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Saturday, February 27, 2010

I am having a serious case of cabin fever. We had snow days on Wed., Thurs., and Friday. So it's like a 5-day weekend. There's only so much cleaning, rearranging and organizing I can do! Yesterday I spent some time getting some important tasks done - I registered for my comp exams (April 10th - eek!), sent in my graduation application (I'll be a Master soon! Wahoo!), submitted an assignment for my class, and hung a picture. Phew!

Today is going to be much more Me Time, I think. I'd like to head on down to the library, and maybe I'll take a small little road trip. We'll see. I need some time away from the house, though.

Last night I went out with honey - one of his co-workers had a birthday party at a local club. It was a good time, but it was SO late when we got home. (1:00am - I go to bed between 9-9:30!) I stuck to gin and tonic; I only had two (and they were small) but this morning I really feel it. I had two bottles of water before I left last night, but I feel so dehydrated and bleh this morning. It's hard for me to imagine myself only a few years ago, knocking them back like nobody's business.

I already drank about half of today's water, trying to get rid of this icky feeling. I am going to Pilates this morning to get back to feeling good.

Today's goals:
Drink LOTS and LOTS of water
Put away random things lying around the house (this shouldn't take long)
Take the afternoon for myself - library, little trip...
Be kind to people.

Off to clean up breakfast...

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CFMOSS 2/27/2010 6:46PM

    You're doing great lady-o. Keep up the good journey.

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EATNBOOGERS 2/27/2010 11:52AM

    Glad you got it! I'll bet you had fun! :-)

I'm with you on the dehydration, though. I've never really been a drinker, and one of the primary reasons is that I just don't like the way it feels (dehydration being one of my objections). G&Ts are pretty good, though. ;-)

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KATZABELLAMAMA 2/27/2010 10:27AM

    I think I will be posting this topic tomorrow after my birthday party. I don't plan on drinking too much and hope that everyone respects the fact that I don't drink.

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NANC304 2/27/2010 9:52AM

    Enjoy your me time.

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LAURABELIEVES 2/27/2010 8:34AM

    Drinking that water and then Pilates. You will feel better in no time!

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Maybe I'll stop procrastinating now...

Friday, February 26, 2010

I just had a really close call with a couple things.
1) My graduation application is due on Monday. It was sitting in my e-mail inbox for a couple weeks now.
2) My final paper is due at noon tomorrow instead of 7:00 pm. Good thing I checked - I was planning on working on my paper tomorrow afternoon.

Um, I think I'll take care of those e-mails a little quicker from now on.

The snow has stopped and the electricity is back on. The driveway is plowed, and it's very clear because it got really sunny and "warm." I am determined to knock out this to-do list... My paper should be relatively easy to write - should have it done in about an hour or less.

The whitening tray is in again - not as painful today. I think I put too much goo in yesterday and it was seeping out over my gums - OUCH. Today I can handle it.

I thought about venturing out this afternoon - the roads are clear - but I have stuff to do around here. I may just wait until my teeth are done whitening and my paper is written. Looks like I can make it to the gym and run with the new sneaks after all! Wahoooo!

Off to work on my paper... I have a movie I'd rather watch tonight instead of working on an assignment!

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    I wish we had snow days here :( Snow doesn't seem to stop us here in Calgary. Hope you had a great workout!

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EATNBOOGERS 2/26/2010 5:03PM

    Sometimes it can be hard to stay on top of the inbox!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 2/26/2010 4:55PM

    Go, Go Gadget-arms! emoticon

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LOSINGITALL4ME 2/26/2010 4:27PM

    Just think how good you'll feel when that paper is done! What an accomplishment.

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BOBBYD31 2/26/2010 3:34PM

    i vote for watching the movie but i'm just lazy

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MIAMIA7 2/26/2010 2:52PM

    Ahhh procrastination! We all do it. Glad you caught these things on time. Good luck with the paper. Now if I could just get off my butt. Bobby is cleaning and I am watching him. Seems to be working for me! Oops, the laundry is buzzing. Guess I gotta move. Anne

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    Happy writing,Carilou!! And I hope we see sunshine soon-not forecasted til Tuesday! In the meantime, there's lots of white out there~~

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Da vadder (really!) deef!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

"It's getting really deep!"

