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Sunday, November 04, 2012

Today I was at Target to pick up some stuff, and what do I spy but the Christmas decorations. Christmas music was playing, and the entire back corner of the store was decked out in glitter and fake snow. I'm not sure how I feel about this. There's a part of me that really likes it, but there's another "shoot, let us have Thanksgiving!" part of me.

This Christmas is going to be very different for me. I don't have a job, so I can't just go out and buy crazy gifts for everyone. I won't be able to buy the same kind of gift for the tree at my gym (we pick a name of a child and buy them a Christmas gift). But I feel like I'm prepared to still enjoy this holiday season, maybe even more so than usual. I spent a good part of the day working on some catnip fish to take to the local humane society. They aren't the most beautiful things in the world, but there are good intentions behind them. They are really cute, anyway. I had some fish-patterned fabric sitting around - thought it would make a cute cat toy.

I made some return address labels, I framed a picture for my mom, I put some new glass in a frame that was missing glass for MONTHS, and I made a fireplace reflector - I glued old CDs onto some foam core and stuck it in the fireplace. I have a string of lights in there, and it looks really really pretty. I'll get around to putting some pictures up...

I'm feeling calm, and I'm feeling successful as far as working toward my goals. I've been diligently keeping a food journal, and while I don't put it on Spark every day, I have it written down to enter once a week just to keep tabs. My workouts have been consistent - I even went for a run today! I've been drinking tons of water. I feel naked without my water bottle by my side.

I didn't get a phone call for subbing tomorrow... it would be nice to have the day to finish some fish and get some more cleaning up done.

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/5/2012 9:12AM

    It is crazy how Thanksgiving is overlooked and many stores are gearing up for Christmas!
Great that you have been getting so much done. It is nice to be productive. Great job on keeping up with your workouts!

You are doing a fabulous job. Keep moving forward!

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BEACHY_KEEN 11/5/2012 8:18AM

    It sounds like you are truly embracing the season. It's amazing what a feeling of peace can come over you when you don't focus on the material things. I love that.

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CFMOSS 11/5/2012 7:56AM

    Lots of good things. It's particularly challenging at the holidays when finances drop substantially and you can't do what you used to do. But, there are things you can and are doing. Last year my daughter and I took on the challenge to find the perfect gift on an extremely limited budget. Our true successes - blazers (really nice ones) and ties for my husband and son - it was our treasure hunt or a needle in a haystack - Found!

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Cleaning up.

Friday, November 02, 2012

We are very fortunate. The only thing we lost in the storm was power, and we were lucky enough to be able to stay at my mom's house until we got power back. It is very cold where we are - there are actually flurries in the forecast for this evening!

It was actually kind of nice to be able to spend some time with my mom. Hubs didn't have to work; his restaurant anticipated a really slow week and kept most people off the schedule. So he got to come along to my mom's house with me. Instead of going out to eat for every meal, hubby cooked! So I didn't have that feeling I usually get when I stay at my mom's, the feeling after I ate way too much restaurant food.

So today it's kind of getting back to normal day. We re-stocked the fridge this morning, and I'm getting some laundry done. I'm trying to organize some stuff and get some crafts done. My mom gave me her old sewing machine, so I have that to add to my craft corner. I have some old lamps and lampshade frames and would love to make some new covers and spray paint the bases. Lots to do!

- water!
- later, go to the gym for some strength training
- work on some crafts
- read the next few sections of my PT book

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TIGGER622 11/4/2012 4:26PM

    Sooooo glad everything is okay!!! I admire you girl, keep up the good work!

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PJBONARRIGO 11/2/2012 3:31PM

    Glad to hear thatyou are OK. Sandy was a terrible storm that will affect us for a very long time. It sounds like you had a nice visit with your Mom and are ready to have a great week! emoticon

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Three before the storm

Monday, October 29, 2012

Thank you all for the good thoughts. It's a little creepy right now - it's perfectly still outside, but no birds are chirping, and no wildlife in sight. Very eerie.

The bathtub is filling up, the deck furniture is safely in the corner. I have prepared the best I can, now I all I can do is ride it out and hope everyone stays safe.

