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9/27/16 8:57 A

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I LOVE the early morning exercise Tricia, and a walk with a friend sounds so nice! I ran this morning, HUGE change in the weather....instead of the typical 70+ and humid weather we've had lately at 5:00 a.m., it was 50 degrees! Wow, we went from July weather to October weather in a matter of hours! I've got a team luncheon today and I've already checked out the menu, that is going to be tough but I will do my best and then I've got continuing education tonight and that includes dinner, which could also pose a challenge, but I did bring some healthy snacks so I hope I can keep myself on track.

Hope the plumber gets there soon Nell, I agree, that is annoying Here we are usually given a TIME RANGE of four hours, say from 8 - 12, that a person will show up - and that is a real pain for people who work an hour away from home. One day my husband waited on a repair guy ALL day and they kept pushing the time back - finally said they would be there at 6:30 p.m. We needed to go out that evening and we weren't sure what to do. And the guy never did show up.

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9/27/16 8:30 A

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The plumber was supposed to be here at 8, half an hour ago. I set my alarm to be able to be ready. Very irritating, but all too common.

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9/26/16 11:29 P

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I was fairly good today. My walking buddy wanted to go after all, which was surprising since last week she said it was too cold and dark. I guess the rainclouds made it darker. I was glad because I bought a white hoodie so I'd be more visible walking, so it will be good to get a little use out of it. My food was pretty good too. I need to get some softer apples though.

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9/26/16 4:21 P

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Oh, that's interesting that the class is made up of multiple ages Tricia, I would have thought the same thing, that they were all the same grade and age.

That is so nice that your husband is happy about his car Nell. My husband isn't into cars at all but he really loved his last one. Well, his last one was a lemon, always had a problem and cost us a fortune. Fortunately the worst thing that happened, which was the transmission, went out while it was still under warranty. Anyway, he isn't as in love this one but I think he is satisfied.

I finally got back to the circuit class this morning, first time in a couple of weeks and it was a really good class today. After months and months of being in the 90s here, it is only in the 70s today, and it's going to be downright chilly tonight.

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9/25/16 7:00 P

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Shopping for a new car isn't my favorite thing, either. But then dealer gave me a loaner while my car was being serviced, and I just knew when I drove it that hubby would love it. I was able to finally convince him to let go of his quick little Mini with the stick shift, get him to believe that it was time to end that period of his life and this would be a wonderful replacement, and he agreed. And it's the end of the model run, the new model is bigger, and we were able to get one of the last remaining cars like this, next month would have been too late. It was dumb luck that I decided to get my car serviced this month instead of waiting until October when the inspection expired. Usually I dither about decisions, then kick myself later. This time we jumped. It was like God orchestrated the whole thing. There aren't many things that make him really happy anymore, but this new car is one of them.

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Ack, I just lost my post! That's fun to have a new car, though shopping for one is not my favorite thing to do.

Last week was crazy busy with parent teacher conferences. And then I finally figured out that my son's class was mixed ages. It's the functional skills class within a school where all the students have autism. I guess I just thought they were all in kindergarten, but we went to a birthday party for a classmate who was turning 9.

I've been journalling more and trying to be more mindful (present to what is happening). Haven't spent as much time on homework, but not really behind in school either. Part of it is that I'm in psych and Evidence Based Practice, which are both areas I am strong in. Or maybe I'm being less of a workaholic.

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9/25/16 12:52 P

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Aurlie, great score on the Brook's shoes! I should look for mine on sale. Since the new ones are out I might be able to find the old model for cheaper. Worrying about the Santa Ana winds and the heat, hoping that no fires get started.

It is another sweltering hot and humid day here, in the mid-90s but tomorrow it is supposed to only be in the 70s and then tomorrow night it might get down to the 40s! Wow, what a huge adjustment that is going to be. I didn't go for a walk or run this morning with my friends, decided to sleep in a bit and just join them for coffee, then on to the store for the produce.

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It's hot and dry here -- 100's and high winds bringing terrible fire danger. My favorite running store had a sidewalk sale yesterday and I got a pain of Brooks running shoes at half price. I've got a lot to do today. Have a great day, everyone!

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9/25/16 10:05 A

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We went to church last night, so I'm free to run errands this morning before the 1:00 Redskins game. It was 52 this morning when I went out to get the papers, and won't be much above 70 today. What a change from the 90s of last week.

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9/24/16 8:49 P

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This wasn't a very productive day. Didn't feel the greatest and kind of lounged around. Later felt fine but by then I wasn't in the mood to do much. I did score some Adidas running capris for $15, which was much better than the normal price of $45. I got a couple of pair for the cooler weather, that might or might not ever happen here. Was in the mid 90s today and they are actually predicting lows in the 50s and highs in the 70s next week. That is going to be a major change from lows around 70 and highs in the 90s - that is going to seem downright cold!

Eating today was terrible. The majority of my calories came from Starbucks (twice) and the nutritional beverage that I drink when I run long distances. Way too many carbs and probably not enough calories. I just felt kind of unwell earlier and couldn't bring myself to eat a lot.

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9/23/16 8:03 A

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Friday is here. Last night I actually started thinking about next week, did some laundry to stay on top of things, started getting some clothing organized. We are still in hot weather mode here but they claim next week will be much cooler. Today is a non-exercise day, supposedly. I might go for a walk at lunch time - haven't done that lately, but I expect that just like yesterday, I might end up working through lunch. As soon as I got here I did walk around the building to get some steps in.

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9/22/16 8:59 A

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All Wheel Drive does have a gas cost, but I LOVE the control of the vehicle. One of our sons found a barely used (15,000 miles) BMW M3 with a V-8 and stick shift, and he loves it despite the fact that it gets maybe 16mpg and takes premium fuel. That car is a rocket! His wife has the Outback for hauling the kids, the bikes and the kayak, so it works out. My Outback gets about 18 around town, 27 on the highway of premium gas, but I won't give up my turbo. When I put it in first, engage the clutch and punch the accelerator, I want it to GO!

