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I'm not doing well using my DW/LJ, but maybe looking at it as a good way to keep up with exercising will help.

Sunday, 7/31, I rode to Arlington Center on the bike path and then home again - not sure how long that took, since my watch stopped, but I'll estimate 25 minutes.

Monday, same ride as Sunday.

Tuesday, I rode to the exit to The Music Emporium on the bike path and then home again - fifty minutes in heavy air - hard work.

Wednesday,same ride and time as Tuesday - easier riding with lighter air.

Thursday, no ride - walked to Davis Square to take out money - twenty-five minutes in sandals *g*, also did twenty minutes moving/walking/dancing while watching TV - forty-five minutes total.

Friday, today - rode to Lexington Center on the bike path and back again - one hour and twenty minutes with a five-minute rest for a snack and water at Lexington Center - a very good ride, hard work, but good work.

I hope to keep riding, although probably not every day, into late fall. It feels good to do!
gem225: line drawing of a bicycle (stylized bicycle)
I'm not doing well using my DW/LJ, but maybe looking at it as a good way to keep up with exercising will help.

Sunday, 7/31, I rode to Arlington Center on the bike path and then home again - not sure how long that took, since my watch stopped, but I'll estimate 25 minutes.

Monday, same ride as Sunday.

Tuesday, I rode to the exit to The Music Emporium on the bike path and then home again - fifty minutes in heavy air - hard work.

Wednesday,same ride and time as Tuesday - easier riding with lighter air.

Thursday, no ride - walked to Davis Square to take out money - twenty-five minutes in sandals *g*, also did twenty minutes moving/walking/dancing while watching TV - forty-five minutes total.

Friday, today - rode to Lexington Center on the bike path and back again - one hour and twenty minutes with a five-minute rest for a snack and water at Lexington Center - a very good ride, hard work, but good work.

I hope to keep riding, although probably not every day, into late fall. It feels good to do!
gem225: (Mr. Big Big Bear 1)
I worked in Mind's Eye Yarns alone, Sunday through Tuesday (one 2-hour Saturday too!) in May for two weeks, and it went well, and I'm going to work this Saturday for the whole 8-hour day.

I learned to knit short row heels, so I can knit not only tube socks, but socks with heels too. I've knit socks for Greg and for me, and I'll keep knitting them. I want to knit socks for the Nieces Three, but those will probably be tube socks, since those are easier and wear longer for young people. I have a whole lot of sock yarn that I bought for shawls, but it's better to make socks, I think.

Greg made candied bacon jam last night with coffee and a pound of bacon follwing a recipe I don't know but it's online (try googling if if you like, or comment and I'll ask Greg to give me the link/links)- after we had it over cornmeal-seared cod Saturday night at East Coast Grill. Wow.

All is well here. I knit a lot. I'm working on intuitive eating even though I have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and I'm very happy doing that - it's wonderful to eat what I want when I want and finding out how that makes me feel. I'm eating better, I know that I am, cause I feel better and lighter. I'm going to SAMW in less than two weeks, so I have to get back into playing the guitar and dulcimer, and singing more would be good too.

I'm happy. Don't worry about me, dear ones. I'm very, very good. :-)
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I worked in Mind's Eye Yarns alone, Sunday through Tuesday (one 2-hour Saturday too!) in May for two weeks, and it went well, and I'm going to work this Saturday for the whole 8-hour day.

I learned to knit short row heels, so I can knit not only tube socks, but socks with heels too. I've knit socks for Greg and for me, and I'll keep knitting them. I want to knit socks for the Nieces Three, but those will probably be tube socks, since those are easier and wear longer for young people. I have a whole lot of sock yarn that I bought for shawls, but it's better to make socks, I think.

Greg made candied bacon jam last night with coffee and a pound of bacon following a recipe I don't know but it's online (try googling if if you like, or comment and I'll ask Greg to give me the link/links)- after we had it over cornmeal-seared cod Saturday night at East Coast Grill. Wow.

All is well here. I knit a lot. I'm working on intuitive eating even though I have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and I'm very happy doing that - it's wonderful to eat what I want when I want and finding out how that makes me feel. I'm eating better, I know that I am, cause I feel better and lighter. I'm going to SAMW in less than two weeks, so I have to get back into playing the guitar and dulcimer, and singing more would be good too.

