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6/26/16 9:05 A

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I'm off to church in a few minutes. It's the last mass our priest will say here before rotating out to the wilds of Minnesota.

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6/26/16 9:03 A

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Aurlie, I'm glad you were able to take time off. Hope the outage doesn't cause too much backlog!
Gloria, sorry to hear about the toe. I use a recumbent bicycle when I hurt mine.

I had lab yesterday, then came home and studied. i have just 10 days before my job start. I want to get the house in order too.

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6/25/16 11:00 P

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Gloria, what would be "super crazy" compared to what you go through every week? I just can't imagine it? It's great that you got in some pool time today.

I took off Friday afternoon and even my boss got a break. There was a server crash at one of the data centers which took many offices (including ours) offline. I still can't login today. I'll try again tomorrow.

I've gotten a lot of steps today. Food has been right in line. I still have a number of my usual weekend chores to do, but I'm going to bed early tonight and make tomorrow a productive day.

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6/25/16 7:52 P

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It's been a decent day. I had an early morning walk (with a tiny bit of running) with one of the running groups, and coffee after. Otherwise I've been doing stuff around the house getting ready for the next two weeks at work because it is going to be super crazy and I'm hoping to be super organized so I can still get some workouts in. I did some prep work on clothes and food, still have a few more things to do on food but laundry is done, clothes are selected. Eating today has been crummy, I was nibbling all day. I did get some pool time in, mostly floating and reading.

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6/24/16 9:59 P

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Hope you enjoyed your afternoon Aurlie!

I got to bed late last night so didn't go to strength train this morning. Instead I went to a weight lifting class this afternoon. I would say it was similar to the power sculpt class I used to frequent. I might be sore in the morning. Until I figure out the toe thing I will run just a little, walk, strength train and maybe go to spin class. I have a plan.

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I hope you find the cause/solution for your toe pain, Gloria. It's puzzling to have a specific pain with no idea of how the injury actually happened. It's reassuring to me when I can count on a cause/effect relationship.

Our weather forecasters are talking about our upcoming hot weekend. Funny, considering that it's only going to be a couple of degrees hotter than today -- and 20 degrees cooler than last weekend!

I'm taking off at noon to enjoy some use-it-or-lose-it personal time. I may end up logged back in working at 6 pm, but it's a great morale booster to take off a Friday afternoon. I feel better already.


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6/23/16 10:40 P

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The job sounds great Tricia and it sounds like they really want you for the position! That makes it even nicer!

Aurlie, I understand how you feel about the training, I kind of want to train for a full but with my job situation it doesn't seem realistic. I might still decide to do it though.

Today the heat index was around 102, and that's just how it is during the summer here so we just try to run really early or really late but I always see people out running it midday. I hurt my toe somehow in the strength training class so I didn't run yesterday but I went and did a trail this evening with a bunch of friends. I might need to stop running for a couple of weeks to allow the toe time to heel. Tonight the friend that I stayed with mostly wanted to walk and actually walking seems to cause it to hurt more so than running.

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6/23/16 11:57 A

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Congratulations on being selected for that job opening, Tricia. I hope it works out with your classwork schedule.

Nell, I'm glad you're safe from the weather. I saw some of the coverage on the news and it looked pretty scary.

Take care, Gloria. It can be dangerous to run in such difficult conditions. Our weather has moderated nicely after our intense, brief heat wave. I've given up the idea of doing a half-marathon with my coworker this summer. I'm just not willing to put in the training time when my work schedule is so intense.

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6/22/16 9:37 P

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Sorry I've been so scarce. A friend go married and a lot of folks came in over the weekend.
Gloria, it's hard to get out in that weather, not even sure it's healthy! Do you have any indoor options? I found a portable set of bicycle pedals at the thrift store. Maybe it will help the kids move more while they hang out this summer.
Nell, I couldn't believe how the Metro flooded back there.
Aurlie, that's good your boss is back.

It looks like I might be working at my school as a field placement specialist, setting up clinicals for people in the Master's program. I applied for something else and they cherry picked my resume for this, so I thought that was pretty interesting. It will be full time, but I have less coursework the next two semesters.

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6/22/16 6:57 P

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Glad everything is safe after the storms Nell. We are having awful humidity and that makes the mid-90s feel like the 100s. Right now the heat index is 102. I walked at lunchtime and the moist air makes it so hard to breath. I was going to run this evening but I decided it is just too hot. Also, at strength training today my toe started to hurt terribly for some unknown reason, so that is another reason to sit out running for today.

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6/22/16 8:01 A

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We had some awful storms last night, three waves of them, lightning and hail and downpours. It makes me beyond grateful for a garage. Thank goodness no trees came down right here, though it was pretty bad not far from us. Today will be hot and sunny, a good day to run a bunch of errands. I like to park at a far cart collector and walk in and out, but not in rain.

