Saturday, December 27, 2008


Last Sunday at our house, the temperature was -4 and the snow was blowing. At times when we were driving, there was no visibility due to the blowing snow. The wind chill made the temperature feel like -25. Our final day of Christmas shopping was challenging. It felt like we lived at the North Pole.

Today, I was awakened to lightening and thunder. The rain was pounding on the window. I opened the slider and let the dogs out. It was warm outside. I could not believe it was over 50. I knew it was still December but did someone move my house???Next weather monitor went off and we were under a tornado watch.

Even though temperature was unusually high, I headed for the gym because of the pouring rain. Last year, I was part of Team Weight Loss at the gym. I pulled one of my workouts out of the books. I did get a new Polar HR monitor for Xmas and gave it a test run. I only did 35 minutes because I have decided to do my swim homework tomorrow. (3,000m timed swim).

Waddling in any kind of weather............

Thursday, December 25, 2008


Our black and white guarding the tree and his present.

Bino ready to open gifts--

Hubby watching the gift exchanging.

Hooch and her boyfriend by the tree.

Bino helping Grandma in the kitchen.

Enjoying a family dinner.

Waddling after a wonderful Christmas.................

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Waddling and wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 22, 2008


On the advice of Coach Steve, I bought a large 2009 dry erase calendar. It is hung in a place that I will look at everyday. Over the next few weeks, I will begin filling it in with training and race dates. I am feeling that my training is beginning to change to a more serious mode. For the past 6 weeks, it has been pretty willy-nilly. On January 1, it needs to gain alot more structure.

Coach also gave me a homework project that needs to be completed by January 1st- a 3,000m baseline swim. That distance to me currently is mind boggling. I have no idea how long that will take. I am not sure that I can keep track of that many laps.

The reality of what is to come is beginning to grab me. The emotions that go with that are very mixed. I am excited to do the distance. I am concerned about the hours of training. But mostly ready to begin and give it a shot.

Waddling with my markers.......

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The plan was for a normal day of Christmas shopping. It became a series of strange events. I went shopping with a close friend in the sub-zero weather. The stores were suprisingly empty for the weekend before Christmas. Was it the weather or the economy?

At our stop at Office Max, they had a stress detector. How fun! My friend went first and had an extremely high and agitated stress level. I tried next. There was no reading. I handed it back- it worked for my friend. We tried another one. Same thing again and again. It was like I was not there.

Our next stop was Home Run Inn for pizza. After a delicious meal, I made a trip to the ladies room. The soap dispenser was motion activated. It would not work. It worked for the next 2 ladies but not for me. The waitress was next and waved her hand and I stuck mine under quickly.

We continued shopping and after a few more stores, I made another trip to the ladies room. The motion detector on the toilet did not work no matter what I tried. (Skip the visual). I now doubted my existance.

When I got home and the kids found me to make dinner, I knew that I was not a ghost.

Waddling like a ghost........