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Having been stood-up this morning by a patient scheduled for a two-hour test, I find myself with some time on my hands. What better thing to do than update my journal?

There really hasn't been much more than just daily life going on, so there's not a lot to add. Bear with me while I wrack my brains for something to fill up this blank page...

I had been truly over-indulgent with myself for the last month or so. In the last week and a half I had gained back four of the twenty two pounds I had lost this year. I gave myself a stern talking-to and decided to get back on track. It's not that I haven't been exercising - I have been taking a dance class every week and just joined a gym, where I've been going 2-4 times a week. My main problem is mindless snacking while reading or while loafing at the computer. My goal for this month is to remember to think before eating. BTW - two of those four pounds are gone as of yesterday. :-)

I went to my first ever yoga class last night (and I am soooo sore today, especially in my arms). My older son, J, was very interested in trying it, and was excited that it was offered at the gym. I admit that my motivation in going with him last night was not entirely altruistic - the monthly BookCrossing Meetup was last night, and if I had taken the step aerobics class that I had planned to take, I would have missed the meetup. Since yoga was an hour and fifteen minutes earlier, it fit my schedule nicely. We had about six people show up for the meetup. We were able to sit outside the coffehouse and enjoy the lovely weather while we talked. Most of last night's conversation was actually about books - mostly reminiscing about childhood book influences, inspired by the airing of A Wrinkle In Time on television the night before. (I didn't watch it - I couldn't bear to give up my mental images.) I dropped off a book and bravely refused to take any new ones home with me.*

In addition to my sloppy eating habits, I've neglected my housecleaning in the last month as well, only doing minimal cleaning like laundry, dishes (after ignoring them for a day, hoping that the dishwashing fairy would visit my kitchen and magically make them all sparkly clean and put them away, but being sadly disappointed each time), and basic bathroom maintainance. My floors badly need attention and I need to do a whole heap of decluttering. Boy, I really need to get my act together! Maybe I'll be inspired in my cleaning if 'Nathan tells us how Mr. Dude's first visit to his place goes. *innocent whistle*

My family has started planning for summer vacation. It's been years since I've taken more than a week off, but this year I'm taking three! I am so excited! We are planning a road trip. We'll be heading to Oklahoma for a family reunion in July, then heading north. We're hoping to see Mt. Rushmore then head into Canada before heading back to the west coast. I need to find my road atlas of the US and find a Canadian road atlas so we can firm up our route. I've never been to Canada, so I'm really looking forward to this trip. I'll also get to see Washington and Oregon for the first time on the way home. Have I mentioned that I'm really excited about this trip? We figure it may be the last time we can drag our older son along for a family vacation, so we're wanting to really make it special.

Well, I've spent longer than I planned writing this - I'd better go see if I can find something productive to do. I will post our route when we have it finalized, just in case anyone wants to meet for lunch when we pass through a local town.


*Mostly because I had already brought home eight books in the last two days, five of them purchased on my lunch break that day from the big library sale (I'll be heading back to the library sale on Sunday when books are $5/bag.) Ah, bliss.

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May. 4th, 2004 09:03 pm
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The Gathering Storm by Kate Elliott. This is the fifth book in the Crown of Stars series. This is exactly the kind of book (and series) that I love - this volume is almost 1000 pages long and there are six books of similar size in the series. There is a lot of dialog and plot movement. There are many different, though related, sub-plots interweaving throughout the book. This volume has a nice ending - there is enough resolution that it is an obvious stopping point, but there are enough unresolved plot lines to make me look forward to the next book. I had wondered if I would like this one because the last one didn't really get me involved as much as the first two books (the third wasn't as good for me either). I don't know if it was the mood I read them in or if it was where the story went - I'll probably reread the series at some point, but not for a while.


For those who are interested, I got the results of my sleep study today. The report says that my latency to acquiring sleep and to reaching REM sleep is longer than normal and my sleep effeciency is 54%. There was no evidence of sleep apnea. The translation is: it takes me a long time to fall asleep and to start dreaming and I don't stay asleep very well, but I don't stop breathing any more often than normal and my oxygen levels don't decrease to problematic levels.

Which, except for the definite lack of apnea, I already knew.

But at least I know that my sleep problems are not likely to have serious health results, so that was worth finding out. :-)


In other news...

I went to my first step aerobics class tonight.

/whimper
*mommy*

I'm already sore - my arms and legs are threatening to go on strike if I don't give them a break tomorrow (which I will, and it will be easy to do since I have choir practice tomorrow). I've already taken some over-the-counter pain/anti-infamitory medication. I'm hoping that will allow me to get out of bed tomorrow.

The sad thing is that I didn't even do the full-on routine, I had to modify it to keep within my target heart rate range. Oh well, at least that gives me a clear goal for the rest of the year. :-)

18/150

Feb. 5th, 2004 04:02 pm
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Toxin by Robin Cook. Nothing really new in this book (except for gruesome descriptions of the slaughtering floor of a beef processing plant) for anyone who has ever read a Robin Cook book, but it was entertaining.

On the home front, report cards are in for my boys. I am very happy to be able to say that they have both passed all of their classes. This may not seem to be much to some, but my older son has struggled tremendously with his classes since junior high and has failed at least one class every year since he began high school (he's a senior now). This is the first time that he has passed *all* of his classes (and with nothing below a "C"!) without having to go to tutoring or take summer school. My younger son managed all A's and B's on his report card, which was a tremendous improvement over last year's grades. I'm very proud of them both. /beams

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I just had a visit from two of my best friends from high school (and junior high, and 6th grade - you get the picture). They are sisters-in-law now and since one was visiting from Alaska, they came over to catch up and visit for a couple of hours. It was soooo good to see them again. You know how with some friends you can be apart for just ages, but still feel close? That's how I feel about my friends. We don't see each other often, but they are always in my heart. (Okay, it may sound mushy to some of you, but that's just the way it is - deal with it. :-)) It made me very happy to have them as our first visitors of the new year.

I've started my first book for the 2004 challenge. I'm currently reading Morality For Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith. This is the third novel in the series. These books are set in Botswana and feature a forty-something female detective, Mma Ramotswe, who sets out to solve her clients' problems with common sense and compassion. Along the way, we get a taste of Botswana culture, folklore and lifestyle. I have no idea if the setting is accurate, but I really love these books.

Goals for this year (NOT resolutions):

Try to read and track 150 books.
Go for a walk twice a week (I don't walk on a regular basis right now.)
Call or write to a distant friend or family member once a month.
Continue taking small steps toward keeping my home clean and comfortable. (I use reminders from FLYlady to keep me motivated and on track.)

Except for the book challenge, I've tried to keep my goals modest in the hopes that I can achieve them. I'm really, really bad about calling friends and family, and I don't want them to think I've forgotten them. This is the goal that is most important to me this year. If I manage this, I may try for twice a month.

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