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Great race, I will have to post more about it later. My dad is visiting from Michigan and we have had a great day!

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Best wish to you tomorrow, Gloria! You're well-prepared and I pray that the weather is in your favor!
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Soooo glad that I took today off! I was able to get plenty of sleep last night, then I ran over to the race expo for a while and finished looking. This afternoon I have been able to calmly and leisurely get myself organized and ready for tomorrow. Tonight I am invited to one of the pacers (for our training) house for spaghetti dinner. I was not in her pace group but she is a friend and I feel very blessed to be invited. I don't plan to be there too late because I think that I need to get up at 3:30 a.m. to get there - fortunately I paid a little extra for reserved parking so as long as I get there before the interstate gets jammed up, I should be good.

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Quick check in, I just got home from stamping group and I need to get to bed. I went to the race expo today and honestly, I didn't have time to look at everything so I am going back tomorrow. Loved what I saw! There is a lot of concern about the weather and the organizers are making contingency plans for the race, including possible canceling the full marathon, or delaying or postponing the race by two to four hours.

Tricia, I never used to eat much meat but now I eat a lot of chicken and turkey, and sometimes I am really bold and have sausage or a steak. I worry about the way livestock and such is raised in this country and it is difficult to get local (not to mention expensive) but I can't do soy and I know I need the protein.

I've got another big day for tomorrow, I better get going and get some sleep!

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4/23/15 7:39 P

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Gorilla day! That's so cool, Aurlie.

Gloria, it sounds like you'll catch up on steps Saturday! Which is not too far off now. :)

My daughter has ADHD, so yes, she loves the activity. She's also lost about 20 pounds, which is a little concerning, but she's still 65%ile for height and age. And I'm probably comparing mentally to right after the holidays. And she's only taken meds consistently since the new year, as well (when we found we could open the capsules and scatter them on applesauce.) So that's probably decreased her appetite.

I've been eating less and less meat, but I think I'm ready to take it a bit more seriously, since someone reminded me this week about the water footprint of meat. I got some soy flour to help me get complete protein.

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4/22/15 11:06 P

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Wow, Gloria, I didn't realize race day was so close for you! Your work will always be there -- focus on taking care of yourself for the next couple of days. Sleep well!
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I got my thing done at work today! Yay! But I am still behind because now I must get April's done and I need to go back and redo February. But still, March is done! I had to do a task today for someone who was out of the office and it didn't go so smoothly and caused me to miss lunch with my husband. That was disappointing. Although I missed my lunch break again, I only stayed about 30 minutes late, so that is some improvement. I needed to at least get out for a walk or a short run tonight but it didn't happen - this house is a disaster, I needed to e-mail my mom and I did some laundry. My steps have been so very low each day, maybe around 4,000. This is driving me nuts but until I get fully caught up, I think it is going to be this way. Didn't get much sleep last night but on my way to bed soon, should be better the next few nights.

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Aurlie, I LOVE the idea of your gorilla day, that is just about the coolest sounding thing ever!

I didn't get my thing done at work today but I am thisclose and should be able to complete it tomorrow. I actually had a sort of normal day today. At lunch I went to an informational meeting for first timers for the half marathon on Saturday and I was gone longer than an hour. I did stay about an hour late but I left early enough to go do speedwork - this was our last session. We did 4 x 1 miles, with a minute rest in between each mile. It was very nice running weather. Haven't been home long and must get to bed - not getting much sleep so far this week, which is not good since I want to be very well rested for Saturday's race. I ate pretty high on the calorie range today - FitBit and SP say I am within range but I think it is too high. However, I am very pleased with my food choices today.

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Wow, Gloria, that guy didn't do you any favors, did he? I can see that you wouldn't benefit from his "help." Best wishes on wrapping up the work you need to redo. I hope things start getting easier for you. Will there ever be a time when you won't be working all this unpaid overtime? You should get a bonus for all that you're going through. How are you feeling today?

Tricia, is your young daughter enjoying the Girls on the Run program? I think it's awesome that you'll run a 5k to support her. I always joke that I'm much younger than my mother was at my age -- but I realize that she could not have run a 5k anytime in her adult life.

I took a Floating Holiday yesterday for my Gorilla Day -- a private behind-the-scenes tour of the gorillas at the LA Zoo. It was awesome! Mike and I are friends with the Gorilla Ambassador and she pulled some strings to get us that rare privilege. It was awesome to be so close to those giants. The keepers are amazing women who love their jobs. Talking to them was as exciting as being within arm's reach of the gorillas. It was a real treat to step out of my routine for a day.

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Tricia, I think that Girls on the Run is an amazing program, at least the chapter that they have here is. A few people I know have gotten involved in it and I have considered getting involved myself but right now I am stretched too thin. Is your daughter active (does she like to walk and run)?

I worked through my lunch again and stayed a couple of hours late. This is wearing and annoying but I am so determined to get this thing done. Today I told my manager that February will have to be redone and he asked if I needed help. I would love some help but no one else knows how to do this except for the guy who was supposed to be doing it before and either he doesn't know how or he didn't want to, so NO, I would rather just do it myself, but I won't be able to do it until May. I was diplomatic when I said all of this to my manager (the guy in question doesn't report to the same manager as I do). I just don't know, the training I got was so bad and the guy implied he didn't know how to do it but that really seems unlikely so the only other thing it could be is that he just didn't want to be bothered with it, or didn't have time. Anyway, if I can get it done tomorrow, I should have time to catch up on all of the other stuff that I am behind on, and get the April stuff started for this, since I am now about 14 days behind on it (it's a task that needs to be done daily). Anyway, no exercise, mood was good, though I got very little sleep last night (got to bed too late and then once again there were storms in the night).

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I think I had a headache that day too, Gloria. I ate some saltier food for lunch, but I wasn't very short on water. It may also have been that I took benadryl the 2 nights before before bed, because I was sniffly. Sorry to hear about February, that's mindboggling.
Aurlie, the long fabled automation. It would be funny if it weren't kind of awful.

Today I was reminded that there's a 5 k I should do in May, particularly there's a practice 5 k coming up in maybe 3, 3 1/2 weeks. So I guess I better start preparing for that. I'm not a fan of running for myself but it's for my preteen, who we enrolled in a program called Girls on the Run.

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Did you get some class time in this weekend Aurlie? I worked four about five hours yesterday and all day today. I did make some headway, finally, but I have a long way to go to get this thing done by the deadline, which is Thursday. And even then, it will be incomplete because now I am pretty certain that the guy who was filling in until it could be turned over to me did February completely wrong so I am going to have to do that month all over, which will take hours. I will not be doing that this month though, just not enough time. I didn't have time to exercise today and it is bedtime, and I still have to do some things around the house and get things ready for tomorrow. Oy, I just remembered, I haven't even tracked my food yet! But I am pretty sure I am okay on that.

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Gloria, I'm glad you got to run and that you're feeling a bit better. Hope you don't have to work too long today. I'm committed to putting in at least a couple of hours of work this evening. I also need to invest time in the new class I'm taking. Seems like there's just not enough time!

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Today was the final group run before the 1/2 marathon next Saturday, I will miss that group! We did six miles today. It was very humid this morning but I had a really good run - one of my friends showed up and ran with me. She is the one who I might run with next weekend if she can tolerate my slow pace! I think she figured out my strategy today because I always start out slow and then go faster once I get comfortable. Still not happy with my pace but it is what it is. Went to breakfast afterwards and didn't make a good choice but I will still come out okay on calories, not that it matters since I ate very little for two days this past week. It is so sunny and pretty, I would love to get outside, BUT back to work!

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Aurlie, it sounds like the work load in your department is already not sustainable! It's going to get to a point where things won't get done. I guess you and your manager should just do what you can, then when things don't get done he might finally "get it." I hope that you are able to enjoy your weekend!

I felt physically better today. I slept longer and better last night and I finally gave up and took some liquid Tylenol for the headache. My stomach was still a little off today but I made the effort to eat more and include some protein, which I had been seriously lacking over the past couple of days. I think that I should be able to do my 1/2 marathon training run tomorrow, which is only six miles. I did go to lunch today with some friends, and I did leave work on time, but only because we HAD to pick up my old car from the repair shop. It had been there since last week and we just had not had time to go get it. We are giving it to my stepson. Then I went to get a prescription which had been ready to pick up for days, but I hadn't been able to pick it up. Went to one of the grocery stores where I only needed a few things. I will be working much of the weekend but of course I still need to do laundry and clean the house - but I feel like I am off to a good start on that stuff. I need to get a few more things done around here tonight but I am thinking about going to bed really early again....it does me good!

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O Gloria, take care! You sound so overwhelmed! I hope your job soon gets to the point where it's not so stressful.

Our CEO made an announcment today celebrating a lot of new business. She also mentioned added new staff to certain departments, but specifically did not mention ours. If our current workload remains the same or increases, it will be unsustainable. My boss' boss sent a message to our VP, asking him to address our staffing issue. I don't know if that will go anywhere. The VP keeps insisting that the time-consuming parts of our jobs will soon be automated. It's like he's waiting for something magical to happen.