I'm happy. Don't worry about me, dear ones. I'm very, very good. :-)
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] celli for pointing this out to me. :-)

THE YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL MEME


Here's my thread.
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Thanks to [personal profile] celli for pointing this out to me. :-)

THE YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL MEME


Here's my thread.
gem225: al arge cat whose head is wrapped in yarn, only one eye showing, another cat staring, the phrase 'yarn pirate' on top (Yarn Pirate Snooch)
Wow, almost drunk-messaged a former LJ friend. Glad that I didn't follow through. She made her call to unfriend me, and it's been two years or so. Wny aren't I over it? Oh right, it takes time.

Thanks to all my friends who've stuck with me. You add joy to my life. :-)

Also, I worked at Mind's Eye Yarns today for three hours, and it looks like I'm on to fill in for the fabulous Annie when she's off on vacation. I'm both happy and terrified (alone at the store? Yay! Eeep?). But I'll manage it. I'm just that kind of person. *determined nod*
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Wow, almost drunk-messaged a former LJ friend. Glad that I didn't follow through. She made her call to unfriend me, and it's been two years or so. Wny aren't I over it? Oh right, it takes time.

Thanks to all my friends who've stuck with me. You add joy to my life. :-)

Also, I worked at Mind's Eye Yarns today for three hours, and it looks like I'm on to fill in for the fabulous Annie when she's off on vacation. I'm both happy and terrified (alone at the store? Yay! Eeep?). But I'll manage it. I'm just that kind of person. *determined nod*
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(originally posted 4/5/11 only to DW and IJ since LJ was down)

Day 13 of sick (the flu, then bronchitis). Greg is better now, thank goodness (he got sick the day before me). I'm better, not coughing so much and getting my taste back - not really my appetite, but at some point I'll have to want food instead of just eating what I can because I know that I need food to live. I miss exercising, and I miss having energy. Still, could be worse - I was able to see a doctor and get treatment and antibiotics, and that's a blessing.

Not looking for sympathy. Just documenting this so that I don't forget.
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Day 13 of sick (the flu, then bronchitis). Greg is better now, thank goodness (he got sick the day before me). I'm better, not coughing so much and getting my taste back - not really my appetite, but at some point I'll have to want food instead of just eating what I can because I know that I need food to live. I miss exercising, and I miss having energy. Still, could be worse - I was able to see a doctor and get treatment and antibiotics, and that's a blessing.

Not looking for sympathy. Just documenting this so that I don't forget.
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High time for me to check in. I'm fine, but winter, especially with all the damned snow we've had, makes me reclusive. Also, reading all of the In Death aka Eve Dallas books does bring up stuff for me, but I think that the reading and processing the reading ends up being helpful.

The seasonal job ended mid-January, on fine terms, and all's well with that. I liked working in a lot of ways, but it is good to have time to myself again.

I'm giving blood not to the Red Cross any more, but to Children's Hospital. First time there went very well - I hope that it continues so. I do like giving blood to the babies, since I'm O negative and lack some kind of antibody which makes my blood even better for them.

Knitting a lot, of course, and happily. Not writing, but I've had stirrings toward that again, so we shall see.

Greg's got a lot of work crap going on, due to the contract being awarded to another set of companies which could screw up our health insurance and benefits and maybe even his job (NONONONO!), but he's promised me that it'll work out, and I have to believe him.

So, all's well here, mostly, and we've surviving and even thriving. :-D
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High time for me to check in. I'm fine, but winter, especially with all the damned snow we've had, makes me reclusive. Also, reading all of the In Death aka Eve Dallas books does bring up stuff for me, but I think that the reading and processing the reading ends up being helpful.

The seasonal job ended mid-January, on fine terms, and all's well with that. I liked working in a lot of ways, but it is good to have time to myself again.

I'm giving blood not to the Red Cross any more, but to Children's Hospital. First time there went very well - I hope that it continues so. I do like giving blood to the babies, since I'm O negative and lack some kind of antibody which makes my blood even better for them.

Knitting a lot, of course, and happily. Not writing, but I've had stirrings toward that again, so we shall see.

Greg's got a lot of work crap going on, due to the contract being awarded to another set of companies which could screw up our health insurance and benefits and maybe even his job (NONONONO!), but he's promised me that it'll work out, and I have to believe him.

