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emoticon for checking in, Deb! I'm emoticon you haven't been sleeping well, and hope that improves soon, and you start feeling better.

I did just a few timer sessions after work and transplanted a couple of pansies I picked up last Saturday at Freddy's. I do like their bright, cheerful faces on the balcony!
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I'm getting to bed by 10 tonight, so not as early as last night, but good time!
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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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3/31/20 10:20 P

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Sorry I haven't been around much lately. I have been having a case of insomnia. In the last week I probably have had about 10 hours of sleep , hardly no energy. To day I pushed myself to get things done.

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Thank you for your efforts, dear sister and co-leader. We all appreciate the acknowledgement of our actions every month. Especially now, we can all use some extra encouragement!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Well, the alarm on my phone to remind me about sending Spark Goodies goes off on the 28th of each month. And if you know me, you know that I'm a skillful procrastinator! emoticon So I move the reminder from day to day until I'm up against the LAST day of the month and must get it done if I don't want to miss it. So here it is, after 4:30pm, and I just got 'em sent! emoticon Don't want to lose my Goodie-Giving Goddess crown.... emoticon

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I did get to bed just a little after 9, slept more than 8 hours (a long time for me) & woke up well before the alarm at 6. I tried a new qigong routine that I really enjoyed, plus that 30-min Silver Sneakers stretch and mobility workout, broken up between calls. I did Amy's low impact beginner cardio routine for break, and have already picked out a 15-min cardio blast by Jessica Smith for lunch. I want to start some ST again, but left shoulder is still sore, and I don't want to aggravate it, though I wonder if bicep curls and triceps kickbacks or raises would be OK, maybe back rows? I should probably ask my PT doc.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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It took me a long time to get to sleep last night. I won't do any night time qigong for a while--maybe I revved my energy up too much, too close to bedtime? So I want to eat earlier & get to bed earlier than usual.

Things at work keep shifting. One of our 2 primary care clinics didn't have enough staff to answer the phones, so we took their calls until 1. I only had 2 in those 5 hours. Since we don't deal with medical appts, we had to email a team to take care of the patient requests; the team started at 4, but then went up to 5, then 6. Later in the afternoon we had a conference call with our primary WIC contact and trainer to touch base & discuss recent changes and challenges. Then we learned that dental calls, which used to be a majority of our calls, but dropped way down due to cancelling all but severe emergency situations (as determined by a clinician), are now to all be transferred to clinics. Since they have the time, they will consult with dental patients about care and concerns, though they still won't be able to help many people in person for now.

Signed my taxes and returned to the accounting service along with my check. I had a big surprise when it turned out I wouldn't owe, but would get over $1000 back! So that will still be a nice amount even after the bill is paid.

Shared links to qigong routines and super short workouts with teams and also with coworkers. I makes me happy to offer healthy options to people. Whether they use them or not is completely up to them, but it feels good to share. Everyone have a great night & a terrific Tuesday!

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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3/30/20 1:25 A

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Left early this morning and got to Safeway before 8; there was no TP by that time, but they had some facial tissue left, including 3 boxes w/ lotion, as I prefer. Sadly they are still limiting to a single item per person, so I'm glad Fred Meyer raised their limit to 3 boxes of tissues yesterday! I did fine on food there, including a super sale on Starbucks coffee--2 bags of espresso, one of decaf Italian roast (also very dark) to mix with my flavored coffee beans. It never hurts to stock up on a sale, since I use it regularly. I only have decaf on weekend afternoons since I'm often getting up from a nap later than I want fully caffeinated coffee; usually about half and half.

I got to Trader Joe's around 8:25, with opening at 9:00. I had my book, journal, and phone for texting, plus an umbrella, since I got spit on Saturday waiting for Costco to open. Though since I was the first person in line, I got to fit under the overhang. I also discovered they have an expedited senior line from 9-10. Once someone came out, I asked where that line formed, and switched sides, helping direct others who came and asked which line to join. They kindly put the senior line where everyone got to stay under the building overhang that passed other stores, instead of wrapping around the building where I had stood last week, which is open to the elements. I found everything I wanted, including TP, so I have plenty of back stock--more than I normally kept on hand. In fact I'm still working out of the last package I opened just around the time the hysteria and TP hoarding hit.

As well as trying a different qigong routine Qigong to Purge and Tonify by Yoqi Yoga and Qigong www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GtF
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I found an old 10 minute cardio workout by Amy before she was miked, when she didn't have rests built in. I find I really do prefer the HIIT format that switches between higher and lower intensity. In addition to those, I took a nice long walk in the neighborhood, and called a couple of former coworkers, left messages for them, but got through to an old friend I've only spoken to occasionally over the years, and had fun catching up with her. I need to get my taxes signed and returned, which I'll do tomorrow. I'm doing pretty well over all. Like I said in my blog, I'm doing what I can--and that's enough.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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3/28/20 5:12 P

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I had planned to post last night, but after posting the links to the Silver Sneaker workouts, and mentioning them on the wall, then writing my blog and doing team spins, it was late and I was tired.

Last weekend I only went to one store each day--TJ's on Saturday and Safeway on Sunday. This morning I managed both Freddy's--arriving before 8 and walking right in, and Costco about 50 minutes before opening. I thought Saturday hours might be earlier than Sunday's 9:30, but learned they are both the same. And they're just shortening weekday hours, not starting until 10.

Because I had NEVER seen so few cars in the gas station, I stopped there first and got less than a quarter tank; doesn't hurt to fill up! I was able to park close and get in line less than 3 dozen people from the front. I asked the employee out holding up the "Line starts here" sign how many people they were letting in at a time. She said given that this is one of the 2 biggest warehouses in the county, along with a Seattle one, the limit of 50 at other locations isn't needed here. At some point (maybe to do with register lines) they stop folks going in and let them in as shoppers leave. Oh, and they opened the doors 15 minutes early, which was really welcome!

I skipped the TP/paper goods line at first, since so many people went right there, though I wanted to see if they had facial tissues with lotion. (I was able to get 3 boxes today at Freddy's, but I go through a fair amount, and definitely prefer the ones with lotion.) After picking up a few things, I saw the paper line was way down, so joined it only to discover that neither the Kirkland or Kleenex brands they carried have lotion. So I grabbed a box of wipes to make the waiting worth it, and got into a line where I could start putting things on the belt right away, behind a single customer! The cashier and I both learned that they can't put items in customer bags, so I had to do that outside. And they no longer pick up your card to scan; you hold it and they scan it without touching. Anyway, not only did I get home before 10 am, but the parking space right by stairs and closest to my front door that I left this morning was still there!

Had a nice chat on phone with sister, then finished a new (to me) qigong workout--which I LOVED. I added a very positive comment on YouTube before posting a link on my teams (on the other faves thread here), as well as sharing that the Silver Sneakers instructor to the Zumba workout I tried yesterday replied to my comment within hours!! I started another Zumba workout by her, intended to be more intense. Cue sound was better, but faster paced, harder to pick up moves. I stopped at 15:36 of the 33:43 time to make a late breakfast. I've finished that (leftover potato & veggie with sausage soup with lots of melted, shredded cheese on top) and will probably nap before starting on cleaning and timer sessions.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Yes, I want to fit some activity into my day somehow. I'll pick your brain when we connect today.

Our Zoom staff meeting went well - we could see and hear everyone. I opted for a regular blouse and earrings but no makeup...but I may add some next time - I looked pretty pale to me. Got Some good work done, which felt good. Our now-totally-online-quarter will start a week from Mon (its orig start date) and my Y said closed to the end of the month, so I'm gonna be checking for updates soon.

Its been a good exercise in acknowledging the bounty I have in my life.... emoticon

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3/26/20 10:55 P

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You aren't kidding, Mary! I'm having to create all kinds of new routines. I've been working hard to still get in exercise to make up for a lot less walking during the day. I can't remember if I've posting links to some of the short workout videos I've been doing, that can be fit into a 15-minute break.

Then for that other wellness concern: mental health & emotional balance, which is especially important now with the ongoing stress of the crisis & its impact all through our lives. My GG coleader mentioned how she is using mantras to keep a positive focus. That reminded me to say my affirmations again. I used to say them while biking during my work breaks and while walking to and from my take out restaurants and to and from the bus stop--all activities that I no longer do while I'm telecommuting. I missed them, and saying them again today helped to raise my spirits and feel more positive.

Calls continue to be pretty light, so I'm making the most of it while it lasts by fitting in timer sessions. I'm continuing to sort through old papers and mail, purging, filing, and setting aside to take action. When I spent a little time after work planning where to direct my efforts tomorrow, I felt pretty energetic and hopeful, and realized that for the first time, I'm feeling confident that I can complete this decluttering process. I've believed I can & will make progress before, but never felt that knowing that there is an (eventual) end in sight. It may be this year, or it may take longer, but I will not stop until I've released all this crap I've allowed to accumulate while feeling too tired to deal with or incapable of making decisions about.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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Cute video!!