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I've been at work all day, still not well. Queasy stomach, probably dehydrated. Two hours of OT so far today, oh, make that three because I didn't go to lunch. My head is killing me.

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It was a long day, I just wrapped things up now and it's about 8pm. I just don't have the energy to log into my new class. I've got to make time for that tomorrow.

Tricia, the Harry Potter World is being built here at Universal Studios. I don't know what the timeline is supposed to be for completion. The construction has been going on for about a year already. It includes relocating a freeway onramp to cut into my office's parking area which we share with a Fitness Center.

I hope you're feeling better by now, Gloria. Take good care of yourself.

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Gloria, feel better! With your big runs, you might see water weight from glycogen, which is chains of glucose you normally have in your liver, but if you exercise more than you're used to, your muscles develop more. And it does make them swell.

Aurlie, Harry Potter world, interesting. We have never been to Disney. If we become fabulously wealthy, I could possibly see Harry Potter World happening. Good luck with your new class!

I'm at that part in the semester where I turn things in as soon as I can so I can get to the end of the books. Or maybe I'm just avoiding doing housework, I don't know. :)

I did a triple strength workout today, which isn't my favorite way to do things, but I got through. And I had a tostada at cafe rio, which was less than 100 cal over (I didn't eat the actual tostada, which is the tortilla on the bottom.) I didn't realize the tortilla strips would be more than that. Oh well. Live and learn, rinse, repeat!

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I'm so very sick today, had to come home from work. I just can't afford to not be working right now because I am so far behind so I brought my computer home with me, but I have been sleeping all day. I think I have a stomach bug. It is definitely not the colitis. I am trying to stay hydrated, had some chicken broth, coconut water and now having some applesauce and Gatorade. Jamie brought some boxes of Jello home and I prepared one of them but I will probably be back in bed by the time it is set up enough to eat.

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I've been trying to use health month by setting a goal to get to bed in a timely manner so that I can get at least 7 hours of sleep a night. Epic fail. Wow, it is really bad. Tricia, we painted our old house before we sold it, took us about seven months I think and it wasn't a big house. We had disinclinitis. LOL.

Aurlie, best wishes on your class, you definitely work way more than I do and now you will be taking classes again, you are amazing! I wish you the best of luck on the class, I know you can do it!

I am checking in quickly before I go to speed work class. I guess I am tired and not to inclined to go but I will. I went for a walk at lunch time, about 4.0 miles I think, slow. I've been experiencing a weird thing lately, seeing a very slow but steady increase in my weight, I don't think food has changed so much but running distances have increased. I've been taking this medication for colitis, which I understand can cause weight gain, but I think that is because it makes the person feel hungry so they eat more and I don't think I am eating more. Actually I have been thinking I am not eating enough for my activity levels because sometimes I feel kind of shaky and weak. So I think that I need to eat more but feel weird doing it since I am gaining anyway. I am at a good weight and if I gain a little it will do no harm except that my pants feel snug and I don't like that.

It's been a fairly good day at work, could use more days like this!

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Gloria, I love that you did that crazy thing! Best wishes on all your half marathons!

Tricia, painting and carpeting are hard work! It really serves to be painstaking about the prep work. You're smart to recognize that it will take weeks to prepare.

I got home without facing too much traffic yesterday. It's weird to work in an area where vacation time and Spring Break result in far more traffic than a normal workday. We're hoping things will be relatively quiet until the Summer season starts in May. The construction of the Harry Potter World will continue to impact us for the foreseeable future, though.

I worked until after 8 last night, fielding questions for a Project Team. Today, I'm getting drawn (dragged) into a testing project. Tomorrow, I begin another online class. I guess I'm feeling optimistic again....

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Gloria, I'm glad you made the 13 mile run. That's awesome. When is your first official half? I am doing it with healthmonth. It has made me a lot more consistent doing the behavior therapy with my preschooler.

Aurlie, good luck with Mike. I'm sorry to hear he's still hurting. I can't believe it's been 6 months, but I guess it was in the fall.

Nicky, disinclinitis, I get that too. It sounds like you're doing amazing with Kurmanji.

I took care of something I've been putting off for three years. Which I guess isn't that uncommon, we have some way back taxes for an estate my husband is executor for (someone our age who died from malaria after a trip to Africa.)

We have a guest coming to visit end of May and my husband wants to paint and carpet the house first. So I'm clearing the sunroom so we can use it for temporary storage. I'm not sure how he's going to paint since he's had foot and back problems but I guess it will take me a couple of weeks to be ready to paint anyway, so we'll see.

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Aurlie, I have always wondered how YOU manage work, I am sure you work much more than I do! And I think you probably handle it with much more grace and dignity than I do! I like my time to be so very structured and when things don't go the way that I want them to, I get so furious!

Today I have worked through lunch, no walk or run, no strength training class. I've got so much to do at home tonight that I am not sure if I will get my exercise in or not. I am going to try.

Okay, I did something pretty crazy. I haven't even run my first "official" half marathon yet, and I signed up for another one in June. emoticon

Seriously lacking in sleep last night, I went to bed so very late, but the good thing is, I had my husband bring the fan down for the bedroom and since it wasn't so hot, my sleep quality was much better - now I just need to work on quantity!

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It sounds like you have a good balance with your language learning and the rest of your life. Taking a day off will serve you well in your overall progress.

Gloria I know what you mean about not accomplishing all you intended. I don't know how you're managing at work. One of the things that prevents us from hiring anyone in our area at work is the recognition that it would take time to train anyone before they could be productive. Our work is so specialized and depends on experience and judgement. When I was hired, I had a 3-month training period so I could do one small aspect of the job while my boss took a short maternity leave. At the time, our Department had 3 additional staff members to do the rest of the work.

I'm looking at my home desk right now, kicking myself for all I didn't do over the weekend. I don't want to allow myself to be distracted by what I should have done -- it's time to jump into what I must do at work this week.

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Nicky, great to hear you are able to get out and about the town to walk the dogs, I hope that means that the weather is better. I will be curious to hear how well (or not) the Korean stone massage works.

Me - I am paying for my sins today because I got nothing accomplished yesterday since I was out having fun, and now I am feeling much despair over all of the stuff that I must get done. I worked for a few hours and made absolutely no progress whatsoever, it would help if I could get some training instead of having to train myself. Washed sheets and clothing today, got clothing and food for work ready for the next three days, got to one grocery store but not the other, and was not able to pick up my prescription. House is generally picked up, but I didn't pay the bills that needed to be done. I can deal with the house stuff, it is the work stuff that is really getting tome. I didn't get out to exercise today and I really needed to get a short run in, so I am not very pleased over this but I had to work, though now I see it was a complete waste of time since I am in exactly the same place that I was when I started. It is now two hours past my bedtime and I suspect that once again I am not going to get sleep. Something has to change and I would like it to be my commute but I just don't think that is going to happen.

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TRICIA, I've also eaten banana and PB sandwiches.I also mixed some PB with a sort of trail mix made of All Bran and craisins and chocolate drops for a high protein booster.
AURLIE, I hope Mike realises the doc is probably right and can come to terms with slower progress than he would like. AND that they get their act together and give Mike the appropriate amount of disability benefit. Or that the disability disappears... Tough having stress at work as well. I should think the sciatica is all you need on top of everything else..... I'm glad they at least pay you for your overtime.
GLORIA, well done! You won't need to worry about cals after that exertion!

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What a day for you, Gloria! No wonder you felt exhausted -- but what a great accomplishment.

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Yeah Aurlie, I can see how sitting too much would aggravate your sciatica. I hope that you have had some relief from that.

I had a lovely day. I did my run in the morning, 13 miles, and no, I didn't get enough sleep, but I made it. I was very tired for the last couple of miles. Went to breakfast with my friend and her son, then came home, showered and went to a friends birthday celebration/celebration for her 10th half marathon. It was at a local vineyard, and I had such a great time. Here is a pic, I am in the middle. I am pretty exhausted tonight!





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Wow, Gloria! 13 hours of unpaid overtime? That's rough! Our payroll system was offline yesterday so I haven't tallied my hours for last week yet. I'm really blessed to get paid for all my work. It was hectic for me since I was working alone most of last week. Judging by our calendar, next week could be awful, even with both of us working full time. I've got to keep reminding myself there are so many variables in the schedule, it's impossible to predict what will actually happen. I'll do all the prep work I can this weekend and then we'll see what happens. I need to commit to doing my strength training every morning because it might be tough to do more than the minimal steps throughout my day.

I had wicked sciatica pain by the time I got home yesterday evening. I can see it's related to stress and sitting at my desk for too many hours at work. I absolutely need to be more mindful of my posture while I'm sitting. Food was on target all week, but my sleep was horrible. Thursday and Friday mornings I was awake by 2 am and did not get back to sleep before it was time to get out of bed.

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Tricia, I like that you do a sugar free day, I think that is a great idea and maybe I should do something along those lines. Are you still doing anything with Health Month?

Aurlie, I am sure that Mike will continue to heal and it is very promising that his doctors are happy with his progress! But I realize that it must be really hard for him to be in this situation. I hope and pray that things work out for the best. And I hope that you get some time off to relax this weekend!

