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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

What I Ate Wednesday

What I Ate today!

Breakfast - at my desk
Chobani Vanilla yogurt with coffee

Lunch - at my desk
Salad brought from home, made this morning

baby spinach
spring mix
yellow bell pepper
pea pods
pomegranate seeds
croutons (not added yet)
blue cheese (not added yet)

Dinner - at home
Salmon burger with roasted Asparagus

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Cleaning the closet

At the beginning of the year I made a pledge to myself that I was going to eliminate, reduce and cut back clothes.  I had way too many.  

I pledged to not buy any new clothes.  Running shoes and bras were excluded.  I didn't really need anything, based on my closet and didn't buy anything UNTIL my neighbor invited me to a charitable event at Chico's in October . . . I purchased a sweater set and shirt.  Then when I vacationed in Florida, I purchased a black sweater and black skirt from the Black& Whilte store.  Although I had pledged to not buying anything . . .  I only purchased 5 items . . . so I feel pretty good about that.

The clothes in the closet were piled high - they were jammed packed - they were on the floor  - they were put away in plastic storage containers under the bed and in the closet - they were packed into the dresser.  These next pictures are embarrassing - but I need to show you just how bad it was.
stuffed to the gills
shirts and sweaters on upper rack 
skirts and jackets on lower rack

sweaters and sweatshirts stuffed on shelves
and last but not least -tee shirts, shorts, shirts piled high on a small table and on the floor
The past couple of weeks I have been slowly but surely cleaning out the drawers and closet.  It started with a drawer an evening and then about a week ago, I started on the closet.  My plan was to finish it up with the 4 day week end.  Well that happened today.  It took a good 4 hours - hubby and I just finished loading it all into bags.  ;-(

Here is a summary of what was pulled out of my drawers and closet.  I admit there are still too many clothes left - but this is a good start.  I also have to consider that we have extreme seasons in Wisconsin and the sweaters that I wear in the winter to stay warm - have no use in the summers.

Tee shirts
O/S Jackets
running tops
running bottoms
total items
During the cleaning process

Clothes and bags on the floor
The finished closet - upper rack with shirts

Lower rack with sweaters, skirts and jackets
Shelves that previously were full to the brim!
Table is now visible
All stuffed into 8 kitchen garbage bags!

It took 8 tall kitchen bags to fill up . . . seeing this in bags literally makes me sick.  I can not even imagine the money sitting in those bags . . . such excess . . . such waste! 

I feel conflicted . . . Happy that it is cleaned up . . . Sad that there was that much stuff to be cleared out. I will be heading to Goodwill tomorrow to drop off the bags full of clothes.  

I will be making another pledge for 2012 . . .  I wil try and not buy any clothes again for another year.  
How does your closet look?  

Enjoy the moment! 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving To All!

Hoping all of my blogger friends 
have a wonderful 
Truly Thankful Thanksgiving!  

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Battle of the Bays!

Tomorrow my family will be traveling to Titletown, USA -

home of the Superbowl Champion football team 
my team and your team


They are playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and we have 4 tickets.  YAHOO!

the chant . . .  Go Pack Go 

has been going through my head all day.  

Tomorrow we will be at Lambeau Field cheering on our TEAM!

Go Pack Go!

I have been rounding up Packer Gear.

My outfit will include my
Packer turtleneck
Packer earrings
Packer socks
Packer Hat to keep my ears warm
little Packer bag to carry hand warmers
my Reggie White jersey - #92

Cleo - will not be attending the game but wanted to check out my Packer gear!

Go Pack Go!


I could get use to this!

I was in Miami for a four days at work conference.  I stayed at the Epic Hotel.  Corporate conferences usually get a "corporate rate" on a certain number of rooms.  As long as you commit to the conference "in time" you get a room at a the hotel at a group rate.  Well - based on tons of work projects going on, I didn't decide to attend this conference until about 3 weeks ago.  By that time all of the group rate rooms were gone.  The travel department at my company checked surrounding hotels - but were not able to find much lower rates, so they booked me into an available room at the conference hotel.  I didn't really know that it would be any different than the reserved rooms - simply more expensive.  Well much to my surprise when I entered my room and discovered it was a suite and it also gave me access to "club level" perks. . . . I didn't even want to attend the conference.

I don't think I can describe just how nice my room and the extras were . . . but let me try.

Separate Living room w/ couch, chair and lovely view
King size bed with floor to ceiling wrap around windows
Bathroom with separate jacuzzi tub and walk in rain shower

Patio with river view

View of Miami river from my patio
Access to the club level lounge.

This pic is of the Centrust building from the club level patio.  They offer complimentary food and drinks through out the day - accessible to "club level" guests only.  It was wonderful to sit out on the patio, enjoying some spring rolls and other assorted appetizers and a glass of wine.  Tonight I decided to venture up to the club lounge to check it out.  I am sitting outside on a beautiful patio, overlooking the city.