I've been a bit more tired while working at home than I expected. But I realized that I'm actually working more actual hours at home, cuz at work people stop by and visit a bit, or I go to the copier, or to the other end of the bldg for the ladies room. So with no Y, I'm not getting much exercise at all but for upstairs and downstairs all day. Sometimes I work on my home PC (down), cuz I can log in and print to my home printer; sometimes I work on the loaner laptop at the dining room table upstairs.

We're gonna try to have a staff meeting via Zoom tomorrow morning...hope it goes well. My big decision is do I put on any makeup - which I haven't done all my home days...?? emoticon

Yesterday I had a question for my coworker (who is my walking encyclopedia about the college, having been there more than 30 years!) - was afraid a text might get too long or an email too confusing. So I called. Today she called me with a question...said she thought about emailing, but figured it'd be fun to talk to another person (she lives alone). I can tell I miss the companionship of my coworkers.

Hope everyone is staying healthy... emoticon

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3/25/20 9:50 P

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Speaking of humor, my GG co-leader, whose 6th grader is home until schools reopen, sent this link to a riotously funny video--less than 2 minutes--of a mother forced to homeschool her child: A Desperate Mothers’ Prayer www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpN9
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I loved it! May check out her other videos; she has several hashtags including clean comedy.

Not sure why I'm so tired. Work wasn't especially hard. I fit lots of timer sessions around calls, as well as catching up with my call stats (something I do on my own). I emptied another box that was behind where I sit in the dining room doing my telecommuting, and when I moved the box, I found a game that's been missing for over a year! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

My shoulder is feeling better, and all my exercise sessions went well. I'm not sure when I want to try any dumbbell work though, and of course I'll back off on weights again. I finally did some journaling this morning--without my usual routine of journaling on the bus & while waiting for it to arrive, it's been spotty. And with getting up at 6 instead of 5, my whole morning routines are different. And I wasn't happy with a weight jump. I normally do salad for dinner, but had that homemade soup instead last night (so not loads of sodium, though I topped with lots of shredded cheese), and I hadn't expected to gain more than a pound. I know things can fluctuate, and I'm trying to keep exercising regularly and not go overboard with the snacking, but I admit I was disappointed. The weather cleared up this afternoon, but I just didn't feel up to going out for a walk.

Planning some gentle self-care tonight, will try to get to bed early, and see how I feel tomorrow. May we all stay safe and healthy, and practice kindness toward ourselves & others! emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Sending virtual emoticon your way, Janice!! I know how hard it is when things look rather bleak. I'd send you some emoticon if I could....unfortunately, we've hit a bit of a emoticon stretch ourselves. I'd like to suggest finding some humor - funny movies or TV, funny videos on the PC - falling kittens videos is pretty cute, even reading some quotes (online) by famous comedians - I've tried and enjoyed Phyllis Diller, Bob Hope, Casey Stengal.

As Amanda said, we're always here and want to support you the best we can. We know what a special and delightful person you are, and are happy to call you our emoticon !! Please let us know how you're doing....

Love and blessings, Mary

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My Tuesday was much better. Call volume continues to be light, given great unit attendance. Even with one person out and someone starting late or going to an appointment, coverage has been really good. Calling and/or emailing clinics for the majority of calls. Still clarifying the different policies between the 3 programs--dental, family planning and WIC, and fighting to get one of the dental clinics to stop doing their own thing and trying to get us to change the rules and guidelines for their patients. Got a bunch of timer sessions done between calls. Also did some organizing & purging of emails, and revised one of my reference sheets once I finally got that the 18 WIC clinics split into 4 regional teams have different scheduling protocols for new patients than the 9 who aren't on a regional team. I'm hoping that changes soon, because it makes no sense to me, but at least I finally understand the distinction.

I also did some research on YouTube exercise videos, found some of Jessica Smith's 10 minute cardio ones I've enjoyed in the past, plus found some Silver Sneakers ones I want to try. I'm having fun with spreading out a little and even if some don't turn out well, I like that I'm trying some new things. Took another walk after work today, ~ 25 minutes in the neighborhood, up a steep hill & down the other side. I'm cooking up some soup with a bunch of ingredients that needed to be used up or tossed soon. We'll see how it turns out; starting to smell good! Wishing everyone a wonderful Wednesday!

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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emoticon for reaching out, Janice! I'm emoticon you are struggling right now. This is a hard time for a lot of people. Mental health and self-care are more important than ever, I think! I encourage you to reach out to friends--email, phone calls, even letters! Read books or magazines you never got around to before. Find YouTube videos for exercise, meditation, or laughter, or to learn something new. I hope you'll continue to let us know how you are faring.

I was very excited to see my GG co-leader's Body Coach link on her new blog. Since I knew it would take a while to type in the words on my TV YouTube page, I waited until after work, so tried a little longer workout--thinking I'd save the 10 min senior ones for work breaks. Unfortunately the 16 min "low impact hotel workout" didn't have much in the way of modifications, though it was only 30 seconds moving, 30 of rest, then repeat the move for 2 rounds. The moves didn't agree with my knees, wrists or elbows, so I tried different modifications on my own, but had to take a pill for pain after I was done. I'll try one or both of the senior ones tomorrow during breaks. I have a handful of ones I really like by Amy, but I'm getting a little tired of them, especially since I'm leery of using weights with my shoulder acting up.

I really stressed myself today when I knocked over my water bottle near the end of that body coach video, dousing some boxes and puddling, so I quick paused the video, grabbed towels to wipe up, then unstacked boxes to prevent seepage as much as possible. I got most of the mess cleaned up, but the area needs to dry before things move back, so the sense of accomplishment with decluttering took a hit. Still, I was pretty sure I wanted to move to living room clutter for the focus of next month, especially to make exercising easier, and this is just extra incentive.

After relaxing with some reading, I put in 3 timer sessions, one on one of the damp boxes moved into the desk area (which luckily didn't have paper in the bottom), and the others on the stack I've been working on. I also remembered at lunch to return the call from the tax people who left a message offering to mail or email my completed return (trying to prevent face-to-face interactions). So I can finish that soon. Oh, I had tech issues to deal with today that kept my off phones for ~ 1 hour 45 minutes. No wonder I'm feeling kind of tired, like I want to go to bed early! Dinner first, then reading, then bed. Hoping for a smoother Tuesday!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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3/23/20 9:33 P

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So, I told myself that I wouldn't post today. I normally don't if I'm having a not so great day.
But, I need to get it out and feel like this group is my safest place.
I'm not doing well. Not with weight loss, not with isolation because of this corona virus, not with being retired and having absolutely no purpose.
I get up, dress, start a load of laundry (almost every day), walk the dog & wave at the windows of houses where I think people might be around, then come home & try to decide what to cook for dinner. We live in a small lake town, so there aren't many choices at the local grocery store.
I rely heavily on eggs, sausage, ham, & cheeses. Fresh produce is about an 80 mile drive away, & the frozen ones sell out quickly. And to top it off, an older friend has just been diagnosed with bone cancer and is now on hospice.

I just needed to vent to someone. Sorry.

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Sounds like you had quite a successful shopping day, sister!

I went to our Freddie's about 7:15 today (they now open at 7a) to find that they've set 7 - 8 M - Th as "senior hours." And we mostly were!! Got a few things I wanted and think hubby and I are good for a while. Unfortunately, now HE's on the BRAT diet, so I was picking up some R, A, and T!

I just finished my first day of working from home. I got some things done, but BOY, does it ever take longer to do things at home. But, as my co-worker said to me when we chatted late afternoon, "we made progress!" And she's right....I got some legitimate work done AND kept myself "safer" at home. She and I are going in tomorrow - grades get posted tonight, so we'll go in and post degrees and certificates for those successful winter grads. By going in, we can probably get 'em all done in one day. emoticon PLUS, I got an email that IT has a laptop for me which I'll pick up tomorrow which should give me access to the two applications I most need into, besides the one I can log into on my home PC. emoticon So I'll make time to go pick it up....

Oh, and with finishing my book yesterday, I must have forgotten to Spark, cuz I'm back to emoticon of a new login streak!! emoticon

Stay well, my emoticon s, and keep washing those hands!! emoticon

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Well, as I tried to post last night, My plan yesterday was to get to Trader Joe's just a little after they opened at 9, then go to Costco a little after their 9:30 opening, so crowds waiting & lining up would have gone in already. But there was a line at TJ's which wrapped around the side and back of the building. With 6' in between, people were really stretched out. An employee came out & thanked us for our patience, explaining they were only having 25 people in the store at a time, but they were well stocked, though there was a limit of 2 on any item, so more people could get what they wanted. She asked if anybody needed TP, and I and one other person I could see raised our hands.

I had arrived at ~9:15 and it took about 40 minutes before I got in the store. I spent the first while texting Mary, but my fingers got really cold, then I read in my collection of Mercy Thompson short stories. When I did get inside, I went to the TP aisle which was empty, so asked an employee--mentioning the woman's question which made it sound like there would be some. He was directed to the manager's desk, where I could see a few packages. I hadn't known if I could get 2 of those, but he handed me 1 and I was fine with that. Since I had already decided to skip Costco, I got a few more items to replace what I would have gotten there. When I mentioned it to the cashier, she said Costco was doing the same thing. That would have been really grueling given that their parking lot must have at least 300 spaces, which are almost all full when I'm there. It was 10:15 when I left; I was happy to head home.

