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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Random Stuff and Checking in

Today I'll just post a few random things. 

    1. This week is super busy as both my NPs are out on vacation. Don't ask me how they both ended up out at the same time. It was not preferable but I'm way too nice to tell someone they can't go to their family reunion. Just me means I'm doing the job of 3 people and I'm awesome, but I'm still only one person. That means that while I'm writing this work isn't getting done. Oh well.
    2. I'm frustrated that I don't have more time to blog. But.....see #1  I'm working on it. I'm really trying to reorganize my life. Get it back in order. Contain the chaos.
    3. Speaking of chaos- Am I the only one out there that feels like life spins around you and you're constantly trying to keep up? Sigh....... I've spent time dong some organizing. I'm trying to get things in order. My house and office are not terrible by any means, but where does all this crap come from? I really just wish sometimes I could dump it all. I'm so into the idea of minimizing right now. I'm on a mission. It may be a slow one because it is obviously not my #1 or even #2 mission, but yet, it is a mission. 
    4. I'm totally freaked that school starts in 32 days. Sigh...See #3. Chaos only gets worse when school starts. Those of you with kids know what I mean. Of course those that stay home might be happy to get the kids back to school. Don't get me wrong there are many nice things about a regular schedule. Lord knows the constant bickering is less when school is in session. If for no other reason but their tired. It's so freaking hot here the kids can't just go hang outside. But, school means a whole HOST of other things to keep track of. And now that son is starting high school......oh boy.....panic sets in.
    5. Speaking of missions....My workouts are getting back on track. I've been back at my twice daily ones. I find that morning workouts help set the tone for my day. It gets my mind right. Focused on my health. I don't want to screw up when I've made a good effort early in the morning. I'm going to resume training with my trainer next week. Why not this week? See #1. I want to start training with him again if for no other reason but accountability.  Monday I did an old Biggest Loser DVD and it was fun. I used weights and then woke up Tuesday with a sore back. That's ok, just keep moving, right? I'm better today. I'm trying to stretch every day and get some of my flexibility back. 
    6. Speaking of flexibility......Tuesday I had this bad migraine. I took some medicine in the afternoon which helped. I ran late at the office at noon so I missed my TKD class and even though I had so much work I said"forget it" and decided to get to the evening class no matter what. Anyhoo....at class I had such a hard time doing the turning kicks I was so dizzy. I hate that! Being out of practice doesn't help either. I almost hate going on vacation just because I miss tkd! I made it through class fine though and my kicks are finally getting back on track.
    7. Speaking of training. Remember when I said I was going to start P90X. Well, I am. Not next week because I've got my BFF and her kids and cousin and various family coming to visit. Plus my daughter's bday. I'll keep working out as usual, but I don't want to take on something so new. I'm looking forward to it. I'm going to do the pre-test and pics this weekend. Making it real. I'm kinda nervous, but I figure why the hell not. No one thought a fat chick could do tae kwon do either and I'm doing it. I figure I'll do what I can, I can always do less reps and build up to more, less weight and ad more as I can. I just think it will be awesome to say I did it.
    8. On Friday I took this picture
    This is my lunch. I took the girls to the mall. I got these veggies and they were yummy. The girls cracked me up because they said, "Mommy why do you always take pictures of your food?" I laughed and told them it helps me remember what I ate, but also I can share it on my blog. They just shrugged their shoulders and looked at each other like, "Mom's so weird." and went on with lunch. Kids are funny.

    9.  I still haven't had time to write a post about our Griswold Style Vacation. I think I will give up and just write in spurts. The overview is that we drove 6,000miles for 2 weeks in a van with 3 kids. It was busy, we saw lots of stuff and had a great time. One of the first stops was Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Parks in Arizona. We did a few hikes and ranger talks. the kids were fascinated.
    Painted Desert(not the best pic, but oh well)

    Prehistoric tree. Pretty cool really.

    Next stop was Grand Canyon.

    Hate this pic of my muffin, but reality checks are important. I hate to even post it, but hey- check the view though.
    If you haven't seen the Canyon, you must! It is amazing and pictures don't capture it.  We saw much more and I'll share more in my next post. 

    I wrote some of this post on the bike this morning so I'm multitasking to the max.  The rest I have finished while eating my salad for lunch. Hope you are all on track and working toward your goals. I'm keeping mine in sight.


    1. I remember that feeling of "where the hell did all this STUFF come from???" - one word: kids. It's wild how much stuff comes from them, and once school starts, it's so hard to keep it from becoming an avalanche! It's hard to keep up with, and harder to not feel overwhelmed by all of it. I think you're doing a great job with everything, and I hope you take some time to appreciate yourself.

    2. I was in AZ at those parks in 1986, still have the pics, place was awesome! Going to garden of the Gods in CO next week; can't wait.

      Glad to hear workouts back on track, indeed just keep moving; good advice!

      And yes, some days, feel life is spinning faster than I can spin with it... yet I realize when i eat well and exercise, I am better equipped to keep up with the spin. Hmm, is it possible we can ever control the spin?


    3. Hey you:) We went about 4 years ago. I agree - pictures don't do it justice.

    4. Hi Doc. I tried to reply to your last post, but likewise was on vacation and it didn't work. And how's this for vacation: Ichiro was traded to the hated Yankees! Boo. Although we did need to move on.

      As my last post indicates, I spent my whole vacation taking pictures of bikes, so I'm right there with you on the "weird" parent front!

      Good job on the healthy lunch. Keep it up and get your momentum back!

    5. Ahgh! It just ate my comment. Weird, that happened last time. Anyway, good to see you posting. Great job on the lunch. I take blog pics on vacation, too, getting the "weird" parent comments, too. Ichiro to the Yankees? Happy vacation to me. Ugh. But we needed to move on.

    6. We are in the midst of planning a vacation to the Grand Canyon for next year with our adult daughter. She wants to hike all the way to the bottom and stay at Phantom Ranch. That also means hike back up which takes twice as long as going down. If that's not motivation for me to kick weight loss into gear, I'm not sure what would be!

    7. Hey there! We went to that part of the world in '07 with our BFF and had a great time seeing about 8 different National Parks. We're toying with the idea of going again next spring and meeting our daughter & her family there for a joint vacation. We're doing more "destination vacations" now than always being at one home or the other.
      Good for you for keeping up with the exercise! I'm too much of a coward to even think about P90X!
      Don't worry, by the time school comes around you and the kiddos wil be ready.

    8. I've been thinking about the P90X too - let me know what you think of it!

      Wow, 6000 miles in 2 weeks - brave woman! Glad you had a great time and hope the transition for the kids back to school is a good one.


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