So, all's well here, mostly, and we've surviving and even thriving. :-D
gem225: (msu spartans)
2010 had some excellent moments - 2 SAMWs, a lot of good knitting, NIECES!, and a part-time, seasonal JOB!!! (and more that I'm not remembering now, I'm sure) - and I look forward to 2011, to see what I'll do next. It's exciting. I hope that all of you get what you want in 2011 and are happy with it. :-)

Greg and I went out to a lavish and excellent dinner at the Harvest tonight, and I suspect that we'll open some champagne soon, but I have inventory tomorrow morning at the yarn store at which I work, so I'd better get myself to bed before too long. I keep thinking of the Count from Sesame Street and smiling. I shall count tomorrow (although to myself, of course - I will not be the only one there counting!).

Go Michigan State! We won today in our basketball game, and with luck we'll win in our bowl game!
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2010 had some excellent moments - 2 SAMWs, a lot of good knitting, NIECES!, and a part-time, seasonal JOB!!! (and more that I'm not remembering now, I'm sure) - and I look forward to 2011, to see what I'll do next. It's exciting. I hope that all of you get what you want in 2011 and are happy with it. :-)

Greg and I went out to a lavish and excellent dinner at the Harvest tonight, and I suspect that we'll open some champagne soon, but I have inventory tomorrow morning at the yarn store at which I work, so I'd better get myself to bed before too long. I keep thinking of the Count from Sesame Street and smiling. I shall count tomorrow (although to myself, of course - I will not be the only one there counting!).

Go Michigan State! We won today in our basketball game, and with luck we'll win in our bowl game!
gem225: (zenfen fall)
Tonight I'm making Greg macaroni and cheese from scratch. He'll make the hamburgers and saute the spinach.

Tomorrow morning I go to Mind's Eye Yarns and help to clean the store. The owner offered me a 10-12 hour/week position for the holiday season, and I took it. I'll start my full hours in November and go until sometime in January, as in when the credit card bills come in, I'm told. *g*

I'm not doing the Pine Street Inn Knit-a-Thon this year. Instead, I'm working at finishing old projects. I'm also going to start knitting up some of my sock yarn into tube socks, not shawls, which was the original intent. Tube socks don't have heels, which makes them much easier to knit!

Happy fall! I do love this time of year, with the crispness in the air and the glory of the leaves. :-)
gem225: al arge cat whose head is wrapped in yarn, only one eye showing, another cat staring, the phrase 'yarn pirate' on top (Yarn Pirate Snooch)
Tonight I'm making Greg macaroni and cheese from scratch. He'll make the hamburgers and saute the spinach.

Tomorrow morning I go to Mind's Eye Yarns and help to clean the store. The owner offered me a 10-12 hour/week position for the holiday season, and I took it. I'll start my full hours in November and go until sometime in January, as in when the credit card bills come in, I'm told. *g*

I'm not doing the Pine Street Inn Knit-a-Thon this year. Instead, I'm working at finishing old projects. I'm also going to start knitting up some of my sock yarn into tube socks, not shawls, which was the original intent. Tube socks don't have heels, which makes them much easier to knit!

Happy fall! I do love this time of year, with the crispness in the air and the glory of the leaves. :-)
gem225: (dulcimer)
So before Greg and I head off to Week 2 on Sunday, it might be good to write down what I loved about Week 1. :-)

*happy faces of friends from last year and friends from this year
*Lorraine's Morning Song class, in which I learned more songs
*Ben's Mandolin Primer class, that Greg and I took together, a good thing, because I would have quit without him - too hard at the beginning! But Greg helped me work at the songs Ben wanted us to learn by ear, and I got enough of them down, and earned the Most Improved Student Overnight Award *g*
*Greg playing "Louise" superbly at John's open mike on Sunday night
*Greg playing his own composition "The Step Up Waltz" Thursday night at the student concert with Martin Grosswendt (fiddle) and Ben Pearce (mandolin) backing him up
*dinner at the Coe House Wednesday night even though we had a tornado warning
*me singing "Silver Dagger" a capella in A even though I'd planned to do with with chords in G *wry grin*
*so many wonderful compliments about my performance!
*ICE CREAM EVERY DAY
*knitting a whole shawl out of Noro Silk Garden and blocking it on the floor and a wool blanket (well, trying to *g*)
*loaning my dulcimer Ophelia to Kriss so that she could take Lorraine's dulcimer class and I could take the mandolin class and not be tempted to drop out for dulcimer
*Kriss giving me wonderful green earrings her father had made as a thank-you gift for the loan of Ophelia
*walking the Labyrinth with Greg Sunday afternoon and again Wednesday (might have been by myself - not sure - not enough sleep to keep good memories of everything) and definitely again Saturday morning before we left - wonderful walking mediation and centering
*love and hugs, not just from Greg - from other dear friends
*excellent musicians (Bennett and John and Ben and Cliff and dearest Martin and Danny) playing my beautiful Tippin sea guitar and having only wonderful things to say (prime comment from Cliff - "I had sex with your guitar" - followed by sincere compliments)
*afternoon fifteen-minute power naps with the beach towel draped over the window to keep out the bright, bright sunshine
*MUSIC! LOTS OF WONDERFUL MUSIC!

