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7/20/18 1:33 P

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Simple answer -- For the past 20 years I judged success at work by maintaining a large, but manageable body of work. Since several of my colleagues retired and their workloads were added to mine, this way of working is not working. I always feel like I'm failing. I need to take on a limited number of projects. Engage fully in in those projects. Let everything else go (if it was important to my management they would hire more people to do it. So why is it important to me?). This week I have those sorts of projects working with people I like. They have energy and enthusiasm to accomplish these projects.

Tuesday I had lunch with a couple a couple colleagues. One I knew very well and one was new to me. The talk fell into such a negative space that I hated it. I hated that this new person got to see all this negative energy around me. I'm determined, for this week anyway, to seek positive energy. I socialize with the other hikers and runners sharing where we ran or hiked. I invited one colleague to outdoors yoga.

I didn't get out of bed until past 7:00. I had time for 10 minutes of mindful coffee ant that's it. I will walk and do Back & Core day 20 at lunchtime. I have plans for the evening.

I have a memorial service for a brother-in-laws father to attend on Saturday. I will drop in at parkrun because Ben and Rebecca are getting married during the RD's instructions. Then I have to leave. I will spend most of the day driving.

I enjoyed outdoors yoga on Thursday. It was okay to be out in public and out with other yoga enthusiasts. it was even okay being under the watchful eye of an instructor. The thing I was most concerned about was 'space'. How close would we be bunched together? Will I get in other people's way? Is there yoga-class edict I don't know? It was all good! I laugh because I've done Tai Chi in groups for years and yoga really couldn't have been that different ... but it is.

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I am intrigued to hear about the 'new me' and work.

Yes, going to the outdoor yoga is an opportunity to 'do what feels good'

I am going to do yoga next.

You made avocado toast sound very appealing....I have half an avo that needs using up. I don't need the toast though - I've had my bread for the day.



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Wednesday was a good day although I didn't follow my rough plan at all. I had cold noodles and peanut sauce for dinner with cantaloupe melon slices. I may have munched a bit as well.

I need to look at my job in a different way then I have for the last 20 years. Wednesday gave me the opportunity to do that. I made good progress and felt some closure at the end of the day. I'm taking that into today as I have another project that fits the bill as far as the new me goes. I feel much more positive.

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I was up with the alarm at 5:00 ... I needed to be out the door early so I can leave work early to go to outdoors yoga. J won't make it today. She's stuck in a meeting in San Antonio, Texas and taking a later light home. I should go anyway. Or, so I tell myself. And I will! I did B&C day 19 and folded clothes.

I have avocado toast for breakfast. A salad jar and an apple for lunch. Dinner ... I don't know yet.

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Last year I got just 2 flowers on the hydrangeas. I can sit out on the porch as I always have, but I still miss the privacy of the hedge.

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I had to be at work early this morning. I went straight for putting the coffee on and taking a shower. I sat on the porch for a full 20 minutes. Then I packed up my lunch and went to work. I have back & core to slip in this evening. It would be nice to do some yoga before going public and outdoors tomorrow.

I skipped breakfast this morning. I ate too much, too late on Tuesday. I went to a outdoors club picnic in the evening. There was little to nothing I would eat so went home hungry. Except I wasn't going home. I was going shopping. The results were predictable. I just finished my lunch of cabbage slaw, mini-pitas and chipotle-adobo hummus. For dinner I might make a Thai green chile with potatoes.

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I'm glad you are getting back into sitting on the porch - the hydrangeas look wonderful - so lush!

Although I have various options, I do miss being able to just sit on my front doorstep in my pyjamas!

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I got through Back & Core days 5 and 16 in the heat of the afternoon on Monday. I still had enough heat tolerance for the daily dare, 40 bridge touches. After that I sat on the porch, cooked and cleaned the kitchen.

Another warm sunny day today. Today I got up in time to do Back & Core days 16 and 17 in the cool of morning. I really enjoyed my time on the porch with my coffee. Mostly because it was so pleasant out temperature wise. The hydrangeas are in full bloom! I got my laundry out on the line too.



I just finished my muesli for breakfast. Soon I'll lace up my work boots and head out to work offsite.

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7/16/18 1:53 P

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emoticon We are passing each other in these posts

I thought I was being chronological in my pictures, but how did you know that.


We drove across the bridge from Tacoma on Friday. Old bridge on the right and the new bridge on the left. Here the sea is narrow enough to build a suspension bridge across.


On Sunday we took the ferry going back, and landing in Seattle. That's Seattle there in the middle, the port off to the right. The sea is much much wider here. You can hardly see across. There were lots of sailboats out on Sunday.

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I stayed in bed past 7:00 this morning. I got up, fed the cat and made coffee. I did not want to leave my porch! It's very hot here this week, well over 30C for days. It was nice in the mountains because it was cooler at our camp spot at 3600 feet (the pass was 6000 feet). The house was hot hot hot when I got home. Mornings are even more enjoyable when they feel perfect temperature wise. All my workouts are rescheduled for this evening, including B&C days 16 and 16.

Hike on Wednesday? I need to decide. The Wednesday night group is starting an extended season this week. They start doing the last series in reverse order. I think I might join this week. J and I have a new activity to share, if I really need a new activity. It's not really a new activity so much as a new experience. Free yoga in the park. J is out of town this week, but I will still try to get myself there. I've never taken a public yoga class before. That alone will be a new experience.

I'm still eating muesli for breakfast this week. I'm still enjoying it. Still making it with water like I did on the trail instead of plant milk. Lunch is leftover pizza -- It's left over from last night, but I actually made it Friday morning before I left. The ingredients, including a pizza dough rising in the fridge wouldn't have lasted through the weekend without being cooked. It was late enough in the evening when I got home that I was grateful to have dinner ready made. I have to make a meal plan and go shopping tonight. I made a coleslaw out of the remaining veg in the fridge, a little cabbage, cucumber sweet red pepper and tomato. Now I have no veg in the house! I don't know what I'll eat for dinner. I may have to go shopping first.

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Oh, what an idyllic-looking camp-site!

I'm glad you were able to visit your mum on the way. I am still not sure if you drove across Puget Sound on the highway that crosses at the 'Narrows' or on the ferry - I thought I knew until I saw your photo of the ferry which implied you were on the ferry going the other way? It doesn't really matter - it all sounds very nice anyway!

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I put off getting all my gear ready and some decisions were not made until the day before we left. J didn't take the day off work, but hoped to slip away early. We knew about the call-in meeting at 13:00 to 14:00. We ended up sitting in the parking lot at the restaurant for 30 minutes, the last half of the meeting. We did have a lovely meal at an all vegan restaurant that neither of us had been to before.