It's summer now and the days will begin to shorten.

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Gloria, it's awful that your workload is so continually relentless. My boss is due to return tomorrow. She'll work from her home and probably won't put in a full day, but it will be great to have her back. I've got another mandatory data safety meeting tomorrow. I worked late this evening. Now I'm going to wind down and get ready for bed.

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6/21/16 8:12 P

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Glad you were able to do the Visa thing Nell. We have Costco here in Nashville but both are far from us, which is a real disappointment.

Back to work and eating was just fair. I was able to stay well focused today but I've got so much to complete by the end of the weeks and it feels daunting. I went for a short walk at lunchtime. It was very hot and humid so I did take the time and change into shorts.

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I finally got my Costco Visa site set up. So much traffic today as a few million people were doing the same thing that it took all day to get through, but it's done.

Gloria, it's a good thing you were able to enjoy your day off. I don't know how you fit it all in.

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6/20/16 8:43 P

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Wow Aurlie, 109 is hot hot hot! I know you are grateful for the AC at the office. Hope you have some good fans at home. I know it's difficult to sleep when it is that hot.

First day of summer, YAY! I love summer and this is my favorite day of the year, love the long hours of sunshine. It was pretty hot here, but even with the humidity factored in, it was not as hot as it is out there Aurlie! Monday too, GREAT day! I took off work. I will probably pay for that by having to work 60 hours a week for the next three weeks bu this was seriously a great day. I ran with my friend this morning and then went to Panera for a salad for breakfast, and a latte. I sat outside and read for a while and just really enjoyed myself. I did my grocery shopping and was thrilled to find Ranier cherries. So awesomely delicious! I did laundry and went and got the oil changed in my car, and then spent some time in the pool. I was able to cook our dinner at home and we will have leftovers for lunches this week, so that is a definite win for me. I need to get to bed so I can get plenty of sleep and start my workweek out the right way - I need to be very focused at work because I am terribly behind and I have deadlines on Wednesday and Thursday.

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6/19/16 9:31 P

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Today's temperature hit 109 -- more than 10 degrees over what they predicted. Tomorrow is supposed to be the hottest day of the week. At least I'll be in the air conditioned office during the heat of the day. I put in a few hours at my job already. I'll commit to 3 more hours before I wind down for bed.I haven't gotten a single follow email from anyone on the project staff. I'm guessing none of them are working this weekend.

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Oh Aurlie, what a difficult work day. You must have been so tired. I'm happy you were able to rest a bit yesterday and I hope you didn't have to work too much today.

I know I can't rely on a fitness tracker to be 100% accurate but because I am so active I really like to get somewhat of an idea of how many calories I burned in a day. I paid a small fortune for this Garmin - much much more than any Fitbit costs, so while I don't expect perfect accuracy, I do expect it to give me a reasonable count.

I really didn't accomplish much today like I needed to but I did get plenty of rest. I also was able to float around in the pool and read for a while afternoon. I'll pay the price for this....I'm taking tomorrow off. First day of summer is my favorite day of the year.

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Gloria, one day my Fitbit said I'd walked 65,000 steps, obviously an error. It makes me wonder how accurate the more reasonable days are. Fortunately for me it's a game. I need thermometers and blood pressure monitors to be accurate, accuracy in the Fitbit isn't going to make or break my day.

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Congratulations on doing well in Peoria, Gloria.

Tricia, I hope your little guy is feeling better and you've gotten caught up on your schoolwork.

I worked from 7 am yesterday until after 8 pm with only a couple of breaks. I intended to put in some time today, but other than checking email I just let it go. I even took a little nap this afternoon. We're looking at temperatures in the 100s for a few days. I know I've got a lot to do tomorrow and I'm late getting to bed.

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We are still in transit. It's such a long drive. I forgot to mention about my Fitbit vs Garmin. The steps were pretty much in line with each other. It was the calories that were out of sync. Despite walking all day Garmin calculated very few calories but FitBit fave me a few hundred more. Garmin is based on heart rate but I'm sure I burn more than 1,100 calories in a day, especially one where I sat little and walked much.

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Did you get caught yup with your school stuff Tricia? Hope your little boy is feeling much better. We are on the way home from Peoria. It's such a long drive. A lot of people are sleeping but I can't sleep when traveling. So it's pretty quiet. I'm reading. We've got several more hours to go. This trip has been really nice because we visited the foundry and the manufacturing facility, which was so interesting and educational, but hard too because although I am acquainted with all of my coworkers, I didn't have a friend or significant other with me like everyone else. Fortunately I am very comfortable and confident on my own so it has worked out okay. 15k was this morning. I would have expected Peoria to be flat but there were some hills on the course. It was a fun race. We were lucky that it wasn't terribly hot and humid.

