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7/24/16 3:06 P

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We are hearing that we will have slight relief from the temperatures next week but it will remain humid, which makes it so uncomfortable. Aurlie, wish I could send some humidity your way, I think It would help with the fire situation.

I know not to compare myself to others but running is such a mental game and I tend not to push myself. If I don't run some of these miles, I'm afraid I won't be able to finish the race within the time limit. Fortunately we still have three months to train.

I've got laundry and groceries done and I'm going to work for a couple of hours.

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It's tough when you're comparing yourself to others, Gloria. Remind yourself that we're each facing different challenges and your path is your own. I've felt some regret that I didn't resume running when I had the opportunity to train for the 10K with my co-worker. I know that I made the best choice for myself at the time. I need to remind myself that there will be other opportunities.

I'm pacing myself through the day. It won't be as hot as yesterday. The wildfires are still out of control and the smokey air is oppressive.

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7/23/16 8:19 P

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The fires are so scary Aurlie. I sad hoping you'd get more rain this year to alleviate that somewhat but this heat is something else.

I did a long run today, and it was just miserable. I ended up walking way more than I should have. When we got done I checked and the heat index was already 101. I'm connected with many running friends and garmin and so I can see their stats and they aren't walking all the time. This is somewhat mental for me I think.

I got a little pool time in and did some laundry but as usual didn't get as much done as I needed to.

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It's over 100 degrees already today and we're completely overcast from the wildfire smoke. Ash is covering everything even though we're quite a distance from the fire.

I thought my difficulty maintaining my weight was due to my sleep problems, so your input is interesting, Gloria. I've been sticking to good food choices, but my exercise will definitely be hampered for a couple of days. As much as Lola wants to go for our evening walks, it's still too hot for her until it's too late to go out. We had a good walk this morning, though. I'm doing what I can while still keeping her safe.

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Aurlie, sorry about your sleep, that is definitely too hot to get a good night's rest. And when it is that hot, I am sure that fans aren't very efficient. People around here talk about how they can't live without AC and I am sure that they don't realize just how blessed they are to have it at all. When I tell people I don't use the AC in my car they are incredulous.

I got to bed a little earlier last night but slept rather poorly and when I woke in the morning I felt a little off kilter but I am fine now. I have been working really hard at getting more sleep and I have been fairly successful. I am now getting close to what I need but it hasn't been easy since I get up at 3:30 a.m. Sometimes I have a bad night or even a bad week, but all in all I am happy with my progress. It is interesting though that since I am now getting more sleep, I still keeping gaining weight.

Another lunch out with three girlfriends. Funny that I usually eat lunch out once a week with my husband and take my lunch all other days but this week I ate out three times (one was work related). I have chosen wisely all three times.

It is not as hot as they said it would be, only about 93 right now but with the humidity (dew point is 72), the heat index/feels like is 102. We've got a heat advisory but not a heat warning since that is really not so far off as usual. They had predicted about 99 degrees so we are lucky it isn't worse.

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I hope you were able to get to sleep early, Gloria.

The heat makes sleep difficult for me without air conditioning. I know this isn't the hottest part of the season yet, so I'm trying to keep it in perspective. At least it's Friday!

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7/21/16 8:48 P

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Nell your mom's living situation sounds really neat! I like the idea of that.

It's going to be super hot here too, close to 100% with that humidity. We've had oppressive heat and humidity for several weeks now and the only difference now is it will be a few degrees hotter.

I ran five miles this morning. I've been doing it at 4:45 am so it isn't as hot (usually close to 75 or 80) but it is usually 90% humidity at that time so it is hard to breathe. I had a nice (healthy) lunch with a running friend today and also ran into another running friend so was able to visit with her. I was thinking about hitting the trails tonight but decided to stay at work a little late and then maybe get home so I can get to sleep a bit earlier.

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Your Mom's community sounds well-designed, Nell. You and your husband are in my prayers. You remind me how blessed I am that Mike is in good health now, though already he's prone to denial.

This won't be our hottest week of the summer, so I'm thinking cool thoughts and getting through it.

I hope you're well, Gloria.





