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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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Friday Night Fail

Friday, October 26, 2012

I guess I shouldn't be so hard on myself, but I was not my best self tonight. I came home, threw on my sweatpants and sat on the computer for a while. Then I ate dinner, almost a full tub of Americone Dream ice cream (which is delicious, BTW), and fell asleep on the couch.

I think I would have been better off had I just went to the couch right away.

Because when I woke up, I wrote in my food diary, I washed some dishes, I went through some e-mail, and was generally more productive in 15 minutes than in the three hours after I got home. Friday afternoons/evenings are tough... I spent the afternoon in second grade, and it was rough. Friday before Halloween? Bad weather coming? Ugh.

I had to give myself a few minutes to freak out, though - I went to check my unemployment, and there was a message that they had to check something on my claim. Ugh. So where's my e-mail/phone call that this is happening? I have to wait until I check my account to see what's going on? Pain. But all I can do is check again on Monday and call to find out what's going on. Sigh.

- I got in some good gym time this morning. I planned to swim, but there was a class in the pool. I check *every* other time I go...
- I drank all my water today!
- My eating during the day was pretty light, so I don't think the tub of ice cream was *too* horrible.
- I was proactive and bought six gallons of water to prepare for the upcoming storm. I have a couple things to check this weekend, and I think we should be all set.

Not Quite As Good:
- the ice cream. I should have just not even gone into the ice cream aisle, but I just wanted it so badly!

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SEPPIESUSAN 10/27/2012 9:19AM

    Yeah, I've been there. Sometimes I think I need all kinds of food (especially ice cream) when what I really need is a nap!

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BENNY2284 10/26/2012 11:27PM

    Tomorrow is a new day!
Move past the ice cream, pray that the full moon does not affect your students like it is doing to me, unemployment will get worked out!

Tomorrow is new and start again :)

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 10/26/2012 11:03PM

    No self beating! you don't do it often so accept it and move on. Maybe a run or interval training tomorrow to burn some of it??? Good luck on the unempl. check....

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I can't believe how calm I feel when the house is clean. I spent most of the weekend cleaning and organizing our downstairs, and I love it. I moved some things around so I could access them more easily. It's so nice coming down in the morning and not having to look at piles of stuff or think "wow, I really should clean up soon." Ahhhh.

This afternoon I am going in to sub for my old school. I am teaching second grade. I'm looking forward to seeing my old kids and my teacher friends! Since I've been in other schools a lot, I feel sort of disconnected from my old school. And this is kind of a good thing. I am really feeling less sad about not working there and more excited about what is in store for me in the future. It's interesting for me to be in so many schools and kind of observing what's going on - there are lots of things happening that make me a little relieved not to be there right now. With 50 fewer teachers, class sizes are bigger, teachers are teaching things they don't want to/haven't taught in YEARS, and people are feeling stressed.

- drink all my water (I've been doing so well with this!)
- stick to the eating plan (hubs is home, so we can have a decent dinner tonight)
- contact our realtor about having her show our house (we're not doing too hot with this, and hubs is itching to move to the city)

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 10/25/2012 12:11PM

    Hi Carrie,

What PT program are you doing? I have looked into becoming one myself, actually - I find myself really unhappy with my current job...too much travel and too much work (50 to 60-hour weeks and I haven't had a weekend off since August? No thank you) for too little pay.

I'd love to hear the details! I'm so excited for you!

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DDHEART 10/24/2012 9:45AM

    Gotta love that, want to come and do mine?

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BILLALEX70 10/24/2012 8:43AM

    I'm with you on a clean house. Living alone I can only blame myself if the place is a disaster.

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BUSYGRANNY5 10/24/2012 7:23AM

    I hear you, I LOVE when my home is in order.... just makes me calmer... LOL! Have fun subbing!!

Enjoy your day!!!

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CFMOSS 10/24/2012 7:11AM

    I know what you mean about a clean house - it's amazing the pressure that's off when it's cleaned up -now if it would only stay clean - aaagh. Have a good one.

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