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25 November 2014

Good Afternoon, FS Warriors! Well, the back is still too sore to push it, but I'm getting up even earlier now. Woke up the tune of a hairball being coughed up by one of the cats. Yeah, "Good morning to you too!" Gotta love it. Been up at 3:00 the last two mornings. Going to make an appointment with the doctor for my routine checkup and see what he says about the back. Got a little hip pain too, but I've had the remnants of a pinched nerve for a couple years now, and don't know if it's that or I'm just worn out. Either way, I'll continue to run. I can either be wore out and lean, or wore out and fat; I'll choose the former. I've decided to lay off the bungee jumping though; maybe I'll settle for one of those inversion tables, or maybe somebody is selling one of those medieval torture racks for stretching people. I think the back is getting better though; only hurts when I jar it. You ever start to trip, or slip, and catch yourself? That's when it hurts. Couldn't imagine slipping on ice right now. It would be, "Just kill me now."
It's evaluation time. Just got done with the Leadership Seminar. Now I'm catching up on the work I missed (but I really didn't miss it), and now have to get everyone's evaluations done over the next week. I like my job, but I'd like it a lot more if I only had to work every other day, or even every other week. I still want to go out and play, when I should be working. If they would just bring me chocolate milk and cookies and let me take a nap in the middle of the day . . . They take everything so seriously around here.
I just bought an Ipad mini, and it's pretty impressive. I had a color Nook. Gave that to DW; she only cares about the books and the games mostly; I wanted something a little more powerful for the music on the go, and the work stuff. We're both happy. Well, we're both happy about that anyay. :D
We're having everyone over for Thanksgiving dinner thursday. We were going to have it at the Granddaughter's house, but that didn't work out. I'm not very demanding normally when it comes to the cuisine for the holidays - except for Thanksgiving; we will have turkey, dressing and gravy for our Thanksgiving dinner. I let them have anything they want for Christmas, New Year's, or Easter, but I'm going to have turkey on Thanksgiving. I can't tell you why; I guess it just guarantees that I'll get it at least once a year. I love DW's sage dressing and gravy. Usually, she even makes it for the church and the American Legion dinners, so I end up getting it at least three times over the Thanksgiving holiday. :) I can even eat that dressing cold. Well, that's all I have to say about that.
One more work day! Yay! It's actually supposed to ba a decent weekend. I've got lots to do, of course. Ever see the Pink Panther movies where Cato attacks Inspector Clouseau? That's what I feel like when I open the kennel door and let Mack into my workshop. He lunges at me. The first day with the bad back, it caught me unexpectedly and about killed me. I must be getting better now; I brace for shock and don't even feel it. I know I could tell him not to do it, but what fun would that be? Haha, he's an 8 year old puppy. I have to wrestle with him in the morning and the evening or the day just wouldn't be the same.
OK, enough rambling. Got to go. Toodles!
Cato versus Inspector Clouseau

22 November 2014

Good Evening, FS Warriors! I know I haven't been on here for a while. It's not that I'm backsliding, I've just been busy or otherwise. :) Whatever the heck that means! Well, I got through my Leadership Summit, it was interesting, nothing revolutionary, but not grueling either. Then I had a lot to catch up on when I got back to work. We are in the middle of performance evaluations, and that is a time when I can't afford to neglect giving all I've got. I pulled a muscle in the lower left part of my back, and it has been really bothering me. Normall, I would just run anyway. I ran the 6 hard miles Friday, but it aggravated the heck out of my back, so I decided not to run the slow and easy 10 miles today. My half marathon is not until April, and I would rather compromise some of the training today, and possibly run a little slower in April than to run while I'm hurting, and take a chance on taking myself out of the game entirely. I like to run, and I want to run that half marathon, but anything I do from this day forward doesn't determine who I am; my character and integrity are pretty well established and I am who I am, regardless of what I am able to accomplish from here on out.

I got my trailer and tractor tires back, and installed them today. That didn't hurt nearly as much as climbing up into the truck and scooting across the seat. I guess it's the twisting and pulling that make me want to bit down on a stick or something. The family doctor has been trying to get me in to have a regular checkup, so I guess now is as good a time as any.

Tonight, DW made ribs, with beats and some kind of rice concoction. I decided to try a merlot we had bought previously - Oak Leaf Merlot wine. One of the cheapest we have ever bought; but let me tell you, I think it was one of the smoothest Merlots I have drank. I am ashamed to say that I drank the whole bottle. I guess I wanted to see how well it did as a pain killer, and I have to confess - not bad. About as good as Tylenol, but tasted a whole lot better. Seriously, I don't know whether we got it at CVS or Aldi's, but I think it was one of the better merlots I have ever drank - or drunk; how about consumed? Haha. I know, what a lush! A bottle is only a obout 3 glasses, but who's counting. I've got nobody to impress; it tasted good, took some of the pain away, and I'm hoping it will make me sleep good. I'm not running and jarring my back until I see some improvement.

Went over to the church when I got done installing the tires. Ran through the songs on my own. Weather was overcast and even a little drizzly, but it was warm enough for just shirt sleeves if you kept moving around. It was great; I only regretted I couldn't or wouldn't move a lot of heavy stuff because of the back problem. Anyway, just wanted to let you all know that things are going well, and I haven't forgotten you. Luv you all! Toodles!