Beth, at Shut up and Run - HERE , posted today about going crazy while attending a day long conference - eating crappy food and not doing anything.  I so agree.  It is dangerous attending conferences - buffet breakfasts with sweet rolls, bacon, eggs, etc.  Lunch with way too many choices and dessert - really - who needs dessert at lunch!!!.  Snacks in the morning and afternoon - cookies, soda, chips and coffee . . . which I drank too much of to stay alert and warm!  Why or why do they keep meeting rooms so cold . . .  I am never cold . . . but froze in the meeting rooms (as did everyone else).  Back to food:  Evening receptions, with drinks, shrimp, crab cakes, sliced tenderloin, and too much other stuff to even mention.  I go into the conference with a watchful eye on my food intake.  While it would be nice to eat - eat - eat . . . I work extra hard to avoid the snacks, eat lightly at breakfast, lunch and dinner, skip desserts (really who needs cheese cake at lunch or 3:00 in the afternoon) and exercise.  I got up at 5:30 figuring that I could head outside for a run - but forgot to factor in that the sun didn't rise in Miami until 6:40 - pretty much the same time as Madison.  I thought it would rise earlier!  So instead of heading out the door before 6, I headed down to the treadmill - got in about 3 miles and then headed outside for another 2.5 mile loop around Brickell Key and the hotel.  
Wednesday morning - I ran in the morning and the temperature was 75.  Thursday morning - I ran in Madison and the temperature was 22.  Quite the difference.
Glad to be home - but I would have liked to stay a couple more days in the hotel and take advantage of the extras  ;-)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011



Today started with temperatures in the upper 30's and rain - lots of rain.  When my alarm went off at 5:20 I laid there for a few minutes, listening . . . yup - that was rain on the roof.  I thought - Maybe it was just a drizzle . . . nope - it was raining1  ;-(  No outside run for this morning. I reset the alarm ;-)  and slept for about another hour.  Somewhere around mid-morning the rain went into a head to head fight with snow . . . with rain winning out downtown and snow winning out at my house.  The temperature has continued to drop all day.  The low for tonight is 24 - so it looks like a chilly run tomorrow morning - BUT the great news is it won't be raining  ;-)

My work has been pretty stressful lately.  Oh well - I deal with it pretty well and for the most part love my job - but sometimes !!!!!!! YIKES - I could use another vacation!  Remember I was just in Florida at the end of October and on Sunday I am flying to Miami for 3 days to attend a conference.  I plan to attend the conference - but any spare moment will be relaxing and again running outside without jackets, hats and gloves!
Besides the stresses of my job -the BIG stress that had be weighing on my mind lately has been that one of my staff was diagnosed with breast cancer in August.  She had a lumpectomy and will be undergoing chemo, starting next week.  This all just brings back way too many memories.  I was diagnosed 7 years ago and started my treatments - chemo - surgery - radiation in September 2004.  I KNOW that this is about her and her journey and her treatments . . . NOT ME - but I can't stop dredging up the fears of my journey!  Everyone . . . well not everyone, but many MANY people have been saying to me - "Oh she is so lucky to report to you . . . you understand exactly what she is going through" . . . although I do understand what she is going through -

   what happened to me
         how I dealt with cancer
               how I felt after chemo
                       how I felt about my mastectomy
                                  how I still feel about my mastectomy
                                             how I dealt with the fears
                                                       how I felt when I lost my hair
                                                               how I continue to deal with lymphedema
                                                                       how I worry about my future
Was MY Journey -  I have a hard time sharing - offering advice - . . . . it is just hard.

I have no wrap up of my comments / no "it will be OK" / no summary . . . these are just my feelings - good or bad and seeing my thoughts in black and white is part of my journey.  

Hump Day - YAHOO!


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Turkey Trot 5miler

I ran the local Turkey Trot this morning.  Last year I did the 5k and this morning decided to do the 5mile run.  Temp's were perfect - but it was a little windy.  But I felt great and had a good time.  No pic's.  I headed down to the park at about 8:30 to register this morning, got my bib and then returned home.  The park is about 5 minutes from my house and the 5k started at 10:00, while the 5mile run started at 11:00.

I was doodling around and lost track of time . . . then I realized is was 10:40, still had to gather my handheld, fill it up, and grab my ipod.  Headed out the door and got in the car and my watch read 10:48.  Drove down the street about 3 blocks - realized that I forgot my bib - turned around - ran into the house - grabbed my bib - found pins - pinned it on and was off again.  Clock now read 10:50.  As I drove I unzipped my warm up pants, so they would be ready to pull off - when I got to the stop light at 10:54 and realized it had just turned red, I figured I had time to put the car in park and took my pants off and threw them into my bag and gathered everything else up and through it in.  Light turned green - turned into the park - grabbed my bag - headed to the shelter to drop my bag - jogged to the start - arrived with 2 minutes to spare!  OK - that is cutting it a little too close for my comfort.

The run is a cross county path so I have to watch the ground the entire run, since there are twigs, tree roots and uneven footing.  Last year I actually placed 2nd in the 5k in my age - not so lucky this year - I checked the board and I was 6th in my age group - 48:44.  Although I felt great running - my time was not so great!
Oh well - it was still a fun run and I had a good time.
My lap times are as follows:
     1 - 9:24
     2 - 9:34
     3 - 10:06
     4 - 10:20
     5 - 9:20
for an average pace of 9:48.