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msbabs32: (Workout)
Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 11:22 pm
Holding the Plateau )
msbabs32: (Workout)
Thursday, May 14th, 2009 04:12 pm
Cold Feet )
msbabs32: (Workout)
Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 12:09 am
Cardio is getting better )
msbabs32: (Workout)
Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 09:44 pm
It begins )
msbabs32: (accomplished)
Monday, April 6th, 2009 04:51 pm
After a week of being deathly ill, I finally got antibiotics on Friday. Saturday I woke up early and didn't feel like death...actually I felt pretty good. One walk to the kitchen and my mood of the day changed. "What the hoary happened to the house!?!" I exclaimed. The answer of course is me in it for a week, sick and not cleaning. Piles of blankets were everywhere, so were various warm layer clothing due to my yo-yo-ing temperature. Pots for making soup filled the sink and used mugs appeared on almost every horizontal surface. Most food found in the fridge had crossed the line into bio-weapons status.
Pause, blink, blink Riiiiiight. Step one - load the dishwasher and run it. Step two - hand wash the half of the dishes that didn't fit. Step three- delouse horizontal surfaces in the kitchen & toss trash. Step four - go grocery shopping, toss trash on way out. Step six - put away groceries. Step seven - make biscuits (I like biscuits) and clean mess. Step eight - relax, enjoy biscuits and coffee for the first time in a week, and marvel at how much energy I have compared to when I'm at the mercy of some bacteria.
msbabs32: (sick)
Saturday, March 14th, 2009 07:41 pm
I am seriously starting to think the powers that be are trying to keep me from exercising. For the last 4 weeks I've been forced to keep restarting a running program. I go for about a week and a half and start to get into the groove. Then I get taken down by some bug my co-workers have drug in from the depths of Irvine or Ventura County. I am *out* for 1-3 days and then exhausted for the next 3-4. When I start running again I basically start from square zero.  This time they waited for my birthday, just to show me up.  It's very, very Boo.
msbabs32: (Default)
Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 05:46 pm
Started a running program (again) last week.  I've been tryingon and off for two months now but my co-workers kept bringing me diseases from all over SoCal.  Last week's schedule got interrupted by a mid week cold that left me shaky unitl the weekend.  So I've decided to restart Week1 again which consists of 60:90 second intervals of running:walking.  The program goes six weeks with ramping intensity to build endurance.  At the end I should do 5k in 30 min. Since a number of viruses like to play with my immune system if I get sick(again)  I'll just walk out the week and repeat it when I get better.
msbabs32: (plopped)
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 11:05 pm
I've been not posting much at all of late.  This is mostly due to the

My co-workers come from all over the LA area.  And they bring with them all the viruses, sickness and mini-plagues from their areas.  the come in sick and within a few days I am sick.  A couple days later everyone else is sick.  It's like I'm the canary of the office.  On the bright side I'm not sic for very long (1-2 days max), while others are sick for weeks.

N is catching his own sicknesses and they take him *down*.  I'm still able/stupid to do small chores around the house and cook.  N is in bed or on the couch miserable.

Work has descended on me.  I have been and will most likely be working long days and nights possibly for several months.

Dead-ant, dead-ant, dead-ant, dead-ant, dead-ant, dead-ant, dead-aaaaaaant, dead-dead-dead-ant.  Finally.  I woke up on Tuesday morning to ants - all over my counters, my stove and inside. My. Fridge and freezer!  Most were dead but a couple hardy ones were still milling around. I had to go to work so I turned up the power on both boxes.  They were now all dead.  Simple Green, Raid and draconian cleaning  methods later they are almost gone.  I still live in dread that they will find the pantry.

So there we are.  And now I need to go to sleep because my dad is coming in at 5:30AM and wants to have breakfast.....sigh..
msbabs32: (sick)
Wednesday, January 28th, 2009 06:16 pm
I'm not dead yet!  I feel happy!  I feel happy!  I feel...

I don't know what the f@$*ing avairian flu/virus/bacteria/epidemic/black-death one of my co-workers brought from Ventura Country but it wiped out a good portion of my work hallway (almost 50%) including me.  Friday I felt fussy but thought I could beat it.  I had no appetite the entire weekend.  By Sunday night I was in bed sneezing. 
Monday I spent all day in bed under my electric blanket on HIGH.  Tuesday I was able to achieve a shower and getting dressed for work before the it hit again and I spent all day in bed - again.  During these days I barely ate or drank anything.  I swear even water tasted nasty - water I normally thought was good.  Even Dayquil - the magical elixer - did jack against this bug.
This morning I felt halfway human and made it to work.  Afternoon came and now I feel exhausted all along my body.  Nose feels like it wants to sneeze all the time but only does it occationally.  So once I get back home it's back under the electric blanket to bake for yet another night.  If the death cart comes by for me I'm gonna hide under the mountain of blankets on the bed.
msbabs32: (chirstmas)
Monday, December 22nd, 2008 06:51 pm
Disclaimer:  I haven't had the time to be present online for the last several weeks so I will be posting all my scribbles from my scratchbook over the nex few days...

No, I haven't died (although I think others thought I was close).  I've just been very busy.  Two and a half superbugs, manic shopping, insane work demands and one family holiday party later, I have survived.  I am happy to say that I am almost completely done with Christmas shopping.  I only have to aquire 2 presents once I land in H.  Assuming I can get on the plane (long story, lots of rant and for another post), but I'm 95% sure I will.  A few observations for the holiday seasons - so far:

On shopping/presents:
  • It is infinitely easier to get gifts for someone who has a casual hobby.  Casual being defined as not wanting/needing/analyzing the best products for the hobby.  People who are "totally into" a hobby are impossible to buy for.  "Rock Band" or gardening are good examples of casual hobbies. 
  • If you are making/baking things for multiple holiday events, pick one or two things that is your specialty and only make those.  This makes things easier because it reduces ingredient waste, keeps the recipe in your head and lets you get into a groove.  This year it was cheesecake.  I did the equivilant of 5 cheesecakes this season ( 2 cakes worth in cupcake form).
  • If a gift doesn't work out for this year, keep it in mind for the next one.  This way you have a back-up plan if you can't think of anything and you will have more time to coordinate group-gifts.
  • All gift certificate presents should come with a Wrapper-gift. Just something small ~$5 so the recipeints have something tactile on Christmas Day.  It makes a difference.
On Holiday Food:
  • Have No-Cook foods in the house.  You may very well be too busy/tired to cook dinner.
  • Compromise nothing in Holiday recipes.  Low fat/low carb can be done the rest of the year.
  • Well wrapped foods are a great "for everyone" gifts.
On Health:
  • An electric blanket really helps when you are sick and freezing.  You also know you are getting better when the lower settings feel "too warm".
  • Take naps when you can. They are your best defenses against getting sick.
  • Unless you're down and out ill, exercise everyday (at least 20 min) to keep your immune system going, keep yourself alert and make up for the food tips.
  • Buy at least 2 hats - one you can wear comfortably at home and one that can be worn for work.  they keep you warm when three layers of sweaters can't.