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Nell, that 's so disappointing. My husband was a massage therapist back when our teens were born. A year seems excessive. But maybe their insurance requires that.

Aurlie, sorry you've had a stressful week. My toddler had a fever Monday through Wednesday so I was worried about him. I was also behind on school due to there being some things I couldn't do while camping.

Gloria, does your fitbit pickup steps from driving? It can vary based on the car and where the tracker is located. Like I had mine in my purse during one trip and it picked up over 2000 steps, while it typically didn't if I were wearing it. But another friend of mine says that her van vs. her car causes phantom steps.

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6/17/16 5:47 P

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Sorry you weren't able to get the massage Nell. That must have been frustrating, not to mention disappointing.

I'm resting in my hotel room until dinner. Honestly I'm so tired I don't want to go to dinner! It was pretty late when we got here late night and we had an early start. We went to a foundry, which was fascinating, then a manufacturing facility. Then we went to the Caterpillar Visitor's Center, visited there and had lunch. After that went to a running store and looked around. We've walked all day but the Garmin only gives me credit for 135 active calories, 900 total for the day so far. Fitbit says 1,400, thats quit a difference. I'm ready as I can be for tomorrow's 15k

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Best wishes in Peoria, Gloria!

Nell, that's so disappointing after you planned for such a rare treat. I hope you can make it happen at another time.

I'm trying to keep calm at work and take everything one step at a time. This has been a very frustrating week.





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I thought for my birthday I'd get a massage, something I rarely do. I get massages if I'm out in Calistoga, or in Hot Springs, Arkansas, but I've never had one around here, so it would be a treat for my birthday. I made the appointment, was undressed and on the table, and explaining that I didn't want her to do anything to my neck because I'd had surgery. She told me I needed a doctor's permission to get a massage for a year following surgery, had I been given permission? The doc said I can live normally now, even ride my motorcycle, but I never specifically asked about massage, why would I ask such an unlikely thing? So I came home. The was supposed to be my one birthday gift, we aren't even going out to dinner, I scheduled the massage to be home in time to start dinner as usual. Sigh.

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On the bus headed to Peoria. We stopped for food and had some choices on where to eat. I was the only one who ran into Panera and got a salad to go, and then spent the remaining time walking around the area. Im still going to be super short on steps. I've provably had too many calories today but mostly my choices have been healthy. We've still got a couple of hours before we get to Peoria. This morning had a discussion with my manager regarding my work load. It doesn't look like things are going to change so I need to just stay focused and figure out how to manage my time better.

I hate riding for hours but we've played trivial pursuit and watched a movie and there is a plug for my phone so I've had that

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Early check in today, work is going to be busy but I am going to make time for lunch with my husband. I know that means bad eating day but I try to plan my other meals accordingly. I am trying to amp up my hydration now in preparation for Saturday's 15k in Peoria. It's looking like Saturday morning might not be as hot there, let's hope that's the case!

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Aurlie, that's nuts! I guess for your own sake, you gotta go one day at a time.
Gloria, humidity can be crazy. Take care with the heat!

I guess I'm running out of time to send something for Father's Day. Top of my list tomorrow! Or maybe tonight.

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Montana sounds great Tricia! How nice to be able to spend the nights in a tent. Sounds like your little boy is doing very well.

Aurlie, I figure your company is bleeding out money in some places and trying to make up for it in staffing but the work loads in your office aren't sustainable and at some level this will catch up with them....hopefully it will resolve itself in a positive manner.

I'm getting ready for the Peoria trip....ran this morning in 90% humidity. It's stifling. I think the pool is better.

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Tricia, it's nice that you can step back and see the advancements your little guy is making. Extra adult supervision never hurts, either! A baby pronghorn is an amazing sight to see.

Gloria, I'm sorry to hear your job sounds so dismal. I guess there's some advantage for me not to have a clear picture of our upcoming workload -- I don't get discouraged too far in advance. It took me by surprise this morning to realize June is almost half over.

The staffing situation in my office is just baffling. They've outsourced the whole finance department as a cost-saving measure. Our CFO is gone. During the transition period, a Finance person from one of the London offices is filling in. The company pays for her first class airfare and she flies home each weekend. While she's here the company pays for her luxury hotel, meals and transportation. Meanwhile, someone from a Paris office is filling in for her in London, with the same expensive perks. I wonder who's filling the seat in the Paris office....

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We did go to Montana, and my phone didn't work up there. We decided to camp in a tent and that made it a little more reasonable. And it worked out okay, I guess our youngest is really coming along in being able to mind. I guess it also helped to have 2 adults for 1 kid, but I wouldn't have imagined going camping with him a year ago.

We camped in Missoula and then visited Great Falls our last day. There was a great Lewis and Clark Museum. Such perseverance, especially Sacagawea, who made the journey with an infant.

