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It is really hard for me to understand how I could breeze thro the challenge for almost 3 weeks and all of a sudden it seems overwhelming. Today we started out on our walk and just a little ways down the road I got a phone call from someone I had scheduled to talk to so I went back home and I never got back out again. Kelly I understand your exhaustion with the dogs. Just one wears us out. Our living area is upstairs so we can't just open the door to let them out. Chipper has learned to climb stairs but can't go down so I still have to carry him down every time he needs to go out. Becky your schedule of work and exercise is so much to handle. Then if you add the stress I don't know how you do it.

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Kelly, what a nice way to get worn out!

Erika, our winds werent quite as bad as they predicted. We didnt lose power, although Oakland did, and for quite a while - nearly 24 hours. Its still breezy and dry, but not supposed to get higher than about 78 degrees for the next ten days, so fingers crossed that were out of the woods. We sure could use some rain.

Becky, its good youre keeping up with yoga, even if you cant take a full day off. I hope you can someday!

Hi to all. I have to play ridiculous catch up after taking a day off. Of course, Im now twice as behind, but well, thats life. I just did my first challenge in the 7-day meditation pre-election challenge. Im going to squeeze in a walk this afternoon, too.

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10/26/20 5:51 P

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Sadly I have not been exercising because foster dogs are wearing me out! I barely have energy for chores and shopping and such.


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Emme, I love the meme!! So true. In my yoga camp class with Adriene this morning she was talking about namaste and how we should honor the absolute best and highest version of ourselves and that way we will never talk s#$t to ourselves. It makes so much sense but is so hard to do.

Kelly, good to hear that your DH is back to work.

Erika, it has helped me lose some weight. I am seeing numbers below 150 consistently now and that hasn't happened in six years or more. The bike ride sounds like it was a lot of fun.

I have a parent meeting tonight and lots of work to do. One of these weekends I'm actually going to take a full day off.

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He is! He went to work yesterday and is also working today.


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Happy (?) Monday everyone!

Emme, I hope you are doing ok with the hurricane-force winds. I see that all the fires so far have been brought under control, I hope there are no new ones today. emoticon

Kelly, is your DH healthy and back to work again? So glad it was nothing serious.

Ryan, is it too cold for you to get out on your bike? I imagine that season is ending for you.

Becky, interesting that you are also doing the "no food after 4pm" routine. It has been helpful for me. Although it hasn't really helped with the weight loss! Darn it.

I had a very fun weekend...bike ride around the bay, I just love that route. So much fun. And lots of time with DH. emoticon



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Happy Monday, everyone. I really like this meme - a good reminder of how we talk to ourselves sometimes.

I am taking the day off from work, but have a ridiculous amount of music stuff to attend to, including 2.5 hours of fiddle classes, back to back. My fingers are going to be tired.

But now, reading the paper. Have a great week ahead, everyone!

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10/26/20 12:04 P

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Happy birthday Judy!


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It's time for me to fit a workout in, so I'll make this short. I hope your birthday is a great one, Judy! Enjoy lying about if you want.

Erika, we're cooling here, too. We're supposed to have a "major wind event" over the next 24 hours or so. We have everything charged up in case of a power outage. At least we aren't currently on the list for a scheduled outage, anyway.

It's been a lazy Sunday so far. I managed to practice fiddle, make brunch, and read the paper. I'm going to check in with the siblings at 4:30, so next: hop on the treadmill. For dinner, stuffed poblano chilis, and baking a loaf of rye bread for this week. And there you have it.

I'm thinking that the next challenge will be an easy, but long one--preparing for the holidays, whatever they may look like (they won't look like much here).

Hi to all. I hope you're enjoying your Sunday. emoticon



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Thank you Erika for the cute pic! When I defended death row I worked 7 days a week many many hours, sometimes 36 hour shifts. I remember that when I took a 40 hour job it seemed like a vacation. Now I love retirement. I can really read the newspaper and go back to bed if I want. My good deed today was a big chicken/vegetable soup that I can freeze.

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Feliz cumpleaos, Judy!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Happy weekend everyone! We are having cloudy and chilly weather due to the first fall cold front coming through. I am enjoying it.

I feel like I am continuing to recover from all of my losses earlier this fall. As I feel better, I realize how far I have actually come, and how down I was. Tough times. The new routine is starting to feel more natural. I always lived in a walkable neighborhood, but never had the time to take advantage. Now we are walking so much and driving so little! The other day, DH and I misplaced the car key and it took us quite a while to figure out the last time one of drove the car and who it was! emoticon And I am able to spend more time to find really good, local veggies instead of just buying whatever is on sale at the closest grocery. It isn't more expensive, it just takes time, which I now have for the first time in the second half of my life. Funny how working a 40-hour a week job feels like I have almost nothing to do...

Kelly, great news on the test results!

Emme, so happy to hear about the backyard (masked and distanced) music fest! I completely agree, seeing other people is so wonderful. You and I are very lucky to live in CA where we can still do so much outside, no matter what the season.

Happy Birthday Judy!!! I hope you have a wonderful day.






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Thanks Emme! Early spring is actually usually worse for me than winter and I didn’t get sick this spring....so I suspect 9/10ths of my bugs are picked up at work which I’ve been either not doing or doing remotely since mid-March. Can’t say I’m surprised seeing as I’ve had patrons sneeze in my face before.


