Sunday, December 08, 2013
due to several issues, I ended up with 5 vacation days left to take in December. Normally that wouldn't be too much of a problem, but the boss will be out of the country the last week of the month. We are a two person office, so I try to not be out when he is. In addition, several of the people who normally cover when I'm out are unavailable.
I talked with the ONE person still available and scheduled my remaining days off - and got TWO 4 day weekends. Yippee!
Friday I worked late, getting everything in shape for me to be gone Mon & Tue. I did leave the office at 5 and go for a quick bleacher workout.
I had worked so hard and had finally gotten to over 1000...then I got out of the habit. Friday was only 450. Partly because it was getting dark. Partly because I had to get back to the office and finish up. And partly because I was blitzed! My calves are a bit sore, but my quads are killing me. It's the stepping down that really got me.
Saturday was the Christmas parade. I decided at the last minute to go help with our church float. Set up started at 7:30. All floats need to be staged for judging by 9:30 and the parade starts at 10:30. We got everything assembled with a few minutes to spare.
I had a FB conversation with one of the folks in the personal fitness group late Friday night and they needed some folding chairs for a Saturday night Christmas party. Our office is at the other end of the street from the training facility so I told him I could bring some chairs over from the office. The only problem - it had to be between 10 and 11 because that was the only time anybody would be there Saturday morning.
So after we got the float up to the staging area I jumped in the car and went to the office to get the chairs, dropped them off at the training place, parked across the street and hoofed it back to the parade (only about 1/2 mile). When the parade started, I was part of the group walking along side our float and passing out candy.
oh - the judging - our float won first place! Second year in a row.
we walked the parade route then headed back to the set up area for dismantle. Right as we were closing the doors on the trailer and finishing up, it started to rain just a little. Perfect timing!
I counted that as my Saturday workout. I was on my feet from 7:30 until after 1 (except for the drive time picking up and delivering chairs), so I entered it as 2 hours 'misc cardio'.
Sunday morning I went to the park for a walk. It was raining a little, but I knew that if I didn't get moving my sore muscles would only be worse. I did 3 miles in 40 minutes (just about all of that was walking - I did run a few sprints on my last 2 laps). Then Sunday school, the Christmas cantata, lunch with mom, a trip to the wholesale club, and back home.
There is a church Christmas party tonight that I really should go to - but that's not gonna happen. I'm T I R E D.
this morning's playlist:
Green Day - Good Riddance
Hank Williams Sr. - Lost Highway
Blues Traveler - Hook
Jackson Browne - Redneck Friend
Jackson Browne - The Pretender
Jimmy Buffett - Volcano
Matchbox Twenty - 3 A.M.
The Clash - Should I Stay or Should I Go
The Traveling Wilburys - Handle With Care
The Wallflowers - Into the Mystic
Tom Petty - Don't Come Around Here No More
yep. You read that right. Green Day followed by Hank Williams Sr. My taste in music has kind of a wide range.
Monday and Tuesday will be spent doing stuff around the house and shopping for Angel Tree gifts.
Neat story - when the announcement regarding the Angel tree was made at church this morning (we still had almost 40 names left!), one young lady stood up and told us that as a teen, her family's house had burned to the ground on Halloween. They lost everything and had to live in somebody's basement. She mentioned the Angel Tree to her dad, and he told her that she and her brother were names on the Angel Tree the Christmas after the fire. She never knew that until this year. Now she is married with a little boy of her own and looking to help somebody have a little something for Christmas.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
I was up early again this morning. I'm always an early riser. Add in the recent time change and I have become a REAL early riser. That's why I got in so much morning exercise while in TX visiting my friend - she's on central time, and my body was still on Eastern DST. I was usually awake by 3:30 or 4 while I was in TX!
I got up early and started some laundry, did a little cleaning. I wanted to do Pilates, but Obie, Jack, and Omar had other ideas. I watched a Bette Davis movie, then went down to the park for some exercise. I ran/walked 5 miles.
when I got home, I fixed some lunch and put the clothes from the washer in the dryer, took a shower and got cleaned up to go to my nephew's orchestra concert. I really wanted to just take a nap, but...
The first group to play was the young kids. They have a string orchestra. Those kids were unbelievable! Then the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra played. I cannot imagine how much time these kids give to their music. I know that my nephew practices 2 hours a day, Monday through Saturday and 4 hours on Sunday. And he has a 4.0 GPA. Not sure where he came from, but we are keeping him!