I do okay with snakes. I was woodsy as a kid. But I respect them too. I saw several antelope on this trip, one with a tiny baby, like it could have walked right under the adult.

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Aurlie, you are a saint to not freak out in front of the kids when the snake got you. I can imagine now that you might be a little fearful of them from that experience alone.

It's still super hot and I just walked a mile at lunchtime. I could have gone further but I would have needed to change to shorts and a tank and I just didn't have time to change (and then change back). Today I feel so defeated by this job. I realize that I am going to have to work a lot of OT this month to get done what needs to be done. I've been focused today but haven't accomplished anything that I needed to.

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I think it's probably useful to have some fear of snakes -- as long as that doesn't lead people to try to erradicate them just out of fear. I got scratched by a rattler once. I was assisting a herpetologist in a demonstration and things went a little wrong. Luckily, it was just scary and not tragic. It was in front of a group of Cub Scouts and I was mostly concerned that we didn't frighten the children. The herpetologist was relieved that I didn't panic.

I've done a lot of errands and household chores. The company network was still offline the last time I checked. I'm just waiting it out and hoping it heals itself. The last thing I want to do is call the IT Helpdesk halfway around the world.

We've had drizzly and cool weather this weekend.It will be sunny and 90s by the end of the week.

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My husband is good at identifying snakes. He has always been pretty outdoorsy. I am never positive about which are good snakes and which might not be. We've got rattle snakes pretty much anywhere in the country and around here there are some venomous water snakes too. He says it is genetics that make us instinctually afraid of snakes and spiders. Here is an interesting tale. One late night we were in the pool swimming and when we came in there was a snake on the patio near the back door. My husband couldn't tell what kind it was so he told me to go around the other way. I did and there was a huge furry black spider there! Turns out the snake was a queen snake, harmless. And the spider was a trapdoor spider, which are typically very reclusive and rarely seen.

It's hot here today and with the high humidity the heat index is around 100. Sultry days of summer, except it's still spring! Hope you got some decent rain Aurlie. Frogs are cool. We get some bullfrogs in our pool sometimes and we take them to the lake. And the lotuses must be beautiful. Were you able to get logged in for work?

I've been taking care of stuff around the house today, went to the store for things like bananas, peaches and spinach. It's been calm and peaceful. My husband and I like to sit together and do things, not necessarily the same thing, but just be together. While I am sitting here on the computer, he is painting his miniatures. I ran this morning and yesterday morning very early - it's hard enough to run early with the humidity the way it is, no way can it be done in the afternoon. We've got CMA Fest and Bonnaroo going on right now. I expect maybe one more day of bad traffic because of that.

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What a cool story, Gloria! I know my fear of snakes stems from my ignorance. I think they're beautiful and wouldn't want one killed needlessly, but I don't have any experience in identifying or catching one. I'm glad you were able to do the right thing.

We had a little drizzle today and maybe more tomorrow. We still went for a walk at Echo Park Lake. More of the lotus were in bloom and there were lots of turtles and even a big bullfrog - I always hear the frogs croaking, but this is the first one I've seen.

I was unable to log into my office earlier. I think there may be a problem with the servers. I'll try again this evening and see if I can accomplish a few things.


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So glad you enjoyed your trip Aurlie! You work so hard and you really earned some time for yourself! Hope things don't end up being too crazy while your manager is off later on and that the powers that be realize you both need more help!

I relaxed most of the day. Should have gotten more done at home but it was nice to just do nothing. We went out to eat at what might be called a casual dining restaurant and there was a large snake sitting on the sill of the window peering through the glass at me (outside). It was so funny and half the employees ended up coming and taking pictures of it. Because so many people are terrified of snakes we were afraid someone would kill it so we took it out in the country and let it go in the woods. It was a harmless chicken snake but it was probably four or five feet long.

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Take care of yourself, Gloria! It's not surprising that your running suffers when you're not well. I hope they solve your pool problem -- I know you deserve some relaxation in the pool.

I just returned from my adventure in Santa Barbara. It was a fun trip and I'm so glad I went. Unfortunately, I just checked my email to find my boss had an overwhelming day. I couldn't believe so many requests came in (all of them marked "urgent"). I'll probably be in the same situation next Friday and the following Monday and Tuesday when my boss takes some vacation time. There's just no way to predict it, though.

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My husband works from home on Fridays. He has two offices to go to as well, one near my office, the other about 40 miles away. Today the Internet was out all day so he thought he'd have to drive in to the closer office but he ended up working at Starbucks all day. I ended up meeting him and my friend there after work. No exercise today other than a quick walk to a Greek restaurant at lunch time for dolmades. Husband is out cleaning the pool right now. The pool store people came back today. Water is still not good but better than yesterday. Eating was poor today.