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I read everyones post, but guess I missed posting yesterday. It was an overpacked day, but we had friends over last night and played music outside for about 3 hours. It felt great and something like normal life, even though we were all masked and didnt sing. But, we drank wine and sat in the cold and didnt even care (yes, its gotten cold here!)

I go back and forth between thinking Bidens got it in the bag and sheer terror he doesnt. The numbers do look really good, so Im trying to be cautiously optimistic. I saw the numbers for young voters this year vs. 2016, and its off the charts this year by comparison in early voting. I think thats a good sign.

I just started a book that Im loving - not something Id normally gravitate towards, but it seemed a good one for Halloween week: A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness. Not a new book - almost ten years old now, but it popped up in my recommendations somewhere so thought Id give it a try. Im hooked.

Kelly, great news on the negative results! I hope you both stay healthy through the cold Michigan winter. How is the pup doing?

Erika, hurray on exercise. Doesnt it feel great? Well done.

Ryan, Im so happy to see you here posting regularly again. I love keeping up with your news.

Becky, I hope all is going well with school prep. I signed up for a Turkey Trot for Thanksgiving week. Its a pretty loose one - not a specific distance, just to commit to one hour of exercise. I also signed up for a meditation challenge for the week before the election. Its going to be guided meditation about staying calm during what will no doubt be a stressful week.

Judy, I hope youre staying well and healthy, too.

Hi Robin!

I have declared today ME day. I need to just do some things I like to do, like maybe knit, run, practice music, read, etc. NO WORK today. I need to promise myself. I frequently say I wont work, but then I check email or the like. Not even email today.

Happy Saturday, everyone!



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That is great news, Kelly!!! emoticon

Judy, it is so easy to get overwhelmed these days. emoticon

Ryan, I truly hope I'm wrong about Trump, too. emoticon

Erika, what a good idea to battle your food danger zone with alarm reminders. Mine used to be in the evening, but I stopped eating after 4:00 a few months ago and I really don't even think about eating in the evenings anymore. I have been consistently under 150 for the past few weeks.

Robin, I'm looking forward to talking to you today.

Emme, are you training for a new virtual run these days?




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10/23/20 10:39 P

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So happy Kelly!!! We went thru that waiting period too and it is no fun. My puppy is getting bettter but still not perfect. Somehow I got overwhelmed and off the track with my challenge.

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Well DH does/did not have covid 19. His results just came back negative.


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the book i'm reading now is talking me forever, but it's more like a text book than i thought it would be. i hope to finish it this weekend. then i can find something much, much lighter.

oh, becky, i can't tell you vote much i hope you are wrong about the election! just thinking about the possibility makes me very anxious about ethan; he didn't do well in 2016! without question, that was his *worst* birthday ever!! (his birthday was that wednesday)

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Thanks Becky for the book recommendations! And I really really really hope you are wrong about Trump! The early voting numbers are very high...I think this year a lot of people who stayed home last time are motivated to vote him out. My personal guess is that Biden will win, unless there is some major vote hacking that we don't know about.

I am really tired of not doing a good job at managing my food intake. So I set an hourly reminder on my phone for my danger zone. My problem is mid-day when I am bored with work...so different than it used to be before working from home. Today I am doing well and the reminders are helping! emoticon

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2. Veggies and protein at every meal. Fasting 16 hours every 24, when possible due to exercise schedule.
3. Mindful eating. Pay attention to every bite.
4. No guilt when I am unable to stay on plan. When I get off track, get back on ASAP.


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I am, too, Kelly. I hope your husband gets negative results back on covid!!

Definitely a good choice, Emme....music over the debate. I am getting more worried about Trump winning. I have a terrible gut feeling that he really will win regardless of the polls.

I enjoy reading everyone's daily positive actions. I am so behind on everything including meditation and positive actions. I will have to spend all weekend working to try to catch up a little. emoticon I finally exercised today which felt WONDERFUL!!

I have another book recommendation. It's "Simon the Fiddler" by Paulette Jiles. I read her "News of the World" and really liked it, too. They are making that book into a movie starring Tom Hanks.


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Kelly I am thinking of you!! emoticon emoticon

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4. No guilt when I am unable to stay on plan. When I get off track, get back on ASAP.


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I'm so sorry, kelly. believe me, i feel you're pain! the waiting is horrible, isn't it? been there, done that...3 times! plus once for ethan & once for lulu. sending good thoughts & positive vibes (for a negative result) your way. emoticon

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10/22/20 7:22 P

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He IS doing better but I won’t be happy until he’s well and that result comes back negative.


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So sorry, Kelly. I hope it comes back negative, and he gets well soon. Good to hear from you - and sorry about the puppy not having good indoor skills. It must be stressful for all of you.

Ryan, good to hear from you! Sorry youre missing Lulu this week, but of course, better safe, as they say...

Ive had a busy work day, and was planning to take tomorrow off until someone reminded me of two meetings that I failed to put on my calendar. So, taking Monday off instead.

Not much else happening - I guess the debate is tonight - not going to watch. I bought tickets to an online concert instead. Music makes me happy. Politicians, not so much.



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Oof what a week. DH has had a sore throat since Monday and ran a temp Tuesday and yesterday so I’ve been caring for him and we can’t do much until he gets his covid test results back, hopefully tomorrow.

Also new puppy is really struggling bathroom wise still. I know it’s a trauma thing so I can’t really get mad.

I’m also bummed because I can’t go to this book giveaway I was going to attend because well....we might have covid here.