There was no time to do much research. Once I found out that next year will be a new Impreza that is 1.5 inches larger in both directions, we had to grab one of the remaining 2016s. For once, hubby made up his mind without dithering.

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9/22/16 8:21 A

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Awesome on the car Nell! I got my car in 2012 and I spent a good long time deciding which one, a few years in fact, and I am very happy with my choice - I am not kidding when I say that I looked at every make and model known to man and in every price range. I finally settled on the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid for many reason, and I am so happy with it because of the gas mileage and because it is pretty much loaded with features (I had to order the car to get what I wanted). The great gas mileage is a definite plus for me because of the commute. But now that I am so active I do wish I had gone with a Subaru instead. It was high on my list but back at that time I would have gotten the Legacy instead of the crossover that I really need now that I am more active. I drove my last car for about 13 years or so and it was still in great shape and I imagine I can drive this one for a long time too, but I do think a Subaru would be the right car for me, especially now that they have a hybrid model. But the gas mileage for that car still doesn't compare to the gas mileage that I get now.

So after having not gotten up to exercise like I should have this week, finally today I did it. I did get up 20 minutes late but I went anyway and managed to get to work within a reasonable time - a few minutes late but nothing to concern myself over. I talked to DH a little bit last night about trying to change the schedule but he has a lot going on himself I really didn't come to any great conclusions.

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9/21/16 8:26 P

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We got hubby's new car today! It was a long day and blew my dinner plans out of the water. Eggs and toast instead of pasties, but I didn't eat out of exhaustion and I'll be fine. Not bad, just different. We now have my 12 year old Subaru Outback (turbo model, they don't make those anymore) and hubby's new Impreza. It's a Subaru household, who'd ever have thought?

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9/21/16 7:48 P

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Tricia, thinking of you and your husband, I hope things shake out soon so you don't need to worry. Nell, my husband knows the house must be cleaned and everything packed before we leave but he tends to be distracted and his definition of clean isn't really in sync with mine. It all works out but he doesn't like it when I'm stressed, which is before every vacation.

Can't remember if I mentioned this but I've got to do some schedule rearranging because I am not a morning person and getting up at 3:30 to exercise is not working well for me. This week I've missed my circuit class twice (ended up substituting the sculpt class) and missed running twice - so ended up running 3 times in the afternoon when it is 90 degrees. I wouldn't mind getting back with my running groups on Wednesday and Thursday evenings but DH isn't home on Monday and Tuesday so if I was gone the other two nights we'd never see each other.

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In my house, I have always been the one to do everything in preparation for a trip. He used to check the mechanicals on the motorcycles, I did all the packing and getting the house ready. All he had to do was saddle up or get in the car.

That must be fairly common. I remember a cartoon one time where a man was in the car with the kids, and his wife was saying "How about if next time you get the house and the kids ready and I'll sit in the car and honk the horn."

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9/21/16 1:15 A

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Thanks for the thoughts. I am pretty anxious, but keep putting one foot in front of the other. Something I remembered is how my husband takes forever to decide he's ready to leave the house on a trip, so I just have to wait until he's ready to decide on his next move.

Gloria, I'm glad your half marathon was such a good time. Nell, that's a fun story. It's sweet he was concerned.

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9/20/16 5:45 P

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Awww Nell, your sweet little grandson just wanted to make sure you weren't in any pain! I agree with you, it's one thing coming from a child and entirely another if an adult said something. I've never had anyone make a comment but I really would prefer that photo not to be on Facebook!

Otherwise a decent day. I'm meeting a friend for coffee after work, and really nothing too exciting is going on, which is a good thing!

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Gloria, I have crepy skin on my upper arms and thighs. My little grandson asked me what was wrong and did it hurt. Once he knew it didn't hurt, he lost interest. It would be irritating if an adult voiced an opinion, but somehow it doesn't bother me coming from a sweet little one.

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9/19/16 6:40 P

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It's warm again today - it was terribly humid in the morning but this afternoon it is feeling nice even though it is in the 80s. It's supposed to be 90+ for a few more days.

Got my race pictures from Saturday's race. I've lost 90 pounds and kept it off for three years....because of yo yo losing/gaining in the past and because of sun damage and age, my skin doesn't have a lot of elasticity and I have a lot of loose wrinkly skin. It's not pretty but I accept it and I wear shorts and tank tops to run in - I don't guess my friends care and if they do, they aren't my friends! But those pictures on Facebook that someone tagged me in, OH MY, I wish they hadn't because, even though I accept it for what it is, I don't want it on the Internet for the world to see! But then today I got to see the pics from last weekend's race and those are fantastic! I am really excited about those pics.

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9/18/16 1:53 P

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This is the never-ending summer I guess....still oppressive humidity today and warm.

We are having a "gasoline crisis" in Nashville. A pipeline is broken between here and Alabama and people panicked and bought up all of the gas...so most gas stations were out and those that did have it had lines that were an hour long. Prices have gone up a lot. It is all based on this pipeline that isn't even the major supplier to Nashville. If people hadn't panicked and started to buy it like crazy we wouldn't be in this situation but people were showing up at the gas station with many gas cans and filling their tanks even though they would not normally be buying gas right now. Interestingly, this is not the first time this has happened here - we had a similar situation 7 or 8 years ago. My husband works 40 miles away and he had enough to get to work tomorrow but not enough to get home so this morning we did find a place nearby that had it and hadn't raised their prices as much as everywhere else - so he will be good for the week. My car is a hybrid and I get great gas mileage and I've got half a tank full so I will be good for the week too but we certainly won't be making any unnecessary trips until this settles down.