After a big breakfast of frozen leftover fried rice w/ lots of veggies & half an Adele's sausage tossed in, I read then took a nap. Had a nice chat with Mary, just catching up. I went for a walk in the neighborhood, even walking down a street I had never been on. It was pleasantly warm, a little cool in the shade, and the late afternoon light was soft and lovely. It was nice to be out of the apartment for relaxation rather than errand running, and to wave at people I saw, for a tiny bit of connection. Then I did an intense but low impact standing legs workout by Amy. After dinner I worked a half hour (in 6 back-to-back timer sessions, because I love making those tally marks in my planner!) on old papers, purging and filing. I think I lowered the level in the current banker's box by around 4 inches. Plenty to go, but satisfying all the same.

This morning I slept past 6:30, so after brewing coffee & transferring to my insulated cup, headed to Safeway. I think they are now opening at 6, but I arrived ~ 7:30--with no line! Got everything I wanted but one particular brand of dry cat food, though I'm not out of that. Even got another package of TP, just to keep plenty on hand. I was able to get down to the laundry room to do 2 loads by 8:30, and I was the first one there. That means my chores were finished before 11 am! Same big breakfast as yesterday, and I'll be taking another nap soon, just because they're so cozy & sweet. Looking forward to more exercise, cleaning & timer sessions--and Mercy reading, of course!

Take heart, and take care, sweet friends! Blessed Be, Amanda

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I was just finishing a long (3 paragraph) post all about today, when my computer cashed. It's now past when I planned to go to bed, so no recreating it tonight. Will post tomorrow. Have a good weekend, all.

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Finished my first full week of telecommuting. It's going pretty well, and a new development was doing timer sessions in between calls. I'd just stop the timer counting down when a call came, and start it back up after I was all done. Since calls are rarely coming back-to-back now, I got through quite a few today. (I wrote more about them on the success thread.)

Sadly, I strained my left shoulder trying a new-to-me routine. Even though I was using light weights, it's bothering me quite a bit. So just as I was working my way back to weights I was using before the back pain onset last month, I'm having to back off again. But my flexibility has returned! With the pain that had come from bending forward for those weeks, I wasn't able to touch the floor like I used to. Last week I could finally tap my nails on the floor, then this week I finally could lay my hands flat while doing squats.

I don't know why I'm so tired this evening. The week hasn't been physically demanding, but the overall stress, despite my not suffering nearly as much as others, has been considerable. I'm planning to finish my book and go to bed early. Thinking of doing early store runs tomorrow, then laundry early on Sunday. Have a great day tomorrow, 3Bs!

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Looks like it'll be a while before *I* read the new book. Amanda will help me figure out past books to read...Or maybe I just follow her thru the whole series again...?? emoticon

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Finished the new Mercy Thompson book, Smoke Bitten in ~ 28 hours. Very good! Lots of ties to recent books. Once I read it again, just to savor, I'll reread the series, including the short stories in their proper places in the timeline. A fun prospect to keep me entertained during this challenging time!

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DH was able to get almost everything on his list at our Freddie's. 'Course there were a couple things he didn't get written down, so missed looking for....I'll stop one of these times to see if I can get them.

I too am fine hearing about stores placing limits on some items - just be an adult and let everyone share in the bounty! emoticon (not exactly that time of year, but you get the idea...)

My coworker and I are prepping for some telecommuting. We've got several things we've "wanted to get to" and may actually have some time to do so now! Way cool....!!

Stay safe, everyone, and keep washing those hands!! emoticon

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Yes, Karen and I met up with no trouble. There was no TP at Freddy's at 5:30, but a very helpful young woman directed me to other items--I got face tissues & baby wipes and kitchen gloves I wanted (not CV-related). I asked her about when TP might be available. She explained they got shipments every day but Thursday, stocked at night, and if I came soon after they open at 6, I should be able to get some. I was glad to see they had signs all up and down the aisle saying limit 1 per customer--which I appreciate! I went back & asked her name, and mentioned her when I gave feedback on an online survey. So I woke up before my 6 am alarm, and got to Freddy's ~ 6:15 or 6:20. Had grabbed a 12-pack of Kroger TP, then found a green brand on the backside of the main aisle, so got that instead--and I think it was cheaper--less than $6 for 12 rolls! Also picked up regular disinfecting wipes, also limit 1.

I stopped by Safeway, thought it wouldn't hurt to pick up TP there also, but there wasn't any. I asked if it had sold out already (I think they still open at 5 am), but was told they didn't get any in their delivery. Another helpful employee asked if I was a senior, and explained that they've just started a Senior Day, Wed, when 7-11 seniors can get what they need; sounds like stock will be held back for them. I don't really want to go out early again; I hadn't finished breakfast yet when I logged on this morning. But I appreciated learning about what they are doing, and I'll keep it in mind for next week if I need to.

I was happy to see in a countywide staff email that the county's wellness program published tips for telecommuters, on self care in these times. Good ideas & suggestions! I'll post elsewhere on the team. Loving the new Patricia Briggs book! I was pleased to hear yesterday a few minutes after 5 that it was their best selling title that day. With my membership, I got it 40% off. Once I finish it I may well reread the entire series. I just don't want to stay up so late tonight. I'll see how that goes!

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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What a nice friend!! emoticon

I haven't been to our Freddie's for a while. DH is gonna go today, so I'm curious to hear his report when I get home.

Stay healthy, my emoticon s...!!

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I'm so glad!

And I have good news. After wishing the unit a Happy St. Paddy's, I sent similar wishes to Karen, my old supervisor, asking her if she was working at home. She said it was her last day at Chinook (our county bldg) for a while, & I asked if she were in south county, if she could grab my ergo mouse pad. She's actually getting that and the wrist rest for the keyboard, and meeting me at the Burien Fred Meyer, close to my Safeway & not far from TJ's where I shop every weekend. Hurrah! I'll see if they have TP & tissues, & a couple of other items. If not, I'll ask if there's a time they might be available. I can always take a small amount of leave to go make a supply run, if it's likely I can find what I need. Then I'll hustle over to B&N & get the new Patty Briggs book!

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Our dept, Enrollment Services, has been deemed essential to support students, so for now, we can come to work as usual. Some things can be done remotely, but my work is really based on paper forms. And our limitations could change at ANY time, from our governor or our local health dept or at the federal level....rather unsettling, to be sure!! emoticon

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We just got word early this morning that no regular dental appts will be made until at least 4/13, just emergencies. Then they revised that the call center will make NO dental appointments, but will refer emergencies to the clinic to decide whether they can be seen. Haven't heard from family planning yet. Luckily WIC can load cards remotely--for clients who already have them; figuring out what to do with new clients.

Just learned that theaters, health clubs, salons, must close; no eating in at restaurants--only take out and delivery. So no movies as well as library materials to keep us occupied! {sigh} I'm really thankful Mary and I saw our latest play and had lunch out this weekend! I made sure to call Barnes and Noble to make sure they'll be open tomorrow so I can pick up my new Patricia Briggs book as planned! Shorter hours, but they will be open. I hope the craziness lessens by next weekend and I can get TP then!

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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I headed to the Y before work to find they're closed thru March 31st...bummer!! emoticon I'm not set up like Amanda is for tv workouts. I want to come up with some sort of activity to do in its place...

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Yes, my meal wasn't as large, but it gave me a yummy breakfast!

I went shopping earlier than usual, shortest gas lines I've seen in awhile, got to drive right up to the pump at Costco--very unusual. People were in long lines to get TP and paper towels, and they announced as I got near that they had just run out of cases of bottled water. I didn't join the madness. Where would I even put a Costco case of TP? I have an unopened 6-P-pack from TJ's. I'm hoping by next week things will have calmed down a bit. Safeway & TJ's were out of TP, though both had some water still. And food items were mostly fine. So I did my normal shopping pretty much.

Oh, I used my Ivar's birthday coupon at an Ivar's between Safeway and Trader Joe's that I've seen but never gone into before. Mary and I often use ours together, both ordering a crab caesar salad at $15 (we normally do the shrimp for less than $10), and since 1 is free, we both pay half price. But since she didn't feel well last weekend, then we did Wally's with Brian on Saturday, I got a crab & a wild salmon caesar to go; had the crab for lunch and the salmon for dinner.

I had a sort of late nap, and did 10 timer sessions. Got to the bottom of that banker box. I love getting through all those old papers. Lots to go, but I'm making good progress. I mention in the reading thread that I'm watching the Toy Story Blu Ray discs I bought. I'm astounded again at how good they are. The stories are unique, and not just rehashes of the previous ones. They are funny and moving. I just finished TS3--I forgot how much it made me cry at the end. I sort of remembered the sad tears in the incinerator, but didn't recall the bittersweet ones when Andy leaves for college. Looking forward to the special features tomorrow night, then Tuesday I buy the brand new Patricia Briggs on release day!

