Sunday, May 24, 2009

Catching Up

Not much exciting around here--- worked 40 hours and was on call another 12 this week. I'm on call tonight from 7-11-- really hoping I DON'T get called in! I'll be working 12 hours tomorrow night (Mon) then back Tues afternoon for an 8 hour "day" (I'm covering for another nurse from 7-9p so she can go to her daughter's recorder "concert"). I'm working Wed during the day (8hrs) and the 7p on Thursday night.

Mike will be with the Pres of the company this week. They are playing in some golf benefit on Thursday. He went to the driving range yesterday and will go again tomorrow.

Friday we are going to VA to take care of Mdx! Mommy is riding in the MS 150 Ocean to Bay Ride 2009 and since Daddy is in Iraq, somebody has to tend the babe! Can't wait to see her and give her the art apron I made.

Went to the gym today---- walked 4 miles in 75 minutes with the incline from 2-8%. Then did some pull-ups and chin-ups, some arms and a little core work.

Gonna go get the laundry started and fix a bowl of salad for the week-- later!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Monday, Monday

We had a great visit with Mike's folks this weekend--- Mike did chicken, potatoes onions and zucchini on the grill Friday night. They had a garage sale Sat morning-- as usual, I wasn't much help-- I woke up about 1:30 (am) with a splitting headache. I was up until 4 or so and finally got back to sleep-- I didn't wake up until 11! I had someone working for me 11-7 on Sat, but was still scheduled 7-11. I got to flex down! And we went to PI for dinner. YUM!!!!

Sunday morning we went to church then helped set up for WIHN. It is a program to help people get back on their feet. All participants must be working or seeking employment. They spend the night at local churches and the days at work or the center which has counseling, computer access, wahers and dryers, housing assistance, there are other services available, but I don't know what they all are. Mike and his Dad went to get the van and trailer from the last host church-- the trailer has the fold up beds in it. I went up to the attic and helped bring down supplies-- lamps, alarm clocks, night lights, toiletries, toys- that kind of thing. After Sunday School was over, we moved the chairs out of the rooms and got the rooms set up.

After a brunch of sausage gravy and a nap, we went to Ollie's. It's kind oflike a Big Lots Store-- you never know what might be there. We got an umbrella for the table on the big deck, and a couple of books. I could have spent the whole afternoon in the book section.

We had pork tenderloin for dinner with a salad and potatoes.

Today it was back to work and then to the gym. I walked and rode then did some of the arm and upper back I did last week with Gail. Speaking of Gail, I'm meeting her at 8 tomorrow morning. I'm sure she'll have some fun planned!

The dryer is calling-- later!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Notice a Change?

Just want to point out a slight change I made here on the blog---- the clock for Afghanistan time is GONE--- that's right-- I don't need to know what time it is there anymore!!!!

#2 son is now home safe and sound in Little Rock---

He got home about noon today-- surprising his dear wife! Apparently, his phone wasn't working and he didn't have change for the pay phone and didn't think about making a collect call to her cell phone--- when he got to the Little Rock airport he saw one of his TSA co-workers and asked for a ride home. Oh well, that's my boy!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I Knew It!

I knew I was in for a work out this morning-- but had no idea WHAT Gail had planned for me today. Well, we started with some "dumbbell swings"- literally swinging a 10# dumbbell from a squat position and twisting up to the left, back down and then to the right-- FUN! Then I tried to do some walking lunges, but my doggone right knee wouldn't let me-- first lunge I felt it pull again. So, we moved on-- right to the assisted pull-ups and chin-ups-- 3 sets of 10 with hands in 3 different positions- do the math-- that's a total of 90 reps. Even with the counter balance- it's still hard work. Next was some kind of triceps pull down, followed by bicep curls (3 sets of 15 each). Then some straight arm thing followed by some other thing she thought up-- you guessed it- 3 sets again. To end the hour Gail had me on the captain's chair to do leg lifts, straight knee lifts, then lifts to the left and the right-- you know the drill-- 3 sets of 10 each. My arms and core got a real work out today. I had warmed up on the bike (2 miles in 9.5 minutes) and 1/2 mile on the treadmill. I have definitely moved out of my comfort zone and now sweat freely in public-- not a pretty site, but, I'm doing it!

After a quick trip to Kroger -- hey-- it's right next to the gym, I'm not going home, showering and going right back to the same place-- I went home and showered then off to Mary's house to play-- and play we did! We worked on our wine cellar projects until 5:30 (1730 to you military folks).

That's all for now-- I wiped out tonight and have to be in a class tomorrow morning--later!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

It's Not Fair

As much as I HATE that phrase--- IT'S NOT FAIR--- Mike has to go to Norfolk next week for work, spend the night and go to Richmond the next morning-- so he invited himself to stay with VA dil and Mdx, and I don't get to go-- stupid work, stupid dogs, stupid, stupid stupid. I hope you can hear me stomping my feet, slamming doors and sobbing, 'coz IT'S NOT FAIR-----

OK-- I'm over it (for now)-- not much else new around here--

Got a call from #3 son this morning-- he wanted to tell me that he is stationed at Camp Liberty- not what his original orders said, but that's where he is--- glad I didn't know that earlier!

Still waiting to hear from #2 son or AR dil about his return.

Went to the gym again today-- walked just over a mile, then biked for about a mile and got bored (all the bikes on the floor were taken, so I went into the "get away" room- the upright bikes in there don't have earphone hookups to the TVs), then did 20 minutes on the elliptical. I'm meeting my trainer at 0830-- I'm sure she will have some fun and games planned for me!

