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legcramps - Monday May 28, 2012

Weight: 0.0

I feel like i'm holiday-ing in England; we must have had rain everyday for the last week already, plus snow too. At least everything will be sooooooo green and luscious when the sun finally comes back!

It didn't rain during the walk on Saturday; a few little droplets spit on us but for the most part we stayed dry. It was quite windy and cold though.

I picked up Dad and his ex and drove them to the street fair after the walk. I was quite frustrated; I wanted to check out all the booths, maybe get some jam or some fresh handmade soap for my collection; all they wanted to do was visit people the whole time. I felt a little manipulated! Actually, I felt totally ignored to be honest. I should have just gone off on my own and said to heck with them, but that just isn't how i'm built LOL. Anyhoo I got over it but I drove back home Saturday night - no need to give them another chance to disappoint me!

I met with another friend on Sunday afternoon for a coffee date, did some laundry and watched movies all day. Before bed, I took a long, very HOT bubble bath, then foam rolled my back, shoulders and neck, and did a bit of reading before falling asleep. It was so nice!

I have no plans for today other than work. It is still raining out there. I might sweep and tidy the basement since an appraiser will be coming within the next week to have a look at it.

Still need to make that appointment for a massage...

Kati on 05/28/2012:
SNOW??? WoW that's weird!


V on 05/28/2012:
Doing a little remodeling? Sorry the weather has been sucky for you :( I hope you have a good evening <3


nunnermack on 05/28/2012:
Isn't a bubble bath the best thing??? I just wish mine (my tub) was a little bigger. I either submerge my lower half only or lie back with my feet and legs on the wall in front of me. Someday I will have a tub that fits all 5'8" of me!!


hollybelle on 05/29/2012:
Snow is gone, at least??? Hope your Spring comes soon. Good job on the walk and taking Dad to the fair. He was probably so glad to be out he didn't realize he was ignoring you. I think when parents get older the roles reverse a little. Taking care of them can be similar to caring for a child and children are self-centered by nature. It's just the nature of their time of life. The same with old parents. It's an adjustment for everyone. Have a good week!



legcramps - Friday May 25, 2012

Weight: 0.0

I woke up to a light dusting of snow on the ground this morning! CRAZY!!

I fell asleep after work yesterday and didn't wake up until 10pm. I wanted to go straight back to bed, but thought I should eat something first, so I had a small plate of chicken, rice and veggies. Then I went to bed. The bed covers were far too thin and I woke up half frozen a few times during the night LOL. Of course, I was too lazy to get another blanket.

Today I am leaving work early and heading to an appointment at the bank. Tomorrow morning i'm going for breakfast with two friends, then we're heading to the city to take part in the annual Walk for Lupus fundraiser. I hope the weather will be nice enough! After that, I want to take Dad to a street fair and possibly make up a few dishes of pork ribs for him to freeze and eat throughout the next couple of weeks. I may stay there until Sunday but if not, my only plan is to only do what I need to do at home and maybe light up those candles I bought and do some reading.

I had another mocha this morning, chicken will be for lunch, oatmeal in the afternoon and dinner is TBD. I have some steak in the freezer. Steak and potatoes sounds delish, and guess what? I still have a few onions in the garden, compliments of last year's harvest! I bet they'll taste really sweet and good!

Umpqua on 05/25/2012:
Umm, I'm doing steak and onions tonight too. Great plans for the weekend, enjoy!


liza36 on 05/25/2012:
Enjoy your weekend.


V on 05/25/2012:
Jezzz snow in May?? I hope you have a great weekend <3


thinkpositive on 05/28/2012:
My sister mentioned snow in Mammouth. Your food sounds yummy.


hollybelle on 05/28/2012:
SNOW! It was 95 degrees here yesterday!



legcramps - Thursday May 24, 2012

Weight: 0.0

Another good day yesterday; even the after-hours meeting didn't dissuade me from staying positive.

I must admit I was pretty knackered though. After the meeting I went straight to an Arbonne party; from there I stopped at home to drop off my work bag, then headed to a BBQ. Even though it was raining and the BBQ turned into a stove-i-q, it was nice to once again be fed and watered by someone else LOL.

Around 9:30 a few people left and just the host and I were left. Before I knew it, it was closing on 11:00 and WAY past bedtime! We got to talking about all kinds of things as well as my situation with Dad, and time just flew by! It was close to midnight by the time I cozied up with my favorite pillow. That means today is going to be a long day! In anticipation of this, I made myself oatmeal with peanut butter for breakfast to give myself an energy boost, and made a packet of the mocha I recently purchased. It tastes pretty good, so i'm happy I took the risk to try something new.