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The seafood fettuccine emoticon emoticon I ordered yesterday was huge!! I ate a bunch there, then brought home enough for hubby and me to each have a decent-sized bowl for dinner. Now that's what I call a GENEROUS helping!!

Getting some laundry done today...somehow I'm running out of socks, of all things!! emoticon Guess I better quit putting them off so much, eh? emoticon

Hope everyone has a great new week.... emoticon

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I was glad that the restaurant was OK when we went today. I'm headed for groceries in the morning, and I'll see what I see. I was really sad about the libraries all closing for a month!! Mary said today her city and county libraries were closed. I checked mine when I got home, and they just announced it yesterday, starting today. No fines, just keep what you have. The books I had requested are paused, but a couple I had requested earlier are in transit. No new books to read will be sad!

So I'll be watching videos at home (though carrying books with me, as to the store). I bought myself the set of Toy Story 1-3 on BluRay, since I had already picked up Toy Story 4 when it came out. I just finished the first one, and am watching the fun features and shorts. I had forgotten quite a bit of that first movie, and enjoyed it thoroughly!

Got to my 9 am tax appt on time and had 2 nice surprises: it only took us a half hour, since I had pulled everything together, and the best is I get a refund--even bigger than last year. I really had expected to pay. But changing my holding from 1 to 0 on my W-4 worked, even with the bigger salary & investments doing better. Then had a nice lunch with DS and BIL at Wally's Chowder House, came home an took a nap.

Did one of Amy's longer cardio ST workouts (38 minutes). I put my timer sessions toward sorting papers, got through ~ 4 inches in a banker box, with about 3 inches left. I'm tossing and grouping into categories to deal with later, when I'll merge and purge files. It was fun sending old application materials and mail to recycling. I know there's a lot more applications still to find and toss. So satisfying, and a physical relief!

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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If the college sends us home, but lets us work from home, I'll be in the same boat, sister! emoticon One small screen vs the larger 2 I'm used to at work. My boss, the registrar, is voting against us working from home - we deal with so much FERPA data that it would be a liability...we're all hoping they let our dept come to work to continue to support all our students. Keeping fingers and toes crossed....!! emoticon

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We were asked today if we all wanted to telecommute next week, and were assured they prefer we work from home until further notice. I had 2 tech issues to deal with, but luckily each only took ~ 15 minutes to resolve, and only one person was out--which was planned. So attendance is certainly better than usual! One coworker lost her internet and was offline for a while, but it's been pretty smooth. I apologize to some callers for how long it takes me to navigate between pages, now that everything is overlapping on one small screen. Whereas before I would size various pages just so to leave a convenient corner visible to bring that one forward in standard places on my 2 monitors, now I frequently have to maximize screen to be able to see and reach buttons to select at the bottom--I can't always scroll to find what I need. People are pretty understanding, and some laugh about the same thing as they've dealt with working from home too.

I called to confirm my tax appt for tomorrow morning. I'm assuming I'll have to pay with my pay increase and investments doing better. I'll just pay the bill and strategize about quarterly estimated payments. 3 more workouts, including PT exercises. Deleted over 150 emails from my inbox--that feels good! I always feel light after some purging. I haven't gotten to bed as early as desired the last few days because my books have been so much fun. Enjoyed The Unhoneymooners, and have started Roomies, also by Christina Lauren, which is also a great romp.

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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We're pushing the start of spring qtr back a week...will begin Apr 6 instead of Mar 30. Almost all of next qtr classes will be online. Our dept is hoping we'll just close to the public but that we staff can come in and work. The situation seems to change hourly, it seems . Lots of unknowns, for sure!!

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I'm very proud that I got in 3 more workouts (totaling 39 min) during my 3 breaks. All were short ones by Amy. Yesterday was low impact cardio most without weights, today was cardio sculpt with weights (I haven't worked back up to 5# yet, but will get back there soon.) Then after signing off & relaxing with a book, I did her 21-min cardio sculpt. I did some paper sorting of items I brought home from work, and got my reference binder put together with pages I had posted on my cubicle wall or inserted in a reference stand.

I also found the first virus update I printed out--from 3/3 when total cases in the county reached 21, with 8 deaths. Today's total, just 9 days later was 270 cases and 27 deaths. I decided to cancel my PT appt I had just made for Tuesday, since it's not urgent--back is doing well, and while knees twinge sometimes, I do have exercises I can do--just need to make time for them.

Other successes--I deleted 100 sent work emails (mostly communications to clinics about specific patients, clients and appts). And I finally reviewed my tax documents, and think I have everything I'll need for appt on Saturday. I better call them and confirm the appt! Will try to turn in a little earlier tonight after reading for a bit. Fun rom-com, The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren.

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The community college where I work is still open. We consult daily with the local health dept, and so far no recommendation to close. We only have 2 class days left in the qtr, then winter finals next Tues to Fri. Many/most will be take home or online. We're hoping we get to finish the qtr! The governor has ordered all K-12 schools in 4 counties to close for 6 wks, including my own (county). So I won't be surprised if our school shuts for a while. Hope not, but may happen. It will cause a lot of financial hurt for a lot of folks... emoticon

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Today went really well, everybody was working from home, call volume wasn't bad & with full coverage, I rarely had back-to-back calls. A few times early on, I almost messaged the group to make sure I was showing up as available, and then a call would finally come. Made good use of several of the reference sheets I brought home, but still trying to get them organized.

Today's virus update was disturbing.They are now expecting case numbers to double every 5-7 days. Case total up 44 from yesterday, deaths up 4--though some of those happened last week, they don't always get immediate data, and I'm sure they have to verify all info coming in. And 22 of the 26 deaths have all been from a single care center; 3 of the newly reported deaths were individuals in their 90s.

I put in 3 short (10-12 minute) workouts for morning, lunch, and afternoon breaks. Good thing, since my steps are WAY down! Going to relax a little before doing a round of timer sessions.

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It really helped me to spend the day getting organized for being able to bring equipment and resources home. I hooked things up and tested it, and things are working! The biggest downside is the single small laptop screen instead of dual monitors. (I just spent some time looking at monitors. The cheapest one I saw on Amazon was ~ $70. Don't know if I'd get much use out of it for personal computing. Anyone have experience with one?

And today's update was a bit alarming: The byline was Update: Increasing King County COVID-19 case numbers for March 10, 2020 point to importance of social distancing. The new numbers: 190 confirmed cases (up 74 from yesterday), 22 confirmed deaths (up 2 from yesterday). Recommendations:
--Employers should encourage and enable as many employees as possible to telecommute and follow other guidance for businesses.
--Avoid bringing large groups of people together, and consider postponing events and gatherings.
--Stay home when you are sick. Do not go out in public when you are sick. If you are ill in any way call your doctor's office first before going in.
As Ian said, they aren't requiring telecommuting, but they are recommending it. I'll do my best to keep up with squeezing short workout videos into my breaks. It will be interesting to see how it all goes. I think we're all working from home starting tomorrow.

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I think Mary said Pierce County where Tacoma is has 1 case as of Friday or Sunday, while this morning's update is over 100 total cases in King County, but 19 of the 20 deaths are all from one care facility with a bunch of elderly residents. The high at risk categories are the elderly, pregnant women, people with chronic conditions or a weakened immune system.

Ian was back today after 3 days off, so I got another tutorial on setting up at home--how to get on the network remotely. He had me take and handle a call just on the laptop. The biggest drawback is the little screen on a laptop, when I'm accustomed to dual monitors. This all happened too late in the day for me to want to pack up and work from home tomorrow. I jotted notes, but want to outline it all in a Word document--what to items to take equipment wise,copies of reference materials I have available at my desk, supplies I commonly need and use that would be hard to get along without. Then I plan to pack up tomorrow and start working from home on Wed. I'll miss the recumbent bike in the activity room in the basement, but with no commuting, I'll get 1.5-2 hours back, in which I can fit in exercise for sure!

Tried to make a PT appt online last night, but couldn't do it, so emailed the PT I worked with. Got a response from a colleague who said she was out this week, but gave me the number to call for PT appts. I put it in my phone, along with my Kaiser number, so I can call from work tomorrow. Plan on hitting Tat's Deli for one of their chopped salads tomorrow since I may be out the rest of the week--working from home.

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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This morning I did some PT exercises for back (which is doing quite well) & knees (bothering me more than usual lately). Got clean laundry put away--mostly socks, underwear and linens. Got away in time to get to our pre-play lunch date a little early, as did Mary. So we had time to review next season. While she filled out our season ticket order, I wrote her a check for mine. We got the order turned in before getting a program and sitting in our perfect front row aisle seats. They only went on sale 3/1, and it's great to have that done, and not worry about ordering ours before we lose our prime real estate. (I've probably said it before, but we plan to keep those seats until we die!) We're usually the first ones to reach the restroom at intermission. Though today's crowd was smaller--maybe a combo of virus fears and folks forgetting to change their clocks forward. Oh, the play was Wolves, about a girls' indoor soccer team. Realistic, but hard to follow with a lot of overlapping dialog.

