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Gee, it's been a LONG time, hasn't it?  No real excuses for not updating in so long; just life in general.  It has been a good few years.  My family and I have been relatively happy, healthy, and whole.  A couple of major illnesses to friends and family, one major death, a job loss or two, no births...  Mostly, it's been work, riding my bicycle in the summer, and just generally living.

Ah, but December 26...  That was a red letter day last year.  ^-^  It's always a special day because it's my younger nephew's birthday, but last year it was even more special.

A long winded description about my day ending with my best newsCollapse )

  And I can't stop smiling.

43!

Just dashing in real quick to share another number.  And today's number is

43!!
Somehow, I have managed to get my HDL levels up to 43 mg/dL!  I'm not sure if it was all the bad food I ate last week (and, yes, I was really pretty bad), the wine I had the night before, or the higher levels of exercise I put myself through for that week, but somehow, some way, I have broken the 30 mg/dL barrier.

Of course, it could always be a bad test result.... 

I'm still getting the equivalent of red frownie faces on the analysis results, but most of you might remember that I can never seem to break out of a 29-35-33 range.  To hit 43 when the minimum reccommended amount is 50 is almost as good a feeling as collecting $775 for cancer research.  In fact, it is as good, but not better.
 
Alas, I must get back to work now, but I had to share for the three or four people who would care.  ^-^

Have a fantastic day, everyone!


Edit:  Hmmm...  Looking at my triglyceride levels, I'm wondering if I believe the numbers...  I went from 51-40-52 down to 20?  Seriously?  And my LDL went from 84-81-83 to 100?  Something just doesn't sound right.  Oh well.  I'll just have to have it retested this summer as part of my annual physical and see what those results say.  I can hope, right?  ^-^

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Wooooo!!!

Ladies and gentlemen, as of today, thanks to 30 donors including a generous one whose donation was matched and doubled by his company, I have collected
$775
in support of cancer research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.  I am so amazed!  I have made some effort, sure, but I haven't really been beating the bushes. If I collect $225 in the seven days I have left before the Ride, I think I might pass out from excitement, hahaha.  I never dreamed I'd make it this far!

On the other hand, it makes me wish that we had something similar for a cause I would really, really get behind.  Ree knows what I am talking about, but I must leave it there due to promises of secrecy.  Let's just say there is another disease that I would be much more agressive in searching out funding support for.  But, since I cannot have that one, I will gladly take all funding for this one.  ^-^  As I mentioned in my last post, this one has become important for me as well.

$775

 I am humbled and amazed.  And I can't get over it.  It is so tempting to put in $100 myself...

Anyhow, other than that, life has been pretty steady busy.  Not too swamped, despite working half days on Saturday.  I really need to get my weekends back so I can catch up on playing and housework.  This Saturday, though, promises to be jam packed.  I am seriously considering going for a long bike ride before attending a friend's daughter's HS graduation party before going to church so I can come home and collapse.  Gardening may win over the bike ride, though.  I have a lot to do.  And after housework on Sunday, I might do some more gardening and maybe a(nother) bike ride if J is around.  ^-^  Yay for a fairly rare weekend with warm weather and no rain!  They've been hard to come by here lately.

For now, I guess it's time to see if my ride is almost ready to go.  Have a great week!!!  And if, by some chance, you would like to make a donation for cancer research, just let me know and I'll send you my link.  ^-^  $225/week can be done.  Really!  *grin*

Mata ne!

Gaaaaa...

Get it out of my head and maybe I can work? Why am I twisting and turning River's history about in my head right now, anyway?!

River Speculation, Spoilers for A Good Man Goes To WarCollapse )

So much brainhurt. In a mystery/puzzle good way, but so much brainhurt. But now, maybe I can get back to work! *sigh* Mata ne!

We are riding...

In Honor of those who have survived,
In Memory of those who have not, and
In Hope of those who will.

The 16th Annual Ride For Roswell will be taking place on Saturday, June 25 this year. The Ride is a big fund raising effort for our local cancer research center, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI).

Last year, I raised $180 for Roswell. (The minimum funds raised to participate in the Ride is $150) This year, I set a much more aggressive goal: $500. I wasn't sure I would make that even though I started collecting early, but I thought I should get a little more ambitious.