The restaurant was past the worst of the city traffic. We were able to drop onto the highway that crosses Puget Sound at the 'Narrows' avoiding the expressway completely. We spent the night at my mum's. Cooked her a nice vegan dinner that we ate outside on the deck overlooking the lake. This plan got us out of town and a couple hours closer to the trailhead for Saturday morning launch. If we had gotten out 'on time' Friday, we would have gone for a rainforest hike my mother's house.


Our little camp in the woods


Saturday's dinner was vegan Phad Thai -- It tasted pretty good. Maybe we were just really hungry after the long hike.


'Cruising' across Puget Sound on the ferry, passing the other ferry going the other direction.


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I'm so glad it went well. What a lovely weekend despite the business and the busy-ness!

So, you stayed in Tacoma overnight before you went hiking on Saturday?

Your camping spot sounded idyllic. I can imagine how pleased you were to get that privacy.



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Thank you. I did have a wonderful weekend. Friday was really kind of hectic. J had to work most of the day and then join a business call as we drove. We got away a couple hours later then planned which meant heavy traffic. As it ended up we were still driving when J took the work call. I got us to a vegan restaurant I found that was in Tacoma.

We started our hike on Saturday morning. The packs were heavy! we only went 3 miles to a camping spot on the banks of a lovely stream. We set up the tent and piled our packs inside. We continued another 3 miles up to a pass wearing only small day packs. We say loads of people headed up there too. The camping area closer to the pass was crowded. There was a tent behind every tree! We were so glad to get beck to our little camp and find we had it to ourselves.


The view from the pass was spectacular.

With the rushing around getting ready for the hike, the packing and then the hike I was ready for a big sleep. We went to bed at 21:00 and woke up at 8:30! I really needed that. We had a very relaxed morning around camp before hiking back to the car. We talked a lot about planning more adventures.

I have to go and get myself ready for the work week. I won't do B&C day 15 until Monday.

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Your words carried the message. I agree.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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emoticon I was thinking about you buying new running togs while also de-cluttering with your move. We should fill our lives with those thing, and people who strengthen our goals and habits. -- I would say it better but I have very little time.

It's been a busy morning of getting ready. Ready for the overnight hike. Ready to leave the house for a few days. I don't have any more time. I'll be back on Sunday, maybe Monday.

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Sounds like we are going through a similar phase - not that I'm now in a 2-person situation, but I am finding myself casting off older stuff, and stuff that's worn or too big, and wanting to replace with more 'modern', bolder stuff. It feels good.
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I felt slow and sluggish yesterday after work. I intended to sort my camping gear for the weekend. I pulled out my new sleeping bag (a birthday gift from J emoticon ) and tried it out on the floor. I stayed there not wanting to do anything else. Eventually I got up and on with my task. I tested the stove and washed the pot.

I have a variety of choices of gear to take. I have gotten rid of a lot of excess hiking/camping gear. Now I find myself collecting again. It's good. I'm ending up with two of everything, two tents, two sleeping bags, two backpacks, 2 stoves etc. This isn't as excessive as it might sound. I used to camp with my father and then my son, two-person hikes. Over the last couple years I've re-geared for solo hiking (even hiking with the outdoors club, usually everyone goes self contained). Now I find myself in a two-person situation again. It's time to tweak the gear again.

I'm good with getting new gear. It's the 'equal and opposite reaction' to ridding myself of things that no longer serve me. Some of that free space can accept things that do serve me. The flow out is much greater then the flow back in so there is a net gain in decluttering.

Bottom line is I have a lot more work to do before we leave on Friday! I woke to the alarm this morning knowing this. I put my laundry in to wash. I did Back & Core days 12 and 13. Now I just need to do day 14 Friday morning to be on schedule for the weekend. I had to pack my lunch for today (salad with whole grain pasta added) and breakfast (avocado toast). I used the time to pack a trail breakfast for Sunday morning: muesli with dried fig, dried strawberries, coconut, cacao nibs and a spoonful of powdered peanut butter. I will add boiling water and let it sit for 5 mins. I've been eating it for several days now. It's good. My wash is on the line.

This evening J and I go to REI to choose our entree for Saturday dinner. It should be fun -- I've always found shopping for freeze-dried food to be funny. They come up with elaborate sounding meals that in reality are one-pot and pretty tasteless. They are truly food as fuel! I don't have very much other stuff I need. I just need to get it to fit in my pack! emoticon

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The sails are so colorful. The green matting is 'Astroturf', synthetic carpet that is supposed to look like grass but isn't. It create a smooth, even surface to launch from. They launch down the hill. The guy in the picture is reasonably skilled. He got his parasail to inflate while facing up hill. He is about to turn around to face down the hill, a couple steps and he lifted off. Real beginners face down the hill, down the green 'runway' and start running. Not as elegant a way to takeoff.

It's a popular trail. The hiking group had gone already, but there were still plenty of people to populate the foreground of the picture. The two trailheads are literally right in the town of Issaquah.

Back & Core has been good for working my habit formation. The workouts are not too hard. I can even do two in a day without much difficulty. I was thinking today that the side leg lifts and such were just what I needed to work my flutes and hips.

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Lovely! What's all that green stuff on the ground - it is a kind of matting? Lots of people up there - are they all your hiking group people? or other hikers who just happen to be there?

It is always nice watching things like para-gliders, kite-surfers etc - so graceful and free looking.

I'll keep jogging along with Back & Core - it's good, and compliments running & yoga very well. You've made a good plan.





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The whole relationship thing is a little overwhelming ... but in a really good sort of way. It pushes me to keep changing which I still struggle with.

J's singles meet up group, which I hiked with yesterday, has one married couple and a few members who have dated each other. J says that it functions more like a group of single people who enjoy hiking together, rather then a place to meet your future partner. Although, one of the women made a move on me last night. :P

With all these lovely plans, it's even harder to concentrate on my work. Life is much more interesting. I'm more relaxed at work. But, I really need to settle into a new mindset about my job.

I made time this morning for B&C D11. I looked ahead to plan how I would stay current through the weekend. I will do the next 3 days (D12, D13 & D14) spread over Thursday and Friday morning. I will do D15 Sunday evening, or combined with D16 on Monday. I'm making it a goal to do Back and Core in 30 days, just not necessarily consecutive days. Or, as close to 30 days as I can.

Mindful coffee and pack my breakfast and lunch was about it for me this morning. I went out and did some emergency watering because it's going to be sunny and hot today.

PS- last nights hike was nice. It felt hard! Hiked to a bald (treeless summit) that the local paragliders use as a launching place. The meet up group was going out for tacos and beer after the hike. J and I brought a picnic dinner with us. We sent the group on it's way and sat with our picnic watching the paragliders launch. It turned out to be a class. There were a dozen or more swirling around in the air at once! I've never seen that many at one time before.



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Fantastic!