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hi everyone. sorry that i've been gone for so long. i'm not really sure what happened other than norm being home. we have our weekend thing that we do, but during the week, it's different. anyway, he's finally back to work without a second test. yesterday was his first day back & it started off with his hearing me screaming in a nightmare just as he was leaving. i'm grateful that he was there to wake me, but i felt bad because he didn't want to leave after that. i had to convince him that i was okay.

i have to fill in my challenge page. i really fell apart over the last few days! i've been drinking too much water & i missed my pushups 2 days in a row. 1 day i totally washed out on logging my food, too. now that i'm back to my pushups, i've upped them to 30 per day.

since norm & i were both sick and jared & raina are both home today, they asked me to stay home as a precaution. i totally understand, but i'm missing my lulu fix!

i'm not sure what my wins for the days i've missed could be, but yesterday i remembered to return the high holy day prayer books to the synagogue.


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Robin, so good to see you here. Love you, too, my dear cuz!!! emoticon I would have turned on my heel to run, too, seeing that swab. Thank goodness you voted....we need all the votes possible to get our friend out of the White House. We don't want Emme to have to move to Canada. emoticon

Emme, you still order your food to be delivered? I just finished a book you rated on Goodreads - "Playing with Fire" by Tess Gerritsen. I recommend it. It would be fun to do a group yoga class. Maybe we can do a yoga class with a visit afterwards. We cancelled Netflix because we never watched it.

What a nice act, Judy. You are such a special person!! Sorry about the chiggers. Didn't you get some chigger bites in Costa Rica? You must be especially attractive to them.

How fun to get a new oven, Erika. I see a lot more sourdough bread in your future. I wish I could order some from you. I bet it's scrumptious.

Hello Ryan and Kelly. Hope all is well.













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Becky - great news! Love you
Everyone- I am sorry I am such a watcher, I love to read about y’all at night when I am trying to get to sleep. I am sorry I have not been writing. It sounds like everyone is moving forward and in a better place than last month!
I am still putting in lots it time at work due to new software issues. When I am not doing that I am doing house repairs, very little at a time! Lol limited $$ and my “help” is not terribly reliable.
I went into town to vote Monday and got a little shock. Very small town remember. I went in and everyone was gloved and masked, I turned over ID for verification and was given okay. Then a lady starts toward me with a long swab! I guess my eyes 👀 have me away, she started laughing and says “ this is for you to touch the screen” 🤣🤣 I am so country!

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Erika, lucky you on the new oven! Ive had one oven out forever, too. We were going to get everything in the kitchen redone right before this all started. Now, Im hesitant to start a remodel when going out for food is a challenge. Post pics of bread! Yay for yoga!

Becky, Im glad everything was successful with your doc appointment and the trip. Good to hear from you.

Judy, we posted at the same time. Nice of you on the pharmacy. Such a hard time for so many people.

Another busy morning for me, so I need to get to it. Plus this site is acting weird again and Im afraid Ill lose my post. Hi all!

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Becky so glad the mammo turned out OK. Erika and I have made that long difficult trek to San Jose and weren't so lucky on the road blocks. It is a single lane, long twisting road through the mountains and small hamlets. Emma it must be hard not knowing when you will get your groceries. My DD in MT says that a small box of regular tapioca is $32 on Amazon. On the other hand we now have yeast in our store. We don't have a pharmacy here so my good deed yesterday was to drive 45 miles each way to pick up medication for a woman whose husband has to give her 24 hour care. I hope he calls Hospice soon so they can help him but he is 81 and it is hard for him to let strangers into his house.

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Seems like everyone's medical tests are turning out well recently!! Ryan, did Norm have to get a second covid test?

Accomplishment: did yoga this morning. I put together a list of the stretches that my poor bod needs most, so I am going to try to do them more than one day per week. My back is killing me lately because of the long hours in the chair in front of the computer. Seems like I sit so much more working from home than I did in the office.

Today is exciting: I am getting a new stove/oven! The bottom oven on my old one has been broken for a long time. This is going to help my bread baking so much!



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My mammogram was good and we made it back from San Jose with no problems (no road blocks, no rain, no mudslides, very little fog) so that is a definite accomplishment!!!

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Ugh, chiggers. I hope at least with all the Benadryl that you're sleeping, Judy.

My accomplishment yesterday, got in a workout and didn't lose my sh*t because groceries were delivered 8 hours late, and I had to redo all my plans. Oh well, what I planned for dinner last night is now dinner tonight.

Not much else happening around here. I'm going to take Friday off again, since who knows when I'll get an actual vacation. Piles to do today, so off to it. Hi to all!



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I saw an interesting comment where big business was gunho in the beginning about Zoom work but now the bloom is off the rose and they say that there is not nearly so much creativity coming out of zoom. I know it is much harder for 12 step meetings to not have the needed contact. I got into Chiggers and have 20+ bites. I am taking benedryll about once every hour and even then I need ice on the bites. The bad thing is that they last 2-3 weeks. I took 3 bendryll at once today. Ugh! They love me. My accomplishment was remembering to water my plants. lol

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Erika, I used to watch Ali (when he was Cassius Clay) as a kid with my father, too. Im not a fan of boxing now, but theres no denying how influential and important Ali was in his lifetime. It sounds like you had a great weekend, and a cross-country drive to see Judy sounds wonderful.

