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8/25/16 9:33 P

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

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

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8/25/16 4:46 P

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

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8/25/16 1:08 P

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

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

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

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

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

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8/24/16 8:00 P

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

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

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

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8/24/16 12:46 P

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

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

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8/23/16 8:55 P

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

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Sounds like a great day for you, Gloria!

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

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8/22/16 8:57 P

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A man my husband worked with had a standing desk that he brought into work. It was a beautiful antique, inkwell and all. We called it his Bob Cratchit desk. He always wore the long sleeved shirt and tie, but he would have had to keep his jacket on to pull off the complete look.

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I hope you can enjoy your vacation time or at least make it productive, Gloria. We have standing desks at my office that anyone can use, but they were designed for the average-height man. I'm 5'6" and they're slightly too tall for me, but I still use them regularly just for a change of position.

It's going to be a quiet afternoon of chores around the apartment for me. Our weather is nice and I took a long walk this morning and ran a couple of errands. Laundry is waiting for me -- did you ever get your washer repaired or replaced, Gloria?

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Tricia, do you like the standing desk? I'm very interested in one for work but they only provide one to those with a doctor's note. Aurlie, so sorry about Mike. I hope he feels better soon and can eat more normally.

I'm officially on vacation for a week but will be putting in some hours. I'm hoping it won't be a lot because I have a lot of chores and tasks I need to get done on the Homefront. I walked with my friends at 5:00 am and was glad I did because it rained all day and I worked through my lunch (and stayed a little late but traffic wasn't bad at all going home). It was much cooler but it's still extremely humid. It's supposed to be very nice weather this coming week, cooler and not humid.

I had taken a couple of the excess pounds off and was doing very well but this morning my weight was up 3 pounds and my pants were so constricting. Obviously I didn't gain three pounds in one day so I assume it's bloat from something I ate.

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Aurlie, tell your husband it could be worse. My father had a peg tube inserted into his stomach and had to have his ensure like stuff poured into it 4 times a day. And I knew a woman who was so sick during her pregnancy that she had to have a picc line installed in an artery for IV nutrition throughout the pregnancy. Either one of them would have gladly eaten baby food if they could. My father died, my friend had a healthy baby and went back to normal. So will your husband, though without the baby.

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It looks like we'll have a challenging weekend for food. Mike hasn't been able to chew at all since all these dental problems started and he's very frustrated. I'm trying to come up with tasty, nutritious stuff that can be pureed to the right consistency. Dairy has to be limited because it interacts with his medication. He's sick of the Ensure, soups, broth and cooked cereal that I've been providing. I'm going back to offering the pureed fruits and vegetables that's he's been rejecting. There's no end in sight so I've got to come up with a lot of good possibilities this weekend to keep him going throughout next week.

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Thanks for that article, Aurlie. It may be I was catching up on sleep and coming off caffeine. I mean, I don't have it a lot but did have it each shift because they were through the night.

I have a standing desk and then sometimes I take a break and sit on a barstool. I'm getting back to eating more fruits and vegetables too.

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8/18/16 9:21 P

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Hope you were able to get some breaks today Aurlie. I had lunch with three friends and ran at 5 am. Two friends were there to walk so I chatted with them afterwards.

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It looks like my day will be centered around a lengthy task of sedentary database work. I'm setting my alarm to remind myself to take breaks and get up and move. It's going to be a challenging day.

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8/17/16 8:23 P

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When I was younger I would sleep in really late on weekends and I would always get migraines so I don't often sleep in anymore. I also get migraines if I get very little sleep too many nights in a row. I'm doing much better on my sleep these days but stress or extra activities can throw that off.

I meant to go to the strength training class today but since I got to bed late last night I decided I would have a rest day today and rest is really what it was because I skipped lunch in order to work, so my steps are very low.

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Tricia, there's a SparkPeople article which mentions that catching up on sleep may trigger migraines.
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I was able to take a sick day from work yesterday to tend to Mike. I drove them to the dentist and sat with him through 2 root canals. I took him home and rushed back and forth to the pharmacy and grocery store for him. It looks like the infection and pain are both improving. Neither of us get much sleep when he's ill.

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Tricia, sorry about the headache! Hope it clears up soon. Nell, I'm in suburbia but the places I go are on the other side of Nashville....not a lot on this side of town.

I had dinner out with a bunch of girlfriends. It was a lot of fun but it's really late for me to be out!

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I have a thousand errands to run today again. I love being in suburbia where we have everything, but it's all spread out so takes a lot of time to shop.

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I survived my second week of clinicals, though I tended to get 3 hours or less sleep per day. And then I had migraines the couple days since. I guess that's better than having migraines during.

