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November 23, 2017
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Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for all of you! (and yes, in spite of my whining below, I am truly blessed is so many ways and thankful beyond measure).
whine/rant alert!
 It sucks to be the step-parent during the holidays. The annual Christmas drama has started already. The adage about not being the engineer of the train, but getting all the flack if the train jumps the track fits aptly. This year I am trying to not let the depression settle in and failing royally. However, I am going to try to take steps to take care of myself this year. I have abdicated all decisions to my husband and others. I am pretty sure that they don't get that this means that I am doing nothing for meal planning, preparation, who stays in what room, etc etc etc. I'll help when asked, but that is all. Decorating may or may not happen unless I get serious help. One hand that can lift no more than 3-4 pounds and one that can only lift 2 and do no pinching motions isn't gonna get a whole lot done. Al[...]
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November 23, 2017
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Day 1/40 of the RWRunStreak.   I am sure there will be some ugly dark days ahead, but I am feeling motivated to manage this every day.  I can run on the treadmill at work or home, so I'm not lacking options.
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November 23, 2017
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Happy Thanksgiving! Turkey trotting time!

We had the best time trotting out there today. My friend Jack won a pie for being the oldest competitor. He's 96 & totally freaking amazing!
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November 23, 2017
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Got some hills in this morning. Visiting the in laws and this part of Florida is not fast!
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November 23, 2017
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OMG, this one is so freaking HARD. Heh, maybe it will limit the fork to mouth action today cause my arms are shot!

A Week of Hard Labor: Biceps & Shoulders.
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November 23, 2017
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Happy Thanksgiving!
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November 22, 2017
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Got my ride in late last night - think I finally crawled into bed at 11, eek!! We had a crazy busy couple of days with sleepovers, play dates, framing and delivering paintings downtown, and dinner with friends last night. I was actually going to ride yesterday afternoon, but spent almost an hour getting my new Garmin (woot!) all set up. 
Super jazzed to actually use the new Garmin on trails. I'm mainly geeking out about the Strava live feature so I can see how I'm tracking compared to my PR on climbs. I think that'll be hugely helpful to me on hard rides. I'll eventually figure out mapping too. 
Have a night ride set up with the team tonight. Mostly fast dudes, so I will be chasing them. Hoping I get one or two women to show up and keep me company in the rear. 
I did super well with the wheat-free eating for about 5 weeks. This week has been tough with the holidays, and I've had spaghetti, dessert, cookies, etc. Knees are sore. Sinuses are meh. Good reminder that[...]
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November 22, 2017
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Dad started bag 3 of 5 today at noon. So far he is doing ok. He seems to not have as much energy today. He didn't have to be restrained last night or sedated but didn't sleep well. My middle older sister and kids are here and the other sister and kids are coming in tomorrow. Dad is in a private room, I was hoping it was for medical safety but it is my dad's restless nights keeping others up.

After 3 night of Theraflu - I am starting to feel a bit better. Still masked anytime I am around dad.
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November 23, 2017
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75x
inverted rows
dips
pike pushups
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November 22, 2017
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Reaching out to a different dog sitter to see if I can book someone to watch Bentley over Christmas. My regular sitter is already booked for house sitting, so I asked her about boarding (him staying at her house) and she replied that she just got a dog of her own and it would probably be too hectic. My work BFF had mentioned she was willing to watch Bentley, but the last time we talked about it she was lukewarm with it being over Christmas. I had said something like she could just drop in and not have to have him at her house, but honestly that would be a pain for both of them (she lives probably 30 minutes from me). SIGH. Fingers crossed for this house sitter. I really don't want to board him.
5 miles on tap this afternoon; assuming we will be let go after lunch time today. WHOOP!
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November 23, 2017
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I have not been this sick in a long time. I have been doing the minimum I could get away with for work. Some stomach virus really got me. I couldn't eat anything and so weak and shaky. Just felt miserable. I know I didn't eat anything bad since no one else in the group was sick and I didn't eat anything crazy. I finally had my dad drive me to urgent care yesterday afternoon. I was too sick to drive. A somewhat creepy doc assessed me and prescribed 2 medications - 1 for the severe stomach cramps and 1 for diarrhea. They also collected a stool sample to be sent for analysis to check for parasites.

Lat night, I only had to get up twice for the bathroom. This is huge, as it was every hour or so. The medication seemed to start to help about 2 hours after I started taking it. No big family Thanksgiving for me this year. :-( I am really going to miss seeing the family, but hoping I will be better by the weekend.

More rest for me. I also need to do some work since not m[...]
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November 23, 2017
Inspires : 3

Happy Thanksgiving to all my BT peeps, I am thankful for the friendships that this site has brought into my life.
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November 22, 2017
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BeeBee has been rubbing a spot on her back, right above her tail, and last time the vet was here, she felt a lump/mass in that spot. Today she came out and took a couple of tissue samples from the lump, which will go to the U of I, and said that it looks like there's a fatty tumor, which is no big deal, but on top of it is a sebaceous cyst that was causing the irritation. She spent half an hour draining that thing and it was some good, sick, entertainment. It must have felt good to the cat, because she just lay there quite happily.
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November 22, 2017
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My ear is feeling normal yay! 
We got off work/school at 2:00 but of course I hung around and flapped my jaws until 2:30. I dropped the kids off at home then had to run to Wal-Mart for groceries. I thought it would be a zoo because the parking lot was full but there were several close spaces and I didn't have to wait in line to check out. Another Yay! Hopped on the bike when I got home then had to take Little Miss to piano lessons. Home from that and had to start cooking gluten free/dairy free options for Little Miss and I for Thanksgiving tomorrow. I honestly don't care that much about the meal anymore but I want to make sure she doesn't feel like she is missing anything she really wants. I made sweet potato casserole and mashed potatoes tonight. She wants some kind of jello, noodles, garlic bread and apple pie. Most of this will be really easy to do tomorrow because I've got frozen noodles and broth already, a gluten free frozen pie crust, garlic bread will be made from glut[...]
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November 22, 2017
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This cold is in my ears now. Don’t think it’s from the flu shot since the rest of
the fam had the same cold. Feeling ok though and so happy the sun came out. I’m spending the rest of the day fighting off the teenage boys from eating all of the thanksgiving dinner food early. It might get physical. They are vultures.
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