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9/17/16 8:39 P

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Tricia, hope you can get the help your husband needs. The year my husband's (very young) sister died, he was depressed. That same year we moved and it was a rough transition and his beloved cat died of the same type of cancer that his sister did. I was worried but he is generally a hopeful person and he eventually came out of it on his own.

I had an epic half marathon today...not a personal record as far as time but it was just great. It was the inaugural half marathon for my community and it was very special to the community because the cause was a playground for adults and children of all abilities...so that people who are less abled can play with their children, sisters, brothers and friends. This cause is dedicated to a young lady here in our community....everyone knew her or knew of her. She passed away a couple of years ago (she was a teenager). She had epilepsy and cerebral palsy. So we had this race today and it was an amazing turnout for our first half marathon and the race course was so well supported with volunteers and there was a lot of crowd support too considering that it was the first year and it was on a lot of rural roads. I didn't have my fastest race but it was better than last week by over five minutes and this is a very difficult hilly course. It was warm and humid too. But I came in first in my age group! So very exciting! It was also special because since it is here where I live, I knew many of the runners as well as the volunteers. Loved it!

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Tricia, my first husband was pretty much detached from all of us. I begged him to see someone but he refused. I don't think they thought of depression as a disease back then,his mother had been regularly institutionalized in the 50s and 60s, and given shock treatments. I finally broke up the marriage and moved on. When he met Kathy, she insisted that they go together to a therapist. He started on medication and it was a big improvement. They married in 1988 and see the therapist on a regular basis to this day. There was an answer, but he had to want to please someone to reach for it, and they both (and my kids, and therefore me) benefited all the way around. Good luck to you.

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I'm having real problems with my husband. Need to call my congregation leader and the EAP, I think. He's more withdrawn than I've ever seen before. I think I'm okay to work. But I feel things aren't likely to shake out this time.

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Nell, my husband doesn't criticize my cooking but he does play with his food if it's something he doesn't like, and then later he will just eat junk instead. There are things that I cook that he likes. He will try stuff but usually going in he has the attitude that he won't like it, so he doesn't. He is a product of his mother's cooking and she fixed fried foods and no veggies. My mother never did fry much and we always had veggies - despite that we were all overweight and ate too much, she did have some sense of good nutrition. Anyway, with work and the long commutes (took him two hours to get to work on Wednesday) we just don't have time for dealing with food issues when we get home. I can cook sometimes, use the crock-pot sometimes, and maybe eat out or pick up something sometimes. But that isn't going to work all of the time anymore and I think we just need to settle on fixing ourselves something - last night I had yogurt.

Today is a rest day for me, no exercise and I will be going to my monthly lunch date with some of my gal pals. My stipulation with them is that we must go somewhere that we can walk - no driving. Since I am not exercising at all, I need to be especially attentive to my activity and try to get up at least once an hour to do stairs or something.

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Gloria, given his druthers, my husband would eat cereal or peanut butter crackers at every meal. I don't make chicken, that's a food hate he's had since he was little, but he criticizes everything else. He can either eat it, or eat cereal or peanut butter. Long ago we commuted together, but that had to end because of timing issues. Even today in retirement, I won't go shopping with him. To me it's a list to accomplish, to him it's an exploration, and if I'm with him, his priorities have to win. Once the kids left home, the need for time compliance went out the window, and we now lead parallel lives, just meeting up at the breakfast and dinner table. Most days. At least we always have something to talk about.

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I've really got to find a way to get more on my husband's schedule. He is very laid back and unconcerned about traffic and when he gets to work...so he gets to work late every day, gets home late every day and by the time we have dinner it is bedtime for me. I am loathe to spend time in traffic but the past two nights, by the time he has gotten home and we have had dinner, I am getting to bed too late - and I need my sleep. It would help if he would be willing to eat at home more often but he wants food that I won't prepare. We have a difficult time agreeing on food that suits us both (I want healthy, he wants fried) and spend a lot of time deciding where to go and then driving/waiting. If we eat at home but separately, he just eats a bowl of cereal. Maybe that is what I we should do.

Otherwise, things are going well, working a lot, eating well and getting my exercise in....this morning I did three miles at 5:00 a.m. It's still in the mid-90s and humid today...every time they tell us it will get cooler and less humid, it does, for a day. Now they say next week it will cool off and stay that way and I will believe it when I see it!

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My first husband tried to teach me to drive his manual shift car but he would yell at me all of time and it made me nervous. So I kind of learned to drive one but never got very good at it. I have heard that it is rare to find cars with manual shift these days. I know many people prefer them but I can't imagine driving them on the hills around here. Not so long ago that was all there was.

I have developed a bad habit of working through lunch. I've been doing that most days. I do get up and walk every hour in the morning but after that I just sit and that is not a good thing. I've got to get myself moving again but if I don't keep working, I can't get it all done.

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I got my car to the shop for its 105,000 service, and I have a loaner. It's an automatic transmission and I keep reaching for the clutch and the gearshift. It's amazing how much of a habit it is.

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Early morning check in. Today is a rest day, so I am hoping for a walk at lunch time. It is going to be in the 90s but the humidity is noticeably lower so it doesn't feel so bad. I am feeling a bit sore after the sculpt class yesterday, which I like actually, because it means I am working my muscles in different ways, and that is a good thing.

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Tricia, I remember when Greg was sitting on the sofa next to me one day, he might have been about 14, though I honestly don't remember, and I noticed his HAIRY legs and I was like OMG, THERE IS A STRANGE MAN IN MY HOUSE! It was like he just grew up all of the sudden and I just didn't see it until that exact moment! It was the weirdest thing!

