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Monday, July 28, 2014

That is all I can say.
I went to a meeting of minds with Christian women about the retreat up north in Maine in September yesterday. It was long, I was tired, and my back still is not very happy. I endured, but it went well. I will be leading two hour long discussion groups, speaking for a five minute devotional, and leading a fireside prayer in commemoration of 9-11.
I am looking forward to it, as I haven't gone up to camp since before my back injury in 2009.

Second Wow.

I GOT the JOB!
I begin Monday August 18 full time in my department as an audio proofer, AND will be allowed work with the acquisitions part time during my work day when they have need of my skills.
and benefits.
health insurance.
vacation days.
God is good.
This is a challenge. I prayed for God to not open the door if it was not right.
Here I go!

Third Wow!!!
This is the week, last year, that I nearly lost my dear sweet husband when he suffered a cardiac arrest following his ankle fusion on 7-31-13. He is doing well. He is driving, even without me, and has had some medications reduced. He is retired now (he is 13 years my senior), so he is doing a great job picking up the slack around the house since we traded working. He makes supper and loves to cook, he makes sure I get up, and will work at getting me to bed on time, and coerce me to get better sleep I am sure.
I am grateful for Ron, his life, his healing, his ability to walk, talk and be with me.
I give thanks in all things.

I have also had a good week at increasing my walking.
Time to relax for the night.

Me trying on hats for the fun of it a few weeks ago.

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TUBLADY 7/29/2014 4:31AM

    Wonderful GOOD news all around.
Glad all is well with Ron,
have fun on your retreat.
Good luck in the fab new job.
God is good. we just need to be positive and have faith.
Take care.
Tisha emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 7/28/2014 11:33PM

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Loved, loved, LOVED to hear all this wonderful, inspiring news! So glad you have your normal life back! Great Ron is doing so well! May you both get healthy and fit together!
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FROSTY99 7/28/2014 9:28PM

    Prayers answered. I am so thrilled for you. All comes to those who are patient and wait on the Lord's time!

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GEORGE815 7/28/2014 8:14PM

    Great bunch of Wows. Wow!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The last several days, I have consciously increasing my steps, and had a 6000, 7000, and two 5000 steps days.

My interview went well, followed up by another with my boss. Good things coming up on the horizon, but not in the place to say for sure yet. The fleece is definitely being responded too.

I have seen lots of answered prayer this week. I keep praying, and wait for the answers I have not received yet.

My husband went to the dr. this week, his cholesterol is up (no surprise), but his thyroid medication was too strong, so it has been reduced. I think that will help with his mood, memory, and sleep. Here's hoping, and praying.

Now, to go relax for the evening.

This picture was taken with my hubby in May. I am so grateful for his continuing recovery.

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JUNIAATROME 7/25/2014 4:57AM

    Congrats on the steps and being positive! There are good things in life and sometime the difficult parts are good too (though I admit, when one is in there it's hard to admit to that). All the best for that job, too!

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_LINDA 7/23/2014 1:44AM

    Looking great! Congrats on the step increase! So glad the vibes are good for the new job!

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NORASPAT 7/22/2014 11:58PM

    Good times ahead DEBORAH, well done. You have worked hard for this. Pat in Maine. emoticon

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LINTPICKER 7/22/2014 10:00PM

    Wonderful!! God is good!

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FROSTY99 7/22/2014 8:15PM

    Happy looking couple emoticon After last year, you both have lots to smile about!! Glad things are turning around-prayers continue for you both.

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THEEXERCISER 7/22/2014 7:33PM

    Whoo hoo great

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More walking

Saturday, July 19, 2014

It started out relatively cool this morning at 59 degrees, but warmed up. After being out in the shaded sunshine, and walking around a lot, I had it after about 4 hours at the book sale under the canopy. Hot, tired, headachy.

We started the day with fasting bloodwork before heading out to the library book sale. We splurged and had Starbucks. I had a hot latte with a toasted bagel and cream cheese. One of the few things that has no eggs.

Outside at the sale I drank lots of water, and moved my body, and sweated lots. I also spent about $20 at the book sale. Typical. I bought a couple of DVD's, and some (gasp) audiobooks (as though I don't get enough), a map of Paris, a guidebook to London, and a DK pictorial of Paris. Fun!

Lunch ended up being a Wendy's baked potato and half a salad and a jr. Frosty. Ok, fat calories, but I burned a lot today.
Supper. simple - English muffin and a cup of decaf. Definitely not my normal day eating, or normal for moving around. Even though we picked up a few movies for tonight, I came home and crashed on the couch when I tried to watch the Lego movie with my 21 year old son (his choice of movies lol).

In all, it was another really good day.
Now on to another movie, now that I am awake, with my hubby.
Night all!

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LINTPICKER 7/22/2014 7:57AM

    Great exercise doing something fun!! WTG!!

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_LINDA 7/21/2014 12:41AM

    Running a sale is very tiring, especially on a hot day, shaded or not. You did well to last that long!
I just can't imagine watching the lego movie, what did your son think of it?
Hope you get a good and restful sleep!