Gloria, sorry to hear about the bad review. And Aurlie, I get bad teeth from time to time. I think I've been alright the last couple of years. I've really tried to cut back on sticky candy. Nell, I made some pants into shorts Saturday in case I decided to hang out poolside with my kids. But that turned into a migraine day, and the cousin who teases my daughter was not at the pool, so I entrusted her to her aunts. Both girls have ADHD, and it's hard to tell who's teasing who, but my daughter is taller so she gets in trouble more.

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Aurlie, I hope Mike feels much better today. Dental infections are dangerous since they can easily spread. I've never had a dental infection but Jamie has and it seems terrible.

I had a crazy morning getting my passwords reset. I think it took about four hours for everything to get done the right way. It shouldn't have taken that long but somehow my computer dissociated from the network - among other things. But all is well now.

I did the circuit class this morning. In the past week I have noticed that things are starting to get a little easier for me in the class - still, it's a challenge and I am enjoying it. At lunch time I went for a walk and it is really hot. I should have changed into shorts but didn't. I forgot my spinach for my breakfast salad so I had my lunch for breakfast and when the cafeteria started lunch hours I went and got some spinach from the salad bar and had my breakfast for lunch. I really need to find time to go to Fleet Feet this week as well as Whole Foods.

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I'm the same way about my passwords, Gloria -- I have to be careful about when I change them. There are at least 10 systems at work that each require a different id and password that expire at different rates. It's ridiculous to have all those security measures in place yet, the payroll clerk was able to release all our financial and identity data to a scammer.

My weekend was off kilter because Mike has been so ill with his dental infection. I normally rely on routines to keep me on track. I did well with food choices and portions. I didn't get as much exercise as usual and I'm afraid some neglected chores will catch up with me. I may take off part of the day from work tomorrow to drive Mike back to the dentist. He does seem to be feeling better today, but I'm not sure he'll be well enough to drive himself tomorrow.

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I cut my Sunday morning coffee time short so I could get home and get right to work on things. I got food ready for the week and clothing and all the usual stuff. Groceries were done yesterday and the washer is broken so no laundry to be done...DH said he would take me to the laundromat but of course he forgot and I was so busy that I didn't say anything. I changed the password for my work computer on Friday (I would never never never do it on a Friday but it was set to expire on Saturday) and then couldn't remember the new password and so couldn't log in. DH asked if we could go to the "Nut Store" aka, Fresh Market. I always end up getting things from there that I shouldn't have.

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Congratulations on your run, Gloria.

I took Mike back to dentist today. He's got a raging infection even though he's been on antibiotics for a few days already. It's pretty alarming. I hope he can get some relief from the pain so he can sleep.

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Washers don't last as long, and they cost a lot more. All the energy efficiency requirements have driven the price up, and they don't wash as well as the old ones, or at least I don't think so. I got my last set at Costco, and they seem to be holding up. Do you have a laundromat nearby?

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20 mile run this morning. The first 12 or 13 miles felt really good but then I started to tire. But I was pleased with it overall. It helped that while it is still humid, the temperature was down a tiny bit and there was a very wonderful breeze. That made a huge difference.

Our washer seems to be on the fritz. It's only 7 years old but certainly they don't make things like they used to. My last washer was 22 years old and still working when we moved to this house. We sold the old with the old house. Jamie's been trying to fix it but I'm afraid we are going to have to have a service call and I really need to wash my stinky running gear ASAP.

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Hope Mike gets some relief soon! And sorry to hear about work. It's so disheartening when the employees are so demoralized and have little or no hope.

Today we had a barbecue lunch at work, I tend to do well with my eating at those things and did well today but at the end of the day I ended up with too many calories because I indulged in ice cream at home. I really didn't eat poorly but on a day that wasn't very active, it just threw me over on calories.

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I wish you well, Gloria!

The mood here in our office is very negative. I've never been so anxious for the weekend to arrive. Mike has another dentist appointment scheduled. He hasn't been able to eat or sleep much this week. I hope he can get some relief from the pain soon.

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I don't even know what to say about the job thing. I'm just shocked. I've just been trying to stay very focused and I've been working a little late most days and putting in some weekend time. I'm not sure what more I can do. Today and yesterday I've just wanted to get out of there as soon as possible. I was going to go for a walk today at lunch time but as soon as I left it started to rain. I don't mind the rain but didn't have an umbrella with me and I didn't want to get soaked and then go back to work wet. I did manage to get a mile walk in but my steps are low.