OK, I've run out of coherence - more later, maybe. *g* I had so much fun. I'm glad that we decided to fork over the money and go back for Week 2. It'll be an adventure, and goodness knows, we need another vacation. :-)
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So before Greg and I head off to Week 2 on Sunday, it might be good to write down what I loved about Week 1. :-)

*happy faces of friends from last year and friends from this year
*Lorraine's Morning Song class, in which I learned more songs
*Ben's Mandolin Primer class, that Greg and I took together, a good thing, because I would have quit without him - too hard at the beginning! But Greg helped me work at the songs Ben wanted us to learn by ear, and I got enough of them down, and earned the Most Improved Student Overnight Award *g*
*Greg playing "Louise" superbly at John's open mike on Sunday night
*Greg playing his own composition "The Step Up Waltz" Thursday night at the student concert with Martin Grosswendt (fiddle) and Ben Pearce (mandolin) backing him up
*dinner at the Coe House Wednesday night even though we had a tornado warning
*me singing "Silver Dagger" a capella in A even though I'd planned to do with with chords in G *wry grin*
*so many wonderful compliments about my performance!
*ICE CREAM EVERY DAY
*knitting a whole shawl out of Noro Silk Garden and blocking it on the floor and a wool blanket (well, trying to *g*)
*loaning my dulcimer Ophelia to Kriss so that she could take Lorraine's dulcimer class and I could take the mandolin class and not be tempted to drop out for dulcimer
*Kriss giving me wonderful green earrings her father had made as a thank-you gift for the loan of Ophelia
*walking the Labyrinth with Greg Sunday afternoon and again Wednesday (might have been by myself - not sure - not enough sleep to keep good memories of everything) and definitely again Saturday morning before we left - wonderful walking mediation and centering
*love and hugs, not just from Greg - from other dear friends
*excellent musicians (Bennett and John and Ben and Cliff and dearest Martin and Danny) playing my beautiful Tippin sea guitar and having only wonderful things to say (prime comment from Cliff - "I had sex with your guitar" - followed by sincere compliments)
*afternoon fifteen-minute power naps with the beach towel draped over the window to keep out the bright, bright sunshine
*MUSIC! LOTS OF WONDERFUL MUSIC!

OK, I've run out of coherence - more later, maybe. *g* I had so much fun. I'm glad that we decided to fork over the money and go back for Week 2. It'll be an adventure, and goodness knows, we need another vacation. :-)
gem225: (dulcimer)
It's been over two months since I last posted. Sorry about that. I've been basically fine, with some ups and downs. But today we leave for SAMW for a week of music and fun! I'm planning to take Morning Song for first class and Mandolin Primer for second class and not take anything for third class, leaving that time in the afternoon free for swimming and playing on my own and maybe even some naps. Last year I got very, very tired with the late nights and the early mornings. I don't want to get that tired again!

I'll bring my mandolin, my beautiful Tippin guitar, and my dulcimer, of course. :-)
Now to shower and do one last check and load up the car and go! Best wishes to all. :-)
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It's been over two months since I last posted. Sorry about that. I've been basically fine, with some ups and downs. But today we leave for SAMW for a week of music and fun! I'm planning to take Morning Song for first class and Mandolin Primer for second class and not take anything for third class, leaving that time in the afternoon free for swimming and playing on my own and maybe even some naps. Last year I got very, very tired with the late nights and the early mornings. I don't want to get that tired again!

I'll bring my mandolin, my beautiful Tippin guitar, and my dulcimer, of course. :-)
Now to shower and do one last check and load up the car and go! Best wishes to all. :-)
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