What's really weird about this storm is that I didn't have the urge to go out and buy lots of wine, which is what I normally would have done. But I'm really trying to live the "I have to be a good example for my clients" thing and I didn't even want wine. Maybe I'll think differently after a few days with no power, but I am not going to let this hurricane de-rail me! Take that, Sandy.

Maybe I really *am* back on track to reach my goals! I feel different this time around... maybe it's because my situation is totally different than it was before... I have more time to devote to ME and more time to think about my personal goals.

Time to earn some more Spark points before the power goes out! Thank you again for all the good thoughts!

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TIGGER622 11/2/2012 2:20PM

    You are AMAZING!!! Are you okay after the storm? Check in Missy! Thinking of you!!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 10/29/2012 1:19PM

    The urge to buy lots of wine - for some reason that struck me as kind of funny. I'm waiting out Sandy right now, too.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 10/29/2012 12:50PM

    Take care.

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RUNNINGWILD 10/29/2012 12:08PM

    Be safe. Keeping you in my thoughts.

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CAMROLA 10/29/2012 11:23AM

    It's starting to get messy here... stay safe!

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MIAMIA7 10/29/2012 9:31AM

    Good job Carrie! Bobby and I need to go to the store. Haven' t been there yet. Guess I didn't believe we were going to have an issue. I think we will not be as hit as you so stay safe my friend!

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

I am preparing for the nasty hurricane known as Sandy. I have water, flashlights, and non-perishable foods all ready. We just got a phone call from the power company telling us to expect a week or more of being out of power. Ugh.

I don't have to go in to school tomorrow - all the schools around here are closed. One local university is closed for Tuesday already. Sheesh.

Hubs is off until Friday (after tonight). The restaurant where he is anticipated a VERY slow week so hardly anyone is working. I'll be glad to have him home. I'm very capable of handling the storm by myself, but it's reassuring for me to have someone else around.

I made some banana bread today - we had some eggs to use up and some bananas on their last legs. It's really tasty - it's been such a long time since I did any baking.

Time to watch some football and prepare!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 10/29/2012 3:51AM

    Schools out Monday and Tuesday here.

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CAMROLA 10/28/2012 10:14PM

    Stay safe--doing the same here. Sending good thoughts!

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LAURIE5658 10/28/2012 8:42PM

    Stay safe!!!!

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IMAVISION 10/28/2012 7:45PM

    Keep safe!

God bless!

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BOBBYD31 10/28/2012 7:34PM

    keep your head down and buckle up it is going to be a rough ride

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LALAFLOWERS 10/28/2012 7:32PM

    Stay Safe. Hopefully you only get storm surges, and the worst misses you.

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PURPLE180 10/28/2012 7:31PM

    Prayers for you

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CASSIOEPIA 10/28/2012 7:30PM

    Be safe. I hope that power is the worst that happens as Sandy rolls through the north east. I have been and will continue to think of my friends in the path.

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PAMNANGEL 10/28/2012 7:28PM

    Good luck and stay safe!

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SEPPIESUSAN 10/28/2012 7:26PM

    A week without power?! Where are you? You sound really well-prepared. We found probably the last D batteries in all of Boston, but didn't really do the water or perishables.

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 10/28/2012 7:10PM

    We are already getting the winds but no rain here yet. Am also anticipating power outages. Trying to make sure everything is washed and dried before we lose power.

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NANCYPAT1 10/28/2012 7:08PM

    Hope you have a safe week. We are also prepared for power outages and possible snow or rain. We are inland about 2 hours and on the verge of the mountain snow areas. We will see what we get or don't get and pray for everyone's safety.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Today was really really busy.

- Morning swim
- Clean up/tons of laundry - the realtor is coming tomorrow to take rental pictures
- 6K Run Like Hell.

I am SOOOO tired.

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SEPPIESUSAN 10/28/2012 5:33PM

    I thought maybe the "aaahh!" was a Halloween thing. Hope Sunday was more relaxing for you.

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RUNNERRACHEL 10/28/2012 1:40PM

    Great work! Take some time to rest.

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NANCYPAT1 10/27/2012 10:00PM

    Get some rest - LOVE that the morning starts with a swim - that is MY favorite way to start or end ANY day.

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