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It's going to be really hot here, too, for the next week, 100 degrees and 90% humidity. My poor husband is 78 and not well, and when he is outdoors you can just see him failing. Before air conditioning, old people used to die of heat all the time, but I'd never seen the effect so clearly before. There will be air quality alerts every day, but it's the heat I have to protect him from. He's stubborn,though, thinks he's "fine, just fine" as he staggers in the heat. It's terrifying. Mom lives in a huge community where you can walk miles indoors. There are 12 buildings of 4 floors, all connected by skyways and elevators. You have to do a lot of walking whether you want to or not. It's part of keeping old people healthy.

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Our heat is back. We'll be in the triple digits here for at least the next week. It's been terribly dry and windy. There was a brush fire in the Hollywood Hills near my office yesterday.Fortunately, no injuries or homes damage, but traffic was tied up for hours. It's going to be a terrible fire season this year. Heat and air quality will have an effect on outdoor exercise



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I am so sore from the sculpt class on Monday. Works muscles in a totally different way than the circuit class I guess. I did the circuit class this morning and managed a walk at lunch time. Im waiting for my husband to get home. We like to eat dinner together but he is not on my schedule at all, he's laid back and late for everything, gets to work late, leaves work late and then we have dinner late and I go to bed late. But dinner is our time to catch up and connect so I wouldn't miss it.

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7/19/16 8:22 P

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Odd about the inventory levels. I don't notice much fluctuation here either unless it is predicted to snow. Then all the stores are out of bread and milk. People around here really seem to love their milk sandwiches when it snows. emoticon

Aurlie, hope your work levels were manageable on your day off! My manager took the team out to lunch today. I've eaten fairly clean today but am probably higher on calories than I should be. Got in a run this morning. I'm really sore from the sculpt class I took yesterday. It works different muscles than the circuit class I've been taking. I think it's good to mix it up that way.

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Walmart is the worst store for maintaining inventory. The grocery stores have to wait for the delivery trucks, and they can be held up by traffic. Once they arrive, they have to be unloaded an shelved. In the old days they had overnight stocking teams, but have given that up. They lost too much to theft. One of my kids used to work overnight at KMart, and they were locked in the store every night, and frisked when the manager got in in the morning. I don't think that's legal anymore. Even Starbucks runs out of my Sumatra most weeks until they get their weekly delivery.

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I wish you all the best with your job, Tricia. I think they've picked a great person for it.

Your health sounds pretty concerning lately, Gloria. That swelling sounds so unusual -- when I suffer, it's always in my hands and feet first. Have you been able to talk to a doctor about it? I'm glad you at least got some time in the pool over the weekend. Please take care of yourself.

That's strange about your grocery stores, Nell. Does that happen often? We don't notice much fluctuation in inventory in regular stores here. The Farmer's Market is another matter entirely, though.

Tomorrow is my day to work solo while my boss takes off. I've worked late to prep what I can. I'll be off to bed soon.



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I got a lot of little errands run today. The grocery store still didn't have much out on the shelves even at 1:00. It must have been a busy weekend. I'll have to try another store tomorrow.

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I've not been as productive today as I would like and I missed my strength training class this morning. I was just up way too late and needed to get that extra hour of sleep. So I went to the PowerSculpt class at lunchtime but that meant I missed my walk. After the sculpt class I did talk a quick jaunt around the block. I've got my stampin' up group tonight so maybe I will try to get another short walk n before I go there. That means another late night for me.

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7/17/16 10:44 P

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I have bony ankles and no swelling there. It's more in my feet and face and trunk area. Weird.

Did a trail race today. Second time for this one, very nice park and trail. Otherwise I've been trying to hurry to get everything done and it's over two hours past my bedtime! I did get about an hour of pool time in and that was awesome.

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Gloria, sorry to hear EG is not doing well. On your own health, one way to tell if swelling is worrying is if your legs have a "memory foam" thing happening, where if you press on the skin (down near your ankles) if it springs right back or keeps an indentation. That could indicate fluid in interstitial spaces, whereas normal bloat happens in the blood vessels.

I hear you on work treats Aurlie. There was so much food at the convention this past week. I tried to eat smaller portions and not get seconds, and not take as many rolls. Good luck taking vacation days!

Nell, sorry to hear your oldest is a worry. My own is talking about never coming back to Utah again. I guess we'll see what happens at Christmastime. (No visit this summer.) Just doesn't want to be around the extended family.

Tomorrow "the real work begins" at my new job. It seems the biggest issue is trying to find clinical sties to work with, and there seems to be a disconnect between management and the field on what sites fulfill the parameters of a community health site. It's hard to find sites even without that kind of disconnect. But I guess that's why they brought me in, because I'm okay with a little chaos.

