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Promises

Sunday, March 18, 2012

This morning I took my son to the airport. He promised he'll be back next January, maybe February. I promised I would be waiting when he comes home.

Funny about those promises that we make to loved ones. At the back of our minds, we know there are things we need to do to keep those promises. Have you promised someone you love that you will "be there" for them?

What are you doing to keep that promise? Are you taking care of your health? Eating a balanced, nutritious diet? Getting your activity to the best of your ability? Managing your stress in a healthy way? Seeing your health care provider when an issue arises?

That's our part, those of us who have promised to "be there" for folks going out and doing what they need to do. They promise to come back safe. We promise to be here when they do. I intend to do everything I can to keep that promise.

  
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MNTWINSGAL 3/22/2012 12:50AM

    Barb, I've been so busy I got behind in reading your blogs and just go to this one tonight. I knew your son was leaving soon but it got away from me that he had already left. The photo made me cry....good-byes are always so hard for me...and I know how hard it must have been to put that smile on your face. Know that we will "be here" for you until he comes home early next year. I promise.

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LEANJEAN6 3/19/2012 7:51AM

    What a nice looking boy! This is a great blog--Promises--We make promises and we must stay healthy to keep them---Great attitude!!---Lynda-

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REJ7777 3/19/2012 5:31AM

    You're right. Taking care of our health is a gift that we give to those who love us.

What a lovely photo of you and your son. You look small and delicate next to that tall, handsome soldier. (delicate, but fit!) May God keep both of you healthy and safe!

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WATERMELLEN 3/18/2012 9:20PM

    Nice picture, nice blog!

We have promises to keep . . .

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_LINDA 3/18/2012 8:53PM

    These will be well kept promises, I am sure.. All the best to you both to staying healthy and safe!

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COMETER 3/18/2012 8:52PM

    GREAT picture!

Thank him for his service, and thanks to you, as always, for your upbeat updates.



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KARIDIAN1 3/18/2012 8:32PM

    You both look great. It was tough to say goodbye I bet.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 3/18/2012 7:59PM

    Keep the faith in yourself and your promises. I promise I will try my best to remember to keep you cheered up!

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APRILLSCOTT 3/18/2012 7:13PM

    What an emoticonpicture Barb. The blog really made me think! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 3/18/2012 5:37PM

    Here's to doing all we can...
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NETOPIASGAL 3/18/2012 2:12PM

    Love the picture.

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 3/18/2012 12:01PM

    Thanks for sharing! I am sending good thoughts to you and that your son will stay safe!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/18/2012 11:41AM

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KANOE10 3/18/2012 9:50AM

    That is a lovely picture of you and your son. I like your idea of keeping yourself healthy to keep your promise to be there for our children.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/18/2012 9:36AM

    Awesome blog and beautiful picfture. God's blessings to your son and your entire family.

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FITFABJENN 3/18/2012 9:25AM

    A similar promise is what led me to start my Spark journey. I want to be here for my family, especially my kids. I owe it to them to take care of myself so I can be here a long time.

That is such a wonderful picture of you and your son.

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KATHRYNLP 3/18/2012 8:16AM

    What a BIG boy you have there... and he'll do his best to be back in January. Good reminder about doing what we can to keep promises.. emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 3/18/2012 8:07AM

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/18/2012 7:53AM

    I have to admit that I never promise that I will "be there" - if I would promise such a thing I would ay that I promise to do all that is in my power to be there....your blog make me realise that I do not promise longterm stuff that much... wonder if itīs good or bad?

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JUDITH316 3/18/2012 7:00AM

    Thank you for sharing, this is a precious picture of you and your son. I will be praying for him for safety and for you that you will be filled with God's Peace and Strength while your son is away. God's Blessings and Hugs... emoticon emoticon

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Ariel, the siren treadmill

Saturday, March 17, 2012

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Two teams that I have sentimental ties to are playing one another today... Syracuse Orangemen versus the Kansas State Wildcats. So Ariel, the siren treadmill whispers to me, "you can watch the game if you just hop up here and put in your miles... no leaving the house... no worrying about uneven footing... no allergens..."