Our stamping group is tonight - we do it one Monday night a month and we just had it on Aguust 29th so it seems really soon but this was the best night for us this month. I skipped my circuit training class this morning so I could go running and then I went to the sculpt class at lunchtime so I could get strength training in....that way if I get home late tonight and I am too tired to get up in the morning I don't have to worry about how to get my run in. It's going to be 90 again tomorrow...we get a day or two of reprieve and then it is hot again.

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Tricia, it was strange when my boys got taller than I am. I had look up to order them around, which was pretty funny, even to them. They started patting me on the head. My oldest granddaughter is now taller than I am. THAT feels really weird.

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Gloria, really tall people like over 6' 5" may have difficulty regulating blood pressure. They can also be more subject to aortic dissection and heart arrythmias in addition to the wear and tear on joints. It's not like it happens all the time, just sometimes. I mean, sometimes I feel like the BMI system isn't fair to tall people, but part of the strain has to do with the capacity of circulation, and it's still more even if the cause is tallness, not weight. Weird.

My 8th grader is now taller than me. She's always been the tallest in her age group so I'm not surprised but it's still a bit of a mental adjustment.

We had a special meeting for church that meant we had an extra hour, so we made baked donuts, which was fun and different for the kids. We haven't talked a lot about it being 9/11. The kids know, but my college kid posted a lot of stuff about suicide awareness and prevention yesterday so I feel like we're all sombered up. My husband will probaby go into it when we read Bible tonight. But he's been feeling depressed lately so maybe he won't.

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Really nice here today, low 80s and super low humidity. But in a couple of days it will be back in the 90s. Walked this morning with my friends. I'm being a bit lazy today but I needs get up and get stuff done around the house.
I picked up the fresh produce earlier so at least that's done. I'm thinking about doing some batch cooking but I should probably spend my time doing other things.

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Tomorrow morning is the Reston Triathlon. We went to church tonight so we don't have to deal with the traffic problems. The church is on the route for both the runners and the bicyclists. Last year the 5 minute trip was 20 minutes each way. At least they should have a good day, today is the last day of a 5 day heat wave.

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Had a beautiful half marathon this morning, nice weather to start but got hot later. It was a really nice trip but I only got four hours of sleep so I'm tired. Got home literally within seconds of a terrible storm hitting and within minutes the power went out and hasn't come back on. that was a couple of hours ago.

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Remember back in the 70s when Jimmy Carter put us on Daylight Savings Time in February one year? The sun didn't come up until 8, and all the kids, even the elementary school kids, had to be at the bus stops in the dark, on the sides of very busy roads. It was so dangerous they didn't do it again the next year.

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I agree about DST, I would rather stay there. When we go back to standard time I go to work in the dark and come home in the dark and the evening commute turns into a worse nightmare than it already is.

I'm in the Smoky Mountains, 5k tonight and half marathon in the morning. For some reason my friends don't need any sleep and they thought I was crazy because I wanted to get to bed early. It's now 10:30 pm and I've got to get up at 3:30...really that's too late and I should get up at 3:00.

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Nell, our parent company is doing very well. Theyre trading near an all-time high after recovering from the Brexit dip. The guy at the top makes more than $100 million per year. He and the major shareholders will be fine. His strategy is growth by acquisition, buying up companies within the industry. I joined the company a few weeks before it was acquired and I had never heard of the parent company. Its my understanding that my local company is doing well with record profits last year however, were not meeting the financial goals set by the parent company which means our salaries and bonuses are restricted. The parent company also determines our staffing levels, forcing layoffs and outsourcing. Our biggest competitors are actually sister companies under the same parent and there are elaborate rules concerning competition, collaboration, and movement of employees between companies. My situation is better than that of many others and I realize Im blessed to have this job. Im really looking forward to the weekend.

Personally, I'd prefer to keep Daylight Savings Time all year. The evening commute is such a nightmare during standard time. There's no noticeable impact on the morning traffic to compensate.

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Aurlie, is your company publicly traded? How is the stock doing?

Goria, when Daylight Savings Time ends we'll get the extra hour of daylight in the morning, for all the good it will do when the days shorten. I wish they'd end DST the last weekend of October like they used to.

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Wow Aurlie, I am so sorry. I keep wondering when your company is going to implode. Everything they keep doing seems to point to a huge disaster.

My week so far is going okay and it is a three day workweek for me, so I've stayed tightly focused and busy. I am off tomorrow for a 5k and half marathon in the Smoky Mountains. I'll be leaving early in the morning.

One thing that has been very apparent is how dark it is in the morning. I usually run very early and try to be at the office by 6:30 - and lately have noticed that the commute is twilight. I don't like the darkness of the winter months but I'm trying to put a positive spin on it...it's only a little over three more months before the amount of light begins to increase again.

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This short workweek has been really stressful. It's the beginning of new procedures after outsourcing and layoffs and we're finding things are not going according to plan.. Tomorrow is a mandatory meeting and team-building event where the next round of changes will be announced. We've still got work to do and really tight deadlines. Pizza will be provided. I'm not looking forward to it.

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I'm in waiting mode at work, waiting for some files. I've got plenty of other stuff to do but my major task for the day is the priority. So decided on an early check in while I wait. Unless I am super lucky today I won't get a lunch break (has never happened on the fourth business day....if I am very lucky a walk to the coffee shop could happen but that is rare too). Knowing all of this I made sure to go the strength training class this morning and I've already been doing some stairs.



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Your weather sounds wonderful Aurlie and your day sounds like it was really nice! It was 94 here today and it's humid but not as bad as it has been lately. I'm glad Mike seems to be feeling better.

I worked through lunch today but was able to do stairs and get a little bit of a walk in. Worked a little late and dealt with traffic so not much time for anything else today.