Today, I reached $505 in pledges. $505!! Of that $505, I have $490 in hand. A friend still owes me a little more because she didn't have the cash on her at the time. But, I'll put it in if she forgets, so let's just say that I have exceeded my wildest dreams and have collected more than $500 for this worthy cause. And if I can snare two more people who said they would but haven't made pledges yet, I might go 10% over. Whooo!

So, what shall I do to celebrate? I thought about matching the funds out of my savings account. That would put me over the $1000 minimum funds raised limit to join the Extra Mile Club. I could get a cool jersey! But, hahaha, J says that is an aweful lot to pay for a jersey, and I guess he's right. And the more I think about it, the more it seems kinda like a cheat. I didn't really earn that jersey if half the funds came from me. So, now I'm back to deciding, what to do to celebrate?

^-^ This year, I will be riding either the 44 mile loop or the 62.5 mile loop depending on the weather that morning and how I feel. I did the 44 last year, and it wasn't too bad. Just about right, actually. Ah, but that 62.5 does tempt me so. And the allure of the 100 mile ride isn't fading either, but I'm not so silly to attempt that with the bike I have, hahaha. It's a hybrid with mountain bike (thick and nubby) tires. I'd need road bike tires at least to seriously consider that one.

On Sunday, I rode 51.2 miles. It about killed me because I didn't eat properly before or drink enough during, but I finished it. I'm going to try to do at least one more really long ride before the Ride to see if I can make 62 miles. And then, I can make a better decision the morning of the Ride. We'll have to see if the weather cooperates though, hahaha. It's been very wet this spring.

Okay, back to work for me. If you feel inspired to make a donation to cancer research, send me a message and I'll send you my link. Every little bit helps!

I am riding... in honor of J's father who fought prostate cancer with surgery and won, in honor of J's uncle who is fighting prostate cancer with chemotherapy and losing (it's now in his bones), and in honor of my uncle who is fighting prostate cancer with surgery and medication. I am riding in memory of another uncle's daughter who fought breast cancer and lost. And I am riding in hope of my brother and others who smoke who might one day need to fight off lung cancer, and in hope of all my relatives who may one day need to battle skin cancer. On June 25, I will ride for all of these and more.
I decided that I needed to become an adult again. Really. I've been borderline non-responsible lately, just doing the bare minimum to get by. I kind of blame it on stress. Work has been crazy for over a year now and not looking to get any better in the foreseeable future, my exercise routine was blown to smithereens by said workload and winter, other routines were pushed out of whack by the work schedule. And do you know my response to stress? Some people eat. Some people grit their teeth and bear. Some people even like it. Me? I avoid. Avoid, avoid, avoid. Oh, and eat less healthy but not to extreme excess.

The avoidance is coming to an end. I finally opened my checkbook for the first time in two months (other than to write two checks) and listed all my debit transactions and paid my bills. I made a very slow start on housework. I am attempting to get back to exercise more than once or twice a week, like in at least five days. (*smile* A break in weather would help because I could get out on my bike.) And I am trying to get back to the proper diet, not the starch, protein, and sugar that I prefer to live on.

Don't get me wrong. I'll still waste time on my year-old addiction (FB games, thanks a lot, Elflina, hahaha). And I'll still have my lazy days with regards to exercise and bills. But... I feel better, or at least more motivated. Not enough to take the time to write (that free time was all sucked up by exercise and the aforementioned FB games), but enough to try and get my life nudged back to where I want it to be.

Now, if only I could get over this stiff/sore/knotted neck. Really kicked in Wednesday night/Thursday morning and I've been sore since. The emergency chiropractor visit on Friday morning helped, and thanks to the PT stretches he showed me I nearly have my full range of motion back, but the right side... oh how it hurts when it gets stiff or I move it wrong!

Yay for Season 6 of NuWho. I am loving Rory more and more. That's unusual for me. As I think I mentioned, I tend not to like the male companions all that much especially after Adric and Turlough. But Rory is great, and I still like Amy, and after they 'finish' River's story line, I'm going to watch the episodes in her viewpoint order and cry for her. The Doctor's Wife was a lovely fan-candy, the Siren was cool, and the season arc looks to be very interesting mind-twistery.

Oh, that reminds me! And then I really need to get back to work. My crack New Who Theory About River Song! I'm pretty sure everyone on my list either a) has seen the first two episodes of this season, b) hasn't, but doesn't care if they're spoiled, or c) hasn't, but couldn't care less. Just in case, though, I should probably put this behind a cut.