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The owner of the pool store came today. They had said on the phone that it would be a couple of weeks beforethey could come because They are so busy but they said that we since we have been very good customers for a few years, they wanted to help. That made me feel better since we spent $400 on chemicals the other day and saw no results. They think this is a chlorine resistant algae and they have five other customers with the same issue, including one of our neighbors. They came twice today.

I'm having stomach issues today, who knows why. I went trail running in the evening and didn't do the greatest, maybe because of my stomach.

And I wasn't well focused at work. I need to be better focused.

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Aurlie and Tricia, thanks. It comforts me to remember that Kitty was 19 years old. She had such a long and good life and was healthy for almost all of it. It is weird that she isn't here and I keep wondering if Earl and Lemur notice her absence. They are elderly too and I worry terribly about them both.

Aurlie, what will you do in Santa Barbara? I hope you enjoy it. I think a train ride sounds nice.

Tricia, I've never been to Montana. Isn't Glacier National Park and Yellowstone there?



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We don't travel anymore, either,my husband just can't stay awake or move around well anymore. I was planning to go without him on a motorcycle trip with the gang, but I'd worry about him and not have a good time, so what would be the point? We used to ride our bikes all over the country for weeks at a time, but those days are over.

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Gloria, that's such a shame about poor Kitty. I know this is hard on you. Take care of yourself.

Nell, I learned when dealing with Mike's accident that insurance companies/Social Security/Workers Comp all routinely deny everything initially and place the burden on the patient to get the coverage they're entitled to receive. It seemed they were all hoping the patient would give up or die before receiving benefits. Even after some bills were paid, they tried to retroactively disallow some procedures. It was a paperwork nightmare.

Best wishes to you, Tricia. I'm not sure that travel and potty training go together, but then maybe a break in the routine will help your little guy to establish a new habit.

Mike and I used to take little vacations, just a night or two away, but now he's decided that getaways or breaks in the routine are unnecessary. It makes sense for him since he's retired now and in complete control of his schedule. I wish he were more willing to compromise a bit, though. I'm taking a vacation day on Friday and taking the train up to Santa Barbara. I'm nervous about traveling alone, but I'm desperate to find some relief from this unsatisfying routine. My boss is encouraging me to go, because my absence will highlight just how short-handed we are at work. Mike is tossing roadblocks in my path, but I've managed to sidestep them so far.



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Gloria, I'm so sorry to hear about your kitty. That was good of her to let her go, but hard on your heart.

Nell, how frustrating with the insurance! I should probably check on our deductible but it's hard to throw myself into that. Thanks for clarifying on the condo organization.

My husband isn't really sure where he wants to go. Our two older kids have a church outing for a few days, which is when he was thinking of going. But it's not clear whether it's going to happen at this point. He wanted to go to the coast but feels like 3 days isn't enough. Montana was another thought but we aren't really sure where to go there.

We've been working on potty training with the youngest, but he's not really progressing in a way that would frustrate me to derail right now. I guess that could change in the next day. I think it has me really stressed because I keep waking up super early with my mind churning. Yesterday I worked out super early, but today I hung out and waited on breakfast.

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We do have Xfinity and it is better than the old time cable but there is still no explanation for all of the down time we have. My husband works from home a lot and he often has to go somewhere and find free wifi to use because our cable is out. It's a common problem around here, people complain terribly but nothing changes. Google is coming in but we don't think they will be as far as our peninsula for a long while.

Today workless fairly peaceful. I took a walk at lunchtime and left only 30 minutes late. I really kept my eating in check today too, and that needs to continue.

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Gloria, Comcast has an awful reputation around here, but at least we have another option now. When Verizon was putting in their FIOS network, I was following the truck around to see when I could sign up. It was a wonderful day when we finally had FIOS! Comcast is our licensed cable provider, but Verizon isn't a cable company, so they can compete. And they are winning around here.

Do you at least have Xfinity, Comcast's fiber network, where you live? It has to be better than the old cable.

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Nell, our Internet service provider is not the greatest. It is Comcast and around here they have a monopoly on things so they don't much care if it goes out or not. We will go through months where it is consistent and works fine and then we will go through periods where it is up and down a lot. They never do anything to fix it. We are looking into better options but there aren't a lot of choices around here.

Tricia, does your husband have a particular trip in mind?

Today has been terrible. I was up so late working and got very little sleep as a result. When I got up I had to say goodbye to Kitty because I wasn't sure if she would be home when I get there. And she isn't. I am still at work but Kitty is gone, forever. I would have waited a few days until work settled down and I could take off to take her to the vet with my husband but I couldn't make Kitty wait. She was just not well at all over the past few days and it seemed cruel to prolong her suffering for my benefit.

I'm still at work, have a bad headache and want to go home and just rest and be with my husband and other cats but I am waiting on financial statements so that I can finish some analysis that needed to be done already.

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Gloria, what happened to your internet? Is it local or area wide?