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Tricia, that's a wonderful tribute to your husband's uncle -- that you now want to be a better parent.

Gloria, a crafts day with your husband sounds really nice! I hope your weather moderates a bit.

Our weather is really nice, sunny and 70s. Mike was up for a walk at Echo Park Lake this morning. I was able to get a few pictures of ducks, egrets,cormorants and a hawk. Afterwards we went to the Farmer's Market for a bite and to pick up a few things. Traffic was light so we celebrated by driving down Hollywood Boulevard to see the tourists and crazy locals. It was a very nice morning. I've got things mostly ready for my short workweek.

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Sorry about your husband's uncle Tricia. He sounds like a very good person. Why is it that being tall is stressful on the body? I love it that your husband grills even in the morning! That is just too awesome. I hope SparkPeople still works on my iPad....I use it especially on the weekends when I don't want to get the PC out.

Every now and then my husband and I have a craft day. We did that yesterday afternoon/evening. He painted his Vietnam miniatures while I made some cards. That was nice and I wish I had more time for stuff like that.

Husband and I usually have breakfast together on our days off (usually I have coffee with my running friends and then he and I eat together later) but today I had breakfast with my running friends. That was fun. I am getting ready to work for a couple of hours...nothing big, just working on some a report that I need to have completed by tomorrow.

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My ipad stopped working with this website, something about the java? So I was going to say the other night we went to my husband's uncle's funeral. His wife is really kind, always sends everyone a birthday card with a long note. All his children and wife spoke at the service, and I regretted not knowing him better. It made me want to be a better parent, too.

He'd been on dialysis for a while and had an apparent heart attack. I'm not sure what happened that resulted in the dialysis. Sometimes stuff just happens, I guess. He was not heavy and they ate really natural, used to keep milk goats and were religious gardeners. He was really tall, and that can be stressful on the body.

It was good to see the out of town cousins, though. We plan to see more of my husband's immediate family tomorrow for Labor Day.

My husband has grilled a couple of times this season, but grills a lot of extra meat that he freezes when he does. One day I went somewhere at 7:30 am and he was out there grilling.



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Nell, hope you are enjoying a nice holiday weekend. Are you cooking out? I don't think we have grilled out at all this season. Sometimes my husband is in the mood for that and sometimes not at all.

Aurlie, I hope you and Mike have been able to do something nice this weekend, though I understand that he is still regaining his strength and might not be up for much...maybe a walk at the zoo?

We tend to stay around home on long weekends like this....it is relaxing for me yet we can get things done around the house that get neglected due to time constraints. This morning I went with the local crew and we walked/ran about three miles before coffee and then I enjoyed some pool time. It is hot and the humidity is starting to build up again - it's 90 today, though I have to say the humidity is still better than it was last week! I keep expecting it to cool down a bit and stay that way but we've only been getting a day or two of cooler temps and low humidity days and then it returns.

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Nell, that's such a shame for people who depend on seasonal income. I'm sorry you won't get the much-needed rain. Our drought conditions are extreme. We are experiencing a little cooler weather -- only in the 80s for the next few days. It feels very comfortable.

Enjoy your long weekend, Gloria!

I'm keeping my calories within range, while allowing Mike to take primary responsibility for our food choices. He's celebrating now that he's finally able to to eat soft foods without much pain. He hasn't regained his usual stamina, though, and has to nap in the afternoon. I hoping he continues to improve. He doesn't have to go back to the dentist for more than a week.

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We won't get any rain from the Hermine (we so need rain!) but the coastal communities are getting hit hard. It's the last weekend of the summer tourist season, and the last shot for a lot of small businesses to make the money that will have to tide them over until next summer, so they are very unhappy. My sister lives outside of Atlantic City, they are having a miserable weekend. No cookouts for them.

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Nell, sounds like you had a great day! I got my hair cut last week, and I have just been loving it! Will you get a lot of rain from the storm that is heading up the east coast or is it predicted to move offshore before it gets that close to you?

We are having lovely weather....it's still warm, about 85 degrees, but lower humidity than it has been. I am sitting on the patio with a chai listening to some music. There seem to be a lot of butterflies this year.

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I got my hair cut and highlighted this afternoon and I feel great! For dinner tonight I made a WW Noodle and Sausage Bake, and hubby actually ate it. He covered it with sambal though. I guess he really can't taste anything except sweet, salt and hot.

Happy Anniversary Gloria! That's two big ones in a row!

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Busy day at the office and traffic on then way home! I ran this morning and walked a little at lunch. Calories are higher today but I don't skimp the day before a long run.

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Thanks Ladies, these three years have been great! I love being healthy! I'm still having some struggles but I'm working to figure it all out and I just need to keep myself in the healthy range.

Today is our wedding anniversary. There was some question as to whether or not I would get out of work in a timely manner. Fortunately I did and we ate at our favorite Persian restaurant. I eat a stew that has a lot of green stuff, leeks, parsley, spinach. Also has lime, kidney beans and some beef. Very tasty and one of my favorites.

Tricia, we had a tomato plant a couple of years ago, it was great having fresh tomatoes!

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Yay, Gloria!

They left my kindergartener go on Monday. They haven't misplaced him yet, though they thought we weren't sending lunch. Monday's was still in the backpack today, never found out about Tuesday. (He doesn't talk much still, like we get excited by 2 word phrases).

I visited a lady who had a great garden. She works for a nursery. I remembered the time I grew tomatoes, probably 2012. She had a tomato accelerator she tried out, a tube that made them warmer, like a tiny greenhouse.

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I see you have 3 years, Gloria! Many congratulations!! emoticon

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Hi Nell, my stamping is rubber stamping (or these days, photopolymer). Our group does scrap booking and card making...nowadays we meet at a Panera Bread rather than someone's home so the projects have become simpler due to space and time constraints. I don't know how long I've been part of this group (and before this one, another one) but it has been a very long time. We meet once a month.

