A week before Thanksgiving

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Registered: 04-05-2002
A week before Thanksgiving
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Thu, 11-21-2013 - 7:11am

I feel so unplanned for Thanksgiving and we're hosting!  I have to say, though, this is my least favorite holiday. As corny as it sounds, I like to give thanks every day.  So, it's just a big eat fest for me.  I'm teaching a step class this morning but I'm going to make it step intervals w/ weight training.  I was teaching step the other day and thought, this is just so boringly old school!  I love a good step class but I'm not teaching it any more.  It's just become a basic old step class.  






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Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Thu, 11-21-2013 - 8:45am

The Viennese waltz is a lot of cardio activity when you do the turns. Professional dancers make it look so easy, and it is so difficult. I absolutely love dance, and I wish that the dance studio was closer so that I could go to classes every night. I would love to do a, "dancing with the stars. "But work, family, and all of my other responsibilities seem to get in the way. I sometimes feel like I have ADD, and that I have all of these "hobbies "that I would love to do, but work and family responsibilities keep on taking priority. C'est la vie. I have to just be happy for what is before me.  When there's so many other people who are less fortunate, I think I need to start every day by, "smelling the roses. "Work today, a couple errands, and a late night dinner meeting. We shall see if I can get yoga in somewhere.

Since we don't have a lot of family appear, Thanksgiving just doesn't feel the same. It will just be another dinner, although my husband will make a nice prime rib dinner.  i will visit my mother the day AFTER Thanksgiving, as she seemed a little agitated about me coming down for the day of Thanksgiving. As the Alzheimer's representative told me, "her reality is THE reality. "When you try to change the mind of someone with Alzheimer's, it generally causes more agitation, confusion, and anxiety.  If they say that the wall is purple, then the wall is purple. At least purple is my favorite color.  :)

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Registered: 03-15-2004
Thu, 11-21-2013 - 9:14am

I am not having sign-in problems per se but I notice I'm not staying logged in.  

FSN, I sympathize with dealing with your mom.  But your "wall is purple" analogy is a wonderful way of looking at it.  Purple is my favorite color too.  

Jean, I'm hosting too so I know what you mean.  Although, aside from Halloween, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  I get to spend it with my parents and a lot of friends.  I kind of wish DH"s family would participate but they don't.  Their loss.  

We took sugar kitty to the vet yesterday.  His blood sugar levels have been so erratic that I wanted to them to run some tests.  The vet said that visually, he looks really good.  And he seems good...  shiny coat, bright eyes, his oscillation between sweet boy and crotchety old man...  Wink  I'll probably hear from them today or tomorrow.  

We did a walk through with our new renter yesterday and can I just say ARRRRRGGGGHHHHHHH.  We want to hang onto this condo for when we can become snowbirds but I dislike being a landlord.  The first month of a new tenant is usually the worst.  It gets quiet after that and hopefully this gal will be long term but sheesh.  It is forcing me to be confrontational and I'm just not feeling my usual confrontational self lately.  

Health-wise, I'm doing okay.  My best friend recommended getting Mucinex-D (that's the kind that has the meth ingredient in it so you have to sign all this stuff when you buy it).  It is MAGICAL.  My cheeks no longer feel like they've got an elephant sitting on them.  It does make me feel a little speedy but being able to breath through my nose is worth it.  I have to wonder if meth addicts have really clear sinuses.  Cool

No training today, just freelance work.  I pitched an idea to a freelance website about being a new freelance writer and they accepted it.  I started the piece yesterday and would like to finish and submit it today.  It doesn't pay much (they give you an "honorarium" which is code for pittance but the exposure will be good.  The house is kind of a mess so I'm going to do some cleaning today too.  It feels good to have an entire day ahead of me.  I've been wasted this week with my allergies so I'll probably count the cleaning as my workout and then do a real workout tomorrow.   

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 11-21-2013 - 1:32pm

Glad that kitty is so much better! And, you, too.  What's going on w/ new tenant?






Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Thu, 11-21-2013 - 2:05pm

As much as I have been planning, I feel unplanned too. Hubby is home cleaning out the garage today (not sure how that helps with Thanksgiving but he insists it needs to be done before guests arrive) so I haven't gotten a thing done. 

I have callouses on my feet and I recently developed a blister under one of the callouses. Last night I was trimming one and I cut too far down. On the bright side, the blister is gone but I have decent sore to deal with now. I am taking today and tomorrow off from running to let it heal. I hate this because I feel like I'm on a good roll right now. I have  a long run scheduled for Sunday (8 miles and it is going to be only 20 degrees) so I need my feet to feel good. 

I was glancing through the headlines and saw something about a cure for Alzheimers being discovered. I will go look for it. I thought it interesting timing since we were all talking about it yesterday. It's like that weird thing when you buy a car and then suddenly you see them all over the place when before you bought it, you never knew that model existed. lol

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Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Thu, 11-21-2013 - 2:12pm

I tried Mucinex-D and thought I was going to have a heart attack. First it made me feel winded and it actually made my coughing worse. To the point where my chest hurt. I couldn't decide whether it was the coughing or heart racing that made me feel so bad. Of course I am one of those weird people that Nyquil has the opposite affect on. It makes me horribly nervous. I would never make a good drug addict!

Karla
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Registered: 04-07-2008
Thu, 11-21-2013 - 2:14pm

Fresh, last week I went to visit my FIL and he was convinced he worked at the nursing home. As long as he was talking about his "job" he seemed perfectly normal.  If any of us tried to correct him, he got agitated and angry. Very angry. It is so bizarre. This week he is back in the army. He gripes and complains about it because he can't understand why they would draft someone his age. It seems so weird to agree with him but there isn't anything we can do. 

Karla
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Registered: 03-15-2004
Thu, 11-21-2013 - 4:50pm

She's one of those people that you really have to maintain your boundaries with because she will talk you into something you didn't want to do.  Some of her complaints are absolutely legit and we are doing our best to fix those as soon as possible.  And some of them are stupid.  She wants a screen door on the front door.  Because everything visible to neighbors is HOA domain, we would have to submit plans for approval, then buy and install the door.  No.  It doesn't add property value and she could see well before she leased the place that it didn't have a screen door nor did she ask for it to be in the lease.  There's also a cloudy window in the guest bedroom and she wants us to fix it.  The seal broke and that's why it's cloudy.  It can't be cleaned.  We actually considered replacing the windows when we lived there and if it was just the cost of the windows, we could have done it.  But the windows all have plantation shutters which means you have to get a shutter person out there to take them off and then have them come back to put them back on.  It's wicked expensive.  

Also, the screen door is ripped and torn in the master bedroom.  It absolutely needs replacing but  she continues to complain about the ants and scorpions that are coming in through there (which I think is grossly exaggerated).  SO CLOSE THE FREAKING DOOR.  Jeeze.  Really?  We have to have this converation?  

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2006
Thu, 11-21-2013 - 7:57pm
I just accepted my Thanksgiving dinner invitation...one benefit of being single! Gymrat, I think being a landlord is really hard. And yet some people do it without caring at all about the tenants...Karla, yikes on the blister...FSN, I think agreeing on the stuff that doesn't matter makes sense...on the big things, you have to be in charge though. Jean, I try to be thankful every day too, but I love taking a day to really reflect on our many blessings. My day was as great today as yesterday was annoying...24 hours can make a difference...I lifted for chest and back, then ran 2 miles. I think since I am running faster, next week I have to run a little further....
Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 11-21-2013 - 9:58pm

Have you tried Bodyglide for blisters? it works wonders. So do good running socks and fitted shoes. The cost never ends!






Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 11-21-2013 - 10:00pm

Wow, she sounds like those people in House Hunters who complain about stupid little things, especially the ones renting. It's a rental!!!






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