When you decided to make 'change' your theme, bet you never imagined it would turn out like this.
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Your overnight hiking plans sound close to bliss.

What amazing changes we have both experienced in these past few months.

I have never looked at all just-add-water meals for hiking, so have no idea what the options are (oh, hello Google!). I guess there are the noodle-type pot meals. Fruit and nut bars. I think a delicious hot chocolate would be on my list too!!

With all these lovely plans work becomes much smaller doesn't it?

Are you & J going to leave the singles hiking group? You are no longer 'singles'!!!





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No one lives up there. It's all wilderness inside a national park. Even that is mostly surrounded by forest land and more wilderness. There are pockets of people living in the river valleys and near the ski resort 30 miles away. The area is also buried under 10 feet of snow every winter. As beautiful as it is, it would be a harsh place to live.

The weekend plans has turned into an overnight hike. J has wanted to try overnight. She was accumulating the gear before we met. The weekend started out as a car camping trip with hikes. Then I proposed using it as a first backpack. We will hike 2.5 miles up a trail we could easily do as a day hike and set up camp. Then we will do the rest of the hike without the extra overnight gear, returning to our camp for the night.

I stayed in be until 6:30 this morning. II got up an pout the coffee on then went to do a morning workout. Staying in bed that late ended my thought to go for a run. It was a very yoga day. Both B&C and the daily dare were yoga postures.

I started with B&C D10, but could not keep my balance. My legs and back were very stiff too. I regrouped and did the YWA sun salutations. I could really feel the tightness in my muscles. The movements felt good as I stretched out the tight knots in my legs and back. After 5 repetitions through sun salutations I was warmed up enough to maintain my balance through D10. I went on to do the daily dare, 2 minute tree pose (one minute each side). I felt much better afterwards as I sat on the porch with mindful coffee.

No Wednesday hike again this week. I guess they start up again next week. I need to decide if I will continue with that group for the extended mid-summer session. Tonight I'm joining J and her over-forty singles group for a close-in, evening hike Poo Poo point, a popular launching place for hang gliders and parasails.

This morning I tested a new muesli option for breakfast on the overnight. I mixed Bob's Red Mill muesli 1 to 2 with boiling water and let it sit for 5 minutes. I added walnuts, dried fig and raisins and fresh blueberries. I'm always looking for good trail foods. This will work nicely. I might even carry the fresh blueberries on the trip.

We will make sandwiches at home for lunch on the first day, just like we would for any day hike. Sometime this week we will go to REI and pick out a commercial ready-made dehydrated meal for dinner (add water and stir). This is not my preferred way to eat, but it is part of the backpacking experience. It will be fun just to go with J and choose our entree. There are a number of vegan options these days.

Meal plan
B: museli
L: potato salad with extra greens and organic blue-corn 'Fritos'
D: J is making sandwiches for the hike

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Thank you for sharing your mountain hiking photos - and that link - quite spectacular. No-one living up there? There must be a few I think.

I'm glad that your days off, the your wonderful hikes, have lifted your spirits and made work 'okay'.

I look forward to hearing more about the overnight hike - is that the weekend you've planned for you and J?

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I slept in this morning (for me) and took a slow start to the day. About all I did was pack my breakfast and lunch then have a coffee on the porch. Being back at work after five days off is okay. I' took care of the must does. Now I have to get focused on the real work again.

I intend to do B&C D9 tonight after work. Still hoping to fit in some yoga. Should be a quiet evening. I will try to get to bed early. I have a list of tasks leading to an overnight hike next weekend. I will sort equipment or clothing for the trip tonight.

Meal plan:
B: muesli with walnut, fig, raisin, banana and almond milk
L: potato salad (red and purple potatoes, sweet peppers, peas, celery and a vinaigrette dressing) and carrot and snap peas with a tofu-roassted red pepper dipping sauce
D: wilted green salad with couscous and a vegan sausage

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I'm enjoying a quiet, lazy Sunday morning. I have no hike to go on or chores to do around the house. I've sat on the porch with coffee, watered a few plants and boiled a pot of potatoes for, making a potato salad. I'll try for a short catch up on my activities.

I was out the door by 7:15 on Saturday driving 45 mins to a little town of Enumclaw, southeast of me. I met up with the group and carpooled another hour to the trailhead. The weather was okay hiking wise. Unfortunately we were hiking on the flanks of Mt Rainier and the stubborn mountain refused to come out from behind it's cover of clouds.

We hiked through forest to get to a large natural meadow area. We are at quite high altitude 5600 feet, which is over 2,000 feet above the highest point in the UK. There are forests, but the trees grow very slowly. These meadows, or 'parks' as they are called around Rainier are amazing and beautiful. The early wildflowers where blooming, lupine, avalanche lily, glacier lily, spirea, veronica, shooting star, bog orchid, marsh marigold, the list seemed endless.





The thing missing from these pictures is the mountain. It's in the center of most of my shots. You can see the glaciers and permanent snowfields at the base, but the top half of the mountain is missing. It would have been spectacular.





It can look like this:
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ainier.html


Today is a transition day. I will finish up some of the chores I started on Thursday. I will also start getting ready for next weekend's adventure. I want to get all caught up with Back and Core. Maybe do today's YWA video. I need to finish that potato salad too. I have lots to do .... Well, I don't actually have that much to do, as I intend to do it slowly. emoticon

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almost 11 hrs !!!!! that really is an 'ultra' hike!!!!

I'm glad your Friday hike went well too. Have a great Saturday.


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The hike was nice yesterday. The weather was good and not too hot. J made it to the top as well. Unfortunately it was in a whiteout cloud bank and she couldn't see anything. She was on the trail for 10 hours, 44 min. I woud post pictures, but my phone is not cooperating.

I came home after the hike and took a nap! I kept falling asleep in the carpool back to my car. I shopped and took a load of clean, wet towels to the launderette to dry. That was enough for the day.

I'm just finishing up my breakfast of avocado toast. I'm leaving in the next 15 minutes to meet up with another hike group. The weather is not as nice as it was on Friday.

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Thanks Gill! The sangria was a nice addition to watching the sunset. I think this entire weekend is what I needed it to be. The practicle work is pulling down my to-do list stress and the extra sleep is helpful. The hikes should be fun (today is a totally new hike though I may have gone out snowshoeing with the leader years ago. Tomorrow the leader is a sometimes Wednesday nighter). And yes, I even think I can use the time away from J.

I'm up and mostly ready. I have about 15 minutes before I go to meet up at a park and ride. I really don't want to take my car off the paved roads. I'm finishing up my porridge while i type. It's a beautiful sunny day. Just a little bit of haze in the air.

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Oh wow! Lovely change of plans, I'd say - sounds like you had the kind of day you needed. I hope your Little St Helen's hike is really fun today.

