The long and winding road to fitness, day 69

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Oh my, am I ever tired tonight!!  We had a huge truck come in today and that’s what I spent my entire workday doing…well, okay, I did set up some interviews with some job applicants for tomorrow and we did sing happy birthday to Allen in front of all the customers…do you think he enjoyed that? Does anyone ever really enjoy that?  So why do we continue to do it to people?  I guess our thought is that we had to endure it so they should too.

I walked for over an hour today, did upper body strength training and then there was all that walking and lifting I did at work…good day with the exercise, for sure.

Believe it or not, my eating wasn’t too bad even with all that food everyone brought in to work today.  I still finished the day at just under 1900 calories so managed to achieve my goal of consuming less than 2000 calories for the day.  Now to just get right back with my healthy eating tomorrow.  At least everyone took their leftovers home, so all of that good home cooking won’t be staring me in the face tomorrow.

It was really a nice day to be outside today.  I almost didn’t mind working outside for close to five hours…”almost” being the operative word.  But at least we had cooler temps and lower humidity.

I have one more day to work and then it’s that wonderful, glorious thing that only comes around every once in a while…a weekend off.  I have no real plans for my weekend.  I’m thinking farmers market Saturday morning, then who knows?

What have you got planned for the weekend?

Weather emergencies

Did you feel the earth move Tuesday?  Well,  I didn’t.  I’m in Indiana, the earthquake was on the east coast.  I’ve heard a lot of people saying they felt it around here, but I’m not one of them.  I heard about it online and immediately thought of my niece and her husband in the DC area..and I’m very appreciative of the fact that she realized enough of us would be concerned about her to post on Facebook that they were both okay.  Isn’t it wonderful that we can be in instant contact with our loved ones?

I do remember feeling tremors from an earthquake many years ago…strong enough to rattle dishes in the cabinets and shake pictures on the wall.  I think earthquakes are so infrequent around here that we don’t fully comprehend what’s going on at the time.  Not that I’m complaining about that at all.

And, of course, there is hurricane Irene…I’m hoping all my friends down that way will be safe and that the hurricane just stays out at sea.  Here in Indiana, we don’t have hurricanes…just tornadoes…and those things are scary enough for me.  Right now we have a thunderstorm moving in.  I have a friend who is terribly frightened by thunderstorms.  I’ve always kind of enjoyed them…until they knock out the power…then not so much.

Winter brings its own dangerous weather conditions here in Indiana…ice, snow, bitter temps…I guess every season has its weather troubles.  So, I’m wondering, what do people do to be prepared?  Do you have an emergency kit?  Do you keep extra food and water in a safe place?  Flashlights, battery operated radio, extra batteries?  What about medicine and first aid supplies?  Or pet food and other necessary supplies for your pets?  Emergency energy supplies…generator, wood for a fireplace? 

This is something I’ve thought about but never really done anything about.  I do have extra food, water, and pet supplies.  First aid supplies, candles and matches.  Flashlights and extra batteries, a battery operated radio.  But no alternate energy source other than candles.  A couple of winters ago, the power went out and stayed out for almost 24 hours.  I stayed in my house, dressed warmly, had blankets (and cats) piled on the bed.  It got a little chilly but not unbearable.  However, I don’t know what I would have done had the power stayed out for several days like it often does in the more rural areas. 

I guess I am semi-prepared for a weather emergency, but I know I could do more.  I would really like to put together an emergency bag with the necessities to make it through a few days if I were forced to evacuate in a hurry.  Some people claim that’s negative thinking, but I don’t think it ever hurts to be prepared…you never know what may come your way.