It is snowing here today (!!!) so my plan for the evening is to stay cooped up in the house. It will depend on how mobile I am by the end of the day, but the PLAN is to get an insanity workout in, take a nice warm shower, get into my pj's and watch a movie/take a nap LOL.

My eating has been surprisingly clean the past few days. I'm back on the vitamin D and am trying to consciously keep my level of stress as low as possible.

Actually, I feel kinda like i'm in the eye of the storm. That's probably not a good sign.

Umpqua on 05/24/2012:
Snow?! I'm glad you had fun at your events yesterday and I hope you get a nice quiet night in tonight!


grannyannie on 05/24/2012:
Snow!? Happy you enjoyed the long chat last night. Good job on the eating.


liza36 on 05/24/2012:
I had the same thought as others - snow?! Your plan for this evening sounds pretty good.


sweetpea1977 on 05/24/2012:
SNOW????! Its almost JUNE!!! Wow!

Enjoy your evening!


TheMother on 05/24/2012:
I remember when I lived in NJ and we would get some really heavy snowstorms. The best part about them was to be warm and safe in my house and just watch it fall. Freshly fallen snow was absolutely beautiful. It just covered everything so prettily. Now I live in sunny, hot FL. Totally different climate. No more snow but we do have beautiful sunsets. Have a GREAT day!


V on 05/24/2012:
LOL!! I like that stovie q Hahahahaha! Girl we are so much alike, i am freaking if i am not at home by bedtime(10, no later than 11 when I have to work the next day) I hope you were not too wiped..


nunnermack on 05/24/2012:
Snowing??? Oh my goodness!!



legcramps - Wednesday May 23, 2012

Weight: 0.0

I had a great day yesterday; after work I picked up a friend and we went to a new store in town. I don't remember the name of the store, but it sold candles, gem stones, incense, things like that. For a small store, we sure spent a lot of time in it - almost an hour wandering around looking at things. I ended up buying two candles - one for peace and one for healing, and some powdered mocha labelled as having healthful effects due to some kind of mushroom being in the ingredient list. Don't really care one way or the other, but found it interesting enough to try. One day I will sit down and manifest some goodness into my life with two candles and a hot cup of mocha.

Anyhoo, it was great entertainment. My friend bought two moonstones (purported to help infertility) and I think powdered latte.

Then I got down to bizniz... picked up an item for the office, went to the post, purchased a weed bar for the backyard and some grass seed, called someone to cultivate the garden and made a banking appt to go over details for the trip i'm taking.

During that time, I received a call from another friend so I headed there once my errands were done and they fed and watered me.

I didn't get home until after 9pm, and went straight to bed! The weather is also factoring into this mellow, lazy mood i'm in - so far two days of rain and not looking to let up anytime soon. Another full day of work today, then a work meeting outside of working hours (no, i'm not bitter about that at all!), then to an Arbonne party, then to a gathering of friends for a BBQ.

Umpqua on 05/23/2012:
Sounds like a really productive day yesterday and that new age type store was interesting I'm sure. Have fun at your gatherings tonight!


hollybelle on 05/23/2012:
What a nice way to spend an hour at the shop. You better watch out for the "mushrooms" in that mocha, though. I think I drank something like that in the '70's" Hahahahaha! Have a great weekend, LC!


V on 05/23/2012:
LOL@ Holly I was so thinking "shrooms" too :) You would love the shop I go to called "Asylum" it has the neatest jewelry, shirts, candles and my fave incense of all time Nag Champa..have fun at the party tonight <3



legcramps - Tuesday May 22, 2012

Weight: 0.0

Awe, is the long weekend over ALREADY??? Nuts.

To re-cap my weekend, I did a lot of yardwork. Mother Nature was very nice to me (perhaps it helps to threaten the earth every so often) and I was able to pull weeds, cut grass, trim hedges and trees, and a kind friend helped out by spraying the weeds in my driveway as well. I worked around eight hours in total over the weekend, not including the inside chores (laundry, washing, cleaning and tidying, sweeping and more laundry).

Still to do - apply weed killer on lawn, have garden cultivated, pull more weeds in flower beds, plant grass seed and plant garden. I am cutting the garden in half this year since Mom has her own in her yard. So half of it I will seed and the other half i'll plant. I am more than sure this will take up another weekend. I also need to see about getting some larger trees trimmed.