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7/16/16 6:30 P

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I did a 16 mile run this morning in a thunderstorm. emoticon That is my longest run so far and it was so slow.

I was up another two pounds this morning! emoticon

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7/15/16 8:15 P

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Oh Nell, hope that everything turns out okay for your son. We don't know the outcome yet for ours, we hope for the best but it really doesn't look good. He lives 2.5 hours from us so it is difficult. He is staying with my in-laws right now which is comforting because they will ensure he stays out of trouble. One thing that happened was that he was fired from his job so he has been working for my father-in-law but the job called him back and so he is working for both right now.

We took Earl Grey to the vet today. He is old too and also has some kidney function issues. He seems like such a young cat but he is 17. He is terrified of pretty much everything except Lemur, my husband and me. Husband and I both took him to the vet so as to comfort him and alleviate his fear. This cat has been glued to my side since I got him and I can't imagine a time without him but I am trying to face the fact that he is a geriatric cat and kidney issues in cats can take sudden turn for the worse, just like in Kitty.

So, I ended up working from home so as to take Earl to the vet and then I dropped my car off for routine maintenance which was way overdue. I liked working from home because I didn't have to get up quite as early and face traffic and I slept very well too. Since I had done the trail run last night I went to bed a little later and I seem to sleep better when I got to bed a bit later and sleep a bit later. Wish I could do that more often.

Weight is still up but the thing is, I look puffy and bloated everywhere. I really look like I gained 30 pounds instead of a few. I am still well within my BMI range and not at all overweight but I look funny. I keep thinking water retention or something but if it was that it would have gone away by now. Instead the weight keeps coming on and quickly too. My clothes are snug, even the ones that used to be a bit too loose. I am really being conscientious of my calories, incorporating more produce and trying to cut back on the sugar but my exercise is way up right now too so I need to balance that.

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Prayers for your son, Nell. I hope he's all right.

How was your day today, Gloria? Was it a real weight gain or just a blip?

I've been doing well with my eating. I've stayed away from all the junk in the office. As stress mounts, so does the supply of treats. My Department was not mentioned in the Evolution timeline. We're all impacted by the changes, though. My boss encouraged me to take the day off today, since I'm at the point of losing vacation days if I don't use them. Mike and I took my car in to the shop and then we went to the zoo and out to lunch. It's a relief to do these things on a weekday.

Happy Friday, Everyone!

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The board meeting went well. More problems with my oldest son, though.

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Stopping by in a hurry, it is well past my bedtime. Today was a decent day but somehow I just felt off kilter. I can't really explain why though....maybe just tired. Eating ha been decent lately but weight took another upward jump. Exercise is up too. Today I ran five miles early in the morning, walked two at lunch time and did 2.5 mile trail run in the evening.

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Oh goodness Aurlie, will your job be safe? It's so difficult going through something like that...I've survived layoffs a few times at different jobs and had one where they let everyone go and closed the local office.

Work was kind of frantic today. I went for a short walk but walking in 100 degree extremely humid weather is somewhat unpleasant.

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I didn't have time for Amazon shopping today. I really didn't have anything in mind that I wanted to buy. We had another discouraging staff meeting at work. They revealed the timeline of the next phase of our company's evolution. By September, the Field Department of dozens of companies will be consolidated and ultimately outsourced to India. We don't know who will be laid off first and who will remain to transition the work overseas. Losing so many coworkers is painful. The meeting focused on the changes to our way of working, but all I could think of was the people affected.

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Aurlie, hope your work day was better than yesterday. Nell, I didn't buy anything from Amazon today, mainly due to lack of time. I do buy most of my clothing online because I don't have time to shop in stores. Mostly I have good luck with that because I just kind of know what styles and fits work for me. I do sometimes have trouble with pants though.

Troubling news on the work front today. I just need to keep a level head and stay tightly focused. I really don't know what else
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The cleaners are gone, I love a house that's clean from top to bottom.

Today is Amazon Prime day, but there isn't anything I want. I hesitate to buy clothing online unless there is a store I can return it to if it doesn't fit, and it usually doesn't.

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Gloria, it's great you were able to notice and appreciate the unusual sights on your way home. Sleep well, tonight!

Tricia, how nice you were able to take a long weekend trip! I haven't been to Northern California.in decades. Yosemite is one of my favorite National Parks.