I actually got in a few timer sessions this morning before leaving for the play, and did several more this evening. It helped that I drove home completely in the daylight in dry weather. I decided to go the back way--2 highways instead of I-5. Even though it's mostly just 2 lanes, there's less traffic, so we didn't bunch up and slow down as often happens on the interstate. We kept 60-70 pretty much the whole way home which I did in less than 50 minutes--faster than the freeway when I hit bad traffic.

I've done some prep for tomorrow's food. Will do more to streamline the morning. Ready to just relax a bit before bed. Hope everyone gets a great start to their week!

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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emoticon for making it through a full work day, Mary!

I've had a productive day. I woke up later than usual (almost 7) and still got to the laundry room soon after 8 (we're not supposed to run machines before then) and got 2 loads done. I held off exercising until later, so was able to cook up a yummy stir fry of Chinese leftovers and eat it before the drying was done. Then it was write the shopping list, get dressed and head out. Got to Costco closer to 11 than 11:30 to 12 when it can be hard to park anywhere. Still parked in the far corner, but I don't mind a nice long walk--it runs up my step counter for Spark Points, after all! Got shopping done at Costco, Target, Safeway and Trader Joe's, then the library and home.

Read, then took a nap, had afternoon decaf coffee while I finished my book--Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber, which I absolutely loved! Details in the reading thread. I plan to send her a fan letter and ask if she'll write more novels in this setting. It would be really sad not to visit these characters again! I did my first long cardio/ST routine in weeks, Amy's (w/ J Zook) 35 minute Strength and Cardio HIIT. Went a little lighter on some of the weights & didn't keep to their pace as much, but it felt good to challenge myself more, while checking in with my back periodically. Still have laundry to fold, and want to get a few timer sessions with paper sorting. Will change clocks before bed. Have a great Sunday my friends!

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Hah, I knew Chisholm's name but never heard of Mink...go figure! emoticon

Was hard to get thru the whole day yesterday, but I did! DH called before I left work and let me know he had just stopped at Bass Pro Shop so would be a while. GREAT! So I went home and right to bed. Got an hour nap before he got home...nice. Went super-light for dinner. Didn't go to bed around my usual 8-ish, with the nap and all, but didn't take too extra long to fall asleep at 10-ish. emoticon

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Glad you were able to ease back in with just one day back. I did Amy's 10-minute low cardio HIIT workout after work, and I had to take it slower, as I'm building back my strength and endurance after taking about 2 weeks off when my back was hurting so much, then I was just moving around carefully with a little PT, but not much else.

Half the crew worked from home today. I was there with Eric, our new guy, and an old float friend who has only just come back to join us after months away. Bus was less crowded, as more people in the area are telecommuting. Bad accident in downtown Seattle made the morning commute super slow, but as I texted Mary, I wasn't driving so I didn't care much.

Call volume wasn't bad. I was able to do more internet research and create more flyers for Women's History Month. In a group of firsts, I was going to include the first Asian American woman cabinet member (who happened to be Republican), but then read some allegations of improprieties, so decided to choose a more positive role model--or less controversial, and found the first Asian American woman Congresswoman was also the first woman of color elected to the House of Representatives. I had known Shirley Chisholm was the first African American woman in Congress, but Patsy Takemoto Mink got there 3 years earlier. I found some great quotes and photos, and illuminating articles. Fun!

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Back at work today, but moving pretty slowly! Am being cautious about what I eat...not much fun. emoticon Nice that I only have to work 1 day and then get a weekend off...

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I've been sick the last few days - nasty intestinal issues. Don't know if I got some food poisoning or stomach flu or what, but it's been no fun. DH has 2 procedures yesterday - early! Check-in was 6:45. Endoscopy and colonoscopy...not pleasant but got a very clean bill of health from the doc after. I was his driver, and decided to stay home the rest of the day. Stayed out today also...mostly sleeping! emoticon Trying to decide about work tomorrow, and having trouble reaching a conclusion. emoticon emoticon

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I'm not sure who all put it together, but we had an awesome display on the tables in the kitchen for Black History Month, including a bunch of cool Black History flashcards, as well as ones for significant African American women. I loved it and learned a lot--and was proud when I recognized some of the names and faces already. A call went out for contributions to a bulletin board for Women's History month. Now that coverage is mostly better, I was able to spend some time in between calls creating some flyers with names and photos & little blurbs and quotes. I think I finished printing a 5th page just before 5:00. It was fun to do something creative and valuable.

Then a funny thing happened as we all dashed out the door and into an elevator to leave. When I went to use my badge to push the button for the basement, I couldn't find it. I spent the trip down looking through my purse, since it wasn't in the pocket it always goes in when I'm not wearing it. Had to ride back up and found 2 ladies about to get on the elevator whom I asked to let me in the secure door, since I didn't have my badge. They did, and I ran to my desk: no badge sitting next to the computer. So I dug through every pocket, and found it in a different zippered compartment on the wrong side of the purse. But when I pulled everything out of the center compartment, I found the laundry card I lost and had to replace weeks ago! How it got in my purse is a mystery, but I'm thrilled to be able to use the balance on it now!

I've done a few timer sessions, and was just thinking that I feel surprisingly light and happy--over nothing in particular. I think it's a combination of making progress at home, no longer worrying over applications and interviews, and getting some competent help. Tamara's out sick, but Eric is doing great, sounding completely confident and at ease with callers. Hurray!

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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I only managed one timer session last night, so made sure I got 5 done tonight--fun! It became like a game of how much can I get done before the timer goes off? Can I finish that task in 5 minutes? Reminds me of mentioning to a couple of clerks at TJs about my plans to take a nap and do some timer sessions and one asked, "Oh so you set a timer for like an hour, and just work that long on something?" I LAUGHED and moved my thumb and index finger within an inch of each other, saying, "I set my timer for a LOT less time than that!" She replied, "Oh, like baby steps?" And I was "Yes!" emoticon An hour! Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! emoticon

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Spent a nice quiet day mostly relaxing. Tried a beginner yoga routine--brand new for me. I like the teacher, but had problems as I have with Amy's workouts with moves that put weight on my wrists that make them ache. I couldn't figure out how to modify while trying to follow directions in a completely new routine, and had to sit out before rejoining when she moved from the floor to standing poses and moves. I addressed my issues in a comment on YouTube, but I've done that with Amy videos, and am not aware that anyone has read them or reacted. I Googled and actually found some helpful info; I shared links in another forum.

My biggest accomplishment was finishing my Medicare application which involved getting email help from big sister ( emoticon Mary!) who went through this not quite 3 years ago, calling Kaiser to get my health coverage effective date, and a call to Social Security to figure out why the application wasn't letting me fix an input error and correct my application. That last one had me on hold over 30 minutes, but it was eventually resolved, and I got signed up for Part A. (I don't need Part B now while I'm working.)

That tired me out and I ended up taking a nap. Other things I did: changed bed linens ahead of schedule, deciding I'll donate the ones I had been using, because I just don't care for them. Why continue using something I don't like, when I can give them away to someone who will appreciate them more? I have that in mind for a few items of clothing I don't like much (anymore). I replanted a mini rosebush from TJ's. Somer have survived, but not all; I'll see how this one does. I paid my rent for this month, then signed up for automatic bill pay for next month. I've scheduled it for a few days early; Kim in the office said she'd watch and let me know if it hasn't come on time. She had to work with another tenant for a couple months until he got the timing worked out. I also hennaed my hair and ordered a just for fun gift for myself: Toy Story 1-3 on Blu Ray. I had them on VHS & got the brand new Toy Story 4 since I now have a Blu Ray player. It'll be such fun to watch them all with the special features, too!

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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emoticon on your big spin, sister. emoticon it was startling to look and see no points for my teams--which actually happened last night when I spun after 9 pm: all teams were pointless.

It's nice to hear I'm not the only one with that experience on the clutter front. I'm making a point to take not every time I put recycling in the bin now to remind myself how easy this is, and how glad I am that I made time to move it. I'm hoping the positive reinforcement will encourage me to make similar efforts and changes elsewhere.

I did my first longer workout (21 min) with weights--a favorite cardio sculpt by Amy. Sometimes less weight or not the most advanced version of moves, as I build back up. I'm encouraged how well my back continues to do. It really is my knees that I feel twinging more often. I'll ask the therapist about those when I go back to PT next week.

An easy day of exercise, Chinese leftovers, grocery shopping & library, nap, reading. Last of yesterday's laundry and the food put away. Oh, and yesterday I began the Medicare enrollment process, but ran into a confusion. I checked with sister, who did this a few years ago. She didn't remember the details, but knows where she got her answer from HR, so will check at work Monday morning and get back to me. I happily reviewed my email, deleting all those blog comment notifications, and found a coffee sale I had missed. It's their best deal--a free 1/2 pound sample, since that equals a savings of $7.95. By getting two full pounds and two half pounds, I met the 3# minimum for a free sample, plus the $40 minimum for free shipping. (Whereas three full pounds only totals $39.) When I've done this before, I've tried a new flavor I'm curious about--because if I don't care for it, hey it was free!