I didn't have time for a trip to the beach, but I feel very accomplished so it's not bothering me too much ;)

I overslept this morning so will try to get my insanity workout in sometime after work! My neck and shoulders are killing me from the work I put into the yard this weekend; I might bite the bullet and make a massage appointment for myself sometime soon. It's been so long since i've had a massage, the knots in my neck are only getting larger and larger!

liza36 on 05/22/2012:
That's a lot of yard work! It does feel good to get those type of things accomplished. Have a good day!


Umpqua on 05/22/2012:
Great work in the yard, that's a total workout! Hope you can get a massage soon :)


sweetpea1977 on 05/22/2012:
Wow, you've been busy!!

And yay for Insanity!

And to answer your question from Friday - YES, I MISSED YOU! :)


V on 05/22/2012:
:( I feel ya girl, my weekend went by far too fast! I missed YOU too <3


nunnermack on 05/22/2012:
Yes, I need to do a lot of cleaning myself because the maid ran off with the butler MONTHS ago. HA, HA!!! You have been VERY busy so treat yourself to that massage!!



legcramps - Friday May 18, 2012

Weight: 0.0

Didja miss me?!!!

Dad had another procedure done on Thursday morning and was feeling a lot better when I left to come home yesterday. It's been a long two days of travel and worry, but i'm hoping now that he's feeling better, things will begin to look up for him. My coping mechanisms were in full force and there are still a lot of things I need to discuss with him in regards to his care and making more of an effort to take care of himself, but i'm taking the weekend off to rest and to try and get rid of some negative energy before I tackle anything more.

I also killed a duck while driving into the city; I gagged a bit because the duck flew right into my windshield and splattered all over the place. It was thoroughly disgusting and set the tone for the next two days unfortunately. There was road kill all over the place! Spring has sprung.

I kept my eating as under control as I could; last night I took a warm bath yet still couldn't get myself to go to sleep early and started some late night munching. That was the worst of it though and now that i'm home I should be able to get back into a routine.

I still haven't gotten an insanity workout in since the crap hit the fan last week, but the weekend will give me some time to get that started again as well. I miss my workouts and the extra energy I feel through the day because of them. I also haven't been taking my daily dose of vitamin D and that might not be helping much in way of energy stores.

Good news - I received my L Glutamine powder and tried it out this morning. I didn't have time or the proper ingredients for a shake, but I sprinkled it into my cereal and ate it that way, just to try it out.

What else? I did most of my Dog Park stuff before I left town, found another ball team to spare for, and the trip planning is coming along nicely. I don't think my Dad is happy that i'll be gone for three weeks in August, but he'll just have to live with it. I also got a huge chore done yesterday at home; I feel far more sane than I did at the beginning of the week ;)

I'm hoping to get outside this weekend and do some yardwork; finish up some chores inside; and take a break on Sunday to head out to the beach for a few drinks with friends. If Mother Nature is not okay with this she can go kiss a monkey. This is MY time.

grannyannie on 05/18/2012:
Hope everything with your dad gets sorted out easily. I drink a lot of herbal tea at night when I really want to munch. I talk myself out of it, but not always. Hope you get back into your routine and feel less stressed. Have a good weekend.


V on 05/18/2012:
I will be back to comment more but as far as the powder, just mix a heaping teaspoon with 8ozs of water, shake or stir.. You could also mix some in your water you drink during your workouts..I don't mix mine in anything other than water because it works faster that way..Anyhoo I will be back in a few..


V on 05/18/2012:
LOL kiss a monkey??? Brilliant, you know I am going to borrow this saying, I have such a potty mouth, this would be a clean comeback to a few of my customers..I am truly shocked that I haven't been fired yet from some of the things that come out of my mouth, not to mention some of my horrible thoughts... Hahahaha.. Have fun at the beach <3 Love YA!!


hollybelle on 05/18/2012:
I saw your FB post about the duck. Sorry! Hope things with your dad get settled at least enough to re-group and destress though the weekend. When my dad was ill I would kind of do little drive-bys and swoop in and swoop out tyring to balance it all and still have time to destress in between. It's not easy when parents get older and less independent. Hang in there. Like V, I just might borrow/steal that expression, too!


hollybelle on 05/18/2012:
Oh, and OF COURSE we missed you!


