Old friends and precious friendships


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I was hard at work today when someone walked by me and told me to get another register open.  I looked up and saw a couple of my oldest, dearest friends.  They were in the big city doing some early Christmas shopping and stopped in to pick up a few things.  Then we set up a time to go to lunch and they left.

Of course, when they came back to get me for lunch, I was on register.  I got someone to cover for me and headed out the door.  We ended up going over to O’Charleys where we enjoyed a very tasty lunch and got caught up on all of the happenings in our lives.  What a pleasant way to spend lunch, sure beat eating a frozen dinner in the break room!

I’m always pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to be with Cindy and Kevin even after not having seen one another for quite a few months.  That’s true friendship for you.  And I always count it as a blessing that they know the worst about me and want to be with me anyhow~You can’t ask for more than that.

The long and winding road to fitness, day 128

Christmas decoration at a shopping mall in Brazil

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Wow!!  What a wild day.  Nasty weather, temps dropping, rain and mist all day, windy…brr…definitely not a good hair day…ha!!  And believe me, I sprayed on extra hair spray this morning before I left the house…all to no avail…when you’re outside in this stuff unloading a truck (really, there has to be a better way to do these trucks, if only I could get those bigwigs to listen to me)  there’s no point in worrying about how your hair looks.  And now there’s a frost advisory for tonight…there go my little volunteer grape tomatoes…

Oh my gosh, I just read a blog about one of the healthiest sounding chili recipes…Nikkianne posted this blog and I’m determined to make this recipe for chili…just the way she made it.  I’ve been wanting to make a pot of chili for a while and keep putting it off.  No more…this will be the one.


My eating was pretty good today.  I was tempted to go out to eat lunch even tho I’d brought my healthy lunch from home.  I think, more than anything, I just wanted to get out of the building and away from people for a while.  But I went back to the break room and nuked my lunch and was satisfied.  Ended the day with five fruits and veggies, so that’s decent.

Other than working the truck and doing some range of motion exercises for my shoulder, I didn’t do any exercise.  Of course, working that truck is constant motion for over eight hours.  And I’ll be right back at it at five tomorrow morning…trying to get some extra work done…ho ho ho, I love Christmas so much!

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? I don’t have to buy a lot, but I have already purchased a few things.  Should probably get with that so I’m not doing it any closer to Christmas, you know, going into stores and stuff…I shudder at the thought!


The long and winding road to fitness, day 60

Stair masters

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Sixty days..some good days, some not so good days..but still, sixty days and still moving forward.  That’s not too shabby…goodness knows, there have been times when I haven’t even made it six days without throwing in the towel.   So I’m celebrating sixty days on this crazy fitness journey.

Today was another super early day for work…5 am…again.  Whew!  I’m so not getting enough sleep these days.  But I sure am getting in a lot of exercise at work…I couldn’t even guess how many times I was up and down a ladder today…like my own little stair-stepper at work…and not only do I not have to pay gym fees, but they’re paying me!!  You just can’t get that kind of deal with all of your workouts, can you?  In addition to all of that ladder climbing, I walked 45  minutes today.  So not too bad with the exercise.

My eating?  Pretty good, if a little under on calories today.  I took a packet of tuna salad and a whole wheat wrap for lunch, but one of the guys ended up going out and getting lunch for Chris and me (thanks, Greg).  Unfortunately, something in the lunch didn’t agree with me…that entire lunch came right back up (sorry, don’t mean to gross anyone out…I was trying to think of how to word this delicately, but since I’m not the delicate, dainty type, I couldn’t think of anything less crude…sorry).  Chris and I had the same thing and he wasn’t sick, so who knows what caused it?  I did eat a thing of string cheese and a wrap tonight and feel okay, so it must have been just one of those inexplicable digestive things…  Kind of an uncomfortable way to come in under on your daily caloric intake though.

I have tomorrow off work…yes!!  I’m planning to sleep in…gosh,at least until 6 am!!  Won’t that be a treat?!  What are your plans for tomorrow?  And how did today go for you?

A Quickie

Got ya, didn’t I?  You were thinking a quickie when I only meant a quick to prepare work lunch.  So sorry about that…and if you believe that, well…I don’t know what to tell you.

I didn’t go to the grocery store today even though I’d planned to…how’s that for 100% savings?  But then I realized I needed to come up with something to take to work for lunch for the rest of the week.  And that meant I had to do some kind of cooking.  Goodness knows, I have plenty in my pantry to choose from, so I went for something quick and easy that would be relatively healthy and would use up some of the fresh broccoli in the fridge.  I’m determined not to throw produce out any more, what a waste of money that is.

This comes together quickly and is a tasty cold pasta dish.  You’ll notice I’ve got my handy,dandy secret ingredient…Hendrickson’s Original Sweet Vinegar and Olive Oil…I use this stuff for so many different dishes…vegetable salad dressing, cole slaw dressing, in pasta salad (like today), as a marinade for chicken…I seriously love this product.  If I could only buy one dressing, this would be it.  If you haven’t tried it yet, run, don’t walk, to your nearest store (I buy mine at Kroger) and buy a bottle…you’ll love it!!

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So, now my lunch is prepared for the rest of the week and I’ve managed to recommend one of my favorite products to my loyal readers…all in all, a good day’s work.