Gloria - short check in, need to get to bed. I was in bed for 7 hours and 40 minutes last night but FitBit only gave me credit for 6 hours and 30 minutes. It was hot in the bedroom and then there was a big storm in the night and the weather radio was going off and there was a lot of thunder and lightning. Two weekends ago I had a hard time doing my long run and I suspected it was because I was tired - so I hope I can get some sleep tonight before we do 13 miles tomorrow. I was at work two hours late today and then it took an hour and a half to get home, but I calculated my time and I only worked about 13 hours of OT this week and even though I feel like it was a lot (and without OT pay), that really wasn't too bad. Tricia, I really am not that hopeful about catching up, I feel pretty discouraged actually and this morning I got so upset that I started to shake. I am really overwhelmed. I continue to get requests and E-mails for things about which I am completely clueless. I probably should have worked through lunch but I have noticed over the past couple of weeks that my steps are much lower than they usually are and I think that is because I am pretty much chained to my desk, so I did get out for a walk at lunch time, and hopefully that helped with my performance as well because I do believe it is good to get out and clear my head a bit.

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Good for you for getting your license renewed, Gloria. You reminded me I have an issue with the DMV that I've been ignoring for months. I need to put that at the top of my list of things to do.

Best wishes for you maintaining your sense of destiny, Tricia! I hope you can continue to pursue your dreams.

I'm realizing that the worst part of my boss' vacation is I'm responsible for maintaining our Department calendar. Next week looks horrible already. I keep adding and shifting jobs as email updates arrive. I found if I don't keep up with it throughout the day, it allows other teams to make scheduling errors that are harder to correct later. I anticipate doing a lot of prep work this weekend to make next week more bearable.

Mike is struggling with the fact that he's still experiencing pain in his back. It's been less than 6 months since the surgery and his doctor is happy with the progress. The City has stopped paying Mike's disability income. Next month he'll see the Worker's Comp doctor who will assess the extent of his disability. I'm still trying to take it one day at a time.

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Gloria: I am glad you seem hopeful that you will catch up. It's good you got your license out of the way. Aurlie, so glad the weather is more pleasant there. We had snow yesterday! Which, we have to be grateful for since it's H2O. Nicky, I have started eating bananas in peanut butter sandwiches. Did Elvis do that? I used to avoid them because they have a lot of calories for a fruit, but they have more fiber than I thought and also more protein than other fruits.

I appreciate everyone's kind words. I was doing an exercise for my psychology class and it's true that the last time I felt any sense of destiny is when I was pursuing the PA school option. I've just retreated from that in hurt and fear.

Well, I also get a sense of destiny from writing about insulin resistance and racial minorities. But that's also about democratization of care, which is part of what PA training is about.

My nutrition has been okay. Today was a no sugar day. Which, at this point, is mostly about being conscious of how much sugar I eat and reducing my reflexive indulgences. I worked out before taking Cedar to preschool this morning, which I was pretty proud of.

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Still toasty hot here today, went again with my friend and did intervals at lunch time, four miles. They opened our pool today. We still have to get the chemicals balanced before we can use it but the water looks quite good, maybe because it was so cold this winter so there was no time for algae to set in. I am just overwhelmed with work right now and need to stay late every day so that i can get caught up but today I left a little early actually because my driver's license expired over a week and a half ago and I HAD to get it renewed. It is such a relief to have that taken care of.

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Just passing though quickly on a busy day. I got through my boss' first day of vacation yesterday without a crisis and only two hours of overtime. We're actually having seasonable weather here -- 70s and breezy. I'm trying to juggle everything so I can still take a bit of a walk at lunchtime.

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Tricia, go with your heart...what do YOU want to do? Do you want to be a PA or a nurse? If you want to be a nurse, someway it will happen. It might take some time and jumping through some hoops, but it WILL happen. If you want to be a PA, by all means, do apply! And don't give up on your son's language, it might just take him more time than it took for your oldest.

Nicky, good job on the JS video, I think you are wise not to push it too hard. I am inspired by the progress you are making with Kurmanji! You certainly do have an aptitude for languages.

Aurlie, hope that things weren't too hectic today at work, they just give you so much! I don't know what their intent is but I hope that it leads to good things for you there. I know you have been frustrated with the review process and with what the VP said about that, but I hope that they recognized what a valuable employee you are and reward you accordingly! How are Lola and Mike doing? Have you been able to run lately?

Gloria - better day, I slept in a little and then rode to work with Jamie. Things were still hectic but not frantic and I am very behind on my work, probably two to three weeks behind, so things will continue to be a little crazy for a while, but at least we have the books closed for March so that is out of the way. I did make a couple of mistakes but I think that I will be more attentive to those occurrences should they happen again. I did go to lunch (ended up staying about an hour late this afternoon), didn't go to lunch with Jamie today, so I went running with my friend. It has gotten pretty hot here, I think that average is 70 and it was around 85 today. it is really hot in this house, I have a couple of windows open and some fans on.

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That's crazy, Gloria! I hope you have a good day today.
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Still at work and it is 10:41 pm. :-( Got my run in at 6:00 a.m.

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Trica, it sounds like you're a great Mom with the way you deal with your little guy's challenges. Having a happy child is a wonderful thing and definitely a reflection on you. I'd think that not having a guarantee of a reasonable location for your clinical site would be a deal-breaker for the nursing program. I hope you can find a program that fits your life.

Nicky, congratulations on your continued progress with your language studies.

I hope your day wasn't as crazy as you anticipated, Gloria. I hope things get better for you soon.

Today I stepped into a crazy project that my boss has been working on. She walked me through the history and showed me where all the files were saved. I had to hit the ground running when a series of requests came in from the VP who recently took over the analysis of the data. I had to continue with my own projects after getting home, but it looks like I can wrap up and go to bed soon. I need to get some sleep because tomorrow may be hectic.

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GLORIA, I don't know sohan. If it has cardamon in it, it's not native to Albania!
Sounds like you need some comfort food!
AURLIE, the support of my study team and my language helpers makes such a difference. I'm blessed.
TRICIA, I'm sure your mother's right, that your kid gets his good qualities from you! Hope you eventually make the career choice you're comfortable with.
I just took an extra day off to deal with the exhaustion! Blessings of being retired!

NICKY. FITNESS. Still feeling fairly fragile, so did a JS beginners' workout!
ATTITUDE. Slept 9 1/2 hours!!! Did a 30 day progress video in Kurmanji. Actually talked for 7 mins! My first video was 25 seconds, 3 months ago!! My language helper who has a Masters in Kurmanji congratulated me on it and shared it! Encouraging! Lots of positive feedback from Kurds on the Learn Kurdish page. They so appreciate foreigners who take the trouble to try to learn their language. Otherwise, day off. Lazy day.
NUTRITION. Within guidelines for once. Skipped breakfast, which reduces the cals! Lunch, beef and veg stew with Rice and artichokes and peas. I've discovered a brilliant sweet nibble. Dip a banana into a sport of trail mix made of all bran with raisins and tiny chocolate drops. Supper, large half of an originally enormous chop, with potato and carrot chips and mushrooms

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Gloria, hang in there. I hope things will even up with work soon.
Aurlie, I admire you for sticking with it when your coworkers couldn't.
Nicky, sorry to hear you've been so fatigued, but I'm glad the service went well.

I did my strength training this morning. I did eat a lot yesterday, but stuck to one plate at the family dinners.

My husband thinks I should apply to Physician Assistant school, since the nursing program I am lined up for can't guarantee a clinical site within 50 miles of home. Intellectually it makes sense. It would also be an option if we move to Maryland. I've been grappling a lot with that idea. The first time I applied, I'd hoped my boy would figure out talking like my oldest child did, around 3 1/2. But... he hasn't. He makes progress, but it isn't easy to detect. I'm grateful that he's a happy and even tempered kid, though. My mom would say it's because I am.

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My prayers are with you, Gloria. You're going through a rough time, but I hope it will all settle down as you gain experience in this new position. I hope this turns into a good week for you.

Nicky, I'm impressed with your language progress so far. You've really risen to the challenge. The classes I took last year were very isolating. I spent hours watching lectures and working through examples, solving quiz questions and programming assignments. I know others worked with partners or study groups, but once my co-workers dropped out I was on my own. I'm still very interested in continuing my learning, but I need to find a way to reasonably invest my time. You're a great inspiration to me -- there's got to be a way for me to figure this out.



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Happy Easter Nicky! You are doing such an awesome job on Kurmanji in such a short time. Oh halva, that is something I haven't had in a long time, not too fond of it though. Have you ever had sohan? I dont' know what it would be called in Albanian but it has cardamon. I love it.

Still at work, two hours late, it's been a very rough day. I am a few weeks behind on my work, which hindered me today. I got seven hours of sleep last night, supposedly, but I felt that I tossed and turned since I was worried about things here. Wish I could retire but it just isn't time yet. I've got the craziest day of all tomorrow, I will try to do a quick check in but just not sure if it will happen. No exercise today, barely any steps.

