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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wednesday Wonders

Here we are another Wednesday and a lot more weirdness in the world and things I just don't get.

I wonder:
  • Why I can't think of something this good for my business name? I snapped this pic in a parking lot the other day. It's a tow truck and this is what was on the door.  I'm just not that clever and it makes me way jealous.
Emergency Hookers  "You blow it....I'll tow it!"
  •  If spending my day off with a bunch of first graders at the zoo was the smartest decision?      I mean it's not like I get many days off. It was a lovely day yesterday and perfect for the zoo. For the first hour and a half, it was most enjoyable. After that and I slowly began to lose it trying to watch my 2 girls and the other kids in our group.  I took the 5 year old with me to sister's field trip. I get so nervous when I'm responsible for other peoples kids and it was sooooo crowded. I hardly enjoyed the animals because I was monitoring the behavior and whereabouts of the children. At the end of the day, I stayed behind with my girls while the rest of the kids went back on the bus. That was way less stressful. Of course the girls and I were pooped by the end of the day. We were walking for literally 5 hours. I slept pretty well last night though.
We actually got to feed and pet the giraffes. Too cool.

Yuck! Cobra. I hate snakes. Was cool to see it dance like that, though. It's in it's cage by itself, decorated like a living room. The girls just squealed when they saw it.

Otter family at play. Too cute!
  • If I've ever seen a more beautiful moon?  For those of you who didn't know, the moon was the closest and fullest it's been since 1992 on March 19th. I took some pictures that night and must admit it was amazing. If you want to know more about the "SuperMoon", click here. Sadly it was the night my cousin died. I didn't make the connection until I got ready to post these pics.  I had 2 patients die that weekend and several others I know of as well. I have long believed, as many in medicine do, that people's behavior is affected by the moon.  I'll say that I can tell you many anecdotes regarding it and that I'm glad I wasn't working in an ER that night and won't be delivering babies 9 months from now. 
Now you know why they say there's a "man in the moon."

View from my back porch
  • If animals feel shunned the way people do?  I was struck by this one bird separated from the group of pretty pink flamingos. I think it's a stork or pelican. Couldn't tell because he was all hunched over and so sad looking. Of course I started to feel bad for it. And then realized it was my "poor outcast fat kid" sympathy kicking in. Will I lose that when I'm in the pretty pink flamingo group?  I hope not.
All those pretty flamingos and 1 brown different pelican all alone.

  • How many pretty colors will my leg turn? As I mentioned, I spent all day on my leg walking and standing. It felt so good to be able to move. I didn't have much pain, a little soreness. But, when I woke up this morning this is what I saw. And as the day wore on today, it got prettier and prettier. I'm just glad that it looks worse than it feels at this point. I was thinking I'd go back to TKD tomorrow, but now I'm thinking maybe not. I don't want to rush it. Thanks for all the comments of concern by the way. I appreciate them. But, I'm not quitting TKD and I know these kinds of injuries will get fewer as I lose weight and get in better shape. This happened because I didn't stretch as much as usual or hydrate before as much as usual. I was in a rush.  Let this be a lesson to you: Stretch and drink your water!

I've been eating on plan and I'm hoping the scale will move. I am not exactly as focused as usual as I'm still dealing with a lot of family issues. But, my kids are safe and healthy. My husband is wonderfully supportive. My extended family is doing OK. I miss my cousin every day and I guess I'm still in the stage of disbelief. I wake up and think it can't be true only to realize it is. It puts things in perspective for me. Makes me want to get healthier so I can live a happy healthy life with my kids, grand-kids and great-grand-kids. But, my head is often spinning with thoughts and I find it hard to focus.

For now I'm doing the best I can. I'm tracking my food and looking forward to the new challenge meals that start on Friday. I'm re-dedicating myself to follow the plan exactly with the new menus.  Actually having someone tell me what to eat right now is kind of comforting. I am tired of thinking so much and making decisions. 

As for exercise, I'm thinking that I'll try biking tomorrow if I skip TKD as I think I will. I just miss my workouts and I need to do some stretching and core work as well. I miss running a lot, but that's a no go. I tried to "run" into the house to get something this morning and my leg let me know I can't yet. I don't want to end up in a boot for 6 weeks with a complete tear, so I'll be good and take it slow. 
I got an email from a former student today. She had lost a lot of weight last year and was a new runner like me. She told me she's thinking of doing a half-marathon in May and wondered if I wanted to do it with her. I told her there's no way I can this year, but maybe next year? We'll see. I'm almost afraid to state that as a goal. But, I do know running is something I really enjoy so as weird as it is for me it is not outside my imagination. 
That is an NSV of it's own isn't it?  The idea that I can even imagine running for 13.1 miles?  Unimaginable a year ago. Absolutely impossible. In fact 5K was outside my imagination back then and now I know I'll be able to run 3 miles eventually, hopefully soon.

And that was a long post.....What have you been wondering these days? Did you notice the moon a few weeks ago?  What's your favorite zoo animal?  I love love love reading your comments, please leave one.


  1. Hey, considering a half is HUGE...I know what you mean about it being so incredible that you would even think about - losing weight really opens your world, right? But, in the meantime, I'm glad you are taking it slow and easy on your leg. No need to rush; you definitely don't want to put yourself out of commission long-term!

    I remember that night of the bright moon. And I guess you'll never forget it, unfortunately. Hope you continue to heal...

  2. What great pics! A trip to the zoo was a great idea. After all, any event is a good excuse for blog fodder:)

    Hope the leg gets better fast.

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  3. I get nervous watching other people's kids too. One field trip, I lost my own son since I was worried about the other kid :(. It all turned out alright but I never volunteered again.

  4. Good Morning!

    Yes, the moon was fantastically gorgeous!

    Owie on the bruise. I hope it heals quickly for you.

    Zoo...ah, I love the zoo, but haven't been in years. We were members during the decade our kids were little, but...no more. My favorites are the giraffes and the komodo dragons.

  5. Well here's what I'm wondering: what is it with Wednesdays lately???!!! The last 3 for my family have been hell on earth. Yesterday was the worst one - came home to find our 10 year old min. dachshund in excruciating agony, rushed her to vet to find out her back is messed up more than we thought. the meds just weren't helping her and it was KILLLLLLing me to see her in that kind of pain. Waiting to talk to vet now to find out what's next. I'm just wondering how her night went at the vet's and if she's going to be ok. Please please please Lord let her be ok. And on the weight loss front I'm just wondering how to get to the very BOTTOM of my inner most psychological feelings and reasonings for how I handle foods in my life. I'm reading Fattitudes for some help in this department because I just want to know. I WANT TO UNDERSTAND WHYYYYYYYYY it's so hard to win this war. As much as you love love love reading comments I have to tell you I just love love love reading your posts! I love the way you write and how you express everything going on. I love how you are inspiring me. :D

  6. You are a brave woman, a trip to the zoo with others children. no wonder you slept so good. your leg looks awfully sore. I need to catch up on some of your previous posts. I am sorry about your cousin. I know I am still getting over my Dad from two years ago....it does get easier with time. all the best to you. Keep up all your hard work. hugs, c


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