Becky, Im in for yoga on Friday as long as its not from 1-2 Pacific time, when I have a standing voice lesson every week. Ive also decided that given how long this work from home thing is going to last, Im going to start taking every other Friday off or the like. I have *Squeeze Me* but havent read it yet. Im about to finish *The Convenience Store Woman* - a slim little novel, a translation from Japanese about a woman with Aspergers. Really interesting perspective.

Judy, Im about to do the ponytail haircut thing. Ugh. My hair is getting so long and extremely wide, haha.

Okay, the to do list is long today - my meetings are already done for the day (yay, a quiet Monday), so I have time to actually get things done instead of just go from Zoom to Zoom. Our weather is slowly cooling this week, and I think fall may finally really be on its way? Probably in time for winter.

Oh, my Netflix/Hulu/HBO viewing (yes, we have them all!). My tastes run to the more extreme, I fear (though I have already watched all of Grace and Frankie, Kominsky Method, After Life): Lovecraft Country, Ratched, Travels with My Father (HILARIOUS), British Baking Show, new season of Fargo... we tend to watch about an hour a night, but not all nights...

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Judy, as a child, my DH was fascinated by Ali. He would watch the fights on their small black-and-white TV in the middle of the night because of the time change. It was one of the few things that he bonded with his dad over.

I have TV recommendations for you all: The Divine Order (on Amazon Prime) about women getting the vote in Switzerland, and The Kominsky Method, and Grace and Frankie, both are old-people comedies. I really enjoyed these a lot. My all-time favorite is The Good Place, an existential comedy. All of those last ones are on Netflix. I can finally watch TV since all my dependents (dog, dad, and kids) are no longer under my care. It's so fun because our kids are scandalized that we are watching maybe 1 hour of TV in the evenings now--they think we are wasting our lives. emoticon

After much sourdough experimentation, I have determined that very sour flavor and very light texture are mutually-exclusive goals. But it is fun to be able to tweak the conditions to produce one or the other.

My stomach issues are slowly improving, thank goodness. But I will be very glad when I am off the heavy meds and able to sleep flat again.

We do a combination of occasional backyard haircuts with my stylist who comes to the house, and hacking on each other's heads in the interim. emoticon . I like that the culture has gotten so much more relaxed, and we no longer feel the need to look perfectly coiffed and styled. So great to throw on a sweatshirt this morning, run a brush through my hair, and jump straight on a video call. emoticon

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Becky I did the hold the hair in a bunch and cut it off and it worked surprisingly well. Emme I like Hiassen - thanks for the recommendation. I just read a young people book about Muhammed Ali written with his rhyming speech which I really enjoyed. He suffered a lot from racial discrimination. They had a nearby amusement park that the black kids weren't allowed to use and a lot of other painful experiences. From the time he was a little kid he always said he would be "The Greatest" and worked incredibly hard at his diet, exercise and training. Sunday is my day-of-rest so I struggled to get thru all my challenges. When I don't walk a mile I do 3 miles on my wonderful recumbent bike.

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We don't have her yet (Tuesday) but her name is Alfie apparently. It's hard to let them go but these little pups need a loving home while they're waiting for their forever homes. Many are being rescued from kill shelters down south.


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Becky, Having grown up in Florida, I love Carl Hiassen! I'm putting it on my list as well.

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Judy, I keep forgetting that I have a book to recommend. It's Carl Hiaasen's "Squeeze Me". It was so fun to read and I laughed often as I read it.

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Happy Sunday! I am having an awesome day...such a fun bike ride this morning has put me in a great mood. One of my kids (on Strava) asked my DH how he possibly could have ridden as fast up the hill to our house as he did today, and his answer was "SoCal endorphins." I am feeling that way too right now...beautiful ride along the coast, meeting friends, gorgeous weather. And sourdough in the oven. Yes we have a small house, and live maybe 10 feet from our neighbors on either side...but to live here, it is worth it.

Emme, your social event sounds awesome. And lucky you with all the wildlife. I can just imagine the scene...so happy for you. There's nothing like having friends who live walking distance away. I have a few also and I love it. Your Florida story was terrible! I can't believe that even the health care workers weren't wearing masks! You and I are lucky to live in areas that take masking/distancing seriously.

Kelly, I agree with Ryan, it must be hard to take in the dogs only to have to let them go again! You are so kind. Did you get the new one yet?

Ryan, I agree so much that doing exercise on your own is very difficult. In fact, for me, it is darn near impossible. I wonder if you could find someone else to ride bikes with? I feel like it's quite a safe activity. We stay 6 feet apart and of course it's outside, and of course we mask up whenever we stop. Would you be interested in joining Becky and me for virtual yoga?

Becky, YES! Let's try to find a time/day that we could do a weekly yoga session. With my other friend, we just join on a video meeting (Google Meet, similar to zoom) and then each do our own yoga session based on an app or a video. We found that it was just technically too difficult to try to get the same video/app going at the same time that we were meeting on the laptop. It does take two devices--laptop for the meeting, and phone for the yoga video/app (or of course the other way around would work as well). It's funny--even though we are not even doing the same class, just knowing that I need to meet her at this certain time helps me so much with my motivation to actually do some yoga. Anyone else interested? Maybe Fridays? We can just each do our own routine, so then it is personalized.

Judy, I am so happy that you are doing so well. And yes! I will drive across the country to come visit you on your screen porch. I can just picture it with that beautiful scenery that you have there. As soon as this darn work thing is done. Shooting for May or June! It's hard for my beloved MIL...who knows when we will feel comfortable flying internationally again. She is 91...I wish we could go.


