Happily Exhausted Wednesday

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Registered: 04-05-2002
Happily Exhausted Wednesday
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Wed, 01-15-2014 - 8:06am

Sj got it right about my skiing yesterday. LOL, I was at the mountain from 8:30am-9:30pm!  It's a record for me.  I "taught" in the morning. We have this awesome program where they bring in kids from DC a few times in the winter and teach them to ski. Many are repeat visitors from year to year so they can get pretty good. For some of these kids, it's rare exercise.  We had that yesterday but it was slow other than them.  There was a clinic I wanted to attend at 6:30 for level 2 prep so I hung around the mountain all day. I got home close to 11:30 which is way past my bed time. I'm going to take it easy today.  When I got home, I told my husband I was going to sleep in today. I hear him outside my daughter's door at 6:45 (she needs to be up at 6am and has never overslept before) asking if she's going to school.  What???  Why didn't he get her up earlier?  Mad frantic rush, I stayed out of it.  He drove her and had to rush to work so both were late. I don't know why he didn't get her up on time!  I'm not looking forward to the grumpiness this afternoon when they get home.






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Registered: 09-25-2003
Wed, 01-15-2014 - 8:43am

Good for you for staying out of it!  I was just telling someone that, yesterday, that if we don't "stay out of it" from time to time, the people around us will never learn.  It's also a good opportunity for them to appreciate our efforts, as well.  And skiing all day sounds like it was a blast!  So, are you going to take this next level certification?  I hope you do!  You sound like an AWESOME instructor.

I got my "job offer," so I have to sift through the mounds of paperwork, in addition to doing more training and testing for this new product launch in a few short weeks.  I am also cramming in dance lessons with dh, and he is having a hard time with the timing (no pun intended.)  Thankfully, my mother has decided it is time (whenever her name floats to the top of the waitlist) to move into pre-assisted living (called independent living).  Again, she does not want help until she asks for it, and I know that "things" are going to slip, but that is the way she wants it.  As my cousin stated, "it's only money," and although I know my father would shudder at that, I also know that my staying out of it helps my mother to maintain her dignity, so I am going to try to stay cautiously optimistic....she may move next week or next year.  :O

I have work today, and my manager gives me my final evaluation on my performance review.  Did I tell you that I confided in him about the work conflict I had with my partner, and my manager was ecstatic that I shared it with him?  I think he feels like he is valuable to me when I include him in working out conflict.  So, I found his "sweet" button, and I will continue to upwardly manage him with this type of issue.  Workout plan today is either evening yoga (with an instructor I don't like) or swimming laps (which may be pushing my shoulder issue, but might be resolved with my massage tomorrow.)  "First world problems."  Make it a great day, everyone!

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Wed, 01-15-2014 - 8:48am

Jean, good for you for staying out of it.  That is something I really struggle with and my husband's approach to life is WAY more lackdasical than my own.  Consequently, he rushes around, forgets things, etc.  Rather that being a controlling wife-bot, I do my best to stay out of it.  I remember discussing with my therapist and she advised me to ask myself "What's the worst that can happen?"  While the answer is usually not something I like, it's never earth shattering.  

I never made it here yesterday.  I did cardio and got a brazilian blowout.  I love having straight hair again.  It's so shiny and reminds me of doll hair.  Cool  My dilemma is the lady who does it...  she charges literally 1.5x less than most salons.  She's rather far from me so it's kind of a production.  And she says religious things that make me uncomfortable.  And yesterday, she said some things that were rather racist.  The upside is that she does a really good job, is nice and did extra things (like redoing some of the purple that had faded already).  

Today, I'm working and then going with OP and best friend to see the new Paranormal Activity movie.  It's probably going to be awful but we see them in the theater every time they come out so it's kind of a tradition now.  Also buying tickets for a concert this morning.  

I have a nasty, nasty knot in my shoulders/neck and I can't seem to make much progress on it.  I'm going to ask my massage therapist to beat me up tomorrow.  Cool

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Wed, 01-15-2014 - 8:51am

FSN, that's good news about your mom.  I too would struggle with the "it's only money" statement.  I grew up really poor so it's one of those triggers for me.  And I love the phrase "upwardly manage."  I'm going to steal that.  

Congrats on the job offer.  

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Registered: 01-14-2014
Wed, 01-15-2014 - 11:09am

I am very glad to get to know you ladies and thanks for being so welcoming.  A thin glazy coating of ice on the roads this morning greeted us as we walked the dogs along with a beautiful frosty effect on all of the trees and shrubbery out here in PA.  Getting back to walking the dogs will be good for me and my troublesome knee though it is always tempting to let my son or my lovely hubs take over.  I am proud to report that I did not fall on the ice.  Yay for me!   Last night I did a thorough regime of knee exercises and this morning I did not go back to  my yoga/pilates DVDs, which stopped for me in October.  Will do some tonight, though.  And I will cook up some kale/quinoa burgers that I have been wanting to try, though I may hear some gripes and groans from my 14 year old.  Thanks again and enjoy the day! 