Talked to VA dil this evening. Her orchestra students had their end of year concert last night-she said they did an awesome job! I wonder if there will be any footage from the concert on her blog? I hope so! She and the students have worked really hard this school year-- nine of her students even made the all city orchestra!! Go kids-- I don't know you personally, but sure am proud of how far you've come this year!! Great work all of you!!

Tomorrow afternoon I am going to play--- you heard me--- PLAY-- I'm going over to my friend Mary's house and we are going to work on our wine cellars. Then I will come home and finish getting things ready for our weekend visitors and for the first Thursday since August-- I will NOT be going to Bible study. I think it will feel strange to be home on Thursday evening and I will miss the fellowship of the group.

Going to go gather some things to take on my playdate tomorrow-- later!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Craziness Continues

So, how long can this respiratory stuff last? It's been 12 days and I'm still honking and coughing. Finally went back to the gym on Saturday afternoon and again today.

Spoke to all the boys over the weekend-- #3 (in Iraq) called on Sat-- he had to work Sun, #2 (in Afghanistan) called Sun afternoon while we were planting some tomato and pepper plants and #1 (in Myrtle Beach) called late Sun afternoon. It was good to hear from all of them!!

#2 son should be en route back to the States-- he has promised to call when he gets to American soil -- we are anxiously waiting his safe return.

#3 son has posted a link on his blog A Day in the Life to the news story of the soldier who killed 5 other servicemen on the base where he is stationed. He left me a voice mail saying he was fine, not to worry when I heard the news. Well, I probably wouldn't have given it a second thought since the location was listed as Camp Liberty and I knew that was not the name of the base he had given us. But, I was glad he called to report his safety.

VA dil has posted some more pictures of that beautiful baby girl! She is getting so big and smart! We'll be going to see her in 2 weeks-- I can't wait!

This weekend Mike is having one of his infamous garage sales--- his folks are coming to visit, too. After the garage sale, I am planning on treating mil and myself to pedicures! I'm wondering if anyone will be up to picking strawberries on Sun afternoon. I understand the pickin' is good right now and we haven't had any homemade jam for a long time.

Hopefully, we will have homegrown tomatoes and peppers this summer. We planted 2 types of tomatoes-- Early Girl and an heirloom variety, and sweet and hot peppers this weekend. We haven't had much luck in the past growing vegetables, but decided to give it another try.

Our yellow roses have been beautiful this spring. I deadheaded the bush Sat and hope it continues blooming. I even have some in a vase in the kitchen.

I have to work tomorrow-- an 8 hour day. Then I am going to the gym, will probably ride the bike and do some core work.

Thursday morning I am meeting with my trainer early, then will have a play date with some of my mini friends in the afternoon. We are planning to work on our wine cellar projects from State Day.

Heading off to bed for now-- will take some photos over the next few days to post some of our activities.

Until later........

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Poor Poor Me

I spent all day Wed in a class (a good class, but still, I was confined), then I worked 8 hours during the day on Thurs, came home and went to Bible study, and then had to work Fri night -I did get to flex down at 1AM, but once I got home, I dozed off in the chair and woke up with a sore throat. SO, I ended up sleeping until early afternoon on Sat. We had dinner with some neighbors--ribs and brats, potatoes, salad, apple pie, fruit plate and appetizers! It was good, but I wasn't quite up to par. I came home and crashed- woke up about 7, but knew I was not going to get up and go to church, so I went back to sleep.

Got up about 10 feeling yucky, so I took a shower and sat in my recliner for a while. I knew I couldn't stay there all day (as much as I wanted to) because tomorrow is my day to bring treats to work for Nurse's Week-- for both shifts. So I washed my hands carefully and went about the business of baking chocolate chip squares-- I needed to make 2 batches, so I got out the pan I THOUGHT I had made a double batch in before and went merrily along my way-- mixed up the batter, smoothed in it the pan , put the pan in the preheated oven and set the timer. The timer went off at the appropriate time, I opened the oven door and was greeted by cookie dough pouring over the side of the pan and dripping all over the bottom of the oven, I was NOT very happy. The kitchen smelled like smoke from the dough burning on the lower oven element. So, after the proper amount of whining and such, Mike offered to go out and get me more supplies. Taking no chances this time, I opted for boxes of brownie mix and canned icing. So, now, the brownies are sitting on the counter, iced and ready to go in the morning.

OH-- yesterday the Terminex guy was here for our yearly inspection and told us we have/had something living under the house-- probably an oppossum--YUK-- I guess there are a lot of "deposits" under there-- so if you know a critter guy-- let us know so we can get this taken care of ASAP. Apparently, some of the "scents" I've been blaming on the dogs are apparently coming from under the house. One of our neighbors has a live trap we are rgoing to put out to try to trap the critter, then we'll need to find someone to clean out under the house, once again YUK.

Anyway, I'm drugged and off to bed-- hoping I don't get sent home from work tomorrow (you know all the flu stuff) and a little bummed that I didn't get anything done in my studio this weekend.

On a brighter note, I did chat (IM) with #3 son for a few minutes today. And I talked to AR dil briefly, (I think I scared her with my raspy voice today)- she has the date for #2 son's return from Afghanistan--he is to arrive in the states on the 14th-- and will get home a day or two later.