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Home again

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I have actually been home for a couple of days, but I have been wading through a backlog of emails and snail mail, plus spending quality time with my family and of course my Cooper. He doesn't seem overly excited to see me, but he is sticking pretty close to me. Right now he is sleeping by my feet while I type. Normally he would be sleeping on the bed and the open window, but he seems to need to keep an eye on me. Poor pup!

Our trip was incredible! I did gain another 10 pounds though. So, now I have 30 pounds to lose to get get back to my happy weight. We were pretty active in Vancouver, Nanaimo, and Port McNeil, but after our kayaking excursion we mostly sat for the rest of our trip. I will go more in depth on our trip hopefully starting tomorrow. For now I am still dealing with that backlog of correspondence...

  
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GEMINIGEM6 7/28/2014 1:32PM

    Welcome back and glad you had a good time. I gained back 30 of the 48 lbs I lost last year so I'm right there with you with the 30 lbs! Lol. But I'm back on track and I know you and I both will do this. :)

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KALEWINE 7/26/2014 11:19AM

    Welcome back!

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GEMSTONE1952 7/25/2014 1:15PM

    Welcome back!


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BIGPAWSUP 7/24/2014 9:09PM

    congrats on having a great trip and welcome home. looking forward to hearing all about your adventure.

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TRAVELGRRL 7/24/2014 6:58PM

    Welcome back! You know what to do and you'll do it!!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 7/24/2014 5:42PM

    Glad you had a great trip! Isn't it fun trying to catch up though emoticon

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BONNIEMARGAY 7/24/2014 2:31PM

    Welcome home!

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GARDENCHRIS 7/24/2014 7:12AM

    I know the feeling...

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DONNABRIGHT 7/24/2014 6:57AM

    We've missed you on the word games and glad you are back safe and sound!

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MBPP50 7/24/2014 6:39AM

    Nice to go on vacation but always nice to be home again, right? Looking forward to hearing more about your trip.

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COLLEENROSTE 7/24/2014 4:07AM

    Glad to hear you are back safe and sound.

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DESERTDREAMERS 7/24/2014 1:51AM

    Cooper is giving you the "cat" treatment - no fawning, but sticking close.

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/24/2014 12:34AM

    Welcome Home ! I have to say I am glad to see you and I look forward to hearing about your trip!

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CINDHOLM 7/23/2014 10:40PM

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PRAIRIECROCUS 7/23/2014 10:39PM

    Enjoy catching up with everything ( and everyone ) , now that you're
back ! Try not to over-do it - there's lots of time, to contact everyone !
Enjoy re-living your vacation, as you tell people how it was !

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ARNETTELEE 7/23/2014 10:32PM

  Happy sparking!

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In Vancouver

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The train ride from Toronto to Vancouver was fun... exciting... gorgeous... comfortable... relaxing... I could go on and on. Some of the highlights include watching a thunderstorm with lots of lightning over the prairie, the Rocky Mountains, crossword puzzles and Scrabble with my niece. Sunrises, good food (though I think I gained five pounds!), meeting new friends, and coming into Vancouver along the Fraser River. This afternoon after we checked into the hotel we walked abuot 5 miles to Little India and had real Indian food and looked at sarees and punjab suits. Tomorrow we hope to meet up with a Sparkfriend and walk the Stanley Park Seawall. Tigan is napping... hence the time I have to get online and update everyone on how things are going. It is weird... I am 40, and she is 21, and I have more stamina. I guess all that exercise paid off. Also when I travel I tend to sleep a lot less than I do when I am home.

Not certain when I will get online again. I hope all my friends are having a great week. I know I am!

I will post in more detail when I get home. All I have to use is a tablet, and I am not used to using it to go online. I promise stories when we get home July 21st.

Take care!

  
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GEMSTONE1952 6/27/2014 5:57PM

    Wishing you a wonderful time! Looking forward to reading about your adventures when you get back!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/26/2014 7:15PM

    So glad to hear from you. Great that your trip is already so wonderful. You deserve it. Enjoy!!!