My nephew has been sick. He was out of school all last week (and very disappointed that he had to miss so many days). So he was really tired after the concert. We stopped for dinner at Old Hickory House. I had a salad with chopped pork. It was so good!
Now I think I'll lay down and watch this week's essential on TCM (The Women)
this morning's play list:
Soul to Squeeze / Red Hot Chili Peppers
Flirting With Time / Tom Petty
Riot Van / Arctic Monkeys
You Could Make a Killing / Aimee Mann
Destroyer / The Kinks
Jesus Hearted People / Atlanta Rhythm Section
The Freshmen / The Verve Pipe
My Old School / Steely Dan
Baby, I Go Crazy / Josh Turner
I Miss You / Blink 182
Will I Live On / Atlanta Rhythm Section
From Me To You / The Beatles
A Child's Claim to Fame / Buffalo Springfield
Brian Wilson / Bare Naked Ladies
Bittersweet Symphony / The Verve
The Times They Are A-Changin' / Bob Dylan
Walkin' Away / Clint Black
because I listened to my MP3 so much on my trip, I'm getting WAY down the list of tunes. Guess I need to go back to one of my RUN folders for some faster paced songs. But it was good to hear some music I haven't heard in a long time. I grew up listening to Atlanta Rhythm Section. I played Third Annual Pipe Dream over and over and over. There was one song on the album that skipped. Now every time I hear Angel, it seems odd that the song plays without skipping!
oh - also received the CDs I ordered. Jimmy Buffet's new one (Songs from St. Somewhere) and Sara Bareilles' new release (The Blessed Unrest).
okay...it's 8:00. MOVIE TIME!
have a great evening
Friday, November 15, 2013
but I wouldn't want to paint it! (Steven Wright)
clients came in today and when I looked at their info I noticed they lived at McElheney Crossroads in Monticello. My paternal grandmother was from Monticello, and her maiden name was McElheney.
I told the clients (an elderly couple), and they knew my grandmother! And all of her siblings. AND their son is now living in the house my grandmother grew up in.
When they went back for their appointment, my dad called (he rarely calls me at work). I told him I had just talked to somebody who lived in Monticello on McElheney Crossroads. Dad asked me their last name...one of the couple's family members was my grandmother's best friend!
and the happiest news of...heck, the YEAR -
DH's family lives in Louisville; my family is here in GA. We alternate holidays; this year will be Thanksgiving in Louisville, Christmas here.
I love DH's family, but...
we now have THREE dogs. My in-laws have always been very nice about our brood, but we've never had more than two. It's pretty tough to take a road trip with two dogs...we've not tried it yet with three.
his family insists that we NOT stay in a hotel (not sure we could find one to accommodate all three dogs anyway). They have a little, yippy, anti-social Yorkie. It's a lot of stress on our dogs, us, and them (although they never say anything).
DH's brother & SIL live in the house that DH grew up in; 3 BR/2 BA. As you can imagine with a house that old, with the same family living in it over 50 years, it's kind of cluttered.
They really aren't set up for my big, silly, rowdy, 85 lb Obie and my wild and crazy 45 lb Jack
and NOBODY is prepared for Omar!
plus LOTS of family & friends in and out all the time. You can understand how stressful it is trying to keep track of my boys, make sure nobody accidentally lets them out of the house, they don't get into any of the food that's laying around unwatched, no potty accidents, etc.
add to that - two of the adult kids have moved back in with my BIL & SIL. (So where would we sleep anyway???)
so maybe we could stay down the street with DH's niece. She has a 2 BR/1 BA place that's fine for a short visit. Not as many people going in and out. It's also not cluttered, so not as much for the boys to get into.
except that she also has family members that have moved in with her 'temporarily' (they were there last year...and the year before).
DH really, really needs to go see his brother. His brother is in his 70s, and not in the best of health. They don't have longevity in their family either. I feared that if I didn't go with him, DH wouldn't go.
We've talked about it a lot, and DH knows I just don't want to go. His first suggestion was to go for Christmas instead (what does that solve?), but mom has already said that she's really looking forward to us being HERE for Christmas this year.
DH finally realized that the BEST solution is for him to go without me. He can leave from work when the office closes early on Wednesday instead of coming home, packing everything up, and heading out EARLY on Thursday. AND he can drive the Focus instead of having to take the big, quad cab truck. Much cheaper.
next year, my nephew will be old enough that I'm sure he'd come stay at the house with the dogs.
and I can get some stuff done around the house while DH is gone. I have several vacation days to take before the end of the year. Between the long Thanksgiving weekend and my vacation days, I should be able to get the house in semi decent shape.