TheMother on 05/19/2012:
What a terrible experience to hit the duck and have it splatter all over your windshield. While I feel badly for the poor duck, it's very fortunate that you were not hurt. I see in your bio that you're an executive assistant. I held that same type job for 15 years. I had several bosses - some I loved and some I loathed. Hope you have a good boss and enjoy your job. I am now happily retired for 3 years. Have a good weekend.



legcramps - Tuesday May 15, 2012

Weight: 0.0

I am heading out early tomorrow morning to take Dad to see his surgeon for a follow-up. I'm hoping some things will be resolved at this appointment, as he is still having trouble eating and even drinking fluids. I thank the Good Lord he is at least taking Ensure - or so he tells me. Sometimes I wonder; I will have to count the bottles when I get to his place tomorrow to make sure he isn't lying to me.

Our Dog Park's Grand Opening is coming up in June, so there is a lot of preparation for that which will keep me busy for a week or so.

And just because things could still get worse, our slopitch team folded yesterday so i'm no longer playing ball. Well, i've been added as a spare to another team, but basically I won't be playing much this year. Normally this would bother me, but I just don't care right now.

With Dad being so sick lately, the upcoming trip to prepare for, the dog park grand opening, a camping trip, fundraising walk and a family reunion - I am full up. To me, a folded slopitch team only means an extra night to do all the other things that need doing!

I had a blueberry muffin for breakfast, and a mocha. My eating is definitely off from my plan, it has been since Thursday. I'm trying pretty hard to keep it under control but i'm a MAJOR stress-eater. Will do some meditative work and positive thinking this morning. I will get back on track. I will.

getmebackto150 on 05/15/2012:
Sorry to hear things are so stressful for you right now:( I'm sad your slopitch team folded as I remember you really enjoying it last year, but sometimes, yes and extra free night is a good thing... Thinking of you and sending hugs your way!


thenewMLE on 05/15/2012:
I hope all goes well for your dad. Maybe that extra night off will reduce a little of that overwhelming feeling. I want to go to our dog park, but I am afraid that my dogs might have a pack mentality, so I think I could only bring one at a time. I might put that on the list of things I should do! Keep thinking positive so that you can do positive things for yourself too. Have a great day!


hollybelle on 05/15/2012:
Sorry your dad (and you) have it so rough right now. Sad about the slowpitch ball team, but maybe by next summer something will turn up on that and right now you could use the break and put it on the backburner. Let us know what happens with the doc appointment. Hugs and prayers for you!


Umpqua on 05/15/2012:
I just got caught up on your entries and wanted you to know I'm thinking of you and your Dad. Sorry things are so stressful for you right now and maybe it's a blessing in disguise about the slopitch as it will give you that little bit of extra downtime back. Take care of yourself!


V on 05/15/2012:
I am hoping that all goes well at your Dad's appointment <3 Love you girl!


supercheese on 05/16/2012:
sorry to hear about your dad!! keep your spirits up!!



legcramps - Monday May 14, 2012

Weight: 0.0

The weekend, in point form:

- Friday evening: cook dinners for Dad.

- Saturday morning: head to city to see Dad and drop off dinners.

- Saturday afternoon: notice he's throwing up a lot and unable to keep food down.

- Convince him to let me take him to Emergency.

- Wait for 6 hours in Emergency.

- 9:30p.m.: Dad is admitted to hospital; look for dinner on my way to his apartment for the night.

- 11p.m.: Try to sleep; fail. Try to sleep; fail. Try to sleep; fail.

- Sunday morning 6a.m.: eyes wide open; get ready and head back to hospital.

- 10a.m.: Dad is released, after tests reveal that his esophagus is only swollen, not damaged. He eats jello for breakfast and dislikes this very much.

- 11a.m.: get Dad home and reiterate that Ensure Plus is good for him; beg him to please have at least one bottle a day so that he will stop losing 5 pounds a week. Not even exaggerating.

- Sunday afternoon: head home; go straight to Grandma's for Mother's Day lunch. Yawn a few times. Try to be in good spirits for them.

- 4p.m.: go home; change; cut the grass and clean up the outside patio furniture. Keep thinking today is only Saturday.

- 6p.m.: binge on tostitos. Have dinner. Binge on more tostitos. Keep thinking today is only Saturday.

- 7p.m.: run a few more errands, forget to put washed laundry into dryer.

- Monday morning 5a.m.: not going to happen.

- Monday morning 6a.m.: not going to happen.

- Monday morning 7a.m.: just one more snooze. Why do I think it's Sunday today?