It was a long and frustrating day at work. I getting ready to wind down so I can relax and get some sleep. Hoping tomorrow will be a better day. Good night, All!

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Hey Tricia, your trip sounds awesome!

I'm stopping by quickly. I had to attend a late meeting for my manager and subsequently sat in traffic forever so it is past my bedtime. I did see some interesting sites on be way home...a very nice rainbow...and a man on a motorcycle with an iguana riding on his back!!!

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Hey, yall! Here it's been a week again. We decided at the last minute to go to Northern California for the long weekend (since I started working on the 5th so it is probably our last chance to go somewhere for a while). We lived in Monterey as newly weds. It turns out my husband hadn't been back there since 1991 even though I've been there a couple of times. We even located the cottage we lived in, thanks to google. Then we went to Yosemite, and didn't wind up seeing/hearing any fireworks on the 4th.

My new job is not intense yet since I'm mostly following the outgoing employee, but promises to be once I'm up and running. That employee is moving to a new team they are forming. The company has annual convention this week, so that won't be quite normal either. But I am working on getting my home office set up. (This is an online non profit university. Google ads will probably show you which one. ;) ) My walking buddy is out of town this week, so I will have to put a little extra effort into making sure I work out.

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Wow, those are great deals on those jeans Nell! Maybe I should go shopping!

Aurlie, hope things weren't too stressful today.

I was so exhausted today and in didn't get everything done that I needed to around the house, didn't work, didn't get any pool time. But ready or not, the new week is here and I plan to make the most of it.

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Way to go, Nell! That's a great score!

Gloria, I hope tomorrow isn't as rough as you anticipate.

Today wasn't a very productive day. At least I stayed on track with eating well so I'll celebrate that. Tomorrow will be busy for me, too.

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It was hot today, and not an errand day, so I went to the mall to walk. And found 40% off at Gap. I got two pair of jeans for $15 each. 3000 steps and bargains, can't beat that!

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I didn't work today like I needed to and I didn't get any of my necessary tasks done. Tomorrow is going to be rough.

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Nell, that is a powerful story and I am so grateful that you shared it. Only time will tell but I do have faith that things can turn around.

Work today was okay. I was there a little late but traffic wasn't horrible coming home. It's going to storm again which probably means another night of poor sleep. Strength training this morning.

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I am so sorry about your son, Gloria. I know whereof you speak. My oldest has been a challenge, I bought a condo for him to live in back in 2001 just so I would know where he was. He was always drunk, on depression medication, and was fired from a million jobs. Then when he was 40 he quit drinking and got his CNA license. He doesn't make enough to live on, I am pretty much supporting him, but at age 46 he's sober, still on Paxil, and employed full time at a nursing home. Turns out he's really good at it, his patients love him.

Have faith.

The downside is that I am on the board at that condo, and it takes up HUGE amounts of time. Turns out I'm really good at that.

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We had terrible storms last night, fierce lightning and bad flooding, neighborhoods being evacuated and rescued. It lasted for what seemed like hours.

Okay day at work, fourth business day so for me no lunch break and no getting up and walking around but I was only there about an hour late.

Motw bad news about our kid today. I'm so disappointed in him and can't believe he would do something like this.

Stayed on track food wise, so far.

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Gloria, I'm blessed that I can usually get out of the office on time. Even if I have to work late into the evening from home, at least I'm not spending extra time stuck in traffic. My boss and I are overwhelmed with work but I'm still trying to schedule another day off work. Like you, I don't want this season to pass by without having a chance to enjoy it.

I don't know how to alleviate your stress, Nell. My grandmother's dementia progressed to the point that my mother had to go to her assisted living home every day to help feed her lunch. Grandma became very combative at times. The staff really appreciated it and it was the only way we could all be assured she'd eat at least one meal a day. It was heartbreaking and it went on for months before her physical health deteriorated so she was bedridden and on a feeding tube. You and your mother are in my prayers, Nell.

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Oh Nell, so sorry you are dealing with this. I just don't know what to do in a situation like that. My aunt was in assisted living and my cousin dealt with similar things and it was so difficult. My aunt decided that someone was stealing from her and called the police a few times I think. Obviously that didn't go over well.

Aurlie, I don't want summer to pass quickly, in fact that is what I'm afraid of! Work takes so much time and I'm so busy that I'm afraid it's going to pass by without time to enjoy it. So I'm determined to sit back and live in it instead of let it fly away.