Then I will just have to make DH clean up after himself going forward. Really kick his butt constantly. Sounds like I've got my New Year's resolution (I always start working on mine early, so I can be kind of in the habit when January rolls around).
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
my friend Martha had her 3rd glaucoma surgery on her left eye on Nov 6. She's not one to EVER sit still, so her friends & family wanted to be with her so we could FORCE her to behave! She had to have **7** surgeries on her right eye!
I flew out late Friday (best flight rate) to stay with her a few days. Turns out that late flight was a good thing because my boss and I couldn't find anybody to fill in for me on Friday. I worked until 1:30, ran by the post office to mail a package to a Spark Friend (can't wait to see your pic, Steve!), and got home in plenty of time to finish up some laundry, pack, straighten the house up a bit, and head to Hartsfield.
I stayed up really late Friday night visiting with Martha's daughter in law. She picked me up at the airport and spent the night at Martha's because it was so late. BTW - I knew I probably wouldn't get in an afternoon workout on Friday, so I was at the YMCA for 6am Tabata before work. I LOVE THAT CLASS!
Saturday morning I woke up really early. Everybody else was sleeping, so I did some Sparking, read my Sunday school lesson, and read a book. I would have done Pilates, but the DIL fell asleep in the living room and there wasn't enough space in my bedroom. When it finally got light out, I went for a short (3 mile) run. We spent the day watching movies. When Martha napped, I'd go out on her back patio and jump rope in between doing a few household chores for Martha.
Sunday morning I did Pilates and went for a 5 mile run/walk when it got light out. Martha was just waking up when I got back, so we had breakfast. We spent most of the day watching movies again (she needed to stay flat on her back as much as possible). When she'd doze off, I'd do a few things around the house, use my jump rope for some exercise, read, etc. Martha's son, DIL, and her daughter came by to see her. Two of her grandchildren spent the night (they are teens, so not much work for her when they visit).
Monday morning I went for a 4 mile walk. Martha had a doctor's appt so I drove her (isn't GPS wonderful???), then we went to lunch at The Black-eyed Pea. That was Veteran's Day, so we asked our waiter to give us the check for the vet that came in and sat at the booth behind us. I would love to have been a fly on the wall to see his face when he asked for his check.
The doctor said everything looked really good, and Martha was able to see much better than she has in years.
We had to get a prescription filled on the way home. Martha was pretty tired by the time we got back, so she sacked out for a while. I caught up on some laundry, and used my jump rope a few times.
Tuesday morning I did Pilates, then went for a 5 mile walk on a bitterly cold, very windy morning. There were a few times I had to walk backwards! The temp was about 40, with 20 mph wind. OMG! But it felt so good to be out there! I was really getting into my music, so if you were driving down Clubhouse Drive in Mansfield on the morning of Nov 12 and you saw some crazy woman wearing a USMC sweatshirt...HI! The songs that really got me going were
Respect Yourself by The Staple Singers
and Gonna Get Over You by Sara Bareilles
I felt like I was Sara in her leather jacket...but in reality I probably looked more like Sara at the very end of the video.
When I got back, I pulled the sheets off my bed, threw in a few more things (including my sweaty workout clothes), and started the washer while I soaked in a nice hot tub with some Epsom salts. Heaven!!!
I had packed a bunch of my DVDs because I knew there would be a lot of down time. Some of the movies we watched: Defending Your Life, Mr. Skeffington, The Goodbye Girl, The Big Clock, Blossoms in the Dust, All Mine to Give, and a bunch of Lifetime movies that Martha had on her DVR.
my flight home was delayed a bit, so I didn't get home until around 10. DH has been 'sick' for a couple of days (don't ask), so I had a lovely messy house with a cooked on, splattered microwave, dirty dishes in the sink, and wads of toilet paper everywhere (no matter where I put boxes of Kleenex, he insists on using a roll of toilet paper to blow his nose).
oh, and a TV sitting on the fireplace. The TV died while I was gone, so he bought a new one...but the old one is sitting on the hearth.
I'll get it out of here this weekend.
I was really glad to see these sweet faces
missed my boys!
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Time to go home. I'm sitting on the floor at DFW charging my phone and waiting for our delayed plane to arrive from Mexico so we can head to Atlanta.
My friend is recovering well. Much of her vision was restored. She will go back to work on Monday. She won't be able to drive for a while, but she has a good network of friends & family to help out.
Back to work for me tomorrow. I'm looking forward to a good nap on the plane
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