Current Happenings

Plains & Pastures Bike Tour (2013)

I'm so proud to live here! Fredericton folks are just AMAZING!!!  Thank you one and all!!  My team raised over $2000.  The support was humbling.  What a great place to be!!!

Mind you, the journey isn't about me - it's about people who fight this horrible disease on a daily basis.  If you're reading this now, I hope you'll come back and sponsor me in the ride next time. 


Bike for Breath

Many thanks to everyone and their generosity.  The amazing people in my life supported me to the tune of $377.  Some days it is just great to be here!   (Fall 2012)


700 Kilometres in the pool

A friend of mine called me today.  “I’ve checked your blog.  NOTHING NEW!!”  Ummm yeah.  Busted.  “Why not?”  Well, it’s a long list of excuses....

In truth, there wasn’t anything to write home about.  Weight loss is on a plateau.  So is strength training.  Well, strength training more like “fell off" the plateau.  

Time has been a scarce commodity lately.  I had a major project at work that actually came into being on October 8th.  (Three years on the file and it’s finally a public item.  Wahoo!)  

I actually thought I’d do a bit of personal improvement so I signed up for an online course in Statistics.  One of those newfangled MOOC’s:  Massive Open Online Courses.  The price is right: free.  Taught by a bonafide stats professor and delivered by Princeton University.  That’s right.... I’m taking a course FROM PRINCETON!!! 

The only possible thing that follows an announcement like that would be “What were you thinking?!?#?@?”  Well I was thinking that a course in statistics would really help me with projects at work right now.  “Are you crazy?  You have time to take a course in anything, never mind Statistics?”  Actually I don’t, but never let the truth interfere with your dreams.  “You’re dreams are taking statistics courses?”  Nightmares actually, but the price was right and it will come in handy....... (Probably the least lame excuse I've got going on this list.)

September means my daughter goes back to school and the after-school taxi service reappears in my portfolio.  September also means that the dog club I belong to starts our public obedience classes again for the fall & winter season.  Speaking of dogs, I do continue to volunteer regularly (taking my Therapy Dog into a local facility to visit patients.)  While TDog activity hums, training of my dog is in “a lull”.  I’ve got loads of new ideas to test on him after a couple really good seminars this summer...... gotta put it into action before I forget it all!!!

There’s this whole winter thing coming on, so there’s a garden to shut down and a woodpile to build up.  Not to mention that giant storage bin that’s actually meant to cover cars and currently chock full of crap.  I did manage to haul several bags of recycling away and I’ve got a willing recipient for a pile of shoes that are too small and a bigger pile of clothes that are too big.  Getting shoes & clothes into cardboard boxes appears to be a major hurdle.  I really must do that “soon”........

Sleep and Stress both start with “S”.  I wonder if there’s a reason for that?  Can’t honestly say that Stress is under control yet but I’m working on that with a series of appointments for Therapeutic Massage.  I did treat myself to a relaxation massage at one point in the height of insanity this summer, but to tell you the truth it really didn’t do much.  It felt great while it lasted but I was just as wired the next day.  Clearly I need more serious interventions.  

I’ve taken a snippet of time in the past week to sit down at the piano and to pick up the guitar.  It’s really quite pathetic when you have to literally dust off your musical instruments.  Actually I had to dig out the piano bench from under a mountain of clothes that are too big now...... a small sampling of those same clothes that are supposed to go into those cardboard boxes.... sigh.

As I filled out my swim log I realized I finally had something to write about.  I can at least hold my head up and say I kept swimming every available lunch hour.  Work schedules interfered with a few, but only a few.  My major milestone was 700 kilometres in the pool. THAT is something to write home about.  That’s the same as Fredericton to Halifax and back to Moncton!!!  Wahoo!!!!  That’s 548 sessions in the pool.  Maybe I should’ve highlighted the 500th swim session?   It was July 17th by the way.....

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