The sangria sounds nice too!



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up until yesterday, I was planning to go to visit my mother over the next few days. Then I found myself dragging my heals and my mind wandering off to other things that I could do. Some were practical, like I had a lot of work to do around my garden. Some where less practical, more fun like going hiking. Part of my change of thought was plans for the following weekend has J and I visiting my mum. In the end, mum didn't want me coming this weekend if I was coming next weekend.

I finished cleaning my house. Then I turned to the yard. I cut the grass. I pulled a lot of weed that were over 3-feet tall. I got out the string trimmer and whacked the weeds and grass growing in my front yard and concealing the patio. I really needed to do this so a I can get around the yard and water the shrubs. It's so dry plants are starting to look stressed. I lost three young trees last year. I don't want to lose the rest.

I took a nap in the afternoon. Did my Darebee exercises, day 5. I signed up for a group hike for Friday morning. It's to 'Little St. Helens'! Very fitting as J is climbing 'Big' St Helens Friday. I have everything packed for the early start tomorrow. I just need to wrap my chickpea wrap and fill my water bottle.

I made sangria to go with the July 4 veggie burgers and watermelon. I finished it off this evening watching the sunset. I had a productive AND relaxing day today. Looking forward to hiking in a noe place tomorrow.

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"It was a good day."
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because you were not at work! oh, I am longing for my holiday which will begin on Saturday.

Good job with the exercise too!

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How about I "look at the whole picture".

Racoon: Let go of those outdated, negative thoughts. Accept the good things entering your life today and tomorrow.

I managed to pick up the house and rearrange some of the disruption caused by my son moving back in. I did B&C D4 and the daily dare. I finished with 10 minutes of sun salutations with Adriene. It was a good day.

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If the crow was alerting you to the racoon's message, that would make sense.



Let go, or accept - now that's a confusing message!

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It may have been Thursday, or Friday, I was visited by a Raccoon. It was reathe rlate in the day. A crow alerted me to his presence ... maybe I was visited by a crow?

If you a visited by a Raccoon:
You are possibly being asked to let go of a situation, person, belief or habit. Conversely it could also mean that you should accept the gifts being offered to you right now by the universe.

This animal can also be reminding you to leave no stone unturned in your quest for resolution with the current problem you are facing. Take the time to look at the whole picture – the seen and the unseen to find a solution.

Crow:
It is a sign of change. All that you have been working for and toward is now coming to fruition. Alternatively Crow is giving you clear messages and guidance as to what your next steps are. Pay attention to your thoughts, and to the omens around you. The messages are clearer now than they have ever been.

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We are good on any misunderstandings ... if there really are any. I wasn't implying that you meant anything but what you clarified in the 'PS'. I was having difficulty finding the exact words, which you might have been doing too. J in not much of a planner either. Although, she is naturally more linear them me. We need to learn to work together.

I left out something that was on my mind yesterday. Since we first met, I've been adapting my schedule to J's schedule. We have talked about it. How I 'can' feel like I'm fitting my time around her Meetup group. And, they tend to get her for the nicer hikes. I think J is stepped back and leaving our hiking weekend for me to plan as compensation(?). Now that's pressure!! ;)

It is the 4th of July. I don't have much planned today. J is doing all the last-minute stuff before leaving tomorrow for the big hike on Friday. I'm laying low. She will come over this afternoon with some fancy vegan burgers that I will grill on the BBQ. After J leaves, I may wander down the lane where I have an invitation to join C&S to watch fireworks from their deck.

I just ate (tofu scramble with mushroom, onion and tomatoes). I'll take a fresh cup of coffee for a little quiet meditation out on the porch while I let my food settle. Then I intend to do B&C D4 and maybe a little yoga. it's house clean-up day too! I have to take the laundry off the line and pick up the clutter around. I have a few things to do! :)

PS I have maintained my mindfulness practice through all the change. I'm sure it helps me get through it. I don't truly meditate as much of the time as I had. I've let the meta practice really slip. I may not be feeling the same need for universal love.

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Oh, yes, it's July 4th!
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(I was looking for the Darebee icon with the fireworks - whoops!)

I can understand how, after years and years of having to take one day at a time, as a carer, it must be hard to let go and trust. But I know you will get there. Remember your meditation practices (you haven't mentioned them in a while).
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I understand about the legs - does Adriene have a 'yoga for climbers/hikers'? Maybe Yoga for Surfers would help.

I just did two Sun Salutations - that's about it for today probably!

PS I'm glad to hear you've taken a mini-break from work. And I know that J wasn't the stressor - it was the planning part that was stressful. I didn't mean to imply that J was causing you stress - although I imagine it might be a bit stressful trying to match her standards of planning and social organization? Knowing you, I'm sure you will have talked about this together. She likes you for who you are.


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I guess she has in a good way. The stressful part wasn't J, it was is the planning. I've become so bad at planning stuff in advance. For a long time I just haven't. I plan my weekly meals, maybe my exercise, and that's about it. I live most of my life one day at a time.

It's back to that tendency to think too much. I used to think of all the things that could go wrong (they usually did) with a trip. Now, I keep thinking of all the possibilities to extend or improve the trip. I just need to go with my gut and stop thinking so much.

As for the running, My legs are a lot more tired then I thought. The walk was a good choice. I haven't run in weeks. It was really pretty easy to talk myself out of it.


I have the rest of the week off from work. Wednesday is a holiday. Thursday and Friday I just took. I will go visit my Mum and do some hiking.

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Oh my goodness, J has certainly taken up prime position in your life (in a good way). I can't believe you actually almost had your running togs on and THEN decided not to run! That was a super-handbreak! But sounds like you needed it -much like I chose not to go swimming this evening - and it's not 9pm yet, but I'm heading for bed.

I hope the pressure of having to plan the weekend with J doesn't detract from the enjoyment of the planning. I can't see how you can go wrong - everything seems to be going so right between you both.

I'm glad we're up and running on Darbee again. I failed to fit yoga in this evening - I did Back & Core, and some ab work on Blogilates - then needed to eat, which snookered YWA.

I hope your Tuesday was better than your Monday (it's one day closer to the weekend if nothing else!)

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I had a pretty awful, munchy day on Monday. I plan to do better today. I have a meal plan for the day. I'm planning a weekend with J for later in the month. I'm really not good that sort of planning. I tend to overthink everything. Over thinking leads to stress. However, it's important for me to do it.

I woke up in the dark this morning with a busy mind. It made me realize that I had not been doing that recently. A first sign of settling down after the whole dating/relationship thing started. Small victories are welcome. I thought I might go for a morning run. When I started to put on my running togs I could feel the sourness in my legs. I chose more rest. I did do Day 3 of Back and Core. That was hard enough!