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Yes, I sure *DO* relate!! I'll step around something on the floor by my recliner a bunch of times, instead of just picking the dang thing up!! Good for you!! emoticon

First day of March, and I hit emoticon for the BBs!! That ought to give our team some numbers by tomorrow. Twas strange to log in this am and find no points for my "regular" teams - BBs, GGs, or SAssies! But my big score will give 'em all a jump for tomorrow!! emoticon emoticon

DH has to start some eating restrictions today for his upcoming colonoscopy and esophagus procedures, so we went out to breakfast. We both woke up early, and decided to hit a local restaurant. Imagine our surprise emoticon when we got there just minutes before 7:00 only to discover they don't open till 8:00 on Sundays!! I was astonished! So we drove to another local place (that I'd never had breakfast at), and were about the 3rd party in as they opened at 7:00. Where are the early crack-o'-dawn risers, eh?? emoticon

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I remember noticing as I carried my very full laundry basket down the stairs this morning that I had a big happy grin on my face. It's amusing how happy and satisfied I feel sometimes when I'm getting tasks done early. Of course I was also smiling after I finished several timer sessions in a row after dinner this evening after consolidating and breaking down boxes that had been stacked pretty high in the dining room, then moving stacks to finally get the big recycling bin out in the front where it will be easy to access. I've been irritated for a long time with how inconveniently it was located, and I finally decided to fix the situation!

Sometimes it amazes me (especially after the fact) that I will put up with inconvenience rather than spending a short time--in this case less than 15 minutes--to resolve an issue! Ah well, it's solved now, and I have a more accurate sense of how much stuff in that area I have to go through and sort.

(* I almost put this in the Success thread, but I wasn't sure how many folks would see it there, and I thought others might potentially relate to this post.)

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Our boss (registrar) made a few suggestions to improve our reviews...mainly borrowing some of the exact language from the description of the position we want to get. I couldn't face it Fri afternoon, so will pick it back up on Mon and tweak it some more. We hope to get it ready for our boss' Tues meeting with HER boss, our dean. emoticon

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When a member on another team mentioned her fears concerning the COVID-19 virus, my co-leader spoke to fear-mongering, noting "People overreacting causes a whole different set of issues." This was my reply:

emoticon strongly about the virus hysteria. Yes, it's serious; yes, it's good to take precautions. But the news always blows up potential health or weather dangers in order to keep people tuning in & passing the hysteria as a way to cash in on more readers & viewers. One of the horrible characteristics of capitalism is that fear-mongering is "good business" while being harmful to the mental health of the populace, and possibly causing a lot of people to spend too much money in a panic in order to feel safer or more prepared--again making some people rich.

And I'm reminded of that New Age motto "What you resist persists." I'm concerned that when people obsess about bad things happening, they might draw negative energy to themselves. It's behind my mantra "I am young and healthy, I am strong and free" (followed by a rhyming phrase) that I repeat many, many times per day, mainly during my cardio sessions on the bike at work or while walking between home and the bus stop. I'm expressing my intention to stay healthy and not get sick, and my belief that getting older doesn't automatically doom you to a weak or failing body.

When I reminded coworkers I wouldn't see them Monday, since I was taking off on my birthday, I mentioned it was a milestone year. When asked the number, I proudly told them 65, and proceeded to wave my arms and shimmy a few dance steps, laughing that I looked and felt pretty good for 65.

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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Crossing fingers and toes for you and Colleen! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I had a couple of WIC clients who were very unhappy about rules not working in their favor, or things taking too long. But I also had a couple people recently thank me sincerely for being so helpful; one said in a surprised tone that I was so nice, even getting registered and scheduling an appointment with me was a pleasant experience. That made me feel really good, and I thanked her.

Can't remember if I mentioned before that while Mary and I have always been close, we never shared real personal stuff with our brother Paul. Since seeing him and his wife Shahla in November, he has made it clear he would like us to be closer. There has been some pretty deep sharing among the 3 of us lately, and it is very gratifying. He's campaigning to get us over to Turkey before they relocate to the states. I'm interested, and just started checking with Mary about the possibility of us going over there. (Of course I'd first have to get a new passport, since the old one is expired and also missing.)

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My coworker and I turned in position review requests yesterday. Other people in our dept have received promotions in the last year or so, but not us. But since we work unsupervised, I hope we won't have any trouble. She and I.make all decisions in our office, and don't have to get out boss' clearance on what we do. That degree of responsibility should do the trick!! emoticon Now we just wait for a decision.. .. emoticon

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Nothing special, more of the same. I was happy I got that mini-blog posted and cleared up the pile of jewelry boxes that had accumulated in one little area in my bedroom last night. It's amazing what I can get done in a 5-minute timer session!

Tonight I worked on sorting mail tonight, really glad I opened a couple of those items promptly, since I've often buried or misplaced mail before. I did a short beginner low impact cardio workout by Amy from a few years ago. I'm enjoying feeling more energetic and stronger. And I'm pleased I'm giving myself time to work back up to more strenuous or challenging routines.

I was thrilled to learn a favorite author, Patricia Briggs, has her next Mercy Thompson novel coming out on 3/17. I've started rereading a recent installment in preparation!

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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I'm really happy that I'm getting back into my exercise groove since the back pain pretty much disappeared. I'm back to biking over 2 miles during each of my 2 daily 10-minute breaks down in the activity room of my county building. At lunch I did some arm exercises with dumbbells, though I back off on weight and reps since it was the first time in 2 weeks. And tonight I did Amy's short standing abs routine with a dumbbell.
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I'm continuing to ask questions and provide feedback at work, and I love that it's appreciated. I also asked, and got approval to take a vacation day next Monday, which is my birthday. Not sure what I'll do, but a play & progress day sounds great.
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I'm glad I did a couple short Amy videos--overworked the hip flexors and quads on the 8-minute standing 6-pack abs workout, but enjoyed the 11-min regular standing abs routine--and did a few timer sessions before my energy gave out. But now I'm thinking about bed, and feeling too pooped to post!

Had a weird interaction with a phone interpreter, and complained in detail to the head of interpreter services for our department. I'll be interested to get her reply. Finished Midnight Without a Moon, the YA novel set in 1955 Mississippi. Heartbreaking and compelling, but unfortunately fizzled at the end.

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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I posted on the gratitude thread about events yesterday and today. Tamara, the new woman next to me, was back after staying home sick Friday, and Eric, our last addition to the unit started today. They were deep in training mode. I mentioned an issue to Deborah, the dental manager in the kitchen before work, and she said she would look into it. She came by the unit later and asked everyone to let her know when we had questions or problems. She is so wonderfully responsive! And Mara from WIC checks on us often from the other side of the building. She is also extremely helpful and always thanks me for my questions. She'll be working with others to try and get our scheduling tools current and make them less confusing.

Back is (all?) better, and my speed is building back up on the bike at breaks. I enjoyed beginner workouts by Amy this weekend, as I build my way back up in intensity on exercise, after pulling way back when the back was hurting so much.

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Wow, I can't remember the last time I've gone this many days without catching y'all up. Thursday & Friday I was tired from not enough coverage at work, and just wanted to relax when I got home. Then Saturday I did my grocery shopping & picked up a new library book I just fell into--a new 2020 release by Jill Shalvis, with lots of family dynamic issues and demons being dealt with (not just another rom com). I finished it this evening, and then spent time emailing brother & sister, as we are dealing with our own communication and family dynamic issues.

Of course I did get to play with sister. We went to an early matinee of Jumanji: The Next Level, then shrimp caesar salads at Ivar's, then a little shopping for her this time at Penney's. Tried on a bunch of tops, found one keeper at 60% off--gotta love those sales! The movie was just as much fun for me the second time. We loved both Dwayne Johnson and Awkwafina channeling Danny Devito, and Kevin Hart's totally different way of speaking when inhabited by Milo (Danny Glover) vs. Fridge. And Jack Black got a workout as a very angry Fridge ("Now I gotta be the fat dude? At least last time I was black!"), briefly an uncomfortable Martha, and then back to Bethany (sweet, breathy, "Oh I missed you!") Of course fantastic stunts, thrills galore, and that goofy extra scene after the end, with the heater repair guy that just might segue into another sequel. I'm sure I'll buy this one too, but getting the chance to see it on the big screen: emoticon emoticon

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Movie, lunch, and maybe some shopping with DS today. I woke up to emoticon
*pounding* on my bedroom skylight, and I thought - oh joy, lovely weather for driving to sis's. emoticon But after a couple big thunder bursts, it started to let up, so the drive north is starting to look less treacherous... emoticon

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emoticon they deserve a complaint. I know you'll be glad to have things finished for a while at least!

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Yesterday was messed up! We waited almost 55 mins to be seen....DH said maybe its part of the stress test emoticon It wasn't and I'm going to complain...several things that could have been communicated to us, weren't.

They decided, without notifying us, to do a chemical stress test rather than treadmill. It went OK - they inject him with something to raise his heart rate (like exercise would) and then do nuclear imaging. Today we came back for an 'at rest' test. Just dye then nuclear imaging. He'll be done soon, we'll drop him at home, and I'll go to work.