And I listened and followed the song. And rooted for both sides for 121 minutes. Mostly walking. A few jogging intervals. Total miles 8.65. Happy endorphins as I stretch and prep my lunch. Stress management program in action!

Happy St. Patty's Day everyone! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Life is good. Live yours. And Spark On! emoticon

  
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APRILLSCOTT 3/18/2012 7:15PM

    Sounds like a great day to me! emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 3/17/2012 9:57PM

    Great- you got your walking in and got to watch your teams.

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KALIGIRL 3/17/2012 7:40PM

    Perfect!

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LJCANNON 3/17/2012 7:26PM

    emoticonThat's a Siren Call worth listening to!! Good Job!

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MSLZZY 3/17/2012 6:52PM

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_LINDA 3/17/2012 6:42PM

    Wow! Fantastic!!
Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day!
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SUE_2U 3/17/2012 6:13PM

    A new form of having one's cake and eating it too???? Only a very healthy one! Fabulous idea! emoticon

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COMETER 3/17/2012 5:39PM

    Sounds like a great start to your day! Is the photo on your page from Friday's fog in Lincoln? It was pretty spooky looking for a while.

THANKS for your upbeat updates! I look forward to them.

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MNTWINSGAL 3/17/2012 5:29PM

    Good for you, Barb! You turned what could have been a sedentary afternoon into an almost 9 mile walk-run! Way to multi-task :)

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1CRAZYDOG 3/17/2012 3:09PM

    The siren Ariel is worth the endorphins, isn't she! LOL

Glad you got to listen to your games.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Missions accomplished

Friday, March 16, 2012

Mission one: getting the mileage building in. Walked 6.15 miles at sunrise. I had intended to "sleep in" but the body and the brain had other ideas... I guess I did sort of sleep in... 'til 5 a.m.

Then I was intending to walk on the treadmill before my son was to come over late in the morning, but it was mild outdoors, and the sun was coming up... and I went out into the fog to walk.

The sun was rising over the suburbs before I got to the bike path. And I got to the park before it got too high. I figured the fog would burn off soon, but it got thicker as I walked instead of thinner.
Normally you could see the dam at the end of the lake, but it was shrouded... the background shot shows the foggy path.

I ended up going all the way to the hardware store, picking up something I needed, and taking a different route home, not quite as pleasant as the park path, mind, but totalling up those miles.

My son arrived as I finished my post-walk shower, we had coffee then accomplished Mission #2: a visit to my sis in law, his dad's sister. We stayed longer than I normally do, as his cousin came over and I wanted them to have a chance to visit, too. His aunt demonstrated her sense of humor, despite her body not working well, saying she couldn't give him as hard a time as she normally would. I feel really good that we got this visit in.

I took son out to lunch/breakfast for him, but at 1 p.m., it's lunch for me! I had a couple of things that aren't normally on my menu, there was bacon on my salad, and I did a cream based broccoli and mushroom soup, and it tasted completely decadent.

Mission #3: he got a haircut. It brought back memories of his very first haircut. Even for that very first hair cut he had opinions and dictated them to the girl that did it. Today it was interesting seeing him explaining the Army version of "high and tight", compared to the Air Force version, which is more common around here. I hear there is also a Marine version! Who knew? Always getting an education, that's me.

When we ran out of things to say, and the cat got tired of being harrassed, son headed home to pack and re-pack, as he does. And here I am, Sparking away and assimilating the day.

Basketball is on the tube, Vermont and North Carolina. Pleased that Creighton made it through round one. I see both of Mary's teams made it, too (Wisconsin and Marquette). emoticon

Life is good and precious. Live yours. And Spark on! emoticon

  
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APRILLSCOTT 3/18/2012 7:21PM

    What a beautiful day with your son, Barb. If you had been here that fog would have been pollen. It is everywhere here in NC. I will be glad when it calms down. emoticon

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/17/2012 11:59AM

    You had a beautiful day, Barb. Lot's of memories to treasure until your son comes back home and you can make some more together.

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_LINDA 3/17/2012 2:35AM

    Love the foggy photos! I have always enjoyed walking in the fog, kind of peaceful -and of course means a rare break from the incessant winds around here. Also, all my favorite sci fi and horror movies always had fog in them :)
Glad you got a great visit in with your son and sister-in-law :)
A really nice day -hope your weekend is as lovely!