I was up early, but lost all my extra time to ruminating over trip planning. I did get a load of wash out on the line to dry. Gil, I'm glad the move has made laundry affordable again. I have a washing machine, but the dryer is broke. It's nice to still be able to wash in the machine. Haha ... the other day I fought my son to use the 'dryer', meaning the clothes line.

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Lovely! Thank you for the photos and the link. Awesome stuff to be able to experience sun and snow by going up/down the mountain like that.

Back & Core is easy, thus far.



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emoticon I'm sure it is hard to imagine snow in the heat of summer. You have never lived around really tall mountains. Going up a mountain is like going north into the arctic. The snow never melts on top of some of our mountains. We just had to hike high enough up one to reach snow. We are still waiting for much of the best summer hiking to melt out.

I was interrupted this morning and stopped abruptly with my post. I've added pictures to the original post below as well a little more information on the hike and ice axe training. I also posted pictures to my Flikr.

Here is a link describing the hike J is taking next week. The one all this training is for.
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I feel pretty good for having climbed over 6,000 feet over two days. I woke up this morning feeling like I had forgotten something ... Back and Core. I will do days 1 and 2 this evening.

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It's hard to imagine snow when it's so hot here! I actually put a snow-themed DVD on for the guy I was working with yesterday, so that the images of snow might help cool us down.

Anyway - you don't say how it went, but I'm assuming the ice-axe training went well, and that you got home and cosily warmed up again afterwards!


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Thank you. I have always said that I "run to hike." Running is more of a winter activity for me. My commitment to regular running slid last year once the hiking season started. I'll ease back into it as we get through summer. It my prove to be an obstacle to running longer distances.

Sunday was an even earlier start then on Saturday. Met friends at a park and ride to shuttle to the trailhead. I wasn't a nice day. We hiked into another cloud, even got rained on. It was cold. We hiked to where the snow started getting thick. That was our destination. One of our party continued on into the cloud to the top. The rest of us went into the snowfield for instruction on how to use an ice axe.




J's graduation glissade


Sun! It felt, and looked, like January just a few minutes before.

One of the ladies partners brought a friend who teaches ice axe / self arrest with the same outdoors club I'm a member of. He thought it would be better to have a woman do the teaching instead of one of the 'boyfriends'. I thought that was brilliant. All the ladies did well and feeling glad to have the training. I joined the class because a refresher is always good. I corrected a detail that I was doing wrong (and would have fought wrong). I practiced the advanced moves including sliding head-first while lying on my back.

The weather improved as we defended the mountain. By the time we got back to the car I was back down to a tee shirt. The hot shower felt extra good when I was back home. I slept well too.

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I am so glad to read that you have had such a happy time (once you left work on Friday!). You sound happy with your hiking - this is more of an enjoyable thing for you, I think, than running. I'm glad you have found a companion who shares your passion for it.

I hope the Sunday hike goes just as well - you should sleep well tonight!

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Thank you Gill. I appreciate the thought. emoticon

It took most of the day, but I managed to climb out of the hole I was in Friday. I was feeling pretty good in the evening. -- work is mostly a matter of letting go of old ways and taking the smoothest road I can. I have just 4 years left. Then it will be time to move on.

June birthday dinner with C & S was a great success. Really it was a celebration of being around the people we want to be around. Choosing who we get close to. They are going through hard times, including their little dog Tesla has cancer.

J and I were out early to meet up with the vegan hiking group to put in a few thousand more feet of elevation. It was a nice group. Some I hiked with before, others were new to me. J and I took vegan brownies to share on the summit.


Climbing down from the top

We have an even earlier start on Sunday. J and I met up with another of the 'ladies' to do one last training hike before J climbs Mount St Helens next Friday (July 6). This one will be up into the snow. We will take my ice axe to practice self arrest and glissading. There may or may be snow near the top of the mountain and J needs to be prepared just in case.


I made a peanut sauce to have for dinner with noodles and broccoli. I promptly ate a second helping of noodles. I think I needed some carb loading between climbs. It's okay. in fact, it was excellent!
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There's nothing I can say that you don't already know, but in my own inimitable way I just wanted to offer you something.

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That work plan is an excellent action to take. Well done!

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I felt a bit down this morning and chose, I guess, to just put those feeling out there. I really am bothered by having just stopped almost everything. The hiking is probably getting to be a little much without the balance of the ST, yoga and running. Work is an ongoing issue. And yes, it's easy to think about changing jobs but not as easily done. Life is good around J, and it's easy to just obsess on that rather than work on the problem areas.

At work today I set a work plan for the month on July. I have three projects that I will focus on. The rest I put in order and placed in boxes. As I sorted the piles and boxes,I tossed out a lot of stuff because I will never get to those things. My space is much cleaner. I hope I feel the same effect as I start working the plan next week.

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Gosh, Brian, what can I say?! You are not getting enough 'still' time between activities it seems - plus your cold I guess.

I'm sorry that work is such a downer for you. Have you considered trying to change your job? I know that's a stupid question even as I type it - of course you've thought about it!

Well, it's Friday evening here already - so I hope your social Friday evening goes well - and let the weekend unfold I suppose............?

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Don't let all the pictures of wet and cloudy hikes fool you. It's really dry here. The rain had been more of a nuisance then life giving. I've had incredibly bad luck with the hiking weather. The cold lingers if only by a toe hold.

I'm still rather tired and suffering from very little energy. Work is an emotional downer and my relationship with J a disorienting upper. The two extremes really take a lot out of me. There has to be a middle road that I can sustain. One where I can fit healthy my activities back into my life. Right now I feel like I've lost it all. It's not a good feeling when balancing another person into my life -- make that two, my son.

Thursday evening I went shopping right after work. At home I cooked dinner and got a start on cooking for Friday. I've invited C&S from down the lane over for dinner Friday. It's supposed to be June Birthday celebration. I started planning it after the Cinco de Mayo party when J told me she wanted to get together with them.

By 8:30 I was shot and just wanted to go to bed. I just went to bed. I slept well and got up to make coffee and clean the rest of the mess I made in the kitchen. It's been a non-stop week. I feel agitated. Hmmmm ..........


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Sounds good! I think we will be praying for rain here soon!

I am glad to hear that your cold is on the way out at last .......... here comes the weekend!

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Wednesday into Thursday was just busy. I was out the door early in the morning and not back until late, after the hike. The wether was not really nice, but it never really rained on us. It just sprinkled occasionally. It was cold at the lake. We made the lake and back before dark. A big success!



I slept until 7am this morning. I know I needed the sleep. I was glad I could. A good sign my cold is getting better. The late start didn't leaver me much time this morning. Shower and coffee is about it.Sure am glad I packed lunch on Tuesday!

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It's Wednesday morning. Last evening (tuesday) J and I went to the concert in the park. This morning I was up and out the door early, ready for the last Wednesday night hike (they might come back for August through September).