It's snowing again today. A lot. I am actually looking forward to seeing how much we're going to end up with.

Yesterday I went to the dentist to get my whitening trays for post-Invisalign whitening. I have to put goo in the tray to whiten my teeth and keep the tray in for four hours. If you've never used dentist whitening goo before, it hurts. Even though I put the Vaseline on my gums, I still feel the tingling, which is actually more like a burning. I have to suck it up for a little more than two hours this morning. I'm getting a lot done trying to keep my mind off the uncomfortableness.

Yesterday I didn't track any food. It went well, I think. I had some hot cereal for dinner, and I was full. I didn't check to see how many calories I had left for the day so I could eat them all, I just stopped eating when I had enough. I *do* miss getting those 5 Spark Points for entering food, though.

I would really love to organize the bookshelves today... We have a lot of books and they are just kind of all over the place at this point. Might have to twist honey's arm to help me, but it's gotta be done.

I think it's time to put in a load of laundry...
Happy snowy day!

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PSHANKEY 2/26/2010 12:06PM

    Go big white! You always inspire me!

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CFMOSS 2/25/2010 4:46PM

    Hope your day has been productive-- the pasta and shrimp sound really good. Glad we didn't have anything but flurries in western PA. Healthy journeying wishes to you.

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EATNBOOGERS 2/25/2010 2:12PM

    Hey, I should try hot cereal for dinner!

Have fun with the snow! :-)

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    Enjoy the snow day! And great job on listening to your body! emoticon

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 2/25/2010 10:13AM

    Yeah, I can't stand the whitening stuff - it does really hurt! And the other white stuff (snow)...I'm glad you get out of work, at least...we are supposed to get a few more inches today, too.

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Da vadder deef!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

It's a Pennsylvania Dutch saying - "It's getting deep!" When I was little, my Mema used to call up my mom whenever it snowed; that was the first thing she said. And now, my mom and I call each other and say it. I just love it.

It's very snowy here today, so much so that we have a day off from school. We'll be going for a long time in the summer, but I am going to enjoy this day anyway.
Why I like snow days:
I can get things done in the early afternoon - the roads are plowed and everyone else is at work. Grocery shopping, here I come.
The snow is peaceful, especially when it is fresh.
Good cardio awaits in the form of 6 inches of wet snow.
Sitting around in sweatpants is a guilty pleasure of mine.

My honey said something really wonderful about the snow - sometimes he comes up with such neat things. He said "I love when it snows because it's something you can't control." I thought about that all day yesterday and just love it. Because really, we *can't* control the snow.
One of the Spark Reflections recently had something to do with life being mostly how you react to situations... these snow days are a good test of that. I guess I *could* get upset about how long we're going to school in the summer, but won't. Instead, I will enjoy today for what it is.

My confession - I'm getting tired of tracking every little bit I eat. Honey said "Do you still track everything? You should be pretty good at knowing what you're eating by now..." And I think he's right. I actually think all this nutrition tracking might be *hurting* me a little bit. I look at my calories and think "oh, I still have 600 calories left for today" and I try to eat them all, hungry or not. If I didn't know how many calories I have "left" I'd probably just eat what I was hungry for. So even though I recently made a goal of staying in range 5 days out of 7, I think my *real* goal should be something more along the lines of "only eat when I'm truly hungry." I guess I'll have time to work on that planning today!

Off to shovel some snow...

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GROOVYCHICK9 2/24/2010 2:46PM

    Love what your honey said. That just sums it up for me. That is why i like snow too. I am looking at the storm coming our way tomorrow and Friday. I am hoping for another snow day too. Have fun.


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NANAPATTYB 2/24/2010 10:20AM

    I notorious about tracking my food intake on the Nutrional Tracker. The past two days I know I ate more calories than I should have and I didn't track them. Oh well.

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EATNBOOGERS 2/24/2010 10:18AM

    Ooh, I really like what your honey said about snow. He's so right. I am so happy when it snows (almost always... the rare exception is when I *have* to drive somewhere in a storm, like taking my 5 yr old to the hospital last fall). It's *so* pretty, and around here, we need the winter snowfall for summer moisture. And there's that small thing called skiing.