It was the president who quit. He was only willing to serve on the board if he didn't have any operational responsibility, that's fine, but the property manager only wanted to talk to him because he was President. So he quit. Hopefully we'll get a new property manager soon.

I got the bill yesterday from the radiology place showing that Medicare denied paying for my Dexa Scan in March ($759). According to their website, they'll pay for one every 2 years if there is one of several diagnoses, and I have two of them. There's an hour on the phone today. My old insurance always covered it.



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Gloria, sorry you have to go so far and work on the weekend. I like the idea of simplifying.
Nell, the president quit or the property manager? Either way, pretty crazy!
Aurlie, good luck with that transition. It probably sounded like a good idea in theory. I hope it will work out.

I really need to check in every day. This last week shouldn't have been very crazy. I had one kid in school still and the other 2 home. My husband is set on going out of town end of this week, even though we are living off savings. And then it's my birthday next weekend.

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Got home from Memphis and sat down to work, no Internet. Waited a couple of ours, no Internet. Came to Panera to work, have Internet but can't get on office network so I am going to have to drive all the way to Nashville. I am pretty much in tears. I have about four hours of work ahead of me and this will add an hour and a half to my time for the commute. I had a very awful day at work on Friday and I am even more behind than I was and I have a report that should have gone out to others on Friday but tomorrow I must have it for the huge task that I must start first thing in the morning. I am just beside myself with frustration.

Aurlie, your weekend sounds nice. I am in the same boat as you, weight is still in the acceptable range but the creep is consistent and I need to stop it before it goes any further.

My race this morning went well. I am not properly trained for two long runs back to back so I just ran a little and walked when I felt I needed to. It was super hot too, so that was a factor. We had a debacle over the hotel room but it all worked out. This was the most organized and well supported race I have EVER done, lots of ice on the course, popsicles, even beer, plenty of water stops with gatorade, lots of food at the end, cold towels at the end. The medal is probably the best one I've ever gotten. It was at a naval base. Food at the end was donuts, pizza, chicken biscuits, barbecue, macaroni and cheese, mostly stuff I couldn't eat, but also fruit and stuff. Very impressive.

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I'm in awe of your running ability, Gloria. You're amazing!

We went to a nearby botanical garden yesterday. It's a beautiful place to walk, even though it was a very warm day. Today we walked at the zoo and I'm working to continue getting steps throughout the day. I'm doing my part to keep the team going in our global challenge. One team member expressed frustration that we're not doing better in the competition, but she said she's too busy to walk. Too funny.

I've cut back on overall portion sizes and I'm making stricter food choices. My weight is still in an acceptable range, but it is creeping up. I don't want to let this get out of control. I just don't see how I'm going to make time to get back into running. It's crucial that I keep up with the workload of my job. I need to step back and see how I can do to better use my time.

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Did a half marathon this morning and now I am in Memphis with some friends. We are doing the Navy nautical 10 miler race in the morning.

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O Gloria, poor Earl! I heard a comedian say that the most effective alarm clock would be the sound of a cat being sick -- no one goes back to sleep after that!

My office is in an upheaval. They're combining the financial operations of a dozen companies and introducing a new computer system for all of our work in order to support the new consolidated department. New systems are always cumbersome to learn. I found myself locked out of some of my projects. The person assigned to correct the problems was laid off last week. I've spent more time learning to work around the new system than learning to use it. My boss is off and the work has got to get done so I'm doing my best.

My sleep has been worse than usual. Temps will be in the 100s for a few more days which makes it uncomfortable at night. I've just got to keep cool and carry on.


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Oh, so sorry you got stuck in traffic Aurlie. I haven't had too much trouble this week but that is because I have been here very very early (I leave at 5:45 a.m. so I can get here by 6:30 a.m.) and this week I have worked late so by the time I leave traffic is okay. Otherwise, I am usually stuck in it if I leave for home anytime after 3:30 p.m. Nashville is growing so fast it is only going to get worse.

So this is another early check in for me - again I don't know what this day will bring. I ended up being here until 10:00 p.m. last night and I only got about 4.5 hours of sleep. I have a fun and full weekend ahead and need some rest. Earl threw up on the bed at 4:30 a.m. so that started the day off in a not so pleasant manner, poor kitty cat, he didn't mean to. And Kitty is not doing well again. We can take her to the vet again but every time we do they say she is fine and then she is for a while. Yesterday I was here from 6:30 to 10:00 with nothing but a 15 minute walk to the coffee shop in the afternoon - I really find it stressful that I don't exercise at all during the first part of the month. I'll make up for it this weekend though. I kept my calories in check but I am eating way too much sugar and I really need to cut back a little on the dairy. Too much stress = a lot of chocolate. emoticon

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Your condo board sounds pretty awful, Nell. I can't believe they have such limited commitment to their positions. When I worked for a non-profit, I found my dealings with the Board of Directors to be very frustrating. Your experience goes far beyond that!