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GLORIA, many belated happy returns! Sounds like Jamie knew what would make you happy!
Summer? It's been snowing off and on here....
Hope things really will get better at work.
I feel for you about the cats ageing. Savi is not so old, tho he's survived longer than any other cat I've had. I think he's got AIDS. He was very ill a few years back, Recently he''s been fine and put on weight. Now he seems to be losing some weight, no longer so well padded round the spine..
AURLIE, some personal leave when work comes to find you! Sunds as if Mike has found something healthy that he likes!
You're an example to us all, me at any rate, the way you cope with all this unnecessary hassle
No such word as can't., at least re taking drastic action. Look at that as an alternative and then you can freely decide you won't take that course. If you feel you can't, you're trapped. If you CHOOSE to stick at it, that's a free decision.
TRICIA, sounds as if your speech is coming on really well. And all that on to of bringing up a toddler with autism! Full time job in itself!

NICKY. HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!
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ATTITUDE. I've been shattered since Friday. Easter celebration with children and women and one man on Saturday. Few in number, total 16, but it went very well. Now I need to think about the next session, and prizes for the children who came regularly. 5 out of the 6 didn't miss once.
Kurmanji is exhausting, but I can now talk it on the phone for 10 minutes or so. A month ago, I was happy if I could keep going for one minute! In 2 months time we are expected to be able to carry on a 15 minute conversation on Skype, And this week we need to make a video of us talking our language so we can see how far we have come since the first day.I've had some good nights and some sleepless ones...
NUTRITION. Binged the last couple of days.Today 1 was just over 100 cals above the guidelines. Breakfast didn't happen, though my neighbour had made a sort of halva dish to mark 11 months since her daughter in law's mother died. Lunch, panzanella salad and sort of egg McMuffin makeover and falafel with lemon and tahini sauce. Supper, beef and veg stew and extra peas, and a glass of vino and a large hunk of white choc...

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Glad you were able to get your chore done Aurlie, sounds like it is a huge relief to you! I've been working for a few hours but accomplished nothing...I am no further than I was when I started. I don't know what I am doing wrong but the report is due tomorrow and I still have a few hours worth of work to do on it. I am feeling panicked but I must go to bed now. I have all of my food and clothes ready for the next three days because I know it is going to be rough. I did get a short run in this afternoon which will cover tomorrow's 1/2 marathon training - which I most likely will not be able to do as I will be chained to my desk all day. I am so far behind. I did get a little bit of strength training in today too.

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I finally finished a chore I've been putting off for far too long. It's a big weight of my mind. It's left me feeling energized and I want to capitalize on the feeling. Let's see what else I can accomplish!

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Kind of have a headache today and didn't get as much accomplished as I needed to. I am almost ready for the crazy work week ahead, I just need to get a few more food items prepared for my meals (and my husband's lunches) through Wednesday because then things should calm down, at least a tiny bit - then I will have to rush around catching up on the stuff that I am behind on. Clothes are ready to go. Got to the store but didn't buy much, and it was still $80, yikes! 1/2 marathon training today was 10 miles, with some very big hills. It was good.

Tricia, does you daughter come home from college for spring break? Aurlie, hope that things are going well for you this weekend.

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Gloria, my neighbors had older cats when I was a young woman, and they told so many stories about their younger days. It didn't really occur to me at the time how the cats were older than me.

Gloria and Aurlie both, take care of yourselves with the stress at work. When I was medical assisting I woke up in the night a couple of times wondering what else I could do. But I'd gotten the job just before the economy turned down, so the money was much better than what I could go out and find. And I had this thing about how I'd moved jobs so much when I was younger, I didn't want to quit because it was the longest I'd ever been at one job. And, medical assisting is interesting and I got to help people. But my boss was so intense.

Nicky, I think it's wonderful you're studying a new language. Well, I guess it's probably not new to you anymore.

I guess it's been a little crazier of a week due to the kids being on spring break. I had a lot of school stuff too. I did a speech on psychology and maintenance, actually. My speech teacher recommended for me to enter the speech showcase, which is sort of like a contest.

My fitness has been slipping. So I gotta get back on track there. I am working on my goal of eating less sugar too.

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I hope you can keep your kitties comfortable, Gloria. I'm sure they're happy with the loving care you give. I hadn't had pets for a long time, but since I've been with Mike animals have been part of my life -- a BIG part of my life.

I'm lookng forward to a bit of rest and renewal this weekend, but I guess chores will be a high priority as usual.

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Aurlie, you REALLY have stress and it does not seem to end for you! I think that mine will get better in a few months, at least I hope it does. Today I needed to work but I was doing laundry and ran some errands (such as getting my hair cut). I went to renew my expired driver's license but as I expected, they were closed today. It will probably be at least Wednesday or Thursday before I will have time to go. No exercise today, which I am mixed about. I think it was okay to not exercise today but I still should have tried to get at least a short walk in. We had some bad storms earlier but that wasn't really an excuse, I was just doing other things.

I've been really worried about my Kitty. She is 18 years old and it is obvious that she has bad arthritis. We've taken her to the vet but he doesn't do anything to help her. As long as she is eating and acting okay, I guess we will just continue to watch her. Now my Earl seems like he is starting to age too. He is 16 and I've noticed lately that he can't jump on the bed very easily. He sits on the floor and stares at me and then he goes to the end of the bed where we have a storage ottoman and he climbs up that way. These cats have been such blessings to me and I just want to keep them comfortable and happy as they age.

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O Gloria, I know just what you mean about the stress! It's especially frustrating when it's not taken seriously. Of course we can't do anything drastic like quitting. I have 4 weeks of accumulated vacation hours -- even when I take a day off I end up working from home. My boss is taking a real vacation next week so she'll be gone for 3 days -- I'm feeling anxious already.... I guess the thing I find most discouraging is there is no end in sight to this stress here.

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Oh, what a tough situation at work Aurlie, I have seen that kind of thing happen where someone in management wants to bring in their own friends or favorites and get them good raises or faster promotions or whatever. I hope that things work out for you because you are such a hard worker and go above and beyond....

I didn't take a lunch break today because I really didn't want to stay late...ended up being there an hour late anyway and I will definitely be working this weekend. I am hoping if I can do four hours each day that I will be able to get a lot done. I am just so very far behind that it seems like it is going to take a lot to get caught up. I started out this morning (and yesterday too) in major stress mode. It really irks me because I want to just do something stupid and quit and I can't. Everyone who knows me knows that I am sensible and responsible and would never do anything like that so if I talk about my stress they just say things like, "Oh, you will be fine" and it almost seems condescending to me. This morning it was so bad that I felt like I couldn't breathe. Anyway, enough ranting, it wasn't that bad of a day, things are just difficult as I learn this new job, and it will get better as time goes on. After I left I went running with friends and then to dinner and that was very pleasant and relaxing and I felt good afterwards. At least I will be able to work from home tomorrow....and maybe I can get my (expired) driver's license renewed and get my hair cut and all of that fun stuff.

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Gloria, I hope you can enjoy some Spring and step away from your busy schedule. Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?

This morning I finally wrapped up my 2014 Talent Review. The goal-setting phase of my 2015 Talent Review has stalled due to the intervention of the Vice President of my Department. He sent me an email yesterday with his input about my goals and now I'm too angry and upset to even look at the process. I believe he's setting me up to fail. It's nothing personal, he just has a stake in seeing his hand-picked proteges do better than everyone else in the Department and he can manipulate our Talent Review scores to that end. I'm trying to step back, calm down, and find gratitude for all my blessings.



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Lots of stress at work today and no exercise, no nothing, haven't even tracked my food yet! I was there three hours late and now it is bedtime, so I am just stopping in for a minute!

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Had a somewhat stressful day, got to work late and then was there almost an hour and a half late, which made me almost miss my speedwork class - but got there on time only to find out it was canceled. Wow. So I went for a four mile run with one of the other women who takes the class. Just got home a while ago, I have a few things to do around the house, and then off to bed. I did get enough sleep last night but probably won't tonight since I got home late. Also went for a walk with my friend at lunch today. Had a taste of summer today, I love summer so very much and once it is warm enough for me I will practically live outdoors. I drove home from running tonight with the sunroof open and it was pretty nice out...made me feel like it was summer and made me happy!

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Your day off sounds great Aurlie! I don't think I have ever seen a kingfisher. I don't wear skinny pants and wouldn't at my age, even if they did look good on me! I figure this stage of fashion will pass soon - someone said recently that the 90s "retro" look is in...what was the look of the 90s? I don't even remember.

My neck feels a little better today but less than six hours of sleep. I will try again tonight but I am still trying to get caught up on my chores. I got most of the bills paid but I have two more checks to write and I might wait and do that tomorrow. Today was a productive day at work but I am so far behind that I am in huge trouble...no way to catch up tomorrow. I should have gone to Power Sculpt class today but I kept thinking about my new shoes and how pretty it was outside and how much I wanted to go running so by the time I remembered Power Sculpt, it was too late. I ended up running for two miles but today should have been a non-running day. Well, I've got about two hours to get a lot accomplished, I am going to get to work!

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I hope you got to bed and slept well, Gloria!

