April 30, 2011
April 29, 2011
Unfortunately, the unveiling of Theo's opulent spread proves to be far from grand after retired CEO and beloved politico Duke Wilkes falls to the floor with a jagged piece of metal protruding from his neck. When the Widow Wilkes begs Theo to apply her sleuthing skills, she can't refuse. But her investigation opens up a simmering pot of shady politics and personal payback, and Theo soon finds herself in a situation stickier than any jam she's ever served.
3 out of 5 stars. I don't hate these books but I don't love them either. I'd read this one before so I think I would have liked it more if I hadn't already read it. These books are nice because you can put them down for a long time and pick them up and catch right back up with the story line.
April 28, 2011
April 27, 2011
After the doctor examined my knees and we talked about the amount and type of pain that I'd been having, she came to the same conclusion that I had, runners knee. She gave me some exercises that I need to do and I have an appt today with a physical therapist. She also has me on 600mg ibuprofen and rest.
I'm trying not to feel like someone died about this. I was so divested about this last week that I can't describe the feeling. Now I'm looking at it as an opportunity to get stronger so I can run faster. I'm really looking forward to running again. I'm looking forward to it so much that I dream about it at nights. I dream of races and of the feeling that I get of being strong and happy when I run. Running makes me feel so great that I dream about it. I think that means I'm a sick person.
Doctor said 1 to 2 weeks of rest until there is no pain and then I can start running again. I am really looking forward to that day.
April 26, 2011
We spent two days in the park and camped about 20 miles outside of the park. Here's just a fraction of the pictures we took.
Hubbs at El Capitan.
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April 11, 2011
I completed Couch to 5k on last Friday and Begin week 2 on Sunday. I have to admit that week 2, day 1 totally kicked my butt. Week 1 was pretty easy for me, run 60 seconds and walk 90 seconds. But bumping it up to run 90 seconds totally kicked my butt. I'm not sure if it was because I ran in the morning or because I wasn't fueled up enough or what the problem was. I normally run after work, around 4:45 or 5pm. It works pretty good for me since I sit on my rear end all day basically putting out no energy. Or at least the minimum amount of energy.
Despite the butt kicking run on Sunday, I'm going to keep going. Next run is tomorrow after work and I'm really looking forward to. I honestly think that if I stay on track for all of April, I'm going to sign up for a 5k in June.
April 9, 2011
Like just about every other American, I struggle with my weight. I know how to lose weight. I've done it before. I lost 84 pounds using weight watchers. Then I moved to Sacramento and gained a lot of it back...like 55 pounds of it back. Moving to a big city from a very small town is a scary experience (or at least it was for me). So is not having a job and trying to figure out a way to pay for a new house. With nothing physical to do all day except laundry and not having the confidence to go outside and take a walk or run, the weight came back quickly.
Next thing I know a year has passed, I've gained 55 pounds and I'm a year away from my wedding. I didn't want to look back at those wedding pictures and see a fat bride, so back to weight watchers I went. By the time the wedding rolled around I'd lost 30 pounds putting me back into the healthy weight range. After the wedding I continued to lose another 15 pounds. I kept that off for about 2 years and then I changed jobs.
My "new" job (I've been there almost 3 years now) has a lot of food activities going on. There are always potlucks and birthday lunches. Not to mention for part of that time one of my new coworkers on my unit always wanted me to go out to lunch with her since we were the closest in age. The lunches were fun. We'd gossip and talk about our significant others. But I was also not exercising and consuming much more calories then I'd normally would have by going out to lunch. Before I knew it 15 pounds gained back. Since that I'm I've stayed right about 150.
I'll lose a pound here and gain a pound there but almost always staying right around 150. Which is OK because it's still a healthy weight for my height. I'm tall and have a medium sized frame, so I'll never be 100 pounds, which is a good thing. I'd look silly at 100 pounds, scratch silly. I'd look sickly at 100 pounds.
While I do want to lose about 10 pounds. My goals this time are different. I used to run. A lot. I used to run a lot but a couple of years ago I got sick and just never went back to it. I really missed running. So a couple of weeks ago I started thinking about it again...obsessively thinking about it. I started walking my dogs again which is something that I really used to enjoy but haven't been doing in part because my job is so crazy and stressful when I got home I just wanted to fall on the couch. Dumb, dumb, dumb...stress is elevated by exercise. Duh and I know that.