- At work 8:30a.m.: realize i'm pretty damn tired; fill my cup of coffee and begin to monotonously move through the day.

No Insanity workout since Friday; blegh.

liza36 on 05/14/2012:
Oh my, that's a rough weekend. I'm sorry! I hope your dad feels better to eat a bit. I'm sure today will be a "just get through it" kinda day. Hang in there.


supercheese on 05/14/2012:
wow sounds like a rough weekend!! (agree with liza) The best thing to think about it that today is a new day and we can always start over :)


LeakingLife on 05/14/2012:
Take good care of yourself--I feel for you girlie!


sweetpea1977 on 05/14/2012:
Oh honey! Im so sorry about all this stuff happening with your dad. Please be kind to yourself. Sending lots of hugs your way.


V on 05/14/2012:
I am so sorry that you had a hell of a weekend :( Sending lots of love your way <3 <3 <3 and then some



legcramps - Friday May 11, 2012

Weight: 0.0

Insanity Max Interval Circuit done for the day!

A friend cut off a chunk of her aloe vera plant and I wrapped my finger in it overnight. It's feeling and looking much better today and i'm able to type without too much discomfort.

Bad news yesterday; Dad went into emergency as his esophagus closed up on him and he is unable to take in any food. He is also being stubborn and won't use the feeding tube so he's lost another great amount of weight. His ex wife tells me that he's avoiding telling me the truth, probably to save me from worry, but that he is not doing well at all. He keeps telling me he's doing okay, he's getting enough food, he doesn't need anything, etc. I really think this is why I avoid confrontation with people so much - i've learned from the best! Anyways, they let him go home last night but he has to go in this morning to see what they can do for him.

Went to a birthday party last night - had a slice of black forest cake and a mocha and just relaxed and had a few laughs. I needed them.

I was planning on a trip this weekend with a friend to see my cousin and her family, but if Dad is not better today or gets admitted to the hospital I won't be going anywhere. Bummer.

Breakfast - bagel, pb, coffee

Lunch - cafeteria

Snack - yogurt, walnuts, strawberries, granola

Dinner - unsure; no plans at this time

Umpqua on 05/11/2012:
Sorry to hear your Dad's not doing well, I'll be thinking of you this weekend.


sweetpea1977 on 05/11/2012:
Im sorry to hear about your dad. I will keep him in my thoughts. Hugs to you!


grannyannie on 05/11/2012:
Sorry about your dad. Hope he does better. Hugs.


V on 05/11/2012:
I am so sorry about your Dad <3 Sending positive thoughts for him.Please keep us updated Love you


nunnermack on 05/12/2012:
(((((((Hugs to you))))))!! I know how you feel and I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad!!


Bikiniwax85 on 05/12/2012:
Sorry to hear about your dad. Hope he'll be okay soon. :) and hope you are okay too.



legcramps - Thursday May 10, 2012

Weight: 0.0

I'm taking a day of rest from exercise today, unless I become antsy later on! This morning I slept in a little and it felt kinda nice! But not as good as a hard morning workout feels LOL.

First slopitch game of the season last night! We won, and I cracked the knuckle of my pinky finger. Good times! Darn thing better heal fast.

We hadn't practiced before this game, and you could tell. It was a struggle trying to get focused and for me to try and connect the bat with the ball. It just wasn't working for me, and then I managed to hurt myself in the field catching a ball. It was a darn good thing I brought beer LOL!

I patted myself on the back this morning, for doing so well yesterday with calories. Yes, I had three beer and a lovely vodka-infused jello and whip cream concoction, but my calories were within my range. It isn't often on a ball night that I am able to persevere so well! And my 6" turkey breast sub from Subway was like the cherry on top, not having to cook for myself.

Unfortunately, this morning I noticed that I didn't have any milk left so I ate the other 6" of my sub for breakfast instead of cereal. After work I want to do some shopping, and then a friend has a birthday cake that he needs help eating ;) yes, of course I will help, only one slice though.

grannyannie on 05/10/2012:
Aye, beer always cures a sore finger! LOL. Good job on the calories.


sweetpea1977 on 05/10/2012:
Yay for a great day yesterday, especially being able to enjoy some adult beverages without going over your calorie allowance!


Umpqua on 05/10/2012:
Adult beverages within calorie range are always a good thing. I hope you're having a nice day!


V on 05/10/2012:
Dammit, I missed out on the fun :( I hope your finger isn't too bad <3



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