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MNTWINSGAL 3/16/2012 11:00PM

    About the Marine "high and tight"... heehee, *I* knew! (always a mom...always informed...that's what we do!)

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MSLZZY 3/16/2012 10:35PM

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KARIDIAN1 3/16/2012 10:10PM

    Sounds like a really nice day with your son and your walk.

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CONCHA77 3/16/2012 9:46PM

    We also had a very foggy morning. the sun did come and show it's face and it ended up to be a beautiful day here.
Glad you get those moments with your son. Priceless, I know. How is your SIL doing?
Rooting for my fav basketball team right now~ MICH STATE UNIVERSITY, hoping they make it to the finals. Keep a eye out, hugs, Connie Go Green!

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BESTSUSIEYET 3/16/2012 8:47PM

    Glad you had such a good day. Hope the fog burned off later. I'm really enjoying the sunshine we've had for 2 weeks ... After our super grey, cold, snowy February. But hear now there's a chance of snow Monday night. Colorado weather is so changeable! Enjoy your weekend! God Bless & protect your son through every day of his service for our country!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/16/2012 8:14PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful day! Hmmm.... must be in the air, becasue I woke up @ 3 am, tried to go back to sleep . . . didn't work. Laid in bed til 5 am and got up finally. Had plenty to do today, so that wasn't all bad.

glad you got to visit with your son!



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It's all my mother's fault...

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Gotcha! It's all my mother's fault that I know that the "Ides of March", of which Julius Caesar was warned to beware (at least according to Shakespeare...)... is not always on the 15th! So, why is it my mother's fault that I know this? Because she subscribed for a while to Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and there was this story that revolved around that bit, that the "ides" was in fact the 11th that particular year...

Now, I have no clue when the Ides of March really is/was this year... but that's my nod at the date. emoticon

Last night I hopped on the treadmill to do my target five miles. All virtuous here... and tonight says "off" on my training plan. I have emoticon VCU/ Wichita State on the tube, though, and it's hard to sit still. Nonetheless, I promise to listen to my knees and behave myself.

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MOBYCARP 3/16/2012 8:02PM

    . . . and you didn't comment on Pi day for 3-14. Though I suppose we need to wait almost 3 years to make a big deal out of Pi day on 3-14-15.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/16/2012 10:16AM

    Well I learned something new today. I thought the Ides of March was always on the 15th. Interesting. Enjoy the NCAA tournament. I'm cheering for Wisconsin and Marquette!

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SUE_2U 3/16/2012 3:32AM

    Beware the ides of March" is because that is the day that the nobles banded together to assassinate Caesar.
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_LINDA 3/16/2012 1:44AM

    One thing about cheering on a sports team -you can windmill and pump your arms all you want, no knees required ;)
I never put any thought into this Ides of March or what it means, but I imagine a quick Google search would tell me the date this year and what its significance is..
Have a Fantastic Friday!

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/16/2012 1:26AM

    Aha - so yet another year I survived the Ides of March... time to celebrate!

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MSLZZY 3/15/2012 11:00PM

    Enjoy the game! HUGS!

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NETOPIASGAL 3/15/2012 10:19PM

    Ides of March was a celebration/festival for the god Mars. According to the historian Plutarch, Julius Caesar was warned by a seer that he would meet his end by the Ides of March. That was the day he was killed in the senate. So... beware of the Ides of March! And it was fairly fitting as Mars is the god of war. (I'm a home schooling Mom and we were just studying ancient Rome....)

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KARIDIAN1 3/15/2012 9:38PM

    What exactly is mean't by the Ides of March? I haven't a clue.

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COMETER 3/15/2012 9:24PM

    We're watching the last few seconds of VCU/Wichita State. Great game! Enjoy your off day!

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PATRISNA 3/15/2012 8:59PM

    I never knew what they meant by the Ides of March, maybe I was supposed to study it in school, but I must have been asleep during that lecture and assignment.


