Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Slept badly again last night, for some reason - having lots of weird dreams this week. And my hips were killing me, the pain kept waking me up. Which is weird, because it was 43 when I woke up today, waaaay warmer than it's been! So I don't know why the arthritis is kicking up, unless I did something weird doing weights yesterday?
Anyhow, the last thing I wanted to do was get up and exercise, but I know damn well that it's the only thing that will make me feel better. So I decided to compromise...I'd get up and out, but I'd walk instead of run. But old habits die hard - at the end of my initial 5-min walk, I started to run, and then after a couple minutes I ran some more, and then I figured okay, in for a penny, in for a pound. So I got my 10 minutes in. At least my legs weren't tired - I haven't walked either of the dogs the past couple days, since they seemed to have worn each other out, so I didn't have that extra exercise. :-)
And yes, running definitely made me feel better. Except that now I have zero energy.
Band concert was good, the kids sounded much better than we had expected! This guy does wonderful things...they just started in late September, and he said all of the beginner kids had either never picked up an instrument (like Kate) or were starting a new instrument. But they played really well. And the advanced kids were really impressive. It was fun how he presented it - first he had them all play how they did on the first day - total cacaphony! Then he had them play a few notes together. Then as he introduced each song, he explained how and why it was a little more complex than the prior song. It was kind of fun being walked through like that, helped me understand better what she has learned, since I never played an instrument (though I taught myself some songs by ear on my best friend's family piano growing up!).
Anyhow, it was a nutso evening, logistics wise, but I got Kate and my parents there on time.
My parents are now claiming that the doc wants to take off her leg, below the knee. I may have to demand to go along on an appointment, because the bits and pieces they give me just don't make sense. She's had one toe amputated, and now another one is black. But they'd rather remove the leg than the toe? I asked why they don't go in and check for clots like they did with her other leg - earlier this year, they went in and found several, and took care of them, and that made a huge difference in her circulation. Her response? "They don't want to do surgery on me because I heal so badly." Ummmm...so they don't want to go in and look for clots, but amputating your leg is okay??? Makes no sense whatsoever. Sigh. If she really does end up having that leg taken off, I would think she'd have to go to a higher level of care - my dad can barely handle getting her to the bathroom and back with the walker, I don't know how he could do it if she's minus a leg. :-(
Anyhow, on a more cheerful note, here's today's photo: Goal of the Day. Yep, I went for the bed photo!
It's going to be a long day...I'm going to a seminar/class thing from 10-11:30, then this afternoon we're all heading down the boss' district (about an hour away) for a big public open house party, and then he's taking us out to dinner. Should be fun, but I'm not likely to get home before 11 and I'm already dragging so that'll be tough. But I shall persevere!
Happy hump day!
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Mmmm, settling in with a cup of Southwestern Corn soup from the wonderful little coffee shop across the street. Here's today's photo: Lunch.
Gotta say, I'm not too thrilled with some of the photo challenges this week. "Lunch" and "Dinner"? Really? When I've already done "Snack" and "Breakfast"? Come on, can't we be a little more original? And tomorrow's is "Goal of the Day." What the heck? How do I take a pic of "Getting Through in One Piece"? Maybe I'll take a pic of my bed when I get up...my goal will be to get back in it as soon as possible. ;-)
Anyhow, I did weights this morning. We had originally planned to both go and take the dogs for a walk, but they were still looking pretty pooped this morning so we skipped it. They're exhausted after a week of each other, good thing Scotty is going home tonight! My in-laws are coming home from Mexico, they land around 8pm.
Speaking of tonight, it's going to be a little crazy. I'm leaving work at 4, picking up a couple pizzas, picking up Kate, then meeting my parents at my house. Then dinner, getting Kate changed, cutting up a bunch of bread for the spinach dip, and getting Kate to school by 6:15. Oh, and packing up a doggie bag for Paul so he can eat dinner. Band concert is at 6:30, with a potluck reception after.
As for Paul, where is he during all this, you ask? At a fricking PTA meeting till 6:30!!! I could throttle the PTA president for thinking this was a good night to schedule it, "since so many people will be on campus anyhow." Uh, we kind of have other things going on between work and the beginning of the concert! Sheesh. I'm so tired of everyone thinking we all pick up our kid when school gets out at 3...some of us WORK for a living!
All I know is, getting my parents there on my own is going to be a chore (my mom is in a wheelchair, so some logistics are required).