Tonight I went out for dinner with a long time friend. She lives in South Carolina and I hadn't seen her for years. She is on a quick last minute trip to Nashville. I was late getting home but it was delightful to see her.

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By stamping do you mean metalworking? I know people (mostly men) who are really into welding.

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I do love the stamping group but it has become a source of anxiety for me because I end up getting home so late. I wish we could start earlier but not everyone can get there as early.

Another sedentary day and my calories are super low, too low. I have to stay so super focused at work that I am not going for a lunchtime walk and I got up too late to do anything before work. By the time my husband got home and we had dinner, it was nearly time for bed. I think once the weather cools I will be able to run in the afternoons and that should help.

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Nell, I hope you're feeling better after the dentist. Smart move to put off any big negotiations while you're under the influence of Novocain.

Gloria, it's a shame you may give up the group you love. It made me think of the things I've gradually stopped doing over the years for different reasons. I guess I should be concentrating on the things I've been gaining. It helps me to put things in a better perspective. I'm trying to plan a day (or half day) for myself sometime soon. It will have to be something that doesn't take a lot of advanced preparation since it will likely be a bit rushed. There's an interesting exhibit at the Natural History Museum next month that I might investigate.

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Tricia, I hear you on the cold basement! I guess you are probably having cool nights there already? It might be good to consider the transition now before it gets very cold.

Aurlie, hope you can get the time off on Friday. I had kind of forgotten it is a three day weekend! I'm excited about that!

Nell, hope you are recovering from the dental procedure! My husband has had a lot of dental work and he talks about being in that state.

I did the circuit class today and so far have been on track nutritionally. Work was okay but I had a headache most of the day and I can't take NSAIDs. Tonight I have my stamping group. Much as I love this group and would miss it, I continue to think I need to drop out. It's only once a month but it is so far from home and it's such a late night for me. I usually end up getting to bed around three hours late on these nights. And husband decided to do the light fixture late last night and that kept me up so I'm already tired.

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I just got back from the dentist and the left side of my face is totally numb. I can't eat or drink anything and I really need a cup of coffee. I was going to stop by the appliance store on the way home and buy a refrigerator for the condo, but I look like I've had a stroke and I am slurring my words, not a good way to discuss a big purchase. I'll have to go back out there tomorrow. It's been so long since I've been numbed at the dentist, I forgot how unsettling it is.

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Tricia, it sounds exciting for you getting ready for the new school year. In some ways, I miss that sort of thing. My job simply feels relentless. There's no longer a seasonal pattern to the workload. Executives still take long summer vacations, but I haven't been able to take more than a day off at a time. I'm trying to work it out so I can take off on Friday to have an extra-long weekend. We'll see how the workload goes.

Gloria, best wishes on easing back into the workweek.We're changing a lot of procedures to cope with the layoffs and outsourcing. It's going to be a challenge to get things done and meet deadlines.

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I'm thinking about moving my desk upstairs because my fingertips are starting to crack. I can take Omega 3s and use lotion, but it's just pretty frustrating to have this early and I think it's because the basement office is just cold.

My highschooler started on the 17th, and my middle schooler on the 22nd. Kindergarten just waits another week. I guess they want the rest of the school to be firing on all cylinders before bringing in kids where it will all be new, and their anxious parents. But little dude has a stuffy nose today so he might not be able to go tomorrow. Attendance policies vary, since sniffles can be allergies, but he's definitely sick.

I'm figuring out when I can fit cardio in. I could get up earlier and do some before I take my high schooler over. I guess he should start driving himself in a couple of weeks, is the thought. There's a 45 minute gap where I used to walk with my neighbor. Then I drive kids to school and come back and work. But I'll need to actually get the kindergartner ready for school rather than toss him in the car in pajamas like I've been doing. Another answer is to do something more intense than walking. I guess I have cardio videos. Or the kinect on the xbox.

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My husband hijacked the washer today and I have one load of things I'd like to wash but haven't been able to. He put beach towels in it but then left them there for a long time after they were done. After he finally took them out he put another load in! He also took over my computer to help me with my email but since he is paying little attention to it (he is engrossed in a computer game on his own PC) he hasn't done anything that will help and I still don't have the computer back. He didn't put the new light fixture up either so who knows when that will get done. I feel like I've eaten too much today but looked at my tracker and it is actually way too little. And I didn't go running this morning. I just felt like one more day of chilling at home would be nice before the crazy workweek starts. I really want to figure out a way to get my weekday workouts done so I dintbhbe to get up at 3:30 am.

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I'll miss the longer days of summer, even though our weather won't change for a few months. September is always the time when our workload increases. I can't quite imagine that, since we didn't experience any slowdown in work all summer. Gloria, I hope your weight-loss holds when you return to work. I want to think that benefits of a vacation last even after work resumes.

I'm done with my weekend errands and most of my chores. I've got a few more things to do to get ready for the workweek. Mike and I took a walk this morning and he's napping now. He's definitely feeling better but he has a way to go. I started a programming class last week and I need to invest more time in that today as well as my regular work.



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Happy Saturday everyone. Hope it has been a great one for all of you! It's been good here.

Nell, I have two trackers. I still have my ancient FitBit and I wear it all of the time except in the shower or pool, and when it is charging, which is pretty often since it is old. I also have my Garmin, which I wear all of the time (including in the water) except when it is charging, which is probably once a week or maybe twice depending on how much I use the GPS. It is interesting because I think that when I am in the grocery store or at home maybe it doesn't track my steps. People at work comment on the way I walk and I wonder if somehow the trackers don't always pick up on it. Some days if I am not very active I might get 3,000 steps but then there are days like this where I have almost 30,000 and one day last week I had over 50,000. A typical day for me is about 14,000 or so. My Garmin goal is not the same as my FitBit goal. The Garmin is adaptive in that it basis my daily goal on past days averages.