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Wow, Gloria! it's scary to get blindsided by a review like that. I hope your manager is committed to giving you better feedback about expectations for the rest of the year. It doesn't make sense that you're working so hard and feeling like you're making good progress, and then being shocked by your review.
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Humid again today, but I think next week will be cooler. I got a short run in this morning and went to the sculpt class this afternoon. We are going to a concert tonight. We used to go to a lot of them but now that we are outside of Nashville instead of in Nashville we really don't go much because it's just too late to get out afterwards, drive all that way home and then get up so early for work. Tonight's show doesn't even start until 8 which is when I want to be in bed. And we had to make the drive all the way home from Nashville after work so we could give Lemur his insulin and so will be leaving soon to head back.

I had my mid-year review today. I was blindsided. In all my years there I have never had a bad review and since I have felt things are going much better over the past two or three months, I expected it to be pretty good. Whatever positive spin my manager tried to put on it, I was very shocked. I've never had such a terrible review. emoticon

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Sounds like you have nice weather for now, Nell. Enjoy it! It's funny about some jeans getting baggy so quickly. I wear jeans to work every day and it's frustrating when they seem to grow after just a few hours. There are only a couple of brands I'll buy now and even then I have to check the labels as carefully as I do the food I buy. I don't need stretchy fabric just as I don't need empty calories!

Gloria, it sounds like you and your DH are really out of sync! My commute is relatively short, but every 15 minutes I'm late can add 30 minutes to the drive. When there was road construction on my usual route, I took a different route that was the same amount of time but wasn't stopped bumper-to-bumper for miles. I've seen too many accidents and incidents of road rage. My boss is considerate of my desire to avoid traffic. She's been known to abandon her commute and work from home or a nearby library because the drive is a waste of time.

The last time my office had an ice cream party, I had a little dish of fresh raspberries and skipped the ice cream. I love good quality ice cream on occasion. I got six servings out of my last pint of Ben & Jerry's before Mike decided to polish it off!



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The decrease in humidity was short lived, when it was lunch time the heat index was already 100. I didn't go to lunch today because I had to ride to work with my husband and he got me here almost an hour late. He has no concept of time, doesn't care about being late - it just makes no difference to him. I get to the office at 6:30 and leave home at 5:45 to do that. He works at least 15 minutes further than I do IF there is NO traffic and he is supposed to be at work at 7:00. Apparently he isn't even leaving the house until 6:30 so he must be getting to work at least 45 minutes late every day. So when I told him that I wanted to leave at 6:15, which would make me at least 45 minutes late, he balked and said no way, he wouldn't be ready until 6:30. Gee, where is the compromise in this? We were taking his car to drop off for an oil change. And of course we were at a stand still in traffic. Why would anyone voluntarily sit in traffic like that? Some people don't have a choice due to work schedules or children schedules or whatever, but he and I, we have control over that and I choose not to sit in traffic! What a time waster.

They had a big ice cream social for us today at work, I didn't go. If I am going to have ice cream I would prefer a nice spoon or two of some good Ben & Jerry's. I've been doing fairly well with the food the past few days and I didn't want to blow it on ice cream that wasn't really what I wanted.

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I can't believe how cool it is today. It's a good day to put on each pair of jeans and wear them for the half hour or so to remember if they fit after body heat stretches them out. All my jeans feel great coming out of the dryer, then loosen up and start to bag, some worse than others. The baggy ones I am going to cut down into shorts. It's been too hot to wear jeans, and I need the shorts, so today is the perfect day for this!

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Have fun with your 5k, Gloria! I'm glad your humidity is easing.

I got pulled into an urgent project yesterday. It was interesting work. Now I'm back to playing catch up!

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Annual office 5k this morning. It's one of my favorite office activities. I used to walk it before I started running. It was a tiny bit less humid today so that made it a bit easier.

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Sounds like you had a productive weekend, Gloria -- sorry you didn't get more pool time, though.

Nell, it's amazing how the character of an area can change in such a short time. I grew up in rural Western Pennsylvania, but now I see areas of high-density development taking over what was pasture land.

Best wishes for your kids in their new school, Tricia. I hope you get over your cold quickly. It's good to hear that your clinical site is taking the spread of bugs seriously. When Mike had his surgery, I was impressed by how well the whole staff seemed to observe hygiene protocols. There's no way for patients to protect themselves if the staff is spreading bacteria from one person to another.

I put in more than 8 work hours over the weekend and now I'm launching into a busy day. Let's make it a great week!