I know you love the Rolling Stones, Gill. I think of you every time I hear the Stones now. The concert was fun. Once you get over the fact they aren't as good as the real thing, those old familiar songs take over. It was a nice evening, sunny and warm but not too hot. J made a pasta with spicy peanut sauce and an Asian inspired kale - cabbage salad. We ate well.

I just had breakfast, porridge with banana and strawberries. I have vegan chili for lunch along with celery and peanut butter. Dinner is the quinoa tabbouleh I made Tuesday morning.

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Your life has certainly become vibrantly social now that you've found J. I love The Rolling Stones, so really hope you have a great evening.

I'm a bit confused with all the activities - I thought Weds was hike night? And a music concert?

Well, sounds like fun.
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I'm ready to tapper off the cold meds. I feel pretty good, but still had to take some time this morning to clear out the accumulated gunk that settled in my throat and sinuses over night. I'm ready to taper down the cold meds I'm taking.

I didn't mention this yesterday. I did get out for a walk at lunchtime. So, I did do something that was intentional. I expect to get out again today.

As I said above, it takes me a while to feel 'normal' after I get up. Doesn't make me want to jump into a workout right away. This morning I put coffee on and then cleaned up a bit. After my 20 minutes on the porch, I started making up lunches for the rest of the week. I packed 2 salad jars and made a quinoa tabbouleh for hike-night dinner and Friday lunch.

J and I are going to a music concert in the park this evening. One of her hiker meet up friends plays in a band, 'Stonesy'. They are a Rolling Stones tribute band. Many of J's hiker friends will be there as well.

If you put the last two paragraphs together you see I won't be home a lot over the next 48 hours. Making up my lunches ahead of time is a big help. Maybe I'll have time for some yoga in the morning.


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That's good news - one day soon you'll find yourself half-way through the day and suddenly realize the cold has gone!

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I started the week feeling a lot better then I was last week. The cold is loosening it's grip on me. However, Apparently not good enough to actually do anything except get up and go to work. I've made it through another day. I;m one day closer to feeling normal again.

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I'm still in the glow of my Birthday surprise ... and grip of this cold. I think I feel the cold loosening it's grip.

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Oh my goodness! The meal sounds very interesting and special, but the surprise guests were super-special!!!!! What a very significant birthday!!!!!
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J's birthday surprise was dinner at a farm-to-table vegan restaurant in Seattle, The Harvest Beet. The bigger surprise was that we didn't eat alone. Both our sons joined us. I thought it was strange when her son was joining us (J said we were dropping him off at a friend's). I was blown away when my son showed up. We all had a very nice time together. The boy's compared Facebook friends.

The restaurant was interesting. The serve a set five course meal in one sitting per night. Everybody gets there at 7pm. The first course is served at 7:20. It was really sweet of J to do this for me on my Birthday.




Courses 3 (top) and 4

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Today I joined J with the 'forbidden' meetup group to climb another local mountain. It was a nice trail. We got in our distance and elevation. We were in a cloud for most of the day.



I still have a cough and not feeling 100 percent. I hope to sleep better tonight. This cold has to go away someday.

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Excellent! I'm glad you were able to give yourself that time.

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I took a nap today!! I really needed that ........

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I slept better but not as well as I had hoped. The urge to cough made it hard to fall off to sleep. I didn't hack and cough all night though. My throat and sinuses feel less ragged this morning. I stayed in bed well past 7:00 content and not coughing. When I finally got out of bed, my body went into coughing fit to expel the gunk that had accumulated, Blegh!!

I feel much better today. Good enough to try adding a workout back in. I did the WOD at level 1 and then 10 minutes of sun salutation with Adriene. I could breath deep and steady through both. That's a good sign that healing is happening.

I'm going to take it easy for most of the day. Sit on the porch with a fresh cup of decaf when I finish here. I have a Birthday card from my mum that I will open. Then, I will give her a call. I a little bit I'll contact J to make the evening plans final.

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I'm glad to know you can have a relaxed day off from work on your birthday today.
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Those stronger meds from the clinic should help - I really hope so.
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Thanks. I will fine in a few days ... or weeks. I'm bummed to still be sick on my birthday. I came away fro the walk-in clinic with better meds. That might help. I've been doing ginger shots twice a day as well. It's the cough that keeps me awake that gets me. You experienced that yourself recently.

My son did not get off work early enough to come and talk about our living arrangements. I'm starting to text them to him. His loss. It's easier to be hard and say no in a text.

My employer just brought back the 'personal holiday' in the last labor contract. I'm using mine to take tomorrow off. Maybe I'll sleep in!

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Thanks. I did not wake up feeling better. I stopped at the walk-in clinic on my way to work this morning. I thought it was time to find if I just had a bad cold or something more. It's a bad cold.

I'm just kind of going through the motions of daily life right now wishing I felt better.

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I'm glad that you are relieved of the anxiety about money with your son's expensive apartment. Fingers' crossed it all turns out well - sounds like he's on the up. My son is very selfish with his money - always has been - it's his least attractive attribute!

So - J has something up her sleeve for Friday? How exciting!
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Friday evening, my birthday, is a surprise! emoticon Saturday is hiking and maybe Sunday too. I have mixed emotions about having my son move back in. I defiantly needed him out of his too-expensive apartment. I accept taking things one step at a time. It will mostly depend on how long he expects to stay.

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Ooh, I wonder what you have planned for the weekend.............. I look forward to hearing about it. I wish for you that your cough has GONE by Friday!

You are brave letting your son back to your house again - I hope it goes well.

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I felt better this morning and returned to work. I'm still going to cough a lot today. I'm glad I took Monday and Tuesday off. Friday is my birthday and I have a busy weekend planned. I don't want to cough my way through it.

I slept a little better last night then the night before. The cold still made sleeping difficult. I defiantly felt better in the morning. I still didn't do much besides having coffee on the porch. I managed 10 minutes of meditation -- mostly mindful.

I'm okay with and apprehensive over my son moving in today. I go in hoping that we can form a closer relationship through the experience. I've been here before ... I've been disappointed before too.

PS - I finally finished Grey King sitting on the back porch yesterday. It was a nice lea sure activity for a sick day. I need to order the last book from the library.

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I agree with you about the continual purging - I need to keep focused on this too!

I'm glad you are able to take time off for getting over your cold properly.

It has been very warm here during the day, but with a mist coming down, quite cool in the night and morning.

Fresh starts sounds like a great mantra for us all!

I'm off to try to wash my hair with one of those hose arrangements you fit to the bath taps - hope I don't either scald my head, or end up spraying water everywhere! It's a long time since I used on of these - but if it works, it'll be very useful.