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BONNIEMARGAY 6/26/2014 1:20PM

    So fun to get an update about your adventure!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 6/26/2014 11:18AM

    Have a great time!

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2BDYNAMIC 6/26/2014 8:54AM

    Sounds fantastic! Good to see you ........... Enjoy the ride!

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KALEWINE 6/26/2014 8:53AM

    Awesome! I hope you have a fantastic trip!

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MBPP50 6/26/2014 4:33AM

    Glad you had a good train ride- I have never been on a train! Have so much fun! Can't wait to hear more. Be safe!

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GRANJERRY1 6/26/2014 3:55AM

    Enjoy your trip and stay safe and healthy dear. Yes I agree I guess the younger people tend to be more relaxed than the older ones.... I see that at home where my DDIL and GDILs are more active than my DGGC

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DESERTDREAMERS 6/26/2014 1:11AM

    super!

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MARYANNSQUEST 6/25/2014 10:22PM

    Chandra,

Wow! It sounds so fun and wonderful! Thesights and friends, Hope you and Lynn have a wonderful picnic at the Seawall. Can't wait to see if there any pictures!
Hugs,
Maryann

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CINDHOLM 6/25/2014 9:44PM

    Have a GREAT time!!

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And we are off...

Saturday, June 21, 2014

I took Cooper for a nice long walk this morning while I wait for my brother to pick me up to go catch the train from Toronto to Vancouver. So, today was Day 1,001 of my fitness streak. LOL!! It was perfect dog walking weather. Mid 60s and partly cloudy with a slight breeze. We passed the runners for a 5k I wanted to run. I totally could have done it... but I was worried about having enough time to get everything done... and here I am sitting and waiting. We leave in an hour though, so it won't be long now.

I am excited! This should be fun!

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FLORIDASUN 6/24/2014 9:46AM

    I just know you will LOVE this new adventure and we'll be waiting with bated breathe to hear all about it! emoticon

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KALEWINE 6/22/2014 9:33PM

    I hope you have an amazing adventure! And congrats on reaching Day 1,000! That is a crazy awesome streak!

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DESERTDREAMERS 6/22/2014 6:28AM

    Go, go, Grrl!

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BECOMEFEARLESS 6/21/2014 11:42PM

    Awesome streak!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/21/2014 6:40PM

    You will be sorely missed but I know you will have an awesome time. I'm so looking forward to hearing about your adventures when you get home.

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COLLEENROSTE 6/21/2014 4:18PM

    Safe travels and happy adventures! emoticon

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BONNIEMARGAY 6/21/2014 1:32PM

    Can't wait to hear about your adventure!

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CINDHOLM 6/21/2014 12:55PM

    emoticon Have a wonderful vacation!! You deserve it!! emoticon emoticon

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KALISWALKER 6/21/2014 12:47PM

    Enjoy!

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MBPP50 6/21/2014 12:37PM

    emoticon Have an awesome time!

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Day 1,000 of my fitness streak... Completed!!

Friday, June 20, 2014

emoticon Day 1,000 is met and conquered. That is at least 120 minutes of fitness Every. Single. Day. For 1,000 days. Most of the time I went over 120 minutes, but that is over 120,000 minutes of exercise. OMG! I didn't think I could do it, but holy crow! Look at that... I made it!

I walked the dog for over 2.5 hours this morning and did a little yoga. Now we are packing for our trip. I am so excited! Good things are happening, and I am having tons of fun!

I will check in tomorrow before we leave, and then I will be off line for a month.

  
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FLORIDASUN 6/24/2014 9:45AM

    I'm amazed and thrilled that you reached this goal...fantastic! emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 6/21/2014 1:10AM

    Absolutely Awesome ! Bon voyage !

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HEALTH4MICHELLE 6/20/2014 9:11PM

    That is incredible!! Congratulations!!
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IRON_RESOLVE 6/20/2014 8:47PM

    NOTHING COULD BE MORE AWESOME THAN THIS FEAT!
1000 DAYS Counting!!
That is really and truly inspiring and amazing
all I can say is way to go, and I cannot wait to have a count like that

KEEP ON SPARKING !!!