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MAGGIE101857 3/15/2012 8:48PM

    Life is good! And St. Pat's day is just around the corner!!! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 3/15/2012 8:40PM

    OOOohhhh, I didn't even pay attention to the date today!

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Pep talk for a Wednesday?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Halfway through the first week of Daylight Savings. More tired today than I've been up until now. It is an adjustment, that much we know for sure.

Last night after work I put in a gentle 4.25 miles on the treadmill, as I cannot ignore the need to keep building my weekly miles for the 10 mile on the 31st and the Half Marathon come May. I may not get a lot of strength training in, but I will build those miles. Not quickly, mind, that's not the essential. Endurance is. Speed, what there will be of it, comes on race days. The legs are feeling tired, so I jolly them along by going slower, and ususally by the end of the workout, they are moving better as well as faster.

Now you might ask, "why the treadmill, when your weather outside was so gorgeous?" Well, two reasons. One, allergens. Two, it's part of that jollying along... if I start, I tell myself I can stop any time... and then I end up hitting my target distance while distracting myself with a TV show or music or something. Ah, the mind games we play to keep us going!

Speaking of the treadmill... got to lubricate the belt again... I had put enough time on it that it nagged me. Interesting process, and not difficult... the guys at the shop I bought it at sold me a do it yourself kit and gave instructions. The hardest part was figuring out how to get rid of the nag message, and thankfully I remembered which button they really meant this time and got it, first time out of the chute.

Lunch is packed, and the clock is saying it's time to pack up, but I had to say a quick "Hi" to my Spark buddies. And remind myself that life is good... let us Spark on! emoticon emoticon

  
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BARBAELLEN 3/15/2012 3:07PM

    I sure hope you never stop your blogs. They're always a pick-me-up. You're reminding me that I've got to stop dwelling on this spring-fever stuff and do what I gotta do anyhow!
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KALIGIRL 3/15/2012 8:44AM

    Whatever works - right?
So glad to hear about your 'bonus' walk with DS.
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COMETER 3/14/2012 9:04PM

    Good luck, allergen-wise. I'm sorry that you can't be outside comfortably--which is pretty funny coming from me. I get a little put out when it's really nice out, and everybody acts like it's a sin to be inside, because sometimes I WANT to be inside, like with a good book. But not to have a real choice--that's not so great. I admire your can-do about doing what you can.

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_LINDA 3/14/2012 7:38PM

    Good for you to find a way to work around your allergies.. I am stuck between a rock and a hard place right now. Outside, a lot of the ice has melted, but the high winds are stirring up the dust and snow mold so I can't tolerate being outside in spite of the warmer temperatures. Meanwhile, inside my apartment, the cigarette smoke is pouring in thanks to the wind and I am so stuffed I have to mouth breathe :( Not something I want to inhale working out either..
I am with you, they should leave the clocks alone. Why bother? Its a big hassle for everyone, from businesses on down..
Hope you can adjust soon to the difference..
Have a Terrific Thursday!!

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SUE_2U 3/14/2012 7:33PM

    emoticon Just keep away from the pollen!

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NETOPIASGAL 3/14/2012 2:47PM

    emoticon If I just go downstairs and get on my Wii and tell myself I ONLY have to do 10 minutes, I usually end up doing 30. But if I'm in a certain mood and think I have to do 30 I may not make it downstairs. So, yea, I understand.

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ANDI571 3/14/2012 2:09PM

    I don't even work outside the home, and I have a hard time adjusting to DST. I really wish they would leave our body clocks alone.

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1CRAZYDOG 3/14/2012 11:44AM

    Oh, the allergens are kicking butt! SHEESH and it's only MARCH! Not a good sign. BUT it beats Winter, so I'll deal.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/14/2012 9:54AM

    I do the same thing with the elliptical. I'll set a low target for time and then when I reach it I know I can quit but I tell myself to try another minute or two, and so and and so forth. Whatever we have to do to trick ourselves is fine with me. Have a good day -- it's going to be sunny and 73 today. I think it's time to get my bike out of the basement. . .

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Here's hoping you enjoy lots of sunshine today! I am not able to walk outdoors yet as we still have snow and ice and water all over but it is on its way out. Love the picture of your kitty! Great job on the treadmill! Keep up the good work!

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