But I shall persevere. And I am actually looking forward to the concert - this is Kate's first band concert, she just started playing clarinet in September. I don't expect it to sound too pretty, but it'll be entertaining. :-)
Well, better eat my lunch, meeting at 12:30. Happy Tuesday!
Monday, December 16, 2013
A balmy 35 when I got up this morning, ha ha...of course, we always figure the gauge runs a little warm, since it's on the house, under the eaves. But it's soooo nice to see 30s instead of 20s! My arthritis is behaving a little better, I'm not constantly waking up with aches and pains.
But when I got up and started moving this morning, I almost went back to bed. I definitely felt all those hours on my feet yesterday! Oy. But I reminded myself of the scale, and chose to press on. Got my 10 minutes of running in. Need to get more, but I just couldn't do it today.
Paul's parents will be back from Cancun tomorrow night and we are SO ready for them to pick up Scotty! He's just super needy, constantly getting underfoot - I can't tell you how many times I've almost taken a header after getting tangled up with him! And Bam-Bam is really insecure with him around, so she's needy too. Oy. Thankfully, I don't think they're taking another vacation till next fall. Of course, they'll be staying at our house for a few days at the end of the month when we go to Carmel to celebrate our 15th anniversary, so they'll have to deal with the dog madness, but a few days is do-able...a week is a lot harder! But they did it for us when we were in Cancun, so I can't complain. (But of course, I still do.) :-) And of course, having him around is getting me a lot of extra exercise!
Today's photo: Decorations:
All right, hi ho, off to work I go. Really need to get some stuff done today, since I will be out of the office a lot on Wed/Thur/Fri, and then basically off the next two weeks. Yay!
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Lordy, what a busy weekend! Had a great Girl Scout meeting yesterday...interestingly, our discussion about "stereotypes" (leading to a discussion about women who broke stereotype and became leaders), turned into a discussion about bullying! Not girl-on-girl bullying (though that was mentioned), but really mostly about boys mistreating them because they're girls. Depressing!!! But they did really open up and have a good discussion. We had actually planned to talk about bullying at our next meeting...didn't expect it to come up this time!
Anyhow, we also had Girl Scout Night at the Nutcracker last night, so it was definitely a GS day. Fun to see all the girls (and moms) dressed up.
Today has kicked my butt. I skipped the workout this morning in the interest of getting to the mall sooner, since I had a lot of Christmas shopping to do and shopping is always better in the early part of the day! I got to Toys R Us around 9:45 (they open at 9, thankfully), then bopped over to Best Buy (which opens at 10), and Barnes and Noble (which also opens at 10). By then it was 11, so I could hit the mall proper. (Yep, two weeks before Christmas, and the mall still doesn't open till 11 on Sundays!!!). Shopped till I dropped, around 1pm. I was just beat! According to my Fit Bit, I'd done about 2 and 1/4 miles!
But when I got home, fully intending to collapse until whenever Paul and Kate got home from their shopping, I was faced with two dogs giving me the big eyes. Sigh...so after downing a bottle of water, I took Scotty, then Bam-Bam. My FitBit is very happy, it says I've done nearly 5 miles today...and I feel like it! My legs were really tired by the time I got home with Bam-Bam.
I did get some down time after that, as Paul and I crashed out and watched the game (Yay Niners!!!!). Then onward to clean up the disaster of a kitchen, straighten up the dining room, and deal with a couple bills. Now Paul is reading to Kate and I think as soon as we put her to bed, I will pass out. ;-) But first, I've gotta go deal with all those shopping bags...I just threw everything in the garage when I got home so Kate wouldn't see it, but I need to get in and sort everything!
Today's photo...Memories (from my Christmas scrapbook):
Hope everyone had a great weekend!
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Got to sleep in a bit today, yay! Dogs woke up around 6, but then came up on the bed and settled pretty quickly so I dozed till Kate got up, around 7:30. Paul and I worked on the grocery list during breakfast, then I took Scotty out for a long walk while Paul hit the grocery store. Got showered up and took Kate to karate while he took Bam-Bam for a walk. Then lunch, now taking a little break before I get started on Christmas cards! Then Girl Scout meeting at 2. Whew!
Today's photo: Relaxation. I took it last night, since I knew there wasn't going to be much time for relaxation today!
And I was good, only had one glass, no seconds! :-)
Scale was basically the same this morning as last week, sigh. But I guess that's better than being up, right?
Okay, back to it! Happy Saturday!
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