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Quick check in...I've gotten so accustomed to getting to bed earlier that I fret when it is approaching that time. Last night I got plenty of sleep and I was actually planning to sleep in, something that I never do anymore, but I am so accustomed to getting up at 3:30 a.m. that I woke up anyway. I actually ended up sleeping until 5:15, which is sleeping in for me! And I got up and walked with my friends and then shared coffee and tales. Today I pre-cooked some foods - I used to do a lot more of that but not as much anymore since I am often working during the weekends, but I have stuff in the freezer for my husband, turkey for me, and plenty of food ready for this week and maybe even some for next if I am lucky. Finished the rest of the laundry and went to the pool but it started to rain so that was short lived.

Tricia, that is great to hear that your kids will be at the charter school. I hope that they both thrive there. Has school actually started yet? Here it started last week for Nashville and tomorrow for our county and I am already feeling the pain as far as traffic goes.

Nell, I just love the general area where you are, though to me it seems like a completely different world! Funny, I just realized that although my husband's best friend from high school has lived there for years, my husband has never been there. I find there to be so much to do and see. I love Persian food and I always think about how much I would like to eat at Moby Dick House of Kabob.

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Ah, Sunday, good to catch up with ya'll. I got a cold somehow going into the clinicals so I taking Dayquil on a graveyard shift. Kind of funny now that I feel better. I was quite frantic about it at the time, wondering how I would recover when I was on minimal sleep. Hopefully this week will not be like that, at least. The hardest part was having to gown between every patient because there's acinetobacter, a new superbug from the middle east, in the facility. It's just something I'm not used to.

The calendar is started to get really filled up with various back to school stuff. I guess it's kind of exciting that the two younger children will be at the autism charter school.

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Our whole area is very new. Reston was just a piece of land until Robert Simon bought it in 1962, Herndon was an old small town with one tiny grocery and a small department store. It started to grow in the 60s. Until 20 years ago, Ashburn was waaay out toward Leesburg on a tiny road with just a fire station and a general store. Now the whole area is fully developed from DC out to Leesburg, and a lot of Ashburn is one server farm after the other. Silver Spring is in Maryland, and with the river and the beltway it takes longer to get there than it looks like on a map. I've seen a lot in the 41 years I've lived here. I now sound like an old person playing "remember when..."

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Nell, I used to have a client (when I worked at Deutsche Bank, years ago) that was in Restin, or maybe it was Herndon. And I have some very dear friends that live in Ashburn. I haven't been there to visit since right after 9/11. We also have a very close friend in Silver Spring so we really should get up there to visit.

Aurlie, so nice that you were able to get out and enjoy an afternoon off!

We have had terrible humidity this year - it is the worst I remember in the past few years, and it has stayed so very hot. It feels very tropical and soupy and it is difficult to breathe. And so it seems like each and every afternoon we are getting these thunderstorms - and afterwards sometimes it feels even worse than before - kind of reminds me of central Florida. The storms have caused a lot of flooding around here - today there were geese swimming in our next door neighbor's yard - it isn't bad in our immediate neighborhood but in some areas of our community are having it pretty bad. Usually by this time of the summer it is pretty dry and the grass is turning brown....this year it is so very green, which is really nice. I was chatting with a random stranger this morning while I was out running and he said that it is going to be much less humid on Monday - I hope so!

My husband has been hounding me for months to watch the Star Wars movie (Force Awakens). We have gotten where we prefer to watch movies at home on our big seldom used TV because then I can get up and wander and we can have the healthier food that I prefer. And we don't have to miss anything if we want to go to the bathroom, haha! So we did that today and I was able to get my stuff at the store and get some laundry done. Tomorrow is going to be hectic because I didn't do as much as I should have but it has been a really nice day.

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I left the office at noon today and had lunch with Mike. It was a very nice break. I checked my email later in the afternoon to make sure my boss didn't need me and found all was well. Two job were delayed until Monday so it will be a busy start to the week. I managed to do a few of my regular weekend chores today. I'm hoping that getting a head start like this will let me make this a productive weekend.

Our weather is great, sunny and 80s. Gloria, I'm sorry the storms have caused such trouble in your area. Stay safe!

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That must have been quite a storm, Gloria.

I got all my errands run today. I have to go back our to the Walmart near Mom's tomorrow to pick up a prescription for her. I'll run it over to her, they just opened the road connecting the shopping center to Ashburn, so that cuts 15 mins (30 mins during rush hour) off the trip to Mom's from Walmart. It's only 3/4 mile long, but it will finally offer an alternative to the two jammed roads we have to use now. It runs alongside Redskins Park, so I knew they would open it before the team returned for the season from training camp in Richmond.

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I had lunch with my friend today and that was unplanned. Probably not my best day for eating but probably not the worst. Power was out at home for a few hours due to severe weather and traffic was terrible because of standing water.