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NORASPAT 7/19/2014 11:28PM

    Good day all round. I should go o the Lego movie. I had Lego in UK before it got to here. Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FROSTY99 7/19/2014 8:12PM

    Sounds like a great day-active, fun and hubby time!

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Setting out the fleece

Friday, July 18, 2014

Many of you who have known me over the last few years on here, know that I have gone through back injuries, and surgeries, and am finally on my way back to a new normal.

I was not able to return to work at a public library, but found an awesome job that I just love. I am an audiobook proofer.

Now I started with the company as a temp, and got called back for Christmas 2012, then was hired permanent part time that December. I worked in assembly, and was a second proofer (Listening to audiobooks before the final burn before shipping). Well, I wanted to be a first proofer, so I could hear the whole book, and finally got the job this past January. It has been going fabulous. I am good at it, quick, and enjoy listening.

Right now I am on my second academic tome out of Yale press on Augustus Caesar at this point. Lots of research, Latin, Greek names, places etc. I L O V E it!

Anyway, with my husband having been so ill, and having to leave his job, our finances are a bit worse for wear, so prayerfully, I put myself out there (after getting the ok from my back doctor) that I could try for full time as tolerated. I set out the fleece. There is nothing at the time, but....

They gave me some more hours, and tomorrow I will represent the company with donated audio books at a local library book sale to benefit the library, and
drum roll please...
I have an interview with someone in acquisitions next week in the company, interested in my expertise in research. Perhaps it may turn into full time, maybe working between both departments. Will have to see. It has me excited.

I also walked two miles today, over 5000 steps, and lost an inch on my waist.
Yes. things are looking up.

Keep on swimming!

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LINTPICKER 7/22/2014 7:59AM

    that would be wonderful for you!

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NASFKAB 7/19/2014 3:00AM

  great news so happy for you pray you can get full time employment

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_LINDA 7/19/2014 2:01AM

    emoticon and are able to tolerate working longer hours!

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WATERMELLEN 7/18/2014 9:25PM

    Great to hear your good news . . . and good luck!!

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NORASPAT 7/18/2014 8:49PM

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GREAT JOB Deborah. Very well done. You knew what you wanted and you made sure it worked for you.
I definitely remember your pain, I hope it is over now.
I hope your DH is doing better staying home for a while. Great you have advanced in the book business. Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AEBROWNSON 7/18/2014 8:44PM

    That's great news!
Yes, I'm back...many lbs heavier and probably no wiser, but trying again.

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FROSTY99 7/18/2014 8:44PM

    Yeah-good news. Praying that things come thru so you can get full time employment.

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45 Day streak and 6 lbs in one year (since 8-2013)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I have been logging in, spinning the wheel, logging my food (mostly).
The phone app helps me do this, and so nice that it coordinates with Fitbit to grab my walking fitness.

I am feeling mostly good. The stormy weather has my back a little achy, but I am doing well.

My job is going great. I love being an audiobook proofreader and am having a blast doing it. Right now I am proofreading a Yale publication on Augustus Caesar, as I just finished the one on Julius Caesar. it just shows I really am an ancient history geek.

I nearly walked 5000 steps today, and am hoping to make it by the end of the day.

This week, I went to the local veggie stands and have been buying local meats and produce.
Go me.
Baby steps count big time!

I also achieved my $50 certificate through Walgreen's rewards that also uses Fitbit information for fitness and wellness. Yep. Little things add up to big things! I want to get the FitBit scale.

Last week I got to see my grandson for the first time since November. it was wonderful. He had me running all over the playground chasing him.

Connor and Meme

July 2014 190 lbs (6 lbs in one year - could be better, but could be worse)

Ron and Peaches and yours truly. I am so grateful that after all of Ron's health issues, we CAN sit and watch a movie together and enjoy being together, going to local farm stands, etc. Praise God.

My work station - My happy place

Work is fun. Can't you tell? I love audiobooks, and my job is listening to them!

Have a good one. Make it joyful.

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AEBROWNSON 7/18/2014 11:18AM

    Did you know that I review audiobooks? For School Library Journal, so they are mostly young adult fiction, though occasionally nonfiction. I love them, too, since I can walk while I listen!

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LINTPICKER 7/17/2014 8:17AM

    Wonderful! Love your work station and the joy you have with your dear one

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BUBBALOOGA123 7/15/2014 10:59PM

    You have such a positive outlook on life! And way to go with losing those pounds. You look great! :)

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_LINDA 7/15/2014 7:14PM

    Fabulous, happy photos! Way to go on the weight loss! Going in the right direction!! Congrats on the $50 gift certificate, that is awesome! Keep up the great work!

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FROSTY99 7/15/2014 5:38PM

    Hey the scale went in the right direction- emoticon . So happy that things are looking up for you, Ron is doing better, you landed a job you love and all is going so much better than last year.
Have an awesome week.


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