Showing posts from June 15, 2008

I am exhausted...

I was sitting around last night wallowing in my satisfaction with the test when I spotted a mouse. Now I should clarify that we live in country area. Our property backs up to a very large creek across which are farm lands. Also, the back door is always open because of the dogs. So we frequently gets a random mouse here and there, once in a while even a rat - yuck!!! Anyway, I'm sitting at my computer and I see a mouse scoot along the wall. Oh no!!

So this morning, after WW, I started tearing the room apart. I had been wanting to rearrange and get rid of some stuff anyway. It's the computer/birdie room and it just kind of evolved, there was no planning in it. So first I took almost everything out of the room. I ended up getting rid of a dresser, a ton of old clothes, and a bookcase. I cleaned and scrubbed then put everything back together. It took me about 6 hours and I'm wiped out.

I didn't get my bike ride in this morning because I was eager to get this r…

All Done!!

I took the test and I did fantastic!!! On the math portion I got 187, I needed 171 to pass. On the reading I got 185, again needed 171. I'm all good. Unless I really, really bombed on the essay portion I should be good to go.

I am glad that is over. I hate the waiting. The build up to the event. I'm find once it starts, but the waiting could kill me.

In other news, they are apparently interviewing someone to take my place at work. Yeah!! It's going to take a pretty long time to get someone trained to handle the lab by themselves like I do, so the sooner they get on it the happier I am. Also, with someone on board I can easily take the time off I'll need to visit classrooms and such. It's all very exciting stuff.

The eating today has not been good. I had my lunch planned, a sandwich at Blimpie's, only to discover that the Blimpie's I wanted to go to was closed. Ugh!!! I had allotted enough time for lunch but not enough time to drive around and …

Test Day

I'm not sure if I mentioned this here and I'm too lazy to go look, but I'm going back to school. In preparation for the big move to Colorado, I'm going to get my teaching certificate and become a teacher :) Today I take the Praxis or PPST, pre-professional skills test, in order to gain entrance to an institution of higher learning. That's kind of why I've been so distracted the past 2 weeks. I've been studying. The test is not that hard, reading, writing, and math, but I'm nervous. I've taken a number of practice tests and gotten well above passing marks, so I shouldn't be worried. The one thing I was concerned about was the essay question. They give you a topic and you have 30 minutes to write for or against it. I was really kind of sweating that part. Then last night, as I'm complaining to my husband, he looks at me and says 'you write 4 blogs!! What the heck are you worried about writing for?' Huh..... I guess he'…

This may not be the best idea

I had such a good ride on Tuesday on the stationary bike doing my intervals, I decided to ride it again today. A small part of the reason was that it was raining this morning too. Not heavily but last time it rained there was some minor landslides along the backroads and I thought I was going to damage my bike. Plus it took me almost 45 minutes to clean my bike. So I hopped on the stationary bike for my hour long ride. And I grabbed a book to read while riding. I'm not sure that's such a good idea but, in my defense, I was sweating up a storm, my thighs were screaming, and my HR was up there. So I got my hour in, got a good workout in, and got to read my book for an hour. A very good morning.

I am not hungry. I just ate breakfast and I feel all bloated now. I wasn't hungry before I ate and now I feel a little sick.. Yuck!!!

I woke up in the middle of the night with some stomach pains. I thought it might have been something I ate, but there was no corresponding inte…

Me and Timothy Leary

Your Aura is Orange

You're a bit of a loner, but you're never lonely. You know how to entertain yourself.

Whether you're trying an extreme sport or a new weird food, you always live on the edge.

The purpose of your life: testing limits - both physical and mental... and then telling people about it.

Famous oranges include: Timothy Leary, David Blaine, Tony Hawk, Carey Hart

Careers for you to try: Snowboarder, Circus Performer, Undercover Agent

What Color Is Your Aura?

Sometimes you just have to admit defeat.