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It's been a decent week so far considering it is the first week of the month. It's been busy and hectic but not horrible and I've managed to get my workouts in. Usually I'm severely sleep deprived and can't even get a short walk in. This week there were only two nights that I didn't I sleep enough and today I didn't go to lunch so no walking but I ran this morning so that is good! I need to take a week off this month so things are going to stay busy.

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We're making up for the time spent on Employee Appreciation Day yesterday. It was a fun afternoon. My food choices and portions were good, considering the circumstances. There are a lot of great pictures of my co-workers circulating through our email. Considering the insecurity of many of our jobs, it was nice to have some time to have some fun.

I'm paying closer attention to my portion sizes. I'm glad I didn't let yesterday be an excuse to get off track. These pounds didn't appear overnight and they're taking their time going away....

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Hope you were able to get some time to enjoy the day Aurlie. We are in the midst of our busy part of the month but things have been going okay so far....I've had to stay late but it hasn't been as late as it could be. School is back in session though so traffic is noticeably worse both coming and going. I've been carefully tracking my calories and though I am not eating more, I am definitely exercising a lot more. Yet my weight continues the steady creep up.

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Today is Employee Appreciation Day. Same workload, but lots of high-calorie food available. It's chaotic right now. It's nice to be appreciated, but it's tough to meet deadlines when the project teams get sloppy. I'm hoping to get some time off this afternoon to enjoy some non-food activities.

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I was at work late and so now I'm getting to bed let. It's a vicious cycle. But I was able to get a run in early this morning and a short walk in at lunchtime.

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Best wishes getting through a tough 2-week period, Tricia.

It's hard for me to get a perspective on the difficult working conditions here. No part of the parent company master plan includes decreasing workload nor increasing staff. I guess I"m just focused on getting through this day.

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Stopping by in a flash. Seems there is just enough time to fight the commute, eat and get ready for the next day before I must be in bed. Didn't do the circuit class today, used the weight machines and got a short walk in at lunch time.

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Tricia, I don't worry about water, I sure eat enough of it. A cup and a half of watermelon is just under 8 oz of water. Most fruits and vegetables are 90-95% water content, and it all counts. My son the dietician told me to weigh my salad before adding dressing, multiply by 90%, and that's pretty close to the water weight. It's yet another advantage of a fruit and veggie-centric diet.

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Aurlie, neither pay cut nor fulough sounds pretty. Hope it's neither, for what it's worth!

I am having a tough time drinking enough water lately, which you wouldn't think with it being the dog days of summer just winding down. I guess I'll go drink some now, even though it's pretty late in the day for that. At least I'll have gotten 7 cups instead of 6.

I just keeping thinking I'm going to have to take these next two weeks (while I work at the hospital 3 nights a week) one day at a time.

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Gloria, that's why I never used the email from the ISP. I still have an AOL account (23 years now) along with Gmail. There is some way to migrate old email, though. A friend of mine changed from Comcast to Verizon FIOS, and her husband (who works for IBM and has people who do this stuff for a living) managed to get all her old emails transferred to Verizon's server. We have someone on our board of directors who did the same thing for the condo association (though that involved migrating emails from Comcast to our own web account), so it can be done. Will the change affect your phone and TV, too?

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Wow Aurlie, I am so sorry about the job situation. That is just awful. Pay cuts as much as you work seems unreasonable but I understand that the furlough thing won't work either. I don't know what company you work for but they seem so poorly managed.

My weekend has been spent working and since my husband changed our internet service provider, I am also trying to sift through my E-mail boxes to make sure there is nothing I need to save. E-mail is the last thing I have time to worry about right now. My stuff isn't saved in Outlook, I always just use their web mail.

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I know what you mean, Gloria. I can't seem to get ahead of the workload. I've got at least 4 hours worth of work this evening. Tomorrow I'll start to get ready for the new week. I can't believe July ends tomorrow. I've got to find a way to take time off in August.

We have our annual Employee Appreciation Day on Wednesday. I want to take advantage of it and appreciate the little gifts, but I've still got to handle all the work that comes my way. The workload is getting really stressful. Our company is having financial issues after adopting changes required by our parent company. While my Department isn't in line to be outsourced during 2016, there have been rumors of pay cuts. It's a crazy position to be in. In the past we've had mandatory furlough as a cost-saving measure, but the workload is so heavy that's just not feasible. Sorry to rant here. I'm just so frustrated!

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I've been working today, didn't have time for the pool. I have started preparing for the upcoming week but still have a lot to do. There wasn't time for the pool today.

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