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Happy last day of the weekend. I need more weekend... But, had a great day yesterday. A good friend of ours moved two blocks away from us, and we went to his house last night and sat in the front yard and drank wine and talked, and watched the wild turkeys and deer roam around (so many turkeys in our neighborhood). It felt great to have something like a normal social event. And were so happy to have someone new in our extremely small pod. Were getting together Friday again.

Kelly, that pup! OMG! So cute. Thanks for sharing photos. Lucky pups to have you (and vice versa).

Erika, that was a nice walk on Friday, it was good to get out in the neighborhood. BUT I wore a new pair of sneakers and they gave me ridiculous blisters. It was hard to work out yesterday, but I bandaided up, put on socks, and managed to get in a walk anyway. I havent logged it on Strava because I cant find my phone (its here in the house, and when I ping it I hear it, but still cant find it, grr). Dinner on the beach sounds like a wonderful night out.

Ryan, I hope Norm is well soon. Im glad your cold was a mild one. I know what you mean about exercising alone. Im mostly used to it, but it does make it harder to motivate sometime.

Hi Judy, Becky, Robin! Judy, I hope the weather is getting a bit cooler there. A friend of ours in Boca Raton told us that she went to get a flu shot and no one in the flu clinic, including the nurses, was masked. She turned around and walked out. I dont get whats going on in Florida, sorry. emoticon Stay safe!

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norm is still sick and can't go back to work until he is 100% symptom-free for a full 24 hours. if he is still symptomatic tomorrow, he will need to be tested again before he can go back. i'm lucky; mine turned out to be just a mild cold.

kelly, it must be so hard to let the fosters go when they get adopted. what is your new one's name? she's beautiful!

erika, i need to get back on my bike rides. it's so much harder to do everything alone. you're lucky that your husband is so athletic and does things with you. i remember when i did videos every day, but somehow i can't find the motivation anymore. i know that if i started, i'd enjoy doing them regularly.

becky, good call on avoiding the birthday party. also on not letting juan cut your hair (probably) norm wouldn't know where to start. i thought about the grab and cut, but it results in layers and i've been working for so long to get my hair all the same length. what used to be my bangs is now long enough to be the length of all my hair, and that's what i've been waiting for.

i hope everyone is doing well. my win for yesterday was no boredom eating.

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Erika, how do you and your friend do yoga together? Maybe we could do that once in awhile (on the days our schedules sync). The date night sounds like fun (and safe). We were invited to a friend's 60th birthday blowout, but we are definitely NOT going. I can't believe they are doing a big party when it is absolutely not safe. Our town is one of the hotbeds of covid in the country right now. How fun on having a pro decorate your house!!

Judy, you are doing so well on your daily positive actions. And they're so creative!!

Kelly, I would love to foster dogs when I retire. You have another cutie coming to you. What a sweet face.

Emme, my hair is out of control. I would like to get it cut really short, but I'm not going out to get it cut until it's safer. I was tempted to let Juan have at it the other day, but luckily common sense held me back. I saw a video where you just grab up all your hair over your head and chop. Supposedly when you do it that way everything magically falls into place when you release. Our school year ends the last Friday of November and our new school year starts at the beginning of February.

Ryan, I hope you and Norm get over your cold soon. Even allergic sniffles can freak you out right now.

Robin, come back and join us!!






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Kelly you are so kind to be giving these little dogs a loving place to stay. Good for you. Emme when you let your hair grow for the pandemic you may look like Justin Trudeau. LOL I loved it when he refused to go to the whitehouse because they don't wear masks. Ryan so glad Norm was negative. Maybe he needs the break. Remember when we just thot getting a cold was annoying and now we can't help that it is something really bad. I had to wait for my results 10 looooong days. Becky hope you are doing OK. My good thing was eating my fish baked while Len and his sister ate that crisp fried fish..

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It truly broke my heart to see her go but Im glad we got to have her for two weeks. I hope her new family enjoys her just as much. Well be getting this little girl on Tuesday.


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Happy weekend everyone! I had to do my bootcamp alone this morning--I missed Thursday due to a sleepless night. Wow I have trouble with that! It helps so much that my DH does it with me usually, just increases my motivation a lot. It's making me realize that is what I am missing with yoga, trying to do it on my own just is not so much fun. I do have a friend that I am doing yoga with once a week now, via video. It's helping me get back on track. And I am so grateful for my bike ride friends! I am making even more of them recently. emoticon

I am doing better with my food intake, haven't had any recent tantrums. And the scales is looking better! I hope it will continue. Although I am going on a "date" with DH tonight, we are picking up takeout from a fancy restaurant and going to the beach to eat it. We don't eat out very much and we are both really looking forward to it! My rationalization for spending the $ is that we are trying to support our locally-owned businesses during this tough time.

Emme, I saw your walk on Strava, so fun! I love those walks with a purpose, it just helps get me out of the house. I walked to the bank today myself.

Judy, I love that you are doing so well with your meditation. Congrats on the self-care!

Ryan, I am so sorry to hear that you caught the cold! Please take care and keep us posted on how both you and Norm are doing. emoticon

Kelly I know you are so sad to give up that little cutie! emoticon

Becky I am so glad that your bladder test went well! Sounded scary but I am glad it wasn't too uncomfortable. How is your yoga going? I wish I could do yoga with you!

Robin, we miss you! emoticon





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Hmm, I swore I posted yesterday, but guess I did just in my head. Its good to hear everyones news this a.m.