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MARYANNSQUEST 6/20/2014 2:38PM

    Chandra,

I am so proud of you, Even thou I am not a Dawgie now, That is so Pawesome Awesome! WOO HOO! 1000 FITNESS STREAK COMPLETED!!! Going to miss you when your off line! Take Care and be safe
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    You are such a rock star! emoticon

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77PINKLADY 6/20/2014 1:43PM

    That is awesome. You're an inspiration.

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KALISWALKER 6/20/2014 1:19PM

    Congratulations Chandra, I was watching for your blog this morning! Wow that's an amazing accomplishment, and you must be so proud!

I am going to post some videos about what to see in British Columbia. On the day you arrive, I suggest you set your alarm clock so you can wake early and see the mountains, etc.

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Day 999... One more day to go!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Took my Cooper dog for a nice, long walk this morning. Over 6 miles. Plus the walk to and from the salon when I went to get my hair cut. I took the long way home (more than double the distance). So, tomorrow is Day 1,000 of my fitness streak (120+ minutes of fitness Every Single Day) and it is also packing day for our trip. Tigan is coming over midday and we are going over the packing list and packing our suitcases and carry on bags, and stocking our purses. Each of us has a suitcase, backpack, and purse. That is all we are taking for a month on the road. My mother's formula for packing is to take half the clothes you want to pack... and twice the money!

So, Friday I will walk (maybe go for a short run?), and pack, then have dinner with my neighbor. And then Saturday we leave for Toronto to catch the train. I already printed our boarding passes. Wow! We are really doing this crazy, fun thing. It should be a blast.

I talked to my cousin in LA, and she is treating us to the Hollywood Bowl, which is a concert venue with picnic. I believe it is going to be an orchestra playing music from Dreamworks movies, hosted by Jack Black. Should be fun.

oh, and I had my stress test yesterday morning. They couldn't get the IV started. They stuck me 11 times! After a certain point I just started laughing. It was either laugh or cry, and I didn't feel like crying that early in the morning. I lasted 11 minutes on the treadmill, which I guess is pretty good. Because they took almost an hour to get the IV started I didn't get out of there until 11am (I arrived before 7am)... and ten I had to go get blood work done! So I got stuck with a needle 12 times yesterday! The lab tech got me on the first try though. I just wish she had started my IV. LOL! I won't get the results of the test until we get back from our trip, so I am just not going to worry about it. There are plenty of other things for me to worry about!

And we went kayaking last night, and made it back to the launch about 15 minutes before a thunderstorm started. We got off the water before the thunder and lightning started. I really dislike being out in a kayak in a storm. It just isn't safe! Once the storm hit the lightning was incredible. Lots of electrical activity.

And the water is back on in my building. Which is good since I needed to do pre trip laundry. Some drunk guy did a hit and run on a fire hydrant down the street, and they couldn't shut the water off all night, so we had no water. They finally dug it up and got it fixed. Yay, for village workers!

Today is my youngest niece's 8th birthday. She planned the menu for our family dinner tonight, so I have no idea what we are having. She likes a lot of healthy foods though, so it shouldn't be bad. It will be good to see the whole family before we leave on our trip.

I think that is everything that is happening (or happened yesterday, as the case may be). I will probably think of something later though. LOL!

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BONNIEMARGAY 6/20/2014 2:29PM

    You are amazing!

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    Enjoy emoticon your emoticon trip!

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CHERIRIDDELL 6/19/2014 11:00PM

    A thousand day streak is incredible ! Congratulations. We will miss you while you are gone but we will look forward to hearing about all your adventures ,have fun !

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MBPP50 6/19/2014 7:56PM

    I am so,excited for you. 1000 days is simply emoticon Have a great time on your trip!

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SPOONGIRLDEB 6/19/2014 7:23PM

    What a phenomenal streak! And sounds like a fun trip - ENJOY!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/19/2014 6:04PM

    I am so excited for you. Know that you will be missed terribly but I hope you have a fabulous time.

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CINDHOLM 6/19/2014 3:59PM

    emoticon Enjoy!!

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