated. It's just not safe enough yet to let them return home. There was a very interesting informational meeting held here in our town last Saturday evening with different representatives from the different aspects of fighting the fire. I got a little confused with who was who, but there is a Type II Incident Command from Arizona managing some of the efforts. They are the group that also arranges for support for the firefighters like shelter, showers, catering, etc as well as other things. There are different agencies who have specialists in different areas that work together to fight a large fire like this, such as those that specialize in where to try to battle the fire that would be most effective, those that gather data and try to predict where it might go and a lot of others. Very highest priority is making sure they only send firefighters in where they can do so relatively safely and also be able to get them out if something happens. They won't send them in to deep canyons on ground crews that have no road access for a long way and so if someone gets burned, breaks a leg, etc they have to be able to get them out. A week or so ago a firefighter in California died when he was hit on the head by a falling big tree branch. So the safety of the crews is the very highest priority. Apparently when the fire gets to the size they have to call the incident management team from Arizona, that group enters into a contract with New Mexico state government on how to fight it and goals are laid out and then they work on a plan to meet the goals that the team and our state has agreed on. Second to protecting lives of the crew members was protecting towns and residences as much as possible I guess, and somewhere on the list after those are protected is protecting natural resources, historic sights, things like campgrounds and other developments, etc. They said to protect the area around the little community of Kingston, they had to go slow and patienty. They could have started a fire that would go straight up the side of the canyon that town is located in and burned out an area of fuel quickly but that would have meant when the rains came that the flooding would be really bad. There is so many logistics to this. They use a plane with infrared detection to determine the size of the fire every night in the middle of the night when the infrared can most effectively look for the heat and map out the area of the fire. The fire (and each individual fire in our state and I guess they do the same thing in other places)has a facebook page specifically for updates and questions. This one is called the Silver Fire because it started in an area where a creek called Silver Creek is. I love that, and already knew about the fb page and have been checking it several times a day. This fire is not in danger of spreading into our town. It is about 26 miles away and there is a lot of area that would be much easier for them to get control of between there and here than there is where the fire is burning and on other sides of it. Lots of really steep rugged canyons and dried stuff for years and years. A lot of dead trees also from some beetles that attacked them about 7 or 8 years ago. It was asked why the forest service hadn't gone in before hand to clear out some of that fuel but they explained the terrain is so rugged even logging companies can't get in there. They could go in and cut the trees but no way to haul them out in those conditions even in good weather and no fire and so that would still leave them as fuel for a fire. They also said that this one was started by a lightening strike that a guy in a fire watch tower in the forest just happened to see. He actually happened to see the lightening strike the tree and spark it. He called the local forest service office. They had to hike a ways from the furthest point they could drive to, and it was only half an acre and they got a fire ring built around it and had pretty good control. But it was on the side of a steep canyon and a burning log managed to get away from them and roll further down the canyon sparking another area. They hiked down to that one and was getting that area under control when the same thing happened again. They didn't feel safe chasing it further down the canyon so had to retreat and get back to the vehicles (the lightening strike was early afternoon and the time of this retreat was about 2 am after fighting it since early afternoon. In the morning they started slurry and water from the air and it was going pretty good but they have to stop those drops when it gets dark and that's when the fire really started growing again and started spreading close to Kingston, etc. Anyway, I found it all very interesting.

Smoke was hardly visible for a couple of days but yesterday and today it has intensified a lot. They said yesterday on the fb page that it the plume rose up to 30,000 feet. That amazing a I think that's about what a commercial airliner flies at. On the fb page people can post questions and the incident information officer will respond within a few hours. Also individual and firefighters post pictures. Some from where the firefighters are fighting taken by the professionals involved in it. Some from people in surrounding areas of smoke or some nights flames can be seen from a long ways and pictures have been posted from different sides of the fire.

So anyway, enough about that. I'm not as stressed or obsessed over it as last week but it still is a big thing in my life because of the area I love. But life goes on. And right now I've got to get back to work and get things done for work if I want to continue to have a job LOL!

Have a great day and hope you both find some money LOL!

Linda

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Linda, I hope things are going better for you today. I have lost long documents too and it makes me crazy!! And of course it always happens on a day that's already a lousy day. Nothing like getting kicked when you're down. Anyway, I hope things are looking up.

Cathy, I am dying to hear how the spinning class went!! I had my second spinning class this morning. The Monday and Wednesday classes have different leaders. This was the first time I did a class with the Wednesday leader and I really loved it!! She does very much the same style of class that I used to do in Chicago - longer segments that build up in intensity as you climb up hills and then get easier as you go down. The music was great too which always helps. The people in the class are all stay-at-home moms in their 20s and early 30s. They're all very active at the Y and in great shape and I am happy to report that I more than held my own in the class.

Tomorrow will be killer core and strength training which will be tough and Friday is Zumba which will be the biggest challenge of all since I have two left feet, zero sense of rhythm and zero sense of direction. I am planning to hide out in the very back of the room.

Linda, let us know how you're doing!!

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it's so irritating to type a long email, and it all goes away.

i was actually able to sit today, which was suprising! however, i'm getting sorer as the day goes on. i did chalean and i kinda cheated. i did mostly the upper body part of the exercises, because i figure i'll be dying tomorrow one way or the other. i'm keeping my fingers crossed i'll be able to walk tomorrow! i decided as long as i can sit, i'm going to go to spinning and just ride as best as i can. we'll see!

hope you get to feeling better linda and sondra hope you're hanging in there!

happy wednesday!

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Hi just a quick note to let you know I'm around still. I haven't felt very good yesterday or today for some reason. I had a long response typed and lost it and don't have the energy to do it over. Talk to you more later. Have a great day!

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