I've never been a constant tracker, but I'll bet your honey is right. Maybe you can stand your goal on its head--what about 2 days out of 7? Or gradually working down from 5 to 2? I *do* think tracking periodically is important--I do it, to keep myself honest.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 2/24/2010 10:01AM

    that last paragraph of yours hits home to me. I have been thinking a lot about that lately, but in terms of ww points. I've been counting points daily since May of 2003

I'm considering slowly changing...maybe go a few days each week not counting and see what happens

Do you have a plan to ease into it or going cold turkey?

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GSDMIKE 2/24/2010 9:30AM

    An unexpected day off is always good. Doesn't really matter if you know you have to make up for it later. As far as tracking, I'm still tracking every day, even though most days I eat predominantly the same things. But I'm still seeking my goal level, and I just do it to keep a focus on that.

I suspect when I reach a maintenance level, I'll probably track at that calorie level for a month or two, and then start doing periodic tracking. Maybe a day or two or three a week. I don't think it's a bad thing that you are eating the extra 600 calories. It's probably not great that you are getting to the end of the day with that kind of surplus though. Maybe tracking is still showing you areas where you can improve your eating patterns.

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CASSIOEPIA 2/24/2010 7:52AM

    Love your "snow day" attitude!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 2/24/2010 7:34AM

    I totally agree. I kept thinking that when the kids were out of school for 11 days that it is really interesting to see how my friends dealt with this break. You just have to embrace it otherwise you will be unhappy. It is not worth it. Enjoy your snow, we are under another storm watch for tonight.

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Tuesday's Thoughts

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Well, in another weekend of lots of thinking and number-crunching, my honey and I decided that we are going to wait to sell the house. The market is crappy, we have lots to fix up, I will be getting a substantial raise in the fall... lots of various reasons. I still type it hesitantly, because we have gone back and forth so many times. Honey really doesn't mind taking risks and he is a lot more willing to jump into things than I am. I do appreciate all the support you all have given me - it's stressful, deciding to sell the house.
I guess a good thing in all of this is that we got started fixing up the house, we are purging old stuff we no longer use, and are getting a more organized life in general. Sigh...

It's snowing a little bit; I'm crossing my fingers that my car makes it up the driveway.

My taxes are done. Phew! My best friend came over last night for our annual Tax Party.

That's all for now. Happy Tuesday!

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KAYAKID 2/24/2010 3:17AM

    Hi Carrie, Iknow you have been struggling with this decision- nothing wrong to stand pat right now. Good to luck to you. congrats on your pain free run!


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SOUTHGOINGZAX 2/23/2010 4:41PM

    It's just a minor set-back, not the end of the world, and it sounds like you understand that. Still, don't let go of your forward momentum - make a long-term plan of the repairs you will need to get done in the next year and implement them! Remember, you will never feel 100% ready to sell the house, but if moving to Montreal is going to happen, you have to keep moving forward on the steps to get you there. I know you will - that's how you do it - just reminding you that it's OK to hit the pause button, as long as you keep your long-term goals in sight.

Remodeling a house is really stressful - and selling it is, too. Now you can breathe a little easier.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 2/23/2010 12:17PM

    Taxes done, and house getting organized, plans made.....You have accomplished much my young friend. More power to you!! emoticon

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EATNBOOGERS 2/23/2010 10:18AM

    That sounds sound. I think the houses that will move the fastest right now will be the ones which are in primo condition. This will give you a much better chance to do things right at a sane pace and not stress out.

Why were you selling in the first place? Are you planning to stay in the same area?

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    Deep will work out for the best. Hey, it is supposed to be fun fixing up houses right???

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DRUSILLA56 2/23/2010 7:38AM

    Get out of debt -is the warning now.The way the world is going we don't need to worry, just be "ready".

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PINKCOCONUT 2/23/2010 7:31AM

    Aww, that's a bummer but as long as you feel right about it that's all that matters. You WILL be moved, just at the right time!

Have a great day!

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