I've enjoyed my Monday off. Paid personal leave is a wonderful thing. Mike and I went to the Lake at Echo Park to walk just because I've never been there. The birdlife in the middle of the city is a joy to see. There was even a kingfisher! We stopped at an iconic burrito joint that Mike loved as a teen-ager. We did a bit of unsuccessful shopping (I'm looking for shorts -- unfortunately, the skinny-pants syndrome has spread widely through the fashion industry). We also hit a fresh fish market and I got a bunch of shrimp which I just finished cleaning and prepping -- Mike will grill them for an early dinner.

I just checked my email and saw that I've got a couple of hours of unexpected work to do. I'll chip away at that while Mike cooks. All in all, I'm considering it a productive day.

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I am in a state right now, I needed to be to bed 24 minutes ago, not even close to being ready, I have bills that must be paid tonight and I haven't e-mailed my mom. I know I won't have time tomorrow to send something to my mom and bills have to go out sooner or they will be late. I have not been able to get everything done today. It was not a bad day, in fact, it was a great day, just too much to do. Today is my birthday, can't remember if I mentioned that yesterday, Jamie got me new running shoes. I did go out for a three mile run so that I could try them out and I love them! And he took me to the Persian restaurant for dinner, so yummy. But now I have to run so I can try to at least get the bills paid. Neck is still sore.

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GLORIA, yes , a hot water bottle with cold water works wonders during hot nights.
Hope the knot that;s causing you so much pain sorts itself out. Stress won't help it either. Tell them that at work!!
AURLIE, sounds to me as if they're being positive about you so they can squeeze even more work out of you....
At least here in the South people fight with fists rather than guns or knives. In the North it could have been much nastier. I gather the boy's father then blamed his son for getting him into trouble with the police! The boy had committed his own faults, but it wasn't he who gave my neighbour a bloody nose and lip. If his Lordship got his backside tanned again, it may have done him some good....
I had an hour long skype conversation with another beginner at Kurmanji. She understands me better than I do her. I had to keep asking her to write it.for me. And some of the words she uses aren't even in my online dictionary... We also had a fun hangout on Saturday with a guy who does a language learning blog. I was thrilled to get a place on it. Actually not all the available places were filled. And today I joined a hangout with the other 2 on our team. We are ahead at the moment, as most of the other teams have members who have paid their $97 but don't seem to be taking part in the challenge.
TRICIA, the violence here is nothing compared with what people have to live with elsewhere, even in parts of your own country. It's the giving way to fear that I can't take, "better ot have done nothing about it and let things settle down..." Yes, I let things settle down when it's something lesser, like nicking sweets, and/or when I don't now who the culprit is. I normally try to sort things out with the families as far as I can. That's never worked with this child's family because they protect little darling and complain that other kids are worse. Once when the said the kid next door was worse, I said: I'm going t talk to his family about his behaviour, but right now I'm talking too you about your boy's behaviour." I told Granny 10 years ago that if they didn't take little darling in hand now he'd be in trouble with the police later. So I wasn't a bit sorry for her when she came to me in tears and begged me not to take him to court. The main reason I didn't was because if they did get sent to prison, or to the (probably) only special school for offenders in the country, he'd come out with his breaking and entering etc skills honed to perfection...
You've got plenty of stress too, with college, moving, etc

NICKY.FITNESS. An hour walking round town for shopping. Actually did my 10k steps today.
ATTITUDE. I've been letting Kurmanji take over my life. Today I'd done just over an hour when another beginner skyped me and we talked for nearly an hour. Frustrating, as we're both beginners, but our vocabulary tends not to overlap. She understands me better than I understand her, so I kept asking her to write the words down, and then they often weren't in the dictionary.. Then I had to get the words etc I had been looking up on to the spreadsheet to go into flashcards, so it was nearly 3 hours before I had done it. I aim to do an hour a day.
NUTRITION. Didn't track today as I'm reasonably sure I'm within the cal guidelines, probably low on protein, but it was after 10 before I started thinking about supper... Breakfast, beef and veg crockpot stew. Lunch ditto. Supper, panzanella salad without the bread, as I ate fresh bread with emmental and salami and thenPB and Nutella. And a falafel with tahini dressing.

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Nicky, I just have no words. Well, I do but I keep erasing them just because I don't know if I can really appreciate how it would be to live with such violence as part of the fabric of society.

Gloria, good luck with the gluten. I've thought about trying to reduce FODMAPS especially for our youngest. I set a goal for April to reduce my intake of sweets, anyway. I hope your knee gets better.

Aurlie, too bad about the setback on Mike's situation. We're still in limbo about my husband's job and a possible move.

I have registration for community college tonight. I guess I'm pretty sure I'll be taking a couple of classes even if we stay in Utah. But I might wind up attending 2 colleges simultaneously, if that's allowed. If I start the nursing program, I can't be guaranteed that the clinical site (6 months down the road) won't be 100 miles away. So I should continue prepping for other contingencies, apparently. Don't worry, it doesn't make sense to me either.

The upshot is, we probably should plan to move one way or the other. Blah. I can't believe we've lived with this house the way it is for 6 years and now we're going to make it nice to sell it, again.

One good thing is that we got a TV instead of a projector, so the living room looks less like the engine room of a spaceship.


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I tend to put off seeing a doctor, too, Gloria. I hope you get relief from that pain.

It doesn't seem like running progress can be exactly precise. Some runs are better than others, no matter what the exact distance. I think a difficult run can just be part of the process. I hope next week is better for you.

Today will be a busy and productive day for me (since I said it, I'll make it so, right?). I'm already feeling more relaxed since I'm not going to the office tomorrow. We learned late last week that Mike's long-awaited doctor's appointment has been rescheduled to May. Mike is still very upset, he wants to get a resolution to the long Worker's Comp process. Now we're moving the decision-making at least 6 weeks. I'm taking the day off anyway just to spend time with Mike (I'll surely work from home a bit -- I can't let my boss flounder through my job as well as hers). I've got a lot of stuff to do today, including taxes. It's time for me to get busy!


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Aurlie, I remember that this is a long weekend for you! Enjoy! Do you tell management at work that you cannot take on more work? I know it is hard to push back on something like that, but it seems like they are setting their employees up for failure if they give too much work.

I thought about going to the doctor for my pain but I am still going to wait a few days and see if it gets better on its own. I did sleep better last night but it is still sore, stiff and swollen. When I woke up this morning it was definitely not as painful as it was yesterday and I did go running this morning since it seemed better. It was okay after the run too but as the day has gone on, it seems like it is getting more painful again. It seems to be a knotted up muscle or something that is inflamed.

We allegedly ran 12 miles this morning but I am not sure because the pacer's Garmin said it was only about 11.75 miles. I had to run to the bathroom right before we started and when I came out my pace group had already left so I had to run hard and fast to catch up with them. As a result, I forgot to set my watch and had already gone nearly a mile before I remembered - so my watch only said 10.5 miles. I thought last week went very well (we did 11 last week), but today I felt like the 12 was very hard. I wonder if that is because I haven't gotten enough sleep lately. I need to do some strength training this evening. I am trying to pick up around the house and I am doing laundry - I feel like I haven't gotten much done. We went to Target to pick up a couple of things. It just doesn't feel like the day has been as productive as it needs to be.

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O Nicky! The lawlessness in your neighborhood sounds so frightening. I hope the new chief can introduce a moral influence to the police system. I'm glad your neighbors look after you and you provide a strong front against the evil.

Your language study sounds like a great obsession for you, Nicky. You're making wonderful progress. I need to refocus my efforts on gaining proficiency in programming languages for my job. This week I reached Step 5 of 7 in my seemingly-endless Semi-Annual Talent Review. I met with my boss for a very positive review of last year's work. Yesterday I met with the Vice President of our Department to discuss new goals and expanding my work for the upcoming year -- yeah, right.

Are you going to see a doctor about your pain, Gloria? I've had terrible pain from sciatica and occasional neck pain with spasms, but it's never been accompanied by obvious swelling. I'm a believer in alternative therapies, so I support the idea of a massage, but you may need additional tests and an comprehensive diagnosis.

I regularly sleep with a rice-filled fabric-covered lavender-scented pack that Mike got me years ago. It can be heated in the microwave as a hot pack in the winter, but I keep mine in the freezer year round. The cold pack helps with the hot flashes and night sweats.

We had a pretty busy day of running errands. I've gotten all my steps already and done my strength training, too. Calories are well within range. I've got plenty to spare for dinner this evening, but not much of an appetite. This will just be a light day for me.

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Oh Nicky, I am so sorry to hear of all of this trouble that the family of this child is causing. You are not responsible, these are bad people and they are the ones who have caused this, not you! It sounds like your neighbor is a good man and I am glad he watches out for you. I hope and pray that this all gets worked out and that justice is served! Also, congrats to you for finishing the maintenance challenge within your center range! Job well done despite all of the situations that you have been faced with as of late!

