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Happy Days 36, 37, and today, 38, with pictures from a hike...

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Happy Day 36, Thursday:

Was glad that I got the day off.

emoticon Went dancing the night before and had a fantastic time.

emoticon Baked a whole pile of stuff for the United Way fundraiser at work.

emoticon Proud of myself for only trying ONE piece of one of the eight different items that I baked!

Happy Day 37, Friday:

Back to work again, delivered the goodies for the bake sale, which ended up taking in 82 dollars, thanks to the generosity of my colleagues. They loved my baking!!

emoticon Got home, and chatted with my friend Justy, and made arrangements to meet up to go on a hike on Saturday.

Happy Day 38, Saturday (Today!)

Before I even left the house, I told Justy that I was going to be in a whiny mood all day... LOL. Fair warning!

Started TOM at 8:28 this morning. UGH!!!

emoticon Cut up some veggies, packed up a bag, and headed off on the motorcycle to pick up Justy.

emoticon What a fantastic ride! We rode up to the Champlain Lookout in the Gatineau Hills.

emoticon We hiked the Champlain Trail, which took us about an hour and 10 minutes, (yes, I whined as often as possible), and then we sat on the wall at the lookout and had our lunch.

emoticon Took some pictures along the trail. Justy spotted a chipmunk eating a mushroom! Pictures I took were all blurry! LOL.

emoticon The ride back into town was awesome.

emoticon Justy took me to go see her studio. Love it! She's got some pretty awesome art going on there, too!

After dropping Justy off, I headed home, read for a bit, and then got caught up on my sparking and on my emails. I made a nice healthy dinner, and I am going to head out to the porch to read some more.

What a truly fantastic day, and all thanks to Justy, who suggested we go hiking (and she even put up with my whining! The woman is a saint!)

Some pictures from our hike:

Selfie near the beginning of the trail.

Justy climbing up the stairs on the trail, way ahead of me, while I whined away about having to climb the stairs, and about bears being attracted to me...

One of many hollowed-out, or fallen trees we saw along the way (I have discovered that I have a "thing" for taking photos of dead trees).

One of the many streams on the trail:

It was a fantastic day!

Life is good!

**** ARGHHHH!! My apologies for the sideways photos, I don't know why it does that to some of my pictures!

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PICKIE98 7/19/2014 7:00PM

    Absolutely beautiful hiking trail!! You are blessed to have it for you... Did you dip your toes in the creek to cool them off??

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Happy Day 35 ... back to the office...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Back to work today. I’ve been off since Friday afternoon, had a great two days off. Woke up at my usual time, and actually got out of bed right away instead of lounging about for two hours.


Did some toning exercises, did some sparking, checked email and then had breakfast. Had a brisk walk to the office, 19 minutes, and sat down at my desk.

I had to remind myself that I am working on being complaint-free, but I just couldn’t help myself as I sat at my desk, in front of my computer, trying to log into a learning site that I haven’t used in years – because it was nearly impossible to access the last time I tried to use it. Me, sitting at my desk: “Stupid, stupid, stupid program.” I did manage to find my password, and to log in, and then I attempted to take the mandatory training (that I had been putting off – my manager forwarded an email to me, reminding our boss that there were still “people” who hadn’t completed the training. The list had one name on it... mine. Good way to make an impression! LOL). URGH!

After sitting there, listening to the narrator drone on for a good five minutes, the sound went off – completely disappeared. I spent the next five minutes asking people if they remember if there’s supposed to be audio through the WHOLE thing, or just parts of it. Most people couldn’t remember, and finally someone said they seemed to recall that there was only audio at certain points in the training. And, then, right on cue, there is Mr. Droning Narrator. I listen for another few minutes and decide that the narrator is putting me to sleep, and then I do what someone suggested – I skip the course and go straight to the mandatory test. Hmmm. I passed with a 90% score. BINGO. Oh wait, in order for my completion to be forwarded to the powers that be, I now have to complete a questionnaire about the course, so I answer “neither yes or no” to ALL the questions. *** SHRUG ***

I am exhausted. I feel like I was put through an ordeal. So I ask for tomorrow off. Manager says yes! YAY!!!!! Now if I can wangle my way to get out of here early today, I’ll be in heaven!

Have a fantastic day!

Life is GOOD!


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JUSTYDENNIS 7/17/2014 9:18AM

    lol...you're finding all kinds of ways to not be there lol

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Happy Days - 32, 33 and 34....

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

So I haven't blogged since Saturday (day 31), but I have been sparking every day.

emoticon Day 32, Sunday, was a great day. It was a rainy day, and it was a bit chilly, but it was still definitely a happy day! I stayed within my food limits and I drank all my water. Great day!

emoticon Day 33, Monday, was a nice sunny day, but a bit cool I had the day off from work, and I spent most of the day riding around town getting groceries from various stores. Any day that I get to spend time on my bike is a great day! I over-ate, but it's ok, because this is the first time since the beginning of the month. I did drink all my water!

emoticon Day 34, today, was another rainy day. I was off again today. I slept in this morning, and when I woke up, at 10:00, I had my breakfast, I took my time and browsed the net, then sat on the front porch and read for a bit. It was cool out. I came in and did some laundry, and then I sat down to watch a series I haven't seen yet.

I'm feeling a bit down, but I am going to work on cheering myself up - I'm going to go for a walk after dinner, and I am sure I will feel much better by the time I get back.

Have a great day!


Happy Day 31 -- Cleaning the house and resisting the urge to do something I'll regret later...

Saturday, July 12, 2014

I spend most of the morning cleaning my house -- a deep clean -- not the usual quick pick up/tidy up I usually do. Floors and walls are clean, laundry is done, etc, etc.

emoticon I went out to dinner with my colleagues yesterday, and we had a wonderful time.

When I got home, I made a decision (one I've made before but have always backed down). I have been resisting the urge to back down again. It's been a difficult day, and I'm sure the cleaning was my way of forcing myself to think about other things.

I'm done cleaning now. The original plan was to sit on the porch with my feet up and read, but I know that the longer I sit doing idle things, the harder it will be to resist my urge.

I need to be strong this time, and I need to just stop myself from picking up that phone and making a phone call that will set the ball back in motion. (I stopped the ball last night!) I'm pretty proud of myself for resisting this long. Now I just have to stick to my guns and work through it.

Wish me luck!

I'm going for a ride on my motorcycle, and I will pick up fuses for my stove (which I burnt out today -- both of them! URGH!!)

Have a great day!!

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144AUTUMN 7/12/2014 2:06PM

  You can do it!!

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Happy Day 29 (continued) and 30... Complaint-free day three

Friday, July 11, 2014

emoticon Well, great days seem to be following each other in succession, and I am liking it!

emoticon It was another complaint-free day yesterday, and it’s working so well, that I am going for day three of no complaining.

I ended up leaving the office at 1:30 yesterday, taking a couple of hours of vacation time. I had plans to get to the grocery store, pick up some needed fruits and vegetables, and then just sit on my front porch and read my book. I got in to door, changed into a pair of pants (to ride my motorbike), and then decided to “just lie down for a minute”. All I can say is that I really must have needed sleep, because it became a 185 minute nap. I woke up around 7 pm, made up a homemade batch of hamburgers, and then headed to the grocery store. The good thing is that there was practically no traffic, and the after-work rush-hour of shoppers was finished. Always a bright side!

emoticon I am feeling great today. I walked to work again this morning, and each day, the walk seems easier. I took my time, as I did yesterday, but today I made the walk in 6 minutes less than yesterday.

emoticon Life is GOOD!


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