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Wow... 3 Weeks Already?

I can't believe how quickly time flies. I also can't believe the walls of my gym didn't cave when I passed through the doors today. I made it back though... thank goodness.

We all suffer from PISD (Post Ike Stress Disorder) -- getting back into the routine of life again is so hard. It makes me realize how much a creature of habit I am. For me, work, food and exercise go hand-in-hand.

25 Days until the LiveStrong ride. The more weight I drop, the less I have to lug around. So if that's not motivation enough to get some extra cardio in, nothing is!

I've also commited to the 2009 MS150. Don't know for sure which team I'll be riding for; Bike Barn, Sun and Ski or Mission Control, but me and my cohorts will definitely find solace among others in a team-friendly environment.

We're still waiting for an adjuster to come to our home and assess the damage Ike did to our home. It's hard being patient, but we know there are others who are looking at the sky through…

Cart Wheelin' Crazy

Not bad for almost 'technically' over 40. I was celebrating at my Daughter's birthday party. Now that's something I wouldn't have done 2 years ago. LOL



Update Picture...

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Not the most flattering, no hair done... no makeup. In fact, this was the day after Ike blew in and I just cleaned out the bathroom. I was taking pictures of the ceiling! 22 Months ago...

Rock It Like a Hurricane... IKE!

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Okay, the first thing is we're safe. :)

Second, we've also learned what our threshold is for sticking it out for another hurricane. Before it was a category 4 and higher, we would leave.... after this category 3 and higher. Even then a category 2 was pretty scary to get through.

I'm thankful that Cassie didn't understand the magnitude of what was about to happen, otherwise there'd be no way she would have slept through it! At least someone slept, because Mommy and Daddy sure didn't!

All of our neighbors banded together, which took the edge of the fear and frustration off. We shared food, water and generators -- yes! We were lucky enough to share a generator with someone! We were able to keep our food cold through 2 days of no electricity.

Ironically it was while the eye was passing over us that we saw the transformers blow in our neighborhood. We had water the next morning, only to find it stopped for several hours after. Water service returned but not the electric…

Ready For Ike...

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Being about 25 miles from the coast of Galveston, we're ready for Ike. See the little blue house? That's us, courtesy of Google Earth. :)

Of course the media is somewhat sensationalizing it. Go figure. Not that we're not going to have messy rain and lots of wind, but this isn't Katrina... or even Rita (for which we did have to evacuate).

Punkin's daycare was closed yesterday (and today as well). I brought her to work with me and my nearly four year old help me secure my company's technology infrastructure. :P "What's this button, Mommy?" LOL

On my drive home (which was freakin' awesome -- no traffic going South!) I was surprised to see how many major businesses had boarded up. It's just weird to see. I had filled my tank the day before, so I didn't have to deal with finding a station that had fuel. Stopped by the grocery store and picked up some last minute items. The store was crowded and people were literally buying stuff by the cases …

Emerald Cocoa Roast Nuts *WOW*

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OMG... we picked these up this weekend at Sam's Club. I'm so glad we did!

I like nuts, but in spite of their nutritional value, they haven't always been my snack of choice,

Why, you ask?

Because even though they're full of good fat, I felt guilty eating them because they have more fat than I normally allow. I really am trying to change my ways and have been much better about it. Pat on the back for me!

I recently read an article that listed Almonds as being one of the top 10 foods to reach for if you need a snack before meal-time.

These Almonds are incredibly fresh and have a great crunchiness to them. The cocoa coating is light yet chocolaty, and have just the right amount of sweetness so as not to have that dark chocolate bite. While they taste indulgent, if you are expecting the chocolaty-goodness of real chocolate covered nuts or big ol' dark chocolate almond M&M's then you might want to leave this product on the store shelves for us smart snackers. :)

But…

I Knew It Wouldn't Be Long Before....

Armstrong to return, ride in '09 Tour
7-time winner to come out of retirement and race for Astana, sources say

Lance Armstrong will come out of retirement and race in the Tour de France next year, sources close to the situation have told Velo News.

Armstrong, who will turn 37 years old this month, would race with Astana, the sources said.

The seven-time Tour de France winner will race in the Amgen Tour of California, Paris-Nice, the Tour de Georgia, the Dauphine-Libere and the Tour de France — for no salary or bonuses.

Armstrong's manager, Mark Higgins, did not answer questions.

An article about Armstrong's comeback will be published in the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair, Velo News said.

Armstrong reportedly will reunite with his former team manager Johan Bruyneel, who guided Armstrong and his teams Motorola and U.S. Postal Service to seven straight Tour de France titles.