Aurlie, my office is extremely green, we get a trash can that is about the size of a coffee mug, and everything else is to be recycled or composted. They believe we will reach a zero waste state by the year 2020. I say we have a long way to go and good luck. Generally we are not allowed to work at home, which I believe would greatly reduce the carbon footprint, especially in a city like Nashville where there is very little public transportation and most people drive in from different counties. But anyway, the AC thing, they keep it pretty cold in our office. I would say it is around 70 degrees maybe and that is typical indoor weather for this part of the country. Most people think that they are dying if it is hotter. They will allow people to have fans at work but they do not allow portable heaters. I am freezing most of the year and wear sweaters at work, even in the summer. We do not have to wear suits/ties/pantyhose, but we do dress "business casual", whatever that means, so I typically wear slacks and a blouse or cardigan, sometimes a jacket/blazer, and in the winter, often a heavy sweater. Nicky, what do you do use a hot water bottle with cold water for hot weather sleeping?

I have a knot on my neck/upper shoulder, oh it is so painful! It is like when you sleep badly and you wake up and it hurts and you can't turn your head to the side, if you know what I mean. I don't know what happened because I was at work when yesterday when it started to be tender. I drove to my running thing after work in terrible traffic, ran three miles, came home and it was just horrible. Hardly slept. There is obvious swelling on my upper back where it is, and it seems like a I need a good massage but I have been rubbing on the spot through the day and it is just as bad as it was this morning. I feel that I cannot move my head at all or it hurts. I can't take ibuprofen so I just went to the pharmacy to pick up Tylenol, which has never helped me before, but I am desperate! If it wasn't for the apparent swelling in that localized spot, I would go to the hospital to get checked out, but it is quite obvious it is a muscular thing. It seems as if it must be the way that I am sitting at my desk at work but I am not sure what I am doing that is causing it.

Had to take the old car to another repair place because the first one didn't fix it - nor did they charge us so that is okay. We had to pick it up after work. I am trying to eliminate gluten from my diet because of my colitis but I am having a terrible time doing it. Gluten is in EVERYTHING, and today was an epic fail as I shared a birthday cookie with a friend (a free cookie that I got from Panera, how could I turn that down, LOL). I am trying to read about the condition but not much is available for this form of colitis besides one book. Although they say that people with this form of colitis do not have celiac disease, research indicates that people with it do carry the gene for gluten sensitivities. So, eliminating gluten may not make a difference but I guess it can't hurt to try for a while. I just think it is really hard to do so. No exercise today, not even a walk.

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Thank you, everyone, for encouraging congratulations on finishing Jumpstart. Now I need to continue, and that's challenging.
GLORIA, I've often had the privilege of being pad for doing what I loved, tho sometimes working conditions were so chllenging that my reaction was considerably less positive that Aurlie's, or yours, come to that!
AURLIE, I envy you your hot weather! It's cold here most of the time.
Enjoy your long weekend!
GLORIA, I find a cold water bottle can help with sleeping in very hot weather. I don't have airconditioning, but would capitulate if I lived in Tirana where it's much hotter.
TRICIA, hope your menfolk enjoyed their birthdays!
The weather may be part of the reason for the kids' absence, but I don't think it's the only one. And the boys are all staying away as I have offended the disruptive ones by offering them an alternative time to meet but not allowing them to come and disrupt the main group...

NICKY. FITNESS. Because of a 100 point challenge that motivates me to exercise and stay within my cal guidelines most of the time, I did a 30 min JS workout this evening, tho It was the last thing I felt like.
ATTITUDE. Big trauma. My neighbour who called me when the boys were about to disappear with my laptop, came to me with a bloody nose and a split lip. As far as I can make out, one of the little dears provoked him by being very unpleasant, and he lashed out, probably without doing much damage. He's on medication because he can be violent if provoked and the kids know it, but love to provoke him. Little darling ran home to Daddy, who came and beat up my neighbour in cold blood. We called the police, who came and took both men to make stations at the police station. My neighbour was afraid to charge the guy who hit him. I hope he found the courage because otherwise people will be more afraid than ever to report the identity of criminals. I was very upset because this wouldn't have happened if he hadn't stood up for me, so I feel responsible. Obviously little darling is no longer as penitent as he appeared to be the evening it happened. I now regret not having taken them to court.
An even nastier case a couple of weeks ago. A guy bumped a policeman's car and got so badly beaten up by police on the spot, which someone videoed o his phone, and then worse by the chief of police hen he was in custody, that he landed up in intensive care. The guy who filmed it asked for police protection, so of course got beaten up as well. Three policemen, including the chief, have been sacked, though they should really have gone to prison... The newly appointed chief is apparently an excellent man, a Believer and scrupulously honest, so he'll have a tough time, and anyway he probably won't stay in place after the next change of government. Albania proves again that she is in desperate need of God!
Kurdish seems to have taken over my life. I need to calm down! Within the last 2 weeks I've had 4 30 minute conversations in Kurdish, naturally at the rate of about one word a minute! But it's left me shattered. Yesterday I took a day off it. I'm also exploring how to use various forms of language learning software, and that takes more time than the actual study. Though it should eventually help me study better
NUTRITION. Have been fairly well within cal guidelines most days, tho I had a totally undisciplined day recently and didn't even attempt to track cals. Today: Breakfast, capuccino and toast and strained yogurt and marmite. Lunch, falafel with tahini dressing and baby lettuce and baby spinach leaves. Panicked about low protein, so made myself a protein shake with milk, cocoa, protein powder and flaxseed. Supper, chicken wrap with lettuce and pineapple etc. Low on veg today

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I'm with you, Gloria -- excessive artifical heat and cooling seems very self-indulgent to me. I'm blessed to live where the climate is generally quite comfortable. It's problematic for me in the winter when our indoor temperature goes much below 65 during the day. In the summer, I'm okay with indoor daytime temperatures up to the 90's before I start to whine. Mike is more temperature-sensitive than I am. We've got a fan that helps a great deal. My office has a pretty "green" mentality so it's about 78 in here right now. We're all very causual most of the time, so it's not like people need to wear suits or panty hose. There are actually guys in shorts and flip flops today (it's going to be in the 90s) but I'm not THAT casual.

I'm scheduled to take Monday off so I'm looking forward to a long weekend. I'll still end up doing my regular Sunday evening work, but it will be a nice break to be out of the office on Monday.

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I have heard something about how we get acclimated to the AC. It seems like most people I know keep their homes at about 68 - 70 during the summer. Our friends don't like to come over because I keep ours at 78 and I don't use AC in the car. My husband gets in the car and immediately turns it on. I prefer to open the windows instead.

I think that we are homebodies but somehow life has just got us so busy right now. I would like to cut back on things but so far haven't figured out how.

Went for a walk today at lunch time, about three miles, going running tonight with one of the groups. I am really behind at work, not sure how I am going to meet the Tuesday deadlines. Was in bed last night for almost eight hours but according to FitBit I didn't even manage seven hours of sleep - and I can believe it, I woke up a lot - very low on sleep hours this week and I am feeling it.

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Congrats on completing Jumpstart, Nicky! Could the weather be explaining your low numbers for children's group? It's quite fine out here.

Aurlie, we're really homebodies too. Though my husband had a minor surgery on the bottom of his foot so he's had more homebodying than he would like.

Gloria, that is an interesting question about how people used to live without AC. We visited Tucson, Arizona in the fall, and I was staggered at the thought of anyone living there in summer before modern technology.

Well, we're through birthday alley (my husband and two sons all have March birthdays.) I have been letting the cardio slide, but it's time to get back after that. I'm on track for strength circuits this week, anyway,

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Aurlie, do you have your fans running at home? Do you have AC at work? I guess dry heat is better but hot is hot regardless of the humidity. I am one of the only people I know around here who avoids the AC as much as possible in the summer time, and people think I am insane. Everyone says, "Oh, I just can't take the heat." Well, I wonder what they thought people did in the days before AC? People just had to deal with it and I feel that is not good for the environment to run it and it is expensive to run it too. I guess the hard part for me (and you too probably) is being able to sleep when it is super hot like that.

Hope you were able to get out and walk today! Exercise free day for me, completely. No walks, no nothing. I might end up with about 6,000 steps today, which is super low for me. I need the break. I am doing laundry right now and I am going to pick up around the house. It is a disaster. I need to go to the store in a major way but I am not going out tonight - I might make my grocery list but I need to get to bed early tonight and get plenty of sleep!

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Gloria, I don't know how you do it. I confess, once I'm home for the evening it would take something of the magnitude of a 7.0 earthquake to get me to leave our apartment. I am very blessed that Mike is of a similar mindset.

I love hearing about the progress you're making with your running. There really is so much to learn about technique and strategy. Training is such a big factor towards making progress.

It's a beautiful summer day here. We're looking forward to record-breaking heat later this week. I don't complain about the hot temps until we hit triple-digits. I just hope I can get away from my desk to enjoy this day.

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Glad you were able to make progress at work Aurlie, it sure does feel good when things are accomplished. How long do they think it will take to get your computer going?