One more dr appt with him Mon and we're done for a while... emoticon

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Left mid-day to allow for getting back home, having breakfast & getting to the clinic. Got there nice and early, so got to sit and read in a delightful library book. She did a bunch of testing for strength, then had me perform a strength or stretching move, then asked if I felt better, worse or the same. I couldn't always tell. It would have helped to tune in with first with the understanding I would be comparing how I felt at different times, to try to get a sense of baseline to compare to.

She said we would be figuring out if flexion or extension suited me better. Turns out that even though I was most aware of pain in bending forward, I actually prefer the flexion moves over the extension ones. So I got a series of those that she printed out for me to perform several times daily. I mentioned that could be hard with working full time (and I don't want to give up my twice daily cardio sessions on the bike). I was thrilled when pain was minor enough this morning not to take any pain meds (until after PT!) and to finally have some speed on the bike again, "traveling" over 2 miles in my 10 minutes, which I hadn't done since the back pain began.

I did have some surprise almost cramps in different spots on both legs during the PT. And I sat and relaxed with my book for an extended period after I got home, to rise which incited some pretty agonizing cramping in the usual left leg. That was disturbing and disappointing. I hadn't suffered any cramping in many weeks. I'm tired and want to get to sleep earlier tonight. I didn't make it as early as I had hoped last night--I was too close to the end of the most recent Novel of the Others, Wild Country, and had to finish it. Loved it all over again!

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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And tonight's supposed to get down to 30*! Brrr! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I had a heck of a day! Since it was the day after a holiday, everyone showed up, though one was late and one left early. I had taken 8 calls in the first 30-60 minutes, then I realized other unit members had taken multiple calls while my phone didn't ring, though my status said Available. I logged out and in of Skype a couple times, restarted my computer, later shut it all the way down and started back up. Nothing fixed it, although any one of these has resolved such issues in the past. Called the Help Desk, but they couldn't solve it, so they created a ticket and sent it to the Telecom group. I finally heard from them, did a bunch of the same things with no change. I asked for an update ~ 12:30, got a call ~ 12:45 and spent around an hour trying a bunch of techy stuff, but I was confused and hungry and headachy, and we finally stopped so I could go to lunch almost an hour late.

Lo and behold, when I logged in after lunch (at almost 3:00), I finally started getting calls! I sent an email thanking the Telecom lady I worked with, but she said she hadn't done anything while I was at lunch. So nobody knows what the problem was or how it fixed itself! Slow elevator going down, stopped on almost every floor, waited for a bus that ended up really crowded to go my 2 stops, missed my regular bus, and stood in the dry but increasing cold for 12 minutes for the later bus. Walk up the hill--even after 6--wasn't all the way dark. But so tired when I got home. Tomorrow I leave at lunchtime (after just half a day) to get home, have lunch and get to my PT appt. Want to turn in early tonight!

Hope y'all had a better day than I did, and that we all have a great tomorrow!

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Yep, fun day with sister yesterday. Still got a bit more done, then relaxed with DH and some TV. We got take-out teriyaki, so I got to bring my leftovers for lunch today, reducing time to get off to work today. Unfortunately had some frosted car windows, but light enough that the rubber side of our window tool could clear enough for me to drive safely... emoticon

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Had a fun day with sister! She came up and we got to the mall nice and early, found some great sales at Penney's. Got 4 tops and 2 pants for $143, saved $162 in discounts, for less than $24 per piece, including tax. I'm so happy to have some nice new things to wear! I was tired of wearing the same things over and over. 3 of the tops have colors and patterns that are different for me, which is also fun.

We also took advantage of Claire's B3G3F sale, including Valentines socks and earrings at 75% off. Then we went to Barnes and Nobles and used our 25% coupons. Then to Taco Bell for their power bowl lunch to go, which we brought back to my place to eat and play games. She got away early enough to have time to do more chores, and I had time to nap!

I did Amy's beginner bodyweight workout this morning, which I handled fine. It's gentle, and the first one of hers I ever tried. I've done some timer sessions, continuing sorting papers, and prepping coffee: mixing flavored beans (Cookiedoodle for regular, Pecan Praline for decaf) with espresso or decaf Italian roast.
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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Today got around late, but had another productive day! Did my first workout with Amy since last weekend, as I've been careful with my back. This was just a short standing abs with no weight. A few of the moves have the option of using a light dumbbell, which I usually do, but not this morning. I was careful, and it did OK. I took a naproxen capsule this morning before exercising, and the back has been pretty good today. I'm definitely recovering--Hurray!
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Got away too late to attempt Costco, so adjusted the list to just Safeway and Trader Joe's for groceries. Got everything put away, plus the hanging clothes from yesterday's laundry, including the bras that dry on a rack. I've done 13 timer sessions on cleaning tasks and mail sorting, often alternating a couple and then reading for awhile. Picked up some new titles and authors at the library when I returned several items; I'll report what I think in the reading thread as I read them or give them up as my bus/work books. I'm on the 5th Others novel here at home, absolutely loving it all over again.
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Enjoy the rest of your weekend, whether it ends tonight or tomorrow.!
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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Sitting here with henna on my hair and Sparking. Have a last load of laundry to do and the dishwasher is running. I want to prep some lettuce to encourage salads this week - either for dinner or for lunch at work. Prepped lettuce always makes my salads seem easier to throw together! emoticon

Having lunch with sister tomorrow + some game-playing...whee! emoticon Wish I felt more like working on tasks...maybe I'll try a few timer sessions like Amanda is so successful with. Hmmmmm.... emoticon

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Did a couple loads of laundry, then had my yummy leftovers. Enjoyed the Little Women movie, though the jumping back and forth in the timeline was a bit confusing. Very good performances. Saw some exciting previews, including the live action Mulan by Disney, plus a couple of great commercials--one a funny and eye-opening one about all the things you can do with bleach, by Clorox, and then a touching one I thought was a movie preview at first with all these people talking about what a wonderful husband, son, friend, coworker this man is, and when we finally see him, it's seconds before he's hit by a car--but the accident never happens; it was a Honda add about safety with a mention of all the people who are affected by car accidents who aren't in them. Surprising how emotionally powerful it was!

Too late for a nap or coffee with caffeine. Talked to sister to make plans for playing together on Monday, then put in some timer sessions, alternating between putting away laundry & bedroom cleaning with desk work. I rearranged things and have a large working surface, cleared the front so I can sit there and work now. I'm so happy with my progress!

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Great successes, sister!! The guy in our office who brings in food to share almost every day brought a cheesecake sampler for V Day!! I had a choc slice - yum! There were some slices left when I left for the day, so I brought home a slice each for DH and me, to top off our home Valentine's Day dinner. DH did some shopping earlier in the day and , despite our saying we weren't going to do V Day gifts, brought home a heart-shaped box of chocolates for me emoticon . A sweet thing to do!

Did a Costco run this morning, including gas, which went fine. Only came home with a couple impulse buys! emoticon Just finished the household finances for the week - yet another balancing of the ole checkbook to.the.penny!! emoticon emoticon Lots more to do, so off I go..... emoticon

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My first Valentine's Day success was getting my PT appt made for next Wed. The second wonderful thing was meeting the new unit member, Tamara, whose name I have seen on old patient messages from the Downtown dental clinic where she used to work. She is really nice and getting settled in next to me. I have offered to share any of the resources I've developed, and she told me she liked how I handled a caller who no longer qualified to be seen by us, since she now has private insurance. (It's not the first time I've congratulated a former patient on "graduating from Public Health"; I've had a couple who were pretty upset they couldn't keep going to places where they knew and liked the office and dental staff.) 3rd was transferring both Chinese dishes to tall containers with snug lids (what I've gotten a bowl of hot & sour soup in, so it doesn't leak), so the sauce didn't end up all over the bag like it does with the regular to go cartons.

This weekend I'll be doing some fun and nurturing--as well as productive (a different kind of nurturing)--activities. Did laundry today, ate yummy Chinese leftovers (at least 2 more meals worth), joined another local theater & just bought a ticket for a matinee of Little Women. Watched the preview for Just Mercy, which looks amazing, but they only had night showings of that one. This theater has some older titles that aren't at the mall cineplex; I may see the Tom Hanks/Mr Rogers movie there too. Also want to buy some clothes, maybe books or a game; will do some looking today and some shopping with Mary either Sun or Mon, plus lunch and game playing with her.

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Only one person out today, and thankfully everyone but me was there yesterday. So I finished the last Infolinx checks from Friday, and started in on Monday. Back was still sore in the morning, ended up taking a second dose, but improved by afternoon. Door wasn't fixed yet, still slamming occasionally (which kept me tense and on edge constantly). Ian talked to different people, and finally got 2 big pieces of butcher paper and made BIG signs saying STOP! DOOR IS BROKEN--DO NOT USE! Facilities has been notified. He taped this across the door and handle on both sides. Got a bunch of extra steps going down the hall to cut over to the other side of the building to reach the restroom or take the elevator, but *so* much quieter! What a relief!!

