From from my adventure Thursday

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
From from my adventure Thursday
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Thu, 04-03-2014 - 7:59am

Whew!  I need a vacation from vacation. It was the most awesome six days of skiing!  I did four days at a clinic and then two days of free skiing while my friend took a ski exam (which she ultimately didn't pass but it's super high level and the only guy in her group who passed is under 30, former racer, competitive bump skier and tech director at his ski school).  The exciting news for me is that my clinician who was the lead to write the standards for the exam encouraged me to take my next level test, unsolicited.  He said I'd be a good candidate and my personal skiing is very strong.  So, I'm just on a great post vacation high. 

I'm teaching class this morning, double BOSU intervals. We'll see how it goes. It's a new idea for me.  Back to reality and non-ski season!






iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Thu, 04-03-2014 - 9:19am

Jean, does that mean you're gonna go for it?  Congrats on the praise.  That's always nice to get.  

I did 40 minutes of cardio this morning and am getting ready to hop in the shower.  I've got an aethetician appointment this morning and then I'm going to get allergy shots.  Planning to spend the afternoon working.  

Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Thu, 04-03-2014 - 9:55am

Congrats on a wonderful ski week!  Go for it!  That's my new motto.  GR, enjoy your weather.  My allergies hit full force today with sucky rainy weather, too.  I can feel a migraine at bay, so I am taking a sick day.  I may do a yoga class to try to "calm down."  It's been a stressful week, and the hormone changes (I went off of them) may have pushed my body over the edge...that, and all of the stress from court.

So I am taking a sick day, but I have plenty of work I need to do, regardless of that migraine coming on.  I just had more meetings and business plan analyses requested.  UGH.  SJ, I am so jealous of your retirement, although I can understand the crying...I would be the same way.  Still, I could leave all of the stress behind!  I also question so many things...a coworker just committed suicide...so sad, four daughters and a wife...I cannot phathom being in so much pain that I would take my life.  I just couldn't do that to my children.  :(  C'est la vie.

Three things I am grateful for - I have a wonderful, interesting, inherently-good willed new working partner that I have fun working with, the drive to continually learn and grow (I enjoy learning), and have a job that brings me the income to have so many choices before me.  :D  Make it a great day, everyone!

Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Thu, 04-03-2014 - 10:47am

Welcome back Jean and congrats on the compliment. Are you going to do it?

Things are not going well here. My granddaughter is back in the hospital. She appeared to be doing fantastic then suddenly yesterday she developed a bad headache, nausea, crossed eyes and stiff legs. Those are all indications of fluid on her brain. They are keeping her to observe in case the new brain shunt is not working. What a mess. She's 3 and her life has been nothing but pain and torment. 

Today is the anniversary of the worst tornado outbreak this area has ever seen. I was in 3rd grade (1974) when the super outbreak happened and I will never forget it. The damage was extensive and the town I currently live in was destroyed. Today of course is only the 4th time since that day that we are under the gun for severe weather (just a slight chance thank God) so it's weighing heavy on everyone's minds. I hope to never see another outbreak of tornadoes like that in my lifetime. 

I plan to jog a few miles this evening on the tread. It's raining too hard to get outside and the wind is pretty intense. I'm thinking smoked sausage for dinner. 

Karla
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Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 04-03-2014 - 3:12pm

Thanks, everyone. I think I will take the test but it'll be next ski season. I'll do my Killington week early Dec, get back to skiing and maybe take it January? But it depends on when they are giving the test and if I forget what he said, between now and then!

GR, how is the writing going? Are you still getting new work?

FSN, hope this migraine doesn't last but glad you're taking it easy!

Karla, sorry to hear about your granddaughter. It can't be easy to go through all that, for her or any of you.  






Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Thu, 04-03-2014 - 4:18pm

So sorry to hear about your gd.  Your family sure is going through the "wringer."  :(  Happy thoughts, positive energy, and prayers your way.  She sure is a trouper to be going through what she is going through!

Migraine averted...I think.  Much relaxation and many deep breaths today.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Thu, 04-03-2014 - 7:39pm

Karla, so sorry to hear about your granddaughter.  Keeping all of you in my thoughts.  

I learned that there was a tornado in my hometown today (my mom was woken up by tornado sirens).  Everyone I know is okay but it destroyed one of my favorite parts of St. Louis.  Frown

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2006
Thu, 04-03-2014 - 9:54pm
Jean, we will remind you that you are an awesome skier! Karla, so sorry about your granddaughter.. I am keeping hopeful thoughts for het. FSN, glad you took a day to rest, even if you worked. Gymrat, I always like to see the way you balance work and life. My long goodbye continues....a second partner came to my desk to say goodbye today...not someone I am close to, but I've known him for 20 years...the company was smaller when I started and the partners knew everyone's names, which isn't true now...more goodbye lunch and drinks tomorrow...I need my gym visits mentally and physically...7 minutes bike warmup, lifting for shoulders, bis, tris, ran 1 mile.
Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Fri, 04-04-2014 - 7:22am

It's really touching how people at work are remembering you.  You must have had a far bigger impact than you even think you do.  Do you have an official countdown?  Any plans for your first day off?






Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Fri, 04-04-2014 - 8:11am

Aaaaawwww...SJ...it sounds like an emotionally fulfilling, albeit exhausting, transition!  I think we all hope that one day, we get to retire "on our own terms," and that there is a sense of envy of those around you.  It is quite a milestone and achievement, especially in this day and age of layoffs, mergers, and acquisitions!  To have made it "out" on your own terms IS SUCH AN ACCOMPLISHMENT!  Now, you can reinvent your life, like SLOMO in San Diego.  :D

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2006
Sat, 04-05-2014 - 12:12am
Jean and FSN,thanks. One week to go. My plan for the first week is to layout the structure of a routine so that I am productive - but to sleep late too. I do have a strong sense of 'I made it to the end' and that is part of the good feelings. But boy,the goodbyes are hard...it reminds me a little of graduating from high school. I was excited to leave my small town for the big city,but I had gone to school with the same kids since second grade,and I knew we would never all be in the someplace at the Same time again. We had a collective memory - we were together rehearsing a Thanksgiving play when we heard that President Kennedy was shot. We had sixth grade field day the day Bobby Kennedy died. We buried one of our classmates when we were sophomores. We had inside jokes. And then we went our own ways. This feels like that - I spent New Year's Eve at work in 1998 and 1999. I was there on Sept 11. We've buried too many colleagues. But we've welcomed lots of babies, and heard about Lots of weddings and graduations. I am the only one 'graduating' but the feelings about leaving are similar...happy and excited for the unknown 'what's next' but nostalgic about leaving the collective memory behind.