Yes, summer has gone by quickly and I am making sure to enjoy it to the max. I love summer and the long days and the warmth, though admittedly this heat and humidity has taken a toll on me this year as far as my running goes. We had one day of cooler weather this past week and there is no sign of an end to this weather. Our heat indices continue to be in the 100s. We will keep our pool open until November and if the water stays decently warm I will use it through October - but if the water temperature drops too much I won't because it costs a small fortune to heat the thing since it is so large (48,000 gallons - which for a personal pool is very big).

Tricia, I find that if I have to stand for long periods I shift on my feet too. So your children don't start school until next week? They started here the 1st of August but I remember growing up that we NEVER started before Labor Day - but that was in Michigan.

I've seen those treadmill desks Nell, and I don't think I could do my detailed very large spreadsheets while walking on one! I could probably delete E-mails or something but I would find it difficult to concentrate on my most of my work and walk that way.

Aurlie, I've been trying to do stairs too. My Garmin tells me every hour to MOVE so I get up and do some stairs. I am on the eighth floor of our building and there are 11 floors so I sometimes go from 8 to 11 but usually not from the bottom to the top unless I am in the sculpt class and the instructor has us do that, which is typical. I find it very hard on my knees to go down.

I do go back to work on Monday. Interestingly I was five pounds down today as opposed to last Saturday. This sudden drop has stayed all week and I am curious to see if it will come back when I head back to the office. I exercised less this week and ate about the same, including a lot of nuts that I didn't track.

So today I got a run in with my friends at 5:00 a.m. and then I came home and jumped in the pool. We ended up going to Lowe's and getting a new light fixture for the master bathroom. We have needed one for a while and I couldn't decide on one. I really wanted to go to the lighting store to look for one but driving to Nashville was just not feasible and it needs to be taken care of now. I didn't want to settle and still am not sure if this is THE ONE but had to do something because my husband won't change the bulbs in the old one (he claims he cannot without breaking it). So I picked one and I hope I like it once it is up. I had started a book a couple of days ago so I finished that and I turned on a Beach Boys album and did some prep work for next week and did some laundry.. We went to the store and got our produce for the week too. I thought it was a productive day but with just enough R&R to make it nice and balanced.

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It IS amazing how fast this summer has gone by! The pools only have another week until they close for the year.

Hairdressers stand for long periods of time, but they have gel pads that wrap around the chair to relieve some of the pressure on their backs. And the chairs adjust for height so they are never having to reach up. Have you seen those treadmill desks? I can't imagine using a pen while trying to walk.

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Tricia, I find standing still for long periods is really hard on my back. When people in my office use the standing desks, they all seem to be resting their weight on their arms. Since the desks are too high for most people, they tend to cause shoulder problems. I guess changing position frequently is what seems to be working best for me. I'm still taking breaks to run the stairs a few times during each workday.

Mike felt well enough for us to walk at Echo Park Lake this morning. I'm hoping he'll nap this afternoon. I got a lot of chores to do and I plan to make this a productive day. Do you return to work on Monday, Gloria? I was surprised to realize that we've just got one week before Labor Day weekend. This summer passed too quickly for me.

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My knee hurt the other day even though all I had done was stand most of the day at my desk. Now I've been noticing when I have my weight shifted on one leg, which is pretty often. I even caught myself standing on one foot with the other leg flexed like a flamingo.

The last couple of days my youngest has been hanging around with me in my office. He likes to always turn the light off, which was only a problem if I had to put in a password or something. Kindergarten next week, and my high schooler gets home before him so I'll be able to work. My husband had been watching him but actually had legal work yesterday and today.

I think I still need to figure out some actual cardio in my day. My walking buddy substitute teaches and started off the year with a pretty consistent gig.

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Gloria, were you wearing your tracker around the house? I can get about 7000 steps without leaving the house, just doing my usual chores.

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Today I just did stuff around the house, including changing things from my old email account to the new one - still not finished but I did make progress. It was really a quiet day. Aurlie, great news that Mike feels better!

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Sounds like a great day for you, Gloria! I hope you have another peaceful vacation day today.

I'm getting through another busy workday and looking forward to the weekend. Mike seems to be feeling better already.

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Aurlie, I inderstand your concern. Jamie had a dental infection a couple of years ago and it terrified me because dental infections can spread easily. It's good that he is going to the specialist because they will be able to better treat the infection.

We went for a canoe trip today, 11 miles. It was so peaceful and quiet. We only saw seven other people. We also saw herons, geese, cows, squirrel, turtles, snakes and fish. We pulled over to a pretty place for lunch and there were a lot of butterflies. Later in the day I went and cut my hair short again.

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Thanks, Nell. It's reassuring to look at it that way. The regular dentist has clearly reached the limit of his expertise and I'm glad he provided a referral.

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When my husband had his bone infection after he broke his ankle, his doc referred him to an "infectious disease" specialist. Sounds scary, but it's just a practice with knowledge of antibiotics beyond what most doctors know. You have to have a medical referral, they don't take patients who just call in, and they did wonders for hubby. Is that the specialist? Take heart, they have the answer!

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I'm glad you were able to do something interesting on your vacation day, Gloria. I'm trying to plan to take a fun day off, but I want to wait until Mike is feeling better.

Mike's dentist just referred him to a specialist. The infection is still a problem even after all the antibiotics he's taken. The regular dentist thinks the problems started as a sinus infection and has settled in the roots of two teeth. We'll see what the specialist has to say. I'm very concerned.