Work was not too bad but I was there about an hour and a half late which made my evening commute an hour and a half, so basically it was bedtime when I got home. I did go to strength training class today so that is good!

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Oh no! Don't rush the summer, Gloria. I want to enjoy this season to the fullest.

It was a busy day at work, but fortunately my boss will return tomorrow. We've got several complex jobs coming our way with very tight timelines. The Project Teams expect so much from us, but we're only a team of two. The frustrating thing is that a great deal of our work is never seen by the clients. A team will ask us to do a job in two different ways, just so they can decide which one to show the client. We just don't have the manpower to entertain their whims, but we don't have the authority to say no. It's very discouraging that the head of our department allows this to happen.

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I spent the morning with Mom. She said a Comcast tech was coming back to install some part or other. I checked her TVs and there was nothing wrong, she just couldn't remember how to use her remote controls, thought the problem was a crooked tile in the hallway ceiling. After an hour I called Comcast and they had no record of an appointment. A tech was there last week and told her there was no problem,but she couldn't figure anything out so wanted them to come back. What to do what to do.


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Not too bad at work and I stayed focused on my eating and think that I did well. It was a rest day for me but I did go for a short walk at lunch time. It's been so humid here that it is miserable being outside but I am just enjoying it as much as I can because I can already feel that Autumn is just around the corner.

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Sorry about your mom Nell, hope that she stays settled at night and doesn't get confused like that again. I know that has to be hard on you.

Aurlie, hope you didn't work too much today and enjoyed the weather.

I didn't go out in the pool today. I worked a little, wish I had gotten more done. Got groceries and was thrilled to find black grapes from the US. We didn't like the imported ones at all. So I have grapes and cherries to enjoy now. Got an early morning run in and coffee with friends and later went to a step/sculpt class with a friend. It's been a calm and relaxing day. It has stormed on and off which unfortunately doesn't seem to be doing much for the heat and humidity.

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You and your Mom are in my prayers, Nell. At least she managed to get to the front desk without a fall or getting lost. Best wishes on getting a doctor to see her on the holiday.

Gloria, it's good to hear you're not hosting the party. You need to relax and enjoy yourself on occasion.

Tricia, I think people get confused by food news because they're looking for magic ingredients and they allow manufacturers to make their decisions for them.

It's a beautiful day here.

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I woke to the phone at 2:30am, it was my mother's care community saying she'd been transported to the ER again. Seems she had wandered down to the front desk and said she didn't feel so good and that she couldn't pee. She's been complaining about wetting her pants recently, I got her a bunch of pads (it's a common enough problem that there is a whole aisle of products at Walmart) but I never heard her say anything about not being able to pee. So I rushed out to the ER (about 20 minutes away with no traffic), she was, of course, fine. The doc mentioned dementia (no kidding), and something called Sundowner Syndrome because these events always occur at night. I got her home. This morning she has no memory of any of it. I'll have to get her to the doc tomorrow.

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Hot and humid here. We almost always host a July 4th party but this year we went to a party instead. Good food. We played games and then walked to the city park for the fireworks. It might be the first time in 25 years that I've been to big fireworks. Day started out with a run and coffee, a little bit of pool time and then I worked for about three hours.

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Gloria, eating out is a trouble for me too. I'm working out more and eating healthier foods.
Articles about butter will go viral and people say "I just don't know what to think." I'm glad I have studied it. They don't know everything but know a lot more than we used to.

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Hot and dry here. A lovely day.

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It's chilly and drizzly out this morning, and I'm off to church.

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I"m glad you had a good day, Gloria. Congratulations on your latest race.

We're having great weather and we got out to walk this morning in the Zoo. I've run some errands and gotten a good start on my weekend chores. It's nice to have an extra day so things aren't so rushed. My boss is taking Tuesday off, so I plan to do some extra work tomorrow and Monday to prepare myself.

Happy Independence weekend!

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I did a 5k this morning, just a small race with just over 100 people and not even chip timed. I enjoyed it. Then had coffee with one of my best running friends. Later had brunch with another running friend and spent a little time in the pool. It was a really nice day, relaxing. I did a load of laundry and we had to run to the store for something but that wasn't my main shopping - I'll probably do that tomorrow

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Thanks Nell and Aurlie. Today I feel cautiously optimistic based on some new information. It's busy time at work but I had a very good day and even got out for a short walk.

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You and your family are in my prayers, Gloria. Don't forget to take care of yourself.