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I didn't sleep well last night because of the cold and cough. I called out of work again today. New laws regarding sick leave makes it accessible for me. I earned it, I should use it. No reason to sit in my office coughing all day not getting any better.

It's another lovely summer day. I enjoy sitting out on the porch these mornings. The afternoons get a little hot. The evenings become uncomfortable in the house. The temperature added to my sleepless night.

I'm using my limited energy to sort through stuff and make room for my son. I don't see any reason to let him move back to the same stuff he abandoned in place wen he moved out last summer. Purging will be a constant theme while he's living here. My message to him is one of fresh starts.

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Everything is good, except for the cold. I'm probably at the worst part of it. I took some night time cold before bed last night and slept straight through past 6am. But, when I got up I could hardly talk I was so congested with gunk. I used it to my advantage when I called out sick.

I don't know what motivates my son to do what he does. The closest he can get to having a mum there is Me. He may have wanted a buffer, someone who could carry the conversation. He may even set up a dinner companion for me so he wouldn't feel bad that I was eating alone on father's day. It doesn't really matter.

It's a beautiful, summer-like day today. it may reach 30!. A real treat to expectantly have it off from work. I can really use a day to myself regardless of the cold. It was a social weekend. I have a few things to tend to around the house as well as taking it slow and maybe taking a nap in the middle of the day.

My son moves back into the house Tuesday / Wednesday of this week. It's a good thing, even necessary. My concern really is how long he's staying not that he is here soon. I cleaned all my stuff out of the basement room were I will put him. I had kept all my outdoors gear in that room. It's all sitting in the common room. At least it's all neatly packed in crates. I really should fix the toilet today and hang a new miror in the little bathroom.

I'm not sure what exercise I'll do today.

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I fixed the toilet and hung the mirror. I did laundry. I took a nap. That's about it for me today. I feel much the same as this morning.

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Sounds like all went very well. Would I be right in thinking that Jennifer's sister is the closest your son can get to having his 'mum' there?

Lovely photo! Great terrain. I hope you both shrug those colds off soon.

I'm taking a teabreak from unpacking; it's coming together.

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J and I had an early meet-up with the ladies (and one other 'significant friend'). Since both J and I have colds, we were relegated to ride apart from the others in the 'sick' car. Saturday was forecast to be a transitional day. In the mountains that means a little of everything. We hiked most of the way under and in clouds. As we climbed the steep towards the ridge tops the clouds started to lift revealing sun and views. It even rained soon after we got beck to the trail head. It was a hard hike with good company. I had a great time.



Father's Day dinner went very nicely. J and I went into Seattle a few hours early and walked around town. We went through the Pike Place public market which was super crowded on this beautiful Sunday. We joined up with one of my late-wife's sisters at the restaurant. We chatted over a glass of wine eventually ordering food. My son brought our food to the table and joined us for a little while before work pulled him away.

It was my son who invited my s-i-l. She was as confused why. She and J didn't know each other.

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Goodness! They might have been friends!!!

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Yes. I should have written it out that way. One of my late-wife's sisters is having dinner with us on Sunday. I agree that J will probably be fine with it. But, it's polite to ask first. I will ask and make sure J is okay. If not, I'll have dinner with my s-i-l.

Jennifer's family is more then alright with me dating, enthusiastic even. I had chosen to slowly share my romantic life. When we last got together, I shared that I had started dating, and the second woman I dated did result in a second date. J and I were in truth well beyond the second date. Families are messy, and we don't always have control over them. I am lucky that this is a procedural problem, not an emotional problem. What I'm curious about is if they know each other. We all live close together and their kids went to the same high school.

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Sister-in-law = late wife's sister? Sorry I can't remember the 'fit' - but I'm sorry it's been thrust upon you. From what you've told me, J will handle it brilliantly - and her being a widow may help!



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Hi! I missed you because I was on the phone with my sister. That's good news about your son. Yes, J shared her cold with me ... she tried not to but I was uncooperative. We are hiking with the ladies tomorrow, although a slightly smaller mountain then originally planned.

My son informed me in a late night text that my sister-in-law will be joining J and I at dinner on Sunday. emoticon No, he didn't ask me first. Awkward......

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I was away from my office visiting a new colleague again on Thursday. This was just us so a lot less stressful then the meeting on Wednesday. When I got home the cold had hold of me and I felt tired. I didn't feel like running or any other exercise.

I really felt the cold when I woke up Friday morning, clogged sinuses and swollen throat. I have a cough. It was a little past 4am. I really didn't want to get out of bed. I sat up and read a couple articles on my tablet listening to the cat complain. Once up I fed the cat, made coffee and did another round of sun salutations.

I'm felling better now I've been up for a few hours.

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I'm glad the meeting was ok. I guess the sore throat came from J who was suffering with that a few days ' back?

I hope you enjoy your evening at your son's restaurant.

I had some good news from my son - he went for an interview on Monday and had been offered a job in the IT department of a major mortgage company. He said he cannot believe how quickly he has fallen on his feet!!!

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The meeting went okay on Wednesday. It was a little more cordial then I expected, but not very productive. It took most of the day to drive to the other facility and back. The evening hike was okay as well. It rained and the top of the ridge we were climbing obscured by fog. We stopped short of the top to have our dinner in the shelter of some trees.

Sunday is Father's Day here in the US. My son has to work all day. He invited me to come and eat at the restaurant where he works. This is the first time he has expressed any interest in having me come to his workplace. He gave an okay for me to bring J so they can meet.

For the last few days I have been fighting off a cold. Yesterday's cold, wet hike didn't help me any. This morning I could really feel it taking hold in my throat and sinuses. I got up and did sun salutations again. The rest of the morning slid by. I'm feeling very tired this afternoon.

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Woke up before my alarm went off again this morning. It's really nice to wake up naturally, on my own just a little before. I guess it's a good start to the day. At 5:00 my phone reminded me that it's hike night and I should get to work early. I did ... sort of. emoticon

I started the day with 12 minutes of sun salutation. I was feeling pressed for time ... triggering my malaise towards intentional exercise I'm sure. I did it anyway and glad I did. I felt much better afterwards. Mindful coffe consisted of 10 mins coffee and 10 mins meditation.

I have to drive to another worksite for a meeting I don't want to go to. Today is just sort of a do it anyway day. On the other hand, it's hike night. I;m looking forward to that.

The meeting today is scheduled over lunchtime. I guess the organizer wants to serve snacks (lunch?). I just said I don't eat at meetings. Which is true. I don't eat at my desk either. Consequence is that regular meal times are disrupted today. I have a variety of meal options with me. I'm not sure how I';ll feel like using them. I made a quinoa tabouli salad for my Sack dinner to eat on the hike.