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My sister left this morning and I have the first load of laundry in. I have to clean her bathroom and make her bed, then I'll have some peace. At least I don't have to deal with Mom today. Mom and I have never gotten along, and it's really hard to have patience with her now when she needs it most.

Problems with teeth are awful because you use your mouth so much. It would be easier if you could get hydration and nutrition IV for the duration of recovery, but that never happens.

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Aurlie, I hope Mike's root canal went okay. Jamie used to eat so much hard candy and drank so much Coke and Mointain Dew that his teeth are terrible and he has had many root canals. I've never really had teeth problems but I understand it is awful.

Jamie told me he would take this week off and then he said it would just be Wednesday and Thursday and then it was MAYBE Thursday so I was surprised that he didn't go to work today. I was happy to spend the day with him but it kind of threw me off since I had plans. We were going for a walk and then he got all freaky about about standing in line at the store so we didn't walk. Later we went to Kentucky because we wanted to check out some shops up there. We'd been wanting to do that for a long time but we've just been so busy so we were glad to do that. We ate at his favorite Mexican restaurant and I did well...grilled chicken salad with avocado, no dressing. We are thinking about canoeing tomorrow. I'm trying to decide is I want to attempt to run in the morning.

I did a little decluttering. I've really let things go and I have hours of work in that area. House looks great but behind closed doors.... emoticon

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It sounds like your DH is making better choices, Gloria. At least he's adding vegetables along with his fried chicken!

Mike has been able to eat soft food for a couple of days, but he goes back to the dentist for another root canal today. That might be a big setback with more pain for the rest of the week. I hope it all goes well. I wasn't able to take off work today to be with him. My boss is ill but she's working from home as well as she can. We've got to meet with a big client later this week -- I'm usually excluded from these events but it doesn't look like I can escape it this time.

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Are Mike's teeth feeling any better Aurlie? Jamie ordered a salad for his dinner this evening. Of course it had FRIED chicken on it but at least I didn't have to contend with him wanting me to share his French fries or dessert or whatever. I was going to do a long run today but I just just have it in me so I ran three and walked four. We had such lovely weather yesterday but today the humidity was back.

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Sounds like a great day for you, Gloria!

I've had more control over my evening and weekend meals since Mike has been suffering from dental problems. Consequently, my weight is back well within my preferred range. It's all about choices. It's much more pleasant to share meals with Mike, but failing that I'm glad to see I stay right on track.

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Wow, that is a lot of injuries Aurlie! My company takes great pride in our safety record. Obviously as a manufacturing company accidents do happen but my facility is strictly office workers and though we have women fall in their heels, generally we have very few injuries and have been known to go for months or even more than a year with no accidents. Before each and every meeting we must have a safety briefing and our company paid to have several employees trained and certified as emergency medical responders.

It was such a nice day. I started it with a short run and then I had a nice salad for breakfast. Then went to Fleet Feet and REI, had lunch at a favorite regional place that serves fresh healthy food. I had salmon, grilled sweet potato slices and roasted Brussel sprouts. Then I took a much needed trip to Whole Foods - long overdue. In the late afternoon I met my friend at her gym to try out a class. It was free and and I enjoyed it. Today's focus was triceps and chest. I wonder if I will feel sore from it tomorrow.

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it's good to hear you got a rest day, Gloria!

We seem to have a lot of slip-and-fall injuries at my office. At least 5 vice-presidents have had office injuries requiring medical attention in the since January. That seems like a lot to me, but maybe it's just that we have lots of VPs.

We had seasonable weather all weekend and it looks like that will hold through the week. I trying to balance my work hours so I can get out and enjoy the nice weather.

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Oh wow Aurlie, that is terrible that the woman fell and injured herself. Was the stool tall? That sounds like a liability for the company! My company is very worried about safety and makes it a priority. It seems that most of the injuries in my office are from women who fall off their four inch high heels.

I didn't go for the run/coffee with the group this morning. I slept long but poorly and my hip was still sore. It was pouring rain and apparently they all just sat and drank coffee instead of running/walking so I am glad I rested. I actually ended up resting a lot today and my hip is much better. Before dark my husband and I went out and walked a mile. I am very low on steps today but I think it was good to get the rest after the long run yesterday. Our washer is fixed and I was able to catch up on laundry too. It rained for a good part of the day but in the late afternoon the sun was beautiful and the weather is cooler and the humidity is gone. It should stay this way for at least a couple of days.

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The standing desks in my office are a fixed height. When people complained, the contractor offered methods to RAISE the level. One woman thought she beat the problem by standing on a stool but she ended up slipping off, breaking her wrist and laptop when she hit the floor.

Gloria, I love that you see great wildlife on your runs. How nice that you had a nice breakfast with your DH after your run.

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I worked for a law firm a few years ago and for a short time there was a law partner there who had back trouble and he had a stand up desk before they were really fashionable. I really thought his was more like a podium. One of my husband's offices has the nice kind that is hydraulic and so easily adjusted.

We had a nice morning. My friend and I ran six miles and then we met up for a course preview run for the inaugral half marathon our community is having in September. About 80 people showed up for the course preview. We ran that with a bunch of our friends and then did another three miles. We did 23 total and that is my longest run ever. We will be doing some shorter runs here on out - up to 20 miles. Honestly our pace is more like a fast walk. I am finding this to be hard on my body and I am not sure if I will ever do a full marathon again...I might but right now my mind says NO. I have had no trouble with my hip in months but today it was painful. I am not sure if it is the same issue though, this feels different.

On my way to the run I saw two small foxes not far from our house and then I saw a fawn walking down the street near our home with a buck strolling along the sidewalk. On the run itself I saw what I think was a bald headed eagle, some birds that I thought were pheasant (we had those in MIchigan but I have never seen them here) and a lot of turkeys.

After the run my husband took me for a nice breakfast.

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