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I'm so sorry Gloria. I've been through those heart wrenching crises with kids myself.

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We've got a very serious family crisis happening involving our kid and things are extremely stressful right now. I've had a terrible migraine today but I've managed to eat okay I think. I went and did the weekly trail run with my friend thinking it would alleviate the stress and help me but as so as we got finished I realized my head still hurt. It's very late but my husband and I needed to talk for a while after I got home.

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I've never heard of a hydrorider class, Gloria. Let us know if you manage to take the class.

Things here are hectic. The trend among our sister companies is to close down early prior to the holiday weekend. Everyone is trying to compress as much work as possible in fewer days this week.I'm working to be cheerful and accommodating now, but I fully intend to bail out with a half day on Friday along with everyone else. I've been in line with food and fitness so far this week. I've just got to keep focused.

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Sort of a crazy day, in meetings and class most of the day. Had lunch with husband after his appt with his diabetes Doctor. Two friends and I had signed up to do
A hydrorider class (spin in the pool) but things went crazy and we couldn't go so I went with one for a walk. Also did circuits this morning. I'm gaining so much weight, not sure if it's from building muscle or what. Also might have some inflammation and I'm sure I'm eating too much. I'm out of range for the maintenance challenge

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Tricia, the priest had been there for 12 years. The church is staffed by the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales, and they have selected another senior pastor who will start right away. There are always Oblates in residence, I can see why priests would want to be part of that brotherhood.

I'm about to head over to Goodwill to leave a 42" tv. It still works,but isn't a smart tv, so I finally replaced it. Son #1 helped me get it out to the car.

Mom is having a problem with her cable, the tech is out there, so I'd best run by there first, I guess.

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Temperatures were predicted to near 100 today, but they topped out in the mid 80s. I was so busy, I couldn't take a lunch break until almost 2pm. It was a nice surprise to find it was pleasant weather for walking then. The lunch meeting scheduled for tomorrow was just rescheduled, so it sounds like my day might be much more manageable. It's hard to believe this year is about half over

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Nell, how long had your priest been there? Will you have a new one?
Aurlie, glad to hear things are rolling again, if slowly.
Gloria, that's good you're able to run still.

I'm trying to power through my class in this week before my job starts. I've been trying not to worry about whether the background check might go awry. I try and tell myself they want me to come work there, and this is just a formality.

I got some chores done yesterday, but haven't made a lot of progress on that today. I guess I will do the living room after Cedar goes to bed and say I've done my room for the day.

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Quick check in, it's late. It was still hot today but tomorrow should be better. Ran at 5 am and my hair was literally soaked from sweat and condensation. It's supposed to be better tomorrow, not as humid. Had lunch with three of my besties, love going with them and we usually eat something fairly healthy. I've stayed focused at work this week but I'm still far from my end of the month deadlines and I have meetings all day tomorrow.

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The cleaners just left. Hubby went out for breakfast to avoid the chaos, he hates being in the house while it's being cleaned. That's why I have to pay someone to do it: they are in and out in an hour.

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I spent today catching up on all the things that went undone last week due to our server problems. Most of the essential services have been restored, but connections are very slow, even within the office. I took my walk at lunchtime in spite of it all. It was in the high 90s today and predicted to get even hotter. It's nice to look forward to a long weekend so I'm working to keep a good attitude for the rest of the week.

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Went to the circuit class today and then walked two miles with my friend at lunchtime. She didn't have shorts with her today and it was so hot and humid hat we were dripping with sweat so we cut it short. I'm trying to stay focused on work and my eating. Today went pretty well.

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Tricia, we have a recumbent bike but I never use it. I actually had a challenge for myself to use it for 10 minutes a day three days a week but I never did it.

I worked most of the day. We ran this morning and then had coffee, then hubby and I went to the store. I didn't have time for the pool since I was working for several hours. I didn't get everything done for work that I needed to and I didn't get all of my home stuff done either.

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Still no access to my office due to the server outage. There haven't even been any emails from the global IT guys to update us on the situation. It's my routine to login every Sunday evening to access updated data from one of our companies in New York. I can't tell if they're impacted by the outage. I've got the rest of my weekend chores to do this afternoon. Our temps are in the 90s today and they're expected to hit triple digits through the week. The farmer's market had a great selection of fruits and veggies this morning so I've got all my breakfasts and lunches covered for the week already.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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