I am checking in kind of quickly again, just got home, it is bedtime, and Jamie informed me that we need to go pick up our old car at the repair shop. He already went and paid for it and got the keys so we just have to pick it up but he didn't tell me that it was ready to be picked up and this came as a huge shock. I have only gotten about ten hours of sleep in the past two nights and I just wanted to get home, eat and get to bed. So I am eating and when I am done we will go get the car. I think last night I failed to mention that I had gone to Power Sculpt class yesterday and today I was very sore from that and from that fast run I did with my friend. Took a short walk at lunch in the hopes of loosening up my muscles. Had speedwork class tonight, was not sure how I would do. We were doing time trials and actually, I am very happy with it. I have seen some improvement over the last time trial so I guess this is working!

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Gloria, I thought I posted here last night, congratulating you on your great run. You're making amazing progress. Seeing the Beach Boys sounds like great fun. That would be well worth losing sleep over. It definitely not something you get to do every day.

Congratulations on finishing the January Jumpstart challenge, Nicky! Even after the flu, you resumed the challenge -- I'm impressed. Your language experience sounds great. It's nice that people are so generous with their assistance.

Best wishes on preparing for your move, Tricia. Do you have an idea about the timing? I know it's in my boss' long-term plans to move out of state, but she and her husband are factoring in the best time for their daughter to change schools. They're looking ahead several years. There's a good chance she can continue with her same position and work remotely from anywhere.

I had a productive day at work. I just limited my work to the tasks that I could perform with the packages loaded onto my loaner computer. Our office has a network of servers so we can all share data, but the specialty database and programming languages I use must be installed on my computer. There's no way to run such things from the cloud, Tricia.





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Tricia, I agree, it is best to find what you love and then be able to get paid for it...so I definitely encourage you to do what it takes to get where you want to be in that regard! Yes, it is annoying and time consuming at times, but long term, it will be worth it!

Nicky, great job on your mountain hike, but you didn't get a cappuccino up there? And way to go on finishing the January Jumpstart! Very good!

Gloria - last night went to the Beach Boys concert with my one of my Spark Friends. We had dinner (not anything too healthy) and then to the concert, had such a good time. Then took her home and didn't get to bed until 12:30 a.m. so I am tired! Many meetings today and so much to do at work, oh my! Had to stay late for a meeting and then headed home and ran three miles with the local running crew. They challenge me to go faster. Got home a while ago, still have to get clothing and food ready for the next two days so this is a short check in!

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AURLIE, I think your need is often to stop working and get back to living!
TRICIA, we clean the pipes periodically when they get clogged up. I left it too long. But we've now got our act together. I mark the places they should join with masking tape and put plastic bags over the end of the pipes to stop the soot spilling all over the place. Actually I think I may have to ask my neighbour to go on the roof and poke a stick down the chimney as there may be a blockage there.
Your kids are blessed with a supportive Mum to help them cope with the stress of moving.
GLORIA, well done on your long run!

NICKY. FITNESS. FINISHED JUMPSTART!! The last week I repeated all 6 strength videos. Today I went up the mountain again. Doesn't seem to make my back any worse than it always is! And I do enjoy it. Biking didn't seem a good idea, my body told me the next day...
Shall need to decide what to do next. Possibly body sculpting. I've also ventured out with the dogs a couple of times. One time I did a little video in very imperfect Kurmanji. People were very encouraging, including the guy who, after congratulating me, went on to tell me what I needed to concentrate on improving.
ATTITUDE. Kids low in numbers, which is sad and frustrating. But those who come seem committed. We miss Sona in the women's group, and her help with the kids. But we are so happy that her baby is well and flourishing.
I've actually managed 3 30 minute conversations in Kurmanji!! We were told we had to talk, but if we ran out of conversation we could read from the textbook, do exercises etc. Of course, spitting out only about one word a minute does make it much easier to hold a long conversation!! I still need to talk for 30 mins to another native speaker, as one of the people I talked to was another beginner. I've got a native speaker lined up and willing to talk for 30 mins.I've only talked to him once, but we clocked up 9 mins. I'm working out themes and vocab for talking to him.
NUTRITION. Pretty good till I exceeded the cal guidelines this evening. Breakfast, capuccino and I grabbed a slice of bread and strained yog and marmite. Lunch, chicken and salad wrap. Felt slightly faint coming down the mountain, so grabbed the breadstick I keep in the car for just such an eventuality. Banana and kiwi smoothie with compressed whipped cream when I got home. Think I forgot to track the cream too..... Supper, chop and chips and mushrooms and baby lettuce leaves Rovena brought me out of her garden. Still hungry, so reverted to a slice of bread with PB and Nutella. That was OK, except that I felt the need of a second one..... So I'm over on cals, and carbs and fat, but it was mostly good stuff!

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Gloria: That's awesome to be able to see how you've progressed. I'm glad you feel squared away for this week.

Aurlie, good luck on the computer. It's strange how so much can depend on a particular machine. But they barely made the shift to fully cloud based at my husband's work (for a federal office). My school stuff works 95% of the time off the cloud, but there are times I feel like I'll be better off using our desktop computer so I really know how something is going to look.

Yeah, a move to Maryland would be crazy, but it's starting to settle in that we won't be able to avoid it unless something remarkable happens. In terms of my schooling, that means another hurdle with a particular class that has to be taken a particular way, and before I can even register I have to take the math accuplacer. And I'm feeling just a teensy bit fed up with the cramming and the tests that are alongside my regular coursework.

But someone posted a venn diagram of what you love to do, what you're good at, what you can get paid for, and what the world needs, and finding a spot between all of those. And that has steeled my resolve to keep pursuing my education to a more meaningful conclusion.

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Doing a quick check in here, going to a concert in a while and I am trying to get a bunch of stuff done. I've done laundry and a few other chores around the house but didn't get to the grocery store. I think that the only night that we need something for dinner is tomorrow because either one or both of us have things going on Tuesday through Thursday nights. I don't have anything here for tomorrow so that is bad but I do have lunches, breakfasts and snacks for myself (not quite as sure about my husband's lunches, that is always in question anyway) for the whole week. Got a walk in earlier. Still have some clutter to pick up around here but in general, not to bad, and everything is ready for work tomorrow (including food). I got plenty of sleep last night but probably tonight it won't be so as I will get home late - but I won't have too much to do when I get here and tomorrow morning will be pretty easy too since I am organized.

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I sure do hope hat they get your computer fixed Aurlie, that is such a hardship, especially with how much you work, it is such a detriment not to have the tools that you need to get the job done! Hope you get some time to rest and relax this weekend.

Eleven miles this morning, my longest run ever! Wow, it was just a couple of months ago when I would have said that eight miles was very hard. Now eight seems manageable, 11 is hard, but I did okay! I am trying to put into practice some of the things that we are learning in the speed work class and so at the end of the run I sprinted (I am not much of a sprinter, so I should say that I went as fast as I could) and I had a negative split for the last mile - that is what we were trying to accomplish during our last speed work session - how to go faster on tired legs. It is so mental. Not happy about eating again today. My husband has been insisting on eating at a new place that opened recently. We live in a smaller growing suburb of Nashville so lots of new stuff is opening up. He wants to try them all but he had recently checked out the menu of this place and noted that they didn't have much that I could or would eat. But today he insisted that we must try it. It is a Cajun place and it is a chain, and very expensive...not quite fast food but almost. All they had is fried cat fish and fried shrimp and a couple of other things that were fried, and sandwiches. Of course they had gumbos and red beans & rice, but NO salad at all, nothing grilled. How frustrating. I told him that I need to eat healthy while training for the half marathon and that they had nothing there that was desirable but we went there anyway. I got some chicken gumbo but I am clueless as to how many calories it had. I ate one of his hush puppies and some of his fries but that to me was not a good meal.

Well, I had better get up and get things done around here. I am going to a concert tomorrow night I think and I don't want to get caught with things to do and no time to do them.

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Wow, Tricia. A move to Maryland sounds like a big deal. I'll bet that will change your school options considerably. I hope it all works for your and your whole family.

Enjoy your run in the morning, Gloria!

I'm getting ready for bed early tonight. It was a very stressful week. Our IT Support Department in India finally conceded that they couldn't fix my office computer problems over the phone. The local IT guy came from Santa Monica and spent two days working on my machine, but couldn't wrap it up by the end of the day today. I've been using a loaner machine in the meanwhile. It's been a real hassle for the IT guy. My job is so convoluted that I require more software, database, and programming packages than anyone in our west coast offices. I hadn't looked at my job from that perspective. We got the loaner laptop set up with just the minimum stuff I'll need until Monday. I was able to work on an urgent project last night and tomorrow and Sunday will be time to get back to my routine work. Tonight I'm going to read a little and head to bed. Goodnight!

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Oh wow Tricia, moving to Maryland would be a big move for you. Would it be for your husband's job? It sounds like it might be a good move for you for school. It's hard to know what to do for the kids, sometimes they seem so resilient and they adjust well to things like that, but other times it is a trauma and awful. I guess it depends a lot of the kid.

I did get my FitBit running but yesterday I forgot to wear it for my run, which frustrated me. Today no exercise. That also frustrates me. I wanted to get in at least a walk. I went to lunch with friends and then the plan was to leave work on time, go home and walk for a while, then have dinner. But instead I was at work late and then stuck in traffic. No walk for me. I am way over on calories today but generally not concerned with the calories as much as I am about the poor quality of food. Will do better tomorrow. I need to get to bed now, I want to be well rested for my run in the morning.