My win for yesterday: dropped my car off at the garage and walked home (1.75 miles uphill), and got a flu shot along the way. It was supposed to be really hot so I even did all this in the morning, although frankly, it didnt get as hot as they said it would.

Kelly, I bet youll be sorry to see Chill get adopted. I hope she goes to an excellent home.

Becky, Im glad everything is looking okay. You must be busy. When does school start?

Judy, brave of you to cut your hair. I havent yet, and wow, what a mop! I have trimmed my bangs, though.

Ryan, Im glad Norms test was negative, but sorry about the cold and his having to stay home. Ugh.

Hey to Erika and Robin. Hope you all have a good weekend.

Okay, time to get to it. I have to do some editing this weekend, but am going to take time to do some me things, too. Judy, Ive heard it could another year, too, but Im going to just take things a day at a time. I cant believe were halfway through October already.

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i forgot to post yesterday. i think i got norm's cold. we found out today that he may not be able to go back to work on monday, even though his covid test came back negative because he has to be completely symptom-free for 24 hours.

my win for yesterday was not going over on my water.

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Tomorrow is Chills adoption day. Going to miss this little girl so much!


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Becky glad to add you to the list of good results. I haven't had new clothes with the covid but I just got two new shirts and a pair of pants. Fun to wear a new shirt tonight and get some compliments. I trimmed the front of my hair and my DH did the back so it is looking OK too. I do go to 3 meetings a week with 6 people spaced 6 feet apart and everyone wearing masks.in a large room where we are the only ones using it. Now that the weather is cooling down we will also be able to leave the doors open. The U of Washington says this will last at least another year. emoticon I like what somebody said that every day we live thro the pandemic without losing our mind is an accomplishment.

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Erika and Ryan, I'm glad you both got good results....Ryan on your mammogram and Erika with your reflux. I had my cystoscope this morning. I have to admit that I was a little freaked out when she pulled out that pistol looking thing with the long stainless steel rod on the end. But they use some local anasthesia and I really only felt a little pain. Everything was normal. She said the only thing left for her to check are the ureters. She ordered a CAT scan to check them. Since it's not urgent at all it could take awhile in our socialized system. She said not to exercise for a few days since it causes bleeding and pain afterwards.

I'll catch up on the posts later. I need to get quite a few things done....

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Ryan you are doing so well with SP, pushups, Lulu, Norm, etc. Good for you. I love having you on the chat. One of Erika's really good yoga teachers said all our back problems are due to our "bad American couches". I really think she is right and I often think of Erika's European couch fondly. I think Erika and this designer should be on HGTV. I am almost as excited as she is. Emme I am going to try your meditation app. I just got my CPAP going again so probably won't do the sleep app for a while. Kelly our puppy is giving us some challenges on the house training. I am just glad we aren't trying to raise a kid right now. My good deed was spending an hour sponsoring an amazing woman who played for the pope in the natl. cathedral and got a kiss on the cheek from Paul McCartney playing with him in Central Park NYC.

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long day for me today. norm stayed home from work because he wasn't feeling well & that always throws me off. he'll be home again tomorrow because he has to wait for his covid test to come back negative. (ugh) lulu knew very much what she wanted today & had me all over the place. my back was already tired by bath time & leaning over the tub really does a job on it. i'm just do tired!

my good was pretty good today & i got all my pushups done in only 2 sets. I went over on my water, though. i usually stop at dunkin' on my way to get lulu but i didn't today so i was drinking water instead of the iced coffee.

widr today was to up my pushups to 25 even though i didn't do my full 20 yesterday.

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Kelly, such a cute pic!! You could have a new career as pet photographer!

You guys I am very excited. One of my friends has been working on her license as an interior designer. I visited her house and it is absolutely gorgeous. She offered to design my house for free as an "intern" type of project! Judy's house is beautiful and so are those of my 2 sisters but somehow I just did not get that design gene, and my house is 100% practical. For example, our sofa is 10 years old and we bought it used from Craig's List for very cheap, but it works to sit on! emoticon So it will be just awesome to have someone to tell me what needs to be done.

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That was her first time walking up the stairs of our building. She was so freaked out by them at first.


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Ryan, Im so glad everything is good with you, what a relief! And you get to see Lulu tomorrow, so life is good.

Erika, you, too - Im glad the meds are workinggetting sleep makes such a difference in the day. And thanks for the kind words - I love this group and you all, so I look forward to checking in each morning (well, nearly each morning).

Kelly, I love that dog! Thanks for sharing pictures; they really brighten my day.

Judy, excellent work on the meditation! I am finding my groove with it a bit, and am enjoying it. I find I like the 10% Happier app for meditation, and his philosophy, which isnt too woo woo for my logical brain. I read the guys book a couple years ago (Dan Harris, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics), and really liked it. Hes a news guy who had a panic attack while he was on the air - his meditation practice came out of that. A really interesting story and very humble guy.

Another busy day ahead, and since Ive almost lost this post twice now, I think I better post it and get on with things.

WIDR yesterday: Found a good sleep app (Sound Bath) and got an excellent nights sleep for the first time in about a week.



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Erika and Becky hope your tests turn out as good as Ryans. Emme I thot I posted yesterday but when I saw Erikas sad post I called her and forgot to post. Kelly that is a funny dog pic. I am doing so good on my challenge!! I have upped my meditation to 10 min and it is OK. My good deeds for the day were calling friends who are having some hard challenges.