About 30 days ago, I started tracking my food again. About 3 weeks ago I started walking the dogs again. Just shooting for 30 min's 3 times a week. But once I started walking them, I started feeling better and having more energy which led to me walking them every day for 30 min's. They get so excited when I put my runners on how can I say no? All of that led to me thinking about how much I love running. Last weekend Hubbs and I went to Fleet Feet on J Street in Sacramento. I got fitted for a new pair of Saucony running shoes. I picked out a pair of Pro Grid Ride 4. Totally scored them for less then $100 which thrilled me. I also downloaded an app for my phone to start the Couch to 5k program (C25k).
Since it's been so long since I ran, I'm starting from scratch. Monday after work, I came home and instead of dropping into my spot on the couch, I changed my cloths, laced up my runners and hit the street. I did the same thing on Wednesday too. After each run I have felt so great, so up beat and positive about every thing. Like the old me is coming back. That great feeling has even held over for work too. I haven't been rolling my eyes at my boss or making (too) many snide comments under my breath.
Yesterday was bit different then the first two days running C25k. Yesterday was week 1, day 3. I had the day off from work to get my car serviced which really only takes an hour but I took the whole day. I was so exhausted and sleepy that I didn't do a thing all day except watch TV and read. When Hubbs got home from work, I forced myself up and into my running gear. Let me tell ya, I am so glad that I did. My pace was better then Wednesdays run buy a lot. I gained over 1.5 min's. And I felt really good after. Not tired at all. I'm planning to continue with the program on Sunday for week 2, day 1.
My ultimate goal at this time is to run a 5k race in June. I'm really fired up about this.
April 8, 2011
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April 3, 2011
You’d think that this would be a very easy post. All I’ve got to do is talk about my time. For some reason, I’ve been struggling with this one. For that reason, I’m going to employ the Who, What, When, Where and How of writing.
Who: Me, Hubbs, two dogs and a cat.
When: Usually after work once the chores are done or on the weekends when we’re not running errands.
Where: Like most people I have a favorite spot in the house. It used to be on the couch but then we got a new entertainment center and rearranged the living room so now I have a chair with an ottoman. It’s covered with a quilt that I made when I first started quilting about 7 years ago. The chair itself if from the 60’s and is cream colored with blue strips. The cream colored chair is the reason for the quilt. Unless I put something in the chair, the second you leave the house or if the dog thinks you’re not paying attention to what he’s doing, he hops up in my chair for a rest. The quilt is cream and pastel colors but at least I can toss that in the washing machine if it gets muddy or covered in dog hair (it’s frequently both). I have a little side table that came from China with my Grandpa Jack when he was a Merchant Marine in the 40’s and 50’s. One the table I usually have my 32 oz water bottle, my notions can and any other necessary objects. It also holds the TV remotes, Kleenex and a side lamp. I recently got a new lamp that is directly over the chair to give me better lighting. Our house has the worst lighting. I’m pretty sure we have more lamps per capita then any other home in the country.
How: No knitting is to be done without the personal approval of the cat. She’s generally on my lap making sure that 1) I don’t make a break for it or 2) that my yarn meets with her approval. At least once an hour she does her test of yarn integrity by batting at the yarn and attempting to bite through it. While this is going on there is generally a dog dropping a slimy ball into my lap wanting it to be thrown for him while the other dog waits for the first dog to run by in order to pounce on him and start a dog wrestle mania. While all of that is going on the TV is generally on tuned to any number of programs. But I treat TV like radio. And then I tune it out. It sounds cayotic when I put in writing but it works for me.
April 2, 2011
I want to make these socks soooo badly. I can cast on. I can turn a heel. I can decrease I can bind off but the one thing I can't do is do the color work. I don't know how, but I so want to learn. I'd love to make these socks for my Gram.
Goal number 5 for 2011 is learn to do color work. And goal number 6 is to knit 2 pairs of socks from Around the World in Knitted Socks for Gram. These socks are from that book. I could do two goals for 2011 in one pair of socks.
Color work is scary. Two yarns. People with thingies on their fingers. I don't know.
My mom gave me Mastering Color Knitting by Melissa Leapman for my birthday. I really want to do some of the projects from this book but I really need to finish a couple other things before I start doing any color work. And really, it's time for me to challenge myself in my knitting. All the basics I feel that I've pretty much mastered. So it's time. And socks might be a good thing to start with, small project that wouldn't be too much of an investment in yarn or time to determine if I even want to keep going with color work.
I don't know who I'm trying to convience...me or you.