Work has been crazy. I got stuck in a meeting yesterday afternoon that ran very late and I had to drive home in the worst traffic. It reminded me how blessed I am that I usually get of of the office at 4:30 pm. I know what you mean, Gloria, about finding it hard to achieve a balance. I've cut back on my Sparking and definitely won't be joining any more teams. I'm definitely stretched too thin here. My boss is out again tomorrow. I wonder what the day will hold.


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Early check in for me because I have no idea what this day is going to bring as far as work. I have to get a lot done today because I cannot stay late tomorrow. I was going to spin class this morning but opted out so I could get more sleep. I know I am going to be sitting on my bottom for most of today because I need to stay tightly focused on work, so I probably should have gone to get at least some activity in. It's difficult to balance.

I was looking for a spark team that embraces minimalism or living simply but then I realized that I can find that right here. I had drastically cut back my teams quite some time ago to simplify because my schedule just does not permit as much time on SP as I would like. So adding a team now would be like back tracking. I really have to get a handle on things at home. Things are clean and organized in some areas but just horrible in others. I make progress but then get busy and backslide. And work, we won't even talk about. If I don't do some filing soon, we will be in major crisis mode but who has time for that? I can barely get my day to day stuff done.

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Wow Nell, that certainly is an unexpected outcome. You shouldn't have to do all of the work and I hope it resolves itself.

I am still at work having been here for 13 hours now, but I did go to lunch and then I took at 20 minute break to get a salad at dinner time so at least I wasn't sitting here for hours and hours. And I did try to be attentive to my Garmin today when it said MOVE. I did go to the strength training class this morning too so all in all the day was not a total bust. I'm overwhelmed with all of the work that must be done by Friday but I am just trying to take it one step at a time.

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This morning I finally had enough with fighting the condo board, and told them I wouldn't be available anymore to train the new condo secretary or try to run the place in the face of obstacles placed by the property manager. I told the secretary to call the President if he is so sure of what is going on. She called him once, this afternoon he quit. Not the reaction I was looking for. I thought that if had an inkling of what I have been going through,he'd relent and let us fire the property manager. At least that won't be a problem anymore. What a day!

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Still at work and no breaks today for lunch or walking or anything. I kind of want to leave but I have so much to do and traffic is really bad right now. I'm discovering that my Garmin doesn't give me as many fitness minutes as the FitBit did and not as many calories either. I've been sedentary today due to work and FitBit still would have said to eat 1,800 or so calories. With the Garmin I am only going to get about 1,200 and that is both with SP and Garmin. I was always sure that FitBit was too much and I have been gaining weight now for a while so maybe that is why. I am going to have to re-think my eating and quit eating snacks during non-meal times.

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It's been such a great weekend. I could use more time just like this! It is really hot here today and I did get out in the pool for a little while but not long because of work and things to be done around the house. I ran a 15k this morning and had breakfast with one of my best running friends! It was a great day but now I need to work for a while!

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Nell, that seems so odd about that young woman. Let us know if you learn more -- I'm really curious about the story now.

I hope you have time for another nap, Tricia. I sounds like a nice luxury for a holiday. You're right about Windows 10 being much like Windows 7. Once I got it to accept my defaults, it's been working smoothly.

I feel the same way about having a lot weekend, Gloria. It make the rest of the week seem so much more manageable. I really appreciate it, even if I still manage to work the same number of hours overall.

We had a delicious vegetarian lunch today. We met the owner several weeks ago at our favorite Farmer's Market (Mike felt compelled to ask him why he was buying so much produce and they got to talking). Great food. We had a nice walk at Echo Park Lake this morning. I've got to get back to my work later this afternoon, but all in all it's been a great weekend.

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5/30/16 3:22 P

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At church yesterday, they announced the death of our old secretary, the 32 year old whom we fired for cause. There has been nothing in the papers or online, and I didn't know if she had really died. Her funeral isn't until June 18, a month after her death. I wonder why so long?

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5/30/16 1:51 P

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I'm glad to hear they hired someone, Nell, though that's concerning. Glad you got your steps in.

I got a laptop with Windows 10 for mothers day/birthday. It's reasonably similar to 7. Good luck with the upgrade!

I woke up really early this morning, did some writing, and then napped a little. May need another this afternoon. Going to my Moms for lunch! So grateful she's 18 months after colon cancer surgery.

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5/29/16 9:29 P

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It's been a busy day! I was able to get some pool time in and walked with my friend early in the morning. I've got a lot of food prepped for the next couple of weeks. I will freeze some of it because I won't be able to eat it fast enough. Everything is ready for Tuesday. 15k in the morning and then I will work and try to get some pool time. Having the extra day off makes such a world of difference. I can be so productive yet have time to relax.