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i did not have a good day again. i was too nervous to eat anything this morning and by the time i was done at the hospital, i was just too done!!

my good news is that, after 2 hours of imaging & waiting & imaging & waiting, it turned out that the mass is likely nothing; it's definitely benign. also, the calcification that they've been watching since last year is gone. everything is good! i was so relieved that i could hardly drive home. when i got home, i was hungry & ended up eating junk. sooo...bad food, incomplete logging & not enough pushups for today. my positive accomplishment was not crying at all throughout everything.

tomorrow will be a good day because it's thursday; lulu day!! emoticon

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Whew! I am feeling a bit better today. Got a bunch of medicine and actually was able to sleep a bit last night. I have to go for the esophagus scope, doesn't sound fun. Tomorrow's meetings start at 4:30am, gotta love working for an east-coast company. But actually I am a morning person so usually it works for me.

WIDR: Very good job the last couple of days eating good food, not too much. And no food past 4pm.

Emme, just a shout-out to you for keeping this team running. I know you are also very busy and have a lot on your plate but somehow it seems like you always prioritize this group. It would not be the same without you. We appreciate it!!! emoticon emoticon

Judy, thanks so much for the thoughtful call last night. emoticon

Becky, it seems like it is always something as we age, right??? So glad you got the appointment so quickly, and best of luck. Thinking of you emoticon

Ryan, also thinking of you with your medical tests. I have also struggled with various mammogram-related followups, but never ended up being anything serious. I am hoping very much that it's the same for you. At least I know that you have top-notch medical care, since you have so many great medical folks in the family.

Kelly, post another pic of the cute foster dog! emoticon

Robin, I hope you can come back and post again soon! I have a feeling that you are also buried in work. emoticon


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4. No guilt when I am unable to stay on plan. When I get off track, get back on ASAP.


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Becky and Erika, I hope the medical issues resolve and you feel better soon. Sorry about work stress, too, Erika, which can't help.

Ryan, good work!

Work-busy here, too, and a day of meetings today. Our weather is headed back into the 90s, so hoping that there arent new fires to deal with. We dropped off our ballots yesterday, my win for the day. I also am getting more into the meditation thing, and find meditating right after exercise helps me keep my mind clear.

Hi Judy, Kelly, Robin (you out there?)! Gotta get it together and get things done.

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my win for today was getting up, dressed, & doing my pushups. emoticon

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Hi all, I am not in great shape. Work is crazy...5am meetings and then back-to-back all day. And I am having a terrible bout of reflux, usually I can keep it under control but this time is just awful. Giving up and going to the doctor. The only good part is that it totally kills my appetite. emoticon

I'll be back soon. After this week, work should really start to settle down going into the holidays...and then in Jan, I start training my replacement...

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Ryan, I'm sorry you're struggling, but logging food and staying on track for water are accomplishments!!! I will be praying for good results on your mammogram. Medical uncertainties are extremely stressful. I have to have a cystoscopy done Friday. I am trying not to read too much about it so I don't freak myself out. Basically it's like a colonoscopy on your urinary system. emoticon I am lucky....the head urologist in our hospital has her son in my school and has helped me get the appointment in less than a week (which is a miracle in our socialized medicine). I'm hoping it's not as bad as I anticipate....and that it turns out normal.

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yesterday was not a great day for me. burger king for lunch (i rarely eat fast food), too many oreos, didn't finish my pushups, & didn't post. i did log the bad food that i ate & i only drank about 8 cups of water, so that's something. i guess that's my win for monday.

i'm anxious about an appointment tomorrow. i'm having a mammogram & ultrasound for a painful mass on my left breast. it's the same beast that i had a cyst aspirated last year. i also have calcification in that breast & scar tissue from a biopsy in 1987. i didn't sleep well last night & don't expect much better for tonight.

kelly, that is so sweet about the dogs! it doesn't take long for animals to bond. ethan's cat loves me but jared's cat hates me. she hisses whenever she sees me & swats at me if i get close, which i try hard not to do. the other day i needed to turn on a light which is near her tree, & she got me with her claws. she scared lulu so i picked her up & we went into the kitchen & riot stood watch from under the coffee table. i felt so bad for lulu because she adores riot & i certainly don't want her to be afraid of her. they seem to be okay now, though. yesterday raina locked riot in the bedroom while we were there.

i have no energy today, but i suppose i should get up & dressed (it's late) & do something, anything, productive. i guess pushups is a good place to start.

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Kelly that is sweet. Emme it is hard to lose a good boss. Erika just lost hers too. My accomplishment today was going to the skin doctor. Both my DH and I got good reports. Ryan I think you are doing really good in these challenging times. Becky I know you are under a lot of pressure with school starting. Robin, Becky says you are really busy too. Wondering if the storms have affected you.

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Thats adorable, Kelly!

Good work on letting things be, Ryan. Its hard sometimes.

Judy, upping to 10 minutes already, wow. Impressive. Im going for about 7 minutes today. Been doing 5-6 mostly regularly.

Ive made a very long to do list today, so I best get to it. I know its a federal holiday, but its not one observed around here, so its work as usual. Got one meeting in already. This is our deans last semester as dean, and I am definitely going to miss working with him. Hes so straightforward and seems to operate with no hidden agendas - rare in my work world.

Okay, speaking of the to do list. Hi to everyone, and off I go.

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So I told our foster to kennel this morning and her big sister (our dog) hopped in with her! So cute!