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Wed, 01-15-2014 - 11:41am

Welcome!  Let us know how your quinoa/kale burgers turn out and if they're good, please post the recipe.  I love non-meat "burgers."  We used to make several varieties and freeze them.  We should really get back to that.  Good for you for not falling on the ice.  I live in Arizona but I'm from the Midwest and I remember walking (and falling) on ice.  When I have to walk on ice now, I take teeny tiny kitten steps.  Laughing

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 01-15-2014 - 3:34pm

Cathonherway, would love to hear how the kale/quinoa burgers turn out.  I have one for spinach and quinoa and just keep forgetting to soak my quinoa so I can make them one night.  I tried ones that had sweet potato, quinoa and cranberries that were decent about 6 months ago. 

I did cross fit for the second day in a row.  My butt muscled hurt from yesterday, now my whole body aches.  We did arms today, but I know it'll be worth it once i get going regularly again! 

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Wed, 01-15-2014 - 5:09pm

Jean, how do you not freeze? I am guessing you have some sort of specialized clothing that enables you to stay outdoors for that length of time without suffering physical harm. 

I did 5 miles of intervals today on the tread and then did some body weight exercises. I am trying to be careful about my mileage and so far so good.  

Has anyone ever used kinesthetic taping? I had two people suggest I try it but I don't want to do anything that may cause further damage. I would love to hear opinions from everyone on it. 

I think I will make potato soup for dinner and serve it with french bread. 

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Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Wed, 01-15-2014 - 6:42pm

Welcome Cath.  You are so good to walk your dogs in this weather.  I haven't walked the dogs in so long! Boo.  Since you mentioned you are in perimenopause (?), I will mention that I just started a regimine of bioidentical HRT.  I posted some articles on them if you are interested.  I've lost my "zing" for life, and although I am not depressed, I seem "lackluster" so the HRT will, hopefully, bring some liveliness into my life.

I worked way too hard and too long today, and I did not get back in time for yoga, so I am taking a rest day today.  I think a martini is in my near future.  :)

GR, how is the writing going?  Jean, aren't you sore after a full day of skiing?  Karla, are you chauffering night and day with all of your kiddos?  SJ, what did you like most about the ice skating?  

I'm gonna go collapse.  :)

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Registered: 01-14-2014
Wed, 01-15-2014 - 7:08pm

The burgers were sooo good.  Probably the best veggie-style burgers I have made.  My son didn't like them.  But the daughter, hubs and mom really liked them.  We had some feta cheese with them, and a nice salad and fresh green beans.  They really took a while to brown but I like the crunch factor.

http://www.cherylstyle.com/showcase/healthy-kale-quinoa-patties-recipe/

Regarding the tape, my Pt used the kinesthetic tape on my wacky kneecap for several months.  I liked it and thanks for the reminder, because I think it is so much more comfy than the knee brace I went out and bought.

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Wed, 01-15-2014 - 8:03pm

Cath, thanks for posting the link for the burgers. They sound good, and I'm always looking for recipes that use kale. I grow it in my garden and mostly its too tough to use raw. I've made soups with it recently, and sauteed some for a topping for something (fish I think) but I like the veggie burger idea. My dh doesn't eat mammals and he's not crazy about turkey burgers but he loves the Boca All-American meatless burgers...but they're a little expensive.

FSN, are you feeling calmer about work now that you have an official offer? Will your current manager continue to be your direct supervisor? Was he the one that you had trouble with, him taking credit for your ideas or something like that?

GR, what concert are you going to? You do lots of fun stuff. Karla, my dh used tape around his knee to stabilize it. He decided to use that wide flesh colored bandage tape because it wasn't as obvious as the k-tape; the PT told him it worked the same but was a lot cheaper, and the PT taught him exactly how to arrange it. Jean, good job on staying out of the late-morning madness. How old is your dd? By 12th grade I stopped getting my ds up for school, if he was late and got detention it was his problem. And since I wasn't going to be at college waking him up LOL I figured he'd better get used to it.

The weather here is glorious, dh and I took the bikes to the island to ride this morning. It was about 10 degrees cooler there than at the velodrome---the track at 80+F would have been sluggish hot but next to the water the temp was refreshing. I had the best ride I've had in a while, yay! We really need rain but if its going to be dry then it might as well be warm, right?

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