Raya's Really Out There Amusing New Who Theory About River Song!Collapse )

Alright. Two phone calls to go answer, one of which I was half expecting, so off I will go. See you all in another six months or so, hahaha. I am checking in once in a while, I'm just not posting because of lack of time and nothing really very interesting happening in my world.

Have a great day!

Blessed Good Friday to All

Today, we commemorate the willing sacrifice of a man that Jews and Muslims regard as a prophet and Christians revere as The Living God Among Us. Whether you believe that he is God, a prophet, just a man, or a nice myth, may this day bring you blessings and peace.

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^-^

I live. Believe it or not. Gee, we've all gone pretty silent here recently...

Last night, I burned enough calorie points to reach Silver in the President's Challenge. Yay for Silver! Ow for soreness. Haha, I haven't been able to exercise the entire week for a while, and haven't really exercised at all for the past week and a half due to laziness and travel. But, I tried to make the most of it last night at the Zumba Plus class and have sore chest and back muscles as my reward. And crazy me, I'll probably do more of the same (sans weights since it's just a Zumba class, not a Zumba Plus class) again tonight. The question is whether I run/walk for the next repeat of week 5 of the Couch to 5k program. I'm thinking of giving up on that until next June when the weather gets nice again. But, I'd hate to lose the conditioning I've already gained, so... we'll see.

I really need to finish Starsea's story. I finally come up with a good Doctor story for her in response to the birthday request she made years ago, and I can't seem to finish it. *sigh* I will, though. I just have to find time and motivation.

Work is work. I've been traveling back and forth to PA since June. At first, it was just once a month. Now, it's like every other week or so. Who knows where I will be next week or the week after that. Things are so crazy... But soon, part I of this project will be done.

I think the main thing is that I haven't really had a vacation yet this year. Normally, I take a week off at the end of May/beginning of June. This year, though, I've just been using a day here, a half day there. I took off two days last week and went to visit relatives in PA (my grandmother was up from Florida), but then I had to turn around and go straight to the plant across the state so I still feel tired and like I didn't have any time off. I'm hoping I can make it to Thanksgiving week, and then just take the whole week off at home. *crosses fingers* Maybe that will help... Maybe I will last that long...

Alas, for now, I have to get back to work. Ree, still no messages from Phooka-chan. Guess I'll have to send her one to make sure that they know she's on my accepted list.

Ja ne!

Otanjoubi omedeto gozaimasu!

Happy early birthday to Starsea!  ^-^

I may not be able to get online to wish you happy on the day itself, so I figured I'd better do it early rather than late.  So, here's hoping it will be a great one!  And that your computer troubles will soon be a thing of the past.

*goes back to getting ready for church while singing The Birthday Song*

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5% to go!

After my yoga class at lunch today, I will be 95% of the way to Silver.  2200 calories to go!

*yawn*  Oh, excuse me.  I got up at 5:15 this morning to walk for half an hour before getting ready for work.  I would dearly have loved to gone bike riding (if I had to be up that early, that is).  The weather was soooooo great.  It reminded me of the nice late evening rides J and I took this summer: perfect temperature and peaceful.  The full moon was pretty as were the stars that were shining through the clouds as the sky was lightening up.  It was almost 78F out there!  Believe it or not, we're supposed to get up close to 90F today.  That's amazing for Buffalo at this time of year.

Anyway, I nixed the bike riding idea even though that would have been more fun and probably would have burned more calories.  I didn't want to be on the bike path by myself in the dark (even if I live in a pretty safe area and the Bike Path Rapist/Murderer has apparently been caught, tried, and locked up), and I couldn't think of anywhere else to ride besides my neighborhood that wouldn't have traffic to be concerned with.  Traffic not used to cyclist at that time of morning, too.  Bad thought.  And riding around my neighborhood would take no time at all.  So, I went for a walk instead.

I had intended to walk for an hour, but I got up later than I should have and didn't get out the door until almost 5:30 instead of 5:00-5:15.  A half hour is good though.  Definitely better than nothing.

*grimace*  For now, though, the sun is shining brightly, and the work on my desk is waiting impatiently for me so I need to get to it.  Haha, anyone have the time to find me a nice train ride from Buffalo or Niagara Falls to anywhere for a weekend trip?  It'll cost more than I want to spend, of course, but it would be fun to do for J's birthday if I can convince him to come along.  *pause*  Though, I wonder how his motion sickness will do on a train...  Hmmm...

Work, Raya, work.

 Mata ne!

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