18 November 2014

Good Afternoon, FS Warriors! After noon, by 11 minutes. For some of you, it is still before noon. Isn't technology wonderful? :) There really hasn't been much to report that anyone would find interesting. The lemon pie is history, and I am the only one in the house that likes lemon. Enough said. Got up at 3:30 this morning. Been sleeping in a recliner out in the family room. DW is down with a terrible cough again; sounds like a coffee can full of marbles. I can't sleep in the same room and still sleep. Yesterday, I did not get up in time to do my workout, so I did it this morning. 6 miles all together. A pretty tough workout: 1 mile easy run for a warmup, then 4 miles of alternating threshold runs, and then cool down for a mile at a jog. I've been feeling wasted all morning. Took a couple tylenol. Something tells me that I am not going to be interested in any more half-marathons after April, and after I cross this off my bucket list. And I cannot see the benefit of subjecting my body to the rigors of a full marathon, once I'm done with the half. Too much stress on the hips and back. Perhaps if I've dropped about 30 pounds, but that's not looking too likely too soon.
Struggling to stay awake. To make matters worse, I had to call our IT Help Desk to get a new battery for my laptop. It's been going dead after ony about 20 minutes. As it turns out, my lapeop is due to be changed out, which means I get a new one. A pain in the butt, changing everything over, but hopefully it will be better in the long run. Back to the point: I was on hold for 30 minutes listening to the same stanza of elevator music, over and over, repeatedly. they never even change the song. I nodded off.
Getting a haircut tonight, and then tomorrow, it's our night for decorating the church for the holidays. I don't do much; not much of a decorator unless they need someone to go up on the ladder. I'll eat the soup though. :)
I hope to get to bed fairly early, but 9:00 is about the best I can hope for. Then I have to be at the Leadership Summit early for the next two days. I'll be glad to greet the weekend. It was 11F coming to work this morning; that's cold, but I know we are much more fortunate than a lot of the rest of the country, so I am making a conscious effort not to complain. Well, that's about it for today. May all my FS Buddies have a wonamous evening and a better day tomorrow. Toodles!

15 November 2014

Good Afternoon, FS Warriors! It's a nice Saturday, considering the cold and all. No precipitation as of yet. As previously mentioned, my fear that I was coming down with something, that seems to have permeated the entire family, drove me to rest from my run yesterday, and to get a good night's sleep last night. Although I was up and down about 4 times in the night, to practice my aim at the one dark and scarceley visible flaw in the porcelain throne, I feel I got a reasonably good night's sleep. Didn't get up to face the day until about 8:30. My plan was to be refreshed, in order to run 10 miles, hell or high water, and run 10 miles I did! I went fairly easy, warming up and cooling down for a total of about 2 hrs and 15 minutes. My calves are a little tender, but I'll live. Burned about 2,000 calories, and made up for some of it with a shrimp cocktail followed by a delicious piece of lemon meringue pie. DW hates lemon, but bought a lemon meringue pie, so I must do the only chivalrous thing, and that of course is to eat it. I shall try to limit myself to one piece a day, howbeit the size of which is still subject to some examination.
DW and I are taking the Pastor friend and wife out to eat tonight to a place that serves a delicious New York Strip steak for two. We will probably have that with a baked potato and salad. I imagine our friends will follow suit, but they have their own free will, and choose whatsoever they like. It is their anniversary, and our treat.
Leading worship tomorrow, so the only agenda for this evening is to practice some of the songs. I'm sure I will be plenty tired by the time all of the festivities are done, and will have no trouble sleeping. Knock on wood, I seem to have eluded, for the time being, the sickness that has enveloped the region. I got my truck back last night, and it drives nicely. Feels good to have it back. I much prefer to drive with my legs hanging down than to be stuck out in front like I'm trying to come up out of the water on water skis. The truck is kind of like me, vintage and not ready to be put out to pasture. I've got some body work to do on it, as well as to myself. We both run low on gas sometimes, or need a tune up, but we're still both capable of getting rowdy when we have to.
Well, hoping everyone is warm and cozy on these frigid evenings. Looking forward to another day of listening to all your experiences, and sharing mine, although I'm not expecting to have anyting all too exciting to share. In any case, blessings to all! Toodles!

13 November 2014

Good Evening, FS Warriors! Well, this is one of those journal articles that reveal my vulnerable side. I did not complete my training run today. Boo hiss! I stayed up late last night, on the phone with a tech support person in the Carribean trying to get an application (Audible - like in books) working so I could run listening to a book this morning. Well, we did get the application working, but it was almost midnight when I got off the phone. I slept in the recliner in the family room and didn't wake up till 5 this morning. This morning's run was supposed to be 6 miles: run 1 easy mile for warmup, then run 4 increasingly faster miles, and then cool down for a mile with no rests. Well, needless to say, I did not make this morning's run, and decided to do it this evening. I got up with a bit of a scratchy throat, and the whole family has been sick with one thing or another. DW keeps bringing home every affliction the grankids get. So, I thought, maybe it was a blessing in disguise that I didn't get up early enough to run. So, after dinner, I dressed out and headed down to the treadmill. I only made it about 3 miles before I felt nauseated, took a few sips of water, made it another mile, and thought, I had better stop or I won't have anything left to fight off whatever is trying to get hold of me. So, I'm going to skip tomorrow morning's easy run, and hope I feel good enough for my 10 mile easy run on Saturday. I definitely do not want to take my defense mechanisms down to the point where I will be hit hard with something. So, I weenied out.
There's a dusting of snow on the cars outside. It's in the 20's, and they say it's only going to get worse, at least up to Thanksgiving. Came in like a lion, and earlier than I can remember. I am not a big fan of the cold, and never have been. I don't mind being out on a cold day chopping wood or something when the sun is shining and you have that radiant heat, but this cloudy damp cold is for the birds. But I don't think they like it either. Even the lab is spending more time inside where it's more comfy. Well, I'm glad tomorrow is Friday. I've got to quit saying that, the time goes by too fast as it is. Anyway, I hope I'll be talking with you all tomorrow, so have a great evening, and a better day tomorrow! Toodles!

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