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Nell, you did great to get in a workout and to meet a lot of people's expectations about using the pool this weekend. This is the first year that my office has allowed us to close the office early the Friday before the holiday (our sister companies have been doing it for years). Of course, no one was allowed to leave if their work was left undone.

It's been a busy weekend so far. We went to the farmer's market this morning. Later we went to Chinatown to pick up a few items. I've gotten a lot of steps again today and I'll do some strength training later. Laundry and most household chores are done as well.

I upgraded our home desktop to Windows 10 without much trouble. I only had to reinstall a couple of things. It didn't take long to set it up so everything looks exactly like what Mike is used to using. I'll investigate the new "features" when I have more time. I'll be logging into my office in a couple of hours and that's where I'll put my attention this evening.

My eating is right on track today -- lot's of nice veggies at the Farmer's Market and I love the fruits, too!


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5/28/16 9:38 P

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That's a shame that not all of the team members are logging their steps Aurlie. Nell, way to go on turning around a crummy situation and using it to your advantage!

I ran with my friend this morning and took a 30 minute nap. I worked for just a little while and got some things done around the house. We went to the store for produce, and I'm loving the spring fruits. Took my bike to have it adjusted. It's been a nice day.

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I found out yesterday that our new condo secretary left at 1:30 (seems the property management company policy is that they get half a day before the Memorial Day weekend, who knew?) so a bunch of residents didn't get their pool passes. I went over this morning and delivered 43 to their doors. They were scattered throughout 16 buildings, units on 4 levels, no elevators. I can't let them have to watch the pool on a hot pool opening and not be able to get in. We'd have a war at the next board meeting, and there is enough to discuss without a resident's revolt. I'm a volunteer, didn't have to do it, but thanks to Fitbit I can congratulate myself on over 6000 steps and 40 active minutes in less than an hour. The residents can use the pool, I get a workout all documented on a Fitbit.

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Enjoy your weekend, Gloria. Happy floating!

I've just looked at all the things I planned to do this long weekend and realized I didn't include any time to just relax. There have been some things I've been putting off and I just need to get them out of the way. I'm going to update our desktop computer to Windows 10 this evening. I hope that goes smoothly. If not, I'll have some time to undo it before going back to work on Tuesday.

We're on the third day of our step challenge. It looks like only 4 members of our 7-person team are logging any steps at all. I'll do my best and that's all I can do.

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5/27/16 9:04 P

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Your step challenge sounds awesome Aurlie! I did a one day Fitbit challenge with some friends last weekend but it was more of a challenge against myself. It was fun but not difficult - I should have increased my step goal for that.

Wow, it is so illogical that the company continues to hire upper management but not workers. It's not sustainable and at some point it's going to break down.

The three running groups in my community always get together the last Friday of each month to run and have breakfast but I never go because of work. Today I worked from home so I did run with them and had breakfast. After that two friends and I rode our bikes but I only did three miles since I needed to get home and work. I just new to get reacquainted with the bike. I've only used the pool once so far because the weather here has been so unusual and then there was an algae problem but it is ready to go for this weekend. I will
work for a few hours each day but there will be time to float around!

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Best wishes on your job search, Tricia. It can be difficult to find an employer that will allow you to have a flexible schedule.

I hope you don't have to work too much over the weekend, Gloria. Have you had an opportunity to enjoy any pool time so far this season?

This has been a stressful month at work. The workload has been very heavy and it's not likely to lighten anytime soon. We just learned again that our request for additional staff in our department has been rejected again. We're undergoing a huge Global Corporate makeover. So far this year they've created 23 new Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President positions but they can't find room in the budget for an entry-level person to take on some of the increasing workload.

I've increased my steps and decreased my calorie consumption. I don't know any of my teammates in our walking challenge. We have teams of 7 and my steps are ranking well above the team average so I'm happy about that. Overall we're ranked about 18,000 out of 48,000 teams. It's only day 2 of this 100-day challenge. Anything can happen, right?

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Sending good thoughts for the job search Tricia.

Today was a rest day but I took a short walk at lunchtime and by getting up when my watch reminded me to, I managed to get enough steps. But I didn't plan my meals as well as I usually do and I ended up with way too many calories.

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Nell, how frustrating! It sounds like you're taken for granted.
Gloria, sorry to hear about your stress. I hope you recover soon from the colitis.
Aurlie, the walking challenge sounds like fun. Maybe I'll go back to tracking steps. I'd probably have to wear the fitbit on my bra since my youngest grabs it if he can see it.

I started my strength workout earlier today while the kids were at school and I need to wrap it up. I think my eating was okay today. I woke up too early and napped later in the day. I'm glad my schedule allows for that. I applied for a couple of jobs while I was up earlier. But I'm not to optimistic about finding anything full time due to being in school.




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