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I woke this morning before the alarm went off at 5:00. I was up and out the door for a run by 5:10. It was clear and cool. The sun was up, but not up above the hills to the east. It was quiet out on the roads and trails today.

Last night I cooked Hoppin' John in the Instantpot. It came out really good. I made it in the slow cooker last week (8 plus hours) and now in the quick cooker (an hour and a half). They were equally good. Nice to know. I have the rice and bean dish packed for my lunch today with fresh greens, shredded carrot, asparagus and a lime-cumin dressing that I made with cashew yogurt.

Breakfast was banana and muesli with flax milk. Dinner falafel and nan and whatever I choose to perk it up with ... maybe sweet potato curry and rocket.

I'm on a two day exercise streak! I may not even be done for today. I will probably get out for a walk at lunch today. I'm thinking that I'll do some sort of workout or YWA this evening. Wednesday is hike night. I'd like to do something in the morning. I think something like 'punches and push-ups' will be a complete change from my new normal. I need to shock those muscles a little. Besides, I don't think I've folded my laundry since I stopped doing Darebee regularly.
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Walking and yoga are, indeed, a good start.

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Monday
The alarm went off at 5:00 and I hit the snooze. I was up by 5:30. I fed the cat and went back to bed until 6:30. I felt restless sitting on the porch with my culpa coffee. I pulled together some food for the day and went to work late. There was no intentional exercise this morning, no yoga.

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I did some yoga this evening while my dinner simmered! emoticon I dared call it "Day 1" on my Darebee post. What I do tomorrow will tell if I'm getting any momentum at all. I went for the usual walk at lunchtime. It's a good start.

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That's too bad about parkrun. I would have offered to refund his money. emoticon

J came down with a scratchy, sore throat after her hike on Saturday. We had a lazy day Sunday and didn't go hiking. Did take a nap in the afternoon. J has a flight to Toronto in just a couple hours (00:30 Monday morning). I did no intentional exercise this weekend. I hope to change that this week. With J out of town, I really can't blame her if I don't.

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I was typing on my tablet - I don't have the new smartphone - it never arrived. I have to re-order it, and haven't done that so far!

We had a very displeased visitor who would have been first, but took a wrong turning - then gave us a mouthful for not having had a marshall on the turn. We were short of voluteers, and he could easily have gone back and done the bit he missed - it was only a small part, but he stormed off leaving a very bad feeling behind him! Shame! I do think the Race Director should have given a better pre-run talk - she didn't explain the course layout which I thought was a bit careless.

It's Sunday afternoon here now, so I'm guessing by now you and J will have decided where you are going today - the weather here is hot mostly, but keeps clouding over and looking moody. I hope you have a lovely day together.

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Generally I don't post to the message boards from my phone. When I do they tend to be pretty short messages. Hope you enjoy your new smart phone.

Another successful parkrun despite me being run director. I'm kidding. It's a pretty easy job really. We had an Aussie sweep with first, second and third place going to parkrun tourists from Australia. The guy who came in first was pretty excited to come in first. Had his picture taken holding the finish token. All three came to breakfast with us ... they are not traveling together.

It's raining and the sun is shining. The weather forecast called for hard rain all day. Instead it's been dry with sun breaks. I just fixed my neighbor's water spigot. It was a simple washer replacement. There were no surprises. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with myself for the rest of the day. It's a quarter to three in the afternoon.

J and I have plans to go hiking tomorrow. I'm not sure where because I'm not sure about the weather.



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Morning! I'm on the bus heading to parks in and have renewed respect for young people who can manage their screens whilst travelling! Firstly the sun makes it hard to see and secondly it's very wobbly! I can see why they have developed the skill of using palm and fingers to hold device and two thumbs for typing. They will all surely have postural problems later in life with their heads always bent forwards!

Anyway - the message from the doe is very nice. And dolphin a good guide. I will have to go and have a lucky dip! Right now I am feeling my frog wants to sit on the river bank and watch the world go by.

So, here comes the weekend! Enjoy!


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Thursday was an emotionally hard day at work. My managers continue to prove they are inept at managing change. I took my concern to my supervisor who responded appropriately, but could provid no relief from the situation.

When I got home I was pretty much spent. I sat on the porch with a warmed up cup of coffee. I made dinner, a veg burger with avocado. I was tired but really couldn't settle down (caffeine my have played a part). I ended up taking a walk with my neighbor from the end of the lane and her dog Tesla about 9pm. I didn't drift off to sleep until past 11:00.

Friday morning I was still tired and not feeling like doing anything. So, I didn't. I made coffee and sat on the porch. Meditation was ... not as mindful as I would have liked. I was interrupted by the spirit-animal of the day, a doe.

"If Deer has crossed your path; It is often a sign not to be too hard on yourself. Still the voice of the self critic and treat yourself with gentleness and understanding, be yourself and continue along your path."
-- www.spirit-animals.com/?s=dear

Since I'm not planning my food, I don't have the house very well stocked. I'm running short on stuff. That might be a good thing. I've had a munchy week. Having so little in the cupboard seems to reduce the damage. :P I'm pulling stuff together for breakfast, peanut butter on light rye crispbread and an apple. Lunch is quinoa tabbouleh. Dinner is a surprise. J will probably invite me over/out for dinner tonight.

I'm run director at parkrun tomorrow morning. I told my neighbor C that I would come and fix their leaky spigot in the early afternoon. The rest of the day I should work around my own home. I would like to pack up a load and take it to the charity shop for donation/recycling.

Later:
I dealt with the most unpleasant part of my workday immediately after I arrived. Now I can let that go (really I can and have). I feel uplifted as I anticipate a wonderful weekend ... It's going to rain and I don't care. emoticon


PS - I took a couple spirit animal tests today. In the first I got Turtle. I took it a second time and got Deer. I took a different test and got Dolphin 3 times.

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Thank you. The hike was very nice. The weather was wonderful, great day for views. The trail is rebuilt since the last time I went this way. It was lovely. I sat down at the computer last night to post a couple pictures, but was just too tired. I went to bed instead.





I woke early this morning, when it was still dark. My mind flipped back and forth between work emoticon and my relationship with J emoticon . Mindful coffee went more towards work, and observing work thoughts. emoticon . Obviously I need to do something about work.

I really tried to fit yoga into my morning. I chose to clean the house instead. I can still meet my yoga goal this evening. Run?

Thanks for the menu ideas. For lunch today I made up a quinoa tabbouleh sort of thing with asparagus, cucumber, carrot, tomato and spinach with the lime-cumin dressing I've been making recently. Breakfast is peanut butter toast. Dinner is a veg burger and salad.

I find it is hard to follow through with short term planning like meal planning when I don't feel grounded.Maybe I mean my routine is disrupted. I feel like I'm starting over again organizing my life, setting priorities. I'm relearning how to plan my week.

The house is clean! emoticon

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