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I'm glad you're okay, Nicky. Has it happened before, with the disassembly of the pipes, or was that for preventative maintenance?

Aurlie, that's crazy about the automation. And how much time went into it before they axed it!

Gloria, glad you got your fitbit running again. I haven't been wearing mine even though I found it again. I'm just so worried about losing it. I think if my daily pattern changed significantly, that might be one thing.

I've been on spring break, except I had a midterm Tuesday and then I realized I needed to take the CLEP real soon. And it seems we're contemplating moving to Maryland, which would make this application process moot. But if we moved to Maryland, they have a graduate degree in nursing that you can apply to without having a bachelors in nursing. But mostly I worry about how a move would impact the kids. When we moved here, I felt like moves gave kids character, but in my lifespan development class I learned that it can have a measurable negative effect.

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Oh Aurlie, you know, I don't think that the work problem is you at all, it is their unrealistic expectations. It sounds like you are doing a wonderful job and going above and beyond what a normal person should be able to handle. I hope that they understand what a great employee you are and that you are adequately rewarded for all of the hard work you do and the time that you spend.

Needed a five mile run today, actually did four miles of 3:1 intervals with my friend, which is better than what I thought I would be able to do since I was concerned about my schedule and the weather. Forgot to wear my FitBit and so I logged it manually but it never ports over to SP the right way. It has been a crazy hectic day at work but I am getting through, I just need to get a lot done by the end of the month and it is still a little overwhelming because a lot of this is new to me. This morning I was frantic but this afternoon, I am better. I have my Stampin' Up group tonight, it will be fun.

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You're doing great facing the challenges of your language study, Nicky. I need to step back and figure out why I'm not doing better at resolving my work difficulties. I should be logged into my office right now, but I started to log my nutrition and fitness and then felt like checking in with a couple of teams here. Time to stop sparking and get back to work.

Hope you have a nice evening, Gloria -- sleep well!

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Nicky! So glad that the fire went out on its own and didn't cause damage or harm. That is scary. Good idea to speak to the dogs in Kumanji! Good way to practice I think!

Exercise free day, maybe will do a little bit of strength training before bed, which will be soon. Last night got home very late from running and so got little sleep. Lunch with Jamie so not even a walk today, trying not to stress over that. I do like to at least get a short walk in. Tomorrow I am meeting with my lady friends for card making and so I will get home late once again. So I have planned ahead and have all of my clothing and food ready for tomorrow and well as Friday so I won't have to deal with that tomorrow night when I get home. Also did a load of laundry tonight but nothing else. It's almost time for bed so probably only the strength training will be done.

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AURLIE, happy news about Mike, so the battle is only on the work front....
It's the 3rd year I've done Jumpstart, and the first year I couldn't do it straight through. I notice how much harder the videos were when I was off colour!
GLORIA, lovely photo! My daffodils are just budding. Rovena is doing wonders in the garden, but Petri started eating some of the flowers!!

NICKY. FITNESS. Have done repeats of the mandatory 3 videos for week 4 already. I want to see if I can repeat the next 3, which are more challenging for me. I ight even do a 3th week and try to repeat all the videos. JS Tred and shred today.
ATTITUDE. This week we are challenged to spend at least 30 mins talking the language we are learning with each of 3 people. We can do lessons, exercises, whatever we want. Doesn't have to be conversation. One of my language partners sent me a message yesterday evening that we needed to do it that evening, as he's changing his phone for one that doesn't have internet, so he doesn't get distracted from his studies by Facebook etc. So, totally unprepared, I looked out things I could read to him. And then we actually conversed for the full 30 mins!!!! And today, much encouraged, I''ve been working out sentences in KUrmanji. I want to get Rovena to take a video of the dogs obeying (or not!!) orders in Kurmanji. SOmeone else has to video it as their Lordships won't keep far enough away to be fully visible on screen!
The flues of my stove caught fire yesterday while I was out. Neighbour came to tell me, and fortunately when I arrived home they'd burned themselves out. So big stove and chimney cleaning op today. I started yesterday but waited till Rovena came today to take the pipes down, as the stepladder's a bit wobbly... Had the brainwave of putting plastic bags over the end of the pipes to prevent soot spilling everywhere. And of markin with masking tape how they should join together, and spraying with WD40 to make them easier to put back together. Why hadn't I thought of that before? So it was a completely painless operation for the first time ever...
NUTRITION. Mostly within cal guidelines. Today, breakfast boiled maize from first day of Spring celebrations. very filling. Lunch in 2 instalments, as we had a condolence visit to a bereaved family in between. I cried off the funeral, as it was in another village. I felt it waas important to visit before the funeral to show I bear no ill will, as the old man and his son had come and shouted at me because the grandson had come to our boys' group. So I try to repay evil with good. Before the visit, baked potato with cheese and paprika spread. After, panzanella salad with a hard boiled egg, brought to me to celebrate first day of Spring, Supper, half a large chop with oven chips and mushrooms!

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Checking in quickly, tonight it is likely to be late as I have speedwork class and we are to do almost nine miles so we will be there a while. And we won't be able to start on time as there is a track meet at the track where we run that goes until 6:30 - so it might be 9:30 before I get home - way too late for me but it must be done. Went for a walk at lunch time and enjoyed the lovely summer weather - spring will be back tomorrow as our temperatures will drop back to something that is more normal after being in the 80s yesterday. Enjoyed the walk, saw daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths and some other flower whose name I can't remember. And the forsythia is also showing signs of blooming. Very pretty.




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Good for you, Nicky! I don't know many people who resume the January Jumpstart.

Great news about your Fitbit charger, Gloria!

Spring is generally a good time for me. Daylight Savings Time works in my favor. More daylight in the evening means I'm not driving home in the dark which reduces my evening anxiety. It also shifts my "early-morning insomnia" so I awaken at a time much closer to an acceptable hour for arising. Mike has also been more conscious of clean eating, which makes weekend meals less challenging for me. Now it's time for me to face my workplace challenges.

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TRICIA, well done winning your section at the science fair! AND persuading your computer to regurgitate your post.
I think my leg would have been straight on the bike. I suspect the medics are right whe they say don't bike! But thanks for the suggestion! I'll check it lout sometime.
GLORIA, congratulations on your running! Enjoy the shirts!
Well done Jamie, getting you a new Fitbit charger! I'm still using the Heath Robinson adapttion. Need to ask my niece if I left the charger in their house. Procrastination!
AURLIE, your photos are lovely, and so is your attitude!

NICKY. FITNESS. I'm polishing my halo as I repeated the Jumpstart strength video, and did a JS 36 minute walk and burn video with weights. But only 4k steps.
ATTITUDE. slept well the last 2 nights. Still fixated on Kurmanji, and enjoying it. My language partner has just come online, very late, and I think she sent a message to suggest we talk.
NUTRITION. Weight going down for a change! Breakfast boiled maize to celebrate first day of Spring, Saturday. Lunch, Panzanella salad and remains of Moroccan stew. Supper sticky chicken and mushrooms and chips.

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3/16/15 2:45 P

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Checking in early. My FitBit died about 15 minutes after I went to bed last night. I was impressed with how long it lasted once I got the notification of the low battery. It's charged now, yay! Didn't feel like I slept well, was actually in bed for nearly eight hours but first I had difficult time falling asleep - Jamie was working and his phone was ringing and he was talking and coughing, etc. Then he went outside and that disturbed my rest too. Also, it was very warm in the bedroom. Finally went to sleep but then had lots of bizarre dreams that caused me to awaken, then the cat was bothering me. I got up late for work but managed to only be one minute late arriving. I was going to run today, just a couple of miles but I decided to walk instead, three miles. Suddenly didn't feel well earlier, but feeling fine now! Each month my company has a birthday breakfast for those employees whose birthdays fall within that month. The company president comes in and speaks, it is kind of fun. I went to that this morning. I was hoping for a cup of decaf but they only had caffeinated. I usually don't eat their breakfast since it is not necessarily healthy but I did take some fresh fruit this time. Still plowing through this stuff at work....having a fairly calm day so far, and it is sunny and in the 70s,

Gloria

"I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble." Rudyard Kipling

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude." Scott Hamilton

"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." Abraham Lincoln


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I hope you slept well last night, Gloria. I did quite a bit of work for my job over the weekend so I'm not going to beat myself up over all the other stuff left undone. I made a phone call I had been putting off which allowed me to check a couple of things off my long list of things to do.

The time pressure of my job is problematic. A few years ago, they hired a Vice President for my Department. He reviewed the situation and decided that much of our jobs could be automated. Last summer, I was part of the 8-person Automation Preparation Team. We met twice a month and we all spend a lot a time documenting the processes, creating best-practice standards, estimating workloads, project schedules, labor distribution and hardware/software requirements. By September, it was revealed there was no money in the budget to implement the programming changes so the whole thing was abandoned. Now when anyone mentions our workload someone says, "We're going to automate that!" and everyone laughs. *sigh*

Let's walk!


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