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That was funny about Norm wanting to play with Lulu. I had a brother-in-law who used to say never wake a sleeping baby. I think the same philosophy applies. I have a goal to up my meditation by 5 min every week so today I did 10 minutes.

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norm & i got to spend all morning with lulu. jared was (still is) on 24 hour call at the hospital & raina needed study time because she has her boards on tuesday. 9 hours of exam! we're going back tomorrow also so that raina can study more & jared can get some sleep.

my eating wasn't great today, but i did log everything & made up for eating candy by sleeping through supper (not on purpose)

my accomplishment for today was sitting back quietly & letting norm interact with lulu instead of telling him to leave her alone when she was happily playing alone & he wanted her to play with him!

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Waaah, I missed posting, didnt exercise, and didnt meditate yesterday. At least I did this morning. But I got through the day of work and relaxed and listened to a lot of music. Thats my win for the day, along with baking a loaf of dark rye bread.

The rain was nice yesterday, and were back to sunshine today, but not warm, and its definitely feeling like fall.

It is good to see so much activity here. Judy, I laughed at your accomplishment. I need that one more often!

Hi to all, Im still on conference duty, but it seems the tech issues (there were many) are finally all sorted out. In 15 minutes, Im completely off duty and get my life back. Next: hit the treadmill or go outside for a walk.

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Ryan it is so good to keep up with you. I have never lived near my grandbabies so you are so lucky. My accomplishment today was quietly listening to a conversation without having to dominate it with my brilliant (lol) commentary.

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ooh, a quiet day today. i'm not sure why, but i had the hardest time keeping my eyes open this morning during services. so afterwards, i crawled back into bed! services this evening were more lively (we celebrate receiving the Torah) so it was a little easier.

my accomplishment for today was finishing my pushups just before getting ready for bed because i forgot i had only done half of them.

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Wow everybody is doing great with posting. Erika is getting sleep, Ryan is watching her back, Emme is doing med class, and Becky is getting ready for the new school year. I liked Becky's observation that grieving recovery takes time. Somehow I think I should just go forward with no problem. My accomplishment today was meeting all my goals and making needed phone calls.

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Chill is doing great other than giving herself some carpet burn on her belly trying to scratch her spay incision. She’s very popular in our complex and has been a joy to foster. She’s even sleeping through the night now.


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Wow....lots of news on here. I love it!!

Emme, I hope the rain washes all the nasty stuff out of the air...and it stays out. You guys have been dealing with bad air forever.

Ryan, I am surprised that you won't have insurance (under Norm's) in that window until you're 65. Will Norm have insurance from his job or will he also have medicare coverage only? I know insurance coverage in the states in incredibly costly. Robin was telling me that she won't be able to afford to keep her insurance when she retires.

Erika, grieving can be a long process. It's great you are getting better sleep. I am inconsistent in the sleep department and don't think I ever get 8 hours.

Judy, I bet your daughters were all happy they went to snake camp instead of to dance. My poor Mom made me go to tap, jazz and ballet....and dressed me up in hats and shiny shoes to go to mass. I was out of those clothes in the car going home from church.

Kelly, how is Chill doing?

Robin, come back!!!!

My accomplishment today is getting a lot of planning done so I may not have to work all weekend.





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Hey all, I have to go hit conference duty, so this will be short.

My win: did another meditation lesson yesterday, and did a 5-minute meditation this morning.

Another win that I cant take credit for: It is raining! emoticon Im not normally someone who likes rain, but after the fires and bad air, it is so welcome. Our air quality is perfect right now, after weeks of being utter cr@p. And maybe my car will be a little cleaner.

Okay, just time for that, and off I go. I hope you all have a good weekend planned!



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judy, i used to have a friend that had pet mice. i rarely went to her house because i have a serious problem with rodents.

we found out that norm might not be able to retire in july as we had planned. because i won't have my own medicare coverage until i'm 65, i would be without any health insurance, so he might have to continue working until my 65th birthday in november. we still have to look into if there might be other options.

my accomplishment for yesterday was recognizing my physical limitations & not pushing to do more when my back started hurting.

have a really great weekend, everyone! emoticon

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Happy Friday everyone! My accomplishment is that I've been doing a great job of getting enough sleep. There were a few weeks there that I rarely met my Fitbit sleep goal (7.5 hours) but lately I've been getting 8 hours for several days in a row.

My tantrum continues...I just feel out of sorts. I need to get used to my new normal. I felt so much better after the trip to Utah but that wore off quickly, it seems. Our air quality has been bad all week (at least it's barely in the yellow zone today, so I am going to take a walk). I do have some fun things planned for the weekend, outdoor yoga on Saturday and a group bike ride on Sunday, so maybe I will cheer up.

Emme, sorry to hear that you have to work on the weekend!! No fun! At least a conference used to mean you got to go somewhere interesting to work. I hope you get a break soon.

Ryan, I am so happy for you that you get to see Lulu so regularly! You are a lucky grandma. And good for you on the pushups! I read somewhere that the ability to do pushups is an important measure of overall health/longevity. My bootcamp guy says that doing them on your knees is fine, just make sure to go all the way down. A full range of motion ensures that the muscles do not shorten, which would not be good for posture.

Becky, good for you on the one-day tantrum. I couldn't keep mine to one day! But stopping is good, whenever I do it.

Robin, how's it going with the challenge? Would love to hear from you.

DH and I are going to fill out our ballots and walk them over to drop off at the library today. We are so lucky to live somewhere where it is easy to vote. Not like some of the lines I've seen on the news.... emoticon


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