Sources also told Velo News that Armstrong will post all of his internally tested blood work online to prove th…

Taking a Rest

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For the last few days I have been taking a rest. It seems that I may have been over-training. I'd never accuse myself of that before, but the facts are the facts. I've been realllllllly tired and have not been sleeping well at night. Add to that I injured my right tricepBrachii.


After thinking about it, I think I can pinpoint the weekend it started -- when I took the spin and lift class back-to-back, and then lifted the next day. My lifting sessions have been of hefty volume and I've just be constantly sore. I had not be able to fall asleep at night and have been waking up repeatedly. One morning, a Saturday, I woke at 3:30 am and could not go back to sleep!


I admit, on the weekends, I am not nearly as militant about eating every 3 to 4 hours. I'm usually running around getting things done and grab food when I can. So, since last Wednesday I've been resting, going to bed early and I think I'm getting back on track. I was able to sleep through the last 3 nights pr…

Luverly...

Sorry... I don't mean to get all political these days, but health insurance and taxes alone are serious issues to me and my family...

McCain's Plans Considers Health Insurance Taxable Income?

Sen. McCain's tax plan includes a new proposal that would result in higher taxes on the middle class. As even Sen. McCain's advisers have acknowledged, his health-care plan would impose a $3.6 trillion tax increase over 10 years on workers. Sen. McCain's plan will count the health care you get from your employer as if it were taxable cash income.

Even after accounting for Sen. McCain's proposed health-care tax credits, this plan would eventually leave tens of millions of middle-class families paying higher taxes. In addition, as the Congressional Budget Office has shown, this kind of plan would push people into higher tax brackets and increase the taxes people pay as their compensation rises, raising marginal tax rates by even more than if we let the entire Bush tax-cut plan …

What I Heard...

On my drive in I listened to Palin's speech on XM. I was totally insulted and was reminded of how Republicans feel the average people really have no place in government, despite the fact we all (party affiliations aside) put them in their seats, we were essentially bashed for supporting their "opponents".

Yeah, that will get me to change my vote. Bashing shows total respect. :-/

If being a little tree-huggin' in my belief that ordinary people can effect change, then

so be it. I can't say that I've believed it where politics are concerned, but at this point I am willing to share what I believe to be true in my personal life and apply it here. I am willing to make the effort to make the future brighter for my family.

I felt that in the spirit to which politics typically yields, that the Democrats' "pot-shots" at the Republicans, were not slanderous, disrespectful, cynical, insulting or hateful. Okay, I can keep it real: it's a convention... there …

Wii!

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Well, we took the plunge. We finally bought a Wii and a Wii Fit on Saturday. I scored one on Craig's list, brand new. We didn't get a "deal" on it, but since they're so hard to find anywhere, it was worth saving the shipping/tax I suppose.

We bought a few games for it. The Mario Kart (for Darren), Guitar Hero Legends (for me) and a Disney Princess game (for Cassie). Of course we spent time on the Wii Fit as well.

I don't believe the Wii Fit is completely accurate, but I will say it is fun and it gets you breathing. I was doing the Yoga poses and breaking a light sweat; I was surprised.

What was real disturbing, and yeah, pretty funny, was how the Wii reshapes your "Mii". The "Mii" is a character form of you, the player, that you can customize with traits that resemble you. After the Wii Fit assessment ran and it told me I was obese, it then made my Mii fatter, and rode her shirt up! What the hell!?! :)

Anyway, on a rainy day this w…

I'll Take a Nonfat Latte with My Oatmeal

Starbucks whips up a better-for-you breakfast comeback By Bruce Horovitz, USA TODAY


SEATTLE — Starbucks (SBUX) is on the brink of rolling out a serious reinvention of its breakfast food. Details of the chain's long-anticipated move into better-for-you food — so hush-hush that it had its own code name, Morning Source — will be unveiled Tuesday. It comes as Starbucks' U.S. stores are struggling with drops in traffic and comparable sales growth as many cash-strapped consumers hesitate to shell out $4 for their java fix.TELL US: Are you awaiting Starbucks' new food? Do you even buy food at Starbucks? The more nutrition-friendly food — fewer calories, more protein, fiber and fruit — will show up Sept. 3 on the breakfast menu at most of the 11,570 locations in the U.S. and Canada. Six new items include hot oatmeal, an energy bar and a whole-grain apple bran muffin with fruit pieces.Starbucks plans to revamp its lunch and dinner menus, too, in 2009. The goal is to lure bac…