Heard something really nice from a lady I know by sight, but had not learned her name. She said people are saying really good things about me. I didn't know what she could mean, so asked "Like what?" I figured out she was talking about WIC when she mentioned I asked really good questions and put in really good notes, and the Bellevue staff had mentioned me by name at their meeting. I was totally surprised, but very pleased!

Briefly described the afternoon commute saga in my new status: Bad pm commute: my bus arrived & left early, so waited 15 min in the rain. Then an accident had us stopped, finally got onto an alternate route, home ~ 40 min late. At least back is better! I was tired when I got home, taking a break from most everything, will try to get to bed in next half hour or so. Have a great Friday, Spark buddies!

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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emoticon your yesterday wasn't much fun either, Mary! Glad today was better! emoticon

I really don't know what I did. I've been exercising as usual through the weekend, and never felt any pain during a routine. I know I did a couple longer and more challenging workouts Sat & Sun. But I may have done something while carrying groceries out of the hatchback, up the stairs and into the apartment--I was never aware of what may have brought on the soreness. It's mainly when I bend or lean forward. So I talked to the advice nurse, got a bunch of ideas, and sent a message to my PCP asking for a referral for PT.

Took a couple naps today, so even though I wasn't sick, I guess yesterday had been stressful enough that my body wanted extra recovery periods. Tried elevating my legs on the couch, a suggestion by my GG co-leader, plus a toning move the advice nurse recommended of laying on my back, knees bent & feet on the floor, then tightening the core while pressing the lower back into the floor and holding that for a slow count of 10 or longer. Just one naproxen capsule in the morning (got up at regular time to call in) & one mid-afternoon, with pain present but manageable. So I plan to go back to work tomorrow, just being careful. Hope everyone is doing well!

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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I didn't get much Sparking done yesterday - felt kinda poopy at work yesterday (all of it emotional, not physical). Did at least some spinning when I got home, to preserve my current login streak of emoticon days!! emoticon

Wasn't sure I'd go in today, but decided to anyway. Got up and went to the Y, and was in much better spirits at the office today. Don't know exactly why or what was going on yesterday, and don't much CARE!! Just tickled to be feeling better and more light-hearted. emoticon emoticon

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I'm not sure if 3 of my coworkers have any leave, or using FMLA, or LWOP. But it happened again today. The lead Paulina, who had scheduled yesterday off (she's the other person with leave to her name, so far as I know), was there today, but just the 2 of us until Ian came in from his MRI at 2:30. My lower back was *really* hurting. I finally took a second naproxen gel cap (they are supposed to last 8-12 hours and usually work fine, but never controlled the pain this morning. She had planned to take lunch at 12:30 (we both usually go at 1, but she only takes a half hour), but when I ran over to say I was making a quick restroom run before she left, she said she was just starting to register a new family with SEVEN kids, so I should go then. Added onto all this was the door to the elevator lobby which started randomly slamming shut with a crash--only occasionally--when people went in or out. This door is only a few feet from my desk, so it was driving me nuts! So after Ian started taking calls and the queue actually caught up briefly, I decided I had reached my limit, and left at 3. I suspect I'll be staying home to rest the back and recover.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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At 7:58 I ran over to tell Karen I was the only person in the unit. Ian showed up right around 8 and hopped on phones, one person came at ~ 8:10 and another around 10. There was a phone queue all day long. Those days get tiring, when there's no break before another call comes. But it was clear today--even through the commute! In fact it was the first time this winter that it wasn't dark when I got off the bus in Tukwila. The sun had set, but the sky wasn't dark yet. It's been so overcast and rainy lately that I still had my flashlight on last week as I walked up the hill, but not this evening!
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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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By the time I had coffee & did my morning reading, did a long ST & cardio HIIT workout with Amy (& J Zook), a couple little timer sessions, washed my hair & wrote out a shopping list, it was later than I planned to get started, so I skipped Costco. (It can be hard to find parking in the lot, with really long lines, and hard to get out of the lot, too, if I don't leave by 11.) Went straight to Target where I found some, not all, of what I wanted. Then over to Burien to Safeway and Trader Joe's. Didn't need to swing by the library today--kind of rare for me, but then I'm rereading my own copies of The Others series at home, and I have 2 juvenile fiction books for bus & work. The current one is very good--The Unteachables by Gordon Korman, who wrote the excellent Restart a couple of years ago, about the bully who falls off the roof and becomes a much nicer person when he has amnesia.

Had a late nap, so afternoon coffee was mostly decaf. I've done several more timer sessions, mostly caught up with the new mail from this week & logged today's spending. More work to be done on the desk, but it's looking so much clearer, which makes it a nicer place to work. Need to prep a couple days' of salad extras when I make tonight's dinner salad. Hoping to get some Valentines in the mail, too. Hope your week starts out great!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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I'm so pleased. I slept in till about 6:30 this morning, and finished my wonderful book with my morning coffee. (I've just started rereading the fantastic urban fantasy series about The Others by Anne Bishop, starting with Written in Red, an amazing series debut novel!) I did a couple timer sessions, sent some goodies with a brief message to inactive BBs. I've sent different messages and goodies to more active team members. It's all part of the BBs turning 9 this week (and me having more energy, now that the job hunt is done!).

Then I did a nice long & challenging cardio HIIT workout with Amy. I added a new comment on the YouTube page for 35 Minute Fat Blasting Cardio Challenge HIIT Workout www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoH-
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which I shared on the Success thread. Then I made a nice big breakfast w/ Chinese leftovers (from last week, which is why I opted for a salad for lunch yesterday). A few more timer sessions, and I've reached desktop! I'm so pleased; I thought it would take a lot longer. I have lots of follow up work, especially filing, and also actions to take, but I've purged plenty of mail and papers to recycle, pages with a blank side to reuse (mainly in the printer or for shopping lists) or supplies to put away.

With clearing the desk and dealing with mail 2 of my major focuses for February, I may be able to morph it into purging and organizing files, which will likely be a March focus, one that will need lots of time given boxes or papers to sort in various places. But with the month only 1/4 gone, I'm really pleased with my progress. It might seem silly to others, but this timer session (babysteps) approach *totally* works for me! I'm going to brush my teeth, do some reading and take a nap, before moving on to the second half of my day!
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I was reading with my afternoon coffee, totally into the next Others novel, but with the coffee consumed, had the thought "I could do a timer session or 2 right now." And there was an immediate response from a young-sounding part of "Oh goodie! Let's get more done!" It makes a total difference when I don't try to shame or should or push myself, but break big jobs into these little bitty, easy to accomplish pieces.

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Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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emoticon on both counts, Mary! emoticon

When I caught up with my statistics at work, I did some purging of papers in my work storage area. Bringing home lots of scratch paper--old application materials printed on one side that I don't need, so reuse by printing on the blank side, plus a few things to keep. Love my organizing!

I had decided against Chinese today, since I still have leftovers, so ran down to a nearby Mexican grill--only to find out they closed on 1/31! Dang. I hadn't been in some months, but had been in the mood for their taco salad. Decided to walk over to Tat's Deli instead, wondering just how long the line would be. (I've learned to avoid going on Fridays, cuz it's popular, and you can spend 10 minutes waiting to get your order in!) But amazingly, I walked right up and ordered! There was a little line when I finished, but I was able to hustle back to work and finish my large chopped salad before my hour was up!

And though cold and windy, it was dry at lunch. Then the sun came out in the afternoon, which was really welcome! I didn't bother switching my shoes for boots like I do on all the rainy days, but between 4:30, when I last looked out the window, and 5:00 it started raining--which I discovered when I left the building! So I started digging to the bottom of my rolling tote while waiting for the bus, and switched footwear while riding the 2 stops to my southbound transfer point. Since I had to stand out in the windy rain, and my umbrella could only keep part of me dry, I was really glad for the extra coverage!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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Glad you made your bus, sister!! I remember from when I rode the bus how sad it was to read the number of the route in the bus' back window when THAT was the bus I wanted... emoticon

I went back to work today!! We had a late start at 10, but the power stayed up for my entire shift - yay! I'll write more details tomorrow. Turns out DH is doing a different fishing excursion tomorrow - but is still going! emoticon emoticon

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Good advice, sister!

I had a couple of panicked minutes this morning as I was leaving for work, and I couldn't lock my door. Sometimes it starts sticking and I have to push or pull or lift on the door to get it to house right, but I had no problems until it just wouldn't go! I finally locked it by just twisting the knob from inside--which never feels secure to me, but I had to go to work. I ran down the hill, sprinting when the signal changed to walk, just making it across the last big intersection. Luckily the rains had slowed the bus, so it was later than I was, since I didn't get there until after the usual pick-up time.

I called from the bus and then from work, leaving messages for the management office explaining what happened, and asking if maintenance could look at it today, please. When I called again after lunch (first 2 early morning calls were before they open at 9), I was told they would get to it today. Sure enough, key worked like a charm when I got home. They were about to close, so I gave a quick call with a big " emoticon emoticon " to them and to maintenance.

Kept up with my usual evening routines-- emoticon Running out of steam now, but I want to do a little more reading before bed. Goodnight & sweet dreams, all! emoticon emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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