This morning was swimming. It was to be my longest swim yet, 3,000 m. I was really not looking forward to it. I hadn't been looking forward to it since I saw it on the schedule last week. I was not up for this. But I got up and got everything ready this morning and headed out. Another thing I was questioning was the timing. I only had about an hour, hour 15 to swim this morning. I did not think I could do 3,000 m in that short a time. Last week 2,700 m took me an hour and 15 minutes.
But, I head out. I get to the pool and start in. I did my 4 x 50 m warm ups and couldn't think of drills to do. Huh! How's that! Couldn't think of any drills. Then it was 5 x 100m. I took off swimming hard and just couldn't keep it up. My mind kept wandering. I was looking at the stuff on the bottom of the pool, it's summer fun at the Y and the kids are in the pool every afternoon. I did my 5 x 100 and the next thing was 600m straight. Ugh!! I did it but my heart …


Huh!! I was just logging my food in WW and realized I didn't eat enough yesterday. I'm supposed to eat 26 or 27 points, I forget which, and yesterday I accidentally logged one food twice. I thought I had broken even for the day when actually I hadn't eaten enough. Huh!! Could that be why I'm a little hungry today?? Huh..... I was planning on a very light dinner tonight since Hubby is playing golf. Him and his friends are trying out some new golf clubs so who knows when they'll be home. Maybe I can have a little ice cream tonight. Yummmm......

Victory is mine!!

In spite of my body, I got up this morning and did my scheduled workouts.

When the alarm went off I did not want to get up. As usual, I was lethargic. But I forced myself out of bed and tried to plan my workout. I was supposed to do 5-3 minute intervals on the bike with 4 minutes rest. I was also supposed to do 3-1 mile sprints. Huh?? 1. mile. sprints. I don't think so. That was really hanging me up. I know I can't do those and I'm fairly certain I don't want to do them, but I couldn't decide what to do instead.

I did chicken out and rode the stationary bike. This actually may be better for intervals . I found I could push really hard the entire interval. When on the road I sometimes have to slow down for traffic, or suddenly the road will go downhill and I lose intensity. I think I may do my intervals on the stationary bike. I got a helluva workout this morning.

When it came time to run I decided to do just that, run. I headed out at a slow pace and…

A wild rant

and way, way too much information. If you are squeamish at all or male, you probably want to leave now. Trust me, it's going to get ugly.

Okay, you've been warned.

I'm 49 years old and face it, I'm staring menopause right in the face. In the last year things have started getting a little weird and I keep holding out hope that menopause is imminent. Every time I go 2 months without a period I'd get all excited. It would always return, but I keep my fingers crossed that is the time.

This, though, has gotten freaking ridiculous. 4 weeks ago I had my regular period on time. 2 weeks ago I had another full blown period that lasted longer and was much heavier. And now today we start again. This is just so wrong.

I wish there was something I could do to hasten the arrival of the long awaited menopause. I know there are drugs and stuff I could take, but I'm not that desperate yet. I wish there was a switch we could flip that would turn it on and off. Face it, we…

How could I forget this??

The most important part of my weekend, WW weigh-in. That was Saturday morning. A quick side note, I've been going to the 7:30 meeting on Saturday mornings. That means I have to get up at my regular time and leave the house by 6 or a little after to ride my bike there. Friday night we had dinner with some friends and one of them was starting WW the next day. I told her to come to the 7:30 meeting. She said that was too early and was going to the 9:00 one. I started to say that I have to go to the 7:30 meeting but then I couldn't figure out why. I had no reason to go to the early one and no reason to get up so stinking early on a Saturday. I felt like a real idiot. But I did sleep in a little on Saturday and go the the later meeting. That worked out fine :)

Anyway, weigh-in. I was down 3 lbs for a total of 5 lbs in 3 weeks. Woo Hoo!!!! Every 5 lbs you get something, in this case a bookmark. I was so excited and it's so silly but it really makes the weight loss k…

Why did I have to respond??

I'm out on my run this morning, which was brutal!! I chose to run along the highway here because it has a few hills and I stink at hills. 6 miles was on the schedule so that would incorporate 4 hills of decent size. Just what I needed. Now I'm running along a 4 lane highway, but the highest speed is 45 mph, and it's not that long so while cars speed it's not crazy fast. As I head out I'm running on the side of the road facing traffic. I should point out that there is a huge shoulder and that's why I like to run here. The shoulder must be 10-12' wide. So I'm running along facing traffic. When I hit the 3 mile mark I turn around and run back. Now I'm running with my back to traffic. I do this for a couple of reasons. The highway is way too dangerous to cross where I am. When I'm heading out the shoulder slants down to the left so my right foot is higher. If I run on the same side back, my left foot is higher and my back is not screwed…